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NEW YEAR,

NEW ORGANIC YOU.

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Guillermo ZAPATA

WORKS HARD! PLAYS HARD! AND, MAKES HIS DREAMS HAPPEN!

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CONTENTS

[ ] FASHION EDITORIAL

IN FLUENCE INFLUENTIAL

12 | Austin Texas Designer is Semifinalist on HSN’s National Competition, “ProjectAmerican Dreams”

PRESENTING THE NEW YOU!

14 | 5 Bold Steps to Reshape Your Life 16 | New Year, New Organic You 34 | Make Healthy a Way of Life 82 | Confidence-Boosting Tips

for Fitness Class First-Timers Apprehensive About Joining a Fitness Class? Try These Expert Tips. 84 | A Senior-Friendly Workout to Improve Movement and Prevent Injury

BEAUTY

30 | Beauty Editor’s Picks

32 | Winter Hair-Care Essentials

What the Experts at Jose Luis Salon Have to Say

FASHION

46 | Fashion Editor’s Picks TOP FIVE INFLUENTIAL DESIGNERS

48 | Top Five InFluential Designers 50 | Danny Nguyen 52 | Chasity Sereal 54 | Marcus Andrews 56 | Nina Means 58 | Nicholas Phat Nguyen FINANCE

88 | 3 Ways to Plan Ahead for the 2017 Tax Season 90 | Buying Your First Home? Follow This New Year’s Plan to Get Fiscally Fit.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

92 | Tips to Make Good Nutrition

a Family Affair in 2017 94 | VARIDESK Standing Desk a Smart Wellness Solution

FITNESS & SPORTS

98 | 5 Lessons for Everyday Athletes

from an U.S. Olympian 100 | Health and Safety Go Hand-in-Hand

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62 | SUITSUPPLY 68 | WE’RE ARGENT

LIFESTYLE

102 | Home Decor: The Hottest Colors of 2017 104 | Plan an Award-Worthy Watch Party TRAVEL

114 | 4 Undeniable Reasons to Travel in 2017 116 | 5 Cornerstones of an Unforgettable African Travel Experience 118 | Onward! 4 Ways Explorers Can Enjoy China’s Ancient Capital

TECHNOLOGY

122 | Game on! 5 Reasons to be Excited

About Gaming in 2017. 124 | How Technology Can Save Your Love Life

IN FORM 128 | Affordable Medication for People in Need

EXCLUSIVE FEATURES 18 | AS LONG AS YOU’RE AUTHENTIC, IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER. THE CHRISTOPHER KOREY STORY 38 | EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW THE MOTHER, MODEL, MUSE, AND VISIONARY WHO IS JORDANA WOODLAND 108 | GUILLERMO ZAPATA WORKS HARD! PLAYS HARD! AND, MAKES HIS DREAMS HAPPEN! 130 | CHRIS GERNON . . . HIS STORY CONTINUES

IN NETWORK PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW

26 | Kimberly Sadler 27 | Darryl Munden 78 | Aaron Rochlen, Ph.D. 79 | Victoria Van Voorhis

IN SOCIETY 136 | Event Guide January 137 | Event Guide February


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SALUD

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144 | VITAMINAS PARA LA PIEL 146 | GLAUCOMA: UNA ENFERMEDAD SILENCIOSA DE GRANDES RIESGOS 148 | NÉCTAR SALUDABLE 152 | LA RUTA DE LA SALUD 154 | TOP 10: ALIMENTOS ENERGÉTICOS 156 | ¡COMENZAMOS DE NUEVO!

DECORACIÓN

158 | ORNATO NATURAL

MODA LATINA

162 | DANIEL ESPIG 168 | DISEÑADORES QUE AMAMOS WOMENS WEAR GIOVANNI SCUTARO 170 | DISEÑADORES QUE AMAMOS MENS WEAR LUIS JIMENÉZ

MODA

172 | ESTILO URBANO 220 | O BAG, INNOVACIÓN, VERSATILIDAD Y COLOR 226 | ¿TE CASARÍAS CONMIGO?

BELLEZA

Teen

174 | CÓMO LIMPIAR TUS PINCELES Y BROCHAS DE MAQUILLAJE 176 | SELECCIONES DEL EDITOR

INFLUYENTES

178 | EN LOS TACONES DE JENNIFER SAA

FEATURE 242 | IT’S BETTER THAN A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION 254 | CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BEAUTY QUEEN

HEALTH & WELLNESS

244 | SUPERFOOD: SQUASH 246 | ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP? IT’S IMPORTANT. 248 | TEEN DATING VIOLENCE: BLINDED BY“LOVE”. 250 | HOW YOUTH TEAM SPORTS ARE SHAPING KIDS’ AND TEENS’ VALUES ON AND OFF THE FIELD

FASHION EDITORIAL 182 | JENNIFER SAA MÁGICA 212 | MR. TRIPLE X 218 | SELECCIONES DEL EDITOR

CAMPAÑA

188 | SÍ HAY BELLEZA

TURISMO

192 | LOS ROQUES LA ISLA DE LOS MATICES Y EL AMOR 196 | 2017: AÑO ECO-FRIENDLY

GOURMET

200 | ENERO Y SUS FRUTAS 202 | DULCE AMOR 204 | COCTELES AL RITMO DE LA SAMBA

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206 | INDISPENSABLES

TECNOLOGÍA

208 | MARKETING DIGITAL PARA PYMES 210 | TECNOPIC

DEPORTES

228 | QUIERO HACER EJERCICIOS… ¿QUÉ ROPA DEBO USAR?

AUTOAYUDA

232 | ENCUENTRA EL AMOR DE PAREJA 234 | 2017: AÑO DEL GALLO DE FUEGO PERSEVERANCIA Y VIGOR

SEXOLOGÍA

236 | LA PRIMERA NOCHE

BEAUTY 252 | BEAUTY EDITOR´S PICKS

FASHION

258 | FASHION EDITOR’S PICKS GUYS 260 | FASHION EDITOR’S PICKS GIRLS 262 | FASHION EDITORIAL: WELCOME TO REALITIES

ENTERTAINMENT

272 | DON’T FUMBLE THIS WATCH PARTY 274 | SO, YOU WANT TO RECORD A SONG? JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2017

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EDITORIAL CREDITS

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ART & PRODUCTION Creative Director William Jackson Beauty Editor Kelli Wilson Ponce Fashion Editor Michelle Washington Creative Services Argenis Gudiño, José Luis Venegas Q., What Taller Gráfico Web Design The MOD Studio Contributing Photographers Rosebeth Akharamen, Marcus Andrews, Sartorial Luxury, LLC, Wil Cohen, Juan de los Mares, Arun Nevader, Jorge Sarmiento, Miguel Tortolero, Jackie Vallejo, Todd White, Kathy Whittaker

InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential and Teen InFluential Dedicated to The Art of Living Well PRESIDENT / EDITOR-IN-CHIEF / CREATIVE DIRECTOR / CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER William Jackson Round Rock, Texas EDITORIAL TEAM InFluential Magazine Editor-in-Chief William Jackson Creative Director William Jackson Beauty Editor Kelli Wilson Ponce Fashion Editor Michelle Washington Technology Editor James Nelson West Coast Affiliate Gloria Thornton Business Consultant Leonardo D’Almagro Spanish InFluential Editor Leonardo D’Almagro Jr. Editor David Venegas Jr. Fashion Editor Fabbiola Palumbo Sports Editor Marcelo Galvez Leiva Teen InFluential Editor Nicole Glenn Jr. Editor Mia Dedear Beauty Editor Kelli Wilson Ponce Fashion Editor Michelle Washington WRITING TEAM Contributing Writers InFluential Magazine Grace Filipowicz, Senior Stylist at Jose Luis Salon, Merilee Kern Spanish InFluential Argenis Gudiño, David Venegas, Elizabeth Gutiérrez, Harry Levy, Fabbiola Palumbo, Giuseppe Paladino, Jessika González, Marcelo Gálvez, Dr. Miguel Sira, Nixon Ruiz, Julio Romano Teen InFluential Victoria Garcia, Tyler Knight Guest Contributing Writers InFluential Magazine William Jackson, Kelli Wilson Ponce, Michelle Washington Spanish InFluential Dra. Paola Erazo, Jorge Sarmiento, Kelli Wilson Ponce, Michelle Washington Teen InFluential Mia Dedear, Nicole Glenn, Kelli Wilson Ponce, Michelle Washington

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WORDS FROM THE INFLUENTIAL FAMILY

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tilizing the platform of digital media, InFluential Magazine captures emerging trends on the verge of shaping our world as exemplified through avant-garde leaders who inspire us on personal and professional levels. Our benchmark is founded upon identifying key elements that positively define cultural influence and significance. In providing direct insight, resources and direction into what is now and especially what is next, InFluential Magazine establishes itself as the premiere and trusted source of trends sure to impact the way we live, dream and distinguish our world. Our diverse audience has the affinity for their hometown region, the world, and possesses a strong sense of self and confidence in their future prosperity. This aspirant target market enjoys a captivating mix of editorial that we spotlight of the most interesting people, culture, fashion, style and health-related features. The InFluential Magazine team is passionate about discovering extraordinary topics of interest and prides itself on delivering diverse topics, from fashion, finance, health & wellness to technology. InFluential Magazine also invites readers to appreciate interesting topics published for our Spanish speaking readers, thorough wonderfully designed pages of Spanish InFluential, as well as relevant topics appreciated by our younger readers presented through the pages of Teen InFluential. InFluential Magazine is proud to showcase the exceptional talent and beauty of contributing writers and photographers from around the world who are uniquely positioned to appeal to our diverse readership. We offer all our best wishes to you and your families for a terrific year, both in business and in your personal lives. We look forward to traveling with you throughout 2017! Joyfully, From our InFluential Magazine Family, to Yours!

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

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Grace Filipowicz

Merilee Kern

Senior Stylist | José Luis Salon

‘The Luxe List’ | Executive Editor

Originally from San Antonio, the creativity of hair design is what brought Grace to Austin. Throughout her training she received awards for such accomplishments as “Best Makeup Artist” and “Best Customer Satisfaction”. In 2013 Grace acquired her certification as a Global Keratin Professional. With the art and flair of Jose Luis Salon, she has been able to perfect her skills in highlighting, balayage, and makeup. Grace has participated in Tribeza Fashion Week 2010 and 2011, as well as the Shear Style Event in 2011. She has worked with other artists such as photographer John Conroy, and her expertise is featured in various local magazines, including InFluential Magazine. José Luis Salon is the premier hair and beauty salon based in Austin, Texas. Led by celebrity stylist and salon owner José Buitron, the salon boasts a network of top hair and beauty professionals in three Austin, Texas locations that specialize in hair, makeup and skin care services. For more information, visit www.joseluissalon.com.

“The Luxe List” Executive Editor Merilee Kern scours the luxury marketplace for exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events, and notable products and services.

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Submissions are accepted at www.TheLuxeList.com. Follow her on Twitter here: www.Twitter.com/ LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/ TheLuxeList.


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AUSTIN TEXAS DESIGNER IS SEMIFINALIST ON HSN’S NATIONAL HSN’S NATIONAL COMPETITION, COMPETITION,

PROJECT AMERICAN DREAMS, IS LOOKING FOR THE NEXT BIG AMERICAN CONSUMER PRODUCT CREATED BY LATINOS. PROJECT AMERICAN DREAMS IS A BUSINESS COMPETITION THAT DISCOVERS, MENTORS, AND FAST-TRACKS LATINO ENTREPRENEURS TO LAUNCH THEIR PRODUCTS ON HSN.

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eonardo D’Almagro, an Austin, TX jewelry designer, is one of the 23 semifinalists selected by HSN (out of thousands of entries) to proceed to the finals. All semifinalists will be mentored directly by Lili Gil Valletta (HSN Project American Dreams Partner & Mentor, Creator of Dreamers Ventures) & Bob Circosta (HSN American Dreams Partner & Mentor, Dreamers Ventures Partner). It’s very important to thank HSN, USBank, and the mentors (Lilli Gil Valletta & Bob Circosta) for creating and supporting this opportunity for Latino entrepreneurs to be discovered and to receive mentoring to launch their products on HSN.

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About Leonardo D’Almagro Leonardo D’Almagro was the only Hispanic U.S. jewelry designer selected in 2016 to present a jewelry line at Vicenzaoro in Italy; it was the first time ever that a Hispanic designer from the USA launched a new brand In Vicenzaoro. Vicenzaoro and Vincenza Dubai are the most important international jewelry trade shows in the world. Leonardo created his timeless jewelry line in using the best gems and material to provide high quality, handcrafted, feminine pieces. Prior to the official launch of Leonardo’s jewelry line in February 2016, national TV host Gabriela Natale wore his jewelry to the ceremony where she received an Emmy award. USA reality-TV celebrities, like LeeAnne Locken


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“PROJECT AMERICAN DREAMS” and Tiffany Hendra from “The Real Housewives of Dallas”, frequently wear Leonardo’s jewelry line… as do American TV host, Hillary Kennedy, and celebrity fashion stylist and TV host, Jeanette Chivvis. The Leonardo D’Almagro jewelry line was presented during Paris Fashion Week as accessories for Binzario Couture. Miss Venezuela International, Amal Nemer wore his jewelry during the Miss International contest, where she won the title of Miss South America International 2016. CEO and designer, Leonardo D’Almagro, who hails from Venezuela, is also a fashion editor and contributed as a Harper’s Bazaar Style Ambassador. He is based in Austin, Texas and speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish, and is frequently featured in fashion segments for national and international networks (TV Host-Producer) such as Univision, MSN.com USA Hispanic market, MSN Latino Latin American (LATAM), MSN Brazil, and Telemundo. Leonardo is a member of the Fashion Group International and is certified by Jewelers of America as a Management Professional. Leonardo D’Almagro has been selected by The Miss Mexico Organization as one of their exclusive designers. Leonardo D’Almagro received recognition by the 2015-2016 Daytime Emmy Awards (The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) as a Fashion Editor for his contributions to the TV show, “SuperLatina with Gaby Natale”. l

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Presenting the NEW YOU !

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TIME TO REFLECT BACK ON 2016 AND SET YOUR SIGHTS ON 2017. HOW DID THE YEAR PROGRESS, AND WHAT DID YOU ACCOMPLISH? MAYBE YOUR GOALS INCLUDED: A NEW PROMOTION, A NEW CAR, A BIGGER HOUSE, BETTER HEALTH OR MORE MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS. DID THEY HAPPEN?

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as that time come to raise the bar and make a fundamental change? At first glance it may seem impossible, but nothing changes unless you take control. Maybe 2017 is the year you start living life more on your own terms and start today by employing these five tips: Live a life that is true to you. Wrestle with this one. Dig deep. Is it work? Then make passion for that work front and center. Is it skill building? Then tackle an online class in a skill you need, or just want to explore. Is it where

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you live, or who you are sharing life with or want to share it with? Stare it down and chart one bold step toward change. The biggest regret at the end of life’s journey is abandoning your dreams. And for most people it’s just pure fear that they weren’t good enough, so they “turtle shell” up. Stop. No retakes. One mantra: Live Life Now. Repeat: This is Your Life. Find what is true to you and take one tangible step. Measure your time and where it is spent. Time is like the sand in the hourglass of life. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Manage it like

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money. Every person walking this planet has the same exact number of hours in a day. Think of it as currency. How are you spending it? Seriously, take out the pen, paper and write down for one week how that most precious commodity was spent. Then change the allocation and budget time toward accomplishing that change you want, and maybe even desperately need. Own your hour glass of life and take control.


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Focus on your people. Ask yourself a tough question: Who are the people you care about most? Who do you impact, and who impacts you? These are the people that matter most in your life. Don’t be afraid to shift the balance of your time in their favor. You’ll be a better friend, and you’ll inherently feel stronger and more impactful. Your support network grows stronger, as do you.

Feel good with what you wear. This may seem contrite, but what you toss on that skin of yours not only speaks volumes about you, but also puts you into a certain mindset. If clothes make the man, what do yours say about you? Change some items in your wardrobe and feel good about what you wear. For example, the Madda Fella menswear clothing line projects the chill vibe of Key West, yet works well in the boardroom or out on the boat.

Find your inspiration point. What place inspires you? Where is that one spot in the world that motivates you above all others? For Madda Fella CEO and founder Michael Louden, it is Key West. “When I am there, in the sun, in this gorgeous slice of the world, I change perspectives... see a bigger world.” he says. “You owe it to yourself to do something meaningful with your life, to make a difference.” Find your place. You’ll find it is just what you need to recharge your batteries, revive your spirit and strengthen you. The festive season is a wonderful time to bring into focus the year ahead. Don’t be afraid to think big and to start now. Set the ground work for change today and you’ll make 2017 your most legendary year yet. (BPT) l

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NEW ORGANIC THE NEW YEAR IS A GREAT TIME TO REFLECT ON YOUR LIFE AND THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO BECOME HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER. THERE ARE MANY RESOLUTIONS YOU CAN MAKE, BUT ONE THAT CAN BENEFIT YOU, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR COMMUNITY AND THE PLANET IS EATING MORE ORGANIC FOOD. IT CAN ALSO BE EASIER THAN YOU THINK. 16

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o be USDA-Certified Organic, food must be grown without toxic synthetic pesticides and herbicides, genetically engineered ingredients (also called GMOs), antibiotics or artificial growth hormones. “Simply put, organic is better for you and the environment. When you’re eating organic foods, you’re keeping harmful chemicals and GMOs out of your body and some studies have shown that organic farming produces more nutrient-dense crops,” said Arjan Stephens, executive vice president, sales and marketing at Nature’s Path. “Organic farming supports a healthier planet by not adding chemicals to the air, water and soil, as well as keeping them away from you and future generations.” Going organic is simple; you can start small and feel good knowing that every time you choose organic it benefits you and the environment. Here are three ways to go organic this year:

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Look Inside Your Pantry: Fresh fruits and vegetables may be the first thing that come to mind when you think about organic, but don’t forget about your pantry. Staples such as flour, sugar, vegetable oil, peanut butter and more can be swapped out for organic options and make it easier to have organic food as part of every meal.

Start with What You Eat Everyday: A good place to start is with the foods you consume every day. If you and your family start each morning with a bowl of cereal, try eating organic cereal like Nature’s Path, which has an extensive line of cereals (as well as waffles, granola, oatmeal and granola bars) that are all USDACertified Organic, or try this tasty, organic recipe for an Oatmeal Latte.

Think Outside the Cart: You may think that organic food costs more, but you can find less expensive options by shopping at your local farmer’s market, comparing prices online, buying in bulk (which is better for the environment) and even growing some of your own food.

Going organic can be easy, delicious and good for you and the planet. For more tips on going organic, visit blog.naturespath.com/.

Oatmeal Latte -2/3 cup water -1/3 cup vanilla soy milk -1/2 cup Nature’s Path Original Hot Oatmeal -Pinch of salt -2 tablespoons brown sugar -1-2 shots espresso, for topping -1/2 cup warm vanilla soy milk, for topping -Nature’s Path Flax Plus Vanilla Almond Granola, for topping -Pinch of cinnamon, for topping In small saucepan, bring water and soy milk to simmer over mediumhigh heat. Add oats and salt. Turn heat to medium and cook until oatmeal reaches desired consistency. Stir in brown sugar and transfer to bowl or mug. Using steamer, milk frother or whisk, froth warm milk until foamy. Top oatmeal with espresso and frothed milk. Stir gently. Top with granola and cinnamon. l (Family Features)

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AS LONG AS YOU’RE AUTHENTIC, IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER.

THE CHRISTOPHER

KOREY

ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS PEOPLE NOTICE ABOUT CHRISTOPHER KOREY IN PERSON IS HIS GRACIOUSNESS, WHAT MANY CALL HIS “VIRTUOUS MANNERS”; THE WAY A SIMPLE ACT LIKE ASSISTING A LADY WITH HER COAT, OR OPENING A DOOR BECOMES A SOPHISTICATED GESTURE. kWRITTEN BY WILLIAM JACKSON PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER KOREY

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mall things, possibly, but small things matter in the realm of Christopher Korey, a man of influence, experience, talent and tremendous style; always dressed impeccably as if he’s about to attend a lavish red carpet gala. Korey was born and raised in Manhattan and as he puts it, “lived to tell about it”. The streets of New York during the 1970s provided the best learning experiences and a hard and fast training ground. So varied was JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2017

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the unique vibe of the streets complemented with the diverse culture of the people. Where else but in New York could a teenager engage in a memorable conversation between Michael Jackson and Liza Minnelli, while sitting between them at Studio 54, the world’s most famous celebrity nightclub.

you better know your product. The real estate market in New York is very different than the rest of the country. It isn’t just market knowledge that’s important, also it’s about understanding boards, cooperatives, applications and the culture of the buildings, and it’s relationship based.

Originally attending art school, Korey shifted his focus to interior design. While studying interior design he started a successful construction company and would, at the same time, pursue obtaining a real estate license. He says, “With an ingenious plan in mind, I pursued my real estate license. The plan was, when I’d sale an apartment, I’d persuade the client to commission me to do the interior design”.

Korey didn’t start out in the high-end real estate market; he carefully grew it by nurturing his customers; a foundation of Christopher Korey Private Realty. In today’s market, where the average cost of a New York City pad surpasses $2 million, it’s a good time to be in the brokerage business. Being one of the greatest cities in the world, it’s not too difficult to understand, the best real estate listings in New York aren’t listed. Korey doesn’t buy or sell the listings; he buys or sells great real estate at great prices. Whether it’s a studio, a 10,000 square foot loft, or a commercial investment property, Korey finds the perfect fit for each of his personal clients. When asked why his niche approach continues to be successful, Korey responds, “Having developed relationships with property owners, buyers and sellers over the course of a lifetime, I can find exclusive properties my clients want and those the public never see”.

SUCCESS CAUSES YOU TO PUSH THE BOUNDARIES TO SEE JUST HOW MUCH BETTER YOU CAN BECOME. I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT EVERYTHING I PURSUE. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, EVEN RANKING ABOVE THE VALUE OF A SECULAR EDUCATION, IS PASSION.

A rare occurrence in real estate, Korey sold an astonishing amount of apartments, right out the gate. To support his quickly growing business, he had to put his interior design goals on the back seat. That was some 20 years ago and today real estate is his passion. When asked about the impact initial success in selling apartments had, Korey says, “Success causes you to push the boundaries to see just how much better you can become. I’m passionate about everything I pursue. The most important thing, even ranking above the value of a secular education, is passion. You have to be passionate about what you’re doing. And, it has to be authentically you. It’s the version of you that will lead to the greatest success”. Korey credits the woman who managed his first office, a small mom and pop realty firm, with teaching him the importance of understanding

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Not only successful in business, Korey is extremely popular on social media platforms. Introduced by a staff member to social media as a medium to expand professional reach, Korey did the research and decided the Instagram platform was the best personal fit. Sharing his superb fashion sense has catapulted him to “popular” status. About that Korey says, “No one is more shocked than me. The


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THE WORLD IS LACKING IN LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. DRESS IN A MANNER THAT INVITES YOU TO ACT AND OTHERS TO VIEW YOU AS A LADY OR GENTLEMAN. ADORN YOURSELF ACCORDING TO YOUR LIFESTYLE, BODY TYPE AND AGE. AS LONG AS YOU’RE AUTHENTIC, THAT’S WHAT MATTERS MOST

ironic part is I really don’t like to look at myself so it’s surprising I’d be on any social media platform. I try to use it in a positive way rather than the usual negative stuff customarily experienced on social media and reality television”. He does offer the wise advice to use social media appropriately. As it operates in a field of “lack”, it’s easy to become imbalanced. As a man with impeccable style and an overall healthy lifestyle, becoming Christopher Korey is merely a “30 to 40 minute process” in the morning; surprisingly, not requiring much thought or effort. This is because he lives a lifestyle of impeccable style which extends obviously beyond fashion. He believes it’s good to question yourself and then listen to your gut. As he puts it, “Your gut has an amazing track record. The key is to listen. If you’re second guessing yourself, then you

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aren’t listening well enough. Quiet yourself and just be still. Your gut will tell you the right answer”. Korey’s advice when it comes to fashion, “The world is lacking in ladies and gentlemen. Dress in a manner that invites you to act and others to view you as a lady or gentleman. Adorn yourself according to your lifestyle, body type and age. As long as you’re authentic, that’s what matters most”. Christopher Korey is the epitome of class, grace and style. He has continued to learn from his failures. He remains inspired from life; the beauty of everyday things we take for granted. Music, colors, trees. As he expresses so eloquently, “Life is truly beautiful, absolutely phenomenal, if we open our eyes and focus on it”. Along this line Korey echoed three main themes as part of the art of living well.

Believe in Your Authentic Self and Vision: “If you believe in something worthwhile, don’t give up,” Korey said. “My ambition is to become a better version of myself. We should all strive to be the best version of ourselves and help as many people we can along the way.”

Look Forward:

“Things get better with age. Always keep the forward momentum. We have two lives, the life you learn with and the life we live after having learned.”

Work Hard: “I’m living proof that you work hard enough, you can accomplish many great things. Sure, at times we’ll fail. But, from those experiences, we’ll learn the greatest lessons. Plus, when you work hard, an end result is opportunities to play hard, and I enjoy dancing as much as I can.” What single thing, if anything, would improve the quality of Korey’s life? “I’ve got an easy answer for that question,” he says. “The ultimate luxury of more time. We just don’t have enough time.” When he finds the formula for creating more time, we’ll make sure we’re the first to know. Oh, we’ll be sure to share. l JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2017

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People You Should Know

KIMBERLY SADLER

National Product Management and Marketing Leader, U.S., ORIGO Education | Austin, Texas

Who She Is: A native Texan, Kim Sadler grew up in the Houston area and received her BBA in finance at The University of Texas at Austin and her masters in education at Texas State University. While working as an elementary and middle school teacher at Austin and Lake Travis Independent School Districts, Kim discovered an interest in the development of curriculum and education materials. Kim found her niche as a product manager and marketer within the K-12 educational publishing sector, allowing her to balance her business acumen with her education experience. Now, Kim leads national product management and marketing efforts at ORIGO Education, an education provider of mathematics resources for grades PreK–6. How She Remains Inspired: With two young children of her own, it’s no wonder Kim is continually inspired by their curiosity and love of learning. Whether spending time outdoors or accompanying them to school events, Kim gets to experience the education her children receive and see how her work has a positive contribution in mathematics education for students at all learning levels. Impact Of Her Experience As A Teacher: Kim’s experience as a teacher is crucial to her success as a strong leader at ORIGO. This background allows her to view things from the perspective of an educator, helping her to recognize their joys as well as their pain points, and gives her a greater understanding and appreciation for what teachers crave in curriculum. Austin Favorites: Kim enjoys taking advantage of the vibrant Austin social scene (as much as time allows with a very active 2-year old). She also likes to take time to escape city life with her husband and explore the hill country. 26

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President , Rx Outreach, Inc. | Greater St. Louis Area Who He Is: Darryl Munden is on a personal mission to change people’s lives through affordable medication. No stranger to challenges, Munden served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm with the U.S. Army’s 24th Infantry Division. He worked in communications as the division rolled from Saudi Arabia to Iraq, from August 1990 to April 1991, commanding 50 soldiers. He later spent 19 years at AnheuserBusch as an operations executive and served five years at Rx Outreach as COO before being asked to lead the company. Greatest Motivation: Munden has a deep personal connection to the desperate need for affordable medication. His grandmother, who moved in with his family when he was 15, suffered from congestive heart failure. After repeated trips to the hospital, she died from a heart attack a week prior to Munden’s 16th birthday. Even then, he recognized it was difficult for his family to cover basic needs such as food and clothing. He still thinks about his grandmother’s passing and wonders if access to affordable medication could have improved and prolonged her life in her last years. How He Overcomes Challenges: Munden is a man of faith and as such begins with prayer when faced with challenges. He then analyzes the situation, generates ideas to address the challenge and consults with others as needed. He takes the approach there is nothing new under the sun - and does not hesitate to apply learnings from his past or others to overcome challenges. How He Defines Success: Success for Rx Outreach is not only meeting the needs for affordable medication for people in the US, but also advocating on their behalf. Munden understands the people Rx Outreach serves do not have a voice that reaches the halls of the legislatures across the United States or the offices of many of the corporations that provide medications that they need. His Hope In The New Year: The reality is despite the fact more Americans have greater access to health insurance than ever before, many still struggle to pay for their medication. Munden’s hope is to make more people and more organizations aware of Rx Outreach and what it does so more lives can be positively changed.

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This curling and lifting mascara is a roller for lashes! The eye-opening hook and roll on brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls as the suave-setting formula lasts for 1 hours. Talk about curl power.

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To maintain your perfect blow-out, this finishing spray is specifically designed to complement blow-dry styled up-dos and more. It dries quickly, won’t build up and leaves your hair conditioned and fabulous.

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Looking for a new fragrance to brighten up your New Year? This perfume captures the classic elements in unexpected ways with a mix of feminine and tomboy to give you an easy and polished scent. The signature golden fretwork bottle is also a gorgeous addition to your vanity.

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The 3-day Bender Curling Iron has a rotating clamp that makes curling hair quick and easy. Ionic technology dramatically improves the condition of the hair by increasing shine and reducing frizz. Dryer’s hairstyling tools are the perfect addition to your hair arsenal and will last you forever.

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WINTER HAIR-CARE ESSENTIALS

WHAT THE EXPERTS AT JOSE LUIS SALON HAVE TO SAY ABOUT MAINTAINING HEALTHY MANAGEABLE HAIR ALL SEASON LONG.

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WINTER IS A FANTASTIC TIME OF YEAR TO WEAR BOLD MAKEUP AND FASHIONABLE COATS AND BOOTS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THIS SEASON ALSO BRINGS BRUTAL WEATHER FOR OUR HAIR.

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uring the summer we worry about humidity and damage from the sun, but the winter months also bring a whole host of unique hair care challenges. To help maintain a healthy head of hair during the cooler months, the following five tips will help your hair survive the winter cold.

1. Heat Protectant Styling Cream A heat protectant styling cream with a moisture base, acts as a leave-in conditioner, but on “steroids”. It not only protects your hair from heat damage, it also adds extra moisture that your hair tends to lack during the winter months. Towel dry hair and apply Oribe Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream from mid shaft to ends and style out.

2. Trim Hair

Regular trims help reduce the amount of split ends caused by frigid temperatures and will keep

your hair in good health. A light “dusting” of the ends every six to eight weeks is a must.

3. Deep Condition

Take the time to do a weekly deep conditioning treatment. Adding this into your Sunday night routine after shampooing and letting it sit for five to 10 minutes will work wonders. A deep conditioner will help replenish moisture lost due to the constant back and forth between the dry heat in your house and cold winter air.

4. Wash Hair Less Often

Cut down on the number of washes you are doing per week. Over-washing hair depletes it of its natural oils causing it to become brittle and more susceptible to breakage. Try using dry shampoo at the root to extend your shampoo an extra day. I recommend applying Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo on “next day” hair.

5. Wear Hats

Covering up your tresses with hats will help protect it from the elements. Now there’s a good excuse to buy that cute hat you’ve been admiring! Felt hats are a great accessory to play with this time of year. Maintaining healthy hair during winter is easy! Start the year off right and apply these hair care tips to fully enjoy the season. You’ll soon notice pairing healthy locks with fabulous winter outfits just became a lot more fun! l


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he trick to making this year’s resolution stick is introducing smart eating habits so tasty and easy that your eating plan becomes more a way of life than a short-lived commitment. One easy way to achieve that habit is by adding watermelon to your daily diet, giving your body a lowcalorie option to curb an appetite for unhealthy snacks. Set reasonable goals. A deprivation diet is destined to fail because eventually your body will rebel. Instead, aim for well-rounded meals with moderate portions. If weight loss is your ultimate goal, know that losing two pounds a week is generally considered the maximum. Satisfy your sweet tooth. Everyone, even the most dedicated health food fans, experience cravings from time to time. Most experts agree that

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it’s OK to answer your sweet tooth – in moderation of course. Before you take the plunge, think about whether there are other options that could be a good substitute. For example, instead of a sugary candy bar, consider a naturally sweet slice of watermelon for a cholesterol-free, fat-free way to satisfy cravings at only 80 calories per 2-cup serving. Watermelon contains fiber and water, and packs a wealth of health benefits, including strong levels of vitamins A, C and B6. Stay well hydrated. During the cooler winter months, it’s easy to let water consumption slide because you’re not feeling the heat and thirst you do in warmer weather. However, the dry winter air can also be hard on your body, so it’s important to keep that water flowing year-

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around. Most adults should aim for eight glasses of water each day, but you can also boost your water intake with foods that have a high water content, such as watermelon, which is 92 percent water and contains protein and fiber so you are satisfied on fewer calories while boosting your overall hydration. Find more inspiration for healthconscious habits in the new year at watermelon.org.

Watermelon Protein Bites Recipe courtesy of Anya Shinall of Anya’s Eats - 1 cup pitted dates, soaked purified water - 1 1/2 cups sprouted watermelon seeds, divided, plus additional for garnish - 1 tablespoon coconut butter - 1 cup fresh watermelon, chopped - 1/8-1/4 cup roughly chopped beets (optional) Chop dates in half.


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Place dates in bowl of purified water and soak 1-2 hours. Remove dates from water bowl and place them into food processor. Pulse a few times then add 1 cup watermelon seeds, coconut butter and watermelon. Add chopped beets, if using.

Blend until well combined, scraping sides of food processor as you go. Add remaining watermelon seeds and pulse, leaving some seeds chunky. For smoother texture, continue to blend. Remove mixture from food processor, place in small bowl and cover, allowing to cool

in refrigerator 30 minutes. Remove mixture from fridge. With fingertips slightly wet, roll mixture into balls and place on a plate. Once done rolling, add watermelon seeds to top. Place watermelon bites in freezer 1-2 hours, or until frozen.

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Island Fruit Salad Servings: 2 - 2 tablespoons water - 2 tablespoons coconut sugar - 1/2 lime (1 tablespoon), juiced - 1 1/2 teaspoons rum extract - 2 kiwis, peeled and diced - 1 orange, sectioned and halved - 2 cups seedless watermelon, chopped - 2 teaspoons flaked, sweetened coconut In small bowl, combine water and coconut sugar; microwave 20 seconds. Stir to completely dissolve sugar. Let cool. Once cool, add lime juice and rum extract. In medium bowl, add kiwi, orange and watermelon. Pour rum juice over top and thoroughly toss. Let sit 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Divide fruit salad into two bowls and sprinkle with coconut.

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Steel-Cut Oats with Watermelon Servings: 2 - 1 cup 1 percent milk, plus additional (optional) - 1 cup water - 1/2 cup steel-cut oats - 3/4 cup diced seedless watermelon - 2 tablespoons dried tart cherries or cranberries - 2 tablespoons chopped pecans - 2 tablespoons maple syrup

In medium saucepan over high heat, bring 1 cup milk and water to gentle boil. Pour in oats. Stir; return to gentle boil then reduce heat to simmer, stirring occasionally, 20-30 minutes. While oats are cooking, in small bowl, combine watermelon, dried fruit, nuts and maple syrup. Portion out oats and top with watermelon mixture. Add additional milk, if desired.

A simple infusion of flavor gives water an instant upgrade, whether you’re looking to add some variety to your daily water consumption or you’re hosting an event and want to offer guests a unique and nutritious beverage. Use your favorite herbs and fruits to create one-of-a-kind combinations that provide refreshing rehydration. Try these pairings: • Watermelon with basil, mint or lime • Strawberry with lime and basil • Cucumber and rosemary • Mixed berries and mint • Pineapple with coconut l (Family Features)

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WOODLAND JORDANA WOODLAND IS THE FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF NAKED PRINCESS. JORDANA WAS BORN IN THE PHILIPPINES. AFTER MOVING TO THE U.S., SHE BEGAN A CAREER IN THE MODELING INDUSTRY. AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF MODELING, SHE REALIZED HER TRUE CALLING WAS ON THE CREATIVE/ DESIGN SIDE OF THE FASHION WORLD, SO SHE SET OUT TO CREATE HER OWN BRAND, NAKED PRINCESS. 38

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We had an opportunity to chat with this very busy entrepreneur for a peek inside her thriving business, insight into how she maintains a work-life balance and her secrets to success. InFluential Magazine: What made you go from a modeling career into entrepreneurship? Jordana Woodland: Modeling is a career that doesn’t have much longevity; from day one, you have an expiration date and I knew from the beginning I wanted to move beyond modeling. I’ve met so many people who were making amazing things happen and that sparked the entrepreneurial spirit in me. With Naked Princess, I always have so many different shoots and projects to work on.

camera more fulfilling, but I still get my modeling every now and then when I take photos for Naked Princess’ Instagram. InFluential: Do you believe your modeling career gave you a better sense of the fashion world? JW: Absolutely. When I was modeling, I was exposed to a huge range of clothing, and it was through wearing the clothing I was able to learn about fit, fabrics and finishes. Especially with lingerie and swimwear, the fit and fabric are so important. I took this knowledge and harnessed it into making Naked Princess the best possible brand. Each Naked Princess piece is created to make sure a woman feels effortlessly sexy.

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InFluential: Tell us more about the inspiration behind creating a lingerie brand? JW: I’ve always been fascinated with what I call the “boudoir experience”. It’s that time where every woman can be alone and get ready for the day without any distractions. This valuable alone time and my love for vintage lingerie and perfume bottles was the starting concept for Naked Princess. InFluential: Tell us about the transition from being in front of a camera to creating the fashion content behind the scenes? JW: The transition from in front of the camera to behind the scenes was quite a natural, seamless transition. I love being able to express my creativity and ideas, which you oftentimes aren’t able to do as a model. I find being behind the

InFluential: What kind of woman wears your lingerie? Who’s your ideal customer? JW: The man that wants to spoil the special woman in his life. But, really the Naked Princess woman is stylish and confident and not afraid to treat herself to fine things, all the way down to the smallest details. InFluential: How do you want women to feel in your products? How would you describe the style of your products? JW: Feeling sexy is definitely the goal. But, it’s not an overt sexiness. It’s an effortless sexiness. Our beauty and body collections gives a woman that extra boost of confidence to make you feel their best and most beautiful. We don’t know what iconic beauties like Grace Kelley, Sophia Loren or Jackie Onassis wore under their JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2017

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The task may seem daunting and I’m not going to lie and say it’s easy, because it most definitely isn’t. But, if you have a great idea and a solid business plan, there is no reason to be afraid.

fabulous clothes, but we do know the confidence and grace they displayed. This is how I want women to feel when they wear Naked Princess. Whether wearing one of our matching silk lingerie sets, or just a spritz of our Midnight Bloom perfume, we want you to always feel confident. As far as the style, it’s inspired by antique European lingerie, but it’s designed in a very modern way. It is how women today want their pieces to fit. InFluential: What are some of the obstacles you had to overcome before starting Naked Princess? JW: I think wanting to grow too quickly has been an obstacle of mine. I have to remind myself Coco Chanel, Donna Karan and Diane von Furstenberg didn’t create their empires overnight. But, it has helped put the focus on quality. I’d much rather release a collection with three perfect pieces than 20 mediocre ones. InFluential: You’re from the Philippines and spend time in both Montana and Los Angeles. How do the different environments impact your work?

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JW: Changing up my environment is my biggest inspiration. Being in Montana stimulates ideas in a way Los Angeles never could, and vice versa. Traveling is a passion of mine and I try to take the inspiration I receive on my travels and channel it into my line. Each collection is almost like a travel log of my adventures. InFluential: Aside from beauty and fashion, what are your other interests? JW: First and foremost, I am a mother to my three wonderful children. Even with all that’s going on with Naked Princess; they are still my number one priority. I try to be very involved with everything going on in their lives; their interests are my interests; their triumphs are my triumphs. The role of a mother is unlike any other. InFluential: Do you have any suggestions for other ambitious women who want to start their own businesses? JW: Got for it! The task may seem daunting and I’m not going to lie and say it’s easy, because it most definitely isn’t. But, if you have a great idea and a solid business plan, there is no reason to be afraid. l


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FASHION EDITOR’S PICKS

DOLCE & GABBANA Amp up your iPhone with this embellished leather case. We love the floral adornments to the reptile-effect, embossed black base. (USD $845) www.mytheresa.com

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GUCCI Wool silk button dress in Pantone’s famed color of 2017 “Greenery”. A bell sleeve dress with a full front button-down and contrast black lining. The crêpe wool silk is a light soft fabric with a creased appearance. (USD $398) www.gucci.com


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THE TIE BAR Grosgrain solid tie in Pantone’s famed color of 2017 “Greenery”. (USD $19) www.gilt.com

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DANNY NGUYEN www.dannynguyencouture.com

Danny Nguyen’s foundation in the fashion world is rooted in the soil of humility. He began as a child, under the wing of his mother. Predating his arrival to the United States, Danny would be seen at a very early age cutting fabrics, collecting designs and assisting with custodial chores around his mother’s alteration. During this period, he developed and refined many of the essential skills of a fine fashion designer. From where did your love of the fashion industry come? It didn’t come from anywhere. I consider myself an artist instead of a designer. My passion is in the arts, being hands-on, and continuing to develop my the craft and trade. What inspired you to become a designer (and apparel business owner)? My parents own an alteration shop. I’ve been working there since I was ten years old. I wasn’t inspired by anyone to become a fashion designer. I just wanted to help my parents with work, and the pursuit of the “American Dream”. As I grew older, I didn’t know what to do with my life and I discovered fashion design. I realized with my years of experience, I could become a designer. 50

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What formal education and/or training did you receive? I started learning from my mother at the age of ten while working with her at my parent’s alteration shop. She taught me cutting, sewing, pattern making, alterations, and tailoring. Also, I’ve had year or so of college where I studied fashion and history. What are your best moments in the fashion and apparel industry? The best moments are yet to come. We live in the moment, so just cherish it, slow down, and enjoy your work. The more you enjoy working, the less you have to work. What are your worst moments in the fashion and apparel industry?

Every day is a challenge. My worst moment so far would be daring to open an atelier without any experience in the fashion business and formal education. For two years I had to learn the hard way to strive and do better. What did you learn from your worst moments and what made you stay in this industry? Critiquing is a very aspect of art and fashion; judging your idea, style, and vision. So you have to keep pushing forward with your idea, and stay ahead of the game. Do you manage all the work of your brand alone? Do you have a staff? Me, and my employees of couturier, personal assistance, and an intern; all

needed to build my network and business which is now Danny Nguyen Couture. Who is your target customer? Ladies and men between the ages of 35-65. How do you manage to meet successfully purchase orders from your boutique and department store clients? Three weeks in advance for clients before deadline or project days, sometimes a big project can take up to a month, or even months for wedding. Where do you see yourself and your business in five years? Only doing Paris fashion week and international shows.

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Chasity Sereal is known for non-traditional dresses and gowns. Sereal started her business in 2009 with inspiration from the late Alexander McQueen. Her first creative idea was to start with sweet sixteen tutu dresses that were inspired by Nicki Minaj. Being self-taught, she consistently designed, learned quickly, and began to shift her vision and audience. Chasity’s designs are seen as elegant and fearless with eccentric creativity; for all women who dare to be different. From where did your love of the fashion industry come? My love for fashion came from the over the top style of Alexander McQueen as well as bold celebrities walking the red carpet. The intricate details and fearlessness of their fashion piqued my interest and I just had to know more about the design process. It challenged me, and the eccentric ideas kept moving me forward. What inspired you to become a designer (and apparel business owner)? After creating my first tutu dress, I realized I enjoyed creating garments. I would watch TV fashion shows like, “Project Runway” and practice some of their techniques daily and if I couldn’t do it then I would teach myself by watching Youtube. I would dedicate 52

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untimely hours without even knowing I was doing it. That’s when I knew fashion was what I was supposed to do. When you devote endless hours to something you love, is when you know it’s meant for you.

What are your worst moments in the fashion and apparel industry? I don’t really have any “worst” moments, but if I had to choose a moment, I’d say when I tried to complete two collections in one year.

What formal education and/or training did you receive? I did not attend a formal school; however I taught myself through shadowing seamstresses and watching Youtube.

What did you learn from your worst moment and what made you stay in this industry? My lessons are always the same, “Never dwell on what you cannot change, and always count your blessings”.

What are your best moments in the fashion and apparel industry? My best moment in fashion was when I attended New York Fashion Week in 2015. The moment was surreal and it makes me speechless every time I think about it.

Do you manage all the work of your brand alone? Do you have a staff? I wish I could take credit for all of my success, but I can’t. I have a couple of people on my team who have helped me from the beginning and I truly trust them with my brand.

Who is your target customer? My target customer is someone who dares to be different. She is the woman who captures everyone’s attention as soon as she walks into the room. She is the “it” woman; the one all wish to be. How do you manage to meet successfully purchase orders from your boutique and department store clients? Trade secret… Where do you see yourself and your business in five years? In five years I hope to open my first flagship store in Texas, as well as New York and Los Angeles.

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MARCUS ANDREWS www.mandrewsluxury.com

Photographer Rosebeth Akharamen

Marcus Andrews (M Andrews Sartorial Luxury Collection) has an Award Winning brand that strives to produce nothing but the best and has been positioned from the beginning to rival the top tier brands in men’s fashion. The core of his brand features tailored suits and hand crafted footwear that is made to order. From where did your love of the fashion industry come? My love for fashion came from my mother. Growing up, she was always very stylish and created her own looks. What inspired you to become a designer (and apparel business owner)? As a consumer and business professional, I was never able to find exactly what fit my taste and my body. I am also a little bolder than some and my market (San Antonio) caters to a more conservative demo, so I started this brand really to serve my own needs. What formal education and/or training did you receive? I am self-taught in this business; although, I have definitely educated myself along the way.

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What are your best moments in the fashion and apparel industry? My best moment was my first real client. Since then, I have won Best of the City from San Antonio Magazine, Best Menswear Designer from the San Antonio Fashion Awards, and styled dozens of pro athletes and celebrities for both personal and professional events such as the Oscars, Emmy Awards and Golden Globes. What are your worst moments in the fashion and apparel industry? Adjusting to the difficulty of the San Antonio market.

What did you learn from your worst moments and what made you stay in this industry? Passion makes me stay in the industry and remain in San Antonio. I’ve learned to adapt to this market and market from an educational approach to explain the “why” of high end menswear. Do you manage all the work of your brand alone? Do you have a staff? So far, I work alone…always looking for talented people to add to my staff.

Who is your target customer? I cater to business professionals and those who appreciate the luxury lifestyle. Mostly males in the 30-55 age range. How do you manage to meet successfully purchase orders from your boutique and department store clients? We currently service all clients directly and do not sell through other channels. Where do you see yourself and your business in five years? With five stores located in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Austin, and Beverly Hills.

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NINA MEANS www.ninameans.com

Nina Means took an unconventional path into the fashion industry; a leap of faith moving to Italy to learn under masters in apparel design. Upon returning to the United States and graduating from Fashion Institute of Technology, she interned for Rebecca Taylor, designed for American Eagle Outfitters, and H by Halston. The Nina Means Collection is an expression of elegant minimalism – the desire for fashion to comfortable yet elevated. From where did your love of the fashion industry come? I first fell in love with fashion when I saw an old picture of my aunt wearing a red pantsuit my grandmother made for her back in the 70’s. I was mesmerized. My aunt commanded so much power and oozed femininity in the ensemble. I always thought fashion should feel that way. My grandmother and my mother were both excellent sewers, and they made clothes for themselves and their children. If you asked them, they would be modest. When I came into the industry, the people who fueled my love for fashion were Rebecca Taylor and Keryn Dizon. They believed in me (even as an intern) and taught me so much about the customer and the business. They instructed me on fit and how to make the perfect cut. I knew I wanted to be like them and own my own business one day. 56

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What inspired you to become a designer (and apparel business owner)? Growing up, I spent a lot of time in search of certain pieces I just could not find. I valued versatility, comfort, style, quality - but I would seem to leave many of my shopping experiences with one of those desires unfulfilled. As a business owner, I don’t want my customer to leave empty handed. I believe her values and expectations are not so different from mine. I love making clothes for real women, clothes that meet real needs. What formal education and/or training did you receive? I was trained at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in their international fashion design program. I studied for a year in Florence, the birthplace of Italian fashion (it’s since moved to Milan). I studied under master tailors and pattern makers. In that environment, I had a lot of access to the original artwork of master painters and sculptors that influence my designs today. I came back to the United States to finish my degree at FIT and began to intern with Rebecca Taylor. What are your best moments in the fashion and apparel industry? The first time I saw a pair of pants I designed on a stranger in New York City was pretty amazing. I was working as an assistant

designer at American Eagle Outfitters at the time. Then seeing my designs started happening often, and it made me feel like I was having an impact. Another amazing moment I had was when I worked as a designer for Xcel Brands for H by Halston, a fantastic company. It was the first time I had designed clothes for television. They sell the line on QVC, and it was always so amazing to see styles I had designed on-air and to see people from all over clamoring to purchase them before they sold out! It was so exciting! Truly a unique experience. What are your worst moments in the fashion and apparel industry? In this frenetic pursuit of perfection, I worked insanely long hours 12- 14 hour days, days on end. I worked a lot, and I wasn’t alone in the office. It’s one of those careers where there is always more to be done. What did you learn from your worst moments and what made you stay in this industry? In those late nights, I learned to work smarter and to prioritize. My motivation for staying in this industry has been to learn the business from a variety of angles, which is why my path of going from Rebecca Taylor to American Eagle Outfitters to H by Halston was an unusual one. No one business does it the same way, and there is a lot to learn from that.

Do you manage all the work of your brand alone? Do you have a staff? I work with a talented team of contractors in Austin, Dallas and New York to realize the brand. By coordinating with various locations here in the United States, I’m able to manage my product and guarantee the quality that I believe in. Business is growing, and I can’t do it alone. Who is your target customer? She’s a woman who wears a variety of hats. She has places to go, people to meet. She is trend conscious, but she’s more concerned with quality pieces that communicate her personal style. She’s ageless. How do you manage to meet successfully purchase orders from your boutique and department store clients? I work with several United States based factories that are able to handle our production capacity. They have an excellent track record with notable clients. By working with these places, I have a lot more flexibility to manage my orders. Where do you see yourself and your business in five years? Currently, we are in boutiques and online. However within the next five years, we are looking to expand into department stores and to become a global brand.

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NICHOLAS PHAT NGUYEN www.mysteriousbynpn.com

Nicholas was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with a childhood dream of becoming a major fashion designer. As a part of a small group of advanced level students that were awarded the opportunity to study abroad in the United States, and just 15 years old, Nicholas arrived in America ready to pursue his dreams as a designer. He devoted all of his free time to studying every aspect of fashion design, and through lots of practice, he taught himself how to sew. From where did your love of the fashion industry come? When I was a very young age, what and how to wear something was very important to me. My grandpa would show me how to dress properly. Due to the strict Vietnam culture, I felt as if I were put into the box in which I was expected to remain. I always try to find the way to kick that box open. The only thing that makes that possible is creating thing outside of the norm. I have visions, dreams, and creations in my head that are crazy, funny, and almost cruel sometimes. But I enjoy it. I enjoy making them come true. What inspired you to become a designer (and apparel business owner)? I graduated with a degree in International Business, but fashion has always been a part

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of my life. It’s a passion. I enjoy creating things from my imagination where different materials can transform to fit the shape, the curves of human body. It’s so fascinating. Most everything in life can be viewed as a potential business. So why not turn this passion into business. What formal education and/or training did you receive? I am self-taught. I bought my very first sewing machine about ten years ago. I started making small things and crafts. About one million mistakes later, I’ve learned how to put things together properly. It takes lots of learning, an open mind and researching, and remembering the most important thing is style. I think I got that box checked a long time ago. What are your best moments in the fashion and apparel industry? The best moment is when I see my gowns come alive on the runway. It’s like you expend so much of yourself to create something that has no soul, but then the second the lights hit the runway, it’s breathes and becomes a living thing. I give birth to my gowns – my babies. It’s even better when people cheer

for me; that moment when I walk down the runway. I know that all the hard work is absolutely worth it.

handle most of the PR, sales, marketing, and much more. I also have a team of couturiers to help me bring my vision alive.

What are your worst moments in the fashion and apparel industry? I would say, being a young and upcoming designer is not easy. The worst part is financing, you have to spend so much to be able to have something of your own. It sucks when you see someone else use the same fabric as you do. Also, the fashion industry can be so fake and critical, it’s all about supporting local they say…at the end of the day, they would rather have things done somewhere else.

Who is your target customer? The thing I am so proud of is the quality. I put lots of time and effort to perfect every single piece. With such attention to detail, it has to cost so much more than average. So the middle to upper class demographic. But, we do come out with ready to wear and other collaborations which everyone can afford.

What did you learn from your worst moments and what made you stay in this industry? It’s life. Sometimes you hit rock bottom. It hurts so badly, but you just have to find the way to get up to fight and try to win even if you’re scared to fall again. This is my passion and I won’t let it go that easy. I’ll fight for it. Do you manage all the work of your brand alone? Do you have a staff? I have my business manager who helps me

How do you manage to meet successfully purchase orders from your boutique and department store clients? At this point, I’m aiming mostly for custom made orders. You can contact me personally, I will email out the measurements sheet. The second you place the order it will take up to four weeks to complete a garment. Where do you see yourself and your business in five years? An atelier, with a showroom downstairs, work room upstairs, possibly tours for fashion lovers. To be able to start funding my charity bank to help children in need. That is always my ultimate dream.

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We’re Argent! A rowdy collective

on a mission to make clothing that equips women to push the envelope and take their seat at the table. We’re into those who take charge, make noise, and drop-kick the glass ceiling. We’ve found that turning things on their heads is not only where we find the most inspiration, it’s also where we have the most fun. So we want to build a community that wants to do the same and we’re starting by making functional clothes with attitude.

Here’s to changing the conversation (and your clothes).

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People You Should Know

AARON ROCHLEN, PH.D.

Ph.D., Soccer Assist Founder, Professor and Psychologist | Austin, Texas

Who He Is: Aaron believes, while work and home are both important, neither should be all of who you are or what you do. Giving back to others and finding meaning in other ways is critically important. His recent venture into the non-profit world is a prime example. Through this organization, he’s tried to infuse and integrate his skills as a Professor and Psychologist with his experiences as a father. How He Prepares His Students To Be Effective Leaders: A big part of leadership is about getting others to have a voice and share a common purpose / vision. A good leader also knows how to lead through group decision-making, while also knowing when to “roll solo” and get things done. As a professor, Aaron tries to prepare students to learn by appealing to their intrinsic motivation. He sees much of learning (and leading) as more about process than content. Why Soccer Assist Is Important: Soccer Assist is about evening out the playing fields, putting more kids on the field and parents on the sidelines. The organization provides high level soccer opportunities for underserved youth. But the story is also about opportunity, integration, and learning about self and communities through sports. What other impact does Soccer Assist have within our community? With much humor, Aaron replies,“We have the best and classiest Soccer parties in town.” Important Lessoned Learned To-Date: Aaron strongly believes, “What stands out is there isn’t one ideal way to mentor, teach, or lead. To be successful you need to “know your audience” be flexible, open, and discuss. Engaging in discussions about needs and preferences for students, volunteers, or even board members is critical. When I haven’t done this -- I’ve struggled in the classroom and at home”. Why It’s Important to Maintain A Positive Groove: For Aaron, negativity creeps in when he becomes self-focused on his own life, setbacks and challenges. When he focuses on helping others – it increases his “positivity scale” tremendously. As for his impact at home, Aaron says, “I hope I would be described as creative, reflective, and involved. I want to be remembered as being there and enjoying the moments, big and small. I’ll probably be remembered as FLUENTIAL JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2017 78 too involved in youth soccer, but I can deal with that”.

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VICTORIA VAN VOORHIS

CEO, Second Avenue Learning | Rochester, New York Who She Is: Well-versed in the education landscape and technology industry, Tory is the founder and CEO of Second Avenue Learning, a leader in the design and development of serious games and interactives for K-12, higher education and corporate markets. As a game-based learning expert, Tory has presented for both TEDx and Google Tech Talks. She has served as a principal investigator for grants with both the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. What Makes Her a Strong Leader: Tory knows that successful leaders identify ways to foster the growth of their staff across multiple disciplines. At Second Avenue, Tory works with a diverse team of experts, ranging from gamers to researchers, and has found that the key to a collaborative team is continuous knowledge-sharing, skill development and effective communication. Why Pair Gaming and Education: Tory aims to increase learning outcomes through innovation. Serious games – those that serve a purpose other than entertainment – provide an engaging and effective learning environment for students. Tory’s team utilizes recent technological developments to build leading-edge educational software to help students learn through play. What Makes Her Tick: A mother herself, Tory is passionate about increasing inclusivity in education for all children. That plays out in her insistence that her company’s products and services are built upon inclusive design practices. Designed to appeal to students of all gender, race and socioeconomic backgrounds, Martha Madison, Second Avenue’s game-based STEM curriculum, is a prime example of Tory delivering on her passion. JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2017

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Presenting the NEW YOU ! CONFIDENCE-BOOSTING TIPS FOR FITNESS CLASS FIRST-TIMERS

APPREHENSIVE ABOUT JOINING A

Fitness Class? TRY THESE EXPERT TIPS

YOU’VE JOINED A HEALTH CLUB AND NOW YOU’RE CURIOUS ABOUT FITNESS CLASSES. YOU’RE ALMOST READY TO SIGN UP FOR AN INDOOR CYCLE, YOGA OR STRENGTH-TRAINING CLASS, BUT SOMETHING STOPS YOU. YOU FEEL NERVOUS AND UNCOMFORTABLE AND DECIDE TO WAIT.

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roup fitness classes are a fantastic way to exercise because you’re guided by an expert, plus the energy of the group keeps you motivated. However, because it’s something new that puts people outside their comfort zone, it’s common to feel apprehensive in the beginning. To help you gain confidence to try any type of group exercise

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class, consider these tips from three health club members. Comfort over style. “Trust me, no one cares what you’re wearing,” says Deb Kampe, a member at Life Time, which operates 122 destinations across the United States and in Canada. “If you want to wear gym shorts and a T-shirt, do it. Head-to-toe athleisure? Do it. A tutu? Do it. Just make sure you’re comfortable and

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safe. Don’t spend a fortune on the latest fitness clothing trends or labels. Expensive does not equal better.” Don’t be self-conscious. “It’s easy to assume everyone in class is fit, knows all the moves and is judging you. No one cares,” Kampe says. “Once the music starts and the instructor begins, all eyes are up front taking direction and being lifted into the moment.” Everyone was a newbie. “Everyone was a first-timer at some point, so they know how it feels,” says Dustin Meriwether, member at Life Time. “They’re not going to judge you for it, and many — hopefully all — will be willing to answer any questions and help in any other way.” Instructors want to assist. “All instructors –and other members– want to help you,” says Kelby Mezzenga,


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member at Life Time. “So just walk in and let the instructor know you are new or have a question. That welcoming feeling takes the edge off and chances are, you’ll have met a new friend.” Keep an open mind. “Group fitness classes are designed to challenge you and take you out of your comfort zone. You may be unfamiliar with the equipment you’ll use or how hard it might be, but I guarantee you will feel the burn,” Mezzenga says. Listen to your body. “You know your body best,” says Meriwether.

“If something doesn’t feel right or if you know you have problems with something, modify the workout correspondingly. People do that all the time and many instructors are good about suggesting such modifications.” Give it 100 percent. “You get out what you put in,” Meriwether says. “If you put in minimal effort, you can expect minimal results. But if you give it your all, you can expect some pretty fantastic fitness changes.” Bring water. Hydration is important, but you don’t need to worry about anything else. “Life Time has everything you’ll need for

any class, from yoga mats to towels,” says Mezzenga. Celebrate victories “During the cooldown and stretching segment of class, take a moment to celebrate your victory,” says Kampe. “Look around, everyone no matter what their age and ability will beseriously sweaty, all there with you sharing the same endorphins. Take that feeling with you and own it. Then look at the class schedule and commit to another one.” For more information about group fitness, visit www.lifetimefitness.com. (BPT) l

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Presenting the NEW YOU !

A SENIOR-FRIENDLY WORKOUT TO IMPROVE

Prevent Injury

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EXERCISE IS GOOD FOR EVERYONE, BUT SENIORS WITH MOBILITY OR BALANCE ISSUES MAY WONDER WHAT KIND OF EXERCISE THEY CAN DO THAT WILL BE SAFE, EASY AND EFFECTIVE.

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“Natural movement is universal, and it’s about bringing movement back to the basics,” says Bradly Prigge,

wellness exercise specialist with the Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Program. “It’s not about following the latest fitness craze or learning the newest secret to weight loss. Natural movement is about connecting with your body and cultivating an awareness of your full abilities.” Rather than engaging in strenuous activity for its own sake alone, natural movement training emphasizes improving the efficiency of practical movements which can include rising

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from a seated to a standing position, getting up off the floor, crawling, stepping under or over objects, and more. The objective, Prigge explains, is not just to improve health but also enhance how well you can perform each movement. Efficient movement can help with balance, inspire more healthful activity, and provide practical benefits in everyday life - all of which are especially valuable to seniors facing mobility or health challenges. “The practice and training of movement shouldn’t feel like a chore or something you have to do,” Prigge says. “Rather, it should empower and liberate you, and, as a result, enhance your life. Natural movement training can help improve your strength, mobility and conditioning, but they’re not the direct goal. Those improvements are the result of practicing and developing movement skills that are directly transferable to real world situations, like rising from a seated to a standing position, walking with

balance and confidence, and lifting a bag of groceries without injury.” Natural movement is for everyone because at its most basic level it incorporates movements that are instinctual to all humans. For example, a natural movement workout might include crawling on your hands and knees for 30 seconds to a few minutes, sitting on the floor and swiveling hips and knees to facilitate standing up, or balancing while walking across a beam. “I realized just how organic this type of exercise is after attending a natural movement training class,” Prigge says. “I came home and saw my 2-year-old daughter doing the same kind of moves I’d just learned in training, without anyone teaching her to do them.” Prigge offers some advice for making the most of your natural movement workout:

Pay attention to your movement and strive to develop awareness of your body’s sensations, and

how different movements feel. For example, where do you feel pressure and/or tension in your body when making a particular move? How does shifting your body weight or changing position alter those sensations?

Only perform movements and positions that your body allows without producing pain. Just as walking, sitting, standing and other everyday movements shouldn’t cause pain, your natural movement workout should also be pain-free.

It’s alright –and even advisable– to use your hands for support or raise your hips with bolsters or pillows until you develop greater mobility and strength.

Be kind to yourself and realize it is important to meet yourself where you currently are, rather than where you used to be or feel you should be. To learn more about natural living and the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, visit healthyliving. mayoclinic.org. (BPT) l

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WITH THE TAX SEASON APPROACHING, NOW IS THE TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT CREATING A STRATEGY TO HELP MAXIMIZE TAX REFUNDS IN THE YEAR AHEAD.

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rom the passage of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act to the increase in health insurance penalties, here are a few items to keep in mind before the IRS begins accepting tax returns.

1 Donating to charity, making an extra student loan payment or contributing to an IRA can lower your adjusted gross and taxable income. If you are a taxpayer that itemizes your deductions, donating to a qualified charity by Dec. 31 and saving the necessary documentation can lower your taxable income. Taxpayers can also deduct up to $2,500 of interest paid on their student loans each year, even if the payment is voluntary. For those contributing to their IRA,

taxpayers can deduct up to $5,000, and have until April 16, 2016 to make contributions.

2 Your health insurance penalty will increase if you are uninsured and do not sign up by Jan. 31. The per-person flat fee penalty for not having health insurance has increased more than 630 percent since it was first implemented in 2014. Taxpayers will now have to pay a penalty of $695 per uncovered adult, plus $347.50 per uncovered child up to a maximum of $2,085 or 2.5 percent of their household income over the filing threshold, whichever is greater. That means a family of four earning $60,000 would pay a penalty of more than $2,000. According to H&R Block’s estimates, taxpayers without insurance in 2015 paid an average penalty of $401. This was a 125 percent increase from 2014, when the average penalty was $178. There are some cases where an uninsured taxpayer may qualify for an exemption from the penalty, but the only way to completely avoid it in 2017 is to enroll and stay covered under a qualified insurance plan.

3 If you claim the earned income tax credit (EITC) or additional child tax credit (ACTC), your refund will be delayed until at least Feb. 15. The passage of the PATH Act now requires the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to hold the entire refund for returns claiming the EITC and ACTC until at least Feb. 15, depending on when the return is filed. The IRS estimates approximately one in five EITC payments are made through fraudulent filings or confusion due to the complexity in claiming the benefit. Employers are now required to send employee W-2s to the IRS by Jan. 31 to allow the IRS additional time to help prevent identity theft and fraud. The IRS will begin releasing funds on Feb. 15, but taxpayers may not see the funds deposited into their banking accounts immediately. This law could affect approximately up to 30 million taxpayers who claim these tax credits. If you are one of the 30 million taxpayers who claim these credits and are worried about a delayed refund, visit a local H&R Block professional to see how they might be able to help. For more information, visit hrblock.com/PATH. (BPT) l

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BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME? FOLLOW THIS

NEW YEAR’S PLAN TO GET FISCALLY FIT.

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s you picture the big moment –the one where you pull up to your dream home in your moving truck, sprint up and unlock your front door– you probably understand there’s something you need to do first. You need to get your finances in shape. Just like those who make resolutions to run a marathon, making this big investment starts with a plan. Runners know if they run a certain distance each day, it gets them closer to accomplishing their goal. “The same is true, in many ways, when it comes to buying a home,” says Eric Hamilton, president of Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance. “Before taking on a loan, many home buyers find they need to build their ‘financial muscles’ and establish ‘healthy’ money habits.” By following a few tips to reach financial fitness goals, you, too can achieve the goal of home ownership.

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Do Those Daily Sprints People who reach their fitness goals begin with a look at their current habits and then make a plan to replace them with better ones. The same is true for homebuyers. First, look at the spending choices you’ve been making, and review three to six months’ worth of bank statements. Consider what is necessary and what needs to cut back. The goal is to trim the fat in your budget so you can use the extra money to reduce your debt and increase your savings. Crunch Your Debt Take a look at your debts and consider the monthly payments you make. Are there any debts standing in the way of making a house payment affordable? Those are the ones you want to knock out with an accelerated payment plan, using the money you freed up by cutting back on unnecessary expenses. Try focusing on one debt at a time, paying close

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attention to the ones with the highest interest rates to pay off first. Beef Up Your Credit Score The good habits you exercise today will make all the difference on your interest rate later. Put in the extra work to raise your credit score. Your credit score pulls together many details from your past and current debts as well as other financial factors, and helps lenders determine your creditworthiness. Making the effort to raise your score is worthwhile because shaving off even onequarter of a percentage point from a mortgage loan can potentially save you thousands of dollars in interest over the life of a 30-year mortgage. A credit score factors your history of on-time payments, the amount you owe on your debts, the type of credit you have, the age of that debt and any recently opened new credit lines as well as other factors. You may be able to improve your score and get


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SO BUYING A NEW HOME TOPS YOUR LIST OF NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS.

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the lowest possible interest rate on a home loan if you follow these “reps” every month: pay all your bills on time, don’t close old credit card accounts and don’t open new lines of credit.

meet those smaller goals - following a budget, eliminating debt, raising your credit score, and saving for your down payment - you’re ready for the final push toward home ownership.

Vanderbilt is a Berkshire Hathaway national housing lender that has been in business for more than 40 years and has helped families just like yours find the right financing program.

Increase Your Intake of Savings Even when paying down debt, it’s still a good idea to start a small savings plan so you have some cash to fall back on if, say, you need to go to the doctor or get new tires for your car. Start by opening a savings account and set up automatic transfers each month. Even with $50 a month, you’ll have $600 in one year, which could bail you out of a number of small emergencies. Eventually, once your debts are paid off, you can divert those payments right into savings, which also can build your down payment for that new dream home

First, figure out how much home you can afford: look at home prices in your area, use an online loan calculator to estimate your payments, and go through your budget. Then gather up the financial documents you’ll need, including proof of employment, bank statements and tax statements. Finally, choose a lender that is right for you. Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. has many programs that can fit many kinds of buyers. Perhaps you’re getting your first mortgage, have perfect credit, and in some cases, lessthan-perfect credit. All loan programs are subject to credit approval and restrictions apply. Contact Vanderbilt for details. If you are interested in learning more about Vanderbilt, visit, http://www.vmfhomeloan.com.

“Following these habits can be challenging from a motivation standpoint,” Hamilton says. “It takes patience, but once you’ve followed the steps to get financially healthy, it is a very rewarding experience.”

Prepare For the Big Event All these steps lead to one main event: buying a home. Once you

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aking consistently good food choices can set your family on the road to good health,” says Marlene Schmidt, registered dietitian for Nestlé’s Nutrition, Health and Wellness Center of Excellence. “Besides helping you stay healthy, a nutritious diet can support growth, strengthen immune systems and boost energy levels.” Make good nutrition a family affair: Resolve to make healthy changes together. These tips will start every member of the family on a new course of good nutrition in 2017. Infant and Toddler Foods A lifetime of wellness begins with good eating habits during pregnancy and nutritious choices for your baby. Breast milk is the ideal food for infants. Experts recommend exclusive breastfeeding for your baby’s first six months, followed by continued breastfeeding for as long as possible after introduction of first foods.

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NURTURING AND NOURISHING A FAMILY GO HAND-IN-HAND. IF YOU’RE READY TO RALLY YOUR FAMILY AROUND BETTER NUTRITION, NOW’S THE TIME TO GET A HEALTHY JUMP ON THE NEW YEAR. Your pediatrician can help determine when your baby is ready to try solid foods. Feeding iron-fortified infant cereal is a great way to help meet your baby’s iron needs. Add fruits and veggies one at a time, and ensure foods are the right size and texture to match your baby’s development, starting with pureed foods and working your way to small, soft bits. Offering a variety of nutritious foods will help your baby experience different tastes and flavors. Get Kids in the Kitchen If you’re a parent, you’re being watched, so make sure your child sees you eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains - and fewer sugary, fatty or salty foods.

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Plan to eat meals together. Shared mealtime is a great chance to reconnect as a family, and to engage your children in fun explorations of what it means to be healthy. Invite kids to help you grocery shop, plan meals and cook. They’ll learn important lifelong skills. One study found that children who help prepare meals eat more vegetables than those who don’t participate. Can’t get kids to try new foods? Don’t give up. Research shows young children may need to try a new veggie up to 10 times before they learn to like it. Stock up for Teens Good nutrition is crucial during the teen years, but it

can be a challenge. Teenagers are developing their own food preferences. Make healthy eating easy for them. Stock up on simple, appealing foods - from cut-up fruits and veggies to smoothies, whole grain wraps, soups and sandwiches. For a satisfying and teen-approved beverage that provides a protein punch, opt for chocolate milk, which offers nine essential nutrients, including vitamin D, calcium and potassium. While their nutritional needs are increasing, teenagers are facing new emotional challenges that can cause them to overeat, skip meals or diet. Watch for unhealthy eating patterns and be sensitive to bodyimage concerns.

Grow Up, Not Out By middle age, our metabolism begins to slow. We need fewer calories, but it’s hard to break old habits. That’s where mindful eating can help. Set the table, turn off your devices and savor every bite. You’ll feel more satisfied after meals and be less tempted to snack. Moderate your alcohol intake, and don’t forget your water bottle. If your serving sizes have expanded over the years, now’s the time to seek some portion pointers, too. When Older, Make Wiser Food Choices Whether from changing tastes, dental problems, medication or illness, people often lose their appetites as they grow older. But good nutrition remains essential for older adults. And it’s never too late to make positive changes. If you or an older family member can’t shop often enough to buy fresh produce, order your groceries online, or buy frozen and canned fruits and vegetables. Read labels to avoid extra sugar or sodium, and remember to drink plenty of water. If weight loss becomes a problem, consider a liquid supplement or meal replacement beverage for a tasty way to fill nutrient, calorie and protein gaps. The approach of a new year is a great time to hit the reset button. Resolve to replace old habits with healthier ones in 2017. And do it together. (BPT) l

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VARIDESK STANDING DESK A SMART WELLNESS SOLUTION

THE PITFALLS OF SITTING TOO MUCH HAVE BEEN WELL-PROVEN, WITH THE GRAVELY SERIOUS RISKS RANGING FROM MEDICAL CONDITIONS LIKE DIABETES, HEART DISEASE AND OBESITY TO INCREASED MORTALITY RATES.

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rolonged sedentary time is also associated with a host of other adverse issues, including weight gain, neck and back pain and even anxiety. It’s no wonder that standing desks have become an increasingly popular way to combat these concerns.

School of Public Health found that stand-capable workstations did substantially improve worker productivity. Over the study’s sixmonth period, average worker productivity increased a full 46% over those with traditional, seated desk configurations.

Even beyond mitigating actual health problems that can manifest from too much seat time, yet more research reveals that standing desks can give workers –and companies at large– an advantage by boosting productivity. In fact, one recent study by Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center

Given my penchant for physical fitness and maximized output during office hours, coupled with my own fair share of chronic back pain, I jumped at the chance to test out the “Pro Plus 36” standing desk from VARIDESK, which makes various active office products all designed to counter the sedentary lifestyle.

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kWRITTEN BY MERILEE KERN, ‘THE LUXE LIST’ EXECUTIVE EDITOR I found this model of particular interest since its 36” width can accommodate dual-monitor setups or larger workspace needs thanks to a two-tiered design. The upper surface holds one or two displays, while a separate lower keyboard/ mouse deck provides ample room for tech basics and accessories. When my package arrived, I was thrilled to see that the unit came out of the box fully assembled, ready to be placed right on top of my existing desk. The engineering also proved to be marvelous, with the company’s patented, spring-assisted lift mechanism allowing the device to be easily and smoothly raised and lowered in mere seconds to the desired height amid the 11 settings that are available. Also notable is that you don’t need to move or rearrange any devices or components when


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raising or lowering the VARIDESK. It all just moves with the system. Impressively sturdy, this apparatus can stably hold up to 35 pounds even when extended to its full height. Within minutes my workspace was transformed, giving me the

freedom to work either standing or sitting - and to alternate between these two options with abandon. While working while standing can admittedly take some getting used to, the allure of increased energy, focus and proficiency; more calories burned; fewer body

aches and pains and even a longer life span make this standing desk innovation one well worth the nominal $395 investment. In all, VARIDESK is a sound all-in-one way to work smarter, be healthier and perform at peak levels. l

***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided at no cost and/or sponsored to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***

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LESSONS FOR EVERYDAY ATHLETES FROM

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BECOMING AN U.S. OLYMPIC ATHLETE REQUIRES AN EXTRAORDINARY COMBINATION OF TALENT AND PERSEVERANCE, BUT THERE ARE LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM THESE COMPETITORS THAT CAN HELP PROPEL EVERYDAY ATHLETES TO REACH THE TOP OF THEIR GAME.

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mong the 2016 Team USA roster, there were countless stories of triumph such as that of U.S. Olympic gymnast Danell Leyva, who was named an alternate for Team USA before stepping in for an injured teammate. Leyva ultimately competed and went on to bring home two silver medals in the parallel bars and horizontal bar individual events during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

with training, practice and more practice to become the very best in their sport. For an everyday athlete, that may not mean dedicating hours each day to the cause, but it does mean making a serious commitment to bettering your game.

Leyva knows what it takes to build a champion: a lifetime of determination and training, countless competitions and years of fueling his body with the right foods and beverages, like milk, which is packed with nine essential nutrients, including 8 grams of natural protein in each 8-ounce serving.

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Be prepared to overcome adversity. Elite athletes often find their road to the top scattered with bumps. Leyva is no exception; the alternate spot was a step away from the place on the Team USA roster he coveted. Sticking with his training and keeping his focus ensured he was ready to step up when the time came.

Even if your own athletic aspirations keep you closer to home, adopting the right mindset will help propel you to new heights in your athletic endeavors.

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Define your goals. In order to reach that pinnacle of success, you must know exactly what your end goal will be. Put it on paper and display it prominently so you are constantly reminded of the finish line. If you find yourself weary along the way, refocus your attention on the sense of victory that will come when you finally achieve success.

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to win. A well-rounded and healthy diet is essential for any athlete, but ultimately it’s the right mix of nutrients that help them reach their peak. That includes protein, like the high-quality,

natural protein in milk. In fact, U.S. Olympic Training Centers, where athletes are training at the highest level, serve tens of thousands of gallons of milk every year and nine out of ten U.S Olympians said they drank milk while growing up.* “Ever since I was young, I’ve always had milk in the morning,” Leyva said. “It’s an easy way to get protein and nutrients to help fuel my training, whether I am at home or at an international competition.”

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Surround yourself with supporters. Very few successes in life are achieved alone. Create a team of supporters who motivate you to be your very best. This may include coaches and trainers, but also family members and friends who cheer you along your path to victory. To learn more about the Milk Life campaign and watch exclusive behindthe-scenes videos of Team USA athletes, visit milklife.com/teamusa. l *Nine out of ten finding based on 675 responses received from survey invitations sent to U.S. Olympians. (Family Features)

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aking safe habits part of your healthy lifestyle can help ensure you’re able to enjoy the results of your efforts. Warm up your workout. Exercise and physical activity are essential to a healthy lifestyle, but failing to approach your workouts with the proper warmup and know-how can really backfire. According to the experts at WebMD, a warmup is important because it gets blood circulating and eases muscles into more vigorous activity, getting them loose, warm and ready for the challenge.

MOST PEOPLE RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE WHEN IT COMES TO PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING, BUT YOU MAY NOT REALIZE THAT SOME HEALTHRELATED ACTIVITIES CAN POSE A SAFETY RISK IF YOU DON’T TAKE PROPER PRECAUTIONS.

Know that technique matters. Another potential safety pitfall when it comes to working out is improperly using weight machines or employing improper technique for activities like yoga or core training. Failing to execute your exercises correctly can not only produce sub-par results, you may actually end up hurting yourself by causing a sprain or other injury. Even if you tend to be a loner when it comes to working out, enlist the expertise of a trainer or coach who can show you the ropes before you set out solo. Exercise caution outdoors. A few hours spent in the great outdoors can leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated; fresh air is good for your body and your spirit. However, spen-

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ding too much time soaking up the sun can have a detrimental impact on your health – overexposure to UV rays is a major risk factor for developing skin cancer. Exposure to the elements, such as strong winds or harsh cold, can also take a toll on your body. The American Melanoma Foundation recommends lathering up with a sunscreen that has a Skin Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 any time you’ll be outdoors for more than 20 minutes. Even winter conditions pose a threat to bare skin, as snow can actually reflect UV radiation. Be wary of expiration dates. Most people at least periodically use prescription drugs or over-thecounter medicines as part of their commitment to staying healthy. However, for people who rarely use medicines, their cabinets may be filled with potentially dangerous, expired medications. According to the FDA, both prescriptions and over-the-counter meds can lose their effectiveness over time and even become unsafe. Especially concerning are the medicines that can change chemical composition or become a breeding ground for bacteria over an extended period of time. That’s why it’s important to properly discard medicines after their expiration dates have passed. Make reasonable eating choices. With countless diet options available, it may seem impossible to know which is most likely to help you achieve your desired results. When evaluating eating plans, be careful to avoid diets that are excessively

restrictive, as these can have a serious impact on bodily organs that rely on nutrients to function. Also be wary of diets that recommend cutting entire food groups; a balanced diet with moderate portion sizes is the best approach for delivering your body the nutrition it needs for top performance. Committing to healthier living is an important step, so be sure you can reap the rewards by making your journey to better health a safe one. Find more tips for living a healthy lifestyle at elivingtoday.com. Contact Lens Safety Tips With nearly 41 million adults in the U.S. wearing contact lenses as a safe and popular form of vision correction, there is a growing trend among Americans to alter the appearance or color of the eyes by using decorative contact lenses. However, if these lenses are bought illegally and without a prescription from your eye doctor, they could lead to serious health issues and potentially damage your eyesight permanently. “Many consumers consider these lenses a fashion or costume accessory when, in reality, decorative lenses are also classified as medical devices and still pose the same potential safety and health issues as corrective contact lenses and require a prescription,” said Andrea P. Thau, O.D., president of the American Optometric Association (AOA). The AOA recommends contact lens wearers take proper steps to protect their eyes and maintain a consistent hygiene routine, including:

See a doctor of optometry for a comprehensive eye examination and proper fitting and prescription for decorative contacts lenses, even if you don’t require lenses to correct your vision. Never buy lenses from retail outlets or online sites that don’t require a prescription. Always follow the recommended contact lens replacement schedule prescribed by your eye doctor. Wash and dry hands before handling contact lenses. Carefully and regularly use cleaning solution to rub the lenses with fingers and rinse thoroughly before soaking overnight in multi-purpose disinfectant solution. Use fresh solution to clean and store contact lenses – never reuse old solution. Only use products recommended by your eye doctor to clean and disinfect lenses. Saline solution and rewetting drops do not disinfect lenses. Store lenses in the proper storage case and replace your case every three months. In addition, cases should be rubbed with clean fingers, rinsed with solution, dried with a tissue and stored upside-down when not in use. Remove contact lenses before exposing them to water.

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See your optometrist immediately if you experience redness, pain, irritation or blurred vision while wearing your lenses. For more information about contact lens hygiene and safety, the risks associated with decorative contact lenses and to find an optometrist near you, visit aoa.org. (Family Features) l

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HOME DECOR: THE HOTTEST COLORS OF 2017

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One of the most notable trends of the year is the transition of neutrals from monochrome gray to warmer hues, including complex taupe, beige, khaki and brown colors. These warmer tones create an inviting feeling, and while grays will continue to be popular, look for hybrid hues that blend the best of gray with warmer undertones for colors that are unique, yet familiar. The perfect example of this trend is Poised Taupe (SW 6039), the Sherwin-Williams 2017 Color of the Year. Earthen brown combines with conservative gray resulting in a weathered, woodsy and complex neutral that fits well in virtually any room. “Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of brown, taking a color to an entirely new level,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “Not cool or warm, nor gray or brown, Poised Taupe brings a sense of coziness and harmony that people are seeking.”

Poised Taupe. This contemporary organic look is perfectly reimagined for the modern world with just the right amount of visual appeal. Cornflower Hues Wine and Taupe Saturated color pairings that evoke deep moods are gaining popularity. Taking cues from baroque and romanticism designs, the Sherwin-Williams Noir palette is rich with colors that are reminiscent of vine-ripe fruits, dramatic wine colors and deep blues. Balance this mysterious palette with a neutral like Poised Taupe and you’ll have a look that is unexpected and gorgeous.

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If you’re looking to refresh your space with this new color trend, there are countless opportunities. Here are four stunning home decor themes using this up-and-coming color:

creates a charming palette ideal for French countryside aesthetics. This fun twist on a classic is sure to produce timeless results in the kitchen or living spaces.

Cornflower Hues With its cool-yet-warm vibe, Poised Taupe is an ideal complement to cornflower hues. For example, when paired with the faded indigo of Stardew (SW 9138), it

Organic Fe-Imagined Create an updated nature-inspired palette in your home with citrus green, weathered bronze, mustard yellow and light, cool-toned blue paired with earthy neutrals like

Yellow Pop Gray tones always provide a clean, modern base, but contrasting these hues with vivid colors allows you to transform any room into a contemporary paradise. Try using the deep teal of Marea Baja (SW 9185) and sunny hued Bee (SW 6683) alongside Poised Taupe to create a graphic look perfect for the office or kids rooms. Ready to make this the year you update your house with fresh designs and stunning colors? To learn more about top trends for 2017, visit www.sherwin-williams.com. (BPT)l

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WHETHER YOU’RE GEARING UP FOR AWARDS SEASON OR SPENDING AN EVENING CATCHING UP ON YOUR FAVORITE TV DRAMA, THERE ARE PLENTY OF SMALL SCREEN EVENTS THAT PROVIDE THE PERFECT BACKDROP FOR A WATCH PARTY.

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Use themed decor to set the stage. If you’re watching an awards show, go big on blingy accents and metallic tones that mimic the glimmering trophies. Golden-hued serving bowls and plastic cutlery help carry the theme into your kitchen. For an extra special touch to help capture memories of the celebration, create a red-carpet photo booth and snap photos of your VIP guests as they arrive. Provide ample comfy seating. You don’t have to have an elaborate theater-style media room to create a comfortable viewing experience. Just be sure you have a spot for everyone, even if you rely on pillows on the floor. Plan a menu that reflects the occasion. Since no party is complete without a delicious food spread, create finger foods that fit the theme of your viewing party.An iconic

option like microwave popcorn is sure to be a crowd-pleaser because of its delicious flavor and versatility. Whether you create an enticing popcorn station with fun mix-ins or prepare mouthwatering snacks like festive Mini Popcorn Balls with Chocolate Fondue, microwave popcorn is always a party pleaser. Use a high-quality gourmet popcorn, such as Orville Redenbacher’s, which is the only leading brand that uses real butter. From buttery to sweet and savory, all varieties feature non-GMO, 100 percent whole-grain kernels that pop up lighter and fluffier than ordinary popcorn. Pop onto orville.com to find more recipes for your watch party, or look for Orville Redenbacher’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Mini Popcorn Balls with Chocolate ‘Fondue’ Prep time: 25 minutes Servings: 12 -1 bag Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop! 94 Percent Fat-Free Butter Microwave Popcorn - Nonstick cooking spray - 1/4 cup stick butter or margarine (1/4 cup = 1/2 stick) - 1 package (10 ounces) marshmallows - 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract - 1 1/2 cups light chocolate syrup colored candy sprinkles (optional) Prepare popcorn according to package directions. Remove all unpopped kernels. Spray large bowl with nonstick spray; add popped corn. In medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add marshmallows and vanilla. Heat 5 minutes, or until marshmallows melt, stirring frequently. Pour over popcorn; mix well with spoon sprayed with cooking spray. Moisten hands with water before shaping popcorn mixture into 24 small balls, about 1/3-cup popcorn mixture each. In small saucepan, heat chocolate syrup over medium heat 5 minutes, or until warm, stirring occasionally. Transfer to small, fondue-style pot. Use wooden skewers or fondue forks to pick up popcorn balls and dip into chocolate and sprinkles, if desired. (Family Features) l

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GUILLERMO ZAPATA IS THE FOUNDER OF THE POPULAR WEST HOLLYWOOD HOTSPOT, SUR RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE. ORIGINALLY FROM ARGENTINA, KEEN ON A CAREER IN ACTING AND MODELING, HE PUT THOSE DREAMS ON HOLD WHEN AN OPPORTUNITY AROSE TO INVEST IN A SMALL DISCREET SPACE ON THE CORNER OF MELROSE AVE AND ROBERTSON BLVD IN WEST HOLLYWOOD. JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2017

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uillermo renovated the space into a restaurant called SUR Restaurant and Lounge (Sexy Unique Restaurant). For over a decade, SUR has been one of the “go to” restaurants for celebrities like Al Pacino, Madonna and Sylvester Stallone. In 2005 Guillermo’s SUR caught the eyes of restaurant entrepreneurs, and now reality TV stars, Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd. They lent their design expertise to help rebrand SUR; however, Guillermo remains the force behind the restaurant which features “upscale global cuisine”. Guillermo’s experience and daily presence keeps the restaurant successful.

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A job search landed him a position as a dish washer at Café Luna, a well-respected restaurant at the time. While most people would find it difficult to go from a well-known and well-respected actor to dish washer, Guillermo jumped at the opportunity; a testament to his humble and gracious attitude. He was relentless in his goal to learn English, and to hasten success in this regard, put his acting and modeling career on hold. Over the span of five years, he worked his way up to the position of restaurant manager.His matchless work ethic was noticed by leaders in the industry and eventually he was approached with other excelling opportunities.

Guillermo is Ever The Entrepreneur After nearly twenty years and four expansions, SUR is more than 10,000 square feet with three bars, and is known as the trendiest eatery in West Hollywood, having won the Creative Business Award from the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Creative City Awards in 2012. With all of the success and accolades Zapata has accumulated, it’s not so easy to summarize the qualities which make him InFluential, but we’ll try.

Where it all Began Guillermo was born in Buenos Aries, Argentina. While in his native Buenos Aries, he worked successfully as a model and quickly became a well-known actor. In fact, acting runs in his blood. Guillermo shares, “My father, Rodolfo Zapata, is a very renowned singer and comedian in Argentina. I grew up on stage with him. Being a show man . . . runs in my blood”. He earned a degree from the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Argentina. In 1992 Guillermo traveled from Buenos Aires to vacation in Los Angeles, California. While experiencing the vibrant scene and noting abundant opportunities, Guillermo realized Los Angeles was where he was destined to be. Never mind he had very little money and only had knowledge of a small list of English words in his vocabulary. When Guillermo made the decision to remain in the U.S., he left everything, including family and work, to start a new life. Armed with staying power and plenty of dreams and aspirations, he had much he wanted to fulfill.

One such opportunity presented to Guillermo was becoming an investor in SUR. After many years of hard work and major expansions, SUR Restaurant and Lounge is the dining mecca it is today. SUR offers guests friendly, attentive service and sumptuous international cuisine for a truly unique dining experience. Low lighting, candles, crisp white linen, and fresh cut flowers give an intimate touch. SUR has comfy indoor dining, a romantic patio and a chic private room. Guillermo met Nathalie, his French wife, in the restaurant in 2001. She left her Parisian life behind, where she worked as a successful communication director, to help her husband continue SUR’s success. In 2005, Guillermo and Nathalie joined forces with Lisa Vanderpump Todd and Ken Todd, a British couple who own a number of restaurants and bars in London, all designed by Lisa. This combination of international expertise has led to a restaurant that is on the cutting edge of style and cuisine, a fresh take on exquisite South-European dining. In 2012, Guillermo and his partners were approached by Bravo TV about doing a reality show based on SUR and their employees. This show, Vanderpump Rules, is one of the most popular shows on Bravo’s network. Guillermo starred in the first season of the show before taking a step back to focus on his family and his other career interests. Zapata and his wife are perfectly content being behind JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2017

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the scenes. Nathalie explains, “I like to keep Guillermo as a father, as a husband and as an entrepreneur”. What advice would Guillermo give an aspiring restaurateur? He says, “One of the keys is to find a great location and start small with mostly words of mouth communication. Success doesn’t come overnight so you need to stay motivated and consistent with your work. Each customer walking into your venue needs to feel like a guest in your own home”.

Success and Beyond Being successful should not compromise one’s work life balance and Guillermo strives to maintain a healthy balance between personal and professional lives. He gives credit to Nathalie, whose presence in the office helps him focus on the “daytime”. She’s the force that keeps him working constantly to improve his craft while not compromising other important aspects of life. “I will keep my strong daily exercise routine to keep myself mentally and physically healthy. Without Health there’s not much you can do.” In addition to his supportive wife, Guillermo is most proud of his two beautiful daughters Miarose and Loulou. Like him they’re both SAG members, and they are doing great in school and remain well-grounded. What is an ideal day at the Zapata home? Guillermo says, “Cooking a Sunday Argentinian style BBQ with my family and friends, and playing Ping-Pong with my two daughters”. Always looking for new and challenging projects, Guillermo made his producer debut in 2013 with the short film Tango Amargo in which he also acted in the lead role. He will be executive producing and starring in the upcoming film, Cat’s Revenge, with actors Danny Trejo and Lucila Sola. Stay tuned for a new concept of web series being developed where he will contribute as producer. No doubt about it, Guillermo Zapata is accomplished and there are no plans to slow down. What’s his formula for success? Work Hard! Play Hard! And, make your dreams happen! l

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DO YOU DREAM OF GETTING AWAY FROM THE STRESS OF YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE? ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A WAY TO RECONNECT WITH LOVED ONES? DO THE WINTER BLUES HAVE YOU DREAMING OF WARM SUNNY DAYS?

ounds like you’re in need of a vacation.Planning a vacation gives you something to look forward to in the new year. What’s more, studies show planning a vacation is one the best parts of the travel experience. It can boost your mood for weeks leading up to the big trip. From researching exciting destinations, booking accommodations and counting down the days until you leave, travel can get your 2017 off to the right start, or be the perfect gift for the holidays. Here are four tips to make the trip perfect:

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1 Get away to disconnect When planning a vacation, select a location where you can truly disconnect from your job and home responsibilities. For example, with 60 miles of coastline open for relaxation and fun, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a wonderful destination that’s an easy drive or flight from virtually anywhere in the United States. Once you arrive, make sure your out-of-office email is set and resist the urge to check social media. Now’s the time to focus on you and your loved ones.

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2 Get away to reconnect AAA reports two out of three people say quality time with loved ones is the most important part of a vacation. In addition to selecting a great location, strive to find comfortable and convenient accommodations. Condotels, multibedroom hotel units and beach homes, are all wonderful options to bring your family and friends closer together. Plus, the extra amenities (like full kitchens) are sure to make your stay that much more relaxing.

3 Get away to build memories A whopping 91 percent of people say their favorite memory is a vacation, according to Expedia. com research. To set the stage for massive memory-making, select a location with something for


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everyone. There’s more than just the gorgeous shoreline at Myrtle Beach. Feel like a mermaid when you visit Ripley’s Aquarium. Learn the wonders of science and the imagination at WonderWorks. Travel back in history by exploring Hopsewee Plantation and LW Paul Living History Farm. Finally, indulge the palate by visiting a variety of eateries along Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. Learn more at VisitMyrtleBeach.com.

4 Get away to try something new Trying an activity you’ve never done before is guaranteed to give you and your family memories to last a lifetime. Do some research about the destination you’ve selected and sign up for activities in advance to ensure you get the most convenient times. Whether it’s crabbing off a pier, kayaking pristine back-rivers or taking a hot air balloon ride, doing a unique activity is something you’ll always remember (plus you’ll get a story that is sure to make everyone jealous back home). Stop dreaming and start planning - that unused PTO is full of possibilities. Whether a gift or a family trip next year, let these ideas guide you to the vacation of a lifetime. (BPT) l

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The Nile River spills over Murchison Falls in Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area.

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IF YOU LOVE TO TRAVEL, CHANCES ARE YOU HAVE A BUCKET LIST FILLED WITH ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME DESTINATIONS YOU SIMPLY CANNOT WAIT TO VISIT, WHETHER YOU DREAM OF EXPLORING THE HOMELAND OF YOUR ANCESTORS, CITIES RENOWNED FOR THEIR CULINARY FEATS, OR A PLACE KNOWN FOR ITS WILDLIFE.

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3. Catch a glimpse of the southern white rhino at Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch Ziwa Rhino andWildlife Ranch is home to 15 southern white rhinoceroses and is the only place in Uganda to see this majestic creature. The ranch, a collaborative effort between the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Rhino Fund Uganda, serves as a sanctuary where the animals can live and breed in a protected environment. In addition to the rhinos, more than 40 species of mammals, reptiles, and birds call Ziwa home. Those who visit leave invigorated by the power of conservation and the work the ranch is doing to protect its residents for generations to come.

f you love to travel, chances are you have a bucket list filled with once-in-a-lifetime destinations you simply cannot wait to visit, whether you dream of exploring the homeland of your ancestors, cities renowned for their culinary feats, or a place known for its wildlife.

1. You can get up close and

personal with mountain gorillas and chimpanzees Uganda is home to more than half the world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas, and trekking to see these majestic creatures in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a top bucket list item for nature enthusiasts. The country is also a prime location for those hoping to catch sight of chimpanzees, as Budongo Forest Reserve is home to 700 of these playful primates, including three groups that have been habituated and can be visited by humans.

2. See it all at Murchison Falls

National Park You can see it all at Murchison Falls National Park, which is a four-hour drive northwest of the capital city of Kampala. Bisected by the Nile River, Murchison Falls boasts 76 species of mammals and 451 species of birds. The park is home to iconic African game such as elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes and giraffes, as well as river-loving animals like crocodiles and hippopotamuses. The dramatic falls, created by a remnant rift that plunges water 150 feet down the valley wall, provide a picture perfect photo opportunity.

Mountain Gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the world’s top wildlife experiences.

4. Queen Elizabeth National Park is for the birds, and you Bird is the word at Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwestern Uganda, where 600 different species of birds can be found - more than

any other park on the eastern half of the continent. Here, you will have a chance to see some of Africa’s most sensational birds such as the Shoebill, African Broadbill, Martial Eagle, Blackrumped Buttonquail, African Skimmer and Pink-backed Pelican.

5. Seize the opportunity to enjoy authentic, immersive cultural experiences Uganda is home to more than 50 distinct tribes, and meeting individuals from any of them offers a unique opportunity to experience their way of life and make lasting personal connections. Join the Batwa Experience for a glimpse into the living history of a tribe that once called Uganda’s forests home. You can also learn the art of basket weaving or beekeeping from communities across Uganda who use these arts to sustain their villages. A number of lodges connect travelers directly to these local communities, providing the chance to experience unique cultural performances of dance, music and song that will leave a lasting impression on your heart and soul. Uganda is often referred to as “The Pearl of Africa,” and those who visit quickly understand why. Some of the continent’s most diverse wildlife viewing, dramatic landscapes, and mesmerizing cultural interactions await adventurous travelers, and there is no better time to plan a visit than right now. To get started, head to www.visituganda.com and begin preparing for the African adventure of a lifetime. l

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to experience the people, places and culture that make up the Jiangsu province present day. Visitors also enjoy the ease of transportation: An international airport and two train stations connect Nanjing to China’s major cities including Shanghai and Beijing, 90 minutes and 3.5 hours by bullet train, respectively.

The city of 8 million offers access to a wide range of awe-inspiring ancient sites along with multiple opportunities

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Historic sites Among the most historically and architecturally significant are two mausoleums enshrining former Chinese leaders: the Ming Dynasty-era Xiaoling Tomb and Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum, honoring the founder of modern China. Also compelling is the Presidential Palace, built in Neoclassical style in 1864 and transformed into the China Modern History Museum in 1980. Visitors are often inspired by the 600-year-old City Wall of Nanjing, built by 200,000 laborers over a 21-year period to ward off invaders. The structure encloses 55 square kilometers and is among the largest walls ever constructed in Chinese history.

Cultural landmarks A must-see for many tourists is the Confucius Temple Scenic Area. Tour the temple, visit former homes of historic figures then board the Qinhuai river sightseeing cruise while you learn about Nanjing’s history and take in performances along the river’s banks. Visit the opulent subterranean Buddhist palace and two different temples at the 197-acre Niushoushan Cultural Park, an ode to Buddhist beliefs built on a sacred site just outside the city. Don’t miss the Grand Bao’en Temple, a reproduction of a Ming Dynasty pagoda considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval Age.

Natural attractions A popular choice is Xuanwu Lake Park, which features five islands interconnected by arched bridges and miles of enjoyable walkways. Within the park are temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens, teahouses, restaurants, entertainment venues, a small zoo and other attractions. Elsewhere, choose to walk Qixia Mountain, known for its beautiful foliage in the autumn months, crystal clear springs and multiple scenic spots, or relax at Tangshan Hot Springs, open to both day trippers and local resort guests.

Ready to start planning your Nanjing adventure? Visit gotonanjing.com for more information. (BPT) l

Festivals Mingle with thousands of locals and tourists alike while celebrating the city’s culturally rich traditions. Nanjing will kick off 2017 with New Year’s Eve Bell Ringing Ceremonies throughout the city. Other festivities include the Qinhuai International Lantern Festival (early January), the International Plum Blossom Festival (mid-February through March); the Rain Flower Stone Festival (September) and the Gaochun County Hairy Crab Festival (September through November). While sampling vendors’ offerings at such events, be sure to partake of Nanjing’s culinary specialty duck, deliciously served up in myriad soups, appetizers, main courses, pastries, snacks and dim sum. The city’s claim to fame: The tender, fragrant and often crispy salted duck first popularized during the Qing Dynasty.

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games in the new year. So whether you’re just getting into the hobby or you’re a veteran gamer looking to level up, here are the top five things to look for in video gaming in 2017.

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lar characters in gaming will make new appearances in 2017. Gamers will have the opportunity to start a new investigation as Blake Langermann in Outlast 2, go to war as a heroic Spartan in Halo Wars 2 or join the kids of South Park in South Park The Fractured But Whole. Whichever you choose, you’re sure to have a great time with some old friends.

opportunities to experience it will increase in 2017. Existing technology will only continue to grow and develop in the next year, providing gamers with more options. In 2016, most virtual reality systems for PC were quite expensive. Moving into the holiday season and 2017 however, consumers can own a virtual reality-ready PC for under $500. Improved desktop options. On the tail of virtual reality’s popularity, Microsoft and their partners are unveiling several new Windows 10 personal computers up to the task. The ASUS ROG 752VL will carry updated specs in 2017, and it’s already virtual reality ready. The same can be said for the CyberPowerPC Syber M Series, which offers the perfect balance between price and performance. Finally, for gamers on the go, the Razer Blade Signature Edition Gaming Laptop lets you take your favorite games with you wherever you’re headed in style. The revival of augmented reality. While virtual reality seeks to create an entire artificial world digitally, augmented reality brings pieces of digital creation into the real world. The year 2016 was dominated by people traversing parks and paths playing with the power of augmented reality on their phones. While that particular craze has died down, other companies have taken notice. Expect more augmented reality options to appear in 2017 with

new missions and popular characters joining the action. All of it will focus on helping people bring their favorite games into the real world through innovative new technology on PCs and mobile devices. Increased gaming flexibility. The new year will mark more ways to game on your own terms. Microsoft’s Xbox App allows you to edit and share epic gaming moments with your Xbox Live friends and Xbox Play Anywhere makes it possible to purchase any digital game and play it on your Xbox One or your Windows 10 PC. Best of all, there’s no messy file transfers because all of your saves, game add-ons and achievements automatically come with you so you won’t miss a step.

The year 2017 is a great year to be a gamer. The games are better than ever and new technology is making for a streamlined experience where you can game when you want, where you want. So don’t delay, pick up your control and play today because the 2017 games will be here soon, and you don’t have time to hit the pause button. To learn more about Xbox games and Windows 10 devices, visit your nearest Microsoft Store, microsoftstore.com or a partner retailer. (BPT) l

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e can blame a lot of our relationship woes on today’s tech –it’s true– but when technology’s power is harnessed the right way, it can actually become the very thing that saves us from love’s most common pitfalls. So before powering down all of your electronics, consider the following three scenarios where

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document for hours and the program crashes. Or, when the printer isn’t printing. Or, when you can’t access the baby pictures that you’re trying to show to your grandma. The urge to pick up the computer/phone/ tablet and throw it against the wall becomes a dark force within you. Your tech-savvy partner is out for the


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IT’S A COMMON REFRAIN: TECHNOLOGY IS KILLING OUR RELATIONSHIPS. COUPLES HAVE SWAPPED DATE NIGHT FOR NETFLIX BINGING. THEY CANDY CRUSH THEIR WAY THROUGH AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION. THEY’VE REPLACED LONG WALKS ON THE BEACH WITH AN ALL-OUT FACEBOOK INVESTIGATION INTO THEIR FRIEND’S CUTE NEW PUPPY. whole day and now the dog is even starting to judge you. So what do you do? You call your partner - wherever he or she may be - and rant about the problem. If you’ve been on the receiving end of one of these calls, you know how they all end. The few troubleshooting suggestions you can rationally muster without being able to see the problem at hand are all met with an “It’s still not working!” The frustration flows on both sides of the call with no resolution in sight. But by adding a “remote control” application into the mix you can now virtually (and safely) access a computer

and solve any problems from anywhere with an internet connection. A number of companies produce this kind of software. TeamViewer offers a free version for personal use and their latest version has improved security features and, for the first time ever, offers mobile-to-mobile remote control so you can even help your loved one with their phone faux pas. 2. You’ve left the tickets to the big show at home. It has happened to all of us. You’re finally at the check-in for the soldout Beyoncé concert - where Jay Z is expected to make an on-stage appearance - and where he will rapbattle with a hologram of himself. The security guard calls for “tickets, please!” You reach into your pockets, and your heart drops as the realization sets in: the tickets have been left at home, saved on the computer. You start calculating the damage - both emotional and fiscal. Your partner begins to glow red with rage. But you need not fret! Remote control software lets you log in to

your home computer, even when it’s unattended, from your phone, your partner’s phone or that tablet in your carry-on. It’s the perfect opportunity to prevent such a moment from spiraling into an all-out “incident” that will be held against you for years to come. For added bonus points, use your smartphone’s built-in personal assistant and ask her to remind you to bring the tickets before you ever leave the house. Admitting you’re forgetful is the first step. Stepping up your tech savviness is the second. 3. That special getaway you’ve planned is about to be ruined by work One of the quickest buzzkills to any vacation is the unexpected work assignment from the boss or client who doesn’t care that this is the first time you and your partner are getting away together –without the kids/ dogs/cats/ferrets– in over a year. Enter virtual meeting applications. They let you present documents, share files and even speak to your attendees all through the app with no need to long distance dial-in. You can tell your boss you’ll handle the presentation and still plan that special vacation without worrying that a big project might flare up. And your partner can still take in all the R&R she or he has been longing for. You see? With a little help from technology, you can bring out the relationship champ you always knew was within you. (BPT) l

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amar didn’t know where to turn when she discovered a life-altering medication was going to cost $700 a month. It was unimaginable to think a simple prescription could cost so much money. With a background in forensic accounting and a desperation to find an alternative, she began doing her research and stumbled across Rx Outreach, a nonprofit pharmacy based in St. Louis, MO. At first, Tamar considered the pricing too good to be true. “I thought this has to be a joke,” she said. She couldn’t believe the same medication through Rx Outreach was going to cost only $5 a month. She is now on a mission to evangelize the organization and the goodness that comes from it. “I was so happy to find Rx Outreach. I live in a little town of older people who don’t have much money. I passed the information onto my doctor so now she can help them afford the medication they need,” said

Tamar. Rx Outreach is changing lives. With a mission to provide affordable medication to people in need, Rx Outreach is the only nonprofit, fullylicensed mail-order pharmacy serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Exclusively for families and individuals who earn less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level, Rx Outreach exists to help reduce the number of people who have to choose between filling a prescription and feeding their family. It is an organization of good people working toward a common mission - and every prescription leaves with a cap that reads, “Honoring God by Serving Others.”

shareholders to answer to, we’re answering to our patients - and in a manner that really helps them.”

“We’ve gotten calls from people asking ‘how long can I live without this medication,’” said Rx Outreach President Darryl Munden. “That shouldn’t be happening in our country. When we execute our mission and consider our patients, we are truly trying to determine how little we can charge the patient for that medication. Unlike for-profit organizations that have

Rx Outreach offers more than 340 medications in 45 therapeutic categories with the highest volume of medications being those that treat chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and heart disease. If you know someone who could benefit from Rx Outreach, encourage them to visit www.rxoutreach.org or call 1-888-796-1234 for more information. l

Tim was diagnosed with congestive heart failure at the age of 52 and told he had the heart of an 80-yearold man and not much time to live. At the time, he was prescribed 11 different prescriptions, totaling over $1,800 a month. “Even with a steady income, there is no way that I could afford my medications. Because of Rx Outreach, I have been living with congestive heart failure for nine years. It was very helpful to know that I wouldn’t have to sell my house to keep myself alive,” he said.

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CHRIS GERNON RELIES ON HIS LOUISIANA ROOTS GROWING UP INSIDE HIS FATHER’S HARDWARE STORE TO GUIDE AND INSPIRE HIS WORK. A MOM AND POP TYPE GENERAL STORE WHERE HIS FATHER’S FORMICA COUNTERTOP SERVED AS THE SKETCH PAD.

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hris was given every opportunity to create any project he could dream up. Some were farfetched, but nothing was out of reach or off limits when it came to filling his imagination. Chris says, “What I remember most was behind the store was a workshop. It had floor to ceiling shelves with cardboard boxes of odds and ends and every tool you could imagine. It was a place of discovery. I was taught how to solve problems in creative ways and to dream as big as I could and then go even bigger. It was here in this small dusty room that gave me the tools to be successful”. This fundamental idea shaped the rest of his life and Chris is honestly at his best when he’s creating. Today, nuts and bolts are exchanged for computers and keyboards, but the philosophies are the same.

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Chris was accepted into the Film department at New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (“NOCCA”) where Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., Terence Blanchard, Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet, Wendell Pierce, Anthony Mackie, Mary Catherine Garrison and Gary Solomon Jr. are only a few NOCCA graduates who can attest to the extraordinary educational opportunity the Center represents to the children of Louisiana. It was here where he found his calling and fell in love with the art of editing. After graduation, Chris heeded the calling for warmer weather and traveled to Los Angeles. As he puts it, “It was where the film and television industry was and I knew I had to be there”. Chris started his career in Los Angeles with the infamous Propaganda Films and Mojo Editorial where, working with the premiere shops at the time, he shepherded hundreds of commercials through editorial and visual effects, working with the premiere shops at the time. From Digital Domain to Novocom, he worked with these teams to deliver national campaigns and Super Bowl spots for Budweiser, Pepsi, Cadillac and Buick. Ever the entrepreneur, in 2005 Chris launched The International Music Feed with Universal Music Group, as their lead Creative Editor and Executive Producer. Together, they created a 24-hour music channel leveraging their enormous catalogue of music from around the world. Chris was instrumental in developing the creative style and pipeline to produce the 24-hours of content on-air each day. In 2009, further motivated by anything to do with troubleshooting, Chris launched his own creative solutions company called Fugitives Editorial. His goal is to tell brand stories in varied mediums for some of the world’s most sophisticated brands such as Disney Parks and Resorts, E!, CNN, Dyson, DIRECTV, ABC, Black & Decker and Charter Communications. Why Fugitives? Chris explains,

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WHAT I REMEMBER MOST WAS BEHIND THE STORE WAS A WORKSHOP. IT HAD FLOOR TO CEILING SHELVES WITH CARDBOARD BOXES OF ODDS AND ENDS AND EVERY TOOL YOU COULD IMAGINE. IT WAS A PLACE OF DISCOVERY. I WAS TAUGHT HOW TO SOLVE PROBLEMS IN CREATIVE WAYS AND TO DREAM AS BIG AS I COULD AND THEN GO EVEN BIGGER. IT WAS HERE IN THIS SMALL DUSTY ROOM THAT GAVE ME THE TOOLS TO BE SUCCESSFUL

“Most people think it’s about running away from something, instead it’s actually running toward a problem and finding a solution. We think about how to solve problems better. The primary focus at Fugitives is content creation”. Continuing his business expansion, Chris launched Fugitives Creative, a boutique advertising agency that offers a complete package of creative services. Outside of his hand crafted marketing approach, Chris spends his time focused on social change through media and how he can affect policy on a global scale by shedding light where it is most needed. This idea


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began as a partnership with the Strong-Heart Group to produce their first virtual reality film to tell the story of Francis. “Francis” is a new Sundance Stories of Change Virtual Reality short film which sheds light on a global problem of treating mental health. It tells the story of a Ghanaian man and his journey into isolation after being locked in a hut for two years. The viewer is guided through Francis’ story by his first-hand account of his experience. The film shows Francis, like so many who suffer from mental illness, is a valuable member of society who can lead full, productive life if he receives mental health treatment. The goal of the film is to help move mental health out of the shadows. Most unique about the virtual reality viewing experience of “Francis” is the viewer is immersed in the experience. They are able to sit and experience, for a few minutes, what Francis lived through. The challenge for Chris and his team of experts was to expand the way audiences look at virtual reality and explore new ways of telling stories. All the techniques to create a cohesiveness and almost seamless quality to the film were utilized. Chris relocated his business to the Frogtown, the new arts community in Los Angeles. It’s located on the west bank of the Los Angeles River. It’s a hotbed of new galleries and restaurants, coupled with the revitalization of the Los Angeles River; it’s poised to be the west coast version of New York’s meatpacking district, with a skyline to match. Chris, his partner and their dog reside in an old warehouse they transformed into an amazing live/ work space. When designing the space, they paid close attention to the qualities of the space and tried to accentuate them. The mixture of old and new, tells a unique story. It was important to pay homage to the original industrial space with the original concrete floors, but infuse the space with modern touches. Designed with two levels, the separation maintains privacy, making it easy to step into and out of work.

When asked about his most creatively inspired placed every visited, Chris says, “My partner owns a travel company. We travel everywhere together and that experience gives me greater insight into my work as we’re able to meet people and experience the culture. The most inspiring place I’ve ever been is really a place I spent most of my childhood. My grandparent owned a large “gentleman’s farm” in Louisiana. My siblings and I would make trails to hike and build forts in the large oak treas. It was a connection to the land that inspired me”. There is something quite rewarding about using the gift of storytelling to evoke change in the world and Chris will continue to be a storyteller. Stories like Francis’ have given Chris the opportunity to continue doing just that. In the immediate future, another mental health story from Haiti about a man named Paul has captivated his interest and we can’t wait to learn where his creative direction takes us. What creative stories will this storyteller continue to uncover and share? We look forward to finding out. But, what we do know is they will be profound and life-changing! His story continues. . . . l

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Giuseppe Paladino

Terapeuta sistémico y especialista en feng shui www.giuseppepaladino.com gpaladinob@gmail.com Twitter/Facebook/Instagram @gpaladinob A través de las constelaciones familiares realiza consultas individuales, en grupos o empresas que están atascados en problemas o situaciones que no han podido resolver. Busca soluciones por medio de una nueva visión.

Julio Romano

Licenciado en Mercadotecnia Universidad UVM (Universidad del Valle de México) www.studiorm7.com.mx Director Comercial (StudioRM7) Coordinación de campañas, Asesor de campañas digitales, creación de estrategias digitales e imagen, capacitación de ventas, negociación de medios de comunicación, Coordinación de eventos, elaboración de medios impresos.

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VITAMINAS para la piel EN LA ACTUALIDAD, ESTAMOS EXPUESTOS A UN GRAN NÚMERO DE AGENTES OXIDANTES Y RADICALES LIBRES QUE ESTÁN PRESENTES EN LA ATMÓSFERA, SOBRE TODO EN LAS GRANDES URBES. ESTAS MOLÉCULAS CAUSAN AGRESIONES A LA PIEL, A LAS UÑAS Y AL CABELLO, DAÑANDO Y DETERIORÁNDOLOS kPOR DRA. PAOLA ERAZO MÉDICO DERMATÓLOGO

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anto factores externos e internos, como el estrés, la contaminación ambiental, las dietas inadecuadas y las enfermedades, influyen en la salud y en el aspecto de la piel y sus anexos. Se ha demostrado que, en las ciudades grandes como la Ciudad de México, existe una mayor oxidación del sebo, motivo por el cual el pelo se engrasa y se ensucia más rápidamente. Por otra parte, la exposición al humo del cigarro genera una gran cantidad de radicales libres que dañan las células de la piel, disminuyendo su irrigación y nutrición, condicionando una mayor susceptibilidad a enfermedades y favoreciendo el envejecimiento prematuro.

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La piel, las uñas y el cabello, son estructuras que presentan un gran recambio celular y por lo tanto tienen mayor necesidad de nutrientes. Las vitaminas son micronutrientes orgánicas que no tienen valor energético y son necesarias en pequeñas cantidades para mantener el bienestar y prevenir enfermedades. A continuación, mencionaremos los efectos y beneficios que tienen algunas de ellas en la piel. La vitamina A (retinol y carotenos) es precursora del ácido retinoíco, sustancia que regula la diferenciación

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celular en órganos y tejidos, incluyendo la piel. En esta última, es importante para la formación de colágeno y evita su degradación, al mismo tiempo que estimula la producción de nuevas células y acelera el desprendimiento de las células muertas, por lo que reduce y previene la formación de arrugas. Además, revierte algunos de los efectos indeseables de los corticoides. El consumo excesivo de retinol (más de 10 veces el valor diario recomendado) puede resultar tóxico. En cambio, los carotenos son menos dañinos ya que no se convierten totalmente en retinol dentro del organismo y por lo tanto su consumo en exceso no es tan peligroso, pero al acumularse debajo de la piel y las mucosas, éstas toman un color amarillo-anaranjado. La carencia de vitamina A se acompaña de sequedad grave de la piel. La deficiencia de vitamina B2 (riboflavina) y B9 (folato) produce grietas en las esquinas de la boca, así como erupciones en la piel. La vitamina B3 (niacina) protege y prepara la piel para tomar el sol. En algunas ocasiones se puede usar para prevenir reacciones en la piel desencadenadas por la exposición solar. La vitamina B6 (piridoxina) reduce la secreción de las glándulas sebáceas y equilibra las pieles grasas. Su deficiencia produce lesiones cutáneas. La carencia de vitamina B8 (biotina) produce caída de cabello, piel seca y escamosa. La vitamina C (ácido ascórbico) es indispensable para la reparación de tejidos y cicatrización de heridas. Por otra parte, interviene en el aumento de las defensas del organismo contra infecciones. Además, es un potente antioxidante que destruye los radicales libres y protege la piel contra la radiación ultravioleta. La vitamina D (calciferol) se sintetiza en la piel mediada por la radiación ultravioleta (UV) a partir de un precursor que se encuentra en la dermis. Regula la


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proliferación de células, promueve su diferenciación, regula la respuesta inmune y funge como antioxidante. Aunque es necesaria la exposición solar para su síntesis, se ha demostrado que el uso de protectores solares no conlleva a una deficiencia de vitamina D. La vitamina E (alfatocoferol) retrasa el envejecimiento de la piel y es el principal antioxidante, ya que ejerce un efecto protector e impide la penetración de la radiación UV. Por otro lado, estimula la circulación de la piel. Además de las vitaminas, existen algunos minerales que son beneficiosos para la piel, el pelo y las uñas, por ejemplo, el cinc y la taurina. El primero se encuentra en gran parte en estas estructuras ya que participa en la síntesis de queratina, protege frente a radicales libres, y ejerce un papel protector en el folículo piloso inhibiendo a las enzimas implicadas en la caída de cabello en alopecia androgenética. La taurina se acumula en la piel y en el pelo, donde también desempeña un papel protector y antioxidante. Otros nutrientes necesarios para tener un cabello sano y fortalecido, son el magnesio, aminoácidos azufrados, hierro, vitamina B6, ácido fólico y vitamina B12. Se ha demostrado que existe mayor eficacia si se ingiere la combinación de dichos nutrientes comparado con la ingesta de cada uno por separado, ya que al combinarlos se crea una sinergia que potencia el efecto de cada uno. Hoy en día existen múltiples mezclas de complementos nutricionales que ayudan a mantener la piel, las uñas y el pelo en óptimas condiciones. Algunos incorporan vitaminas, oligoelementos, antioxidantes y aminoácidos azufrados, entre otros, que aportan todos los nutrientes necesarios para suplir las deficiencias dietéticas que deterioran la salud de la piel y sus acompañantes, al mismo tiempo que neutralizan las agresiones de los radicales libres. Por esto es importante una valoración por el especialista para determinar cuál de todas las combinaciones disponibles es la ideal para el cuidado de la piel, pelo y uñas de cada persona. l ENERO / FEBRERO 2017 SPANISH

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ENFERMEDAD SILENCIOSA DE GRANDES RIESGOS l 12 de marzo se celebra el Día Mundial del Glaucoma, pues millones de personas la padecen y es considerada la segunda causa común de ceguera –después de las cataratas– y, generalmente, se desarrolla en personas mayores de 50 años de edad. Según los expertos, ocurre cuando la presión del fluido dentro del ojo es muy alta, de manera que obstruye el nervio óptico. La procedencia familiar aumenta la posibilidad de heredar la afección. Algunos estudios vinculan el uso de esteroides como una de sus causas. En la mayoría de los casos, se desarrolla en ambos ojos y si el paciente no es atendido a tiempo, puede llegar a perder la visión.

Significa que 39 millones se encuentran afectados por ceguera y 246 millones tienen baja visión. Por otro lado, el 90 % prevalece en los países de ingresos bajos.

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¿Curable o letal? A pesar de los daños que ocasiona a largo plazo, si se ejecuta el tratamiento indicado por el especialista –sin faltas– es probable que el paciente conserve la visión. Pero en caso de perderla, no será restaurada. Con respecto al tratamiento, el National Eye Institute (NEI) argumenta que los medicamentos en forma de gotas y pastillas son los más efectivas en estos casos. Algunas píldoras hacen que el ojo produzca menos líquidos. Otros, contribuyen a disminuir la presión. Se debe evitar la automedicación, puesto que con el uso incorrecto, la situación se complicaría aún más.

Inicialmente, aparece de forma silenciosa y los síntomas comienzan a acechar cuando está realmente avanzada. Los malestares tienden a confundirse con la migraña, por esta razón, es importante acudir a un especialista en el área para combatirla en el momento oportuno.

El NEI está fomentando los estudios para hacer un seguimiento exhaustivo y lograr descubrir, a corto plazo, a los pacientes que pueden elevar con rapidez la presión del ojo para contrarrestarlo con el antídoto pertinente e impedir la presencia de esta enfermedad congénita.

Síntomas que no debes ignorar Las señales pueden variar conforme a lo avanzada que esté la enfermedad. El paciente presenta una visión de túnel –el enfoque periférico desaparece progresivamente, afectando ambos ojos–, además de severos dolores en la vista y en la frente. La visión se torna borrosa y se enrojece con facilidad. También existen la presencia de náuseas y vómitos constantes.

Discapacidad visual en la mira De acuerdo con la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), se estiman aproximadamente 285 millones de personas con enfermedades visuales.

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Las zanahorias son uno de los alimentos ricos en vitamina A, para evitar la posibilidad de la formación del glaucoma

Como se mencionó anteriormente, el glaucoma permanece oculto durante las primeras etapas. Por ello, radica la importancia de asistir regularmente al oftalmólogo para que realice la medición de la presión intraocular para atacarlo pertinentemente y detener su avance. Es recomendable someterse a la revisión a partir de los 45 años. Finalmente, es necesario que consumas vitamina A. Elimina la cafeína junto con las grasas. Mejora tu actividad física y preocúpate por controlar la presión arterial. l


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CONOCE LOS SÍNTOMAS DE ESTA AFECCIÓN OCULAR, LA FORMA CORRECTA DE PREVENIRLA, QUÉ HACER PARA DETECTARLA ANTES QUE SEA DEMASIADO TARDE Y EL TRATAMIENTO PARA COMBATIRLA kPOR ELIZABETH M. GUTIÉRREZ G.

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NÉCTAR saludable uando hablamos de bebidas saludables, aparecen numerosas tendencias, sin embargo, en esta ocasión, haremos énfasis en dos: batidos caseros para ganar masa muscular y los famosos licuados “détox”.

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Músculos al 100 % Una dieta balanceada incluye un sustancioso batido de proteína. A través de este tipo de bebida protegemos nuestro sistema inmune, potenciamos el crecimiento muscular y aumentamos la producción de sustancias bioquímicas para un óptimo trabajo cardiovascular.

EXISTEN DIVERSAS MANERAS DE CUIDAR A NUESTRO CUERPO, UNA DE ELLAS ES CONSUMIR DELICIOSOS BATIDOS NATURALES QUE COLMAN AL ORGANISMO DE VITAMINAS Y ANTIOXIDANTES. PREPÁRATE PARA DESCUBRIR LOS JUGOS MÁS SANOS Y COMENZAR EL AÑO CON MUCHO ÍMPETU

Recuerda que estos batidos naturales no deben ser utilizados como sustitutos de la alimentación diaria. Ellos funcionan como un complemento en nuestra rutina de ejercicios, ayudando a recuperar las células musculares después de una extenuante sesión de entrenamiento.

Batido de manzana: Se elabora con 1 taza de yogurt light natural, 1 manzana en trozos (con o sin cáscara), 1 cucharada de miel pura, ½ taza de almendras, una pizca de canela y ½ litro de leche descremada.

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Smoothies détox Es uno de los métodos más populares del momento. La dieta détox es un concentrado de jugos naturales sin ningún tipo de añadiduras químicas. Al eliminar el azúcar y las grasas saturadas, nuestro organismo se mantiene más hidratado y con más energía. Esta propuesta es ideal para depurar el cuerpo luego de una temporada de excesos. Estos batidos son usados para: Bajar de peso. Facilitar la digestión.

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La remolacha es excelente para bajar de peso, está cargada de vitamina C y es una poderosa fuente de ácido fólico. Funciona como diurético y si le añades una muesca de jengibre obtendrás un gran estimulante digestivo. 1 remolacha, 1 zanahoria, 1 tallo de apio, 1 rodaja grande de melón, zumo de ½ limón y agua

Mejorar la apariencia de la piel. Reducir dolores. Aumentar el crecimiento del cabello. Generar una sensación de bienestar.

Puedes usar frutas o verduras congeladas, así evitarás usar hielo. La clave está en aprovechar el máximo aporte nutritivo y fibroso de los ingredientes. Para endulzar puedes usar hojas de stevia, miel pura o banana. Realizar una desintoxicación mejora nuestras funciones vitales y renueva el estado de ánimo para optimizar nuestro desempeño físico y psicológico. l

Smoothie de piña y kiwi Excelente bebida para prevenir la retención de líquidos, evitar náuseas, sinusitis y fortalecer los huesos. 2 kiwis, 1 toronja rosada, ½ piña, 1 puñado de perejily 4 cubos de hielo

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Previene y trata desordenes relacionados a la alimentación, nutrición y dietética. También es conocido como nutriólogo o dietólogo.

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Profesional capacitado para llevar a cabo actividades de prevención, atención, diagnóstico y tratamiento de las patologías y alteraciones bucodentales. No solo se centra en los dientes, sino también en los diversos órganos que componen la cavidad oral.

Ginecólogo

Experto en el cuidado del sistema reproductor femenino. Atienden situaciones vinculadas al útero, la vagina y los ovarios. Pueden diagnosticar y tratar el cáncer, el prolapso, la amenorrea, la dismenorrea, la menorragia, la infertilidad, el desgaste óseo y afecciones del tejido mamario entre otros padecimientos.


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Doctor integral que atiende a pacientes adultos con indicios de hipertensión arterial, tiroides, colesterol alto o cuadros de diabetes. En caso de que el paciente tenga alguna afección en un órgano específico, el médico estará en capacidad de recomendar al especialista en esa área.

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Especialista de la vista, en especial el globo ocular y sus tejidos. Su trabajo se centra en la salud general del sistema visual, así como en el cuidado preventivo de enfermedades en los ojos. Entre los exámenes de rutina se encuentra: • Refracción: prueba optométrica para evaluar la visión del paciente. • Fondo de ojo: sirve para inspeccionar la parte posterior del globo ocular que incluye la retina, el disco óptico, las coroides y los vasos sanguíneos. • Presión intraocular o tonometría: mide la presión intraocular. Se realiza, principalmente, para detectar el glaucoma de manera temprana.

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Especialista médico-quirúrgico encargado de aquellas patologías que afectan la zona urinaria y al aparato reproductor masculino. Resuelve molestias urinarias, cálculos renales, incomodidades propias de la fimosis, molestias o dudas sobre el funcionamiento sexual, tratamiento y control de la próstata.

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ALIMENTOS ENERGÉTICOS kPOR DAVID E. VENEGAS Q. EDITOR JUNIOR SPANISH INFLUENTIAL

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Conocidos como una de las mejores fuentes de proteínas. Los huevos activan varios neurotransmisores vinculados al estado de ánimo y las yemas están colmadas de vitamina B, la responsable de transformar los alimentos en energía. Además, posee vitamina D para fortalecer nuestra estructura ósea. Si quieres aumentar masa muscular y asegurar de que tus ligamentos se recuperen después de una intensa rutina de ejercicios, los huevos son los complementos claves.

Protegen contra el cáncer de riñón, evitan la diabetes, alivian las náuseas, motivan la inteligencia y curan la resaca. ¿Necesitas más razones para comerlas? Están compuestas por glucosa, fructosa, sacarosa y fibra, así que tienes asegurada una carga energética con cada bocado. Según estudios, comer una banana entre cada comida ayuda a estabilizar el azúcar en la sangre. Y, por si fuera poco, calma los antojos dulces, gracias a su generosa cantidad de calorías.

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FRUTOS SECOS La nuez, el maní, la almendra, la avellana, las semillas de calabaza y el merey, son ingredientes esenciales para generar un impulso energético en cualquier momento de la jornada. Estos alimentos son ricos en proteínas, minerales, grasas saludables y fibras, manteniendo al cuerpo con una satisfactoria sensación de saciedad. El truco está en comer solo un puñado de frutos secos (sin sal) al día.

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Nos referimos a los cereales integrales, aquellos compuestos por granos enteros, sin azúcar, como la avena, la cebada, el centeno, el trigo y el arroz. Es una excelente opción para desayunar nutritivamente debido a sus altos contenidos de fibra dietética, previendo el aumento de la glucosa en sangre. Puedes acompañar tu cereal mañanero con yogurt y algunos trozos de frutos secos para promover la buena digestión y mantener un peso saludable.

Popeye siempre tuvo razón: la espinaca está cargada con toneladas de elementos para mantenernos activos durante horas. Este alimento optimiza la calidad de la sangre y aumenta la vitalidad de las funciones de nuestro organismo. La mayoría de sus beneficios se deben al hierro y a las vitaminas A, C, B, E y K, que oxigenan y producen energía. Las espinacas nos ayudan a mejorar la absorción de calcio y contribuyen a la hidratación de la piel y el cabello. Cuando las cocines, trata de hacerlo al vapor o salteadas con varios ingredientes, si las hierves perderán sus nutrientes.


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SOMOS ENERGÍA Y TODOS ESTAMOS CONECTADOS. NUESTROS ALIMENTOS NOS DEFINEN Y NOS MOLDEAN, ASÍ QUE PREPÁRATE PARA INYECTARLE VITALIDAD EXTRA A TODO TU ORGANISMO. SI ESTÁS ESTRESADO, CARGADO DE TRABAJO O TUVISTE UNA EXTENUANTE JORNADA DE ENTRENAMIENTO, NECESITAS COMBUSTIBLE ENERGÉTICO PARA DESPERTAR TUS SENTIDOS Y SEGUIR LA PARTIDA. TE MOSTRAMOS UN LISTADO CON LOS INGREDIENTES MÁS RECOMENDABLES PARA RECARGAR TUS BATERÍAS Y ESTAR ACTIVO DURANTE TODO EL DÍA.

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Está demostrado que una taza de café negro es la bebida ideal para motivar un buen rendimiento físico antes de cualquier entrenamiento, debido a las cualidades de la cafeína. Este estimulante bloquea la adenosina y aumenta la noradrenalina y la dopamina, potenciando las funciones cerebrales; por ende, aumenta la energía, se fortalece la memoria y mejora las respuestas cognitivas. Además, el café te ayuda a quemar grasa y te hace más longevo. Pero cuidado, no abuses de estos beneficios: evita tomar más de tres tazas diarias.

Mientras más oscuro mejor. El chocolate negro contiene importantes estimulantes, como la teobromina y triptófano, que generan grandes poderes energizantes. Científicamente, este ingrediente combate la fatiga, despierta la agudeza del cerebro, reduce las inflamaciones cardiovasculares y, aunque no lo creas, mejora la visión. Por otro lado, los polifenoles del chocolate minimizan el colesterol malo y aumentan la capacidad antioxidante del colesterol bueno. ¡Te amamos chocolate!

Una fuente de energía de bajo costo y deliciosa. Las papas dulces o batatas tienen nutrientes que aumentan la energía de nuestro cuerpo, como el hierro, el potasio, el magnesio, la vitamina C y D, que mejoran el estado de ánimo y refuerzan al sistema inmunológico. Dato importante: el manganeso de la batata controla la metabolización de los carbohidratos, manteniendo estable los niveles de azúcar y controla el apetito. Pruébalas horneadas, en puré, a la plancha o al vapor.

Las partes con menos grasa de cerdo, el pollo o el pavo, ofrecen un aminoácido llamado tirosina, responsable de la concentración y las etapas de alerta. Además, contienen hierro, evitando la palidez y la debilidad corporal. Pero su punto más fuerte es la gran cantidad de proteínas, necesarias para desarrollar los músculos y reparar las células.

MIEL Es rica en hidratos de carbono, uno de los combustibles primarios que el cuerpo utiliza para obtener energía. De hecho, se considera que una cucharada de miel equivale a media bebida energética, pues baja el índice glucémico y ayuda a reponer los músculos después del ejercicio. Así que ya sabes: si te sientes aletargado a media tarde, sustituye la bebida gaseosa por una cucharada de este alimento de dioses.

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¡comenzamos DE NUEVO!

INICIAMOS DESDE CERO Y CON LA MEJOR ENERGÍA. LAS CELEBRACIONES Y LOS EXCESOS YA PASARON Y, TAL VEZ, DEJARON HUELLAS. ¡SI SEÑOR!… ES POSIBLE QUE SE NOTEN ESAS LIBRAS EXTRAS, PERO NO TE PREOCUPES, NUNCA ES TARDE PARA INICIAR O RETOMAR UN ESTILO DE VIDA SALUDABLE

kPOR DULCEQUILIBRIO Instagram: @dulceequilibrio n esta edición traemos varios tips que te ayudarán a desintoxicar tu cuerpo de manera saludable. Recuerda: eres lo que comes. Para sentirte bien debes comenzar desde adentro, estos sanos hábitos son sencillos y de bajo costo. Te aseguramos que serán de gran ayuda para cumplir tu meta.

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Primeros pasos 1. En ayuna, toma agua tibia con jugo de limón. Por su composición, el limón es un diurético natural que elimina toxinas, estimulando el sistema digestivo y haciendo trabajar tus riñones y vejiga al incrementar la cantidad de orina. Además, es un excelente alcalino.

2. Elimina todos los productos refinados de tu dieta. Hay muchas opciones para controlar la ansiedad y saciar el apetito, por ejemplo: frutos secos, frutas altas en fibras, yogurt griego, mantequilla de frutos secos con arroz inflado, zanahoria, céleri con humus (natural) y vegetales rostizados con discretas porciones de proteína.

3. Descarta las bebidas azucaradas. Puedes hacer tus propias aguas saborizadas con frutas, flores de Jamaica y limón.

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tenga porciones de todos los grupos alimenticios. Procura hacer cinco comidas diarias e incluye dos meriendas. Siempre cuida las porciones según tu requerimiento diario y objetivo. 5. ¡Toma agua! Bebe 2.5 litros de agua diariamente. 6. Incluye grasas buenas. Como el guacate, el aceite de oliva, los frutos secos y el aceite de coco.

7. Elige una semana al mes para hacer un detox week. Consiste en tomar, en las mañanas, cinco veces un jugo verde con tres porciones de vegetales y ¼ porción de frutas. Este tipo de batido ayuda a desinflamar y desintoxicar el cuerpo de manera natural.

8. Ejercítate diariamente, al menos 45 minutos. La alimentación es el 70 % para obtener un cuerpo saludable, el otro 30 % recae en el ejercicio. El cuerpo necesita movimiento y no se trata de cómo te ves, sino cómo te sientes. El ejercicio es fundamental para mantener el corazoncito saludable.

9. Duerme, al menos, 7 horas diarias. 10. Sonríe y disfruta el recorrido. La dieta no es una tortura. Es un estilo de vida saludable y puedes encontrar numerosas opciones de mantener el equilibrio comiendo delicioso.

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Manzana: una fruta muy adecuada para desayunar. Compleméntala con ¼ de taza de avena para las chicas o 1 taza para los chicos. Guineo o banano: está lleno de potasio, calcio, magnesio y vitaminas. Uvas y pasas: la dieta de la uva es una opción depuradora.


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• Céleri: dispone de mucha vitamina C, además de

calcio, una de sus virtudes es precisamente perder peso. Aguacate: contiene ácido oleico, un elemento que permite eliminar o retrasar la sensación de hambre. Además, tiene grandes dosis de fibra, muy adecuada para conseguir un vientre plano. Tómate: reduce la acumulación de lípidos en la sangre y actúa como depurativo para que la grasa no se acumule. Yogurt griego: tiene gran contenido de proteínas, el doble de los yogures comunes. El cuerpo quema muchas calorías al digerir proteínas. Te recomendamos comprar el sabor natural y añádele las frutas de tu preferencia. Canela: reduce el apetito y según la revista Archives of Internal Medicine, 1/4 de cuchara de té de canela mezclado con la comida es suficiente para acelerar 20 veces el proceso metabólico del azúcar y bajar los niveles en la sangre. Té verde: efectivo para controlar el aumento de peso. Para el Dr. Joshua Lambert, profesor de Ciencias de los Alimentos, reduce la capacidad de absorber grasas de los alimentos y estimular la quema de grasas almacenadas en el cuerpo.

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Ingredientes 5 hojas de lechuga romana, lavadas y picadas 1 taza de champiñones crudos, lavados y picados en julianas 12 tomates cherries, 6 aceitunas negras fileteadas 1 cucharada de almendras fileteadas Aderezo 2 cucharadas de vinagre balsámico, 1 cucharada de aceite de oliva, ¼ cucharada de miel y pimienta. Preparación Mezclar todos los ingredientes en un bol y disfrutar.

Toronja: aporta grandes beneficios a las dietas gracias a sus poderes adelgazantes. Contiene hasta un 90 % de agua por lo que la hace un excelente diurético. Café: según un estudio llevado a cabo por investigadores de la Universidad de Scranton, en Pennsylvania, este alimento tiene una sustancia que evita que el cuerpo absorba todas las calorías que recibe de los carbohidratos y grasas.

En este 2017, aprende a escoger los alimentos adecuados para combinarlos de maneras saludables y divertidas. De esta manera, le brindarás a tu cuerpo los requerimientos que necesita. Y, por último, no olvides sonreír. l ENERO / FEBRERO 2017 SPANISH

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ORNATO natural xisten numerosas técnicas para cultivar plantas y una de las más populares es la kokedama, una técnica donde se siembra una planta sobre una bola de musgo y sustrato, sin ningún tipo de maceta. Esta disciplina se ajusta a los diferentes ambientes citadinos.

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Kokedama es un término japonés que significa “bola de musgo”. Este método tiene algunas similitudes con los bonsáis, ya que ambos retienen a las plantas en una pequeña porción de tierra, pero los cuidados de las kokedamas son mucho más sencillos. Una kokedama se puede hacer con cualquier arbusto, pero lo recomendable es usar una planta de interior que no necesite luz directa del sol, de lo contrario, no será compatible con el musgo y, a la larga, alguno de los dos terminará muriendo. Es importante que la planta tenga un crecimiento lento, porque si se desarrolla rápidamente ocupará todo el sustrato y las raíces saldrán al exterior. En este caso, la kokedama debe ser ampliada. Con el propósito de extender estos conocimientos ancestrales, nació @Ikebana_ve, un proyecto para las personas que se sienten atraídas por este arte japonés. Ikebana realiza arreglos en forma de kokedamas, bonsáis y suculentas (minijardín o jardín en miniatura). La palabra ikebana es de origen japonés y se usa para denominar los “arreglos florales”. Este arte simboliza el universo y sus diseños recrean la armonía entre el cielo, el hombre y la tierra. Con el ikebana se descubre la belleza de la naturaleza en comunión con la humanidad, con la intención de multiplicar la paz y la tranquilidad en cada hogar.

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EN LA ACTUALIDAD, EL ARTE JAPONÉS TIENE UN AUGE EN EL CONTINENTE AMERICANO POR SU ATRACTIVA CULTURA Y LA BELLEZA DE SU DISCIPLINA QUE LLEVAN A LOS MÁS ALTOS ESTÁNDARES DE RIGUROSIDAD EN LO QUE A MANEJAR LA NATURALEZA SE REFIERE kPOR / FOTOGRAFÍA JORGE SARMIENTO

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Cuidados de las kokedamas Aunque parezcan difíciles de mantener, en realidad, es una tarea es muy sencilla. Las kokedamas deben estar en sitios luminosos pero sin que les de la luz solar directamente. El riego depende del tamaño y del tipo de planta, pero se pueden regar una vez cada dos semanas en invierno y dos veces a la semana en verano. Para ello, basta con sumergir la bola de musgo en un cuenco con agua y esperar a que dejen de salir burbujitas. Después, se saca del cuenco y se deja escurrir el agua sobrante. Adicionalmente, si el ambiente es muy seco, se puede rociar el musgo con agua para mantenerlo verde; mientras más lo rocíes más verde estará. Para complementar, añade un poco de abono líquido en el agua de riego y listo. Para conocer más sobre esta técnica de jardinería, visita la tienda virtual de @ikebana_ve. Asómbrate con sus originales arreglos en suculentas (plantas carnosas que desarrollan tallos y hojas gruesas para acumular agua) y sus artísticos bonsáis. l


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Kokedama. Término japonés que significa “bola de musgo”. Este método tiene algunas similitudes con los bonsáis, ya que ambos retienen a las plantas en una pequeña porción de tierra

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Spanish esde muy pequeño, a Daniel le gustó el mundo del diseño y la moda. A los 14 años asistió a clases de diseño de moda en la Universidad Degli Abiti en México y siempre contó con el apoyo de sus padres. Luego, estudió diseño de moda y orfebrería en Venezuela, posteriormente en el Instituto Marangoni en Milano realizó la carrera Business Fashion.

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Espig lanzó su marca en el año 2010 durante el Venezuela Fashion Week y, desde sus inicios, se enfocó en ser una firma de óptima calidad con productos hechos a mano. Para 2011, se proyectó en toda Venezuela y sus ventas se expandieron a Costa Rica, Panamá y Curazao.

“Es una marca creada para un tipo específico de mujer: una mujer independiente, con estilo propio, arriesgada, misteriosa, irreverente, con un toque sensual, pero sobre todo una mujer con una elegancia marcada, esa dama que con su elegancia roba todas las miradas”, comenta Daniel, quien con mucho sentimiento me habla de la musa que lo inspira para hacer las carteras: su abuela Reina, una mujer de carácter, clave en el éxito del diseñador y quien lo apoya para que sea el mejor de la industria. Además, la creatividad de Espig se nutre a través de sus viajes por el mundo. En esta oportunidad, Espig nos presenta su más reciente colección Spellbound, inspirada en una fusión entre el mar y en el mundo espiritual, obteniendo piezas que podemos considerar hechizos que enamoran a primera vista. Sus creaciones están realizadas con materiales italianos, país del cual confiesa estar enamorado. El talento de este joven diseñador es absoluto, y sus planes a futuro son seguir construyendo su marca y extenderla a calzado y ropa, además de proyectarse en el mercado neoyorquino. l

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TE PRESENTAMOS AL DISEÑADOR DE CARTERAS VENEZOLANO QUE ESTÁ CAUSANDO SENSACIÓN EN BARCELONA, ESPAÑA, UNO DE LOS MERCADOS MÁS COMPETITIVOS DEL MUNDO kPRESENTADO POR FABBIOLA PALUMBO

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GIOVANNI SCUTARO

Dulce vuelo de juventud Colección Primavera – Verano 2017 Un mundo de ensueños y deseos donde la magia del amor plasma colores rojos, negros, blancos y azules en telas de jersey, seda, chifón, gasas y plisados que se introducen en esta colección dedicada a la mujer de espíritu joven. Donde el toque vintage marca tendencia.

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SCUTARO by LUIS JIMENÉZ Ready to wear Colección Primavera – Verano 2017

Una rica combinación de tonos y estampados, le dan un nuevo giro a la silueta moderna con sobrada amplitud e irresistible movimiento. Esta propuesta de vibrantes colores y texturas, se encarga de recrear un dulce vuelo de juventud.

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FOTOGRAFÍAS JORGE SARMIENTO ESTILISMO RICARDO CHANG

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ESTILO urbano kPRESENTADO POR ARGENIS GUDIÑO

Damas Camiseta Vermillion Tongued

Este diseño all over print está hecho con poliéster de alta calidad, 100 % hilado y ofrece la sensación de algodón orgánico, sin nunca agrietarse o perder su forma.

www.urbanartclothing.com $ 39.99

Sombrero

El accesorio perfecto para un estilo urbano y sin complicaciones. Elaborado en acrílico.

www.mltd.com $11.99

Joggers

La comodidad y suavidad de estas piezas te brindan un confortable estilo único. Excelente a la hora de realizar cualquier actividad física.

www.wishatl.com $ 100.00

Calzado Nike Air Max Thea Mid

Si eres una chica de espíritu libre y dejar huella forma parte de tu estilo, estas zapatillas son ideales para ti.

www.wishatl.com $140.00

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Caballeros Sudadera con capucha Hermoso diseño hecho en 100 % polycotton blend, asegurando que nunca perderá su forma sin necesidad de plancharse.

www.urbanartclothing.com $ 89.99

Pantalón

Pieza de tirantes con 97 % algodón y 3 % elastano para permitir una gran elasticidad y resistencia.

www.karmaloop.com $26.95

Bolso Nixon

Accesorio con correas acolchadas y panel trasero. Además, incluye un reloj de bolsillo elaborado en 100 % poliéster.

www.karmaloop.com $22.95

Gafas

Elegante diseño de escudo con bisagra de primavera vintage con pasadores, espejuelos con protección UV 100 %.

www.drjays.com $ 7.99

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CÓMO LIMPIAR TUS

pinceles y brochas PREPÁRATE PARA SACUDIR LOS RESIDUOS Y LA SUCIEDAD DE TU EQUIPO DE MAKEUP. EXTIENDE SU VIDA ÚTIL Y POTENCIA LA SUAVIDAD DE LAS HEBRAS i rara vez limpias tus herramientas de belleza, debes poner atención. Día a día, tus pinceles se cargan de sudor, grasa y polvo. Por esta razón, debes asearlas con regularidad para evitar afecciones en la piel.

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Brochas sintéticas Se limpian con jabón líquido o champú. En caso de que estén muy sucias, se deben impregnar con un chorrito de aceite y luego enjuagarlas con jabón líquido. También se puede usar algún producto específico para limpiar los pinceles. Proceso: Humedecer un trozo de papel absorbente con un chorrito de aceite. Limpiar las brochas hasta retirar los restos de maquillaje. Después, lavar con jabón líquido o champú, sin mojar la zona metálica.

Brochas de pelo natural Es recomendable limpiarlas con un champú suave para bebés. De esta manera, las brochas duran más tiempo. Haremos el mismo procedimiento que vimos con las brochas de pelo sintético, sin embargo, podemos utilizar enjuague y ampollas para el cabello y, de esta forma, hidratar las cerdas. Los pinceles deben secarse durante un día completo con las fibras hacia arriba.

Ayuda extra Compartimos varias soluciones líquidas para reforzar la limpieza de tus utensilios de maquillaje.

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DE MAQUILLAJE kPOR NIXON RUIZ

Aparato para el secado o sostenedor de pinceles.

Manopla para la limpieza de los pinceles o brochas Se usa de dos maneras: La zona superior con líneas horizontales está destinada para asear las brochas grandes y tupidas de pelo. La zona con forma de puntos o bolitas, son para las brochas más finas o sintéticas. Modo de uso: Presionar suavemente la brocha sobre la manopla y realizar movimientos circulares para limpiar uniformemente todas las hebras. Después, usar agua fresca para retirar el jabón del pincel y dejar secar. l

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Lock-It Foundation Es una increíble cobertura en fórmula líquida de larga duración. Empareja la decoloración, aplaca el brillo del rostro y oculta las imperfecciones.

$35.00 Paleta de contorno Shade + Light Face Contour Palette

Pigmentos profundos Studded Kiss Lipstick

Destinada para marcar y resaltar la estructura del rostro. Sus tonos permiten acentuar y suavizar las facciones.

Seductora pintura de labios con colores llamativos. Está disponible en 39 electrizantes tonos.

$46.00

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Estilo rebelde Tattoo Liner Este delineador líquido, con pincel de punta, es la varita mágica de tu set de maquillaje. Garantiza 24 horas de impermeabilidad y resistencia.

$20.00 Blush eterno Everlasting Blush Está diseñado a prueba de desvanecimiento y le otorga a tu rostro una apariencia ultra-difuminable y aterciopelada. Puedes aplicar la intensidad de color que desees.

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Acabado perfecto Lock-It Setting Powder Este polvo de fijación tiene una textura sedosa y está formulado con Micro-Blurring Technology para difundir suavemente los poros y obtener un envidiable acabado aterciopelado mate.

$30.00 Boca a prueba de todo Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Este labial líquido se desliza sobre los labios como un brillo, para luego convertirse en un acabado mate. Contiene vitamina E y cera de semilla de girasol.

$20.00

Mirada sinigual Metal Matte Eyeshadow Palette La fila superior de esta paleta de sombras metálicas es una formación magnífica de metal crush y una sombra de ojos en ocho nuevos colores; mientras que la fila inferior ofrece una variedad tipo arcoíris, con una atractiva gama de tonos.

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Jennifer PASAR DESAPERCIBIDA ES ALGO QUE JAMÁS LE SUCEDERÁ A ESTA MUJER. SU EXUBERANTE ESTAMPA ATRAPA LA MIRADA DE PROPIOS Y EXTRAÑOS, CONVIRTIÉNDOLA, SIN DUDA ALGUNA, EN UNA MODELO FUERA DEL ESTEREOTIPO DE LA MUJER LATINA

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kPOR ARGENIS GUDIÑO FOTOGRAFÍA MIGUEL TORTOLERO AGENCIA BOOKINGS IMA AGENTE JUAN CARLOS MORÁN on el propósito de mostrar el lado humano de las celebridades, en esta edición nos complace traerles una breve mirada de las vivencias de Jennifer Saa, una mujer que llegó para quedarse.

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Cuéntenos sobre su carrera: ¿Con quién ha trabajado? ¿En qué lugares se ha presentado? ¿A cuáles firmas ha representado? “Mi carrera inicio a los 15 años y apenas estaba culminando mis estudios de bachillerato. Empecé por 178 SPANISH

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los concursos de belleza, de hecho, mucho de lo que sé es gracias a lo que aprendí en mi primer concurso, donde clasifiqué en el cuadro de finalistas. Mi emoción y alegría se notaba desde lejos; me había esforzado muchísimo para aprender a caminar en tacones”. “En mi adolescencia hice mucho deporte, practiqué baloncesto con la selección de mi estado Carabobo y mis planes nunca fueron ser modelo, todo lo contrario, no me gustaba nada este medio y como dicen por ahí: ‘si es para ti, ni que te quites’ (risas)”. “El mundo de la moda me abrió las puertas cuando tenía 19 años. Un día decidí cortarme el cabello y, justo en ese momento, todo cambió gracias a Dios. A lo largo de estos años he conocido a muchas personas que me han dado la oportunidad de extender mis pasos en el modelaje. He trabajado, afortunadamente, para un sinfín de diseñadores y marcas: Alejandro Fajardo, Ángel Sánchez, Oscar Carvallo, Gionni Straccia, Inés Tejada, Efraín Mogollón, Alejandro Ramírez, Walid Chebly, Alejandro


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¿Cómo maneja el mundo tan agitado del modelaje? ¿Qué ha sacrificado para poder mantenerse en el top de la industria? “Como siempre digo: no importa cuán alto estés, si tienes presente de dónde vienes. En este caso mi familia siempre me mantiene con los pies en la tierra, por más que el universo del modelaje te ofrezca mil cosas, nada sustituye el cariño sincero de tu familia y amigos. “He sacrificado muchos momentos especiales con mis seres queridos, pero siempre los llevo en mis pensamientos y son mi principal motor”.

¿Cómo lidia con la competencia para no pasar desapercibida? “La competencia sana me encanta, pero definitivamente hay quienes no entienden que el verdadero desafío es un asunto personal. Siempre he considerado que la mejor manera de brillar es siendo uno mismo y poniéndole amor a todo lo que hacemos”. ¿Cómo mantiene su cuerpo para lucir esbelta y saludable? “Actualmente dispongo de tiempo para curiosear en internet. Me fascina actualizarme con las nuevas rutinas de ejercicios, alimentación y vida saludable. En mi entrenamiento trato de hacer cardio y pesas al mismo tiempo”. “En cuanto a mi alimentación, realizo seis comidas al día, incluyendo dos porciones de frutas y vegetales. Pero, de vez en cuando, pecó con los dulces, pues me declaro adicta al chocolate (risas)”.

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invaden minutos antes y luego los superas al salir a desfilar, ¡es lo máximo! Amo estar en la pasarela y todo el correcorre que esto conlleva”.

¿Con qué debería resaltar una modelo durante un casting? ¿Alguna clave particular? “El mejor accesorio para resaltar es la actitud y los buenos modales. En cada casting, el acting juega el papel principal, hay que saber transmitir emociones. Si hablamos de atuendos, siempre opto por colores claros o tonos metalizados”. Actualmente, el modelaje está abriendo puertas a nuevos talentos: personas de tallas grandes, adultos mayores, discapacitados, jóvenes con síndrome de Down e, incluso, personas con particularidades en la piel. ¿Considera que esto es un proceso de inclusión o simplemente una moda? “Desde hace algunos años los estereotipos están cambiando y me agrada. Los diseñadores están dirigiendo sus creaciones a un público más real y para mí esto corresponde a la evolución de la moda. Todo esto nos enseña, que esta industria no es solo para chicas de revista, sino que también permite que cada persona se vista de acuerdo a su personalidad y a lo que desea transmitir”. ¿Qué es lo mejor de su trabajo? “Sin duda alguna, lo mejor de mi trabajo lo divido así: me encanta posar y desfilar. En las pasarelas, en esos pocos minutos donde solo soy yo ante miles de personas, dejo mi alma. Me gusta escuchar los comentarios positivos o puntos de vista de las personas con las que me rodeo, esto me permite aprender y dar lo mejor de mí. Además, adoro cuando trabajo con un equipo que confía plenamente en mí”. ¿Cómo sería la sesión fotográfica de sus sueños? “Realmente, serían muchas (risas). Me encanta la conexión que surge en ese momento, ¡es mágico! En lo particular, me gustaría ser fotografiada por David Bellemere y Mario Testino, no importa la locación o el vestuario, posar para ellos sería un privilegio”. l


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los roques:

LA ISLA DE LOS MATICES Y EL AMOR DESCUBRE ESTE MARAVILLOSO DESTINO LLENO DE CRISTALINAS AGUAS, ARENA, SOL Y UNA REFRESCANTE NATURALEZA QUE TE PERMITIRÁ PASAR UN INOLVIDABLE MOMENTO CON TUS SERES QUERIDOS O JUNTO A TU PAREJA IDEAL kPOR JESSIKA GONZÁLEZ FOTOGRAFÍA JOSÉ LUIS VENEGAS

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El momento más anhelado de una pareja es la luna de miel o el aniversario, y la naturaleza, con sus regalos, nos brinda la oportunidad de fortalecer esos vínculos amorosos. Y Los Roques representa uno de esos maravillosos destinos, que con sus playas coloridas y su abundante naturaleza, nos dispone escenarios placenteros y la posibilidad de escaparnos de la rutina. Este archipiélago venezolano está en el Mar Caribe, a 168 Km al norte de La Guaira, en el estado Vargas. Por su belleza e importancia ecológica, fue declarado Parque Nacional en 1972. Se puede visitar a través de un yate o vuelos comerciales desde La Guaira, Porlamar y Maracaibo.

Un poco de historia Los Roques es una Dependencia Federal que agrupa un conjunto de islas y cayos en las Antillas menores

Los Roques está conformado por 50 isletas. El Gran Roque es el único cayo poblado y es donde se encuentra el aeropuerto

pertenecientes a Venezuela. Aparece en la cartografía de los colonizadores españoles en 1529, y 60 años después ellos reclamaron estas tierras como parte de la Provincia de Venezuela. En el siglo XVIII, la Sociedad Mercantil Real Compañía Guipuzcoana se establece en el territorio y bautiza algunas islas como Gran Roque, Carenero y Cayo Sal. Durante esta época comienzan a llegar pescadores temporales y, en el siglo XIX, se dilata la explotación de las salinas y el guano. Alrededor de 1886 llegan habitantes que provenían de las cercanas Antillas Holandesas, Aruba, Curazao, entre otras, que dejaron como legado algunos de los nombres exóticos de las islas (por ejemplo: Francisquí, Madrisquí, Krasquí y Selesquí). El sufijo “quí” corresponde al término inglés (y de otros idiomas) “key”, que significa “cayo”. A partir de 1910 empieza a consolidarse el poblado del Gran Roque con familias de pescadores provenientes de la Isla de Margarita.La pista de aterrizaje del Gran Roque es sencilla y corta; por lo que no admite aviones de gran tamaño y los horarios de vuelo son diurnos, con una duración aproximada de 25 minutos. Si el viaje se realiza en yate, la mayoría de las veces son privados o pueden ser alquilados para la travesía, que dura entre cuatro y

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seis horas, dependiendo de las condiciones del mar que resulta bastante movido en el trayecto desde La Guaira hasta el Gran Roque. La llegada por aire es un espectáculo inolvidable, gracias a las azules aguas marinas. Sin embargo, se puede tomar un catamarán o un peñero para ir a otras islas dentro del archipiélago.

Territorio inmemorial Lo que hace de Los Roques un lugar extraordinario es la enorme extensión de mar tranquilo, la presencia de lagunas, cayos y playas de arenas blancas (de origen coralino). Estas hermosas islas son un lugar de ensueño para los amantes del buceo, el windsurf y la pesca. En la temporada noviembre-abril no puedes perder la oportunidad de comer una suculenta langosta.Toda la extensión del archipiélago está protegido por importantes restricciones de construcción. No hay grandes hoteles cinco estrellas, pero sí una gran variedad de posadas, desde las más sencillas y sin pretensiones, hasta las más lujosas, y todas se enorgullecen de su gastronomía. La posada más grande de la isla se llama Galápagos. Su dueña, Paola Aguilar, recibe a los visitantes con jugo de papelón y les da un breve recorrido por los alrededores, la cocina en forma de kiosco en medio de un jardín, el comedor de grandes ventanales con vista a las calles de arena del pueblo y, finalmente, las habitaciones, amplias y llenas de vivaces elementos.

Las islas más importantes son Francisquí, Nordisquí, Madrisquí, Crasquí y Cayo de Agua. Además, se puede pasear por las sumisas aguas de Bajo Fabián

En este tipo de posadas, los huéspedes reciben una cálida bienvenida. Los dueños preguntan si el visitante viene con niños o en pareja, si se trata de un aniversario o un viaje entre amigos. Esto permite ofrecer particulares servicios y preparar pequeñas sorpresas: una cama adornada con pétalos de flores, toallas en forma de corazón o velas con fragancia de coco. Todas las posadas se esmeran. La pareja, la familia o el visitante pueden disfrutar de una merecida velada con vino blanco y pan hecho en casa, jugosos platos principales y delicados postres. Los Roques se sostiene por el turismo y los frutos del mar. Todo lo demás debe traerse de tierra firme. Pero no hay que olvidar que este conjunto de islas se desvelan en producir la gracia de convertirse en colirio para los ojos del visitante. l ENERO / FEBRERO 2017 SPANISH

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l hombre existe y crea, sueña y disfruta; pero también daña y perjudica. La humanidad ha puesto en jaque a la naturaleza, la ha explotado y la ha enfermado. Por esta y muchas razones más, las Naciones Unidas declaró al 2017 como el Año Internacional del Turismo Sostenible para el Desarrollo, con el propósito de incentivar y respetar la convivencia entre las naciones y el medio ambiente.

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La Asamblea General de la ONU explica: “Esta resolución reconoce la importancia del turismo internacional y, en particular, de la designación de un año internacional del turismo sostenible para promover una mejor compresión entre los pueblos de todas partes y conducir a que se tome una mayor conciencia de la riqueza del patrimonio de las diversas civilizaciones, con el fin de llevar a una mejor apreciación de los valores inherentes de las diversas culturas, contribuyendo al fortalecimiento de la paz en el mundo”. La decisión está fundamentada en tres sólidos cimientos: el aspecto económico, el espectro social y la protección ambiental. De esta manera, el ecoturismo o turismo eco-friendly alza su bandera durante los próximos 365 días. Este movimiento ofrece la posibilidad de disfrutar de zonas paradisíacas sin afectar la biodiversidad del lugar y, a través de gestiones responsables, se promueve la reutilización de los recursos y materiales para proteger la identidad cultural del área. ¡Ahora sí! Busca tu pasaporte, arma las maletas y prepárate para conocer los destinos ecológicos más sobresalientes del globo terráqueo.

Cabo Verde Este refugio atlántico tiene grandes planes ecosostenibles: pretenden que en el año 2050 toda su red energética funcione por medio de procesos renovables. De hecho, en 2013 recibió un galardón por el Banco Mundial gracias a sus esfuerzos por extender el turismo medioambiental.

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La isla de Boavista, conocida como la Isla de las Dunas, es un oasis de arenas blanquecinas y aguas de azules imposibles. Pero lo más resaltante es que tiene 14 zonas protegidas, donde se fomenta el senderismo por conos volcánicos e impresionantes paisajes de piedra caliza. Además, las bahías tienen amparo ecológico debido a la tortuga boba y a las ballenas jorobadas que buscan estos mares para reproducirse. Tampoco puedes perderte la exuberante experiencia de conocer los parques nacionales de Monte Gordo y la Sierra de la Malagueta.

Letonia y Lituania Los Países Bálticos son una joya por descubrir. Letonia es uno de los países con menos emisiones de carbono y ha desarrollado ambiciosos proyectos para reducir el efecto invernadero. Así que no es de extrañar su honorable mención como destino ecoturista. Sus montañas, bosques, lagos y ríos, conforman increíbles panorámicas que todo turista debe admirar. Por su parte, Lituania resalta por el Parque Nacional Aukstaitija que alberga pinos con más de 200 años de edad. Solo se puede acceder en compañía de los empleados del parque. El recinto cuenta con más de 60 especies de plantas y 48 de aves. Se puede practicar kayak, pues sus arroyos están interconectados con más de 126 lagos. ENERO / FEBRERO 2017 SPANISH

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Spanish Panamá El Canal de Panamá fue nombrado por la guía Frommer’s como uno de los mejores destinos del 2017. La publicación resalta los avances de la ampliación del canal y aplaude el sendero ecológico del Centro de Visitantes de Agua Clara. Por otro lado, el país centroamericano posee hermosos lugares ecoturísticos como el Parque Nacional Marino Islas Bastimentos, donde se puede bucear y conocer los multicoloridos arrecifes de coral y los manglares. Mención aparte merece la comarca de Guna Yala, conformada por 365 islas, de las cuales 36 están habitadas. Esto permite mayor control del sistema turista, además el archipiélago está protegido por serias restricciones de construcción y de conservación. Por ello, las únicas moradas son cabañas hechas con materiales autóctonos y miles de kilómetros de playas vírgenes.

Palaos Este país insular es un ejemplo mundial. Para empezar, el 28,2 % de las zonas marinas y terrestres se encuentran protegidas, y aún cuenta con lugares no explorados, vírgenes y únicos. El archipiélago está constituido por 340 islas, pero solo 9 están habitadas. Sus islas volcánicas y los espesos bosques, son el paraíso para los turistas extremos. En 2009, las Naciones Unidas inauguró en Palaos, el primer santuario de tiburones del mundo, logrando protección internacional contra la pesca de estos animales. Otro edén se encuentra en el Lago de las Medusas, en

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la isla Eil Malk, nombrada Patrimonio de la Humanidad en 2012, donde se puede nadar con estas inusuales criaturas.

Quebec Esta innovadora provincia canadiense ofrece uno de los eventos turísticos más aventureros y ecológicos del mundo: la famosa Route Verte o la Ruta Verde, donde los ciclistas recorren más de 4 mil kilómetros por todo Quebec. Las vistas más admiradas se encuentran en el río San Lorenzo, donde se avistan ballenas azules o belugas, sin dejar atrás los inolvidables atardeceres desde cualquiera de sus muelles. Durante la ruta también se puede conocer las antiguas cadenas montañosas del Laurentides; se cree que tienen más de mil millones de años. Solo debes pedalear con tranquilidad y respirar el impoluto aire continental.

México ¿Sabías qué el país de los aztecas posee 176 zonas protegidas? Y, por si fuera poco, México ostenta el 12 % de la biodiversidad del planeta. El ecoturismo está en las venas del país y la web Visitmexico elaboró una lista de los lugares más ecosostenibles: Las exóticas cascadas de San Luis Potosí son bálsamos imperdibles; la isla Holbox dispone reservas naturales de tortugas marinas y tiburones ballenas; las montañas de Nuevo León son ideales para el senderismo de aventura; la Sierra de Zapalinamé aguarda imponentes valles y llanuras, mientras que el municipio Valle de Bravo es el vergel de la Mariposa Monarca, donde se puede observar desde la Reserva de la Biósfera, declarada Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la Unesco. l


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y sus frutas odas las frutas aportan importantes valores nutritivos para el organismo, ¿pero cómo sabemos si estamos consumiendo las vitaminas necesarias? Sencillo: los alimentos menos procesados con químicos, siempre serán los más beneficios. Por esta razón, es importante que conozcas los ingredientes de esta temporada que suplirán el nivel preciso de proteínas que necesita tu cuerpo, debido al perfecto momento de cosecha y los procesos naturales de maduración que se verán reflejados en su tamaño, frescura y aroma.

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TE MOSTRAMOS UNA VARIEDAD DE INGREDIENTES IDEALES PARA EMPEZAR EL 2017. GOZA CON ESTE FESTÍN FRESQUÍSIMO Y SALUDABLE kPOR ELIZABETH M. GUTIÉRREZ G. inmunológico y la presión arterial. Así mismo, provee cantidades significativas de hierro, calcio y potasio. Su roja apariencia se debe a la extrema proporción de antocianina, lo que la hace una valiosa fruta antioxidante que protege contra cualquier tipo de inflamaciones y de cáncer. Además, sus hojas son perfectas para hacer té.


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Kiwi: para los que no lo conocen, su sabor contiene la armonía entre entre el plátano, la fresa y la piña. Contiene un alto valor de vitamina C, el doble que el limón, la naranja y la manzana. Es ideal como bocadillo y se puede agregar fácilmente en varios tipos de yogurt, merengadas, ensaladas, postres o cocteles. Manzana: la popular “fruta del pecado” es una de las que debes consumir diariamente porque previene muchas enfermedades por su alto contenido de agua. Aporta vitamina E, conocida por ser un poderoso antioxidante. Su tierno caparazón está cargado de pectina, una fibra que protege la mucosa intestinal. Es diurética y se puede ingerir en bebidas, comer antes o después del desayuno. Sirve como la merienda ideal y se puede consumir antes de un entrenamiento de alta intensidad.

Naranja: la reina de los frutos cítricos está, principalmente, dotada de vitamina C. Es un excelente antigripal y tiene cualidades cicatrizantes. De igual forma, actúa como un buen depurador de la sangre. Su dominio antioxidante actúa contra la aparición de

padecimientos como la hipertensión, la sordera, y la pérdida de la visión. Según investigaciones, favorece a la estimulación del orgasmo.

Piña: también llamada ananá. Posee vitaminas A del grupo B y C. Favorece la buena digestión; su contenido de bromelina mejora la circulación y contribuye a la pérdida de peso y la celulitis. El jugo le da un toque especial a las comidas y es excelente para suavizar carnes rojas. Mandarina: sus vitaminas C, E y B12 estimulan el crecimiento del cabello y retrasan la aparición de las canas. Gracias a ella, podrás lucir una piel joven y limpia. De acuerdo con los expertos, disminuye la insulina y contribuye a liberar el azúcar del cuerpo. Con ella, podrás olvidarte del estreñimiento.

¡Buenas noticias! Otra de las razones para consumir estas frutas de temporada, es que serán tus mejores aliadas para eliminar esos kilitos de más que ganaste en el mes de diciembre, por lo que te favorecerán a estar sano y a lucir radiante. l

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DULCE am CUANDO PENSAMOS EN SAN VALENTÍN, NOS VIENE A LA MENTE CUALQUIER DETALLE DE ROMANTICISMO, ASÍ QUE SI DESEAS CONQUISTAR A UNA PERSONA ESPECIAL, ESTAS AUTÉNTICAS RECETAS TE PUEDEN AYUDAR Cupcakes de Red Velvet Uno de los más populares de la repostería. Su impactante color lo hace muy llamativo para todos. Ingredientes - 60 gramos de mantequilla - 1 huevo - 145 gramos de azúcar - 125 mililitros de buttermilk (suero o crema de leche) - Una cucharada de cacao sin azúcar - ½ cucharada de bicarbonato - 145 gramos de harina - Una cucharadita de vinagre - Esencia de vainilla - Una cucharadita de colorante rojo de repostería Para la cobertura - 120 gramos de queso crema - 65 gramos de mantequilla sin sal - 300 gramos de azúcar glas Preparación Precalentar el horno a 180 °C. Tamizar la harina y el cacao sin azúcar. Luego, mezclar ambos ingredientes. Colocar la mantequilla (debe estar a temperatura ambiente) en un bol o en el recipiente de la batidora y añadir el azúcar. Batir hasta lograr una textura suave.

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icen que el amor entra por la boca, y nadie puede resistir la tentación de probar un bocadillo hecho con dulzura y cariño. En esta ocasión, acompaña las tradicionales flores y los clásicos bombones del Día de los Enamorados con una gama de cupcakes hechos en casa y, lo mejor de todo, elaborados por ti.

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Cuando la masa esté sin grumos, se reparte en los moldes de cupcakes. Después, hornear durante 20 minutos. Para verificar si está listo, inserta un palillo de dientes en el centro del cupcake, si sale libre de mezcla, están listos. Dejar enfriar y extraer del molde. Para decorar, extiende sobre los ponquecitos la cobertura del glaseado de queso crema. A continuación, te explicamos cómo se hace. Batir el azúcar glas junto a la mantequilla sin sal. Cuando estén integrados, incorporar el queso crema y seguir batiendo hasta obtener una crema firme pero suave.

Cupcakes de chocolate En cada bocado de este postre está escondido un dulce te quiero. Ingredientes - 125 gramos de mantequilla - 125 gramos de azúcar - 2 huevos - 100 gramos de harina - 75 gramos de cacao en polvo - 1 cucharadita de esencia de vainilla Para la cobertura - 175 gramos de mantequilla - 250 gramos de azúcar glas - 1 cucharada de esencia de vainilla - 2 cucharadas de leche Preparación Precalentar el horno a 180 °C. Batir la mantequilla y el azúcar durante dos minutos, hasta obtener una textura ligera y espumosa. Sin dejar de batir, añadir los huevos uno a uno y, posteriormente, la esencia de vainilla. Tamizar la harina y el cacao en polvo, y añadirlos a la mezcla anterior. Remover hasta conseguir una masa homogénea. Repartir la masa en los moldes y hornear durante 15 - 20 minutos. Dejar enfriar a los cupcakes. Para la cobertura haremos un frosting de vainilla: Colocar la mantequilla (debe estar a temperatura ambiente) en la batidora y agregar el azúcar glas, la esencia de vainilla y la leche. Batir durante un minuto a velocidad media. Luego, subir a velocidad media-alta durante cinco minutos hasta que la masa luzca cremosa y tenga un color amarillo claro. Verter la mezcla en una manga pastelera y utiliza la boquilla de tu preferencia. Adornar los ponquecitos con lluvia de chocolate y cerezas. l ENERO / FEBRERO 2017 SPANISH

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EL CARNAVAL ES UNA DE LAS TRADICIONES QUE VISTE A LATINOAMÉRICA DE COLORES, DANZAS Y PECADOS kPOR ARGENIS GUDIÑO uando culmina el mes de febrero, llega el dichoso Rey Momo para presidir una de las fiestas más pintorescas del mundo: el carnaval. Durante este festejo, el cuerpo de las mulatas brasileñas y de otras partes del continente, danzan al contagioso son del baile carioca con movimientos sensuales y exuberantes trajes de fantasía.

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En estas fiestas, las bebidas espirituosas toman gran protagonismo, y muchas de ellas se mezclan con frutas tropicales para potenciar su sabor. Aprovechamos este alegre evento para darte algunas propuestas gustosas, pero recuerda que debes prevenir la ingesta de alcohol excesiva. Disfruta sanamente y con prudencia. l

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Martini de fresa Ingredientes - 5 onzas de vodka - 3 cucharaditas de azúcar - 1 taza de fresas, lavadas y sin tallos Preparación Dejar enfriar las copas de martini en el congelador. Triturar las fresas para extraer el zumo y dejar dos fresas para la decoración. En una coctelera, añadir hielo picado, el vodka y el azúcar; agitar con fuerza. Sacar las copas del congelador. Verter un poco de azúcar en un plato pequeño para cubrir los bordes de las copas. Colocar la preparación en la copa y decorar con las fresas.


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Piña colada Ingredientes 1 piña cortada en trozos - 2 onzas de ron blanco - ½ taza de crema o leche de coco - ½ vaso de jugo de piña - ¼ de cerezas marrasquino (opcional) - Hielo picado Preparación Colocar el hielo en la licuadora junto con los demás ingredientes. Licuar hasta que todo esté bien integrado y servir.

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Ingredientes - Un puñado de hierbabuena - Jugo de medio limón - 2 onzas de tequila blanco - 2 cucharaditas de azúcar - Hielo picado - Agua gasificada

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Preparación Se prepara directamente en el vaso donde se servirá el trago. Realizar un nido pequeño de hierbabuena en el fondo del vaso, agregar el jugo de limón y el azúcar, y con un mortero maceramos con cuidado esta mezcla. Agregar el hielo picado hasta llenar el vaso, verter el tequila y rellenar con agua gasificada. Decorar con rodajas de limón.

Ingredientes - 2 onzas de cachaça - 3 cucharadas de jugo de limón - 1 cucharada de azúcar - 1/8 cucharadita de pimienta negra molida - 1/2 taza de sandía troceada - Hielo Preparación Colocar el limón, el azúcar, la pimienta y la sandía en una coctelera y triturar bien con un mortero. Agregar la cachaça, suficiente hielo y agitar bien. Servir en una copa. Adornar con hojas de menta y con trozos de fruta.

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loset, armario, placar, ropero, guardarropa, aparador, cómoda o taquillón… son muchos los términos para definir ese espacio íntimo y sin fondo donde guardamos todo aquello que refleja nuestro gusto, esas prendas que nos visten frente al mundo y al combinarse, se trasforman en una melodía que expresa, comunica y transmite. Hay quienes lo mantienen ordenado y otros no tanto, pero la mayor preocupación a la hora de referirse al armario es saber que está dotado y armado con piezas claves de indumentaria, que serán nuestra armadura para ganar las batallas de la cotidianidad que van desde la oficina hasta una reunión de negocios. No queremos malgastar el preciado espacio de un closet con prendas poco prácticas, de mala calidad o poco uso. Las palabras claves son, justamente, las prendas correctas, y debemos descifrar el código que funciona para cada uno de nosotros. Sin embargo, hay ciertas leyes no escritas que han sido probadas y comprobadas a lo largo de la historia de la moda y, para ambos géneros, existen piezas indispensables que con su presencia facilitan el buen vestir sin caer en

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discrepancias. Las damas siempre ha sido y deben seguir de primeras, por eso comenzamos con esos artículos fáciles de combinar, versátiles y difícilmente te harán lucir fuera de tono.

Falda negra tubo, por la rodilla. Puedes crear combinaciones infinitas para usarla en Las mil y una noches. Ajustada sin necesidad de estrangular, que permita sentarse y caminar libremente. A la cintura queda muy bien, sin bolsillos. De una tela noble y duradera que no se arrugue. Para el día o la noche, fines de semana o jornadas laborales, la falda negra es una aliada para usar con stilettos, botas, botines o sandalias. Es elegante, clásica, atemporal y tiene un toque sensual que acentúa las curvas en su justa medida.

Blusa blanca. Lo único malo del blanco es que se mancha con facilidad. Sin embargo, favorece a todas las tonalidades de piel y contexturas, además ilumina el rostro de quien la lleva. Estuvo de moda hace 50 años y seguirá de moda en el futuro.

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Traje blanco. Aquella idea preconcebida sobre los trajes y que solo son para caballeros, ha quedado empolvada junto con otras costumbres retrogradas del siglo IXX. Una dama vestida con un traje sastre, de chaqueta y pantalón, es el epitome de la elegancia femenina. El blanco otorga una suavidad absoluta y obviamente entallado, con un buen escote, fácilmente te puede liberar de cualquier apuro social cuando estés indispuesta para usar falda. Además, lo bueno de un traje, es que otro día se puede utilizar la chaqueta con jean y otro día el pantalón con un top contrastante. Se multiplican las opciones y se prologa la inversión, además de ahorrar espacio en el armario.

Para nosotros… El jean oscuro. Para la oficina, los fi-

Stilettos de leopardo. Quizá a las más conservadoras no les provoque invertir en un calzado de animal print, pero la moda ha demostrado que son tan versátiles como los zapatos negros, pero mucho más llamativos a la hora de llevar un toque audaz sin hacer mucho ruido. Con vestido, pantalón, falda o jeans, unos buenos zapatos de punta y tacón fino, te proporcionan una pisada felina. Sin duda, llegarás a tu destino con un estilo propio, respetando la elegancia de un clásico.

nes de semana, las cenas entre amigos, una cita en el odontólogo o un partido de fútbol, esta prenda es una inversión segura. Hay infinidad de modelos, acabados gastados y hasta destrozados con muchos huecos, pero yo hablo del jean oscuro, bajo en la cintura y un poco entallado en la pierna. Tiene cierto aire moderno por el corte más ajustado sin llegar a ser incomodo ni violentar la carga de testosterona del varón que lo lleve. Es fuerte, resistente, combinable y atemporal. Una prenda que hizo y seguirá haciendo historia.

Pantalón beige. Suele ser una excelente opción para citas y compromisos durante el día, suavizan la rudeza de los colores oscuros que casi siempre predominan en la selección del vestuario masculino. Tiende a dar la sensación de un look más relajado sin perder el estilo de saber combi-

narse y atreverse a salir de la aburrida zona de confort de un pantalón azul o negro.

Blazer gris. De corte clásico, dos botones, buen corte, tela con cuerpo y gran caída. Combina con otros grises, beige, blanco, negro, azul en todas sus tonalidades o jean. Es muy versátil, cálido, elegante, infaltable y fácilmente transforma un look casual en un conjunto ideal para ir a cenar con la chica que finalmente te dijo que sí.

Oxford marrones. Con un traje azul quedan de película y últimamente los he visto combinados con gris y me sorprende la sinergia que se forma. Un buen calzado de cuero y diseño inglés te vestirá con buen gusto. Además saltan a la vista, aunque se fundan en el conjunto, están presentes con toda la fuerza de los materiales nobles y aquellos agujeros y pespuntes tan característicos del estilo británico. Perfume. Un accesorio invisible para ambos géneros que hace la diferencia a la hora de vestirse y saludar a alguien. Las buenas fragancias despiertan ese sentido dándole paso a un agudo interés por el resto. Si alguien huele bien, tratas de identificarlo de inmediato. Los olores evocan sensaciones, lugares, personas… podemos hacer que alguien viaje con los ojos cerrados con tan solo un sutil acercamiento. Las fragancias fuertes poseen mucho carácter y personalidad. Siempre es bueno tener un perfume de cabecera aunque probar las novedades nunca le ha hecho mal a nadie. Tener uno en el carro, en la cartera o en el maletín de trabajo, te permitirá llegar fresco a cualquier sitio aunque hayas salido muy temprano de casa. Aquí les dejo el mío: Intenso by Dolce&Gabbana, aunque hoy desnudamos el closet sin ninguna intensidad. Hasta la próxima. l

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EN ESTA TERCERA EDICIÓN TE EXPLICAREMOS QUÉ ES GOOGLE BUSINESS, SUS VENTAJAS Y, PRINCIPALMENTE, CÓMO SACAR EL MAYOR PROVECHO DE ESTA HERRAMIENTA DIGITAL kPOR JULIO ROMANO www.studiorm7.com.mx

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oogle Business es una red que te ayudará a conectar directamente con tus clientes por medio del buscador Google, Google Maps y la red social Google+. A través de esta herramienta lograrás definir tu target y elaborar estrategias efectivas para tus usuarios.Google Business está conformado por las siguientes características:

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Página principal: acá encontrarás información importante para elaborar estrategias, campañas digitales para el buscador de Google, reseñas y personalizar tu link en Google+. También podrás registrar datos de tu empresa: dirección, teléfono y página web (puedes utilizar la dirección de un blog). Luego, solicita una verificación de empresa, te llegará por correo una postal de Google confirmando tu dirección. Con esto podrás aparecer en Google Maps con el propósito de que tus clientes puedan localizarte.

Estadísticas: en esta sección encontrarás información de búsqueda, clasificado por descubrimiento, categoría, producto o servicio.

Reseñas: a través de este punto, tus clientes califican tus servicios del 1 al 5 y el valor generará tu posicionamiento orgánico en el buscador de Google. Sería la publicidad de boca a boca.

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cional. La diferencia entre ambos es la configuración. Adwords Express es recomendable para principiantes, pero si quieres aprovechar esta herramienta debes usar Adwords tradicional ya que te permite publicar banners publicitarios, hacer publicaciones para video y dispositivos móviles. Mientras no ingreses ningún dato para facturación o cobro a una tarjeta de crédito, no tendrás problemas para ver la diferencia entre ambas cuentas. Por otro lado, tendrás herramientas para aprovechar cada centavo invertido por publicación. Te recomendamos usarlo cuando tu página se encuentre con un buen contenido. Evita hacer copypaste porque Google sanciona estas acciones.

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Google Analytics: con esta aplicación sabrás cómo tus clientes llegaron a tu página web (recomendamos usar esta herramienta cuando tengas tu página web).

nombre de tu empresa.

Podrás estudiar cuántos usuarios nuevos vieron tu página, cuántos regresaron y el total de usuarios que intervinieron. También observarás qué dispositivos usaron para localizarte (tabletas, móviles o computadoras), el género del usuario y otras informaciones destacables.

En resumen, Google te provee un sinfín de herramientas para conocer cómo son tus usuarios potenciales. Si tienes muchas dudas, asesórate con un especialista en SEO o SEM que cuente con una certificación Google, como StudioRM7.

Toda la información que reúnas, te servirá para crear estrategias. Por ejemplo, si tus usuarios ingresan a través de dispositivos móviles, puedes modificar tu página web y agregar un botón de llamada en la página principal para que se pongan en contacto, o puedes anexar una localización para que sepan cómo llegar a tu empresa. De esta manera, tu compañía se dará a conocer y desarrollarás el branding perfecto.

El posicionamiento SEO y SEM van de la mano, no dependas solo de uno. Si manejas ambos tendrás un ROI o retribución de ingreso excelente. En SEM (campañas pagadas) es importante tener un contenido de alta calidad para tener un bajo costo en tus campañas, y esto podrás lograrlo optimizando y mejorando las informaciones de tu web. Un buen SEO lleva tiempo pero los resultados son satisfactorios y los notarás. l ENERO / FEBRERO 2017 SPANISH

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TECNOPIC SELECCIONES TECNOLÓGICAS

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Teclado plegable Bluetooth

Su ultra delgado diseño lo convierte en un práctico teclado portátil compatible con iOS, Android, Windows, tabletas y smartphones. Se carga en cuatro horas y funciona durante 64 horas continuas. $ 34.99 www.amazon.com

Multimedia acuática Para dejar constancia de las experiencias

en el mar o de los entrenamientos en la piscina, estos novedosos lentes poseen una cámara de video con resolución HD de 1080p y, además, resisten tres metros de profundidad. ¡Una verdadera hazaña bajo el agua! $ 155.74 www.overstock.com 210 SPANISH

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ZTE Axon 7

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

La versión más reciente de este smartphone ofrece una ampliación de 64 GB de almacenamiento interno. Posee una cámara posterior de 20 MP y 8 MP en la cámara frontal. Tiene reconocimiento dactilar y un potente procesador Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. $399.98 www.amazon.com

Con solo hacer un clic, esta cámara instantánea inmortaliza tus recuerdos. Tiene flash automático, lente plegable y garantiza fotografías en alta calidad. $70.00 www.urbanoutfitters.com

Los costos de los accesorios están sujetos a cambios a consideración de la e-shop.

Lector de tarjetas USB

El iReader luce un diseño compacto, es portátil y fácil de usar. Puedes ver tus archivos en cualquier momento y soporta una tarjeta de memoria micro SD. $19.99 www.amazon.com

Sonido Bluetooth 4.0

Para disfrutar de tu música favorita mientras te ejercitas o realizas alguna tarea cotidiana. Estos auriculares poseen controles para atender llamadas y manejar el reproductor. Funciona seis horas continuas y su diseño inteligente promete mucha comodidad. $ 28.73 www.overstock.com

Cargador solar Este cargador de celda solar de 1400 mAh, es un verdadero amigo del ambiente. Permite de manera muy ecológica recargar la batería de los teléfonos móviles. Funciona al adherirse a una ventana para absorber la energía lumínica. $38.99 es.aliexpress.com ENERO / FEBRERO 2017 SPANISH

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Erik Rosete, filántropo y diseñador, creó la marca Mr. Triple X, la cual día a día se posiciona más en el mercado pop gracias a las distintas plataformas donde ha presentado su trabajo, como en los eventos MercedesBenz Fashion Week, Miami Swim Week, Los Angeles Fashion Week y su participación en el programa de la supermodelo Tyra Banks, America’s Next Top Model.

Mr. TRIPLE X www.mistertriplex.com DISEÑADOR ERIK ROSETE FOTOGRAFÍAS ARUN NEVADER

Celebridades como la supermodelo Janice Dickinson, el modelo tatuado Marshall Perrin y la estrella Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, usan los diseños de Rosete y, además, son modelos constantes de la firma. Por otro lado, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Miley Cyrus y Carrie Underwood, han lucido vestuarios de los diseñadores que Rosete representa bajo la organización Art Hearts Fashion, un proyecto que beneficia a múltiples fundaciones benéficas. Es un honor contar, en esta edición, con la presencia de un gran talento de la moda y amigo de nuestro editor y director creativo, Leonardo D’Almagro. l

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IPHONE 7

Con el lanzamiento de este nuevo dispositivo móvil, Apple introduce avanzados sistemas en la cámara, mejora el rendimiento y la duración de la batería, coloca altavoces estéreo inmersivos, es resistente al agua y la pantalla es más brillante y colorida. Versiones: 128GB y 256 GB.

749$ y 849$ www.apple.com

VERSACE OUD NOIR Uno de los mejores ingredientes de la perfumería artesanal da vida a Oud Noir, la fragancia para hombres de Versace diseñada para los amantes de los olores orientales.

59$ presentación 100 ml www.amazon.com

NIKE “FORREST GUMP” Nike nos trae el clásico zapato de Cortez, las zapatillas de running que fueron un éxito en los años 70 y luego se hicieron famosas por ser usadas por Tom Hanks en el film “Forrest Gump” en 1994.

165$ www.amazon.com

GEMELOS MEISTERSTÜCK MONTBLANC Un clásico que no debe faltar en cualquier guardarropa masculino. Los gemelos Meisterstück celebran la sobriedad y la elegancia. La eterna forma redonda con incrustación de ónix negro crea una joya que luce todo el estilo de Montblanc.

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BRAZALETE DE JASPE NARANJA BY LEONARDO D’ ALMAGRO Realizado en metal hipoalergénico, sin plomo y sin níquel. La piedra de cada brazalete varía en tamaño, forma y color.

120$ www.leonardodalmagro.com BUFANDA BURBERRY Clásica de cachemir. Indispensable para toda mujer.

520$ www.amazon.com

LOVE MOSCHINO Moschino representa un espíritu creativo que logra mezclar perfectamente la ironía y la apertura mental, y estas zapatillas fashion son un ejemplo de ello.

150$ - 320$ www.amazon.com

CINTURÓN SALVATORE FERRAGAMO Correa de cintura alta con hebilla de moño Vara ajustable mediante un mecanismo deslizante que se encuentra colocado en la parte de atrás del cinturón.

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oy en día, esta firma es líder en el sector de los accesorios personalizables elaborados con materiales innovadores como el EVA (etilvinilacetato), un componente resistente, ligero, lavable e impermeable. Con esta descripción, muchos se preguntarán: ¿una cartera de plástico que cusa furor en Europa? Pues sí, una cartera de EVA está llamando la atención de muchas mujeres a las que les gusta llevar una pieza única y de vanguardia, ya que, todos los bolsos están diseñados para ser usados por el con-

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sumidor con accesorios intercambiables que pueden ser mezclados y combinados, permitiendo personalizar la pieza según el estilo y gusto de cada persona. O bag está orientada al diseño, pero con un enfoque easy fashion, para un público variado y multigeneracional que reconoce la posibilidad de ser individual y elegir con libertad. O bag es el encuentro entre la funcionalidad del diseño y una mirada contemporánea que promueve materiales de vanguardia y formas esenciales, combinadas con la fuerza del color.

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Las carteras que han causado sensación en Europa, se hicieron presentes en Latinoamérica en el año 2014, con la apertura de la primera tienda en Bogotá, Colombia. Actualmente, el país latino cuenta con seis tiendas O bag. La más reciente fue inaugurada en diciembre en el Centro Comercial Parque La Colina. La firma también está presente en Panamá, México, Costa Rica, Boston y Miami. De esta manera, O bag brinda al continente americano una opción de moda distintiva y cambiante. l


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TE PRESENTAMOS A ESTA PRESTIGIOSA MARCA ITALIANA QUE HA ESTADO PRESENTE EN EL MERCADO DE LA MODA Y EL DISEÑO INTERNACIONAL DESDE EL AÑO 2009. kPRESENTADO POR FABBIOLA PALUMBO JR. FASHION EDITOR

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¿TE CASARÍAS conmigo? ESTA ES UNA DE LAS PREGUNTAS MÁS NERVIOSAS E IMPORTANTES PARA DAMAS Y CABALLEROS, PUES ENTRE SUS SIGNOS DE INTERROGACIÓN, SE DIVISA LA PROMESA DE AMOR ETERNO kPOR ARGENIS GUDIÑO FOTOGRAFÍA www.joyeriasuarez.com

un hecho que se remonta en la época romana cuando los caballeros anunciaban sus nupcias con una pieza de hierro con forma de aro, que la mujer conservaba hasta cumplir la promesa de matrimonio. Para algunas personas, la boda es vista solo como un trámite burocrático, pero para muchísimas parejas, esta acción está arraigada en sus fantasías y sueños; representa un deseo entrañable y el compromiso de una relación indisoluble.

¿Cómo entregar el anillo de compromiso? uizá, hoy en día, un anillo de compromiso puede estar catalogado como algo anticuado, pero para muchos representa uno de los momentos más esperados. Este acto representa la formalización del noviazgo, no por el valor, forma o tamaño del anillo, sino por la carga emotiva que lo acompaña. Esta joya es símbolo de adoración y predilección; un pacto de amor y unión. Entregar un anillo, según las antiguas historias, es

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Si aún no sabes cómo organizar ese momento inolvidable, te recomendamos hablar con familiares y amigos que hayan pasado por esa ocasión. Lo importante es ser creativo y diseñar un ambiente emocionante, tierno y memorable para ti y tu pareja. Usa tu imaginación y sé original. ¡Exprésate con el corazón! Y recuerda cultivar el respeto, la tolerancia y la comunicación para que tu matrimonio sea el más longevo de todos. ¡Felicidades! l


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Alianza de boda de oro amarillo con diamantes talla brillante. Oro amarillo de 18 quilates engastado con diamantes blancos talla brillante de 0,22 quilates.

Alianza de pedida / Oro blanco de 18 quilates. Engastado con diamantes blancos talla brillante de 1,36 quilates.

Solitario de oro blanco. Con diamante fancy con orla y brazos de diamantes. .

Oro blanco de 18 quilates. Engastado con diamantes blancos talla brillante con 0,40 quilates. La aguamarina mide 7 mm de largo y 5 mm de ancho.

Solitario de pedida. Oro blanco 18 quilates engastado con diamantes blancos talla brillante de 0,20 quilates. .

Oro rosa de 18 quilates. Engastado con diamante blanco talla brillante de 0,04 quilates.

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QUIERO HACER EJERCICIOS…

¿qué ropa debo usar? AL MOMENTO DE EJERCITARTE, YA SEA QUE VAYAS AL GIMNASIO, LA PLAYA O LA MONTAÑA, Y REALICES RUNNING, NATACIÓN, CICLISMO, TENIS, CROSSFIT O CUALQUIER OTRA DISCIPLINA, NO ES CONVENIENTE USAR CUALQUIER SHORT O CAMISETA. TE MOSTRAMOS LAS RAZONES PARA EQUIPARTE CON LA INDUMENTARIA IDEAL PARA PONERTE EN FORMA kPOR MARCELO GALVEZ www.wellnessbreak.cl

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odo en nuestro mundo actual está lleno de infinidades de avances tecnológicos, y la ropa deportiva no podía quedarse atrás. Hoy en día, este tipo de vestimenta ha evolucionado a la velocidad de los deportes que representan.

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Debes saber que una camiseta de algodón no te da la frescura que requieres al momento de ejercitarte y tampoco te permite estar cómodo, porque en la medida en que transpiras, el algodón absorberá ese sudor y se convertirá en una masa de peso extra en tu entrenamiento. Adicionalmente, cuando escoges fibras inadecuadas para el ejercicio, éstas pueden llegar a producir roces en tu piel y, más allá de ser incómodas, pueden dejar laceraciones o quemaduras no menores. El tema de la higiene es primordial. La ropa deportiva de una tela que no corresponde, puede ser el mejor ambiente para que las bacterias se cultiven, formen y reproduzcan a una velocidad impresionante. Para evitar todos estos incidentes, te ofrecemos las siguientes alternativas:

Elastano o Spandex: es flexible y se adapta al cuerpo. Es uno de los tejidos más utilizados al momento de hacer ejercicios. Entre sus propiedades destacan: Estirarse hasta el 500 % sin romperse ni perder su longitud original. Soporta la abrasión. Más fuerte y más duradero que el caucho. Suave y liso. Resiste las grasas naturales de la piel, la transpiración, las lociones y los detergentes. Aguanta el agua clorada, los bronceadores y los aceites cosméticos. Colores brillantes. Buena solidez a la luz.

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Poliéster: alta elasticidad. Fibra manufacturada cuya sustancia está formada por cualquier polímero sintético de cadena larga en el cual, al menos, el 85% del polímero es un éster de ácido tereftálico. ENERO / FEBRERO 2017 SPANISH

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Spanish Las propiedades de las telas de este material varían según su composición, estructura y procesamiento, pero hay algunas características generales que se encuentran en casi todas. El poliéster fue presentado ante el público estadounidense en el año 1951 como una tela que no necesitaba plancharse. Rápidamente se conoció bajo el nombre wash-and-wear (lave y use). Sin embargo, pronto se descubrieron otros atributos menos favorecedores como las irritaciones en la piel y algunas personas experimentaron rechazo al tacto de su textura. Sin embargo, las propiedades de las telas de poliéster incluyen costos muy económicos: mucha resistencia y resiliencia, poco peso, hidrofobia (se siente seca o la humedad no se siente al tocarla) y tiene un punto de fusión inusualmente elevado. Además aguanta las tinturas, los solventes y la mayoría de los químicos; repele las manchas, no se encoge ni se estira, se seca rápidamente, resiste las arrugas, el moho, retiene los pliegues y es fácil de lavar.

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Resistencia y calidad Coolmax® es una marca registrada de la empresa ADVANSA, la cual destaca en Europa por la producción de poliéster. Su capa es un 25 % más gruesa que las fibras normales, de manera que facilita considerablemente su transpiración. Gracias a esas características capilares, esta fibra consigue eliminar la humedad del cuerpo. La sudoración es uno de los principales problemas a los que se enfrenta cualquier deportista. Por ello, contar con prendas transpirables como, por ejemplo, la camiseta manga corta fabricada con tejido Coolmax® es una excelente opción. Este tipo de tejidos tienen las siguientes virtudes: Frescos, secos y confortables. Efecto transpirable. Secado rápido. Flexibles y ligeros. Se pueden lavar a máquina.

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Dri-Fit: es una tecnología que utiliza la marca Nike desde el 2013. La tela absorbe la humedad y la esparce en un segundo revestimiento, así se evapora rápidamente. Esta técnica se encuentra en artículos como shorts, camisetas, medias, gorras y guantes. Si deseas cualquier modelo Dri-Fit puedes diseñarla a tu gusto en la página web de la firma. La marca alemana Puma produce una serie de calzados y prendas llamadas Puma ACTV y Puma RCVR. Ambas utilizaron el tejido lycra sport por primera vez en el mercado, usando tanto cinta (taping) como compresión mejorada. Puma ACTV fue galardonada por la industria del deporte con el reconocimiento IPSO Gold Award, sello de calidad en la categoría de Prendas de Compresión, en IPSO 2013. De acuerdo con Puma, los zapatos ACTV usan una combinación de mayor compresión muscular y cinta, con el propósito de maximizar la potencia del cuerpo y el soporte. La cinta está integrada estratégicamente en

las prendas para imitar los patrones musculares de un atleta y proporcionar un micro masaje para mejorar el rendimiento. Varias tiras de esta cinta siliconada elástica están colocadas en lugares donde el músculo se activa. Puma trabajó en colaboración con INVISTA para determinar la mejor tela en la gama de las prendas ACTV. La cinta siliconada está unida al tejido, que constituye el material principal. Esto es parte de una continua colaboración dentro de la innovación deportiva entre ambas marcas.

ClimaCool: tela presentada por Adidas y que tiene una tecnología similar a la de Nike. Destaca por la capacidad de regular la temperatura corporal, gracias a sus micropuntos de ventilación. Como ves, a la hora de escoger la ropa para hacer ejercicios, existen diversos factores a considerar y el mercado deportivo nos muestra múltiples elecciones. Solo debes seleccionar la oferta que se adapte a tus requerimientos físicos. l

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ENCUENTRA EL AMOR EL PRIMER PASO ES TOMAR CONCIENCIA DE QUÉ ES LO NOS ACERCA Y AL MISMO TIEMPO NOS ALEJA DEL AMOR. LA PAREJA ES UNA UNIDAD PARA CONSTRUIR Y CREAR VÍNCULOS kPOR GIUSEPPE PALADINO B. www.giuseppepaladino.com

na pareja se establece para evolucionar en diferentes aspectos de la vida, pero cuando esto no es posible, estalla una crisis para corregir el rumbo y efectuar los cambios necesarios para seguir el camino del desarrollo. Algunos logran cambiar, otros comenzarán otra relación. Sin embargo, para comenzar un nuevo amorío es necesario cerrar en equilibrio la relación anterior, de esta manera se evitan los mismos problemas y se evalúan diversos aprendizajes.

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de dar, ser útil y estar agradecido porque recibimos cariño. Dar y recibir debe ser un ejercicio sin juicios ni críticas. Admira y acepta a tu compañero(a) para que puedan compartir plena y sinceramente, y lograr consentirse en una sola realidad. Recuerda que eres autor de tu propia felicidad, no la de los demás. Cuando aprendemos a amar nuestra existencia individual, seremos capaces de querer a otros. La búsqueda del amor, o de cualquier otra cosa, comienza por uno mismo y somos nosotros quienes nos acercamos o separamos de él. Al reconocer nuestras historias de familia, valorar nuestros dones y las oportunidades que diariamente se nos presentan, comenzaremos a explorar nuestras luces y sombras e iniciaremos el camino para respetarnos y aceptarnos. De esta manera, las personas que nos rodean dejarán de ser espejos donde reflejamos nuestros miedos, vacíos y defectos, y se convertirán en guías para compartir lo mejor de nosotros mismos. El ser humano busca amar, ser amado y compartir. Solo cuando logramos amarnos, conseguimos la felicidad plena y a partir de ahí descubrimos que todo depende de nuestra actitud, no de lo que ocurre en el exterior. Cuando entendemos este estado, conseguiremos compartir armonía, gratitud y bonanza con nuestra pareja. l


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UNA FECHA MUY IMPORTANTE PARA LA CULTURA ASIÁTICA Y SE FESTEJA DURANTE 15 DÍAS. YA NO SE CELEBRA SOLO EN CHINA, COREA O MALASIA, SINO TAMBIÉN EN UNA GRAN CANTIDAD DE PAÍSES OCCIDENTALES DONDE LA INMIGRACIÓN ORIENTAL HA CONTRIBUIDO A LA EXPANSIÓN DE ESTA TRADICIÓN kPOR GIUSEPPE PALADINO B. www.giuseppepaladino.com

diferencia del año nuevo occidental, que siempre se celebra el mismo día, el año chino comienza con el primer día de la segunda luna nueva, después del solsticio de invierno, por lo tanto no tiene una fecha fija. Sin embargo, el próximo 28 de enero de 2017, el año chino comienza un nuevo ciclo.

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Cada año está representado por un animal del zodíaco oriental y un elemento de la naturaleza. El 2017 es el turno para el gallo de fuego. Será un año de gran vitalidad, medido por el orden, la justicia, las estrategias, la fertilidad y los avances. Para los chinos esta fecha tiene mucha importancia familiar, por eso regresan a sus pueblos nativos para celebrarlo con sus seres queridos. Los asiáticos profesan diferentes creencias como el budismo, el hinduismo, el taoísmo, el confucionismo y muchas otras. La filosofía o arte ancestral del feng shui celebra y renueva las energías con la llegada del año nuevo chino. Durante 15 días se organizan actividades y honores. Por ejemplo, el primer día se denomina Festival de Primavera o Festival del Año Nuevo Lunar y se celebra con una gran abundancia de alimentos, fuegos artificiales, danzas, desfiles y dinero en sobres rojos.

Cada uno de estos elementos simboliza buena suerte y la comida representa las cinco bendiciones del año nuevo: longevidad, riqueza, paz, sabiduría y rectitud. Mención aparte merece la danza del dragón, pues ahuyenta los malos espíritus y destruye las energías negativas. Esta criatura encarna el poder, la fortuna y los inicios. El segundo día está dedicado a la honra de los ancestros y a la apertura de los negocios. Las mascotas son consentidas el tercer día. Durante el sexto día se comparte exclusivamente con la familia. El día ocho se realizan ritos de agradecimiento hasta culminar con el quinceavo día con la celebración del Festival de los Faroles, donde miles de linternas adornan hogares, calles y locales. Esta fiesta se celebra justo con la llegada de la primera luna llena, la más poderosa del año. Se arman lámparas de fuego y el cielo se colma de globos cubiertos de peticiones. Durante este día se hacen ceremonias y rituales para conseguir la pareja perfecta. l

El Gallo de fuego: Tiempo en que debe reinar la perseverancia, la seguridad en sí mismo, la tolerancia, la sinceridad y el respeto por la integridad de cada persona. El 2017 es el año de la ley, la rectitud y la logística. Hay que mantenerse alerta ante las adversidades. Tiempo de cambios delicados.

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órtate bien” me había implorado mi madre antes de despedirse. Era la primera vez que viajaba dejándome sola en casa. Yo tenía unas ganas terribles de transgredir la moral y las buenas costumbres –normales a mis 18 años– y tenía un novio de rechupete que volvía la tentación aún más irresistible. Lo primero que hice fue armar una fiesta que amenazó con volverse un asunto policial. Lo segundo, perder ese estorbo que llaman virginidad. Debuté la madrugada de un primero de noviembre, día de todos los Santos, que ironía. No hubo sangre: el deporte, los tampones, quién sabe. No sentí dolor, pero tampoco placer. Sabía de antemano que era inútil esperar un orgasmo, y aunque luego de varios años de exploración autoasistida ya sabía cómo llegar, aquello no ocurrió esa primera madrugada. Por último, tampoco hubo culpa: me recuerdo acostada en mi cama adolescente, melosa, eufórica, con una sonrisa de escolar saliéndose con la suya. Luego de esto mi novio siempre me ha reclamado que no sangré, ni me dolió y nunca creyó que yo le entregue mi virginidad”. Vanessa, 21 años, Caracas. Por lo general, la primera relación sexual con la consecuente pérdida de la virginidad, suele estar rodeada de miedos y temores. Son, hasta cierto punto, normales, al tratarse de una experiencia desconocida. El principal temor de las mujeres es el dolor provocado por la ruptura del himen, pues temen que sus parejas las consideren inexpertas y las rechacen. También pueden sentir culpa por motivos religiosos, culturales o familiares. Por toda esta mitología que se ha creado en torno a la virginidad, casi siempre se vive de modo muy poco placentero esta primera experiencia sexual.

“Virgen” designa al hombre o la mujer que no ha tenido relaciones sexuales. En el pasado, la palabra se aplicaba, por lo general, sólo a las mujeres, y se refería especialmente al himen, una delgada membrana muscular que cruza la vagina cerca de su abertura, y que está presente desde el nacimiento. La mayoría creía que esa membrana permanecía hasta que la mujer tenía su primera relación sexual, y entonces se “rompía”. Según los mitos, ese dramático acontecimiento estaba acompañado por cierto dolor y sangramiento. Durante algunos periodos históricos (e incluso ahora en algunas civilizaciones), se exigía a la nueva familia de la novia que exhibiera las sabanas que se habían usado la noche de bodas; las sabanas manchadas con sangre se consideraban la prueba fehaciente de la virginidad de la novia. Ahora sabemos que la membrana comienza a desaparecer poco después del nacimiento, y que continúa en proceso de desaparición durante la niñez y la adolescencia. Si el mito de la membrana intacta hasta la noche de bodas fuera verdad, ninguna mujer podría menstruar hasta su boda porque el flujo menstrual quedaría retenido por el himen. La falta de sangre en las sabanas la noche del casamiento o el primer coito libre de dolor no indican que la mujer haya tenido relaciones sexuales con anterioridad. l Para que el Dr. Miguel Sira responda tus preguntas a través de esta columna, contáctalo por: www.facebook.com/miguelsirav www.twitter.com/drmiguelsira miguelsirav@hotmail.com

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Mia is a student at the University of Texas at Austin, double majoring in Advertising and Theatre. Having grown up in an artistic family, she has devoted much of her life to the arts, striving for finesse in violin, dance, film, and theatre. Ultimately, she aspires to become a valuable advocate for diverse representation in the arts and media.

Victoria is a high school junior heavily involved in her academics and community. Honored with the title of Miss Teen Austin Latina 20142015, Victoria has been the cover girl for several Austin magazines and featured in editorials throughout Central Texas. A role model for the community, Victoria is the proud co-founder of Uniquely Me, a club which is a collaboration of college and high school girls who serve the community and advocate member career interest through networking. On the weekends, you can find Victoria working backstage, or on the runways of Austin supporting non-profit charities and their platforms.

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NewYear’ s RESOLUTION New Year’s emotional health by finding something for a month, and then one soda a week that calms you down, or makes you happy. for the next month, etc. It’s okay if your Resolutions have resolution takes time to build up to. a reputation for Here are ways to help you make these always being dropped resolutions at different points in the year. 3. Write out the reasons way before the end Keep them in practice, and, with enough for why you want to make diligence, they will become second nature. the change. That way, if you start of the year - or even losing sight of why you started, you can the month. 1. Find an accountability go back and remember why. kWRITTEN BY MIA DEDEAR

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ut, why wait for the start of a new calendar year to practice good habits, or let go of bad ones? If you think of a way you can better yourself, why not start now? You can always find ways to improve. Improve your academics by learning to study smarter. Improve your time management by keeping yourself disciplined. Improve your health by exercising and eating right. Improve your

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buddy. This could be someone who has the same goal as you. In this case, keep each other in check by talking daily about how you followed your resolution that day. This could also be someone who supports you, but isn’t necessarily making the same resolution. In that case, they can be there to make sure you stay in line, and to encourage you when your motivation is running low. 2. Set your goals in layers. Take

it step by step. If your resolution is to stop drinking sodas and you are finding that it is hard to stop cold turkey, limit yourself to perhaps two sodas a week

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4. Forgive yourself. You will likely slip up somewhere on the way, and you need to forgive yourself for it. Forgiving doesn’t mean that you justify a mistake; it just means you give yourself a second chance and believe that you will do better next time.

5. Celebrate the milestones. Reward yourself for the progress you make. This not only acts as motivation to keep going, but it also reminds yourself your efforts are worth celebrating. Here’s to improvements that last. l


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hat are we even talking about? Winter squash, the very versatile type of squash perfect as a side for any holiday meal. If you’re wondering, the difference between winter squash and other squashes is the thick skin that allows them to stay preserved through the last months of the year. There are many different winter squashes, and what you find at your local grocery store may change depending on where you live. But, the common winter squashes that are widely available are acorn squash, butternut squash and spaghetti squash.

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Spaghetti squash may look bland on the outside, but cooking it never gets old. The thing about spaghetti squash is after it bakes, it can be easily turned into noodles, serving as a nice substitute for you guessed it – spaghetti. Use this recipe to experience some garlic-y goodness. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. Chop off the stem of the spaghetti squash. Then carefully –very carefully– chop the entire squash in half, lengthwise. 3. With a spoon, dig out the seeds and throw them away.


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HEALTH & WELLNESS 4. Stab through the rind of each half several times. This is to let steam out while it is baking. 5. Rub olive oil on the flesh of the squash. Then place them face-side down on a baking sheet, and stick them in the oven. 6. The spaghetti squash will cook 45 minutes to an hour. It is ready when you can stick a fork through the rind. 7. For the seasonings, chop two cloves of garlic and place it on a pan with ¼ cup vegetable broth, eight tablespoons of butter, and three Tablespoons of freshly chopped parsley leaves. Simmer on low heat until the butter melts. 8. When the spaghetti squash is out of the oven, wait until it has cooled off enough to handle. Then –here’s the fun part– take a fork and begin scraping along the sides of the squash. You will find that the “noodles” come right off. 9. Pour garlic sauce over a bowl of “noodles.” There you have it. Acorn squash are usually a deep forest green color that fades to a macaroni orange. Inside, the flesh is a soft orange. It gets its name from the resemblance it shows to an acorn. A fun way to eat acorn squash is to bake it in its rinds and eat it straight out of its own natural “bowl”. If you’d like to give it a shot, follow this recipe.

Sweet Cinnamon Squash 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. Carefully slice the squash in half and, using a spoon, dig out the seeds. Those can be tossed out. 3. Rub the cooking oil of your choice on the flesh of the acorn squash. 4. Place the halves open-side faced down on a baking pan. 5. Stick it in the oven for 30 minutes. 6. Take it out and flip the halves over. Sprinkle brown cinnamon and sugar across the top. 7. Put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes, or until the insides are tender. 8. After you take them out of the oven, wait until they are cooled off enough to eat. Then take a spoon and dig into the warm, freshly baked treat. Butternut squash are a creamy yellow color on the outside and a vibrant orange on the inside. It has a sweet taste that can be compared to sweet potatoes and pumpkins. Try this recipe for a new spin on roasted vegetables.

Roasted with Rosemary 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 2. Chop off the stem of the squash. Then, using a knife or a peeler, peel the skin off. Cut it in half and, using a spoon, dig out the seeds - you won’t need them. Dice the squash into ¾ inch cubes. 3. Chop and peel a small onion. 4. Put the onion and squash in a bowl; combine with two tablespoons of chopped rosemary and two tablespoons of olive oil. Toss until the squash is evenly covered with the spices. 5. Transfer the squash cubes to a baking sheet, and roast for 30 minutes. Then add salt and pepper to taste. l

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et’s backtrack for a second. Why exactly is it important again? First, and foremost, it keeps you from being tired. We all know that, and we all hate feeling sluggish during the day. But, second, sleep allows your body to do a couple of things it can’t do while you’re awake. For instance, while you’re asleep, your body is busy at work repairing your heart and blood vessels. Sounds important, right? It sure is. A lot is also happening in your brain as you sleep… besides the action-packed dreams you’re having about purple water buffaloes chasing your pet emu. Your brain goes through information you recently acquired, and, in short, it decides what information to keep and what to toss out. It’s easy to press the snooze button in the early hours of the morning and roll over to catch another minute (or five or fifty) of sleep, but why is it so hard to hit the hay when it’s bedtime? Here are a few tips you can use to get yourself to wind down enough for bed.

1. Sit still for a second. Do something that doesn’t require you to walk around a lot. Hint hint: studying doesn’t require you to walk around a lot!

You probably have rolled your eyes every time you’ve been told “Sleep is important make sure you get enough of it!” but, hey, at least you aren’t being told to finish your homework or clean the kitchen. (Although, let’s be honest, you’ve probably been told to do those things time and time again as well.) But, out of all of the things you could be told to do, sleep is the one you are probably friendliest with. kWRITTEN BY MIA DEDEAR But, if you are done with studying for the day, pick up a book or make yourself a cup of non-caffeinated tea.

catch a couple more hours of sleep at night than to catch a couple hours of TV in the afternoon.

2. Turn off the screen. As much as you want to stare at your phone screen in bed, don’t. Keep phones and laptops off for the hour before bedtime. Not only is it incredibly bad for your eyesight, it will make it harder for you to fall asleep.

4. Get a nice blanket. It sounds

3. Plan your evening so that you won’t push back bedtime by scrambling to do things you meant to do earlier. It’s better to

silly, but if you have a toasty, fluffy blanket awaiting you, it might make bedtime more inviting.

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hatever the case may be, each and every person, whether engaged, seriously committed, just dating around, etc. deserves to be treated right, to be respected, and to be themselves without fear of what their date might do and to appreciate the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS We are blinded by “love” or at least what culture has caused us to believe is “love.” But, any relationship kept together through violence, threats, fears, is not a healthy relationship, nor is that love. Teen dating violence can cause serious, long lasting damage to a person. Last year in 2016, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring February National Teen Dating Violence Awareness And Prevention Month. In this proclamation he addressed the

You can get immediate and confidential support by calling 1-866-331-9474, texting “LoveIs” to 22522, or visiting www.LoveIsRespect.org. For additional information and resources on dating violence, please visit www.VetoViolence.CDC.gov. To Read President Barack Obama’s proclamation, visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/ the-press-office/2016/01/29/ presidential-proclamationnational-teen-dating-violenceawareness-and.

consequences of dating violence when he stated, “Violent dating relationships can lead to depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol use, and thoughts of suicide, and victims may continue to experience detrimental effects throughout their lives”. It can take many forms: physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, etc and can happen to anyone no matter gender, religion, race, socioeconomic status, age, seriousness of the relationship, and so on. Being blinded by this so called “love,” teenagers and even adults get trapped by their desire to be wanted and accepted. “Surely they’ll change... I can help them... They need me... He was just upset and mad... It was my fault... I didn’t want to hurt his feelings... He just cares about me so much he doesn’t want me out of his sight... It doesn’t hurt that bad anymore... I can cover it up with some makeup... It doesn’t happen as much anymore... She was just disappointed and wants me to do better…” We make excuses for their actions. We don’t want to believe we have been caught in a bad relationship because it’s easy to feel ashamed. If your significant other throws objects at you, hits, kicks, shoves, beats, slaps or any other activity that causes you physical harm, you are subject to physical abuse. If you’re significant other is constantly monitoring you and your actions whether always texting you asking where you are, calling you to see who you’re with, degrading you with words, saying you’re lucky to have them and everything that’s wrong about the relationship is your fault or even preventing you from seeing your friends, other people they feel threatened by,

and in some cases even family, you are subject to emotional abuse. If your significant other wants to kiss you and you say no, but they proceed to or if they touch you when or where you have told them not to or if they force themselves upon you even though you have told them no, you have been subjected to sexual assault. Even if they pressure you into saying yes, saying they’ll break up with you, or that you’re missing out or that they’ll hit you if you don’t or call you names, if you don’t want it, but they pressure you to it, you are subject to a sexually abusive relationship. NO ONE deserves to be subject to dating violence for ANY reason. However, according to LoveisRespect. org, “Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. One in ten high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.” If you, or anyone you know, is in a violent dating situation there are ways to get help. Sometimes trying to solve it on your own is scary, especially if you don’t know how your significant other will respond. You are not alone in this, and you don’t have to try to escape by yourself. You deserve to be safe and healthy. Not sure if you are in a healthy relationship? Take this quiz online at http://www.loveisrespect.org/forsomeone-else/is-my-relationshiphealthy-quiz/ to get a better idea. l

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SPORTSMANSHIP ON AND OFF THE FIELD:

Coachingtoday’s youthASTOA WORK TEAM. 2016 will be remembered for is its exciting and emotional highlights of sports teams working together to achieve new heights, from hometown heroes to some of sports history’s greatest athletes. 250 TEEN

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hether it’s a neighborhood scrimmage or a national championship, experts agree that the benefits of belonging to a team are significant, and they range well beyond physical exercise. These important experiences teach lessons that help shape kids and teens’ outlooks about themselves, working with others and the world around them. Boys & Girls Clubs of America, through its national partnership with Buffalo Wild

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Wings, has introduced tens of thousands of kids and teens to various sports through its popular ALL STARS program. ALL STARS is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s leading team sports program, offering opportunities for Clubs around the country to organize football, basketball, cheer, dance and step programs. Based on observations from participating Clubs around the country, here are the top life lessons instilled by being part of a team and how participation can help


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HEALTH & WELLNESS help fight this growing epidemic. Team sports provide a great opportunity for young people to get moving. Because it’s fun, they often don’t even realize its exercise. By promoting an active lifestyle from an early age, caregivers can help today’s youth learn healthy habits that can have a lifelong impact.

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one throws a perfect spiral or hits a three-pointer the first time they try. To improve at sports, you need to practice. Sports teach kids and teens that if they want something, they have to work for it. Practice and proper preparation are key skills throughout life - whether for a big game, big test at school or any of life’s big challenges. kids and teens feel a sense of belonging and acceptance.

humility and handle both victory and defeat with grace, style and dignity.

Teamwork: By working together

on a team, kids and teens can learn not only how to lead, but also how to follow directions. The ability to work well with others will help them at home, at school and at game time. Young people also experience the satisfaction of working together toward a common goal, which is an essential skill to learn for successes down the road.

Sportsmanship: Whether in sports, with family and friends, or at the workplace, it’s important to know how to properly handle winning and losing. Kids and teens who learn that it’s okay to lose - and how to act when they do, gain an important skill to help them throughout their life. Through sports, they can learn to play fair, act with

Strong character: By mastering

athletic skills, players gain selfconfidence that carries through to the real world. By practicing regularly they learn discipline and responsibility. By playing in a fast-paced game, kids and teens learn to handle stressful situations and make quick decisions. By being part of a team, young people experience a sense of belonging while building valuable friendships. What’s more, when parents and caregivers gather to watch games, it can strengthen communities and provide a sense of unity.

Healthy lifestyles: Three out of 10 youth are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Finding fun ways to keep kids and teens active will

Want to help encourage kids and teens in your community to play team sports and learn these important life lessons? It can be as easy as visiting a local restaurant. Through its Team Up for Kids initiative, Buffalo Wild Wings supports ALL STARS, helping to teach sportsmanship, promote positive selfimage, build character and encourage healthy, active lifestyles of our nation’s young people. Buffalo Wild Wings’ guests can support this important cause with the purchase of sauce and seasoning bottles sold in-store or online, with $1 from each purchase going directly to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. By 2020, Buffalo Wild Wings will have donated more than $16 million to fund football, basketball, cheer, dance and step programs, as well as facility renovations at local Boys & Girls Clubs through ALL STARS grants. To learn more, visit www.bgca.org. (BPT) l

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Bella Freud Parfum $135

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Exuding warmth and young sophistication, Bella Freud’s ‘Signature’ fragrance evokes memories of long summer nights. Its heady heart of warm Amber Resin is blended with earthy notes of smokey Tonka Bean and floral tones. And how cute is the bottle? Sometimes the packaging itself is worth giving it a try.

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Major Moon Shine glitter gel

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Gucci Silk Printed Headband $200

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Forever21 Lipgloss Set $8

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These liquid high-pigmented lip glosses are the perfect color combination for your everyday wear. The pink and nude tones are wearable with anything and can even be mixed together to make a signature color look that suits your taste.

Rock & Ruddle Mixed Bristle Hairbrush $52

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It’s a New Year- that means out with the old and in with the NEW. Start with a fresh new hairbrush to untangle your mane and add a little pop to your vanity. This stylish brush contains boar bristles that brush the hair thoroughly yet don’t pull as they are drawn through. They also keep the hair clean as the scales pick up excess oil and dirt. Keep your brush in great condition by removing the bristle pad and washing weekly in warm soapy water.

3 Barrels Hair Curling Iron $20

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Loose beauty waves are a year-round thing. Create those trendy stylish waves with this 3 barrel waving tool that is the best bang for your buck. At only $20, this tool will help you achieve that look you desire. Get creative by crimping random sections or crimping only the top portion of your hair about 2 inches from your scalp. Finish with R+Co styling spray.

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter $26

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This lightweight luxurious highlighter goes on sheer, blends easily and the shades are suitable for any skin tone! Use a little or a lot; the wearable formula always applies beautifully, no matter how much you build it. Afterglow creates a glowy, strobed effect that lasts all day—and never leaves just a powdery dusting of shimmer.

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hen I first began my journey into the pageant world, I stumbled upon it quite accidentally. I was interested in modeling Quinceañera dresses and I attended my first casting-call without realizing I was actually signing up for a beauty pageant. Once I found out, I immediately wanted to quit because I was so intimidated by the other beautiful contestants. I had zero self-confidence, low self-esteem and no pageant experience to speak of. Plus, I’m not the standard model height, five feet to be exact. It wasn’t until my mother assured me quitting was not an option, that I started investing more of my time into the process. Throughout the initial preparation process, I learned more about myself than I ever had before. With every question asked of me, a better understanding of who I truly was began to unfold. While at the pageant

practices, they constantly reminded us to be honest in our answers and keep them short. If you were to become the title holder, your reign would be full of first impressions, so it was important to practice speaking clear, confident, and genuine. With that advice in reach, I did exactly as they instructed. Although public-speaking was a big part of the ordeal, I also had to perfect a runway walk in heels. I had never owned my own pair of heels, let alone did I know how to walk in them. It wasn’t until my mother bought me my first pair that I began to walk around in them EVERYWHERE. I remember wearing them to Wal-Mart and feeling like everyone was staring at me as I clumsily clicked on by. However, with time, patience and multiple practice runs in my living room, my stance significantly improved and I felt confident knowing that my walk was undoubtedly perfected!

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FEATURE I had mastered the speaking portion, managed to walk in heels without breaking an ankle, now all that was left was perfecting my look. I took makeup classes and tried to create a pageant-worthy voluminous hairstyle that would satisfy the judges. Most people were saying not eating the day of the competition would make you look skinnier, or having big curls would win it all, but I quickly realized overdoing the beauty aspect of the process didn’t feel right to me. I was going to be myself

and I swore I wouldn’t change to conform to what others believed to be a winner. At the castings, I constantly overheard the girls brag about their favorite designers and the cost of their over-priced gowns. To me, a dress was a dress, so I settled for a beautiful $20 dress I purchased from Savers. On the day of the competition, I was confident in knowing I had done all I could to prepare myself. However, taking the stage next to the contestants in their expensive gowns, fancy heels and perfectly applied hair and makeup did take a toll on my selfconfidence a bit. My mother assured me the results did not lie in my hands, nor in the hands of the contestants, so I went out there with all the confidence I could muster. I breezed through the questions, graced

the runway in my new “big-girl” shoes and much to my surprise I was crowned Miss Austin Cover Girl 2012. I couldn’t believe it. I had overcome my insecurities and had successfully won my first pageant. As honored as I was, I was surprised to learn it wasn’t the gown, or lack of experience that mattered to the judges. It was my personality, projection, and walk that stood out the most. I realized confidence, preparation and remaining humble is what earned me the crown.

A crown does not define the girl, but rather the lives she inspires!

I went on to earn multiple titles such as Miss Teen Austin Latina 2014, Miss Austin Teen Belleza Latina 2015 and Miss Austin Teen USA 2016. With each new title under my belt, I began to take on the roles and responsibilities of becoming a publicly recognized figure. I attended charity events, did radio interviews and became a keynote speaker talking to young girls about confidence, ambition and following your dreams. Many were inspired by my journey

which motivated me to help others achieve success in their own way. With this goal in mind, I founded the group called Uniquley Me! and we began doing community service pertaining to our career goals while simultaneously creating a support system to network and promote ourselves. With the skills that I learned from the pageant, it helped me deliver my message when I represented the group on public segments. I have continued to educate other pageant girls about the importance of personality

over looks. When I tell girls about my pageant experience, they focus on the bikini and the beauty. The character of a winner is often overlooked by the need to look “perfect”. Throughout my journey with pageants, I have come to realize the actual beauty of a pageant contestant is not the beauty aspect itself, but rather the character within the girl. A stunning personality will shine brighter than a $1,000 gown or huge pair of designer earrings. When I share my pageant experience with others, they are shocked by the amount of dedication it takes and the many opportunities it brings. Although winning is an amazing feeling, the most important lesson I have learned in pageantry is: “A crown does not define the girl, but rather the lives she inspires!” l

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ThisWatchParty It’s one of the biggest nights of the year. Of the 20 most viewed broadcasted events in the United States’ history, this event holds 19 of those places. It was the most watched broadcast of 2016 with over 110 million views. That was over 26 million more views than the First Presidential Debate. What could be more important than the presidential debate? kWRITTEN BY NICOLE GLENN

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ell, when it comes to the U.S., seemingly nothing can top the Super Bowl. The night of the Super Bowl, records say over half of the American population are gathered at their televisions cheering on their pick to win. It’s tradition by many to have Super Bowl watch parties. If you’re hosting one this year on February 5 for Super Bowl LI, here are some fun party tips to make sure you don’t fumble this season and that you score big with your guests.

Decorate

Don’t let this look like any other day. Get the excitement started as soon as your guests walk through the door. Put up your team’s banner, hang streamers of your team’s colors, blow up football shaped balloons and inflate plastic or real footballs and scatter them on the tables.

Split loyalties between the teams? Split the room with decorations from both teams and let the rivalry begin.

Food

Buffet style serving is a great idea for the day so people can get up and get more food during the game if they get hungry.

Don’t want to provide all the food by yourself? Have a Super Bowl Cookoff. Have each of your guests bring a potluck dish and vote on who was the real MVP (Most Valuable Potluck).

Have your team’s color theme running in the different foods. If your team’s colors are blue and gold, have blue and gold frosted cupcakes. Have blue fruit punch served in a clear bowl. Get creative.

Games

This day is all about the football game, but why not get involved and keep it interesting? Have pre-game games like back yard flag football, corn hole (but play it with a mini football for a real challenge). Or, Pin the Number on the Jersey (a fun makeshift game from pin the tail on the donkey).

During the game play bingo. Print out bingo boards that incorporate all the fun things to look for during the game, like the fan with a painted chest, or a yelling coach. For pre-made, printable boards, take a look at http://www.sheknows.com/foodand-recipes/articles/813200/superbowl-party-game-super-bowl-bingo.

Before the game starts, you can have your friends pick who they think is going to win. You can either do it for grins, or make it a little more interesting. You can have prizes for the winners, or have the losers help clean up after the party. l

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peaking from past experience, recording a song doesn’t guarantee you will be “heard by the millions”, or even thousands, and you may never get heard by a professional record or label executive at all. This may only be accomplished through marketing and promotion, which is a totally different subject.

Below is a list of steps you could go through in order to record your original song and sell it on digital platforms.

Make sure you believe in the song you want to record: I posed the question to Tonya Horton, the worship leader at the Lannius Church of God in Dodd City, Texas, “What is the most important thing to think about when arranging music”? Her response was, “For me, grasping the story of the song is key to conveying emotion to the listener”. This is the first thing you should think about when deciding to record your song. Ask yourself, “Is this something that people would listen to and enjoy”?

Search for good recording studios in your area: If you proceed past step one it would be wise to search for studios in your area that offer music recording services. Also, see their reviews online. Call and speak with them to see if their price is within your budget.

Are you a songwriter, musician, or someone who just wants their music to be heard by the world? Well, all of you aspiring musicians out there may find out that while performing at small venues and events may be a good avenue to pursue, having physical copies of your music for people to listen to may be even more important. kWRITTEN BY TYLER KNIGHT to be as best as possible. Have a good time and let your artistic senses flow.

When the producer sends you When choosing a recording the finished song, offer it for sale studio, bring your own musicians online: The best way that I find to offer your music for sale on iTunes, Spotify, and on the date of the recording: To

save a ton of money, it is very important to bring your own musicians. Whether you bring friends or family that play an instrument for you, try to bring someone you know that would have a good time. This can save hundreds to even thousands of dollars, depending on the number of instruments you want in your song.

Record the song with confidence: Try not to be scared or nervous when going in to record the song. Remember you only have so much time to record it and you want it

other digital and streaming platforms, is to use CDBaby.com. This is a very simple way for you to offer your music for sale and have it heard. A single original song submission is only $34.95 at the moment, and it may take up to two weeks for your single to appear on all affiliated platforms, depending on the date of release that you set. As soon as the song is up for sale, tell all of your friends and family and then get to work on sharing it. You can check out Tyler Knight’s music on the Facebook page @TylerKnightArtist. l

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