High Rise Life Magazine, April/May 2021

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Beverly Hills

Photos by Douglas Friedman, Joe Bryant and Marc Angeles

AUTOMOBILE | RIDE 14 Phantom Oribe ARCHITECTURE | DESIGN 16 Infuse Living Spaces with Color 20 Avenue Bellevue 26 Heron Welcomes First Residents in Water Street Tampa

REAL ESTATE 28 HQ 30 Ocean Bay 32 Big Budgets From Out-of-Town

Homebuyers Are Edging Out Locals



TRAVEL | LEISURE 34 Oceania Cruises Welcomes “Vista” to its Acclaimed Fleet


38 ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD 36 SAHARA Las Vegas Welcomes Chef

Shawn McClain to Culinary Lineup and Reveals New Resort Pool Plans

38 The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore 40 A Trendy, Edible Gift for Mother’s Day HEALTH | BEAUTY 42 Spring Detox by Jennifer Gonzales 44 5 Tips to Promote Health During Spring BUSINESS | SELF-DEVELOPMENT 46 Why EQ Beats IQ in Driving ‘True’ Leadership Success by Merilee Kern

50 5 Fundamentals to Financial Recovery ART | CULTURE 52 Hungry Artist

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Dear reader, This issue of High Rise Life magazine is dedicated to architecture. Throughout this issue we explore contemporary architectural thinking and architects that are strategically involved in the creation of our built environment and urban design. The range of articles is both diverse in form and content. We intentionally displayed architectural projects through visually striking imagery. A key example of this can be found in our cover story feature of one of Southern California’s most photogenic homes —Elementi in Beverly Hills. Inspired by the Pacific Coast Highway bridges and waterfalls, designer Michael Chen has interpreted the beauty of the California Coast’s natural and man-made elements into an equally stunning architectural masterpiece. Enjoy this issue!

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Phantom Oribe

A Bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom in Collaboration with Hermès Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has co-created a magnificent Bespoke Phantom in a unique collaboration with Hermès. Designed and handcrafted by a combined team of Bespoke specialists at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex, and Hermès in Paris, Phantom Oribe reflects the personality and passions of its owner, Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa. “This magnificent expression of our pinnacle product represents a landmark for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, bringing together two houses with more than three centuries’ combined experience and heritage. It is the result of a deep, genuine collaboration between the Houses of Rolls-Royce and Hermès, in which designers, materials specialists and skilled craftspeople worked side by side to create a truly one-of-a-kind Phantom. It has been an extraordinary privilege to unite on such a creatively challenging, technically 14

demanding commission and bring our client’s remarkable vision so beautifully to life.” Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars “We are really delighted to see this bespoke car come to life after a remarkable journey of creation and craftsmanship conducted hand in hand with both of our houses. We are proud to have contributed to creating a unique and contemporary expression of our client’s vision, thanks to our spirit of innovation, the quality of our materials and the know-how of our craftsmen, who have developed, amongst other things, unique stitching and upholstery techniques for the interior of the car and a hand painting technique for a bespoke gallery. It has been a real pleasure to work alongside the Rolls-Royce experts and to see how this car expresses all the values that Hermès cherishes every day.” Axel de Beaufort, Design and Engineering Director, Hermès Bespoke Division.

“This unique Phantom is a fusion of East and West, ancient and modern, serenity and exhilaration. It was a great creative and cultural exchange working with Hermès; we learned a great deal from each other. It is always a pleasure when a client brings us a bold, clear and imaginative vision, and a great thrill to see it realised so perfectly.” Michael Bryden, Lead Designer, Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has co-created a magnificent Bespoke Phantom in a unique collaboration with Hermès. Designed and handcrafted by a combined team of Bespoke specialists at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex, and Hermès in Paris, Phantom Oribe reflects the personality and passions of its owner, Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa. The client envisioned the car as a ‘land jet’, bringing the serene exclusivity of private air travel to the road. www.HighRiseLife.com

The car’s striking two-tone exterior matches the characteristic green and cream glazes of antique Japanese Oribe ware, of which Maezawa-san is a prominent collector. The upper part is finished in Oribe Green, a fully Bespoke colour created exclusively for the client; in an unusual move, Rolls-Royce has made the paint available for use on the client’s private jet the Phantom will be paired with. Developed over many months by specialists in the Surface Finish Center at Goodwood, it perfectly captures the lustrous, deep-green glaze that characterises these 16th century ceramics. The effect is beautifully completed by the cream-white lower section. The Oribe ware-inspired colourway harmoniously continues through the interior, created and realised through a true meeting of minds between Hermès designers and craftspeople in Paris, and the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective of designers, engineers and craftspeople at Goodwood in West Sussex. Together, they applied their shared expertise and ingenuity to ensure every individual component embodies the finest traditions of both houses. The interior is finished predominantly in Hermès Enea Green leather, extending to details that include the immediate touch-points of the client; for example, the steering wheel, duchess handles, gear selector and the rotary controls for the motor car’s climate settings. The Hermès leather flows around the upper instrument panel, interior pillars and parcel shelf. It also enrobes less visible surfaces including the glove compartment and luggage compartment lining, centre console, decanter April/May 2021

stowage compartment and Champagne cooler. In a sign of the project’s truly collaborative nature, and the two makers’ mutual esteem, the glove compartment lid is embossed with the signature Habillé par Hermès Paris. Delicate Hermès piping adorns the headrest cushions and calf supports of the rear seats, while soft Seashell White accents and matching lambswool floor mats create a sense of light and space throughout. The interior is also replete with examples of Rolls-Royce Bespoke design and handcraftsmanship. Wooden speaker frets, for example, are formed by meticulously perforating the Open Pore Royal Walnut veneer applied to the doors, creating a seamless, textured aesthetic and delicate haptics. Open Pore Royal Walnut is additionally applied to the centre and rear consoles and picnic table backs; in another first for Rolls-Royce, the interior features Hermès ‘Toile H’ canvas on the door armrests, centre and rear consoles and, most notably, the signature headliner.

Hermès brings its distinctive equestrian heritage and innovative craftsmanship know-how to the car, with the leather upholstery created using stitching and edge-painting techniques originally employed by master saddlers. For Phantom’s Gallery, a feature unique to Rolls-Royce, that runs the length of the motor car’s fascia, Hermès commissioned an artwork based on a design by the celebrated French artist and illustrator Pierre Péron (1905–1988) who created many of the House’s iconic scarves. The work, inspired by the famous Hermès horse motif, is hand-painted on Open Pore Royal Walnut and is presented as though staged in an art gallery, behind glass. Torsten Müller-Ötvös added, “This majestic and tasteful Rolls-Royce Phantom demonstrates what is possible when talented people from two of the world’s great houses work closely together alongside a far-sighted, inspirational client like Maezawa-san. It is a meeting of minds, expertise, visions and skill that represents the very best of our respective craftspeople and capabilities.” 15



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rom experiences to surroundings, the past year has brought a renewed focus on feeding the soul. In an era of overstimulation and information overload, many are finding a new appreciation for living life minimally but with maximum experiences.

That mentality is increasingly evident in all aspects of life, especially with home design and decor. After all, spending more time at home means more time to discover what truly evokes happiness. At the same time, as the focus on physical and mental wellness heightens, design experts see those trends reflected in a more considered approach to design inspired by color therapy, which makes it possible to create beautiful spaces filled with healing color. With an expertly coordinated color palette, like the Color Collections from HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams, colors work in perfect harmony in any combination. Thoughtful use of color is among the most effective design tools for reveal-worthy style in your home.

Appliances In the past, appliances were meant to blend into the decor to be less obvious, albeit essential, elements of a kitchen. A more contemporary approach: vibrant appliances that get noticed. You can find major appliances in a wide range of colors, but if you’re not sure about going that big and bold, many smaller countertop appliances, such as stand mixers and toasters, come in a range of colorful options, too.

Architecture When contemplating where and how to apply color to a space, avoid boxing in your options. Think beyond traditional wall space when planning ways to change the color in a space; be thoughtful with color and highlight architectural details to elevate the interest and charm in your home. Take a 360-degree immersive color approach, painting the same shade from floor to ceiling and all around to create a mood-boosting lift to a room. To infuse more color and boldness into your space, consider a timeless and elegant shade of red, like HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams’ 2021 Color of the Year. This paint color, “Passionate,” is a deeply saturated hue that is daringly rich and invigorates the senses. This bold and empowering red is steeped in history, merging modern design with traditional charm.

Furniture Whether you’re into project pieces you can transform into something new or simply shopping for furnishings that complement your space, be sure to consider how the furniture fits into the overall color scheme. Selecting furniture that fits with the design brings a more cohesive and stylized feel to the room. For example, a desk and bookshelves in pale natural hues can lend warmth to an office with walls painted a cool dynamic blue.

Cabinets Painted cabinets are on-trend, and if you’re bored with basic whites and grays, you’re not alone. Designers are going bold in the kitchen and using cabinetry as a showpiece. These color palettes create inspiring spaces that invite you to get busy baking or simply pull up a chair and linger over a cup of coffee. If you’re concerned about how to bring a color palette together, consider using a collection that has been intentionally curated to mix and match shades for a perfect look no matter which hues you choose. You can easily achieve a new look with an option like the Delightfully Daring Color Collection from HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams. With earthy tones inspired by nature and a dose of vibrancy, the shades are simultaneously energizing and calming. The palette makes it easy to introduce statement colors in unexpected ways so you can feel confident in your selections. Get inspired to bring healing design elements into your own home at hgtvhomebysherwinwilliams.com. Courtesy of Family Features.

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Photos Courtesy of Avenue Bellevue, LLC.

Avenue Bellevue Massive Transaction with NYC-Based Silverstein Capital Partners is Largest in Bellevue’s History Avenue Bellevue, LLC., in partnership with Fortress Development, announced today it has secured financing for its flagship project, the two-tower luxury condo, hotel and retail development currently under construction in downtown Bellevue, Washington. The $700 million-transaction with Silverstein Capital Partners (SCP) is the largest construction loan in Bellevue’s history—and one of the largest recorded in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic. SCP is the real estate lending 20

platform for New York-based Silverstein Properties; the deal also marks SCP’s first construction financing loan on the West Coast. “We are creating something that will set a new standard for hospitality and residential design in the region. As a Bellevue resident for more than 20 years, I am deeply committed to the future success of the community and Avenue Bellevue is the most important project of my life,” said Andy Lakha, CEO

and Principal of Avenue Bellevue, LLC and Fortress Development. “I am proud to have Silverstein back this dream project in my own backyard; it is quintessential affirmation of the development and the hard work of many years as we continue construction and add Avenue to the skyline and fabric to the heart of downtown Bellevue.” “SCP likes being involved in large-scale mixed-use construction projects consistent www.HighRiseLife.com

with many of Silverstein Property’s developments,” said Shawn Katz, Senior Managing Director of SCP. “We believe that Avenue Bellevue will be the premier residential, hotel, and retail project in an incredibly attractive market.” Located on the corner of NE 8th Street and Bellevue Way, Avenue Bellevue will feature more than 300 luxury homes spread across two towers, including 141 “Estate Homes” in the South Tower and 224 “Residences” in the West Tower. The property’s South Tower will also boast the Pacific Northwest’s first-ever luxury InterContinental Hotel, with 208 hotel rooms, event space, restaurants and bar, gym and spa, and a dedicated concierge team. The plaza connecting the two towers at Avenue Bellevue will feature high-end retail, food and nightlife, a fresh market and fine dining. Restaurants announced to date include a new sea-life focused restaurant from the three Michelin-star chef Joshua Skenes, as well as BUDDHAzen, a new contemporary Asian restaurant from the visionaries behind Buddakan, Tao, and China Grill. Demolition for Avenue Bellevue began in the fall of 2019 and construction is currently underway. The development team is led by Fortress Development, with Silverstein Properties serving as a development advisor and JTM Construction as general contractor. Avenue’s design team includes Seattle-based Weber Thompson and Collins Woerman as well as Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), the largest hospitality design firm in the world. With delivery scheduled for early 2023, Avenue Bellevue is approximately 40% pre-sold. For more information, please visit www.liveatavenue.com.

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Photos by Douglas Friedman, Joe Bryant and Marc Angeles

Beverly Hills


nspired by the Pacific Coast Highway bridges and waterfalls, designer Michael Chen has interpreted the beauty of the California Coast’s natural and man-made elements into an equally stunning home, but with an Asian twist and jetliner views. Located in the ultra-exclusive Beverly Hills enclave of Trousdale Estates, Elementi has recently listed at $65 million, or the Bitcoin equivalent.



Not a stranger to drama or luxury, Chen’s design skill is borne through his extensive world travels, as a set designer for Warner Brothers, furniture designer in Milan, theme park designer in Hong Kong and luxury home designer and developer across Southern California. The façade of Elementi displays Michael’s inspiration in the bridge entry to a large pivoting front door over water that cascades down past a dining room suspended over a lower courtyard, and then continues into an atrium on the lower level.

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Measuring 18,000 square feet, the home has seven bedrooms and fourteen baths, a great room dressed in marble with views to the ocean, an atrium open from the roof to the lower floor, a chef’s kitchen and butler’s pantry designed so cooking takes place away from the clean, minimalistic lines of the main kitchen. The master suite cantilevers over a balcony and has two walls of glass capturing the views, along with dual baths clad in marble and one with a skylight. Elementi is the only home in Trousdale Estates that is permitted for a daylight basement, which is accessed via a Venetian plastered spiral staircase.



The basement/ground floor is designed around entertaining and its pièce de résistance: a 150-year-old imported Mediterranean olive tree in the atrium. There is also a 2,000-bottle wine cellar, a wellness center and gym, office and a home theatre. One of Southern California’s most photogenic homes, Elementi is listed with Michael Chen and Aaron Kirman of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass, Los Angeles. For more information, please visit TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

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Photos Courtesy of Strategic Property Partners

Heron Welcomes First Residents in Water Street Tampa Strategic Property Partners, the Tampa-based developer behind Water Street Tampa, welcomes its first residents to Heron, the first residential rental building to open in the highly anticipated waterfront neighborhood. The building is now offering in-person tours for potential residents, following a successful pre-leasing period in which more than 25 percent of the 420 rental residences were reserved before the building opened for tours. This rendering shows Heron, a new residential rental building that welcomed the 26

first residents to the highly anticipated Water Street Tampa neighborhood. With the design of the building led by world-renowned architect Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, along with landscape architecture by Raymond Jungles and interiors by Cecconi Simone, Heron features 420 residences across two towers connected by a rooftop garden and first-floor retail, including a brand new Greenwise Market by Publix. This photo shows a kitchen in a model unit at Heron, the first residential rental building in the highly anticipated Water Street

Tampa neighborhood. Residence features include Caesarstone quartz counters, custom European cabinetry and state-of-the-art kitchen appliances by Fisher & Paykel. This photo shows the living room in a two-bedroom model unit in Heron, a new residential rental building that welcomed the first residents to the highly anticipated Water Street Tampa neighborhood. This photo shows a bedroom in a model unit at Heron, the first residential rental building to open in the highly anticipated Water Street Tampa neighborhood. www.HighRiseLife.com

Heron has attracted robust interest from the market for its unprecedented residential experience, which combines thoughtfully designed homes and sought-after amenities with a full-service lifestyle platform. Heron is professionally managed by ZRS Management Company, a premier multifamily property management firm headquartered in Orlando, FL. In addition, Heron will be the first residential development in Tampa to offer 24-hour amenity and concierge services through LIVunLtd, a New York based concierge and amenity management company renowned for its personalized service, innovative social programming and 360-degree wellness offerings. As a direct complement to Heron’s full suite of amenities — including a rooftop pool with cabanas, outdoor kitchen and barbecue areas, fitness center, bar and lounge spaces on each of its dual towers — concierge staff will assist residents with everything from move-in coordination to art shipping and installation, as well as a vast array of home services such as housekeeping, personal in-home chefs, music instructors, dog walkers and much more. Residents will have access to bespoke virtual and in-person events, such as cooking demonstrations with master chefs, fitness and meditation classes, and expert discussions on relevant topics like sleep wellness, urban gardening and more.

“Heron is bringing a new lifestyle perspective to Tampa Bay with an elevated level of service where every detail of getting through the day can be left in the hands of a capable, qualified concierge. Whether helping a resident select a gift for a birthday or special occasion or securing a last-minute dinner reservation or even organizing a weekend getaway, our highly curated repertoire of services are inspired to give residents the ultimate luxury of seamless convenience,” says Michael Fazio, Chief Creative Officer at LIVunLtd and author of the best-selling book, “Concierge Confidential”. Heron offers a collection of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments ranging in size from 555 to 2,206 square feet. Each features a spacious private terrace ranging from 122 to 753 square feet and offering beautiful vistas, perfect for terrace gardening or dining al fresco. The residences feature floor-to-ceiling

windows, Caesarstone quartz counters, custom European cabinetry, and state-of-the-art kitchen appliances by Fisher & Paykel. Additionally, each residence includes customizable Elfa closet systems, floating bathroom vanities, soaking tubs and rainfall shower heads. Heron will also be home to 40,000 square feet of ground-level retail space, including the city’s first GreenWise Market by Publix. “Heron introduces both a differentiated design and a differentiated lifestyle offering to Tampa. it balances the convenience of a true urban environment with the calm of nature. We set out to provide residents with services that simplify their everyday life and foster a sense of community, in a place that is designed to anticipate their needs. We are thrilled that residents have reacted so positively to this offering even before we opened the doors to the building,” says Lee Schaffler, Chief Portfolio Officer at Strategic Property Partners. Reflecting the wellness-oriented vision for Water Street Tampa — the world’s first WELL-certified neighborhood — Heron is built to meet LEED Gold standards and will include amenities and programming designed to promote well-being. The building will open onto the newly designed Water Street, which will be lined with a 45-foot-wide sidewalk shaded by an extensive tree canopy. Residents are also near the neighborhood’s other redesigned streetscapes, including Channelside Drive, which features an expanded sidewalk lined with new trees and landscaping, and Beneficial Drive, featuring lush landscaping, a public plaza anchored by a sculptural six-story tree column and a new gateway to the Tampa Riverwalk. For more information on Heron, please visit www.heronresidences.com.

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Photo Courtesy of Greystar

HQ A Newly Constructed, Residential Community Comprised of 136 apartment units spread out across three architecturally distinct seven-story buildings in Western SOMA, the brand-new HQ residential community, now leasing, offers residents a fresh take on the San Francisco-lifestyle. An aesthetically appealing apartment building, HQ brings visual vibrancy into the neighborhood. Floor plans include studio, one-, two-bedroom, and two-bedroom plus den options – ranging from 357 to 1,188 square feet with high-style interiors featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and top of the line appliances. Roof deck landscaping invites residents to relax in a private, lush environment while taking in the city skyline. “Our extensive urban amenities have the building feeling like a ‘base camp’ for residents. These include bicycle parking, onsite car


sharing and a Hello Alfred digital concierge which extends to services like community interfacing, a growing list of social events, and package retrieval,” noted Scott Eschelman, Managing Director of BUILD. “The building also strives to be a leader in sustainability through energy/water conservation and 100% eco-friendly cleaning supplies. It’s exciting to know that with a variety of home sizes, coupled with competitively priced rental rates from the low $2,000s to the high $4,000s, the building offers a place to call home for renters at all stages of life.” HQ’s major common areas, such as the rooftop deck and premium fitness center, are Wi-Fi-enabled to keep residents connected, whether they’re looking to stay in contact with friends and family or keeping up with WFH demands; gigabyte high-speed internet connectivity is available onsite through ISPs

AT&T Fiber, Monkeybrains, and Xfinity. HQ is located at the intersection of SOMA, the Mission and Hayes Valley affording residents a long list of local amenities within walking distance. “When you have spots like Rainbow Grocery for larger shopping lists, Trader Joe’s for smaller orders, and Gus’s Market for everyday stops, you’re undeniably in a good location. And with dining destinations like the Lazy Bear and Flour & Water close by, the epicurean scene is terrific. We know our residents will love the access and the surrounding neighborhoods as much as they love life at HQ,” observed Scott Eschelman, Managing Director of BUILD. HQ also offers a convenient online leasing tool that is user friendly and will assist in choosing the perfect home. For more information please visit, www.liveathq.com.



Photos Courtesy of Ocean Bay - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Ocean Bay Breaks Ground On Luxury Resort Residences in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Ocean Bay, a new luxury destination in the Caribbean that has claimed the final undeveloped property along Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, today announced the release of its premier, oceanfront section of private residences and penthouses. Each of the three-bedroom beachfront residences in this new release have sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea. All are appointed with the finest European finishes that grace bright, open living spaces. Only a dozen of the 40 total residences are penthouses that offer a rooftop terrace gathering space with private plunge pool, outdoor kitchen and 180-degree ocean views as far as


the eye can see. Outside the Residences themselves, Ocean Bay will offer a wealth of first-class amenities including a private Residents’ Club for owners. Ocean Bay’s beachfront residences and penthouses are priced from $800,000 to $1.2 million USD. Ocean Bay Luxury Beach Residences & Penthouses are located on Punta Cana’s famed Bávaro Beach, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Ocean Bay features world-class amenities and restaurants including a private Residents’ Club with oceanside pool and dining reserved exclusively for Private Residence owners.

Ocean Bay broke ground in spring of 2020 and is slated to be completed in the second quarter of 2022. The project is being developed by Noval Properties, one of the leading real estate development groups and most trusted engineering and construction firms in the Dominican Republic. Noval Properties will also offer a complete worry-free, maintenance-free property management service for all owners which includes property rental through the resort when the owner is not enjoying the residence themselves.


The rarity of undeveloped oceanfront property and new construction on Bavaro Beach coupled with the pent-up demand for travel and second home ownership in the Dominican Republic has dictated an unconventional decision to break ground amid a worldwide pandemic. Noval leadership is confident in their decision to move forward with the project and their certainty is bolstered by the support of the Dominican Republic government which has issued an assurance to all tourists that it will cover costs associated with testing positive for Covid-19 while in the country, mitigating much of the hesitancy visitors feel about international travel. “We are excited to announce this new release of premier oceanfront residences and penthouses that will become the crown jewel of Punta Cana. The Dominican Republic’s tourism has held strong throughout the Covid-19 setbacks and we are seeing a resurgence of travel to our country, especially the Punta Cana area and Bavaro Beach. Interest in owning a second or third residence in the Caribbean is also growing exponentially now that most professionals have found an ease and freedom in the efficiency of working remotely. The timing could not be better to introduce Ocean Bay Luxury Beach Residences,” says Barbara Warren, Director of International Development for Noval Properties.

About Ocean Bay Luxury Beach Residences Just 30 minutes from the Punta CanaInternational Airport, Ocean Bay Resort and Luxury Beach Residences is bringing a new level of luxury to the shores of Bavaro Beach, Punta Canain the beautiful Caribbean country of Dominican Republic. Ocean Bay is an opulent home-base from which to explore the nearby cultural and natural sites of the D.R.; the local fanfare of Coco Bongo and downtown Punta Cana; and the modern conveniences of high-end retail shopping or a round of golf on one of Punta Cana’s championship courses. The Ocean Bay resort features first-class amenities that go far beyond commonplace, creating unique sensations combined with the distinction of elegant and lavish surroundings complimented by the highest level of service and hospitality as refreshing as the sea breeze. Resort guests and residence owners can expect the exuberant gastronomy of multiple dining and bar options, an indulgent spa, ocean view pools, beachside bar, family pool & kid’s club, an exclusive residents’ club, 24-hour concierge services, wellness facilities, retail outlets, and the white sands and crystal blue waters of Playa Bávaro. For more information, please visit OceanBayDR.com.

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Big Budgets From Out-of-Town Homebuyers Are Edging Out Locals In Popular Destinations Like Phoenix & Las Vegas With a record share of home searchers looking to move to another metro, out-of-towners are making it difficult for local residents to win bidding wars. The average out-of-towner moving to Phoenix has $630,000 to spend on a home, versus $510,000 for locals. Nationwide, 31.5% of Redfin.com users looked to move to a different metro area in the first quarter, according to a new report from Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage. This is up from 30.3% in the fourth quarter of 2020 and 26% a year earlier, and the highest share since Redfin started tracking migration in 2017. The upswing in people moving from one area to another since the start of the pandemic is due partly to remote workers moving to relatively affordable areas in search of larger homes 32

with more outdoor space. One consequence of pandemic-driven migration is that out-of-towners are driving up home prices and making it difficult for local residents to win bidding wars.

Out-of-towners have significantly bigger budgets than locals in the most popular migration destinations The average housing budget for out-of-towners moving to Phoenix, the number-one migration destination for Redfin.com users in the first quarter, was $627,000, 23% higher than the $510,000 average budget for local buyers. In Austin, the next-most popular destination, out-of-towners had an average budget of $855,000, 32% higher than the average local budget. Next comes Las Vegas, where the average out-of-towner had a $582,000 budget, 16% higher than locals.

“Remote work is here to stay for many Americans. The long-term cultural shift is disseminating money once concentrated on the coasts throughout the country,” said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. “Affluent remote workers are able to get more for their money by moving from job centers like the Bay Area to more affordable places like Phoenix and Las Vegas. But local residents looking to buy their first home are losing out because of the big budgets flowing into their hometowns. Many local buyers, particularly those who aren’t selling a home to fund their purchase, are being forced to compromise. They’re searching for smaller homes in farther-flung neighborhoods, or even dropping out of the search altogether.” Phoenix home-sale prices were up 20% year over year to $366,000 in March, and they www.HighRiseLife.com

were up 28.2% to $427,000 in Austin and 13.9% to $336,000 in Las Vegas. But even with significant increases, prices in those destinations are much lower than the places migrants are moving in from. In the San Francisco Bay Area, the top origin for people moving to Austin, the typical home sold for $1.43 million in March, and in Los Angeles, the top origin for people moving to Phoenix and Las Vegas, it was $774,000.

budget of $698,000, 33% higher than the average local budget.

“Not only are a lot of remote workers moving to Las Vegas, but many people are moving here and bringing their businesses with them, setting up shop in Nevada,” said local Redfin real estate agent Lori Garlick. “Inventory is so low that the market is frustrating for locals, first-time buyers and people who don’t have big down payments. Potential buyers are waiting in line to tour anything with a pool and a nice-sized lot. But if a buyer doesn’t have a budget big enough to pay over list price and throw in other incentives for the seller, like waiving the appraisal fee, they’re just not going to get the house.”

Out-of-towners have bigger budgets than locals in 32 of the 35 cities included in Redfin’s budget analysis. San Francisco, San Jose and Fremont, CA (part of the Oakland metro) are the only cities where locals have higher budgets than migrants. That stands to reason, as the Bay Area has the highest median income in the country, which means locals are likely able to afford higher-priced homes than those moving in from other areas.

The average housing budget for out-of-towners moving to Nashville in the first quarter was $719,000, 48% higher than the $485,000 average budget for local buyers, a bigger premium than any other metro. It’s followed by Atlanta, where out-of-towners have an average April/May 2021

Atlanta, where 26% of Redfin.com users searching for homes in the first quarter were from out of town, was the fifth-most popular migration destination in the first quarter. Nashville, where 39% of Redfin.com users searching for homes in the first quarter were from out of town, is also a popular destination.

Dallas and Atlanta were the next-most popular destinations for people looking to move to a different area, meaning they—along with Phoenix, Austin and Las Vegas—had the biggest net inflows of Redfin.com users in the first quarter. A net inflow is a measure of how many more Redfin.com home searchers looked to move into a metro than leave, out of a sample of 2 million users.

Relatively affordable inland metros are typically the most sought-after for Redfin. com users looking to leave their home metro, a trend that has intensified with the pandemic. Net inflow of home searchers has increased significantly from a year ago in all of the top 10 migration destinations.

Migrants are looking to move away from New York, the Bay Area and Los Angeles In terms of places people are looking to leave, New York, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Seattle top the list of places with the biggest net outflow in the first quarter. A net outflow is a measure of how many more Redfin.com home searchers looked to leave a metro than move in, out of a sample of 2 million users. Expensive coastal cities tend to be the places Redfin.com home searchers are looking to leave; in fact, the list of places with the biggest net outflow is the same as it was in the fourth quarter of last year. But as is the case with inflow to the most popular destinations, net outflow has shot up over the last year, more than doubling in seven of the top 10 places migrants are looking to leave. For more information, visit www.redfin.com. 33


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Oceania Cruises Welcomes "Vista" to Its Acclaimed Fleet New Ship to Set Sail in 2023 Represents a “View to the Future” Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary and destination-focused cruise line, introduced Vista to the world, naming the first of two new 1,200-guest Allura Class ships that are being constructed by renowned Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. The luxury vessel, the seventh for the line, will set sail in 2023, followed by a sister ship in 2025. 34

Named to reflect the dawn of a new age in travel, Vista will exemplify all the hallmarks of the Oceania Cruises experience that guests have come to expect. A marvel in the making, Vista will deliver The Finest Cuisine at Sea, exceptionally personalized service with two staff members for every three guests, a warm and welcoming ambiance because of the

ship’s captivating residential furnishings and introduce several unique firsts for the brand in the realms of dining and guest experience. “Oceania Cruises is an innovative and ever evolving brand. We are always looking over the horizon, and Vista represents our view to the future,” stated Bob Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises. www.HighRiseLife.com

Consumers and travel advisors can expect to be wowed by the dramatic and glamorous public spaces such as The Grand Dining Room, which soars almost two decks in height and pays homage to the “beautiful age” of early 20th-century Parisian society through its contemporary interpretation of Belle Époque. Vista’s nine additional best-in-class culinary experiences, luxurious signature public spaces, and spacious, residentially inspired suites and staterooms will be revealed starting in May 2021,

with her inaugural voyages opening for sale in September 2021. Vista represents not just a view to the future for the Oceania Cruises brand, but also the unique vision of the company’s thousands of officers and crew who played a pivotal role in the design of the ship and helped shepherd it from concept to design to reality. “Our officers and crew are always bringing great new ideas to the forefront and then implementing them. More than any other part of the Oceania Cruises organization, we owe our success to our onboard teams. They are the ones who made Vista possible, and it is a credit to them, these true visionaries of the seven seas, that we name the ship for them, in their honor,” added Binder. Currently under construction by Fincantieri S.p.A. in Italy, Vista will sail her first commercial voyage in early 2023. Measuring approximately 67,000 gross registered tons, the ship will accommodate 1,200 guests and be staffed by 800 officers and crew, offering industry-leading space and staff-to-guest ratios. An unnamed sister ship will debut in 2025. For additional information on Oceania Cruises’ small-ship luxury product, exquisitely crafted cuisine, and expertly curated travel experiences, visit OceaniaCruises.com.

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SAHARA Las Vegas Welcomes Chef Shawn McClain to Culinary Lineup and Reveals New Resort Pool Plans As record-number crowds plan their return to Las Vegas this summer, SAHARA Las Vegas is revving into high-gear, accelerating the resort’s $150 million transformation with the announcement of Ballo, a new dining concept from James Beard award-winning Chef Shawn McClain, and the unveiling of the resort’s new Azilo Ultra Pool.


“As Las Vegas continues to evolve, we plan to be on the forefront of that evolution as we continually refine and enhance the guest experience at SAHARA,” said Paul Hobson, senior vice president and general manager of SAHARA Las Vegas. Joining the resort’s award-winning culinary lineup is Ballo, a new Italian concept from

James Beard award-winning Chef Shawn McClain and partners Richard and Sarah Camarota of MC Hospitality. With Ballo, the group will use their acumen for redefining established genres to create an experiential, high-energy destination restaurant featuring seasonal Italian cuisine representing several Italian regions. Ballo promises to offer everything you know and love about Italian


cuisine made bold and fresh in a vibrant setting that celebrates Italian culture and la dolce vita. Signature dishes will include Ballo’s selection of aperitivos, handmade pastas, Roman pizzas, an array of fresh seasonal vegetable dishes and salads, and rustic fire-roasted meats and fish, as well as a Euro-centric, eclectic wine list, unique cocktails and playful desserts featuring espresso liqueurs. The restaurant design will boast bold contemporary Italian art to create stylized spaces for authentic gatherings for both intimate and sizeable social parties. Ballo will also feature a live-action kitchen complete with a pasta-making window and a takeaway deli. No stranger to Las Vegas, Chef McClain is an outstanding restaurateur who has opened multiple renowned and critically acclaimed restaurants in Chicago, Las Vegas and Detroit. His portfolio consists of both fine dining and casual restaurants each offering ingredient-driven cuisine served in chic, high-energy atmospheres. Winning both critical acclaim and establishing smart, sustainable businesses have been the hallmarks of his career. “We’re entering this next phase in Las Vegas with renewed gratitude, energy and purpose,” says McClain. “We are inspired by Alex Meruelo’s vision for SAHARA and are so excited to join the culinary line up and work hand in hand with this amazing property team to bring our vision to life.” “We are continually seeking to set the standard with our culinary program,” said Anthony Olheiser, SAHARA Las Vegas vice president of food and beverage. “Shawn is both a highly-decorated chef and a clever operator, making the perfect addition to our exceptional restaurant portfolio. We can’t wait for our guests to explore all Ballo has to offer when it opens later this year.”

Meruelo Group to design and create the entertainment vision for SAHARA and its sister property Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Azilo’s flexible poolscape and event space will combine to create Las Vegas’ most immersive Ultra Pool offering an ideal location for party seekers, sunbathers and event planners. Featuring an intimate poolside experience, sexy Moroccan décor, lush greens and an alluring atmosphere, Azilo will serve as a principal feature of the resort boasting state-of-the-art visuals, lighting and sound packages that combine to envelop guests in a beautiful desert sanctuary. Azilo’s main focal point will be its giant LED walls that wrap around the pool perimeter. The featured portion of the LED wall stretches two stories high and spans the length of the pool’s south side. Totaling more than 10,000 square feet, Azilo’s LED wall is one of the largest to be featured in a private setting on the Las Vegas Strip. Designed for any event you can envision, the wall’s multiple screens can be synchronized, while the main screen can be partitioned into several smaller screens, giving guests the ability to watch multiple games or events simultaneously. The screens will also can live stream events at the pool for guests to watch in real time. Azilo’s cutting-edge technology, combined with its flexible features, will allow for a variety of special programming including headlining concerts and live sporting event broadcasts, making it the ideal setting for private meetings and events.

Boasting nearly 35,000 square feet of poolscape, Azilo will include VIP cabanas each outfitted with HD TVs, private pools, spas and restrooms; daybeds; lily pads; three bars; and plenty of lounge seating. Azilo Ultra Pool will be open to both resort and outside guests operating daily, including engagements on Friday and Saturday evenings. “Azilo Ultra Pool and Ballo, along with the other many updates we’ve made to the resort, create an elevated guest experience that is unique to SAHARA,” adds Hobson. “These new additions will help create complementary, personalized experiences that can be enjoyed in tandem or individually. Guests can spend a day at Azilo that leads to a night out at Ballo. Or dinner and drinks at Ballo become a pre-show experience ahead of catching a performance of Magic Mike Live. These additions, like our other newly enhanced amenities, have been designed to create a crafted, boutique experience that our guests can customize to suit their tastes and truly make their Las Vegas experience their own.” These new additions come on the heels of the full renovation and expansion of the resort’s 50,662 square foot casino floor, which included the addition of a new poker room and CASBAR Lounge; new hotel lobby amenities including the upscale grab-and-go eatery, Prendi, and brown spirits-focused cocktail bar, The Tangier; guest room updates in the Blanca and Marra towers; and new additions to the culinary program including popular Philadelphia crab house and sports bar, Chickie’s and Pete’s and Noodle Den helmed by renowned Chef Guoming “Sam” Xin, which will both open later this year. For more information, please visit www.saharalasvegas.com.

As SAHARA continues to raise the bar for its culinary program, property leadership is similarly preparing to elevate the full resort experience with the total transformation of the main resort pool. Construction of the new Azilo Ultra Pool is nearing completion to prepare for a summer 2021 opening. Under the strategic leadership of veteran entertainment executive Yannick Mugnier, who recently joined the

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Photos Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore Unveils New East Wing Showcasing a Library Reception, Lounge and Bar The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore has reimagined its East Wing to include a Library Reception and an exciting new food and beverage concept called Republic. Conceived by tonychi studio, the Library Reception, Lounge and Bar are designed to evoke the warmth, intimacy and elegance of a private residence. While each space boasts a distinct interior design and experience, their spatial layouts blends harmoniously, with floor-to-ceiling partitions which may be opened or closed depending on the mood or time of day. 38

“Having worked on both Colony and Summer Pavilion restaurants in 2015, it is a privilege and honour to return to The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, which is an architectural masterpiece by Kevin Roche. I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to define both the expected and the unexpected for this landmark hotel that embodies modern Singapore and today’s global lifestyle”, said Mr. Tony Chi, founder of New York based tonychi studio. www.HighRiseLife.com

Library Reception The new Library Reception will redefine the guest arrival and check-in experience. Here, guests will encounter an understated elegance inspired by a grand residential library, characterised by natural oak wood floors and ceilings, and stocked with literature on diverse subjects to encourage guests to enjoy and appreciate the space for as long as they desire. A new Digital Hub will offer a suite of business centre services.

Republic Designed to depart from the usual expectations of a hotel food and beverage outlet, Republic is a multi-dimensional concept which transforms throughout the day, and serves from morning to late in the evening. Adjacent to the Library Reception is the Lounge, with three grand chandeliers and expansive walls adorned in blue herringbone fabric. Guests are invited to savour their time in this residential parlour, enjoying light bites from the four vitrines throughout the day, à la carte dining options, or an elegantly modern five-tier afternoon tea experience. After dark, imbibe on liquid history at Republic Bar, which showcases an extensive cocktail menu devoted to a narrative of historical anecdotes originating from Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Italy; and a curated selection of the finest vintage spirits epoch of the 1960s. While the decade of the 60s was marked by cultural and social revolution, it saw the rise of style icons and the legends of rock music, as well as the international jet set, which led to a sophisticated era for cocktailing.

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The Republic Bar concept in collaboration with Proof & Company pays homage to this era where freedom, expression and individuality were celebrated, with a cocktail menu that showcases flavours, ingredients and sensations inspired by the influential hallmarks of the 1960s, and around four cultural epicentres of importance and meaningful change. “The dawn of Republic creates symmetry and balance between the East and West wings of the hotel, with Colony restaurant alluding to that period in history when Singapore was part of the British Crown Colony, through to its next major milestone with the formation of the Republic of Singapore in 1965, anchoring the hotel experience with a deep sense of place”, explained Mr. Peter Mainguy, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. Take a seat at the rich, dark toned, natural wood bar and allow our bartenders to share stories about a “Mythical Beast” that was once spotted on our tiny island, the British designer behind the “Mini Skirt”, the Space Race that inspired “Stardust” and how Ferruccio Lamborghini went from making tractors to “Miura” - the first super car. In addition to the main bar, Republic offers six unique Home Bars, exquisitely detailed with handcrafted red Venetian glass, and embodying the opulence and residential style of home parties in the 60s, while our bartender or vintage spirits ambassador plays host to your revelries. Decorative artwork throughout the bar celebrates the decade of the 60s, while a curated music playlist complements the transition of the East Wing from day to night, and a standalone deejay booth offers the option of live music. For dining reservations, visit www.republicbar.com.sg.



A Trendy, Edible Gift for 40

Mother's Day



very Mother’s Day is an opportunity to show your mom just how special she is and how grateful you are for all she does. Make her day with a present that wraps the personal touch of a handmade craft and the novelty of a quirky trend into one unforgettable gift.

This year, upgrade your usual flower fare with an arrangement that’s beautiful and delicious: a California cheese bouquet. Customizable with ingredients tailored to fit your loved one’s tastes, these thoughtful gifts combine cheeses, berries, herbs and more wrapped together for a perfect Mother’s Day celebration centerpiece and gift with an artsy (and thoughtful) touch. Created by cheesemonger Jessica Lawrenz, these easy-to-follow crafts for a Classic Cheese Bouquet or a California Bounty Cheese Bouquet call for wholesome cheese made with 100% sustainably sourced Real California Milk from dairy farm families. For best results, use medium-bodied cheeses that can be easily skewered without softening up at room temperature. Find additional cheese bouquet inspiration and more recipes to celebrate Mother’s Day by visiting realcaliforniamilk.com.

Classic Cheese Bouquet Using knife, cut floral block into shape that fits inside vase. If using bouquet paper, use base at least 3 inches across and 4 inches high. Wrap floral block in plastic wrap to keep from touching items in bouquet; place inside vase. If using bouquet paper, place wrapped floral block in mug to keep from falling over. Use various cookie cutters to prepare cheeses as flowers. To create salumi roses, lay out 4-5 slices salumi overlapping one another. Fold row in half and roll into rose bud, securing with u-shaped toothpick. Place on skewer, add herb leaves and use floral tape to secure ends of toothpick to skewer. Repeat. Skewer cheeses, salumi roses, goldenberries, lemonquats, mini apples and mini artichokes. To assemble, start in center with larger items. Use shorter skewers or toothpicks to secure smaller items closer to edges. Use rosemary, bay leaves and wax flowers to fill gaps in back of bouquet. To wrap: Once finished, gently lay block with skewers on top of paper, wrap and secure with tape and ribbon. Craft courtesy of Jessica Lawrenz (@mongermoldandmilk), Courtesy of Family Features.

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Real California White Cheddar Cheese Real California Brie Cheese Salumi or Salami (thinly sliced) Goldenberries Lemonquats Mini apples Mini artichokes Rosemary Bay leaves Wax flowers

Knife Floral foam block Plastic wrap Vase or bouquet paper Flower cookie cutters (various sizes) U-shaped toothpicks Wooden skewers Toothpicks Floral tape Ribbon or twine





Spring Detox

Written by Jennifer Gonzales

It’s no surprise that after what we endured in 2020, we have been made more aware of what we put in our bodies. We been trying to drink more water, eat more healthier, and take more vitamins so that we can boost our immune systems. There are so many different remedies that you can try to be the best version of yourself. How about finding the right detox? Detoxes don’t just aid in weight loss, they serve multiple purposes, offer a lot of benefits, and are super easy to make.

What is a detox? Detox water is a water that’s infused with the flavors from household items such as, fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. Detoxes are a great way to cleanse the body inside and out due to the process of eliminating sugars, processed foods and caffeine. The duration of a detox is typically 7 days, but you may choose to continue the process regularly. All you need is water and chop up your choice of ingredients, add to hot or cold water, the more ingredients you add the stronger the flavor. Then place in the fridge for 1-12 hours.

Cucumber Mint Detox Cucumbers are very low in calories, but deliver amazing health benefits. They’re high in nutrients, promote hydration, aid in weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, and helps clean the liver. The combination between the cucumber and the mint not only help with adding flavor, but helps aid in the digestive system.

Lemon & Ginger Detox Lemons offers the same amount of benefits as cucumbers. Lemons contain a high amount of Vitamin C, fiber, reduce the risk of heart disease, anemia, kidney stones, digestive issues and cancer. Ginger reduces nausea and helps fight the flu and common cold symptoms.. However, ginger also helps with arthritis,, reduces menstrual pain, and protects against Alzheimer’s-disease.

Grapefruit & Rosemary Detox Grapefruit benefits the immune system and assists in appetite control. It also, prevents insulin resistance, which can eventually cause diabetes. It contains lycopene, which slows the growth of tumors and side effects of common cancer treatments. Rosemary helps improve the quality of memory performance, boosts alertness, intelligence and focus. It has anti-aging benefits, improves circulation and works as a natural mood elevator.

Blackberries & Orange Detox Blackberries contain vitamin K, which helps in not bleeding a lot when cutting yourself, it also helps with preventing blood clots and aids in bone thinning or fractures and eases heavy menstrual bleeding. Blackberries also work as a collagen and helps with anemia. Oranges relieve bloating and joint pain. They are high on Vitamin C and help prevent vision loss and kidney stones from forming.

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5 Tips to Promote Health During Spring As seasons change, there’s often a great deal of shuffling and movement, including common allergy triggers like trees, pollen, mold spores, dust and dander along with pesky sinus pressure. Combined with changes in barometric pressure and weather patterns bouncing up and down, spring can be one big pain – literally. “This is the time of year when most of us are excited to see the change of seasons, but millions of allergy and sinus sufferers welcome spring with trepidation,” Dr. Ian Smith, M.D., said. “Common triggers such as trees, pollen, mold spores, dust and dander can wreak havoc for many. Having a trusted multi-symptom reliever of upper respiratory allergies like Mucinex Sinus-Max is absolutely key in making the season more enjoyable for all suffering from sinus and congestion issues. With a reliable multi-symptom product stashed in your medicine cabinet, and the combination of simple modifications like being mindful of your indoor climate, eating more fruits and veggies, and staying hydrated, can help limit sinus discomfort this season.” Take steps this spring to ease the impact of sinus and allergy problems and focus on your overall wellness for a smooth transition with these tips: Control your allergy and sinus triggers. Knowing what flares your allergic reactions can help prevent discomfort. For many people, monitoring pollen counts and limiting time outdoors on high-pollen days can help reduce reactions. You might also avoid hanging laundry outside, as pollen can stick to clothes and sheets as they dry, and ask for help with yardwork to limit your exposure. Find some pressure release. When nasal congestion or sinus pressure build, it can feel like a ton of bricks have landed on your head. However, you can find relief with products designed to help clear up your stuffy nose, relieve headaches and thin and loosen excess mucus. Often, if you’re experiencing sinus problems, you’re dealing with multiple symptoms. From congestion to headaches and sinus pressure, an over-the-counter medicine like Mucinex Sinus-Max can break up your sinus symptoms with just one dose or your money back. Manage your indoor climate. Even when you start spending more time outdoors, it’s important to keep close tabs on the quality of the air inside your home. If you’re prone to allergy flare-ups or sinus infections, manage the humidity level by using a humidifier or dehumidifier. If outdoor allergens are a concern, avoid opening windows and doors, and instead rely on air conditioning on warmer days. Also be sure to change filters regularly and use an air purifier for added protection. Keep fluids flowing. More time outdoors in warmer weather can quickly lead to dehydration, especially if you’re working up a sweat. Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated and keep your body operating in top shape. Staying hydrated can also help keep mucus moving, allowing you to ease through allergy or sinus problems. Update your medicine cabinet. A seasonal change is a good time to take stock of your medical supplies and medications to ensure you have what you need for the months ahead. Discard any expired prescriptions or over the counter medicines and be sure restock common spring and summer essentials like bug bite ointments, sunburn spray and multi-symptom products like Mucinex Sinus-Max to help temporarily relieve sinus and congestion symptoms in one dose. Also be sure to replenish your first aid kit with plenty of bandages and wound care supplies. For more information, visit Mucinex.com, Courtesy of Family Features.

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Why EQ Beats IQ in Driving ‘True’ Leadership Success Written by Merilee Kern, MBA

In many way’s to your ability to influence people—a proficiency that is driven by one’s Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ). Leadership is more about soft skills—the ability to inspire, persuade, guide, sway and communicate in a way that’s “heard” rather than just “listened to”—than it is about being the best relative to hard skills. As a leader, if you do not understand your team’s motivations and feelings, you will never be able to establish an optimally-functioning team and reap the copious rewards related thereto. The result is needless opportunity loss.

you even when times get tough. That is why it is vital to your leadership to allow your EQ to lead.

To become more adept at such soft management skills, leaders can actively work to improve their EQ. This effort includes and actually starts with—understanding your own emotions and triggers. What motivates and demotivates you, evokes feelings of stress or satisfaction, compels you to go “above and beyond” or not participate at all? You can conduct these inner exploration exercises on your own in a journal or daily walk, perhaps, while some leaders amp up the effort by conducting self-assessments with a coach, mentor or therapist.

Recall that EQ builds companies and IQ builds products; it is not possible to have one without the other. At the same time, one is not valued over and above the other. Although the theme of this lesson is to let your EQ lead, that does not make it more valuable than IQ—both are required to win.

“If you are to lead with maximum efficacy, you must build an enthusiastic following,” notes leadership authority Andrew Wyatt, author of the new book, “Pro Leadership: Establishing Your Credibility, Building Your Following and Leading With Impact.” “This requires relational and people skills as well as all of the related soft skills that contribute to one’s EQ. And, a leader cannot staff EQ out. You must to have it yourself. Those who don’t will need to develop it to realize truer and more unencumbered success.” According to Wyatt, whose eponymous company develops leaders worldwide through coaching, speaking, training and consulting, the good news is that everyone can develop their EQ. Unlike IQ, which pretty much is what it is, EQ can be nurtured, developed and increased. Below are a few excerpted insights from Wyatt’s book on why EQ matters to leadership, how to lead amid different EQ/IQ types and developing your leadership EQ—both in your organization and within yourself.

Why EQ Matters to Leadership Pro leaders must have the ability to influence others to follow them, and the most important ingredient in influence is relationship. The key to a winning relationship is winning the heart, and doing so is not possible without EQ. You may have a high IQ and natural giftedness in your vocation, but if you are unable to influence others—you may be effective as a manager—you will never be a leader. Remember, leadership is about people, and people will follow with their head for only so long before they eventually grow weary and peel off or fade away. But if, through your relational abilities, they feel your love and care for them, they will follow

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But EQ alone won’t be enough. In fact, it must be balanced with IQ. Although IQ is not a natural leader attribute, and as a result is best relegated to the back seat, it is important to the success of any enterprise. Your role as leader will be to balance both EQ and IQ, to manage the balance and tension between the two. That balancing act will be manifested-through how your team works together.

3 Types of Players When filtering for EQ and IQ, there are three categories of people you will find. I have worked with, followed, or led all of these: EQ dominant; IQ dominant; and EQ/IQ flexible. A strong culture, organization and team will have all three types of players on their roster. Where the two dominant types will normally be position players, most pro leaders will be flexible. Let me explain. To be great a company, you must add value through offering a great product. IQ builds products. People who are IQ dominant have high IQs—a natural gift that, when applied, results in great products that add value to people’s lives. Consider the advances in medicine, science and technology. None would have been possible without the work of IQ-dominant people. To successfully lead an IQ-dominant player, you will need to first satisfy their intellect through a clear and rational articulation of your vision and strategy. Next, they need to be enlisted in forming the tactics you will employ to accomplish the strategy. Since they are the product designers, they will want to have shared ownership of the product before they follow your lead and buy into your vision. Once you have satisfied their intellect, you are free to win their hearts. The second player type is the EQ-dominant individual. This person is also a position player. You will most often find them in advertising and creative positions, client service, marketing and sales—critical roles if a company is to be successful. Rarely will they build a product, but their EQ is invaluable in product development, specifically in refining products in order to bring forward the product the market is demanding. These individuals are valuable because they understand the basic truth that no one has ever bought anything; they are sold on something.


To lead EQ-dominant players, a leader must always start with the heart. You must offer a creative vision and strategy and they must see you as the courage behind the plan. They want to be led, from their heart to their head. And while you must appeal first to their creative side, you may not ignore their rational side because that is where their fears exist. As their leader, they will naturally look to you for courage and to help them overcome their fears. The third type of player on your roster will be what I define as EQ/IQ flexible. Every great leader I have met or studied fell into this category. The defining characteristic of this person is her ability to balance EQ and IQ specifically, having the ability to discern which attribute needs application to a particular circumstance and to execute the proper timing of the use of the attribute. In athletics, this is called hand-eye coordination. All athletes have it to one degree or another, and the degree to which they do is what separates the amateur from the professional. EQ/IQ flexible personalities have the ability to walk into a room and immediately judge the chemistry, while subsequently activating the attribute most suited to the current environment. Whether a board room or a lunchroom, they are comfortable in both environments because they have the ability to adapt instantly to each environment.

dysfunction caused by this imbalance. As the leader, it is critical for you to have no favorites, with the ability to defend both camps. Developing EQ among your leadership team is a necessary activity of pro leadership. These leaders realize they cannot succeed alone. As John Maxwell astutely commented, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go with others.” The extent to which you foster EQ among the members of your inner circle is the extent to how far your leadership team will go. To do this as a leader, you will need to start at the same place you did with your cultural EQ: your attitude. Leadership development of any type is a process, not a destination. It is a journey that never ends. When you stop developing, you stop growing. No matter what your own EQ level is, ongoing personal development is always important. Read all you are able to find on the topic. Second, if you don’t have one, consider working with a coach. Third, join a peer group or start one yourself. It is true that iron sharpens iron. Developing EQ is not a solo sport, you will need to have some people to rub up against. Leadership is a lonely business; you need to have someone to talk to, a safe environment to

share and people who will tell you the last 10 percent—that bit of information most people won’t tell you. “IQ builds products, but EQ builds companies and followings. So, as you step out today to lead, let your EQ lead the way,” Wyatt urges. “Develop your EQ, your culture’s, your team’s, and your own. Do so, and you will have taken a big step in developing your following and your pro leadership abilities, putting yourself in a prime position to be able to motivate the people you lead.” About Merilee Kern, MBA Forbes Business Council Member Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist. As a prolific branding and marketplace trends pundit, Merilee reports on titans of industry: change makers, movers, shakers and innovators across all categories, both B2C and B2B. Merilee’s cross-media platform work reaches an audience in the multiple millions each month through an array of broadcast TV programs, print and online publications as well as terrestrial radio. Connect with her at TheLuxeList.com and SavvyLiving.tv | Instagram @LuxeListReports | Twitter @LuxeListReports | Facebook: Facebook. com/LuxeListReports | LinkedIN: LinkedIn.com/in/ MerileeKern.

This is my personality type and, as a result, I find these people the most difficult to lead. Nevertheless, to lead EQ/IQ personalities effectively, start with their heart by appealing to their deepest motivations. But don’t stop there. You will need to follow with the logical argument as you clearly build your case. If you win them to your cause, they will become your greatest ally because they will naturally become spokespersons for that cause. However, this is a two-edged sword. If you lose their trust—or if they simply do not accept your vision and the mission—it may hinder their work. In the end, these personalities are a strong proof-source that the true measure of leadership is influence—nothing more, nothing less.

Developing EQ in Yourself and Others Setting an EQ standard starts where every other cultural development begins, with leadership. That would be you. Based on the principle you read about in the last chapter, to develop a culture-wide EQ you will need to start with yourself, beginning with your attitude toward the people you are leading. As humans, we naturally favor ourselves. That means, if I am an EQdominant person, I will naturally be drawn to other EQ-dominant people. The same is true for the IQ-dominant person. This is fine for friendships. However, favoring one trait over the other in your organization will create a culture of favoritism, resulting in 48





5 Fundamentals to

Financial Recovery

The COVID-19 public health crisis triggered a financial crisis for many individuals and families. Whether their pain was caused by furloughs, layoffs, or pay reductions, people were thrown off track from meeting monthly obligations and from progressing toward their long-term money goals. Now as vaccines help the U.S. edge closer to normalcy and more people regain employment, recovery can be a slow process. But there are simple steps people can take to get back on track and stay on solid financial ground, says financial planner Aaron Leak, the founder of ECL Private Wealth Management. “The key to gaining back lost ground and full recovery is making sure you put the fundamental pieces in place,” Leak says. “One of the challenges is figuring out how to do it amid continued uncertainty with the economy. But the most important thing is to take control of all the factors of your financial situation as best you can.” Leak offers these steps to financial recovery: Learn about assistance programs. Leak says many people who are eligible have not pursued avenues of aid such as unemployment benefits, credit card hardship programs, and the Paycheck Protection Program, which is available to the self-employed and contractors as well as small businesses. “It’s important for people to understand what’s available to them,” he says. “Some don’t think they qualify when in fact they do, or they feel they’re being a burden, or they didn’t think the pandemic would last this long.” Refine your budget. “Sitting in their house much of the year forced people to take a hard, honest look at their finances and ask the question, ‘What is it that I do that costs me so much money?’ “ Leak says. A comprehensive analysis starts with doing a deep dive on all expenses and monthly bills, he says, and weeding out poor spending habits and things they can do without. That breakdown of costs enables one to hammer out a sensible budget that creates more room for savings, paying down debt, and investing. Prioritize savings. Leak says the pandemic exposed how many people lacked a sufficient amount of savings for an emergency. “Having an emergency fund is essential,” he says. “You need a minimum of three months’ worth of expenses saved up, but ideally enough money to get you through a full year. If you’re back to work, each month take a portion of the money you’ve trimmed out of your monthly expenses and build your emergency fund.” Know your 401(k) options. If you are furloughed or laid off but leaving your 401(k) with the company, you may be able to take a loan or a withdrawal from it due to the pandemic. “This or cashing out your 401(k) should be a last option because it can jeopardize your retirement nest egg,” Leak says. “After the 2008 financial crisis, people who stayed in the market experienced financial recovery from their losses.” Another option is rolling over a 401(k) into an IRA account. “This offers many other choices to grow your money,” Leak says, “since an IRA can be a mutual fund, annuity, CD, or almost any other type of financial instrument.” Refinance your home. Home value is akin to having another emergency fund, Leak says. “Your home equity is sitting there doing nothing for you unless you tap into it,” he says. “Whether it be a home equity line of credit or doing a refinance and taking cash out while the interest rates are low, either could be a good option.” “Embracing a new level of priorities and discipline will serve people well in making better money decisions,” Leak says. For more information, please visit www.eclpwm.com. April/May 2021


Photos Courtesy of Dole Packaged Foods, LLC.


Hungry Artist David Datuna on Take A Bite Out of Hunger NFT Series The Dole Sunshine Company has joined forces with acclaimed artist David Datuna to create an NFT (non-fungible token) collection inspired by their Sunshine for All™ rallying cry. The aim is to increase awareness of food insecurity and malnutrition worldwide, while raising funds toward alleviating hunger today. The works will be available for purchase via NFT auction platform Rarible.com on May 6 at 3:30pm PST.


Inspired by Datuna’s viral banana-eating moment at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2019, which earned him the moniker of “The Hungry Artist,” Dole has partnered with Datuna to create an NFT series to further the brand’s goal of making nutritious foods accessible for 1 billion people. The need for good nutrition has never been greater with nearly one-quarter of the world’s population experiencing moderate or severe food insecurity1 and globally one-

third of food produced for human consumption lost or wasted2. “I’m a big fan of companies that understand their responsibility for stewardship and admire Dole’s goals to support ending hunger, achieve food security, end food waste, and promote sustainable agriculture,” said David Datuna, the Hungry Artist. “My NFT collection for Dole, along with the physical artwork, tells this story www.HighRiseLife.com

through symbolic animations, sound and imagery.” The partnership is part of the overall global Dole Promise, which aims to increase access to good nutrition, decrease food waste, plastics in packaging and greenhouse gas emissions. The brand has already been hard at work around the world, and in 2020 launched a partnership in the City of Jackson, Mississippi, with 10 public and private institutions, including the local Boys & Girls Club. Dole’s Sunshine for All TM Cities initiative brings nutritious food and education into underserved food deserts. Proceeds from the NFT sales will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs to fund nutrition and hunger-focused programming, including Dole’s Sunshine for All Cities™ program. With this initiative, the Dole Sunshine Company is hoping to raise the funds needed to expand this program and other nutrition-focused initiatives nationally, deepening the partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs and bringing education, pop-up farmers markets and nutritious food to cities across the country, including our ongoing efforts in Jackson, and expanding to Baltimore and beyond later this year. “Our promise to provide access to good nutrition to 1 billion people by 2025 is one we know cannot be accomplished alone. Therefore, we seek out partners like David Datuna and the BGC that are closely aligned with our values,” said Pier-Luigi Sigismondi, global president, Food and Beverages Group. “To create systemic change, we need to converge purpose with creativity, innovation and technology. This effort is the best representation of how we want to make a difference in this world. As a brand that can literally eat its purpose, David’s perspective on using art and digital technology as a platform for awareness and societal change, is one that clearly resonates and inspires us.”

April/May 2021

Taking a Bite Out of Hunger Datuna will create a five-part series focused on the intrinsic connection between nutrition and food security. The NFTs will represent people coming together to take a bite out of hunger. The fifth and final piece, Sunshine for All, is a pop-art inspired montage of the first four pieces highlighting the importance of closing the gaps to good nutrition for all. This work will also live as a physical piece featuring Datuna’s signature lens technique, a layered composition signifying society’s individual viewpoints. The entire art series will go on sale on May 6. The fifth montage piece will be at auction through May 8th and will be on display in a virtual gallery (Decentraland), as well as

a physical location in New York City to be announced shortly. Net proceeds from the NFT sales will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs to fund nutrition and hunger-focused programming, including the Sunshine for All™ Cities program. In addition, Dole is working to limit the environmental impact of the NFT sale by partnering with decarbonization advisor, Aerial, to create a climate positive solution. This will not impact the amount of funds raised by the auction and will ensure any future sales are also appropriately offset. For more information and to follow the auctions, please visit SunshineForAll.com.



Los Angeles

Long Beach

Las Vegas


April/May 2021

ALLURE LAS VEGAS 200 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102

PALMS PLACE 4381 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

SKY LAS VEGAS 2700 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

TURNBERRY TOWERS 222 Karen Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109

WALDORF ASTORIA LAS VEGAS 3750 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89158

PANORAMA TOWERS 4525 Dean Martin Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89103

SOHO LOFTS 900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101

VDARA 2600 W Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89158

METROPOLIS 360 E Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

PARK HOUSE 8925 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89147

THE OGDEN 150 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101

VEER TOWERS 3722 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

MGM SIGNATURE 145 E Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109

PARK TOWERS 1 Hughes Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89169

ONE LAS VEGAS 8255 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89123

TRUMP LAS VEGAS 2000 Fashion Show Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109

NEWPORT LOFTS 200 Hoover Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

PLATINUM 211 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

JUHL LAS VEGAS 353 E Bonneville Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

LOFT 5 2715 W Pebble Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89123

ONE QUEENSRIDGE PLACE 9103 Alta Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89145

REGENCY TOWERS 3111 Bel Air Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109

TURNBERRY PLACE 2747 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

AQUA 388 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802

WEST OCEAN TOWERS 411 West Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

QUEENS SURF 1750 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802

ST REGIS 1030 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802

COOPER ARMS 455 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802

LAFAYETTE BUILDING 140 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802

THE ROYAL PALMS 100 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802

THE VERSAILLES 2601 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803

HARBOR PLACE TOWER 525 East Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

OCEAN CLUB 1310 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802

THE ROYAL PALMS 100 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802

GALAXY TOWER 2999 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803

1100 WILSHIRE 1100 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017

METROPOLIS CONDOS 899 Francisco Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

THE CENTURY 1 Century Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90067

THE CALIFORNIAN 10800 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024

PERLA ON BROADWAY 359 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

RITZ-CARLTON 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015

THE MERCURY 3810 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90005

WILSHIRE REGENT 10501 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024

EASTERN COLUMBIA LOFTS 849 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

SIERRA TOWERS 9255 Doheny Road, Los Angeles, CA 90069

THE REMINGTON 10727 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024

EVO CONDOS 1155 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015

SKYLOFTS 801 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90017

THE WILSHIRE COMSTOCK THE LINE LOFTS 1737 N Las Palmas Ave, 865 Comstock Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028 Los Angeles, CA 90024

LOS FELIZ TOWERS 4411 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Feliz, CA 90027

TEN50 CONDOS 1050 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015

W HOLLYWOOD 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

WALDORF ASTORIA BEVERLY HILLS 9850 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

CROWN TOWERS 10701 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024



San Jose

San Francisco

San Diego



ACQUA VISTA CONDOS 425 West Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92101

THE GRANDE 1199 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101

THE MARK 800 The Mark Lane, San Diego, CA 92101

RENAISSANCE 645 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101


1325 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101

HARBOR CLUB 100-200 Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

MERIDIAN 700 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101

TREO 1240 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101

CITYFRONT TERRACE 500 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

HORIZONS 555 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101

THE METROPOLITAN 165 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

SMART CORNER 1080 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101

DISCOVERY AT CORTEZ HILL ICON 850 Beech Street, 321 Tenth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 San Diego, CA 92101

CORTEZ BLU 801 Ash, San Diego, CA 92101

ALTA CONDOS 575 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

ELECTRA 700 W E Street, San Diego, CA 92101

LA VITA 300 West Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92101

PINNACLE TOWER 550 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101

ARIA CONDOS 1441 9th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

829 FOLSOM 829 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

ARTERRA CONDOS 300 Berry Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

ONE MISSION BAY Channel St. & 3rd St. San Francisco, CA 94158

THE BRANNAN 219-239 Branna Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

170 OFF THIRD 170 King Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

181 FREMONT 181 Fremont Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

ONE RINCON HILL 425 1st Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

THE HAMILTON 631 Ofarrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

333 BUSH STREET CONDOS 300 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

CATHEDRAL HILL TOWER 1200 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

ONE HAWTHORNE 1 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

THE HARRISON 401 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94105


BRIDGEVIEW 400 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

ROCKWELL CONDOS 1688 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA 94109


750 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 69 CLEMENTINA 69 Clementina Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

ONE HAWTHORNE 1 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

SOMA GRAND CONDOS 1160 Mision Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

THE SUMMIT 999 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

888 SEVENTH STREET 888 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

MONTGOMERY WASHINGTON TOWER 611 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

ST. REGIS RESIDENCIES 188 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

THE WATERMARK 501 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

ARDEN CONDOS 738 Long Bridge Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

72 TOWNSEND 72 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

FOUR SEASONS RESIDENCES 765 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

GRAMERCY TOWERS 1177 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

THE 88 CONDOS 88 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95113

MONTEBELLO CONDOS 20488 Stevens Creek, Cupertino, CA 95014

CITY HEIGHTS 175 W Saint James St, San Jose, CA 95110

PLANT 51 88 Bush St. San Jose, CA 95126


ONYX CONDOS 912 Campisi Way, Campbell, CA 95008

RYLAND MEWS 400 North 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112

PARK TOWNSEND 46 West Julian Street, San Jose, CA 95110

38 North Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95110

88 King Street, San Francisco, CA 94107


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