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THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO SAY ABOUT OUR HOLIDAY ISSUE THIS YEAR! First, congratulations are in order for the amazing BELLA team. This issue wraps our 5th year and 30th issue – quite an accomplishment! We are so proud of how far we have come … it has truly been a team effort! I want to start with our amazing, exclusive cover story with Taraji P. Henson of “Empire.” What a phenomenal show, cast, and uber powerful female lead. Taraji rocks it on screen in her dream role of “Cookie” and gives us an inside look at what makes this show America’s guilty pleasure every week. Check it out on pages 86-91. We also have Greer Grammer (yes, Kelsey’s daughter!) gracing the pages of our “Up Close and Personal” feature that was shot in Los Angeles by Gilles Toucas, among pages of holiday gift ideas, travel, beauty, fashion, dining, the arts, and everything BELLA in New York! With that said, I also wanted to share something I recently received in a note from a wonderful NYC breast cancer survivor who I had the pleasure of meeting at a recent event. She wrote asking me if I had ever looked up BELLA in the Urban Dictionary, and if I hadn’t (which I hadn’t), she wanted to share with me what it said: I thought you would enjoy this Urban Dictionary definition of “Bella” – I think it conveys the spirit behind the name of your magazine! Clockwise from top: • At the La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni #NYFW show • Check out my OK! TV Star Sightings segment every week on ABC-7 • BELLA’s Fall Fashion issue party with Nicky Hilton

Courtenay C. Hall EDITOR-IN-CHIEF @CourtenayCHall @CourtenayHall

Bella: She’s the most beautiful girl you will ever see. Every feature that she possesses is engraved in your mind from the second you lay eyes on her. Bella is not limited to just physical features; her personality is equally as beautiful. You wonder how it is that a person this extraordinary can exist, but find yourself just appreciating the fact that she exists, and even better yet, that you know her. From head to toe, this girl was simply Bella.

It certainly made me proud to see such a positive and beautiful meaning behind our title, and I hope that through our pages you find that deeper beauty as well. As we end another year at BELLA, I want to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season filled with love, laughter, and beautiful “BELLA” memories.


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“Well, she IS a fashionista! Nicky Hilton keeps it classy as she graces the cover of BELLA New York magazine” DAILYMAIL.CO.UK, SEPT. 2015

Nicky Hilton Opens Up About Married Life With James Rothschild Fresh off her summer wedding to James Rothschild, a radiant Nicky Hilton kicked off New York Fashion Week with a party celebrating her September/ October 2015 cover of BELLA. EONLINE.COM, SEPT 2015

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Stars Attend New York Fashion Week Alexa Ray Joel attends the BELLA New York Fall Issue Cover Party at the Trump Plaza during Spring Fashion Week. RADARONLINE.COM, SEPT 2015

Bella Magazine’s Fall Issue Fashion Week Party There’s probably nothing more cliché than saying a New York Fashion Week party was “fabulous,” but there’s also no more fitting word to describe Bella Magazine’s party to kick off the week and celebrate the release of their Fall issue. FASHIONABLYFAMOUS.COM, SEPT 2015

Dorinda Medley wants Monica Lewinsky on ‘Real Housewives’ “Monica Lewinsky. Wouldn’t that be great?” Medley told Page Six at a BELLA New York and OK!TV party. PAGESIX.COM, SEPT 2015

Robi Ludwig @drrobiludwig So excited that my @BellaNYCMag article about Fall Fashion inspirations is now live

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FOR A JOURNEY THROUGH A MAGICAL KINGDOM Where the colors and fragrance can take you to exotic places from all over the world. Let us help you choose the most unique floral design for your occasion.



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Courtenay C. Hall Chief Executive Officer, Editor-In-Chief Gina LaGuardia Dr. Michael J. Maynard Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

Janene Mascarella

Beauty Director

Laura Camerlengo

Fashion Director

Sascha Zuger Alexandra Anastasio Pamela Pekerman Dara Kaplan Gwen Wunderlich-Smith

Dr. Katherine Melzer-Ross Reproductive Endocrinology

Editorial Director

Travel Director Entertainment Editor Accessories Editor Beauty & Travel Editor Culture & Lifestyle Editor

Dixie Nichols

Fashion Correspondent

Rachel Paul

Beauty Correspondent

Dionne Clarke Michele DiNardo

West Coast Editor West Coast Producer

Daniel G. Hall Publisher Dr. Robi Ludwig Psychotherapist

Philip Fischetti

Advertising Director

Vanessa Coppes

Social and Digital Media Strategist

Gold Coast Media John Russo Gilles Toucas Dr. Jack B. D’Angelo Physical & Rehabilitative Medicine

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Jenna Guarneri Mindy Gura & Paula Orlan Jaclyn Mastropasqua Nazhya Barcelona

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Contributors Dr. David H. Hiltzik Otolaryngology & Head & Neck Surgery

Christina Rosas Anastasiou Barbara Bellesi Dr. Andrew Jacono Dr. Robi Ludwig Emma Maiorana

Joy Ohayia, Ph.D. Sari Beth Rosenberg Marcus Stewart Jarrod Thalheimer Jordana Woodland

Dr. Cynara Coomer Chief of Breast Surgery

Dr. Jonathan Deitch Chief of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery



PANDORA VANDERPUMP SABO, CEO and founder of The Divine Addiction and Vanderpump Wine and Spirits, was born in London, England, but spent her formative years growing up in the South of France and Monaco. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2008, she has quickly become a self-confessed LA devotee. Raised in the food and beverage industry (her parents have owned over 30 bars and restaurants), she has combined her passion for writing and cooking into an amazing food, beverage, and entertainment brand. Pandora shares some of her favorite food and drink recipes for the holiday season on pages 108-109.

EMMA MAIORANA is a creative writer who has a special gift for originality. Her noteworthy voice and inspired honesty makes for impressionable writing. She has been published on generation-Y sites such as Elite Daily and Thought Catalog. In this issue, Maiorana explores the truth about carb loading (page 124) and bids BELLA readers a “Namaste” with her review of the latest yoga gear (page 126).

CHRISTINA ROSAS ANASTASIOU, a fashion and beauty expert and entertainment writer, has been on Hollywood red carpets as a producer, publicist, and correspondent. She has written for Hollywood Weekly, Esquire Mexico, the Wall Street Journal, and Lucky Magazine. In this issue, she sits down with Dominie Brazzel (pages 32-35) l for an exclusive BELLA inside look at her must-have line of women’s couture handbags, men’s and women’s accessories, and ready-to-wear handbags.

DR. JOY OHAYIA, who penned “Discover Your Passion and Pursue It” (page 118), is extremely passionate about health and wellness in all aspects of her life and strives to bring that same enthusiasm to others. This highly sought after motivational speaker and author of “Don’t Let ‘IT’ Get You! An Empowering Health and Fitness Guide for Women” is also the TV host of “The Dr. Joy Show –“Your Prescription For Total Wellness.” Dr. Joy, who holds a Ph.D. – Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition, Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science degrees in applied math and statistics, also serves as a Board of Trustees for the New Jersey chapter of CASA, a children’s advocacy group.

GILLES TOUCAS started out as a professional dancer and choreographer before picking up a camera. Toucas underwent several knee surgery that curtailed his dancing. “Dancing was my passion and i’m so lucky i found another one.” His photographs have appeared in many high profile magazines, such as Elle, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and BELLA. See his amazing shoot with the talented and beautiful Greer Grammer on pages 92-97.

20 | THE STYLE REPORT Celebs That Sparkle and Shine, Knit Sweater Style, Faux Fur Obsession, Designer Diaries, The New York Look


How to Break Out of Your Conservative Style Chains

32 | GETTING TO KNOW Dominie Brazzel

36 | #NYFW

2016 Fashion Spring Preview


The Gift of Gorgeous, On Kaitlyn Doubleday’s Vanity, The Power of Red, Stocking Stuffers Big on Beauty But Small on Price


BELLA’s Most Ravishing Gift Suggestions

62 | MY OBSESSIONS ‘Tis the Season for Spectacular Style


New York’s “It” Women Share Their “Best” Picks


Invitations, Location, Food, Mood & Groove


The Perfect Holiday Gift for That Special Man in Your Life

Photo: John Russo



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Our Editor-in-Chief’s Top Picks for the Season


The Countess Jewelry Collection


Winter Rendezvous

74 | ARTS & CULTURE Take a Stroll Along New York’s Fabulous Museum Mile

78 | NYC ARTIST SPOTLIGHT Caroline Hirsch

82 | NEW YORK LIFE Michael Comandini: Neighborhood Trends

Socialite Sheila Rosenblum

86 | QUEEN OF HER “EMPIRE” Taraji P. Henson


Growing Up Grammer

98 | HOME DESIGN Parker Kennedy Living


106 | PAM’S PICKS Holiday Entertaining Made Easy

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Pandora Vanderpump Sabo’s Divine Addiction, The Leopard at Des Artistes, Telepan, Giano

114 | MIND & BODY

Pursue Your Passion, 30-Minute Workout Wonders, Your Family’s Health, Carb-Loading, Yoga Gear You’ll Love, A Less Invasive Facelift

130 | MAKE AN IMPACT Four Women Who Embrace the Spirit of the Season Year Round

132 | LOVE IN THE CITY Rate Your Life


Page-Turners to Spread Some Holiday Cheer


138 | TRAVEL

Inclusively Yours for the Holidays


Starry Nights in Sedona


Ibiza: The Perfect Medicine for a Joyous Holiday


Snapshots of LA Living

146 | AROUND TOWN Out & About With BELLA

152 | NEW YORKER 9 Hoda Kotb

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SPARKLE AND SHINE Want a festive outfit in a flash? Look no further than a sequined sheath dress, a fashion favorite for all A-list occasions, as seen on these stylish celebs. By Laura Camerlengo

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LEFT TO RIGHT: EVA HERZIGOVA at the 2015 amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala, Antibes, France SCARLETT JOHANSSON at the Tom Ford Autumn/Winter 2015 Womenswear Collection Presentation, Hollywood NICOLE KIDMAN at the Women In Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards, Century City SABINA GADECKI at the “Entourage” movie premiere, Westwood AISHA TYLER at The Weinstein Company/ Netflix Golden Globes After Party, Beverly Hills ASHLYN PEARCE at the 2015 Daytime EMMY Awards Kick-off Party, Hollywood

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THE CHUNKY KNIT SWEATER It’s easy to stay cozy and chic by day and by night with a versatile, chunky knit sweater. By Dixie Lincoln-Nichols












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Make your days and nights merry and bright with these festive holiday essentials. By Dixie Lincoln-Nichols





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When the weather outside is frightful, there’s no better way to keep warm than with faux fur fashions in easy-to-wear shades of gray, blue, and not-so-basic black. By Laura Camerlengo




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JOIE RUCKER & CAROLINE CALVIN What do you get when two casual clothing connoisseurs – Joie Rucker (founder of Joie and Rich & Skinny) and Caroline Calvin (former senior vice president for Global Design at Levi’s) – come together to create a fashion line? Calvin Rucker, a fashion and lifestyle brand that merges luxurious, sexy classicism with a rebellious streak in each and every design. BELLA sat down with Calvin Rucker’s design duo to talk motivation, inspiration, and their Holiday 2015 favorites. Listen in… By Laura Camerlengo

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You met working for the design team at Levi’s in 1995, and have said that you knew then that you wanted to launch a brand together. What motivated you to finally launch Calvin Rucker in 2012? In the first six months of working together [in 1995] we were already envisioning the start of our own brand, yet our lives and careers took us down different paths and places. Sixteen years later we landed back in the same time zone, and after one fateful surf session, we revisited that dream of starting our own brand. A few waves later, we knew we needed to make it happen. We wanted to create a brand that would disrupt the way collections are created – merging casual with couture, and elements of couture into typically casual styles. Our goal was to launch a collection that integrates how women really dress – mixing it up – by offering denim with silk tops, dresses with leather jackets, and trousers with t-shirts. We want women to have the courage to break the traditional parameters around style and retail buying, and inspire them to instead dress with confidence and style. Calvin Rucker’s collections offer tough casual looks with feminine flair. What kind of women do you have in mind when designing? The Calvin Rucker girl is a chic, modern woman. She has a unique sense of self and style that makes a memorable impression when she enters the room. She likes to mix up her look with the perfect amount of femininity and edge, and always has something a little unique that sets the apart from the crowd. What has been your greatest challenge with this project so far? Our greatest challenge happens every season – editing the line while in development. We want to do it all, and especially with two creative brains there are twice as many ideas and energy in the process. We know that there is only so much that we can manage, but we always strive to do more! Tell us about Calvin Rucker’s Holiday 2015 collection. What inspired this line? Edwardian Rock Garden Holiday 2015 is inspired by the story of a dark English rose traveling the ages of rock. Our inspiration was rooted in everything from Gothic garden gates to rusted roses, combined with elements of shredded lace merged with a military inspiration. What is your favorite look from the Holiday 2015 collection? One of our personal favorites is our drop crotch army pant with our love-worn linen boy t-shirt and Edwardian riding jacket. We think it is the perfect Calvin Rucker look, and embodies a balance of casual and couture, feminine and edgy, as well as comfortable and chic. What’s next for Calvin Rucker? We are off and running on our Spring 2016 collection, Sirens of the Sea. We can’t wait to share it with everyone!

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By Marcus Stewart

Dear Fashion Doctor, As I sit in my closet, I find myself in a state of confusion – or maybe it’s shock! I consider myself a pretty image-conscious individual. I read the latest fashion magazines; I work out daily and eat healthy; I visit my salon every three months for a cut and color; and I attend the local fashion shows here in the Washington DC area where I live with my politician husband and two kids.


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On the surface level I seem pretty styleaware, but what I have noticed is that I take no risks. While I’m on top of what is happening in fashion, I can’t seem to take the plunge and do something different for myself. I have a plethora of the same black A-line dresses, cropped cardigans, and kitten heels. Due to the nature of my life, I must remain a bit conservative but as the holidays approach I want to step outside my bubble a bit and punch up my holiday wardrobe.

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Some things to note: I refuse to wear red or plaid, or any other “holiday-inspired” getups. I’m extremely tall – 6’1 with no heels – so I tend to wear flats, but I still want to be fabulous and I desire a fresh and modern spin on my cookie-cutter suburban style. Help! Fondly,

The Real Conservative Housewife of DC

Dear Conservative Housewife of DC,

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Right away, you seem to be a woman who knows what she wants. This is a good thing. Being involved in the local fashion scene is also a good and healthy thing. This means you actually enjoy the art of style, beauty, and luxury. But being involved as a spectator and actually living a style-conscious life are two different things. You are watching things happen while taking minor notes. OSCAR DE LA RENTA PEARL PAVE BACKDROP EARRINGS $390, MODAOPERANDI.COM Take any look from day to night by adding movement to the ears with these pearl drop stunners.

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Why not get involved? Why be the water girl when you prefer to be on the field playing? It’s time for you to let go of restrictions, fear, and what you deem “conservative living,” and get in the game! My prescription for you will be practical for your lifestyle yet also transitional. I believe that a dress or a shoe should always be multi-purposed especially when they are costly. Also, no woman reading this will feel bad for you that you have long legs and stand at 6’1… embrace your height… own it – be confident! Remember: Two extra minutes in the mirror and two extra inches on a heel will always make a world of a difference! Signed,

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DOMINIE BRAZZEL By Christina Rosas Anastasiou Photographer: John Russo Hair and Makeup: Laly Zambrana

In 2012, Dominie Brazzel founded her brand, Dominie. Today, her line has grown to include not only women’s couture handbags, but also men’s and women’s accessories and a ready-to-wear handbag line, D by Dominie Luxury, which was recently featured in O, The Oprah Magazine. Using nothing but the best materials and craftsmanship, Dominie designs all her pieces from start to finish.

Dress: Herve Leger Jewelry: Dominie’s own


OUR BELLA EXCLUSIVE REVEALS ALL ABOUT DOMINIE’S INSPIRATION AND PASSION … How did you get started in costume design? I studied the history of costumes and interiors in college, and I did costumes for film and TV for 27 years. In the costume industry, everybody starts at the bottom and we all do the same jobs: you learn how to care for garments, how to measure bodies, and how to run a show. You learn it all. I also worked at a costume house and my job was to do research and pull clothes from all over the world. It was like heaven! I then got to work on “NYPD Blue,” “Family Law,” and various soap operas and sitcoms. My first union job was for “Titanic.” Do you ever miss it? Did you find that the discipline from working on shows came into play when you launched your line? It was a natural transition for me. At some point I hurt my shoulder and couldn’t continue working for TV shows. My husband asked me what I wanted to do, and designing was an easy transition. Now I design handbags and accessories for both men and women. I also still get to do a bit of couture work, designing gowns and suits for red carpet events. I still miss some of the great people I worked with, but it’s really rewarding to be my own boss. I’m an organizational freak! I like things to be done close to perfect, but I enjoy every minute. How do you decide how to design? Do you have a type of woman for whom you design? I definitely think about the kind of woman who would carry my bags. Every bag is for a different demographic. There are certain bags that a specific woman would carry, or maybe a certain group. Some nights I’ll design something for Beyoncé and other times I’ll design something for Betty White. At the same time, I like classic elegance. My handbags have to not only be functional and fashionable, but also have excellent quality and craftsmanship.   The bags are versatile, from business to nightlife. What else influences your designs? I think about the “after 5” demographic. Maybe after work you go out for a cocktail or on a date and you just want to carry the essentials. That’s what my After 5 Collection bag is: beautiful, fun, and simple. Everything has to feel and look good for me, and be functional. I always listen to people’s ideas and suggestions about my products. Input is important. When my jelly handbag collection sold out, it confirmed that people wanted more of it so I came out with different styles and a darker leather, too.

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Dress: Herve Leger Shoes: Jimmy Choo Jewelry: Dominie’s own

Who was your biggest inspiration for launching Dominie? I would say icons like Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Sophia Loren. I always thought, “Look how beautiful and graceful they are.” Audrey Hepburn was a huge inspiration. My couture collection is named after my favorite women of style. Which celebrities have carried your line? I have been fortunate enough these past few years to have bags on almost every red carpet. Maria Menounos, Anjelica Huston, and Elisha Cuthbert have worn my bags to events, and I’ve been featured in O Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Angeleno Magazine, and C Magazine, to name a few. Jennifer Lopez carried one of my bags out to dinner and it was covered by the paparazzi. I love someone like Jennifer; she is definitely a trendsetter and a fashion icon.

DOMINIE’S TOP 3 MUST-HAVE’S: • A Dominie handbag • A great, simple dress to wear from day to night • A gorgeous pair of shoes FIND OUT MORE BY VISITING DOMINIELUXURY.COM.

Handbag: Dominie Loren in Star White Python With eight one carat sapphires, silver, and platinum hardware. It is one of a kind and retails for $76,247.

Do you like working with up-and-comers? I love working with people who are up-andcoming; we’re all up-and-coming at some point. If I have the ability to help someone’s career, that makes it all worthwhile. It’s good to help other people and make them feel like a star. What’s next for Dominie? Our black leather jelly handbag collection just released, and I have really fun things in production. I have new cross-body bags coming out that I’m very excited about. I am also designing a home collection; we’re just getting our foundation solid. I have table accessories waiting in the wings and I’m designing bedding, too. It’s always a gamble, but I figure if I love it and it’s aesthetically pleasing, people will love it, too. I have so many ideas I can’t wait to share with the world. B

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‘Tis the season for BELLA’s ultimate beauty gift guide. We made a list and checked it twice… By Janene Mascarella


BeautyScene By Terry Gold Elixir Glacé $255,


LALICIOUS Holiday Sugar Scrub Tower $27,

G.M. Collin’s NEW Diamond Radiance Sculpting Cream $230, SkinCeuticals Age-Defying Laser + Antioxidant System $649, Jurlique Aromatic Rose Duo $55, Givenchy Magnetic Black Gift Set $35,


Pureology Pure Volume Holiday Gift Set $28.50,

Nerd Skincare Biocellulose Mask Trio $56,

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Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Gift Set $248, Bergdorf Goodman


Bond No. 9 Bond Street $320, Saks Fifth Avenue

Velvet Orchid by Tom Ford $122.24,

Sultra’s Bombshell 1-Inch Rod Curling $130,

Shann Christen BioMethod Fortifiant + $38.99,


Alterna Haircare Jumbo Caviar CC Cream $39,

Lovely 10th Anniversary by Sarah Jessica Parker $65,


Kevyn Aucoin The Glossamer Loose Powder $72, Nordstrom

TRUE Isaac Mizrahi Satin Lip Shine in 24K Gold $18,

Vineyard Hill Naturals Hand & Body Wash in Milk & Honey $8.99,

Clenapure Lavender High Mineral Body Polish $27,


In the Blink of a Smoky Eye Smoky Eye Kit by jane iredale $50,

ADORAtherapy Good Mood Boost Mist $15.99,

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A star on Fox’s smash hit series, “Empire,” Kaitlin Doubleday portrays the role of Rhonda Lyon. This blonde beauty made her acting debut straight out of high school in the feature film, “Catch Me If You Can” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. We caught up with her to find out how she gets her holiday shine on.

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The power that is packed in a tiny tube of red lipstick will never cease to amaze me. One swipe can instantaneously evoke confidence, sex appeal, femininity, and strength – all things that would make any woman feel on top of the world. Most of us are aware of this power yet some of us still fear it. I have clients who shy away from red, afraid they are not confident enough for scarletstained lips. Which leads me to pose the question: Which came first, the confidence or the lipstick? Was Taylor Swift sporting her signature red lip before she became famous? Did Marilyn Monroe, Rita Ora, and Dita Von Teese feel uncomfortable wearing red for the first time, or was it love at first swipe? Does Gwen Stefani use red to match her charisma, or does she reach for her tube when she needs a pick me up? I think that our feelings about red lipstick are continually evolving. Whatever stage you are at in your relationship with red, I challenge you to grab your tools, follow the steps below, and give red a chance. Everyone should experience the power of red at least once in their life!

STEP 1 Dust powder over the entire mouth area to absorb any excess moisture. This is a foundational step that is instrumental in keeping your lips defined.

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STEP 2 Using the side of a lip liner, trace the natural shape of the lips and feather slightly inward, toward the center. You will be amazed at how much easier it is to draw a smooth line by using the side of the pencil instead of the point.

STEP 3 Color in the lines with your choice of lipstick. Blot, then repeat. Applying two coats will stain the lips and extend the wear regardless of the lipstick formula.

STEP 4 Add a touch of shine to the center (focusing on the bottom lip) to create an irresistible and show stopping “wow” factor. The power is yours!

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2. FLOWER Body Mist in Sultry $8.97, Walmart, 3. Peacock Parfumerie Uplift Perfume Oil $22, 4. Too Faced French Kisses Melted Lipstick Set $25, 5. Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette $18, Target




Give yourself the ultimate gift of glowing skin with one of Hollywood’s hottest skin secrets: SilkPeel Diamond Dermalinfusion is a potent yet gentle 30-minute facial treatment – the first and only true Dermalinfusion system. The product combines non-invasive diamond tip exfoliation and targeted treatment delivery of Pro-infusion serums to the base of the pore through vacuum pressure. Celeb fans: Katie Couric, the Olsen twins, Kate Beckinsale, and Tina Fey

Why we love it: Skin treated with SilkPeel has 70% more volume – meaning skin appears plump and firm with fewer lines and wrinkles – for up to 72 hours following a procedure. (You can see impurities being removed from skin in real time.) SilkPeel Pro-infusion serums are targeted toward individual skin needs and can address acne, dryness, dull skin, aging, sun damage, pigmentation, stretch marks, even cellulite. It can even load multiple serum solutions at once, allowing for more tailored treatments, delivering an immediate wow factor. It’s the perfect holiday party-prep product! $125 and over (varies by location),

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Whether you hate ‘em or love ‘em, the Kardashians are surely at the center of the culture zeitgeist, and more importantly, the epi-center of all beauty trends. The youngest of the clan has set off a tidal wave of girls and women obsessing about their lips that has been seen worldwide. Kylie Jenner’s lip liner du jour sold out companywide in a matter of days and phones have been ringing off the hook for lip augmentation consults. By Dara Kaplan

Before jumping on the lip craze trend, however, you must do your research (and whatever you do, do not try the Internet-fueled Kyle Jenner Lip Challenge). More importantly, pick a board certified, reputable plastic surgeon. Here at Bella NYC we got the inside scoop with famed New York City, Fifth Avenue plastic surgeon, Dr. Barry Weintraub in his glamourous, chandelier-clad office. Fancy! All in the name of beauty, of course. With more than two decades of experience performing cosmetic plastic surgery on New York’s elite Upper East Side (with a summer location in East Hampton, NY), Dr. Weintraub provides a cutting-edge approach to all treatments, not just fillers, using the latest minimally invasive, non-surgical, and short-incision techniques to provide the maximum benefit to his patients. Additionally, if utter privacy and discretion is what you are looking for, Dr. Weintraub has a surgical and recovery facility on site at his Fifth Avenue practice.


If it is the pain that scares you, put your fears to ease; Dr. Weintraub provides numbing cream, and for extra jittery patients (myself included) pre-procedure, in-office medication to calm your nerves. Also, he is one of the few plastic surgeons who imports needles from Japan, which are actually acupuncture needles with holes at the end to ensure the thinnest needle and pain-free way to inject a filler.

Want to look like your favorite celebrity?

You can always bring in a picture but ultimately, your doctor will decide what is best for your face. Dr. Weintraub is truly an artist in this arena, taking time to craft your dream pout. He even invites all patients to come back a week later to discuss the outcome and add more filler if a patient wishes, complimentary of course.

And if the risks concern you, rest assured that there aren’t many if you choose a highly trained plastic surgeon (as you always should – research is mandatory!). Of course: You should never take medication before any type of cosmetic injection without consulting with your doctor. If you are unsure, call ahead! Lips are highly vascular (meaning they have lots of blood vessels!), so there is always a chance of a bit of minimal bruising.


If you are ready to dive in, the cost varies from a few hundred dollars up to $1500 per treatment. Dr. Weintraub’s expertise comes in at $950, and personally speaking, we think it is worth it. Move over, Angelina Jolie!

There are very important facts to know before jumping in, such as the type of filler you will use. Dr. Weintraub suggests either Juvaderm XC or Belotero for the softest, most natural-looking lips, since they are thinner formulas in contrast to Voluma, Sculptra, or Radiesse, which should be used in other parts of the face like the cheekbones. The second most important rule is the rule of thirds. What does this mean? It means, generally speaking, that your lower lip should be twothirds larger than your top lip. Of course, each case is discussed and no stock template consultation is given to any two patients. Lastly, the shape that you are looking to achieve, whether you want a natural pout, upturned edges, a fuller pucker, or just simply replenishing what has been lost with age, it is important to discuss all expectations beforehand. Dr. Weintraub takes the time to go through every step so each patient walks out thrilled.

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LUXE LIST Modern luxuries, blasts from the past, sparkling splurges, and haute commodities… We were busy this year on the hunt for the most wished for, wanted, and hottest musthaves for the holiday season. Here, BELLA presents 18 exquisitely unique gifts to give – and (hopefully) receive. By Janene Mascarella

BOTTLE SERVICE Ultra-premium GREY GOOSE VX (Vodka Exceptionnelle) is the first spirit to blend premium vodka with fine cognac – an impressive gift for a vodka or cognac aficionado. VX is masterfully crafted by blending precious cognac and the natural GREY GOOSE vodka, complementing ingredients of Gensac spring water and the finest French winter wheat, creating a discerning new spirit that defies expectations. $74.99, Toast most exquisitely with Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs, the newest product released from the prestige Champagne collection. Housed in brilliant metallic bottles, Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs is created from 100% Pinot Noir grapes and is a very rare varietal, making it an exceptional gift, especially for fine food connoisseurs, due to its versatility for culinary pairings. $759.99, Milagro Tequila Joven Blend UNICO, Second Edition is the extremely rare expression of Milagro Tequila, which combines aged silver tequila with rare barrel-aged reposado and añejo reserves, creating a super-premium joven blend. UNICO is agave-forward with hints of chocolate, vanilla, walnut, and oak, with a remarkable long, complex, and warm finish. $300,

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HELLO, JET SETTERS If you have the dough for a major splurge, INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing, a world-leading producer of luxury, armored vehicles, has rolled out a limousine based on the MercedesBenz G63. Luxurious features include leather and curved wood, innovative lighting system, satellite TV system, heated and cooled seats with a sophisticated massage system, and (as you can imagine) much, much more. $1,000,000, Talk about transportation on the fly: Gotham Air Special Holiday Deal, touted as the “Uber for the Skies,” offers a $99, six-minute flight from Manhattan to either JFK or Newark Airports. Gift cards available upon request. Promo code: FlyHoliday2015* - $99 (one-way) at and Gotham Air app (*Must purchase between 11/30 – 12/31 / Original one-way flight price is $149.) You might want to gift your own “holiday hustle” escape and the perfect spot is at Sphatika, a holistic retreat and spa located on Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side. The immersive signature 3-hour Sphatika experience begins with an infrared sauna that detoxifies the body with its healing rays (great for jet lag!). Next, you’re taken to a treatment room to experience a series of restorative (and heavenly) spa services. $488.18,

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JEWEL-TIDE GLOW For the glitter girl on your list, this Anjolee Extravagant Diamond Drop Pendant could be her new best friend. It features round and emerald cut diamonds framed beautifully with smaller round diamonds. $6,604.06 - $16,502.82 (depending on customization features), Behold, the Black Swan Infinite Ring. A “micro-pave” infinity symbol loops around two Ice Brilliant Diamonds that nest into delicate 18k rose gold settings detailed by twining vines. Three bezel-set Ice Diamonds on each side attach to a hand-textured double band, detailed with twining vines. (Shown in Blackened 18k White Gold with a 1.28 ct & 1.13 ct Ice Brilliant Diamonds) $11,500, Let the glittering white- and golden-painted Bejeweled Heart Glass Ornament decorate their home for the holidays. This gorgeous gift is individually mouthblown, carved, and embellished in Poland. $175,

MODERN THROWBACKS Remember the days you had to wait for film to develop and hold the image in your hand? It’s trendy again! The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera with Film Bundle is super fun and might make them forget Instagram in a flash. $99, Boom boxes were big in the 80s but now they’re back – smarter and stronger than before. This BoomJacket Bluetooth Speaker is packed with features: It’s waterproof, sandproof, shockproof, snowproof, floatable, and submersible, providing a 50-foot range along with extra audio horsepower, 40 hours of battery life with spoken battery level, and powerbank support for charging mobile devices on the road. $199.99 Mobile gaming devices have finally evolved. The GAEMS Vanguard takes gaming to a whole new level of convenience with a remote control and a PGE Sling for easy carrying. Its rugged armored shell protects your favorite console while in transit, even if that simply means going from room to room. And it’s TSA friendly, so make it your carryon. (Layovers just got awesome!) $349.99,

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SWEET GESTURES Let them eat cake! The Strip House 24-Layer Chocolate Cake features alternating layers (yes – 24 of ‘em!) of luscious chocolate cake and smooth chocolate filling, topped with a layer of French semisweet chocolate ganache. Moist, dense, and not too sweet, its richness and intense flavor mean even a thin slice is decadently satisfying. Ships frozen and serves 8-10, $100, Humor and subversion, the favorite playing field for fashion’s enfant terrible, has come together in this Kusmi Tea Collection by Jean Paul Gaultier tea chest. It’s a hatbox dressed for the occasion in sailor stripes and an iconic red pom pom recalling the famous sailor uniform. $59, Kusmi Tea boutiques and Now this is a gift that just keeps on giving: Chococurb is a chocolate discovery platform that helps people discover extraordinary chocolate by having it delivered to their door. The company’s chocolate connoisseurs will pick some absolutely incredible chocolate to send to that lucky someone every month. $180 (6 months),

DOMESTIC BLISS Perfect for any meal and holiday entertaining, the Oster French Door Countertop Oven with convection heat lets you cook like a top chef. Turbo convection technology provides faster, more even cooking for optimal results and conserves energy while warming, baking, broiling, and toasting. (And it’s large enough to hold a 16” pizza!) $99.99, A vacuum, you ask? No really – this is a score! Dyson’s new V6 Absolute is the first cordless machine to include two Dyson engineered cleaner heads: Large debris to fine dust, carpets to hard floors, this baby cleans from floor to ceiling and converts to a handheld for everything in between. And, HEPA filtration even captures allergens and expels cleaner air. It sure makes the tedious task of cleaning a cinch. $599.99, The KRUPS 2-Bottle Wine Aerator and Dispenser is a spectacular idea for the vino lover in your life. For the perfect pour, store and preserve two varieties of wine at once with this state-of-the-art wine keeperdispenser. $499.99, Bed Bath & Beyond

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Favorite Restaurant for Cozy Family Gatherings: Cafe Clover “No matter what the season, it always feels festive there.” 10 Downing Street, 212.675.4350,

By Pamela Pekerman

To ensure you don’t miss a single jingle this holiday season, BELLA asked some of our favorite and most stylish New York ladies to share their picks for best caterers, kids’ activities, even the best spot for turkey shopping. Favorite Caterer for Home Party: Carlyle Off the Green “Delicious!” 516.422.1900, Favorite Place to Take Non-NY’ers: Rockefeller Center “Rockefeller Center for ice skating is a must. Also, the Nutcracker Suite at Lincoln Center is classic New York.” 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 212.332.6868,


As real as they come, this former reality star has become a one-woman powerhouse brand with shapewear, jewelry, home décor, and more lifestyle projects to come.

Favorite Form of Destressing: PRIV app “They come to me! It’s full service in my home – massage, gel mani, and pedi!” 212.354.7746, Favorite Shop for Holiday Dresses: Saks Fifth Avenue “Go straight to the 2nd floor designer dresses area.” 611 5th Avenue, 212.753.4000,


Thomas is a mama wellness mogul with a celebrity following, who regularly appears on “The Dr. Oz Show,” “Good Day NY,” and CBS News. This fall she launched Mama Glow x Nala Malas, malas beaded necklaces for expectant and new mamas. On November 5th, she’ll also be a host for Alicia Keys’ Keep A Child Alive Black Ball.

Favorite Caterer for Home Party: Jenne Claiborne of The Nourished Vegan “They make sides, desserts, and more for people pressed for time.” Favorite Place to Take Non-NYers: Alvin Ailey “I love taking guests to the holiday show at City Center.” 131 West 55th Street, 212.581.1212, Favorite Form of Destressing: La Don Spa for AQUA Studio NY “Thuyen Nguyen has magical hands and practices a technique that plumps skin, tones facial muscles, and massages you so you actually have REM sleep during the treatment.” 78 Franklin Street, 212.966.6784, Favorite Holiday Attraction: Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory “I get an exceptional cup of artisan hot chocolate and load up on their chocolate bars for stocking stuffers. They also offer tours, which can be a fun and tasty way to stay out of the cold.” 111 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, 718.388.2625,

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Favorite Place to Take Non-NYers: Shun Lee Palace “Head to this midtown spot for good, upscale Chinese.” 155 East 55th Street, 212.371.8844,


A contemporary handbag line that defined the category with the launch of the Trigger bag in 2003, Botkier’s bags have been slung on the shoulders of Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, and Emily Blunt, to name a few. This November, she debuts a collaboration with model Coco Rocha.

Favorite Cultural Event: Brooklyn Academy of Music “They have a great holiday lineup. We enjoy classic performances for the whole family, live music, and film screenings.” 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 718.636.4100, Favorite Activity for Kids: Standard High Line “Skating at the hotel on a weekday!” 848 Washington Street, 212.645.4646, Favorite Form of Destressing: Pratima Spa “It’s Ayurvedic and the products are divine.” 110 Greene Street #701, 212.581.8136,

Favorite Restaurant for Cozy Family Gatherings: T Bar “It feels like I’m eating at home, just with a lot more people.” 1278 3rd Avenue, 212.772.0404,

ALIZA LICHT FOUNDER OF LEAVE YOUR MARK LLC AND AUTHOR OF “LEAVE YOUR MARK” This social media and branding guru, who was formerly the voice behind award-winning DKNY PR GIRL Twitter feed, is using her no-nonsense advice to mentor others by helping them find their voice and leave their mark.

Favorite Place to Buy Turkey: 2nd Avenue Deli “Is there another place on this earth that has better turkey?!” 162 East 33rd Street, 212-6899000, Favorite Caterer for Home Party: Corner Cafe & Bakery “It’s a secret weapon of mine for at-home catering. Their French olive tapenade and lavash crisps are epic.” 1645 3rd Avenue, 212.860.8060, Favorite Activity for Kids: Hospital for Special Surgery’s Big Apple Circus Benefit “I’m the vice chair of the Hospital for Special Surgery’s Big Apple Circus Benefit on December 5th. The cause is dear to my heart and it’s an amazing event for kids with juggling, face painting, and more.” 150 West 62nd Street, 2nd floor, 212.606.1658, Favorite Holiday Attraction: Rolf’s Restaurant “If you haven’t seen Rolf’s crazy decorations, go!” 281 3rd Avenue, 212.477.4750,

Favorite Holiday Attraction: Brooklyn “I grew up in Brooklyn, so I love going to neighborhoods like Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge to see all the over-the-top Christmas lights on the houses.” Favorite Bag to Wear While Shopping: Botkier Soho Tote “It’s lightweight and streamlined, with our signature zips. I use it as a shopper, and put purchases inside as well.” $298,

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PARTY LIKE THE PROS By Alexandra Anastasio

Mayra Betances Dandepapel @dandepapel D&E Papel DandEPapel

It’s that time of year again when weekends are filled with holiday shopping and festive celebrations as 2015 comes winding to an end. To enhance this year’s parties, BELLA turned to the party pros for some tips and techniques on how to pull off the most fabulous event of the season. Even before the guests arrive, we’ve got you covered on how you, too, can plan like the pros!


You’ve gone to great lengths to plan the perfect party, so it’s important to set the tone with a beautifully designed invitation. Founder and Creator Mayra Betances of D&E Papel, a stationary, invitation, and paper company,, says when you’re starting out it’s important to take into consideration your theme. “I like to keep in mind my client’s vision when sketching the overall design.” To ensure your invite stands out, Betances suggests the following:

• Consider using materials like ribbons, flowers, twined fabric, and decorative paper. • Keep the type clean but elegant; don’t use more than two fonts. • Personalize it – this can range from your favorite flower, personal quotes, images, color, anything that speaks to who you are. Because this is the season when we all receive an overwhelming amount of holiday cards, you don’t want your invitation to be mistaken for one. Some simple tips for ensuring it’s not lost in the shuffle: • Use textured paper and/or decorated prints; they’ll pop in your guests’ mailbox. • Choose a different way to package your invite. A boxed invitation or one made of fabric that rolls out when opened are sure to be a hit. • For a December event ensure your invitations arrive right before Thanksgiving. To show off your fabulous invitation, incorporate it into the party. These idea are always a hit: • Place a framed sign with fonts and embellishments from the invitation around the room; good focal points are a lobby table or bar. • Menu cards, banners, seating cards, or even personal games printed to fit your event are nice touches to complement the invitation.

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION... “It’s all about setting the tone, and the choice of location should reflect the host/hostess,” says Jerry Rose, a premiere NY and NJ event and floral designer. That means finding a space that is a representation of who you are. “Aside from having it at home, choose a location where you and your guests will feel comfortable.”


• Look for a warm, inviting atmosphere, one that “creates the joy of the holiday.” • Make your space inviting; move around or even remove pieces of furniture to give your guests room to mingle. Next up comes transforming the space. Rose always likes to start with the outside and work his way into the home or event space.


• Fill outside planters with boxwood and ivy and adorn your door(s) with wreaths and garland. • Keep the theme consistent both inside and out. • Focus on festive linens and beautifully decorated tablescapes; if executed properly, these can serve as a memorable backdrop to the party. To create ambiance, Rose loves to scatter candles throughout. “It’s a warm way to enhance a room along with the lighting.”


• An abundance of flowers, but see what fits the room and stay consistent throughout. • Choose colors that go with the holiday and theme of your party; you don’t need to match the colors of your home. Rose’s best advice: Don’t overthink it, just do it! Remember, this is a celebration!

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Once the invitations are in the mail it’s time to plan your menu and entertainment, two key elements to a fabulous party. BELLA turned to David E. Merrell, CEO and creative director of Los Angeles-based AOO Events, to find the right balance of both.

• Whatever foods you choose to serve, they must be pleasing to the group as a whole, says Merrell. Present a well-rounded menu with meat, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian options. And think of putting a twist on the classic favorites that are always popular like ahi tuna tacos, or three-cheese mac and cheese cups. “People are adventurous, but not that adventurous,” says Merrell. “It’s taking what we all know and love and elevating the presentation.”

• Opt to serve small bites; they add a bit of glamour to your table. • If the party is set around meal time, be sure to include starches and vegetables. • Add a personal touch by creating decorative labels for your dishes, that way guests know exactly what they’re eating. • Remember to have an adequate amount of food.


• Serve foods that are spicy or filled with anything that will leave a lasting effect, like onions, garlic, cheeses, etc.

When it comes to drinks, Merrell says it’s about balance and pleasing the masses. To ensure your guests are happy at the bar: • Assess your crowd and keep the bar simple; have a mix of spirits such as beer, bourbon, wine, vodka, and some fruitier mixes. • Serve a virgin cocktail for guests who don’t drink. Merrell’s favorites are virgin daiquiris or virgin margaritas with flavors. • To add some fun to your bar, consider creating a signature cocktail. A Campari, Gin and Orange martini, comprised of gin, Campari, and a rumbased orange liqueur makes for a festive-looking cocktail for the holiday season. • Have plenty of water on hand. You’ll earn entertainment points by finding the right tone to set the mood, says Merrell. That means: • Keeping the ambiance light with music only in the background if you’re hosting a cocktail soiree where conversation is encouraged. • If your intentions are more focused on dancing, a DJ is the way to go. To wrap up any event, it’s always a great idea to send your guests home with a small token of appreciation. “I like gifts that are clever, small, and useful,” says Merrell. If you’re someone who likes to bake, edible treats will always make the best gifts. Add a clever note of thanks and you’ll have your guests raving afterwards.

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We love products that are made in the USA and this elegant belt from Bison will be with him for years to come. Crafted from English bridle leather and tanned by Hermann Oak of St. Louis, Missouri, these handmade belts are the perfect gift. $80, BISONMADE.COM


Look cool all year long in these gold frame sunglasses with gold Storm Polarized Lens and adjustable nose pad. These will give him just the right amount of sunny-day swag! $199.99, UNDERARMOUR.COM


With a unique blend of the finest New York grains, Manhattan Moonshine is a wonderful, complex whiskey that needs no aging to deliver its exceptional flavor. The vintage packaging, inspired by the Prohibition era’s art deco style and exquisite parties, makes Manhattan Moonshine the liquid embodiment of a bygone era of American elegance. $49.99, MANHATTANMOONSHINE.COM


These are perfect for the man in your life who spends time outdoors during the cold winter months. ThermoGloves are the first flexible, heated gloves that are slim enough to fit inside ski gloves, work gloves, or motorcycle gloves for added protection and warmth. $149.99, VERSEO.COM


The POPSUGAR Holiday Gift Box is the perfect surprise this holiday season. Each box is filled with luxurious, high-value items, including discovery brands and tried-and-true classics. This must have box is a thoughtful and easy gift that’s ready to ship anywhere in the United States. With a retail value of $250, this is a holiday steal at just $100 for BELLA shoppers! MUSTHAVE.POPSUGAR.COM


For all of the Jeep Wrangler fans out there, this is the coolest gift of all. It’s like getting six products in one! Very few add-ons embody the unique Jeep lifestyle as much as a Jammock does – it will be just one more reason people will envy you and your rig. $137.99, JAMMOCK.COM

If you’re looking to stand out in a NY crowd, this bold briefcase empowers the dynamic man to travel and arrive in impressive style, looking sharp and exuding confidence. $249, ELLIOTTAYLORNY.COM

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This gift is the perfect stocking stuffer! Get everything you need for a great shave and more, all in one simple kit. Perfect for the man who shaves… oh, wait isn’t that every man? It’s perfect for all! $16, EVERYMANJACK.COM




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Erimish Personalized Stackable Bracelets Erimish puts an edgy twist on the classic black and gold color combination. By mix and matching different studs and stones, their Jagger stacks allow you to express your bold side effortlessly, from day to night. $8 - $75, find a retailer near you at


Naked Princess Cashmere Robe This cashmere robe in heather grey features an open front with detachable belt and elegant ribbed edging. Wear it open, layered over your favorite loungewear, or with nothing at all. $495,

b.d. little Customized Picture Frames Each custom frame is hand-decoupaged and personalized with a name, monogram, or special date of your choice. It’s the perfect personalized gift! $40-45,


Origins Ginzing ™ Brightening Mascara In an instant, the mega-plush brush sweeps up, fans out, and delivers a powerful formula that adds eye-opening Carnauba Palm to your every lash. The result: soft, long, lush lashes that never look spiky, brittle, or clumpy. Bonus: It’s ophthalmologist tested! $19.50,

My Jewel Bar I love designing custom fashion jewelry pieces for myself and others, and My Jewel Bar is the perfect place to create something special for all of the ladies on your holiday list! Affordable and fashionable for any budget. Prices starting from $9 and up, Adrianna Pappel Holiday Cocktail Dress I love this Embellished Waist Tab Metallic Jacquard Dress. You will, too! $140,

HOLIDAY PARTY HOSTESS GIFT Chandon Holiday Limited Edition Pop the cork and enjoy the golden Blanc de Noirs Cuvee to get the celebration started. The Chandon Holiday Limited Edition will be available nationwide and on through Jan 31, 2016. $24

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John Russo Nail Lacquer in Festive Holiday Colors Celebrity fashion photographer and beauty guru John Russo has come up with the perfect finish for your holiday look. His line of longlasting, highly-saturated, luminous nail colors glide on for a professional finish. $18,

Remington Triple Infusion Air Styler For all the hair mavens on your list, the Remington Triple Infusion Air Styler is perfect for obtaining that salon-worthy blowout. The easy-to-use, heated air styler makes getting voluminous, soft, and touchable curls a breeze. No glam squad required! $37.99, Walmart

LUANN DE LESSEPS LAUNCHES THE COUNTESS JEWELRY COLLECTION “Real Housewife of New York City” Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is not only a star on TV, she’s also the star of her own brand of lifestyle products. In 2013 de Lesseps launched a successful apparel collection at EVINE Live, translating the clothes she wears everyday into an affordable capsule lifestyle wardrobe she calls “chic made easy.” Her latest endeavor, the Countess LuAnn Jewelry Collection, is inspired by where she lives and the bold style she favors on the red carpet, on TV, and in her everyday life. For the launch, de Lesseps created four collections named after her favorite locales – Gotham, Western Chic, St. Tropez, and Classic Hamptons. A Bijoux collection of bold statement and contemporary looks in Lucite, faux pearls, gold, silver, hammered shields, turquoise, red coral, black onyx, and crystals, transition glamorously from day to night. FIND OUT MORE BY VISITING EVINE.COM.

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WINTER RENDEZVOUS As November’s cool breezes blow in and December’s chill arises we grab our cozy sweaters and hot apple cider for the season’s finest hour. Whether this season brings you holiday cheer or you’re looking to escape the norm, it’s the perfect time to explore with festive day and night activities. If taking the city by sea with a Harbor Lights Cruise or traveling back in time at the Dickens Fest fits your fancy, get ready to mark your calendars and enjoy all Long Island and NYC has to offer. Don’t miss out on these spectacular winter rendezvous ... we’ll be sure to see you there! By Gwen Wunderlich-Smith

WATCH In ancient times on the shortest day and the longest night of the year,

onlookers watched the sun sink lower in the sky each day and feared it would disappear completely and leave them in darkness. By practicing special rituals such as bonfires and candle lighting, they believed they could entice the sun to return and ward off the spirits of darkness. These symbols live on in our modern seasonal customs: the candles of Hanukkah and Christmas. This year, a contemporary take on ancient solstice rituals can be seen from December 17-19 at the Paul Winter 36th Annual Winter Solstice. This immersive holiday spectacular is a dazzling extravaganza of music and dance where winter’s soprano saxophone echoes throughout the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. The event has become New York’s favorite holiday alternative to the Nutcracker and Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular. PAULWINTER.COM/WINTER_SOLSTICE

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FEAST Celebrate the holiday season like the elite. The Vanderbilt Mansion Holiday Dinner offers an

atmosphere unlike any other. Tour the grounds and admire all the Christmas décor before enjoying a luxurious dinner on the Northport Porch and dessert in the Lancaster Room. This holiday tradition is a popular one that sells out quickly so make sure you book your ticket today. Tickets are $100 per person for the December 7th event and seating begins at 6 and 8 p.m. VANDERBILTMUSEUM.ORG

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setting sun and be dazzled by millions of glistening lights from New York City’s skyline during The Circle Line’s Harbor Lights Cruise. For 90 minutes, you’ll sail down the Hudson, around Battery Park, and under the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges. As you’re sipping on your cocktail and watching the sunset, you’ll be able to wave to Lady Liberty, a magnificent sight for all. By the time the moon rises, you’ll be sailing back into New York Harbor, happy and amazed by our beautiful city. Tickets cost between $24 and $35. CIRCLELINE42.COM

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the department stores in New York that deck the halls for the holidays. Le Parker Meridien Hotel plays host this season from December 4th through January 4th for their annual Gingerbread Extravaganza in the 56th Street Atrium. Last year’s cookie creations included King Kong on the Empire State Building, a crowded Christmas in Times Square, and a snow covered Brooklyn Bridge. Viewing is free, but to vote for your favorite a $1 donation is made to City Harvest, which benefits the city’s hungry men, women, and children. CITYHARVEST.ORG

TIME TRAVEL Step into the world of Dickens and

experience history through the eyes of the iconic author when you visit Long Island’s 20th Annual Dickens Fest. Victorian entertainment and food consume the town while the view is filled with costumed characters and decorated shops and streets. Hop on the trolley or roll around in a carriage after you take a walk through history with a tour through historic homes by lantern light. Running December 4th through the 6th, there’s sure to be fun for all at little to no cost. PORTJEFF.COM/ FEATURED-EVENTS B



EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO 1230 Fifth Avenue (104th St.) 212.831.727 •

Founded nearly half a century ago by artist and educator Raphael Montanez Ortiz and a group of like-minded individuals, El Museo del Barrio is a tribute to the arts and culture of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The permanent collection is home to over 6,500 objects, reflecting over eight centuries of Latino culture.



New York seems to have endless opportunities to explore the arts and culture, and for museum lovers, the city offers an embarrassment of riches. But where does one start? A good choice is The Museum Mile, an uptown stretch of Fifth Avenue that features nine museums and countless opportunities to soak in the culture from all civilizations and eras. The best part? You won’t get lost as you stroll down Fifth Avenue, but feel free to lose yourself in one of these places for a few hours – it’s like binge watching for the museum crowd!


2 E. 91st St. (off Fifth Ave.) 212.849.8400 • Located in the Andrew Carnegie Mansion, The Cooper Hewitt was founded in 1897 by Amy, Eleanor, and Sarah Hewitt – granddaughters of the famous Peter Cooper, the industrialist and namesake of Cooper Union. The campus of the Cooper Hewitt houses more than 210,000 design objects, as well as cutting-edge technology to restore and conserve objects in order to preserve the past. Cooper Hewitt has been affiliated with the Smithsonian since 1967, bringing the museum even further into the cultural landscape of both New York City and America.

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1 Museum Mile (1280 Fifth Avenue at 110th St.) 718.784.7700 • The Africa Center is the youngest institution on the Museum Mile. It is a work in progress, with a grand, 70,000-squarefoot building still under construction. When the building is complete, The Africa Center will seek to foster an awareness of and engagement with Africa, the world’s oldest continent, which also happens to have the world’s youngest population. It will do this by showcasing the culture, policy, and business of Africa, with a focus on urbanization, diversity, and youth empowerment. A date for the opening has not yet been announced, but when it does open its doors, The Africa Center is sure to be a popular stop on the Museum Mile.


1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd St.) 212.535.7710 • In 1866, a group of Americans in Paris decided they would create a “national institution and gallery of art” back home. Four years later, the Met was born, with a Roman sarcophagus as its first acquisition. If the Met seems vast to you, that’s because it is and not just because of the space; the Met is a museum that pays homage to the art and cultures of all civilizations throughout all of history.

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1109 Fifth Avenue (Bet. 92nd and 93rd St.) 212.423.3200 • This icon of Jewish culture in the heart of Museum Mile houses close to 30,000 pieces of art, objects, and media, all reflections of the thousands of years of the Jewish experience lived throughout the world. With a robust education program that features performances, lectures, and classes, The Jewish Museum opens its doors to people of all ages, races, and creeds to come together in appreciation of art.

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The National Academy got its start in 1825, thanks to a group of artists and architects who wanted to build an American version of London’s Royal Academy. Today, the National Academy is home to over 300 member artists and architects. Upon their election into the Academy, these members present their work, resulting over the decades in a permanent collection of over 7,000 works.


1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th St.) 212-628-6200 • Neue Galerie – German for “new gallery” – devotes itself to German and Austrian art and design of the early 20th century. It is the creation of two long-time friends, Serge Sabarsky and Ronald S. Lauder, who were passionate about modern art of Germany and Austria. When Sabarsky died in 1996, Lauder was inspired to create Neue Galerie New York in honor of his friend. Like its Viennese namesake, the Neue Galerie celebrates the modern spirit that was inherent among artists of the turn of the century. Here, you’ll find priceless work by the likes of Klimt, Kubin, Klee, Schlemmer, and more.

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SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 88th St.) 212.369.4880 •


In a city like New York, it can be difficult to stand out, but that’s exactly what the Guggenheim does. The building is a work of art in and of itself – Frank Lloyd Wright designed the inverted ziggurat shape, a gradual pyramid-like structure that allows visitors to gradually wind themselves up or down the levels of the museum. If you can stop marveling at the building itself, walk through the doors and be prepared to spend some quality time with world-famous masterpieces of the 20th century.


1220 Fifth Avenue (104th St.) 212.534.1672 • Established in 1923, the Museum of the City of New York is closing in on nearly a century of celebrating the life and times of the greatest city in the world. Visitors and residents alike will enjoy taking in the nearly 750,000 objects that include decorative arts, costumes, paintings and sculptures, media, toys, and theatre memorabilia. B

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Comedy, by definition, is a humorous occurrence. Some researchers say laughter is the best medicine, helping you put the spring back in your step. BELLA had the opportunity to sit down with the queen of comedy herself, Caroline Hirsch, for an exclusive interview about how she’s carved a career out of funny – and has helped others do the same. By Daniel G. Hall Photo by Philip Fischetti

A Brooklyn native, Hirsch began her comedy career in 1982 by opening a small cabaret in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. With the popularity of stand-up comedy on the rise, she began booking comedians, including such then-unknowns as Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Sandra Bernhard, Pee Wee Herman, Billy Crystal, and, later, Chris Rock.


In 1987, Hirsch decided to move the cabaret to South Street Seaport, where it became a full-fledged comedy nightclub – the first of its genre to offer high-quality entertainment and equally excellent food in a sophisticated, upscale environment. In order to meet the growing demands of the business, Hirsch then moved her club uptown, where it has played an integral part in the revitalization of Times Square. Throughout her illustrious 30-year career, Hirsch has consistently proven herself as an entrepreneur, visionary, and innovator in the entertainment industry. In November 2004, she launched the New York Comedy Festival, an annual weeklong event that features the industry’s biggest stars performing in New York’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Harlem’s World-Famous Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden, Town Hall, and Caroline’s on Broadway. She also co-founded the NYC event Stand-Up for Heroes to benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation, raising more than $27 million for the cause. Hirsch is the ultimate New York City artist, giving back to so many in her storied career through laughter, hope, and charity.

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Listen in as we get to know the woman behind the laughs ... What inspired you to get into the comedy business? I was always a fan of comedy. As a child I watched the early sitcoms, especially “The Tonight Show.” I used to beg my parents to stay up to watch. Although I was passionate about comedy, I began my career at Gambles department store as a market rep. They eventually went out of business, and I found myself unemployed. Some of my friends who had bars in the city asked if I would be interested in opening a cabaret. So we did. Eventually, we realized that the cabaret business was not what we wanted to do; we wanted to be in a younger business where people were going out. At the time, the crowd that went to cabaret shows was older and didn’t go out as much. So we decided to make ours a comedy club instead. We hired Jay Leno, followed by Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Crystal, Sandra Bernhard, Rita Rudner, and Garry Shandling, and Caroline’s was born. It was the first headliner nightclub in the United States. When I opened the club, everybody was asking, “What is she doing?” In 1982, it was unheard of.

Chris Rock What’s the major difference between Caroline’s and other comedy clubs, particularly in the way you choose your acts? There have certainly been a lot of imitators in New York since we opened. What sets us apart is headlining great acts that are ready to go, to perform an hour-long act on stage in front of a crowd. We found so many amazing people early on, like Jon Stewart and Ray Romano. We have people here on stage who have TV experience, concert experience, and movie experience, and they already have a following.

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It was nice to be part of creating something like this. I have learned about business, I’ve made a living out of it, and I have been able to give back to people from it.”

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What do you want to be remembered as? Caroline’s, because it’s a New York institution; it’s known worldwide. It was nice to be part of creating something like this. I have learned about business, I’ve made a living out of it, and I have been able to give back to people from it. For example, we have an annual stand-up show for Madeline Kahn for ovarian cancer research, and so far we’ve raised close to $2 million. It must be an amazing feeling, knowing you have launched so many people’s careers. It’s just unbelievable. You should be here on our new talent night; it’s really funny. You get to see people just starting out and get to see who’s who. When I first started out, I must have had 50 to 60 comedians a year working here. Now, I have 200 comedians a year working here and more than 200 working the festival week. What is your favorite part of NYC? I’m a midtown person, but it’s nice to see what’s happening downtown as well. It’s also nice to see what’s happening above 114th Street. It’s all good. What advice can you offer to upcoming comics? You have to love it, want to succeed, write your own material, and get up on stage and work really, really hard. It doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen over five years. You are just beginning. It takes a while.

What is the best advice you ever received? Be enthusiastic. If you’re not enthusiastic about what you’re doing, it’s boring. Find something you want to do, and be enthusiastic about it. What is one of the proudest moments of your career? We did a 20th anniversary of Caroline’s that we produced at Carnegie Hall in 2003. Lewis Black hosted it, and on the stage was Lewis Black, Jon Stewart, Richard Belzer – all people who have been a part of Caroline’s. At the end of the show, Richard pulled me out on stage and said, “You must come out here,” so there I stood on the stage at Carnegie Hall for the 20th anniversary. That was very special.

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Do you ever encounter situations where you see a comedian not doing well on stage? Pretty much all of the people who perform here are more seasoned, so we know what we’re getting. But you can have a really bad audience one night. You can have a crowd that is not connecting with the comedian, or a comedian who might not be connecting with the audience. What’s next for you? I produced some TV stuff in the early ‘90s and I did a series that aired on A&E for six years and was very successful. I would like to get more involved in production, whether it’s broadcast cable or digital. Our tagline at BELLA is “beauty defined by you.” How would you define beauty? Beauty comes from the soul; I don’t think it’s a physical thing. As humans, most importantly, it is how we treat each other. B

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Sceney nightlife, trendy restaurants, art galleries, and high-end hotels – all attributes one might use to describe of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. But I am not describing the Meatpacking District … I am describing the Lower East Side. 82 BELLANYC.COM | November/December 2015

The Lower East Side, also know as LES, has always been considered one of Manhattan’s most gritty neighborhoods, but that has changed in a major way. Head down to the LES for a night out on a Thursday through Saturday and you will see lines wrapped around the block for nearly every venue. New restaurants, such as Dirty French, require reservations days – if not weeks – in advance when they first opened last year. Still today, there are a line of black cars and their drivers in front of its Ludlow Hotel location. Even classic neighborhood stables such as Katz’s Deli and Russ & Daughters have lines out the door all day long. Art galleries, which were formally established on the west side, are now also calling LES home. This is due largely in part to the high rent rises of their west side neighborhoods. Not to mention that there have been four new high-end hotels built in a three-block radius between Allen and Ludlow Street alone. Real estate developers are jumping on the wagon too. There are currently a handful of new condominium projects being constructed on the Lower East Side, with more planned for the coming year. The LES is the last downtown neighborhood to be developed. This means huge upside potential on these real estate investments. The units coming to market are highend with prices starting under $2,000 per square foot, considerably lower than those in surrounding neighborhoods. On the reverse, there are also the recordcrushing prices of the new Ian Schrager hotel/condo project, 215 Chrystie Street. This highly anticipated project is demanding over $3,500 per square foot.  With these projects come high-end retail tenants. Equinox is one of the most notable, which inked a lease at the new Ben Shaoul condo development, 196 Orchard Street.  In coming years we will continue to see this neighborhood evolve. New restaurants will come in, along with other commercial tenants that will continue to improve quality of life in the neighborhood. The current real estate developments will be completed, new ones will be planned, and prices will rise. It will be really interesting to see how the LES is identified over the next decade. B


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Long time Manhattanite, Sheila Rosenblum, meets all challenges with the same focus and determination that have defined her career. This world traveler, well-known New York socialite, successful race horse owner, children’s rights advocate, mother, and keen businesswoman exemplifies a passion for life that’s evident in her fresh outlook on living each moment to its fullest.

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THE NEW YORK LIFE Born in Switzerland, Rosenblum moved to America as a young girl. Ballet, modeling, and dressage found her fully invested in every moment and opportunity. Yet, for as much as she is a self-described adrenaline junkie, Rosenblum provides refreshing insight on unwinding, balance, and overcoming adversity. In addition to raising two children, running Lady Sheila Stable, and owning prize horses that win marquis races throughout the country, Rosenblum is a board member for the March of Dimes and a staunch advocate for the welfare and rights of youth. However, for all of her activities, action, and adventures, she’ll tell you she’s a homebody who enjoys the tranquility of reading a book by the fire. Saddle up, and read on … Tell us about your time at the Royal Ballet School. I went into ballet at 10 years old. My mother drove me in five days a week until I was 12 and then it was seven days a week. It was 100 percent my desire to learn ballet; I was obsessed. It gave me the wherewithal and the guts to persevere through bad times as well as good. I came to the School of American Ballet when I was 13. When I was 15, I was asked to live in New York at the School of American Ballet, as well as the Royal Ballet School in London. Later, when I was 19 and living in New York, getting into a foreign modeling agency led to my transition from ballet to my other efforts. Do you feel that grace and the way you held yourself in ballet helped you segue into modeling? I think it was both my prior experience and my look. With ballet, I never had an undivided focus. When I was about 19 or 20, I found out there was another world out there. The things I could never do in ballet I was able to do in my 20s, including riding horses, with my experience in dressage. Can you recall a time you overcame adversity that has helped you grow into the person you are today? Once, while I was in Africa, I was presented with the opportunity to purchase a horse. The opportunity came through a very good trainer who worked predominately with international purchasers and owners. After completing the transaction, or having thought I did, it turns out the horse wasn’t for sale, since it was actually sold to someone else by other people. I was left to deal with the situation on my own and had to fend for myself. I ended up getting the result I wanted, which was a return of my principal. It caused me to learn so much about myself and the industry that I would never have learned. I carry those lessons with me to this day. How did owning Lady Sheila Stable come about? After that first incident, my husband gave me a budget to purchase horses, and I ended up buying seven yearlings. When I learned of an incident involving my former trainer and a horse I owned, I took over control and brought my horses to New York. I connected with a female trainer in Kentucky, and she impressed me. I was absolutely taken by her and the fact that she didn’t play any games. I went to visit her on a lastminute thing, and her stable at the time was so clean and spotless, I just decided on the spot. She has helped me make Lady Sheila Stable what it is today, and has done so with distinction.

What are your top beauty and fashion tips for the women of New York? Decide what looks best on you. Don’t go just on what’s recommended in the latest fashion magazines and editorials. Have a sense of humor. Self-confidence in your own style is huge, as well, but don’t ever take yourself too seriously. As far as specific recommendations – Bulgari perfume. I also have to wear a bracelet and a dress on race day; that is definitely my thing. I love classic, sexy chic. If it’s tight, I like it a little longer on the knee like Angelina Jolie’s [style]. I also absolutely love high heels.

Enjoy the moment – Who is your favorite shoe designer? too many Christian Louboutin. people think With NYC’s hustle and bustle, what are some places or hidden gems you of tomorrow as enjoy unwinding at after a long day? My peace and tranquility is to go to my better than gym in my building. I enjoy unwinding in my apartment as well, looking out the today. Everyone window at the beautiful city. As much as needs balance I’m an adrenaline junkie, I’m also a bit of a homebody. I love to be snuggled up by a in life to be burning fire in the winter and curl up with a book. There are a number of great, obscure able to hotels downtown where you can sit in the lounge and enjoy the area and sit by the fire. The Peninsula enjoy it.” is one of the most beautiful spots in New York as well; I absolutely love it there.

What are some of your favorite Hamptons hot spots? There’s a place I’m in love with riding right now out there; it’s called Campbell’s Stables. There’s also a place called the Ark by the polo fields. I love Tutti Giorno and the ambiance of American Hotel. I like the Hemingwayesque things and places out there. I find it is as busy or as quiet as I desire. What’s your next big adventure? You can find me this summer in Saratoga enjoying the Pavilion Grand Hotel. It’s my favorite place in all of Saratoga. I will also go to Beaver Creek and Disney World, where I enjoy The Grand Floridian. What advice do you have for those looking to carve out their niche in today’s competitive world? Don’t give up and don’t let challenges make you bitter. Learn from them and grow from them. Don’t listen to anyone who says you can’t do it. Focus on your goals and make them happen. Above all, do it with a sense of humor. Enjoy the moment – too many people think of tomorrow as better than today. Everyone needs balance in life to be able to enjoy it. B

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Queen of Her “Empire” Taraji P. Henson

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With the hottest show on primetime television, Taraji P. Henson is breaking down barriers and finding that this is indeed her time to shine. Undoubtedly, “Empire’s” Cookie will go down in television history as one of the best female characters to hit the screen.

Beginning Her Journey

Born and raised in southeast Washington, D.C., the future star started on a slightly different path. After attending North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University for a year to study electrical engineering, she transferred to Howard University and changed gears to focus on theater. It was at Howard that Henson became serious about acting. “I was seeing my peers make it; I’d see them in the hallways and then up on the big screen,” she says. College is where she honed her acting, singing, and dancing skills, making her a triple threat. She stayed involved in theater even after becoming pregnant with her son in her junior year because, as she says, nothing was going to hold her back from pursuing her dream. “I was always a stand-out kid,” she says. “My father pushed me forward and made me believe I could do it.” Right after graduation in 1995, the single mom moved to Los Angeles and never looked back. Even though she left her home and support system, she says she was never afraid. “I knew I had to be in LA; that’s where the jobs were. They weren’t in D.C.” Her parents were supportive but worried; the actress didn’t feel the same. “I didn’t think of fear,” she says.

Perfecting Her Craft

Henson began pounding the pavement, auditioning and landing recurring roles on such shows as “Smart Guy,” “Sister, Sister,” “ER,” and “The Division.” In 2001, she made her film debut in John Singleton’s coming-of-age urban comedy drama, “Baby Boy,” alongside newcomer Tyrese Gibson and rapper Snoop Dogg. Henson and Gibson would reunite on-screen a few years later in the film “Four Brothers.” The actress also starred in Gibson’s music video for his hit song “Stay.” On the Cover: Jacket: Donna Karan Gold Necklace: Sidney Garber Rose Gold Necklace: Eva Fehren Knuckle Ring: Ileana Makri

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Four years later, Henson found herself working on her first project with Terrence Howard in the 2005 Oscar-winning film “Hustle & Flow.” There she made her singing debut, recording “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” on the film’s soundtrack, written by hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia and Cedric Coleman. Henson performed the song live with the group at the 2006 Academy Awards, where it won Best Original Song.

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Little could Henson and Howard anticipate that a decade later they would be part of a television phenomenon that’s been a game changer – especially for the actress. Despite working steadily for many years on a long list of films, including the challenging role of Queenie in the film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (a role that earned her an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress in 2009), and on hit TV shows like “Person of Interest,” Henson says that Cookie is – without a doubt – her breakout role. “I kept thinking with each part or film, this would be it, but it wasn’t. Every time I thought I was the ‘It Girl,’ it didn’t happen,” she says.

In an Empire State of Mind

But the role of a lifetime was waiting in the wings. “Empire” creator Lee Daniels has said that Henson was the only actress he envisioned in the role of Cookie. In fact, she was the first to join the show. “The cast was important,” says Henson. “I fought for Terrence, and we were an integral part in hiring the family.” More than just costars, Henson and Howard have been friends for 10 years, which makes rumors that they’re feuding sound crazy to the actress. “Where did that even come from?” she wonders. “I fought to have him on ‘Empire’ – why would I fight to work with someone I don’t get along with?” The chemistry between Henson and Howard is palpable, so finding the right mix of talent to round out the Lyon family was extremely important. “We met Jussie [Smollett] and Yazz [Bryshere Gray] the same day we had our chemistry read,” says Henson. “We both loved Jussie right away and knew he was Jamal. We bonded; it was just natural with that kid.” And both Henson and Daniels were sold immediately on Yazz. “Lee and I have sons his age and we saw in him that confident (but not too confident) chest puffed out, with that swag that the character represents.” Clearly, the casting has been a success, on screen and off. “Off screen we literally are a family,” says Henson. “Yazz is always over here and looks to me as his mom away from home.” The cast and crew, who spend extremely long hours together, genuinely have fun and enjoy being with one another outside of work, she says. “We always party and hang out together.”

Creating the Role of a Lifetime

Henson says she was drawn to the role of Cookie not because she was her, but because she understood her. “It’s hard to play a character that big and not be so big,” she says. But Henson is determined to get it right and not make her portrayal a caricature. “I want people to look up to Cookie and feel her struggle.” What she loves most about portraying this larger-than-life woman is the boldness Cookie possesses and her ability to bounce back. “Seventeen years in jail and it didn’t break her spirit; she was just on pause,” says Henson.

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I had to make my dream come true because if I didn’t, what kind of example was I setting for my son?” In creating her character, who is now the most quoted on TV, the actress looked to her dad as a source of inspiration. “When I read the script, the words sounded just like my father,” she says. She describes him as a “tell-it-like-it-is kind of guy,” someone who nicknames everyone, including her friends (Boo Boo Kitty, anyone?). And while the writers have given the character that brash, no-holds-barred dialogue, Henson says when it comes to throwing in some of her own oneliners, the people behind the scenes trust her completely. Along with those memorable phrases that are tweeted and retweeted every Wednesday night, Henson knows why audiences around the world are addicted – it’s the wow factor this nighttime drama delivers. “You are always going to get good music,” says Henson. “We have talented people – Jussie and Terrence write a lot of their own music and Trai [Byers] can also sing; he has a great voice. And this season we amp up the fashion and portray matters that people shy away from. There’s something for everyone.” With the second season in full swing, Henson promises plenty of backstory. Fans can expect to learn about Lucious’ past and understand how he’s become the man he is today. The stories will continue to deal with issues that affect everyday life, even if those topics hit a nerve. “We ruffle feathers,” says Henson. “We make people uncomfortable and we’re going to piss a lot of people off, but we show the truth.”

Living Her Dream

From the very beginning, Henson knew the show would be a hit if it was handled with care. “Fox Network marketed the show right, and from there I knew it was going to be a runway train,” she says. It’s a fact – people are talking about the show and getting together for viewing parties each week because no one wants to be left out of the conversation. “Empire” has become event television. What has taken the star by surprise is the success overseas, both for the show and for Cookie. “Cookie took Taraji overseas to do press,” says the actress. “Other big movies like ‘Karate Kid’ and ‘Benjamin Button’ didn’t do that for me.” Now, fans of all ages know Henson by name, not just by her alter ego. “It’s crazy what Cookie has done for me,” she says. “I feel like all of my work has not been in vain.” With the same will and determination that her character embodies, Henson is a fighter in life for the things that matter most. “I had to make my dream come true because if I didn’t, what kind of example was I setting for my son?” B

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BUBBLY, SWEET, BEAUTIFUL, and full of energy best describe actress Greer Grammer. Her excitement for life is contagious, so it’s no wonder the young actress with a burgeoning career has been carving a name for herself in a town that already “knows her name.” A California native (she grew up in Malibu), Grammer can’t recall a time in her life where acting wasn’t part of the plan. With the acting gene in her blood (Kelsey Grammer is her father), she describes the desire as almost a “subconscious thing.” “I was a different Disney princess every day, I’d play dress-up and watch old movies as a 3 year old,” she recalls. “An actress is what I always wanted to be.” Enrolled in acting, singing, and dancing classes as a child, Grammer attended a boarding arts high school and studied musical theatre for two years before transitioning to home-school while she looked for an agent. The actress was encouraged by her parents, but admits she had to prove to them she was serious and loved acting for the craft, not to become famous or have photographers follow her around. “They were very careful of making sure I was doing this for the right reasons,” she says. By the time she was 16 years old, Grammer had secured an agent and began pursuing her dream. It was around this time she became involved in beauty pageants. “They looked like fun and were a good way to get some life experience.” In 2008 she entered and won her first pageant, Miss Teen Malibu, and for the next few years competed and placed in various pageants throughout California.

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“It really helped me with my stage presence, my interviews, and my confidence. I’m competitive by nature so it was an opportunity to channel that competitiveness into a different outlet.” With a few roles under her belt, Grammer’s breakout role came in 2011 when she joined the cast of MTV’s teen comedy series, “Awkward.” Now in its fifth (and possibly final) season, Grammer portrays Lissa Miller, who she describes as a fun-loving, naïve, Christian cheerleader. “Lissa and I are very similar,” says Grammer. “She’s extremely peppy, upbeat, and happy, and while I’m not as energetic as she is at times, I am pretty much the same way. I always say first season Lissa is like freshman year Greer. We’re a nice mix of each other.” She refers to her “Awkward” cast and crew as “family” and says she genuinely loves going to work each day. “I’ve had the most amazing time on the show, getting to grow with people and have this other family that’s so constant in my life,” says Grammer. When talking about growing up, Grammer in fact has done just that while working on “Awkward.” The show was picked up her freshman year of college. While most young actors would focus solely on their careers, Grammer says it was only natural to go to college; it was the next step in the

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progression of her education. Working all four years on the show and at college was “tough,” she admits, but her schooling wasn’t something from which she wanted to take a break. “I didn’t have a normal high school life and I wanted the whole college experience – that was important to me,” she says. Being able to graduate with her friends was another huge influencer that drove her forward. Since graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in theatre, Grammer has been extremely busy moving forward in her career. She’s set to star in two films due out early next year, Lifetime’s “Manson’s Lost Girls,” where she portrays Leslie Van Houten, one of the girls who fell under Charles Manson’s spell and helped him commit murder, as well as the lead in the Indie film, “Emma’s Chance,” a story based on California’s real-life Red Bucket Equine Rescue Ranch founded by Susan Pierce. They are two completely different, yet powerful roles. In preparing for the role of Van Houten, Grammer watched a lot of movies, read stories that people had written about the woman she was portraying, and listened to tapes from the actual Manson hearings, she says. It was important to her that she gain a sense of who this woman was, especially before the killings happened – it’s what sets this movie apart from the many others that have been made, she says. The film takes place a month or so before the murders and continues up to the night of the crimes. “It was very fascinating, and I wanted to play her correctly.” Grammer was attracted to the role for many reasons but especially for her fascination with the story and the opportunity to portray a character that was opposite from what she’s done so far. “It was a challenge … a completely different role for me than people were used to seeing and I was excited to do it,” she says.


This past January, Grammer served as Miss Golden Globe, an honor bestowed upon the children of established celebrities. Grammer says the experience was “surreal.” “The events leading up to the awards ceremony were amazing and the night was spectacular,” she recounts. “To meet so many people whom I admire, like Kerry Washington, Oprah Winfrey, and Meryl Streep, felt like a dream.” Looking ahead, Grammer knows she is on the right path. While she loves both film and TV, her long-term goals include producing, development, writing, and directing. The problem Greer says is, “I want to do everything!” She looks up to actors like Reese Witherspoon, whose career she’d like to emulate. “She’s such a talented actress and I love everything she does – she can do both comedy and drama extremely well and I want to have that kind of career.”. And though some may think the best advice she’s gotten must have come from her father, Grammer says that’s not the case. “I love that my dad is in the entertainment industry because we can talk about the things we like and dislike, and that’s nice to share with him.” When it comes to mentoring, however, she turns to her acting coach Leigh Kilton-Smith to keep her grounded.

In “Emma’s Chance,” Grammer takes on the lead of the young woman who saved an abused horse from the ill-fated destiny of a slaughter house. Filmed at Red Bucket Ranch, the story centers around the impressionable young girl who finds herself in trouble when she hangs around the wrong crowd. Committed to completing community service at the ranch, Emma falls in love with the place, the horses, and the work being done there.

“In this business it’s important to stay level-headed and open-minded,” says Grammer. “She reminds me to wish the best for everybody, and don’t let the competitiveness get the best of you. Walk into a room, show who you are, then leave and be happy and wish that whomever gets [the role,] it is the right person.”

“The project was something I wanted to do because I love animals, and horses are smart, amazing creatures,” says Grammer. All of the proceeds from the film are being donated to the ranch to continue its efforts.

With that mantra in mind, Grammer is all about looking beyond the negative and being happy in the now. To her, beauty is in a smile, and says that she is happiest when she is laughing. “If you can make me laugh, you’re my favorite person.” B

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PARKER KENNEDY LIVING’S SOUTHERN CHARM By Courtenay C. Hall Photos: Christina Wedge Photography

As I prepare for the holidays this year, I am inspired by the Atlanta-based design team of Lance Jackson and David Ecton, co-founders of Parker Kennedy Living. I love their take on home design, along with their southern style spin on holiday decorating. It’s full of charm, tradition, and cozy comfort – exactly what the holidays should be.

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Founded in 2011, Parker Kennedy Living focuses on high-end residential interior design, vintage furniture restoration, and product development. Their look is “Preppy on the Edge,� taking a traditional interior and elevating it to an updated look using lacquer finishes, and mixing textures and vintage details with young colors and patterns. The interiors are fresh, while maintaining deep roots in the traditional and exhibiting Palm Beach overtones. I had the pleasure of speaking with the men behind the brand to find out what inspires them, and how we can give our metropolitan homes more of a small-town feel this holiday season and beyond.

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Fill your silver bowls and containers with fresh fruit like pineapples, lemons, and limes to give a classic look to your interior. Put money in your holiday decorating budget for highend candles, and use the same scent for your entire house to unify your interior. Get out your china – all patterns to mix and match – and have your dining room table set for last-minute holiday dinner parties.

What is your one must-have holiday décor item? A fresh green wreath on your front door to welcome guests is a must-have. A boxwood wreath with a red velvet bow is my favorite – it’s a timeless classic. What does the perfect holiday table look like? The perfect holiday table needs to look timeless and classic. Go big on your dining table scape. Mix tone-ontone colors in different patterns; include nametags and a handwritten dinner menu for your guests at each setting. Use fresh greenery in a big way for your centerpieces, with fresh citrus mixed in.

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How do you create a magical holiday mantle? I love to use fresh magnolia garland and big red classic velvet bows. How do you keep your dĂŠcor ideas so fresh and current? I keep them classic and timeless with fresh young touches through color, pattern, materials, and styles. What is the secret of mixing colors in a space? How many colors can work within a room? The secret of mixing colors in a space is balance. The design can be bold, but it has to be balanced with a neutral. You can use as many colors as you like, as long as they complement each other on the color scale. There really is no rule for the number, but as I design a room it usually evolves into four major colors. What is the secret to mixing prints in a space? When I design a room I like to start with one pattern that will be the focal point, like a chinoiserie, for example, and then mix in patterns like an animal print, a solid texture, and/or a stripe. As long as they coordinate with one another, it will work. What is the one must-have item that completes a space? For me, the must-have item in a space is usually the drapes or walls. I like to draw major attention to drapery panels with big, bold patterns. When I use bold patterns on walls, I tone down the drapes. What is one thing that can completely transform a room? The proper-scale lamps and tabletop accessories, and a good, overscaled mirror on the wall can transform a room.

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Having the proper scale of furniture in the room. Investing in an amazing chandelier – it is a focal point. Ensuring that color and pattern are unified and play well off each other – one constant with Parker Kennedy Living is the use of bold colors.

How do you incorporate southern charm into a space? I am deeply rooted in southern traditional interior design – it’s what I grew up with. Chinoiserie is a timeless southern design element that reignites with me in my spaces, whether in fabrics, accessories, a floor screen, or lamps. What is most rewarding about your job? Getting to be creative and using my design mind constantly What is your definition of beauty within a space? I think a beautiful space is classic and timeless, and looks effortless. B

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The inspiration for DecoGLOW’s luxury holiday candle “Spiced Pomander” is an heirloom Victorian potpourri recipe of fresh whole oranges studded with cloves and cinnamon. Presented in a brilliant red glass vessel, the candle features a warm and spicy winter home fragrance. $18.99, DECOBREEZE.COM


The elegant silhouette of the Eternity Pendant takes its brilliance from the skillful application of the clear crystals. The eternal circles are individually wrapped in polished brass and placed with astonishing attention to detail. The end result is an extraordinary source of light. $5,070, BYKOKET.COM



With an antiqued gilded finish, this treeshaped pedestal cake stand makes an ideal display for small cakes, cupcakes, or mini desserts. $94, OLIVEANDCOCOA.COM



This Hughes Round Corner Chair beautifully matches any mid-century modern design inspiration with its simplicity and structure. $1,399, JOYBIRD.COM


This Shooting Star Trinket Tray is perfect for all your small trinkets and features a 24 karat gold rim design. $17.99, SHOPPRIMADONNA.COM


Instead of using traditional greens for a winter palette, arrange red roses with sprigs of rosemary for a modern, aromatic centerpiece, suggests Cameron Hardesty, director of products for UrbanStems, a fabulous on-demand floral delivery company that helps you send stems on the go. HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS START AT $35, URBANSTEMS.COM


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Nourison’s Metallic Laser Cut Pillow is made from natural leather and splashed with metallic foil. Like jewelry for your home, these brilliant designs add glamour and elegance to your decor. $164.95, WAYFAIR.COM


From the House of Perrier-Jouët champagnes to yours – the 2007 Limited Edition Belle Époque is a subtle wine with a bold, fresh, fruity taste. Designed by Austrian artist duo Mischer’Traxler, the bottle is gorgeously ornate with a luxurious light gold finish. $225, RESERVEBAR.COM



Legendary piano maker, Steinway & Sons recently announced the company’s most significant product innovation in over 70 years: Steinway Spirio, the world’s finest player piano system that performs just like a concert pianist. Spirio owners will have access to the entire high-resolution repertoire recorded in the Steinway & Sons Studios by a roster of over 1,700 Steinway artists. $84,000 (MODEL M) TO $116,000 (MODEL B), STEINWAYSPIRIO.COM


This Passione Directoire Chair features crimson European hair on cowhide with brown walnut, satin-finished wood that’s accented with petrified wood gemstones. $6,200, ZICANA.CO

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EASY DECOR Pre-folded napkins make it seem like you spent hours doing intricate origami. FANCY NAP PREFOLDED TUXEDO FOLD NAPKINS $24 FOR 24, FANCYNAP.COM

By Pamela Pekerman

When entertaining, I relay on smart tools that do a lot of the work for me. To achieve high marks this holiday season without the hassle, check out my favorite gadgets and ready-made décor and dining essentials. Now, you’ll definitely have time to get your hair and nails done and always be your best you long before guests arrive.

Having a signature scent for your home sets the mood for a cozy soiree. SKEEM WHITE TEA & THYME HALF PINT CANDLE $14, SKEEMSHOP.COM

EASY DESSERT Whip those cookies into tiptop, Martha Stewart-worthy shape with a simple spritz. CHEF’N COOKIE MACHINE $35, CHEFN.COM Sure, those are homemade cookies – from readyto-cook dough. Did I mention that it’s edible cookie dough! Stop. What? Yes, I’m eating it now! COOKIE DŌ NYC $10 FOR 8 OZ., $18 FOR 16 OZ., COOKIEDONYC.COM

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EASY DINNER Take the guesswork out of perfectly cooked and timed meals. TAYLOR MULTI EVENT TIMER WITH WHITEBOARD $15, AMAZON.COM Consider this your sous chef – chopping away to make easy sides and salads. BLACK+DECKER GLASS BOWL CHOPPER, $40 AMAZON.COM A V-shaped rack for even browning – check. Tall sides preventing spills – check. Nonstick cleanup – check. And Thanksgiving is difficult because…?! ALL-CLAD NONSTICK ROASTING PAN WITH NONSTICK RACK $149, ALL-CLAD.COM

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CHOW BELLA THE DIVINE ADDICTION’S PEPPERMINT WHITE CHOCOLATE MARTINI What better way to celebrate this wonderful holiday season than by sipping on a fabulously festive cocktail? This recipe is reminiscent of all things Christmas: white chocolate, peppermint and candy canes! Just be careful—it might taste delectably drinkable, but it’s almost 100% alcohol! I’ve included how to make your own peppermint crystals for the rim, but check out the Glass Glitz at for some amazing holiday-inspired sugars to help you deck out your cocktails! Ingredients: (Makes 1 martini)

By Pandora Vanderpump Sabo

CEO & Founder of The Divine Addiction and Vanderpump Wines & Spirits

1 large or 4 small candy canes (reserve 1 small one for garnish!) 1 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur 1 oz Crème de Cacao 1 oz Vodka 1 tsp peppermint extract Ice

Preparation • In a pestle and mortar, or food processor, crush the candy canes into a chunky sugar mixture. Spread the candy cane sugar onto a plate. • Lightly brush a wet paper towel around the rim of your martini glass. Once the lip is wet, transfer the upside-down martini glass to the candy-cane sugar plate, and twist until the entire rim is coated. • In a shaker, add the white chocolate liqueur, vodka, crème de cacao, peppermint extract and ice. • Shake vigorously. • Strain into the martini glass. • We like to hang a mini candy cane on the side of the glass for an added festive touch. Enjoy!

THE DIVINE ADDICTION’S SPICED PECAN PUMPKIN BREAD It’s finally autumn, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and pumpkins are littering every doorstep and backyard. However, these orange delights aren’t just for decorating! Pumpkins are sweet, spicy, and delicious in anything from pumpkin risotto to pumpkin cookies. Here, I’ve made a mild, sweet, and slightly spicy bread that is perfect served alone, with salted butter, a drizzle of caramel sauce, or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy! Preparation: Ingredients: (2 loaves) 3 cups white granulated sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 3 large eggs 1 can (around 16oz) pumpkin purée (solid pack pumpkin not pumpkin pie filling) 3 cups flour 1 tsp ground cloves 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 ½ tsp apple pie spice 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt ½ tsp baking powder 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped

• Preheat oven to 350°. • Get out two loaf pans and lightly butter and flour them. • Add the sugar, oil, and eggs to a bowl. Beat until smooth. • Add the pumpkin purée to the mixture and beat until combined. • In a separate bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients (flour, cloves, cinnamon, apple pie spice, baking soda, salt, baking powder). • Slowly add the mixture of dry ingredients into the pumpkin/egg mixture. We do this in 3 different parts, so that all of the dry ingredients get incorporated fully. • Mix in the pecans. • Divide the batter equally between your two pans. • Bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. • Don’t overcook the bread, as you want it moist! • Remove from the oven, and cool on racks. • Using a metal spatula, loosen the edges of the loaves. • Turn the pans upside down to remove the loaves. • Let cool and enjoy!

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THE DIVINE ADDICTION’S CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHRISTMAS COOKIES Chewy, rich and delicately covered with powdered sugar, these cookies not only taste amazing but also look like they have just been in a wintery snowfall! Easy to make and essential for any holiday party — these cookies are the perfect gift to leave out for Santa! Enjoy! Ingredients 4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate ¼ cup salted butter 4 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups granulated sugar 1 ½ cups flour ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup icing sugar

Preparation: • Place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. • Add the butter and baking chocolate to the bowl and heat it over the water, stirring constantly, until the chocolate and butter have melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat. • In a stand mixer, combine the eggs, vanilla and sugar and beat for about 4 minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy. • Slowly add the chocolate/butter mixture into the stand mixer and beat until everything is combined. • Add the flour, salt, cocoa powder and baking powder into the stand mixer and mix until all ingredients are combined. • With a wooden spoon, stir in the chocolate chips. • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for about 1-2 hours until the dough is hard enough to be able to form balls. • Preheat the oven to 325˚. • Butter and flour two baking sheets. • Place the icing sugar in a separate bowl. • Carefully roll a rounded tbsp of dough in your hands until it forms a ball. Drop the ball into the powdered sugar and roll to coat. • Place the powdered cookie ball on the baking sheet. Repeat with all the dough, spacing cookies about 3 inches apart. • Bake for about 15 minutes, until cookies are puffy and the sugar has crinkled apart.

THE LVP PINK FIZZ Celebrating? Why not dress up your LVP with some bubbles? An elegant, vibrant way to serve our LVP Pink Sangria, this cocktail is one of our favorites.

Ingredients: 1 frozen raspberry 2 oz chilled LVP Pink Sangria 1 lemon wedge 2 oz chilled champagne Lemon Twist


LVP SANGRIA FOR THE HOLIDAYS I absolutely love LVP Sangria for the holidays! It is the perfect way to serve a sexy, delicious cocktail with minimal effort. LVP Sangria infuses traditional Spanish wines with rich fruits and spices, so that both LVP Red & Pink Sangria are decadent and filled with festive flavors! LVP is easy to serve and fantastic on its own; however, it also makes for an amazing holiday mixer! Try LVP in one of these signature holiday cocktails for delicious, celebratory cocktails that are perfect this holiday season! Love always, Lisa xoxo

• Place the frozen raspberry into a champagne coupe. • Pour the Pink Sangria. • Squeeze the lemon into the drink and stir. • Top with champagne. • Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Upper West Side 1 West 67th Street New York, NY 10023 212.787.8767 Cuisine: Southern Italian Attire: Smart Casual Price Range: $$$$ Serving: Weekend Brunch, Dinner Outdoor Seating: No Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Upscale

By Amanda Mactas

THE LEOPARD AT DES ARTISTES Amongst a myriad of historical and beautiful murals is a New York gem called The Leopard at Des Artistes. The landmark restaurant has gone through many transitions, starting off as a spot for tenants at Hotel Des Artistes to get a meal, transforming into a hopping society locale, then closing its doors during a 2009 financial struggle. Lucky for us, it reopened in 2011 under new management and has thrived ever since. A bountiful menu gives patrons much to choose from, including the numerous knock-your-socksoff pastas and pan-roasted lamb to simple salads that are uniquely inspired (taste, and see!). Don’t think you can get home via cab or subway, though, the only way to leave is rolling on out (but we have a feeling you won’t mind).

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BELLA’S “A” LIST APPETIZERS: ROASTED RED, YELLOW, AND CHIOGGIA BABY BEETS With watercress and radicchio salad, Gorgonzola, toasted almonds, and honey vinaigrette TIMBALLO Eggplant and smoked buffalo mozzarella timballo with spicy tomato sauce ENTREES: BUCATINI ‘ALLE SARDE’ Wild fennel, red pepper, garlic, pine nuts, and raisins PAN ROASTED COLORADO LAMB LOIN With crispy artichokes, pecorino Toscano, black olives, and sun-dried tomato sauce DESSERT: NUTELLA CHOCOLATE MOUSSE Served on hazelnut crunch and banana gelato

BELLA’S “A” LIST APPETIZERS: HOUSE-SMOKED BROOK TROUT Corn blini and green onion sour cream LOCAL OYSTERS Raw: tomato-black mint mignonette, or Baked: bacon and garlic ENTREES: MONKFISH Lobster mariniere, local wax beans, and butter potatoes LOBSTER BOLOGNESE Spaghetti, light herbs, and shallot-garlic-tomato broth DESSERT: TELEPAN S’MORE Graham cracker ice cream, marshmallow, and dark chocolate brownie

TELEPAN Ripe upon its 10th anniversary, Telepan is no stranger to pleasing hungry New Yorkers. Boasting upscale American cuisine, Chef Bill Telepan can be counted on to keep things fresh with an ever-changing seasonal menu. Prepare to be wowed by dishes you’d never expect to pack a punch. The flavorful monkfish, for instance, which doesn’t typically catch the eye, will having you singing its praises after one bite! Don’t be shy on asking the staff for recommendations, from wine pairing options (Telepan did win the Wine Spectator Award for 2015, after all) to the best dishes on the menu. And you’ll be talking about Telepan’s desserts for days to come. All of this, surrounded by a modern, sleek décor just minutes from the bustling scene of Lincoln Center, will give concert- and theater-goers a welcome spot to get their grub on without sacrificing quality.

Upper West Side 72 West 69th Street New York, NY 10023 212.580.4300 Cuisine: New American Attire: Business Casual Price Range: $$$ Serving: Weekend Brunch, Dinner Outdoor Seating: No Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Upscale

COCONUT CAKE Vanilla ice cream COCKTAIL: THE ROYAL PALMER Islay Scotch, Kings Ginger, black tea, rosehipinfused honey syrup, lemon, and soda top

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BELLA’S “A” LIST APPETIZERS: CROCCHETTE DI RICOTTA E TONNO Creamy and crunchy tuna and ricotta croquettes with arugula salad and balsamic reduction

East Village 126 East 7th Street New York, NY 10009 212.673.7200 Cuisine: Italian Attire: Casual Price Range: $$ Serving: Dinner Outdoor Seating: Yes Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Romantic

GIANO Many people think that once you try one Italian restaurant, you’ve tried them all. Although this can sometimes be the case, it is definitely the opposite at Giano. This cozy, romantic restaurant provides all the ambiance for the perfect date night. Red brick walls, dim lighting, and a warm staff will not only keep you toasty, but also put you in the mood ... to eat, that is. Hearty homemade pasta dishes abound at Giano, but don’t plan on ordering up your mundane bolognese or vodka sauce-ridden dishes here. From their wide array of pastas to their mouthwatering fish and meat dishes, this place knows how to get you coming back for more. And if you’re thinking about skipping dessert, think again. They have the honor of presenting one of the best tiramisus I’ve ever had!

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INSALATA CAPRESE Imported Bufala mozzarella, tomato, basil ENTREES: BIGOLI AL RAGU D’AGNELLO E NOCI TOSTATE Homemade Medieval thick spaghetti with slow-cooked braised lamb ragout and toasted walnut powder FILETTO AL BALSAMICO CON PANCETTA E CIPOLLE Balsamic glazed filet mignon served with basil mashed potato, crispy pancetta, and braised onion DESSERT: TIRAMISU The classic Italian dessert

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There is nothing less enticing in the winter than the idea of piling on three cumbersome layers over your fitness clothes just to make it outside. We found some studios that will actually inspire you to extricate yourself from a Netflix binge and brave the cold to work out! By Sari Beth Rosenberg


The AKT In Motion method is the brainchild of celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser based on her philosophy that working out should ultimately feel good. The instructors incorporate yoga, dance, and strength training, making for challenging classes that also feel like a party.

DO SOME YOGA … WITH JAY-Z Y7 is a hip-hop yoga studio that fuses hiphop music with vinyasa yoga for one sweaty, fun workout that provides all the benefits of getting your ohm on while also listening to some Drake and Jay-Z.


FLEX Studios, founded by Jeanette Simon, was set up with the goal of offering three types of workouts (TRX, Pilates, and Barre) and one combination class all in one space. Each class is fast-paced and form-focused with an emphasis on providing a full-body workout in a beautiful 4,500-square-foot space that’s worth a cold walk in the snow.

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ModelFIT is a fitness studio created by Vanessa Packer and celebrity trainer Justin Gelband, known for getting models like the Victoria’s Secret Angels runway ready. With an emphasis on slow, controlled, and focused movements without any intense cardio, the classes give you a good workout without you even realizing it …until the next morning!

KORE, located in the Meatpacking District, is basically a High-Intensity Interval Training workout meets a nightclub experience. This hot new boutique offers a functional fitness training program that incorporates resistance equipment, kettlebells, TRX suspension bands, bodyweight exercises, and fast-paced cardio all set to great music in a fun, energetic atmosphere. At KORE, working out is the new going out!

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Pain is Inevitable

Suffering is Optional

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

Didier Demesmin, M.D.

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

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

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

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One of the easiest places to discover your passion is in the things you’re continuously drawn to. For example, if you cook for hours on end and really enjoy it, this is an indication that there is something more there to be explored.


There is always something that piques our curiosity, but we’re either too busy or too apprehensive to take the initiative and explore it. Now is the time to take the reins and see why this “thing” is so intriguing. You may be pleasantly surprised to find a hidden talent to add to your repertoire.


Nothing beats giving something new a try. When trying new things, you usually find out what you wanted to know and so much more. You may even discover that you are not really intrigued by that activity, but are more interested in something else you discovered in the process.


No matter what the situation, consider it a learning experience. Passion can be cultivated once you have determined what it is you really love. You may not be an expert in your passion, but being passionate about something automatically gives you the drive to want to do better and excel in your craft. There, you will find your strengths, weaknesses, and resolve to keep going.



With 2016 quickly approaching, it’s time to think about what you’ve done in 2015, how you can improve, and ways to get moving. You may feel that you’re in a continuous cycle of despair and you don’t know how to get out of that rut. When that happens, it’s time to take a new perspective. It’s time to discover your passion! Here are a few action steps to get you started.

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When discovering your passion, money should never be a consideration. When operating in your passion, it is something you enjoy doing for free; the money will come. There is nothing better than doing what you love – it’s like not working at all. If you need to take classes or prepare your finances, take the time to save and plan. It may take a little longer than you expected, but it will be worth it in the end. Once you have discovered your passion, incorporate three C’s and a T: Conviction, Commitment, Change, and Tenacity. Turn your passion into profit, as positive revenue streams are a key component of business success. You are the only person who can put limitations on yourself. Get out of your own way, make your dreams and passion a priority, and watch everything else fall into place.

Kenny Pena, owner of Evolve Fitness NYC, has taken the myth that in order to see results you must commit to long workouts and turned it upside down. A trainer for more than 25 years, Pena has been getting city residents in shape at Evolve Fitness NYC since 2006. Taking notice that a lot of clients were working out on their lunch hour, or struggling to make a one-hour session fit into their busy schedules, Pena started doing some research. His goal: To find a way to cut down the time it took for full-body workouts while still achieving the same results. Through his research, Pena discovered that working out at your most intense level for 20-30 minutes leads to a state of EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen). Once a workout is over and you’re back to your daily routine, your body’s metabolism continues to burn more calories than when at complete rest.


For most, working out and getting in shape are associated with long hours at the gym. But with busy schedules, finding the time to commit to a workout regime isn’t always easy. Often, it becomes just one more item on our long list of “things to do.”

Pena put this theory to the test and began experimenting with a few clients, incorporating the basics and modifying exercises when needed. What he discovered was a whole new way of achieving results while maximizing time. Within a span of 30 minutes, Pena puts his clients through a full-body workout that hits all parts. Comprised of three components – strength training, core, and cardio exercises – his regime focuses on both upper and lower body. It’s a formula that works with clients seeing results. “The beauty of this is I can combine any of these three components all within the 30-minute workout.” And while there are many different types of exercises to learn, Pena says the five most important ones a woman should be able to perform are pull-ups, push-ups, lunges, squats, and burpees. “Fitness and health is about being strong and able to handle yourself in any situation,” says Pena. “Strength empowers you.” To learn more about Pena and the programs offered, visit

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

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During this procedure a short incision (on average, one-third the length of a traditional facelift) minimizes scarring by using fiberoptic endoscopes that allow surgery and visualization through smaller incisions. The skin, facial tissue, and muscles are left intact, and the face is lifted from beneath the muscles, resulting in a more natural, softer look. Traditional mini-lifts peel back the skin off the surface of the muscles and stretches it, creating a tight or pulled look. Another unique aspect of the M.A.D.E. Facelift is that the facial tissues are lifted vertically, repositioning drooping cheeks and jowls to a youthful position as opposed to traditional facelifts, which tighten horizontally, creating a flattened, artificial, and mannequin-like face. The M.A.D.E. Facelift restores volume to the cheekbones and smoothes nasolabial folds, resulting in a youthful, beautiful, heart-shaped face.


So when is a minimally invasive facelift the best option? The benefit to surgery is that the results of the procedure last usually around 10 years, which requires less maintenance and treatment sessions than the non-invasive approach. Additionally, the cost of maintaining your appearance with multiple non-surgical treatment sessions over the course of 10 years will actually cost more than a minimally invasive facelift. The other consideration is that the results of non-surgical facial tightening and facial filler injections are more subtle, so that those with more severe aging, such as heavy jowls and greater neck excess (like a “Turkey Waddle”), may not see enough of an improvement. This is when surgery becomes a better choice. The most state-of-the-art facelift is a hybrid technique I created called the M.A.D.E. Vertical Vector Facelift. I first published this technique in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, and have lectured about it at leading plastic surgery symposia all over the world. M.A.D.E. is an acronym that stands for Minimal Access Deep-Plane Extended Facelift. It fuses the optimal features of oldergeneration “mini” face lifts with the durability of deep-plane face lifts.

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BEFORE | AFTER M.A.D.E. FACELIFT Just like a “mini face lift,” the M.A.D.E. Facelift can be performed under local anesthesia in about an hour and a half. General anesthesia is not necessary, making this a safe procedure as well. The healing is faster than a traditional facelift, and most of my patients return to work within seven to 10 days after surgery. Given the level of difficulty in performing this procedure, a more detailed understanding of the anatomy is required, so I encourage any patient considering this to seek a physician who specializes in facial plastic surgery and possesses the level of expertise required. It is not only an option that delivers the most natural results, but it is longer-lasting as well. The standard lifetime of a “mini lift” is between three to five years, but with the M.A.D.E. facelift results typically last 10 to 12 years.

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For those embarking on this year’s TCS New York City Marathon, carb-loading is key. In fact, it’s a must, says Charlotte Martin RDN, LDN, a corporate dietician for Medifast. “During such events, your muscles become depleted of their normal glycogen stores after approximately 90 minutes, therefore jeopardizing athletic performance,” she says. That means you should eat your pre-race breakfast about three to four hours before the start of the race. “That’ll give your body enough time to digest and store a large amount of energy without giving it too much time to use it up.”

Model Heidi Klum and actors Will Ferrell and Teri Hatcher have run NYC Marathons in the past. Who will we see panting in this year’s race? Of course, carb-loading isn’t something you want to just jump into the day of the race, she adds. Like deciding to break in new shoes, changing your diet to suit a marathon or similar long-distance race goal is something you need to ease into. “The best pre-marathon meal can vary from one runner to another. What works for one person may cause stomach upset for another,” says Martin. She recommends planning your menu so it’s high in carbohydrates to fuel your body, moderately low in fat and fiber, and packed with protein that’ll help you power through the race. “Some great food options to incorporate are a bagel with low-fat cream cheese or peanut butter, a banana, low-fat yogurt, oatmeal, and an energy bar, such as Power Bar or ClifBar,” Martin says.

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Your yoga kick has matured past working out in old t-shirts, lugging your mat, and depriving yourself of the balanced relaxation you deserve. Here are a couple of goodies that’ll boost your sessions and help you look the part.


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You’re drinking your water, hitting the gym a few times of week, and taking your vitamins. But what about your kids? If you’re grilling up all your chicken, fish, and vegetables on Sunday for the week ahead, and then serving them hamburgers, macaroni, and fried chicken, there’s a problem. (Been there, done that.) It’s no shock that wellness starts at home – more specifically, at the dinner table. If your current living-healthy challenge is figuring out healthy, nutritious meals you can prepare for your family that they will actually enjoy, you’re not alone! “This goal can often feel overwhelming and unattainable in the face of daily responsibilities and overwhelming schedules,” says Melody Pourmoradi, a New York-based women’s wellness and lifestyle coach. “But with a little organization and some planning, your family will be on the path to collaboratively creating a lifestyle shift that will positively impact you all in years to come.” Sounds good to me! Especially since Pourmoradi says that it’s not that hard to make a few “simple and significant changes” to your family’s eating habits that can set them up for a healthy future.


Whole foods are just like they sound – as close to their natural form as possible that haven’t been refined or processed and are free from artificial substances. “A good hint to keep in mind, says Pourmoradi, is that “whole foods don’t have ingredients, they are the ingredients.” Adding whole foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and grains to your family’s menu whenever possible is one of the most important changes you will make in your family’s food choices.


After you’ve spent some time planning and creating a healthful menu for the upcoming week, declare an “Ingredient day” and get the kids involved. While you may need to man the chopping station, there’s no reason they can’t be in charge of washing produce or helping marinate meats (under your watchful eye, of course). Store your kitchen activity goods in air tight containers and organize them in the fridge. “That’ll make for easy access each evening as you begin your cooking adventures,” says Pourmoradi.


The all-hands-on-deck philosophy shouldn’t end with prep. In fact, says Pourmoradi, the sooner you get your kids in the kitchen, the healthier their relationship will be with food and eating. “They will also learn at a young age that they can make healthy choices and independently create foods that are pleasing to them.” Not to mention that cooking and experimenting together in the kitchen is a bonding experience for the whole family.


“It’s true that a family that eats together, stays together,” affirms Pourmoradi. Sharing a meal boasts benefits for the overall physical and emotional well-being of the whole family. Eat up!

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THREE MEALS YOU & THE KIDS WILL LOVE We asked Pourmoradi for a few of her favorite family meals, and were inspired (and now hungry!). You will be, too: Sweet Potato Sundaes Layer sweet potatoes with black beans, tomatoes, green peppers onions, and quinoa. “The beauty of this dish is that we can each tailor to our personal taste,” says Melody. Shakshuka This tasty Tunisian medley of tomatoes, organic eggs, peppers, and parsley is spiced with aromatic cumin and paprika. Serve with Ezekiel sprouted bread. Wild Salmon Steaks Season these with a homemade marinade consisting of fresh ginger, cilantro, rice wine vinegar, mirin, and sesame oil, then serve over a bed of jasmine rice.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! While receiving is fabulous, the spirit of the holiday season truly lies in giving. These entrepreneurs and brands are giving back by creating jobs, inspiring girls to pursue a higher education, and truly making an impact in people’s lives. By Vanessa Coppes

CAITLYN CROSBY | THE GIVING KEYS After a stay at a New York hotel, actress and singer/songwriter, Caitlin Crosby, started wearing the hotel key as a necklace while on tour. She had the idea to start engraving old, used keys with inspirational words. “I realized that, in a way, we are all like these keys – unique, flawed, scarred, and sometimes discarded by others,” she explains. Crosby wanted these keys to have their purpose renewed over and over again. Now, Crosby’s Giving Keys partners with several non-profit organizations that cater to individuals affected by homelessness.

COURTNEY MACAVINTA THE RESPECT INSTITUTE Courtney Macavinta, founder of The Respect Institute (TRI), is on a mission to make respect the status quo. TRI gives youth and their influencers the tools to redefine respect and build self-respect so they can break cycles of bullying, violence, abuse, inequality, poverty, poor health, unhealthy relationships, inadequate education, and early death. “When your self-respect is your engine, you can go anywhere in life,” says Macavinta.

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SSEKO DESIGNS Sseko Designs is a fashion brand based in Uganda. In addition to handbags and accessories, they manufacture beautiful leather sandals with interchangeable fabric straps that can be styled in hundreds of ways. Sseko began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women to continue on to university. And it’s working: Every woman who has graduated from Sseko is currently pursuing her college degree or has graduated and is on her way to making our world a more beautiful place.

BRI SEELEY THE INSPIRATIONAL WOMAN PROJECT Bri Seeley is the founder of The Inspirational Woman Project, created to change the world. Seeley believes every woman is inspirational and that by combining our individual inspiration we can create an impact felt by future generations of women. Her book, The Inspirational Woman Project, compiles 99 interviews with women of all ages from around the world about what it means to be a woman and how women inspire the world around them. The 100th interview is blank because whomever owns the book (or receives it as a gift!) gets to be that 100th inspirational woman. Seeley’s goal is to inspire others to inspire the world together. InspirationalWomanProject. B

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A BELLA NYC QUIZ By Jarrod Thalheimer

Okay, so 2015 is almost done, and with a brand new year charging up the stairs. Now is the perfect time for some personal reflection. Why wait for 2016 to go off the rails when a little post-game breakdown on the year about to pass might do wonders for getting things right early on? All it takes is a little thoughtful analysis to gauge your life from 2015. And truly, nothing says “thoughtful analysis” like a quiz!


Your home is quite literally a five-minute walk from your entire life – work, school, gym, fave shops, you name it. The rent/mortgage is unbelievable, leaving you with gobs of free cash to enjoy the city life. Even your neighbors are great – they bake for you! SCORE 18 The house is a fixer-upper but still has way more to like than not. Sure, it’s a little out of the way and a tad expensive, but it’s basically affordable. And the closest thing you have to a “weird neighbor” is that guy with 38 cats, and he lives almost an entire block away. SCORE 12 The only reason you even have a home to live in is because the previous occupant kicked the bucket and you happened to be walking by as the family was putting old furniture on the curb as the landlord hung out the “for rent” sign. You share your home with various species of rodents and insects who, incidentally, control more votes on the strata council than you do. As a bonus, they have agreed to roam your house only at night or when the lights are off – unless you have company. SCORE 2


Well-adjusted, caring, and supportive, your friends are always thrilled to see you. Routinely, they go out of their way to include you and always find ways to make time for helping with whatever problem or challenge you currently face. Late-night gatherings spent sharing good wine and great food are the norm. SCORE 16

You really only have two people you consider friends, and at any given time at least one of them will sell you out given the right circumstance. No matter, they’re always quick to laugh and great to hang out with. Plus, neither has ever made a genuine pass at you (not counting that one awkward moment last New Year’s Eve that involved a half-wheel of Stilton cheese and three goatskins of U-brew Muscatel). SCORE 12 The closest thing you have to a friend is the homeless guy you nod at each day on the way to work, and even he started giving you the cold shoulder after you dropped that half-bag of Skittles in his hat the other day. SCORE 2

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Body & Fitness

The mirror only gets better when you stand in front of it. You are healthy, trim, and fit. You love to get up and move whenever you have the chance. No creaks or groans when your body flexes as you regularly bound along in A-1, tip-top physical condition. SCORE 20 Your body is not exactly a temple, unless of course that temple happens to feature an extralarge area dedicated to oversized gatherings near the middle. Still, you remain basically okay with what you see – little fixes are needed here or there – but all in all you wouldn’t trade what you have for anyone else. Plus you have calves to die for. SCORE 15 It would not surprise you if one morning you woke to find accident scene tape wrapped around your entire body. It hurts to get up, it hurts to lie down, and moving at any pace faster than “spilled liquid” causes hot flashes. Losing 45 pounds would transform you from “obese” into merely “fat,” and the last time you contacted a personal trainer he burst into tears and “rage ate” an entire tub of red-pepper hummus. SCORE 1


You enjoy a great relationship with your mother, losing track of time as you spend hours on the phone chatting away. Your dad loves to come and visit, always forcing money on you or finding excuses to pay the rent or fill the pantry with food. Even little brother still sends cute texts just to see how you’re doing. Plus Aunt Edith never stops trying to set you up on dates with clients from the “Perfect 10” modeling agency she runs. SCORE 20 Mom and dad may have divorced a few years back but they still try to spend time with you whenever they can. Happily, you get at least two hours together before either lapses into slagging the other. Your sister no longer tries to borrow money constantly and instead limits herself to the odd night on your couch. Uncle Louie keeps trying to set you up on dates with people from the cab company he works at. SCORE 15

Your mother has never stopped competing with you, from wearing your clothes all through high school to working at stealing your boyfriends from the 10th grade on. Your dad is constantly hounding you for office supplies from work so he can move them on the street “for cash,” while your little sister stole your ID to grift a rental car. Your aunt keeps trying to set you up on “conjugals” with people from the prison she works at. SCORE 2 Half Page temp bella_Layout 1 7/10/14 12:21 PM Page 1

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Getting up for work each day is a dream. Your job is as fulfilling as it is challenging. Your boss loves you so much that he offered to give you his own office when the firm had no more money for yet another raise. You are recognized for your contributions to the company so much that you would probably work for free if you could afford to. It’s just that great! SCORE 20 Yours is maybe not the best job in the world but it is indoors and the air conditioning and heat work most of the time. The pay is not great but the lunchroom has donuts and a fridge that works. Yes, the boss is a didactic, uninspiring moron but at least he’s stopped giving you the stink eye whenever you take the last walnut crunch. All in all, things are fine. SCORE 15 Initially, the job seemed promising but believing it was possible to earn $7,000+ per month from an Internet connection without the involvement of pornography was slightly naïve. Sadly, job #2 wasn’t much better but at least handing out leaflets to hostile passersby did not require (as much) full-frontal nudity. SCORE 1

95-100 - Not only can’t you add, but you probably lied your butt off through the entire quiz out of some desperate need to either deceive yourself or others about the true state of your life. Nobody in real life is this freakin’ happy and perfect – ever. Try again. 75-94 points - Look, things are obviously pretty good. Life is good. You have nothing to complain about, so smile more. Folks would kill for what you have. 55-74 points - There seems to be some room for improvement but there’s no need for anything especially drastic. Maybe find a new place to live, another friend, or help a charity … it couldn’t hurt. 25-54 points - Things seem fairly grim. It might be time for a rather dramatic life change. 10-24 points - Don’t panic – there are lots of counselling and services available. Don’t be shy – get help now! 0-9 points - Seriously? Just find a new identity somehow, and start over. B

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SPREAD SOME HOLIDAY CHEER WITH BOOKS Sure, it’s easy to buy a slew of gift cards to hand out to friends and family this holiday season. But there’s a lot to be said for taking some extra time to pick something a little more personal. A thoughtfully chosen book is a great way to show someone that he or she ended up on your “nice” list this holiday season. Here are five suggestions that could make friends and family happy and merry this holiday season. By Barbara Bellesi “RAZZLE DAZZLE: The Battle for Broadway”

Michael Riedel (Simon & Schuster) Broadway shines bright, but is all that glitters really gold? Famed New York Post theatre columnist Michael Riedel takes readers through the turbulent past of Broadway, detailing the journey from the seediness and grime of Times Square in the mid-70s to the family-friendly theatre district of today. Riedel focuses on the rise of the Shubert Organization, which was revived by Bernard Jacobs and Jerry Schoenfeld to become one of the largest and most successful theatre empires in the world. The theatre is nothing without all the gossip, hijinks, and catfights that go on backstage, and there’s plenty of it all in this book, perfect for any arts lover on your list.

“THE BEST ADVICE IN SIX WORDS: Writers Famous and Obscure on Love, Sex, Money, Friendship, Family, Work, and Much More”

Larry Smith (St. Martin’s) Is six words really all it takes to impart wisdom? Larry Smith thinks it is. In his newest book to feature the six-word format, Smith has collected wisps of wisdom from both celebrities and non-celebrities to create a pint-sized book of advice that ranges from poignant to downright hilarious. Here’s a gem from Lemony Snicket: “Never, ever refuse a breath mint.” Fun fact: Larry Smith is married to Piper Kerman, author of the book “Orange Is the New Black” that inspired the hit Netflix series of the same name.


Jesse Eisenberg (Grove Press) Yes, it’s that Jesse Eisenberg. The Academy Award-nominee has written his first book, a selection of short fiction that shows a wit comparable to the likes of Woody Allen and David Sedaris. The titular story takes the reader on a journey through time from a modern-day L.A. to ancient Pompeii, while another story features a college co-ed traumatized by her roommate’s unruly behavior – which includes snatching one of her ramen noodle packages. Each story opens with an illustration by cartoonist Jean Jullien, adding another layer of humor to Eisenberg’s tales.

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Amy Stewart (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) The year is 1914, but Constance Kopp seems to be way ahead of her time. She’s not really interested in marriage – she’s taller than most men, anyway – and doesn’t really get out much, thanks to a family secret that has her and her sisters keeping a low profile for years. When an unfortunate buggy accident pits the sisters at the mercy of a gangster and his men, Constance steps up to help the sheriff, all while having to confront the secret that consumed her family. This page-turner of a tale is a fictional account of the real-life Constance Kopp, one of the first female deputy sheriffs in American history.

“MANOLO BLAHNIK: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions”

Manolo Blahnik et al. (Rizzoli) Here’s a gift for shoe lovers that will fit perfectly: a sumptuous coffee table book featuring a detailed pictorial of over four decades of haute heels and swanky stilettos from shoemaker extraordinaire, Manolo Blahnik. It features previously unpublished photos, as well as chapters dedicated to Blahnik’s inspirations (from Marie Antoinette to Goya and Velazquez) and fashion partnerships throughout his career. With a forward written by the master himself, this book is so gorgeous it might require an upgrade to a coffee table worthy of its pages.


Words can sometimes get in the way of a good story, which is why Larry Smith prefers his to be just six words in length. Back in 2006, the creator of Smith Magazine followed in Ernest Hemingway’s six-word story vein (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”) and began soliciting equally succinct stories from his readers. The result was his first book, “Not Quite What I Was Planning,” which compiled the shortest of short stories from all around the world. While the stories Smith receives are short on length, they were full of sincerity and candor that even a novel couldn’t evoke. “We’re all storytellers,” Smith says. “We’re not all plumbers, or doctors, or carpenters. But everyone is a storyteller one way or another. [Storytelling is] just a very easy way to connect to people.”


Jesse Eisenberg is not the first actor to have tried his hand at fiction, nor will he be the last. In fact, he joins a growing list of actors who shine both on the screen and on the page. Here are a few noteworthy actors who have taken on the role of fiction writer, along with their books:

Steve Martin “An Object of Beauty,” “Shopgirl,” and “The Pleasure of My Company”

Molly Ringwald “When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories”

Ethan Hawke “Ash Wednesday,” “The Hottest State,” and “Rules for a Knight” (coming out this November)

James Franco “Palo Alto: Stories”

Carrie Fisher “Postcards from the Edge,” “Delusions of Grandma,” and “The Best Awful”

Stephen Fry “The Hippopotamus” Meg Tilly “Singing Songs”

Books are one of our favorite choices for stocking stuffers. Here are a few more recommendations for gifts this holiday season: “WAKE UP HAPPY: THE DREAM BIG, WIN BIG GUIDE TO ACCOMPLISHING YOUR GOALS” by Michael Strahan Is there anything that Strahan can’t do? From NFL defensive end to talk show host extraordinaire, Strahan gives tips on to stay motivated when it comes to reaching your goals. “YOU FIRST: JOURNAL YOUR WAY TO YOUR BEST LIFE” by Lea Michele In this follow-up to her first book, “Brunette Ambition,” the star of stage and screen offers a guided journal that will inspire readers to find their best selves in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. “THE NOTORIOUS RBG: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG” by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has an ever-growing fan base, thanks to the wildly popular Notorious RBG Tumblr account, created by Knizhnik. In this book, Knizhnik teams with journalist Carmon to explain to the rest of the world what RBG fans already know and love about the feisty octogenarian. “BLISS” by Shay Mitchell and Michaela Blaney Mitchell, the star of “Pretty Little Liars,” has teamed up with her real-life bestie Blaney to craft their debut novel that features the lives of three friends in their 20s as they struggle in their quests for fame, fortune, and love. B

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SUZANNE CORSO By Dr. Robi Ludwig

In a place like New York City, where more is more and you can never have too much, I wanted to learn more about this exceptional woman who was saying something quite different.  Who was she? How could she say that if someone handed her $100 million today, she’d give it right back? I was impressed and intrigued. I didn’t know that several weeks later our social media paths would cross, and I would have the opportunity to meet Corso in person. We decided to meet at one of my favorite East Side restaurants, and even though it was our first encounter, I felt like I was lunching with a dear friend I had known all of my life.  Corso’s personality was open, honest, warm, and engaging. She talked about her difficult childhood, which included living on food stamps in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. She told me about how she was the child of a teenage mother who never wanted her in the first place and a father who was never around. She spoke about her beloved Jewish Grandmother Rose, who gifted her with her first typewriter and told her to write herself out of the story she was living. There were times when Corso’s story sounded more like a blockbuster movie. She was involved with an abusive mobster boyfriend who made her drop out of high school, a man who later would go to jail for committing multiple homicides. Several months afterward, she fell madly in love with her husband, Anthony, a successful trader at the time. They married six months later. It was Anthony who introduced her to a life of private planes, yachts, and exotic trips around the world. There were mansions, designer clothes, Birkin bags, and of course, summers in the Hamptons.  While living this rags-to-riches lifestyle, which had its tangible perks, Corso described a feeling of boredom and of feeling like an outsider. After her husband lost all of his money and later his job, Corso, although initially upset, held to the mantra, “Money doesn’t define you.”  Eventually, she used her dynamic life story as inspiration for her writing, which produced a trilogy of novels: “Brooklyn Story,” “The Suite Life,” and “Hello Hollywood” (with more on the way)! When I sat down to interview Corso, I wanted to know about her secret for happy living. How was she able to not let money define her? And most of all, how was she able to write herself “out of the story” she no longer wanted to live? Listen in… Your life has certainly been one of movie-like extremes, especially during your younger years. It could have turned out very differently. To what do you credit your amazing success? My faith ... without believing in something bigger than me, I have no idea where I’d be today. Writing my books helped me tremendously. I lived, and I wrote about it – changing names and places, of course! It became very cathartic for me being able to express myself on paper … that was a true gift. You say you’ve never been happier since losing $100 million. This is certainly not the typical feeling one would have after going through this type of financial loss. How has this experience helped you to be happier? Money does not define you, plain and simple. Coming from a poverty-driven existence in Bensonhurst back in

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the day, then becoming a woman who was worth over $100 million takes a toll on you emotionally: [it’s] rags to riches, then riches to rags. Through it all, I remained true to myself and managed to keep my own identity as a mother and an author. Money should enhance your life as well as [that of] others around you, definitely not overrule it. What do you think people misunderstand about what it’s like to be very wealthy? We live in a world where money is overemphasized, and it’s sad, very sad. Money is a wonderful thing and can help so many of us, but when it’s misused, it can lead to very bad consequences: power trips … egotistical behavior. We have to keep ourselves in check. You have to know your priorities and pay attention to the stuff that really matters – like hugs and kisses. When people meet you, you’re so positive, open, and warm; there’s not one iota of bitterness. Where does all of your optimism and positive attitude come from? Again, I refer to my faith and my belief in the Blessed Mother, the only real mother I have here on earth after losing mine at an early age. Life gives us our battles. How we fight them determines who we are and what God gives us in return. I truly feel like what you give, you get back. So I remain positive through it all. What advice would you give someone who seems to have lost everything, or is not where they want to be in life but wants to turn things around, like you did, for the better? First and foremost, find God or something higher than yourself in the universe, and start to plant seeds to have a better life. Then do what makes you happy. Follow the drive that stems from within.


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Your Grandmother Rose gave you amazing advice, she told you “to write yourself out of your story.” How did you write yourself out of the story you didn’t want to live and make it into something better? I took that old Smith Corona typewriter and started writing “Brooklyn Story.” As I typed, I knew how much I needed to escape my life and only time would tell where I would ultimately wind up – which, by the way, turned out to be a great place! Through my words I realized my destiny and that life is good. Did you need to change your perspective to overcome the loss of what money had given you? Of course! I went from welfare and food stamps to a Ritz Carlton New York City apartment. Life has to come in waves and balance; that is very crucial to our overall well-being. I lived as life came at me. I managed to stay afloat. I have a beautiful, intelligent daughter who needed me and still does. Losing money makes us realize what’s truly important in the scope of it all. What advice can you give to others, so they too can write themselves out of the story they don’t want to live and into living the story they do want to have? Be you. Own up to who you are. Never care about what people think and live your life your way. You only go around once. Enjoy! Don’t be afraid. If it’s meant to be, it shall be. What do you think helps people to shine after some life storms come their way? Having an attitude of gratitude. You have to shine from within after a storm and come out dry. Otherwise you have learned nothing, and God will repeat it until the lesson will be learned. Be wise, and live with grace. What’s next for you? What can we expect to see in the next exciting chapter in your life? I just finished my second trilogy of books, and I’m turning my first trilogy into a TV series. So there will be a lot more stories, drama, and life. B


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‘Tis the season to get away and enjoy your time off. But during the hectic holidays, the last thing you need to add to your to-do list is planning a vacation. Let the elves at these destinations do all the work for you! By Sascha Zuger


Swoosh your way into an easy-peasy, one-stop destination that has everything you need to build memories and some serious quads from the world class skiing. Don’t fret over snowy driving, let the pros at Colorado Mountain Express whisk you from the airport to your getaway. Once in the charming village of Beaver Creek, everything you need will be a stroll, Snowcat ride, or complimentary shuttle away. Although everything you might want in a snowy getaway is here, the real draw is the skiing: 1,832 skiable acres along a 3,340-foot vertical rise serviced by 25 lifts and 150 different trails make this ideal for all levels. If you have kids in tow, the resort offers one of the top ski schools, with every level catered to by enthusiastic Ambassadors ready to keep young skiers and boarders happy (and ready to crash at the end of a long day on the slopes!). The Ultimate 4 Ski or Boarding all-day lesson ensures no more than four in the group, for great learning potential geared toward different ages and ability levels. It’s a fave among teens! Unwind from a day on the slopes and give those sore muscles a gift with a visit to Allegria Spa, a European-style luxury day spa with 23 treatment rooms and an Aqua Sanitas water sanctuary, complete with a shoulder soothing soak under a heated mountain waterfall. Modeled after Roman Baths, the five-step experience includes a natural spring Thermae Pool, Caldarium Mineral Pools, cooling Cascata Rainshower, and wintergreen-scented Caldarium Steam finished on the contoured loungers in the Tepidarium. ALLEGRIASPA.COM Elegant, sophisticated and step-above-service Osprey at Beaver Creek – the closest hotel to a chairlift in North America – is just steps from the charming pedestrian village, with the convenience of a slope side ski valet keeping your gear at the ready. Relax under the falling snow from a steaming hot tub or pool, the poolside bar will keep you supplied with hot toddies. THEOSPREYATBEAVERCREEK.COM A trip to Beano’s Cabin is a must, from the unique open-air-sleigh-pulledby-snowcat up to the remote White River National Forest peak where this picturesque eatery is nestled, to the live music and five-course gourmet talents of Chef Bill Greenwood. Time for the sunset ride up and snuggle up under the stars on the way down. BEANOSCABINBEAVERCREEK.COM

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AZUL BEACH BY KARISMA RIVIERA MAYA, KARISMAHOTELS.COM Kick off those holiday stockings for a solid dose of barefoot elegance at this intimate beachside resort. A champagne toast check-in (Nickelodeon smoothie toast for the kids!) sets the mood as you choose from an aromatherapy and pillow menu before being escorted to your home away from home for the holidays. Kids will find their happy place at the Azulitos by Nickelodeon Kids Club, while parents escape for a scuba lesson or enjoy a frosty umbrella drink from one of the many beachside lounging beds dotting the grass along a half-mile stretch of sugary white sand. Evening kids’ shows and movie nights provide a perfect excuse for an unforgettable romantic dinner on the beach followed by a moonlight massage by the Vassa Spa pros. Don’t let the boutique size of this gourmet inclusive property fool you: Five restaurants, including an all-lobster menu and multiple swim-up bars stocked with premium bebidas await to ensure your every craving is satisfied. Even babies are taken care of, with Gerber on the menu in eateries and room service and sterilizers available for rooms. For a real treat, visit Agavero, a tequila lounge featuring a frozen bar top to keep drinks chilled and over 30 different tequilas, including Añejo, Reposado, and Blanco.

FOUR SEASONS LOS ANGELES AT BEVERLY HILLS CALIFORNIA, FOURSEASONS.COM Even busy celebs have to relax around the holidays, so why not head to where the rich and fabulous treat themselves when they can’t spare time for a long-distance getaway. Bonus: The weather is ideal at this time of year and there’s no need for passport to enjoy a little sun and fun. The whole hotel is a scene, from the chic lounge that always stays hopping, to the lavish second-to-none Sunday Brunch, with 10 unique food stations serving everything from sushi to eggs benedict and customized Bloody Mary and juice bars. Check in, and check out thanks to a magnificent pool area flanked by lush tropical greenery. If you made the “Nice List,” splash out with a celeb-inspired cabana package. Relax Like the Stars includes a private poolside cabana, multiple spa treatments, Evian and Press Juicery bevvies galore, and even a pair of Barton Perreira sunglasses to complete the vibe. The Hollywood Crowd kicks it up a notch with Boozy Pops, Veuve Clicquot, mani/pedis, and more. One of the true highlights of the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is the spa. We sent our beauty tester to try their newest treatment, The Diamond Youth Facial (SilkPeel Dermalinfusion with a patented diamond-tip vacuum technology, infused customized serum directly into the epidermis, and a mask to firm and tone, finished off with Innovative Skincare’s new Youth Serum). “I will say my experience was glorious. I left looking and feeling rejuvenated, and just like they promised, my skin did glow.” B

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A wonder of the world, a true gift to the eyes during the holidays or really any time of year, the Arizona desert is amazingly beautiful. It’s packed with wild cactus, painted canyons, and some of the most dramatic sunsets in the world. Noted for its vibrant arts community and soaring red rock formations (half tucked in a blanket of snow over the holidays) that cradle an array of resorts, spas, art galleries and boutique wineries, Sedona walks the line between soul-nourishing remote desert and pampered lavishness. By Gwen Wunderlich-Smith

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We checked in at the serene Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, and were tempted to simply relax in the sophisticated grey and blue oasis. The calming atmosphere of our rooms was further enhanced by the crackle of the fireplace and a private balcony beckoning us to take off our coat and stay awhile, but the Verde Valley Wine Trail awaited. We visited five wineries with six different tasting rooms, each boasting a unique personality and skillfully crafted wines to satisfy even the most discerning palate, along with a lesson in production and the history of Arizona wines. It was the perfect teaser to our delectable dinner at the hotel’s signature eatery, The Grille at Shadowrock. We adored the fresh southwestern menu and mouth-watering desserts, particularly relishing the chilled shrimp and avocado cocktail, seared salmon, and the “too tall” carrot cake. Having dessert by the outdoor fire pit made the perfect ending to a delicious meal. Adventure awaited us when we sprung out of our Serenity Beds the next morning (there’s a reason they call them Suite Dreams Mattresses). After an herbal tea overlooking the breathtaking vistas from our patio, we set off for a private red rock off-road jeep adventure. Whether seeking rugged adventure, Native American history and culture, nature, geology, or panoramic views, there is a tour for you. (We recommend Pink Jeeps’ exciting “Broken Arrow” Tour.) To recover our Zen after the wild morning, we headed to body and soul-restoring eforea spa, tucked away inside the Sedona Athletic Club. Complete with whirlpool tubes, saunas, steam rooms, and clothing-optional sundecks overlooking green mesas and red rocks, we quickly slipped into a plush robe and relaxed on chaise lounges in Stillpoint, a tranquil oasis reserved for guests receiving treatments. We opted for High Desert Renewal massages, using cedar and sage to ground you as you are cleansed, polished, and wrapped in a hazy cocoon. Much like the father in “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” we confess it was not long before we found our way to the sundeck, curled up with a blanket, and just settled down into a long winter’s nap. B

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Hard Rock Ibiza

THE PERFECT MEDICINE FOR A JOYOUS HOLIDAY A true mix of naughty and nice, Ibiza, one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, is acclaimed for beat-thumping all night parties and the stimulating scene in the Old Town and Sant Antoni. But it’s also home to sleepy hidden hamlets, yoga retreats and peaceful tree-lined coves and beaches. By Dara Kaplan


With thousands of beautiful people to watch and everything from jet skis to kayaks to beach clubs, this is a spot for the people-loving traveler. Do not expect to get much quiet here, unless it’s after hours, and after hours on Ibiza means 6 a.m. Catch the sunset while listening to a world class DJ from your lounge chair.


This is one of the island’s most beautiful locations to see a stunning sunset and take a nighttime dip. It’s secluded, quiet and a drive down from the treetops. Stop here for a vivid, otherworldly, true Mediterranean experience.


This is Ibiza’s most famous open-air club, where you can listen to chart-topping DJs, such as Aviciii, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell and Alesso, as the sun goes down. USHUAIAIBIZA.COM

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Take the high-speed, 30-minute ferry to the southernmost of the Balearic Islands, Formentera, Ibiza’s younger, quieter little sister. Here you can visit untouched sands with the clearest waters you can imagine. There is also a great, low-key town to dine in and you can even stay overnight in a hotel. Be sure to brush up on your Italian before hopping on the ferry: Formentera is a famously Italian tourist beach destination and is rumored to be where Kate Moss goes to unwind from the craziness of Ibiza.


Yes, it is next to Ibiza’s famous open air concert stadium Ushuaia, so if you don’t want to hear Ibiza’s most famous DJ’s, ask for a room on the western side (although, who doesn’t want a free concern from A-list performers?). The atmosphere is curated to be upscale, yet anything but uptight — where else can you see Lady Gaga and Elton John’s costumes every morning? We loved the Rock Star Suite, inspired by David Bowie (who was renowned for traveling to Ibiza to find inspiration – how cool). HRHIBIZA.COM


This boasts the most stunning stretches of sand, surf and sun on the island. The water is a sparkling graduation of cerulean to jade green to turquoise set against the backdrop of Es Vedra. Be sure to give yourself some time to hike up to Es Vedra.


Legends says that Es Vedra is home to the sirens and sea-nymphs from “Homer’s Odyssey” and that the stone of the island was used to build the Egyptian Pyramids, Stonehenge and Easter Island. It’s also said that this highly mysterious island is the third most magnetic location on the planet (right behind the north pole and the Bermuda Triangle). Another longstanding tale is that the Es Vedra is the tip of the ancient sunken Atlantis civilization. All we know is that it’s a favorite place for locals to do yoga and meditate. Locals say good luck comes to those who make a wish as soon as Es Vedra comes into view.

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With the holidays upon us, what better way to celebrate this special time than with a delightful stay at the beautiful and iconic Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara? Head north from Los Angeles and within 90 minutes you will be nestled high up in the mountains with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the California coastal town below. The Forbes Five-Star luxury retreat will offer you quiet respite and serenity in any of the 92 bungalows and suites dotted around the lush grounds on the seven-acre property. First opened in 1918 and re-launched after a 7-year, $134million renovation, the property still retains its quaint charm while delivering all of the modern amenities to make it one of the best resorts in town. One of the highlights of staying at Belmond El Encanto is enjoying culinary delights at The Dining Room and Terrace, which features local and artisanal ingredients enjoyed while looking out at the expansive and breathtaking views. Over the holidays the hilltop resort will feature special menus with seasonally inspired entrees with The Wine Room a great place to reserve for an intimate holiday gathering for up to 12 people. And to unwind even more, The Spa at El Encanto is the most idyllic spot to cater to your every whim, making the Belmond El Encanto the perfect destination for travelers looking to escape the holiday hustle and bustle of LA. BELMOND.COM

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Hatchet Hall is a fun and festive destination to include on your list of places to entertain during the holiday season. The unique Culver City restaurant is a wood fire cookery focused on quality ingredients and old American techniques. Think of it as Californian fare with some Southern charm and a cocktail menu to keep you well lubricated. The intentionally-weathered look of the expansive building contradicts its modern feel. But with the outdoor patio area and dim dining room amongst its seating options, Hatchet Hall ensures that it works for any and every occasion. With succulent game hen, beef fat potatoes, wood grilled rib eye and rabbit on the menu, you’ll certainly want to leave your calorie counter at home. But I promise you it will be worth every single morsel. After all, its dedicated Oyster bar, array of vegetable dishes, and fresh salads ensure there’s something on the menu for everyone’s palate. And don’t miss the “Old Man” bar hidden away at the back of the eatery, open only from 8 pm to 2 am. It serves up house-made vermouth, an extensive wine selection, and rare spirits to keep all in the holiday cheer. HATCHETHALLLA.COM


Tomoko Spa in Beverly Hills is a Japanese oasis that is a delectable five-star experience from start to finish and one of my favorite spas in California.


Matt Goss has been wowing crowds for years with his velvet voice, headlining stadiums, and performing for the Queen. Now the multi-platinum artist has joined forces with Susan G. Komen to raise awareness and much needed funds in the fight against breast cancer. The cause is of particular importance to Goss as he was inspired by his mom Carol’s strength as she battled the disease, but sadly succumbed to it in 2014.

As soon as you walk through the door you are divested of your shoes and put into Japanese slippers, and guided into a minimalist but cozy waiting area where you are presented with a tray filled with tea, water, and a sweet treat to start your decompression from the outside world. Once you enter your large massage room, which is fitted with a shower or bath, you change into your kimono robe and perch on the sofa to begin your session.

His rousing and empowering song “Strong” is an embodiment of his passion for the fight against the dreadful illness. It also serves as a soundtrack for anyone pushing through a challenging time in his or her lives. Goss is a tireless cancer advocate, lending his voice wherever he can to help find a cure and bring relief to those currently fighting.

The signature Tomoko massage, which I highly recommend, begins with a 15-minute detox foot cleanse and massage, which the therapist administers, knelt before you. (Just this was enough to zen me out!) And then on to what I can only describe as one of the best massages I have ever received. Using a combination of Swedish and Japanese techniques, oiled palm strokes and circular thumb movements, and the addition of warm stones to the treatment enables the release of all tension, soothes aching muscles, and rebalances the body’s ailing systems. There are also romantic couple’s massage options for you and your S.O. It’s no wonder Tomoko is a hidden favorite of stars like Jessica Alba and Cash Warren.

The British star also performs four times a week at his residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where he regularly plays to sold out audiences in what has been called the ‘hottest show’ in town. MATTGOSS.LA

If you want pure relaxation in a discreet and warm setting, experience one of the most uplifting massages ever, Tomoko Spa is a must! It’s no coincidence that this insomniac had the best night’s sleep in months after my treatment. … it’s the best spa in Beverly Hills! TOMOKOSPA.COM B

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AROUND TOWN BELLA NEW YORK’S FALL FASHION COVER PARTY AT TRUMP TOWER, HOSTED BY NICKY HILTON On Thursday, September 10, 2015, BELLA New York and OK!TV kicked off New York Fashion Week with the September/October 2015 Fall Fashion issue cover star, Nicky Hilton, who hosted the event at New York City’s iconic Trump Tower. Other notable guests in attendance: Alexa Ray Joel, Randy Jackson, Wiltay, Dorinda Medley (“Real Housewives of New York”), Jill Zarin (“Real Housewives of New York”), Jen Lilley (“Days of Our Lives”), Stassi Schroeder (“Vanderpump Rules”), Lori-Ann Marchese (“Game of Crowns”), Nicole Kulovany (Miss New York), Tamsen Fadal (PIX11), Delaina Dixon (VH1’s “The Gossip Table”), and fashion designer CD Greene.

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SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, SHORT HILLS AND BELLA PARTNER FOR THE MEN’S FLOOR RELAUNCH BELLA teamed up with Saks Fifth Avenue to celebrate the relaunch of the newly redesigned men’s floor on Friday, October 2, 2015. Proceeds from the event benefitted Rutgers University.

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SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, WALT WHITMAN HOSTS VIP PERSONAL PATH TO BEAUTY BELLA Beauty Director Janene Mascarella hosted Saks Fifth Avenue’s VIP Personal  Path to Beauty Event on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Guests were treated to expert insight about fall beauty and fashion trends, as well as presentations and demos by three luxury beauty brands: By Terry, Molton Brown, and Chantecaille.

LOVELY HAPPENINGS PRESENT PINTEREST-INSPIRED WORKSHOP As co-founders of Lovely Happenings, sisters Rachael Grayson and Jaclyn Fischer recently brought a series of lifestyle workshop events to NYC. BELLA joined a crowd of over 125 New York City women at Home Studios in Union Square on Saturday, October 10, 2015, for a real-time, interactive Pinterest-inspired event that presented guests with a variety of cooking, fashion, beauty, fitness, and DIY demonstrations. Attendees also enjoyed light refreshments, cocktails, and took home a copy of BELLA.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS & ELEVEN HOST AMBITION SERIES EVENT Eleven and YES! Dress For Success’ volunteer network hosted the Ambition Series focused on Entrepreneurship at RAB Lighting in Chelsea on October 1, 2015. The evening’s conversation focused on the entrepreneurial experience, advice for getting started, and the power of leaning out and being confident. All proceeds from the event were donated to Dress For Success, and Dagne Dover contributed over $50,000 in product donations to the nonprofit.

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BEST-SELLING R&B GROUP PERFORMS AT JETBLUE’S T5 The best-selling R&B group of all time, Boyz II Men, held a performance at JetBlue’s Terminal 5 on September 24, 2015. Nate, Shawn, and Wanya then took four lucky contest winners and their guests to spend the weekend in Vegas and experience their show at The Mirage’s Terry Fator Theatre. AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE LOUVRE’S YOUNG PATRONS CIRCLE KICK OFF FALL EVENT SEASON AT ALBERTINE BOOKS On October 7, 2015, the Young Patrons Circle of American Friends of the Louvre hosted its annual Fête de Rentrée fall kick-off event. The event was held at Albertine Books, as well as the exquisite second floor marble landing of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Guests enjoyed macaroons and petit fours, along with wine and champagne while admiring a special selection of Paris- and art-themed coffee table books.

LONG ISLANDERS SUPPORT UJA-FEDERATION OF NEW YORK AT ANNUAL SUMMERFEST Long Islanders enjoyed a cool cocktail party and private concert by Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 in Westbury, NY, in support of the UJA-Federation of New York. During the event, David Pelton received the prestigious Robert S. Boas Award for Community Leadership. Chairs of the event were Kym and Alan Chartash, Ilana and Matt Engel, and Jennifer and Lior Rusinek.

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UNITED NATIONS COCKTAIL RECEPTION On September 29, 2015, the United Nations held a cocktail reception in honor of their 70th anniversary. The event recognized the work of David Donoghue, Ambassador of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Ambassador of Kenya, in negotiating the Development Agenda. Heads of State and notable celebrities joined the celebration.

BELLA SUPPORTS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WITH ELIZABETH HURLEY Bloomingdales’ Short Hills kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a luncheon hosted by The Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness campaign ambassador Elizabeth Hurley on September 30, 2015. For over 20 years, Hurely has traveled the world with The Estee Lauder Companies spreading important messages about breast health and lifesaving breast cancer research. For BELLA’s exclusive interview with Elizabeth, visit

FILM FESTIVAL PLANNED FOR STATEN ISLAND IN 2016 Actor and filmmaker Steve Stanulis announced he will be bringing the International Film Festival to Staten Island, NY, in 2016. The three-day event will begin October 13, 2016, at the St. George Theatre, Historic Richmondtown, and Snug Harbor, giving Staten Islanders a chance to showcase their work. The press conference announcing the event was held at the Hilton Garden Inn’s Above Lounge.

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1. Best thing about living in NYC? You can get a Milky Way delivered to your apartment at midnight. 2. Favorite restaurant? The Smith on Broadway – outdoor seating, great food, nice people! 3. Favorite neighborhood? The Upper West Side. It feels very “neighborhoody” – strollers and coffee shops – and Central Park is steps away. 4. The best part of my job is… The wine.


Some people know their purpose early in life; others struggle to find the right path. My book “Where We Belong” explores the courageous, surprising, and inspiring ways people discover their life’s true purpose. You will meet a handful of everyday Americans and a few celebs who have found their sense of belonging ... and with that, true happiness.

5. A visit to New York isn’t complete until… You go to a Broadway show. I have seen “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” eight times! #EnoughSaid

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6. Subways or cabs? Subway for Yankees or Mets games, cabs for all else (unless the president is in town, or the UN, or a parade, or a street fair …). 7. Best advice you’ve ever received? If you want New York to feel like home, get to know your ‘hood – the guy who sells you newspapers, the person who makes you coffee at Starbucks, the man at the bodega. Those few blocks by your apartment become your neighborhood. Suddenly, New York isn’t so big and scary anymore. 8. One “must-have” beauty item? Umbrella (I have weather-sensitive hair). 9. How do you define beauty? Confidence and a good blowout – not necessarily in that order. B

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