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Juliette Siegfried, Vicki Victoire, Kelly Moore, Mary Pifko, Marsha Friedman, Susan Heyman, Rickie Smith, Michael Brady, Terri Profetto, Samantha Ramos, K. Buchanan, Lina LaSalle, Mai Yomioto, Vincent Gotti, Ginny Grimsley Focus Magazine of SWFL is published Bimonthly. Articles do not necessarily reflect Focus Magazine of SWFL policy. Š 2010 Focus magazine of SWFL, All rights reserved. Reproduction in part or whole without permission is prohibited. Postmaster: Send all remittances and correspondences about subscriptions, undelivered copies and address changes to: Focus Magazine of SWFL at 105 Triple Diamond Blvd, Suite 101, Venice, FL 34275. Editorial, publishing and advertising offices.

Redesigning Your If you cannot remember when was the last time you went out shopping for clothes due to your limited budget, perhaps there is a solution for you not to feel "out of fashion" anymore. Garnishing and remodeling clothes is not only an interesting idea for you to pass your time with, but it can actually help you renew your wardrobe with the minimum amount of money possible.


By K. Buchanan

Transforming clothes was always connected with providing many important functions for human activity. In addition, transformed clothes are a byproduct of creativity and ingenuity. Being a stylish person is not easy. Thus, improving your clothes' demeanor as an act of conscious fashion shift towards contemporary refashioning of secondhand clothing is actually rather progressive. Experiencing the new character of that same old pair of jeans you have bought three years ago, can be the outcome of your dedication to commit some time and renew its old fit. A few cuts, at the right places, some foe crystals on its back pockets, a monogram on the thigh, a gold sparkling textile marker across the waist, are some of the things that can help you transform your used clothing and attract other peoples' attention to your unique style illustrated by your personally crafted fashionable creations. Additionally, transforming old clothes, in any way, can become your new potential value to another social group. You might even discover a hidden talent while in the process. A number of people, who have begun remodeling or garnishing their clothes due to need or as a new hobby, experienced tremendous success through their hand-made creations and entered the fashion industry from the backstage. The "one-piece" deal is a strong marketing incentive when people need to convey through their clothes the feeling of being different; this need grows worldwide as globalization transcends all known boardersespecially that of fashion. By selling their creations to a variety of clothing stores, or more recently online, these clothes re-crafters reintroduced an old idea, which became an instant urban trend. Thus, next time you look frustrated the resources you have available in your closet, instead of wasting time and money in trying to figure out what to wear for a night out, why not using your imagination along with some of your other skills to renovate the pieces of your wardrobe that need a little sparkle again to shine? Apart from it being a great idea to spend some quality time alone, redesigning clothes can also open up new career horizons; at least it can amuse you and your friends. Transforming an old skirt into an apron or a pillow case, garnishing your worn-out pants with silver spray suitable for textile painting, altering the length of your old simple black dress, or engraving your initials on your leather bag may be some of the alterations you can perform to your possession and enter a party with a redesigned style. The most important thing is that you will be able to congratulate yourself when one will gaze your looks and admire your stylish appearance. Most importantly, you will know that no fortune was spent on that "unique" piece of clothing you are wearing. Isn't that a sweat deal?

VINCE Loop scarf, viscose/cashmere, citrine, $155. Ribbed poncho, wool/cashmere, sienna, $325. Dolman tee, rayon, spruce, $135. Ankle-zip leggings, lamb leather/cotton/Lycra速 spandex, elephant (grey), $1,250, at Nordstrom.

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Smart Snacking


Snacks are a common aspect of most Americans’ daily diets. Although you may feel like stealing nibbles between meals is a guilt-worthy offense, making smart snacking choices can actually contribute to a healthy eating plan. According to a recent survey conducted by ORC International, snacking is as American as apple pie. Nearly all Americans (98 percent) have snacked at least once in the last two weeks, and the majority consumes one to two snacks every day. You may be surprised to learn that these habits are actually supported by leading health experts. According to staff at The Mayo Clinic, most well-planned diets allow for snacks between meals to help fight hunger. Numerous other experts advocate snacks as a way to manage food intake throughout the day, which keeps your metabolism running strong and helps you avoid over-eating at any one meal. If you’re like the majority of participants in the recent snacking survey, calories, portability and nutritional content, such as protein and fiber, are top considerations when choosing a snack. Moderation and balance are also important to successful snacking. To be sure you’re never caught without a smart snacking option, consider these snacking survival tips: • Look for snacks that combine food groups for an extra nutrition punch. For example, pair a low-fat dairy product, such as yogurt or cottage cheese, with fresh fruit for a tasty and satisfying treat.

• Don’t sacrifice calories for convenience. Many on-the-go bars are loaded with sugar and lack overall nutrition, but there are smart alternatives. Baked with pieces of real fruit and nongenetically modified ground whole soybeans, SOYJOY® is an all-natural, certified gluten-free snack bar available in seven delicious flavors. Each bar offers the perfect combination of carbohydrates, plant-based protein and fiber for only 130-140 calories. • When you need a little more to fill you up, opt for high-fiber and high-water foods. These options let you eat more volume without loading up the calories. Fruits and vegetables, whole grains and nuts are all good choices when you’re feeling extra hungry. Try 1/2 cup shelled edamame for a convenient, highfiber snack. • Keep quick, low-calorie snacks on hand. A large apple, three and a half cups of popcorn or a large handful of almonds (about 23) are all under 150 calories. The key is doing the math and measuring ahead of time so you’re not tempted to make a less healthy choice when you’re crunched for time and hunger strikes. • Manage your sweet tooth with better-for-you snack options. Every diet has room for indulgences once in a while, but save those for special occasions. When you’re craving something sweet, fruit can often appease your taste buds. Reach for frozen bananas, grapes or even a baked apple sprinkled with cinnamon. 20 FOCUS of New York 2014

Healthy Hair & Skin

Whether quick and efficient or long and relaxing, 61 percent of Americans would rather give up brushing their teeth for a week than remove showering from their daily routines, according to a recent survey commissioned by Delta Faucet. While people may recognize the value of a steaming shower, they may not consider the effects water temperature and beauty rituals have on the body and mind. Healthier hair, softer skin and less stress can be achieved by following a few simple steps: • Glowing skin. Cold water can cause pores to tighten, making it difficult to thoroughly clean skin. Conversely, hot water can dry out skin, causing it to become tight. To offer peace of mind and ensure the temperature of the water flowing from your shower or bathtub spout is right for you, Delta Faucet introduced Temp2O Technology – a digital temperature display featuring LED color indicators to easily identify water temperature ranges. • Luxurious locks. Where cold water can reduce hair volume, hot water can strip locks of natural oils, leaving hair dry and brittle. Most shampoos work best with a moderate water temperature so be aware of hot versus cold when treating your hair. • Olive your new look. Whether harsh summer sun or cold, dry winters – damaged, dehydrated hair can happen year round. Repairing distressed hair does not always mean you need to make an appointment at the salon or stock up on expensive hair treatments. Simply look in your kitchen cabinet. Olive oil adds moisture and shine to lackluster hair, so treat it – wet or dry – at a fraction of the cost. 22 FOCUS of New York 2014


• Turn up the volume. After a shower or bath, tousle your hair from root to crown with your fingertips as you blow-dry to create the illusion of fuller hair. When strands are dry, give the roots extra lift by back-combing undersides with a clean, dry toothbrush. Rather than tearing at hair with a comb, the soft bristles will grip and rough up strands just enough to maintain lift. • Relaxing fruit bath. After a tough day of sun exposure, stress and pollution – a bath set at the appropriate temperature can help de-stress the body and mind. Start by running a warm bath – 80 to 100 degrees – with a half-gallon of milk and lavender oil, and rub pureed watermelon, a natural anti-inflammatory, on the skin for a soothing finish. • Drink up. We’ve all heard about the benefits of drinking water – and they’re true. Add a few slices of cucumber or mint leaves to a glass of ice water for a post bath or shower refresher. Skin care expert and research scientist Warren Wallo explains, “Water helps flush toxins from your body and hydrates your system, for healthy-looking skin and a soft, natural glow.” No matter what your beauty routine may be, the right shower and bathing temperatures make a difference.

Inimitable Pieces That Evoke Extraordinary Moments It is passion for gold and enthusiasm for the best craftsmanship – that which transforms a jewel into a work of art. Its collections are full of iconic jewels that serve as a benchmark for authentic mastery in sculpting gold and achieving a matte-shine combination effect. This savoir-faire along with the generous volumes and detailed carving of the gold bring each piece to life. 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.

Tiffany heart-shaped solitaire diamond ring in platinum. Tiffany Enchant Keys (clockwise from top): primrose key pendant of diamonds in platinum and 18 karat rose gold; quatra heart pendant with pink and white diamonds in platinum and 18 karat rose gold; primrose key pendant of diamonds in platinum; scallop key pendant with yellow and white diamonds in platinum and 18 karat gold. Chain sold separately.

Ziegfeld locket in sterling silver. From The Great Gatsby collection by Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany T (from left): Square bracelet in 18 karat yellow gold, Cut-out cuff in 18 karat yellow gold with white ceramic, Large Chain bracelet in 18 karat yellow gold.

Tiffany & Co. Essence of Chic Sophistication

Original creations, beautifully crafted by Tiffany artisans with an exacting attention to detail. How each piece entails a signature moment in their life; that every wearer can tell you their own unique story of every "Blue Box" moment. Graceful and uncomplicated, these creations distill style to its very essence; they represent the attention to detail that makes for a fashion essential of enduring style. Every detail and variation distinguish's Tiffany & Co 177 year heritage as the premier jeweler of elegant simplicity.

Tiffany Blue Book 2014 rings

Atlas速 Weave cuffs in 18 karat gold and sterling silver Tiffany Blue Book 2014 bracelet

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TIFFANY DIAMOND BRACELET AND EARRINGS Tiffany diamond drop earrings and a diamond bracelet in platinum

Photography by : Michael Simon

Rosie Huntington Whitely in a Tiffany T square bracelet in 18 karat gold and a Tiffany T cut-out cuff in 18 karat gold with white ceramic

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Fashion & Style

A Moment in Time

Tory Chronograph Bracelet Watch A classic, sporty style with a round case and a bold bracelet – the epitome of tomboy chic

The very first watch collection in history available from this eponymous American lifestyle brand. A collection infused with signature Tory Burch design elements including decorative fretwork and geometric details, saffiano leather straps and the iconic double-T logo, as well as space on the back to engrave a personal message. Classic, graphic and colorful, it earned the prestigious Swiss Made craftsmanship label, which is governed by laws to ensure the highest quality possible.

Reva Logo Leather Strap Watch, Navy Gold Named after Tory’s mother, the Reva is defined by an iconic double-T logo dial and comes in a full spectrum of colors Buddy Signature Double Wrap Leather Strap Watch, Black Gold Named after Tory’s father, a vintage-inspired with single or double-wrap leather straps and textured and smooth cases

Limited Edition Robinson Bangle Watch A limited-edition style — only 500 were produced — the Tory Burch 10-year anniversary watch is named after Tory’s parents, Buddy and Reva Robinson Izzie Clear Case Watch With Leather Strap, Orange Gold Graphic and modern, Izzie features a bold, clear square case inlaid with geometric fretwork, a signature design element of Tory Burch 28 FOCUS of New York 2014

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Beauty & Style

Mauve and Burgundy Lids: Models at DVF and Rodarte worked lids in warm tones of taupe, burgundy, mauve, and brown. The look was fresh with just a hint of roughness. (Try Merle Norman Color Max Shadow in Desert Shimmer or Chocolate Sun.) For Fall/Winter 2014, runways at New York Fashion Week showed everything from ethereal, radiant skin to contoured eyes in shades of mauve and burgundy. All were linked by an overall minimalistic hand, making these looks easier than ever to try at home. We’re excited to share some of the latest on-trend launches from Merle Norman that you can use to emulate runway beauty:

Punk-Inspired Liners: For those who want to make a more daring statement, look no further than the dramatically lined eyes seen at at Herve Leger and Chanel. (Try Merle Norman Pro Pen Eyeliner in Sharp Black.)

All Nude Everything: Velvety smooth, all-nude faces with natural pink lips were a big trend at Stella McCartney, Chloe, Narciso Rodriguez and countless others. (Try Merle Norman NEW CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30.)

Back to Berry Lips: The oh-so popular bold lip seen at Rebecca Minkoff and Naeem Khan is definitely making a comeback this season in shades of red, berry and wine. (Try Merle Norman Age Defying+ Lipcolor in Heartbreaker or Rich Raisin.)

Garrett Leight California Optical Fall/Holiday 2014 collection of opticals and sunglasses. This season GLCO focused on their core collection while incorporating fresh hues, layered mirror lenses and new sizing options. Never-before-seen opticals include Wellesley, a defined frame with custom vintage hues, Dewey, a quirky yet classic thin acetate frame and Washington, a stylish acetate and metal frame. Newly released sunglasses include Washington, Bentley (previously offered in optical) and Valita, an aluminum frame paired with layered lenses. Kinney, one of GLCO's best-selling optical styles, is now available with clip to double as a sunglass. Layered mirror lenses make a statement in Pacific, Kinney and Harding styles, in shimmering red, blue, green, gold and silver. Dillon and Wilson, two classic styles offered in both sun and optical, are now available in a slightly larger size. FOCUS of New York 2014 31

Skin Care

As temperatures drop, heaters clank on and the wind whips up, the battle for healthy skin begins. Dry air depletes skin's natural oils and moisture, flaring up itchy and painful conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and severe dry skin. Creating a multi-step skin care routine with hydrating serums and creams can help prevent flare ups caused by winter's harsh conditions, and selecting formulas with calming ingredients like mesima mushroom, sulfur, and argan oil can treat existing inflammation and redness. Amarte, a luxe Korean skin care brand, offers new decadent, moisture-rich hydrators that deliver these unique botanicals deeply into skin using nanotechnology, to calm, clarify and soothe skin for a supple, moisturized complexion through the coldest of temperatures.

Aqua Veil速 Pure Hydration Serum: Rich in natural herbs and intensive moisturizing ingredients, this deeply hydrating formula optimizes skin's ability to absorb and retain moisture. A visible magic-water veil is formed immediately upon application with resultant coolness and softness. To use, gently massage into skin twice daily. Aqua Lotion速: Rich in antioxidants and natural arbutin, this ultra-light, water-based facial lotion smoothes and brightens dehydrated skin. Its silky formula enhances skin's clarity and transparency, improving tone and texture while adding softness. To use, gently massage into skin twice daily.

Aqua Cream速: This brightening antioxidant facial moisturizer is rich in arbutin and 1% retinol that ramps up smoothness and softness while delivering a bright glow. To use, gently massage into skin twice daily.

Wonder Cream: Nutrient-rich and therapeutic, the advanced Korean formula uses a proprietary complex of ActivElements速 to gently diminish freckles and sunspots, reduce lines and wrinkles and lovingly exfoliate for a supple, translucent complexion. Unique mushroom emollient enhances immunity and shields skin from inflammatory triggers, irritation, environmental toxins and UV damage

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Skin Care

Dry, flaky, red and itchy skin is all too common during winter months, as the combination of dry indoor heat and harsh outdoor air disrupts the natural pH balance of our skin. To keep skin smooth and soft this season, I recommend swapping your summer and fall regimens for a moisture-rich routine specifically designed to treat and prevent winter’s worst skin symptoms. These easy tips will optimize your skin’s protective barrier to retain moisture during dry weather and repel environmental irritants that exacerbate dry skin: • Tip #1: Apply body lotion within three minutes of your shower. Skin

loses water to radiator heat, dry air and hot water all day long, so it’s important to replenish and balance moisture content after every shower. To seal in hydration, at (don’t rub) skin with a towel and apply a pH balanced moisturizer, like Sebamed Moisturizing Body Lotion, while skin is still damp.

• Tip #2: Don’t forget your day cream! Day cream is an essential prep step for

going outside on a cold winter's day, because it creates a protective barrier from harsh winter weather. Sebamed Anti-Dry Day Defence Cream uses the smoothing and soothing properties of avocado oil (with skin-related lipids, Vitamins A and E) help to protect sensitive, dry skin. The cream slides easily over the skin where it is totally absorbed, leaving no sticky traces or residue.

• Tip #3: Bring in a heavy duty night cream to recover from summer

damage. Undo winter wind damage while you sleep by switching to a restorative night cream like Sebamed Anti-Dry Night Intensive Cream, which works to protect, smooth, calm and regenerate the skin without clogging pores. The intensive and rich properties stimulate the skin's own renewal process overnight for fresher skin by morning.

• Tip #4: Strengthen hands and nails with a healing balm. Leave your

chapped hands and hangnails behind by using a multi-tasking balm like Sebamed Hand & Nail Balm, which uses keratin to strengthen nails against breakage while also relieving dry skin. To retain maximum moisture, apply Sebamed Hand & Nail Balm and cover with moisturizing hand gloves for an easy overnight treatment.

Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File The revolutionary new electronic file helps to remove rough, hard skin by gently exfoliating and buffing feet, revealing luxuriously smooth results after just one use. Featuring a micralumina roller head with microabrasive particles and an ergonomically-designed shape, the Amope Pedi Perfect makes an at-home pedicure easier and faster than ever! The Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File will be available at drugstores nationwide, including Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Amazon and

G.M. Collin skincare, Daily Ceramide Comfort Capsules a Daily Ceramide Comfort system is a replenishing and nourishing skin care supplement in practical single dose capsules that protects the skin against environmental elements and reduces the skin stress and irritation while improving hydration. It’s sold for $95 at spas nationwide and select online retailers. WWW.GMCOLLIN.COM 34 FOCUS of New York 2014

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2015 By Samantha Ramos

Summer may have come and gone, but the fashion industry kicked into high gear as the newest Collections made their debut at Lincoln Center with the start of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, with a line-up of over 100 designers showing their collections. Among the world's most renowned designers, MercedesBenz is showing an icon of its own - the all-new 2015 C-Class. A benchmark of automotive generations, the C-Class possesses a rare combination of style, luxury and engineering which sets new standards for others to follow. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as always draws the attention of thousands of fashion fans to New York City. The designer’s signature use of color, custom prints, and unique fashion style, brings the authenticity of cultural elements to the modern women around the world with sophistication, elegance and seductive glamour. The S & C-Class is the main attraction within The House of Mercedes-Benz fashion boutique in the main lobby of Lincoln Center. Here, the worlds of fashion and automotive design merge as the vehicle's attributes come to life in a unique retail environment providing guests with a complete sensory experience. The House of Mercedes-Benz depicts the amazing characteristics of the all-new S-Class in a unique way which appeals to a fashion-minded audience."

From what's new and chic, it’s all about special pieces inspired by creativity that goes from runway-to-reality. From the perfect 36 FOCUS of New York 2014

Photography by Mike Coppola Frazer Harrison

hairstyle, accessories and footwear are essential to complete a look and no one knows better than the top models and stylists of Fashion Week. This season brings the authenticity of cultural elements to the modern women around the world with sophistication, elegance and seductive glamour. "We are excited to once again highlight the creativity and innovation of Australia's most promising talent at New York Fashion Week, which brings together the very best in our business from around the world," says Fashion Palette founder, Sonya Mefaddi. This year, Fashion Palette will partner with Space 530 – a premiere, full-service work environment and showroom concept that is equally devoted to nurturing budding brands. Space 530 will host Fashion Palette's temporary pop-up showroom from September 8th – 15th for press and buyer appointments. "As always, Fashion Palette is focused on continuing to raise the international visibility of Australian talent to worldwide buyers, media and stylists", notes Mefaddi and will continue to do so by introducing yet another series of notable designers this season.

“Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week truly embodies the global scale of the fashion industry and highlights the limitless boundaries Photography by of design. A leader in the global Michael Buckner & Frazer Harrison fashion event circuit; MercedesBenz Fashion Week in New York has the highest number of international designers who choose to make this Event the home for their Collection debuts,” says Christina Neault, Executive Pro

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Project Runway

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ducer, IMG Fashion Events and Properties. “As well, with three fashion schools and numerous emerging designers presenting alongside their established colleagues, Lincoln Center is the place to discover the next rising star.” “Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York is internationally recognized as the world’s stage to premier the latest developments in cutting-edge fashion to the global fashion industry,” said Stephanie Zimmer, Manager of Brand Experience Marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. “The excitement is building in anticipation of what will hit the runways from both the well-known designers and emerging talent showing this season."

The impressive designer line-up has expanded in size from last season and features a fabulous balance of industry greats and notable up-andcomers. Los Angeles based online boutique Le Jolie has launched this summer with designer fashions offering the top trends for men, women, children, as well as one-of-a-kind vintage accessories and home décor. Le Jolie believes that luxury should be accessible to all and provides consumers access to international brands such as Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, and Prada along with unique vintage products by Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Chanel.


More than just an online shopping destination, Le Jolie is a lifestyle, and they are looking for a fresh face to embody just that. Le Jolie is teaming up with New York Fashion Week to sponsor a special event at the Lincoln Center Fashion Show in search of the newest face.

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"For years, Pilot has been telling people how writing expresses more than just your words—it expresses your own personal style. What better way to make that point than with Nicolas K's fabulous runway dress?" said Ariann Langsam, Director of Consumer Marketing for Pilot Corpo



Designers thrilled to celebrate the full bloomof the season with soft details, vivid colors, along with hues of summer, nude natural tones and exquisite modern elements. Exciting guest with hundreds of beautiful, must-have pieces from each of the designers collections. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week had an indelible impression of beautiful pieces that evoked a stunning yet relaxed mood of harmony, style and daily wear ability. Fit for the style savvy women to discover cutting edge collections for the discerning fashionista in you.

Falguni and Shane Peacock

Zang Toi

Carmen Marc Valvo

Jenny Packham

ration of America. "Think about it: fashion is art and writing is art. Put them together and you have a masterpiece—a Nicolas K original dress adorned with Pilot FriXion Clicker erasable gel ink pens gliding down the runway at Lincoln Center. It's a unique statement about the power of the pen."

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Fashion enthusiasts found no shortage of thrilling content 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. Perfectly illustrates the diverse roster of talent, beauty and digital presence. To once again deliver the excitement of this year’s event to all fashion lovers everywhere.

Son Jung

Cesar Galindo

In addition to the excitement taking place on and off the runways, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week continues its commitment to the local community by engaging local businesses and supporting educational initiatives. Working together with the Lincoln Square BID, MercedesBenz Fashion Week once again welcomes the Fashion Plate and Crew Cuts promotions to support local restaurants and businesses in the surrounding area. As well, through its continuing partnership with the New York City Housing Authority and with the support of event vendors, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is able to continue to offer employment opportunities to public housing residents through the course of the week.


In addition to the excitement taking place on and off the runways, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week continues its commitment to the local community by engaging local businesses and supporting educational initiatives. Working together with the Lincoln Square BID, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week once again welcomes the Fashion Plate and Crew Cuts promotions to support local restaurants and businesses in the surrounding area. A recent study by Fordham University estimated that $40 million in direct economic impact was generated annually in the 10-block radius around Lincoln Center by the vendors, staff, and guests. As well, through its continuing partnership with the New York City Housing Authority and with the support of event vendors, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is able to continue to offer employment opportunities to public housing residents through the course of the week.


Things To Say By Terri Profetto

Photography Ron Chapple

Having a tough time thinking of sweet things to say to your boyfriend? If you try searching online for sweet words to say, majority of the results you get are often in favor of men. However, guys do like to hear nice things from their partners. Guys are always expected to say nice things to girls, but why not make a change? Do your share of the intimacy in your relationship. Speak up and make your man appreciate you more by doing so yourself. Some of the sweet things to say to your boyfriend are actually the simplest. This will surely add zest and color to the bond you share. Words may come as plain remarks, although to some these are powerful expressions of devotion and love, depending on how they are said. Here are some scenarios that you might want to take note of. 1) Men may seem tough and impassive at times, but they do have that soft side. They want their women to comfort them in words and in presence. So always be ready with sweet things to say to your boyfriend, even if it's as simple as "Thank you for always being there for me" or "I love you." Take time to appreciate everything he's done for you.

2) Women hate it when guys are late in their agreed time. Instead of making a scene, say this instead, "Are you ok? Is everything alright?" Try to listen to his reason before bursting out. It will be best if you listen first before mouthing uncalled for comments. 3) Men do not like naggers. This is the reason why so many relationships fail because men could not take the agony of hearing women keeping on at them. Instead of being so negative all the time, always have some sweet things to say to your boyfriend. 4) After long hours of work, it would be nice of you to ask him, "Have you eaten already? Can I offer you something?"

Give him an earnest flattering remark. Make him feel confident about himself by praising and uttering nice words about his appearance, or even his attitude and skills. Be careful in choosing your words. As much as possible, be honest about it. When making remarks or having sweet things to say to your boyfriend, remember to say them at the right time and place. Timing is crucial. It could make or break a compliment. Do not just blurt out in the open because you want to do so. Pick the right moment to say those sweet words to your man.

By doing so, your boyfriend would be pleased to know that he is important to you and that you truly care. But try not to barrage him with so many questions because these may aggravate him. 5) Compliment your boyfriend with such statements as "You really look good tonight/today."

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Communication in a Relationship

By Michael Brady

Communication is a vital part of our lives: a typical day involves many interactions between ourselves, our work colleagues and clients, our children, our friends, our ex's, future relationships, etc. This interaction takes place where we live, work, relax, socialize and wherever we perform routine tasks. Communication skills are critical for building healthy relationships, especially when one realizes that one of the most common causes of relational breakdown is a lack of communication. Just as communication can be the most important part of a relationship; arguments can be the most destructive aspect - the closer we are to someone, the more easily we can bruise or be bruised. There is very little truth in the saying: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me." It's not what we say, but rather how we say it, that most often hurts another person. Do you identify with any of these statements? "He never listens to me when I talk!" "She talks and talks, but never actually says anything!"

2. Interpretations, Thoughts or Perceptions: Each person interprets a fact differently based on their belief system, personality, values and experience. 3. Feelings: how we are feeling, our current mood and frame of mind, etc can sub-consciously affect decisions and thoughts. 4. Intentions, Needs or Wants: hidden agendas; are we looking for comfort, clarification, information or simply a chance to interact? We judge ourselves on our intentions. 5. Actions: choice of words (is the intent to create harm?) + tone of voice + non-verbal speech = body language, posture, eye contact, facial expressions, etc. "The medium is the message" the way the message is delivered is the message itself.

"It's like talking to a brick wall"

6. Self: The communication centre, which includes the issue, topic or conflict at hand, has been "filtered" by the facts, interpretations, thoughts, feelings, intentions, and choices of behaviour / actions.

"I can't get through to you"

Listening and Feedback

"We can't talk about anything important without getting into a fight"

Did I say what I meant to say? - Invite feedback to clarify communication.

"She's too emotional - she's either crying or shouting or complaining. It's easier to avoid her"

Someone who's not listening lets their mind drift and is already preparing the next argument or opposing thought; inaccurate feedback or limited eye contact.

"He always gets defensive when I try to talk about issues" Communication is a complex process; of which speaking only makes up for 10-20%. The other 80-90% is made up by facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, etc. Communication is the art/ science of transferring a thought/ idea/ information from the mind of one complex human being to the mind of one or more complex human being(s). For communication to be effective, it must be a two-way process. Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication 1. Facts: are both people communicating about the same set of facts? Try to separate the facts from thoughts or feelings. 44 FOCUS of New York 2014

Listening is an active, not a passive process. When two people argue, they only hear "what they want to hear", not what's actually said. This equates to the accusation of "not listening". Most couples start arguing and within 5 minutes are arguing about the way they are arguing. Don't argue when you're angry - you will not be able to listen objectively. Give yourself time to cool down and then broach the subject when you are in a more reasonable frame of mind. It's important to give feedback - checking and confirming. Did I understand you correctly? Is this what you mean? I heard you say this: am I right? Feedback can be verbal/non-verbal e.g. a nod, smile, silence or a cold shoulder. No feedback is in itself a form of feedback.

If the words and actions contradict each other, it is better to believe the actions! Conflict Resolution Conflict resolution can either be Constructive or Destructive. Destructive Style - hinders or inhibits the conflict resolution process: Confrontational (win or lose, blaming) Sabotage (focus on weak points, shaming) Manipulation (blackmail, withdrawal) Giving in (passive, submissive)

19 Steps to Effective Communication 1. See communication as an opportunity to praise, build-up, affirm, heal, support and give positive reinforcement, rather than to correct, criticize, tear down, hurt, wound, lash out at. Praise opens doors to further communication, while criticism shuts them down. 2. Remember that actions speak louder than words; non-verbal communication usually is more powerful than verbal communication. Avoid double messages in which the verbal and the non-verbal messages convey something contradictory. (Credibility gap) 3. Define what is important and stress it; define what is unimportant and de-emphasize or ignore it. Avoid fault-finding.

Avoidance (denial, withdrawal)

4. Communicate in ways that show respect for the other person’s worth as a human being. “Avoid statements which begin with the words “You never …” or “I think you …”.

Constructive Style – trying to minimize the issues and avoiding the difficulties in resolving the problems:

5. Be clear and specific in your communication. Avoid vagueness.

Compromise (meet halfway, understanding)

6. Be realistic and reasonable in your statements. Avoid exaggeration and sentences which begin with “You always …”

Accommodate (open discussion, communication without confrontation) Partnership (solutions, forgiveness, honesty) When trying to resolve conflicts, try to clarify your goals, as you will probably share many of the same goals despite of your differences. Avoid bargaining, as this may lead to each party taking a rigid position which in turn can flare tempers. Troubleshooting For Problems in Communication Control or Power Issues: Effective communication cannot take place if one person has "control" over the other or where there is not mutual respect and equality of relationship. To stay in control leads to relational isolation as the underdog reacts in anger at being manipulated or belittled. Triangulation: Do not bring in a third party to avoid direct confrontation. If you have a problem with someone, go directly to that person. Don't dump your accusations on mutual friends or your children in the hope of winning support to balance the scales in your favour - it leads to more substantial and long-lasting damage, especially when a child is used as a weapon between parents. As you look ahead to new relationships, you need to be able to break old and faulty communication patterns to allow for healthier interaction. The use of praise and positive reinforcement will reconstruct wounded and broken self-images and will build self-esteem, particularly in children. By becoming an effective communicator, you will also grow and become a better person which will positively enhance all your relationships.

7. Test all your assumptions verbally by asking if they are accurate. Avoid acting until this is done. 8. Recognize that each event can be seen from different points of view. Avoid assuming that other people see things like you do. (Perception) 9. Recognize that your family members and close friends are experts on you and your behaviour. Avoid the tendency to deny their observations about you – especially if you are not sure. 10. Recognize that disagreement can be a meaningful form of communication. Avoid destructive arguments. 11. Be honest and open about your feelings and viewpoints. Bring up all significant problems even if you are afraid that doing so will disturb another person. Speak the truth in love. Avoid sullen silences. 12. Do not put down and/or manipulate the other person with tactics such as ridicule, interrupting, name-calling, changing the subject, blaming, bugging, sarcasm, criticism, pouting, guilt-inducing, etc. Avoid the one-upmanship game. 13. Be more concerned about how your communication affects others than about what you intended. Avoid getting bitter if you are misunderstood. 14. Accept all feelings and try to understand why others feel and act as they do. Avoid the tendency to say, “you shouldn’t feel like that.” 15. Be tactful considerate and courteous. Avoid taking advantage of the other person’s feelings.

16. Ask questions and listen carefully. Avoid preaching or lecturing. When resolving conflicts, remember that their causes may run deep. Sweeping issues under the carpet isn’t going to work in the long term, as old bag- 17. Do not use excuses. Avoid falling for the excuses of others. gage will be brought up each time an argument starts. Try to fully resolve 18. Speak kindly politely and softly. Avoid nagging yelling or whining. each issue as it comes along. You may find the following method useful: 1. Ask the other person for their feelings. Your conflict probably isn’t about 19. Recognize the value of humor and seriousness. Avoid destructive the issue that caused it to start in the first place. Don’t forget that your goal teasing. is sorting out the problem, not winning an argument! 2. Ask the other person to define the problem. Stick to solving one problem at a time, that way you can understand each problem as the other person sees it. 3. Express your own feelings. Be careful to word them carefully, for example use phrases such as “I feel…” rather than “I think you…” 4. Define the problem as you see it. As your feelings come out, the solution may become clearer. Remember that by you listening to the other person; you will have set the tone for them to listen to you. 5. Create multiple solutions. Don’t go back to your original agenda. Aim to find alternative or creative solutions that reduce emotions and tension. 6. Rate the possible solutions. Remember that no one can force an unacceptable solution on the other. 7. Combine and create a mutually acceptable solution. Create something acceptable to both parties, if this doesn’t work – go back to step 1 and ensure both parties are being totally honest. 8. Be sure both parties agree to work towards resolving the issue. FOCUS of New York 2014 45

Passion-filled Marriage By Rickie Smith

If you were to ask couples what's the best way for maintaining a passion-filled marriage it comes as no surprise to find that a lot them believe that passion alone is the answer. They seem not to understand the need to balance out the emotional aspect of a marriage with the physical aspect of it. You can't expect any spouse to have passion for his mate all the time, however, if couples focus on the way they feel about each other in general it will be much easier to maintain the passion. Many people think of marriage as being a state where two people who fall in love, care about each other, and will live out their lives together until death do them part. This is the ideal situation of course but there are some marriages where the couple has gotten married for other reasons, and sometimes the wrong reasons. In these types of marriages there is often very little contact and sincere communication between the couple. This often results in a sexless marriage. The key to maintaining a passionfilled marriage is totally honest with each other. Most couples will find that the desire for sex will comes and go but in order to be successful they must consider the things that they do both in and out of the bedroom.

Men and women must accept the fact that relationships change over time as our children take center stage in our lives and daily household responsibilities overwhelm us. In many cases romance will give way to irritation and arguments. Here are some of the common reasons passion is lost in a marriage: - couples stop listening to each other - they begin acting like roommates instead of lovers and partners - each spouse complain about stress at work and home instead of positive things - couples stop seeing and commenting on what they appreciate about their spouse - One or the other has given up their interests and passions so their lives become all work and therefore no fun When it comes to maintaining a passionfilled marriage, you will find that there are so many things that you can do to rekindle and maintain that passion. One of the things you can do is to set a date night where you take the time to pay attention to each other. The best way for a couple to turn a sexless marriage into a fulfilling marriage is to consistently work on ways to be alone with each other. During these times both spouses must learn to relax and leave the day's stresses behind.

Here are some other things each spouse can do to start turning things around: - Remind yourself of why you fell in love and married your mate - Stop feeling the need to argue and defend yourself - Identify at least one thing a day to complement your spouse on - touch your spouse everyday...start with their hand or back and shoulder - bring the humor back into your relationship, learn to laugh at yourself Some marriage counselors will view differences in spouses as insurmountable, however, each partner in the marriage must believe that people and relationships can and do change for the better. Your marriage is worth working on and you must be willing to do everything that you can to maintain your passion-filled marriage. Keep your relationship open and honest so that you both can trust each other and lean on each other for support.

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What is the top thing to say when talking dirty to men? 1. Tell him what you're wearing under your clothing. 2. Put on sexy lingerie and give him a tiny peek when he first sees you. It'll drive him mad to want to see more of your outfit all night...Until you allow him to see more. 3. Leave him a voice message when he is away 4. At a gathering 5. At your parent's house when you go by him 6. Right before parting for work 7. Email him some sassy notes 8. Fax it to him 9. Throw hot little texts on his cell phone while is at a sports game with his buddies It will heat up if you are talking dirty to men at unusual places like: 1. Your parent's house 2. At the food store 3. At church?...OK...oK...After church

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You start by telling a physical move that he has made to you and that you had enjoyed. Don't worry about feeling embarrassed; he will be more paying attention in the images that you are creating in his imagination. Are you concerned that you won't be excellent at this? Guys are not hard to light up. It doesn't take a great deal for them to get turned on.

By Susan Heyman

If you feel uncomfortable, get some help with a glass or two of wine... Just to break the ice. But please! Don't develop a drinking problem!

irty talk is a type of pillow talk. You use vivid words to augment sexual enjoyment before and during the lovemaking.

Having trouble "getting it up"? Talking dirty to men might be able to help.

Talking dirty to your guy can be anything from giving him vivid images using slang words, to whispering curse expressions to your guy's ear. If you feel timid about it, don't be; only the two of you will be aware of it.

Use this once in a while; they can get too enthusiastic to this. In addition, some men can be a bit turned off or uncomfortable with you unexpectedly starting to talk dirty to them.

The more you let go, the better you will be. Your intimate life should be hot and wild. It's a form of "sense of adventure" that you are giving to your guy. You might say that you are a "good girl" and you don't do those things. Well here is my take on this; if you have preferences in bed, and your spouse is giving enough to fulfill them, maybe I can do my part. Some guys find it makes them hornier. You can harvest the rewards from this lover's game. It makes you feel sexier because you are seeing your man enjoy himself due to your influence. You are providing your guy more excitement. Lovemaking is at its best when you let go; abandon yourself to the other person is a joyful experience. Some women use this not only in the bedroom, but in their husband's e-mail or work's voice mail. Your guy gets excited to get home and gives you a nice "reward"... what do you have to lose? 48 FOCUS of New York 2014

You can propose to him to do the alike and it will balance the dynamics. You can get swear words at the Urban dictionary. It is a slang dictionary. You'll be able to get different variations of a slang word. For instance, let's find a variation of breast; there is boobie, nipples, boobs, funbags, just to show a few. Use it, and your imagination. Have fun!

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Start Planning Now! Preparing for the big day means planning a multitude of details; everything from the flower arrangements to that something blue must be decided upon well in advance of the ceremony. Here are some tips to help ensure your big day goes off without a hitch. FAMILY FEATURES

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A to-do list for brides-to-be The decision to get married is the first of many big decisions you will be making in the weeks and months to come. Here are some things to con­sider right away:

• Pick a style. Many brides choose wedding styles that are reflected in their save-the-dates, invitations, ceremonies, receptions and thank-you cards. Choosing a theme and color scheme in the begin­ning will help narrow down options later.

• Pick a date. Talk with your fiancé and family (and your fiancé’s family) about potential wedding dates to ensure the important people in both your lives will be able to take part.

• Hire a caterer. Take into account the dietary needs of your guests by offering a variety of menu options, including a vegetarian dish.

• Select your guests. The number of guests you invite will directly influence the cost of your wedding.

• Order the cake. Whether you choose a large multi-tiered cake or cup­cakes, remember to keep your budget in mind— and pick flavors you and your fiancé truly enjoy.

The Big Decisions

• Set a budget. Budgeting for your wedding is crucial, as this will have a great impact on every other aspect of your day, as well as your honeymoon. Plan for a little wiggle room for unexpected expenses. • Choose a location. Because most popular bridal spots are just that — popular — you may want to start searching for a location quickly. • Organize the bridal party. Make careful decisions about who you want supporting you leading up to the big day, and who will be displayed in front of everyone in your life.

• Make the announcement. Decide how you want to let the community know of your planned nuptials. Do you want to take professional engagement photos? Do you plan to contact your local paper? Will you include a link to a wedding day website on your save-the-date or your wedding invitations? • Get the gown. On your wedding day, everyone will be awaiting a glimpse of your gown. Listen to your instincts and choose a gown that “feels right” and reflects your personality and style.

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Wedding Day Details

Following the Honeymoon

• Provide bottled water for your wedding party. To ensure no one gets over-heated, hide water near your bridal party during the ceremony for emergencies.

• Open wedding gifts and keep an accurate list of each guest in correspondence with their gift.

• Choose meaningful gifts for your wedding party. Necklaces, earrings or bracelets are great for bridesmaids; cufflinks are perfect for groomsmen.

• Write thoughtful, personalized hand-written thank you cards.

• Create individual envelopes for tipping drivers, caterers, musicians, etc. Separate envelopes will help ensure you don’t forget anyone. • Plan for weather:

IN CASE OF RAIN — Order a tent or choose a

venue with indoor space for last-minute protec­tion from the elements. Offer extra umbrellas to usher people from their vehicles to the venue.

IN CASE OF HEAT — Place fans throughout the

venue and provide plenty of water for guests.

IN CASE OF COLD — Space heaters can be

placed through­out the space to warm up the room in advance of the event. • Over-estimate the amount of parking needed for guests.

The Big Day Bridal Kit Supplies Bobby pins, elastic hair bands Hairbrush Hairspray Panty hose Nail file, nail polish, remover Baby powder Makeup Stain remover Tissues Sewing kit with scissors Ballet flats Pocket mirror

Static cling spray Antacid Pain reliever Bandages Deodorant Dental floss Eye drops Bottled water Breath mints Duct tape — for lastminute dress fix-ups and to adhere to the bottom of slippery dress shoes

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• Dress your party. Once you have chosen the wedding dress of your dreams, speak with your fiancé about his wishes for his suit, as well as the bridal party attire. • Hire a photographer. Choose your professional photographer wisely. With a walk down the aisle, father/daughter dance and toast, your father is sure to get photographed, but your mother might get overlooked. Make sure to ask the photographer to get shots of your mother throughout the day as well. • Choose your flowers. Once you set the date, discuss with your florists which flowers are in season to help narrow down your selection. You may love tulips, but if you have a winter wed­ding, they may be hard to come by, and may be more expensive. • Book the entertainment. Do you want a DJ or a live band? Talk with your fiancé about your music preferences, as well as the types of tunes you want played at your reception to keep your guests on the dance floor. Before the Big Day • Create a website for your wedding to keep guests informed of events and for easy access to registry information. Provide accommodation information for those guests traveling from out of town. • Insure your engagement and wedding rings against loss, damage, theft or mysterious disappearance. According to a survey conducted by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, 44 percent of married women either don’t insure their engagement ring, or don’t know for certain whether their engagement and wedding rings are insured. For a free, no-obligation jewelry insurance quote, visit • Make sure your marriage license, travel documentation and insurance information are ready to go and stored in a safe place in advance of the wedding day. • Practice reciting your vows and speeches until you feel comfortable. • Wear your wedding heels around the house to “break them in.” Pack a back-up pair of flats to wear during the reception. • Remember to ask for help. Designate members of your family or close friends to specific assignments.

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KATE ZIEGLER, U.S. Olympic Swimmer

I’ VE LOGGED ENOUGH MILE S TO SWIM FROM THE U. S . TO AUSTR ALIA . I can hold my breath for 108 seconds. And to recharge and boost my performance, I choose vegetarian proteins and whole grains, like super-healthy rice and beans. Catch me if you can!

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• Start Early: Most couples like to register 4-6 months before their wedding date, which allows more time for choosing items, planning for showers and meeting other deadlines. • Register Together: Whether it’s in-store, online or both – make a day of it and have fun selecting all the things that will be part of your new life together. • Choose Different Price Points: Guests will appreciate a varied list that has many gift options to fit their personal budget. • Create a Registry That Reflects You: If you’re a laid-back, easygoing couple, consider registering for a more casual dinnerware pattern that you can use every day, then mix in some fancy pieces to use for those special occasions. If you enjoy entertaining friends and family, be sure to choose a range of serveware and barware.


Registry 101

For engaged couples, it can seem as if there are a million things to accomplish before the big day arrives. One essential piece of the wedding puzzle involves creating a registry that makes it easy for guests to celebrate your union with gifts that reflect your personality as a couple. Before Building Your Registry It’s no wonder why guests love the ease and simplicity of a gift registry. But many couples may not know where to begin when setting out to create this useful list. Here are some helpful pointers from Macy’s to help you get started on creating a perfect wedding registry: • Meet with a Consultant: These trained professionals are on site to assist and discuss everything you want and need. It’s a good place to start if you have questions on what items to include and what brands are available. • Look for Special Programs: Some stores offer special features, such as Macy’s, whose Dream Fund allows guests to contribute any amount to the ultimate gift card, so the bride and groom can later choose exactly what they want.

Making the Right Choices With all the things needed to properly stock your home, selecting the right ones can seem overwhelming. Here are some tips to keep in mind while adding to your registry: • Select Your Settings: A five-piece setting is meant to serve one person and includes a dinner plate, salad plate, bread and butter plate, tea cup and saucer. If you want to serve eight guests, you will need to register for eight five-piece settings. • Factor in Some Extras: When registering for drinkware, be sure to register for a few extras in each glass size in case some break down the road. • Protect Your Cutlery: Be sure to choose a sturdy cutting board to protect your knife blades from chips and cracks. You can keep your cutlery in top condition by registering for a honing steel and knife sharpener. • Stock Up on Kitchen Must-Haves: When it comes to cookware, make sure to stock up on the essentials. This should include a fry pan, sauté pan, grill pan, sauteuse (round, deep-sided design for sautéing on the stovetop or baking in the oven) and a chef’s pan. • Opt for the Basics: White dinnerware allows you to transform the look of your table year-round by changing the décor and accessories around it. The classic look will be a design that you can appreciate for years to come. Visit for a full registry checklist, helpful tips and more information on Macy’s Dream Fund. FOCUS of New York 2014 55



to Remember

Whether it’s set in the great outdoors, a lavish ballroom, the couple’s favorite restaurant or at home, the wedding reception is a special time for newlyweds to celebrate with family and friends. The signature dessert – cake – is usually the centerpiece for this occasion, a continuing reflection of the wedding theme and colors. An assortment of cupcakes or a tower of layers allows today’s cakes to take almost any form – from square to round, even pillow or heart-shaped. This stunning all-white creation from the wedding experts at Wilton is both simple yet elegant. Cake layers are covered in pure white fondant, while additional bands of fondant glistening with white sparkling sugar decorate the bottom of each tier. Dots of sugar pearl sprinkles, resembling perfect pearls add a hint of texture, while a gem-studded monogram topper adds the finishing touch.

This unique do-it-yourself wedding topper kit can easily be customized…with one initial, two or a trio. Self-adhesive crystal-like gems are used to trace the initials onto the clear disc. Gems can also be used to create a border or other complementary design. After the reception, it makes a perfect keepsake for the couple that will be treasured for years to come. Guests will want to raise a glass in honor of the newlyweds with the timeless custom of a champagne toast. Decorated flutes for the bride and groom create a long-lasting memory of this special tradition. Individual boxes are ideal for truffles or other candies to send home with guests. Tie with ribbons reflecting the color theme of the wedding. Another fun memento is a mini champagne bottle favor that can be filled with small candies. Attach a label with a personalized message. Make it elegant or simple…and always make it meaningful and memorable. FOCUS of New York 2014 57

5 C’s

for Building a Successful Business

By Marsha Friedman

• Courage Thirty years ago, I probably would never have said it takes courage to lead a small business, but without it, I assure you, you’ll fail. There are dragons and quicksand and dark woods all around. You’ll find them in the day-to-day problems, the obstacles you didn’t see lying in wait, the risks you must take, and the stresses involved with honoring your obligations to everyone working with and for you. Trust me, your courage will grow every time you push your fear behind you and deal with what frightens you. Which will also help you build confidence.

Small businesses have made a huge recovery since the economic crash in 2008 and that’s good news for all of us. Since we account for 63 percent of new jobs, our success puts people back to work. That, in turn, helps us even more – people with paychecks buy stuff! And here’s more good news: The number of new businesses launching has grown each year since hitting a low in 2009. One report put it at 540,000 new businesses a month this year. In hopes of contributing in my own small way, I thought I’d share my 5 C’s for building a business. These are the guiding principles I’ve learned in the 24 years since I founded EMSI Public Relations. Through the ups and downs and all the mistakes, I’ve found that if I keep my compass set on the 5 C’s, we always make it through to smoother waters.

What are the C’s? • Caring It starts with caring enough about yourself and your dreams to stay committed to achieving your goals. (Giving up is never a good option!) You have to care enough about yourself to firmly believe that you deserve success and the good things that come with it. Just as important is caring about your staff and creating a positive work environment for them. Protect their sanity from the clients who want to chew them up and from new hires who don’t fit in and hurt morale. Be supportive when stressful situations arise in their lives outside of work. And ensure everyone has the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. None of us gets far at all if we don’t care about our customers. Give them the best exchange possible for their money; define expectations so that they understand the end product you are delivering and for which they are paying. Be willing to listen to their concerns, take responsibility for mistakes, and correct them.

• Confidence Think of the many challenges you’ve faced in your life, and the many times you’ve overcome them. Bring that confidence to your business. Believing that you can reach for and achieve your short- and long-term goals is essential to getting you there. • Competence Competence comes from knowledge and experience. Hone it by staying up on the trends and disruptions in your industry. One of the most important roles a CEO plays is as the visionary for his or her company. That means you can’t, and shouldn’t, take on jobs within your company for which you’re not qualified. You’ll make yourself miserable and your business will suffer. Hire an accountant to handle the financials. Get marketing help if that’s not your thing. As for employees, take the time to hire competent people who you’ll trust in their jobs – and then trust them! • Commitment Stay dedicated to your goals no matter how difficult that becomes. That may mean taking painful measures, as it did for me after the 9/11 terrorist attacks put the brakes on the economy. There came a point for my business when all hope looked lost. I had to make drastic cuts, including letting go beloved employees. For more than a year, I ramped up marketing efforts, diversified our services, and took other steps to get the business out of the red. In 2005, I succeeded – and it has been upward and onward ever since. Building my business has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. I get a lot of pleasure from helping our clients meet their goals. I enjoy coming to work and spending time with the team I’m blessed to call part of the family. We laugh loudly and often! If you’ve recently launched a new business, know that you’ll encounter challenges. Don’t panic! Remember the 5 C’s and forge ahead with caring, courage, confidence, competence and commitment. About Marsha Friedman Marsha Friedman is a public relations expert with 25 years’ experience developing publicity strategies for celebrities, corporations and media newcomers alike. Using the proprietary system she created as founder and CEO of EMSI Public Relations, an award-winning national agency, she secures thousands of top-tier media placements annually for her clients. The former senior vice president for marketing at the American Economic Council, Marsha is a sought-after advisor on PR issues and strategies. She shares her knowledge in her Amazon best-selling book, Celebritize Yourself, and as a popular speaker at organizations around the country. FOCUS of New York 2014 59

Common Types of Backup Generators A power outage is a common result of weather-related emergencies, but it’s also one of the easiest to correct by using a generator. There are two common generator types: portable generators and standby generators. n A

portable generator is an immediate but temporary solution. Typically powered by gasoline, it is lower in cost and doesn’t require installation time, but it can only power a few items for a few hours.

n A

standby generator is an automatic, per­manent backup power solution. It requires professional installation outside the home. It is powered by natural gas or liquid pro­ pane and turns on automatically during a utility power outage to keep a home’s lights, furnace, AC units and other appliances on while the power is out.



reparing for an unexpected emergency, especially one brought on by severe weather, is one of the most important ways you can protect your home and family. Proactively addressing storm-related issues ranging from property damage to power outages can minimize a potentially disastrous situation.

Nearly all homeowners carry some form of insurance on their home, as required by their mortgage lender. But policies can vary, and the after­math of a powerful storm is no time to find out you’re underinsured. To ensure your homeowners policy adequately covers your needs, take time to review the policy every year at renewal time, and any time you make any significant improvements to your home. Check that the coverage amount for your main residence accurately reflects the finished square footage of your home, including any upgrades or changes such as a newly renovated bathroom or expanded deck struc­ture. Also confirm that the replacement cost your homeowners insur­ance agent has determined is consistent with what you would expect to pay to rebuild your home. In addition, take time to understand any exclusions, especially those for weather-related incidents. For example, many homeowners insur­ance policies do not automatically include flood protection. Finally, take time to thoroughly document your personal possessions with video or still images and record their value. Store the documen­tation in a safe place, such as a safety deposit box or remote-access electronic file, that you will be able to access in the event of an emer­gency. Not only will this help expedite your claim if you need to replace items, but you’ll have a list ready when you face the daunting task of replacing your belongings.

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Making time to provide ongoing home maintenance for exterior features of your home, such as landscaping, decking, siding, roofing and shutters, will ensure they are in good function when bad weather strikes. While little can be done to prevent damage from high-impact storms, routinely checking that everything is in good repair will minimize the chances of preventable destruction. As you assess your home and yard, ask yourself: Are the trees and shrubs properly trimmed and set far enough away from structures that they are unlikely to topple in high winds? Are shutters affixed securely to the house? Are there any cracked or otherwise weakened windows that should be replaced to prevent shattering during a storm?

Prepare for Backup Power During an Outage Loss of power is one of the most common occurrences in severe weather. And the financial impact of outage-related expenses (e.g. spoiled food replacement, supply purchases or home repair) can add up quickly. “Storm-related power loss can be costly for a family,” said Greg Inwood, vice president for Briggs & Stratton Standby Power. “An unexpected power loss can result in a number of inconveniences if the outage requires special arrangements such as meals out and overnight hotel stays.” The easiest way to prepare for a weather-related power outage is by installing a standby generator in advance of the storm season. Fortunately, attaining the safety and comfort provided by a standby generator during a storm event has become more reasonable thanks to emerging technology that has made generators smaller, smarter and, therefore, more affordable.

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Step 1: Verify Your Homeowners Insurance Covers Storm Damage

“In the past, having a generator was cost-prohibitive for many house­ holds,” said Amanda Grandy, marketing manager for Briggs & Stratton Standby Power, which is the exclusive licensee of GE Generator Systems. “Today, technology has advanced to make owning a standby generator far more affordable for the average family.” Improved technology features such as GE’s Symphony® II power management system, which manages a home’s power demands auto­ matically and electronically during an outage, allow more of a home’s lights and appliances — up to two AC units — to be powered with a smaller standby generator. A home that would typically need a larger 20 kW home generator to power all of the home’s power demands could now be powered with GE’s 10 kW unit paired with Symphony® II technology. The smaller, more affordable 10 kW home generators also boast the smallest footprint on the market, making it ideal for homes with tight lot lines. Learn more about the home standby generators available to home­ owners at

Emergency Preparedness Kit Having an emergency preparedness kit of items that your household may need in an emergency situation is critical. Basic utilities such as electricity, gas, water, sewage and phone service may be unavailable after a storm strikes, so the kit should contain food, water, any necessary medications, lighting and backup battery supplies.

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Getting the Right Fit By Kelly Moore and Mary Pifko

Did you know that 85% of women are wearing the wrong size bra? Yes, that’s what I said… 85%! The surge in awareness and increase in bra fittings has proven that 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong size bra. The majority of the problem lies in the band being too large. The decrease in band size to accommodate a more snug and proper fit, has increased the width and depth of the cup size women need to achieve their correct size. Case in point, a woman who wears a 36D cup when properly fit would likely fit into a 34DD or 32F size bra. So what’s a woman to do with all of this overwhelming information? How do you know you are wearing the right bra? There is only on way to truly know… and that is to do a proper bra fitting. Mary and I are going to give you the basics… step by step. If doing this on your own makes you uncomfortable there are many great bra fitting experts out there to give you a one on one consultation.

Measurement Guidelines for American Fit: Step 1: Measure your band size: Wearing an unpadded bra, and using a soft tape measure, measure firmly around your ribcage, directly underneath your breasts. The tape measure should be held horizontally around your body and the tape should be taught with no sliding in the back. If the number is un-even round up. This measurement is your under bust or band measurement. Example: 36 = 36 but 37 = 38. Step 2: Measure your cup size: Wearing an unpadded bra, and using a soft tape measure, wrap the tape measure around the fullest area of your bust. Hold taught and keep the tape measure straight. This is your bust measurement. Make a note of this measurement. Subtract the band measurement from the cup measurement to get your cup size. Each inch represents a cup size. Example: less than 1 inch = AA cup, 1 inches = A cup, 2 inches = B cup, 3 inches = C cup and so on. For example: If you have a 36-band size and 42 bust size you are a 36F cup. 42 - 36 = 6. 6 inches is equivalent to an F cup.

Photography by Lisa Presnail

When in doubt always consult an expert. Your foundations are vital to making you look and feel great so take the time to find the right fit! For questions and information please visit our website at:

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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 starshaped pendant and charm in black oxidized silver, an alluring finish that runs through the collection.

Photography by Lucas Huang

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Fashion extravaganza to showcase young, up-andcoming Asian/Hong Kong designers capturing the spirit of New York Fashion Week. The idea of throwing a catwalk show for Asian/Hong Kong designers in New York, the well-known fashion capital of the US came from my blogging mission that I set myself when I first blogged 4 years ago. Considering that their lack of financial resources is always a major obstacle for many young emerging Asian/Hong Kong designers to moving their career goals one step forward. I, being a Hong Kong-based fashion blogger bearing a primary mission to bring any potential Asian/Hong Kong designers to the world’s attention, felt an urge to "do something" to make the name of our future design stars from Asia/Hong Kong known, and their works seen as their talents deserve to be valued despite deficiency of both financial back-up and manpower from my end.

Not afraid to dream big though. September's New York Asian Fashion Week Extravaganza is a multidesigner trunk show organized by the experienced fashion show producer/consultant and co-founder of YaJu Events in New York, Yanna Begelman, French fashion event promoter and editor of Fashion Digest, Ruben Landsberger and by me, Hong Kong-based fashion blogger/marketer, Vicki Victoire (pseudonym: Gwen Vikkey Miao) of La Mode by GV Miao - an Oriental Perspective to provide the emerging Asian/Hong Kong designers with an international platform to present their signature collection to customers around the world in New York. Unlike other fashion shows at the commercialized fashion weeks, all invitations were not made in a random manner.

Designers being invited to participate in this show whether specialized in fashion or accessories were solely picked from my preference list and their collection showcased will for sure reflect my personal taste in fashion as a blogger. Asian Fashion Week Extravaganza held at Libation NYC introducing 4 emerging Hong Kong-based designers initiated and organized by La Mode by GV Miao. The show was well-received and the fabulous kimono inspired couture dresses by Japanese designer Naoko Tsuruta and the intricately crafted large-scale headpieces by Hong Kong headpiece/ jewelry designer Angel Wong especially appealed to the guests. What's more, we had the winner and first runner up of CA Model Competition walking the show for us. This is not the end, it's just the beginning of my persistent project looking to create more irresistible whirlwind of emerging talents in Asia and Hong Kong worldwide. My next stop is going to be Paris Fashion Week 2015.

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Yen Yeung: Hong Kong-based jewelry designer and founder of NoBeing, her pieces have everything a sparkling girl could want, bling, chunkiness and many more

Naoko Tsuruta: 76 FOCUS of New York 2014

Hong Kong-based Japanese couture designer inspired by traditional kimono.

Photography by Gustavo Villar

Betty Lau:

handbag designer from Hong Kong and founder of RBRK offering metropolitan ladies both versatile and chic bags perfect for every occasion

Angel Wong: based in Hong Kong, Angel Wong founded Angel Wong Image 10 years ago in 2004. She plays a double role as professional make-up artist and headpiece/jewelry designer. She perceives and interprets aesthetics in a comprehensive way, which makes her pursue creating harmony of the total look. She is good in designing large-scale fashion pieces exuding a sense of elegance and sophistication yet fun

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An American in


David L. Turner launched his women's and men's line Kathryn Milan during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam in January 2014. For his elegant fashion and red carpet clothing he chose the grandeur of the former palace of justice in Amsterdam. There, he gave the audience something new, yet unexpected. With the birth of his ready to wear women’s collection Kathryn Milan and men’s collection KM24, David L. Turner creates a new evolution of luxury, bringing his sense of simple elegance and style, with an infused influence of European class, to the fashion world. David L. Turner shows the story of the lady Kathryn Milan – who symbolizes the signature of the fashion brand – and the man who adores and admirers her. The Kathryn Milan collection invites the 24 hour representative woman to coordinate her pieces as she likes and she thinks is right for the occasion. As Mr. Turner states: “The Kathryn Milan collection for me is the wonderful feeling that I have when I reflect on all the amazing women throughout my life that have style and grace. And for the men that love them. Our ambition is to have Kathryn Milan recognized internationally so that the global audience will identify it with the high standards and simple elegance it exudes, a touch of contemporary yet classic style.” Kathryn Milan’s silhouette has clean lines with tailoring always in mind. She uses all key garments like pants, skirts and jackets. Leather is a material that runs through all items in the collection. Turner works with colorful silks for both the woman and her man along with luxurious fabrics. As the style is elegant, timeless and well-crafted the clothing can be seen as investment pieces. The goal of Kathryn Milan is to provide its clients with a brand that is synonymous with luxury, sophistication, great style, impeccable detail, comfort and wear ability. At the same time, Turner wants to expand the business with beautiful accessories, lifestyle products, and online services, with the objective of laying the foundation for a global expansion of the brand. Photography by PAAR Make Up Artist: Klai Rung Clothes: Kathryn Milan 78 FOCUS of New York 2014

Topaz jumpsuit Aventurine skirt & Quartz bustier

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Marble coat

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Banded Agate suit

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Shells jacket Kota pants & Swarovski dress

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Nero cape & Royal Sodalite dress

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Healthy Eating


Looking for creative ways to get your family to eat healthier? Registered dietitian nutritionist and mom of three, Frances LargemanRoth, finds inspiration from the color spectrum, creating vividlyhued homemade culinary creations that encourage her children to explore new foods while incorporating good nutrition. “When planning meals and snacks, include the colors of the rainbow – like vitamin C-rich mango or protein-filled red lentils. This is an easy way to entice kids to eat more fruits and vegetables while eliminating the need to overthink vitamin and mineral intakes,” said Largeman-Roth. “The whole family benefits from bringing more colorful foods to the kitchen table. Replacing processed foods with fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will automatically cut calories and saturated fat while increasing fiber and antioxidants.” As a leading healthy cooking expert, Largeman-Roth shares her personal family stories, tips, and recipes for colorful healthy eating in her newest cookbook “Eating in Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family.” And mango is one of her go-to fruits for color-infused meals and snacks. “My family loves the tropical flavor of mango and its vibrant orange color. And as a nutritionist, I love that one serving of mango delivers 100% of your daily vitamin C.”

Mangos are superfruits bursting with antioxidants and more than 20 different vitamins and minerals. One cup of mango is 100 calories and a good source of fiber, which aids in digestion and the management of weight, and an excellent source of vitamin A which plays a role in bone growth. To select a mango at the grocery store, squeeze gently to judge ripeness. If the mango has a slight give, it’s ripe and ready to eat. If it’s too firm, let it ripen on your kitchen counter for a few days at room temperature. Don’t judge a mango’s ripeness by its color. The red blush you’ll see on some varieties is simply a characteristic of the variety. Get your family on its way to more colorful, nutritious eating with these tips from Frances: 1. Eat color often. Pack antioxidant-rich colorful fruits and vegetables into every meal and snack. 2. Don’t eat monochrome. It’s easy to get into a routine and just start eating kale salads every day. Kale is great for you, but it’s not going to meet all your nutrient needs. 3. Go beyond your comfort zone. When shopping, seek out new fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein sources to try. And have your kids help with grocery selections!

Coco-Mango Smoothie Courtesy of Frances Largeman-Roth, “Eating In Color” 1 1 1/2 1 1

large ripe mango, peeled, pitted and diced lime (finely grated zest and juice) cup coconut butter, such as Nutiva Coconut Manna teaspoon ground turmeric cup ice, plus more for serving

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Start the Day Off Right

Breakfast has forever been celebrated as the most important meal of the day – but are you eating the right kind of breakfast to power your potential? To ensure your morning meal gets you off on the right start, opt for one with protein. While experts recommend 20-30 grams of protein at each meal, the average breakfast bowl and plate only contains 10-12 grams. One way to help close the gap is to include an eight ounce glass of milk. All milk, including fat free and lowfat, packs the same nutrient-rich punch, with nine essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein in an 8-ounce glass – that’s more protein than an egg! Below are five tips to help you enjoy a better breakfast to help power your day: 1) Count to (at Least) Three: Make sure your breakfast consists of three of the five food groups including dairy, fruits, vegetables, meat/beans and whole grains. 2) Make It With Milk: Like oatmeal? Swap out 8-ounces of water for 8-ounces of milk to add 8 grams of protein for a creamy addition to your oatmeal. See recipe below! 3) A Perfect Pair: Pair any breakfast with an 8-ounce glass of milk. Not only does milk help enhance the nutrition of any meal, it can help get you closer to the recommended amount of protein at each meal when served alongside your frittata or egg scramble. In addition to protein, each serving of milk includes nearly one-third of the daily-recommended amount of calcium and vitamin D. 4) To Go, Please: No time to eat at home? No problem! Grab fruit, a granola bar and milk to go. You can also make a quick smoothie by swirling in 1/2 cup of milk to your favorite recipe, and add a tablespoon of almond butter for extra protein punch. 5) Get Organized: If you find yourself rushing in the mornings, plan ahead and think about breakfast after dinner. You can set the table the night before with bowls and glasses, and pre-mix ingredients to maximize time in the morning.

Hearty Oatmeal Serve this hearty dish with an 8-ounce glass of milk and half a banana, and you’ll be starting the day with 25 grams of protein. Makes: 2 servings 1 3/4 1 1 1/8 1/4 1/4 3

cup lowfat or fat free milk cup old fashioned or quick cooking oats (not instant) teaspoon brown sugar teaspoon ground cinnamon cup sliced strawberries cup dried cherries tablespoons toasted sliced almonds (3/4 oz.)

Combine milk, oatmeal, brown sugar and cinnamon in saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir often to prevent boiling over. Cook until thickened. Divide between two serving bowls and top with strawberries, cherries and almonds. Serve immediately. Nutrition: 510 calories; 8 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 25 g protein; 87 g carbohydrates; 8 g fiber; 0 mg sodium; 600 mg calcium (60% of daily value). Nutrition figures based on using fat free milk. FAMILY FEATURES 86 FOCUS of New York 2014



s you prepare for this season of celebrations, consider recipes that offer a fresh approach to the traditional holiday menu. With its sweet simplicity and vibrant color, a garnish featuring California grapes can make your meal presenta足tion even more enticing. Keep those mealtime traditions intact by serving favorites like Brussels sprouts, but pair them with sweet California grapes in a salad for the perfect balance of flavor and crunchy texture. A beloved side dish, such as cornbread dressing, will exceed all expectations with ingredients like red and green grapes, butternut squash, walnuts and pan足cetta. Complete the meal with a new twist on a trifle that results in a rich dessert worthy of any gathering for the holidays and beyond. For more ways to increase the freshness and flavor of your holiday meals, visit GrapesfromCalifornia. com, and

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Raw Vegetable and Grape Salad

Servings: 6 Salad: 2 cups shredded or very thinly sliced Brussels sprouts 1 cup shredded carrots 1 cup thinly sliced fennel 1/2 cup cooked, chopped bacon (6 slices) 4 cups green and red seedless California grapes, halved 1/2 cup sliced green onions Dressing: 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Toss all salad ingredients together in large bowl. Whisk together all dressing ingredients in medium bowl and drizzle over salad. Toss until ingredients are well coated with dressing. Nutrition information per serving: 226 calories; 14 g fat (4 g saturated fat); 55% calories from fat; 8 g protein; 19 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 17 mg cholesterol; 516 mg sodium; 471 mg potassium.

Peanut Butter and Grape Trifle

Helpful Tips for the Perfect Holiday Turkey n When

shopping for your turkey, look for one with a pop-up timer.

n To thaw your turkey, keep it in the refrigerator based on its weight.

For example, it should remain in the refrigerator for 24 hours for every 5 pounds. To thaw quickly, place it in the sink and cover with cold water, changing the water every half hour per pound.

n Once

the turkey has thawed, always refrigerate or cook immediately.

n When

you’re ready to cook, baste the bird with extra virgin olive oil. Place turkey with the breast up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan in an oven preheated to 325°F. Loosely cover turkey with foil to prevent over-browning.

n The

turkey is done cooking when the meat thermometer reads 180°F, or if the red stem on the pop-up timer is up and the drum­ stick feels soft or moves easily.

n Always

allow the bird to rest for at least 20 minutes for easy carving.

n Present

your turkey on a platter with a fresh and colorful garnish, such as California grapes.

Servings: 14 1 (16-ounce) container nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt 8 tablespoons creamy peanut butter 2 tablespoons honey 1 (8-ounce) container lite whipped topping, divided 1 (16-ounce) store-bought pound cake, sliced into 1-inch cubes 3 cups red seedless California grapes, plus more for garnish 3 cups green seedless California grapes, plus more for garnish 1/4 cup honey-roasted peanuts, chopped (optional garnish) In medium bowl, stir together yogurt, peanut butter and honey until well combined. Gently fold in half of whipped topping. Set aside. In clear glass trifle dish or bowl, layer half each of pound cake cubes, peanut butter mixture, red grapes and green grapes. Repeat layers a second time and top with remaining whipped topping. Garnish with additional grapes (sliced in half) if desired, and chopped peanuts, if desired. Nutrition information per serving (with peanuts): 313 calories; 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat); 42% calories from fat; 8 g protein; 38 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 73 mg cholesterol; 197 mg sodium; 206 mg potassium. FOCUS of New York 2014 89

Cornbread Dressing with Roasted Grapes, Walnuts and Pancetta Servings: 12 2 cups red seedless California grapes 2 cups green seedless California grapes 2 cups cubed butternut squash 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste 6 ounces diced pancetta 3/4 cup sliced celery 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 5 cups coarsely crumbled cornbread (either store-bought or prepared from a mix), toasted 3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth 3 tablespoons butter, melted 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar 1 egg, beaten Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss grapes and squash cubes together in large bowl with oil, salt and pepper, to taste. Spread in single layer on baking sheet and roast for about 20–30 minutes, until grapes have begun to slightly shrivel and squash is tender. Set aside. Heat large nonstick skillet over

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medium-high heat and cook pancetta until it begins to brown slightly. Add celery and onions and cook until tender and onions are translucent, about 5–6 minutes. Add garlic and cook for one minute more. Remove from heat. In large bowl, combine cornbread, pancetta mixture, grapes, squash, walnuts, sage and salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Set aside. In medium bowl, whisk together broth, butter, vinegar and egg. Pour over cornbread mixture and toss well to combine. Spray 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spoon dressing evenly into dish. (At this point, you can either bake immediately or cover and refrigerate overnight to bake the next day.) Bake, covered with foil, at 350°F for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake another 20 minutes, or until warmed through and golden brown. Nutrition information per serving: 442 calories; 18 g fat (4 g saturated fat); 37% calories from fat; 14 g protein; 54 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 75 mg cholesterol; 1103 mg sodium; 475 mg potassium.

A Tasty Tradition

A Spanish custom spanning back to 1895, those who practice “the twelve grapes of luck” are said to be provided with a year of prosperity. Add this festive ritual to your celebration by eating a grape with the ringing of each bell at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Turkey Talk:

After spending hours roasting your turkey to perfection, it (and you) deserves more than a sandwich the day after. With a little creative pre-shopping and stocking of refrigerators and cupboards, you can take your day-two turkey from boring to amazing – and nutritious.

Enjoying delicious meals doesn’t have to mean blowing the bank on calories. Simple, fresh ingredients that are full of nutrition and flavor can take leftover turkey to a different level, says Marisa Paolillo, nutritionist with NuVal. When planning for the big harvest meal (and the day-after dishes to follow), you can rely on tools such as the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System. Many grocery retailers now provide these scores on the shelf tag to help shoppers find more nutritious food choices. Based on a scale of 1 to 100, foods and beverages are scored based on their nutritional content, with the most nutritious choices scoring highest. The experts at NuVal suggest putting these power-packed foods on your pre-Thanksgiving grocery list. Both fresh and nutritious, these ingredients can create new menu options for turkey leftovers.

Spice it: Pair reheated turkey with baked spiced apples. Core and slice fresh apples (NuVal 100) and combine with raisins (NuVal 88), chopped pecans (NuVal 71), cinnamon and lemon. Roast for 30 minutes at 375 degrees. No need to add sugar. The apples provide all the sweetness you need. Wrap it: For a lighter take on the traditional leftover turkey sandwich, chop cold turkey in small pieces and layer with raw vegetables, avocado (NuVal 88), mustard, Romaine lettuce (NuVal 100), tomatoes (NuVal 100), sliced red or green bell peppers (NuVal 100), shredded carrots (NuVal 100) and cucumbers (NuVal 100) in a tortilla wrap. Curry it: Need a quick 30-minute post-Thanksgiving meal that is both savory and sweet? NuVal’s pick is Curried Turkey with Raisins and Mushrooms. The recipe works really well with leftover turkey and it’s simple to make. The meal combines protein-rich turkey with the earthy flavors of mushrooms and the sweet, spicy tones of raisins and curry.

Curried Turkey with Raisins and Mushrooms 1 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil (NuVal 18) 12 ounces boneless, skinless turkey breast diced into one-inch cubes (NuVal 57) 2 cups fresh white mushrooms (NuVal 100) 2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms (NuVal 100) 1/2 medium red or green bell peppers, chopped into squares (NuVal 100) 2 cups chicken or turkey broth 1 cup raisins (NuVal-88) 2 cups instant whole grain rice (NuVal-91) 1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder Basil leaves, chopped (NuVal-100) Heat extra virgin olive oil in large saute pan. With heat on medium high, heat up leftover turkey in pan. If turkey is raw, cook turkey strips at least five minutes. Add mushrooms and peppers and cook for three to four minutes. Add broth. Mix in raisins, rice and curry powder. Bring to boil then reduce heat and cover. Simmer until rice is done. Fluff with fork, remove from heat. Let sit three to five minutes and garnish with basil before serving.


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Take Leftovers Beyond a Sandwich

high amounts of flavonoids, in particular catechins, which are powerful antioxidants. We need antioxidants in our diet because they help us to fight the effects of aging. They do this by reducing the number of free radicals in the bloodstream, elements that increase oxidation, and thus contribute to heart disease and other health problems. Catechins also stimulate the production of endorphins, which are the brain chemicals that enable us to feel good and experience pleasure and a sense of well-being, and serotonin, which is the body's own natural antidepressant. So yes, all those stories you read about in the press that claim that popping a bite of chocolate can possibly do more for your sense of well-being than popping a Valium may be correct. The flavonoids in dark chocolate also help to absorb ultraviolet light, and thus protect the skin, increase the blood flow to it, and keep it hydrated. Dark chocolate has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) levels by up to 10 percent. A recent British study showed that those who ate 7.5 grams of dark chocolate daily reduced their risk of heart attack and stroke by 39%, compared to those who ate .7 grams. In this study, more chocolate was actually better. This article is sounding better by the minute, right? Great. So I can binge on chocolate as much as I want, right? Uh…no. Sorry. Chocolate is still full of calories, and eating too much of it will still make you fat. In most of the research studies proving the benefits of dark chocolate, the amount of chocolate consumed by the test subjects per day was the size of one Hershey's Kiss.

Benefits of Dark


By Juliette Siegfried

What's that you say? Chocolate, mentioned in an article on a health-conscious website, and touted as if it has actual benefits for one's health? Surely the Millennium is upon us. It's true. Chocophiles (lovers of chocolate) have reason to rejoice. According to recent research, at least some forms of chocolate (which we chocophiles consider the only "true" chocolate anyway) are actually good for you. One such study revealed that people who ate a small amount of dark chocolate daily were able to significantly reduce their blood pressure – by 5 points systolic pressure and 2 points diastolic pressure – while control groups who ate similar amounts of milk chocolate or white chocolate did not. It's not magic... it only sounds like magic Chocolate is, after all, a plant substance, related to and thus sharing the nutritional benefits of other dark vegetables. One of these benefits is the presence in dark chocolate (again, in dark or pure chocolate, not in milk chocolate or white chocolate) of 94 FOCUS of New York 2014

So, as with many things that are good for us, when it comes to chocolate, there is a point of diminishing returns – more does not mean better. Remember that one 100 gram bar of chocolate contains about 500 calories, and eating that much would seriously impact most people's attempts to either lose weight or keep it at a sensible level. If you were to add a full bar of chocolate to your diet, you'd have to balance those 500 added calories by cutting out something else.

But this is still good news And, as "health news" goes, refreshing. Instead of being told that something we love to eat or drink is bad for us, we learn that something we enjoy is good for us. If eaten in moderation. If part of you still feels guilty over adding one small piece of dark chocolate to your diet, think of it as medicine, not a guilty pleasure. Like other forms of medicine, a little goes a long way and produces beneficial results, and too much can produce detrimental results. So rejoice that one of nature's sweet treats turns out to actually be good for us, but don't overdo it. Don't replace other foods in your already balanced diet with chocolate. Just add a little dark chocolate to that diet. Think of it as medicine that actually tastes good, gives you more energy and boosts your happiness levels, and that you can buy in almost any shop, as opposed to having to go to a pharmacy or health food store.

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