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A NEWUS, A NEW YOU


YEAR 3027..... 1 MAN & MILLIONS OF WOMEN

MODELS LEFT TO RIGHT ALYSSA LARSEN | POPSTARACADEMY WINNER DEKISA OKOI | WEBB MODELS ALISSA LOREN | FREELANCE


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PHOTOGRAPHER | ALEXANDER HERNANDEZ HAIR | MELISSA CABLE MAKE-UP | AMBER HECKERT EDITORIAL CONCEPT | CHRIS PARKER WARDROBE CONCEPT | CHRS PARKER WARDROBE ASSISTANT | JOUA YANG & WARDROBE ASSISTANT | JAHEE MOORE


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PHOTOGRAPHY | ALEXANDER HERNANDEZ MAKEUP | MELISSA CABLE HAIR | AMBER HECKERTT WARDROBE CONCEPT | CHRIS PARKER WARDROBE ASSISTANTS | JOUA YANG & JAHEE MOORE

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

FRONT COVER | CHRIS PARKER & JOUA YANG FRONT COVER ASSISTANT DESIGNER | GINA HER ASSISTANT GRAPHIC DESIGNER | NANCY VANG

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PHOTOGRAPHY | GINA HER MEN'S FASHION WRITER | CHRIS PARKER WOMEN'S FASHION WRITER | JOUA YANG KIDS' FASHION WRITER | JOUA YANG INTERNATIONAL WRITER | JULIAN WOODHOUSE DIY | JAHEE MOORE

ENTERTAINMENT

ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR | TAMEIKA WILLIAMS

LIFESTYLE

LIFESTYLE EDITORS | JOUA YANG & CHRIS PARKER

FEATURES/INTERVIEWS

JOUA YANG AND CHRIS PARKER ASSISTANT WRITER | JOSEPHINE REID

CONTRIBUTORS

JENNY BALDING | CUTLER/REDKEN STYLING GROOMING EXPERT STERLING MIRE | SPIRITUAL LIFE COACH JAMES ROSEN | CEO & CO-FOUNDER, DIETBETTER


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14. Korea: The Prevailing Punk Identity Men's: flanels, ties and jeans 18. Women's: from fringe to peplum to yearn 30. Kids': Effortless looks for ongoing fun

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48. Artist spotlight: Yiannis Apostolidis pours his passion for playing guitar and singing 44. Good Cup of Tea: Why Pattie Stagner regrets not having kids.

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EDITORS' A New Us, A New You LETTER | ISSUE 3. JAN./FEB. '14

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elcome to the new face of Fashion Odds, Ladies and Gentlemen! As we embark into a new year, we considered bringing a fresh outlook of our magazine to further keep both us and yourself inspired by our fashion and entertainment discoveries. As you may have initially noticed, the original "Fashion Odds" logo was replaced by a simplified logo, as represented by a striking "F" and a vertical aligned "Fashion Odds". We also like to extend our appreciation to our fans for supporting us when we began only as a Facebook blog, and eventually transforming into a website and now a magazine. Hop into the Fashion Odds "Get Connected" family tree, for ways to stay interacted and for contribution opportunities.

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OUR NEW YEAR'S THROWBACK

A glimpse into this issue!


ALL THINGS MINNESOTA

Alyssa Larsen

ALWAYS A MODEL CITIZEN INTERVIEWS | CHRIS PARKER

What was being a part of the Pop-Star Academy like? I love pop-star academy! The photographer is an amazing woman--she is so fun and caring. I felt very comfortable around her. Her compliments towards me during the shoot really made me feel like I really had what it takes. Part of your prize within winning Popstar Acadeemy was to be featured in our cover editorial. How was your first official modeling experience? The experience I had for the shoot of the cover magazine was truly amazing! Right away Parker and I hugged. He's such great guy and you can see the passion he has for Fashion Odds and photography.

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he following two local models, Mandy Peterson and Alyssa Larsen, know that you don’t only serve a good face to be a model, but you also have to be a model citizen—a role model you can look up to. In December ’13, Alyssa won Pop Star Academy’s modeling competition and look no further below how she indulges in her modeling aspiration. Mandy has worked with some of the Twin Cities most talented photographers as she has also played between print and runway modeling and pageantry.

Mandy Peterson What did it feel like to take top 15 and “Miss Congeniality” at Miss Minnesota USA? CD DIY CHANDLIER

To make top 15 in a year where the competition was tough turned

into a great accomplishment. However, miss congeniality... Wow I still get goose bumps thinking about that. What an amazing honor to have my peers give me this title, that itself was like winning.

What's next on your modeling journey? This year you will hopefully see a lot of me as I have set the bar even higher for myself. I am currently working towards my next goal which is to compete in my first fitness competition in April.


PUNK

INTERNATIONAL FASHION

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THE PREVAILING KOREAN IDENTITY.

unk in today’s context is still respected and maintained by a massive population across the world. A new hub for punk is Korea. Being one of the latest adopters, Korean pop culture views the look and the fashion style rather than the original meaning of Punk. Punk fashion as a way to identify and create the artistic individual, is their outtake on the the punk movement.

It would be unnecessary and inaccurate to identify the punks in Korea as posers. It would be more acceptable to identify them as observers. In Korea as well as the rest of the world, style and views are exchanged over the big screen and also through other forms of the media. At times, and maybe most times, the lifestyle that inspired the fashion gets lost in the exchange. What becomes instead of a unique style dreamt up by the individuals fully representing their values as a subculture is a style adopted by individuals. Korean raw punk doesn’t seem to exist, rather than solely identifying with idea and using that idea and those values as inspiration for how to dress, how outsiders dress is used as the primary source of artistic inventiveness. In the Land of the Morning Calm, punk coexists peacefully along with hip hop, high fashion, and a number of other specific styles. It has transgressed into the daily lifestyle to infamous entertainment tastemakers such as 2NE1 and Gdragon. At the end of the day just like any other purebred that is stricken by a lover of another motherland, attraction isn’t something you can control; it isn’t something you can avoid. ARTICLE | JULIAN WOODHOUSE


Street Fashion + International + Trend

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HOV Jay Z – Magna Carter World Tour In Review Jigga man graced St. Paul, MN with his presence for his tour stop at the Excel Center on Saturday Nov 30th. The Magna Carter tour was highly anticipated here in the twin cities as Jay Z has not come to town in about a decade. The energy in the Excel center was magical!! Fans cheered as Jay Z hit the stage performing big hits from his latest album Magna Carter Holy Grail, as well as taking us down memory lane with some of his past hits such as Dead Presidents ll, Jigga What, 99 problems, Big Pimpin and Hard Knock Life. Jay Z was a one man show which made the performance feel that much more intimate. There were no singers, dancers, hype-men or opening acts. The spotlight was all on Hov—and he delivered one hell of a show! During a brief intermission the DJ of the night, Timberland, whom is famously known as a producer working with Aaliyah and Missy Elliot, graced us with some beats on the spot. His ability to make catchy tracks was evident as he had the crowd going wild during his set. Williams

WRITTING | TAMEIKA WILLIAMS


MEN'S S TYL E

Urban , Casual & Cocktail

Throw on a few layers for warmth and an extra defined sense of style.

This jacket will get you noticed. It is warm and comfortable, yet looks great in any setting. When layering , choose a rich and contrasting color shirt to set your style quotient .


Clothings Available At Atmosfere Men's Boutique

STAPLE ITEMS FASHION PRINT TIE LEVIS JEAN MONO FANEL


CASUAL

FASHION ODDS | MEN'S FASHION SIMILAR LOOKS

Fossil Messenger Bag , $120 | Fossil.com

Converse Sneakers , $50 | Target.com

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all effortless swag

Tired of over analyzing an outfit to wear to the mall? Invest in a monoflannel you can layer with basic tees. Creating a casual effortless look can be simple to accomplish with basic tees and color blocking. MODEL'S FASHION | ATMOSFERE

Leather Braided Bracelet , $6 | Forever21


URBAN

FASHION ODDS | MEN'S FASHION SIMILAR LOOKS Gold Chain , $5 |Charlotte Russe

Jean Button Up , $30 | Forever21.com

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rban elegance

Over the years urban style has transitioned as it can consist of over sized to denim wear. The easiest way to get the urban look without over doing is sticking with leather, denim, neon colors, that puts emphasis on "quirkiness". MODEL'S FASHION | ATMOSFERE

Urban Outfitters Hat . $19 | Urban Outfitters


Cocktail

FASHION ODDS | MEN'S FASHION | SIMILAR LOOKS

Yves St. Laurent , $12 | Local Goodwill

John Varvatos $ 175 | Bay Street Shoes

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Docker's Khaki , $35 | Herberger's

ashionable cocktail

Cocktail attire can be boring. So mix and match textures and prints for your under layers, Even add some fashion print socks to that element of suprise. There will be 100's of men in a black suit, so set the gold standard . MODEL'S FASHION | ATMOSFERE


The Suit Break Down GQ's Favorite Style Guy

Gregory "ArtOfAStylist" Clark Jr. Shows You 3 Ways To Rock A Sports Coat And Stretching Out Your Dollar.

Styling | Gregory "ArtOfaStylist" Photographs | Kyle Pompey Ralph Lauren Black Label Suit Polo Ralph Lauren pocket squares Stubbs and Wootton slippers Michael Kors watch Club Monaco pants


WOMEN'S STYLE

Casual , Urban & Cocktail

If not already, add a fringe cape, acid wash jeans and of course, a peplum dress to awaken your 2014 wardrobe.

The ultimate peice to own is the fringe trend. Distance away from its origin of grunge and hipster, it is the next "ah" thing to twirl in. As also executed by Calvin Klein, Emilio Pucci and Marc Jacobs spring 2014 collection, it gives another reason to flaunt it.


Clothings Available At A'GACI Store

STAPLE ITEMS PEPLUM DRESS FRINGE CAPE

ACID WASH JEANS


C A S U A L FASHION ODDS | WOMEN'S FASHION SIMILAR LOOKS

Beaded Fringe Tassel Waistcoat , $23.99 | Ebay.com.

Ted Baker Piceno Retro Square Jogger Trousers, Black, $105 | johnlewis.com

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ringe is the 2014 Staple

Beat up by overdone statements? Invest in a fringe peice as popularized on the runway of spring 2014 collections. A new year should also reflect some must try fashion trends. MODEL'S FASHION | A'GACI

Aglaya Owl Necklace, $31 | oliverbon as.com


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FASHIONODDS ODDS| |WOMEN'S WOMEN'SFASHION FASHION FASHION SIMILAR LOOKS GLISTERING DETAILS

Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Cropped Denim Vest , $25 | TARGET.COM

Blue Acid Wash High Waist Jeans, $40 | WINDS ORSTORE.CO M

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similar pattern heels. This risktaking pattern will wake you up from stress! PRICEPRICEPRICEPRICEPRICEPRICEPRICEPRICEPRICEPRIC EPRICEPRICEPRICEPRICEPRICEPRICEPRICEPRICEPRICEPRI MODEL'S FASHION | A'GACI CE

Chained-N-Cuffed-ShimmeryHeels. $36 | GOJANE.COM


Cocktail

FASHION ODDS | WOMEN'S FASHION SIMILAR LOOKS

Dorothy Perkins Cream lace panel dress, $25 | dorothyperkins.com

LOFT Short Cabochon and Rhinestone Multi Strand Necklace $40 loft.com

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eplum Dress Adds Dazzle

Dazzle the night away in a peplum dress. The peplum on a bodycon dress adds dazzle chicness as opposed to a bodycon alone. Wear it with silver details and colors for extra dazzles! MODEL'S FASHION | A'GACI

Privileged The Anouk Teal Glitter Platform Pump, $40 | karmaloop.com


CHICK STOLE MY LOOK !

Miley VS. Rita

CHRISTINA VS. MARIAH

Kim VS. Jennifer

These hollywood starlets are built off their image and a diva's worst nightmare is to be caught with the same garment as anoth starlet. You be the judge--- WHO WORE IT BETTER ?

Leah VS. Camila

Alyssa VS. Rosie


KIDS' STYLE Casual, Urban & Cocktail Throw on overall jeans for easy styling or prance in a fun pattern coat ?

This year's wardrobe should be a balanced of fun and effortless styling. Kids most often turn up their day in a hyperactive mode as they adventur. Hence, keep easy wears but with bursting, fun looks.


Clothings Available At Target stores

STAPLE ITEMS JEAN OVERALLS SUNBURST SUNGLASSES

HOUNDSTOOTH COAT


URBAN

FASHION ODDS | KIDS' FASHION SIMILAR LOOKS

Yellow Striped Shirt , $12 | TEACOLLECTION.COM

Zara Terez Print Leggings, 48 | NORDSTROM.COM

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olor Balance with Black

Make a change to kids' colorful clothes by adding black. Although it initiately associates as a safe color, think of black as a mystery color. It sends mystery behind like a child who likes to play tricks, making you curious. KIDS' FASHION | TARGET

Girls pink retro sunglasses, $9.91 | RIVERISLAND.COM


CASUAL

FASHION ODDS | KIDS' FASHION SIMILAR LOOKS

Colorblock Ponte Dress , $30 | gap.com

Lined Overalls, $29.99 | Gap.com

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asy as 1,2,3!

If the kids are behind schedule, slip the kids in overalls or a flowy dress. Add a plaid underneath the overalls or dress and pair with matching casual shoes to make and effortless fashion impact. MODEL'S FASHION | TARGET

Blue and White Gingham Check Scarf, $26 | alexandalexa.com


Cocktail

Kid's Fashion

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Get The Cocktail look

FASHION ODDS | KIDS' FASHION SIMILAR LOOKS

Blazer, $24, leggings, Dockers Boy's Suit$12, Coat and Pants, $50 | sears.com blouse, $14, flats, $12 all at @ H&M stores and headband, $5 @ Target stores.

Photographer | Russell Heeter MUA | Melanie Rivers Hair |Melanie Rivers

Who doesn't have a pair of black flats? It's every girl (and women's) must have! If she doesn't have a substitute for heels on a night of fun, run to the nearestLace Target Bodiceand Dress,get $43 a | lordandtaylor.com pair of black flats!

Before she runs off, make sure Dot Bauble with she makes aBow statement Necklace, $15 | printed leggings. It's great for lassy and Kool gymboree.com The black, white and red classic wear never girls who dislike wearing ceases. Give it a life update by making minor too. Finish this classic changes. Throw on a statement pearl and dresses bow necklace or rock Timberland boots in look with a floral hairband and replacement of dress shoes. she is ready to sprint off.

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KIDS' FASHION | TARGET

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FASHION | TREND ALERTS

INVEST IN THESE TRENDS

Inspired by the men's, women's and kids looks you just explored? Invlude these trend to upgrade your fashion wardobe. New fashion equals the new you!

KIDS | OVERALLS

Cord overall dress, $29.95 | Gap.com.

Baby and Boy's Suede Touch 'n' Close Ankle Boots, $45|LAREDOUTE.C OM

Star Tassel Scarf, $35 | se edheritage.co m PrimaLoft速 camo overalls, $49.95 | Gap.com.

WOMENS | MESH IN/OUT

CrystalEncrusted Cuff Bracele, $128 | LORDANDTAYLOR. COM

Mesh Bow Rhinestone Bangle Set, $13 | WETSEAL.COM

Jane Norman Lace Midi Dress, $82 | HOUSEOFFRASER.CO.UK

Grosgrain Bow Hair Elastics, $3.95 | seedheritage.com Mesh-MashFloralBooties,$39 | GOJANE.COM

Floral Teal Crop Sweetheart Mesh Halter Top, $13 | etsy.com

Qupid Ritzy Leopard Mesh Flats, $9.99 | PACSUN.COM


Chanel De Bleu, $68 | Macys.com Ray*Ban , $120 | Solstce

MEN'S | SPLURGE

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Mk watch , $225.00 | Macy's

Christian Louboutin , $900 | Neimans LouisVuitton , $1,150 | Etsy.com

MEN'S |SPLURGE

EDITOR'S FAVORITE

Chanel De Bleu Kit | Chanel.com

KIDS | OVERALLS OshKosh B'gosh Canvas Overalls Baby,$17| kohls.com

WOMENS | MESH IN&OUT Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick, $7.59 | target.com

Alexander McQueen Crystal Crochet Suede Pumps, $1,040 | saksfift havenue.com

Black Out Mesh Insert Maxi Dress, $44 | composeme. com Colorful Hand-Dyed Tie Dye Rainbow Shoelaces, $5.42 (ÂŁ3.28) etsy.com

Kid Girl Overalls Jumpers, $24| carters.com


FASHION | DIY

Galaxy Print Tee SUPPLIES: A New Year means a new trend to try. Each new year brings a different (and hopefully an upgraded) life chapter, so aim for a galaxy print tee filled with bursting colors. This trend will keep your future bright! SOURCE

* Plain black t-shirt * Bleach in a spray bottle * White fabric paint or acrylic paint * Old toothbrush * Old paintbrush * Hairdryer * Small piece of sponge * Gloves (optional) * Plastic sheet to protect the carpet * Plastic bag for inside your shirt DIY RESEARCH | JAHEE MOORE

HOW TO:

Step 1: Lay out your t-shirt on a large bin bag . Place another plastic bag inside so bleach does not seep through to the other side.

Step 5: Use the white paint to flick 'stars' on to the shirt with a stiff paintbrush or an old toothbrush.

Step 2: Carefully but randomly spray with the bleach. After rusty marks begin to appear, speed up this process with your hair dryer on a low setting.

Step 6: Add bigger white star clusters with your selected brush or drip blobs of bleach on to the shirt to form a lovely constellation effect.

Step 3:

Step 4:

Once you have achieved Spray the twist liberally a nice pattern, twist the with bleach until desired fabric in the middle of effect has been reached the shirt to create a Don't over do it though, galaxy or star cluster. less is sometimes mores.

Step 7: You can sponge on other colours of paint if you like, adding a bit of purple gives depth to your galaxy.

Step 8: Leave to dry in a flat area overnight. Rinse with cold water the next day to get rid of the bleach smell.


DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT

BERT KEETER

Bert Keeter--- a man before his time infamous for not holding back his opinion, indulges in life , art , and pure reality .

SPRING 2013 COLLECTION


applaud you for taking the Q: We opportunity to compete in the Project Runway TV Show. What’s something you wish you didn’t create? In contrast, what was the piece you were the most proud of? I regret the team challenge design for A: the Stilt Walkers with Viktor. It was a tragic! I should have insisted on us each sketching and comparing ideas...instead of being nice! Ha! I won the first challenge, "Come as you are", where we had to use only what we slept in that night. I almost walked up to the producer to tell her that I wanted to be off the show about an hour into the challenge. I just felt this huge wave of fear coming over me. Fortunately, I kept going and slowly the fear left. had a long career. Do you reflect Q: You've about something you wish you would have done throughout your career? I had been more involved and aware of A: Ithewishbusiness side of the fashion industry. Today more than ever knowledge of the industry and the business side is as important as the creative side!

are your favorite designers right Q: Who now? question, but it is easier to name A: Tough my least favorites. I admire the two designers for Valentino, and their beautiful and chic collections that will be worn for years. I do wish they would add a touch more sex appeal though! And then there is Albert Kriemler designer of AKRIS, from Switzerland. Exquisite fabrics, construction and esthetics! I find it very hard to say anything good about Raf Simon from Dior or Alexander Wang at Balenciaga. They are designing under the names of two of the most famous and iconic names in fashion. It's one train wreck after another. I don't know who is worse!

took a hiatus for years. What was that Q: You due to? career was at it's height, working for A: My HALSTON, enjoying success and loving my life when in the early 1990's. However, AIDS claimed the life of my two best friends, David and Gordon, just one day apart, who were lovers. I had introduced them way back in high school. A year later my partner of 18 years, John, died of AIDS. With these losses along with many others I turned to alcohol to blot out all my feelings of loss and anger. I really lost with everything. I left NYC, moved home to my family in D.C. to try and get it together. I went back to NYC several times trying to move on with my life but again my drinking took over. I was in and out of rehabs for almost 17 years. Looking back at how I drank and the consequences, it's amazing that I am still alive, (4 dui's and one head on collision for starters). Gratefully after years of trying to get and stay sober I now have over five years sober! In these five years I have been blessed with meeting some amazing people and old friends from years past ALL in recovery! It was these friends with their support and that of my family that helped me finally get sober, gained the courage to do the next right thing, return to fashion design and take the leap of faith to go on Project Runway. a last note---do you project that the Q: On fashion world will eventually incorporate more technology and science than just fabrics? will in the design and A: Definitely construction of fabrics. I believe as we move farther into this century, this fad of buying so many clothes, designs, trends will end.

Interview | Chris Parker Image | Getty


PHOTOGRAPHER | OSCAR PICAZO


X Top Model X R

Rosie Mercado

osie Mercado has many talents as a model, business woman and acting. Some people try to balance it all, but because of Miss. Mercado’s ability do so; we named her this issue’s “Top Model”. She exudes confidence and takes on many challenges to further inspire women in all that they do.

Q: For an aspiring model that is not a plus size, what advice can you offer them?

important to understand the purpose you A:t’s are doing it and what results you want to obtain. I think modeling is an art and practice is important if you want to be the best. Create your own niche and I don’t be afraid to take risk every opportunity is an experience or a lesson learned. Don’t worry about what other people say. Take the good and say thank you. Take the bad and become better! A humble heart is a wise heart you have to chase the dreams that make you happy.

a mother, mogul and top plus size Q: You're model. How do you do it all?

A: I am a driven business woman. I am not shy.

My parents have taught me to always be proud to tell people my story of everything I had to do to accomplish my dreams. I also feel the once I achieve a goal, I find myself asking what is next. I am not a women who likes to just sit around I prefer good company over watching tv and a good book and learning something new over sitting around and doing nothing! People always ask where do I get the energy and I think it comes from wanting to be better and being blessed to be alive. I think when you hit rock bottom a couple times in your life you learn to want to stay away from that feeling and find purpose in living.

any of your children want to follow in Q: Do your footsteps with hosting, business, and modeling?

kids have dreams of their own. My son A:My Alex who is 6 wants to become a dancer and

Q: What's next for the Rosie Empire? take over the world! I want to keep A: To designing as I am working on my next spring collection. I am also working on my weight loss journey. I want to transform my body to a toned size 18. Acting is in my future! I believe my purpose will be fulfilled in God's timing and it’s important for me to take opportunities that educate inspire and open doors for other powerful women!

my daughter Isabella starting to find the love of the arts with theatre. My son Valentino loves color, fabrics textures and the art of cooking. What ever they choose to do I will support them as long as they are the best in what they love and they understand that life is about paying it forward. Life is about sharing your talents with the world that’s how you find happiness. I am proud of my kids and I have learned so much from them. My kids are leaders and I know the best is coming there way!

Q:

What are your goals as a top plus size model?

A:

My goals will always be to inspire women to always break the barriers of what is symbolized as beauty. INTERVIEW| CHRIS PARKER

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MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER'S PATTI STANGER CALLS NOT HAVING KIDS HER BIGGEST REGRET, OPENS UP ABOUT ABORTION IN HER 20's ARTICLE| NATALIE, FINN, EONLINE.COM

Patti Stanger is full of advice for the wealthy singles she sets up on Millionaire Matchmaker—but that certainly doesn't mean that she's had all of the right answers for herself over the years. Asked what her biggest regret was during a Q&A moderated by OK!, during which fans submitted questions via Twitter, the 52-year-old Bravo star said simply, "My biggest regret is I didn't have children." She did get pregnant, in her twenties, and chose to have an abortion. "I didn't have enough money, and I didn't think it was OK to have a child and be a single parent," she recalled. "Now look, everybody's doing that. And I think that I didn't find the right guy at the right time to have one with, I guess, but I don't think I would adopt and be single. "I think I would've eventually found a guy, settled down, got the picket fence, and I just didn't meet the right person at the right time," she continued. "I wasn't lucky like a lot of other people. And that's my biggest regret, not having kids." And Stanger doesn't want those who are still looking for love to give up hope. "I found one on Plenty of Fish!" she exclaimed, giving a shout-out to the free online dating site (and presumably she meant a man, not a mackerel). "You really have to look at it like, you just need one and your'e done," Stanger advised. "If you constantly keep scoping the field and looking for the biger and better deal, you're going to be alone. You need to find some good guy, like a 7 or 8, that you can put a nice pair of jeans on, cut his hair, get him a suntan , and sweet nice and warm, makes a good living, andhe's makes youand laugh—and then call it a day." anger first revealed last year that she had an abortion when she was 26, calling it a "horrible time." "I remember this sense of paranoia," she told Fox News, "and I was always wondering whether this would be the last time, would this be my last shot at having a child. I am all for pro-choice, but it really did make me stop and think."


FASHION ODDS

INSIDER We have attended some

of the hottest local and international events to give you the inside scope, while evaulating with a star rating and audience comments. Events that grace this issue include the new face of Macy's Oak Grill in Downtown MPLS, I AM MPLS by Sarah Edwards, Mall of America's Verizon Wireless guest features, Nina Garcia and Selena Gomez.

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EVENTS + REVIEWS + RATINGS


EVENT REVIEWS

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In 50 years, the iconic Oak Grill restaurant at Macy’s Downtown Minneapolis underwent its first significant renovation. Some new changes included updated signature dishes, lighting throughout the dinning room and paintings. With additional changes better saved for a visit, the menu also captivated our tastes buds. We especially favored the braised short ribs out of the variety samples as also voted by Carly Aplin, CW Twin Cites TV Host. Guests visiting the “new” Oak Grill will perhaps experience a contemporary vibe as pushed by Warren Wolfe, the Group Vice president for Foodservice for Macy's, as we have also experienced the same jive.


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Minneapolis celebrating its own annual fashion focused variety show “I Am Mpls” produced and created by Sarah Edwards. The show’s centerpiece is a fashion show featuring creative types from the Twin Cities, art, music, fashion. This year they featured an amazing Allstar cover band Hookers & Blow to hype the audiences energy.


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he singer who started his entertainment career as a model and actor in Greece, on his favorite musicans, and passion for the guitar and Bouzouki ( Greek musical instrument). For his diverse transformed entertainment careers that is driven by passion, awards him as this issue's artist spotlight. INTERVIEW | PARKER PARKER


Q: What's your background? A: I was born and raised in Loannina, a northern city in Greece. I travelled to America at the age of 20 to pursue my dental studies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While in my process to graduate college, I worked as a waiter and played the guitar in numerous clubs to pay my tuition.

"When my father saw my love for the guitar, he encouraged me to take private tutoring lessons, which made me who I am today."

In 2002, I did some modeling and accepted the role to play a U.S. Army Captain in the Hollywood film, Path To War. The movie was produced by John Frankenheimer starring Donald Sutherland, Alec Baldwin, and Michael Gambon. In 2005, I participated in Eurovision held in Kiev, Ukraine. I was apart of Cyprus’s song, “Come Baby”. I became widely known around Greece and the world for my participation in the ANT1’s 2006 music reality series, “Fame Story”. Q: When and why did you start singing? A: I started singing at a young age while learning to play the guitar and the Bouzouki. While singing a song in my dressing room, I was approached by a man who called himself a music producer. He told me he heard me singing and encouraged me to pursue my singing career. That was the moment Q: The music in Greece is dramatically I decided to set down the guitar and different from what the US music. Has Bouzouki and go out on stage and sing any US artist influenced you? professionally in front of people. A: Music in Greece is primarily pop and rock. The music is beginning to sound Q: What are your fondest musical very similar to the music played memories? throughout the United States. However, A: I remember using my homemade we can never forget our traditional guitar, which I had built using only a music coming from the Bouzouki made piece wood and some fishing lines. It famous worldwide by Mikis Theodorakis sounded like music to my ears as I and Manos Hatzidakis. played it. At that point, my father saw that I was talented and went out and Q: Who was your first teacher? bought me a real guitar. My entire A: My father. When my father saw my neighborhood would gather around a bench and listen to me sing and play all love for the guitar, he encouraged me to take private tutoring lessons, which night, while everyone joined in. made me who I am today.


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Q: How does it feel to produce work for some of the biggest names in entertainment? ff screen he is also a socially A: It feels really insane! Back in November 2012 responsible fashion designer. His during San Deigo fashion week, Rihanna’s style flamboyant personality that drives his team contacted my manager that Rihanna’s show silly times, is what we especially love was looking for designers. I was so excited that reached out to me! I almost cried and I was like about Soriano! “Calm down! Calm down!” Afterward, Bravo team INTERVIEW | JOUA YANG followed up with a casting, where I was officially a confirmed contestant. It’s fabulous to work with talented designers because we all became good friends.

Andre' Soriano

A San Diego-based couture fashion designer.

Q: We have also observed that you wear back monochromatic frequently. What does this color signify to you? A: It’s very mysterious. It’s also Avant garde, very elegant, rebellious and almost classic! It is part of the young Hollywood, don’t’ care look.

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Q: You also performed as Rihanna for Channel 933 pre-party. Tell us more about that! A: Omg! I can’t believe you watched that! That costume was nspired by Rihanna’s outfit from her Victoria Secret performance. I made my inspired Rihanna VS outfit in two hours. At the event people were like, “Rihanna is here!” The reenactment was incredibly insane, very fun and so scandalous! Q: Do you have any final thoughts you would like to share with our readers? A: Life is too short! Life should be about peace, love and good fashion. It should be about achieving the most success in your life. Our achievements should also be shared with children. Life is fabulous, so move it forward! Recently on December 14th, I had the opportunity to show case my collection at Sea World for a cause. It was to to raise funds for Haiyan Typhoon victims in the Philippines. I am also showcasing about 30-50 gowns at the official Oscar award in Beverly Hills next early January. Big names such as Donatella and Versace will also be presented and performances by Justin Timberlake to name a few. Happy New Year as well!


SPECIAL FEATURE: ANDRÉS NIÑO AND NICHOLAS HURTADO

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lease welcome our first international shoe designer from Columbia:Co-founders, Andres Niño and Nicholas Hurtado of Beckett Simonon. Here, they share insights on their Fall Goodyear Welted collection and tips for emerging entreprenuers. Q: What was the inspiration for the fall 2013 shoe collection---Fall Goodyear Welted collection? A: We wanted to compose a collection for the contemporary men. This includes good craftsmanship, quality and well designed products. Q: Why was the earthtone color palette chosen for this collection, considering that the rainbow showered this year’s fall color trends? A: We looked to bring more diversity for men’s wardrobe. The diversity is meant to be functional and meet their needs. It is also versatile for all men and represents the gentlemen. Q: What is one sign to show you have created an exceptional shoe design? A: Customer feedback from products!

It’s a way to record their feelings about the products. By considering customer feedback, it makes us feel more confident in our shoes. Q: The direct-to-consumer business model sets the foundation of your business, to provide affordable shoes to consumers. What does the direct-to-consumer model mean to our non-business and marketing readers? A: It means to eliminate the middlemen. It reduces complexity, while delivering the product straight to the customers. This approach also benefits the price, making our shoes more affordable. It also gives our customer the chance to talk to the brand directly, so you have an experience with the brand. Q: For young and emerging entrepreneurs with minimum capital investment, what are some tips to initiate a business? A: One way is to reach out to family and friends. Develop your samples and have them test them. Kick starter is also a popular take on. You should also be flexible with ideas and adjust to new products with different markets. Once you have your product (and/or service) made, keep pushing yourself.


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LIFESTYLE ARTICLE | JOUA YANG

RULES TO KEEP YOU DEDICATED TO YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS Contributor life coach, Sterling Mire, will guide your new year with her motivational tips!

BRING LIFE TO YOUR LIVING ROOM FOR A FRESH INVITE

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SAVE EVERY PENNY FOR THAT DREAM CAR, MARRIAGE, and Etc., We are aslo humans that strive for new years resolution, and here are our new year resos to enrich our business and your time with us.

Considering your feedback! Tell us what you're inspired by or not or what is missing in our magazine to fulfill your time.

Keeping your entertained and connected with us. If we inspired you in some ways, we hope that further entertains your time to stay inspired for more.


FASHION ODDS | LIFE STYLE

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By Charlyne Mattox, realsimple.com

Too hard to fulfill your New Year's R.S.? Sprital life coach, Sterling Mire tips will guide you to keep up with your R.S.!

Bagels + hummus + cucumber = Hummus and Cucumber Crostini. Dividing evenly, top the bagel chips with the hummus and cucumber. Drizzle with the oil and season with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

1. Be sure that you can commit. Be honest with yourself. Is your resolution something that you truly want or does it just simply sound well on paper? Create resolutions that inspire you the most at this time. Don't overwhelm yourself with too many commitments.

Frozen waffle fries + thinly sliced roast beef, torn into pieces + horseradish sauce + Roast Beef and Horseradish Canapés. Cook ffle fries according to the package directions.Dividing evenly, top the fries with the roast beef, horseradish sauce, and ⅛ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

2. Keep your focus clear. See yourself with the desired results that you want, reaping the benefits of your New Year's resolutions. This will keep you on track and enable you to connect with the experience of fulfilling your resolution – and experiencing the results.

Easy ways to start saving (but commit to them!)

3. Tell others. We want others to see our best side. We want to share stories of success, not failure. Telling others what you are up will keep you accountable to your word. So, when someone asks you how your new workout routine is going, you can easily reply by saying, "Great!"

1. Dine less frequently.

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"Thicken"your wallet by taking the dinning scene into your living room. Or, make a commitment to dinning out once every three months, including fast food stops.

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2. Don't splurge your check right away! Make the conscious effort to

consider if you want something or need it? Also, try to save 40% or 10% of every paycheck.

3. Spending less than last year.

Challenge yourself to spend a significant amount less than last year. It will encourage you to spend wisely per shopping trip.


Wedding SOS GUIDE

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As you love birds plan for their wedding, dive wedding into our tips life-and hair DIY's to save your wedding nightmares and the perfect "I do" moment.

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souls but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one. " -JOHN KEATS-

Unforgettable Scents for an Unforgettable wedding

Discover The Dress! 1. Make an early shopping appoitment. Book your appoitment in 2-3 days in advance, and especially during the week, if possible, when the store is not busy. Arrive with your ideal dress --texture, shape and personality-- and the inspired images for references. 2. Minimum company. Bring few trustable people, whether you choose a married friend and mom. Less company makes it easier for you to experss your feelings and decision. 3. Be adventerous. Your pick may differ from the orginal inspiration. Try on variety. You may not fall in love with first dress, but will after many attempts! 4. The perfect white. Wedding dresses come in different shades of whie. Try variety of whites, from pearly white, silk white and diamond white. Keep in mind to aim for the white that most flatters your complexion!

Not your typical wedding dress. It's a sexy and classic twist in one for the untraditional bride.

This vibrant but subtle scent will keep you calm down the aisle. Halle Berry Exotic Jasmine, $28 for 1.0 oz | khols.com A blend of saffron, grapefruit, and wood will guide you to confidently put the ring on her. Polo Red, $76 for 4.2oz | ralphlauren.com

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FOR THE BIG DAY! It's the "Yes. I do!" day! Below are few things to pack to keep you at eased at all times * ALLERGY MEDICINE * BAND-AIDS * BREATH MINTHS * COUGH DROPS * LINT BRUSH * RINGS (can't forget these darlings)


EASY DIY BRIDAL&GROOM HAIRSTYLE Contributor Jenny Balding, who is a Cutler/Redken Styling and Grooming Expert, shows you how to achieve DIY hairstyles to save your hair. It is also another reason to reduce your wedding budget.

Try Victoria’s Secret Pro Smooth FX Lip Scrub & Balm for readyperfect kisses.

Tip: on camera your hair looks flatter so don't over flatten unless that's your goal.

Tip: securing with pins is the perfect way to disguise and anchor your stylish halo braid.

Bride: the Halo Braid " First, make sure though this will work with your dress. Create the look: 1. Create a middle part and spilt the hair into two sections. 2. Braid each section, loosely, starting just behind the ear. 3. Bring one braid over the top and secure with pin behind ear. 4. Use the bobby pin like an anchor and twist it back on itself. Repeat on the other side. 5. Then secure through the top sections, if necessary with a couple of the pins." BRIDES invites engaged couples to compete for the chance to star in a million dollar wedding!

Visit brideslivewedding.com for more details.

Groom: Modern Classically Groomed "Have your haircut one we before or 5 days before so it doesn't look just cut but just right. If you have short hair or the very popular right now, very tight at the sides and back and long length through the top, applying a little product to keep off your face and back slightly. Create the look: 1. Use a product that's suitable for your hair type. I find a paste or putty is suitable for most hair types as it looks more natural and less overloaded. Redken For Men Outplay is excellent. 2. Use small amounts and start at the crown and work your way to the front. This will keep the whole look balanced. "

ARTICLE | JOUA YANG & JOSEPHINE REID


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DEVELOPING THE NEW YOU THROUGH HEALTH

Commercial weight loss companies like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig continue to lose market share to do-it-yourself diets and free apps.When it comes to weight loss, people want flexibility, value and

convenience. In a year in which the stock market has surged, Weight Watchers has lost nearly half its market value. Why? Commercial weight loss programs like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and Nutrisystem are being leapfrogged by free apps that let people customize their approach to their needs. In our annual survey of DietBet players, MyFitnessPal, Lose It! and Fooducate have been among the most popular food-tracking apps. Our players also use exercise apps such as RunKeeper, MapMyRun and Couch to 5k as tools to motivate them to exercise. It remains to be seen, however, whether calorie-counting apps are sustainable as our players tell us that they fatigue from logging everything they eat.

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People turn to goal-oriented social networks to help them change habits. With Twitter's IPO—and LinkedIn and Facebook's stock price

doubling—2013 may be remembered as the year of social networking. But a new kind of social networking has quietly emerged and it doesn't connect you to people you know. Instead, next-gen social networks let you discover and befriend strangers who share a health-related goal, like losing weight or exercising more. NYU's Clay Shirky has said that "goal-oriented social networking" is the future of social networking and it's starting to get traction in sensitive areas of personal health where people don't feel comfortable sharing on Facebook with real-world friends — for example, updates relating to your struggles with weight loss and workout behaviors. Expect this to see a lot more of structured social

2014 Top FIVE Business and Technology Trends in Health and Wellness

At DietBetter, we've had 100,000 people play in our community weight-loss game. We continually survey them to monitor new trends in the fastchanging world of health and wellness. Here's what we're seeing, along with predictions going into 2014 Source


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virtual celebrity trainers into your home to kick your butt (like Jillian Michaels and Tony Horton). While workout-at-home technologies have been around since Jane Fonda's videodiscs, this technology is hitting its stride in terms of interactivity and realism. We see this as the beginning of a new chapter in interactive home workouts with technologies like Fitstar, Wello, and Daily Burn. At the same time, expect to see all these games become social, like everything else in our lives. Social support networks around health-oriented games can provide a powerful combination of confidential support and peer-to-peer motivation. We see a growing appetite for DietBet, our community-based weight loss game as well as CrossFit, the workout program that uses social media to foster competition and collaboration among its highly motivated participants.

experimentation around wearable activity trackers like Nike's Fuelband, Fitbit, and Jawbone's UP. However, what remains to be seen is how these devices stay relevant after the initial excitement fades. We're waiting to see what these companies invent to provide compelling reasons to engage with their devices over the long-term—reasons to continue tracking steps and sleep after the first few weeks.

Gamification is finally Exercise devices like Fitbit, starting to deliver on years of Jawbone and Fuelband gain promises.Gamified exercise technology popularity, but future remains like the new Xbox Fitness lets you invite unclear. We have seen a surge of

BY JAMES ROSEN, CEO & CO-FOUNDER, DIETBETTER

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Thanks to new technologies, getting in shape has never been more fun. Is it still exercise if it’s fun our user are flocking to anything that makes getting in shape fun—or at least less onerous—like a running app that simulates being chased by zombies (Zombies, Run!), mud runs (like Spartan Race and Tough Mudder) that turn endurance events into thrilling obstacle courses, and glow-in-the-dark night runs that are part road-race, part rave (Electric Run). What all these activities have in common is they bring people together to exercise in a way that doesn't feel like work. And thanks to technology, it doesn't need to entail coming together physically. Nike Plus popularized virtual competitions where you can run "with" friends who actually live across the country. MapMyRun, Runkeeper, and Runtastic have become some of the most popular apps. And Strava users obsess about winning the "king of the mountain" trophy against strangers who ride in their towns. What's interesting to us is seeing this kind of virtual competition go from physical workouts to lifestyle competitions as people can now compete to lose weight and eat better. The idea of applying virtual competition to just about any healthy behavior is intriguing and we see fun and "social motivation" emerging as powerful trends in 2014.


WHATS TRENDING IN EUROPE ?

Quilted Jackets Coats to oversized toppers, there are tons of on-trend outerwear options to try . But the style that seems to be taking Europe by storm is the timelessly cool quilted jacket. It has even made its way over the U.S. with stores such as H&M / Forever21 .

ARTICLE: CHRIS PARKER


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