BELLA New York - Jan/Feb 2017

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ello, New Year! I love the start of a new year…it makes you feel like you have flipped open the new chapter of a book and all is new again. Although 2016 was a wonderful and exhausting year, I am so looking forward to what lies ahead in 2017. I think the cover line of this issue, “The GLAM Issue,” says it all–actress Jaimie Alexander certainly is in a stunning gold dress by one of my favorite designers, CD Greene. We photographed this cover at the famed Plaza Hotel in New York City, and what a cover story it turned out to be! The Presidential Suite, the most beautiful designers, and one of the hottest actresses on TV–what a great start to the New Year!

As we enter our 7th year at BELLA, I am feeling grateful and humbled by how far we have come. Last year we launched our sister publication, BELLA Los Angeles, and hope to launch in additional markets in the coming months and years. No matter what we go through personally, professionally, or as a nation (I know 2016 was a rough one!), we always come together for the common good, each other, goodness, and sharing a positive message of love and light. That’s what I hope to continue to do throughout this year and for many years to come. I thank you for your love and support, and look forward to another six great issues in 2017! Best,

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Courtenay C. Hall Chief Executive Officer, Editor-In-Chief Gina LaGuardia Janene Mascarella Marcus Stewart Alexandra Anastasio Sascha Zuger Sari Beth Rosenberg Amanda Mactas Dara Kaplan Gwen Wunderlich Norah Bradford Rachel Paul Michele DiNardo Dionne Clarke

Editorial Director Beauty Director Fashion Director Entertainment Editor Travel Director Mind+Body Editor Food & Accessories Editor Beauty & Travel Editor Travel & Lifestyle Editor Contributing Editor Beauty Correspondent West Coast Producer West Coast Editor

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Public Relations

Vanessa Coppes John Russo Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan Bianca Lyder Jessica DePeppo

Social & Digital Media Strategist Fashion Photography Celebrity Stylists Celebrity Hair Stylist Executive Assistant

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Advisory Board Dr. Didier Demesmin, Dr. Jack B. D’Angelo, Dr. Marc J. Elkowitz, Dr. David H. Hiltzik, Dr. Robi Ludwig, Dr. Katherine Melzer-Ross

Contributors Barbara Bellesi, Laura Camerlengo, Nancy LaFever, Lillian Langtry, Joy Ohayia, Ph.D., Dawn Papandrea, Roger Sands, Tamar Snyder, Robyn Tellefsen, Jarrod Thalheimer



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BELLA New York’s Creative Director Philip Fischetti is also a New York-based photographer. He has photographed some of our most unforgettable covers, including Donald Trump, Paris Hilton, and Lance Bass. This issue he photographed the stunning Jaimie Alexander for the cover. With an extraordinary eye for detail, each of his images perfectly evokes the style and personality of its subjects. Follow him on Instagram @Phil.Fish.

Gina LaGuardia, BELLA’s editorial director, has been with the magazine since its inception. Her behind-thescenes approach has her setting deadlines, brainstorming and streamlining article topics, editing, and coordinating all material to ensure “BELLA quality.” A former magazine editor-in-chief, she has also been instrumental in the launch of more than 25 websites over the course of her career. LaGuardia now manages an editorial and social media marketing firm that helps a variety of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, leverage creative content to boost brand awareness, sales, and readership.

Joy Ohayia, Ph.D. is a highly sought after motivational speaker and author of “Don’t Let ‘IT’ Get You!: An Empowering Health and Fitness Guide for Women.” She shares some of her insight in her exclusive article in this issue, “Let Go of These 10 Things If You Want To Be Happy” (page 124). Dr. Joy is also the TV host of “The Dr. Joy Show–Your Prescription For Total Wellness,” and serves as a Board of Trustees for the New Jersey chapter of CASA, a children’s advocacy group.


See exclusive photos from our Holiday Cover Party hosted by Kathy Lee & Hoda.

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Barbara Bellesi is a New York writer whose specialties include lifestyle, arts and culture, personal finance, and real estate. Her love of books and the theatre are evident in this month’s “A Novel Idea” (page 110-111) and “Speedy Shows to See This Season” (page 66-67). Her new year’s resolution for 2017? To finally finish her novel.

Marcus Stewart is a modern day Renaissance man who has permeated every part of the entertainment business, from acting to modeling. But his biggest accomplishment thus far is becoming BELLA’s Fashion Director. This New Orleans native has been featured on TV shows worldwide and is known by his clients–which include socialites and Maroon 5’s PJ Morton–as “The Fashion Doctor.” He consults with his “fashionably ill” patients, examines their lifestyle and wardrobe, and prescribes a stylish prescription for them. Follow Marcus @TheFashionDr.

BELLA New York’s celebrity stylists, Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan, are identical twins and co-founders of a full service styling business, The Style Duo. They have styled a wide range of stars for BELLA’s inside celebrity features, as well as cover stories. Always working as a team, the twins have been featured on numerous national morning shows and now appear regularly in their own style show for Princeton TV.




TODAY’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb grace the cover of the holiday issue of Bella New York magazine. They attended a party in their honor hosted by the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Courtenay Hall.”


Kathie Lee and Hoda hosted the official launch party of the November/December 2016 BELLA Magazine Holiday Issue Cover Party at Arlo Hudson Square in New York City.”

STAR SNAPS Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford goof around at a party celebrating their November/ December cover of BELLA New York.


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Bold Shoulders, Luxe Leather, Top Timepieces, Liquid Silver, Fashion Rx, Alyson Eastman, The New York Look


Style as Simple as Black & White


Beauty Resolutions, Natalie Zea’s Vanity, “New You” Treatments, 2017 Hair Trend Predictions, Hollywood Glam, Manhattan’s First Ever Lip Bar

52 || IN THE MOMENT Graceful Style That's Everlasting


Make It a Big Year in the Big City

64 || CULTURE VULTURE An Eventful New Year

66 || ARTS & CULTURE Speedy Shows to See This Season

68 || NYC SPOTLIGHT The Brunch Boys

70 || BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY NYC’s Most Respected Concierges


Celebrity Photographer Patrick McMullan

76 || UP CLOSE & PERSONAL William Moseley


Her Action-Packed Journey to Success Photo: Philip Fischetti Gown: Marc Bouwer 12 THE GLAM ISSUE

T H I S I S N ’ T F I R ST C L AS S T R AV E L , T H I S I S

L U X U R Y T R AV E L Personal fulfillment and enrichment, quality time with family and friends, or just the opportunity to detach and de-stress from your everyday worries. This is what life is all about. This is what travel should be all about. Let us handle the planning, while you just enjoy the ride.






Take 5, Latin Beet Kitchen, Reviver, A Meal Made with Love


Gigi Hadid’s Super Moves, Chris Evert on Fame & Fashion, Perimenopause Can Wait, Healthy Resolutions You’ll Keep, The Hottest Workout Beaches

106 || WANT TO BE HAPPY? Let Go of These 10 Things

108 || SOPHISTICATED SPACES How to Host the Perfect Party

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110 || A NOVEL IDEA New Books for a New Start

112 || MAKE AN IMPACT Giving Back, Changing Lives

114 || 6 PEOPLE TO FOLLOW IN 2017 Movers & Shakers

116 || LOVE IN THE CITY Movies and Relationships

120 || TRAVEL

A-Lister Escapes, Italy’s Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Orlando Reimagined




Snapshots of West Coast Living

130 || AROUND TOWN Behind the Scenes with BELLA

132 || NEW YORK 9 Isabella Boylston




StyleReport the


By Marcus Stewart

Bold shoulders have returned in all shapes and sizes this season. From the 1980s-style structured shoulders of Emanuel Ungaro to barely-there versions by Elie Saab, shoulder play of any kind is definitely in. 16 THE GLAM ISSUE


1 | Demi Moore wearing Gucci 2 | Lady Gaga wearing Brandon Maxwell 3 | Dita Von Teese wearing Ulyana Sergeenko Couture 4 | Demi Lovato wearing Zac Posen 5 | Hailee Steinfeld wearing Elie Saab 6 | Gabrielle Union wearing Dion Lee BELLANYC.COM 17


Drew Long Leather Zip Wallet $550,

Dior Women’s SoReal Lens Sunglasses $938,

Elyse Black Camel Hair Marine Cap $240,

LUXE LEATHER When it’s all about the details, leather is always a great choice. The high-end material oozes class, plus your couch shouldn’t be the only one covered in it! Keep warm with some of our favorite leather accessories this season. By Amanda Mactas

Alexander McQueen Ruched Leather Gloves $885,

Custom Gemstone and Leather Wrap Bracelet $345,

The Sak Bag $150,


Mabel Boot $495,



Tribeca $150,


With a new year comes new commitments. Instead of always being fashionably late, try being fashionably on time with these exquisite watches.

Victoria Wieck VW Gemstone Watch $149.90,

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Chrono Detail Black Dial & Rose Gold Watch $215,


Pasha C Medium Stainless Steel Automatic Bracelet Watch $6,300,

Gomelsky Stainless Steel Two-Tone Bracelet Watch $850,

Grey Vintage Leather Watch 36mm Campina $159,

Fendi Women’s Metallic Selleria Diamonds, Motherof-Pearl, Stainless Steel and Leather Strap Watch $2,850,

S Series $130, Dior VIII Grand Bal Diamond, Feather & Ceramic Bracelet Watch $31,500,

Rose Gold Treat, 40mm $240,



Carole Shashona Dream Snake Cuff Price Available Upon Request,

Isabel Marant Adil Collar Tie Jumper $655,

Liquid Silver Sparkle

Forget gold, and don’t even think about bronze. As the fall runways revealed, shades of gunmetal silver are the only metallic hues to wear this winter. Whether you wear them in small doses by playing with aluminum accessories or you go bold with a head-to-toe look, you will be sure to shine bright at any party!

Alexandre Birman Zanny Metallic Python Block-Heel Booties $1050,

Cushnie et Ochs Fall-Winter 2016


By Marcus Stewart

OPI Nail Lacquer This Silver’s Mine! $10,

Common Projects Achilles Lace-Up Sneakers $410,

BAO BAO Issey Miyake Platinum-2 Clutch $985,




By Marcus Stewart

Dear Fashion Doctor,

I am extremely motivated to put my best foot forward this year. Five months ago I gave birth to twin boys. Needless to say, my life has changed dramatically. Motherhood is wonderful, but my image is suffering. I want to look my best but it is so hard in the balancing act that is now my day-to-day life. I have decided to be a stay-at-home mom to focus on my children and my health and wellness. I spend most of my time running around in stretchy clothing, and would like to get back into shape. Can you help me find stylish fitness clothes that can double as day wear that can take me from the gym to mommy-and-me classes with no fuss?

Bogner Elaine Stirrup Pant $520, For pants, go for something with stretch and structure. These pants can take you from a walk in central park to a parent-teacher meeting at the drop of a dime.


Bogner Gill Sweat Jacket $520, Look glamorous while breaking a sweat in this licorice-black jacket with glittering golden studs.

With love,

Motivated Mom Dear Fully Fabulous,

Congratulations on becoming a mom! You certainly have your hands full with twins, but this does not mean you should lose focus on your own well-being. Fitness wear is a great place to start. The days of baggy sweatpants and your husband’s oversized t-shirts are long gone! We have entered a world where day-to-day fashions can collide with fitness wear–the world of “Athleisure.” From a coffee run to a training session to a quick charity board meeting, active wear has become acceptable as a daily look. My prescription will take you straight from the fitness studio to the fashionable streets of New York City.

JustFab Ebby Carry All Satchel $49.95, This is what a gym bag should look like. With a sleek yet functional design, this bag looks as at home by the treadmill as it does in a playroom.



The Fashion Doctor GShock Chic Military Collection - Olive with Rose Gold $130, This is the ideal watch for a mom on the go—tough enough for the gym but still delicate enough for a day of fun with the kids.

JustFab Gold/Jet Black Jans Sneaker Wedge $48, Heading to a coffee date after your workout session? Opt for a sneaker wedge and leave that gym sneaker where it belongs—in the locker!

Electra Cruiser I $274.99, You can’t just look the part; you have to be the part! This classic cruiser will help you achieve your fitness goals–and stand out from the other mommies.



Baby, it’s cold outside, and ski enthusiasts everywhere are fine-tuning their skis as well as their skiwear. Whether you’re a basic beginner or a polished pro, you know that staying warm and looking chic can be a slippery slope to navigate. This season, there are tons of functional and fabulously fashionable options that can take you from hill to happy hour in a quick swish. With a few simple accessory changes, you will be ready for aprèsski in snow bunny style.

Ombré Rabbit Hat $110,

Bogner Sport Ski, Down Jacket Avea $2200,

Women’s Classic Turtleneck Sweater $275,

Pearl Pendant Bracelet in Dark Brown Leather $245,

Original Medium Brim Hat with Tassel Trim $100,

Canada Goose Waterproof Down Insulated Gloves $125,

Sorel Caribou Waterproof Boot $140, Bogner Woman, MixedCombo Fur Vest Farley $1950,

Nadia Boot $150,


Bogner Sport Ski, Franzi Ski Pants $990,

Jane Saddle Bag Leather/Python $2495,


Winter is here, which means it’s time to bundle up. The runways of Milan, Paris, and New York proved that outerwear is the focus of the season. Whether you are in need of a warm winter puffer or a classic cashmere top coat, BELLA New York has you covered.

Brando Western Jacket $1200,

Strellson 4 Season Coat $348,

Camel Cashmere Top Coat $1095,

Burberry Prorsum Fall/Winter 2016 Photo:

Chester Overcoat $750,



ALYSON EASTMAN By Marcus Stewart

With a rural upbringing on a Washington State farm, a refined global fashion education, and stellar work experience in New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, Alyson Eastman has all of the active ingredients to shake up things in the fashion world. Fresh from a month-long inspiration trip in Canggu, Bali, where she has gathered inspiration for her current collection, BELLA New York caught up with the 29-yearold designer of the namesake New York-based brand to take a closer look at the Alyson Eastman label and learn what is next for this burgeoning design star.


For whom do you design? I would like to think I am not designing for a particular woman, but offering a variety of women a particular leather piece that speaks to them. I decided to focus mainly on leather because I love the idea of designing one item for a variety of women instead of a whole collection for the same type of client. Your label is now in its fifth season. What has been your biggest challenge so far? Your greatest success? Although this is my fifth season, it is only my second season focusing on leather jackets. I started the brand producing full collections each season. One of my biggest challenges was focusing on a particular product and doing that product very well. I brought my focus to leather because it’s something you can wear all year round and is always in style. You can dress leather up or down; it is extremely versatile and well made. This was a hard pill to swallow at first but it made me realize that this decision would give my brand a voice and a direction to which my clients can relate. The idea of focusing on leather has been a challenge but also a great success. We are having our best season yet!

How did you get started as a designer? I knew I wanted to be a clothing designer since I was a little girl. In school I would make all my own dresses and costumes for dances. After attending design school in Los Angeles and Paris, I moved to New York City and worked in the fashion industry for brands such as Zac Posen, Badgley Mischka, and Ports 1961 before starting my own line in 2014. I now have a showroom in Gramercy Park and make my garments here in New York City’s Garment District.

How has your upbringing influenced your designs? I was raised on a llama farm in Washington State. I grew up surrounded by nature, and one of my favorite activities was exploring in the woods. Everything I design has some bit of Mother Nature’s influence. Her natural patterns and color palette are incredible. Where do you find inspiration? I draw inspiration from everywhere—everyday life, something as small as a leaf or a flower petal, or something as big as an entire city. Did your recent trip to Bali influence your work? The latest collection for Spring/Summer 2017 was entirely inspired by my first trip to Bali this year and the beach-meets-jungle influence. I loved the surf and vintage motorcycle culture there. I wanted to design a collection that could be worn by the beautiful surfer girls in Bali as they jump out of the ocean and hop on the back of their boyfriend’s bike.

What lessons would you share with new designers? Always stick with your vision and try not to worry what everyone else is doing. Stay true to yourself and when it gets hard or doesn’t seem like it is working, keep at it. After all, if it were easy, everyone would do it! What can we look forward to seeing from you this season? Much more exciting leather goods to come, spicing it up with a little fur here and there as well. Ten years from now where do you see the Alyson Eastman brand? I try and take it one day at a time as the brand is always growing and changing, but I would love to graduate the label from just womenswear to also menswear, children’s clothing, active wear, home, and wellness products. I would like Alyson Eastman to be a lifestyle brand.


Photos: Philip Fischetti

What is the Alyson Eastman aesthetic? Alyson Eastman is a luxury womenswear line with a focus on leather. We are dedicated to producing quality garments made with high-end materials, and that are constructed in humane work environments. Our goal is to keep the luxury and excitement of the fashion industry alive, not to be ruined by big box stores. At Alyson Eastman we believe in careful curation of our clients’ wardrobes. Instead of buying into a trend, we want our women to buy clothes they will have forever.







CONTRAST Photography: Michele Laurita Model/Stylist: Kristina T Hair: Peter Savic Makeup: Iris Moreau








Now’s the time to hit the refresh button on your beauty routine…. By Janene Mascarella

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Natalie Zea stars in the upcoming second season of the TBS hit comedy series “The Detour” (returning in February 2017). Her role as modern wife and mother Robin Parker, starring opposite Jason Jones, received critical acclaim in 2016’s number one new cable comedy. TV audiences also know her from popular shows such as “Justified,” “The Following,” “Californication,” “Hung,” and “Dirty Sexy Money.” Here, Zea shares a few of her best beauty secrets. By Janene Mascarella

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray $44, C.O. Bigelow

“I have a lot of hair but you can’t tell by looking at it,” she says. “This spray makes it swell up and look nice and big. I sometimes spray it on wet hair before bed, so I wake up with twice as much volume as I started with.”

Child Perfume

$68, “I’ve always found traditional spray perfume to be too strong on me. A girlfriend of mine introduced this perfume oil to me over a decade ago and it’s still my signature scent. I stopped wearing it when my daughter was born so she would know my true natural scent, but as soon as she turned 1, I started wearing it again. I missed it.”

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$24, “My hair tends to clump together and I can’t stand a too ‘polished’ look. It drinks this stuff up and helps make it look piece-y when it’s too clean. I just twist a little bit into the ends and shake it out.”


Photo: TJ Manou Makeup: Elaine Offers / Exclusive Artists Management Hair: Derek Yuen / Starworks Artists Styling: Jordan Grossman / Exclusive Artists Management



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City Blocker Detoxifying Mini Facial

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Brush & Tone Seaweed Wrap The Zen Harmony Phyto-Aromatic Body Treatment

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Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa 290 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY This luxurious therapy combines gentle dry exfoliation with a nourishing wrap and lotion. A soft natural brush is used to promote circulation and to exfoliate the skin, followed by an application of a pre-warmed seaweed mask. The wrap facilitates the absorption of all the rich minerals and bio-trace elements from the seaweed and helps tone and detoxify the body. This treatment finishes with an application of the signature seaweed body cream. Recommended for all skin types. 50 minutes - $145,

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What will be the hottest hair looks this upcoming year? “After the super polish of the last few seasons, hair is getting messy again (sort of) and it’s a grown-up sort of mess,” says Marc Anthony, celebrity hair stylist and founder of the Marc Anthony Hair Care brand. “It’s inspired by the season’s couture fashion. This time around, it has a cleaner aesthetic and an elegance we adore.” Want the head’s up on the styles poised to make a big splash? Here, Anthony shares his top predictions:

Extra Volume

“It comes and goes, but now it’s back and has a bit of extra voom (think Gucci). It may be big, but hair still has movement and tons of shine this time out. We love the almost-slept-in sort of sexy this look delivers. If volume had a disheveled morning-after look, this would be it. Volume without shine is not what we want this season. Add an Argan Oil Dry Styling Oil to the finished look to catch the fashion week shine vibe.”


Ballerina Bun

“Ballerina dreams…the bun is back in a big way this season— it’s become the go-to for most of our events. There is always an elegance to tying your hair back neatly, but when it’s low and near the neck, there is a subversive sexiness to it that adds an edge to formal wear (think Ryan Roche). This time it has a bit of texture, and we love mixing in some fabric or bauble bits before wrapping. Keep your ballerina bun polished all day long with an Argan Oil Volume Shine Spray.”

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It is undeniable that icons of Old Hollywood such as Marilyn Monroe and Bette Davis had makeup that was always on fleek. Decades later, their look is still a go-to for celebrities from J.Lo to Taylor Swift when they hit the red carpet. It is commonly characterized by matte skin, red lips, and a winged liner with a bright matte shadow on the lids. While this is a foolproof formula that doesn’t need to be changed, now is a great time to step out of your comfort zone and modernize the look.

Cut that Crease

By Rachel Paul

Here are five easy ways to sprinkle the trends of 2017 into Old Hollywood glam. Try them all at once, or one at a time if you’re not ready to fully commit.

Matte skin is a must-have to achieve Old Hollywood glam, but give that matte finish a fresh update with some strobing. Apply a fine highlighting powder above the cheekbones, under the brow, down the bridge of the nose, and at the bow of the lip.

Go for Gold

Use a gold or champagne shimmery eye shadow for the lid instead of the expected flat matte white shadow commonly used in this classic look. Defining the eyes with a cut crease will add instant drama and make the lid color pop even more. Espresso and charcoal shades work best with most complexions. The deeper and sharper the crease, the more intense the drama.

Use White Liner in the Waterline Add white liner to the inner rim of the lower lash line for a fresh, modern spin that instantly brightens and widens any eye shape.

Deepen Your Lip

No one should mess with the classic red lip, but step out of your comfort zone by opting for a trendy oxblood, rich wine, or even chestnut matte lipstick. As with the original look, keep that pout matte. And be sure to exfoliate and hydrate your lips before applying color for lips smoother than a baby’s bottom.


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Gone are the days of the one-size-fits-all, over-inflated, Kylie-Jennerinspired lips. Just ask board-certified physician assistant Lisa Hartman, the woman behind Manhattan’s most beautiful pouts. Taking her knowledge from years as the go-to master injector and clinical trainer for Allergan Facial Aesthetics, Galderma, and the nation’s leading clinical aesthetic training program, Aesthetic Advancements Institute—where she has trained more than 1,000 physicians in the field—she recently launched Lisa’s Lip Bar within her practice, Soignez Vous. Hartman began her medical career in the emergency room at Mount Sinai Hospital while she worked as a clinical investigator conducting genetic-based cancer research at Weill Cornell Medical College and Sloan Kettering Institute. She realized her passion for the arts while attending Cleveland School of the Arts and Interlochen Arts Academy for music and visual arts, and then merged it with her passion for patient care. She began working collaboratively with New York City’s top plastic surgeons to provide a wide variety of minimally invasive techniques for those desiring a non-surgical approach to selfimprovement. This led her to open her own practice, and Soignez Vous (“Treat You”) was born.


Hartman’s precision and attention to the smallest details have made her the most sought-after injector. And after seeing countless patients for lip augmentations and revisions, she recognized an enormous demand for a high-end, service-focused location where patients could be treated in a relaxed, luxurious, and inviting environment. No fluorescent lights here! Located on the Upper East Side in a white stone, columned townhouse, Lisa’s Lip Bar offers customized lips: lip augmentation, lip rejuvenation (goodbye pesky frown lines and lipstick feathering), and more. The one-size-fits-all lip no longer works, says Hartman. Patients come to her with specific goals, from natural, soft lips to more defined cupid bows to enhanced volume. Clients can choose from a menu of Minimalista, Moderatista, and Maximista-styled lips as a starting point for customization; treatments are priced at $700+. A visit to Lisa’s Lip Bar is not a run-of-the-mill doctor appointment, where someone rushes in, injects your lips, and is incommunicado until your next visit. From the moment you walk in to Lisa’s Lip Bar, you’re treated just like her celebrity clientele—with a glass of champagne and a beautiful lounge filled with chandeliers and velvet-tufted couches. Hartman and her kind staff spend time talking about what you want to achieve, guiding you through each step and following up afterward. She even makes herself available to each patient via text. Talk about service! Afterward, you leave with Hartman’s exclusively developed lipstick to minimize any sign of treatment, and a lip moisturizer to keep your new pout soft and hydrated. 44 East 65th Street, 929-244-9894,



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New Year New York MAKE 2017 A BIGGER in

YEAR IN THE BIG CITY By Barbara Bellesi


Here at BELLA, we write about the biggest, best, and brightest that New York City has to offer. Sometimes, all that writing gets in the way of us actually getting out there and experiencing it all ourselves! That’s why this year, we’re making resolutions to finally cross off those city outings we’ve been promising to do forever. We caught up with a few of our own BELLA staffers, who confessed to us what’s still lingering on their New York City bucket lists. Maybe some of their ideas will inspire you to make 2017 a big year in the city for you, too!

Amanda Mactas, Food & Accessories Editor Before I moved to the city, I always made it a point to see at least one Broadway show a year. Now that I’m right here, I often take for granted the things that are right in my backyard. In 2017, I want to renew my commitment to supporting the arts that people come from all over the world to see. I also tend to go to the same museums over and over again, instead of exploring new ones. I’ve especially been wanting to check out the Whitney Museum

of America Art. The exterior is stunning, and afterwards I can go for a walk on the High Line! Fun Fact: The Whitney focuses on the work of living American artists. When you visit, you’ll take in one of the finest collections of 20th century and contemporary American art in the entire world. Whitney Museum of American Art 99 Gansevoort St. New York, NY 10014 212-570-3600 |

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Photo: Early Twentieth Century © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mindy & Paula, The Style Duo Every year, we tell ourselves we are going to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute to see their annual fashion exhibit. But as busy fashion stylists and moms, we haven’t found the time to squeeze in a visit. This year, we will make sure to carve out a little time to check it out. Our passion for fashion has always been a huge part of our lives, and we know we would really be inspired by seeing the wonderful fashions, costumes, and fabrics used in these exhibits. Themes have ranged from punk to fashion in the age of technology—we can’t wait to see what the theme will be in 2017! Fun Fact: The Costume Institute reopened in 2014 as the Anna Wintour Costume Center, named after the editor-in-chief of Vogue.

What’s Your Plan for Taking on the City in 2017? Come on—we know there’s something fun out there that you’ve been dying to do. Make it happen in 2017! Better yet, take a photo or a selfie while you’re there and hashtag it #BELLAInNYC so we can keep up with you in the new year!


Janene Mascarella, Beauty Director When I first heard The Rink at Rockefeller Center was celebrating its 80th anniversary this season, it dawned on me that ice-skating there is a NYC must-do that I have never actually done! The Rink is one of the most visited sites in the world, with more than a quarter of a million annual skaters…besides me! As part of my 2017 resolutions to try new things, break out of my comfort zone, and experience more outdoor activities, I will lace up my skates with my kids

(who can—quite literally—ice-skate circles around me) and finally give it a whirl. Fun Fact: It might look big on TV, but the Rink at Rockefeller Center only has room for 150 skaters at a time. Ready to hit the ice? General admission is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis, or you could reserve a skating session online. The Rink at Rockefeller Center 5th Ave between 49th and 50th Streets 212-332-7654 |

Gina LaGuardia, Editorial Director I’m looking forward to taking my 9-year-old daughter to “Wicked” this spring. It’s something I did with my oldest when she was 9, and it was mind-blowing for her. I can’t wait to see how my little one reacts to putting one of her favorites, “The Wizard of Oz,” in a whole new perspective. She already knows all the songs, thanks to her older sister’s obsession with the soundtrack, so it’ll be a lot of fun to experience it with her. Meanwhile, my oldest wants to see it again, but this is a “Mommy & Me” tradition, so I’m going to have to buy tickets for all of us for a third time in 2018! Fun Fact: Even though “Wicked” has been running on Broadway for 13 years, it is still only the 9th longest-running show. “The Phantom of the Opera,” which opened in 1986, currently holds the distinction of being Broadway’s longest-running show. Wicked The Gershwin Theatre 222 W. 51st St. between Broadway & 8th Avenue B Photo: Joan Marcus BELLANYC.COM 63



An Eventful New Year Before the work starts piling up, the meetings take over, and the madness sinks in, make sure to prioritize the “New Year, New You” mantra. Take some time to gather your thoughts and prepare for what 2017 will bring. Whether you’re hoping to be inspired, enjoy a romantic dinner at Reserve Cut, escape NYC’s busy streets, or treat yourself in wine country, these unique ideas will make the new year run smoother than ever. By Gwen Wunderlich


After working non-stop all week, we all deserve a quick weekend getaway to wine country, so treat yourself to a beautiful winter weekend in North Fork. Who doesn’t love affordably posh lodging, sunsets, brunch, ice skating, and drinking gourmet wine at one of North Fork’s best wineries, Shinn Estate Vineyard? Featuring a beautiful, rustic tasting room that’s open seven days a week, Shinn Estate Vineyard also offers professional and self-guided tours of the grounds, as well as winery and barrel cellar tours. Beer lover? There are many hip indoor breweries that host regular weekend performances by local musicians as well. Be sure to hit up Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, where $8 gets you three ounces each of seven beers. This January, snag a room with your girlfriends at The Greenporter Hotel for only $133 in an adorable little Greenport Village.


Put your life into perspective this new year and learn from those who have been through it all! Introducing “If I Live To Be 100: The Wisdom Of Centenarians,” a beautifully collaborated book by Allison Milionis and Paul Mobley that celebrates the lives, wisdom, and stories of 50 extraordinary 100-year-old Americans. This inspiring collection is filled with powerful portraits, direct quotes, and personal reflections that serves as a strong reminder that love, loss, hope, and grief are essential ingredients in a full life.



This Valentine’s Day impress your significant other by scoring a romantic table at Reserve Cut in NYC’s Financial District. Located at The Setai Wall Street, Reserve Cut is a new contemporary steak house with a 200-seat dining room that evokes a polished, yet homey atmosphere that boasts black leather chairs, gray banquettes, and beautiful imported silk tapestries. Featuring an elaborate wine cellar with an extensive wine list—nearly 100 different bottles from Israel, Australia, and Italy—owner Albert Allaham sets out to redefine kosher dining and superior cuisine at this gourmet find. So sit back, bundle up with your beau as you sip on some Cabernet, and watch your delectable meal be prepared through the glass-enclosed open kitchen.

Be the highlight of your next cocktail party when you spread the word about rising opera sensation, Pretty Yende (yes, opera!). Hailing from South Africa, this new queen of the opera scene is the most talked about rising talent to date. She has scored acclaimed reviews for her newest album “A Journey,” a celebration of her musical journey and latest breakthroughs. This celebrated opera singer has toured the world performing and now comes to New York this winter. She will star in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” in January and February, and then again in a production of “Romeo et Juliette” in March. Expand your vision, uplift your soul, and score a cultural awakening with Yende’s newest album or upcoming performance. Make sure to catch Yende for what is sure to be a breathtaking evening.


Escape the city rush and book yourself a room at the unique, newly renovated, circa 1830s brick home. Perfect for the modern explorer, this extraordinary home is located in the Rondout, only two hours north of New York City. Equipped with 15 guest rooms with an artistic, yet refined, ambiance, The Forsyth B&B is the perfect balance of modern decor and vintage furniture. The beautiful surrounding landscape allows for a wide array of activities from hiking, biking, or snuggling up with a blanket on the porch. Looking to hit the slopes this winter? Belleayre and Hunter ski mountains are a short 45 minutes away. Find your home away from home and reserve your room today! B



Speedy Shows to See This Season

You love a good show, but the idea of spending hours in an uncomfortable seat in a crowded theater is less than enticing. Stage producers agree, which is why there is a growing number of shorter plays and musicals, many of which have even ditched intermission. Here are five Broadway and offBroadway shows that clock in under two hours–perfect for a leisurely afternoon or evening in the city. By Barbara Bellesi

“In Transit”

“A Dog Story”

The New York City subway is the setting of this new musical from the creative minds behind “Frozen” and “Pitch Perfect.” An a cappella score flows through the intersecting lives of 11 New Yorkers who are all trying to find their way to love, happiness, and success in the big city. The musical has the creative backing of some major figures of Broadway and Hollywood: Academy Award-winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“Frozen”) and James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan, and Sara Wordsworth wrote the book, music, and lyrics. Deke Sharon (“Pitch Perfect” and “The Sing-Off ”) arranged the vocals, while threetime Tony winner Kathleen Marshall serves as director and choreographer. (95 minutes, no intermission)

Not all musical comedies have gone to the dogs, but this one has. “A Dog Story” is a new musical directed by Justin Baldridge about Roland, a lawyer looking for love. When his best friend Guy suggests a dog as the ideal chick magnet, Roland gets a puppy named Cupid. Roland’s thrilled when Cupid leads him to Blair, a pretty businesswoman, but not so much when he meets Miranda, a dog trainer who seems to tolerate puppies but not their owners. Will Roland ever find the love of his life, or has it already given him a lick in the face? With the book by Eric H. Weinberger and music and lyrics by Gayla D. Morgan, this play will have you “sit” and gladly “stay” for a while. (90 minutes, no intermission)

Circle in the Square Theatre 235 West 50th Street New York, NY 10019


Davenport Theatre 354 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036

“When It’s You”

Clurman Theatre Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036 World premiere; opens February 17

The Keen Company presents the world premiere of Courtney Baron’s play, which reflects on the hotbutton topic of gun violence in our society. Ginnifer is a 37-year-old woman who has moved back to her hometown to settle her late mother’s estate. There, she learns her old high school boyfriend was the perpetrator of a mass shooting. Already beset by personal struggles, Ginnifer must now deal with the gossip and rumors surrounding her relationship with the shooter, as well as consider her place in society as a single woman. (70 minutes, no intermission)

“NEWSical the Musical”

The Kirk Theatre Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036

If you like poking fun at celebrities and other newsmakers, then you’ll love “NEWSical the Musical.” Described as “‘Saturday Night Live’ meets ‘Laugh-In’ meets ‘The Nightly News’ meets Broadway,” this show serves up plenty of laughs at the expense of news and pop culture headlines. The show’s sketch lineup changes often, which allows for repeat viewings as well as plenty of opportunity for guest stars. In addition to the existing company of actors, guest performers have included “Saturday Night Live” alum Cheri Oteri, Broadway’s Andrea McArdle, and Hollywood blogger Perez Hilton. (80 minutes, no intermission)

“Gazillion Bubble Show” New World Stages 340 West 50th Street New York, NY 10019

Looking for family-friendly options? “Gazillion Bubble Show” is fun for kids of all ages. Spoiler alert: There are a lot of bubbles in this show! Prepare to have your opinion of soap and water changed forever as you become entranced by interactive bubble artistry punctuated by amazing laser and light shows. You and the entire family will be blown away by this lofty production, which has been featured on TV alongside the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, and David Letterman. (60 minutes, no intermission) B

Less Time, More Tonys

Don’t confuse shorter run times with lower-quality plays and musicals. A show without intermission often means there’s a compelling enough storyline to keep you transfixed by the characters, not the concession stand. It’s a move that has paid off big at the Tonys in the past two years. Stephen Karam’s “The Humans,” directed by Joe Mantello with a nonstop runtime of 95 minutes, won the Tony for Best Play in 2016. And audiences won’t soon forget “Fun Home,” the musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel, whose performance was a tidy 100 minutes and won the 2015 Tony for Best Musical. While both of these shows have closed, they paved the way for future concise creations.



The Brunch Boys By Daniel G. Hall

In NYC, one of the food capitals of the world, is putting a new and delicious spin on the artistry of food. At the helm, Jeremy Jacobowitz focuses on everything brunch, including food, lifestyle, travel, events, and more! With over 300K followers on Instagram and a growing presence on Snapchat and Facebook, they share their love of brunch through original videos, photography, and blogs.


Just in the past year, the Brunch Boys brand has exploded—Jacobowitz was named one of NYC’s Most Eligible Bachelors, they threw the first ever “Puppy Brunch,” and they launched two original shows, “Can You Fry It?” and “WaFULLED.” Jacobowitz has also moved in front of the camera as a host not only for Brunch Boys, but also for, and other TV and online projects in the works. BELLA loved talking to this NYC foodie to find out more about his passion for food and his recipe for turning that into a successful career.

Where and how did you begin on your food Instagram journey? I had been working with FoodTV, first as Bobby Flay’s assistant on set, and then as a producer, and 2½ years ago I started Brunch Boys, but it wasn’t really a food Instagram at the time. My idea was to make fun brunch videos when I had time off between shows. I started the Instagram page right away because I wanted to have the name “Brunch Boys” on every single platform. At the time there were no food Instagrams, so there wasn’t even an idea it would become so popular. I ended up on the road for a few food travel shows, and because I was in all these kitchens across the country taking photos of food (one of the million responsibilities I had as a producer), I just began uploading pictures to the account. It took off from there! How has your time working with Bobby Flay and FoodTV influenced your success now? First and foremost, working with Bobby has been the biggest influence on every part of my life, and that certainly contributes to my success and to that of Brunch Boys. Bobby is the hardest working person I’ve ever been around, and it’s inspirational just being able to see what it takes to be successful. While I was never actually filming the food on set, a big part of my job was to try my best to make the food look beautiful, so to have those skills prior to Instagram made my account stand out. Having the background working in food with Bobby gave me instant credibility even before I was able to grow the account. Why brunch? There were a few reasons I chose brunch. One was, of course, that I personally love brunch, but I also know that everyone loves brunch! It’s the one meal every week where we all just sit, relax, and overindulge with food and drinks with our friends. It’s become more than just a meal! I also wanted to stand out, and when I looked around and realized no one was focusing on brunch, immediately I was different. What do you look for when picking the perfect meal for your pictures? Even though at this point brunch can really be any type of food, I do try and stick with what’s “brunchy.” Not only does it fit my account better, but it’s really the way I like to eat. I’ll put an egg on almost anything! Is there a secret to the perfect food shot? I think the secret is to find your own style and be consistent. My food pictures are always up close on the food, and as best as I can manage, I want it in natural light. Some food/plating can be less attractive than others; do you simply move on or are there ways to salvage the photograph? I’m always playing with my food! As a FoodTV producer I was playing with the dishes to try to make them prettier if that wasn’t how they came out of the kitchen. You don’t need to go crazy, but you can do a lot of little things. Sometimes a sandwich comes out and is not working for some reason, so I’ll cut it in half to see if the inside looks a little better. Sometimes it’s just moving some things around on the plate. I don’t want to change what the dish is, just let it shine! Do you have a favorite shot or meal? That’s so difficult! Right now it may be the burger photos I took at Salvation Burger. I can just stare at them all day, drooling. As far as a meal, right now I’m still obsessing over Shaya when I was in New Orleans. Do you feel there is a connection between how you portray a meal and how it tastes? I think there is definitely a connection, but it’s not always the case. I’d say that nine times out of 10, I like the dishes I’m shooting, but there are times when the photo is definitely better than the taste.


Why do you believe food Instagram accounts have become so popular? I think people care more about food now than at any other point in American history. It’s so much more than just eating, it’s what this generation does for enjoyment. When we hang out with our friends, it’s to eat and drink. In NYC especially, people are obsessed with where to eat next, and Instagram is the perfect platform for that. Whenever someone tells me about a restaurant, the first thing I do is look at the geotag so I can see pictures of the food. Where do you see Brunch Boys headed in the future? My goal is to grow the brand and keep up with whatever is next, not just relying on Instagram. I recently relaunched and have been doing more on-camera work. I hosted a show for, and am doing guest spots here and there. I just filmed an episode of “Beat Bobby Flay” yesterday as a judge, and doing these things has been a lot of fun! B


Beyond the


Concierges are some of a hotel’s most valuable assets, as they help ensure a pleasant experience for guests. Concierges know where to find the least crowded restaurants before a play, or how to get good seats for a Knicks game. They can even locate a lost cell phone. Concierges go beyond the call of duty to ensure guests feel pampered from the moment they arrive to the time they check out. These three New York City concierges exemplify excellence. Their affable personas, combined with a strong work ethic, enhance the stay of their hotel guests. In a city known for its abruptness, these professionals exhibit special patience and concern that make each guest’s stay more enjoyable. 70 THE GLAM ISSUE

Christopher Scali Dream Downtown Hotel

Isabelle Hogan The Mark Hotel

Juan Espinal The Chatwal Hotel

Scali was born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and has experienced New York City from a “borough” perspective. Outside of work, he plays the piano and guitar, loves to cook, and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has a passion for showing hotel guests the real New York City, as opposed to tourist attractions. He created WOMME, an iOS app that offers users a better way to search, refer, and provide local services in their community— all through the trusted referral of a friend. The app is slated to launch in March 2017.

With more than 17 years of experience within the luxury hospitality industry, Hogan is widely known for her extensive network and direct relationships with VIP guests. A proud member of Les Clefs d’Or concierge association, she was educated at Hotel Institute Montreux in Switzerland and is fluent in five languages. She has a proven track record of maintaining loyal guests based on her outstanding service, professionalism, and associations.

A dynamic professional with a background in customer service, Espinal is bilingual in English and Spanish and possesses public relations talent along with a keen ability to provide excellent guest support. He plays a key role in providing seamless, one-of-a-kind service to hotel guests. Before joining The Chatwal in 2010, Espinal worked at various properties in New York and Miami, Florida. He graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a degree in hotel and restaurant management.

What are your main responsibilities? My main responsibility is making sure I am abreast of all happenings in New York City, including entertainment, food, culture, arts, shopping, health and wellness, and so on.

What are your main responsibilities? First and foremost, overseeing our guests and ensuring all their needs are met—whether it’s dinner reservations, Broadway tickets, museum tours, arranging children’s activities, coordinating requests for special occasions, or others. It’s all about enhancing each guest’s experience.

What type of requests do you receive? Given all the food and beverage outlets at Dream Downtown, people typically ask me for recommendations about our in-house venues. My individual responsibilities include making meal reservations; providing directions; arranging shopping experiences; assisting with live music venue recommendations and bookings; arranging pet sitting and walking services; setting up marriage proposals; and engaging with pre-arriving guests via phone and email to make sure their upcoming stay is as seamless and enjoyable as possible. What is the most rewarding part of your job? The most rewarding part of my job is helping people truly experience New York City. Since I am a native New Yorker, I am passionate about all the boroughs and what each of them has to offer. If I can show people where I come from and allow them to enjoy New York from my perspective, they’re able to experience the real heart of New York City. I love creating little moments of magic for our guests. Memorable Moment: A guest explained she just lost her brand new iPhone 6 Plus in a taxi. Scali tried calling the phone, but it went straight to voicemail. He then taught her how to use “Find My iPhone,” however, the app couldn’t find the phone. An hour after the woman left his desk, he checked the app again and saw that her phone was in a taxi in Brooklyn, making stops all over town. The guest wasn’t in her room, so he decided to alert the phone. Luckily, the taxi driver called back, and Scali paid him the fare to return the phone to the hotel. Scali put the phone back in the guest’s room with a note, a big red bow, and bottle of champagne.

What type of requests do you receive? Mainly recommendation requests for the best restaurants, shows, boutiques, and exhibits. Also, I am often asked to share tidbits on New York’s best-kept secrets, such as taking a fall foliage pedicab ride through Central Park, complete with warm cider and Jean-Georges cinnamon donuts. No request is impossible to fulfill—my job is to make the impossible possible. What is the most rewarding part of your job? My guests. Memorable Moment: Hogan was once given a briefcase that contained a large amount of money and was asked to take the guest’s daughter, who just happened to be a princess, on a true New York shopping experience. The princess had recently turned 16, and as a gift her father gave her $100,000 to spend. At eight months pregnant, Hogan accompanied the princess, a bodyguard, and the briefcase of money into a stretch limo. “We certainly didn’t come back empty-handed,” she says.

What are your main responsibilities? To always know someone who knows someone so I can “make it happen.” What type of requests do you receive? Because The Chatwal is in the heart of New York City’s Theater District, we receive all kinds of last-minute requests for tickets to sold-out shows, reservations for hard-to-get tables at popular restaurants, helicopter or other exclusive vehicle transfers to and from the airports, and amenities to help celebrate special occasions. What is the most rewarding part of your job? In this wonderful world of hospitality, there are many great rewards. For me, there’s nothing more gratifying than receiving a sincere gesture of gratitude for making someone’s experience as enjoyable as possible while always keeping a sense of humor. Memorable Moment: A guest was celebrating her best friend’s birthday, and the peak of the trip was secret tickets to see the Broadway musical “Beautiful.” Espinal showed her tickets that were out of her budget, so she proceeded to buy tickets through another website. Thirty minutes before the show, she called Espinal hysterical because she had been scammed. Determined to fix the situation, he called his sources and managed to secure premium seats to a sold-out show for the same price as the tickets she had purchased through the thirdparty website. Upon departure, the guest left him a note saying, “Silent gratitude is good for no one. You made my weekend! Thank you.” B


THE NEW YORK LIFE Celebrity Photographer

Patrick McMullan on Finding Beauty in All That He Does By Alexandra Anastasio

He’s a man synonymous with New York’s nightlife—when you hear the name Patrick McMullan, gorgeous photographs of the ultra-chic and beautiful people he captures on film come to mind. For the past three decades he’s had his finger on the pulse of the city’s hottest nightlife. A native New Yorker, McMullan turned his love of going to parties and taking pictures into one of the hottest careers.

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In the 1990s, he established the Patrick McMullan Company (PMC), a full service photography and digital imaging agency. PMC photographs more than 50 events each week and services images to leading national and international publications. In fact, McMullan’s extensive archive is believed to be “one of the largest topical photo archives of famous, living people in existence.” His work appears regularly in New York Magazine’s “Party Lines” column, newspaper amNew York’s column AM/PMc, New York Observer’s “Shindigger” column, Interview Magazine’s Society column, as well as Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, artnet, Gotham, and Hamptons, to name a few. In a society of who’s who, McMullan has worked— and played—alongside some of the greats, then and now. BELLA New York sat down with him to learn more about the man behind the lens. You’re one of the most well-known party photographers in NYC; how did you get your start? I liked going to parties and always took pictures whenever I went. I’d attend events I was invited to; I would never stand outside. I got a job working with Stephen Saban and Annie Flanders at the original Details magazine, as well as at a magazine called 212 in 1983. I also had a column in New York Talk magazine, and then I started to go to more and more parties.

Mick Jagger, John F. Kennedy Jr. 15th Annual CFDA Awards Lincoln Center, February 12, 1996

Over the years, you’ve photographed so many amazing people. Is there someone who stands out as a favorite? There are so many people but it’s really more about my favorites of that night. I always loved Elizabeth Taylor, Raquel Welch, Madonna, Cher, Liza [Minnelli], Bianca [Jagger], Andy [Warhol], Mick [Jagger], and all of those supermodels! But my favorites are my family pictures. I have a big, Irish family. My mom, Connie McMullan (who at 80 years old wrote a book called, “Well, That Was Fun”), my son Liam, and my granddaughter, Zelda Rose, are some of my favorite subjects. Is there anyone you’ve yet to photograph that you’d like to? Justin Bieber and the Queen of England Who were some of your mentors? The most well-known was Andy Warhol. He gave me a lot of practical advice and was such an inspiration. Danny Fields, an editor and talent manager, was also a good friend who helped me quite a bit. Carl Paler and Terry Stevenson, both photographers whom I met in the late ‘70s taught me both darkroom and studio work and were good friends of mine as well. But I went to NYU Business School and the photo school of hard knocks. What’s the most important piece of advice you’ve received? The trickle-down theory works best—start at the top. What is the key to getting just the right shot? The key is taking a lot of shots, having good intentions, and staying a long time. I always find good stuff afterwards.

Martha Stewart, Betty White, Taylor Swift TIME 100 Frederick P. Rose Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC, May 4, 2010

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Shalom Harlow, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell Backstage Anna Sui Fashion Show Bryant Park Tents, NYC, March 31, 1996

Carmille Johnson, Cookie Mueller, Andy Warhol, Dianne Brill Dianne Brill's birthday party Danceteria, April 5, 1984


Recently you partnered with Getty Images for the Patrick McMullan Collection. How does it feel to join forces with one of the biggest stock photo agencies? Getty Images is in the business of visual communications and it feels great to know all of my work will be seen on such a larger scale around the world. Who knows what people will want to look at in the future? What do you love most about your career? Being able to go to different places and do something I really know how to do is satisfying. I always give 110 percent, and I try to make people feel and look good, which in turn makes me feel good. In a business where beauty is at the forefront, how do you define “beauty”? Ah, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In my line of work I see beauty in many different forms. What is one of your favorite memories from those early years? Being able to sleep as long as I wanted! You are a true New Yorker—what do you love most about this city? I really enjoy the nightlife and I love the diversity. I see value in all of the people and the settings here in New York City. But I also like the country, too. I think whomever you meet can be interesting as long as you give them a chance. You were diagnosed with a cancer at a young age. How did that experience affect you personally and professionally? It gave me a huge amount of empathy for those who suffer, and amazingly I came back stronger and wiser. I became more motivated to be someone. I enjoyed seeing my name on the caption of any photograph I took and the motto, Carpe Diem (seize the day) resonated with me. It also allowed me to follow my passion.

Mari Malek, Thomas Keown, Karmay Ngai Discover Many Hopes Gala 2016 180 Maiden Lane, New York, May 23, 2016

Which charities and organizations do you align yourself closely with? My sister, Doreen McMullan McCarthy, passed away in 1979 of Von Willebrand disease [the most common hereditary blood clotting disorder in humans]. She was a nurse. I work with the National Hemophilia Foundation to operate a scholarship for nurses who are studying blood disorders. I am also a big supporter of Coalition for the Homeless, The New York Stem Cell Foundation, Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, and most recently, Many Hopes, an organization in Kenya that rescues children from poverty and abuse and raises them with an imagination for justice and the tools to act on it. Finish this sentence: “I am passionate about …” The future! B

Jennifer Russel, Philip Johnson, Agnus Gund Philip Johnson's 90th Birthday Party MOMA, June 5, 1996

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“The Royals”

William Moseley Gets Candid About His Role As a Prince By Alexandra Anastasio

From a small, rural town in England, British-born actor William Moseley has taken the United States by storm. Since then, the 29-year-old actor has gone on to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming an actor, and is now “royalty.”



"The Royals" airs Sunday nights on E!

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“Chronicles” of the Early Days

“When I was about 10 years old a casting director came to my school auditioning kids for a BBC TV movie,” says Moseley. Although he didn’t get the part, the experience opened up his eyes to acting. “I remember the audition was like playing a game,” he says. “I asked my mum, ‘So you can do this for the rest of your life?’” Heartened by her response, the young Moseley’s future was sealed. “The great thing when you’re a kid and you get into acting is you don’t care about money, fame, or all the stuff that surrounds the industry—you’re just having fun.” A few years later the same casting director remembered the young boy from Sheepscombe, Gloucestershire when casting the role of Peter Pevensie, one of the central characters in author C.S. Lewis’ fantasy novels, “The Chronicles of Narnia.” He describes the experience as being “magical” (plus it was his first time on set). “It was a dream come true. I just knew things would change from then on, and they did,” says Moseley. “It was one of the most beautiful movies you could ever make; they mean so much to many people, and I’m proud that was my beginning.”


Moseley went on to star in “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” in 2008 and had a cameo appearance in the third film, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” in 2010.

Along with good storytelling, the show boasts an impressive cast led by Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena, mother of Prince Liam and Princess Eleanor. “I’m always a bit starstruck when I hang out with Elizabeth on set,” says Moseley. “I work with her for five months out of the year and I think, ‘Oh God, that’s Elizabeth Hurley.’ She’s beautiful, elegant, refined, and kind; I sometimes can’t believe I get to work with her.”

Ruling the Monarch

Forging His Path in Hollywood

These days Moseley is heating up the screen as Prince Liam on “The Royals,” a soap opera-style drama about a fictional British monarchy on the E! Network, now in its third season. As the E!’s first scripted series, the show is unlike anything else on the network. “When I read the script, I knew it was going to be a great show,” says Moseley. He describes his character as someone who has evolved as a result of a series of unavoidable circumstances. “When the show first started, he was a bit wild,” says Mosely. “He had that flair to him, he enjoyed being out with the girls, and having a pint with his mates. He’s a ‘lad’s lad,’ and I loved that part about him.” With the death of his older brother and then his father, all that freedom was taken from him; now he’s viewed as the patriarch of the family—and that carries tremendous responsibility. “Prince Liam has a lot of demons to face at the end of the second season and going into the third.” Moseley admires Liam’s strength and says he’s the kind of guy who does what he wants despite what others think. He’s prepared to fight any battle that comes his way, which the actor says is a true testament to who he is. “A couple of times he’s reached his breaking point, but whenever he’s beaten down he always comes up swinging, and to me that’s a sign of a good person,” says the actor. “I absolutely love where he is right now.” Another strong focus was in making sure the family dynamic between him and his twin sister Eleanor (played by Alexandra Parks) was real. “As twins they have a real bond and I wanted that to play out well,” says Moseley. “They’ve fought every battle and weathered every storm together; they’re a united front and I wanted to make sure Alex and I were on the same page and that we connected, and we do.”

With all of the projects he’s been a part of, Moseley says he has learned volumes on the projects he’s worked on, oftentimes just by observing. “The really good people make it look easy but it’s a lot of work, time, energy, and commitment, and when you work with them you see that through osmosis,” he says. “You pick up a lot just listening to them.” Actors like Leonardo DiCaprio inspire Moseley the most. From the films DiCaprio chooses to his commitment to acting, Moseley says he’s the type of actor he respects. “You watch films like ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ and ‘Titanic,’ and you connect to the actors and their performances. When a star like DiCaprio always gives 100 percent, it makes me try and do my best.” In addition to his work on “The Royals,” Moseley’s upcoming film, “Carrie Pilby,” an American comedy, will be released later this year. Two additional projects he worked on, “The Veil,” and “A Little Mermaid,” have not yet been given a release date.

The Best of Both Worlds

While his family still lives in the small village where he grew up, Moseley currently splits his time between a small flat in London he shares with his sister while shooting “The Royals,” and a place in Venice, California. An avid surfer who loves the outdoors, the actor feels good to get back to his roots when visiting home, while being afforded the opportunity to take advantage of his surroundings here in the States. “I miss home, but I don’t miss it when it’s dark and rainy,” jokes Moseley. “Here in Venice, I get to surf and be with my mates.” Mosely was just 17 years old when he first left England to work on the Narnia films, and he briefly returned a year later to finish up his education, then left again when he was 19. “I moved away from home when I was young and it was hard in the beginning,” he says. “But I built things slowly and I’m happy where I am now; everything comes together in a symbiotic way.” B


Jaimie Alexander Her Action-Packed Journey to Success By Alexandra Anastasio Photography: Philip Fischetti Fashion Director: Marcus Stewart Styling: Mindy Gura & Paula Orlan Hair: Matt Fugate for Exclusive Artists using Kerastase Paris Makeup: Ashley Rebecca Location: The Plaza Hotel

When you first meet actress Jaimie Alexander, it’s impossible to look away from her dark-hair and porcelain skin. Delicate on the outside but tough on the inside, the “Blindspot” star possesses poise, intelligence, and a strength she credits to her childhood. Growing up in Grapevine, Texas as the only girl in a family of five children, Alexander learned early on to not only survive among the boys, but to also blend in and become like one of them.


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“There’s a certain strength and durability one possesses from growing up in a household full of boys,” says the actress. Being part of the “boys’ club” had a profound effect on the actress. She attributes the lessons gleaned in those early years—from playing sports to eating healthy—to shaping the woman she is today, as well as the characters she portrays on screen. In school, Alexander turned her attention toward sports, specifically wrestling—another indication of how life with the boys influenced her interests. Little did she know just how significant her involvement in the sport would become. “I get through all the intense physical training for ‘Blindspot’ because of what I learned from wrestling,” she says. Because there weren’t enough girls on the school team, Alexander trained with the guys and faced off against females in competition only. “All the discipline and perseverance I have now comes from that sport.” From Sports to the Big Screen Alexander’s first foray into acting began in grade school, when she got involved in theater just for fun. “At one point I thought I wanted to be a pilot, and I always had an interest in becoming a chef,” she says. While neither of those career choices came to fruition, her journey toward becoming an actress didn’t emerge until a year and a half after high school graduation. “I filled in for a friend at one of those acting competitions. She was homesick, and I had no idea what I was doing,” she says. “That’s where I was ‘discovered,’ as they say.” At just 18 years old, Alexander moved to Los Angeles to try her hand at a career that had never even been on her radar. From that moment on, she began working steadily in TV shows, including “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “CSI: Miami,” “Nurse Jackie,” and “Kyle XY.” She also landed roles in films, such as “Squirrel Trap,” “Loosies,” “The Last Stand,” and “Savannah.” “I wouldn’t say I ever had one distinct breakout role, but smaller, gradual steps toward bigger parts,” she says.


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These days, Alexander’s taking full advantage of her sports-related background, weaving those years of discipline and training into intense, action-packed roles. In her current role, Alexander portrays Jane Doe (aka Alice Kruger), a mysterious woman covered in intricate tattoos who has no conscious memories of who she is. Discovered naked and amnesic in the middle of Times Square, NYC when the series began in 2015, Doe grabs the attention of the FBI, who begin to explore the connection between the blueprint tattooed on her body to a larger conspiracy of crimes, all while working toward discovering her true identity. Though her character’s lack of memory could have been a significant hurdle for the actress because there wasn’t much backstory to draw from, Alexander says she welcomed the chance to mold Jane Doe as the show progressed. “I find it more exciting to create a character as I go along rather than have it all laid out in front of me,” she says. And while it might look like a difficult role to slip into, Alexander says the opposite is true. “Jane is so well written, it makes it easy to portray her.” Even the intricate, full-body tattoos that take up to seven hours to apply don’t seem to faze the actress; it’s all part of the transformation. “If just a portion of my arms or legs are exposed, it takes anywhere from two to four hours, and longer for the full body, so we grab some good coffee, put on music, and make the most of our time with great conversation,” says Alexander. “We have fun.” If anything is challenging for the actress, it’s the amount of fighting and stunt work involved in the show. “Occasionally it’s hard to keep up with, given the long hours we film every day.” With her athletic background and deep commitment to training and keeping her body healthy, Alexander does a lot of her own stunts. Alexander says the role on “Blindspot” was made for her. “I tend to veer toward complex dramas… scripts that move you and leave you shaken,” she says. “I liked the portrayal of a strong female character, while also encapsulating her sweet, vulnerable side.”


Embracing the World of Superheroes

When it comes to portraying strong female heroes, Alexander doesn’t shy away from the challenge. She appeared in the adaptation of Marvel’s “Thor” comic book series in 2011, and reprised her role in the sequel, “Thor: The Dark World,” in 2013. In her portrayal of Lady Sif, Thor’s right-hand woman, Alexander embraced the role of a warrior who can hold her own against any male villain. “I’m a huge comic book fan and of Marvel in particular, so I was already familiar with Lady Sif and the Thor series,” says the actress. And while at first glance it might seem like the characters of Jane Doe and Lady Sif are complete opposites, there are some similarities. “Sif has such a big backstory, whereas Jane has none at all,” says Alexander. “At the same time, however, they’re both very tough and vulnerable.”

A Bright Future

These days, the West Coast actress calls New York City home. With her hit show filming in the Big Apple, Alexander is soaking up all the city has to offer. “I love walking around the streets with my headphones in, watching people,” she says. “I’m interested in what makes people tick, and I love the energy in New York.” Looking ahead in her career, Alexander doesn’t rule out exploring other areas of the business. “Everyone always tells me I’d make a good producer,” she says. She admits to paying “far too much attention to detail” and constantly checking for each scene’s continuity and accuracy. “I don’t even mean to,” she says. “It’s hard for me to sit back and relax while everyone else does their thing.” Her persona is that of a tough female action star who can handle just about any situation (a broken nose on set once didn’t stop Alexander from filming). “To me, beauty is confidence,” says the actress. Sentiments like that are what makes it easy to imagine that she’ll achieve whatever she sets her mind to. B

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Take 5

THE NEW YORK CITY RESTAURANT PENTAGON FOR THE DINING CONNOISSEUR Winter weather has arrived, but that doesn’t stop New Yorkers from venturing out for a fine dining experience. These five restaurants are heating up the city this season, inviting you to come in from the cold and warm up with a savory meal. By Lillian Langtry

Upper Story Café by Charlie Palmer 979 3rd Avenue,

The best-kept-secret lunch spot for NYC’s designers and their discerning clients sits 14 stories above 3rd Avenue at 59th Street in the prestigious Decoration & Design Building, a Cohen Design Centers property. Upper Story by world-renowned chef Charlie Palmer features a fresh take on café classics, with seasonal standouts like artichoke pesto mozzarella flatbread and fan favorites like the hand-carved turkey club. Enjoy spectacular views of Manhattan for lunch, Monday through Friday, or for social or corporate functions in the 300-person event space and 1,000-square-foot terrace.

T-Bar Steak & Lounge 1278 3rd Avenue,

A classically chic Upper East Side eatery, T-Bar Steak & Lounge has offered outstanding cuisine in a casual yet elegant space for more than eight years. Under the watchful eye of restaurateur Tony Fortuna and executive chef Ben Zwicker, T-Bar puts a modern spin on the classic upscale steak house. With prime beef steaks, as well as a mélange of grilled fish, chopped salads, burgers, and pastas, you could visit T-Bar every night of the week and never leave disappointed. Enjoyed by Iman and Whoopi Goldberg, the menu features a wide range of dishes, from wellprepared renditions of classics to refined and inventive plates, providing the ultimate dining experience. T-Bar’s enchanting charm is brought to life by a dimly lit, dark-wood accented dining room that is always buzzing with fascinating guests.


MAMO Restaurant

323 West Broadway, Celebrity-favorite MAMO restaurant continues to draw locals and visitors alike to New York’s bustling SoHo neighborhood. MAMO New York is the transatlantic sister to Cannes Film Festival go-to restaurant MAMO Le Michelangelo, a two-decades-old French Riviera staple and favorite among movie stars and socialites. MAMO, the younger SoHo sibling, is run by Italian restaurateur Mike “Mamo” Mammoliti (son of MAMO Le Michelangelo’s Herve Mammoliti) and maintains the same authentic feel and dedication to Provençal flavors as its Antibes namesake. Executive chef Massimo Sola grew up surrounded by the flavors and cooking style of the Italian/ French Provençal cuisine. Just like MAMO Le Michelangelo, MAMO New York attracts a wide array of celebrities, including Rihanna, Magic Johnson, Alexander Wang, Diane Kruger, Samuel L. Jackson, Gigi Hadid, Beyoncé, and Jay Z.

Il Gattopardo

The Leopard at des Artistes

Gianfranco Sorrentino has been running high-profile restaurants around the world and catering to discerning clientele for decades, including Paul McCartney, Tilda Swinton, and Stanley Tucci. He currently owns landmark New York hot spots Il Gattopardo, The Leopard at des Artistes, and Mozzarella & Vino—three acclaimed restaurants dishing out some of Manhattan’s most authentic southern Italian cuisine. Sorrentino is well known and respected among New York’s powerful elite, and together with his wife Paula Bolla-Sorrentino, executive chef Vito Gnazzo, and a passionate, dedicated team, he offers warm Italian hospitality and exceptional service in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere.

Five years ago, on a beautiful, tree-lined block between Central Park and Lincoln Center in the historical landmark Hotel des Artistes, Sorrentino, Bolla-Sorrentino, and Gnazzo opened The Leopard at des Artistes. The opening included a floor-to-ceiling renovation of the existing space, and a complete restoration of the original famed Howard Chandler Christy murals that adorn its walls.

13-15 West 54th Street,

1 West 67th Street,

The Leopard at des Artistes boasts a diverse menu with roots in the area once known as the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies of the mid-1800s, and the culinary traditions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Apulia, Sardinia, and of course, Sicily. The menu also features dishes traditionally found in regions outside southern Italy, such as Lazio and Umbria. Visitors and locals alike flock to The Leopard at des Artistes for Chef Vito’s culinary signature of authentic southern Italian comfort food. B



LATIN BEET KITCHEN Flatiron District 43 West 24th Street New York, NY 10010 212-929-1200 Cuisine: Healthy Latin Soul Food Attire: Casual Price Range: $ Serving: Breakfast, Weekend Brunch, Lunch, Dinner Alcohol: Weekend Brunch Cocktails Ambiance: Casual


Think of Latin Beet Kitchen as a more upscale, Latin version of Chipotle. Attached to Peruvian restaurant, Raymi, this quicker, easier food joint is brought to you by the same people, who were looking for a Latin solution to a common deli. Healthy ingredients comprise the menu, with options like breakfast arepas and toasts, exotic grain bowls for lunch, and rotisserie chicken for dinner. These healthy dishes have an extra kick of flavor to keep you intrigued and make you forget you’re filling up on nutritious and wholesome food. If you stop by for weekend brunch, you’ll be able to try their selection of cocktails, which add Latin flavors to classics that you’ll love. -By Amanda Mactas

BELL A’S “A” LIST BRE AKFA ST E NTRE ES: AVOCADO FRESCO AREPA: Queso fresco, avocado, radish, asparagus, Aji Verde sauce RED VELVET ELVIS TOAST: 70 percent dark chocolate, banana, raspberries, coconut flakes LUNCH E NTRE ES: VEGETA-BOWL: Zucchini noodles, kale, Latin Beet carrot slaw, cherry tomatoes, pistachios and choice of organic chicken or Anticucho steak with fantastica sauce AMAZONAS BOWL: Broccoli, sweet potato, cherry tomatoes, crispy corn cancha, salsa criolla and organic chicken with Aji Verde sauce COCK TAIL: GIN AND JUICE Gin, fresh lemon juice, lemon ginger Kombucha



REVIVER Flatiron District 303 Park Avenue South New York, NY 10010 646-952-0014 Cuisine: Healthy Attire: Casual Price Range: $ Serving: Lunch, Dinner Alcohol: None Ambiance: Casual


It’s all about staying healthy in the new year and ReViVer’s nutritious philosophy is here to help you stay on track. The minimalist restaurant is reminiscent of a small diner, but cleaner and much more friendly. Everything on the menu receives a nutrient score, which tells customers the nutrient density of each dish (basically, how much nutrition you are getting per calorie). These balanced meals, packed with key vitamins and minerals, are as tasty as they are healthy. We scarfed down their Mahi Curry entree, and were sad it was so filling that we didn’t have room to try all their entrees. The menu features sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, and a nice array of dishes that won’t leave you feeling like you’re missing out on anything. Plus, they have options for those that are gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan. -By Amanda Mactas

BELL A’S “A” LIST APPETIZE RS CREAMY CAULIFLOWER SOUP: Finished with scallions, toasted almonds, and extra virgin olive oil ORANGE MISO TOFU SALAD: Grilled organic tofu, baby greens, fennel, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, cannellini beans, radish, and red quinoa tossed with orange miso dressing and finished with toasted almonds E NTRE ES: MAHI CURRY: Grilled line-caught mahi-mahi, roasted zucchini, butternut squash, spinach, carrots, and broccoli in a coconut red curry sauce finished with avocado salsa verde, cilantro, and scallions, served with brown basmati rice LOCO MOCO: Over-easy egg on a spiced housemade natural chicken burger with sautéed spinach and roasted tomatoes over brown basmati rice and black beans in a green chili tomatillo sauce



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A Meal Made with Love

Photos: Jake Smollett

Jake Smollett, star of the Food Network show “Smollett Eats,” shares some of his favorite recipes to make a sultry winter meal—just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Goat Cheese Pesto Lobster Pasta 4 lobster tails 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp chili flakes 1/3 cup rice flour 1/2 lb angel hair pasta 1 cup vegetable oil (for frying)

Pesto Sauce Handful fresh basil Handful fresh parsley 1/3 cup pine nuts 2 cloves garlic 1/2 tsp salt 1/3 cup olive oil 4 oz goat cheese 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream 2 tbsp pasta water


Directions: 1. Boil water for the pasta in a large pot. Add angel hair pasta for about 2-3 minutes or until desired softness. Before draining the pasta, save some of the boiling water for your pesto sauce. Drain and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process. Let sit while you prepare your pesto and lobster. 2. In a food processor, add the basil, parsley, pine nuts, garlic, and salt. Set the food processor to high

and slowly pour in the olive oil. Let everything combine, then let sit. 3. In a medium pot on medium to low heat, add in the goat cheese and heavy whipping cream. Once the cheese is melted, add in the pesto and the pasta water to loosen it up. Stir until smooth and toss with the pasta. 4. In a large mixing bowl, season the lobster tail meat and coat with the rice flour.

5. In a medium pan, add vegetable oil on high heat. Once the oil is hot start frying the lobster tails for about 4-5 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Drain the lobster on paper towel. 6. Plate the angel hair pasta and top with two lobster tails per plate. You can top with chili flakes and fresh parsley.

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Crumble 1 cup semisweet (60%) chocolate chips 4 tbsp heavy whipping cream 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 8-9 full graham crackers) 1/4 cup black coffee beans 1 cup chopped strawberries Whipped cream (topping)

Directions: 1. Boil water in a small pot. Place a small bowl on top of the pot creating a double boiler and add the chocolate chips into the bowl along with the heavy whipping cream. Stir until smooth.

2. Add graham crackers and the coffee beans to a large zipper bag and crunch them up, creating the graham cracker coffee bean crumb crust. 3. Finely chop 1 cup of fresh strawberries.

4. Using a small cup or bowl to spread the coffee bean graham cracker crust at the bottom, then add a layer of fresh strawberries, melted chocolate, another layer of coffee bean graham cracker crumbs, and top with whipped cream.

Raspberry Mint Bellini 1 bottle champagne 3 cups fresh raspberries 6 mint leaves

Directions: 1. In a blender, add the raspberries and mint leaves. Blend on high until pureed. 2. Pour champagne into champagne glass and add in the mint raspberry puree.



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Gigi Hadid’s Two Favorite Super Moves for 2017 By Sari Beth Rosenberg

It’s no secret that celebrities and models love boxing. Rob Piela, owner and creator of Gotham Gym and Gotham G-Box, boasts a host of well-known clients, including supermodel Gigi Hadid. Here are two of his super moves that Gigi loves–these are sure to kick-start your own workout routine for 2017.


PLANK WITH ALTERNATING PUNCHES How: • Form a strong plank position. • Lift your right arm and extend it out, straight up in line with your right shoulder in a punch motion. • Return right arm to plank position. • Repeat with left arm. • Alternate between arms for 60 seconds. Why: This works your transverse abdominis (the deepest of the abdominal muscles).


PLIÉ SQUATS WITH SHADOWBOXING How: • Take 1-pound weights and stand with feet wide and toes pointed outward. • Slowly bend your knees and lower your legs until your thighs are parallel to the floor. • When you reach the bottom of the plié, fully extend your left arm. When your left arm is coming back, extend your right arm. Do 6 reps per squat (left arm x 3, right arm x 3). • Do three sets of 20 squats with full range of motion and 10 pulses. Why: This compound move works your legs, glutes, core, arms, and shoulders.

Gotham Gym has two NYC locations: 600 Washington Street and 43 Crosby Street. Visit for more information.

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Grand Slam Tennis Champ Chris Evert on Tennis, Fame, and Fashion By Sari Beth Rosenberg

Chris Evert has been a household name since the 1970s, thanks to her world-record-smashing success as a professional tennis player and her trailblazing style. We attended a preview of her Spring 2017 Chrissie by Tail collections at the New York Athletic Club and talked with Evert about tennis, fame, and her ultra-stylish activewear. Translating Her Tennis Style to a Fashion Brand When Evert started playing tennis in the 1970s, she was known for her cutting-edge style. By wearing feminine tennis dresses with lace, halters, and cut-outs, she helped change the public perception of female athletes. “There was this image that being a female athlete meant you were masculine, so I went out of my way to dress in a feminine way,” explains Evert. She was inspired to create her own tennis line after talking to other moms at school pickup when her sons were young. “I knew there was a huge demographic out there for club tennis and moms,” she says. Evert made it her mission to flatter all shapes and sizes in her collection, with wider waistbands, skirts that are a touch longer, and a little extra breathing room in the tops.

Career Achievements 157 singles titles, including 18 grand slam singles and 18 doubles #1 in the world for seven years Ranked in the top 4 from 1972-1989 Won 1,000th career singles match during 1984 Australian Open, becoming the first player to reach that landmark Ended her career second in match wins with 1,309 Inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995

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Evert’s Advice on Taking up Tennis

A Balanced Fitness & Wellness Routine Evert seems to have the same physique she did when she was killing it on the court. Here’s how she does it: • Cardio by playing tennis five days a week at the Evert Tennis Academy • Strength training • Hot yoga • A healthy and sensible diet (portion control with some splurging on red wine, pizza, and fries)

1. Take it slow in the beginning to avoid developing tennis elbow. 2. Get a lesson with a teaching pro at your local club–learn technique first, including the right grips and proper strokes. 3. Have fun playing matches and sets (singles and doubles) with other people. 4. Count tennis as your interval exercise and cardio since you are stopping, starting, and sprinting on the court. 5. Enjoy tennis for a lifetime– from age 8 to 80–at any time of the year. @ChrissieEvert @ChrissieEvert

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“It Feels Like a Roller Coaster”

Dr. Allmen explains that when women start to experience a change in their menstrual cycles, it can feel like a “hormonal roller coaster ride.” You might be experiencing the beginning stages of perimenopause (aka “the menopausal transition”) if you’ve had hot flashes, night sweats, brain fog, sleep disruption, fatigue, moodiness, decreased interest in sex, weight gain, and you’re no longer feeling like yourself.


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Know that you can’t delay your midlife transition, nor should you try.

2 Embrace this normal part of life. your overall health and 3 Maximize wellness by eating healthy, exercising daily, maintaining a normal weight, quitting cigarettes, and smiling more.


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HEALTHY RESOLUTIONS YOU’LL KEEP Cliché or not, the new year is a great time

to devise a plan to improve your wellness and fitness regimen. Here are a few healthy ways to keep your resolution game strong, all year long. By Sari Beth Rosenberg

Eat Mindfully

We’re always inspired by the healthy eating habits of celebrities like Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Beyoncé. But how do you maintain a healthy relationship with food when you don’t have a star chef at your disposal? We love the Lose It! app with the first-ever food photo tracking and analysis feature, so you can track foods simply by snapping a photo.

Exercise Every Day

Drink More H2O

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Get Better Skin Unplug More Often

Are you a slave to your smartphone? Jess Davis founded Folk Rebellion, a movement that encourages people to be more mindful with their use of technology–and to unplug. Their digital detox retreat is scheduled for February in Northern Canada under the aurora borealis. You can also rock their stylish apparel to remind yourself to take more technology breaks in 2017.

Taking better care of your skin is an excellent 2017 goal. Stars like Olivia Wilde and Rihanna swear by water and sleep. We also love the Parisian brand Filorga’s skin products. Some favorites: their Hand-Absolute Ultimate Rejuvenating Hand & Nail Cream that’s guaranteed to hydrate your hands up to 72 hours, and SkinAbsolute Night, an anti-aging night cream filled with meteorites and brown algae extract designed to regenerate skin cells while you sleep.

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The Hottest Workout Beaches By Sari Beth Rosenberg

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Zemi Beach House at Anguilla’s East End Workout Feature: Work out with local favorite Big Joe’s Epic Beach Boot Camp on one of the world’s best beaches, Shoal Bay East. Celeb Sighting: Instagram influencer Camila Coelho (4.9 million followers) recently stayed here.

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Let Go of These

10 Things If You Want To Be Happy

By Joy Ohayia, Ph.D.

Could you actually choose to be happy? If you peruse the selfhelp selections in a bookstore or on Amazon, you are going to see many titles related to happiness. “How to be happier.” “Finding your bliss.” “Out with the negative, in with the positive,” etc. All of these hypothetical titles are geared toward helping you find happiness based on books you can buy. Is it truly that easy to find happiness just by reading a book? That is debatable, but the reason basic happiness seems out of reach to many people is because they let certain things get in the way. The pursuit of happiness isn’t exactly a linear path—life is just naturally full of ups and down, like a speeding roller coaster. Ride it the right way and you’re bound to find some happiness. One of the ways to do this is to let go of certain behaviors. Here are 10 things you should consider giving up if you want to be happy.

1. Limiting Beliefs

When you are so rigid in your beliefs that you aren’t open to new things or ideas, you might have to reevaluate that stance. Limiting your beliefs can be an isolating life. Be aware that your opinion isn’t the absolute correct one. Letting others share ideas with you and being open to them can be a great way to bond with people.

2. Dwelling on the Past

Everyone goes through his or her share of ups and downs. There are also things in your past that can easily get in the way of your future happiness. It’s much better not to dwell on them. Deal with your feelings about past events, and then move on. If you need extra help in letting go, talk to a professional counselor about these feelings. By doing so, you’ll hold onto less resentment about the past and be more optimistic about where your future is going.

3. Worrying About the Future

It’s fine to plan for the future, but when you become obsessed with it turning out a certain way you aren’t living in the moment. That can cause feelings of restlessness if you are solely thinking about what’s next.


Some people view complaining as a sport. But all that negativity isn’t winning you anything, so try to reserve complaining only for very serious situations. Starbucks getting your order wrong isn’t a reason to complain or let it derail your day!

7. The Need to Always Be Right

What would happen if you admit you are wrong? You’ll probably strengthen certain relationships, especially with your significant other, family, and friends. The need to always be right is a lot of hard work! Giving yourself permission to make mistakes once in awhile can breathe some new energy into your life and ultimately make you a happier, much less stressed person.

8. Resistance to Change

Most people aren’t big fans of change. Allowing yourself to roll with life’s punches is going to let you adapt to new situations with more ease. Those who can “go with the flow” are much happier in life.

9. Blaming Others

Being down on yourself constantly is a total recipe for unhappiness. Think about all your positive attributes and focus on those instead. Enlist a good friend’s help in making a list.

Holding onto resentments and blaming others will make you a miserable person. As the old adage goes, “To err is human, to forgive divine.” Stop blaming others for your problems. Tackling them yourself will give you power over your life, making you happy in the process.

5. The Need to Impress Others

10. The Need for Approval from Others

4. Negative Self-Talk

Dr. Joy, total wellness advocate, TV show host, author, and motivational speaker, is extremely passionate about health and wellness in all aspects of life and strives to bring that same enthusiasm to others.

6. Complaining

In this world of heavy social media use with people posting all the best things about their lives on Facebook, it can seem like you have to compare yourself to what everyone else is doing. Entertain, love, and impress yourself. That “keeping up with the Joneses” mentality isn’t the way to happiness. Let it go.

Again in this modern age, social media and presenting the “best selfie” is taking up too much space in your life. Work on letting go of the need for approval. You’ll find that standing on your own as a person will allow you to be responsible for your own happiness. It won’t be dependent on others. B

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How to Host the 2 Perfect Party By Janene Mascarella

Planning an elaborate awards party at home or just a simple soirée? We asked Kristie Meluso-Avram, founder of KMA Events, a full-service, boutique eventplanning firm based in New York City, for her expert advice. Meluso-Avram has an extensive background in both hospitality and the culinary arts. From setting the right mood, to pacing and spacing, to giving your party a fun and personal touch, she shares eight of her greatest home entertaining tips.


Invites. If it’s announced ahead of time, printed invites are a must. If it is a last-minute party, send an email; if it is the same day, a phone call is appropriate, but never text an invitation. As the host, you set the mood. If you are stressed out and rushing around frantically to get things done, your guests will feed off that vibe. Remember the main objective is to make them feel relaxed, comfortable, and well taken care of.


Walk through the evening from your guests’ perspective. Before they arrive, walk through each step from entry to exit. This can help you avoid mishaps and commonly forgotten details. Make sure there’s a place to put coats, that candles and hand towels are in the powder room, and that the atmosphere is accentuated by proper mood music.


Prepare. Ninety percent of the work should be done before the guests arrive. You don’t need to have everything completely finished, but a few musts for me include being dressed, music on, appropriate lighting set, and appetizers and cocktails ready to go. A signature cocktail greeting is a great way to make the party feel personal and fun.


Keep a timeline. Dinner should generally be served around 45 minutes from the time guests are enjoying appetizers and cocktails. This gives them time to enjoy a bite, sip a cocktail, and mingle. If you don’t have a schedule, you risk the night falling into a lull.


Place cards. These are key for managing the spacing, flow, and conversation of your guests. Make sure to sprinkle out your guests thoughtfully—seat a shy guest next to an extrovert. I love to invite guests of various ages, occupations, and interests; it keeps things intriguing.


Do something unexpected and be ready for the unexpected yourself. The element of surprise is wonderful when it comes to a party. Hire a magician, a tarot card reader, or a mixologist—anything to give the party a clever twist. This will ensure the party is memorable. Always prepare an extra seat or two for unexpected guests, and make sure you have enough liquor and ice.


Don’t be too rigid. Be ready to toss your timeline and go with the flow if need be.

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A NOVEL IDEA “Her Every Fear”

Peter Swanson (William Morrow)

Kate Priddy admits she’s a bit neurotic. So when she swaps her London flat for a holiday at her distant cousin Corbin’s apartment in Boston, she tries not to focus on the fact that Corbin’s next-door neighbor was murdered. But when the police start to question Kate about her cousin and the quiet neighbor who lives across the courtyard, she begins to think her trip to America may have been a bad decision. With a plot that has been compared to an Alfred Hitchcock thriller or a Patricia Highsmith novel, Peter Swanson’s newest read will keep you on the edge of your seat.

“All Our Wrong Todays” Elan Mastai (Dutton)

Imagine if the future proposed by “The Jetsons” came to fruition. That’s what happens in this novel’s version of 2016, where Tom Barren finds himself utterly out of place amidst a techno-utopia. Through a time-travel misadventure, Tom winds up in the “real” 2016—that is, the world in which we, the readers, actually live. The life we know, however, appears to Tom as a dystopia. Despite his being stranded in our wasteland, Tom finds versions of his life—and possibly the love of his life—that will make getting back to his own 2016 harder than he thought.


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New Books for a New Start in 2017 By Barbara Bellesi

Have you made a new year’s resolution to read more? So have we! We’ve loaded up our to-be-read shelves with some great reads, including these titles, which actually have us looking forward to getting snowed in this winter!


Karen Kipple doesn’t just believe in liberal ideals, she lives them. She works at an organization committed to feeding hungry children from impoverished homes, her husband also fights for causes he believes in, and she has chosen to send her daughter, Ruby, to a public school within their diverse Brooklyn neighborhood. When an at-risk student starts to bully Ruby and her classmates, Karen finds herself examining her bleeding-heart liberal conscience. This satirical novel will have you thinking about your own values amidst society and its hypocrisy. If you belong to a book club, consider adding Rosenfeld’s book to your roster—it will make for great discussion.

“Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember: The Stroke That Changed My Life” Christine Hyung-Oak Lee (Ecco)

On New Year’s Eve 2006, 33-year-old Christine Hyung-Oak Lee suffered a massive stroke, leaving her with only short-term memory. In the 22 months that followed, the writer took to her notebook, jotting down whatever she could remember to reconstruct memories of her life, her work, her marriage, and, ultimately, herself. This memoir, based on Lee’s article that went viral on BuzzFeed, is a multilayered chronology of her life that may surprise readers with its candidness and—of all things—humor.

SANTA MONTEFIORE TAKES ON A TRILOGY It’s challenging to write a novel, let alone a trilogy. But British author Santa Montefiore has proved she is more than up to the task. “I think challenges are a good thing,” Montefiore says. “I rose to this one, believing I could do it and ignoring the little voice in my head that told me I had taken on more than I could chew.”

“The Girl in the Castle”

Santa Montefiore (William Morrow)

The Deverill Chronicles trilogy is set in Ireland over the course of the 20th century. In this first installment, we meet Kitty Deverill of Castle Deverill, where her Anglo-Irish family has lived for decades. She is fiercely devoted to her Irish-Catholic friend Bridie, the cook’s daughter, and Jack, the vet’s son, who is always quick to remind Kitty she isn’t 100 percent Irish. Kitty and Jack fall in love anyway, but that love is tested when the Irish revolt to overthrow British rule. And when Bridie discovers a secret Kitty has been hiding, she discovers she is harboring a growing resentment toward Kitty and her life of privilege. Love, loyalty, and friendship are the major themes of this book, which will have readers eagerly anticipating the release of the next two in the series.

The first book in her Deverill Chronicles trilogy, “The Girl in the Castle,” hit American bookshelves last fall to great fanfare, leaving readers eagerly awaiting the second and third books. The Deverill Chronicles are a sweeping saga reflecting the timeless themes of love, loyalty, and friendship— themes she herself loves to read about almost as much as she enjoys writing about them. “I adore reading books where the characters are challenged, where events throw terrible choices that test their love and their loyalty, where the choices they make have enormous repercussions,” Montefiore says. “As a reader, I want to feel torn—I want to cry when bad choices are forgiven, and friendship and love win out in the end.”


“I’ll Be Damned”

Eric Braeden (Dey Street Books) There’s a reason “The Young and the Restless” is America’s number one soap opera: those Genoa City denizens make for good television. As any fan will tell you, Victor Newman, played by Emmy winner Eric Braeden, has made it easy to stay riveted five days a week for more than 35 years. Now, Braeden steps out from behind the character that made him famous and tells his own story, from his early days in Germany during World War II to his climb to stardom in daytime television.



Giving Back, Changing Lives By Vanessa Coppes

Giving back is one of those simple things that can affect our world in a big way. We all want to begin a new year with more meaning in our lives, so get inspired by these important causes and their supporters—and learn how you, too, can make a difference!

Natalie Hampton | Sit With Us “Sit With Us” is a free iOS mobile app designed by 16-year-old Natalie Hampton, who was inspired by her miserable experiences being bullied in middle school. The verbal taunts and violence were bad enough, but one of the worst things she endured was having to eat lunch alone. After changing schools, whenever she saw someone eating lunch alone, she would invite the person to join her table. Each time, the person’s face would light up with relief. Hampton is committed to making sure other children don’t suffer like she did by allowing kids to find lunch buddies. This seemingly small change in the overall dynamic of a school community can bring about real positivity.


Alicia Keys | Keep a Child Alive Have you ever thought about the children whose lives have been devastated by HIV? Keep a Child Alive is an organization that was created to help children and adults in Africa who have HIV but lack the medications they need to stay alive. In 2003, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys teamed up with AIDS activist Leigh Blake for an emergency push to get these children and families the medicine to which they don’t have access. Keep a Child Alive’s philanthropic success has grown since its inception—enabling the organization to provide critical components necessary for successful, lifelong HIV treatment. These treatments aren’t limited to physical health but also include mental and social well being to make sure children and families are cared for holistically.

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Vanessa Coppes and Lynette Barbieri | ETTWomen Foundation ETTWomen is a community of women entrepreneurs that networks with intention. Lynette Barbieri and I launched the ETTWomen’s Foundation in 2016 to offer financial, educational, and planning assistance to female victims of domestic violence, as well as emotional, sexual, or financial abuse. (BELLA’s Editor-In-Chief Courtenay Hall is a trustee.) ETTW Foundation also works alongside other women’s nonprofit organizations in New York and New Jersey, inviting women to discover new beginnings, explore entrepreneurship, and navigate life through our unique programs and services from business plan development, career services, self-esteem, mentoring programs, educational workshops, health and wellness services, and more.

Sonia Singh is an artist, illustrator, scientist, and science communicator based in Hobart, Tasmania. Her Tree Change Dolls® are recycled dolls that reflect real children ready to explore the world. The dolls have been rescued and rehabilitated from op-shops and tip shops around Tasmania and have had a lifestyle change, swapping their high-maintenance, high-fashion habits for a more down-toearth style. Singh repaints the dolls’ faces by hand, molds new feet or shoes, and her mother sews and knits the clothing. After posing some of the first transformed dolls in her garden and posting photographs of them online, Singh triggered a global conversation about the suitability and style of some children’s toys. Tree Change Dolls® donates 20 percent of sales to charity every month. Their latest donation benefitted “The Because I am a Girl” movement, dedicated to ensuring justice and equality so that girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide, and thrive. B

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New Year, new influencers. From a real estate mogul/film producer to one of the nation’s top lawyers, here are six must-know people in the year to come. We can’t wait to see what they have in store next… By Norah Bradford

Charles Harder

Lorenzo Soria

Charles S. Cohen

Charles Harder has been a litigation attorney in Los Angeles for 20 years. He was lead counsel for Hulk Hogan in a lawsuit that resulted in a $140 million jury verdict in March 2016, forcing Gawker Media into bankruptcy. In September 2016, Harder filed a lawsuit on behalf of First Lady Melania Trump against U.K. newspaper The Daily Mail, seeking $150 million for defamation. His other clients in public lawsuits have included Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Cameron Diaz, Clint Eastwood, Julia Roberts, and Reese Witherspoon, to name a few. Harder also serves as editor and co-author of the law treatise, Entertainment Law & Litigation. Harder has repeatedly been listed as one the Top 100 Power Lawyers in America— one of only 30 litigators—by The Hollywood Reporter.

With a near 40-year career as a foreign press correspondent, Argentinian-born and Italianraised Lorenzo Soria was more than qualified for the job when elected president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) in 2005-2006, again in 2015-2016, and most recently through 2017. He has been a member of the HFPA since 1989 and became a board member in 1996. Soria still writes for Italian newspapers and magazines, including La Stampa and L’Espresso. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is launching the 2017 awards season in Los Angeles with the 74th Golden Globes—the fourth produced by Soria—the first weekend of January.

Charles S. Cohen has achieved a national reputation for exceptional business acumen, innovation, and creativity. His real estate portfolio includes more than 12 million square feet of prime commercial properties in New York, Texas, Southeast Florida, and Southern California. He redeveloped Manhattan’s Decoration & Design Building, Los Angeles’ Pacific Design Center, Florida’s Design Center of the Americas, and Decorative Center Houston, all of which serve thousands of design professionals and design aficionados. A lifelong film enthusiast, Cohen has produced Academy Award-nominated films; his Cohen Media Group produces and distributes renowned independent and foreign films throughout the world, while the Cohen Film Collection is comprised of more than 800 landmark films.

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Mike Milken

Jerry Jones

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Mike Milken founded the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) after a lengthy career on Wall Street, where his drive for cancer research spurred him to pursue parallel careers in philanthropy and finance—marked by both medical solutions and well-known innovations in finance. Milken’s first personal encounter with cancer was when his wife’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, something that spurred his quest for social change, capital, medical research, education, and public health. A number of years later, Milken’s father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which led to Milken founding the PCF, whose competitive research grants to more than 1,600 programs at 200 research centers in 20 countries make it the world's largest philanthropic source of funds for prostate cancer research. The PCF hosts two major fundraisers each year: The Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament in the Hamptons, and the Annual DANIEL Dinner and Fundraiser in New York City.

A serial entrepreneur and gifted professional sports team owner, Jerry Jones is one to keep an eye on in 2017. Jones, who has owned the Dallas Cowboys since 1989, became the first owner in NFL history to guide his team to three league championships in his first seven years of ownership (1992, 1993, and 1995 seasons). Parallel to the success of the Dallas Cowboys on the field, Jones’ vision and leadership provided the driving influence behind the concept, design, and construction of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas—a venue that is recognized internationally as perhaps the most spectacular and state-of-the-art sports stadium in the world. Jones also supports many communityrelated organizations and youth organizations, such as Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, the National Board for The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the Kent Waldrep Paralysis Foundation. This former running back is a likely attendee at the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston.

If you love music, then you need to know Neil Portnow, who honors the best in music at the annual GRAMMY Awards. Portnow’s career spans some 40 years as a music executive; in recent years, he has successfully harnessed the power of music for philanthropy through the Academy’s MusiCares foundation. Aside from encouraging philanthropy through music, Portnow has adamantly led efforts to secure the future of modern recordings, especially in relation to illegal downloading and piracy, and artist compensation rights. The Santa Monica-based Recording Academy, which was started in 1957, founded the The Latin Recording Academy in 1997, which produces the Latin Grammy Awards. The 59th Annual Grammy Awards takes place on February 12, 2017. B

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Movies and Relationships By Jarrod Thalheimer

Movies teach us so much. They showcase the best clothes to wear, cars to drive, places to visit, and even the best people to be (Duh! Movie stars, of course). But did you know they can also teach us about relationships? All you have to do is look closely. Here are a few films to get you started…. The Godfather (1972)

The aging don of an organized crime family transfers control of the empire to his reluctant—but disturbingly capable—youngest son. RELATIONSHIP LESSON: Get to know the family first. You’re dating a guy who seems to have the world on a string. When he’s in the room, every face you see sports a smile and every hand a gift to be unwrapped. But if you get too caught up you’ll miss your chance to find out exactly why everyone is so dang nice, and by then it will be too late. BONUS LESSON: Anyone willing to decapitate a racehorse to make a point won’t be letting you win any argument about anything at all—ever again.

Fight Club (1999)

A depressed office worker with severe sleep issues crosses paths with a charismatic soap maker, forming an underground fight club that becomes— and reveals—something far bigger. RELATIONSHIP LESSON: Note all significant mental and emotional issues. Multiple personality disorder is no laughing matter, and finding out the person you’re in love with is afflicted can be devastating. Wouldn’t it make more sense to do a little digging up front? It’s one thing if he talks to plants or hears the odd voice, but quite another when he’s getting into fistfights with himself in a parking garage or planning the anarchic takedown of the economic infrastructure of the western world. An ounce of prevention….

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

A New York City doctor embarks on a strange and risky adventure through a bizarre sexual underworld after his art-curator wife admits to having intimate dreams about others and (almost) cheating on him.


RELATIONSHIP LESSON: How weird are they sexually? There’s no limit to the human imagination, and when it comes to sex, all sorts of people can get up to all sorts of things. That’s no problem if you’re cool with what you signed up for, but make sure you know from the get-go. If she’s into onenight stands with beefy sailors not named you, or he’s sneaking into anonymous sex cults after dark, the pair of you might need a chin-wag or two before things go any further. Everyone likes surprises, but only to a point.

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

A pregnant woman discovers her husband joined a freaky religious cult and the Devil is actually the father of her unborn baby. RELATIONSHIP LESSON: Have a serious talk about religion and personal beliefs. No one likes talking about religion. Aside from politics, it’s just about the most uncomfortable topic folks can get into. Still, avoiding the pain of discussion almost always leads to worse things down the

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This Is Spinal Tap (1984) In the most famous “rockumentary” of all time, Spinal Tap (one of England’s loudest bands) is followed by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a very difficult tour.

RELATIONSHIP LESSON: Do they have a sense of humor? Even the worst relationship in the world has a chance if the couple leaves room for a sense of humor. And, believe it or not, life has way more kicks to deliver than your average rock-and-roll tour, mini-Stonehenge notwithstanding. No, not everyone laughs at the same things, but as Nigel Tufnel would say, “That’s just nitpicking, isn’t it?” Find the funny, or find a way out.

Falling Down (1993)

A frustrated defense worker reacts to the flaws he sees in society, even as his failing psyche moves closer and closer to total collapse. RELATIONSHIP LESSON: How do they handle stress? It’s no biggie when someone demands to see a manager over a muffed drive-through order, but when small frustrations lead to baseball bats, property destruction, and automatic weapon fire, you’ve got a serious problem. Head it off and keep watch for early warning signs—like “finding” a rocket launcher on the walk home from work. You’ll be glad you did.

National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

The Griswold family’s cross-country road trip to Walley World is more difficult and painful than they ever imagined. road. OK, maybe not “my-baby-is-the-spawnof-Satan” worse, but did you really plan on spending every second Saturday doing field service for the Jehovah’s Witnesses? Better to have the conversation first.

There Will Be Blood (2007)

A silver miner-turned-oilman goes on a ruthless quest for wealth during the Southern California oil boom of the late 19th century.


RELATIONSHIP LESSON: How important is money? Seeking financial security is a solid trait, and loving someone with the discipline and dedication to accomplish it only makes sense. Yet when the rabid pursuit of money begins to poison the very things it’s supposed to protect—like relationships with family or friends—you’ve got a problem. Money isn’t directly good or bad, but if your sweetheart spends more time calculating the cash than the love it’s supposed to protect, best to sell out and move on.

RELATIONSHIP LESSON: What are their future plans regarding children and family? The chaotic nature of family life is enjoyed best in the rearview mirror. The war stories are great for reminiscing, but absolute hell during the actual living. Knowing you’re both on the same page in your future life together is critical, especially if you desire even a slim chance at surviving ungrateful kids, annoying relatives, and the daily applications of Murphy’s Law that plague modern families on the go. Griswolds forever! B

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A-Lister Escapes

Celebs know how to relax away from the paparazzi and hassles of real life. Here are a few of our favorite spots to run to when we want to vacay (and hide away) like the stars. By Sascha Zuger

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

There are few places on this earth more lush and flower-drenched than the Garden Isle of Kauai. Less populated and most remote of the islands, this is an escape for those not wanting to be swarmed with attention. (Justin Bieber, Jennifer Aniston, Katy Perry, and George Clooney are fans.) From the fragrant flower lei-greeting to the jawdropping ocean view on arrival, there is an otherworldly sense of serenity that even the flocks of lorikeets flitting about couldn’t disturb. Set along the white sands of Poipu on Kauai’s sunny south shore, the property is tucked between the dramatic craggy mountains and the startlingly azure sea. Big names hide away at the Anara Spa, the largest on the island at 45,000 square feet. Thatched-roof, outdoor, massage bungalows dot the lush tropical gardens, with waterfalls, pools, and private outdoor lava rock showers offering serenity on demand. Full culinary service is available around the spa pool, though we prefer the over-water intimate tables and just-caught seafood at the in-hotel restaurant, Tidepools.


Mt. Ada at Catalina

Old Hollywood built this island, and no property is more exclusive than the six-room Mt. Ada, the former Wrigley family mansion. This historic “Celebrity’s Playground” remains a fave for A-listers like Beyoncé, Jay Z, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Pharrell, and Liev Schreiber. A wrap-around terrace overlooks Avalon Bay and the famous domed Casino, which now features nightly movies with the historic organ entertaining guests pre-flick. Guests are each offered a private golf cart for their stay, full access to the amazing Island Spa Catalina, as well as priority bookings for the popular Descanso Beach Club Cabanas. The hotel, which dates back to 1921, has hosted two sitting presidents and the Prince of Wales, as well as countless celebs. Visitors to the island clamor to the always-booked three-course lunch, the only way non-guests may experience the property.

The Ritz-Carlton at Grand Cayman

Not only a haven for celebs (including Taylor Swift, John Legend, Tom Cruise, Richard Branson, and Mark Cuban), this fabulous Caribbean luxury hotspot will be hosting the “Who’s Who” of celeb chefs for one of the most unique culinary events of the year. The annual Cayman Cookout (January 12-17) lets foodies rub elbows with the legends like Chefs Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain, José Andrés, and Emeril Lagasse. Activities include intimate gatherings, cooking demos, Dom-sipping helicopter tours, and private tastings and pairings with the owners of famed vineyard and spirits companies in attendance. In between feasts, the unparalleled coral sands of Seven Mile Beach beckon. Or keep to the theme with the excellent La Prairie Spa’s Signature Caviar Massage. Toast the end of this ultimate barefoot experience with the rare release of Moët & Chandon’s MCIII. en/hotels/caribbean/grand-cayman B



The Glamour of a Lakeside Resort is Back with Italy’s Grand Hotel Tremezzo By Dara Kapan

A picturesque setting that combines exclusivity and convenient proximity, Grand Hotel Tremezzo offers the most beautiful accommodations located on the shores of Lake Como. The hotel faces the villas of Bellagio, known as the pearl of Lake Como, where the two branches of the lake meet. Against the rose-tinted backdrop of the Grigne Mountains, you can experience the beauty people only dream of—just an hour’s drive from Milan and its airports.

Built in 1910, Grand Hotel Tremezzo celebrated its centennial in 2010 and today it is one of the oldest five-star luxury hotels on Lake Como. Art Nouveau in style and decoration, the hotel faces directly onto the lake with views of the Alps as far as the eye can see. The origins of Grand Hotel Tremezzo date back to Enea Gandola, a gentleman from Bellagio. In the early 1900s, he and his wife Maria Orsolini travelled widely throughout Europe and acquired a taste for beautiful things and places. After their return to Italy, they wanted to create something of class and sophistication on one of the world’s most beautiful lakes. They decided to build a Grand Hotel, suitable for the emerging international tourism of the time. A period of great splendor followed until the outbreak of the World War I, which radically changed the world and its geography. For more than a year, the Grand Hotel was requisitioned for use as a military hospital.


With the return of peace, the hotel began a rebirth and focused on leisure and relaxation. In the thirties, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo was bought by the Sampietro family. It was during this period that the hotel became a target for cosmopolitan tourism: Greta Garbo refers to the happy, sunny place in the film Grand Hotel (1932). Today, following in the footsteps of the Gandolas and the Sampietros, another family is proudly carrying on the charm and authentic Italian hospitality. All rooms offer guests an enchanting view of the unbelievably breathtaking Bellagio and/or the Riviera delle Azalee. All of the sumptuous rooms are decorated in pastel yellows, blues and greens, and richly furnished with decadent fabrics, period furniture and antique paintings and prints. Whether you are an adventure traveler or seeking relaxation, Grand Hotel Tremezzo caters to every guest’s wish and whim. Examples include a hydroplane ride over Como

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town where an Alfa Romeo Spider will be waiting for you to drive it to the top of Comacina Island for a private sunset picnic overlooking the lake. The hotel recently unveiled its new T Spa inside Villa Emilia, an 18th century villa adjacent to the historic palace overlooking the lake. The over 1,000 square meters of wellness space features five treatment rooms, an infinity pool, a hammam (the only Turkish bath in Lake Como), yoga studio and Mosaico nail studio. Of course, this being in Italy, the food is world-class and now you can learn to create it yourself. Executive Chef Osvaldo Presazzi teaches guests how to make their own pasta from scratch. Guests can cook pasta “al dente” and create their favorite tagliatelle accompanied by fresh cherry tomato sauce. Delicious! Additionally, guests can enjoy making a traditional Milanese veal chop, “Cotoletta alla Milanese” and will end the class by creating a zabaione dessert. L’Escale Fondues & Wine Bar, the first fondue and wine bar to open on Lake Como, offers unique, personalized wine tastings from specific Italian regions with an expert sommelier. L’Escale Fondues & Wine Bar offers over 350 Italian regional wines in a unique cellar. B



Winter Escape: Viva la Mexico Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit By Marcus Stewart

Nestled in one of the most exclusive residential developments along the spectacular Banderas Bay and only 20 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is an exquisite and exciting oceanfront property sure to make you and your travel party extremely happy. Whether you plan to relax in your expansive suite, indulge in the world-class spa, play golf, take surf lessons, shop, or enjoy a four-diamond culinary experience, there is something for everyone at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.


As the winter season has made its arrival, there is nothing higher on the list than being able to make a run for the luxurious border for relaxation and vitamin D. Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit is home to many wonders but the most award-winning luxe haven would be the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. This all-suites and spa resort is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and a recipient of the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award. Designed by famed architects, Elias Elias of Guadalajara, Mexico, and renowned Mexican interior designer Melin Castro, the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit boasts 267 suites, all with private terraces and ocean views. These contemporary accommodations are decorated with teak furnishings imported from Bali, light neutral tones, and tropical-influenced color accents.


Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit samples cuisine from around the world at its five restaurants, three of which have been bestowed a total of 12 AAA diamonds for fine dining. Frida, a fine dining experience featuring Mexican cuisine, is best known for its dishes that legendary artist Frida Kahlo made for her lover, the famed Diego Rivera. Accompanied by a live violinist nightly, Lucca serves Italian-Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant fine dining atmosphere. Piaf offers French classic cuisine, from rack of lamb to soufflĂŠs, to the tunes of a live saxophone. More casual options, Selva del Mar, is located poolside and offers an informal and fast service alternative, and Azul serves several types of cuisine, including Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and grilled steaks and seafood, oceanfront.

The 16,500-square-foot Spa at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, a member of The Leading Spas of the World, is the crown jewel of the resort. The spa’s design includes a palapa-style entrance, furniture from Bali, and a large marbled wall with cascading water. The spa experience begins for guests with the seven-step Hydrotherapy Ritual that includes a eucalyptus-scented steam room with chromotherapy, a bithermal pressure shower, peppermint ice fountain, hot and cold lagoons, sauna, hydro-reflexology, and Jacuzzi. The Spa at Grand Velas features 20 treatment rooms, more than 30 spa treatments, a high-performance gym and exercise room, spa boutique, and a beauty salon. Many treatments feature organic elements, using coffee and chocolate, candle wax and sea shells, deep river stones and volcanic glass, tequila cream, aromatherapy oils, and more. A novel element, guests booking two or more spa treatments at the spa receive a complimentary designer swimsuit travel bag upon departure. While this property has everything an adult could dream of, the team at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit also offers an array of child-friendly activities and amenities, including a tiered three-temperature infinity pool, a children’s pool, tennis courts, a new state-of-the-art teens facility, and non-motorized sports, such as snorkeling, kayaking, boogie boarding, and water polo. Beyond all-inclusive and beyond all compare, this goes beyond a vacation. The Grand Velas Riviera is an experience! B




Orlando Reimagined By Amanda Mactas

Orlando and theme parks are basically synonymous, but there’s so much more to do than hit up the typical tourist destinations during your stay. While fast rides and bubbly Disney characters are sure to beckon your offspring, there’s no reason for you to miss out on an equally fun grown-up vacation.


Take the expansive Orlando World Center Marriott, for instance. The resort promises an action-packed getaway — you don’t even have to wander out into the land of Mickey if you don’t want to! Set on 200 acres in central Florida, the Orlando World Center Marriott contains over 2,000 guestrooms, 10 different styles of suites, and all the modern amenities and luxurious comforts one has come to expect from the Marriott brand. Most guestrooms and all suites offer patios and outdoor balconies, giving guests stunning views of the glorious resort and surrounding attractions.

using a soccer ball on the golf course. If you want a more rigorous workout, Orlando World Center Marriott boasts a state-of-the-art fitness center that many believe is one of the better hotel gyms. However, if leisure is more your speed, head to the Falls Pool Oasis, featuring multiple pools, a grotto-like hot tub, and three extreme waterslides, one of which is among the tallest and fastest resort slides in the state.

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On the premises there are endless options to satiate even the most discriminating eaters, with nine different restaurants, plus room service. Mikado Japanese Steakhouse turns up the level of fun, cooking hibachi right at your table. Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen is a must-try during your stay, with fresh farm-to-fork dining and impressive “garden-to-glass” cocktails, to boot. Heartier fare can be found at Hawk’s Landing Steakhouse, which conveniently overlooks the 18th hole of Hawk’s Landing Golf Course.

A captivating view of the Orlando World Center Marriott property

Soaring to New Heights Fresh Italian dinner at Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen

Private dining at Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen

Winding Down

No trip is complete without a trip to the spa, and the Orlando World Center Marriott’s retreat is nothing to overlook! Don’t miss out on their “Around the World in Eighty Minutes” signature massage that includes a variety of different massage techniques and relaxation tricks to de-stress the body. Other treatments are also available, including aromatherapy, manicures, and pedicures, facials, and more.

Dip your toes into the Falls Pool Oasis

Fun in the Sun

There is no shortage of outdoor activities for all while vacationing here. The lush Hawk’s Landing Golf Course covers 200 acres of the hotel’s property, and those seeking lessons can up their game at the Bill Madonna Golf Academy on premises. If you need a break from the tee, try your hand — er, foot — at foot golf, in which participants follow golf rules while

End your evening at “Light Up the Night,” an awesomely insane nightly show at the Falls Pool Oasis that combines music and lights for a visually stunning 13-minute show with state-of-the-art digital graphics. You can view the show from the comfort of your balcony, poolside, or even in the pool for a night swim. Forget what you think you know about Orlando being just an oasis for children. The Orlando World Center Marriott is one of the many spots that prove there’s more to discover beyond Cinderella’s castle. B

Take a road less traveled when you make your way off property and discover what it’s like to skydive at iFly Orlando. Here, you can experience indoor skydiving, made possible by a giant wind tunnel, while your instructor guides you through your ride. This adventure is fun for both children and adults, and you’ll leave with tons of photos and videos from your ride, plus a giant smile. Not to mention a hankering to do it again!



Snapshots of West Coast Living West Coast living for East Coast dwellers ... the best of what to do the next time you’re in California. By Dionne Clarke


Relax at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Picture it–you’re sitting by a cozy fire pit snuggled under a warm blanket, roasting marshmallows with a glass of wine in hand, all while overlooking the ocean with magnificent views of the California coastline. This dream can be a reality at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, one of the most beautiful and resplendent properties in the Golden State. Just 25 miles south of San Francisco, this grand hotel is nestled upon a bluff overlooking 50 miles of the Pacific and is close to Napa Valley, Santa Cruz, and other tourist attractions in Northern California. The luxurious decor of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is seductive in feel and comfortable in nature. The staff welcomes you with a smile and wine tasting on arrival, which is an excellent way to kick off your stay. The 261-room destination spa and golf coastal resort features 36 holes of championship golf with its two ocean-facing courses—perfect for players of every skill level. Indulge by staying in one of the rooms or suites on the club level of the property, which enable access to the private lounge. Here, an endless array of beverages and culinary options are served throughout the day, from breakfast, snacks, and hors d’oeuvres to cocktails and sweet treats. Just remember to save room for dinner at the signature restaurant, Navio, which is nothing short of magical. We arrived in time to watch the sunset over the ocean directly in front of us—a spectacular sight to behold! Half Moon Bay is the pumpkin capital of the world, surrounded by organic farms and worldrenowned wineries, giving Navio access to some of the finest ingredients in the country. The nauticalinspired dining room is the perfect setting for fresh seafood, locally grown produce, and meltin-your-mouth meat dishes. The menu changes regularly to make use of the freshest ingredients, so prepare to be wowed with culinary excellence. To tend to your weary mind and body, take a dip in the 16,000-square-foot Half Moon Bay Spa, where you’ll enjoy a heated pool, hot tub, sauna, steam rooms, and phenomenal massages. Body treatments include the use of crushed pearl products, essential oils, crystals, and seasonal ingredients. Half Moon Bay is a beautiful hub of activity with fabulous ways to spend your time, including bike riding along the coast, surfing, horseback riding, and wine tasting. You can even bring the whole family and take advantage of specialized programs for kids at the resort. Amazing landscape gardens, ocean views, impeccable service, and delectable food make The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay a top pick for any visit to Northern California. It’s truly a first-class experience.


Kick-Start Your Healthy Eating With Paleo Delivers Lauded by celebrities as the only thing keeping them on track during long hours on set, Paleo Delivers is a lifesaver for anyone in California trying to lose weight, eat healthy, or reach a fitness goal. The daily delivery food company serves delicious and nutritious meals based on the Paleo regimen, which means no refined sugar, no dairy, no gluten, and no processed foods. But it’s definitely not short on creative ideas, filling fare, and amazing flavor. As you start the new year with the best intentions, just a couple of weeks eating three meals and two snacks from Paleo Delivers can leave you with more energy, a clearer mind, better sleep, and inches off your waistline. “How to Get Away with Murder” star Viola Davis is a big fan of the healthy eating plan, and says Paleo Delivers released her from “years of a sluggish metabolism” and energized her in “miraculous ways.” Paleo Delivers provides a jump start into better eating habits, portion control, and foods to eat for optimum health.

Spotlight: Ryan Blair After going from rock bottom to rock star, Ryan Blair is making a powerful impact on people’s lives. Growing up in poverty and a broken home in Southern California, Blair joined a gang and was arrested multiple times as he slipped down the wrong path. His life turned around at 18 when his mother dated a real estate developer who became his mentor.

ROKU: Sushi and Teppanyaki Dining at ROKU isn’t just a culinary delight—it’s a performance with phenomenal chefs showcasing amazing knife skills, fire-breathing, and delicious food. It’s the newest restaurant from the team behind BOA Steakhouse, Katana, and sister restaurant Sushi Roku. It boasts three distinct dining options, including the delicious sushi bar, a progressive menu served on the patio, and the fun Teppanyaki Room. ROKU’s Teppan chefs use succulent A-5 Japanese Wagyu beef, Santa Barbara spot prawns, and other local ingredients to bring the grill table experience to life. Whether you’re on a date or with a group of friends, this restaurant is the perfect mix of lively culinary entertainment and delicious food conjured up right before your eyes. This latest offering on the famed Sunset Strip also provides a wide range of sakes, cocktails, and an impressive collection of Japanese whiskey, one of the largest in an LA restaurant.

Following his success as an entrepreneur and marketing CEO, he founded the Blair Foundation eight years ago, which supports at-risk youth and helps them get on the right track. This New York Times bestselling author personally mentors the young people coming through his organization, and has joined billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates in their pledge to get America’s richest to donate 90 percent of their assets to charity. Blair’s second book, “Rock Bottom to Rock Star: Lessons from the Business School of Hard Knocks,” is available now. B



#BehindTheRopes: BELLA New York Hosts Cover Launch Party with Kathie Lee and Hoda On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, Kathie Lee and Hoda hosted the official launch party of BELLA New York's November/December 2016 Holiday Issue Cover Party at Arlo Hudson Square in New York City. Guests sipped on Kim Crawford Wines, Freixenet, and 1907 Water, while perusing holiday gifting ideas from Bella Aura, Abaton, Urbani Truffles USA, Cover Your Grey, and Adrianna Pappell. Presenting sponsors included University Pain Medicine Center, Liberta Co. Ltd./Baby Foot, and the Bahamas. Guests included Courtenay Hall (BELLA editor-in-chief), Dan Hall (BELLA publisher), Kathie Lee Gifford ("Today Show” host), Hoda Kotb ("Today Show” host), Kristen Taekman (Bravo’s “RHONY"), Melissa Francis (Fox News anchor), Carson Kressley (TV personality), Catherine Curtin ("Orange Is the New Black"), Charles Frattini (Discovery Channel’s "Naked and Afraid"), Dr. Tabasum Mir (Bravo’s "Blood Sweat & Heels"), Taylor Strecker (SiriusXM’s Cosmo's Wake Up with Taylor), Andrea Helfrich (EDM festival host of ULTRA music festivals), Max Mackenzie (actor), Shayna Leigh (singer), Nicole Lapi (Host of “Hatched” on CBS).




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The Garden City Hotel Four Diamond Celebration On Thursday, November 17, 2016, guests and notables celebrated The Garden City Hotel, which received an award as a AAA Four Diamond hotel. Soap star and Emmy award-winning actress Susan Lucci, a Garden City resident, was an employee at the hotel in the 1960s, when she worked there as a waitress. Lucci was also the guest of honor at the ceremony, in which she presented the AAA Four Diamond Award to Morris Moinian, president of the Fortuna Realty Group, which bought the hotel in 2012.

#BehindTheRopes: Devotion Diamonds On Thursday, October 27, 2016, BELLA Magazine and Devotion Diamonds held an in-store event at their Roosevelt Field Flagship store. Guests sipped on champagne while shopping for the most flawless diamonds in Long Island. All guests left with a Devotion Diamonds gift bag, and one guest was presented with a diamond pendant at the end of the evening. For all of your diamond needs, visit



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Healthy Guru hosted The Fitness Event of Fall 2016 featuring Lady Gaga’s trainer Tricia Donegan, Victoria’s Secret model and trainer Justin Gelband, internationally-renowned Trainer Carlos Leon, and NY Jets nutritionist Glen Tobias, NYC. ©Cassidy Maldonado

Angelo David Salon and 95.5 PLJ hosted the 2nd Annual BLOW OUT BREAST CANCER in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All proceeds were donated to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. Sponsors included BELLA Magazine, Hawke & Co., Elchim Milano, Tabooze, Sufi Wine and Baked In Color, NYC. ©James Edstrom

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Founder and CEO of Education Model Towns, Ernesto Argüello, married fellow philanthropist Ashley Taylor Cooper at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. The reception celebration was held at the iconic Plaza Hotel, NYC. ©Oscar Castro


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The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc hosted a kickoff party at Rotisserie Georgette to celebrate the 27th annual event, which takes place between March 17 and April 1, 2017 in the unspoiled beauty of the Moroccan desert. The event honored guest of honor Mrs. Christine Lagarde, Director General of the Moroccan National Office of Tourism; host Mardochée Devico, Président Directeur General des Conserves de Meknés; and host Dominique Serra, Founder of the Rallye Aïcha Des Gazelles Du Maroc, NYC. ©BFA

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The Decoration & Design Building held its two-day Fall Market to celebrate the best in the design industry. CEO/Owner of Cohen Design Centers, Charles S. Cohen provided the opening remarks at the morning Keynote programs, including House Beautiful’s opening keynote presentation, NYC. ©

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted its 19th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction, posthumously honoring footwear industry icon Vince Camuto and featuring a musical performance by the legendary Roger Daltrey of The Who at Cipriani Wall Street, NYC. ©

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Global Lyme Alliance hosted 2nd Annual New York Gala honoring Bella Hadid, Heather Glass, Arthur J. Mirante II and Karen Peetz. The event was produced by event planner extraordinaire Lawrence Scott Events, NYC. ©Getty Images

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The highly anticipated Accessible Art Fair New York presented by MvVO Art opened with a VIP First Access Night at the iconic National Arts Club in Gramercy Park. A jury of contemporary art experts selected more than 50 top emerging artists for the Fair from New York and around the world. ©Teresa Pyskaty ©

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Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) held its annual gala celebrating outstanding individuals in the arts and design fields. This year’s Visionaries! Awards honored design advocate, patron, and longtime MAD Trustee Charles S. Cohen; the late architect Zaha Hadid; Angela Missoni of the Italian design house MISSONI; and conceptual artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, NYC. ©


New York 9 ISABELLA BOYLSTON At age 30, Isabella Boylston is the youngest principal ballerina of the American Ballet Theatre. Born in Idaho, Boylston became a student at The Boulder Ballet as a child, then went on to hone her craft with the Academy of Colorado Ballet in Denver, Colorado and the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. She joined the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in 2005, the main company as an apprentice in May 2006, and the corps de ballet in March 2007. Her notable roles include the lead in “Theme and Variations,” the Ballerina in “The Bright Stream,” and debut as Juliet in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet” in 2016. Boylston recently completed Alexei Ratmansky’s production of “The Nutcracker” in California, and will welcome the full spring American Ballet Theatre season this May at the Metropolitan Opera House. The ballerina is proud to call New York City her home, where she lives with her husband.

Best thing about growing up in NYC? I moved to NYC when I was 17. My first apartment was a two-bedroom that I shared with five other young ballerinas in the East Village. For me, the best part about growing up here is all the amazing people you’ll meet from all over the world and different walks of life. And the food! Favorite New York City restaurant? Prune or 15 East Favorite neighborhood? East Village The best part of my job is… Traveling the world and playing so many unique character roles. Every time I perform on stage it’s a new adventure. A visit to New York isn’t complete until… You catch a live show! Subways or cabs? Always the subway unless I am carrying too much. Best advice you’ve ever received? Be nice to everyone, and never lose your sense of humor. Must-have beauty item? Make Up For Ever Foundation, Bobbi Brown Lipstick, Stila Liquid Eyeliner, MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30, and Strange Invisible Perfume. What is your definition of beauty? True beauty comes from the inside. When you get to know a person, the way they look changes. Beauty is confidence and kindness. B

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