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e’ve all experienced moments when we feel at a loss for words. Your boss criticizes your work. A customer demands a discount. Your presentation gets off on the wrong foot and tempers flare. Every time, you’re left thinking, “I wish I had been able to think of just the right thing to say to that person! What should I have said?” Andrew Sobel, coauthor of Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others, says that no interaction, regardless of how tough, is ever completely lost. He suggests transforming tough conversations — and the relationships they affect — by asking a few power questions. “In these situations, when there’s a lot on the line, it’s not all about finding the right thing to say — it’s about asking the right questions,” says Sobel. “By posing just one or two thoughtful questions, you can turn even the most difficult conversation around, shift the focus back to the other person, and give yourself invaluable breathing room to gather your thoughts.” May - June 2013


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Here are ten tough, awkward conversations, and the powerful questions that will help manage them with ease. A customer demands a discount When a customer asks for a discount, that’s a strong “buying signal”! You can shut the conversation down by simply saying “no.” Or, you can open up the conversation and learn more about your customer. You could start by asking, “I’ll be able to respond to your request more effectively if I can understand what’s behind it. Can you say something about why you need a discount or feel our price is too high?” Next, you might say, “I can reduce the price if the scope of the proposal is also cut back — or if we could agree to a longterm relationship with guaranteed volume levels. Would you like me to develop an option to do this for you?” “By using power questions, you can delve deeper into the customer’s needs,” says Sobel. “You might find another way you can show him the value he wants. In the long term that will be viewed much more positively than a one-time discount and is a much better option than turning him down completely.” Your boss criticizes you Your boss pulls you aside and tells you, “You’re not a team player. You need to collaborate better.” “When this happens, you should immediately ask him or her two important questions,” says Sobel. “First, ‘Could you help


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A potential customer is indifferent or hostile Especially in this economy, buyers can afford to be standoffish. The right questions, however, can help you connect with even a defiant prospect. If a potential customer won’t engage, consider asking, “What would be the best way for us to spend this time?” or, “I know you are busy — what interested you in taking this meeting? Do you have a particular challenge Someone attacks your beliefs that we could discuss while I’m here?” or values “As many companies are still pinching Nothing chokes us up emotionally and pennies, it’s quite possible your customer will say to you, ‘We have angers us like an attack no need for your services on our beliefs, values, or now. I’ll call you when we practices — especially with do,’” notes Sobel. “How regard to religion, politics, It’s not should you respond? Try and childrearing! Say you’re this: ‘You’d be surprised having a discussion about all about how many of my best cushealthcare and the other tomers said that to me when finding the person says, stridently, “Oh we first met! Do you mind if come on, you’re not going right thing I ask you one or two questo tell me you think the tions? When things do pick government can do a better to say — it’s up for you, in which areas job running healthcare than are you going to make your efficient private companies!” about asking very first new investments?’ How do you respond? Your If you can follow up with a first reaction is to vigorously the right few more thoughtful quesdefend your position. This tions, you may just start will most likely lead to an questions. building a relationship— angry escalation. and learn about a current “Instead, try first asking need you can help with!” a few questions,” advises Sobel. “For example: ‘I’m curious, what A conversation turns to things do you think the government anger or goes off the rails should get involved with?’ or, ‘That’s a You’re just a few minutes into a presentafair point. What kind of grade would you give the private healthcare companies tion at work, and it all goes wrong. You are for their performance?’ or, ‘What do you being angrily confronted, or your informathink should be done to help people who tion is being irrationally challenged. Temare uninsured or cannot afford private in- pers flare. What do you do? If you’re like surance?’ You could also ask, ‘What’s the most people, you keep on talking — faster worst service you’ve ever received? Was it and faster — trying harder and harder to from a for-profit company — a restaurant persuade your audience. “A better option is to hit the reset butor an airline? — or from the government?’ When you’re attacked, come back with ton,” says Sobel. “Ask, ‘Do you mind if questions that help you learn more about we start over?’ Then, shift the focus to the the other person and understand their an- other people in the room by saying, ‘We ger — and that also help put your ideas into probably should have talked before I put the mix in a non-confrontational manner.” this presentation together. Before I go on, me understand what I’m doing wrong by sharing a couple of examples where I have collaborated poorly with others?’ And second, ‘Can you make some specific suggestions for how I could be a better team player?’ Your openness to criticism and willingness to improve will make a good impression on your boss, and, hopefully, you’ll leave with some specific information you can act on.”

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can I ask — what’s your perspective on the impact of these new regulations?’ or, ‘You’ve alluded to some data I have not seen. Can you tell me more about that and where it came from?’ Those magic words — ‘Can we start over?’ — can salvage a tense situation at work and also at home. But you must use them early in the conversation.” You’re turned down for a new job In this job market, you are going to hear “No, thank you” far more often than “You’re hired.” “If you’ve had only a single screening interview, it’s unlikely you’ll get any feedback at all out of the firm that rejected you,” explains Sobel. “But if you went through a longer interviewing process, you ought to try and learn something. Here are two questions you should ask your interviewers if you are turned down for a job: ‘What are you looking for that you did not see in me as a candidate?’ and ‘What advice can you give me, as I apply for other positions, about how to best represent my experience and skills and to handle the interviewing process?’” Your job interview is almost over, and the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions?” If you’ve got only a few minutes left, try to make an emotional rather than intellectual connection with the interviewer. Ask, “What do you love most about working here?” or, “As you look ahead to the future of your business, what are you most excited about?” You could also ask about culture — for example, “What types of people thrive here, and on the other hand, what are the most common reasons why new hires don’t work out?” “Questions that are thoughtful and personal in nature will put a smile on the interviewer’s face,” says Sobel. “End with a complicated question about business process reengineering, however — or a superficial one about vacation benefits — and they’ll be grimacing as you leave. Remember, if you want to be noticed 28


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here’s a lot of sensitivity around money and marriage at any age. In second marriages, when grown children are involved, feelings can run even higher. Chances are, you’re not just dealing with dollars, you’re dealing with your children’s emotions too.

If your children are open to your remarriage and genuinely concerned about your financial wellbeing, that should make things a bit easier. But no matter what their concerns, you and your fiancé need to have an open and honest discussion about your mutual finances so that each of you is protected. Consider a Prenuptial Agreement Joining lives and money when you’re older — especially the second time around — can be complicated. And if one or both of you are bringing substantial assets into the marriage, seriously consider working with an attorney to write a prenuptial agreement.

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Even if you decide against a formal legal document, openly discussing your finances and putting your decisions in some type of written format is essential. It should also allay some of your children’s worries. You also want to be sensitive to your fiance’s feelings. When you bring up the topic of money, make sure he/she understands that it’s not a question of distrust, it’s a question of understanding and future harmony. Sit down together in a comfortable environment and approach this as partners. Agree to listen to each other and honor each other’s concerns. Complete disclosure is essential. Here are some questions you should answer now so they don’t become problems later on: Will you keep assets separate? You can consider all assets acquired before the marriage separate and those acquired after marriage joint. Alternatively, you can continue to keep all assets separate. It’s a good idea to consult an attorney so that you clearly understand the laws in your state regarding property ownership. What will you do with your homes? Will you sell your current homes and share equity in a new home? If one of you moves into the other’s home, will you change the title to joint ownership? If you keep your home, and you want your children to inherit it, ask your attorney about the safeguards needed to maintain individual ownership. In any case, an attorney can help both of you protect your interests. Who will be financially responsible for what? Be clear on the expenses you’ll share and those you’ll keep separate. When it comes to everyday accounts, a “yours, mine and ours” approach works for many couples because it allows for both joint and individual spending decisions. If one of you is May - June 2013

responsible for a child or other dependent, discuss how that will impact your day-today finances. How will you handle debt? While marriage doesn’t make you responsible for one another ’s existing debts, agree now how you’ll pay off those you bring into the marriage. Also discuss your opinions about debt as you look to the future. Will you file a joint tax return? In the vast majority of cases, married couples benefit by filing a joint return. There are exceptions, though (for example, when one person has high medical costs), so discuss this with your tax advisor. What about medical and long-term care insurance? Make sure you each have sufficient medical coverage. If one of you becomes disabled or has significant medical expenses, decide how you’ll pay for it as a couple. What happens if you divorce? Discuss your feelings about things like spousal support and retirement savings. Many states will allow you to waive alimony. A spouse may also waive rights to retirement benefits. Talking about these issues is sure to raise others. Once again, an attorney can help you put everything on the table and explain your choices. Revise and Refine Your Estate Plans Your children may be particularly concerned about their inheritance. You and your fiance should specifically discuss your individual responsibility to children and grandchildren — or any other dependents or family members — and how you want to provide for them. While you’re at it, update beneficiaries on all pertinent accounts, such as re- 35 18

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f your overtime hours at work, your golfing hobby, or something else has gotten in the way of your rapport with your kids, now is the time to start over. “You can improve the relationship you have with your children right now. In fact, doing so may be a lot easier than you think,” says Patkin, author of the book Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and — Finally — Let the Sunshine In, “Yes, being a parent can be tough, scary, frustrating, and timeconsuming — but it’s also the single most worthwhile thing you’ll ever do,” he explains. “Working on becoming the best father you can be is the ultimate gift to you and your kids. You’ll all be happier, because when you invest in your kids, you’ll be rewarded tenfold through the joy your kids will give back to you. However, if you’re just going through the parenting motions without really putting your heart into being a dad, you’re missing out on this potentially untapped happiness.” Here are some tips to improve your relationship with your kids: Simply be present more of the time Yes, we’re all very busy. However, allowing your job, the errands you need to run, or your golf game to take precedence over time spent with your kids is one of the biggest mistakes you can make as a parent. Simply being there, physically and emotionally, will make a huge difference in how your kids see you and relate to you. “Parenting is truly rooted in the day-to-day instead of in the ‘big’ events like recitals and ceremonies,” Patkin explains. “You can’t script or schedule the vast majority of life — you need to be there to catch the special, opportune moments. While earning money is important and bringing home gifts from business trips is nice, throwing a baseball in the front yard or simply watching a movie while sharing popcorn on

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are,” Patkin says. “Your kids will be happy adults only if they learn to love and be okay with themselves as they are and for who they are. If he prefers the arts, you better love him for that just as well, and be cheering loudly at all of his concerts.”

It’s something we’ve all done: Your body is engaged in playing Monopoly with your children, but your mind is trying to figure out how much money will be left after all Parent with no regrets of the bills are paid. Being there in body is Parenting is the toughest job in the world not enough. You’ve also got to give kids the first fruits of your thoughts and feelings because each family and each kid is incredibly unique. There’s no foolproof method if you really want to make a connection. for raising a happy and “Kids are smarter than successful child, and you we often want to admit can bet that no matter how — they know when your Being a parent hard you try to get it right, mind is elsewhere, even you’ll wish you’d done if they have no idea that can be tough, some things differently. you’re specifically thinkscary, and Instead of getting bogged ing about business or down in parenting whathow to improve your golf frustrating ifs and whys, just do the swing,” Patkin points out. best you can and make “If this happens consis— but it’s also sure that you’re guided tently, they’ll begin to feel love. Even if you’re less important, and your the single most by able to see alternatives in relationship will suffer. hindsight that might have When you’re with your worthwhile been better choices, you’ll children, all of you needs never regret doing the best to be there. Also, don’t be thing you’ll you could do at the time afraid to let go emotionally for your kids. with your kids, especially ever do. Do everything you can in public. Wouldn’t it be to treat all of your kids great to be known as the equally. Parenting your person who cheers the loudest and greatest at your daughter’s first child will probably come with the ballgames, or simply as the most fun dad steepest learning curve, and you’ll be able to utilize what you’ve learned with your in town?” next children. Let your kids be themselves Don’t be afraid Variations on this theme happen all to ask for help the time: A dad insists that his son needs Parenting is something that you definiteto stick with football because he has so many fond memories of being on the high ly shouldn’t do alone unless you absolutely school team himself…never mind that his have no other choice. It’s a good idea to ask son would much rather be marching in the for help, whether from your parents, your band. Yes, when we try to dictate who our neighbors, a psychologist, or from your own kids become we often have the best of in- wife, when you’re unsure about something! tentions at heart, but we fail to realize that Bigger isn’t always better, we’re doing those kids a big disservice. As especially with children a father, make a genuine effort to discover If you’re feeling parenting guilt for any who your kids really are and commit to reason, you might be tempted to think supporting them on their paths. “Always love your kids for who they that buying the latest and greatest gaming May - June 2013


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ven if you’re not a diehard follower of fashion trends, it helps to occasionally refresh your wardrobe of basics with a few new pieces. Buying at least one new stylish “must-have” each season can stretch your choices and give you new options. Here is a quick shopping checklist of the top 10 essentials to consider adding to your closet this year: A Menswear Jacket This one piece can transform both your casual clothes as well as your professional wardrobe. The best menswear-inspired jackets and blazers take their cues from the tuxedo look. Wear these updated classics over striped jeans or shorts for casual occasions, over skirts or dresses for work or more dressed up events.


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A Floral Dress The flowers are blooming in profusion this spring and summer and popping up on dresses everywhere. The sheath dress is still a big favorite, but strapless sundresses are another way to get this warm-weather look — a perfect choice for graduations and summer weddings. A Pencil Skirt Think Betty Draper of TV’s “Mad Men” and wiggle into one of these hip-huggers that have been a fashion basic for a long time. Try a graphic color-blocked print to give your jackets and blouses a mod ‘60s flair. A Pair of Printed Pants Now that many of us are used to wearing colorful bottoms, it’s time to go the second step and put some pattern into those pants. From pastel watercolors to sophisticated animal prints to digitalized graphics, it will only take one pair of these to instantly project your solid basics into the future. A Ruffle Blouse It’s all about combining the feminine with the masculine this year and adding a frilly blouse to your wardrobe will give those menswear-inspired separates a romantic twist. Designers provide a variety of versions of this blouse — from ruffed collars to poet cuffs. Worn under suit jackets or on their own, these are great for updating a new look for the office.

making their way back into the style spotlight. Boxier blazers paired with roomy pants give us all an alternative to the slim side of the fashion equation. A Leather Piece The perfect transition piece from winter to spring is leather — whether it’s a fun motorcycle jacket or a flared skirt or pair of lace-look pants. You will even find leather dresses available. In lightweight leathers — the more colorful the better — you can layer these pieces with novelty sweaters and denim for weekend getaways or team them with more structured jackets for the office. A Colorful Handbag If there is only one thing you buy this spring, this is it — even if you are a fan of a simple black and white wardrobe, this bold accessory will give you an instant hit of “with-it-ness.” And you can pick your favorite hue and style — from emerald green totes to pastel floral clutches. A Pair of Chunky Heels The heel’s the thing this year in footwear trends, and even better news — the flats are back, too. The clear Lucite heels are really stepping out in a big way, but there are plenty of other statement-making heels to choose from — in all heights. These are another instant hit for your wardrobe.

A Slouchy Suit And speaking of office attire, there is more good news. The skinny pants may still be a fashion favorite, but it’s time to loosen up. “Slouchy” (Remember, this does not mean sloppy.) jackets and trousers are

A Metal Choker The long rope chains and bib necklaces may be on their way out according to the style experts, but there’s one jewelry silhouette that is taking over the neckline this spring. Watch for “cage-like” and floral designs in metal chokers to give you a sophisticated finish to a casual T-shirt or silk dress. ∆

ASKING YOUR WAY— From Pg. 15 by recruiters, don’t talk more. Instead, ask better questions! You’ll soon find yourself answering the best question of all: How soon can you start?”

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hen it comes to getting dressed this spring and summer, it’s all in black and white.

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he jean joint is jumping this spring. From relaxed and friendly to skintight and scandalous, the newest takes on blue jeans are transforming the ways we think of this classic wardrobe staple. So now is the time to move beyond the blue and step out in one of these trendy denim styles this spring. Take your pick from 2013’s newest crop: The Boyfriend Jean Slouchy jeans are back, but don’t use this as an excuse to give up the gym class. These looser pants, often with rolled cuffs, are great for casual weekends when jeans and T-shirts are the uniform du jour. Belting them is a must. The Super Skinny Jean They’re still a favorite this season. These Super skinny jeans by Mango. May - June 2013


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slim jeans fit like a glove and go from long and lean to cropped and ankle-length. Stick to jeans with stretch, and make sure they hug your curves in all the right places. Zippers at the hem are extra details that will update skinny jeans this year. The Jegging The jean that fits like a legging can be a great alternative to shorts. Paired with longer tunic tops or lightweight sweaters, or even worn under sheer dresses, jeggings are probably the hardest denim trend to pull off. Experiment with these skin-tight pants to get the right fit. The Cut-offs Reminiscent of those “Daisy Dukes” of years gone by, jean shorts have grown up. Trimmed with lace, patchwork, embroidery and metal studs, these shorts are making a comeback. The newest way to wear these “tough-girl” shorts is to team them with lace tops and jackets. The Bootcut Jean This is probably the most figure-flattering silhouette for most women, balancing out hips and thighs with its fit and flare trouser shape. In dark denim, the bootcut is also still a favorite for workdays when it is paired with a feminine blouse, a tailored jacket and heels. The Colored Jean Denim in bright colors were all the rage last year, and these bold colors will still perk up your wardrobe dramatically. But “Krista” striped jean by Hudson at Nordstrom.


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this spring and summer, you’ll see even more washed pastels turning up on the denim scene. Think Easter egg hues -- mint green, lemon yellow, lavender and pink.

look, distressed and faded denim can be a fun way to update your “dressed-down” days and nights. Just make sure they’re ripped in all the right places!

The Patterned Jean Florals. Stripes. Abstract graphics. The printed jean is a fresh way to add a new twist to your wardrobe. Since these jeans are sure to make a statement, remember it’s best to keep what’s on top simple and clean.

Denim on Denim What traditionally used to be a huge fashion faux pas — wearing denim from head-to-toe — is now a big style trend. Runway designers started the latest look using “colorblocking” on denim pieces, pairing button-front chambray shirts with swingy short skirts or worn denim jackets with distressed jeans. Add in all the rompers, shirtdresses and vests, and you’ve got plenty of ways to wear denim all mixed up — together. Go for it! ∆

The Distressed Denim From jeans to jackets to shorts, the denim that is slashed and dashed is showing some skin this season. Definitely a more casual ASKING YOUR WAY — From Pg. 29 question. Usually, they spout a bunch of statistics, talk about all their offices around the world, and tout their unique, “collaborative” approach, the same stuff anyone else can and does say. A better response is to first seek additional information. You might ask, “I’m curious, have you had any past experience with our company?” or, “What particular aspect of our business would you like me to talk about?” “Often, prospects have something specific they want to know about you or a doubt they harbor, and this second question will help draw it out,” says Sobel. “This way, you’ll focus in on what’s most important to that customer. Finally, you should add, ‘The best way to talk about our firm is to share a couple of examples of recent work we’ve done with clients in your industry. Would that be helpful to you?’” A customer is unhappy and calls you to complain The CEO of a major bank told me, “When you have a customer crisis, there is rarely an easy solution — the solution actually lies in how rapidly, energetically, and sincerely you respond to their complaint. The quality of your response is the solution.” “Just as surely as the sun rises each morning, you will receive calls from unMay - June 2013

happy clients and customers, all of them saying in their own way, ‘You’ve let us down!’” says Sobel. “The first principle to remember is that when people are upset, emotions are like facts. Don’t start arguing with your customer about what happened and whose fault it is! An unhappy customer who tells you they are unhappy is a gift, because most dissatisfied customers never express their anger — they just vote with their feet.” Here are some of the key questions you must ask when this happens: • “Thank you for raising this concern with me. Can you tell me any other facts or background information about what happened?” • “Can you say more about that?” (This demonstrates your interest and helps explore the problem more deeply.) • “How do you think things got to this point?” (This may uncover the origins of the problem, including things the customer may have done to exacerbate it.) • “This is extraordinarily important to me. How soon can we meet to discuss the problem and how we can best respond to it?” (This shows the customer he is your number one priority right now.) • “And finally,” Sobel adds, “don’t forget to apologize!”


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“Few things can make us feel more awkward than a tough conversation,” says Sobel. “When you find yourself in the midst of one, asking the right questions is a great way to salvage the moment and give yourself breathing room to think. The bonus, of course, is that you’ll actually open yourself up to having a very vibrant conversation and will pave the way for a more authentic and productive relationship in the future.” ∆

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Talk to the Kids Last but not least, be upfront with your kids. Tell them the agreements you’ve come to and how you’re protecting yourself. If you decide to do a prenuptial agreement, give them a copy. Talk openly about your estate plan so there are no surprises. If they know that you’re taking care of yourself, as well as including them in your new life, perhaps you’ll all be able to approach the future with confidence while lovingly remembering the past. ∆

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ressing for work has never been more of a challenge with so many choices available.

Let’s face it; the boring black suit is just that — boring. However, with a shrinking job market, making a good impression still counts more than ever. So whether you’re going to your 25th interview or have the job of your dreams, here are some style tips from fashion expert Nina Garcia, creative director at “Marie Claire” and judge on “Project Runway.” Focus on a jacket This spring and summer, the newest jackets make a statement on their own. It is still one of the most important parts of a working wardrobe, according to Garcia. “Even in the middle of summer, a jacket is a must to pull your outfit together. A jacket says poise and maturity, and it conveys the professional energy that you should radiate when you walk into that room.” Steer clear of too many bold colors and prints In a season of neon brights and wild Updated pantsuit by designer Lida Baday with a contrasting peplum jacket and a full pant. May - June 2013



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patterns, Garcia says it’s a good idea to make sure everyone is focusing on what you say instead of being distracted by what you’re wearing. However, she does suggest adding a little “flair” to your outfit. “If you opt for neutrals (brown, gray, navy and black), add a colorful belt or patterned tights. Or wear a smart jacket with a bold pattern such as a hound’s tooth check or a frothy blouse in a vibrant hue, but keep the rest of your outfit neutral.” Go for a little flair While you may need to avoid looking like a tropical plant blooming in the office, Garcia does advise working women to add some modern touches to their wardrobe. Break up your suit by pairing the jacket with a black knee-length skirt. Give your classic black pumps a lift with textured tights. Break out of the blazer rut and try a jacket with a different silhouette -- strong shoulders, architectural or geometric tailoring, maybe even a peplum. Perhaps a fabulous cropped jacket or a traditional blazer in a nontraditional fabric, such as sateen or a colorful check. Do the white shirt with a twist like a ruffle, strong shoulders or an origami detail. Rethink casual Friday Instead of dressing down on Friday, Garcia suggests to concentrate on transforming your everyday office attire into something chic and cocktail-worthy. “The key here is layering,” she 46


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Don’t buy a sofa upholstered in fabric you will be sick of in a few years Since sofas can be a sizable financial investment, get one you will love for many years. Pick a neutral upholstery fabric, one that will serve as a blank slate you can remake by pairing it with accent pillows and throws. If you’re itching to bring some of today’s bold colors and patterns into your room through upholstered furnishings, go for it! Just do so on a smaller piece, like a side chair or ottoman. Don’t select upholstery fabric you have to fuss over Red wine is going to spill. Dogs are going to shed; cats are going to cough up hair balls. Spouses and kids are going to eat -- and drop -- pizza and popcorn and ice cream on the sofa. Life happens, and you need a sofa that is prepared to handle it. So don’t buy a sofa upholstered in an unforgiving fabric you have to fuss over. Don’t even think about getting a sofa that you wouldn’t want to sleep on You’ll never know if a prospective sofa is just right for 46

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here can never be too many blossoms in your garden, and there is no wrong color. Populating the garden with vibrant flowering shrubs is the way to keep the color coming with little to no help from you. The ticket is to know the powerhouses and select those that offer big bloom shows over the longest season. Keep in mind that woody shrubs are important structural plants that solve problems. They can break up a long, dull fence line. They make fine colorful hedges, tall and small. They screen off a neighbor or create a beautiful background for a fountain or art. They accent the house while covering up ugly utilities and foundations. Some make a fabulous focal point. All offer a plentiful supply of cut flowers, often highly fragrant ones, for use indoors. No miscellaneous green shrub can do all that. You can divide the flowering shrubs into deciduous species for cold climates and a handful of evergreens for warmer ones. Deciduous shrubs tend to bloom before they leaf out in spring, so these are the standouts in the north. The earliest is golden forsythia, which is typically the first to bloom. Newer varieties are smaller, fit into limited spaces and hold their flowers more densely. This makes a strong color mass with excellent

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fresh cut material for indoors. The cold-loving lilacs are big deciduous shrubs that bloom a bit later than forsythia, raising their cone-shaped flower clusters. They are richly scented and potent enough to fill an entire room. With colors from deep purple to Dutch blues, pinks, reds and white, these are favorite cut flowers, too. A lilac’s size is large enough to make a fine hedge or screen. As summer approaches, the fabulous spires of butterfly bush draw these living jewels of the air, adding even more color to the garden. This is a fast, rangy shrub that needs plenty of room, with varieties in all the colors of the lilacs. They are easy to grow and love the heat, making this one of the most charming of all cottage garden shrubs. At midsummer, the rose of Sharon blooms. This is a cold-hardy cousin of tropical hibiscus that offers equally large and vividly colored blossoms. These shrubs love the heat of summer and

bloom over a very long season for plenty of exciting color. The new varieties of carefree roses from Flower Carpet to Knock Out hybrids bloom continuously through the summer and deep into fall. Their non-stop color and wide range of hot hues includes yellow, coral and orange. These examples show how you can populate your garden with a series of shrubs timed to ensure there is something in serious bloom all through the season. Those resting offer the green leafy background to give the performers an attractive setting. There are dozens of evergreen choices, too, such as the beloved rhododendrons, azaleas and camellia. Don’t overlook dwarf crape myrtle and flowering quince, either. So if you’re a flower lover and want a carefree garden with continuous color, look to time-tested shrubs. Create a new landscape or upgrade an old one that gratifies your lust for color. ∆

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Choosing— From Pg. 38 you unless you sit in it like you would at home. Get in your normal lounging position and see what you think. Don’t buy a sofa that doesn’t fit your room First, determine where the sofa will be located and pinpoint any special considerations. For example, if the sofa will be in front of a large window, you may want one with a low back so it doesn’t block the view. If the window lets in lots of light, consider getting a light colored fabric that won’t fade. Next, determine the size of sofa that will best fit the scale of the room. Is the May - June 2013

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opcorn is a perfect snack because it’s a whole-grain food, low in calories and high in fiber, antioxidants and volume, filling you up so you can munch on it without worrying about overeating. But remember that the nutritional aspects above are only for air-popped popcorn, not the buttery versions high in saturated fats, sodium and other oils.

Most people love the convenience and taste of microwave popcorn. But WebMD says that consumers need to check out the nutrition labels on microwave popcorn, where you’ll often notice “a big jump in fat and calories.” For example, just one-third of a bag of Orville Redenbacher’s “movie theater” microwave popcorn (about 4 cups after it’s popped) has 170 calories and 12 grams of fat, including 2.5 grams of saturated fat. Here are my two biggest words of caution about microwave popcorn: First, remember that government regulations allow nutrition labels to say “no trans fats” when there is really up to a gram of them in the product. So how do you know? If the ingredients include “partially hydrogenated oil,” you can


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bet it contains some trans fat. The second hazard about microwave popcorn is that scientific studies conducted at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere have proved that diacetyl, a chemical used to create the buttery smell and flavor in microwave popcorn­­— ­ as well as margarine, baked goods, candy and even pet food — is linked to respiratory problems and “may worsen the effects of an abnormal brain protein that’s been linked to Alzheimer’s disease,” according to a report from CBS News. To add injury to insult, though most of the microwave popcorn producers replaced the diacetyl over the past few years, experts Kathleen Kreiss and Nancy Sahakian from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and Daniel Morgan with the Respiratory Toxicology Group at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have proved that the alternative ingredients are just as harmful. And as if that weren’t enough, there is also a chemical that is used in the lining of many of the popcorn bags called perfluorooctanoic acid, which AARP’s website reports “is also used to make Teflon and other stain- and stick-resistant materials, including pizza boxes.” PFOA has been shown to cause liver, pancreatic and testicular cancers in animals and may be linked to infertility in women, according to a study at the University of California, Los Angeles. Olga Naidenko, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group, explained how PFOA gets into the human bloodstream by vaporizing and migrating onto the popcorn during microwaving. She told Prevention magazine, in an article titled “7 Foods That Should Never Cross Your Lips,” “They stay in your body for years and accumulate there.” That is why Women’s Health recommends this microwave alternative: “Add 1 1/2 heaping tablespoons of kernels to a tempered-glass microwave-safe bowl with a vented lid. Cook on High for 2 to 3 minutes. The bowl will be hot, so May - June 2013

use oven mitts. Makes about 3 cups (of) popped popcorn.” And if you want to go traditional and use the stove top: “Add a scant 2 teaspoons of peanut or canola oil to a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add 1 1/2 heaping tablespoons of kernels. Replace lid and gently shake pot to heat evenly. When popping slows after 2 to 3 minutes, turn off heat. Wait 30 seconds before removing lid to allow kernels to finish popping. Makes about 3 cups.” And if you think air-popped popcorn is a little too bland for your taste buds, then consider flaring it up with a few relatively healthy flavorings that still keep the calories down. There are a host of options on the Internet, including Women’s Health’s recipes for rosemary Parmesan popcorn, pina colada popcorn, curry chipotle popcorn, lemon dill popcorn, sugar ‘n’ spice popcorn and cran-chocolate popcorn. We all love to go to the movies and munch on a bag of popcorn, but there are some kernels of truth about the killer parts of theater popcorn. When the popcorn is meshed in with a cocktail of salts, oils and other synthetic ingredients as it is often in some theaters, the results can be hazardous. In 2009, the Center for Science in the Public Interest did a national study on popcorns sold in three of the largest theater chains across the country. CSPI submitted samples for independent laboratory analyses regarding their nutritional value. Here are some of the results: A medium-sized popcorn without butter (ranging from 9 cups to 20 cups, depending on the theater) has between 590 to 1,200 calories, and as much as 60 grams of saturated fat and 980 milligrams of sodium. Let’s not forget that the above stats don’t include the second bucket of popcorn some theaters offer for free when you buy a large one. Also munching in the movies has the double whammy of giving you a truckload of calories while you’re not burning any in the activity.


“ The excessive saturated fat in some theaters’ popcorn is because their popcorn is popped in coconut oil, which — though it’s becoming “the darling of the naturalfoods world,” according to The New York Times — is about 90 percent saturated fat. Some theaters changed to canola oil — resulting in much less saturated fat, and many theater chains stopped using partially hydrogenated oils in their butterflavored toppings. Marisa Moore — a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, a nonprofit association of nutritionists — recently explained to the Times that the primary saturated fat in coconut oil is “the good” lauric acid. Nevertheless, new federal dietary guidelines recommend that no more than 10 percent of total daily dietary calories come from saturated fat — only 20 grams of a 2,000-calorie diet. With the waves of health and fitness increasing over the years, it’s high time for Americans to communicate to local theater management about the hazardous kernels popping in their cinemas. And while you’re at it, you might want to ask about the origin of the popcorn and ensure that it’s organic and not genetically modified. The truth is, as with so many other foods and snacks, not all popcorns are created equal. So we need to be wise when it even comes to kernel consumption. For our health’s sake, if we can’t forgo the popcorn in theaters, we should at least refuse the additional butter, bail on the buckets and opt for a small bag instead. ∆

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What Your Face Says About Your Health Chuck Norris


our face can be a road map to your health, and it can help you to be a detective of what’s going on inside your body.

The process is called face mapping or face reading, and it originated in China roughly 3,000 years ago. During a recent interview on television, Dr. Philippa Cheetham from the urology department at Winthrop-University Hospital spoke for many in the medical community when she said: “One of the first things that I learned at medical school was how to look at the face to look for signs of disease. ... The face can tell us so much about your medical health.” Similarly, cardiologist David Friedman from Plainview Hospital said that the face is an important diagnostic he uses every day in his practice and that it is “a clue that something is happening internally.” So how do some of our external facial features reveal our internal health? Here are a few examples:


Cheetham explained: “In the eyes, we can see signs of anemia. ... We can see signs of jaundice when the whites of the eyes go yellow. If you have a white circle around the colored part of your eye, that can be a sign of high cholesterol. If you lose the outer thirds of your eyebrows, that can be associated with an underactive thyroid.” Lillian Pearl Bridges, a professor of Chinese medicine and a leading authority on Chinese facial reading, explained that puffy eyelids might be a sign of a cholesterol problem. Fatty deposits in eyelids can be a sign that your kidneys and gallbladder are not processing fats properly. And dark circles under the eyes could be a sign of lack of sleep, dehydration or even kidney problems.


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Deposits of cholesterol under the skin (xanthelasmata), slightly yellow or skincolored lumps (often found on hands and ankles, too), are one of the strongest signs for both heart attacks and heart disease. The condition reveals that the body is overrun with low-density lipoproteins, which carry cholesterol in the blood and increase the risk of coronary artery disease. And visible small spider veins or jaundice-colored skin or whites of the eyes can be associated with liver problems, too.


The cheeks are associated with the lungs. Doctors know that people who suffer from emphysema or chronic bronchitis could have puffy and rosy cheeks or bluish lips, which are signs that someone is struggling to get oxygen. Puffy cheeks also can be a sign of an underactive thyroid.


The Daily Mail cited several aspects of lip health as it relates to other bodily ailments. Bluish lips could be a sign of heart and lung problems. Pale pink lips could be a sign of anemia. Swollen lips could be a sign of food sensitivity, which can lead to Crohn’s disease. Cracked lips could be a sign of anemia or diabetes -- the latter because the elevated blood glucose levels associated with it foster the growth of candidiasis, an infection caused by yeast that often attacks the corners of the mouth. And burning lips could be a sign of depression or chemical imbalances.


Professor Bridges further explained that the nose is a sign of heart health. If the tip CREATE A HUMMINGIRD — From Pg. 49 are an important part of an adult bird’s diet, and young hummers are fed them almost exclusively. Pesticide residue in or on these food sources can have devastating consequences. If you want to make sure you’ll see humMay - June 2013

of the nose is multicolored, there could be a cardiac problem. She says the area and groove under the nose can tell one about his or her reproductive health and even whether one is pregnant.


CBS News had a special report this past year noting that though plaque buildup on teeth is different from plaque that builds up in arteries and causes heart attacks, “the toxins in mouth plaque stimulate a chronic inflammatory response linked to diseases like heart disease.” Dr. Kevin Marzo, chief of cardiology at Winthrop-University Hospital, emphatically declared, “The mouth is the gateway to the heart, and there’s clearly a link between poor dental health and cardiovascular conditions.” He explained, “The bacteria that cause dental plaque may promote inflammation in the body beyond the mouth, including the lining of the blood vessels, increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks.” Research also has linked gum disease with respiratory diseases, stroke, osteoporosis, bad breath, acid reflux, diabetes and kidney and liver problems. The mouth even can give clues to health practitioners about a person’s sexual health or potential cancers in other parts of the body. Those are just a few more great reasons to brush and floss daily and get regular dental checkups and cleanings. You’ve heard the adage that something might be as plain as the nose on your face. That just might be the case with your health, so make an appointment to see your physician or health practitioner to discuss what you see in the mirror. ∆

mingbirds this year, get a hummingbird feeder. You can fill feeders with homemade nectar by combining one part sugar with four parts water (I use 1/2 cup sugar and 2 cups water to fill my feeder). Heat the water, dissolve the sugar, and then let the


mixture come to room temperature before filling the feeder. Make sure your feeder is clean, and rinse it out each time you refill it. In the summer, do this about every two to four days. Don’t let the solution get cloudy. Never use honey, which promotes the growth of harmful bacteria. Also, avoid artificial sweeteners and red food coloring. While hummers are visiting your yard, they check out the rest of the plants as they travel from flower to flower to search for nectar. If you create the optimal habitat, including shelter with native trees and shrubs and water sources, hummingbirds will return many times each day from spring into early fall. Planting native perennial plants such as bee balm (Monarda species) and native honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) will help to provide an environment that hummingbirds prefer. Avoid planting the exotic species, Japanese honeysuckle. You can plant colorful annuals to attract hummingbirds. While they favor red tubular varieties, they visit other types of annuals as well. Some suitable annuals include: various salvia species, fuchsia, impatiens, petunia, nasturtium, nicotiana, begonia, geranium, hibiscus and lantana. Here are some great perennials to help you create a wonderful hummingbird habitat in your yard: Perennial Plants Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) Bee balm (Monarda didyma) Native honeysuckle Vine (Lonicera sempervirens) Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) Buckeye (Aesculus species) Trumpet creeper Vine (Campsis radicans) Butterfly weed (Asclepias species) Gayfeather (Liatris spicata) Wild sweet William (Phlox maculata) Phlox (various species) Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica) Fire pink (Silene virginica) For more in-depth information on attracting hummers and other birds, explore the National Audubon Society’s website. ∆


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Alex says he wants to eat healthier, but three weeks into it he’s back at Burger King, chowing down a cheeseburger as big as his head. Lisa vowed to “get more exercise,” but without a plan, without a strategy, without some tweaks to her environment and support from family and friends, she’s likely to fail. But failure is feedback. It’s not a reason to give up. One of the interesting things about positive change that you probably don’t know is that it rarely happens in a straight line. 67


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Travel Ashford Castle in Ireland Offers Special Packages

Luxury Botswana with Lion World Tours

Ashford Castle, Ireland’s historic 5-star castle hotel, offers special packages with discounts to local attractions. The price for two nights accommodations for two, with daily Irish breakfast and one fivecourse dinner at George V ranges from 450 to 750 Euros depending on the season.

Lion World Tours is offering a unique Botswana safari package. It includes flights, accommodations in luxury lodges in Botswana, inter-camp charter flights, meals and drinks.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Colorado’s Wine Country

Colorado’s Grand Valley, also known as “Colorado Wine Country,” is home to 21 vineyards, boutique wineries and wine rooms. Visitors can combine wine tasting with biking and hiking through the area’s spectacular landscapes.

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires begins its 2013 season with a gala on June 15. The festival features performances by NYC Ballet star Wendy Whelan in the world premiere Restless Creatures, Martha Graham Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem and more. Through August 25.


Notes Tanglewood’s Summer Line Up The Czech Republic Introduces Travel Themes

Tanglewood, the popular music festival in the Berkshires, begins on June 21 with a performance by Melissa Etheridge. Other highlights include a concert by Joan Baez, a Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration, the popular Film Night with John Williams and Audra McDonald, as well as performances by Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Lang Lang and others. Through September 1.

Travelers to the Czech Republic can plan their trip based on travel themes: Jewish Heritage, Castles & Chateaux, Beer, and the modern Czech Republic.

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Silversea Offers New Galapagos Itineraries

LEGOLAND California Resort has opened in Carlsbad, adjacent to the famous LEGOLAND theme park. It features 250 guest rooms decorated in the popular LEGO themes: Pirate, Kingdom or Adventure. Rooms include separate sleeping areas, one for grown-ups, and another for up to three children.

Silver Galapagos, Silversea’s expedition ship, offers two exciting week-long itineraries beginning this September. The ship is perfect for discriminating nature lovers who want to explore the Galapagos island while enjoying the luxurious amenities offered by Silversea.


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ey West is a quaint town located at the end of the Overseas Highway, a picturesque 110 mile road that spans the Atlantic and the Florida Keys.

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Casa Marina resort.

It is a favorite destination for visitors from around the world who cherish surf and sun, fine dining, and a lively care-free atmosphere.


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The town offers numerous accommodations including inns, hotels and high end resorts such as the luxurious Casa Marina and the Reach, two sister Waldorf Astoria properties. Casa Marina

Casa Marina is an historic landmark hotel that opened in 1920 and was recently restored to its original grandeur. It is now a palatial oceanfront resort located a short distance from Duval Street, the town’s main thoroughfare. As you enter the spacious lobby you are surrounded by an aura of luxury. The large space is appointed with lustrous dark parquet floors, oversized arched windows, and majestic French doors facing the resort’s pools and the Atlantic Ocean. The 311 guest rooms have been renovated and revamped with sophisticated furnishings, modern amenities, and fine toiletries. Casa Marina’s private, tropical setting is ideal for relaxation and for enjoying lazy days in the sun. Start your day with a lavish breakfast buffet served on an arched porch overlooking the manicured grounds and the sea. After breakfast claim your spot under a leafy palm tree, sip a cool drink, dip in the refreshing pool, try a water sport, or luxuriate with an outdoor massage. Have lunch at the beach-side SunSun Bar & Grill, or enjoy it poolside on your cushy chaise. At dusk, relax with a drink by the burning fire pit and take in the spectacular Key West sunset. After dark, the Sun-Sun Bar & Grill becomes a casual-elegant oceanfront restaurant, offering fresh local seafood and produce. Do not miss their bouillabaisse and the special fish of

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the day. For a unique and romantic dining experience, try the signature “toes-in-the-sand” dinner. The Reach

The Reach resort is nestled along a private, powder-sand beach, a brief walk from Casa Marina. The casual, contemporary hotel features 150 guest rooms and suites decorated in clean, neutral colors and accented with dark rich woods. Many rooms offer private balconies with sweeping vistas of the beach and the pristine aquamarine sea. Your life at the Reach revolves around the sunny outdoors. Stake your spot in the sun under an umbrella or in a beach-side hammock and let the H2O Concierge spoil you with refreshing drinks, eucalyptus towels and mineral water sprays. Take a sand castle building class, try the jet ski and the other water sports, or book a romantic sunset cruise. The hotel’s restaurant, Strip House, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in an elegant dining room or on the outdoor terrace. You can also enjoy roomcharging privileges at the Casa Marina restaurants. The town of Key West offers plenty of activities and attractions. Here are some highlights. Duval Street

The Reach resort.

Guestroom at the Reach.

Strip House restaurant. Pool area.

Duval Street is a popular avenue lined with shops, bars and restaurants. As you stroll along the busy street, you’ll be engulfed by the sound of live entertainment that emanates from lively bars like the famous Sloppy Joe’s, Hemingway’s favorite watering hole. Browse the boutiques, stop for a meal or a drink, or just soak in the lively atmosphere.


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Harry S. Truman Little White House

Filled with original furnishings and memorabilia, this home was President Truman’s “Winter White House” where he spent 175 days during 13 vacations. Guided tours offer a peek into the private and public life of President Truman. The property was also used by presidents Taft, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Carter and Clinton.

The Butterfly Conservatory.

Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum

Ernest Hemingway lived and worked in this elegant house for 10 years. Take the guided tour for a glimpse into his tumultuous life in Key West and beyond. Visit the upstairs studio where Hemingway penned some of his most popular works.

Glass bottom boat.

The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

This conservatory is home to hundreds of colorful butterflies and a variety of exotic birds and native plants. The butterflies are raised here, so you can observe their life-cycle from cocoon to butterfly. Mallory Square

At dusk head to Mallory Square on the waterfront, take in a spectacular sunset and enjoy live music and numerous street performances.

Sunset in Mallory Square. The Southernmost buoy.

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* * * * * Other popular activities in Key West include dinner cruises, glass bottom boat explorations, deep sea fishing, sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling. The best way to explore Key West is by taking a “Hop On Hop Off” narrated tour. Make sure to stop for a photo at the landmark buoy that marks the Southernmost point in the Continental U.S, only 90 miles from Cuba. Visit www.fla-keys. com for travel information. ∆ 66

SET A FITNESS GOAL— From Pg. 59 Change isn’t linear. It’s often a process of ups and downs, forward steps and backward slides — but each time, you revive, regroup and find the strength to continue moving forward. Resiliency! That’s the secret to your success. It’s from that place of strength and determination that resolutions transform into new habits, so that one day you wake up, and instead of moaning and going back to sleep, you actually look forward to putting on some sweats and taking a brisk morning walk. It takes about three months for this to happen. Have patience. Make one change in your life that moves you down the road to a healthier, happier lifestyle. It’s your choice. You’re in charge. Do you want to be stronger? Less stressed?

more likely you’ll hit a home run. Use this acronym to guide you: S for specific, M for measurable, A for action, R for realistic and T for time-related. So let’s say you’re setting a weekly goal involving more activity. Don’t just write down: I’ll exercise more. Be specific! On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I will take a brisk walk for 30 minutes around my neighborhood before I go to work in the morning. On Tuesday and Saturday at 6 p.m., I will do a one-hour yoga class. Think it through. Who will watch the kids? Will you find a friend to join you? If it’s a weight-loss goal, don’t write down: I will lose 2 pounds next week. Instead, detail! I’ll eat a healthy 350-400 calorie breakfast every day; salads with protein for lunch six days... you get the picture.

MAKE YOUR GOAL A SMART GOAL Behavior-change experts know that the more detailed your fitness goal is, the

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News and Salon SolĂŠ in Fort Lee Salon SolĂŠ is a new, modern salon at 1637 Palisade Ave. in Fort Lee. The salon specializes in organic color, organic keratin, as well as trendy cuts and styling. The owners have assembled a team of first rate stylists and master colorists offering top of the line quality service. In addition to all hair services for ladies, the salon also features a professional barber, and offers a full line of fine hair products. Soon, the salon will offer eyebrow threading. Call for a consultation or an appointment. 201-302-0777.

Marcus Blaque MBQ Boutique in Englewood Stylist Marc Golston has opened the fashion boutique Marcus Blaque, MBQ at 21-A N. Dean Street in Englewood. The store features beautiful, unique clothing and designer shoes and bags for discerning women of all ages. 201-569-1500.

Celebrating Her 100th Birthday Ruthie Fried, mother of Helene Feldan of Riverfront Realty, recently celebrated her 100th birthday at the Green Kitchen restaurant in Guttenberg. Mrs. Fried attributes her longevity to keeping busy. She lives by herself, exercises daily, enjoys small meals, reads a lot (without glasses), drives her own car, and gets pampered weekly at her beauty parlor. Happy Birthday!

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Openings Maci Boutique in Westwood Maci, a chic ladies boutique, has opened at 190 Westwood Ave. in Westwood. This one stop shop offers fashionable clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry, and fragrances for the trendy woman. Maci features designers such as Current/Elliott, Beach Bunny Swimwear, ABS by Allen Schwartz, Bella Lux, Dolce Vita Shoes, Nest Fragrances, and more. Stop by and let owner Ejona Maci put together the perfect look for you. 201-497-3908.

Acanto Ristorante in Tenafly Acanto Ristorante has opened at 88 Piermont Rd. in Tenafly. This casual but elegant restaurant offers fine Italian cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. Chef Ermino Conte, previously from top NYC restaurants such as Barolo and Giorgeone in Soho and Valbella in the Meat Packing District, is passionate about offering innovative and beautifully presented dishes. Menu highlights include tuna tartare, grilled Branzino, and Greek style lamb shank. Acanto also features Lunch Specials at $1495 and Happy Hour. Closed Monday. 201-399-7171.

Hanabi Japanese Restaurant in Fort Lee Hanabi Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar has opened at 1550 Lemoine Ave. in Fort Lee. This smartly decorated restaurant with a large open kitchen and a sushi bar offers Japanese-style fusion cuisine in a casual, hip atmosphere. The kitchen is in the hands of talented chef Jeffrey Moon who previously worked at the prestigious Chatham Bars Inn, Eleven Madison Park, Raoul’s and Tao NY. The menu features creative and beautifully presented dishes such as miso glazed Chilean Seabass, Buta Kimchi, meat and seafood tasting menus, and a variety of small plates — Izakaya. They also offer beer, wine, and a wide selection of sake. 201-944-0555.


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Statue Cruises Celebrates Reopening of Statue of Liberty In anticipation of The Statue of Liberty re-opening on the Fourth of July, Statue Cruises is expanding its tours to 20 departures a day, seven days per week. The hour-long cruises depart from Battery Park viewing Ellis Island, the 9/11 Memorial, South Street Seaport and many other sites.

New York Philharmonic Presents Summertime Classics The New York Philharmonic presents Summertime Classics concerts conducted and hosted by Bramwell Tovey. The program features a Star-Spangle Celebration on July 3,4 and The Planets—An HD Odyssey on July 5-7. 212-875-5656,

The Beast, New York’s Only Jet-Powered Boat Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises is offering tours on The Beast, New York’s only jet-powered boat. A ride aboard the 45 mph Beast is the perfect way to cool off while viewing some of the city’s most well known sites. Through September.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Announces Extended Hours Starting July 1, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will open to the public seven days a week. The museum’s opening time will also change to 10 a.m. This new schedule affects both the main building on Fifth Avenue and The Cloisters in northern Manhattan. May - June 2013


BLT Fish in the Flatiron District BLT Fish, at 21 W 17th Street (btwn 5th and 6th), offers two dining options; sea shack style on the first floor, and fine dining on the third floor in an elegant room with a stunning glass skylight. In the open kitchen you can observe Executive Chef Amy Eubanks creating her magic. She has elevated seafood cuisine to a whole new level, offering fresh fish from around the world, paired with sensational sauces. Enjoy the velvety Tuna Crudo — slices of Yellowfin tuna on avocado, pickled rhubarb and jalapeno vinaigrette — the delicate halibut resting on a bed of fiddlehead ferns and artichoke barigoule, and the popular Whole Fish for Two. 212-691-8888,

Vitae Restaurant in Midtown Vitae is a trendy restaurant at 4 East 46th Street in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Its stunning, cavernous main floor has a soaring ceiling and is decorated in Art Deco style. Chef/Owner Edwin Bellanco, who previously worked at prestigious NY restaurants, creates innovative and tantalizing dishes that fuse textures, flavors and colors. Order the scallops with cauliflower in a subtle Thai curry sauce, the Chitarra — a pasta dish with chicken and ricotta meatballs, and the cocoa crusted venison. Treat yourself to a 4 course Chef’s Tasting menu paired with excellent wines. 212-682-3562,

Alvin Ailey at Lincoln Center Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater for seven performances from June 12 to 16. Ailey’s acclaimed dancers will perform a diverse repertory featuring a world premiere by Ronald K. Brown as well as other favorite pieces such as their masterpiece, Revelations.


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SET A FITNESS GOAL— From Pg. 67 scale of 0 to 100, award yourself a number that reflects how well you did. If it’s a low number, notice it, accept it and tweak your goal for next week. No blame, no guilt. Keep it positive. What can you do differently to go from 40 percent success to 75 percent? A good coach, personal trainer or Weight Watcher meeting would be helpful here. Another option is to go online to a site like (created by Yale economists), where you set a specific goal, create penalties, engage an “enforcer” — all proven ways to help you make change happen.

weigh-ins, or keeping a journal, or My Fitness Pal, a free calorie-counting app that is smarter than I am when it comes to monitoring food and calories. Nike’s Fuel Band and the Fitbit One are two popular tracking devices on the market. They get mixed reviews, but if you’re a techie, it might be groovy. My favorite self-monitoring tool is the waistband on my jeans.

SELF-MONITORING IS KEY Stay focused on your goal by daily

REWARD hard WORK For every day you don’t smoke, put $5 in the pot. For every week you get in your five workouts, toss in $10. At the end of the month, get yourself something you really want. At the end of the year, rejoice in the new you! ∆

IT’S ALL IN BLACK— From Pg. 30 this season — from slim and trim to fuller and flared. Then balance out the top with a feminine white blouse. The button-down is indeed another classic workhorse for most of us, but take it up another notch and add a blouse with a few more frills. The new poet-inspired organza blouse is one way to dress up the old favorite. Or opt for a printed black and white top to change things up. This white blouse can also do double duty after hours when it’s dressed up with a black suit. The boxier jackets are competing with the slimmer-cut blazers and sleeveless vests, but the tuxedo-inspired looks are at the forefront of the black and white trend. So consider the “la smoking” ensemble for your next spring fling. Don’t forget that you can easily do black and white in reverse, too. That pair of white jeans that many of us have had in our closets for a year or so can make the transition as the neutral foundation for a new black tunic top or structured jacket. The graphic black and white print

is another winner for this easy to assemble wardrobe this year, too. And let’s face it — these new bold patterns are not for the shy of fashion heart. However, they are a great way to transform those other basic black and white items that we’ve had in our wardrobes for years. Designers have created a wide variety of these new patterned pieces for us this year — from checkerboard coats to striped pants to digitalized printed dresses. The key to this season’s updated black and white prints? They’re all oversized and overscaled. The bigger the better. Animal prints even get the black and white treatment in new separates. So you’ve decided to rethink your favorite black and white basics, but you find that this kind of wardrobe can be a little boring. Just add accessories! Give those classics a lift with a chunky gold choker, a pair of sparkling silver earrings, a pair of transparent Lucite heels or a bold black and white striped handbag. And for a little more fun — slip on a pair of op-art sunglasses. ∆

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Dining at Its Best American Pearl Restaurant — 17 South Broad Street, Ridgewood. Pearl Restaurant, is an intimate yet elegant restaurant voted Best BYO in Bergen County by the readers of Bergen Health & Life Magazine. The chef, who trained under Wolfgang Puck, was formerly with the River Cafe in Brooklyn. A new menu, featuring ingredients from local markets and farms, is offered every evening. Specialties include fresh oysters and mussels, Pearl’s 3 tier seafood tower, a large assortment of fish, risotto, crispy duckling, and grilled lamb chops. Homemade desserts include flowerless chocolate lava cake, bread pudding and various fruit tarts. Special Prix fix menu Mon-Thurs. Dinner Mon-Thurs 4-10 pm, Fri & Sat 4-11pm. Sun 4-9pm. BYOB. Reservations required. Parking next door., 201-857-5100.

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Continental Green Kitchen — 7000 Blvd. East, Guttenberg (at the Galaxy). A casual restaurant offering continental fare, home made desserts, and friendly service. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open Mon-Thurs, Sun 7am-11:30pm; Fri, Sat 7am-12:30pm. Early bird specials $1295 from 4pm-6pm daily. Weekend Entertainment in the @green bar/ lounge: (Friday) Karaoke, (Saturday) DJ spins from 10pm-2am. Champagne Brunch on Sat, Sun, & Holidays from 12noon-4pm. Free local delivery. Free 4 hour parking in the Galaxy garage. Catering for private events. 201868-4627.

Italian Acanto Ristorante — 88 Piermont Rd. in Tenafly. This casual but elegant restaurant specializes in fine Italian cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. The kitchen is in the able hands of Chef Ermino Conte, who previously worked at top NYC restaurants such as Barolo and Giorgeone in Soho and Valbella in the Meat Packing District. Menu highlights include tuna tartare, grilled Branzino, and Greek style lamb shank. A fine assortment of wines


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Dining at Its Best completes the creative cuisine. Lunch Special $1495 Tue-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5:00-7:00pm, Dinner Tue-Thur 4:30-9pm, Fri & Sat 4:30-10pm, Sun 127pm. Closed Monday. Full bar. Available for private parties and corporate events. Complimentary valet parking Thur-Sat. 201-399-7171.


Authentic Italian homestyle cooking with the finest ingredients. “Excellent” HHH — The Record

Celebrate with Us!

Best Value....

Jim Lulani,

formerly of Cafe Italiano, celebrates 13 years at Il Mulino

Even during these economic times, you Can Afford to Dine at Il Mulino!


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132 Veterans Plaza, Dumont

Open 201-384-7767 7 days

HH “A Date-Night Hit”

The Record Sept. 2012

Best BYO in Bergen County

Bergen Health & Life Sept. 2011

Pearl Restaurant

American Nouvelle and Seafood Cuisine

New Expanded Dining Area Serving Dinner Mon-Sun Reservations Required

Pianist Fri,Sat

Party Room

201.857.5100 17 South Broad St. Ridgewood BYOB May - June 2013

Parking next door

Amarone Ristorante – 63 Cedar Lane, Teaneck. Rated Excellent by Zagat and in the “Top 5” for Atmosphere by the Record. Amarone Ristorante serves distinctive Northern Italian specialties such as Osso Buco, Roasted Duck and many varieties of homemade pasta. The menu also features fresh fish, poultry, and beef. Owner Nick uses the highest quality ingredients and all dishes are made to order. The atmosphere is warm and hospitable and prices are moderate. Full bar service, ample parking. Open for lunch Mon-Fri and dinner daily. 201-8331897. Café Italiano — 14 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs. The restaurant occupies the historic home of flamboyant 1920s NYC mayor, Jimmy Walker. The turn of the century architecture, combined with the fine Italian cuisine makes for a memorable dining experience. The menu features great selections, large portions and affordable prices. From the hot and cold appetizers, to the pastas, risottos, chicken, veal, seafood, beef and lamb entrees, you will find every item uniquely prepared and presented. End your meal with a cappuccino or sinful dessert. A wine list at fair prices is also offered. Open 7 days for Lunch and Dinner. Available for private parties of up to 100 people. Ample Parking. Call 201-461-5041. Il Mulino — 132 Veterans Plaza, Dumont. “You don’t have to break the bank for top notch Italian fare at this charming Dumont eatery.” All regular dinner entrées cost under $20 and Mondays thru Thursdays from 5 to 6pm the “Sunset Dinner” includes an appetizer, choice of soup or salad, entrée, fresh fruit and coffee or tea for $1395 - $1795. 74



Fine Italian with a Mediterranean Twist Cocktail Lounge

Open Tuesday through Sunday

Private Parties Corporate Events

Lunch Special $1495 Tue-Fri 11:30 - 2:30

201-399-7171 • 88 Piermont Rd. • Tenafly

and Sushi “North Jersey’s Premier Steakhouse” W NEHappy Hour - Mon-Fri 4pm-6pm with Complimentary hors d’oeuvres

Champagne Buffet Brunch - $2195 Sunday Celebrate With Us Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduations

201-568-2616 OPEN Sun-Fri 11:30am-10pm; Sat 5-10pm; 495 Sylvan Ave. Englewood Cliffs

On or Off Premise Catering

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BYOB. Owner Jimmy, formerly of Cafe Italiano, will take care of you. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner. Party room up to 120. Visit or call 201-384-7767.

Early Bird Specials $12.95, 4pm - 6pm Daily Champagne Brunch

Sat, Sun, & Holidays 12noon - 4pm

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Rib Eye Steak

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Turkish - Middle Eastern Restaurant

Newly Renovated Dining Room and Party Room Bar/Bat Mitzvahs Private Room Full Bar Catering Delivery Take Out

Mediterranean Europe Cafe & Grill — One Highwood Ave., Tenafly. This cozy restaurant serves Mediterranean and Turkish dishes. The menu includes tantalizing appetizers, Pide, (a thin crust pizza with toppings), vegetarian, seafood, grilled meats and chicken, and other specialties. Daily 3 course lunch for $12 from 11am-2:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday 3-course for $21 from 11am-5pm. BYOB, takeout, and local deliveries. 201-569-4444.

Lunch Special

Steaks and Seafood

mon-sat 12-2:30pm



4 Course Early Dinner mon-fri 4-6pm




178 Piermont Rd. Cresskill

May - June 2013

Japanese Hanabi — 1550 Lemoine Ave. Fort Lee. This smartly decorated restaurant features a spacious dining room and a sushi counter overlooking the open kitchen and the well stocked sake bar. Chef Jeffrey Moon, who previously worked at the prestigious Chatham Bars Inn, Eleven Madison Park, Raoul’s and Tao NY, offers a fusion Japanese-inspired cuisine with modern touches. His creative dishes combine textures and flavors that please the eye and tantalize the palate. Some highlights include miso glazed Chilean Seabass, Buta Kimchi, and meat and seafood tasting menus. Open 7 days for lunch 11:30 - 2:30 and dinner 5:30 midnight. Beer, wine, and a wide selection of sake. Two private rooms for special events. Parking on premises. 201-944-0555. www.

Assembly Steak House — 495 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs. Assembly Steak House is a favorite local dining spot among those who recognize and expect fine food, service, and ambience. Assembly prides itself on serving prime beef, including the popular porterhouse for two, fresh seafood, fish and daily specials. You can also order traditional 76

Its Best

Enjoy Al Fresco Dining at

Cafe Italiano & ristorante


Sushi dishes in the main dining room, or at the new Sushi Bar. Sunday Champagne Buffet Brunch $2195. Happy hour 4-7pm Mon-Fri, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Open Sun-Fri 11:30am-10pm, Sat 5-10pm. Party room, off premises catering. 201-568-2616.

Turkish - Middle Eastern Samdan — 178 Piermont Rd., Cresskill. This casual, elegant restaurant has won the hearts of area residents and food critics alike. Samdan offers mouth-watering appetizers, kebabs, a large selection of Turkish delights along with regional delicacies and daily specials. Lunch Specials Mon-Sat $1195, Early Bird Special Mon-Fri 4-6pm, 4 courses plus coffee $2195. Open 7 days. Sun-Thurs noon-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-10:30pm. Full bar, Catering, Party Room for 80-100 people. 201-816-7343.

Uncompromising Quality Generous Portions at Great Prices Private Party Rooms Available to Fit Any Budget ­— Call Danny “Among the Best in New Jersey” — Zagat Survey

TOP 10 Pick

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Readers’ Choice Award NJ Savvy Living

Daily Sunset Dinner

Four Course Prix Fixe $1395-$1995 Mon-Fri 4pm-6pm • Sun 1pm-3pm

201-461-5041 • Open 7 days 14 Sylvan Ave. • Englewood Cliffs

Fusion Cuisine Sushi Bar Izakaya (small plates) Tasting Menus Sake, Beer, Wines Open 7 Days Lunch 1130 - 230 Dinner 530 - Midnight Chilean Seabass

Buta Kimchi


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Picturesque chalet is built into the land to blend perfectly with its park-like surroundings. Special features include a serene living room with fireplace, gracious open kitchen with breakfast area and a formal dining room. An amazing floating staircase captures the spectacular grounds through a stunning glass wall. On the upper level, a walkway connects the main house to a separate guest wing. Lower level boasts bedroom, bath, workshop, cabana and sauna. Inviting deck overlooks a tranquil pool. 201-768-6868





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Michele Kolsky-Assatly and Michael Kolsky present

An Extraordinary Tenafly Home A Masterpiece on the East Hill. French Contemporary Center Hall Colonial with 11,000 SF, all limestone facade with slate roof and copper gutters. An architectural jewel only 5 years young. X pattern oak floors and radiant heated Walker Zanger stone floors. Antique French fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, one-of-a-kind handforged metal railings, a Juliet balcony with fabulous views of the surrounding landscape. Gourmet Chef’s kitchen with Subzero, and Wolf appliances, movie theatre, wine cellar, and a full outdoor kitchen. 6 Bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half Baths. Price upon request.

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May-June 2013  

The spring issue of Hi Class Living Magazine, The longest published magazine in Bergen County, NJ.

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