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T HE A RT O F LI V IN G W ELL

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WAYS TO MASTER THE 2020 KITCHEN FROM CHEF CURTIS STONE

From One Single Parent to Another FEATURING

PALMIRA

COLLECTION A TALE OF ELEGANCE, SENSUALITY, AND RIGOUR

FUN, HEALTHY GROUP ACTIVITIES TO TRY IN 2020

Fresh Salads Perfect for Spring

PIN IT UP! FEATURING THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF PAOLO PRISCO.

HOW TO

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CONTENTS

[ ] FASHION EDITORIAL

IN FLUENCE FASHION & STYLE

16 | Alexandra Fructuoso, the Name Behind

the Maison Alexandrine 30 | Anya Hindmarch I’m NOT A Plastic Bag Returns as I AM A Plastic Bag 44 | Tech & Fashion Meet at Last! FOOD & BEVERAGE

50 | Fresh Salads Perfect for Spring 52 | 4 Ways to Master the 2020 Kitchen

from Chef Curtis Stone

HEALTH & WELLNESS

56 | 5 Health Benefits of Our Green Spaces 00 | “Prejuvenation”

6 Things Millennials Can Do to Maintain Their Youth 00 | The Connection Between Stress, Gut Health, and Autoimmunity

80 | PALMIRA COLLECTION 134 | PIN IT UP!

FEATURE 10 | HOW TO FIND YOUR INSPIRATION 36 | PRESENTING THE ICE AGE JEWELRY AND CROWNED COLLECTION 70 | DRINK DECEPTIONS: 5 REHYDRATION & SPORT BEVERAGE RED FLAGS 96 | WHAT CLASSIC FAIRY TALES PREDICT ABOUT MEGHAN MARKLE’S FUTURE 118 | FUN, HEALTHY GROUP FITNESS ACTIVITIES TO TRY IN 2020

IN NETWORK PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW

116 | Angelo Biasi LIFESTYLE

122 | From One Single Parent to Another BUSINESS

124 | 5 Secrets for Landing Your Next Job TECHNOLOGY

128 | AIWAYS Previews U6ion Electric

Crossover Coupe Concept 130 | Is It You or An ID Thief? How AI Uses Document Verification to Keep You Safe

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INFLUENTIAL SPOTLIGHT 100 | FEATURING MUSICAL TALENT SEBASTIAN JIMENEZ 106 | FEATURING RECORDING ARTIST LAUREN CARTER

IN SOCIETY 148 | Tonino Lamborghini Flagship

Store Now Open at Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas


EDITORIAL CREDITS

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CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER / EDITOR-IN-CHIEF / CHIEF CREATIVE DIRECTOR / CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree Round Rock, Texas EDITORIAL TEAM Chief Business Officer: William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree Editor-in-Chief: William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree Chief Creative Director: William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree Beauty Editor: Kelli Ponce Fashion & Style Editor: William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree Health & Wellness Editor: Ingrid Garner Technology Editor: James Nelson

WRITING TEAM Contributing Writers Anne Beall, Ph.D., Stephen Hyduchak, CEO of Aver, Karen Kaye, LMHC Merilee Kern, MBA, Dr. Chad Larson, NMD, DC, CCN, CSCS, Advisor and Consultant on Clinical Consulting Team for Cyrex Laboratories, Dr. Manish Shah ART & PRODUCTION Chief Creative Director William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree Beauty Editor Kelli Ponce Creative Services What Taller Gráfico Argenis Gudino, Jose Luis Venegas Quintero Fashion & Style William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree Web Design The MOD Studio Contributing Photographers Maison Alexandrine , Mario Barero, Gaëtan Bernede , Ainsley Joseph, Palmira , Paolo Prisco, SGG Public Relations Website Administration W. Jackson & Associates, LLC SALES & MARKETING Business Development William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree James Nelson

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e’re truly blessed to have such amazing influencers in Austin and across the word and for the InFluential Magazine family, it’s been an honor to share the stories of so many outstanding people and innovations of many types. Nearly nine years ago when the concept of InFluential Magazine was brought to life, we had no idea of how rewarding it’d be to get a closer, more personal look at many of society’s most influential people and captivating topics. Most fortunate for me, I’ve the privilege of leading an international team who, on the regular, works incessantly to capture inspiring and relevant stories and bring to life through the pages of our multi award-winning magazines. Our mission is to be the premiere and trusted sourced of trends sure to impact the way we live, dream and distinguish our world still stands true, And, with a distinct focus on topics related to lifestyle interests, InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential are trusted sourced of trends sure to impact the way our readers live, dream and distinguish their world. When necessary and advantageous, we anticipate change and plan to adapt to become more relevant, insightful, and inspiring. We hope you’ve been inspired from what you’ve seen in our magazines during the past eight years, and we’re thrilled to continue showing up prominently in your favorite technology influenced places to read. The captivating design of our magazines will always be something we deliver to you with quality, integrity and tremendous pride. From our stories, special features, to our ever-expanding digital presence, we’ll continue to embrace and engage with our international communities. Savor the articles in our pages. I hope sincerely you’ll find them captivating and inspiring! Enjoy the coming of spring, a perfect time for rejuvenation of mind, body, and soul. With Our Very Best,

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INSPIRATION IS THE STIMULATION TO DO SOMETHING AND CAN DRIVE PEOPLE TO DO INCREDIBLE THINGS. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO YOU ARE, WHAT YOUR JOB IS OR WHICH HOBBIES YOU ENJOY - INSPIRATION IS AT THE CORE OF PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH.

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ohn Paxton, senior designer at Kia, finds his inspiration in looking to the future.

“My inspiration has consistently been fueled by a desire to anticipate what’s next,” says Paxton. “Similar to entertainment such as music and film, there’s a human desire to explore and find newness in sights, sounds and experiences.”

He goes on to explain that it’s part of human nature to always want to expand and grow, to reach farther and explore beyond what has already been accomplished. This desire has driven innovation throughout history. “A desire to continue to develop newness in the projects and designs I’m tasked with tackling is kPHOTOGRAPHYS COURTESY OF WWW.KIA.COM MARCH / APRIL 2020

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what drives me,” Paxton says. “I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of seeing the unseen, and finding solutions that consumers can eventually connect with... starting with a blank canvas.” In his design work, he keeps a keen eye on what people want now while anticipating the future. Why? Because the Kia cars he is designing today may not be in the hands of drivers for several years, like the Kia Soul, Forte and Cadenza models. “A challenge I face is anticipating what people are going to look for in a design not only today, but years from now when the production vehicle is actually available to them, it’s like having a crystal ball for designers. The most rewarding aspect is

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when you are able to see the predicted work out in a well-received product on the road,” he says. Paxton uses the new Kia Soul as an example. His design work on the Soul focused on a youthful demographic heavily inspired by social media, music and fashion.


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Using these ideas as inspiration, he worked with his team to create something that didn’t fit the standard vehicle mold. “This was about loudness, boldness, confidence, in a very youthful voice. Nothing was reserved or timid,” he says. Inspiration can be collaborative or personal, and sometimes both. It can help you reach an individual goal - such as fundraising, home improvement or health and wellness - or it can, like Paxton, drive innovation in your professional life in a way that can significantly impact others. If you want to discover your inspiration, consider these simple activities:

becomes an abstract representation of what drives you and what you want to achieve. Go for a drive: Few things beat the feeling of the open road, so go for a drive to a local park to take a hike or simply meander and see where destiny takes you. As you drive, open your mind to the sounds and sights around you. You might see a particularly inspiring mural in the city or a calm field in rural areas. If feeling stuck, turn on some music and drive on. Explore online: Try visiting websites that provide inspiring content. For example, the Give It Everything Collective from Kia at www.kia.com is a digital space where people can share their stories of what it means to give everything. In reading about other peoples’ goals and driving factors, you may find inspiration for reaching your goals.

Create an inspiration board: Sometimes called a mood board, these are great for kicking off creativity and finding purpose. Get a large piece of paper or use a blank wall and create a collage of things that inspire, centering on your goal. These can be pictures, colors, words - whatever strikes a positive chord. This

Do something new: Sign up for that class. Make a fresh fashion choice. Check out that indie film. Strike up a conversation with a stranger. Doing something new can put you outside your comfort zone, and that builds confidence. In expanding your world you may find the inspiration you’re looking for while discovering more about who you are personally. Inspiration can come in many forms. It fuels innovation and ingenuity, whether it’s something massive on the world stage or a modest personal goal. Take time to discover what drives you. (BPT) l MARCH / APRIL 2020

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AlexandraFructuoso, THE NAME BEHIND THE MAISON ALEXANDRINE

ALEXANDRA FRUCTUOSO WORKED PART-TIME AS A MODEL ON THE FASHION SCENE WHEN SHE CAME TO BRAZIL ALONE, AT THE AGE OF 19.

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assionate about fashion, Alexandra Fructuoso decided in 2012 it was time to dedicate herself to her passion, and to create Maison Alexandrine as a sanctuary for customers “demanding and attentive to details”. Located in the heart of São Paulo, Maison Alexandrine offers a moment where time stops, thanks to the exceptional service offered to its customers. In this context, Maison Alexandrine’s haute couture atelier is dedicated to coloring and bringing to life the wishes of customers, always with good taste and elegance. Maison Alexandrine makes dreams come true. Alexandra Fructuoso believes in the result of a job well done, with high quality and distinction - leveraging the legacy of Brazilian artisans and handmade work, as a tribute to Brazilian culture. Within a haute couture experience, each ready-to-wear collection brings the subtle combination of Parisian seduction and Brazilian style. All collections are expertly created within Maison

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Alexandrine’s studio, with the main values of perfect craftsmanship, attention to detail, and sophistication. From contemporary suits to embroidered dresses, overalls, luxurious bodies and party dresses: Maison Alexandrine offers sensual and elegant silhouettes, using exceptional fabrics, carefully selected, complex details, delicate embroidery, exquisite ornaments, contemporary cuts and volumes, as well as finishes clean. Being the perfect embodiment of its founder and Creative Director Alexandra Fructuoso: Maison Alexandrine’s aesthetics celebrates the free and self-conscious woman with a vision of modern and glamorous fashion. The results of this mastery can be seen in several of the most famous celebrities in the world, such as Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Irina Shayk, Gisele Bundchen, among others. Learn more about the fashion brand by visiting www.alexandrine.com.br. l


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ANYA HINDMARCH I’M NOT A PLASTIC BAG RETURNS AS I AM A PLASTIC BAG

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he limited-edition, reusable canvas tote was created in response to the growing environmental challenge of single-use plastic bags and to inspire people to change their everyday actions. This campaign was at the vanguard of the anti-plastic bag movement. The British Retail Consortium estimated that in 2006, the UK alone used 10.6bn plastic bags, and this figure dropped to 6.1bn in 2010. Specifically, Sainsbury’s cut the number of bags they gave away by 58% in the two years that followed the campaign, giving out 312m fewer bags in 2008 than 2009 and saving 13,200 tonnes of virgin plastic over two years. “When you throw something away, there is no away” “Since our 2007 I’m NOT a Plastic Bag project, I have not been able to get these words out of my

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ANYA HINDMARCH’S 2007 GROUND-BREAKING ‘I’M NOT A PLASTIC BAG’ COLLABORATION WITH ADVERTISING AGENCY ANTIDOTE AND SOCIAL CHANGE MOVEMENT SHIFT, WAS NOT ONLY AN IMMEDIATE SELL OUT WORLD-WIDE BUT IMPORTANTLY, IT SIGNIFICANTLY CONTRIBUTED TO THE REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF PLASTIC BAGS USED.

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head. The problem of single use plastic and landfill is far from over, however the mission has shifted from simply being about the ‘awareness’ of using less plastic, to being more about the ‘circularity’ of the use of materials in the supply chain. That is why I have spent the last 2 years developing I AM A Plastic Bag” Anya Hindmarch Following on from the I’m Not A Plastic Bag project in 2007, Anya Hindmarch has created I Am A Plastic Bag. Made from an innovative new fabric which is created from recycled plastic bottles and coated with recycled plastic windshields, the collection uses the incredible technology and craftsmanship that is synonymous with the brand. It has taken two years of testing and researching techniques to find


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the best methods and partners to create the I Am A Plastic Bag Collection. The luxurious, cotton canvas feel fabric used to make I Am A Plastic Bag is woven from a yarn created from the plastic bottles. The plastic bottles are first sorted, shredded, washed and then turned into pellets. These pellets are melted and extruded into fibres that are then spun and woven to create the fabric. It takes 32 x half litre bottles to make each large tote. To create a weather-resistant durable finish, the fabric is then coated in recycled PVB, a product which is extracted from old car windshields. To our knowledge, this is the first time that this has been done. The coated fabric is made by our partners in Taiwan. who were the only people who could provide the GRS certified recycled coating. Taiwan has one of the most efficient recycling systems in the world and is also a pioneer in recycling innovation. The bag is trimmed with leather. Whilst the initial plan was to use vegan or recycled leather for the trim, after much research and expert advice, it was concluded that responsibly sourced leather was the best material as the alternatives contained unacceptably high levels of polyurethane. The leather used is a by-product of the meat industry and is sourced from a tannery in Northern Italy close to where the bag is made. The tannery is gold-rated by The

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Leather Working Group. They use traceable European hides that incur no de-forestation. This project is about progress not perfection. Work is underway to create the coated fabric in Italy, as soon as we can find a partner who can do this for us using recycled PVB rather than virgin plastic. And whilst we don’t believe that carbon offsetting is the answer, we have partnered with EcoAct - a global climate change consultancy - to measure the emissions associated with the I Am A Plastic Bag collection and to make this a carbon neutral project. Both the project and the Company have been awarded the Butterfly

Mark from Positive Luxury. This is a symbol of trust earned by brands that have adopted sustainability as a business strategy. Brands are assessed holistically across the following areas: governance, social and environmental frameworks, community impact and innovation. Anya Hindmarch and NET-A-PORTER offered a prelaunch of a limited number of I Am A Plastic Bags on February 15th for London Fashion Week. At the same time, instead of doing an event, Anya Hindmarch will close their London stores for three days and fill them with used plastic bottles to make a statement about the amount of plastic that is thrown away. It will take over 90,000 used plastic bottles to fill the stores, which have been collected by Anya Hindmarch team from their local communities. This may sound like a huge number, but this is the number of plastic bottles that are purchased globally every six seconds. The full collection of four colours will launch mid-April in Anya Hindmarch London stores, online and with Matches Fashion in mid-April. Exclusive launches then roll out with Isetan in Tokyo, Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and Mainland China, David Jones in Australia, Aizel in Moscow and Anya Hindmarch global stores. Each territory will have its own exclusive colours. Full collection available April at www.anyahindmarch.com/en-GB/ i-am-a-plastic-bag.html l

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hatever your style, Lucyd’s mission is to deliver you the absolute best glasses for the price. Sports fans (and stylish people) rejoice. The 49er’s Richard Sherman has partnered with Lucyd for the ultimate in sunglasses. “I’m thrilled to share the first edition of Sherman Shades with football fans nationwide,” Sherman, Super Bowl XLVIII Champion, said. “These are no ordinary sunglasses — they were designed to give maximum eye protection with supreme style.” This limited collection of four styles is a unique combination of collectible memorabilia product and high-quality eyewear. Each pair is also suited to a unique purpose, such as working out outdoors, working on the computer, driving or just looking sharp. Included is a first-of-its-kind pair that has a brandnew type of blue light blocking lens never sold in the US. Featuring an auto-tinting haze master lens, the Cool Down pair blocks 40% of blue light and tints darker in sunlight for indoor/outdoor protection. The Fire Up style adds a blue light layer to an ultra-dark amber sunglass.

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WHETHER YOU ARE STILL ON THE HUNT FOR THE PERFECT GIFT OR LOOKING TO BE FASHION FORWARD IN 2020, LUCYD EYEWEAR IS THE SOLUTION. CHOOSE FROM THEIR LOUD COLLECTION – BLUETOOTH SUNGLASSES THAT LET YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC AND TALK ON THE PHONE, OR THE LIMITED-EDITION SHERMAN SHADES.

The Cool Down pair features: lRevolutionary blue light blocking TAC lens. l Slight yellow tint indoors and turns darker in sunlight. l Icy clear frame style for a clean and modern look. l Great to wear indoors and out. l Reduces eye strain to help you stay productive all day. l Durable and made for all weather conditions.

Also available from Lucyd, the Loud collection - stylish sunglasses that let you talk on the phone, listen to music, and more. Lucyd LOUD Highlights: l Bone conduction speakers deliver hi-fi audio (audible to others at high volume) l Touchpad for Bluetooth controls including voice assistant, track seeking and call answering.

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Flexible temple ends allow for an adjustable fit. l 8 hours of playback or calls, universal micro usb charging port. l Built-in microphone and trackpad are easy to use. l More stylish than earbuds, headsets, and headphones. l Listen to music and podcasts discreetly. l

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More comfortable than holding a phone for an entire conversation. l Available in prescription, clear, polarized, blue light blocking, and more. l Comes standard with anti-reflective clear or UV400 polarized mirror sunglass lenses. l Charging cable, manual, cloth and a case comes included. l

Recommended for iPhone 7 and newer and Samsung Galaxy S8 and newer. l Lowest priced music playing glasses on the market. Stay connected in style with a comfortable pair of glasses from Lucyd. The long-lasting battery life and savvy technical features ensure you are miles ahead and InFluential of course. l


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alads are of course one of the easiest ways to combine the flavors of your favorite fruits and veggies, but you can take your greens to the next level with refreshing recipe ideas. Creating a cool, satisfying salad can be easy when you start with quality ingredients like Fresh Express salad blends, NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes and Litehouse dressings for versatile bases in a nearly endless array of options. For example, salads aren’t limited to lunch or appetizers – this Breakfast Salad Bowl makes for an energizing start to the day by combining classic salad ingredients with quinoa, bacon and avocado.

THE SPRING SEASON BRINGS TO MIND FLOWERS BLOOMING AND PLANTS SPRINGING BACK TO LIFE, MAKING IT THE IDEAL TIME TO ENJOY FRESH PRODUCE IN MEALS THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

Perfect for those busy weeknights, heartier salad recipes can also provide quick, simple dinner options. As a more traditional mix to enjoy at the family table, this Salmon and Grains Salad Bowl brings together salmon, tomatoes and chickpeas on a bed of lettuce topped with ranch dressing. Find more ways to create hearty salads this spring at litehousefoods.com/iheartsalad.

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Salmon and Grains Salad Bowl Servings: 2 4 ounces salmon 2 tablespoons paprika, divided salt, to taste pepper, to taste 15 ounces chickpeas 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 ounces Fresh Express


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Sweet Butter Lettuce 1 cup red quinoa, cooked 6 ounces NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes 2 tablespoons Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing Heat oven to 350 F. Sprinkle salmon with 1 teaspoon paprika; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bake on lined baking sheet 15 minutes, or until it reaches desired doneness. In bowl, toss chickpeas in olive oil and remaining paprika; add salt and pepper, to taste. Add chickpeas to lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 F 3040 minutes. Add lettuce to plate or bowl. Top with quinoa, chickpeas, salmon and tomatoes. Drizzle with ranch dressing.

Breakfast Salad Bowl Servings: 2 10 ounces NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 2 ounces Fresh Express Baby Spinach 1 egg 2 bacon strips, halved 1 cup quinoa, cooked 1/2 avocado, sliced 2 tablespoons Litehouse Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

wilted, stirring as necessary. Cook egg as desired. Remove egg from skillet and set aside. Add bacon to skillet and cook until crispy, turning halfway through. In bowl, layer quinoa, bacon, avocado, egg, spinach and tomatoes. Drizzle with jalapeno ranch dressing. (Family Features) l

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Curtis Stone

FROM CHEF

FROM CONNECTIVITY TO COOKTOPS AND THE LATEST GADGETS, THE EVERPROGRESSING KITCHEN OF 2020 PROVIDES ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES TO SIMPLIFY LIFE IN THE HOME.

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hether cooking for his family, hosting a dinner party or serving up Michelinstarred dishes, Chef Curtis Stone believes in cooking smarter, not harder. Having tested, mastered and embraced many of 2020’s kitchen advancements, Stone shares four ways to master the kitchen this year with maximum flavor and minimum effort.

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to dedicate to the most important things in life, like my family. “What I really love about Bosch home appliances is they believe in technology that is simple to use, which is why their Home Connect appliances are at the top of my list of 2020 kitchen necessities. It’s so convenient - I can preheat my wall oven remotely so make-ahead meals are ready for the oven as soon as I get home. I also manage household chores from my smartphone, so I never have to worry about little things like reordering dishwasher detergent tabs or whether I shut off the hood lights - automations like this are kind of a dream.”

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There are so many different types of cooktops - electric, induction, gas. Which do you recommend? “At my restaurant, Gwen, we cook all of our meat over a traditional open flame for a straight-fromthe-fire essence and perfect char. However, it’s no secret I’m a big fan of newer methodologies like induction cooktops for faster boiling and easy cleanup. From a chef’s perspective, precision, power and efficiency are key to creating flavorful dishes that will keep your guests coming back for more. This is one of the reasons why I love the new Bosch FlameSelect gas cooktop.

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“FlameSelect brings the accuracy of induction to the gas cooktop through nine very precise flame levels - from simmering delicate sauces to achieving the perfect sear over high heat - so you never need to guess the intensity of the flame. You just select the flame level needed for your favorite recipe and prepare for great results.”

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Cooking for a crowd can be overwhelming. What’s your ultimate entertaining secret? “One of my biggest tips when preparing a meal for a crowd is to keep your station (or kitchen) clean throughout the cooking process - this is a chef standard. Whether it’s a big dinner party or an intimate gathering, cleaning as you go prevents clutter that may get in your way and simplifies post-meal cleanup, which is crucial when you have guests waiting for you and your food. “I love that I can place my dirty utensils, mixing bowls, and even large pots and pans right into my connected Bosch dishwasher and just carry on cooking while it does the hard work. I’m also able to start or monitor a load remotely and its quiet performance won’t disrupt the party - dishes can be out of sight and out of mind. Winner!”

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You recently earned a Michelin star for the seasonal dishes you’re serving up at LA-based Maude. What’s your go-to dish for springtime hosting? “When hosting, I like to cook within the season and keep it simple. Seasonal fruits and vegetables always taste best at their peak and can easily turn a simple dish into something that wows. I always look forward to cooking


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with asparagus every spring, and after mastering the kitchen, this mouthwatering, herbed steak dinner will be ready to serve before you know it. Enjoy!�

Pan-Seared Ribeye Steaks with Roasted Asparagus Serves: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10-15 minutes Ingredients: Roasted Parmesan Asparagus

1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, finely grated Lemon wedges Ingredients: Butter-Basted, Pan-Seared Ribeye Steaks 2 boneless ribeye steaks (1 inch thick; 12 ounces) Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 4-6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

4 garlic cloves, bruised 6 large sprigs fresh thyme or 2 small sprigs fresh rosemary Method Convection Bake, preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place rack in center of oven. l Using

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asparagus in oil on a large baking sheet. Line asparagus in one even row lengthwise over sheet pan. Sprinkle Parmesan evenly. Preheat 2 large skillets on cooktop over high heat. Meanwhile, place asparagus in oven, roasting for 8-10 minutes, or until crisp-tender. l

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AS YOU GET OUTSIDE THIS SPRING, HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED HOW OUR GREEN SPACES CONTRIBUTE TO OUR HEALTH? STUDIES SHOW THAT GREEN SPACE AND LANDSCAPING CONTRIBUTE TO HEALTH, HAPPINESS, AND INTELLECT.

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t’s natural to long for spring when it’s cold outside. But did you know, there’s a good reason why you may pine for green? Living landscapes are an important part of the outdoor lifestyle that Americans enjoy, but the benefits go beyond the barbeque and backyard baseball. Green spaces are necessary for your health. “The advantages of grass and landscaping surpass the usual physical benefits that result from outdoor activity,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). “Numerous studies have found that people who spend more time outside or are exposed to living landscapes are happier, healthier and smarter. As you get ready to get outside this spring with your lawn mower and other outdoor power equipment, it’s great to know being outside is good for you.” Researchers have studied the impact of nature on human well-being for years, but recent studies have found a more direct correlation between human health, particularly related to stress, and the importance of people’s access to nature and managed landscapes.

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England. Mycobacterium vaccae in soil mirrors the effect on neurons that Prozac provides. The bacterium stimulates serotonin production, which explains why people who spend time gardening, doing yard work, and have direct contact with soil feel more relaxed and happier. Children who are raised on farms in a “dirtier� environment than an urban setting not only have a stronger immune system but are also better able to manage social stress, according to the National Academy of Sciences.

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space (such parks, public gardens, and greenways) were found to have a lower incidence of fifteen diseases by Dutch researchers — including depression, anxiety, heart disease, diabetes, asthma and migraines. A 2015 study found that people living on streets with more trees had a boost in heart and metabolic health. Studies show that tasks conducted under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy, yielding a higher quality result. Spending time in gardens, for instance, can improve memory performance and attention span by 20%.

Living near living landscapes can improve your mental health. Researchers in England

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found that people moving to greener areas experienced an immediate improvement in mental health that was sustained for at least three years after they moved. The study also showed that people relocating to a more developed area suffered a drop in mental health.

tention and working memory benefits when they are exposed to greenery, says a study led by Payam Dadvand of the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, In addition, exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in children.

Greening of vacant urban areas in Philadelphia reduced feelings of depression by 41.5% and reduced poor mental health by 62.8% for those living near the vacant lots, according to a study by a research team.

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This applies to adults as well. Research has also shown that being around plants helps you concentrate better at home and at work. Charlie Hall, Ellison Chair in International Floriculture believes that spending time in gardens can improve attention span and memory performance by as much as 20 percent.

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A National Institute of Health study found that adults demonstrate significant cognitive gains after going on a nature walk. In addition, a Stanford University study found that walking in nature, rather than a concrete-oriented, urban environment, resulted in decreased anxiety, rumination, and negative affect, and produced cognitive benefits, such as increased working memory performance.

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Living landscapes help you heal faster. Multiple studies have discovered that plants in hospital recovery rooms or views of aesthetically-pleasing gardens help patients heal up to one day faster than those who are in more sterile or austere environments. Physicians are now prescribing time outdoors for some patients, according to recent reports. Park Rx America is a non-profit with a mission to encourage physicians to prescribe doses of nature. All these benefits reinforce the importance of maintaining our yards, parks and other community green spaces. Trees, shrubs, grass, and flowering plants are integral to human health. Not only do they provide a place for kids and pets to play, they directly contribute to our mental and physical well-being.

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MANY PEOPLE IN THEIR 20’S ARE STRESSED OUT ABOUT HIGH POST COLLEGE STUDENT LOAN DEBT REQUIRING SIDE HUSTLES TO PAY IT OFF. THEY’RE NOTICING TIRED EYES AND PREMATURE WRINKLES AS THEY TURN TO FILTERS TO OPTIMIZE THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA PHOTOS.

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Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery urges the under 30 crowd not to overdo it with expensive treatments and procedures that can make them look older and put them further into debt. Here is Dr. Shah’s of 6 things millennials can do to maintain their youth.


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Use sunblock every day. “The best way to make sure your face is protected from the sun is to use a daily moisturizer with SPF of no less than 30,” explains Dr. Shah. He also suggests applying creams to your neck and chest to postpone wrinkling and sagging in these areas. “The sun protection done daily in your 20’s will pay off greatly in your 40’s,” he says.

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most,” he reveals. Foods such as cantaloupe, mango, pineapples, oranges, grapefruits, and berries are all packed with this antioxidant which, when eaten regularly does wonders to sustain a youthful glow.

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Ditch the fast food and eat more fish. Those late night post partying fries and pizza are to be expected and at 25 are difficult to avoid. Perhaps your metabolism can handle it, for now. Offset these weekend indulgences by eating fish during the week. “Fish oil has fatty acids can erase early wrinkles you may notice. It prevents inflammation which can only make wrinkles more

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noticeable and deeper over time. Many millennials who are picky eaters and avoid seafood can get Omega-3’s via supplements but getting it directly from eating fish is best,” Dr. Shah suggests.

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Quit smoking. Nothing will age you quicker than smoking. “It is possible for a 25-yearold to look 8-5 years younger, within just 3 months after quitting smoking. This number increases after age 30. Women over age 40 who don’t smoke typically look up to a decade younger than their counterparts who still smoke,” says Dr. Shah. There are a gazillion reasons to quit smoking. Linking it to vanity is a pretty powerful motivator.


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Decrease your sugar intake.

Maintain your glow with facials and peels.

You really want to start getting mindful about your sugar intake in your 20’s for many different reasons. “Sugars and carbohydrates are a beauty killer because they are pro-inflammatory. Pasta, ketchup, candy, ice cream, and fruit juices are often dietary staples for those under 30. Any inflammation in the body will show up on the face in the form of adult acne, sagging and wrinkling not to mention sallow skin tone,” warns Dr. Shah.

While many millennials are starting off with “Baby Botox” which can postpone wrinkling, Botox isn’t cheap. It also can be a “gateway” treatment which leads to lip injections and fillers that often have a reverse effect making younger women appear older, cautions Dr. Shah. “Lasers and peels have come very far, offer an excellent solution for sun damage, skin texture, pores, acne scarring and cell turnover to stimulate collagen growth. Dr. Shah concludes that millennials who get into a good solid habit of taking care of themselves both inside and out, will create a lifestyle of longevity. “Millennials raised by mothers who may have had breast implants, Botox and lip injections may feel that getting things “done” is normal. This is exactly why I am always very honest when advising patients under 25 on procedures they’re considering.” l

Plastic Surgeon Colorado | Manish Shah, M.D. | Denver www.drmanishshah.com. Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. After completing his formal plastic surgery training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine, he moved to New York City and was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery. Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery. Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!

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THE CONNECTION BETWEEN

STRESS, GUT HEALTH, AND AUTOIMMUNITY

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THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IS A COMPLEX DEFENSE STRUCTURE. RESEARCH HAS COME A LONG WAY IN UNDERSTANDING MANY OF THE MYSTERIES SURROUNDING AUTOIMMUNITY AND THE 100-PLUS DISEASES THAT FALL UNDER ITS UMBRELLA.

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owever, there are still plenty of questions that remain. Over 50 million people in the United States are estimated to have an autoimmune disease, yet the cause of many of them are unclear, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). But recently, researchers have discovered a significant link between stress, gut health and autoimmune reactivity, often leading to the onset of particular autoimmune diseases.

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In our gut, the intestines are host to gut microbiota, which is the term for the microbe population that aids in proper digestion, barrier function and healthy immunity. Healthy intestinal walls allow water and nutrients to enter into the bloodstream, while keeping harmful bacteria and toxins out. What medical researchers have known is when these walls or barriers are weakened, harmful bacterial toxins can “leak” through. This well-researched condition is referred to as leaky gut syndrome. But one of the mysteries that remained was related to the cause of the breakdown in the intestinal walls. New studies have revealed imbalances in the gut microbiota can trigger an autoimmune response through a chain of events whereby stress exposure alters our gut bacteria, resulting in changes to immune cells which lead to a higher risk of an autoimmune reaction. Specific

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microbes in the gut pump out protein molecules that mimic a human protein, causing the human defense system to turn on its own cells by mistake, contributing to autoimmune dysregulation. It’s no secret stress breaks us down emotionally, mentally, and physically. Obvious indicators include exhaustion, lack of motivation, changes in appetite and digestive symptoms, including diarrhea and vomiting. But here is what we don’t see: stress can make the intestinal barrier weaker, thus allowing bacteria to leak out and enter the body through the bloodstream and even reaching organs. Further studies on the link between stress and the breakdown of the intestinal barrier have focused on the different types of bacteria that trigger the autoimmune response. While there are quite a few different bacteria, the commonality


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is that they all respond to stress by increasing the number of effector T cells, immune cells that play a role in autoimmunity. Over time, this ongoing “cross-reactive” response leads to tissue damage and chronic disease. Among the autoimmune diseases that are triggered by this link are: l Multiple Sclerosis (MS) l Rheumatoid Arthritis l Ulcerative Colitis l Systematic Lupus l Autoimmune Liver Disease l Antiphospholipid Syndrome

It is not easy to identify when there may be a breach in our intestinal lining, leading to “leaky gut” or ultimately autoimmune reactivity. However, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, you should not ignore the warning signs. Instead, consider seeking medical advice and tes-

ting. One screening offered by Cyrex Laboratories, the Array 2 – Intestinal Antigenic Permeability Screen, is a groundbreaking test designed to measure intestinal permeability to large molecules that inflame the immune system and identify the damaging route through the intestinal barrier. Ongoing intestinal discomfort and digestion problems should not be ignored. One of the main things we can all do for our health is to manage our stress. Remembering to stop and take a deep breath during moments of stress can help prevent a gut reaction. Another is to be proactive with our health, which includes eating right, resting well, exercising and getting regular medical checkups. Taking initiative with your health and not ignoring signs of illness could help prevent an autoimmune condition diagnosis down the line. l

About Dr. Chad Larson, NMD, DC, CCN, CSCS Dr. Chad Larson, NMD, DC, CCN, CSCS, Advisor and Consultant on Clinical Consulting Team for Cyrex Laboratories. Dr. Larson holds a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences. He is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He particularly pursues advanced developments in the fields of endocrinology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and environmentally-induced chronic disease.ell-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery. Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!

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EXPERT DEBUNKS MYTHS, CITES WARNING SIGNS AND OFFERS SCIENCE-BASED TRUTHS HELPING BUYERS BEWARE BOGUS WATER & OTHER REHYDRATION /PERFORMANCEFOCUSED BEVERAGE CLAIMS.

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t’s a brave new beverage world out there, and consumers are being romanced by a deluge of “healthy” drink solutions promising to keep them rehydrated, energized and performing at a high level. However, in truth, much of what’s being merchandised in this category is far more focused and adept at hype than hydration. So, what’s a would-be consumer to do who’s thirsty for a truly viable rehydration, sports or performanceenhancing beverage solution, but doesn’t want to be duped by their drink of choice? To answer this question and a plethora of other confusing issues rampant in the sports and rehydration drink industry, I connected with field expert JaMARCH / APRIL 2020

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mes Mayo, co-founder of SOS Rehydrate, which is a company that’s developed a new, cutting-edge and healthy electrolyte replacement rehydration beverage engineered for those with active lifestyles. So impactful is his company’s solution, it proffers rehydration comparable to an I.V. drip to help people avoid and reverse mild to moderate dehydration. Mayo doesn’t just talk the talk, he’s walked the walk, literally. As a former pro athlete of a caliber sponsored by a sports drink company, he still suffered dehydration and performance issues in relation. His brother, who is also a competitive athlete and with whom he cofounded the company, also suffered debilitating hydration — an actual collapse — that caused him to not make it onto a world championship team he’d set his sights on. This led the pair to begin formulating the most optimal, medical and science-driven formula on the market. Mayo’s military service in hot climates also factored into his passion for creating a bestin-class rehydration solution. Mayo personally experienced dehydration during deployments and saw other soldiers suffer the same. In fact, Mayo says dehydration is the number one non-combat casualty, a result of soldiers working in extreme climates at the edge of human performance, having to carry heavy gear and equipment and often marching for hours even before participating in actual combat. A recipe leaving soldiers exhausted and severely dehydrated, from Mayo’s first person accounts.

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ney for excess sugar when what you really need are electrolytes. In truth, only a very small amount of sugar is required to help transport electrolytes and water into the cells as part of the sodium glucose co-transport system. In fact, this system is most effective when it utilizes one molecule of sugar and one molecule of sodium in combination, which helps create the fastest and most effective way to transport water into the cells for hydration. Even water rehydration and other drinks that do actually claim to utilize the sodium glucose co-transport system have been shown to contain excess sugar to enhance taste, apparently discounting the fact that that this added sugar commensurately increases calorie count and actually undermines cellular H2O absorption. For clarity, sugar is a fuel and it’s a proven fact that it is not an electrolyte, so consumers seeking a maximized rehydration beverage should seek those with the minimum amount of sugar to help the body best absorb electrolytes and water. A glut of rehydration beverage brands on the market add excess sugar, don’t optimize the sodium-glucose co-transport system to make the drink sweeter, or both.

For those on the playing field, battle field or just seeking to improve their performance in their personal or professional lives, below are a few of Mayo’s myth-debunking “buyer beware” truths that’ll help shoppers steer clear of ineffective or even harmful rehydration and sports beverages in favor of those spurred by sound science. MARCH / APRIL 2020

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Excess sugar dehydrates and undermines energy. Beyond the above-stated concerns, too

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much sugar also leeches sodium and water from the body cells, which can cause dehydration. If there is excess sugar in a drink, even one engineered as a rehydration solution, then you can trigger reverse osmosis. The body’s reverse osmosis process occurs when there is an incorrect balance of sugar to sodium. Sodium always follows sugar and water always follows sodium. In a drink that is correctly balanced (utilizing the sodium glucose co-transport system) then the water and electrolytes optimally flow into the cells. In high sugar drinks there is too much sugar for the quantity of sodium and, as such, sodium and then water is actually leeched from the cells and passed out of the body as urine. This can lead to dehydration — the opposite effect for a rehydration beverage one has spent their hardearned dollars to purchase. Not to be underestimated, dehydration is a physical state that, at any level, can undermine performance and physical outlay by significant percent—and also cause other unpleasant symptoms like headaches and tiredness. Hydration delivered through a correctly calibrated rehydration beverage regulates the bodies’ electrolyte and water balance, allowing it to maintain optimum performance levels and avoid the energy drops associated with energy and sports drinks. l

Zero sugar is a bad thing. Drinks that only

contain sodium do not absorb H2O as fast as drinks that contain a small amount of sugar. As mentioned above, the sodium glucose co-transport system relies on a specific ration of one molecule of sugar and one molecule of sodium to transport electrolytes and water effectively into the cells. Drinks that do not contain any sugar then need to rely on collecting glucose (sugar) throughout their journey within the gut. The salt-only drink will eventually get absorbed, but much slower than one that is perfectly balanced.

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Also, while it’s commendable that that major sports drinks manufacturers are finally attempting to tackle the excess sugar epidemic, but their “zero sugar” marketing strategy is creating other problems amid the sports and rehydration beverage category. Not the least of which is the fact that artificial sweeteners, then needed to make the beverage palatable, can contribute significantly to obesity, even more than plain sugar, coupled with the reality that zero sugar reduces the H2O absorption.

Tablet-based electrolyte drinks deliver suboptimal results. Tablets dissolve via fizz or other l

breakdown method, leaving residue on the bottle in which it was inserted. That begs the question: what will it be doing to your body? Tablets are made from powder that has been fused together under pressure, requiring excess ingredients within them to activate the breakdown process when water is added. These added ingredients tend to be fizzy to create effervescence. As such, these tablets can lead to gastrointestinal distress that is directly correlated to the ingredients used in the tablet. So, with these, consumers are imbibing more than just the electrolytes they desire. Plus, users will also drink in some of those extra ingredients that leave a residue on the side of the bottle. Moreover, tablets are often touted as being easily portable but, in reality, they tend to come in packs of 10 that need to be transported altogether rather than individually, per tablet. And, if any get wet while being carried, they all dissolve either partially or completely. In fact, in hot and humid environments these tablets frequently absorb atmospheric moisture and end up in ruin; money wasted. l

Electrolyte drinks often miss the mark.

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About Merilee Kern, MBA As the Executive Editor and Producer of The Luxe List, Merilee Kern is an internationally regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist. As a wellness industry veteran and health advocate, she’s also author of the award-winning, illustrated fictional children’s book, Making Healthy Choices – A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids (Amazon). Merilee spotlights noteworthy industry innovators, change makers, movers and shakers: experts, brands, products, services, destinations and events. Connect with her at www.TheLuxeList.com. Instagram www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReports Twitter www.Twitter.com/LuxeListReports Facebook www.Facebook.com/LuxeListReports LinkedIn www.LinkedIn.com/in/MerileeKern

that they are barely measurable and, thus, do not provide enough in any quantity to be useful in the body by nutritional supplement standards. It’s also imperative to understand that drinking only water can a body to over-hydrate, flushing out the system and reducing the blood’s sodium concentration to dangerously low levels. This is called hyponatremia that, in extreme cases, can lead to death. If you’re reading this narrative, you ostensibly care about what you put into your body and have an interest in gaining the positive effects of rehydration beverages, specifically. So why settle for drinking excess sugar, or beverages with artificial sweetness and flavors? The fewer and more natural ingredients you put into a drink, and in the correct ratios, the easier it will be for the body to absorb it and give you the health and performance gains you desire. The same can be said for adding too many ingredients to make it an “all in one” drink. These kinds of beverage are fashionable and highly mar-

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ketable, but simply put: your body will not absorb all the ingredients. So, ultimately, you’re getting far less than you paid for. Having a drink that is wholly scientifically engineered for just one specific purpose, like optimizing cellular hydration, will have the best chance of being absorbed and rendering the myriad of benefits related thereto. Beyond the body, food and beverage purveyors also need to do more to alleviate environmental concerns around the amount of beverage-born trash being disposed of that’s not only filling up our landfills, but also affecting the life and ecosystems in our oceans. Every plastic bottle that we use and regularly throw away takes over 450 years to break down. So, beverage and other manufacturers should not only be focused on “good for you” ingredients, but also eliminating single use plastics from the world through modern options like compostable or non-plastic packaging. Considering that some companies donate money to “green” causes but still manufacture and package in a way that exacerbates environmental issues is disingenuous, and just throwing money at the problem will only go so far. Industry collectively needs to act and demand that manufacturers of food, beverage and all other products lead the change and do their true part to eliminate needlessly harmful waste. To this, Mayo wholeheartedly agrees. As an environmental pioneer in the rehydration beverage category, Mayo says that SOS Rehydrate is committed to packaging that’s fully compostable across all retail channels by 2021. Come spring 2020 the company’s eCommerce Web site and select retailers will stock SOS’s compostable stick packs. l

Sources: www.mashed.com/135553/the-untold-truth-of-gatorade/ www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780323462150000203 sosrehydrate.com/pages/independent-trial


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A TALE OF ELEGANCE, SENSUALITY, AND RIGOUR.

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he collection is named after Arturo Obegero’s grandmother. The designer’s upbringing in Northern Spain is the starting point of his creative process. Having grown up in a matriarchal Spanish family ruled by togetherness, Obegero is deeply inspired by relationships and emotional bonds. This collection is a self-exploration that allows him to affirm himself. It is an exaggeration of his own personal style, at the crossroads of sensuality, sexuality, androgyny, and purity. The collection was partly inspired by Pedro Almodóvar’s 2011 film The Skin I Live In, with which Obegero deeply connects emotionally. “I loved the brutal romanticism of the movie and its extremely twisted, almost perverted fascination for love, obsession and sex. The cinematography, the score by AlbertoIglesias, and the artistic references really spoke to me.” Obsessed with the film, Obegero initiated a written correspondence with Pedro Almodóvar, who then sent him research material: a signed book, the script, photographs, and texts. “In one of the texts, there was a metaphor comparing the relationship of the characters in the movie to the dance between a bull and bullfighter, and that really struck a chord.”

curved sleeves. The garments are comfortable, with no bonding or fusing material that could restrict the movement – only using wool, jerseys, velvet and satin. Sharp tailoring was the focal point, hence the absence of embellishments, motifs, embroideries. “I wanted to focus on the essence of the line so that’s why everything is black. Black is the ultimate colour, the most powerful. I chose it not only because it represents the ostentatious sobriety of Spain, but also as an homage to my grandfather who passed away three weeks before I finished this collection.” PORTE [SPANISH] /ˈPOɾ.TE/ NOUN 1. GRACEFUL AND ELEGANT BEARING IN A PERSON. “HE CARRIES HIMSELF WITH INCREDIBLE PORTE” SYNONYMS: CONTROL, GRACE, GRACEFULNESS, PRESENCE

In addition to bullfighting, Obegero also delved into Flamenco to create his collection. The Spanish dance exudes energy and power as well as sensuality, elements present at the core of the designer’s work. Dancer Antonio Gades is a constant inspiration for Obegero who admires his passion and severity on stage. “Flamenco embraces every single aspect of our life, from the happiest and most cheerful celebration of living and love to the darkest, most furious expression of sorrow and passing. All of these can be narrated with garments, so that’s what I tried to do.”

Obegero explored the world of Tauromaquia. Although he is unequivocally against the violence in bullfighting, the designer found it challenging to research such brutal tradition and turn it into something beautiful. “I visited Spain’s most prestigious torero tailor, Antonio López, who taught me everything about this age-old tradition from the beliefs to the unbelievable craftsmanship involved.”

PALMIRA is a mix of fantasy and reality. Arturo Obegero gracefully plays with fitted silhouettes and adds a dose of drama with exaggerated volumes. It is also about confidence and self-exploration as the collection flirts with androgyny. Each garment has its opposite sex counterpart so that duality generates ambiguity and blurs the line between feminine and masculine while remaining distinct. But ultimately, it is about Spain’s cultural dichotomy, bringing together the exuberant flamboyance of the south and the rigorous severity of the north.

The eroticism of bullfighters’ outfits inspired the silhouettes from the cropped and fitted vests with high piping pockets to the sportier figure-hugging tops with deep cleavages, to the extremely high-waisted trousers and the cropped jackets with elongated and

“AIMED to create sensuous pieces while EXPRESSING THE SOUL OF my Spanish roots. I wanted to translate these beautiful emotions and gestures into garments by combining structure and fluidity, second-skin and traditional couture volumes.” l

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WHAT CLASSIC FAIRY TALES PREDICT ABOUT

MEGHAN MARKLE’S FUTURE THE MEDIA HAS HAD A WONDERFUL TIME PLAYING UP THE PHRASE “FAIRY TALE” IN COVERING NEWS OF MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY’S DECISION TO STEP DOWN AS SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY. “WHEN DID THE FAIRY TALE GO SOUR?” READS A HEADLINE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES. “A ROYAL FAIRY TALE TURNS GRIM, SAYS YAHOO. TO NAME JUST A FEW. kWRITTEN BY ANNE BEALL, PH.D. 96

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ut amid all the questions about whether the media soured Meghan on royal life to how the world’s most famous couple will finance their independence, where is the conversation about the role of fairy tales themselves in making and breaking the fantasy of Meghan and Harry? It’s an important conversation. Think about how often we hear the words “fairy tale,” “prince charming,” “princess,” “queen,” “king” and “happily ever after” in day to day life. Their underlying concepts are used to describe our dreams. Their ideas help frame our lives. We become familiar with them when we’re young and they hold a magical power from that day forward. Royalty represents a fairy tale ideal. No wonder the world loves royal weddings. And no wonder it’s so shocking Meghan and Harry are opting out. Meghan is the modern-day Cinderella


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About Anne E. Beall, Ph.D Anne E. Beall, Ph.D is the CEO and Founder of Beall Research, Inc, a consulting firm that uses data and research to discover trends and create solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Author of Cinderella Did Not Live Happily Ever After and 6 other books on fairy tales, gender dynamics, human-animal relations, and market research, Anne previously worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and National Analysts. She received her MS, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University. A lover of cats, storytelling, and running, Anne lives in Chicago.

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who married her handsome prince. Weren’t she and Harry supposed to live happily ever after?

Male Characters Have Greater Agency and Power -- Especially in Royal Circles.

If you look at their story from the perspective of real fairy tales, the answer is no.

One interesting discovery was male characters have greater agency and power than female ones, particularly among royalty. We learned there is an active male character in 81% of the stories, but only an active female character in 28% of them. By active, I mean the opposite of passive. (Sleeping Beauty is passive: much of the story unfolds while she is unconscious.) And not surprisingly, agency and power are related. We identified the person in each story who had the most impact on others and classified that individual as the one who is most powerful in the fairy tale1 . We discovered the most powerful person in fairy tales is a man 80% of the time. Women are only powerful in 20% of the stories and they’re usually not royalty—they’re stepmothers and witches.

Read even a few of them and you will see happily ever after is often elusive or questionable for women who marry a Prince or King. Cinderella is a perfect example. The Prince, who has status and wealth, is drawn to Cinderella for her beauty and gowns. Yes, gowns. Interestingly, in both versions of the story — one by the Grimms and the other by Charles Perrault — she goes to a ball and dazzles him with her fine clothing. It’s never mentioned in either story that she’s clever or interesting. Nor is there any mention of a conversation between Cinderella and the Prince as a couple: just dancing. The ball has been specifically set up for the Prince to select a wife and it appears that selection will occur primarily based on appearance. Sadly, beauty fades over time. It would seem Cinderella is bringing less to the party than the prince and therefore her power in that relationship will be low. Which does not bode well for happiness. When her beauty fades, will the Prince still be so interested in her if that’s primarily what she’s offering? My firm analyzed 169 of the 200 Grimms’ fairy tales, which are the precursors to all major fairy tales today. This collection includes the most beloved ones such as Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel. We used statistical methods to identify hidden patterns and determine what fairy tales are really saying, to analyze characters’ emotions and discern who has power, who suffers and who marries up and why. Much of what we learned suggests in real fairy tales, women - especially those who marry a prince - are unhappy.

Looking specifically at the correlations between royalty and power, we found male royalty holds power and makes things happen in fairy tale land. Kings are the most powerful character 55% of the time, princes 30% of the time and princesses 12% of the time. Queens are only powerful in 3% of stories. It’s not too dissimilar to what’s happening in Britain. Meghan appears to be one of the least powerful royals. When she has been treated poorly in the press, Prince Harry has been the one who has released statements shaming the press about their treatment of her.

Queens and Princesses are Sad and Frightened If we look further into the characters and at the emotions they experience, we get a clearer view of what it’s like to be royalty. We found both princes and kings express happiness more than any other emotion; Almost half (41%) of kings’ expressions and over half (56%) of princes’ expressions are happy ones.

1For example, in Hansel and Gretel, the little girl has the most power because her actions have the greatest impact when she pushes the witch into the oven.

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In contrast, queens express the emotion of sadness the most (41% are sad). And although princesses express happiness when they find their prince, the next most often expressed emotions by this group are sadness (26%) and fear (22% of expressions). This is not so surprising given princesses in fairy tales are likely to be in terrible situations such as being captured and locked away or tormented by a stepmother such as in the story of Snow White. They have little power to change their situation. Queens also face tremendous difficulties: they’re often under siege by other women who long to remove them and take their place. They’re also sometimes attacked by their mother in laws. For example, in the tale The Six Swans, the king’s mother constantly criticizes her daughter in law openly and then steals her grandchild right after the birth. She then claims the queen murdered her own child. In many of these stories, the king is often the one who determines if the queen should be removed and punished. Clearly queens are under a lot of pressure, have many jealous eyes on them, and are often victimized. Like princesses, they have very little power. Queens give us insight into what life is like for women after marriage with a royal man in fairy tales, and it’s not looking good. I imagine they would appear and behave much like videos I’ve seen of Meghan Markle. The Duchess often looks very sad and resigned to her lack of power. Clearly, she was more distraught than met the eye by the tremendous pressure of being a royal family member, the press’ brutal treatment of her and the lack of concern from other royal family members. Given what fairy tales portend, perhaps what’s truly shocking is not that Meghan was unhappy, but that she had the agency -- and the nerve -- to opt out. l

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n 2017 Sebastian performed the song Mas Buena at the Latin American Music Awards with Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman being the main guitarist of the show. In 2019 he shared the stage as a special guest with the popular Mexican band Manรก at the acclaimed Forum Arena. The guitarist and artist is recognized and admired for his incredible stage presence and talent with the instrument. Sebastian always demonstrates and transmits his energy and passion both through live performances and in recording sessions that attract the attention of the audience who appreciates them. In 2016 Sebastian moved to Los Angeles to pursue his studies at Los Angeles College of Music where he obtained a degree in music specializing in guitar performance, at the same time he produced and mastered his music that helped give him a place in the industry.

SEBASTIAN JIMENEZ IS A GUITARIST, COMPOSER, AND ARTIST LIVING IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. HE STARTED PLAYING THE GUITAR AT AGE 13 AND WAS VERY INFLUENCED BY BLUES AND CLASSIC ROCK. NOWADAYS HE CAN BE FOUND PLAYING DIFFERENT GENRES OF MUSIC IN PLACES LIKE THE FAMOUS WHISKEY GO GO, THEATERS LIKE THE DOLBY THEATER, AND ARENAS LIKE THE FORUM. MARCH / APRIL 2020

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Sebastian contributed musically to Beautiful Blue, the EP of Kairvina, mastered the EP Eat the World of his main band High Society Homeless, and has recorded with Hgroove on some of his songs such as Que Pasa and Amazing Life. Connect with Sebastian on Instagram /www.instagram.com/sebasjimenezs/?hl=en.

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InFluential Magazine: Sebastian, where were you born? Sebastian Jimenez: I was born in Mexico City. InFluential: For how long have you been in the music industry? Sebastian: I’ve been professionally involved four years, but I have been practicing music ten years. InFluential: One of your biggest performances has been at the Forum with Mana. Speak to us about that experience. Sebastian: That was incredible. Put yourself in front of 16,000 people shouting at you and imagine how that sounds, even louder than my guitar. The fans loved the show and playing with Mana was incredible. Every member of the band has a huge heart and they show it on and off stage. InFluential: Any more highlights from this performance? Sebastian: With respect to Mana, they broke a record of having the most booked dates at the arena. They had seven concerts in a row, and I played on the first one they had on September 20, 2019. InFluential: We know you’ve also played with Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman. Tell us about that experience. Sebastian: The two singers were asked to perform at the Latin American Music Awards in 2017 and they called me to perform with them because they’d heard me playing before and they liked my work. Also, they needed a rock and roll looking guitarist, so I was the perfect fit for them. InFluential: What was your role specifically while playing at the Latin American Music Awards? Sebastian: I played the lead guitar lines and solo for the song Mas Buena that the two artists have previously

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I plan to keep playing with big name artists in-front of thousands of people, take my band, and the artists I’m working with, to the top, and keep recording and producing different artists..

released. I was placed center stage on top of a platform playing a beautiful Flying V made by Gibson. InFluential: Tell us about your own music which has been released. Sebastian: I’m a producer as well and I recorded and produced my band High Society Homeless. We’re streaming on every platform like Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Amazon music, and more. With that band, we all do the writing together, but all the guitar parts are created by me. InFluential: With what other industry work have you been a part? Sebastian: I’ve helped the artist and bass player HGroove recording guitars and doing some production work with him. He just released his new single called Que Pasa and I recorded all the guitar work in that song. InFluential: It’s obvious you’re musically inclined. Do you play any other instruments? Sebastian: I play the electric bass, and sing. InFluential: Tell us about your long-range plans. Sebastian: I plan to keep playing with big name artists in-front of thousands of people, take my band, and the artists I’m working with, to the top, and keep recording and producing different artists. l


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RECORDING ARTIST LAUREN CARTER IS A RECORDING ARTIST WHO IS RELEASING A NEW SINGLE CHASE THE HIGH IN LATE MARCH. THE SONG MARKS A DEPARTURE FROM HER PREVIOUS SOUNDSCAPES, MOVING TOWARD A COLLABORATIVE, BEAT-DRIVEN EFFORT IN THIS SINGLE. kPHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MARIO BARERO.

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hase the High chronicles the culture of online dating obsessed with ‘swipe’ and ‘insta’ culture that can be as addicting as it is isolating in the virtual worlds we’ve created. The song will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, as well as other platforms worldwide. In 2017, Lauren released her debut EP American Dream. The title track was co-written and produced by Andrew Williams, multi-platinum producer and song writer known for his work with T-Bone Burnette and Jessica Simpson. The song Rule Breake was written and produced by longtime Ludacris collaborator, Josh ‘Igloo’ Monroy. A Thomas Godel remix of the track peaked at #6 on the Swiss dance charts along with receiving commercial radio play in German and Switzerland. Alongside her musical proclivities, Lauren has been featured extensively as a model. She has appeared in magazines the likes of GQ, Esquire, Maxim, Runway Magazine, and Le Fair Magazine.

Lauren’s additional credits include a licensing deal for her composition Around the Globe for a Volkswagen radio spot in 2016. She has a classically trained voice with a master’s degree in Opera from Southhampton University in the United Kingdom and earned a bachelor’s degree in Opera from Northwestern University. You can find more on Lauren Carter on her website at www.LaurenCarterOnline.com or on Instagram @LaurenElizabethCarter. InFluential Magazine: Lauren, you’ve been hard at work on your new single Chase the High. Would you tell us what the song is about? Lauren Carter: The song is about the pitfalls of chasing instant gratification. I speak about swiping on a dating app while searching for an elusive match. In my experience, many men on dating apps are lured into a state of perma-swiping. Always looking for something better. It goes hand in hand with the culture of Instagram. It’s a dopamine hit, a temporary high. Not as fulfilling as the real thing, just like any addictive behavior.

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InFluential: What was the creative process behind this new single? Laura: I was hung up on an idea of using a song with drums and bass with this groove before I came up with the lyrics for the song. I was dating a bassist, Jason Speerbecker, briefly. While I was dating him, I asked if he was interested in developing the concept with me. We sat down and patched it out, and I think at that point, I had been thinking about the frustration of dating apps and the Instagram culture. I took the demo to Jason and I made one for my go-to producers, Josh Monroy of Studio 1 Zero. I called up lyricist Debra Gussin and she helped us write the final version of the lyrics. InFluential: What would you say has been the difference between crafting Chase the High and your previous EP effort American Dream? Lauren: Oh, great question. First, is the song style. Chase the High is much more of a beat-driven, electronic song. I normally don’t start a song from the beat up. I start with lyrics and a chord progression on the piano. This was a difference in approach. Where I was at in my life and the topic of the song are also totally worlds apart. The song American Dream was written as a love letter with a lot of nostalgia written in. Chase the High is a lot more forwardly sexual. American Dream is a love letter to an unsustainable relationship and / or a love letter / goodbye to rock-nroll and an unsustainable dream or lifestyle. I was also in a relationship when I crafted American Dream. I was trying to make that relationship work and looking forward to a new phase of my life. Chase the High is about the frustration at a situation, at aspects of current culture, and at other people. You can hear the desire to break into something more concrete or meaningful. If there’s a similarity between the songs, it’s that there’s a warning in both.Like....beware of this behavior, beware of this situation. I guess I think about this type of thing a lot. Be careful what you wish for, who you are associating with, and what you are looking for because you bring a lot of what you project into your own life. MARCH / APRIL 2020

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All my songs are going to be a little sad or ironic. That’s just how I write. It doesn’t matter if they are sexy, yearning, or nostalgic — the topic and the tone is never going to be straight forward. InFluential: In the time between these two releases, what do you think you’ve learned about the songwriting process? Lauren: I’ve learned there’s great value in collaboration, though you need to write with people who truly understand your ideas. I like to come up with the poetic kernel of the song and the basic music concept on my own. That’s me alone, brainstorming, and tinkering at the piano. Whenever I hear something really cool that stirs off an idea, with my notebook or with a bottle of wine mulling over ideas. I love collaborating to bring new subtleties to that initial idea of mine, to flesh out what I can’t see or can’t finish and let them riff off each other. I also appreciate working with people who are experts in instruments I’m not, especially if I’m writing with it in mind. Between the two releases, I have learned to trust my songwriting abilities and bring an idea to the table. All my best songs are based on something I started writing at home and finished with a team. I’ve learned to trust my ability as a trained musician to know what makes a good song, to have a great ear, to bring good ideas as a poetic writer, to draw from my life and make a song people will respond to, yet also the value of working with awesome and accomplished musicians, writers, and producers to make a song the best it can be. It’s a great pleasure. InFluential: How has your classical musical background influenced you throughout your career as a recording artist? Laura: It’s given me discipline, vocal range, and influences the way I write music. I had to study music theory during my degree path which also gave me the ability to view my work and performances as an outside critic. The flipside is I’ve had producers want me to explore classical sounds in my recordings, which doesn’t make sense because of my background. The vocal production of classical versus

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All my songs are going to be a little sad or ironic. That’s just how I write. It doesn’t matter if they are sexy, yearning, or nostalgic — the topic and the tone is never going to be straight forward.

modern styles is just completely different. I wouldn’t want to mix the two. Not to get into the technical, but you don’t want a massively raised soft palette for a pop song. Doing one doesn’t mean you can’t do the other. It’s just two different techniques of using your voice. I know how to do that technique for classical and I know how to use other techniques for non-classical. I’m grateful for the range and control classical training offered though. More and more, I keep reading about big pop stars like Billie Eilish who did as much, if not more, choir than I did. Choir is EVERYTHING for singers. I encourage all singers to try to stick with choir if they can. Believe me, it helps. InFluential: For those in the Los Angeles area, where can fans see you perform? Lauren: I usually perform at Hotel Cafe, Bar Lubitsch, Bar 20, and will be coordinating my next show soon. For an official single release show, I’m looking to do something more exclusive. InFluential: Where can people go and check out your music? Lauren: I’m distributed on all the popular platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, and Deezer. Everywhere music is streamed and sold is probably the best answer. Catch more on www.laurencarteronline.com and be on the lookout for Chase the High in late March. l


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I love collaborating to bring new subtleties to that initial idea of mine, to flesh out what I can’t see or can’t finish and let them riff off each other. I also appreciate working with people who are experts in instruments I’m not, especially if I’m writing with it in mind.

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A Person You Should Know

ANGELO BIASI

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Who He Is: Angelo Biasi is an educator, tech entrepreneur and change maker. He is the founder of MassiveU, a digital education technology company focused on preparing today’s learners for tomorrow’s workforce, and creator of Solvably, a digital learning platform that marries design thinking with real-world, collaborative, creative problem solving. Massive Innovation: While serving as an Adjunct Professor at NYU, Angelo noticed a trend: as technology progressed, the way people consumed content was changing. To meet the evolving needs of his students, Angelo launched the first course taught online and over mobile phones. After seeing the positive impact that digital solutions could make, Angelo left higher education to create MassiveU, a company where learning is doing. Solving The Workforce Crisis: Research from Korn Ferry indicates that by 2030, there will be a global human talent shortage of more than 85 million people. In response to this looming workforce crisis, Angelo studied what today’s learner does in their spare time and compared it with what skills they’ll need to be successful in school, work and life. The result was Solvably, which combines challenges akin to escape rooms, a collaborative space for learners to work together and assessments to evaluate their mastery of 21st century competencies. A Global Education Transformation: Angelo is an advocate for lifelong learner career success. By sharing this vision with educators, leading publishers and world leaders, he is building a portfolio of equally dedicated partners, and is one step closer to his goal of achieving global education transformation. 116

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FUN, HEALTHY GROUP FITNESS ACTIVITIES TO TRY IN 2020 FINDING A GROUP ACTIVITY THAT’S FUN AND PROMOTES A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CAN BE CHALLENGING, ESPECIALLY IF YOU WANT TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX OF A GROUP SPIN CLASS OR YOGA SESSION.

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un fitness exercise options are out there, though, and engaging in group activities that get everyone moving can be advantageous for several reasons. Exercise has a variety of benefits and oftentimes those of us who sit in front of a computer for hours at a time don’t hit the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day. Physical activity can lower MARCH / APRIL 2020

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the risk of high blood pressure, reduce arthritis symptoms and improve mental health and cognitive function – all great benefits for friends, families, colleagues and everyone in between! Make the most of your time and fitness goals by planning a unique group outing that gets everyone pumped mentally and physically:

group bonding experiences. Perhaps one of your friends loves throwing detailed parties, playing games or is the dungeon master of weekend D&D quests. Let them flex their creativity and create a scavenger hunt. Running around your local shopping area or favorite hangout spot trying to be the first to solve all the clues will get everyone moving and working together while having a blast.

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– Teamwork, strategy, and cardio. Teams will get to participate in traditional bonding activities such as communication, competition and celebration while also running, hiding and dodging incoming “enemy” paintballs. If you and your friends are looking for something new to try or your company culture needs a refresh, this might be the perfect starting point. Your crew can blow off some steam while having the opportunity to reconnect with a little harmless competition. l

Go-Karting – You might not think of go-karting

as a physical activity, after all participants are sitting during the race. However, did you know that gokarting can burn up to 358 calories every half hour? That’s 40 percent more than jogging. As you and your friends get your heart rate pumping and skidding through curves while working your arms, legs and core at every turn, you’ll also be bonding as a team through socialization, cheering each other on and creating high-speed connections. l Frisbee Golf – A team sport that will have everyone

laughing is always a good time. If you’ve never played frisbee golf, you can use some simplified rules and head to your local park instead of getting space on a specialized field. The idea is to get the lowest score which indicates the fewest number of throws of the frisbee to make it into the goal. Or, you can just count each goal as one point, whatever is easiest to track. Use some (clean) trash bins for mobile goals and set up your game to get some good exercise almost anywhere. l Scavenger

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equipment to take incredible photos – our phones have everything we need. Find a few easy hikes in your area and send teams out to find the perfect nature photo. Each person can take as many photos as they want but may only submit one at the end of the hike. The group can then vote on their favorite and print the winning image from each hike to hang in their homes as part of a collage. Or, create a special group screensaver that filters through each photo submitted to help remind the team of their fun adventure.


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Volunteer – Want to do something with your coworkers to increase employee loyalty, job satisfaction, morale and employee engagement? Look no further than your company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. Get your employees involved and ignite their passions by participating in a team building activity that also gives back to the community. Consider a beach or park clean up, helping build houses for the homeless or stock shelves and process donations at your local food bank. Whatever you choose, make sure there is an active component that gets your team up and moving for a good cause. l

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Pokémon Go – Pika, pika. You don’t have to be a

Pokémon fan to take advantage of this augmented reality (AR) game for mobile devices. Players can search and discover Pokémon while walking around in any setting. This is an easy and interactive activity that motivates people to get moving to capture Pokémon. This game also doesn’t have to be played at a set time that accommodates

everyone’s schedules, kids, etc. Each person can choose to go on their Pokémon discovery mission at any point, just encourage it to be played in pairs or small groups when possible to get the sense of teamwork. The connection of collecting, trading and fighting Pokémon could create a common interest for the whole group, allowing them to bond over the game and its cute characters. Whether it be with your coworkers, your local Facebook group, your college friends or some of your neighbors, finding fun activities that get you up and moving provides a variety of benefits — not the least of which is some good old fashioned movement and exercise. While the options are endless when you get creative, the activities above can be a great start when looking for ways to change up a monotonous exercise routine and be part of a team. While many bonding activities take place in front of the TV, at restaurants or in a conference room, these more active options will allow your group to get more out of their time together and take their fitness goals to the next level. l

About Candice Dedmon Candice Dedmon has been working at K1 Speed for 13 years, with 11 of those years spent booking electrifying and memorable events in the Group Sales Department.

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WHEN MY HUSBAND ANNOUNCED HE WAS LEAVING WHEN MY CHILD WAS EIGHTEEN MONTHS OLD, I WAS SHOCKED, SAD, ASHAMED, AND MOSTLY TERRIFIED. I HAD NOT BEEN EMPLOYED FOR TWO YEARS AND WAS NOT SURE IF I COULD FEED MY CHILD, MUCH LESS KEEP MY HOUSE. kWRITTEN BY KAREN KAYE, LMHC choose the “job” of single parenting or we will not be very good at it. So, the first step we must take is to stop looking over at your ex and his life and instead focus on laying the foundation of your new family and home life. In my case, after regaining focus, I had to find a job and childcare right away, as well as prepare my child for preschool. My ex-

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perience taught me instead of worrying, I needed to switch gears and start doing something. This helps to walk through the fear one step at a time. As one seed takes root, strength and bravery begin to resurface. I found courage through making my child and her needs my focus. I was shocked because I had never done anything like this before, and I was amazed at how resilient I had become, especially since I was “winging it” at this point. The best decision I had made was the one to stop being in “victim mode” and choosing to step up to the plate and be a role model. I remember I was out with single women one night and a woman I barely knew blurted out “Who is going to want you with a young child?” I turned to her, glaringly, and said, “Oh no, who is going to be lucky enough to be with me and my child?” My confidence grew stronger in all the conscious decisions I had to make for myself and my child. I started having a life of my own. I was smart enough to not overexpose my child to people I dated.


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cluded a good salary and childcare. It was a miracle. When I was let go a year and a half later, it led me to take another leap of faith and start up my private practice (which is still thriving after thirty-plus years). I would like to share some parenting lessons I have learned along the way: 1. Try not to feel sorry for yourself because your child will also feel sorry for him / herself. This might be when you and your family want to seek professional help to prevent the pity party from taking over your life.

I also made sure to only date when my child was at her father’s house. We had a happy, joyous, and stable home environment without people coming in and out of our lives at this time. My daughter lovingly calls those years as some of the best years (she is now thirty). Some higher power had to be watching over me because I had started this journey as totally clueless. For instance, I desperately needed a job. Back when I was in my master’s program, I was working out of a boiler room selling insurance. It was with this experience I offered to volunteer my time to help a non-profit do some fundraising. Thankfully, I was ultimately offered a paid position at there, which in-

bridge of understanding between parents and their children. Our book creates a safe space for children to share their innermost thoughts and feelings, while also teaching healthy coping skills for children to empower themselves during a chaotic and confusing time in their lives. The goal is to take children out of the middle and provide them with a voice as well as the tools that will allow them to grow into healthy, balanced individuals. l

2. You need to be an authority figure with rules and consequences that are used consistently. If possible, create a coparent plan with your ex-spouse so there can be stability in both homes. 3. Remember, you are your child’s stability and safety. Self-care is mandatory. My daughter approached me around age eleven and asked, “Mom do you know what the best gift was that you’ve ever given to me?” I thought she was going to say it was her beloved Barbie dream house. Instead, my daughter responded with, “You, Mom, loving yourself.” My Parents Are Getting a Divorce . . . I Wonder What Will Happen to Me is an interactive discussion book cowritten by my daughter and me. As a mother-daughter team of therapists with personal and professional experience with divorce, we wanted to provide a

About Karen Kaye Karen Kaye is a licensed mental health counselor with the State of Florida and received her master’s degree in family therapy from the University of Maryland. For fifteen years she has written a column titled, “Ask the Therapist” in the Natural Awakenings Magazine of Broward County, Florida. My Parents Are Getting a Divorce came to life through Karen’s efforts to keep her own child out of the middle of her divorce when Hara was young. The book has been an evolutionary healing process for her and her daughter. For further information, please visit www.imstillmebook.com.

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f this sounds all-too-familiar, you’re not alone - but the good news is LinkedIn is letting us in on the top 5 secrets to getting noticed and snagging that new job opportunity.

Get ahead of the pack: There are 100 million job applications on LinkedIn every month. This may sound overwhelming as a job seeker, but remember this: getting a head start can make all the difference. In fact, LinkedIn research shows that being one of the first to apply to a job can increase your chances of landing a job by 4x. Tip: Sign up for LinkedIn Job Alerts which will send you a notification within minutes of a relevant job posting.

Spruce up your online presence: A picture might say 1,000 words, but a strong LinkedIn profile can say a million. Refresh your profile photo, relevant skills, experience and summary section so that you show up in hiring managers’ searches. It’s a good idea to put in this work ahead of time because once you capture a recruiter’s interest, you want your profile to showcase why you’re

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Brush up on your skills - and let the world know: Showcasing your skills can make all the difference when it comes to being considered for a job. Everything you’ve learned from your

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past experience, education, courses and more make up who you are and how you shine as a professional - including hard skills, soft skills and transferable skills that round out everything you bring to the table. Tip: LinkedIn Learning offers 15,000 courses to help you brush up on or learn new skills, and taking a Skill Assessment validates your skills and displays them on your profile (according to LinkedIn, people

who complete Skill Assessments are up to 30% more likely to get hired).

Use your secret weapon (people you know): You never know where reaching out to a connection on LinkedIn might lead. Getting introduced to someone through people you know and are connected to on LinkedIn can increase your chances of getting hired by 9x. And the best part is, you

have this invaluable tool right at your fingertips! Tip: Start with your family and friends first (you never know who they’re connected to online) and consider joining LinkedIn Groups, where professionals in the same industry or with similar interests can share their insights and experiences, ask for guidance and build valuable connections.

Put in the practice: According to LinkedIn, 54% of job seekers say the interview phase is “moderately to extremely challenging” due to two reasons: uncertainty and lack of confidence. The trick? It’s all about preparation. Get ahead of the interview jitters by putting in the time, research and practice sessions to be sure you’re on your A-game when you walk through the door. Tip: Sign up for LinkedIn’s Premium Career Subscription and get the most out of it by using Interview Prep tools which offer videos and tips from experts and hiring managers to answer the most common interview questions. And, if you’re interviewing for a sales or finance-related job, LinkedIn has interview preparation tools that you can use for the nearly 2 million jobs in sales and finance on LinkedIn*. LinkedIn has millions of jobs and the right one for you. And remember all the tools you have right at your fingertips to land the opportunity of your dreams! *Methodology: research was conducted using LinkedIn Talent Insights that found 1.8 million open jobs on LinkedIn in sales and finance functions as of January 2020. (BPT) l

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he U6ion previews a second all-electric SUV from AIWAYS, based on the same MAS (More Adaptable Structure) platform as its U5 sibling. Under the tutelage of Ken Okuyama, creator of the Ferrari Enzo and former Pininfarina design chief, and now chief advisor for design and arts at AIWAYS, the company has created a form language which embodies the ‘intelligent and simplified technology’ at the heart of AIWAYS product development ethos. AIWAYS chief designer Dongfei Luo commented: “The U6ion sketches present a crossover coupe with a harmonious and exciting body shape, aimed at attracting young car users looking for a zeroemission SUV that offers style, practicality and electric performance.” The U6ion was presented for the during GIMS. l

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AIWAYS, THE SHANGHAI-BASED PERSONAL MOBILITY PROVIDER, HAS PUBLISHED THE FIRST SKETCHES OF ITS U6ION ELECTRIC CROSSOVER COUPE CONCEPT, AHEAD OF THE MODEL’S GLOBAL DEBUT AT THE 2020 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW (GIMS) THIS MONTH. kARTWORK COURTESY OF AIWAYS.

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IS IT YOU OR AN ID THIEF?

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ou’re required to show your ID for something and you wait as the person studies both your face and the photo on the driver’s license, passport, or other document, making sure you’re not an impersonator trying to pull a fast one.

IT’S A MOMENT MOST PEOPLE HAVE EXPERIENCED. Hyduchak says there are a few categories of document fraud:

lograms or other current standards that are essential parts of a legitimate version of that document.

False documents. This is a document that belongs to one person, but that another person tries to use to authenticate himself.

Illegitimate documents. TheThese days, artificial intelligence is playing a role like that security person, with software that allows validation of IDs remotely through digital document verification. This way you can do business through your smartphone, and someone on the other end can make sure you’re who you say you are and that a thief hasn’t stolen your identity.

se documents are false. They have characteristics such as missing ho-

And that’s especially important at a time when identity theft has been on the rise, says Stephen Hyduchak, CEO of Aver (www.goaver.com), an identity-verification service. “Fraudsters are getting creative, but so is technology,” Hyduchak says. “It’s important to keep up because there are so many ways to create fake documents that allow someone to claim to be you and maybe even get away with it.”

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HOW AI USES DOCUMENT VERIFICATION TO KEEP YOU SAFE chak says the alterations can be caught with software that detects whether fonts and text match the originals. How do fraudsters even get the ID documents to start with? Hyduchak says it’s a matter of data security breaches – and often a combination of more than one breach. He gives this example. Just recently, the cryptocurrency exchange

Binance, using a third-party KnowYour-Customer (KYC) provider, was the victim of a hack that leaked over 10,000 photographs of purported Binance KYC data. This breach affected up to 60,000 people. “On Binance, users buy and sell cryptocurrency, something that is privacy-centric by its very nature, but still vulnerable,” Hyduchak says. “Coupling leaks like this with major data breaches like Equifax and Target, our personal information can be manipulated for the fraud with some basic photoshop work.” A digital verification process is one way to head off any subterfuge, Hyduchak says. For example, his company has a program that works this way: The user captures a picture of their ID or passport using their smartphone. The user then takes a selfie to verify they are the same person pictured on the ID or passport. Facial recognition software compares the images through algorithms.

About Stephen Hyduchak Stephen Hyduchak is the CEO of Aver (www.goaver.com), an identity-verification service. Hyduchak worked in corporate finance for companies such as PRA Health Sciences before finding the entrepreneur bug. He began working on media and design for small businesses, which led him to consulting projects in the blockchain space, and eventually to founding Aver.

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TONINO LAMBORGHINI FLAGSHIP STORE NOW OPEN AT CEASARS PALACE IN LAS VEGAS THE FIRST TONINO LAMBORGHINI FLAGSHIP STORE IN THE UNITED STATES IS NOW OPEN AT THE ICONIC CAESARS PALACE LAS VEGAS, LOCATED IN THE APPIAN WAY SHOPS.

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n partnership with Desire Fragrances, Inc., the official global fragrance licensee of Tonino Lamborghini S.p.A, the legendary brand celebrated its arrival to the Las Vegas Strip with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Following the ribbon cutting, guests were ushered into the store which exclusively features Tonino Lamborghini branded products including luxury accessories and fragrances. Joined by Randy Aguilar, Caesars Entertainment Vice President of Leasing – Corporate Retail, and Ferruccio Lamborghini, CEO and Vice President of Tonino Lamborghini S.p.A, welcomed guests into the all-new retail space for an exclusive shopping experience. “With our partner, Desire Fragrances, we chose our first store in the U.S. to be at Caesars Palace because it takes us back to the grandeur of Rome and to our original Italian roots. We were warmly welcomed by the City


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of Las Vegas and the multiple tourists and locals who visited our new store,” said Ferruccio Lamborghini. Andrew G. Hagopian, who is well known throughout the Las Vegas retail industry and assisted with the project, wasamong the guests of honor. “When Antonio Lemma, President and Creative Director of Desire Fragrances, approached me about bringing the iconic Tonino Lamborghini brand of the iconic Lamborghini family to Las Vegas for the brand’s first U.S.-based retail store, I was honored to accept the project,”said Hagopian.“I have always loved the Lamborghini brand’s heritage and the DNA of what the brand represents: pure style and innovation that is second-to-none. The Tonino Lamborghini brand is the epitome of fine Italian style and design.” Following the grand opening of the new monobrand store, guests were treated to a private VIP reception at Rao’s inside Caesars Palace, where the iconic Bull brand unveiled its first women’s fragrance collection, “GINEVRA.” The GINEVRA line features two scents: the ‘GINEVRA White Angel,’ which offers a delicate, romantic gourmand floral scent that appeals to the duality of a

woman’s softer, feminine side; while the ‘GINEVRA Black Panther,’ boasts a fierce, bold, seductively floral scent that is representative of female strength and confidence. In addition to featuring the new GINEVRA fragrance line, the Tonino Lamborghini monobrand store offers other products from the eponymous brand, including the Tonino Lamborghini best-selling fragrance collections for men, including INVINCIBILE and ESSENZA. Visitors to the Las Vegas location may also purchase the new Tonino Lamborghini Swiss Watches collection, tech accessories, and Las Vegas-exclusive graphic tees for men and women, as well as other premium accessory products embodying the Tonino Lamborghini lifestyle. The iconic Italian brand, Tonino Lamborghini, will host events throughout the year with new fragrance collection launches, Las Vegas-exclusive merchandise and oneof-a-kind experiences, as well as sponsored promotions and product samplings at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. To learn more about Tonino Lamborghini in the U.S., visit www.lamborghinifragranza.com, or follow Tonino Lamborghini Beauty on Instagram. l MARCH / APRIL 2020

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