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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF It’s the most wonderful time of the year … SUMMER! I love everything about it: the warm, gorgeous days, traveling with the family, and of course our summer Hamptons party in August! When I was preparing for this issue I spent a lot of time thinking about who I would want to host our annual event, and Lisa Vanderpump was the first to come to mind. Not only is she the beautiful star of two of BRAVO’s hottest shows, but she is also a successful restaurateur, entrepreneur, wife, mother, and advocate. Really, she is the embodiment of the BELLA woman, and I was thrilled when she agreed to do it! We shot Lisa’s amazing cover story with the uber talented celeb photographer John Russo at her Beverly Hills home in May, and the images were so stunning, I decided to turn it into an eightpage feature (our first), as I couldn’t bear to cut any of it. I think you will be as blown away as we were when you read it!

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But that’s just the beginning of the summer star wattage in our annual Hamptons issue! We have a wonderful “Stars of Summer” feature, in addition to two of this season’s hottest male stars, Juan Pablo DiPace of “A.D.” and Adam Rodriguez of “Magic Mike” and “Empire.” Now that’s a star lineup, all written by BELLA’s amazing Entertainment Editor Alexandra Anastasio, who always delivers an exceptional in-depth piece. You know the ones – where you finish reading feeling like you truly know a lot more about the person than before you started. That exclusive access is what BELLA’s all about. We love to provide our readers with an inside, behind-the-scenes look at their favorite stars. Another exciting addition to this issue is a new page called “My Favorite Things,” where I’m showcasing brands and products I cannot live without this season. It’s fun and flirty, and I hope you enjoy the recommendations I’ve personally handpicked. Check it out on page 26. As always, you will find everything you need to live your most BELLA life within this issue: Beauty, Fashion, Travel, Wellness, Celebrity, Arts & Culture, Dining, and some amazing Around Town pages, where we highlight our memorable BELLA events both in NYC and LA. In fact, we co-hosted our first LA event this past May with contributor Jordana Woodland at her gorgeous Naked Princess Flagship store. It was a huge success; see for yourself on page 150! Yes, the BELLA brand is expanding to the west coast, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I hope you all have a fantastic time during these summer months (I know I will), and I look forward to your feedback on the issue. Safe travels, and be well!


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CONTRIBUTORS JULY/AUGUST 2015 PAMELA PEKERMAN is a premier fashion and lifestyle expert that has devoted her life to helping women fight through life’s obstacles by showing them how style and beauty positively impacts their lives and gives them the strength to never surrender. From national morning shows like “Good Morning America” and major cable networks like FOX Business and VH1, Pamela is often sharing style tips, along with the scoop on the hottest trends. She has appeared as a style expert for TV shopping giants QVC and HSN.

RACHEL PAUL is a New York Citybased makeup artist and educator loving life in the East Village. Her artistry experience stretches from couture fashion shows to film, and also includes an extensive list of editorial and celebrity clients. As BELLA’s Beauty Correspondent, Rachel brings makeup how-to’s to your front door. She is a seeker and creator of all things beautiful, and encourages everyone to discover and own their unique beauty.

BELLA’s Travel Director SASCHA ZUGER has explored more than 35 countries with her son Nakoa while writing for national publications like National Geographic Traveler, SELF, O Magazine, Redbook, Parade, Parenting, and Parents, as well as a number of travel guides. When not wandering the world, she splits her time between the Hudson Valley, Breezy Point, and the Upper West Side, writing novels for teens under the pseudonym, Aimee Ferris.

By the age of 13, KELLY FAJACK’s images were already in the pages of Surfing Magazine. Since then his camera has taken him to more than 50 countries, shooting for clients such as Neutrogena, Fiat, and Fujitsu Siemens, as well as magazines like Time, Shape, and Conde Nast Traveler. He’s even responsible for the photo on the back of African currency. Kelly currently resides with his wife Holli in Venice Beach, California.

VANESSA COPPES is the Social and Digital Media Strategist for BELLA New York, an author, a certified digital marketer, a blogger, and the co-founder of ETTWomen. Harnessing the power of social media, she blogged her way onto the BELLA team in 2011. An advocate of social good, her print and online contributions highlight social entrepreneurs. Coppes is on a mission to “Make An Impact” one blog post and Tweet at a time.


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18 | THE STYLE REPORT Celebrity Style: Best Dressed, Not-So-Mellow Yellow, Cool Summer Style, NY Look, Designer Diaries: Shoshanna Gruss, From the Desk of the EIC, Blazin’ Style with a White Blazer

28 | BEAUTY & THE BEACH The Heat Is On!

30 | SUMMER SPLASH Summer Style Essentials

32 | SMART PACKING FOR A SUMMER GETAWAY Do More Lounging and Less Luggage Lugging

34 | SUMMER CHIC Kaki West in the Summer’s Most Chic Looks

40 | BEAUTY SCENE Steal These A-list Must-Haves, Summer Loving, Pretty Shine, Valerie Cruz’s Beauty Stash, #SkyHigh Glamour

52 | CAPTIVATED BY COLOR Patricia de León Rocks the Hottest Looks in Beauty

59 | MY OBSESSIONS Greetings From the Hamptons

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60 | HER HAMPTONS FAVORITES NYC Movers & Shakers Share Where to Go & What to See

62 | HAMPTONS FOODIE FIELD TRIP Liz Lange’s Delicious Adventure

64 | BEST OF BELLA SUMMER 2015 The Best Venues to Wine, Dine, Mix, Mingle & More

68 | PARIS IN NEW YORK Make it a Parisienne Summer!

72 | ARTS & CULTURE Beyond Broadway…

74 | CULTURE VULTURE A Superior Summer Is Ahead

76 | NEW YORK LIFE Adam Rodriguez

80 | NYC ARTIST SPOTLIGHT DJ Ruckus: Nothing Short of Spectacular

82 | STARS OF SUMMER Celebs Destined to Heat Up the Summer

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96 | GETTING TO KNOW Juan Pablo DiPace

100 | HOME DESIGN Bravo’s Jeff Lewis

104 | SOPHISTICATED SPACES A Cool Summer Sanctuary

106 | GREAT GATHERINGS Start the Party Right

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136 | A NOVEL IDEA Dish Up Some Delectable Reading This Summer

138 | TRAVEL Montauk Yacht Club, The Hamptons, Just Add Water, Buenos Aires,

146 | POSTCARDS FROM LA West Coast Living for East Coast Dwellers

148 | AROUND TOWN 152 | THE NEW YORKER 9 Lyss Stern

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StyleReport the

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From fundraisers to sports events, premieres to playdates, our favorite A-listers show how to make the simple summer dress look sophisticated in the Hamptons and beyond. By Laura Camerlengo


Left to Right: Molly Sims and son Brooks Stuber at the 6th Annual Family Fair at the Children’s Museum of the East End, Bridgehampton Jane Krakowski and son Bennett at the 6th Annual Family Fair at the Children’s Museum of the East End, Bridgehampton Bridget Moynahan at the US Open at the National Tennis Center, New York Delfina Blaquier at the premiere of “And So It Goes” at Guild Hall, East Hampton Shoshanna Gruss at the premiere of “And So It Goes” at Guild Hall, East Hampton Katrina Bowden at the Delta Open Mic Karaoke-A-Game at Arena, New York

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THE STYLE REPORT

Jules Smith Americana Choker, $98, and Cuff Bracelet, $59, Shopbop.com

Jay Godfrey Witherspoon Racerback Dress, $325, ZindigoBoutique.com Carolina Herrera Spring/Summer 2015

OBSESSION NOT-SO-MELLOW YELLOW By Laura Camerlengo

Brighten up your warm-weather wardrobe with summer’s sunniest hue.

Linda Farrow for Dries Van Noten Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $370, ModaOperandi.com

Christian Louboutin Iriza Patent Pumps, $675, Saks.com

J.W. Anderson Moon Bag, $1495, Shopbop.com

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Celine Cat Eye Sunglasses, $372, Farfetch.com

Vita Fede Mini Titan Crystal Bracelet, $388, Lyst.com

Albie Mixed Top, $118, FrenchConnection.com

Scoop Neck KneeLength Dress, $298, EileenFischer.com

ESSENTIALS FOR EVERYDAY STYLE By Dixie Lincoln-Nichols

KEEP YOUR SUMMER STYLE COOL AND CASUAL AS THE WEATHER HEATS UP WITH THESE NOT-SO-BASIC ESSENTIALS.

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Chic Denim A-Line Skirt, $68, BodenUSA.com

Watkins Ankle Strap Sandals, $99, NineWest.com

Rebecca Minkoff Perforated Mini Mac, $225, Piperlime.com

Franco Sarto Vivace Leather d’Orsay Flats, $80, Shop.Nordstrom.com

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THE STYLE REPORT

THE NEW YORK LOOK WHAT NEW YORK’S MOST FASHIONABLE ARE WEARING Photos by Philip Fischetti & Lindsey Trimble/PF+NY

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THE STYLE REPORT Shoshanna Odessa Dress, $395, Shoshanna.com

DESIGNER DIARIES SHOSHANNA GRUSS

Shoshanna Eugenia Maxi Dress, $560, Bloomingdales.com

By Laura Camerlengo

Native New Yorker Shoshanna Gruss revolutionized dress departments in 1998 when she launched her eponymous figure-flattering collection, Shoshanna. Since then, Gruss has continued to make waves in the marketplace, from the debut of her innovative swimwear line in 2001 – the first to have lingerie-inspired sizing – to the recent launch of her eveningwear line, Shoshanna Midnight. BELLA sat down with the busy fashion mogul to talk about her new collection, summer fashion, and dressing for the Hamptons. Listen in…

You started your fashion line in 1998 out of frustration that there were few clothing options for well-endowed women – a frustration that you had experienced first-hand. What pushed you to launch your label? I was pretty young when I launched my label – it wasn’t part of my plan. I had attended college at University of California, Los Angeles, and worked for a boutique called Tracy Ross. It was one of the first curated clothing boutiques, and the boutique at the time. For years, I had a hard time finding clothes that worked for my shape, and that weren’t overtly sexy or matronly. While working at Tracy Ross, I saw a lot of young designers come in and show their lines, and that sparked the idea to launch my own label. I saw that you could build something out of a good concept and with decent samples. Although I didn’t have the background or training for this – I had thought I would work in finance after college – I had this feeling in my tummy that creating my own label was something that I should do. I just couldn’t shake it. I knew that this idea of a clothing collection that was inclusive of all women’s shapes would strike a nerve with a lot of women – and it did. How does your desire for figure-flattering clothing continue to inspire your collections? It’s always our goal to create collections that are as inclusive of many body types. When I started my collection I was designing everything by myself, but now I have a great team of designers and we all work together to make sure that our designs suit many shapes. We don’t only ask the question, “Where would you wear this?” but also “Who is wearing this?” We want to create clothes that look as good on a 15-year-old girl as they do on a 45-year-old woman. A design is not just a piece of artwork, but something that will accentuate a woman’s shape and make her feel beautiful, confident, and celebrated.

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You revolutionized the swimwear industry in 2001 when you created swimwear separates inspired by lingerie sizing. When did this idea come to you? I was so extremely curvy that I had to have all of my swimsuits custom-made, and the process was very expensive and time-consuming. I thought, “You don’t buy your bras and underwear as a set – swimwear should be like that.” Our first line had 13 top sizes, with two sizes for each cup size, and seven bottom sizes. I had lots of push back from stores at first; many were concerned that they would have leftover stock from tops and bottoms that didn’t sell. I was confident that women would respond well to the collection, and offered to take back items that didn’t sell. The line was very successful, and put the Shoshanna label on the map even more. As a young woman, it was great to be three years into a collection and to have a boom. Swimwear shopping is difficult for many women. What advice can you offer them for finding a swimsuit that suits their shape? I think it’s important for women to find the part their body that they like best and highlight it. We create about 10 to 15 different tops for our line, but I know that only three or four of these fit me best so I stick to those. I like bikinis; they break up my body and make me appear taller. Figure out what works for you and stick to that. And when in doubt, a well-fitting black bikini is always flattering. Tell us about your summer 2015 line. What inspired this collection? I love bright colors, especially in the summer, and those appear a lot in this collection. There is a bohemian spirit to the designs for this season, and we have picked up on that with beautiful beadwork, great colors, like mint, blue and green, and paisleys.


Shoshanna Gruss

spent a lot of time out there – for camp, then working. I lived with my parents in New York City for a long time, but bought my first house in the Hamptons when I was 23-years-old. I love it out there. I work out there in the summer with my kids; it’s a beautiful, relaxing, and very special place. My family and I have an amazing time – It’s a great place to unwind. Have your experiences in the Hamptons influenced your designs? Yes, definitely. The Shoshanna collection has a very clean, classic feel but with a preppy undertone and a little edge. Growing up in the Hamptons, I have been inspired by the area’s colors and that oldschool-Hamptons feel in combination with the bohemian feel of places like Montauk and Sag Harbor. All of this is part of my personal fabric and aesthetic as is growing up in New York City. I love gingham but I also love black with grommets.

Shoshanna Halter Bralet Top, $105, and Hipster Bottom, $96, Bloomingdales.com

Bright happy colors appear a lot in our summer Mommy and Me line as well; my oldest daughter, Sienna, helps me with that collection. It’s great to have her point of view on the designs. This issue spotlights New York’s favorite summer spot, the Hamptons. As a born and bred New Yorker, have the Hamptons always been a part of your life? Yes. My parents have had a place there for years, and I have

Let’s say my girlfriend is heading to the Hamptons for the weekend. What three items from your summer collection should she pack in her suitcase? She will likely spend most of her day on the beach, so she will need a bikini. She will also need an awesome day to night cover up – a sexy, flowy dress with an elastic waist can easily transition from the beach to dinner with pretty sandals and fun earrings. And she should pack one cocktail dress just in case she gets invited to an awesome party. I’d also pack one to two pairs of sandals, a great pair of heels, and a straw bag. After 17 years in business, what are you looking forward to next? I am always surprised and excited by what happens next. Two years ago I signed with Elizabeth Arden, which has been an amazing partnership. I am collaborating with Club Monaco, which is fantastic. We found that women are increasingly interested in cocktail and evening dresses, so we just launched an eveningwear line for Shoshanna. I am always looking for what’s next, and look forward to continue to move forward and enjoy my work. I am very grateful. Shoshanna.com


THE STYLE REPORT

From the Desk of the EIC

FASHIONABLE FAVORITES Courtenay C. Hall

A modern woman is constantly on the go. Balancing it all and looking fabulous while doing so can be a daily challenge. Here are some of my fashionable summer suggestions. Exude confidence and strength while creating your look. Make it appear effortless by wearing a fashionable, yet versatile ensemble. Begin with a flattering dress that takes you from desk to date. Add a touch of glamour with sleek and distinctive jewelry. Dab a signature scent, carry a neutral statement handbag, and finish the look with a nude sandal to elongate your legs. Take each day on with style!

GET THE LOOK

Belted Floral Dress Eliza J Dresses Studded Caged Heels Lulus Mackage Rubie Mini Crossbody Handbag Paula and Chlo White Vintage 2.5 Concave Bracelet Rustic Cuff Swiss Blue Topaz Drop Earrings Rimma Jewelry Central Park South Fragrance Bond No. 9

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Wear it by Day | Wear it by Night

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HERE’S HOW TO TRANSITION A CRISP WHITE BLAZER FROM A LAID BACK AND CASUAL DAYTIME LOOK INTO AN ELEGANT AND SOPHISTICATED OUTFIT WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN. By Dixie Lincoln- Nichols Fringe Earrings, $38, AlexAndAni.com

Saint Laurent Sunglasses, $300, MonnierFreres.com

Donna Karan Metallic Sequined Vest Top, $1160, Farfetch.com

Beaded Top, $18, HM.com

The White Blazer Iris & Ink Selena Crepe Blazer, $255, TheOutnet.com

Freda Studded Ring, $52, Shop.Nordstrom.com Diesel Easy Gleaming Yuma, $168, 6PM.com

Guess Body Ring, $16, Zappos.com

P.A.R.O.S.H. Sequin Trousers, $342, Farfetch.com Rebecca Minkoff Love Clutch, $255, ShopBop.com

Joie Avalon Metallic Slides, $140, Zappos.com

Free Spirit Jeans, $59, Zara.com

Jimmy Choo Katie Sandals, $1575, NeimanMarcus.com

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Tank Romper $40, Shop.Bikini.com Morocco Bracelet $90, DaraSenders.com

Papaya Queen Nail Polish $18, VoidBeauty.com

BEAUTY AND THE BEACH By Dana Priggé

The waves break upon the shore in a steady rhythm of the song that calls us back to the beach each summer. Prepare and protect your hair and skin from the beat of the sun’s rays. Flaunt the perfect papaya pedicure, beach babe sunglasses, and white romper that transports you from beach to bar and cocktails with your girls. All of your beach essentials are neatly gathered in your bright satchel. The sun is shining and you’re smiling. The heat is on!

Weekend Satchel $99, Lipault-us.com Alterna Haircare Bamboo Beach Sun Recovery Spray $22, AlternaHaircare.com

Halo Sunglasses $110, PacificRimEyewear.com

Full Moon Studs $75, WrenGlory.com

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Miracle Links Necklace $679, Kay.com

Textured Panama Hat $17, CharlotteRusse.com

Hamptons Fragrance $205, BondNo9.com Nail Colour in Amethyst Amore $8, PixiBeauty.com

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Nolana Sandal $70, Naturalizer.com

Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation $11.30, Covergirl.com

Brush-N-Brighten Blush $27.50, LauraGeller.com

SUMMER SPLASH By Dana Priggé

With a smile exchanged, we ride the wind and sail away to other days. Adventure awaits at your destination beyond the horizon. Beautiful blue tones create your summer look. Spritz your wrists with a signature Hamptons scent, slip your feet into a sexy sandal, and have your pedicure perfected with a vibrant amethyst polish. Accented by your mermaid ring and a cool hat, you’ll be easy to spot at The Surf Lodge! Boots Shade and Define $8, Drugstore.com

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SMART PACKING FOR A SUMMER GETAWAY

One revisable bikini yields four pool-side style options. Ipanema Reversible Wrap Top and Scrunch Bottom $77 and $75, Bikini.com

By Pamela Pekerman

These 10 versatile fashion essentials will ensure you do more lounging and less luggage lugging!

If an unexpected soiree is hosted in your honor, layer your lacy beach cover up over leggings and tank. Miguelina White Lace Dress $615, EverythingButWater.com From the airport to drinks, high-quality leggings should always be in your getaway bag. Lysse High Waist Back Zip Crop $88, Lysse.com

Multi-hardware jewelry will play back to any ensemble. J. Jill Mixed Metal Rings Necklace and Mix Metals Shapes Bracelet Stack $49 each, JJill.com

Look for wrinkle-free fabrics, and long tunics that can double as dresses. Tees by Tina Groove Tunic $110, TeesbyTina.com

Pack shorts that have a bold print in a neutral color scheme that will work with your whole wardrobe. Ann Taylor Diamond Jacquard Short $59, AnnTaylor.com

Flip flops with a waxy finish will look better on and off the beach. With a massaging flopZgel that covers the insole, these also massage you while you walk! Flopz Emerald Flip Flops with Green Glitter Straps $51.23, Flopz.com

This travel duffel will make a great beach bag. TOMS Saffron Ikat Traveler Duffel $148, Toms.com Wedge shoes will give you lift, while providing stability on numerous terrains like grass, cobblestone, and the boardwalk. Aerosoles On Track Wedge $79, Aerosoles.com

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Let your clutch double as your makeup pouch. Make sure it has a detachable strap or wristlet, for hands-free moments. The Sak Classic Minis Large Wristlet $29, TheSak.com


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SUMMER CHIC PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN RUSSO STYLIST: THERESA NISTICO MAKEUP: EVELYN RAMIREZ HAIR: BECCA JANINA MODEL: KAKI WEST

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Shirt & Pants: Donna Karan Headband: Ralph Lauren Tote: Prada Sunglasses: Louis Vuitton

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Blazer: IRO Bodysuit: La Perla Belt: Alexander McQueen Shoes: Christian Loubouitn Sunglasses: Chanel

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Gown: Roberto Cavalli Belt: St. John Bag: Dominie Luxury

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Jumpsuit: Naked Princess Bag: Hermes Birkin Belt: Michael Costello

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Shirt: J. Crew Skirt: Lanvin Belt: Aliaa

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BeautyScene CELEBRITY BEAUTY SECRETS Want to rock your own red carpet? Steal these A-list lust-haves. By Janene Mascarella

EMMA STONE

Revlon’s Sahara Escape Collection is inspired by warm earthy hues with vibrant pops of color. $4.99 and up, stores nationwide

KATE HUDSON

Moroccanoil Fluer De Rose Body Buff is a gentle exfoliating body scrub infused with rose petals that polishes away dead skin cells to instantly help revitalize skin. $52, Moroccanoil.com

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GWYNETH PALTROW

WEN Cucumber Aloe ReMoist Hydrating Mask is a signature treatment that’s designed to rejuvenate and rehydrate dry, damaged, lifeless, color-treated hair. $72 ChazDean.com


OLIVIA WILDE

Davines OI/Absolute Beautifying Potion adds extraordinary shine and softness. You can use it on damp or dry hair, and it smells incredibly divine. $20-$41 US.Davines.com

JESSICA BIEL

G.M. Collin Aquamucine Cream SPF 15 rebuilds and hydrates the skin by retaining water in the dermis and absorbing water from the skin to fill in wrinkles. $54, Skin1.com

JULIA ROBERTS KELLY RIPA

Paintbox is a chic nail studio in SoHo that offers a seasonal collection of thoughtfully edited nail designs and colors reminiscent of runway and editorial trends to discerning women seeking edgy elegance. 17 Crosby Street, Paint-Box.com

Weleda Skin Food helps maintain the skin’s natural balance with a combination of plant extracts that are renowned for their moisturizing and soothing effects. $19, USA.Weleda.com

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BEAUTY SCENE FACE LIGHTEN UP!

Weighted skin care in summer heat can feel like torture, but don’t assume a warmer climate means your skin doesn’t need TLC. Store away your heavy moisturizer for a few months, but switch to a hydrating serum before bed and a lightweight lotion during the day.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT LAYERS.

Janene Mascarella BELLA’s Beauty Director recommends…

Touch In Sol Feel Like Honey Moon Skin Base $24, Sephora

SPF is crucial all year long, but daily use is especially necessary in the summer because our skin is more frequently exposed to harmful rays. These rays are the number one accelerator of lines and wrinkles! It’s worth an extra layer and one more step to save your skin!

REMOVE THE MASK. Thanks to groundbreaking technology, we can expect more from our foundation. It should not be used to cover, but to perfect. You can have it all! Look for a lightweight foundation that has sheer coverage and long wearability (usually a demi-matte finish). Use a dab of concealer on blemishes or spots to add coverage instead of opting for a full coverage foundation. But please don’t hide your beautiful freckles!

PUT DOWN THE POWDER.

Achieve a natural sun-kissed look with a liquid or cream blush. It will feel lighter on the skin and beat out powder blush’s staying power in the midst of heat and humidity by hours.

VITA LIBERATA SPF 50 Passion Flower & Argan Dry Oil $45, Sephora

FACES Beautiful Brush-On Liquid Mineral Makeup $40, FacesBeautiful.com

trèStiQue ‘St. Barths Pink’ Color & Contour Blush Stick $34, Trestique.com

LIPS WATERCOLOR YOUR LIPS.

WEIGHTLESS BEAUTY

What’s your makeup wardrobe for summer? A wool coat in 80-degree weather is just as out of place as a full coverage, hydrating foundation. With temps rising, it’s time to reassess your beauty products and shed those winter layers! The right formulas for face, lips, and eyes will bring out your natural beauty – without the weight! By Rachel Paul

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For day wear, ease up on the opaque matte lipsticks, liners, and thick glosses. Instead, paint your lips with a sheer tint or balm. Most have Shea butter or vitamin E to condition, and some will even have SPF to protect your pout! No matter how bold you go, the application doesn’t require a mirror, so you can apply poolside or even while cycling through Central Park.

Mizzi Cosmetics Lip Luxe Sweet Coconut Natural Lip Balm $11.75, MizziCosmetics.com

EYES SKIP THE LINER.

One of my favorite summer eye designs includes only two elements: a flesh-toned radiant shadow and a feathery lash. It’s so fresh and light. I doubt you will miss the anxiety of smudged or running eyeliner, anyway. Bye-bye, raccoon eyes!

Le Metier de Beaute Limited Edition Ken Downing London Eye Kaleidoscope $125, NeimanMarcus.com


Photographer: John Russo Hair: Guy Romeo, Grid Agency Makeup: Helen Robertson, Celestine Agency Necklace: Sam Lehr Jewelry Lipstick: Aniise by Patricia De Leon Pro Matte Lipstick in Raw

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It's important to give your face a rest, so once a month I indulge in a face mask with all-natural ingredients. My favorite is from Aniise, whose mask is so natural that you could even eat it!

My go-to makeup look is a matte lipstick. I wear them on a daily basis and love them so much that I came out with my own line, a collaboration with Aniise Skincare. They're all mineral, long lasting, and most importantly cruelty free. To ensure they stay on all day, I also use my line's lip conditioner at night to get a soft plump pout.

On days that I haven't gotten a good night's sleep and my eyes look puffy, I use a cold tea bag or chilled cucumbers to put on my eyes. This helps reduce my eye puffiness. I'm also a huge fan of the Glam Glow Eye Treatment which achieves similar results!

Patricia de León is a Panamanian actress, TV host, model, and beauty pageant titleholder. Here she shares some of her favorite beauty have-to-haves‌

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BEAUTY SCENE OPTIMAL GLOW

IT Cosmetics CC+ BRONZER SPF 50+ features full, flawless, perfect coverage. $35, ITCosmetics.com OROGOLD 24K Multi-Vitamin Day Moisturizer is enriched with vitamins E, A, C, B, Pro-B5, antioxidants and pure 24 karat gold. $178, Orogold.com

SPLASHY SCENTS

SUMMER LOVING

WE HEART THE SEASON’S HOTTEST STUFF… Janene Mascarella

SIMPLY BRILLIANT

TAO WEI Cool2Hot Sonic Beautifier unites ancient Eastern philosophies with modern Western technology. $198, WeiBeauty.com Color Me Automatic Foundation Applicator delivers an effortlessly smooth, airbrushed look. $54, ULTA Beauty, QVC, ColorMeBeauty.com

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Bond No. 9 Park Avenue South is a fresh, flirty, and contemporary floral scent with a lingering depth. Swarovski Limited Edition 100ml, $295, Bondno9.com Raymond Matts MAIADAY Artisanal Scent is natural, light – and for the dreamer. $200, RaymondMatts.com


BEACH BABE

Sunology Broad-spectrum Sunscreen for Face lacks unnecessary chemical ingredients and won’t absorb into the skin. $14.99, Sunology.com

ON THE GO

Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets instantly eliminate frizz on all hair types. $18, NunzioSaviano.com

Alterna Haircare BAMBOO Beach Summer Sun Shine Spray is a weightless mist that instantly polishes, protects, and adds shine. $22, AlternaHaircare.com

Travelmate Sheet Mask Set is a summer mustbuy: Stash a packet in your pocket to look fresh-faced anywhere you go. $28, Birchbox.com

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BEAUTY SCENE PRETTY IN THE CITY

SUMMER SHINE

Summer calls for a lustrous glow reminiscent of sun bathing in the Maldives. Here’s a few must-have products to have you looking like you just walked off a Tahitian beach even if you were sitting in your office all day. (Shhhh, we won’t tell anyone!) From radianceboosting skincare to iridescent eyeshadow to the perfect bronzing mouse, you will be set for the season, mega-watt smiles and shimmering skin included. By Dara Kaplan

M-61 JetGlow Cream and Serum This is the ideal skincare duo for harnessing a true lit-from-within look for your skin. Utilizing glycolic acid, peptides, and vitamins, your skin will not only be glowing but will be thanking you for the dose of good-for-you ingredients. Can be used together for a mega dose of luminosity or separately. $92 and $98, BlueMercury.com

NARS Outer Limits Single Eyeshadow (part of The Christopher Kane for NARS Collection) Instantly awaken your face by adding a light-reflecting eyeshadow that imparts a warm rose-gold incandescent to your lids. $25, NarsCosmetics.com

Edward Bess Black Sea Golden Hour Bronzing Mousse Say goodbye to old-school powder bronzer that cakes. No harsh lines, just pure luster. This bronzing mousse gives you the golden hour glow just like your favorite soft-focus Instagram filter. We are in love. $49.50, QVC.com

Glo Pop by Glo Science Whiten your teeth on the go with a Pop vial to go. Innovative formula provides no sensitivity, just ease and portability. Use three times a day. No trays, no fuss! $89, GloScience.com

Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Perfect for warm weather when you do not want to be bothered by lipstick. This has the feeling of a balm, the coverage of a lipstick, and the shine of a gloss and comes in 12 mouthwatering shades. $25, LauraMercier.com

Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Oil No more streaking with the newest formula of self-tanner to hit the market, liquid gold oil. With this formula you don’t have to sacrifice your body skincare for a tan. Get a super dose of moisture-quenching Argan oil while getting a safe tan – what a win! $38, QVC.com

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Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick Give yourself that rosy-bronzed glow with a portable stick – perfect to stash in your bag to touch up on the go. Pro tip: You can even use on your eyelids or lips in a pinch. We love multitasking products! $45, CharlotteTilbury.com


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BEAUTY SCENE Devita Natural Skin Care Systems Moroccan Rose Facial Toner and Hyaluronic SeruGel $22.95 and $45.95, DevitaSkincare.com “Hydrating my combination skin can be tricky, especially in the summertime heat. These two products come from one of my favorite skincare lines Devita and are both aloe based and chemical free. They drench and plump the skin with moisture while completely absorbing in the skin. They work incredibly well under makeup, and the toner is a great refresher mist throughout the day. I’ll often use it for quick makeup touch-ups. It really smoothes things out and it smells yummy!”

Paul Mitchell Wild Ginger Awapuhi Texturizing Sea Spray

Photo: Elise Gannett

$19.99, professional salons and PaulMitchell.com “I never really liked sea sprays until I found this one from Paul Mitchell. It achieves the beach look without making you feel like you forgot to shower. A couple mists, I run my fingers through my hair, and like magic I just spent a day oceanside.”

ON MY VANITY BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL: VALERIE CRUZ’S TOP SUMMER BEAUTY STASH By Janene Mascarella

Classically trained actress Valerie Cruz always looks hot when the heat is on. We can’t wait to see what she follows up with after starring as FBI Agent Gina Mendez on the FOX series “The Following.” After all, this NYC-based beauty always looks so pretty under pressure. No need to crack the code … Cruz opened up her makeup case and spilled it.

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FHI Heat Glamour Curling Rod and Cone $199.98, FHIHeat.com “Nothing says summertime more than beach hair! I never thought I could get so excited about a curling iron, but this one is ‘the bomb!’ It helps create a more uniform messy texture for curly hair like mine, and also adds fullness and texture to those with straight hair. I just can’t get enough of this iron. I’ve seen it work on every hair type, and it’s so easy to use.”


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SKYHIGHS SUNRISE, SUNSET … YOUR EYE-COLOR INSPIRATION IS LOOKING UP. By Janene Mascarella

A. Rouge Bunny Rouge Fire Drops Loose Glitter Pigment $23, BeautyHabit.com B. Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust in “Silver Glow” $10, Target C. Physicians Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Extreme Shimmer Eyeliner Trio $11.95, stores nationwide D. Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic Waterproof Glide-On Eye Shadow in “Iridescent Turquoise” $21, MakeUpForever.com E. Hard Candy Take Me Out Eye Liner Pencil $4, Walmart

ZuZu Luxe by Gabriel Cosmetics, Inc. Sirena Palette $45, GabrielCosmeticsInc.com POP Beauty Pure Pigment in “Metallic Blue” $8, Beauty.com

GO BOLD

Need a hot lipstick to pair with your moody blues? We love Merle Norman’s Creamy Lipcolor in “Cameo Shrimp.” It delivers a pop of pink pigment that’s unapologetically bright and spunky. $14, Merle Norman Studios, MerleNorman.com

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COVERGIRL Eye Shadow Quad in “Breathtaking Blues” $8.99, stores nationwide


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Ring: Spring Street The Collection Earrings: Natasha Couture Scarf: Free Press Lipstick: Aniise By Patricia De Leon, Love The Lucy Lipstain Nails: John Russo Beauty, Princessa

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Ring: Spring Street The Collection Bracelet: Vintage (Model’s own) Lipstick: Aniise By Patricia De Leon, Miami Kiss Lipstick Nails: John Russo Beauty, Deep Blue Sea

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Scarf: Collection Eighteen Lipstick: Aniise By Patricia De Leon, Raw Lipstick Nails: John Russo Beauty, Stalker

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Hamptons 2015 HER HAMPTONS FAVORITES By Pamela Pekerman To really appreciate the unique charm of any town, you need to ask the locals. For the Hamptons, that means talking to the ladies that have been going to the Hamptons before it was “The Hamptons.” BELLA caught up with some East End vets, who also happen to be NYC’s top movers and shakers, to get the scoop on their favorite farmer’s market, facialist, food, and more.

RACHEL PALETSKY ASH CO-OWNER OF THE ASH CENTER FOR COMPREHENSIVE MEDICINE/WellNEST

Ash has a diverse background in health, wellness, lifestyle, and sacred design, which she has used to create progressive healing centers in NYC, Connecticut and the Hamptons. This summer, Ash will be chairing the annual Healthy Child Healthy World Summer Luncheon on August 13 at Topping Rose in Bridgehampton.

Favorite Facialist: Le Don Spa “Thuyen Nguyen, the spa owner, has an all-natural facial called “InstantLift.” You leave feeling like you had a workout for your face. He also sells his exclusive line of organic skincare called, THUYEN Skincare.” La Don Spa, 382 Montauk Highway, Wainscott, 631-604-6500 Favorite Furniture and Antiques: Max ID NY Gallery “They house contemporary furniture designed by Maximilian Eicke, as well as his family’s antique business. All the prices are amazing.” 3 Madison Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-7000, MaxIDNY.net Favorite Organic Juice: Montauk Juice Factory “This place has great energy and offers excellent local, cold-pressed, organic juices and cleanses.” 12 South Etna Avenue, Montauk, 631-668-8286, MontaukJuiceFactory.com

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Favorite Shopping: Ganeaux “The owner, Christine, has the best taste. My absolutely fave thing ever are her candles – salt air, seawater, warm sand, and 1970’s copper tone. I keep them all over my house.” 167 Main Street, Amagansett, 631-267-7717, Ganeaux.com Favorite Breakfast: John’s Pancake House “This is where we take our kids for breakfast all the time. It’s not just a pancake house. Everything is delicious – the crepes, the eggs, etc.” 721 Montauk Highway, Montauk, 631-668-2383 Favorite Fish: Inlet Seafood Restaurant “Just across the bay from Gossman’s, Inlet is owned by local, commercial fishing families that serve what they catch. The sushi is amazing! And sitting outside and watching the sunset is perfection.” 541 East Lake Drive, Montauk, 631-668-4272, InletSeafood.com

JANE WAGMAN GRAPHIC DESIGNER A former design editor at Vogue and Allure, Wagman’s current design clients include Robin Hood, the New York Historical Society, South Hampton Arts Center, and the Lung Cancer Research Foundation.

ALISON BROD PRESIDENT OF ALISON BROD PUBLIC RELATIONS

This PR veteran and busy mom of two is known for her impeccable taste, drive, and top-notch clients, including Old Navy, L’Oreal, and Mercedes-Benz. Favorite Music: The Stephen Talkhouse “At night, I enjoy sipping Avión tequila with lime, while enjoying an old, classic band. This venue is basically the only place to see live music, and it’s tiny and intimate.” 161 Main Street, Amagansett, 631-267-3117, StephenTalkhouse.com Favorite Transportation: Gotham Air “It’s like the Uber of the skies and my preferred mode of transportation this summer to the Hamptons and Montauk. I love knowing that I can book ondemand flights simply and easily via an app!” 646-405-7008, GothamAir.com


RAMY SHARP DESIGNER OF RAMY BROOK

A former advertising executive who took time off to raise her three children before launching her fashion label, Sharp is also very committed to her philanthropic work with UJA-Federation, The GO Project and Food Allergy Research & Education. This summer, when customers purchase a Ramy Brook handbag at the brand’s New York flagship store or at the annual UJA-Federation Trunk Show in the Hamptons, they’ll have the option to have it complimentary customized with graffiti.

Favorite Jewelry: Jennifer Miller “Every girl needs a fun bauble. Jennifer also has the greatest hostess gifts for all the Hampton parties.” 28 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-283-9061, JenniferMillerJewelry.com Favorite Farm Stand: Country Gardens “They always have fresh veggies, perfect fruits, and the flowers are beautiful.” 35 Millstone Road (at Scuttlehole Road), Bridgehampton Favorite Beach for Kids: East Hampton Main Beach “The beach has bathrooms, lifeguards, and parking, making it an easy and fun spot for sunny family outings.” 101 Ocean Avenue, East Hampton, EastHamptonVillage.org Favorite Fun Scene: Sunset Beach “If you’re looking for great people-watching, this is the spot. Plus, they have the best-dressed women! If you can, go by boat for the best experience.” 35 Shore Road, Shelter Island, 631-749-2001, SunsetBeachLI.com

ROSANNA SCOTTO CO-HOST OF FOX 5 “GOOD DAY, NEW YORK”

In addition to being a three-time Emmy winner, Scotto is also the co-owner of her family’s restaurant, Fresco by Scotto.

Favorite Breakfast: Sip ‘n Soda Luncheonette - “It’s an old fashioned luncheonette with a great breakfast – scrambled eggs, toast, and home fries. And, if you want to splurge, go for the milkshake!” 40 Hampton Road, Southampton, 631-283-9752, SipNSoda.com

Favorite Groceries: Serene Green “At this organic farm stand, we load up on the most delicious fruits and vegetables we’ve ever tasted. Their Saturn peaches are simply mouth-watering!” 3980 Noyac Road, Sag Harbor, 631334-6311, SereneGreenInc.com

Favorite Lunch/Dinner: Scotto’s Pork Store - “It’s a great place for pizza, and their focaccia with eggplant and mozzarella is really tasty.” 25 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, 631-728-5677, ScottosPorkStore.com Favorite Beauty Salon: 27 Hampton Salon “They transform me from beach bum to party ready. Bianka knows how to tame the tresses. If I really need help, they also have great people to apply makeup and do manicures.” 27 Hampton Road, Southampton, 631-377-3107, 27HamptonSalon.com

Favorite Furniture: Southampton Animal Shelter Thrift Shop “We love to shop there and have scored some exquisite, shabbychic finds. The best thing about this place is that the money goes to helping animals.” 30 Jagger Lane, Southampton, 631-728-7387, SouthamptonAnimalShelter.com Photo: Patrick McMullan

TISH & SNOOKY FOUNDERS OF MANIC PANIC

The sisters were singers in the original Blondie lineup before they capitalized on their punkrock cred and co-founded their iconic beauty empire in 1977.

Favorite Dessert and More: Sant Ambroeus Southampton “No evening in the Hamptons would be complete without stopping at Sant Ambroeus for an after-dinner espresso or gelato. They have authentic Italian pastries that remind us of the ones we treat ourselves to on our annual trip to Bologna.” 30 Main Street, Southampton, 631-283-1233, SantAmbroeus.com B

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Hamptons 2015 For me, summers out east are all about entertaining at home and avoiding the overcrowded restaurants. Although some of the places have changed, many have stayed the same. My food shopping routine has remained constant since I got my driver’s license many moons ago. My first stop is always the open-air Farmer’s Market in the parking lot of Nick & Toni’s (136 North Main Street, East Hampton, 631-324-3550) for cheeses and olive oils. Art Ludlow, the owner of Mecox Dairy, sells his homemade cheeses from their own cows at this market. The gouda and cheddar are second to none.

Red Horse Market Farmer’s Market

HAMPTONS FOODIE FIELD TRIP WITH LIZ LANGE We know Liz Lange as the trail-blazing designer behind Liz Lange Maternity, the first formfitting pregnancy apparel. She also designs Liz Lange for Target, and a womenswear line for HSN. Did you know she’s also quite the foodie? We caught up with Lange to get the dish on where she shops for groceries when she’s at her Hamptons home. By Pamela Pekerman

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For the best mozzarella in the world, I head to Red Horse Market (74 Montauk Highway, East Hampton, 631-324-9500, RedHorseMarket.com). You wait on line watching Pasquale Langelle, one of the owners, make it. When he is done, he hands mozzarella out in small, still warm, batches. My next stop is Round Swamp Farm (184 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton, 631-324-4438, RoundSwampFarm.com). They now have an outpost in Bridgehampton, but my favorite is the original store in East Hampton where the owners walk around, helping people. Everything is delicious, but the chicken dumplings are my daughter’s favorite – I can’t keep enough of them in the house. Lisa, another member of the Round Swamp family, makes perfectly crispy, bite-sized, nut-free chocolate chip cookies. The family that started it still owns it. Claire and Carolyn are behind the counter calmly dealing with the lines that usually circle around the shop. Don’t be put off, they move quickly.


The Seafood Shop

If I’m planning a seafood meal, The Seafood Shop (356 Montauk Highway, Wainscott, 631-537-0633, TheSeafoodShop.com) is my go-to for lobster and fresh fish. One of my favorite dishes during the summer is grilled fish. I’ll buy whatever they tell me is fresh off the boat and throw it on the grill with a little olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon juice, salt and pepper. When I’m feeling lazy, I buy their cooked, cracked boiled lobsters and serve them, as is, at room temperature with melted butter and the shop’s tartare sauce for dipping. I also live for their homemade soups, in particular the seafood Thai curry. A daily must-stop for this foodie is Loaves and Fishes (50 Sagg Main Street, Sagaponack, 631-537-0555, LandFCookshop.com). I love their fresh fruit pies, and their homemade baguettes are out of this world. I serve them with cheese – if my children don’t get to them first. Loaves and Fishes is justifiably famous for its lobster salad, but be warned, it’s $100 per pound!

Loaves and Fishes, Photo: Jason Penney

Pierre’s Gourmet Market, Photo: John Musnicki If I’m feeling kindly toward my son, I will schlepp to Bridgehampton to get him Napoleon pastries from Pierre’s Gourmet Market (2468 Main St, Bridgehampton, 631-537-5110, PierresBridgehampton.com). They are the best! Finally, I’ll pop into Fairview Farm (19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton, 631-537-6154, FairviewFarmatMecox.com) for the most amazing challah. They start baking them at 5:30 am on Friday mornings. Reserve your loaf, as they sell out quickly. B

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Summer 2015 BEST OF BELLA

Fun in the sun, under the stars, date-night hair flipping, and impromptu road-tripping … summers are made for venturing out, winding down, living it up, and trying exciting new things. Looking for your next happy place? Here are BELLA’s very best venues to wine, dine, mix, mingle, splash, or dash off to – with winners in 14 categories! By Janene Mascarella

BEST BURGER

Warning – you’ll get addicted: DirtyBurger is a fun and casual Long Island restaurant offering a modern American menu with a “dirty” twist on the classics, including “Dirty Dust,” a blend of spices inspired by Chef Ian Russo’s far-flung travels. It’s out of this world! 12 Manetto Hill Plaza, Plainview, NY, DirtyBurger.com

BEST NYC TERRACE

The lively W New York - Downtown Living Room Bar & Terrace reflects Manhattan’s pulsating vibe amid floor-to-ceiling window views of the city. Socialize under the city lights while enjoying W signature cocktails for a sexy sporadic summer escape. Leave your power suits at the door and hightail it from ground floor to cocktails in a flash. 123 Washington Street, NYC, WNewYorkDowntown.com

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BEST SUMMER SIP

Summer has a new signature cocktail and it is “The Rossellini” at FIG & OLIVE Meatpacking, made with passion fruit vodka, freshly squeezed blood orange juice, and fresh lime juice. The restaurant attracts a sophisticated clientele from the neighboring art galleries and designer fashion houses. 420 West 13th Street, NYC, FigAndOlive.com


BEST SUGAR FIX

Recently opened by former Per Se chocolatier Susanna Yoon, Stick with Me serves up a collection of 24 hand-painted bonbons along with various caramels, nougats, and small cakes. Bonbon flavors include unique combinations like Matcha Green Tea, Dulce de Leche, Raspberry Rose, Peanut Butter & Jelly, and Black Sesame & Passion. 202 Mott Street, NYC, SWMSweets.com

BEST BEACH HOUSE BAR BEST FRIED CHICKEN

“Winner, winner, chicken dinner!” Especially if you’re reaping the reward at The Chester Midtown. This three-level bar, restaurant, and rooftop merges a modern and stylish feel of a bustling American brasserie with the welcoming vibe of a local social hall. 45 East 33rd Street, NYC, The ChesterNYC.com

Inspired by the laid-back beach life of Long Island’s East End, Lazy Point is a unique cocktail bar offering artisanal drinks in an urban beach house setting. Located in the historic Captain Dennison Wood House. 310 Spring Street (at Greenwich Street), NYC, LazyPointNYC.com

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BEST NYC OUTING

Take the day off, you deserve it! Manhattan by Sail has a diverse fleet of ships and a variety of options for those seeking the thrill of sailing in the world’s greatest harbor. The Shearwater features packages such as wine tasting, champagne brunch, whiskey and chocolate tasting, and has a capacity of 49 passengers. ManhattanBySail.com

BEST ICE CREAM CONE

While ice cream delicacies are certainly plentiful in NYC, where else can you customize your cone to have freshly melted Neuhaus chocolate drizzled into each nook and cranny of the cone right before your eyes? But wait, there’s more: It’s also topped with rich velvety ice cream and sprinkled with the same luxurious confections! Flagship boutique, 500 Madison Avenue (corner of Madison and 52nd), NYC, NeuhausChocolate.com

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BEST ROOFTOP POOL

Sunbathe, daydream, and by all means, stay for happy hour! Gansevoort Park Avenue’s newly reimagined rooftop, set 20 stories above Manhattan, offers a chic environment where you can get work done, too. The updated tri-level penthouse brings new meaning to work-life balance, creating a 24-hour escape that lets visitors work hard and play hard. 420 Park Avenue South at 29th Street, NYC, GansevoortHotelGroup.com


BEST SMALL BITES

Featuring modern Asian cuisine with a Japanese focus from Executive Chef Jason Lee, KENTA is a great spot to kick back and enjoy some drinks and appetizers in a chic atmosphere. (Psst: The Kobe meatballs are amazing!) 1197 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY, KentaLI.com

BEST URBAN OASIS

For a fast escape from the hustle and bustle, The Spa at Trump SOHO features the first luxury Hammams in New York City for both men and women. Guests can experience the social and cultural bathing rituals from Turkey and the Middle East at this top-notch spa, which also offers an enticing selection of classic treatments inspired by wellness rituals from around the world. 246 Spring Street, NYC, TrumpHotelCollection.com/SoHo

BEST SUNSET GAZING

Soak in the unobstructed sunset views over the Hudson River at The Jane Rooftop. This NYC hotspot is designed by New York hotelier Sean MacPherson and has the same faded bohemian splendor as the rest of The Jane with hand-chipped paint, exquisitely cracked walls, and stools dripping with fringe. 113 Jane Street, NYC, TheJaneNYC.com

BEST ROLLER COASTER

BEST WATERSLIDE

Need an adrenaline rush? Take the “Leap of Faith” at Atlantis Resort. This waterslide will propel you down a 60-foot, nearly-vertical drop. Oh, and when it ends, you pass through a clear acrylic tunnel submerged in a shark-filled lagoon. Easy-breezy! AtlantisBahamas.com

Ready for a road trip? Cedar Point (in Sandusky, Ohio) is known as “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World” and they recently unleashed Rougarou. This new coaster takes riders on an epic journey at speeds reaching 60 mph as their feet dangle just inches above the track and the murky waters below. Did we mention you’ll be flipped upside-down by a 119-foot-tall vertical loop? CedarPoint.com B

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PARIS

In New York By Boston Scarlette

Paris has long been an American obsession since the Broadway hit “Gigi” premiered in 1951 with the infamous Audrey Hepburn. Now, with Tonywinning “An American In Paris” wowing everyone on Broadway, there’s been a revival of French culture and a new generation of “Francophiles.” The Paris-New York connection is stronger than most realize and can be found in the Highline vs. Culee de Paris, Washington Square Arch vs. Arc de’ triomphe, even the Statue of Liberty! (Paris is home to two smaller replicas of The Statue of Liberty, with the one near Grenelle Bridge on the Île des Cygnes facing toward New York City.) Get ready to trade in your coffee for espresso, bagel for croissant, and cupcake for canelé, and make it a Parisienne summer. Here, the top 10 magnifique ways to experience Paris In New York!

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

Inspired by Vicente Minnelli’s Oscar-winning musical film “An American In Paris,” starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, director Christopher Wheeldon and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Craig Lucas pay tribute with a new balletic musical on Broadway. Before making it to Broadway’s Palace Theater, the ambitious playbill first premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris at the end of last year. Now, lead actors Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope have New York falling in love with Paris. Make sure to grab your tickets fast! AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com

SHOPPING FRENCH FASHION ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE

The Upper West Side has recently seen a shift from restaurants to fashion stores, with Comptoir des Cotonniers, Maje, Sandro’s, and the newest member IRO taking residence along Columbus Avenue. Sandro’s presents many modern, French-inspired answers to the little black dress – our favorite is the Rollander Dress (retail $495). Pair it with the Velcro Activity Sandal (retail $375), and you have the perfect look for taking an evening stroll on the High Line before dinner. ComptoirDesContonniers.com, Maje.com, IROParis.com, SandrosNYC.com

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MAILLE BOUTIQUE

At Maille Boutique you’ll find a mustard (yes, mustard!) experience like no other, complete with a Mustard Sommelier! Pirette Hunter, Maille’s U.S. Mustard Sommelier, assists customers in discovering new flavors and recipes to enjoy them. They feature about 24 flavors on shelves and four on tap – yes, on tap! Jars from the on-tap collection can be refilled at any Maille location across the globe. Our favorite is the limited edition Sauternes – we love its fruity and light palette. You can also choose from the White Wine Summer Collection: Toasted Onion with Thyme, Lemon and Garlic, and Fine Herbs – and taste the heritage of Maille in this sleekly-adorned boutique decorated in Maille’s signature black and gold colors. Maille.com


LE DISTRICT

Le District is a mega-shopping complex of French food galore with exclusive finds like Epices de Cru artisanal spices and Theordor Tea from Paris. There are four districts to peruse, but we were lost for hours in La Cure Gourmande, picking out individual biscuits to make our own tin. Another great highlight at Le District is the Boucherie where you can choose from excellent meats to take home or eat on the spot. Working in FiDi? Make sure to grab a leg of lamb sandwich from the Rotisserie for lunch – it’s become a district favorite! And don’t forget to bring home flowers by Yasmine, whose work is inspired by childhood memories in Provence, France. LeDistrict.com

CANELÉS BY CÉLINE

Miniature canelés are Paris native Céline’s trademark and “delish” according to Chef JeanGeorges Vongerichten! His interest in where she was selling them sparked the idea for the boutiquesized shop now on the Upper East Side. There are so many savory and sweet flavors, including our favorites – orange and caramel. Summer flavors include peach, fig, and raspberry. What makes Canelés by Céline even better? The minis are only 25 calories! CaneleByCeline.com

WHAT IS A CANELÉ? BASTILLE DAY ON 60TH STREET

Presented by the French Institute Alliance Francaise, this is the ultimate féte of the summer. On Sunday, July 12th, Francophiles will come together at 60th Street (between 5th and Lexington) to celebrate Bastille Day – France’s Independence Day. There will even be a drawing to win a trip to France! BastilleDayNY.com

A canelé is made from eggs, sugar, milk, flour, vanilla, rum, and a lot of love into a petite cake-like pastry with a custard center and crispy caramelized dark crust. It originates from the Bordeaux region of France but is served in many Parisian pâtisseries! Continued

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NEW FRENCH RESTAURANTS Pardon My French

French cuisine has seen a resurgence in Manhattan with exciting new spots, keeping the Bistro spirit of Paris alive. Dirty French, located inside the Ludlow Hotel, has taken brunch to a whole new level with their duck hash. Imagine moist, shredded duck, scallions, peppers, and potatoes all smothered in two over-easy eggs! It’s pure Parisian lip-licking heaven! DirtyFrench.com Racines NY is a French “neo-bistro” in Tribeca thanks to its extensive natural wine list. It parallels its sister restaurant in Paris under the direction of three partners: Sommelier Arnaud Tronche, David Lanher, and David Lillie. With over 40 wines offered by the glass (we recommend letting Arnaud help choose the perfect one!), make sure you grab a seat at the Chef’s Counter so you can see Michelin star Chef Frederic Duca in action! RacinesNY.com Pardon My French also offers wines a la ficelle (by the glass), but what they bring to the table is three separate dining experiences – the front room, main dining, and an adjacent speakeasy with cocktail creations by Mixologist Simon Sebbah. The Aviation is a showstopper as the bartender ignites the absinthe. This summer, the real allure is the outside back patio, where you can dine on Executive Chef Guilherme Barreto’s menu in a hipster chic atmosphere. PMF.NYC

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ALBERTINE BOOKSTORE

Albertine Bookstore is a retail location designed by the French Embassy to connect Americans to French culture. The beautiful Payne Whitney Mansion houses the store, which boasts more than 14,000 titles from 30 French-speaking countries. French designer Jacques Garcia created the beautiful interiors, including a ceiling mural of constellations, planets, and stars, making it easy to get lost in a good read. Albertine.com

In Paris and On “Pointe” At age 17, actress Leslie Caron went from being a Parisienne ballerina to Hollywood royalty. She’s been in 45 films, and is best known for “American In Paris,” “Gigi,” and “Daddy Long Legs.” Caron was nominated twice for the Best Actress Academy Award, and won an Emmy for her guest role on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Read her memoir “Thank Heaven,” where she reveals a behind-the-curtain look into Hollywood, leading men, and her triumph over depression. She now lives in Paris.

A Visual “Tally of Two Cities” Graphic artist Vahram Muratyan’s blog Paris vs. New York, which chronicles living in the two great cities, has since been turned into a book complete with illustrations. It details the differences and reinforces the metropolitan love connection, and is a must-read for those looking to fit into either city.

FRENCH CHEESE BOARD

The French Cheese Board is a first floor gallery space devoted to French Cheese. It’s the site of a variety of collaborative pop-up events, the most provocative being a collection of photographs for Les Filles a Fromage, a women’s cheese club. These photos showcase prominent French female athletes sporting haute fashion and sexy poses with cheese (our favorite is of Elodie Clovel). With 1200+ cheeses available in France, French Cheese Board has narrowed it down to a small in-house collection that rotates monthly. FrenchCheeseBoard.com B

BE AMAZED. BE MOVED. BE THERE. Professional productions featuring Broadway talent on Staten Island

A Musical Fable

Starring Tony Nominee Sally Mayes Featuring A cast of Broadway Veterans Directed by Bill Castellino Choreographed by Mary Ann Lamb and Lisa Gajda

August 7th –16th at The Historic St. George Theatre

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ARTS & CULTURE

BEYOND BROADWAY By Barbara Bellesi

Broadway might be considered by most to be the center of the American theatre universe, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only place that has coveted tickets. In fact, if you set your sights east of The Great White Way to Long Island, you’ll find a wealth of theatres dedicated to the performing arts. If you’re looking to avoid the drama of a traffic-filled commute or the summer tourist crowds in the Theatre District, here are three options to titillate your theatrical side right on Long Island.

The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall

WHAT’S A REGIONAL THEATRE?

GUILD HALL

158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937 Founded in 1931 Guild Hall is a veritable Titan in the world of the performing and visual arts in that it not only provides outstanding entertainment, but also promotes the work of artists on Eastern Long Island. Founded in 1931 by Mrs. Lorenzo E. Woodhouse to serve the cultural needs of the community, Guild Hall now greets over 40,000 visitors each year to the hundreds of shows, films, lectures, readings, and more that are offered. The John Drew Theater, housed in the Dina Merrill Pavilion, is just one element of Guild Hall that keeps audiences flocking to East Hampton season after season. In fact, there’s something going on just about every evening during July and August. For another dose of art and culture, the Guild Hall Museum houses a permanent collection of over 2,000 art pieces. Guild Hall promotes the work of both renowned and up-andcoming artists, particularly Long Island-based artists, who participate in the community art exhibitions held regularly.

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Simply put, a regional theatre is a professional theatre (meaning actors and production crew are paid) operating outside of Manhattan. In one season alone, you might see the national tour of Broadway productions sweep through town for a month-long stay, or a brand new play or musical in its tryout before its New York debut. Additionally, regional theatres often have a strong educational component to them, offering workshops and master classes in the performing arts to emerging artists of all ages.

SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, July 27 at 8pm An Evening with David Sedaris Tickets $50/$48 Members $150/$145 Members

Saturday, July 11 at 7:30pm The Hamptons International Film Festival presents SummerDocs #1 Hosted by Alec Baldwin Tickets $23 / $21 Members

Sunday, August 9 at 8pm Sutton Foster Tickets $55/$53 Members $150/$145 Members

Sunday, July 12 at 11am Guild Hall Summer Fashion Series - On and Off the Runway: Carmen Marc Valvo Tickets $15 / $13 Members and $75/$50 Members with post-VIP reception

Friday, August 14 at 8pm New York City Ballet: On and Offstage Tickets $45/$43 Members $100/$95 Members For the full calendar, visit GuildHall.org.


SMITHTOWN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 2 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787 Founded in 2002

For nearly 13 years, the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts has entertained patrons with top-notch productions. More than 1,500 performances have graced the stage, while over 250,000 patrons have viewed productions that range from Broadway musicals to stand-up comedy to rock ‘n’ roll extravaganzas. “The Wizard of Oz” at Smithtown Performing Arts Center

SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS Friday, July 17 at 8pm “Piano Men” All seats: $40

September 5 at 8pm “Beatlemania” All seats: $40

Friday, August 7 “The Sixties Show” All seats: $40

September 12 – October 4 “Arsenic and Old Lace” By Joseph Kesserling All seats: $35

Through August 23 “Cinderella’s Glass Slipper” All seats: $15 Through August 30 “West Side Story” (Book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) All seats: $35

For the full calendar, visit SmithtownPAC.org

Whether you are looking for a destination for date night or an outing for the entire family, the Smithtown Center is a great choice. This season has been packed with runs of popular stage hits like “West Side Story,” as well as one-night-only productions of musical extravaganzas like “Piano Men,” an ivories-tickling tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel, and “Beatlemania,” a groovy tribute to the Fab Four. Young theatregoers will enjoy “Cinderella’s Glass Slipper,” while budding thespians might enjoy taking the stage for one of several summer theatre programs. The summer season only promises more outstanding entertainment, featuring the likes of such Broadway heavyweights like “Rent,” “Hairspray,” and “Urinetown,” as well as a staged radio play version of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” just in time for the holidays.

YOU SAY “THEATER,” I SAY “THEATRE” No need to call the whole thing off: Traditionally, a theatre is a place for live performances, while a theater is the place to watch a movie. However, as you can see on these pages, it really depends on the preference of the organization.

BAY STREET THEATER & THE SAG HARBOR CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Main Street (at the corner of Bay Street) on the Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, NY Founded in 1991 Bay Street Theater was founded in 1991 by Sybil Christopher, Emma Walton Hamilton, and Stephen Hamilton. Its mission is to provide year-round programming of theatrical and cultural events that can both educate and entertain a diverse audience.

A staged reading of a play at Bay Street Theater

SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS Through July 12 “Five Presidents” by Rick Cleveland (Mark Clements, dir.) July 16 – July 26 “The Darrell Hammond Project” starring Darrell Hammond (Christopher Ashley, dir.)

August 4 – August 30 “Grey Gardens the Musical” (book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie, directed by Michael Wilson) For the full calendar, visit BayStreet.org.

True to the form of an outstanding regional theatre, the Mainstage at Bay Street Theater has been the home of many Broadway and off-Broadway tryouts, including the likes of “Love, Janis,” “Nobody Don’t Like Yogi,” and “Three Hotels.” Earlier this season, playwright Alena Smith’s “The New Sincerity,” directed by Bob Balaban, had its world premiere at Bay Street. Besides its stage performances and The Comedy Club, Bay Street offers educational initiatives and workshops supporting the cultural growth of young theatregoers, as well as the professional development of college students through the summer internship program. B

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CULTURE VULTURE A SUPERIOR SUMMER IS AHEAD

Sunny days and long nights make for July and August to be the best months for New York and Long Island adventures. These months are filled with unique experiences and exclusive events to fill your social calendar, so whether you’re trying to catch a cool break Slip N’ Sliding in the middle of Manhattan or warming your heart with a good cause, this guide is your go-to for a superior summer. By Gwen Wunderlich-Smith

DINE A hybrid of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean, Taboon may be the first restaurant to make room for global ingredients. The word Taboon is the Arabic word for the arched oven used to bake the flatbread, set upon an artisan cutting board that you’ll enjoy when seated. Tall windows offer an ethereal, soothing feel that is emphasized by white curtains, white bricks, and white tables. The environment is both inviting and rustic with nods to both Mediterranean cultures and Middle Eastern traditions. We personally enjoyed the baked ricotta gnocchi with its dried porcini mushroom sauce, artichokes and Parmesan, served perfectly. Don’t forget to make a reservation here this summer to enjoy an overseas meal in our very own backyard. TaboonOnline.com

SWING As summer comes to an end,

CELEBRATE Brace yourself for the best fireworks display you’ve ever seen in the most VIP venue in New York City. On the 4th of July, the Empire State building will be closing off its 86th floor Observatory from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. for ticket holders only. With astonishing views, guests will be able to experience the return of the fireworks to the East River as part of this exclusive event. A DJ will also provide the music to the event and a TV screen will be set up for a simulcast of the fireworks display. Without a doubt, the Empire State Building will be gleaming red, white, and blue from July 3 through July 6, and really – what’s better than that?! EsbNYC.com

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we know that the US Open will be headed our way. From August 31 to September 13, we will be on the lookout for Roger Federer and Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. New Yorkers come out to not only enjoy a match on the court but to see the star-studded crowd and live musicians performing on the grounds. Tickets start at $85, up-front action starts at around $595, and a full VIP pass with amenities like a personal concierge start at $2,100. We hope to see you out in your white outfits and visors to be a part of this can’t-miss summer season tournament. USOpen.org


IT’S ALMOST BATHING SUIT SEASON

UPLIFT At a private oceanfront residence in Southampton, the Sixth Annual Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s Unconditional Love Dinner Dance Gala will take place. An evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing will benefit the shelter’s crucial initiatives like rescuing animals and the daily care of animals within the refuge. The Alex Donner Orchestra will be providing background music as guest of honor Georgina Bloomberg speaks about her work on behalf of homeless and neglected animals. If you love your pets as much as we do, you will be sure not to miss this event on Saturday, July 18, 2015. SouthamptonAnimalShelter.com

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NEW YORK LIFE

ADAM RODRIGUEZ By Alexandra Anastasio

A true New Yorker, actor Adam Rodriguez says the city with a pulse will always be home. “I am grateful to have had NYC as the place where I was able to create my foundation; the place I learned to see people in a way I don’t think any other place in the world would have given me. I wouldn’t love where I am now if I didn’t know and love NYC; it shaped me.” PHOTOGRAPHER: FERNANDO FORERO STYLING: MINDY GURA, PAULA ORLAN & DANA PRIGGÉ HAIR: BIANCA LYDER GROOMING: CHRIS LANSTON LOCATION: HOTEL GIRAFFE

Born in Yonkers, Rodriguez grew up in New City, NY, and split his time between home and Castle Hill in the Bronx where his extended family lived. “They had a big help in raising me,” says the “Magic Mike,” “Empire,” and former “CSI: Miami” star. With his parents working long hours, he bounced back and forth and says both felt like home. Like many young boys growing up, the actor dreamed of becoming a baseball player. “When I realized this wasn’t going to happen, I started thinking I had to do something I loved and so it became about trying to figure that out,” he says. While enrolled at a community college, Rodriguez took some acting classes (he had dabbled in it while in high school), and soon discovered his passion. “I realized this was something I loved and wanted to do with my life.”

Chasing the Dream

Once his decision was made, the pragmatic side of Rodriguez kicked in. He knew he had to support himself in a job where he could make enough money to build up his nest egg. He embraced his knack for business (he was president of the business club in high school), and set his sights on becoming a stockbroker. At 19 years old, Rodriguez joined a brokerage firm as a trainee and began studying for his tests. “I believed I could make some money doing that.” Within six months, however, he realized this wasn’t the right direction and left the business to focus solely on acting, even if it meant waiting tables to support himself. “I looked around one day at the people I worked with and I didn’t see many happy faces. I didn’t want to get caught up in that life. Before you know it, 20 years goes by and you realize you didn’t live the life you wanted to live.” Rodriguez spent the next three years chasing his dreams. He went on auditions, got an agent, worked in theatre and booked roles as an extra. Then, at the age of 22, he decided it was time to head out to Los Angeles. “That’s where things really got started,” he recalls.

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A Foot in the Door

Rodriguez’s first big break came from a connection his father had with a former Army buddy who also happened to be a retired NYC detective. The two men hadn’t spoken in years, but after seeing his friend on TV at the 1996 Emmy Awards, his father reached out and the men reconnected. One thing led to another and Rodriguez was introduced to David Milch and Steven Bochco, the creators of the hit show, “NYPD Blue.” He was given the opportunity to audition for a new show they were creating, “Brooklyn South,” and recalls how the opportunity was a “huge deal” because at the time he didn’t even have a theatrical agent. “That was my first big break and I owe it to my father, Bill Clark, and David Milch.” While he won the role, the show only lasted for a year. He took some time to learn the ropes and figure things out in LA, and then began booking guest starring roles on shows like “Felicity,” “Resurrection Boulevard,” “All Souls,” and “Roswell” with Katherine Heigl. A year after “Roswell” was cancelled in 2002, Rodriguez landed the role of Detective Eric Delko on “CSI: Miami.” “I was excited to land the role because I knew it was a big show and it turned out to be amazing.” The show lasted for 10 years, an experience Rodriguez describes as “incredible!”

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Throughout the show’s 10-year run, Rodriguez recalls some favorite moments. In both season 9 and 10 he had the opportunity to write and direct an episode and describes working with the crew whom he had formed close friendships with as amazing. “To get to work with them as a director as opposed to an actor was a nice experience.” In addition to his work on TV, he’s also appeared on the big screen in such hits as “Magic Mike,” and will reprise his role as Tito in July in “Magic Mike XXL.” Rodriguez describes Tito as a man who is “very money hungry” in the first film with big plans that he’s yet to act upon. In the sequel, audiences will see him acting on those plans to own his own business. “Tito’s the only other guy besides Mike (played by Channing Tatum) who has gone out and pursued his dream.” When it came to preparing for the film, Rodriguez admits this was no kind of dancing he’d ever done. He not only had to learn the steps, but had to “own” the dance, putting a style and flavor to really make it unique. “The two months leading up to filming were intense,” says Rodriguez. Between physical training, dance rehearsals, and strict dieting, the guys were all happy to see that part end although he says it was a sad day when the movie wrapped.

“We all clicked during the filming of the first movie,” says Rodriguez. “All the guys are cool and very down to earth. I want to work with all of these people on every single thing – that’s how much of a good time we had!” Rodriguez even cites the film and his character as his favorite to date. “In terms of putting my all into something, that character is really special to me,” says the actor. He cites the freedom the directors gave him to define and create his character. “You don’t always get that.”

The New Empire Ahead

Next up for Rodriguez is a recurring role this fall on the mega hit TV show, “Empire,” which he says he’s extremely excited about. Already a huge fan of the show, he admits to having some butterflies. “I can’t wait to jump into this world they’ve created. I love that with all the high drama they’re dealing with, they’re also tackling some really important social issues.” Thrilled to be joining such a great cast, Rodriguez’s character, Laz Delgado, is a concert promoter with the gift of gab and can be described as a dynamic guy with a lot of charisma and personality. He’ll cross paths with Cookie, played by Taraji P. Henson, and while sparks are sure to fly, it’s not the first time these two actors have worked together. They appeared on-screen in 2009 in “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” so he says he’s excited to be reunited with Henson. “I can’t wait to be hanging out with my girl every day.” With all that the actor has going on, his biggest and most important role is being a father to his 1-year-old daughter. He says he’s happiest when his daughter is smiling at him. “Becoming a dad has changed me in ways I don’t even recognize. It’s everything I ever wanted to be.” B

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DJ RUCKUS By Daniel G. Hall

When you think of a great party, the music always comes into play, especially when the DJ spinning knows how to read the crowd and the playlist is killer. That winning combination has been the driving force to the international success of one of the most sought after DJs in the world. Ruckus plays upwards of 180 shows per year, including nearly 40 between Las Vegas’ premiere nightclubs Hakkasan and Omnia, where he has been a resident since each club opened. His clientele includes a legion of loyal celebrity fans, including his cousin Lenny Kravitz, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Naomi Campbell, Kanye West, and Shaquille O’Neal, all of whom hire Ruckus to spin at their private parties. 80 BELLANYC.COM | July/August 2015

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With BELLA’s summer Hamptons party in mind, we thought DJ Ruckus was the perfect NYC Artist Spotlight for the issue. Music and talent are two things that make any event go from good to great, and with Ruckus on the playlist it will be nothing short of spectacular. You began your career in the music business at such a young age; when did you know this was what you were meant to do? When I was 17, I was deejaying a weekly Sunday party in NYC, and one night Diddy came to the booth and told me he was throwing his birthday party in Morocco and was taking me out there to deejay. I think that’s the moment I knew I’d be doing this forever. Is it everything you thought it would be? I don’t think I could have imagined what it would be. It’s taken me to so many great places and around so many great talented people. I’m fortunate to have been able to make a career out of something I love doing. The role of a DJ has evolved so much over the years. What do you bring to the role that others don’t? What makes you different? Being an open format deejay allows me to have a lot of creative freedom and play all different types of events, from my residencies at Hakkasan LV and LIV Miami where I’m playing a high-energy club set, to corporate events for clients like Alexander Wang or Louis Vuitton where the type of music I play will be totally different. I’m able to get really creative with my sets and at any time take the vibe anywhere I feel the crowd will respond; play a song you’d never expect or haven’t heard in a long time; scratch and cut; and so on. I’m able to connect to so many different types of people and crowds through music and give a different show and experience each time I play.

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Out of all the celebrities for whom you’ve gotten a chance to perform, which were you most excited for? I’d have to say Oprah. I even taught her how to deejay for a few minutes. That was a pretty surreal moment! What genre of music do you relate to most? I really love all genres – hip-hop, dance, rock, reggae, rock, etc. That really translates in my sets. I’m inspired by all genres and artists. Describe yourself in one sentence. I’m a hardworking, positive, happy person who loves life! How do you balance your personal life and career? It’s definitely hard. I’m on the road so much that it’s pretty common if I’m not home for months at a time. I think, really, the two have become one. There’s not much separation at this point. But I enjoy it because I love the industry I work in, the friends I’ve made, and the lifestyle. What is your favorite part of NYC? I love the authenticity of NYC – from the music scene, to the style and fashion, to the restaurants. It has so much to offer. What advice can you offer the next generation? Work hard and hone your craft. There are a lot of talented people out there doing this now and I think it’s important to set yourself apart and really create your own style and sound. What does being an artist mean to you? Being an artist means being able to create anything – whether it’s music, art, a product, a message – and make an impact with it. I think the most important part about being an artist is connecting with and moving other people through your vision. B

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STARS OF

Summer By Alexandra Anastasio

With summer in full swing, days feel longer, weather is warmer, and BELLA’s “Stars of Summer” are turning up the heat! From movies to TV, this talented group of actors is hard at work all year round bringing audiences their favorite shows. From intense, action-packed dramas and sci-fi, to the 20th anniversary of a 90’s iconic classic movie, there’s something here for everyone. As the seasons change, so do our shows and – lucky for us! – the networks aren’t leaving us hanging all summer long. So, while you may be bidding farewell to your favorite fall programs, have no fear – some new favorite hits are here! Meet the stars destined to heat up your summer…

ZOE MCLELLAN Zoe McLellan @Zoe_McLellan

It’s only fitting that the name Zoe means life because Zoe McLellan is passionate when she says she’s lucky to have such an amazing one! She does what she loves week after week on the hit CBS show, “NCIS: New Orleans,” and says that being a part of the wildly popular franchise that viewers have come to love over the past 10 years was her “biggest pinch-me moment” so far. To prepare for her role as Agent Meredith Brody, McLellan shadowed the man the show is based upon, took gun practice, visited naval bases, and spoke with agents about their experiences to ensure a real-life feel to her character. With the show filming in New Orleans, the actress admits she’s never felt more at home. “I’m so glad the people I meet say they are happy to have us here; it makes me feel welcome.” One of the things she loves most is portraying Brody’s personal life: “The relationship stories are my favorite.” If McLellan looks familiar it’s because she boasts an extensive on-screen resume, including roles on “JAG” (which spawned “NCIS” and its spinoffs) and the drama series, “Dirty Sexy Money.” Her greatest accomplishment to date? Becoming a mom, she says. “I feel fortunate as a working mother to be able to bring my son to the set; there’s even a playroom for him at the stage, which makes life a lot easier!”

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STACEY DASH RealStaceyLDash @REALStaceyDash

For any young girl growing up in the 90’s, the iconic film “Clueless” and actress Stacey Dash are synonymous. As the popular Dionne Davenport, a rich and pretty high school student, the film was Dash’s breakout role, and this summer marks its 20 th anniversary. Loosely based on Jane Austin’s novel “Emma,” the film resonates with teens of any era. “Dealing with the ups and downs of adolescent life is what all young girls go through whether you’re rich or poor,” says Dash. With dozens of movies, such as “Moving,” “Mo Money,” and “Renaissance Man,” and numerous TV series under her belt – including a spin-off of “Clueless” – Dash admits Dionne is her favorite character. “Every single day was memorable and it was a joy to be surrounded by so much talent.” What started with a Tweet on social media back in 2012 led to a new role for Dash in 2014, as a political news contributor for Fox News. Her viewpoints have sparked debates amongst her peers and have given the actress the opportunity to use her platform to speak out on various topics. Until that first Tweet in support of then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012, Dash wasn’t interested in politics, but she believes when God wants you to go in a certain direction, “He opens doors no one can close.” Switching things up, Dash is working on a new role, one she describes as “very dark,” in a film called “Wretched,” along with a book that comes out this summer. As a working mother of two in Hollywood, Dash says there is no magic plan to make things work. “I do it by the grace of God.” In whatever role she takes on, her goal is to “defend the weak and stand up for what’s right.” Photo: Gilles Toucas

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NATURI NAUGHTON Naturi4Real @NaturiNaughton

In Naturi Naughton’s own words, she’s just a “regular girl” from East Orange, NJ who has worked hard and is following her dreams.” Those dreams have led to some pretty amazing opportunities on stage and screen. A singer in the church choir since she was 5, Naughton’s career began as part of the group 3LW. Three years later she branched out to other areas but explains that her passion to sing and perform still drives her. “It’s what helped me become who I am today.” Big-break roles followed: Naughton appeared in “Hairspray” on Broadway for three years and in the film, “Notorious,” portraying real-life rapper/songwriter Lil’ Kim. It was her first time on the big screen, and she knew her life was about to change! These days Naughton can be seen in the hit summer show, “Power,” now in its second season on Starz. As the feisty, sexy, and strong Tasha St. Patrick, Naughton’s having the time of her life in what she says is her favorite role to date. The best part is the wardrobe, she says. Obsessed with the fashion of her character, it’s a girl’s dream to transform into her look. “I’m spoiled when I go to work!” Fans might be surprised to know that Naughton has a competitive streak; she’s a big game-night fanatic and admits she was a Double Dutch champion as a kid. “Give me a rope and I will show off and show out,” says Naughton. It’s that type of commitment and dedication to the things she loves that is helping the actress get closer to her goals.

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DYLAN NEAL Dylan Neal @DylanNealStudio Dylan Neal

Canadian actor Dylan Neal has graced the screen for almost 30 years, achieving both success and longevity in a business that can be tough. “Any career is ‘one foot in front of the other,’” says Neal. “You have good years, you have bad years, but what you really need in this business is tenacity and courage.” Driven by creativity, Neal always knew his career should focus on that direction. In addition to acting, he is also a writer and a producer (alongside his wife, Becky Southwell), and says he feels blessed that he gets paid to do what he loves. He’s appeared in countless TV shows, such as “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch,” “Dawson’s Creek,” and “The Bold and The Beautiful,” numerous made-for-TV movies, and this past winter in the box office hit, “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Fans of Neal might be surprised to know that he’s also a woodworker. As a lover of beautiful furniture, especially 18th and 19th century British antiques, he acquired the knowledge and tools to make his own recreations – something he’s been doing now for over 20 years. “I’ve always been interested in how beautiful things are made.” This summer, the married father of two appears in the “Gourmet Detective: A Healthy Place to Die,” the second film in the new franchise series for Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. He will also be returning for the third season of “Cedar Grove,” the American/Canadian drama based on the book series of the same name by author Debbie Macomber.

Partners in life and in work, Neal and his wife have several projects in various stages of development and production. Splitting his time between Los Angeles and Vancouver where he shoots most of the year, the couple has figured out a way to work cross country together. Keeping things in perspective is key, Neal believes. “At the end of the day, your real responsibility lies with your children and family.” B

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KSENIA SOLO TheRealKSolo @KseniaSolo

The first few years of actress Ksenia Solo’s life were spent sitting in the wings of a theatre trying to emulate what she saw on stage, so it’s no surprise she followed in the footsteps of her artistic family. Born in Riga, Latvian SSR, Solo moved to Toronto at a young age and landed her first real acting role at 10 years old in a popular Canadian kid’s series. Since then, she’s gone on to star in numerous television shows, such as “Lost Girls,” and on the big screen in films like “Black Swan.” It was at the Venice Film Festival for “Black Swan,” with photographers and fans all vying for her attention, that Solo realized the impact she had. “It was my first red carpet ever and all I could think of was making it to the end without falling on my face!” Currently starring in not one, but three shows – “Turn,” “Lost Girl,” and “Orphan Black” – the busy actress isn’t stopping there. She’s also co-owner of a production company, On-Fire Films, and recently demonstrated her passion for working behind the camera by directing her first music video. Apart from her work onscreen, Solo is deeply involved in causes close to her heart. Bullied as a child, she is a strong advocate and one of the directors of Stand for the Silent, an organization that raises awareness of bullying and the devastation it causes. She also supports the EndPolioNow Movement, helping spread awareness about the disease. In spite of living her life in front of the spotlight, Solo says true beauty is believing in yourself. “Appreciate what you have, and rock it no matter what. That’s what’s attractive!” Photo: Gilles Toucas

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more about how I was growing up as an individual, and what was I doing to make the world a better place.” Mowry-Housley continues to view her job as just that, and it doesn’t define who she is. “I have a life outside of Hollywood,” she says. Sharing the screen with Tia until 2009, Mowry-Housley points out that growing up, the sisters were all about “Tia and Tamera.” Now working on themselves as individuals, Mowry-Housley admits they’re very different. “When you have two powerful individuals, you are only going to be greater together.” This past April, Mowry-Housley added published author to her list of achievements. With her sister, she coauthored the first book in a four part preteen series, entitled “Twintuition,” which premiered in bookstores to rave reviews. Described as an “easy, adventurous read,” the book centers on 12-year-old twins who realize they have a special power of premonition. Inspired by the girls’ own crazy intuition and experiences, the actress is very proud and says she is “extremely excited about it.” Mowry-Housley can also be seen weekdays on the popular talk show, “The Real,” alongside her four co-hosts who she says are “a lot of fun.” Teaching women to not be so competitive, but instead to learn from each other’s differences and embrace them, she sees the show as refreshing, one she says she’d watch even if she weren’t involved. “We keep it 100 percent … they chose five women who can’t be fake and cannot hold anything back,” says Mowry-Housley.

TAMERA MOWRY-HOUSLEY TameraMowryTwo @TameraMowryTwo TameraMowry.com

Best known for her role on “Sister Sister,” actress Tamera Mowry-Housley, along with her identical twin sister Tia, were a staple in homes across the country during the 90s on what is fondly remembered as ABC’s “TGIF.” In spite of growing up in the spotlight, Mowry-Housley, now a mother of a young son with another on the way, credits her parents for keeping her grounded. “They instilled in me the fact that my job did not define who I was, my character did,” she says. “They cared

When she’s not sharing advice on the show, fans of the actress can head to her blog where Mowry-Housley, a sharer by nature, keeps her fans “in the know,” as she puts it. “If I learn something that is helpful, I like to share it.” Whether it’s fashion, cooking, interior design, or tips on motherhood, there’s something for everyone. Passionate about life, Mowry-Housley knows there’s more to it than just being on-screen. Above all is her family, she says, and being a mom has transformed her into a completely different person. “I’ve learned the true meaning of unconditional love,” she says, “and I am seeing the world in the present through my child’s eyes.” B

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Life isn’t all diamonds and rosé, but it should be.” FOR BUSINESSWOMAN AND TV PERSONALITY LISA VANDERPUMP, THESE WORDS RING TRUE – IN FACT, THEY’RE HER TAGLINE AND THE MANTRA BY WHICH SHE LIVES. FROM THE RESTAURANTS SHE OWNS, TO THE MANY BRANDS THAT BARE HER NAME, VANDERPUMP BRINGS A STYLE AND ELEGANCE THAT IS IMPECCABLE. “I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT EVERYTHING,” SAYS THE ENGLISH BEAUTY. While their roots are planted in Beverly Hills, Vanderpump and her husband Ken were living an extraordinary life before deciding to call the west coast home. Together with their two children, Pandora and Max, the family has lived all over Europe. They even lived in Los Angeles for a short period of time (it’s where they adopted Max) before the 1994 earthquake. Vanderpump attributes the experience as the reason she headed back to England. “It scared the life out of me; I’ve never been so terrified,” she says. “I could not believe what we had just experienced.”

THE EARLY YEARS

With business still in England, the family settled back into life on an old romantic manor house situated on 100 acres of beautiful land, surrounded by animals and nature. Adventurous by nature, the family also spent time in France, London, Monte Carlo, and Monaco.

“We are impulsive,” explains Vanderpump. “Ken and I have this relationship where we can do anything or go anywhere together. But I’m more of a ‘gypsy’ than he is.” Even after 33 years of marriage, the couple shares the sentiment that life is about experiencing new things and continuing to

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challenge themselves. Vanderpump recalls her mother in-law asking when they were going to settle down and have children. “I told her I don’t want to stop playing, I just found someone to play with, and together this is how we looked at life” Vanderpump recalls. “I don’t want to look back on my life and see that we stayed in the same house, did the same things. I wanted every couple of years to be a new chapter in our lives.” In addition to owning many successful restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, including the well-known Shadow Lounge in London, fans of Vanderpump might be surprised to know that while living in France, she taught at the kids’ school three days a week. “I absolutely loved motherhood, playing with the children, and being as naughty as them. I loved every moment.”

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES

It wasn’t until their daughter Pandora was preparing for college that Vanderpump and her husband began considering their next adventure. “We understood as the children became older that there were windows of opportunity where we could get up and move, but when kids go off to college and make lifelong friends, roots are firmly planted,” she says.


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When Pandora was accepted to Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, the family followed, settling into a home in Beverly Park. As protective parents, they didn’t want to be any further than 30 minutes away from her, so they decided to give the sunny climate a try once more. Upon their return to the states, the couple began considering businesses in which to invest, particularly one they knew something about. A lunchtime visit to a little restaurant named SUR started it all. After a meal and a handshake, they found themselves a partnership and Vanderpump immediately got to work designing the elaborate and beautiful restaurant that today serves as the backdrop for one of her hit TV shows, “Vanderpump Rules.” From there the couple opened the everpopular Villa Blanca Restaurant, and in 2014 they embarked on a third establishment, PUMP, located on what Vanderpump describes as the “most pivotal corner in West Hollywood.”

ATMOSPHERE ABOVE ALL

When it comes to designing, Vanderpump and her husband discuss everything. She draws inspiration for the design by considering a multitude of factors, such as the area’s needs and the surrounding competition. As a fan of ambiance-driven restaurants, Vanderpump admits she’s not interested in a restaurant with good food but a horrible atmosphere.

“I’d rather stay home and cook,” she says. “I want to feel that ambiance, see those flowers, feel that music, and eat in a comfortable setting.” Needing all those boxes checked off to enjoy her dining experience, this restaurateur makes certain all of her establishments meet the same standards. With PUMP, the challenge was a bit more intense, since the space was initially barren. Vanderpump recalls being there every day and thinking, “How can I make this work?” Her vision was to create something unique to the area, and while the planning was “a nightmare,” she was determined to make it visually the most beautiful restaurant in West Hollywood.

BEGINNING OF A NEW JOURNEY

It wasn’t until about five years after returning to the states that Vanderpump was approached for “Real Housewives.” Initially reticent, she

A CHILD STAR

In addition to owning the hottest restaurants in California and being recognized for the wildly popular Bravo hit shows in which she stars, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Vanderpump Rules,” this isn’t Vanderpump’s first foray into television. A drama student by the age of 9, she starred in numerous TV shows and films when she was just a child. She then continued acting in small roles in shows such as “Silk Stalkings” and “Baywatch Nights,” as well as a few music videos.

had never watched nor had any idea what the shows were about. Already prominent at the time in Beverly Hills, she agreed to go in for an interview but made it clear they wouldn’t be hearing any conflict in her home. “The kids never even heard us fight.” Still, Bravo extended an offer. Unsure at first, Vanderpump knew she had nothing to hide. “I’ve never said take anything out; if I screwed up, then I should learn from it.” Her feelings of uncertainty have all since disappeared, she says, and she’s had great fun being a part of the show. That’s not to say there haven’t been stressful times, such as in season four when all the women turned on Vanderpump. “I was devastated and had never experienced anything like that,” she says. Feeling low for a few months, she credits her close relationship with both Andy Cohen and Alex Baskin at Evolution Media for helping her navigate through the craziness of those tough times and stand her ground. “While I wanted to walk away, they persuaded me to stay, and I’m glad I did,” says Vanderpump. “If I had left because a few people tried to make my life miserable, then I would have never come full circle and brought it back to the enjoyment we had in season 5.” Vanderpump knows that by being a part of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” she has a responsibility to make a good show and open up her life. “What the audience is

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HER NANNY’S KINDNESS LIVES ON Many of Vanderpump’s beliefs around charity were instilled by her beloved Nanny K. She keeps photos and mementos of her grandmother close by, as it inspires her to live a kindness-filled life. “I loved her, worshipped her, adored her,” she says. “She was an eloquent, articulate woman who lived her life with style and grace. She passed away when she was 100 years old and I squeezed every last minute of good and happy times with her.”

depending on is your honesty; your reality is what they want to see. Reality is more interesting than any fiction you’ll ever be able to write … you’re dealing with real people’s emotions.” It was in January of 2013 that Vanderpump debuted another reality show on Bravo, “Vanderpump Rules” (she also serves as producer), which focuses on her restaurant and the employees at SUR. Now filming their fourth season, Vanderpump admits that on day one tensions were high and describes the kids as “a bit unpredictable” and “a little naughty.”

BRANCHING OUT

Behind the scenes, this successful, multitalented businesswoman isn’t slowing down. Within the past year Vanderpump started her own line of sangria, LVP Sangria, alongside her daughter and son-in-law Jason. “It was their idea,” she says. “They wanted to bring the best sangria to the market.” While the couple handles the marketing and business end, Vanderpump oversees the aesthetics and the recipe, a staple cocktail that’s been served in her restaurants for years. They currently feature a traditional red sangria, as well as a pink sangria – her signature color – and are working on a white. “They’ve done a brilliant job and are working really hard. It’s all about taking risks and that’s what they’ve done.”

Vanderpump’s love for designing, especially things she enjoys, has led to some wonderful new business ventures. She recently launched Vanderpump Pets, a line of pet accessories, such as the blingy collars her beloved Giggy sports. A portion of all proceeds benefits the American Humane Society. At the end of last year, Vanderpump debuted a home collection of table and barware, bringing the “bling and glamour” she loves to the table at affordable prices. She also launched Vanderpump Estate Jewelry Collection on EVINE Live earlier this year. The exclusive pieces are elegant and glamorous, all representative of the chic taste Vanderpump exudes. “I’m having fun with it,” she says. “If I could sit down and design everything, I would.”

MATTERS OF THE HEART

Supportive of the many charities close to her heart, Vanderpump is an advocate for not only animal charities, but for those that support the LGBT community and equal rights. She has also served as a spokesperson for GLAD. Her belief in the fact that people should be judged on their character, not the color of their skin or sexual preference is an important life lesson she’s instilled in her children. “I am an ambassador for change and I want my kids to follow suit in terms of their beliefs in being kind and tolerant.” In a town where beauty is everywhere, Vanderpump says it’s not so much what’s visible on the outside but the sparkle in someone’s eyes, the passion for life, and the classic elegance. “It’s not about perfection, it’s confidence and polish, [someone] always ready to see the funny side. I find funny people attractive,” she says. When asked about her greatest accomplishments – without hesitation – Vanderpump answers, “my two children and my marriage.” And while there are many things that are important to her, family is everything. “I am happiest when I am lying next to my husband, surrounded by pink roses and as many dogs as possible!” B

SOCIAL MEDIA RULES

For a look at all Vanderpump’s doing right now, check out her website, LisaVanderpump.com, or follow her on: IG: LisaVanderpump, Twitter: @LisaVanderpump, and FB: Lisa Vanderpump.

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GETTING TO KNOW

JUAN PABLO DI PACE

A WORLDWIDE JOURNEY TO FAME By Alexandra Anastasio

In a business where success is seldomly achieved overnight, Argentinian-born actor Juan Pablo di Pace has been working hard and making a name for himself for quite some time. Three years after moving to the United States, he took on the role of a lifetime with his portrayal of Jesus Christ in NBC’s “A.D. The Bible Continues.” PHOTOGRAPHER: FERNANDO FORERO STYLING: MINDY GURA & PAULA ORLAN, THE STYLE DUO HAIR: DION MOORE of ANGELO DAVID SALON GROOMING: CHRIS LANSTON LOCATION: THE STRAND HOTEL NYC

di Pace’s love for acting wasn’t something he felt growing up; as a child he says he was, “obsessed with painting and drawing.” In fact, his lifetime goal was to become a painter. “All through school I thought that would be my path.” It wasn’t until he was cast in the school musical of “Grease” in the role of Danny Zuko that everything changed. “That first night on stage was magical, he says. Everything else went silent; it was electric.” After finishing up school at the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino, Trieste, Italy di Pace had a decision to make. With a newfound love for acting and a desire to change paths, he knew if he was going to do this he needed to train in either New York or London. As a European citizen, he decided to study in London and for the next three years immersed himself in acting, dancing, and singing. While he would remain there for 10 years, di Pace made his first professional debut in the London musical, “Chicago” as the understudy for the character of Billy Flynn. Landing the role right out of school was incredible, he recalls, and it gave him the push he needed to move away from dance and on to acting. After an eight-month run, he left the production, hired an agent, and continued to study his craft. Next up was his first on-screen role in the film, “Survival Island,” alongside actor Billy Zane. “It was an incredible experience and it taught me so much about film in general,” says di Pace. Although it wasn’t a huge box office success, the takeaway for the actor was the opportunity to learn and do something new, and to focus on his goals.

Finding Success

While di Pace worked steadily and found success, something felt like it was missing, he says. Soon after, he received an email regarding the role of Tony Manero in the Spanish production of “Saturday Night Fever.” While his goal was to make films, the actor couldn’t say no to the amazing opportunity; plus it was the first time he would be leading a show.

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di Pace spent a year and a half with the production; the first six months in Madrid and the remaining time touring the country. “I learned so much; it taught me the energy of the theatre and how you must have your game up every single day because people are paying to see an amazing show. If your energy is down the whole show goes to pot. I realize, with time, [that] the more pressure I have, the better I work,” says di Pace.

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GETTING TO KNOW

There is no such thing as can’t in this business – the only certainty in life is death and anything else is possible.” He recalls Madrid as a place that offered him the opposite of what London had given him. “London gave me the struggle while Spain opened their arms to me.” For the first time di Pace had money, was living comfortably, and was being celebrated for his talent. To be an outsider for 10 years in a country like the UK, I felt like I never really belonged, like a foreigner, and that can hurt when you put in all your time and energy into something,” remembers di Pace.

From Europe to “Dallas”

It’s always tough to start from zero in any country but di Pace’s done it more than once; this time it was a move to the US. It was now or never, he told himself, so he took another leap of faith, leaving everything he had accomplished in Spain to move to Los Angeles in October of 2013. Within days of his arrival he was cast in the role of Nicholas Trevino in the third season of “Dallas.” “To get that role was mind-blowing,” says di Pace. For six months the cast became his family, leaving the actor feeling humbled and overwhelmed. It was an answer to all of his hard work, he says. “A lot of interviews imply I’m just lucky, and things kind of just happened for me, and it really isn’t that way, it’s just the opposite.”

The Role of a Lifetime

After moving on from “Dallas” [the show was cancelled after three seasons], di Pace would take on the role of a lifetime, starring as Jesus Christ in “A.D. The Bible Continues.” Never in

a million years did he think he’d be ready or worthy enough to take on such a role, he says. “As an actor I hoped to one day be involved in a biblical project, yet playing Jesus Christ never entered my mind. After reading the script I knew it was something I had to do.” Once he landed the role it was time to start thinking of how to portray Jesus Christ in a unique, personable way while also portraying his mixture of vulnerability, nobility, and strength. “No one really knows how He was and so it became about choosing one point of view and sticking to it, says di Pace. “I knew I wouldn’t be able to please everyone because people have their own opinions, but I wanted to be truthful.” One of the most difficult scenes to film was the crucifixion, he recalls. “My heart was broken for Him and I was moved to see what He went through,” says the actor. “He didn’t complain and willingly died for others; that was tough.” His mother, religious painter Marta Maineri, was overjoyed to see her son portray Jesus, but the experience of watching him shoot those scenes was difficult. “This time she wasn’t able to separate art from reality,” says di Pace. She no longer saw her son up on the cross, she saw Him; it was Jesus dying, not Juan Pablo. It is a role di Pace is most proud of, one in which he knows he did everything in his power to bring his character to life on-screen. For most actors, new roles entail immersing themselves in their character but since di Pace’s experience was different, he relied on other methods. In an effort to find solitude, he went to the desert and slept in the dunes of Morocco [where the mini-series was shot]. He also experienced withdrawal symptoms once shooting wrapped. “Playing the resurrected Jesus gave me so much, and once I stepped outside of the role and stopped playing Him, it felt strange,” recalls the actor.

Looking Ahead

Up next for di Pace is a much lighter role in the film, “After the Reality,” starring Matthew Morrison, which will hit theatres later this year. He’s also completed his first longfeature script about his experience in London, which he plans to direct, and says he’d love to do another movie musical [he appeared alongside Meryl Streep in “Mamma Mia”]. And, of course, he’d love to hit the Broadway stage. “It’s definitely on my bucket list!” Once told, “There is no such thing as can’t in this business – the only certainty in life is death and anything else is possible,” di Pace’s taken those words to heart as he strives to bring beauty and a truthfulness to all he does. B

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HOME DESIGN

BRAVO’S JEFF LEWIS

When you hear the name Jeff Lewis, so many things come to mind: Top designer, TV star, witty, (very) direct, and amazingly talented! Having designed some of the most desirable homes in Los Angeles, Lewis is widely regarded as America’s most well-known “house flipper” and designer from his role in two highly rated Bravo docu-series “Flipping Out” and “Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis.” By Courtenay C. Hall

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HOME DESIGN

After founding his own design firm, Jeff Lewis Design in 2009, he was selected by House Beautiful to design their 2010 “Kitchen of the Year” project, which was showcased in Rockefeller Center. A year later, consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson tapped Lewis to curate the design of toothbrushes for their REACH by Design brand. To follow up on this success, the up and coming star launched a paint line called Jeff Lewis Color in 2013, which offers a palette of 32 muted neutral colors and is sold nationwide. Through his work, Lewis has created properties that are in harmony with and exemplified by exterior and interior living spaces. When it comes to renovation, Lewis believes in finding the true integrity of the house and then breathing life back into the space in a way that will connect with a certain type of buyer. By taking his knowledge of 20+ years of designing and renovating his own homes, Lewis is now designing and consulting on client projects across the country with his ever-present unfiltered personality. Here, he shares some exclusive secrets and tips to live your most BELLA life at home …

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Your work has a sense of elegance and timeless appeal. What do you think helps achieve this in your design? I try not to subscribe to short-lived fads or trends. My clients are self-made people who know the value of a dollar. They want longevity in their design. Can you tell us three key elements that make up a well-designed room? One: You need a focal point. Whether it’s a fireplace, a window, or a kitchen island, I try to design around that element. Two: Scale is paramount. You can completely throw off a room with over- or undersized pieces of furniture. The right-sized coffee table, accent table, and/or sofa is essential in a balanced room. And three: The right amount of color in upholstery, drapery, rugs, pillow, or accessories will bring a room to life. How do you decide the paint color for a room? Ultimately, the clients have to live in the space, so I consult with them first to find what colors they respond to. I always design and paint with a neutral palette. If my client is drawn to red, I won’t necessarily paint a wall with that color but I’ll find a way to bring it into the room using art, flowers, or accent pillows. In your opinion, what do you think is the one must-have item that completes a space? Plants, flowers, or a potted tree – it brings life. What is the most commonly asked question you get asked? It’s “What color should I paint my living room?” Ninety percent of my clients at the moment want greys on their walls. What advice would you give someone about decluttering their home? I remove everything from the room and slowly edit as I bring things back. I find that I don’t need as many pieces of furniture and accessories. What’s your definition of beauty within a space? When scale, color, texture, and color blend seamlessly together. Tell us what your dream home looks like. It changes day to day but at the moment, I would love to build a very modern, sleek, minimal one-story-view home with 14-foot ceilings, concrete floors, and walls of glass that overlook an infinity pool. B

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The guest list is set. Your table is ready. The centerpiece looks stylish. But what will you serve? Start the party right with a floral-infused cocktail. Pass hors d’oeuvres on a decorative tray. For your quick and delightful summer entrée, offer a refreshing pasta salad with a tasty focaccia made in your specialty pizza oven. Finish off the evening with iced coffee drinks, macaroons, and homemade ice cream. It’s time to share your home and your heart with your closest friends and family… let summer memories abound! Y5 Duo Coffee Machine $299, Illy.com

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SPA AND SUPPER PAIRINGS: A pre-dinner spa treatment is the new “appetizer” in fine dining.

Spa and Supper Pairing: Rosemary Citron Sea Salt Scrub and Herbal Massage at The Naturopathica Spa and dinner on the wrap-around porch at Topping Rose House

TOPPING ROSE HOUSE Bridgehampton • 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932 631.537.0870 • ToppingRoseHouse.com Cuisine: American (New) Attire: Dressy Price Range: $$$$ Serving: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch (weekends) Outdoor Seating: Yes Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Classy Topping Rose House is the quintessential Hamptons restaurant with a spa to match. Consider a pre-dinner massage in your hotel suite on a private patio the new “appetizer” and hautest trend in dining as it offers complete relaxation to aid digestion. The Naturopathica Spa also offers a yoga retreat and gorgeous pool as an alternative. And although Topping Rose House has an exquisite dining room, why not enjoy supper this summer on their wrap-around porch? Here you can dine on elegant farm-to-table dishes from Chef de Cuisine Kyle Koenig. A must is the Squid Ink Linguine with Sea Urchin Cream served with a little Texas heat. It was one of the most spectacular seafood dishes I’ve tasted to date, and I can’t wait to go back. The squid ink was balanced and maintained a light texture, while the Fresno chili gave a gentle kick. Pastry Chef Cassandra Shupp impressed us with Brioche Doughnuts. Inspiration from the one-acre farm was not lost on this dynamic culinary duo, but celebrated with fresh herbs and garden heirlooms. Summer cocktails were served, with the BeetaRita as the perfect laidback toast to a fun-filled Hampton summer. Surf’s up BELLAs!

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BELLA’S “A” LIST

FIRST COURSE: CITRUS CURED FLUKE Daikon radish, Satsuma orange and jalapeno PASTA: SQUID INK LINGUINI Fresno chili, mussels and sea urchin DESSERTS: BRIOCHE DOUGHNUTS Rosemary sugar, pineapple cream, and almond butter KIWI SORBET COCKTAIL: BEETA-RITA Avion Silver Tequila, beet juice, and jalapeno agave nectar


Spa and Supper Pairing: Vinotherapy Body Treatment at the Immersion Spa and wine dinner for two at Fornelletto with wine cellar seating

BELLA’S “A” LIST PRIMI: BURRATA Sicilian fig, olive, and basil tapenade paired with Falanghina Ocone, Campania ENTREE: VEAL MILANESE Arugula, bosc pears, capers, brown butter, and aceto balsamico paired with Nerello Mascalese Lavico, Sicily DOLCI: TIRAMISU Layers of mascarpone and espresso-soaked lady fingers paired with Brachetto D’Acqui ‘Pineto’ Marenco, Piedmont

FORNELLETTO Atlantic City • 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 609.317.1000 • TheBorgata.com Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar Attire: Dressy Price Range: $$$ Serving: Dinner Outdoor Seating: No Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Upscale Looking to take a chance at the roulette table but not on luxury? Then Borgata’s “wine-cation” is the perfect getaway for two! Leave the car with valet, strut into the statuesque gold Water Club, and head straight to Immersion Spa on the 32nd floor for “vinotherapy” – a geranium grape seed-scented massage treatment paired with a glass of wine. Once completely relaxed, savor the moment with a dip in the 80-foot Infinity-edge lap pool. Its unobstructed floor-to-ceiling water views are stunning. The 36,000-square-foot spa offers ample room to get ready for an evening of risk-taking, but we opted to primp in our spacious hotel room. We also saved time before dinner for retail therapy and a trip to Vintage, an in-house wine boutique with an Enomatic card system. The Enomatic card allows you to taste wines on a computerized tap in 2- to 4-ounce increments. Craving more wine? Executive Chef Stephen Kalt created an impressive Italian menu at Fornelletto, with its glass walls that stage an endless sea of wine. Three varietals individually paired with each course make for a romantic evening, and although this winecation is meant for two, why not get a group of besties together for a girls’ weekend?

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Spa and Supper Pairing: Buttermilk Spa Swedish-style Falls Massage followed by Millstone farm-to-table dinner at Henry’s

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HENRY’S AT THE FARM Hudson Valley • 220 North Road, Milton, NY 12547 845.795.1500 • ButtermilkFallsInn.com Cuisine: American (New) Attire: Casual (day)/Dressy (evening) Price Range: $$$ Serving: Brunch, lunch and dinner Outdoor Seating: Yes Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Romantic and Classy Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa offers the perfect retreat to trade in the city lights for starry nights with an estate that’s over 70 acres along the Hudson River. Take a picturesque stroll across Lover’s Leap Bridge, Swan Pond, and down a trail to the namesake Buttermilk waterfall. There is even an animal sanctuary that houses pedigree alpacas and a bird aviary. Set back with a private drive is Buttermilk Spa, which uses solar and geothermal energy to heat the sauna, steam room, and pool. After a relaxing massage and swim, we enjoyed the ultimate locavore dining experience at Henry’s Restaurant – a lifelong dream of owner Robert Pollock. At Henry’s, dishes were prepared with ingredients from the estates’ Millstone Farm, including organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey, and eggs. Our favorite was the Lamb Trilogy. It’s suggested to start with the cabernet demi and dijonaise and finish with the caramel mint lamb as its flavor profile is like a savory dessert. Henry’s also served us great “Barn to Bar” cocktails, made with fresh Millstone herbs. Enjoy the Cuke or Lavender Sidecar outside at a table overlooking Swan Pond and you’re sure to fall in love with Buttermilk Falls. If you do, make sure to stay the night in the spacious Riverknoll House – it has gorgeous views of the Hudson River!

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APPETIZER: CHEF’S DAILY FLATBREAD Steak, asparagus, tomatoes, onions, and ricotta SALAD: POTATO LATKES Smoked trout and Millstone Farm’s pickled cucumbers drizzled with dill crème fraiche ENTREES: SPRING LAMB CHOP TRILOGY Dijonaise, caramel mint, and cabernet demi lamb served with chevre mash and haricot verts BRAISED VEAL TORTELLACCI Sundried tomato cream sauce, smoked Gouda, and wilted baby arugula COCKTAIL: LAVENDER SIDECAR Made with lavender and Millstone Farm honey


Spa and Supper Pairing: Swedish massage with aromatic lemongrass therapy and dinner inside the original castle’s Garden Room at Equus Restaurant

BELLA’S “A” LIST APPETIZER: ROASTED HUDSON VALLEY BEETS Mixed nuts, yogurt sauce, aged sherry SEA: PAN-FRIED HAKE Tomato bouillon and black bean sauce LAND: HEMLOCK HILL CHICKEN BREAST “MARENGO” Scallion, mushroom, and tomato DESSERT: LEMON TARTE White chocolate yogurt crumb, strawberry sorbet, vanilla crème fraiche, and berry and basil leather

EQUUS RESTAURANT Westchester County • 400 Benedict Avenue, Tarrytown, NY 10591 914.631.3646 • CastleHotelAndSpa.com Cuisine: French Attire: Dressy Price Range: $$$$ Serving: Lunch and Dinner Outdoor Seating: Yes Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Romantic Castle Hotel is home to Equus Restaurant and Thann Sanctuary spa, and no matter your carriage of choice, it’s only a short 30 minutes from Manhattan. Time to let down your hair and unleash your inner princess! We started at Thann Sanctuary and were immediately whisked into relaxation with lemongrass-scented hand towels and slippers. It was then off to a private treatment room for a Swedish massage before enjoying a champagne tour of Castle Hotel. Up next was the main attraction: Dining in the Garden Room at Equus. This room gives the best views of luscious mountains by candlelight. The seasonal menu offers local fare either a la carte or pre-fixed. Our favorite dishes were the Hudson Valley Beets and Pan-fried Hake. We were also surprised and delighted to find Riazul Tequila at the bar, a favorite tequila of choice. The waiter was kind enough to oblige my request to make an improvisational margarita with Riazul Silver, cucumber, lime, and sea salt. If the royal treatment has you satisfied, retire to suite 5 for an amazing private view of Hudson Valley and palatial rest. Otherwise, savor your cocktail outdoors with a life-size game of chess or at the pool grotto bar. Castle Hotel and Spa truly offers a magical experience catering to your every whim!

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BELLA’S “A” LIST APPETIZER: TOMATO SALAD Heirloom, yellow pear, grape, and vine-ripened red and yellow tomatoes, fresh burrata, spinach pesto, balsamic glaze

POLO STEAKHOUSE Garden City Hotel • 45 Seventh Street, Garden City, NY 11530 516.877.9385 • GardenCityHotel.com/dining Cuisine: American Fare Attire: Dressy Casual Price Range: $$$$ Serving: Lunch & Dinner Outdoor Seating: No Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Contemporary Steakhouse This newly renovated steakhouse, located in the Garden City Hotel, boasts opulence along with luxurious comfort. Paneled walls and rich, tufted, red leather chairs offer an upscale, clubby atmosphere. The wait staff is attentive, knowledgeable, and professional. Although the seasoned, masterful Chef Michael Mandato takes tremendous pride in his steaks, the menu’s variety of chops and fresh seafood will please all palates. Our experience began with market fresh beet salad and the colorful tomato salad, with flavor evident of summer’s arrival. We ordered the strip steak since that is the Polo’s signature entrée. The peppercorn crust enhanced the flavor without overpowering the richness of the meat. It absolutely lived up to our expectations. We took our waiter’s suggestion and ordered a bottle of the Silverado Vineyards Cabernet, which was the perfect accompaniment. Dessert doesn’t get better than the decadent, colossal, seven-layer chocolate cake with hot fudge. It’s a must for all chocolate lovers! If you are looking to impress a date, family member, or business associate, Polo Steakhouse is the clear choice. - Donna Halperin

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ENTREES: BONE-IN KANSAS CITY STRIP STEAK 8-day, dry-aged, prime USDA strip steak with peppercorn crust LEMON VERBENA SEASONED SCOTTISH SALMON Served over beluga lentils, thumbelina carrots, fennel puree, sautéed salsify DESSERT: COLOSSAL SEVEN LAYER CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH HOT FUDGE SAUCE COCKTAIL: WHITE BUCK White Pike Whiskey, blood orange puree


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BELLA’S “A” LIST APPETIZER: YELLOW FIN TUNA TARTAR Wasabi and seaweed salad

THE SEA FIRE GRILL Midtown East • 158 East 48th Street • New York, NY, 10017 212-935-3785 • TheSeaFireGrill.com Cuisine: Seafood Attire: Business Attire Price Range: $$$ Serving: Lunch, Dinner Outdoor Seating: No Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Initimate The Sea Fire Grill is the surf to Benjamin’s Steakhouse’s turf. Located on the corner of 48th and Third Avenue, it is perfectly situated to serve either your high-end dining needs, or even just a quick jaunt to the bar for an after work cocktail. The menu contains a plethora of mouth-watering options fresh from the sea. From the king crab to the locally sourced salmon, all is cooked to perfection. For those who favor the land, there are succulent options to choose from, such as a rack of Colorado lamb served with rosemary jus or a traditional 20-oz, bone-in rib-eye cooked to order. Finish off your dining experience with one of the many decadent deserts perfectly paired with the after-dinner drink suggested by your waiter. -Dana Priggé

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ENTREES: ROASTED WHOLE BRANZINO Branzino served with a light sauce of olive oil, lemon and capers ALASKAN KING CRAB LEGS One and one-half pounds of fresh Alaskan King Crab Legs served with drawn butter COCKTAIL: CUCUMBER NIMBUS Double Cross Vodka, Cucumber, Nigori Sake, and St. Germain


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Mind+Body SPECIAL DELIVERY FOR YOUR TASTE BUDS By Gina LaGuardia

Meals and snacks in a box?! It may seem off-putting at first, but in today’s on-demand age, it’s amazing! There isn’t much you can’t find these days that isn’t available via a subscription service, which lets you sample everything from fitness products to dog treats to razors! When it comes to food-by-mail, here are three of our favorites:

We love The Purple Carrot not only for its fun name, but for the amazing vegan delicacies we were able to easily create thanks to this special delivery! Each box contains the raw, pre-measured ingredients and recipes you need to cook healthy, delicious – and we mean delicious – vegan meals and snacks at home. I’ve never been one to explore new culinary territory when cooking, so The Purple Carrot was good for me (literally). With each recipe based on a plant-based diet that uses only whole foods, the service enabled me to venture out of my usual (boring) dinner-idea regime and into new, tasty areas – Butternut Squash Stuffed with Mushrooms Quinoa Spinach & Almonds, anyone?! (It was fantastic!) $59 for a box containing ingredients for two dinners for a family of four, ThePurpleCarrot.com

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The folks at Graze take their job seriously: They’ve personified the company’s tagline of “Snacks, Reinvented.” Graze boxes promise unique and delightful snacking options that won’t only satiate your 3:00 hunger pangs, but serve as a conversation starter … the packaging is so adorable, your cubicle neighbor will absolutely ask more about what you’re snacking on. (Don’t forget to tell them that all Graze snacks are GMO-free!) With 100 snacks to choose from like Mesquite Barbecued Peas and Pumpkin, Sesame, and Sunflower Seed Raw Bars with Dates and Honey, plus a fun online ratings system that’ll let you sound off on what you like and don’t like, your surprise Graze box is sure to contain something yummy and different. Opt from “Savory,” “Sweet,” or a “Calorie Count” boxes to meet your tummy’s needs. They also sell discounted snacks in bulk so you can stock up on your favorites. $5.99-$25, Graze.com


When you want a heftier snack, sign up for Nature Box’s trial pack of 5 of their most-loved snacks (you must try their “Nom Noms”!) Their “snackisfaction guarantee” promises you’ll be fully delighted with your variety (we were!), and with a chooseyour-snack system similar to Netflix’s queue, you make a list of items you love and their Snack Pantry service will do their best to get them sent your way in your order of preference. And, unique to other subscription services, they also have a really fun and interesting editorial team that shares recipes, party ideas, and lots of foodie fun on their blog. $19.95 per month for five full-snack bags, NatureBox.com

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Michael J. Maynard, MD is a Board-Certified 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. He practices at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery and is among the first 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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Horton learned this truth firsthand as a kid struggling in academics and athletics and then as a young adult trying to make ends meet after moving to California from New England. He ultimately experienced a physical and spiritual awakening through these early challenges. “Anybody who manages to succeed often has to go through conflict and adversity,” he says. Keep that in mind when tackling a plan to get into shape!

Count to Four

According to Horton, whose P90X empire spans DVDs, books, equipment, supplements, performance bars, and most recently, a gig with DietBet, an online challenge designed to help people lose weight with prize and cash incentives, four basic components must be in place for a plan to be successful: #1 Purpose: The reason to achieve your goal must be aligned with you wanting to become more active and flexible, Horton says, not based solely on a desired appearance or weight. “If it’s about cosmetics and ego you are going to fail because these are just traps.” #2 Consistency: Your workout and wellness plan needs to be a daily part of your life, something to which you give 100 percent – no matter what. Simply put, says Horton: “Not showing up always gives you nothing.” #3 A Plan: Set aside 15 minutes at the beginning of each month to plan and then write down your day-by-day workout plan for the month. And then, follow it! #4 Accountability: Horton suggests you plan your workouts with a partner or a group. Such “peer pressure” will increase the likelihood that you’ll follow through and stick with it.

Hop Away from the Elliptical

You need to ditch the familiar to see results. That means, if you’re an elliptical junkie, it’s time to hop off. “Variety is the spice of fitness,” says Horton, encouraging you to bust out of the rut he calls “the build and burn model.”

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Women tend to focus on burning calories and men want to just build muscle. Horton puts it this way: “There is no learning curve on the elliptical.” Change comes through fear and pushing yourself with challenging skillsbased exercises that target every body part, he adds.

Food First, Fitness Second

Even if you follow a strong daily workout routine, Horton stresses that without the proper diet, don’t be surprised if you get nowhere. “Food happens three to four times a day, which is essentially 80 to 90 percent of your day.” That’s why healthy eating habits are integral to any fitness plan. Whether you decide to start Tony Horton’s P90X program or just follow his amazing advice, here’s to a summer of taking your wellness and fitness program up a notch! TonyHortonLife.com


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

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

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

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

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MIND+BODY THESE PRODUCTS ARE LIFESAVERS FOR US FIT GIRLS, SO MUCH SO THAT WE THINK THEY DESERVE THEIR OWN HASHTAG…

A. I know the deal – your CrossFit WOD took longer than you thought (pull-ups – grrr!), which means you have less time to prep for your post-gym errands than you really prefer. No worries … let Color Wow One Minute Transformation take over the heavy lifting. For a quick fix or restyle, apply it before you speed-blow-dry sections, and see the transformation for yourself. ColorWowHair.com

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B. If you’re just flavoring your water, it’s time to amp it up. That’s the premise behind Wojo Nutrition’s single serving liquid supplements, which deliver six B vitamins (super important for healthy nerve and cell development), as well as a blend of herbal extracts and amino acids based on just what you need. Add some wojoENERGY and wojoCALM to your beverage of choice, hot or cold, and get your mojo back. And, coming this summer: wojoFOCUS, wojoSUN, wojoWELL, and wojoMOOD. WojoNutrition.com

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F. We all know those high-sugar/high-caffeine sports drinks aren’t the best way for us to work ourselves up to work out when we’re feeling underwhelmed. Enter the Clean Energy Patch, an all-natural combo of natural caffeine and kinesiology tape that’s easy to use for a longlasting “hum” that can be sustained for up to eight hours. Peel and stick almost anywhere (the upper arm is popular), and feel the results of the mild 35mg of caffeine that won’t leave you feeling jittery or have you crashing afterward. Request a free patch online. CleanEnergyPatch.com


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Where will you find one of this year’s “Top Women in Business?” At one of the Joint Commission’s “Top Performer” hospitals, of course.

The entire family at Staten Island University Hospital affectionately congratulates our Executive Director, Donna Proske, for being honored as one of the top women executives in the region by the Star Network. Fittingly, this accolade for Donna coincides with a Joint Commission announcement that our hospital has once again been recognized for achieving exemplary performance in delivering evidencebased clinical care in the right way and at the right time to patients with heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia and to those receiving surgical care. The Joint Commission awards “Top Performer” only

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For further information and reports about the Top Performer program, visit: http://www.jointcommission.org/annualreport.aspx

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MIND+BODY If you’ve been thinking about juicing for a few months now, you’re not alone. We know it’s good for us, it’s just that we “haven’t gotten around to it,” we’re not sure what to mix together, or our current blender just won’t cut it. We get it.

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You know what we need? We need the Hurom HH Elite Series Slow Juicer – the “Beyonce” of juicers! This luxury piece of machinery revolutionizes the juicing process by using pestle and mortar technology to extract more juice from foods without losing key vitamins and minerals. Plus, it’s energy-efficient and tough, meaning it can process fruits, leafy greens, veggies, soy, even nuts, wheatgrass, and more. Better yet, it’s as quiet as a whisper, so no more waking everyone up as we plan for a detox day. Let the juicing begin! $399, Hurom.com

Avocado Ginger Detox Juice 1 green apple 1 avocado 4 carrots 1” fresh ginger root Yields: 12-16 oz.

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CONSIDERING FREEZING YOUR EGGS? HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW By Dr. Katherine Melzer-Ross, GENESIS Fertility and Reproductive Medicine

Women today encounter myriad life opportunities and choices, some which allow for parenthood at an early age and others that do not. While many of us have dreamed of becoming mothers, life circumstances often make finding the right time for parenthood a challenge.

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Unlike our parents’ generation, nearly one out of five women now wait until after age 35 to have a child, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a physician, I can certainly relate to this since academics and job training were often the focal points of my life. This is true for many women who continue to make personal sacrifices in order to advance their careers and life goals. For them, as for me, the question has never been, “Should I have a child?” but rather, “When is the right time to have a child?” Other women have had to postpone childbearing due to medical conditions, such as cancer or lupus, only to discover after treatment that their chances for parenthood are greatly decreased due to the medications they have received. Egg freezing is a technology that can extend a woman’s fertility potential, enabling her to conceive at a later time in her life, depending on her social or medical circumstances. In naturally occurring pregnancies the female egg is fertilized by sperm from the male and the resulting embryo grows into a baby. Egg freezing (referred to medically as “oocyte cryopreservation”) is a process performed on eggs prior to fertilization. This technology was initially developed in European countries for patients with religious concerns regarding the creation of too many fertilized embryos. Its


use has since been extended as a way of preserving fertility and reproductive autonomy for women who do not yet have a partner as well as for those who are undergoing medical treatments that would risk their fertility. The process involves the extraction of eggs from the ovaries following hormonal stimulation (similar to the in vitro fertilization process), freezing them and storing for later use. While there is no guarantee that future pregnancy will result, egg freezing serves as a way of increasing the possibility of having children in the future. The first child born from a frozen egg occurred over 25 years ago, but the technology has vastly improved in the past five years; success rates approach those of in-vitro fertilization. Egg freezing involves the “flash freezing” (referred to as vitrification) of eggs. The eggs can be thawed at a later date and fertilized to create an embryo for subsequent implantation and birth. There is limited information on how long eggs can remain viable once frozen. However, with the data that is available, we understand that the eggs are usable for at least four years, if not indefinitely. Undergoing this procedure does not increase the risk of genetic or birth defects. Because every woman is born with a finite number of eggs, her fertility potential is best when she is in her twenties and starts to decline in the mid-thirties. With this in mind, the best time to consider egg freezing is by the mid-thirties. This is also because the risk for miscarriage rises after the mid-thirties due to genetic changes that happen in the eggs with aging. Unfortunately, the biological clock keeps ticking even for women living very healthy

Unfortunately, the biological clock keeps ticking even for women living very healthy lifestyles.” lifestyles. For women who are considering egg freezing, we recommend a consultation sooner rather than later. While women have conceived from eggs frozen at later ages (early forties), the chances of pregnancy are lower. On the flip side, we generally do not recommend elective egg freezing for women who are still in their twenties. This is because egg freezing is a considerable financial investment, and many women who freeze eggs at this age will not need to use them. Patients with a cancer diagnosis that threatens their fertility are strongly advised to consider egg freezing if medically possible, regardless of how young they may be. If you are reading this article and think that egg freezing might be for you, I encourage you to speak with your OB/GYN or to see a fertility specialist that offers patients this opportunity. To be a woman today is to encounter a world of opportunities; your chance at parenthood need not be sacrificed in order to experience them.

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MAKE AN IMPACT

Throughout history women have done things differently. When it comes to making an impact, we blur the industry lines and work as a whole, as a team, as a family. These four women exemplify that notion, demonstrating they have the brains, beauty, and passion to change lives for generations to come! By Vanessa Coppes

Are you or someone you know Making An Impact? Let us know! Tweet @BellaNYCMag and use #MakeAnImpact!

Selita Ebanks | Cash and Rocket

Selita Ebanks is a New York-born fashion model of Caribbean descent. You may have seen her face representing Victoria’s Secret or as a guest on “How I Met Your Mother.” This year marks Ebanks’ second participation alongside 69 other women, who tour across Europe for the Cash and Rocket Fundraiser (CAR) to raise money for the charity, Shine on Sierra Leone, for which she serves as a Goodwill Ambassador. The group boasts two education programs that transform student communities in Sierra Leone into resilient and bright havens of scholarship. CAR brings inspiring women together for the adventure of a lifetime while raising funds for charities around the world. CashAndRocket.com | ShineonSierraLeone.org

Gloria Feldt | Take the Lead

Gloria Feldt has accomplished many visionary goals throughout her career, including a nine-year role as president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Feldt is also the bestselling author of “No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power” and an acclaimed expert on women, power, and authentic leadership. She also serves as the co-founder and president of Take the Lead, which aspires to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. It’s a unique catalyst for women to embrace power and reach leadership parity. TakeTheLead.org

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Shannon Keith | Sudara

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Cheryl Gentry

In 2005, Sudara founder Shannon Keith took a trip to India that opened her eyes to a tragedy occurring daily to women and girls: modern day slavery. Keith listened to story after story of girls being sold into the sex trade by their families, picked up off the street, and even young mothers just trying to feed their children. Keith returned home determined to do something about it. In 2006, Sudara hired the first six employees for their first sewing center and began teaching each woman how to become a seamstress. The first pair of PUNJAMMIES™ loungewear was produced. Stitch by stitch, the women gained confidence not only in their newfound trade, but also in their newfound freedom. Sudara.org

Cheryl Gentry | Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and iMentor

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As president of Glow Media, an event management company in New York, NY, Cheryl Gentry has crisscrossed the globe supervising, coordinating, and executing hundreds of events. Despite her hectic schedule, Gentry carves out time for philanthropic pursuits, including serving as a board member of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). The group provides programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities, and to plan for successful futures. Gentry is also a women’s committee member of iMentor, where students work with mentors one on one, in person, and online to develop strong personal relationships, nurture their college aspirations, and build critical skills that lead to college success. NFTE.com | iMentor.org B


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LOVE IN THE CITY

THE VACATION SITUATION You date ‘em, you dig ‘em, but can you travel together? Without question, spending an entire week away is the single, greatest test any relationship could ever endure. With nowhere to hide, you and yours are trapped together – strangers in a strange land – with nothing to hold onto but each other. Now, intimacy like that can be wonderfully romantic … or (sadly) horrifyingly instructive. Can you guess what I’m going to highlight for you today? By Jarrod Thalheimer

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The Freebie Junkie

It started in the hotel room. Before you could even unpack, “Freddy the Freeloader” had scooped enough mini soap, shampoo, and sewing kits to outfit the gift bags at a Munchkins Convention. Regardless of relevancy (or a genuine need of any kind), this sort of baseline attraction to “free” can be a disease without a cure. So even as you marvel at the sheer number of disposable rain ponchos he was able to stuff down his pants at Niagara Falls, or how happy he seems filling yet another pocket-Ziplock with “complimentary” mints from the waitress station, consider: Is a looter of this quality someone you would ever want to leave alone in your mother’s bathroom? I think not…

The Over-Planner

Back home he might seem a little stiff or a tad OCD, but visits to far-off locales knock loose whatever safeties he normally employs. Before you’ve even stepped off the bus from the airport he’s arranged four walking tours, two museum retrospectives, and a group dinner with a team of Hungarian glass blowers. Spontaneity, be damned, as absolutely nothing is left to chance for the rest of the trip. In no time flat your vacation stops being an escape and looks more like the official duties of some hyper-scheduled royal family. Call in sick quick, before it’s too late.


The Plight Of The Navigator

Having a poor sense of direction is one thing but an inability to process even the simplest directional advice is a warning sign to bigger issues. Maps have existed for thousands of years, allowing countless civilizations to survive, thrive, and expand across the world. Today, we live in an age where they can talk back and even lead us around by name. For your partner in life to still be a confused moron when it comes to handling the simplest of locationbased tasks abroad is unacceptable. This idiot may have to get you to a hospital someday and if he can’t even find the Starbucks in the airport without creating an international incident, you need to grab your own map and get!

The Picky Eater

No one is demanding she dig into plates of deep-fried worms or get excited over bowls of chocolate-covered locusts but carrying on like a baby because you can’t find a KFC or Burger King suggests that a rather long future of mono-chromatic food options await you both. If every menu presented is weighed first by its similarity to US-style chain dining, your significant eater is sending some lifetime signals it would be best you not ignore. Send it – and her – back immediately!

The Fashionasty

Caged in by the harsh realities of the average suitcase, these seemingly normal individuals somehow lose touch with reality and begin dressing like color-blind prison escapees who’ve come upon an untended clothesline. Suddenly, they think nothing of stepping out in rainbow socks and sportsandals or pairing a flower-printed (and oddly revealing) tank top with fern-green dress pants. Even a shirt and tie with shorts is somehow considered on-the-money for a fancy dinner out. How the confines of a carry-on led to this embarrassment of epic proportions can never fully be explained, but your response should be to put on dark glasses, and run!

The Constant Complainer

Finding themselves trapped deep inside a weeklong exercise in unfamiliarity, this creature of habit lashes out at each and every single thing that challenges their normal (and soothingly routine) way of life. Note their constant repetition of “We sure don’t do things that way back home” as proof-positive your vacation train is headed straight off the tracks. No worries though. Maybe traveling isn’t your bag either. After all, somebody has to stay home and pick up all those other folks from the airport. B

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A NOVEL IDEA

DISH UP SOME DELECTABLE READING THIS SUMMER Reading a good book can be a vacation of its own – although reading by the pool or the seashore can only heighten the escape. Go ahead and indulge: Pair your reading with a light snack and some wine, or just savor the meals and beverages on the pages of some of these books. Either way, you’ll have created a recipe for delicious reading this summer. By Barbara Bellesi

“THE BATTLE OF VERSAILLES”

Robin Givhan (Flatiron Books) The titular “battle” was a fashion show that took place on a November night in 1973 and was originally intended to be a fundraiser for the restoration of the opulent palace of Louis XIV. Instead, some fashion fierceness took place between France’s Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Marc Bohan of Christian Dior and America’s Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Anne Klein, Halston, and Stephen Burrows. Many assumed France would dominate, but it was America’s daring and fashion foresight (10 of the American models were black) that got tongues wagging then and now, more than 40 years later. Forget “The Devil Wears Prada” – this is a real story about some of fashion’s biggest egos going head to head on the runway.

“EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES”

Laura Dave (Simon & Schuster) When Georgia Ford’s impending wedding is on the brink of disaster, she returns home to her family and their Sonoma vineyard that had always meant simpler and happier times to her. But just as Georgia’s fiancé had earth-shattering secrets, so does Georgia’s family – secrets that threaten to take away the vineyard and destroy her family. So much for the simplicity to which she was hoping to escape. Dave’s novel, whose title is a nod to how many grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine, is a story about love, family, and home – for better or for worse.

“KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST”

J. Ryan Stradal (Viking) Lars Thorvald is now a single dad to baby Eva, thanks to his wine-loving wife who ran off with a sommelier. Lars is committed to raising his daughter as a foodie, and as Eva grows up in Minnesota, she is surrounded by delicious foods with a Scandinavian flair. Eva takes her dad’s lead and, as an adult, becomes the hot chef behind a secret supper club. The high point of the story is a meal that is pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate and carries with it an emotional punch that is stronger than any spice on the rack. Stradal’s debut novel, which combines foodie culture with a Midwest accent, is a feast for readers.

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“THE GRAND CHATEAUX OF BORDEAUX” Edited by Ralf Frenzel (teNeues) Short of an actual trip to France, this gorgeous coffee table book is a picturesque tour of the world’s most renowned wine region. The book highlights the French chateaux and vineyards where some of the most luscious wines you’ll ever imbibe are created. The book features 250 photos of the vineyards and estates where the winemaking magic is conjured by the skilled vintners and cellar masters. Accompanying text explains the history and architecture of the chateaux and estates, along with details about the grapes and soil – two of the natural ingredients that make French wine such a delight.

“IMMORTAL KISSES”

Mitzi Libsohn (Page Publishing) Upon her passing in 2008, Libsohn left a substantial collection of poetry written over four decades. It was her dream to see some of it published in book form, but that dream was not fulfilled during her lifetime. Her grieving daughter, Pauli, took it upon herself to fulfill that dream anyway, and so she began the editing process of her mother’s poems. The result is this beautiful book full of poems that, in the words of the author, are more like paintings than poems in their vividness. Pauli feels that this is the way her mother would most like to have seen her poems published, and readers will be pleased as well.


AUTHOR’S NEW BOOK SENDS READERS ON A “ROMAN HOLIDAY”

“ROME IN LOVE”

Anita Hughes (St. Martin’s) Actress Amelia Tate thinks she’s hit the big time when she’s cast as Audrey Hepburn’s character in the remake of “Roman Holiday.” However, her relationship with her boyfriend doesn’t have the romantic Hollywood ending that she was hoping for. While filming on location in Rome, Amelia befriends a young woman named Sophie, a princess who is laying low in order to reflect on her own life and choices. Amelia then falls for Philip, a striking journalist who happens to believe that Amelia is the hotel maid. As Amelia struggles to find out who she is as both a woman and an actress, the Eternal City’s charm becomes a character in its own right in this fifth novel by Hughes.

It’s no secret that novelist Anita Hughes has a penchant for Italy. “I absolutely love the food, the fashion, and the history,” she says. “Lake Como” was published in 2013 and now her newest novel, “Rome in Love,” takes us back to the country that is home to the Eternal City. It’s also no secret that Hughes is a fan of Audrey Hepburn – “Oh gosh, am I ever!” she says – and the screen siren’s legacy is writ large in the novel. Amelia, the main character, is an actress who is cast in Hepburn’s role in a remake of “Roman Holiday,” one of Hughes’ favorite films that she watches every Christmas. “There is something about [Hepburn] that is so sophisticated and yet very optimistic and almost childlike,” she says. “She’s absolutely unique.” A prolific writer, Hughes has finished her sixth novel, set in Majorca, which will be released next spring.

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ANOTHER HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE FOR BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Bestselling Author John Green, director Jake Schreier, and actress Halston Sage from the premiere of the trailer to “Paper Towns.”

Novelist John Green (“The Fault in our Stars”) strikes Hollywood gold again with another film adaptation, this time of his 2009 book “Paper Towns.” This is the coming-of-age story of Quentin and his mysterious neighbor Margo. “Mysterious” is the operative word, especially when Margo vanishes, leaving behind strange clues for Quentin to figure out. Joined by his friends, Quentin embarks on an adventure that will move you as much as it will make you laugh. The movie, to be released at the end of July, was directed by Jake Schreier and stars Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, and Justice Smith. B

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TRAVEL DIARY

THE HAMPTONS By Gwen Wunderlich-Smith

Heading to the Hamptons this summer? So are we! From the best places to wine and dine with family and friends, newest places to unwind, surf and stay, and events where tiki torches, celebrities, and shopping reigns – it’s all there in the famed East End. BELLA NYC explored the Hampton’s newest places and these are the ones we know will ensure summertime smiles and life long memories. Enjoy, and we’ll see you at the beach.

If you know anything about the Hamptons, you know it’s a place where the elite relax, play, and spend their money. This year on July 18, all will gather for the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s Art for Life Gala. The mission is dedicated to providing inner city youth across New York City with significant exposure to the arts, as well as to supporting emerging artists with exhibition opportunities. We hope to see you there to show your support of the arts.

Through the bamboo trellis just off the lobby of Sole East, enter The Backyard Restaurant. In that brief moment, the world seems to fade away. With a pool to one side and fire pit to the other, the Backyard is perfectly situated for a leisurely dinner, cocktails under the stars, and conversations that last until closing. The layout mimics the nature of Executive Chef Larry Kolar, which is a combination of cool reserve and serious passion (for cooking).

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New to Southampton this summer, L’OBJET is offering designs for the home that are both luxurious and functional. L’OBJET has been responsible for some of tabletops most innovative and exceptional designs. The concept of melding precious metals, layered patterns, and sophisticated styling are synonymous with the company’s name. The home décor collections are as distinctive as they are functional, including hollowware, candles, frames, and accessories. Check it out and pick up some new dinnerware for a summer dinner party.

Summer in the Hamptons is nothing without the beach and there’s no better way to get the full experience than a moonlight paddle at Georgica Beach with our friends at Main Beach Surf. The outing starts with a bonfire overlooking the sunset on a beach adorned with tiki lamps, wine and cheese, and local snacks. The crew then prepares the crafts to set out for a memorable paddle under the moonlight and stars. This is one of our surefire summer faves.


Old and new architecture come together in the Hampton’s Topping Rose. Staying in the Topping Rose is like dwelling at a gallery, with its tasteful setting and contemporary palates. The 22-room luxury inn is a bicycle ride from beaches and wineries. The Main House rooms suggest the home’s 1840s style in the iron beds and historicallyinspired bedside tables, but are offset by modern touches, like a coffee table of white lacquer cubes.

Red Bar is undeniably the ideal locale for both Southampton locals and those who hunt for the finest dining experiences. The food mastered by Chef Erik Nodeland is a balance between French influence and local bounty. Red Bar knows what dinner should feel like: its comfort, its intimacy, its consideration, and its spirit. Whatever occasion brings you here, you’ve arrived, and it should feel good!

Escape to Solé East Resort, a hotel housed in a landmark American Tudor building with bungalow-like rooms, each one unique, and cabana suites. A heated pool with oversized St. Tropez-style beds will keep you cool while your head bops to tunes being spun by the poolside DJ. Lush lawns and gardens with bamboo walkways complete the beach club feel. Just a five-minute walk from Montauk Village and the beach, great vibes and atmosphere abound. Come shop for a good cause. The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation is bringing Super Saturday to the Hamptons on July 25, 2015. Super Saturday is a daylong shopping event that brings top luxury name brands in high fashion, accessories, beauty, children’s items, and home goods at 30 to 50 percent off retail to lovers of fashion, charity, and amazing steals and deals. All of the proceeds from sales of merchandise, tickets, and tables go toward funding OCRF’s programs, so unleash your inner shopaholic with good conscience. B

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TRAVEL SPOTLIGHT

MONTAUK YACHT CLUB A RICH HISTORY WITH A CASUAL MARITIME VIBE

We could all take a cue from famed rock legends who escape to Montauk for a casual, island beach lifestyle free from disruptions. Located on a private waterfront in Montauk and spanning three estates, Montauk Yacht Club is ideal for treating yourself like a Rolling Stones member and achieving seclusion from your hectic lifestyle. By Dara Kaplan

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Historic sentiments like the replica of the iconic Montauk lighthouse will surely draw you in like Jay Gatsby himself, thanks to the property’s aura of classic elegance and modern finesse. The historic maritime culture of Montauk is celebrated throughout the nautical theme of all 103 suites and villas, as well as its 232-slip mega-yacht marina. The seaside village of Montauk is practically the fruition of a dream, so it’s no surprise it has been a perennial playground for the rich and famous for nearly eight decades. Montauk Yacht Club was built in 1928 by entrepreneur Carl Fisher, the legend who turned Miami from a sleepy backwater town into a thriving resort city. Fisher had dreams of replicating his success with the small seaside village designed to be a playground for the rich and famous, with the Montauk Yacht Club as its crowning glory. The club’s original membership included Vincent Astor, J.P. Morgan, Edsel Ford, Harry Payne Whitney, Thomas Eastman, John Wanamaker, and Harold S. Vanderbilt. Among the many early guests were famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, who often flew his seaplane into the harbor to dock at the resort’s marina. The historic architectural style meets the casual elegance of the Hamptons through modern, luxurious touches. The outdoor patio is a barefoot chic haven that will have your feet dancing alongside fire pits and making way to the resort’s speakeasy-style bar for handcrafted cocktails. The beautiful deck off of the Vanderbilt Room overlooking Lake Montauk, creates an ideal setting for a private dinner. The fine dining destination Gulf Coast Kitchen boasts renovations and new menus while Hurricane Alley provides the perfect casual ambiance. Guests never have to leave the historic resort grounds. Soak up the sun by one of two glistening outdoor pools, get a taste of adventure with a surf or sailing lesson, or indulge in a full day of pampering at Spa MYC. From volleyball, tennis, stand-up paddle lessons, paddle tours, surf lessons, and Flotilla Boat Parties designed for large groups to fishing charters and complimentary bicycles, there’s something for everyone. The Montauk Yacht Club provides the grace, refinement, and elegance of yesteryear, preserved and updated for your enjoyment today and beyond. B

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JUST ADD WATER

If you love the charm of yacht culture or simply slumbering to the sway of the sea, try these fabulous nautical adventures. By Sascha Zuger

AQUA MEKONG

Go exotic in luxe comfort on the Aqua Mekong River Explorer Cruise from bustling, cacophonous Saigon in Vietnam to the charming colonial capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Tailor your sail to experience the wonders of Angkor Wat, explore deep into an ancient-flooded forest among rare birds and turtles or the timeless floating villages along the Mekong River, or receive a blessing from Buddhist monks tucked away in remote sanctuaries. This floating five-star hotel is intimate, with no more than 40 guests and crew, most of whom enjoy a wall of glass to gaze at passing pagoda temples or birdlife from the comfort of their pillowtop California king (or walk-in rainforest shower). Guests can take a dip in the top deck plunge pool, while enjoying attentive service and handcraft cocktails before a chef-prepared gourmet meal featuring local delicacies from the villages enroute. AquaExpeditions.com

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SEALAND YACHT CHARTERS

Cruise the Mediterranean and lose the crowds. Explore Tuscany, Sardinia, Sicily, Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Corsica, or Spain on one of SeaLand’s private or small-party catamaran or power yachts. Reach unique ports filled with history and culture, or splash out in style at modern hotspots where the nightlife rages until your return for a deckside sunrise. Expert skippers ensure safety, while award-winning chefs make the most of fresh ingredients to share the local cuisine. (Experienced sailors can opt to charter the yachts, sans crew.) One popular cruise is the catamaran sail to the Aeolian Islands, stopping in iconic spots along the Sicilian coast –-Volcano, Lipari, Stromboli, Panarea, Salina, Alicudi, Filicudi the Egadi, the Pelagie, and Ustica. Sealand.it

THE GRACE OF THE GALAPAGOS

A once-in-a-lifetime excursion to the famed Galapagos Islands is only enhanced by the experience on this 18-passenger yacht. Named after her late owner, Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, the mark of elegance, beauty, and prestige remains and can be seen in the stateroom décor, excellent service, and culinary expressions of the chef. A trip to the Galapagos is, in itself, a celebration of history, from the amazing wildlife (showcased by experienced naturalist guides with a 1:9 guest ratio) to the scientific discoveries of the man who made the islands famous, so it’s only natural to enjoy a yacht that has proved itself in the survival of the fittest small cruise options. Sun loungers dot the deck alongside a jacuzzi, ideal for stargazing or a romantic toast at sunset. GalapagosExpeditions.com B

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TRAVEL DIARY

Teatro Colon: The Teatro Colón (Colón Theatre) is the main opera house in Buenos Aires.

Central Buenos Aires: As one of the world’s most exquisite tourist destinations, Buenos Aires is known for its eclectic nature and European architecture reminiscent of Paris, Madrid, and Barcelona. And, with the highest concentration of theaters in the world, it boasts a rich cultural life to add to your itinerary.

BUENOS AIRES ARGENTINA

Boca Juniors: The team has won 18 international titles, as well as 30 Primera División championships, and 11 domestic cups.

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Tango show at Buenos Aires’ hippest hotel, Faena

Eva Peron Grave: The body of “Evita” rests here, enshrouded by mysterious security by the Argentinian government. The tomb’s marble floor has a trapdoor that leads to a compartment containing two coffins with a second trapdoor and another compartment underneath in which her coffin is held.

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La Boca: This South Buenos Aires neighborhood is filled with colorful buildings and bars. The area’s early influx of immigrants and isolation from the rest of the city served to enrich its cultural history and build notable community solidarity and a distinct arts scene.


Café Tortoni: This historic coffeehouse, located at 825 Avenida de Mayo, traces its roots back to 1858 and a French immigrant named Touan. It received its current name, Tortoni, in honor of a Parisian café favorite of that country’s elite.

The Vines Spa and Resort: The accolades are immense: Condé Nast’s 2014 Hot List of the 33 Best New Hotels in the World, Robb Report’s Best of the Best 2014, Elite Traveler’s Top 101 Hotel Suites, etc. And here’s something really unique: You can own your own private vineyard in The Vines of Mendoza, planting and harvesting, bottling and labeling, and even shipping under the guidance of their experts.

Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia: This Grape Harvest Festival takes place each year in Mendoza City, serving as a major tourist attraction and one of the most important festivals in the country.

Asado BBQ at The Vines Spa & Resort in Mendoza

A visit to O. Fournier is sure to please, thanks to its modern design, unique tours and tasting packages, and pristine location in the Uco Valley, Mendoza town of La Consulta. Since 2000, the O. Fournier Group’s Valle de Uco winery, an architectural masterpiece by architects Bórmida and Yanzón, has been exporting its wines to 42 countries worldwide. Don’t miss its on-site gourmet restaurant, Urban.

Azafran in Mendoza boasts probably the best steak in Argentina! Head Chef Pablo Ranea outdoes himself with this succulent steak wrapped in pastry with blue cheese and mushrooms. And make sure your dining partner orders the Asian-inspired red tuna fillet with cider sauce – you’ll want to share! B

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POSTCARDS FROM LA

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WEST COAST LIVING FOR EAST COAST DWELLERS ... THE BEST OF WHAT TO DO THE NEXT TIME YOU’RE IN CALIFORNIA.

By Dionne Clarke

Magnificent Montage Laguna Beach

Set on a beautiful oceanfront bluff, surrounded by 30 lushly landscaped acres, sits the resplendent Montage Laguna Beach – one of the best resorts in the region. With its outstanding Craftsman-style architecture, four dining options, Mosaic Pool, and commitment to its environmental initiatives and understated luxury, you will feel instantly at home whether you’re here for a relaxing getaway or a fun family stay. Each of the 250 spacious guestrooms, including 60 suites, has a private oceanfront balcony – all with a sweeping view of the grand Laguna Beach coastline. There are no bad rooms or bad views here. Montage Laguna Beach is perfect for a summer getaway where you can enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, surfing and beach volleyball. And once your appetite is worked up, there’s nothing better than enjoying dinner at The Loft restaurant while taking in the breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. Although casual in its demeanor, there’s nothing casual about the food served up by Chef Casey Overton and his award-winning team. The signature Coffee-Crusted New York Strip with Fourme d’ Ambert Blue Cheese, Wild Arugula, and BourbonCaramel is one of my all-time favorite dishes, while the Braised Lamb Sugo just melts magnificently in the mouth. The Loft even has its own fromagier who curates a savory selection of cheeses in The Loft’s Cheese Gallery. How could you not indulge? One of the other main delights of Montage Laguna Beach is its huge 20,000-square-foot Spa Montage. Their Elements of Wellness program is perfect for those seeking to incorporate enjoyable and healthful activities into their luxury vacation getaways. Guests create their own personal wellness journey with the help of a Spa Concierge who guides you to select a custom series of experiences throughout your visit, which allow you to indulge, energize, and reconnect. However you decide to enjoy Montage Laguna Beach, you will sure to be back and recommend it to friends as one of the most heavenly places on the SoCal coast. MontageHotels.com/LagunaBeach

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Vanity Group

When Oscar winner Common and entertainment mogul Diddy need a rocking party turned around in 24 hours, or have an unbelievable, wild request, they both call one person ... Karleen Roy. Founder of The Vanity Group, a NYC-based boutique luxury lifestyle management company servicing A-list celebrities and powerhouse brands, Roy and her team have been providing unparalleled and unmatched service to her clients since its inception in 2013. You, too, can employ her services! From those impossibleto-get restaurant reservations with a private entrance, to glamorous red carpet appearances, to planning a last-minute getaway in Dubai on your private jet with 40 of your closest friends, Roy and her team have turned dreams into reality for a cache of exclusive clientele. The Vanity Group is composed of resourceful, creative, and well-connected lifestyle management advisors who are experienced in bespoke event production, luxury concierge services, and talent relations. Roy regularly organizes events on the West Coast and NYC, as well as around the world, including Dubai, St. Tropez, London, St. Barts, and Tokyo. TheVanityGroup.com, Instagram: @VanityGroupNYC

Portofino Pretty Portofino Beverly Hills is an elite tanning experience catering to a high profile and A-list celebrity clientele, beautiful moms, and executives on the go. The beauty studio has designed a custom menu of services to accommodate your every lifestyle, eliminating the inconveniences of conventional tanning to leave you feeling fabulous and looking beautifully bronzed! The devotion of customers, like Jennifer Lopez and Daisy Fuentes, stems from a commitment to quality and innovation. Located one block from prestigious Rodeo Drive in the center of the 90210 district, Portofino is also a leading location for the latest must-have beauty treatments. One of my favorites is the advanced and high-tech Endermologie, a revolutionary, non-invasive procedure that improves skin tone and diminishes the appearance of cellulite. The organic body contouring and skin fitness treatment uses a combination of dual rollers and gentle suction to create a skinfold, treating the top skin and subcutaneous connective tissue. The treatment helps make your skin look smoother, healthier, and naturally beautiful. PortofinoBeverlyHills.com

Get Real About Love

Renee Piane is on a mission … a love mission. She’s bringing love to busy and successful people who may have put romance on the backburner while focusing on their careers and other life choices, but are now ready to have their hearts ignited. Based in LA but helping people all around the world, the Love Designer is a master at connecting people and is a pioneer in the dating industry. Over the past two decades, Piane has helped individuals through her range of services, including personal coaching sessions, matchmaking, online profile redesigns, and heart healing one-on-ones. Piane also helps people navigate their way through loveless relationships, breakups, or relationships that need a re-boot. The romance maven’s latest book, “Get Real About Love – The Secrets to Opening Your Heart and Finding True Love,” serves as a wake-up call to frustrated singles and offers profound insight, with both candor and wit, as to how people can create space for love and transform their lives to attract extraordinary love. All things love is truly Piane’s calling – no wonder she was voted Top International Dating & Relationship Coach for 2014! ReneePiane.com B

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AROUND TOWN NEW YORK

SUPPORTING ELEVEN A group of leading women entrepreneurs, industry leaders, innovators, and disruptors gathered together to support the launch of ELEVEN over cocktails and dinner. “We created ELEVEN to recognize the power of the number deconstructed which is 1+1=2, with an emphasis on applying that multiplied effect toward female empowerment and the ability to ‘lean out,’” explained Billee Howard, founder.

ANN LIGUORI FOUNDATION ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC The 17th Annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic took place on Monday, May 18th, at Friar’s Head, a masterpiece designed by the acclaimed architectural team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. The annual outing benefits a number of organizations that work in the field of cancer prevention and research, including the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, as well as to support cancer research grants and Kids Need More, a camp for children with cancer and their siblings held each August on Shelter Island.

DAVID TYREE CHARITY BOWL This year’s David Tyree Charity Bowl to benefit Children of the City (COC) took place on Tuesday, June 2, and was one of the most successful events in COC history. The event attracted more than 40 current and former players from the NY Giants. Smiles spread across the entire venue as special guest Odell Beckham Jr. arrived to snap photos, sign autographs, and share a bowling lane with happy COC supporters and their families.

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OPERATION SMILE’S ANNUAL BLACK TIE EVENT AT CIPRIANI On May 14th, stars gathered for Operation Smile’s Annual Black Tie Event at Cipriani in New York City 42nd Street to celebrate their incredible accomplishments. The unforgettable night was hosted by New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning. During the night, Operation Smile rewarded the Founders Circle Award to Barbara Majeski and family. The Founders Circle Award is shared with extraordinary humanitarian,s including The Sharon D. Lund Foundation, Jennifer & Henry Salke, The Simpson Family, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, and the Hearst Family. Kate Walsh and Wendy Williams were among the many stars that joined to show support.

ROBERT DENIRO AND GRACE HIGHTOWER CELEBRATE CARIBBEAN WEEK During Caribbean Week on June 1st, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda was joined by Robert DeNiro and his wife, Grace Hightower DeNiro, for a presentation and dinner at the 21 Club. BELLA Editor-in-Chief Courtenay Hall and Publisher Daniel Hall were in attendance and said they had a “once in a lifetime evening.”

BOND NO9 FOUNDER AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, SHORT HILLS On Saturday, June 6th, Bond No. 9 founder Laurice Rahmne and Saks Fifth Avenue Short Hills held a launch event in store for her new fragrance Park Avenue South. Invited guests and Saks shoppers were thrilled to meet Rahmne in person as she greeted all and spent the day taking pictures and signing her signature bottles.

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AROUND TOWN LOS ANGELES BELLA NEW YORK AND NAKED PRINCESS LOS ANGELES CELEBRATE THE BEAUTY ISSUE On May 7th, BELLA co-hosted its first Los

Angeles event with BELLA contributor and Naked Princess CEO Jordana Woodland at her flagship store. More than 200 people, including several notables, attended the event.

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BREAKING THE SILENCE FUNDRAISER FOR BECKY’S FUND, LOS ANGELES On June 1st, Beverly Hills BMW presented

a Breaking the Silence Fundraiser, which boasted community outreach, empowerment, entertainment, and more. This year, it attracted more than 400 guests to Avalon Hollywood. Its goal: to raise economic growth of $300,000+, which a portion of proceeds benefiting Becky’s Fund. Heather Dubrow of Bravo TV’s “Housewives of Orange County” served as the event’s emcee. The 2015 honoree was Troy Vincent, EVP of National Football Operations of the National Football League. Mr. Vincent was the recipient of the “Community Engagement Award” for his role with the Joyful Heart Foundation and the NO MORE Initiative in addressing sexual assault and domestic violence awareness within the National Football League. July/August 2015 | BELLANYC.COM 151


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THE NEW YORKER

New York City “mompreneur” Lyss Stern founded Divalysscious Moms to bridge the gap between a glam, pre-baby lifestyle and a postbaby life. Rather than toss aside her beloved stilettos for strollers, Stern embraced them both and created a company that keeps the party going (except at nap time). Diva moms are fun, fabulous, and one of a kind — from trendsetter and career women to stay-at-home and thinkoutside-the-juice-box moms. At Divalysscious Moms’ events, they get together to experience sensational events, meet new friends, or catch up with old ones – all with no stress! Stern offers an inside look at what tops the on-the-go NYC mom’s agenda when it comes to life in the city. 1. Best thing about living in NYC? I always say that we hold the key to the biggest playground, which is NYC. You will never get bored or run out of new things to do. Each and every day is a new, fabulous adventure. 2. Favorite restaurant? Peter Lugers Steakhouse 3. Favorite neighborhood? I just love absolutely everything about the West Village. It’s a charming neighborhood that reminds me of a quaint European town.  4. The best part of my job is… Knowing that I am empowering other moms to be the best that they can be. I love getting emails from moms who have started their own businesses because of hearing my story.   5. A visit to New York isn’t complete until… You have visited the magnificent Central Park, taken in a show, shopped, and had a delicious meal. 6. Subways or cabs? Subways... NYC’s public transportation runs 24/7, which means at any time you can get anywhere within the city for only $2.75. But you always have the option to hail a cab at 2 a.m. too!  

LYSS STERN

NEW YORK CITY “MOMPRENEUR”

7. Best advice you’ve ever received? A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous!  8. One “must-have” beauty item? My lips have never been so soft and kissable since I started using BY TERRY Baume de Rose. I never leave home without it! 9. How do you define beauty? Beauty to me isn’t about having a pretty face. It’s about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart, and a beautiful soul. B

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