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SUMMER 2017 FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
In my opinion, it's the best time of year, especially being based in NYC, where the warmer months are so unpredictable. But summer is so much more than amazing weather, especially for our LA readers who get to enjoy the sunshine all year long. To me, summer evokes feelings of relaxation, recharging, and fun, which is what I hope you feel as you flip through this new issue. We’ve got you covered with amazing beauty breakthroughs, along with fabulous summer fashion, fitness, and wellness tips to keep you looking and feeling your best. And don’t miss our exclusive interviews with beautiful and strong women who represent BELLA’S ideal that beauty starts from within.
Our cover story with Camila Alves is so inspiring, and is such a great message of entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and motherhood—all while enjoying life to the fullest! You will also find exclusive one-on-ones with Stephanie Hollman and Nikki Haskell, who opened their doors to BELLA—and you—for an inside look at their lives in NY, LA, and Dallas! It’s a fun issue, and I hope you delve into our pages, find beauty throughout, and walk away feeling more uplifted, inspired, and ready to embrace your most BELLA life!
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Contributors SUMMER 2017 Which is stronger: ultra-hold or megahold? What are the hottest celebrity trends? Beauty Director Janene Mascarella holds the answers to all your burning beauty questions. Besides pondering hairspray holds and swanky spa services, she is an experienced beauty and lifestyle writer whose work has been published in a variety of outlets, including The Washington Post, Newsday, CNN, Cosmopolitan, Self, Glamour, Health, Cooking Light, Women’s Health, Woman’s Day, USA Today, Hamptons Magazine, Modern Woman, Family Circle, and many more. Janene began writing for BELLA since the launch issue in 2011. She dutifully dabbed, spritzed, and sprayed her way to the role of BELLA New York’s Beauty Director…her absolute dream job! In her role, she oversees the splashy “Beauty Scene” section and shares her top product picks, the latest beauty tricks, expert tips, and the hottest celebrity trends to help readers shop smart and find their own phenomenal.
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 California. Follow Kelly @KellyFajack.
BELLA New York’s celebrity stylists, Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan, are identical twins and cofounders of a full service styling business, The Style Duo. They have styled a wide range of stars for BELLA’s inside celebrity features, as well as cover stories. Always working as a team, the twins have been featured on numerous national morning shows and now appear regularly in their own style show for Princeton TV.
World famous photographer John Russo does it all, from photographing celebrities like Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, and Leonardo DiCaprio (to name a few) to shooting high-profile advertising campaigns for Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana. His work has graced the covers of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Esquire, and BELLA.
With a love for all things entertainment, it’s only fitting that Alexandra Anastasio is relishing her role as BELLA New York’s Entertainment Editor. She’s interviewed some of the best in entertainment and music, from Rob Lowe, Taraji P. Henson, Olivia Munn, Jaime Pressly, Lance Bass, and more. An inquisitive mind and the desire to tell a story are the driving forces behind her interviews.
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Contents SUMMER 2017
58 16 || THE STYLE REPORT
City Brunch to Country BBQ Style, In Full Bloom, Pastel Takeover, Red Carpet Ready, Quick Silver, The Reign of the Bralette, Neutralize Your Closet for Summer
26 || CREATE AN ICONIC LOOK
48 || DREAMWATER Splashes of Glamour
58 || CAMILA ALVES
Creative, Compassionate, Committed
8 Online Resources That Can Help
64 || GO NATURAL THIS SUMMER
28 || SANDY & SUNKISSED
66 || MIND+BODY
Here Comes the Sun
36 || SNAPSHOTS OF WEST COAST LIVING
The Best Places to Stay, Eat, and Play
38 || BEAUTY SCENE
Hot Stuﬀ, The Best (Celeb-Loved!) Bronzers, Get The Look: Ruby Rose, The Top 3 Plastic Surgery Procedures, It’s Electric!, Holistic Healing
Seven Safe and Eﬀective Summer Beauty Solutions
Emilia Bechrakis Serhant, Summer Beach Workout, How To Amp Up Your Workout This Summer, The Science to Living Forever, Battle of the Workouts: LISS vs. HIIT
78 || UP CLOSE & PERSONAL Stephanie Hollman
84 || THE LA LIFE Nikki Haskell
On the Cover Photo: John Russo Dress: Gucci Jewelry: 14 Karat
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Contents SUMMER 2017
90 || CULTURE VULTURE Sunshine & the City
92 || MAKE AN IMPACT Giving Back, Changing Lives
94 || SOPHISTICATED SPACES Summer Soirée
96 || A NOVEL IDEA
Cool Reads for Hot Summer Days
98 || DANCE INTO SUMMER Your Summer Playlist with Erika Jayne
100 || TONY ROBBINS
“Unleash The Power Within” Seminar
102 || TRAVEL
A Capital Good Time, CHIC Punta Cana, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
110 || AROUND TOWN Behind the Scenes with BELLA
112 || THE LA 11 Dr. Venus Nicolino
StyleReport DOUBLE TAKE CITY BRUNCH TO COUNTRY BBQ STYLE By Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan
We’ve all heard the story about The City Mouse and The Country Mouse, two totally diﬀerent characters with two very unique lifestyles. Well, that can be you too when going from a chic brunch in the city to a casual, summertime barbecue out in the country. You can wear the same maxi dress but accessorize it in diﬀerent ways for two completely distinct vibes. Whether you are more of an uptown city girl or a down-to-earth country gal at heart, it’s time for you to embrace them both. A versatile piece like this flowy dress by Tolani makes it super easy.
Tamara Dress $223, TolaniCollection.com
Don't worry about getting your favorite sandals dirty this summer. These wipes will come to the rescue! BootRescue.ca
1. Alex Wallet Bag, $1695, TylerEllis.com 2. Luxe Rose Bouquet Slider Bracelet, $138, HenriBendel.com
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3 3. Manolo Blahnik Bibilaser Patent Leather Point Toe Pumps, $825, Saks.com 4. Barclay Blush Frames with Stealth Seriliumâ„˘ Lens, $199, Revo.com 5. Luxe Rose Bouquet Stud Earrings, $88, HenriBendel.com
6. Super Chill Cooler Bag, $32, Bando.com 7. Chambray Embroidered Inset Rancher Hat, $98, HatAttack.com 8. Tory Burch Miller Leather Wedge Sandals, $265, Saks.com 9. Double Wrap Beaded Bracelet, $14, Mulberry-Grand.com
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OBSESSION I N F U L L B LO O M By Jonathan Calixto
While we are familiar with the timeless floral print, they’re a closet essential this season! Designers integrated this uplifting motif into their 2017 collections in bold colors and dramatic textures.
Jasper Conran Spring/Summer 2017 JasperConran.com
No matter the occasion, floral looks can be incorporated in a head-to-toe look or as a statement piece. It’s safe to say you will be “blooming” with any of these styles!
1. Flower Bunch Keychain, $28, anthropologie.com
2. Gardenia Bandana $18, anthropologie.com 3. Colorful Floral Hoop Earrings $65, jcrew.com 4. Sylvie Embroidered Leather Top Handle Bag $3,500, gucci.com 5. Olivia Burton Flower Show Leather Strap Watch $125, nordstrom.com 6. Floral Mesh Heel $139, zara.com 7. Peony Print Blush Tie Sleeve Tea Dress $95, topshop.com
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PASTEL TAKEOVER By Jonathan Calixto
Topman Design Spring/Summer 2017 TopMan.com
Pastel tones are all the rage this season, as witnessed in the spring/summer 2017 collections. Designers such as Massimo Dutti, Christopher Shannon, and TopMan showcased how soft tones can be used to brighten an oﬃce outfit or for dayto-day wear.
1. Noose & Monkey Super Skinny Suit in Pistachio $343, asos.com 2. Classic Fit Performance Deck Polo Shirt $44.99, nautica.com 3. Modern Fit Micro Dot Print Cotton Dress Shirt $69.90, express.com
4. Slim Fit Fine Stripe Dotted Dress Shirt $69.90, express.com 5. Slim-Fit Cotton Chino $85, ralphlauren.com 6. Unstructured Ludlow Cotton-Linen Blazer in Aqua $168, jcrew.com 7. Faxon Chambray Low-Top Sneaker $65, ralphlauren.com
Don’t be timid—step out of your comfort zone and apply these new “masculine touch” accent colors to your wardrobe.
RED CARPET READY
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WITH E MMA STONE Emma Stone, winner of Best Actress at the 2017 Oscar Awards, has had some amazing red carpet looks. Here are our favoritesâ€¦ By Jessica DePeppo
THE REIGN OF THE BRALETTE
Bralettes are having their moment in fashion, with women ditching their push-ups in favor of a more comfortable, less structured design. And bralettes happen to be the season’s hottest accessory, as evidenced on the runways of Saint Laurent and John Galliano, giving us an excuse to bare it all. By Amanda Mactas
Josie Natori Prism Bralette $120, natori.com Autografo Embroidered Tulle Bralet $660, laperla.com
Macrame Tale Underwired Macramé Bralet $500, laperla.com
Crown Embroidered Bralette $68, commando.com
Cheyenne Triangle Bralette $104.50, cosabella.com Keira Seamless Bralette $28, freepeople.com
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Dolce Bralette $55, cosabella.com
Eﬃe Softcup Bra $76.80, lonelylabel.com
1. Axton Pop Handle Mini Tote Bag $295, tedbaker.com 2. Dazzle $89, lustforlifeusa.com 3. Luxe Modern Asscher Delicate Bracelet $118, henribendel.com 4. Bella $325, rangoni.it 5. BollĂŠ Gem Star Ring $445, cerimani.com 6. Charles by Charles David Belfast Wedge Sandal $99, hsn.com 7. KITSCH Seastar Bun Pin $18, freepeople.com
Summer whites are a tried and true staple, so why not jazz up your ensemble with accents of silver? Metallics are in and these shining accessories will make you sparkle in an instant. By Amanda Mactas
theStyleReport 1. J.Crew Unstructured Ludlow Blazer in CottonLinen in Blue Multi Stripe $168, jcrew.com
2. Burberry Oxford Cotton Polo Shirt in Pale Grey $175, saksfifthavenue.com 3. Filson Leather Pouch in Dark Green $125, mrporter.com 4. Tateossian Stonehenge Sterling Silver and SemiPrecious Stone Beaded Bracelet in Black $235, saksfifthavenue.com 5. Cole Haan GrandPro Tennis Lace-Up Sneakers in Light Grey $130, macys.com
NEUTRALIZE YOUR CLOSET FOR SUMMER Summer is the season for traveling! Within these three glorious months, I will be bouncing from Napa to Miami to London to Nantucket and everywhere in between. Buying a new wardrobe for each trip isn't practical, so versatile summer pieces are a must. I like to stick to neutrals to carry me from place to place in style. Here are some of my picks that are sure to impress all your travel buddies. By John Russo
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Online Resources to Help You Create an Iconic Look By Dawn Allcot
Ten years ago, you might not have imagined ordering designer brand fashion essentials online. Today, not only can you buy top brands online— you can borrow and sell them, too. And if you’re overwhelmed by the options, an online fashion consultant can help. Before you can create an iconic look, it helps to define what that means for you. “An icon is someone who stands out. It is someone who combines a fashionforward look with an element of classicism,” says P.J. Gach, a New York-based fashion expert and reporter/ editor. “It’s about being true to your body type and having confidence in what you wear.” Fortunately, online resources make it easier than ever to be confident about your purchases. Here are BELLA’s top online fashion stops (in no particular order) as you put together an iconic look all your own.
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StitchFix.com One of the first online stylists of its kind, Stitch Fix makes finding fashionforward styles virtually a no-brainer. Answer a few questions, and the online stylist (combined with data supplied by a trusted algorithm) chooses five items that are most likely to meet your needs. If you don’t like them, you send them back. (Shipping is free both ways.) Bonus: In Spring 2017, Stitch Fix will also carry plus sizes bigger than 16 (XXL). TrunkClub.com If you like the idea of having someone else pick out all your outfits, but want to preview the choices before they ship, consider Trunk Club. “I love the convenience!” says Theresa DePiettoRoesler of Babylon, New York. “I have my personal shopper at Nordstrom, but I love that I don’t have to leave my house to try on the clothes. Their stylists are young and hip, so they know what I should be wearing.” Bonus: If you use your Nordstrom Card for a Trunk Club purchase, you’ll earn Nordstrom Notes. Poshmark.com & Tradesy.com Are you the type who buys an outfit, wears it a few times, and tires of it? Or does your size fluctuate faster than the stock market? If so, online consignment stores like Poshmark and Tradesy could save you thousands of dollars a year. List your new or gently worn designer fashions and accessories on the site for others to buy. When you’re looking to shop, the site connects you with sellers who share your sense of style. Bonus: You’ll find style suggestions in the listings. “Someone may list a Chanel bag, and then photograph it with three or four diﬀerent outfits for ideas of how to wear it,” says Gach. Polyvore.com Think of this fun fashion find as “Pinterest or Houzz for clothing, shoes, and accessories.” And beware, the site can be just as addicting. Browse by categories, such as sandals or sunglasses. Or follow fellow fashionistas with similar taste. To attract your own followers, get creative by making collages of your favorite fashion finds. “It’s a great way to waste a lot of time,” says Gach, laughing. “But it’s also a great way to educate yourself about fashion and have a lot of fun doing it.” Bonus: When you find something you like, simply click to buy it and it’s yours!
Quick Tips for Online Shopping Success Before you try to buy online, says Gach, “you’ve got to know your body type.” Try on different styles and think about what’s in your closet: Which clothes do you keep going back to? Which items make you feel like a goddess when you wear them? Yes, size matters. Visit brick-andmortar stores to get an idea of sizes from various designers and decide which cuts flatter your shape. Ask away. When you’re ready to shop, ask the online stylist lots of questions. “Find out if the sizes run large, small, or are true to size,” advises Gach. “Ask about the materials as well as the detail work you may not be able to see, such as how the cuffs are made.” When it comes to shopping for fashion online, a little knowledge goes a long way.
RentTheRunway.com Need a dress for a special event but don’t want to spend hundreds—or thousands—of dollars on an item you’ll use only once? If you’ve been in this situation (haven’t we all?), you’ll understand why Rent the Runway is a runaway hit. The “Unlimited” subscription ($139/ month) entitles you to three items at a time; keep them as long as you like or return them right away. The other plans permit you to rent items at a flat rate and keep them for four or eight days. “It was super-easy,” says West Babylonbased shopper Jennifer Herrera, who needed a gown for a gala in Mexico. “If you’re not sure of the fit, you can order the item in two diﬀerent sizes.” Bonus: With the company’s 150,000-square-foot fulfillment center based right in New Jersey, shipping is especially fast for New Yorkers. Modaoperandi.com Gach describes this curated collection of top-name fashions as “cutting edge,” and “on trend.” Best of all? Clearance clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, and bags may be up to 80 percent oﬀ. But if you’re willing to spend a little more, you can preorder next season’s hottest looks. Bonus: New York-based shoppers can book an in-home fashion consultation with one of the site’s stylists. Yoox.com Similar in concept to Moda Operandi with brand name fashions at substantial savings, YOOX oﬀers a more laidback feel. They even have kids’ clothing, plus a Disney line for grown-ups. “They also have amazing sales and great designers,” says Gach. Bonus: For fashion inspiration, click the “Icon” tab, where you’ll find fabulous photoshoots and new looks from up-and-coming designers. ModCloth.com Known for fashion designer-inspired clothing and classic styles, ModCloth’s online reviews are some of the most informative, which is important to alleviate fear of buying clothing online. “Customers will show how they took a dress and styled it to make it their own,” says Gach. “And when you see someone with your body type wearing a dress you’re thinking about buying and you see how it fits them, it makes you feel much more confident about purchasing that item.” B
Sunkissed Photography: Kelly Fajack @kellyfajack Hair & Make up: Maxine Christians Styling: Amia Serrano
Long Sleeve Crop Top: Rage Dressware Bikini Bottoms: Montce Swim
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Suede Bikini Top: Montce Swim Multi-Colored Wrap: Blues & Shoes Orange Fringe Earrings: MB Surplus Brown Open Toe Heel: AMI CLUBWEAR
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Gefion Nude Romper with Suede & Feather Tie: Sky
Cream & Lace Romper: Blues & Shoes Gold Bracelets: Flourish White Beaded Necklace: MB Surplus
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White & Lace Cover-Up: Ragz Dressware Turquoise Necklace: Flourish
Black Swimsuit: OYE Swimwear Silver Earrings: Flourish
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Snapshots of West Coast Living
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By Dionne Clarke
Summer Paradise at Four Seasons Oahu Since it’s just a five-hour flight from LAX, Hawaii is a destination favorite with many Angelenos. And now with new routes from Virgin America to Maui and Oahu, it’s easier than ever to travel to paradise. The luxurious Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina is the premiere place to stay on the island and the perfect five-star sanctuary to relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy Hawaiian hospitality at its finest. With more than 371 rooms and suites, many with amazing views of the
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ocean, accommodations at Four Seasons Oahu include breathtaking sunsets, beautiful airy rooms and a large, modern luxury bathroom with all the amenities. The resort also offers a handful of custom Oahu experiences, including chartering a private yacht, an incredible night dreaming under the stars in a specialty Sky Terrace suite, and amazing helicopter tours. Honolulu and the famous Waikiki Beach are just short drives away, and the Lanikuhonua
nature preserve sits north of the resort. Take a visit and you’re sure to agree that its meaning— where heaven meets the earth—is rather apt. One of the highlights of Four Season Oahu is the incredible Naupaka Spa. If traveling with a partner, indulge in the couples massage, No Ka ‘Oi (The Best), which is performed in an outdoor cabana where you can hear the soothing sounds of the ocean and be kissed by the warm Hawaii breeze as you enjoy your experience. The treatment
starts with a phenomenal body scrub, which you rinse off together in the outdoor shower. Return back to the table for a relaxing massage that will lift you away from all of your woes. If you’re traveling with family, the phenomenal children’s club, called Kids For All Seasons, provides complimentary full days of activities for kids ages 5-12. There’s even a young adult center for guests 12+. These services—fun for the kids—are also perfect for adults who want some alone time or to go off on
their own adventures. Another fun experience to include in your itinerary is a luau at Paradise Cove, which is just a short walk away from Four Seasons Oahu. It’s a magical treat of entertainment, amazing food, and activities for the whole family, all set against a spectacular beach backdrop and the most beautiful sunset. Four Seasons Oahu truly has something for every traveler, combining quintessential luxury with Hawaii tradition and charm. Aloha! FourSeasons.com/Oahu
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa Park Hyatt Aviara is one of the best hotels in the thriving seaside town of Carlsbad and the perfect place to plan your next weekend getaway. This Forbes Five-Star resort, located on 200 acres of rolling valleys, is filled with sophisticated guest rooms, bustling restaurants, a delightful spa, and a world-class golf course, all within a Spanish colonial-style property. Perched on the shore of Batiquitos Lagoon and just a stone’s throw from the Pacific Coast, Park Hyatt Aviara is the perfect setting for a relaxing escape or business retreat. And they certainly know how to feed you well at The Argyle Steakhouse, one of
many dining options at the hotel. Close to the golf course with views of the 18th green, the restaurant shows off SoCal’s quality local and organic ingredients with an exquisite preparation of the finest cuts of meat. The effortless style and charm of the eatery, combined with first-class food and on-the-money cocktails is heaven. They are also accommodating with a healthy variety of gluten-free and vegan options. The Baja Striped Sea Bass and Japanese Wagyu are just a few of the highlights of this scrumptious menu. Aviara.Park.Hyatt.com
Ocean Pearl Spa Peltzer Farm & Winery We’re spoiled for choice with wineries in Southern California, but do not pass up the wonderful option of Temecula as a place to visit for wine tasting, a girls’ trip, or a romantic weekend away. Peltzer Family Cellars may be new to the mix of established haunts in the serene and beautiful town, but it’s doing everything right. Set on an amazing farm with gorgeous views, Peltzer boasts an interesting history. The original
Peltzer citrus grove was sold to Walt Disney in the early 1950s, and that land is now the entrance to and parking lot at Disneyland! While at Peltzer, try out The Crush House, a unique tasting room where you can sample delicious wines paired with gourmet breads. (No dry crackers here). Peltzer is also a working pumpkin farm so be sure to return in the fall too! PeltzerWinery.com
An environmentally mindful sanctuary nestled in Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa. Ocean Pearl Spa draws inspiration from the healing powers of the sea using many organic and naturally sourced products. A guest favorite is the Hibiscus Scrub and Massage treatment, which exfoliates and moisturizes your skin leaving it feeling brand new. Using a mixture of ingredients pulled from the hibiscus plant, essential oils, organic raw
sugar, and dead sea salt are added to this magical blend that draws out impurities and removes dead skin cells. A hydrating massage follows, leaving you with noticeably healthier-feeling skin. Ocean Pearl Spa has a catalogue of alluring body and facial therapies, performed by knowledgeable and skillful therapists with great amenities, making for a memorable spa experience. OceanCrestSpa.com B
BeautyScene HOT Stuff
By Janene Mascarella
Want to look fierce this summer? Here are 12 products to help you turn up the sizzle factor.
Yearning for fuller, kissable lips? Get that gorgeous plump pout you’ve always wanted easily, instantly, and naturally with JuvaLips. This new beauty tool will give you visibly fuller lips without lip injections, painful topical acids, or fillers. $129.95, MyJuvalips.com
Put a fresh face forward! Trilogy Rosehip Oil Light Blend helps regulate the skin’s own oil production and improve skin tone, fine lines, and wrinkles. Light on feel, this blend is easily and quickly absorbed, yet deeply nourishing. $44, Whole Foods
Go on and have fun in the sun—safely. Coppertone CLEARLY Sheer Whipped glides on easily and absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling velvety soft with a refreshing citrus scent. $13.99, CVS
You can splash around without a care in the world because Cherry Blooms Vinyl Liner is extremely waterproof and seriously won’t smudge or smear. $24.95, CherryBlooms.com
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Goodbye, tired eyes! IT Cosmetics’ Confidence in an Eye Cream will make them come alive, Formulated with caffeine and other skin-loving ingredients, this moisturizing eye treatment helps boost your skin’s natural regenerative cycle and makes tired eyes look instantly more awake. $38, ITCosmetics.com
A completely new innovation, Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift is a cleansing, massage, and body device in one. Visibly target the 15 signs of aging— including firmness, sagging, facial wrinkles, fine lines, and radiance—with this revolutionary device. $349, Clarisonic.com
Keep your lips soft and protected with Hampton Sun SPF 30 Lip Gelee. The balm leaves a satin finish and contains hydrating coconut oil and shea butter ingredients. $22, HamptonSun.com
Don’t just deal with discoloration and unevenness. Bella Aura Skincare Antioxidant Booster is a 6-in-1 serum-in-cream that delivers an advanced anti-aging solution for all skin types and tones designed to boost microcirculation in the skin and restore its metabolism. $95, BellaAura.com
Want the secret to sexy summer hair? Flow radiantARMOR Heat Protect Spray provides luminous shine and body as it protects the hair against the damaging effects of hot tool styling without feeling sticky. $20, FlowHairCare.com
The ultimate multi-tasker, Wander Beauty Berry Whisper On-TheGlow Blush and Illuminator is a beauty enhancer that adds gorgeous color and luminous sheen to every complexion. $42, WanderBeauty.com
Eliminate shine brilliantly with trèStiQue Magic Mattifying Balm & Blotting Sheet Duo. It smoothes and mattifies for perfect summer skin—sans the powder. $34, Sephora Want an addictive, fast-absorbing body cream that helps tighten and smooth all over? Sol de Janeiro BRAZILIAN BUM BUM CREAM (pronounced “Boom Boom”) is the bomb. $45, Sephora
Comodynes Sunless Tanning Body Towelette
Used by Jennifer Aniston and Christina Applegate, these 100 percent natural fiber towelettes contain Dihydroxyacetone (DHA). In just three hours, you can achieve a natural-looking tan easily and effortlessly. And because each towelette is individually wrapped, you can toss them in your purse, beach bag, or luggage for a quick color fix anywhere, anytime. $15 for 8-pack (Intensive Formula) and $14 for 8-pack (Natural Formula), Comodynes.net
(Celeb-Loved!) Bronzers Want the perfect sun-kissed look? Follow the stars… By Janene Mascarella
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Merle Norman Bronzing Powder in ‘Pool Side’
Designed for daily wear, this innovative bronzing powder delivers an instant, healthy-looking glow to give skin a lift of color. It creates the most naturallooking finish because it contains super-micronized pigments that work with the topology of skin to deliver 3D color that reflects light and looks natural. Julianne Hough is a fan. $20, MerleNorman.com
Xen-Tan’s Mist Intense
Kate Middleton is fan of Xen-Tan spray tans. Xen-Tan’s Mist Intense is pretty much the same formula for athome consumer use. It dries quickly for a “nothing there” feel on your skin. Mist Intense has a deep, instant color to help guide your application. After your tan develops, you are left with a rich, dark color. Apply one coat of this oil- and parabenfree tanner for a deep color or two coats for extra dark results. It has a warm, vanilla scent, and is great for day or night. $32, Xen-Tan.com
Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti Age Serum
This gotta-have-it bronzer contains anti-aging actives that firm and plump the look of skin while tanning it. It delivers a madeto-measure, natural-looking tan, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and conditions skin. Drop it into your regular moisturizer or use it alone as a primer serum applied straight to your skin. This is a celebrity favorite of Alicia Keys who uses it to achieve her “No Makeup” look. $45, Ulta.com
How does Kylie Jenner get her bronzed glow on? She turns to Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse. The accelerating ingredients give you a speedy tan in just one hour that lasts between five and seven days. This moisturizing mousse is not only easy to apply, it’s also kind to sensitive skin and can be used on your face and body to deliver a perfectly sun-kissed glow without any traces of orange. $13.99, RickysNYC.com
Beauty Scene Step by Step: the UD Pro Flat 1 Using Eyeshadow Brush, apply a light
layer of Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion across eyelid. Blend Eyeshadow in LES from the Basquiat Tenant Palette with the UD Pro Finger Brush into the crease of the lid and wing outward to create a hazy effect.
the UD Pro Large 2 With Eyeshadow Brush, sweep
Eyeshadow in Levitation from the Basquiat Gold Griot Palette across middle of lid to blend the colors.
create the artsy texture 3 Toin the look, apply Perversion
Mascara then use the end of the wand and stipple splotches of mascara onto the dark eyeshadow near the root of the upper and lower lash lines.
Get The Look
Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection
Ruby Rose By Janene Mascarella
Try your artistic hand and get Ruby Rose’s edgy look that she rocked at the launch of Urban Decay’s Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection. It’s not just Urban Decay who loves Basquiat. Although the brand didn’t know it when they signed her, their muse, Ruby Rose, loves Basquiat so much she had his portrait tattooed on her arm and his iconic crown on her chest. Here’s the rundown on how to get the look. Artist: Jo Baker
line inner corners 4 Generously of eye with 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Post Punk. Then, layer Eyeshadow in EXU from the Basquiat Tenant Palette into lash line to make last.
Ruby wore all black to showcase the bright and artistic colors of the new collection. In order to accomplish her vision, Baker wanted to create a smoky eye with an artistic, textured, brushed finish around the top and bottom lash line. To make the look pop, she also added a blast of neon green liner and a burst of pink color on the lid.
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for a natural finish.
The new and exclusive collection includes two eyeshadow palettes (one neutral and one bright), a blush palette, three shades of 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, and three shades of Vice Lipstick—all housed in mini reproductions of Basquiat’s artwork. The nine products from the collection are also available in a limited-edition vault.
For a party, use the UD Pro Large Eyeshadow Brush to apply Eyeshadow in 1960 to the middle of the eyelid.
When you’re done with the shades inside, hangers on the back of the palette cases and vault can be used to create your own gallery wall. $17-$165, UrbanDecay.com
the UD PRO Contour 5 Using Definition Brush, swipe
Jawbone from the Gallery Blush Palette to sculpt cheeks and add subtle warmth to balance out the strong eye.
Inspiration: “Brush stippled smoky cat eye with brazen blast of neon green!”
the look by swiping 6 Complete Vice Lipstick in Abstract
From the colors and the shade names to the packaging, everything in the UD JeanMichel Basquiat special edition collaboration evolved from the work of this groundbreaking artist. Like Urban Decay, Basquiat was an outsider who challenged the status quo and used color in nontraditional ways. From his informal graffiti work and the way he mixed mediums and colors to the way he spoke out against social injustice, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect fit for the brand.
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Culture Vulture Beauty Scene Body Beautiful
Plastic Surgery Procedures By Janene Mascarella
One great way to give your face an instant upgrade without going under the knife—lip injections. To get a plumper pout, facial fillers like Restylane and JUVÉDERM are often used. Filler results are soft, subtle, and natural looking, and their effects can last up to a year. Facial fillers are injected into the lips using a fine needle. Though slight swelling is normal for the first 48 hours, ice and over-the-counter pain relievers will help. Afraid of the dreaded duck lips look? Not on Dr. Romanelli’s watch, as his results are perfection. “My philosophy is to not to give too much–because you can always get more.”
We’re all into health and fitness, looking great, and taking care of ourselves—but sometimes we can use a little help to enhance the areas that diet and exercise just can’t fix. What are the hottest procedures right now? We asked top doc James N. Romanelli, MD, FACS, founder of Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, to zero in on the specific areas of the body women are seeking for some fine-tuning–both surgical and non-surgical.
It’s all about perky and sometimes that requires implants, says Dr. Romanelli. “The implants that people are looking for aren’t crazy big. They’re really very reasonable.” According to Dr. Romanelli, many women are now seeking breast reductions to achieve the small and perky look. It’s really all about proportion, he says. If your breasts are too big, there’s not a whole lot you can do about that on your own, so a reduction is the way to go.
If, no matter how many squats you do, you just can’t get the derriere of your dreams, you may want to go for a Brazilian butt lift, says Dr. Romanelli. That’s where fat from other areas of the body (such as the hips) is removed and injected into the buttocks, he explains. Anesthesia is required for this one. Dr. Romanelli recommends taking two or three days off of work and about two weeks rest before resuming exercise and normal activity.
James N. Romanelli, MD is the founder of Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, a plastic surgery practice located in Huntington, New York. Dr. Romanelli has practiced in Long Island since 1990. He completed board certification in both surgery and plastic surgery, and is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Less than one-half of 1 percent of doctors in the United States are qualified and accepted as members of the ASAPS, which is dedicated to the highest standards of cosmetic surgery. 631-424-3600 • JRCS.com
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It’s Electric! How to Tune into the Neon Trend By Rachel Paul
Shine as bright as the sun this summer by diving in head first to the neon makeup trend. Seen on eyes and lips, this trend has lit up Instagram, and it’s hard to look away! Neon not only refers to the electric shades used, but mostly to the application technique and placement of colors. It is a true art form, designed to replicate the illuminated tubular signs popularized by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show in 1910. Since then, these eye-catching lights have been used in lounges and storefronts everywhere.
What you need:
Grab a mirror, two lip shades (one neon and one a bit darker), and a white pigment to give this trend a try. (It’s easier than you think!)
Use your brightest colored lip liner or matte lipstick to line and fill in the lips, creating a base shade.
Beauty Director Janene Mascarella recommends Infallible Paints Eyeliner in ‘White Party” $9.99, LorealParisUSA.com
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Diffuse the color outside the natural lip line with a blending eyeshadow brush. Only soften and diffuse the perimeter to keep the pigment strong on the rest of the lip.
Tap the darker shade in the center of the lip and ombre into your base shade.
With an opaque white pigment, trace your lip’s natural shape. I like to use a fine eyeliner brush to keep these lines clean and defined. Be sure not to make the line too thick. You want a significant amount of your base shade to show above and below this white line.
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Holistic Healing By Janene Mascarella
Beauty radiates from within, and the latest and greatest spa services are poised to pamper from the inside out. Here are three escape-worthy bodywork therapies to truly help you hit the refresh button.
Seventh Wonder Luxury Massage
Gem Spa at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun â€“ Cancun, Mexico Seven quartz stones are placed on the seven corresponding chakras of the body in this transformative and relaxing massage. Aromatic oils further enliven the senses, bringing forth an enhanced state of tranquility. Be sure to take a dip firstâ€”the luxe spa features a 10-Step Hydrotherapy Ritual that detoxifies skin through contrasts of warm and cool temperatures combined with high and low water pressures. 80 minutes, GemSpaCancun.com
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The Centre for Well-Being Spa at The Phoenician â€“ Scottsdale, Arizona This relaxing and ultra-healing treatment infuses organic lavender, sage, and a high-potency, supercritical extract of arnica flower that targets aches, pains, and soft tissue damage. The treatment incorporates steaming hot towels to assist with the anti-inflammatory and healing properties of the essential oils, all while calming the mind. 50 or 80 minutes, ThePhoenician.com/spa
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Himalayan Salt Stone Massage
Bamford Haybarn Spa at 1 Hotel South Beach â€“ Miami, Florida This highly therapeutic body massage uses aromatherapy oil and warm, hand-carved salt stones from the Himalayan Mountains to balance the central nervous system and nourish depleted cells, leaving the body in a deep state of relaxation. Stimulation of specific meridians on the body allow for improved sleep and a reduction of inflammation to give an immediate sense of improved well-being. 80 minutes, 1hotels.com/south-beach/spa
The just keep livin Foundation was founded by Matthew and Camila McConaughey to empower high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future.
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We encourage students to make positive life choices that improve their physical and mental health through exercise, teamwork, gratitude, nutrition, and community service. Participants get in shape and gain confidence while also improving their grades, attendance and behavior. Friendships are built and fears are overcome, so they can make a better tomorrow.
Creative, Compassionate, Committed Her Driving Mission is to Help Others By Alexandra Anastasio Photographer: John Russo Stylist: Anita Patricikson, The Wall Group Hair: Kristin Heitkotter, TMG-LA.com Makeup: Kelsey Deenihan, The Wall Group Location: The London West Hollywood
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White Suit: Mulberry Jewelry: Jennifer Fisher
Many people know her as the beautiful wife of actor Matthew McConaughey, but Camila Alves is so much more. She is a mother, businesswoman, entrepreneur, and above all, a passionate woman who is dedicated to helping others experience a better quality of life. Growing up in Brazil, Alves took a gamble at the age of 15 when she left behind everything she knew to follow her dream. A trip to the United States to visit her aunt turned into a more permanent stay. “When I got on the plane with my mom, I looked at her and said, ‘I don’t think I’m coming back,’” says Alves. It is that kind of intuition that has led Alves to follow her passions. In addition to finding success as a model, she has involved herself in multiple projects that tap into her creative nature. “I watched my mother go to work and create; it’s in my blood to do the same,” she says. For over 10 years, mother and daughter collaborated on MUXO, a line of fashionable yet functional handbags. “We basically started in our apartment and grew our business to where we were selling on QVC and in various department stores,” says Alves. This was one of Alves’ first entrepreneurial endeavors in the U.S., however, after the birth of her third child, she took a step back from the business to
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not only become a more present parent, but also to discover what it was that “Camila loved to do.” She did some soul-searching and realized that when it came to lifestyle—health, wellness, cooking, decorating—what she most enjoyed was sharing these ideas with other women. Her website, WomenofToday. com, was born from these ideas in 2016. In addition, she has taken her other passion—providing a healthy nutritional foundation for her children—and parlayed that into a business collaboration with “Yummy Spoonfuls,” a frozen organic baby food company providing the freshest ingredients right from the farm. Together with her husband, Alves is also dedicated to empowering high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active and successful lives through the Just Keep Livin Foundation. BELLA sat down with Alves to learn more about the mother of three, and all of the ways in which she’s working to put out a positive message through helping others have a better quality of life.
Dress: Victoria Beckham Ring: Jennifer Fisher
You came to America at a young age, not knowing the language, and leaving behind the only life you knew. Did you ever consider returning home? When I was 19, I moved to New York to pursue my modeling career. After months of going on casting calls and not getting a job, I thought, “Well, maybe I’m not supposed to do this.” I considered going back to Brazil; when you leave everything and everybody you know and things don’t work out, you wonder if it was the right move. The owner of the modeling agency [Major Models] I was signed with convinced me not to give up. I thought about returning to LA, where at least I had been working and knew a few people. She gave me a small allowance to help get me through the winter and eventually work started coming in. My first job was a billboard in Times Square, and from there things progressed. I was extremely blessed to work and live for months at a time in different places, including Greece, Paris, Milan, Africa, and Asia. Those experiences were priceless. What led you to transition from modeling to handbag design? I always wanted to start a business. Years ago, I thought about selling coconut water before it became popular. I found a way to bring it to the States and went to every single friend I knew to try and get funding, but all I kept hearing was, “Americans won’t drink coconut water.” Then it became a big hit here. I look at things and think, “How can that work from a business perspective?” My mom was here with me and I asked her what she wanted to do; she suggested handbags, so that’s how we got started. I’m no longer part of that business, but she has continued with it. Tell me about your website, WomenofToday.com. I started the site as a way to share with other women what I have learned. Whether it’s taking care of your skin, learning how to cook, decorating, or kids activities, I wanted to create a hub… a community where we could all share tips and ideas. I don’t have all the answers—together we can learn from one another.
You recently celebrated the one-year anniversary launch of “Yummy Spoonfuls.” How did the collaboration with founder Agatha Achindu come about? After having my third child, Livingston, we were on location, living in a trailer, and I would be up in the middle of the night making all of these purees and vegetables and trying to pack them so I could freeze and keep them fresh. I thought to myself, “Why is it so hard to find fresh, organic baby food in the store just like you make at home?” I started to research the idea and to my surprise there weren’t any companies making frozen, organic baby food on a mass scale. While there were some smaller ones, they weren’t very practical for a few reasons. I travel all over the world, especially within the United States, to places that are small and in the middle of nowhere, where certain things aren’t always accessible. My goal in life is to try and make things accessible to everyone. Through a mutual friend, I was introduced to Agatha who had started a similar business nine years earlier, and we clicked right away. We have similar backgrounds; we both come from a family of farmers and understand the importance of “real” food. It’s important to have the purest form of food and it shouldn’t be just certain people who have access to it. Our goal is to continue working to make it accessible to as many parents as possible. [Yummy Spoonfuls is sold in 1,500 stores, such as Whole Foods and Target, and is currently available in 31 flavors.] Your foundation, Just Keep Livin, is based on the doctrine that part of life is about giving back. How does j.k. livin accomplish this? The goal of our foundation is to help high school kids who are still in the developing stage…to help shape and impact them in a way that will change their lives. We want to build great men and women. Through afterschool programs that focus on physical fitness and wellness, we are teaching them how to take care of themselves while also providing a safe place to go. We bring in guest speakers from all walks of life to share their stories; you never know what will inspire kids. The more they are exposed to, the more possibilities they will have.
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Small gestures of kindness can change how people go about their lives…” Another part of the program is community service; it’s important for kids to learn how to help others. They do things like cleaning up a beach and preparing packages for the troops in Afghanistan; whatever it is, we always have 100% attendance. What we are doing is helping them to see their own potential. Our program is inspiring them to do the right thing and they realize that what they have to give back is so special. Are your children involved in the charitable work of both you and your husband? Absolutely! They see the work we do and from an early age are learning to give back. Any time we visit schools or orphanages, they’re with me. Together we go to the store, pick out what to buy, and deliver it to the various places. They also have their own version of things they try and do—they save money, and at Christmas we buy gifts to send to children in orphanages in Brazil. Small gestures of kindness can change how people go about their lives. In every location, we try to find ways to help the people of that community. I’m constantly doing these types of things; I just don’t talk much about it. It is how I go about my life—if I see someone who needs help, I try doing what I can. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? When I was having a hard time with one of my pregnancies, a family friend said to me, “This too shall pass.” It’s such a simple line, one that’s in the Bible, but up until then I had never really thought of it. Those words helped me, and any time I am going through something, I say to myself, “This too shall pass, so Camila, how are you going to handle it?” It helps me keep a good, positive attitude toward handling problems and situations instead of letting them take over. B
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Go Natural this Summer Seven Safe and Effective Summer Beauty Solutions Did you know you can treat your skin and hair, protecting it from the summer elements, with all-natural beauty products? Many people prefer to know exactly what they’re putting on their hair, face and body. Others appreciate the cost savings. Whatever your reason, summer is a great time to go natural! “You can use essential oils combined with everyday household ingredients to make many natural skin care and beauty products,” says Melissa Morton, a West Babylon, NYbased essential oils distributor for Young Living. “Because essential oils are highly concentrated and very powerful, a little goes a long way. People often find they save money over store-bought beauty products.” “Whenever you go to the source and don’t pollute organic products with additives, and you use them topically, the skin—our biggest organ— rewards you for it,” says Gonen Yohananof, founder and CEO of Mary Tylor Naturals, a maker of high-end beauty products. Try these do-it-yourself products to help your skin and hair stay beautiful all summer.
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By Dawn Allcot
If you want to start simple, our experts recommend turning to shea butter as a replacement for conventional lotions and moisturizers. This all-natural, multi-purpose skin care product can be used alone in a bar form or combined with other ingredients to help create smooth, soft skin all summer. “Shea butter moisturizes the skin and also creates a moisture barrier than can help treat skin irritations,” says Yohananof. “When you use pure, organic shea butter you enable your skin to work for you.” You can buy shea butter online, in natural/whole foods stores, many vitamin stores, and other mass market retailers. It comes in bars, creams, or as refined shea butter sold by the pound.
Shea butter happens to be a key ingredient in one of Morton’s favorite all-natural homemade beauty products. “I combine half a cup each of shea butter, food-grade coconut oil, and jojoba oil, then add about 10 drops of whatever essential oils I’m in the mood for,” she says. Morton lists Frankincense as her “go-to” oil for skin health.
Before you pack up the kids and head to the water, Morton promises glowing, beach-worthy skin by using a homemade sugar scrub, which helps exfoliate and moisturize. She combines ¼-cup fractionated coconut oil and 1 cup sugar with eight to 10 drops each of essential oils. “I would probably use lavender and Roman chamomile if I wanted a relaxing scrub,” she says. “But for a refreshing, summery scent, I’d choose my favorite citrus oils.” Tip: Fractionated coconut oil is often used to dilute essential oils, is a liquid at room temperature, and is not safe to eat. You can buy it online, at pharmacies and vitamin shops, at health food stores, and sometimes even in craft stores if they sell soap-making supplies. It is often used in massage oils, serums, and scrubs. Food-grade coconut oil, a solid at room temperature, is also used in a variety of beauty treatments. You’ll find that in any grocery store, either in the natural foods section or the baking aisle. The sugar scrub can use either kind.
Coconut Hot Oil Hair Treatment
Mysti Linne, author of “The Pantry Cleaner: Chemical Free Cleaning” and natural living advocate, recommends foodgrade coconut oil to help strengthen and protect the hair. “It’s fantastic as a hot oil treatment!” she says. “It’s a low-heat oil, so the warmth of the shower water turns it liquid. Just make sure to shampoo it out after a few minutes.” Use a dime or quarter-sized amount, depending on the length of your hair, a few times a week for smooth, shiny tresses.
Tea Tree Oil Shampoo
For clean and healthy hair without all the additives, Long Island, NY-based oﬃce manager Maria Cavalluzzo relies on tea tree oil shampoo with peppermint and lavender. “It helps prevent dandruﬀ and it feels good! I love how it makes my scalp tingle and I love the scent,” she says. She only washes her hair once a week to eliminate shampoo build-up and let the hair’s natural oils do their job. Make your own by combining 1/8-cup coconut milk, 2/3-cup baking soda, ½-teaspoon olive oil, ¼-cup filtered water, 20 drops of tea tree oil, plus about 10 drops each of lavender oil and peppermint oil until you’ve created a scent to your liking. Shake it all together and store in a sealed, dark container to use. (You can even reuse an old shampoo bottle.) If you don’t feel as if your hair is clean unless you see suds, substitute liquid castile soap and water for the coconut milk, baking soda, and olive oil.
If you want to start simple, our experts recommend turning to shea butter as a replacement for conventional lotions and moisturizers.” Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanser / Makeup Remover To cleanse your face, use a combination of olive oil (1/2 cup), apple cider vinegar (1/4 cup), and water (1/4 cup) on a cotton ball or sponge. “Apply a second round after your skin is clean, and leave it on overnight to lighten dark spots, eliminate bacteria, and moisturize your skin,” recommends Linne.
All-Natural Lip Balm
Summer’s heat and sun can wreak havoc on the lips, but conventional lip balms can further dry them out, requiring you to use even more of the product. “For summer, the most important challenges to tackle include dryness from the sun and exposure to the elements,” says Yohananof. Make your own hydrating lip balm using 2 tablespoons each of beeswax pellets, shea butter, and coconut oil. Melt the ingredients in a double boiler, and then remove the boiler from the stove. Keep the bowl in the hot water so ingredients don’t harden immediately, and add 10 to 20 drops of peppermint essential oil, until it has the scent you desire. Use a dropper to fill empty lip balm tubes or scoop the lip balm into small jars and apply with your finger. Beeswax pellets, you ask? They aren’t as exotic as you might think. Find them online or at nearly any craft store or big box retailer—they’re a common ingredient for candle-making.
Beautiful Means Clean and Healthy
As many of us look to lighten our beauty routine as the days get brighter, these all-natural solutions can help you look beautiful with minimal makeup. After all, what’s more beautiful than clean and healthy? B
Mind+ Body Emilia Bechrakis Serhant BRAVO TV BEAUTY TALKS FAME, FITNESS & FASHION By Sari Beth Rosenberg Photography: Vital Agibalow for Hensel
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You probably know Emilia Bechrakis Serhant from “Million Dollar Listing New York” and the spin-oﬀ show, “Million Dollar Listing New York: Ryan’s Wedding.” But did you also know she holds three law degrees and is a selfproclaimed gym rat? Serhant was born in New York, raised in Greece, then attended college in the United Kingdom. Her career goal was to become an international lawyer in the United States, United Kingdom, and Greece. With a specialty in maritime law, Serhant had a dream job waiting for her in Geneva, running North America for the largest container line in the world at their global headquarters. She stayed in New York instead, pursuing a career in Land Title Insurance after meeting her husband, Ryan Serhant, star of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing.”
Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris
New York to Greece and Back Again
“I Loved His Arrogance and Wit”
When Serhant first met Ryan, she was intrigued by his confidence and charisma. She found him to be one of the most striking men she had ever seen, pointing out that she also appreciated his sense of humor and confidence. She knew it was the real deal when she felt nervous around him, but then found herself letting down her guard slowly but surely. “I am a very guarded person and it takes a long time to break down my walls,” Serhant explains. “It took him a while, but he did that.” When Ryan proposed to her in Times Square in 2015, the whole experience was overwhelming, she admits—and amazing! “No one had ever gone to such lengths to make me feel special.”
Her Favorite NYC Workouts
• Serhant works out religiously with a trainer at The Dogpound, doing circuit and weight training. (Solo workouts at the gym aren’t her thing.) • She tries every class she can on the weekends. Her latest favorite: New York Pilates. • She also loves spin classes and taking really long walks.
Make Exercise a Part of Your Daily Routine
• You don’t have to be a member of a fancy gym. • Give yourself a month to form fitness as one of your habits. • Don’t just talk about working out, do it! Plan mini workouts at home or in the office, then devote three times a week doing something you love. • Take the time to figure out what you love. “There’s no reason to hate your workout!”
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My guilty pleasure— which is actually healthy, so it’s not even a real guilty pleasure—is Greek frozen yogurt from Mike and Dave’s.”
Growing up a “skinny girl” in Greece, Serhant curtailed many of her favorite activities like horseback riding, swimming, and running track in fear she would lose too much weight. When she moved to New York City, she decided to give exercise another shot after getting inspired by New York City’s fitness culture and her husband’s dedication to his daily workouts. “Once I got into it and saw I gained muscle and didn’t lose weight, I was hooked!”
Greek-Inspired Eating Habits
Serhant’s background has a profound impact on her eating habits. She only uses Greek olive oil at home, and avoids excessive sugar. “After eating fresh food in Greece, I had trouble eating meat and dairy in the United States,” she says, which is why she is slowly becoming vegan—although she still loves fish, she says. And while she rarely eats dairy, when she does, it’s—surprise, surprise— Greek yogurt. “My guilty pleasure—which is actually healthy, so it’s not even a real guilty pleasure—is Greek frozen yogurt from Mike and Dave’s.” (We are all in luck because they have shops opening up in New York City and the Hamptons soon!)
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Harnessing Her Strength
Workout and Post-Workout Style
• She goes for brands with breathable fabrics (like Alo and Koral Activewear) at the gym. “I like to sweat!” • Jeans and Converse sneakers are her go-to look • Getting dolled up for events every once in a while is fun for her.
Working Out with Ryan
• Ryan is an early riser (5 a.m.) so a couples’ workout for them is a rare—but cherished—event. • When they go to The Dogpound together, he does her workouts and suffers each time, she says. “Something tells me his 6 a.m. workout is not as hard as mine.”
OUTDOOR WORKOUT MOVES THAT’LL TONE YOU UP Move 1:
Tricep Dips with Kick Outs Tip: Every time you dip, kick one leg straight out in a plyometric motion.
Decline Diamond Push-Ups Tip: Place your hands under your chest in the shape of a diamond, keep your chest out and shoulders back, keep your core engaged, and elevate your legs on a park bench.
Summer Beach Workout Moves from Keoni Hudoba By Sari Beth Rosenberg
As a Barry’s Bootcamp trainer, Men’s Health Magazine fitness guru, co-founder and creator of Cyc Fitness, and spokesperson for VitaFusion, Keoni Hudoba is a mainstay in the fitness industry. You also might recognize him from the recent #StrongerEveryDay Muscle Milk ad. Photo: Tova Originals
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Here, he shares how his own personal transformation led him to inspire his many followers, along with three of his favorite outdoor workout moves you can do right now! Keoni’s Life-Changing Fitness Journey He lost 100+ pounds in 2003 after gaining weight in college. It was a Watch “radical transformation of mind, Men’s Health body, and spirit,” he says—and fitness app for it inspired him to pursue fitness Hudoba’s exclusive moves developed and wellness as a career. specifically for those on the go!
Box/Bench Jumps into a Burpee Tip: Use the same park bench you used for Move 2 to jump (or step) up, then return down into a burpee—bend over, squat, place hands on the floor, then while holding your upper body in place, kick your legs back until you are in plank position). Jump back up and repeat.
FITTING IN YOUR SUMMER WORKOUT ROUTINE (EVEN IF YOU’RE AWAY EVERY WEEKEND!) Take Hudoba’s advice:
• Make time when you first rise. Get the workout out of the way so you can conquer the day! • Go for a run on the beach or a bike ride through town.
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How To Amp Up Your Workout This Summer Are you ready to turn the temperature up on your fitness and wellness game this summer? Here are some of our favorite tips and products inspiring us this season. By Sari Beth Rosenberg
1) HYDRATE MORE
Reach for fresh cold pressed WTRMLN WTR BLNDS that come in three new (and yummy) flavors: GNGR (ginger), CHRRY (cherry), and LME (lime). Aside from being much healthier for you, this beverage contains less sugar than coconut water and 40 percent less than orange juice. It also boasts six times more electrolytes than your run-of-the-mill sports drinks. Added bonus: Thanks to a partnership with Beyonce, a percentage of sales go to the Whole Planet Foundation, an organization that provides microcredits to women to help alleviate poverty. Wtrmlnwtr.com We also recommend Verday Chlorophyll Water, a powerful antioxidant that also acts as a cleanser flushing out heavy metals from the body. Celebrities like Hannah Bronfman, Jennifer Lawrence, and Reese Witherspoon have already embraced the chlorophyll trend. Now you can, too! DrinkVerday.com
2) GET GLOWING
The Beauty Chef’s Glow Advanced Inner Beauty Powder is a bio-fermented superfood beauty powder that’s filled with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and probiotics that work to improve gut health and enhance the skin from inside out. Mix it into a glass of water or smoothie daily. (Be sure to check their fun recipes online.) TheBeautyChef.com Sakara Life’s Chocolate Probiotics let you indulge your sweet tooth while treating your whole body right. These certified organic, raw, gluten- and dairy-free, and non-GMO dark chocolates contain 10 billion active bacterial cells that support a healthy and thriving gut microbiome. SakaraLife.com
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3) FRESHEN UP
Need to sneak in a workout and don’t have time to shower? Turn to Purequosa, an organic cleansing spray available in Desert Body Spray, Rain Body Spray, or Coastal Body Spray. It’s free of alcohol and chemicals, and you can even use it to clean your bike helmet or yoga mat! Purequosa.com We also love the gorgeous new scent kai rose perfume oil. This soft, subtle fragrance is sure to make you feel fresh and clean after you dab it on before (or after) your next yoga or Pilates class. KaiFragrance.com
5) PUMP UP YOUR FAVORITE JAMS
4) TURN HEADS
VIMMIA’s summer fresh patterns and palette are right on point if you’re vying for that athletic and fashion-friendly look. We love their sports bras and tights in this fun summer pattern (Amazon). Both looks are sure to motivate you to hit the gym or your next outdoor workout. (Shhhh…we plan on wearing them even when not working out!) Vimmia.com
Thanks to The House of Marley’s “Smile Jamaica” headphones, you can do just that. Made with sustainable and environmental friendly bamboo and stylish rose gold details, they not only provide excellent sound to motivate you, but an Earth-friendly alternative to all those plastic headphone products out there. TheHouseofMarley.com
The Science to Living Forever Dr. Didier Demesmin, MD
On record, the oldest person to have ever lived was 122 years old. When she was asked about the secret to longevity, she replied, “Red wine and lots of chocolate.” She rode a bicycle until she was 100 years old. Scientists are still puzzled by why some people outlive others, but we do know the life expectancy in
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America is increasing overall. Our bodies are built to repair and restore themselves. There is a science to prolonging your life—doing things that are harmonious with the body’s ability to heal itself. To live a long, healthy, and vital life, it is just as important to be in good mental shape as it is in prime physical shape.
Nutrition plays one of the most important roles in ensuring longevity. Reducing calorie intake by about 25 percent has been shown to slow down one’s metabolism; according to experts, people with a slower metabolism live longer. When reducing caloric intake, one must remove the least nutritional items from the grocery list, and keep the ones with most nutrients. It is vital that the body is properly nourished, but not “full.” When the body is in a state of slight hunger, it becomes stronger and will resist the aging process. This also begins a process of autophagy, or regeneration, in which cells remove damaged parts and recycle materials into new parts. Healthy consumption of wine has been linked to improved cardiovascular health, protection of cells from free radical damage, and promotion of healthy blood sugar levels, all resulting from a natural ingredient found in red and white wine called resveratrol. Organic dark chocolate is a great source of flavonoids, antioxidants that reduce cell damage caused by free radicals. The consumption of dark chocolate has also been shown to slow down the aging process and helping prevent age-related disease. Of course, everything must be consumed in moderation, and a balanced nutritional diet is crucial to good health and longevity.
A positive mindset is imperative to living a long and healthy life. The mind should always be actively working and growing. Factors negatively affecting the mind—such as stress—need to be removed. Chronic psychological stress causes damage deep within human cells by shortening telomeres (tiny pieces of DNA). Short telomeres have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and early death. Studies show that exercise keeps stress from unraveling telomeres. Not all stress is bad, however. Findings from additional studies indicate that good stress actually prolongs longevity. Good stress can be induced by performing challenging, yet fulfilling work, and participating in competitive sports.
You need to keep your body active to keep it working. However, you do not need to do lengthy amounts of strenuous exercise to stay healthy. Studies show that as little as 10 to 15 minutes of mildvigorous exercise a day helps prevent the shortening of telomeres, reducing the effect of aging on cells. Daily walks outside are great for both your mind and body, even if you do it for only a few minutes a day (after you get outside, you will likely want to stay out longer).
Healthy consumption of wine has been linked to improved cardiovascular health, protection of cells from free radical damage, and promotion of healthy blood sugar levels." The Science
Science is evolving quickly, and what we are now able to do with the help of medical research and technology is astounding. Regenerative medicine is a field that uses the latest technology to replace the body’s injured cells with its own healthy, regenerative cells, which then repair and restore the injury. For example, someone with a sports injury can use a therapy called Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), in which the patient’s own blood is drawn, and then spun using a device that separates the cells. Then, the cells that heal and restore are isolated and injected into the injured area. It is safe because the patient is using his or her own blood and cells, so it is natural and there are minimal chances of rejection or infection. Regenerative medicine is also used for cosmetic purposes, and this field is growing in popularity rapidly. Many say that regenerative medicine is the “fountain of youth”—it allows the body to repair and heal itself, alleviating pain and restoring functionality. Our bodies really do have the ability to heal and restore, but we are responsible for helping them do so. By exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, staying positive, and getting proper nutrition, we help our body repair itself faster. The science behind living forever is taking care of yourself and your body every day as if you were really going to live forever.
Dr. Didier Demesmin 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. For more information, visit UPMCNJ.com.
Battle of the Workouts: LISS vs. HIIT By Luis Loya
It’s summer 2017 and you’re looking your best. Congratulations—you deserve it! Of course, staying committed to your fitness journey never ends, it only gets better. And even if you haven’t started yet, it’s never too late to get that body you’ve always dreamed of…zero excuses! The key to succeeding in health and wellness is to work out smarter, not harder. Let me show you how by sharing the stories of two of my clients…
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The LISS Low-Down
Client #1 Julia
Julia is a single mother of two who works full time and attends night school while also taking care of her kids. She trains with me three times a week, is a very strong woman, and loves to lift heavy. I feel like she lets a lot of aggression out by doing so. Although Julia is active and works out hard and has a great physique, she carries a few extra pounds of fat around her midsection (can you relate?). We all know those love handles are hard to say goodbye to, so I recommended she do a LISS cardio session after our weight training to help burn down that last inch of flab covering her strong abs while keeping her hard-earned muscle.
LISS stands for Low Intensity Steady State cardio, and requires you maintain the same pace for a set period of time. (This is completely the opposite of HIIT, which stands for High Intensity Interval Training.) Although the benefits may not be the same as HIIT, LISS is a worthwhile addition to your workout routine. These Low Intensity Steady State workouts are as simple as they come; you perform your workout at 60 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate for 20 minutes or more, aiming for a heart rate of 120 to 150 beats per minute. LISS is an aerobic type of training that can target stored fat, plus it requires a lot of oxygen. Keep in mind our body will always want to use muscle for everything, which is why we need to keep that heart rate at a mid- to low steady and focused rate so you can hit the target heart rate and train your body to use stored fat for energy instead of muscle.
Client #2 Roxy
Roxy, a 22-year-old from Malibu, California, has never stepped a foot in a gym. She recently gained a few pounds and needs help working it off, but she’s not one who takes direction easily—especially at an age in which she feels she knows it all. When she reached out to me, she basically begged me to snap my fingers and magically make her bikini-ready for a few pool parties coming up this summer. After our consultation, I suggested a weightlifting regimen workout for her so she could start building solid muscle and tighten things up. One way Roxy will see fast fat-burning benefits with weights is by focusing on a HIIT workout, which requires you give all-out effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise followed by short, sometimes-active recovery periods. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time.
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Why and When You Should HITT It
Luis’ Advice to Ladies:
“Lifting weights will not make you look like a man. Don’t be scared to lift heavy, and remember to squat deep and low!” @HandsomeLuis
HIIT workouts are a bit more difficult because you need to perform your workout at 90 to 100 percent of your maximum heart rate for two minutes or less, and then back off for a preset rest time interval of two minutes or less. By repeating this cycle six times or more—two minutes on, two minutes off—this “anaerobic” type of training won’t rely on oxygen only because it’s fueled mainly by carbohydrates. This makes you breath harder and burns more fat than LISS training. Roxy will benefit from this type of workout more than Julia because she doesn’t have solid muscle to burn; instead, this will build her stamina, pump more oxygen in her body, and introduce her muscles to working out. If you do HITT training correctly, not only will you burn fat while in the moment, but hours later. Your heart rate will keep beating at a higher rate, which could burn a few extra calories even when you’re at rest. If you’re training hard in an attempt to gain muscle, adding HIIT workouts might not be the best idea. That’s when LISS is ideal as it’s a low-impact workout that can actually help increase blood flow to damaged muscles and reduce any post-workout stiffness you may feel from weight training or other heavy workouts. Working out is all about choice, but no matter what you choose, it will require hard work. Now, have at it!
Up Close & Personal
Stephanie Hollman Dallas “Real Housewife” and Girl Next Door By Alexandra Anastasio Photography: Philip Fischetti Styling: Mindy Gura & Paula Orlan Hair & Makeup: Daniel Blaylock
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Up Close & Personal
For fans of “The Real Housewives of Dallas,” another popular show in Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise, cast member Stephanie Hollman brings to the screen each week not only a bit of comic relief, but a wholesome, girlnext-door persona. A wife, mother, philanthropist, fashion blogger, and former social worker, Hollman’s keeping it real by being herself and never losing sight of who that is. “You’re always going to get that love/hate feeling from people,” she says. “You just have to be honest about your life and who you are–the audience can tell when you’re not being authentic.” Hailing from a small town in Oklahoma, Hollman’s move to Texas 10 years ago came as a big adjustment. After getting engaged to her husband Travis, she picked up roots and settled in an even larger city, admitting it wasn’t easy at first. “It was hard,” says the country girl at heart. “Dallas is a fast-paced city and everyone seemed so put together and more glamorous than what I was used to. Where I’m from is very relaxed, but I made some good friends and they helped make the transition feel a bit more like home.”
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Fast forward a few years and Hollman is happily raising two young boys while juggling her time on the hit Bravo show. She and her husband are also deeply committed to giving back to their community. “Most of our eﬀorts are focused on women and children,” says Hollman. “It goes back to my days as a social worker, before we were married.” BELLA NYC had the opportunity to talk with Hollman, whose girl-nextdoor charm won us over at “Hello…” What about Dallas do you love most? That fast pace that scared me at first turned out to be one of the things I love about Dallas—there are abundant options for dining out and so many things to do like the museums, parks, and aquariums. I’ve realized it’s a great place to raise a family and has become even better since having kids. I also love the southern hospitality—the people here go out of their way to help you. Plus, I’m only four hours away from my hometown; I take my children there so they get the best of both worlds.
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How did the whole experience with the show transpire? I’ve always been a fan of the “Housewives”
franchise, and when one of my girlfriends was asked to be a part of it, she also suggested me and Brandi (Redmond) to the casting agent. At first we thought it was a joke, that nothing would come of it, so we went into it just being goofy, and maybe a little “too much” ourselves. But ultimately I think that’s what they liked, that we weren’t trying to be something we weren’t; we were authentic. What was your husband Travis’ reaction when you told him? He was extremely supportive! He’s done some projects in the industry as well so he knows the good and the bad. His advice to me was, “If you don’t give it a shot, you’ll never know, and if you wind up not enjoying it, we can always back away.” You’ve said that this show has been one of the best things to happen to your marriage—why is that? If you do any type of show like this one, you get a glimpse into what other people are seeing–your marriage, your friendships, how you parent—and you can learn a lot. At first I was scared it would hurt our marriage, but we were in therapy the entire time we were filming, and still are. I think it’s important to work on things before they develop into something bigger, and for us, it made our marriage stronger. It can be easy to lose focus on what’s important, but in reality these shows are just a small facet of your life. How has your life changed since the show first began? The biggest adjustment for me was learning how to balance my family and social media. There was a point in the first season where I felt
Up Close & Personal
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This year I’m hoping to be more authentic, stand up for myself more, and have a thicker skin. I think it’s important to say how you feel.”
Before marriage and kids, you worked as a social worker. How have you parlayed that experience into the work you do today? I worked at Head Start, an organization that promotes school readiness to children under 5 years old from lowincome families. It is a wonderful organization, and I loved working with both the kids and their parents. At night I worked at Madonna House, a pregnancy shelter for unwed and homeless mothers. It was another amazing experience and I loved both places for diﬀerent reasons.
like it was starting to take over my life. You have to be present on social media and it seemed like I was connecting more with my fans than my family. I felt like I had to respond to everyone who wrote me and I had to make sure not to choose that over spending time with my husband and children.
I started to miss my work after we got married, and I asked my husband if we could do something through his company, Hollman, Inc. Now I have a budget and allocate where our funds and our time will be focused. We work with organizations such as The Family Place, the largest domestic violence agency in Texas, as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters. I’ve been a Big Sister to the same little girl for almost 10 years–she was just accepted to college. These two organizations are my babies.
Before joining RHOD you’ve said you never experienced this type of drama; do you have any regrets about joining the show? I don’t have any regrets; it’s been a blessing in my life. I’ve learned about myself, and am doing something for me that is fun. In looking back at season one, I do wish I had a stronger voice–I was such a people-pleaser and I didn’t say things I needed to in fear of hurting someone else’s feelings. This year I’m hoping to be more authentic, stand up for myself more, and have a thicker skin. I think it’s important to say how you feel.
At BELLA our tagline is “Beauty Defined By You.” How do you define beauty? For me, beauty is being authentic to who you are. Seeing my children play, helping others, concentrating on my marriage, being happy with who I am, and not expecting this idea of perfection… that, to me, is beauty. In a society where we are judged by the way we look, I want my children to know that it’s alright not to be perfect, because that idea so many people have of perfection just doesn’t exist. B
The LA Life
Nikki Haskell Living a Glamorous Life From Coast to Coast By Alexandra Anastasio Photographed & Produced by Fadil Berisha Styling: Mindy Gura & Paula Orlan Makeup: Megumi Kashimura Hair: Elin Nyberg
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The LA Life
As an entrepreneur with a variety of careers under her belt, Nikki Haskell has paved the way for many women after her. Of course, that doesn’t mean the Queen of New York nightlife has any immediate plans to slow down. Unafraid to take chances, Haskell defies the odds, does not apologize for her beliefs, and plays by her own set of rules, all while keeping her sense of humor. “I never conformed to what people thought I should do,” she explains. “There will always be someone telling you you can’t do something. For me, I just rolled up my Chanel sleeves, went to work, and did it.” Raised in Los Angeles, the woman of many talents made her way to New York City in the early 1960s with her then-husband. Although the marriage lasted only a short period of time [the couple would remarry two years later, only to divorce again in another
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two years], it was the catalyst for life-changing opportunities, Haskell says—both personally and professionally. In fact, it shaped the direction of her future. “There’s a reason for everything; if I hadn’t married, I would have never ended up in New York.” BELLA sat down with the fascinating socialite for an indepth conversation about her life and her career, and why even now—at the age of 75—she’ll never stop dancing.
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Before your life in front of the camera as a TV host you were a stockbroker on Wall Street. What was it like being one of the first female brokers? I loved it! It never entered my mind that there weren’t any women on Wall Street. My ex-husband was the one who suggested I get a job. During the two years we were divorced I had turned $18,000 into $2.5 million, so I thought, Why not do this for a living? I worked in the business for 10 years and it was an interesting time. Women were not permitted in a lot of the restaurants—they were for men only. I paid no attention though because I didn’t feel that meant me; I walked right in to all of the hot spots the guys went to for lunch. But it was also a challenging time. When I first started, everyone thought it was a cute idea, but then I created a successful business, and they started to resent me. One day I had enough and quit. Then I thought, now what am I going to do?
Luckily, you found another outlet in the entertainment business. How did “The Nikki Haskell Show” come to fruition?
A friend of mine, Prince Egon Von Furstenberg, approached me about doing a TV show. At that time there were no other entertainment talk shows around; we really paved the way for future programs like “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and “Entertainment Tonight.” At the time I knew absolutely nothing about what I was doing, nor did anybody else. We were on cable, which was like the new kid in town—nobody had heard of it— and the celebrities and big names didn’t want to be on it. To bring in talent, I made a deal with the clubs I attended; they paid me to throw parties on Friday nights. Whether it was for a celebrity, a movie premiere, or a record launch, there was a highpowered party every week that I’d shoot for the show.
The LA Life I am a party girl, but a party girl with a purpose. I do my best thinking on the dance floor; it’s where I’ve come up with some of my best ideas. Nikki Haskell @NikkiHaskell bignikbh
As the show gained notoriety, you interviewed some of the biggest names in the industry and traveled all over the world doing so. How would you describe that time in your life? The
show was all about fashion, fun parties, and lots of interviews—around 3,000 people! Some of the people I interviewed were Donald Trump, Joan Collins, Andy Warhol, and Tony Bennett. I traveled to the most amazing locations to cover events like the Cannes Film Festival, Carnivale in Rio de Janeiro, even the Philippines Film Festival, where I became very friendly with Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos. Essentially, the show was my view of how I lived my life, and it was great! I was also the first person to put fashion on television. In the 80s, fashion in the United States became very important; prior to that it all came from Europe. I covered fashion shows like Carolina Herrera, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Halston, and Calvin Klein, and featured them on the program. We shot about 300 shows over a period of six years.
You filmed at one of your favorite places, the legendary nightclub Studio 54. What was that like? I loved going to discotheques and was totally addicted to Studio 54. I went opening night with Donald and Ivana [Trump], who were good friends of mine. When people asked me where I lived I told them, “Studio 54, but I keep an apartment on 68th Street.” Because I went there all the time I thought, I better come up with a clever idea as to why I have to go dancing every night otherwise they’re going to start ‘Disco Anonymous’ for me.
You’ve said the club changed your life; in what way would you say that’s true? Before Studio 54 I would never go
out at night by myself; I’d go on dates, have dinner, and then go home. The men I dated were successful businessmen who didn’t want to stay out late dancing, so when they dropped me oﬀ, I’d get out of the cab, go right through the revolving door, [get] back into a cab, and head to Studio 54. There was something that came over you when you walked in; the energy from the place was miraculous. Because I was always out, people had the impression I was just a “party girl.” Well, I am a party girl, but a party girl with a purpose. I do my best thinking on the dance floor; it’s where I’ve come up with some of my best ideas.
What projects are you currently working on? I’m always doing something because you never know what’s going to work. I wrote a screenplay called,
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“Overdressed When Naked,” which is autobiographical. It’s a chunk of my life that runs from 1962 to 1977. I also co-wrote an urban musical comedy, “The American Dream,” and just finished a pilot for a new TV show currently titled, “Flashback to the Future,” where I re-interview the same people I interviewed 30 years ago with the original interviews incorporated into the show. This is going to be a big year for me; I have a bunch of projects that are going to come to fruition. I have a new invention coming out just in time for the holidays– the STARZ SHOOTERZ. It's a phone case that lights up, stands up, and turns into a selfie stick. I also own the rights to “The Nikki Haskell Show.” We currently have 27 episodes up on Amazon Prime and plan to add another 40; hopefully by the end of this year there will be close to 100 shows available.
Over the past year you’ve been vocal in your support of Donald Trump, who has been a friend for many years. As a result, you’ve received backlash, especially from close friends. Do you ever secondguess speaking up in support of him?
I’m never going to change the courage of my convictions. I’m an American and proud to be one, and will do everything in my power to be supportive of whomever our President is because a country divided is dangerous. I was always under the impression that win, lose, or draw—whoever wins—you go with the flow. I am still shocked that some of my friends aren’t speaking to me because of the way I voted. I live in two places (New York and Los Angeles) that are mostly all liberal, but I’m not someone who is “in your face” with my political views.
What do you love about NY and LA? NYC
is fabulous—it exudes a certain energy you don’t find elsewhere. I lived there during the most amazing time and I enjoy going to some of my old haunts like Polo Bar, Cipriani, Elio’s, and Amaranth when I’m in town. As for LA, I love Soho House, The Beverly Hills Hotel (my home away from home), and Polo Lounge, where I love to go to the pool—it’s absolutely beautiful and charming. The hot spot these days is The Tower Bar, which has an elegant charm. Then there’s Craig’s for its excellent food and great people-watching. When it comes to dancing, I enjoy going to Giorgio’s in the Standard Hotel. I love that I get to live and work in both places. You can’t hit a moving target, so if you’re in diﬀerent places, people won’t know where you are. I like that! B
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Sunshine & the City By Gwen Wunderlich
With warm weather finally here, let’s talk summer love, family outings, art for foodies, and luxury fitness. These fresh picks will get your whole squad soaring higher amidst blue skies and plenty of sunshine.
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Are you an active person who loves to travel but hates giving up your fitness routine on vacation? Let’s face it, between beach yoga and poolside piña coladas, the struggle is real. But if you’re all about staying on your sexy and fit flow, meet luxeFIT, a new boutique travel company that’s right up your alley. Founded by two young businesswomen, luxeFIT combines fitness, traveling, and the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. This week-long fitness retreat offers fun workouts, numerous activities, healthy meals, and luxury accommodations. The next summer trip is scheduled for July and will be held in St. Martin. An all-inclusive retreat, the six-night vacation offers guests meals freshly prepared by a private chef, fitness and yoga classes, the option to work out with a fitness instructor, transportation to and from group activities, and tropical excursions. As described by Holly Morris, founder of luxeFIT, “It’s paradise with a purpose… a better, more balanced you in less than a week!” LuxeFit.co
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Ever think it was possible to change the world through a simple dating app? That was front and center for Amy Baglan, CEO and founder of the newest dating community, MeetMindful. “We’re hoping to create one million conscious power couples by 2020, with the goal of making the world a better place,” explains Baglan. MeetMindful caters to the community of people living Zen lifestyles—those who share a love for the environment, yoga, self-awareness, spirituality, and more. Users can find someone to connect with on a deeper level, an individual who values mindfulness, personal growth, and healthy living. MeetMindful is designed to be a place for life-changing and inspiring connections that favor love and friendships, not just casual hookups. The app enables you to “favorite” members, receive matches, chat with other members, and more. Along with linking like-minded people together, the site also gives its users thousands of thoughtful articles about relationships and dating. The app offers a 48-hour free trial browsing period; memberships are $29/month. MeetMindful.com
Dinner with Georgia O’Keeﬀe Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, a romantic night with your loved one, or just want to try something new, check out publisher Assouline’s newest book, “Dinner with Georgia O’Keeffe.” Although known for her art, O’Keeffe was also a huge foodie, which makes sense, as cooking is just another art form! Through Georgia’s personal letters and interviews with friends and staff members, Robyn Lea explores the artist’s relationship to food via art and nature, capturing photographs of the recipes and scenic views that celebrate this beautiful connection. This book is truly breathtaking as it accentuates the beauty and art of cooking, with the unique perspective of a brilliant and celebrated artist. Sold on Amazon, “Dinner with Georgia O’Keeffe” makes a great gift and arrives in perfect time for farmers market exploration and backyard dinner parties. B
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Giving Back, Changing Lives Every day our world becomes more tightly interconnected. And it’s true that what you put out, you get back. These inspiring women prove it is possible to connect with others and make a positive difference in their lives. By Vanessa Coppes
Michelle Longo | Autism Advocate Ever since Michelle Longo was 18 years old, her dream was to open a salon. But Longo had to leave the workforce when her son was diagnosed with Autism, and immediately became his advocate and the advocate for other families because she didn’t want them to feel lost as she once had. Through the years, Longo continued to speak at schools and City Hall steps; she’s even been to Albany to change laws aﬀecting families like hers. “I was voted to be on the school board and have won awards for helping others,” she recalls, but through it all, Longo kept her cosmetology license up to date while using whatever “extra” money she could to make her son happy. Today, her son Frankie is 21 years old, attends college, drives, and can also balance his own checkbook. Once everyone in her family was set, Longo jumped on the opportunity to open her dream salon. She continues to advocate for autism through local fundraising events for this cause. SwankSalonNJ.com
Emma Watson | Actress, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador
Theodora Sergiou | Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
On the heels of a stellar performance in Disney’s remake of the epic story “Beauty and The Beast,” is the illustrious actress Emma Watson, who we love as Hermione Granger in the globally successful “Harry Potter” films. In 2014, Watson was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, where she has dedicated her eﬀorts toward the empowerment of young women. Watson also serves as an advocate for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign, which focuses on promoting gender equality. At just 26 years of age, Watson has been involved in the promotion of girls’ education for several years and has visited Bangladesh and Zambia as part of her humanitarian eﬀorts. She has also worked to promote fair
Nicholas Pools is a second generation family-owned and operated company with more than 40 years of experience providing custom in-ground pools and spas. Founder Nicholas Christofi has been building pools since 1969, and transferred that knowledge to his daughter and sonin-law, Theodora and Sotiris Sergiou, who run the family business today. Fully committed to her community, faith, and church, Theodora was recognized by His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey for her volunteer work and dedication to Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church (SBGOC) in 2013. The SBGOC’s vision is to inspire in all persons a love of Christ, a passion for righteousness, and a consciousness of their duties to God and their fellow man. This recognition prompted Theodora to launch the Sergiou Foundation, which organizes events to raise funds for various NJ non-profits. STBarbaraNJ.org
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trade and organic clothing, and served as an ambassador for Camfed International, a movement to educate girls in rural Africa. Serving as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador has been truly humbling for Watson. She’s said that the chance to make a real diﬀerence is not an opportunity everyone is given and is one she has no intention of taking lightly. Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who she is–and so deeply personal and rooted in her life that she can’t imagine an endeavor more exciting. She recognizes she still has much to learn, but as she progresses, she hopes to bring more of her individual knowledge, experience, and awareness to this role. UNWomen.org
Lady Gaga | Singer, Born This Way Foundation Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, Lady Gaga is an American songwriter, singer, actress, dancer, and fashion designer who is also quite the infamous philanthropist. Gaga throws the weight of her popularity behind all her charity projects. In 2012, she co-founded the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), which supports the wellness of young people and empowers them to create a kinder and braver world. BTWF leverages rigorous academic research and authentic partnerships in order to provide young people with kinder communities, improved mental health resources, and more positive environmentsâ€“online and oďŹ„ine. Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, BTWF works diligently to provide youth with genuine opportunities, quality resources, and platforms to make their voices heard. Their goal is to launch programs tailored to and powered by young people, putting their ideas, voices, and needs first. They engage young people online and in their communities, working with a diverse group of partners to connect youth with the services they need to thrive and drive change. BornThisWay.Foundation B
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The Ultimate Outdoor Entertaining Guide During the summer, happy hour can be any time at all—so long as you’re outdoors! Here are some bright ideas on how to make entertaining easy, breezy, and chic. By Janene Mascarella
Serve Up Some Summer Spirits
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Wine Carafe Georg Jensen, $175
Chandon Sweet Star is the newest bubbly to pair with a variety of light bites with your squad this summer. When chic sipping with your girls, grab a bottle as a hostess gift for your bestie’s rooftop soirée. It’ll taste great with anything from spicy sushi to decadent donuts—just perfect for toasting the arrival of warm weather and sundresses! $24, Chandon.com
Glass Hurricane with Silver Rim, $25
Santa Cristina 2016 Cipresseto Rosato Toscana IGT is poised to please every palate. This beautiful blush wine reveals fresh aromas and flavors of peaches and white flowers. Pair this refreshing wine with crisp salads. $14, SantaCristina.Wine
The Kuvée system is sure to impress your guests. It’s an all new way to wine, and a great way to take happy hour to the next level. The revolutionary system does more than keep wines fresh. It also helps you learn about what you’re sipping, recommends wines you’ll like, and lets you order more. The WiFi- connected dispenser is loaded with knowledge and even suggests meal pairings, making it effortless to learn about the wines you love. $199, includes the Kuvée dispenser and four bottles of wine, Kuvee.com
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A Novel Idea
“Ten Dead Comedians” Fred Van Lente (Quirk)
What happens when show business mixes with an Agatha Christie mystery? You get Van Lente’s satirical debut. Nine comics of various levels of celebrity convene at the island retreat of Hollywood legend Dustin Walker. Upon arrival, they find that the island is abandoned—and there’s no cell phone signal. One by one, the nine unfortunate guests are killed—but who’s the murderer? This dark yet humorous version of “And Then There Were None” will have you glued to your beach chair this summer.
“The Life She Was Given”
Ellen Marie Wiseman (Kensington)
On a summer night in 1931, young Lilly Blackwood is allowed out of her attic room at Blackwood Manor by her mother for the very first time—only to be sold to the circus. She quickly goes from sideshow spectacle to star, but then tragedy strikes. Two decades later, Julia Blackwood inherits Blackwood Manor from her parents, and along with it unhappy memories of a strict childhood. Julia hopes that a return to her family’s home might give her a fresh start, but she is soon swept up into secrets involving a forbidden attic room and mysterious circus photos. The novel weaves together the stories of both women to produce a tale of family betrayal that is both hopeful as it is heartbreaking.
“Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life” Jen Hatmaker (Thomas Nelson)
Women are beautiful and strong. They are also confused, make mistakes, and are otherwise less than perfect. Hatmaker—aka Big Sister Emeritus and Chief BFF—is here to remind us that there is no “right” way of doing things. In fact, if it feels like whatever you’re doing is hard, it means that you’re living life. With her trademark hilarity and honesty, this book dishes up a whole lot of hope for women who need a refill on their moxie.
“Impossible Views of the World”
Cool Reads for Hot Summer Days By Barbara Bellesi
Summer was made for reading—or is it the other way around? Either way, we’re super excited about our to-be-read pile for the long, relaxing days that lie ahead. Whether you’re looking for a good laugh, a good thrill, or maybe even some good gossip, these titles will keep you entertained all season.
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Lucy Ives (Penguin Press)
It’s been a heck of a week for Stella Krakus, a museum curator in Manhattan. She’s being stalked by her ex-husband, her budding workplace romance is about to fizzle out, and she is the reluctant star of a viral video. Then Paul, one of her favorite colleagues, goes missing. Could his disappearance have anything to do with the sponsor of the current museum exhibit, a Belgian multinational whose love of the arts is eclipsed only by a desire to take control of the world’s water supply? As Stella searches to uncover secrets about the missing Paul, she slowly attempts to make sense of her own crazed life.
Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown & Company)
Harper Frost and her twin sister Tabitha might look alike, but they are polar opposites in just about everything. On Martha’s Vineyard, Harper’s life is in shambles: She’s living in a rundown house inherited from her father, she lost yet another job, and her romantic life is fodder for gossip. On Nantucket, Tabitha isn’t having a much easier time: She’s struggling to raise a rebellious teen daughter, and her fashion boutique is about to be a bust. For one summer, the sisters decide to put aside their sibling rivalry and swap locations in an attempt to rebuild their lives. There’s only one thing for sure with their plan–it won’t be a drama-free summer.
THE INSIDE SCOOP ON “BLIND ITEM”
Kevin Dickson & Jack Ketsoyan (Imprint)
Nicola is an assistant publicist on the rise in Hollywood. But she’s broken one of her cardinal rules: Never mix work with pleasure. So when she starts dating a movie star, Nicola finds that she is about to be on the wrong side of the scoop. Her best friend Billy is looking out for her as he lurks around La La Land for the latest gossip to sell to tabloids, and her stylist roommate Kara is there to lend support, even though she has her eyes on reality TV stardom. Can Ohio native Nicola survive Hollywood, where salacious scandals are always afoot and secrets always have a price tag?
Hollywood is known for glitz, glamour, and gossip. No one knows that better than entertainment journalist Kevin Dickson and celebrity publicist Jack Ketsoyan. Their careers, which have collectively spanned decades of red carpet shenanigans, A-list scandals, and social media meltdowns, led them to write the highly anticipated novel, “Blind Item.” There was never a lack of inspiration for their work in celebrity media. According to Dickson, “We had so much stuff we were talking about that we could never print. But we wouldn’t want to print it,” he says. “Ultimately, you don’t want to just destroy someone’s life.” So the authors kicked around the idea of a novel as a way to do something with all the juicy stories they had, and “Blind Item” was born. Ketsoyan’s celebrity clients would approve. “All my clients know I wrote the book, and 90 percent of them have read it,” he says. As for the other 10 percent, “I assured them that they are not in the book,” Ketsoyan explains.
THE LAST GUNSLINGER VS. THE MAN IN BLACK At long last, the film version of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” is set to arrive in theaters this August. The last gunslinger Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) must outwit Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), known as the Man in Black, who is intent on destroying the Dark Tower—and the universe along with it. No one writes a better tale of good vs. evil than King, and we can’t wait to see how this one plays out on the big screen. B
Dance Your Way Into Summer with “Real Housewife” Erika Jayne Erika Jayne marches to the beat of her own bedazzled drum, and it’s the impeccable balance of class and sass that she displays on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” that has women marching right along with her. With nine #1 Billboard dance singles and superstar fans like Christina Aguilera, Jayne is a 45-year-old pop star in the prime of her career, proving that age is merely a number— and hardly a deadline. In the spirit of living life by your own rules, the popdance queen has shared her sizzling summer playlist so you, too, can to do just that.
Find the hottest song on the playlist, Erika Jayne’s new single XXPEN$IVE, on iTunes now.
ERIKA JAYNE’S “SUMMER STARTS HERE” PLAYLIST 1. Bad and Boujee Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert 2. Summertime DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
5. Bitch Better Have My Money Rihanna
3. Into the Groove Madonna
6. XXPEN$IVE Erika Jayne
4. The Glamorous Life Sheila E.
7. Side to Side Arianna Grande 8. Dirrty Christina Aguilera 9. Back That Ass Up Juvenile
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Simple-YetProfound Takeaways From Tony Robbins’ “Unleash The Power Within” Seminar By Chad Schubert
There were 9,000 people from 62 countries all screaming the same thing: YES! YES! YES! Yes to pushing past the fear that holds us back. Yes to releasing the stories that keep us stuck. Yes to annihilating the limiting beliefs that prevent us from living the life of our deepest dreams. I was one of them. So were Carmen Electra, Kim Kardashian, and Kanye West.
Humans are all looking for the same thing: Liberation from suffering.
For four days, a stadium was filled with thousands of hopeful humans–strike that, determined humans–moving in perfect sync together, screaming and dancing to the beat of the super power drum that is Tony Robbins. Held at the Galen Center in Downtown LA this past March, Robbins’ Unleash The Power Within seminar was designed to help individuals unlock and unleash the forces inside that can help break through any barrier or obstacle and create the quality of life they desire. People came from all over the world with
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their inner baggage in tow, ready to jump into the fire and burn that crap. I mean that fire part quite literally, too–attendees walked barefoot across burning hot coal while screaming, “YES! YES! YES!” all in the name of facing any fear that threatens to keep us small, hold us back, or limit our lives. Out of 50 action-packed hours of transformational insights and epiphanies, Robbins shared five simple, yet extremely helpful lessons to remember for those moments when we’re in a funk or feeling totally stuck. Read on, and find out how to check yourself so you can re-direct yourself…
1. Whatever you focus on, you feel. At the root of all suffering and depression is a thought. At the root of all happiness and joy is a thought. Whatever you picture in your mind, you will feel. The mind is a muscle, and the more you “exercise” to redirect its focus, the stronger you get at controlling it. Change your focus, change your life.
To learn more about Tony Robbins and Unleash The Power Within, or his upcoming Date With Destiny seminars, visit TonyRobbins.com.
2. Destiny is decided decision-by-decision.
Every decision you make—or don’t make— creates your destiny. Where you end up is a result of your choices. Deciding to stay in an unhappy marriage or job will result in a destiny you settle for, not one you want. As Robbins explains, “It’s our decisions, not our conditions, that control our whole life.”
3. Distractions are the destroyer of dreams.
There will always be a hundred things around to steal your attention whenever you sit down to focus on a project–Facebook, text messages, the dusty bookshelf, you name it. If you’re not careful, distractions will consume all of your time, all of your life. Every time you allow your focus to be swayed by distractions, you pinch off the flow of productive momentum. You slow down the dream. Before you know it, time will fly by and you’ll never accomplish anything.
4. Turn “should” into “must.”
I really should get into better shape. I really should spend more time with my parents. I really should take that dream vacation. If we’re not careful, we will “should” all over ourselves and nothing we want will ever come to fruition. Filling your life with “should” will only lead to regret. If there’s something you really want or know you need to do, turn your “should” into a “must.” You never find time, you make time. Make it a must!
5. Progress equals happiness.
Any time you’re actively moving toward something you want, you feel a positive charge of euphoria. It could be getting into better shape and eating healthier, making progress on remodeling your home, or getting better at watching your temper. When you take real steps toward achieving what you want, you feel empowered. Progress fuels personal satisfaction. When you feel good about yourself, you feel good about life. There are only two options: Make progress, or make excuses. When you start to apply these basic principles–you check your focus, become conscious of your decisions, avoid distractions, make it a “must,” and feed your progress– you begin to take control of your time and your mind. You begin to unleash the power within. Can you do it? YES! YES! YES! B
A Capital Good Time
Washington, D.C. might seem more like a place to escape from than to these days, but across the pond are fabulous cosmopolitan capitals just waiting to wow. Chic boutiques, culinary treats, hip bar scenes, and rooms with a view will make your summer sizzle with a “capital” S!
By Sascha Zuger
Ritz Paris – Paris School might be out for the summer, but you’ll be tempted to hit the (cook)books while staying at this gorgeously renovated property. Ritz Escoffier Paris shares the talents of top French chefs to allow guests to bring home the best souvenir of all—culinary skills worthy of the hotel’s wonders of gastronomy. Four years and a $450 million reno bill were worth the wait, as every detail is perfectly placed and oh so tres chic. And if you have kids in tow, compromise an itinerary of wandering historical sites, elegant lunches at Les Jardins de L’Espadon, and masterpiecegazing at The Louvre with a jaunt over to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris. The Fantasia Gardens’ Victorian property even offers Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty suites for your little prince and princesses. RitzParis.com
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T H E N E W P O R T M A R R I OT T Perfect. That is what your wedding will be at our elegant waterfront hotel. Our Certified Wedding Planners will help you orchestrate your vision by overseeing all the details. We ensure that every moment is enchanting with: • A single venue for all your wedding events including the ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner and/or post wedding brunch • Convenient location in the heart of historic Newport, RI • Harbor access for stunning photos • Graciously appointed, spacious bridal suites and nautically inspired guest rooms • On-site spa offering a full suite of services: hair, nails, make-up and more for bridal party and guests • Re-imagined atrium with soaring ceilings and a unique
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water feature • A great room that’s an inviting space for guests to relax and gather • Restaurant and bar serving fresh seafood, creative cocktails, beers on tap and one of Newport’s best harbor views from our spacious 2nd floor deck
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The New Hotel – Athens Celebrate a city of rich history and impressive ruins at a unique property with a decidedly modern flair, so hip it landed on the RockStar Hotels list. In fact, it feels more like checking into an art installation rather than the former Olympic Palace Hotel in the center of Athens. Eclectic and eco-sensitive, designers inspired by street culture have filled this service-minded hotel with custommade furniture and fixtures that play against views of the Acropolis and nearby Constitution Square. Unwind with a Hot Sea Shell Massage at the New Sense Spa, or an al fresco sunset drink at the rooftop Art Lounge while perusing one of the lounge’s 2,000 art tomes. Opa! RockStar-Hotels.com
The May Fair Hotel — London Since 1927, when King George V and Queen Mary offered their seal of approval, this tony boutique property has served as an icon in a place long known as High Society’s playground. The luxury hotspot offers supreme elegance and style, befitting an official hotel to the British Film Institute and London Fashion Week. The May Fair Bar is the place to see and be seen, while the hotel itself is an oasis for those wishing to do neither. A sumptuous afternoon tea can be enjoyed at the May Fair Kitchen, though we prefer to hit the eatery (and its wine list) for Mediterranean small plates to round off a day of exploring. TheMayFairHotel.co.uk B
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CHIC Punta Cana By Gwen Wunderlich
For the ultimate in beachside luxury, head to CHIC Punta Cana, one of the gems of CHIC All Exclusive Resorts by Royalton, located on the Dominican Republic’s Coconut Coast.
We can’t recommend this all-inclusive, adult-only resort enough with its upbeat vibe, stylish décor, and fabulous amenities. Stretched across a beautiful span of Uvero Alto Beach, CHIC Punta Cana is intimate in size and big on experience. Part of the award-winning Royalton Luxury Resorts, the 320-room hotel has carved a niche for itself in the “social vacation” category. Designed exclusively for guests who enjoy sleek, contemporary architecture, masterfully prepared food, unlimited premium cocktails, world-class spa treatments, Vegas-style pools, and engaging entertainment with friends both old and new, CHIC Punta Cana enjoys a sophisticated and energetic appeal. Spend a week without even leaving the property. With several pools, beachfront butler service, nine restaurants and bars, water activities such as kayaking and surfing and nightly entertainment, CHIC makes for the perfect vacation, romantic honeymoon, or birthday celebration.
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Newly added to the property, The Mansion is supreme in private vacationing. Thinking about booking your next group getaway? Trust us, this is the place. As the name implies, the two-floor, six-suite mansion boasts sleek décor and an ultra-modern ambience with a breathtaking living room that features floor-toceiling windows that look out onto a private pool and hot tub. To the left is a full kitchen, exclusive dining room, and glass-enclosed wine room, while the right side of the house boasts a spacious game room and premium extras like a fully-stocked bar with top-shelf liquor.
THE POOL AT THE MANSION
If you’re anything like us, you love a good private pool. Guests in the CHIC Mansion also enjoy special all-inclusive amenities like roundtrip airport transfers, butler service (breakfast by the pool, anyone?!), an exclusive and private chef’s table nine-course dinner, a cabana by the resort’s main social pool with a personal attendant, and complementary 30-minute massages and hydrotherapy spa treatments for each person staying in the house!
Send your senses on a wild adventure through the Middle East and Southern Asia at this unique dining experience. Like us, guests of Tangine will enjoy this visually striking restaurant that infuses authentic flavors to create a feeling of exotic appeal in tropical paradise. Enjoy a delicious grilled fish or savory samosas paired with a distinctive cocktail in the sultry ambience. Prepare to be enticed.
POOL AND BEACH
With a live DJ, pool workouts, and group volleyball games, you can join in the fun or enjoy a relaxing afternoon inside your private cabana at CHIC’s Mermaid Pool, which boasts intricate tiles and glass walls. You’ll want to try your hand at surfing or sunning on the pristine beach while you’re at it. For an afternoon delight, enjoy savory culinary creations by a private chef, or partake in poolside restaurant munchies. If you’ve had a late night at one of the resort’s energetic nightly parties, boost your energy with a rejuvenating visit to an on-site oxygen bar. ChicPuntaCana.com B
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples By Dara Kaplan
Looking for emerald green waters and stretches of white sand without sitting on a plane for 3+ hours from New York? Escape to Florida’s lush gulf coast where the sunsets are legendary. In a region where sprawling beach resorts are as abundant as sunshine, The Ritz Carlton, Naples is a diamond among the rocks. Here you’ll discover the immaculate white sands and tranquility of Florida’s famed and sought after west coast.
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Situated on 20 beachfront acres overlooking the serene waters of the Gulf of Mexico, a short 45-minute drive from Southwest Florida International Airport, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is often credited for helping put Naples on the map. Constructed in 1985, the hotel brought a new era of tourism to the region, which in turn created unprecedented economic and international attention. Naples oﬀers an elegant, small-town ambience with a historic village, upscale shopping, gourmet dining, and world renowned golfing, fishing, and sailing, all in the midst of one of America’s last great wilderness frontiers: the Everglades. Located in Southwest
Florida, this AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Four Star resort was constructed in 1985. The hotel contains 450 lavish rooms, 70 exclusive Club Level rooms, and 35 suites, each with a view of the beach. Designed by Wimberly Interiors, a globally recognized leader in hospitality design, the new guest rooms are reminiscent of a luxurious, residential beach home, and are filled with lavish featherbeds, 400-count Egyptian cotton sheets, and rich goose down comforters and pillows that give new meaning to “beauty sleep.” Each room also comes equipped with a marble tub and vanity, as well as cushy lightweight robes, perfect for lounging on your balcony.
The Club Level features 70 rooms, including six superbly decadent suites. And guests enjoy the services of a concierge who’s devoted exclusively to their needs and the amenities of a private lounge and library. Open from 7 am to 10 pm daily, The Club features daily food and beverage presentations, from continental breakfast to afternoon tea to delicious evening hors d’oeuvres. The hotel is home to the Forbes Four Star Ritz-Carlton Spa with treatments that draw inspiration from the land and sea. Encompassing 51,000 square feet, the tri-level spa oﬀers a variety of methods to refresh and invigorate the body and spirit, along with more than 30 treatment rooms, a conservatory, fitness center, and wellness programs. Also featured: invigorating treatments for the mind and body and access to steam rooms, saunas, and—best of all—a luxurious mineral pool on the top deck. In addition, spa guests can access the Tiburon Golf Club, which oﬀers two 18-hole golf courses designed by Australian golfer Greg Norman. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples presents guests with seven innovative restaurants from which to choose. The fine dining options cater to all the senses, and exquisite
sunset views and menus oﬀer the freshest foods. Located in prime viewing of the spectacular sunsets and on the beach, Gumbo Limbo is the perfect spot to enjoy tropical outdoor ambiance. Enjoy family-friendly and delicious Coastal Italianinspired cuisine with distinct Florida flare at Terrazza. The menu includes handmade pastas, homemade breads, and enticing specials. If you are looking for sophistication, delight in the upscale steakhouse menu at The Grill; menu favorites there include a selection of dry-aged prime meats, chops, and seafood. The Grill has been honored with the “Best of Award of Excellence” from the esteemed Wine Spectator magazine. While enjoying your time of luxury at The RitzCarlton, Naples, be sure to check out the two heated outdoor pools, an adult-only relaxation pool, and a kidfriendly whirlpool. In the mood for the beach? Reserve a lounge chair to enjoy a cocktail of your choice on the pristine three-mile stretch of sand. The Ritz Carlton, Naples is the perfect place to visit, whether it is a romantic getaway or a fun-filled family vacation. Let loose, unwind, and enjoy a lavish vacation. RitzCarlton.com/en/hotels/ Naples/Naples-Beach B
Around Town Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc 27th Edition, the only international off-road Rallye race for women only, was held from March 17 to April 1, 2017. For the closing Gala, and to celebrate the women being honored, the room was decorated under the theme “Garden of Roses.” ©Maienga
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Cohen Media Group celebrates “The Salesman” winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Beverly Hills, CA ©Patrick McMullan
Charles Finch and CHANEL Pre-Oscar Awards Dinner Madeo Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA ©Patrick McMullan
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Dominique Serra, Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles founder
2017 Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party, West Hollywood, CA ©Getty Images
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2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA ©Patrick McMullan
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GBK, the luxury lifestyle gift lounge held an Oscar luxury gift and style lounge, Los Angeles, CA ©Tiffany Rose
Restaurateur Gianfranco Sorrentino hosted a Members & Press Cocktail Reception for his non-profit organization Gruppo Italiano at Il Gattopardo, NYC ©Patrick McMullan
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Screening event for Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Jamaica Inn’ hosted by Cohen Media Group, BAFTA LA and KCETLink, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA ©Getty Images
The LA 11 1. Best thing about living in LA? What I love
Dr. V By Courtenay C. Hall
Take an irreverent perspective on life’s problems and add a dash of profanity, and you get Dr. V (aka Dr. Venus Nicolino). Dr. V’s edgy and humorous yet philosophical take on “How to Human” has made her an audience favorite. Now entering her fourth season as the host of “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars,” Dr. V first appeared on Bravo’s “LA Shrinks” in 2013. Since then, she’s been featured on “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” and “Millionaire Matchmaker,” and appeared as a recurring guest on “Watch What Happens Live,” “The Dr. Oz Show,” “The Real,” and “Rachael Ray Show.” Currently, Dr. V is hosting WeTV’s spinoff, “Marriage Boot Camp: Family Edition.” BELLA sat down with this super smart (and hilarious) LA native who breaks down her top picks for living the LA Life…
most about LA is the deliciousness of differences. In just about any part of town you can look around and see a sampling of people from nearly every corner of the world. It’s invigorating to live in such a diverse place. Also, everyone clears out at Christmas, so parking’s easier then.
2. Favorite LA restaurant? If I want to go
fancy and have a five-hour dinner, I’d have to say Providence. If I want to brush up on my Italian while I pee, I’d head over to Terroni in West Hollywood (they have “Learn to Speak Italian” records playing in the loo!).
3. Favorite neighborhood? I love downtown
LA. The energy there is awesome, and it seems like the rest of LA is finally realizing what a hidden gem sits nestled between the 110 and the 101.
4. The best part about my job is… Being
able to time travel—when someone talks to me in a vulnerable, authentic way about his or her past, present, and future self, I feel transported. And in what other city could I wear this many professional hats: Relationship Expert, Reality Show Host, YouTube Philosopher, etc. and still be perceived as legitimate? Only in LA!
5. A visit to LA isn’t complete until you… Have an uncomfortable encounter with a costumed weirdo in front of the Chinese Theater, get yelled at for bringing a peanut butter sandwich too close to a playground, or attend a dog’s birthday party.
6. Favorite beach? El Matador State
Beach in Malibu is my absolute favorite. And yes, I’m sacrificing the secret of my favorite beach so your readers might enjoy it, too.
7. Best advice you’ve ever received?
Wisdom has a habit of arriving with unexpected messengers. Everyone expects an instant response to everything. But remember, you are living your lifetime. Your time belongs to you, you’re allowed to slow things down. You can decide the tempo of conversations, the making of decisions, the pace that you respond to things—all of it.
8. Your one “must-have” beauty or fashion item? I’m a lip person. My Chanel
Rouge Coco Shine No. 54 Boy lipstick is heavenly. I wish I could say it’s like sex on your lips without it sounding weird. I slather it on even though I know I should try to make it last. I go through them like candy. Help!
9. Definition of beauty? Everyone’s greatest
ally and worst potential foe can be found in the same place: the mirror. Physical beauty is an always-changing cultural construct, but internal beauty is eternal. What is truly beautiful always surpasses the physical. Imperfection is a vital component of beauty. Reflecting the best in others can highlight what is beautiful in you. Reflecting the best around you reveals the best within you.
10. Favorite hiking spot? The escalator at the Grove when it’s broken.
11. Favorite weekend getaway? If my
passport isn’t expired, we head down to Las Ventanas in Cabo. If I’m feeling more casual, we’ll head out to Ojai Valley Spa & Inn. I’m also a big fan of doing nothing in my own backyard with the fam’, which seems harder to get to than Cabo at times. B Photo: Sophie Jacobson
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