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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
can’t believe it’s that time of year again... the holidays! In my opinion, it’s the best time of the year. There is a magical feeling as you walk down the streets with the lights all aglow, holiday songs playing, and feelings of giving and joy in abundance. With that said, I love our choice for the second issue cover: Actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, and inspirational speaker, Candace Cameron Bure. She is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith and gave BELLA an inside look into how she has maintained such a successful career while balancing life as a wife and mother. I am thrilled to share this fun, exclusive interview with you! Of course, the holiday cheer doesn’t end there— we also sat down with Kiefer Sutherland in “Up Close and Personal,” and Areva Martin, America’s go-to expert on legal, political, women’s, and children’s issues in “The LA Life.”
You will also find gift guides galore with something for everyone on your list, trips of a lifetime, holiday fashion and beauty tips, as well as an inside look at our fabulous fall launch party that was held at Sofitel Beverly Hills in September. For everything BELLA and more exclusive content that you can only find online, check out BellaLAMag.com and our east coast counterpart BellaNYMag.com. I wish you a fabulous and festive holiday season!
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As West Coast Managing Director for BELLA, Michele DiNardo takes pride in showcasing the style and unique offerings of her hometown of Los Angeles. DiNardo also guides the teams that create thrilling images for the magazine. DiNardo started her career in marketing and events, eventually producing and styling runway shows, videos, and commercials. In addition to her role at BELLA, she is also part of an exciting start-up, StarsiteTV.
Matthew Carey is a writer, journalist, and photographer whose work has appeared on CNN, CNN International, NBCNews.com, and Documentary.org. He has written and produced documentaries on Denzel Washington, Ben Affleck, Cameron Diaz, Matthew McConaughey, and other stars. His passion for the documentary art form inspired him to launch Nonfictionfilm.com in 2014, a site devoted to exploring new work from major filmmakers. His latest for BELLA showcases independent filmmaker Ondi Timoner (page 58).
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Stephanie Stephens, M.A., is a print and digital journalist, host, and producer specializing in lifestyle, health, and celebrity content—she’s interviewed nearly 230 celebrities. Stephens produces and hosts audio and video, and is currently pitching two television shows. In this issue, she talked about inspiration, holiday traditions, and more with “America’s Advocate,” Areva Martin (page 62).
Jordana Woodland is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Naked Princess, a luxury line of lingerie, loungewear, beauty, and home accessories. Drawing from designs and styles from her worldwide travels, Woodland has curated a collection that combines her passions, ambition, and personal aesthetic. Her Los Angeles flagship boutique features couture lingerie that combines elegance and beauty, much like the women who wear it.
World famous photographer and BELLA West Coast Fashion Director John Russo does it all, from photographing celebrities like Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, and Leonardo DiCaprio (to name a few) to shooting high-profile advertising campaigns for Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana. His work has graced the covers of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Esquire, and BELLA.
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CONTENTS THE HOLIDAY ISSUE CANDACE CAMERON BURE
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Sleek Sleeves, Wine O’Clock, Stomp the Yard, Winter White, ‘Tis the Season to Sparkle, Work to Play, Fur Mania, Upgrade to Suede, Style Profile: Jaynee Berkman, Designer Profile: Blythe Harris, Time to Shine
30 || FEARLESSLY FESTIVE Add Some Spice to Your Holiday Style
38 || BEAUTY SCENE
Gift of Gorgeous, Luxury Holiday Beauty Savers, Celebrity Beauty Secrets, Shine On, Hit the Holiday Red Carpet
50 || THE 2016 HOLIDAY LUXE GIFT LIST
Over-the-Top Treasures They’ll Love
56 || ARTS & CULTURE FEARLESSLY FESTIVE
THE 2016 HOLIDAY LUXE GIFT LIST
Not-So-Silent Nights To Ring in the Holidays
58 || LA ARTIST SPOTLIGHT Ondi Timoner
60 || LA PEOPLE Danica Perez
62 || THE LA LIFE
Holiday Cheer with Areva Martin
66 || CANDACE CAMERON BURE Family and Success the Second Time Around
72 || UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
Kiefer Sutherland: Living the Best of Both Worlds
76 || THE FIVE HOT TABLES IN LOS ANGELES Exclusive Eateries Everyone Loves
78 || CHOW BELLA Le Petit Paris, Salazar
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CONTENTS THE HOLIDAY ISSUE LA PEOPLE: DANICA PEREZ
80 || CHOW BELLA SPOTLIGHT The Stars Shine in John Terzian’s World
82 || MIND + BODY
Must-Have Gifts, Be a Better You, From Corporate Lawyer to Ambassador of Sweat, A Celeb Chef’s A-Lister Eating Tips
90 || LOVE IN THE CITY
Christmas Do’s and Don’ts for Couples
92 || SOPHISTICATED SPACES Home for the Holidays
94 || A NOVEL IDEA
A Book Lover’s Holiday Guide
96 || MAKE AN IMPACT The Season of Giving
98 || HOLIDAY FAMILY-TIME STRESS? How to Make It Work
100 || TRAVEL The Very Nice List
102 || TRAVEL SPOTLIGHT Orlando Reimagined
104 || TRAVEL DIARY Palm Beach, Florida
106 || A JET SETTER’S GUIDE TO RINGING IN 2017 Celebrate New Year’s Across the World
108 || CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Snapshots of West Coast Living
110 || AROUND TOWN Behind the Scenes with BELLA
116 || LA 11 Dorothy Wang
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By Marcus Stewart
Sleeves, sleeves, and more sleeves. This winter, don’t be afraid to go the extra length. Designers such as Tibi and Jason Wu showcased long, exaggerated sleeves during their Fall/Winter shows, and the 68th Emmy Award confirmed that the longer the sleeve, the more chic the look. See for yourself…
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1 | ANGELA BASSETT WEARING CHRISTIAN SIRIANO 2 | LINDSEY VONN WEARING STELLO 3 | SARAH PAULSON WEARING PRADA 4 | PADMA LAKSHMI WEARING NAEEM KHAN 5 | NINA GARCIA WEARING VALENTINO 6 | LILY TOMLIN WEARING MARK ZUNINO BELLALAMAG.COM 15
THE STYLE REPORTACCESSORIES Spread the Word Necklace $32.99, 7CharmingSisters.com
IT’S WINE O’CLOCK! BURGUNDY IS THE COLOR TO WEAR THIS SEASON. KEEP THINGS RED HOT WITH THESE BOLD STAPLES IN YOUR CLOSET. OUR FAVORITE ITEMS WILL HELP YOU DAZZLE DURING THE HOLIDAYS. By Amanda Mactas
Work Your Magic Earrings $26.99, 7CharmingSisters.com
Gemstone Stack Ring with Garnet $250, HelenFicalora.com
Vanira Heel $128, VinceCamuto.com
Nova Leather Tech Touchscreen Gloves $75, URPowered.com
LPF-15S-U1089 $70, JinsEyewear.com
Waldorf Top Handle Satchel $398, HenriBendel.com
Logan Convertible Wristlet $148, Botkier.com
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Rachel $200, JoanOloffShoes.com
Alyson $207, JoanOloffShoes.com
Moritz Emerald Suede and Fur Ankle Boot $1,625, GianvitoRossi.com
STOMP THE YARD STOMP THE STREETS LIKE YOU’RE WALKING THE RUNWAY. FROM ANKLE BOOTIES TO KNEE HIGHS, BOOTS NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE, ESPECIALLY DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR. MAKE ‘EM STAND OUT!
Corin Embroidered Boot $795, AliceAndOlivia.com
The Buckle Boot $1,095, Burberry.com
By Amanda Mactas
Somerra Boot $259, LouiseEtCie.com
Haircalf Bootie $228, AnnTaylor.com
Pellino Suede Ankle Boots $495, LKBennett.com Kesta Boot $239, VinceCamuto.com
THE STYLE REPORT WINTER WHITE
By Melissa Bolona
I love the holiday season and how festive it is. The winter white of this cape combined with the fur neck is just begging to be worn to a holiday party, and these hybrid pant/boots are the ultimate in easy dressing since they take the guesswork out of matching. Iâ€™ll be living in all of these pieces this winter.
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Sofia Cashmere Mink Fur-Trim Cashmere Capelet, Ivory $1,999, BergdorfGoodman.com
Melissa is wearing an Emilio Pucci cape, Tamara Mellon pant/shoe hybrid, Givenchy satchel, Diorshow mascara, Burberry lipstick
Dior Diorshow Mascara in Black $28.50, Sephora.com
Byredo Seema Small Satchel $1,900, Barneys.com
Burberry Full Kisses Nude Beige $30, US.Burberry.com
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Tamara Mellon Sweet Revenge-Suede S $1,495, TamaraMellon.com
Alexander McQueen RoundNeck Cropped Feather Jacket $2,800, MatchesFashion.com
Balmain Metallic Tulle-Paneled Stretch-Knit Bodysuit $2,325, Net-A-Porter.com
Marni Crystal-Embellished Ring $187, MatchesFashion.com
The Row Aneme Silk-Satin Mini Dress $1,950, Net-A-Porter.com
‘TIS THE SEASON TO SPARKLE By Jordana Woodland
IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH YOUR NEAREST AND DEAREST! STYLISHLY HOP FROM ONE HOLIDAY PARTY TO THE NEXT BY SIMPLY ADDING A FEW KEY STATEMENT PIECES. START WITH A CLASSIC LBD BUT THEN TURN UP THE FUN BY ADDING A TEXTURED JACKET AND AN EYE-CATCHING, CHUNKY RING. IF YOU PREFER TO HAVE YOUR CLOTHING DO THE TALKING, MAKE A STATEMENT WITH A BOLD, PATTERNED BODYSUIT AND ADD SIMPLE ACCESSORIES LIKE A THIN GOLD CHOKER AND SEXY STILETTO HEEL. WHATEVER YOU DECIDE, JUST MAKE SURE YOU’RE HAVING FUN. ’TIS THE SEASON, AFTER ALL! JordanaWoodland, NakedPrincess
AVIA Metallic Bow Leather Gloves $139, TedBaker.com
Camille K Signature Pearle Choker $525, BlueAndCream.com
Stella McCartney Lips iPhone 6/6s Case $64, MatchesFashion.com
Gianvito Rossi Suede Ankle Strap Heels $1,095, Fwrd.com
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For going from office to party
The Leela Slipper $290, KevynWynn.c om
1 DAY ACCESSORIES:
1. Maison Jules Cardigan $59.50, Macys.com 2. Waldorf Wallet on a Chain $250, HenriBendel.com
3. Flora Pearl Pull-Through Hoops $88, HenriBendel.com
1. Lili Stud Earring $92, BonheurJewelry.com
4. Alexis Bittar Golden Studded Lucite Panther Hinge Cuff Bracelet $225, SaksFifthAvenue.com
2. Victoria Pumps $585, LodovicoZordanazzo.com 3. Mabree Rhinestone Clutch $64, NinaShoes.com
5. L.K. Bennett Parka Velvet Ankle-Strap Block-Heel Pumps $345, SaksFifthAvenue.com
4. Jaipur Mixed Gemstone Five Row Bangle $5,500, MarcoBicego.com
3 Chiffon Bow Dress $478, KateSpade.com
WORK TO PLAY, HOLIDAY STYLE By Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan
THEY SAY BUSINESS AND PLEASURE DON’T MIX, BUT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON ALL IT TAKES IS ONE FABULOUS DRESS AND A QUICK ACCESSORIES SWITCH TO SEAMLESSLY TURN WORK INTO PLAY.
OPT FOR A FLIRTY AND FUN HALTER DRESS WITH A BOW AT THE NECK. IT’S PERFECTLY APPROPRIATE FOR THE OFFICE WITH A CARDIGAN OR BLAZER, AND SUPER CHIC WITH STATEMENT JEWELRY FOR AN AFTER HOURS CELEBRATION WITH CO-WORKERS. SIMPLY PACK A BAG OF FLASHIER JEWELS, SHOES, AND MORE, AND GET READY TO BE PARTY READY IN NO TIME!
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THE STYLE REPORT OBSESSION
Ann Taylor Faux Fur Pom Pom $29.50, AnnTaylor.com
Kate Spade Faux Fox Short Gloves $118, KateSpade.com
FUR, FUR, AND MORE FUR. WHETHER REAL OR FAUX, FUR HAS BEEN A HOT ITEM ON THE RUNWAY THIS SEASON. LOOKING FOR ORNATE FURBALL HANDBAG ACCESSORIES? HOW ABOUT ARTFUL AND BOLD FLOOR-LENGTH FUR COATS, OR LUXE, FUR-LINED BOOTS? TAKE A LOOK, AND FULFILL YOUR FURRY DESIRES.
Ann Taylor Faux Fur Color Block $79.50, AnnTaylor.com
By Marcus Stewart
L.K. Bennett Gia Shearling Coat $2,495, LKBennett.com
Derek Lam Fall/Winter 2016
Vince Camuto Leather Satchel with Elva Fur Key Fob $248, VinceCamuto.com
Kate Spade Felt Cap with Marabou Poms $98, KateSpade.com
Louise et Cie Ynez Boot $229, LouiseEtCie.com
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UPGRADE TO SUEDE By John Russo
It’s easy to forget it’s winter in a place that never snows and doesn’t actually get cold. When dressing for a Los Angeles winter, you need to choose pieces that evoke the winter spirit yet nix any extra wool, fur, and down filling that aren’t necessary in our warm climate. Suede is my go-to this winter season. Suede looks, feels, and smells amazing and can be interpreted in endless ways. Here are four ways you can introduce suede into your winter wardrobe while following my mantra of investing in timeless, classic pieces. A.P.C. Louis W Suede Bomber Jacket in Tan $1,455, MrPorter.com
Saint Laurent Metallic Camouflage-Print Bi-Fold Suede Wallet $395, MatchesFashion.com
Ralph Lauren Suede Weekender Duffel Bag in Espresso $1,750, RalphLauren.com
As an added bonus, this suede-scented room spray from Voluspa is the perfect one-size-fits-all way to give the gift of suede this holiday season! Voluspa Aqua De Senteur Home and Body Mist in Suede Blanc, $20, Voluspa.com
Tom Ford Cambridge Lace Up Sneaker in Blue $790, TomFord.com
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JAYNEE BERKMAN PRESIDENT/CHIEF MERCHANDISING OFFICER, ADRIANNA PAPELL GROUP By Marcus Stewart
For more than 35 years, Adrianna Papell, a New York Citybased apparel company, has had a specific yet simple mission: to make every woman feel beautiful. With an artisanal attention to detail and a gift in knowing what woman all around the world desire, the company has grown from a well-known dressmaker into an international lifestyle brand. While consistently dominating the daywear and eveningwear sectors, Adrianna Papell has expanded across 15 countries to include freestanding stores globally, and will soon launch a bridal line, Adrianna Papell Platinum and an evening handbag collection in Spring 2017. BELLA New York sat down with the woman behind the brand, Jaynee Berkman, president and CMO of Adrianna Papell, for an intimate look at the company.
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How did Adrianna Papell come to be? Adrianna Papell was founded in 1979 by my father and mentor, Harvey Berkman. The name Adrianna Papell was created by joining my mother’s name, Adrienne, with one of Harvey’s original partner’s name, Bob Papell. By creating this pseudonym, we were able to cultivate a distinct personality and unified voice for the brand. Even 37 years later, customers are still asking to meet Adrianna Papell. Who is the Adrianna Papell customer? The Adrianna Papell woman is modern and sophisticated. She is attentive to detail and fit, seeking to look fashionable at an affordable price. While she takes inspiration from fashion magazines and television shows, she prides herself on style and quality. She views herself as fashion forward, sexy, and modern. Who creates Adrianna Papell’s fabulous pieces? While our design process is extremely collaborative, our company is comprised of an extensive design team that creates our various collections, including our partners in India and China. Our prints, beading, and embroideries are all uniquely designed by our team. Where did your love for design come from? I grew up in the apparel industry but my true interest sparked after interning and working at Saks Fifth Avenue. I interned in the fashion office at Saks New Orleans, then went on to the executive training program. Working in the contemporary sportswear area, I got involved in private label and just loved picking fabrics and trims over crunching numbers. I love the energy of the apparel industry and the whole creative process.
THE ADRIANNA PAPELL WOMAN IS MODERN AND SOPHISTICATED.” What is your design sensibility? I believe I have a modern sensibility with an eclectic twist. I like clean lines with fabric interest or pops of color through the addition of jewelry. I feel this is compatible with the Adrianna Papell DNA, and enables me to direct the design teams to make product that is current, on trend yet timeless, enhanced by artisanal details, and caters to women of all ages and sizes. What is your favorite color and texture? That’s truly a hard question for me coming from someone who lives in black – but doesn’t everyone on Seventh Avenue? The Adrianna Papell woman loves every shade of blue, especially sapphire, and most saturated colors. In our evening world, cosmetic tones, like blush, have become very important. As for fabrics, I like anything with texture and stretch. Women want to be comfortable and be able to transition seamlessly through their busy days. How do you define beauty? Confidence! What inspires you? Our customers. Naturally, I am inspired by an amazing new shade of color or an incredible new fabric, but what truly drives me is seeing women in our clothes and hearing their wonderful experiences of how they felt in our dresses. Our mission is “beauty revealed,” making every moment and every woman feel special. We want to make every day feel like an occasion! What do you consider the greatest success of Adrianna Papell so far? Our greatest success is staying relevant while remaining true to our brand in an industry that worships change. In doing so, we have evolved from a dress label to a global brand.
The collection can be found at AdriannaPapell.com, as well as at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Lord & Taylor, online retailers, and specialty stores.
What does the future hold for Adrianna Papell? We hope to cement Adrianna Papell as the go-to affordable lifestyle/occasion brand and extend into bridal, jewelry, and handbags for 2017. Our focus is on these new lines, building our brand presence online at AdriannaPapell.com and expanding internationally.
THE STYLE REPORTDESIGNER PROFILE Originally inspired by her grandmother Dot’s vintage jewelry box, Blythe’s creative vision mixes the beauty of vintage design and craftsmanship with the modern aesthetic and versatility of today’s stylish woman. Blythe’s design experience is truly global, ranging from working with local artisans in India and Ecuador to the fashion houses in Paris. As an artist in residence of the prestigious Parson’s School of Design/Paris, Blythe studied sculpture and accessories design. Upon returning to her native New York, she pocketed an MBA from Columbia and was identified as a rising star at LVMH. At Banana Republic, she led the dramatic growth of the jewelry department. Her entrepreneurial leanings arose at an early age. While many college grads were mastering the art of the interview, Blythe was launching Primordial Toys, makers of the award-winning Zoob. Above all, she is a fearless innovator and inspired collaborator who puts the style in Stella & Dot. This holiday season BELLA sat down with the “Queen of Accessories” to find out what inspires her creative vision, as well as to uncover her top picks for the season. What was it like joining the Stella & Dot team in 2007? Partnering with Jessica Herrin in 2007 was the most pivotal career move I have ever made. Leaving my job at Banana Republic at the time was scary because I really loved it and was very content there. What made me take the leap was the prospect of doing what I love in service to the mission of empowering women and creating independent business owners through the Stella & Dot opportunity. I couldn’t be happier!
BLYTHE HARRIS, CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER AND CO-FOUNDER OF STELLA & DOT/KEEP COLLECTIVE By Courtenay C. Hall
As the creative force behind Stella & Dot, Blythe Harris has built a world-class team of designers and merchants in both their New York- and Sausalito, California-based design studios. Recipient of FGI’s Rising Star Award for Accessories, the ACE (Accessories Council) Award for Retail Innovation, and the Drapers Accessories Designer of the Year Award in the UK, Blythe’s leadership has helped grow Stella & Dot into a global brand. 26 THE HOLIDAY ISSUE
Where did the inspiration from your grandma Dot’s collection lead you? I have always loved accessories because they are a personal and fun way to express yourself. My grandmother had some over-the-top vintage enamel pieces that she would wear in Palm Beach. They were colorful, bold, and joyful, and this was my starting point for the line. The vision for Stella & Dot is to empower women with a flexible modern business opportunity, and of course, deliver amazing style! From where else do you draw inspiration? I have always loved taking traditional artisan techniques and designs and interpreting them in a modern or unexpected way. I move around a lot and constantly change my surroundings, so I am never bored. I try to continually seek new sources of input so I don’t fall in a rut. I also try to stay relaxed and open, which is when creativity really flourishes for me. What is Stella & Dot’s relationship to Every Mother Counts and why is that an important partnership for your brand? I’m so inspired by Christy Turlington who runs Every Mother Counts. Instead of resting on her laurels, she went out and learned something new and has been incredibly hands-on in the effort to improve maternal health in countries like Tanzania and Haiti.
western market, as well as creating a business plan for them. I then moved back to the States and took a position with Banana Republic to grow their jewelry business. In two years, the business grew to $50 million and I saw the huge opportunity in midlevel costume jewelry. It was shortly after that when I met Jessica—and the rest is Stella & Dot history! What makes Stella & Dot stand apart from other jewelers? At Stella & Dot, unlike traditional retailers, the social selling platform allows our Independent Stylists to grow their own businesses around their personal schedules. The most rewarding part of my job is listening to them describe how they have transformed their lives in different ways—whether it is saving up money for fertility treatments or paying the mortgage. It never gets old. What does the future hold for Stella & Dot? We want to continue to expand and grow to reach more customers. A milestone launch for the Stella & Dot Family Brands was the introduction of fine jewelry and accessories (COVET by Stella & Dot). We are so excited to see where the new category will take us! What’s the perfect accessory every girl should own? A versatile piece of jewelry that can be worn multiple ways for multiple occasions.
How have your past travels influenced you today? I love adventure and putting myself in uncomfortable situations. It’s the way I keep my brain really motivated and open. My career path is not very traditional and has been heavily influenced by all my travels. I first worked to create the toy called Zoob, which is still sold in stores. I helped launch the company and worked there for almost three years. Then I moved to Mexico to study sculpture and metalsmithing, which is where I learned to make jewelry. I was then accepted as a visiting artist to Parsons in Paris and moved to France. Those experiences made me realize I wanted to work on a jewelry brand, and I decided to go to business school to learn about operations and finance. After business school, I took a position with LVMH in London to launch the De Beers brand name in retail. I worked there for 2+ years and then did a stint with a non-profit in Orissa, India, living with a tribe and helping them modify their traditional designs to a
What makes your style unique? I would describe my style as very casual, effortless Bohemian luxe. I wear the same things all the time! My staple for a day-to-night outfit is a white embroidered top and jeans. How did it feel to earn the FGI Rising Star Award for Accessories? It was such an honor! To this day, I still feel humbled and so proud to have won such an incredible award. What does it mean to be a stylish woman in today’s time? Effortless, day-to-night chic Favorite spot in NYC? I love L’Artusi for Italian or Tiny’s & the Bar Upstairs in Tribeca. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry you created? It’s so hard to choose! Our Pegasus Necklace is special because artisans in a couture workshop in India make it. Each piece takes two days to make. B
THE STYLE REPORT THE PERFECT FIT TIME TO SHINE By Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan
As we head into the last few months of 2016, it’s time to reflect on the past year. Which means it’s also a good time to review your fashion choices and ask yourself: Did I step out of my style rut and try new silhouettes and colors? Did I stop trying to hide in the crowd but instead shine and stand out? Whether you did or didn’t, now is the time to take this holiday season by stylish storm! At your office party, try wowing your co-workers in a red or burgundy dress in rich fabrics. If you are attending a holiday gala, don’t opt for a basic, black sheath dress. Instead, choose an off-theshoulder gown with glittering detail to feel festive and fabulous. Or, really take it up a notch with a gorgeous metallic number. As you start preparing your New Year’s resolutions, make a pact with yourself that being basic will simply not do — especially at holiday time!
Glamorous Girls Night Out Sometimes a girl just wants to have a little fun with fashion and stand out in the crowd. This beautifully sexy mini is a great choice for any girls’ night out. Rocker Raw Tank Dress, $158, MoniqueLeshman.com
Party in Pink
Office Party Wow
This ultra-chic knit, striped dress will take you far this holiday season. For sure, it will be a winner at any office party! Scallop Stripe Knit Dress, $378, KateSpade.com
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Just when you thought you were going to pack up your summer pastels for awhile, along comes winter pastels like this pink velvet maxi to make everyone go wow! ASOS Red Carpet Velvet Drape Maxi Dress, $194, ASOS.com
Formal celebrations at holiday time always call for a special gown! Add a fur bolero and glittering clutch as extra special touches. Can’t Stop Top, $225 | Sparkle Ball Gown Skirt, $595, Muehleder.com
December Date Dazzler
This Maison Jules dress is sweet and sexy wrapped up with a big, red bow. It doesn’t get more festive than this! Throw on a cute cropped cardigan to complete the outfit. Maison Jules Sleeveless Bow Fit and Flare Dress, $79.50, Macys.com
Holiday Bash Beauty
This holiday season show some skin with this incredible Kate Spade number. Apply a little bronzer to your shoulders and chest for shimmer and shine. Pleated Cape Dress, $448, KateSpade.com
Cocktail Party Chic
Slip dresses are hotter than ever. Wear this Bar III stunner to your next cocktail party with a leather moto jacket. This will add a little edge to a very pretty look. Bar III Slip Dress, $89.50, Macys.com
Festive Photographer: Michael Higgins Creative Director: John Blaine @JohnBlaine Makeup: Iris Moreau for Iris Moreau Beauty @DLMLA Stylist: Kit Scarbo Hair: Vine de.la Vie
Shirt: BKNR Dress: Ports 1961
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Makeup Products Used: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Hair Products Used: Vine de.la Vie Vin Dâ€™or Leave-in Styling Elixir Vie de.la Vie Hydro Serum BED HEAD TIGI Masterpiece Massive Shine Hairspray
Tunic: Ports 1961 Skirt: Vone Velvet Platforms: Le Silla
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Tunic: Ports 1961 Jumpsuit: La Isla Oscura Shoes: Jerome Rousseau
Turtleneck: Isabel Marant Blazer: Ports 1961
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Tweed Bomber: ACNE Shorts: Thierry Mugler Creepers: Chloe
Vest: Alexander Wang Waist Cinch Belt: Herve Leger Jumpsuit: Vintage
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Feather Necklace: Madame Baloge Turtleneck: Isabel Marant Silk Lace Tap Brief: Naked Princess Shoes: Jerome Rousseau
BeautyScene THE GIFT OF GORGEOUS HOLIDAY BEAUTY GIFTSâ€¦ SO WORTH THE SPLURGE! By Janene Mascarella
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Vintage Capsule Collection $17 each, UrbanDecay.com
By Terry Impealious Elixir de Perle $140 Barneys.com
Guerlain Shalimar Holiday 2016 Makeup Collection By Natalia Vodianova $34-$98, Saks Fifth Avenue
Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer $59.99, stores nationwide
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Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Addict Set $140, Sephora
Artistry Supreme LX Regenerating Cream $365, Amway.com/Artistry
EVE LOM The Kiss $22, SpaceNK.com
The Geometrics Four-Piece Brush Set by Sonia Kashuk $29.99, Target, Target.com
Tory Burch LimitedEdition Eau de Parfum Spray $130, Bloomingdales
Bio Ionic Curl Expert Pro Curling Iron $130, Sephora L’Occitane Harmonie Divine Serum $220, L’Occitane boutiques, Loccitane.com
Special Edition Skin Authority GO! Holiday Kit $58, SkinAuthority.com
Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Luxe Edition $250, Victoria’s Secret
Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Kiss & Love Holiday Set $78, Saks Fifth Avenue
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Laura Geller 31 Days of Holiday, Volume 2 $59 QVC.com
QUENCH YOUR SKINâ€™S THIRST Introducing a new organic collection of skin care products infused with Chinotto from Savona
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BEAUTY SCENE Sulwhasoo Hydro-Aid Moisturizing Lifting Mist The key to minimizing the effects of harsh weather is to consistently keep your skin hydrated with good-for-you moisture. Throw this perfect misting spray in your bag to always have on the go. Purslane Complex is added to keep your skin supple while adding a dose of skin-quenching mist throughout the day. $45, BergdorfGoodman.com
LUXURY HOLIDAY BEAUTY SAVERS THE HOLIDAYS ARE A TIME WHEN YOU’RE THINKING OF OTHERS, BUT YOU SHOULDN’T FORGET YOURSELF, AND BY YOURSELF I MEAN YOUR HAIR AND SKIN. THIS HOLIDAY WE SHOWCASE PRODUCTS FROM TWO MUST-HAVE BRANDS THAT WILL PAMPER YOUR SKIN.
Sulwhasoo Luminature Essential Finisher
A secret within the skin industry is that everyone needs a good sealant. Finishers are used after your full cleansing, toning, and moisturizing routine to seal in all of the essential vitamins and nutrients provided by your skin care products. This one is our favorite. $90, BergdorfGoodman.com
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Oribe Radiant Drops Golden Face Oil
New from Oribe this season is the Rolls Royce of face oil that will restore your dried out complexion to a healthy, youthful glow. It’s made with 13 all natural oils, including rose hip for anti-aging, sea buckthorn berry for intense moisture, cottonseed to soften, and best of all, algae extract to protect against environmental stressors. And it’s perfect for morning and night. $105, Barneys.com
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Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque
The first thing people notice is your hair, and when it is dried out from the winter weather, it can look dull, lackluster, and — gasp — older. Fight these negative effects with Oribe’s Gold Lust Transformative Masque. The formula includes extracts from the Boabab tree, also known as the “Tree of Life” in Africa, whose oil is rich in vitamins A, D, E, and F, providing antioxidant protection from damaging and drying free radicals. The Bio-Restorative Complex repairs damage by penetrating the root to fortify from the inside out while also stimulating scalp circulation and rejuvenating hair follicles. Give your tresses the TLC they need. $65, Oribe.com
Powerful Traditions, Proven Science, Pure Glow Ancient Moroccan skincare secrets combined with ground breaking Swiss actives enrich each Bella Aura Formula to harmonize your mind, body and spirit while elevating your natural radiant beauty. Illuminate your complexion and spread that illuminating energy into the world.
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BEAUTY SCENE ON MY VANITY CELEBRITY BEAUTY SECRETS STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT, HOW DO I GET THE BEST GLOW TONIGHT? STEAL THESE CELEBRITY BEAUTY-BOOSTING PRODUCT SECRETS… By Janene Mascarella
Natural beauty Cameron Diaz is never without the Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush On Sunscreen SPF 30. Going on a vacation this holiday? Stash this travel-friendly sunscreen brush in your purse, makeup kit, or beach bag for effortless SPF reapplication throughout the day that will keep your makeup intact while shielding your skin from the damaging sun. $57, Sephora.com
Eva Mendes keeps Perricone MD on her vanity to ensure a flawless and natural look. Start each day just like Mendes with the antioxidantenriched Face Finishing Moisturizer to minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles while imparting a glowing, dewy complexion. $75, PerriconeMD.com
Make your upcoming travels as glamorous as healthy lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow’s with the Slipsilk Sleep Mask. Promote beauty sleep and block out light completely with this 100 percent pure silk sleep mask, and arrive refreshed and revived. $40, Net-a-Porter.com
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Kate Bosworth gets her face flawless by layering celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas’ Bright Eye Firming Mask, Bright Eye Hydrating Mask, and Forever Glow Anti-Aging Face Mask. They’re formulated for all skin types to firm, hydrate, and smooth the face and eye areas. $65-$75 for five masks, JoannaVargas.com
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SHINE ON It’s the holiday season and most of us are craving something new that’ll take our party makeup to the next level, a technique that will separate us from every other smokey eye and red lip out there sipping a cocktail. The answer is simple — glitter! When it comes to this magical pigment, there aren’t a whole lot of don’ts in my book, so I have listed only the do’s to live by when using glitter. By Rachel Paul
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Always use a shadow primer when working with glitter. Without a base, the glitter will have nothing to hold it in place, and you could end up looking like you were glitter-bombed. (It’s a thing. Google it.)
Test the waters.
If it’s your first time experimenting with glitter, start by using a thin eyeliner brush to place the glitter near the root of the lash only. Finish up with two coats of mascara for an easy eye design that has that je ne sais quoi.
Go big or go home.
Nude is best.
Once you become addicted to glitter (trust me, you will!), try applying it somewhere out of your comfort zone like the tip of the lashes, collarbone, hair, or even your eyebrows. Doing so will give you a new look that’s beautifully unexpected.
Choose one area to focus on and go big. Whether it’s your eyes, lips, or cheeks, pick one feature to highlight and keep the rest of your makeup low-key and matte. This creates a stunning contrast that will put your glitter in the spotlight.
When placing glitter anywhere near your eyes, save yourself a lot of time and frustration by doing your eye makeup before your foundation. That way, you can use a makeup wipe to easily remove any runaway glitter before perfecting your complexion.
When it comes to glitter, stick to neutral tones, such as rose gold, silver, champagne, and gold. These shades are the easiest for anyone to pull off. Leave the blues, pinks, and purple glitter pots untouched for now, and wear your glitter the sophisticated way. #hairflip
BE BOLD. GLITTER ATTRACTS ATTENTION, SO BE CONFIDENT AND WEAR YOUR GLITTER LOUD AND PROUD!
‘TIS THE SEASON TO SPARKLE BEAUTY DIRECTOR JANENE MASCARELLA PICKS HER FAVORITE PRODUCTS TO TWINKLE, TWINKLE…
Bodyography Lavish Lux Glitter Pigments in Sparkler $23, Bodyography.com
Urban Decay NAKED Illuminated Trio $36, UrbanDecay.com
NAKED PRINCESS 24K Love Dust – Boudoir Blush $60, NakedPrincess.com
HIT THE HOLIDAY RED CARPET JUST LIKE THE CELEBS DO: HERE’S HOW… By Denise Weaver
With the holidays and award season approaching, Los Angeles is abuzz with red carpet parties, movie premieres, and media events. To ensure celebrities look their best, they reel in their team of experts to get them red carpet-ready. Below are a few of their tricks.
Ali Levine, Celebrity Stylist: “I always start off with colors and designs and then assess their best assets to go along with the vision and feel of the occasion. Once I have this on my mood board, I start sourcing for the perfect silhouette. At the end of the day, style is important but form is also key, so I usually tailor to ensure the dress fits perfectly. Undergarments can be your best friend or your worst enemy, so keep that in mind as they can make the difference between a crease, line, or that straight-on sex appeal. Depending on the design, I’m always sure to find the perfect bra or cutlets, and Spanx is—of course!—one of my favorite key weapons. If the dress is short and you need to ensure legs look their best, I’m obsessed with Frangi Pangi. It’s a brand I was recently introduced to and it offers the perfect color match to your skin tone. It looks like you have nothing on … it’s serious camouflage for the legs! Also, to ensure a dress lies just the way I need it to, I use top stick to secure things down ever so slightly.” A liLevine.com 48 THE HOLIDAY ISSUE
Nurse Nataly, Aesthetic Queen of Beverly Hills: “To ensure skin is glowing and looking its best, I like to have a bit of lead time in case they have any nervous acne flare ups. Our Glam Ready Facial is amazing and helps every skin type. It’s one of our top treatments for those getting ready for an important photo shoot or event. The Glam Ready Facial is infused with LED Light Therapy, IV Therapy, and 24Karat Gold Carat Mask. It gives skin a glow from the inside out and includes our smoothing diamond-tip microdermabrasion and an oxygen infusion of a proprietary blend of essential vitamins and minerals, lifting high frequency, detoxifying galvanic currents, massage, steam, extractions, and our ‘Liquid Ice’ that kills bacteria. It’s finished off with our exclusive brightening mask from Spain. After this facial your skin will look luminous, lifted, and glowing. Another amazing treatment is our PRP/Micropen treatment, which does wonders for restoring and lifting by utilizing your body’s own natural repair system. It’s incredible!” iGlow Med Spa, 9400 Brighton Way, Suite 201, Beverly Hills, CA, 310-652-0544, iGlowMedSpa.com
Jerric Fruits, Celebrity Hair Guru “To ensure a polished look, I recommend getting your hair cut about two weeks ahead of time and conditioning once a week leading up to the event. To keep the volume up all night, start with damp hair, massage in Kerastase Mousse Bouffante, and blow-dry the roots upside down without a brush. If your curls usually insist on falling out before the night is over, use a lightweight styling product like Redken Iron Shape 11 before you curl. It never gets firm, but will hold the shape all night. Rather than using a messy oil, I finish with Pureology Cuticle Polisher. Dab about an almondsize-worth and emulsify into both hands, running over the surface to add shine and control unwanted frizz.” Martinez-Samuel Salon, Sunset Plaza, 8590 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA, 310-659-5150, MartinezSamuelSalon.com
THE 2016 HOLIDAY LUXE GIFT LIST By Janene Mascarella
Modern luxuries, sparkling spirits, exquisite splurges, and over-thetop treasures … we went on the hunt for the most wished for and hottest must-haves for the holiday season. Here are 15 of the most BELLA and wondrous gifts to give — or (hopefully) receive! 50 THE HOLIDAY ISSUE
BRING AN EXTRA SPECIAL BOTTLE OF CHEER The ultimate status symbol of success and luxury, Champagne Armand de Brignac Gold Brut is a must-have for those looking to give an exceptional gift this holiday. This prestige champagne comes in a striking gold metallic bottle with exquisite French pewter labels meticulously finished by hand. Then they’re polished and presented in a handcrafted, wood-lacquered gift box. $300, Wine.com Elevate your choice of spirits with the ultimate expression of bespoke tequila. Avión Extra Añejo tequila is one that the most demanding tequila connoisseurs and whiskey drinkers will fully appreciate. Custom engraving available at Reservebar.com. $150, TequilaAvion.com
ALL THAT GLITTERS Something sparkly comes this way! Carole Shashona Pavé Black Diamond Goddess Cuff showcases a Buddha-head charm and is crafted of oxidized sterling silver and pavé black diamonds. The gorgeous bracelet exudes both art deco style and modern pop forms, while also entwined with a Far East spiritualism. $9,500, Barney’s New York The bold beauty of the Pathos Swan is an exquisite holiday gift that is sure to complement the poise and grace of any woman. The purity and elegance of the mother-of-pearl dial alongside its glittering diamonds and vivid sapphires create the luminous glow inspired by the gentle radiance of a swan. $171,600 in rose gold, Carl-f-Bucherer.com
LIMITED EDITIONS World-renown tobacconist Nat Sherman partnered with Schrader Cellars, producer of iconic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, to release the Limited Edition Schrader MMXIII Cigar to the market. This cigar combines filler tobaccos from Nicaragua, Peru, and Dominican Republic with a Dominican binder and wrapper. Only 2,500 six-pack boxes were released. $84 per box, NatSherman.com Looking to light up the life of someone special? This limited-edition candle in Bulgari Eau Parfumée Au Thé Rouge fragrance was created by master perfumer, Olivier Polge. The candle features a voluptuous scent infused with notes of red tea, pink pepper, fig, and musk. $170, NeimanMarcus.com
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THE JET SET Give the ultra-cool gift of freedom, fun and adventurous flying. The ICON A5 Light Sport Aircraft is a two-seat amphibious aircraft (lands/takes off on land/water) with folding wings that allow it to be stowed in a garage and towed behind a car. Its unique wingfold system means you can take off nearly whenever and wherever you choose — no airport necessary — and it can be unloaded in a standard boat drop. It comes equipped with some of the best features ICON hopes you’ll never need, including a Spin–Resistant Airframe (meaning it will not stall) and a complete airplane parachute, making it one of the safest aircraft ever made. No gift wrap required! Starting at $189,000, IconAircraft.com Hit the road in style. The Stromer ST2 S e-bike comes packed with features you never thought a bike could have. Not only is it powerful, with speeds up to 28 mph and a range of 110 miles, it’s also loaded with the latest technology. The Stromer app allows you to track speed, GPS data, and even lock your bike remotely. Its anti-theft protection locks the motor and back tire; if it’s interfered with or taken, lights automatically begin to flash and you can locate your bike through the built-in GPS system that interfaces with the app. There’s a bunch of other cool bells and whistles, too! $9,490, for authorized dealers visit StromerBike.com
TECH THE HALLS If you’re looking for an impressive stocking stuffer for someone on your “nice” list, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is truly the ultimate high-tech treat. If the fact that it’s water resistant doesn’t seal the deal, there’s also an advanced camera, streamlined software, and unparalleled connectivity to a galaxy of products, services, and experiences. Price depends on carrier, Samsung.com
Join the 360-degree movement! The LG 360 CAM is a small, portable device that easily connects via Bluetooth to any smartphone (Android or iOS) and captures stunning 360-degree photos and video, making those vacation photos even more share-worthy. Perfect for the adventure-seeker or avid traveler in your life. $199.99, LG.com
THE STYLE REPORTTHE HAMPTONS LOOK CHIC SPLURGE Heir to a long line of cognac-makers who were pioneers of luxury, Kilian Hennessy’s luxe fragrance brand, By Kilian, has partnered with celebritycoveted jewelry designer, Loree Rodkin, to create a collection of fine jewelry. The By Kilian Collaboration with Loree Rodkin pieces are made with sterling silver and gray diamonds and are meant to act like armor, protecting the wearer throughout their day. $2,950-$10K, ByKilian.com
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ROSÉ ALL DAY From one of California’s top sparkling wine houses, 2010 DVX Rosé is Mumm Napa’s prestige tête de cuvée. This Brutstyle rosé is a classic blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and represents a meticulous selection of the finest lots for the final blend — a wine of power, elegance and balance. DVX is a tribute to founder Guy DeVaux. $75, MummNapa.com
The iconic Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé has served as the benchmark of rosé champagne for the past 40 years, enchanting fine wine lovers with its taste and the beauty of its elegant bottles. This year it will be packaged in an eye-catching, elegant, rose gold-ribbon cage that serves as an unforgettable gift box. $99.99, Laurent-Perrier.com B Photo: Olivier Martinot
UNCOMMON GOODS MasterClass is an online education platform offering interactive classes taught by master instructors, such as Kevin Spacey, Usher, Christina Aguilera, and more. A gift card offers a combination of audio, video, interactive assignments, Q&A sessions, peer reviews and other learning materials for a totally immersive experience exclusive to MasterClass. $90 enrollment fee, MasterClass.com B
Academy Award–winning director Francis Ford Coppola, most noted for “The Godfather Trilogy” and “Apocalypse Now,” is signing these lavish, limited, and numbered editions, making it a valuable collector’s item. The Godfather Notebook is a faithful reproduction of Coppola’s three-ring binder, with bonus, never-before-seen photos and other ephemera from the making of the film — an offer Godfather fans can’t refuse. $500, Exclusively available from ReganArts.com
ARTS & CULTURE
NOT-SO-SILENT NIGHTS TO RING IN THE HOLIDAYS By Michele DiNardo
We may not get the picture-perfect “White Christmas,” but boy can Los Angeles sparkle during the holidays. Get out and celebrate the season with some uniquely LA festivities that declare “no snow, no problem!”
Want holiday tradition with a twist? On December 16 and 17, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will present Debbie Allen’s magical journey through places like Candy Cane Land, Jazzland, and the land of Kimono Dolls in “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.” The play stars Debbie Allen and Raven Symone, and features a score co-written by Mariah Carey, Arturo Sandoval, James Ingram, and more. Check MusicCenter.org for performance schedules and details.
Laugh your way through the holiday craziness on December 5 when Sean Healy & T present “A John Waters Christmas” at the Comedy Store Hollywood. Check Hollywood.TheComedyStore.com for tickets and information. 56 THE HOLIDAY ISSUE
Run, run Rudolph! Get in the spirit of Prancer at the Santa Monica - Venice 5K/10K Christmas Run. A costume contest and Kids’ Fun Run make it great for the whole family. Register for the December 10 event at ChristmasRun.com.
The twinkle of lights, the delight of gently lapping color, and a fireworks display mean the holidays have arrived for our sea-faring friends who labor long and hard to catch the judges’ eyes and take home a trophy. Think the Rose Parade on water. Always a site to behold, the 53rd Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade happens on December 10. MDRBoatParade.org
Mark your calendar for November 27—the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the grand dame of LA Christmas displays, is LA’s official kickoff of the season. The Grand Marshall for this 85th installment is the still glamorous Olivia Newton John. Can’t make it in person? It’ll air on the CW Network on December 16, and to our servicemen and women on the American Forces Network. TheHollywoodChristmasParade.org
Now it’s a party! December 22 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall will celebrate a Swinging Christmas with the Arturo Sandoval Big Band. The 10-time Grammy winner brings his virtuoso talent on trumpet to LA with a festive Latinflavored program in his signature explosive style. LAPhil.org
The holidays kick off at The Walt Disney Concert Hall starting December 15 with one of the greatest choral works of all time, Handel’s “Messiah.” Laphil.org
Like caroling but not the cold? The family favorite Holiday Sing Along, and the ever heartwarming White Christmas Sing Along, featuring a showing of the treasured film with lyrics embedded on screen, are programs that can satisfy your desire to belt it out. Check MusicCenter.org for performance schedules and details.
The holidays welcome back the Los Angeles Ballet’s (LAB) perennial favorite “The Nutcracker,” set in 1913 Los Angeles. This year LAB offers special Christmas Eve matinees, providing more opportunities to see this family favorite and enjoy Tchaikovsky’s beloved music. The Nutcracker opens December 3 at the Alex Theater in Glendale and travels each weekend in December to The Dolby Theater at Hollywood and Highland, Royce Hall at UCLA, and the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. For schedule and information, visit LosAngelesBallet.org/2016-2017-season.
Not sure what Santa should bring your most daring loved one? How about tickets to OUE SKYSPACE LA? While Santa’s sliding down the chimney, you could be whisking down a glass-exterior slide 1,000 feet above downtown LA! Thrill seekers can take the slide, mounted on the side of the US Bank Tower, from the 70th floor down to the 69th floor’s stunning observation deck. The Digital Interactive level offers even more fun with a moving digital topography map highlighting LA famous landmarks, an Infinity mirror, and more. Visit SkySpaceLA.com for tickets and parking info. B BELLALAMAG.COM 57
LA ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
ONDI TIMONER: FILMMAKING’S DYNAMIC INTERLOPER By Matthew Carey
When independent filmmaker Ondi Timoner needed a shot for her most recent documentary, she didn’t hesitate. She grabbed a camera, hopped on the back of a motorcycle, and took off after her subject—comedian and activist Russell Brand—in the middle of London traffic. That kind of fearless, whatever-it-takes approach has helped make the Pasadena-based director one of the most successful talents in her field. Twice she’s captured the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Now, Timoner is plunging into some of her most ambitious ventures yet: a documentary series for the Viceland cable network and a feature film on the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. BELLA Los Angeles caught up with Timoner just before she embarked on a shoot in the Panamanian jungle for her Viceland show, documenting an effort to create “the world’s greatest sustainable modern town.” How are you juggling all these projects? “Jungletown,” the Viceland series, is the priority—we’re shooting actively every day. It’s 10 one-hour episodes for season one. For “Mapplethorpe,” we’re still working on putting the financing together. It’s supposed to shoot in spring 2017.
I HAVE THE SAME HUMAN INSTINCT AS ANYONE ELSE TO WANT TO CLING TO THINGS AND FEEL LIKE THEY LAST FOREVER, BUT IF YOU’RE AROUND LONG ENOUGH YOU REALIZE THEY DON’T. YOU’VE JUST GOT TO EMBRACE EVERY DAY WITH AS MUCH POSITIVE ENERGY AS POSSIBLE.”
You produce these projects through your company, Interloper Films. Why the name “Interloper”? My brother came up with the name when we were in college and founded the company together. To some it could mean spy, but to us it means “in the group but taking notes.” You can’t just stand back and shoot fly-on-the-wall footage. You need to get in there, get involved, and be a part of things, and then film from the inside. That’s the only way to make anything worth watching. In addition to Interloper Films, you launched ATotalDisruption.com, an online channel for artists and entrepreneurs as well as people who want to learn from them. Where does your entrepreneurial spirit come from? My dad was an entrepreneur for many, many years. I grew up with him having founded an airline [Air Florida] the year I was born. Watching him grow this airline and innovate new ways of air travel influenced me a lot. I think I also inherited his gene for taking risks. Do you have a personal philosophy that guides you? I have a few philosophies. One is that your happiness is going to be determined by your ability to accept and adapt to change without fear. Change is constant, and fear is one of the greatest cripplers.
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Ondi with Russell Brand
Ondi with Amanda Palmer
My dad had a stroke when I was 9. Watching my parents lose all their money through my teenage years, and watching the black-tie invitations stop rolling in, I learned security is an illusion. I have the same human instinct as anyone else to want to cling to things and feel like they last forever, but if you’re around long enough you realize they don’t. You’ve just got to embrace every day with as much positive energy as possible. People often describe you as a cool person. What’s your reaction when you hear that? I am a mother of a 13-year-old child—a single mother—and I try to be good to people. I give my work my all. And the philosophies that guide me, that I try to live by, end up making me cool, I guess. You even have a cool dog, Bellatrix. How did you come up with that name? My son, Juki, was really on me about getting a puppy for his 12th birthday. That’s how Bellatrix came into our lives. The first night we had her at home, I was standing outside at three in the morning wondering what the hell I had done because this dog needed to go to the bathroom every two hours. Then I looked up at the stars, and it was so beautiful. I was thinking, “What am I going to name this fur ball?” I noticed the Belt of Orion and a name came to me: Bellatrix.
Son Juki and dog Bellatrix
I said to my son in the morning, “What about Bellatrix?” He said, “People are going to think Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter. I want to name our dog after a star or a constellation.” Later I Googled Bellatrix, and lo and behold there’s a star on the left shoulder of Orion called Bellatrix. I had been looking at it when I came up with the name, but I didn’t know it at the time. And my son said, “OK, done.” Juki’s father passed away in a motorcycle accident the morning of March 11 in Los Angeles. When I picked him up from school, I had to figure out how to tell him his father had died. For a good two or three months afterward, Juki slept in my bed. And every single morning, Bellatrix would jump on the bed and wake him up with licks. It was the greatest thing. Thank God she was in the family for that. B
DANICA PEREZ Malibu resident Danica Perez has worn many
hats: mother, model, actress, photographer, and TV producer. Her photography has been featured in Town and Country, InStyle Magazine, and Los Angeles Confidential. Her most notable project to date has been “The Glow: A Journey to Motherhood,” a book she wrote, produced, and photographed to celebrate the miracle of birth. After years of being “footloose and fancy-free,” she is now headed to Fiji for her next big photography project. Tell us about your personal style. California chic! I prefer jeans and a crisp white shirt with a blazer during mid-season. I also love a sexy, long black dress or a clean silk satin dress—that’ll always do. I don’t really let trends dictate my sense of style. Who is your favorite designer, and why? Alaïa, Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Alexander McQueen … I love them all. They understand how to make a woman feel gorgeous. Who is your style icon? Currently it’s Robin Wright from “House Of Cards.” Name three woman who exemplify style. My daughter Olivia Perez (tastemaker, influencer, and “Friend of a Friend” editor-in-chief), Michelle Obama, and Brigitte Bardot. What are your must-have pieces for fall? A sexy trench coat, lots of velvet, over-the-knee boots, a statement necklace, and of course—a new bag! What fragrance are you wearing? “Fracas” by Robert Piguet. It’s mixed with a secret floral. What is your favorite decade for fashion? The 20s and 30s—they were so romantic and feminine. Can you sum up your style in one word? Romantic Finish this sentence: “When I travel to Europe I always carry…” … my Kelly bag, a cashmere scarf, and wear my chunky heel boots!
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HOLIDAY CHEER WITH “AMERICA’S ADVOCATE”
She sees a need and steps up to fill it. Areva Martin, Esq. is “America’s Advocate.” When a major media outlet needs a legal expert, it’s frequently Martin. She’s seen regularly on shows like “Dr. Phil,” “AC360,” “CNN Tonight,” “Good Morning America,” “ABC World News Tonight,” and others. She is also a regular guest co-host on the syndicated Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show, “The Doctors.” By Stephanie Stephens Photography: Gilles Touca Hair and Makeup: April Chaney Decor: Donna Robinson Interiors Clothing: Eduardo Lucero
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In addition to her on-screen persona, trial attorney Martin is founder and a managing partner of Martin & Martin, LLP in Los Angeles, which battles behind the scenes in civil rights litigation. She created the Special Needs Network, Inc., a grassroots autism nonprofit that has helped more than 35,000 underserved families, and leads the way in legislation and policy advocacy in California. Her activism is inspired by her son, Marty, a teenager who was diagnosed with autism at age 2. She also has two young adult daughters, Michael and Morgan.
Martin is a long way from her tough neighborhood of North St. Louis. She credits her grandmother and godmother for instilling positivity, unbreakable values, and non-stop drive. She obtained degrees from the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School and went on to pursue her dreams and help others fulfill theirs. Martin told BELLA LA about what inspires her to do—and be—more. What are you doing to make this year’s holidays special in your house? Christmas is my favorite holiday. To extend my joy, I invite supportive friends to a cocktail party open house. They bring unwrapped toys that we give away at a huge event for thousands of Special Needs Network kids and their siblings. It’s the perfect way to give back. You are incredibly busy. Do you feel like you can actually “do nothing” for a while during the holidays? Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s the whole world seems to slow down. Even news stories change their focus from hardhitting to more personal interest and heartwarming topics. I get to spend more time with family and friends—maybe even have a two-hour lunch. Do you have a special holiday tradition? Before cell phone photos took over, I was the family historian, always taking pictures for albums. I loved buying Christmas frames, too. I still bring out those photos during the holidays and it’s a great way to reflect. Now my daughter, Morgan, takes pictures but getting her to create the albums… well, she’s a teenager! You became an attorney to make positive changes. Has your career fulfilled your expectations? I thought my practice would be limited to civil rights law, but I didn’t anticipate so much of it to be focused on individuals with disabilities and workplace discrimination. I never envisioned becoming a TV lawyer, commentator, and talk show host. I didn’t imagine using the law and my career to play a part in critical national debates about topics including race, policing, and gender bias. I’m so grateful to the many people that follow my commentary, write to me, and say, “Thank you for being our voice.” When you watch TV dramas that involve the legal profession, do you ever want to change the script? I’m a fanatic who watches every episode of Dick Wolf ’s “Law & Order: SVU.” These shows are drama and fiction, but they do give a glimpse into how the court system works and how imperfect it is. On TV, things happen one way, but in the real world, it’s more complex—never as black and white. You advocate for children’s and women’s rights. For both of those groups, what are the number one issues that still need work? First, early childhood education can level the playing field for minority and low-income children. We know that by the age of 3, children born into low-income families hear approximately 30 million fewer words than peers in more affluent households. We can and must fix this. Second, gender bias is real, but can be subtle. Pay equity is an issue, since female full-time workers still only make 80 cents for every dollar earned by men for doing the same work. It’s time to change these inequities. Though my mantra is “You simply will not outwork me,” hard work without policy and shifts in attitudes won’t put working women on equal footing with their male peers. What should we know about autism that perhaps we don’t know? Autism is a spectrum disorder, and if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism—you can’t generalize. Early diagnosis and intervention can change the trajectory for a person on the spectrum, but sadly, such services are lacking in many communities. You’re a runner and advocate for health and fitness. How do you motivate other people? Running is a lifestyle for me, not a chore. I try to lead by example and share my runs and tips for staying fit on weekly social media timelines. I hope my journey inspires others. B
Candace Cameron Bure
G ETS CAN DI D ABOUT FAM I LY AN D SUCCESS TH E S ECON D TI M E AROU N D Actress Candace Cameron Bure is sweet, funny, and as down to earth as she comes across onscreen. With quite the successful career, she has worked extremely hard to get to where she is today. “I worked my butt off, and to see where I’m at is pretty awesome,” she says. By Alexandra Anastasio Photography: Matt Monath Hair: Dion Moore for Angelo David Salon | T3 Micro Makeup: Virginia Martin for Angelo David Salon | SMASHBOX COSMETICS Nails: Mariana Kryekurti for Angelo David Salon | Patricia Nail Lacquer
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Just the Beginning
The Los Angeles born and raised Bure began working in show business at just 5 years old. A few years later, she was cast as D.J. Tanner in “Full House,” a role that would become a defining presence in her life. “In looking back at that time, I loved it,” she says. “There were challenges that went along with growing up in front of millions of people and having those embarrassing moments of being a kid and having everyone see them. But there were so many positive things about being on the show and doing what I loved with people that I loved, that it outweighed those challenges.” Her older brother, Kirk Cameron, started in the business a few years before, serving as a role model for Bure. “I think because he was also in the business, it didn’t feel as foreign to me; it was normal in our household,” she says. “I never felt like I was missing out on my childhood because I was able to do so many things I never would have had the opportunity to do if I wasn’t on the show.”
Her Second Act
Not long after “Full House” wrapped up its final season in 1995, the actress married and began a family with now-retired NHL hockey player Valeri Bure. A 10-year hiatus from acting followed as she raised her children. “It was a challenging experience at the very beginning and took me a few years to adjust to being a full-time mom and not going to work every day,” she says. Thankful to have the time off to devote to her family, she remained hopeful that one day she’d return to acting. Grateful that door reopened, Bure hit the ground running, appearing in shows like, “Make It or Break It,” as well as working exclusively with the Hallmark Channel. She’s also a New York Times best-selling author, and to date has published three books, with a fourth in the works for release in late 2017. “All of the books I write are there to encourage and inspire people in some way, shape, or form,” says Bure. “If you can’t already tell, I love doing everything that I possibly can.” In February of this year, fans of Bure’s alter ego, D.J. Tanner, had something to celebrate with the return of a show that never actually went off the air. “’Full House’ has never been off the air in 30 years,” says the actress. “It’s in syndication, something very few shows have accomplished.”
Stepping Back in Time
“Fuller House,” the show’s sequel, reunites the Tanner family when D.J. returns home as a widowed mother of three young sons. With support from family, she finds herself living in the home she grew up in with both her sister and best friend helping to raise her boys. Reminiscent of the show’s original theme, most of the cast have reprised their roles either as a regular cast member or with guest appearances. Season two premieres on Netflix on December 9th. “When Netflix gave us the green light to move ahead, it was surreal,” says Bure. “It’s amazing we get the opportunity to do this again, and I hope we can make it as special as the first time.” With fans hoping for some time that a reunion would occur, Bure couldn’t be more thrilled that the reboot has been successful. “I literally work with my best friends [from the cast to the crew]; I could do this show forever.”
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Returning to the same soundstage where it all began more than 20 years ago has been nostalgic. “It’s like stepping back in time and it was flooded with so many memories,” she says.
Another Point of View
Bure is also in her second season as one of the co-hosts of the longrunning talk show, “The View.” “It wasn’t an opportunity that was on my radar,” she says. “I didn’t grow up in a political family, I have never been interested in publicly sharing my political points of view, and so that’s why this show is quite a surprise to me.” Still, she’s enjoying her time at the table and the opportunity to be the one asking the questions. Bure has had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of guests, ranging from performers, musicians, authors, and especially during election season, politicians. “I always wish I could spend a little more time after the show because there are other things I’d love to ask,” she says. Movies and Mystery On November 25, Bure stars in her fifth Hallmark Christmas movie, “Journey Back to Christmas,” a period piece set partly in 1945. The movie is a bit of a departure from what her fans are used to, she admits. When the Christmas comet appears for the first time in 70 years, her character Hannah is knocked unconscious and transported to present day, 2016. While figuring out the truth about what happened to her, Hannah discovers the kindness she displayed in her time has carried over and she now must find her way back home. “It’s a little ‘Wizard of Oz’ meets ‘Back to the Future,’” says Bure. Bure’s relationship with the network is a long-standing one. In addition to filming Christmas and additional movies throughout the year, she has also completed four movies for Hallmark’s Movies and Mysteries for the Aurora Teagarden Mystery series based on the books by best-selling author Charlaine Harris, for which Bure also serves as executive producer. Sitcom actor, talk-show host, and best-selling author–Bure enjoys all of her various roles. With multiple projects and no plans to stop anytime soon, Bure’s hectic schedule has her commuting weekly from New York to Los Angeles. “My body’s gotten somewhat used to the schedule,” she says. “It’s not easy to fly that much; it’s challenging and I really rely on eating healthy and taking care of my body as best I can.”
Faith and Family
To stay in touch with her family, which includes her daughter and two sons, Bure relies on her phone and FaceTime to stay connected. “I don’t think I would have ever done this had my kids been younger,” she says. “They’re older now and while they don’t need me any less, their needs are different from when they were younger.” Grounded in her Christian faith, it’s what drives her as a person in all that she does. Her wish for her children, regardless of what profession they pursue, is to work hard, love the Lord with all of their heart, and not to expect things to just be given to them. “You will always value everything so much more when you work for it and have the selfsatisfaction of knowing you put in all your effort and did the best job you could do,” she says. B
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Memorable Moments from “The View” Most fun interview: “Miss Piggy. I giggled the whole time she was on the show.” Most embarrassing interview: “Kevin Costner. I was gushing over him and couldn’t even talk. I fangirled. It was so embarrassing.” Highlights: “Because of the election year, I interviewed Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, which was pretty awesome. I got to ask her a question that was important to me and one I think the viewers were happy with.”
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SUTHERLAND LIVING THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS By Alexandra Anastasio
Known for his hits on both the big and small screen, Emmy-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland is currently embarking on a whole new adventure. While fans of the iconic actor are excited to have him back on their TV screens as he stars in “Designated Survivor,” it might come as a surprise to hear he’s also been exploring a career as a country singer-songwriter. With a love for music that dates back to childhood — he picked up his first guitar at age 10 — Sutherland only recently made the choice to take center stage in the musical arena. This past summer he released his debut album, “Down in a Hole,” which contains a myriad of personal songs on the independent record label “Ironworks,” which he formed with good friend Jude Cole almost 15 years ago. Their intentions from the beginning were to help other artists make music, and in the process guide them to a place where they would sign with a major label. This past May, Sutherland experienced another monumental moment in his illustrious career when he made his debut at Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry. BELLA sat down with the actor/musician to learn more about his foray into country music and how he feels about his latest journey. In the process, we discovered a completely different side to an already amazing talent.
Your fans know you as Kiefer, the actor — what prompted you to add another layer to your career as a singer/songwriter? Music has been part of my life for many years, and this [album] took a lot of time; it wasn’t an immediate idea. I took two songs I had written out of 25 and shared them with my friend Jude Cole. My interest at the time was really not to do an album. I was aware of the stigma of an actor doing music, and I never wanted to be “that guy.” My intention was to send them to [Virgin] EMI or Sony Music to see if they would have another artist do the songs I had written. Jude really liked the way they sounded and the way I had played them and tried to convince me I could go and do a couple others. He thought the songs would be better served by me performing them because they were so personal. He took some time with me and we recorded a few more, and then a few more after that, and I realized I liked the way they sounded. I said to myself, “I want to make an album.”
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The process took about a year — I didn’t wake up one morning and say, “I want to make a record.” It was a series of circumstances over a long period of time that got me to this place. Do you feel the need to work harder to prove yourself as a musician? We went on tour and did about 70 dates throughout North America. And I’m a realist; I know people came out because they knew me from “24,” “Lost Boys,” or whatever, but I was just grateful they came out at all. You tour in front of your first record and people come out for all different reasons, and I’m
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aware of that. But I’m so grateful for the audiences we had; they gave us a real shot at playing our show and they judged us based on that. I personally felt it was really successful and the audiences were amazing. They gave us the opportunity as a band to put our music forward and I will be forever grateful for that. With the release of your debut album this summer, how does it feel to share these extremely personal pieces of work? I went into this experience thinking I would be able to take from 30 years working as an actor on stage and film and use it for
performing as a musician, and in fact it was quite the opposite. What I hadn’t counted on was that I wasn’t hiding behind a character, which is probably not a fair description of acting, either. But the truth is these stories were very personal, and performing live required me to open up in a way I wasn’t very comfortable with and certainly not used to. I had to explain this is where I was at when my heart was broken at this time in my life and that’s why I wrote this song, or a friend of mine passed away and died too young and this is where I was at when I wrote this song. It required a lot more openness
than I was used to, and that took a minute to be prepared for. What was interesting is I was shooting my new show, “Designated Survivor,” at the same time and when I came off the tour it reinformed how I wanted to perform the part. I wanted to add a little bit more of myself into this character. So in the end, what I thought was going to help me — that working as an actor was going to help me as a musician — was in fact the opposite. That 70-date tour actually made me feel comfortable being more open with this character than I normally would have been.
All I’ve ever wanted to do is play small bars and clubs, and that’s what this record has allowed me, and what I’ve had the most fun doing. I did not get into this to sell a million records or play stadiums. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to — that would be fantastic. But that wasn’t the goal. Were those closest to you surprised by your decision? When I ran it by my two daughters and explained I was making a record, I could feel them go, “Oh no, this might be a disaster.” When I played it for them, one of the nicest moments was when they were relieved it wasn’t going to be a disaster or embarrass them. That made me laugh — it was a highlight for me. If it could pass that test, then I was fine.
How does performing your music live differ from any other production you’ve done? It’s very personal for me. Standing up there, you say, “Look, I know you’ve never heard any of these songs, so thank you for coming out.” When I was 25 years old I went through a really bad breakup and it stuck with me for years. I finally wrote a song about it called “Calling Out Your Name,” and it somehow healed me. Now all of a sudden there’s a group of people in the audience who go, “Wow, I had a similar experience,” and hopefully over the course of 10 songs you start to make them realize there are certain things you go through that are common human nature — heartbreak, loss, love, envy, all of these things I’ve written songs about. And at the end of the night the real benefit is hopefully we all realize we are not that different from each other. That’s the nice part of all of this. The hardest part was getting used to sharing those kinds of personal things in the first place. What’s next for you musically? We’ve been working on the second record. This has been a slow process, but we’re actually five or six tracks in. Again, one record success was not predicating my interest in this. I’ve written a lot of songs and there are some I’m really happy with. Those I want to record, and I’ll just keep doing that. B
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Why didn’t you pursue music sooner? Acting was one of the first things anybody ever told me I was good at, and I grabbed onto that while I was quite young. I started working professionally in the theater in Canada when I was about 15 years old, and had always planned on doing music as well. I think at 25 years old I probably would have been way too sensitive about the stigma of an actor trying to be a musician. At this point in my life, if someone is going to make fun of me or not have something nice to say, I’m much more prepared to handle that.
In the Blink of an Eye Fans of Sutherland, the wait is over. He’s back on primetime with his new drama series, “Designated Survivor,” airing Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on ABC. Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a low-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed to the role of president of the United States following a deadly terrorist attack on the U.S Capitol during a State of the Union address. As the only cabinet member still alive, he’s thrust into a role he must rapidly prepare to take on. In this powerful drama, Kirkman struggles to keep both the country and his family from falling apart, while navigating the highly volatile political arena and searching for those responsible for the attack. The show is based on the real-life concept that a member of the U.S. presidential line of succession must always be absent from political gatherings in the event of an attack on the president and all other members of that line of succession. There must be a “designated survivor.” The show also stars Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Italia Ricci, Adan Canto, LaMonica Garrett, and Tanner Buchanan.
The Five Hottest Tables in Los Angeles With celebs wanting to see and be seen at the latest restaurant hot spots, the Los Angeles dining scene is often described as “intense.” Here are the five tables for which even the biggest names are jostling for a seat. By Norah Bradford
22706 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu Nobu Malibu is known globally for its exquisite cuisine, including Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature dishes such as tiradito, yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, and black cod miso. Every seat at this unique location offers a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, whether dining on the outdoor patio, exterior lounge, or the 14-seat bar. It’s easy to see why Nobu Malibu is popular with celebrity diners, including Patrick Dempsey, Rihanna, and Zoe Saldana. NobuRestaurants.com 76 THE HOLIDAY ISSUE
8715 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood The latest arrival from the Big Apple brings Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum’s globally-influenced seafood menu to the great and the good of Los Angeles, including Emma Roberts, Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Kylie Jenner, and Tyga. With a rooftop location in the design district boasting an open kitchen, Catch LA can seat 340 people under its retractable roof. The menu includes Catch classics such as the catch roll, truffle sashimi, Wagyu on a rock, and Cantonese lobster. CatchRestaurants.com
Culina, Modern Italian Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills 300 South Doheny Drive
Chef Denis Dello Stritto has led the brigade at Culina with the goal of capturing the spirit and vibrant atmosphere of Los Angeles. With its modern Italian fare, Culina is already garnering accolades from its notable visitors, including Nina Dobrev, Chelsea Handler, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. The restaurant features a spacious patio area, intimate lounge, contemporary dining room, two private dining rooms, and a live action Crudo bar. New this fall was the opening of Vinoteca, an Italian wine bar and espresso café located adjacent to the restaurant. As General Manager Michael Newcombe describes it, Vinoteca is “an extension of one’s home or office.” With a new space, powerful Wi-Fi, and topnotch culinary offerings to match, creatives are welcome to visit Vinoteca around the clock — sip a cappuccino in the morning while catching up on the news, or drop by after work to enjoy a glass of Vermentino and Montanara pizza from Naples. CulinaRestaurant.com
The Tower Bar and Restaurant
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Little Beach House Malibu 22716 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
London-based Soho House recently opened a luxe oceanfront Malibu outpost so exclusive that even “Every House” members have to apply for membership. Composed of a terrace, sitting room, and bar with sumptuous interiors, Little Beach House Malibu is one of the hottest places to be seen. Recent celebrity sightings include Courteney Cox, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Alessandra Ambrosio. The dining room offers ocean views and an all-day menu that’s focused on creating California-centric dishes using locally-sourced ingredients. LittleBeachHouseMalibu.com
Originally constructed during the Prohibition in the 1930s, the Sunset Tower Hotel was one of many local spots that took advantage of all of the nightlife opportunities in West Hollywood. Sunset Tower played host to the A-listers of the 1930s and 1940s, including Howard Hughes, John Wayne, Billie Burke, Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Frank Sinatra, to name a few. Under the ownership of Jeff Klein, the Tower Bar and Restaurant has a very grown-up appearance with walnut paneling, a fireplace, and classic bar. It is located in what was formerly the apartment of gangster Bugsy Siegel. George and Amal Clooney, Lily-Rose Depp, and Jeffrey Tambor are frequent diners there. Maître d’ Dimitri Dimitrov, reputedly the inspiration for the central character of Wes Anderson’s Oscar-winning movie, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” is another Tower Bar attraction. SunsetTowerHotel.com BELLALAMAG.COM 77
LE PETIT PARIS 418/420 South Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90013 213-217-4445 LePetitParisLA.com Cuisine: French Attire: California Casual to Elegant Price Range: $$$ Serving: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner Seating: Inside and Patio Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Art Deco Swanky Happy Hour Mon-Fri, 4-7pm Bonus Free shuttle service to downtown event venues
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It’s the holidays so how about getting out and sparkling? Start at downtown’s Le Petit Paris, which opened last fall in the historic El Dorado building. Taking full advantage of its glamorous beginnings as a hotel lobby, the impressive space boasts soaring ceilings, a grand double staircase leading to an elegant mezzanine level, two bars, a generous outdoor patio, and perfect lighting that makes the entire room glow. The extensive menu offers classic Parisian favorites and lighter items with a French twist. Start with escargot, seared foie gras with apples and Calvados, or tuna tartar and local tomatoes and burrata. Entrées include classics like crisp, pan roasted magret duck breast alongside more luxurious presentations of roasted whole lobster with cognac, sole meuniere, and a dramatic pasta flambéed tableside in a carved out wheel of Parmigiano and served with a generous flourish of freshly shaved black Burgundy truffle. On Wednesday nights, live jazz starts at 7:30pm. -Michele DiNardo
BELL A’S “A” LIST APPETIZE RS: CEVICHE DE LOUP Sea bass ceviche marinated with lime, cilantro, tomatoes, and avocado TARTAR DE BOEUF CRU OU ALLER RETOUR FRITES MAISON Filet mignon tartar served lightly pan seared (can get raw) with Pommes Frites E NTRE ES: PATES FLAMBEES A LA TRUFFE DAN SA MEULE Flambéed truffle pasta in a Parmesan cheese wheel SOLE MEUNIERE OU GRILLEE HARICOTS VERTS PERSILLES European Meuniere dover sole or grilled, garlic and parsley green beans DESSE RT: NAPOLEAN Bourbon Vanilla Crème Diplomat COCK TAIL: LE BALSAMIQUE Vodka, fresh strawberries, white balsamic vinegar, fresh lemon juice
SALAZAR 2490 Fletcher Drive Los Angeles, CA 90039 858-352-7737 SalazarLA.com Cuisine: Mexican Sonora Asador Attire: Casual Price Range: $$ Serving: Lunch, Dinner Outdoor Seating: Yes (only a few covered tables in the bar) Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Cal-Mex Desert Cool
Frogtown sits between the 5 freeway and the concrete banks of the LA River. This Silverlakeadjacent location is currently basking in the glow of SALAZAR, a Mexican BBQ showcased in a former auto body shop. Entering this tremendously inviting open air eatery feels like you’re walking into your coolest friend’s backyard. Chef/co-founder Esdras Ochoa offers the fiery flavors of his Sonora homeland through a grill-driven menu of meats, fish, vegetables and handmade tortillas. The Asador crank-operated grill is the star of the show and a giant window into the kitchen lets you view as meals are charred to perfection. The minimalist menu is flawless. Start off with one of their taco and quesadilla options, then move on to a farmer’s market inspired-salad and the “Los Primitivos” section with long boned tomahawk pork chops and thick hangar steaks. Creamy, pommes aligot-inspired potato purée laced with tiny fresh chorizo sausages is the star of the sides menu, and a sign of serious talent in the kitchen. -Michele DiNardo
BELL A’S “A” LIST APPETIZE RS: THE TACOS Pollo asado, carne asada, al pastor E NTRE ES: FLAT IRON STEAK BONE-IN PORK CHOP Both served with the ethereal homemade tortillas DESSE RT: ROASTED CORN FLAN COCK TAIL: LA PALOMA Mezcal, Ancho Chili liqueur, grapefruit, honey, and salt
Where did you grow up? I grew up in LA, so it’s a major aspect of what I’m doing. I was born and raised in the West LA/Westwood area.
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THE STARS SHINE IN JOHN TERZIAN’S WORLD By Dionne Clarke
John Terzian is a perfectionist with a “crazy drive” and work ethic that has made him one of the most successful restaurateurs and club owners in Hollywood and beyond. Chances are you’ve been in one of his venues–or at least tried to get in–where you’d rub shoulders with Rihanna, Leonardo DiCaprio, or Katy Perry. The stars love the privacy and Angelenos enjoy the chill, fun vibes. Turned down for more than 100 jobs in his lifetime, this LA native flipped rejection into unstoppable ambition by opening up hotspots like The Nice Guy (no photos allowed inside the venue), Bootsy Bellows, Blind Dragon, and his latest baby–Delilah. Luxury, service, and exclusivity are what Terzian does best, and that’s why everything he touches turns to gold. He tells BELLA LA how he does it…
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What was your family life like growing up? I’m Armenian, and family is everything. I have an extremely close family. My mom is a music teacher and my dad’s a lawyer. I have an older brother with whom I’m extremely close and a ton of cousins I see regularly. What was your first job? I was an intern at the talent agency ICM when I was a freshman in college. I got turned down for over 100 jobs, including as a cabana boy at the Beverly Hills Hotel. But I had this drive in me to prove everybody wrong. I think it’s caused me to be a crazy person when it comes to work. To this day, I’m pretty well known for working 24/7 and not sleeping. I have this level of determination–like how athletes talk about Kobe playing angry–that’s literally how I am. You launched The h.Wood Group with Brian Toll nine years ago. How has your relationship evolved over the years? Brian and I are essentially like siblings at this point, including fighting like brothers. But we have a very good partnership because we do very different things well, and we do them together. We’re extremely complementary of each other, which is how a partnership should be. I would probably be homeless without him. There’s no real hierarchy in your company–tell us about that? I’m very big on embracing talent and propelling people around me. Brian and I had an assistant once who is now an equal partner because he earned it. I want people to succeed. I’ve learned to do it within our company, because when you approach it that way, you get more passion from people. I’ve been around too many people who try to keep people around them from growing. I don’t know everything and I take advice from everyone in my company, down to my 20-year-old interns.
Everything you touch seems to turn to gold. What have been some of your disappointments? [Sighs] Right away, I’m the type who thinks I’m always behind and nothing is successful. But that’s just how I am. Hooray Henry’s wasn’t unsuccessful, but there were a lot of things I learned from that. I’m a very positive and optimistic person, but I always want to talk to people who have critical input. I really don’t care about compliments or anything that’s good. I wanna hear what’s wrong, because I want to do better.
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Your venues always have a line outside the door; why do you think they’re so successful? I really credit it to being so loyal to my group of friends from day one. That’s how everyone is around us, and as long as I have that, everything else follows. I also pay a lot of attention to detail. Like the very, very small things people think don’t matter. I think the key reason people eat four times a week at The Nice Guy is because it’s literally as easy as going into their own kitchen. I don’t care about the resumes of people I hire; I don’t go by if they worked at the Four Seasons. I go by their love of hospitality and people, and that’s why we have great service. What is the concept of your latest venue, Delilah? Delilah is a really special place and basically what I wanted to do since getting in this business. It is a true restaurant, but it has the elements of a lounge with vibrant music and a nightlife aspect as well. In LA it’s historically hard to have all that in one place. Delilah really gives a nod to the 1920s and how supper clubs were the one place where you eat, drink, socialize, and listen to music. Delilah is going to be the first that does all of that.
What has been the most pivotal time of your life so far? A major business milestone would be when H. Wood was shut down for various reasons and I had to move back with my parents. I lost everything and it was a turning point for me at that moment. I could’ve gone into a depression, or fight…obviously I was driven to fight and come back. On the personal side, I would say when I was growing up, my brother was diagnosed with leukemia. He lived in the hospital. I noticed there wasn’t much going on for it, and I made it a point to always give back to charities. I started specifically with Children’s Hospital, but I support several others, including Imagine LA, which helps homeless families. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I’ve ever received was, “Never get too high with the highs and low with the lows” in this business. That was 10 years ago, and it has stuck with me. You have a lot of celebrity clientele – how does that work? I was fortunate enough to grow up with a handful of people who became big celebrities, managers, or agents in their own right. We’ve all stayed best friends and supportive of each other. It’s one of those things you can’t really buy. You recently got married. How did you know she was the one? I first met my wife nine years ago and I really knew then. I don’t think she knew, but I knew [laughs]. She had moved here from Texas, and I loved how she was completely unfazed by anything in LA. She was a perfect fit for me, and I just knew. B
Mind+Body MUST-HAVE GIFTS FOR THE FITNESS AND WELLNESS LOVERS IN YOUR LIFE
THE MINDFUL PLANNER
Healthy body, healthy mind, right? It’s not always that simple, which is why The Happiness Planner, designed by Mo Seetubtim, the creator of the inspiring blog, BrandMentalist, is a must-add to your holiday shopping list. This beautiful planner, with daily, weekly, and monthly sections spanning from January-December 2017, incorporates inspiring messages and activities to encourage positive thinking and affirmation, as well as mindfulness, gratitude, and selfdevelopment. Other great gift options are The 100-Day Planner and The 52-Week Planner. TheHappinessPlanner.com
By Sari Beth Rosenberg
WHETHER YOU’RE WOWED WITH THE WORKOUT WORLD OR NOT, YOU PROBABLY HAVE SOME FRIENDS WHO ARE OBSESSED WITH HEALTH AND WELLNESS. WHEN IT COMES TIME FOR GIFT GIVING, MAKE SURE YOUR PRESENT ALIGNS WITH THEIR GET-FIT GOALS. HERE’S THE SKINNY ON SOME MUST-HAVE GIFTS FOR THE FITNESS ADDICT, “SPIRIT JUNKIE,” OR YOGI FANATIC IN YOUR LIFE.
Vira Sun sunglasses were designed specifically for yogis but they look awesome on everyone. The brand was founded in California by a husband and wife team who love yoga, fitness, and art, and they now call New York City home. All styles boast polarized lenses with UV400 protection, natural arms, metal spring hinges, and laser-etched logos. We love how the colorful lenses, including pink and blue, pair with the natural frames. They’re a perfect pickme-up for the winter months. ViraSun.com
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THE “ALWAYS TIRED” PAL
As we all know, sleep is an essential part of any active lifestyle. Encourage that active — (hence often exhausted) friend to take some downtime with this this soft handspun wool blanket, made personally by local artisans in South America. (Clover Artisans sells gorgeous pieces from artisans all around the globe, btw!) For maximum relaxation, we also recommend the New York Scented Candle with its “Big Apple”-inspired fresh scent with calming notes of Cortland apple, violet, ozone, melon, cyclamen, and rosewood. CloverArtisans.com, ShopUnitedScents.com
THE STAR SEEKER THE CLASS PASS ADDICT
If someone walked past you recently and smelled really good, they were most likely wearing Kai Perfume Oil. This exotic yet light fragrance was inspired by the scents that the founder, Gaye Straza, grew up with during her childhood in Hawaii. The perfume oil comes in a compact little bottle that you can stash anywhere. Just a few dabs make for a perfect refresher after a workout class or to start the day. We also love the Kai Deodorant that combines the brand’s signature fragrance in a translucent formula of vitamin e, chamomile, and plant extracts with natural skin conditioning sugars that controls moisture and is also aluminum free. KaiFragrance.com
You know that one friend who checks her horoscopes religiously? She’d be perfect for the book, “Your Body and the Stars: The Zodiac as Your Wellness Guide.” Written by a holistic health physician and educator (Stephanie Marango, MD, RYT) and the resident horoscope columnist with Harper’s Bazaar (Rebecca Gordon), the book presents their combined professional expertise to connect the zodiac and wellness. Their goal: To help prevent illness and optimize your health by connecting an understanding of the cosmos to your body. Your spiritual friend will also love, “Elemental Energy: Crystal and Gemstone Rituals for a Beautiful Life” by Kristin Petrovich, who is a co-founder of Själ, a holistic, gem-infused skincare line used by celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Naomi Watts, and P. Diddy. This stunning book is packed with practices, tips, and techniques to help readers optimize their wellness and beauty using crystals and gemstones.
MIND+BODY #Selfies at the gym — yes, or no?
HOW TO BE A BETTER VERSION OF YOURSELF By Luis Loya
There is no such thing as a bad workout; there may be a careless, ignorant workout, but never a bad one. Anything extra you do today—even getting your heart rate up by walking briskly—will be rewarded tomorrow. Take every day as a new beginning to a new life. If you can’t change something in that exact moment, don’t let it steal your inner peace … focus instead on what you can do for now and continue to do a little more every day. Here are six thoughts to get you started toward your ultimate health and wellness journey:
Did you know that taking selfies at the gym can increase your chances of coming back the next day by 75 percent? That may not be a proven scientific fact, but most sweat-selfie aficionados will come back to the gym day after day. That’s because the pic you took before either looked great and got you motivated, or you just weren’t happy with what you saw and now you’re determined to make a change for the better. Either way, if a selfie gets your butt back in the gym, it’s a win.
Eat real food.
The fitness industry is booming in our country—and so is our obesity rate. Maybe it’s because most of us are just not moving like we should and are consuming all types of empty calories that do nothing for us! I know, I know… it’s hard to eat “real” food because we’re definitely being taken over by GMO foods! It seems like everywhere you look there’s some sort of a fast food restaurant popping up. It’s time to get cooking, or make some better decisions before it’s too late and you’re starving, which leads to eating the first thing you see—usually not the best choice! If you don’t have the time to cook like you’d like, look into a meal prep service and let them take care of commitment to eat healthy. In the LA area, I recommend Dr. Fit (DrFitMeals.com).
“I like big butts and I cannot lie.”
Yes, we all want a nice booty, but we don’t necessarily want to work for it since it requires hard work and dedication. Enough of that! Let’s get to deep squatting— I’m talking booty to floor, keeping your knees behind your toes at all times. Breath in on the way down and out on the way up. Go on, and give it a try!
Properly feed those booty gains.
That’s how we will keep them growing! First things first: Carbs won’t make you fat, despite them falling into the same “stay away” category as fats. If you don’t include carbs in your diet, you simply won’t have the muscle energy you’ll need to perform workouts that matter. It may actually be doing more damage than good if you’re not adding carbohydrates to your everyday diet. A good rule of thumb is to carb up before every weight lifting session and carb back up again post-workout to refuel the muscle. (Just be sure to cut back on carbs in the evening.)
Photo: John Andreas
Hate fat, but not fats.
HandsomeLuis Ultra Body Fitness Hollywood, CA Luis Loya, a certified personal trainer and certified nutritionist (NPTI, NPTI Nutrition, NESTA, AFTA), considers himself a master motivator. “My goal in life is to help as many people as I possibly can in any way, so I decided to start with their fitness and health goals.” Loya trains many of his clients at Ultra Body Fitness in Hollywood, CA, while also commuting all over the city, from Hollywood Hills to the beach shores of Santa Monica. His resume boasts more than 10 years of hands-on experience and constant study to become an advanced trainer that meets all his clients’ wellness needs. 84 THE HOLIDAY ISSUE
Guess what? Like carbs we all need fats and should keep a good amount in our bodies. Unless you’re training for a bikini contest, there’s no need to go below low-fat comfort levels. Let’s face it: Low-fat just doesn’t sound fun or taste good, it’s just for the look. You need the perfect amount of good fats to substitute for the bad ones, especially those trans fats. Let me break it down for you: Since good fat provides 9 calories per gram, women following a 1,600-calorie diet need 36 to 62 grams of good fat; women eating 2,000 calories need 44 to 78 grams of fat; and women consuming 2,400-calorie diets need about 53 to 93 grams of good fats each day.
Make your body work while you snooze.
Before you catch some Zzzzs, consume a protein blend with casein and glutamine so your body can do its magic and recover properly while you hit that deep REM sleep. That’s the valuable fourth stage of your sleeping pattern when you begin to wander off to dreamland while your body is getting the appropriate rest without any interruptions. Tips to get to REM sleep: Dark room, noise cancellation, a comfortable bed, a body well hydrated, and an air-conditioned room temperature. When you wake up, you’ll be fully rejuvenated and ready to do it all over again—just make sure you’re doing a little more each day.
Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there.
Although it’s more common in older women, ovarian cancer affects women of all ages, even in their 20s. There is no early detection test, and symptoms can be subtle. But while you can’t see it, you can take steps to get ahead of it by knowing your risk factors. Family history of cancer and presence of gene mutations like BRCA are risk factors, so talk to your family and your doctor. This information makes you less likely to ignore vague signs that could indicate disease. Meanwhile, promising collaborative research will continue to shed light on new advances in diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. To learn more about symptoms, risk factors and research go to SU2C.org/ovarian
Minnie Driver Stand Up To Cancer Ambassador Photo by Martin Schoeller
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FROM CORPORATE LAWYER TO AMBASSADOR OF SWEAT HOW ROBIN ARZON RAN HER WAY TO HER DREAM LIFE By Sari Beth Rosenberg
Photo: Ja Tecson
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You can’t scroll through Robin Arzon’s Instagram feed without feeling inspired to get out there and sweat. Whether she’s logging in miles as she trains for her next ultra marathon, coaching other runners, or teaching her popular Peloton spin class, sweating (with style!) is just a seamless part of her existence.
To chronicle her training, she started a blog called “Shut Up and Run.” It motivated her to go running, which was tough as she was clocking 80 hours a week as a corporate lawyer at the time. After seven years of practicing law and falling in love with fitness, Arzon decided to switch gears and turn her career into one as an “Ambassador of Sweat.”
In Arzon’s new book, “Shut Up and Run,” she shares an inside look at how she manages to make a life out of “sweating with swagger” filled with tips and inspirational anecdotes. She sat down with us between a spin class and a run to share her story.
How to “Sweat With Swagger”
How She Got Herself to Shut Up and Run
After surviving a near-death experience when a gunman went on a murderous rampage, threatening her life and the other patrons at Bar Veloce in the East Village back in 2002, Arzon took up running as a part of her healing process. She saw a flyer for a 10K race and decided to sign up. “Once I started running more and more, it was a way for me to almost think without overthinking,” she explains.
Go solo. Arzon loves running with other people, but “nothing will replace a solo long run of 20 miles to teach you so much about your capacity for mental strength.” Stay in the music-free zone. When she trains, the confident and mindful athlete leaves her headphones at home. “I find music distracting. I’m focusing on other things when I run, and it is more of a mental journey for me.”
Make sleep a priority. Since she wakes up at the crack of dawn, Arzon shares that she “needs all the sleep.” To get through her active 14- to 16-hour days, she often says no to social engagements during the week to ensure enough shut-eye. Eat clean. Though Arzon’s diet is strictly vegan, she says she’s not a big calorie counter. “I am more concerned about where food comes from than how much of it I’m eating.” She chooses unprocessed, plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, lots of greens, and those with anti-inflammatory properties, like ginger. You have to want it. Arzon found out she had Type 1 Diabetes a few years ago, and it never made her want to stop running. Her advice for other people who exercise but suddenly face health challenges or injuries: “People need to do what they can and adjust and pivot. If you want it bad enough, you can find ways to continue to move.”
DON’T LIMIT YOURSELF WITH ONE LADDER, CREATE YOUR OWN JUNGLE GYM.”
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MIND+BODY From Star Actress…
“After testing for a TV show and being told I didn’t get the role because I needed to lose weight and look into veneers, I basically took a nutrition book with me as I backpacked through Europe solo,” she explains. On this trip, she met a chef on a train in France who took her under his wing. For five months, she worked in restaurants throughout Europe, writing down everything she observed in the kitchens while also studying fitness and nutrition.
…to Star Chef
When she returned to Los Angeles at age 22, the self-taught private chef was ready to embark on her culinary career. Thanks to her talent and firsthand understanding of the pressures of being in the spotlight, Krinsky was sought after by many celebrities to cook for them. She has an impressive list of celebrity clients who love her healthy style of food preparation. She’s worked for everyone from Tobey Maguire to Katherine Heigl to the rock band MGMT. Her current client is Seth MacFarlane.
CELEB CHEF VIKKI KRINSKY’S A-LISTER EATING TIPS By Sari Beth Rosenberg
Even though she started out as a TV actress, Vikki Krinsky has made her name in Hollywood as a celebrity private chef for stars like Tobey Maguire and Seth MacFarlane. Dubbed the “Athletic Chef,” Krinsky specializes in delicious yet nutritious meals. We spoke to her about everything from body image pressures in Hollywood to what it’s like to cook for her famous clients. Read on for her exclusive celeb-worthy tips on how to eat healthy throughout the holiday season.
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Krinsky recently found her way back onto the TV screen as a chef. She stars on the show “Recipe Rehab,” where she finds creative ways to turn unhealthy dishes into nutritious ones. Some favorites that she’s rehabbed: Mac & Cheese, Chicken Pot Pie, and Carrot Cake!
Krinsky Dishes on Hollywood and Body Image Krinsky says that while the entertainment industry is much more aware of body image pressures, actors still face the same concerns she did a decade ago. Despite all this, she is encouraged by some changes. “Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet, and Jennifer Lawrence have all spoken openly about the unrealistic image expectations, and having an open dialogue is a fantastic way to create change,” she says.
On Seth MacFarlane’s Menu • He loves sushi and good ol’ comfort food like hot dogs, pizza, and pasta. • Krinsky challenges herself to keep him happy with “Krinskified” (healthier) versions of all of these foods.
On Tobey Maguire’s Menu • Tobey is an advocate for a vegan lifestyle. • He enjoys Italian and Mexican flavors. • Krinsky kept his plates simple and tasty, letting the ingredients shine.
The Recipe for a Balanced Life
Krinsky runs for 20 to 30 minutes a day and enjoys plyometric and resistance training. Her take on cheat days? “I believe in an allaround healthy lifestyle. This mentality takes cheat days away, and instead forces you to create a healthy balance seven days a week.” Krinsky believes this approach is a much more effective way to see results, enjoy life and food, and feel great all of the time.
Chef Krinsky’s Top Healthy Holiday-Eating Tips
1. Drink loads of water before and after meals. 2. Don’t set yourself up for failure with, “I can’t eat this and that.” 3. For portion control, eat all of your meals on a side plate. 4. Work extra hard at the gym. 5. Holiday meals are endless — we know — so, slow down. Share stories, laugh a lot, and pace yourself.
Photos: Jesse DeYoung
Krinsky started her career on the Canadian TV show “Edgemont” after being discovered at age 16 in a school play. The experience she had when trying out for new roles turned her off from acting and launched her on a new path to healthy chef stardom.
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LOVE IN THE CITY
CHRISTMAS DOs (AND DON’Ts) FOR COUPLES By Jarrod Thalheimer
The holiday season is back and you couldn’t be happier. The sights, the sounds, the smells – a giant festive hug, perfectly designed to lift spirits and make the heart soar. But there’s a problem: For whatever reason, the love of your life has never taken to the holidays the same way you do. Talk about a crimp in the tinsel. Ignore it and Scrooge may cast a shadow on your fun, but push too hard and you might create a Grinch for life. You need a plan. Thankfully, it’s Love in the City to the rescue with an oh-so-helpful guide to making things right. All together now – let’s get festive!
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DO offer random, unexpected hugs and DO learn to bake sugar cookies and decorate them with all sorts of fun sprinkles and colors.
DON’T insist on the consumption of Christmas
fruitcake at every meal. That’s inhumane and (likely) against the Geneva Conventions.
DO install a holiday-themed playlist on their smartphone. DON’T overplay one single Christmas song so
much that all anyone wants to do is jam the sharp end of a candy cane inside his or her ear canal.
DO replace their regular hat with a Santa hat. DON’T replace all their regular socks
with jingle-bell adorned, Christmas-colored ones.
DO download a cute, holiday-
themed photo to the lock screen of their smartphone.
DON’T change all the contacts in their
smartphone to reindeer names so they can guess who’s who.
kisses throughout the weeks leading up to the big day.
DON’T demand you be
addressed as Mrs. Claus for an entire month.
DON’T CHANGE ALL THE CONTACTS IN THEIR SMARTPHONE TO REINDEER NAMES SO THEY CAN GUESS WHO’S WHO.”
DO have a holiday party where everyone gets to wear
their ugly Christmas sweater.
DO leave tiny, giftwrapped treats around
DON’T dress in Will Ferrell’s costume from “Elf” and
DON’T gift wrap every single item of
DO fill your Netflix queue with holiday-
the house to build fun and excitement.
boxed food in your pantry and kitchen (including the frozen pizza).
DO cover your bed with large, fuzzy comforters and pillows to make cold winter nights cozy and fun.
DON’T create a “naughty or
nice” list of bedroom activities to make sex seem “holiday themed.” That’s weird and kind of creepy – seriously!
DO take a nighttime walk in the snow to see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.
DON’T attempt to turn your living room into a life-sized snow
globe through the use of strategically placed Plexiglass, an industrial fan, and four garbage bags of bleached confetti.
commit to the character’s naïve mindset for two solid weeks.
themed movies (Note: The original “Die Hard” definitely counts as a Christmas movie).
DON’T change your Netflix
password to something that requires remembering the first two letters from each of the gifts detailed in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” song.
DO decorate your house with all
things Yuletide–from candles and lights to garland and bows.
DON’T harass your lover with daily
dioramas featuring the Elf on the Shelf. It’s like enabling a deranged, miniature stalker to haunt them relentlessly until December 25. B
SOPHISTICATED SPACES HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS SHOP OUR FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS GUIDE FOR FAB FURNISHINGS, SMART SOLUTIONS, AND HOME DÉCOR WE ADORE. By Janene Mascarella
Treat yourself to a sixpack of gourmet Gotham Chocolate Bars. Each one is handmade by Ron Paprocki, pastry chef of the acclaimed New York City restaurant, Gotham Bar & Grill, in the 28-square-foot space below the restaurant’s dining area. Each bar is then hand-packaged in four original flavors. $45, GothamBarAndGrill.com
This beautiful Claus Porto Deco Collection Gift Box comes with nine soaps from Claus Porto’s Deco collection, each with a unique fragrance and personality. They are hand-packed in illustrated wrapping adorned with original graphics from the brand’s archives. Blended with Shea butter, these colorful soaps draw on the dramatic designs that first made Claus Porto’s name in the early 20th century. $60, ClausPorto.com
Throw in a little elegance with this silk Pyar&Co. Maana Pillow, which features rows of white fringe and floating rock-like beads in gold. It’s inspired by the remnants left by the tide, the rolling waves, and scattered stones. $290, PyarAndCo.com
Adorn your holiday tree with this PreLit Layfield Star Décor ornament for a traditional seasonal look, or hang it across the mantel for a pop of festive style. So merry and bright! $26.95, JossAndMain.com
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SPARKLING LIGHT This glittering Celine Crystal Pendant merges modern form with timeless glamour. Crafted from exceptionally clear glass developed for photographic lenses, dozens of faceted crystals refract light into diamond sparkles. The crystals are strung on a solid brass frame with a burnished silver-leaf finish. $1,295, BlueprintRegistry.com
Add a stylish touch to your holiday meals. Gourmet Basics by Mikasa Delancey 16-pc. Dinnerware Set features a chic design with metallic accents. The uniquely patterned dinnerware set will bring a modern touch to any table setting. $160, JCPenney.com
STYLISH SAUVIGNON BLANC
This New Year’s Eve, gather around to watch the Times Square ball drop like never before. Samsung’s KS9800 SUHD TV delivers unparalleled picture quality, spectacular color, and increased brightness and contrast. This new TV can serve up to one billion colors in detail, delivering the most incredible color expression for the ultimate viewing experience. 65” model: $4,499; 78” model: $9,999.99, 88” model: $19,999, Samsung.com
Get in the spirit with Kim Crawford Wines, the iconic numberone selling Sauvignon Blanc in the United States. They recently unveiled their first ever limited-edition holiday bottle and it is rather fabulous. The special edition bottle comes wrapped in gold with the brand’s signature screw cap – ready to crack open and celebrate! $17.99, stores nationwide
Diptyque reenacts the holidays with three new limited-edition candles inspired by the magical winter tale, “A Night at Diptyque.” The three scents are captivating: Un Encens Etoile (sparkling incense), Epices et Delices (Delicious Spices), Le Roi Sapin (the festive fir tree). Three 70 g candles: $105, Nordstrom
A NOVEL IDEA
FOR THE MUSIC LOVER “Born to Run”
Bruce Springsteen (Simon & Schuster)
In 2009, Springsteen and the E Street Band performed during the Super Bowl halftime show. While no stranger to high-profile stages, Springsteen was somehow inspired by this particular gig and took the next seven years to write and reflect on his life and times. From growing up in Freehold, NJ, and his early days as a local star in Asbury Park bars to his indisputable status as a rock star, this goes far beyond the ordinary musician’s memoir and becomes an inspiration for music lovers from all walks of life.
FOR THE FOODIE “Appetites” Anthony Bourdain (Ecco)
After years as a professional chef and then a professional globetrotter in search of the world’s finest culture and food, this former “bad boy of cooking” now relishes life as a family man and prefers to keep his entertaining and his culinary feats at home. This cookbook – Bourdain’s first in over a decade – serves up a host of his favorite dishes that he believes everyone should learn how to create.
FOR THE HGTV FAN “Interior Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from America’s Finest Designers on the Art of Decoration” Edited by Carl Dellatore (Rizzoli))
A BOOK LOVER’S HOLIDAY GUIDE By Barbara Bellesi
BOOKS MAKE GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. UNLIKE SHOES OR CLOTHES, IT’S MUCH EASIER TO FIND THE PERFECT FIT FOR THE PEOPLE ON YOUR SHOPPING LIST. (ALSO, THEY’RE EASY TO WRAP!) IF YOU’RE HEADING TO THE BOOKSTORE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, TRY SOME OF THESE PICKS FOR THE BOOK LOVERS IN YOUR LIFE.
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This book will undoubtedly take someone’s coffee table to the next level. Packed with beautiful photos to accompany the 100 themed essays penned by the country’s premier home designers, this book is a veritable feast for the eyes. From Bunny Williams writing on “Comfort” to Etienne Coffinier and Ed Ku expounding on “Floor Plans,” this book features every step of the interior design process, from the practical to the truly inspired.
FOR THE MOVIE BUFF “Tippi: A Memoir” Tippi Hedren (William Morrow)
Everyone knows Alfred Hitchcock had a thing for blonds … now you can get the scoop directly from one of his most famous leading ladies. A legend of classic Hollywood, Hedren lit up the screen in both “The Birds” and “Marnie,” but the real story of this screen siren was always covered up in layers of gossip and tabloid fodder. In her vivid Hollywood memoir, Hedren illustrates her experiences coming up in the business and how she built her own Hollywood matriarchy that includes daughter Melanie Griffith and granddaughter Dakota Johnson, both stars in their own rights.
CARSON KRESSLEY AND THE “FASHION CRUSH”
Ever find yourself studying a celebrity’s wardrobe and thinking, “I would love to dress just like her”? Carson Kressley encourages that behavior in his book “Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big?” You may know him best from his makeovers for men on “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” but now he’s back with advice for us.
FOR THE FASHIONISTA
“DOES THIS BOOK MAKE MY BUTT LOOK BIG?” Carson Kressley (St. Martin’s Griffin)
You loved him and his crew on “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” but now you’ve got the Emmy-winning Kressley all to yourself with his LOL-inducing style manual. So what can you expect from your “fairy godstylist”? You’ll learn how to “glamsform” your closet with only those items that make you look and feel fabulous — as well as the best times to score deals at the mall and the outlets. You’ll find out seven must-have wardrobe items that will complement your best features. And you’ll discover that having a “fashion crush” is a great way to define your own style. Don’t be surprised if you feel the urge to pick up a copy of Kressley’s book for yourself!
“I think some people are born with innate style, and some people really have to study it and learn about it,” says Kressley. If you’re in the latter group, never fear. The style guru has the perfect solution: the fashion crush. This is what Kressley defines as your “fashion role model.” “It might be someone who’s very similar to you. They might have a similar build or a similar look, but maybe they’re just a real style superstar and can give you great information on things that might work for you.” Kressley has a way of making fashion and beauty seem effortless, and he’s out to prove that it doesn’t take a lot to look and feel great. “It’s not about having a lot of money. It’s not about having tons of extra time,” he says. “You just have to put in some effort, and even if you do a little bit of work, looking even 10 percent better can make you feel 100 percent better.”
“AROUND THE WAY GIRL” Taraji P. Henson (37 Ink)
We are super excited to see that another BELLA cover girl has added “author” to her list of accomplishments. Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Henson has written a funny, inspiring memoir that details her climb – no, her hustle – up the Hollywood ladder. From early struggles and disappointments to stunning turns on the small and big screen to her glamorous triumphs on the red carpet, Henson will win you over (if she hasn’t already on “Empire”) with her own brand of fierceness.
MAKE AN IMPACT By Vanessa Coppes
’TIS THE SEASON FOR GIVING — EMBRACING THE TRUE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS. THESE INFLUENCERS, COMPANIES, AND BRANDS ARE MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT ON MANY PEOPLE’S LIVES BY USING THEIR STAR-POWER AND BRAND SAVVY TO HELP FEED CHILDREN RIGHT HERE ON OUR SOIL WHILE ALSO CREATING JOBS ACROSS THE GLOBE.
Suzette Munson // Love 41 Like many Americans, Suzette Munson had heard of the 1994 Rwandan genocide that claimed the lives of over one million men, women, and children in less than 90 days and displaced millions more from their homes almost overnight. Yet nothing could have prepared Munson for the absolute devastation she witnessed on her visit to Rwanda in the summer of 2010 with Africa New Life Ministries. The heartwrenching stories she had heard seemed mild in comparison to meeting little boys who sniffed glue to dull hunger pains and women who were forced into prostitution so they could feed their children. Each harrowing encounter shed light on the reality of a people still suffering. When Munson returned home five weeks later, she knew something had to be done, and she knew she had the ability to help. She decided to start an online retail business selling jewelry, handbags, and accessories in which 100 percent of profits support the work of Africa New Life Ministries. Love41.com
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Chrissy Teigen // No Kid Hungry All across America, families struggle with hunger, and children are among the hardest hit. That’s why No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger in the U.S. by partnering with Williams-Sonoma to provide nutritious food to kids in need. They also teach families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. Some of the top personalities in the country have designed limited-edition WilliamsSonoma spatulas to benefit No Kid Hungry. In addition, Williams-Sonoma will donate
30 percent of the retail price of each spatula purchased to No Kid Hungry, plus an additional $5,000 on behalf of the designer whose spatula sells out first. Chrissy Teigen is among the personalities who dedicate their time and inspiration to this campaign. “My spatula design is symbolic [of] the most important meal of the day: Breakfast!” she explains. “Everybody deserves a bright start to their day so let’s support No Kid Hungry and work together to end childhood hunger in America.” NoKidHungry.org
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UBUNTU Made // UBUNTU Life UBUNTU Made is a line of accessories handcrafted in Kenya that helps connect people all over the world. This past summer UBUNTU partnered with Zazzle to create customizable designs. Customers are able to design their own products by adding their initials, artwork, or even a photograph. In addition to being beautiful, Ubuntu Made products support
social impact programs in Kenya that create jobs, breathing vitality and vibrancy into the developing area. The products are made from locally sourced leather and materials and are crafted by local artisans who, because of their employment with Ubuntu, are able to enjoy a sustainable economy and invest further into the health and well-being of their community. UbuntuMade.com
The Domesticated Dad Brown Bag Lunch Delivery Service was born on a whim one night in 2014 when Michael and Jennifer Young’s children were talking about school lunch. Their daughter said, “Nothing beats Daddy’s lunches!” When their son agreed, they decided to post on Facebook to gauge consumer interest in ordering lunches from them. Positive responses began to roll in, and their business was launched. Since the beginning, The Domesticated Dad has implemented its Angel Delivery Program, a free service for families in need who live in New Jersey’s Ocean Township. For every 10 brown bag school lunches ordered, one free brown bag lunch is delivered to a family in their program. TheDomesticatedDad.net B
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holidays to think about the people we’ve lost or who are no longer with us; these memories can leave a sad void of longing and sadness. But one of the biggest culprits that can sabotage our holiday happiness is the unfair and unrealistic expectations we place on ourselves about how these events should look and feel. When families come together for these celebratory events, magic is not always created, at least in terms of how we like to think about the magical. One of the best ways to protect yourself against holiday stress or minimize the souring of family relationships during this holiday time is to manage your expectations. In order to reduce feelings of disappointment and anger, make sure those expectations are realistic.
HOLIDAY FAMILY GATHERINGS STRESSING YOU OUT? HERE’S WHY — AND HOW TO MAKE THEM WORK By Dr. Robi Ludwig
In an ideal world, family gatherings during the holidays would look and feel like they are portrayed on commercials: warm, cozy, picturesque, and joyous. Don’t we all want to experience the magic of a perfect Norman Rockwell holiday? Such an image of family togetherness is etched into our social consciousness. But for some of us, this goal — to achieve the perfect holiday moment — can be tainted by our own realities. Not that reality has to be a bad thing; it’s just often more flawed than the airbrushed image we’ve come to expect of ourselves and those we love during this time of year. Even among the best of families, conflict can make itself an unwanted guest at the holiday table. Sigmund Freud referred to this phenomenon as the “narcissism of the small difference.” It’s those slight differences among people who are otherwise alike that can create feelings of hostility. Freud even used this theory to explain the genesis behind some civil wars, so I think it’s safe to use it in this context as well. Other theorists believe that when we view our family in a poor light, doing so triggers a concern that they are somehow a negative reflection on us. Knowing you’re related to someone who thinks so differently than you do, especially when these differences take on a political or a prejudice bent, can sometimes feel like too much to tolerate. Then there are the small annoyances that seem to accumulate. Joe Palca, the author of
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“Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us,” calls these “Social Allergens.” According to Palca, repeated exposure to these “allergens” in a small space can create a cumulative affect, which in turn can cause or trigger major relationship problems. Oftentimes, sibling rivalry, which isn’t just for kids during the holidays, rears its ugly head. It’s no wonder returning home can feel like an emotional time warp, shifting us back into old behavioral patterns. Old baggage becomes new again when it gets reenacted, probably with the unconscious goal of settling the score and ultimately working things out. Limited space, combined with the fact that people are eating more unhealthy foods, drinking more, exercising less, and probably not feeling as great about their bodies during this time of year, certainly doesn’t help, either. The stress and tension of the holiday season can lead us to focus on all the differences we have within our family instead of remembering their strengths and all of their attributes and kindnesses for which we are grateful. There is also a tendency during the
Find a way to appreciate the chaos of family gatherings … reframe these moments. They can make life interesting and even prove humorous in the retelling. Look at your family through the eyes of a novelist — doing so can be creatively enriching and help you view your more challenging family members as interesting characters to cast in your future novel, play, or latest blog. Go into these gatherings with the right mindset. Embrace the holiday spirit by entering festive events thinking about the good times, focusing on the positive aspects of your family getting together, and seeing yourself as a positive force during these family moments. This simple mental shift can create a very rewarding and powerful self-fulling prophecy, which can lead to happy moments and closer family bonds. Choose to stay above the conflict; there’s a lot to be said for becoming an observer. Make a deliberate commitment to yourself to rise above the fray. Don’t get seduced into an unpleasant or combative conversation. Having said that, it never hurts to have a backup plan. Have a conversation with your partner about how you can support each other if things get a little tense or out of hand. Knowing you have a plan to protect yourself can go long way. Families are always going to be perfectly imperfect. And the magic often happens in the valleys of these imperfections. The real secret to enjoying the holiday season with your loved ones is to allow everyone to be who they are. Focus on those you enjoy being with and let the rest fade into the proverbial background. Remind yourself that everyone you know is probably experiencing more or less the same kind of glorious chaos you are; this thought can help to put this unique family time in its proper perspective. You are not alone. We are all in this together, so go out there and enjoy the best holiday season ever. B
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TRAVEL THE “VERY NICE” LIST SOMETIMES YOU TRAVEL FOR ADVENTURE, SOMETIMES YOU TRAVEL TO GET OFF THE BEATEN TRACK. BUT DURING THE HOLIDAYS, AFTER A MONTH OF PARTIES, WRAPPING PRESENTS, AND EXHAUSTING VISITS FROM FAMILY, YOU JUST WANT TO GET AWAY FOR A WELL-DESERVED BREAK. THESE TROPICAL RESORTS ARE POSTCARD-PERFECT, WITH NON-STOP FLIGHTS AND SERVICE THAT PUT THE ELVES TO SHAME. By Sascha Zuger
Everything at this very exclusive Riviera Maya luxury resort is impressive. The massive scale of the entrance is just a taste of the jawdroppers inside, including butler service in the suites, an included mini bar fully stocked with personalized treats, and poolside sushi. And don’t miss the five-star dining experiences like the 12-course (yes, 12!) molecular gastronomy meal with wine pairings and an above-andbeyond staff that’ll wade into the pool to serve a drink and never cross your path without a warm greeting (often by name). Spa lovers cannot miss the Hydrothermal Journey to jet away their cares, specifically the therapist-led experience with unique highlights like a Mayan clay room, ice room, steamy waterfalls, and bubbling beds inches under the soothingly warm, chlorine-free surface. Afterward, indulge in an ancient pre-Hispanic, head-to-toe Uumbal Shawl Massage, which uses local lemons on pressure points and Mexican woven cloths for gentle stretching. GrandVelas.com
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WYNDHAM GRAND RIO MAR BEACH RESORT & SPA PUERTO RICO
Enjoy a scenic drive from the airport and find yourself whisked away from bustling city life into a rainforest-bordered oasis so secluded, even the sea turtles nest along the private mile of this golden shoreline. Pool after pool on this expansive property ensures that — whatever your mood — you’ll find your happy place here. Water Zumba classes become daytime discos as guests splash and boogie down to the latest soca and reggae tunes, while over a bridge, guests at an adults-only escape hear only the crash of the waves and the gurgle of a waterfall breaking the surface of the pool. WyndhamRioMar.com
TURTLE BEACH BY ELEGANT HOTELS BARBADOS
The people of Barbados have an incredibly warm and genuine spirit, something that exudes from every interaction at this inclusive beach paradise. Aqua blue water sparkles over the soft white sand, while beach boys fluff a towel on your lounger and deliver top-shelf umbrella drinks with a smile. Snorkeling, Hobiecat sails, kayaking, beach cricket, calypso tunes, and stilt-walking lessons are just a few of the complimentary offerings. If traveling with kids in tow, tots to teens are entertained, leaving mom and dad to enjoy the adults-only restaurants, pools, and relaxation areas of the all-suite resort. TurtleBeachResortBarbados.com B BELLALAMAG.COM 101
ORLANDO REIMAGINED By Amanda Mactas
ORLANDO AND THEME PARKS ARE BASICALLY SYNONYMOUS, BUT THERE’S SO MUCH MORE TO DO THAN HIT UP THE TYPICAL TOURIST DESTINATIONS DURING YOUR STAY. WHILE FAST RIDES AND BUBBLY DISNEY CHARACTERS ARE SURE TO BECKON YOUR OFFSPRING, THERE’S NO REASON FOR YOU TO MISS OUT ON AN EQUALLY FUN GROWN-UP VACATION.
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Take the expansive Orlando World Center Marriott, for instance. The resort promises an action-packed getaway — you don’t even have to wander out into the land of Mickey if you don’t want to! Set on 200 acres in central Florida, the Orlando World Center Marriott contains over 2,000 guestrooms, 10 different styles of suites, and all the modern amenities and luxurious comforts one has come to expect from the Marriott brand. Most guestrooms and all suites offer patios and outdoor balconies, giving guests stunning views of the glorious resort and surrounding attractions.
using a soccer ball on the golf course. If you want a more rigorous workout, Orlando World Center Marriott boasts a state-of-the-art fitness center that many believe is one of the better hotel gyms. However, if leisure is more your speed, head to the Falls Pool Oasis, featuring multiple pools, a grotto-like hot tub, and three extreme waterslides, one of which is among the tallest and fastest resort slides in the state.
Dining Like a Diva
On the premises there are endless options to satiate even the most discriminating eaters, with nine different restaurants, plus room service. Mikado Japanese Steakhouse turns up the level of fun, cooking hibachi right at your table. Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen is a must-try during your stay, with fresh farm-to-fork dining and impressive “garden-to-glass” cocktails, to boot. Heartier fare can be found at Hawk’s Landing Steakhouse, which conveniently overlooks the 18th hole of Hawk’s Landing Golf Course.
A captivating view of the Orlando World Center Marriott property
Soaring to New Heights Fresh Italian dinner at Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen
Private dining at Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen
No trip is complete without a trip to the spa, and the Orlando World Center Marriott’s retreat is nothing to overlook! Don’t miss out on their “Around the World in Eighty Minutes” signature massage that includes a variety of different massage techniques and relaxation tricks to de-stress the body. Other treatments are also available, including aromatherapy, manicures, and pedicures, facials, and more.
Dip your toes into the Falls Pool Oasis
Fun in the Sun
There is no shortage of outdoor activities for all while vacationing here. The lush Hawk’s Landing Golf Course covers 200 acres of the hotel’s property, and those seeking lessons can up their game at the Bill Madonna Golf Academy on premises. If you need a break from the tee, try your hand — er, foot — at foot golf, in which participants follow golf rules while
End your evening at “Light Up the Night,” an awesomely insane nightly show at the Falls Pool Oasis that combines music and lights for a visually stunning 13-minute show with state-of-the-art digital graphics. You can view the show from the comfort of your balcony, poolside, or even in the pool for a night swim. Forget what you think you know about Orlando being just an oasis for children. The Orlando World Center Marriott is one of the many spots that prove there’s more to discover beyond Cinderella’s castle. B
Take a road less traveled when you make your way off property and discover what it’s like to skydive at iFly Orlando. Here, you can experience indoor skydiving, made possible by a giant wind tunnel, while your instructor guides you through your ride. This adventure is fun for both children and adults, and you’ll leave with tons of photos and videos from your ride, plus a giant smile. Not to mention a hankering to do it again!
TRAVEL DIARY PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: HISTORIC LUXURY REVAMPED By Gwen Wunderlich
You’re invited to peek into the captivating oasis of Palm Beach, Florida, which offers an incomparable U.S. travel experience. This celebrityacclaimed getaway is rich in both culture and elegance, dating back to the heady days of the Industrial Revolution. Palm Beach was founded as a ritzy wintertime escape, where wealthy Northerners flocked in search of balmy weather to showcase their earnings. Fast-forward to the present, where the opulent ambience lives on, attracting debutants from around the world. Visitors can sink their toes in white-sand beaches, shop on world-renowned Worth Avenue, or indulge in world-class cuisine. Come see magical Palm Beach for yourself and channel your innermost aristocrat.
THE BRAZILIAN COURT HOTEL Providing modern accommodations while retaining its historical charm, The Brazilian Court stands as a critically acclaimed hotel. Ninety years young, this chic hotel boasts 80 newly renovated studios with suites of one to three bedrooms. Upon arrival, we had the chance to explore acre upon acre of meticulously landscaped courtyards before visiting our poshly appointed and completely remodeled room. The hotel features a gourmet restaurant, a spa rich with amenities, and several lavish venues perfect for weddings or corporate gatherings. Sinking into the fluffy, spacious bed in my beautifully appointed room was an otherworldly experience. TheBrazilianCourt.com
CAFÉ BOULUD AT THE BRAZILIAN COURT
For every meal of the day, Café Boulud is unmatched in its remarkable cuisine. From the warm, hardwood floors to the seashell-speckled ceilings, this airy space was crafted with attention to detail. The appetizing menu offers everything from freshly caught halibut drizzled in extra virgin olive oil to spanner crab fra diavolo. The restaurant boasts a full bar featuring premium cocktails, making it the perfect spot to enjoy drinks and conversation before dinner. TheBrazilianCourt.com
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What better way to experience the beauty of Palm Beach than by embarking on a private, breathtaking yacht tour? In waters just 45 minutes from the Bahamas, you will be treated to fresh, open air and the crystal blue waters of the Lake Worth Inlet. The luxurious yacht is fitted with high-scale amenities such as flat-screen televisions, a Jacuzzi, and an open sundeck. Spend the day taking in the picturesque views while sipping a cocktail in the warm Florida sun. CharterBrochure.com/Seafarer
Voted one of three most iconic streets in America, Worth Avenue delights visitors with a charming shopping experience mere steps away from The Brazilian Court Hotel. Whether you’re aching to satisfy your Louis Vuitton fix or cruise the street with a Starbucks iced latte in hand, you’ll fall in love with something here. Between high-end boutiques and pristine roads lined with Bentleys, Worth Avenue will make you feel like a celebrity. Worth-Avenue.com
Given Palm Beach’s rich history, it is essential that you head to the Flagler Museum, home of the Whitehall mansion. Previously belonging to Standard Oil founder Henry Flagler, this massive, beautiful building will astound you. The 75-room, 100,000-squarefoot palace has been declared more magnificent than any private dwelling in the world, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum offers full tours, so be sure to schedule time to experience it for yourself. FlaglerMuseum.us
When you need some time off your feet after spending the morning shopping, Bice Ristorante is the go-to lunchtime destination. Nestled in the heart of Worth Avenue, this spot is great for basking in the sun on the open patio and indulging in a classic Italian dish. Once you get your lunchtime fix, you simply must enjoy a cup of the creamy gelato before continuing your shopping spree. Bice-PalmBeach.com
If you’re looking for an unforgettable dining experience, look no further than Renato’s. Voted Diners’ Choice of 2016, the warm and inviting ambience of this restaurant will entice you. Renato’s offerings include an eclectic selection ranging from classic Italian pasta to succulent herb-crusted lamb that melts in your mouth. Don your best cocktail frock and head down to Worth Avenue – we promise you will yearn to return to this incredible restaurant again and again. RenatosPalmBeach.com B
TRAVEL The Ritz, Paris
Since its opening on June 1, 1898, the Ritz Paris has been a symbol of elegance and understated luxury. The privacy and glamour of this unique environment immediately made it a gathering place for the greats of this world, among them royalty, artists, and writers, including Marcel Proust and Ernest Hemingway. Always loyal to the Ritz Paris, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, and Maria Callas contributed to the mystique of Place Vendôme. Following its restoration, The Ritz’s grand décor and intimate salons welcome guests to rediscover a unique atmosphere and the inimitable French art de vivre. Inextricably woven into the fabric of Parisian society and culture, the Ritz Paris is renowned for its incomparable savoir-faire in making every visit exceptional, from haute cuisine by Chef Nicolas Sale to custom cocktails at the Bar Hemingway and indulgent beauty treatments at the exclusive new art of skin care area, “CHANEL au Ritz Paris.” RitzParis.com
A JET-SETTER’S GUIDE TO RINGING IN 2017 By Norah Bradford
There’s no better way to ring in the New Year than to travel to a faraway destination and celebrate in grand style. From fireworks to gala evenings, here are seven hotspots where the jet-setters gather to celebrate New Year’s across the world.
The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin
The Shelbourne Dublin, a Renaissance hotel blending traditional luxury and contemporary convenience in Ireland’s capital city, provides the backdrop for an exceptional way to welcome in the New Year. Housed in a 200-year-old historic building, The Shelbourne is brimming with five-star amenities like pillowtop mattresses, marble bathrooms, and high-speed Internet. The hotel offers some of the city’s best dining, as well as two vibrant bar and lounges. Additional amenities include a five-star spa, salon, and a modern health club. Marriott.com/hotels/travel/dubbr-the-shelbourne-dublin-a-renaissance-hotel/
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Eastern Canada’s answer to the ski resorts of Stowe and Aspen is Mont-Tremblant in French-Canadian Quebec, which brings a certain je ne sais quoi to North American ski vacations. Consistently voted “Best Ski Resort in the East” by Ski Canada Magazine, the region is a natural playground offering cross-country skiing on miles of trails winding along magnificent countryside, snow shoeing, dog sledding, tubing, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. The two main luxury hotels are the Hôtel Quintessence, a premier five-star boutique hotel in the heart of the Laurentians, and Fairmont Tremblant, which offers the ultimate in luxury for the skier – you’re able to ski in or out of this five-star property! Dine at La Forge Bar & Grill and enjoy a fine selection of cognac, scotch, and Eaux de Vie. Fairmont.com/Tremblant, HotelQuintessence.com, LaForgeTremblant.com
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Cape Grace, Cape Town
Situated on the waterfront in Cape Town, in the shadow of Table Mountain, is the Cape Grace Hotel, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary as one of the leading boutique hotels and a prime location to ring in 2017. Its recently refurbished restaurant, Signal, offers a fresh creative interpretation of Cape cuisine. The Bascule Whisky Wine and Cocktail Bar, with its expert sommelier, offers whisky tastings and a membership cabinet to store your own favorite drinks. CapeGrace.com
Experience the first New Year’s Eve for the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown. Close to Tribeca and the Financial District and designed by architect Robert A. M. Stern, the hotel provides one of New York City’s tallest residential towers offering prime views of the New Year’s Eve festivities. CUT by Wolfgang Puck is the first New York City restaurant with interiors designed by Frenchman Jacques Garcia. Eat up, and then enjoy the celebrations of the seasons! FourSeasons.com/NewYorkDowntown
Rosewood Mayakoba Residencies
The Rosewood Mayakoba is a luxury retreat situated along a mile of white-sand beach on the Riviera Maya in Mexico just north of Playa del Carmen. Surrounded by a mangrove jungle at the heart of an ecological enclave, this unparalleled Mexico spa vacation destination features an indulgent spa situated on a private island and a beach accented by pristine Caribbean-blue water and the second largest coral reef in the world. Guests have access to all features of the Mayakoba enclave, including a championship Greg Norman-designed golf course. Even better are the new residencies offering a home amidst this unique combination of luxury and natural beauty. RosewoodResidencesMKB.com
Spend New Year’s Eve at sea in the lap of five-star luxury with Silversea in the Caribbean! The ships of the Silversea fleet are renowned for their level of comfort, service, and facilities. Silversea has the only Relais & Chateaux dining experience afloat with Le Champagne. “Itineraries range from seven to 17 days, with trips from Florida or San Juan to a number of exotic locations and even California via the Panama Canal. SilverSea.com
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Winter Escape in San Francisco
It’s impossible not to leave your heart in San Francisco, as cliché as that may sound. There’s something vibrant, beautiful, and even calming about this Northern California city. Exuding history and culture, The Scarlet Huntington Hotel is a perfect place to stay to experience the essence of San Fran. Nestled atop the trendy Nob Hill district and offering a distinct blend of bold refinement, the spirit of this property continues to have the feel of that decade melded with the modern-day era. The Scarlet Huntington, which first opened its doors in the 1920s, actually feels like you’re staying at someone’s home, as the close-knit staff quickly become friends you know by name. James, the long-standing doorman, is welcoming and can point you in the right direction anywhere you need to go. Better yet, the hotel provides easy access to the famed cable cars and is close to Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Union Square, and the Financial District.
NESTLED ATOP THE TRENDY NOB HILL DISTRICT AND OFFERING A DISTINCT BLEND OF BOLD REFINEMENT, THE SPIRIT OF THIS PROPERTY CONTINUES TO HAVE THE FEEL OF THAT DECADE MELDED WITH THE MODERN-DAY ERA.
The centrally-located hotel boasts 134 spacious rooms with sparkling city views. In addition, four room types, 34 one-bedroom suites, and three signature suites combine old-world charm with a dash of Chinese-inspired design and provocative use of color. One of the main highlights is dining at Big 4 Restaurant, named after the four influential railroad tycoons who built the Central Pacific Railroad. Our amazing server, Ron, was phenomenal. Not only did he serve up amazing cocktails and cuisine, he never passed by without sharing his encyclopedic knowledge of the hotel and local area, regaling us with funny and interesting stories throughout the night. And as warm as the people are, the comfort food will also give your heart that fuzzy feeling. Favorites on the menu include chicken pot pie, slowbraised lamb shank, and a seafood bouillabaisse that is out of this world! There are many places to stay in San Francisco, but a home-away-from-home vibe makes The Scarlet Huntington an ideal choice. TheScarletHotels.com
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Beverly Wilshire’s ELEMIS Facial One of the best new facial treatments in town is available at The Spa at Beverly Wilshire, and it will be a revolutionary treat for your skin.
ELEMIS, a British skincare brand, offers five distinct treatments using a blend of massage and sculpting technology, offering anti-aging, skin cell renewal, and a reduction in fine lines for firmer and brighter skin. My favorite is the Biotec Indulgence, a Beverly Wilshire signature service that is the most comprehensive option. It’s a five-in-one treatment with ingredients to give you an immediate lift, as well as long-lasting results. The pampering begins with a microcurrent to firm and lift, followed by a galvanic treatment to penetrate those highly potent ingredients deep into the skin. The third step is the ultrasonic resurfacing to cleanse and exfoliate, followed by light therapy, administered to improve collagen and plump up tired skin. This incredible treatment is rounded off with an amazing oxygen-infused facial that will leave you looking younger, your skin feeling fresher, and that youthful glow we all desire. The spa itself, nestled in the heart of Beverly Hills, is also a peaceful oasis with an ethereal escape feel for whenever you need head-to-toe pampering. We rank it one of the best spas in LA. FourSeasons.com/BeverlyWilshire/spa
of their signature sauces — regular or hot — you will succumb to the tender, juicy deliciousness and be lost in barbecue bliss.
Game Night at The Spare Room With the holidays upon us and lots of fun events to look forward to, The Spare Room at the famed Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel must make your list! This modern-day gaming parlor and cocktail lounge is perfect for an entertaining night out with friends. A bowling alley, Jenga, Monopoly, and other great board games are even more fun when you’re being served some of the best and most innovative cocktails in town, all to the backdrop of great tunes
spun by the resident DJ. The cozy but luxe decor at The Spare Room epitomizes old Hollywood glamor, but the relaxed vibe instantly puts you at ease so your inner child can come out and play. As George Bernard Shaw said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” And see if you can find the secret photo booth — you’ll have to feel around for it! SpareRoomHollywood.com
Bludso’s Bar & Que
If you’re missing summer and craving the smoky barbecue flavor that was the culinary equivalent to the soundtrack of your sun-filled days, then Bludso’s Bar & Que is the perfect place to enjoy tasty grilled delicacies year round. This delicious eatery gifts Angelenos and visitors alike with the best barbecue in town. Indulge in The Bludso’s Tray, to be shared family style, which will come to you filled with a little bit of everything on the menu. You’ll get macaroni and cheese, collard greens, beans and coleslaw, a slab of cornbread, sweet pickles, and potato salad. But the real reason you’re there is the amazing fall-off-the-bone meat that they cook “low and slow” for 14 hours. Ribs, brisket, chicken, links, and beef ribs are succulent tastes of barbecue heaven. And with a drizzle
But please leave room for dessert; fresh peach cobbler or the banana pudding gives you that perfect taste of Southern sweetness to end your meal. Bludso’s Bar & Que also offers an amazing catering service, perfect for small or large gatherings, and is a great choice for your holiday party. Their incredible staff takes care of everything to leave you and your guests satiated and planning your next visit to get your fix. Bludso’s food is addictive. Who says barbecue is just for summer? BarAndQue.com B
BELLA Los Angeles cover girl Kyra Santoro with Publisher Daniel Hall and Editor-In-Chief Courtenay Hall
BELLA Los Angeles and Celebrity Page Host Emmy Week Party and Celebrate New Magazine Launches
On Thursday, September 15, 2016, Kyra Santoro hosted the official launch party at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills of two new magazines by BELLA Media Group: BELLA Los Angeles, and Celebrity Page magazine in partnership with Celebrity Page TV. BELLA Los Angeles is a premiere women’s luxury/lifestyle publication offering an inside’s guide to one of the most affluent areas in America. Celebrity Page Magazine is a celeb-friendly tabloid-style magazine that brings you the inside scoop on the world of entertainment and is packed with behindthe-scenes access, red carpet coverage, and the latest celebrity news. Guests sipped on Svedka cocktails while perusing the stylish designs of NU Denmark and nibbling on cupcakes from Sprinkles Cupcakes. VIP gift bags included $50 gift cards from Nicole Miller and $50 off services from SoSpa, the exclusive spa located at Hotel Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Laura Harring “NCIS LA”
Heather Storm “Garage Squad”
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Our charity partner was the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS. On hand is the late Elizabeth Glaser’s family, Jake Glaser, and father and “Starsky & Hutch” star, Paul Michael Glaser. Visit pedaids.org to learn more and get involved.
Stepping out of Silicon Valley for the evening is HBO star Suzanne Cryer in her beautiful, butterfly inspired ensemble.
Nicolette Noble “How to Hang a Witch”
Lexi Atkins “The Boy Next Door”
The BELLA team–Courtenay Hall, Daniel Hall, Dionne Clarke, and Michele DiNardo–cozying up for a group pic.
Pop sensation “After Romeo” keeping it cool and casual
Celebrity photographer John Russo and Nikita Kahn
Kurt Yaeger “Quarry”
Gorgeous “Dancing with the Stars” dance pro and Celebrity Page guest correspondent Edyta Śliwińska beaming on the red carpet
Patrika Darbo celebrates her first Primetime Emmy win for acting in the web series, “Acting Dead,” the only indie series recognized by this year’s new short form categories.
AROUND TOWN BELLA Los Angeles and Celebrity Page Host Emmy Week Party and Celebrate New Magazine Launches
Celebrity Page TV Host Viviana Vigil on the red carpet
Sexy couple Craig Ramsay and Brandon Liberati ready for their night out.
Jessie Graff “American Ninja Warrior”
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Areva Martin TV Legal Analyst
Spicy drinks for the HOT crowd, but also some sultry and sweet options. Everyone loved SVEDKA’s Grapefruit Jalapeño, Raspberry, and refreshing Citron SVEDKA cocktails.
Courtenay and Daniel Hall with BELLA Medical Advisory Board Chairman Dr. Didier Demesmin
Classic beauty Melora Hardin from “The Office” and “Transparent” turned heads at this soiree.
Departing guests took home a gift bag that included a Sofitel Prestige Card, SoSpa and Le Salon gift cards, a sample of DECLĒOR Paris new Aromessence Néroli hydrating oil serum, and of course the very first issue of BELLA Los Angeles and Celebrity Page magazines.
Guillermo Zapata, owner of SUR Lounge and “Vanderpump Rules” star, graces the red carpet and the pages of BELLA as the LA Life feature. Jessica Morris
Tess Broussard “Kroll Show”
Brad Benedict “Too Close to Home”
George R. R. Martin
HBO’s Post Award Reception Following the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA ©PatrickMcMullan.com
BBC America & BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea Party, Boxwood Restaurant at The London West Hollywood, West Hollywood, CA ©PatrickMcMullan.com
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Liberty Ross, Jimmy Iovine
Entertainment Weekly hosts 2016 Pre-Emmy Party, Nightingale Plaza, Los Angeles, CA ©PatrickMcMullan.com
Anne Hearst McInerney, Victoria Hearst, Patricia Hearst Shaw
Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation Annual Benefit Weekend 2016 Hearst Ranch Patron Cowboy Cookout, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA ©PatrickMcMullan.com
VARIETY and Women in Film Host Annual Pre-Emmy Celebration, Gracias Madre, West Hollywood, CA ©PatrickMcMullan.com
Jerry & Jessica Seinfeld
68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA ©PatrickMcMullan.com
Carson Daly, Mark Burnett
THE LA 11
Best thing about living in LA? I feel like there are so many cultures here. There’s a good blend of different types of people. I get to experience a variety of people and diverse foods. Favorite LA restaurant? Angelini Osteria for rustic Italian Favorite neighborhood? Beverly Hills—it’s home, and it’s the little bubble I grew up in. The best part of my job is… … I get to do what I love and live my life, and I get to work with my friends and interact and meet all of our amazing fans. A visit to LA isn’t complete until... … you run into a #RichKid. Favorite beach? Malibu Best advice you’ve ever received? You can’t make everyone happy. You have to live your own life for yourself. Dorothy Wang @DorothyWang @DorothyWang DorothyWang.com
By Dionne Clarke
“#Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” star Dorothy Wang is best known for her wit and candor on the hit E! reality show, and of course showcasing her fabulous lifestyle in the 90210. Daughter of a billionaire retail real estate mogul, Wang is a designer and entrepreneur in her own right, building an empire of affordable luxury brands. The driven Beverly Hills native has a fun line of necklaces based on her “fabuluxe”’ lifestyle, using her favorite hashtags like #nofilter and #wcw as pendants. She also recently launched a line of sparkling wines and rosés called “Rich and Bubbly.” When not traveling the globe with her family, the raven hair beauty is also focused on philanthropic endeavors and lends her support and time to UNICEF and Children’s Hospital. Here Wang shares with BELLA LA her favorite things about the city.
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Your one “must-have” beauty or fashion item? I’ve been really into my Adidas slides. They have gone from my post-workout footwear into my daily life. Definition of beauty? You have to be beautiful on the inside. I know so many people I thought were beautiful, and once I get to know them realized they weren’t. Favorite hiking spot? Runyon Canyon is always convenient. It’s not the most scenic, but it’s where I go most. Favorite weekend getaway? Las Vegas. I do a relaxing Vegas; it’s not always a party trip. B
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