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I Am So Excited for an Incredible 2015! It’s so great to be in a fabulous new year, beginning our 5th one at BELLA! Although 2014 was amazing, we definitely have worked hard to make this New Year even more spectacular than last. To start, I decided to change things up in a big way, and make our January/February issue something new and really fun – our Hollywood Issue. What better way to start off the New Year than with the most glam and celebrity-filled issue on the newsstands!? I know many of you look to celebs for fashion and beauty inspiration (I certainly do), and with that in mind, the BELLA team has put together an amazing array of fashion spreads, exclusive celebrity interviews, and feature articles that take that inspiration and make it real for us everyday girls. You don’t have to live in Hollywood to have that A-list celeb glow – you just have to read this amazing issue.

Courtenay C. Hall EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

As my entire staff knows, I love the west coast and find a lot of inspiration in their laid back approach and sun-filled lifestyle. It’s definitely a draw during the cold winter months in the northeast and although my heart will always be one of a New Yorker, I must say this issue definitely has me feeling the LA love.

I hope you enjoy this issue as much as we did putting it together. It’s always fun, but this was a little extra special and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!


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My interview with fashion designer, Carmen Marc Valvo. To sit with someone so successful yet so humble was an amazing experience, and I am thrilled to share his story with you.

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

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

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33 | BELLA BAUBLES Jewelry Stars on the Red Carpet

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35 | LEADING MAN A Signature Look Is In the Details

36 | QUEEN ON THE RUNWAY Jaimie Hilfiger on Modeling, Designing, and Spreading Her Wings

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44 | HOLD ON TIGHT The Hottest Handbag Styles of 2015

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86 | AWARDS SEASON 2015 How Does Hollywood Prepare?

88 | PLANET FASHION Futuristic styles for 2015

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116 | A NOVEL IDEA Hollywood Page-Turners

118 | LOVE IN THE CITY Love Among the Stars

120 | DESIRE Chase Your Feelings, Not Your Goals

122 | MIND + BODY Cheryl Burke Dances Into Designer Role, Drink to Your Health, Foot Problems?, A Face for the Big Screen

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142 | POSTCARDS FROM LA The Best of the West Coast

144 | AROUND TOWN 152 | THE NEW YORKER 9 Author Emily Liebert

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Janene Mascarella, Beauty Director: When Angelina Jolie stepped on the red carpet in a daring thigh-high slit black gown at the 84th Academy Awards in February 2012, my jaw literally dropped. Hand on hip, right leg boldly jutted out … wow, she really knows how to strike a powerful pose.


Laura Camerlengo, Fashion Director: I vividly remember Gwyneth Paltrow’s pink Ralph Lauren gown for the 71st Academy Awards in 1999. I swooned when I saw it on the cover of Women’s Wear Daily the day after the show. The dress was simple and elegant, and it flattered her slim figure. Her hair was pulled back in a classic chignon, and she wore a diamond choker which accentuated her collar bone. She looked so graceful.

Courtenay Hall, Editor-in-Chief In the words of designer Christian Siriano, Eva Mendes was ‘having a moment’ when she walked the red carpet at the 2009 Golden Globes in this stunning white Christian Dior gown. Stylist Rachel Zoe’s choice of a turquoise Van Cleef & Arpels collar necklace was absolute perfection. Pamela Pekerman, Accessories Editor: There’s nothing I love more than glamour, especially when it’s effortless. When Sharon Stone wore her husband’s crisp, white shirt to the Academy Awards in 1998, paired with a lavender, silk Vera Wang skirt, it put her in an iconic, iconoclast category all her own!


Dana Priggé, Features Editor: My favorite look was Charlize Theron in Gucci at the 2004 Oscars. I love the way the dress hugged her body, and its 1920’s feel. Her makeup was golden and flawless. This gown had just the right amount of shimmer, and is one of my all-time “Best Dressed”! Chris Lanston, Bookings Director: When Jennifer Lopez wore a plunging exotic green Versace silk chiffon dress to the 42nd Grammy Awards ceremony on February 23, 2000. The dress received significant global media coverage, and it has been cited along with Elizabeth Hurley’s black Versace dress as one of the top dresses that made Versace a household name. It was the turning point in designer Donatella Versace’s career after the death of her brother Gianni Versace.


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From celebrities to soccer moms, Adrianna Papell has been dressing women for their monumental moments for more than thirty years. BELLA NYC sat down with Michael Smaldone, the brand’s creative director, to learn their secrets for success. Listen in… Adrianna Papell has been creating glamorous evening wear for more than 30 years. What are your signature styles? I think when people think of us, they often think of our banded jersey dresses. They hug curves and make women feel sexy and powerful. We make many different versions of them, in lace, in chiffon; they’re very versatile. We’re also well known for our lace dresses, which come in a variety of silhouettes, and for our beaded dresses. The beaded dresses are a backbone of our business. We’re one of the few labels that offers beaded dresses for under $300, which I think is amazing. In addition to these styles, Adrianna Papell is known for creating clothes that fit beautifully. What’s your secret? The fit was already well-established when I joined here two and a half years ago, but like the brand, I’m really fanatical about fit. We always want to make sure that our designs fit in all of the right places. We are conscious of real women’s bodies, and fit our clothes on a model with curves. In terms of fit, what should women keep in mind when shopping for formalwear? I always think it’s important to have something tailored. No one can put on a dress and have it be absolutely perfect; at the very least, you need to adjust the hem. I think it’s important to be mindful of those little touches. It’s also important for you to understand what works for your body and to know what you feel comfortable in. If you feel sexy and beautiful, you will look it, too.

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Long or short, sequined or chiffon – there are so many formalwear options from which to choose! What’s something any woman can throw on and instantly look red carpet fabulous? I love our new high-waisted ball gowns. There’s nothing more flattering! They are tailored on top and then poof out to full skirts with hidden pockets. They’re fun and feminine and also cool and casual. They’ll get you party-ready in an instant.

“We are conscious of real women’s bodies, and fit our clothes on a model with curves.”

What’s your favorite style from your current collection? We are making some beautiful jacquard tea-length and full-length ball gowns. The silhouettes are simple – fitted on top with a full skirt – but the fabric is really innovative. Tell us about your Spring/Summer 2015 offerings. What Hollywood trends will we see in Adrianna Papell’s designs this season? Overall, I think the styles are softer, prettier and more elegant. We’re working on spectacular beaded dresses and dresses made from rich, textured fabrics and ethereal, printed chiffons. It’s not just about full-length gowns for formal occasions anymore, but also shorter, tealength gowns with full skirts, too. What’s your favorite Adrianna Papell red carpet look from a past award show? It’s really hard to pick one look, so I am going to pick someone we dress consistently – Amy Robach (Good Morning America anchor). She is a beautiful woman who makes everything look easy to wear. She wears our sportswear line, our formalwear. She’s the epitome of what we stand for both on and off the red carpet.

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Achieve Your Flawless, CAMERA-READY LOOK


By Pamela Pekerman

Much like prepping for an exam or job interview, the only way to ace your upcoming red carpet moment is to plan in advance. The secret lies in the behindthe-scenes miracle products that give your body and face a flawless finish all night long. With years of experience walking the red carpet and putting in long hours at television studios only to wrap the night wanting to look equally fabulous for my hubby, I know a thing or two about the tools that will ensure you win the award for “Best Looking Guest” at your next soiree.



1. Urban Decay - All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray It’s great when the professionals can do your makeup and follow you around all day for touch ups. When that’s not an option, I spritz my made-up face with Urban Decay Makeup Setting Sprays. The All Nighter fights fading and caking for up to 16 hours. $30, 2. HookedUp - High Waist Shaping Slip When you need full body coverage but want to avoid that icky muffin top from forming between the bottom part of your bra and the top part of your shapewear, turn to HookedUp. I’m new to this product and already hooked, pardon the pun. Dascha Polanco and Mayim Bialik have already worn HookedUp on the red carpet. $68, 3. Hollywood Fashion Secrets - Fashion Tape Shapes You might be all about the bass, but you’ll be in quite a bit of fashion trouble if your bits and baubles aren’t contained in your garment. To avoid peek-a-boos at cousin Jessie’s Bar Mitzvah, put your trust in the fashion tape masters, Hollywood Fashion Secrets. This new package contains assorted, tape shapes ideal for avoiding numerous blunders. $9.99, 4. Hollywood Fashion Secrets - Accessory Tape Dots If you have skinny wrists, like me, then a beautiful cuff is often more of a nuisance than an asset to your award-winning ensemble. With these clever dot tapes, cuffs, bib necklaces, even shoe straps will remain in their place as you dance the night away. $4.99

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6. SPANX - Skinny Britches Short The mere existence of shapewear is proof that God is a woman! My all-time favorite shapewear is SPANX’s Skinny Britches collection, which is ideal for layering thanks to an ultra-lightweight feel and seamless look. Yes, I layer, because some nights you just want to be that extra skinny britch. $48, 7. Hanes - Silk Reflections Ultra Sheer Toeless Pantyhose For work and weekend, my mother always slipped her legs into Hanes Silk Reflections, raving about the reinforced toe and perfect sheen. Call me old fashioned, but even today I can’t stand to do a bare leg; so for spring and summer social gatherings my legs get red carpet-ready shine even in exposed toe sandals, thanks to Hanes’ sheer toeless pantyhose. $10,

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NAMES TO KNOW: RISING JEWELRY STARS ON THE RED CARPET Tiffany’s, Cartier, Harry Winston. Marilyn Monroe knew a thing or two about great diamonds and the jewelry designers that craft them into Red Carpet stunners. Here are the next sparkling, platinum names destined to grace the necks and arms at the 2015 awards season red carpets – and beyond! By Pamela Pekerman

HALLE BERRY Doves by Doron Paloma 18K Rose Gold Amethyst and Pink Mother of Pearl Earrings, $5,415

KATY PERRY Jack Vartanian White Gold and Diamond Drop Earrings, Price Upon Request

CARRIE UNDERWOOD L’Dezen by Payal Shah 18K Gold Sliced Diamond and Black Diamond Earrings, $26,000

JESSICA ALBA Doves by Doron Paloma 18K Yellow Gold Rutilated Quartz Earrings with Diamonds, $8,338

JANUARY JONES Jack Vartanian 18K White Gold and Black Rhodium Diamond Comet Ear Climbers, $7,100

L’DEZEN BY PAYAL SHAH In less than four years, designer Payal Shah has emerged as a dynamic, young jeweler to the stars thanks to her constant pursuit of the next, lust-worthy trend in fine jewelry. Case in point: Her elegant and organic use of sliced diamonds is making this accessories editor think twice about the need to send both kids to college ... mama loves good diamonds! WHAT WE CAN EXPECT THIS YEAR: Mixed metals are always a favorite. Edgy ear cuffs continue to be strongly desired. And, fashion’s decade-inspiration of the moment – the 1970s – are making a splash in jewelry with hoop earrings. Available at Jewel Box, 818 Lexington Ave, 212-644-8297,

DOVES BY DORON PALOMA Award-winning architect-turned-jewelry designer, Doron Hakimian begins each jewelry item much like he did his architecture projects, with a pencil and a sketch board. The results are bold, wellcut stones, often framed in white, black or champagne diamonds. The collection has caught the eyes of major celebrities, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama.

JACK VARTANIAN Brazilian-based Jack Vartanian has been crafting fine jewelry since 1999. But with strong family ties to the gemstone trade industry, Vartanian’s exposure and training actually started when he was just a teenager. Today, his fashion-forward designs and innovative use of materials – including the avant garde, cuff earrings that made a big splash during last year’s awards season – are rooted in classic forms, creating contemporary pieces fit for young starlets and Hollywood icons, alike.

WHAT WE CAN EXPECT THIS YEAR: Large colored gemstones, showcasing soft hues and pastels in gold. Geometric shapes will continue to be hot, as they made a huge splash on the European runways. Ear climbers and cuffs have been huge, and show no sign of slowing down, along with hand chains and other layered diamond looks. Available at Murrey’s, 1395 Third Ave, 212-879-3690,

WHAT WE CAN EXPECT THIS YEAR: Ear climbers will continue to be in highdemand, especially being mix-matched with other earrings. Punk and retro styles done in fine jewelry and softened with pale hues will make these edgier looks more wearable on the red carpet. Geometric shapes and retro hoops are also key this awards season. Available at Jack Vartanian, 996 Madison Ave, 212-988-2881,

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Metallic Silver Cuff $138,

Silver Teardrop Druzy $108,

Gold Sequin Maxi Skirt $49, Eclissare Color Eclipse Shadow and Eye Palette $55,

Itty Bitty Prunella Bag in Metallic Gold $695,

SB Silk Shoe $129,

Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara $25,

Cut Above the Rest Navy Blue Lace Maxi Dress $69,

Glamour Dolls Lip Gloss in Naked Banana $3.99,


It’s a new year, which means there’s no better time to step into the spotlight! With a statement dress, a sexy shoe, glamorous handbag, the perfect smokey eye, and glistening nude lip, you can confidently take your place on the red carpet. It’s going to be somebody – darling, it may as well be you. Tinted Moisturizer $43,

Get ready for your close-up!

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Femme Forever Earring $115,

Graphic Logo Tie Clip $58,

Bulova Accutron Watch $400,

Nightcap Fragrance $65,

Parquet Floral and Dot Tie $80,

Regent Fit Three Piece Suit $1200,

Verdon Invigorating Shave Gel $20,

Cade Plisson Razor $50, Fleur’d Pins $38, Men’s Dougald Shoe $145,

LEADING MAN By Dana Priggé

Fit the bill and prepare to take the lead. Start off right with a smooth and close shave paired with a sophisticated scent. A slate grey suit, rich mahogany tie, a classic timepiece paired with signature cufflinks and handsome lapel pin thrust you into the spotlight. The juxtaposition of timeless and modern, a signature look is all in the details.

Script Monogrammed Cufflinks $328,

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Scion of a world-renowned fashion family, Jaimie Hilfiger recently sat down with BELLA NYC to discuss her thoughts on the skills necessary to succeed in the fashion world as a journalist, designer, and model. Jaimie has long been a part of the industry, having modeled chic and elegant designs early in her career. She is a modern renaissance woman, as she is a multi-talented force who models fashions, writes fashion, and designs fashion. Jaimie is proof-positive that the modern woman knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go for it. Not only are you a preeminent fashion model, you also have your own line in addition to being a HuffPo columnist. Do you think the modern woman working in fashion, whether journalism, design, styling or modeling, needs to be multifaceted? In today’s world, to be a working woman in the fashion industry, you must be multifaceted. I started to model at a very young age and realized that you cannot model forever. Also I grew up in the age of multi-talented supermodels, such as Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum, who each inspired me to “think outside of the (modeling) box.” I like to call them “model moguls,” and I hope to be in their position someday. The best thing about fashion is that it is a career that gives people many opportunities to branch out and become involved in different aspects. You’re on record as saying you want to model your career after the positive aspects of Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton and the way in which they successfully created and grew their careers. What is it about these women that make them stand apart from other celebrity fashion or lifestyle brands? What I see in Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton that I admire is their staying power. Many times, “of-the-minute” celebrities will try to get the most out of their 15 minutes of fame by creating a perfume, designing a clothing and shoe line, writing a book, etc., but then no one hears anything about them the following year. Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton have both remained relevant in our society for almost 10 years – which is an eternity in Hollywood! Not many celebrities have endured the test of time. These women have not let adversity slow them down in their quest to turn their brands into large enterprises. I find that very admirable. As mentioned, you are a multitalented fashionista. How do you find balance in your life, and what tips do you have for those looking for balance in their own lives? To me, balance is all about organization. If your life is organized, then it’s easy to find balance throughout your day. It’s important to set time aside each day for yourself and to reflect on all that is going on around Photographer: Chiaroscuro Fotografia Wardrobe Stylist: Lina O’Connor Makeup: Desiree Sutter Hair: Priscilla Minney

Today’s society is extremely competitive, so it’s important to never give up on your dreams if it’s something you truly believe in and want to accomplish.”

you. I always make sure to do one thing a day for myself. This is especially true if you work for someone else or for a large company. Having something to look forward to each day will make your life worth living, or else you will just feel like you are living your life for others and going through the motions. You should never feel selfish for living the life you want to lead. What is one of your must-have items in your beauty ritual? What must you take with you in your travel kit? This is such a hard question for me because I am a complete beauty junkie! I have numerous routines and rituals that I do, but on the daily I always cleanse, tone, treat, and prevent with my La Curcio Collection Skin Care set. If I had to choose just one item, it would be my very own Jaimie Hilfiger Collection for La Curcio Heavenly Fragrant Hydrating Mist with Essential Minerals including gold and platinum. It has many uses, such as a hydrating mist and makeup setting spray, and who doesn’t love spraying gold and platinum on themselves!? My travel kit would include the items that will be in my capsule collection for La Curcio – my luxury favorites in vanity/purse sizes for home and on the go! The products will

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“I’m one of those people who believes it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed ... at least for a night out on the town.” include a hydrating mist, hand cream, and lip volumizer. The best thing about these items is that they are tested for all skin types, are paraben-, sulfate-, phthalate-, and gluten-free, and all are contained within recyclable containers. Accessories can make or break an outfit. How do you best accessorize work wear, and how do you best accessorize for a night out on the town? Accessorizing is definitely important when pulling a sophisticated outfit together whether it’s for work or a night out on the town. Putting together accessories for the workplace definitely calls for a delicate hand; it’s important not to overdo it for a day at the office. You need to find the right mix of refined pieces so you won’t look like you are going out to a nightclub. Smaller pieces work very well for the office. Think stud earrings, thin bangles, and a classic watch. A nice high-end belt always works well, too. For a night out on the town, your accessories can add the finishing touch to your look and help you really stand out amongst the crowd. I have always felt that a party/ cocktail ring is a must-have and allows you to wear other accessories with ease. Nighttime is the perfect time to embrace jewelry trends like statement necklaces, layering bracelets, and oversized watches. I always like to wear my most glamorous jewelry pieces with sky high stilettos and carry a small purse or clutch with a lot of hardware on it. I’m one of those people who believes it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed ... at least for a night out on the town. Speaking of which, can you give us a little detail about your collaboration with Tanus Designs? That’s my latest project! Brenda Tanus, the CEO of Tanus Designs, and I have launched The Glamluxe Collection. This unique collaboration combines my ideas of glamour and elegance with Brenda Tanus’ experience in jewelry and ideas regarding fashion. The Glamluxe Collection was born to bring luxury jewelry designs to glamorous women. We wanted these pieces to be timeless and classic with a modern twist. The beauty is found in the quality of the designs and the high-quality materials used. This luxury collection includes three gorgeous designs: Julliet Rose Cuff Bracelet, Julliet Rose Necklace, and Flame Lily Earrings – three designs dreamt and inspired to create something totally glamorous. Would you rather design pieces for a show or model them on the runway? I would definitely rather design the pieces. I’m also of the opinion that when it comes to marketing, it reflects better on the brand when the designer markets the pieces on his or her own self. I also find it rewarding to be proud enough of my own designs to actually wear them!

As a successful young woman with an already impressive list of achievements, what advice would you give to other women trying to create a place for themselves in this modern and competitive environment? My advice is to find something that you are really interested in and start with that. Once you successfully find your niche, then you can branch out into other areas within your field. Today’s society is extremely competitive, so it’s important to never give up on your dreams if it’s something you truly believe in and want to accomplish. I’ve encountered so many roadblocks along the way, but looking back at them it’s really made me stronger and smarter. Sometimes it’s a good thing to be underestimated and to prove people wrong. Always look at the bright side and keep on going. B

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FashionRx Marcus Stewart, known as “The Fashion Dr”, is a global style expert and TV correspondent. In addition to being a contributor to BELLA, The Fashion Dr is also the lead wardrobe stylist at “The Better Show.” Follow him on Instagram (@TheFashionDr) and Twitter (@TheFashionDoc), or visit

Dear Fashion Doctor,

“Try a hoop instead of a stud this for a more feminine and sultry look.” INC International Concepts Gold-Tone Twist Hoop Earrings $19.50,

I’m a 35-year-old, 5’9, 150 lbs. mother of three – that’s two kids and one husband! I recently received a promotion to senior vice president of my firm, which is amazing but requires me to attend many “fancy” afterwork events. With my new responsibilities and a plethora of after-work gatherings and gala-type events, I must make a major upgrade to my clothing and overall image. I typically wear the same black knee-length “Don’t be afraid to mix different finishes together. shift dress and try to wear some bedazzled The more the better!” shoes to add a high-fashion element. I feel torn Bar III Two-Tone Evil Eye fashion-wise. I want to update my look for Mixed Bangle Set $32, my new position and husband (rekindle the flame for 2015, so to speak), but I don’t want to call attention to myself by appearing too “feminine” or “sexy” in front of my colleagues. It’s the New Year and I need major guidance! Do you have a style HELP! Signed, NYC New-Year Disaster

“Dress up any outfit with this girly yet bold statement piece. It’s perfect for dresses or even a casual t-shirt.” Bar III Necklace $48,

“This casual yet luxe shift dress is ideal for any body type; plaid is a huge trend for this season.” Mango Check Shift Dress $69.99,

Find a bold ring for your pointer finger. This adds a bit of personality and thought to any outfit. Bar III Gold-Tone Jet Tone Lace Filigree Ring $28,

emergency and need a fashion prescription? Email The Fashion Doctor at


No need to fear… the Fashion Doctor is here! Believe it or not, you aren’t the only woman this new year who is torn between staying “sick” stylewise and having a major style healing! I admire your bravery to seek change. There is no better time to try a new hair color, get those eyelash extensions you’ve been reading about, or even take a fashion risk than at the start of a new year. It’s an incubator for change, so why not take this time to update your look and put that “va-va-vroom” back in your husband’s eyes?! Your proportions seem to be what most women dream of and yet you are covering it all up due to what? You are a woman! Feel empowered to show off your personality through your style choices! You shouldn’t ever feel so constricted fashion wise, especially as you are moving into a new chapter in your career and personal life. There is a way to appear feminine, sexy, smart and appropriate while at work events or while in the office. Have a look at my prescription for you…

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“Who doesn’t need a top handle satchel? The size of this bag is perfect when transitioning a daytime look to night. The mix of colors is perfect for any color palette.” MCM Christina Satchel Graffiti $670, MCM Boutique, The Shops at the Plaza, One West 58th St, NYC

“A suede bootie is a must have as it can be worn day or night. Go for an almond toe like this one here – it’s a classic toe box!” Bar III Carine Shootie $99,

“Toughen up a feminine look with this versatile leather jacket – it will give unexpected edge to any look.” Mango Black Leather Jacket $149.99,

Short hillS, the Mall at Short hillS, 1200 MorriS tpk. 973.376.7000



The Mall at Short Hills

Bamboo Tier Bib Necklace $26,

Fuzz Up Black and Cream Coat $91,

Leather (Vegan) Ponte Legging $88,

A. Blush in Mellow $12, B. Hair Stay Hairspray $18, C. Alter Ego Lipstick in CEO $16, D. F-25 Tapered Face Brush $33, Uptown Sunglasses $68,

Slate Blue Fedora $34, Uber Clutch $195, Charles Jourdan Pumps $80,


Whether enjoying a latte at Urth Caffe in Los Angeles or sipping a cappuccino from your favorite place on Broadway, be the “It” girl in town. Dress to impress with sleek vegan leggings, a statement jacket that’s both warm and stylish, tousled cool-girl hair, and an uber chic clutch. Keep it going by contouring your cheeks and applying a musthave mauve pout. And don’t forget the most important accessory – superstar sunglasses to shield you from the paparazzi. Tell Page Six we send our regards! Signature Scarf $59,

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Celebrity Street Style KYLIE JENNER

Editor: Dana Priggé Photographer: Phil Fischetti Stylist: Marcus Stewart Makeup: Chris Lanston Hair: Kristine Murillo Model: Adrienne Lauren

The Kardashian/ Jenner clan brings its latest must-have look to Hollywood. Pastel boyfriend coat, simple white t-shirt, voluminous pants, gladiator shoe, and chic handbag combine to create a flashbulb-worthy ensemble. Exaggerated lips and winged, jet-black eyeliner complete the look.


Noted stylist Marcus Stewart and celebrity makeup artist Chris Lanston show you how to score the look on a fashion-friendly budget. Join BELLA NYC as we bring this look cross-country to the bustling streets of New York. Strike a pose!



A. Worthington SCUBA Top JCPenney

Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer Stila Cosmetics

B. Woven Pleather Inset Soft Pant JCPenney C. Nicole By Nicole Miller ‘Pamela’ Convertible Crossbody Purse JCPenney D. Blue Coat Purdy Girl Boutique NYC E. Black Sunglasses, Rings, and Lace-up Shoes Purdy Girl Boutique NYC

Wicked Gel Eyeliner Sigma Beauty Lip Pencil in Soft Brown NYX Cosmetics


Rootlift, Glisten Drops, and Finishing Spray Minardi Hair Care

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Bag: Loren Nail Shade: Sophia Lip Shade: Bubble

Bag: Garbo Nail Shade: Sophia Lip Shade: Bubble

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Bag: Jackie Nail Shade: Sophia Lip Shade: Monette

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Bag: Harlo Nail Shade: Sophia Lip Shade: Monette

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Bag: Garbo Nail Shade: Sophia Lip Shade: Monette

Bag: Loren Nail Shade: Sophia Lip Shade: Monette

Bag: Jackie Nail Shade: Sophia Lip Shade: Little Fagie

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Bag: Medium Diana Nail Shade: Sophia Lip Shade: Little Fagie

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BeautyScene #TRENDING

GILDED TREASURES By Janene Mascarella

Left to Right

Delush Polish – Glam Squad $8.95, bareMinerals Ready 4.0 The Bronze Age Eyeshadow Quad $31, QVC Mehron Metallic Powder – Copper $9.95, Ready To Wear Just Pearl Eyeshadow – Graphite $18, Anastasia Beverly Hills Metallic Luster Liner – Liquid Silver $18,


Gleam by Melanie Mills Radiant Dust – Light Gold $59, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle – Smoked Topaz $29, MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments by ARDENCY INN – Disco $21, Sephora Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish – Abolone $9,

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Hair Trend Forecast There’s no such thing as a beauty crystal ball (oh, if only!), but we’ve got the next best thing. Nunzio Saviano is one of New York’s top stylists, having built a remarkable career over 20 years in every aspect of the industry. Exclusively for BELLA, Nunzio weighs in on the upcoming hair trends and celebrity styles to watch in 2015. By Janene Mascarella

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“I see lots of texture. Whether you have long hair or short, the look is all about messy, livedin hair. Use sea salt spray and texturizing cream to enhance the waves you have.”

LOCK IN LONG LAYERS “This cut works well for minimal, low-maintenance, ‘cool girl’ hair. Long layers allow your look to change – with layers you can curl, blow dry straight or add volume and texture. It makes a hairstyle super versatile and easy to style as well. You can use a curling iron to create beachy waves, or use a medium round brush to make soft waves and curls throughout. If you use a big round brush, you can smooth and add super body and volume for a sexy, dramatic style. The best part: long layers work for all hair types.”

GIVE IT A TWIST “Go for a modern twist on a classic look, like an updated beehive. To get the look, prep hair with a sea salt spray. Pull hair from the sides and into a French twist. Separating the top section of hair from the rest, tease the bottom section of hair and roll it on top of the twist. Pull a few strands of hair out to give it a modern, undone finish.”


Award-winning stylist Nunzio is the proprietor of his namesake salon on the Upper East Side in NYC. 130 East 65th Street,


Carrie Underwood “I really like that Carrie experiments with her hairstyles. She’ll wear it straight, curly, with bangs and with layers. She’s someone that embraces her natural hair texture, and that’s great, because it affords her so many options and styles to play with. Project3_Layout 1 7/21/14 4:18 PM Page 1

Kim Kardashian “Kim’s hair always looks good but I really like it now that she cut a few inches off. Women always think the longer the hair, the sexier the hair, but Kim has shown that you can cut off some length and still be a bombshell.”

Anne Hathaway “She’s really modernized and reinvented the pixie. It’s classic, yet updated because it’s a few inches longer than the pixie cuts of the past. Having it be a little longer gives her flexibility without locking her into one look.”

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BEAUTY SCENE KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE Guinot Cream Eye Fresh $48, Brock Beauty’s Infinite Lash $75,

LAVISH YOUR LOCKS DESSANGE Paris Salon Color Restore Collection Color Protecting Conditioner $9.99, Target PHYTO Huile Soyeuse Beautifying Treatment Oil $40, Sephora and

SEDUCE YOUR SENSES Fresh Honeysuckle Eau de Parfum $88, QVC

In With the New

Make 2015 your most stunning year yet! Now’s the time for a beauty overhaul, so get set to toss the old and discover great new brands and products. Ready to revamp your routine? Here’s a most beautiful start … By Janene Mascarella

LOVE YOUR SCRUBS SVELTA Luxe Coffee & Raw Sugar Body Scrub $34, GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub Advanced $98,

BOOST YOUR BEAUTY ZZZs Boll & Branch Hand-Crafted 100% Organic King Sheet Set $250, Luxury Adjustable Pillow System $99.99,

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BRUSH UP YOUR VANITY Artis Elite Collection Luxury Makeup Brushes $24 - $62, Rae Morris Starter Kit $312,

GET YOUR GLOW ON AFTERGLOW Natural Massage Oil Candle $32, Erno Laszlo HydraTherapy Memory Mask $90,

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BEAUTY SCENE They created some tough shoes to fill for modern day celebs, and in defense of reality stars and actresses of today, these icons didn’t experience the same invasion of privacy. There were fewer paparazzi hunting for bad hair days and no pressure to post makeup-free selfies, and for that, I’m grateful. I prefer to remember them as the images depict – flawless. Although they probably didn’t “wake up like this,” their legacy still lives on. If you add each one of these elements to your makeup routine, you’ll be singing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” before you know what’s happening!


Being camera-ready without the help of Instagram filters requires a full coverage, demi- matte foundation. Before applying, prep the skin with a primer that fills in pores to create a smooth canvas. Then, start at the center of the face and slowly blend the foundation outwards to concentrate the coverage where it is most needed. Focusing on the t-zone, finish with a dusting of loose, translucent powder. Voila … a velvety complexion is yours!


Crucial to this recipe is the defined (and often winged) eyeliner. The sharper the line and the deeper the pigment, the better. I find the simplest way to accomplish this is with liquid or gel liner. Begin by tight-lining the upper lash line, connecting the dots between the lashes. From here, build the line’s width until you reach the desired thickness. To mimic the iconic eye design, emphasize the upper lid by keeping the under eye clear of liner and bright with concealer.


A finished brow is necessary to bring balance. Eyebrows that appear nonexistent or too strong will throw the finished product off kilter. Brush brows upward and remove all stray hairs that fall below the natural arch. Fill in bald spots with short, swift strokes to imitate the look of natural hair. Brush product through to keep brows from looking drawn on. Perfectly groomed and polished should be the goal when it comes to the furry twins.

Get the Look


We remember the women of old Hollywood not only for their talent and influence, but also for the way these icons protected their public image. From Marilyn to Audrey, these women were rarely caught outside of character.

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What would a pinup be without her signature red lip? Pick one that compliments your complexion. Fair skin should head toward tomato and fire engine reds. Medium and olive tones look great in true reds. Deep complexions are stunning with oxblood and Bordeaux. Whatever your shade, make it bold, and make it matte. Take the time to prep the lip area. There’s nothing worse than an attention-getting lip color that’s bleeding, or accentuating dry, chapped lips. Exfoliate with a scrub, hydrate with a balm, absorb excess moisture with powder, and define with a lip liner before applying your red. Always!

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Pretty in the City RED CARPET RADIANCE

With awards season upon us, we all want glowing A-list, Golden Globe-worthy skin. Here are my favorite ways to get radiant this season. By Dara Kaplan

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1. Need a facial in a bottle? Perfect for the days you need an extra pick-me-up, Bobbi Brown’s Extra Illuminating Balm instantly turns things around and makes skin look fresher and prettier with a burst of hydration and a unique combination of skinilluminating pearls. Super-moisturizing ingredients revitalize your skin's appearance and diminish dullness, while ultra-fine pearls mimic the natural glow of healthy skin and boosting radiance over time. $63,

2. Love to glow like a goddess? We all can’t have personal pop-up spray tan booths in our houses, but for the perfect, gradual natural tan that truly enhances the hydration of the delicate facial skin, the answer is Vita Liberata Rich Face Tinted Self Tan Lotion. It’s the ultimate way to fake it flawlessly. The brand’s certified organic botanical guarantee a perfect fade back to nothing. $29,

3. Want to fake a spa visit? Clé de Peau Beauté’s Illuminating Concentrate enhances moisture, resilience and an even texture after the very first beauty treatment, making you look like you spent hours with your facialist. Derived from natural silk and pearls, it delivers stunning radiance by infusing skin with unprecedented hydration with the three-step process of applying the lotion, essence, then the mask to seal it all in. $150 for six applications, Saks Fifth Avenue

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4. Have a blemish on a big night and don’t want to cake on makeup? Try Dr. Jart+ Radiance Bounce BB for light and natural skin like coverage. This multifunctional BB cream is enriched with hydrolyzed collagen and pomegranate extract to firm and tighten skin elasticity. The moisttextured balm conceals blemishes and enlarged pores and corrects uneven skin tone and texture. The airtight compact is great for on-the-go touch ups, and the ultra-moisturizing formula leaves skin fresh, beautiful and healthy-looking. $42,

5. Ready to turn up the drama? The key to glowing skin and popping cheekbones is all in the perfect highlighter and drawing attention to the high planes of your face. Rouge Bunny Rouge Highlighting Liquid is a multipurpose waterbased fluid that blends easily with moisturizer or foundation to create an inside-out illumination effect that resembles a look of a refine wash of pearls. It delivers the perfect sheen and shimmer without glitter. $51.99,

6. Need an extra kick of moisture to truly glow? Ling Dual Moisture Emulsion is a combination of stateof-the art ingredients and coveted beauty secrets from Asia. It’s specially formulated to deliver vital moisture to not only the outermost layers of your skin but the lower levels as well by thoroughly hydrating with Hyaluronic Acid. All the while, the skin’s surface is softened with a nourishing Squalane oil. $60,

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On My Vanity

We Heart LA Beauty, Kelly Stables! By Janene Mascarella

Kelly Stables is best known for her recurring role on “Two and a Half Men” as the bubbly Melissa, Alan’s (Jon Cryer) receptionist and on-again/off-again girlfriend. She also recently starred in the latest “Tom & Jerry” animated movie, lending her singing voice, and also appeared in last November’s “Horrible Bosses 2.” This adorable LA-based actress currently plays fun-loving Eden on the TV Land hit comedy series “The Exes.” We asked Stables to share a few of her beauty standbys. Here’s what she loves:

Neutrogena Yellow Facial Bar Soap $2.50, “It’s simple, it’s been around forever and cleans my pores without drying my skin. Tip: If you keep it in your shower, be sure it’s in a dry spot and not getting dripped on, otherwise the water will make it disappear like the Wicked Witch.”

My Daily Word $16.95 a year, “It reminds me that true beauty comes from within. It takes less than a minute to read and it helps me stay centered in love.”

Mother’s Special Blend Body Oil $15, “I got turned onto this when I was pregnant. It’s all natural and contains almond and coconut oil, cocoa butter and vitamin E. I used it every day during my pregnancy and walked away with no stretch marks. I still use it all over and love how my skin feels afterwards.”



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Vintage Pierre Cardin

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Static Metallic Photographer: Jade Young Makeup and Hair: Chris Lanston for DGReps Agency Hair Assistant: Renee Strong Models: Kim Davis and Anthony Escoboza

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Vintage Givenchy

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Vintage Yves St. Laurent

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Her Vintage Pierre Cardin Him Blazer: Zara Jeans: Levis

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Vintage Pierre Cardin

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Suit: Stylestalker Earrings: Cleobella

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LIVING THE DREAM FROM COAS T TO COAS T By Alexandra Anastasio Photographed Exclusively for BELLA by Gilles Toucas Hair: Aaron Light using Oribe for Make up: Julianne Kaye using MAC for Cloutier Remix Stylist: Alena Rohatiner

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Dress: La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni Earrings: Melinda Maria

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She’s young, she’s hot, and her star is on the rise! With a slew of hit shows under her belt on the wildly popular MTV channel, New York native-turnedwest-coast-girl Melanie Iglesias has been showing audiences her witty and comedic side, but there is more to this TV host than meets the eye. Behind that pretty face is a smart young woman who knows what she wants and has been working hard since the age of 18 to make things happen. As a starving artist living in Manhattan, Iglesias was initially working three different waitressing jobs to make ends meet while focusing on her music. “I didn’t party, I didn’t date … all the things my friends were doing.” While those closest thought she was “insane” for not finding a 9-5 job or going to college like most her age, the future TV personality knew that if she kept at it, her luck would change. She was driven by a strong belief that hard work pays off and confident in her convictions that it takes years of busting your butt to be successful. “If I can do it, anyone can too,” she reflects. In 2010, with no real modeling experience, Iglesias sent her photo to MAXIM Magazine for its “Hometown Hottie” contest, one she says she never thought she’d win. Not only was she wrong, the stunning beauty beat out 7,000 other hopefuls for the title. As a result, Iglesias landed a cover and went on to do some work for the magazine’s online presence, such as red carpet interviews and short video clips. It was from one of those videos, one in which she talked candidly about men’s pick-up lines, that caught the eye of producers at MTV. Iglesias was asked to audition for a pilot they were putting together but almost didn’t make it. “I didn’t even have money to get to the audition, but after they agreed to pay me, I went.” She recalls being asked a ton of questions about men, and says she was “honest and real,” which turned out to be the winning combination to landing the gig.

“Guy Code,” a show that tackles the topics of the code of conduct that exists between men, premiered in late 2011. As a result of the show’s success, the network created two spin-offs. “Girl Code” which debuted in April 2013 with Iglesias and other TV personalities turning the tables and discussing the sisterhood that women share. “Guy Court,” a comedy court show handling a variety of cases where the “guy code” was violated, featured Iglesias serving as the “bailiff.” Taking her success with MTV even a step further, Iglesias was tapped to join a fourth show, “Off the Bat” from the MLB Fan Cave alongside MTV correspondent Sway, hip-hop heavyweight Fat Joe, and “Guy Code” co-host Chris Destefano. Major League players and celebrity fans drop by the Fan Cave to hang out with the hosts who not only cover all the bases from baseball, pop culture, and entertainment, but also participate in some fun, oddball activities with the players. Whether she’s engaging in a donut-eating contest with Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, interviewing David Price, a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers at a doggy day care spa, or participating in batting practice with Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, Iglesias is down for anything. She’s also having the time of her life in the process. While she admits there have been times the stunts have been a bit outrageous, the girl who loves competition is always a good sport. It’s the times in which she’s hesitant to participate that the segment turns out even funnier, she says. “In the end, all I want to do is make good TV.”

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Dress: Love & Lemons Rings: A.V. Max Accessories Necklace & Bracelet: Marcia Moran

“I don’t believe in doing the same thing continuously. It’s important to know when to move on and take some risks.” As a part of the MTV family for the past three years, Iglesias has been compared to another one of the network’s former stars, Jenny McCarthy, someone she grew up watching. Being compared to the former host is flattering, but Iglesias thinks she has a style that’s all her own. “I don’t try and set myself apart from others because I know I am different.” For her, the “pinch me” moments happen both on and off the set. Getting to work with Sway, another MTV host she grew up watching, is one of them. “I look up to him in so many ways and I’m constantly asking him a ton of questions,” says Iglesias. Another great moment for the host was interviewing actor John Hamm. She’s a huge fan of the show “Mad Men,” and admits to thinking while doing the interview, “I can’t believe this is happening!” Life has definitely changed as a result of these opportunities, and the host credits MTV for “saving her life.” Working on “Off the Bat” not only provided the chance to travel all over the country, but allowed Iglesias to sustain a long distance relationship. After dating her boyfriend for over a year, she finally made the move to LA this past October, a place she always felt she’d eventually go for work.

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In looking at life in a new city, the enthusiastic girl from Brooklyn finds the people in LA a bit more laid back, something she needs right now in comparison to the hustle and bustle of New York. Adventurous in nature, Iglesias is looking forward to exploring her new surroundings. “There’s a lot of culture out here with some of the best comedy shows,” she says. Always looking to advance to the next step, she continues to study her craft by taking improv classes at University of California at Berkeley and admits she’s not happy when things remain stagnant. While Iglesias misses her family [she’s one of eight children], friends, and the convenience New York City offers, she says she’s finally at a place in her life where everything is starting to make sense. She’s looking ahead to new opportunities and is stepping away from the “Guy Code/Girl Code” frenzy. Having been on the various shows for numerous seasons, it’s time to try something different, she says. “I don’t believe in doing the same thing continuously. It’s important to know when to move on and take some risks.” B




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Carmen Marc Valvo By Courtenay Cooper Hall Photographer: Philip Fischetti

Growing up in Westchester County as the son of an anesthesiologist and a nurse, one would have thought that Carmen Marc Valvo would have gone into medicine like his parents. After all, in the Valvo home, traditional children’s stories and coloring books were supplemented with educational and anatomy-related volumes in hopes their son would follow in the family footsteps. However, this is where Valvo would first develop the formative knowledge of the female figure that would later help him become such a successful and intuitive designer.

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Sitting with Valvo amongst his stunning gowns in his new showroom was pretty fabulous, not only because everywhere I turned there was amazing color and design, but also because this amazing and talented designer is the epitome of a New York gentleman. We began our interview with fun stories about his childhood in Westchester and how his business began 25 years ago with $15,000 dollars and a New York dream. It was truly inspiring to see what’s possible when someone has the passion to make their dreams a reality – no matter what! Let’s talk about growing up in NYC. Tell me about growing up in the 60s and 70s. I am sure it was the most fabulous of times… Oh, it was amazing! I grew up in Westchester and went to school at Iona Prep in New Rochelle. I was definitely a “good old boy,” but as soon as my friends and I were 16 (even earlier), we would head out to the city because it was so much fun. The east village was really great; there were these jean shops you would always go to. What I miss most about New York in those days is Times Square. I loved the prostitutes. I loved the transvestites. I loved the drugs. I love the sights of it all – all those pawn shops, it was my Disneyland (laughs). When I first moved into the city I lived on the Upper East Side and then moved to the village, which was fabulous. Then that started to get too expensive (especially as a student at Parsons at the time), so I decided to move to the Upper West Side, which was the “Wild West” 35 years ago. I mean you really didn’t go above 84th Street. I had one friend who lived up there and he would carry a bat with him and swing it around his head as he walked down the street because you never knew when you would get attacked or mugged. Now it’s like everybody has their family there with their strollers and the twins. New York is amazing. It’s always changing. What’s your favorite thing about being a New Yorker? I think New York is one of the most inspiring places on the planet because of its diversity and ethno diversity, as well as its neighborhoods. Each street has its own personality. Our new showroom is now on 35th and right across the street they have the cutest little restaurants that you’ve never heard of or saw. There is always something to discover, always something to explore. It’s magical because the people are so unique. The city is constantly moving and changing and evolving, and some of it has to do with fashion. It’s kind of like a long runway. You have said that you were influenced by being a child of the 50’s. How have you been able to infuse a modern flair into the elegance of the 50s so effortlessly through your collections? I think that whole concept of the 50s and 60s and how women dressed … I mean “they dressed! – the hats, the gloves … there is something really beautiful about looking like a lady. Agreed! You don’t find that to be true as much anymore, that’s for sure! Yes, and now we are in such a dressed-down society but still you want to feel elegant and look put together. Inspiration from the 50s is the nice way to do that – with a modern edge, of course, or [else] it will look like a costume. What surprises you the most about the person you’ve become? I don’t know. Sometimes, I don’t know who I am (chuckles). I can’t believe it’s been 25 years. You are independent and have done all of this on your own, which is, I must say, inspirational and impressive. I started the company 25 years ago with $15,000; we lived off credit cards for about two years. I didn’t even get my first paycheck until two and a half years after we started. To begin like that, you need to have passion and dedication but you also need to be careful. You need to balance the creative side with the sensible side of being a businessman.

Who or what has been your greatest influence? I think it was my father because when I decided to go into fashion, he said, “God bless and good luck. If that is what you want to do, you will find a way to do it and make your dreams come true.” Although my father was a physician and could have put me through school, he said I had to do it on my own. I thought, “You’re kidding me,” but I think it was the best guidance I’ve had in life. When you have to do it on your own, you really find out how passionate you are about it. With true dedication and passion, dreams can become a reality. I owe a lot of my success to my father and his philosophy, even though at the time, I thought, “Are you crazy, what are you thinking, Dad?!” I was waiting tables, working two jobs, going to bed at 2 in the morning and waking up at 6, and did that until I got my first [fashion] job. Then I still had to wait tables for a year and half, because I was making more money waiting tables than I was as a design assistant straight after school. Out of all of your collections, do you have a personal favorite? I really like my current [Spring 2015] collection a lot! It has that 50’s feel that we talked about but it’s all transparent and longer lengths. Other than this collection, there are actually two – the first flower show I did because I love flowers and gardens, so that is kind of a reoccurring theme. That was a really beautiful spring collection from about 11 years ago. The second collection was from five years ago, which is the seashell collection. Everything was inspired by seashells, so it was all spiraling and ruffles kind of how a shell has those fringe edges, but there were no side seams in any of the garments. The side seams were only in the foundation and all the spiraling was done as a road map from point A to B. It was amazing. Actually, Selenis Leyva from “Orange Is the New Black” wore a custom version of one of those gowns to the Emmy’s last awards season. We did a custom version for her that was really pretty and still timeless. A good gown is a good gown. I love when you talk about “red carpet moments.” You are talking about the everyday woman’s “red carpet” moments in life and being a part of that. It’s crazy, I feel like I have gone to more weddings and bat mitzvahs and celebrations than anybody else. When someone buys me to wear to their event, I say, “I am so glad to be going to your wedding, or I am so glad I will be at the affair.” Even though I am not personally going to be there, they still feel like I am a part of it. In life you remember two things on special occasions – what song was playing and what you were wearing. Beauty is… Cliché says beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think real beauty is internal, more internal than external. It is a pose, it’s courage, and it’s the way you present yourself. External beauty is very fleeting; I mean we all will succumb to the gravity of time. Just being a good person, a good soul. They say karma is a bitch and I believe that. We make pretty dresses to feel pretty, but that’s all it is … I want to make women look and feel their best. Style is… Oh my God, style is so personal. It’s not what works for you; it’s what doesn’t work for you. I feel like when you know that, then you do not become a slave to trends or a victim of fashion. You just become your own voice. B

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Dress: Etro Shoes: Valentino Jewelry: Lulu’s Estate


Noelle Reno


Smart, beautiful, and business savvy are just a few words that come to mind when talking about Noelle Reno, one of the cast members of “Ladies of London,” a reality television series that debuted on Bravo last summer. The show chronicles the lives of six women who reside in London as they balance their family, work, and social lives. Describing her first foray into reality TV as a “unique experience,” Reno found it both fun and, at times, a bit difficult. “I’ve never been good with confrontation, I’d usually run from it, but being on the show has taught me how to deal with it,” says Reno. Residing in London for just over a decade, the Americanborn Reno is no stranger to living an international lifestyle. The Seattle, Washington native traveled to countries like Japan, Europe, and Africa when she was just a teenager, and knew early on that suburban life was not the right fit for her. She signed on with Elite Model Management at the age of 13, which afforded her an opportunity most aspiring young models often only dream about. In addition to modeling internationally, Reno also worked in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, where she lived for a brief period of time before moving across the pond with her then fiancé. Despite their breakup, Reno credits the amazing friendships she cultivated as her reason for staying in London.

No stranger to the spotlight, Reno has been a presenter since 2011 on “FashionTV,” the only 24-hour fashion, beauty, and lifestyle station [airing in 193 countries with the exception of the US]. Covering everything from fashion, lifestyle, current events, and celebrities, Reno continues to work with the channel but has scaled back to focus on her other business ventures. With a love for fashion and an entrepreneurial spirit, Reno started her first business with her ex-fiancé while attending university in 2005. At a time when other students were enjoying the college life, Reno she was working hard at making her business, Degrees of Fashion, a success. In 2008 she sold her share, gaining the financial freedom to explore other areas.

Among her latest ventures is a partnership with Fabrikant Inc., one of the most acclaimed and distinguished families of jewelers in NYC’s diamond district, to bring Lulu’s Estate Jewelry to the states. Originating in London with Reno, Lulu’s is a collection of vintage and contemporary one-of-a-kind pieces. While it appeared Reno was Whether it’s a piece dating back living the best of both worlds, to 1920’s art deco or a “must she admits to being teased have” from such esteemed while still in school for her houses as Cartier, Tiffany, or modeling and traveling. “High Rolex, wearing the jewelry alone school prepared me for the or combining both eras allow British tabloids and reality TV. women the opportunity to make One week the fans love you, a statement. “There’s always the next week they hate you.” a trend,” says Reno, “and it’s good to mix something in for balance.” The line Photographer: Philip Fischetti is sold exclusively by Styling: Mindy & Paula: The Style Duo appointment only in a private boutique on Makeup: Chris Lanston Manhattan’s upscale Hair: Bianca Lyder “From a young age, I had an appetite for exploring,” she explains. While that need to explore was met, her parents made sure their daughter still had a traditional upbringing, including playing sports and going to the prom.

Fifth Avenue, however, customers can also visit an e-shop on-line Reno worked hard to get where she is today, but wishing she had her own mentor in those early years is what led her to partner with her alma mater Regent’s University London to start a mentorship program. Launched in mid-October, the program features guest speakers (many of whom are Reno’s colleagues) to talk with students on a variety of topics, sharing with them the tools and knowledge she wishes were at her disposal when she was just starting out. In addition to Reno’s work in TV and fashion, this multi-talented young woman is also a writer. She blogs for various publications, such as The Huffington Post, Hello Magazine, and Mail on Sunday (the Sunday edition of the Daily Mail). Her beat includes everything from fashion, travel, and her daily adventures. She also pens a blog, #12countries12months for the Huffington Post. Visiting 12 countries she hasn’t yet been to within the span of a year allows her to revisit her “free-spirited” side, she says. When discussing beauty and her personal style, the former model says she is still evolving. “With age you become more confident and I find that to be super-attractive and beautiful.” These days, Reno also believes that “strong is the new skinny,” and in the last year has noticed a change in her style, especially when looking back to when the show first started.

Questioning some of those looks, she’s started toning it down just a bit; it’s more of a “make-under,” she says. While Reno describes the British as glamourous, she admits there’s still a bit of that Seattle girl in her and feels more comfortable in her own skin than she did a few years back. She admires

To read more of Noelle’s blog, visit You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram @NoelleReno. such fashion icons as Victoria Beckham and Nicole Ritchie for their sense of style as well as their personality, ambition, and sense of humor, she says. She’s a big supporter of British designers, specifically Feathers, a family-run boutique in London where shoppers can find an array of local and international designers. Living in London as long as she has, Reno sees a difference compared to the country in which she spent her early years and believes the British tend to have a bit more appreciation for life apart from their work. “Here, people work to live; they like what they do but it’s not what consumes their day. In the states it seems people live to work,” observes Reno. “There is beauty and magic in life when you stop and slow down … being present is a big part of happiness!” B

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HOT in

HOLLYWOOD With careers on the rise, these entertainers are making a name for themselves in a business where the competition is fierce. From movies to TV, their persistence, dedication, and a love for their craft have led them to pursue their dreams in Hollywood. Being in the public eye is not easy, but this next generation of talent seems to be handling it all in stride. With an impressive list of works to their name, the future of BELLA’s Hollywood hot list is bright … By Alexandra Anastasio



After 21 hours on set for a one-liner on the hit remake series “90210,” actor Brandon Jones had a bit of a rough introduction into the world of acting. But the North Carolina native didn’t let that deter him from forging ahead to pursue his dream.



Week after week Karina Smirnoff dances her way into living rooms across the country on “Dancing with the Stars.” For the past 10 years, viewers have watched her wow them on the dance floor and in season 13 bring home the mirror ball trophy with her then-partner, actor and former Army veteran JR Martinez. She describes the experience as being “better than she ever imagined.” An only child, the Russian-born dancer and her family immigrated to the states just two days after her 14th birthday. Settling in the Bronx before moving to Brooklyn, Smirnoff is eternally grateful to her parents for leaving behind their life so she could pursue her dreams. She originally planned to study law but took a leave of absence from college when the opportunity to dance and compete professionally arose.


Since arriving in LA in 2009, Jones has been acting steadily with roles on hit shows like “Law & Order: LA,” “2 Broke Girls,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Pretty Little Liars,” and “The Fosters.”

Currently living in LA, Smirnoff loves the place she now calls home but admits it was a bit of a shock when she first arrived. “Both NY and L.A. have their own unique qualities; in a perfect world I’d have a home in both!”

One of his noteworthy experiences was portraying Ted Danson’s son on “CSI,” an experience he describes as “amazing and a bit surreal.” Another was auditioning for Tina Fey – it was his “first real pinch-me moment,” he says. Although the series didn’t get picked up, he got a second chance to work with funny woman Fey on her new NBC comedy, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which will be premiering later this year.

When she isn’t working, the selfdescribed homebody enjoys cooking, watching her favorite TV shows, and just hanging out doing normal, ordinary things. “Although I’m only 35 I feel like I’ve lived a long life,” says the star.

Passionate about traveling, Jones enjoys visiting new places and meeting new people, something he says is his favorite thing about living in LA. “It’s a place where everyone is from somewhere else and has an amazing story to tell. It’s fascinating to hear how people ended up here.”

Passionate about love, life, and ambition, the hardworking beauty enjoys what she does and is having the time of her life. Up next fans will see a different side of Smirnoff when she joins “Dancing Pros: Live” on tour as one of the judges. Humbled by all she’s attained, her greatest accomplishment is the “pride and approval” of her parents.

When he isn’t working, the actor enjoys making music. He has been singing and playing the guitar since high school. To him, a perfect afternoon is sitting down and writing a new song.

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With the start of the new year, Jones is super excited and motived for the upcoming pilot season. “After getting a taste of what it’s like to work with Tina Fey, I feel like I have a fire lit beneath me!”


With a slew of TV roles under her belt, actress Devin Kelly is currently starring in her favorite role to date as the multi-dimensional, independent, and intelligent Dr. Maggie Langston on ABC’s hit drama “Resurrection.” Dealing with the return of loved ones who’ve passed on, the actress says that if returning were actually a possibility, she’d love to see her grandmother who died when she was just a baby. Family is important to the actress, so it’s no surprise she loves to head home to Minnesota and spend time at the lake behind the house she grew up in with her family and chocolate lab. These days, Kelly calls the west coast home and says it’s definitely mellowed her out. “I’ve been able to find the balance between working really hard and enjoying everything around me,” she explains. The actress also finds peace in practicing yoga and is starting the new year off with a trip to India. She’ll spend some time at a yoga retreat then travel around and “soak up as much as possible.” Kelly’s big break came in 2011 with a role on the short-lived crime series “Chicago Code,” which enabled her to walk away from a waitress job and never look back. While her career is on the fast track, the bright young star is clear that not much has changed. The only difference, she says is getting paid to do what she loves. “For that, I’m extremely grateful.”



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As an actor, B.J. Britt has found that no matter what type of character he portrays, the experience is always challenging, which makes him better at his craft. “They’ve all been different from one another so it’s hard to choose a favorite,” he says. His first foray into the business was a role in a church play in his native North Carolina. Bit by the acting bug, the future star would go on to appear on such TV hits as “Bones,” “Vampire Diaries,” “Cold Case,” and “Sons of Anarchy,” and films like “Peaceful Warrior,” “Transfer,” and the upcoming thematic spin-off of the original 1999 film, “10 Things I Hate About You.” Currently Britt is staring in the ABC show “Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” While he wasn’t into the comics growing up, once he nabbed the role of Agent Triplett and starting doing his research, Britt realized what he’d been missing out on. In addition to his gig on ABC, he’s also co-starring alongside the beautiful and talented Gabrielle Union in the BET series, “Being Mary Jane.” He plays the younger brother to Union’s character and says he has great admiration and respect for his co-star. “She’s not only fun to work with, but has such a passion and a raw talent for what she does. It’s an incredible experience to play alongside of her.” In spite of all his success, the talented young actor is a family man at heart and credits his older sister Tosha as someone he looked up to growing up. “Not only is she inspiring, she’s incredible and a beautiful woman all around.”


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KATHRINE HERZER @BrandiGlanville



Set amongst glitz and glamour, television personality Brandi Glanville is widely recognized from the hit show “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (RHOBH). But there’s more to the outspoken and upfront beauty than meets the eye. A former model who has traveled extensively to such places like Sardinia, Rome, Japan, and Holland, Glanville is also a New York Times bestselling author. This month she’ll add “Celebrity Apprentice” to her resume when she joins the seventh installment of the popular series. In addition to trying to raise money for charity, Glanville is looking forward to watching with her two sons because it’s more of a “family-friendly” show. A fan favorite on RHOBH, this single mother is constantly in the public eye but doesn’t regret being a part of the hit franchise; she believes it’s been “lifechanging” and “saving” for her and the kids. After enduring a very public divorce, Glanville turned to writing. She’s published two books and is currently putting together a proposal for a third. The experience of writing is “cathartic,” she says, noting that her second book was a lot easier to write. “I was over the heartache and anger and now sharing my stories about looking for love after divorce.” While her experiences are relatable for many single parents, she admits it can be challenging at times but credits her amazing friends for always being around to help out in a pinch. “I am blessed.”

An actress since she was just 6 years old, Kathrine Herzer has grown up on-screen in television and feature films, appearing alongside such names as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet in “A Lot Like Love.” These days the LA high school senior is acting alongside Tea Leoni and Tim Daly on the CBS hit show, “Madame Secretary.” Working with such amazing and seasoned actors, Herzer feels extremely lucky to be a part of the cast. “I’m learning so much. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime to be able to work with incredible actors.” She cites a particular moment during a table read in which she first met Bebe Neuwirth; nervous and a bit scared, the actress admits the star couldn’t have been nicer. “Thinking about it still leaves me a little speechless,” she explains. When she’s not working, Herzer is a typical teen; she loves watching movies, especially those that have won Academy Awards. “Watching an amazing movie with a great director or actor is so inspiring.” With only a few months left until graduation, the young actress plans to attend college and continue working. “My education is really important to me,” she says. Also important is the non-profit organization, The Climate Reality Project, for which she serves as a climate reality leader, helping to inform people about the climate crisis. Passionate about everything she does, Herzer describes herself as someone who dives wholeheartedly into the things that interest her, whether it’s her career, her education, or the organizations she supports. B

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How Does Hollywood Prepare? By Jarrod Thalheimer

Hooray! It’s finally that time of year where we stand and recognize the most deserving heroes amongst us. No, I’m not talking cops or firefighters, or even fry cooks and plumbers. I’m talking about the serially under-appreciated makers of movies and TV. Day in and out, these poor sods toil away for mere scads of money while their artistically sensitive souls suffer under the nearly unbearable weight of not being similarly cheered and applauded. Thankfully, Oscars, Globes, SAGs, BAFTAs and more are being minted up and handed out as quickly as humanly possible. All kidding aside, you really do have to feel for these starry-eyed dream merchants. Infamous studio head Louis B. Mayer (quoted from a 2005 book by Scott Eyman) once said the best way to handle creative types is to hang medals all over them because – “[For] cups and awards they’d kill themselves to produce what I wanted.” That’s not so hard to believe, especially when you consider what they will endure just to have a shot at winning one. Think I’m joking? Here are the top 10 ways Hollywood really gets ready for its annual close up.


She’s Got (To Keep) The Look Remember that

beautiful, famous actress from that awesome movie several years back? Of course you do – you can still recall her best lines and most amazing scenes by heart. She was great! One problem: actual time has passed and she doesn’t look quite the same anymore. Finding a competent plastic surgeon who can deliver a 35-yearold face to a 55-year-old client is no easy thing – especially when you need at least three solid months of healing time to appear semi-normal on camera. Think that’s no big deal? Just ask Kim Novak.


Incentivize (Read: Fire) Your Agent Sure, he

was the mensch that kept believing while you waited tables at the dinner theatre in Boca Raton but this is awards season, baby. You need some muscle to get things moving in your career. Thank your wannabe Ari for his service but show him the door. Trade up

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to a team of ruthless, big-agency blood suckers counting on a hefty payday. These sharks will quite literally kill to ensure you get that nomination. Beware: They will also drop you just as fast if you don’t win. No big deal. Pretty sure Mr. Wannabe has an opening.


Stop Eating – Immediately! The camera adds 10

pounds (20 if it’s your butt), so the serious Hollywood-ite knows he needs to get svelte FAST! Finding a trendy diet guru might work outside award season but there’s no time for experimenting. Only the most tried and true (read: dangerous) methods of weight loss will help you now: drugs, pills, a serious nicotine habit, lap-band surgery, starvation, etc. God help your professional image if the suit you wear ends up looking cartoonishly tight on stage. Spanx can do a heckuva lot but it can’t hide everything.

ping in full makeup. Dress to impress even when you take out the garbage. BONUS: find out the TMZ paparazzi schedule and plan your daily outings around it. Press is press, no matter what level of hell they aspire to.


Something Old/Something New Remember

that horrible indie-film you did a few years back that never got released? Well the whole “transgendered pole-vault coach with a heart of gold” thing is hot-hot-hot right now. Sell your car if you have to but get that movie into theatres ASAP. You need to bump your dramatic street cred to get some metallic praise and guest-starring in commercial schlock like “Transformers 19” just isn’t gonna cut it.


Pushing For A Good Cause Even the most generous, kind-hearted Hollywood star is not immune to a little trophy fever. It’s no accident that celebrity sightings at charity events, marches and more always seem to spike as awards season draws near. “That Leo, he’s so serious about green causes.” Gold causes too! That poor bugger was supposed to have at least three or four Oscars by now. Headlining a popular charitable cause is a great way to turn the kudos that come for being selfless into votes for the kind of awards that really count.

Oh sure, you and Johnny might be crazy in love but big dreams or not, Johnny boy delivers pizzas so he’s got no toss with the folks who count”


Support the Arts (a.k.a. Kiss a Designer’s Butt) You’re going to need a whole mess of fancy, expen-

sive clothes to get you through awards season, and showing up at an event in something off the rack is just begging for trouble. Find a designer and slobber over him endlessly until he agrees to outfit you exclusively for every awards show stage you happen to trod. Pull this off and maybe Joan Rivers won’t haunt you. INSIDER’S NOTE: Sweating profusely in the borrowed clothes might allow you to keep them (for free!) when it’s all over.



Replace Your Spouse/Boyfriend/Girlfriend/ Significant Other Truly, these are not times for the


Get Out Of The House You can’t get votes if people

faint of heart. You are going to need access and pull if you even want a tiny shot at some golden treasure. Oh sure, you and Johnny might be crazy in love but big dreams or not, Johnny boy delivers pizzas so he’s got no toss with the folks who count. Better to seduce some soonto-be divorced studio exec or a high-powered manager who knows the game (and where the bodies are buried). Love may indeed make the world go round but everybody knows that contacts and influence are what score the hardware. don’t remember you exist. You need to be in the public eye constantly. Immediately get in the habit of jogging or shop-

Abandon All Shame Before Ye Enter Here

Performers are emotional creatures but the ability to feel shame or embarrassment is most definitely a liability, especially at awards time. Any trace vestiges of decorum or grace need to go out the window fast. The sheer number of backs that need massaging and butts that must be smooched would make the greasiest politico feel dirty (yes, even you, Billy C.). Don’t worry though. You will have ample opportunity to pay back each and every one of these jerks should you actually win. Nothing says “making other folks’ lives a living hell” like an actor with a brand new trophy.


Get A Dog Loyal, lovable and kind. Dogs are truly the world’s most perfect, non-judgmental companions - especially when you need a totally bulletproof reason to be wandering around Academy voters’ neighborhoods so you can “accidently” bump into them. Who says actors are dumb? Being able to regurgitate “King Lear” means committing the names and addresses of eligible Oscar voters to memory is child’s play. Add in a stupid mutt and you are a mere dog walk away from the sort of necessary “casual encounter” that leads to award night glory. BONUS: If you keep him, Fido will undoubtedly be the only friend you have left thanks to the full-on, double-douche awards season has turned you into. #Winning! B January/February 2015 | BELLANYC.COM 87


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Armed with a fierce determination to make it as an actor, it’s clear when watching Olivia Munn that she’s achieving the goal she set for herself as a young girl. She’s a star who knows what she wants and has worked hard to get where she is today. Beautiful, talented, funny, and extremely down to earth, Munn is holding her own against some of the biggest talents in Hollywood while making a name for herself in the process. Born in Oklahoma, the actress spent a portion of her childhood living overseas in Japan on a military base where her ex-stepfather was stationed in the United States Air Force. “It’s always hard being the new kid,” says Munn, but adds it was her positive attitude that helped her adjust. Moving back to Oklahoma proved to be a bit harder. At 16 years old, the age factor surmounted the cultural transition. “At that stage, social clicks were already formed,” says Munn. She recalls her first month of school as a horrible time and begged her mother to either allow her to home school or transfer elsewhere; neither were an option. “I felt invisible and lonely, it was hard,” she recalls. To make things a little less lonely, Munn’s sister would make the halfhour drive from college every day to sit and have lunch with her so she wasn’t eating alone. Despite those difficult times, she believes the experiences helped build character. “They gave me a strong sense of self-worth and the tough skin to weather the rejection that comes along with this business.” Encountering many struggles helped shape the person she is today, she says. A first generation American, Munn’s mother is of Chinese descent although she was born and raised in Vietnam. When the Vietnam War ended in 1975, she fled to Oklahoma with her family, which included nine siblings. While Munn always knew she wanted to be an actor, it wasn’t something that was encouraged nor taken too seriously at home. “My family is involved in academics, so it was just assumed I would be too.” Her strong desire to move to Los Angeles after high school graduation was derailed, as her mother had other plans: She wanted her daughter to attend college. Munn agreed to go to school and use her degree for one year. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism. Little did she know then how art would imitate life… she put that degree to use, just not in the way her mother had envisioned.

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True to her promise, Munn went to work for a local NBC news affiliate in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but describes the experience as the worst she’s ever had. Not only were her co-workers mean, she recalls, they were downright cruel. “I purposely worked Friday through Sunday, from early morning to night just to avoid them,” she says. It wasn’t until that promised year was up that the same people who treated her terribly changed their tune, all curious as to where she was headed. “Dare to dream and reach for the stars, and those who don’t dream high sometimes try to take you down.” It’s up to you to get back up and move on, she says. In 2004 Munn finally headed out to LA to pursue her dream. Armed with a book about the business given to her by a friend, she set out in acquiring a print and then commercial agent. Not knowing anyone when she first arrived, the soon-to-be star quickly began meeting different people, focused on studying her craft [with well-known acting coach Sandy Marshall] and pounded the pavement on auditions. What she says she didn’t do was party or date; work was her focus. (To this day she says she’s happiest at home watching movies with her boyfriend.) Her dedication paid off and she soon began booking small parts in TV and film. Munn’s big break came in 2006 when she was hired to co-host the G4 network’s pop culture hit show, “Attack of the Show,” (AOTS) which she says put her on the map. “That show is the reason I’m where I am.” With a solid fan base from her four+ years with “AOTS,” audiences began taking notice when she joined “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” She was hired in 2010 as their senior Asian correspondent, and the late-night satirical show enabled Munn to stretch her comedic chops. Around the same time she was cast in her first NBC show, “Perfect Couples,” a romantic comedy that lasted only one


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“It’s not what’s on the outside that strikes me; what I find beautiful are when people are most comfortable with their imperfections.” season, and published her first book, a New York Times bestseller entitled, “Suck It Wonder Woman! The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek.” The compilation of short stories that she wrote to her younger self was such a hit that she plans on writing a second book! That year proved to be a big one for the actress. She admits being hired for “The Daily Show” was not a goal she ever thought she’d reach, though she feels extremely fortunate she did. Her success continued to grow with doors opening up as a result. She landed roles in popular films such as “Magic Mike,” “Iron Man 2,” “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” and Aaron Sorkin’s hit HBO show “The Newsroom.” “On the ‘Daily Show’ I pretended to be a fake reporter, with Sorkin’s show I was playing a real one.” “I wanted to be a part of ‘The Newsroom’ because I knew my life and career would change.” Against the advice of her reps Munn passed on multiple offers for other TV shows before even scoring an audition, holding out hope she’d get her chance. In what can only be described as a “nerve-wracking time,” she turned to Stewart for advice (who, along with Sorkin and good friend Arianna Huffington, she counts as mentors). If she turned down the other offers and didn’t get the Sorkin show, would she regret it? Stewart asked her. Her answer was no. If she took one of the offers and didn’t hold out for Sorkin would she regret it? The answer was yes. “I came out to LA for a better opportunity, not a better offer,” says the actress. The gamble paid off and Munn won big. Within two weeks of auditioning she received the official offer and was cast in the role of Sloan Sabbith, a smart economist and financial reporter with two Ph.Ds and undeniably the smartest journalist in the room. In preparing for the role, the actress admits there was a lot of work done to make the transformation. “I needed to learn and educate myself.” She describes Sloan as someone who is strong, smart, fiercely loyal, and fights for the integrity of the news. “Her shoulders have gotten bigger in season 3 [the final season], and it’s fun to play someone who always knows what the moral thing to do is,” explains Munn. Like Sloan, the actress is extremely loyal to her friends and the people she loves. “I really connect with her on that level.” With the show ending its run this past December, Munn says she will miss everyone she’s worked with as well as saying Sorkin’s words and the “Oh my God!” moments that come with reading his scripts and being completely surprised. “It’s so visceral,” she says. He paints a beautiful picture of the work.”


Up next for the star who was named Variety’s 2014 Breakthrough Actress is the action comedy, “Mortdecai” starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Goldblum, and Ewan McGregor, which premieres later this month. Centered around a stolen painting, Munn’s character is a rich girl from LA who comes from new money yet it’s never enough for her. Like everyone else, she finds out the painting is worth a lot of money and wants to get her hands on it. Now a California girl for nearly a decade, Munn believes being on the west coast has exposed her to things that are good, like taking care of yourself and staying strong and healthy. “There’s a large culture of people here trying to stay young,” she says, noting that the environment has changed her thoughts on food and health. “It’s not what’s on the outside that strikes me; what I find beautiful are when people are most comfortable with their imperfections.” Aware of how arbitrary and fleeting success can be, Munn is grateful for all she has attained. Drawn from the good advice she’s received over the years, the actress has come up with a quote for herself: “In the story of life you don’t get to write the whole book, just your character.” She says she’s proud of the choices she’s made. From this vantage point, it seems like Munn has lived up to another piece of advice from her mentor and friend Stewart: “If you bet on yourself and win, you win big!” B

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By Daniel G. Hall Photographer: Caitlin Mitchell Grooming: Kristan Serafino, Exclusive Artists

If you think Amir Arison looks familiar, it may be because of all the roles he’s had, not to mention his most recent stint as Aram Mojtabai on NBC’s hit show “The Blacklist.” The St. Louis, Missouri native began his acting career with theater productions such as “Omnium Gatheru” “Modern Orthodox,” and the off-Broadway production of “Aftermath.” In 2004, he broke into TV with a role in an episode of “The Jury,” a legal drama following a different jury’s deliberations on a criminal case each episode. Since then, he has appeared in an array of popular TV shows, such as “NCIS,” “Fringe,” “Homeland,” “Girls,” “American Horror Story: Murder House,” “The Mentalist,” and “Zero Hour,” among others, including a recurring role as Dr. Manning Arison on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” BELLA recently sat down with Arison to talk acting, New York City, and why his mom’s advice has always been the best. 100 BELLANYC.COM | January/February 2015



What’s your favorite part of NYC? It’s the mash-up of cultures. I did an off-Broadway play by Charles Mee in 2007 called “Queens Blvd” about how all these various cultures are forced to live together. It’s not easy, but there’s also quite a lot to celebrate in that. Having lived all over, and travelled some, there really is nothing quite like NYC. It’s the capital of the world. What made you decide to become an actor? I don’t know that I could pinpoint any one thing that’s inspired my career to this point. I do know that I gravitate toward inspiring people, inspiring artists, inspiring works of art. There can be a lot of distractions out there, but if you’re careful and weed out the negativity, there is an immense amount to learn and absorb and inspire. I hope I don’t sound esoteric, but it’s a philosophy of optimism, which also takes work, self-care, and focus, but ultimately if you nurture your work and your dreams, they nurture you back. Is there a certain piece of advice you’ve received that you hold onto? Early on, at one of my first big auditions, I was in the waiting room with all of these established, more experienced actors, and one of them came bounding out of the audition room smiling and laughing as if what transpired in there was unmatchable. I told my mom the intimidating tale and she said, “Amir, don’t look left, don’t look right, just look what’s in front of you. Just focus on what you have to do.” I actually just repeated that to a buddy of mine last week who was letting distracting concerns get in the way of his auditions and work. Being a working actor, it must be hard to find a balance between your personal life and career – how do you find that balance? That is something I’m currently trying to work on, and actively seeking improvement. I know that time is one of life’s most precious commodities, and making sure you allocate it correctly for balance is still under trial and error. I was taught the 5 Fs should be honored: Faith, family, friends, fitness, and finance. So when I’m outta whack, I try to see which one of those aspects of my life is not being honored. I believe faith encompasses art. How would you describe yourself? I’m much more interested in how others might describe me, especially my friends and colleagues. If I had to describe myself today, I’d say passionate, neurotic, curious, excited, afraid, open, sensitive, but careful. You have worked with a lot of great actors in your career – any favorites or special memories? Specifically on “The Blacklist,” my character primarily interacts with the task force and not really the guest stars so much, but when I get the chance, just getting to work with James Spader is still a dream come true. Previous to this job, I’ll never forget acting opposite Jessica Lange on an episode of “American Horror Story.” That was a front row seat to mad excellence. I was also truly delighted to work with Lena Dunham last year [on “Girls”]; her brain is awe-inspiring. Do you have a favorite character? One role, from the theatre, is particularly special. It was an off-Broadway production at the New York Theatre Workshop in a docudrama called “Aftermath.” The role was verbatim based on a real person whose true identity was kept anonymous – this hot shot Iraqi dermatologist who, despite his arrogance, flirtations, and humor, had a bravery that I don’t think he even recognized. Something about playing a real person – this person living through a war – somehow that elevated the art. It required honor; whatever was happening in my own life, when I showed up to work, it was immediately eclipsed by his, and I felt a responsibility to him. The role was both rewarding and humbling.

Feature films, made-for-TV films, or TV series? I love it all: TV, film, theatre. I love a good story and I love a good role, and I love good collaborators. Smart, talented, communicative – this is what attracts me. And I like shifting mediums, it keeps it interesting. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? I don’t know if I’ve achieved that yet; I love my family with all my heart -– probably my greatest moments, up ‘til now, are private ones where we were really there for each other. What do you want to be remembered for? Gosh, that’s a tough one; I’ve never thought about that specifically. I guess, that I played some memorable roles and was a fun guy to be around. If you think Amir Arison looks familiar, it may be because of all the roles he’s had, not to mention his most recent stint as Aram Mojtabai on NBC’s hit show “The Blacklist.” B

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New York City’s Best Performances By Barbara Bellesi

Hollywood might be known for its studios and back lots, but when it comes to capturing living, breathing culture, movie producers know there’s nothing like filming on location in New York City. From museums to theatres to independent cinemas and bookshops, these featured cultural institutions manage to steal the scene in their own right.


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NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY | “SEX AND THE CITY” 5th Avenue and 42nd Street |

For those of us who love books, libraries are inherently cool. But in case you were on the fence, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) upped the wow factor when she set her sights on the midtown branch of the New York Public Library as a venue for her wedding in the first “Sex and the City” movie. The NYPL has branches all over the city, but the enormous Stephen A. Schwarzman building, flanked by two literary-looking lions, is the one that most frequently comes to mind when one thinks of this hallowed public establishment. Sadly, while the library wasn’t an auspicious locale for Carrie’s wedding to Big, it was still quite a sight to behold in a movie known more for its couture than culture. Fun Fact: Renting out the library for a wedding reception isn’t a far-fetched Hollywood notion. Revelers with serious cash can rent out space at any number of cultural facilities, including museums, across the five boroughs.

The bookstore seen in the hit movie “Julie & Julia” is none other than The Strand in Union Square. An independent bookstore that boasts 18 miles of books, it’s heaven on earth for readers. And despite its bigshelf competitors, this indie is holding its own on the literary landscape of the city. No wonder: The aroma of books that hits you when you open the door rivals that of the Boeuf Bourguignon that Julie (Amy Adams) recreates á la Julia Child. Fun Fact: Got an empty bookcase or two? The good people at The Strand can help you build your library. You can purchase “books by the foot” in just about any genre or subject you’d like. The Strand boasts countless clients, including Steven Spielberg and the Waldorf-Astoria.


Upper West Side, between 62nd and 65th Street | In “Moonstruck,” Loretta (Cher) was trying desperately not to fall for Ronny (Nicolas Cage), but it was a losing cause when he took her to the opera. Cher might have won an Oscar for her performance, but we’re certain that her reaction to the fountains in the plaza and the opulence of the theatre (those chandeliers!) were genuine. The soaring score of “La Boheme” adds to the incredible romance of the scene. Swoon.

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We know – you weren’t exactly paying attention to the scenery in this steamy Diane Lane hit. But nevertheless, the Village East Cinema did have a cameo as a rendezvous during Paul (Olivier Martinez) and Connie’s sexy affair. Affiliated with the world-renowned Angelika Film Center, the Village East is the venue of choice for many indie movie lovers – even those who are more into each other than what’s happening on the screen.


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Nestled in the heart of the midtown Theatre district, the St. James Theatre has been home to a long list of Tony-winning Broadway shows. Now that the widely acclaimed “Birdman” was filmed on location there, it can add hit movie to its list of accolades. Riggan (Michael Keaton) is in the midst of producing and starring in a Broadway play, all while being haunted by the voice of Birdman, the superhero role that made him famous. Theatre lovers will appreciate the backstage and dressing room scenes just as much as they will appreciate the performances of Keaton and a star-studded cast that includes Emma Stone and Ed Norton. Fun Fact: Now playing at the St. James is “Side Show,” a revival of the musical based on the true story of Daisy and Violet, the famous twins who were headliners of the side show circuit during the 1920s and 30s.



We’re used to actors portraying different characters on screen, but in this sequel to the blockbuster smash hit, it was a Manhattan landmark that got to show off its acting chops. The Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, known as the home of the National Museum of the American Indian, was used as a stand-in for the fictional Manhattan Museum of Art, from which the movie’s villain would later emerge from a painting to wreak havoc. This dose of museum culture was much needed in order to balance out the ubiquitous pink slime in this movie. Fun Fact: Manhattan’s Museum of the American Indian is one of two Smithsonian museums dedicated to Native American heritage; the other is in Washington, DC.

10 Lincoln Center Plaza | Ah, the ballet … the epitome of art and culture – that is, of course, until the idea of the graceful ballerina is turned on its ear in “Black Swan,” the sexy thriller that nabbed Natalie Portman a Best Actress Oscar. Despite the diabolical doings on screen, the stage at Lincoln Center remains pure as an icon of the performing arts. As the home of the New York City Ballet, there are countless stories that have played out on its stage. Fun Fact: The New York City Ballet offers $29 tickets to those 29 and under. B

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By Boston Scarlette

BELLA’S “A” LIST APPETIZERS: ARUGULA BUTTARGA DI MUGGINE Buttarga di Muggine, arugula, vinaigrette MOZZARELLA DI BUFALA & EGGPLANT CAPONATINA Fresh mozzarella, roasted eggplant, pignoli nuts, golden raisins

BARBALU Old Seaport • 225-227 Front Street • 646.918.6565 • Cuisine: Italian Attire: Casual Price Range: $$ Serving: Dinner Outdoor Dining: No Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Intimate Barbalu Restaurant is no stranger to Hollywood. The previous year, it was home to an episode of “Project Runway” and director Steven Soderbergh’s series “The Knick” featuring actor Clive Owen. But the real stars of the Old Seaport New York restaurant scene are husband and wife team Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque who rebuilt Barbalu after super storm Sandy. Their new menu is an offering of Italian delicacies and an endless sea of gourmet specials. We immensely enjoyed the Buttarga di Muggine over a bed of Arugula, and the Lobster Claw with Squid Ink Pasta got a standing ovation from our taste buds. Barbalu also boasts a nice collection of wines to celebrate a romantic evening under their vaulted glass roof in the back of the restaurant. What a way to celebrate new beginnings. Happy New Year BELLAs!

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ENTREES: LOBSTER W/ SQUID INK PASTA Lobster claw, squid ink pasta tossed in tomato sauce and garlic POTATO CRUSTED SALMON WITH SAFFRON SAUCE Salmon with saffron sauce DESSERT: SEMI-FREDDO Raspberry sauce, fresh berries, and mint sprig COCKTAIL: Cantina ‘Gran Signoria’ Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore (2011)

BELLA’S “A” LIST APPETIZERS: MUSSELS MARINIERE Prepared in a savory broth made from white wine, garlic, shallots and fresh herbs ENTREE: SUGAR FACTORY’S SIGNATURE CHICKEN AND WAFFLES Buttermilk fried chicken and waffles topped with whipped butter, maple sugar, and warm syrup BLACK SESAME CRUSTED TUNA Avocado, bok choy, jalapeño, crispy wontons, spicy mayo DESSERT: THE KING KONG SUNDAE 24 scoops of ice cream, two cupcakes, sprinkles, caramel sauce, fudge sauce, strawberry sauce, marshmallows, Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chip cookies, crushed waffle cones, gummy bears, white chocolate strawberry shavings, sliced bananas, toasted walnuts and whipped cream, and then topped off with giant swirly pops.

The Sugar Factory has locations in NYC, Brooklyn, Las Vegas, Miami, and Chicago.

SUGAR FACTORY AMERICAN BRASSERIE Meatpacking District • 46 Gansevoort Street • 212.414.8700 • Cuisine: American Attire: Casual Price Range: $$ Serving: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Outdoor Seating: No, Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Family Friendly Just a few years since its inception, the Sugar Factory has become a famed destination for celebrities dining out or looking for a sweet fix. Britney Spears celebrated her engagement to Jason Trawick over Sugar Factory’s signature chocolate fondue, and Eva Longoria marked her birthday with a multi-tiered red velvet cake, her favorite. Flo Rida, a Sugar Factory regular during his trips to Las Vegas, always goes for the Sunshine Tea and fried macaroni and cheese pops. Guests dining at Sugar Factory never know who they’ll be seated next to, whether it’s Drake, Adrian Grenier, Nelly, Rupert Grint from “Harry Potter,” or even the entire Kardashian clan.

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BELLA’S “A” LIST ENTREES: WHOLE ROASTED DORADE Snipped herbs, olive oil, caramelized lemon (Dinner) TRUFFLED SOFT SCRAMBLE Crème fraiche, shaved fresh truffle, toast (Brunch)

FROMAGERIE Rumson, NJ • 26 Ridge Road • 732.842.8088 • Cuisine: American (New) Attire: Dressy Price Range: $$$$ Serving: Brunch & Dinner Outdoor Dining: No Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Upscale Celebrity chef David Burke, who has become a household name with appearances on “Iron Chef America” and “Top Chef Masters,” has created a culinary empire with almost a dozen restaurants, cookbooks, and food technology trademarks. But what we love most is dining at Fromagerie. Elegance, great light, and service are precursors to an award-winning menu. We loved the starcoined Sofia Vergara cocktail; it spiced up our meal with Hangar One chipotle vodka and wowed us with its stunning pink color. After a star studded meal and drink, we highly recommend you break your New Year’s resolution with one of their desserts. Fromagerie’s pastry chef Stuart Marx delivered not one, but five spectacular creations to our table, and we finished them all! I highly suggest you toast to a new year with Toasted Coconut Layer Cake topped with “Drunken Mango Salsa.”

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DESSERTS: COCONUT LAYER CAKE “Drunken Mango Salsa,” basil, passion fruit sorbet VANILLA BEAN CRÈME BRULEE Citrus shortbread, Chambord berries COCKTAIL: SOFIA VERGARA Hangar One chipotle vodka, liqueur de violettes, agave nectar, and fresh lime juice, shaken and served on the rocks with a lime wedge

BELLA’S “A” LIST APPETIZERS: SUNBURST SALAD Mesclun greens, cranberries, peppers, pecans, blue cheese, tabasco vinaigrette with sweet bourbon reduction ENTREES: PAN SEARED SCOTTISH SALMON Forbidden Black Rice, white jasmine rice, roasted asparagus, corn/pepper medley, and asparagus puree ROASTED CHICKEN BREAST Tri-color heirloom carrots, roasted herbed fingerling potatoes, chef’s house gravy DESSERTS: BANANA SPLIT Bruleed bananas, caramel, Nutella, whipped cream, and walnuts COCKTAIL: FIGGY POP Figenza Fig infused vodka, fresh lime, Canton ginger liqueur, and soda – on the rocks

THE CUTTING ROOM Murray Hill • 44 East 32nd Street • 212.691.1900 • Cuisine: American (New) Attire: Casual Price Range: $$ Serving: Dinner, late night Happy Hour: Yes Outdoor Dining: No Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Casual The Cutting Room is a spacious restaurant with complete stage, owned by Steve Walter and “The Good Wife’s” Chris Noth. It has become a coveted entertainment venue with an A-list roster compiled of legendary musicians like Billy Joel, Jennifer Hudson, and the Doors’ Robby Krieger. Even the bar is shaped liked a guitar, setting the perfect mood for a girls’ night out in the city. But if you want to have a romantic date, we suggest sitting in the Elaine’s Room; order a couple plates, some drinks, and share the banana split for dessert. The bruleed bananas are off the charts! We love The Cutting Room for putting us in a New York state of mind with entertainment and a food coma with its top-notch cuisine. B

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After we clean up the confetti and champagne on New Year’s Day, who’s to say the fabulosity is over? Now’s the time for glamorous getaways and nights out rubbing shoulders with celebrities. Whether you want to see or be seen, we have your go-to guide in this frosty time of year. Get a full-length fur from Kookopa for a girl’s night out, or work up your appetite for dessert by the fire from celebrity favorite brand, MarieBelle. Whatever you prefer, be prepared to have the paparazzi mistake you for a VIP with these exclusive ideas we have in store! By Gwen Wunderlich-Smith

DRESS LIKE A STARLET Award season is in full swing and the red carpet of the Globes and the Grammys will, as always, dictate spring fashion. Of course, you’ll need that dress worn by JLO, the cat suit sported by Beyonce, and the jacket Gwyneth is rocking, but to buy it all to wear it just once? Forget it! Be the talk of the town, the life of the party, and the queen of the night in your very own rent-a-dress from KOOKOPA. Find your size, rent it, wear it, and return it, without having to venture into the store in a panic. KOOKOPA makes looking fashionable easy with access to thousands of designer duds all at a reasonable price.

VACATION LIKE A CELEBRITY Like Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson, to be exact. It’s the “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” at the Four

Seasons Resort Punta Mita on the southwest point of the Riviera Nayarit, just 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta. The glamorous beachfront property is set on 100 acres and boasts incredible surf, lush jungles, and endless adventure. Complete with 173 spacious casita-style guest rooms, three alfresco Richard Sandoval restaurants with ocean views (the bar has over 200 types of tequilas!), a serene spa (with a new spa director who just relocated from Istanbul!), and world-class golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, this star-studded resort offer guests unrivaled Four Seasons luxury infused with an authentic taste of rural Mexico.

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DINE LIKE A CONNOISSEUR Inspired by the rich history and culture of Tribeca, where Robert De Niro and Jessica Alba roam free, The Smyth

re-launches as a sanctuary of comfort and familiarity in the heart of downtown New York City. Mixing Scandinavian and American mid-century furniture with rich textures and a neutral color palette, the spaces are punctuated by original art, books, and photography. Low-slung sofas, mid-century lb KofodLarsen chairs, and finely upholstered vintage settees are carefully configured for intimacy and comfort. Divided into the Living Room, Den, Library, and Evening Bar, every room in the hotel lobby is memorable. Better yet is the hotel’s opening of Little Park and Evening Bar from award-winning restaurateurs Chef Andrew Carmellini, Luke Ostrom, and Josh Pickard. Little Park, a seasonal restaurant, prides itself in highlighting organic, sustainable ingredients from Carmellini’s long-time partnerships with local farmers, anglers, vintners, ranchers, and foragers. The Evening Bar is a modern interpretation of a classic hotel bar that’s a destination in itself. Carmellini tapped mixologist Anne Robinson (PDT, Booker and Dax) to create a seasonal cocktail menu emphasizing artisanal distilleries, organic fruit, and vegetable extracts. The 27-seat space is tucked behind the Den and a backlit eight-seat mahogany cocktail bar with navy leather paneling opposite the entry’s fireplace creates a warm glow.

GIFT LIKE A CELEBRITY Looking for the perfect way to indulge? Couture isn’t just for clothing anymore. Gift yourself, a friend, or loved one with MarieBelle Chocolates. The blue box collection of chocolates comes with indulgent flavors like lavender and whisky, which make it the Tiffany’s of chocolate, boasting fans such as Katie Holmes, Blake Lively, Oprah, and Christian Louboutin. Sure to please, MarieBelle makes chocolate shopping and tasting an experience as you venture down to their store in Soho or pop over to the new location at Cacao Market in Greenpoint Brooklyn. This market features a bevy of chocolateinspired treats such as chocolate dipped croissants, melting chocolate from a Swiss style raclette, and homemade desserts to sweeten up your New Year. Head down to MarieBelle and Cacao Market and experience chocolate like star!

PARTY LIKE A ROCK STAR At the St-Tropez boîte VIP Room

in NYC. Barely a year old, this star-studded haunt has already welcomed everyone from Rihanna to Jack Nicholson. Without jumping on the G4, transport yourself to Europe and enjoy your night VIP-ing it up in the club. With live performances, nonstop dancing, and popular DJs, you’ll feel ohso-Hollywood here! Inspired by the luxury lifestyle and French decadence, this 5,000-square-foot space is modern and contemporary with banquets circling the floor and LED video walls lining the inside. Boasting the energy of St. Tropez, this young club is burning up the scene with its newest location landing in New York. B

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Breathe In Ready for a unique rejuvenation session? Drop by New York’s first

official Salt Room, Breathe Easy. Dry salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, simulates the beneficial effects of salt caves, which have been used for centuries to improve health and one’s overall well-being. Salt is a natural and effective antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory mineral. Relax while breathing micro particles of dry salt for 45 minutes. The salt is ground into tiny particles by a state-of-the-art halogenerator and then infused into the salt rooms. There’s also a salt bed for private, individual treatments. 1 Park Avenue,

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Spare Some Time Grab your friends and hit Bowlmor Lanes, one of Manhattan’s premier entertainment destinations with locations in Chelsea Piers and Times Square. All Bowlmors allow you a night of fun, drinks and play where you can also snack on delicious foods while you sip cocktails. The Times Square location even brings the fun and nostalgia of Coney Island with a “Carnival” that features classic boardwalk games from Whack-a-Mole to “Roll-ette.” Let the good times roll!

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Hollywood Page-Turners There’s a reason Hollywood is called Tinseltown: All that glitters is not gold, especially when it comes to aspirations of fame and fortune. Still, it’s easy to get swept up in the magic of the movies, and besides, who doesn’t love a happy ending? For your consideration, here are our book picks that feature Hollywood in a lead or supporting role. By Barbara Bellesi “I LEFT IT ON THE MOUNTAIN”

Kevin Sessums We’re used to reading articles about celebrities falling from grace, but what happens when the journalist himself is about to self-destruct? Celebrity journalist Kevin Sessums’ life of excess rivaled those of his wild-child subjects. Diagnosed with HIV and descending into drug addiction, the former actor set out to write his own comeback story. From the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, across the Camino de Santiago de Compostelo, and back stateside to the beaches of Cape Cod, Sessums sought and found redemption. His memoir is a dark telling of his otherwise star-studded life (Andy Warhol, Madonna, and Courtney Love are among the players), but it’s also a story of hope and salvation.


Tom Santopietro This year marks the 50th anniversary of the movie version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “The Sound of Music,” and Santopietro’s book is the ultimate commemoration. From behind-the-scenes stories of both the performers and production in both Hollywood and Austria to the real story of Maria von Trapp and recent interviews with members of the von Trapp family, this book is a mustread for any movie musical buff. Fun fact: After “Cleopatra” brought 20th Century Fox to its knees financially, “The Sound of Music” was nearly canceled. Fifty years later, we’re thankful those studio execs gave Julie Andrews and company a chance.

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Shari Goldhagen If you’re a reader who likes ensemble Hollywood films, then get ready for the ensemble cast in Goldhagen’s novel about three groups of teenagers all heading to see the same movie in different parts of the country. For most of the teens, the movie promises a temporary escape from their worries, but for one, being a mere spectator at the movies isn’t enough, and Hollywood beckons with its sparkly promises of fame and fortune. This is the second novel from Goldhagen, a critically acclaimed author who combines advanced writing and literature degrees with her background as a gossip writer for the likes of “The National Enquirer” and “Us Weekly,” among others.


Jake Ducey Hollywood may seem like the land of overnight success stories, but in reality, it took years of hard work (and hard knocks) for many celebrities to earn their places on the red carpet. In “The Purpose Principles,” Jake Ducey tells the background stories of how the likes of Taylor Swift, Dave Matthews, Stephen King, and Will Smith went from obscurity to stardom through old-fashioned determination. Ducey, a TEDx motivational speaker, bases his instructional book on stories of success – and failure – of some of the world’s most successful people and influencers. No matter what your end goal, Ducey’s book will get you focused and confident for living your life with passion and purpose.

KEEPING UP WITH YOUR OWN LIFE AND GOALS Sherri Ziff is a life coach known for her work with clients in the arts and entertainment industry. Her forthcoming book, “Hollywood Epidemic: Fame, Celebrity, and Other Illusions. How to Live a Life that Really Matters,” gets to the root of our society’s tempestuous love affair with fame. “One of the effects of this media culture is that we’re valuing fame above everything,” Ziff explains. She says that instead of people choosing to do things based on their own wants and desires, the trend is that people choose to do things that will garner the most notice. Ziff brings up Angelina Jolie as an example. Not all of us have to be on the A-lister’s level when it comes to doing good in the world; we can all do small, effective things to make positive changes, even without traveling to Africa in our private jets. “We’ve surrendered to the anonymous ‘them,’” she says, the phrase referring to the masses of people whose approval, despite their being unknown to us, we still voraciously seek. “It’s this idea that the more people there are, the more important you are.” Of course, Ziff isn’t saying that fame and fortune are bad things. However, she is a firm believer that rising stars should enjoy the journey to the top by staying true to themselves. Half Page temp bella_Layout 1 7/10/14 12:21 PM Page 1

A LONG, STRANGE TRIP What’s better than a book about the psychedelic 1960s in Los Angeles? A long-awaited movie adaptation of a book about the psychedelic 1960s in Los Angeles, of course. Thomas Pynchon’s trippy novel “Inherent Vice” has taken over the big screen, thanks to director/screenwriter Paul Thomas Anderson and a dream cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix, Jena Malone, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Eric Roberts, and Owen Wilson. There will likely be a ton of buzz (pun intended) about “Inherent Vice” as awards season approaches. La La Land, indeed!

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OK, so maybe you can’t name all the great lakes or recall much history beyond the odd important date or two. Heck, you probably can’t even remember your best friend’s actual phone number, but I’m betting you can rattle off all sorts of inane minutia related to your favorite celeb’s romantic entanglements. Don’t worry ... I’m not here to judge. We all need distractions from the daily drudge, and the celebrity world of love and romance does seem to offer one fairy tale experience after another –until it doesn’t, of course. So rather than view such innocuous flotsam as the indulgent garbage it probably is, here are a few suggestions for learning something instead. Can the “stars” above really offer us mere mortals lessons in the “how-to” of love? I guess anything is possible …

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KEEP A RELATIONSHIP STRONG Celeb Method: International song-stars Jay-Z and Beyonce planned their “On The Run” tour around each other, playing arenas and multiplexes across the world so they could strut their stuff individually – and together. A merging of careers and skills designed to increase their love – and their bank accounts. Suggested Non-Celeb Method: You and yours could easily start a part-time business combining your individual skills and shared interests in a way that’s fun, interesting, and maybe even lucrative. You would get to spend quality time together as you pursue your shared dreams and goals. RESULT? Granted, whatever small business you create is not likely to draw the same amount of press attention (or wads of cash) as Mr and Mrs. Z’s. But you can revel in the fact that your business (hopefully) won’t require one of you to dress up like you’re on the prowl while the other poses and mugs like a sales-pimp. They do know their kids will eventually see the tapes, right?

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Celeb Method: Justin Bieber went pop-star subtle and rented out a 20,000-seat arena in Los Angeles so that he and Disney-diva Selena Gomez would have a cool spot to nosh in. Once the pop-py pair arrived at their table (set up in the very center of the massive sports field), Biebs had the lights flipped off so the two could dine by candlelight on milk steak and digestive cookies. Suggested Non-Celeb Method: Find a large, public park that’s not too busy. Grab a takeout dinner, a couple of folding chairs with a pop-up table, and set up your own romantic oasis in the middle of the pitch. Add a few candles on the table and you’ve instantly created your own micro version of Diner en Blanc. RESULT? Without question, both methods make a great impression, leaving behind a treasure trove of fun memories. In fact, the only real difference between the two methods (besides the money involved) is that when folks hear about yours, they’re far less likely to want to punch you in the face for being an annoyingly pretentious man-child.

“While I have no doubt Poshy Victoria appreciated the brand and style of Beck’s skivvies, I am fairly certain it was more about the confidence he displayed donning them in the first place.”

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SHOW HER SHE REALLY MATTERS Celeb Method: Determined to ensure booty-princess Kim Kardashian feels like the royalty-lite she aspires to be, husband Kanye West went and booked the Palace at Versailles (!) and then hired Lana Del Rey to sing Kimmy’s favorite song in front of a thousand “close, personal friends.” Suggested Non-Celeb Method: Start by giving your old car a thorough washing and inside cleaning. Then, pick up your lady and drive her to the prettiest lookout in your city. Once there, play her personal favorite song (conveniently sung by the very artist that usually performs it) and enjoy one another’s company as you snuggle together in private. RESULT? Both methods certainly indicate a sincere appreciation for the significant other in question but one ingeniously avoids the need for a second (and possibly third or fourth) mortgage that would probably lead to heated arguments about money and over-spending. Honestly, is it any wonder these two idiots need to keep leaking sex tapes and/or pics? Budgets aren’t just for the poor, Kanye.

Celeb Method: In a recent interview, soccer/fashion icon David Beckham explained that the way he got Victoria “Posh Spice” Adams interested in him was by purchasing a pair of expensive “superskimpy” Gucci swimsuit briefs and then wearing them around the pool on one of their first dates. Suggested Non-Celeb Method: While I doubt most normal folks would have the self-confidence to include near-nudity in their first romantic outing, I’m fairly certain scoring a pair of tight-fitting trunks at Target is not beyond the pale. So, pick those babies up, snap ‘em on, and revel in the (hopefully) lusty interest it generates. RESULT? While I have no doubt Poshy Victoria appreciated the brand and style of Beck’s skivvies, I am fairly certain it was more about the confidence he displayed donning them in the first place. Match that and you might even get away with wearing Borat’s swimsuit (but probably not…).

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HOST A WEDDING Celeb Method: Infamous bachelor George Clooney said goodbye to his single days by wedding glamorous Amal Amaluddin in Venice, Italy at the Aman Canal Grande Resort. The guests enjoyed an evening of food and fun fueled by 100 or so cases of George’s personal brand of tequila. Suggested Non-Celeb Method: There are lots of cool hotels and resorts in the good ol’ USA and you won’t have to break the bank renting one out for your wedding. Heck, some of them even throw in breakfast the next day. Hit a local U-Brew and you can even make up your own mess of personalized boozy bliss to You Here! share with folks as you celebrate your big day. RESULT? Like George and Amal, hopefully marital bliss. Still, if you absolutely can’t imagine getting married unless People Magazine produces (and distributes to 4 million subscribers and nearly 50 million readers) your wedding album, then I would suggest you have a much larger issue to overcome. B

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As a life coach, Alionka Polanco knows all about setting goals and empowering clients to attain them. About a year ago, however, she was feeling stuck in her own aims. Why wasn’t the typical goal-setting method working for her? “Something was missing,” says Polanco, who practices in New York City. “I never felt motivated enough to take action toward my goals, and I would get so frustrated with myself. I thought I was lazy or that something was wrong with me because while I knew what I wanted, I wasn’t doing anything about it.” Thankfully, a colleague told her about a book club for “The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul,” authored by motivational mastermind Danielle LaPorte. The book encourages readers to focus on their “core desired feelings” as opposed to just setting goals or making New Year’s resolutions, and then shape their lives around evoking those emotions. After all, you could drop those last 10 pounds or get a promotion at work and still be miserable.


After working through the program, Polanco came up with her core desired feelings: radiant, serene, and strong. Then it was time to get to work to connect with the feelings LaPorte insists would bring her joy. Indeed, the shift it created has changed Polanco’s life.

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To attain being radiant, she donated more than 70 percent of her wardrobe and only items that she felt radiant in. She began drinking more tea and attending a weekly yoga nidra class to feel more serene, and donated about 15 pairs of shoes to feel strong when she was standing and walking. Each day, she does other things to induce those feelings. Adopting LaPorte’s model doesn’t mean making drastic changes, but many people do make some bold moves once they’re in touch with what they craved all along. The author’s approach is intuitive: Recognize the guiding feelings you want to feel consistently in life, and you’ll know what to do to evoke them continually. “When I shifted my focus to my feelings instead of goals, I became so much happier,” Polanco says. Polanco still has goals, but she uses them as benchmarks instead of centering her life on them, which she said created too much pressure. As long as she focuses on how she wants to feel every day, her behavior seems to align with experiencing her core desired feelings. “I have claimed my power in my own life,” she says. “There is no better feeling than knowing you have control in your life and that you, alone, have the ability to make yourself happy,” Polanco adds.


Upon reading the book, Stefanie Rennert pinpointed her core desired feelings: open, bold, playful, and abundant. Since leaving her nine-year corporate career and adopting LaPorte’s principles, the Mamaroneck,

NY resident has tapped into her creative side and used her core desired feelings to navigate the way. That meant being open to moving back home while she plotted bold and playful practices to help her achieve more abundance.


She formed a “Desire Map” book club, and attended personal development conferences and writer’s workshops. She even volunteered at a music camp for children.

I spent my summer fueling up on LaPorte’s book, which is why I chose to spread the word about it through this article. Her writing is so conversational, so authentic. She asked questions that helped me identify things about myself I knew were lurking but just couldn’t articulate on my own. LaPorte’s message is simple, and it doesn’t involve some complicated five-step “program.” It’s all about getting in touch with yourself and basing your life around what you really want.

“Leaving my New York City position could be considered a bold move, but I think listening to my intuition and really giving myself the time and space to explore my creative side helped me to realize that I want to feel bold,” she said. Now Rennert is exploring different creative business ideas – all centered on her core desired feelings.

“Achieving a goal can bring you happiness, but it’s the feelings we experience when we attain that goal that we’re really after.”

“I simply ask myself, ‘If I want to feel open, bold, playful, and abundant, then what do I need to do to feel that way?’” Rennert explains. “It helps me to enjoy the process of my projects and it ensures that I’m working on activities that will help me to generate these feeling on a daily basis.”

If we chase the feeling associated with reaching that goal, we can experience it again and again, in some form. That’s where ongoing bliss comes in.

Denese Purcell, who lives in Staten Island, NY, defined her core desired feelings as succulent, effervescent, abundant, and passionate. She said that focusing on them instead of goals brings her more happiness because feelings come from the soul, while goals are often from your more logical self. “I find when I go with my feelings there is less pressure to overthink and everything flows seamlessly,” Purcell says. “When I am in cerebral mode it feels like another task and my perfectionistic [and] critical side comes out, which blocks my energy to complete my task.”

Don’t let getting in touch with your feelings stop you from using this model in your work life, either – it doesn’t make you any less professional. We are often taught not to integrate emotions in our careers, but our vocations are very personal to us.

Purcell said focusing on feelings as a navigator in life helps us tap into our true selves and what we really want at the core, where we know what will make us happy. “Resolutions seem external,” she said. “’The Desire Map’ is internal and personal.”


Heck, most of my core desired feelings – prosperous, victorious, calm, content, and strong – are feelings I want in my writing career. I undoubtedly have professional and personal goals, but now I center them on those emotions. You don’t have to kick your bucket list or completely forego New Year’s resolutions, but take a moment and think about the feelings you want to experience most in life. Perhaps they are your path to happiness. If so, take a very important guide along on your trip: ‘The Desire Map.’ B

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Mind+Body From where did you derive inspiration for the new CEE BEE line for QVC? I wanted to create a line for every woman, something that makes her feel confident whether she is going to the gym or running errands … just living her everyday life. What was most important to you in developing the product line? It was important for me to create pieces that were comfortable while still being really flattering to women’s bodies. I’ve been very particular about the fit of each and every piece in the line and think there is something that will look great on every woman’s body. Which pieces are your personal favorites? Why? I live a really active lifestyle so I love the fitted crop pants and the tanks that are designed for working out. I also love to wear the comfy sweater pieces day to day too. I really love it all! Tell us about your typical day. My schedule is crazy, so every day is different. Whether I am home or traveling, I make an effort to work out or be active every day.

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How do you find and maintain balance and wellness even with such a demanding, busy schedule? My schedule can be unpredictable so I think it’s important to focus on things I can do no matter what I have going on. I make sure to drink tons of water every day and lots of green tea because it boosts your metabolism. I try to find time every day to be active, whether it’s dancing or working out with a friend. It’s important to me to take time to take care of myself as much as possible.


If you’re a “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS) fan (and who isn’t?!), you’re surely a fan of Cheryl Burke. The stylish, charming dancer and athlete is taking her razzle-dazzle demeanor to the masses with a new line of performancefitted, fashionable activewear you’re going to love… trust us! Exclusively for QVC, each item in the cee bee CHERYL BURKE collection is designed with comfort, style, and active accents in mind to give you the “Star” confidence you need to have a winning day at the gym, doing errands, or just lounging in style. We know because we got an exclusive scoop from the 10-time DWTS veteran and superwoman extraordinaire Burke herself. Read on …

To view more of the cee bee CHERYL BURKE collection, visit What are some of your must-do exercises and/ or routines? Of course – dance, but I also really like circuit training because it spikes your metabolism a lot more than just doing cardio. When I work out with my trainer he’ll have me do a mile on the treadmill and then do various weight exercises, then back on the treadmill. We repeat that a few times and it’s a great workout. What advice can you give everyday women interested in getting back into a fitness routine for the new year? Find something you enjoy so that working out is more fun and less of a chore. Don’t give up if it takes a little while to see your body change. If you stick with it and make it a priority, you’ll get there. And drink a lot of water! BELLA’s tagline is “Beauty defined by you…” So, how do you define beauty? I define beauty as feeling confident in your skin.

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Drink Up to Your Health We all know that what you guzzle down can affect your health. So why not choose a fun drink that’s refreshing and revitalizing? Here, two new beverages that boast big-time feel-better benefits… If health and wellness are important to you, you’ve probably heard or read about kombucha. Stemming from ancient Chinese recipes, kombucha is said to improve digestion, boost weight loss, increase energy, cleanse and detox, and increase immune. That’s all thanks to kombucha’s power-packed formula of b-vitamins, enzymes, probiotics, and high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic, and lactic). The only problem is that the taste has often left something to be desired. Until now! KeVita Master Brew Kombucha, which comes in Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender Melon, Pineapple Peach, Raspberry Lemon, and Tart Cherry, offers twice the amount of probiotic culture, 33 percent fewer calories, and five times the organic acids as the leading market brand – without tasting like a science project. (We give the Pineapple Peach an A+!) Available at Safeway stores nationwide and select Whole Foods,

Bai Brands, the company that brings you the popular Bai5 beverage, is unveiling its newest innovation. Not only do Bai Bubbles sound fun, these sparkling beverages also boast a health-filled zing that’s figuratively bubbling over with antioxidants! Available in Bolivia Black Cherry, Gimbi Pink Grapefruit, Waikiki Coconut, Jamaica Blood Orange, Peru Pineapple (our top choice!), Indonesia Nashi Pear, and Guatemala Guava, Bai Bubbles is as natural as it is refreshing. And, at only 5 calories and 1 gram of sugar per serving, you’ll want to add this gluten-free, low-glycemic, Kosher, vegan, MO- and soy-free drink to your next meal! Find it at Gristedes, as well as at select Target, Fairway, and Food Emporium locations, -Gina LaGuardia

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Theodore Diktaban, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a renowned, highly-specialized plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience. Dr. Diktaban has the distinction of being one of only 180 surgeons in the U.S. certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology (surgery of the ear, nose and throat). His research and pioneering work in laser and endoscopic (minimal-incision) cosmetic surgery of the brow and breast has earned Dr. Diktaban a unique reputation in his field.

DOUBLE BOARD CERTIFIED IN PLASTIC SURGERY & OTOLARYNGOLOGY Dr. Diktaban completed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical College, and his undergraduate degree from New York Medical College. In addition, Dr. Diktaban pursued a fellowship in microsurgery at the University of Louisville. His subsequent work led to a successful private practice in midtown Manhattan.

Dr. Diktaban is a member of the following societies: - American Society of Plastic Surgery - American College of Surgeons - New York State Regional Society of Plastic Surgery - Other national and regional professional medical associations His research studies have been noted in numerous national and international presentations, at seminars such as the International Plastic Surgery Congress and the New York Academy of Medicine, as well as teaching seminars at Cornell University and Kings County Hospital Center. For eleven consecutive years, Dr. Diktaban has been listed in the prestigious Castle Connelly “New York’s Top Doctors” Directory as one of the Top Plastic Surgeons in New York. He has also been honored in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” listing, The New York Times “Super Docs of New York” and Consumers Research Council of America’s “Most Compassionate Doctor” listing.

Dr. Diktaban has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, Real Beauty, SheKnows, Beauty in the Bag, Buzz Feed and many other media outlets.

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MIND+BODY HERE IS SOME ACTIONABLE, PRACTICAL ADVICE TO IMPROVE YOUR SELF-ESTEEM: #1. Picture Yourself Succeeding Whatever challenges you are facing, work on believing that you will succeed. Being successful doesn’t always happen with the first burst of effort. Imagine yourself attaining your goals and keep reminding yourself that you don’t lose unless you quit. #2. Practice Self Love No one should have to love you more than you love yourself. Offer yourself love and approval, and you win no matter what the outcome of any given event. #3. Work Toward Your Goals Break your goals into small steps that you can reach. Then be proud of yourself for each small step attained. Create your personal vision board and an action plan to achieve the items on your board. #4. Give Yourself Credit Each night before you go to bed, think about all of the things you did right that day – a habit that is a key method of self-esteem improvement.

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10 Steps to a New, More Confident You PRACTICAL ADVICE TO IMPROVE YOUR SELF-ESTEEM By Joy Ohayia, Ph.D.

With 2014 behind us, let’s kick off the year with the focus on enhancing our inner self by improving our self-esteem. Self-esteem is shaped by your thoughts, relationships, and experiences, and is an overall opinion of yourself — how you feel about your abilities and limitations. When you have healthy selfesteem, you feel good about yourself and see yourself as deserving the respect of others.

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#5. Learn From Your Mistakes Every mistake is an opportunity to learn something and to choose to do something differently the next time around. Do not dwell in the past. Make a point to find the lesson in each loss and move on. #6. Learn Something New Increase your thirst for knowledge. Regularly challenge yourself beyond your comfort zone and your opinion of yourself will increase. #7. Think Positive Positive thoughts produce positive actions, which will yield positive results. It’s that simple! #8. Get Active Make an effort to engage in 30 minutes of physical activity four times per week. Releasing endorphins can promote a positive energizing outlook on life. #9. List Your Top Five Strengths You have many, so start your list! #10. Log Compliments Last, but not least, keep a log listing every nice thing that is ever said about you. A collection of compliments and memories of praise can give you courage and strength on difficult days. Make improving your self-esteem a #1 priority in your life. Work on believing in yourself, have faith in yourself, recognize each accomplishment, and your self-esteem will soar. Wardrobe Stylist: The StyleDuo (Mindy and Paula) Hair Stylist: Kenya Cephas of Salon Femi Make-up Artist: April Falco Lewandowski Photographer: LSJ Photography (Michael Califano)

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MIND+BODY A bunion is a bump at the inner side of the foot at the big toe joint, usually a progressively worsening condition. Hammertoes are contractures of the smaller toes that can be present from the early teen years through any age. Bunions and hammertoes are hereditary and are most often caused by an inherited faulty biomechanical structure of the foot that’s then made worse by shoe choices. Considering these are bony structural problems, the most effective treatment is surgery. Many people postpone surgery due to certain misconceptions that are still widely present but, for the most part, are no longer applicable. A very common misconception is that foot surgery requires a long healing time, necessitating extended time off from work and use of crutches and casts. While this was common in the past, new techniques allow patients to return to activities more quickly. Today, the majority of patients who have bunion surgery can walk immediately after surgery in a walking boot thanks to recent technological advancements. Usually, the patient can advance to sneakers in three weeks and to most activities by six weeks. While pain is very much subjective, foot procedures are no more painful than any other surgery. Today’s more modern techniques utilize smaller incisions and less extensive soft tissue dissection, which in turn, minimizes pain and healing time. Those considering foot surgery often cite an unsightly scar as a deterrent. While scarring is often influenced by one’s genetics, there are several factors to consider in minimizing their visibility. Smaller incisions and placement on the inside of the foot where it is not visible from the top are possible. The same is true for hammertoes. Plastic surgery techniques can be utilized to greatly minimize scarring.


What do you consider when buying shoes – style or comfort? The majority of women buy shoes based on style alone, which often comes at a cost. Bunions and hammertoes are common unsightly foot deformities caused by fashionable shoes. Many continue to suffer with the pain and put off any treatment, especially surgery, often due to a lack of information about treatment options. By Dr. Joseph Alencherry

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Timing for bunion surgery is often debated. It was thought best to avoid surgery unless a bunion is very painful, but this is slowly changing. Since these deformities worsen over time, it is sensible to address them earlier rather than later in life. There are also advantages to this since putting off surgery may worsen the condition, leading to more aggressive procedures and longer recuperation. Also, healing time after surgery usually increases with age. BEFORE & AFTER In terms of bunion surgery longevity, most patients will maintain their results and are satisfied long term. Certain foot types are prone to recurrence, such as those with excessive laxity of the foot joints. These patients should pay closer attention to shoe choices and should consider the role of orthotics after surgery. Bunion surgery is a more common option nowadays and can be less daunting when done using the latest and most advanced techniques. The results will allow you to experience a better quality of life and put an end to the pain that conservative options cannot resolve. Discuss your condition with your foot and ankle surgeon and choose what would provide you with the best results. Ultimately, an individualized care plan should be created that is unique to your needs. Affiliated with NorthShore LIJ, New York Hospital Queens, and Beth Israel Mount Sinai, Dr. Joseph Alencherry is extensively trained in elective, reconstructive, and trauma surgery of the foot and ankle. He has offices in Long Island and New York City. Call 516-492-3515, 212-2427718, or visit for more information.

Sky Zone, which boasts eight locations in New York, is one such center to offer advanced calisthenics classes for adults that can boost your wellness while you bounce. Some of their “No-you’re-nottoo-old-to-do-‘em” moves: • High Flying Knees: targets calves and cardio • Zone Jump Rope: tones calves and obliques • Plank Jacks: strengthens lower abs • Jumper’s Pikes: full core workout New Sky Zone venues are scheduled to open in Brooklyn and Staten Island this coming year.

Jump Away the Weight You may have taken your kids to one of those wall-to-wall, indoor trampoline parks, but have you ever bought a pair of the special jumping socks and tried to bounce around yourself? For more and more adults, trampoline fitness is catching on as the next high-flying workout literally! Project19_Layout 1 7/31/14 –12:36 PM Pass Page the 1 socks, please!

SkyFitness classes are 60 minutes long and provide a low impact, yet highly effective regimen that combines a total body regime of core exercises, advanced calisthenics, and strength building. Visit for more information. -Gina LaGuardia

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Revive Your

Breakfast By Gina LaGuardia

Researchers at the University of Missouri recently found that eating a high-protein breakfast helps reduce food cravings and boost dopamine, a brain chemical usually associated with feelings of reward.

Justin Timberlake is so into breakfast that he eats two of them. The singer/actor/ hottie told Bon Appetit that he often first sits down to waffles with flax and almond butter and a scrambled egg, then downs a protein shake or another egg after his a.m. workout.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for pretty packaging. It’s no wonder I was instantly enamored by Mason Jar Cookie Company’s Cranberry Orange Pancake Mix. The “SoftJar Pouch” brilliantly mimics a mason jar, and – important! – tastes as amazing as it looks. You’ll fool your family into thinking you’ve whipped these up from scratch – they’re that good. Also impressive: Its ingredients include unbleached flour, aluminum-free baking powder, and allnatural flavors. 130 BELLANYC.COM | January/February 2015

Trying to curb your calories and balance your blood sugar? Try to integrate a protein with every meal – especially breakfast – says Mark Hyman, author of “The Blood Sugar Solution.”

Tired of the same ol’ corn flakes? We were, too, which is why we were awakened when we heard about Peace Cereal, which boasts a non-GMO-verified celebration of flavor and nutrition. Our favorite: Protein Granola & Flakes, deliciously delivering 10 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per serving. Even better? Peace Cereal makes a contribution to non-profit causes for every product sold. Eat up, and feel good!

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A Face for the Big Screen SPOTLIGHT ON CELEBRITIES & COSMETIC SURGERY By Dr. Theodore Diktaban MD, FAACS, Bella Advisory Board

STAR-QUALITY TRANSFORMATIONS Some celebs openly admit it and others prefer to keep their little secrets to themselves, but in many cases the results look absolutely picture perfect. Left to right: Cindy Crawford, Catherine-Zeta Jones, Vivica A. Fox, Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda

In the high definition world of Hollywood stars, having to maintain good looks is seemingly part of the job description. Celebrities employ a squad of image perfectors, such as personal trainers, stylists, make-up artists, personal assistants, chefs, and skincare gurus. Actors, movie stars, and TV/film personalities both females and males of all different ages also invest heavily on cosmetic procedures in order to enhance their looks and reinvent their more youthful years. 132 BELLANYC.COM | January/February 2015

Whether it’s on TV, the Internet, or newsstands, we have all seen the results of celebrity plastic surgery, both the beautiful, and not so beautiful. With the popularity of TV shows such as “Dr. 90210” and “Botched,” it is no wonder we have such as fascination with celebrity plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgery. I have seen how a select group of celebrities have managed to maintain their good looks regardless of their age. Although it is rare to have a procedure that leaves no trace, in the hands of a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, cosmetic procedures refine and enhance the beauty that is naturally present while maintaining each patient’s individuality. Begging the question “did she or didn’t he,” celebrities have an enormous amount of pressure from their agents and the media to remain young, sexy, and flawless.


In some cases, certain actors and actresses have gone overboard with surgery or fillers Left to right: Melanie Griffith, Priscilla Presley, Lindsay Lohan, Heidi Montag, Lisa Rinna, Meg Ryan

HOLLYWOOD SURGERIES GONE WRONG In some cases, certain actors and actresses have gone overboard by dramatically changing their appearance, resulting in a face and body that is barely recognizable. From Melanie Griffith (57) and Heidi Montag (28) to Priscilla Presley (69) and Lisa Rinna (51), these celebrities who were attractive prior to their procedures ended up looking nothing like their former selves. Some of these celebs have admitted to plastic surgery and some have denied it, but in these cases, it is obvious that they looked better before their transformations. Male celebrities are not immune to the pressure of the Hollywood magnifying glass, either. For years, most people assumed that facelifts and other surgical procedures were exclusive to females, perhaps due to the nation’s preoccupation with a woman’s physical appearance for determining their prominence in the media. Men have equal capacity for vanity in desperation to maintain their status in the media, however. Burt Reynolds (78), whose acting career has spanned decades, made his name as a macho sex symbol in the 1970s and 1980s. But he has since seemed to have drastically altered his appearance in a possible attempt to regain his past good looks. Perhaps this is a case

of a facelift and upper/lower lid eyelift gone awry, as recent photos show an unnatural and distorted version of his former self. When a male facelift goes wrong, it is often because the surgeon performs the procedure in the same manner as a female facelift. In reality, the male facial structure and skin are vastly different from that of a female and need to be surgically addressed in a much different way to retain masculinity. STAR-QUALITY TRANSFORMATIONS Although the cases of plastic surgeries gone wrong tend to garnish much more attention in the media, there are a vast amount of celebrities who look amazing after cosmetic procedures. Some celebs openly admit it and others prefer to keep their little secrets to themselves, but in many cases the results look absolutely picture perfect. Celebrities like Cindy Crawford (48), Vivica A. Fox (50), Catherine Zeta Jones (45), and Jane Fonda (76), are either rumored or have admitted to consulting with a cosmetic surgeon to maintain their appearance. A-list men like Clint Eastwood (84), who has been noted as a “true sign of plastic surgery artistry,” seems to get better with age. Eastwood still retains his rugged, masculine look after rumored surgery on his eyes and face. Facelifts and eyelid rejuvenation surgery, done properly, can produce significant improvement taking years off the appearance. I typically perform “short scar” facelifts resulting in minimal and hidden scarring, a technique particularly required of patients who are in the media spotlight. Eyelid procedures for my clients are typically done from inside the lower eyelid and in the natural crease of the upper lid, resulting in no external scars. NON-SURGICAL OPTIONS WITH RAVE REVIEWS For many celebrities who shy away from plastic surgery or are simply not candidates for surgical procedures, there are a number of treatment options that can assist in their battle against aging. These non-surgical options require no downtime and can be done during breaks from filming or meetings with agents. These mini-procedures range from lasers, skin peels, and facials to injectables and fillers. All of these work in different ways to revitalize the face, smoothing out facial lines and wrinkles, and helping to restore lost volume.

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MIND+BODY We have all seen photos of celebrities who have altered their natural features too much with Botox or fillers. More commonly, albeit less talked about, are the celebs who seem to have gotten it just right. The “X-Factor’s” Simon Cowell (55) and music maven Kylie Minogue (46) didn’t let genetics or nature take its course when it comes to their faces. You have probably heard of celebs like Patrick Dempsey (48), AKA “Grey’s Anatomy’s” “McDreamy,” who credits Botox as part of his well designed anti-aging arsenal. This injectable is designed to target and relax specific facial muscles that cause frown lines, crows’ feet, and forehead creases. Over time, with regular use, facial muscles appear much smoother. Used properly and in moderation, the results of this can be amazing. It’s possible that Dempsey didn’t stop at Botox, with speculation that a nose job might have contributed to his career boost. Known surgically as Rhinoplasty, this is the procedure I am best known for. I often perform this procedure to correct external cosmetic appearance as well as internal breathing problems. Both can be done with no external scars, so the only thing onlookers will know for sure is that you look amazing. Fillers such as Restylane, Radiesse, and Voluma are other injectables that are used to plump the skin, add lost volume, or alter the contours of the face. They are commonly injected underneath the eyes, the mid-face/cheeks, and into smile lines and lips. Fillers may bring to mind celebrities such as Meg Ryan (52) and Lindsay Lohan (28), who have, at times, appeared over-done and swollen. Used in moderation, however, these fillers restore a youthful look to the face without making the patient look unnatural.


When I look at celebrities who appear to have had excellent fillers and injectables, I think of Demi Moore who has retained a youthful look at age 52 but still looks natural. A combination of specificallyplaced fillers and Botox is sometimes referred to as a “Liquid Facelift” as the results can be rejuvenation on a scale that truly lifts and revitalizes. MINI SURGERIES CAN GIVE BIG RESULTS As we age we start to see changes in our face, such as skin sagging and loss of elasticity. Both of these can result in looking and feeling less confident. Nonsurgical and mini-surgical rejuvenation techniques can make significant improvement and help to restore tone and tightness. Facial rejuvenations such as “Laser Lifts” use laser technology to melt fat, tighten skin, and help stimulate collagen production. I like to refer to this as “shrinkwrapping your face.” With only three tiny incisions (one behind each earlobe and underneath the jaw line) with no staples or sutures, this procedure offers a fast recovery and barely noticeable tiny scars. These, or some of the other non-invasive lasers available, are a perfect compliment or alternative to surgical procedures. These “lunchtime” procedures fit into a busy schedule and can get you camera ready without a lengthy recovery.

Many celebrities shy away from plastic surgery or are simply not candidates for surgical procedures. Left to right: Simon Cowell, Kylie Minogue, Lindsay Lohan, Meg Ryan, Demi Moore, Patrick Dempsey BE INSPIRED, BUT STRIVE FOR THE BEST VERSION OF YOU As an average person, you may look to celebrities as examples of cosmetic surgery. You may wonder if results as exceptional as theirs are attainable, or if the sometimes seen inferior results are avoidable. The answer to both is yes. Remember to choose your surgeon carefully – preferably an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in natural-looking results. Aim to look like the best version of yourself and not a caricature of someone else. Many people ask who the ideal patient is. I always reply someone who has realistic expectations and someone who is in good health, both emotionally and physically. Treatments are available for all lifestyles regardless of your celebrity status! Choosing your plastic surgeon should be based on his or her level of experience and skill, their portfolio of surgical results, and your comfort level with them. The beautiful pictures of celebrities should inspire you to know that aging is inevitable, but with the help of a healthy diet, exercise, and an excellent plastic surgeon, you can maintain a youthful appearance. Theodore Diktaban, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a renowned, highly-specialized plastic surgeon with more than 30 years of experience. Dr. Diktaban has the distinction of being one of 180 surgeons in the U.S. certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology (surgery of the ear, nose, and throat).

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

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


to hospitals that score 95% or higher in every reported accountability measure. That’s a report card we’re proud to show! Donna Proske, RN, MS Executive Director

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Make an Impact

There’s a deep wave of the giving back spirit sweeping our world. Helping others helps us in ways that another vacation or a super-sized house can’t begin to! People of all age groups are volunteering like never before and since New York society runs on philanthropy, we’ve highlighted a group of New Yorkers who are devoted to making an impact and helping people in need. By Vanessa Coppes

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

ROSARIO DAWSON | Housing Works

ADAM BRAUN | Pencils of Promise

JENNIFER FISHER | Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

SCOTT HARRISON | Charity Water

Rosario Dawson grew up watching her mother volunteer at crisis centers and Housing Works, an organization devoted to providing housing for homeless families and people with HIV/AIDS. Inspired to think and work for other people, the A-list actress has helped raise more than $7 million in support of more than 20,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.

Designer Jennifer Fisher lost a grandmother to breast cancer, and she herself beat a rare tumor, which triggered her involvement with Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. FTBC is a charitable initiative of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which has raised nearly $50 million for breast cancer charities over the past 15 years.

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In 2008, Adam Braun combined his building skills and a background in finance to start Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit with school-building operations in Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Ghana. The organization seeks communities where a portion of funding can come from the community itself, deepening homegrown investment and increasing the projectding skills and a background

In 2004, Scott Harrison left New York to volunteer in West Africa. During his two-year stay, he saw firsthand how people fell ill due to unsafe water and poor sanitation. He founded Charity Water upon his return to New York in 2006. The group is dedicated to bringing safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Since then, Harrison’s organization has funded 13,000+ water projects in 22 countries, providing 4.6 million people with clean water. B

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The Beverly Hills Hotel

THE ULTIMATE GLITZ AND GLAMOUR For nearly a century, The Beverly Hills Hotel has been the spot for Hollywood’s brightest lights to socialize by the pool or get romantic in cozy private bungalows, while studio moguls and heavy-hitting financiers complete deals in the Polo Lounge. The hotel offers the ambiance of a relaxed resort with lush, fragrant gardens, a palm-lined poolside atmosphere, beautiful guestrooms, and public areas reminiscent of timeless Hollywood glamour. Today, every visitor to “The Pink Palace” is pampered like a celebrity. With an ideal location on Sunset Boulevard, just steps away from Rodeo Drive in one of the nation’s most coveted zip codes – 90210 – The Beverly Hills Hotel is whatever a guest wishes it to be. It can be a place to see and be seen, to catch glimpses of famous faces, or to revel in splendid luxury. In 1949, architect Paul Revere Williams designed the Hotel’s Crescent Wing and oversaw the redecoration of The Polo Lounge, The Fountain Coffee Shop, and the lobby in the distinctive pink and green motifs of today. 138 BELLANYC.COM | January/February 2015

THE FAMED BUNGALOWS: BEHIND THE SCENES Hollywood Lobby: Sidney Poitier danced barefoot here in 1964 after winning an Oscar for Lilies of the Field. Number 4 was Howard Hughes’ favorite. The billionaire requested that roast-beef sandwiches be left at night in the fork of a nearby tree. One night, when the power failed, he ordered RKO Pictures (which he then owned) to rush over a generator and klieg lights and shine them in through the windows. Incidentally, Hughes signed the deal for RKO in a Beverly Hills Hotel men’s room. Bungalow 5 saw many fights between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The couple had a standing order for a bottle of vodka with room service. Marilyn Monroe and Yves Montand made love here while filming “Let’s Make Love” over at Fox.


As The Beverly Hills Hotel’s legendary Polo Lounge approaches its 75th anniversary, it is still considered “Hollywood’s commissary” and has been called “the epicenter of power dining in Los Angeles.” Its legendary history and time relevance offers diners a rare experience of looking forward and backward all at once. To dine at the Polo Lounge is to be connected with Hollywood’s earliest days, its Golden Era, and a bright future. THEN AND NOW, IT’S THE PLACE TO BE Popular with Hollywood’s glittering insiders since its 1941 christening, the Polo Lounge’s refreshed, welcoming setting continues to be the place to see and be seen. It’s where Hollywood’s greatest stars, from Charlie Chaplin to Marlene Dietrich to Elizabeth Taylor have held court from their favorite tables. It’s where Oscar’s legendary favorites from past and present celebrate after the Academy Awards ceremonies.

Number 7, one of Marilyn Monroe’s favorites, has been redecorated in Hollywood fashion and internally dubbed “Norma Jean.” The splash heard ‘round Hollywood: Katharine Hepburn once dove fully clothed into the pool after a tennis game. A hidden discovery: Raquel Welch and Robert Evans were discovered by Hollywood elite while lounging poolside. B

PRETTY IN PINK With its spectacular array of palm trees and flowers in brilliant shades of pink and rose – azaleas, bougainvillea vines, camellias, impatiens, star jasmine, and more – the patio at the Polo Lounge is one of Los Angeles’ premier and prettiest outdoor dining settings. CHOW BELLA! Overall, the Polo Lounge menu emphasizes a wide choice of sophisticated foods in beautiful presentations. Health-conscious diners will appreciate the abundance of grilled items, vegetables, fish, and seafood on the menu. There is a rigorous insistence upon utmost quality for both ingredients and methods of preparation. In addition, the Polo Lounge maintains its own herb garden on the grounds of The Beverly Hills Hotel and does all of its own baking.

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Musso and Franks We had to try what GQ, Esquire, Saveur, and several dozen other major mags deemed the “Perfect Martini.” But the signature flannel cakes— a sweeter version of a pancake, delicate but a touch more fluffy than a crepe — make a good excuse to pop by in the early hours if your nightlife taste runs more to New Hollywood than Old Hollywood.


Hollywood Sign They don’t make it easy to visit, but locals tipped us off to a hiking path running just below the Griffith Observatory that led to a spot behind the famed hillside marker. Bring water, that last hill’s a killer!

Indulge your inner movie star with a trip to Tinseltown. Here’s how we lived the high life of a celeb and explored this iconic destination… By Sascha Zuger That’s How We Rolls When in Rome, hop on a moped. When in Hollywood, go uber glam if your pocketbook can handle it and rent an exotic or luxury car from Beverly Hills Rent a Car. Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Rolls – pick your poison and cruise Sunset Boulevard in style as tourists crane to see who’s at the wheel.

W Hollywood The lobby of this chic boutique wows with live jazz and handcrafted cocktails tempting you to perhaps stay in vs. wandering the Hollywood Hall of Fame-lined streets outside. The suites are aptly named (Marvelous! Spectacular! Fantastic!), with a serious scene up in the rooftop pool, appropriately named Wet.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame Yes, you must allow yourself the occasional tourist moment and try out a handprint or footprint for size. A popular collection decorates the pavement in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. (We found Jenny on our block.)

Pantages Theatre If you get homesick for the Great White Way, touring Broadway shows make a stop at this historic Art Deco movie house on Hollywood and Vine that hosted the Academy Awards in the early 1950s.

Universal Studios VIP Experience Leave the masses to the lines! This VIP experience starts with a private lounge for treats before you board a trolley to walk through famous movie and TV sets. Then, finish your day with a serious adrenaline rush as you’re escorted to the front of the line for the famous theme park’s Hollywood-themed rides.

Catch a Live Show If you wanted more than a taste of behind the scenes, game shows, talk shows, and late night entertainers abound. Test your ability to refrain from yelling out “Jeopardy” answers, or get your groove on with “Ellen.” B

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POSTCARDS FROM LA HOLLYWOOD-STYLE PAMPERING Awards season is in full swing and the ladies of Hollywood have gathered their beauty squads to ensure that every inch of them is perfect from the bottom to the top. You can get the same celebrity-style pampering right alongside them at one of the finest beauty and wellness boutiques in town, Spa Montage, which will be teaming with starlets as they get red carpet ready.

Located in the Golden Triangle of Beverly Hills, Spa Montage offers an array of treatments with more than 20,000-square-feet of pampering space to cater to every whim. If you’re in need of a relaxing escape, beauty cures that deliver real results or a complete head-to-toe transformation, the spa at Montage Beverly Hills Hotel has it all. A client favorite is the 120-minute Elements of Wellness Signature Therapy, a combination of Swedish massage, aromatherapy, detoxification and reflexology that’s perfect for recharging one’s batteries. The mineralized wellness pool, indoor whirlpools, soothing fireplace place lounges and redwood saunas are all at your disposal with a nutritious spa menu to keep you satiated throughout your spa day. It’s the perfect sanctum to revitalize body, mind and spirit. And to top it off, Kim Vo’s hair salon is also located at Spa Montage, so after getting massaged and Zen’d out, you can have your hair done by a top stylist all at the same location. It’s truly a one-stop-shop urban oasis.

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If you’re missing your favorite Italian restaurant while on the west coast, indulge your comfort food cravings at Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi, which will very soon become an addiction. A favorite with Rihanna, Kate Hudson, and David Geffen, it’s no surprise they are regulars with delicious and traditional dishes to come back to enjoy again and again. The small, family-run eatery is intimate, romantic, and feels like you’re nestled into the bosom of an Italian grandmother who wants nothing more than to feed you with all the best dishes her home country has to offer – despite being located on the Santa Monica/ Pacific Palisades border.

The array of antipasti will leave you spoiled for choice, the crab risotto simply melts in your mouth, and any of the ravioli dishes will give you goose bumps – particularly the sweet white corn ravioli in a white truffle sauce. Giorgio Baldi is an LA institution … well worth the trip along the PCH!

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After the indulgences of the holiday season, most of us are working hard to get back on track as we head into spring. It can be challenging to stick to a healthy eating plan when you’re traveling and tempted by late night room service. But food delivery company Freshology is the perfect solution to ensure you stay consistent with your eating by having healthy meals, tailored just for you, brought to your doorstep whether you’re home on the east coast or taking a trip to the west. Freshology can deliver to hotels and guesthouses during a short vacation or longer stays, providing you with gourmet, customized meals and snacks throughout the day. If you are trying to lose weight or simply keep up with your healthy lifestyle, Freshology has something for everyone using local, natural and seasonal ingredients. The balanced portions take all of the guesswork and calorie counting out, so whether you’re gluten free, a new mom, on a weight loss plan, or just don’t want to worry about making unhealthy choices, Freshology truly has something for everyone. And, it’s delicious!


Project Angel Food (PAF) is a nonprofit that delivers free meals to men, women, and children who are suffering from HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other debilitating illnesses. The organization was launched 26 years ago by spiritual author and lecturer Marianne Williamson, and was a favorite charity of the late Elizabeth Taylor who provided PAF with its very first grant in 1992. Faye Moseley, who was at the helm of the quarter century celebrations in Hollywood recently, along with the other members of the board of directors, trustees, staff and volunteers, ensure that nutritious meals get to those who need it most in Los Angeles County. The group not only provides food to help the sick feel better, but some companionship as well. The delivery drivers are often the only people clients have personal contact with during homebound days. Since its inception in 1989, Project Angel Food has served more than 8 million meals and continues to be an invaluable lifeline in the city to the very ill. To support the organization, visit

With cameras pointed at them from every angle, celebrities have to ensure their faces are always ready for that close-up shot. And Dr. Ava Shamban is the woman that stars flock to for a flawless complexion. It’s no wonder she’s known as the “red carpet dermatologist,” but we can enjoy the benefits of her treatments too. Dr. Ava is renowned not only for her fantastic beauty and medical work, but also for her philosophy, Signature Feature, which helps patients look and feel their best, inside and out. She wants women to achieve success in all aspects of their lives, as well as helping discover their own unique qualities, highlighting these features to bring out the best in their beauty. And if a little help is needed then her clinic is the go-to place for everything from blemish removals and cosmetic laser treatments to injectables and chemical peels. The services provided by the skin maven and her team have all her leading ladies looking spectacular with no need for the airbrush. A trip to the west coast is not complete without a beauty tune-up to help you look and feel amazing! For that, Dr. Ava is your specialist. B

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BELLA CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS BELLA celebrated 2014 with a year end holiday cocktail party at the Lori Bookstein Fine Art Gallery in Chelsea.

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BIRTHDAY BASH FOR NEWYORK-PRESBYTERIAN/MORGAN STANLEY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL More than 1,000 guests dressed as ghouls, goblins, and more joined actress Naomi Watts and husband Liev Schrieber, the honorary chair at the 25th Annual Light Up a Life benefit for Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weil Cornell, this past October. The Halloween carnival was held at the Field House at Chelsea Piers.

THE BEAUTY AND THE BEACH The Beauty and the Beach Run is a women’s 5-mile race along the New Jersey shore. Hosted by Aslan Youth Ministries, all proceeds support Aslan’s programs in Monmouth County and Haiti to help urban at-risk children through remediation tutoring and mentoring. Caitlin Dorgan, 26, came in first place at 29 minutes and 58 seconds, and second place went to Marissa Alberti in 30 minutes and 3 seconds. 146 BELLANYC.COM | January/February 2015

THE MAFFEO FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL CASINO NIGHT The Joseph Maffeo Foundation’s Annual Casino Night was held at the Hilton Garden Inn on October 17th. This year’s Angel Award honoree was Dr. Frank Forte, Director of Palliative Care and Director Emeritus of Hematology at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH). Proceeds from the event will further the development of the Kids Against Cancer Pediatric Oncology Center at SIUH.

CHILDREN’S MEDICAL FUND OF NEW YORK AND LESTER’S HOST “BEAUTY & THE BEATS” On October 22, the Children’s Medical Fund of New York and Lester’s hosted “Beauty & The Beats,” a kid’s fashion show presentation. With more than 100 volunteer models from the community and 300 excited parents, families, and friends in the audience, the night was filled with smiles and excitement. January/February 2015 | BELLANYC.COM 147


ISABELLE ARMSTRONG BRIDAL UNVEILS THEIR FALL 2015 COLLECTION Luxury bridal designer Isabelle Armstrong presented her Fall 2015 collection during New York Bridal Week. As a tribute to the eternally fabulous Grace Kelly, this collection showcases an array of timeless designs, beautifully draped silks, delicate laces and textured fabrics. Each design speaks to the splendor, passion and grace that define her enduring and distinguished persona.

THE FORBES UNDER 30 SUMMIT The Forbes Under 30 Summit joined together members of Forbes “30 Under 30” list with business leaders and mentors. The Summit included panel discussions, keynote presentations, parties, and “Shark Tank” style pitches in front of the world’s top venture capitalists. 148 BELLANYC.COM | January/February 2015

WEST SIDE STORY Stars lit up the Snug Harbor Music Hall stage on November 7th when Broadway was brought to Staten Island. The Harbor Lights Production interpretation of the classic “West Side Story” was mesmerizing. Evy Ortiz and John Grieco brought new depths to the beloved characters, Maria and Toni.

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ST. JOHN FASHION’S AND WOODBURY REAL ESTATE POWER COUPLE JOIN TOGETHER FOR A SPECIAL CAUSE With a near record setting audience of 325 guests in attendance, the 16th Annual Fall Into Fashion Luncheon at The Garden City Hotel raised more than $200,000 for the Diabetes Research Institute. The event honored an exceptional and well-known Long Island couple, Betsy and Shawn Elliott of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates.

FALL INTO FABULOUS Dr. David Schlessinger of Schlessinger Eye & Face hosted a fall event at his Woodbury, NY office, where he introduced the latest products, treatments, and procedures available to renew and enhance your appearance.

TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON Plastic surgeon Dr. Arnold Breitbart recently ran the NYC Marathon–his 33rd!–this time to raise funds for Blue Card, an organization providing support to impoverished Holocaust survivors. 150 BELLANYC.COM | January/February 2015

RALLYE MOTORS OF LONG ISLAND’S OPEN HAUS Over 200 guests celebrated the launch of the all-new GLA-Class, S-Class Coupe, and the redesigned C-Class at Rallye Motors-Mercedes Benz in Roslyn, NY.

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#3 What is your favorite neighborhood? Upper East Side where I grew up.

#4 The best part of my job is… Being able to make a living doing what I’m passionate about, while having the flexibility to work on my own schedule so I can spend plenty of time with my kids.

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#6 Subways or cabs? It would be cooler to say subway, but – if I’m being honest – cabs. #7 Best advice you’ve ever received? Never take no for an answer!

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