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Gold Coast Luxury Magazine

February 2013

25A Actress, Model

KIERA CHAPLIN Charlie Chaplin’s Legacy


Bridal Romance Issue

Art | Design | Fashion | Features | Food | Health | Luxury | Profiles | Sports | Shopping | Travel

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Bermuda’s National Drink is a Little Like Her National Dance. Unique, exciting and passed down for generations.

It’s true for our exotic Gombey dancers, who duck and twirl in practiced moves handed down since the 1700s. And it’s true for our notorious Dark ’n Stormy® cocktail. Made with two oz. of Gosling’s Bermuda Black Seal Rum, twirled with Gosling’s Ginger Beer over ice, this exciting drink’s been helping Bermudians keep cool for generations. Happily, you’ll now see it at more and more fine establishments here in the States. And Gosling’s Black Seal at more and more spirits retailers. But to see a Gombey in person, you’ll need to board a plane and come to Bermuda. And would that be so bad?

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february 2013

Cover 60 Charlie Chaplin’s Legacy.

25A magazine’s exclusive interview and photoshoot with actress and model Kiera Chaplin. Shot at NYIT’s deSeversky Mansion.

Splurge 17 Cold Spring Harbor. A Diamond on Long Island’s North Shore.

Couture 24 Bridal Couture.

For the moment you walk down the aisle and step into a new chapter of life.

31 When its time to say YES!

London Jewelers expert staff will guide and assist you in making the perfect selection for your engagement ring.

32 Staying Hot when its Cool.

Fashion from Authier, Casmari, Charlotte Ronson and Nadia Tarr.

Beauty 38 A Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates? Beauty Tips from Richard Calcasola.

39 Shine On

Pamela Taylor on applying that Shimmer.

Couture Photography 40 Fashion in Photos

A photo exposé from Paul Gerben, Kat Rabbit and Stephane Mounet

48 Celebs in Fashion.

Hot looks from the Golden Globes.

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contents Regimen 52 Getting Fit...Together!

Make fitness romantic by training with your partner.

56 First Impressions.

For many people, improving ones smile can dramatically change their appearance thereby raising self-esteem and confidence. There are a variety of options available to enhance, whiten, and correct your smile.

Design 70 Kips Bay home.

Interior Designer, James Rixner, takes us inside his Kips Bay Home Creation.


Features 78 Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall. Monica Randall takes us inside Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall. Louis Comfort Tiffany, the master glass works genius completed his hundred room Oyster Bay mansion in 1904.

82 Romance and The Opera. Reviving Long Island’s Oldest Opera Company. Tragedy. Love. Betrayal. Desire. No, this isn’t the plot for the latest blockbuster film but rather the characteristics behind some of the most infamous operas to ever be written and performed.

88 Maintaining Long Island’s Equestrian Past. Over the years, horse-friendly properties become more popular and even harder to find as smart equestrians recognize owning, rather to boarding, is the smarter economic decision.

90 The Romantic History of Wedding Traditions. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue…



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contents Jetset 96 Take the Path Less Traveled in Brazil … The Romantic Side of Ibitipoca. Ditch the dinner reservations, skip the roses and throw away the chocolates if you’re hoping to sweep your honey off his or her feet this year.

100 everWUNDER

For this issue we highlight things to do out East, because even in the cold of winter with its short days and brisk temperatures, amid the Winterfest, a wine tour, a hidden inn, sleepovers and butterflies galore, I’ll bet there’s something for each and everyone to adore. See you out there!

102 A Dreamy Winter Sledding Adventure Awaits...

Sports 116 Ski Good or Eat Wood. Don’t let Gravity get you Down.

25ALIST 118 Christopher Robbins 25A List NS Child and Family Guidance “Dancing with the Stars,” Americana Manhasset’s “Champions for Charity,” Island Harvest, Public Safety Dogs, NCMA, Autumn Celebration at Bailey Arboretum.

124 25A Holiday Cover Party

What could be more festive (and romantic) than a winter dog sledding experience? Those were my thoughts exactly when I read about The Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel and Raft in New Hampshire. Actually it was more like, how soon can I pack a bag? Between this and Bretton Woods, it’s an all-out lovefest!

Taste 104 New York City’s most romantic spots. Love is in the air. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, thoughts of flowers, chocolates and romantic dinners cause hearts to flutter and temperatures to rise.

106 Home is Where the Heart is.

Valentine’s Day comes once a year. How to make it different? How to use food and its preparation to convey the message of love?

Art Form 110 Of Abstract shapes and the Female form. Local artist Leonardo Plaia

Auto 114 For the Love of Speed. 2013 Koenigsegg Agera R





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25A I’d like to open this issue with a grand thank you to you, our faithful readers, for the response we at 25A have received in regard to our magazine. In fact, due to that response, I’m proud to be able to announce that 25A will be increasing its publication from four to 10 issues a year beginning this month. We have a packed editorial lineup with some great features appropriate to every season and holiday and articles to make every day special. With February comes Valentine’s Day, which means that romance is in the air! This issue is filled with romantic getaways (both near and far), beauty tips, bridal traditions and fashions, and lots of titillating ideas to make Valentine’s Day last all month. We are excited and honored to have the very beautiful Kiera Chaplin grace this issue’s cover. As the granddaughter of legendary Charlie Chaplin and great-granddaughter of Nobel Laureate Eugene O’Neill and daughter of recording engineer and filmmaker Eugene Chaplin it’s no wonder that Kiera is carrying on the family legacy of performing arts but make no mistake, she stands quite capably on her own with unique and spirited attributes that make Ms. Chaplin her own person. Kiera has a hand in several facets of the arts and adds her own spark of individuality and beauty to everything that hand touches. As always, in 25A you’ll find information on local events and celebrities that make the Gold Coast the place to be, to see and to be seen. Have a very happy Valentine’s Day and let’s send winter out with warmth and love.

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Nestled on Suffolk County’s picturesque North Shore, the old whaling Village of Cold Spring Harbor is both historic and quaint. Home to the renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Dolan DNA Learning Center and the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, the seaside community boasts historic architecture, a beautifully modern public library, enticing restaurants and some of the best specialty shops Long Island has to offer. Located within Huntington Township, the Village of Cold Spring Harbor (once popularized by songwriter and native Long Islander Billy Joel) is a year-round destination for boaters, fishermen, craftspeople and sightseers. Stroll down Main Street and you’re greeted with a sense of history and the feeling that you’re in one of the most charming small towns in America. The shops on Main Street feature culturally diverse products including scented candles, nautical art, antiques, fashionable clothing and wonderful gourmet food and ice cream shops. Whether you are looking for intricate dollhouses (some of which resemble small-scale

copies of the type of Victorian houses that line Main Street), Celtic treasures, a special gift from abroad or something trendy or Victorian, Cold Spring Harbor is worth the visit. For the seafarer, this cozy fishing and whaling town offers visitors a chance to enjoy a fine seafood or steak dinner either in the heart of the town or with a harbor view at 105 Harbor. And for those history buffs, the town will soon be the home of the Cold Spring Harbor Fire House Museum. Whether it’s sailing in the summer, sledding in the winter, strolling outdoor festivals in the spring or parading with your favorite pet down Main Street in the fall, Cold Spring Harbor is a “Norman Rockwell” depiction of a small Long Island town in America. Rich with history, architecture and friendly people, this charming village nestled on Long Island’s North Shore has something for everyone.

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herita ge c a ndle sho p Come inside the Heritage Candle Shop to enjoy small-town, relaxed shopping - and a gift that will accent any home. Heritage Candle & Home offers the finest selections in traditional home decor, accessories, lighting, reproduction period furniture and of course, candles. The shop also features a wide selection of candleholders, candlesticks and traditional brass appointments. They carry pewter accessories from the most respected names in traditional home accessories: Baldwin, Woodbury Pewter and many others. For additional information on any of the many lines they feature or any item you don’t see, you can call the shop during business hours at 631.692.5788.

s ay l a v ie Nestled on the first floor of the oldest building on Main Street, Say La Vie offers customers a glimpse into Cold Spring Harbor’s past. From the original wide plank hardwood floors, the two magnificent fireplaces and the eclectic salvage decor, Say La Vie effectively makes use of this one-time tavern and inn as a backdrop for presentday offerings. The Say La Vie customer visits to scoop up the most current jeans, tops, scarves and handbags, as well as perfumes, soaps and even art designed by fellow Long Islanders. Say La Vie is also home to Maude Graham Jewelry, a line that blends gemstones, glitz and earthy attributes in a very modern way. Always pleasant and sometimes outrageous, a visit to Say La Vie is sure to boost one’s spirit! 631.659.3833.

h a r b or ho u nd Harbor Hound is a “fashion forward” pet boutique in the heart of Cold Spring Harbor where you will find a selection of unique apparel and pet accessories. Their dog food and treats are all made in the USA with quality ingredients. If you do not see your quality brand, the owners of the shop will be happy to order it for you. Harbor Hound also has an intimate and friendly grooming salon with state-of-the-art facilities. They care for animals as much as you do and have an eye for enhancing your pet’s appearance. It is their goal to make your pet’s grooming experience a calm one, caring for each pet in a personal way to reduce stress and anxiety. They specialize in “low noise” drying for sensitive dogs and never use cage dryers. 631.659.3999. 18 | 25A

m y fav orite p l a c e My Favorite Place began as a small family farmstand nearly four decades ago in Huntington, NY. Local residents William George and Patricia Ann Meyers aspired to make the original farmstand a place where locals and visitors alike could find a warm and welcoming small-town atmosphere in which to do their shopping in Cold Spring Harbor. The Meyers family prided themselves on providing one-on-one personalized service to their customers, which resulted in a tight-knit and constantly-growing client base. The Meyers children were also very involved in the family business. The four siblings contributed to growing and maintaining the hometown family atmosphere and success of the original stand. William George and Patricia Ann Meyers have since retired from the retail business, but the legacy of the original family farmstand lives on in My Favorite Place, now under the ownership of their son, William J. Meyers. Today, My Favorite Place is a unique gift and home accessories shop nestled in the heart of Cold Spring Harbor. Much like his parents, William also prides himself on providing customers with a memorable shopping experience. Aside from competitive prices and personalized service that pays attention to detail, My Favorite Place also offers complimentary gift wrap for every purchase, tailored to suit customers’ personal tastes. 631.367.3302.

S w eetie Pies

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While visiting Cold Spring Harbor, don’t forget to stop by Sweetie Pies, a wonderful, charming coffee shop that offers an inviting, friendly atmosphere and impeccable service. This quaint and cozy family-owned establishment provides an intimate, tranquil experience, a perfect place to unwind, meet with friends and catch up on the local news (free Wi-Fi is available). At Sweetie Pies, you will find an extraordinary assortment of gourmet beverages: freshly ground coffees, teas, cappuccinos, lattes, smoothies and more. Its delectable edibles include a tantalizing selection of pastries, cakes and cookies from Long Island’s finest bakeries and pastry chefs. You can enjoy your coffee inside the historic shop or in its enclosed rear porch overlooking its English gardens. For those on the go, you can call in your order and it will be ready when you arrive. And for that special occasion, ask about their huge variety of delicious Youngs Farm pies. Their team of friendly, passionate baristas is committed to serving each customer the perfect drink and delectable edible with a smile. Sweetie Pies is a place not to miss, a special locale for coffeeloving guests who want to experience a local atmosphere within the historic whaling village. 631.367.9500.

N ighting a le & Pa rtners Nightingale & Partners, Inc. is Cold Spring Harbor’s premier international real estate marketing firm serving discerning clients along the North Shore. The company has all the capabilities of the largest agencies in the area and more. They are members of the leading national and local real estate associations and active in the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. What makes this company unique is its involvement internationally through FIABCI and other international real estate organizations, which provides the ability to reach outside the traditional market place to find uniquely qualified buyers. In addition, the company has developed an outstanding reputation for its home marketing programs. Each home marketed receives its own personalized program with the need of the individual client in mind and is executed and monitored by acknowledged experts in the field of marketing. Each marketing program also includes an innovative social media component that provides greater exposure for their customers and clients. 631.367.1212.

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25 A Greenvale Shoppes

25A’s model search

Gold Coast Jewelers

A year ago, Gold Coast Jewelers opened its newest location in Greenvale on Glen Cover Rd. In business for over forty years, owner Scott Godsky, a second generation jeweler, takes pride in the fact that Gold Coast Jewelers, which was always a wholesale jeweler is now open to the public specializing in new unique, one of a kind antique and estate jewelry. 516-621-4653



Located next door to Gold Coast Jewelers is the fashion boutique, Mieka. This marks Mieka’s second location, the first in Woodbury Commons. With a salon style atmosphere, Mieka has a wide selection of fashion to fit your every taste. 516-200-5501

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Who: Teen Girls and Boys, Women and Men in their 20’s and 30’s. What: Model Search When: Tuesday Feb12, 2013 4pm8pm

Where: Leonard’s of Great Neck 555 Northern Blvd Great Neck, NY

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SLEEK & CHIC classy black sheer dress with sequin


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Dennis Basso

No photo or description could ever prepare you for your wedding day, the moment when you walk down the aisle and step into a new chapter of life. Choosing the right dress to fit your taste and special event is an experience unto itself. You may prefer to wear something simple and elegant. You might decide on a gown that is dramatic and grand. Whatever your taste may be Kleinfeld in New York City has a dress for you. All dresses available at Kleinfeld located at 110 W 20th St. NYC. By Julie Leventhal.

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Dressing the Gold Coast

Bride The Wedding Salon of Manhasset Showcases the Best of Bridal Fashion By Melissa Argueta

For many new brides, shopping for the perfect dress can often be a daunting task. So what styles do Gold Coast brides want to wear on their big day? 25A magazine recently toured The Wedding Salon in  Manhasset  to preview the hottest upscale bridal fashions and accessories trending for 2013. Since 1986, The Wedding Salon has remained one of most exclusive bridal shops on Long Island. Co-founders Nancy Aucone and Susan Finale have more than 35 years of combined experience in the bridal industry. Having worked for the legendary  Kleinfeld  family, owners of Kleinfeld’s in Brooklyn, the partners learned early on the importance of providing clients with exceptional customer service and hospitality. “For bridal, it isn’t just the dress, it’s all the service that comes with it. And it goes on from the first day of dress selection through months of fittings,” Aucone said.

Last May, The Wedding Salon relocated to a brand new state-of-theart space that features an exclusive Vera Wang boutique on the ground floor. As you walk up a staircase to the second level, the grand salon is a stunning sight. Replete with custom designed banquettes, track lighting and floor-to-ceiling mirrors, the designer collections are on full display from all angles of the room. When a bride visits the venue for the first time, she immediately meets with a personal consultant who works one-on-one with her to find the dress of her dreams. When the selection process begins (nearly eight months to a year prior to the wedding), she is encouraged to have fun and try on a variety of appealing silhouettes before making a final decision. “You have to make the experience the absolute best for the bride and her whole family, and the dress will follow,” Aucone explained. The salon carries a mix of luxurious bridal styles, including top designer collections such as  Amsale,  Marchesa, Marisa, Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, Romana Keveza, Rivini and Vera Wang, among others. “The magic here is that we do not just have high-end priced items and I think a lot of people think that’s all we have. When we do a buy, we do it through taste level. We can hang an $8,000 dress next to a $3,000 dress and the taste level is equal,” Aucone added. What does today’s modern bride look for when selecting the best dress? The change in fashion has gone from a heavy beaded bridal gown to light and ethereal styles that are always romantic, Aucone explained. When it comes to color, some brides are opting to go beyond the traditional shades of white and ivory and incorporate pinks and brighter colors. While most dresses are strapless, Aucone pointed out that high necks and lace sleeves are making a comeback for 2013. In addition, versatile dresses that can go from ceremony to dance floor with a swap

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of a skirt or overlay are all the rage right now. According to Aucone, Gold Coast brides want those special details that make them stand out, such as jeweled belts, metallic lace and form-fitting silhouettes. “They are looking for entrance dresses, the ‘wow’ dresses,” she said. Of course, accessories are an essential component to any bridal look, from crystal headbands to antique pearl pins and bun covers. Gisele Del Busto, marketing and sales director for Maria Elena Headpieces, said leaf motifs in organic colors are big for 2013. Inspired by vintage glamour, Maria Helena accessories are handcrafted in Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, fresh water peals and mother of pearl. “We’re seeing a lot of side combs and statement earrings,” Del Busto explained. “We just featured our spring collection; it’s just very soft and airy.” No matter what the trends may be, the brides themselves are searching for that one stand-out dress that turns heads. Best friends and bridesto-be Kirsten  Romer  of Glen Cove and Christina Miller of  Bellmore recently visited The Wedding Salon in search of the perfect dress. Standing on a pedestal donned in her first dress selection, Romer, who is walking down the aisle in June at Seawanhaka Yacht Club, revealed

that she put off shopping for a month because she didn’t see any dresses on the market that she liked. After trying on only a few others, she finally found what she was looking for — a strapless lace mermaidstyle gown that was a hit with her friends and family. “I love it; I can move and it’s super comfy. I still feel like a bride, but I don’t look like a cupcake,” she quipped. Miller, who is set to wed this year at Cold Spring Country Club, explained that she had searched all over Long Island before finding her dream gown at The Wedding Salon. “This is definitely the best place to go. I came in for the Vera Wang dress that Hillary Duff wore and I put it on and it was alright, but it wasn’t ‘Oh my God’,” Miller said. To her delight, one of the sales associates suggested a similar style dress that turned out to be the perfect one. “I just wanted to be different and to be sexy, fun and playful.”

The Wedding Salon 1468 Northern Boulevard Manhasset, NY By appointment: 516.869.8455

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Strapless silk organza and horsehair ballgown with bustier bodice, low drop waist and tiered ruffle skirt

Engagement Rings.

Since its introduction in 1926, London Jewelers has had four generations establish its history of quality service for its valued clientele. With the largest brand selection in the area, London’s expert staff will guide and assist you in making the perfect selection for your engagement ring or any piece of jewelry for your loved one.

Platinum cushion cut diamond engagement ring with pavé halo, London Jewelers

Platinum fancy yellow radiant cut diamond engagement ring with double halo, London Jewelers

Platinum solitaire diamond engagement ring, London Jewelers

Platinum three stone cushion cut diamond engagement ring, London Jewelers

Americana Manhasset

2046 Northern Blvd Manhasset, NY 11030 516-627-7475

Wheatley 180 Wheatley Plaza Greenvale, NY 11548 516-621-8844

Glen Cove 28 School Street Glen Cove, NY 11542 516-671-3154

East Hampton 2 Main Street East Hampton, NY 11937 631-329-3939

Southampton 47 Main Street Southampton, NY 11968 631-287-4499

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uthier Available on J. Crew website.

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Pink Fit Jacket $1150 Pink Zip Sweater $970




Casmari, based out of California, specializes in hand-loomed unique cashmere cardigans and sweaters. Made into adorable designs using yarn imported from Scotland, each style is exquisitely crafted and beautiful for layering. Available at Maddy's 390 located at 200 Wheatley Plaza Greenvale, NY.

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CHARLOTTE RONSON Peplum Mini Dress $395


Can be purchased at Blue & Cream located at 1 East 1st Street New York, NY 10003



Can be purchased at General & Fine located at 518 Court Street Carroll Gardens

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Shaped Box of

Chocolate by Richard Calcasola

Is that the best you can do? Oh, no! There is also lingerie. What an idea … how original. How about taking your valentine, the chocolate and black thong (every woman looks great in one) to a five-star hotel to jump start an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. What does this have to do with a beauty column? Nothing. Except there are things that you can do physically to make the point, “I’m ready if you are.” Ladies, show up with a complete new face, cool eyes, as if Rick Owens did your makeup - high-end soft, gothic, butterfly lashes; a strategically placed beauty mark a la Marilyn. For your hair, go all out fun and find an 38 inexpensive wig the opposite of your color,

maybe a sultry black, an alluring platinum, or a fiery red. If you’re stuck on your own hair, why not add some temporary clip-on extensions in a different color to simply punch-up the look. Holly Golightly-style hair with a perfectly placed rhinestone accessory, accompanied by a pair of dark sunglasses (worn indoors) can certainly add mystery to the evening. The wellplaced messy bun or chignon is great for height and sophistication, especially when the time is right to let it down as if you were the liberated librarian. Originally, Valentines were sent anonymously by a secret admirer. What would it be like to meet that someone at a subterranean bar and pretend you’re strangers? Guys will need a cool, original pick-up line such as, “My Lamborghini has a flat, can you give me a lift?” Don’t know;

just sayin’ … in other words, reinvent yourself without serious commitment. Back to the beauty tips for a romantic, fun and courageous evening. Have your favorite beauty advisor help. After all, they are creative. We can all use the help of an expert to help find and take personal risks that help express who we are. Unexpected change can lead to a new beauty that will shake things up. Change is good and a new haircut is not a tattoo! In the words of the great Hubert de Givenchy, “A hairstyle is the final tip-off whether or not a woman really knows herself.” With that said, have fun. (Richard Calcasola is president of Maximus Spa Salon. Email him with suggestions on future articles at



Shine On!

by Pamela Taylor

Keep in mind the shine! Shimmer products work great to add lift and brilliance to a face. Used improperly, they can also age and bring attention to fine lines and facial imperfections. Keep any high shimmer products away from heavily textured facial skin, and/or lined lip area. Use shine sparingly. Applied properly, shimmer products are a great way to add polish to the face! Products: Skin Care and Foundation by Probase. Eyes: Les 4 Ombres Quadra eye collection by Chanel, #38 Premier Regard. Lips: Anna Sui S Lip Gloss R in 850 Crushed Gold.

Photographed by Johnny Schiano


Photographed by Johnny Schiano

Pamela Taylor is a New York-based fashion and celebrity makeup artistwww. February 2013

















Iman Bridal Couture

Photography by Gary Hair by Paragon Make up by Tres Jolie Headpiece by Denise Leli

Introducting a whole new world of Couture...


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photographs by stephane mounet




Jennifer Lopez Zuhair Murad Gold Coast neighbor, Jennifer Lopez wore a show-stopping lace embroidered number with every seam hugging her hourglass figure. From front to back this sexy piece left nothing to the imagination but yet covered her every inch.

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Jennifer lawrence Dior Haute Couture


To be seen all a flame, the red carpet was on fire with A-listers dressed in hues of red and coral. You're either hot or you're not and Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lawrence and Marion Cotillard were definitely hot.

Jessica Alba Oscar De La Renta

Marion Cotillard Dior Haute Couture

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Anne Hathaway Chanel A modern day Twiggy with her cute pixie cut, Hathaway's gown encrusted with shimmering snow white crystals, was absolute perfection.

Kate Hudson Alexander McQueen


If you remember last year's Oscars, with Angelina Jolie's leg tweeter phenomenon, some A-listers decided to some off some skin of their own in couture black gowns. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley with her high slit Saint Laurent gown, Kate Hudson looking classic yet alluring in Alexander McQueen and Katharine McPhee plunging neckline. Which one won the tweeter war?

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Saint Laurent

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Getting Fit Together By Pam Polestino

If you want to add something new and different to your winter workouts and you haven’t experienced it yet, try training with your significant other. Whether you glance at each other across the gym floor or work out together, it can definitely keep you more involved and motivated when your special someone is watching. Spotting your partner with weight training, stretching side-by-side or taking a Boot Camp class together can be a great date! It helps you both stay fit and allows you to work towards better fitness levels together, as a team. Partnering up your workouts can help intensify your exercise routine and add more romance to your gym time. Taking a yoga class together can be healthier, and more intimate, than a dinner date! To get started, you should try to pick an exercise that works for both of you. There is nothing like having a cardio partner to get through a 30-minute jog on the treadmill, or a 20-mile ride on the stationary bike. Having your partner with you can be that extra push to get you through the portion of your workout that may be your least favorite. I know one couple that turns their workout into a competition (Some of us never want to lose). For example: if your partner doesn’t complete his/ her full cardio portion of your planned couples workout, you spot your partner with an extra set of 100 crunches or 25 pushups. Follow your cardio segment with weight training - two body parts each day. Even beginning with every other day can yield amazing results.

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If going to the gym does not excite you both, you can join a tennis league for mixed doubles or start swimming laps together. If you each pick one exercise that you prefer, you can alternate days – “yours” and “mine.” Keeping the weekly exercise plan filled with variety usually keeps the workout more consistent and keeps you more excited to train as a couple. There are amazing workouts with just a medicine ball that can be done at home, on a beach or on a vacation. Toss the medicine ball back and forth or lie down, interlock your ankles and pass the ball – you can be creative and keep it challenging and fun. There are numerous videos on the Internet that demonstrate exercises for couples to do together. Another idea to think about is personal training. Personal training sessions for couples can be the perfect start to your day. In picking a personal trainer, choose someone who motivates you, inspires you and has a personality that you enjoy. If you like your trainer, you will definitely want to show up for your session and deliver your best. Couples that have never tried to spice up your workout together should definitely give it a try. You have nothing to lose except calories. Give your partner the gift of getting more fit together for Valentine’s Day. A romantic getaway at a spa could introduce you into a whole new lifestyle of health and wellness as a team. Working hard together and playing hard together is so much fun!


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Roslyn Eye Centre

Eyeglasses are not just for seeing more clearly; in fact, they are sometimes a means to a person being seen more clearly. A definite style accessory, glasses are often chosen over contact lenses by fashionistas looking to make a statement. In some cases, you may find as many pairs of glasses on a bureau as you do watches. Take a peek through the lenses of a friend who has never worn specs before and you may find the lenses are clear glass – the frame’s the thing. The “biggest little eyeglass shop on Long Island,” as Roslyn Eye Centre (REC) is commonly known, has announced its expansion with the recent acquisition of North Shore Optics of East Hills. Former North Shore Optics owner Barbara Unger and optometrist Donna Maresca will be joining the REC staff, said Gary Stone, owner of REC. At REC, you can always find the latest in fashion eyewear. They carry frame styles from Tom Ford, Cartier, Fred, David Yurman, Chrome Hearts, Chanel, Swarovski, Oliver Peoples, Oakley, Maui Jim, RayBan and many others. Anne et Valentine, which to date has not been available on Long Island, has selected Roslyn Eye Centre as the outlet for its colorful handmade frames. Aside from being fashion eyewear leaders, REC is extremely progressive in lens technology and design. They have the solutions to the most difficult prescriptions, including digitally surfaced lenses that make a profile super-thin with high-definition clarity. Associate Rich Trentacoste, a professor in the optical field with unsurpassed knowledge, works with Gary to solve any problem that comes their way. 54 | 25A

REC is known as the largest and best children’s optical store on Long Island, with referrals by pediatric ophthalmologists from Manhattan to Montauk. “I have fit many babies from as young as six weeks old,” said Gary. “The doctors count on me and the parents rely on me year after year.” REC is there every step of the way through a youngster’s growing process. Even the competition knows what REC can do and has recommended patients for specialized sports eyewear. REC does prescription ski goggles, dive masks, swim goggles, and tennis and racquetball eyewear, as well as fitting the motorcycle community with cool prescription riding goggles. When it comes to contact lenses, REC has a reputation for low prices and quick delivery. Roslyn Eye Centre is open six days a week. The shop and staff are warm, welcoming and inviting. Stop in and see for yourself. If among the myriad choices you cannot find the specific frame you want, just let them know. They’ll get it … because Roslyn Eye Centre gets their customers.

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First Impressions

By Bita Mosleh, DDS

Your smile is the window to the world. Smiling affects our emotions as it triggers scientifically measurable activity in the area of the brain where happiness is registered. It is an expression denoting pleasure, sociability or amusement. Smiling is a means of communication throughout the world. Your smile is the lasting impression you leave behind. For many people, improving their smile can dramatically change their appearance, thereby raising self-esteem and confidence. There are a variety of options available to enhance, whiten and correct your smile. One option is to simply whiten your smile. The habitual consumption of red wine, coffee, tea, soda and other deeply colored beverages and food cause considerable staining over time. In addition, acidic foods such as citrus and vinegar contribute to enamel erosion. As a result, the surface of the tooth becomes more transparent and the yellow-colored dentin shows through. There are two professional whitening options: in-office bleaching and take-home bleaching trays. In-office whitening causes significant color changes in a short period of time. The protocol involves the use of a relatively high concentration of peroxide gel that is applied to the teeth for three intervals of 20 minutes in the office. A special light is used to accelerate the bleaching process. The other option, takehome whitening trays, incorporates an easy56 | 25A

to-use, lower concentration peroxide gel. The gel is applied to the teeth using custom-made bleaching trays. The trays are worn for 15 minutes or longer per day depending on the concentration of the gel. The average patient is likely to see a change of two to seven shades. The glamorous “white” teeth commonly seen in the movies are achieved by dental veneers, which are custom-made thin shells that are bonded to the front of the tooth. One veneer may be used to restore a fractured or discolored tooth versus multiple veneers to achieve a “Hollywood” smile. Multiple veneers are used to close spaces between teeth, correct misalignment, lengthen teeth that have been shortened by wear and fill in the black triangles between teeth caused by gum recession. Veneers can provide a uniform color, shape and symmetry. Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers are often preferred because they are more resistant to stains and better mimic the lightreflecting properties of natural teeth. In most cases, minimal tooth preparation is needed. Visible injury to a tooth caused by trauma, deep decay or gradual darkening of a tooth can indicate that the pulpal tissue at the center of the tooth must be removed. A simple nonsurgical treatment, root canal, is completed to save the natural tooth. Once there is significant tooth loss, the tooth is then restored with a porcelain crown. The crown is a tooth-shaped

“cap” that is cemented over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength and aesthetic. If a tooth is missing or non-restorable, dental implants may be a good option. Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth while preserving the facial contour. A porcelain abutment is screwed into the implant and acts as the platform for the porcelain crown. The replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. Severe misalignment may call for conventional braces or Invisaligns. Invisaligns are custommade, clear plastic aligner trays that are worn over your teeth. The best part of the process is that there are no metal wires or brackets; most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth. Each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks and is removed only to eat, drink, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series your teeth will move - little by little, week to week - until they have straightened to the final position. Treatment lengths vary from case to case. The various dental procedures available to patients are designed to enhance a patient’s quality of life by providing not only a healthy and aesthetic dentition, but also the ability to smile with confidence. So go ahead - explore your options and leave your lasting impression with pride.


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Chaplin: redefining a hollywood name By Ilena Ryan




n its own, Chaplin is easily considered one of the original big Hollywood names, associated with the long-ago days of black and white silent films that revolutionized the industry. And as the industry has moved forward to days of surround-sound and 3-D, Kiera Chaplin, granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin, has continued her grandfather’s legacy in her own way by immersing herself in the world of acting and modeling. Kiera, who is also a great-granddaughter of Pulitzer and Nobel prizewinning playwright Eugene O’Neill, has the performance gene in her DNA and came to appreciate the performing arts on her own as a child – from a young age she studied ballet and loved being a part of shows. “I guess it brought out the little performer in me,” she recalls. “My father has always been very into the entertainment world, so his passion for it must have rubbed off on me.” What’s unique about an industry veteran like Kiera is her attitude about the whole “Hollywood” persona. Despite growing up with the Chaplin name and being part of the O’Neill family, Kiera said she had a “pretty normal childhood … it didn’t affect me too much.” If anything, she added, it motivated her to work even harder to make a name for herself, versus living in the shadow of the family name. “I would say that having such amazing and talented men in my family tree has inspired me and motivated me to go in the same direction. Other than that, I try not to think about it and do my own thing.” Raised on her grandparents’ estate in Vevey, Switzerland, her Hollywood looks did not go unnoticed. Kiera’s stature, along with blonde hair and piercing blue eyes, helped launch her modeling career in New York and Paris as a teenager. At times, the Chaplin name hovered over her head and caused Kiera to question why she was getting jobs. “I always would wonder if people were booking me because of my name or because of me,” she recalls. “One day, I did a casting for Mario Testino and he booked me for French Vogue. As I went on set, the stylist asked me if I was related to Charlie through my mother or father. Mario Testino had no idea what we were talking about! The stylist looked at him and asked, ‘Didn’t you know? She’s a Chaplin!’ After that, I got a great

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boost of confidence knowing that one of the best photographers out there had booked me for me and not my name.” In addition to Vogue, Kiera continued to grace the pages of high fashion magazines, including Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle. She’s appeared in various ad campaigns, including Tommy Hilfiger, Hogan by Karl Lagerfeld and Armani Exchange. It’s also no surprise that FHM magazine named Kiera one of the most eligible women, or that Italian GQ once gave her the seventh spot on the 100 Sexiest Women list. Kiera’s experience in the fashion industry had led to her achieving style icon status, but when asked what the favorite item in her closet is, she admits it’s a hard question to answer. “I love so many pieces in my wardrobe,” she says. “However, a good pair of jeans that fit you just right are really worth holding onto, as well as a comfortable pair of high heels. I also have a sweater my dad gave me when I was 17 with a painting of Eugene O’Neill on it that I never want to get rid of.” Kiera adds that when it comes to her style, she makes sure that she’s wearing the clothes, and not vice versa. “At the end of the day, it’s all about looking and feeling good,” she says. “If you’re not feeling it, no matter what others say, don’t wear it. Being comfortable and confident is key.” She’s also taken her sense of style to collaborate with the Parisbased company Quintessence for a candle collection. Her candle, called Sunset Kisses, offers an enticing vanilla and white pepper scent adorned with a red kiss on the glass. The candles are part of a calendarthemed collection titled “The Scented Calendar.” Kiera’s represents the month of September; the calendar is available at Bergdorf Goodman. Kiera’s confidence is one of the traits that helped launch her acting career, which seemed to be a natural transition. She’s appeared in a number of movies, such as The Importance of Being Earnest, The Year That Trembled, Japan, Yatna, and Interno Giorno, directed by Tommaso Rossellini, which she calls her favorite role to date; Kiera plays an actress on the rise who was concealing many dark skeletons in her closet. She also enjoys sets in exotic locations – in the movie

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Chaurahen, Kiera traveled to India to film, which she says is a great place to work. “When preparing for a role I like to spend time getting to know my character,” she explains. “I like to know everything about them, even what’s not written in the script. I’ll usually talk a lot with the director and then do some sessions with my amazing acting coach, Harold Guskin.” She’s also not afraid to get physical. “If there are any traits I need to learn, I do that, too. Not too long ago I had to learn a bit of boxing for a role, which was a lot of fun … I’m very into sports, so for my next film, I’d love to play a role that would allow me to learn some new tricks. I’ve mainly done drama so an action movie would be great fun!” Aside from acting and modeling, Kiera has recently added another line to her resume: author. She released her first novel, titled Vega, about a young make-up artist who moves to New York from London, only to find she is struggling to adjust and fit into her new life in the Big Apple – though this wasn’t the publisher’s original plan for the book.

her and it’s so tragic what happened to her – she had so much to give. This foundation is great because it means her legacy lives on and her work is not finished. Sometimes, charities can be old and stuffy, but this brings a fresh flavor to the scene.” Kiera has held her own, despite growing up with the Chaplin last name, but it took a while to feel comfortable with her own career. “There was a time when I was worried that I had to do something to be the face of the Chaplin name, but I learned to do what I do for me! If I fail, it’s my fault. As long as I do my best while doing things I enjoy, that’s what really matters, and that’s what my grandfather would have wanted.” Kiera Chaplin has certainly proven she can hold her own in the world by making her own name for herself. If her past career is any indication, she doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. “My father told me that my grandfather always used to say, ‘I don’t care what you do, as long as you do it well,’” Kiera recalls. “I think that’s a good motto to live by.”

“I was asked to write a book about my grandfather but told them no because I thought it would be something ridiculous for me to do. The editor then came back to me and asked me if I were to write something, what would it be? I thought about it for a while and realized I loved murder mysteries and that the world of fashion was what I knew best. He liked the idea, so after months of writing, Vega started to take shape.” Kiera based the characters on people she’s met – they’re either individuals or a combination of folks that she knows. Most of the book is written based on experiences she went through or things that she’d heard about in the business. The process wasn’t easy – in the midst of frequently traveling for work, it was hard to carve out time to be as disciplined and focused as she needed. However, once she was able to sit down and begin writing, she was hooked. “I had a lot of fun doing it and I still can’t believe I managed to do it all! Hopefully I will write more in the future.” There’s plenty that the future has in store for Kiera. While she wants to continue the work she’s doing now, she’s looking to produce and write more, in addition to doing more charity work. She recently became the world ambassador for the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which aims to educate young people about substance abuse and help those with drug problems. Kiera is looking forward to doing more work with the foundation in 2013. “I’m a huge Amy Winehouse fan. I’ve always loved

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James Rixner

Designs The Family Room 40th Anniversary of the Kips Bay Show House

Appearing for the fifth time at the prestigious Kips Bay Show House, James Rixner has once again proven that he is a talented, innovative and reflective interior designer. For this year’s show house, James has created an intriguing space that is both relaxed and luxurious, with a touch of playfulness. The family room in this wonderful apartment is open to a chef’s kitchen. Having designed many such spaces for clients, Rixner instinctively knows that when people entertain, the kitchen and family room are the spaces that friends and family will naturally congregate, making that area the “heart of the home.” The inspiration for his current design began with a dramatic Nocturne area rug from Orley Shabahang. From there, imagination and brilliance took wing. With its leaf-like stylized scrolls, the rug commands attention and evokes a modernistic take on natural forms. By carefully editing the palate, James was able to create a color dialogue with just the right amount of contrast between the multiple blue tones of the rug, the greens of the Lotus Grass Cloth and the striking lime green metallic glazed linen of the Osborne and Little drapery fabric.

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All the upholstered pieces were done in winter white leather, which creates a cool vibe and also draws the eye to the relationship with the white counters of the kitchen. The pillow fabrics are multiple velvet textures, which contrast beautifully with the supple leather. The blending of the design and colors in the fabrics and the furniture selection create an upbeat mood with a lively palate and make the space youthful yet sophisticated.

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The invitation to appear at the Kips Bay Show House is an opportunity for designers to express themselves without the usual client-based limitations. James’ room, number 11 in apartment 2102, is open to the terrace and pool, inviting the visitor to enjoy the expansive views. Rixner made the decision to select exciting colors and furniture combinations, as well as to assemble a stunning collection of modern art that makes these areas even more fresh and distinctive.

In over 20 years of operating his own design firm, Rixner has designed numerous high-end private residences in Manhattan and the New York region. He recently completed a residence in the Buckhead section of Atlanta for former clients from Westchester. In addition, he takes pride in his designing of luxurious second-home retreats for his New York clients. These havens range from the Hamptons to Palm Beach and South Beach. In fact, James is always flattered when asked to design new projects for existing clients. He enjoys creating a different feel and aesthetic for each new home. James Rixner’s work is currently featured in the May 2012 issue of Traditional Home. In addition, his projects have been shown in Elle Décor, Gotham Magazine, New York Spaces and The New York Times Magazine. He has also been published in four monographs: “East Coast Rooms” by Anna Kasabian, “Show Houses: Signature Design Styles” by Stuchin and Abramson, “Inspired High End Design” by Shane Reilly and “Showhouses 2” by Jeffrey B. Snyder. Recently, Rixner has become a familiar face on New York television with several local stations spotlighting his design work. He has appeared on ABC, NBC and Fox News providing commentary on design. Rixner is a professional member of ASID and holds both an NCIDQ certificate and a New York State license as a Certified Interior Designer. He has also served as an instructor at Parsons, The New School for Design. To learn more about this talented and gifted designer, visit James’ website at

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iffany's Laurelton Hall

By Monica Randall

Louis Comfort Tiffany, the master glass works genius, completed his 100-room Oyster Bay mansion in 1904. The stucco, art nouveau showplace known as Laurelton Hall was unlike anything ever built before or since. Designed by Tiffany without the help of an architect, it became the setting for some of the most dazzling parties ever hosted in the country. Louis Tiffany was born into a wealthy family whose fortune was made by famed silversmith Charles Tiffany, founder of the celebrated jewelry store on Fifth Ave. Young Louis showed signs of rare creativity as a boy and loved to walk the beaches collecting bits of broken glass while watching the clouds and birds go by. Determined to make his own way in the world, he rejected his father’s demands to take over Tiffany & Co. and set off on an odyssey around the world, visiting exotic places in the Far East. Tiffany began painting the colorful sights and landscapes of Tangiers, Morocco, Cairo and Persia. He was also drawn to the works of impressionist Claude Monet, but after years of trying to earn a living as 78 a painter he turned his attention to working with stained glass.

Tiffany soon discovered an original method of producing naturalistic gradations of shifting color in the glass itself. As the gilded age exploded in a building frenzy of spectacular mansions all over the country, Tiffany could not keep up with the demand for his unique windows and decorative works of art. He built a huge factory in Corona, Queens and employed more than 200 workers and glass blowers who worked around the clock. When Tiffany’s father died in 1902, Louis inherited $3 million dollars and though already a millionaire himself, decided it was time to build the Gold Coast mansion to end all mansions. He purchased 600 acres of waterfront property next door to Teddy Roosevelt’s home, Sagamore Hill, in Oyster Bay. Laurelton Hall was to be Tiffany’s legacy and a repository for all his varied works, from his early paintings, pottery, vases, sculptures and massive glass windows. During the four years of building, it was said Tiffany became obsessed and ran his workers into the ground. But

Tiffany's Own Drawing of His Future Moracco Palace the results were spectacular. The living room ceiling was 40 feet high and fashioned after the Turkish baths. The ceiling was crowned with an ornate blue and gold glass dome. In the center of a tiled reflecting pool, Tiffany had his glass blowers mould a five-foot-high pear-shaped crystal vase that changed colors from a hidden series of underground lights. Perched on a massive Moroccan couch, Tiffany would stare at the vase for hours believing it to have transcendent powers. There was always classical music playing in the background. It was Tiffany’s belief that things of beauty inspired wonder and awe and connected him to the higher realms of creativity and the divine. Twenty-foot stained glass windows gave the rooms a daring theatrical glow, as lagoons and splashing fountains flowed from the main interiors out to lush, exotic gardens. A life-size marble nymph stood in the center of a 12-foot wide shell fountain where water flowed into a pool of water lilies. There were two conservatories that were filled with tropical birds and flowers. Visitors could pass under a huge stone bridge that connected the greenhouses then follow a road that led down to the beach. At the water’s edge was a dock, a boathouse for Tiffany’s yacht. Also on the property was a vast farm and meadows filled with cows, goats and sheep. There was a coach house, stable, dairy barns and bowling alley. Tiffany’s famous chapel, designed by him for the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, was dismantled and rebuilt on his sprawling estate. Peacocks roamed the grounds. They were Tiffany’s most cherished pets. To house them he designed an unusual Gothic tower with a huge, carved peacock weathervane mounted on the roof. The front entrance to the main house was considered garish and eccentric by North Shore locals. Four huge pillars supported the tiled portico where fanciful glazed red, orange, gold and pink poppies clung at the top like a huge bouquet. ARABIAN NIGHTS ON THE GOLD COAST Long before Clarence MacKay hosted his fabled million-dollar party at Harbor Hill for the Prince of Wales in 1924, Tiffany made headlines with his exotic oriental-themed events at Laurelton Hall. The unusual invitation set the tone for an evening of phantasmagoria filled with theatrical entertainments, exotic

food, wild dancing and fireworks. Invitations were often hand-delivered, mounted on a wooden scroll with a pair of red silk tassels on each end. The words were written in black ink on parchment paper in Egyptian hieroglyphics and it was accompanied by a card with the English translation. Costumes were a must. Guests who showed up without one were ushered into an Arabian-style tent where they turned over to his wardrobe staff who decked them out in Grecian togas, jeweled turbans and silk embroidered dragon robes that Tiffany collected during his travels to the Far East. Guests included the rich and powerful, such as the Astors, Vanderbilts and John D. Rockefeller. But it was said that Tiffany preferred the company of his bohemian friends: artists, dancers, poets, jugglers, even a snake charmer or two. At one party a cobra that arrived in a basket escaped into the garden and attacked an unsuspecting peacock. There were always tables set up for fortunetellers who read palms and tarot cards for anyone curious about what their future held. Belly dancers flitted from room to room and out onto the surrounding terraces. Outside, the Grecian gardens and fountains were lit in a kaleidoscope of light as hundreds of colorful Chinese paper lanterns hung from the trees. When the dinner gong sounded, there was a fanfare of trumpets as guests filed into the dining hall. The food was often catered by Delmonico’s and served by waiters dressed as Egyptian slaves and savents.

Giant Rare Quarts Crystal, in Reflecting Pool and Hand Crafted, Copper Dragon

The music was provided by the entire New York Philharmonic Orchestra, which was brought to the party in Tiffany’s private railroad car. While the orchestra played, Ruth St. Denis danced, Sarah Bernhardt read from her plays and Mark Twain shared stories about his colorful past. Around midnight a huge barge would float into Oyster Bay Harbor and a fireworks display



The Charred Ruins of The Giant Palm Conservatory 1960 (Photo by Monica Randall)

would fill the night sky with the sound of rockets, mortar shells and colorful, whirling explosions of light. Tiffany, a generous man by nature, wanted to share his estate with others. He opened his home and property to creative people and artists of all kinds. They were often invited to spend part of their summer there and a special dormitory wing was added to house them. In his later years, Tiffany set up a foundation with millions in funding so that long after his death in 1933, Laurelton Hall remained a haven for artists.

Forty Foot High Living Room Inspired by The Turkish Baths & Five Foot Crystal Vase in Center

THE GOLD COAST’S DARKEST DAY On March 6, 1957, a neighbor walking his dog spotted flames coming from the massive clock tower of the main house. Three teenage boys were seen running from the house. Within hours the mansion was in flames. Fire companies from as far as Hicksville and Glen Cove rushed to the scene and firemen quickly drained all the swimming pools in the area. When they ran out of water, they carried hoses a half-mile down to the Long Island Sound. At one point a total of 435 firemen worked frantically as the fire raged on for five days turning the skies in Oyster Bay black. Tiffany’s legacy, and perhaps $1 billion of his art treasures, was destroyed. All that remained were charred ruins and the 60-foot skeletal frame of the massive palm conservatory. Days after the fire was finally contained, an art collector named Hugh McKean salvaged what he could from the ashes. Many items were restored and are now on display at a museum he created for Tiffany’s work in Winter Park, Florida. Sometime in the 1980s when Tiffany’s granddaughter Louise L. Platt was 92 years old, I ran into her at a Syosset camera shop as she was having some old photos reprinted. Recognizing them as Tiffany’s, I asked if could speak with her at some later date. It turned out she lived just up the road from me on Ridge Lane in Oyster Bay and she ultimately allowed me to photocopy many of the rare images from her 80 private collection.

One of Tiffany's Most Famous Stained Glass Windows, Whisteria Over Looking Oyster Bay Harbor

Tiffany Tamed Peacocks and Used Them in His Many Artworks

Author’s note: There is a one-hour original slide program on this story about Tiffany available for private clubs and libraries. For information call 516.921.7438. Editor's note: In the December Holiday issue, ten photographs were printed with the Winter Dreams on the Gold Coast story. All of the photos are original and were taken over many years by Monica Randall.


Generation Millenium

By: Professor JM LOVE

"Our generation believes that seeing more than one person these days is not to be frowned upon, but praised." Has dating changed much over the last decade, or two, or three? I’m afraid the answer is YES … very much so! I personally took note of this when I re-entered the singles dating scene about six years ago. Going to the clubs, I would walk in about 9:30 p.m. to a rather quiet bar and empty dance floor. When I left by 1a.m., there was a long line outside the door and for most (younger) patrons, the night was first beginning. But you know what really has wreaked havoc on dating for those of us over 40 or 50? Technology… pure and simple! And this is confirmed by many of my 20-something college students. Gabrielle stated, “We have become a cybernation that relies on text, iMessage, email, bbm, etc. Human aspect of communication has almost become obsolete … older demographics may have become a part of the cyberworld as well, but not by choice.” Georgia added, “Today, guys and gals meet through social networks. Years past it was a school dance, club or house party … parents met the boy and a strict curfew was set … but not in 2013 … In fact, things are rarely kept private between couples with postings and photos all over the internet … love is being confused with getting public

attention…because dating has lost its formal structure, relationships have lost [their] value.” I asked my students if I am being old-fashioned (or just plain “old”) to open the car door for my date and hold the door for her? Brittany laughed and said “Chivalry is dead today! Men aren’t to take all the blame … back in the day women didn’t have as much freedom … we are more independent and have stepped up to better positions and careers … this equality has made many men feel they are no longer obligated to do such things for a woman.” And when I brought up the word “commitment” to my students, I really got an earful! Jaclyn stated, “Our generation believes that seeing more than one person these days is not to be frowned upon, but praised. You would think guys come off as “players” but now, women are on the same page … committing to one person brings certain expectations that have to be met … even using the word love today is meaningless … a couple that is dating two or three weeks can’t be “in love”… at least not real love … AND WHEN IT COMES TO TRUST, FORGET IT…today there is so little trust that the little green monster inside all of us called jealousy rears its ugly head …” I’m beginning to think that the more things change, the more high-tech and mobile the “x” and “y” generations are, the more people are missing out on the simple joys of dating. Something to think about, right? Let me know.

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ROMANCE& THE OPERA Reviving Long Island's Oldest Opera Company By victoria caruso

Tragedy. Love. Betrayal. Desire. No, this isn’t the plot for the latest blockbuster film but rather the characteristics behind some of the most infamous operas to ever be written and performed. For centuries, opera has been a source of entertainment that is dramatic, romantic and tragic – sometimes all at the very same time. And for decades, Long Islanders have had the opportunity to experience it all close to home, thanks to the dedication and talent of Long Island Opera. “Long Island Opera offers the same high-quality performances as those presented by opera companies in Manhattan. Long Islanders are finding that that they no longer have to travel into the city to go to the opera,” said Executive Director Joy Berta. The oldest opera company in existence on Long Island, Long Island Opera was incorporated in 1961 under the direction of former New York City Opera tenor Nino Luciano. In the beginning, the company

performed a handful of operas throughout Nassau County but by the mid-1980s its repertory had flourished, enabling the company to acquire props, sets and costumes, along with scores to more than two dozen operas and operettas. Recently, the opera company has undergone a complete revival. Berta, an opera singer herself, has spent the last two years scouring for talent and spreading the word that Long Island Opera is alive and thriving. In addition to obtaining the services of costume designer Anthony Paul-Cavaretta of Oyster Bay, Berta has brought together a talented production staff and auditioned and hired professional singers, many with Long Island ties. Operas are once again being performed throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties and include a 50th anniversary production at the Southampton Culture Center’s Levitas Center for the Arts, a September 2012 production of George Bizet’s Carmen at Guild Hall and a fall 2012 debut of Verdi’s Rigoletto at Molloy College’s Madison Theatre. “To many, opera may seem something of the past, but it is alive and you don’t have to look too hard to find it,” Berta said. “We are seeing opera performances on the big screen – in movies and television. Making opera accessible through an entertainment medium has attracted new audiences and sparked more interest.” For the novice, an opera is dramatic work that combines text and musical score performed by singers and musicians in a theatrical setting, often alongside an orchestra or smaller musical ensemble. Written and performed in many languages, opera also incorporates many of the elements of spoken theatre, such as acting, scenery, costumes and, sometimes, dance. “Opera is a beautiful and intense art form that combines the richest vocal abilities, the most intimate depictions of human drama and magical orchestration that stimulate imaginations and awaken passions,” said Berta. “When presented in its purest form, it can be one of the most romantic, heartfelt and captivating forms of entertainment.”

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A perfect example is Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, one of the most well-known operas in existence because of its plot, characters, emotional depth and music. Based on Henri Murger’s novel, Scènes de la Vie de Bohème – a collection of vignettes portraying young bohemians living in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840s, the opera focuses on lovers Rodolfo, a poor poet, and Mimi, the girl-next-door who spends the opera slowly dying of consumption. And on April 7, Long Islanders will have the opportunity to experience La Bohème’s passionate storyline for themselves when the opera company returns to Molloy’s Madison Theatre. “Our performances are not just for opera buffs,” said Berta. “There is something for everyone and La Bohème is an excellent choice, whether it’s your hundredth opera or your first.” Conducted by Scott Jackson Wiley, the performance is part of the theatre’s family series and will also feature the Young Symphonic Ensemble (YSE) of the Children’s Orchestra Society. According to Madison Theatre’s Artistic Director Angelo Fraboni, the goal is to develop a family series that exposes younger audiences to classical forms of dance, opera and music  that they would most likely never attend otherwise. “The audience demographic for the classics is aging. With this series, we hope to develop an appreciation in a new, younger audience,” said Fraboni.

Baritone's Ted Labow of Stony Brook as Rigoletto and Robert Aaron Taylor as Marullo. Photo by Anthony Vela/Molloy College

As owner of Oceanville Mason Supply, Marty Bevilacqua played a prominent role in the construction of the Madison, donating the bricks to build the Public Square building, which houses the state-of-the-art playhouse on Molloy’s Rockville Centre campus. But for Bevilacqua and his wife, Sue, support of Long Island Opera’s resurgence is more about their love for the art than anything else and the Rockville Centre couple has been working closely with Molloy’s administration to make the Madison Long Island Opera’s permanent stage. Last October, the Bevilacquas sponsored Long Island Opera’s Madison debut and the opera company did not disappoint. The three-act production of Giuseppe Verdi’s revolutionary classic Rigoletto attracted a stellar crowd and was Madison’s biggest ticket seller since opening its doors in fall 2011. Additionally, it was the opera company’s first fillstaged production complete with orchestra in over a decade. And the success of Rigoletto was just what Madison Theatre was looking for. “We are excited by this partnership and what the future holds for arts on the Island,” Fraboni said. Tenor Paolo Buffagni as The Duke of Mantua with 84 | 25A Mary Thorne as Gilda.

Long Island Opera's production of Carmen at Guild Hall on Sept. 15 was the opera company's first full-staged costumed performance in over a decade. Pictured are members of the Carmen cast, including baritone Eric McKeever as Escamillo, baritone John Torres as Morales, tenor Christopher Sierra as Remendado, mezzo-soprano Kara Cornell as Carmen and baritone Thaddaeus Bourne as Dancairo. Photo by Olivia Mesquita

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25A Maintaining Long Island’s

Equestrian Past

By Victoria Caruso

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In the community of Mill Neck, large estates, sprawling landscapes and a tranquil atmosphere make it hard to imagine that some of the North Shore’s busiest and noisy roadways are less than a mile away.

horses while having a front row seat from your kitchen table,” said Maria DiLascio. Since purchasing Mill Hill Farm, homeowners Joe Scala and Maria DiLascio have completely remodeled the 1966 colonial and its surrounding property. In doing so, they worked to preserve the home’s original charm while maintaining the look and feel of a traditional working horse farm. Stone piers and custom six-foot wrought iron gates that open to a private drive leading to the beautiful 4,500-square-foot home with sweeping views from French doors and stately oversized rooms are just a few features that make this property exceptional. Outside, one is surrounded by 6.7 acres – a horse lover’s paradise – that includes paddocks, a 16-stall mahogany wood barn, a four-stall fowling barn, tack room and the only private Olympic-size equestrian riding ring with special footing on Long Island.

Over the years, horse-friendly properties become more popular and even harder to find as smart equestrians recognize that owning, rather than boarding, is the smarter economic decision. One such place is Mill Hill Farm – a one-time cow farm turned horse farm just off West Shore Road within walking distance of the entrance to the Planting Fields Arboretum. The property, which is currently on the market, offers close proximity to Manhattan while providing the luxury of living an equestrian lifestyle within the privacy of one’s own home. “The property allows the homeowner the luxury of boarding and training

Over the years, the property’s scenic equestrian elegance has piqued the interest of production companies for use in commercials, films, television shows and print advertisements. Most recently, Mill Hill Farm was added to that prominent list of North Shore properties to be featured in a Hollywood movie. Last summer, location scouts singled out the property as the backdrop for the equestrian scene in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming movie The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. “While here filming The Wolf of Wall Street, Mr. Scorsese commented to us that he felt he was in Kentucky, not Long Island,” Scala said. “That made us feel like we had accomplished the goal we had when renovating this property.” For the owners, the home provided Scala, a native of Argentina, to foster his love of horses. Although they are looking forward to downsizing, moving to Manhattan and traveling, they are hopeful whoever buys Mill Hill Farm does not make too many drastic changes. “Lately, we see more and more people replacing their barns with three-story brick homes and their paddocks with swimming pools. This new version of construction is changing the original landscape along with the serenity and charm people were once drawn to in this area,” DiLascio said. Scala added, “We hope that the farm stays within its original environment and that the beauty of this property is maintained because it really is one of a kind. These horse properties are disappearing and it is difficult today to find homes that are zoned for horses.” For more information on Mill Hill Farm or to take a virtual tour of the property, visit and search MLS number #2546748.

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25A A Romantic History

Something Old, Something New... Something Borrowed, Something Blue… By Victoria Crosby The bridal gown is a much-loved tradition that has evolved extensively over the years. In Western countries, gowns are conventionally white or very pale shades. Queen Victoria began the trend at her wedding to Prince Albert. Prior to that, wedding dresses were a variety of shades, as they are today. So although the fashion pendulum has swung back, many brides still prefer white, as it is flattering to most women. Today brides sometimes wear darker colors, and black bridesmaids dresses have become popular. Black was previously used more for a funeral than a wedding. (Although some may say that there is no difference.) White is the symbol of virginity and purity, yet today there are white maternity wedding dresses. Queen Victoria would faint at the thought! In Asia brides traditionally wear brightly colored wedding dresses, as red is a color associated with joy. Whether a long gown or short dress, styles change as fashions change. Princess Diana’s fairy tale wedding gown started women wearing puffy sleeves with wide skirts and a tight bodice. Kate Middleton, the

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Duchess of Cambridge, wore a sleeker style, and her sister’s skintight maid of honor dress was even more popular. Wedding gowns have long been fashioned after the styles worn by the trendsetters royalty and celebrities – such as the current Queen of England (when she was Princess Elizabeth) at her marriage to Prince Phillip, her sister Princess Margaret’s gown at her marriage to Anthony Armstrong Jones or movie star Grace Kelly who married Prince Rainier of Monaco. Sometimes a bride will wear a vintage gown inherited from her mother or grandmother, so the wedding gown can be the something old or something new. The veil worn with the wedding gown also symbolizes purity and virginity. This history goes back to the days when families arranged marriages and the groom first saw the bride’s face when the veil was lifted at the wedding ceremony. One of the oldest wedding traditions is the garter. It was thought to bring good luck if a guest could obtain a piece of the bride’s clothing. It was customary in weddings between noble or royal families, which were often a political alliance, to prove that the marriage had been

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consummated so there would be witnesses, and as distasteful as it may be (unless you are a voyeur), a piece of the bride’s undergarments was taken as proof. This custom evolved into a garter worn by the bride, which the groom removes and throws to the crowd of onlookers. Today the garter is often the something blue and the tradition, or superstition, predicts that the single man who catches the garter will be the next man to marry, as the single woman who catches the bouquet will be the next woman to marry. Queen Victoria was also the fashion trendsetter of her day by carrying a floral bouquet at her wedding. Small bouquets of flowers, called posies, nosegays or tussy mussies, were popular in those days, and used the language of flowers to convey messages. In medieval times, women and men often carried sweet-smelling herbs and spices and wore perfumed oils to disguise unpleasant body odors. The wedding cake was made of barley in ancient Rome and was smashed over the bride’s head by the groom, which is perhaps where the modern tradition (horrible in my opinion) of the bride and groom smashing cake in each other’s faces comes from. In early Britain, the

wedding cake was made with items like oysters, sweetbreads and other delicacies that were thought to have an aphrodisiac effect. Once white sugar became plentiful in Victorian times, white icing and cakes with many tiers became popular. The bigger the cake, the more affluence the family displayed. The history of the honeymoon is older that the history of marriage ceremonies. In very early times, women were carried away from their tribes or families. The man would kidnap the woman of his choice (sweeping her off her feet) and hide out with her for about a month one moon. They would drink mead, a fermented honey drink, until her family either stopped searching for her or accepted her fate. There you have the honeymoon. So today a woman can choose her husband, the style and color of her gown, bouquet, cake and the destination of her honeymoon with the fairy tale ending, until the reality of marriage sets in………. but that’s another story.

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By Melissa Argueta

As the great comedic genius Mel Brooks once said, “It’s good to be the king!” Truer words were never spoken when talking of entrepreneur Steve Carl. Whether you want to characterize it as steadfast determination, creative vision or something simply indefinable, the East Meadow native has cultivated a winning formula for success to become the undisputed king of Long Island catering.  For 15 years, Carl has been at the helm of the majestic Carlyle on the Green, a mansion-style facility situated on 1,500 acres of land at  Bethpage  State Park. On a cold winter morning, we met inside Taste 99, the Carlyle’s acclaimed restaurant overlooking the renowned  Bethpage  Black Golf Course. The top dining spot has been frequented by a sea of famous faces and been home to such  prestigious events as the U.S. Open Golf Tournament in 2002 and 2009, and the Barclays Golf Tournament in 2012. Sporting a wild Robert Graham shirt from his prized collection of nearly 1,700 pieces, it’s clear that Carl’s equally colorful personality and uncanny ability to envision the bigger picture have contributed greatly to his rise to the top. “Catering is a unique business that I really wanted to be in because I love the fact that I’m not just doing business, but I’m doing business and making people happy,” Carl explained. The son of a plumber and a housewife, Carl said his father was a big influence on him as a young boy growing up on Long Island. “He

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taught me that I should never let anybody get in the way of stopping me from being as successful as I want to be. I’ve always propelled throughout my entire life saying that ‘I’m not just going to do it, but I’m going to do it bigger and better and smarter.’” As the youngest all-time Eagle Scout in Nassau County, he describes himself as a leader and not a follower, owning his first home at 19 years of age. “Everything I did, I did on my own,” he said. “When I was a little kid, all my friends had money; I had none. If I wanted to make it, I had to go out and do it and I didn’t let anybody stop me. If you want to make it in this world, the only one who can stop you is yourself,” he said.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in business, Carl launched a lucrative packaging company that grossed $45 million in annual sales. In 1991, he set his sights on the catering industry

and it wasn’t long before he made his mark. Six years later, he struck out on his own and won the bid to operate the historic Carlyle on the Green and has steadily grown his empire ever since. He stresses that his company philosophy is to create long-term clientele versus just one-time buyers. “It’s not just about a wedding; it’s not just about a bar mitzvah; it’s not just about a dinner. We transcend to all different areas,” Carl explained. In 2006, real estate mogul Donald Trump partnered with Carl to bring his infamous Trump on the Ocean catering hall-restaurant to Jones Beach. The opportunity was a “pinnacle” moment for Carl, who calls Trump a “great guy.” Due to the damage of Superstorm Sandy, Trump recently announced plans to shelve the project. However, Carl shows no signs of slowing down. He recently expanded his reach to Suffolk County with the acquisition of a mansion-style property named Carlyle at Stonebridge in Hauppauge. 

The Carlyle Experience So what is it that makes the Carlyle brand so different from the competition? Carl says it’s all about offering catering for everyone at a wide range of price points. “We are the most diverse caterer on Long Island in that we have availability of doing everything from a party for 10 people, or a lunch for two, to 1,000s and 1,000s through offpremise catering,” he said.

he explains. Whether it’s designing food, decor, lighting or the ceremony space, Carl insists his staff will personally take care of everything, up to the minutest detail. “We find the right sales person for the bride and groom so they feel an attachment and a sense of comfort, and we follow them right through, from the time we meet them until the time they get married.”

The Carlyle Catering company is comprised of four entities, including Carlyle on the Green, Carlyle at the Palace, Carlyle at the Omni and Carlyle at Stonebridge. In addition, there’s Carlyle Off the Green, an off-premise catering and event design company servicing Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons. While each Carlyle Catering facility is unique in look and style, they all have one mark of distinction — picturesque settings, innovative cuisine, stylish presentation and dedicated service. “We cater to style and quality. People want that. The reason why we are unique and probably the largest high-end caterer on Long Island is that people understand a Carlyle party is expected to have certain things in it,” Carl added.

While other caterers may skimp or cut back on serving quality food and products, Carl says he does exactly the opposite. Jay Kranitz, executive vice president of Carlyle Catering, explains that what separates one caterer from another are the food, the service and attention to detail. He points out that the company maintains what he calls “The Carlyle Standard” at each of its entities. “I sum it up like this: There’s got to be a reason Donald Trump partnered up with Steve Carl,” he said.

When it comes to planning the perfect wedding, Carl maintains that today’s couples are not just looking for a simple room. “When you come in here, you are getting the Carlyle experience,”

One of Carl’s newest ventures is joining forces with Sonja T. Morgan of Bravo’s hit show  The Real Housewives of New York. The Sonja in the City brand is designed to bring Carlyle’s signature style of catering to a whole new group of guests, from Manhattan to the  Hamptons  to  Westport. In addition, Carlyle’s team appeared on a recent episode of TLC’s show Four Weddings and plans for future television projects are in the works, Carl

says. “It gives us an opportunity to show what we do.” A proud father of four, Carl, who was recently honored as Long Island Father of the Year by Saks Fifth Avenue, says he tries to strike a healthy balance of work and family life. He especially enjoys helping the community and supporting many charities throughout the year. “It’s about doing things for other people. I believe that success comes from who you help,” he said. “I want to give back and I want to make other people successful.” With a long list of crowning achievements, does the catering titan have any advice for hungry up-and-coming entrepreneurs? A regular guest lecturer to college business students, Carl says it’s important to first be true to yourself and then follow your dreams. “The secret to putting together a great business is to never forget where you came from,” Carl says, adding, “I am always thankful for everything I have. I believe the successes in life come from learning every day.”

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Take the Path Less Traveled in Brazil …

The Romantic Side of Ibitipoca By Jane Lerman Ditch the dinner reservations, skip the roses and throw away the chocolates if you’re hoping to sweep your honey off his or her feet this year. Whether you’re in the mood for sheer romance, are seeking ideas for a unique honeymoon, or are celebrating a special anniversary, it’s important to create unique memories to last a lifetime together and there’s no better way to do just that than with the perfect romantic getaway. If you’re tired of the traditional all-inclusives and are looking for a place to disappear for a romantic adventure together without sacrificing luxury, sometimes it’s best to look beyond the obvious. Ibitipoca (ibi-chee-poca), the somewhat hard to pronounce nature reserve just a three-and-a-half hour drive from Rio de Janeiro, is a destination less visited in Brazil than its bustling cities, Bahian beaches and Amazon jungle, but, according to the Latin American experts at the luxury, private-guided tour company, Jacada Travel (, has all of the offerings of a romantic retreat with a plethora of activities for lovebirds to indulge. Located in the south of Brazil’s interior state of Minas Gerais are the beautiful and under-discovered undulating hills of the Ibitipoca Park and Reserve. The secret hideaway is populated with a vast assortment of trees, cool gushing waterfalls, clear winding rivers and pristine, white sandy beaches. Rolling pasturelands and forests are brimming with birds and wildlife. With wild boar, red deer, jaguar and even the elusive puma, it’s no wonder that this national park is one of the country’s most desired destinations.

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“The Ibitipoca Park is one of those peaceful places in Brazil that you get pretty much all to yourself and is packed with things to do and ways to explore it,” says Alex Malcolm, founder of Jacada Travel. Spanning 3,677 acres, this is one of Brazil’s smallest conservation areas. The park itself covers the Lima Duarte and Santa Rita de Ibitipoca municipalities and surprisingly, the residents of the town of Conceição de Ibitipoca actually serve as “protectors of the park.” Two thousand villagers serve as unofficial guards of the park, often giving visitors friendly directions for navigating the scenic trails where one can discover the pristine rainforests, lush green valleys and stunning waterfalls. For couples (including honeymooners) that appreciate having serene natural beauty almost entirely to themselves, Ibitipoca boasts exciting and diverse hiking trails that lead travelers to solitary rivers, giving them the perfect opportunity to take a private swim together. The park itself offers three trails, all well marked, making guides unnecessary on your romantic getaway. Perhaps the most beautiful trail, the Janela do Céu, stretches uphill more than 10 miles to the park’s highest point, the Pico da Lombada, which rises 5,735 feet above sea level and boasts one of the most stunning views of Ibitipoca, sure to take your breath away. On the hike down from the peak, you’ll run into the Janela do Céu waterfall, which offers an extraordinary view of the valleys and hills below. Called the “Window of the Sky,” it is possible to see the reflection of the sky in its water on sunny days. Travelers with a little more adventure in their blood might enjoy horseback riding to other hidden waterfalls, often orange in color due to the composition of organic vegetable matter, or whitewater rafting

and trips to traditional villages. With its waterfall hikes and long trails, this state park attracts adventurers and nature lovers alike. Once at the heart of the region’s booming mining industry, the quaint colonial towns of Tiradentes and Ouro Preto are not far, should the two of you fancy a cultural day out and about farther afield from the park and reserve. Lovers wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of city life can enjoy low-key luxury with local character and a helpful staff at Reserva do Ibitipoca, one of Jacada Travel’s favorite Latin-American properties, due to its impeccable service, luxury and bundles of charm. “What I love so much about the Reserva do Ibitipoca is its classically Brazilian style in all the little design features, combined with top service and modern comforts one rarely sees in the Brazilian countryside. It’s truly unique,” notes Alex Malcolm. After a long day of hiking and exploring, relaxation and intimate comfort is sometimes just what the doctor ordered. A traditional farmhouse, brilliantly restored and converted into a delightfully elegant and stylish boutique hotel, comes complete with eight individual suites, spa, subterranean cinema and an extensive menu of local activities that can be tailored to each guest. Eager to please, the hotel can arrange a private romantic picnic in the protected parkland, an intimate candlelit dinner in the hotel’s grounds or soothing spa treatments. As they are located not far from the coast, couples or honeymooners can easily combine the unique charms and seclusion of Ibitipoca with a luxury stint in Rio or other coastal destinations … but it’s a good guess that you’ll probably reserve the best reviews and one-of-a-kind memories for this little gem. 

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7th Heaven for Singles Find “The One”


hether you’re looking to meet a few new friends or the love of your life, may we suggest 7th Heaven for Singles, a company that hosts a brilliant variety of activities for Long Island singles. With something for everyone and members ranging from 23 to 69, activities are broken down by age group and preferred experiences. For the daring dater, there’s seven-minute speed dating. For those just single and looking to mingle there are gourmet dinner parties, museum trips, dance lessons, garden walks, psychic reading sessions and so much more! Long Island is teeming with things to do no matter what the season. Just remember February is not only the month of love but the month of optimism, so get on with it! http://

The Long Island Aquarium Butterflies and Bugs Sleepover

By Gwen Wunderlich-Smith Welcome February, the shortest month of the year but nonetheless sweet indeed. With Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and winter break upon us, we’re looking forward to a few extra days to celebrate, explore and have some good ol’ fashioned fun. We also hope those “singles” that are looking will find the right one. For this issue we highlight things to do out East, because even in the cold of winter with its short days and brisk temperatures, amid the Winterfest, a wine tour, a hidden inn, sleepovers and butterflies galore, I’ll bet there’s something for each and everyone to adore. See you out there!

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It’s winter break and the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center out East is having a sleepover party! Get those sleeping bags ready because this is one overnighter any kiddie or parent would be ecstatic to attend. Taking place mid-February, kids will get to tour the aquarium, partake in arts and crafts, learn about butterflies and bugs through interactive experiences and enjoy dinner and the classic Disney movie, A Bug’s Life. Top off this exciting day with a big sleepover party and wake up to a continental breakfast next to one of the butterfly exhibits. The package is $64.95 per person but the experience is priceless.


Get ready for the 2013 Long Island Winterfest – Jazz on the Vine. From Feb. 9 to March 17, the East End of Long Island presents six weekends of more than 70 exceptional performances featuring renowned jazz musicians, ranging from local to international acts and Grammy-nominated artists performing in winery rooms and other East End, North Fork and Hamptons locations. So whether it’s for a day or a weekend, make your plans to get out to wine country this winter where the LI Winterfest joins up with local hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, cultural venues and attractions to create an array of special events and offers designed to lift the mid-winter doldrums.

“My Furry Valentine”

Adopt your new best friend Anyone who has ever had a pet knows there’s no love quite like the love of a furry best friend. Whether you have been thinking about it, the kids are begging for one, or you’re looking for a new addition to the family, make everyone happy this Valentine’s Day by participating in the Town of Hempstead’s “My Furry Valentine” adoption program. It’s your chance to make a wish come true for a loving dog or cat that’s looking for its forever home. The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter will be hosting a pet adoption program from Saturday, Feb. 9 through Saturday, Feb. 16 and all adoption fees will be waived during this time for those looking to make a feline or canine love connection.

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For those that want a bit of adventure, bring your family or friends to the gorgeous property of the Omni Mount Washington Resort located in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. A favorite New England retreat of presidents, poets and celebrities, the hotel delights your senses with enchanting music, refined dining and luxurious décor. Having recently undergone a $70 million renovation, the Omni’s unparalleled ski area has new additions such as a 2,000-foot Doppelmayr T- Bar, and a 600-square-foot luxury log cabin where drinks and hot cocoa await by the fireplace. Guests can also enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, snow tubing, sleigh riding, a new 25,000-square-foot spa, specialty restaurants, designer boutiques, indoor activities and so much more at this breathtaking location. Load up the car or hop on a quick flight and make your way over to Omni Mount Washington Resort.

A unique gem, this quaint boutique inn is located in Southold, a short hour’s drive from the North Shore. Perfect for a romantic weekend, this cozy yet elegantly decorated inn brings a Nicholas Sparks novel to life while its location is most ideal for local shopping, winery tours and some good old fashioned rest and relaxation (think big book, fireplace and hot cup of tea, toasting your special someone.) The restaurant located in the inn is considered by many to be the best on Long Island, with rave reviews from Zagat’s, The New York Times and USA Today. It boasts a creative and imaginative menu featuring locally grown produce, the freshest seafood from the Peconic Bay and Long Island Sound and award-winning North Fork artisanal cheeses and wines. In honor of Valentine’s Day the chef will be preparing a special menu and no doubt a heavenly dessert to match. Rekindle your spark this year and head out to the North Fork Table & Inn for this amazing culinary experience. Rediscover why you fell for each other in the first place.



A Dreamy Winter sledding

By Gwen Wunderlich-Smith


hat could be more festive (and romantic) than a winter dog sledding experience? Those were my thoughts exactly when I read about The Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel and Raft in New Hampshire. Actually it was more like, how soon can I pack a bag? Between this and Bretton Woods, it’s an all-out lovefest! Being the adventure-seeking dog lover that I am, the Muddy Paw Experience seemed to have everything I had been looking for and indeed it’s perfect for this late-winter issue. Sure, it doesn’t have the most luxurious name in the book but with those gorgeous rescue animals and the generous spirits that rescued them paired with a wild adventure and an idealist setting, everything is picture perfect from where I’m sitting. Now, imagine traversing snow-covered trails from behind a team of

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rescue and second-chance Alaskan huskies who are eager to stretch out and explore the trail ahead of them, excited at every new turn, with you all the while cuddled up in a sled with your sweetheart or driving a team at adrenaline-inducing speeds! Talk about heating things up. Located in Jefferson, New Hampshire (aka “The Grand North”) in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest (just a day trip from New York!), the Muddy Paw’s traditional winter dog sledding adventures range from 1.5 hour introductory experiences to a 50 mile Innsupported overnight adventure making Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel the perfect location for couples looking to escape the city and enjoy the “out of doors” together.

Adventure Awaits...

For the ultimate romantic retreat we recommend “The Longest Dog Sled Ride in the Northeast” - breathtaking, beautiful and totally exhilarating! After a comfortable night’s rest at one of the local lodges or hotels, you’ll leave for a short drive to Muddy Paws. There you’ll meet your team and get acquainted with them, and then in no time at all, you’ll be whisked away on your all-day adventure filled with gorgeous scenery. Guests can help drive the team, give snacks to the dogs, sip some hot cocoa and experience the stillness of the snowy woods around them as they travel around the mountain range. Top off the evening with a “farm to table meal” and specially crafted libations at one of the many local New Hampshire restaurants.

For those looking for a real rustic experience, we suggest trying the Mahoosuc Inn in Milan, NH or Bear Mountain Lodge in Bethlehem NH. Both places are warm, friendly and inviting, complete with private trails, hot tubs, fireplaces, home cooked dinners, nightly stargazing and more. For guests looking for more luxurious lodging accommodations, we suggest the Omni Mount Washington Resort. All have packages with Muddy Paws and also offer skiing, snowboarding, tubing and countless activities. Perfect for couples, friends and family alike, the season ends around March 15 and is sure to be the most enjoyable thing you’ve done all year. For further information, visit February 2013 103



NYC’s Most Romantic Spots for The


Valentine’s Date By: Venus Quintana

Love is in the air. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, thoughts of flowers, chocolates and romantic dinners cause hearts to flutter and temperatures to rise. New York City is home to some of the most acclaimed restaurants and celebrated chefs, so if you haven’t done so already, get to work and book one of these charming spots that will surely please the palate and appease the eye. Even it’s not on the day itself (which may prove rather difficult), make a weeknight reservation or try for the following weekend. After all, every day is a celebration of love!

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Daniel If you really want to dazzle your date, Daniel is among New York City’s most impressive restaurants, with prices to match. Decor reflects Daniel Boulud’s appreciation for Italian Renaissance design but the menu features creative French cuisine. Chef extraordinaire and entrepreneur Daniel Boulud oversees more than a dozen restaurants worldwide, but his eponymous establishment Daniel is the apex. This well-oiled machine is a grand “dinner-theatre” masterpiece - the precise staff hits all their cues, the cuisine deserves rave reviews and a who’s who cast of guests assembles to enjoy the show. The Spanish artwork of Manolo Valdés adorns the walls; subtle shades of soft whites and browns satiate, as do the urbane flower arrangements. The bar and the Bellecour Room offer their own distinct settings and menus and there’s also the “skybox” that overlooks the kitchen operations. The cuisine of Daniel beguiles as a blend of informed grandeur and truffle-steeped excess. 60 East 65th Street New York, NY 10065 212.288.0033

One if By Land, Two if By Sea

New Yorkers may agree on very little, but this handsome classic gets a landslide vote for New York’s most romantic dining experience. Eat your heart out in what was once Aaron Burr’s carriage house, surrounded by flowers, warmed by dual fireplaces, lulled by the mellow harmonies of the resident pianist and you may wish you had a ring in your pocket. Exposed brick and dim lighting make this a great destination for an amorous evening. The son of Connecticut artist and fresco painter Melissa Barbieri, executive chef Colt Taylor grew up on the shoreline and was exposed early on to the beauty of the arts. Throughout his growing years he discovered he had a talent for understanding flavors and a love for the kitchen; the delightful menu is a pure reflection of this and will take you on a most magical journey. If you can tear your attention away from your date, you’ll find that the famed Beef Wellington is exceptional, as are the other French and American standards on the prix fixe menu; a heavenly setting for a most sensory dining experience. 17 Barrow Street New York, NY 10014 212.255.8649 February 2013 105



Home is Where the Heart is.

by Andrea Correale

Valentine’s Day happens once a year. How to make it different? How can we use food and its preparation to convey the message of love. I have always understood this on an instinctive level – I made a career out of using food – it is emblematic of the importance of the home.

card, and something chocolate. I personally prefer a trio of mini croissant sandwiches – Turkey, triple crème brie with basil aioli OR sliced filet mignon with Vermont cheddar, crispy onions, and horseradish cream - these are favorites of mine and not a typical packed lunch.

For Valentine’s Day I turn to foods full of color, texture, and flavor. This can be done with breakfast, lunch or dinner. For breakfast, a sunnyside up egg laid on toast can be transformed into a heart on the plate easily with a heart shaped cookie cutter. Place the heart shaped cookie cutter in the pan and break the egg into it. Brew a favorite morning coffee or tea alongside a heartfelt message served up on the plate. Garnish with some freshly chopped parsley or mache. This is a truly simple and a special way to send your love out into the world with a smile – on their face, in their heart and tummy.

Later in the day, if you really want to go over the top, prepare a home cooked meal using the good china and silverware, candles, flowers, and full bodied cabernet. Don’t stop there, create the most romantic ambience you can with what you have; this includes a romantic music selection, a roaring fire, and of course, your attitude. I like to carve out some extra time in my day, to prepare internally as well. Put your heart into everything you do, leave the stress at the door if you can.

If you can’t meet for lunch, you can always prepare a favorite lunch and package it in a festive way – it could be a red lunch box, or a colorful bag and be sure to include a heartfelt note, a menu

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Aphrodisiac foods are a fabulous option. Most of us think of oysters, strawberries and chocolate. There are many more foods that have aphrodisiac properties – garlic, ginger, basil, cucumber, lobster, peppers, beets, truffle, tarragon, lavender, as well as most shellfish.

Appetizer: A creamy Burata cheese topped with peppers and garnished with a spring of rosemary and cracked black pepper is a colorful bite. The smooth flavor of the cheese with the bite of pepper explodes makes for a great sensation in the mouth.

First Courses:

Pan seared tarragon shrimp on a bed of winter greens is another colorful option with a different kind of texture and flavor combination, but still in the aphrodisiac lane.

Main Course: For the main dish, I like to grill up a fresh piece of cod and serve it with a traditional puttanesca sauce. This includes olives, capers, anchovies, garlic, and tomato. Become a lady of the night for an evening; while the sauce hails from another country, it did not go unmentioned in DeMille’s Gold Coast.

Dessert: An overflowing glass full of colorful berries is another mouthwatering sensation. Hot fudge or chocolate sauce, along with fresh cream must be available for dipping. Experience all the flavors of your valentine’s day meal, check back in with all your senses, and be grateful for the love in your life.

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1 1/2oz Grand Marnier Cherry 3/4 oz Dark Aged Rum 1 oz Milk 1/4 oz Simple Syrup Pour Grand Marnier Cherry, Dark Aged Rum, Milk and Simple Syrup into a Shaker Filled with Ice. Shake Well and Strain into an Ice-Filled Rocks Glass. Garnish with Dark Chocolate Shavings. Grand Marnier Cherry (SRP $41.99 / 750ml) is a limited edition expression that expertly blends Grand Marnier's signature premium cognacs with the essence of natural European Griottes cherries.

MASI: Mazzano Amarone Classico 2003 WINE AND DINE... With its rich opaque red color and distinct woodsy fruit flavors, as well as a splash of spicy cinnamon, it’s no wonder Mazzano Amarone Classico 2003 is a decadent treat for the palate with a long, dry finish. Whether it’s drunk alone as a dessert wine or paired with red meats, game, quail and other full-flavored food for seasoning, it’s sure to tantalize your taste buds. If you’re seeking additional zest, pair it with strong cheeses such as pecorino and parmesan. Imported from the traditional viticulture zone of Valpolicella in Veneto, northeastern Italy, these wines are considered the finest and rank among the top wines in Italy. Amarone has played a vital part in boosting the region’s prestigious status in the wine world. From late September until early October the best, sugar-rich bunches of grapes are strewn across bamboo racks in the lofts of farmhouses throughout the vineyard where large windows provide natural sunlight to ferment to perfection.

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Abstract shapes & by diana pinck The chic diners of Cipollini’s in the Americana Mall know the tall, dark and handsome Leonardo Plaia as one of the charming managers of this bustling Italian trattoria and bar. Many, however, are unaware that Leo is a passionate painter, famed for his provocative and voluptuous renderings of the female body. Most of Leonardo’s paintings are centered around glamorous women of pin-up proportions. They are powerful and self-assured in their erotic dominion. These glorious ladies might be sipping drinks (Bellini and Cosmo), chatting on the beach (Ipanema) or they may be floating on a stark, white background (Mermaid). Often abstract pod-like shapes are part of the composition. The shapes and female bodies are painted in warm browns, reds and golds. In combination with the modern expressionist style of the paintings, this imparts a retro 1950’s quality. Sometimes the individual parts of the composition seem to be floating - like large, soft bubbles in a lava lamp - disengaged, and yet in a secret, erotic communion with each other. Lately Leonardo has also been interested in painting from memory people and events that touch his heart (Donna Siciliana). Regardless of the subject matter, Leo’s paintings are sure to provoke the viewers to look deeper within themselves. There is an immediate engagement that keeps you wondering and leaves you waiting to see his next work.

RAZZA PURA or THOROUGHBREDS. 30"x40" oil on canvas In many of Leo's paintings abstract, pod-like shapes and proud, voluptuous women seem to be in secret erotic communion with each other.

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Although born in New York on a sojourn of his mother, Leonardo Plaia grew up in the picturesque town of Castellammare del Golfo, Italy. In the summer, jetsetters and hippies would descend upon the tiny town, dominated by a large Romanesque castle built atop a cliff. The rest of the year, Leonardo and his friends had the run of the land. They would ride horses in the stark




sax. 30"x40" oil on canvas The shape of the saxophone mirrors the body of it's player. The forms merge until they are seamlessly connected and form one provocative unit.

Born on a sojourn of his mother to New York, Leonardo Plaia grew up in the picturesque town of Castellammare del Golfo. Here he would ride horses in the stark Sicilian country side of his grandfathers farm, or roam the Mediterranean beaches with his friends. In the summer jet-setters and hippies would descend upon the tiny town, dominated by a large Romanesque castle built atop a cliff. The rest of the time Leonardo and his friends had the run of the land. All these influences are evident in the minimal starkness of his paintings. The dazzling, voluptuous woman sipping drinks or frolicking naked, everyday visions - real or imagined - of the summers of his youth.

BELLINI AND COSMO. 30"x40" oil on canvas A scene you might encounter at Cipollini’s: chic ladies sipping cool drinks on a hot summer day. Sicilian countryside of his grandfather’s farm or roam the Mediterranean beaches. These influences are evident in the minimal starkness of Leo’s paintings: the dazzling, voluptuous women sipping drinks or frolicking naked are everyday visions - real or imagined - of the summers of his youth. After completing his studies at the local lyceum, Leonardo moved to New York and enrolled at Manhattan Community College where he studied communication. The college offered a plethora of art classes and Leo would often stay in the school’s


ateliers after hours, painting deep into the night. Like many artists, Leonardo found work in the restaurant industry while continuing his artistic career. Soon he found that patrons wanted to buy his paintings, often before they were completed. Today, many pride themselves on owning one of Leonardo’s fabulous tableaux and even more are waiting for a chance to purchase one.

For additional information on the work of Leonardo Plaia, visit

After completing his studies at the local Lyceum, Leonardo moved to New York and enrolled himself at the Borough Manhattan Community College where he studied communication. The college offered a plethora of art classes and Leo would often stay in the school’s ateliers after hours, painting deep into the night. Like many artists Leonardo found work in the restaurant industry while continuing his artistic career. Soon he found that patrons wanted to buy his paintings, often before they were completed. Today many can pride themselves on owing one of Leonardo’s fabulous tableaux and even more are waiting for a chance to purchase one.



Many Kinds of Love a

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Illustration by Robert Bergin

There are many kinds of love to celebrate, the many types we commemorate. Some are present, some are past, some loves fade, some loves last.

We s e a r c h f o r t h a t o n e s p e c i a l p e r s o n t o w a l k w i t h a l o n g l i f e ’s w a y, to share our journey together a n d b e t h e r e a t t h e e n d o f t h e d a y.

Our helpless infants need us so, all too soon our babies grow to adolescents, who won’t admit that they need us just one tiny bit.

Our love of children who are grown, love of children not our own, o f s i b l i n g s , a n d f r i e n d s h i p s o l d a n d n e w. Love of country and of home, love of people we have known whose paths we no longer run into.

Where there is love there is friendship, t h e r e i s k i n d n e s s a n d l e a r n i n g t o g r o w, yet the hardest part of loving is learning when to let go.

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Koenigsegg 2013 For the Love of Speed


f you have a need for speed, look no further than The 2013 Agera R. This model is the result of Koenigsegg's endless hard work and pursuit for utmost perfection. The 2013 Agera R has all the high-end qualities and functionalities of previous models, but also has new and improved features to enhance performance as well as the sleek visual appearance. This up-to-date model features new Aircore hollow carbon fiber wheels, upgraded power and amplified aerodynamics. The newest model can reach a top speed of 273 miles per hour. Recent records have shown that the Agera R can reach 0-300 km/h in 14.53 seconds, currently making it one of the fastest cars on the market. In order to give the Agera R maximum flexibility when it comes to power delivery, Koenigsegg has implemented the latest technology when it comes to turbo materials and design. This reduces the inertia of the turbine wheel and axle and therefore gives an improved response. Koenigsegg was the first Hypercar manufacturer to take steps toward green technology in 2007. The Agera R also runs on E85 biofuel helping to continue to pave the way with green technology. When it comes to combining luxury and practicality the Agera R is the only roadster Hypercar providing the best of both worlds with a detachable and stowable hardtop with luggage space placed under the front hood lid. Both left-and right-hand drive is available.

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Dimensions: Length 4293 mm Height 1120 mm Car’s Body Width 1996 mm Dry Weight 1330 kg

Engine Koenigsegg aluminum 5.0 L V8, 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC, titanium connecting rods, Dry sump lubrication with negative crank pressure functionality.

Steering Rack and pinion power assisted steering. 2.7 turn lock-to-lock

Transmission Specially developed 7-speed dual clutch, 1 input shaft transmission with paddle-shift.

Traction Control F1-style for optimal performance with 5 different handling modes.




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Whether you are a thrill seeker or someone looking for a winter activity that exudes luxury, there’s no better way to get active than hitting the slopes this winter. From mogul masters to bunny hill cruisers, there are lots of tips, tricks and facts for your stay and play on the slopes this year. Originally, skis were created with wooden planks preserved in peat bogs in Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway. Russian ski fragments have been dated back to 8000-7000 BC. We’ve come a long way, baby. The sport as we know it today developed into two forms: Nordic and Alpine. Nordic skiing, which includes cross-country skiing, refers mainly to Scandinavia where the land is relatively flat, as opposed to the steep and grand mountain ranges in central Europe. The art of Alpine, or downhill, skiing dates to the 1850s when Norwegian legend Sondre Norheim, known as the “Father of Modern Skiing,” popularized curved skis, as well as the first toe-and-heel binding. The method was so sturdy that skiers could head down steeper hills without worry that their skis would fall off, giving them greater protection from injury. The first Alpine skiers were affluent Englishmen and women who enjoyed hiking in the Alps during the summer months and took up skiing as a leisurely winter activity, enjoying the height and speed. The popularity of skiing as a sporting event took off like wildfire throughout Europe as well as the United States around the mid-19th century. It is said that coal miners who worked in the mountains held competitions to entertain themselves during the winter months. The first downhill ski race was the Roberts of Kandahar Cup staged in Switzerland in 1911. This race continues today on the World Cup circuit. The televised 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley is credited with creating interest in the speed and grace of skiers worldwide. By this time, aluminum and plastic in the skis made them even more durable and easy to use.

Skiing has always been looked upon as an elite sport as well as a beautiful art form, but during the 1960s, rebellious surfers and skateboarders paved their way onto the mountains. The first official snowboard hit the market in the form of Sherman Poppen's “Snurfer.” The Snurfer’s appearance was a cross between a plywood sled and a skateboard deck. A rope attached to the front tip of the wooden board offered minimal control for the rider; the steel tacks poking through the upper deck held the rider's feet in place. As snowboarding became more popular in the ’70s and ’80s, true snowboarding pioneers such as Dimitrije Milovich, an East Coast surfer, and Jake Burton Carpenter came up with inventive snowboard designs and materials that have developed into the boards, bindings and other snowboarding equipment we are familiar with today. In 1983, less than 10 percent of United States ski areas allowed snowboarding on their resorts. By 1997, however, very few resorts excluded it. Snowboarding earned its title of legitimacy and acceptance as a sport on the slopes in 1998. Today, just three of the 325 most popular resorts nationwide ban snowboarding. While it may appear simple, making the switch can be challenging. Even if you’re a black diamond expert, skis to a snowboard doesn’t always transition as easily as it looks. However, it’s been said that when performed properly, snowboarding can be easier on the joints as well as the muscles and snowboarding is generally more accessible, with a lot less equipment to carry. When deciding between boarding and skiing it is imperative to know your equipment as well as your terrain. Whichever you choose, both sports take roughly five years to master, but once perfected is a skill like bicycle riding that will stay with you to enjoy for life.

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by Christopher Robbins with additional photos by ROB RICH, VAN CUSHNY, JENNIFER THOMAS, PATRICK MCMULLEN, JOHNNY SCHIANO

North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center’s annual fundraising gala, Dancing with Our Stars 2012.

Ok, I’ll admit it, I was one of the “Dancing Stars” at the

The "local stars" with the ballroom legacy dancers.

Len and Jill Berman

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I was honored to be included with an esteemed list of other “local stars” including Angela Susan Anton of Anton Community Papers; 2007 United States Figure Skating Silver Medalist and Olympic and World Figure Skater Emily Hughes; retired Nassau County Supreme Court Justice the Honorable Anthony J. Falanga; Michael Nawrocki, managing partner at Nawrocki Smith LLP; and retired Assistant Superintendent of Westbury School District Dr. Marjorie E. Toran. All six of us took dance lessons at Ballroom Legacy in Sea Cliff and were joined on the dance floor by our own professional dance partner (who whipped us all into shape and made us look much better than we actually danced!) I had the pleasure of learning from, and dancing with, the very beautiful and talented Ola Kolowska. We all thank the other professional dancers including Sasha Kostic, Veronika Simeonova, Albert Rui and Bas Van Der Zanden for their tireless support while we learned the hundreds of dance steps in record time, and where, by the way, I channeled John Travolta circa 1978 from Saturday Night Fever, complete with white suit, black shirt, and the Bee Gees’ soundtrack spinning from the DJ booth. Oh, and let me tell you, if you think dancing is easy, just try learning and memorizing a minuteand-a-half of dance choreography. It is not easy – but it was certainly fun, entertaining and amusing watching all the dance routines, which featured Latin, ’50s bebop and classic ballroom moves. And after all the performances were completed, everyone jumped up and danced with very attractive dancers. Earlier, during the dinner, the 240 + guests also had the pleasure of sportscaster Len Berman, who lent his own brand of star power to the live auction, where $250,000 was raised under the chairmanship of Karen Loeffler and Linda Ugenti. These two ladies, along with benefit honoree Regina Rogers and their committee that included Ruth Fortunoff and Brian Cooper, Amy and John Hughes, Josephine and Floyd Ewing Jr., Ed Cortez, Jo-Ellen and Ira Hazan, Andrea and Michael Leeds, Ester and Jacob Ambalu, Janice Ashley and Peter Quigley, Jean Marie and Steven Posner and Matilde and Cliff Broder assembled over 90 significant and interesting silent and live auction prizes – can you believe that? Fantastic! It should be noted that the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center helps families raise healthy children and works with kids, ages 0-24, who are troubled, in trouble, or causing trouble, as well as guiding their parents, who certainly can use help in those stressful times – restoring and strengthening the emotional well-being of the children and families. Applause all around to the many patrons who supported this terrific local charity!

Rita and Frank Castagna with Priscilla Smith Gremillion

More than 27 of the fine fashion boutiques at the Americana Manhasset helped raise tens of thousands of dollars by hosting cocktail receptions for the 50+ local charities across Long Island during Champions for Charity, the remarkable philanthropic and marketing achievement where up to 25 percent of the sales in each store during three early holiday shopping days goes to the shoppers’ charity of choice. Some of the charities on the list are the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Guild of St. Francis Hospital, Save the Children, Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club, Sid Jacobsen JCC, Planned Parenthood, DYNA-Dysautonomia Youth Network of America, Partner’s Council for Women’s Health, Crohn’s and Colitis, Lustgarten Foundation, Bone Marrow Foundation, Chinese Dollars for Scholars, SASS Foundation, Autism Speaks, the INN-Interfaith Nutrition Network, the Sands Point Preserve, Canine Companions, Hadassah, the Hospice Care Network and others. It’s always an impressive evening to be at the Americana during Champions on that Thursday night, not only for the philanthropy but for the camaraderie as well. It gets so terrifically crowded that by 7:15 p.m. there’s not a parking space left onsite as literally hundreds and hundreds of people swarm the many stores hosting those special charity receptions. Some that stand out are Hermes, Michael Kors, Etro, Bottega Veneta, Brooks Brothers, London Jewelers, Hirshleifers, Burberry, Coach, Louis Vuitton and Tory Burch.

Lois and Bob Yaffe

Bob Massa and Jeri Vitale

Hermes proprietress Priscilla Smith Gremillion, who never disappoints and always throws an exciting party with live music, had over 130 guests sipping a signature “Hermes Orange” cocktail, toasting the holiday with a flute of champagne and enjoying French style canapés, all served by Robbins Wolfe waiters (of course!). And after they bought a new scarf, bracelet or outfit, guests walked right next door to the Michael Kors store where the MK team installed a chic tent with happening NYC DJ Sam French and enticed the mothers who shop there to bring along their teenaged daughters for a fashionable “come together” where French fries, mini-burgers, homemade twinkies and milk shake shots were served (Robbins Wolfe again - they do get around) along with fresh, minted sparkling lemonade (for the teens) and wine and prosecco (for the moms…hello?!) Clever, those marketing geniuses at MK, for hosting a children’s charity and then inviting their clients’ kids to come for a cool experience – I mean, how smart to invite the next “up and coming shoppers”? Those teenage girls, including Mallory Robbins, Julia Rivadeneira, Carly Lohrius, Brittany Barnett, Carrie Dickson, Julia Balboni, Tayor Brahms, Francesca Royal, Alexa Bennett, Samita Nath, Tatiana Nitis and Lauren Bennis, had the unique pleasure of posing for the camera with hot runway male model Tristan Burnett and then took home a February 2013 119




flip book to remember that red carpet moment – smart and exciting! Who else was posing or shopping “THE Boulevard of Fine Shops”? Of course, Americana’s own Rita and Frank Castagna, Fran and John Gutleber, Andrea Sanders and Rebecca Hollander were, along with Tracy Landow, Pauline Arama-Olsten, Lisa Idol, Ted Smith, Christina Merrill, the Honorable Stacey Bennett with husband Chuck Bennett, Jodi Rosenthal, Scott Neher, Shannon Zanzinger, Brooke Richardson, Fran Piazza, Donna Horak, Peter Panatiotopoulos, Jeri Vitale and Bob Massa, Pam Arnowitz, Alex Karcev, Christina Gillis, Jami and David Feldman, Ted Gosman, Wedrich Joubert, Alix and Evan Lieberman, Donna Casali, Joanne Kaplan, Rhonda Zeller, Carol Lynn Steiner, Brigitte and David Stetson, Michele Blumberg, Julianne Andersen, Gus Hauser, Jennifer Weil, Susan Held, author Paul Matayunas, Laura Lachman, Ali Charon, Valerie Caliendo, Tricia Hanley, Allison Moore, Joy Kaye and about a thousand more just like them. Then on the following night, Gucci hosted an exclusive reception co-hosted by award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Lee Woodruff, who signed copies of her most recent tome, Those We Love Most. More than 60 guests including Susan Feinstein, Jill Gleiber and Lois Yaffe helped raise funds for the Head Injury Association and as one can imagine, lots of green- and red-striped merchandise left the store in those very stylish brown shopping bags!

Evan and Alix Lieberman

Taylor Brahms, Carrie Dickson, and Brittany Barnett

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Author Lee Woodruff

Hon. Stacy and Chuck Bennett

Julianne Andersen and Tracy Landow

Jodi Rosenthal and Carolyn Biscardi

Samita Nath and Lauren Bennis


"The Gang" at the Flip Book

Pauline Arama-Olsten and Laura Lachman

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Fran and John Gutleber




There was the Island Harvest and Public Safety Dogs event benefiting the victims of Hurricane Sandy, which was coupled with a birthday celebration for good friend and partygoer Joan Macri at the Carlyle at the Palace. Chairwoman Stephanie Ovadia quickly pulled together a roster of “celebs” such as the singing group Hanson, Raquel Castro from The Voice, Jersey Shore’s Angelina, Frankie from Jerseylicious, celebrity boxer Damon Feldman and Sweet Home Alabama’s Hailey Glassman to add a zing of pizazz to the festivities. So who danced the night away for this very necessary cause? Chase Backer was on the dance floor and so was Silvia Allegrini, Mary Mandaro and Paul Anthony along with Lisa Napolitano and John Amaruso, Steve Carl, Marianna Rozinov, Georgia Gerosavas, engaged couple Barbara Smith and Bob Kaufmann, Linda Ferrante and Rick Nota, Ana Grijalva, Ray Lord III, and … well, you get the idea! Joan Macri and Paul Anthony Then over in Roslyn Harbor, the artsy set turned out in droves for the Nassau County Museum of Art’s latest exhibit, Artists in America, where 79 works rarely seen on Long Island and comprising over 300 years of great American painting are on display, including pieces by Abbott Whistler, Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, Robert Motherwell, Charles Peale, Georgia O’Keeffe and Norman Rockwell. After toasting the show with some merlot in the library, and while admiring the artwork, I bumped into Edith and Alan Seligson, Alix Michele and Van Cushny, Sharon and Dr. Stephen Cuchel, Connie and Hank Schwartz, Brigitte and David Stetson, Cora and Clarence Michalis (the current president of the board of directors at NCMA), Executive Director Karl Willers, Monica Reischmann, Kandice Seitz, Jean and Bob Henning, and the A-List continues! Ana Grijalva and Ray Lord III

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Jessica Meotti and Noemi Fletcher

Lauren and Pamela Ferro

Linda Ferrante and Rick Nota

Then it was over hill and dale to Lattingtown for the 2nd Annual Autumn Celebration at Bailey Arboretum. The sprawling farmhouse on the 42-acre preserve was all warm and cozy with fires ablaze in the many fireplaces and guests mingling from room to room. The Swingadelics added a jazzy beat to the mood, Bernard’s passed tuna tartare, yummy little meatballs and beef filet on brioche and Villa Banfi donated a bar of their signature fine Italian wines while celebrated Palm Beach Journal photographer Guillermo Cowley contributed his time and talent to capture the whole evening on film. Several silent auction items, among them a vacation at the Ford Plantation in Savannah, GA, a Tree “Centennial” from the garden of Mary Phipps, Sapling Seeds from the Dawn Redwood – the remarkable specimen tree on the property which originates from China and, in fact, has the largest girth of any Redwood on earth (who knew, one of the world’s largest trees is right here on the North Shore!). This incredible tree is just one of over 600 varieties on view as you walk or hike the grounds and trails. Also up for bid were a substantial Daffodil planting, a perennial Rose Garden installation and a watercolor painting by Joanie Choremi, who was on the benefit committee with Wendy Gambling, Gioia Bales, Lynda Anderson, Lisa and Charles McCurdy, Jane Greenleaf, Mary Beth Donohue, Caroline E. Bassett, Richard Weir (who is spearheading a project to label all of the fine trees with accompanying plaques – a daunting but wonderful task, for sure), chairwoman Rebecca Finelli with her husband Charlie Finelli, Laura DeNatale, Julie Rinaldini, Amy Tansill, Hannah Burns, Natalie Messina, Stephen Jay, Tracy Dellomo-Packingham, Harriet and Henry Clark, Lisa Eastman, Karen and Allen Underwood, Tracy and Brad Matthews, Shea Scott, Kathryn Harlow, Alex Sutherland, Kathy Picoli, Theresa and John Skvarla and the whole rest of the crowd creating constant buzz at those auction tables, as many who attended were also dedicated horticulturalists – which makes perfect sense since Bailey Arboretum is the former home of Frank Bailey, the distinguished and renowned horticulturalist who chose to build “Munnysunk”(his name for the property) as a “tree garden,” not as a grand French chateau property or English castle estate, as many of his neighbors and friends did at the turn of the century here on the Gold Coast. So make a date and go to see the Dawn Redwood and all the other important trees and shrubs, immediately – you can even bring your dog along for the trek! Just another few days in a life of Loving the Camera! If you have an event, benefit or social happening that you’d like considered for The 25A List, please let us know by emailing me, Society Editor Christopher Robbins at or 25A Art Director Brooke Morgan at

Caroline E. Bassett, Lynda Anderson, Richard Weir, Hannah Burns, and Stephen Jay

Daniele and Natalia Messina

Charlie and Rebecca Finelli

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Photography by Johnny Schiano 25A Magazine launched their 1st annual Holiday Cover Party on December 11th at Carlyle at The Palace 25A Magazine launched their 1st annual Holiday Cover Party on December 11th at Carlyle at The Palace 25A Magazine launched their 1st annual Holiday Cover Party on December 11th at Carlyle at The Palace 25A Magazine launched their 1st annual Holiday Cover Party on December 11th at Carlyle at The Palace 25A Magazine launched their 1st annual Holiday Cover Party on December 11th at Carlyle at The Palace 25A Magazine launched their 1st annual Holiday Cover Party on December 11th at Carlyle at The Palace

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SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: Steve Carl • Carlyle at the Palace | Richie Hart | Brilliance productions • Lighting | Citysip- vodka bar | Serata | Safavieh | Snow Sugar | Petals | Andrew Scott Events

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Football League of America Cocktail at Ruth Chris Steakhouse by diana pinck The genesis of a professional spring football league, aptly named Football League of America (FLA), had the room abuzz at Ruth Chris Steakhouse in early December 2012. CEO Laurent Gray and COO Michael Keller described to the potential investors the league’s vision to kick off their first season in the spring of 2014. Initially there will be 10 teams in ten major cities. Laurent Gray “Our goal is to play professional and yet affordable football. Our players will earn less, our tickets will cost less, yet our games will be just as exciting as the games of the NFL."

Michael Keller & Laurent Gray

Laurent Gray addressing his guests at Ruth Chris Steak House

"Guest Professor For a Day"

25A magazine publisher Chase Backer earned his new title, “Professor,” when he accepted an invitation to speak to 125 marketing students at Nassau County Community College in Garden City NY on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. Professor Jack Mandel of Nassau’s Marketing Department invited Chase as a keynote speaker. His topics included starting up a new publication, his vision and target market and internship opportunities. According to Professor Mandel, Chase received an “A” for his enthusiasm and sincerity at the program. 128 | 25A

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Bridal Romance issue featuring Model and Actress Kiera Chaplin

25A magazine February 2013  

Bridal Romance issue featuring Model and Actress Kiera Chaplin