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Hello 2018! I absolutely love the start of a new year—everything is fresh and new, and there is so much possibility in what’s to come. We themed this issue “Effortless Glam,” and I think Jessie James Decker (who is 5 months pregnant in these pictures) is pure perfection! Not only is she stunning, she is an accomplished musician, a power woman who has built an amazingly successful brand, and last—but certainly not least—mom to two adorable kids (ages 3 and 1) with baby #3 due this spring. All I can say is, WOW, talk about multi-tasking and doing it all looking so glam—something Jessie does so effortlessly. With that in mind, our fashion directors Mindy and Paula styled Jessie in fabulous looks from NYC stores Karen Millen and Kyle by Alene, Too, which created a stunning and chic photo spread (pages 84-89). We spent three days in Nashville this past November for the shoot, and what fun we had! I had no idea how fabulous Nashville really was. It was so great that I decided to write an eight-page travel story to share an insider’s guide to our stay (pages 90-97).

I know that health and fitness is always top of mind at the start of each new year, with many of us resolving to get in better shape. That’s why I am excited to have NYC-based “Million Dollar Listing New York” star and fitness enthusiast Emilia Bechrakis Serhant as our guest Mind + Body editor this issue. Emilia offers tips on living a cleaner, healthier life, as well as a great fitness feature with trainer to the stars Kira Stokes on the right ways to get your body back–even from home! Another powerful element of this issue’s Mind + Body section is Dr. Robi Ludwig’s feature story on sexual harassment in today’s culture. As a woman, I am relieved to see that a very strong and powerful movement is happening and allowing victims to feel secure enough to share their stories and change the narrative on this very important topic. No means no, and power is not to be used to intimidate, harass, or assault. That is a message that needs to be clear no matter who you are or what you do. I am happy with the issue and find it to be very well rounded with content covering everything that’s important to the New York woman. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did putting it together. Here’s to a wonderful and healthy new year,

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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 Phil Fischetti has had the honor of calling BELLA home since the magazine's inception some seven years ago (he's totally lost track). Listed as Creative Director, but his title has encompassed many roles and for this issue it once again includes photographer. Phil and the rest of the BELLA team had the pleasure of traveling down to Nashville to photograph the beautiful and talented Jessie James Decker for our cover feature.

World famous photographer John Russo does it all, from photographing celebrities like Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, and Leonardo DiCaprio (to name a few) to shooting high-profile advertising campaigns for Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana. His work has graced the covers of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Esquire, and BELLA.

Mind+Body Guest Editor Emilia Bechrakis Serhant is an attorney, land title insurer, and reality TV personality on Bravo’s "Million Dollar Listing New York." In BELLA's Summer 2017 issue, she was featured in our Mind+Body section, and this issue she shares some insider tips for living well. Keep up with Emilia on Instagram @Emilia_Bechrakis and Twitter @EmiliaBechrakis, and watch season 7 of "Million Dollar Listing New York,” coming this spring.

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SCENE 26 BEAUTY 5 Ways to Feel Glamorous in Any Setting, Around the World Beauty, Celeb Secrets: Lindsay Hubbard, Rockin’ a Red Lip, Ask the Hair Experts, Good to Glowhaus, High Time to Shine, Beauté Naturelle



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THE MAGIC 58 DISCOVER OF BROADWAY A Conversation with the Producers of “Anastasia”

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VULTURE 60 CULTURE Toasty & Terrific

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NEW YORK LIFE 50 THE Andy Hilfiger

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GLAM By Mindy Gura

and Paula Orlan

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Sara Cigarette Women’s Jeans $229,

Junk Food Get Chic Done Cropped Sweatshirt $72.50,

ANAIS Ankle Boot $505,

White Fox Akela Maxi Dress $71,

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SUIT YOURSELF By Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan Tailored Suit Jacket; Wide Leg Trousers $399, $225,

This season the suit and tuxedo became a girl’s best friend on the red carpet. From blazer dresses to plunging jackets, many celebrities have been embracing this sexy trend. The juxtaposition of this gentlemanly style with a ladylike touch is super glam! NISSA $275.45,

Linen Flared Trousers; Linen Wrap Vest, $480, $700,

Kira White Double Breasted Coat Dress $74.99,


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Mini Slip Dress $24.50,

Nisa Satin Slip $88,

Vintage Revival Over Dyed Slip Dress $268,


SLIP INTO GLAM By Jonathan Calixto

Slip into the latest fashion trend with one piece—the slip dress. In a range of tones and lengths, it’s the perfect item for your winter closet. This effortless essential can be accessorized to exude the inner glamour of every woman. Dress it up or down and you’ll never miss the fashion mark this season.

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FASHION’S PAST By Amanda Mactas

Sometimes holding on to old things pays off—literally! Fashion trends recycle themselves so much that some of your favorite oldschool pieces are sure to come back in style someday. Whether you plan to buy or sell’em, rocking vintage is always a glam move to make.

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Art Deco Onyx, Coral & Diamond Earrings $4,500,

Alexander McQueen Canvas Zipper Peep Toe Boots $340,

Vintageinspired style!

Koko Maroon Stoned Purse, $1,100,


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Louis Vuitton Blue Nuit Vernis Melrose Avenue $2,950,

Velvet Blazer with Contrasting Detail $199, Black Velvet Paisley Shirt $65,

either for a night out or day-to-day activities, men look for the easiest way to get dressed and be stylish, and velvet is here to make any fashion crisis disappear. A staple piece as seen by designers in Fall/Winter collections, this is also an effortless way to elevate one’s look no matter what the occasion.


GENTLEMEN By Jonathan Calixto

Velvet Bomber Jacket $109,

Velour T-Shirt $24.99,

Tall Skinny Crop Smart Pants In Burgundy Velvet $48, Vans Slip-On Red Velvet Sneaker $60, Skinny Pants in Black Velvet with Floral Side Strip $64,

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1. BLACK BLAZER This is perfect with jeans, t-shirts, leather pants, for work, daytime, or evening, or anytime you want your outfit to look “finished.”

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2. LEATHER JACKET Whether basic black or a great color, I deem this a staple item for all.

3. LEATHER PANTS If it’s your first pair, opt for black, but if you can, choose a rich color and wear them forever.

4. CLUTCH HANDBAG This accessory is an evening must and is always needed when traveling.

5. BOOTS Opt for a flat or small heel for daytime, higher if strictly for evening.

6. WOOL OR LEATHER PENCIL SKIRT Wear for business, or with a jean jacket and funky necklace for after-hour cocktails.


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7. BUTTONDOWN SHIRT I love a crisp, white, button-down shirt but you can always do a stripe—it’s a stylebyevan essential!

8. FASHIONABLE, FUNKY SNEAKER These make an outfit more interesting, chic, and give it a fun twist. Throw on a pair with leather pants, jeans, or a skirt, and see how modern your look will become!

11. DENIM JACKET Cropped or hip length, dark or medium wash, a jean jacket always looks chic when styled correctly.

9. BLACK DRESS Every woman needs at least one stylish, yet simple LBD in her closet to dress up or down.

10. SOLID-COLORED LIGHTWEIGHT WOOL OR CASHMERE SCARVES Wear wrapped around your neck with a blazer, leather jacket, jean jacket, or with a cocktail dress.

12. LIGHTWEIGHT, FITTED CARDIGAN SWEATERS Layer these with everything—over a button-down shirt with leather pants, with a silk cami and boyfriend jeans, or wrapped around your neck for a fun pop of color.

13. WHITE T-SHIRT Pick your favorite—there are tons to choose from.

16. CROSS BODY HANDBAG Easy for every day, traveling, or dayto-night; plus, you’ll minimize what you put inside so it won’t weigh you down!

14. DARK TO MEDIUM WASH JEANS Choose slim fit or boyfriend depending on the look you’re going for.

15. BLACK SUEDE OR LEATHER PUMP Every woman needs a sexy black heel in her closet!



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Olana Heels $328,

By Amanda Mactas

Let your shoes doing the talking! Make a statement with effortlessly glamorous heels this season.

Aquazzura Casablanca Suede Stiletto Pumps $750,

Simone Black Suede $450,

Gianvito Rossi Pointed Leather Booties $995,


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Anastasia Heels - Fawn $298,

Salvatore Ferragamo Tivoli Velvet F-Wedge Ankle Strap Pumps $795,

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Glamorous IN ANY SETTING By Dawn Alcott

New Yorkers Share Their Own Truths About Beauty Your child’s school drop-off line. Running errands on Saturday morning. Staying home, cleaning. Let’s face it… life is filled with decidedly unglamorous moments. But that doesn’t mean you can’t feel glamorous—even in yoga pants and your favorite team sweatshirt. It begins with the premise that glamour, like beauty, comes from within. “In those moments when you’re losing your head, hold onto the belief that this is just another experience of your life. You’re moving through it with as much ease, grace, and fluidity as you can,” says mindfulness meditation expert Cory Muscara. “That, to me, is glamour.”


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EMBRACING GLAMOUR FROM THE OUTSIDE Sometimes, though, we need some outside help to embrace the glamour within ourselves. Christina Marie Koch, a mom of four with another on the way from Long Island, NY, says being “put together” from head-to-toe, whether she’s leaving the house or not, defines glamour for her. “I’m not there 100 percent of the time. But when I do it, I feel great!” Huntington, NY, mom Brandy McLam shares a list of items she says can increase her glamour quotient in nearly any situation: “Hats, French manicures, highlighter on the eyelids, a statement bag, sparkly earrings, headto-toe black with a red lip, old-school Juicy Couture sweat suits, big, messy hair.” Ready to find the glamour in everyday life? You can start with these five tips:

Adopt a daily beauty routine. Christina Lemmey, a content marketing specialist from Hopewell Junction, NY, says she was never one to spend hours getting ready. “I wanted to embrace the natural look, but I felt it made me look so much older. I didn’t want to be mistaken for my toddler’s grandmother!” She discovered that taking just five minutes to apply some carefully selected beauty products led to an understated yet glamorous look she could call her own. “I started wearing lipstick daily, which led to taking care of my skin,” she says. “If I was going to put color on my lips, I needed to cover up the dark circles under my eyes. And if I was going to do that, I might as well apply some blush, too. A little eyeliner and the look is complete. It’s a five-minute routine, but it’s a huge confidence-booster.”

Choose one body part and make it picture-perfect. Lemmey’s road to a glamour mindset started with lipstick. And if it never extended past that point, that would be OK, too. Joni Trizio, a teacher in West Babylon, NY, says she won’t leave the house without her nails polished. “I get a gel manicure every two weeks,” she says. “I always choose a dark burgundy color in the winter and light pink in the summer.” Koch agrees. “Make sure your nails are always done, whether you do them yourself or not.”

Breathe in scents that make you feel alive. Thinking that it doesn’t make sense to get all glammed up just to go about a regular day? You can still tap into a feeling of luxury by appealing to other senses. Lisa Saracena of Bay Shore, NY, says she diffuses citrus essential oils throughout her home to motivate herself to clean—and to make the experience more enjoyable. “The smell of lemon is so uplifting. It makes me happy.”



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Welcome your inner warrior. Glamour isn’t always about using the right products. Kirin Hart, a middle school Spanish teacher and obstacle course race competitor from Bergenfield, NJ, says she equates glamour to confidence. “I feel the best when I’m sweating and working hard. I feel like I can conquer the world when I finish a race, so I wear my gym clothes when I want to feel confident.” Christine Naccarato, a mom of two from Ronkonkoma, NY, agrees that true glamour comes from self-assuredness. “Embracing my inner beast to react with strength and class, even if I’m trembling inside, makes me feel powerful and glamorous,” she says.

Help someone. Naccarato also reveals a softer side and, with it, the true source of her inner strength. “What makes me feel the most glamorous is when I can give another woman one of my feathers when she feels her wings are broken,” says Naccarato, who runs a women’s support network and trading group on Facebook. “Giving to others with no accolades is the greatest feeling.”

ARE YOU IN A GLAMOROUS STATE OF MIND? Admittedly, it’s not always easy to evoke these emotions, especially when dealing with the less-than-glamorous minutiae of everyday life. “In those moments, ask yourself how this experience might deepen your capacity to bring more presence, love, and grace to your life,” advises Muscara. “See what comes up and let that guide you. Do your best to live in alignment with your values and your path in life. That is the ultimate beauty.” B


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Want to get gorgeous on the fly without flashing your passport? We trotted the globe to find the best international skin and hair care treasures. Here are eight of our favorite far-flung beauty boosters.



Seeking a magnificent multi-tasker? Phytomer - TRÉSOR DES MERS is a golden dry oil that enhances the natural beauty of the face, body, and hair, leaving a soft, satin finish. Designed for all skin types, the oil can be used daily, morning and/or evening on dry or damp skin. It absorbs quickly into the skin while leaving a sophisticated scent of jasmine, bergamot, white flowers, vanilla, and coconut. Perfect for winter, this golden beauty elixir deeply moisturizes skin while repairing dry and brittle hair. $61.50,


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Holistic Korean skincare at your fingertips, Sulwhasoo - Timetreasure Renovating Eye Serum corrects wrinkles and dullness while strengthening the delicate skin around the eyes. Formulated with a powerful skinfortifying elixir found in red pine as well as red and white ginseng saponins, this serum, along with its uniquely designed Golden Eye Care Massager, firms and brightens the eye area. The applicator’s four angles are designed to perform specific massaging and acupressure motions deliver the active ingredients of the serum deep into the skin and increase circulation to the contours around the eyes. $260, Bergdorf Goodman


Look fresh and revitalized with MZ Skin - Rest & Revive Night Serum. This intelligent serum contains an innovative blend of ovine placenta and stem cells combined with peptides to detoxify, strengthen, and repair the skin during its nightly rejuvenation. It stimulates collagen and elastin while you sleep and also replenishes moisture to plump and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. The results? Revived, hydrated skin and an even skin tone. $320, Bergdorf Goodman​


Lifeless locks? Rossano Ferretti Parma - Vita Rejuvenating Shampoo is formulated with camellia, ginseng, and guaranà extracts to deliver a boost for stronger and healthier hair with unparalleled visible radiance. Made in Italy, a mix of active ingredients stimulate hair bulb oxygenation to minimize the effect of hair loss by extending the growing phase of hair life cycle. That’s amore! $54,


Launched by award-winning beauty blogger Huda Kattan in 2013, Huda Beauty is one of the world’s fastest-growing beauty brands. Beginning as a blog in 2010, Huda Beauty has fast become the no. 1 beauty instagram account in the world, with 21 million followers. Huda Beauty - Winter Solstice Highlighter Palette is inspired by the icy complexion of a winter goddess. The limited-edition highlighter palette adds a serious icy glow to your cheekbones. The unique blend of light-reflecting pearls and supersoft formula makes for effortless blending, whether you wear each shade individually or layered for a holographic effect. $45,



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Paradise found: Malie - Hibiscus Body Gloss is an exotic indulgence that leaves skin hydrated, glowing and yes, glossy! Blended and melted together, organic botanical butters, raw island honey, and beeswax are then whipped with luxurious extra virgin coconut oil to form a thick, smooth mixture that glides effortlessly on skin. The characteristic fragrances of sweet honey and delectable coconut complement Malie’s signature aromas and leave skin with a perfectly perfumed tropical essence. $25,


Taking to the sea like the Greeks, the Serum Foundation by Voula contains a species of kelp called Laminaria ochroleuca, which is grown in the Mediterranean Sea and has been used as an active ingredient to create what is known as Ocea Defense. This new marine approach works as a skin immunity booster while protecting and reinforcing the skin from pollution and environmental factors. The foundation draws inspiration from the grandness of the Greek culture and it is nourishing, corrective, and luxurious. $50,


A luxurious body moisturizer and contouring cream that reduces cellulite, hydrates, firms and nourishes the skin, Edible Beauty - & Velvet Coffee Body Butter is designed to detoxify the body from the inside out. A potent cocktail of fat-reducing active ingredients including caffeine, grapefruit and horsetail stimulate fat-melting mechanisms to improve elimination, reducing cellulite. Gotu kola and shea butter support the formation of collagen and have regenerative effects on the skin. And as the name suggests, you can eat it! $42,


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LASHES Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $23, “There’s nothing better than a really good mascara, and what I love most about this mascara is not that it’s actually better than sex, but that it’s buildable. Apply one coat and you have unbelievable length and volume, but add one to two more coats for an even more dramatic and glam look—good for a night out on the town. I like to wiggle the wand in at the root to really pick the lashes up, creating a brighter and wider eye.”


Beauty Pie FUTURELIPSTICK Matte Lipstick $25, “The best thing about any lipstick is that when you’re not in the mood to put on a full face of makeup, it’s a quick and easy solution to add pop without much effort. I love Beauty Pie’s Matte Lipstick because it’s long lasting and rehydrating, which means the color doesn’t accentuate any chapped lips during the cold winter months. My go-to is Hot Saucy, is a fiery coral-red color that gives off an oldHollywood glamour vibe.”


Algenist Concentrated Luminizing Drops $38, Sephora “Highlighters are a great tool for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, or for me, not look so hungover at work on a Friday morning. I put a drop of these on the very tops of my cheek bones, above the outside of my eyebrow, and down the bridge of my nose for that effortless J.Lo glow!

Photo: Phil Penman Makeup: Mary Guthrie



You might know Lindsay Hubbard from the hit Bravo series “Summer House,” currently airing Monday nights at 10 p.m., but she’s also at the helm of her own PR firm, Hubb House Public Relations. Staying glam as a woman on-the-go during the cold winter months in NYC is no easy task, so we’ve asked Hubbs to dish on some of her favorite long-lasting and hydrating beauty products. 34

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The Beachwaver Co. BEACHWAVER S1.25 $129, “If you’re like me, and can never seem to find time to do your own hair or even learn the proper techniques to get the perfect beachy wave, this curling iron is the perfect easy-to-use styling tool. The electric rotating rod really helps speed up the process, and the small clap makes for no kinks, which are honestly my worst nightmare. It also doesn’t hurt that all the Victoria’s Secret models use the Beachwaver too!”


Archipelago Botanicals Soy Milk Hand Crème $18, “January and February are the coldest months in New York, which means our skin is extra dry, especially our hands. Archipelago’s Soy Milk hand crème is one of the best hand lotions on the market. It is super moisturizing without leaving an oily residue that makes you feel greasy. I carry a tube around with me in my purse and reapply a few times a day to keep my hands feeling rejuvenated and soft.”

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ROCKIN’ A RED LIP Have you ever seen a woman rocking a red lip, and thought to yourself, “I wish I could wear red!” Well, guess what? You can! We can do it! By Rachel Paul


In 1942, Rosie the Riveter— as depicted by J. Howard Miller—was created to boost morale during wartime, encouraging woman to join the workforce while the men were serving their country. This image is still the icon of female strength, and it’s no coincidence that she is wearing red lipstick! Red represents power, beauty, and sex appeal. The funny thing about red lipstick is that it should not only be worn when you are feeling powerful, beautiful, and sexy—but most importantly when you don’t. The makeup industry used to restrict certain skin tones to specific shades of reds. For example: On a deep skin tone, oxblood or bordeaoux looks best, fair skin tones pop with fire engine red, and burnt red with a terracotta twist should be worn by those with medium skin tones. While I do agree that these are easy reds to wear, I challenge you today to wear a contrasting red to your skin tone, not one that blends in. Take a cue from these celebs who have taught us how to wear red, and step out of your comfort zone. Behold the power of red!


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Beauty Director Janene Mascarella has just the cure. Here are four of her favorite red hot pout shades for winter…

Gucci Sheer Lipstick in Geranium $40, Saks Fifth Avenue

Burberry Full Kisses in Military Red $30,

Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro in Dark Velvet $38,

IT Cosmetics Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick in Brave $24,



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JOSÉ EBER SALON - MILLBURN, NJ The vision is beauty at José Eber Salon, as is highlighting each client’s individual characteristics from which their own inner beauty can emerge. Their stylists are classically trained and led by creative director and celebrity stylist Yoav Tauber. BELLA connected with three of Jose Eber’s top colorists and stylists to get our top hair questions for 2018 answered… What are the biggest hair trends for 2018? “It’s going to bring a bigger, bolder era!” said color director Andy Cooper. “We are going to be seeing more voluminous waves this year.” Also, it’s important to keep in mind that although color trends may be beautiful, they may not always be best for every individual due largely to the maintenance required, explains Jennifer Bednar, designer colorist. “The more extreme trends like silvers and fantasy colors can take quite some time to achieve. Sometimes using a trendy approach by adding subtle hues and tones works best.”

What is a fast, easy way to get volume? Bednar’s favorite way to boost volume is by using a good mousse or volumizing spray. Her pick: Volu by Davines, which only takes a few pumps to boost any style. Siegel adds this additional tip: “A quick and easy way to get an instant boost in volume is by changing the part in your hair. If you part on the left, blow dry to the right and vice versa.” (And if all else fails, you can always see your stylist for a great blowout!)


What are the top three hair products/tools every woman should have, and why? Tara Siegel, stylist and José Eber Salon assistant manager, strongly encourages every woman to have a deep conditioning mask on hand year-round. She recommends Shu Uemura’s Urban Moisture mask, which provides protection for all hair types from all external elements. Bednar adds that along with the use of a great mask, every hair type needs a heat protectant as well. “Creams are more user-friendly for at-home care. Ciment Thermique by Kérastase is my clients’ go to!” And as Cooper explains, with great hair comes a great blow dryer! The Dyson Dryer is a musthave, he says. “It premiered at #1 this year for new tools and has introduced a new era in hair styling.

What’s the most universally flattering hairstyle for women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s? For a universally flattering hairstyle, Siegel is a strong believer in a textured bob or lob and face frame. “The style works for everyone and adds a fun, youthfulness to women at any age.”

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Extensions are so popular these days, what are your recommendations for women who want to add hairpieces to make their own hair fuller/longer? Once you’ve decided to take the next step and get extensions, connect with a specialist, advises Cooper. “It’s more cost effective to go to a stylist who has the knowledge and ability to meet your specific needs. By doing so, the extensions will match your hair color perfectly, keep your own hair healthier, and last for a longer period of time.”



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GOOD TO GLOWHAUS By Janene Mascarella

Beauty lovers, say hello to your new happy place for 2018: Glowhaus. This contemporary makeup and skincare boutique located inside Bloomingdale’s SoHo is packed with some of the most buzz-worthy and Instagrammable products that are poised to make your selfies shine. At Glowhaus, a true treasure house for the beautyobsessed, you can sample, swatch, stock up on, and swoon over the latest must-have products—from makeup to masks. Take a look…


Each shop features a “play station” area that allows you to mix products from your favorite brands and test them out with or without the help of a Glowhaus make-up artist. (They’re super friendly and really know their stuff!)


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With 30+ new brands and almost 800 products, you’re bound to find your favorites or discover your latest obsession. Best of all, everything in the shop is under $100. Insta-famous must-have brands: Beauty Blender, Context Skin, CoverFX, Flirt!, RMS Beauty, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Suva Beauty and The BrowGal Scoop up top-notch skincare: Frank Body, GlamGlow, Grown Alchemist, Mario Badescu, Saturday Skin, and Supergoop.


These stations are stocked with mini best sellers and one-sku wonders. These trending items are not only the hot ones on social media, in some cases, you can’t find them anywhere else. Novelty “now” brands you’ll love: BioRepublic, Ciate, Kaprielle, Deborah Lippman, Lano, LIT Cosmetics, Makeup Drop, Makeup Eraser, Patchology, Preheels, Sigma Beauty, Tweeezerman, Vamp Stamp, Winky Lux, and more.

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HIGH TIME TO SHINE By Janene Mascarella

It’s awards season and the stars are hitting the red carpet with head-turning, luminous locks. Want to amp up your shine? Here are eight top-notch tools and treatments to ensure glossy tresses.

SEVEN Haircare GAZAR Collection DIAMOND Serum $29, Marula Pure Beauty Oil Deep Moisture Hair Mask $36,

Revlon Salon One-Step Straight & Shine XL Heated Brush $49.99, Ulta


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L’ANZA Keratin Oil Hair Treatment $30, Kristin Ess Signature Finishing Spray $14, Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer $399, Sephora IGK EXPENSIVE Amla Oil High Shine Topcoat $29,

InStyler Max Wet to Dry 2-Way Rotating Iron $99,

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Good nutrition is the key to skin and hair that’s naturally healthy from the inside out. I reached out to Layne Lieberman, an award-winning dietitian/ nutritionist and author of “Beyond the Mediterranean Diet: European Secrets of the Super-Healthy,” to share her advice.

What are some of your top nutrition picks for glowing skin and shining hair? Skin and hair health depend on a balanced diet of protein, natural carbs, and essential fatty acids. Vitamins and minerals are essential for hair and skin cell renewal—especially vitamins C, A, D and B, zinc, and calcium. Omega 3s, polyphenols, and probiotics are also important. Foods to Include in Your Daily Diet Zinc: Beans, lobster, whole grains Cell membrane-protecting omega 3s: Sardines, walnuts, flax, chia seeds


I recently created a homemade facial scrub with brown sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla extract, and another time mixed together coconut oil and mashed avocado for a homemade hair treatment. I loved the results and simplicity of both, so I asked some experts to share their favorite tips for getting healthy, fit, and looking great with natural, easy flair!


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Collagen-boosting vitamin C: Strawberries, citrus fruits, bell peppers, broccoli, leafy greens Polyphenols and antioxidants: Blueberries, tomatoes, green tea, cocoa, red wine (in moderation), cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil Probiotics that improve skin conditions: Kefir, yogurt, kombucha, sauerkraut Beta carotene (precursor of vitamin A): Sweet potatoes, carrots Lieberman also reminds us to stay hydrated and avoid processed foods. Working out regularly, and meditating, stretching, bouncing and walking boost both the body and the mind.

From blush to lips, I dialed up celebrity makeup artist Dustin Lujan for his favorite beauty advice. In my quest to find a simple yet ontarget daily routine, I spoke with Pilates specialist Antonella Casagrande Petti.

Most of us never seem to find enough hours in the day! Can you share a simple fitness routine that keeps us heart healthy, stress free, and body beautiful? I believe in keeping it simple and doable—add 30 minutes of cardio, such as running, cycling, elliptical, or fast walking, four days or more a week. I do my cardio in the morning because it boosts my energy for the day. Also important is 20 minutes or more of resistance training, such as Pilates or free weights, at least three times a week. This routine is realistic and effective. Follow with regular clean foods, lots of water, sufficient sleep, and a happy mindset.

What is your one makeup tip to enhance one’s overall look? Skincare! To paint a beautiful portrait, you need the proper canvas. Moisturizing your facial and eye area before you start your makeup application is a must. I like to massage into areas of concern, such as laugh lines, forehead, and smile lines. The next step is to mix your foundation with moisturizer. This will give your skin both coverage and glow. If you use powder over your foundation, choose a loose powder that is talc-free.

“Choose a moisturizer that is rich in Hyaluronic acid. “This is a wonderful property that we carry in our bodies and holds 100 times its weight in water.” Put a little eye cream over your eye concealer—this helps it bind to the skin. And if you use eye shadow, choose a shade that is in direct contrast to your eye color as that will make your eyes really stand out. Blush should be the shade of your natural flush in the skin. You can find this easily by making a fist and matching your blush to the redness of your knuckles. For the perfect daytime pout, choose a shade brighter than your natural lip tone. For evening, experiment and try new lip tones. Set with a water mist spray.

Experiment with finding a unique beauty, skincare, and haircare routine that fits your lifestyle with ease. One of my best tips: Be happy, don’t stress, and stay away from negativity.



Sophisticated Spaces

GOTHAM GLAM By Janene Mascarella

Design Determination has been heralded as a leading force in interior design the world over. Rooted in the principals of forward-thinking design, their aesthetic marries culture and art in every project. If you’re looking to add some glamour to your space, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in one of their recent NYC projects. This one boasts sophisticated style with pops of shimmer and sparkle.

Photographer: Anastasios Mentis Photography Florist: Saffron-Brooklyn in Fort Greene, Brooklyn Numerous art/sculpture/objects throughout the space: The End of History in The West Village, NYC


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A SYMPHONY OF STYLE This Upper West Side penthouse offers stunning 360-degree views of NYC from Central Park to the Hudson River expanse. The penthouse, which is located at 61st and Amsterdam, in the heart of Lincoln Center, is owned by a couple with two young sons. The husband is the founder of an international financial investment firm, and the wife is the founder of a company that specializes in US-Asia cultural exchange that is headquartered in New York City with offices in London, Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Many fundraising galas are held in the home, and those nights include exclusive performances by renowned pianists, singers, and actors.



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THE INSPIRATION The design firm wanted the home’s interior to be as unique, impressive, and show-stopping as its exterior. The style was perfect for a home of this magnitude—luxurious finishes, furniture, and fixtures of quality; subtle introduction of gold and crystal accents; and a sophisticated interior that still maintained the sense of a warm and welcoming family home. The inspiration behind the cluster of chandeliers in the living room was the lobby lighting in the Metropolitan Opera House, which can be seen from the family’s living room.


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The New York Life

Andy Hilfiger has been mixing music and fashion for more than 30 years. Photo: Leandro Justen


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To play rock ’n’ roll music… That was always Andy Hilfiger’s dream.

Tony Petri, Andy Hilfiger, Marky Ramone of The Ramones, Billy Hilfiger, and Richie Stotts Courtesy of Andy Hilfiger

“My sister Susie had the Rolling Stones album, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” and I would stare at the album cover all day wishing I was one of them,” Hilfiger explains. Oh, and if that name sounds familiar, it should! He is part of the famous Hilfiger family whose fashion brand exploded on the scene in the 1990s and has remained a household name ever since. Today, the man behind many successful fashion brands, including one that carries his name, Andrew Charles, is, in fact, living his dream. “I changed course a bit when I went into fashion, but what I did was bring the rock ’n roll with me.” BELLA NYC chatted with the talented Hilfiger to talk about his love for music and fashion, and why you’re more likely to find him performing on stage than hitting the golf course.



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Andy and his brother Tommy Hilfiger, Courtesy of Andy Hilfiger


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In each room there was a different kind of rock ’n’ roll music playing. From Cat Stevens, to Carole King, to The Rolling Stones, I was exposed to a lot of great musicians. Those songs still play in my head today.” Why rock n’ roll? What captivated you about it? I’m one of nine kids, and growing up our house had five bedrooms. In each room there was a different kind of rock ’n’ roll music playing. From Cat Stevens, to Carole King, to The Rolling Stones, I was exposed to a lot of great musicians. Those songs still play in my head today. Your role with the company merged your love of music and fashion; exactly what did that entail? I came aboard in 1991 and started dressing rappers for their videos and tours. You would turn on MTV and there was Mary J. Blige in one of our rugby shirts. I dressed everyone from performers like TLC, Wu-Tang Clan, LL Cool J, Mary J, Snoop Dog. After I dressed Snoop for a performance on SNL, the stores completely sold out of rugby shirts the very next day. Tommy’s name being mentioned in songs was the best product placement that was never planned.

On His Playlist

Guns N’ Roses

John Lennon

These days you’re working with multiple fashion brands, including your own line. What has that been like? We launched Andrew Charles in 2011 with Steven Tyler as the face of the brand. The line is edgy, with a rock ’n roll vibe; he’s the perfect rock ’n roller and everyone knows him. My wife Kim is also my partner and the creative director, and recently we relaunched the brand overseas in Europe. I’m also working with an artist named Greg Polisseni on a line called ARTISTIX. He had started a denim line in LA, moved it here to NY, and asked me to come aboard to put his art and fashion together. That was a year and a half ago, and we’ve been rocking ever since. My latest project has been working with La La Anthony on her denim line, which is currently #1 in Lord and Taylor. I call myself her “fashion agent.” I get the buyers to see the line, and we make it happen.

The Rolling Stones

You clearly have a talent for knowing what works; from where do you draw your inspiration? I’m a collector of vintage clothing and I have the Andy Hilfiger archives, which is a barn full of clothing from all different eras. Whatever I’m doing, I pull old samples to get ideas. I put on my merchant hat and see what sold last year, and I redesign it. I take what’s good and make it better.

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During the ‘80s you rocked out at some of the biggest venues in New York City, toured all over the country, and have recorded a total of five albums. Are you still performing today? Right now I have a band called Sway; we all live near each other in Larchmont, NY and play a couple of shows a year between NYC and upstate. We put out a record two years ago and I’ve recently started working on some new songs. When people my age say to me, “Let’s go and golf” I’m thinking, “No, let’s go rock.” B

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Sneaker Photos: KDJ Perspective

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MARCO D’ANGELO By Kelly R. Bellucci

French designer Christian Louboutin once said, “A shoe has so much more to offer than just to walk.” Sneaker extraordinaire Marco D’Angelo, who successfully launched his own brand of men’s footwear, would agree. D’Angelo delivers more than just a pair of sneakers; his artfully devised and handcrafted sneakers encompass his love and devotion to the trade and his hope to inspire others to follow their own passions.


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Owner of Fresh Barbershop in Staten Island, NY, D’Angelo was born with an eye for detail. His fondness for shoes began as a simple hobby— purchasing the most popular sneakers retail had to offer and re-selling them to make some extra cash. After a few years, however, the craftsman found himself growing tired of the same routine and seeing the same style of shoes available on the market. An unexpected meeting in Brooklyn a few years later with a master shoemaker would transform his leisure pursuit into a business. D’Angelo studied with the shoemaker for some time and soon became captivated with the art form. He would disassemble his favorite pairs of sneakers to determine how they were fabricated, and soon came up with building techniques of his own. His passion for handcrafting sneakers flourished. D’Angelo was creating footwear not only for his friends and family, but also for high-end clientele and celebrities, such as Sylvester Stallone and 50 Cent. As both demand and the need for a streamlined manufacturing process continued to grow, the artisan connected with an Italian shoemaker through social media. D’Angelo was immediately intrigued when he learned that the shoemaker owned his family’s thirdgeneration shoe factory. Within the next few weeks, he found himself boarding a plane to Italy, ready to meet with the individuals who now help him produce his custom footwear. Today, D’Angelo continues to create and market an exceptional line of men’s footwear. His unique style and attention to detail receives high praise from his clientele. Eager to learn more about the ambitious craftsman, BELLA connected with D’Angelo…

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Daniel Pellegrito

what I bring out into my shoes for them. Also, a lot of old-timers and craftsmen inspire me. I always listen to people who have been on this planet longer than I have because they have history and a story to tell. Those who are passionate about what they do inspire me to create my own path.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? It’s when I come across someone who tells me I inspired them to try something they never thought they could do. I tell my story and parts of my journey through Instagram, and sometimes I meet people in public who follow me, which is still kind of crazy to me. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. Just because you don’t have a background or education in something doesn’t mean you can’t go out in search of knowledge and experiment on your own. You will never know what you are capable of if you don’t try. Who inspires you? My inspiration for my shoe creations usually comes from the person I am designing and making the shoes for. I look at their style and the way they carry themselves. The energy and character the person shows is

What is the best advice you have ever received? My uncle once told me, “Find something you are really good at and that you enjoy doing, stick to it, and become great at it!” I have owned and operated a barbershop in Staten Island for over 15 years and always enjoyed working with my hands and making people look their best. When you look good, you feel good—that’s what I believe. The business is currently still in operation and very successful. Before I got into making shoes, I was at a point in my life where I wanted to do more and expand. Though I never had an interest in opening another barbershop location, I was at a crossroads of what to do next. When I discovered the art of shoemaking, it came to me as a breath of fresh air, and it was something that translated over very fluidly for me. It was something I enjoyed very much. Now I’m not limited to making people’s hair look good, but also making their feet look good as well. What is your dream project? My dream project would be to host interactive workshops with people, as well as other designers, where they can take part in designing their own custom, one-of-a-kind, handmade sneakers. Being able to work with others who never thought they would have the opportunity to create would really be amazing. There is a lot of undiscovered hidden talent out there and people who don’t know what they are capable of. I would like to offer a platform to make custom footwear to others one day to bring out their inner creativity. How do you define beauty? Beauty to me comes from things that were created purely. Either created pure by nature, or through pure thought and passion.





Right in the middle of Times Square rests a new experience that took two years to plan and just over a year to build: Gulliver’s Gate, a 25-city tour of five continents in meticulously detailed miniature form. It sprawls across 50,000 square feet of prime real estate, an ambitious endeavor that debuted in 2017 and is intended to be a permanent, evolving fixture. By Jenna Glatzer

The cofounders behind Gulliver’s Gate, Eiran Gazit and Michael Langer, set out to create the most technologically advanced, most interactive, largest miniature world in the United States. The project’s inspiration came from Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, the largest model railway and miniatures exhibit in the world, which attracts more than 1 million visitors a year. Working with a $40 million budget, Gazit and Langer tapped 600 artists and craftspeople across eight countries to create tiny versions of important landmarks and features from their regions that would give NYC visitors an accessible view of the world, both historic and modern. Here, you’ll find a working model of the Panama Canal, Niagara Falls, the Arenal volcano, the Taj Mahal, and much more.



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The crafting, too, blends traditional sculpting and building methods with modern-day 3D printing. The Shanghai Global Financial Center, for instance, was 3D printed, while most of the Russian models were handcrafted using basic materials such as balsa wood and polypropylene. While you will find that the set pieces are true to the spirit of their larger counterparts, don’t expect exact replicas: the artists have taken advantage of their creative license to tear buildings open so you can see the crosssection view, add colors and lights, and play with scale and placement. One of the greatest delights about the display is its whimsy: It mixes ancient and modern touches within a few feet of one another, and the miniature people are arranged in scenes that are sometimes expected, but often humorous, filled with Easter eggs for viewers to spot. Noticing the graffiti artist tagging a wall, the “Scream” villain approaching nudists on a beach, or the Pokémon on Mt. Fuji adds a layer of fun to the sense of awe you’ll feel as you admire the craft and detail that went into this grand undertaking. You’ll also find not-so-hidden funny scenes, like the group of people banding together with ropes to try to straighten out the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

NOT LIMITING THEMSELVES TO JUST THE EARTHLY REALM, THOUGH, THEY’RE ALSO CONSIDERING ADDING A COLONY ON MARS, WHICH WILL HANG FROM THE CEILING.” When you arrive, you receive a souvenir key that makes the exhibits interactive; turn your key in one of approximately 50 keyholes to make something move or change… Watch the Loch Ness monster surface, a couple dance, or a trolley car move on its track. Gazit expects they will eventually double the number of interactive features. Gullivar’s Gate will always be a work in progress, explains Gazit, as the plan is to consistently come up with new and interesting things to add. They’ve recently launched a working airport with several planes that take off and land, and are working on adding an Africa display. Not limiting themselves to just the Earthly realm, though, they’re also considering adding a colony on Mars, which will hang from the ceiling. Gazit can’t tell you his favorite display—“it’s like asking which of my three sons is my favorite!”—but he can say he’s delighted with the work ethic and craftsmanship of every team he worked with. In a sense, they came together to create a utopia, he says. “We’ve created a world where there are no borders and no conflict,” he says. “That was an important part of the concept.” You can even become a “citizen” of Gulliver’s Gate: Step into the on-site model station for a complimentary 3D photograph that can be turned into miniature form—one to keep, and one to be placed in the display. Plan to spend hours making your way through the exhibition. Children are welcome, though little ones will need to be lifted up to see most of the displays. Adults will be uplifted all by themselves. B




“Anastasia” By Alexandra Anastasio

Whether you’re a tourist or a native New Yorker, walking around Times Square’s theater district will leave you in awe. There is something captivating about Broadway, from the intensity of the show’s first act to the performers’ final bow; watching a story come to life is simply magical. BELLA sat down with Shanna and Steven Silva, the husband-and-wife team that is producing not one but two Broadway shows: “Anastasia” and “Once on this Island,” along with lead producer on “Anastasia,” Tom Kirdahy, for an exclusive look at how a theatrical production is born.

Was being part of the theater a childhood dream?

Shanna: I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of the theatrical world and to surround myself with such talented, creative people. I saw my first [Broadway] show when I was 6 years old, and from those opening moments, I was hooked. Steven: I always dreamed of working in the entertainment industry. After college, I was in the film industry. Although I took a detour for a couple of decades, I’m back, and I’m thrilled to be where my heart is. Tom: Absolutely! The theater is a place I’ve been drawn to my whole life.

How do you choose which plays to produce?

Shanna: A lot goes into the decision. The art has to move us, and we have to see the potential in it, both artistically and commercially. Next, we look at the creative team. In the case of “Anastasia,” we saw the potential right away. It had a brilliant book written by Terrence McNally and a sweeping score and lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the creative team behind “Ragtime.” Their talent is epic; we jumped at the chance to be a part of their story. We also look at the director, the cast, and other creative team members. We prefer when shows have out-of-town trials; it allows us to see what works in front of a live audience and perfect it before opening on Broadway.

What drew you to the story of Anastasia?

Tom: I’m drawn to stories about strong women and identity, two issues this production is all about.

Above: Shanna and Steven Silva Right: Tom Kirdahy


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Shanna: At its core, Anastasia is about home, love, and family—three human elements everyone can relate to. Even though it’s set in the past, it has a very current feeling, with a strong female character [Anya] who makes her way on her own, overcoming unspeakable hardships, and finds great strength within. She has to reconcile her past to pave way for her future. There is something beautiful and poignant about her fortitude, the connections she makes, and the pureness of her heart.

At its core, Anastasia is about home, love, and family—three human elements everyone can relate to.” How did your collaboration on “Anastasia” come about?

Tom: When Steven reached out to me, we discovered that we shared the same values and roots. Both of us grew up in Long Island and went to NYU. I love his and Shanna’s taste, passion, and business savvy. I feel so fortunate that we've become not only business partners but friends as well. Steven: We were a part of two other shows on which Tom was lead producer, and we admired him from afar. Shanna and I were impressed with his leadership, knowledge of the industry, and insight and communication. We feel extremely fortunate to know and work with him. Shanna: Tom’s passion for the theater and his keen insight are inspiring to us. We have the utmost respect for him as a producer and, more importantly, as a person.

Any “pinch me” moments from your career so far?

Shanna: Getting two Tony nominations!

Shanna, you’re also an author of two children’s books. What led you to producing? For me, it was a natural progression and an opportunity to combine my love of music and the written word. I get to be a part of a world I have long admired and loved.

Steven: Like Shanna said, nominations, but we also recently had such an incredible moment when “Anastasia” and “Once on This Island” each performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We will never forget that day.

Steven, your background was in healthcare, something completely different. Why theater?

Together you founded the Silva Theatrical Group (STG). What is the role of STG?

Shanna: It’s a musical revival of the critically acclaimed musical that debuted in 1990. The story takes place on a Caribbean Island ravaged by a hurricane and you feel as if you are on that island with the survivors.

Steven: After we produced our first show in 2012, “Leap of Faith,” we decided to pursue Broadway in a more serious way. STG is an entity that produces, invests, and/or provides consulting services in the Broadway and offBroadway communities. Shanna: It enables us to do what we love, and more importantly, do it together.

Tom, the first half of your career was spent as a civil rights attorney. What made you change gears? I believe I can affect change through telling stories. So for me, it is the logical progression of everything I have ever done and everything I have ever believed in.

Entertainment is my roots and my first professional love. Returning to it was more of a reunion than anything else.

In addition to “Anastasia,” you’re producing the revival of “Once on this Island.” What is the show about?

Steven: It is a beautiful fable that follows the story of an orphaned peasant girl who finds love with a boy from the wealthier side of the island. The cast is phenomenal.

Looking ahead, what do you envision for STG?

Shanna: There are so many shows to produce that need to be seen. We also want to mentor up-and-coming young producers who share a passion for the theater. Steven: A big portion of the Broadway audience hails from “our home base,” Long Island, and it is important to us to help them become acquainted with new theater works. Tom: I’m passionate about art and justice. B



Culture Vulture

TOASTY & TERRIFIC 6 WAYS TO WARD OFF THE COLD WEATHER BLUES this winter, bundle up as you head to the ultimate new places to see and be seen around NYC. We’re here to tell you where to grab that spiked hot chocolate, get all the tips and tricks you’ll need to spice up your sex life, and how to stay motivated to pursue your New Year’s resolutions. Need a warm winter escape instead? We’ve got you covered on that, too. By Gwen Wunderlich

Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza If you’re in desperate need of a getaway to escape the cold or decompress after all the holiday stress, consider visiting the Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza. The hotel is located on one of the world’s most highly ranked beaches on an island surrounded by crystal blue water, sugar white sand, and stunning sunsets. Fusing Ibiza’s vibrant culture with the legendary Hard Rock energy, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza will not only deliver a perfect blend of relaxation and fun, but also nourish your mind with memories you will never forget.

Moxy Hotel Get toasted! Head over to the city’s hottest new rooftop bar to warm up with a drink after work or impress your Valentine on your big date night. Conveniently located near Times Square, the Moxy offers a buzzing atmosphere with its vibrant restaurants and the acclaimed largest all-season rooftop bar in New York City. Open daily after 4 p.m., the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge features an “urban amusement park” with epic views of the Empire State Building, as well as weekly DJ appearances, a miniature putt-putt course, and an oversized topiary garden. For adventure-seekers and fun-lovers, it’s heaven!


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The V Club

Is having better sex one of your resolutions? Then head to the allnew V Club where, thanks to founder Courtney Cleman, you can learn anything and everything about yourself and your partner in order to have the best sex ever. The unique blend of classes—like “A Woman’s Guide to the Male Psychology of Sex and His Big ‘O’” and “A Couple’s Guide to the Psychology of Sex and Intimacy”—are designed to help men and women understand more about relationships, love, and sex. (Let’s be honest—we can all use a little help!). The beautiful, elegant, and energetic studio is located in Chelsea.

Virtual Health Partners

We know, we know… this year you’re really going to shed the holiday weight and adapt a healthier lifestyle. If you’re serious about it this time, consider the nifty fitness and lifestyle program, Virtual Health Partner. It’s easily accessible via mobile phone, tablet, or computer, and offers a variety of virtual classes, including Pilates, yoga, body burn, cardio dance, HIIT, and barre. Classes range from beginner to experienced, so there’s no excuse not to give all of them a try.

VR World

If trying something new is on your bucket list, then search no more. Check it off your list by dropping by the United States’ largest VR World. Upon entering, you will have access to more than 50 of the world’s finest and most diverse interactive virtual reality experiences, “teleporting” you to an artificial world where adventures are infinite. It’s a New York City must.

What to See: The MvVO AD ART SHOW From February 22-25, you’ll be able to discover the next generation of artists from advertising and commercial arts at AD ART SHOW 2018 at Sotheby’s New York City. As the latest art venture of MvVO Art, the event celebrates the contribution to contemporary art made by these creative artists, some maintaining dual professional lives for decades with one foot in the art world, and the other in the commercial world. AD ART SHOW artists are chosen by a panel of contemporary art experts chaired by Laura Skoler, who serves on the board of directors of the New Museum, and Eric Shiner, SVP Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s and former director of the Andy Warhol Museum, among others. Sotheby’s New York City, 1334 York Avenue, B




Comedian Felicia Madison Serves Up a Lunchtime Helping of Laughter Comedian Felicia Madison draws on her experiences as a stay-at-home mom in New York as the basis for her unique style of observational comedy, poking fun at marriage, parenthood, and life in general. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a major in the biological basis of behavior combined with a minor in marketing (she jokes that she’s only qualified to sell drugs), Madison decided to try her hand at comedy after a class at the Manhattan Comedy School. In addition to performing, she also blogs, podcasts, and is currently writing a comedy pilot based on her life. Madison also founded Laughing Affairs, which produces daytime and evening comedy events for social events such as birthdays, showers, and corporate and fundraising events. One such performance, Laughercise, eschews the traditional late-night environs of comedy clubs, instead treating guests to a one course meal, dessert, and glass of wine in the afternoon as both up-and-coming and veteran comedians take to the stage. Laughercise’s times and locations are perfect for comedy fans seeking laughs outside of the traditional late night, maledominated club environment. One of her latest Laughing Affairs projects is Comedy for a Cause, where Madison and other comics come together to raise money for a foundation, charity, or benefit. All proceeds benefit a charitable cause.


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Eric Demarchelier: French Hospitality with an Artist’s Soul Not only is French-born Eric Demarchelier a well-known painter, he is also the owner of one of the most iconic Upper East Side restaurants, the authentic French Bistro Demarchelier’s, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary. Born and raised in Normandy, the French restaurant owner has lived in New York since 1977, the same year he opened the very first location of his eponymous restaurant. After closing the original location on Lexington Avenue, Demarchelier re-opened the restaurant in 1992 on 86th Street. and his regular customers followed. The restaurant boasts a colorful and cozy environment, adorned with his signature artwork. His artistic style encompasses figurative, geometric abstraction, and abstract expressionism, as well as landscape and portrait painting. He has also remained consistent throughout the years with his restaurant’s ambiance and menu, though part of the responsibility has been pledged to his daughter Emily. Indeed, talent runs in the Demarchelier family—his brother Patrick is a world-renowned fashion photographer. B

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Shiva Safai EMBRACING THE SPOTLIGHT By Alexandra Anastasio Photography: John Russo with Getty Images Styling: Taylor Jacobson with Atelier Management Hair: Frankie Payne with Opus Beauty Makeup: Lyndsay Zavitz

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Up until a few years ago, Shiva Safai, a former business owner and one of the stars of “Second Wives Club” on E! Entertainment, was living a quiet life outside of the public eye. The Iranian-born beauty grew up in Norway and moved to Los Angeles when she was 19. “My initial plan was to only stay for one year, but then life happened and I fell in love with LA,” says Safai.



Up Close & Personal

She began working in LA for a criminal background check business and became fascinated with that line of work. That led her to branch out and open her own background check company. “I knew this was something I could do on my own,” she says. After 10 years and some major life changes, she decided to step away from the business and close that chapter of her life. These days, Safai has been living a more public life, in part because of her relationship with real estate mogul Mohamed Hadid and her new show. The down-to-earth Safai sat down with BELLA to chat about her new show, her relationship with her fiancé, and why family is the driving force behind all she does.

You’ve said if this was five years ago, you would have said no to a reality show—and it’s not the first time you’ve been approached. How did the opportunity come about, and what changed for you? I knew nothing about the show or even that they were casting. Someone sent me a message on Facebook asking if I was interested. After I read what the premise of the show was about, I thought it might be a good opportunity to show everyone who the real Shiva is. People are quick to judge when they see an age difference in a relationship, and this is a good way to demonstrate how our relationship works. I thought this could be my voice to show who we are and what our families are about. What thoughts ran through your mind? I was hesitant at first; I asked a lot of questions and met with different people who were part of the production. I didn’t want to jump into something if it wasn’t going to be the right fit. I talked with my family and with Mohamed to make sure he was comfortable and on-board as well. After [the producers] told me that they wanted to tell my story the way I wanted it to be told, I was sold. With social media, it’s easy for fans to be vocal about how they feel, positive or negative. How do you handle outside critics? In the beginning, it would get under my skin and at times I would cry because I couldn’t understand why people who don’t even know you could be so mean and pass judgment, especially when they have no idea of your background, what you’ve gone through, and just how hard you’ve worked to be this independent woman. All they see is this successful man loving you and taking care of you, and they have something to say. At first I would reply, but I eventually realized that’s what they want; they want to get under your skin and see you react. I realize now I don’t have to defend myself or explain to others why I am in the relationship that I’m in. I’ve learned to block out the negativity and just live my life. You can never please everyone, and I’m sure there is more to come. Our friends and family know us; they love us for who we are, and that’s all that matters. What do you think sets “Second Wives Club” apart from other reality programs? We are a group of women who, at the end of the day, empower one another. We help each other through hard times. All of the women are ambitious, independent, and do not rely on their husbands to be successful. We’re just trying to make it on our own, and I think that’s a great message to share with other women. We also have insecurities and doubts, and having women support each other and share stories of how they prevailed through certain situations is a great way to show how, despite the differences you might have, women can stick together.


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Up Close & Personal What did you enjoy most about this first season? What would you like to see if it’s renewed for a second? I loved getting to know the ladies. I knew some of them through mutual social circles and some I didn’t know at all. But we grew a lot closer after our trip [to the Virgin Islands], which was so much fun. And filming with my brothers was something I loved; I didn’t realize how funny they can be on camera. I enjoyed sharing parts of my life and opening up our home. If there is a second season—and I hope there is—I’d love to bring in more of my family and see my brothers on screen a bit more. And I’d love to do more traveling; that was a lot of fun. You have a good relationship not only with Mohamed’s children but also with both of his ex-wives. Why was it important for you to establish relationships with them as well? I don’t just love Mohamed—I love everything that comes with him. I have the utmost respect for both of these women and admire the children they’ve raised. It was extremely important from day one to be accepted and have a relationship where we all mutually respect each other. There is no reason for any drama, and it was important to me that we all started out on the right side. I am so lucky that these women welcomed me with open arms, and I am grateful for that. If we can all spend holidays and other events together, why not?! The more the merrier. You were also married once before and you credit Mohamed with helping you rebuild the confidence you lost. How has he helped you get to where you are today? Mohamed loves me for who I am; he didn’t need me to change certain things about myself. He’s extremely supportive and encourages me to have my own voice; he wants to see me succeed in life. I love the fact that he is so proud to have me right next to him; to me that is the most beautiful thing. Would you say life has changed since you joined the show? It’s been a great platform and doors have opened with wonderful opportunities that I am very grateful for. But at the same time, I try to keep my life the same way. I love my oldest and closest friends that I have had for decades. I’ve learned that the more in the limelight you are, the more people come out of the woodwork and want to be your friend, for obvious reasons. I’ve been careful not to let everyone into my life and am protective of Mohamed and our family.

Mohamed is extremely supportive and encourages me to have my own voice; he wants to see me succeed in life. I love the fact that he is so proud to have me right next to him; to me that is the most beautiful thing.” What sort of charity work are you involved in? A friend of mine works closely with a well-known Iranian children’s organization, Mahak Charity, which supports parents of cancer-stricken children. They set up places for parents who can’t afford to stay with their children while they’re getting treatment, and they ensure no child is ever refused treatment due to insufficient financial means. This organization is close to my heart; kids are dear to me and I’m from that part of the world, so it felt like the right fit to work so closely with them. In looking ahead, what do you see for the future? I want to create something I can call my own. Whether it be a beauty product, a fashion line, or a collaboration, I want to build something I can leave behind. I have the business knowledge; now it’s just about finding the right outlet. Finish this sentence: I am most passionate about… My life, which includes my family and friends. They get me going every day; without them, there is no reason to live. You can have all the money and success in the world, but if you have no one to share it with then what’s the point? B




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ON HER Black Ruffled Sleeve Dress: DHELA Vintage Crystal Earrings ON HIM Black Button Down: Dior Homme Navy and Black Blazer: Stylists own


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In 1885, two Entrepreneurs Elisha Babcock Jr. and Hampton Story bought the land and constructed the Hotel Del Coronado. They envisioned their hotel would be the "talk of the Western World," and it was. Some patrons likened it to a wedding cake and others to a fancy boat. Wealthy visitors of the hotel would most likely spend winters in San Diego and summers in New England. The mild weather in California is definitely a pull for guests who stay at the hotel. When the hotel was first constructed, the chef would cook game that the guest had hunted, and proximity to the ocean meant that guest could enjoy fresh seafood daily. Hotel Del continues to function as a world-class hotel today. The Del will be celebrating its 130 anniversary of opening by hosting a variety of events, such as Icons Anniversary Gala featuring John Russo and an Anniversary dinner with Chef Patrick Ponsanty. In addition there is a clambake series featuring various chefs that is of interest. For more information about how the hotel will celebrate its 130th birthday go to


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Getting To Know

Miriam Lee Masciarelli

OF MASCIARELLI WINERY By Courtenay Cooper Hall Additional reporting by Jessica DePeppo


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She may have been born into the wine business, but Miriam Lee Masciarelli never imagined she would be running her family’s Italian wine company along with her mother at the tender age of 18. But with the sudden passing of her father, Masciarelli immediately stepped into his role as winery administrator and junior brand manager. Masciarelli was established in 1981 on two acres by entrepreneur Gianni Masciarelli. The beating heart of the winery, located in San Martino sulla Marrucina, in the province of Chieti, has since grown to 350 acres. The Masciarellli vineyards and olive groves lie between 13 municipalities in all four provinces of Abruzzo. The company produces 18 labels and five product lines, including the Classic Line, Gianni Masciarelli, Villa Gemma, Marina Cvetic, and Castello di Semivicoli—with an annual production of more than 2.5 million bottles of wine. With an innovative spirit that shows respect for the environment and tradition, Masciarelli inaugurated, after a long restoration, Castello di Semivicoli, a 17th century Baronial mansion. Now known as a Relais de Charme in the vineyards, it is a driving force of wine tourism in the area. Miriam Lee works full time in the family business as the Brand Manager, specifically focusing on promotions, corporate communication and organization of several events worldwide.



Getting To Know

It’s such a pleasure to talk to you today and to learn about your family’s winery and its success. Can you tell us a little about how you got to where you are today? I lost my father at a young age. When he began the business in 1981, he had no money or support from his family, but he did have a dream of focusing on the quality of his wine rather than the quantity he could produce. Although some were skeptical, the wine producers said that my father did something in two generations that usually takes five or six. His dream began with two acres and has now increased to 350 acres. Masciarelli now has vineyards in all four provinces of Abruzzo. “Non-stop innovation” has been used to describe your father’s techniques. What has Masciarelli done to continue innovating your wine? We are traditionalists that look ahead, and innovators that look behind. We want to keep our traditions, but we don’t want to stop progression. We are a sustainable winery that is buying six to seven acres per year. You’ve been exposed to the philosophy of wine since childhood; what did that look like, and how has your love for the wine industry grown? I grew up with the best restaurants and all of the best wine producers. I can appreciate the work that goes into keeping up a vineyard. My father taught me the importance of quality when it comes to people, food, wine, architecture, and clothes. How long does it take to produce a bottle of wine? It depends. We work in the vineyard every day, but the huge risk of our job is that rain or hail can ruin the entire vineyard for the year. The weather is the biggest issue, and there is a lot of sacrifice. This is one of the most beautiful jobs because it teaches you a lot of things on the human level. It teaches you patience and that life does not always go as planned. You see the results after several years, so it’s not instantaneous. What’s the most important thing that you will teach your children one day? The quality of life. It’s a lifestyle, it’s about people. In the winery, there is a huge poster stemming from something my father always used to say, “Quality is not something that you can remember once a week. It’s something that you work at from when you wake up until you go to bed.”


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Quality is not something that you can remember once a week. It’s something that you work at from when you wake up until you go to bed.”

Tell us about the stunning Castello Di Semivicoli and its surrounding area. At the beginning of 2000, we were looking for vineyards in the area. The castle had just been sold, and was completely abandoned. We felt it was a shame to leave the castle that way and bought the vineyards along with the castle and spent 10 years renovating. We worked to preserve all of the original materials. My mother is a designer and she designed the interior. She created a really cool contrast between the older and the modern feel throughout. Barrels from the 18th century are used as décor, and underground is a natural cellar made by rocks that remain the same temperature all year. The vineyard is surrounded by water that plays a part in regulating the cellar’s temperatures. The temperature in the cast is also controlled by wall temperature. Since the restoration, events can be held at the castle, which I am sure are spectacular. What type of events/clientele have you hosted? We often host events related to art and philosophy and for people who like the Italian lifestyle. We host cooking lessons and many small, beautiful weddings. The last wedding was for a bride who is an origami artist— they decorated the castle with origami of different sizes. You live in one of the most beautiful regions in the world. What does beauty mean to you? Beauty will save the world. I associate beauty with quality of life. It’s a lifestyle. It’s not just about clothes and hair. An example is a glass of wine with good company, good food, good location—that is beauty. B



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MOM, MUSICIAN, MOGUL By Alexandra Anastasio Photography: Philip Fischetti Styling: Mindy Gura & Paula Orlan Makeup: Jessica Payne, Cloutier REMIX Hair: Derek Williams, Parlour 3 Beauty Location: The Westin Nashville

Ask Jessie James Decker if she’s living out the dream she imagined as a young girl and the answer she’ll give you is, “Absolutely!”



Decker is living her dream in an entirely different way than she ever imagined. “I always knew I wanted to be a country singer and an entertainer,” she says. “I thought at this point, I would be touring stadiums and on a tour bus, and that’s all I would be doing. I never dreamed of having three children, a husband who’s in the NFL, and being an entrepreneur all before I was 30. I’m so grateful for all of it.”

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With her third child on the way (it’s a boy!), and the “birth” of her second album, BELLA grabbed some time with the down-to-earth songstress to chat about motherhood, music, and how she pours her heart and soul into everything she does.

Musical Inspirations

The birth of your third child is right around the corner; how has this pregnancy compared to your last two? The first eight weeks I was miserable; it was some of the worst morning sickness and I had a hard time functioning. Thank God my mom was around to help me. Thankfully that went away and ever since I’ve felt amazing! Besides those eight weeks, this has probably been the best physically I have felt—my body doesn’t hurt and I am in a great mood. Maybe God works in mysterious ways, giving me that extra boost to be healthy and on my toes for my two little ones at home. What has been one of the greatest lessons you’ve learned since becoming a mother? To not feel guilty all of the time, because I do! I am a very selfless mother and I’m always thinking about the kids first. I overthink everything and I think one lesson I’ve learned is to try not to. What’s the point of stressing and having anxiety; just do your best. What was the inspiration behind your newest album, “Southern Girl City Lights.” I hadn’t put out an album in 10 years and I wanted something that reflected the place I was at in my life. I’m a southern girl who is constantly traveling to different cities, always on the move, doing all sorts of things. The title is actually the name of my sister’s blog; she gave me her blessing and it’s perfect. She’s a pretty creative person herself and it was kind of cool to use it.

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You’ve been open about some of the struggles you’ve faced in the music industry. What’s kept you moving forward? To this day, I’ve never been signed by a country label; they haven’t given me a chance. But I never gave up because I love country music. Luckily I caught the eye of L.A. Reid, not once but twice. He is one of the most iconic executives at a label. I am super grateful to him for seeing something in me and giving me an opportunity both times. I also have a publisher named Carla here in Nashville who I’ve known since I was 17 years old; she has an eye and ear for young, female talent. Both she and L.A. were my biggest supporters and without them I don’t know if I’d be here today.

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I have zero stress about this third baby; I’m ready to roll.”

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You and your husband run the Eric and Jessie Decker Foundation with your main mission to support Decker Dogs. Can you share a bit about this program? Eric and I are both passionate about rescue dogs and growing up as a military brat, I am also passionate about our military. We were trying to figure out how to incorporate the two and were introduced to Freedom Service Dogs, a non-profit organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them as service dogs. Once they’re specially trained, they’re paired with a veteran suffering from PTSD. We’ve also been able to provide support for the construction of a new training facility in Denver, Colorado. That was one of our main goals—to open a larger facility so the dogs would have more greenery to run around in and more space to be trained. You recently debuted a perfume for your brand Kittenish. Was designing always in the cards? I’ve been sketching since I was in middle school with notepads full of designs. Originally, the thought was I would design outfits to perform in and, as I got older, it expanded into creating clothes for everyday living. I am your average girl next door and I think my line portrays that. I worked really hard this last year on the perfume. I explained all of my favorite scents, even candles I liked, to the perfume chemist I was working with in New York and he figured out the common element all of them had. I buckled down to find the perfect scent that embodied what I love and I think I found it; this is my favorite perfume. Not long ago, I was sitting on the bathroom floor with my daughter and all of my perfumes. When I asked her which she liked the best, she picked mine. The look on her little face let me know she is proud of her mommy. I hope it makes her feel like she can do anything, because she can. B

On Her Playlist

“Congratulations” Post Malone


“Thunder” Imagine Dragons

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“Get Together” The Youngbloods

“National Anthem” Lana Del Ray

“Let Me Love You” Justin Bieber

Best Advice for New Moms Enjoy the early infant stage; it goes by so fast. Sit back, enjoy the moments, and try not to stress too much. You’re always a nervous wreck with the first one, but with the next, you’ll feel like you’ve got this down.

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On Location


With a foundation built on music, Nashville is quickly becoming one of America’s top destination cities. From the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and historic Ryman Auditorium, music is a common thread connecting the life and soul of the city and its people. Throughout the very walkable and friendly “Music City,” you’ll find an abundance of local southern dining options (think BBQ and ribs), as well as upscale venues for more sophisticated palates. Downtown on Broadway are the world-famous honky-tonks that play free, live music 365 days a year and are main attractions for the city’s locals and millions of visitors it entertains each year. 90

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Also, don’t be surprised if you run into one of Nashville’s famous residents (they boast quite a few!) as you explore all the city has to offer. Famous residents include Brad and Kimberly Paisley, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, and Eric and Jessie James Decker.



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The Westin’s 453 locally-inspired guest rooms and suites are designed to ensure reinvigorating stays, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering unbeatable views of Nashville. Each room features the Heavenly® Bed and a Heavenly® Shower, which is complemented by Westin White Tea Heavenly™ Bath Amenities.


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DRINKS & DINING Decker & Dyer Decker & Dyer is the hotel’s social gathering lounge and eatery. Start your day with a healthful, filling breakfast, and come back later for a craft cocktail with live entertainment. L27 Rooftop Lounge Here, guests 21 and older can enjoy light fare, seasonal cocktails, live music, and spectacular downtown views from L27 Rooftop Lounge.

RELAX & RECHARGE Rhapsody Spa The Westin’s stunning Rhapsody Spa features nine thoughtfully designed treatment rooms within 6,000 square feet of space to reflect the beauty of nature. Natural wood, stone elements, and a living wall of plants encompass the surroundings of this luxury spa. Each service is enhanced by an amenity-rich spa experience: inspired lockers with customblended spa products, a private experience shower with steam, a shared traditional dry sauna, and a serene relaxation room. With nutritious snacks and daily customized infused waters.





Joey DeGraw is known worldwide as an accomplished singer-songwriter and musician, but he has also become quite the successful developer and entrepreneur, with his latest project opening on Nashville’s famous Honky Tonk Highway–lower Broadway.


The 40,000-square-foot, live music venue, restaurant, bar, and event space owned by brothers Joey and Gavin DeGraw showcases Nashville’s worldfamous music, cuisine, and spirits. A 13 million dollar renovation that began in 2016 evolved the space from 1,600 square feet to the expansive venue it is now.

What’s the best thing about living in Nashville? To be a part of a young, growing city and feel like you’re contributing to that growth. Plus, the friendly nature of state taxes are extremely attractive for investors and business owners.

With three stages, a fireplace, a DJ booth, and video dance floor, multi-genre music is featured seven days a week.

What was your vision when developing Nashville’s hottest new venue, Nashville Underground? Because I have been in Nashville for so long (10 years), I saw what those visiting wanted, which was to experience the culture of the town—its food, music, spirits, and hospitality. Nashville is constantly rated among the top friendliest cities in America, and that is a big part of our brand. Nashville Underground truly pays homage to Music City. As an accomplished musician and successful entrepreneur, how do you balance music with your other passions? They are almost the same to me in a way, because writing a song is a development project on a much smaller scale. It’s all some sort of construction at the end of the day. I am also finding a huge amount of creativity in building a brand, and the architecture/design elements are intriguing.


Boasting the highest, largest and only double deck rooftop on Broadway, Nashville Underground delivers an intimate experience where you can drink, taste, and hear Nashville.

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CMT’s highest rated and mostwatched series in history Entering its sixth season, “Nashville” is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows the lives of country music superstars as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Music City can mean so many things to different people. In “Nashville,” musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm, driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and are doing everything in their power to stay on top.

Photo: Jake Niles Getter/CMT

In the heart of downtown on historic Broadway, Nashville Underground has four large floors. The first and second floor menu highlights Nashville’s unique culinary palette, using locally sourced ingredients to create southern cuisine such as Nashville Hot Chicken and BBQ, smoked in-house daily. The multi-level rooftop menu includes a wide variety of tapas, gourmet flat breads, and a raw bar. All four bars include a wide selection of locally crafted wine and spirits, as well as the coldest draft beer in Nashville, at 29 degrees.

An all-new season of “Nashville” returns Thursday, January 4 at 9pm ET/PT.


The décor, designed by Anderson Design Group, reflects a vintage industrial ambiance, paying homage to the historic transfer warehouse the building originated as and celebrating the long history of Music City. Combining all the elements that make Nashville so unique, Nashville Underground fully encompasses the city.

New series from the creator of “The Hills” and “Laguna Beach” Debuting early next year, “Music City” follows a group of young emerging artists chasing their dreams of success in the music industry, while struggling to balance their personal lives and relationships. Filmed in Nashville, the eight-episode series is slated to premiere early next year alongside “Nashville,” which returns for new episodes in January. “Music City” premieres Thursday, March 1 at 10pm ET/PT on CMT.



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OAK STEAKHOUSE NASHVILLE 801 Clark Place Nashville, TN 37203 615-902-3111 • Oak Steakhouse Nashville presents an innovative take on the classic steakhouse. Located in the heart of Music City, Oak Steakhouse offers a modern approach to steakhouse dining, serving farm-fresh dishes alongside steakhouse classics in a modern and intimate environment. Under the direction of Executive Chef Eric Zizka, Oak’s menu highlights the restaurant’s relationship with local farmers and purveyors. To complement the menu, Oak’s expansive wine list features California Cabernet and Old World reds including a selection of Italian and Spanish wines, as well as an array of artisan domestic wines. The beverage program boasts classic, seasonal cocktails alongside local Nashville brews and both domestic and international beers.

Our Favorites Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Warm fingerling, watercress salad, tomato confit, old bay remoulade Southern Farmers Vegetable Gnocchi Cranberry beans, winter squash, kale, crispy prosciutto, buerre blanc 12oz Dry Aged CAB® Prime NY Strip

FOR THE TABLE: Three Cheese Mac & Cheese Fontina, cheddar, gruyere Charred Corn Chipotle lime butter, peppadews

DESSERT: Carrot Cake Cream cheese icing, raisin puree, candied walnut dust

Executive Chef Eric Zizka


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SINEMA RESTAURANT + BAR The Melrose Theater Building 2600 8th Avenue South, Suite 102 Nashville, TN 37204 615-942-7746 • Sinema Restaurant + Bar takes a contemporary approach to classic American cuisine. The culinary team led by Executive Chef Kyle Patterson, looks to take familiar dishes and make you fall in love with them all over again through his innovative and inspired approach to cooking. Chef Kyle’s team takes a fresh look at what classic American cuisine should be, and the result is a diverse and timeless menu.

Our Favorites APPETIZER: Octopus: Chilled charred octopus & avocado, cucumber, cilantro, honey habanero vinaigrette

Since its opening in 1942, the historic Melrose Theater has a storied history of delighting movie-goers and creating long lasting memories. Today, housed in the same space, Sinema aims to keep that tradition alive. The guest experience is inspired by the history of the theater: the architectural design, the patrons, and the stars that graced its big screen.

ENTRÉES: Short Rib Porter Road Butcher short rib, heirloom carrots, brussel sprouts, charred onion, braising jus, mashed potatoes, chopped herbs Filet Mignon Trio Trio of 3oz filets au poivre, caramelized blue cheese, truffled mushroom parmesan Sour Cream & Scallion Whipped Potatoes Braised Brussel Sprouts

DESSERT: Chocolate Sticky Toffee Pudding 8th & Roast coffee ice cream, cinnamon sugared pecans, Guayaquil bitter chocolate

The amazing chef took a BELLA selfie with us in their mirrormagnificent bathroom Right: The BELLA team with Executive Chef Kyle Patterson




Want to be awards-season ready? Make sure you see these 10 films, which have been praised by industry insiders at the world’s leading film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival last May and the Toronto International Film Festival last September. Aside from the stellar list of talent, one of the common threads underpinning this year’s selection is the predominance of movies based on true stories or inspired by real events (no fake news here!).

“The Post”

Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, this film is inspired by a real-life government cover-up (the Pentagon Papers) and its exposé by an editor and the publisher of The Washington Post.

“Molly’s Game”

Directed by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, and Kevin Costner, this film features the true story of an Olympic skier running an exclusive poker tournament that runs afoul of FBI investigators.

“I, Tonya”

This film is based on the competitive world of figure skating and the sensational scandal between Olympic competitors Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. Directed by Craig Gillespie, the movie stars Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding and Caitlin Carver as Nancy Kerrigan.

“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”

Paul McGuigan directs Jamie Bell, Annette Bening, and Stephen Graham in this big-screen adaptation of the memoir about the last days of silver-screen star Gloria Grahame (played by Bening).


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“Victoria & Abdul”

Dame Judi Dench plays Queen Victoria in the story of her unexpected friendship with an Indian clerk named Abdul Karim, played by Ali Fazal.

“Battle of the Sexes”

This film portrays the true story of the renowned 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King and former men’s champion Bobby Riggs. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris direct the story written by Simon Beaufoy, with a cast including Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs.

“Goodbye Christopher Robin”

Be sure to bring tissues for this tale of the real-life Christopher Robin, who has been immortalized in the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A.A. Milne. The film is directed by Simon Curtis and stars Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, and Kelly Macdonald.


Woody Harrelson gets serious in this biopic about U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson, from his early days in Texas to becoming president at a tumultuous time in the history of the nation. Directed by Rob Reiner, the film also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bill Pullman.

“Darkest Hour”

This drama centers on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (played by Gary Oldman) at the start of World War II and the struggle to decide whether to fight or negotiate with the regime of Adolf Hitler. The film is directed by Joe Wright and also stars Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas.


Christopher Nolan writes and directs this tale of individual soldiers’ survival in the early stages of World War II with the evacuation from Dunkirk back to England. The film stars Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, and Kenneth Branagh. Keep an eye out for a cameo by Tom Hardy. B






By Amanda Mactas

THE SMILE NoHo 26 Bond Street New York, NY 10012 646-329-5836 Nothing is quite as charming in NYC as a red brick interior. Located in an old 1830s townhouse, this cozy restaurant is a dark vintage reprieve from everyday city life. The Mediterranean cuisine is equally as enchanting as the atmosphere, and bonus—it’s a favorite celebrity haunt!

ROSE & BASIL East Village 104 E. 7th Street New York, NY 10009 888-492-7297

This café provides a charming and whimsical backdrop for fulfilling your sweet tooth. Offering up a large variety of organic, dairy-, sugar-, and gluten-free products, this quaint spot is blooming with floral decor, a selfie mirror, and plenty of Instagram inspiration. Try one of their chocolate truffles or indulge in their light and fluffy mini cakes.

DRUNKEN DUMPLING PERGOLA Flatiron District 36 W. 28th Street New York, NY 10001 212-679-4842


Strewn with flowers and greenery, this Mediterranean restaurant not only serves up lip-smacking good eats, but allows New Yorkers an escape from the city with its enchanting vibe.

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East Village 137 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003 212-982-8882

It might not lend much in the way of atmosphere but Drunken Dumpling is enticing locals to try their famous XL XLB, or extra large xiao long bao soup dumpling. Bring a date and “Lady and the Tramp” it!

MEGU Meatpacking District 355 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011 212-885-9400

In an area pulsating with energy, Megu at the Dream Hotel Downtown is taking modern Japanese dining to a whole new level under the ownership of Jon Bakhshi and Master Chef extraordinaire Nils Noren. The striking mirrored staircase leads to an impressive lounge and dining area that’s complete with 3D mapping, creating a unique cinematic experience. -Alexandra Anastasio

THAIMEE AT MCCARREN Williamsburg 160 N. 12th Street Brooklyn, NY 11249 718-218-7500

DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAKHOUSE Midtown West 1221 6th Avenue New York, NY 10020 212-575-5129

This upscale Thai restaurant in Brooklyn is helmed by Executive Chef Hong Thaimee, and has made a colorful impression on New Yorkers with their colorchanging Magic Noodle Salad, or Yum Woon Sen.

While everything here has the ability to turn heads, it’s the recent addition of the 45-day dry aged double bone-in prime ribeye—“the double eagle”—that will make you drool. Served alongside a flight of salts (including pink Himalayan, porcini mushroom, and black lava), this spectacle of meat is carved tableside for your enjoyment. B





By Roger Sands

The venerable British tradition of afternoon tea is also flourishing only a hop, skip, and jump away from some of Broadway’s most renowned theaters. Although New York City would never be mistaken for London, there are nonetheless a wide variety of options for afternoon tea—with each venue offering a distinctive flavor and flare. For many locals and tourists alike, afternoon tea in Manhattan serves as an oasis amid the mayhem of one of the world’s busiest cities. It’s the perfect segue from the frenzy of New York City to the calm of a centuries-old British custom. These locations are among the theater district’s favorite respites for sipping brimming cups of various tea blends, along with sampling savory scones, delectable finger sandwiches, and signature desserts. 102

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The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. daily WHERE: 50 Central Park South


Only steps from Central Park and the clip-clop sound of horseand-carriages, the RC offers a truly quintessentially New York City experience. Boasting a classically elegant décor and personal service reminiscent of its days as the historical St. Moritz Hotel, afternoon tea in the Star Lounge is delightful combination of luxury and tranquility all rolled into one very special package.


With a rotating menu that changes with the seasons of Central Park, guests can choose a variety of teas that have been curated by the hotel’s tea sommelier. These include Organic Pear Tree Green Tea, Black Teas, Oolongs, White Teas, and Herbal Infusions. An assortment of sandwiches, such as Yellow Beet Carpaccio, and Petit Fours, including Toasted Almond Biscotti, are available.

The Russian Tea Room WHEN: 2 to 4:30 p.m. daily WHERE: 150 W 57th St


Known worldwide for its over-the-top ambiance, the Russian Tea Room’s radiant décor is dominated by red leather banquets and striking bronze samovars. Since it was founded in 1927 by the Russian Imperial Ballet, the Russian Tea Room has been an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, and politicians gather. Afternoon tea at the Russian Tea Room is an idyllic way to socialize— and perhaps spot a few celebrities— before attending a Broadway play.


The High Tea menu features a brisk English breakfast, Indian black tea, a delicate Formosa Oolong, and Rooibos Chai, which is a South African Red Bush with Indian spices. Scrumptious sandwiches and Blinis are offered, including caviar, Siberian Osetra, Russian Osetra, Hackleback and Paddlefish. Guests can choose from a variety of decadent desserts, including assorted seasonal scones, cupcakes, and petits fours.

Plaza Hotel WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m. daily WHERE: 768 5th Ave


The Plaza’s name says it all. Widely recognized as one of the world’s most iconic hotels, afternoon tea in the stunning Palm Court is an experience to be savored. Garden elements such as caning, large potted plants, four soaring palm trees, and an oval trellised bar anchoring the room create an inviting atmosphere.


A wonderful blend of black teas from Yunnan, China, and Assam, India are mild and invigorating, while the Grand Lapsang Souchong is lightly smoked. Try the warm seasonal scones with lemon curd and preserves. The Plaza also features a Kid’s Afternoon Tea featuring a Tropical Strawberry Garden Tea with cranberry lime, fresh muddled basil, simple syrup and fresh lime juice, or a black tea with cherry, citrus, berries, hibiscus and rose.




Lowell Hotel WHEN: 2 to 6 p.m. daily WHERE: 28 East 63rd Street


The Lowell’s refined Pembroke Room is a peaceful setting that takes guests back in time to an era of grace and civility. The striking decor in this intimate room is accented by plush chairs, heavily draped windows, eye catching artwork, lovely potted orchards, crystal chandeliers, and adorned mirrors.


Featuring Black, Green, and Oolong teas, along with Fruit Infusions, guests of the hotel were some of the first in America to taste the only White and Smoked Scottish teas. English Tea sandwiches include cucumber and watercress, poached shrimp and dill butter. Assorted fruit tarts, French pastries and macaroons, warm homemade scones with rich lemon curd and Devonshire cream round out the fare.


The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel WHEN: 3 to 5:30 p.m. daily WHERE: 35 East 76th St


Inspired by the sultan’s dining room at the Topikapi Palace in Turkey, The Gallery is an exquisite, private retreat for refined dining. Divided into two tiers, it was designed for comfort and elegance. With deep red wallpapers, banquettes made from antique kilims, and red-fringed velvet chairs, guests are tempted to linger. It has been a meeting ground for the rich, famous, and beautiful since the hotel’s inception in 1930.

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The Gallery features a modern twist on classics, such as Hudson Valley Foie Gras Torchon and assorted house-made Pâtés. The Gallery also serves a complete English tea with exotic teas (including Assam, Lapsang Souchang, and Verveine), traditional tea sandwiches, scones with authentic Devonshire cream and fresh pastries.

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By Emilia Bechrakis Serhant

Getting—and staying—healthy in the New Year is as easy as 1…2…3…

“Million Dollar Listing New York" star and fitness/wellness enthusiast Emilia Bechrakis Serhant shares her secrets.


3 KEY INGREDIENTS 1. Turmeric. I’ve started using turmeric in everything recently, from my morning mocktail to teeth whitening. 2. Apple cider vinegar. In the mornings, I drink apple cider vinegar straight or in hot water, mixed with equal parts ginger, lemon, and Manuka honey. You can also use it as a facial toner ( just keep it away from your eyes), or as an acne spot treatment. 3. Activated charcoal. When I feel myself getting a stomach bug, I add some activated charcoal to lemon juice (and water, if needed) and take a shot. It’s a tasteless ingredient so it can be added to any food or drink.



3 WELLNESS TRENDS TO TRY 1. Infrared sauna studios. It’s like a regular sauna, but the heat isn’t dry. These help with detoxification, relaxation, burning calories, pain relief, anti-aging, skin purification, cell health, and improved circulation. In New York, check out 11 Howard or Cryofuel. 2. Nutridrip’s Glutathione GLOW drip. This IV vitamin fortifies your hair, skin, and nails. Each Nutridrip is board-certified and administered by specialists. They even come to your house to administer the IV, which is the ultimate in pampering.



3. Gut healing. That’s where you extreme-detox your digestive tract by eliminating all the bad foods for you (sugar, dairy, alcohol, gluten). If you cleanse for two weeks, your system realigns itself; if you cleanse for 4-6 weeks, all of the toxins disappear from your system. “I’m going to do a cleanse for at least two weeks after the New Year, where I’ll drink bone broth and eat vegetables.”




1 1. Find the right workout for you. Maybe you hate running but treadmill HIIT is your jam. You just never know, that’s why it’s important to curate a fitness bucket list. Set a goal to try a new workout every week or every day; before you know it, you will be someone who “works out.”


2. Start small and work your way up. Don’t think, “I’m gonna’ hit my high school mile time in one month” after not running for eight years! Instead, start the week by running for 0.2 miles without walking, then move up to 0.5 miles the next week, and so on. 3. Enlist a workout buddy or take a group class. Having someone hold you accountable—your husband, boyfriend, or someone you know from work—is important. It’s amazing what you can do with the encouragement of others.

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FOREARM PLANK Total body workout when done correctly; focus on core and shoulders

1. Press through your heels to lengthen calves. This also ensures your quads (front of the legs) are fully engaged. 2. Squeezing your glutes will guide you into the correct position for your pelvis. Pretend you have a check for a million dollars in between your cheeks and you have to hold it there. You should create creases in your leggings beneath your butt from squeezing your glutes so intensely.

3. Draw your navel toward your spine and brace with your abdominals. 4. Make sure your elbows are directly under your shoulders and engage your lats by anchoring your shoulders down. 5. Keep a neutral head and neck position—the crown of your head should point forward.

MODIFIED BASIC PUSH-UP Chest, shoulders, arms, core


By Emilia Bechrakis Serhant Photos by Phil Fischetti at NYSC Lab 16th & 8th

Our names don’t always define us, but Kira Stokes was born with one that perfectly encompasses the energy she puts out into the world. From that name comes the evolution of an entire fitness philosophy and program: The Stoked Method. Indeed, Stokes has used her innovative training methods to get clients like Candace Cameron Bure, Hannah Bronfman, and Norah O’Donnell (to name a few) in top-top shape. Although her personal training sessions at NYSC Lab in New York City are almost impossible to get into, you can get your fix by following her Instagram of 169K and counting at KiraStokesFit. Or here! BELLA was lucky enough to land her for a private session in which she took us back to the basics:


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1. Start on your knees with your hips shifted forward to create a straight line from the nape of your neck to your pelvis. Your hands should be slightly wider than shoulder width apart, shoulder level.

2. As you perform the push-up, engage your lats to keep your shoulders down. With a basic push-up your elbows should rotate out.

FINE-TUNING GLUTE WORK Core and glutes (with a bonus focus on the hamstring if you add bent knee work)

1. Keep your wrists under your shoulders, knees under hips. Soft bend in the elbows, shoulders rolling down the back; crown of the head pointing forward.

2. Press navel to spine, slightly dropping to the tailbone throughout, keeping your core strong. Extend the leg by engaging the glute, rather than hyper-extending the lower back. 3. Control your leg—don’t let it control you.

SQUAT Quads, glutes, hamstrings, core

LUNGE Entire lower body (quads, glutes, hamstrings) and core



How low you can go depends on your mobility—if you have the flexibility and can maintain proper form, try to break parallel and bring your hips lower than knee height.

1. Focus your weight more

on the heels and set your feet slightly wider than hips width apart, toes turned out to between 5 and 15 degrees (depends on your natural foot placement). 2. Your knees track in

alignment with ankles and hips as you perform a squat. Your knees should travel over your

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as you travel into your squat, causing you to stick your butt out. Keep your chest lifted and shoulders back. 4. Remember to drive from

your heels and squeeze your glutes as you return to standing.

1. Concentrate your weight on the heel of the front foot, and bend the back leg so the back knee is an inch or two off the ground. Both legs should come close to forming 90-degree angles with your hips staying square.

3. Lift your chest, press your shoulders back, gaze forward. 4. As you return to either a standing balance (if doing a reverse lunge) or to a split stance, squeeze the butt cheek of the lunging leg.

2. Keep your core strong—brace with your abdominals.

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If you’re on Instagram, you have seen Denise Vasi. She shows up on every “Explore” page, from the artistically-minded to the ultra health-conscious to the celebrity-obsessed. Off the internet, Vasi is an actress and a mommy, splitting her time between New York and Los Angeles with her director husband, Anthony Mandler, and their toddler daughter, Lennox Mae. Her Instagram stories are mini culinary and nutritional adventures in the life of a super mom.

She sat down with us recently to dish about how she keeps her family happy and healthy.


What’s a typical day in the life of Denise? I’m a mother, so no day is ever exactly the same, however, since my daughter Lennox Mae started preschool we usually wake up in LA. Hubby is a better early riser, so he will start by prepping her fruit salad and glass of room temperature water, which she has each morning. I wash up, and put my eye patches on (these are important!). I make my daughter’s breakfast and finish any lastminute cooking needs for her school snack and lunch. While that’s going on I’ll have a glass of warm water with lemon and take my morning supplements.

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Right now, I’m really into Goop’s morning skin powder called “Goop Glow.” It’s a free radical fighter that’s loaded with antioxidants. When I’m “on” coffee, I try to have a cup as late in the morning as possible. I do my hair and make-up, then get dressed for the day, and off to school we go. I attend circle time at my daughter’s school at least three times a week—more if hubby is out of town. The minute I drop her off (around 9:35 a.m.) until I pick her up (12:45 p.m.), it’s go-go-go. This is when I get to tend to my work baby “Maed.” is a conscious modern lifestyle site for women that I’ve been working on for some time now. While Lennox Mae is at school, I try to max out that time shooting content for the site, editing, writing, taking meetings, and running calls so that when she’s done with school, I can focus on her. I pick her up, we head home, she has a snack, and she’ll nap, which buys me an hour to do something for me. Self-care is healthcare! Then we head to her afternoon activity—sign language class, ballet, gymnastics, swimming, or a play date. She’s extremely curious and active, so I keep her involved in activities where she’s constantly learning and discovering all that she can do. After that I’ll cook dinner, hubby gives her a bath, he puts her to bed most nights, and I’ll start cooking her lunch for the next day. Right before bed, which is currently around 11:30 p.m., I’ll work on my schedule for the next day, do a little online research, or read a book. I have a warm glass of water with apple cider vinegar before hitting the sack. Are your days in LA and New York the same? Not exactly. Last year my husband was directing a film, and we spent the entire year in New York, so there was a lot more structure in our days. Now that my daughter is in school we are back to popping in and out of NYC, so that keeps things more spontaneous. My workout changes up on the East Coast too; I go boxing every day at Rumble. There are meetings to have, events to be at. The routine is definitely different.

How has your own diet changed since having Lennox? I started to eat more consciously around 2009, but purely for vanity reasons. When I was on set in Atlanta shooting “Single Ladies,” my co-star and one of dearest friends, Charity, and I would go to the organic market, buy all of our food for the week, and have craft services prepare it. Everyone laughed at us. At the time, Atlanta was a hard place to eat clean. When I was pregnant, I immediately started craving clean food. It wasn’t even a choice! I didn’t have to put much thought into it—my body naturally wanted to eat more plant-based foods. It also wanted to eat a scoop of vegan ice cream everyday! I did have a huge burger the day or two before I gave birth, too. Being pregnant really set me on a path to listening to my body. I was preparing for a home birth, and being attuned to what your body is saying is such a major part of preparation. If my body craved meat, I ate it! It wasn’t until after I had given birth to Lennox Mae that I realized the effects of dairy. I loved cheese. One of my early on, late-night breastfeeding snacks was sliced green apples with Brie cheese. My daughter must have been 2 months old, and to me she spit up just about what was normal for any 2 month old. Then I talked to my pediatrician who suggested I cut dairy out of my diet. I gasped! “Come on, really?” My husband had always suggested that we raise her dairy free, so I tried it. I cut dairy from my diet, and wouldn’t you know it?! Within two days she stopped spitting up. I was kind of freaked out... if, by way of me, dairy could do that to her— what was it doing directly to me? My favorite pizzeria would make me cheeseless pizza, and once in a blue moon I would indulge in some cheese, but I cut dairy out 98 percent and breastfeed my daughter until she was 20 months old.

The more colorful your “plate, the healthier it is...” Follow Denise on Instagram @DeniseVasi

What are your tips for women who would like to become vegan? Technically I am an OVO vegetarian because I eat a scrambled egg or two once a week, but overall I would say if you want to move away from meat and more toward a plant-based diet then increasingly incorporating veggies is the way to go. Instead of just one side of greens, pile on two. A week later make it three. Another easy hack is adding smoothies and juices to your daily routine. I always follow the ‘rainbow rule.’ The more colorful your plate, the healthier it is, and don’t be afraid of a green colored drink! What do you want to be known for the most in the influencer world? If I could choose, it would be being known as a woman who never took no for an answer and kept on pursuing her dreams, while encouraging other women and girls to do the same.

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Mind+Body For most people, as the face ages, the neck is one of the first visible places that bears the brunt of the facial aging process. Generally speaking over time, the skin and the muscles of the face lose their tone and tightness and gravity has its way. In the lower face, this sagging, coupled with an increase in chin fat results in making one look much older or heavier than they truly are. Sometimes this is referred to as a term affectionately known as “turkey gobbler”. For some, aging may start to appear as early as in the forties. But what if the rest of your face isn’t quite yet ready for surgery? Enter the Isolated Neck Lift. There are several individual components that contribute to creating an aged neck appearance. The neck will start to show its age when there is redundant skin, platysmal muscle cording, and an increase in the chin fat in the subplatysmal tissue. There are also ligaments called the cervical retaining ligaments that become looser with age. These ligaments anchor the platysma and soft tissues of the neck to the deep cervical fascia and deeper skeletal structures. All of these issues can be remedied with a minimally invasive Isolated Neck Lift.


A MINIMALLY INVASIVE FIX TO A COMMON PROBLEM With age comes wisdom; along with a list of undesirable physical side effects. Genetics, proper hydration, diet, and exercise are effective in combating the signs and effects of aging but can only do so much. Advances in technology and skin care also have been somewhat helpful in slowing down the aging process, although, there comes a time when a little nip and tuck may be the best remedy.

Dr. Andrew Jacono is a Dual Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and global authority in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. A Castle Connolly Top Doctor, Dr. Jacono has also been elected as one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons by the Consumers Research Council of America and Super Doctors. To learn more about Dr. Jacono’s innovative procedures, call his Park Avenue, NYC office at 212-570-2500, or visit


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BEFORE & AFTER Unlike traditional neck lifts, the incision for this type of lift is two thirds smaller and the incision is made in the back of the ear which helps to conceal any signs of surgery. The deep fat from the subplatysmal tissue is removed atraumatically with the use of a laser. The skin will eventually contract and tighten up once healed. The muscle bands are then corseted together and tied back to the cervical retaining ligament, and the excess skin is removed- resulting in a more youthful, smoother jawline and neck. The beauty of this procedure is that it can be combined with other facial procedures, or performed on its own should the patient only wish to correct this area. The Isolated Neck Lift can also be performed under local anesthesia--making for a quicker recovery and eliminating the need for general anesthesia. This also presents a cost-savings to the patient because an Anesthesiologist is not required. As with any elective surgery, it is advised that you are in good health before you embark on your surgical journey. Choosing the right surgeon is equally as important. For an aesthetic facial procedure, it is recommended that you consult with board-certified facial plastic surgeons who have expertise in the procedure that you are considering. Additionally, before and after photos are an excellent gauge of the surgeon’s aesthetic. At your consultation, you should discuss your specific goals and expectations to be sure that the surgeon understands your desired result.

Choose the TAVR team at THI. We’re making hearts and lives run in rhythm. To make an appointment, call (718) 226-6210

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR, is a minimally invasive way for doctors to replace a weakened or malfunctioning heart valve with a sturdy, fully functioning new one. Our TAVR patients generally experience immediate benefits, including a boost in their energy level and heart function, and a faster return to their daily lives than with more invasive open heart surgery. Do more than add years to your life. Add life to your years! The Heart Institute. Preserving the rhythm of life.

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Medical Advisory Board

The Wellness Boutique at Staten Island University Hospital is Helping Women Find a Beautiful and Confident

“NEW NORMAL” By Maria Kavan

When Staten Island University Hospital was planning for their new state of the art Comprehensive Breast Center (The Florina Rusi Marke Breast Center), they knew they needed to expand access to cancer screening. With that in mind, they built a team of world-class oncologists and surgeons to create an environment in which women feel comfortable, welcome and able to ask any and every question about their treatment care and recovery. Dr. Cynara Coomer played a key role in the vision and design of the center. She says, “We knew that in building the center, the Wellness Boutique was going to be a top priority. Breast cancer survivors have to find a new normal in life and this boutique gives them the opportunity to feel normal, dignified and beautiful.” After working with so many patients over her career, Dr. Coomer acknowledges that there are many questions women have when it comes to proper fit - which is crucial to the comfort of a mastectomy bra. “As many women can attest, few of us are fit properly for any bra, but with a mastectomy it’s really important to have a good fit. It’s not just about cup size, patients lose balance and worry about their appearance in clothing. When they put on a button-down shirt or a t-shirt and go out with a properly fitting bra, their appearance is not a source of conversation and they can integrate back into society more easily.” 118

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Prosthetics have also improved significantly over the years and mimic the look and weight of real breasts. “So much has changed,” says Dr. Coomer. “At first every prosthesis felt heavy and uncomfortable.” She also noted that some women who opt for a lumpectomy and other treatments, or have to wait for a reconstruction have special considerations like lopsidedness and discomfort that can be addressed with the right bra. Another crucial part of the boutique is the selection of wigs. When it comes to wigs, the Wellness Center recognizes that most women want to look and feel as close to normal as possible while going through treatment. A pre-treatment visit is encouraged to select the closest match in terms of color and styling. Dr. Coomer also notes that a chemotherapy patient has different needs than many other wig wearers, because the head may be sensitive. “The Wellness Boutique is a nice place to Dr. Cynara Coomer be able to come to,” says Dr. Director of Breast Coomer. “You’re not forced to Surgery at Staten Island University Hospital go to a salon with your wig to get it cut in front of others where you feel like you have to tell your story. It’s private, relaxing and you have someone there to help take care of you during the time you need it most.” For more information on the Florina Rusi Marke Comprehensive Breast Center at Staten Island University Hospital and the Wellness Boutique, call (718) 226-8800. You do not need to have been treated at SIUH to visit the boutique.

A comprehensive breast center that features a built-in wellness boutique! For an appointment, call (718) 226-8800.

Just one of the beautiful ideas that sets us apart. Our wellness boutique is designed to cater to the unique needs of a woman undergoing cancer treatment, even after she resumes her active lifestyle. Comfort, privacy and personal attention define the experience we create. Each woman is matched with a consultant to confidently choose items like mastectomy bras, apparel, wigs and cosmetics. We are advanced in every way that matters. The Comprehensive Breast Center really is comprehensive. From diagnostic advances like three-dimensional breast imaging (tomosynthesis) to an individualized plan of care, we strategize each patient’s care using the combined expertise of radiologists, breast surgeons, reconstructive plastic surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, a breast pathologist, specialists in cancer genetics, nurse navigators, plus research and support personnel.

This is your Center. Stop by for a visit!

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Every day seems to bring headlines of another powerful man accused of sexual misconduct in the workplace. Because of these allegations, multiple men have been fired or have experienced major fallout. The #metoo social media campaign underscores the expansive nature of the epidemic, and recent studies have substantiated the fact that sexual harassment is a widespread problem that creates multiple and severe consequences for its victims.

So who are these sexual harassers, and why do they behave the way they do? The specifics of each harasser might be different, but certain common behavioral and psychological dynamics have emerged. Perpetrators not only expect their victims to be silent, but they also count on the complicity of those around them, including co-workers and superiors, to maintain their secrets. Avoiding a scandal or institutional humiliation has been a strong motivator to look the other way; this tragically gives abusers a sense of omnipotence and entitlement when it comes to harassing their victims. In some instances, powerful men sexually harass and abuse their victims simply because they can. Male aggressiveness has often been rewarded with success in American culture, and sexual harassment is closely tied to power structures commonly found in the work environment. The abuser might hold the key to career advancement, thereby creating a conflict and an opportunity for the victim to be exploited. Sexual harassers share certain character tendencies that make it easier for them to behave in this socially abhorrent way. These characteristics fall into five categories: malignant narcissism, moral denial, feeling threatened by women in the workplace, anger/envy of women, and exhibitionism.

Malignant Narcissism

The malignant narcissist tends to have a very inflated view of himself and his talents, a lack of empathy for others, and a deep longing for immediate approval. When you blend these features with the desire to deceive and dehumanize others, you have a malignant narcissist. This narcissist needs others to act as an adoring audience that supports his desire to feel worthy of great admiration, importance, and power. These sexual abusers can’t imagine that the person to whom they are directing their interest may not be interested in them or want to receive attention from them. Because malignant narcissists have no empathy, manipulating and exploiting others to get their personal needs met becomes the perfect character constellation for engaging in sexual harassment. These abusers see a victim’s only value and purpose as meeting their emotional and sexual needs. This mental blind spot, together with an impenetrable grandiosity, allows them to take full advantage of their victims without remorse. 120

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of these male harassers have fragile egos and feel threatened by strong professional women. They fear being replaced by their female counterparts. Harassment becomes a way to resist changes in the modern workplace culture and maintain the status quo of a nonthreatening, comfortable work environment for men.

Anger/Envy of Women

This is a special category of harassers who envy or even have an unconscious hatred or anger toward women. Sometimes this anger is so deeply seated that even the harasser himself isn’t aware of it. On the milder end of this spectrum, the harasser is clueless—he has no idea his advances are unwanted or inappropriate. This harasser falls into the “poor judgment” type, which still doesn’t stop him from being relentless. At a recent conference, I spoke with Dr. Otto Kernberg, one of the leading psychiatrists and psychoanalysts who specializes in narcissistic and borderline personality disorders, and asked him what men envy about women. He eloquently told me that men may envy a woman’s beauty, as well as her ability to love and to give. The harasser feels unsettled and humiliated by her strengths. This motivates him to demean, devalue, and disempower her in an attempt to regain his own sense of selfesteem and power. Thus, when a man is inclined to objectify a woman, he reduces her to mere body parts whose value is there to satisfy his desires. In this way, this type of harasser mentally disempowers his victim so she is less envy-evoking or dangerous for him to be around. These types of personalities also have a very difficult time achieving true intimacy. I would definitely put Harvey Weinstein in this category.


Moral Denial

Moral denial leading to emotional disengagement is a cognitive slippery slope in which the harasser justifies his own moral corruption because the rules that apply to others do not apply to him. Instead, the harasser makes himself the exception to the rule and creates his own moral principles and rule book. This is why we hear many abusers justifying or portraying their actions as acceptable. The words they use to describe their behavior are whitewashed and sanitized. Responsibility is displaced. These harassers minimize the harm they cause others by stating that things could have been worse or more offensive. They devalue, dehumanize, and blame the victim for behaving in a way that encouraged abuse. Because of this mindset, harassers don’t internalize guilt for their actions. Instead, they believe they have done nothing wrong, they have caused no harm, and their conduct was normal. Harassers who minimize their actions as benign view themselves as good people, especially if the world around them supports this image.

Feeling Threatened by Women in the Workplace

Men who are threatened by women in the workplace tend to fall into the most clueless group of harassers. These offenders tend to hold rigid gender views and are easily threatened by women who appear empowered or ambitious and enter into fields typically dominated by men. Most

The male exhibitionistic harasser is one who masturbates publicly to intimidate or bully his victims. Louis C.K., for one, admitted to masturbating in front of unwilling women. Exhibitionistic disorder is considered one of the paraphilias responsible for having recurrent, sexually arousing fantasies combined with an intense desire to humiliate oneself or the person to whom one is displaying oneself. For the powerful harasser, engaging in this sexual transgression and getting away with it is also sexually titillating, underscoring his own importance and omnipotence. It is also a type of sexual behavioral communication that demonstrates a desire to be looked at and admired. Getting away with these types of actions only enables the harasser’s faulty mental grandiosity and, ultimately, his dysfunctional behavior. fortunately, a seismic cultural shift has changed what we consider socially acceptable in the workplace. Women and men now have more ways to document inappropriate behavior. And by sharing our collective voices, we can foster a new system that encourages a mass movement to do better, be better, and raise our group consciousness—so that this type of improper conduct will no longer be ignored or tolerated.



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From her first dance class at the age of 4 to her very first day at Sunrise Day Camp-Long Island, Amanda has always sparkled with happiness and light. In November 2014, Amanda was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and overnight, she had to trade her prized dance leotard for a hospital gown. She and her family slowly came to terms with the fact her life had changed—and then Sunrise Day Camp came along when she needed it most. Amanda struggled to feel like a normal kid again, but when she went to Sunrise, she didn’t need to wear a hot stuffy wig under her hat. She didn’t even have to wear a hat at all if she didn’t feel like it. Suddenly, she could play, swim, dance, and even climb a rock without fear of exposure. For the first time, Amanda could just be a kid and camp helped her grow more comfortable in her own skin again. At age 7, she was able to articulate a lesson that takes most people a lifetime to learn: “You know what, Mom? Sometimes good can come from bad.”

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Sunrise Day Camp-Long Island, which opened in 2006, was the first full-summer day camp in the world offered free of charge for children with cancer and their siblings. There are currently seven Sunrise Association Day Camps—three in New York (Long Island, Pearl River, and Staten Island), three in Israel (Beit Yehoshuah, Be’er Sheva, and Ramat Yochanan), and Horizon Day Camp in Baltimore, Maryland. In June 2018, the Sunrise Association will open its eighth camp—Aurora Day Camp—in Atlanta, Georgia. Sunrise Day Camps are affiliated with 30 renowned hospitals and medical centers around the world. Sunrise Day Camps bring the simple pleasures of childhood back to children struggling with cancer, changing months of loneliness and isolation into summers filled with sunshine, laughter, and happiness. And because they are day camps, they allow children to continue their medical treatment and be in the comfort and safety of their own homes at night. All Sunrise Association programs are always free of charge and made possible through the generosity of donors. Multiple fundraisers, large and small, are held throughout the year, from elementary school bake sales to record-breaking golf outings and communitywide walkathons. B To get involved or join an upcoming events, contact Beth Fetner, Senior Vice President of Agency Development, at, 516-634-4196, or



A Novel Idea

Good Reads

TO START YOUR YEAR OFF RIGHT A brand new year deserves a brand new reading list. We’ve got some suggestions that will launch you into 2018. Happy reading! By Barbara Zito

“An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones Algonquin Books

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy’s happiness is destroyed when Roy is sentenced for a crime he did not commit. As he heads off to his 12-year sentence, Celestial struggles to find her footing. She finds support in Andre, an old friend A novel about choices people and the best make when their man at their lives spin out wedding. When of control. Roy’s conviction gets overturned, Celestial finds that she has a chance to return to the life she lost. But is that who she is anymore?


“Two Girls Down” by Louisa Luna Doubleday

When her two young daughters disappear from their small town in Pennsylvania, a desperate mother hires a bounty Spoiler alert: hunter named This intriguing story will keep Alice Vega you reading way to find them. past bedtime. Faced with an overworked local police force, Vega takes on Max Caplan, a disgraced former police officer, as her sidekick. With a trail that’s all but cold, the pair works to cut through the lies and complexities that abound in this town in order to find the girls before it’s too late.

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“Good Neighbors” by Joanne Serling Twelve

Four suburban families build tenuous friendships based on their children being of similar ages. When Paige and Gene adopt a 4-year-old Russian girl, the group of neighbors is challenged. Does the young new arrival have personal troubles, or are the Edwards mistreating A scorcher of a novel about the her? Nicole, struggle to keep one of the up appearances at any cost. neighbors, is compelled to learn more about this adopted child—even if it means delving into the issues of her own family and upbringing.

“Clean Protein by Kathy Freston & Bruce Friedrich Hachette Books

Protein is power. So naturally, it should be a part of a kickass nutrition plan. But This book where do you might make start? More 2018 your healthiest importantly, year yet! how do you stick to it? This book is your blueprint for success. Health expert and best-selling author Kathy Freston has partnered with Bruce Friedrich, co-founder of The Good Food Institute, to offer you easy-to-follow steps to a healthy lifestyle of clean eating.

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Too Busy to Read? Put In Your Ear Buds

If you’ve made resolutions to eat healthier in the new year, then join the club. And if you’re worried about how long you can keep up those resolutions, we hear you, and so does Kathy Freston. The author gives you permission to fail miserably with your resolutions—as long as you get back on track as soon as possible. “Give yourself some room as you find your way,” Freston says. “Lean into the shift rather than try to be perfect, because perfection is nearly impossible and it’s certainly unsustainable.” Remember: When it comes to achieving goals, slow and steady wins the race. “Every step you take toward a cleaner life is a powerful move in the right direction,” Freston says. “Just watch how the momentum builds as you get more familiar with your new choices and start feeling more energetic.”

If you haven’t yet explored the world of audiobooks, make it a point to do so in 2018. There’s no better way to blaze through your to-be-read list as you commute, work out, or otherwise multitask with ear buds plugged in. We like (membership required; free trial available) for its selection of titles. We love that many of the titles are read by these stars of stage and screen, who will make the words come alive. Here’s some we’ll be downloading this year:

• “Uncommon Type” by Tom Hanks • “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline • “Theft by Finding” by David Sedaris • “Leonardo da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson

We’ll also be revisiting the following classics, thanks to these A-list readers:

ADD SOME GREY TO YOUR VALENTINE’S DAY Got plans for Valentine’s Day? Consider the third and final installment of the “50 Shades of Grey” series, perhaps? Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan return as Ana and Christian, now happily married and enjoying their honeymoon. As they settle into domestic bliss—which, of course, includes plenty of toe-curling sex time—danger and intrigue await them.

• “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy Read by Maggie Gyllenhaal • “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte Read by Thandie Newton • “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee Read by Sissy Spacek • “Dracula” by Bram Stoker Read by Tim Curry and Alan Cumming





like the age-old question of whether a tree falling in the woods makes noise if no one’s there to hear it, what if your relationship status changes but you don’t update your social media? Did it actually happen? There is a touching innocence to the basic confusion (fear?) many feel when it comes to the protocol of updating their relationship status on social media.

“Is it too soon?”

“I don’t want scare him away.”

“Did I wait too long?”

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To be fair, this confusion speaks to our innate desire to get things right when it comes to our love lives. So what are the rules? Where do you even start? Lessons from Victorian Life They may not have had Instagram or Facebook in Victorian times, but they did have some pretty effective practices when it came to qualifying— and then announcing—relationships. Assuming first that two people had expressed general interest in each other and that details like finances, ancestral lineage, political connections, and similar issues of note were resolved, the table was then properly set for an engagement to take place. These days the conversation might be little more than, “Did you vote for Trump?” but you get the point. Then, a formal proposal was made (usually by the man) in a clear and distinct fashion. This stands in stark contrast to today’s more common practice of “So, uh, you wanna maybe live together… or something?” The reason it was so formal back then—as in “Do you want to marry me?”—was to ensure there was no ambiguity as to the ultimate goals of the relationship. Both parties realized that ignorance of each other’s intentions did no one any favors. Clarity was considered a relationship’s best friend. Once the proposal was made, the couple would wait a week or so before announcing the engagement to only their most intimate family and friends. This was done out of respect for those close relationships, but also to ensure that if anybody knew anything important they would have lots of time to speak up before things went too far. “That woman? She’s been married to 12 different guys in 4 years. I think she offed them for the insurance money!” Or similarly important things like that. When that was done, the respective families would then arrange various parties to meet and (hopefully) assist in the smooth integration of existing family and friends. Watch reruns of “Downton Abbey” if you want a primer on how well that often went down. Finally, the woman took on the remaining task of sending letters to the next level of family and friends (think Facebook friends you never actually keep up with), making the relationship public. In effect, she had begun the arduous process of updating her social media status. She was officially “in a relationship.” Today, all you have to do is check a box.

GO FIND A BEAUTIFUL PARK BENCH WITH A GORGEOUS VIEW (AND SMOKIN’-FAST WI-FI) WHERE YOU CAN MAKE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA CHANGE TOGETHER.” Such an engagement would then last from 6 months to 2 years, leaving lots of room for issues to crop up and potentially be resolved—something social media was absolutely built for. Secrets are in short supply on Facebook. Or Snapchat. Or Instagram. It may be frightening or gross at times, but it sure is effective. So if that special someone has truly become an important part of your life and you’ve already gotten together with your family and friends, it is high time to alert your network to your relationship status. Better yet, go find a beautiful park bench with a gorgeous view (and smokin’-fast Wi-Fi) where you can make your social media change together. Mark Zuckerberg would be proud. B





Whether you want to escape the gray of winter, celebrate with your Valentine, or just need a recharge to your relationship, it doesn’t get more romantic than the South Pacific. These are our favorite spark-inducing escapes.

Itinerary must: Enjoy a half- or full-day picnic for two on the soft white sands of Naviavia, your own private deserted island.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort | Savusavu, Fiji Voted the Best Five Star All-Inclusive Luxury Resort in Fiji and the South Pacific, this tucked away paradise is a natural memory-maker. Shared experiences like snorkeling the rich reef, hearing traditional tribal tales by the fire, sailing, fishing, and standup paddle boarding will bring you closer as a couple. Better yet, secluded thatch roofed mbures and seaside massages set the tone. True to the resort’s history, you will go home invigorated—and with a host of knowledge of the sea thanks to reef walks and dives with staff marine biologists.


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Fairmont Kea Lani | Wailea, Hawaii

Certainly the most picturesque side of the island, Wailea’s views of West Maui, Lanai, Molokini Crater, and plethora of humpback whales breaching (to add flavor to the myriad sunset shots you’ll be sure to take) makes this oasis home to the island’s most upscale hotels. A jewel in this crown of luxury digs is the Kea Lani. With Fairmont’s traditional jaw-dropping lobby greeting you, along with a fresh flower lei, you will feel instantly at home. And, with the restaurant Ko’s recent award for Best Hawaiian Regional Cuisine and iconic Nick’s Fishmarket Maui waiting to wow, there is very little reason to leave this corner of paradise.

Itinerary must: Snorkel or take an adventurous scooter dive past turtles and tropical fish from Kea Lani’s private beach, or join a traditional outrigger canoe for a morning paddle.

Windstar Cruises - French Polynesia Itinerary must: Enjoy the talents of a James Beard award-winning culinary team!

French Polynesia is an admittedly far-flung exotic destination, which makes it even more difficult to decide exactly where to go… Tahiti’s deserted motus and shallow lagoons, Bora Bora’s impossibly clear water, Raiatea—“The Sacred Island,” Moorea’s coconut trail, the ancient temples in the tropical garden paradise of Huahine? The solution is to board the Wind Spirit, an exclusive and gorgeous four-masted sailing yacht that hosts just 148 guests. This escape is so intimate and romantic, it’ll deliver a serious recharge to your relationship!





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The new year has arrived and it’s time to start arranging travel plans. From Jordan to London and everywhere in between, here are five hotspot destinations for true jetsetters to explore this coming year.

By Norah Bradford

Fogo Island Inn Hotel, Newfoundland, Canada

Get away from it all at the won-just-about-every-award Fogo Island Inn located off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, on an idyllic island. A contemporary looking X-shaped structure provides a sleek juxtaposition against the rocky island on which is sits on stilts (this design minimizes the building’s impact on the flora and fauna of the island). The 29 suites have floor-to-ceiling views of the island, and amenities include a library, wood fired sauna, and outdoor hot tubs. The use of natural materials was championed throughout the guest suites, with the only plastic object being the telephone.

Hotel Croydon, South Beach Miami

A favorite destination for jetsetters is Miami’s beautiful South Beach. Why not stay at a boutique hotel, The Hotel Croydon Miami Beach, where you can eat and drink at The Tavern and make the most of the swimming pool and rooftop sundeck? Alternatively, experience the latest addition to the 18-property group, The Waterside Hotel. The Waterside offers a “retro-chic” hotel experience in North Beach with the latest amenities and large windows to see and feel the warmth of the Florida sunshine.,


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Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

One of the great hotels in London, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is constantly striving to ensure the highest levels of service by upgrading its facilities to remain relevant to its clientele. The recent restoration of the hotel’s front façade has been completed, highlighting the full beauty of the structure. New experiences at the hotel include cookery classes in concert with specialist cookware firm Divertimenti. For children, the experience of the season has to be Afternoon Tea with Bertie Bear from Harrods (adults are sure to enjoy this treat, too!).

The Silver Muse, Silversea

The Silver Muse is the latest ship to join the five-star luxury cruise line that is Silversea. This ultra-luxury ship accommodates under 600 guests in intimate yet spacious surroundings. Experience the only Relais & Chateaux dining at sea at La Dame restaurant. The Silver Muse combines the best in service accommodations while taking its passengers on trips around the world.

The Four Seasons Hotel Amman, Jordan

There are many reasons to visit the capital of Jordan and, in particular, the Four Seasons. The ancient city of Amman is located on seven hills. Jordan provides crucial insight into the region’s ancient and biblical history, with the five-star Four Seasons acting as the ideal starting point. Visit Wadi Rum, where movies such as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Martian” were filmed. Tour the ancient city of Petra, Jerash, and the Dead Sea. More locally, visit the Amman Citadel or stay on the hotel grounds and enjoy a cocktail at SIRR, the hotel’s speakeasy. B



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Stay Receive high-class service in an intimate oasis at Miami’s boutique hotel, Circa 39. Located right across the street from Miami Beach, this eclectic and vibrant hotel gives visitors a more unique and intimate experience in the city where the heat is on. The hotel gives off a tropical and inviting vibe the moment you set eyes on it, full of colorful design and luscious greenery. For a more down-to-earth spot to enjoy a Miami vacation, this spot is a winner (as is their WunderBar).


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Play You can’t travel to Miami and not visit the beach, and Circa 39’s proximity to the sand makes it easy to enjoy. Plus, they provide guests with exclusive sun lounges and towels. Of course, you can always head to the pool if that’s more your speed. We also recommend renting a Citi Bike to explore the city, or get out on the water with Miami Beach Paddleboard and practice your balancing skills. Make sure to make a stop at The Fillmore, a historic and famous concert hall, and if you’re feeling cultural, Micro Theater Miami is a very different way to take in a show. Comprised of small shipping containers, you can take in quick, 15-minute shows inside the containers. Truly unique! We also loved the Wynwood Walls, which showcase graffiti-style artwork—perfect for photo ops.


Taste The culinary scene in Miami is surprisingly impressive, especially coming from New York. We loved the plethora of food trucks and dancing the night away at Wynwood Yard. Lolo’s Surf Cantina is an upbeat spot to down some tacos, while Fooq’s Mediterranean cuisine makes for welcome comfort food. Dr. Smood is another great option, especially for a fast, healthy bite (and bonus, they’re in New York, too!). If you have a sweet tooth, we recommend stopping by The Salty Donut. But our favorite spot was Café Roval, which blew us away with its romantic feel and endless array of world-class dishes.

While Miami may have a reputation as a party city, it does boast some fascinating history. We stopped by the Miami Design Preservation League to take an art deco walking tour of the city. We were wowed by some of the most stunning buildings and hotels in the city, and reveled in a lesson about the different architecture styles that now define Miami. And learning doesn’t have to be limited to the history of the city—we also took a tour of the Concrete Beach Brewery, and learned all about their process of making beer. (It doesn’t hurt that you get to try it, too!) B



Travel Diary Montpelier Plantation Inn

NEVIS, NATURALLY nevis not only embodies the tropical island dream, it is also a rare getaway spot that remains unspoiled by overdevelopment and has its share of vast, secluded beaches, clean air, and blue skies. Journey with us through the island’s hottest hot spots… By Vanessa Coppes

Yu Lounge We arrived in St. Kitts, where we were treated to the VIP luxury service offered by the Yu Lounge. Our dedicated concierge served an exquisite lunch while our luggage and immigration formalities were handled. 136

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Nisbet Plantation Beach Club After a breathtaking, private boat ride from St. Kitts to the island of Nevis, we arrived at our first stop—a relaxing massage at Nisbet Plantation, followed by dinner at its renowned Great House. This house was originally a sugar and coconut plantation. Its first owner turned two rooms downstairs and a few upstairs into guest rooms. As more visitors were attracted to the beautiful grounds, Nisbet expanded. Today it boasts 36 cottage-style rooms, and general manager of Nisbet Tim Thuell made our stay one we’ll never forget.

Lover’s Beach

Hermitage Plantation

Cottle Church

Grandrock Inn The Funky Monkey Tour If exploring is your cup of tea, the Funky Monkey Tour will not disappoint! Considering the island is not that large, we were able to navigate and make stops that pleased the history buff, the foodie, and the shopper!

Sunshine’s Beach Bar and Grille (home of The Killer Bee)

Alexander Hamilton Estates

On his voyage in 1493, Christopher Columbus imagined the clouds above Nevis Peak to be snow, which is why he named the island “Nustra Señora de las Nieves” (Our Lady of the Snows). It was shortened to Nevis over the years.

Coconut Grove

Four Seasons

Four Seasons, Nevisian Village, and Coconut Grove We could not have asked for a more fabulous way to spend our last two days on this beautiful island than at the luxurious grounds of the Four Seasons Resort Nevis. On our first day, we got to venture out and see the beauty of the historic Nevisian Heritage Village, enjoy lunch at the boutique hideaway Montpelier Plantation Inn, and once back at the hotel, revel in the VIP service at our private cabana. We ended our trip with dinner hosted by Gary Colt, the owner and founder of Coconut Grove, which boasts the only wine cellar on the island. The fine selection of wines was the perfect compliment to our dining experience, artfully prepared by Chef Stephen Smith.

Nevisian Village

For the complete gallery of our Nevis trip, visit B B E L L A N Y M AG .C O M


Travel Spotlight


seeking serenity? Then peek into the captivating oasis of Serenity at Coconut Bay, Saint Lucia. This luxurious resort completely reinvented the concept of an all-inclusive vacation experience, and is exactly the all-suite, adults-only resort you’ve been looking for. The beautiful and peaceful resort provides a phenomenal personalized vacation experience for every guest. Attentive butlers ensure you are having the exceptional vacation you signed up for, and the resort’s amenities will keep you entertained throughout your stay. Each of Serenity’s 36 private and spacious suites is unique in design, mirroring the resort’s personalized luxury experience. Whether you’re drifting into dreamland in your custom mahogany bed, luxuriating in an oversized candlelit tub, or letting the refreshing rain shower soothe you, one thing is for certain—you will love it. 138

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A True Spa-cation

Enjoy some peace and quiet as you step out to your very own private patio, where you can swing in a hammock for two, take a dip in Serenity’s signature plunge pool, or cool down under an outdoor shower. And, since everyone needs a little pampering every once in a while, why not enjoy a couples’ or individual massage in the comfort of your own suite? The treatments are personalized and designed specifically for your wants and needs, leaving you feeling revived, restored, and reconnected to the world.

Sun Chaser

Surrounded by crystal blue water and sugar white sand, the beach at Coconut Bay is the ultimate scenic and romantic escape. With an exquisite picnic basket in hand, enjoy a leisurely golf cart ride to and from the beach at any time, courtesy of your Serenity butler.

Dinner Is Served

Enjoy delicious meals at the Caribbean-inspired Greathouse Restaurant, which will delight even the most discerning palate. No detail is overlooked in the romantic atmosphere of the modernized grand Saint Lucian mansion. The perfect complements to your meal include an extensive international wine list, along with top-shelf liquors and hand-crafted cocktails.

serenity at coconut bay provides endless opportunities to venture out and experience the island’s beauty. Whether you’re hiking around the island, exploring the waters on your stand-up paddle board, or snorkeling to meet the local sea creatures, your mind will be filled with breathtaking memories of your serene trip to Saint Lucia. B



Around Town

Unveiling of Upper East Side Aesthetic Surgery Center On November 9th, Andrew Jacono, M.D., FACS, director of the New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery and world-leading expert on minimally invasive facelifting, unveiled his new aesthetic surgery center at 630 Park Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Born out of a response to his well-heeled, international clientele’s desire for the ultimate in luxury services and amenities, Dr. Jacono spared little in transforming the prime real estate into a world-class medical facility offering newly pioneered non-surgical and surgical procedures.


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ETTWomen’s The Power of Connections 2017 Founders of ETTWomen Vanessa Coppes and Lynette Barbieri, along with their conference partner Theodora Sergiou (Nicholas Pools), brought together entrepreneurs, authors, teachers, artists, and visionaries this past November at The Power of Connections 2017. Their fifth business and personal development conference featured Audrey Puente (FOX 5 meteorologist), Lena Koropey (Gramercy Protocol/STRIP TEES), Courtenay Cooper Hall (BELLA CEO and editor-in-chief), Lisa Marie Latino (Hip NJ), Dr. Joy Ohayia, Josefina-Hoo, Bailey Frumen, Christine Miskinis, Judy Banks, Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin (The GAIA Project for Women’s Leadership), Crystal Glass (Lor’ DOUR Design), and Shenna Vaughn. Attendees enjoyed Investor’s Bank and the I Love MySelfie photo booths, along with treats provided by Karen Azzarello, Jodi Bruker, and Molly Barber (The Chocolate Exchange/Pampered Chef). Save the date for #ThePowerOfConnections2019 at Photos: Angela Squicciarini/Teresa Pyskaty

Garden City Winter White Party The Garden City Hotel turned Winter White for The Hancke Family Foundation, Beautiful Me, which focuses on educational self-esteem programs. Photos: Marc Solomon Photography B E L L A N Y M AG .C O M


Around Town

“VITAL Portraits” by Vital Agibalow, Exhibition for Hensel at Konstantin Art Gallery Vital Agibalow’s show, hosted at one of the New York’s most exquisite boutique galleries, Konstantin Art Gallery, created a major buzz in New York’s fashion community. The exhibition of black and white portraits captured the last decade of New York’s fashion industry and celebrities. It also highlighted more recent work by the photographer, some of which had never before been exhibited and are a part of Agibalow’s upcoming photography book. The show featured famous photographs, including those of Vogue editor Anna Wintour, German designer Karl Lagerfeld, American designer Isaac Misrahi, Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon, socialite Olivia Palermo, as well as world-renown supermodels such as Carmen Dell’Orefice, Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, and Miranda Kerr.

Photos: Astrid Stawiarz @ GETTY images


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Peter and Laurie Grauer, Whoopi Goldberg, Nina Grauer, Michael Milken

Dan Rubinstein, Stephen Sills, Martha Stewart, Shawn Henderson, Jim Shreve Jennifer Hudson

Prostate Cancer Foundation hosted the 2017 New York Dinner featuring guest host Whoopi Goldberg with special musical performance by Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson honoring Peter and Laurie Grauer. ©Patrick McMullan

New York’s Decoration & Design Building Celebrated the Power of Storytelling with Industry Leaders at Fall Market 2017, Baccarat Show Room, NYC ©Andrea Fischman

Sophie Bonvin, Bill Claps

Oscar Shamamian, Charles S. Cohen, Clo Cohen, Lee Mindel, Victoria Hagan, Mark Ferguson

The Decoration & Design Building and the Cohen Design Centers celebrated the 10th Anniversary Stars of Design, Upper Story NYC ©Patrick McMullan

Sophie Bonvin Founder of Luxury Handbag Line The Collector Launches Latest Collaboration The CODE Collection with Artist Bill Claps In partnership with The Angelica Patient Assistance Program, Crosby Street Hotel NYC ©Patrick McMullan



New York 9

Aimée Wilder By Jessica DePeppo

Born and raised in New York, Aimée Wilder spent her school holidays exploring the fashion showrooms where her parents both worked, cultivating her diverse interest in art and design. After graduating from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2001, she began developing a body of fine art illustrations and patterns while working as a freelance designer for such companies as DwellStudio, Martha Stewart Living, and The Gap. In 2008, Vans featured some of her patterns on 30 styles of shoes and fashion accessories. Soon after, Wilder launched her namesake brand and began translating her artwork into designer wallpaper, which debuted at New York’s ICFF in 2009. Today her line also includes home textiles, handmade rugs, pillows, poufs, and more.

BELLA sat down with this NY fashionista to get a closer look at life in the city… Best thing about living in NYC? I often ask myself whether I would be happier in sunny California, romantic Paris, tropical Indonesia, or other places in southern Europe, but when I travel the world and return to New York City, it just feels like home.

Favorite NYC restaurant? I like La Superior and its sister restaurant, La Cerveceria. Both are in Williamsburg and from the same owner, Felipe Mendez, and are the most laid back, delicious Mexican restaurants.

Favorite neighborhood? Williamsburg and the East Village


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The best part of my job is... to be free. I work from home in a live-work studio, so I have complete creative control and can spend time in a space that I love. Because I work for myself with my fiancé, we get to travel when we desire. Traveling is helpful to the business and our minds. This year we are doing a collaboration with a concept store in the Wynwood Arts district of Miami, called L’appartement, during Art Basel and Design Miami.

A visit to NYC isn’t complete until... You’ve seen a show at Union Pool, a popular bar set in a former pool supply store with live music and a taco truck.

Subways or cabs? Both

Best advice you’ve ever received? It’s from my late father who encouraged me to focus on one thing intently.

Must-have beauty item? I am obsessed with toner, specifically hyaluronic acid toner. It’s really changed my skin by keeping it hydrated and preventing blemishes. The brand I use currently doubled the price and changed the packaging to a spray, so I’ve been hoarding the old product via eBay!

What’s your definition of beauty? My idea of beauty aligns with Roald Dahl’s: “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” B


Long Island Sports Cars, 1047 Northern Blvd, Roslyn, NY 11576, US | 1 516 478 4326 | Official government fuel consumption figures in litres/100km (mpg) for the Aston Martin DB11: urban 16.6 (17); extra urban 8.5 (33.2); combined 11.4 (24.8). CO2 emissions 265 g/km. The mpg/fuel economy figures quoted are sourced from official regulated test results obtained through laboratory testing. They are for comparability purposes only and may not reflect your real driving experience, which may vary depending on factors including road conditions, weather, vehicle load and driving style. B E L L A N Y M AG .C O M




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BELLA New York- January/February 2018 - The Effortless Glam Issue  

January/February 2018 - The Effortless Glam Issue featuring Jessie James Decker

BELLA New York- January/February 2018 - The Effortless Glam Issue  

January/February 2018 - The Effortless Glam Issue featuring Jessie James Decker