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HOME | DECOR 12 D-ZYN CORNER AUTOMOBILE | RIDE 14 Porsche Taycan Charges Ahead in First Year on American Roads
ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD 16 Take a Sip of History with Cocktails Aged in Clay Pots
18 New Year Nutrition
20 Rich, Flavorful Recipes for
Memorable Holiday Moments
42 REAL ESTATE 28 Alta Potrero in San Francisco 30 Tech Hubs and State Capitals Will Dominate 2021
BUSINESS | DEVELOPMENT 32 3 Luxe Trends Tapped to Spur,
Safeguard Wealth by Merilee Kern
36 Ten Ways to Create a WOW Culture Even in a Crisis
TRAVEL | LEISURE 41 Rocky Mountaineer Brings its
Luxury Train Journeys to a New Route in the Southwest United States in 2021
HEALTH | BEAUTY 48 Boom in Plastic Surgery and
Cosmetic Procedures Underlines the Importance of Making a Smart Choice
50 Make Heart Health Part of Your Self-Care Routine
42 The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes
STYLE | BEAUTY 44 Rehs Galleries Nears
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Dear reader, Welcome to our holiday issue. We start the New Year in style with Rose Hill residential tower in Manhattan gracing the cover. Soaring over 600 feet and offering cinematic views of New York City and the Manhattan skyline, the 45-story full-service ground-up condominium brings 123 residences and an exceptional suite of club-like amenities to the flourishing NoMad neighborhood. Elsewhere in this issue, we explore new opportunities to better ourselves in all kinds of ways, from healthy eating habits to smart investing tips as the new year unfolds. The entire team at High Rise Life magazine wishes you a healthy and happy holiday season. Letâ€™s celebrate the holidays, the New Year, each other and look forward to 2021. Cheers!
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5 Ways to Design with Authentic Materials 12
reating a welcoming and relaxing space may be easier than you expect when you give natural materials a leading role in your design. Elements like natural stone, wood, fiber, metals and even plant life can allow you to express a sense of unique personal style that is broadly appealing.
Most inviting rooms share one quality: ample natural light, which creates a subtly vibrant and energetic ambiance. Other aspects of an enticing design may be less obvious to the casual observer. Special touches like custom craftsmanship lend a special aesthetic to furnishings and decor, and bring authenticity to your home. Similarly, items that are made in America using an artisanal approach can elevate the character of a room when compared to things that are mass manufactured. For example, choose a single piece of artwork from a talented artist rather than multiple pieces of mass-produced art from a retailer. You can incorporate natural and hand-crafted materials into your spaces in countless ways, but these ideas can be achieved regardless of what your budget may be.
Natural Stone When many people think about designing with stone, features like countertops or flooring come to mind. Incorporating stone in more unexpected ways can make an even bigger impression. You might choose a coffee table or end tables that are made of stone or feature stone accents. Accessorizing with stone also introduces an earthy appeal; think agate bookends or decorative items like sculptures.
Hardwood Flooring The floor is often the largest design element of a room, so utilizing authentic materials for your flooring makes a strong statement about the overall tone and feel of the room. An artisan crafted hardwood flooring option like Carlisle Wide Plank Floors is crafted individually – one board at a time – so the emphasis is on the natural beauty of the wood. You can choose a completely custom look, from wood species and grade to texture and color, or make your selection from a collection of popular tried-and-true finishes.
Natural Fiber Textiles Careful attention to detail is important for a cohesive design, so be sure to keep thinking natural when selecting textiles. Linen and rough cotton fabrics bring distinctive textures that maintain an organic vibe. Natural textiles can also be quite durable, making them practical selections for often-used spaces. Elements to consider include window treatments, fabric components of any furnishings and accents like pillows or throws. Jute or wool rugs and textile artwork may also work well with this motif.
Plant Life Vegetation is a central element to landscape design, so when your goal is to create an inviting indoor space with a connection to nature and the outdoors, it makes sense to incorporate plants as part of your design. Options vary greatly, so it may take some work to narrow your selections. If the rest of your space reflects a specific region, choose plants native to that area. You’ll also want to consider lighting and watering requirements as well as the level of care you’re able to dedicate.
Metals Adding metallic components like iron, copper, gold or silver to your space can bring everything from an edgy style to graceful beauty. While furnishings and accessories are common ways to incorporate metallic flair, also think in terms of lighting and hard features like railing spindles and window treatments. Get inspired with more ideas to create an inviting, authentic space at wideplankflooring.com. Courtesy of Family Features.
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Porsche Taycan Charges Ahead in First Year on American Roads One year after the U.S. launched global deliveries of the Taycan, the fully electric sports car is seeing strong sales, world records and continued development Porsche wrote a new chapter in its history one year ago when the first Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo models were delivered to customers in the U.S. in late December 2019. Following much anticipation, and an unveiling that took place simultaneously on three continents in September 2019, new owners on the East and West Coast became the first people in the world to receive their Taycan keys. One year later, the pioneering model has established itself on American roads, instantly becoming a milestone. The Taycan brings the unmistakable Porsche design DNA and performance into a new powertrain future as the brand’s “soul, electrified.” 14
Successful sales despite challenges Since the first cars last December, more than 4,000 customers have driven off in a new Taycan (including over 1,100 in California). During the third quarter, the Taycan Turbo S, Turbo and 4S became the third-best selling Porsche model line in the U.S., trailing only the Macan and Cayenne SUVs. The rapid results have been achieved even with manufacturing shutdowns and delays for several weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite those unforeseen challenges, the Taycan is on track to close a successful first year on the American market.
Porsche enthusiasts were quick to appreciate the achievements of the Taycan, which has also attracted new customers to the brand. More than a third of new owners were previously driving vehicles from other brands before getting behind the wheel of a Taycan.
Record performance The Taycan’s pace has been relentless since its launch from new additions being added to the range, including the Turbo and 4S models (including a Cross Turismo on the way), to our claim to it being our first electric sports car thoroughly tested on both the road and on the track, just like any other Porsche. The Taycan has started setting records with its capabilities, including a benchmark lap time for production electric vehicles set by Taycan Turbo S at the iconic Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, where professional race car driver Leh Keen completed the 2.54-mile track in 1:33.88 minutes. Away from the track, the Taycan was awarded the World Car Awards’ World Performance Car and Luxury Car Awards and was announced as the Center of Automotive Management’s Most Innovative Model for 2020.
Continued development The Taycan premiered with a pioneering 800-volt architecture, which enables extremely fast charging of the battery. The charging time from five to 80 percent State of Charge (SoC) is just 22.5 minutes, with a
maximum charging power (peak) of up to 270 kW, and the customer benefits continue to be improved. A simplified and seamless payment technology through the ultra-fast Electrify America network called Plug&Charge allows owners of Model Year 2021 vehicles to plug in the cable and see authentication handled automatically as the charging station identifies the connected car and can process payments securely and seamlessly. In addition, new battery preservation methods will be available soon that also regulate charging capacity at suitable charge points to extend battery life and reduce overall power loss during charging. Inside the cabin, passengers can enjoy the Taycan’s industry-leading Apple CarPlayÒ integration. Forthcoming updates include location based Smartlift of the vehicle’s front end on models with adaptive air suspension, and Porsche Innodrive, which adjusts the speed of the car to the conditions up to 1.5 miles ahead, with specific consideration for speed limits, turns, traffic circles, and situations where you must yield or stop. With continued updates to the Taycan, and more new models to follow its lead, the first fully electric Porsche has launched off the line to set a rapid pace for years to come. For more information, please visit porsche.com.
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ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD
Take a Sip of History with Cocktails Aged in Clay Pots
Bar Trigona breathes new life into an ancient preservation practice 16
ake a step back, oak barrels. The new frontier in cocktail ageing is clay pots. With its ability to coax out subtle tastes and silky textures, earthenware is now being used by leading cocktail creators to elevate the flavor profiles of drinks. As the first pottery invented by humans, clay earthenware has a long history in the kitchen, going back some 8,000 years. Prized for their uniquely porous texture, these unassuming vessels were widely used for cooking and preserving food and beverages, until modern alternatives displaced them from the shelves. In several Asian communities, traces of this culinary heritage linger on, think clay pot chicken rice and briyanis simmered in traditional handis. Now on the cusp of a comeback, clay pots are finding flavor among natural winemakers and maverick mixologists around the world. “Clay creates a quite different ageing environment. It breathes faster than oak barrels and increases the pH level in the beverage,” explains Ashish Sharma, Head Bartender of Bar Trigona at Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur. “The process is fast but tricky to work with, which makes it all the more interesting.” Close on the heels of being named Malaysia’s Best Bar in 2020, Bar Trigona’s menu introduces KL’s connoisseurs to cocktails aged in clay pots – a vibrant addition to the city’s buzzing drinks scene. The cocktails are rested for up to two weeks in unglazed terracotta vessels, infusing them with earthiness, minerality and smoothness. Compared with oak, it is the
porousness of clay that allows greater control over temperature and oxygen exchange. “The liquid interacts more freely and also evaporates faster,” notes Ashish, emphasizing that precision is key to getting the flavors just right. An amalgam of Malay, Indian and Chinese influences, Malaysian pottery is a tangible symbol of the country’s all-embracing diversity. Plus, as an abundant and natural material, clay is highly sustainable. As Ashish observes, “Being a Malaysian bar, it makes much more sense for us to use clay pots for ageing. They check all the boxes – locally made, reusable and biodegradable.” The clayware used by Bar Trigona has been crafted by Amin, a talented young potter from Pahang whom Ashish tracked down through the National Art Gallery of Malaysia. Guests can taste the marvels of clay-ageing with six signature cocktails, all designed by master bartenders who have done guest shifts at Bar Trigona – from Lorenzo Antinori who led Caprice from Four Seasons Hong Kong into Asia’s 50 Best Bars, to Vijay Mudaliar who founded Native, one of Singapore’s most famous drinking destinations. Behind the counter at Bar Trigona, Ashish swirls together a trifecta of Venezuelan dark rum, artisanal vermouth and Campari, then pours it into an unglazed clay pot and covers it tightly. This is Rich Heart, a blend dreamed up by Sai Charan, Diplomático’s Asia Pacific brand ambassador. After 7-14 days of ageing, it will be ready to drink. Transformed by its interaction with the clay, the cocktail will have mellowed and become beautifully balanced. Sip it slowly, savor it deeply. Behind it lies the weight of millennia-old traditions, tracing their path all the way from the Neolithic period to the glass in your hand. For more information, please visit www.fourseasons.com/kualalumpur.
FOOD | RECIPE
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New Year Nutrition Take on 2021 with a sustainable, low-carb eating plan A new year brings with it new opportunities to better yourself in all kinds of ways, including your health. Start by evaluating your at-home menu to make sure it aligns with your nutritional goals. These recipes for Vegetarian Ramen Zoodle Bowls, Broccolini and Bacon Egg Bites and Flourless Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Atkins offer better-for-you options that fit within a low-carb lifestyle that can help you eat right and make smarter choices in your kitchen. Each option offers a balanced approach to eating comprised of high-fiber carbohydrates, optimal protein and healthy fats. Plus, they’re easily personalized, allowing each recipe to help you meet your goals regardless of what eating plan you’re following and whether you’re looking to achieve weight loss, maintain your weight or achieve optimal health. 18
Vegetarian Ramen Zoodle Bowls 4 large eggs ice water 2 cups fresh water 1 quart vegetable broth 5 ounces (3 cups) broccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces 10 ounces (4 cups) spiralized zucchini 5 ounces (5 packed cups) baby spinach 1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons, white miso paste 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, plus additional for garnish, to taste 2 cups mung bean sprouts, for garnish chili garlic sauce, for garnish 1 cup shredded raw carrot, for garnish 4 tablespoons crushed peanuts, for garnish www.HighRiseLife.com
Recipe courtesy of “The Atkins 100 Eating Solution”
In large saucepan of gently boiling water, cook eggs 7 minutes then transfer to bowl of ice water. Drain cooking water from saucepan then add broth and fresh water. Bring to simmer over medium-high heat. Add broccoli and cook 3 minutes then add zucchini and spinach. Continue cooking until spinach is wilted and zucchini is crisp-tender, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Ladle about 1/2 cup broth from saucepan into small bowl. Add miso paste and 1/4 teaspoon salt; whisk to combine. Return mixture to soup, add sesame oil and stir to combine. Add additional salt, to taste. Cover to keep warm. Remove eggs from ice bath; peel then cut in half lengthwise. Ladle 2 cups soup into four serving bowls. Top each portion with one egg and 1/2 cup sprouts. Drizzle with chili garlic sauce and additional sesame oil, to taste. Top each serving with 1/4 cup shredded carrot and 1 tablespoon crushed peanuts. Nutritional information per serving: 10 grams net carbs; 17 grams total carbs; 7 grams fiber; 16 grams protein; 13 grams fat; 253 calories.
Broccolini and Bacon Egg Bites
Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly coat eight silicone egg-bite mold cups or eight cups of standard nonstick muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray and set in large baking pan. In large nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until golden, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate to drain. Chop bacon into small pieces. In blender, puree eggs, cream cheese, feta cheese, hot sauce and 1/4 teaspoon salt until smooth. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet. Add broccolini, water and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until broccolini is tender, 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat. Fill each egg cup with 1 teaspoon bacon and 1 tablespoon broccolini. Top with egg mixture, filling cups to about 1/8 inch from top. Add just enough boiled water to baking pan to come halfway up sides of molds. Bake egg bites until set, 20-25 minutes. Take pan from oven then take molds from water bath. Let egg bites cool then remove from molds. In medium bowl, toss arugula, lemon juice, oil and salt and pepper, to taste. Place 3/4 cup salad, two egg bites and 1/4 cup blueberries on four plates and serve. Nutritional information per serving: 9 grams net carbs; 11 grams total carbs; 2 grams fiber; 14 grams protein; 34 grams fat; 400 calories.
Recipe Courtesy of “The Atkins 100 Eating Solution”
Nonstick cooking spray 5 slices (4 ounces) no-sugar- added bacon 5 large eggs 3 ounces cream cheese 2 tablespoons feta cheese 1 tablespoon hot sauce 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided 4 1/2 ounces broccolini (5-7 stalks), stalks and florets thinly sliced 1 tablespoon water 1 1/2 cups baby arugula
1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 cup fresh blueberries
FOOD | RECIPE
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Rich, Flavorful Recipes for
Memorable Holiday Moments For many families, spending special moments with loved ones feels more important than ever this year. Whether youâ€™re spending the holidays with family or inviting them for a virtual call from afar, you can plan ahead to enjoy the same dishes even without being at the same table. Tap into family favorites like these seasonal sweets that include California Walnuts for rich, holiday-worthy flavor. Overnight Walnut French Toast with Cranberry Walnut Ginger Compote offers a tart-sweet combination perfect for a holiday brunch and allows you to prep the night before and simply pop in the oven when you wake up. Drizzled with a chocolate-peppermint glaze and finished with walnuts and crushed peppermint candies, a Walnut Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake can provide the perfect finish to the festivities. The soft cake and crunchy walnuts contrast for an ultimate texture combination.
Overnight Walnut French Toast with Cranberry Walnut Ginger Compote Total time: 1 hour Servings: 12 20
Cranberry Walnut Ginger Compote 1/2 cup California Walnuts 2 cups cranberries 1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 orange, zest only
Overnight Walnut French Toast 8 slices Texas Toast or 1-inch thick slices French bread 1/4 cup butter, melted, plus additional for baking dish, divided 2 1/2 cups milk or walnut milk 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon cinnamon 6 eggs To make Cranberry Walnut Ginger Compote: Preheat oven to 350 F. Place walnuts on baking sheet and toast 8 minutes. Remove from heat and chop coarsely. In medium pot over medium heat, combine toasted walnuts, cranberries, orange juice, syrup, ginger and orange zest. Bring to boil and
stir frequently 12-15 minutes until cranberries pop and liquid starts to reduce. Transfer to container and refrigerate once cooled. To make Overnight Walnut French Toast: Preheat oven to 350 F. Place bread on baking sheet and bake 5 minutes, or until lightly toasted on outside but still soft on inside. Butter 13-by-9-inch baking dish. In large bowl, whisk milk, sugar, 1/4 cup butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and eggs. Dip each bread slice in mixture and let soak about 15 seconds on each side. Place in prepared baking dish, overlapping slices slightly, if necessary. Cover and refrigerate a few hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake 50-60 minutes, or until golden brown and somewhat firm to touch. Serve immediately topped with Cranberry Walnut Ginger Compote. Find more sweet holiday recipes at walnuts.org. Courtesy of Family Features. www.HighRiseLife.com
Art Deco-inspired Residential Tower Showcases Flexible Living and Abundant Outdoor Space Photos Courtesy of Rockefeller Group & Recent Spaces
ockefeller Group – founded more than 90 years ago to develop Rockefeller Center and today a leading U.S. owner and developer of world-class properties across various real estate asset types – today announced that closings have commenced at Rose Hill, the firm’s first luxury residential tower in Manhattan. Located at 30 East 29th Street between Park Avenue South & Madison Avenue, soaring over 600 feet and offering cinematic views of New York City and the Manhattan skyline, the 45-story full-service ground-up condominium brings 123 residences and an exceptional suite of club-like amenities to the flourishing NoMad neighborhood. “We couldn’t be more excited to have reached this significant milestone and to welcome our first residents’ home to Rose Hill,” said Meg Brod, Rockefeller Group’s Senior Vice President and head of Development in the Northeast U.S. “It’s been incredibly gratifying to see the building’s ambitious design come to life and have buyers recognize the tremendous value that Rose Hill provides. Rose Hill was designed with the future (lifestyle) of New Yorkers in mind. Located in the heart of one of Manhattan’s most vibrant and pace-setting neighborhoods, Rose Hill’s unique home layouts, expansive amenity offering, and timeless design continue to attract new interest from New Yorkers as well as international buyers.” In the historic neighborhood that itself was once known as Rose Hill – a nod to the 130-acre Rose Hill Farm estate that occupied the land – the building encompasses studios to four-bedroom homes that come in a variety of unique layouts, many with inventive flex room spaces that can be customized to the buyers’ personal needs such as a home-office, gym, library or nursery. A variety of residences additionally feature substantial private outdoor space, including the collection of soaring penthouses that crown the top floors of the building. Pricing begins at $1.385 million for studios up to $19.5 million for a 4-bed, 4.5-bath penthouse. With architecture and interior design by CetraRuddy, the acclaimed global architecture firm known for successfully blending modern design with crafted detail, Rose Hill represents an unprecedented approach to urban living. Inspired by the Rockefeller Group’s historic and timeless developments, decorative lighting illuminates the bronze-tone tower’s base and crown to highlight the building’s unique articulation. The sophisticated homes boast a rich selection of hand-picked materials, custom kitchen cabinetry and marble baths with custom-designed vanities, over-sized windows, and soaring ceilings. Upon entering the building residents will be greeted in the Gotham-esque lobby with an inviting and generous lounge and line-of-sight through to the bright, open-air courtyard. Capturing attention, the moment you walk through the front door, a striking, one-of-a-kind mural created by local artist Matthew Cole will be present. The piece, which will be unveiled soon, brings nature and outdoor elements into the space, offering a peaceful entry from the city’s bustling streets.
Rose Hill is home to a vast selection of amenities that have been thoughtfully designed to embrace a communal atmosphere that encourages a social and active lifestyle. Select offerings have been curated by an amazing collection of premier New York-based businesses. Rose Hill offers a fully equipped fitness center curated by New York City’s leading HIIT and Strength brand FHITTING ROOM as well as a professional
grade squash court in partnership with SquashRx. These fitness amenities complement the building’s comprehensive health and wellness club, which consists of a 50-foot indoor pool and dry heat wellness sauna, a pet salon with grooming tub and resident storage. On the ground floor and programmed by Strictly Cycling Collective, one of the city’s best cycling shops, is a dramatic bike room with an in-house bike repair workshop for resident use. Rose Hill will also offer several extraordinary coworking spaces, perfect for remote learning or working from home. This includes a private lobby lounge dubbed “The Blue Room,” which has multiple seating areas and tables for working with Wi-Fi and adjacent access to a beautifully landscaped garden courtyard that directly connects to fresh air, as well as a lobby library curated by celebrated local institution Strand Books with a host of seating. The 37th floor private residents club, accompanied by the magnificent city skyline offers an indoor private dining room, outdoor BBQ area with seating and breathtaking views, a second library, multiple indoor or outdoor common areas, and a game room. In response to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, Rose Hill has incorporated high efficiency air filters in all common and
amenity areas, with even higher efficiency MERV 15 filters in the ground floor lobby. These filters continuously clean the air circulated throughout each of the spaces through the removal of dust and other fine particles. Additionally, each home at Rose Hill has been designed and constructed with enhanced details at the perimeter walls and floor slabs to prevent transmission of air between units.
Every home at Rose Hill also features operable windows to allow for additional fresh air at the owner’s convenience. Rose Hill has also recently unveiled its collection of new model residences, offering prospective buyers a first look inside these luxurious homes. The furnished homes’ eclectic decor seamlessly blends with Rose Hill’s Art Deco-inspired design. CORE is the exclusive sales and marketing firm for the building. For additional information or to schedule a private appointment, please visit www.rosehill.nyc.com. December/January 2020-2021
REAL ESTATE | DEVELOPMENT
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Wood Partners, a national leader in multi-family real estate development and acquisition, announced today the grand opening of its newest luxury residential community – Alta Potrero – in San Francisco, California. The new community is managed by Wood Residential Services. Alta Potrero offers 172 apartment homes in studios, one, two and three-bedroom plans, plus townhomes with walkup access. Alta Potrero offers modern-style apartment homes in the popular neighborhood of Potrero Hill in San Francisco, near many of the city’s top employers, food and entertainment destinations, and transportation hubs. Located at 1301 16th Street, Alta Potrero is delivering 172 units to one of the country’s most desirable residential areas. “Potrero Hill is a charming neighborhood with an abundance of restaurants and bars, which will provide residents with unbeatable access to everything San Francisco has to offer,” said Julia Wilk, Managing Director for Wood Partners. Residents can easily get to work from nearby BART, MUNI and Caltrain stations, or on one of many bus lines or bike lanes in the neighborhood. Alta Potrero has easy
access to Interstate-280 and Highway 101. Numerous major tech company headquarters are within two miles of the new community, as are offices for many major financial and medical research employers. Surrounding Potrero Hill are a variety of dynamic neighborhoods, home to dozens of local eateries, bistros, coffee shops, and small businesses. Safeway and Whole Foods locations within a half mile provide easy grocery store access. Alta Potrero features 6,700 square feet of first floor retail and two expansive rooftop outdoor terraces with barbeque grills, fire pits and 360-degree views of San Francisco’s skyline. A landscaped courtyard has fire pits and a shaded tree grove. The community also has co-working spaces, bike storage and a dog wash. The fitness center features state-of-the-art equipment including a Peloton Bike. Unit and building entries are smartphone operated by Latch, and the community has a secured 24-hour package room. Each apartment home offers the finest kitchen finishes from Fischer & Paykel, Blomberg appliances, quartz countertops, backsplashes and islands. All homes have floor-to-ceiling windows, individual climate controls and front-load, in-unit washer and dryer. Select units feature private balconies. Alta Potrero offers 172 apartment homes in studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom plans, plus townhomes with walkup access. For more information, please visit www.altapotrero.com.
REAL ESTATE | MARKET TRENDS
Tech Hubs and State Capitals Will Dominate 2021 Sacramento, Calif., San Jose, Calif. and Charlotte, N.C. are forecasted to see the highest home price appreciation and sales growth in 2021 Millennial homebuyers, relative affordability, and strong local economies will drive realtor. com’s Top Markets of 2021 to lead the nation in a year when real estate is expected to be strong coast to coast. This year’s list in rank order includes Sacramento, Calif., San Jose, Calif., Charlotte, N.C., Boise, Idaho, Seattle, Phoenix, Harrisburg, Pa., Oxnard, Calif., Denver, and Riverside, Calif. The areas on this list are expected to see the strongest home price and sales growth in the U.S. in 2021. In fact, home prices across the top 30
10 markets are forecasted to increase by 6.9% and sales by 13.1% year-over-year, which is significantly higher than the national projection of 5.7% price appreciation and 7.0% sales growth. “This past year, we have all become more reliant on technology to work, learn, and maintain personal connections. The technology hubs that make this possible are thriving, as are their housing markets,” said realtor.com’s Chief Economist, Danielle Hale. “Additionally, the relative stability of government jobs in the
past year has driven home prices and sales in several state capitals to the top. Home buyers, particularly younger first-time buyers, looking in one of these markets should expect rising prices and heavy competition. Meanwhile, sellers will remain in a position of power, but will find themselves on the other side of the bargaining table when buying their next home.”
Tech Titans A common driver of this year’s top markets is the prevalence of high paying tech jobs. Tech salaries in Sacramento, San Jose, Boise, www.HighRiseLife.com
Denver, and Seattle have driven home prices through the roof over the last several years and this trend is expected to continue in 2021. Additionally, areas such as Charlotte and Phoenix are quickly establishing themselves as rising tech hubs with a plethora of jobs in technology, as well as education, government and healthcare. In fact, the projected unemployment rate for 2021’s top markets is 7.9% compared to the national average of 8.2%. Tech-related jobs make up an average of 8.7% of the workforce in this year’s top markets list compared to 6.4% of the U.S.
Relative Affordability Home prices in eight of the top 10 markets are more expensive than the average of the top 100 markets. But many are relatively affordable when compared to their nearby counterparts or offer significantly more square footage for a similar price. For example, buyers priced out of New York ($216 per sq.ft.) can find increased space and affordability in Harrisburg ($122 per sq.ft.), while buyers in Sacramento ($284 per sq.ft.) can get more bang for their buck than December/January 2020-2021
nearby San Francisco ($679 per sq.ft.). This is also true when comparing Oxnard ($413 per sq.ft.) and Riverside ($247 per sq.ft.) with Los Angeles ($556 per sq.ft.).
how popular these markets have become, but older, more financially established generations will be the ones purchasing most of the homes next year.
On average, the top 10 markets have a larger share of millennials (14.1%) than the U.S. (13.5%). A market’s ability to lure millennials is a good indicator of the livability of the area including job opportunities, dining, and entertainment. However, when it comes to millennials purchasing homes in the top 10, two trends are emerging. In half of this year’s top markets, including: Charlotte, Boise, Phoenix, Harrisburg and Riverside, millennials are already homeowners and expected to make most of the home purchases that drive home price growth and sales. In the other group of markets, such as San Jose, Seattle, and Denver, the high cost of living has made homeownership a difficult accomplishment, not only for millennials but for all generations. The high number of millennials in the market shows
Half of the top markets are state capitals, including Sacramento, Boise, Phoenix, Harrisburg and Denver. The strong government presence in these areas offers stability for their local economy and jobs markets. This is especially important after a year when a global pandemic has significantly disrupted local economies across the nation. On top of the government jobs, these areas also have strong job diversity in both the public and private sectors, including education, healthcare, technology, manufacturing and military, which is positioning them for solid growth in the future. The average GDP growth rate for the top markets is forecasted to be 5.34% in 2021, versus 4.85% for the top 100 metros. For more information, visit realtor.com. 31
BUSINESS | DEVELOPMENT
3 Luxe Trends Tapped to Spur, Safeguard Wealth Written by Merilee Kern, MBA
Key Luxury Assets Emerging as Safe Haven Against Ominous Economic Outlook With the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield at a historically low rate of 0.84%, coupled with the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projecting a significantly deteriorated, investors are clamoring for a safe haven. This includes medium to long-term alternative investments that not only provide safety, but also market-like returns in a reflationary environment. “Competing with the elephants on Wall Street for traditional investments or private equity deals, where returns can struggle to outpace management fees and inflation, does not appear fruitful over the next decade,” underscores Thomas Neptune, General Counsel at S.L. Contursi, Inc. “Now facing an environment with very few reliable options at their disposal, many high net worth investors, and their financial advisors, are increasingly thinking ‘outside the box’ as they look to put their capital to work. Many are turning to proven non-correlated collectibles markets that have survived and thrived for centuries.” Anyone who has attended an alternative investment conference in recent history has likely sat through a panel on “Art as an Asset Class.” For many
centuries, ultra high end “blue chip” fine art pieces have been a store of value within the market, which has a long track record of price appreciation. However, after years of successfully institutionalizing this particular global sector and witnessing staggering price increases therein, trouble is brewing as demand from major art markets like London and Hong Kong falters due to geopolitics, trade wars and the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Art is becoming a nonstarter While fine art does not paint a particularly pretty picture for investors, several other collectibles markets with significantly lower entry prices are emerging as asset classes worthy of serious consideration—not only for investment but also offering many other non-financial benefits. Namely, the fine wine, rare coin and classic car markets. Recognizing the largely untapped and tremendous upside potential of these niche, private sectors where Wall Street currently does not compete, private investors are forming relationships with renowned experts in these fields to mitigate (or even circumvent) any kind of specialized learning curve and begin immediately reaping the rewards.
Centuries in the making Fine wine, rare coins and classic cars are collectibles markets that have been in existence for decades or even centuries, which begs the question as to why they are each gaining alternative investment traction right now. “Collectibles such as fine wine, rare coins and classic cars are highly insulated from the seemingly insurmountable headwinds that investors face today,” clarifies Neptune. “This includes, but certainly isn’t limited to, a second wave of COVID-19, limited tools remaining for monetary policy intervention, wavering fiscal policy support due to political gridlock, weakening economic data and forecasted traditional portfolio returns at 100-year lows over the next decade —just to name a few! These three collectibles markets are unique in that they generally have a low supply of ‘trophy items’ that wealthy, passionate collectors compete to locate and purchase for their exquisite collections.” Working with experts in each vertical space to accelerate acquisitions and yields, layman and generalist non-collectors are now positioning themselves for long-term investment performance that was previously only accessible to industry insiders and sophisticated collectors with a deep knowledge base. By tapping specialized industry authorities who are easier than ever to identify and engage, each of these playing fields have been blown wide open and a proverbial gold rush is underway in sectors that are holding strong.
In fact, according to Knight Frank’s “The Wealth Report, ” over the last 10 years these particular asset classes have demonstrated impressive value increases, with 120% for fine wine, 175% for rare coins, and 194% for classic cars. Best of all, these markets are just hitting their stride given the relatively grim economic outlook for the decade ahead. On the flip side of the coin, one should bear in mind that due to
finite supply observed at the rare, high end of each market, even relatively small increases in global demand could send prices skyrocketing. So, it seems “sooner rather than later” is the perfect time to test these vehicles before any further seismic price shifts occur, and under the guidance of trusted experts while they still have capacity.
Fine Wine: How to avoid the “buy retail – sell wholesale” dilemma It is no surprise that the global elite are willing to spend top dollar on the finest wines from world-class producers in places such as Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Napa Valley. In 2018 for example, a single bottle of 1945 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti with pristine provenance sold at auction for a world record $558,000. While most of their peers are paying retail prices to consume or collect th ese trophies, savvy investors are working with trusted industry experts to purchase investment grade wines below their market value. “Throughout the pandemic our clients have reallocated wealth to fine wine as a diversified investment, which is a relatively liquid tangible asset,” according to Paul Hammond, Co-Founder of IG Wines. “From there it’s simple–we strive to buy opportunistically, we store the wine portfolio in bonded warehouses in a tax efficient structure, and ultimately we make recommendations on optimal exits. Although production is generally high upon release for, say, a first growth Bordeaux wine,
much of the elite wine is consumed over time, thus reducing the supply while maintaining a consistently strong global demand for the best vintages.”
of these collectors own classic cars, which are holding steady as long-term investments following the boom-and-bust periods of the ‘80s and ‘90s. “Now more than ever it’s critical to work with experts who you trust to purchase the classic cars that have long-term investment potential, while avoiding mistakes when motivated by passion,” stated Paul Mershon, Founder and CEO of Silverhawk Private Wealth.
The Liv-Ex 100, which has tracked the most sought-after wines in the secondary market since 2002, has increased 213% in value as of November 2020, with 6.63% annualized growth and low volatility. Based on this steady track record, it might be worth considering this asset class for more than just one’s personal indulgence.
United States Rare Coins—Wealth protection with one of the most private and portable assets in the world Many wealthy investors who identify as “non-collectors” are also now considering United States rare coins due to these historical assets having a 125-plus year track record of wealth preservation and performance in all market cycles. This holds especially true in times of uncertainty such as past world wars, the Great Depression, the financial crisis of 2007-2009 and even the current global coronavirus pandemic. “For the last decade we have been sharing our rare coin investing expertise with high net worth individuals who know absolutely nothing about this market—those focused on wealth preservation, equity market-like returns, private and portable transactions and inflation hedges,” said Michael Contursi, Partner at the family owned and operated Contursi Rare Coin Investments. “Many investors see this market as a ‘diamond in the rough’ that is on the verge of rapid growth as more global investors become aware of this dynamic asset class.” For example, this proof example of the $4 Stella produced only from 1879 to 1880—from the book titled “100 Greatest U.S. Coins” authored by Jeff Garrett—has shown steady price appreciation over the last 60 years, where often times these assets remain in a family’s estate and are passed down to heirs for multiple generations.
1880 $4 Gold Stella, Coiled Hair •1960: $15,000 •1980: $100,000 •2003: $350,000 •2019: $1,250,000 For their part, Contursi’s family and company, alike, created wealth in this antiquity rare 34
As part of the firm’s Tria Formula, Mershon indicates they seek opportunistic investments in the classic car and other collectibles markets on behalf of their high-net-worth clientele. “Our team includes market experts and renowned third parties who source each investment and ensure the assets are purchased at below fair market value, allowing for price appreciation over time,” he said. coin market due to patriarch and founder Steven Contursi’s sophisticated investment philosophy over the last 45 years, rendering the group comfortable and adept at owning and holding these high-value historical assets. In fact, the Contursi’s have broken many world record sales, including the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar that sold for $7.85 million , and today their company maintains the largest active rare coin inventory in the world. Even so, there is still much available in this burgeoning and storied market akin to modern-day treasure hunting. “Really it all comes down to trust, verifiable information and our family’s direct relationship with clients—we put our money where our mouth is by owning these assets ourselves,” Contursi added. “However, we also do not have enough capital to buy all the opportunity in the market—and that is why our business model includes sharing access to these assets not just with passionate collectors, but also wealth oriented investors who seek to diversify and safeguard their holdings. Through these engagements, investors can acquire and benefit from the same elite assets that sophisticated collectors and dealers seek, while avoiding costly mistakes since they’re working with our family in mutually aligned structures.”
Finding a smooth investment ride with classic cars The global elite have always had expensive taste when it comes to their cars. This lust for owning the best trophies—ones that others can only admire from a distance—has turned into a lucrative investment for many. In a UBS Investor Watch survey of highnet-worth investors, 25% of respondents identified as collectors, with 10% of their wealth stored in collectibles. Notably, 15%
Streamlined market access via industry expert alignment Too many traditional advisors simply do not know how to access or offer these elite niche assets—and so they do not. As such, investors are missing out on the potential to mitigate portfolio risk while enhancing their diversified holdings. As with any emerging or specialized market, whether other kinds of collectibles, tangible assets or otherwise, the key common thread is that advantages can be rapidly gained by working in partnership with these kinds of specialized field experts. Not only do they locate and purchase such investment-grade trophies, but they can also manage the portfolio and ultimately broker opportunistic sales for clients or their heirs. This saves precious time since it negates the need for investors to learn everything about these markets while allowing them to invest with greater confidence. Indeed, for investors eyeing the ominous medium to long-term economic horizon, seeking expert guidance to explore these kinds of emerging markets—before they become established, saturated markets—can be a highly satisfying, passion-promoting investment play. Here, bragging rights do apply.
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.
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Ten Ways to Create a WOW Culture Even in a Crisis 36
Coronavirus has upended workplaces everywhere, but that does not mean dropping the ball on your culture-building efforts. Deb Boelkes shares techniques for engaging employees and giving them what they need to be successful during this time of reset. Deb Boelkes has built a career helping companies create cultures that “wow” their people—cultures where leaders motivate and inspire employees, fill them with purpose, challenge them, and help them thrive. That is all well and good in times of prosperity. But what about in times of fear and uncertainty? As the pandemic keeps employees remotely located, furloughed, and (in the cases of essential employees) working in fear, is it possible to keep a WOW culture going? “Absolutely,” says Boelkes. In fact, now is the time for culture-minded leaders to double-down on their efforts. “Now, more than ever, it’s crucial to maintain team cohesion and keep employees engaged and inspired,” says Boelkes, author of The WOW Factor Workplace: How to Create a Best Place to Work Culture. “We’re all resetting right now. What you do now to shape your culture is likely to stick around once the crisis has passed.” No doubt about it: Great leaders drive the creation of great cultures. That is why now is the perfect time to work on your leadership abilities and commit to lifelong learning. “The best leaders will be grateful for the chance to take their leadership skills to an entirely new level,” says Boelkes. “They will use this time as a catalyst to test their mettle. They will leave their ego at the door and embrace our conundrum with humility.” Here are some things leaders can do right now to improve themselves while working to create a culture of WOW in these unprecedented times:
Be more visible and engaged. This makes it less likely that team members will mentally check out or become frustrated and depressed. Garry Ridge, chairman and CEO of the WD-40 Company, shared in Boelkes’ book Heartfelt Leadership, “In hard times, as a leader, you need to be more visible than ever before. We’ve got to be there, in the moment, when people need us.” Ridge continued, “I’ll tell you a funny story. When we were going through the global financial crisis in 2008, I observed people in the company as I’d wander around this office or any of our other offices around the world. People were asking me more often, ‘How are you?’ I realized they were looking to me, in their time of uncertainty and fear, to give them that little bit of security to carry them through. Leaders need to make sure in times of war, and in times of trouble, they are visible.”
Ask techno-savvy team members for help, if needed. If you are not used to working with Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime, call on team members who are more comfortable and proficient with using such technology. Not only will it make them feel needed, but it can also help them become more comfortable in communicating with those above them, especially when they see you behave in an unusually humble way. This, in and of itself, can help build new bridges with more team members. Make sure everyone understands the mission. No matter what world environment we face, in good times and in bad, the leader’s role is to define and communicate the organizational strategy and the objectives to be achieved. Not understanding why things are being done, or the intent of the mission, is a big demotivator. “Failure to communicate on the leader’s part will surely cause a performance failure for those reporting to them,” says Boelkes.
Remove roadblocks as quickly as possible. To create engaging environments, great managers know how important it is to make sure team members can perform at their personal best. This is especially important when people are forced to work from home, doing things in ways they haven’t had to before, with heavier than normal burdens. “Be readily available, willing to listen to team member concerns, and mentor them,” says Boelkes. “Help each team member feel empowered and confident enough to take initiative for solving problems for themselves December/January 2020-2021
to the extent they can. When it is clear there are roadblocks that must be dealt with at higher levels, do what you can as the leader to get those roadblocks out of their way. Your efforts to help them learn, become more self-sufficient, and be more productive will be appreciated.”
Seek to understand new issues and leverage newfound perspectives. Anticipate quickly changing demand, delivery challenges, and supply chain limitations, as well as opportunities to serve new markets. Encourage team members to share any ideas they may have to improve internal processes, operations, products, services, vendor relations, client services, and/or the customer experience. Working remotely or alone for a change might enable team members to see things from a completely different perspective. Take advantage of the new paradigm to learn and adjust.
Understand what makes employees tick and why they work there. Don’t underestimate the importance of having regular performance reviews and professional development one-on-ones, especially during times like these, even if such meetings must be held online. Just because jobs are no longer as plentiful as they were just a short time ago, never assume your best team members won’t jump ship. Ask them, “What keeps you at our company?” If you haven’t done it in a while, ask about their career goals. Make sure they know they have your support in working toward achieving their dreams and desires. Determine how, in the current situation, they can best align their unique strengths, evolving professional objectives, and personal needs to best support the organization’s new objectives.
Leverage employees’ changing needs to meet the new needs of your company. During one-on-ones, ask, “What
consider, either for the time being or to be enacted when things stabilize,” says Boelkes. “Knowing realignment could be possible in the future might give them the hope they need to stick it out as well as something to look forward to.”
Proactively help employees’ network and nurture their potential. Offer to facilitate personal/professional development opportunities outside the organization. Make warm introductions for team members with other leaders within or outside your company. Encourage informational telephone interviews so team members can learn more about your company’s internal operations, customer operations, vendor operations, or beyond. Keep team members learning. “I’ve always been a believer in nudging people out of their comfort zone,” says Boelkes. “That shouldn’t change because we’re in a pandemic.”
Keep internal networks and support systems evolving. Offer team members
might lure you away from here?” What they tell you today might be totally different from what they might have told you when life was more predictable. There may never be a better time to create a new position or a new set of responsibilities that will allow them to do what they love and help take the organization in a new or different direction.
opportunities to participate in special, newly created webinars to aid in reducing stress, teambuilding, or professional coaching, paid for by the firm, and either hosted by you, a Human Resources specialist, a university extension program, or an executive coach.
“Suggest new tasks, or even transfer or promotional opportunities for them to
Such programs might foster team brainstorming or discussion of topics such as: how to cope with working from home, how to
serve customers in new ways, ideas to make this new lifestyle easier, new ways to serve our communities, how to be a better remote manager, or any other topics team members would like to discuss. Be sure to offer these online events at various times of the day evening or even on weekends so team members can select a time that works best for them.
Institute Management by Objectives (MBOs). Initiate a performance-based management program for newly remote workers. Allow team members to decide what works best for them for reviewing their performance (i.e., daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or ad hoc). Discuss with each one what it takes to maintain a “Best Place to Work” given the new, albeit temporary, conditions. Whatever you do, do not squander this time of culture reset, urges Boelkes. Instead, vow to emerge from the pandemic a better, stronger company. “It is your leadership that will determine your company’s success over the coming months and on into the future,” she concludes. “If you do your job well, you will all grow as leaders and employees from this experience. And keep in mind one of my favorite quotes from Coach John Wooden: Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” For more information, please visit www.businessworldrising.com. www.HighRiseLife.com
HUBLOT STYLE ENDURES, INSPIRED BY NEW YORK CITY
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The Classic Fusion Concrete Jungle New York presents the cityâ€™s sophisticated poise and everlasting elegance without ignoring its raw elements. Developed in an even more robust material, the Classic Fusion is reinforced in a fine concrete with minute detailing that evoke the cityâ€™s edges and structure. Muted grey tones juxtaposed against a black strap are quintessential New York with its ability to be simultaneously monochromatic and effervescent, uniform and unconventional.
TRAVEL | LEISURE
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Rocky Mountaineer Brings its Luxury Train Journeys to a New Route in the Southwest United States in 2021 Rocky Mountaineer brings its luxury train journeys to the Southwest United States in 2021 with the Rockies to the Red Rocks route, a twoday rail journey between Denver, Colorado, and Moab, Utah, with an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Rocky Mountaineer operates multi-day, daytime train journeys that feature incredible scenery, regional cuisine, and attentive service in its spacious, glass-domed train coaches. The company has long had the goal of expanding its routes to bring its train travel experience to showcase new destinations. This new route will be in addition to the three rail routes that run in Western Canada, between Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. “Rocky Mountaineer will bring a new luxury train tour to explore the historic rail route between Denver and Moab. Over the past 30 years, Rocky Mountaineer has become renowned for our world-class train travel experiences, and now we are opening our newest train experience in the region where train travel history began,” said Peter Armstrong, founder of Rocky Mountaineer. “This region, with its magnificent scenery, national parks, vast opportunities to explore, will delight millions.” December/January 2020-2021
Rocky Mountaineer will launch the route with a preview season of 40 departures across 10 weeks from August 15 to October 23, 2021. The company is working with local tourism organizations, hotels and tour operators to curate custom vacation packages that feature tours, activities, and stays in Denver and Moab, so guests can experience even more of the region. “The work to find a new route has been underway for several years as we needed to find a special location with many of the same features we have in Western Canada – incredible scenery, iconic destinations, and the option for an all daytime, multi-day journey that is best experienced by train. Rockies to the Red Rocks will have all of this and more and is an opportunity to bring our award-winning Rocky Mountaineer experience to showcase the epic scenery of the Southwest United States,” explained Steve Sammut, president and chief executive officer of Rocky Mountaineer. “The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on the travel industry, and there is continued uncertainty of when tourism will recover. However, we believe American travelers, and those from around the world, will be eager to explore this region by rail with us and we look forward to welcoming them in 2021 and beyond.” Travelers can reserve a place on a 2021 departure at www.rockymountaineer. com/train-routes/rockies-red-rocks. 41
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The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes Unveils $30 Million Renovation and Redesign 42
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated, newly renovated guest rooms, luxury pool and Club Lounge. The $30 million renovation features cohesive, layered, and refined accommodations, a new luxury pool and cabanas and updated Club Lounge. Due to be complete February 2021, the 582 guest rooms will feature design inspired by the natural beauty of the property’s lushly landscaped grounds, wildlife-filled water and surrounding habitats. Each room offers guests a sanctuary to relax and unwind with added technology touchpoints for the modern traveler including higher quality internet speed and more userfriendly outlet placements. This new design brings in soft colors, plush textures, and distinctive architectural elements that combine elegant lines and modern details for a cosmopolitan ambience that excites, pleases, and comforts. Guests are welcomed into the room with a marine-inspired courtesy ledge dotted with nautical details, and curated artwork alluding to the gentle, more refined, and unexpected slices of local life. Inspired design elements continue throughout the guest room with upholstered wall panels, cozy bedside lighting delicately diffused through linen lampshades and globe-shaped cut-glass pendants dangling from the ceiling. Echoing The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes’ grounds and 500 acres of natural beauty, carefully considered artwork is arranged throughout the room, inspiring feelings of motion and repose through framed photographic images of natural movement and stillness on water, sand, and the wide-open skies above Florida.
Continuing with this nature driven theme, the layered stone countertop minibar boasts a distinctive cabinet design resembling a fishing basket stocked for a day of adventure. The room’s custom furniture, including upholstered and wooden chairs, stuffed couch, and chaise lounge, is detailed for attractiveness and comfort, with rich and opulent finishes and warm tones that invite guests to kick back, relax, and linger. Wall-to-wall carpeting is soft and textured, with a custom pattern carefully considered to complement other elements of the room. Meanwhile, guest bathrooms are sleek and richly detailed with a double vanity sink, marble flooring and splashguards, roomy tub with shower, and separate water closet.
Following the completion of the guest rooms, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes will also be renovating its beautiful sprawling pool and cabanas and the luxe Ritz-Carton Club Lounge, allowing guests to get together, relax and dine in a new modern space. The pool and lounge will be completed by March 2021. Guests visiting the property later this month can experience the new weekend-long ‘Curated Experiences’ at Grande Lakes. Designed for friends, families, couples, and small groups to enjoy truly memorable events, this exciting series of intimate experiences includes master classes, guided workshops, immersive demonstrations, and more, led by an array of award-winning chefs, winemakers, jewelers, artists, and wellness experts. Grande Lakes Orlando is committed to providing guests with a clean environment that aligns with expert protocols aligned with CDC, Florida, and Orlando guidelines. For more information about Grande Lakes Orlando, visit www.grandelakes.com.
Julien DuprÃ© (1851 - 1910), Le ballon Oil on canvas,1886, Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery, Reading, PA
ART | CULTURE
Rehs Galleries Nears Completion of Julien Dupré Rehs Galleries Inc., the New York gallery specializing in 19th and 20th-century works of art, is nearing completion of a virtual catalogue raisonné on Julien Dupré The project began in 1991 when gallery owner Howard Rehs noticed a lack of biographical information about the 19th-century artist, Julien Dupré, whose paintings he was handling. According to Mr. Rehs, “as the artist’s prices began to reach six figures, I started looking into the available biographical information. All I found was a short listing (7 lines) in Benezit. That inspired me to start my research project.” Now, almost 30 years later, and with the assistance of art historian Janet Whitmore, Ph.D., the project is about to be published in an online format.
Julien Dupré (1851 - 1910), The Milkmaid, Oil on canvas, Signed, Rehs Galleries, Inc., New York
Over the last three decades, research into the Realist and Naturalist movements in 19th century France has been the subject of extensive art historical scholarship, and Dupré’s role in the development of these movements has been widely recognized. Information about Dupré’s life and work, however, remained largely unknown. The catalogue raisonné now fills that gap, according to Dr. Whitmore: “My research on Dupré’s life turned up a wealth of primary materials in French archives that became the foundation for a more complete biography. In turn, that information led me to an exploration of the artist’s role in the development of Naturalism in the 1880s, and ultimately to an understanding of his position within the social and political context of his time.”
Julien Dupré grew up in the Marais district of Paris, born into a family of jewelers and eventually apprenticed to a lacemaker, perhaps because of his drawing skills. With the advent of the Franco Prussian War in 1870, the lacemaker’s shop was forced to close, and Dupré became a soldier. Shortly before his military service ended in 1872, he enrolled in a sketching class at the École des arts décoratifs, making it clear to his family that he intended to pursue a career as a painter. His application to the École des Beaux-Arts was accepted, and he entered the studio of Isidore Pils (1813-1875) and after 1875, the studio of Henri Lehman (1814-1882). He made his debut at the Paris Salon on May 1, 1876. Throughout his career, Dupré exhibited annually at the Paris Salon and worked with many of the most influential art galleries in France, the United Kingdom, and the United States; these included Goupil, Knoedler, Boussod Valadon, Arthur Tooth, and Blakeslee Galleries. His Salon paintings were well received by the Paris art world and several of them were purchased by the French government for inclusion in national museums. Dupré’s work was also successful in the private art market, particularly in the United States where a growing number of wealthy families were establishing art collections in the 1880s and 1890s. The first Dupré painting to enter an American museum was his 1886 Salon painting Le Ballon, donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1887 by a New York City banker, George Seney. This large canvas depicting a scene of rural laborers watching a hot air balloon drifting over the fields is today in the Reading Museum in Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit www.rehs.com.
ART | CULTURE
The Palazzo Vecchio Courtyard Underlining Its Strong Ties with Florence, Kering Sponsors Improved Facilities As part of the ongoing conservation and restoration of the city’s artistic and cultural heritage, Kering and the Municipality of Florence are pleased to announce that the Paris-based global luxury Group will contribute to the renovation of the lighting system in the courtyard of the Palazzo Vecchio. The palace is one of Florence’s most famous symbols and the headquarters of the city council. The focus of the work is the Michelozzo courtyard, designed in 1453 and extensively transformed and embellished by Giorgio Vasari in the following
century. It represents the noble entrance to the Palazzo Vecchio. Renovation of the lighting will begin in the coming months and continue throughout 2021. “Precisely for this reason, we genuinely wanted to help the city during a particularly difficult time and decided to contribute to the enhancement of one of the many wonders of the Palazzo Vecchio, a symbol of Florence and its cultural heritage and artistic splendor.” - affirmed François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering.
“When we think of a place to invest in craftsmanship and managerial skills” concluded Pinault - “this region is naturally the first that comes to mind, because it has always offered us such a combination of the highest quality.” “I am very grateful to François-Henri Pinault, whom I have always esteemed as a farsighted and courageous entrepreneur,” said Mayor Dario Nardella. “Just a year ago, we awarded him the Fiorino d’Oro because he has always believed in our region, betting on the ‘Made in www.HighRiseLife.com
Florence’ brand and offering job opportunities and career development to many young people.” “Today, the Kering Group continues to invest in Florence, responding to the appeal we launched when cities of art were hit hard by the effects of the pandemic. Michelozzo’s courtyard,” underlines the Mayor, “is a pearl of the Renaissance, which leaves those who cross the threshold of Palazzo Vecchio speechless. With this intervention, the courtyard will have a new lighting system that will enhance its beauty and, like any new light, be a sign of hope for the future.”
The work supported by Kering forms part of the Rinasce Firenze Plan; an initiative launched by the Municipality of Florence last spring in the middle of the first phase of the pandemic. Its aim is to encourage a socio-economic renaissance of the city by providing help for the cultural, economic, educational and tourism sectors.
Precisely for this reason, we genuinely wanted to help the city during a particularly difficult time and decided to contribute to the enhancement of one of the many wonders of the Palazzo Vecchio, a symbol of Florence and its cultural heritage and artistic splendor.
-François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering
The project provides further confirmation of the close link between Kering and the city of Florence city, where the French group continues to invest directly and through its brands. In recent years, in addition to the continued strengthening of Gucci’s leadership team and investments in the relaunch of Richard Ginori, the area has also been chosen by Kering as its base for leather goods production for Saint Laurent and Balenciaga.
About the Courtyard of Michelozzo The courtyard, which is accessed from the main door of the Palazzo Vecchio on the Piazza della Signoria, was designed in 1453 by Michelozzo. In 1565, for the wedding between Francesco I de’ Medici, son of Cosimo I, and Joanna of Austria, sister of Emperor Maximilian II, the courtyard was transformed and embellished according to a design by Giorgio Vasari. The insignia of the churches and guilds of the city’s arts and crafts appear in the lunettes around the portico, while in honor of Joanna of Austria, the lower panels feature city views of the Habsburg Empire painted by Bastiano Lombardi, Cesare Baglioni and Turino Piemontese. In the center of the courtyard, to replace the ancient well, a porphyry fountain was added, based on a design by Vasari and with the probable collaboration of Bartolomeo Ammannati. Resting on a large octagonal base with two round steps, it has a porphyry column supporting a marble basin. The bronze statue of ‘Putto con delfino’ by Andrea del Verrocchio (around 1470) was placed on the fountain in 1557 and then moved in 1959 to the second floor of the building, with a copy placed in the courtyard. December/January 2020-2021
HEALTH | BEAUTY
Boom in Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Procedures Underlines the Importance of Making a
A December 12 article in Business Insider reports on the ongoing boom in cosmetic procedures and plastic surgeries attributed to the dominance of now-ubiquitous teleconferencing technologies such as Zoom and Skype in the wake of the ongoing pandemic. While not all the statistics are in, most observers attribute the increase to fact that so many of us spending a large portion of our workdays looking at an electronic reflection of ourselves as we talk with our colleagues and others online. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Payam Jarrah-Nejad, M.D., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S., better known as Dr. J, says that this is phenomenon has made just about everyone more aware of their appearance. At the same time, he notes, the need to socially distance and stay at home offers what everyone hopes is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to recuperate privately with little need to be concerned with lengthy absences from work or missing important social functions. Dr. J says that the boom is also a good reason for people considering procedures to exercise additional caution as more and more providers, many with highly variable track records and backgrounds, may be entering the field. The best way to ensure that procedures are performed both safely and successfully, says Dr. J., is to insist on working with board-certified plastic surgeons. He notes that most people do not understand that, to call themselves plastic surgeons, physicians must undergo an additional two years of specialized surgical training, which is not true of cosmetic surgeons. He says that board certification as a plastic surgeon is an additional hurdle that involves going through a rigorous process overseen by leaders in the plastic surgery specialty. This is especially essential for facelifts, rhinoplasties (nose jobs), and other tried-and-true but still delicate plastic surgeries, says Dr. J. Even in the case of such increasingly popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox and facial fillers, Dr. J suggests that it is best to go with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, ensuring that the procedure is performed with the eye of an expert. He adds that, in many cases, nonsurgical procedures and surgeries such as facelifts, can be performed in tandem by a skilled plastic surgeon to maximize aesthetic benefits. Dr. J is double board-certified, which means that he has been certified as a plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and as a general surgeon by the American Board of Surgery. Readers who are interested in learning more about plastic surgeries and cosmetic procedures with Dr. J can call (310) 228-3151 to learn more. Dr. Jâ€™s qualifications as a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, double-board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery can be seen on his website.
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Make Heart Health Part of Your
Devoting a little time every day to care for yourself can go a long way toward protecting the health of your heart. Simple self-care, such as taking a moment to de-stress, giving yourself time to move more, preparing healthier meals and not cheating on sleep, can all benefit your heart.
different way of eating, such as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan, which is scientifically proven to lower blood pressure. DASH is flexible and balanced, and it includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, fish, poultry, lean meats, beans, nuts, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.
Because heart disease is largely preventable, focusing on improving your heart health is important. Heart disease is a leading cause of death for women and men in the United States, and many Americans remain at risk, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). People with poor cardiovascular health are also at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
“Studies show self-care routines, such as taking a daily walk and keeping doctor’s appointments, help us keep our blood pressure in the healthy range and reduce our risk of heart disease and stroke,” said David Goff, M.D., NHLBI’s director of cardiovascular sciences. It may be easier than you think to “put your heart” into your daily routine. Each Sunday, look at your week’s schedule and carve out 30 minutes for heart-healthy practices. Take an online yoga class, prepare a heart healthy recipe, schedule your bedtime to get at least seven hours of sleep or make a medication checklist. Then seek out support from others to help you stick to your goals. Consider these self-care tips to try each day to make your heart a priority:
Self-Care Sunday Find a moment of serenity every Sunday. Spend some quality time on yourself.
Mindful Monday Be mindful about your health and regularly monitor your blood pressure or blood sugar if needed. Keep an eye on your weight to make sure it stays within or moves toward a healthy range.
Tasty Tuesday Choose how you want to approach eating healthier. Start small by pepping your meals with a fresh herb or spice as a salt substitute. Get adventurous and prepare a simple, new, heart-healthy recipe. Or go big by trying a December/January 2020-2021
Don’t waffle on your wellness. Move more, eat a fruit or vegetable you’ve never tried, make a plan to quit smoking or vaping or learn the signs of a heart attack or stroke. You could be having a heart attack if you have chest and upper body pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, cold sweats, nausea or lightheadedness. You might be having a stroke if you experience numbness in the face, arm or leg; confusion; trouble talking or seeing; dizziness; or a severe headache.
Treat Yourself Thursday Treats can be healthy. Try making a dessert with fresh fruit and yogurt. Then stretch your imagination beyond food. Host a family dance party, take a few minutes to sit and meditate, go for a long walk or watch a funny show. Whatever you do, find a way to spend some quality time on yourself.
Follow Friday Follow inspiring people and pages on social media, or text a friend to help you stick to your self-care goals. Remember to take care of your mental health, too. Two of the main hurdles to self-care are depression and a lack of confidence, according to a study published in the “Journal of the American Heart Association.” If your mental health is taking a toll, take action to show your heart some love. Reach out to family and friends for support, or talk to a qualified mental health provider.
Selfie Saturday Inspire others to take care of their hearts. Talk about your self-care routine with loved ones or share a selfie on social media. Having social support and personal networks can make it easier to get regular physical activity, eat nutritious foods, reach a healthy weight and quit smoking. Learn more about heart health and heart-healthy activities in your community, and see what others are doing for their heart health, at nhlbi.nih.gov/ourhearts or follow #OurHearts on social media. 51
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