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An Inspiring Journey with Jewel Featured Editorial by Yelena Brezhneva
Photo by: Matthew Rolston
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D-ZYN CORNER Joy, Peace, Celebrate By Carol Townsend
The Perfect Gift Guide
Find the Perfect Present for Every Personality on Your Holiday List
Parsa Research Inc. Signs Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra CEO Shea Arender to product ambassador agreement Crown the Perfect Holiday Dress By Jennifer Gonzales
Be the Reason for this Holiday's Glow By Jennifer Gonzales
Xander's Express fitness Tips to a Healthy Holiday By Yelena Brezhneva
5 Ways to Achieve & Sustain Your New Year's Resolution Diet... By Merilee Kern
Frontier's International Travel VIP Private Jet Tour of Europe
50 Off the Beaten Path: Lake Havasu By Francesca Maria
Loose Cattle Releases Seasonal Affective Disorder
30 Thirty North Ocean Townhome Style Condominiums for a Chic, Urban Beach Lifestyle
Real Estate Market Trends By Yelena Brezhneva
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Yo u r E x c l u s i v e G u i d e To H i g h - R i s e L i v i n g
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Selcen Kavruklar
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Selcen Kavruklar Carol Townsend Yelena Brezhneva Francesca Maria Jennifer Gonzales Merilee Kern
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Murtaza Karimzada GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Katya Vilgelm Eddie Otero
MARKETING EXECUTIVES Yelena Brezhneva Francesca Maria
PHOTOGRAPHY Ash Photography AN&D Studios Seyfo Sirinoglu Matthew Rolston Kurt Markus Philip Macias Mimi Tran Design CJC Photography Patrick Pineda
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LETTER FROM THE
Hello Readers, Welcome to our holiday issue. Itâ€™s time for us to reflect on a year almost over, and hope that our dreams and aspirations will materialize in the year ahead. As much as we celebrate the holidays collectively, the passing of another year also holds individual significance for everyone. Our cover star, Jewel, inspires us through her wisdom. In our exclusive interview, you will have a chance to get to know her personal journey from being a homeless youth to receiving four Grammy Award nominations and selling over 30 million albums worldwide. In this issue you will find out the best cocktail dress to wear this holiday season from Mimi Tranâ€™s latest couture collection (page 18), winter makeup we love, and more! It is all about making sure you have the best holiday season in style. And as far as traveling this holiday, Frontiers International Travel takes us on a host of jet-setter favorites across Europe. We also could not forget perfectly curated gift ideas to get your significant other this holiday season and maybe indulge in a little bit of luxury for yourself. You deserve it!
We can get carried away with all the holiday festivities, but we wanted to make sure you ring the New Year on a healthy note, so we asked fitness experts to share some ideas for realistic resolutions that will make a difference without feeling like a total overhaul. Here are a few of our favorite tips on (page 44-46). Thank you to all our readers for joining the journey thus far. We want you all to continue to be a part of the conversation, enjoy the elegance, glamourous fashion, adventurous travel, and the experiences as we continue to explore the year ahead. Have a wonderful holiday season from all of us at High Rise Life Magazine and Happy New Year. Cheers!
Selcen Kavruklar Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org
DESIGN | INTERIOR DESIGN
Written by Carol Townsend, A.S.I.D. Interior Designer
JOY! Peace! Celebrate! ‘Tis the season to celebrate your year, and give the gifts of love. You have spent a year in your fabulous high-rise home. What did you say you wanted for that very special spot in your home…to dress it up just that much more? Now is the time to get it. Put a bow on it and call it your holiday gift to you! My mom used to go to the special sales at the furniture store in November, and buy a room of furniture as a family gift. It would be delivered on a cold, snowy December morning, and we would all relish its arrival. You and I may not have those cold, snowy mornings where we live, but you can still buy a special gift for the holidays. Then it’s time to think holiday decorating. First pour over the current magazines suggesting what your special tree should look
like. Does anything stand out to you? Which look is you? Which look will spotlight your special place in a most special way? Do you have any earrings that you have only one of because the other has disappeared? Jewelry can make fabulous one of a kind ornaments. Put a small ribbon on the remaining bauble and hang it on your tree. Do you love birds? I recently saw a big fat, colorful woodpecker at my sister’s home in Montana, and thought “Oh, what a great ornament he would make!” There are fabulous bird ornaments in many colors that could make your holiday tree simply yours. Christmas is that perfect time for your unique collection to show off. Dress up your table and let the crystal shine! I love making special table cloths out of glittering fabrics and nestling my Christmas dishes there. www.HighRiseLife.com
StageThis Interior Design On my way home from Montana the other day my husband said, “Look at those trees, now that is what I call flocking.” You can have a small tree in your dining room, on the sideboard, think about that. You have a wide- open palette to work with. Find the spot for that beautiful tree or trees and let’s do this! I have trees in my living area, but also a tree in the master bedroom. That way if I have our traditional ornaments on display for our friends to enjoy, I can have another beautiful special tree just for me to enjoy in our bedroom. Pile wonderful cozy throws and pillows in the holiday theme around your living room and see the delighted faces of friends who cuddle up to enjoy your holiday party. We may not need
them for warmth, but those great faux fur throws look so inviting, thrown over the back of a chair or sofa. What better way to start the holidays by sharing the joy of giving at your event? Think of your friends and their wonderful personalities, then go find that perfect gift for them. Share the joy of your new home with family and friends. Listen to their comments about what they love about your new space, so you can formulate your design plans for 2018! LOVE the season, Share the JOY and enjoy your friends for that lifetime of love you have built with them. Happiest of Holidays to everyone!
CELEBRATION | GIFTS
1. Forever Cuff Stainless steel bangle with rose gold PVD, Stainless steel cable (2mm) Price: $495 2. Love Bridge Bangle Stainless steel rose gold PVD bangle with White Topaz, Stainless steel cable (4mm) White Topaz: Qty: 1 pc, Size: 3.3mm Price: $185 3. Zen Bangle Stainless steel rose gold PVD bangle with White Topaz, Stainless steel cable (3mm), White Topaz: Qty: 1 pc Price: $165 4. Twist Watch 30mm Oval Steel Rose Gold GP 5N, White MOP Dial 12 CZ Stones, Steel Cable Price: $1250 5. Malia Bangle Silver Bangle with White Topaz, Stainless steel rose gold PVD cable (2mm), White Topaz: Qty: 32 pcs, Size: 2mm Price: $375 *All items are available at Chariol Geneve www.charriol.com
1. Diamond Set White Gold Lariat Chain with Baroque South Sea Pearls and Pebbles Enveloped in Tsavorite Garnet, Sapphires, and Diamonds 2. Marbella Rubellite Cabochon Ring in 18K Rose Gold 3. Blue Sapphire, Diamond and Myriad Cabochon Sapphire Earrings with Baroque and Keshi South Sea Pearls A fourth generation jeweler, Margot McKinney grew up in Australiaâ€”where many of the worldâ€™s finest gemstones are sourced. She is inspired by her travels around the world, evident in her playful use of color throughout her creations. For more information and pricing visit www.margotmckinney.com
1. Dainese Womenâ€™s Freccia 72 Leather Jacket - $599.95 www.dainese.com 2. All Dolled Up | Makeup Brush Starter Set - $79.99 A complete set of makeup brushes for anyone who wants to upgrade their makeup routine. www.vanityplanet.com 3. Vifa Helsinki Speaker - $449 www.vifa.dk 4. Forever Young - Hot & Cold Rejuvenating Facial Wand - $199.99 The Vanity Planet Forever Young uses hot and cool settings along with sonic vibrations to make the most of your skincare routine. www.vanityplanet.com 5. Aria Travel Kit - $79.00 The essential kit for holiday travelers. ariakit.com 6. Mission Workshop The Torre Wind Pro Handbag - $225 missionworkshop.com
FAUX FUR BEANIES Price: $59-$62 Kyi Kyi beanies are a great staple accessory for a stylish woman who doesnâ€™t want to compromise on warmth and comfort. Kyi Kyi products are made in a vintage factory in Montreal, Canada undergoing an extensive quality control. The excellent quality in genuine fur and faux fur, combined with a thoughtful design, make their products extremely wearable and luxurious. For more information visit kyikyi.com
1. Faction Prodigy Series Skis - $559 to $779 The goal behind the Prodigy Series was to develop a ski that was both lightweight and stable. us.factionskis.com 2. Solo New York, Roadster Collection, Bayside Duffel - $299.99 Your smiling gift recipient will log plenty of mileage with this elegant leather duffel. solo.net 3. Db Equipment Aviator Rollaboard - $299 The Aviator Is designed to stylishly address any and all traveler needs. douchebags.com 4. Dainese, Anniversario Collection, Legacy Leather Jacket - $449.95 www.dainese.com 5. The Secret Shoe - $2,715 A deluxe, hand-crafted deerskin Derby concealing a host of enticing and practical gadgets. A shoe designed for extraordinary missions and everyday emergencies. VeryFirstTo.com & oliversweeney.com
MILITARE CHRONO VINTAGE To celebrate its twenty years of existence, ANONIMO presents this fall a chronograph version of its Vintage model. On this anniversary, the brand publishes a model that comes in two versions. An elegance worthy of Italy, its country of origin and which will delight connoisseurs and collectors alike. With a more incisive dial treatment, one of these new MILITARE Vintage chronographs comes in a version commonly called “Panda,” due to its eggshell back and associated with black counters, reminding of the iconic animal. The contrast can be reversed with the second model, “Newman.” For greater readability, the small seconds counter only marks the tens. Very graphic, these Vintage models are mounted on a bracelet of aged leather, and give off a refined style, which goes straight to the point. Price: $3,890 www.anonimo.com
Toast the season with few of our favorites
1. Infinite Rose Waldorf Medium - $375 www.onlyâ€‘roses.com 2. Teperberg Legacy Petite Sirah - $69.99 3. Carmel Limited Edition - $69.99 4. Natan and Neuhaus Luxury Gift Box, 17 pcs - $55.00 www.neuhauschocolate.com
NEWS | BRANDS
Parsa Research Inc. Signs Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra CEO SheaArender to a product ambassador agreement Parsa Research Inc. has signed CEO of the Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra, Shea Arender, as a national product ambassador for Parsa Men’s Skincare. Parsa Research specializes in men’s health and wellness. Their innovative research has taken them to eight different countries to find the most natural ingredients. “Everyone’s skin is different, especially men. We have created a universal formula that’s all-natural and all plant-based but also provides overall skin health and anti-aging without harmful and harsh chemicals,” said Parsa CEO Bamdad Bani. “I love the Parsa Men’s Skincare line and had been using it for over a year when they reached out to me. I was honored to tell them my testimony of how great the product was and the difference I noticed on my skin,” said Shea Arender. Shea joins a discreet list of Hollywood and music celebrities who have been tapped to endorse beauty products, including Mick Jagger, John Mayer, Zac Efron and Ed Sheeran. The commercial shoot will take place in Las Vegas at the Parsa headquarters.
“To me, this is one of the most unique products I’ve ever tried, because it contains a cleanser, shave cream, and has moisturizer in it, even after you shave and wash the product off, you still feel the moisture on your face,” says Shea Arender. An anti-aging moisturizer serum will be in the package as well. Most serums have mass produced chemicals in them while Parsa Men’s is free from all of that and is all natural plant based (vegan). The serum is to be followed right after the 3 in 1 Clean, Shave & Refresh. The hair gel is paraben free, safe on color treated hair, and doesn’t flake or dry out. “It’s designed to work on so many different hair types, and on so many different levels,” says Bamdad Bani. You can use it on wet, damp, or dry hair. It’s made in the USA and has no animal testing. Parsa Research Inc. is in the process of innovating the future of men’s skincare, including the limited edition Shea Arender signature collection. With a proven record of accomplishment over the years in research on men’s skincare, Parsa Research Inc. has offices in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Shea Arender’s signature collection will contain a series of special edition signature products in a specially marked package. Inside, you will find a 3 in 1 Clean, Shave & Refresh.
Written by Yelena Brezhneva
Jewel’s inspiration has done so much for children and troubled youth through books, educational programs, mentorship, charity concerts, performances, and philanthropy. She has teamed up with Inspiring Children Foundation (www.inspiringchildren.net) and has been sharing her tools transforming children from surviving to thriving in a loving non-profit way alongside her Jewel Never Broken Program. Her collaboration with Ryan Wolfington, the founder of the “Inspiring Children’s Foundation” has been a wonderful team effort. Jewel shares her insights, her experience and her wisdom with readers of High Rise Life Magazine in our exclusive interview. Her quest of self-discovery and solving her own problems has become a road map for success for others. There’s so much knowledge and wisdom in her words. Q: What is your definition of happiness? Happiness is when you are at peace with who you are and the choices you make, when your actions are in line with your values and ideals. Happiness is not something that comes from other people, places, or things. It comes from
within, by making right choices. Every day I earn my happiness. I am willing to be the one who is accountable and take responsibility for my own happiness and the shape of my own life. For a long time, I lost myself, and when I had my son I really had to do a gut check, and I realized who I was wasn’t who I wanted my son to know. Now, I’m becoming someone I want my son to grow up knowing. Q: You had a tremendous hardship as a child. What helped you to beat all odds and become successful? At times, I was just on survive mode, when I was homeless and living out of my car. Most people think that period was because I was pursuing my music career, but that’s not quite true. My boss propositioned me, and when I turned him down, he fired me. So, I lived out of my car for a couple of months, but then my car got stolen. I got sick, I had panic attacks, I almost died of blood poisoning. That’s when I started stealing a lot. I worked hard. I was always working, always had a job, always found a way to get through— I had grit. One day, I saw a reflection of myself in a mirror while I was shoplifting a dress, and knew that I had become a statistic. At that point, I decided to turn my life around. I created these mindfulness exercises, long before that was a commonly used word. I meditated, journaled, and started to live mindfully, by observing my hands. That is what my song “Hands” is about. I was writing about that very dark time in my life and the lessons I needed to learn. As a child I credit nature for keeping my love alive. No matter how abusive my home life was, I always had the trees, mountains, and grass to bring me back home, to my true self.
Photo by Matthew Rolston
Jewel is a pop sensation with more than 30 million albums sold worldwide. She has received four Grammy Award nominations, and her debut album, Pieces of You, released in 1995, has gone twelve times platinum. She has reached Billboard’s year-end singles chart in the Hot 100 in 1997-98 and has become a New York Times bestselling author with five published books. If you haven’t read Jewel’s “Never Broken,” please do so. It’s an incredibly inspiring life story of this amazing woman.
Photo by Kurt Markus Q: What does being successful mean to you? In the end, I always wanted my greatest work of art to be my life, not my music. Music was just one of the many ways I sought happiness and tried to share it with others. Being successful means being a happy, whole human. Success is finding the courage to be true to myself, and holding on to a sense of humor along the way while refining my craft. Working the land in Alaska, then fighting to survive as a teenager on my own, gave me so many skills I would later use to be a successful entrepreneur, musician, and human. Q: How did you manage to change your insecurity as a child? My mom left when I was 8, my dad was an abusive alcoholic, and I was an insecure child. The truth is that no one can keep you captive. No one can keep you unhappy. No one can keep you abused. Our lives rise to the level we accept. I do believe we can rise from the screaming blood of our losses, of extreme pain, physically debilitating emotion, psychological neglect, apathy, and not merely survive, but thrive. We do not need to let our histories, or our losses define us except in the way we choose. We can use them as fuel to create real depth, beauty, connectedness, and compassion in our lives. Our stories can make us exceptional people, not damaged ones. If we choose to be truthful with ourselves. And if we choose to digest and release the pain rather than try to avoid it. This is how pain accumulates and creates more pain, leading to neurosis, pathology, and brittleness of spirit.
Photo by Matthew Rolston Q: What do you think is the most important character trait a woman should have?
Q: Do you feel that you’ve achieved all your goals?
Growing up on a homestead, I was not brought up looking at a person and identifying that person as a man or a woman. We are all just people. As a person, I think the most important character trait to have is to be curious, being curious and kind and observant of you. Take time to dig deeply into your own nature—even the parts that make you uncomfortable. Many women are bestowed with a sensitive and intuitive nature that is so special and we add our own special touch. Men too have their own special qualities that I admire.
My primary goal is to master my own happiness, and to pass this along to my son, and to others. I’m very inspired to create the best environment possible for him to grow and develop. I can say with confidence that I am happy, which is saying a lot considering my background. But I am nowhere near finished. There is much for me to do in this life, improving myself and the world around me.
Q: Do you feel that you fulfilled yourself as a woman?
My whole goal is to keep my spirit intact. If that doesn’t happen, none of this is worth it. I want to pivot my career, which I have already started doing.
Yes. I’m so lucky to have been raised by pioneer women in Alaska that did not identify as a particular sex or see any limitations. We hunted, gardened, built homes and cut wood. At the same time, I love being feminine and expressing all aspects of myself. I’ve been lucky enough through my career, as a daughter, mother, entrepreneur, and friend, to express myself as a woman, as a human, in so many unique ways. I’m an artist, a painter, a poet, a writer, a musician, a lover of wisdom and education. Being a mother and a happy human is my most cherished occupation and calling. I couldn’t be happier with all the ways in which this life has allowed me to express myself.
Q: What are some things you would like to do in the next few years?
I have some exciting entrepreneurial goals, building a collaboration with Tony Hsieh and Zappos, to help companies with the next frontier of corporate culture, helping them to invest more deeply in their human capital by helping their executives to be whole humans. To do this I am using the same emotional intelligence and mindfulness tools that helped me go from surviving to thriving. I have some interesting ideas for my music career, and for the music business in general.
Photo by Matthew Rolston My Never Broken Foundation has partnered with the Inspiring Children Foundation, and we hope to revolutionize youth development, to help children get the type of education I wish I had when I was young. The website (jewelneverbroken.com) is a nonprofit and free to the world. It’s an emotional fitness destination, where people can access simple mindfulness tools to create change in their lives. I’ve paired with school districts to hopefully share our mindfulness curriculum with hundreds of thousands of students. I have always loved the pursuit of wisdom and sharing it with others. My first soundtrack for this passion was my music, then my poetry and writing. It’s exciting to now express this in new and creative ways. Q: What do you think is your life purpose? My life’s passion is the pursuit of wisdom and sharing it with others. I discovered this at a young age, growing up in nature, on our homestead in Alaska. My father says that while our family tradition has included a lot of pain and trauma, it also provided the remedy. Nature, if you let it, is a remarkable cure and inspiration for many things. Q: What would be your message to young women today? You are capable, strong and no matter what has or ever will happen to you, you are never broken. Stay true to yourself, speak up and do not be afraid to trust in
Photo by Philip Macias Q: Do you have an idol? Nature. Photo by Philip Macias
Q: If you didn’t have to work, what would you do?
your inner compass. It will lead you in the right direction. Also, meditation and mindfulness are a powerful hack that will help you find everything you are looking for.
I would do exactly what I am doing. Seek wisdom, and create ways to share it.
Q: Who was your inspiration growing up?
Snuggling with my son and helping him grow into a happy whole human, Journaling, yoga, meditation, painting, and riding a motorcycle.
My aunt Mossie was a big inspiration. My grandmother as well. They were both strong Alaskan woman, that always made it through the winter to find spring and summer. I also loved Greek mythology, great artists like Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald, and writers like Tolstoy. Q: Who was your inspiration in music? Bob Dylan and Neil Young really took me under their wings, which is very humbling. When my first record was flopping, and the record label wanted me back in the studio Neil told me to stay true to myself and then Bob took me on the road and mentored me.
Q: What is your favorite pastime or hobby?
Q: What are some of your daily rituals? I am a geek when it comes to self-care and health. I take a ridiculous number of vitamins every day, but most importantly, like I brush my teeth, I brush my soul. I meditate daily or take brain breaks as I like to call it, throughout my day. I love spending time with my son, journaling and talking to some of the wisest friends a woman could have.
Q: How long have you been working with Inspiring Children Foundation? I’ve known Ryan Wolfington and have been collaborating with him for almost three years now. The work we do together in the Foundation we both have been doing our whole lives. Personal and human development is our passion and our Jewel Never Broken program is a culmination that came from that. The Foundation has been doing this work for fifteen years and my involvement started soon after meeting Ryan. Q: Is there a specific reason you chose to be a part of Inspiring Children Foundation? I have been all over the world and I have never seen a program more effective, which is why I chose them. It is revolutionary. Specifically, I love that each child can earn their way, to learn by doing and to become emotionally intelligent. I’ve spent a lot of time with these children and I have seen how aware, kind, and strong they are. It is remarkable. I moved to Vegas with my son for two months over summer mostly because I wanted him to be around the kids in the Foundation. As a result, I now have land and will have a house at Lake Las Vegas soon, so my son and I can be more involved. Q: Are you happy with the results Inspiring Children Foundation has achieved so far? We have a 100% success rate of getting kids scholarships to colleges like Yale, Stanford, Harvard, Air Force, Princeton, and Georgetown. More importantly, we are arming children with a psychology for life, so they can be happy and create generational change. The Fuller Graduate School of Psychology is studying the program because it is so successful, and it is being duplicated in twenty-two cities. Q: Do you have an update on your partnership with Zappos? Tony Hsieh is a visionary. His self-management system is revolutionary, and I am extremely honored to collaborate with him on what we consider to be the next frontier of corporate culture. We ae hoping to have the project up and running in 2018. Q: You are a deeply intuitive person. Were you always like that or did that come later in life? I’ve been doing mindfulness practices since I was fourteen years old. I have gone in and out, but following my intuition is always something I have worked to cultivate within myself. That’s why I wrote a song about it in the 90’s. Q: How does it feel to be such a positive influence for young women? I have always been authentic and real with my fans. I never wanted to be put on this pedestal that most celebrities are put on. They know I’m not perfect.
We use each other to bring each other up when we have issues. One of my fan’s husband died and she really wasn’t handling it well. Their whole lives revolved around one another. My fans found out about it and without my prompting at all set up a schedule and each week a different person flew to stay with her, cook her meals and be with her. It was beautiful.
Photo by Kurt Markus
If you would like to be a part of Jewel’s Never Broken Program or Inspiring Children Foundation and help transform children’s lives please visit: www.inspiringchildren.net www.jewelneverbroken.com Article by Yelena Brezhneva Author, Mother of Three, Philanthropist, Las Vegas Personality and High-Rise Luxury Home Specialist with Sotheby’s International Realty www.yelenabrezhneva.com
FASHION | TRENDS
Written by Jennifer Gonzales |
Photo credit Mimi Tran Design
The holidays are finally here, the time of year that you’ve been anxiously waiting for. The time of year to go out and look your best. It’s great to treat yourself to the perfect dress, only thing is that there are so many unique styles to choose from that it’s hard to know where to start. You have to find the right one that best fits your personality. Once you figure out which one of these bests describes you, then you can crown the prefect holiday dress this year.
The Goddess If you are a woman who is adored, especially for her beauty, then this is the perfect dress for you. The nude color of this dress compliments the hand cut lace and the hand beaded crystals that flow together, captivating its true beauty. Benigna | Price: $850 www.mimitrandesign.com
The Majesty If youâ€™re the kind of woman that carries dignity, feels empowered, and whose confidence proves boldly, then this is the dress for you. This dress has French Sequins, with Elastic Emulated Silk lining, and Swarovski Crystal trim. This is the kind of dress that will turn heads where ever you go. Lisa | Price: $950 www.mimitrandesign.com
The Royal Highness If you are the kind of woman who is sophisticated, upholds serenity and spiritual grounding, then this is the perfect dress for you. Let this nice feminine turquoise dress speak for you as it flatters your wisdom, loyalty, and intuition. Yesenia | Price: $950 www.mimitrandesign.com
The Queen If you consider yourself powerful, highly favored, and a woman of determination then this dress is for you. Not only does it reflect radiance but also reflects passion, love and desires. This dress will have everyone looking up to you, and wanting to follow your footsteps. Chiara | Price: $1150 www.mimitrandesign.com
HEALTH | BEAUTY
Be the Reason for this
Holiday’s Glow Written by Jennifer Gonzales
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the weather is nice and cold, and the smell of pine trees are everywhere. It’s the perfect excuse to get away from work and spend time with the people you care about most, even the ones that you haven’t seen in a while. Everybody is running around doing last minute preparations for this year’s get together. You finally found the perfect dress, and the accessories to go with it, but what about the perfect look? Don’t you want to flaunt your face the right way, and feel like the most beautiful woman at the party?
The Golden Eye If all that glitters, is gold, it still wouldn’t compare to all the attention that will be set on your eyes this holiday season. Golden eyeshadows are what’s trending right now, and looks great on all skin tones. It’s such a fascinating color that can be worn any time of the year and with any outfit. This eyeshadow is available in a matte, gel, airbrush, and powder. It’s easy to apply and can be bought almost anywhere. Feeling festive? Add a cat eyeliner wing to your shimmering gold smoky eyes and it will have you feeling glamourous. Ex: Tom Ford Color Quad Golden Mink, Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Convoitise, Gucci Shadow Oro Illuminate the Night The most brilliant thing that has been invented that every woman should own is an illuminator. Illuminator’s have become a must have item in everyone’s make-up bag. December/January 2017-18
Choosing the right illuminator is fun and easy, but what’s more important is how to apply it. If you want a gorgeous glow you must apply the illuminator to the areas of the face that stand out the most when in indirect sunlight. Best areas of interests should be your brow bone, which defines your arch, cheekbones which enhances sharpness, bridge of the nose, and cupid’s arrow (double curve in the upper lip). When applied correctly, it makes the skin look smoother, softer, and refreshed. Now, who wouldn’t want a little radiance in their life? For a more glowing look, try a shimmering skin perfector. Ex: YSL Touche Eclat Lumiere Divine Highlighting Powder, Tom Ford Illuminating Powder, Becca shimmering skin perfector. The Perfect Shade It doesn’t matter if you are going natural for the day or getting ready for a big night, applying the right shade of lipstick, completes
any look. I know how sometimes finding the right shade can be difficult, you don’t want to wear something that’s too dark or wear something that’s too bright. Sometimes, we see others wearing a certain color that looks great on them, but looks different on you. The reason behind this is because everyone’s skin tone is different, once you know what skin type you are then it can be easily suggested which shade is right for you. For an example, if you have fair skin, then true reds, reds with pink undertone, and magenta will suit you best. If you have medium/olive skin, pink, cranberry, reds, and almost all nudes will stand out the most. If you have dark skin, burgundy, brown, dark beige, and orange tone reds will best compliment you. Ex: Tom Ford Ruby Rush, Chanel Rouge Coco, Dior Deep Plum Be the reason for this Holiday’s glow, and master the perfect look.
HEALTH | BEAUTY
Xander’s Express Fitness Tips to a Healthy Holiday Written by Yelena Brezhneva This Holiday Season there is no need to feel guilty, celebrate, but do it smart. After all that’s what this time of year is all about— joy, celebration, great time with friends, family, and loved ones. It’s always easier to maintain your fitness routine then to start it, so try to maintain your routine as much as possible. If you don’t have one, then start it with these Xpress Tips or add it to your busy day. Anyone can do it! CARDIOVASCULAR WORKOUT
Everybody should do 30-minute cardio every morning, after you wake up. Just do a treadmill or Stairmaster or an incline. TIP: Do it on an empty stomach, then you should follow up with high protein shake, no carbohydrates, as they stop fat burning process. BENEFITS: strengthens your heart and lungs, reduces risk of heart disease, helps detox, weight loss, reduced stress, and promotes better emotional health.
IF YOU ONLY HAVE 5-10 MINUTES A DAY
If you sit a lot during the day find a way to get your blood going, make sure every hour to do 30 sit-ups or every 30 minutes 15 sit ups. BENEFITS: strengthens your heart and muscles, get rid of cellulite, burn fat, detox, improves circulation, tones your abdominal muscles and legs.
Proper form is crucial with use of weights and in your fitness routine in general. You should consider investing in a trainer at least the first month to learn the basics of how to do it correctly. First couple of weeks start light and get high rep ranges. TIP: Always warm up and choose proper weight that allows you to reach your target with good form. BENEFITS: strengthens your muscles and tones body, protects joints from injury, helps prevent or control chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, back pain, fights depression, obesity, improves posture, and helps you sleep better.
NO GYM – NO PROBLEM
If you have no access to gym there are ways to stay fit no matter where you are. Here’s a simple routine that could be done without any equipment, anytime of the day. Four sets, it’s important to keep 30 second breaks between each exercise, try not to rest too much in between. 1. Jump squats - 10 2. Sit-ups – 10 3. Jumping Jacks – 10 4. Half squats - 10
“With proper diet and proper form, technique— the world is yours.” -Xander
“70 percent of your workout is done in the kitchen and 30 percent in the gym.” -Xander
TIP: No exercise would ever give you any results unless you have proper diet. BENEFITS: Strengthens your legs, burns toxins in your body, increases cardiovascular output, better posture, reduced stress, better emotional health, and promotes weight loss.
Xander Neff Xander has more than six years’ experience in managing security teams and law enforcement officers. He most recently served in Korea as a special agent for the military. Xander has secret military clearance and is an expert in combat and firearms. Currently, he is a Personal Trainer | Life Coach | Fitness Model in Las Vegas, NV. Follow IG: Xander.fit
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HEALTH | BEAUTY
Written by Merilee Kern 1. Map out specific goals & timeframes. You
are far more likely to achieve your diet resolution if you spend a few minutes thinking it through. Sit down at your desk and dedicate even just ten minutes of your life to strategizing your resolution. Put pen to paper or, better yet, send an email to a friend or family member and make a list of the things you’re going to do to change your weight. Simply stating that “I’m going to lose weight” is not nearly specific enough, but it makes a good headline at the top. Write down a date when you will achieve your first goal. This date should be in the near future--one month is a good bet. Now, make a specific, realistic goal. Most experts agree that you’re most likely to succeed if you don’t starve yourself, and plan to lose one to two pounds per week. In fact, setting a modest goal -say, one pound per week -- can spare you a lot of hunger and stress. You might even forget you’re on a diet! Suppose you choose 1.5 pounds per week and a one-month goal date: your goal will be about six pounds. Piece of cake (so to speak)! Put your goal and goal date on your calendar (e.g., “Weigh 150 pounds” as an entry for January 30). Go back to your piece of paper, or email. Under your goal and goal date, write down the word “food.” Ask yourself: what exactly is your eating plan? Are you going to follow a particular diet? If so, when are you going to start? Your answer should be “right now.” Don’t be afraid. This is going to be great! If your diet requires that you purchase something or register on a certain website, go do that right now! What about exercise? What specific days and times will you commit to exercising? Who will you exercise with? If possible, call a friend now and set something up.
Review your resolution plan frequently as you work your way toward your goal. When your goal date comes, call a friend to either brag about your achievement or confess that you didn’t achieve it and tell them what’s going to be different for the next goal date. Now, sit down again (pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard) and set a new goal date and goal. Keep going!
2. Set up financial incentives. After you’ve written out your specific goals and dates, your best bet is to build a little structure into them. Enter: prizes and rewards. A significant amount of academic research shows that you are much more likely to achieve your resolution if you include a double financial incentive -- i.e., money to lose if you fail and money to win if you succeed! The reason money works better than the natural motivators of vanity and health is that money can be tied to specific, measurable goals and deadlines. In other words, financial incentives help prevent procrastination by establishing a firm start date, and help prevent quitting by establishing a firm goal date. Financial incentives also make weight loss a lot more fun and exciting by transforming the process into a game. There are highly effective, proven tools and resources available online for setting up financial incentives. For example, HealthyWage.com allows participants to make various kinds of personal weight loss “bets” and win payouts up to $10,000. The double financial incentive is an incredible motivator and source of structure that most winners say is indispensable.
Try writing a blog about your progress. Not only will your readers help keep you seriously accountable, but you may discover that being a great teacher is one of the best ways to learn and improve your own success.
5. Seek fellowship. When you tell people about your
diet resolution, be on the look-out for a dieting partner (or group of partners). When you work on your diet resolution with a friend or group of friends or family members, you are even more likely to accomplish your goals. You get all the benefits of accountability plus the comfort and fun of knowing there’s someone waiting for you to exercise, compare food and restaurant experiences, and share the difficulties of dieting. According to the American Psychiatric Association, “Enlisting family and friends in the effort may help.” One study shows that participants who do a weight loss program with friends are more than twice as likely to keep their weight off than those that try to do it on their own.
Author bio: As a branding pundit, wellness industry veteran, consumer health advocate and influential media voice, Merilee Kern spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers, and shakers. Also, a two-time fitness champion, her ground-breaking, award-winning “Kids Making Healthy Choices” Smartphone APP for children, parents/ caregivers and educators is based on her award-winning, illustrated fictional children’s book, “Making Healthy Choices – A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids.” Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList
3. Do one thing at a time. Trying to stick to more
than one resolution creates a willpower diffusion that is almost always a recipe for failure. Your weight loss resolution requires time, planning and lots of action items. The winding road from plump to sexy is made of many cobblestones that you have to lay down one at a time with lots of small, frequent decisions (e.g., “this morning, I am going to skip that second donut”). With all the good judgment and will power those little decisions require, you simply won’t have the time and energy for your other resolutions, too. You’re booked solid! If you think your weight loss resolution isn’t that big of a deal, you might be off track.
4. Tell everyone. Or, at least tell a few friends or family
members about your endeavor. If you’re not willing to tell someone about your diet resolution, you might not be committed enough to succeed. When you tell other people about your plans, a magical thing happens. You know that your supporters are waiting to hear news of your success, and you don’t want to let them down. Some researchers believe that the social element is one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal. Plus, it’s important to have support -- i.e., people to brag to when you succeed; people to talk to when you feel like overeating. Talking is a great antidote to a desire to binge or eat things that could get in the way of your success. If you’re really determined to achieve your resolution, you should consider taking the social element even farther.
TRAVEL | LEISURE
Frontiers International Travel Announces VIP Private Jet Tour of Europe Photo courtesy of Frontiers International Frontiers International Travel is excited to offer a 14-night VIP private jet journey to Zurich, Switzerland, Positano, Italy, Corfu, Greece, Tirana, Albania, Gdansk, Poland, Bratislava, Slovakia, and Germany. Normally seated to accommodate 40 passengers, this private jet has been custom-fitted for no more than 15 passengers with luxurious leather club seats and posh interiors. The cabin crew will graciously anticipate all in-flight needs while serving gourmet cuisine paired with fine wines and champagnes. Guests will enjoy the luxury of arrivals at private terminals. The tour is scheduled for May 11 – 25, 2018. This Private Jet Experience Includes suite accommodations at the finest hotels; “Dine by choice” at favorite restaurants and room service; special entertainment and gala evenings; window seats for comprehensive sightseeing; all gratuities to guides, drivers, hotel/restaurant staff and Lakani tour manager; and “Luggage-One-Touch” from start to finish of the journey. For more information about this departure call Frontiers at 1-800-245-1950.
Durres, Albania Destination Highlights: ZURICH, Switzerland: Baur au Lac This global center for banking and finance retains its picturesque lanes, Old Town and waterfront promenades. POSITANO, Italy: Le Sirenuse Enjoy the beautiful, iconic Amalfi Coast. GREEK ISLAND, Greece Touch down for lunch and a tour on a sunny Greek island. DURRES, Albania: Adriatik/Palace Explore â€˜the last secret of Europeâ€™ visiting the capital of Tirana and the resort area of Durres on the Adriatic Sea.
GDANSK, Poland: Luxury Hotel Wander the narrow, cobbled streets of this historic city on the Baltic coast shaped by wealthy merchants from many nations. BRATISLAVA, Slovakia Luxuriate on the French Riviera, take a private yacht cruise to explore the local markets in St. Tropez, and visit the tiny principality of nearby Monaco. MUNICH, Germany: Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Celebrate your journey in this lively Bavarian city; also visit Neuschwanstein Castle and Oberammergau.
Greek Island, Greece
TRAVEL | LEISURE
Off the Beaten Path Lake Havasu - The Lake the City Written by Francesca Maria
I lived in Lake Havasu City Arizona off and on totaling about 11 years of my adult life. There is an old saying in Lake Havasu that says, “You can check out, but you can never leave,” Taken from the famous Eagles song “Hotel California” and I agree that it is one hundred percent true. Once you get a taste of Lake Havasu, you will always find your way back again. Lake Havasu City is in western Arizona and the lake is fed by the Colorado River which divides Arizona from California. It’s known as a base for amazing hiking trails such as Sarah’s Crack and many others all around the lake. There are all types of water sports on Lake Havasu, from boating, jet-skiing, water-skiing, fishing as well as every other activity you can imagine related to water.
The authentic London Bridge, was relocated from England, by one man named Robert McCulloch, who purchased the bridge for $2,460,000 in 1968 and moved it brick by brick from London to Lake Havasu City, AZ. The estimated cost of dismantling the structure, which was US$1.2 million, bringing the complete price to US$2.4 million. Each stone was numbered so they would know how to put it back together. Numbered stones can still be seen on the London Bridge to this day. The bridge connects the mainland to marinas and a looped path for joggers and bike riders in an area known as the Island. There are also hotels, shops, and restaurants on the Island too. Lake Havasu City Museum of History documents Native American and steamboat history. Lake Havasu State Park has beaches with mountain views, plus picnic spots, and some areas even allow temporary mooring for your boat or watercraft. The Lake was formed in 1938 after the Parker Dam was built. However, it became most famous for the London Bridge that looms above it, bringing in international visitors from around the world. Today, Lake Havasu City is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Arizona and offers a range of recreational activities for families, couples, and single travelers. Houseboats dot the lake and are available for rent along with paddle boats, kayaks, paddle-board, jet skis, and other types of water sports equipment, that can be rented by the hour. Like most resort towns Lake Havasu is chock-full of non-stop action. Also, you can take the Ferryboat across the Lake to enjoy a night of Gambling and fine food at the Casino. With the purchase of the bridge, McCulloch accelerated his development campaign, increasing the number of flights into the city. At the time, the airport was located on the island. The free flights to Lake Havasu lasted until 1978 and reportedly they totaled 2,702 flights, bringing in prospective buyers. Mr. McCulloch even paid to bring in Doctors, Firefighter, Paramedics, and Police to establish infrastructure in his city. Today, Lake Havasu City has a population of approximately 53,850 people happily residing year-round in this beautiful sun-kissed city. The Winters bring in “Snowbirds” as retired people from around the country come to enjoy the warm winter weather for five months out of the year. During this time the population of resident’s increase. The best route to take when going to Lake Havasu City from Las Vegas is to get on I-515 S/US-93 S/US-95 S. Continue on US-93 S/US-95 S. Take Veterans Memorial Hwy, US-95 S and I-40 E to AZ-95 S in Mohave County. Take exit 9 from I-40 E. Continue on AZ-95 S. Arrive in Lake Havasu City wearing fewer clothes because it is approximately 10 degrees warmer on average.
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CALENDAR December 1-10, 2017
December 8-9, 2017
Irving Berlin’s WinterFest – White Christmas Henderson Events Plaza, the Musical – Henderson, NV all ages event returns to Carpenter Performing The Henderson with the theme “Dazzling Desert Holiday.” A tree-lighting Arts Center, ceremony begins the festivities on the 8th at 6pm with Henderson Long Beach, CA Mayor Debra March and special A great way to kick off the Christmas Season and to relive a classic story that will be performing live. The 1954 Bing Crosby film, White Christmas, has been brought to the stage as a magical musical to warm your heart during the Christmas season. Including with the title song “White Christmas”, the musical also includes “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep”, “Happy Holiday”, “Sisters”, “Blue Skies” and many more favorites. Tickets go for $20 - $95 and can be purchased through www.musical.org.
guest Santa Claus who is available for pictures in a giant snow globe during the two day event. Entrance is free although there are activities that will require fees. Wristbands are available for all day access to rides like a ferris wheel, carousel, train ride, toboggan and pony rides. The next day opens at noon so that the many activities can be enjoyed. See the gingerbread house display and sing along with the strolling carolers and then watch the WinterFest Evening Light Parade that starts at 5pm.
December 14, 2017
December 15-17, 2017
2nd Annual North Beach Holiday Wine Walk – North Beach District, San Francisco, CA
Sin City Memory Game – Rio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Dubbed “Little Italy”, North beach is known to have a large Italian population. For four hours, from 4pm to 8pm, local merchants and wineries throughout North Beach on Grant Avenue, Columbus Avenue, Vallejo Street and Green Street will offer samplings of their wine and treats. Participants will get a wine glass and a map of the tasting locations. The event is hosted by The North beach Business Association and Steven Restivo Event Services. Tickets can be purchased on-site at Belle Cora, 565 Green St. at Columbus or advance tickets for $25 on-line at www.sresproductions.com.
The Sin City Memory Game is challenging for experienced memory athletes but participantfriendly as it includes full training in the art of memorization for new players with support materials, so everyone can feel what it’s like to achieve a superhuman memory. Before each round, there will be a mini-seminar/workshop on memory techniques for that specific game. Two-Time Guinness Record Holder for Greatest Memory, Dave Farrow, will show participants how to get three times the average score on memory tests, memorize a deck of playing cards, and easily recall numbers, names, and faces. Practice your new skills and challenge yourself to a friendly and fun competition among peers!
January 19, 2018
January 27 , 2018
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January 30 , 2018
Paint the Town – ZAPPOS, Las Vegas, NV
80's Weekend #5 – Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Paint the Town is an annual event that benefits Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN). The premise is to provide a win-win for the artist and AFAN. Early ticket price is $25 which you can purchase through a link on afanlv.org. In addition to the regular entrance fee, there are VIP tickets available for $50. The VIP reception will take place from 6pm to 7pm and grants a meeting with the artists and first chance to buy fine art. Any art purchased over $250 can have the ticket price applied towards it. Complimentary beer, wine and cocktails are also provided. Chronic Tacos will be on site for food purchases.
Love the 80’s? Boy George, Violent Femmes, the Romantics, a Flock of Seagulls, Sugar Hill Gang and several others will be performing at the Microsoft Theater, one of the largest indoor stages in the United States. VIP Experience is available which offers prime access to parking, access and seating. The Microsoft Theater VIP Lounge will also have hosted food and drinks for 2 hours. VIPs also have access to their own restroom and an exclusive private outdoor patio. Come relive the 80’s in style with iconic music from that era. Tickets are between $67 - $505 and can be purchase through the Microsoft Theater website.
La Opera Presents Candide – Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles, CA
Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour – Smith Center, Las Vegas, Nv
Kelsey Grammer has played the same character, Dr. Frasier Crane, on four shows (Cheers, Wings, Fraiser and The John Larroquette Show) spanning 20 years, tying James Arness as Marshall Matt Dillion on Gunsmoke. January 27 begins a six performance run where Kelsey Grammer takes on two leading roles: Voltaire, who wrote the satirical novel in 1759, and Candide’s mentor, Dr. Pangloss. Candide is based on the 1956 Broadway classic by Leonard Bernstein. Tickets can be purchased from the LA Opera’s website, www.laopera.org
It’s been 20 years since the official opening of Jonathan Larson’s award-winning rock musical Broadway hit. The first official opening of Rent took place in 1996, 100 years after the Giacomo Puccini opera, La Boheme, it was based on. Larson’s rendition updated it with the setting in New York during the the height of the AIDS epidemic. The story follows the year in the life of a group of struggling artists. Rent returns after the Broadway production closed in 2008 with a 12-year run and over 5,000 performances. Tickets are $36 $127 that can be purchased at the Smith Center’s website, www.thesmithcenter.com
Loose Cattle releases Seasonal Affective Disorder Photo courtesy of Loose Cattle Michael Cerveris, a Two-time Tony Award winner and star of TV’s The Tick and Gotham, and Kimberly Kaye releases a holiday record for the darker side of December Not looking forward to the holidays? Then Loose Cattle’s Seasonal Affective Disorder is the Christmas album for you. Released on December 1st, the record shines a light on the darker side of the holiday season, mixing humor, honesty, and tongue-in-cheek twang into 15 Americana songs. Although recorded in Brooklyn (where bandmates Kimberly Kaye and Michael Cerveris formed Loose Cattle in 2011) and New Orleans, Seasonal Affective Disorder takes most of its influence from the American South. There’s plenty of country harmony, honky-tonk fiddle, and pedal steel guitar to be found here, all spread throughout a track list that includes originals and covers. The band turns John Denver’s “Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)” into a rootsy, roadhouse-worthy
holiday tune, then scales things back for “Shepherds in a Parking Lot,” a self-penned song about banding together to survive the holiday chaos. “I grew up loving Christmas,” admits Cerveris, a West Virginia native and two-time Tony Award-winning actor (currently starring in Amazon’s the Tick and Fox’s Gotham) who served as a sideman for Husker Du front man Bob Mould before launching his own music career. “And I still love it, but I recognize that a lot of my holidays are kind of more like Charlie Brown’s Christmas than the Walton’s.” Kaye elaborates,” You’re told you’re supposed to be having this fantastic time, but if you aren’t, that makes you feel even worse. People struggle alone, but as a band, we’ve learned that connecting with other people who feel the same way makes getting through those hard times a whole lot easier.”
For Loose Cattle, Seasonal Affective Disorder is built upon a holiday tradition that dates to 2011, the same year Kaye and Cerveris launched the band in New York City. Looking to give their families an unexpected Christmas present, the bandmates booked some time in a recording studio on December 23rd, emerging that evening with their own version of Big Star’s “Jesus Christ”. The next year, they picked a new song and repeated the process. The pattern continued. Every Christmas season, Loose Cattle’s members would find themselves in a studio with friends, feasting on pizza and beer while recording more left-of-center holiday music. Seasonal Affective Disorder rounds up several songs from those yearly sessions, packaging them with a handful of new recordings. Included in the mix is a second original, “Don’t Make your Mama Cry on Christmas Day,” whose accordion riffs and French lyrics — as well as an appearance by the Grammy-nominated Lost Bayou Ramblers — nod to the Cajun influence of Louisiana. Tom McDermott, another icon from the Big Easy, plays piano on several songs, while guests like Jon Graboff (Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Shooter Jennings) and Carmella Ramsey (Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire) make their own appearances. The result is an album of country Christmas duets, offbeat carols, December/January 2017-18
Yuletide drinking songs and bah-humbug ballads, all performed not only by Loose Cattle’s members, but also their circle of musician friends in New Orleans, New York and beyond. “It’s a musical version of getting your friends and family members together for the holidays,” explains Kaye, who shares lead vocals with Cerveris. Like her duet partner, Kaye cut her teeth on the road, traveling the Warped Tour circuit as a member of a ska band before shifting her attention to roots music. Seasonal Affective Disorder nods to their punky pasts while also highlighting Loose Cattle’s poignant punch as an alt-country band. It may be a Christmas album, but it’s the sort of Christmas album you can play all year. “We’ve always loved songs that are a little twisted and a little bent, because we’re a little twisted, too,” Kaye adds. Cerveris explains, “We both have our punk-rock roots, and then our country music history. This record captures all of that.” Mixed by David Barbe (Drive-By Truckers) and mastered by Greg Calbi (Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie), Seasonal Affective Disorder arrives December 1st via Low Heat Records.
“I recognize that a lot of my holidays are kind of more like Charlie Brown’s Christmas than the Walton’s.” UPCOMING SHOWS New York, NY*
Monday, December 11th The Sheen Center 18 Bleecker St NY, NY 10012
New Orleans, LA^
Tuesday, December 19th Chickie Wah Wah 2828 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70119 *with Laura Cantrell and Will Chase (ABC’s Nashville) ^with Tom McDermott and Rod Hodges (The Iguanas)
SOCIAL | EVENTS
HIGH RISE LIFE MAGAZINE CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY High Rise Life Magazine celebrated its one-year anniversary at Hyde inside the beautiful Bellagio resort on Tuesday, November 21st. Invited guests enjoyed an intricate spread of appetizers from Lago by Julian Serrano, fine wine from Hug Wine, and delectable vodka by Ciroc alongside captivating views from the Bellagio.
HYDE, BELLAGIO, LAS VEGAS November 21, 2017 Photos by Ash Photography
SOCIAL | EVENTS
A TASTE OF ART High Rise Life Magazine invited guests to a luxurious evening at Vu at MacDonald Highlands to revel in the stunning views from Christopher Homesâ€™ newest work of art. A renowned chef from Gaggenau created divine foods for guests to indulge in as they observed the advanced technologies featured of both Gaggenau and Bosch. Area restaurants such as Ethel M. Chocolates, Pasta Shop Ristorante & Art Gallery, Whist Stove, and Spirits, and Hug International served a selection of delectable bites and enticing drinks as attendees participated in a raffle of an Elena Bulatova original art piece that benefited the Marty Hennessey Inspiring Children Foundation.
VU AT MACDONALD HIGHLANDS November 16, 2017 Photos by Ash Photography
SOCIAL | EVENTS
ELENA BULATOVA WEDDING Friends and family gathered together to witness the marriage of Efi Mashiah and Elena Bulatova at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas. Guests enjoyed a pre-merriment reception at the Elena Bulatova Fine Art Gallery before reveling in the beautiful ceremony dedicated to the union of two people deeply in love and devoted to one another for all eternity. The celebration continued to a reception following the ceremony where guests enjoyed food, drink, and happy memories spent with loved ones. Wedding Planner: Dennis Silknitter, Silknitter Events Photo: AN&D Studioâ€™s, Tyler Gallo Video: Carlos Torres Floral & DĂŠcor: Naakiti Floral, Randi Garrett Hair & Make-Up: Make Up in 702, Megan Payne Green Wall & Furniture Piece: Angeles Scorsetti Design
MANDARIN ORIENTAL LAS VEGAS October 21, 2017 Photos by AN&D Studios
SOCIAL | EVENTS
VEGAS STRONG Char Luxury collaborated with Vegas Golden Knights Foundation to present an elegant evening of fundraising VegasSTRONG. All proceeds went to benefiting the victims of the Las Vegas Shooting and improving community safety. Guests savored delectable food and drink while participating in lively activities such as raffles at the lavish Bond Bar inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
BOND BAR, COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS October 14th, 2017 Photos by Ray Alamo
REAL ESTATE | NEWS
30 Thirty North Ocean Townhome-Style Condominiums for a Chic, Urban Beach Lifestyle Located in a Very Private and Exclusive Area of East Fort Lauderdale; Only New Construction Multi-Family Development in Lauderdale Beach Photo courtesy of 30 Thirty
Adam Adache, managing director of Cavache Properties LLC, announced 30 Thirty North Ocean, a chic, urban beach lifestyle condominium project located in the upscale Lauderdale Beach neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale. 30 Thirty North Ocean features 24 residences and six different three bedroom, 3 Â˝ bathroom floorplans starting at $1.15 million, or $548 per square foot. Situated 10 blocks north of the world-renowned Fort Lauderdale Beach, and among a neighborhood of $2.5 million-plus homes, 30 Thirty North Ocean will be located on the last parcel of its size in Lauderdale Beach. Estimated completion is expected the summer of 2018. The developmentâ€™s address is 3030 North Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 33308.
“30 Thirty North Ocean is a unique development offering home owners a multitude of great choices,” said Adache. “It provides all the comforts of single-family residence living, merged with the conveniences of a condominium development. Extra-large terraces or ocean views are the premiums from which to choose among our six available floor plans.” Ranging in size from 2,482 to 3,147 square feet, the residences feature spacious open floor plans, his and hers walk-in closets in the master bedroom, and private elevators to each unit. 30 Thirty North Ocean’s lower-level units are highlighted by sprawling terraces for extraordinary outdoor living, and its upper-level units boast ocean views. The two-level lower units’ 20-foot deep terraces feature seemingly endless space for enjoying an outdoor South Florida lifestyle. The two-story upper-level units offer ocean views within an “inverted plan,” in which the living area is situated on the top floor and the bedrooms on the bottom floor. The kitchens feature Sub-Zero refrigerators, Wolf transitional gas cooktops, single ovens, microwaves, panel-ready dishwashers, European-style cabinetry, and quartz countertops with under-mount stainless steel sinks, contemporary plumbing fixtures and wine coolers.
The development’s amenities include a heated resort-style swimming pool, whirlpool spa, sauna, and a fully equipped clubhouse with fitness center, owners’ kitchen and bar. Outside the clubhouse are a gazebo barbecue area and sundeck with lush landscaping. The property is within walking distance to two neighborhood beach access points. Additional amenities at 30 Thirty North Ocean include: • Secured common areas featuring gardens throughout • Wi-Fi in common areas • Secured building access • Private neighborhood security patrol 30 Thirty North Ocean is within walking distance of multiple dining options and destinations including Shooters® Waterfront, Martoranos, Greek Islands Taverna, shopping, entertainment, boat storage, and marinas. It’s a short car ride away from all that East Fort Lauderdale has to offer. 30 Thirty North Ocean is designed by Adache Group Architects. With over four decades of experience, the award-winning, leading international architectural firm has created a unique, contemporary design for these luxury townhome-style condominiums.
For more information,visit www.30-Thirty.com or call 954-400-5573.
REAL ESTATE | TRENDS
Real Estate MarketTrends Written by Yelena Brezhneva
Start to New Year - 2018 While millennials build their families and population increases in size, finding the right house will keep housing market in demand. Rent is increasing and with that people really must decide whether renting is a better option over purchasing. Economy is still steadily improving. Foreign buyers are buying a record number of properties. The National Assn. of Realtors released a report that foreigners bought 284,455 properties over the last 12 months. Different reports and forecast say that Las Vegas has the fastest growing home values in US. Prices are expected to increase in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the Bay Area in 2018. According to Freddie Mac, 2018 will start with 5% increase in price. 15% 10% 5%
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January of 2016 median sale price of a previously owned home in Las Vegas was $190, 000, with average of $131 per sq. ft. January 2017, that price was $207,000 with average of $136 per sq. ft. In October 2017 median sale price was $263,000, with average of $143 per sq. ft. If we look at new constructions, then we see the same trend. In January 2016, median sale price was $295,000 and in January 2017, that number jumped to $325,000. October 2017 shows prices increased to $340,000. The market is still hot with limited availability of new and resale homes. Only 2.3% of sales were bank owned and 2.9% were short sales.
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PALMS PLACE 4381 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
SKY LAS VEGAS 2700 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
TURNBERRY PLACE 2747 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
MANDARIN ORIENTAL RESIDENCES, 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
TURNBERRY TOWERS 222 Karen Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109
METROPOLIS 360 E Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
PARK HOUSE 8925 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89147
THE MARTIN 4471 Dean Martin Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89103
VDARA 2600 W Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89158
MGM SIGNATURE 145 E Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109
PARK TOWERS 1 Hughes Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89169
THE OGDEN 150 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101
VEER TOWERS 3722 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
NEWPORT LOFTS 200 Hoover Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101
PLATINUM 211 E Flamingo Rd, 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
ONE QUEENSRIDGE PLACE 9103 Alta Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89145
REGENCY TOWERS 3111 Bel Air Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109
AQUA 388 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
LAFAYETTE BUILDING 140 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
INTERNATIONAL TOWER 700 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
THE ROYAL PALMS 100 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
COOPER ARMS 455 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
OCEAN CLUB 1310 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
QUEENS SURF 1750 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
1100 WILSHIRE 1100 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017
LOS FELIZ TOWERS 4411 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Feliz, CA 90027
SKYLOFTS 801 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90017
THE REMINGTON 10727 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
BUNKER HILL TOWER 800 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
METROPOLIS CONDOS 899 Francisco Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
TEN50 CONDOS 1050 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015
THE WILSHIRE COMSTOCK 865 Comstock Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024
EASTERN COLUMBIA LOFTS 849 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014
RITZ-CARLTON 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015
THE CENTURY 1 Century Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90067
W HOLLYWOOD 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
EVO CONDOS 1155 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015
SIERRA TOWERS 9255 Doheny Road, Los Angeles, CA 90069
THE MERCURY 3810 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90005
HARBOR PLACE TOWER 525 East Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
D I R E C T O RY
ACQUA VISTA CONDOS 425 West Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92101
DISCOVERY AT CORTEZ HILL 850 Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92101
ICON 321 Tenth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
PARK LAUREL 2500 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
ATLA 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
PARK PLACE 700 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
ARIA CONDOS 1441 9th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
THE GRANDE 1199 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
THE MARK 800 The Mark Lane, San Diego, CA 92101
PINNACLE TOWER 550 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
BAYSIDE AT THE EMBARCADERO
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
RENAISSANCE 645 Front 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
TREO 1240 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
829 FOLSOM 829 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
ARDEN CONDOS 738 Long Bridge Street, San Francisco, CA 94158
MILLENNIUM TOWER 301 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
SOMA GRAND CONDOS 1160 Mision Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
170 OFF THIRD 170 King Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
ARTERRA CONDOS 300 Berry Street, San Francisco, CA 94158
MONTGOMERY WASHINGTON TOWER
611 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
ST. REGIS RESIDENCIES 188 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
LUXE CONDOS 1650 Broadway Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
BAYCREST TOWERS 201 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
OPERA PLAZA 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
THE BRANNAN 219-239 Branna Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
333 BUSH STREET CONDOS 300 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
BLAC CONDOS 1080 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
ONE RINCON HILL 425 1st Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
THE HAMILTON 631 Ofarrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
2006 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
BLU CONDOS 631 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCES
690 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
THE HARRISON 401 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
69 CLEMENTINA 69 Clementina Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
BRIDGEVIEW 400 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
ROCKWELL CONDOS 1688 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
THE HAYES 55 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
888 SEVENTH STREET 888 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
LUMINA CONDOS 201 Folsom, San Francisco, CA 94105
ROYAL TOWERS 1750 Taylor, San Francisco, CA 94133
THE SUMMIT 999 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
360 RESIDENCES 360 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
MONTEBELLO CONDOS 20488 Stevens Creek, Cupertino, CA 95014
PASEO PLAZA & VILLAS 130 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112
THE GLOBE 20 South 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113
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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
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