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“I think of love, and you, and my heart grows full and warm, and my breath stands still... I can feel a sunshine stealing into my soul and making it all summer, and every thorn, a rose.”


EDITOR IN CHIEF, FOUNDER Colleen Guilfoile Richmond

– Emily Dickinson

here’s something magical about summer, whether it’s the long nights spent outside, time spent with family on vacation or relaxing in your favorite spot with a good read. Celebrate the most lovely time of year. This summer we are bi-coastal in California meet’s the Carolinas. We have a magnificent property just outside of Coachella’s Valley designed by Dorothy Willetts and a 3 day excursion to the Napa Valley, where award winning wines and amazing food come together at Meadowood. Closer to home we have a a dreamy destination to Primland. Which is a short drive from Charlotte and should be a must on anyone’s list. When I think of summer I think of a time where we’re all a little bit more free and I love how India Hicks, (who happened to be a flower girl in another royal wedding ……Prince Charles to Lady Diana) exemplifies this with ease. How she manages her work and home in a seamless fashion. How the article by Allison Parker “These Girls are on Fire” shows us the freedom to manage their own time these women have created for themselves. Who else to exemplify the perfect west coast - east coast theme then Wendy Hope. In Wendy Hope Gives Hope to the Future of Music By Brianna Melanson. Her beauty, style and music are an inspiration. The women and destinations in this issue all speak of grace and ease just how summer should be. Enjoy!


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contributors NATALIE GLADDEN


Natalie Gladden has been in the hair and makeup industry for

Allison Parker has a MBA in

over 13 years now; she is own-

marketing and human resourc-

er of NLGlam and a freelance

es from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

makeup artist for various cos-

Always loving

metics companies. Natalie is a

the written word, Allison has a

Charlotte native who’s passion

knack for streaming her thoughts

is making woman feel their most

through to the keyboard. Her favorite part of freelance writing is meeting interesting people and discovering unique subjects to share with her audiences. Allison enjoys being a devoted mom to her 3 beautiful boys and volunteering within their schools and community. Allison embraces new adventures, loves to travel, and is always on the quest to learn more about the world around her.


beautiful, all while staying on top of today’s trends. She is also lucky enough to work with her favorite NFL team, the Carolina Panthers, doing makeup for their broadcast team.

JESSICA BENTLEY Jess is a food writer, photographer and self-taught chef who’s cooking her way through the Queen City of Charlotte, NC.

Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a

Take a glimpse into a slice of her

cross-cultural trainer, modern

kitchen, by following her on In-

manners expert, and the found-

stagram & Twitter @sliceofjess.

er of Access to Culture. In ad-

dition to her accreditation in intercultural management from the HOFSTEDE Centre, she serves as a Chinese Ceremonial Dining Etiquette Specialist in the documentary series Confucius was a Foodie, on Nat Geo People. She is the resident etiquette expert on two popular lifestyle shows: ABC Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend and CBS Austin’s We Are Austin. She is regularly quoted by BBC Capital, Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune, and the National Business Journals. Her Amazon #1 Best Selling book in International Business, Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, now in its second printing, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015. She’s a winner of the British Airways International Trade Award at the 2016 Greater Austin Business Awards.

ALISSANDRO “ANDY” CASTILLO, MD, MBA Dr. Andy Castillo is a board-certified physician, inventor, and serial entrepreneur. He is the owner of M.D. Laser Studio, Encore Nurses, and Charlotte Passport Health. His education includes a BS from the University of Maryland, an MD degree from Wake Forest University, an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business, and a research fellowship at Johns Hopkins. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, as well as a luminary, speaker, and trainer for multiple products and procedures in the medical cosmetic industry.


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Brianna Melanson is a transplant

Along with being the writer and

from Upstate New York where

creator of the inspirational blog

she earned her Bachelor’s in,

Professional Writing. She is pas-

is a speaker and teacher with

sionate about telling everyone’s

a strong desire to help others

unique stories and showcasing

tap into their inner strength by

local businesses. She loves every-

learning how to trust and love


thing Charlotte has to offer, especially the food, which is

themselves. Leslie’s goal is for everyone, herself included,

always documented on her Instagram.

to be able to inch closer to a true feeling of peace in their everyday lives, regardless of what curve-balls life throws


at you. And to do that, she uses self-trust as the teaching vehicle. Leslie is the author of the book Love, Trust & Pixie Dust,

Susannah Pask has had a long

where she shares over 50 true stories that lead the reader

career in the magazine publish-

on a direct path to learning how to love and trust them-

ing business. She was Associate

selves. available at:

Publisher of The Atlantic, then

When not busy writing, Leslie can be found walking her

moved to become Publisher

dogs or in her Pilates studio in south Charlotte, NC, where

of Metropolitan Home, then

she incorporates the aspects of self-love and trust as she

owned by Meredith Corpora-

guides her cli-ents in strengthening both body and mind.

tion. She then spent 6 years as Snr. V/P Publisher of Bridal Guide Magazine, more than


doubling advertising revenues there. With subseManish Kumar whilst Arora is a renowned KP Astrologer, Numerologist, Tarot(Reder & Vastu quent positions at Fairchild Publications Women’s Wear He hasSpafinder, been rendering professional Daily andConsultant. W), and Luxury Susannah has since advice to clients with a reasonable degree of opened her own free-lance editing and writingsuccess. business He has conferred with the title of 'Jyotish concentrating on been the luxury goods marketplace. She has Varahamihir' and 'Jyotish Aryabhatt.' He has been written for Toyota, P&G and an extensive list of of bridal, writing monthly astrological columns for many jewelry, fashion and luxury watch magazines magazines. and websites international based in Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East.

Manish Kumar Arora is a renowned KP Astrologer, Numerologist, Tarot Reader & Vastu Consultant. He has been rendering professional advice to clients with a reasonable degree of

She’s a passionate horseback rider, jumper and fox-hunter

success. He has been conferred with the title of ‘Jyotish

and lives in Aiken, SC

Varahamihir’ and ‘Jyotish Aryabhatt.’ He has been writ-

ovember 2016

ing monthly astrological columns for many international



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contributors DEBRA ANN KENNEDY Debra is most recognized as host of “The Debra Kennedy Show” a lifestyle talk show in which she is the producer and on-air host. She is also a regular on Fox TV Good Morning Charlotte and NBC Charlotte Today as a Lifestyle and Beauty Expert. Debra is a former Mrs North Carolina United States, Mrs North Carolina America and Mrs North Carolina International. She has appeared on many national television commercials as well as MTV and the World Wide Inspiration channel.

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A social media post changes the lives of three strangers in Nashville. Nina Browning is questioning her choices as her son prepares to attend college. Tom Volpe is working multiple jobs to raise his daughter, Lyla. She just got a scholarship to Windsor Academy, a private school. Tom, Nina and Lyla are connected when Lyla’s picture goes viral. They are questioning their values and relationships. Giffin combines love and suspense to create a riveting read.

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Elin Hilderbrand’s latest Nantucket novel starts with a possible murder when the maid of honor is found floating in the Atlantic the morning of the wedding. Hilderbrand provides the backstory for the engaged couple, their wedding party, and the Nantucket community investigating the murder. She alternates narrators to give you the details from several points of view. You will fall in love with her delightful characters and enjoy this breezy whodunit.

COTTAGE BY THE SEA By Debbie Macomber

Annie Marlow returns to Washington state to start over in Macomber’s latest novel. She is grieving after losing her family in a mudslide. She starts working as a physician’s assistant and reunites with a childhood crush, painter Seth Keaton. Annie quickly becomes known for her helpful advice. She must make a choice when she is offered a great job in Seattle. This latest page-turner is a relaxing beach read.


Kit Owens was inspired to be her best when she met Diane Fleming in high school. They were competitive in Chemistry class and became friends. However, something Diane said changed everything. Now, over a decade later, Kit and Diane are competing for a position to do groundbreaking scientific research which may cost them their lives. Abbott captures female friendship in this dark thriller. This novel was named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018 by Cosmopolitan and Entertainment Weekly.


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Pasta, Pane, Vino is a unique culinary journey through Italy’s key regions. Matt Goulding introduces the chefs, shepherds, fisherman, farmers, grandmas, and others who power Italy’s revered culinary traditions. From the pasta temples of Rome to the pizza palaces of Naples to the truffle-strewn forests of the Piedmont, Pasta, Pane, Vino captures the breathtaking diversity of Italian regional food culture. Pasta, Pane, Vino is also illustrated with nearly 200 lush color photographs that bring Italy’s timeless landscape and sensuous food culture to life. Whether you’re an itinerant eater planning your next high-calorie adventure or an armchair gastronaut looking for a stirring story, this food-obsessed guide reveals Italy as never before—an odyssey that will rouse your appetite and imagination in equal measure.


The New York Times bestselling mother daughter duo are back with more hilarious, witty, and true tales from their lives. Whether they are attempting to hike the Grand Canyon, setting up phone calls with their dogs, or learning what “adulting” means, Lisa and Francesca are guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and appreciate the funniest moments in life. Like the perfect glass of rosé, they’re always here to help you escape from your own busy, modern life and instead, get lost in theirs. This summer beach read—which is indeed “like a glass of rosé, between two covers”—is sure to cheer readers spanning the generations but will be of particular appeal to mothers and daughters.

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Modern & Royal TEA MANNERS By Sharon Schweitzer


ith its outstanding nutritional benefits and worldwide history, tea is both a nutritious habit and rewarding ritual that can be enjoyed

year-round. Whether you’re just getting started, are a tea aficionado, or a connoisseur, there is always something to learn about improving that perfect cup of tea.


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1. Use quality water: Use spring or filtered water. Avoid tap or distilled. If you have hard water, the

high mineral content may mean that longer steeping times are needed since tea doesn’t infuse as easily.

2. Select your teapot: Pots have been crafted from

2. Offer sugar or lemon: Once the tea is poured,

numerous materials for centuries - they may be

ask “with milk, sugar or lemon?” Add the requested

ceramic, china, porcelain, or glass

ingredients or allow your tea companion to do so.

3. Seek out connoisseur–quality teas: Use loose

Place a spoon on the saucer if not there. Notes: Be

tea leaves which are of high quality tea. To the extent

sure to add the sugar or sweetener first, otherwise

possible, avoid pre-bagged tea.

the lemon’s citric acid prevents it from dissolving.

4. Determine your filtration method: Decide if

3. Handling the tea strainer: If assistance is un-

you will place leaves directly into the teapot and then

available, hold the tea strainer in one hand while

filter when pouring, or if you will use an infuser.

lifting the teapot and pouring with the other hand.

5. Measure carefully: Use 1 rounded teaspoon of tea

4. Serving Iced Tea: When serving tea iced, follow

for each cup of water the teapot holds. Use more if

the brewing instructions above, chill the tea com-

stronger tea is preferred

pletely, then serve over ice. Lemon slices or wedges

6. Use the correct water temperature: Generally, the darker the leaves the hotter the water. Many tea instructions will indicate the exact water temperature best for the leaves. For black and pu-ehr tea (pronounced “poo-er”), use boiling water. If steeping

are optional.


• Milk: Compliments full-bodied India and Sri Lankan teas.

green or oolong tea, use water that is just under a

• Cream: Masks the astringent qualities of any tea.

boil. Let boiling water cool slightly first for white tea.

• Nothing: Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Ko-

Pour over tea leaves and cover the teapot to allow steeping. Use a timer. 7. Let it steep: Steeping captures the tea constituents

rean teas are served clear. • Sugar: Brown or white sugar cubes may be neatly served with elegant sugar tongs. Allow the cubes

such as tannins and antioxidants, and covering the

to dissolve before stirring back and forth quietly.

teapot prevents the aromatics from diffusing into

Local, organic honey is a healthy alternative and

the air. It also allows time for the tea to cool slightly

can be served with a honey wand. Add honey or

before drinking.

sugar before lemon. Citric acid prevents sugar

8. Time your tea: Depends on size of the leaf, the type of tea, and your taste and strength preferenc-

from dissolving. • Lemon: Used with most black tea. For an ex-

es. Larger, darker leaves (which are more oxidized)

tra special touch and pleasing aroma, use Meyer

require more time; smaller or more delicate leaves,

lemons. Serve slices, not wedges with a lemon fork

less. Consider these general guidelines:

(splayed tines). Remember: Milk and lemon aren’t

Black tea and pu-ehr tea: 3-5 minutes.

used together in tea because the citric acid in lem-

Oolong: 3-4 minutes.

on causes milk to curdle.

Green tea: 2-3 minutes.

White tea: 1-2 minutes


1. Check your guest’s preferences: Strong or weak? For a strong pour, fill the tea cup 3/4 full to prevent spills in the saucer. For weaker tea, fill the cup ½ full.


Tea is something to be enjoyed based on your palate, and not someone else’s judgment. One of the hotly debated issues in tea etiquette is whether you are a MIF (milk in first) or a MIL (milk in last) tea drinker? The reasons given for why milk is poured into the cup after the tea include: July / August 2018 |


• Inability to judge strength of tea by its color if milk

◊ Sencha - Japan’s most popular tea, from fresh,

is first poured in cup before the tea

young leaves for a refreshing, light-bodied tea

• Prevent fragile porcelain from cracking when hot

◊ Genmaicha - A Japanese classic, green tea with

water is poured over cold milk

roasted brown rice ◊ Jasmine - Green tea infused with jasmine


◊ Formosa Oolong: The champagne of teas,

Famous Tea Regions include

grown in Taiwan, orange blossom scented

• Assam - India

• Additional types of tea:

• Ceylon - Sri Lanka

◊ Matcha - finely ground young green tea leaves,

• Darjeeling - Northern Himalayas in India

used as a powder to create tea; often served with milk as a latte

Tea by its official definition refers to the leaf of the

◊ Kukicha - or twig tea, from the stems and

Camellia sinensis shrub native to Asia.

branches of Camellia sinensis ◊ Herbal teas or tisanes – Singular or blended

• The five main types of tea include:

herbal infusions not produced from the tea

◊ Black – fully oxidized leaves before roasting

plant, often with medicinal properties such as

◊ Oolong – semi-oxidized leaves before roasting

mint or chamomile tea.

◊ Green – limited oxidation before roasting ◊ White – young tea leaves often picked as buds, steamed and dried after harvesting. Primarily from the Fujian Province in China


• Masala Chai - Tea leaves boiled with milk and spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and pepper.

◊ Pu-erh - fermented tea from China’s Yunnan province, packed into cakes and the only tea that improves with age

Popular throughout India, Nepal and globally. • Arabic - Tea leaves steeped with spices and herbs such as cardamom, rose petals, and saffron.

• Common tea blends:

• Moroccan Mint - Sweet green tea steeped with

◊ Earl Grey - Black tea with bergamot oil ◊ English Breakfast - A classic full-bodied blend, typically Chinese and Indian leaves

fresh mint leaves, served in an elaborate style with small glass cups.


• Light Tea:

◊ Served between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. ◊ Three courses:

◊ Lighter version of

◊ Full tea with a glass of

Afternoon Tea

champagne or sherry

◊ Scones and sweets • High Tea:

»» tiny sandwiches to blunt the appetite

• Full Tea:

◊ Hearty, simple sit-down

»» Scones

◊ Four course menu

»» pastries

◊ finger sandwiches

◊ Meat dish

◊ Scones

◊ Served family style

◊ Sweets

◊ Hearty dishes

◊ desserts

◊ Often served as a buffet

• Cream Tea: ◊ Light repast ◊ Scones, jams, clotted cream


• Royal Tea:

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• Cradling the cup in one’s fingers if it has a handle • Swirling the tea around the cup as if it were a wine glass • Extending the pinkie finger • Lifting only the cup, leaving the saucer on the table when standing, or when there is more than 12 inches between you and the plate • Leaving a spoon upright in the cup • Placing the spoon on the saucer in front of the cup • Making noise while stirring by touching the sides of the cup with the spoon (quietly stir) • Letting the spoon drop with a clank on to the saucer • Placing a used napkin on the table before the meal/ tea is over • Putting the halves of a scone back together after spreading on the jam and cream • Placing any item on the table that was not there when you first sat down • Pouring tea to the rim of the cup • Placing lemon in the tea before the sugar as it pre-

• Adding lemon to a cup of tea with milk in it will curdle the milk • Removing the lemon slice from the cup • Reaching across the table/another person for someone/something


• Raising the tea bag by the tab on the string, jiggling it up & down to hasten the steeping • Removing the tea bag from the teapot and placing it on your saucer • Draining a tea bag by winding the string around a spoon • Saying “Ice tea” when it is correct to say “iced” tea because tea is poured over ice Sharon Schweitzer, JD, Cultural Business Expert & Founder, Access to Culture. Author of Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide (Wiley 2015)

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Speak It, Sister! by Leslie Green

We all have our favorite beliefs, mantras, words we live by. You might guess that based on the name of this article, mine are Trust Life Today. And although I do love everything those words mean to me, my FAVORITE belief is probably the one that I’ve felt and known since I was a little girl. This one:

Everything happens for a reason. 20

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Sounds simple, it may even sound corny. Yet still, it sums it ALL up for me. This is one of those rare things that I feel in my bones. Because of my deep belief in, and resonance with these words, the following quote by Marilyn Monroe caught my eye: Marilyn Monroe Everything Happens For a Reason.

I like this a lot. After the first line, needless to say, I was hooked. Followed by the words “let go,” which make up one half of Trust Life Today’s slogan (Let go…Trust Life.)—another score. Yes, I even like the bit about believing lies so eventually you’ll trust no one…but yourself. I think the placement of the words, specifically where the line ends, was clever (and deliberate) on the part of whoever created this word art. The way the words are positioned on the line, the reader is led to believe that the point of that particular segment is to trust no one, when really, you read on and see the actual point is to Trust Yourself. There is a Taoist story I wrote about to illustrate the ideas of:

trust • letting go • everything happens for a reason AND, we may never know how or why it happened Basically, it incorporates all of the elements of the Marilyn Monroe quote, and explains more about how Everything Happens for a Reason.

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3 Days in


Wine Country by Colleen Guilfoile Richmond

photo courtesy of Biltmore Company


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he verdant rows of manicured grape vines interspersed with cornflower yellow fields and

shadowed by rolling hills--those are the first things that strike me when I visit California’s Napa Valley wine country. Home to more than 400 wineries--large and small--Napa Valley is nestled between the Mayacamus Mountains and San Pedro Bay. The area is known for its award-winning wines, especially its Cabernet Sauvignons, its outstanding farm-totable restaurants and its many activities, such as hot air ballooning, bike tours, kayaking, golf and fly fishing. “Exceptional wines, passionate vintners and memorable experiences await.” -Meadowood Resort

Where to stay Napa Valley offers a myriad of accommodations, ranging from awarded wineries to deluxe resorts and endless activities. One of the most luxurious and awarded destinations is the Meadowood Resort. Surrounded by 250 wooded acres of breathtaking wine country and within a short drive of dozens of small wineries, restaurants, farm markets and shops, this sprawling resort is one of July / August 2018 |


just five resorts in the world to be given the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide’s triple five-star award for 2018. This award denotes excellent in all three areas (lodging, restaurant and spa) in a single resort and Meadowood Resort had the honor of receiving the award. Guest rooms and suites here are all spacious and decorated in relaxing, muted tones. Upon staying at the Meadowood each guest has the luxury of only being a car trip away from St. Helena and Yountville. The enjoyment of wine is a standard here as each guest is invited to a wine tasting of some of Napa Valley’s best wines.

What to do The spa offers suites, stellar treatments, relaxation gardens, boutiques and a culinary menu to enjoy during treatment. You’re experience will begin with the spa’s signature tea followed by the treatment plan created with one of the spa’s therapist’s. In addition to a full menu of spa treatments, guests can sample healthy food options using fresh, seasonal ingredients. But if you’re looking for another way to spend you’re afternoon Meadowood’s 18-hole championship golf course attracts many nation wide. Miles of hiking trails and a croquet lawn are also featured at the resort.


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’ve recently collaborated with multiple clients who hired me to update high-end (but dated) homes. Even though I enjoy guiding

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In fact, if your hard finishes (like granite countertops and tile) were installed during the brown trend, grey walls will most likely make your home look lifeless and dreary! One recent client was advised, both by a realtor and her previous designer, to paint her walls grey—when grey clearly did not work with her home. Had she not trusted her gut, she would have made a very costly mistake because as you know, paint is expensive! She subsequently hired me for a paint consultation, and we determined what DID work—creamy whites and pale, green-undertone beiges. Instead of looking drab and dreary, her space became light and inviting. Staged correctly, her house will sell in a snap!

Designer: Claire Jefford, Photographer: Stephani Buchman Photography

When selling your home, the goal is to depersonalize. We’ve all heard the obvious tips, but in case you need a refresher, do pack away those family photos, declutter, and neutralize. Think easy on the eyes but generic enough to appeal to many buyers. Even though paint seems to be an easy fix, many potential buyers can’t see past minor, cosmetic issues. If you have screaming-red walls or espresso-brown everything, buyers may feel deflated and ignore your home’s beautiful architecture or stunning landscaping. Here is where you should pay attention because sellers and home buyers get a lot of bad advice about choosing the right paint color. If there is one piece of advice I’d like to share it is:

Painting everything grey does NOT automatically update your home.

Designer: Jody Myers-Fierz, Photographer: Jane Beiles Photography July / August 2018 |


Designer: Claudia Josephine Design, Photographer: Photography by Jamie Lea

HERE IS ANOTHER TIP While sellers should stick with neutral colors, buyers should incorporate color. Homeowners should also seek to personalize their homes. I have a wonderful client who travels the world with her husband. She has an extensive art collection and unique finds from countries all over the world. While a home seller would need to scale down and pack away goodies such as these, we sought to highlight and compliment her collection, in part, by using wall color. Although neutral, monochromatic palettes work well for selling, they can be a bore to live with. Today’s greige-neutral paints work beautifully as a backdrop for fresh color if they coordinate with your hard finishes (again, meaning countertops, cabinetry, flooring, and tile). Whether through furnishings, accessories, or wall color, don’t be afraid to add a little personality to your home! Remember that if you decorate all in shades of grey, you

Moreover, when introducing color, make sure your rooms flow. The easiest way to do this is to repeat one color throughout your rooms, even if the rest of your palette varies. The colors should also coordinate. Keep in mind whether your colors are fresh or muted, saturated or pale, and vivid or subdued. Does this sound confusing? Here’s a hint—limiting your color palette will make it easier. Sellers need to get rid of extra “stuff,” but home buyers should layer when designing their home. Realtors often suggest that clients remove draperies from windows to highlight architecture and let in the maximum amount of natural lighting, which works for selling a home. But living in a house with bare floors and windows can feel sterile. Rugs, window treatments, accessories, artwork, wallpaper, and beautiful lighting are some of the layers that help a home feel thoughtfully designed and finished.


are guaranteed to have a dated home within a few years

If you are remodeling, either to sell a home or update

when the grey trend ends and the new (possibly beige)

your current home, here are my top 5 tips for keeping your

trend begins. But if you decorate with colors that you love,

hard finishes classic. Whether you are buying or selling,

your décor will have much more longevity.

classic is timeless!


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TOP 5 TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR HARD FINISHES CLASSIC 1. For hardwood floors, a medium brown finish works well for most homes. Pale wood works nicely in

dated. 4. White or cream subway tiles also work wonderful-

coastal homes and contemporary abodes. Avoid

ly in a bathroom. Carrara marble and the Carrara

greys and espresso browns as the former will date

marble-look porcelain tiles that are now available

and the latter is difficult to maintain (and screams

also work well. Do avoid the busy brown, beige, and

early 2000’s).

grey tiles that seem to be so ubiquitous in homes

2. A white kitchen is always classic. Painting or staining

built in the past decade. The browns are already

the island and/or lower cabinets in a coordinating

dated and the greys will be dated soon enough.

color is a nice way to add contrast and interest

5. For kitchen and bathroom countertops, Carrara

without going whole hog on a color you may later

marble, Calacatta marble, and solid (or marble-pat-


terned) quartz are great choices. A butcher-block

Even though black cabinets are currently trending,

island countertop can also bring warmth to an all-

limiting this classic color to lower cabinets is a low-

white kitchen.

risk way to add personality. 3. White or cream subway tile makes a great neutral

Bonus Tip: A talented designer can determine when breaking the rules will work but the average home-

backsplash! Avoid trendy charcoals, busy patterns,

owner cannot. Sticking to the rules will help ensure a

or multicolored mosaics as they will quickly become

design you will love for years to come.

Designer: Jody Myers-Fierz, Photographer: Jane Beiles Photography

Designer: Claire Jefford, Photographer: Stephani Buchman Photography July / August 2018 |


interior design

Where Art, Soul, and Space Meet


Interior design and architecture is a job that is torn be-

visited the High Point Furniture Market this spring where

tween the demands of form and function, between creativ-

Luxe had the opportunity to speak with her. “There are

ity and practicality. For Dorothy Willetts, founder of Wil-

a lot of really creative people who are great at design, but

letts Design & Associates, managing these opposing forces

don’t necessarily know how to manage a business or how

for her clients usually means more than just having a great

to interact with people. The key for me is taking the time

artistic vision. “This job is very left brain and very right

to really interview my clients and find out how they are

brain,” the engaging East Coast native explains. Dorothy

actually going to live in the space.”


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With an artist’s eye for details that are both expressive

including many high profile clients in Southern Califor-

and practical – she admits that she “geeks out” over plumb-

nia’s Coachella Valley, her vision extends beyond interior

ing fixtures and door hardware – Willetts is able to create

design to fashion and lifestyle, knowing that each decision

spaces that elevate her clients’ ideas and needs to exqui-

affects her client’s everyday life. “It can be a very intimate

site perfection, being both classy and comfortable. With

relationship,” she says of the process of working with cli-

private home and commercial projects across the country,

ents, “especially if you’re dealing with a couple. You know who sleeps on which side of the bed, if they want to be able to read in bed…sometimes I feel like I’m part therapist.” Willetts was born and raised in Philadelphia, but her family name is also well-connected with New York City – a distant grandfather was the city’s first mayor and the neighborhood Willets Point is another family legacy. “I still have an east coast aesthetic that I can’t get rid of,” Willetts says in referring to her personal style (she frequently has a streak of blue in her other-wise red hair). Her instincts are also influenced by her many years in Chicago as a student and young designer, preceded by time in Mexico. “When I first moved to California, it was a big adjustment – the buildings don’t smell the same, as strange as that sounds. In Chicago and on the east coast, buildings are made of stone and wood and concrete that give a real substantiality and energy – a smell. The solidity of those

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remembers. “He was definitely on the artist end of things, and had good people running his business side. Bruce really allowed me to strengthen my architectural work,” citing projects for film critic Gene Siskel, the Melk residence, and offices in Madison Plaza. It’s easy to see Willetts’ love for fine art in her design projects. The bold use of contours and natural hues in the recent remodel of a client’s home in buildings is very comforting to me.


more of a shelter than a structure.”

The Vintage Club in Indian Wells suggests an almost impression-

Her fondness for elegant but substantive

ist rendering of the desert land-

detail comes from being “raised with En-

scape; while the delicate use of

glish antiques” and later developing an ap-

blues, greens, and wood tones in

preciation for architecture – which was her

a private home in the mountains

initial career choice. “My mother told me I

of British Columbia echo the ma-

wasn’t good at math, so I focused more on

jestic skyscapes outdoors.

fine art before ending up at the School of

The love of art is also part of

the Art Institute of Chicago where I stud-

her recent project, called Living

ied interior architecture.” Getting to walk

With Art. A colleague at the pres-

through one of the world’s greatest museums every day

tigious Heather James Fine Art Gallery let Willetts know

on the way to class was a welcome bonus. Another bo-

that 2016 would feature a show with artwork by legends

nus came from her apprenticeship with legendary design-

Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder. She was immediately

er Bruce Gregga. “The consummate gentleman,” Willetts

inspired to do a nearly impossible design project. “The


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goal was to take pieces of the art and design a room around

as moving into furniture, fabric, and fashion design as a

it – and I wanted to do 12 different rooms in 24 hours.”

way to extend her vision into new artistic realms. Indeed,

With hired handlers and gallery officials on site, Willetts

her support of local and emerging artists as key collabora-

and her team turned over a 12x12 space every two hours.

tors, along with the craftsmen, contractors, architects, and

The Living With Art series is now featured on her website.

other designers who are often part of the creation process,

“I wanted to show that you can have everyday furniture in

is another key to Willetts’ success that is just an extension

a room with art, and that you don’t have to live in a twen-

of her own personality. “I want to put myself in a position

ty million dollar home to have great art to display. Art

where I am acting as a liaison between artists, clients, and architects.” One of her latest projects featured here is located in Coachella, CA, just minutes away from the music festival, is this desert vacation home. It is over 40,000 square-foot one-story residence overlooking a private golfcourse and bordered by a man-made lagoon. The main home features a spacious master suite, six guest bedrooms, a great room that includes a living room and bar, an expansive kitchen,

doesn’t have to be in a museum.” Willetts’ eclectic range of interests (she also studied political science and flirted with becoming a lawyer) also extends to her love of animals. She has two beloved rescue dogs, Bella and Zeek, but also hopes to one day have a baby goat and a monkey. With a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science as well as her art degrees, she’s also involved in animal rescue and relocation proj-

an entertainment room, and a spa—all of which transform

ects, and has donated her efforts to the International Med-

into indoor-outdoor space with oversized doors. In addi-

ical Alliance bringing relief to Ecuador. “I’m a total goof-

tion to the main home, other amenities include four lushly

ball, but usually very appropriate,” she says. “I grew up

appointed guest casitas, a polo field, and tennis and beach

thinking I was very weird, but now I know that’s a good

volleyball courts. (All photos courtesy of Sam Frost)

thing.” Her inherent weirdness and comfort at not always fitting in often gives her the ability to connect with clients

Interior designer

who respond emotionally and viscerally to something un-

Dorothy Willetts,

usual. “You don’t have to understand it, but if there’s a

of Willetts Design

piece of art or a piece of hardware that you like, you should

& Associates,

be excited about it. I want people to get excited about the

completed the

idea of their home being a work of art, and it doesn’t have

mammoth task of

to feel like a museum.”

designing and

Having most recently established herself as one of the

furnishing the

southwest desert region’s most innovative and successful

indoor and outdoor

designers, Willetts’ is looking towards new projects in Los

spaces in six months.

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5 Morning Rituals THAT WILL

CHANGE YOUR LIFE Believe it or not, the way in which you spend the first

of bed gently bend each knee into your chest while lying

hour or two of the morning will have a great impact on

on your back. This little move will release your lower back

your whole day. Morning rituals are extremely effective

muscles and can help prevent injury.

in empowering your day. They help you charge yourself before it all starts. For most of us, giving yourself that extra 10 to 20 minutes to perform a few morning rituals will help bring you a day filled with more productivity, energy and long term health. Set a positive tone for your day and try a few of the following morning rituals that will literally change your life and day.

2. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR Mix one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar with 12 ounces of warm water and drink it in the morning on an

1. STRETCHING Stretching for a few minutes in the morning can help you wake up your muscles and ease into the day. Right when you open your eyes the first thing to do is stretch, (or maybe second thing to do). Spend 10 minutes each morning gently stretching. Check in with your body to feel where you may be tight and holding stress and gently stretch these areas releasing any tight spots. Before getting out


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empty stomach. The acetic and butyric acids promote gastrointestinal health by balancing your pH and encouraging friendly bacterial growth Here are just a few other positive attributes of Apple Cider Vinegar; • Apple cider vinegar is very beneficial and one of the most effective remedies for stiff joints .

• It is rich in potassium. This mineral is key for growth, building muscles, transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity etc. It also helps to prevent brittle teeth and hair loss. • It is rich in acetic acid. This acid is said to slow the digestion of starch which can help to reduce the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals. • It is rich in malic acid which gives it its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. The acids in apple cider vinegar prove helpful in detoxification in that they bind to toxins in the blood and help the body eliminate them more effectively. Furthermore, the antiseptic qualities of ACV cleanse the digestive tract, clearing congestion, blemishes and acne • Rich in ash which gives apple cider vinegar its alkaline property. This aids your body in maintaining proper pH levels for a healthy alkaline state. Which can help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol. • May help improve bowel irregularity and helps to remove toxins from the body at a faster rate. It can help clear up skin conditions and blemishes.

4. SKIN BRUSHING While you may brush your hair every morning, brushing your skin before jumping in the shower has great health benefits. Our skin is our largest organ, and is often overlooked. Dry body brushing has existed in cultures for centuries, it has been used in ancients times to keep the body healthy and has now made its way back into popularity. Dry skin brushing helps increase circulation, opens pores and truly invigorates your skin. Dry skin brushing can help assist your body with proper toxin elimination and detoxification by helping to cleanse your lymphatic system of toxins that accumulate in your lymph glands. It can reduce cellulite and increase energy.

• It helps with weight loss by breaking down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them.

5. LISTEN TO UPLIFTING MUSIC Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood. This is especially true in the mornings. It can tune us

3. EATING A HEALTHY BREAKFAST This is the healthiest morning routine, according to experts. When you are properly nourished, you are much more resilient to the ups, and downs and stresses of the day. Eating breakfast will lend to better focus at work and reduce cravings.

into a more positive place and impact our outlook on the day. Most of us listen to music or news as we commute to work. Being more conscious of the music we listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day subconsciously. Even if your mood does not dictate it, try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning and see the impact it has on you. July / August 2018 |




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Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea: Very refreshing, hydrating and uplifting facial spray that includes, cucumber, green tea, aloe and herbs. Spray over or under makeup or hair, boosting and refreshing either way.

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Valjean Labs Facial Serum: Hydrate and nourish with this serum perfect for summer! Super- concentrated ingredients, that meet your specific skincare needs.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette: A little bit of make-up never hurt anybody, this soft glam eyeshadow palette gives you that natural glow for summer that everyone is looking for. Rosy hues ranging with matte, shimmery, metallic finishes. Rich and dynamic eyeshadow palette that we love.


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Sophisticated Sport Watches

Gone are the days of chunky digital athletic watches, as luxury watchmakers recognize a market for sports watches that are stylishly chic and highly functional. There’s been an influx of high-end models that boast both performance with versatility and character.

With aesthetics clearly anchored in the depths of the aquatic world, Tag Heuer’s Aquaracer Lady takes on a chic sporty look with a diamond and mother-of-pearl iteration. Instead of the traditional white face, the iridescent nacre coating on the dial is a vibrant indigo, and doted with 11 diamonds as the hour indexes. Its functional steel case is durable enough to take a beating and look elegant while doing so.

It was with OMEGA’s maritime legacy in mind that the brand launched its Planet Ocean line. Today, the stylish OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Master Chronometer pays homage to OMEGA’s dive watch heritage. The athletic lines of Omega’s famous Seamaster is testament of the brand’s dedication to its dive watch heritage. The white ceramic dial is complemented by a matching unidirectional bezel, and then mounted atop a 39.5mm stainless steel and 18k Sedna gold case. Like the rest of the series, this chronometer watch is capable of water resistance to a depth of 600m, and comes equipped with a helium escape valve to withstand that pressure.

Gems are popping up for the men. The famous GMT Master II with its Pepsi bezel has been the piece de resistance for collectors for many years, and now Rolex has one-upped its self by reviving a gem-setting on the model again. The gemstones mimic the standard ceramic bezel, although it doesn’t provide the same functionality as numbers, it will still do the job of indicating day or night


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Jennifer Behr Earrings Jennifer Behr introduced her namesake collection of distinctive, luxury hair accessories in 2005. Since then, the collection has grown to include a range of seductive headpieces, jewelry and belts. Jennifer majored in sculpture and art history, and each season, Jennifer creates unique heirloom-quality pieces and earrings, constructed by hand in New York City. Some pieces can take hours to create. Every piece is a special creation, waiting to come alive when worn. Everything is made from start to finish in a network of workshops throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, and is finished in the Greenpoint, Brooklyn studio. Jennifer’s earrings and quality of workmanship have made her a

Happiness Blooms

favorite of stylists and celebrities.

125th Anniversary Mikimoto celebrates their 125th year anniversary this year with an array of exciting pearl debuts. Including one of a kind pearl pieces

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popularity this year. Actresses at the Golden Globe awards wore a ll black to show solidarity for the #metoo movement. Several including

Catherine Zeta-Jones added

emeralds to their wardrobe. The emerald has long been associated with growth and renewal. The stone’s appearance on red carpets was also a tribute to the historic fight for women’s rights as they were a favorite of early suffragettes.

set with spectacular diamonds. The collections are headlined by Yaguruma, inspired by the founder Kokichi Mikimoto which were originally introduced to much acclaim at the 1937 World Exhibition in Paris. Known at the

Ring in platinum with 4.84 ct.

Mikimoto archives as the Yaguruma Sash

emerald, 0.66 ct. t.w. trapezoid

Clip, the design is of a circular center-

diamonds, and 0.38 ct. t.w. round

piece that shows up in bracelets,

diamonds, Omi Privé

pendents and even a belt. July / August 2018 |


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endy Hope is an established country sing-

Though she is still singing, her main objective now as

er-songwriter who co-owns the produc-

the A & R Director is to keep the company and her art-

tion company Myriad Productions. In her

ists thriving. Myriad Productions has been in operation

20s, her band opened for Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw,

for over 15 years. They are constantly working with record

Trisha Yearwood, and Faith Hill. Then her skills landed

labels in Nashville and Los Angeles. The company is grow-

her own headlining show at the Bellagio in Las Vegas be-

ing rapidly and has introduced a publishing and a con-

fore becoming a mother. This gorgeous boss babe has a

sulting division. The company introduces the artists and

bohemian-meets-designer style. She’s always traveling

writers they represent to award-winning artists, movie

back and forth from Palm Springs and Nashville in her in

and television productions, commercial advertisers, and

ripped jeans, designer shoes, and Gucci belt. It’s all about

more. The consulting division will give the guidance an

comfortable fashion when you work as hard as she does.

artist needs in this extremely competitive industry. Their

Wendy is following her destiny to both inspire her fans

website ( acts as an online record com-

and run a business that influences the music industry in a

pany and is a place artists and songwriters can submit

positive way.

their work. Then those songs will be sold on the website

Wendy gravitates towards sappy love ballads and lyrics

under their name and bio in their extensive music library.

with deeper meanings. So she’s understandably hesitant

Wendy’s business partner just re-signed the 90’s coun-

to tune into her daughter’s Cardi B playlist. But Wendy’s

try music legend Collin Raye. They just released his album

beautiful vocals are to be applauded. Take a listen to her

called “25 Years, 25 Hits” in May and he recently per-

upbeat “Midnight Rodeo,” or the heart-wrenching “Spar-

formed his soulful songs at the Grand Ole Opry. He’s had

row.” She was working diligently in the studio this June

16 number 1 hits and tons of chart-topping songs such as

to release five more songs.

“One Boy, One Girl,” “In This Life,” and “On the Verge.” July / August 2018 |


their full trust into Myriad Productions, so it helps when they have that musical background from school. With her company, she hopes that they can help bring back the arts where it has been lost. As a loving mother, the young artists resonate with her. Wendy is a proud mother of twin 16-year-old girls, one an equestrian rider and the other an accomplished tennis player. This summer they’ll be enjoying the ocean at her Laguna Beach house most likely blasting Brett Eldredge, P!nk, or Post Malone. They got to know Post Malone personally when he stayed next door during this year’s Coachella Music Festival in California, so now they’re hooked on his music. Wendy Hope is dedicated to making future chart-topping artists be heard and deserving songwriters make a lucrative living. She has been putting them before her own music. She radiates positive energy and puts her whole heart into Myriad Productions every day. Wendy Hope is going places and she’s taking the Myriad artists with her.

You can listen to and purchase Wendy and Collin’s songs on the Myriad website as well as on iTunes. Wendy and Collin’s credentials together have made Myriad Productions somewhere up-and-coming artists are eager to associate with. The Myriad team has the tools and wise advice that both fame-seeking and seasoned artists will benefit from. Their mission and passion is to advance their careers and see the newcomers succeed. They have artists using their agency from all over the country. Collin works on getting the record deals and getting singers exposure while Wendy mostly works with songwriters. She has an ear for hit songs and interest in southern music talent. She pushes to get their songs sold to major celebrities such as Miranda Lambert. Wendy has also expressed her concern about the cutback of music and arts in schools. She wants people to know that music is an important part of a child’s education. Not only does music contribute to a child’s learning abilities and emotional development, but music will enhance their creativity, memorization, and likelihood of becoming a successful musician in the future. Young artists put


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ringing glamor, modernity and elegance to the Range Rover family, Velar offers a unique combination of design excellence and engineering

integrity. Prof. Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said: “The Range Rover Velar is an outstanding, superior SUV. Compelling modernity, eye-catching design, innovative Touch Pro Duo infotainment technology and a clear focus on sustainability – what a combination. This product speaks for itself. This means a lot to us. I feel very honored and I want to thank all jury members for their trust and support in encouraging the Land Rover team to continue on their unique path.” “I also want to thank our Velar team for their passion and commitment, for going the extra mile to move boundaries for extraordinary solutions.” The distinctive design of the Range Rover Velar features perfectly optimized proportions and a stunning silhouette. Its super-slim Premium LED headlights, flush deploy-


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able door handles and sleek Touch Pro Duo infotainment are all hallmarks of Range Rover’s reductionist design philosophy. Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said: “The continued evolution of our design philosophy is driven by a relentless focus on creating highly desirable vehicles our customers will love for life. The Range Rover Velar brings a new dimension of modernity to the Range Rover family with an abundance of innovative technologies, all making this vehicle a joy to drive and be driven in. We’re honoured that the jury recognized the tireless endeavors of our designers and engineers in delivering a vehicle with compelling design, tailored technology and relevant innovation which come together to create a vehicle of instant desirability.” Designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK, the Velar delivers the practicality, connectivity and capability expected from the Range Rover family. With the latest technology and the inclusion of more sustainable materials, this luxury SUV is designed to go Above and Beyond.

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Visit Magnolia Plantations and Gardens

Primland Racing Experience

“Experience the history, beauty, enchantment and alluring fragrances of Americas last large scale romantic style garden. Where nature controls the garden design.” - Magnolia Plantation and garden. This plantation is home to a piece of America’s best history and 60 acres of vibrant gardens that bloom year round in Charleston. These gardens were established in the 1670’s and have earned the distinction as the oldest public garden in the United States.

The Mint Museum selects internationally-renowned artist . Vesna Petresin to create interactive light/sound grand staircase installation. Lumisonica scheduled to debut in September 2018 at Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts

image: Concept rendering for Mint Museum Uptown Grand Staircase installation titled Lumisoni-ca, courtesy of Vesna Petresin.

Nine-time Le Mans champion, Tom Kristensen, elite endurance competitor, Harold Primat, 18time PGA Tour Champions winner, Jay Haas, and Audi return to Primland Resort with more luxury, more speed and more hole-inones. Enjoy the best Primland has to offer in luxury and fine dining plus spend time behind the wheel of Audi’s most elite vehicles at the world-class Virginia International Raceway. September 23 - 25, 2018

“Ever since Mint Museum Uptown opened in 2010, we have sought ways to interface more directly with Levine Center for the Arts plaza, by enlivening the front of the building to be more welcoming to our visitors,” said Jonathan Stuhlman, Senior Curator of American, Modern, & Contemporary Art. “After a careful review of more than three dozen applicants, our team felt that Vesna’s proposal was a perfect blend of interactivity, innovation, and aesthetics. We are excited to work with her to bring her vision—and the entrance to the museum—to life!” said Annie Carlano, Senior Cura-tor of Craft, Design, & Fashion. Petresin will work with her team, including regional and city of Charlotte consultants, to design, test, and create the installation throughout the spring and summer. Work will continue while Mint Museum Uptown closes from early July through mid-August for a floor refinishing project (Mint Museum Randolph will remain open). It is scheduled to debut at a public celebration in September (details to be announced closer to the date).

The Lion King presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts Charlotte will be showing from Aug 22 - Sept 9, 2018

Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s The Lion King, making its triumphant return to the Belk Theater! More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, The Lion King brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. The Lion King also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award®-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like The Lion King. July / August 2018 |



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Behind the Scenes of Paula Newsome By Brianna Melanson

Paula Newsome is more than a “triple threat.” She flawlessly juggles acting, writing, traveling, volunteering, and having a love life. Lately, the public is raving about HBO’s new series “Barry” in which Newsome plays the fierce role of Detective Janice Moss. This dark comedy was produced by Alec Berg and Bill Hader, who stars as the hitman-turned-actor Barry. Newsome notes, “I appreciate that Alec and Bill wrote a woman in 3D.” They interviewed a high ranking female police detective in Los Angeles and she became the inspiration for Janice’s role. Then they hired a variety of female writers to gain knowledge and insight on how a woman should be portrayed. Her character is dynamic as she is able to show her sense of humor, resilience, and vulnerability. Newsome adds, “She’s a woman who can take you out in the alley with a cold piece of steel, but also a woman who has a tender heart when someone unexpected opens up to her.” This someone is Barry’s brutally honest yet quirky acting professor Gene Cousineau (Harry Winkler). Bill Hader has given Paula praise for her talent and the incredible last scene where she bravely confronts Barry. Janice is always taking the lead and going after her gut, many times without any backup. The shocking ending keeps you on your toes for the second season. July / August 2018 |


In “Barry,” Janice finally allows herself to let love in.

life is a gift.” Next she’ll regularly be in the NBC drama

Newsome says Janice’s narrative resembles the stories of

“Suspicion” as Agent Peters. Paula’s only going to keep

today’s women. Newsome is actively trying to speak for

soaring from here.

women, especially after the Women’s Marches. She has

It is because of theater that she picks up languages easi-

been writing a book on the dating lives of African Amer-

ly. She is fluent in Italian, French, and Korean. It took just

ican women, based off of her own dating history, for a

four days in Florence to convince her to learn Italian. She

couple years now. It will apply the science of evolution to

says she feels most like a woman in Italy and encourages

dating and the reasons behind who chooses who based on

women to stay and immerse themselves in the city for a

your specific qualities. She

long period of time. It may

thinks it is important for

be in your American veins

women to be taught how

to rush vacations, but

to attract and maintain

try not to. Paula admires

healthy relationships. Since

that other cultures enjoy

we already have an abun-

life despite not having as

dance of books for women

many expensive materi-

on how to get jobs and lose

al items. She found that

weight, Paula wants to see

Guinea West Africa was in

a book on how to prevent

the family line of her DNA

loneliness. Today’s career

and plans to travel there as

women get so connected to

well as Egypt this year.

their work and their accom-




plishments, but go home to

manages to also volun-

quiet. She has been resis-

teer with foster children

tant to the writing process,

recovering from trauma

but is looking to have the

through a method called

book finished by the end of


the year.

Paula explains, “The body


Newsome had a back-

is the ‘scene of the crime.’

ground in musical theater

Somatic Experiencing is

and Broadway shows before

a conversation with the

landing appearances in TV

body that allows the per-

shows such as Coach Ful-

son to discharge the neg-

ton in “Pretty Little Liars,”

ativity within it.” If you

Jackie Vance in “NCIS,” and

would like to help as well,

Joyce Robinson in “How to


get Away with Murder.” As

Paula Newsome is an in-

you can see, she’s an expert

spiration to all aspiring fe-

in thriller and crime shows. She’s never been one to want

male actors, writers, travelers, philanthropists, linguists,

to act in movies, so if given the opportunity, she would

and so on. Every day she is determined to better herself

love to get back into theater or another show comparable

and the world around her. If you haven’t already, watch

to “Barry.” It is unique to have a role where an actor gets to

her as Janice in “Barry.” It is evident that she truly delved

inhabit both comedy and drama. Paula states, “What’s so

into the compelling character and wants to showcase the

beautiful about “Barry” is that it’s funny, dangerous, and

strength that all women are capable of as well as the beau-

poignant and being able to make those qualities come to

ty of love.


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Who Said Color is Out?

13 x 14.8 Circa 1920, PERSIAN SERAPI

Pineville Rug Gallery 312 Main St., Pineville NC 28134

society sightings Wells Fargo Pro Am


he Wells Fargo Pro Am held at the Quail Hollow Club. A total of 52 teams, comprised of one PGA TOUR Professional and three amateurs, compete for a One Best Ball Net tournament with prizes being awarded to the first, second and third place low net teams from both the morning and after-

noon groups plus one Overall Pro-Am Champion. This year Tiger Woods won the event. It was a beautiful day and especially memorable to one couple when Justin Thomas stepped in and assisted with a wedding proposal. It all started with an instagram message a few months back from the groom to be to Justin who gladly offered to assist in the surprise. (photos by Pat Laurence)


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society sightings The Patriot Military Family Foundation Casino Night


he money raised each year goes to support service disabled veterans and their families in the Carolinas and beyond. This year’s Casino Night was held at the Peninsula Club. Proceeds from the evening benefit veterans suffering from Post - Traumatic Stress, and the 555’s charity mis-

sion of building homes for service disabled veterans and their families. The mission of the Patriot Military Family Foundation (PMFF) is to honor our veterans for their service and commitment to our freedoms and to serve them and their families. We are particularly committed to service-disabled veterans and their families and the families of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. We provide our military members and their families the dignity and respect owed them by our Nation for their commitment and selfless service in preserving our freedoms and help support their financial, physical, and emotional needs. (photos by Tiffany Hinson - Tutti Photography)


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society sightings Queens Cup


he Queen’s Cup is like no other social and sporting event in the Charlotte region. Thousands come to see some of the most athletic thoroughbreds compete, some reaching speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. The jockeys are dressed in bright colored silks, and clear four and a half foot jumps covering as much as three

miles.The very impressive $150,000 purse money is awarded to the winning owners and the opportunity to bask in the glory of the winner’s circle. Since 1996, the Charlotte Steeplechase Foundation, the organizing sponsor of the event, has donated over $800,000 to local and regional charities. There are five live thoroughbred races to experience. This is a high energy, fun, beautiful and social event greatly anticipated each year. (photos by Pat Laurence)


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society sightings Room to Bloom

Mint Museum Auxiliary Hosts Mark D. Sikes at the 2018 Spring Symposium CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Renowned interior designer, author, couturier and taste-maker Mark D. Sikes was the guest speaker at the Mint Museum Auxiliary’s Annual Spring Symposium held this spring at the Charlotte Country Club. Sikes is the author of Beautiful, All-American Decorating and Timeless Style, published by Rizzoli. Throughout his storied career, he has been featured in numerous publications including Veranda, Architectural Digest and House Beautiful. His lifestyle blog, Mark D. Sikes: Chic People, Glamorous Places, Stylish Things, along with his prolific Instagram presence, serves as inspiration for design aficionados all over the world, but especially in the South. Known for his love of big white houses and lush green gardens, Sikes also designs a popular line of fabrics for Schumacher. A native of Decatur, Illinois and Nashville, Tennessee, Sikes believes that if you live with beauty, happiness follows. After college, Sikes began his career in visual merchandising at Banana Republic/GAP. Two decades of incredible success led Sikes to launch his interior design business, followed by a boutique fashion line of womenswear. When he is not jetting around the globe, Sikes lives in Los Angeles, where he resides in a now famous “Elegant California” home in the Hollywood Hills. Sikes’s presentation was followed by a book signing. Proceeds benefit The Mint Museum. “The Mint Museum Auxiliary is overjoyed to welcome Mark Sikes to Charlotte as the keynote speaker for the Spring Symposium, our premier event of the 2017-18 Room to Bloom Celebration. Mark has traveled the world, weaving his special style into everything he touches. We know our guests will enjoy his sophisticated taste on art, entertaining, and interior design” said Mint Museum Auxiliary President Patty Funderburg.


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Bathing suite designed by Kimberly Pixton of Pixton Design Group.


July / August 2018 |

Bathing suite designed by Kimberly Pixton of Pixton Design Group.

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Bathing suite designed by Kimberly Pixton of Pixton Design Group.


July / August 2018 |

Bathing suite designed by Kimberly Pixton of Pixton Design Group.

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These Girls are on Fire:

Creating Your Own Empire By Allison Parker


hen you meet them, the first thing you notice about Gwynne Coleman and Caroline Ford is their infectious, positive aura and glowing, amazing skin! Having the oppor-

tunity to chat with these inspiring women was like shooting the breeze with close girlfriends. Although different in many ways, they share the common thread of success through sisterhood and the keen knack of developing relationships with ease. It’s no wonder that both have achieved phenomenal success as independent consultants with Rodan + Fields. A LITTLE BIT ABOUT RODAN + FIELDS (R +F) Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, world renowned dermatologists, founded R +F in 2002 as a department store brand. Today, they are a premium skincare brand built on a legacy of innovative dermatology-inspired products. They believe their products and programs empower women and men of all ages and backgrounds to make a meaningful difference in their lives and the lives of others by changing the look of their skin and offering them the July / August 2018 |


potential to earn income o their own terms. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? Many successful women are often forced to choose between a life of success in the

ucts and see where it could lead me as well. Growing up I’d always had a desire to earn my own money- this was an avenue to replace my teaching salary that seemed feasible.”

corporate 9-5 culture or a rewarding family experience at

Fast forward to 8 years later, mom and entrepreneur

home. Many times, it is hard to find a true work-family

Gwynne, is a Premier Level V Consultant and Lexus

balance that allows a woman to feel she is reaching her

Achiever with Rodan +Fields. (Level V is the top 2% of the

career potential as well as being the best mom to her chil-

company consultants) While it may seem like a steady path

dren and wife to her husband. Flexibility seems to be the

over time to success, Gwynne is quick to mention, it is the

missing factor in tying the success together. When flexi-

dynamic of the entrepreneurial role of a consultant that

bility is present, you see many women scale the ranks and

allowed her flexibility to build her success. Life happens

rock it out in their careers as well as personal lives. Such

in spontaneous bursts – some for the good and some for the more challenging emotions. After the move to Charlotte, Gwynne, started her business knowing no one but making friends as well as new customers with her products. She remembers, “My first customer was my realtor who helped us with our home purchase in North Carolina and one of my most long-standing customers is a neighbor across the street. I like to meet and chat over coffee so I

is the case with Gwynne and Caroline! As former school teacher, Gwynne always loved working with people. Her ability to train and cultivate the best in her students was evident in her success as a teacher. Gwynne was in a period of transition from her home in Nashville, Tennessee to Charlotte when the opportunity to start her own business was presented. She was chatting to a childcare worker at the local YMCA who offered her information about the company and the products, which lead to Gwynne trying the Reverse Regimen. With only

don’t use the social media side as much as I do face to face

a month before her family was moving to Charlotte for a

connections.” When faced with an illness, midway through

work transfer for her husband, Gwynne decided she loved

her career with R+F, Gwynne attributes her staying power

the product and the idea of a ‘exit strategy’ from her career

to the company’s structure of providing residual income,

in teaching. It seemed like she had so many things going

a generous compensation program, and an amazing team

on, a new city, a new job for hubby, a new home to set-

that inspires her. So many other jobs limit your time off for

tle into, and children to help through the transition- that

an illness. With R +F, Gwynne was able to make an income

a new less structured way to earn money seemed to en-

until her battle with an autoimmune issue was on the road

tice Gwynne. Gwynne recalls, “My going away party from

to recovery. Blessed and thankful, Gwynne is happy with

Nashville was also my first R+F party as a consultant. It

her choice to follow her instincts to join the team at R+F.

was a great way to share my new adventure with friends as

Within R+F, her counterpart Caroline Ford is, like

well as celebrate this new step in my family’s life. It also

Gwynne, a self-made successful woman who enjoys work-

gave me an outlet to pursue a love I’d found in the prod-

ing with people and helping them. With a past life in hu-


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man resources, Caroline was searching for the ability to

en. We can all grow by listening and collaborating with one

balance a career she loved with raising children. She finds

another to come up with best practices. Participating in

being R+F consultant as “Freeing…with aging parents and

regional meetings to meet with team members to discuss

growing children, there is always a mom guilt about not

their successes and improvement areas helps keep it real

being at work and the reverse not being a home…R+F al-

and accessible for whatever stage one may in at their busi-

lowed me to have the freedom to earn as much as I desired

ness cycle.”

while not feeling like I was disappointing anyone or needing to ask permission.”

Both Gwynne and Caroline have impressive team hierarchies as consultants. While space wouldn’t allow to spe-

Caroline’s introduction to R+F came from a friend, Sere-

cifically name everyone, each of the ladies has expressed

ina Delarosa. Her friend had found the R+F products to

the love and gratitude they have to have been blessed with

be the only ones to help her skin condition. Impressed by

such a courageous sorority of business savvy woman to

this, Caroline gave the products a try. Loving them, Caro-

share the journey with.

line decided to give being a consultant a whirl! She loves

The common thread of sisterhood and intense drive is

that her business is about people and relationships. “I feel

what sets these amazing ladies apart from the pack. They

like my business grew organically- She went from earn-

focus on positive goals and are not impeded by any ob-

ing a few hundred dollars a month to being able to cover

stacles in their way. Gwynne laughs, “A friend told me,

a mortgage payment and all without affecting my family

you are inspiring because as down to earth and real as you

in a negative way- I was able to be there for them.” In the

are, if you can do this (be a successful entrepreneur) than

business for almost 7 years, Caroline is a Level V Consul-

anyone should be able to.” Yes, with the best intentions

tant and has an incredible team working with her to devel-

and dedications, all of us have the ability to ‘set the fire” to

op their own business. When asked about what she enjoys

our own light of success with these two stellar ladies as a

about the team concept, she shares, “I enjoy being able

beacon of inspiration!

to give opportunities to women, to coach and to promote goal setting to help others achieve a level that they may not have though they could achieve on their own. I love that this business is for everyone- whether you want to start small and stay a distributor consumer or strive to reach the higher level and set up teams, there is something for all people and its opportunities are limitless. Caroline loves to be able to share her success with her family. Through her work as a consultant, Caroline was able to provide a beautiful mountain home for her family to enjoy. Looking to share the keys to their success, the ladies shared their motivators and advice to all women wanting to give being an entrepreneur a shot. Gwynne promotes, “I wanted to see a vision for what my goals would be and I created a ‘Dream Board”- I decorated it with pictures from websites and magazines to be a daily inspiration. One of my initial goals was to be able to buy a beach house to enjoy time with my family relaxing and reconnecting. Today our family has a home in Isle of Palm, South Carolina. “ Caroline shares, “Encouraging others to achieve their dreams is the key to positive momentum. I work with ladies of all ages ...teens to college students to retired wom-


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An evening spent with the mastermind behind


SEASONAL MENU written and photographed by Jess Bentley

French Continental fare with a Southern twist. Shepard’s menus are designed with the highest quality ingredients in mind, giving guests a selection of three a prix-fixe menus ranging from five to seven courses with optional wine pairings. For those seeking the ultimate experience of elegance, luxury awaits at their Chef’s Table. Just steps off the kitchen, this exclusive dining den accommodates up to eight invitees and is enclosed by floor-to-ceiling cabinets filled with their collection of fine china and crystal.


hange is in the air and summer produce is in full swing! We recently caught-up with McNinch House Restaurant’s Executive Chef, Matthew Shepard, to unearth the inspiration behind his

locally-sourced cuisine. Tucked away in Charlotte’s historic Forth Ward, the McNinch House concentrates on


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Shepard and owner, Ellen Davis. Some of this year’s harvest includes figs, fresh tomatoes, strawberries and basil. During our menu tasting, we discussed the likelihood of an herb-focused mixed greens making an appearance this summer. Shepard plans to elevated this salad with creamy burrata that’s dressed in a basil or bacon vinaigrette. As a special treat, we were invited to participate in one this year’s summer menu testing days. The featured recipe was a light tortellini arrangement with pan-torched heirloom tomatoes, house-made pesto and locally-sourced micro greens. This dish was then paired with a citrus-forward Sauvignon Blanc that aligned itself perfectly with the herbal notes of the pesto. The McNinch House will perform several assessments before making a final decision on their summer menu, though, we have high hopes that this entrée makes the cut. We also partook in a 6-course tasting from their current spring line-up. The menu narratives are listed below to get your taste buds in the mood. All pairings were selected by wine expert, Anthony “Wes” Wesley, who has been assisting guests at the McNinch House Restaurant for 16 years. Shepard, a Johnson & Whales trained culinary expert, recently celebrated his third year with the McNinch House. Growing up in North Carolina, his family escaped to an intimate retreat at Cade’s Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee every summer. He recalls the entire household gathering into one cozy space; no cell phones, no television, no internet… just family bonding at it’s finest. A couple of his memoirs include waking up to patio breakfasts overlooking the mountains and competitive games of UNO. However, the most predominant are the smells of freshly cut grass and hay. “Working with our vegetation allows me to reminisce about my childhood adventures spent outdoors and among wildlife. When I design our menus, it’s my ultimate goal to give guests the taste of that particular season and awaken memories of their own”, expressed Shepard.

Spring Bounty: A delicate array of mixed greens, sliced purple asparagus, shaved white asparagus, sliced cucum-

Shepard’s summer selection will showcase produce

ber and roasted candy stripe beets tossed in a citrus-herb

gathered directly from their little greenery among the sky-

vinaigrette. Wine Paring: Carlos Serres, Rioja Tempranillo

scrapers. The McNinch House garden is maintained by

2012. July / August 2018 |


Rosemary & Dijon Crusted Rack of New Zealand Lamb: This dish was developed by owner, Ellen Davis, when she stood as executive chef 29 years ago – and the lamb recipe remains the same today. Side dishes will change by season, ours was served with sweet corn risotto, collard greens and mint chimichurri. Wine Paring: Daou, Pessimist Red Blend.

English Pea Soup: A well executed spring delight that’s prepared with potato gaufrette, buttermilk crème fraiche, crab-mango salad and sprinkled with black volcano salt for flavor and color contrast. Wine Pairing: Chateau Julien, Royalty Red 2015.

Lemon Meringue Pie: A made-to-order dessert that’s simply a work of art. Created from sable crust, lemon custard and multi-colored Swiss meringue. Wine Pairing: Coal Miner, Robinson Run Sweet Red 2013.

Duck Confit Raviolo: A large, singular ravioli fit for a king. This magnificent masterpiece has mustard greens pureed into the pasta dough to give it a hint of green color. It’s then filled and dressed with parmesan, leeks, pickled red cabbage and truffle cream. Wine Paring: Cantine San Giorgio, Tiranno Malvasia Nera 2014.


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Chocolate Cream Pie: To finish, we feasted on an

The details and execution behind this AAA Diamond

adaption of Shepard’s grandmother’s recipe… classic and

Award winning restaurant is purely magnificent. The

delicious. Featuring a buttery pie crust filled with chocolate

refined palate behind Shepard’s cooking methods allow

custard and chantilly cream. Wine Pairing: Cap Royal, Bor-

guests to experience a polished seasonal menu sprinkled

deaux Sauvignon 2015.

with year-round specialties.

(We’ve included the recipe for this smooth and delicate

McNinch House Restaurant is located at 511 N. Church Street in Charlotte, North Carolina.

dessert below)



• 1 pie shell (homemade or store bought), pre-baked

1. Place butter and chocolate in bowl and set aside.

• 2 Tbsp. butter

2. Mix vanilla, sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, espresso and

• 1.5 cups chocolate • 1 tsp. vanilla • 2/3 cup sugar • 3 Tbsp. Cornstarch • 2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder • 1 tsp. Espresso

salt together in a large bowl. 3. Whisk dry ingredients into milk and cream. 4. Add egg yolks. 5. Place mixture over a low flame and stir until thickened. Pour over chocolate and butter.

• 1/8 tsp. Salt

6. Whisk until smooth.

• 3 egg yolks

7. Pour into pre-baked pie crust.

• 1 cup cream

8. Refrigerate. When cooled, top with whipped

• 2 cups milk • whipped cream, as needed

cream and serve chilled.

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Meet & Greet with Cassandra Benfield, owner of Harvest Farm in Black Mountain. by Jessica Bently

This conventional family farm grows an assortment of produce including Tomatoes, Cabbage, Potatoes, Squash, and Corn. Cassandra is a 5th generation farmer, descending from a family that primarily grows Christmas Trees. During our visit, we had the opportunity to gather our own produce from her fields. Our pick? Cherry tomatoes. These sun-ripened fruits are ready to be picked 65-70 days after planting; they are available year-round with a peak season in the summer months. Cherry Tomatoes are generally sweeter than the larger variety, bursting with flavor and versatility. Brighten your dinner plans with my Caprese Chicken over Greens and Beans.


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My go-to Chopped Caprese Salad: INGREDIENTS: • 1 small container of Cherry Tomatoes (about 1.5 cups), chopped in half • 6-8 Basil Leaves (about 1/4 cup), chopped • 1 clove Garlic, minced • 8 ounces Whole Milk Mozzarella, chopped into bite sized pieces • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil (I love using Greek Olive Oil in this recipe) • S + P, to taste

Grilled Chicken: • 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts • 1 tbsp. Blackening Seasoning

Sautéed Spinach & White Beans

• 1 large bunch of Fresh Spinach (about 10 cups) • 1 (15-ounce) can Cannellini Beans, rinsed & drained • 3-4 Tbsp. Olive Oil, for sautéing • 2 cloves Garlic, minced • S + P, to taste • 1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes, optional • 1/4 cup Breadcrumbs or Crushed Crackers (we used Club Crackers) • 1 tbsp. Butter

DIRECTIONS: 1. Prepare Caprese Salad: Chop all Vegetables and Mozzarella and place in a large mixing bowl. Gently toss with Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil and Salt + Pepper. Set aside until you’re ready to plate. 2. Season the Chicken with desired seasonings: I like to use Blackening Seasoning but you can use whatever seasoning you prefer. Grill on medium-high for about 7 minutes on each side, or until internal temperature reaches 165F and juices run clear. 3. While the Chicken is grilling, prepare the sautéed Greens: Heat Olive Oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat and add Garlic and Crushed Red Pepper. Sauté for 1 minute before adding the Spinach. In large

handfuls, add Spinach in batches and mix constantly until wilted (about 10 minutes). Psst…Don’t forget to flip your Chicken while cooking this! 4. Rinse and drain the Cannellini Beans and add to the skillet: Continue to cook for another 4-5 minutes, or until beans are heated through. 5. In a separate pan, melt the Butter and add Crushed Crackers: Sauté until the Crackers are golden, about 4 minutes. 6. Assemble the plates: First lay down a bed of Spinach & Beans and sprinkle with crispy Crushed Crackers. Next add the Grilled Chicken Breast and top with Caprese Salad. Serve immediately. photo by Jessica Bently July / August 2018 | 77


ENGLISH Elegance Meets ISLAND Ease


A Moment with Entrepreneur, Designer and Mom


The opportunity to chat with India Hicks

was like a fresh tropical breeze. Her smooth demeanor and casual elegance flowed through the conversation like a gentle river. She was gracious in her discussion and allowed an interesting perspective into her life. Discussing the motivations behind starting her amazing brand, how she finds inspiration for her style and ideas, and her thoughts on being a mom above and beyond it all made for a unique, inspiring conversation. Growing up in a blessed life, India was able

to embrace many opportunities to travel and see many types of different living environments. Born in England, India’s father, David Hicks, was a renown interior designer and her mother, Lady Pamela Hicks, has British Royal ties. She shares “I was lucky to have lots of design exposures in my childhood due to my

By Allison Parker


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“Bedding can be a beautiful way to update each season. In the summer, change bed linens to crisp, whites and in the winter switch to darker tartans and wooly blankets.”

father’s career in design and to see lots of ‘mad, mad’ dé-

les. It was stepping into the field in levels that allowed her

cor in many exotic locals…growing up with my father as

to develop her own individual taste for her craft. Feeling

an influence was an education in style itself within design,

the desire to share her influence, India has authored three

décor, architecture…” While growing up in the envelope of

books, the latest of which is India Hicks-Island Style. In

the style world, it can be positive as well as overwhelming.

2015, India launched her own lifestyle brand, India Hicks.

India recalls “I was a bit tentative in my creativity as my

Her vision and soul embrace this venture by empowering

father was ‘quite a force’ in the field. Slowly from my life’s

woman to be ambassadors of the beautiful lines offered. It

experiences, I was able to thrive in the moment and move

is a chance for women to take control of their destiny by

to create something meaningful.”

developing themselves as they share in her individualized

Being a former fashion model, India was always im-

lifestyle offerings. The line features fragrances, scarves,

mersed into the fashion world from early childhood into

candles, jewelry, and amazing accessories that let one take

adulthood. Her dive into product lines started as collabo-

their personal style to a new level with an island twist.

rations with partners. India initially ventured into bedding

When asked about creating a personal style statement,

design with HSN and creating jewelry with Bloomingda-

India offers advice “I feel for a unique statement in home


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décor or personal wear, it is key to find something that one is comfortable with and build around it and, most importantly, feel good about it inside.” Small touches, India advises, can go a long way in home décor. For example, India shares “Bedding can be a beautiful way to update each season. In the summer, change bed linens to crisp, whites and in the winter switch to darker tartans and wooly blankets.” She further indulges “A way to carry the feel of the islands back to the city is easily achieved by simply covering a few chairs with pressed white slip covers. It can be the simplest touches that enhance the mood or feel of a room.” To engage the senses for a complete experience, India loves to use candles and flowers to delight the eyes and fill the air with an aromatic fragrance. The salt air and orange blossom scented candles can create a sensory journey back to the islands without leaving the living room. Complementary items such as casual accent pillows and throw rugs go a long way in setting a scene of comfort as well. Speaking of setting the scene, India is one who loves to entertain. Her favorite part of the dinner party is not the actual cooking but the laying out of the table. India is a

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self-described “table scape” design artist. She loves to mix

beaches with my dogs and enjoy a safe haven of privacy

up the colors, plate types, and crockery to create a mas-

with my family all together.” Sharing the same concerns

terpiece of fun and surprising settings for her guests. Her

as all mothers do for the happiness and well-being of their

favorite plans include staging the dining table in various

families, India wanted to share with all moms “We all have

areas such as the garden, terrace, or driveway- Wherever

the same worries about doing the best thing for our chil-

the mood strikes for the occasion.

dren and doing the right things all the time, but my best

Being a mom of 5, India uses her creativity and ingenuity to develop the most beautiful children’s themed

advice is that to give yourself patience as well as others as we just need to do the best we can.”

decorations. She has hosted a “pink party” with pink ev-

Collaborating with other women and giving others the

erything from table dressing to marshmallows for daugh-

opportunity to celebrate their lives is the key element be-

ter, Domino’s 6th birthday. On the flip side, for her son,

hind the India Hicks ambassador program. Ladies come

she has planned an army

together in a festive en-

party with camouflaged

vironment to be creative,



share stories, wine, ideas,

from the ceiling-edible

yummy tidbits of food

and inviting to the eyes.


Her loving motherly in-


stincts take into account

“it’s not about selling but

the wonderous interest and loves her children to make their special day unique and quite the treat for party goers. Celebrating holidays such as Halloween with India is a rare opportunity to see her costume ingenuity. One particular Halloween in Los Angeles, India recalls “Domino and I paired up with in-




India explains

sharing a living, breathing brand in a beautifully merchandised way and every event should be a celebration of extraordinary living-bring out your favorite playlist, turn the lights low, enjoy the moment.” The ambassador program is perfect for all ladies whether you have 1 or 5 or no children; whatever

venting a costume set from mate-

stage of life you are in there

rials on hand and we were ‘Bride

is an internal style key you

of Halloween’ and ‘Bridesmaid of Halloween’

can embrace and let shine with others.

India travels between Los An-

Living under what In-

geles and her home in Harbour

dia calls “a blessed star”,

Island, Bahamas. When asked

she feels fortunate to have

how she brings the islands with her to Los Angeles, she

found a path, earn her own money and is fulfilled to share

explained “I bring personal touches such as photos, can-

this with women everywhere. Her island style and ele-

dles and scented room spray to make it feel like home away

gance have taken her on an amazing journey of style that

from home when I’m here working.”

is still evolving and we look to see what happens next with

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or the second time in history the FEI World Equestrian Games will be held in the United States. And they are going to be held right here in North Carolina! It will be the largest

attended equestrian event in the U.S. in 2018. There will be an estimated attendance of over 500,000 ticketed spec-

tators from around the globe who will attend the two week event from September 11th to the 23rd. Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina will play host to the world’s largest equestrian competition. Tryon is an easy driving distance to Charlotte and Asheville, as well as Spartanburg and Greenville, SC. Administered by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the Swiss-based worldwide governing body of equestrian sport, the Games will take place over 14 days, and it is the major international championship event for the eight core equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining. The WEG is held every four years, halfway between the Summer Olympic Games cycle. Equestrian enthusiasts from over 70 countries travel to WEG host cities every four years to cheer on international athletes from their native countries. The event has been held in an impressive list of major international cities, including: Stockholm, Sweden (1990); The Hague, Netherlands (1994); Rome, Italy (1998); Jerez de la Frontera, Spain (2002); Aachen, Germany (2006); Lexington, Kentucky (2010); and Normandy, France (2014). An important player in the region’s economic development, most recently the FEI WEG 2014 in Normandy, France achieved a local economic impact of $400 million (€368 million).


GAMES 2018 ™

by Colleen Guilfoile Richmond

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Located across 1,600 green acres in Mill Spring and Tryon, NC, Tryon International Equestrian Center was founded in 2014 as a $125 million dollar investment and has quickly become one of the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations, complete with 12 riding arenas, over 1,200 permanent stalls, a variety of onsite lodging, restaurants, shops and a year-round competition and events calendar. “We are very pleased to have Tryon as the host of the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018,” FEI President Ingmar de Vos said. “Experience tells us that every minute counts in the preparation for the World Equestrian Games, and Tryon have brought together a solid and experienced team who are moving things forward swiftly. We are very impressed by the venue and the on-site facilities for our eight disciplines. We are looking forward to a fantastic celebration of top level sport as all the disciplines come together to crown their world champions at the Games.” In addition to being Managing Partner of Tryon Equestrian



Bellissimo is also the managing partner and largest



“We are honored to be se-

Equestrian Sport Produc-

lected by the FEI to be the

tions. It is an organiza-

steward of the FEI World

tion with more than 150

Equestrian Games Tryon

full-time staff and 1,000

2018,” says Mark Bellissi-

part-time staff and is the

mo, CEO of Internation-

largest show organizer in

al Equestrian Group, LLC

the U.S., operating more

(IEG). “Next to the Olym-

FEI competitions than

pic Games, the WEG is the

any other event organiz-

most important event on the

er in the world. There

world equestrian calendar.

are 38 weeks of events

We are confident that our

through four venues in

partnership and our operat-

Florida, North Carolina,

ing team will create a mem-

Colorado and New York.

orable experience for all

Together, Bellissimo and

involved with the ultimate

his partners have invest-

goal of significantly elevat-

ed nearly $500 million in

ing horse sport in the U.S.

equestrian related assets

beyond the 27 million peo-

and properties in Florida,

ple who ride a horse at least

North Carolina and Colo-

once a year.”



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From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. With first-class facilities for hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing competitions, the facility will soon accommodate all eight equestrian disciplines. Tryon Resort is a spring,

summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. July / August 2018 |


tee time



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Photo’s by Pat Laurence


he Wells Fargo Championship made its way back to Charlotte after a taking one year off due to the PGA Championship held here last year. The 2018 Wells Fargo Championship is one of

Charlotte’s great springtime traditions held at the Quail Hollow Club. Many of the world’s greatest golfers compete on the recently renovated Quail Hollow course for one of the richest purses on the PGA TOUR. This year the excite-

ment was surrounded by Tiger Woods who returned to the event after making a comeback from a series of back surguries. His win here in the 2007 Championship was one of the most memorable moments in the tournament’s history. It is his first time returning to Quail Hallow since he played here in 2012. Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Masters winner Patrick Reed also attended this year. July / August 2018 |


The event is held at the

Quail Hollow Club is

Quail Hollow Club which is

home to the famous

home to one of the finest

Green Mile, which are

courses in the southeastern

the last three holes of the

United States. The course

course. It is considered

was originally designed by

one of the most difficult

famed golf course archi-

final holes on the PGA

tect George Cobb in 1961 to


capture the beauty as well

Jason Day captured

as challenging terrain of

this years’ win despite

the Piedmont region. In the

carding four bogeys in the final round, Jason converted a two-shot lead to a two-shot victory, making it his second victory of the season. He took home nearly $1.4 million for the win on

coming years, the course underwent a series of improvements, including modifications to several holes by Arnold Palmer in 1986, and a redesign by Tom Fazio in 1997 and 2003.


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Mother’s Day.

When asked what would be the biggest thing your learned today? Jason replied, “That I say a lot of negative stuff in my head when things are going bad. I said earlier I was fighting demons out there because when you’re not hitting it good, it just feels like the life is getting sucked out of you. Just feel like you don’t have ——the confidence is starting to dwindle, but you know that you’ve just got to keep pushing. I know that I can fight and keep pushing regardless of how bad things are going. So that’s the biggest thing that I know is that my mental strength out there is actually quite strong. It’s not up to the level of like a Tiger or anything like that, but just being able to keep myself around. Somehow getting it done when things aren’t going great, because anyone can win hitting 15 greens and having six birdies and no bogeys and playing great, but the moments where you win and you don’t have your greatest stuff is the moment you learn the most.”

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about town

5 Church Charlotte Six Year Anniversary Bash 5 Church rolled out the red carpet for their six year anniversary party held at the restaurant in Charlotte. Top Chef alumni and Executive Chef Jamie Lynch along with Chef de Cuisine Whitney Thomas and Adam Hodgson Executive Chef of 5Church Charleston created a unique tasting menu for the evening. 5Church also introduced their private label pinot noir


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and chardonnay at the event. DJ Stephen Warwick was on hand keeping the experience electrified and guests were given the very own viper kit to create their 5Church signature cocktail at home, as well as a copy of ours truly, Luxe Lifestyle Magazine.

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about town Fashion Icon Awards


n May 11, 2018, PLITZS Fashion







anniversary of the Charlotte International Fashion Week, which over the past years have provided emerging designers from around the country with an opportunity to present their collections to an audience of socialites, fashion enthusiasts, members of the media, and the public. Introduced for the

Annie Carlano Senior Curator of Craft, Design & Fashion Mint Museum and Rodger Lindhart

first time this year were the Plitzs Fashion Icon Award which was given to 10 individuals within the fashion, arts, and entertainment community who utilize their talents and resources to give back to the community. The award specifically recognizes those individuals

William Wilson (William Wilson The Clothier) 2. Anthony Simons (Executive Director PLITZS Fashion Marketing) 3. Ryan Jor El (Fox News Rising)


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Artist, owner of Southern Luxurie, and Fashion Icon Award Recipient, Victoria Schweizer and Joe Reece Lead Contractor-Rodgers (BB&T Stadium)

who raise awareness and money for charity through cause-driven events that support educational programs, and that focus on the arts,



and youth mentorship. This year’s award recipients were selected based on PLITZS direct connection with the recipient’s cause, and or knowledge of their overall contributions to the community. PLITZS is scheduled to hold its next Fashion Icon Awards presentation and fashion show at the Mint Museum Celebrity Designer Stevie Boi and guests.

in Uptown on Saturday, June 2, 2019. Nominations from the public will be accepted and reviewed on behalf of individuals who have made a difference by serving their community.

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Fall in love with Cayman’s flavours. Grace Byers

Photo credit: Rebecca Davidson


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Primland Resort By Colleen Guilfoile Richmond


Primland is a mountain resort like no other. With the beautiful Blue Ridge Moun-

tains as a backdrop, and stunning vistas of untamed fields, the manicured greens of an 18-hole golf course, the natural splendor and rushing waters of a nearby fishing stream, it creates a sense of timelessness. The stunning architecture of the main lodge at this eco-conscious destination offers tranquility for the spirit, renewal for the soul, and excitement for the adventurer with-in.


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Whether you choose to do little in the privacy of your own rustic cabin or treehouse, or stay as busy as possible on the links and with other enticing activities, visiting the resort will be a memorable experience. Typically it is a short drive, just about 2 1/2 hours from Charlotte to Primland. Situated on 12,000 acres of pristine natural rolling terrain, Primland is dedicated to the pursuit of refined pleasures that include world-class golf, fresh, natural food and low-impact recreation. There is a sensibility and respect for the natural world that permeates every structure and every pursuit at Primland; the environment is intertwined with July / August 2018 |


humanity in myriad unique ways. It was designed to be

rick County, take day trips to local wineries or attend lo-

that way. Primland’s founder, Didier Primat, who was one

cal bluegrass and country music festivals. The Blue Grass

of the richest men in France had a great appreciation for

Mountains are the backdrop; historical sites abound. Fairy

the outdoors and its natural beauty. This appreciation has

Stone State Park and Mabry Mill are certainly worth a visit

been passed down to the staff and to his children who now

outside the gates.

own the property. True southern hospitality comes genu-

But if you choose to remain on the property, there is a

inely through the staff. Most of whom are local and have a

wealth of activities to engage and delight. At the resort

true love of the area. And who are not short on a story or

you can go trail riding through the mountain on the re-

two, some of the most fun and colorful stories are of the

sorts own horses or bring your own. Gaze at stars from the

time that moonshine was a way of life in the area.

on-site observatory. Primland’s altitude and the unusual

While Primland can indeed be a world unto itself, with

clarity of the night sky due to the absence of ambient light

plenty of opportunity to experience unforgettable adven-

create the opportunity to study stars, planets, nebulae and

tures, the resort is also located in the midst of vibrant Pat-

amazing celestial objects. The observatory shouldn’t be


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missed. Take a nature walk, go forest bathing or ride a bike around the compound or along country paths. One of the more exhilarating activities is the RTV trail riding. Here you can travel through the resorts trails made especially for the RTV’s. The views can be breathtaking along the

full range of treatments for men, women, couples, teens and children. The goal is one of complete rejuvenation and relaxation, with specialized consultations available. In addition, the resort offers yoga and meditation sessions, with personalized exercise and sporting regimens to meet individualized needs. There are trees to climb, RV trails, water sports, archery, disc golf and geocaching. Boredom at Primland is not an option, but relaxing with a good book on the deck of your cabin, or taking an aftertrails. You may arrive back a little dirty but the exhilaration and fun had is well worth it.

noon nap in the privacy of your spectacular tree house for two certainly are options -- and they are encouraged.

The Donald Steel 18-hole Highland golf course challenges players of all abilities amidst stunning natural surroundings; it is on the list of Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Public Courses for 2017-2018. Fly-fishing, archery and sport shooting are additional pursuits, with customized hunting experiences and unique youth and parent-child hunts available depending on the season and the interest. All visitors to Primland have full access to the resort’s spa and fitness center, which offers Native American healing rituals in addi-tion to European techniques; there’s a July / August 2018 |


velope you in comfort and tranquility. Staying in the main lodge is wonderful with children as you are close to the game room, which is also fully equipped for fun and entertainment of any age. Finally, mealtime at Primland is one of life’s great pleasures, with inventive breakfast, brunch and dinner offerings featuring fresh, natural chef-prepared selections that cater to the varied tastes of discerning guests. Even the children’s menu is inventive and organic, while catering to usual “kid preferences” for simple food. For adults, food and wine selections are especially diverse and creative, paired with an enviable wine list. Each

Accommodations in the main lodge sleep from one to four guests in luxurious surroundings. Some of the suites feature walls that can be reconfigured to meet unique family needs. Natural wood walls (which have been reclaimed from tobacco barns) and stone floors along with high tech details (automated window shades and mood lighting) en-


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chef’s table for dinner. A nine course tasting dinner.This is a unique and memorable experience. Chef Ernest Bledsoe, creates some of the most creative dishes, where each flavor is unlike anything else, but yet complimentary of one another. Savor a nine-course tasting menu and pair it with the sommelier’s choice of wine. The Chef puts great care and thought into each dish while also being mindful of the health components of each ingredient and the healing properties of food. The breathtaking views, exhilarating activities, and unforgettable moonshine will surely satisfy the spirit.

meal features dishes to savor, prepared to perfection and served with flair in a setting with a memorable ambience. If you want to be a little fancy, Elements restaurant will be your choice and the 19th Pub offers a little more casual dinning. Not to be missed is a reservation at the

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( 19 February Manishʼs Zodiac Predictions for – 20 March ) Manishʼs Zodiac SignsSigns Predictions for and You feel more enthusiastic want to try new things. You could find

( 20 January – 18 February )

You have a good two months to make more money or see a new source of income. There may be some days that you need to dedicate more time and hours than what you would like to but at least you see the financial returns coming in. You almost prefer being around lots of people instead of by yourself, and you enjoy spending time with friends. Romance will be in mind and soul for you most of this period. For natives of marriageable age this would be the period of marriage also for many.


you’re put in the spotlight for something, or get recognition for work you’ve done. You are seen as someone who is full of laughter, optimism and joy. You could take up a new cause or work towards a dream for your future. People want to be around you because you are positive and bring great energy around you. Your personality could be more nurturing or encouraging. If you’re dating someone, the relationship could be brought to another level, or could end.


Favourable Dates: July 2, 7, 11, 16, 20, 25 Aug 1, 3, 10, 12, 20, 21 Favourable Colors: Green & White

Favourable Dates: July 3, 8, 12, 17, 21, 26 Aug 1, 5, 10, 14, 20, 23 Favourable Colors: Yellow & Red



( 21 March – 19 April )

( 20 April – 20 May )

It is a time for you to seek independence and for you to show others what You could have an easier time dealing with your career. It’s easier for you you are capable of. You could decide that it’s time to be recognized for the things you do, and relato make a change in your life, not a small one, tions go smoother with a boss, mentor, or parbut one that really transforms you and your ent. You may also find that your communicaAroraKP is aAstrologer, renowned KP Astrologer, Manish Kumar Manish Arora isKumar a renowned life. It’s a step in the right direction and tions are tied to the way that you feel about Numerologist, & Vastu Consultant. Numerologist, Tarot Reader &Tarot VastuReader Consultant. He has been rendering professional advice to very positive for you. You’ll feel most like yourself, and words have more of an effect He has been rendering professional advice to clients with aoff, reasonable clients a you’re reasonable degree of success. yourselfwith when goofing being cre-degree of success. on you. A hope or dream for your future He has been conferred with the title of 'Jyotish Heative, has been conferred with the title ofsingle, 'Jyotish or being romantic. If you’re could seem attainable now. If single, you Varahamihir' and 'Jyotish Varahamihir' and 'Jyotish Aryabhatt.' He Aryabhatt.' has been He has been you could have an easier time astrological finding dates.columns for many could meet someone new through a friend, or writing monthly writing monthly astrological columns for many If attached, you may want to make some time try to be friends first and if attached, you may international magazines. international magazines. for reconnecting with your partner. act more like friends than lovers.


Favourable Dates: July 2, 8, 11, 17, 20, 26 Aug 1, 5, 10, 14, 19, 23 Favourable Colors: Yellow & Blue

Favourable Dates: July 5, 8, 14, 17, 23, 26 Aug 3, 7, 12, 16, 21, 25 Favourable Colors: Yellow & Red



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( 21 May – 20 June) ( 21 June 22 July 2016 ) | –November 85 | November 2016 85 It seems to be a time for you to put more efforts to take care of any work You are having some big plans for the future and are devoted completely projects or tasks. Hang in there you will get to them. You may also feel a little stressed as you through these difficult times. It will also be may be working harder for the money or the a time for you to improve communication work you take on may be a bit overwhelmwith sibling or neighbour. You feel closer ing for you. You may feel more drained to people, and you have an easier time being around people, and need more time relating to others and forging intimacy. alone to recharge. You’d rather be in the If you’re single, you could meet someone background than in the spotlight, and put new; if you’re attached, you can work on more focus towards your dreams and intuyour relationship to make it better. You could ition. By the end of the period, you should feel also evaluate your spiritual foundation and focus a greater sense of relief. on it with sincerity. Favourable Dates: July 12, 18, 21, 27 Aug 2, 8, 11, 17, 22, 29 Favourable Colors: Yellow & White


Favourable Dates: July 4, 8, 13, 17, 22, 26 Aug 5, 8, 14, 17, 23, 26 Favourable Colors: Blue & White

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November 2016




( 23 July – 22 August )

( 23 August – 22 September )

It’s a good time for doing research into anything because you’ll dig under any rock and find everything there is to find. You’re turned off by superficiality, and far more realistic than usual, perhaps to the point of pessimism. You’re bogged down by old issues that have come up again, and you need to release them in order to move on. A relationship could come to an end, or something could come to fruition for a partner. You feel comfortable in your own skin and want to be true to yourself.

You could be presented with a great new opportunity to bring something positive into your life. You may embark on a new adventure. This could be a good time for talking with those you’re close to about your relationships and what you can do to improve them. Your personality is more compromising and fair, but also vacillating and competitive. You may feel more emotionally attached to the things you accomplish, and overall, your emotions may be on display in public. If you’re creative, you could feel more inspired by your emotions.

Favourable Dates: July 3, 9, 12, 18, 21, 27 Aug 2, 3, 11, 12, 20, 21 Favourable Colors: Blue & Yellow

Favourable Dates: July 1, 3, 10, 12, 19, 21 Aug 2, 8, 11, 17, 20, 26 Favourable Colors: Blue & White





It is a time for you to work hard for the money and put yourself out there to build long-term security. You seem to take care of the debts or obligations and can move forward with more caution. You could also have an easier time attracting money into your life, or dealing with joint finances, getting a loan, or settling a debt. Your mind is sharper and quicker, and you come up with wilder ideas than usual. It’s a good time to start dating someone new (if single) or reconnecting with your partner (if attached).

You are willing to work hard and are putting everything in it. It’s a good time to think about where you are going in life and decide what steps to take next. You feel most like yourself when you’re getting work done, being productive, and trying to live a good, clean lifestyle. You feel more romantic, but not in a way that makes you want to be with just anyone, you want closeness. You make a positive impression on others and they enjoy your presence.

Favourable Dates: July 2, 9, 11, 18, 20, 27 Aug 2, 8, 13, 18, 20, 28 Favourable Colors: Purple & White

Favourable Dates: July 5, 6, 14, 15, 23, Aug 2, 7, 11, 16, 20, 25 Favourable Colors: Red & White



November 2016

( 23 September – 22 October )

( 22 November -21 December ) This is a good time to clear things out of your life that you no longer need to make room for the good things to come. You could make a realization about something in your life, or resolve a past issue. It also seems to be a time when you take care of any financial obligations. The month of August is your time to advance in your career and to receive recognition for the hard work that you have done in the past. You may also find love at work or you are social and friendly to others at work. Favourable Dates: July 2, 4, 11, 13, 20, 22 Aug 5, 7, 14, 16, 23, 25 Favourable Colors: Red & Yellow

( 23 October – 21 November )


( 22 December – 19 January ) www.CharlotteGirlMagaz Your mind is quicker, sharper, and you come up with ideas faster. You feel most like yourself when you’re engaging your mind and getting things off of your mind. You may see things that you’ve been working on for a long time finally come to fruition now. All of the hard work you’ve put in is rewarded, and you reap what you’ve sowed. You could get a new opportunity to further your career, or get recognition for work that you’ve done. Your relationships may feel more intense because you want to feel closer to people. Favourable Dates: July 1, 4, 10, 13, 19, 22 Aug 5, 6, 14, 15, 23, 24 Favourable Colors: Blue & White

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