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ALL I CAN SAY ABOUT THIS ISSUE IS WOW! Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would have exclusive interviews with two of the world’s biggest influencers in one issue! But as I have learned time and again, if you dream big, anything is possible. That is certainly the message both Donald Trump and Maria Shriver spoke about in great detail, and it was nothing short of inspiring. Both were humble, down to earth, and genuinely nice people, which is always an added bonus when speaking to such high-profile notables. I think you will be intrigued when you read both interviews (one done by myself and the other by BELLA co-founder Daniel Hall). I hope you walk away feeling how we did after reading them – inspired! The best part about this issue is that those features are just the beginning! We also have a fabulous array of fashion and beauty trend-spotting, celebrity interviews, wellness strategies, and everything else the savvy and sophisticated NYC woman needs and wants to live her most BELLA life. I recently received an email praising my team, noting what a joy they are to work with (I love those emails!). I’m so proud of the amazing BELLA staff – they work so hard to bring every story and image to life, and it shows with every issue! I am so grateful for where we have been, where we are, and where we are headed. The sky is the limit and we are ready to spread BELLA’s message of inspiration and beauty throughout NYC, Long Island, and the world. Publisher Daniel Hall, Donald Trump and EditorIn-Chief Courtenay Hall

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CONTRIBUTORS MARCH/APRIL 2015 DR. ROBI LUDWIG, a new member of BELLA’s Medical Advisory Board, is a nationally known psychotherapist and award-winning reporter. She is currently a relationship contributor for Investigation Discovery Network’s “Scorned,” and also hosted two seasons of TLC’s reality show, “One Week to Save Your Marriage,” as well as GSN’s reality game show, “Without Prejudice?” Dr. Ludwig appears regularly on CNN, Headline News, and The Fox News Channel, where she discusses psychological/ lifestyle issues and the criminal mind. She’s also contributed to national shows such as “ET,” “The Today Show,” “20/20,” “ABC World News,” “The View,” “Fox and Friends,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” “The Bill Cunningham Show,” and others, helping audiences and guests understand the complexities of the human condition.

MARCUS STEWART Known as “The Fashion Doctor,” Marcus is a leading style expert based in New York City. He has worked with magazines such as VOGUE and GQ and brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Prada. In addition, he is also lead wardrobe stylist on “The Better Show”. His specialty: Talking fashion trends and giving “fashionably ill patients” a new lease on life. Find your spring prescription in Fashion Rx (page 44). Follow Marcus on Instagram @TheFashionDr or visit

DR. JACK B. D’ANGELO As the founding partner and financial officer of the Staten Island-based practice, Real Medicine for Real People, Dr. Jack B. D’Angelo has served the New York City metropolitan area since 1994, holding such titles as Medical Director, Associate Medical Director, and Director of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation for a number of health care practices throughout the region. His latest article for BELLA explores “What You Should Know about Medicinal Marijuana” (page 126).



Moved by the sensuality of fashion, New York-based fashion designer and art director Alex Vinash has styled for magazines such as Vanity Fair, Fashion Faces, First Mag, and now BELLA (Le Savoir, pages 48-52). He explains that when he is directing a fashion shoot, he “conceptualizes dream scenarios full of colors and combinations that move between the timeless purity of form and versatility of art prints.”

Originally from Nice, France, Los Angeles-based photographer, Gilles Toucas started out as a professional dancer and choreographer before picking up a camera after several knee surgeries curtailed his dancing. Toucas’ photographs have appeared in Elle, Glamour, and Vanity Fair. He had nothing but enthusiasm when it came to shooting Brooke Burns for BELLA (page 34). “Brooke was super fun and had great energy. She has a smile to die for. She totally rocked my day.”

22 | THE STYLE REPORT Celebrity Style: Show and Tell • Obsession: Pleats, Please! • The New York Look • Designer Diary: Sarah Carson • 10 Essentials to Spring You Forward • The Skirt Suit

32 | CONFIDENTLY CHIC Own the Room at Work and Out on the Town

33 | CLASSICALLY COOL Channeling His Inner Steve McQueen

34 | BROOKE BURNS Triumph of Will

40 | PAM’S PICKS Eye-Opening Solutions to Looking Youthful and Fresh

42 | ACCESSORIES REPORT Spring 2015 Guide

44 | FASHION RX How to Break Out of a Style-less Coma

46 | SPRING BLING Shine Bright…

48 | LE SAVIOR Hot Looks for 2015

54 | BEAUTY SCENE Celebrity Beauty Lines We Love • Sunny Disposition • Pretty in the City • Natural Beauty Tips • Candace Cameron Bure’s Most Beautiful Things • Simply Gorgeous Photo: Gilles Toucas

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66 | RETURN TO CAMELOT Where Fashion and Royalty Intersect

74 | THE NEW YORK LIFE: Matt Czuchry: Living “The Good Life”



80 | BEHIND THE CURTAIN Broadway Publicists Running the Show

82 | ARTS & CULTURE Set Your Sights on the Tribeca Film Festival

84 | CULTURE VULTURE Your Social Calendar Is Calling

86 | SOPHISTICATED SPACES Hello, Happy Place Focused Furnishings: The Home Office

90 | THE KING OF NEW YORK Donald Trump

96 | MARIA SHRIVER Making the World a Better Place in True Kennedy Style

102 | ADVISORY BOARD SPOTLIGHT Dr. Didier Demesmin

106 | GETTING TO KNOW: Richard & Lois Nicotra

Photo: Fernando Ferero Scarf: Burberry Suit, Shirt, & Tie: Saks Fifth Avenue Collection (Saks, Short Hills NJ)

110 | CHOW BELLA BELLA’s Guide to Where to Eat

118 | LOVE IN THE CITY QUIZ: Is your Best Friend a POSITIVE or NEGATIVE Influence?

120 | MIND+BODY Tips for a Physically and Mentally Balanced Life

132 | A NOVEL IDEA Writers Who Inspire

134 | GIVING BACK Make an Impact

136 | THE WORLD ACCORDING TO… Deirdre Bolton, Fox Business Network

138 | TRAVEL Head South for the Spring • Hail to Vail • San Diego, Unplugged • Ladera Resort • A Grand Estate Awaits

148 | POSTCARDS FROM LA Snapshots of LA Living

150 | AROUND TOWN 152 | NEW YORKER 9 Al Roker: NYC’s Favorite Weatherman

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From sheer skirts to see-through blouses, today’s style setters offer a peek at what’s underneath. By Laura Camerlengo

Left to Right: Taylor Swift performs during the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, London Vanessa Angel at the premiere of Dumb and Dumber To, Westwood Jena Malone attending the Inherent Vice World Premiere, New York City Karolina Kurkova at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Hollywood Zendaya at the world premiere of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Hollywood Regina Hall at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Hollywood

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Denim Jogger $128,

Madeline Thompson Cashmere Wrap $510,

Miko Stitch Kimono Coat $398,


Original Clear Smock $225, Fillmore Tote $138,

Valentino Sunglasses $245,

Florence Mini Quilted Leather Bucket Bag $298,

Le Cameau LD Vierzon Wellies $190,


Scarf in Printed Floral Modal $138,

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Kate Spade Champion Laceless Sneakers $80,

Wear it by Day | Wear it by Night



Ted Baker Stud Earrings $47.38,

Ice Crystal 360 DoubleSide Earrings $39.50,

Lionette Harlow Necklace $278,

Michele ‘CSX-36 Diamond’ Dial Watch, 36mm $1,695,

Croc Luxe Pencil Skirt $79.99 & Croc Luxe Colorless Jacket - $119.99, Shirt with Bow Collar $49.90,

Kate Spade New York Larisa Pumps $350,

Rebecca Minkoff Pyramid Ring $58,

Ella McHughs Corrine Rainforest Clutch $1,250,

Gianvito Rossi Suede and PVC Pumps $838, Gramercy Satchel in Croc Embossed Leather $695,

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Designer Diaries SARAH CARSON By Laura Camerlengo

When Sarah Carson launched Leota in 2010, she didn’t know she was about to create a clothing empire. What started with a pile of polka-dot fabric has turned into a complete women’s fashion line with four collections a year and more than 300 retailers globally. BELLA NYC sat down with the busy designer to talk about her background, her business, and her Spring 2015 collection. Listen in… What inspired you to launch Leota in 2010? I used to spend countless hours at my home sewing machine churning out cute jersey dresses I could wear anywhere. After numerous compliments and special orders, I started to think I should be making dresses for a living. My true aha moment came after my sister, a very successful entrepreneur, looked at me and said, “Sarah, this is your passion. Are you going to challenge yourself to go for it, or what?!” Maybe it was the wine talking, but I decided to go for it and I have never looked back. What is the significance of the label’s name? I named the business after my great grandmother Leota, because my family history is the inspiration for my brand and my personal style. I think the real Leota would have agreed with our belief that, “Good manners and effortless glamour never go out of style.” Why did you choose to start your company in New York? It was a natural choice to build my fashion brand in New York. It is great for business in that it made it possible for me to start small and keep a close eye on quality, since the clothes were being made locally. Today we manufacture thousands of garments every season right here in New York, and at a profitable margin. Why do you keep production here? I believe in ethical production practices. It’s not just my company’s latest marketing campaign; it is central to our DNA. My team is proud to manufacture every dress in New York’s garment district. It’s important because we are supporting our local economy and contributing to fair and safe labor conditions. Our factories are like family and they treat us like daughters, for better or for worse!

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Your company’s tagline is “Everyday Glamour.” How does Leota make that accessible to women? We try to make clothes that are comfortable, cute, and wrinkle-free. Leota dresses are for the movers and shakers who want to look great as they’re knocking through their to-do lists. They want to feel special without being a spectacle and require versatility from their clothes — to take them from day to night to weekend, just by reapplying their lipstick. Tell us about your Spring 2015 line. What inspired this season’s collection? Leota is a print-driven design house, so that is always the life of the collection. We create our own prints based on our theme for each season. Our Spring 2015 collection, Compass Rose, is an homage to the kaleidoscope of cultures that make us who we are. We intertwined our travels and personal histories to develop this beautifully versatile collection.

I’ll never forget the first time I saw someone wearing a Leota dress on the street. I stopped her and offered her a free dress.” How did your background (in finance or otherwise) prepare you to be an independent designer and entrepreneur? My success is really a combination of hard work, good judgment, and high standards. I came to New York City after college to pursue a career in finance. There’s no better training for the fashion business than on Wall Street! There I learned the importance of surrounding myself with people who know more than me, thorough due diligence and good timing, market analysis, delivering results, and asking the important questions. I also realized fast that the fashion business is scrappy. My first factory owner used to tell me “listen with your eyes,” which was his way of advising me to follow my instincts with my new business relationships.

If a woman were to buy just one design from this collection, which design should it be? The Ilana dress is my year-round staple and I’m wearing it in Turquoise Wild Flowers this spring. It has a reversible neckline so you can wear the scoop neck to the back or the front. It is the most versatile dress on the planet. What do you enjoy most about having your own clothing brand? The most rewarding part of my experience is making a product people want. I’ll never forget the first time I saw someone wearing a Leota dress on the street. I stopped her and offered her a free dress and sent it to her the very next day. Women have so many choices nowadays and no matter how many dresses we sell as a fast growing company, I am still grateful for each and every one.

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THE STYLE REPORT Pleats galore at the Meskita Spring 2015 presentations, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, New York City

Noir Jewelry Hoop Earrings $125,

House of Harlow 1960 Sunburst Watch Bracelet $78,

Michael Kors Pleat Detail Tie-Neck Blouse $1,375,

Martin Grant High-Waist Pleated Silk Pants $1,940,


From accordion to box, pressed to unpressed, pleats of all kinds offer clothes and accessories extra fluidity and movement. Join the fashion fold this season in these tucked up styles.

Jimmy Choo Zadie Pleated Flap Bag, $1,050,

Giuseppe Zanotti Pleated Peak Leather Bootie $1,250,

L’Agence Pleated Check Print Dress $550,

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Shake off that winter weather and welcome spring. Sport a chic denim shirt dress, platform oxfords, a petite tote bag, and superstar sunglasses. Soft waves, luscious lips, and winged, jet-black eyeliner complete the look.

Photographer: Philip Fischetti Stylist: Dana Priggé Makeup: Chris Lanston Hair: Britt White Model: Mega, Major Models NY

Features Editor Dana Priggé and celebrity makeup artist Chris Lanston show you how to score some Celebrity Street Style – “swiftly” – and on a fashion-friendly budget…

Beautify It: Lip Base in Indulgent Eye Shadow Palette Neutral Wicked Gel Eyeliner

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Style It: Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse Thick Dry Finishing Spray Superfine Hairspray

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In Shower Body Lotion $6,

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Madden Girl Multicolor Sandals $40,


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Enter the room with an air of grace. Do so at your own speed while ensuring all eyes remain firmly upon you. With a sleek sheath dress, beautiful statement jewelry, and an alluring shoe, you’ll emanate a polished vibe. Smooth and supple skin, a defined eye, and a soft signature lipstick finish this sophisticated, yet playful, look. Own the room whether you’re at work or a night on the town. Confidence is the accessory only you can provide!

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Channel your inner Steve McQueen and be the image of cool yet classic. This timeless yet contemporary look starts from the ground up to be seen from the top down. Oxford shoes paired with the new chino and topped off with a blazer says, “I know where I am and why I’m here.” Finished with classic aviator shades, those looking at you only see their own reflection in your eyes. A little mystery can go a long way. Be dressed and ready to enjoy whatever life has to offer.

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Men’s Distressed Vintage Belt $39,

Woven Beaded Bracelet $70,

Sherbrooke Oxford $104.99, Voyage Travel Tote $170,

Kérastase Gel Capital Force $30,

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broo burn

Actress Brooke Burns is more than just a pretty face. Far from resting upon her innate natural beauty, she has carved her own path through Hollywood by sheer force of will and determination. By Dana Priggé


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Burns, who first received notoriety for her role on “Baywatch,” went on to score recurring roles in TV staples like “Melrose Place” and hosting the popular game show “The Chase.” She is a lesson in complexity whose adventurous career motivations conflict with her desire for balance. In fact, you could say that Burns lives at the crossroads of “Why not?” and “Family first! Chase the Shooting Star

Nowhere is that sense of adventure more readily apparent than in Burns’ role as host of “The Chase,” which was just renewed for its fourth season on GSN. She attributes the show’s energy and pace as what keeps her motivated. “If we’re having fun, the audience is having fun. It really just draws people in and keeps it watchable and entertaining.” Burns credits the shows format for its success. “Having been previously established in the UK, it works just as well in the states. It really draws people in.” What she most enjoys? “How the contestants catch the wave and enjoy the ride,” she says. It’s just that attitude that’s defined her career to date and she’s sure to bring to her upcoming projects – nine movies for the Hallmark Channel based upon a book series called “The Gourmet Detective,” written by Peter King. Appearing alongside Dylan Neal, Burns explains that working with Neal on the streets of San Francisco to shoot these mystery films was an experience that appealed to her adventurous side. “I have a bit of my father in me when I say that a love of adventure compels me to take opportunities.”

She credits such sense of adventure and a willingness to take chances for much of her career success. “I’m a big believer in saying ‘yes.’ Certain doors opened and certain opportunities were available to me that other people may have shied away from because it was new or uncharted territory,” says Burns. “Taking those chances – whether good or bad – you learn something about yourself … whether it’s a new passion or skill, you learn it because you’re open to things in life and are unafraid to say ‘yes’ and just go for it.”

Fashion Fun and Must-Haves

Burns is no stranger to high fashion and glamour, having transitioned from the runway to the soundstage. While she can light up a photo shoot, she’s also just as comfortable in a more casual atmosphere. “I’m kind of a staple girl. I have my go-to’s in my wardrobe and my accessories. I’ll kick it up and have fun every once in a while. I love having my silver studs and my gold studs.” “I’m also a jeans and t-shirt/tank top kind of girl. I definitely have a deep love of glamour and fashion, but being an everyday mom, that works for me too.” Burns continued her style and beauty advice: “The one thing that helps everyone look their best is to get sleep. After that, take care of your skin; I’ve been using Armani foundation, it’s a must have.”

Grace Under Fire

The 36-year old star clearly isn’t your ordinary actress. She is a multi-talented, modern woman whose origins are in ballet and dance. When a severe injury ended her hopes and dreams of plies and pirouettes, Burns transitioned toward a new career, utilizing the grace that defined her dance to help her glide down the fashion runway. “I have found in every area of my life that grace is a huge trait that not only took me into modeling, but has applied in every other area of my life – not only as an actress, but in social situations as well.” Burns’ path was not free of obstacles. Her dance career was cut short, her marriage ended in divorce, and she recently suffered a broken neck as the result of a diving accident. This has not slowed down her drive nor diminished her determination. “When you have a setback, don’t take a step back, get ready for your comeback.” Burns describes her principles in overcoming adversity quite matter-of-factly: “You’re going to fail. How do you become an over-comer? It’s about how you get back up, not just to start at the same place, but to move forward and learn to commit better the next time.”

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Burns credits her strong family relationships, strength, and the lessons she derived from her parents with helping her overcome the emotional repercussions of losing out on her early dreams in dance. “I had an incredible foundation with my family and an amazing mom and dad,” she says. “My mother specifically helped me out during that early setback with my dancing career – she was such a rock and was very in tune to what effects it could have on my emotions. She helped guide me through that time and helped open other doors and explore other interests,” As a parent herself, Burns recognizes how much she applies these lessons to her own family life. “I have never forgotten our family motto of getting back up and [being] ready to make a comeback.” “I have overcome a lot in my life, from little things to when I broke my neck,” she says. “Those lessons I learned from my parents have always been there.”

Boundaries, Balance, and Discipline

“I have always made the choice to put my family first – if I’ve made sacrifices, it’s been with respect to my career.” That’s no more readily apparent than this past holiday season. “I turned down a film out of the country because it conflicted with my daughter’s Christmas play. I also just had an experience where I flew home in between days of filming because she wanted me to do her makeup for her first high school formal. Those are the mile markers you have to show up for.” Here was Burns speaking not of her career, but as a doting mom, filling the support role she leaned on in her childhood. “At the end of my life, am I going to go, ‘I can’t believe I didn’t take that job,’ or ‘I can’t believe I wasn’t there for my daughter at that moment?” Burns explained her secret in finding balance. “How much you work vs. how much family time you allot is an individual life decision.” It’s all about setting boundaries, she explains. “If you can do small things to take care of yourself and bring happiness to yourself, then you will be able to and be better equipped to give that happiness and care to others in your life.” Willpower and self-discipline are the traits that define Burns. “I love the idea that women are encouraged to go after their dreams – do the work, do the groundwork, do the research, do it all with passion. Perseverance is key. Try it six times. Nothing is better than doing what you love. Don’t give up; stick to your goals. Persevere in the face of adversity.” B Top: Sass & Bibe Trouser: Rag n Bone

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EYE-OPENING SOLUTIONS TO LOOKING YOUTHFUL AND FRESH Your eyes reveal secrets that you don’t wish to share, like excess wine from the previous evening, sleepless nights due to children, or corporate burnout. I’ve found exciting products and services that will help your eyes and the area around them look fresh and youthful regardless of how you spend your days and nights. By Pamela Pekerman 1-DAY ACUVUE DEFINE Brand Contact Lenses This is a new category of eye enhancement lenses that have iris-inspired designs that create an outer darker limbal ring to give eyes greater definition by creating contrast between the iris and the white part of your eye. Additionally, an inner translucent light-effects pattern is layered over the iris to add depth and definition without changing your eye’s natural color. FYI: Independent research shows that people are more attracted to women and men with pronounced limbal rings, which are associated with a healthy and youthful appearance.

Naturopathica Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum With two babies born in two years, I know firsthand what lack of sleep can do to the delicate skin under your eyes. My secret to looking alive and fabulous even during those hectic, first months was Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum. I live for this product because the results are almost instantaneous. The Vitamin K helps reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness that resulted from the evening’s shenanigans. This is a beauty game changer! $72,

I switched out my old lenses for 1-DAY ACUVUE DEFINE Brand Contact Lenses, and I’m a squint short of looking like Angelina Jolie. OK, maybe not Angie, but I’m a better version of me. What can I say? Beauty is addictive! Box of 30 lenses - $75. Find your local distributor at

WINK Brow Bar The quickest, pain-free facelift can be achieved with perfect brows. That’s why a lovely Russian woman in Brooklyn has been waxing my brows since I was 16 years old. But now I’ve made the switch to threading after being bowled over by the artisans and the spa-like feel at WINK Brow Bar. Using organic thread, my brows were gently sculpted in 10minutes. I walked out without redness, and feeling very glamorous and highbrow. Stop agitating, pulling, and aging your skin with wax or tweezers, and give your brows a beautiful break and shape. For added indulgence, try their Lash Bar and Makeup Bar, as well as the Face Bar, which uses luxurious Isabelle Lancray products. 7 Greenwich Avenue, NYC 212.600.1857,

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Sling it over your shoulder or slip your wrist through it, Spring 2015 bags are all about ease. Whether you are heading to the office or drinks with your girlfriends at No. 8 – one of Manhattan’s hottest lounges featured in BELLA’s shoot with “The Good Wife’s” Matt Czuchry – you’ll want to accent your look with one of these bag-a-licious finds.

Amelia Toro Mochilas Bucket Bag, $645,

Nancy Gonzalez Small Metallic Crocodile Bucket Bag, $3,410,

Dooney & Bourke Patent Drawstring, $288,

Bucket Bags

Ramy Brook Collette Drawstring Bucket Bag, $445,

Ashlie Redmond The Bucket Bag, $405,

MCM Hedy Tango Medium Hobo, $825,

Clutch Your Clutch Clockwise from Left: Patent of Heart Florence Clutch, $218, Delfino, 1351 3rd Ave, NYC Hayden Harnett Bowdoin Crossbody, $168, Ted Baker London Prissi Bag, $185, Joanna Maxham Franco Oversized Clutch, $325,


Continuing the 70’s vibe we’ve been fashionably reinventing over the past few seasons, shiny shoes made with reflective leather or accented with sparkle are the shoes to strut in this spring. And, if you’re tired of wobbling on stilettos, block heels in numerous materials and shapes will give your feet stylish support.

Peter Nappi Isabella Boot, $695

Pierre Hardy Metallic Block-Heeled Sandals, $1,155,

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Salvatore Ferragamo Maiella Block-Heeled Mule Sandals, $675,

Clockwise from Left: Dune London Brook, $129, Stella McCartney Metallic Faux Leather Espadrille Platform Sneakers, $650, Zuhair Murad Sandals with Mirror Effect, $1,156, Rachel Zoe Chandler Sneaker, $225,

Block Heels

Dune London Harah, $125,

Dr. Scholl’s Shoes Paige, $79.95,

Rachel Zoe Seneca Sandal, $395,


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Nothing says feminine + spring like florals and lace. Ditch your old white typical tee for something that is bold yet feminine. Maison Jules Floral Scalloped Tee, $59.50, Macy’s and

Dear Fashion Doctor, I’m in dire need of a huge dose of “fashion cough syrup,” to say the least. I’m a 27-year-old single professional gal in NYC. I’m 5’5” and weigh 125 lbs and have spent my entire life in school. Now that I have the career I’ve always wanted as a lawyer, with a master’s degree to go along with it, it’s time I let my hair down and enjoy my free time a bit more. With that said, I find myself in a bit of a fashion crisis! Since school and work have been my life for so long, I have no wardrobe for casual weekends with my girlfriends, let alone a potential coffee date with a male friend. My look is always corporate and super-buttoned up; I have even been referred to as “the one-note-wardrobe lady” by my friends and colleagues. I wear black blazers, skirts or trousers, and blouses on most weekends, which happens to be the same wardrobe I wear to work. I don’t own jeans or anything that has a casual vibe. I’m Do you have a style either conservatively dressed or in my emergency and need college sweatpants and Ugg boots. a fashion prescription? Email The Can you please help me?! Fashion Doctor at

Signed, Casually Confused

Jewelry should be fun, yet functional. These feather earrings are sure to accent your face and hairstyle whether you are rocking an up do or fun and long loose waves. bar III Gold Pave Feather Earrings, $19.50, Macy’s and Nothing is brighter this season than the color yellow. This chic and – yes – walkable shoe is the easiest way to punch up a relaxed look. INC International Concepts Women’s Zitah Pumps In Yellow, $69.50, Macy’s and

A structured leather tote is forever. This is a classic piece that can go from office-chic to weekend fun with no fuss! Trina Turk Cabana Satchel Small in Bone, $328,

Dear Casually Confused,

No need to fear… the Fashion Doctor is here! Let’s first congratulate you on your amazing accomplishments. To receive such academic achievements one has to be focused and dedicated, so kudos to you! I have to admit, though, you are doing yourself a huge disservice by being a style-deprived one-note beauty! So many women and men get stuck in the cycle of work, work, work that they forget – as you have – that a beautiful and stylish life exists outside of your 9-5. You are in what we call a “Style-LESS Coma.” Shall I explain? You are stuck in one look that works for you and while it is not particularly stylish, it is easy and you have great comfort in it. So instead of taking time and effort to diversify or explore your real style, you have decided to become stylishly null and void. Weekends are meant to be fun. Whether you are going out for a casual-chic day with girlfriends or meeting a gentleman for dinner and a movie, you must remember to spice it up a bit! Life is meant to be lived and lived with intentional style and grace – especially on the weekends! Take a look at my spring 2015 fashion prescription for you…

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

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Mix in an accent color when deciding on your jewels. These lucite and ceramic contemporary pieces will add depth to any look! bar III Stretch Bracelet, $32.50, Macy’s and Every girl needs a pair of classic “boyfriend jeans.” This look can go from casual to a night out with the simple change of your shoe. INC International Concepts Women’s Relaxed Denim in Medium Wash, $69.50, Macy’s and

Instantly make any outfit interesting by adding a statement necklace. Don’t be afraid! The bolder, the better! Bar III GoldTone Polished Statement Necklace, $48, Macy’s and

Gladiators are always a spring must! Pair this with your boyfriend jeans for a casual weekend look. Mango Leather Gladiator “Jade” Sandal, $99.99, Mango stores and

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SPRING BLING Photographer: Jade Young Makeup Artist: Chris Lanston for DGReps Agency Hair Artist: Brittan White Models: Nina Wisner (Major Model Management) Veronica Montano (Major Model Management)

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Necklace, Earrings & Ring: AARAA Accessories

Earrings, Cuff & Web Hand-chain: AARAA Accessories Necklace: Freida-Rothman

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Ear Cuff & Ring AARAA Accessories

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Le Savior Necklace: Balmain

Art Director: Alex Vinash Photographer: Emily Mislak Producer: Joshua Washington Makeup & Hair: Tre Major Model: Scarlett Burke All Styles by Alex Vinash Collection 2014/15 (except where noted) Jewelry: Maria Galan Seville, Vintage Chanel, Balmain

Dress: Vintage Chanel

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Necklace: Balmain Bracelet: Miu Miu

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Necklace: Top Shop Belt: Miu Miu

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BeautyScene CELEBRITY BEAUTY LINES WE LOVE By Janene Mascarella

Not all beauty brands flaunting a high profile, familiar face are created equal. Which star-power beauty stash should you acquire? Here are three A-list lines we absolutely adore…

KORA Organics by Miranda Kerr

This nourishing skincare line is a reflection of Miranda’s passion for living a balanced, healthy, organic lifestyle, and is comprised of a range of products that bring together the very best skincare ingredients designed to replenish and hydrate your skin. KORA Organics products use only the highest quality certified organic and natural ingredients that have been specifically formulated to work synergistically with each other to maximize results. What We Love: The Revitalising Body Pack comes with everything you need to achieve an all-over whole-body glow. $162,

FLOWER by Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore’s premium cosmetics line is chic and extremely affordable. Exclusive to Walmart, it’s custom-formulated with the same quality ingredients found in department store luxury brands, and is sold for a fraction of the price. Playing many roles (actress, producer, director and mother, to name a few!), Drew Barrymore has a true passion for makeup; FLOWER encompasses her favorite cosmetics that she’s used throughout her career. What We Love: “Rest On Your Laurel” Color Play Crème Eyeshadow is long-wearing and has an ultra-shimmering finish. $7.98, Walmart


Created specifically to bridge the gap between the pimple years and the wrinkle years, DEVONNE by Demi is a naturally clearing skincare inspired by Demi Lovato’s favorite pampering treatments. Each product in the line uses the highest-quality, natural ingredients – including proprietary blends of botanical and marine extracts – to deliver effective, gentle, and nurturing skincare. What We Love: Products in The Essentials Kit are sulfate and parabenfree, non-comedogenic, and safe for all skin types. $39.95,  

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BELLA leaves you beautiful, confident, relaxed and ready to take on the world. Why? Because you are worth it.


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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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Clé de Peau Beauté eye color quad in Fairy Dust $80, Ramy Face Gloss in Casual Glow $18.50, b-dramatic Kabuki Brush $8.99, 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Blush in Mimosa $28, Maybelline New York Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipcolor in PowerPeony $7.49, stores nationwide Flower Double Take Eye Marker & Creme Shadow in Lovely Lilac $9.98, Walmart Skinn Plasma Fusion Nourishing Treatment Corrector in Tawny $24, Beauticontrol Color Lip Perfecting Pencil in Cotton Candy $25,

Expert tip: Bright eyes? “Play down the

rest of your look,” says NYC celebrity makeup artist Kathrina Miccio ( “Going for bold shadow means your lips, cheeks, and even hair should take a backseat in the beauty department. Keep the rest of your look neutral when opting for bright eye colors.”

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Spring is here and we all need a bit of awakening – from our lackluster winter skin and a spritz of a spring fragrance to a flush of color or just an all-over polishing of our beauty regimen. Here are a few must-have products to get you sparkling, refreshed, and glowing for the spring season. By Dara Kaplan



1. The perfect quintessential New York City spring fragrance: JOYA Foxglove When Net-A-Porter launches their first ever exclusive fragrance, you know it is going to be good. From master perfumer, Joya, Foxglove is the essence of New York City, minus the traffic. It’s a beautiful, light, but rich scent with bright top notes of blood orange, salt meadow grass, hyacinth leaves and a dry down of a sensual oak, white cedar, and wild musk. Get your hands on this quickly as we are sure this will sell out. $112,

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2. A Rose by No Other Name: Clarins Blush Prodige Clarin’s Blush Prodige is the epitome of blushing cheeks. Sweet Rose is a silky, next to nothing texture powder blush containing the perfect combination of pigment with mineral and plant extracts. Add beautiful sheer color for a luminous, radiant, healthy glow $31, 3. Lackluster No More: LING’s HiVitamin C Serum Brighten up that sallow dull skin! LING Skincare’s Hi-Vitamin C 12% provides a powerful antioxidant to repair and defend the skin from environmental damage, restore suppleness while reducing pigmentation, scar tissue and age spots. This potent serum also eliminates acne bacteria and encourages collagen production for a brightened and protected complexion. $75, 4. Turnover a new leaf, or cells for that matter: Colleen Rothschild’s Retinol Treatment Complex Cell turnover gets a major boost and upgrade with Colleen Rothschild’s Retinol Treatment Complex just in time for showing off that spring skin. Say goodbye to fine lines, wrinkles are minimized, pores cleared out and dull skin obliterated without the telltale signs of dryness. Too good to be true? Miracle worker ingredients include Retinol for the tried and true effect and Bisabolol for calming and smoothing. $65,

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5. Wake up your face with a blink of an Eye: Esquido Mink Lashes There is no quicker way to wake up your face than with a swipe of mascara, right? We have a secret weapon to one up that. Esqido’s Mink Lashes are the most natural way to enhance your lashes in under three minutes. Choose from barely there wisps or high impact drama, each pair can be used up to twenty times with proper care. Custom designed and handcrafted for the most discerning of lash lovers, a true rosegold standard. $32- $42, 6. Luscious Lips Du Jour: Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors Moisturizing, plumping and enhancing… what is better for your pout? Perfect for spring, let your lips do the talking and take center stage with the debut of the next generations of lip products. Do not sacrifice comfort anymore, rich and creamy texture hydrates and enhances for soft and smooth lips. Available in six shades for natural color with visible shine. $23,


Effortless beauty is ideal when you want your skills, not your lipstick, to stand out in that important interview, or when you’re dating that guy who says he prefers women with no makeup. The truth is, we’re all naturally beautiful, and when applied correctly, makeup will accentuate that beauty.

Pass on the powder.

Follow these guidelines to put your best – fresh! – face forward.

One of my favorite tricks to looking fresh faced and well rested is a dot of highlight powder or shadow on the inner corners of the eyes, near the tear duct. Be sure to use a product two to three shades lighter than your skin tone that has fine, reflective pigment (no glitter!).

“I woke up like this.”


A natural makeup look can be more challenging to achieve than an intricate eye design with five eye shadows. Although it’s difficult, it’s not impossible! With a little guidance, you’ll be adding this look into your makeup rotation Project3_Layout between 1 7/21/14 your 4:18 PM Pageeye 1 and bold lip. smoky

If you’re feeling too makeup-y, the first thing to consider is your skin condition. It is crucial to exfoliate and hydrate to create a smooth surface for your makeup. This is one of the most important steps for a naturally flawless complexion. Once your skin is prepped, it’s time to reach for the CC cream! Lightweight yet power-packed, a good CC cream will calm redness and even skin tone. Simply massage into skin starting from the center of the face, blending outwards.

“What dark circles?”

The wrong color or formula of concealer can draw attention to discoloration instead of hiding it. Pick a peachbased color to neutralize darkness, and always, always test under the eye (not on the back of the hand) to choose the appropriate color.

Most powders (setting, foundation, bronzer, highlighter, and blush) will stick to any dry patches and accentuate fine lines and pores. Creams and liquids are the best at mimicking skin’s natural texture.

Go for the gold!

To line, or not to line? The greatest struggle in keeping a natural look is often the eyeliner. Here’s the secret: Wiggle a dark brown eyeliner into the lash line from beneath the lashes. This will create a naturally defined eye with undetectable eyeliner.

Eyes on the prize.

Further accentuate your eyes by giving your lashes some TLC. Blast your curler with a blow dryer for a long lasting curl. Then, coat lashes with a conditioning mascara that leaves them feathery, or use a clear brow gel instead of mascara for an even softer look.

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BEAUTY SCENE Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Palette

$19.99, Target “This matte palette is amazing and inexpensive. I can use the soft spring colors in taupes and rusty peaches for shadow. The black is very rich and acts as amazing eyeliner. You can brush it on dry, or add a drop of water for a more liquid look using the proper eyeliner brush. The highlighter for the brow bone and inner corners of the eye is there. I also use the brown/taupe colors to fill in my eyebrows as well as contour my cheekbones and nose. This is the best matte allin-one palette I’ve had!”

Photo: Mikel Healey

Make-up Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

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$42, Sephora “My color changes depending on my tan and hair color. I’ve tried so many other foundations, but I always come back to this one. It covers all the flaws, evens out my skin tone, and keeps a dewy look but never looks cakey. I typically blend two different shades for the perfect color. I find having a few shades of foundation and blending gives you a much more natural look that you can control instead of just buying one shade hoping it always matches perfectly. (It never does!)


After an incredible run on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” (where she placed 3rd overall), two-time New York Times best-selling author, and mother of three Candace Cameron Bure has a busy, full life. Despite the balancing act, she always looks so effortlessly pretty. BELLA caught up with the “Full House” alum and she opened up about a few of her favorite things.

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Benefit “They’re Real” Mascara

$23, “If I could only put on one beauty product for the rest of my life, it’d be mascara. I love this particular wand – it gets every single lash without clumping. It looks like I have on false lashes – it so thick and black – and best of all, it stays on the whole day without flaking! I use this in my daily life and when I’m working on set.”


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BEAUTY SCENE RESTORE Matrix Biolage Advanced RepairInside Control Cream $22,

DEFINE YOUNGBLOOD 3-in-1 Brow Sculpting Pencil $25,​

SWEEP Cherry Blooms Brush On Fiber Eyelash Extension Kit $60,

PAINT Chrome Girl 8-Free Nail Polish $12 each,

SIMPLY GORGEOUS Revamp your routine with BELLA’s ultimate (new) beauty to-do list!

PROTECT Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum $22.99, Target

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DETOXIFY GLAMGLOW PowerMud $69, Sephora

BLEND THE SCENTARIUM Deluxe Perfume Making Kit $185,

NOURISH Calgon Ageless Milk Bath $4.84, Walmart

FLOURISH Jimmy Choo Blossom $100 (3.3 oz.), Sephora

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LATHER Not Soap, Radio Lemon + Sugar Joy-Inducing Bubbles for Bath or Shower $16,

BRIGHTEN Soniclear by Michael Todd $150,

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SPRAY Ken Paves You Are Beautiful Firm Hold Hairspray $15, Walmart

SMOOTH Glampalm 1” Pro Styling Iron $270,


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Photographer: John Russo Hair: Guy Romeo with Grid Agency Make Up: Anthony Merante with Celestine Agency Styling: Dana Goldenberg at Nails: using color Ava Lipstick: using color Miss Cairns Models: Laura James with Wilhelmina Models Morgan West with Wilhelmina Models Travis Milde

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Her Dress: Paule Ka Earrings: Dannijo Bracelet: Nicole Meng Him Suit: Gucci Shirt: Tom Ford

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Blouse & Jacket: The 2nd Skin Skirt: Adrianna Papell Shoes: Jerome Rousseau Earrings: Dannijo

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Dress: Adrianna Papell Shoes: Jerome Rousseau Bag: St. Scott

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Jacket: Paule Ka Bag: St. Scott

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Her Dress: Adrianna Papell Ring: Trina Turk Clutch: Vince Camuto Him: Jacket: Sand Shirt: Jacob Holston Pant: Moods of Norway

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Sweater & Pants: Hugo Boss Shirt: Armani Tie: Saks Fifth Avenue Collection (Saks, Short Hills NJ)

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Photographer: Fernando Forero Grooming: Stacy Bland of BELLA ON DEMAND Styling: Mindy Gura & Paula Orlan, The Style Duo Location: No 8, New York City

“Do what you love!” This powerful statement, heard many times from his family [which include two older brothers and a sister], has motivated actor Matt Czuchry to take risks and make decisions he says has guided his life and career. “It’s the best advice I’ve ever been given,” says “The Good Wife” (and BELLA!) favorite. Born in New Hampshire and raised in Tennessee, the idea of becoming an actor wasn’t something Czuchry consciously thought about. He was actually a history and political science major in college, and says he was on track to go to law school. That is, until he scored horribly on the LSATs and was forced to reevaluate his path in life. “I found myself looking back at how I was as a child,” Czuchry recalls. “What I discovered was that I had always loved telling stories, creating characters, and connecting with people.” With the love and support of his family, Czuchry found the strength to honor his child within, although he admits that if his loved ones hadn’t believed in him, he’s not sure he would have taken such a life-changing risk. After graduating from the College of Charleston, the future star packed up his things and moved to Los Angeles to pursue this new career as an actor.

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Shirt, Pants & Tie: Saks Fifth Avenue Collection (Saks, Short Hills NJ)

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THE NEW YORK LIFE Pursuing a Dream...

Czuchry, then age 22, found himself with no job, no friends, and – as he says – “no idea what the hell it meant to be an actor.” Yet the fear of the unknown did not win out, Czuchry explains. His gut was telling him, “you are in exactly the right place.” Armed with that powerful feeling, he pushed forward in LA and put everything he had, day by day, into pursuing his craft. It was then that Czuchry began to build what’s now quite an extensive resume. He’s not only guest-starred on numerous television shows such as “Hack”, “7th Heaven”, Friday Night Lights”, and “Veronica Mars”, he also has two major TV roles under his belt. For three years he starred on the popular hit show “Gilmore Girls” as billionaire Logan Huntzberger, a role that earned him three Teen Choice award nominations. Then in 2009, he joined CBS’ “The Good Wife,” and for the past six seasons has portrayed the character of Cary Agos, a young, good looking, ambitious, Harvard-educated lawyer. You can say art began imitating life and, in a sense, came full circle.

Perfecting His Craft...

Through each season, Czuchry’s character has gone through a myriad of situations and circumstances, from being fired by the original law firm that hired him, working for the State’s Attorney’s office, then back to his old firm, only to leave and start up his own practice. With each new season, Czuchry takes what’s given to him, episode by episode, and delivers the most honest, believable, and interesting performance. He’s always looking to learn and grow, he says, and reflects on what he describes as the most “emotionally demanding” work he has ever had to do on the show in the beginning of this past season. With Cary going to jail and then his impending trial, Czuchry says it was a “massive challenge” to bring that story arc to life. “Virtually every episode, I would read the script and say to myself, I don’t know if I can pull this off … I don’t know how to do this. As an actor, those are the kinds of challenges you live for.” In watching his performance week after week, it’s clear Czuchry’s found a way to not only pull it off but draw in an audience that’s clearly rooting for his character. He says his preparation for the first half of the season revolved around one main question: “If your life was taken away from you in an instant, how would that shape your thoughts, emotions, and experiences?” In order to answer honestly, Czuchry was forced to go to some very dark and personal places within himself to bring believability to the character and the storyline. His research included reading a blog written by a former inmate and watching the show, “Lockup,” which documents real prisoners. Due to the limited time in which the actors have to turn each episode around (usually two to three days), he incurred a lot of sleepless nights as well, he says.

Matt vs. Cary...

Czuchry says that trying to balance his character’s vulnerability on one side of the coin and his ambition on the other is a favorite aspect of acting for him. “The biggest similarity I can draw between myself and Cary is that I feel both are highly competitive.” Czuchry attended college on a tennis scholarship, and admits that he’s always loved the extreme highs of winning or the extreme lows of losing hinging on his performance. “I feel like Cary feels the same way about the law. He’s passionate about it, loves protecting his clients, and is inspired by the high stakes game that the legal profession provides.”


Fans might be surprised to know that Matt Czuchry is also a published author. Growing up, he and his brother Mike exchanged journals, writing about challenges, obstacles, joys, pain, and everything that comes along with experiencing life. As adults, they took that premise and wrote the book, “Brothers On Life,” which is an extension of those journals they exchanged as kids. Told in three acts, it contains short stories, pictures, and poems, all with the intention to capture both the magical things and the difficulties life can bring.

As he makes it a point to focus on the work directly in front of him, Czuchry says that discipline and determination and his push to continually learn new things within his craft have resulted in consistent work in a competitive career. When the subject turns to “making it” or not as an actor, he feels strongly that there truly is no such thing. “It’s an unachievable label,” he says. “No matter where you are as an actor, your work is always evolving, jobs come and go, the level of attention comes and goes, and so nothing ever stays the same in this career.” Still, Czuchry does admit to having those rare moments when he takes time to reflect on where he’s been. “When I allow myself to do that, very simply, I am just grateful that I took that risk in 1999 to move to LA and become an actor. And I am grateful that this career has resulted in so much good stuff personally and professionally for me and those around me.”

For all things Matt, visit Starting Over...

After living on the west coast for 10 years, Czuchry faced another life-changing event when he moved to New York for “The Good Wife.” “That move was one of the hardest things I have ever done because I had to reinvent myself,” he says. As a result, he says he discovered a new passion for his work and life as a whole. “New York’s energy and multicultural influences have become the fuel for my newfound creative spirit.” “I have New York life experiences that I would have never had if it were not for my work. This career has given me so much beyond the work, and the work itself is left for the audience to hopefully make a positive connection with,” says Czuchry. For a man who is constantly striving to improve and move forward in his career, Czuchry is extremely focused on what’s ahead. While he’s committed to doing the best work he can, the actor finds peace and happiness when he’s surrounded by what matters most. B

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By Daniel G. Hall Photographer: Adam B. Cantor

Born and raised in New York City, actor Max Jenkins is a star on the rise. Currently starring as Max Carnegie on NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” alongside Debra Messing, he has also appeared on “30 Rock,” “Gossip Girl,” and “Anderson.” He has a recurring role in Vimeo’s acclaimed web series “High Maintenance,” and has worked onstage at the Classic Stage Company, New York Theatre Workshop, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, among others. This new year proves to be another exciting one as Jenkins co-stars next in “Fort Tilden,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW Film 2014. He will also be seen on the highly anticipated third season of “Orange Is the New Black.” BELLA sat down with this funny and talented actor to get the inside scoop on the real Max Jenkins… 78 BELLANYC.COM | March/April 2015



How would you describe yourself in three sentences or less? Crown prince of the Upper West Side. More Parker Posey than Chloë Sevigny. I keep a list of the best cookies in town, which I am constantly updating. Favorite part of NYC? The South Village makes me happy. It’s actually kind of west of SoHo, which is confusing. I love it. It feels wide open, like you can stretch out. I’m very unlikely to run into anyone I know. There’s a restaurant called Giorgione, which belongs to Giorgio DeLuca of Dean & DeLuca. My dad was the first employee at Dean & DeLuca in the 70s, which gives me absolutely no pull at all at Giorgione. But Giorgio is very good at pretending he knows who I am, and he serves wonderful pizza and meatballs and fava bean salad and icy martinis. It’s important to find a neighborhood joint that you can rely on, you know? When did you know you wanted to become an actor? Is it everything you thought it would be? It’s the only thing I’ve ever cared about. I’m so excited and grateful to have a job; I’m just sort of perpetually shocked by it. It’s kind of exhausting to exist in an extended state of disbelief, but at the same time I hope the sensation never goes away. In preschool I was more focused on directing. I was a tiny dictator who forced my classmates to do a scene from “Matilda” – the one where Miss Trunchbull orders her to enter the Jabberwocky. I’d also make them enact scenes from my favorite cartoon show, “The Snorks.” This tyrannical streak has served me well in my acting, I think. I hold my work to a high standard. You have worked with some great actors in your career – any favorites or special memories? The other day Debra Messing told me she considers me a gift in her life and I went back to my dressing room and cried a little. I’m learning how to be a professional from her. Also, I recently worked with Eric McCormack and he was just the kindest gentleman and told me tales of when he starred on Broadway. He said something like, “You’re going to love Broadway,” as though it was only a matter of time before I achieved that goal, and I thought it was so sweet that he put it that way. I remember once I was on “30 Rock” and Alec Baldwin was ignoring me, and I wanted desperately to talk to him, and then we did the scene a few times and suddenly we were buds. It’s nice to remember that focusing on making a great TV show can bond people in a different way than if they were just chatting. Do you have a favorite character? My character in “High Maintenance.” He’s simply the foulest garbage I’ve had the privilege to play. Foul garbage sort of feels like my secret truth. It’s very satisfying when I can show that side of myself. Hopefully I’ll be able to work on that show again soon. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Getting a TV show before turning 30. I’m so proud I could weep. I’ve become a monster lately when it comes to my birthday – I’m normally allergic to any trace of sentimentality, but I really want to “honor”” the year I’ve had in some elegant, ceremonial way. Any ideas? I went to Joshua Tree National Park with my best friend for New Year’s and I really wanted to like, light a candle in the desert or something. But it was too windy and cold. It was snowing and I was wearing shorts and the other hikers were pointing at my quivering calves and laughing uproariously. Aside from the TV show, I’m very proud that I have begun to respect myself in a deeper way, which I think is the most important lesson one can learn as a young person. I think the moment you stop caring what people think of you so much is the moment you become an adult, and I’m thrilled that I experienced that shift a little bit this year.

My mom gives me consistently mindblowing advice on a daily basis. It makes me nervous for when I don’t live with her anymore.” What’s the best advice you ever received? My mom gives me consistently mind-blowing advice on a daily basis. It makes me nervous for when I don’t live with her anymore (yes, I live with my mom!). She teaches me how to live, basically. It’s because of her that I know to put vinegar on my salad first and then olive oil; she taught me how to make the butterfly bandages really tight when I sliced my hand while trying to cut a bagel, so my scar would be cute and thin. She’s in the kitchen and she just called out some advice, something about I think mortgage rates, but I’m in another room doing something else and not entirely listening. But I bet it was razor sharp. How do you balance your personal life and career? I’ve decided to work on my career first. Then, when I have some time later on, I’ll check out the personal life thing, if possible. This is sort of a joke, but not really. Actually, I’m fortunate to have a few days off every now and then, because I’m not a detective like the other regular cast members. Debra, Laz [Alonso], Janina [Gavankar], Meg [Steedle], and Josh [Lucas] all go out on missions, and I tend to not. My character, Max Carnegie, doesn’t have a badge or a gun or any abilities, really, aside from Googling stuff. But he’s exceedingly good at that. Anyway, while the others are investigating murder cases around New York and chasing perps across rooftops, I’m having champagne with my friends downtown. (I don’t actually do this, but isn’t it pretty to think so?) How do you spend your time when you are not working? Cruising cute boys at McNally Jackson bookstore. Group texting self-portraits to my friends (they do not respond). Driving up to Millerton, NY to enjoy burgers at Oakhurst Diner and Manna Dew. I’m obsessed with that upper corner of New York State, and up into the Berkshires. It’s the most beautiful part of the whole country, I think. I steal the family Subaru and drive up and explore and listen to mix CDs that I’ve hastily burned for myself before leaving Manhattan. That way I can enjoy a healthy blend of musical theatre and confessional 90’s indie rock. What advice would you offer up-and-coming actors looking for their “big break”? When I got brave enough to show the most secret and embarrassing parts of myself, I started getting jobs. It took me so long to realize how to do this in auditions, and even longer to put it into practice. But for me, it was the key to success. They want to see the weird parts of you – the parts that you perhaps don’t like to reveal. And the more I’ve opened up these hidden parts of myself in auditions, the more I’ve come to love them and embrace them. So it works out for everybody. B

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BEHIND THE CURTAIN The lights dim and the rich rubato of the orchestra begins. It’s a goose-bump moment for lovers of the theater. Nowhere else, neither sporting events nor the movies, can such an overwhelming feeling of anticipation fill a venue. Theater aficionados, especially those who frequent Broadway, often wait months or more in order to see a much-ballyhooed play. The pre-play hype that draws people to the performances work its intended magic by creating a media buzz that can’t be ignored. It’s all part of an intentional public relations effort by influential publicists who can help propel a play to big box office numbers. And because a Broadway musical can often cost upwards of $10 million to produce, while dramas can be staged for $3 to $4 million, the pressure on publicists to deliver is immense. Bradley Cooper’s appearance on “The Tonight Show” to promote the highly anticipated “Elephant Man” was not happenstance. On the contrary, Cooper and other stars often receive their marching orders from their publicists, who capitalize on an actor’s star power. Because 80 percent of Broadway shows fail in terms of financial success, it’s incumbent upon savvy publicists to generate every smidgen of publicity possible. In addition to pitching their product to theater critics and talk show bookers, publicists also advise producers during casting on which actors may help generate the most publicity for a play. In effect, they work with all aspects of a production, whether it be on Broadway, offBroadway, a national tour, or European production.

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Adrian Bryan-Brown and Chris Boneau

Veterans of the Craft

Chris Boneau and Adrian BryanBrown, founders of the highly respected New York City theatrical press agency Boneau/Bryan-Brown, have been among the leaders in this very competitive industry for more than two decades. They’re of the philosophy that public relations can’t simply be bought, but it must be organic. As opposed to representing the stars – who almost always have their own publicists – Boneau and Bryan-Brown work with the play itself, advising producers on everything from soup to nuts. Quite literally, if the need arose, they would suggest which soup to order for lunch during a production meeting if they felt it would benefit their clients. Their present and past client list reads like a Who’s Who in American theater, and includes such blockbuster shows as “The Book of Mormon,” “Jersey Boys,” “The Lion King,” “Gigi,” “The Audience” and “Mamma Mia!” Since 1991, the plays and musicals they have represented have won 195 Tony Awards, eight Pulitzer Prizes, 168 Drama Desk Awards, and 128 Outer Critics Circle Awards.

Boneau and Bryan-Brown are the first to shy away from any direct credit for these awards, but don’t be fooled by their modesty. Public relations does wonders for a play or musical both in terms of box office numbers and awards garnered, and a lack of publicity can quickly sink even the best production. “We need to analyze where the strengths and weaknesses are for each play that we represent,” says Texas native Boneau, “so it’s important as publicists to get involved with the production as early as possible.” Bryan-Brown, who hails from England, adds, “We always look for every possible intriguing or interesting angle in order to help publicize the play.” A favorable review in The New York Times is still the Holy Grail for publicists, but the Internet has somewhat altered the media landscape. “Today’s media is so different from our early days, and we now look for ambassadors, such as influential bloggers, to help spread the word,” explains BryanBrown. “It’s also important for us to work hand-in-hand with the star’s personal publicist in order to ensure that everyone is [sharing] the same message,” says Boneau.

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By Roger Sands

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Broadway press agents receive a minimum base salary of about $2,000 a week per show – although producers usually pay more – according to a New York Times report.

New Kid on the Block

Rick Miramontez faced a dilemma all publicists would welcome. Last year, the president of O&M Co., an eightyear-old New York City theatrical press agency, represented three musicals that were nominated for the coveted Tony Award – “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” (winner of Best Musical), “After Midnight,” and “Beautiful” (winner of Best Performance by an Actress). To further add to his considerable portfolio, he also consulted with Disney on “Aladdin,” the fourth nominee. “It was our job to not only do everything possible to enhance the profile of all nominees,” explains Miramontez, “but also to promote Broadway itself. “This is easier said than done, says the almost 20-year PR veteran, who believes today’s national media pays less attention to Broadway than in the past. “Certainly the media has an effect on the public’s appetite,” he says. “Beautiful” the musical about legendary singer/songwriter Carole King, initially presented several unique

challenges for Miramontez and his enthusiastic staff. “Carole King herself stayed away from the production in the early stages, but I viewed that as an opportunity,” he says. “It allowed the show to speak on its own terms.” Miramontez, who grew up in Los Angeles, moved to New York in 1996 as a publicity assistant. He dabbled in singing, but eventually returned to his true calling of squeezing every inch of publicity from a production. His gregarious approach works wonders for his clients. This fall, O&M Co. will be transatlantic with productions of “Kinky Boots” and “Beautiful” opening on the West End, and “School Of Rock” opening on Broadway. Other projects that will be playing around the country, en route to NYC, are new musicals “Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical” (Dallas Theatre Center), “Gotta Dance” (Chicago), and a unique collaboration with Carole Shorenstein Hays and San Francisco’s iconic Curran Theatre. According to Miramontez, “Wherever there is theater, we’d like to be.” B

BROADWAY, BACKSTAGE Theatrical publicists receive a behind-the scenes-look at an industry most people only view from a seat in the audience. However, rubbing elbows with stars, who can often be eccentric by nature, isn’t all lollipops and roses. “Backstage Pass to Broadway,” a fascinating book by New York City publicist Susan L. Schulman, chronicles her personal involvement with theatrical history on the Great White Way. It’s a must-read for theatergoers, told from the vantage point of someone who’s “been there and done that.” According the Playbill Magazine, the book contains just enough backstage glitz and dirt to be compulsively readable.

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You might associate the term “binge watching” with the online streaming age, but film festivals, which have been in existence long before Netflix, are the ultimate haven for soaking up as much screen time as possible. By Barbara Bellesi

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Lucky for us, we have the annual Tribeca Film Festival® (TFF) descending on our fair city this April for its 14th year. The festival was founded in 2001 by Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff, and Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro, in the wake of the World Trade Center attacks. The trio’s intention was to boost the economy and spark a cultural revival of lower Manhattan, and they certainly succeeded: Not only is the TFF one of the most renowned annual gatherings in celebration of film, music, and culture, it also has brought in about $900 million in revenue for New York City.

Festival Facts

The Tribeca Film Festival takes place over 12 days. This year, it’s all happening April 15 – 26. Since the first festival in 2002, more than 1,600 films representing 80 countries have been screened. Over 400,000 people attended the festival last year. The combined attendance for all the festivals surpasses 4.9 million visitors from all over the world.

You may have been dazzled by the likes of Cannes coverage, but there’s no A-list status necessary to attend Tribeca. “The festival is meant for general audiences to explore, dive into, and discover new filmmakers and new voices as much as it is for the industry to look at films in the marketplace,” says Tammie Rosen, SVP of Communications at Tribeca Enterprises. Just as there are no rules in creating art, there are no rules when it comes to “doing” a film festival. But suggestions are helpful, and here are a few for your consideration:

Use #TFF2015 to track the festival on social media. You never know what industry movers and shakers will be tweeting!

Get Caught Up in the Buzz Film festivals are exciting. But a film festival in New York? Off the charts! One of the most exciting times for a film fan is the day a festival schedule is announced. Then comes the fun part: deciding which movies you want to see and when and where it’s possible to see them (movies are shown at various theaters throughout Lower Manhattan). The great thing about TFF is that there are several screenings for most movies, so if one showing gets sold out, you have options.

COMING SOON TO A FILM FESTIVAL NEAR YOU? The Tribeca Film Festival®, presented by AT&T, is introducing something new and exciting in its 14th year: a downtown creative hub at Spring Studios. This venue at 50 Varick Street offers a 150,000-square-foot creative space in which filmmakers, artists, and audiences can all mix and mingle. The residency will provide additional space for special events, including Tribeca Talks® panels, Awards Night, and numerous parties to be held during the 12 days of the festival. Film lovers looking to rub elbows with some of the most creative artists in the world at this exciting new venue can do so if they’ve got a Resident Pass, which can be purchased for individual days ($40 per day, $50 if purchased after April 15) or for the entire festival ($300, or $400 if purchased after April 15). Just attending for the films? Advance selection packages and passes are on sale Monday, March 9 for the general public (March 2 if you’ve got an AmEx card.) You can also buy tickets to individual screenings: $18 for evenings and weekends, and $10 for weekday matinees. Visit to purchase and get more information.

Be Flexible Tribeca is a hot ticket. While you’re likely to get a ticket to something, it might not be your first-choice film or documentary. Don’t sweat it. Remember, all good things eventually come to DVD or streaming, so enjoy the excitement of getting to see something new. And don’t underestimate the hipness of hearing buzz about a certain film and being able to say: “Oh, that one? I saw it at Tribeca.” Try Something New If you find yourself in a movie rut, TFF would be the ideal place to bust out of it. If you’ve never given a thought to movies with subtitles, now’s your chance to try one. Think documentaries are dull? Think again. Remember, there is a rigorous screening process for each film submitted to Tribeca, and many don’t make the cut. So that means the ones that do are rather special. Whatever film screening you are able to attend, know that it is quite noteworthy in and of itself for having passed the muster of the TFF committee. Savor the Experience Sure, you’ve been to plenty of movies, but film festivals are truly something unique. Translation: This is more about the films being shown than the popcorn and candy being consumed. “Festivals have an atmosphere that theaters cannot provide,” says Corinne Matlak, a Wagner College student and a volunteer at the 2014 festival. “You are surrounded by people who have similar interests, and it’s awesome.”

Tribeca Film Festival Drive-In While other festivals like Cannes and Sundance seem to have a see-and-be-seen atmosphere, TFF is more about the art than the red carpet. You might have a celebrity sighting or two, but Matlak says, “There’s a greater chance you’ll see people that are up-andcoming in the industry, or stars from the independent sector. If you do research on the festival films, you’ll find that there are a ton of independent directors, producers, and actors that come through that you wouldn’t have known about otherwise.” And that’s the whole point of Tribeca Film Festival: to scope out new, up-and-coming talent. “Besides,” confides Matlak, “knowing more about independent filmmakers is more hip anyway.” B

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CULTURE VULTURE YOUR SOCIAL CALENDAR IS CALLING We’re all about a well-lived life, which is why we’ve uncovered the best rest, reading, dining, and rejuvenation that New York has to offer. Looking for a weekend getaway? We’ve got you covered. So get up and get out, the social calendar is calling! By Gwen Wunderlich-Smith

RELAX Let the stress melt away with calm, meditative sessions at PureYoga in New York City. Our favorite, the Candlelight Flow, is a heated, dynamic class that encompasses a strong standing flow to warm the body with an emphasis on deep hip openers. After 15 minutes of challenging standing poses, stretching floor poses allow us to breath through all our pains and worries. Offered on Fridays at 6:15, this class will help you forget all your troubles of the week and start your weekend off fresh.

GETAWAY Escape the city at the drop of a sun hat and head to Nizuc Resort & Spa located in the secluded enclave of Punta Nizuc Mexico. The resort sits on a 29-acre reserve, redefining the new standard of luxury for Mexico. From sunning at an exotic pool (take your pick!) or indulging at one of the six world-class restaurants, you’ll be embraced in historic Mayan culture and tradition. Ancient rituals set the tone at the Nizuc Spa, which offers invigorating showers, an aromatic steam room, a vitality pool, an ice fountain with cool mist showers, and so much more. For the active set, paddle boards and kayaks await on the beach, while two on-site tennis courts are ready to test your skills. Nizuc is a place to enjoy the luxe life where the warmth of the Mexican spirit envelopes each guest upon arrival and extends to every interaction from that point forward.

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DINE Be sure to book your reservation to dine at one of the city’s most stunning new restaurants located at Rockefeller Center. Limani is a glamorously modern, airy space restaurant that specializes in Mediterranean fare and the freshest seafood. With soaring ceilings, a sparkling pool, jeweled curtains, and swirling sculptures, the setting alone will leave you in awe. Chef Alam brings an element of simplicity and freshness to traditional Greek recipes, and the dramatic décor reminds customers of the crystal clear, blue waters of the Greek islands. Perfect after an afternoon of shopping or a romantic evening on the town, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner from noon to midnight, Monday through Saturday.

ESCAPE For those rainy

BLOOM Every spring, Macy’s in Herald Square bursts and blooms with the spirit of the season. During the annual Macy’s Flower Show, expert florists beautify the area with flowers from around the world. Special events throughout the show include live music, kids’ activities, seminars, and more. Step into the “Secret Garden” this year from March 22 to April 5 and get enchanted with magical displays, vibrant florals, and intoxicating scents. After all, now that winter’s officially over, it’s just what our senses need.

days ahead, snuggle up with a cup ‘o tea and the best read this spring. “Oh! You Pretty Things,” our very favorite new book of the year, is a Hollywood novel that is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Jesse Dune and her mother seem to head into a downward spiral until Jesse snags a career upgrade as a personal assistant for a famous film composer. While working, she turns up toting a suitcase-full of secrets, and there isn’t enough lucre west of the 405 to cover the emotional cost of the truth she’s been running from all her life. To find out what happens next, pick up a copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes/Apple IndieBound, or at an independent bookseller nationwide. (Hardcover: $26.95, Kindle: $10.99, iTunes: $12.99) B

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3. Treat Your Selfie Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is a stylish, ultra-smart phone that helps you move from home to office with everything at your fingertips. And as an added bonus: The front-facing camera has a wider angle to easily include more family and friends in your backyard soiree selfies. Price depends on contract, 4. Pure Joy Creativity bursts throughout the Pyar&Co’s Chikoo pillow cushion with candy-like stripes. The textured and woven silk extends down the face of the Chikoo bursts, and the back luscious velvet, in multiple vibrant colors, fill the back. Now that’s some fancy pillowtalk! $230, available at Safavieh (NYC stores)


5. Shop Smart Bryght is a contemporary virtual boutique that offers high-end furniture minus the markup. The brand is refashioning the furniture industry by cutting furniture prices at no expense to aesthetic. Emil Chartreuse Yellow Sofa - $1099, 6. Send Some Sunshine Cheer someone up in a flash – sans a text message! This sunny card set features the gold foil hand lettering by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. It comes in set of eight cards and printed locally here in the USA. $18, 7. Light Up Their Life Yankee Candle’s 2015 Scentiments Collection features bright and cheerful patterned glass and nine fun fragrances such as Sparkle on Gorgeous, Twinkle Twinkle, Just Breathe, Take It All In, You Shine Brighter, and more. They’re perfect for all the little events that come up in your life. $19.99, 8. Modern Elegance Organic Pearl Ava Pedestal Bowl makes a stunning centerpiece filled with flowers, but is also a versatile serving piece for fruit, salads, and desserts. The brilliant silver bowl of tarnish-free decorative metal makes an inspired wedding gift. $155,



9. Cheers! Délice is the newest cuvée from the sparkling experts at Chandon, Napa. Crisp, refreshing and semi-sweet, Délice means delicious in French. It’s the perfect accessory for endless afternoon sipping or a catch-up with friends. $22,  10. Tea for Two Savor the moment and sip a most delightful new tea: The Gardens collection, available at Palais des Thés’ two NYC boutiques or online, is composed solely of plants, flowers, and fruits. Try “Secret Garden,” a refreshing blend of mint, lemongrass, and yellow fruit. $19, SoHo: 156 Prince Street; Upper West Side: 194 Columbus Avenue, B

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If you work from home, it’s time to invigorate and inspire your space. The home office starts with a sleek desk fit for a king – or in your case, a queen. Your chair should be equally as regal, yet modern, to match a well-designed reading lamp. The right bookcase to showcase your work, your reading, or your preferred positive pieces, such as chic frames espousing just the right motivation will help you work through a block and focus your energies. Top it off with a floral arrangement to enhance and invigorate your sense of smell to match the motivational sights that now abound. The rest of your home is immaculately decorated, stylized, and fits the bill, so why not where you work?

Bianca Grace Floral Arrangement $98,

Life Planner in Charcoal $75,

Rock Crystal Fabbrico Reading Lamp $250,

Jacques Desk $3,495,

Aruba Flat Weave Rug in Camel Brown $60,

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Old Post Office Building in Washington, DC that Trump’s group is currently converting into a 300-room luxury hotel.

Donald Trump, one of the world’s most successful businessmen and the true king of New York real estate, recently sat down with BELLA to give us an inside view to the man behind the hugely successful TRUMP brand. There is a larger-than-life perception about Trump, and with good reason –the brand Trump built is synonymous with worldwide luxury and prestige. In fact, Trump’s property list is as massive as his personality – it includes the world renowned Fifth Avenue Skyscraper and Trump Tower, as well as many other great luxury residential buildings, among them Trump Parc, Trump Palace, Trump Plaza, and 610 Park Avenue. The Trump World Tower holds the accolade as the tallest building on the East Side of Manhattan, and Trump Park Avenue have set record sales prices and refined the condo industry. Another grand notable for him: The Trump Hotel Collection’s Trump International Hotel & Tower. It is one of only three hotels in the nation to have received a double Forbes Five-Star rating for both the hotel and its restaurant, Jean-Georges. And then, of course, there are the Trump National Golf Courses & Clubs, with 18 locations around the world that host championship games and receive numerous awards and accolades. Trump has been hailed as “golf’s greatest builder” with the “greatest collection of golf courses and clubs ever built or assembled by one man.”

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Also an accomplished author with multiple New York Times bestselling books, titles to Trump’s credit include “The Art of the Deal,” “Think Like a Champion,” and “The Art of the Comeback.” And then there are his numerous TV personality and producer projects: the Miss Universe pageant, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and the Emmynominated reality show “Celebrity Apprentice.” Lastly (maybe!) is The Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, which includes tailored clothing, dress shirts, ties, cufflinks, eyewear, leather goods, and belts. In all he does, Trump seems to be on top of the world, enjoying every minute of the success he has created and the wonderful family with whom he happily shares it all. To truly understand the man he is today, we must start at the beginning. A native of New York City, Trump graduated from the prestigious Wharton School of Business. After graduation, he worked alongside his mentor and father Fred Trump. They shared an office in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, where they worked together for five years making deals. “My father was my mentor, and I learned a tremendous amount about every aspect of the construction industry from him,” Trump has said. Likewise, his father often stated, “some of my best deals were made by my son … everything he touches seems to turn to gold.” Apparently, his father knew him well. But it doesn’t just stop here; the Trump brand continues to raise the bar of its peers in all areas and exemplifies the “Go Big or Go Home” mantra. With his nothing-short-of-impressive list of accomplishments and so much further growth, Donald Trump was the perfect fit for BELLA’s 2015 “Influencer Issue” cover. Here’s a closer look at the man behind the brand, in his own words … How do you view yourself? I view myself as someone who likes to help people. I also view myself as someone who has done a good job of becoming very successful,. I’ve put a lot of people to work and have built beautiful buildings all over the world. We are building all over the world and we’ve built some great developments. We are doing some very exciting things now on Pennsylvania Avenue – the Old Post Office right between the White House and Congress. And we are finishing up Doral, which is now called “Trump National Doral,” home to one of the great big golf show tournaments in Miami. It is 800 acres! So we are doing a lot of work, putting people to work, and doing it all over the world.

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Never ever give up; never quit ... I have so many friends who should’ve been successful but they weren’t because they quit, they gave up.” What is your favorite part of NYC? I have always loved all aspects of Manhattan. I am in all areas of New York. We have a new hotel in SoHo that does great. We also have great stuff in midtown, but I think my favorite part of New York is the energy in the city itself. It’s got great energy, and the people have fantastic energy, so it’ll be more than anything else … the energy of the city. What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment so far? You would always like to say your family, but outside of the family I’ve built many great buildings and I own many great buildings. This was one of my first [The Trump Tower], so I always like this. I built the Grand Hyatt Hotel on 42nd Street and Park Avenue, which has been a tremendous success. I’ve built many jobs, the West Side railroad yards, which is a big one. So, it’s been great. If I had to say any one of them I would say Trump Tower because of the location and the importance and timing of doing it. It was just a great success for me since day one. What is your biggest regret? You always have regrets. You say to yourself, ‘Gee, if I only did this or that…” but the truth is you have to learn. Mistakes can be good if you learn from them, and you have to remember to never do it again. What is the best advice you have ever received? “Love what you do” – from my father. You’ve got to love what you do and that covers all sorts of circumstances. Number one is it makes you work, but it’s not work, – you have to love what you do. And never quit, but you won’t quit because you like it. If you don’t like it, then quit. So, loving what you do is important. What’s the best way to bounce back from a setback? Just remember that nothing is the end of the world. When you look around and see the problems other people have, it is tremendously greater than what you have. You just have to remember that you can’t make anything so totally important, and that takes pressure off of you. Who has been the greatest influence in your life? I had great parents My mother was a homemaker and [she was] terrific, and my father was a builder. I would say certainly my father from the standpoint of business. I’ve learned a lot from him in one way or another, and he was really a great teacher. He built middle income housing in Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. He was a terrific guy.

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Trump National Doral in Miami features an 800-acre golf course, a 50,000-square-foot spa, and a spectacular 700-room hotel.

I remember in your first book, you talked about a balcony being slightly off and you made the contractor fix it … Yeah, I have a good eye for that. If you don’t have a good eye, you’re not going to be very successful. I can tell you that. What would you say is the single most important factor for success? To never ever give up; never quit. Now, you need to have the right idea, but never give up. I have so many friends who should’ve been successful but they weren’t because they quit, they gave up. If you decide to run for president, what would be the first order of business? Jobs are always going to be the first order of business. We’re not doing well with jobs; we have a phony account. They say we are at 5.6 percent, but the number is probably 21- 22 percent. The people who gave up looking for jobs are considered employed. I would also say replacing ObamaCare, which would happen quickly. What is America’s greatest strength? I think America’s greatest strength is its people. We have great people who want to see this country succeed.

Out of all the projects you have going on, what excites you the most? The Doral – it’s called Trump National Doral. This iconic 800-acre golf course and resort is home to five championship courses, including the worldrenowned Blue Monster championship. There’s also a 50,000-square-foot spa and a spectacular 700-room hotel in the middle of Miami right by the airport. And the famous Old Post Office Building in Washington, DC. We are converting it to a tremendous building, a beautiful hotel. It is going to be spectacular – the Trump International Hotel. It is such a great location. Please finish this sentence: “Happiness to me is…” … having great relationships, great family, and health for everyone. How do you want to be remembered? As someone who did a good job and took care of a lot of people. How do you define beauty? Beauty is defined all different ways. I just got back from Miami, where we were having the Miss Universe contest, and you see some really beautiful girls, but beauty is from within. I’ve seen really beautiful people who are bad people, and I’ve seen people who aren’t so beautiful that are great people. Beauty is from within. B

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When you think of Maria Shriver, so many things come to mind: Her iconic family, mom to four beautiful children, the former first lady of California and, of course, her unending philanthropic work that she holds so close to her heart. Coming from such an influential and service-oriented family, Shriver learned early on that much was expected; with that, she has inspired, influenced, and helped millions of people worldwide. By Courtenay Cooper Hall Photographer: John Russo

With all of these projects on her plate, it was a true honor to sit down with one of the most inspiring women in the world to find out how she does it all – and does it all so well.

Shriver’s work is driven by her belief that all of us have the ability to be, what she calls “Architects of Change” — people who see a problem in their own lives or the community around them, then step out of their comfort zone to do what it takes to create a solution. It is what she herself has done all her life. She has championed for women’s empowerment, economic entrepreneurship, and social justice. She has created programs, issued reports, and produced films, all with the singular goal of advancing women personally and professionally. With every role she takes on, Shriver commits herself with equal passion. As California’s First Lady, she created pioneering programs and initiatives that addressed the emerging needs of women, the working poor, military families, and the intellectually and developmentally disabled. Under her direction and vision, the California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women grew into the world’s premier forum for women. In addition, Shriver is one of the nation’s leading advocates for families struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. Her father was diagnosed with the disease in 2003 and passed away from it in 2011 at the age of 95. In 2009, Shriver co-executive-produced the Emmy Award-winning, four-part HBO documentary series “The Alzheimer’s Project,” which opened millions of people’s eyes to the devastating disease. Shriver has also been a lifelong advocate for those with intellectual disabilities. She is an active member of the International Board of Special Olympics, the organization her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founded in 1968. She is also on the advisory board of Best Buddies, a one-to-one friendship and jobs program for people with intellectual disabilities. Currently, Shriver is executive-producing the critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated film, “Still Alice,” starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart.

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Can you describe “a day in the life of Maria Shriver”? It is probably the same as many people – it’s never the same and is always evolving. Usually I wake up around 6 a.m., make coffee and feed the dogs, then do my daily meditation. I then wake up my son, make breakfast, and if I am lucky, I drive him to school. He is in a carpool, but he often lets me drive him, which is a gift. He is a junior [in high school], so I have another year and a half of that and then that will be over, and that will be another new beginning. But every day I try to start my day with a meditation of gratitude for my health, for my life, for my family, for my faith, and for the gift of the day. It’s been such a gift to me to start my day off that way. Then of course I have various projects that I work on. I have a really great website [] that I work on with the people here in my office. We try to put really inspirational content on there that I like to call, “Architects of Change.” I have a nonprofit that is called “A Woman’s Nation,” which has a lot of inspiration and initiative in it, as well as The Shriver Report, my work with the “Wipe Out” Alzheimer’s Movement and The Shriver Corps Poverty Initiative. I also work with NBC and [on] films. Right now, I am working on “Still Alice,” a film about Alzheimer’s, so I am trying to promote that and make sure I am available for that. I also try to give myself some time to think and create because I am a big believer in igniting ideas. You know, A Woman’s Nation is all about women’s ideas and actions, how you think of ideas and how you actually implement them – that is what I do. I try to touch base with my children, and touch base with people who I care about, that is kind of what my life is about. You certainly are quite busy. With all that you have going on, it’s nice to hear that you start off each day just like so many of us – making breakfast and driving your son to school. Yes, I’ve been driving to school now for 20-something years – my oldest daughter is 25 and Christopher is done a year from this June. I think this is something that parents can identify with, being in the carpool. First it starts with Mommy and Me and then it goes to preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and if you are lucky enough to have a couple of children, it keeps you on that cycle, right? And then, at some point, that cycle ends and a new cycle will begin. I think that is one thing that I have learned: Your life is consistently changing; therefore you have to be thoughtful and inventive with what your day is like. The life that you craft is always changing, so you have to change with it. I try to support the initiatives [of] my brothers, which are [ones] my parents had started. I approach all of these things as a journalist, a storyteller, and as someone who believes that every individual is capable of making an impact. That is what I try to do with – to honor the small and the big, to honor people who are doing amazing things with their lives, who are paying it forward.

Life has a way of bending you, pushing you around, and I think you just have to keep going. Keep hanging in there. Keep pushing forward. Keep believing in yourself, and I think that is easier when you have to deal with other people ... you just believe that you have a reason to be here. You have a mission that is greater than yourself. I never was the type to get perplexed or daunted when people say no to me. For some reason, it never seems to bother me. I always looked at it as a challenge and how I was going to get around it. I think I have a strong work ethic but I’ve never sat there and thought “Oh, I am successful.” I don’t think that way at all.

The Women of the Oscar nominated Still Alice, from left to right: Lisa Genova (Author), Kristen Stewart (Actor), Sandy Oltz (Early-Stage Advisor), Julianne Moore (Actor), Maria Shriver (Executive Producer), Pam Koffler (Producer), Dr. Maria Carrillo (Chief Science Officer), Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns (Co-Producer)

Your parents were so influential in their quest for positive change in the world. Your father was the founder of The Peace Corps and your mother, the Special Olympics. Did you feel you had a lot to live up to with such strong role models? When you grow up in a family like mine, immediate and extended, you’re surrounded by people who are achieving on a big scale. I think every individual has to find their way and find how to make their own individual life matter and not copy what everyone else is doing. I think everyone needs to figure that out for themselves. I was certainly aware it wasn’t good to sit around and do nothing and that much was expected. My mother was unusual for her time, and really just unusual – period. Both of my parents would wake up every day and just want to change the world. So I was highly aware of their work, and the work of my (extended) family. I think I expected more of myself because of my parents. I think everyone grows up wanting to make their parents proud, right? I wanted to make them proud, and even though I lost both of them within the past five years, I still want to make them proud. I think I am different from my parents and I am a different woman than my mother, although she was the most important role model in my life. Having been so successful in your career, what do you think is the single most important factor to success? I think there isn’t one single factor. I think you have to have an incredible belief in yourself, be self-confident, and have a strong work ethic. Don’t let the no’s get you down. Don’t let the failures derail you or destroy you.

I remember once thinking, “I am successful” a moment after I wrote my first children’s book, “What’s Heaven,” and I got the call that it was on the New York Times bestseller list. Even though it was a children’s book, it was on the same list as the regular books and it was the same day I won a Peabody Award. I remember sitting down in an office in New York and just crying. I think that was the only moment I felt like I did good. Then it goes away and you realize that these things are just fleeting.

Now I concentrate on how I feel, day in and day out, and don’t look to the outside world anymore to tell me I am doing a good job or being successful. I ask myself, how do I feel about what I am doing? How do I feel about myself as a person? How do I feel about my relationships? Am I doing well by that? I have a different definition of success today than what I thought in my early 20s. I used to think, if I get that anchor job, then I will be a success, or if I write a book, success. It is an evolving thing this “success” thing. There is not one thing that you can think, “Oh, if I do that, then I will be a success.” I’ve learned that over the years. I didn’t know that when I was younger, but we change, we evolve. What matters most is my relationship with my family and God, that my children are good human beings, and that I have done something in my own way to give back to the world. How do you find balance? That’s a tricky one. If I try to [find] “balance,” I always end up feeling unbalanced and off. So I don’t look for that anymore. I try to see how I feel at the end of the day in my personal, professional, and philanthropic life – the three Ps. I don’t want them to be uneven, but I look at it like being a part of a circle. Are they in sync? One shouldn’t be 99 percent and the other nothing. My mother always said to me, “It is a marathon – this thing called life. You want to look back at the end of the day, the end of the year, the end of decade, and think, ‘I did well by all of these things.’” You mentioned earlier your work with the Special Olympics – can you tell us a little more about the World Games that are coming to LA this summer and how people can help? We have been doing a lot to get ready, raising money and creating awareness. We are trying to get people to volunteer and trying to make sure people know what the Special Olympics is all about. It is much more than just an athletic competition. It is really more of a dignity revolution and [it] promotes tolerance. It shows how we are all different and yet all the same.

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It is about putting down our judgments. It is about family and unity, and that is what we are working on … to make sure this City of Angels rolls out the red carpet for these athletes from 177 countries. It is hard to get people’s attention in this era. We are trying to make sure people are aware and that we welcome them to come join us. Bring your kids, raise money, and/or sponsor an athlete. There are so many ways to participate. Is there any chance you would follow in so many of your family’s footsteps and run for office one day? No, I don’t see that happening. I mean, I “never say never,” but I don’t see it happening. I think you can make big differences in the world without being in office. I don’t think that is the only place to make an impact. I think my world will shift dramatically when my youngest son leaves for college. When you look into an empty nest, you have opportunities available to you that you thought weren’t before that point. I am trying to plan the next year and half so I am present in my son’s life, since this is the last year and a half he will be home. Then I’ll turn my attention to the next thing I can manifest. That might mean more television, more films. I have no idea what it could be or where it could go. I want to be excited and optimistic. I want to be able to dream what the next phase of my life could be once he graduates. Someone said the other day, “You sound like you’re in your 20s,” and in many ways, that is how I feel. I feel the same as I did when I graduated from college with my journalism career. It is not as clear as, “I want to be a newswoman or anchorwoman” and “here is the way to do it.” Now it’s like, “I want to have a new dream. I don’t really know how to do it, but I am going to try.” I think you have to make room for new dreams… for other opportunities. I am trying to, as best as I can, get rid of the things that drag us all down. We all have those feelings of “Ugh, that didn’t turn out as I wanted... I wanted to do a better job there.” I want to get rid of those feelings and clear my mind to see what is ahead of me. You are the executive producer on the critically acclaimed, Oscar nominated film “Still Alice” starring Julianne Moore, which focuses on a woman’s battle with early onset Alzheimer’s. Can you tell us a little bit about how you got involved? The book was at a women’s conference that I was a part of, and when the director and writer came in and asked for my help, I was really happy to be involved. Actually tonight, I am presenting an award to Julianne Moore at the AARP awards. I think this is a moment not just for her but also for women – [ones with] Alzheimer’s and all of those who have been active in trying to wipe Alzheimer’s from our experiences. I really don’t want to get it, and I am hopeful. You are also trying to raise $5 million for research, is that correct? I am trying to build a movement of women to sign up and raise money to do

Maria walking with Team Haiti at the last Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens

research on women’s brains; ultimately, it is a movement to wipeout Alzheimer’s. I am doing it as a partnership with Women’s Nation and the Alzheimer’s Association. I agreed to lead that initiative and power through to learn why this [disease] happens to women. We each need our brains to power through and gather how we can be active in trying to get rid of this. I am determined to do everything I can to eradicate it. What is your advice for the younger generation, for them to become Architects of Change? I think they are already doing that. I think there are some people who are combining business with social and making money. There are a lot of people who are excited about how to use business, how to use technology, and I am really excited to work with them and create with them. I think there are many young people who want to make an impact and are not just about the money. When I was growing up, you didn’t look to business for social good, you looked to politics. Certainly, good things can come from politics, but I think they react to everything else that is going on in the rest of the world. So I am excited and hopeful and feel like I want to be in that place. I don’t want to feel like my best days are behind me; I want them to still be in front of me. I once read on your social media that you were promoting the idea that beauty is defined by you, which I loved since that is BELLA’s tagline. How do you define beauty? I think it is self-confidence. I think it is something different. I see people who are not traditionally called beautiful but are beautiful because of their spirit. I tell my daughters, your spirit is what makes you beautiful, and your smile is what makes you beautiful. [It’s] your ability to be positive toward the world. It’s not a purse or a designer outfit. It is how you look at the world, your attitude toward the world. It is your smile…. the energy you bring to a room, to a home, to an experience. That’s what I think makes you beautiful. And lastly, can you please finish this sentence: “I am happiest when…” …I am sitting around the table with my family and everyone is eating and laughing. B

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Getting Started


A doctor with a passion that extends far beyond his practice, Dr. Didier Demesmin, M.D. is a man who embraces every aspect of life. Humbled by his beginnings, he doesn’t take for granted his successes, instead he has made sure to give back to those less fortunate and help guide the students and children who look to him as a mentor. Born in Union County, NJ, Dr. Demesmin spent his childhood and most of his teen years living in Haiti, a country in which his family originates. “I come from a large, extended family and my parents wanted me to learn my culture, the language, and attend school there,” he says. When it came time to go to college and medical school, it was his parents’ vision that their son would come back to the United States. “Caribbean families are big and I grew up with not only my siblings [which included a sister and two brothers], but cousins as well,” says Dr. Demesmin. Growing up in a neighborhood where everyone lived close by [his family lived with his grandparents], there was always someone around. From playmates to babysitters, family was at the center of everything. “It was a positive experience growing up with family all around me,” he says. One of 12 doctors in his family, Dr. Demesmin comes from a long line of scholars both in the field of medicine and politics. While his sister is an attorney, he says he always knew he wanted to attend medical school. “Medicine always attracted me; I knew I wanted to do something where I could provide the most impact.”

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Since education was such an important factor in the Demesmin household, the good doctor cites his mother’s brother as someone who has made a big impact on his life. Despite starting out his medical career in obstetrics and gynecology, the former OBGYN chose to switch his field of practice because of his uncle’s influence. “He is an anesthesiologist and I chose to follow in his footsteps,” says Dr. Demesmin. His decision to pursue pain medicine was in large part due to the fact he watched his mother, who was dying from cancer, suffer with pain. It’s also why he works often with cancer patients who are exposed to pain early on. “One of the rewards is hearing a patient tell you he/she is pain free while going through chemo. It’s a good feeling knowing you are able to help someone with one aspect of their life.” Now an Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist who is Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine for the past 10 years, Dr. Demesmin is helping others live a more painfree life. “Pain impacts all aspects of life, including one’s dignity, and it’s my job to help those affected live a pain-free existence,” he says. It’s been noted, he says, that patients who have less pain throughout their care live a bit longer than those who are suffering. Oftentimes patients with cancer are given medication to help alleviate the pain but the side effects make it difficult to get out of bed and live life to the fullest. Dr. Demesmin and his team perform minimally invasive procedures that help relieve the pain so a patient no longer has to rely on medication. Another advantage to the procedures he performs is that patients who might not necessarily need major surgery or qualify as a surgical candidate have another option. With a systematic approach, Dr. Demesmin devises a plan of action for each individual in both diagnosing the pain and the best way in which to treat it. Individualized care and treatment is something on which he prides his practice. “I learned early on that medicine is not a right, it’s a privilege.” Highly respected in his field, Dr. Demesmin says the greatest honor comes from the recognition of his peers. “It’s the biggest compliment when a fellow doctor sends someone closest to me. I take that very seriously,” he says.

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Sharing His Knowledge

In a family full of intellectuals, it’s only natural you’ll find a bit of healthy competition. Always eager to learn, Dr. Demesmin is constantly thinking of ways in which he can do better and contribute to human life. The answers, he says, lie within the research and teachings he performs within his field. Voted New Jersey’s Top Doctor for the last five consecutive years, Dr. Demesmin is at the forefront of his field. In addition to his private practice (he maintains offices in both NYC and NJ), he is the medical director of both the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department and the Sports Medicine Institute at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, where he also serves as Director of Pain Medicine Services. In addition, he is an assistant professor at his alma mater, Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Medical School at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, where he contributes to an annual scholarship given to disadvantage students enrolled in the fellowship program. He’s also in the process of working on a new scholarship in honor of his late mother, Nicole Demesmin, for underprivileged students aspiring to pursue a career in the health care industry.

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As an alumnus of Rutgers, Dr. Demesmin credits ODASIS (The Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences), an academic support group within the Division of Life Sciences at Rutgers, for helping him achieve his dream. He says that ODASIS factored positively into his academic and professional journey, which is why he’s still so deeply involved with the program, offering students educational guidance and emotional support. “Even though I came from a large family of doctors, I still needed guidance.” He is extremely proud of the Sports Medicine Institute and the work they are doing in bringing awareness to the growing epidemic of sports related concussions in children. Started over a year ago at St. Peter’s University Hospital, Dr. Demesmin says he is seeking to educate communities on what he believes is a big problem in sports in America. The clinic strives to have evaluations done on all children preparing to play sports so that baseline information is on file in the event it’s needed. “Sometimes you can have a concussion and not even know it,” says Dr. Demesmin. “Now we can immediately identify the symptoms and eliminate the chance for a misdiagnosis.”

A Role Model for the Next Generation A big sports fan (he treats a number of professional athletes), Dr. Demesmin is also involved with the student-athletes at Rutgers, providing guidance and support through mentoring. Those considering a career in medicine shadow him and his staff for a first-hand look at what it’s like to work in the medical field. “As an alumnus, I feel it’s important to give back and be a role model for the next generation. I love that I can help them,” he says.

“I want my kids to work hard, never take anything for granted, and know that nothing comes easy – you have to earn it.” Dr. Demesmin’s reach in giving back extends to his involvement with the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad (AMHE) as well. This organization of Haitian physicians fosters professional alliances and promotes the health and interest of the Haitian immigrant community. “We do a lot of fundraising for Haiti and are currently in the process of building a school,” says Dr. Demesmin. The chapter has also raised money for the education of children in Haiti by paying teachers’ salaries, buying books and ensuring students have the necessary tools to succeed. “These kids are the future,” he says. With a huge heart and a dedication to helping others, it’s clear that the lessons instilled in his past have had a lasting effect. Dr. Demesmin cites both his mother and grandmother as huge influencers in his life, saying he learned at a young age to never take anything for granted and give to those less fortunate. “I learned early on that you are no better than someone else, you just might have better opportunities,” he recalls. Growing up in a humble and loving family is what he says has made him the man he is today. Now a father to two young children, ages 11 and 6, Dr. Demesmin is passing down the lessons that were imparted on him as a young boy. “I want my kids to work hard, never take anything for granted, and know that nothing comes easy – you have to earn it.” Although he is from a well-known family in Haiti, Dr. Demesmin has set out to build his own legacy here in America. “I want to be remembered as someone who cared about medicine and human life, worked hard, and shared what he had with others!”

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RICHARD AND LOIS NICOTRA CREATING A LEGACY By Alexandra Anastasio Photographer: Philip FIschetti

Richard and Lois Nicotra, second-generation Staten Islanders, have been putting their heart and soul into everything they do for the borough and its people since 1976. What is at the heart of their drive? A deep love for their community and each other. Inseparable since they first met, the Nicotras attended the same high school but didn’t actually meet until they were both undergraduates at St. John’s University. Now, married for 35 years, Richard jokes that while it was “love at first sight” for him, it took Lois a little longer to come around.


Richard opened the first Everything Yogurt store on Wall Street in late March, 1975, while still a senior in college. The concept he started would eventually grow to more than 250 franchised stores worldwide. An elementary school teacher at the time, Lois also worked part-time for Richard and it was then that their love story began. Lois eventually joined the company full-time as the endeavor began to grow. “Business has its ups and downs, but doing it together allows us to handle it better,” says Lois. According to Richard, at the time he was looking to start his business there were no other places where you could grab a salad for lunch. Because he was always dieting, opening a place where customers were offered healthier options appealed to him.

Building Their Legacy…

After renting space for a few years, the Nicotras purchased their first office building in Staten Island’s Port Richmond neighborhood in 1985. Less than 10 years later, they would make another move - this time creating a corporate headquarters in what is now known as “The Corporate Park of Staten Island.” “Back then, South Avenue was a two-lane, burnt out street, littered with debris,” recalls Richard. The area was transformed with a lot of hard work and dedication, and three years after scouting the location the Nicotras moved into what Richard describes as the “Park Avenue of Staten Island.” Today, the area is home to hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers. With a brand new, beautiful space the couple found the building was larger than what they needed for themselves, so they started to seek out other companies that wanted a more “professional” home for their business. Transitioning from tenants to landlords is what set the couple on their journey in the real estate business.

Dreaming Big

More than 20 years later, The Nicotra Group has developed into Staten Island’s largest private real estate development company. To date, their properties include seven Class A office buildings, the 198-room Hilton Garden Inn, Nicotra’s Ballroom, Above, Above Rooftop, Lorenzo’s Restaurant Bar & Cabaret, and the 107-room Hampton Inn & Suites.

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“For years I was a tenant and the experience wasn’t good,” says Richard. He believes that’s what’s actually made him a great landlord. “I treat my tenants like kings – it’s something we work on every day.” In 2003, Everything Yogurt was sold so the couple could focus on new ventures. The franchise expansion had meant heavy travel and being away from home for long periods of time. “We preferred to focus on what we were doing in our beloved borough,” says Richard. Next, the couple set their sights on the hotel business, something Staten Island was lacking at the time. “From the beginning, our Hilton Garden Inn was built to be a wedding venue where couples could get married and stay overnight,” says Richard. Their vision was to create an unforgettable weekend wedding experience, one that would have brides and grooms talking about long after the big day.

The Beginning of a New Chapter… On September 15th, 2001, just four days after the attack on the World Trade Center, the Hilton Garden Inn on South Avenue opened for business. Starting with 150 rooms, the plan to expand was in place from the start. When construction began, the foundation was laid for the future. “With this business, progress is important,” says Richard. “Being current and unique is what sets us apart from the rest.” Fast forward 12 years later and the expansion the Nicotras envisioned became a reality with the creation of Above, a stunning 10-story tower connected to the Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island. The project made room for an additional 50 hotel rooms and suites, as well as an exquisite 20,000 square-foot, glass-enclosed ballroom, and Above Rooftop, a rooftop lounge with an outdoor terrace and private dining area. “We wanted to do something different and unique,” says the couple. Above lends a metropolitan flavor to the growing borough. With spectacular views of the city and beautiful gardens all around – including a gazebo imported from Florence, Italy – the Nicotras are finding that brides from around the tri-state region seek the unique location when hosting the most important day of their lives. Along with the event venues, the hotel hosts a variety of nighttime entertainment, from the ultra-trendy Above Rooftop, to Lorenzo’s Restaurant, Bar & Cabaret, to the swanky Lobby Lounge. Lorenzo’s Restaurant, Bar & Cabaret, named after the couple’s beloved Maltese, serves modern Italian and American fare and features cabaret shows on a monthly basis. Having been called the “best cabaret room in New York City,” the Nicotras have introduced Staten Island to an art form they love.

With this business, progression is important,” says Richard. “Being new and different is what sets us apart from the rest.” “We always enjoyed going to the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel,” says Lois. “They had the best cabaret and we’re trying to keep that alive here, a bit closer to home.”

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Industry greats such as Lucie Arnez, Rita Moreno, and Lainie Kazan have all performed at Lorenzo’s. “We’ve met a lot of people and established some great friendships as a result; it makes what we do all the more worthwhile,” insists Richard.

Giving Back to Their Community

While the couple enjoys the hospitality side of their business (they can be found on-site for every wedding), they’re also deeply committed to other philanthropic projects that help the community to which they’re tightly connected. Since its inception in 2010, The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation has awarded nearly $325,000 to nonprofit organizations and scholarship recipients. It was the couple’s love of food and philanthropy that led to the opening of COMMONS café, located in the Corporate Park, as a way to fund the foundation. The premise of this quick service café centers around the late actor Paul Newman’s philosophy of creating a company that is completely built on giving away 100% of its profits. The COMMONS café motto is: “Eat Good. Do Good.” They are also the trustees of their own nonprofit, The Bloomfield Conservancy, which maintains and preserves the wetlands and surrounding area in the Corporate Park, including the median on South Avenue.

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Passionate about their life’s work, Richard says the best part of his job is in creating everything that surrounds them. Whether it’s enhancing the beauty of South Avenue, or traveling to places like Italy, Las Vegas, and Miami when designing Above, he continues to dream big. For Lois, it’s about the weddings and the emotion of sharing the most important day of the couples’ new life together. Up next for the Nicotras? They plan to add another two office buildings, one currently under construction, as well as renovate their Hampton Inn & Suites. They’re also in the design phase for a second, larger eatery that will follow the charity-driven model of COMMONS café. Happiest together, the couple says that even though they are with each other almost 24/7, sometimes even that’s not enough! Together, they have made it their life’s work to create a lasting legacy for Staten Island that, they hope, will continue beyond their lifetime. B To learn more about The Nicotra Group, visit

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THE INFLUENCE: “Contemporary cuisine with Mediterranean and Basque roots. We focus on seasonal products based in my family’s culinary education” – Executive Chef Mikel de Luis Trevino

BELLA’S “A” LIST APPETIZERS: TATAKI ATUN Furikake crusted tuna, wasabi aioli, ginger sorbet, and wasabi pebbles

MY MOON Williamsburg • 184 N 10th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 718.599.7007 • Cuisine: Contemporary Basque/Spanish Attire: Casual Price Range: $$$ Serving: Dinner Outdoor Seating: Yes Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Romantic Chef Mikel de Luis is no stranger to the affluent foodies of Manhattan looking for an eccentric bite at the hottest dinner party, but now he is accessible to everyone and making his mark in Brooklyn as Executive Chef de Cuisine at My Moon. A short walk from the Bedford Station, a BELLA will be delighted to find this chic, spacious restaurant designed with repurposed artifacts from the former boiler room. Sitting in these custom boiler chairs introduces mystique, as Chef Mikel’s dishes invite you to turn up the heat with Basque-inspired flavors. Tempting bites like steak tartare with quail egg, roasted duck with cherry coulis, apricot and pistachio relish, palette cleansing ice creams, and the neat detail of cheese tuile atop creamy calasparra and cod, are indicative of his career. Chef Mikel trained with three-star Michelin Chef Martin Berasategui, and Chef Tony Botella in Spain. Need I say more? Chow BELLAs! -Boston Scarlette

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STEAK TARTARE Prime angus beef tenderloin, brioche toast, caper berries, grain mustard, crème fraiche and sour cream coulis and quail egg ENTREES: PATO Pan seared duck magret with apricot and pistachio relish, caramelized onions & black cherry coulis ARROZ CREMSO DE BACALAO Y HONGOS Creamy calasparra rice, montealva cheese, cod, wild mushrooms, cheese tuile COCKTAIL: JULIANA House infused beet gin, pear shrub, ginger syrup, lime and rosemary

THE INFLUENCE: “The menu at Arlington Club offers our guests a range of American favorites with a contemporary spin.  With everything from prime steaks and mac & cheese, to our signature Short Rib Lasagna and fresh fish, the menu combines components we love about the classics while still allowing us to express our creativity and passion for new techniques and ingredients.” –Executive Chef/Partner Ralph Scamardella

BELLA’S “A” LIST SIDE DISH: MAC & CHEESE Smoked Gouda ENTREES: GRILLED BRANZINO Tomato, confit pepper, olives, oregano RIB EYE BONE IN Ordered rare COCKTAIL: BLUE NOTE Blueberry-jalapeno infused tequila, crème de mure, agave.

ARLINGTON CLUB Upper East Side • 1032 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10021 212.249.5700 • Cuisine: Steak House/Sushi Bar Attire: Dressy Price Range: $$$$ Serving: Weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner Outdoor Dining: No Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Upscale Looking for a culinary haven on the Upper East Side? Tao Group’s Corporate Executive Chef and Partner Ralph Scamardella have created a menu with subtle influence on American classics at the Arlington Club. Each dish whispers tantalizing notes that command a second bite, leaving you wondering what makes it so “BELLA” good! Chef Ralph’s culinary finesse is found in three decades of experience; he knows how to bring people to the table. Stuffed zucchini flowers and erect macaroni and cheese submersed in gouda are a romantic prelude to a steak and sushi offering. There are so many great options on the menu, yet Arlington Club will have you wanting more. So go ahead and order the Banana Cream Pie too, we did! -Boston Scarlette

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THE INFLUENCE: “The future of Hudson Valley’s identity should be forged with health and wellness as its core concept. We need to encourage boutique, sustainable, clean food production at our farms, and our local restaurants must tell the romance of this story; agriturismo has been done elsewhere, now it’s time to do it here.” –Owner John Lekic

BELLA’S “A” LIST SIDE DISHES: BRUSSEL SPROUT SALAD Brussel sprouts tossed with Granny Smith apples, blue cheese, and prosciutto bacon PORTUGUESE OCTOPUS Charred Portuguese octopus, heirloom farm-to-table vegetables ENTREES: DUCK CONFIT Duck confit, parsnip puree, fingerling potatoes, and grilled cherries PEI MUSSELS Served with linguica (Portuguese sausage), feta cheese, and fresh herbs COCKTAIL: APPLE PIE MOONSHINE Dutch Spirits Sugar Wash Moonshine infused in house with fresh apples and spice

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LE EXPRESS BISTRO Poughkeepsie • 1820 Hackensack Road, NY 12590 845.849.3565 • Cuisine: French, American (New) Attire: Casual Price Range: $$$ Serving: Lunch and dinner Outdoor Dining: No Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Casual The Hudson Valley holds some of the best kept secrets for New Yorkers looking to escape the city life for the weekend, and Le Express Bistro is absolutely one of them! Owner John Lekic has over 20 years in the culinary industry and inspiration that far surpasses the local market. At Le Express Bistro, you will find luxury meats like hen, duck, and quail, with local foraged mushrooms, vegetables, and moonshine. It is French-American influenced by the farm-to-table movement. And with one bite of the duck confit with cherries and the best ever cooked Portuguese octopus, Le Express Bistro moved me! This was one of those food altering moments, when you shift your seat a safe distance from your date and refuse to share. (It’s simply that good!) Of course, ordering the warm apple tart for two is a delicious way to savor the evening. -Boston Scarlette

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THE INFLUENCE: “Our guests! We have guests who visit us from all over the world, and each one of them is different. Catering to each of their needs keeps on my toes, challenges me, and inspires me to create each dish with special attention and care.” – Chef Arturo McLeod

BELLA’S “A” LIST APPETIZERS: COLD SEAFOOD PLATTER Lobster, lump crab meat, jumbo shrimp, oysters and clams

BENJAMIN STEAKHOUSE Midtown • 52 East 41st Street, New York, NY 10017 212.297.9177 • Cuisine: Steakhouse Attire: Dressy Casual Price Range: $$$$ Serving: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner Outdoor Seating: No Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Energetic and Elegant Since opening in 2006, Benjamin Steakhouse has established itself as one of New York City’s premier steakhouses, attracting business professionals and celebrities alike. Owner Benjamin Prelvukaj and Chef Arturo McLeod have combined their 30+ years of experience to create this must-visit restaurant, located one block from Grand Central. In addition to serving the finest quality beef, Chef McLeod cooks his steaks to absolute perfection so that they arrive tableside sizzling on a piping hot plate. Any cut can be served family style for two to four people. -Courtenay Hall

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BENJAMIN’S SALAD FOR 2 Organic greens, lump crab meat, red onion and apple ENTREES: STEAK FOR 2 Served with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach RACK OF LAMB Served with sautéed mushrooms DESSERT TIRAMISU Homemade savardi doused in strong espresso cafe, layered between a velvety mascarpone cheese

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THE INFLUENCE: “Hand crafted with a twisted approach to what’s expected, fresh, and seasonal.” – Executive Chef/Partner Eric LeVine

BELLA’S “A” LIST APPETIZERS: WEDGE SALAD Iceberg with onion, tomato, house cured bacon, and blue cheese

PARAGON TAP & TABLE Clark, NJ • 77 Central Avenue, Clark, NJ 07066 732-931-1776 • Cuisine: Gastro Pub Attire: Casual Price Range: $$ Serving: Lunch, dinner, and dessert Outdoor Seating: Yes Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Trendy If you’re looking for a flexible menu to please all culinary lifestyles and love the craft scene, Chef Eric Levine will deliver like a rock star at his newest restaurant Paragon Tap & Table. Here you will find the “Chopped” champion doing what he does best – cooking! His personality and drive are larger than life, as are the flavors in all of his dishes. Sourcing local ingredients, curing his own meats, and creating signature cocktails with over 20 craft beers and Chambord has made BELLA an instant fan! Finally, a restaurant with finesse, bite, and a beer we can drink. Make sure to visit Paragon’s sister restaurant Morris Tap & Grill in Morris Plains, where Chef Eric “fires it up” with a pre fixe menu called P2. Chef Eric has also elevated his philanthropic efforts with an extensive list of charities like No Kid Hungry and Family Reach, causing his influence to reach far beyond the kitchen. -Boston Scarlette

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TUNA TARTARE FLATBREAD Diced tuna tossed in ginger scallion sauce and brushed with wasabi mayo ENTREE: PORK & PEAR RAVIOLI Filled with roasted pork, garlic, ricotta and topped with sautéed pears, garlic, and red wine demi ARROZ CREMSO DE BACALAO Y HONGOS Creamy calasparra rice, montealva cheese, cod, wild mushrooms, cheese tuile BEER COCKTAIL: RASPBERRY WEIHENSTEPHANER HEFEWEIZEN Layered with Chambord & Cola

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The ability to affect the attitude, emotions, and even the actions of someone is the very definition of influence – which is what a best friend has in spades. Your “bestie” knows you, cares about you, and wants only good things for you. So, why wouldn’t you trust her influence? What if that influence is actually more negative than positive? Here’s a quick quiz to see which way her influence trends. 118 BELLANYC.COM | March/April 2015


YOU JUST GOT DUMPED…. HARD. Your best friend…

A. suggests you pretend the breakup never happened. Don’t take “no” or “it’s over” for an answer, she tells you. No one can reject your love no matter how much he wants to. She tells you to stalk his dumping derriere if you have to but make sure he realizes what a huge mistake he made by leaving you. Make the jerk pay! SCORE 20 POINTS B. reminds you that it’s not the end of the world. Just because one person rejected your love doesn’t mean it was worthless or even wasted. Clearly, he didn’t appreciate or even grasp the many amazing qualities you have. She advises you forget about him and move on. Life goes on, and so will you. SCORE 10 POINTS


YOU GET FIRED. Your best friend…

A. immediately empathizes with you, taking your side while doing his personal best to help rebuild your confidence. Almost instantly, your friend gets word out to his own work network that you’re a great hire and are available immediately, doing his very best to turn a bad situation into a careerdefining fresh start for you. SCORE 10 POINTS B. blames a hidden conspiracy “out to get you” and pushes for instant litigation, harassing you into taking a meeting you don’t want with a skeevy lawyer you’d never hire. She threatens war with the company via its Facebook account and even sets up a petition to get you hired back. SCORE 20 POINTS BONUS: If your friend later asks permission to send your ex-boss his own resume due to his own employment dry-spell, SCORE ANOTHER 10 POINTS.



“She tells you to stalk his dumping derriere if you have to but make sure he realizes what a huge mistake he made by leaving you. Make the jerk pay!” SITUATION #5


A. listens patiently as you confess your deepest fears about life and death, and what your ultimate role is or was perhaps meant to be. She offers personal insight into her own spiritual journey and how she has dealt with it over the years, admitting that even now she doesn’t always have all the answers. SCORE 10 POINTS B. erupts with joy that you have finally admitted to your single greatest weakness. She then immediately books you an appointment with her own spiritual guide to get you on “the” path to happiness. SCORE 20 POINTS

A. takes the somber occasion of your own life-changing diagnosis as a reason to revisit her own health issues in even greater detail. For some reason, she seems to interpret “empathy” as playing a grand game of “My disease was kind of like your disease, but actually worse…” SCORE 20 POINTS

BONUS: If she says anything along the lines of “Now some people have referred to this as a cult but nothing could be farther from the truth…” SCORE ANOTHER 15 POINTS.

B. drops everything, determined to come quickly to your side. She listens, without judgment, as you bear your new health reality, offering whatever help she can until you begin feeling strong enough to confront the challenges presented. SCORE 10 POINTS



YOUR KID GOT ARRESTED. Your best friend…

A. recognizes that even as you are attempting to face the harsh realities of the situation at hand, you are also struggling with self-doubt as to your parenting abilities and what role your own personal issues may have played in this trouble. He offers support in whatever way he can – even if it’s nothing more than standing up for you and your family to friends. SCORE 10 POINTS B. immediately cuts loose with a chorus of “He was always trouble” and “Don’t blame yourself – he was rotten to the core all along.” Then he inserts recommendations of tough love alongside decidedly unveiled suggestions about the sort of pre-emptive parenting you clearly were not doing. The only offer of tangible assistance is limited to seeing if the arrest is serious enough to attract the attention of either Judge Judy or Dr. Drew. SCORE 25 POINTS

YOU NEED MONEY – FAST! Your best friend… A. expresses surprise at the desperate nature of your request, even as he offers to help as much as possible. Still, he appears far more concerned with ensuring you are able to separate from whatever circumstance has brought you into such a dire situation than the need for the actual money itself. SCORE 10 POINTS B. pops out a laundry list of items he’d be more than happy to take off your hands at 10 or 20 cents on the dollar “just to help out,” even as he suggests other wild alternatives like blood, sperm, or even organ sales. SCORE 25 POINTS. BONUS: If he offers to help plan and/or execute a heist of any kind, SCORE ANOTHER 50 POINTS B

SCORING KEY 50-80 Positive Influence

85-170 Negative Influence

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Mind+Body We caught up with the celebrity mom to hear more about her thoughts on staying well as she strives to make the world a better place. As for her physical health, Ling has exercised and eaten well for as long as she can remember but admits that she used to be “obsessed with not eating fat”—something that really affected her. “My skin was so dry and I would easily lose my train of thought,” she says.

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“If anything, I’ve started to eat more and consume more fats than before,” said Ling, who enjoys a balanced diet. “If I want French fries on occasion, I go for it.”


Like most of us, there was a time in her life when Lisa Ling – the journalist behind CNN’s documentary show “This is Life” – questioned her faith. After all, she had witnessed so many atrocities in the world, it was understandable she began to look inward. Thankfully, Ling’s husband supported her as she asked questions about why bad things happen to good people. Then, she decided that the best way to make the world better was to take action. While Ling says she may never understand why horrific things occur and will undoubtedly encounter more of them as a reporter, she believes all people can make a difference in the world by looking within themselves. “In improving the people we are, we can therefore make positive contributions that benefit others.” Ling recently spoke openly about her ideological struggles and the importance of health at the Mount Sinai Women’s Health Day of Learning and Luncheon event.

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Her healthy lifestyle is equally as important to her family’s wellbeing—something she believes all women should take to heart. “Women are the nucleus in the home and our habits have such an impact on everyone, particularly our kids,” she said. “One can’t expect our kids to lead healthy lifestyles when we don’t.” Ling says strong health carries into her professional life. At the time this article was written, she was producing the second season of “This is Life.” With her faith renewed, Ling continues to report on provocative issues and has a hands-on role in every aspect of the CNN hit. During the first season, she highlighted drug-addicted Mormons, a feminist–stripper, a gay rodeo, and selectively bred geniuses. Eating well during long work hours is vital for her health, but there’s something else Ling craves—a great story. “I firmly believe there is a hunger for great, smart storytelling,” Ling says. “To be honest, there really hasn’t been much that I have wanted to share but didn’t.”

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MIND+BODY What Inspired Hitzmann’s MELT Roller?

The MELT Method Book has recently been translated into seven other languages.

“There was nothing else in the marketplace that was made to hydrate the connective tissue with the right amount of light pressure that The MELT Method requires. I was trying to simulate the same light touch techniques I was doing on my client with my hands. So after years of prototypes, I found the size and density of our MELT roller gave the most and longest lasting results. Although simple in appearance, the MELT roller is designed with very exact specifications for its intended purpose.”


Your personal trainer may suggest you “roll it out” if you complain of muscle ache or tightness. For some, foam rollers are all the rage, but to others, they just hurt too much to be effective. That’s where somatic-movement educator and manual therapist Sue Hitzmann comes in. After decades of practice, research, and study of connective tissue science and complementary therapies, Hitzmann was intent on developing a self-treatment technique that helps people get out and stay out of chronic pain in just 10 minutes a day. The result is the MELT Roller, a uniquely designed soft roller made partly of memory foam so that it gently absorbs pressure to help rehydrate the connective tissue system – “not just ‘release’ tight muscles.” “Restoring the glide-ability of the connective tissue – the supportive, flexible scaffolding that keeps muscles stable and balanced – takes a lighter touch,” Hitzmann explains. What’s distinctive about Hitzmann’s MELT Method vs. traditional foam rollers is that it manipulates connective tissue in certain

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parts of the body in order to release the entire system. “For example, although it’s called the Hand and Foot Treatment, the results of treating the hands and feet affect the entire body,” she explains. “And, although doing the Passive Shearing Techniques on the back of your thigh as we do in MELT can reduce the signs of cellulite, it also helps alleviate back and knee pain all in the same treatment.” In addition to the MELT Roller, a MELT 3-DVD set and MELT Method Book Companion are available. Hitzmann, the founding member of the Fascial Research Society who also holds a master’s in exercise science, conducts MELT workshops in a variety of locations, including NYC (where she is based). She hopes to embark on a nationwide tour later this year. Visit for more information.

Hitzmann will soon be collaborating with New Jersey Institute of Technology to test MELT as part of a research study recently approved by the IRB (internal review board). The year-long study will show both long and short term benefits of self-caring using MELT.

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

Didier Demesmin, M.D.

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

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

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

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The medicinal effect is not about getting “high.” Cannabinoids are unique chemical structures that can only be found in the cannabis plant. They are generally accepted as the main medicinal ingredients of cannabis. The most commonly known cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is also the compound that is responsible for getting you high after consuming larger amounts of cannabis. It is this psychotropic effect that leads THC to be considered the active constituent of cannabis, however, there is much more to this plant. So far, more than 70 different cannabinoids have been identified. These compounds have a chemical structure that is much related to THC, but their biological effects are quite different and they have (virtually) no psychotropic potential. It is becoming increasingly clear that such lesser known cannabinoids may have therapeutic use for certain medical conditions. The most important example of this is cannabidiol (CBD), which has shown potent anti-cancer,

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anti-psychotic, and recently anti seizure effects. Other cannabinoids currently under review include cannabigerol (CBG) and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). Plants can be grown to have different concentrations of cannabinoids and used for specific problems.

How does it work?

Our body produces a group of “cannabis-like” chemicals called endogenous cannabinoids, or endocannabinoids. They regulate many bodily functions, like sleep, blood pressure, immune responses, and bone growth. When the different endocannabinoids work together in a proper way, they help to keep us balanced. An unbalance in endocannabinoid activity is involved in many medical conditions.

Are there side effects?

Like all medications, there are side effects, but unlike many other products used on a daily basis, there has been no noted link of cannabis with drug-dosed fatalities. This, of course, deserves more and more research, and as the state legalization moves forward, it is hoped that better double blind studies can be completed for both efficacy and safety.

How is it given?

Cannabis can be prepared in a smoking form, edible forms, tinctures, and oils. As we move forward in the medicinal use of cannabis, there is a goal of metered dosing to assure a standardization in treatment protocols. The form used, however, depends on the problem being treated, the patient, and individual preference. There is, of course, different onset of action and duration of action depending on the type of preparation.

What is it used for?

While its use as an appetite stimulant and nausea reliever in the chronically ill has been well known, most recently different strains have paved the conversation in the management of pediatric seizures. At this time each state develops its own approved treatment list, many of which include chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, post traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer’s, and a variety of other inflammatory and neurological conditions. Endocannabinoids exert their biological effects by binding to the cannabinoid receptors, which act like switches to change bodily functions, such as blood pressure, pain responses, or appetite. It is now known that cannabinoid receptors can be found in most parts of the brain, as well as in the immune system and a variety of other organs. Endocannabinoids and their receptors together are called the endocannabinoid system. This system can be found even in very primitive organisms, indicating it has a very fundamental and important role in basic physiology. Think of it as a fine-tuning mechanism in the body that works in conjunction with our endocrine, nervous, and circulatory systems. The plant-derived cannabinoids can bind to the endocannabinoid receptors, and/or modulate the receptors to create a specific response.

Until federal regulations allow greater scientific research into medical cannabis we remain limited in knowing its true benefits. Yet as all physicians know, some of our best medications, including aspirin and digitalis, came to us from a plant in nature.

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Not familiar with the term either? In this case, it means an incredibly handsome instructor with seven years of professional dancing experience and a functional but aesthetically-minded group exercise class that will fire up your usual fitness routine. One factor that contributes to the hot environment in Stratton’s BFX Burn classes (a full-body HIIT workout involving TRX, kettle balls, and UGI balls designed to singe fat fast) is that he ends each workout with partner work. With provocative titles like “Hold Me Close,” “Look Into My Eyes,” and “Work For It,” partners are instructed to complete exercises together. This is quite the intimate twist to your usual gym class (especially if you get to partner up with an in-class cutie!). Stratton got the idea to integrate partner work routines into group fitness thanks to his five years dancing for the Pilobus Dance Theater company. “There’s a tremendous amount of core strength and overall body strength that you gain from working with another person who is acting as a live, moving weight,” he explains.

When BFX Studio, one of the hottest new fitness boutiques in NYC with locations in Chelsea and the Financial District, promised me a workout with a smoke show, I immediately thought they meant as in the machine. It turns out that the instructor of one of their signature BFX Burn classes, Derek Stratton, was the smoke show. By Sari Beth Rosenberg

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BFX Studio Locations: 555 6th Avenue in Chelsea 917-382-5573 30 Broad Street in the Financial District: 212-232-0050 Pricing: $30/class; $140/5 classes (plus tax)

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Thanks to all the hot new technology at BFX and Stratton’s steamy class, you will be sure to create your own smoke show inside and outside the studio. Who needs a smoke machine, anyway?!

In Your Mind’s Eye… Brown University researchers used MRIs to evaluate brain activity when overweight and obese people viewed photos of calorie bombs such as pizza and ice cream. Upon asking them to consider different mindsets while viewing the foods, they found that considering the long-term consequences of indulging could reduce cravings. That worked better than accepting the thought of indulging and letting it pass, focusing on how satisfying it would be to pig out, or thinking about something else entirely different than food.

Tap Away Temptation


Looking to add more oomph to your weight loss efforts or simply stop yourself from caving in every time you see potato chips? Try either or both of these two techniques – they have less to do with counting calories and more to do with using your noggin to prevent weight gain. By Kristen Fischer Project19_Layout 1 7/31/14 12:36 PM Page 1

Another craving-curber comes from a team at NYC’s Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital. They looked at the efficacy of a few distraction techniques. Participants who used their index finger to tap their forehead and ear did better at squashing cravings than those who tapped their toes on the floor and those who stared at blank walls. These strategies may be more than wishful thinking – perhaps they really could prevent us from overindulging.

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MIND+BODY “Depending on your body type or your genes, the right cardio, exercise, and proper healthy eating will get your butt into marvelous shape,” promises the 29-year-old star who is also the owner of Body Construct LLC, a Connecticutbased fitness facility where she trains women. “Butt” wait – there’s more ... “Many of us say our butts have too much ‘junk in the trunk.’ Well, it is so important that you eliminate the junk,” says Marchese. Proper, healthy eating is a major part to help attain a toner-looking body and butt, she reminds. “Cookies, soda, fast food, candy, and fried foods in your daily intake should be eliminated if you want to have that firmer looking body. And keep your cheat meals to one time per week.” Of course, it’s also important to have healthy nutritious foods like protein, complex carbs, fruits and variety of vegetables, she encourages. “Healthy eating, cardio, and toning exercises can help give you that apple bottom you are looking for.” Photo: Angel Samples

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Along with healthy eating and regular exercise, Marchese’s “Bootylicous Workout” consists of several butt-toning exercises you can perform at the gym or in your own home. 100 squats (8 lb. dumbbells) 100 walking lunges (8-10 lb. dumbbells)


SHARES HER “BOOTYLICIOUS” SECRETS With titles that include Miss Bikini Fitness America New York, Miss Bikini New England, Miss Model Fitness America New York, Miss Bikini Fitness Atlantic WBFF Pro, and Miss Summer Nationals, it’s no wonder Lori-Ann Marchese was cast on Bravo’s “Game of Crowns,” a reality show that chronicles post-married beauty pageant queens in their journey from “Miss” to “Mrs.” It’s also a great reason we’re looking to her for some kick-our-butts advice! By Gina LaGuardia

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100 dead lifts (use a 12 lb. bar w/ 5 pound plates on each side for more.) (Repeat 2-3 times week.) Tip: “It’s so important to fuel your body with protein and branch amino acids within 30 minutes after you work out with a Post Workout Shake for muscle recovery and repair. This will help with muscle growth to get that lean body you’ve always wanted! The more muscle you have, the more fat you burn.” In addition to her filming schedule, Marchese is also busy with the launch of her own line of Body Construct Nutrition Supplements and was recently given the title of “World’s Top Trainer” by Huffington Post and Easy Branches. “My passion is training women, and helping change their lives through my knowledge of fitness.” For more information on Marchese’s gym and nutritional supplement online store, visit

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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WRITERS WHO INSPIRE In honor of our “Influencers” issue, we are focusing on fierce female figures in literature, including a true pioneer. Get ready to be awed and inspired by these women, many of whom don’t seem to enjoy taking no for an answer. By Barbara Bellesi “MOUNTAIN TO MOUNTAIN

Shannon Galpin When is a bicycle more than just a mode of transportation? When it becomes a vehicle for social change in a country where women aren’t given the right to ride. In this moving memoir, Galpin – who in 2009 was the first woman to ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan – reflects on her work in providing education and other opportunities, including bicycles and the right to ride them, to Afghan women through her non-profit organization, Mountain2Mountain. Fueled by her own experiences as a single mother and rape survivor, Galpin has made it her life’s mission to provide support to women who need it most.


Antonia Murphy In this hilarious memoir, Murphy details the first year of her family’s journey from being upright urbanites in San Francisco to down-anddirty artisanal farmers in rural New Zealand. Sound crazy? Well, it made perfect sense to Murphy and her husband, who wanted a better chance for their developmentally delayed 5-year-old son. Never mind that they didn’t have any farming experience; they eventually assimilate to life with the cows, goats, chickens, and sheep, but not without gaining a sincere appreciation of the phrase “dirty work.” Murphy’s philosophy is that poop happens – most especially on a farm.

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Barbara V. Anderson Walking has proven to be not just an exercise for the body, but for the mind and soul as well. In this little gem of a book, Anderson shares her 600-mile solitary stroll from Arles, France to Puente la Reina, Spain. Her goal was to empower fellow baby boomers and encourage them to explore the world and, in turn, learn more about themselves. She wrote and emailed letters that were shared and shared again among friends so that by the end of her trek, Anderson had established quite a fan base.


Pamela Smith Hill, Editor Readers of “Little House on the Prairie,” rejoice! Here is Laura Ingalls Wilder’s previously unpublished autobiography that tells the real-life stories behind her much-loved novels that were based on her family and their travels through Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and the Dakota Territory. Hill, the awardwinning author of Wilder’s biography, has annotated the manuscript that has been tucked away since the 1930s, enabling “Little House” fans to see the true story of our beloved Laura as she grew from little girl out on the prairie to wife and mother and, of course, to acclaimed novelist.


Patricia Walsh A brain tumor left Walsh blind at the age of 5, but it didn’t take away her vision. This award-winning computer engineer is also an IRONMAN world record holder and a paratriathlete who smashed the record for blind triathletes in 2011 by a whopping 50 minutes. She’s done all this and more because she fervently believed she wouldn’t be restricted by any limitations. In this fiercely motivating book, Walsh shares her Fuel/Fire/ Blaze approach to reaching goals. Fuel: Set your base goals and daily tasks. Fire: Map out major milestones and stay motivated towards them. Blaze: Discover your highest goals and desires. Walsh has consistently proven there is always a way to surpass obstacles.

A WALK TO AWAKEN Some people go for a short walk to clear their heads. Then there’s Barbara V. Anderson, who embarked on a 600-mile trek to inspire herself and others to open their eyes wider to the world around them. “I am a walker,” Anderson says. “A walker walks because there is nothing that offers more pleasure, sweeps away the cobwebs, frees the soul, grounds the body, or relaxes the mind. A walker walks to resolve problems, to forget problems, to understand problems. A walker walks for no reason and for every reason.” When Anderson wasn’t walking, she was writing letters that she then sent by email to friends and family whenever she got to a location that had a decent Internet connection. The emails were read, and the forward button was used – often. “I was planning to just write family and friends because they were interested in my walk,” Anderson explains. “Then they started sharing my letters and more people wanted to read about what I was experiencing on my walk. I like that people still enjoy the oldfashioned letter.” By the end of her journey, Anderson inspired countless others to break out of their shells and do something adventurous in their lives.


Looking for a film with a powerful female lead? Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren has once again struck it rich with a starring role in “Woman in Gold,” a courtroom drama produced by The Weinstein Company and BBC Films. “Woman in Gold” is based on the true story of Maria Altmann (Mirren), a Jewish woman who fled Vienna 60 years ago during Hitler’s reign of terror. Now, she seeks to regain her family’s prized possessions that were taken by the Nazis, among which is Gustav Klimt’s painting, “The Lady in Gold.” Represented by her green but hungry attorney, Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), Mirren’s Altmann embarks on a journey for justice that takes them from Austria to the U.S. Supreme Court. “Woman in Gold” was written by Alexi Kaye Campbell and directed by Simon Curtis. The stellar cast also features Katie Holmes, Daniel Bruhl, Elizabeth McGovern, and Jonathan Pryce. The film will have a limited release on April 3. B

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Making an impact means doing things that have a positive effect on the lives of those around us. It requires that we take the lead, knowing that our selfless actions are bigger than ourselves. These women influencers are making their mark, and their actions show us how possible it is to make an impact and a difference. By Vanessa Coppes

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EVA LONGORIA The Eva Longoria Foundation

KARYN PARSONS | Sweet Blackberry

Karyn Parsons is best known as the character “Hilary Banks” on the long-running television show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” After being inspired by the true tale of a determined slave and the remarkable lengths he travelled to find his freedom, Parsons created the Sweet Blackberry Foundation, which is dedicated to the mission of sharing amazing true stories of African-American accomplishment. While growing up, her mother, a librarian in the Black Resource Center of a library in South Central Los Angeles, would share such stories with her daughter, and it made a tremendous impact. As an activist and now mother herself, Parsons designed Sweet Blackberry to use that same power via storytelling to inspire today’s youth. You can support Sweet Blackberry’s important mission of bringing little known stories of African American achievement to children everywhere by donating, purchasing their DVD, volunteering, and/or booking a visit to your child’s school or a local youth organization.

Eva Longoria founded The Eva Longoria Foundation, which helps Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. Longoria discusses Latina issues at numerous high profile venues, including a hearing at the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, the Clinton Global Initiative America Conference, and the National Council de la Raza (NCLR) National Conference, among many others. The Foundation is able to spotlight and galvanize support for Latina issues at these events.

ELIZABETH GORE United Nations Foundation

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Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa, founders of Warby Parker, believe that kind-hearted gestures can have unintended consequences. So, instead of donating eyewear, their partners train men and women in developing countries to give basic eye exams and sell glasses at affordable prices to those in their communities. Since its inception in 2010, Warby Parker’s Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program has distributed one million eyeglasses to people in need around the world.

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Elizabeth Gore is the first-ever Resident Entrepreneur at the United Nations Foundation, bringing innovation into the United Nations and chairing the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. She builds global partnerships and cause marketing strategies that are implemented in programs and campaigns supporting the humanitarian issues of the United Nations. Gore previously served as vice president of global partnerships at the UN Foundation and founded strategic grassroots efforts, such as Nothing But Nets, Girl Up and the Shot@Life global vaccines campaign. Additionally, she manages partnerships with Fortune 100 companies, as well as with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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DEIRDRE BOLTON A CAREER BUILT ON RISKS AND REWARDS By Alexandra Anastasio Photos by Philip Fischetti

Taking the world of financial reporting by storm over a decade ago, Deirdre Bolton is educating audiences with her new weekly program, “Risk and Reward with Deirdre Bolton” on Fox Business Network (FBN) which debuted last spring to rave reviews. Weekday afternoons are more interesting and informational as Bolton sits down with leading experts in the industry to discuss the latest news and options for alternative investing all in a way that’s understandable and accessible for everyone, not just the financially savvy.

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While she’s been a fixture on camera for many years, Bolton didn’t set out to become a journalist, although she admits to studying English and French literature at the University of Iowa because she enjoyed telling stories, something she now does daily. After studying in France for the better part of her undergraduate years, Bolton went on to work for two French banks here in the States and explains that her decision to go into finance came down to practicality – at the time there were few areas where language skills were needed. She spent five years in the business, at which point she became as she jokes, a “Wall Street dropout.” Ready for change, the future newswoman pitched herself as a writer to Bloomberg TV where she already had a connection. “At the time, they didn’t need writers, but they were looking for TV reporters,” says Bolton. “In November 1999 I began reporting from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.” Despite her lack of television experience, the company felt those skills could be learned along the way; it was her expertise in the markets and the editorial experience acquired while conducting research and pulling detailed information for the traders that was invaluable. “The five years I spent in banking were the best learning experience,” she explains. “I wouldn’t be as effective today if I hadn’t had that knowledge.” After spending nearly a decade with Bloomberg TV and covering virtually every on-air position, Bolton was once again headed for a change. In the span of two short years, she’s built up an amazing franchise covering alternative assets, and as her brand has grown, so has she. “I was ready to take things to the next level creatively, and when I met with Roger Ailes, the president of Fox Business Network, he loved the idea of the show.” In early February of this year, she moved to FBN, bringing along with her the idea for “Risk and Reward.”

“Fox is savvy about media and TV,” explains Bolton. “They are supportive of their talent and the creative ideas we come up with even when they’re not conventional or traditional. They believe in me and the vision of the show. It was a dream offer!” As the only show of its kind on the air, Bolton engages in daily conversations with the industry’s leading experts while exploring and informing viewers on alternative assets, such as private equity, hedge funds, venture capital, real estate, etc. “Risk and Reward” also focuses on other non-traditional ways to make money beyond stocks and bonds. “The goal is to present big-picture ideas, making sure they’re easy to follow,” Bolton explains, “as well as pointing out any pitfalls to be aware of.” Bolton describes herself and the show as an “advocate for the viewer.” All topics discussed are understandable and accessible through the use of what’s called “Risk and Reward” vocabulary shown on screen whenever jargon is used. “I like to think we are clearing things up, not dumbing it down for our viewers,” she explains. Her producers have even built translation time into the show so Bolton can effectively explain subjects that may be confusing, something quite unique for a financial show. Taking things up a notch each Friday is a segment entitled, “Elevator Pitch.” The premise has budding entrepreneurs looking to take the next step pitch their concept to Bolton during a 30-second elevator ride. Facing off with a panel of potential investors, they’re given a thumbs up or down along with constructive criticism. While not all participants walk away with new investors, they do leave with interesting contacts and new connections. “I am always impressed with the entrepreneurs and their take on the experience,” says Bolton. “Everyone loves the segment and I like to think of this part of the show as an awesome cocktail party.”

TO CATCH ALL THE LATEST FINANCIAL NEWS AND INFORMATION, WATCH “RISK AND REWARD WITH DEIRDRE BOLTON” WEEKDAYS AT 1 P.M. ET ON FOX BUSINESS. Between the cool music they play and the rock-star guests like Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Max Levchin, founder and CEO of Affirm and co-founder of Paypal, and Dennis Crowley, co-founder of Foursquare, it’s no wonder Bolton’s financial show became an instant hit. “Most people want to know their choices when it comes to investing,” says Bolton. “On our best day I hope the audience comes away with information on what’s available along with a few good ideas for when they’re talking with their financial advisors.” In addition to being useful and practical, Bolton hopes “Risk and Reward” is also fun to watch. While her days are spent building the show, this wife and mother of two boys makes sure she balances family and a career in a business that’s 24/7. With an early morning start – par for the course in the business – Bolton describes it as “tough, but extremely rewarding.” She credits the stories she covers and the interesting people she meets as making it an exciting time for her not only professionally, but personally, as she gets to see the world evolving for her children. Of course, unplugging from the outside world and being home for dinner is always a must, she adds. And, she admits that doing what she loves makes it all a little easier. “I couldn’t do something I didn’t love 150 percent!” B

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HEAD SOUTH FOR THE SPRING As we begin to barrel out of winter and into the in-between before spring, we are all due for some vitamin D. Now that the snowbirds have flown away, a quick getaway to South Florida is exactly what the doctor ordered to warm up our bones after the long cold spell. However, South Florida is notoriously cluttered with hotels, so how do you choose? On your next Florida jaunt, opt for a genuine slice of intimacy at a posh, unique retreat. Here are three not-to-miss luxury hotels, from Sunny Isles to Naples and South Beach. By Dara Kaplan

LA PLAYA RESORT Located directly along the sandy white beach of the famed west coast of Florida, Naples, La Playa is a classic beauty best defined with elegant ease. Better yet, its impeccable service, staff, and grounds make it nothing short of luxurious. Described as the “crown-jewel” of southwest Florida, LaPlaya encompasses 6.5 acres, situated on private, sweeping white sands and gently lapping turquoise waters, nestled next to the picturesque Vanderbilt Bay. The laid-back luxe escape features private cabanas alongside cascading rock-waterfall pools, beach fire-pits, nightly sunset celebrations, and a private 18-hole Bob Cupp golf course. Not to be missed is its delectable, waterfront, toes-in-the-sand fine dining at signature restaurant BALEEN. Part of the Noble House Hotels & Resorts collection, LaPlaya offers posh and panache down to the smallest detail. Insider Tip: Be sure to indulge in the personal beach butler. You’ll almost feel as if you have been transported to a private tropical island – only without the hassle of a passport (or Customs).

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ACQUALINA RESORT & SPA Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach is a place where the charm and warmth of a Mediterranean villa meets quiet sophistication on the beach. The seaside luxury haven is located on 4.5 beachfront acres in pristine Sunny Isles Beach and features 98 impeccably appointed guest rooms. Noteworthy is the resort’s “No neighbors” feel while you’re in your room or suite, as there are no more than five rooms per floor. You’ll step into a world of old-world luxury with unprecedented accommodations and service, three oceanfront swimming pools, and world-class dining that includes Il Mulino New York and AQ by Acqualina. Acqualina is just five minutes from the world famous Bal Harbour Shops and a short drive to the vibrant daytime activities and nightlife of Miami Beach, South Beach, Hollywood, and Fort Lauderdale. Insider Tip: Don’t forget to get your complimentary Bellini or mimosa upon arrival. First class!

THE PALMS HOTEL & SPA Just minutes from the South Beach scene, The Palms Hotel & Spa is a seaside oasis offering a tropical and secluded ambiance that’s unparalleled in Miami. A green, sustainable philosophy and a laid-back sophistication permeate throughout the resort’s offerings, from the fresh natural gourmet fare at Essensia Restaurant, helmed by Chef Julie Frans, to the luxury Aveda Spa. Surrounded by lush botanicals, the resort’s pool is the perfect hideaway for a day of ultimate sunbathing and relaxation. Spacious one-bedroom suites offer a bedroom, living room, and expansive balcony that overlook Miami Beach and the Atlantic Ocean beyond the spectacular pool and gardens. Insider Tip: Ask The Palms Hotel’s Aveda about their coveted HydroCapsule. One of the only in the region, it’s designed to contain body treatments in a personal pod-like chamber, which allows treatments to be self-contained for privacy and cleanliness. Guests can receive and wash off scrubs, essential oils, creams, etc. without having to stand up. B

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Our Colorado Mountain Express driver not only provided luxe, door-to-door stress-free service (with a midway Starbucks stop), he also entertained us with stories of the region’s history and spotted some Bighorn Sheep on a passing mountain slope.

HAIL TO VAIL SUNNY SIDE UP (AND DOWNHILL) Tucked away a picturesque two-hour drive from Denver, this quintessential Colorado ski village presents world class dining, spas, resorts, and – of course – excellent downhill terrain. Far from the gloomy gray so often greeting skiers in the east, this gorgeous region offers a breathtaking vista of 14,000-foot peaks and 300 out of 365 days of sun. By Sascha Zuger

Although you can toss a snowball and hit an excellent eatery in this village, we ventured on the free shuttle to Cinébistro at Solaris. Once there, we enjoyed an Oscarnominated flick in leather, recliner-style seats as our server brought us gourmet dishes, craft beers, and handmade cocktails, along with a large ceramic bowl of popcorn with sea salt and real melted butter.

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At The Arrabelle at Vail Square, a Rock Resort, impressive service adds to the old-world European charm felt throughout the property, from the massive fireplace lobby to the well-appointed suites with deep soaking tubs and steam showers. Not to mention the rooftop heated pool and double Jacuzzi overlooking the slopes and cobblestoned village!

If you’re skiing with kids in tow, they’ll be in excellent hands in an Ultimate Four semi-private, all-day Vail Ski & Snowboard School program. Top-notch instructors like Lionshead Village-based, Austin Stauffer, will keep you updated via the EpicMix online program as to your child’s progress.

Having great gear is key to a positive ski experience, and judging from the compliments I got on the slopes, Ski Base Ski and Snowboard Shop is a top choice. Better yet, it’s a top mom ‘n pop - literally, their two boys can be seen helping out in the store!

Service sets Vail apart, from the friendly ski valets standing alongside the gondola with your gear each morning to the concierge waiting to organize a public art tour, snowshoe trek to spot wildlife, or dogsledding adventure to add to your stay. For a taste of why so many celebs consider Vail their own private playground, take a trip to the RockResorts Spa at The Arrabelle. Its 80-minute massage with polished gemstones, a chaser of fresh-squeezed juice elixir imbibed in the large roman tub or steam room and sauna are, quite simply, glorious! While my fellow travelers might be expert Double Black Diamond fans, most of us can appreciate “Her Turn,” a specially designed Vail Resort ski program for women by women. My instructor, Ingie Franberg, gave me my first enjoyable ski outing thanks to her patient and encouraging manner.

Whether you’re in a casual mood or up for something fancy, Vail has plenty of aprés ski options. Tempt your palate with green chili, local brews, and “Norm-style” wings at Bart and Yeti’s in Lionshead Village. Opt for upscale truffle fries and Elk Chili and wine pairings at the 10th (where they not only welcome skiers into the scenic restaurant 10,000 feet above Vail Village, but trade guests cushy slippers for their ski boots. Or, take a delicious break from the action at Bistro Fourteen atop Eagle Bahn, where you can whet your appetite for the spiked mulled cider and corn and lump crab dip with an hour of adrenaline fun snow tubing at the adjacent Adventure Ridge.,

Private to members during the day, the Game Creek Club wows with a superb fivecourse chef’s menu perfectly paired with vintages by the on-site sommelier. Oh, and you’ll need to ski in or board a gondola and then a snowcat to reach the remote eatery perched mountainside under a sea of stars. B

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SAN DIEGO, UNPLUGGED THE GOLDEN DOOR Article and Photos by John Russo

So I’m the guy who can’t be without a cell phone or computer access for an extended period of time – that time being more than an hour. When a friend told me that the cell reception is nonexistent at The Golden Door, I was a little hesitant to go. But then the tired, over-worked part of my brain reminded me this is exactly what I needed. Could I really go a week without answering hundreds of emails and returning calls? Yes, I could, and I did. I jumped in my car and headed down to northern San Diego. I had no expectations; I learned early on that great expectations lead to great disappointments. To be honest all I really wanted to do was relax and get spa treatments. I had no idea what an amazing experience I was about to have. From the moment you arrive, you feel like you have been transported to another planet. It’s almost like time stops. There is no pressure to do anything you do not want to do. I worked with one of the staff members and chose a daily schedule that was perfect for what I wanted out of this experience. I hiked, played tennis, did yoga classes, worked out in the gym, and had amazing spa treatments. On top of that I met the most amazing people who were also there looking to escape from their busy lives. We dined together, had some laughs, and learned about each other. The irony is, we did this and no one was texting or on their phone. I know that sounds crazy, but it was true. We actually engaged in meaningful conversation and listened to one another. I made some incredible friends and learned so much from these wonderful people. After all, that is what life is about. Since I am a visual guy I thought the best way to convey my amazing experience at the Golden Door Spa was to capture it through my lens. And so I did…

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HOW TO HAVE YOUR OWN AMAZING EXPERIENCE AT THE GOLDEN DOOR ... Bring a good book for your downtime. Don’t forget your hiking shoes. Take the Gratitude Labyrinth Hike in the morning. Take the Blue Jay hike in the late afternoon to see the gorgeous sunset. Take the Hike & Bike Adventure, but bring lots of water! Try Aqua Yoga. Try the Yuichi Dance class. It’s so much fun! Listen to the Sacred Sounds. It is the most relaxing thing to do. Try the indoor cycling Virtual Ride. What a unique experience! The core and stretch classes are amazing,

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WHEN YOU THINK OF ST. LUCIA, YOU THINK OF ROMANCE, AND WITH GOOD REASON. An overwhelming portion of the guests at St. Lucia’s utterly romantic and secluded Ladera resort are on their honeymoon, celebrating an anniversary or on a getaway with their significant other. Once you cross the threshold of one of the suites, it is abundantly apparent why they chose this place. The breathtaking view of the Piton Mountains and shimmering sea below is precisely where the fourth wall should be. To add to the romance of the open-air layout, each suite features a wooden porch swing for two over a private ensuite pool. If the magnificent view isn’t enough to wow you (doubtful), the recently added Paradise Ridge suites offer on-call butler service, so you quite literally never have to leave your romantic bliss –not for your massages, or your meals. However, you will certainly be tempted to leave for the dramatic white sand Sugar Beach that awaits 1,100 feet below. If you do choose to venture out, highly recommended is the on-property restaurant, Dashenee, a culinary jewel of the island. (Full Disclosure: We chose to eat at Dashenee three out the five times, it was that good – nothing else compared! My fiancé is still talking about the steak.). To be sure, Ladera isn’t for everyone. It is experiential travel destination, not your typical luxury resort on the beach. If you are looking for a cookie-cutter beach escape, look elsewhere. This is for the traveler who gets it. The open wall means there will be the noises of wind, rain, and loud frogs (however, being a New York City resident, we absolutely loved the lullaby that the noises of nature created). Birds and other friends may even join you in your suite. Not to worry, although the four-poster bed sports a romantic mosquito net, we did not get one measly mosquito bite.

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An important feature to note is the lack of air-conditioning. (This might not be the ideal place for a babymoon, however, the high elevation creates lovely cool breezes even in the dead of summer.) The other concession due to those unbelievable ridgetop views is the distance from the beach – if you want to swim, you’ll have to take a shuttle to another resort. However, there is a beautiful (and famous) pool on the Ladera property if you just would like a dip in a more social setting. Venturing further afield offers St. Lucian activities such as climbing the Gros Piton or bathing in the sulfur springs. (I highly recommend this – it’s a lot of fun and will detox your body and leave your skin as smooth as a baby’s.) Privacy reigns supreme at Ladera resulting in many rumored A-List stars stays. Where else can you have a sweeping open view without any possibility of anyone gazing in? Ladera is so captivating and enchanting that for those who come to experience the true beauty of the island, there is no reason to leave. Ever. B

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You’ve officially made it through the height of the winter and as spring begins to peak, take some time for yourself and make way to The Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa, a Hudson Valley Bed and Breakfast in Milton New York. Just a short, scenic drive from the bustle of New York City, this popular wellness center helps you find your center. And really, what’s better than that?! By Gwen Wunderlich-Smith

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Time stands still, sanctum is found, and life becomes balanced after just a few days at The Inn — an extraordinary 75-acre-river property that offers cabins, estate rooms, and private houses with royal views of the Hudson. There’s Henry’s, a farm-to-table restaurant, an organic kitchen garden, and orchard with a viewing deck and outdoor wood fireplace overlooking the Hudson. Did we mention the world-class spa? There’s much to do or nothing to do, but whether you head up for an evening, a weekend, or a weeklong retreat, one thing is certain – there’s something special about this place and its inviting country charm. On a recent sunny afternoon we arrived to our destination – a two-bedroom guesthouse offering modern luxuries and rustic charm. The Inn plays host to 10 distinctively decorated rooms in the circa 1764 Main House, with river or garden views, and names like Sweet Basil, Winterberry, and Lotus Blossom. Four guesthouses and a former barn provide an additional eight guest rooms and cottages with stunning panoramas and secluded outdoor spaces, making it the perfect place for an intimate event or getaway with family and friends.

Through March, you can support the arts with Buttermilk Falls and The Falcon by enjoying a Hudson Valley getaway with New York City entertainment. A special package includes Hudson Valley’s premier venue for live worldclass music, a progressive art gallery, contemporary American cuisine, and good vibrations. The Falcon encourages contributions to a careworn donation box, a symbol of democracy in the arts and a way for any patron, to give what they can, in support of the living artists whose work they have enjoyed. The package includes overnight weekend accommodations, a full service breakfast each morning at the Inn, Friday Dinner at Henry’s at the Farm, and Saturday dinner with live, world-class music at The Falcon. (The popular “Support the Arts Package” is filling quickly, so those interested should book quickly.)

After a few hours of R&R, we were off for a hike to the Buttermilk Falls. The rushing water and the night air brought a smile as we pulled our sweaters around us just a little bit tighter. Just what we needed, the idyllic setting immersed us into a peaceful state of mind and awoke our appetite for a lovely meal at Henry’s. Henry’s keeps in mind the farm-to-table aspect in its inventive and ever changing menu. “Barn to Bar” takes the organic herbs, vegetables, and fruits grown at the Millstone Farm and integrates them into the signature cocktails. We tried “The Cuke,” made with gin, mint, and cucumber, as well as the “Lavender Sidecar” with honey and infused lavender, a local favorite. Flawless in presentation, we dined on honey garlic shrimp with Millstone Farm brandy glaze and heirloom tomato gazpacho with jumbo lump crabmeat. The seared monkfish was cooked to perfection while the roasted garlic ravioli with braised lamb shank, mascarpone, and arugula will be talked about for weeks to come. When we couldn’t devour one more bite, we settled into one of the leather sofas next to the roaring fire and enjoyed a nightcap (and admittedly, the crème brulee — perfection!). I woke the next morning and sat with a blanket and espresso on the porch watching the sunrise over the Hudson. Now this is what Saturday mornings should be. It was off for an early morning visit to the spa with four treatment rooms and a green philosophy seen in their natural and organic massages, facials, and body treatments.

Natural light infiltrates the wellness facility cascading from oversized windows, reminiscent of the inn’s airy, simple beauty. After our massages and facials, a spa lunch was brought to us as we lay by the indoor pool for a few hours. Eager to make sure we experienced all the resort had to offer, we biked on the estate trails, fed the farm animals, picked apples, and canoed in the pond before heading back home. I was so relaxed, I choose to stay on property for the entire time, but should you choose to wander, there’s hiking the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, scenic parks, boating on the Hudson, antiquing, art galleries to tour, as well as the Hudson Valley Wine Country. The Hudson is filled with historic treasures, award-winning restaurants, and natural beauty that must be seen. It’s no wonder that it was named one of National Geographic Traveler’s “Best of the World” destinations. B

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By Dionne Clarke

Divine Dana Point

Just over an hour’s drive south of LA will leave you perched at the idyllic St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort along the pristine shores of the Pacific Ocean in Dana Point and the perfect spot for a balmy getaway.

The views alone are reason enough to have St. Regis Monarch Beach (SRMB) as your new favorite place to stay on the West Coast but when you add in all the amenities, fitness activities, and day trip options like a ferry ride to Catalina Island, you will be in OC heaven.

The Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamondrated Laguna Beach retreat has world-class golf facilities, private beaches, the award-winning Spa Gaucin, and with added touches like butler service and family programs, it’s a divine place to stay for any traveller.

St. Regis Monarch Beach is also a top wedding location choice for those looking for the perfect nuptial spot. (A recent Indian wedding there even saw the groom make his entrance on an elephant!) There’s nothing SRMB won’t do to make your stay, or event, the best ever.


Dr. Bill Dorfman is a well renowned dentist with a patient list that reads like the roll call of any A-list event, including Hugh Jackman, Eva Longoria, Usher, Katy Perry, and Fergie. But aside from having one of the most illustrious dental careers, Dorfman is also a prolific philanthropist who uses his skill and expertise to help those who need it most. He has helped raise more than $30 million for Smiles for Life, and has traveled to South Africa to help raise money for Tomorrow’s Trust, a non-profit that helps children who have become orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS.

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The dining jewel in the crown of the resort for me is the amazing Michael Mina restaurant, Stonehill Tavern. The eatery serves up the best of American cuisine, featuring seasonal ingredients, California coastal vegetables, and local seafood specialties. Menu highlights are the Morro Bay black cod, Painted Hills beef filet mignon, and Mina’s classic whole fried Jidori chicken for two. Their extensive wine list and knowledgeable sommeliers will offer you the perfect pairing for what will sure to be a delicious meal overlooking the ocean.

Dr. Bill, as he’s known to his clients, has also helped restore the smiles of countless women who were victims of domestic violence through the Los Angeles Battered Women’s Shelter and Safe Passages. More so, in 2008, Dr. Bill co-founded his non-profit, the LEAP Foundation. LEAP is an award-winning leadership and development program that helps high school and college students get “a 7-year LEAP on success.” Now in its seventh year on the UCLA campus, LEAP draws in nearly 500 students from around the globe, with nearly 60 percent of them attending on scholarship. The weeklong program exposes students to a unique curriculum of goal-setting, effective communication, mentorships, and more.

Shaffer LA Arm Candy

Erin Shaffer may have recently launched her eponymous handbag line but the former Neiman Marcus executive is not a newbie in the fashion world. Using her years of experience, Shaffer has designed a collection of arm candy that ranges from everyday totes and bucket bags to clutches and carryalls in a range of dark and vibrant hues to keep every woman accessorized perfectly regardless of their day or nighttime ensemble. Shaffer also offers customizable features, including monograms, tassels, and hardware, to make the elegant and simple staple designs uniquely yours. The bags are all designed and created in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and crafted from Italian leather with suede linings – the perfect range of bags every lady should have that won’t ever go out of style. And with celebs like TV personality Louise Roe already clamoring to get their hands on the stylish bags, the Shaffer launch collection is a must-have for this Spring season.

Fun Dining Meets Fine Dining How can I describe the dining experience at Barton G in West Hollywood other than to say it’s a culinary experience that you simply have to partake in yourself in order to fully appreciate the creative wizardry, deliciousness, and whimsical wow factor that the restaurant has to offer?!

The hotspot is the brainchild of event concept designer and restaurateur Barton G. Weiss, a talented culinary visionary who not only designs and creates the menu but also the interior design of the aesthetically pleasing dining space.

Delights on the menu at Barton G. include the moreish lobster pop tart, a flakey phyllo pastry with a gooey Gruyere cheese and Pernod Mornay sauce filling that’s served at the table in a retro-style toaster. The popcorn shrimp cascades out of a popcorn machine. The Rake and Ho Garden Salad is beautifully nestled in a mini wheelbarrow served with gardening tools with a pot of quinoa and packets of seeds to sprinkle over the most delicious pile of greens dressed in champagne vinaigrette. The Lobster Trap mac ‘n cheese is a guest favorite, and if you happen to order the steak – spoiler alert – it will come with a 4-foot- high fork for its dramatic entrance.

Taste is by no means lost among the innovative presentation as everything is just divine. Barton G is fun dining meets fine dining for a fantastical culinary experience like no other. At the heart, it’s just the most delicious comfort food with the most wonderful whimsical twist. Save room for desert! Three feet of cotton candy swirled around the head of a Marie Antoinette mannequin and a marshmallow pizza delivered in a pizza box are just two more of the menu items that will have you oohing and aahing in delight. B

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was held at Chelsea Piers, benefitting The Nephcure Kidney Foundation. Cuba Gooding, Jr. presented the inaugural Humanitarian of the Year award to Michael Levine, who has been a relentless supporter and fundraiser for the cause.

AN EVENING OF BEAUTY Dr. David Schlessinger hosted an in office

beauty event introducing his new associate Dr. Brett Kotlus to his patients and friends. During the evening, the doctors educated their guests on the benefits of Ultherapy, a new non-surgical treatment used to tighten and lift sagging skin on the face, brow and neck.

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Komansky Center for Children’s Health’s Plates for Pediatrics benefit, raised a record $1 million for pediatric services. The event, sponsored by Tiffany & Co., drew 520 attendees to the Mandarin Oriental New York for dinner and cocktails on January 29.


President Bill Clinton made a surprise visit to a screening of the Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary, VIRUNGA – hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio. The screening was followed by a Q&A moderated by Ann Curry with director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara on the timely and universal message of the film. Other notable guests included: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Jonah Hill, Jeffrey Wright, Jeff Gordon and Beau Willimon

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It’s been nothing but sunny (career) skies for Roker ever since. He’s a ninetime Emmy winner and has produced programs for PBS, MSNBC, and CNBC as well as the popular Food Network series “Roker on the Road.” In addition, Al Roker Productions, Inc. is responsible for the critically acclaimed PBS weather special, “Savage Skies,” as well as the highly rated travel series “Going Places.” Roker’s highly publicized gastric bypass surgery in 2002 lead to him to dropping 100 pounds in just eight months and he’s remained an image of healthy happiness. Married to fellow journalist Deborah Roberts, Roker is also the proud father to three children. Read on for his 9-point forecast on why he loves NYC ... 1. Best thing about living in NYC? You can travel “around the world” – the five boroughs – for the price of a MetroCard 2. Favorite restaurant? The Cecil 3. Favorite neighborhood? I love the Hudson River Park 4. The best part of my job is… That every day is different. New stories, crazy weather to talk about on “Wake Up With Al” on the Weather Channel, a new audience on “The Today Show” plaza to play with, and the best chefs in America cook for me. 5. A visit to New York isn’t complete until… Is this a trick question? You have to stop by “The Today Show” plaza.

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6. Subways or cabs? Subway – it’s the best transportation value in the world. Where else can you ride 232 miles of subway 24 hours a day for $2.75?! 7. Best advice you’ve ever received? Always be yourself, and never give up your day job. 8. One “must-have” item every New Yorker should have? A MetroCard. 9. Finish this sentence: One thing people don’t know about me is…… I am extremely shy. B

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