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While it’s important to maintain a regular health and wellness regimen, busy schedules and last minute commitments can sometimes send us off track. Many Americans may try to maintain a balanced diet but continue to fall short on valuable key nutrients necessary for a healthy body.
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In fact, according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, the overall quality of the American diet gets a failing grade. According to the Healthy Eating Index, adults (19+ years) score just 50 out of 100 on the quality of their diets.
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While hectic lifestyles may play a role in this failing grade, registered dietitian and best-selling author, Dave Grotto has a few simple and effective tips to maintain proper nutrition even when time is tight. Eat nutrient-filled meals. Set aside five minutes to pack a healthy lunch before you head to work each day. Prepare meals such as a salad with grilled chicken or a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread – healthy options that provide a combination of protein and fiber to give you sustained energy throughout the day. “It’s vital that we find ways to get the nutrients our bodies need and eating wellbalanced meals can do just that,” says Grotto. Take your vitamins. In addition to proper food choices, quality dietary supplements can be helpful to fill nutrient gaps. As someone who believes that the vitamin experience can be enjoyable, Grotto has partnered with Nature Made® in support of their VitaMelts™ line. “Nature Made VitaMelts come in great flavors like juicy orange and melt smoothly in your mouth without water which provides an enjoyable vitamin experience,” says Grotto. “Plus they come in a handy, portable flip-top pack which can fit perfectly in your gym bag, or work bag, an added convenience factor on days you may not be eating as properly as you should.” Stay active and enjoy the sunshine. Even if it is minimal, find time to move each day while you’re at work; take the stairs instead of the elevator or go for a ten minute walk around the block. An added benefit of being outdoors, even for a short amount of time, is the exposure to sunlight, which helps skin produce vitamin D3. Unfortunately, many food sources do not provide nearly enough vitamin D to meet dietary recommendations. Grotto recommends a vitamin supplement such as Nature Made VitaMelts Vitamin D3 in a creamy vanilla flavor. Don’t forget to take time for yourself. Rest and relaxation can help to rejuvenate your mind, and is an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Not only does Grotto recommend getting six to eight hours of sleep a night, he also suggests keeping to the same bedtime each night. Maintaining such a simple routine can really do the body good.
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Life can sometimes feel a little too jam-packed with work, errands, carpools, cooking dinner and more. When that happens, healthy habits often fall by the wayside in favor of convenience. Fast food can replace home cooked meals and exercise makes way for the television. Registered dietitians and authors Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos Shames, who are also known as “The Nutrition Twins,” have advice for feeling good and staying healthy despite a busy schedule. Drink up: People often mistake thirst for hunger, prompting them to overeat. Keep seltzer, iced green tea or water with lime in the fridge. The next time you want a nosh between meals, drink a glass first and see what happens. Sneak in exercise: If it feels like too much of a task to get to the gym each day, sneak in exercise wherever you can. Take the stairs instead of the elevator at work or push your kids on the swings for an arm workout. Even if you walk around the neighborhood for 15 minutes, it counts. Just get moving! Simplify, simplify, simplify: Mornings tend to be hectic, so The Nutrition Twins get excited when they can eliminate something from their routine. That’s why they love Vitamints. They’re a vitamin and mint in one that can be taken anytime, anywhere even without food or water; it’s easy to just pop them in your bag or car and go. The twins like the Immune, Energy and Multi for Women varieties. 18 FOCUS of New York 2014
Bite into some energy: You might think a sugary candy bar from the office vending machine will perk you up, but a healthy, balanced snack will keep you on your toes longer. Make sure your snack has a quality, high-fiber carbohydrate, like fresh fruit, oatmeal or whole-grain crispbread, for long lasting energy and a lean protein, such as a hardboiled egg or Greek yogurt, to help you feel satisfied. The two will work together to keep your energy up and your desire to visit the snack machine down. Sleep tight: Sleep deprivation slows your metabolism down and negatively affects your immune system. When you’re busy that’s the last thing you need. Set yourself a bedtime that’s eight hours before you have to wake up and start getting ready for bed 30 minutes prior to that. The last step is tough, but don’t bring your phone or computer to bed with you. Instead, pick up a book to help you relax and drift off to sleep.
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Eating healthy foods low in cholesterol, trans fats and saturated fats, as well as foods that are high in fiber, can help keep cholesterol levels in check. Another way to help control cholesterol levels is by incorporating soy protein into your healthy diet. An extensive body of research has shown that soy-based diets can reduce LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides, and raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).
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One of the key components in soy’s cholesterol lowering properties is something called lunasin, a naturally occurring soy peptide. Research on lunasin was so promising that scientists found a way to extract lunasin from soybeans so that it could be made available in a pure form. For example, LunaRich soy powder delivers the lunasin equivalent of 25 grams of soy protein. To get that same amount from other foods, you would need to drink approximately 32 ounces of soy milk, or eat approximately 12 ounces of tofu.
It beats about 100,000 times a day, 35 million times a year. It pumps blood through the body three times every minute, taking that blood on the equivalent of a 12,000 mile trek every 24 hours. Even at rest, it works twice as hard as the leg muscles of a person running. The heart is a remarkable, vital muscle that warrants great care and maintenance. Yet 1 in every 4 deaths is due to heart disease. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can start making changes today that will help make your heart healthier in the long run. Three Changes You Can Make 1. Eat Better Eating a wide variety of foods that are low in fat, cholesterol and salt, but rich in nutrients can help protect your heart. Instead of thinking about a healthy diet in terms of what you can’t eat, think about it in terms of what you can eat. Add more: a. Fruits and vegetables — about 4 1/2 cups a day b. Whole grain foods — at least three 1-ounce servings a day c. Fish — at least two 3 1/2-ounce servings a week d. Nuts, legumes and seeds — at least four servings a week 20 FOCUS of New York 2014
2. Get Moving Moderate exercise can help you lose weight, reduce your chances of stroke, diabetes and heart disease complications, lower your blood pressure and prevent other serious medical complications. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity a day, five times per week. Here are some easy ways to get moving: a. Start walking —Try taking brisk, 10-minute walks throughout the day. Park farther away from your destination. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk the dog after dinner or walk to a neighborhood destination instead of driving. b. Do chores — Outdoor chores like gardening, raking leaves and washing the car are good ways to get moving. Cleaning house does it, too. Try turning on some music and dancing while doing chores. 3. Lose Weight Extra weight puts more burden on your heart, lungs, blood vessels and bones. Being overweight increases the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, as well. a. Talk to your doctor — Find out your body mass index (BMI), which is your body weight relative to your height. Find out what your BMI should be, and find out what your calorie intake should be for someone of your age, gender and level of physical activity. b. Keep track of what you eat — This will tell you a lot about your eating habits and help you make smart decisions, like controlling portion sizes and choosing nutrient-rich foods. c. Set reasonable goals — Don’t go for fad diets that claim you’ll lose 10 pounds in a week. Slow and steady weight loss is more likely to stay off, and you’ll be healthier in the long run.
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Are You Doing it Right...? By Allison Stephens
Our daily shower seems pretty straight forward, right? But odds are, at least one step in your well-meaning routine unintentionally leaves your skin or hair worse for wear. For anyone who’s ever gotten that dry, tight feeling, an itchy scalp, irritation or redness after a shower, these five common shower mistakes are likely culprits that unintentionally strip skin of oils and throw the skin’s pH balance out of whack. Fortunately, the fixes are simple! Spending five minutes to optimize your cleaning routine makes can leave your body balanced and refreshed:
• Mistake #1: Overdosing on Shampoo. Ninety-three percent of the country’s adults shampoo almost daily, according to market research firm Mintel. But so much washing strips hair’s natural oils, drying and weakening the strands and irritating the scalp. Dermatologists lathering up just 3 to 4 times per week (or less!) with just a dime sized dollop of soap free shampoo, and only rinsing hair on other days. If you can’t resist washing daily, make sure to choose a pH balanced formula like Sebamed Scalp Activating Shampoo ($14.99 at SebamedUSA.com), as balanced formulations which won’t strip hair of oils. • Mistake #2: Washing with Soap and Hot Water. They may seem innocent, but traditional soap bars can have a pH of up to 9, leaving skin dry, tight and vulnerable to damage. Ditch the soap and switch to a soap-free cleansing bar or soap-free milky cleanser for both the face and body, like Sebamed Liquid Face and Body Wash ($19.95 at SebamedUSA.com).
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• Mistake #3: A Sudsy Shave. Shaving with foam and water alone may protect from cuts, but foam isn’t protective enough to defend against razor burn and redness, especially if you’re using hot water. If skin is dry, try using your hair conditioner as an alternative shaving aid. It hydrates and sinks deep within skin to prevent nicks, cuts and razor burn, but it’s smooth consistency won’t clog your razor, as long as you rinse. • Mistake #4: Using Your Regular Body Wash on Intimate Areas. The intimate area’s ideal pH is actually different than the rest of our skin (3.8 as opposed to 5.5) and regular soaps and showers, certain clothing, diet and even sex all affect that balance. Stock your shower with a product like Sebamed Feminine Intimate Wash ($14.95 at www.SebamedUSA.com) that’s specifically formulated at pH 3.8 to balance the delicate pH down there, making it easy to stay fresh, healthy and happy by protecting against imbalances that trigger infections and odors. • Mistake #5: Not Moisturizing Immediately After Your Shower. After a hot shower, you have three minutes before your body loses essential moisture. To prevent dry, crackly, irritated skin, store a body lotion in your shower and apply all over while skin is still damp.
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Healthier Future Today When it comes to losing weight and getting into shape, good intentions are never quite enough. And there’s not a quick-fix solution, either. It takes a well-balanced approach and a commitment to making healthy, long-term changes. According to Dr. Marc Sorenson, people who succeed in losing weight and keeping it off have several things in common in three important areas: • Nutrition – They eat a low-fat, low-sugar diet with lots of vegetables and fruit, and they do not count calories. • Exercise – They are physically active and commit to making exercise the first thing they do every day. • Education – They self-monitor with weigh-ins. Understanding what is going on inside you backed with innovative and ground breaking educational course gives you the advantage you need to succeed. “Anyone trying to lose weight and regain their health needs to pay attention to these factors,” said Sorenson, founder and director of the National Institute of Health and Fitness (NIHF), which is hosted at the Zermatt and Homestead Resorts in Midway, Utah. “You need to focus your efforts on fitness and nutrition, and you need to educate yourself on techniques for maintaining your slimmer, healthier body.” Eating Better Many people have found it helpful to keep track of what they eat, especially in the beginning. They are often surprised at their own eating habits once they see it in black and white. Food diaries can help you see where you need to be cutting back and making changes. “Many people fear they have to go hungry in order to lose weight,” said Dr. Sorenson. “But it’s a simple fact that you don’t need to starve yourself. At NIHF, we have a first-rate nutritional program that is guided by scientific research. And the meals are delicious and satisfying, so you can enjoy eating healthfully.” Getting Active While you might be able to lose weight simply by cutting back on calories, you won’t be able to keep the weight off. 24 FOCUS of New York 2014
Before starting a fitness program, you need to know your starting place. Talk to your doctor to find out your body mass index (BMI), weight and blood pressure, and to get recommendations on what kinds of activities are safe for you to begin. “With our activity programs at NIHF,” said Sorenson’s wife, Vicki, “we take a detailed physical assessment to tailor the activities to individuals. This ensures safety while allowing them to achieve maximum results.” It can be very helpful to have an exercise buddy, or even a group. Not only will it help you be more accountable to sticking to your plan, a friend can make exercising much more fun. Making the Commitment Taking care of your body isn’t about fitting into a small sized pair of jeans or a smaller special-occasion dress. It’s about making a long-term commitment to your health. Some people have found that a helpful way to get started on the right track is to go to a health and fitness resort. Expert teams can not only help people begin the weight loss process, but give the education and support needed to maintain their efforts once they leave. “Understanding what is going on inside you, and being properly educated on how to take care of yourself, gives you the advantages you need to succeed,” said Dr. Sorenson. Sorenson says that when choosing a health and fitness resort, make sure it matches your personal goals. “Do you want a militaristic approach, or a more supportive and nurturing environment? We believe it’s important to treat our guests with respect and to nurture them so they are equipped to take what they have learned home with them and apply it to the rest of their lives.” Your health is too important to ignore. Take steps today to help ensure you’ll have a healthier and happier future.
Whimsical and Grandiloquent Art Characterized by a unique style and precise designs where the combination of a matte-shine effect on gold, and meticulous craftsmanship make for exceptional jewelry pieces where gold and precious stones come to life. This collection is inspired by the embroidery, fabrics, and colors of Spain’s Golden Age. This touch of color and these brocades can be seen in pieces crafted in yellow or white gold with amethyst presented as grandiloquent and whimsical art. Jewelry with generous volumes and rich decoration where the characteristic and signature Carrera y Carrera matte-gloss effect can be appreciated. Refined and ornate pieces reflect the image-preoccupied culture that existed during this period. For Carrera y Carrera, its link to Spain is essential as a source of inspiration for the development of its collections. The entire creative and development process of each jewelry piece takes place wholly in the Madrid workshop. Each step in the creation of a piece is influenced by the Spanish character that has become one of the fundamental pillars in the evolution of the company’s excellent trajectory throughout its history. Carrera y Carrera endures thanks to a standard of incalculable value – the savoir faire of the nearly 60 jewelers who work in its Madrid workshop, where tradition and the expertise of master goldsmiths are joined together. It is here that each jewelry piece is crafted entirely by hand, giving each one a flawless grandeur.
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Carrera y Carrera Sculptural jewels of great movement in which all the firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s savoir-faire is reflected. Impressive work represented in rings, earrings, and pendants crafted in yellow gold, yellow gold with diamonds, and white gold with diamonds.
Diamonds became a source of inspiration and the essential stars of this era due to the fascination they caused. Jewelry in white gold with diamonds and yellow gold with diamonds, perfect for sealing an eternal commitment. A romantic collection where gold plays a fundamental role and diamonds give an infinite purity to the pieces.Known as the Golden Age, this era is enshrined as one of the brightest and most fruitful periods of art in Spain. It was a shout to all the senses, to expression in all the arts, and to the grandeur of a rising empire that for over a century became the center of the art world. The glorious past of the Spanish Empire and jewelry art is reborn in this new collection. Carrera y Carrera has designed four creative lines: Reina, Velazquez, Isabel and Cervantes. Luxury, art, and grace are accurately reflected in pieces of extreme beauty. Exquisitely carved works of great personality.
5 1. Isabel Ring in White Gold and Diamond 2. Isabel Earrings in White Gold and Diamonds 3. Ecuestre pendant in yellow gold, amethyst and diamonds 4. Cervantes Ring in Yellow Gold and Diamonds 5. Reina Maxi Ring in Yellow and White Gold with Diamonds 6. Cervantes Bracelet in Yellow Gold and Diamonds 7. Cervantes Ring in Yellow Gold and Diamonds Page Photo. Olivia Palermo with Isabel pieces
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classic inspired look of femininity with that sitting pretty style
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Alicia Estrada, head designer and founder has a love of all things vintage, which plays a key role in her design process. Creating original vintage inspired dresses and RTW, that empowers women by embracing and celebrating their female form. Retro chic dresses and separates to flatter your figure and cater to a woman's independent spirit with timeless and classic styles. www.stopstaringclothing.com FOCUS of New York 2014 31
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ATLAS® BANGLE Atlas® tapered bangle in sterling silver
ATLAS® PENDANT AND RINGS Atlas® pendant and rings with diamonds in 18 karat white gold (from left): open round pendant, small; open ring, wide; open ring.
Tiffany & Co. presents new Atlas® jewelry with the striking beauty that made this celebrated design a fashion icon. The latest options trace the collection’s signature Roman numerals in designs symbolic of strength and freedom. These creations distill style to its very essence; each is bold enough to stand on its own, yet graceful and uncomplicated enough to stack and layer, so that every wearer can tell their own unique story. The versatility of Atlas® is achieved with graphic elements of utmost integrity that allows them to be shaped into a crisp pattern as distinctive as its inspiration: the Atlas clock that presides over Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue store, located at the crossroads of energy and evolution in the heart of New York City. This elegant pattern shines in new bangles, medallion pendants and band rings, as well as wide cuffs in a weave of numerals. Crafted in 18 karat yellow, white or rose gold, as well as sterling silver, the jewelry generates a sensuous play of light that casts a luster over dressing day and night.
ATLAS® BANGLES Atlas® flat low bangles (from left): 18 karat rose gold, 18 karat gold, sterling silver.
Every variation on the theme reflects a tradition of excellence that over the past 177 years has made Tiffany & Co. an international house of design. Here, the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship are matched by brilliant jewelry that captures the imagination and epitomizes contemporary life. The newest Atlas jewelry collection brilliantly articulates this enduring legacy.
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spring with handbags that burst in a great show of color
Tiffany Babette clutches (from top): light camel patent leather, white leather with striped raffia in natural/camel/white/ light grey
A collection that radiates the exuberance of the season; striking combinations of geranium and daffodil, along with light camel, gardenia white and onyx highlight the Quinn top handle and Celia leather totes. These rich hues also define The TRT: Tiffany Reversible Tote, including an option in sunny yellow ostrich reversing to Tiffany Blue, and a new smooth leather version with a cross-body detachable strap. Shades of gold and platinum add shimmer and shine to the Riley tote of supple grain leather. And the Seasider canvas tote in a Tiffany Blue stripe carries all the necessities for a day or a weekend at the beach.
TOP: Tiffany Celia tote in geranium/daffodil/light camel leather
Tiffany Quinn top handles, mini, in leather (from left): geranium/daffodil/light camel, light camel/gardenia white.
Tiffany Central Park picnic basketin natural wicker and Tiffany Blue速 leather, with Tiffany Weave china and sterling silver cheese knife set, cork screw, bottle stopper and crystal tumblers by Tiffany & Co.; with cutting board, striped canvas napkins and wool blanket.
Tiffany Riley tote in onyx grain leather
Tiffany Codie tab hobo in daffodil ostrich
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look the part with a diamond collection that means business
1. Black & White Black Onyx Cabochon Ring with Diamonds in 18kt White Gold 2. Medium Signature Oval Diamond Earrings in 18kt White Gold 3. Rose Gold Rock Crystal and Diamond Necklace 4. Mixed Cut White Enamel Cuff with Diamonds in 18kt White Gold 5. Octagonal Link Ring with Diamonds in 18kt Yellow Gold 6. Signature Oval Diamond Ring in 18kt White Gold 7. Black & White Short Crossover Earrings with Rock Crystal and Diamonds in 18kt White Gold 8. Seed Pearl and Diamond Tassel Necklace in 18kt White Gold
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Travelers have probably never seen an iPhone case like this. TaskOne's iPhone case (for iPhone 4, 4S and 5) comes complete with 22 tools, including a 2.5" removable knife with serrations (the knife is removable in a few seconds with no tools, so it can be left at home or stashed in your checked luggage), 1.8" saw blade, small and large flathead screwdrivers, medium Phillips screwdriver, pliers with integrated 3-6mm wrench, wire cutters, 6 metric Allen wrenches, spoke wrenches, wire stripper, 120mm ruler, bottle opener and kickstand. The raised bezel on the front of the case keeps the screen safe from damage. $90; www.thetasklab.com
Travelers need it all; convenience and comfort, with the practicality of today's tight carry-on and luggage restrictions. Here are some fun, practical and downright cool items that will make any road warrior's next trip a success.
TORQ is the first hardside collection being introduced by renowned luggage maker Briggs & Riley - and it's worth the wait. The TORQ collection blends advanced engineering and sleek design with the ingenious features you've come to expect from Briggs & Riley. It's the only hardside collection to be protected by an unconditional lifetime warranty, and with special features not found in other hardside collections on the market, including an outside protective pocket (carry on size), a unique "secret middle layer" that is forgiving, and high-performance, automotive-grade polycarbonate composite exterior. $479-$569; www.briggs-riley.com
For travelers, a bulging George Costanza wallet is definitely a no-no. But the newly released HuMn2 wallets and the carbon fiber HuMn Mini solve that problem in an instant. The HuMn 2 wallet is a sleek, minimalist wallet that can be configured in one, two or three powder coated aluminum plates with a shock strap. The aluminum plates protect you from electronic theft by shielding your credit cards from EMI and RFID skimming. The wallet comes in a variety of colors allowing complete customization. And despite being small and streamlined, the wallet can accommodate almost all world notes. The new carbon fiber mini offers all the features of the HuMn2, but in an even smaller package. $76-$114. www.humnwallet.com
The Pocket Monkey is the most innovative utility tool to hit the market since the Swiss army knife. Weighing only one ounce, and TSA-compliant, it fits easily into a credit card slot in a wallet, purse or pocket. This durable and versatile 12-in-1 tool is constructed of hardened stainless steel and serves a variety of everyday and specialty functions -- perfect for impromptu projects anywhere they may arise. It is the functional gadget that even MacGyver would love. $12. www.zootilitytools.com
Crafted by hand - each item is a reflection of Mujjo's passion for beautiful and minimal design. Mujjo started out making hand stitched winter gloves that work on touch screens. These gloves turned out to be a great success. In the spring of 2012 Mujjo began making sleeves for Apple devices, featuring a unique combination of wool felt and high quality leather. Continuing to evolve, and keeps the same passion for creating beautiful designs. Mujjoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passion for making good products even goes beyond the desire of keeping clients and reputation. www.mujjo.com
For international travelers, the new JT Smart Android phone from Telestial allows you to avoid the ridiculously high data and roaming charges in other countries, so you can keep in touch with family and friends. The JT Smart comes with dual SIM card functionality, so travelers can use a home SIM card and an international SIM card to ensure that they get the lowest available roaming and data rates and never miss a call when traveling abroad. The phone includes an activity monitor, so the user knows exactly how much data is being used on the move. The JT Smart Android phone is sold "unlocked,"meaning it's not tied to a specific service provider, so you can use it at home or abroad. The JT Smart is bundled with the award-winning Passport International SIM card (including $10 credit) for just $149.99 at www.telestial.com.
The Ninja Standing Desk is the first portable sit and stand desk. Weighing in at just less than five pounds, it can be stored away in a bag the size of a laptop. This makes it perfect for traveling. All you need is a door, wall or cubicle to hang it on. If you get tired of standing, then simply add the third shelf and sit down as you work. Each shelf holds up to 30 pounds. It's sturdy enough for everyday use. $159-$219; www.ninjastandingdesk.com 38 FOCUS of New York 2014
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If kicking off a life-changing fitness and nutrition program seems daunting, try taking smaller steps to make it feel more manageable. Knowing just where to start can be the biggest hurdle, but once you’re on your way, you’ll find yourself on the path to new healthy habits before you know it. Breaking down a whole new lifestyle into week-by-week chunks will not only let you ease in gradually, but also allow you to make meaningful changes right from the start.
Wednesday: Spruce Up Your Fruit – Working out is key to keeping fit, but so is maintaining a healthy diet. When shopping for snacks, make smart choices that taste delicious, such as Dole Fruit in Jars, which provide five servings of all natural, fresh fruit. Try pairing with Daisy Cottage Cheese to spruce up your fruit for a tasty parfait. Simply combine Dole Sliced Peaches, Daisy Low Fat Cottage Cheese and sliced almonds in a small bowl, then drizzle with honey and enjoy.
Begin by charting out a week-long plan that will make you more conscious of how you approach important elements of your program including muscle toning, cardio and making nutritious food choices. Here’s a five-day schedule to get you started:
Thursday: Multi-task – Just because you’re catching up on your favorite TV show doesn’t mean you can’t work out. Clear some space between the couch and TV so you can watch while you do push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks and squats. For extra motivation, leave your fitness tools near the television as a daily reminder.
Monday: Start the Week Strong – Kick off the week with a medicine ball workout, which is a great way to work various muscles all at once. Try using a medicine ball with exercises that you’re already familiar with, such as push-ups, lunges or squats, or look up demo videos online to learn some new ways to use the medicine ball.
Friday: Give Yourself a Star – Gold stars aren’t just for classrooms. At the end of the week, mark each day that you exercised with a star on your calendar. Whether you went for a run, hit the gym or went for a walk with friends, the calendar will be a visual reminder of how often you’ve been working out, and will encourage you to keep going.
Tuesday: Turn it Up – Running is a great form of exercise, but it’s important to mix up your cardio workouts to help prevent injury and become stronger overall. Grab your friends and try a cardio-focused class, such as Zumba.
Remember, setting a long-term goal, such as running a marathon or dropping two dress sizes, can help keep you motivated over time, but also remember to celebrate your first mile run or your first five-pound loss. Keep tackling your new program one week at a time, and your goals will easily become reality.
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Connecting with Your Kids Warm weather is characteristically associated with relaxing days by the pool and beach vacations to soak up the sun with family and friends. Waning work days, slews of sporting activities, camp carpools and a plethora of planned play dates demand daily, detailed to-do lists to successfully coordinate the madness. With this hectic lifestyle now defined as “the new normal,” it is essential to pause and enjoy the simple, joyful everyday moments with our children. Though week-long family vacations may not be part of the plan, Liz Pryor, life advice expert, offers simple tips for connecting with your kids. • Turn Off All Electronic Devices - For just fifteen minutes a day when you’re shuffling your children to and from events, make a conscious effort to turn electronic devices off. Being fully engaged with your kids for a few moments each day will connect you in a way that only seemed possible during a fun day at the beach. • Hit the Pause Button and Get the Conversation Started - After a long day of work and warm weather activities, catch up with the kids over a refreshing cup of iced Green Mountain Naturals Lemonade. This Brew Over Ice K-cup pack is quickly made at home with your Keurig brewer and will be loved by all members of the family. The process is quick and easy and kids will love being part of it. 44 FOCUS of New York 2014
• Plan a “Staycation” – Even though a week-long getaway may not be possible, have each child plan a one-day family “staycation” to enjoy a local park, museum or adventure in the backyard. By allowing the kids to plan the day, they’ll be extra excited and involved in family time. • Pack a Picnic – Have the kids help pack a picnic of turkey sandwiches, baby carrots and an insulated bottle of ice cold Green Mountain Naturals Lemonade. For a sweet treat, dip a graham cracker in melted chocolate chips, lay on waxed paper and quickly sprinkle with chopped nuts, candy-coated chocolate or more chocolate chips. Allow to harden on the waxed paper before adding into the picnic basket and heading out for your next family adventure. • Assign Superhero Homework- Include the kids in family chores while incorporating a fun spin. Over the course of the summer, give each child a daily “mission” with an exciting title, such as Inspector of Doggy Dish or Kitchen Table King. Rotate missions regularly to mix it up. Pryor stresses each family should mold these tips and make them their own to work in a unique way that is special just to them. Every family has its own way of communicating. It doesn’t matter how you do it, as long you take time to find those moments to connect.
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Fi n an ci al Fu tu re in 2014
By Ginny Grimsley
Financial resolutions can be the most difficult to keep. They can include minute detail, number crunching, plenty of files and discipline that can affect a person’s entire lifestyle, says veteran investment advisor Paul Taylor, a member of the National Ethics Bureau. “Many folks simply are not predisposed to combing through the details of their financial situation; for them, the financial world is abstract and filled with arbitrary rules, constantly changing interest rates and other complexities, but being more involved in your own money is well worth the investment,” says Taylor, an architect-turned-founder and owner of Capital Advisory Group & Tax Planners of Lake Norman and Capital Investment Advisors, Inc. “While professional help is recommended for many aspects of a person’s financial affairs, it’s ultimately up to the individual to understand his or her own money.” There are many things the average person can do to take control of their financial life. Taylor offers the following suggestions: • For your cash flow, keep in mind the four A’s: Accounting, Analysis, Allocation and Adjustment. The four A’s describe a systematic and disciplined approach to your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly spending habits. Accounting involves gathering all your relevant financial information – income, recurring bills, and other expenditures – creating a central list of each item, and pulling it together in a place where it’s easily accessible. Analysis is reviewing the information to determine whether you have a shortfall or surplus, and finding places to reduce expenses. Saving $100 a month on dining out, for instance, would allow you to apply $100 to your mortgage loan principle, saving you a substantial amount in interest payments. Allocation involves determining your financial commitments and priorities, needs versus wants, and distributing your income accordingly. Adjustment involves periodic reviews of your financial information and shifting assets to meet changing needs. 46 FOCUS of New York 2014
• Utilize estate planning tools such as wills and trusts; make sure the details are accurate. Wills and trusts allow you to spell out how you would like your property to be distributed, and much more. A will gives you the opportunity to nominate your executor and guardians for your minor children. If you fail to make such designations through your will, the decisions will probably be left to the courts. Bear in mind that property distributed through your will is subject to probate, which can be a time-consuming and costly process. Trusts, which are more complex, let you customize the distribution of your estate with the added advantages of property management and probate avoidance. • Start planning your retirement sooner rather than later. There are a variety of retirement planning options that can meet your needs. Your employer funds some; you fund some. Bear in mind that, in most cases, early withdrawals before age 59½ may be subject to a 10 percent federal income tax penalty. The latest date to begin required minimum distributions is usually April 1 of the year after you turn age 70½. Withdrawals from tax-deferred plans are taxed as ordinary income. The top planning options include defined benefit pension; money purchase pension; profit-sharing plan; savings plan; employee stock ownership plan; tax-sheltered annuities; individual retirement accounts; self-employed plans; simplified employee pensions; and savings incentive match plans for employees. • Remember the first commandment in safe investment: diversification. Virtually every investment has some type of risk associated with it. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Diversification is one of the main reasons why mutual funds may be so attractive for both experienced and novice investors. Many non-institutional investors have a limited investment budget and may find it challenging to construct a portfolio that is sufficiently diversified. For a modest initial investment, you can purchase shares in a diversified portfolio of securities. Depending on the objectives of the fund, it may contain a variety of stocks, bonds and cash vehicles, or a combination of them.
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Looking to save money and time when it comes to your taxes? There’s a simple way to do your federal taxes, and it’s all for free. The program, called “Free File,” does the hard work for you, either through brand-name software or online fillable forms. And, it’s available only at IRS.gov. A Simple Way to Cut Fees Free File is offered through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by 14 of the nation’s leading tax software manufacturers. Nearly 40 million people have used this helpful program, and using the most conservative estimate, they’ve saved $1.2 billion in fees. It’s available 24/7, giving you the freedom to decide when and how to do your federal taxes. Plus, the software is userfriendly, offering a familiar Q&A format and the freedom to complete your return at your own pace. How to Sign Up Here’s how you start: • Go to www.irs.gov/freefile. • If your income was $58,000 or less, select the “Start Free File Now” button. • Each of the 14 participating companies has a special offer. • Review the company offers or use the “help me find Free File software” tool. 48 FOCUS of New York 2014
• Select your tax software that matches your situation. • Leave IRS.gov and go to the company’s site to begin your taxes. If your income was more than $58,000, you can use Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms. Just select the “Free File Fillable Forms” button at www.irs.gov/ freefile. This version is best if you are comfortable preparing your own tax return with more limited help. Remember to always use e-file to file your returns electronically. You’ll get your refund faster when you combine e-file and direct deposit. Use Self-Help Options on IRS.gov Free File is just one of many self-help options available at IRS. gov. Wondering about your refund? Just select “Where’s My Refund” to track the status of your refund and get a personalized refund date. Have a tax law question? Visit the Interactive Tax Assistant, IRS Tax Map or Tax Trails. You also can find payment options and request an installment payment agreement online. You can even order a summary of a previous tax return. When you have questions, make IRS.gov your first stop.
Materials Needed to Get Started Keep this as a checklist of the items you will need to file your return. The IRS recommends keeping all tax-related documents for three years, in case of an audit. Tracking incomerelated documents can help you take full advantage of deductions available to you. • A copy of last year’s tax return • Valid social security numbers for yourself, spouse and children • All income statements, i.e. W-2 forms from all employers • Interest/dividend statements, i.e. 1099 forms • Form 1099-G showing any state refunds • Unemployment compensation amount • Social Security benefits • Expense receipts for deductions • Day care provider’s identifying number Did you know? • Most refunds are issued in less than 21 days. • Combining e-file with direct deposit is still the fastest way to get your refund. • Use “Where’s My Refund?” to get personalized refund information. • You can also use the IRS app, IRS2Go, to check the status of your refund. • Can’t meet the April 15 deadline? Use Free File for a free extension; then use Free File to do your taxes by October 15.
Tax Counseling for the Elderly, which is operated by AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, offers free help all with priority assistance to people who are age 60 and older. Find a Tax-Aide site at AARP.org or call 888-227-7660. Some VITA/TCE sites even offer Free File. Earned Income Tax Credit: How to Get It Right No tax benefit offers a greater lifeline to working families than the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). But putting this credit to work can be complex. The IRS has upgraded its EITC Assistant on IRS.gov to make it easier than ever to determine if you are qualified and how much you may receive. Here are a few things to keep in mind: • You must have a social security number and have earned an income. • The maximum credit for 2013 tax returns is $6,044 for workers with three or more qualifying children. • Eligibility for the EITC is determined based on a number of factors including earnings, filing status and eligible children. Workers without qualifying children may be eligible for a smaller credit amount. You can learn more at www.irs.gov/eitc and use the EITC Assistant or ask your tax professional. If you are eligible for EITC, you also qualify for free tax help at VITA sites nationwide or for Free File at www.irs.gov/freefile.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance There are 13,000 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites nationwide that offer free help to people earning $52,000 or less. Search “VITA” on IRS.gov for a nearby site.
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About Real Heroes
by Jay Platt
What is a hero? Webster's dictionary defines a hero as someone who's admired for his achievements and noble qualities, and one who shows great courage. Fortunately, today we have many examples of real heroes. Look no further than the U.S. military, police and firefighters -- men and women who put their lives at risk for others. A real hero also is the person who is fighting cancer or some other chronic illness, and does so with great dignity and grace. Though they may be in pain or discomfort, they somehow make those around them feel better, do better, and be better. Which brings me to Lance Armstrong. I was a supporter of his since his first Tour de France win. Coming back from cancer the way he did, and racing the way he did drug-free (supposedly), inspired me to no end. When others questioned how he was able to do the things he did without any help from performance-enhancing drugs, I defended him as if he were a personal friend. As a cancer survivor myself, and someone who continues to battle the disease daily, he inspired me. He gave me strength when I felt like I had none. He even motivated me to challenge myself by attempting demanding physical feats, like hiking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail beginning to end. When I got tired and wanted to quit, I'd think to myself, “If Lance can do the things he does, I can do this, too.” So, his recent revelations to Oprah Winfrey hit me like a 50-pound sledgehammer to the chest. When he admitted to lying about taking performance enhancing drugs, I felt like he had personally lied to me. And that's when I knew that he is nothing more than a fake hero. Fake heroes have none of the qualities of a real hero. Rather, they lie, cheat, steal, and do whatever it takes to make themselves look good and heroic. Winning, to them, is the most important thing, and who they hurt in the process really doesn't matter. All of which, sadly, describes Lance Armstrong. I know he still will have his defenders. I've already heard from people who have basically said, “Well, what about all the good he's done for cancer research?” While that is true, and I certainly hope that Livestrong is not negatively affected by Armstrong's admission, the fact is that the whole organization was started based on a lie.
He never would have had the millions of dollars, the fame, and the incredible story if it had not been for the lie that he told for so long. And, although it is uncomfortable to say so, how do we know that he did not get cancer because of his taking performance enhancing drugs? Would that have changed his story? I'm sure, for many, it would have. And what of his admission now? Surely, that took courage? It was heroic, right? Hardly! First of all, look at to whom he chose to tell all of the details. Oprah Winfrey. I have no doubt that was a well-thought-out strategy on his part. He, undoubtedly, was advised to go where he would most likely garner sympathy and do it before an audience that probably knows little about cycling, and that is most likely to give him a pass on his transgressions. Even with all that though, he still could have done the heroic thing. But he did not. He could have looked into the camera and said in the sincerest way he could muster that steroids are not the way. That he, in all likelihood, gave himself cancer in his quest for fame. Think of the kids who could have benefited from hearing such a thing. Instead, however, he defiantly said that since everyone else was supposedly doing it, he felt justified in doing it, too. Very hero like, huh?
Jay Platt was medically retired from the Marine Corps in 1998 after suffering complications from the cancer von Hippel Lindau (VHL), a genetic disease that resulted in brain and spinal tumors, kidney cancer, and the loss of his left eye. Told his future would be considerably dimmer than his past, Platt set out to rebuild himself physically, mentally and spiritually, and to challenge himself by setting demanding physical goals. He is one of fewer than 300 people to have hiked the 2,100mile southbound Appalachian Trail; one of three to swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco with hands and feet tied; and the only person to swim across the Mississippi while blindfolded, handcuffed and shackled. Proceeds from his adventures and sales of his documentary benefit non-profits, including the VHL Family Alliance. For more information, visit: www.livingunstoppable.com.
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Keep Your Car Running Longer Family Features
Getting you to and from work every day and transporting your family to after-school activities and far-off destinations are just a few of the things we rely on our automobiles to do for us. To prolong the life of your vehicle, it is important to provide the basic routine care it requires. Though automobiles are a complex system of interconnected parts, basic car maintenance doesn’t have to be complicated.
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Here are some simple tips to keep your car running longer and more efficiently: Be Mindful of Brakes – Allowing you the very important ability to stop your vehicle, the maintenance of brakes is vital. Have them checked annually by a professional and be aware of the signs of wear including delayed response when pushing on your brake pedal, the brake light appearing on your dashboard or any highpitched squeal or harsh grinding sounds. Change Oil Often – Oil is the lifeblood that keeps key engine components in good working condition by reducing friction and wear. Change your oil about every three months, or check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommended oil change intervals. This will ensure you are doing your part to maintain the frequency of oil changes your car needs. Always be sure to check for proper oil levels when preparing for any long trip you may be planning. Use Engine Treatment – To reduce wear and extend engine life, use an engine treatment, such as Synergyn XtrA MPG anti-friction formula. This added lubrication can keep your engine running smoother, providing greater wear protection than oil alone and extends the life of your car’s engine.
Replace Engine Coolant – In order to keep your engine running efficiently, engine coolant removes excess heat. Depending on the type you purchase, most antifreeze or engine coolants can last from 30,000 - 50,000 miles, or about three years. You can check your engine’s level by locating the plastic coolant reservoir under your hood. Replace Air Filter – The air filter prevents airborne contaminants from being pulled into your car’s engine. Because wear is dependent on amount of driving, regular highway drivers should have their air filters replaced about every 15,000 miles to improve fuel economy, emissions and performance. Another way to improve fuel economy is by using an engine treatment product, such as Synergyn XTrA MPG Engine Treatment. Maintain Tire Pressure – Having the right amount of pressure in your tires can prevent poor mileage, tire blowouts or uneven wear. Because a change in temperature can dramatically impact tire pressure, it is important to check tire pressure with extreme weather changes, or to be on the safe side, every couple months. Rotate Your Tires – To keep the amount of wear on tread even, minimize vibration of wheels and prolong the performance of your tires, get your tires rotated regularly. Most professionals recommend a rotation around every 4,000 miles or when you go in for oil changes. For more information on improving fuel economy, reducing wear and extending the life of your car’s engine, visit: www.synergynusa.com.
Change Power Steering Fluid – This part of your vehicle helps you to steer with minimal effort. Be sure to have the power steering fluid changed every 50,000 miles or three years. If your fluid level is low, you may have a leak which will need to be reviewed by a mechanic.
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by Mai Yomioto
Rising to the challenges of the automotive future, Mercedes-AMG has “electrified” the motion of going forward. The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive showcases state-of-the-art development of an exciting super sports car with a zero-emission high-tech drivetrain. Boasting a power output to (sitting down) 751 HP and 738 lb-ft of torque, talk about exceptional performance. The gullwing with electric drive is part of the company strategy entitled "AMG Performance 2015" which aims to continually reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Mercedes-AMG is providing a glimpse of its latest vehicle - a powerful and locally emission-free super sports car. Finished in fluorescent "AMG lumilectric magno" paint, the gullwing offers a glimpse into the innovative strength and development expertise of the AMG performance brand. "We take social responsibility very seriously and with the SLS AMG Electric Drive we are demonstrating a further milestone in our "AMG Performance 2015" strategy. It is our goal to continually reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of new models in the coming years, while at the same time enhancing the core brand value of performance", explains Ola Källenius. With the SLS AMG Electric Drive, the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz is launching a totally innovative drivetrain for super sports cars, reaching new territory in this market segment.
The transformation from gasoline to electric super sports car also called for some specific changes to the interior. As a result, the AMG instrument cluster and center console in particular both feature a new design. The new AMG instrument cluster provides information on speed, charge status of the battery and the estimated range. The newly designed center console now houses a 10-inch touchscreen, which driver and passenger can use to conveniently operate all of the audio, climate and navigation functions, and also obtain information on the flow of power from the four electric motors. The interior appointments are dominated by high-quality premium leather in a black/white color combination - it has been used not only on the sports seats, the performance leather/alcantara steering wheel and the door linings, but also on the broad center console which runs towards the back of the vehicle between the seats. Four motors, four wheels – the intelligent and permanent all-wheel drive of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive guarantees driving dynamics of the highest caliber, while at the same time providing the best possible active 54 FOCUS of New York 2014
safety. Optimum traction of the four driven wheels is therefore ensured, whatever the weather conditions. According to the developers, the term "AMG Torque Dynamics" refers to individual control of the electric motors, something which enables completely new levels of freedom to be achieved. The AMG Torque Dynamics feature is permanently active and allows for selective distribution of power to each individual wheel. The intelligent distribution of drive torque has a beneficial effect on driving dynamics, handling, driving safety and ride comfort. Each individual wheel can be both electrically driven and electrically braked in accordance with the specific driving situation, thus helping to optimize vehicle’s dynamics and ease of driving characteristics. The ground-breaking drive system boasts some impressive highlights: powerful traction is provided by four synchronous electric motors with a combined peak output of 751 hp and a maximum torque of 738 lb-ft. The four compact electric motors each achieve a maximum rpm of 13,000 rpm and are positioned near the wheels. As a result, compared with wheel-hub motors the unsprung masses are substantially reduced. One transmission per axle transmits the power. The AMG Torque Dynamics feature boasts a high degree of variability and individuality by offering three different driving modes: • Comfort (C): comfortable, forgiving driving characteristics • Sport (S): sporty, balanced driving characteristics • Sport plus (S+): sporty, very agile driving characteristics
Further driving excitement is provided by the agile accelerator response and straight-line performance: unlike the combustion engine, torque build-up with an electric motor is instantaneous - maximum torque is available virtually from a standstill. The spontaneous torque build-up and effortless power delivery - which does not diminish by any interruption of tractive power - are combined with engine running characteristics which are totally free of vibration. Four motors, four wheels: the intelligent and permanent all-wheel drive of the electric SLS guarantees driving dynamics at the highest level, while at the same time providing the best possible active safety. All four driven wheels achieve optimal traction, independent of weather conditions. When it comes to dynamics, the electrically-powered SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive makes more than a statement: the gull-wing model accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. This very special gullwing is therefore able to "electrify" the driver with a completely unique, effortlessly superior and emotional super sports car driving experience. A new dimension of driving performance – the AMG brand pledge is fulfilled to remarkable effect by the outstanding performance dynamics, which come courtesy of AMG Torque Dynamics and are made possible by the wheel selective all-wheel drive. The most "electrifying" gullwing model ever has been developed in-house by Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The extremely powerful high voltage battery for the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is the result of the collaboration between Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth in the UK and is setting the pace in energy density, power density and efficiency. Here, the British Formula 1 experts were able to draw on their extensive experience with KERS hybrid concepts.
"Mercedes-AMG impressively shows the potential of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive with the new record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Mercedes-AMG is the first vehicle manufacturer which makes it possible to circle the Nordschleife in under eight minutes with an electrically-powered series production vehicle. This record run is another proof for our constant innovative vigour," according to Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
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The car's agile response to movements of the accelerator pedal and the linear power output are a source of pure delight: unlike with a combustion engine, the build-up of torque is instantaneous with electric motors – maximum torque is effectively available from standstill. The spontaneous torque build-up and immense power delivery without any interruption in traction on the one hand are combined with completely vibration-free motor running characteristics on the other.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive circled the Nürburgring Nordschleife ("north loop") in a record time of 7:56.234 minutes. Therefore, the electric AMG super sports car is at the same time the first electrically-powered series production vehicle, which masters the legendary race track in under eight minutes. The record time of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive was notarially certified. Two weeks after the first overall win for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in the 24 Hours Nürburgring, a further member of the SLS AMG family impressively demonstrates its potential on the most difficult race track worldwide.
The front apron has not only been brought further forward, but also helps optimize airflow to the underbody. This improves wind resistance while reducing down force. An extendable front splitter enhances this effect: in parallel with the automatic rear spoiler, it extends downwards by three inches at speeds above 75 mph and helps to further accelerate the air which travels beneath the car. When it reaches the area of the rear axle, the air enters the rear diffuser which, due to the lack of an exhaust system, features a steeper angle, thus increasing down force at the rear axle and in turn further enhancing the aerodynamic balance. The vehicle's AMG 10-spoke light-alloy wheels feature a new, smooth-surfaced design and are fitted with 265/35 R 19 (front) and 295/30 R 20 (rear) tires All of this power comes at a price; the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is heavy, top speed of 155 mph and range is limited to 155 miles, but only takes 3 hours to charge (fast charge). A small price to pay for such a vehicle. Mercedes-AMG has shown us what is possible for the future of automotive technology.
"For the first time, an electrically-powered series production vehicle circles the Nürburgring Nordscheife in under eight minutes. The record for the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive in 7:56.234 minutes on the Nordschleife shows the special position of our innovative and unique drive solution. With the extremely efficient battery technology deriving from Formula 1, four electric motors positioned close to the wheels, the individual wheel torques "AMG Torque Dynamics," the SLS eSound and our ambitious "AMG Lightweight Performance" design strategy, the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive generates a breathtaking sensation unlike any other model out on the road," according to Tobias Moers, Head of Overall Vehicle Development and member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is currently not available for sale in the United States.
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Instinctive Desire By Terry Profetto
The 458 Spider ushers in a whole new generation of Ferrari convertibles: an effortless marriage of technology, design and beauty, it is also the first car ever to combine a mid-rear engine with a drop-top. Make no mistake about it, however: this isn’t just any old drop-top, but a retractable folding hard top that delivers both unprecedented in-cabin comfort when closed and unparalleled spider performance. It is an extraordinarily original concept, a completely new solution that once again confirms Ferrari’s unique talent for innovating and astounding without ever losing the identity and core values that have defined its story since 1947. A story that changes with the times but which also continues a glorious tradition founded in great part on fabulous open-top cars designed for hot sunny days: spiders, cabriolets and barchettas. All cars that are spectacularly wonderful to drive because having just the open sky above you as you grip the wheel has a unique and truly unforgettable emotional impact: hearing the engine’s soundtrack, feeling the car’s speed, having the perfumes of the world swirl around you. An impact that’s heightened to the last by nature itself: this is car at its best on coast roads, Alpine passes, rivieras, tree-lined avenues. Roads that lend a very special exhilaration to taking a drop-top out for a spin even at slower speeds. The 458 Spider is a two-seater that brilliantly reflects Maranello’s core strategy of offering the right Ferrari to each individual Ferrarista. It also, however, delivers a whole new set of emotions. You can hit the retract button, drive it top-down, and be enthralled by the distinctive harmonic rumble of its GDI V8 engine without your conversation with your passenger being drowned out, for instance. It also adds a genuine sense of sportiness and power to weekend trips à deux. A clever mix of sounds supplied by the car’s 570 horse power incorporates just the right notes, turning it into music to your ears. Music that acts as a brilliant soundtrack not only to the pleasure of driving a Prancing Horse car but in-car chat. It’s no coincidence either that this very V8 was named International Engine of the Year 2011: it delivers absolutely unprecedented performance for a spider, in fact. However, the 458 Spider has another feature that makes it unique. The key innovation around which its entire concept was crafted is, of course, its aluminum retractable hard top which guarantees in-car comfort that’s far superior to a traditional soft-top. It also has an extraordinarily fast deployment and retraction time, and is far lighter and simpler than any other package of its kind. The Spider shares the 458 Italia’s cutting-edge technologies to offer uncompromising comfort and performance as well as the distinctive thrill of open-top driving. 56 FOCUS of New York 2014
It is perfect for everyday as well as weekend use, particularly in fine weather. It is the ideal choice for owners that want to experience sporty driving on mixed and challenging surfaces but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel the need to constantly push their car to the limit on the track. People who like to add an extra shot of exhilaration to driving to dinner or a day out at the coast. Who want the comfort of ergonomically perfect cabin space in which every last detail has been honed to perfection. A dream drive, in other words. But a very real, drop-top one, to boot. FOCUS of New York 2014 57
Lightweight By Anna Filipiak
Sunreef Yachts continues moving forward in the field of large yacht design and introduces first unit of Sunreef 80 Carbon Line, sailing catamaran concept based on light displacement, performance and speed. Commissioned by European owner, the Sunreef 80 LEVANTE is made of an advanced composite sandwich combining vinylester, PVC foam and carbon/glass fiber, with a carbon mast and boom in-house made, standing rigging with Kevlar and total sail area of 340 m2, weighing just 45T lightship. The sleek and sporty exterior line was designed carefully to reduce windage and water resistance. The yacht is meant for fast sailing and can easily reach 15 knots with maximum speeds on sails set for 20+ knots. The Main sail and Genoa are made of Vectran while the Gennaker is made of Cubin Fiber, the best materials available on the market for performance-oriented cruising yachts. Sunreef 80 LEVANTE keeps her balance no matter the wind conditions. She is very easy to maneuver and the steering is very comfortable. Moreover, this yacht is equipped with a system which enables testing the load on the rig when under sail. 12 load pins have been installed on the mast and rigging, so that the skipper is able to check the load and adjust sails accordingly pushing the boat to the safe maximum at all times. Additionally, the black box which registers this data and allows Sunreef Yachts to have access to it is installed on the catamaran. These solutions will allow the shipyard to monitor the speed of the boat at all times and progress with research on powerful rigs for its future yachts. 58 FOCUS of New York 2014
The yacht is designed to comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests and 4 crew. The portside hull comprises one guest cabin with a bathroom, a fully equipped galley and crew cabins. The starboard hull features one guest and one childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cabin, both with private en-suite bathrooms, and the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dressing room and bathroom directly accessible from the master suite on the main deck. For the very first time on a Sunreef single deck catamaran, the owner suite is located on the main deck. This means that the internal cockpit comprises the navigation station, dining area, lounge zone and the owner suite on the front right. As is the case for all Sunreef catamarans, the cockpit and flybridge features dining areas, sunbathing pads and extended storage. The interior design represents a modern and minimalist style based on white and grey colors with touches of a fresh blend of strong, modern colors.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week FALL 2014 Lincoln Center was abuzz with the start of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, with a line-up of over 100 designers showing their fall 2014 Collections. Among the world's most renowned designers, Mercedes-Benz is showing off a trendsetter of its own, the all-new 2015 GLA-Class. Hitting showrooms this fall, this stylish, new SUV is part of an innovative category of vehicles offering a new gateway into the Mercedes-Benz brand. The GLA-Class combines a fun, adventurous spirit with a design that begs to be noticed, similar to the famous NYC street style revered by the fashion industry. To help celebrate, Mercedes-Benz is bringing street style inside Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a unique installation featuring photography by renowned street style photographer Youngjun Koo of KOO.IM. Throughout the week, Koo hit the streets of New York to capture urbanites sporting notable fashions. His photography was printed and wheat-pasted onto an interactive display surrounding the GLA-Class within the main lobby of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, who will make the entire city of New York their stage. One of the most anticipated events of the year is the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC. Lincoln Center was abuzz with the start of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, with a line-up of over 100 designers showing their fall 2014 Collections. Among the world's most renowned designers, Mercedes-Benz is showing off a trendsetter of its own, the all-new 2015 GLA-Class. Hitting showrooms this fall, this stylish, new SUV is part of an innovative category of vehicles offering a new gateway into the Mercedes-Benz brand. The GLA-Class combines a fun, adventurous spirit with a design that begs to be noticed, similar to the famous NYC street style revered by the fashion industry. To help celebrate, Mercedes-Benz is bringing street style inside Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a unique installation featuring photography by renowned street style photographer Youngjun Koo of KOO.IM. Throughout the week, Koo hit the streets of New York to capture urbanites sporting notable fashions. His photography was printed and wheat-pasted onto an interactive display surrounding the GLA-Class within the main lobby of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The Fall 2014 Collections have been much talked about over the last several months following the announcement of some exciting changes completed for the shows.
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With redesigned show venues that offer more versatile environments, the introduction of The Pavilion- a brand new venue at Lincoln Center, and The Hub at Hudsona flexible presentation space for emerging talent just minutes from the Tents. These venues were complimented by a redesigned and modern Event Lobby that offered guests a fashionable environment to conduct business and network with a carefully curated list of people. The redesign have enthused returning designers to reconfigure their show production and have also attracted new designers to debut their Collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. “As each season marks new growth for us, for Fall 2014 we decided to look for a premium show space that would allow us to create an environment tailored to our aesthetic. The introduction of The Pavilion at MercedesBenz Fashion Week offers us the chance to show in a venue that feels unique to Creatures of the The Wind, and also makes use of the various benefits of showing on-site at Lincoln Center. It’s a new idea for us, and we are excited to see the results,” Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters, designers, Creatures of The Wind. “This is my fifth year showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York and throughout the years the team at IMG Fashion has always been there to help me produce a show that is impactful and makes sense for my overall business,” says Mara Hoffman. “I am looking forward to seeing how the new venue changes and event upgrades will improve the guest experience, show production and ultimately help my brand connect with the consumer.”
The newly launched MBFW District, will gave designers the opportunity to extend their energy of fashion week across all of New York City and present their collections at off-site venues while remaining under the MercedesBenz Fashion Week umbrella. The MBFW Digital District was a virtual home for fashion week, with live-streamed runway shows of designers showing at Lincoln Center and throughout New York. Was a powerful platform for designers to debut their collections and to reach a worldwide audience of fashion lovers.
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"I am very happy that MBFW and IMG Fashion have taken the right steps to meet the industry's needs,” says Diane von Furstenberg. “New York City is the epicenter of fashion and the redesigned MBFW District will show off all of the talent and culture that is seen throughout the entire city. 2014 is a very special year for my brand; the 40th Anniversary of the wrap-dress, and I wanted to do something special to celebrate. I am looking forward to hosting my show at a space that is unique to this season’s vision and celebration, and excited to continue being a part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.”
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CMO of Macys Martine Reardon (L) and AHA CEO Nancy Brown
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The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women (GRFW) and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) Heart Truth® present the 2014 Go Red For Women® / The Heart Truth ® Red Dress Collection?. The centerpiece of both organizations is the Red Dress, which was introduced as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 by NHLBI. The Red Dress® reminds women of the need to protect their heart health and inspires them to take action. Seeking to advance the Red Dress symbol, Go Red For Women and The Heart Truth will collaborate to bring forth its greatest assets in order to increase awareness about women’s No. 1 killer, heart disease. During the 2014 Red Dress Collection?, top designers, models, and celebrities demonstrated their support for the issue of women and heart disease by participating in the Go Red For Women® / The Heart Truth ® Red Dress Collection? at Fashion Shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. 64 FOCUS of New York 2014
Zac Posen "Mercedes-Benz design is fascinating in so many ways providing the brand with a unique opportunity to position itself among the most important fashion labels in the world," says Danielle Nachmani, stylist for Mercedes-Benz. "There are only a handful of iconic fashion houses that can take luxury across every segment, but still hold true to its values and craftsmanship." Enthusiasts found no shortage of thrilling content during this week long schedule of backstage beauty looks, insider interviews and streaming videos. The magic of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York continues with new life in a highly stylized, fashion forward world; to perfectly illustrate the diverse roster of talent, beauty and digital presence. Once again, Mercedes-Benz in collaboration with other companies, including esteemed designers from around the globe delivered the excitement to all fashion lovers everywhere.
Herve Leger By Max Azria
The preliminary lineup for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 Collections includes: NICHOLAS K, BCBGMAXAZRIA, RAOUL, RICHARD CHAI, CREATURES OF THE WIND, TADASHI SHOJI, DESIGUAL, TOME, MARISSA WEBB, DANIEL VOSOVIC, TODD SNYDER, GO RED FOR WOMEN ®/THE HEART TRUTH ® RED DRESS COLLECTIONSM, MARK AND ESTEL, ZIMMERMANN, REBECCA VALLANCE, CARMEN MARC VALVO, PEDRO DEL HIERRO MADRID, TRINA TURK, NAUTICA, REBECCA MINKOFF, HACHE, NICOLE MILLER, CHARLOTTE RONSON, ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY, EMERSON BY JACKIE FRASER-SWAN, RUFFIAN, LACOSTE, JILL STUART, SON JUNG WAN, KOONHOR, HERVÉ LÉGER BY MAX AZRIA, MARA HOFFMAN, ADEAM, IVAN AGUILAR, MONIQUE LHUILLIER, ASIA FASHION COLLECTION, VENEXIANA, LELA ROSE, DKNY, DAVID TLALE, CUSTO BARCELONA, PARKCHOONMOO, DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, VIVIENNE TAM, GEORGINE, MESKITA, MATHIEU MIRANO, CAROLINA HERRERA, NOON BY NOOR, TOMMY HILFIGER, ANGEL SANCHEZ, DENNIS BASSO, ALON LIVNÉ, MILLY BY MICHELLE SMITH, KATYA LEONOVICH, REEM ACRA, RICARDO SECO, ZAC POSEN, DONNA KARAN NEW YORK, TORY BURCH, J.CREW, BADGLEY MISCHKA, JENNY PACKHAM, DIESEL BLACK GOLD, LIBERTINE, NAEEM KHAN, CONCEPT KOREA, PAMELLA ROLAND, MM6 MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA, SKINGRAFT, THE ART INSTITUTES, MICHAEL KORS, NANETTE LEPORE, LIE SANG BONG, KAUFMANFRANCO, HUGO BOSS, BETSEY JOHNSON, MARIST COLLEGE PRESENTS BETSEY JOHNSON REPRISE, CLOVER CANYON, CUTECIRCUIT, ANNA SUI, ZANG TOI, RALPH LAUREN, RACHEL ZOE, J. MENDEL, CALVIN KLEIN, BIBHU MOHAPATRA and HERNAN LANDER.
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SJP Collection Launching exclusively at Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com on February 28, 2014, the SJP Collection by Sarah Jessica Parker is a new collection of shoes crafted by artisans in Italy and imported handbags, reflecting Sarah Jessica’s personal looks and feminine style. The line will also feature the “Manhattan” trench coat to complement the collection as a whole.
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“I’ve taken inspiration from things in my life such as the grosgrain ribbons I tied in my hair as a girl, to the flower accents from the Sex and the City wardrobe, to references to classic styles from the late 70's and early 80's. I’m a firm believer in quality and timelessness and have created this collection with the hopes that women will love wearing it for years to come,” said Sarah Jessica Parker, President SJP USA LLC. As a reflection of Sarah Jessica’s childhood, grosgrain ribbon detail is intricately featured on each shoe, emphasizing the feminine design of the collection. With a story behind the name of each shoe, the collection is infused with fashion influences of Sarah Jessica’s life – from “Carrie”, understandably so, after her acclaimed character on Sex and the City to “Maud”, named after legendary designer Maud Frizon. Colors, as Sarah Jessica has often said are “the new neutral” and can be seen in the collection ranging from her spring favorites such as coral, mint, teal and pink, to classic colors including purple, red and navy. With a wide variety of heel heights, the collection of twenty-five shoes reinvigorates the classic single sole with a range of silhouettes that fit the styles and personalities of women of all ages. The shoe prices range from $195 to just under $500. The entire shoe collection is made in Italy from high quality leathers and materials. The SJP handbags are functional pieces but with a fun and fashionable twist. They can be carried by the everyday woman on the go and transition easily to night out.
The line features versatile styles from the “New Yorker” hobo shoulder bag, the “Waverly” cross body and the “Beekman” clutch, all named after some of her favorite NYC spots. They will retail from $245 to $375. The SJP “Manhattan” trench coat was created to highlight the shoe and handbag collection with its A-Line fitted silhouette and skirting design that is sure to accentuate a woman’s figure. Maintaining the integrity of the collection, the trench coat incorporates the signature blush color grosgrain detail, exclusive SJP buttons, and a signature print lining. The SJP trench comes both in natural and navy and retails for $495. The SJP Collection is a personal endeavor for Sarah Jessica as a realization of her enduring affection for fashion as she teams up with business partner George Malkemus to launch her namesake collection exclusively at Nordstrom stores. Nordstrom, which began as a shoe retailer, is a fitting partnership for Sarah Jessica’s new collection as the retail store is a staple among fashion driven consumers with the retailer’s vast knowledge of the industry and what the customer wants. “We’re honored that Sarah Jessica chose to work with Nordstrom to launch the SJP Collection. It has been a true collaboration and a pleasure working together. Sarah Jessica’s aesthetic and style is so inspiring to so many women, and this collection reflects her unique point of view. We can’t wait for customers to see the line. There’s something for every shoe lover and we think they’re going to respond really well,” said Scott Meden, Nordstrom EVP and GMM of Shoes. “I thought about launching my own line for a long time,” Sarah Jessica says. “It just feels like an enormous privilege to be doing it now with George and with Nordstrom.”
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Sue Wong SUMMER LOOKS BRIGHT
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Add some sizzle and spark to your wardrobe with SUE WONG’s latest collection of dresses for summer! From colorful yet elegant day wear to glamorous evening pieces suitable for dinner and drinks with friends or a dazzling red carpet event, this collection has everything you need for a new season. Immerse yourself in colors such as oranges, reds and pinks that pop alongside lilacs, purples, teals and greens. Details abound from hand embroidery, layering, beading, fringe and illusion surfaces. For over two decades Sue Wong has been astonishing fashion aficionados with collection after collection of ravishing dresses that prove both timeless and timely. Distinguished by the impeccable quality of traditional couture dress making, her designs are suffused with Old Hollywood glamour, steeped in romance and mystery while being utterly modern and accessible to women everywhere. Sue continues to forge new ground in defining fashion that transcends generations and boundaries even as she creates masterpieces of passion and desire expressed through inimitable style. There are a wide variety of choices featuring the label’s meticulous craftsmanship, the finest fabrics and accessible pricing. More and more women are finding ways of discovering their inner star in these beautiful dresses. But it is Sue’s design sensibility that has made the label a particular favorite of modern women, celebrities and fashionistas alike who gravitate toward its unbridled romanticism and sophistication. Available at specialty boutiques, major department stores including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s and internationally in over 27 countries.
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MISS WU Miss Wu ‘Radiant Faille’ feather dress, a Nordstrom exclusive. Cotton/ silk, black, $995. In via C at Nordstrom and nordstrom.com.
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Style! By Vanessa Lausch
Evolving your own style requires attention to fabric, fit, color, pattern, and detail. However, women with a true fashion sense also know these three simple steps. Step 1: Know your strengths and play them up. Whether you have sexy shoulders, a beautiful chest, great cleavage, or toned legs, there is something about your body that you love. You should play up and highlight this feature in every outfit you wear. Shine, bright or light colors, fabric details, or skin all tend to draw eyes toward you. Use these elements to your benefit in every outfit to showcase your good features and make yourself look stylish. Step 2: Find your distinctive look. People will tend to judge you and form opinions about you based upon your appearance, so give them a taste of who you really are. Perhaps you have a certain accessory or color you love to wear. You can begin adding a small, distinctive touch of that color or accessory to every outfit. Or, if you love a certain style of clothing, such as sexy pantsuits or flirty dresses, try wearing some variation of your favorite outfit every day. Your style will not be boring; it will simply be true to who you are. Step 3: Never underestimate the flattering power of confidence and good posture. Standing up straight and letting your shoulders fall down and back will do wonderful things for your appearance. Good posture can make you appear taller, thinner, more elegant, and more graceful. It will also make you feel more confident, and, as a rule, confident people naturally draw attention and admiration, regardless of what they are wearing. These simple steps are guaranteed to turn a growing knowledge of fit and fashion into a true sense of style.
HAUTE HIPPIE Haute Hippie jacket, swan multi, $495. Sleeveless blouse, moss, $195. Pants, fatigue/moss, $345. In via C at Nordstrom and nordstrom.com.
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TORY BURCH Tory Burch ‘Brigitte’ blouse, long sleeves, cotton voile, $195. ‘Page’ shorts, cotton faille, $175. Both signature print, in ivory wheat. In Individualist at Nordstrom and nordstrom.com.
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MISS WU Miss Wu floral-print dress, silk/polyester, black/white, $495. In via C at Nordstrom and nordstrom.com.
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Charter Club Top $69.00 Pants $59.00 Available at select Macy's and at macys.com
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Style & Co. Top $49.00 Pants $27.98 Available at select Macy's and at macys.com
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Maria Pia Malerba was born in the Puglia region in Southern Italy. She studied Art in high school and then went on to study at Accademia di Belle Arti a fine art institute. After earning her degree specializing in scenography: set design and costume history she went to Lake Como to become a text tile designer. Maria Pia had the opportunity to create textile designs for big fashion stylists like Dolce Gabana, Versace and Cavalli. This was an extraordinary time for her to grow as an artist. For 12 years, she was continually inspired by new trends. At the same time when she wasn’t creating art on fabric, she was still painting Hyperrealism & abstract artwork on canvas, stone or wood. Here in Florida Maria Pia came into contact with Dore whom is the business leader in ballroom dance gown design. She was fascinated and inspired by this new world. Maria Pia was born with this strong per pension to research the beauty in life. Every morning she would wake up with enthusiasm to bring to life her ideas and create new things. Color, objects and shapes fascinate her and she likes to associate ideas and concepts that are very different and put them together. Maria Pia was in kindergarten when she started painting. Her first oil painting was at age 12. She painted almost every day of her life. Twenty years later she was hired by a company to paint a Madonna on stone for a gift for the Pope that now is being displayed at the Vatican. She has been showcased at various galleries all over Italy and America. Winning 1st prize the “Raffaello Sanzio award” in Rome in 2006. She's very eclectic; she loves to paint abstractism as well as hyperrealism. Her favorite Stylist/artist is Alexander McQueen. She is in love with his theatrically extraordinary gowns and genius vision. Right now she is creating a collection on couture gowns that are made with recycled materials like paper, plastic, foam etc. www.maria-pia-art.com 76 FOCUS of New York 2014
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urveturiere Intimates is a full-cup, fullfigure foundation and sleepwear line with sizing available in 32 – 50 D – K and XS – 3X. The line has been expertly curated to hone in on the classic and key foundation and sleepwear silhouettes every woman needs to keep pace with her “on the go” lifestyle. Whether it is the Belle smooth cup, wire-free plunge bra under her tee shirts, the Lola camisole, wirefree for modesty under a low cut wrap dress or the Emilie lace and jersey gown with bust support to wrap her in elegant comfort at the end of a hectic day- she’ll find each piece serves as a unique solution in her foundation and sleepwear wardrobe. What makes the Curveturiere brand stand out amongst their peers is the attention to fashion elements such as eye-lash lace trims, signature tuxedo bows, updated laces and meshes, and color direction straight from the European runways. At the same time, Curveturiere has not lost sight of the comfort and construction details the large-cup customer demands- lightly padded straps, soft mesh linings, and for support a U-back and power mesh panels. Curveturiere, LLC Co-Founders, Kelly Moore and Mary Pifko, combine their 25-plus years of experience in the intimates industry with their own personal quest to find 78 FOCUS of New York 2014
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fashionable foundation solutions for their unique bust sizes. Feeling left out when it came to beautiful yet affordable foundation options for a full-bust and knowing they were not alone, they set out on a quest to marry fashion and function. Kelly Moore, a graduate of Auburn University, joined the HSN team as a merchant in 1999. She quickly advanced up the ladder becoming the Intimate Apparel, Denim and Sportswear Buyer accountable for nearly $50 million in annual sales. Kelly’s accomplishments included elevating the brand profile and sales of the intimate’s category. In addition to increased on-air sales, Kelly also increased the .Com sales penetration in the intimate’s category through key item strategies, specialty product procurement, and expanded assortments. Her successes were not limited to the Intimates category. Kelly was also responsible for launching key national brands in the denim category including Seven and Jag Jeans as well as legendary brands Jordache and Gloria Vanderbilt during their recent popular resurgence. Additionally, Kelly also sourced and developed collections with celebrities and designers such as: Suzanne Somers, Patti Labelle, Randolph Duke, Debra McGuire, Stephanie Seymour, and Allen Schwartz of A.B.S. Leaving HSN, Kelly joined the Shear Enterprises team in 2006. For the next seven years Kelly’s position as Director of Product Development allowed her to expand her knowledge from the aspect of Buyer to that of Brand. Combining her eye for design, trend forecasting abilities, and product continued on page 81...
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development experience with her buying expertise from brick and mortar retailing and E-commerce she assisted in growing the resident brand. Kelly’s responsibilities included product development, sourcing and costing as well as quality assurance, fit, and ultimately logistics and presentation. In addition she helped to manage the electronic retailing accounts for the company. Mary Pifko, a graduate of The University of Georgia, crossed paths with Kelly when she joined the HSN team in 2003. Like Kelly, Mary quickly moved up the ladder and upon Kelly’s departure Mary became accountable for Intimate Apparel and Designer Brand categories with annual net sales exceeding $35 million. Mary’s accomplishments included developing product and sales presentation strategies to enhance the growth of HSN’s number one intimate’s brand leading Mary to annual company-wide award recognition. HSN’s intimates brand profile was elevated by Mary building relationships and launching national brands such as Yummie Tummie, Hanky Panky, Va Bien, Le Mystere by Groupe Le Mystere, Champion, Warner’s, Maidenform, Glamorise, and Honeydew. She secured the launch of Dr. Robert Rey Shapewear, which led to HSN’s first million dollar launch in Intimate Apparel and highest new customer acquisition for a launch in Apparel and Accessories. While at HSN Mary also successfully developed and sourced seasonal collections with celebrity designers and personalities such as: Susan Lucci, Stefani Greenfield, Loulou de la Falaise, Ranjana Khan, Laurie Feltheimer, Steven Stolman, Debra McGuire, David Emanuel, and Stephen Burrows. Leaving HSN, Mary launched her own consulting
firm-brilliantly taking her proven track record for procuring trend-right seasonal collections, expertise of understanding the inner workings of multimedia retailing, and her knack of executing the vision of celebrities and designers. Traveling extensively to NYC, LA, Las Vegas, South America and Europe, she has managed multiple apparel, footwear, accessories, and intimates brands for celebrities and designers. In March of 2012 both Kelly and Mary found themselves at a place in life where they were ready to develop the brand they have always dreamt of wearing. See while they were living “full-lives,” they were also carrying “full-busts.” The irony was not lost on them that they were two women who have worked as intimates buyers, created intimates lines for others and had access to every brand on the market yet still could not find anything to fit their fuller-busts that did not look like a relic from the past…or as they would say "a harness." You know what they say, "If you can't find it…make it yourself." So make it they did! Their goal was to create foundation and sleepwear that answered their search for fun, fashionable and affordable product with support and function for their full-busts. With Curveturiere, they want to give women a brand that is unique and diverse with as much color and flare as they live their life. They also want to build a community to share information; intimates advice, fashion tips, healthy lifestyle ideas and personal stories. So the movement has begun, fashion and color for all! As Kelly and Mary always say... Who wants to live life in neutral?™
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PANDORA’s collection of outstanding jewelry features raw, elegant designs inspired by rock style with a hint of vintage and a bit of attitude. PANDORA bracelets give women the freedom to capture the unforgettable moments that make life extraordinary and the new charms of the fall season offer a twist on what has become the hallmark of the PANDORA brand. Two elegant sterling silver bracelets are also new–one is designed to hold one traditional or new decorative clip, the other as many as five. Mix, match and combine the clips and bracelets in any combination, creating pieces that are unique to your personal style. It’s an idea inspired by PANDORA’s popular charm bracelet. Create and combine looks with other new additions to the PANDORA universe, including a line of 14k solid gold earrings, pendants and dangle charms with intricate lace details and diamonds; and large cocktail rings, featuring amethyst or grey moonstone, that are perfect for stacking. Stunning earrings inspired by delicate lace patterns in 14K gold with freshwater pearls and diamonds can be worn on their own, layered or combined with other pieces from the Compose collection. Rings in 14K gold, sterling and black oxidized silver have florally inspired designs with an unpredictable twist that is raw yet feminine. Large cocktail rings in amethyst or grey moonstone are perfect for stacking with this season’s more delicate pieces. New LovePod rings in white, yellow and rose 18K gold with brilliant-cut diamonds or colorful gemstones work beautifully with other pieces of PANDORA jewelry and interlock when stacked together. The spirit of nostalgic rock infuses the collection, especially our new sterling silver decorative clips in raw, sculptural shapes. The other standouts include a star-shaped pendant and charm in black oxidized silver, an alluring finish that runs through the collection.
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Ekaterina Kukhareva Ekaterina Kukhareva launched her eponymous knitwear line after graduating from Central Saint Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in London. Producing unique knitted fabrics, this label is known for its luxury hand-made trimmings. A compilation of hand worked macramĂŠ, crochet, fringing and knotting which add elaborate glamour to the entire collection and make the timeless pieces stand out. Ekaterina Kukhareva collections are Chic with contemporary approach to textiles and have the following of singers such as Paloma Faith, Brandy, Eliza Doolittle and Nicki Minaj to name a few. With gorgeous weaving techniques, unusual shapes, and futuristic patterns, Ekaterina Kukhareva employs natural fabrics like wool and cotton and viscose. Putting emphasis on her Ukrainian and Russian roots, she has created alluring yet glamorous pieces, perfect for women with demanding sense of style. The collections are stocked in various countries such as Dubai, Russia, USA and Saudi Arabia. Designer works mostly on creating exquisite textiles, experimenting with colours and silhouettes, making the whole collection suitable for sophisticated ladies with bohemian style.
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When it comes to timeless jewelry, we often think of diamonds and pearls as being the only alternative. However, not everyone can afford such luxuries. And since fashion trends and styles are constantly changing, it can be difficult to accessorize especially when you are on a budget. The good news is that classic pieces of jewelry can grow with your wardrobe and last for several years to come. The key to selecting timeless pieces that will stand the test of time is choosing ones that are handcrafted by experienced artisans. Factory-spewed and mass-produced jewelry is a thing of the past. These days, the latest trends in jewelry have everything to do with the handmade marketplace. The latest trends in handmade designer jewelry include polished natural stones, sea glass and colored crystals. You can purchase a timeless piece of jewelry to accentuate just about any outfit. Elegant Earrings Dazzling designer earrings crafted with semi-precious stones and sterling silver is just one style of timeless jewelry trends that are popular today. The lengths of the earrings can vary from studs to chandelier earrings that dangle below the jaw line. The hottest color trends include pastel palettes featuring sea greens and cool blues. Paired with a cocktail dress or even jeans and a t-shirt, a pair of elegant earrings can give any outfit a polished look. The Statement Necklace The statement necklace is made out of a wide variety of materials from large stones to sea glass and even fabric. These striking pieces can turn even the most ordinary outfit into something extraordinary. No wonder many celebrities gracing the red carpet choose a statement necklace to pull their look together. The timeless nature of a statement necklace makes it the perfect companion for your wardrobe. Mix and match it with different outfits, regardless of the season, to turn heads all year long! Bountiful Bracelets Chunky beaded bracelets and sterling silver charm bracelets are the most popular bracelets available in the handmade marketplace. The uniqueness of certain bracelets is what makes them timeless. Vintage charms, found objects and antique buttons are just a few of the materials used in quality crafted designer bracelets. Paired with new chains and findings, these timeless bracelets are worthy enough to grace the arm of Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest starlet. 86 FOCUS of New York 2014
â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art.â&#x20AC;?
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Nina Rai studied at Central Saint Martins and specializes in high end Swarovski Crystal Head Jewelry. A fascination with adornment and beauty led her to pursue the craft of millinery. She works on inspiration and each collection has its own feel and style from period tiaras to head pieces. Each piece is created as a work of art, sophisticated elegance remaining the core of her craft. This collection reflects a return to the glamour and sophistication of a period long gone but with an adaptation to the modern woman who still longs for feminine classicism. By Susana Sueldo
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Indrea Gordon A self starter, self motivated, hard working, persistent woman describes Indrea who always strives for the best. She is the proud owner of Platinum House of Style which was developed in 1995 in Seaside, Ca. Platinum House in now located in Lake Charles, La and is the umbrella company for Quad Clothing Co. and Heavenly Weddings. Indrea's designs are known for its unique style mixed with unusual fabrics worn by some of the most elite fashion goers. Indrea is motivated by the look in a woman’s eye when she knows what she’s wearing is flawless. Indrea says, "if you look good, you feel good”. In her spare time she enjoys personal time with God, being a mother of 4, being silly with her husband who is quite comical, and helping others achieve their goals. Indrea, born in Lake Charles, La. in 1975 is one of the leading designers of her time. After relocating to Southwest La from a childhood lifestyle in northern California, Indrea began to reinvent her style. It was in Louisiana she really discovered that everything has it’s time and place and that sometimes less is more. Now with more of an emphasis on texture and fabric content, Indrea’s line is sure to appeal to any fashion forward person. “Sexy is my niche” but I design based on how I feel, I don’t want to keep myself in a box and only design certain looks, I want to give the consumer many choices”. One may see anything from a tailored suit to a beautiful wedding gown by Quad. Her favorite is evening wear but has been known to blaze the urban markets with trendy designs as well. As alumni of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, Indrea often reflects back on what she learned as a student. “The basics never change; you just give or take a little”. Many of Indrea’s designs have been among the celebrity elite such as Vivica Fox ,Cheryl Underwood and Ginuwine. The House of Platinum continues to grow and develop its content. With a growing staff and production team Quad Clothing Co. clearly offers a large variety to choose from. Radiant color blends, intricate cuts, combinations of interior fabrics mixed with soft silks and so on, Quad collections by Indrea Gordon are a must have.
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Restful Retreat Every woman knows it can be hard to work in a little personal time.
A recent survey conducted with women found that two-thirds of respondents wished they had a special place to treat themselves and indulge in a little luxury. While many men have their own private “man cave” section of the house, many women long for their own place for a little “me-time.” “I know that women have the desire to make their own special place at home. I have a passion for creating simple and comfortable spaces,” said Melissa Michaels, blogger of “The Inspired Room,” who is partnering with the Skinny Cow® brand to help women create their own lady lair or WoCavé. You can turn any space into your own little nook by incorporating a few personal touches: • Entertainment Reserve – Every girl loves a little rest and relaxation with her favorite movies, television shows and music. Whether you love sentimental “chick flicks” or action-packed movies, keep your place stocked with your favorite movies and shows to catch-up on at the end of a long day. Also, make sure you have access to your favorite songs to enjoy while lounging. • Girlfriend-Worthy Nook – Everyone knows sharing is always more fun, so include comfortable seating for visiting girlfriends. Move nice furniture from other corners of your home or purchase second hand furniture and jazz it up with a sassy sofa cover and chic decorative pillows. 90 FOCUS of New York 2014
• Snack Stash – No personal space would be complete without a stash of indulgent, tasty treats, such as ice cream, candy and salty snacks. In fact, more than 57 percent of the women surveyed said they would include a candy bowl in their special room and nearly half would decorate their space with a freezer to keep their indulgent ice cream on hand, such as delicious Skinny Cow ice cream. • Fabulous Reads – An assortment of magazines and books are also a must for this space. Surround yourself with your favorite reading materials and bask in the peace and quiet. Be sure to keep these favorites organized with a stylish magazine holder tote or bookcase. These items can be found at thrift or craft stores and decorated to fit your flair for the room. • Beauty Parlor – It can be hard to find time to treat yourself to a little beauty, so have a small stockpile of beauty tools for manicures, pedicures and makeovers. Invite girlfriends over for a night of nails, noshing and quality girl time. You’re sure to pick up some of their beauty tips as well. For more details on Skinny Cow ice cream and candies, visit www. SkinnyCow.com.
Fitness and Fashion
Ideas for Women
Weighted clothes overloads the body with added resistance during activities such as plyometrics. The brain and muscle fibers get programmed to believe that there is more resistance on the body then there actually is. After this weight is removed, the body still thinks the weight is present which can lead to increased strength, power output, endurance and caloric expenditure. W8FIT’s high-performance fitness apparel has custom-designed pockets that hold W8FIT weights. Developed by seasoned fitness instructor and personal trainer, Maya Kaminsky, each item uniquely moves with a woman’s body, looks slimming, and adds resistance training. W8FIT’s weighted technology significantly increases your fat burning potential as it harnesses the power of your daily activities to help you lose weight while improving your overall fitness.
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W8FIT Activewear is made of high quality Tactel, a durable and breathable fabric, and is designed for optimal performance and comfort. The current collection, ranging from $19 to $86, offers separates in a variety of styles and colors. Features include a racer back tank, a thin tank, a run crop pant, the X-training pant, and the top-selling wrist cuffs. Items are available in a wide variety of colors including turquoise, pink, purple, white and black. The tanks are long and rounded while the pants have a seam down the back of the legs that add a slimming effect and style to a woman’s workout routine.
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I alone am your dream Already, you are mine. Rest with your dream inside my dream. Love, grief, labour, must sleep now. Night revolves on invisible wheels and joined to me you are pure as sleeping amber. No one else will sleep with my dream, love. You will go we will go joined by the waters of time. No other one will travel the shadows with me, only you, eternal nature, eternal sun, eternal moon. Already your hands have opened their delicate fists and let fall, without direction, their gentle signs, your eyes enclosing themselves like two grey wings, while I follow the waters you bring that take me onwards: night, Earth, winds weave their fate, and already, not only am I not without you, I alone am your dream.
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When Away from Home
Whether your international travel is for business or pleasure, chances are you’d like to remain connected. Your wireless phone or tablet is a likely solution, but not all wireless services are created equal. When U.S. customers use their phones abroad the way they normally do at home, their costs can total $1,000 a day or more. According to a study by T-Mobile, more than 40 percent of customers turn off data roaming completely to avoid those fees, and another 20 percent say they would if they knew how. “Wireless customers face a hard choice — use their phone when they need it and pay the price, or cut off communications to contain costs,” said Desmond Smith, senior product manager at T-Mobile. “In reality, with a little pre-planning, customers can find the right carrier and service plan that meets their travel needs, significantly reducing, or even eliminating, travel-related wireless charges.” Before you pack your bags and begin your travel adventure, spend some time researching the best wireless company, device and data plan to fit your needs and check that you have the right accessories too, including an international power converter. Choosing a Carrier With so many wireless service providers available, it’s difficult to know which one to choose. Especially if you will be traveling internationally, choosing the right data plan is not only about ensuring you have freedom and peace of mind (so you don’t come home to bill shock) — it’s also about making sure you choose a phone company that focuses on customer service and provides flexibility and choice. 102 FOCUS of New York 2014
• Ditch the burdensome contract — Several providers offer no-contract wireless service that gives you freedom and flexibility without being locked into a service agreement for a year or more. • Make the world your network — Look for carriers, such as T-Mobile, that provide unlimited data and texting worldwide, freeing you from worrying about coming home to bill shock from outrageous roaming fees. • Don’t break the bank — Some providers offer programs to help manage the out-of-pocket costs associated with purchasing new devices. • Device upgrades — If you’re accident prone, likely to break or lose devices while circling the globe or just like to upgrade your phone frequently, look for protection and upgrade options such as T-Mobile’s JUMP! program. For $10 per month, you can protect your device and have the option to upgrade twice per year to the latest phone. • Explore the extras — Prepaid international calling cards may also be available through your wireless provider. If your travels keep you in the States but your wireless needs take you beyond, some carriers offer plans that allow you to talk with friends, family or business associates across the globe. The Right Device Shopping for a smartphone or tablet doesn’t have to be stressful or complicated. Selecting the right device is simply a matter of asking the right questions and talking to the experts. A sales associate can help you select a phone that will best meet your needs. Several new options are now available, and one in high demand is Google Nexus 5. When combined with a nationwide 4G LTE network, Google Nexus 5’s stunning, lightweight design, speedy processor and LTE capabilities offer users the best experience for staying connected.
When making your purchase, consider: • Device compatibility abroad • Shape/size • Display • Keyboard size and form These and additional tips for staying connected when traveling internationally can be found at www.T-Mobile.com.
Worry-free Wireless Travel Abroad Follow a few tips from the experts at T-Mobile and help keep your travels on track and free of complications: 1. Pack the essentials, including portable chargers, an international power converter and MicroSD cards to give you added storage space for photos and more. 2. Get insured. If you don’t already have one, now is the time to secure an insurance plan to protect yourself in case your device is damaged, lost or stolen. 3. Check your coverage before you travel, including network specifications and international data rates, and make adjustments if necessary to avoid costly surprises in your bill when you return. 4. Travel safe with features such as Bluetooth for hands-free driving while navigating the twists and turns of unfamiliar roads, or applications like T-Mobile’s DriveSmart Plus, which silences incoming notifications, sending callers to voicemail and auto-responds to incoming text messages. 5. Pack light by bringing a multi-function smartphone that allows you to access entertainment with videos and games, mobile music player, GPS navigator, high quality digital camera, and in some cases, even a mobile hotspot.
Best Apps for Travel
Check out these leading apps to help you navigate a successful journey: Unit Conversion Free, Currency (iOS, but others are available for most platforms): Converts temperature, distance, weight, volume, speed and more, including currency in real time Where (iOS, Android, BlackBerry): Collects the location-specific information you can find in a number of other, more specialized apps into one uber-app — making it easy to find a restaurant or other location nearby Expedia (Android, iOS): Travel search, information and hotel/flight booking, with the opportunity to uncover mobile-exclusive discounts on last-minute hotel bookings GateGuru (Android, iOS, Windows Phone): View your TripIt and Kayak itineraries, as well as view/post airport security wait times and see a structured list of airport food, shops and services iStone (iOS): Translation app designed for international travelers without any great linguistic skills; records and translates into 12 languages and provides more than 300 useful phrases Image It (iOS): Translates a picture into the actual word of the object with more than 450 pictograms in categories such as food, emergencies, accommodation and transport Waze (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone) Navigational map system that is constantly updated in real time using drivers’ GPS points with automatic alerts on traffic jams, fender-benders, detours and even police traps SeatGuru (Android, iOS): Provides crucial in-flight information — from seat pitch to the proximity to the toilet to the likeliness to be bumped JetLag Genie (iOS): Helps reduce the effects of jet lag by providing customized action plans based on your flight info and personal sleep patterns FOCUS of New York 2014 103
Whether you want to get your body ready for swimsuit season or stay fit during the summer months, it’s important to find a fitness routine that you can maintain. These tips will help you get motivated and keep moving for a healthier body. Shake things up – Having a variety of fitness activities works different parts of your body, keeps you engaged in the process, and ensures you have some way to exercise no matter what the weather is like. Lifting weights, swimming, cycling, walking, dancing – there are plenty of ways to have fun as you work out. Many people choose to include an exercise video game as part of their fitness routine. A study by the University of Calgary Exergaming Research Centre, the American Council on Exercise, and the University of Massachusetts Department of Exercise and Health Sciences found that when used at an intermediate or high intensity level, “exergaming” can improve your fitness. And another study, commissioned by the American Council on Exercise, found that the Zumba® Fitness program– experienced via a game or class – can burn a significant amount of calories due to its level of cardiovascular intensity. “The dance-based routines within Zumba Fitness Core are specifi 104 FOCUS of New York 2014
cally designed to sculpt stronger abs and provide an exhilarating total body workout,” said Liz Buckley, General Manager of the Zumba Fitness video game franchise at Majesco Entertainment. “In fact, Zumba Fitness Core is the only video game on the market to target your core. With 33 different dance styles, and 40 contagious music tracks, you get an incredible amount of variety as you benefit from ‘exercise in disguise.’”
player feature, two-player on Kinect and four-player on Wii, you can party with friends and work out in a fun, cooperative way.”
Buddy up with someone else – It’s harder to avoid exercising when you’ve made a commitment to someone else that you’ll be there. Partnering with a friend can make activities more fun, and you and your partner can help each other be accountable for working out.
• Set achievable goals. It won’t help you to set goals you can’t meet – you’ll either injure yourself or be constantly discouraged. It’s OK to start small and work your way up. • Make sure the rewards are appropriate. Enjoying a calorie-laden meal or sugary treat after hitting a goal isn’t the way to go. Look for non-food related rewards that will help motivate you to keep going. • With Zumba Fitness Core, for example, when you reach certain goals, you are rewarded with lifestyle tips, achievements and unlockable bonus videos that give you a behind-thescenes peek at the celebrity Zumba instructors featured in game.
• Set a regular time and place to meet. Set ground rules for when it’s acceptable to miss a session and how you’re to communicate. • Make sure your partner is equally committed. • Have common fitness goals. • Be sure you have similar fitness levels and abilities. You can also buddy up online. For example, Zumba Fitness Core on Kinect for Xbox 360 enables you and friends to share fitness goals and work together to complete them. Buckley said that “Utilizing the game’s multi-
Reward yourself – Changing behavior is hard, but little rewards along the way can help you stay motivated. You might enjoy a new pair of walking shoes when you reach 5,000 steps a day or a new DVD after sticking to your plan for 30 days.
It’s easier – and more fun – than you might think to get in shape for the summer and find a fitness program you love.
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Fight the Flu
With cold and flu season upon us, it may be tempting to hibernate until the danger of red, puffy eyes and a stuffy nose disappears. Waiting for a cold or flu to run its course can truly feel like an eternity, especially when the symptoms have you looking as bad as you feel. While there is no guaranteed strategy for avoiding the flu or sniffles, there are steps you can take to safeguard yourself and your family. And if you do fall ill, taking extra care will help ease you through until you’re on the mend. While the Centers for Disease Control recommends the flu shot as the single best preventive measure, you can also help ward off illness with healthy habits like these: • Keep yourself and your belongings away from others who may be sick to prevent the spread of germs. Don’t share dishes and utensils in the kitchen, and provide sick family members with their own hand towels in the kitchen and bathroom. 106 FOCUS of New York 2014
• Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or an alcohol-based rub. Avoid unnecessarily touching your eyes, nose and mouth, which are easy portals for germs to enter your body. • Keep your immune system running strong by eating sensible and nutritious meals, exercising regularly, managing stress in a healthy way and getting plenty of sleep. If your prevention falls short and you find yourself combatting sniffles, take these steps to nudge yourself back to good health: • Consult with your pharmacist or doctor about which medications may help relieve your symptoms. • Use a soft facial tissue on your irritated skin. Puffs Plus Lotion is dermatologist-tested to be gentle and helps soothe irritated skin by locking in moisture • Stay home for at least 24 hours after a fever passes. This will help you catch up on much-needed rest and prevent the chance of passing anything contagious on to your friends and co-workers. • Calm stuffy sinuses with the steam of a long, hot shower. Take the sinus soothing a step further by using Puffs Plus Lotion with the Scent of Vicks. • Cover your nose or mouth with a tissue like Puffs when sneezing or coughing to minimize the spread of germs. As your symptoms ease, remember to take it easy and allow your body to fully recover so you don’t suffer a setback that needlessly prolongs your illness.
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Some of the most nutrition-packed foods not only taste great, they’re readily available at the grocery store and easy to prepare, Harry says. “The more you eat, the more you’ll crave them.” Here are five food combos for shoppers with healthy eating on their minds: • Tomato, garlic, chicken and almonds: Tomatoes contain one of the world’s most concentrated sources of cancer-fighting lycopene, which is best absorbed from tomatoes that are cooked. Garlic has been used for centuries for various health purposes and is a known free-radical destroyer. Nuts help to lose weight, maintain healthy blood pressure and support moods; almond crumbs are a great substitute for bread crumbs on chicken. Pair these goodies with whole wheat couscous for a full dinner. • Pomegranate-Balsamic tempeh: With its high protein, fiber and isoflavones content, and meaty texture, tempeh is heavily utilized by vegetarians. It’s made from soybeans processed in a manner similar to cheese making. Like tofu, tempeh takes on the flavors with which it is cooked or marinated, including zesty-tangy balsamic vinegar – perfect for accentuating salads.
Staples for Youth & Vitality By Ginny Grimsley
It’s the question we ask ourselves almost every day: What’s for dinner? Entwined in this daily dialogue is wondering whether we’ll need to dash into the grocery store on the way home from work. The next time we make one of those supermarket pit stops, Dr. Eudene Harry, author of “Live Younger in 8 Simple Steps,”, would like us to veer in a new direction. “When people shop on the go, they tend to gravitate toward old standbys and foods they can multipurpose with – usually not the most nutritious choices possible. But by substituting a few items on your list, you can not only look and feel more youthful, you’ll boost your resistance to certain cancers and other illnesses.”
• Mashed cauliflower gone Greek: Not only does the “original” yogurt have a thicker texture and richer taste, it’s also denser in lactobacilli, the healthy bacteria that may delay the onset of cancer. And yogurt is low in fat and high in protein, which is essential for many body functions, including building and repairing muscle tissue, organs, bones and connective tissue. Rather than add fatty, cholesterol-filled butter and sour cream to starchy potatoes that stick to your ribs, why not pair two healthy options with mashed cauliflower with Greek yogurt and fresh black pepper for simple goodness? • Sushi – wild salmon, minced cucumbers, shredded carrots, kelp, sesame seeds and rice: A sushi roll is much more filling and satisfying than a non-sushi eater would think. Many grocery chains offer ready-made rolls, but they are also fairly easy to make. A bamboo roller is a great start; place a sheet of nutrient-dense kelp as the first thing on the roller, and add, lengthwise, desired ingredients. Your first try is not likely to be perfect, but the tasty and healthy ingredients will be there. • Fruit salad for dessert: Bring together chopped apples, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon and pineapple with blueberries and grapes for a sweet and juicy post-dinner palate-cleanser. Lemon juice prevents fruits from bruising. If that’s not enough, combine the salad with Greek yogurt – perhaps blended with vanilla or almond extract – and fiberfilled granola for a parfait.
Dr. Eudene Harry holds a bachelor’s in biology from New York University and completed both her medical degree and residency training at Thomas Jefferson University. Currently the medical director for the integrative and holistic Oasis Wellness and Rejuvenation Center, she has practiced medicine for nearly 20 years, is board certified in both emergency and holistic medicine, and for more than a decade practiced emergency medicine as an attending physician in Level II trauma centers. In 2005 she opened Oasis for Optimal Health, a private practice focused on integrative, holistic wellness and empowering and educating the patient. 108 FOCUS of New York 2014
Learn The Facts About How To Detect And Manage Glaucoma
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness. Millions of Americans are living with the condition, and many more may not know they have it. Over the next several years, the number of people with glaucoma is expected to rise. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases. In most cases, it is associated with increased pressure within the eye. Often called a “silent” disease, glaucoma may progress without symptoms until irreversible damage is done. However, early detection and proper management may help prevent the potentially serious outcomes of glaucoma. But today, the condition continues to be underdiagnosed and often overlooked. Many patients who have been diagnosed with glaucoma do not stay on track with their personal treatment plan. There are many things you can do to help become a better advocate for your eye health. Leading eye care and aging experts have joined for the TAKE on Glaucoma campaign (Take Action to Know your Eyes), to help educate Americans about understanding and managing glaucoma. “As a practicing ophthalmologist, I see firsthand from my patients just how important and challenging it can be to make glaucoma a priority,” said James C. Tsai, M.D., chairman, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Yale University and TAKE on Glaucoma spokesperson. “There are many things in life that we must juggle, but taking the time to monitor your eye health and manage glaucoma should not be ignored.” The TAKE on Glaucoma campaign has useful tips that you can use—whether you have glaucoma, are at risk for the condition or know someone who has it. Understand the Risk Factors for Glaucoma Many Americans may be unaware of the risk factors for glaucoma. The most common risk factors include family history, ethnicity (African American or Hispanic), age (greater than age 40 in African Americans or above age 60 in the general population), nearsightedness (also called myopia) and pressure in the eye. There are other possible risk factors such as low central cornea thickness, diabetes, hypertension, eye trauma and use of steroids.
Schedule Regular Comprehensive Eye Exams It is important to visit your eye doctor for regular, comprehensive eye exams to evaluate and help maintain your eye health. Depending on your age and risk factors, it is recommended that you have an eye exam every one to two years. Do you know when you last had one? During your eye exam, it is important that your eye doctor dilates your eyes and also checks the pressure in your eye. These are critical steps to monitor for potential signs of glaucoma symptoms or disease progression. Create a Disease Management Plan That Works for You If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, work with your eye doctor to create a disease management plan that best fits your lifestyle and routine. Your eye doctor may recommend prescription eye drops, laser treatment or other types of surgery as part of your plan. While these treatments may help reduce high pressure in your eye, they do not improve sight already lost because of glaucoma. This is why it is important that you act now. If you believe you’ll have trouble staying on track with your treatment plan or taking your medication correctly, tell your eye doctor. He or she can help address these challenges. Family and close friends can also be good sources of support with reminders or other ways to help you follow your treatment plan. Did You Know ?
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness. The condition affects more than 2 million people in the U.S. today, and the number is expected to rise by 50 percent to more than 3 million by 2020. Early detection and proper management can help prevent the potential serious outcomes of the disease. Learn how you can be your best advocate for your eye health by going to www.takeonglaucoma.com.
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By Guilhem EUSTACHE
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For many years I regularly visited Morocco. From the first trip I was bewitched by that country and the three projects studied to date are certainly fed, to varying degrees, by all the images and impressions gathered during my stays. A client introduced me to a film producer in Belgium. He offered me to draw up the plans of several houses on land he had bought in Morocco. The main difficulty was to define the program with the client. Originally we had planned to build three houses on this site. The project gradually decreased to finally the smallest of these three houses in order to preserve the field. The client informed me he bought a second larger plot (5 hectares) under the same conditions but closer to the Atlas in order to implement the other two houses. This modest building (1800 square feet of living space) visually occupies the five-acre parcel of land. Two parallel concrete sails create a noise and visual barrier to the west. A steep stairway stands between the two walls, rising to a rooftop terrace that gives way to a spectacular view to the south and the Atlas Mountains on a clear day. Large heights, flowing and open spaces, a play on shadow and light: the house spans the landscape.
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All these impressions we carry, "some of them since a very long
time, will fit at some point in our work, it's very mysterious. I find it difficult to establish precisely, for this project, where and when it refers to such or such painter or architect work. That's why I'm always surprised when an architecture journalist accurately established similarities between my work and that of such artist.
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For this first project my desire was to establish a close dialogue with the land, vegetation and the atlas to the horizon. Being a small house, we had to create a dynamic equilibrium despite this difference of scale. We played with light and shadow to enhance and strengthen the volumes. We used local materials and techniques like clay, tadelack, Pierre de Ourika. We have preserved the wildness of the land although we have planted more than 500 trees. We doubled the walls to help deal with the climate, creating room high-rise and sun protections. Each region and country deserves architectural answers, adapted in line with requirements climatic, cultural and economic conditions. There is a narrow link that exists between architecture and cinema, I have to remind you that the client is a Belgian film producer and director. The perception of architecture is mainly achieved through movement. The eye in movement, when the perspective opens, reveals little by little the various elements which constitute the house. In the distance, a white square - when getting closer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; becomes a cube, a white wall a tube, then we discover openingsâ&#x20AC;Ś But another white rectangle is finally only a simple wall, a small triangle a pyramid.
It is quite exciting to captivate the visitor, to suggest him (her) a vertiginous rise of steps, a plunging view into space or a panoramic view on the horizon. It is a real scenario which must be worked out with dynamic sequences, such as travelling, then rotations, fixed framings which can finally transform into a zoom towards the infinite during a slow frontal movement. Paradoxically simple and complex: a foliation of longitudinal sails between which stages the project program; tall windows; sets of geometric cutouts; framing, especially from the living room across the pool and its bleachers. FOCUS of New York 2014 113
Bring Your Personal Design
Style to Life
You’ve made the decision to remodel your home. The budget range and project scope have been set, but now you aren’t sure how to begin this new adventure. Following a few simple guidelines and tips can simplify the process of turning your vision into a ravishing remodel. Set the Style Scene
Many homeowners know exactly where their preferences fall on the style spectrum, while others have no idea. As a first step, identify your personal style before moving forward with any steps of the remodel. There are even websites that offer a style quiz to help you determine where your style falls. Even if you think you know what you want for a space, develop a mood board to help you visualize your design style. A mood board will ensure that others, such as professionals or family members, understand your vision. Gather items on your board such as colors, patterns and images that make you feel good. You (and a designer) can make sense and draw meaning from it later. There are some great resources online for developing these boards. Pinterest, a tool that enables users to “pin” their favorite items, is extremely useful for finding ideas and forming a vision. Start by following leading home products companies, such as KraftMaid Cabinetry, on Pinterest to help collect inspirational images. 114 FOCUS of New York 2014
Turn Dreams into Design
Once you are in tune with your style, engage a designer. The remodeling process is overwhelming and designers are a great resource. “One of the biggest advantages to working with a designer on a home project is that they really understand functionality, while accomplishing your desired style,” says Sarah Reep, director of designer relations and education at KraftMaid Cabinetry. “By telling a designer the details of your lifestyle and gripes about your current layout, they can turn out a well-designed space that will fit all of your needs.” Working with professionals doesn’t have to break the bank and can actually save you time, money and provide peace of mind in the long run. Avoid costly mistakes and ensure that the professionals you hire are fully certified and qualified for the task. Great kitchens and baths start with great design. At the end of the day, you’ll be thankful for the time spent during the dreaming and designing phases of your remodel. These steps will help bring your dream to life, just the way you imagined it.
By Alexandra Cook
Celebrity Chefs and stars of the Cooking Channel’s Extra Virgin, Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos, combined their love of all things Tuscan with their favorite not-sosecret ingredient, House Foods Tofu – America’s premium tofu purveyor since 1983. The new recipes created by the couple are not only healthly, but perfect for the upcoming season and include:
• Cavolo Nero, Beets and Fennel with Creamy Tofu Dressing kicks a traditional salad up a notch with roasted beets, fennel, kale, and a simple, yet satisfying, dressing that combines House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Soft with anchovies, lemon and garlic. • Pan Seared Crispy Tofu with Rustic Tapenade is the perfect appetizer for outdoor entertaining during the spring and summer. In this dish House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Firm is topped with a delicious combination of nicoise and green olives, capers and lemon juice. • Bucatini with Creamy Tofu Sauce is a healthy, yet delectable, main course. Simply combine bucatini pasta with asparagus, peas and garlic to create a base for the sauce of House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Medium Firm, vegetable stock and lemon juice. • Tofu Lemon Tart with Olive Oil Crust is a wonderful way to end a meal on a sweet note. This good-for- you take on an Italian classic finds the rich House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Firm, sugar and freshly squeezed lemon tart as a perfect complement to the heart healthy olive oil crust.
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Cavolo Nero, Beets and Fennel with Creamy Tofu Dressing Ingredients
3/4 pound red beets (3 medium sized), scrubbed 1 large bulb fennel, trimmed, and cut into 1 inch chunks 1 medium onion, roughly chopped 2 Tbsp olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 large bunch cavolo nero (Tuscan kale), washed, tough stems removed, roughly chopped into 1 inch pieces 1/3 cup smoked almonds, chopped Shaved Parmesan (optional)
1/3 of a 14 oz. package House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Soft 3 anchovies (packed in oil) Juice of 1 lemon 1 clove garlic, peeled 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap each beet in foil and place on sheet tray and roast for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, toss fennel and onion in a small bowl with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add to the sheet tray with the beets after they have roasted for 25 minutes. Continue roasting fennel and beets for 30 minutes more. Then open up the foil packets to let beets cool, rub off the skins of the beets using a paper towel and chop into bite size pieces. Add the tofu, anchovies, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper to a blender and blend until smooth. Combine the kale and roasted beets, fennel, and onion to a large bowl and drizzle with the dressing. Toss to thoroughly coat. Garnish with smoked almonds and shaved Parmesan.
Spray a 9 inch tart pan with removable bottom with non stick spray. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and vanilla bean seeds. Drizzle in the olive oil and stir it in with a wooden spoon, then drizzle in the water, and stir in together until lumpy. Use your hands and knead the dough until it just comes together as a ball in the bowl. Dust your work surface lightly with flour and dust a rolling pin. Roll out the dough 1 inch bigger than a 9- inch tart pan. Move the dough to the tart pan and press evenly into the pan. Prick the bottom with a fork and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place chilled tart shell on a rimmed baking sheet and place in the oven to bake for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, add the tofu, sugar, lemon juice, flour, baking powder, and salt to the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth. Remove tart dough from oven and carefully pour the filling into the shell. Place tart back into the oven and bake for 45 minutes, until just the center of the tart is still wiggly when gently shakened. Remove from oven and let cool completely. The filling will deflate slightly as it cools. Sprinkle lightly with confectioners’ sugar before serving, if desired.
Tofu Lemon Tart with Olive Oil Crust
Olive Crust: 1 ½ cups all purpose flour ½ cup confectioners’ sugar 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 vanilla bean, seeded 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup cold water Zest from 1 lemon
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Pan Seared Crispy Tofu with Rustic Tapenade Ingredients
1 (12 ounce) container House Foods Extra Firm Tofu, cut into ½ inch slices 1 clove garlic, smashed 1/2 cup nicoise olives, pitted and roughly chopped 1/2 cup green Sicilian olives, pitted and roughly chopped 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp chopped parsley 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 2 tsp capers, rinsed and chopped ¼ cup olive oil
Pulse the garlic, olives, olive oil, parsley, lemon juice, and capers in a bowl of a food processor until chunky. Empty to a bowl and reserve. Pat the tofu dry with paper towels and season on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat the ¼ cup olive oil in a large non stick skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add the tofu and fry for 4 1/2 minutes, until golden and crisp, then flip and continue cooking on the other side for 4 minutes more. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain off any excess oil and sprinkle evenly with another pinch of salt. Top each crisp piece of tofu with a heaping tablespoon of tapenade.
Serves 4-6 as an appetizer
Celebrity Chefs, Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos
Bucatini with a Creamy Tofu Sauce (with Asparagus and Peas)
¾ (14 oz.) package House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Medium Firm 1 pound bucatini pasta 3/4 cup vegetable stock Juice of 1 lemon 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 large shallot, minced 6 cloves garlic, minced ½ tsp red pepper flakes 1 cup frozen peas 1 bundle (12 – 16 oz.) thin asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into 1 inch pieces Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta to the boiling water and set a timer and cook for 4 minutes less than package instructions. Add the asparagus and cook for 3 more minutes, until pasta is cooked and the asparagus is softened. Stir in the peas then drain pasta and reserve. Blend the tofu, vegetable stock, and lemon juice until smooth in a food processor. Set aside. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large sauté pan. Once hot, add the shallot and garlic, and cook, while stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in the red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the blended tofu mixture and turn heat to medium, bring to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Stir in the cooked pasta, asparagus, and peas, and toss well with the sauce. Season the pasta with lots of freshly ground black pepper.
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Model: Isabel B.
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Hair & Make up: Sandra Globke (www.makeup-by-sandra.de)
Photo & postproduction: Krystina Woldanowski (www.krystinawoldanowski.com)
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Model: Valerie Hair & Make up: Anita Scarlino Styling: Krystina Woldanowski Photo & postproduction: Krystina Woldanowski (www.krystinawoldanowski.com)
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Model: Nina Ensmann (www.ninaensmann.de)
Hair & Make up: Jutta Alvermann (www.alvermann.de)
Styling: Julia Albracht
Photo & postproduction: Krystina Woldanowski (www.krystinawoldanowski.com)
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Model: Isabel B.
(Wolf Models Hamburg)
Hair & Make up: Sandra Globke (www.makeup-by-sandra.de)
Photo & postproduction: Krystina Woldanowski (www.krystinawoldanowski.com)
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Model: Giannina M (Mega Model Agency Hamburg, Germany) Hair & Make up: Lars R端ffert (www.lars-rueffert.de)
Photo & postproduction: Krystina Woldanowski (www.krystinawoldanowski.com)
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Model: Isabel B. (Wolf Models Hamburg) Hair & Make up: Shani Make up Artist Photo & postproduction: Krystina Woldanowski (www.krystinawoldanowski.com)
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Model: Isabel B. (Wolf Models Hamburg) Hair & Make up: Shani Make up Artist Photo & postproduction: Krystina Woldanowski (www.krystinawoldanowski.com)
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Galerie Lelong, New York - Nancy Spero
By Michael Beauchemin
For some people purchasing art is taxing. Concerns that the art selected might invite criticism from friends with taunts like, “What were you thinking?” Though fear not, as truth will have it: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The fact of the matter, is that the choice of artwork to be displayed in one’s home is personal and requires no explanation. A few of my friends, due to indecision, simply live with blank walls in their houses calling it a minimalist, uncluttered look. Thus, their houses remain empty in a way that seems to be missing the depth of who they are. Some people I’ve spoken with are apprehensive about displaying artwork in their homes because it may clash with a sofa, or it may not perfectly match that plaid bedspread in their room. Other people are disconcerted as to if an art collection in their home would convey pretentiousness or appear incongruent amidst their perfectly thought-out décor. They wonder if their quaint artistic collection might beckon the rest of their family to recommend a garage-sale. There is no room for fear, when it comes to self expression. Selecting art that is meaningful to you is all that truly matters. The art we live with creates a bonding relationship between the owner of the artwork and the artwork itself. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a college degree in art history, or that you never visited an art museum in your life; art is a very personal experience that transcends the fundamentals. Once a person gets over his aversion of selecting artwork, the next question is: “where do I put this in my home”? Here are a few tips to keep in mind, when you have made the decision and bought your artistic pieces. For large artwork allow ample wall space, so that the painting can breathe and have suitable floor space, so as not crowd large sculptural pieces. Large art is diminished if crowded by smaller art creations, or placed amongst other clutter. It’s also best to hang paintings at eye level so the piece feels comfortable to view, while remaining anchored to the room. Most importantly, make sure there’s adequate lighting to bring out all the details and rich colors of your masterpiece. Halogen lighting gives off the cleanest light and spotlights help put the focus on the artwork, not the entire wall or floor space surrounding the piece. It is suggested that the artwork you select have a thematic blend with your décor so that the environment compliments the piece. The exception to the rule is if your
interior design is eclectic, in which case you have license to do just about anything, and it will still look fantastic! This supports the argument that everyone’s home interior should be eclectic, because if you mismatch something in your living room -- who cares? It’s eclectic, and that’s all good. As most people know, small artwork such as framed renderings, prints or photographs can be clustered together; but this may require some symmetry or consistency in subject matter, color, or theme; to make the grouping of artwork successful. Before randomly and repeatedly hammering numerous nails into your pristine walls, try to find that perfect place where you can take your time to arrange and re-arrange your items until the display feels satisfying to your eyes. The floor or a large table top does suffice for this important step. Once you’ve got your arrangement the way you like it; measure the space between the framed pieces, as well as, the hanging wire height behind each frame. This is accomplished by pulling the hanging wire upwards at the center with the end of a measuring tape, until the wire is taut. You’ll end up with a more accurate measurement to hang the pictures more precisely. The use of a carpenter’s level is also recommended. Likewise, when placing your pottery and smaller sculptural pieces in a display space; whether it be in a glass showcase, or on a table top, or in a series of art pedestals. You want to make sure that the placement of each piece doesn’t crowd, overshadow or distract from the other pieces. If your art collection happens to be unique, or otherwise notable; it would be suggested that you have it appraised by a licensed appraiser, photographed and documented, to support its value. This is vital in obtaining the right amount of insurance to protect your investment. Most local art gallery and frame-shop owners in Southwest Florida offer free consultation services for selection and placement of artwork in your home or office. They can be a great source of information when decorating your home with art. Whether you’re a serious art collector or someone who just enjoys art for fun, living with art in your home, truly adds to the art of living.
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“Know Thyself” By Joshua K. Darnall M.A
Through my experience of coaching and teaching at the high school, junior college and university level, as well as while I earned my M.A in Health and Human Performance, I encountered student athletes who not only needed coaching on their position-specific technique and skills, but also in their spiritual, emotional, and professional lives. This inspired me to continually seek out insight and knowledge because I knew I had the opportunity to offer more than athletic coaching. I had the opportunity to do life coaching as well. According to The World Health Organization, health is defined as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being...” While teaching Health at Azusa Pacific University and doing holistic coaching for individuals across the country, I realized that a person’s “health” is comprised of seven dimensions of wellness. I learned that only in coaching an individual on these seven dimensions could I lead people to achieve “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.” It’s no surprise that many of us find ourselves out of balance. Our society loves to compartmentalize. It is a product of our free market society. John Maxwell, the authority in writing books on leadership has stated in essence that no one pays for a six or a seven, but people will pay for a nine or a ten. So it makes sense that our society is driven to be the best that it can be in a narrow area. However, that is not how we are designed to be as human beings. It is fine for the professor to be an expert in one field, or the stock broker to know everything there is about a company’s financial statements, or the mother to spend sixteen hours a day applying the foremost parenting strategies in raising her children. There is nothing wrong with excellence. In fact, it is important that we all do the best we can do in each of our given gifts and passions in order for our society to be in harmony [a point I will get into later]. However, we must not be so obsessed with being the best in our particular arenas that we suffer in the other areas of our lives. Unfortunately, there are many examples in our society where imbalance leads to pain. For example, one of my clients, “Jim” [age 46] is a wealthy businessman who, now 130 FOCUS of New York 2014
that his two young boys are getting older, is starting to feel disconnected in his relationship with them. This feeling, compounded by the disconnect he is also feeling with his wife, has made “Jim” recently feeling he missed valuable time with his family. “Jim now feels like his “obsession” with success and wanting to feel important and needed by providing his family with an upper class lifestyle has now “back fired” on him. The eighty and ninety- hour weeks have robbed him of time seeing his boys grow up and developing valuable memories with his family. Then there is “Nancy”, a very successful scientist who has spent so much time in the lab trying to find advancements in her research that she feels “awkward and insecure” now that she desires to meet someone. Or how about “Ruth” who has dedicated her life to spirituality but comes in crying every week because she cannot figure out her bank account. We are not meant to be singular focus beings. We thrive and are at our happiest when we become, as Maslow put it, “self actualized” in all dimensions of our life. The dimensions of wellness are symbiotic, meaning that they depend on one another. The areas of our lives are not supposed to be disconnected from each another. Healthy living is balanced living.
The seven dimensions of wellness, when strengthened daily, bring peace, tranquility and balance to our lives. They are SPIRITUAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL, PROFESSIONAL, FINANCIAL, and RELATIONSHIP. And all dimensions are equally important to a balanced life. Countless times, I have found myself coaching a young man who had his whole identity and focus wrapped up in being the best physical specimen he could be. Take “Anthony”, for example. He would spend countless hours in the gym, then read all that he could find on a diet that would maximize his muscles. He thought endlessly about foods that would give his body the right combination of protein, carbohydrates and water. But after five years in college, devoting himself to this passion, his college career was over. He had become the best football player he could be, but with his eligibility up and without any NFL scouts interested in him; his football days were over. For most of the athletes I coached, this kind of singleminded dedication came with a cost that was paid when their college athletics careers
were over. At this point the majority of them had average GPAs and no idea what path to head down next. They had spent so much time scoring points in the PHYSICAL dimension of wellness that their scorecards were blank in their SPIRITUAL and PROFESSIONAL wellness dimensions. As happens with many student athletes, the lack of balance prompted Anthony to examine who he really was as a man and redefine his own identity.
or many, this transitional process is painful, especially if this physical identity has deep roots in high school or even primary school. But athletes like Anthony do not have to go through this painful identity crisis. Recognizing that there can be too much of a good thing is vital to achieving balance in life. If Anthony would have put time into his academic studies, applying himself in classes, then he would have had the opportunity to explore his own depths and perhaps discover other passions and interests in time to major in one of them. Psychologically, he would have been able to cope better when the team had lost, as well as when he himself had played poorly.
Financial: The foundation of your material well being. How do you budget, invest and prepare for retirement? Relationship: Your connections with people. How do you exchange love and support with your family, friends and in romances? I love God. I love people. I love learning and I love money. These passions that I have had for a long time now have motivated me to keep acquiring information that has lead to a descent amount of knowledge in particular areas. However, knowledge doesn’t mean wisdom. We live in the information age. With technologies such as the internet, we can access anything, anywhere and at any time. We, more than at any other time in human history, have information being fed to us constantly. Knowledge is the ability to discern between information and to connect the dots so to speak that make information important.
THE MAKE IT A GREAT DAY EMBODIMENT SYSTEM is a task list or to do list that covers all Seven Dimensions of Wellness plus three other sub categories that literally lay out how I am going to MAKE TODAY A GREAT DAY! First, I go into Microsoft Outlook’s Task section. However, this is not needed. It’s a little more convenient, however, for a long time I just used a paper and a pen. Once I’m in the Task section, I make a list of the Seven Dimensions of Wellness assigning each one their own category.
When we put all of our eggs into one basket, so to speak, we are not only limiting our potential in that area, but we can set ourselves up for break downs, identity crisis’ and even suicidal urges. The list of examples goes on and on, and this kind of obsession can occur in any dimension of wellness. The bottom line is that life is enriched, and a person’s passions and gifts are enhanced when there is balance in all seven dimensions of wellness.
SPIRITUAL: Meditate MENTAL: Read a chapter EMOTIONAL: Grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s PHYSICAL: Run to the beach PROFFESIONAL: Read an article about my profession FINANCIAL: Pay my Cell phone bill RELATIONSHIPS: Call mom
THE SEVEN DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS Spiritual: Your relationship with yourself and, if you believe, a higher power. Mental: The activity of your mind in any area of interest. As long as you can say, “I feel smarter,” you just strengthened your mental dimension of wellness. Emotional: Your overall “feeling” about your life. Do you feel happy or sad, loved or alone, safe or out of control? Physical: The care you provide in maintaining and nurturing your body. This not only has to do with exercise, but your diet and how much sleep you get. Professional: Your contribution to the welfare of society. What is your life’s purpose and what service to our society do you express it through?
A lot of us have knowledge in this society but lack wisdom or the ability to ACT on the knowledge that we have. When our actions show the knowledge that we posses then we are being wise. We have then mastered the thought-word-action creative process to truly transform our lives. You can be the highest grandest version of yourself! All you need is to take action on what you already know. This idea of wisdom or the embodiment process, that is taking into being what we know to be true for our lives so that our actions speak louder than our words, has been with me for some time. This is the reason why I quit drinking over ten years ago. And it is the reason why I created THE MAKE IT A GREAT DAY EMBODIMENT SYSTEM. This system has changed a lot over the years as my expectations of myself and the goals that I have set have changed. It started out just being a five point system and now it is a ten point system. Let me explain...
Otherwise information is just useless facts and numbers that don’t have any significance. People are becoming more knowledgeable. But it is time to take one step, a giant step, further. Knowledge is nice to impress your dinner guests or some girl that you are trying to pick up. However, knowledge it in of itself is utterly useless and pointless unless you ACT on the knowledge. For example, it is a fact that smoking can cause lung cancer and that a diet with little or no fruits and vegetables can lead to cancer and/or diabetes. And yet, people continue to smoke and eat food that they know does not serve their body temple.
Remember, this is for you so you can put anything in the assignment that best fits your life and your life style in order for YOU to become your greatest yet to be. For instance, maybe you can’t run right now and you haven’t done a lot of exercising so strengthening your Physical Wellness would just be to stretch for ten or twenty minutes. That’s great! It doesn’t matter how tiny the task is but the bottom line is that you strengthened your Physical Wellness today. In fact, it is better for the tasks to be small, especially in your weakest areas so that you get motivation and confidence in applying a new activity into your life. Instead of reading a chapter, it could be just reading a page or two. It’s your call based on what works best for you to achieve the results you want in your life.
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Drop the Self Pity
By Olatoun Kolawole
Many live their life daily thinking of the reasons why they shouldn’t forgive, thinking about the mum or dad that left years ago and all sort of broken bonds/relationships…. It’s important to forgive and move forward don’t let your past or background deprive you of your future… Ask yourself: 1. WHAT ARE YOU LIVING FOR? Many get through life setting goals and dreams that will only end in depression…. Know the difference between what you NEED and what you WANT….stop chasing what doesn’t matter, your happiness should be number one on your priority list. Your capabilities are very important when you are thinking about your dreams .Resolve to make an impact. Dedicate your life to a cause…When you give your life to something you immediately dedicate yourself to the passion. 2. WHAT ARE YOU DOING RIGHT NOW? Don’t go through life watching the days go by; have a plan, face challenges, take risk. The difference between extraordinarily wealthy people and those struggling is a matter of knowledge. Find out from the informed all the avenues through which you can make wealth. Don’t ever attach your happiness to a particular goal or achievement, love yourself, pamper yourself ,eat healthy and rest well .Happiness is a choice. You have full control over your life and the decisions that you make. 3. WHAT WOULD YOU REGRET NOT DOING? Many people have regrets when they realize they are going to die real soon. It is often too late for many people to go back and change the things they missed out on. They would have lived their lives completely differently if they had the chance. If a doctor told you that you hadn’t any time left but a few weeks, then what would your regrets be? Would you want to do before your time was up? Now that you have answered these questions you should have a good idea of some of the things that will make you happy and fulfill your dreams. You need to have a clear idea of the things you have always dreamed to do. Finally your passion is your purpose , Everyone has a passion and they can live a full life when they know exactly what their passion is and what they need to do. Think about this…. 132 FOCUS of New York 2014
By Ann Gordon
We all have dreams/passions/goals that we were either born with or was inspired by something or someone at some point in our lives. Many dreams are buried. Someone once said that the richest place on earth is the cemetery, because their lies many unspoken and unfulfilled dreams. What is your dream? How did it come about? Why is it buried or undiscovered? Why haven’t you began to do something about it? Excuses:
I am too young or too old. I could never become or do that. I don’t have any support. I don’t know how to get started. No one will ever believe I can do this. People like me never make it. I was a victim of… That dream stuff is garbage… My parents struggled and I am going to struggle also… etc., etc My Answer: Life is not simple. Some people deny their dreams because of fear or someone telling them that they can never become what they want to be; so they eventually talk themselves out of their own passion/ dreams. Your objective is to become your own visionary; help yourself to unearth your dreams. If your dream was buried at the back of your mind or deep in your soul, bring your dream to the forefront of your mind and keep it there. Question? Have you ever spoken to someone who never accomplished their dreams and heard them say, “You know, I never wanted to become a ____________. I always liked the idea of doing _________. Think? Reflect on how that person sounded. Do you recall the regret in their voice? Don’t let that be you!!! Make sense of the following lines:
Dreams Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow. - Langston Hughes -
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What is your dream? Just as our faces differ so do our dreams differ. Your dream is different from your sister/brother, parents, and friends. So do not try to be just like your friend, but pursue your own destiny. Pursue? What does this mean? Why do you need to pursue your dreams? That is right!!! Eventhough your dreams can be attainable, you still need to work at them. But this should be pleasurable, as you will learn to appreciate every challenge, disappointment and eventually accomplishments. Someone once said, “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.” How many of you are afraid of rejection? We all are at some point. But there is a flip side to rejection. Rejection can help you get better at a skill and help you format your ideas and revolutionize yourself in a better and effective way. Everyone had to go on interview at some point in their life and they were nervous. Teach yourself how to smile, relax, to prepare better notes, to use proper body language and better verbal skills. Get to the point where you welcomed an interview. If at any point you feel like a failure, and your are working hard as you think you can and nothing is happening…reformat your ideas and your approach to the problem. Do not begin to say all the negative things and take the easy way out. If it takes looking in the mirror and saying to yourself, “You are not a messed up kid like your family tells you.” Or, “I can do this…and I will do this.” Think about this: Michael Jordan was overlooked in basketball camp. Abe Lincoln tried numerous times to be president. Remember, failure does not define who you are. It is your willingness and effort that defines who you are. It is so easy to give up. It is so easy to tell yourselves that you could not do it anyway, after one, two or more failure’s. That is why you need to reprogram your brain to think positive about yourself. So what if people start saying, “He/She think she better.” Oh, yes you are better. Opportunities/Take a Chance In order to fulfill your dreams you have got to have guts. You have got to know how to walk up to someone and introduce yourself and be presentable:
Attire - Verbal skills Body language - Intelligence
Undo the damage done Many young people have a rough life these days. Things happen in life, but do not take the blame for bad situations that you were born into. Also, do not make excuses for them. I would encourage you to read positive books to retrain your mind to see life and your future in a more positive way. If you were told that you would never amount to anything, you need to stop listening to those words and replace them with, “If I work hard I can achieve greatness.” Many adults today are not aware of the damage they bring to their own children directly or indirectly. You will need to change your own thinking and move on with your life and heal the best way possible. Visualize You have got to eat, sleep, write, talk, read up about your dreams. If you dream lays dormant, you will loose the passion to pursue it. Here are a few tips that can help: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
Write down your short and or long term goals Keep this list at a location you will always see. Learn to ask questions. Read up on the subject. Share this with your support team- family, friends, experts in the field. Try to be around positive people constantly Appreciate the joys and struggles during your journey. Learn to value your time. Appreciate knowledge and learn as much as your can. Consider volunteering in an area that may benefit your goal. Consider shadowing someone to help you envision this goal. Work on your people skills and learn how to speak and network. Know how to see good opportunities and make use of them.
Know your worth Do not let anyone or anything come between you and your dreams. This includes negative people, negative tendencies and a negative past. Know that you are priceless and that you are worth every bit of your dreams and success.