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16 CONTRIBUTORS 18 EDITOR’S LETTER 72 GET THE LOOK Holiday Style Don't be late to the party! Get your holiday outfit in check. 86 GET THE LOOK Let It Snow Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but these fuzzy fashions are delightful! 114 CYBER BLISS Gift yourself this holiday season! #treatyourself 138 BEHIND THE SCENES Checkout behind the scenes footage from a few of our editorials.

FASHION 30 COVER STORY — WINTER ESCAPE Tulum sets the scene as Scarlett Leithold shows off this season's hottest looks. 20 LAW OF ATTRACTION You'll get butterflies for these fly fashions. 62 LOVENICE Romance your wardrobe with gorgeous Venetian gowns. 74 COLD WAR Combat the snow in style with layers of white. 88 TIGHT KNIT Let's get down to the knitty-gritty: notable knits you need. 100 GET COZY Stay in and get cozy with these fabulous furs and knits.

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108 THE PHILOSOPHER’S STYLE Fashion icon Stacy London gives her insight on the importance of self-expression, personal style and identity. 116 CARMELLA ROSE ON THE MOVE Get to know fashion model and influencer Carmella Rose. 124 INSIDE THE WORLD OF RAYA Find out about Raya's unique creative community, exclusivity, and online dating and networking, from four Raya users. 132 HIGH TIMES Ben Browning, entrepreneur and founder of a grass-roots marijuana collective, gives us an inside look at the cannabis industry after the passing of Prop 64.


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42 TULUM TRAVEL GUIDE Escape the winter and head to the beaches of Tulum with tequila and tacos in hand! 50 TRAVEL GUIDE: ENGANGERED DESTINATIONS The world is full of natural wonders, but unfortunately some are in danger. When deciding on your next trip, consider these endagered destinations. 94 GET THE TRIP Top 5 Winter Resorts Looking for adventure, or a romantic snow-covered getaway? Here are our top 5 winter resorts. L E FA I R MA G A Z I NE | 1 5


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EDITOR IN CHIEF & CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Create. Connect. Inspire. " We t r a ve l n ot t o e s c ap e l i f e , b u t f o r l ife n ot t o e s c ap e u s . " -ANONYMOUS

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ow, what a year! December is already upon us and we find ourselves saying, where did the year go? And why are the days so short? Everyone is making holiday plans and shopping lists. There’s something about this time of year that makes us all want to feel warm, inside and out. A little winter story about me, which brought me to where I am today: I originally hail from the frosty land of Wisconsin. I knew at a young age that I wanted to feel the kiss of the sun instead of the bite of the cold, so I ran away with my friend Nancy Nichols to California at the age of 15. We hopped on a Greyhound bus with our guitar and about $87, with plans to make a living picking oranges on the sunny coast of Cali. Nope. Never got that job and went back to our cold reality after 3 days in San Diego with only a tan and a story to tell. That sense of adventure is still inside of me, along with the quest of feeling a warm glow. I feel that most of our readers have the same passion for travel and warmth so we headed to the glimmering beaches of Tulum, Mexico with photographer, Hudson Taylor, model, Scarlett Leithold, and a talented team to create “Winter Escape,” a fashion editorial featuring our favorite hot fashions and accessories. What’s hotter than love? Nothing! If you’re looking for love or someone to just keep you warm at night, you might want to check out our article, "Inside The World of Raya,” about the exclusive hook up app, Raya. It's a great tool to break the ice if you’re looking to get to know new people. If you want to celebrate the snow, check out “Get the Trip: Top 5 Winter Resorts." There's no better way to get that holiday spirit than to feel snowflakes that stay on your nose and your lashes. After you hit the slopes, thaw out by sitting by a glowing fireplace with a cuppa hot chocolate and a friend.

If you’re looking to warm up your wardrobe, click and shop the live links in our editorial “Get Cozy,” featuring the beautiful Samantha Hoopes, shot by Brazillian photographer, Yuri Sardenberg. Put some blues and whites in those grey days with some layered looks featured in “Tight Knit,” shot by photographer, Angela Marklew. We hope to inspire you to find your warm and happy place. Whether you’re looking for a hot hook up, a tropical trip, or a super soft sweater, we have what you’re looking for right here in the pages of LEFAIR. So snuggle up with someone who warms your heart, put on your cozies, grab your iPad, and do your holiday shopping by flipping through the online pages of LEFAIR. Just click and shop the live weblinks in our editorials and cross off those things on your list. The first thing on my list this December was to launch this issue. I want to extend my heart-felt gratitude to the amazing ladies behind the pages of LEFAIR. Riley Yahr, Art Director, for her tireless talent and dedication to making the design of this publication something special and beautiful. She puts her passion into her job everyday, and it shows. Madeline Rosene, for countless brilliant ideas, editing, connections, interviews, and support in more ways than I could possibly describe. Her creative genius is limitless and I’m honored to have her on our team. And Hayley Kirksey, our clever Assistant Editor and social media butterfly. She’s our go-to-gal for all creative, detailed tasks and social media strategies that are essential to make our magazine an interactive work of art. Happy Holidays from all of us at LEFAIR. We hope you find your warm and fuzzy place. Warm Regards,

TRACY KAHN Editor in Chief & Creative Director

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Writer Kristina Kulyabina @kristinakuly

esting on 39-foot-high cliffs, the seaside site of Tulum, Mexico protrudes from the Yucatan Peninsula with sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea. This ancient Mayan city and current resort town offers so much more than just a whitesand beach to get your tan on.

Located in the state of Quintana Roo, Tulum balances that relaxing, ‘treat yourself ’ vacation with adventurous and culturally engaging opportunities. Discover the City of Dawn, named after its position facing the sun, through the 11th century walls encapsulating stucco figures and temples. After dropping your jaw at the impressive pre-Columbian ruins, head over to the glistening beaches to chow down on some of the best tacos in town. With it's bohemian-chic vibe, while surrounded by a lush jungle, Tulum will get you rooted back to nature and into a tranquil state of mind.

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WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE GOING TO TULUM? The two most important items on your last minute, pre-departure checklist are swimwear and a passport. Luckily, with a U.S. passport, a visa is not needed in order to enter Mexico. A tourist visa is required only if you are planning on staying for more than 180 days, according to the U.S. Department of State passport and international travel requirements.

WHY SHOULD I GO TO TULUM NOW? It’s the latest mecca for celebrities, fashion bloggers, artists, and adventureseekers. The miles of pristine beaches create a beautiful environment, which is only enhanced by the stylish crowd and boutique hotels. Tulum also serves as a peaceful escape from the busy touristy scene of Cancun. The best time to visit Tulum is from November to December because of the comfortable temperature range of 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Although it’s post hurricane season, this time of year is actually the calm before the storm – that is, before all of the tourists get in, causing hotel prices to soar and beaches turning into jam-packed cans of sardines.

HOW DO I GET THERE? American Airlines, Delta, and United are the biggest airlines flying into the Cancun International Airport, which serves as the main airport closest to Tulum, about 75 miles away. From the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Cancun, expect a 4.5 hour-long non-stop flight. After claiming your baggage filled with your favorite sundresses and beach hats, there are four options to get to your destination: taxi, resort shuttle, private airport transfer, or bus. If you’re looking for something personal and easy, Tucan Kin (tucankin.com) offers efficient private transfer service with options to book in advance online.

WHERE SHOULD I STAY? LUV TULUM

As a family owned eco-hotel, Luv Tulum is an oasis located directly on the beach with 12 ocean-front rooms and cabanas, designed in a traditional Mayan style. The creative photo team for LEFAIR Magazine had the pleasure of staying at this sweet sanctuary. We loved the vibe and the people who work there. Carlos, Raul and Deysi are part of the hotel’s extremely hospitable staff who always treat their guests as family. This is a very intimate accommodation that doesn’t use third-party booking websites and typically receives visitors through word of mouth. We’ll be telling our friends about it! luvtulum.com Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, km. 8.1

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SANARÁ

Meaning ‘you will heal’ in Spanish, Sanará is a luxury eco boutique hotel situated in front of the Caribbean Sea. The hotel includes a yoga studio, wellness center, and a restaurant serving healthy delicious meals. In addition to healing therapies, Sanará also offers a range of spa treatments for the ultimate zen mode. sanaratulum.com Carreterra Tulum-Boca Paila, km. 8.2

DREAMS TULUM RESORT & SPA

Ready to be treated like royalty? Dreams Tulum has some of the most elegant accommodations including 432 guest rooms, each with a balcony or patio. Besides wining and dining on the beach, guests can enjoy the refreshing pool and occasional theme parties. An all-inclusive option is available along with ‘adults-only’ rooms and suites. dreamsresorts.com Carretera Chetumal-Puerto, Juárez km 236.7 No. 1

WHAT SHOULD I SEE? PLAYA PARAISO

What more do you need than white sand, crystal clear waters, and sunshine? Well, free parking and public beach access are always a plus, which you can find at Playa Paraiso. Relax on one of Mexico’s most impressive beaches with a massage or a refreshing drink underneath the endless leaning palm trees. For the more active beach bum, snorkeling tours via boat hire are available for a chance to swim with sea turtles over a gorgeous reef.

AKUMAL BEACH

Roughly a 25-minute taxi ride away from Tulum, Akumal Beach is a must-see for its endangered green sea turtles. Snorkeling equipment can be rented right at the bay and guides are not required as you can just swim out from the shoreline. However, guided tours are available if you prefer a more structured experience while swimming with these majestic creatures.

TULUM RUINS

Whether you are a history buff or not, the cliff side Mayan ruins (one of the most visited archeological sites in Mexico) are an astonishing combination. The best time to visit and avoid huge tour crowds is before 9:30 a.m –the park opens at 8 am. The entrance fee is 64 MXN with a possibility of camera equipment fees. Also, each part of the ruins is roped off, so you won’t be able to hang out on them or attempt a selfie pose on the stairs. Leave the drone at home too, as it is not permitted on the ruins’ grounds. Carretera federal Chetumal – Cancún km. 230

CENOTES SAC ACTUN CAVES

Venture out into the jungle of Tulum to swim through the world’s second largest underwater cave system, also known as the Pet Cemetery due to its fossilized animal skeletons. The crystalline, mineral-rich, freshwater is accessible through cenotes – natural sinkholes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock. Guides are always required for snorkeling and scuba diving expeditions, which can be hired at any of the agencies in the Riviera Maya.

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WHERE SHOULD I EAT AND DRINK? CASA BANANA

If you need a break from solely eating Mexican but are still craving international cuisine, this urban Argentine restaurant serves delicious food made with local ingredients among a beautiful setting and excellent service. From the wood-fired oven and grill, try the filet mignon, rib eye, and the tender chicken skewers, all cooked with passion for flavor. Also, don’t miss out on the homemade chorizo along with tequila cocktails from the bar’s mixology program. Credit cards are not accepted so don’t forget to bring cash! casabananatulum.com Carretera Tulum Boca Paila km. 8.5

ANTOJITOS LA CHIAPANECA

It’s usually crowded in here, and that’s a good thing - Antojitos is a place that allows cheap and good quality to be used in the same sentence. Visit this local joint after 5 pm (opening time) for the best al pastor pork tacos, handmade right in front of you and starting at seven pesos each. The menu also offers empanadas, tortas, sopes, and vegetarian tacos with a variety of toppings. Warning: the habanero-based red sauce may cause severe crying and sweating, depending on your spice tolerance. Cancun - Chetumal Mz 6 Lt. 8

TAQUERIA LA EUFEMIA

Yes, another Taqueria, but you can’t visit Mexico without trying beachside tacos. This small and yet energetic restaurant offers inexpensive bites and an awesome 2 for 1 cocktail happy hour. Indulge in the shrimp or fish tacos loaded with onion and cilantro along with a variety of salsas. Vegetarian options are also available. This isn’t exactly a quiet location and might be best to visit when you are in the mood for a few beers, some fun music and a lively crowd. It is cash only! This establishment is also one of the best in town for its reliable Wifi. Carretera Tulum Boca Paila km.10

ARCA

Open for dinner with an impressive selection, this restaurant follows a farm-to-table philosophy behind its fresh cuisine. Chef Maya intertwines culinary inspirations from her childhood in Mexico and cooking career in San Francisco. Although Arca’s menu is constantly changing with the seasons, the most popular items are the grilled octopus and the lamb shank when available. arcatulum.com Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila km. 7.6

CURANDERO

Looking to sing, dance, and partake in the fiesta nightlife of Tulum? This bar has some of the best live music with local bands and DJ sets playing a range of electro, dance, funk, and reggae beats. It’s open Mon-Sun from 7pm-2am with a really unique setting decorated from recycled materials. Make sure to try the specialty daiquiris and mojitos, like the mojito with rum or mescal, made with strawberry, passion fruit, mango, and tamarind. curanderotulum.com Av. Tulum Esquina Beta, 120 ■

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TRAVEL GUIDE:

ENDANGERED DESTINATIONS 5 endangered destinations to travel to ASAP! Writer Jenny Heyside @theblondera

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Photographer Tracy Kahn @tracykahn

WHY ENDANGERED? Venice is the city of labyrinthian canals, grand Palazzos, and some of the world’s most important art. However, mass tourism, environmental neglect and rampant construction have had a devastating effect on the lagoon city of Venice. The annual high tide that floods the main piazzas has been increasing over the past century, and there is little being done to protect against it. In 2014 UNESCO gave Italy a warning that by 2016 it had to act, or at least have an outline of solutions, for Venice’s various issues, such as the effects motorized water vehicles have on the city’s architecture and lagoon ecology; its shortage of ideas for making tourism sustainable and the large cruise ships that go through the city. The decision about whether Venice will be placed on UNESCO’s list of endangered sites has been postponed until 2017.

WHY SHOULD I GO? With canals and gondolas where you would expect streets and cars, fabulous palaces and churches, and enough seafood and

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shopping to keep you content for a lifetime, Venice is one of the world’s most dreamlike destinations. Even more enchanting in real life than all the films and images you have seen of it, Venice’s vast architectural, artistic, and musical heritage is simply remarkable. This floating city consists of a group of 117 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Let’s just say, there is a legitimate reason why the majority of the world has a trip to Venice on their European bucket list.

WHERE SHOULD I STAY? Ca’ Sagredo Hotel Offering guests the most authentic 17th-century Venetian experience, this expansive palace has belonged to the Sagredo family since the mid-1600s. Rooms are traditional Venetian style, with many of them showcasing original art and architectural elements, and full or partial canal views. casagredohotel.com Campo Santa Sofia, Cannaregio 4198/99, Venice, Veneto, 30121, Italy


Al Ponte Antico A family-run, superior service, 16th century palace, Al Ponte Antico is one of the hidden charms of Venice. Decor includes rich brocade-tufted walls, period-style furniture, and hand-decorated beamed ceilings, while the deluxe rooms have high ceilings and sweeping views. The upper-level terrace overlooks the Grand Canal and is the perfect spot to enjoy a morning caffè or evening aperitivo.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

alponteantico.com Calle dell’Aseo, Cannaregio 5768, Venice, Veneto, 30121, Italy

• Spring and fall are the best times to visit Venice (the weather is pleasant and sunny), although these are also peak visitor times. • Some of the most photogenic places in Venice are on the outer islands. The small islands of Burano and Murano are not to be missed. If time permits, plan to stay a whole day. • Places like Piazza San Marco, Riva Degli Schiavoni, and Bridge of Sighs are popular for a reason. Don’t ignore these tourist hot spots! • Agree on the cost and duration of a gondola ride before heading off! For a guideline, the price of a 40-minute ride is around €80 for up to six passengers, increasing to €100 at nighttime. • Venice itself is quite compact, allowing you to walk across it in a couple of hours. Wake up early to get glimpses of the city before hoards of tourists arrive.

Pensione Accademia Villa Maravege The Pensione Accademia, originally a family residence, became the Russian Embassy between World Wars I and II. In 1950 it became a hotel, although a “unique villa in the heart of Venice” is a more apt description. Constructed in the 17th century, the 27 rooms are outfitted in Venetian style and mosaics decorate the marble or ceramic baths. In the summer guests are invited to enjoy the garden, which charmingly overlooks the canal. This is not one for planning procrastinators — rooms need to be booked well in advance! pensioneaccademia.it Fondamenta Bollani, Dorsoduro 1058, Venice, Veneto, 30123, Italy

If coming by car, drive over the Ponte della Libertà bridge and into Piazzale Roma, the only place in Venice where cars are allowed. Otherwise, fly into Marco Polo airport, or travel by train into Santa Lucia Railway Station and then either walk or take a water taxi into the main city.

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WHY ENDANGERED? In recent years scientists have revealed that the ruins of Machu Picchu (which means “old mountain” in the Quechua language) unfortunately lie directly on the Tambomachay Fault. These findings imply that if tourists don’t destroy the Lost City of the Incas first, then an earthquake just might. Since being designated a World Heritage Site in 1983, Peru and UNESCO have taken several steps to protect the ruins. Only 2,500 guests are permitted to enter daily and these travelers must agree to stay on one of three approved hiking routes. Yet, as a serious source of tourism revenue, the Peruvian government finds it challenging to refuse visitors entirely. The rapidly increasing number of yearly visitors has brought about perpetual anguish and concern about ecosystem degradation through logging, firewood and commercial plant collection, poor waste management, poaching, agricultural encroachment in the absence of clear land tenure arrangements, the introduction of new species and water pollution from urban waste, as well as pressures derived from

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broader development in the region. At the time of writing, a protest by hundreds of residents of a village below Machu Picchu has blocked a key railroad, preventing thousands of tourists from visiting the ruins.

WHY SHOULD I GO? Located 2,430m above sea level and in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, Machu Picchu is the best-known archaeological site in South America. The 550-year old citadel was built by the most advanced — and in Peru the very last — pre-Columbian society and combined with the adjoining forest and wilderness park covers more than 116 square miles. Unlike the majority of Incan sites, Machu Picchu was never revealed to the conquering Spaniards and was virtually forgotten until the early part of the 20th-century. Its use remains one of the biggest mysteries. We know its functions were partly residential and partly religious, but historians are still postulating over the reasoning behind its cosmic positioning and academic importance to the Incas.


WHERE SHOULD I STAY? Belmond Sanctuary Lodge The only hotel located adjacent to Machu Picchu, the expensive and exclusive Belmond Sanctuary Lodge boasts pretty orchid gardens, pre-Columbian design cues, haute Peruvian cuisine and a stroll to the national park whenever ready. belmond.com Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel Located in Aguas Calientes (the closest town to Machu Picchu), this hotel has its own 12-acre densely wooded reserve, low-slung colonial-style buildings and ‘Andean eucalyptus sauna’. While all rooms have views of the gardens, the largest rooms have woodburning fires, a living space and private dining areas. It is a half-hour bus ride up to Machu Picchu. inkaterra.com Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Aguas Calientes, Peru

cocoa, mud and quinoa facials and 24-hour room service. All rooms have balconies with garden or mountain views, marble bathrooms and Wi-Fi, while suites come with separate living rooms, larger televisions and butler service.

Fly to Lima – the capital of Peru. Then Fly to Cusco, Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ), then take train to Aguas Calientes. Buy tickets to Machu Picchu in advance. Fly into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport and take a train from the city of Ollantaytambo to Aguas Caliente, which offers regular buses to Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu was never revealed to the conquering Spaniards and was virtually forgotten until the early part of the 20thcentury. Its use remains one of the biggest mysteries.

Skylodge Adventure Suites With a vibe more akin to a spaceship than a hotel, these aluminum pods are as unconventional as it gets. Attached to a granite slope, 600 metres above the Urubamba Valley, you arrive to your pod in a harness with all of your food and water in your guide’s backpack. Apart from the aluminum framework, everything else is clear Perspex which provides dazzling views of the valley and the stars. A decent level of fitness and agility is required, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime sleeping experience. Plus, the next morning you zip-line to the valley floor! The pods are a 90-minute drive from Cusco and eight miles from Machu Picchu. naturavive.com Skylodge Adventure Suites, Valle Sagrado, Pista 224 km. UrubambaOllantaytambo, Cusco, Peru.

Tambo del Inka If you are looking for a breather en route to Machu Picchu, this resort-style hotel might be more for you. Located at the bottom of a mountain beside the charming Vilcanota River, this hotel offers guests Incan-inspired architecture, a trendy spa with

There are three train companies: Peru Rail, Inca Rail and MachuPicchu Train. For Peru Rail and Inca Rail, trains depart from Poroy station (a 20-minute trip from Cusco) or from Ollantaytambo station, located in the Sacred Valley. The trains arrive at Machu Picchu Pueblo (also known as Aguas Calientes). From the main train station, it is a short walk to the Consettur bus stop. Bus tickets can be purchased online or at the bus stop (cash USD or PEN).

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO • Machu Picchu is the busiest in July and August. November to April is the rainiest season with January to February being the wettest months, so November and April are the ideal months to visit. • You can visit the ruins without a guide but you can’t walk the Inca Trail without one. Tour operators offer various packages ranging from tough week-long treks to slightly-less challenging three day tours. • If on your own, make sure to avoid the 11am-3pm crowds by arriving before or after the rush and allow yourself four hours at the site. • As a result of the high altitude, temperatures can be cool and often wet, so make sure to pack a decent sweater as well as rainproof gear. Insect-repellent, a hat, sunglasses and high-factor sun protection are also essential.

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The Dead Sea

WHY ENDANGERED? At 428m below sea level, the Dead Sea, which borders Israel, Jordan and the West Bank is the lowest point on earth and one of its saltiest bodies of water. With its awe-inspiring natural beauty, fascinating ancient history and mineral properties that relieve and indulge every inch of one’s body, the salt lake has attracted visitors from around the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years. However, the Dead Sea is shrinking at an alarming rate — about 3.3 feet a year and human actions are (of course) mainly to blame. There are three main reasons that the water levels are declining so rapidly. First and foremost, the Dead Sea needs water from the other natural sources surrounding it (such as the Jordan River basin) to maintain its water levels. However, beginning in the 1960s, some of these essential water sources were diverted by countries in the region and put to other uses. Secondly, the Dead Sea’s minerals are notorious for their soothing therapeutic properties. In recent years, cosmetics and skin-care products containing these minerals have become more and more fashionable, leading to greater mineral extraction demands. Thirdly, the Middle East’s hot, dry climate doesn’t lend too favorably to the lake’s ability to replenish itself.

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That being said, there has been some progress. Last year, Israel and Jordan signed a $900 million deal in an effort to stabilize the Dead Sea’s water levels. This deal which includes building a canal from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea so that both countries would be able to supply water to Israel and Jordan, also includes a promise to pump some 300 million cubic meters annually into the Dead Sea.

WHY SHOULD I GO? Having the opportunity to bob around in the Dead Sea is a highlight of any trip to the region. The saltiness of the water ensures that very little marine life can survive there, but as a human you can be fortunate enough to experience 15-minutes of the ultimate floating experience. Sure, you can stay in longer, but 15-minutes is the perfect amount of time to lather yourself in the mineral rich mud, take a few photos and then get out of there before your skin begins to sting. Biblically, the Dead Sea was a place of refuge for King David. It was one of the world’s first health resorts (for Herod the Great), and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from balms for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilizers. Think of it like a 15-minute spa day!


WHERE SHOULD I STAY? Lot SPA Hotel For those of you who require a little more than 15-minutes of pampering, the Lot SPA Hotel may be for you. This high-end hotel stands out because of its consistently incredible spa facilities, including the ever-popular Dead Sea Body Wrap and many therapeutic massages as well as a top-notch sulfur swimming pool to rejuvenate your skin. The rooms are clean, well-appointed and have plenty of room. They come with a balcony from which you can take in the Dead Sea’s splendid scenery. In addition, the hotel contains both a spacious outdoor pool and a well-heated indoor pool for the winter. lothotel.com Lot SPA Hotel, Ein Bokek, M.P Dead Sea 86930

leonardo-hotels.com Leonardo Plaza Hotel Dead Sea, Neve Zohar, Israel

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Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel This hotel belongs to the esteemed Isrotel hotel chain and exhibits all of the class and quality that is come to be expected from the brand of luxury hotels. The rooms are well-appointed and comfortable, with many of the rooms offering a truly spectacular view of the Dead Sea’s stunning scenery. The spa facilities are popular among guests who seek the ultimate relaxation and feature a traditional pool, a Dead Sea water pool and a sulfur water pool. The spa menu features a wide range of therapeutic body treatments at reasonable prices. For a small add-on charge, you can reserve a room on the VIP floor with access to the VIP Lounge where excellent food is served throughout the day. isrotel.com Isrotel, Ein Bokek, 86980, Israel

Leonardo Plaza Hotel Dead Sea The Leonardo Plaza Hotel benefits from a truly fantastic location. Guests can step right out of the hotel’s doors and feel the sand of the beach between their toes in under a minute. The hotel’s private beach is immaculately maintained, allowing you to just soak up the Dead Sea sun without a care in the world. With superior accommodations, revitalizing spa facilities, and world-class amenities, the premium hotel offers the perfect destination for all the family. The hotel’s service staff abide by exacting professional standards and never fail to provide friendly customer care, while serving up some truly delicious meals.

From Tel Aviv, take the Egged public bus from Tel Aviv Arlozoroff central station, at 8:40 am to Ein Bokek. From Jerusalem, there are several Egged buses from the central station to Ein Gedi, Ein Bokek and Masada. If on a tight schedule, rent a car at either airport, as bus times are fairly infrequent.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO • Don’t shave before you go (preferably 2-3 days) and make sure to wrap any deep scrapes or bodily sores up before entering the water. • Arrive with your bathing suit on and take photos before entering the water. • Get acclimated with the water first and move slowly, making sure to keep water away from your eyes. • Wear water shoes so that you don’t get cut on jagged salt rocks. • Make sure to drink a lot of water — the saltiness can dry you out to the point of dizziness.

With its awe-inspiring natural beauty, fascinating ancient history and mineral properties that relieve and indulge every inch of one’s body, the salt lake has attracted visitors from around the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years.

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Mount Kilimanjaro

WHY ENDANGERED?

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Standing tall at 5,895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the continent’s most outstanding sights. Unlike other parks in this region of the world, a trek to Kilimanjaro is not about the wildlife, but instead, about having a look at the mountain on the equator capped with snow. The mountain is sacred to the local Maasai people, and it’s easy to see why: The snowmelt from the summit of this dormant volcano has been nourishing the valley below for millions of years. However, since the early 1990s more than 80 percent of the ice cap on one of its summits, Kibo, has disappeared and scientists are predicting it will vanish completely by 2033.

As one of the highest volcanoes and the highest freestanding mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro is one of the closest points in the world to the sun. This dormant volcano is so remarkable that approximately 25,000 people from around the world attempt to reach the mighty summit each year. Technically it is the easiest of the Seven Summits to climb, due to the fact that you don’t need ropes, special mountaineering gear, or even any previous technical climbing experience. But don’t be fooled by the number who attempt it — this is a serious endeavour, but one of the most rewarding hikes in the world.

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WHERE SHOULD I STAY? Due to Moshi’s close proximity to Kilimanjaro, many trekkers use this town as their base before hiking the mountain. Here are three hotel options in Moshi for all budgets. Bristol Cottages Located in Moshi, the immaculate capital of the Kilimanjaro region, Bristol Cottages offers guests a sanctuary right in the foothills of the mountain. Offering green gardens, Tanzanian fine dining, hot water and wifi, this is a fantastic mid-range option. There are a total of twenty rooms which includes: eight cottages on the ground floor, eight standard rooms on the first floor and four large suites on the second floor. All of the rooms are attractive, with the suites being especially spacious. bristolcottages.com Bristol Cottages Kilimanjaro Ltd, 98 Rindi Lane, Moshi, Tanzania Kaliwa Lodge Moshi Run by a German proprietor, Kaliwa Lodge Moshi is by far the best hotel in Moshi. With a beautiful setting near Machame Gate, this is the perfect hotel for travelers looking for unbeatable comfort, fabulous service and incredible photographic views of Kilimanjaro. The town of Moshi is a 25-minute drive away, ensuring that your stay here will be peaceful. Each room has views of the garden and guests are welcome to use the lodge’s wooden deck that looks over the Weru Weru Rift and Forest. Added bonus: Papa’s Kilimanjaro Whisky Bar offers a wide selection of whiskies from around the world. kaliwalodge.com Kaliwa Lodge Moshi, Marangu Rd, Kilimanjaro 6967, Tanzania The Hibiscus A fantastic budget option, The Hibiscus is a boutique B&B located within walking distance from Moshi town centre. The six beautifully decorated rooms are basic, but all come equipped with a fan and mosquito net. Their tropical garden comes complete with a fire pit and views of the peaks of Kilimanjaro — a lovely spot to have a drink under the stars. Continental breakfast is served on the terrace each morning, or your own private veranda, and lunch and dinner can be provided for a surcharge. Wifi is free in public areas and staff are eager to assist with the organization of your day trips, excursions and airport transfers. thehibiscusmoshi.com The Hibiscus Bed & Breakfast, P.O. Box 7403, Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania The Arusha Hotel Arusha is another popular tourist town in Northern Tanzania. Its location just below Mount Meru and 1.5-2 hours SouthWest of Kilimanjaro National Park makes it a popular base town for trekkers. Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro

As one of the highest volcanoes and the highest freestanding mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro is one of the closest points in the world to the sun. Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge and Tarangire National Park are also not very far from the town. Founded in 1894, The Arusha Hotel is the oldest one in the region and still considered one of the best. Despite being in the middle of the city centre, it has an old school colonial feel. The lush gardens can easily convince you that you have wandered into the countryside, while the gym, casino, 24-hour room service, massage services and hot tub ensure that your stay is as leisurely as possible. With modern African-style décor the spacious, airconditioned rooms are a lovely treat and all guests can enjoy meals and drinks in the hotel’s Parachichi Restaurant and Hatari Bar. thearushahotel.com The Arusha Hotel, P.O. Box 88, Arusha, Tanzania

HOW TO GET THERE Fly into either Dar es Salaam or Kilimanjaro Airport (the latter is closer) and book a shuttle bus to get to Moshi, where most people begin their treks. It’s required to book a seasoned guide in order to hike the mountain.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO • Kilimanjaro is technically climbable year-round, but it’s muddy and stormy during the two Tanzanian wet seasons: March through May and November to early December. Most climbers therefore opt for a summit bid between January and February or between June and October. • For various economic and ecological reasons, the Tanzanian government stipulates that you must hire a local guide outfitter to climb Kilimanjaro. Most climbers opt for an all-inclusive tour operator that provides tents, food, transportation, and porter services throughout their entire stay in the country. • There are seven established routes to the summit, but most visitors pick among three. The Marangu Route takes five to six days and is the quickest, cheapest, and most comfortable. The Machame Route charges up the southern flank of the peak in six to seven days and is tough going. The Lemosho Route is a scenic journey up the long western ridge of the mountain, lasting from six to nine days. • Everyone responds differently to the altitude, but it’s wise to add an extra day or two to your trip so you don’t need to rush up the mountain. L E FA I R MA G A Z I NE | 5 9


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The Great Barrier Reef

WHY ENDANGERED? Fueled by warming oceans, coral reefs around the world are suffering drastically from a mass bleaching event. Nowhere is this destruction more evident than in the Great Barrier Reef. Almost a quarter of the reef ’s coral has died off, resulting in a situation so dire that scientists predict that, without a serious decrease in fossil fuel emissions, coral reefs could be extinct in less than 100 years. Climate change is playing the most devastating role, since the oceans heat up along with the environment. Prolonged high temperatures cause the coral to expel their symbiotic algae, turning them snow-white and before ultimately dying. Some research suggests that several of the corals may be able to adapt to their warmer habitat, but change needs to happen fast.

WHY SHOULD I GO? Covering more than 300,000 square kilometers and consisting of more than 3,000 reefs, 600 islands and 300 coral cays, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Each year almost 2 million visitors come to experience this wonderfully rich ecosystem. Diving and snorkeling are the preferred modes of exploration, but you can also sail, embark on a scenic flight, or just take it all in from the shore.

WHERE SHOULD I STAY? Angsana Located 15km north of Cairns, Angsana is a luxurious, romantic resort offering guests the choice of 67 Asiancolonial-style suites. Each suite comes fitted with wooden shutters, silk drapes and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that wonderfully open onto stunning tropical gardens. If you are looking to step up the luxury, the Angsana Suite has its own private terrace and pool. The resort also offers guests the chance to indulge in their spa, in the three saltwater swimming pools, or at their watersports centre. angsana.com 1 Veivers Road, Palm Cove, Cairns One&Only Hayman Island Nestled in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, One&Only Hayman has long been regarded as the area’s premier hotel. Guests arrive to this enchanted natural world by seaplane, helicopter, or yacht and the luxury merely begins there. Rooms are designed with muslin-draped beds, egg baths for two and

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fragrant body products. But, if you ever want to leave the room, the resort has a spa, fitness centre, a PADI school for diving, outdoor dining and 726 acres for you to explore. hayman.oneandonlyresorts.com Whitsunday Islands, Queensland Heron Island With the Great Barrier Reef right at the tips of its toes and 20 dive sites within minutes, Heron Island is a wonderful option for both divers and non-divers. The island has a turtle-breeding beach, copious amounts of bird life and no cell-phone reception — making it the ultimate relaxing destination. Rooms range from the Turtle Room, which is set amongst Pisona Forest, to the secluded Point Suites, which offer the perfect sunset watching location. You can also opt for a freestanding house, the Beach House, to ensure your stay feels like home. heronisland.com Near Gladstone, Queensland

HOW DO I GET THERE? As the reef is over 1,000 miles long, travelers can choose which island to go to. From Cairns International Airport and the Great Barrier Reef Airport (Hamilton), visitors can travel by scheduled boat, water taxi or seaplane.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE I GO? • While the islands around the Great Barrier Reef are always temperate, they do get warmer and wetter (especially from January through March) as you move north. • ‘Modern Australian’ food is a mix of Mediterranean, Asian and Californian cuisine. • Unless you’re a New Zealand resident, tourists entering Australia need to apply for a visa. U.S. passport holders traveling for tourism or business for less than 90 days can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) online for 20 AUD (roughly 15 USD). The ETA is electronically linked to your passport, which means once you arrive at the airport, you can scan your document and be good to go. • Boat rides to the outer reefs can be quite rocky. Make sure to pack some acupressure sea bands or Dramamine beforehand! • While there are 133 shark species that call the Great Barrier Reef home, most are non-threatening to humans. In fact, the main concerns come from box jellyfish and stingrays. ■


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AMANGANI

Jackson Hole, Wyoming High above the town of Jackson in Wyoming, Amangani (peaceful home) clings to the crest of East Gros Ventre Butte, some 2,135 metres (7,000 feet) above sea level. The 40-suite retreat is a year-round destination acting as a premier ski resort from December through March, and an ideal base for exploring the magnificent natural surroundings in the warmer months. Amangani embraces the spirit of the American West, featuring floorto-ceiling columns of Oklahoma sandstone, ceilings and walls in Pacific redwood, and chairs of rattan and woven cowhide.

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THE VILLAGE AT SQUAW VALLEY Lake Tahoe, CA

The Village at Squaw Valley is a year-round destination in the heart of Squaw Valley, located in North Lake Tahoe. This European-inspired Village features five restaurants, all with outdoor seating, bars, and eateries along with a variety of boutiques and galleries. Condominium style suites are conveniently located for access to four season adventure including aerial tram rides to High Camp at 8200 feet, overlooking Lake Tahoe. The Village events plaza is home to a variety of outdoor activities and premier music festivals, including free outdoor movie nights and Bluesdays throughout the summer season. Photos courtesy of The Village At Squaw Valley 9 6 | L E FA I R MAG AZI NE

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3. Aspen, Colorado

THE ST. REGIS ASPEN RESORT

The St. Regis Aspen Resort has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure as a leading destination resort, ushering a new standard of luxury design in Aspen. Offering unsurpassed service, deluxe accommodations and the supreme beauty of the Aspen Mountain backdrop, the quintessential mountain retreat is centrally located in downtown Aspen at the base of Colorado’s legendary Aspen Mountain, within walking distance of the many area attractions and recreational pursuits not limited to skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, fishing, and more. Resort amenities include Trecento Quindici Decano, Shadow Mountain Lounge, Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE, award-winning Remède Spa, complimentary Lexus courtesy vehicles, an outdoor heated pool, fitness center, world class resort concierge services, 25,000 square feet of meeting space and the signature St. Regis Butler Service.

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Whistler, British Colombia

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is one of North America’s top mountain resorts having been named Whistler’s only Forbes Five Star Resort and Canada’s only AAA 5-Diamond Resort. In addition to world-class skiing, this award winning Four Seasons Mountain Resort offers the ultimate year-round getaway in an enviable location, as well as fine dining, luxurious spa retreats and après ski offerings. With the Resorts’ signature amenities and renowned, personalized service, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is in a class of its own among mountain destinations. SIDECUT Steakhouse is steak with an edge. Named for the curvature on the side of a ski or snowboard, SIDECUT offers a modern take on traditional mountain cuisine. Situated in the Four Seasons Resort at the celebrated alpine location of Whistler, the restaurant’s sleek wood interior offers an inviting setting where diners can cozy up to the open fireplace or dine on our sun soaked patio. At SIDECUT, steak is more than a meal, it’s an experience.

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This contemporary mountain resort features slope-side ski-in, ski-out access in winter and mountain concierge services for golfing, mountain biking and hiking in the summer. Manzanita, the resort’s signature restaurant, features artfully crafted cuisine, while The Backyard Bar & BBQ offers traditional barbeque favorites year-round, and Café Blue serves locally sourced coffee and freshly-made juices. Located just six miles from both historic downtown Truckee and the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, the yearround destination resort features 170 guest rooms, 23 private residences, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe with a 17,000 square foot spa and fitness center and an inter-mountain gondola that connects the resort to the nearby Village at Northstar. ■

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“Self-awareness and self-acceptance are the keys to personal style.”

STYLE THE

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ost widely recognized as the co-host of TLC’s What Not To Wear, Stacy London is not only a fashion icon and guru, but also what I might call, a “fashion philosopher.” With a philosophy degree from Vassar, where she wrote her senior thesis on the concept of self, drawing from Nietzsche, Thomas Mann and Herman Broch, to landing a job as a fashion editorial assistant at Vogue right out of college, London has a firm grasp on the importance of self-expression, personal style and identity.


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MR: You've had such a successful career in fashion. What do you think you would be doing if you hadn't had this career and if you hadn't pursued fashion? SL: I would definitely be a philosophy professor, a really well dressed philosophy professor.

MR: How has your philosophy background informed your approach to fashion and style? I think philosophy and psychology play huge roles in understanding and developing personal style. There’s a deeply rooted sense of identity associated with our style and to overlook it is to miss the bigger picture about self-esteem generally.

I think philosophy and psychology play huge roles in understanding and developing personal style. MR: How did you get involved in the production of the play "Love, Loss, and What I Wore"? What was that experience like? Working with Karen Carpenter (director), Nora and Delia Ephron (writers and creators) and Daryl Roth (producer) was one of the highlights of my career. I'm not an actor but this material was all about clothing, our attachment to it and our identity through it, so it was a very natural fit for me. Daryl is an old family friend and she had emailed me to see if I would come to a performance. And I wrote back asking if I could audition instead. It was probably the ballsiest thing I've ever done! I just knew how much it would mean to me. So they auditioned me and I guess I didn't suck ‘cause I did the rotation for almost 6 weeks, just like the real actors. Talking about prom dresses, the color black and heels? It was heaven. LE FA I R MA G A Z I NE | 1 1 1


MR: What draws people to a career in fashion? What is magnetic about the industry? Well, I can't speak for everybody but my initial attraction to the fashion world was out of my own insecurity and wanting to belong in a world that looked perfect. Obviously nothing truly is perfect but the allure of the sparkly and the beautiful for me was about wanting attention, ultimately wanting approval. The funny thing is that it was the fashion industry that led me to do What Not To Wear on TV and that led me to the realization that self-awareness and self-acceptance are the keys to personal style and the fashion industry is an entirely different animal that runs on making you feel like you aren't enough and the next bag, shoe or dress will make the difference.

MR: Do you have any articles of clothing or accessories that you have an emotional attachment to?

Style isn't about the trends of an industry but about the tastes of an individual expressing who he or she is.

I don't actually. I think emotional attachment to things generally isn't healthy, much less clothing. Clinging to things that don't fit because they remind you of who you used to be are the worst. They hold you back from finding who you are now. I purge my closet at least twice a year. I always find things to get rid of!

MR: How do clothes empower women? If you know who you are, you know what you want to say to the world about yourself. Clothing is shorthand. Clothing can be a calling card. We make value judgments about people in the first three seconds we encounter them. That's how our Lizard brain works. Say who you are before you utter a word. 

MR: How do you feel and how do you respond when people call the fashion industry "superficial"?

I think there is a difference between fashion and style. Fashion can be superficial. It is an industry that runs on insecurity. Style is about personal expression. Style isn't about the trends of an industry but about the tastes of an individual expressing who he or she is.

MR: Do you have any advice for women who want a career in styling? Work your ass off and beg established stylists to mentor you. Work for free in the beginning if you have to. Prove your worth by studying, anticipating, and learning to have your own opinions as you grow.

MR: What keeps you up at night? The Trump Presidency.

MR: What gets you up in the morning? My puppy and my boyfriend. They are morning people. ■

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Described as “the only place to preorder the runway,” Moda Operandi allows customers to pre-order their favorite looks straight from NYFW and global runways. You can also shop the curated in-season boutique. Free standard shipping with U.S., returns accepted within 15 days of receiving product.

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rom being the shy girl in high school in a small town in Southern California, Carmella Rose has blossomed into a dynamic fashion model and influencer. Lately, both the love bug and the travel bug have bitten her. She has music in her heart and love in her eyes and she is sharing her love and appreciation with her following of over 1 million Instagrammers every day.

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MR: How did your modeling career start? CR: I started modeling two years ago. I’m very new at it still. I got scouted when I was younger and I would play around and do freelance shooting when I lived in Newport Beach, CA. As I was doing this, I started to realize I could really make some money. I made the jump and moved to LA. I was couch surfing and staying with friends. I had no money. I had to call my mom to help pay for my Ubers to get around. I didn’t have a car. I got scouted by One Management, but I’m not with them anymore. It all started from there.

BEAUTY IS ABOUT LOVING THE SIMPLE THINGS. IT’S ABOUT HAVING LOVE IN YOUR HEART AND YOUR EYES. MR: What do you attribute to your large social media following? CR: I like to try everything and I like to share things with people, people who don’t have access to certain kinds of things or are just afraid to try things. I like scuba diving, skydiving. I’m not afraid of any animals. A lot of people have limited access to travel whether it’s because of money or something else, but I like to inspire people to travel and I think that is where most of my followers come from.

MR: What has been the best part about your modeling career? CR: Traveling. I have gotten to see so many places in only a matter of two years. My favorite place I have been to so far has been Tahiti. It’s not just that it’s beautiful. For me, it was really about the people. The people are absolutely amazing. They draw happiness from the simplest things, like walking out the door and seeing that the sun is shining. Generally speaking, people seem happier in Tahiti. They love meeting new people, showing them their culture. The food is fantastic. There is so much to do.

MR: What does “beauty” mean to you? CR: Beauty is about loving the simple things. It’s about having love in your heart and your eyes. It’s noticing a flower on the ground. It’s not about looks. You don’t have looks forever. It’s about finding beauty in life and what’s around you. It’s everywhere. It’s even in the city. LE FA I R MA G A Z I NE | 1 1 9


MR: How do you feel about New York City? CR: I like New York. I’m not used to cold weather. I’m from a town in California called Big Bear. It’s near running springs. It has less than 4,000 people. There are a bunch of little towns around but nothing like this. Coming to New York is a shock. I was always quiet in high school. I never talked very much. I chose this career and it has forced me to break out of my shell. It’s nice to be in a city with so many people. It forces me to break out even more. California is easy going and NYC is so fast paced. You have to change it up every once in awhile. I love all of the Italians here. I’m 3rd generation Italian. I’m named after my great grandmother, Carmella, and my grandmother, Rose.

MR: Favorite Italian dish? CR: Chicken Alfredo with angel hair pasta.

MR: Tell me about your boyfriend, David Bywater (@bywater725) CR: We met at a beach cleanup in LA. I was helping a friend of mine, @destinysierra, who works with Models of Compassion. Destiny and I organized the beach clean up together. To advertise, we posted about it on social media. He showed up with one of his friends. I noticed he was attractive but I didn’t really put myself out there in a “date me” sense. I just wanted to clean up the beach. The second time I saw him, we were in Mexico for the same organization. I had no idea he was going but we had both driven from California. He got out of the car and we saw each other. That’s when we started talking. It was right before Christmas and we were giving Christmas presents to orphanages. We got margaritas when we were done. Later on, I remember him inviting me a few times on dates to go to a basketball game or go hiking but I wasn’t ready yet. He asked me a third time to hang out and I said yes. It went from there and I fell in love. He took me to this spot in LA on a mountain that overlooks Malibu. There is a random couch up there. We were there with his dog and the sun was setting. We didn’t kiss or anything. Everything went perfectly, from our conversations to the way we looked at each other. I told him I wanted to go to Bali. He said a dream of his has always been to travel with someone he didn’t know very well. A month into our relationship, we booked a trip to Bali. We have so much in common. He is basically the boy version of me, which I like. We’ve been to Fiji together. This is our second New York trip. I’ve always wanted to travel with someone and I am very happy it’s him. David models too. He’s signed with DNA in New York, Vision in Los Angeles and Wilhelmina in Miami. He is doing really well. His family is in the music industry so he wants to follow in their footsteps and hopefully start a record label one day. His step mom is Nancy Wilson from Heart. I grew up listening to them. When I was in Mexico, he was wearing a Heart hat. He doesn’t talk about it really. She’ll cook you pancakes for breakfast and then you’ll see her on stage and she’s like this rock star. It’s so different. She is very sweet too. 1 2 0 | L E FA I R MAG AZI NE


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MR: What kind of music do you like? CR: I love rock and roll. I’m into classic rock. My favorite band is the Rolling Stones. I’m not into anything that plays on the radio. I also like emo bands like Sum41 and I like reggae. I have been to more reggae concerts than probably anything else in my life. I’ve never been to Jamaica though. I have to go. My friend who I just went to the Bahamas with is from Jamaica and is the designer of @lurelly.

MR: Can you play any instruments? CR: No. If I could sing on a scale of 1 to 10, I’m like a 7, or maybe a 6. Nancy knows how to play the harp. Maybe she could teach me. I’d like to learn the piano. That’s a goal of mine.

HAVE A PASSION FOR MODELING, BEING IN THE SPOTLIGHT. IT’S GOOD FOR ME SINCE I WAS SO SHY IN HIGH SCHOOL. MR: If you weren’t modeling, what would you be doing? CR: If I wasn’t modeling, I would have wanted to study business and anthropology. I will take business classes online eventually. I’m not going to be doing this forever, but I’m young. I’m 21.

MR: Where are you headed next? CR: David and I are going to London. I’ve always wanted to go. My plan is to go for New Years. I’ve never been in another country on New Years before and I’d like to see how other countries celebrate. I’m also going to try to get signed out there. My next crazy trip—I really want to go to India but there is a lot of planning involved. I have a passion for modeling, being in the spotlight. It’s good for me since I was so shy in high school. Traveling really opens my eyes. I am still able to pursue my passion for other cultures. ■ LE FA I R MA G A Z I NE | 1 2 3


Inside the world of

Raya

4 interviews with users of the exclusive dating app, Raya.

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Writer Madeline Rosene @madelinerosene

ith so many niche dating apps and sites from Sizzl, a dating app strictly for bacon lovers to Tindog, that profiles both dogs and owners, connecting people and pooches, how have we not all found our soul mates? Let’s throw out a few more: Bristlr, for “those with beards” and “those who want to stroke beards”, Vampersonals, for gothics and vampires, and of course, Mullet Passions, “Yeah, that’s right! It’s business up front, and a PARTY

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in the back!” Of course there are the not as superficial apps that are based on more than looks like Gluten-free Singles, Align, which matches heavily on astrological signs, Bumble, that encourages women to make the first move, and then there was Raya. Raya is an exclusive dating platform specifically for individuals who work in creative industries. LEFAIR Magazine talked with several Raya users about its specific and unique creative community, exclusivity, and online dating and networking.


PIERRE, VISUAL ARTIST

@VisualsbyPierre, New York City MR: How did you get hooked up with Raya? @visualsbypierre: My friend put me onto it. She’s an artist/ DJ. She was like, “Have you heard of this app called Raya?” I’d heard of all these dating apps like Tinder. She told me that some people have to be on a waiting list to be chosen to be on Raya. It’s selective. I swipe through it and I see a couple of familiar faces immediately.

MR: How is Raya dating going for you? @visualsbypierre: I started meeting people from it after about a week. I went on a few dates and I met some cool girls. They’ve pretty much all been positive experiences. Even if it wasn’t long-term material, it was still really cool.

MR: Have you used Raya to help your career in photography at all? @visualsbypierre: When I downloaded it, I never used it for career

purposes. It could help my career but that’s not what I am using it for. Recently they added the networking aspect to it. They ask you what your intentions are. So there are definitely people on there for that purpose.

MR: How is selectivity important for you? @visualsbypierre: As a creative, the more successful you get in your career, the more complex dating becomes. When you get to a certain level, you need an extreme amount of focus and dedication and sometimes it’s hard to date people who don’t understand what it takes to do what you do. It’s nice to find other people who understand what you’re going through. I actually like the exclusivity aspect. It kind of weeds out a lot of things that you might not be interested in. It’s not really an elitist type of thing. It’s more about compatibility. The pool is so vast it’s hard to zone in on someone or something in particular. Raya helps you do that. I want someone who has as much drive as I do, not someone who is just coasting through life and shit. That’s not what I’m doing.

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AMY MARIETTA, Influencer @AmyMarietta, Los Angeles

The disadvantages are that men might not take you seriously because they have ulterior motives. I am just always aware of what is going on in the situation and I get out if I feel at all uncomfortable.

MR: Have you had any successful dates? @amymarietta: The last two guys I dated exclusively were through Raya — one I had known previously. I didn’t know if we were just friends but then when we matched, it was like, “Oh hey, I guess I have a crush on you too.” He ended up introducing me to someone who introduced me to my new bae — so thanks Raya! Everyone else I’ve met through Raya was super chill — we had the same vibes and motives — we love to create things. I’m on good terms with almost everyone I have met from the app and still talk to them on a regular basis — I appreciate you all.

MR: How do you feel about the exclusivity factor? @amymarietta: I do like the exclusivity factor. I think it’s starting to get a little less exclusive now, judging by some of the people on it — guy-wise. I don’t know about the girls. I know that I personally am more comfortable checking someone out on social media before meeting up with them. I can try and understand their vibes, motives, and personality via social before putting myself in an unfortunate situation. Let’s be real — us girls have gotten pretty good at social media background checks. #loljkbutseriously

MR: How could the app improve? MR: How did you find out about Raya? @amymarietta: I found out about Raya through my friend, Andi. She was scouting for them and she said, “You have to get on this app. Just apply.” So I did and I love it.

MR: What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using Raya? @amymarietta: It’s become more of a networking app for some people, like myself. You have the option to choose whether or not you are on the app “Just for Friends,” or not. I’ve met some awesome creatives and entrepreneurs through the app. It’s great because you can talk directly with them on a personal level. It really makes the world a smaller place by connecting like-minded individuals across the globe.

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@amymarietta: I wish the matching was organized by the location of your choice. If you’re in LA and they’re showing you people in Norway, that’s not always super ideal, depending on your motives.

MR: Has the networking/ promotion aspect affected you positively? @amymarietta: I’ve had brand/company owners hit me up to send me their products and to work together. I feel it’s an easier way for brands to reach out directly to people like influencers and celebrities. Pretty smart — I might start doing that for my brand, A.M. Club — keep it all about da bidness.

MR: What’s your type? Everyone always asks what my type is and I have come to the conclusion that it’s entrepreneurs ‘cause they are passionate and give a shit about something.


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CLAY NIELSEN, Hair Artist @ThisIsClay, NYC

MR: How did you first hear about Raya? @thisisclay: I first heard about it through some girls that I had worked with. I had been in a relationship and had just gotten out. A couple people were like, “You should get on this. I’ll refer you.” I thought it was actually kind of ridiculous at first— the whole like acceptance thing and people getting denied. It just sounded a little pretentious and I’m not into that. But I was newly single and a lot of my friends told me it weeds out a lot of people for you. I had done the online thing in the past and with the number of people doing it, it’s a bit overwhelming. With so many people on other apps and sites, it can be kind of a waste of time. It turned out that Raya wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be.

MR: What do you like about Raya? @thisisclay: I am pretty new to it but the people I have met have been really lovely. I have met a handful of people through it. Some of them have been people who I have been interested in and others turned out to not really get on in a romantic way but in terms of lifestyle and networking, we connected and we’re still in touch. There’s nothing overwhelming about it. I like the aspect that it’s not something where you can swipe through hundreds of people per day. It’s limited in that it only allows you to see a certain number of people per day

...there are a lot of creative people with interesting jobs using the app. The people I have met are dedicated to their work. I haven’t had any bad experiences. Normally the people you match with are genuinely interested. I feel like there aren’t as many people looking for free drinks and dinner and there are people who genuinely want to meet you. It’s a global search. When I was in California, I was able to go out with some people. I’ve also reconnected and hung out with a lot of old friends who live in other cities because of Raya. I have a lot of friends who are musicians or work in art or other in creative industries. It’s interesting to see a friend on there that you haven’t seen in years.

MR: What’s wrong with other dating apps? What other sites and apps have you used? @thisisclay: You have your initial conversation and when it comes to meeting up, they may or may not follow through. I’ve noticed a lot of flakiness on other sites. I haven’t experienced that with Raya.

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I’ve used Tinder, Bumble, I met my ex on hinge, I’ve tried Happn, and Feeld. There’s something out there for everyone. If you’re looking for something in particular, it’s nice to have that specific outlet.

MR: Is there anything you don’t like about Raya? @thisisclay: There are a lot of models on there, which is fine but I’m also not trying to date models. I work with them and I don’t like dating the people I work with. I don’t want to have that reputation. It’s a very small industry, which has been a deterrent for me. Like, would you go out with the person in the cubicle next to you? I guess some people do! But I wouldn’t. It’s just too close to home for me. But those are the same people who also understand my crazy schedule. So it’s a bittersweet thing. But there are a lot of creative people with interesting jobs using the app. The people I have met are dedicated to their work. I’m in NYC. There are 8 million people here. It’s pretty easy to meet people you don’t see every day if you’re willing to put yourself out there.


@HEWAND.CO, San Francisco MR: What is special about Raya? @hewand.co: I definitely think there is a different quality of decorum. The degree to which people are attentive and respectful to each other is on another level because people aren’t as anonymous. The quality of individuals seems to be higher and their intentions seem to be more aligned. I think it’s obviously a dating app and it’s romantically focused but people really respect the environment. I like how making friends and networking has naturally become a part of Raya.

MR: What other dating apps have you tried? @hewand.co: After my last relationship ended, one of my friends recommended I get on Bumble. It’s definitely cooler than tinder. Female forced initiations, I think, forces some of the creepiness out of the situation, rather than when guys lead. From a guy’s perspective, if a woman really wants to connect, she will start something. When a woman does it, it starts you off on a different foot and usually it’s a good foot. On the other hand, I have not talked to one woman who doesn’t hate that. It’s a paradox. It’s a female centric app that from what I’ve heard, women hate.

...making friends and networking has naturally become a part of Raya. MR: Why do you think that is? @hewand.co: It’s the idea that chivalry still has its place but we don’t know where it belongs. Sometimes it looks like misogyny or antiquated. Sometimes it’s downright perfect for the moment.

MR: How has the Raya experience been for you? @hewand.co: I think I got in early. I think that is the only way I got admitted. It seems like there are a lot of important people on there and I am certainly not that important. I have had a great experience: many matches, many conversations, and two girlfriends. I have been on for almost two years. I think it was the beginning of 2015, something like that. Of course I jumped off of it when I was in a relationship. But the sad part of that was that it was a community that I belonged to and I stepped out of that community. It is a social community. It’s first a place where people tend to connect romantically but what comes out of it is a like-minded kind of vibe. On tinder, as time has gone on, it has become more of a shit show. People’s agendas don’t come together. Often on Tinder, people’s profiles start off with, “Not down for a hook up” or “Not interested in polygomy.” Obviously they are being bombarded with things they are not interested in.

I’m 43 and I was married for 13 years. I was with her for 16 years. That was 5 years ago. The last time I dated was in 1996. She and I are still friends but here I am single. For me, dating is easy. I build brands for companies and I have to have a lot of conversations with strangers. I’m used to it. I talk to strangers in stores. It’s part of who I am. Like if nothing else, on a date I get to have a drink with a stranger and talk about their life. Yet, I feel like so many people, especially women, who have so much to gain from this process, begrudgingly date.

MR: With so many people doing it, why is there still a stigma associated with online dating? @hewand.co: From a psychological standpoint, I don’t think you can reverse or change the rules of courtship so quickly. I think there has been an order in which people meet each other that we have been used to for centuries, that relies on having a community safety net and we date within that friend group. Meeting someone through a friend or within your community— there’s a certain serendipity of the moment kind of thing. When you put algorithms and the Internet into the equation, it’s kind of like cheating at the game or it cheapens it somehow. The concept of cheap and romance is not a good fit. Raya is good at keeping dating within a community. Friends of mine got married last summer. They met on Match.com. My ex wife got married and she met him on Match.com. I have to think in the future when our grandchildren meet online, computers and dating will be so ingrained and intertwined that the stigma will be gone. ■ LE FA I R MA G A Z I NE | 1 2 9


High Times The Cannabis Industry After Prop 64

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Writer Jenny Heyside @theblondera

n November 8th, voters in California approved Proposition 64, making California the most populous state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. It didn’t come as too much of a surprise, given that California led the way 20 years ago by legalizing medical marijuana in the state. Proposition 64 allows Californians who are 21 and older to possess, transport, buy and use up to an ounce of cannabis for recreational purposes and allows individuals to grow as many as six plants. The measure also allows for retail sales of marijuana and imposes a 15% tax. Two days after the Proposition was passed, I sat down again with Ben Browning. Ben is a budding entrepreneur and creator and founder of “Smoke Benjis” — a grass-roots marijuana collective that specializes in creating handtailored cigars filled with up to 10 grams of Browning’s own strain of marijuana. Ben and I originally met on a Monday afternoon in August to discuss the legality of his marijuana products. This time we met in the Sherman Oaks office of Luke Stanton and Jeffrey Welsh, partners at Frontera Law Group — a boutique law firm specializing in the legal cannabis industry. I was curious to hear what exactly the team does, as well as everyone’s views on the after-effects of the vote.

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JH: Give us a bit of background on how you came to start this law practice. LS: I have been working in this arena since 2010. I started off working for a criminal defense attorney, who runs one of the better criminal defense marijuana focused practices in the state. Back in 2010, prior to Colorado and Washington legalizing recreational use, it was still a medical program that was on very shaky ground, in terms of whether businesses were legitimate, what the rules around them were. Since we passed the 1996 Compassionate Use Act in California, the law has existed as an affirmative defense. Think of it like self-defense in a murder case. Until we implement both the medical and the recreational programs in 2018, medical marijuana law still exists in this manner. So, at a technical, legal level, being a criminal defense attorney was the best way that you could help the industry because you were keeping the guys out of jail by going in and asserting this defense over and over and over. That’s how I got started. In 2012, when Colorado and Washington decided to legalize recreationally, the whole country (to some extent) but especially the industry in California began to look at things a little differently. Staring in 2013, I became the de-facto business department for my criminal law firm. At the beginning of 2015, I started my own business-focused law firm. In the two years we have gathered up a huge amount of clients from all aspects of the cannabis-industry, including business owners, commercial real estate companies, tech guys and private equity firms. As well as people developing cannabis brands, like Ben. Most people think we solely represent growers, and we do have a couple of those guys, but we have more and more clients who are bringing nine-

figure capital into the industry.

JH: Is the expectation that the marijuana market will develop similarly to the alcohol market? LS: Yeah, I think a lot of people think that. There are a lot of different ways of looking at it, some people look at it as an agricultural commodity, like tobacco or cotton or corn. JW: Broccoli. LS: (Laughs) Some people look at it more like alcohol, others regard it as being more similar to pharmaceutical industries.

innovate in terms of general business practices, management styles, ways that companies are put together and run, and how profits and fees are split. That being said, one of the main challenges of being a lawyer in this space is that we are dealing with a lot of issues for the first time. In other more developed markets with more mature legislation and regulations, there are case laws and precedents for you to follow. In the cannabis space it is mainly the first time that these things are being litigated. But it is fun to be in an industry where you have more wiggle room, it is all still fuzzy and hazy. BB: It is 420 shades of grey.

WITH PROP 64 PASSING, THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY HERE IN LA IS REALLY EXCITED ABOUT MOVING FORWARD WITH ALL OF THIS AND WAVING IN A NEW ERA OF CANNABIS CONTENT. JW: I think it depends completely on what side of the market you are looking at. If you are taking a very medical approach, then taking a pharmaceutical angle makes a lot of sense. But if you are taking more of a recreational approach, then it will be a different development — nobody wants to get high by taking a pill. LS: One of the things that I think is cool about this industry is that we currently have the chance to

JW: Another way that our industry can set new precedents is by doing right by women and minorities in leadership positions. {JH: In corporate America, women hold about a quarter of leadership roles and less than 5% of CEO positions. But in the cannabis industry, women make up about 36% of leaders, including 63% of high-level positions at testing labs and half of leadership roles at infused products and processing companies.}

JH: Ben, you previously also mentioned that you love being able to innovate. Do you think, and if so how, this proposition is going to change that ability? BB: Well I know for sure that big businesses are going to come in. But from what I know, they are going to be restricting the huge-growers for five years. It was a compromise that was given to the industry, to give small-growers some time to expand and develop their business, before we get bombarded with “Costco weed”. But, I think there is still room for people who can make and develop a solid brand.

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JH: So what happens now? Can anyone 21+ just walk into a dispensary and buy a joint? LS: Well, it is not one of these laws where you just flip the switch and everything is done. They have passed the legislation, now they have another year to write all the rules and regulations relative to the legislation. Then they will release applications for people who want to be licensed, then they will be have to evaluate those applications, reward those licenses, and then eventually we will have shops that operate in a regulated marketplace where people can just come in. All the different counties and cities are now also grappling with how to regulate it. There are a whole range of ways that it is currently being dealt with in individual city codes, which deals with where, when, how these businesses might exist. A lot of them don’t address it, other just ban it, so people are used to going into those areas and operating illegally. Now everyone is trying to figure out how to be in line locally, so that they can be established when the state is ready to license in 2018. It’s a crazy patchwork of all these different people thinking divergent ways.

JH: What about in terms of edibles (chocolate bars, cookies, brownies, candies)? JW: On the recreational side, edible products will only be able to have a maximum of 10mg per dose. This is a positive thing because one of the current issues is that on the medical side you can get 1000mg cookies or brownies or chocolate bars or whatever. These are the products that have been ingested when you hear horror stories about people freaking out. That isn’t going to happen in a regulated marketplace with mandated lower dosages. There are people out there who are very upset about this — but it is going to make things a lot safer. As the science side improves, that also will help to improve the safety of edibles.

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BB: Obviously I was excited because it legitimizes what I am doing. A lot of growers that I know were saying “this is so bad for us”, but that’s because they want to stay in that black market space and have no regulation. Personally, I want to build my business so that it is sellable. You can’t sell a black market business! These guys (Luke and Jeffrey) keep me in the straight and narrow, as opposed to me just being a cowboy and trying to cash in.

OUR FOCUS ON THE ENTERTAINMENT SIDE IS TO CHANGE THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION SURROUNDING MARIJUANA BY CREATING CONTENT THAT IS SIMULTANEOUSLY EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINING JH: Where did the idea for Smoke Benjis come from? BB: When I returned from living in Bali I was working at a bar and I saw they were rolling cigars and I started wondering why no-one was doing that with cannabis. I had a medical marijuana card and my own marijuana collective, so I decided that I could do it. My grandfather [who is tattooed on his right arm] was the world’s largest watermelon farmer and I used to work for him every summer. Because of those experiences I know a lot about agriculture and have always had a green thumb.

JH: How can people currently buy your products? BB: Well, right now they would have to join my collective. Having a collective

means that I can take patients who have a doctor’s recommendation from the state of California and a valid California ID. I am able to grow marijuana plants for anyone who is in my collective. It is free to join and then patients pay for whatever they are using. Recreationally I want the 1.5 gram cigars to go for $20, which is pretty competitive for my own strain.

JH: In addition to Frontera Law Group, you also have Frontera Entertainment, what is going on over there? JW: Our focus on the entertainment side is to change the national conversation surrounding marijuana by creating content that is simultaneously educational and entertaining. Typically, when you think about any kind of cannabis content, you think of the very stereotypical stoner comedy. Those can be great, but they don’t change the conversation. We have identified a couple of younger entrepreneurs that we feel have really nice media upside and have helped usher them along. One of our clients, Chris Sayegh (theherbalchef. com), was the second person in this space to be signed by a major talent agency. He is 24-years old and wants to be the first celebrity, cannabis chef. The other side is to get some more of our well capitalized clients national exposure through more traditional entertainment activations. We were able to get a company called Weedmaps on HBO back in February, that was the first time any cannabis company had ever received national exposure. We also want to involve artists and personalities that you might not traditionally associate with cannabis-use, in an effort to change the conversation rather than reinforce the existing stereotypes. With Prop 64 passing, the entertainment industry here in LA is really excited about moving forward with all of this and waving in a new era of cannabis content. BB: Everything starts in California and then sweeps across the nation. ■


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