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love fall! It’s my favorite season in the Northeast: Crisper days, beautiful colors everywhere, and — in my opinion — it boasts the best fashion of all the seasons. There’s a reason New York City is bustling at this time of year: School is back in session, weekending in the Hamptons has turned to weekending in the city, and the most sought-after tickets (New York Fashion Week, not “Hamilton”) are hard to come by. What’s better than NYFW, when top designers showcase their spectacular spring lines?! It’s the best of both worlds as fall fashion is in full effect, but dreaming of next spring and what’s to come is truly a NY fashionista’s dream. With that in mind, we’ve filled the pages of this issue with so much style inspiration that no matter what your budget, we have you covered when it comes to looking BELLA-fabulous this fall. Our fashion team, led by Fashion Director Marcus Stewart, has done an amazing job of capturing the New York woman in both our fashion editorials and style pages. I love the new look Marcus has incorporated, and I must admit that I went a little crazy shopping these pages myself (there are so many good buys!).
Another very exciting addition to the BELLA family is our new sister publication launching this month — BELLA Los Angeles. It’s finally here, and I can’t be more excited to have two amazing publications in two amazing cities (my favorite cities, no less!). Although the LA version will have its own, authentic West Coast vibe, our message will remain the same, and I am eager to see how LA women define the beauty in their lives and how we can incorporate that message into those pages. Two cities, two very different types of women … but it’s all BELLA in the end! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on both issues. Please take a minute to check out (and follow) the LA edition on social media @BellaLAMag, and if you’re not already, follow our NY team, too: @BellaNYCMag. Best,
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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.
As an editor for both BELLA’s food and accessories pages, Amanda Mactas knows that sometimes it’s all about the details. Throughout her years as a writer, she has dined at some of New York’s finest establishments, rubbed elbows with top designers, and attended some of the city’s most prestigious events. Mactas’ work has been featured on some of the web’s top publications and she also founded and manages her own blog, Manhattan with a Twist. Follow her food and accessories journey on Twitter and Instagram @ManhattanTwist.
Matt Monath is a beauty, fashion, celebrity portraiture, lifestyle, still-life, food, and travel photographer based out of NYC. Matt's work often involves his signature colorful aesthetic, consistently delivering bold, impactful imagery that spans the color spectrum. He’s photographed some notable faces, such as Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Ora, and more. When he’s not in the studio, he’s out adventuring and exploring with his camera. Follow along with @MattMonathPhoto on social media!
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Kristen Fischer, a regular contributor to BELLA, tells two very distinct stories in this issue with her profile about Chaz Dean, the mastermind behind the WEN Hair and Body Care By Chaz Dean line and her article about Devotion Diamonds, an independently owned and operated jewelry leader in the New York area. Fischer is also the author of “When Talent Isn’t Enough: Business Basics for the Creatively Inclined.” Her first children’s book, “Zoo Zen Count to Ten: A Yoga Story for Kids,” will be out in 2017. Visit her at KristenFischer.com.
Rachel Paul is a New York City-based makeup artist and educator loving life in the East Village. Her artistry experience stretches from couture fashion shows to film and also includes an extensive list of editorial and celebrity clients. As BELLA NYC’s Beauty Correspondent, Rachel brings makeup how-to’s to your front door. She is a seeker and creator of all things beautiful and encourages everyone to discover their own unique beauty. Follow Rachel @RoseColored_Glasses.
By the age of 13, Kelly Fajack’s images were already in the pages of Surfing Magazine. Since then his camera has taken him to more than 50 countries, shooting for clients such as Neutrogena, Fiat, and Fujitsu Siemens, as well as magazines like Time, Shape, and Conde Nast Traveler. He’s even responsible for the photo on the back of African currency. Kelly currently resides with his wife Holli in California. Follow Kelly @KellyFajack.
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CONTENTS THE FASHION ISSUE
28 || THE STYLE REPORT
From Runway to Real Way, Celebrity Style: Black and Sheer, Opposite Ends of the Color Spectrum, All Choked Up, School Daze, Top 7 With Kaki, From Work Week to Fashion Week, Cheap Tricks, Obsession: Leopard, Fashion Rx, Style Profile: Domenico Vacca, Falling for Outerwear, The New York Look, Maya Henry
50 || UPTOWN GIRL
Fall’s Most Fabulous Fashions
58 || BEAUTY SCENE
The Game Changers , Top 3 Procedures for Fall, Celeb Facial Oil Secrets, On My Vanity: Alison Sweeney, Foundation Match Made in Heaven, Autumn’s Must-Have Luxuries
70 || CHAZ DEAN’S PASSION
Taming Tresses in a Soothing Space
72 || FIRST LIGHT
Fashion Trends for Fall and Beyond
78 || THE NEW YORK LIFE Gregory M. Roache
82 || NEW YORK SPOTLIGHT Talent Comes in Twos
84 || SAY “I DO” WITH DEVOTION Trend Watch: Sustainably-Sourced Diamonds
86 || SOPHISTICATED SPACES Inside Luxury Shoe Designer Tamara Mellon’s Penthouse
90 || ARTS & CULTURE Come to the Cabaret
RUNWAY TO REAL WAY
92 || HOLLYWOOD’S HOTTEST STARS OF PRIMETIME
Gabrielle Dennis, LaRoyce Hawkins, Candice Patton, Shalita Grant, and Erica Ash
CONTENTS THE FASHION ISSUE PARIS HILTON
96 || YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN “Fuller House” Star Lori Loughlin Proves It
100 || PARIS HILTON
Establishing an Empire All Her Own
106 || LOVE IN THE CITY
Does Who You Love Depend on Where You Live?
108 || CHOW BELLA
Bedford & Co., La Strada, and Molos Restaurant Recipes for a Fabulously Fresh Fall
114 || MIND + BODY
Why The Stash Plan Is the New Black, Fitness Gear to Make Your Wardrobe Jealous, Celeb Trainer Astrid Swan Keeps It Real, Cosmetic Surgery Trends, Facelift vs. LaserLift, Breast Cancer Treatment in a Day, Lorna Jane Clarkson Reveals How to Look and Feel Amazing at 50
130 || A NOVEL IDEA Fall into Reading
132 || GROWING GOLD IN SEPTEMBER The Love Behind the Movement
134 || GETTING TO KNOW NY1 Star Anchor Annika Pergament
136 || MAKE AN IMPACT Social Entrepreneurs Give Back
138 || TRAVEL
Sleeping in Style: Fashion Week Travel Hotspots
140 || TRAVEL SPOTLIGHT Solage Calistoga
142 || POSTCARDS FROM LA Snapshots of West Coast Living
140 || THE SCENE
Around Town with BELLA
152 || NY 9 Taylor Strecker
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FROM RUNWAY TO REAL WAY: FIVE HIGH-FASHION TRENDS TO TRY THIS FALL FASHION IS MEANT TO BE FUN AND INSPIRING, AND THIS SEASON’S FALL TREND FORECAST IS JUST THAT. FROM BOLD AND BRIGHT STATEMENT FURS TO OFF-THE-SHOULDER FITTED FROCKS, EACH AND EVERY WOMAN CAN MAKE HER OWN FASHION VOICE HEARD. CHECK OUT OUR TOP FIVE WEARABLE TRENDS FOR FALL, ALONG WITH TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE EVERY ONE WORK FOR YOU! By Marcus Stewart
RUFFLES Designers: Christian Siriano, Giambattista Valli, Gucci The return of the ultimate feminine lady is back, and she is here to stay! Ruffles and frills were at an all-time high this season. From sheer tiers to structured frills, everywhere you looked there was sure to be a cascade of dramatic elegance in dresses, tops, coats, and skirts. TIP: If you are a beginner to risky fashion choices, try this trend in small proportions. Choose a ruffled hemline on a skirt or a blouse with a sweet and delicate ruffled neckline. Regardless of your ruffle dosage, this trend is sure to make you feel a bit more feminine and dainty.
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STATEMENT FUR Designers: Michael Kors, Versace, Rochas Universally, fur—both real and faux— commanded an impressive and strong presence on this season’s runways. Designers decided that the days of traditional and dated fur pieces should be a thing of the past. The “new” fur featured bright colors and graphic prints—a great way to go bold! TIP: Pair your fur with a sexy dress and sky-high heels when you’re feeling glamorous, or opt for skinny jeans and flats for a chic weekend casual look.
FALL FASHION REPORT
THE CAPE Designers: Missoni, Tommy Hilfiger, Derek Lam Move over, plaid ponchos! The cape is back and the runways showed many variations that were both retro and chic! From micro caplets that just cover the shoulder to dramatic and colorful capes by Missoni, the cape is the new jacket! TIP: This trend is perfect for all shapes and sizes. Go for a mid-length piece in a basic color like navy or black with soft shoulders. This style is perfect for those chilly but not-too-cold fall days. For a sleeker look, pair your cape with something fitted on the bottom.
VELVET Designers: Alberta Ferretti, Ralph Lauren, Roland Mouret Viva la velvet! To say it’ll be a season full of creamy velvets would be an understatement. Designers fell head over heels in love with this rich, luxe material. From long, elegant evening gowns by Ralph Lauren to rock ‘n roll, overthe-top, embellished velvet pieces by Anna Sui, velvet rocked the runways. This trend is hardly a new idea but the update in color and usage was a great twist on a classic. TIP: Velvet can be hard to get right, but don’t be afraid to give it a go! For a super-wearable, flattering, and fashionable look, add a low-pile velvet piece to your closet. Stay away from anything that is too chunky or thick, as no lady wants to add bulk to her physique. If you still aren’t sold on this trend, opt for an accessory. Add a killer velvet kneelength boot or velvet pump for an updated and fashionable shoe moment.
OFF THE SHOULDER Designers: Milly, Dior, La Petite Robe Forget about legs! How are your shoulders shaping up? There was no shortage of bare shoulders this season. Designers such as Dior, La Petite Robe, and Milly — just to name a few — displayed that the off-the-shoulder (OTS, for short) look is indeed back for another season. This year we are seeing a broader range of offerings, from luxe and comfy dresses to show-stopping blouses. TIP: The shoulder is an overlooked yet beautiful part of the body that’s worthy of accentuation by all body types. Try updating your closet by adding an OTS white crisp blouse or OTS little black dress! Go for a fitted shape and skip the necklace. There is something so beautiful and sweet about the simplicity of this forever trend. Less is more, and bare is back!
123 THE STYLE REPORT CELEBRITY STYLE
BLACK AND SHEER
FALL HAS FALLEN, BUT SHOWING SOME SKIN IS STILL IN! LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT BALANCE OF MODESTY AND SEXY? TRY A SHEER, LONG-SLEEVE LOOK THATâ€™S SURE TO ADD A BIT OF SULTRY SEXINESS AND FALL-INSPIRED FEMININITY TO ANY STYLE. By Marcus Stewart
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THE STYLE REPORTACCESSORIES OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE (COLOR) SPECTRUM By Amanda Mactas
GREEN AND PINK HAPPEN TO BE TWO OF THE HOTTEST COLORS FOR FALL THIS YEAR, AND COINCIDENTALLY, THEY FALL ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THAT COLOR WHEEL WE ALL REMEMBER FROM FOURTH GRADE. SHOW YOUR FASHION PROWESS BY ADDING THESE FLATTERING COLORS INTO YOUR WARDROBE AND MAKE SURE TO MIX AND MATCH—OPPOSITES REALLY DO ATTRACT!
Rose de France and 14K Rose Gold Round Pendant Necklace $550, SuzanneKalan.com
Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Bow Grosgrain Headband $160, SaksFifthAvenue.com
Paris Teardrop Earring $62, ShopSheLaLa.com
Large Aviator Sunglasses $345, GreyAnt.com
PRETTY IN PINK
De Grisadono Instrumentino Watch $21,500, DaoroMiami.com
Every girl will be a blushing beauty when the leaves in the park begin to fall, especially with the complimentary tones of this gorgeous light pink dispersed throughout her closet.
Uptown Satchel $498, HenriBendel.com
Faye Marshmallow $425, LKBennett.com
Women’s Reegan Shoe $140, CatFootwear.com
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Snake Heel Bootie $228, AnnTaylor.com
Diamond and Emerald Drop Earrings, $3,200, DoyleDoyle.com
The Emerald City $300, JBugJules.com
Colette Ring $250, StarlingJewelry.com
Mosley Bag Starts at $327, MeCharHandbags.com
Sardinia Drops $38, BaubleBar.com
THE GREEN LIGHT All your friends will be green with envy thanks to your sophisticated wardrobe this season as you rock this brilliant, bold color.
So Kate Pumps $745, Barneys.com
Santiago Gonzalez Crocodile Card Case $295, SaksFifthAvenue.com
Soho Backpack, $398, HenriBendel.com
THE STYLE REPORTACCESSORIES
Paula Mendoza Voord Emerald Choker Necklace $400, SaksFifthAvenue.com Adriana Orsini Vivienne Crystal Collar Necklace $450, SaksFifthAvenue.com
George Necklace $94, FromStXavier.com
ALL CHOKED UP
Nisa Necklace $61, FromStXavier.com
THE 90s ARE BACK IN A BIG WAY AND OUR TEENAGE SELVES ARE PSYCHED THAT CHOKERS ARE MAKING A BOLD COMEBACK. LUCKILY, WEâ€™VE MOVED ON FROM THOSE CHEAP, PLASTIC TATTOOSTYLE ONES TO THESE ELEVATED BEAUTIES. By Amanda Mactas
Lady O Small Collar Necklace $295, AlexisBittar.com
Nave Neck Cuff $325, AmyNordstrom.com
18K Rose Gold Vine Choker $4,375, Shop.DianeKordasJewellery.com
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THE STYLE REPORTACCESSORIES SCHOOL DAZE FOR THE LITTLE ONES, IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL, BUT FOR US GROWN-UPS, IT’S BACK TO WORK. BACKPACKS ARE THE LATEST TREND THIS FALL, KEEPING YOU HANDS-FREE TO TEXT TO YOUR HEART’S CONTENT. THE ADULTS ARE FINALLY TAKING INSPIRATION FROM THE KIDS WITH THIS HAUTE WAY TO TRANSPORT YOUR NECESSITIES.
PS1 Floral Leather Trim Nylon Backpack $1,350, ProenzaSchouler.com
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Louise Et Cie Jael Convertible Backpack $278, VinceCamuto.com
Botkier Warren Backpack $298, Bloomingdales.com
Rebecca Minkoff Taj Backpack $325, Bloomingdales.com Thea Mini Backpack $450, ToryBurch.com
Bianca Fringed Leather Mini Backpack $1,095, 31PhillipLim.com
Small Rhea Denim Backpack $238, MichaelKors.com
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Small Le Pliage Neo Fantaisie Backpack $380, Longchamp.com
TOP 7 WITH KAKI By Kaki West
NEW YORK FALL FASHION WEEK IS HERE AND WE ALL KNOW THIS MEANS COOLER WEATHER AND MAJOR FASHION PIECES THAT STAND OUT IN THE CROWD FULL OF STYLISH STYLE GAWKERS. TO BETTER PREPARE YOU FASHIONISTAS FOR YOUR FASHION WEEK JOURNEY, I’VE COMBED THROUGH THE ABSOLUTE BEST ESSENTIALS FOR ALL OF YOUR STYLE NEEDS. THESE TOP PICKS WILL PREPARE YOU TO RUB ELBOWS BOLDLY AND FABULOUSLY WITH ALL THE TOP CELEB AND FASHION ICONS. ENJOY! Coat
Vintage Moxie Fur (all styles) From $750 to $2,000, Etsy.com Fur coats are all the rage, especially a vintage edition like this one-of-a-kind gem. You will be seeing big collars, zebra, and cheetah prints everywhere.
Céline’s The Audrey Sunglasses $415, Barneys.com Oversized is a must, and black is a staple.
Edie Parker Flavia Clutch $1495, Edie-Parker.com Customization is the new “it” thing. Choose your phrase — from “Cool” to your very own initials.
Rag & Bone Wide-Brimmed Fedora – Navy $195, Rag-Bone.com Not only is this fall hat musthave chic, it’s also practical for those cooler, windy days.
Intermix Bracelets From $240 to $540, IntermixOnline.com Bracelets are always the right way to pump up a look. Stack these beauties up — the more, the merrier!
Tom Ford Shanghai Lily $225, Nordstrom.com A scent is almost as important as what you’re wearing. Go for Tom Ford — he never disappoints.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick $24, Sephora.com Looking for something that will last all day? This is it — and the coral shade of Carina is to die for. I purchased five!
THE STYLE REPORTDOUBLE TAKE 1 1 2
WORK WEEK: 1. Madison Avenue Yazmene Jacket $998, KateSpade.com
FASHION WEEK: 1. Dior Cat’s-Eye Sunglasses $335, Saks.com
2. Bow Watch $325, KateSpade.com
2. The Lola Toscana Lamb Reversible Chubby Fur Jacket in Graphite Price available upon request, Pologeorgis.com
3. Judith Ripka Sterling Cultured Mabe Pearl Stud Earrings $199.98, QVC.com
3. Judith Ripka Sterling Gemstone and Diamonique Hinged Bangle in Garnet $124, QVC.com
4. Bella Tote Classic in Black $399, RikiRosetta.com 5. Prada Saffiano Leather Point-Toe Pumps $670, Saks.com
4. Sergio Rossi Divine Cutout Suede Peep-Toe Boots $1,990, Saks.com
Mary Katrantzou Swisher Jacquard Midi Dress $1415, ModaOperandi.com
WORK WEEK TO FASHION WEEK
5. Imperial Snake Earrings by Carole Shashona $5,000, Barneys New York
By Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan
FALL FEVER IS IN THE AIR: NEW YORK CITY FASHION WEEK HAS ARRIVED! AND JUST LIKE THAT, MODELS ARE STRUTTING THE CATWALKS, WORKING-GIRL FASHIONISTAS ARE DONNING THE LATEST TRENDS CITYWIDE, AND THE SASHAY FROM BOARD MEETINGS TO RUNWAY SHOWS HAS BEGUN. YOU TOO CAN GO FROM WORK WEEK TO FASHION WEEK JUST BY CHOOSING THE RIGHT ACCESSORIES. FROM CLASSIC AND SIMPLE, FUN AND FUNKY, IT’S EASY TO FALL FOR FALL AND ALL OF ITS SPLENDOR…
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SHOP FULL PRICE FOR INSPIRATION FIRST
CHEAP TRICKS FASHION AND STYLE EXPERTS SHARE THEIR TOP MONEYSAVING TIPS By Janene Mascarella
WANT TO LOOK LIKE A MILLION WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK? WE SCORED TOP-NOTCH EXPERT SHOPPING SECRETS TO HELP YOU SAVE BEAUCOUP BUCKS ON YOUR FASHION AND STYLE BUDGET. AFTER ALL, “BARGAIN” IS THE NEW BLACK!
INVEST IN THE CLASSICS
“These days, it’s easy to find classics such as a trench coat, blazer, pencil skirt, white shirt, and sheath dress at affordable prices. Then you can experiment with current trends, like an off-the-shoulder blouse, lace-up sandal, fringe bag, some ethnic jewelry, or a Bohemian print skirt or pant without going out on a limb financially. I have a shadow career as a passionate bargain hunter. I do invest in quality when I find something beautifully made that I know I can wear for many years, but I absolutely love when I wear something I paid almost nothing for and people assume it cost a bundle! There are so many great options out there if you know what to look for.” Cindy Weber-Cleary, co-founder of Apprécier, a digital shopping destination with an expertly edited selection of the best clothing, accessories, and fashion trends. Apprecier.com
“I have plenty of friends who won’t even bother going into expensive stores because they think, “I can’t afford it, so why bother?” You should always bother! When you’re bargain hunting, whether it’s at an online outlet or a thrift store, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and give up, or to end up purchasing something you’d never wear because you were blinded by the deal. (I’ve been guilty of this more times than I’d like to admit!) Shopping full-priced items at higher-end places helps give you the knowledge you need to know what you’re looking for, how it should fit, and even some inspiration on how to style it. When you start seeing a high-end leopard mini skirt everywhere, don’t feel bad that you can’t afford it. Instead, decide you want to find one of those bad boys, and get looking!” Becky Freeman, blogger at FashionFoodFotos.com
GET ON THE PRESALE LIST
“Shopping a presale event, which happens right before an official sale starts, will always ensure the best selection of merchandise. If you don’t need the instant gratification of carrying a shopping bag out the door, a presale event is a great way to get the items you want at a discounted price. These are advertised quietly, so ask the salespeople at your favorite stores how you can get on the notification list. You’ll be able to make your selections and a salesperson will hold them, along with your credit card information. Once the sale officially begins, your card is charged, and you can then pick up your purchases (or have them sent directly to you, if it’s more convenient).”
HIT THE SAMPLE SALES
“New Yorkers are spoiled rotten with so many sample sales each week, and it’s a shame not to take advantage of them. I keep up with these by signing up to the newsletters of the showrooms themselves, namely 260 Sample Sale, and by checking RackedNY.com at the end of each month for the following month’s sale list. Also, if you can resist the urge, I always recommend going on the last two days of the sale when prices start getting slashed and all the stock comes out to be sold! The most recent sample sales I attended were Rebecca Minkoff, where I scored her Micro Moto Satchel for $60 bucks, and Bauble Bar — tons of statement earrings for $10!” Chelsea Henriquez, a New Yorkbased personal style and lifestyle blogger that has a knack for spotting bargains. ChelseaAsofLate.com
MASTER THE ART OF ACCESSORIZING
“Accessories are, in general, much more affordable than clothes and can lend some edge to your look. Invest in hats, cool sunglasses, statement jewelry, and statement shoes. The best sites for that are Target, Walmart, Forever 21, and Amazon. If I had to pick a hot trend for the fall, I would say furry handbags — especially since I’m a purse person. When it comes to shoes, sky-high platform boots will be a huge trend.” Sandy Bodeau, TV fashion expert for Univision’s Despierta America, founder of Sira&Mara Styling, and creative director of the personal style blog Style Pledge. StylePledge.com
David Zyla, Emmy Award-winning stylist and best-selling author of “Color Your Style” DavidZyla.com
BE A LOYAL CUSTOMER
SOCIALIZE FOR STEALS
“On Facebook and Instagram, make sure to like the store pages where you tend to shop. Oftentimes they’ll launch a “secret sale” that may only last an hour or so, and their followers are the first to hear about and take advantage of these deals.” Sara Skirboll, shopping and trends expert for RetailMeNot
“Join the loyalty programs for your favorite brands and retailers and use your number every time you shop. You can earn points, cash back, or discounts toward future purchases. In addition, many brands and retailers offer a free gift to celebrate your birthday. I’ve cashed in on free deluxe makeup samples, jewelry, and more! ”
T. Espinoza, creator and CEO at The Style Medic, a lifestyle blog that helps supermoms and fashionistas blur the lines between frugal and fabulous. TheStyleMedic.com BELLANYC.COM 37
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FASHION RX By Marcus Stewart
DEAR FASHION DOCTOR, Fall is here, and as a season of changes, I completely relate to it. I recently lost 50 pounds! Yes, I know this is a huge deal and most people would be screaming from the rooftop while wearing a supercute outfit showcasing their new figure. But for me, this is not the case. Losing weight feels amazing and is a huge accomplishment, no matter how much weight is lost. But what people rarely talk about is the confusion we can sometimes feel with our new bodies. For me, it’s been a roller coaster ride. I went from what I thought would be a “forever size 22” to a size 12. I was the queen of covering up and wearing baggy clothing. I love what I see in the mirror now, but I don’t know how to dress my new shape. I want to look strong, feminine, and sexy. I work in a corporate setting but time spent at work is not the bulk of my life. I’m also single and want to get out there and play the field again! Please help me. With love,
TREND MOCK TURTLENECK
Ellen Tracy Mock Neck Sheath Dress $140, LordAndTaylor.com This is the ideal dress for a day to night transition. The three-quarter length sleeves are perfect for the office yet so chic for a dinner date. This frock will be sure to accentuate your small waist and conceal the most common problem areas.
MUST-HAVE ITEM ANYTHING EMBROIDERED Kate Spade Mackenzie $425, KateSpade.com As the weather gets cooler, pair this frock with these knee-high leather boots for a warm and mod look. The heel is the perfect height for daytime cruising or nighttime boogying!
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Aquazzura Karlie Embroidered Suede Pump $825; ModaOperandi.com Nothing helps perk up a frock like a strappy, embroidered heel! This block heel is perfect for a comfortable daytime look, and can easily transition to nighttime.
Stephanie Kantis Striped 42in. Charcoal Plated Necklace $495, StephanieKantis.com The question at one time was earrings or a necklace? Not anymore! A woman does not have to choose between water or air, so why should she have to choose only one accessory to wear? This simple chain adds a bit of movement and flare to any look.
Stephanie Kantis Shore 24k Gold Plated Earrings $125, StephanieKantis.com Have fun with your jewels! Add this rectangular black onyx piece to the look to play into the overall mod vibe. Jewels should be fun, interesting, and rare.
DEAR FULLY FABULOUS,
What a courageous woman you are! I love your self-awareness and transparency about this very real issue. First, take the time to congratulate yourself on a job well done. Losing five pounds can be a struggle, and you lost 50! Let that accomplishment sink in, take time to look at yourself in the mirror, and simply smile. Congratulations, my friend! Ellen Tracy Wrap Coat with Fur Collar $680, Nordstrom.com This timeless wool coat with a statement fur collar will not only keep you warm as the seasons change, but it also flatters every size and shape.
Anytime your body goes through a physical change, the mind can get stuck in “what was” rather than “what is.” It’s normal. The key to overcoming this is to keep reminding yourself of what is. One thing to do to stay in the present is get rid of everything you wore when you were a size 22, 20, and even a 14. Get rid of the past so you have no choice but to walk toward the future. This will help you become more accepting of your new body and learn which silhouettes and styles work best for you. It takes practice and time, but it’s a fun and enjoyable journey. Embrace your new body and your sexy curves! Here’s a stylish prescription that will take the new you straight from the office to happy hour. Signed,
Kate Spade Pine Grove Way Luxe Alexya Bag $478, KateSpade.com Be bold! A handbag can make or break a look. This midsize, color-blocked satchel with leopard detail is the perfect statement bag for all your fall looks.
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COLOR VIVID RED TO DEEP BURGUNDY
ZanZan Erzulie Cat Eye Acetate Sunglasses, $385, ModaOperandi.com Who said that “matchy-matchy” is not cool? This season, it’s all about the match. Be daring! Add a bit of old Hollywood glamour to your look with these red, oversize cat eye frames.
Photo: Philip Fischetti
THE STYLE REPORTSTYLE PROFILE
THE KING OF SPLENDOR By Marcus Stewart
BORN IN ITALY INTO A FAMILY FIRMLY SITUATED IN FASHION AND CRAFTSMANSHIP, DOMENICO VACCA WAS GROOMED TO BECOME A MAN OF LUXURY. IN THE 1940S, HIS GRANDMOTHER HAD A FASHION HOUSE IN HIS HOMETOWN OF ANDRIA, LOCATED IN THE PUGLIA REGION OF THE SOUTH OF ITALY. IT’S HERE THAT VACCA WOULD WATCH HER DESIGN AND MAKE BEAUTIFUL DRESSES FOR WOMEN. 40 THE FASHION ISSUE
These early experiences of up close and personal craftsmanship, paired with a growing understanding of true luxury, have helped cultivate the world renowned designer’s vision for his eponymous brand and his own fashion house that encompasses a 10-story building off Fifth Avenue. A recent $20 million overhaul includes men’s and women’s retail, fragrance, tableware, home goods, a bespoke atelier, an Italian espresso bar and cafe, barber shop, beauty salon, rooftop terrace, art gallery, private members-only club, and 30 long-term-stay furnished residential units designed by Vacca himself. Vacca has long been known as an expert in luxury Italian tailoring for both men and women and has outfitted some of the biggest stars in Hollywood for both red carpet and on-camera roles, among them Jeremy Piven’s suits for “Entourage,” Glenn Close in “Damages,” and Denzel Washington in “American Gangster.” Some of his regular clientele include Arianna Huffington, Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Piven, Maxwell, Mickey Rourke, and Ivana Trump. The launch of his new flagship location on Fifth Avenue has taken Vacca from celebrity designer to complete lifestyle
brand, with a concept he calls “casual luxury” aimed at reviving in-store retail with a completely sensory experience. BELLA got the inside scoop on this huge undertaking — listen in to hear Vacca’s take on luxury and the state of design… What was your inspiration was for this project, and how did this all happen? Were you aware of how big of a project this would be? Yes, we are perfectly conscious about this. I only take on projects when I feel comfortable and clear about what I want to do. I’m at the point in my life where I want and could do exactly what I am passionate about, so I did. I have the best team in place and my job is to give them confidence so they can do their jobs. It all started with the DV brand, of course. I love clothes, and my father was one the best-dressed men in South Italy, so style and fashion have always been there. The brand organically grew over the years and I saw a void … I saw a change in what my customers wanted and expected, so I decided to create it. Now, the brand has gone above and beyond the clothes. We aren’t just a boutique; we will have a salon, café, art gallery, and a members-only club. It’s a full lifestyle house.
Were you very hands-on in the design and layout process? I was involved in every detail of the house, from the layout, furniture, crystal paint, and Italian leather chairs. I design everything, which makes it a very personal and special project that I hope everyone will enjoy. This place is huge but it still feels peaceful and intimate. How long did it take you to design the floor plan so that your clients can experience that same feeling? It took me two months to design the floor plan because I wanted everything to make sense. The models can go upstairs and have hair and make-up done, downstairs to get dressed, into the club to do the runway show for editorials, and then outside to the beautiful terrace to shoot for the lookbook. Then the customers can go downstairs and shop. It’s a full-service, vertical-run business.
THE NEW BLACK IS NOT A COLOR, THE NEW BLACK IS QUALITY.”
You are synonymous with luxury clothing, but a members-only club and a residence? What was your exact inspiration for incorporating this into your space? I like hotels; I live nine months out of the year in them, so I have always thought it would be great to create a living space — something that is very intimate and beautiful. Then when you go out every night for meetings, dinners, and so on, you get tired of the typical nightclub or social house experience. I thought about my clients. If you’re 30+ and want to be social, you don’t want to deal with the promoters and the door. Sometimes the clubs don’t understand these are the guys you should treat well. Not only do they spend very well, but they are also repeat customers and very loyal. I wanted to create something that’s very intimate for this [clientele], where they can feel at home. Here you can text and say you’re coming, and once you arrive we will say “I was waiting for you.” We will know what you like to drink, your table will be set up to your liking instead of the usual, “Are you a member, let us see your member ID?” That is not what the customer wants; that is not true luxury. You also have an amazing, separate fullservice salon for both men and women and your own product line. How has it been managing this new addition of beauty to your clothing empire? It’s like doing a movie (laughs), and since we outfit a lot of movie stars I know a little bit about what goes into that process. The simple answer is you take it step by step. We do one thing at a time and when we are done with that step, we take a step back and see how it fits in with the overall brand and that’s how it goes. Either it works or we rework it so that it will work. We take no short cuts. For our beauty products we use no harsh chemicals and nothing is tested on animals. For me, it’s very important that everything be organic. The same is true with the food offerings you will find here.
Lets talk a bit about fashion, specifically suiting. You’ve been doing custom bespoke forever. Recently there has been a huge spike in these bespoke companies popping up. From someone with a fashion degree and 10 years+ of experience, these places aren’t truly offering bespoke … what are your thoughts? Not only is it not bespoke, but the quality and skillset are not there. People think now they can have a bespoke suit done by hand for $500 and the delivery date will be the next morning. If you know where this is possible, let me know and I will buy (laughter). It’s simply not possible. My point is some people do not realize the difference. All consumers are not educated, so this is what happens. It has not changed our business because it’s a different client, but I understand how this is not a good thing for the menswear business as a whole. Let’s talk about the future of style and fashion. What are your words of advice for young designers? In order to be a designer you have to have a very strong point of view, whatever it is. Now you can cultivate that by going to school. But if you don’t have anything that can set you apart, you’re going to blend in too much. Your clothes have to be sellable. Your point of view has to make sense. You want to see people wearing your clothes — this is the reward.
You have to be 80 percent artist, 20 percent business-minded. You want to position yourself to create something timeless. I designed a bag 15 years ago; I loved it and everyone did. It’s called the “Julie” and we are still selling it today — it’s a classic. Develop things that go beyond a collection; collections are just for the season. You want to go beyond the seasons. What’s next for you? We have lots in the works. We have an offer to now create this same idea in Mexico City, London, and Dubai. This is the new way to do retail. As a designer I like to be able to do this and create a wide range of experiences for our clients. A creative mind doesn’t want to stop. Why limit yourself? Being in the creative field today is great because you can express yourself in many, many ways! This is truly exciting. B
THE STYLE REPORTTHE PERFECT FIT FALLING FOR OUTERWEAR THE COOLER AIR HAS ARRIVED AND THE TIME HAS COME TO FIND THE PERFECT FALL JACKET OR COAT. THIS SEASON WE’RE SEEING OUTERWEAR TRENDS OF ALL VARIETIES, FROM PERFECT PUFFERS TO PATCHWORK VESTS. THERE IS TRULY SOMETHING FABULOUS FOR EVERY PERSON’S LIFESTYLE AND FASHION PREFERENCE. IT’S ALMOST LIKE A CONSOLATION PRIZE FOR HAVING TO SAY GOODBYE TO SUMMER, THE BEACHES, AND BBQS. BUT IF GETTING TO ENJOY COZY AND CHIC PIECES LIKE THESE IS MOTHER NATURE’S WAY OF MAKING UP FOR THE DROP IN TEMPS, THEN WE SAY BRING ON FALL!
Shearlings are back and better than ever, and this sheepskin-lined biker jacket by Kate Spade is a timeless piece with a little edge. $1698, KateSpade.com
Put the “fun” in functional and try one of this season’s pretty puffers. This olive green, fur-trimmed number by Tatras offers style without compromising comfort. Price available upon request, Tatras.it
By Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan
Mad for Military
Want to look sophisticated and powerful this fall? Who doesn’t?! This military-inspired coat by Oasis is the perfect topper for the modern girl on the go. $170, Oasis-Stores.com
Style Me Suede
With 70s-inspired apparel on the hot list for fall, this camel-colored suede trench by Camilla is as groovy as it gets. $1300, Camilla.com.au
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Not just for covering up holes on jeans anymore, patchwork is everywhere this season, and this colorful fur vest by Pologeorgis reworks an old trend in a fresh new way. Price available upon request, Pologeorgis.com
Way beyond your typical LBJ (little black jacket) comes this supple leather blazer by Karigam, which gives off a professional vibe with a cool attitude. $2775, Karigam.com
A fashion favorite for the past few fall seasons, the cape is back on trend for fall 2016. Snuggle up in this cozy and chic wool piece with fur trim and bow detail by Ellen Tracy. $300, LordAndTaylor.com
Nach Bijoux Multi Black Leopards Head Necklace $326.40, NachBijoux.com
Oasis Faux Leopard Print With Belted Waist $170; Oasis-Stores.com
Invested in Vests
If you want to invest in a quality piece this autumn, opt for a long shearling vest like this LK Bennett showstopper. Wear it casually with jeans or over a dress for a fancy date night. Either way, you’ll make a statement! $1495, LKBennett.com
Model Photo: fashionwirepress.com
Pretty in Plaid
It almost never goes out of style, so why not invest in a classic plaid coat like this fur collar, chunky plaid coat from Kate Spade? With its feminine silhouette, this wardrobe staple will be your go-to piece for fall. $1098, KateSpade.com
THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG AND THIS SEASON’S DESIGNERS WERE SPOT ON IN GIVING US JUST WHAT WE PURR FOR. THE RUNWAYS WERE FULL OF LEOPARD-PRINTED FROCKS THIS FALL FROM RETRO AT HOUSE OF HOLLAND TO BOHEMIAN SPOTS AT SONIA RYKIEL. HAVE A LOOK AT HOW YOU CAN FEED YOUR INNER FASHION FELINE DESIRES.
Christian Louboutin Leopard-Print Satin Pumps $695, SaksFifthAvenue.com
By Marcus Stewart Givenchy FW16 Paris
Vince Camuto Becca Cross Body $268, VinceCamuto.com L.K.Bennett The Robbie Natural Leopard Short Boot $595; us.LKBennett.com
Roberto Cavalli Oversized Square Leopard Sunglasses $385, SaksFifthAvenue.com
Ann Taylor Leopard Hair Calf Belt $55, AnnTaylor.com
THE STYLE REPORTTHE NEW YORK LOOK
WHAT NEW YORK'S MOST FASHIONABLE ARE WEARING Photos by Denton Taylor
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all eyes on
HENRY Photographer: Antoine Verglas Stylist: Kiki Ingersoll Makeup and Hair: Patrick Ta, The Wall Group
Plaid Jacket: Faith Connexion Paris Jeans: Citizens of Humanity Sandals: Marion Parke
Glam girl Maya Henry gained overnight celeb status and tens of thousands of Instagram followers after her $6M star-studded Quinceañera party, featuring live performances by Pitbull and Nick Jonas, went viral this year. We’re shining a light on this up-and-coming teen model and fashionista. BRIGHT FUTURE She’s been called “The World’s Luckiest Teenager” but Maya Henry is leaving nothing to chance when it comes to her future. She juggles her studies as a student with playing in national tennis tournaments (she’s a regular on the Texas Championship Tennis circuit) and making appearances at Hillary Clinton fundraisers from coast to coast. She has appeared in specials for “Inside Edition,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” and “Rich Kids of Instagram.” Her modeling career is also taking off; she has been photographed by highfashion photographers Vincent Peters and Antoine Verglas and has been featured in fashion spreads for major publications.
TRENDSETTER Jet setting from photo shoots in NYC to dinner at George Clooney’s house in L.A. is a typical weekend for this trendsetting teen, who has more than 42,000 Instagram followers. She has effectively immersed herself in the high-fashion world of celebrities, politicians, and movie stars, and attends the trendiest parties, premieres, and concerts alongside Hollywood’s elite. Viva LA has called Maya “the epitome of what it means to be a young and rich Latino in today’s world.”
Follow Maya’s jet setting journey on Instagram @Maya_Henry.
Sweatshirt and Jeans: Citizens of Humanity Sneakers: Vivienne Tam
Denim Wrap Dress: Milly Earrings: Lionette
Turtleneck: H&M Dress: Daniel Silverstein Beanie: Topshop
U PTOW N GIR L PHOTOGRAPHY: KELLY FAJACK @KELLYFAJACK STYLIST: BRITTANY HART @BHART HAIR AND MAKEUP: BARBARA YNIGUEZ @BARBARAWHODOESMAKEUP MODEL: POLINA @POLLLINA WITH INDUSTRY MODELS
Vest: Daniel Silverstein Top and Skirt: Ann Taylor
Dress: Erika Cavallini Coat: Few Moda Beanie and Socks: Topshop Booties: Greymer
Top, Shorts, and Jacket: Vassallo
Sweater: Elisabetta Franchi Faux Fur Jacket and Pants: Ann Taylor
Turtleneck: H&M Vest and Jeans: Elisabetta Franchi Hat: KIN/K
Top: Zara Pants: Vassallo Beanie: Topshop Heels: Tamar Backpack: Prada
BeautyScene THE GAME CHANGERS By Janene Mascarella
AUTUMN IS THE SEASON OF CHANGE, SO NOW’S THE TIME TO REVAMP YOUR ROUTINE AND REVOLUTIONIZE THE WAY YOU…
Clear Your Complexion The Magic Pads $19.95, TheMagicPads.com
Alpessence Moisturizing Refining Mask $109, Alpessence.com
Fight the Signs of Aging
Baby Quasar PLUS $399, BabyQuasar.com
Bioderma Sensibio H20 $11.95, Beautylish.com
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Jay Manuel Beauty Photo Illusion Concealer $36, JayManuelBeauty.com
Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream $26.50, Sephora.com
Get Your Beauty Sleep Slipsilk Sleep Mask $40, Net-a-Porter.com
Touch Up Your Roots
Madison Reed Root Touch Up Compact $29.99, Sephora.com, QVC.com
Style Your Hair
Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Volumizing Hair Spray $17.95, SexyHair.com
Hydrate and Heal Skin
Skin Inc Pure Serum Mist $55, IloveSkinInc.com
Eve Lom Advanced Brightening Serum $150, Barney’s
Decorté Vi-Fusion Essence Micro-Treatment Fluid Serum $180, DecorteCosmetics.com
BEAUTY SCENE TRENDING THE TOP 3 TRENDING PROCEDURES FOR FALL AS FALL APPROACHES, PEOPLE ARE NOT ONLY CHANGING THEIR WARDROBE, BUT THEIR OVERALL LOOK AS WELL TO GET READY FOR THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS. THOSE GETTING COSMETIC PRODUCES ARE ADVISED TO AVOID OVEREXPOSURE TO THE INTENSE SUMMER SUN TO PREVENT SCARRING, MAKING FALL AN IDEAL TIME. THE COOLER WEATHER ALSO MEANS FASHION CONSISTS OF LONGER SLEEVES AND PANTS, WHICH CAN HIDE MORE INVASIVE PROCEDURES IN A DISCREET MANNER. HERE ARE THE TOP THREE TRENDING PROCEDURES FOR FALL 2016. By Xiomi Frans-Cuber
Cellfina for Cellulite
Most women have cellulite, and unfortunately, genetics and anatomy are to blame. Until recently, the only way to reduce cellulite was with massage therapy. The results of massage therapy have varied, and women have only seen a 10-15 percent improvement in their affected areas. Until now. Cellfina is a new procedure approved by the FDA that promises to improve the lumps and bumps associated with cellulite. Cellfina achieves its results by releasing fibrous bands that pull on the skin from below the fat. This leads to a flatter skin surface, thus minimizing cellulite. Treatments are about an hour, but in order to maximize your results, you must be within 10 pounds of your normal body weight. Although there is no downtime, a substantial amount of bruising results due to the fine needles used in the procedure. Due to the bruising, this would be a great procedure to schedule in the fall. Because the results are seen over time, by the time next summer arrives, you will have nearly diminished your cellulite. Your new look will be just in time for those short skirts and swimsuits!
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Ultrasound Therapy for Acne
Ulthera, which is commonly used for skin tightening, works by giving off heat to the skin while tightening the tissue. After using Ulthera for skin laxity, it was discovered that it also worked to reduce acne. This off-label benefit of Ulthera goes straight to work on the oily sebaceous glands in the face by delivering heat that not only tightens your skin, but also works to minimize and eradicate the sebaceous glands. As a result you produce less oil, leading to fewer breakouts.
Fillers and Botox are not just for frown lines and wrinkles. Products such as Restalyne are now being used for patients who are unhappy with the shape or position of their nose. While it can’t change the size of the nose, the use of injecting fillers can dramatically improve the appearance of your nose with practically no downtime. In addition, if you do not have enough cartilage for a traditional rhinoplasty, or are unhappy with your nasal tip, this is the procedure is for you.
Due to the downtime associated with Ulthera, it is best to have this procedure in the fall, because it’s necessary to stay out of direct sunlight for a few days. You’ll not only have clearer, healthier skin, but you’ll also reap the benefits of achieving Ulthera’s skin-lifting effects.
MOST WOMEN HAVE CELLULITE, AND UNFORTUNATELY, GENETICS AND ANATOMY ARE TO BLAME.”
XIOMI FRANS-CUBER IS A CELEBRITY AESTHETIC/ PLASTIC SURGERY NURSE (BSN, CNO) AND DERMATOLOGY EXPERT, WHO APPEARED ON CYCLE 2 OF “AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL.” SHE IS ALSO A HEALTH, BEAUTY, WELLNESS, AND LIFESTYLE EXPERT AND THE FOUNDER OF “DON’T EVER SAY NEVER,” A WEBSITE AIMED AT EMPOWERING WOMAN. DONTEVERSAYNEVER.COM
BEAUTY SCENE CELEBRITY BEAUTY SECRETS
DECLEOR Rose D’Orient Soothing Oil Serum $73, DecleorUSA.com
WE’VE GOT THE GOODS ON FOUR CELEBRITY FAVES THAT ARE SO WORTH THE SPLURGE! By Janene Mascarella
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Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant $36, TrilogyProducts.com
Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial Oil $27.95, ManukaDoctor.com
Privai Anti-Aging Face & Body Oil $54, Privai.com
BEAUTY SCENE ON MY VANITY ALISON SWEENEY Actress, author, producer, and television host Alison Sweeney really does it all, and we can’t help but wonder how she always looks so incredibly radiant. Currently starring and executive-producing the “Murder She Baked” franchise of TV movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, we asked Sweeney to confess her best-kept secrets.
SANTA MARIA NOVELLA BAR OF SOAP
“It makes me want to wash my hands! Price upon request, Buy.Smnovella.com
GUCCI GUILTY FOR WOMEN “I feel like I’m pampering myself with each spray.” $99, Perfumania.com
IT BRUSHES FOR ULTA
ARM & HAMMER TRULY RADIANT TOOTHPASTE
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“There is something so satisfying in starting my day with this product’s clean and fresh feeling when brushing my teeth.” $3.49, TrulyRadiant.com
Photo Credit: Tom Rafalovich
“I’ve spent my career trying different products in the makeup chair and these brushes are by far the best!” $13-$40, Ulta.com/ itbrushesforulta
Check out Alison’s latest novel “Opportunity Knocks,” the story of a struggling make-up artist who lands her big Hollywood break, available now.
A BEAUTIFUL SMILE IS IN YOUR FUTURE PROSTHODONTICS • IMPLANTS • AESTHETIC & RESTORATION DENTISTRY
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A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN THE STRUGGLE IS REAL WHEN IT COMES TO FINDING THE PERFECT FOUNDATION. SO MANY OPTIONS OUT THERE OFTEN LEAVE US WITH A DRAWER FULL OF USELESS PRODUCTS THAT GO UNTOUCHED. LET’S NARROW THINGS DOWN SO YOU CAN FINALLY MEET YOUR MATCH! By Rachel Paul
START BY DETERMINING YOUR EXACT NEEDS: OCCASION
Will you be wearing this foundation only during the evening? For work? Running weekend errands? It is OK to own multiple foundations (often known as a “foundation wardrobe”), as long as they serve different purposes. You wouldn’t wear a cocktail dress to buy your groceries, would you?
If you have good skin with a bit of redness in the T-zone, sheer coverage is for you. BB cream, CC cream, or a tinted moisturizer would be a great option. If you have some blemishes and an uneven complexion, you should opt for a medium coverage foundation. Full coverage is best for problem skin or when you want to look extra polished for a special event.
ONCE YOU FIND A FOUNDATION THAT SATISFIES THE REQUIREMENTS OF YOUR DESIRED OCCASION, COVERAGE, AND FINISH, YOU CANNOT GO WRONG. STILL HAVING A HARD TIME DECIDING? ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS TO NARROW IT DOWN EVEN FURTHER:
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WOULD YOU LIKE SPF IN YOUR FOUNDATION? WHAT PACKAGING IS BEST FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE (PUMP, COMPACT, TUBE, JAR, ETC.)? DO YOU NEED A LONGWEARING FOUNDATION? WHAT TEXTURE DO YOU PREFER (LIQUID, POWDER, CREAM, MOUSSE, CUSHION, STICK, OIL, ETC.)? WOULD YOU LIKE TREATMENT IN YOUR FOUNDATION (LIFTING, BRIGHTENING, FIRMING, ANTI-AGING, ETC.)?
At this point, you should have your sights set on one formula. This means you have arrived at the last, and sometimes most difficult step: choosing your shade. Simply look at the color range and pick up a color that you think is best along with one shade lighter and one shade darker. Then use a Q-Tip or your finger to place three stripes on your jaw line. The one that seems to disappear into your skin is the lucky winner.
Are you searching for that “J-Lo glow,” or do you prefer a matte finish? A luminous finish will smooth and hydrate dry skin and blur out fine lines. If you find yourself touching up with powder all day, go for a matte finish, which will cut down on your powder breaks by keeping excess oil at bay.
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IT IS OK TO OWN MULTIPLE FOUNDATIONS (OFTEN KNOWN AS A “FOUNDATION WARDROBE”), AS LONG AS THEY SERVE DIFFERENT PURPOSES.”
GO FLAWLESS THIS FALL BEAUTY DIRECTOR JANENE MASCARELLA SHARES HER FIVE FAVORITE WAYS TO LOOK LUMINOUS:
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Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation Illuminator in Sheer Pink $39, Sephora.com
Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint $55, Sephora
Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe $125, NeimanMarcus.com
BEAUTY SCENE AUTUMN’S MUST-HAVE LUXURIES WHAT’S ON YOUR FALL BEAUTY WISH-LIST? HERE ARE FOUR WAYS TO GET GORGEOUS… By Dara Kaplan
Correct The change of season can irritate and cause your
skin major anxiety. Lucky for you, The Blue Cocoon has you covered (literally!). This powerful product contains a natural antihistamine, Blue Tansy, which works deep down to the source to calm your skin by fighting impurities like eczema, breakouts, redness, and inflammation. A peasized amount works for a variety of skin types, sending a beautifully-scented blast of cooling relief to your problem area that works over time to prevent your skin from reacting to irritants. $160, MayLindstrom.com
Recalibrate Have you been searching for an all-natural, drug-free way to achieve multiple
health benefits? If so, Halotherapy may be the right fit for you. Each session at Breathe Salt Room places guests in an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere, while their advanced halogenerator goes to work grinding Himalayan salt crystals into breathable micro-particles. Since this process is completely organic and drug-free, it only yields positive health benefits. It works while it detoxifies to promote better breathing, sounder sleep, and glowing skin, while eliminating allergies and enhancing your physical fitness. Spending a session in this serene environment will also improve your mental health, leaving you feeling simply relaxed and stress-free. $35/per session, BreatheSaltRooms.com
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Indulge Enjoy an array of cutting-edge spa services at the Guerlain Spa in New York City, where each
unique and personal experience is designed to pamper and transform. Each treatment begins with a systematic analysis and precise skin diagnosis to reveal your specific beauty and well-being profile so that your treatment can be tailored to your needs and expectations. If you’re seeking an anti-aging beauty massage technique, you’ll want to experience the exclusive Guerlain Signature Facial massage. This facial incorporates an active skincare concentrate, microdermabrasion, and a hydrating mask to complete this deep-cleansing facial therapy. The ultimate 80-minute revival allows you to achieve a youthful and supple complexion. $300, GuerlainSpas.com
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home facial that makes your stubborn skin feel like you just stepped out of the spa? The Problem Solver does all this and more thanks to its powder-to-mousse formula that works in a short 45 minutes to detoxify your skin while fighting blemishes and dehydration. It also works deep to cleanse and tighten your pores, and increase your skin’s circulation. Even better, it infuses your skin with antioxidants from raw cacao, heals with bamboo charcoal, and warms with a blend of exotic spices. The end result will leave you with luxurious, smooth skin. $90, MayLindstrom.com
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CHAZ DEAN’S PASSION: TAMING TRESSES IN A SOOTHING SPACE By Kristen Fischer
TIME AT THE SALON IS TIME WELL SPENT, NO MATTER WHERE THE SALON IS. FOR VISITORS TO THE CHAZ DEAN STUDIO IN HOLLYWOOD, IT’S A SERENE SPACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN TRANSFORM THEIR LOOK AND UNWIND AT THE SAME TIME. THERE ARE LUSH GARDENS OUTSIDE, WHILE THE INTERIOR BOASTS CLEAN LINES, PLUSH COUCHES, AND SIMPLE-YET-STUNNING DÉCOR.
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The three bungalows that comprise the salon offer a relaxing respite from the bustling city — a soothing sanctuary, if you will. Dean, the mastermind behind the WEN Hair and Body Care By Chaz Dean line, made sure his salon was more than a space to get a makeover. “My salon represents everything WEN is about — natural, tranquil, calming,” Dean says. “The salon is a loving environment, and I created WEN so people everywhere could love their hair in its most natural state.” And Dean is no stranger to television. In addition to infomercials for WEN, he has been featured in a few episodes
of Bravo’s “Flipping Out.” On that show, famed (and famously cray-cray) designer Jeff Lewis helped put finishing touches into his salon and office space.
Realizing a Dream
Aesthetics are everything to Dean, whether that means the soft neutral tones in his salons or attaining the perfect shades of lowlights. He was born in Vermont and later adopted, and was raised in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California. From an early age, he enjoyed watching his grandmother work with fabrics and his grandfather craft furniture. In high school, Dean fell in love with taking photos, which “instantly propelled” him into appreciating makeup and hair.
line continues to flourish. Dean has come a long way since WEN’s first product, the Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner, came out in 1999. The line now includes a full range of styling products, body cleansers, lotions, and eau de perfumes, in addition to seasonal collections. Dean takes a hands-on approach to WEN, and admits that he browses social media for comments and suggestions. That has helped him define what products customers want to see in the future.
I USE MY PLATFORM TO HELP OTHERS AND HOPE TO BE AN INSPIRATION FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR MOTIVATION IN ACHIEVING THEIR DREAMS
Most recently, he launched the WEN Restorative Texturizing Treatment Spray. “This product is different from anything out there right now. It can be used on wet or dry hair to create the much desired beachy wave without drying out your hair.”
Glam and Grounded
When he’s not working, Dean enjoys spending time with his four Labradors — Hunter, Spencer, Bella Moon, and Riley June — or working out. He also likes to visit farmers’ markets and cook. And if a fan stops to ask how many pumps of WEN they should use (or even how crazy Lewis is), he’s always happy to answer. As much as he loves his work, time away from it makes him a better businessman, too. “Many times I find inspiration for upcoming projects while I’m out in nature or running everyday errands,” he adds.
“As a photographer, I could explain to a stylist what I envisioned and what the model should look like, but I was never satisfied with how the look came out,” he says. He later attended cosmetology school to perfect the images of styles and cuts he saw in his mind. To this day, he is the one taking photos for his salon and product labels.
Dean’s salon was originally located in Bel-Air and moved to its current location in 1993. Since then, he has become a well-known leader in the beauty industry. Dean still spends a few days a week directly with clients in the salon. “My salon is my passion, and I love to spend as much time as possible there.” The rest of his time is spent with his product development team as the WEN
Life is hectic for Dean, as he balances the demands of running his salon and product line, along with appearances and home renovations. Staying centered and humble has been key to managing all of his obligations. “I use my platform to help others and hope to be an inspiration for those looking for motivation in achieving their dreams,” he says. “As someone who worked and fought hard to build what I have now, I know my journey was tough but well worth it. B
FIRST LIGHT Photographer: Matt Monath Makeup Artist: Brian Dean Hair: Jillian Halouska Fashion Director: Marcus Stewart Fashion Stylist: Shay Dixon Model: Kiersten at RE:Quest Photo Assistants: Alex Greene, Chelsea Fausel, Matthew James Ortiz Shot at Attic Studios
Top and Jacket: Manfredonia NY Skirt: Christian Siriano Earrings and Cocktail Ring: Laruicci Ring: Devotion Diamonds
Top: Georgine Pants: Manfredonia NY Hat: Graham Tyler Earrings: Qiyada Ring: Laruicci
Jacket: Christian Siriano Earrings: Harrison Morgan Pearl Ring: Qiyada Cocktail and Band Ring: Laruicci Bracelet: Devotion Diamonds
Top: Christian Siriano Pants: BreeLayne Jacket: Manfredonia NY Shoes: Dorothy Perkins Ring: Devotion Diamonds
Dress and Jacket: Christian Siriano Earrings: Devotion Diamonds Necklace, Ring, and Bracelets: Laruicci
THE NEW YORK LIFE AN IN-DEPTH CONVERSATION WITH REAL ESTATE BROKER GREGORY M. ROACHE By Alexandra Anastasio
MOST PEOPLE WILL TELL YOU THAT ONE OF THE THINGS THEY LOVE MOST ABOUT NEW YORK CITY IS THE ENERGY THE CITY RADIATES AND THE UNENDING POSSIBILITIES OF CULTURE AND EXPERIENCES IT HAS TO OFFER AT ALL HOURS. AND WHILE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TOURISTS PASS THROUGH NYC STREETS EVERY DAY, THE RESIDENTS WHO LIVE HERE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE THESE OPPORTUNITIES RIGHT AT THEIR FINGERTIPS.
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For Gregory M. Roache, real estate broker and father of four, living in NYC was something he envisioned since childhood. Trips with his mother into the city’s Garment District in the early 1980s left him intrigued by its pace and energy. “Ever since I was a kid I loved the city,” says Roache. “I knew back then that I wanted to run my own business and live here when I got older.” The youngest of five children, Roache grew up in River Edge, NJ. At just 14 years old, the future broker started his own landscaping company – Greg’s Lawn Service – and after one year amassed more than 30 properties in town as clients. “This was my first taste at running my own business and I absolutely loved it,” he says. Watching both his father and his brother start their own businesses, which would later grow into larger companies, lit the fire inside Roache to do the same. As he worked his way up in the real estate industry, first with rentals and then cooperative and condo sales, he landed a job with the prestigious real estate firm of Brown Harris Stevens in 2000, a position he says was a “dream come true.” The decision to join the company turned out to be one of the best Roache has made both professionally and personally. A year and a half later, he met his wife, Emily, who worked at the firm; together they decided to sell real estate as a team. “We made a pact to each other that we were going to be successful,” he says. BELLA sat down with Roache, one of the most sought-after brokers in the industry, to talk about his life and career, and why he thinks the Big Apple is one of the best cities in the world. What is it about the real estate business you enjoy most? The satisfaction that comes from people [both buyers and sellers] entrusting me and looking for my guidance in the most important decision and often their most significant investment. I enjoy the process of listening to buyers and spending time with them to understand what they’re looking for in a home and guiding them to the right buildings. Approaching 20 years in the business of finding homes for New Yorkers, there are very few buildings that I have not been inside.
The best compliment is when buyers tell me that I’m not like any other broker they’ve met and they don’t feel any sales pressure. For me, I have my own business and I am focused on building relationships, not trying to make a quick sale. What qualities do you think are necessary to be a successful broker in NYC? Someone once told me very early on in my career, “If you’re afraid of wasting time, you’re in the wrong business.” I feel in this business one needs to be ready and willing to take risks and be resilient when you hear “no” from time to time. Along with all of the positivity and satisfaction that I enjoy in working with buyers and sellers, there are plenty of times for one reason or another things don’t work out, oftentimes in the 11th hour of the process. Now in hindsight I realize that nothing is a waste of time; every relationship is important, even the ones that don’t result in a sale.
I FEEL IN THIS BUSINESS ONE NEEDS TO BE READY AND WILLING TO TAKE RISKS AND BE RESILIENT WHEN YOU HEAR “NO” FROM TIME TO TIME.”
Which neighborhoods are in high demand these days? Which is your personal favorite? There’s been a big shift from Upper East Side and Upper West Side to Downtown Manhattan. A surge in new construction downtown has led to several great new schools and more beautiful, polished neighborhoods that uptown folks would not have considered five to 10 years ago. Harlem is my personal favorite. Since we are growing out of our apartment on Central Park West in the 100s, we are looking for a new apartment in that neighborhood. Harlem is such an incredibly beautiful part of town. The architecture and the building inventory consist mostly of brownstones and shorter buildings, which lend themselves to much less congestion and brighter living spaces. To date, what is the most extravagant home you have listed, and what made it so special? I am proud to say that I have sold in every neighborhood of Manhattan, from a small onebedroom to elaborate homes in excess of $20 million. One of my personal favorites is a fourbedroom that I have currently listed at Manhattan House. This home, designed by the brilliant Nina Seirafi, is one of the most aesthetically pleasing and incredibly spacious homes I have listed.
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How would you describe the quintessential New Yorker? New Yorkers are caring people who keep to themselves but are there for you when you need them. They have an innate and effortless sense of style that is only New York. I know I am biased, but I really feel my four kids are great examples of quintessential New Yorkers.
I KNOW I AM BIASED, BUT I REALLY FEEL MY FOUR KIDS ARE GREAT EXAMPLES OF QUINTESSENTIAL NEW YORKERS.”
For example, every morning during the school year we take the C train on our way to the boys’ school, and as we get off at Columbus Circle, my 9-year old son Giles heads straight for the singer/piano player to say hello. At least once a week he drops his own dollar in the jar. It’s always interesting to watch their faces as we pass by the more interesting characters. From my 12-year-old Liam down to my 4-year old Slane, they don’t bat an eyelash. It is a live-and-let-live mentality rather than simply being desensitized by the sometimes chaotic surroundings. As a father of four young children, what led you to choose city life over the suburbs? What do you think the benefits are to raising your family in NYC? I have always wanted my children to be exposed to things at a young age that I don’t feel could be as feasible anywhere but here. For the obvious reasons, within several miles of our front door we have the culture and diversity of the entire world. The city life provides a safe level of autonomy for my children, which is such an important part of growing up. Since my business is based in Manhattan, my wife and I made the decision early on to sacrifice space for a quick commute home. The best piece of advice you’ve received? It would be from my older brother Kevin – to take risks. In running my business, this advice has proven to be golden on countless occasions. Personally, I feel that taking risks and taking the harder road go hand in hand. What I’ve learned is that when faced with a decision, the more difficult path is most often the better one. To quote Malcolm Forbes: “Failure is success if we learn from it.” I think this applies to every area of life and business. As a New Yorker, what are some of your favorite things to see and do? Like many New Yorkers, Emily and I have a love/hate relationship with running that we’re passing along to our children. Another favorite is eating. We love Upstate in the East Village for oysters and beer and frequent Josh Capon’s El Toro Blanco for the best margaritas and Mexican street corn in NYC. The Cecil in Harlem has the most amazing Afro-Asian fare and I feel like New Wonjo on 32nd Street is our second home; hands down it’s the best Korean BBQ (charcoal) restaurant in the city. In your opinion, why is New York City the best city in the world to live in? There is a strange pull that New York has – no matter where we go for vacation and however beautiful that place may be, we are always happy to come home. B
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NEW YORK SPOTLIGHT
TALENT COMES IN TWOS
Kelli Barrett and Jarrod Spector possess a special artistry and chemistry that captivate an audience. With their engaging personas and playful banter between songs, they light up a room ever so easily.
“THESE ARE TWO OF TODAY’S MOST TALENTED AND APPEALING ENTERTAINERS,” WAS THE CONSENSUS OF EVERYONE WHO SHARED OUR TABLE AT FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, A CABARET-STYLE SUPPER CLUB IN NEW YORK CITY’S THEATER DISTRICT.
The Broadway stars, who tied the knot in 2014, have taken their original act, “This Is Dedicated: Music’s Greatest Marriages,” to venues throughout the New York region. A poignant and often hilarious musical they co-wrote, the show treats the audience to a very enjoyable evening of musical nostalgia.
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Directed by Eric Michael Gillett, with music direction by Adam Ben-David and backed by a team of seven musicians, the show highlights Barrett’s and Spector’s endless energy. They will be back by popular demand at Feinstein’s on November 1-5 this fall to premier a brand new show. “We were always talking about doing
a show together and this concept of the music of husband and wife teams was a natural fit,” says Spector. When performing together, they will rehearse whenever possible at their apartment in Harlem as well as at other venues. They wrote part of “This is Dedicated” while riding in the car to the Jersey Shore. “While we don’t break out in spontaneous song at home, we do sing together quite often,” adds Barrett. “We have the opportunity to rehearse together whenever we want, so that helps the creative process, which at times can be all-consuming.” Despite having starred on Broadway’s biggest stages, both agree that smaller venues give them a personal rapport with the audience that is hard to duplicate at larger theaters. “It’s very intimate being so close to the
audience,” explains Barrett. “Also, we have complete control over our own shows and that’s truly satisfying from an artist’s perspective.” Both Barrett and Spector are blessed with powerful, melodic voices that can produce one magical moment after another. With her striking looks and easy smile, Barrett’s onstage presence complements Spector’s innate charm and palpable charisma.
WHILE WE DON’T BREAK OUT IN SPONTANEOUS SONG AT HOME, WE DO SING TOGETHER QUITE OFTEN.”
They take the responsibilities that come with performing on Broadway and other venues very seriously, and always try to honor their professional commitment to the show and the audience. “There are always new faces in the audience each night, so it’s important to keep the show fresh,” says Spector. Spector, who hails from Philadelphia, starred in Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” for a record 1,500 performances and received a Tony nomination for Broadway’s “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” You might say that Spector was born to perform. “Performing was kind of decided for me, and I began taking voice lessons before I was three years old, and was on television shortly afterwards,” he recalls. A child performer, he debuted on Broadway at age nine in “Les Miserables.” The demanding repertoires of “Jersey Boys” and “Beautiful” require a vocal range and precision that few in show business will attempt. A self-described “rock tenor,” Spector says his unique voice has been inspired by a wide variety of musical backgrounds, from the classic sounds of the Great American Songbook to the Beatles and Billy Joel. Barrett, a native of Virginia Beach, originated the lead role in Broadway’s “Doctor Zhivago.” Other Broadway credits include principle roles in “Wicked” and “The Royal Family.” Barrett has starred in over 20 films and TV shows, including “NCIS,” “Blue Bloods,” “Ugly Betty,” and “Law & Order: SVU.” Barrett wouldn’t want to do anything else. She says, “It’s all about discovering who you are and pushing yourself to the limits. Besides, I can’t imagine working nine-to-five.”
They met at a reading in 2010. “We became really close friends before we started dating,” Spector says. Barrett recalls their memorable engagement. “He reserved space at a favorite restaurant as a surprise and had several of his friends casing the place to make sure everything went according to plan.” Jumping back and forth from Broadway to smaller theaters can be challenging, but it affords them the opportunity to control the show’s production and creative process. “For the most part, we only perform songs during our shows that we would want to listen to ourselves,” says Barrett. Often that includes songs from the ‘60s. “Away from Broadway we are in complete control and we can get a sense of an audience rather quickly. This allows us to adjust the show as necessary.”
While neither is complaining and both feel fortunate to be given the opportunity to perform regularly on Broadway – the ultimate theatrical experience – the process behind a Broadway production can be daunting. “The show’s schedule can suddenly change according to the demands of the producer, who may decide to switch the schedule to five-show weekends,” explains Spector. “And with shows six nights per week and two matinee days, your time is never really your own.” As they well know, Broadway is always bigger than the stars it creates, and keeping things in perspective is a crucial ingredient of their marriage. “Despite our professional obligations, it is very important for us to always find the time to be together,” Barrett says. B
In the end, women enjoyed beautiful rings. When they showed them off, though — well, that was pretty much the same old story. Nice ring, but nothing new. Devotion Diamonds is changing all that. This Long Island-based jeweler prides itself on its responsible sourcing, custom designs, and customer-centric experience. Its goal is to set a new standard in the industry. Not only are the diamonds and rings at Devotion Diamonds distinctive, the detailed methods this jeweler uses are turning heads and shifting the industry for the better. At the flagship location in the Roosevelt Field Mall, shoppers will not find endless glass cases packed with rings available at other nearby jewelers. Instead, customers are paired with a consultant in their own private room to begin viewing options. They are offered champagne and strawberries to celebrate the experience, but that’s just the beginning of the indulgent shopping experience. The diamonds take center stage, as does the Devotion team’s ability to connect with and educate customers on all the options and possibilities. Diamonds sparkle, but how Devotion produces them is what truly shines. It’s Here: Devotion with Forevermark Devotion recently launched a partnership with The De Beers Group of Companies: Devotion with Forevermark. De Beers owns the Forevermark brand, which has established a new industry standard in diamond sourcing. In fact, less than 1 percent of the world’s diamonds are eligible to be designated as approved by Forevermark. This means that every Devotion diamond is a true gem.
SAYING “I DO” TO SUSTAINABLY SOURCED DIAMONDS By Kristen Fischer
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SEARCHING FOR AN ENGAGEMENT RING USED TO BE A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE REGARDLESS OF TASTE OR BUDGET. COUPLES WOULD GO TO THEIR LOCAL JEWELER OR CHAIN STORE TO BROWSE STONES AND AVAILABLE SETTINGS. PERHAPS THEY WOULD PURCHASE THE STONE AND SETTING FROM THE SAME JEWELER, OR ACQUIRE A STONE SEPARATELY AND THEN HAVE IT CUSTOMIZED WITH ANOTHER JEWELER’S SETTING. IT WAS ALL ABOUT PAYING ATTENTION TO THE 4CS: CUT, CLARITY, COLOR, AND CARAT. THAT SEEMED TO MATTER MORE THAN WHERE THE DIAMOND WAS FROM, OR THE OBSTACLES IT TOOK TO PROCURE IT.
In fact, every diamond sold at Devotion has a higher level of grading in cut, color, and clarity than what was formerly established within the industry. Devotion goes beyond the 4Cs to provide stones that are the best of the best. Detailed grading reports and serial numbers are inscribed in the diamonds to show their authenticity — a signature Forevermark practice. Obtaining Forevermark’s stamp of approval is a testament to the quality of Devotion’s products, which have been sold at its flagship location in Long Island for the past five years. A New York City Tradition Perry Sporn, president and CEO, splits his time between Vermont and Long Island, where he and his family have many businesses and deep ties to the community. He started his company in New York City four decades ago, and as the company has grown and expanded, it was important to Sporn that Devotion pay homage to its roots and operate the headquarters locally. “We could have gone anywhere in the world, but Perry had a vision — he wanted Devotion’s story to start here on Long Island,” says Jevan P. Fox, vice president and brand manager.
A single designer, who has been with the company for more than 25 years, crafts each ring. Notably, each ring concept starts from a pencil and paper sketch, and is then put into engineering software, where it is parametrically built. The rings are cast in Vermont and then finished in Montreal alongside master jewelers. Carving a new path in the jewelry industry — from sourcing to design — is something that has clearly paid off, as Devotion customers flock to the jeweler for rings that are truly stunning. Each piece is custom-tailored to the center stone chosen and the customer’s finger for a cohesive, made-to-order fit. The end result: A premium-quality diamond meticulously positioned in an exquisite, custom setting.
A SINGLE DESIGNER, WHO HAS BEEN WITH THE COMPANY FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS, CRAFTS EACH RING.”
Responsible Sourcing, Irreplaceable Quality Devotion is independently owned and operated, and pays special attention to diamond sourcing. “We track the path those diamonds travel 100 percent, from the mine to the consumer,” says Fox.
Devotion with Forevermark Blooms Fox hopes other jewelers will follow suit and relocate overseas operations back to North America — and specifically, to the United States. He knows from his experience with Devotion that it is absolutely possible to run a profitable jewelry company domestically. “It speaks to what American-made goods can be,” Fox says.
Devotion’s diamonds come from mines in Botswana. De Beers is headquartered there, and has contributed to the overall economy and quality of life for residents. Their work in the local communities, building schools and hospitals and boosting the economy, demonstrates all the good that diamonds can do, Fox says.
Currently, there are about 10 locations selling Devotion with Forevermark on the East Coast — something Fox is eager to see grow as the company expands. This fall, Devotion with Forevermark will be sold in major cities across America, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, and Denver. Devotion’s website is also getting a brand new look to reflect recent changes and the Forevermark designation.
This diamond “pipeline integrity” is something that draws people to Devotion, compared to other jewelers and jewelry warehouses that simply peddle loose stones.
A Tradition in Fine Jewelry — Straight from Long Island Back at the flagship location, private consultation rooms signal more than a luxury shopping experience.
Truly One of a Kind With diamonds so unique, it is only fitting that the actual rings are just as distinctive. Devotion did not want to just follow current trends, and though it was a bit of a risk to create original designs instead of going with the flow, Fox says it’s paid off tremendously. “Devotion is now its own brand instead of a diamond ring maker,” Fox says.
“We view each prospective customer as a partner, so the Devotion experience is centered on finding out what matters to them, and educating them on their options,” says Fox. Of course, that involves letting customers’ imaginations and ideas run wild, and allowing them to view truly exceptional pieces of limited-edition jewelry. For the Devotion team, it’s also about providing signature, luxury engagement and wedding rings that are produced responsibly.
The company has four patented cuts and a seemingly endless array of styles to choose from that customers won’t find anywhere else. Some are sleeker, while others are ornate, but all of them are made for women who appreciate the finer things in life and care about the practices used to source them.
Regardless of where Devotion rings are sold, Fox says the company is proud to call New York home, and to bring recognition to Long Island. “We chose to be in New York,” he affirms. “It’s important to us.”
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INSIDE LUXURY SHOE DESIGNER TAMARA MELLON’S ICONIC DUPLEX PENTHOUSE By Janene Mascarella
READY TO FEAST YOUR EYES ON A MOST FASHIONABLE WELL-HEELED HOME? FORMER CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER AND CO-FOUNDER OF JIMMY CHOO, TAMARA MELLON HAS CREATED HER OWN EMPIRE OF LUXURY SHOES, HANDBAGS, AND ACCESSORIES. HER HAUTE PENTHOUSE, SITUATED ON ONE OF THE MOST PICTURESQUE STREETS IN THE UPPER EAST SIDE, IS UP FOR SALE. IF YOU HAVE A SPARE $27 MILLION, YOU’RE A “SHOE IN!” “THIS PENTHOUSE IS TRULY AMAZING WITH HIGH-END INTERIORS, AN AMAZING SHOE CLOSET, AND ENOUGH SPACE TO ENTERTAIN,” SAYS DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE BROKER KEITH COPLEY. HERE, HE GIVES BELLA A WALK-AROUND. (THAT SHOE CLOSET, THOUGH!)
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The building’s limestone façade features elegant carved panels that rise up to a bold cornice. Overhead is a stone balcony with wrought iron railings, crowned by a mansard roof and three arched dormers. Designated a landmark in 1974, it was described as “one of the finest examples” of 18th Century French Classicism in all of New York City.
Custom-built, windowed dressing room designed to easily fit more than 400 pairs of shoes
Grand formal dining room with wood-burning fireplace
Chef’s kitchen with three skylights, a stone center island, custom white lacquer cabinetry, equipped with top-end appliances
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Grand master bedroom suite, exceptional in scale, boasts three sets of recessed arched windows that face south toward the quaint mansard roofs across 95th Street and a fireplace sheathed in white exotic stone
Private, south-facing terrace with beautiful plantings, limestone faรงade, and two large stately columns
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An exceptional spa-like master bathroom featuring a large soaking tub, separate standing shower, double vanity, and Italian mosaic tile throughout B
FROM RECEPTIONIST TO TOP BROKER: MEET MICHELLE PAIS, “THE BARBARA CORCORAN OF NEW JERSEY” By Tom Z. Spencer
In 2010, at the height of the Great Recession, Michelle Pais was a 29-year-old real estate sales associate dreaming of one day owning her own business. As firms were closing left and right, Pais decided to make a bold move and founded her own firm, Signature Realty NJ despite the economy being in its worst state in close to 100 years. Today, Pais — who is known as “The Barbara Corcoran of New Jersey” — is blazing trails for female Millennials as one of the top selling brokers in the country, and the top 1 percent worldwide. BELLA sat down with Pais to get an inside look at how the young real estate dynamo is defying conventional wisdom and flourishing in a tough economy.
When many real estate firms were closing their doors in 2010, what made you decide to launch your own firm? I was ready, dedicated, and committed, and failure was never an option. People were very surprised, since some of the firms that were closing doors had been around for 100 years. I was even discouraged by family and friends who were trying to “protect” me from the current economic status, but I was determined and knew this was my time. What’s the secret to staying successful during a challenging economy? A big part of it is being aware of current trends and keeping up to date with technology and education. It’s not about what the economy is doing, it’s about what you are doing in the economy. During a hot market everyone takes advantage of the opportunity, but when times get tough, the cream of the crop rises. Being a female entrepreneur and a Millennial, what are some challenges you’ve had to face and overcome? I’ve learned to balance working “in” the business vs. working “on” the business. The difference is when you’re working “in” the business, you’re focused on the day-to-day tasks, while working “on” the business requires taking a step back and focusing on high-level strategy, company culture, and figuring out ways to serve customers at a higher level. My biggest challenge is finding a balance of the two. We may soon have a woman as president for the first time ever. Tell us what being a woman in this industry has meant to you. I definitely think being a woman gives me a competitive advantage, because women are better listeners and have more intuition. Today, entrepreneurial women all across the country are setting much higher expectations. Just as I’ve been inspired to follow my ambitions by powerful women leaders, I hope I can be a source of inspiration for Millennial women today and into the future. BELLANYC.COM 89
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CABARET By Barbara Bellesi
A BROADWAY MUSICAL ISN’T THE ONLY WAY TO GET YOUR DOSE OF STELLAR PERFORMANCES. IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO CATCH SOME OF THE HOTTEST MUSICAL AND COMEDY ACTS IN THE CITY, THEN COME TO THE CABARET. WHETHER YOU ARRIVE FOR A MEAL AND SOME TUNES OR JUST FOR A COCKTAIL AND SOME LAUGHS, YOU CAN BE SURE THAT YOU’LL LEAVE SATISFIED. WE’VE CHOSEN FOUR POPULAR PLACES TO ADD TO YOUR NIGHTLIFE REPERTOIRE. ENJOY!
61 Christopher Street New York, NY 10014 212-255-5438 TheDuplex.com
Since 1950, The Duplex Cabaret Theatre has been a mainstay of Greenwich Village. Tony Award-winning actor Hal Holbrook established the venue in which the likes of Barbra Streisand and Joan Rivers got their start. Fueled by Holbrook’s original vision, plus decades of hot talent, New Yorkers and tourists alike flock to The Duplex to be entertained by a talented cast of musicians, composers, singers, and comedians.
A full house at The Duplex
Feinstein’s/54 Below 254 West 54th Street New York, NY 10019 646-476-3551 54Below.com
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Billed as “Broadway’s Supper Club” and “Broadway’s Living Room,” Feinstein’s/54 Below combines Broadway with an elegant dining atmosphere.
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The club 54 Below opened in 2012 in the capable hands of Tonywinning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, and Steven Baruch. They teamed up with a staff of top chefs and hospitality professionals to create a crowd-pleasing atmosphere. In 2015, world-renowned pianist Michael Feinstein partnered with the club and Feinstein’s/54 Below was created with the help of Broadway veterans John Lee Beatty (design), Ken Billington (lighting), Peter Hylenski (sound), and Richard Lewis (architecture). With up to three nightly shows, as well as an after-hours lounge act, there’s never a dull moment at Feinstein’s/54 Below.
Don’t Tell Mama
343 West 46th Street New York, NY 10036 212-757-0788 DontTellMamaNYC.com It’s no secret that Don’t Tell Mama is a mainstay of the Manhattan cabaret scene. Since 1982, its location in Restaurant Row has been a hot spot for the after-show crowd thanks to its piano bar, restaurant, and two separate cabarets. Audiences have reveled in the talent of Broadway and comedic legends including Liza Minnelli, Paul Newman, Bette Midler, Rosie O’Donnell, Chita Rivera, Kathy Griffin, Audra McDonald, and Kristin Chenoweth. Fun Fact: The cabaret, which also has a Las Vegas location, gets its moniker from a song by the same name from Kander and Ebb’s hit musical “Cabaret.”
Another lively night at The Metropolitan Room
Metropolitan Room 34 West 22nd Street New York, NY 10010 212-206-0440 MetropolitanRoom.com
Zagat calls this venue in the Flatiron District “a class act” and it’s easy to see why. From stars of stage and screen like Tom Wopat to up-and-coming Broadway and off-Broadway performers, this room is the place to be night after night in New York. Check out what two Metropolitan performers have to say about their favorite gig:
Don’t Tell Mama’s most famous long-running, award-winning show is “Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli Live!” Tommy Femia as Judy Garland and Rick Skye as Liza Minnelli
STARS OF THE METROPOLITAN ROOM Name: Rosemary Loar Hometown: Born in Manhattan and raised in Iselin, NJ Years in show biz: 37 Accolades: Recipient of the 2014 MAC Hanson Award for Continuing Excellence in Cabaret. Favorite song to perform: “The Quando Swing” (she wrote the arrangement and part of the song) Dream partner: Bobby McFerrin or Megan Mullally Fun fact: A poster from a show she did in 1983 is hanging on the Wall of Fame at Don’t Tell Mama. Why cabaret? “Because you get to break the fourth wall. It’s so intimate and you can’t hide … You pick the music and that’s really quite the art — which songs go together and then in what order … I’m an artist who does most of the arrangements, and that’s also very satisfying.”
Name: Laurie Krauz Hometown: Bronx, NY Years in show biz: 35 Favorite song: “The Glory of Love” (Billy Hill) Dream partner: She’s already living the dream! It’s Daryl Kojak, her musical director, with whom she has collaborated for the past 25 years. Why cabaret? “I love the intimacy of the rooms and the connection it inspires with our audience. These rooms are filled with so much talent and they allow for experimenting with music in ways that audiences just love.”
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HOLLYWOOD’S HOTTEST STARS OF PRIMETIME By Alexandra Anastasio
WHILE THE LONG, LAZY DAYS OF SUMMER HAVE COME TO AN END, A NEW SEASON IS JUST BEGINNING. NOT ONLY IS SCHOOL BACK IN SESSION, IT’S ALSO THE RETURN OF OUR FAVORITE TV SHOWS AND THEIR COMPELLING CHARACTERS. FROM COMEDY TO DRAMA TO ADVENTURE, THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY. SO SIT BACK, RELAX, AND GET TO KNOW SOME OF THIS YEAR’S HOTTEST STARS AS THEY DISH WITH BELLA ABOUT THEIR LATEST ROLES.
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Fans of the hit show “Rosewood” know her as the smart, fun-loving, protective toxicologist expert Pippy (and sister to Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr.), but actress Gabrielle Dennis has been making a name for herself ever since she arrived in Los Angeles after graduating from Howard University. “I got my start on a wing and a prayer,” she says. “I hopped in my car and drove cross-country; the rest is history.” Acting wasn’t her first love, however. “My initial goal was to be the first Misty Copeland – before we knew Misty Copeland,” says the former dancer. “I wanted to be a full-fledged ballerina.” Over time, injuries sidelined that dream; however, after starring in some commercials and small productions in her hometown of Cincinnati, Dennis caught the acting bug. “It’s funny how we have a plan and God has something different in mind,” she says. Before joining “Rosewood,” Dennis found work on smaller projects. In 1998 she served as a co-host on “Teen Summit,” a teenage talk show on BET, and in 2006 she worked with Damon Wayans on his sketch comedy show “The Underground.”
“That was one of my ‘pinch-me’ moments,” Dennis says. “Landing that show, I thought I had made it. But after one season we were canceled – that was my first taste of failure in Hollywood.” Fast-forward a few years to her breakout role on “The Game,” a show that brought her more into the public eye. “People started recognizing me and it felt a bit strange,” she says. “Now being on ‘Rosewood’ puts me on a whole other level – it’s that next tier appearing on network TV.” Dennis enjoys being part of the “Rosewood” cast and working with consummate professionals, both in front of and behind the camera. “There’s a bit of magic and energy that surrounds our set because most of us haven’t been here before,” she says of her fellow young actors. She also gives a shout-out to the more experienced talent who set an example for the rest of the cast. Fans of the show can expect to see Dennis’ character rediscovering her passion for music this season. “She gave up singing when she went to work with her brother, but now that she’s quit her job and lost her fiancé, it’s time to see her dealing with real-life issues of heartbreak and loss,” says Dennis. “It will be interesting to see how Pippy deals with this pain.” Beyond her work on-screen, Dennis makes sure to give back through volunteering. From helping feed the homeless at a friend’s church to working with Habitat for Humanity and assisting fellow actor Pooch Hall and his wife Linda with their organization Djanai’s Angels, the actress is committed to philanthropy. Recently, she spent time in Jamaica with the RuJohn Foundation, helping children who are less fortunate see that they can accomplish their dreams. “I try to surround myself with people who want to give back,” says Dennis. “Maybe one day I’ll start my own non-profit.” Happiest when she is surrounded by the people she loves, Dennis is embracing all of the amazing opportunities she’s encountered since getting her start. “The sky’s the limit and I don’t feel like I’ve peaked yet,” she says. “I’m on my way.”
Actor and comedian LaRoyce Hawkins credits a speech tournament in high school for his start in the business. “After winning a particular tournament, a judge told me he would have paid to see my performance. In my head I was in the business from that moment on,” says Hawkins. As a kid growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Hawkins explored many varied interests. While entertainment felt the most natural and provided the most fulfillment, he says what was most important was having the love and support of those closest to him. “That’s a major key for a kid, and I have to thank God for the powerful support system I grew up with,” he says. While studying acting in college, Hawkins began doing stand-up comedy and participating in open mic nights. Although he has made his career on-screen as an actor, he’s never truly separated his talents; it’s what makes him a well-rounded entertainer. “I’ve always felt like each gift was racing the other to see which would pop first, and I guess acting won,” he says. Still, he continues to perform at comedy shows a few times a month.
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In addition to a handful of guest-starring roles, the actor is now pulling full-time duty as Officer Kevin Atwater, his biggest role to date, on NBC’s “Chicago P.D.” Upon learning he had landed the part, Hawkins says he thanked God and couldn’t wait to tell his family. “I felt like we did this and I knew this would be an opportunity that would change our lives, not just mine.” As the only cast member originally from the Chicago area, Hawkins says his character is a lot like him. Both are from Harvey, a south suburb of Chicago, and grew up with limited resources. Atwater’s decision to become a cop stemmed from his motivation to protect his little sister and brothers after losing their parents to the prison system. And while cops aren’t always respected, Hawkins and his castmates portray the kinds of cops they all can look up to. “Being from Chicago forces everything to resonate,” he says. “Most of our stories hit home enough for me to pull powerful personal references.” The actor promises nothing less than excellence when the show returns for its fourth season in September. Excited about the stories they’re telling, Hawkins also loves the camaraderie among his castmates. After all, he has always drawn inspiration from those around him. Actors like Eamonn Walker, Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, and Elias Koteas are amazing examples of the type of talent he’s surrounded by daily. “I’m blessed to be able to work with the dopest veterans in the game,” says Hawkins. While the show is his number-one priority right now, Hawkins knows he will continue to tell great stories and portray great characters as he moves forward in his career. “I hope that no matter what I do, my work inspires good vibes somewhere,” he says. “I have a vision of a pretty fun career.”
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For a girl who didn’t set out to be a performer, actress Shalita Grant has achieved significant success on stage and on screen. During her sophomore year of high school, the Virginia native moved to Baltimore and auditioned for the local arts school. “I was too old and too late to audition, but the head of the program at the Baltimore School for the Arts gave me a shot,” says Grant. From there she was encouraged to audition for The Juilliard School in New York City, unaware of the school’s prestigious reputation. Accepted on a scholarship, the future actress’ life was about to change. “It wasn’t until after the first week there that I realized what had just happened to me, or rather, what I had accomplished,” she says. Her big break came when she appeared in the Tony Award-winning Broadway play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” In 2013, she was nominated for her first Tony Award for her role as Cassandra, the psychic cleaning woman.
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“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Those words, spoken by her father, ring true for actress Candice Patton, best known for her role as Iris West on the CW’s hit show “The Flash.” With a desire to act since childhood, Patton grew up watching “I Love Lucy” and idolizing Lucille Ball. “I knew I wanted to entertain like her – to make people feel as good as she made me feel when I would escape into her show every night,” says Patton. Following a brief stint on “The Young and the Restless” while still in college, Patton has worked steadily ever since, earning guest-starring roles on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” and “The Game,” to name just a few. In 2014, she landed her first series regular role on “The Flash.” “It was my goal for a long time to book a long-term contract role on a show,” says Patton. “When I got the call from my manager, I fell to my knees – mostly out of sheer relief that I had reached that goal.” When auditioning for a part in the series based on the DC Comics character of the same name, Patton didn’t know much about “The Flash” specifically, as she was more of a Batman fan growing up. “To prepare for the part, I read a few of the comics to get a feel for the tone of this world and the characters, but a lot of my creation of Iris came from the scripts,” she says. “I didn’t want her to be a carbon copy of the comics; I wanted her to feel real to me,” says Patton. For fans of the series, it’s obvious that
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Iris West is no damsel in distress – she’s a strong woman who can clearly hold her own. “She’s positive and hopeful, and I love that she’s not a superhero,” says Patton. “But that doesn’t stop her from wanting to help and do positive things for her community.” Iris West is also the long-time best friend and love interest for Barry Allen (aka The Flash). As a reporter at Picture News, she helps Team Flash protect Central City and the world. “I love the loyalty and deep connection she has to Barry,” says Patton. It’s something fans of the couple will get to see more of this season, along with the introduction of new villains. And while Patton and West both assert themselves and are clear about what they believe in, the actress says her character is a lot more fearless and self-assured than she is. Patton’s future aspirations include focusing on film, both independent features and blockbusters. “I’m excited to eventually move into that world when the timing is right,” she says. “I’d also love to develop projects later in my career and be at the helm of making creative and diverse decisions in Hollywood.” As she moves forward, Patton admits it’s not easy to choose that “one moment” in her career that has been defining. “There have been a lot of cool moments, but in the same breath, all of it feels right,” she says. “I have a lot of gratitude for where I am and how far I’ve come. Somewhere deep inside I know that I was destined for this journey.”
Once she wrapped up her run on stage, the actress took a leap of faith and left New York City for Los Angeles to forge a career in television. Judging from her role on the hit CBS show “NCIS: New Orleans,” the decision to move was the right one. Joining the popular franchise in a recurring role, both the character and Grant caught on with viewers and the powers that be. So when the show returned for its second season, Grant was promoted to a series regular. “I found out the news my last day on set and I wasn’t sure if it was really happening, but I was over the moon that they really wanted me on the show,” says the actress. In her role as Special Agent Sonja Percy, Grant has been able to put her strength and fitness to use. Her character is smart, tough, sassy, and bold, which sometimes gets her in trouble. “Part of her learning curve is being a member of a team and asking for permission rather than apologizing,” she says. Early in 2016, Grant also starred in the first season of the PBS Civil War miniseries “Mercy Street.” Portraying an escaped slave who was brutally taken advantage of pushed the actress to places she hasn’t been artistically since she was at Juilliard. “It meant a lot to me to tell her story, especially because the resilience of black women is not often portrayed in such a compassionate light,” Grant says. “It’s always a privilege to tell a three-dimensional story.” Along with acting, Grant is passionate about fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. Not only is it beneficial for her body, but focusing on strength training also allows for less use of a stunt double. “There’s so much more I can do without one, and it’s so empowering,” she says.
WE’RE BOTH BALLSY, BUT MY CHARACTER TAKES EVERYTHING A FEW STEPS FURTHER THAN I WOULD,”
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Though Grant is focusing on her television career right now, she keeps up with NYC theater and has no doubt she’ll return to the stage one day. “It’s where I got my start,” she says.
As the daughter of military parents, Floridaborn actress Erica Ash never spent much time in one place. So after graduating from college, she decided to spend a year in Japan before starting medical school. Her time of self-discovery altered her life’s course, as it was then that she discovered performing arts as a career. “I’ve always been a bit of a ham,” says the actress. “It’s just the personality I was born with.” After a brief stop in Los Angeles, Ash settled in New York City. Her early work included the final season of “MADtv” as well as the Broadway National Tour for both “The Lion King” and “The Color Purple.” The actress made her Broadway debut with “Baby It’s You!” “I was an original cast member,” says Ash. “It was my face on the buildings and billboards, and my voice on the original cast album.” With
aspirations to revisit the stage at some point in her career, she says, “Broadway has not seen the last of me for sure.” Since 2013, the actress has appeared in two hit TV shows – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and “Survivor’s Remorse.” On “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” Ash says she has been blessed to work with some of the funniest names in comedy, spending her days with seasoned professionals who help her become a better comedic actress. “I get a free comedy show every day and I get paid for it,” says the actress. “I’ve always learned best on the job, and I could not have asked for better teachers.” Her character, Bridgette Hart, is the fictional ex-wife of actor and comedian Kevin Hart. She’s a hustler who is not only crazy, but also gets a ton of laughs. “She’s everything my mother and father raised me not to be!” jokes Ash. Bridgette is the type of person who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, and Ash is enjoying the opportunity to play such a character. “I have the excuse, ‘Because it’s my job,’” she says.
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The show is a parody of reality TV, a phenomenon audiences can’t seem to get enough of. “It’s a form of release for people,” says Ash. On “Survivor’s Remorse,” the actress is enjoying a completely different type of role, one in which she is able to dig deeper creatively. Her character, Mary “M-Chuck” Charles, is multi-dimensional and cynical – she says whatever is on her mind, much like the actress herself. “We’re both ballsy, but my character takes everything a few steps further than I would,” says Ash. Basketball superstar LeBron James is one of the executive producers of the show, something Ash says is “epic” for both the show and for her, especially after he led his team to victory this summer, breaking a 52year no-championship streak for Cleveland. “It figuratively and literally lets me know how close I am to greatness,” she says. A beautiful and talented actress, Ash believes it’s how you feel that radiates beauty. “If you sell it, people will surely buy it,” she says. “I am happiest when I am living an optimal healthy lifestyle.”
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LORI Loughlin Proves with “Fuller House” You Can Go Home Again By Alexandra Anastasio Photography: Erich Saide
At an age when most girls are playing dress-up, actress Lori Loughlin, popularly known as “Aunt Becky” on the hit ‘90s sitcom “Full House”— and its recent resurgence, “Fuller House”— had a strong idea where she was headed.
UP CLOSE & PERSONAL “My gateway into acting was the modeling world,” says Loughlin. At 11 years old, she accompanied a friend to an open casting call and walked out with a modeling contract. The Long Island native credits her parents for being so supportive of a career they knew little about. “At first my mom thought I was just a kid talking when I said I wanted to be an actress, and I’d outgrow it,” she shares. “I didn’t though; I was always consistent.” Only the Beginning Loughlin’s strong determination is evident when looking at her extensive resume. After getting her foot in the door in print ads and then commercials, she landed her breakout role on the soap opera “The Edge of Night.” “That role made people aware of me,” she says, “not just with fans of daytime TV, but people in the entertainment industry as well.” One of the industry people to take notice was Jeff Franklin, the creator of “Full House.” She joined the show in season two, and was under contract for only six episodes. But from her first day on set, Loughlin knew she’d be on for however long it ran. “I remember calling my mom and telling her, ‘If this show is successful, I’m going to be staying on it.’ And I did!” Her character was the missing link that completed the cast’s family circle. Her rapport with fellow cast member and onscreen love interest John Stamos (“Uncle Jesse”) resonated with the audience. “John and I had really good chemistry and I think the fans wanted to see us together,” she says. The reason for the show’s success was twofold: Not only was it a fun, lighthearted program, but it also consisted of a talented group of actors who truly bonded. That closeness came across on-screen, and people wanted to spend time with them each week. “I think the combination of both is what made it so successful,” says Loughlin. The show was such a hit that 21 years later, the cast reunited in the reprise, “Fuller House.” Gearing up for the second season on Netflix, audiences are again enjoying characters that feel like family, proving that after many years you can go home again. Though the actors remained close through their years apart, stepping back on that stage again for the first time was emotional and also surreal, shares Loughlin. “It was a little bit of an out-of-body experience,” she explains. “Even though we stayed in touch, we hadn’t worked together, so you had to keep pinching yourself and
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ANOTHER ROLE SHE’S ENJOYING IMMENSELY IS HER CHARACTER ABIGAIL IN THE PERIOD-PIECE, “WHEN CALLS THE HEART” ON THE HALLMARK CHANNEL. A FAMILY DRAMA, THE SERIES WAS INSPIRED BY THE BOOK PENNED BY JANETTE OKE, WHICH IS PART OF HER CANADIAN WEST SERIES. “ABIGAIL IS THE MORAL COMPASS; SHE’S VERY GROUNDED AND CENTERED, THE VOICE OF REASON,” SAYS LOUGHLIN. “IT REMINDS YOU OF A THROWBACK TO ‘LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE’ - IT’S ABOUT LOVE, FAMILY, COMMUNITY, HELPING ONE ANOTHER, TRIUMPH OVER TRAGEDY; ALL THE GOOD ELEMENTS THAT MAKE FOR AN INTERESTING TV SHOW.”
loriloughlin @LoriLoughlin Lori Loughlin Muchlove.org CharityWater.org ask, ‘Is this a dream?’” Once they settled back into the groove, it was as if very little time had passed at all, she adds. Life After “Full House” When “Full House” ended in 1995, Loughlin’s star continued to rise with projects like “Summerland,” which she starred in, co-created, and produced, and “90210,” a spin-off of the iconic ‘90s hit show “Beverly Hills, 90210,” as well as other roles. In addition to the second season of “Fuller House,” set to return next year, the actress is busy with many other projects. She currently stars on Hallmark’s Movies & Mysteries channel in the “Garage Sale Mystery” series. Their newest movie, “Garage Sale Mystery: The Art of Murder,” will air this coming January. The series is described as a throwback to TV shows like “Murder, She Wrote,” “Columbo,” and “McMillan & Wife.” Loughlin was a big fan of those shows because they weren’t violent in nature. They were more of a good old-fashioned mystery, containing positive elements of family, friendship, intrigue, and, of course, a good puzzle to solve, she says. While the original plan was to film just one movie, Loughlin knew after reading the script that there was potential for more. As it turns out, her prediction was right; they’ve currently produced a total of seven movies and are contracted for four more. “I never dreamed we’d end up doing a dozen of them,” says the actress. “But they’ve done extremely well for the network and I just love doing them.” Another role she’s enjoying immensely is her character Abigail in the period piece, “When Calls the Heart” on the Hallmark Channel. The family drama series was inspired
by the book penned by Janette Oke as part of her Canadian West series. Loughlin portrays a widow in the early 1900s who lost her husband in a mining accident. Due to that tragedy, she becomes a symbol of strength and hope for others in their town. “Abigail is the moral compass; she’s very grounded and centered, the voice of reason,” says Loughlin. “It reminds you of ‘Little House on the Prairie.’ It’s about love, family, community, helping one another, triumph over tragedy — all the elements that make for an interesting TV show.” Loughlin says she was excited to do a period piece and was drawn to the project by the simplicity of the time, along with the heartfelt and uplifting stories they tell. “That seemed really cool to me.” The cast is currently filming their third season, set to air in 2017. Love and Family When she’s not working, Loughlin dedicates time to causes close to her heart. A big advocate for animals, she works closely with Much Love Animal Rescue in Los Angeles and films public service announcements for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). “I love animals and try to donate as much time as possible to help out wherever I can.” She is also an advocate for Charity Water, a privately funded charity that builds clean water drinking wells for villages in Africa. Their mission, to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person in the world. Every day, about 1,400 children die from diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. Loughlin is helping to raise money that will go directly to the cause. “I met Scott Harrison, the founder, while doing a corporate job for Emergen C, the vitamin water supplement,” says the actress. “They have also partnered with Charity Water to raise money and awareness about the lack of access to clean water globally. The married mother of three (two daughters and a stepson) has always put family above all. Finding a balance was challenging at times, she says, but by only accepting jobs in the Los Angeles area, she had the opportunity to be hands-on when her children were younger. “When they were little I did not leave town for work,” she says. “Looking at my girls now, it’s evident my being present really shaped who they are today.” This coming November, Loughlin will star alongside her oldest daughter, Isabella, in the Hallmark Christmas movie “Christmas Makeover.” “This was her very first acting job and the first time I’ve worked with any of my children, so it was a lot of fun.” While both girls have expressed interest in following in their mother’s footsteps, Loughlin has shared with them some of the life lessons she’s learned along the way. “It’s not an easy business. You live your life like a gypsy, and if you’re down with that, that’s great,” she says. “It’s also about being a good person and not getting caught up in all that’s flattering. Keep it real and don’t be afraid to take hold of your own destiny.” B
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would go into their mother’s boudoir, looking through all the beautiful bottles and scents. “We would have fun dressing up in her closet and spraying perfume on ourselves, and I told my mother one day I would have my own,” says Hilton. “Now I have 20 – it’s a dream come true.”
Fixtures in the world of entertainment, Paris Hilton and her family are no strangers to the media. Living life under a microscope is the norm for Hilton, whose life is constantly reported on, but none of that fazes her. In fact, what many people don’t realize is that the hotel heiress is more than just a socialite born into a wealthy family. She’s also a woman with business aspirations who is following in the footsteps of generations before her, including her talented grandfather and father. “I have incredible mentors in these men whom I’ve always looked up to, and I have always wanted to make them proud,” she says. Hilton has earned recognition in her own right as a TV personality, singer, model, actress, author, and DJ, to name just a few. It’s safe to say that this entrepreneur isn’t afraid to take chances. “Being born into my family, I feel that entrepreneurship runs in my blood.”
Following Her Passions
Born in New York City, Hilton split her time as a child between the East and West Coasts. These days, she spends a large portion of her time traveling the world for business, and right now she considers Ibiza her third home. “I’ll be there for the next few months for my DJ residency at Amnesia,” she says. Although she’s been playing different stages around the world for the past six years, Hilton didn’t just jump right in; instead, she hired the best people in the business to teach her the art of being a DJ. Her passion was sparked by an invitation to perform in concert, closing out for Jennifer Lopez. Hilton
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says she fell in love with playing on the stage and knew it was something she wished to pursue further. “I’ve been going to Rebel [a former NYC nightclub] since I was 15 years old,” she says. “I have always loved dance music.” In 2014, she was named best female DJ at the NRJ Awards in Monaco. Though she plays many different places, Hilton’s favorite is her foam and diamonds party at Amnesia in Ibiza. “There is nothing like playing on that stage,” she says. In addition to achieving success as a DJ, the blonde beauty released her debut album, “Paris,” in 2006, and followed up shortly thereafter with a second album. Music is one of her true passions, and her hits have topped the Billboard dance charts. She’s currently working in the studio on her next album. “I love making music.”
Fulfilling a Childhood Dream
Music isn’t Hilton’s only passion, though. She also has her own fragrance line – something she’s wanted to create since she was a little girl. Her love of perfumes began when she and her younger sister Nicky
This past June, Hilton launched Gold Rush, her 20th fragrance. The inspiration behind her latest scent is the feeling you get when you meet someone new, that rush of love you feel, and that attraction that runs through your body, she says. “I want the women who wear my new fragrance to feel confident, beautiful, and sexy.” And while Gold Rush is just hitting stores, Hilton already has plans to release her 21st scent by the beginning of the new year. With so many different scents in her collection, it’s hard to choose a favorite. “I love all of my fragrances, but right now my favorite is Gold Rush; it’s my newest one and I receive so many compliments every time I wear it,” she says. “It’s my new favorite accessory.” As part of her growing empire, Hilton has parlayed her love of fashion and accessories into a growing business with a multitude of stores worldwide that bear her name – 50, to be exact! With everything from handbags and accessories to watches, shoes, and her fragrances, Hilton says she plans to open additional stores in the United States in the near future. As someone who has always had an eye for fashion, Hilton’s go-to designers include Balmain, Givenchy, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace. She says she’s inspired by style icons such as Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and Victoria Beckham, and cites Beckham as someone whom she looks up to not only for her fashion sense, but also as a businesswoman. “I love her style and am impressed with the brand and the fashion empire she’s created for herself,” says Hilton. Hilton is passionate about what she does, and says she is driven by success and a deep sense of pride in her work. “I love what I do,” she says. “I’m proud of the empire I’ve built.”
Living in Front of the Camera
Before beginning her business ventures, Hilton started modeling at a young age and signed with Donald Trump’s modeling agency when she was 19 years old. From there she
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began appearing in numerous TV and film projects, including a host spot on “Saturday Night Live” and roles in “Zoolander,” “Wonderland,” and “House of Wax.” Her breakout TV role came in 2003 on the reality show “The Simple Life,” alongside best friend Nicole Richie. The show was ahead of its time, and Hilton and Richie set the tone for a genre that would eventually take audiences by storm. Leaving behind all the trappings to which they were accustomed, the girls visited different cities where they tried to live “the simple life.” Throughout the series, viewers watched as the girls performed jobs as camp counselors, fast-food restaurant servers, and farmhands, and traveled cross-country on a Greyhound bus for internships on the East Coast.
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With a good sense of humor about themselves and their public personas, Hilton and Richie had fun with the show and the storylines. “It was a lot of fun traveling with my best friend, experiencing new things together, and always laughing and having a good time,” says Hilton.
Creating a Legacy
In the fall of 2004, Hilton tackled another creative outlet, this time as an author. Her first book, an autobiography entitled “Confessions of an Heiress: A Tonguein-Chic Peek Behind the Pose,” reached number seven on the New York Times best-seller list. She followed up with a second book a year later, “Your Heiress Diary: Confess It All to Me,” and has plans to write a third. “I loved writing my books and am so proud to be on the New York Times best-seller list,” she says.
While Hilton has led a very public life, there are still a few things she thinks fans would be surprised to know about her. A self-professed tomboy, Hilton loves spending time outdoors. Whether it’s fishing, scuba diving, skydiving, or surfing, Hilton definitely considers herself a daredevil. “I even played on the ice hockey team in high school,” she says. No matter what the soft-spoken Hilton tries her hand at, she knows the support of her family is ever present. She credits her parents with instilling a sense of humility in her and keeping her grounded. The oldest of the four Hilton children, she recently became an aunt for the first time when her sister Nicky gave birth to a baby girl this summer. “I am truly at my happiest when I am surrounded by my family, my pets, and my loved ones,” she says. B
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LOVE IN THE CITY LA VS. NYC WHO DO YOU LOVE? IT DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU LIVE… By Jarrod Thalheimer
Not Owning a Car… In NYC
With almost a thousand miles of track and more than five and a half million rides per day, the New York City subway is one of the easiest ways to get around. Lots of New Yorkers make it to their mid-30s without ever learning to drive a car, let alone owning one. Being a foot jockey in the greatest city in the world has never been viewed as a negative. It’s actually a point of (nearly) sneering pride.
While few cities offer the kind of knee-jerk, uncompromising love of all causes green and good that Los Angeles does, it remains a shocking reality that those choosing to live without cars are viewed with very deep contempt. In
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YOU KNOW THE OLD SAYING ABOUT WHAT MATTERS MOST IN CHOOSING REAL ESTATE — “LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION”? WELL, I THINK THE SAME APPLIES TO MATTERS OF THE HEART. LOVE MAY SEEM THE SAME EVERYWHERE, BUT CONSIDER HOW DIFFERENTLY IDENTICAL THINGS CAN BE VIEWED BASED ON NOTHING MORE THAN THE CITY IN WHICH YOU LIVE. IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT MAY BE CHARMING OR ADORABLE IN ONE ZIP CODE IS A TOTAL TURNOFF IN ANOTHER. DON’T AGREE? TAKE A LOOK AT THESE EXAMPLES AND SEE FOR YOURSELF.
fact, living in your car in LA is definitely preferable to not having a car at all. Just try getting a second date in the City of Angels when your first one ended with a trip on a subway. #DroolingLoser
Insulting Others... In NYC
Few things reach the level of linguistic brilliance that is native New Yorkers flinging weapons-grade insults at one another: creative inter-splices of specifics mixed with seemingly impossible anatomical references or activities, paired with a revered family member (or two) and marinated in a stew of expletives. The net result is almost melodic in its lyrical coarseness, especially when hurled face-first at the subject: You taxistealing, basket-weaving, mother%#&@# piece of monkey %$#* I hope you rot
in whatever $%#@-decorated version of hell would house a backward-hatted, mouth-breathing hipster %$#@ like you.
In the kingdom of the backhanded compliment, evil smiles replace spitting sneers as insults are delivered on the sly: When I first met you I never believed you’d be so successful, or I wouldn’t have the guts to wear that skirt if I were your size. And those barely scratch the surface. Absolutely no one ever says anything directly bad to anyone else’s face. Insults are either carefully veiled or delivered so far behind your back that you have absolutely no idea what’s going on or whom you can trust. This leads to intense paranoia and fear, which in turn leads to the insecurity necessary to continue insulting others in such a lily-livered way.
Nudity… In NYC
New Yorkers are certainly not prudes, but they generally see nudity as something reserved for the more intimate moments of life — places like a doctor’s office, deep inside a health spa, the shower, central booking, maybe even in bed (but not necessarily). No wonder clothing plays such a big role in New York life. Fashion Week suddenly makes way more sense.
Granted, when the sun shines for 12 months of the year, the temptation to disrobe is far greater than it is elsewhere, but in Los Angeles the social acceptability of nudity reaches a whole other level. Gyms, juice bars, parks, restaurants, concerts, movie premieres, supermarkets, weddings, funerals — you name it and there is someone attending with most of their “assets” barely covered. A problem? Not if you’re genetically predisposed to physical perfection or have mastered the art of eating tissues to stay thin.
Food and Eating... In NYC
Famous for some of the best restaurants around, New York also boasts some of the most varied and numerous street vendors anywhere. Any food from any spot on the globe is available at all times in the city that never sleeps, and a true New Yorker doesn’t waste time talking about calories or fat content. In New York, food is to be savored, enjoyed, and messily consumed. And when you have some of the best pizza, hot dogs, bagels, and cheesecake ever, that’s pretty easy to pull off.
Here, the more picky, annoying, or precious you are about what you choose to eat, the higher your personal status climbs. Low carb? Gluten-free? That’s so yesterday. Try pesca-pescatarian. That’s someone who will eat only fish that eat other fish. Without a doubt, behaving like a spoiled 4-year-old when it comes to the victuals placed before you is a sign of intellectual heft and new age insight. Food is about more than eating. It’s about evolution.
Exercise... In NYC
Gyms are the same all over, but New York adds in the real-life activities of regular, everyday walking: climbing upstairs, heading downstairs, dodging cars and trucks, fighting for cabs,
IN LA, SWEAT IS FOR ANIMALS. TRUE FITNESS IS A STATE OF BEING.
yanking purses from muggers, and so on. Even when you get home, odds are you’re ending the day climbing the stairs with a bag of groceries. That means when it comes to fitness in the Big Apple, exercise really is wherever you want to find it.
Fitness in Los Angeles is far more creative and nuanced than many might believe. More akin to finding a religion, your chosen form of exercise goes beyond simply “burning calories.” Holistic regimes, quasispiritual retreats, or even physically demanding purges not attempted (on purpose) since the Middle Ages are de rigueur. In LA, sweat is for animals. True fitness is a state of being.
Earthquakes... In NYC
Consider for a moment that a huge part of the city exists above five stories. Then figure that something like an earthquake would pretty much present a clear and present danger to folks living in such locales. That makes a hysterical, screaming response to even the mildest of earth shakes a perfectly rational and totally appropriate course of action. Those who survive are often those who run the fastest.
When your entire city straddles a huge stretch of the San Andreas Fault and you’ve been experiencing quakes and their subsequent aftershocks for the better part of your life, any response to an actual earthquake — beyond rolling over and going back to sleep — will always seem like irrational overkill to a jaded local. Is such a response the safest course of action? No, but seeing as your car just got repo’d, your life in LA is pretty much over anyway. See #DroolingLoser. B
Midtown East 118 East 40th Street New York, NY 10016 212.634.4040 BedfordAndCo.com Cuisine: American Attire: Casual Price Range: $$ Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Industrial Rustic
BEDFORD & CO. Beside the artful Renwick Hotel stands Bedford & Co., conveniently located smack dab in the middle of Manhattan. The restaurant, helmed by Chef John DeLucie, recently expanded its menu to include Sunday brunch, and this fall hungry New Yorkers would be amiss to pass up on their opportunity to dig into some delectable jalapeño corn muffins. The great thing about their brunch offerings is that they have both healthy and hearty options, from avocado toast and grain bowls to chicken and waffles and the Bedford Burger. Truly, there’s something for everyone. If you aren’t a babe who brunches, their lunch and dinner menus, comprised of fresh pastas, prime cuts of meat, and more seafood than you can handle, will definitely do the trick. -Amanda Mactas
BELL A’S “A” LIST APPETIZE RS: JALAPEÑO CORN MUFFIN AVOCADO TOAST Radish, cilantro, chili, eggs (additional) E NTRE ES: CALIFORNIA BOWL Poached eggs, farro, barley, puffed wild rice, sunflower seeds, pepitas, sprouts, avocado SAUSAGE & BISCUIT SANDWICH Chicken apple sausage, black pepper gravy, fried egg, buttermilk biscuit, breakfast potatoes COCK TAIL S: LE GRANDE DAME Grey Goose L’oranj, St. Germain, Gr. Marnier, creole bitters, fresh citrus, champagne THE LAST WORD Dorothy Parker gin, green Chartreause, maraschino liquor, simple syrup, fresh lime
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New Dorp 139 New Dorp Lane Staten Island, NY 10306 718.667.4040 CafeLaStrada.com Cuisine: Italian Attire: Casual Price Range: $$ Serving: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Intimate
LA STRADA Located in the heart of Staten Island, La Strada epitomizes extraordinarily fine Italian dining. Whether you’re seeking an intimate, cherished dinner, or are hosting a family gathering, La Strada experts will assist in planning your ideal event as well as always provide you with an authentic and delicious Italian experience. Celebrating their 28th year serving loyal customers, La Strada’s owner and head chef Anthony Santisi excels at providing a sense of hospitality and comfort while serving delectable food. The menu boasts a large variety of soups, salads, and pastas, along with chicken and seafood entrees, as well as grilled steaks, chops, and chef specialties. The restaurant features a full bar and extensive lunch, dinner, and dessert menu. Our favorite was the stuffed artichoke appetizer that’s packed with Pecorino Romano and seasoned bread crumbs. For a positive environment, great food, excellent service, and creative catering options La Strada is absolutely the place to be. -Rikki Ziegelman
BELL A’S “A” LIST APPETIZE RS: STUFFED ARTICHOKE Stuffed with Pecorino Romano and seasoned bread crumbs E NTRE ES: CHICKEN CORDON BLEU Ham and swiss cheese sandwiched in a chicken breast, pan fried with olive oil in a lemon wine butter sauce SHRIMP MARINARA Jumbo shrimp sautéed with garlic and olive oil, white wine, and fresh Italian plum tomato sauce over linguine pasta DESSE RT: CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY FUDGE CAKE WINE: PINOT NOIR Forest Glen
Weehawken 1 Pershing Road Weehawken, NJ 07086 201-223-1200 MolosRestaurant.com Cuisine: Greek Attire: Business casual Price Range: $$$$ Serving: Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Traditional
MOLOS RESTAURANT Love the ambience of NYC dining, but find the hustle and bustle of it all kills your appetite? Gear up instead for a five-minute ferry ride to Molos Restaurant, a tranquil spot on the water in Weehawken, NJ, that boasts a stunning view of the New York skyline. Their menu is mainly seafood, with Greek- and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. The flaming brandy-soaked Saganaki is a Greek cheese staple you absolutely must try — their incorporation of figs in this traditional dish adds a unique, sweet touch. Because there are so many enticing dishes, sharing plates is highly recommended. And each dish comes out looking more beautiful than the last. Finish up with something sweet for dessert — any selection is sure to satisfy. -Amanda Mactas
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BELL A’S “A” LIST APPETIZE RS: SAGANAKI Graviera cheese, sun dried figs, flambé with brandy KEFTEDES Kobe beef meatballs E NTRE ES: LOBSTER Nova Scotia hard shell (1½ lbs) PAIDAKIA 7th Heaven Farms lamb chops, sweet potato mash DESSE RT: BAKLAVA & BOUGATSA
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FABULOUSLY FRESH THIS FALL WHO SAYS YOU CAN’T EXTEND THE TASTE OF SUMMER INTO THE NEW SEASON? IT’S ALL ABOUT KEEPING YOUR RECIPES LIGHT, FLAVORFUL, AND FRESH! By Pandora Vanderpump-Sabo
STRIPED SALAD WITH HONEY BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE This is such a great way to serve a Cobb salad. It is easy to assemble and sure to impress! Serve it in as large a serving piece as you can find — these gorgeous colors need a giant canvas. You can really use any type of ingredients you like … add in diced ham, avocado, or anything else you love in a salad! 112 THE HAMPTONS ISSUE
Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette ½ cup balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 2 tbsp honey 1 cup extra virgin olive oil Salt and cracked black pepper
Vinaigrette Instructions: 1. Whisk vinegar, lemon juice, and honey in a medium bowl. 2. Gradually whisk in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Salad 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped 1 large bag of mixed greens 3 tomatoes, diced into ½-inch cubes 1 can sweet corn, drained ¾ cup pine nuts 2 small red onions, diced 1 packet bacon, chopped 2 grilled chicken breasts diced into ½-inch cubes 6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and diced into ½-inch cubes 3 carrots, peeled and diced into ½-inch cubes 2 cans cooked beets, diced into ½-inch cubes 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
Salad Instructions: 1. In a small pan, fry bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and let drain on a paper towel. 2. In a large bowl, toss the lettuce with half the dressing. Place your lettuce into your serving bowl or spread over a large, deep platter. 3. Arrange the rest of the ingredients in stripes along the salad. Try and alternate color tones so that the individual ingredients stand out. You can also put an ingredient all the way around the outside of the bowl like I’ve done here with the beets. 4. Serve with the remaining dressing on the side.
INGREDIENTS 1 honeydew melon 4 oz thinly sliced Prosciutto Olive oil Black pepper Basil Toothpicks
PREPARATION 1. Cut melon into bitesized pieces. 2. Roll up strips of the prosciutto. 3. Place a toothpick into each piece of prosciutto then add the melon. 4. Set on a plate, drizzle with olive oil, and crack black pepper over the top. 5. Garnish with basil and rose petals.
PROSCIUTTO AND HONEYDEW SKEWERS A take on the Mediterranean classic, these little skewers are visual and flavorful. I like to use honeydew instead of cantaloupe, as the color combo is so pretty.
INGREDIENTS INGREDIENTS 4 cups fresh blueberries, washed 2 cups sugar 2½ cups heavy whipping cream 1½ cups whole milk ½ tsp salt 1 tbsp vanilla extract 1 lemon wedge
BLUEBERRY ICE CREAM There’s nothing better than fresh blueberries as summer winds down, especially when they’re bursting with flavor and blended into a rich, creamy, delectable ice cream! This is one of my favorite desserts — at our house we eat it all year long since it’s a great way to keep your summer berries on the table throughout the fall! Try it alone, on top of grilled fruit, or even in a fresh fruit sundae with layers of whipped cream, fresh berries, and berry purée. Enjoy!
1. Blend blueberries in a blender. 2. Add blueberry purée and sugar to a saucepan over a medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves (about 4-5 minutes). Don’t let it boil! 3. Refrigerate the mixture until cold. 4. Add in vanilla, salt, milk, and heavy cream; mix until combined. 5. Squeeze in lemon wedge and stir until combined. 6. Pour into ice cream maker and churn according to its instructions (usually 20 minutes on speed 1). 7. Freeze for at least an hour to allow your ice cream to set. 8. Enjoy with fresh blueberries! BELLANYC.COM 113
Mind+Body The Origin Story
After a horrific bus accident, Troy left her job as a dress buyer in New York City to create an alternative healing group in Boston, where she researched organ functioning, nutrition, anatomy, and physiology. She healed herself and went on to become an expert healer and nutritionist. Troy explains, “The Stash Plan is exactly what I had been doing for myself and my clients for close to 25 years.” Meanwhile, Prepon had been working out like crazy for years and had tried every diet plan imaginable, from Atkins and South Beach to cabbage soup cleanses. “I always had a very hard time breaking down fats,” explains Prepon. “Once I learned the importance of having a high functioning gall bladder and liver, and knew what I needed to do, they started functioning much better and I started to lose unwanted pounds and inflammation.”
How to Stash
There are three dynamic pillars of The Stash Plan and all the recipes and exercises are illustrated, photographed, and explained in the book.
THE THREE PILLARS:
HOW ELIZABETH TROY AND LAURA PREPON’S STASH PLAN CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE … ACTRESS LAURA PREPON OF “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” FAME MET RENOWNED INTEGRATIVE NUTRITIONIST AND EXPERT HEALER ELIZABETH TROY WHEN ALL THE TRADITIONAL METHODS FOR LOSING WEIGHT AND FEELING HEALTHY HAD FAILED PREPON. TROY’S WORK WITH PREPON WAS SO TRANSFORMATIVE THAT THEY DECIDED TO COLLABORATE ON A BOOK ABOUT THEIR STASH PLAN. BELLA SPOKE TO THE PAIR ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF THEIR PLAN, AND HOW YOU CAN INTEGRATE THE RECIPES AND EXERCISES INTO YOUR OWN LIFE. By Sari Beth Rosenberg
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Stashing involves cooking macro and micro nutrient-balanced meals and snacks rich in antioxidants twice a week. With this plan, based on meal prepping that Prepon had learned from her mom, you only spend two days cooking to prepare your meals for the entire week, lessening the likelihood that you’ll be tempted to indulge in unhealthy snacks. Prepon says she loves all the recipes, but some of her favorites are the turkey meatballs, brown rice cilantro pasta, bison burgers, and ginger shrimp.
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Bone broth made from beef bones, whole chickens, whole fish, or vegetables are rich in micronutrients that play a crucial role in all aspects of health, including helping digestion and strengthening immunity as well as rejuvenating and detoxifying your body. Also, all the broth recipes are high in cartilage because, as Troy reveals, “cartilage can grow back.” Prepon adds, “Don’t let bone broth scare you. It’s the fountain of youth and so easy to make!”
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Muscle Meridian Method (M3) stretches open up and unleash energy in your gallbladder and liver to maximize energy flow and fat burning. They unblock toxins and allow the electrical energy pathways in your body to flow properly. Prepon explains how the exercise component transformed her: “I used to really beat myself up working out but my body was so stressed out, it would hold onto weight. Now, I try to be nice to myself with yoga, swimming, stretching — very low impact/low-stress.”
Cutting Edge Means Less Cutting The Basics of Chinese Meridian Theory • Meridians are electrical energy pathways that connect to every part of your body. • Anything from toxins to negative emotions to tight muscles can block the meridian pathways. • Ancient masters discovered meridians when they learned how to see inside the body through exercises like yoga and meditation.
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NOT QUITE READY FOR A FACELIFT? HOW ABOUT A LASERLIFT? By Arnold Breitbart, MD, FACS
As part of the natural aging process, the skin and underlying muscles of the face and neck loosen and sag. These changes can happen as early as your 40s, and then progressively become more pronounced. Traditionally, a surgical facelift has been the only procedure proven to get adequate tightening of the face and neck. Facelifts are usually performed under general or sedation anesthesia, with at least one to two weeks or more of recovery time. However, many patients do not want to go through this invasive surgical procedure, or have only moderate face and neck laxity. Fortunately, today there is an alternative: the LaserLift is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia in under an hour, with a recovery time of one day or less. LaserLift has been developed for facial and neck rejuvenation, using the Precision TxTM laser. I find it ideal for my patients with moderate face and neck laxity who do not want, or are not quite ready, for a more extensive surgical facelift. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia. The Precision TxTM laser device is inserted under the skin through tiny hidden incisions behind the ears and under the chin. Laser
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energy is then directly delivered to achieve structural tightening of the jowl and neck areas, tightening both the skin and underlying muscle. For my patients with excess neck fat under the chin, I also combine this procedure with liposuction of the neck in order to achieve a more optimal neck contour. Dramatic rejuvenation of the face and neck can be accomplished with little to no down time. Unlike other non-invasive facial rejuvenation treatments that are only applied at the surface, the LaserLift procedure delivers laser energy directly to the tissues under the skin. As a result, it can tighten and lift the lower face and neck, reduce sagging, minimize fine lines, reduce jowling, and improve jawline definition, leaving you with a natural, refreshed and rejuvenated face and neck. So if you are not quite ready for a facelift, the LaserLift can be an ideal procedure, producing a naturallooking rejuvenation with minimal recovery time.
Dr. Arnold Breitbart is a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in Long Island and Manhattan. For more information, visit DrBreitbart.com, or call 516-365-3511.
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Dr. Demesmin is affiliated with some of the finest hospitals in Central New Jersey, including Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, JFK Medical Center, and Somerset Medical Center. Dr. Demesmin is the Chief of the Department of Pain Medicine at St. Peter’s University Hospital. He also holds the role of Medical Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Institute at Saint Peter’s Hospital. Dr. Demesmin has been teaching Pain Medicine fellows after being appointed as Program Director of the Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Demesmin also assumes the position of Clinical Assistant Professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center. He is a member of the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research Institutional Review Board, where his responsibilities involve protecting the rights and welfare of patients involved in clinical research. Dr. Demesmin is also a member of St. Peter’s University Cancer Committee and aspires to develop a Palliative Care Program at St. Peter’s University Hospital.
University Pain Medicine Center Dr. Demesmin has lectured at regional, national, and international Pain Medicine venues. Recently, he traveled to Brazil where he lectured and performed a live minimally invasive discectomy aspires part of a seminar. He has also lectured at the Italian Minimally Invasive Spine Conference in Rome, Italy. Dr. Demesmin conducted a Poster Presentation on Minimally Invasive Disc Decompression at the International Intradiscal Therapy Society in Toulouse, France, and lectured for the American Pain Society on Minimally Invasive Disc Decompression in San Antonio, Texas. He has provided a number of presentations and Grand Rounds to physicians, and has been an instructor of numerous courses for Interventional Pain procedures and techniques. In addition, he has been a preceptor to college students, medical students, residents, and Pain Medicine Fellows.
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MIND+BODY Don’t let excuses take over your potential. Keep your fitness constant all year just as you do with touching up your roots or cleaning up your cuticles. Just because the seasons change doesn’t mean you have to let your body go under those flannel PJs. Don’t just make resolutions in January — stay consistent.”
Family Roots Kept Her “Real”
Even though she became an international model at age 15, Swan attributes her Midwestern upbringing (she grew up outside of Detroit), fused with her mom’s European influence, for keeping her so grounded. Even when she flew home from Europe in between modeling gigs, Swan shares, “I’d have jet lag and my mom would wake me up to clean baseboards. Being tired never worked as an excuse.”
Squats Over Diets
When she was told she had two weeks to lose weight for a modeling gig, Swan turned to fitness and healthy eating instead of starving herself like many of her fellow models. “When I tried that model diet, my skin was terrible and I had no energy,” Swan says. Inspired by her brother, she continued to work out and eat healthy throughout her modeling career. Her transition from model to trainer started when she shared the gospel of health with others. “I started bringing my roommates up to the gym and taught them that we can actually eat food for dinner, not just drink champagne!”
ASTRID SWAN, THE LA-BASED TRAINER AND FITNESS MODEL, HAS A HOST OF CELEBRITY CLIENTS (INCLUDING JULIANNE HOUGH), AND HER BARRY’S BOOTCAMP CLASSES ARE ALWAYS PACKED. THANKS TO HER DOWN-TOEARTH PERSONALITY, SWAN STANDS OUT IN AN INDUSTRY OFTEN VIEWED AS SHALLOW. SHE SHARED HOW SHE STAYS GROUNDED, YET WILDLY SUCCESSFUL, WITH SOME HELPFUL TIPS ON BECOMING MORE FIT AND ACHIEVING BALANCE. By Sari Beth Rosenberg
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Honesty Is the Best (Celeb-Client) Policy
Because Swan started out in front of the camera, it helps her better understand the needs of her high-profile clients. They love her because she respects their time and privacy, but also doesn’t try to ingratiate herself to them. “I keep it real with my celebrity clients who are used to being told ‘yes’ and ‘good job,’ no matter what.” If they could stand to work harder, she tells them to step it up.
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HOW CELEB TRAINER AND FITNESS MODEL ASTRID SWAN KEEPS IT REAL
SWAN’S WORKOUT ESSENTIALS
Mix it up. It’s key to switch up your workouts every day.
Foam rolling should be like flossing your teeth. She makes sure she does it every day, even for five minutes while waiting for her coffee to brew.
All you need is 30 minutes. She pushes it hard with high intensity workouts such as five sets of 20 wall balls and 20 box jumps, followed by some ab and band work.
Keep it heavy. She swears by strength training with heavy weights, emphasizing that the female body is very strong with a high pain threshold. Bonus: muscle speeds up metabolism, which helps significantly as you age.
SWAN’S “NO DIET” DIET • No food restrictions • Clean eating only • Dairy-free • A little almond butter every day • Just a bit of chocolate, if she craves it
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MIND+BODY HAUTE FALL FITNESS LOOKS THAT WILL MAKE THE REST OF YOUR WARDROBE JEALOUS By Sari Beth Rosenberg
SURE, THE TEMPERATURES ARE DROPPING, BUT AUTUMN ATHLEISURE TRENDS ARE TURNING IT UP A NOTCH THIS SEASON, SCORING YOU SOME MAJOR STYLE POINTS INSIDE THE GYM AND OUT. AS A RESULT, YOUR USUAL HEAVY-ROTATION FALL LOOKS ARE ABOUT TO FACE SOME COMPETITION FOR GO-TO STATUS.
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If you’re looking for stylish and sustainable workout wear, then tasc Performance is about to become your new favorite! Their chemicalfree, bamboo active apparel feels extra soft while also wicking away more moisture and odor than synthetic materials. We love the super strappy black TTFN (“Ta Ta For Now”) Studio Sports Bra paired with their Bayou Booty Crop (its two little side pockets are perfect for stashing your cash — or phone). TascPerformance.com
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DOWNWARD DOG AND BEYOND
MAX OUT THE MINIMALIST TREND
You’re sure to love the “Uni” one piece from Manduka, an eco-friendly apparel line designed specifically for yoga. Another highlight of the collection: their high-waisted pants, which pair perfectly with cropped tops for maximum comfort and style. (The tights suck you in just right, so you can show off a little torso skin while still confidently and comfortably nailing all your poses.) Bonus: Their built-in bras and bra tops are uni-boob proof. Manduka.com
VIMMIA, the LA-based brand designed and made in the USA, nails the minimalist trend we love for fall. In a subdued palette of light grey with black accents, their seamless collection is sleek in design and super flattering. These looks are also a perfect way to transition from summer to fall — and you’ll have a hard time not wanting to show them off outside the gym paired with a cute leather bomber jacket and booties. Vimmia.com
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If you’re like us, dealing with headphone wires puts a major damper on any workout. Monster’s Elements Wireless On-Ear Headphones in Rose Gold to the rescue! These super glam headphones are wireless, as they connect via Bluetooth to any smartphone. You can even take phone calls from them. Their eyecatching style will inspire you to hit the ground running, while the superior sound will turn your workout up a notch. MonsterProducts.com
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What’s Trending Now?
“Fuller lips, a natural breast enhancement, and fuller buttocks are some of the most popular trends as of late in the world of cosmetic surgery.”
What Are the Top 5 Procedures?
“ Liposuction, Cellulaze, breast augmentation (with or without a breast lift), laser hair removal, and a tummy tuck.”
Can You Make Cellulite Go Away?
“Cellulaze is the only FDA-approved procedure for the reduction in cellulite. It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that breaks apart the fibrous bands that extend from fat cells to the skin and pull down, causing the puckered or dimpled appearance of cellulite.”
Which Celebs Are Good Examples of Cosmetic Surgery “Do’s”?
“Multiple small procedures giving a natural result is the trend I am seeing in celebrities today. Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian are two celebrities who come to mind. These trends are natural and enhancing rather than obvious. They cause people to say, “Wow, she looks great!” rather than, “Wow, what did she have done?”
Who is the Ideal Cosmetic Surgery Candidate?
“Ideal candidates for cosmetic surgery are patients who are at or close to an ideal body weight and BMI, and who are in good overall medical health. Remember, cosmetic surgery is elective; with every procedure there are certain risks that can be increased in an unhealthy or sick patient.”
ARE YOU READY FOR COSMETIC SURGERY? If you’re considering cosmetic surgery, Dr. Greenberg emphasizes that it’s important to ask yourself these five questions:
WHAT’S TRENDING IN COSMETIC SURGERY, AND IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU? DR. STEPHEN GREENBERG, A NATIONALLY RENOWNED COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGEON BASED IN SOUTHAMPTON AND MANHATTAN, SHARES HIS EXPERT INSIGHT ABOUT THE LATEST IN BODY ENHANCEMENT. By Sari Beth Rosenberg
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How much does this body area concern you? Does it interfere with the way you live your day-to-day life? Is it difficult to exercise or buy clothing? Does it impair your ability to partake in certain activities? Would you feel more confident after a cosmetic surgery procedure? If you foresee your life becoming much more fulfilling and that you would feel significantly more confident about your appearance, then there’s your answer!
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A ONE-DAY BREAST CANCER TREATMENT SUCCESS STORY By Sari Beth Rosenberg
OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH AND THERE IS SOME EXCITING NEWS ON THAT FRONT. INTRAOPERATIVE RADIATION THERAPY (IORT) IS A ONE-DAY TREATMENT CYNARA COOMER, M.D., FACS, CHIEF OF BREAST SURGERY AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE FLORINA RUSI- MARKE COMPREHENSIVE BREAST CENTER AT STATEN ISLAND UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, HAS USED IN TREATING MORE THAN 100 PATIENTS, INCLUDING BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR, CARLA DIMAGGIO. What is IORT?
Based on a technique originally developed at the University of College London in 1998, IORT is an electronic form of targeted radiation treatment that can treat early-stage breast cancer patients in one day. And studies show IORT offers a number of benefits for patients, including added convenience, reduced costs, fewer side effects, and shorter treatment times than traditional external beam radiation. Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) is equipped with the Xoft®
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Axxent® Electronic Brachytherapy (eBx®) System®, which was cleared for use by the FDA in 2006. Dr. Coomer explains, “IORT allows breast surgeons to work together with radiation oncologists in the OR to precisely deliver a single dose of radiation at the time of lumpectomy while the patient is still under anesthesia.” Coomer continues, “For women whose cancer is stage 1 or 2 that has not progressed to the lymph nodes, this procedure can allow them to return to normal daily activities within days, rather than weeks, as is the case with traditional treatment.”
The Perfect Candidate
When survivor Carla DiMaggio first learned she had breast cancer, she was terrified about both having the disease and undergoing the rigors of traditional radiation. She had already watched four of her seven aunts succumb to breast cancer and witnessed others grapple with the difficult side effects and costs of radiation treatment. “In addition to the physical challenges, they also had to face significant financial costs, inconvenience, and emotional challenges as a result of having to visit a treatment center every day for several weeks,” recalls DiMaggio. That’s why she was intrigued to learn from Dr. Coomer that she was “the perfect candidate” for IORT. In January 2015, Carla went to SIUH for the outpatient surgery. Dr. Coomer used the Xoft System to administer the targeted dose of radiation in as little as eight minutes, immediately following Carla’s lumpectomy. When Carla woke up from surgery, she felt an overwhelming sense of relief. “It just felt great to know that my entire course of treatment was over. I was home that same day and felt great! I spent that evening visiting and playing cards with my sister and granddaughter!”
DR. COOMER’S BREAST HEALTH TIPS: • PERFORM MONTHLY SELF-EXAMS AND GET REGULAR MAMMOGRAMS. • BY FINDING BREAST CANCER EARLY, YOU CAN REDUCE THE RISK OF DYING FROM THE DISEASE BY 25-30 PERCENT. • MAMMOGRAMS CAN IDENTIFY CANCER EARLIER, WHEN IT MAY BE MORE EASILY TREATED. • WOMEN AT NORMAL RISK SHOULD START GETTING MAMMOGRAMS AT 40. TALK TO YOUR PHYSICIAN ABOUT THE BEST TIME TO START ANNUAL MAMMOGRAMS BASED ON YOUR LIFESTYLE, GENETICS, AND FAMILY HISTORY.
HOW SHE MAKES 50 LOOK (AND FEEL) SO GOOD • I move my body every day. Working out needs to be at the top of your priority list. Make time for your favorite class, go walking with your girlfriends instead of meeting for coffee, or simply make a commitment to yourself to fit that seven-minute workout routine into your day. Who can’t find seven minutes?! • I nourish my body with fresh and nutritious foods. I believe there is an extremely powerful connection between what we eat and how we look and feel in life.
LORNA JANE CLARKSON ON HOW TO LOOK AND FEEL AMAZING AT 50 By Sari Beth Rosenberg
WE TAKE FOR GRANTED THAT IT’S SOCIALLY AND FASHIONABLY ACCEPTABLE TO LIVE IN YOGA PANTS. BUT YOU CAN THANK AUSSIE HEALTH AND WELLNESS GURU LORNA JANE CLARKSON FOR THAT! SHE INVENTED THE TERM “ACTIVEWEAR” 27 YEARS AGO, AND SHE’S STILL MAKING IT LOOK GOOD. CLARKSON SHARED WHAT INSPIRED HER BACK THEN, WHAT KEEPS HER MOVING NOW, AND HOW WE CAN ALL LOOK AND FEEL AMAZING AT 50…
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• I adopt a positive attitude and believe anything is possible. You cannot lead a positive life with a negative mind, and something as simple as believing in yourself and what you can achieve is imperative to keep yourself moving forward toward achieving your goals in life.
Inspired to Perspire
The fitness fashion pioneer has been in the business for three decades, and her brand, Lorna Jane, has 155 stores worldwide. She is founder and chief creative officer and the most awarded activewear fashion designer. Her goal from the start was to create clothing that was not sport-specific, but could be worn from day to night. “I wanted to design clothing that would inspire women to be more active in their daily lives.”
Every Day Counts
Clarkson believes that what you do every day determines where you go and how you look and feel. “I follow my personal philosophy of active living, which includes the daily practice of ‘move, nourish, and believe.’”
• I practice mindfulness. We’ve all experienced those moments of subconsciously “doing,” and not “being.” Life is a beautiful gift and every day is filled with magical moments, so make sure you take time to live every moment and not let them just pass you by. • I make sure to drink plenty of water. I know you’re probably sick of hearing the two-liters-a-day thing. But the truth is, water makes you gorgeous! It moisturizes and hydrates your skin, is essential for maintaining your skin’s elasticity, and keeps your digestion and metabolism working properly. It’s the best and purest weight-loss tool on the planet. LornaJane.com @LJClarkson @LornaJaneActive
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A NOVEL IDEA
“The Life She Wants” Robyn Carr (Mira)
Emma Shay Compton’s ritzy New York City existence has been a sham. After his indictment for running a Ponzi scheme, her husband committed suicide, leaving her with nothing but the guilt she feels for the financial ruin he caused. No one but her former best friend, Riley, is standing by her, but that’s one reunion Emma would rather avoid. It means returning home to Sonoma County to face Riley, whose previous betrayal ended their relationship. For both women, moving forward requires them to rehash past mistakes in order to start over as their truest selves.
“Today Will Be Different”
Maria Semple (Little, Brown and Company)
The author of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is back with a new novel and a hilarious, hot mess of a heroine to whom we can relate. Eleanor Flood doesn’t have any lofty goals, but is determined to get through her day without much hassle. That plan goes awry when her young son fakes being sick to stay home and she finds out her husband took off work without telling her. Things really spin out of control when Eleanor runs into a former colleague and suddenly, a formerly well-hidden family secret may get unearthed. If you’ve ever had a day where going back to bed and hiding under the covers seems the only logical option, then you’ll love Semple’s newest novel.
“The Couple Next Door”
Shari Lapena (Pamela Dorman Books)
FALL INTO READING By Barbara Bellesi
ANY WEATHER IS GOOD WEATHER FOR READING, BUT THERE IS SOMETHING ESPECIALLY DELICIOUS ABOUT TURNING PAGES AS LEAVES START TO TURN BRILLIANT FALL COLORS. GET COZY AND CURL UP WITH SOME OF THESE TITLES HITTING BOOKSTORES THIS SEASON.
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How well do you really know your neighbors? What about your spouse? How well do you even know yourself? These are the questions Lapena poses in her debut novel. Anne and Marco Conti and their baby, Cora, seem to have a wonderful life. That life is shattered when a crime takes place while they are at a dinner party at the home of their seemingly friendly neighbors. The Contis are the focus of the investigation, but the real story lies much deeper. Soon, the formerly happy couple will learn horrible secrets about each other that will threaten to destroy the life they’ve created together.
Nathan Hill (Alfred A. Knopf)
In Norwegian folklore, a Nix is a malevolent spirit who kidnaps children and gallops away on a white horse. In Hill’s debut novel, a modern-day Nix is someone you love who disappears and leaves you heartbroken. For Samuel Andresen-Andersen, a professor and stunted writer, his mother is the Nix who abandoned the family when he was young. After committing a crazy crime that made her infamous on the Internet, his mom is back and needs Samuel’s help. But saving her means Samuel will also have to save himself. Hill’s novel is a humorous yet touching story of love and the ties that bind a family.
“SELF-MADE” Nely Galan (Spiegel & Grau/Random House)
What does being “self-made” mean to you? Whether it’s having more money, climbing the corporate ladder, or starting your own business and thriving in the sharing economy, Galan can help. This entrepreneur, TV producer, and real estate tycoon is the BFF you want in your corner as you get set to knock your goals out of the park. Being self-made starts with financial freedom and ends with getting yourself out of survival mode and into a life where all things are abundant — money, family, love, and time. Galan’s tough love approach (“Think like an immigrant” and “In your pain is your brand” are two of her catch phrases) is exactly the kick in the pants you’ve been waiting for.
WHAT’S YOUR SIDE HUSTLE?
When Galan says, “There is no Prince Charming,” she’s not just referring to a perfect mate. “We live in times where we really, as women, can’t depend on a mate, a corporation, a government, or a boss [to support us],” she explains. That’s why Galan is a big proponent of what she calls the “side hustle” — something you do in your spare time to earn extra money or help further your career. Even if it’s an hour a week, Galan says you’re “engaging the entrepreneur muscle,” which is helpful whether you are starting your own business in the shared economy or taking the next step up the corporate ladder. “You should think like an entrepreneur when you work for someone else,” Galan advises. “You should be thinking … ‘What is this company doing right? What could they be doing better? Where are they screwing up? If it was my company and this was my money, would I invest in this?’ That thinking is something that you acquire and you cultivate one hour a week doing it for yourself.”
REAL HOLLYWOOD STORIES We confess — we can’t resist a movie star memoir. Actor and author Carrie Fisher has cornered the market on writing about her only-in-Hollywood existence, and we’re excited to read more about the woman behind the side buns. We’re also looking forward to reading the literary debut from Mara Wilson, former child star of “Matilda” and “Miracle on 34th Street,” who is now an acclaimed writer and storyteller in her own right.
“Where Am I Now?” Mara Wilson (Penguin)
“The Princess Diarist”
Carrie Fisher (Blue Rider Press)
THE BARTOSZ FAMILY
GROWING GOLD IN SEPTEMBER: THE LOVE BEHIND THE MOVEMENT CANCER – A SMALL WORD, JUST SIX LETTERS, YET SO POWERFUL. A DISEASE THAT STRIKES MILLIONS OF PEOPLE EVERY DAY. YET UNTIL IT TOUCHES A LOVED ONE, OUR MINDS CANNOT FULLY COMPREHEND THE POWER IT CARRIES AND THE DEVASTATION IT LEAVES BEHIND. By Alexandra Anastasio
Facing the Unthinkable
In 2012, John and Sarah Bartosz lost their son Jack, just a few months shy of his 10th birthday, to cancer. Diagnosed at the age of four with neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer, Jack endured countless surgeries, treatments, and clinical trials, all with the hopes of beating the disease. Despite everything they did, it was a battle they couldn’t surpass. Upon learning they were out of options, the Bartoszs were faced with the difficult task of breaking the news to their daughter Annie, Jack’s twin sister. The loss left Annie with questions. How was this possible when Jack was considered a survivor, having lived more than five years beyond his diagnosis? “After six years and 11 months of battling the disease, he was still considered a success story even though the disease was always present,” says Sarah Bartosz. Armed with the belief that something had to be done – not only to create new treatments, but also to elevate awareness
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of the need for support for families affected by childhood cancer – Annie suggested that she and her parents create a foundation. The couple spent months talking to their daughter about what it was she hoped to achieve. “Having just lost our son, we didn’t feel we were in a position to dictate to her what we should do,” says Bartosz. “She was quite insistent and we wanted her to feel a sense of ownership. We hoped it would help with her grief and healing.” After seeing the world turn pink in October for breast cancer, Annie was determined to do the same for pediatric cancer. With gold the designated national color for childhood cancer and September (the 9th month) being National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, G9 was born. Accompanying her twin brother around the country for various treatments put Annie in the unique position of meeting other children battling cancer. It also gave her a firsthand view of the impact the disease has on patients and families, and the pressing need for advancement in the field.
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WE CAN’T RELY ON THE FAMILIES FIGHTING IF WE ARE GOING TO WIN THIS WAR – THAT’S LIKE SENDING THE WOUNDED IN TO FIGHT THE WAR ALONE.”
Watching their young daughter take action left the couple feeling bittersweet. “As parents, we were in a position to grieve one child, but also allow our other child to flourish and blossom,” says Bartosz. “How do you juxtapose this overwhelming grief with overwhelming pride?” Six and a half months pregnant with their son Tommy at the time of Jack’s death, Sarah also wanted to do something to make the world a better place, not only for her own kids, but all children.
Turning the World Gold
G9 became a registered charitable trust in 2013. The foundation’s mission is focused on taking action and moving the needle further for pediatric cancer. Statistics indicate 80 percent of children will survive childhood cancer, but that number is based only on that five-year benchmark. “There are 69 on average life years lost when a child dies from childhood cancer,” says Bartosz. “It’s completely unacceptable.” While at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, the family worked with others to collectively help fund the development of a new treatment and were successful in doing so. “It gave us the momentum to know that change can happen on a grassroots level, but we shouldn’t have to rely on the families fighting cancer to find and fund new treatments,” she says.
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Dedicated to Fighting For Their Loved Ones
“My daughter Annie summed it up best to a room full of people when she said, ‘We can’t rely on the families fighting if we are going to win this war – that’s like sending the wounded in to fight the war alone,’” says Bartosz. As a fundraising organization, G9 has put their stake in the ground to raise funds to support Early Phase Clinical Trials and assist in the development of new, less toxic treatments. Currently, there are only 27 hospitals in North America that can offer Early Phase Trials, and the foundation is providing funding to assist all of them. They’ve also received support from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. In 2011, Jack had the good fortune of meeting the football star and an immediate friendship blossomed, one that lasted throughout Jack’s short life. In 2014, #itsAaron, a web-series created by Rodgers to highlight local organizations doing good work in the Milwaukee area, featured G9. “Aaron really helped to put us on the map and generate the kind of awareness we needed, which was wonderful,” says Bartosz.
As the family continues in their efforts to raise awareness about childhood cancers and change the conversation, Bartosz is adamant when she says cures, along with safer treatments, must be discovered for both pediatric and adult cancers. Statistics show that 95 percent of childhood survivors will have a life-threatening side effect by age 45. That statistic became a reality for the family when they suffered another devastating loss this past March. John, at the age of 47, passed away from the aftereffects of the treatments he received in his early 20s when he, too, had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. “My husband quite literally disintegrated from the vast amount of radiation he was given that was supposedly his cure,” she says. It’s difficult to fathom that the treatments available are the very same ones that ultimately could do harm. “As parents we are put in a nowin situation, knowing the only option we have to help save our children is this horrible, toxic therapy that they might later pass away from,” says Bartosz. With the help of a nation united in gold, the goal is to give people a sense of hope, not just to survive, but also to thrive. This month they will be using the hashtag #growGOLD in their efforts to increase awareness.
“Every generation hopes they can leave the world a little bit of a better place; this is the way in which we can do that.” GoldInSeptember.com B
GETTING TO KNOW Pergament can also be found on the silver screen. With her model good looks, you can see why she was chosen to have a recurring role as a news anchor for HBO’s award winning show “The Sopranos.” She has also made several appearances on the popular TV show “Gossip Girl” and “Mr. Robot,” as well as many movies, including “Wall Street,” “Money Never Sleeps,” “Laws of Attraction,” “Head of State,” “Maid in Manhattan,” “Analyze That,” and “The Yards.”
Photo: Michael O’Looney
Pergament and I decided to meet for our interview at one of New York City’s top midtown restaurants: Michael’s, a restaurant often frequented by people who work in the entertainment world. “Listen in” on our conversation …
ONE OF NEW YORK’S STAR ANCHORS: ANNIKA PERGAMENT By Dr. Robi Ludwig
ANNIKA PERGAMENT HAS BEEN A STUNNING ON-AIR PRESENCE IN NEW YORK CITY SINCE THE 1990S, WHEN SHE BEGAN WORKING AS A REPORTER FOR NY1. IF YOU’RE A VETERAN NEW YORKER, YOU KNOW NY 1 IS THE LOCAL GO-TO-CHANNEL FOR ALL FIVE BOROUGHS FOR BOTH 24-HOUR NEWS COVERAGE AND WEATHER UPDATES.
Pergament has been one of NY1’s star reporters and anchors from the very beginning, and her credentials are as impressive as her refined and professional TV manner. Her undergraduate degree is from Duke University, and she holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. In other words, Annika Pergament is the total package! Pergament and I first met when she was guest anchoring at Court TV. Back in the day, Court TV shows were quite lengthy, which gave us the unique opportunity to get to know each other. This was one of the perks of my job for which I am truly grateful. Clearly, I’m not the only one impressed with Pergament’s talent. In addition to her role as the senior business anchor for NY1 and Charter Communications’ other news channels across the United States, she also leads the news business coverage from the New York Stock Exchange.
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When did you know you wanted to be a TV journalist? It very much flowed from my love of history, and wanting to be in a place where I could witness and report on current events. When I was a history major at Duke I used a lot of primary source material to learn about how events were covered at the time. For example, when I was studying Nat Turner, the leader of the 1831 slave insurrection in Southampton, Virginia, I read the original transcript from “The Confessions of Nat Turner,” which inspired William Styron’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. It took me back to that time and gave me an insight into how recording events can be skewed by bias. After college, I began freelance writing for a small Los Angeles paper and had a wonderful mentor there named Ed Boyer. My assignments took me into pockets of the city I’d otherwise never have learned about and I loved it. This experience helped confirm for me that I wanted to be a journalist, so I decided to go to graduate school and got a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern. What do you find the most rewarding aspect of your job at NY1? What might surprise people about your job there? NY1 is a special place. I started as a political reporter, then moved to the Manhattan beat, and now cover business, so it’s the kind of environment where you can take risks and try new things. The most rewarding part is seeing how hard everyone works to keep New Yorkers informed on a wide variety of subjects. Since we are a 24-hour news channel, we have the ability to spend more time on a variety of topics, from theater to politics to education and business. We can really explore what’s behind the headlines. Viewers see the final product that hits the air, but I think they would be surprised at the amount of effort it takes from an army of dedicated people behind the scenes to make that a reality.
Who or what inspires you these days? I’m inspired by people and companies who have the courage and vision to take a fresh look at how we live, work, and eat. For example, WeWork is totally transforming how we think about the workspace. Impossible Foods is trying to create a plant-based version of beef that is better for your health and better for the environment. I really admire entrepreneurs who are socially conscious. I think that many of the things that we take for granted today may be radically different in the next five or 10 years. In addition to being an anchor for NY1, you’re also a wife and mother of two young boys. How do you balance it all? What’s your secret? I feel very fortunate. I have a job I love and my schedule allows me to be home in the afternoon when my boys come home from school. I try to exercise every day and catch up on sleep on the weekends. There’s no secret. We all lead busy lives; you just make it work. Your fans probably already know this about you, but you’ve been in quite a few movies and a couple of TV shows, too. Do you have a favorite movie or show that you’ve been in? Did you get to meet the stars when you were taping them? It all started with “The Sopranos,” and that remains my favorite. Georgianne Walken cast me as a reporter in the first season and I went on to do 17 episodes. David Chase, the creator of the series, was very kind and supportive. James Gandolfini was a fan of NY1 and he loved to talk about the latest news stories. I’ve had the opportunity to do a number of movies and TV shows, and it’s always fun. I had a role in the movie “Broken City,” and had one of those incredible New York City experiences by getting to shoot a scene with Kyle Chandler, the star of “Friday Night Lights” and “Bloodline,” twotemp of my favorite series. He is just12:21 an incredibly nice1person. Half Page bella_Layout 1 7/10/14 PM Page
JOURNALISM IS CHANGING RAPIDLY WITH SO MANY NEW PLATFORMS, BUT IN THE END IT’S ALL ABOUT TELLING A STORY.” Did you ever want to switch over and become a full time actresswww after this experience? There are certainly some who have made this leap. I love my day job as a journalist. The acting started with a phone call to audition for “The Sopranos” and snowballed from there. I really enjoy it so I hope it continues. You’ve accomplished so much success at such an early age. What are your personal or professions goals looking toward the future? On the personal side, it’s helping to raise my boys so that they are welladjusted and prepared to thrive in their lives. On the professional side, I want to keep working on interesting stories, meeting inspiring people, and to keep challenging myself. Any advice or parting words for people who want to venture into the world of TV journalism today? TV journalism has been very rewarding for me. You need to be able to work well under pressure, be able to distill complex subjects into something viewers can understand, and be willing to work hard with demanding hours. Journalism is changing rapidly with so many new platforms, but in the end it’s all about telling a story. That’s what drew me to journalism in the first place and it’s what drives me to keep getting up at 3 a.m. B
MAKE AN IMPACT By Vanessa Coppes
EDUCATION IS VITAL TO BREAKING THE POVERTY CYCLE. EQUALLY IMPORTANT IS GAINING ACCESS TO MUCH-NEEDED FUNDS FOR REBUILDING HOMES RIGHT HERE IN NEW YORK STATE. THESE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS HAVE CREATED HUBS OF COLLABORATION AND RESOURCES, MAKING SURE THAT OUR GENERATION — AND FUTURE GENERATIONS — RECEIVE THE SUPPORT THEY NEED. Brandon Stanton // Humans of New York
Brandon Stanton started Humans of New York as a photography project in 2010. His initial goal was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers on the street in order to catalogue the city’s residents. Shortly after, Stanton began interviewing his subjects, and along with their portraits he would include quotes and short stories from their lives on social media. These portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog, HONY, which today boasts more than 20 million followers to a worldwide audience. Through the HONY series, Stanton has helped raise much-needed funds for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Syrian refugees, and Mott Hall Bridges Academy in New York. HumansOfNewYork.com
Theo Rossi // Go Get It Life
Actor, producer, and philanthropist Theo Rossi is best known for his portrayal of Juan Carlos “Juice” Ortiz on the FX No. 1 hit series “Sons of Anarchy.” But Rossi is also involved in numerous projects, including serving as an ambassador for the Boot Campaign, an organization that cultivates awareness, promotes patriotism, and provides assistance to members of the military, past and present, and their families. And, after Superstorm Sandy struck his home state of New York in 2012, Rossi founded StatenStrong, which brought together community first responders to deliver emergency care and financial resources to Staten Island, NY residents. StatenStrong also rebuilt three homes destroyed by the storm. One of Rossi’s latest ventures, GoGetItLife.com, is very close to his heart. The idea behind Go Get It LIFE is to provide the positive motivation you need to live your best life possible. Go Get It LIFE is an international community of like-minded people who share stories of personal achievement, give back to others, and make the decision to GO GET IT! GoGetItLife.com
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Tara Roberts and Sejal Hathi // Girl Tank
Tara Roberts and Sejal Hathi believe that when a female innovator does not receive the support she needs to grow her venture, and it ultimately fails, we lose more than a social enterprise — we also lose a voice with a broader vision for improving the world. These are the voices of women and girl innovators around the globe who are pioneering the next big ideas that could change the world but face persistent, structural barriers to starting, running, and growing their big business ideas. Roberts and Hathi founded GirlTank.org in 2011 with the goal of becoming the largest community of female social entrepreneurs in the world and global ecosystem of collaboration and resources to ensure that this generation — and many generations to come — receive the support they need. Since its inception, the GirlTank movement is more diverse than ever, forming clubs from Vietnam to San Francisco, and innovating in fields like STEM where few women hold positions of power. GirlTank.org
Lorena Canals // Sakûla Project
For 25 years, Lorena Canals has been focused on the design, manufacturing, and commercialization of products for decorating children’s rooms. Canals believes that education is the key to upward mobility and a vital component of breaking the poverty cycle. In 2008, Canals built a nursery in Haryana, the North of India, for children who were living on the streets without protection and security. Now they have a place to go, receive one meal a day, and get the education they need. By purchasing from the company, you are not only helping to educate children in Northern India but also providing them with the opportunity to live a better life. LorenaCanals.us B
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TRAVEL SLEEPING IN STYLE: FASHION WEEK-WORTHY HOTELS YOU’LL LOVE By Sascha Zuger
WITH ALL THE RUNWAYS, PARTIES, AND CELEB-SPOTTING THAT FILLS FASHION WEEK, WHO WANTS TO MISS A MINUTE OF IT? GRAB A GIRLFRIEND OR YOUR FAVORITE GUY, AND HIT THE CITY FOR A STYLISH STAY AT THESE BOUTIQUE GEMS.
Fresh off a $20 million renovation, this elegantly modern hotel offers guests a fabulous staycation experience. Wear your Fashion Week best for incredible Japanese cuisine at o ya, and you’ll be saying “Ohhhh, yeah” after an 18-course Omakase tasting menu by James Beard AwardWinning Chef Tim Cushman. Then, flash your room key to skip the rope scene like a true VIP and head up to a gorgeous rooftop lounge and unwind, surrounded by an unobstructed sea of city lights. Take in a fashion-themed movie screened on the adjacent building’s façade while your crew relaxes with a growler full of dangerously yummy piña coladas or frozen margaritas. And if you’re feeling adventurous, go for the frozen gin Duke’s Martini served with a side spoon of caviar. ParkSouthHotel.com
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PARK SOUTH HOTEL
THE HIGH LINE HOTEL
The new style of hospitality at this stylish midtown boutique will have you feeling like quite the insider as you enjoy the perks of residency in The Den during a generous three-hour reception of curated cocktails and light fare. Another breath of fresh air above the bustling city is the complimentary sweet and savory gourmet breakfast served on The Terrace. The 23rd floor outdoor space also hosts guests to an all-day barista bar with nonalcoholic bevvies and High Tea every afternoon (also complementary!). The professional Pet Concierge ensures that “Special Residents” of the furry variety are treated like family with their own comfortable bed and bowl, along with a welcome basket of plush toys and treats from local New York vendors. WestHouseHotelNewYork.com
History meets hip at this former 1895 Seminary Campus. Modern style and comfort throughout the boutique hotel’s 60 individually-decorated rooms is punctuated by eclectic touches like brass embossers and working 1922 rotary phones. All rooms feature large windows overlooking The High Line or the private Parisian-inspired garden, where guests often sit to enjoy a caffeinated concoction by Intelligentsia. Joe Campanale’s popular outdoor Alta Linea celebrates aperitivi, the Italian tradition of predinner drinks accompanied by small bites. Head to the Hudson on a loaner Shinola bike to work off the frozen Negroni cocktails, fried artichokes, and roasted beets with whipped goat cheese before getting glam for the next show. TheHighLineHotel.com
WESTHOUSE HOTEL NEW YORK
ESCAPE TO THE SUN-FILLED NAPA VALLEY WITH SOLAGE CALISTOGA LOCATED JUST NORTH OF THE SAN PABLO BAY IN THE ROLLING HILLS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, NAPA VALLEY IS A PICTURESQUE GETAWAY BACKED WITH YEARS OF RICH HISTORY. WHETHER YOU ARE HOPING TO TAKE A BREATHTAKING HIKE, TREAT YOURSELF TO A SHOPPING SPREE, OR INDULGE IN A CRISP GLASS OF WINE, THERE ARE ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES TO BE DISCOVERED HERE. By Dara Kaplan
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Napa Valley is home to countless luxury resorts that offer travelers an unforgettable experience. Out of the many lodging options available here, Solage Calistoga Resort, nestled in the lush northern edge of the Napa Valley, presents a fresh approach to sophisticated luxury. The resort appeals to go-getter travelers looking to expand their horizons, while also catering to those who simply want to immerse themselves in a luxurious setting and take in scenic surroundings. The resort is located on 22 acres of vast, picturesque grounds, surrounded by the Mayacamas and Palisades Mountains. Guests can choose from 83 luxurious studios and six divine one-bedroom suites that are peppered throughout the property. Depending on which room you select, each is equipped with various five-star amenities, including a private or semi-private patio, cruiser bicycles, vaulted ceilings, a mini bar, high-speed wireless internet, and more. The sumptuous accommodations offered by Solage Calistoga make for a memorable and tranquil stay that will leave you yearning to come back time after time.
Travelers looking to unwind and improve their overall wellness can head to the resort’s Spa Solage. Guests are welcome to bask in the curative geothermal pools, indulge in a signature mudslide treatment, or explore the many other services that are offered. Resort guests can also take advantage of the 130-foot outdoor swimming pool and the 1,500-square-foot fitness facility that is outfitted with state-of-the-art cardio equipment. Complimentary fitness and yoga classes are offered here daily, and are guaranteed to make travelers feel incredibly rejuvenated by the end of their stay. From breakfast to dinner — and everything in between — Solage Calistoga will invigorate your senses. Guests can indulge in the mouthwatering menu options offered at Solbar, where the award-winning chef Brandon Sharp creates oneof-a-kind dishes from the freshest, locally obtained ingredients. The Chef’s Atrium also offers unique, private dining parties that accommodate up to 10 guests.
A MEMORABLE AND TRANQUIL STAY THAT WILL LEAVE YOU YEARNING TO COME BACK TIME AFTER TIME.”
For ambitious, adventure-seeking travelers looking to explore beyond the striking property of the resort, there are countless excursion options in the surrounding area. Due to Napa Valley’s rich soil and ideal topography, the area is notorious worldwide for producing exceptional wine. Whether you are looking for a flavorful glass of Chardonnay, a smooth swig of Merlot, or a world-famous glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, you will find your favorite drink here. The area is home to over 400 different wineries, so be sure to take advantage and book a trip to one of them during your stay. And, when nighttime falls in Napa Valley, there are limitless options for entertainment downtown. There are plenty of bars offering great happy hour deals, and an abundance of nightclubs where you can dance the night away. Looking to get in a good laugh? There are several theaters that offer excellent comedy shows as well. Also, Napa Valley is home to Cameo Cinema, the oldest single-screen movie house in the United States, which can make for a unique and memorable screening experience. The Solage Calistoga Resort places travelers in the heart of Napa Valley, offering a one-of-a-kind experience that you will never forget. The amenities offered at this resort immerse you in exceptional luxury and comfort. No matter what your desires are, you will never run out of things to do and see in this beautiful county. SolageCalistoga.com B
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Relax at The Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey
As the official end of summer has come, LA in the fall months still provides a never-ending supply of sunshine and fabulous things to enjoy. Staying at The Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey and experiencing everything it has to offer will be a thrilling ride. Overlooking the marina and just a few miles from Santa Monica or neighboring Venice Beach, this newly renovated five-star hotel is waterfront luxury at its best. Just over 300 rooms with private balconies are positioned to enjoy either a city or marina view. Rooms include beautiful wood furnishings, full marble bathrooms, and a TV with full access to your Netflix and Hulu accounts — one of the first hotels in the city to offer that enhancement. Amenities include a pool, stateof-the-art fitness center, 30,000 square feet of meeting space, and a gorgeous new lobby lounge.
OVERLOOKING THE MARINA AND JUST A FEW MILES FROM SANTA MONICA OR NEIGHBORING VENICE BEACH, THIS NEWLY RENOVATED FIVE-STAR HOTEL IS WATERFRONT LUXURY AT ITS BEST.
Their restaurant Cast & Plow is a definite highlight of the property and something you have to take in during your stay. A vibrant gathering spot focused on “community made” small plates sourced from a local fisherman, farmers, growers and wineries, ingredients are also handpicked from the chef’s sustainable herb garden. Innovative cocktails, tantalizing appetizers, and delicious signature entrees are on the menu. One of the best things about dining at Cast & Plow is sitting on the amazing deck with a fire pit in the center of the waterfront communal tables, overlooking the marina and watching the sunset as you partake in the delicious fare that reflects the dynamic culture of Southern California. And no stay is complete without a visit to Spa del Rey, where each treatment is customized for guests to revitalize, rejuvenate, and relax with an exotic array of massages, body wraps, facials, manicures, and pedicures. The 7,000 square feet of serene space includes a eucalyptus steam room, eight treatment rooms, a tranquility lounge with yummy snacks, and lounge chairs to enjoy poolside. Sister property The Ritz Carlton, Los Angeles in Downtown LA is also a perfect choice to experience the art scene and nightlife in the city hub. A short distance from The Broad, MOCA, and close to the Staples Center with its amazing live music, sports and entertainment, this downtown hotel is an ideal place to rest your head when you’re in town. RitzCarlton.com/MarinaDelRey
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Interior Design with Stage of Mind
Stage of Mind is a full service company that provides a range of home services, including interior design, construction consultation, project management, and redesign. Its core business, however, is partial and full staging, making it the perfect choice if you’re renting out or selling your property.
Revitalize at Rejuice
Yes, LA has about as many juice bars as it does coffee shops these days, but not all juice bars in the city are created equal. Rejuice, an organic beverage and vegan food café, rises above the rest with its delicious array of cold-pressed drinks handcrafted by master juicer and co-owner Ron Anthony. Actress and mom Elisabeth Röhm (“Law & Order”) is also at the helm of the Santa Monica-based store.
Rejuice uses local and organic produce and offers customized cleanses, nutritional advice, and juice delivery. Better yet, all of their juices, smoothies, nut milks, shots, and food are made on site, and the taste, quality, and consistency will have you back for more. Rejuice-California.com
Sometimes a buyer or renter cannot visualize the potential of a great home, and that’s where Stage of Mind founder Liana Ayranian and her team step in to work their magic. Their expertise: transforming the biggest or smallest space to leave you with beautiful and inviting rooms that will surpass even your highest expectations. Ask her clients and they will tell you that Ayranian is a pleasure to work with, accessible, and
always willing to go above and beyond. She works tirelessly and professionally with a superb and creative eye for detail. Staging a home perfectly equates to a big difference in a property sitting on the market indefinitely, incurring costs, and getting a quick sale in a short period of time. Stage of Mind will give you piece of mind for all of your interior design needs. StageOfMind.net
Brentwood’s Baltaire: A Redefined Steakhouse
There’s nothing at this modern and stylish establishment that you won’t love. Some of our favorites: the delicious selection of oysters with a moreish mignonette and shellfish plateau, the sizzling lobster mac n’ cheese with a trio of filet with different toppings, and the lamb rib chops that will simply melt in your mouth.
The expansive and airy dining room, fireside lounge, and sprawling outdoor terrace are perfect for a business lunch, weekend brunch, or dinner with family and friends. You can also enjoy the live jazz band by the bar with an array of creative cocktails and top-notch bar menu (although calling it “bar food” really doesn’t do it justice!).
Baltaire has Brentwood and the rest of LA buzzing as one of the best restaurants in the city; for sure, it’s a top-notch choice for steak and mouthwatering meat dishes thanks to Executive Chef Travis Strickland’s upscale yet approachable menu. His selection of premium meats and local produce will have you racing over to the west side of town for the most delectable dining experience. Baltaire.com B
Brentwood, the beautiful Los Angeles neighborhood nestled between Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, boasts lots of A-list spotting opportunities, with residents including Jennifer Garner and Reese Witherspoon. For an equally alluring dining experience, try the neighborhood’s amazing Baltaire Restaurant, which has redefined the traditional steakhouse.
BELLA New York’s 4th Annual White Party Hosted by Robin McGraw On Saturday, August 6th, BELLA celebrated the Hamptons Issue with their 4th annual White Party hosted by this year’s cover star Robin McGraw at the Montauk Yacht Club. Check out all the pictures on Instagram: #BellaWhiteParty2016.
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Dr. Svetlana Danovich and Team
Dr. Svetlana Danovich, SD Medical Arts To be a leader in the field of cosmetic surgical artistry, a doctor must demonstrate an extensive understanding of the human body in addition to aesthetic ability. Dr. Danovich has these credentials as a top cosmetic surgeon in New York City and Long Island. Her training is focused on the most advanced cosmetic procedures available, and as one of the few female cosmetic surgeons, she has an aesthetic awareness that sets her apart from others in her field. SvetlanaDanovich.com
Wen by Chaz Dean
Just Bones Boardwear
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Wen by Chaz Dean Chaz Dean believes in a natural, healthy lifestyle, and his signature product line, WEN by Chaz Dean, embodies those principles. WEN cleanses hair thoroughly without lather or harsh sulfates found in some ordinary shampoos, and it wonâ€™t strip your hair of its natural oils. Instead your tresses are left with strength, moisture, and manageability.Â Wen.com
The Strellson Team Strellson The Strellson fashion brand speaks to men who act globally, take risks, and as make things happen. Sold in Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, this high-end line of suits, athleisure wear, and trendy/casual style is the perfect modern, high-quality product. Strellson.com
Owl’s Brew Owl’s Brew is the first ever “tea crafted for cocktails,” and is fresh brewed in micro-batches from whole tea leaves, fruits, and spices. Owl’s Brew pairs perfectly with a range of spirits, from vodka and tequila to beer, gin, and more. Owl’s Brew teas are meant to provide an easy solution for the home bartender and will elevate any cocktail in a sophisticated, yet fun way. TheOwlsBrew.com When Mask
Marzan Flowers Armadale Vodka
Armadale Vodka Each handcrafted bottle of Armadale Vodka is blended with traditional and unique grains to give it character. Filtered five times through charcoal and crushed lava rock, Armadale is delightful straight or in your favorite cocktail. You’ll experience an ultra-smooth, award-winning vodka that’s rich in character. VodkaArmadale.com
Marzan Flowers Based in Brooklyn, NY, Marzan Flowers has been the “go-to” florist for all BELLA celebrity events. Specializing in unique and beautiful floral arrangements for more than 25 years, husband and wife team Inna and Yuval Marzan introduce you to the magical kingdom of flowers, where the colors and fragrances can take you to exotic places from all over the world. Whether it’s a private party, corporate event, or a lavish gala, Marzan Flowers will leave an unforgettable, lasting impression for years to come. MarzanFlowers.com BELLANYC.COM 147
Hour Children ’s 7th Annual Dream Extreme Romona Keveža hosted an exclusive VIP champagne reception in honor of Hour Children and its 7th Annual Dream Extreme at her flagship boutique’s New York City penthouse. ©Johnny Nunez Todd English, Drew Nieporent, Jean Shafiroff, David Burke, Kris Kim
Taste of Hope The American Cancer Society hosted its 11th annual Taste of Hope event at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. ©PatrickMcMullan.com
Roland Foster, RoseMarie Terenzio, John Schlimm
Health & Wellness Party A Health & Wellness Party was hosted at Southampton’s new modern Mexican restaurant Union Cantina. ©Pam Deutchman/society-in-focus.com Peter Pierce, Raquel Chevremont, Steven Sare, Mickalene Thomas
Giovanni Mattera, Sonja Morgan Teresa Colley, Bruce Colley
Mashomack International Polo Challenge The Mashomack Polo Club hosted its 19th Annual Mashomack International Polo Challenge Luncheon and Champagne Reception, and the exciting International Polo Challenge match in Millbrook, NY. ©Cutty McGill
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Belmont Stakes Viewing Party de GRISOGONO hosted an exclusive viewing party for the historic 148th running of the Belmont Stakes at its Madison Avenue boutique in New York City. ©BFA.com
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Gallery Valentine Exhibition JetSmarter and Talent Resources presented an exclusive art exhibition at East Hampton’s renowned Gallery Valentine, dedicated to the works of Peter Beard. ©Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com
St. Barth in the Hamptons Margo Manhattan partied with Christie Brinkley at the 5th Annual St. Barth Hamptons Gala, presented by St. Barth Tourism in Bridgehampton, NY. ©www.lucianapampalonestudio.com
Martin Shafiroff, Jean Shafiroff Laurie Schaffran, Sandra Lee, Marion Waxman, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Deidre Quinn
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Starry Night Gala Kenneth Fischel, Maria Fischel, Bradley Fischel
A Hamptons Happening The 12th annual A Hamptons Happening, held in Southampton, NY, marked the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF). ©Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com
New York philanthropist Jean Shafiroff chaired the Starry Night Gala. The Ellen Hermanson Foundation proudly honored Jennifer Finkelstein of 5 Under 40 Foundation and the doctors, nurses, and medical staff of The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center of Southampton Hospital. ©PatrickMcMullan.com
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Larry Scott Hosts Exclusive Summer Party in the Hamptons Sheryl Kaye, Larry Scott, Chip Kaye, Michael Strahan, Stacy and Peter Hochfelder, Kayla Quick
Larry Scott hosted a summer gathering at his home in the Hamptons. Guests mingled while enjoying hors d’oeuvres served by waiters dressed in “Keep Calm and Live like Larry” tees. ©BFA.com
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EXPERIENCE NERVANA James Ivory, Vanessa Redgrave, Charles Cohen
Cannes Film Festival Charles S. Cohen, Vanessa Redgrave, and James Ivory attend the “Howard’s End” photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival. ©Getty Images
Jill Zarin and husband Bobby Zarin hosted Jill Zarin’s 4th Annual Luxury EXPERIENCE NERVANA Luncheon in Southampton, NY, to benefit The Eric Trump Foundation/ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. ©BFA.com
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RAND Luxury Brunch James Ivory, Vanessa Redgrave, Charles S. Cohen, Clo Cohen
James Ivory, Vanessa Redgrave, Charles S. Cohen, and Clo Cohen attend the “Money Monster” premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival. ©Getty Images 150 THE FASHION ISSUE
RAND Luxury hosted a private brunch of the season showcasing the latest marques from legendary car maker and main event sponsor Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, a division of Manhattan Motorcars. ©Lenny Stucker Photography
Just Bones Boardwear: A Swim Week Standout Just Bones Boardwear™ unveiled its SS/2017 "Ocean" Collection at Miami Swim Week with a fashion show at the Funkshion tent, including a new sporty and sexy bikini line. Sporty cross back and racerback tops stay in place for water performance, while flirty keyhole halter and strappy bikinis are perfect for a fun day at the beach. The new board short collection and bikinis garnered tons of press at Swim Week, including Vogue, In Style Magazine, Elle USA, Elle Mexico, Celebrity Page TV, and POSH Magazine.
Creato RD and the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Tourism Bring Magical Flavors of Chef Martín Omar to NYC Creato RD and the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic showcased Chef Martín Omar’s culinary mastery at Mamajuana Café in Upper Manhattan. The objective of the four-day event was to present the diversity and high quality of Dominican cuisine in foreign countries, noting New York as one of the largest markets in which to achieve this goal. BELLANYC.COM 151
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1. Best thing about growing up in NYC? I moved to NYC in my early 20s, and have loved the fact that this city is unlike any other. Everyone is free to be who they are. 2. Favorite NYC restaurant? Maialino 3. Favorite neighborhood? I spent 10 years living in NYC, and never stepped in FiDi… it’s the best-kept secret here. 4. The best part of my job... Free therapy between me and the listeners. It is mutually beneficial, for sure!
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TAYLOR STRECKER Taylor Strecker was discovered in a New York City bar only a few months after graduating from Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications. When the programming director of Sirius Satellite Radio’s brand new “hush, hush” channel for Cosmo Magazine overheard this raspy-voiced Boston native, she knew she had found her radio show personality. Since launching the groundbreaking “for women, by women” radio station in March 2006, Taylor, the host of Cosmo’s Wake Up! With Taylor, currently on SiriusXM Stars 109, has been coined a “lil’ shot of espresso.” Weekdays from 6am to 9am EST, Strecker throws a daily brunch with her “friends” (listeners, celebrities, and co-host Kenny) full of smarts, sass, and of course — silliness. We sat down with Taylor to find out her top 9 things about life in New York City. 152 THE FASHION ISSUE
5. A visit to New York isn’t complete until... You’ve sang your show tunes’ heart out at Marie’s Crisis. 6. Subways or cabs? Subways – they are so much faster, cheaper, and convenient. 7. Best advice you’ve ever received? To always be able to laugh at myself. 8. Your one “musthave” beauty item? Kiehl’s Crème de Corp — it makes your skin feel like a baby’s! 9. What’s your definition of beauty? Authenticity B
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