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INTERVIEWS p06 • Jody Watley p10 • Lindy Robbins p20 • Joicki Floyd
F E AT U R E S p14 • Beauty p18 • Fitness p62 • Inspiration p64 • Music
Holiday Fashion Issue IN THIS ISSUE
Models: Ekaterina Zalitko and Bobby Trigg Photographer: Suzanne Teresa Hair: Michael Kanyon Make-up: Maha Mimo Editor-in-Chief Franne Golde
Creative Director Adrienne Catrina
Writing + Copy Editing
FA S H I O N
Contributors Robin McDonald Mike Ritoro
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Graphic Design + Layout Vanessa Chandler
p36 • Modern Suiting p40 • Lounge Reimagined p44 • Haute Holiday p56 • Spring Preview
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Welcome to the first holiday issue of FG Magazine! I’m excited to give you another glimpse into my world past, present, and future, in hopes that it will inspire you. We all need some inspiration! Also, enjoy a sneak peek at what we’ve got coming this spring. I’m super excited about the collection and I hope you will be too! As always, we welcome your feedback and hope you have a wonderful, safe, and joyful holiday season.
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Jody Watley has been my friend for over three decades. We met while collaborating on her worldwide hit “Don’t You Want Me,” and she has been such an example of resilience, loyalty, strength, and wisdom to me. Among her many talents she is a mom, an artist, a producer, an entrepreneur, and a spreader of love and good vibes! She’s the whole package, and I’m honored to call her my friend. —Franne
J O DY WAT L E Y is a Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling solo artist, songwriter, and producer and one of the architects of 21st Century pop who forged the template that is now in everybody’s playbook. Watley is a standard-setting force in the industry, from her groundbreaking marriage of rap and R&B on 1989’s “Friends” (a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim that is the first crossover of R&B/hip-hop, pop, and dance onto the Billboard Top 10) to her vision-forward personal branding. She brought together couture, vintage, and black girls’ streetwear style, all pairing perfectly with her music to show the relationship between high fashion and club culture. Her groundbreaking ad campaigns and breakthrough editorials in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Italia, and Rolling Stone created an indelible impression. Watley’s eventual fusion of jazz and underground club culture, and the ease with which she crosses genres, has opened the doors for greater acceptance of black women thinking outside the box in music and fashion. In 2018, Billboard Magazine listed Watley among the Top 25 Dance Artists of All Time and the Top 60 Hot 100 Female Artists of All Time. Since her days as an original member of the trio Shalamar, Watley’s entire career has been about looking forward and drawing inspiration from the personal heroes and iconoclasts who were always ten steps ahead of the pack. The Chicago native’s eclectic repertoire spans decades and includes R&B, pop, dance, hip-hop, deep house, jazz, drum & bass, breakbeat, ambient, and spoken word– all built on a positive vision and a strong taste for artistic and aesthetic risk. Jody Watley’s vast catalog of music can be found on all digital platforms. Her latest EP, Renderings, released in October 2021 and is available to stream now.
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What is your favorite meal? Currently it’s roasted garlic chicken, heavy mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, and avocado with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing. When I’m more on the vegan side of things, I like sauteed shaved Brussels sprouts with garlic, olive oil, and balsamic vinaigrette.
What is your most treasured possession?
What do you love most about your work?
If you could have dinner with anyone one in the world who would it be?
My photo collection, especially of my kids growing up.
The authenticity through the years.
My daughter Lauren and my son Arie, all three of us together, because the pandemic has kept us apart this past year and a half.
What do you like to do in your spare time? I love early morning power walks appreciating nature and life, and I love to cook.
Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world? Maui with an ocean view—or Montecito, CA, ocean view!
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Q u estions
I love turning our readers on to my musical past and all the amazing people I met along the way. Lindy Robbins is my wonderful and talented friend who happens to be a multi-platinum, award winning songwriter. I hope you enjoy this great interview with her and allow me to take a moment to congratulate her, not only on her success, but her recent marriage to the love of her life, Derek! —Franne
L I N DY R O B B I N S is a multi-platinum-selling and award-winning songwriter from Los Angeles whose hits include songs by many top artists in the music industry. Her recent number one radio hits include “Want to Want Me” by Jason Derulo, ”Day Drunk” by Morgan Evans, “Dangerous” by David Guetta (featuring Sam Martin), and Hot Chelle Rae’s number one Top 40 hit “Tonight, Tonight.” Lindy is also well known for the top five “Incomplete” by the Backstreet Boys, “What’s Left of Me” by Nick Lachey, and the 2006 Disney Song of the Year “Cinderella” performed by the Cheetah Girls. Her songs have been recorded by Dua Lipa, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Rachel Platten, Britney Spears, and Toni Braxton. She is currently co-writing songs for her first musical, Dark of the Moon.
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What is your favorite meal? Caesar salad with fresh anchovies, pasta marinara with turkey meatballs or seafood, a glass of Cabernet, and chocolate or coconut cake (or both?) with a macchiato for dessert. My mouth is watering while I write this!
What is your most treasured possession? My diamond engagement and wedding rings. Love came late for me and I got engaged in Provence before the pandemic, like something out of a fairytale. I had given up on love and was genuinely happy on my own when out of the blue I met my future husband on Bumble. The rings remind me everyday that miracles happen and to never give up on my dreams.
What do you love most about your work? The flexibility and ability to reinvent myself. I love that every day is something different or new, writing songs in a multitude of genres in studios all over the world, or lately writing with people all over the world via Zoom, cozy in my home office. My career has kept me young and I still love what I do and feel more inspired than ever.
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world who would it be?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Can I say Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell? Maybe we could collaborate on something after dessert.
I am passionate about travel, and my wanderlust is incurable. I am always planning trips from local jaunts to faraway places, and I often research places to go and stay. I also love to read The New York Times and fiction. I am even writing on a novel for fun which may or may not ever get finished, but I’m having a ball trying. I also love simply relaxing at home with my husband and two cats or spending time with my family and friends.
Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world? New York City, which I have lived in and may live in again someday, or London so I could still write songs for a living but hop over to Paris, Florence, Stockholm, and many other amazing cities for a weekend.
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FA L L A N D W I N T E R S K I N CA R E B y R o b i n McDo nal d
I’ve known Robin McDonald for over three decades. Not only is she my dear friend, but she is also the creator and founder of KINDri Los Angeles, a cruelty-free, vegan, and sustainable skin care line. Robin is a celebrity facialist, now retired, whose regular clientele include Hollywood luminaries such as Charlize Theron, Rene Zellweger, Alfre Woodard, and Mark Ruffalo. —Franne
There’s something about this time of the year that evokes a collective need for transformation. Everything is changing and Mother Nature seems to be asking us to let things go. It’s that glorious season when we start to shed the layers of an intense summer of heat and humidity, reinvent ourselves in different ways, and open our hearts to the newness in the air. What should you look for in your skincare at this time of year? Most of us have had limited exposure to the elements considering the months we’ve spent inside during the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean our skin hasn’t incurred some of the effects of seasonal change. Water loss in the body and in skin cell production due to perspiration are just a couple of the impacts of hot weather. Autumnal and winter fruits like apple, pumpkin, and pomegranate pack a powerful punch of antioxidants and skin resurfacing agents that are unsurpassed in skincare. These natural ingredients can help you effortlessly transition from the intensity of summer sun to cooler, crisper temperatures. Check product labels for: Apple Stem Cell: helps brighten and restore damaged skin by stimulating aging stem cells and by increasing the production of collagen and elastin, which fortify and strengthen the skin. Organic Pomegranate Essential Oil: one of my favorite go-tos when it comes to organic essential oils. Talk about a powerful antioxidant! It’s also high in fatty acids that heal inflammation and prevent moisture loss, not to mention its hair and scalp benefits. Organic Pumpkin: loaded with vitamins A and C, pumpkin has natural exfoliants to help fade pigmentation and humectants that pull in all the available moisture in the air.
I also love using fresh (or good organic canned) pumpkin to create DIY products at home. Here’s one of my favorite DIY pumpkin spa recipes that your skin and your spirit will love!
- Sugar and Spice Body Scrub To use fresh pumpkin, cook as if you were making a pie, cut up, and throw into a food processor. Canned organic pumpkin will also work beautifully. Mix 1 cup of pumpkin in a bowl with raw, organic sugar. Add 1 tablespoon of your favorite carrier oil like jojoba, sunflower, or sweet almond (or our favorite at KINDri: prickly pear seed oil). Whip into a fluffy mixture, being careful not to break down the sugar, and pour into any non-glass container. In a warm shower, massage a handful of scrub in circular motions on your body, starting with your feet all the way up to your neck and shoulders. Spend about twenty seconds on each area of the body. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a soft bath towel. Follow with your favorite body oil or butter for superb silkiness that you’ll continue to notice for days! (Body scrubs are a great way to prep your skin for self-tanning and shaving as well.) This scrub stays active for about three days in the fridge. Note: Keep a small amount of scrub by the side of your sink. It makes a wonderful hand treatment at the end of the night when you’ve done that last dish. It will help with any pigment you may see coming up on the back of your hands and leave them super smooth.
Above all, now is a great time to slow down and really listen to what your body needs. Skincare, to me, has always had the ability to uplift my state of mind, be it through aromatherapy or texture or simply the way a product is applied to the body. And, of course when we feel good, we invariably look good. Here’s wishing all of you a safe, healthy, joyful, and spirited holiday season. (And a great red lipstick!) X Robin
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Gifting Favorites Find Robin’s Cactus & Pomegranate skincare line in our 2021 Gift Guide
G e tting Ba ck to Wor k(Out) B y Mi ke Ri to ro Several years ago I was in physical therapy for my back. My therapist suggested I start working out with a trainer to strengthen my core. She gave me the number of a man who had worked at the therapy office. Well, it’s been over three years and we are still meeting twice a week. Not only is Mike a wonderful trainer and a great human being, but he’s so knowledgeable about anatomy, workarounds, nutrition, and pretty much anything to do with fitness. It’s a testament to his optimism, patience, and love of what he does that he’s kept me motivated and strong! —Franne
Michael Ritorto has been helping people all over California reach their health and fitness goals since 2001. Having worked with all populations, he understands that no two bodies are the same and that there isn’t one workout or technique that works best for every muscle, individual, or goal. Born with severe Hemophilia A (a blood disorder which results in joint degradation), Michael was forced to take up exercise and strength training as a teenager to support his joints damaged by years of internal bleeding. This started his obsession with learning how to exercise effectively and safely. Michael has experience working with clients from weekend warriors to professional athletes, orthopedic rehabilitation patients to gym rats, and junior high schoolers to nonagenarians. He also works with people with special needs and those looking to lose weight and change their body composition. Michael currently sees clients at his private studio in West LA, California, and provides in-home visits in person and virtually. He holds a B.S. in Health Science and is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
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The last nineteen months have been a challenge for everyone. If your fitness routine has taken a back seat to your new schedule, you’re not alone. Perhaps your gym was closed the last several months and you hit pause on your routine, or maybe you’ve been working out at home but are ready to get back to the reopened gym. Whatever the case, here are some tips to follow as you get back to a regular exercise routine:
↗ Start slowly You have a different body than you did a year and a half ago. The space between your joints is always changing, and the body is anything but static. If you haven’t been keeping up with any regular exercise, your muscles could be weak or tight. Your conditioning may have decreased, and even your cells function will differently. Your body may not be ready for what was once your normal routine, so ease into it.
🕑 Go during off hours If you are going back to a gym setting, build some confidence in the safety of the place by not going in during peak hours. We have all spent several months a little more isolated than we were used to, and going straight from your Netflix station to a crowded gym might be a little uncomfortable. Go when it’s less busy if you can, and build up some
confidence that it’s safe and that you can continue to work out without worry.
Less is more
When starting a new routine, it’s always better to skip the last few reps or two and be able to work out the next day, rather than pushing for a few more reps and taking yourself out for days at a time. By skipping those last few reps and being able to work out again sooner, you actually increase your total exercise volume by not having to skip for a week because your shoulder or back is sore.
🚰 Hydrate appropriately More activity means you need more water. Professional athletes aim for their body weight in ounces of water a day, and more on workout days. That means a 180-pound athlete will aim for 180 ounces of water a day. For us nonathletes, start with half your weight in ounces of water a day and take it from there. Remember, you will need more on days you are active.
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CHANGEMaker While watching the nightly news a few months ago, I heard a story about an extraordinary woman doing extraordinary things. I was so moved and taken with her story that I set out to find her. I felt compelled to learn more about her mission and see how I might help. Joicki Floyd is a true inspiration and a shining example of how one person can make a huge difference in the lives of many. She is a devoted teacher and community leader changing the world, one student at a time. Meet Joicki Floyd! —Franne
J O I C K I F LOY D My family and I have been supporting New Jersey youth ages 0 months to 25 years for over two decades. We started assisting families mentally, physically, financially, and academically through my family day care services, Kingdom Academy Day Care, with the help of Patty James at Word Up Ministries in Old Bridge, NJ. When the responsibilities became too much, the center closed, but the commitment to contact and support remained. We began feeding homeless youth at Newark Penn Station, then started a “search party” to find missing students during the pandemic in 2020. My oldest son, Malachi, created the acronym for our new organization, Y.O.U.T.H. (You Open Up Then Heal). This organization would be the epicenter of our family vision. In memory of my late husband, Kareem Welch, we would find those children who were not only physically lost to the streets but lost academically, spiritually, or mentally. Over two decades, we have helped thousands of youth change their lives, their perspectives, and their futures by building bonds through reading, poetry, and athletics.
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Erica Seryhm Lee / Chalkbeat
recently awarded the 2021 Judith’s Award from
the organization Freedom Through Literacy. Y.O.U.T.H. combines reading, seminars, and
discussion panels with civic leaders to transform the lives of inner-city families.
Joicki believes in the power of reading to provide young people with hope and positive influences.
She says it best: “If you build libraries in the hearts
of the youth, you will empower them with points of reference that may change the trajectory of their lives.”
You can learn more about Joicki and support Y.O.U.T.H. here.
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Perfect Pieces Dressing well doesn’t have to be complicated. All you need are the right essentials to build a wardrobe that’s versatile, comfortable, and chic. This season, we’re focusing on must-have basics (think soft turtlenecks and sleek black pants), plus statementmaking layers that keep us feeling warm and looking cool.
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the Trench Coat A classic style feels new when it’s worn in buttery vegan suede. SHOP THE LOOK
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the Cozy Wrap Play with textures and patterns to add dimension to your look. We’re loving soft knits and modern colorblock to add some interest to our staple pieces. SHOP THE LOOK
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the Denim Jacket Denim is always right. We’re partial to a bright, rich indigo—and plenty of stretch. SHOP THE LOOK
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the Duster It’s not just for lounging. The right duster pairs beautifully with a sleek pant and smart shoe so you can wear it out the door. SHOP THE LOOK FR ANNEGOLDE.COM
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the Statement Piece The only thing better than a dramatic layer is one that you can wear two ways. SHOP THE LOOK FR ANNEGOLDE.COM
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A NEW STYLE OF SUITING Say hello to the only suit you’ll ever need. Our interchangeable separates in luxe knit ponte are comfortable, flattering, and entirely stunning. SHOP THE LOOK
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Loungewear like you’ve never seen it before
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The latest updates to our lounge collection are sensual, sleek, and worlds away from your granny’s nightgowns. We’re leaning into rich colors, soft fabrics, and ultra comfortable fits.
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The Splendor Gown is here to make you feel sexy and chic all the way around the clock. Nothing beats a sleepwear style that you can get away with wearing on a grocery run. SHOP THE LOOK
HAUTE HOLIDAY After another whirlwind year, we’re ready to take some time to celebrate and get together with the ones we love. There’s no need for subtle this holiday season: we’re breaking out bright colors, fabulous faux furs, and lots of sparkle. Let’s raise a glass with high hopes for the year ahead. SHOP THE LOOK
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“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” Hamilton Wright Mabie
SONGS BY JODY WATL EY
1. D ON’ T Y O U WA N T M E 2. LOOK IN G F O R A NE W LO V E 3. E V E RY T H I N G 4. RE A L LO V E 5. NIGHT LI F E
( S O U L P E R S O N A C LA S S IC S O U L MIX)
6. S A NCT U A RY 7. T HE M O O D 8. T HE HE A L I N G ( T H E A P X R E M I X)
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F R AN NE’S WORK O UT FAVES 1. LE T ’ S G R O O V E E A RT H , W I N D & FIRE
2. RA IN O N M E
A R I A N A G R A N DE + LA DY GA GA
3. COLD H E A RT
( P N A U R E M I X) DU A L I PA + ELTO N J O H N P N A U
4. E D GE O F M I DN I G H T ( M I DN I G H T S K Y REMIX) ( F E AT. S T E V I E N IC K S ) M I L E Y C Y R U S + S TEVIE N IC K S
5. D ON’ T S TA RT N O W DU A L I PA
6. BOD Y
E L DE R B R O O K
7. E V E RY TH I N G ’S GONNA B E A L R I G H T
( F E AT. L O N DON C O MMU N ITY GO S P EL C H O IR) B E V E R L E Y K NIGH T + LO N DO N C O MMU N ITY G O S P E L C H OIR + MA RK K N IGH T
8. S E P T E MB E R E A RT H , W I N D & FIRE
9. A IN’ T N O S T O P P I N ’ US NOW M C FA DDE N & WH ITEH EA D
10. F E E LI N G G O O D J O E L C O R RY + N IN A S IMO N E
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