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LUXE LIFESTYLE Volume 2, Issue 6

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Note from the editor


A Rising Tide Lifts all Boats


EDITOR IN CHIEF, FOUNDER Colleen Guilfoile Richmond

-John F. Kennedy

Rising tide that lifts all boats is a fabulous concept that all benefit from a truly good outcome. This idiom, coined by John F. Kennedy, describes the idea that when something is performing well, all people will benefit from it.There is nothing selfish involved in this theory. And we love how Lauren Bush Lauren created something remarkable to help all from her stylish and trendy Feed bags, pg. 78 As well as this month’s Inspire article by Leslie Green “Selfish, Selfish, Selfish” how actually benefiting yourself at times may be the least selfish act you can do. Fall is a time of coming together, whether for a football game or holiday it’s a gathering time and we all seem to congregate in the kitchen. Lisa Mende designed a breathtaking kitchen for the Savannah Southern Style Now ShowHouse, pg. 22. Claudia Ricciardone designed a chic and livable home that from its inception became a life changing journey. As we gather around the table some of the area’s top celebrity and renowned chefs shared some of their favorite dishes on pg. 64. There are many more heartfelt and inspiring stories in this issue, like Pallet of Dreams and Collage of a Southerner. May this fall be the best fall yet. Cheers!


Colleen Guilfoile Richmond


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Sharon Schweitzer Allison Parker Leslie Green Jessica Bently Susannah Pask Debra Kennedy Maxie Breedlove


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contributors ALLISON PARKER


Allison Parker has a MBA in marketing and human resources from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Always loving

the written word, Allison has a knack for streaming her thoughts through to the keyboard. Her favorite part of freelance writing is

Jess is a food writer, photographer and self-taught chef who’s cooking her way through the Queen City of Charlotte, NC. Take a glimpse into a slice of her kitchen, by following her on Instagram & Twitter @sliceofjess.


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

Brianna Melanson is a transplant

schools and community. Allison embraces new adventures,

from Upstate New York where

loves to travel, and is always on the quest to learn more

she earned her Bachelor’s in

about the world around her.

Professional Writing. She is passionate about telling everyone’s

SHARON SCHWEITZER Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural trainer, modern manners expert, and the founder of Access to Culture. In addition to her accreditation in

unique stories and showcasing local businesses. She loves everything Charlotte has to offer, especially the food, which is always documented on her Instagram.


intercultural management from

Claudia Ricciardone is the own-

the HOFSTEDE Centre, she serves as a Chinese Ceremo-

er and lead designer of Claudia

nial Dining Etiquette Specialist in the documentary series

Josephine Design, as well as a

Confucius was a Foodie, on Nat Geo People. She is the

Maria Killam True Color Ex-

resident etiquette expert on two popular lifestyle shows:

pert. Specializing in high-end

ABC Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend and CBS Austin’s We


Are Austin. She is regularly quoted by BBC Capital, Inves-

helps clients create magazine

tor’s Business Daily, Fortune, and the National Business

worthy homes that are classic, functional, and liveable.

Journals. Her Amazon #1 Best Selling book in Internation-

While Claudia credits her childhood summers in Italy and

al Business, Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business

Art History studies as shaping her European influenced

Guide, now in its second printing, was named to Kirkus

design esthetic, she emphasizes the use of high-quality,

Reviews’ Best Books of 2015. She’s a winner of the British

American made furnishings that are sustainable. During

Airways International Trade Award at the 2016 Greater

her free time, you will often find Claudia painting original

Austin Business Awards.

art, visiting museums, or enjoying Charlotte’s farm-to-ta-



ble food scene with her husband and young daughter.


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anish Kumar Arora is a renowned KP , Numerologist, Reder & Vastu Manish Tarot Kumar Arora is a re. He has been rendering professional KP Astrologer, to clientsnowned with a reasonable degree ofNumerologist, Tarot success. Reader & een conferred with the title of Vastu Consultant. He'Jyotish has been and 'Jyotish Aryabhatt.' He has been rendering columns professional advice onthly astrological for many to international clients with magazines. a reasonable

degree of success. He has been conferred with the title of ‘Jyotish Varahamihir’ and ‘Jyotish Aryabhatt.’ He has been writing monthly astrological columns for many international magazines.

SUSANNAH PASK Susannah Pask has had a long career in the magazine publishing business. She was Associate Publisher of The Atlantic, then moved to become Publisher of Metropolitan Home, then owned by Meredith Corporation. She then spent 6 years as Snr. V/P Publisher of Bridal Guide Magazine, more than doubling advertising revenues whilst there. With subsequent positions at Fairchild Publications ( Women’s Wear Daily and W), and Luxury Spafinder, Susannah has since opened her own free-lance editing and writing business concentrating on the luxury goods marketplace. She has written for Toyota, P&G and

MAXINE BREEDLOVE Maxine Breedlove is the owner of Maxie Breedlove Home, a paint

an extensive list of of bridal, jewelry, fashion and luxury watch magazines and websites based in Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East. She’s a passionate horseback rider, jumper and fox-hunter and lives in Aiken, SC

color consultation and home dé-


cor business. Maxie holds a degree

Along with being the writer and

in English with a specialization in

creator of the inspirational blog

technical and professional writ-, Leslie is a

ing. She proofreads for fun and

speaker and teacher with a strong

provides ghostwriting and editing services for bloggers.

desire to help others tap into their

Maxie is a world traveler who squirrels away paintings and

inner strength by learning how to

eclectic artifacts from around the globe. She is unasham-

trust and love themselves. Leslie’s

edly addicted to social media and reads everything from

goal is for everyone, herself included, to be able to inch

British literature to billboards to bathroom stall poetry.

closer to a true feeling of peace in their everyday lives, re-

Maxie is pursuing a law degree at Mitchell Hamline

gardless of what curve-balls life throws at you. And to do

School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota where she will

that, she uses self-trust as the teaching vehicle.

specialize in Indian law and alternative dispute resolu-

Leslie is the author of the book Love, Trust & Pixie Dust,

tion. You can reach Maxie by smoke signals, but she pre-

where she shares over 50 true stories that lead the reader

fers email. Please keep in touch at maxie@maxiebreed-

on a direct path to learning how to love and trust them- and @maxiebreedlove on Instagram.

selves. available at: When not busy writing, Leslie can be found walking her dogs or in her Pilates studio in south Charlotte, NC, where she incorporates the aspects of self-love and trust as she guides her cli-ents in strengthening both body and mind. Volume 2, Issue 6 |



good reads ITALIAN CHIC

by Daria Reina and Andrea Ferolla Italy is a country synonymous with style and beauty in all aspects of life: the rich history of Rome, Renaissance art of Florence, graceful canals of Venice, high fashion of Milan, signature pasta alla bolognese of Bologna, colorful architecture of Portofino and winking blue waters of Capri and the Amalfi Coast, among many others. Italians themselves live effortlessly amid all this splendor, knowing instinctively just the type of outfit to throw on, design element to balance, or delectable ingredient to add.

ETERNALLY RITZ, PARIS If ever a place were an incarnation of an ideal, it would be the legendary Ritz Paris on the Place VendĂ´me. Behind the luxury, service, and decor lies the vision of one man: CĂŠsar Ritz, who revolutionized thehotel business to become both an art and an industry. Personally overseeing every detail, sparing no expense on comfort and cuisine, Ritz created in 1898 a mythical hotel, a place where one came to see and be seen, where one felt both at home and transported to another world. In the heart of the City of Light, the Ritz Paris shines, and international luminaries from the worlds of high society, fashion, art, literature, cinema, finance, and diplomacy have illuminated its rooms, from Boni and Anna de Castellane to Barbara Hutton, Princess Grace, and the Duchess of Windsor, from Maria Callas, Coco Chanel, and Ernest Hemingway to Cornelius Vanderbilt, Winston Churchill, Marc Chagall, Marlene Dietrich, and Sir Elton John.


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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LULULEMONS by Lauren Weisberger With her signature wit, Lauren Weisberger offers an alluring look into a sexy, over-the-top world— and proves it’s style and substance together that gets the job done. And it’s nice to see Miranda Priestly emerge again.

THE NIGHTINGGALE by Kristin Hannah With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.


by Bill Cunningham

Fashion Climbing is the story of a young man striving to be the person he was born to be: a true original. But although he was one of the city’s most recognized and treasured figures, Bill was also one of its most guarded. Written with his infectious joy and one-of-a-kind voice, this memoir was polished, neatly typewritten, and safely stored away in his lifetime. He held off on sharing it--and himself--until his passing. Between these covers, is an education in style, an effervescent tale of a bohemian world as it once was, and a final gift to the readers of one of New York’s great characters.

LOULOU & YVES by Christopher Petkanas Dauntless, “in the bone” style made Loulou de La Falaise one of the great fashion firebrands of the twentieth century. Descending in a direct line from Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli, she was celebrated at her death in 2011, aged just sixty-four, as the “highest of haute bohemia,” a feckless adventuress in the art of living―and the one person Yves Saint Laurent could not live without.

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Etiquette By Sharon Schweitzer

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o enjoy pleasure travel or success on a

at the office, coordinate with the spouse, house-sitter,

business trip, it’s important to be cultur-

kids and the pet? As a traveler who has worked on more

ally in-tune with your counterparts. So

than 80 countries on all 7 continents, I humbly share my

how do you accomplish this when you are

thoughts with the Luxe Magazine audience for accom-

trying to pack, handle last minute items

plishing cultural sensitivity.

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So, what do many cultures appreciate? The following

5. Understand Status & Hierarchy: Protocol varies

tips will assist you in engaging in successful interactions.

by culture. For example, Australia, Canada, and the

Although not all of these tips apply to every culture, these

U.S. have less decorum with few procedural expecta-

will help you to avoid faux pas and blunders that prevent

tions. However, Asian, European, and Latin Amer-

the development of trust and long-term relationships.

ican cultures follow protocol and procedure, while displaying honor and respect for their elders, rank,

1. Respect: We all have our own cultural beliefs, traditions, and values that we cherish. It is crucial to

status, seniority, and title. Knowing this in advance pays dividends.

acknowledge and show respect for the unique beliefs of someone else’s culture. We all have different

6. Practice the local language: Learn a few im-

cultural roots and cultural conditioning; however, we

portant phrases such as “Good day” “Hello” “thank

recognize respect when we observe it - don’t we?

you” “please” “please help me?” “you are welcome” “Good bye.” Even if your pronunciation isn’t perfect,

2. World Geography: Unfortunately, U.S. Americans have gained a global reputation for having a poor

the effort will be appreciated, and the locals will be delighted.

grasp of geography. Prior to traveling, while at the airport, or on a layover, download a world map or a

7. Understand Titles & Forms of Address: In the

country briefing on your destination country. Learn

U.S., its common to default to first names in social

about the geography, economy, heroes and heroines,

and business circles, skipping over Dr., Ms., or Mr.

along with the neighboring countries.

In Germany, protocol reigns, and the title Herr Dr. Albert Schweitzer would be appropriate. However,

3. Know the Regulations & Laws: Laws are very

in Mexico, and other parts of Latin America, some

different from your passport country. For example,

people use two or three names along with their fam-

in Singapore it is illegal to possess, pack in a suit-

ily name. In China, and some other Asian countries,

case, or carry chewing gum. It is also illegal to smoke

the family name precedes the given name. Learn the

in public, litter and spit. The fines and punishment


are stiff. Investing in yourself as a life long learner is worth the ef4. Know Country Specific Customs: What’s mannerly in one culture may be rude in another, so do

fort. Do some research, bring along an international guide like Access to Asia and enjoy the journey.

a little research. For example, in the U.S. we keep one hand or both in our lap while dining. However, in the U.K. and Europe, it’s customary to keep both wrists on the table while dining. This centuries-old tradition reassures diner that no weapon has been concealed in the lap. Another variation includes the Middle East and northern Africa (MENA countries), where the left hand is considered unclean and must never touch any food, serving platter, or utensils. Many Asian, European and Latin American cultures avoid discussing business at meals. Do research. Volume 2, Issue 6 |




Several years ago I saw Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat,

Someone in the audience asked her to share her

Pray, Love, speak in Dallas. She was absolutely mesmer-

thoughts on the word selfish. After all, many of her critics

izing. She was smart, funny, articulate, and if you looked

claimed that only a selfish person could take such an ex-

closely, I swear you could see her mind working; there

travagant journey as Gilbert describes in Eat, Pray, Love.

was a quickness and spark that was almost visible, even

I could have sworn by the grin on her face, she had been

from way in the back.

anticipating that question. It was one of those telling


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grins that said, Hold on to your hats, audience! I felt myself wanting to slowly rub my hands together

How about seeking more ways that

and let out a low, sinister laugh. See, I’d known for years

exemplify putting the oxygen mask

that being selfish wasn’t always a bad thing. And now, I

on yourself first?

had the feeling that someone, someone famous, was about to validate my belief! What funny, personal story would she tell? As I was preparing for a good laugh, she went in a totally different direction. Quick as a whip, she spouted off this fact: “In Mandarin Chinese, they have two words for selfish. One means doing that which is beneficial to you and the other means hoarding, greedy, and cruel. We, in English, have pushed those two words together.” Shocked by the simplicity of her response, the cleverness, and the poignancy, it has stuck with me all these years. Why don’t we in English have a separate word for selfish, specifically used in the context of being beneficial to us? I mean, isn’t it similar to the airplane example we often hear: place the oxygen mask on ourselves first, then place one on our children? Those are specific instructions we’re given each time we take a flight. No one would think we’re selfish for following those directions, they’re considered life saving. In our culture, our language, why is the word selfish

Selfish or Truth and Honesty? I’m selfish, impatient, & a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, & at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best. –Marilyn Monroe

merged with the greedy/hoarding sense of the word ex-

And Lastly, a Few Favorite Selfish Quotes:


The Spiritual Side to Selfish My guess is, if you read my articles on a regular basis, you are a Seeker of Truth. And with being a Truth Seeker, you already know there are two sides to selfish, no Mandarin Chinese needed. However, we are still human, and with that, it’s easy to fall into the habit of thinking S=selfish is purely “bad.”

How about every once in a while, you fully embrace being the center of the world?

Most fitting quote for today’s TLT post: “Nothing resembles selfishness more closely than self-respect.” ~ George Sand Made me laugh out loud: “Selfishness is a bad habit. That’s why I always rationally think through my decisions to act without regard for others.” ~ Benson Bruno Made me think of myself AND laugh out loud: “I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground Volume 2, Issue 6 |






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f Frasier Crane and Julia Sugarbaker created a love child, the result would be Claudia Ricciardone. Just like Sugarbaker, she oozes a genteel

quality. Also, like Sugarbaker, she engages in challenging social and political conversations—especially when it comes to women, children, and environmental issues. At first glance, a breezy blonde-haired, blue-eyed Italian-American donning an exquisite dress might read unapproachable, but folks, she’s just like you and me. Ricciardone shares her successes (like everybody else), but what is totally refreshing is that she also shares her difficulties—like the time she face-planted in a client’s home (twice and on consecutive days). If you spot her in the gluten-free aisle at Whole Foods Market, do say hello. She’s gracious with old-timey manners, but she can laugh at herself too. Ricciardone is also judicious. Accordingly, because she is so discerning, she manages her business quite decisively. As a matter of fact—she has developed a somewhat compulsive attention to detail. Like Dr. Frasier Crane, she excelled in the science of psychology. Through the University of Saint Joseph’s honors program, Ricciardone majored in psychology and double-minored in art history and sociol-

ogy earning magna cum laude distinction. She continued as an honor student and went on to earn a master’s degree at Fairfield University, but she didn’t stop there. While at Fairfield, she also earned a sixth-year degree in school psychology while maintaining an impressive 4.0 grade point average. After college, Ricciardone earned her living as a school psychologist and adjunct professor. Then, like many of us, she chose differently. Ricciardone and husband, Hector Hernandez, wanted a baby. In an unanticipated twist, staying home made sense. Still, she grappled with the realizations that we all struggle with—like the fact that she had to take a leap of faith into the unknown and unpredictable. She enjoyed the safety of a predictive career. Like Frasier, she ruminated fervently. She wrestled with the flawed idea that homemaking meant letting go of intellectual thought and professional relationships forever. Still, she calculated the risks and left her safe-choice career. Today, Ricciardone is the epitome of professionalism. She is a client-pleaser who is delighted to talk shop and share her experiences (good and bad), which is the crux of who she is because she holds nothing back. Volume 2, Issue 6 |


just settled into a starter home. Unfazed by his wife’s objections, Hernandez persisted. Very soon, Ricciardone found herself engrossed in the building process and working with contractors and her architect. She expresses that the hand of providence moved on her behalf. Luckily, Ricciardone was no stranger to building because she had vast experience specifying finishes for her father’s custom home business during graduate school. After graduation, she continued making design choices for the company while she worked as psychologist. “Design was always my first love, but for practical reasons, I chose a traditional career path,” Ricciardone explains. She chose psychology because she was focused on two goals. First, she desperately wanted to help children. Second, she wanted to be a good daughter. She wanted to assure her parents that she could be independent—it’s an unstable world after all. Nowadays, she gets psyched about helping clients choose finishes that will create a home that the entire family (and pets) can enjoy. In her own home, she has chosen fabrics and furnishings that are stylish and current but that will hold up to her busy daughter. And while she has her favorites, she researches vendors, visits showrooms, and commuWhen it comes to custom de-

nicates with other designers con-

sign, she is knowledgeable about

stantly about recommendations

negotiating vendor issues, placing

for the best quality products at the

wallpaper orders, hiring furniture

most reasonable prices.

painters, and choosing material for

Most designers work for a big

window coverings. The list goes on

firm before opening a business,

and on. This gem shares her foul

but Ricciardone’s entrepreneur-

experiences and her successes, and

ial spirit and research skills com-

she is up before the sun—actively

pelled her to carve her own path.

encouraging her fellow designers,

She explains that diving into the

which is refreshing. Even so, she

business side of design helped her

refuses to accept credit for her pro-

create a successful business mod-

fessional and personal renaissance.

el. When she found herself in un-

Ricciardone quickly heaps credit on

familiar territory, she sought out

her husband, Hector Hernandez, for providing her segue

business and design mentors and implemented processes

into design.

that streamlined how she approaches a client project. She

Hernandez, an investment banker by profession, arrived

expresses that she is thankful that she entered the design

at home one evening and announced that he was ready to

world when she did because there are so many resources

build a home, but she resisted. After all, the couple had

in the design community, which was not always the case.


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for architects and contractors. Her father instilled a deep respect for the stressors and challenges that these professionals face. “I know how important it is for their projects to stay on schedule,” Ricciardone sympathizes. “I help clients create a plan prior to the start of construction, and because of the processes I’ve incorporated, I know that my projects won’t get delayed by indecision, and that is important to me,” she explains. “You have to create a special design plan, you have to be willing to educate clients about the design process, and you have to be comfortable talking about money,” she stresses. “I can do that for people, and I don’t give everyone the same blue lamp and the same white sofa. I work very hard to pull together rooms that represent my clients.” The cornerstone of Ricciardone’s boutique design firm is sustainability, which she argues is a sound, fiscal approach. “Sustainability is crucial for me--I am uncomfortable with wasting a perfectly good piece of furniture,” she When asked which professionals she liked working with

explains. “My clients want well-built, high-end finishes,

the most, she was inclined to say that almost everyone is

which is the exact same thing that I want,” she quips. “I

amazing. However, she did admit that she has a soft spot

enjoy the trends very much,” she assures, “but I grew up in

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Connecticut surrounded by traditional design influences where the homes were built in the 1700 and 1800s, and they still have a timeless appeal.” And while she appreciates the clean lines expressed by the Colonial, Georgian, and Greek Revival periods, the top reason she is drawn to the classical styles is the element of timelessness. “As a girl, I spent many summers visiting family in Teggiano, a small Italian town established in the 4th century B.C., and I find that people tend to associate Italian architecture with Tuscany, but Italy’s architecture is diverse,” she explains, “for instance, much of Milan’s architecture is contemporary, even experimental, yet old and new co-exist harmoniously within the city.” Ancient Roman and Renaissance architecture helped her appreciate classical proportions, quality of construction, exquisite craftmanship, and artistic genius. While ancient architecture imprinted her personal taste, her palate eventually evolved, which she thinks happens to a lot of design lovers. Currently, she demands a serene, restful aesthetic. She purposefully adds pops of color, but each pop must flatter rather than grandstand. When designing, or painting, Ricciardone embraces principles like the Golden Ratio and avoids a mash up of trends. “Visually, it’s unpleasant,” she sighs. Rather than chase trends and fads, she relies on quality materials and enduring finishes and furnishings to pull together a space that looks impeccable regardless of the year. The Ricciardone-Hernandez residence reflects her signature style. French blue shutters and window boxes hint at the sanctuary inside. When asked about her personal aesthetic, she clarifies that while her design style leans towards new traditional, she incorporates modern touches (like lamps and custom textiles) to keep a room from feeling stale because, as she explains, “the tension between new and old helps create visual interest.” Ricciardone has a couple of favorite haunts in Charlotte. She expresses avid support for fellow, local creatives like the Flower Diva. She is also fangirling over works she found by Lauren Reddick via Art House Charlotte. A burgeoning painter herself, Ricciardone plans to offer custom art for her clients very soon. Claudia Josephine Design serves the greater Charlotte, N.C. area. Volume 2, Issue 6 |


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Royally Trending: Aquamarine Rings Once we caught a glimpse of Meghan Markle ridding off in her carriage to her wedding reception wearing the late Princess Diana’s aquamarine cocktail ring, we knew we would soon see aqua rings everywhere. From deep blue to the palest of blues, our fascination is a deep one.

The Cocktail Ring How did it ever get that name. The 1920s were a period filled changes. Traditional values were being questioned by the dramatic social and political changes taking place. Frequently referred to as the ‘Roar-ing 20s’ or the ‘Jazz Age’, this was a decade where wom-en worked outside the home and gained the right to vote. There were flamboyant flappers in the underground cock-tail scene, they would don oversized rings to draw atten-tion to the fact that they were sipping illicit alcoholic bever-ages. In this new era of freedom, a bold cocktail ring was also a way for women to flaunt their independence. The cocktail ring is usually worn on the right hand, the ring was blatant-ly not a wedding band and had most likely been bought with a woman’s own money.


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Women watch sales are on the rise.

Piaget was one of the brands leading the market in 2018. Pictured are Piaget’s Possession timepieces released earlier this year.

Omega has released a 25th anniversary version of its iconic Seamaster Diver 300M. There are 14 new models, including six in stainless steel and eight in a mix of stainless steel and gold, the original model, which first came out in 1993, has undergone a complete face-lift.

The new Omega ad campaign starring Daniel Craig. Agent 007 has worn Omega Seamasters in every James Bond film since 1995. Craig first wore the watch on-screen in Casino Royale in (2006).

It is now sized at a larger 42 mm, and each new Diver 300M features a number of retooled exterior design elements, including the diving bezel, which is now made in ceramic, with the diving scale in Ceragold™ or white enamel. The dials are made from polished ceramic, and the date window has been moved to six o’clock location. Even the hands have been subtly reshaped.

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s the leaves evolve into shades of rustic red and

A key essential to any proposal is the sometimes in-

gold, the temperature begins its descent, and

timidating task of selecting the perfect engagement ring

we look forward to another holiday season.

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Over the winter months, loved ones come to-

sence of your love and devotion in one piece of jewelry

gether to celebrate traditions, whether cultural or familial.

that truly resonates with your future partner. But in the world of diamond mining, it is critical that you find a diamond that is conflict free, uninvolved from violence, worker exploitation, and environmental devastation. Unfortunately, at any point along the supply chain, whether during mining and cutting to polishing and retail distribution, diamonds with questionable histories can be mixed into the diamond supply. Forevermark, one of the companies under the prestigious De Beers Company, ensures that each and every one of its diamonds is



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ter months are also seen as a season of romance and en-

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gagements. The months between December and February

and polishing process, Forevermark is able to ensure that

are the most popular for wedding proposals, with Christmas

each Forevermark diamond is 100% natural, untreated,

Eve and Christmas Day being among the top three dates.

and responsibly sourced.


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There are so many reasons that Forevermark is the perfect choice to start your new tradition. With a Forevermark diamond, you know you are getting something rare. It's a piece that's completely, wholly unique, just like your significant other. Each diamond has an inscription which identifies it. You can even register your Forevermark diamond, providing another touchstone to the history of memories associated with it. The company gives you the opportunity to cement the distinctiveness of your diamond.

You also know that you are purchasing something exceptional, because they are using only the highest quality of diamonds. There is an extensive evaluation process to ensure that only the best diamonds are used. A Forevermark diamond is also responsibly sourced, so you know that you are contributing to an ethical company. Forevermark gives back to the countries where it mines their diamonds, providing education, training and work opportunities, agricultural support, and other services to ensure they are being responsible. Diamonds are an expression of love and commitment and therefore, should be free from violence and conflict. As engagement season draws near, think about the beauty of giving your future spouse a Forevermark diamond. Volume 2, Issue 6 |




MEDICINAL BERRY By Brianna Melanson

Hippocrates may have discovered the benefits of elder-

that give you bad seasonal allergies will not bother you in

berries, but Stephanie Rickenbaker discovered the secret

that particular area. Herb’s has 600 bee hives around the

recipe to a delicious and healthy elderberry syrup she calls:

Carolinas. When the season changes, so does the honey,

Sweet’s Syrup. Named after her daughter’s adorable nick-

which means each batch is different and updated as the

name, the syrup became Sweet’s favorite cold and allergy

season goes on. Often, people are skeptical about taking

fighting medicine after the Rickenbaker family shifted to

cough syrup, but the combination of ingredients in Sweet’s

a more natural lifestyle. Stephanie’s husband’s leukemia

not only banish your symptoms, but also taste amazing.

diagnosis, which is thankfully manageable, initiated the

It tastes more like a fruity treat than medicine. Stephanie

search for ways they could limit toxins from their daily

promises, “It feels like a warm hug and I look forward to

routine and she ultimately found that “food is medicine.”

taking it every day.”

Elderberries are a super-

With hopes to share

fruit with healing capabilities

her wonderful remedy in

from bioflavonoids and pro-

Charlotte, about two years

teins that attack viruses and

ago, Stephanie posted to

boost your immune system.

a Mom’s Facebook group

The elderberries, along with

to see if anyone would be

the other key ingredient, lo-

interested in purchasing

cal honey from Herb’s, will

a bottle. The one post in-

make you unstoppable. The


pollen spores that the bees

and after that, the syr-

collect from blooms around

up increased popularity

the Carolina locations become

by word of mouth. Both

part of the honey, so when

kids and adults can’t get

you consume it, the irritants

enough of the syrup. She


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literally had people knocking on her door for more. An

The syrup could be recognized by its vintage apothe-

unexpected business was born for the stay-at-home mom

cary-style packaging. The original logo and label were de-

with an MBA and she has loved every minute.

signed by Stephanie’s sister, a graphic designer who has

When her family started to smell like elderberries from

appropriately worked for the honey beauty brand, Burt’s

making the batches in her home kitchen, it was a sign to

Bees. This fall, Stephanie has reimaged the label with a

move onto a commercial kitchen. Once they have a reduc-

new organic and sustainable design.

tion of the elderberries, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon, the honey needs to be added when it is cooled so that the live enzymes survive. This is what especially makes Sweet’s stand out from the elderberry syrup on market shelves. The honey loses its integrity when the other companies use a “hot pour” to sterilize the bottle. Since Sweet’s does not use that process, Stephanie’s product is ultimately more effective and must be refrigerated. It will be found in the refrigerated aisles in stores. She now has two trained Charlotte chefs whisking up the syrup to help with the demand. Word got out during last winter’s horrible flu epidemic especially after elderberry syrup was recommended nationally on Dr. Oz and Good Morning America. Charlotte stores had waiting lists for her syrup. Stephanie exclaimed she was buying thirteen 50 gallon containers of honey every week to keep up with the orders. The boom and flexibility of Herb’s honey allowed her to expand outside of Charlotte

You can purchase an 8 or 16oz bottle on Etsy, or in over

and into the rest of the Carolinas. Stephanie has sold over

40 North and South Carolina retailers. In Charlotte, you

30,000 bottles!

will find Sweet’s in stores such as Provisions Waxhaw,

Stephanie’s family takes a spoonful straight up, but she

Charlotte Supplements, Laurel Market, Hive & Co, The

also recommends the dose over oatmeal or yogurt, or if

Peach Stand, CLT Find, and Charlotte Center for Acu-

you’re feeling sassy, in a mixed drink. Her kids run up to

puncture. Someday we’d love to see Sweet’s in Whole

the refrigerator or fake sick to try to get more. The syrup

Foods. Stephanie’s Shark Tank dream is to be able to sell

is part of their daily routine as well as Juice Plus, Vita-

Sweet’s all over the country with that area’s local honey.

min D, probiotics, and fish oil. Stephanie says, “I always

It is important to her to keep her product genuine and

feel like I’m going to jinx myself by saying this, but they

support local businesses.

haven’t missed a day of school from being sick which is

Leading others to more natural solutions through

awesome for pre-schoolers.” Indeed it is. Once you feel

Sweet’s Syrup has been and will continue to be a gift for

like you are coming down with something, Stephanie rec-

Stephanie Rickenbaker. Stephanie has been a significant

ommends to take a dose every 3 hours until the virus sur-

leader in our community for spreading awareness of al-

renders. Also, you can take it every 3 hours for a few days

ternative medicine. It has been wonderful to see her busi-

and then once every day to build up immunity before the

ness expand. People of the Carolinas will look to Sweet’s

start of a new allergy season. Stephanie was featured on

and food in general for healing and great health. Allergy

the Charlotte Today show because it helped one of the

and cold sufferers of all ages in the Carolinas are grateful

anchors combat a cold and get back to work. The syrup

for Sweet’s Syrup made with elderberries and local hon-

will shield you from any unwanted symptoms and have

ey. This year’s pollen and flu seasons will have nothing on

you feeling your best.

your strong, Sweet’s-filled immune system. Volume 2, Issue 6 |




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motoring Jeeping Jeep is both iconic and legendary. The new 2019 Jeep® Grand Cherokee – the most capable midsize sport-utility vehi-cle (SUV) – boasts a new, authentic and more premium design, along with the addition of a new, advanced 2.0 litre inline four-cylinder engine that enhances performance and fuel efficiency. Jeep Cherokee’s evolution offers more interior comfort and convenience, delivering everyday practicality with outstanding ride-and-handling characteristics, independent front and rear-suspension systems with worldclass body torsional stiffness, and a choice of three different engine offerings mated to an enhanced, high-efficient nine-speed automatic transmission. New for 2019: • The 2019 Jeep Cherokee receives an all-new 2.0-litre turbocharged in-line four-cylinder (I-4) engine – one of the most technologically ad-vanced engines in the automotive industry, which optimizes premium performance and fuel economy with greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction enabler (270 horsepower (hp) and 295 lb-ft of torque) • Fuel economy improvement (versus V-6 engine) • Improvement in 0-96 kilometres per hour (km/h) (0-60 mile per hour (mph)) acceleration • An all-new front design, including front fascia, hood, premium LED headlamps, daylight running lamps and available fog lamps • New front lightweight aluminum hood evolves the Cher-

• Increase in rear cargo storage space of up to 84 litres (3 cubic feet) • Retuned suspension packages for improved ride comfort • Jeep Active Drive I features an all-new design that re-

okee’s unique waterfall grille design to more closely align

duces weight by 7.7 kilograms (kg) (17 lb) and enhances

with the latest Jeep brand styling

the efficiency of the next-generation rear drive module

• New front bi-LED projector headlamps incorporate signature Cherokee daytime running light feature now as a singular com-ponent • New rear features include lightweight composite and

(RDM). Also, reduces low-speed system drag torque by 50 per cent, which improves fuel savings • The 2019 Jeep Cherokee receives the latest Uconnect systems that in-clude easy-to-use features, enhanced pro-

available hands-free power liftgate, and integrates license

cessing power, faster start-up times and touchscreens,

plate with more prevalent position

which display high-resolution graphics, in-cluding Apple

• Interior receives new available High Gloss Piano Black, complemented by premium Satin Chrome tracer accents around the radio, air vents and gear shifter bezels, creat-


ing a tailored and harmonious look

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CarPlay and Android Auto software • 2019 Jeep Cherokee Overland models receive an all-new premium 19-inch polished aluminum wheel

NOTEBOOK Our pick for local events, news and best new products.

November 3, 2018 – January 5, 2019 Biltmore House greets you with the soft glow of luminaries and holiday lights on a towering Norway spruce. Inside, thousands of ornaments on dozens of Christmas trees reflect the flicker of candlelight, firelight, and twinkle lights. Live performances of Christmas music add to your self-guided evening visit, which includes admission to Antler Hill Village & Winery. The Village is a must-see part of your holiday experience: trees, buildings, and pathways to our restaurants, shops, and Winery are illuminated with a glittering cascade of lights, the fountain is aglow with special visual effects, and the champagne bubble ornament display that adorns the Winery’s Tasting Room ceiling is nothing short of stunning.

Charlotte Ballet Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays at Nutcracker! Join Clara as she encounters an epic battle between the Mouse King and Nutcracker, a breathtaking snowfall, jumping candy canes and the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy. Complete with choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and music from the Charlotte Symphony, Nutcracker premiered with all new sets and costumes in 2016. Whether it’s a treasured family tradition or you’re experiencing it for the first time, Nutcracker promises wonderful holiday memories for years to come!

Garden Soiree in Charleston Watch visual artist demonstrations, shop the newest collection of art, jewelry, and luxury gifts at the Grand Bohemian Gallery, enjoy Cellar 55 wine tasting, listen to local, live music -all part of the Grand Bohemian Hotel's Thursdays Garden Soiree! Located at Grand Bohemian Gallery 55 Wentworth Street Charleston, SC Volume 2, Issue 6 |



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PALETTE OF DREAMS By Brianna Melanson


urning 30 was just the nudge Tiffany Herr-

heart and soul into working with a cosmetic lab that met

mann needed to begin her dream cosmetic

her standards. In 10 months, they created a fabulous

line. She went in 100%, meaning she gave

waterproof liquid lipstick. She had been doing this be-

up everything she had from her HR career

hind her family’s back, but when they saw the passion

of 8 years to the thousands of dollars she had in savings.

she had for her finished product, her loving husband and

She had just finished her Master’s in Management and

father put their faith in Tiffany and pitched in to launch

realised “it’s now or never” after having a vision for a

the company. Just under a year later, Sheree Cosmetics

makeup line since she was a little girl. Tiffany put her

is thriving.

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Sheree Cosmetics is family oriented, owned, and op-

don’t have to worry about reapplying during your busy day

erated. The name “Sheree” was Tiffany’s middle name

or it transferring onto your coffee cup. Infused with vita-

she dropped when she got married. However, Tiffany’s

min E, you won’t worry about your lips drying out either.

mother had loved and picked that name just for her, so

Then, the Dreamer and Fighter Palettes came to life.

in her mother’s honor, Tiffany made the business Sher-

Each travel-friendly palette has 12 matte and shimmer

ee Cosmetics. Her father is currently an investor and her

shades. The Fighter purposefully has two blue (“Desti-

backbone and her husband is the Chief Financial Officer.

ny” and Legendary”) and two red (“Passion” and “Rebel”)

They’ve been the ultimate support system and employees

shades in order for you to mix them together and create

to this growing business dedicated to making affordable

the perfect purple for your skintone. Yet they still have

professional makeup products and giving back.

enough shades so you can create a variety of looks without

As a certified make-

having to pack multiple palettes. Mica is the filler

up artist, Tiffany has

ingredient that makes her eyeshadow so pigment-

used Sheree Cosmet-

ed. The formulas do not use talc, which is the cheap

ics on numerous no-

and common alternative used in most eyeshadows.

table celebrities. Shar

Each shadow has a unique scientific formula and



is pressed at different pressures in the lab. Some

others in the media

of the finer natural shades could be used as a high-

are obsessed with the

lighter on your cheekbones. Tiffany names each

line. Sheree has been

color based on her business journey. For example

featured on celebrities

“Blessed” and “Visionary” are in Dreamer and “En-

at the Oscars and will

courage” and “#goaldigger” are in Fighter.


be at this upcoming Emmy Awards. Celebrity hairstylist Jeff Hoyle owns Salon 914 in Charlotte where he carries Sheree Cosmetics. Jeff and Tiffany worked together doing hair and makeup for Rachel McCord during a Getty Images photoshoot in Hollywood. Sheree Cosmetics began as an online shop and is now in upscale boutiques throughout the United States. Though the makeup is professional quality using all-natural ingredients, Tiffany did not want to markup the price. She wants to empower women and make professional makeup more available to all. She has gained a huge following on Instagram and YouTube as well as in New York City where her PR team is located. By the end of the year, Tiffany plans to have Sheree Cosmetics in a bigger retailer.

The Born to Sparkle Palette is the newest and most popular product in the Sheree line. This five-star palette has

Tiffany now has 15 liquid lipsticks to compliment a large

15 shades of pressed glitter from bold metalics to bright

range of skin tones. That’s why there are three reds. “Fiery

pinks. It has sold out multiple times and will especially

Red” is for those with orange undertones, “Scarlet Rouge”

be a bestseller for Halloween festivities and the upcoming

is for blue undertones, and “Lady in Red” is your bright

holiday season. The glue is in the glitter so the shades are

neutral red. The lipstick will stay on for 8-10 hours so you

wet to the touch and it saves you the step of using your own


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glitter glue. Your vibrant look will have no fall-out and will

Since then, Sheree Cosmetics has been seen at charity

last long past the after party. Tiffany says, “A pro tip that I

events that have helped raise over a $100,000.

love to give people is to use a little spoolie to make a sharp glitter eyeliner and it looks absolutely gorgeous.”

Tiffany Herrmann’s passion for quality makeup, giving back, and empowering women is the formula for her

The Sheree line also has nine of their own profession-

successful business. In the future, Tiffany will be working

al makeup brushes including a line brush with a spoolie.

with other female aspiring entrepreneurs to get them on

These eye brushes will help even beginners blend in and

the right path. In the meantime, Tiffany wants you to re-

apply their shadows flawlessly. As far as holiday parties,

member this:

Sheree has four 3D silk lashes in the line that will make your eyes pop. If you’re a beginner, the website has an informative and detailed how-to page on putting on lashes. You can wear each pair up to 40 times! Look forward to two new luxurious Sheree products this fall! The Sheree business is extremely dedicated to supporting charities. With Tiffany’s first month’s earnings, she helped her friend’s 7 year old niece who has pulmonary hypertension, a rare deadly disease, purchase a mechanical chair for their stairs. Then they partnered with Victoria Vesce to create a Sheree lipstick trio that raised money for the American Brain Tumor Association. Victoria, once a Charlotte Hornet and Miss. Charlotte 2015, tragically got 2 brain tumors. Miraculously, Victoria is back to dancing.

“Fight for your dreams. You were born to sparkle, go for it, and shine.” - Tiffany Herrmann, CEO and

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Fall 2018 Jewelry Fashion Trends By Susannah Pask

Are you ready for bigger, bolder and flashier than ever this fall? Jewelry seems to have taken on a life of its own on the runway this season. No longer content to play second fiddle to fashion, jewelry takes center stage with in-your-face statement pieces, hark-back-to-the-80’s nostaglia, asymmetrical and miss-matched oversized earrings, super chandeliers, hoops and bracelets and body jewelry that steal the limelight from the clothes. The major fashion houses in Paris, Milan, London and New York are letting the jewelry do all the talking - and make no mistake, it’s shouting out louder than ever.

Louis Vuitton showed blingy chokers...


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while Junya Watanabe grunged them up in his own inimitable style.

St. Laurent super-sized the arm bangle‌

and body jewelry took over (well the entire body) at Gucci.

Do your own thing, one earring or two, slouchy hip length necklaces were shown at Philip Lim‌

and Nicopanda went all out with gold accessories enough to out-Chanel Chanel. Volume 2, Issue 6 |


Versus Versace went punk.. while Prabal Gurung draped feminine pearls softly around the ear.

Ralph Lauren stayed true to his classic roots.

Oscar De La Renta kept it sweet and pretty..

Remember, it’s about making a statement this season, so play it up big and you’ll hit the mark. Anna Sui went for riots of color... while Tom Ford went all out in monochrome. 52

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of a SOUTHERNER By Brianna Melanson


hristy Kinard’s lively floral paintings characterize her life and observations in the South. Christy thinks of flowers as “songs of the South,”

spreading happiness everywhere they bloom with their rich scents and vibrant colors. Her mother took care of a lovely garden in her childhood home and in the center of the dining room table, she’d put out a fresh bouquet in a vase. At that table sat a young Christy experimenting with all kinds of art mediums until she stuck with painting. It is that still life image of the bouquet that embodies a true Christy Kinard masterpiece. Volume 2, Issue 6 |


another in February that will be a collaboration with her sister, also an artist, Kim Schuessler. Christy and her husband do numerous art shows together, too. Christy spent four years abroad in England renting her own studio in order to immerse herself in international art influences. It was during this time, she ran into London native Jon Davenport. After they got married and Jon moved to the States, Christy inspired and motivated him to become a full-time artist as well. It is evident in his work that he came from the advertising industry, integrating old-fashioned logos such as Coca-Cola into his paintings. You’ll also recognize many faces from Marilyn Monroe to Audrey Hepburn behind the splattered paint. It is amazing how different this talented couple’s work is while still both using mixed media. In her studies and as a child, Christy always admired collage. Robert Rauschenberg was a great inspiration. However, during the four years overseas, Christy visited a London paper shop that changed Christy’s work forever. She had never seen such exquisite paper and knew she needed to add it to her art. Now Christy orders paper from London, collects scrapbook paper, buys patterned fabric,

Shain Gallery of Charlotte has been the home to Kinard originals for 20 years. Sybil Godwin, owner of Shain Gallery, and Christy have a mutual admiration for each other. Kinard paintings don’t last long in the gallery as they are very popular. Sybil explains that Christy’s paintings are for everyone and men are drawn to her work more than any other artist’s floral paintings. They could go in a nursery or in an attorney’s office. Sybil states, “Even my children love her work and if I could put one of her paintings in each room of my house I would.” Shain Gallery hosts two art shows for Christy every year. She has one planned for this fall with a whole new body of work and


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or even designs her own paper using Photoshop. Designs

hydrangeas, her favorite flower to paint, bloom in her

like polka dots and chevron give the paintings excitement

yard. It is all about texture. Flat is boring to her. When you

and movement.

see her work in person, she encourages you to touch her

Christy has fun fusing words into her work. Sometimes the painting begins from a word and unravels from there.

paintings. Feel the strokes, the materials, the extra thick areas of paint.

She’ll flip through any magazines that are mailed to her

Easels are set up throughout their house as she works on

and cut out any interesting words or ads. She especially

at least five paintings at a time. She can’t focus on just one,

likes to use designer brand names like Prada and Louis

which sometimes makes it difficult for her to do a commis-

Vuitton in her paintings because of her love of fashion. One

sion piece. A painting could take her six hours or over two

of her paintings displayed at Shain Gallery had “What a

weeks to finish. She’s always in paint clothes ready to cre-

Wonderful World” repeatedly written around a large vase

ate and get lost in her passion. She loves a messy work en-

of flowers. Christy explained that she must have been in a

vironment with paint covering the floors to the ceiling. She

grateful mindset and had the Louis Armstrong song play-

says, “I’ll pick my kids up from school looking like I just

ing on her playlist in the background. She understands the

dipped myself in a paint can.” There’s a special paint splat-

words can be too much for people and will paint simpler

ter on her floor that she doesn’t think she would be able to

floral arrangements without them.

recreate so she photographs it and puts it into paintings.

Christy says, “Someway, somehow, everything around

All of these snapshots of her life and surroundings of the

me comes into the painting.” It could be diary entries, old

South all come together in the petals of the flowers, the

recipes, or pictures of flowers taken throughout her jour-

vases, and the backgrounds of the paintings.

neys in the South. One time, she used her old curtains.

Christy Kinard has traveled the world, yet will always

Now that she’s living in Hilton Head with her husband

call the South home. She wants to retain the Southern

and three sons, she is greatly inspired by the beach, so her

culture and traditions in her work and show through bold

newer work will involve blue sky and oceanic hues. Plus,

colors how strong Southern women are. Volume 2, Issue 6 |



scending the Fashion Throne By Brianna Melanson

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oland native, Marta Olejarz, is a young rising pop

devise Marta’s personal fashion style. She’ll extract ideas

country singer with an eye for fashion. Her first

from celebrity performance outfits as well. However, her

album, “The Story” (2017), was recorded at Black-

mother’s Coco Chanel inspired wardrobe impacted her

bird Studios in Nashville where all your favorite country

most. Shopping with her mom was always a special occa-

artists from Carrie Underwood to Taylor Swift have been

sion and even though they couldn’t afford designer brands,

recorded. Both songs “I Need a Love Story” and her debut

they found elegant pieces that could pass as designer. She

single “All About Us” have millions of views on YouTube

felt her mother’s strength and positive energy when she

and are used in levels of the popular mobile game Dancing

saw her wear black and white “Chanel” ensembles for

Line where you tap to the lyrics of the songs. In Marta’s

work. Thanks to Marta’s parents giving her the encourage-

music writing process, the photoshoots and music video

ment and freedom to experiment with her garments as she

ideas are already dancing in her head. In the music vid-

was growing up, she’s established a style that makes her

eos of those two songs, you can witness Marta’s flawless

confident to perform.

90s-meets-bohemian style. This album has been the gate-

To this day she finds herself bedazzling outfits or find

way she needed to use her fashion skills in distinguished

new ways to arrange the clothing to make different looks.

and professional circumstances.

In concerts, Marta will be wearing her own designs that

Anna Wintour's unapologetic style, Audrey Hepburn’s

will move with her to enhance her performance. Knowing

class, and Karl Lagerfeld’s trendy innovativeness helped

that she built both the music and her clothing makes her


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believe that she is capable of anything and heightens her

them a strong and brave animal much like a person sur-

enthusiasm on stage. Furry jackets are her favorite state-

viving through a tough breakup. The phrase “everything

ment piece and she rocks a pink one in a scene in “All

happens for a reason” is projected at the end of the vid-

About Us.” For fall, she’ll pair an oversized sweater with

eo signifying that she accepts the heartbreak and knows

biker shorts, tights, and Frye boots. She is loving mustard

she will be okay. This phrase was also verbalized by her in

yellow, burgundy, and navy hues, but wears grey and pur-

the beginning of the “All About Us” video, so we know it’s

ple the most often.

something she truly believes in that may be repeated in

Marta styled the intricate “I Need a Love Story” video

future videos. Strength is a common theme for Marta in

from start to finish and hand picked all of the costumes.

her music and fashion work, passed down from her moth-

One of the beautiful dresses in the video was an old prom

er and the other fashion inspirations.

gown that she repurposed. This project had been really

Marta in constantly researching and brainstorming for

close to Marta’s heart and was chosen to be presented at

her next fashion projects that complement her music. The

the renowned Berlin Fashion Film Festival in July. Mar-

world will get to see more of Marta’s designs in her next

ta explains, “It took about four months of pure research,

music video “New Heroes” as well as her own merchandise

pulling inspiration from different pop culture elements,

line. This young fashionista deserves all the praise she has

history, reading up and digging deeper into medieval and

been receiving in as little as a year. Marta is a star that

renaissance fashions, contacting designers, searching cou-

young country music fans will look to for fashion advice.

ture options, getting orders from India, and sewing and

She prompts, “Keep in mind when you are getting dressed

tweaking the clothes.”

in the morning that fashion is a form of art. Whatever your

The hit TV shows “Game of Thrones” and “Reign” were a huge inspiration for the costumes in this video. She

shape, size, age or anything else, it should be a fun way to express yourself.”

wanted to “build a universe” where the video would match the shows’ vibes and lighting. For instance, in “Game of Thrones,” members of the House Mertyns have an owl on their coat of arms. Marta stands like royalty in an embroidered forest green cape dress, much like Daenery would wear, with a majestic owl perched on her arm. This video incorporates symbolism and gorgeous artistry that sets it apart from other country music videos of today. The majority of the video is set in a sophisticated, elegant cathedral. The song is about love and cathedrals are a traditional place to be wed. The cathedral is also very reminiscent of a castle much like you would see in “Reign.” In comparison to the fun “All About Us” video, there is a serious tone. The pace of the filming reflects her soothing voice and the calming surroundings. It allows you to take in all the breathtaking details of the costumes and architecture. Marta also makes an unique appearance with a reindeer in the video as she wears her white lace gown. Reindeer are her favorite animal in which she wishes she could own. The reindeer, Oscar, was suggested by the cathedral who knew a reindeer farmer, so she knew it was meant to be. Reindeer can endure harsh and cold surroundings making Volume 2, Issue 6 |


Powerful Bizatine Photo’s by Glenn Roberson photography Dresses designed by Kimberly Pixton of Pixton Design Group Model: Hunter Dest Agency : Directions USA


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FROM RENOWNED CELEBRITY AND LOCAL CHEFS As we gather around the table renowned celebrity and local chefs share some of their favorite recipes. BRUSSELS SPROUTS, PANCETTA AND GOAT CHEESE CASSEROLE FROM CHEF TOM DYRNESS OF MAMA RICOTTA’S. Ingredients • 2 lbs Brussels sprouts, trim ends and cut in half • ¼ lb diced pancetta • 1 cup minced onion • 1 T minced garlic • 3 T apple cider vinegar • 3 cups bread crumbs • 3 T melted butter • 4T Italian Parsley • Zest of one lemon • Pinch of red pepper flake • ¼ lb goat cheese Method of Prep In a flat bottom wide-based pan on low to medium heat begin to cook the pancetta. Cook the pancetta slowly as to extract the fat and eventually get the pancetta crispy like bacon. As the pancetta approaches full browning, add the garlic and sautée for 30 seconds, then add the onion. Continue to cook on medium heat, till the onions are translucent. Deglaze with apple cider vinegar. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook on same medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until a fork pierces them with little resistance. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place in casserole pan.

together let a wet sand. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture on top of Brussels sprouts. Dot the top of the with goat cheese about the size of a dime. Place in oven for 10 minutes to melt the goat cheese a bit and

While the Brussels are cooking, combine breads crumbs, but-

brown the top.

ter, parsley, lemon zest, and red pepper. Mixture should stick

Serve warm.


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• 1 handful of Fresh Green Beans (cut into 1.5 inch sec-

Savy cook but she would make

tions) à add cut green beans into your mixing bowl of

this dish all the time when I

sautéed mushrooms.

was growing up. It’s definitely

• 5 oz Bag of Garlic Croutons

a nostalgic dish of your childhood that you never forget.

Into a separate mixing bowl, empty entire bag of croutons. Re-

I’ve borrowed it over the years

move chicken from pot and let it cool. Ladle out 10 oz of chick-

and revamped it.

en stock from pot into the mixing bowl of croutons. Let that sit

It’s Good for for the fall, win-

until croutons have softened. Once chicken had cooled, remove

ter or holiday seasons

the chicken and pick the chicken, discarding skin and bones. The chicken meat is then added to your mixing bowl of mushrooms

• 1 Whole Chicken • 3 Medium Carrots (roughly chopped)

and green beans. In the same mixing bowl, add two 10.5 oz cans of cream of

• 3 Stalks of Celery (roughly chopped)

mushroom soup. Add in 1/4 cup of sour cream. Season with salt

• 1 Onion (roughly chopped)

and pepper. Add reserved chopped parsley leaves. Mix well and

• 10 Stalks of Parsley (leaves @stems seperated)

load into a casserole dish. Top the mix with softened stock soaked

• 1 Bay leaf

croutons. Bake @ 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let it sit for 20-30 minutes before serving.

All items are placed in a pot of boiling water( *exception parsley leaves are reserved for garnish later.) Add table spoon of salt. Bowling time: approximately 30 minutes. • 10 oz of mixed mushrooms (mushrooms of your preference. We used oysters and maitake) • 1/2 table spoon of canola oil • 3 Large cloves of garlic(sliced) In a saute pan place canola oil and sliced garlic onto cook top on medium high heat. Keep eye on the garlic as pan comes up to temperature so the garlic doesn’t burn. Once garlic is sizzling and golden, add the mixed mushrooms to your sauté pan and give em’ a toss. Sauté mushrooms for approximately 5 minutes until they are lightly browned. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Reserve into a mixing bowl.

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HAND CHOPPED BEEF TARTARE FROM CHEF MICHAEL ROULEAU OF LA BELLE HELENE Ingredients: • 2 Lbs Filet Mignon, Chopped Fine • ½ Cup Red Onion, Minced

• 2 Dashes Tabasco

• ¼ Cup Capers, Minced

• 2 Dashes

• ¼ Cup Cornichons, Minced

Worcestershire Sauce

• 3 Tbsp Parsley, Minced

• 8 Each Egg Yolks

• 3 Tbsp Ketchup

• To Finish Sea Salt

• 3 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

• To Finish Black pepper Equipment: • 1 Mixing Bowl • 1 Ring Mold

Headshot of Chef Michael Rouleau is courtesy of LBH. Photo of Tartare courtesy of Remy Thurston.

Procedure: 1. Combine all ingredients except egg yolk, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Mix together until thoroughly combined. 2. Set up your plate by spooning a bit of the tartare mix into the center inside the ring mold. Flatten with the back of the spoon, and create a small well in the center to place the egg yolk. Garnish the top with a few flakes of salt and cracked black pepper Yield: 8 portions


• ½ cup of creamed corn (we use house-made but feel free to buy your favorite brand)

maining ingredients, mix together and stop right as the batter begins to look homogenous. Pour batter into skillet and bake for

• ¼ cup butter

25 minutes or until golden brown and a cake tester comes out

• 2 large eggs

clean. Serve still warm with a pat of butter and a drizzle of honey.

• 4 tbls white sugar • ½ cup butter milk • 1 cup AP flour • 2/3 cup fine yellow cornmeal • 1 ½ tsp baking powder • ¼ tsp baking powder • 2 tsp kosher salt • 1 diced and seeded jalapeño Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees and liberally grease an 8” cast iron skillet. Combine the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until creamed together. Scrape down the sides of the bowl halfway through. Add each egg individually, mixing until each is


combined. Stir in creamed corn and buttermilk. Sprinkle in re-

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GRANNY SMITH APPLE PIE WITH CHEDDAR CHEESE CRUST FROM CELEBRITY CHEF WOLF GANG PUCK FROM WOLFGANGS RESTAURANT IN CHARLOTTE WP KITCHEN + BAR Cheddar Cheese Pastry • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour • ¼ teaspoon salt • 6 oz (1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, frozen, cut into 1-inch pieces

with foil and set aside to cool to room temperature. 4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. On a lightly floured work surface, use

• 1 ½ cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese

a floured rolling pin to

• ¾ teaspoon apple cider vinegar

roll out the smaller disk of

• ½ cup ice water, or as needed

chilled dough to an even circle with a diameter of 11 inches.

Apple Filling • 6 plus 1 tablespoons unsalted butter • 8 medium organic Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch wedges • 1/4 cup sugar • 4 tablespoons Calvados (apple brandy) or applejack, optional • 1 large egg, beaten

Gently fold the dough in half or into quarters and transfer it to a 9 inch pie pan. Unfold the dough and gently ease it into the contours of the pan. Roll out the larger disk of dough to a circle about 12 inches in diameter. 5. Fill the lined pie pan with the cooled apple mixture. Dot the apples with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Carefully place the larger disk of pastry over the pie. Tuck the edges of the top pastry under the rim of the bottom pastry and press down with your fingers to seal together and decora-

Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for serving (optional)

tively flute the pastry edges all around the pie’s rim. With

Yield: Makes 1 pie, 8 servings

the tip of a small, sharp knife, cut three slashes about 2

Instructions: 1. Prepare the pastry dough. Put the flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the stainless steel blade. Pulse the machine 5 or 6 times to combine them. Add the frozen butter and process for 5 seconds. Add the shredded cheddar and pulse the machine four times to mix it in. In a measuring cup, combine the cider vinegar and 1/3 cup ice water. With the motor running, pour the vinegar-water

inches long in the center of the top crust. 6. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake in the lower third of the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375 degrees F and bake for 20 minutes more. Remove the pie from the oven, brush its top with the beaten egg, return to the oven, and bake until golden brown, about 5 minutes more. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature, accompanied with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream if you wish.

mixture through the feed tube and continue processing until a ball of dough forms. If the dough doesn’t come together, add another tablespoon or two of ice water. 2. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface, form it into an even ball, and cut into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other. Pat each piece into a flattened disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, then chill the disks in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. 3. Prepare the filling. Heat a large skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat and melt 6 tablespoons of the butter. When the butter is light brown, add the apples and sprinkle with the sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar has turned a golden-brown caramel color, 10 to 15 minutes. The apples should still be firm. Stir in the Calvados and remove from the heat. Transfer the apple filling to a sheet pan lined Volume 2, Issue 6 |



written and food photographed by Jess Bentley


hile Italy is a smidge too far for a weekend getaway, you can certainly whisk your taste buds to a romantic Italian retreat while visiting the shops tucked away on Metropolitan Avenue.

Taste the tide with grilled octopus, catch a crackle from the hearth with Mediterranean-infused pizzas and grab a glimpse Tuscany with scratch made pastas and gelato. The upscale, but not stuffy, Italian spot is ideal for almost any occasion… and you’ll never leave unsatisfied.

This is Vivace Charlotte. Upon arrival, my date and I were tucked into a corner booth where we could oversee the entire ground-floor mezzanine. The ambiance was energetic, bustling with animated conversations and celebratory clinking of sparkling swills. There was an undeniable millennial buzz flowing throughout the space; a younger generation of professionals dressed in their Sunday finest, relishing the best of


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brunch before the work week. The restaurant is spacious and accommodating, with a maximum capacity of roughly 150 guests. Since brunch isn’t complete without a boozy beverage, we opted for their seasonal Summer Affair (Hendricks Gin, St. Germain, Lime, Cucumber and Mint) alongside a crafted mocktail (watermelon, soda water and fresh lime juice) to start. Vivace also offers a bottomless Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar, which was a very popular choice amongst the crowd.

Our Antipasti course was a playful fusion of signature

STEAMED PEI MUSSELS: Roasted tomatoes, shal-

favorites and flavors, including Brussels Sprouts, Duck

lots, garlic, white wine, brown butter and crostini.

Bruschetta and Steamed PEI Mussels. Each dish was ab-

Simple and unfussy, tender morsels of maritime are

solutely breathtaking and cooked to perfection.

emerged in a traditional broth that’s intended to dip with a house made crostini. The Insalata and Zuppa collection was straightforward and familiar. We unquestionably gravitated towards the Chopped Caesar and Lobster Bisque, both dreamy staples of elegant European cuisine. The tender salad was quite pleasing, as it was charismatically covered with scratch made dressing, white anchovies and parmesan frico. The bisque was thick and creamy, marrying a silky tomato base with luscious lumps of fresh lobster. For our main entrées, we chose to sample two of Vivace’s house made pasta specialties. Both dishes were exceptionally flavorful comfort food recipes, each surrounded by a rich sea of tomato sauce, fresh parmesan and herbs. Both plates were piping hot, bursting with intense flavors and served in generous portion sizes.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS: Crispy potatoes, bacon, parmesan and oreganata. The starchy spuds have a nice crust and pair exquisitely with crispy Brussels sprouts that are intensified with a hint of honey. This dish is so popular, guests can find it offered at both brunch and dinner. DUCK BRUSCHETTA: Applewood smoked duck

ALL’ AMATRICIANA: Spicy house tomato sauce, on-

paired with goat cheese, arugula, fresh tomatoes and

ion, guanciale, pecorino, bucatini and meatball. In my

caramelized onion served over fresh baguette slices.

own personal opinion, bucatini is notably the best-

This was an off-menu item that they are testing for

of-the-best when it comes to long pastas (it’s a thick

one of their sister locations. Each ingredient carefully

spaghetti-like pasta with a hollow center). This dish

complimented the others, creating an appetizing mix

is all kinds of delicious… an undeniable upgrade from

that mingled between succulent and garden fresh.

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GINGERSNAP COOKIES STUFFED WITH VANILLA GELATO: A wonderfully simple dessert that was executed flawlessly. Gelato is made in-house, as well as the ginger confections. It was definitely of the tastiest twists we’ve ever had on an ice cream sandwich.

PENNE ALLA VODKA: Sun-dried tomato vodka cream sauce, sautéed shrimp, caramelized onions and rosemary. This… this is the pasta of dreams, as cream on carbs is one of the ultimate satisfactions in Italian dining. Balanced with succulent shrimp and aromatics, this entrée would satisfy anyone’s decadent pasta cravings. Some things simply always put a smile on your face, and for me, that’s a well executed dessert menu. It was an impeccable way to end our meal and even though my date and I were stuffed to the brim, we finished the entire course (and practically licked our plate clean). We paired this course with one of their signature cocktails, the Barrel Aged Peach Old Fashion (Elijah Craig Small Batch, peach, Angostura, and cherry garnish).

TRADITIONAL CHOCOLATE CAKE: One bite of this sinful cake and we now know where to cure our chocolate cravings. The fudgy frosting engulfed a moist center that was effortlessly


your-mouth perfect. The modern décor mixed with decent menu prices and attentive service makes for a supreme choice when picking a trendy brunch spot with friends, intimate date night or simply any occasion where mouthwatering carbs are a priority. Thank you to Executive Chef David Lucarelli, his team and Gwen Poth Communications for allowing us to review Vivace Charlotte. We had a fantastic dining experience and cannot wait to return. STRAWBERRY TIRAMISU: This seasonal dessert was absolute heaven, effortlessly intertwining pillows

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of mascarpone and espresso-soaked ladyfingers. It

1100 Metropolitan Avenue, Building E,

was an immaculate way to showcase the sweetness of strawberries in a non-conventional fashion.


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Suite 100 in Charlotte, North Carolina.


The CAJUN QUEEN has been proudly serving Charlotte since 1985. Nestled in historic Elizabeth, this 100 year old house is a warm, friendly place for business and fun. With live music in our upstairs dining room and quieter dining downstairs, there is something for everyone. The fresh ďŹ sh specials that run nightly

have made our restaurant a Charlotte landmark. Serving up distinctive and delectable dinners and hot jazz seven nights a week, the Queen is the place where everyday is Mardi Gras.

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Savor Recipies and photos by Jessica Bently

Cool Fall Breeze Vodka Gimlet

Capture the taste of fall in this Vodka Gimlet that’s so delish…. you’ll want to make it all year round. I’ve gently married cool with spice, which highlights the change in seasons and blends them into one delicious crafted cocktail. In my mind, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer and the start of fall. I tend to like my vodka cocktails rugged and slightly tangy, ra-ther than a sweet or fruity finish. I’ve been focusing a little more on herbs these days (which can blend with both ends of the spectrum: from tart to sweet), infusing them into both my home-cooked meals and evening cocktails. The smell of Rosemary has always remind-ed me of this time of year, so naturally I wanted to test it out in drink form. A special thanks to Social House Vodka for allowing me to create this cocktail with their Vodka made in Kinston, North Carolina. I love using local brands and I’m thankful for the opportunity. This vodka has sub-tle layers of vanilla and citrus with a slight kick of black pepper. It’s soft, rich and slightly creamy – balancing the alcohol with moderate acidity.


This recipe makes 1 cocktail. • 2 oz. Vodka • 1 oz. fresh Lime Juice • 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup • 3 slices of fresh Jalapeño • 2 small sprigs Rosemary • 2 strips of fresh Cucumber • Brown Sugar for rim of glass

DIRECTIONS: Served Up 1.

Add Vodka, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, 1 Jalapeno slice and 1 small sprig of Rosemary and 1 Cucumber strip in a cocktail shaker with ice. Gently shake and strain into the cocktail glass.

2. Garnish with additional Cucumber, remaining Jalapeño slices and Rosemary sprig. Enjoy immediately.

Note: Remove the seeds from the Jalapeño prior to assembling the cocktail. If you are not a fan of very subtle heat, these are not com-pletely necessary. However, the slight heat mixed with the aromatic rosemary and cool cucumber are absolutely delicious and I urge you to try it. If serving over ice, simply pour over ice instead of straining in-to a cocktail glass. Swap Idea: I included Brown Sugar for the rim to keep this festive dur-ing the fall season. Add sea salt for the rim garnish instead of Brown Sugar and taste this cocktail in a whole new way. The salt highlights the flavors in a completely different, equally delicious way.


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Need a Go-To Recipe for Pad Thai? How many times have you ordered your favorite dish at a restaurant and it turns out to be… ehh? I mean, it’s still edible but that pizzaz you’re craving seems to be missing (which is why you went out in the first place). Now, I’ll be the first to admit that this recipe is not a traditional version of Pad Thai… and I’m ok with that. I’ve included a base recipe here (for those of you who like to keep things simple) and recommended upgrades for folks who like to live on the wild side. So what exactly gives this Pad Thai that extra oomph you’re looking for? Fresh Herbs. A heaping mound of them will be sufficient. Just when you think you’ve added the perfect amount, go ahead and toss on a handful more. There’s something magical that happens when you combine all these components together onto one plate. Oh, and that lime wedge garnish? Mandatory.

INGREDIENTS: Serves 4ish hungry adults • The Basic Base • 1 (8oz) box of Pad Thai Noodles • 2 Eggs • 3/4 cup Peanuts, roughly chopped • 1/2 cup Cilantro, chopped • 1/2 cup Basil, torn • 1/4 cup Scallions, thinly sliced • Peanut or Avocado Oil, as needed for cooking • Lime Wedges, for garnish • Fresh Jalapeno slices, optional garnish • Sriracha, optional garnish

Optional Upgrades to Base (Recommended) • Firm Tofu, cut into small cubes • Shredded Chicken, I used this crockpot chicken recipe • Red Bell Pepper, thinly sliced or spiralized • Broccoli, cut into small trees • Carrots, shaved into strips • Yellow Onion, thinly sliced or spiralized • Sprouts

The Sauce • 3 Tbsp. Fish Sauce • 2 Tbsp. Lime Juice • 1 Tbsp. Dark Brown Sugar


Soak noodles according to packaged directions and set aside.

2. If adding recommended vegetables, prep them next. 3. In a medium size bowl, whisk together all sauce ingredients. 4. In a large wok over medium heat, add a dab of olive oil and desired vegetables (+ optional chicken & tofu); stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Note: these items will continue cooking once the noodles are added, so do not overcook them during this step. 5. Drain noodles and add to wok (+ more oil, if needed). Stir Fry for 1 minute and then pour sauce over all ingredients. 6. Cook all ingredients with sauce for 1 – 2 minutes. 7. While the sauce is cooking (thickening) scramble and cook the eggs in a separate small frying pan over medium heat.

• 1 Tbsp. Soy Sauce

8. Add scrambled eggs to wok and gently toss to combine.

• 1 Tbsp. Chili Sauce

9. Top with peanuts, fresh herbs and serve with lime wedges +

• 2 Garlic Cloves, minced

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Fashion & Compassion

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In Charlotte, we address two key issues the city is facing:

Economic Mobility We help women who have fallen off the ladder of economic mobility re-gain that access or help women gain access to the ladder for the first time.

Cross-Cultural Reconciliation We build communities where people from different races, socio-economic groups, religions, cultures, and ethnicities work side by side, getting to know and love one another. The women we serve in Charlotte are referred by non-profit community partners. We introduce them to a diverse community where they learn work-readiness skills, receive emotional support and opportunities for spiritual growth. The women served, called Artisans, create an Artisan Empowerment Plan that documents their physical, emotional and spiritual growth dreams for the future. The Plan breaks their dream down into achievable milestones. The Plan begins with 3 basic work readiness milestones: Arriving to work on time, having a good attitude and working diligently at assigned tasks. We connect the Artisans to employment opportunities and other resources in the local community as needed to accomplish dreams and reach the milestones they set in the Artisan Empowerment Plan. Fashion & Compassion founded by Michele Dudley and

In Kampala, Uganda we train extremely impover-

based in Charlotte, N.C. creates empowerment communi-

ished women to start micro-businesses and small village

ties where vulnerable women connect with God, one an-

banks. Within the village bank, the women contribute sav-

other and resources as their lives are transformed.

ings and lend money to one another to grow their small

Fashion & Compassion runs programs in Charlotte,

businesses. After 2 years in our program, the women are

North Carolina and Kampala, Uganda and we partner with

able to support themselves and their families through the

Artisan projects in five other countries. F&C teaches wom-

income from their small businesses.

en to make jewelry and other crafts. These products pro-

Fashion & Compassion envisions communities where

vide supplemental income to the women and an income

formerly vulnerable women live abundant, purposeful

stream for the organization.

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The "&" in our logo represents connection... • Connection to God through the spiritual growth opportunities available in our projects • Connection to one another through our jewelry project communities • Connection to resources that help women take courageous steps to a self-sustaining life of purpose

We believe that we need to work together to empower the most vulnerable in our communities. No one organization can do everything; we each have a role to play in the lives of the women we serve. We love how the women in our jewelry project communities are all working toward the similar goals of personal and spiritual growth and the ability to care for themselves and their families. The other artisans, volunteers and staff come around each artisan to encourage her to reach for her dreams! And wow, what a privilege it is to see women with tragic pasts achieve goals, large and small, on their path toward a bright future!


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“It’s the only Olympic sport where men and women compete together. There is pure, unabridged equality between the sexes. There is no division between men and women, and it is the only sport that actually does this.”

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fence with a horse is both physical and psychological. A nearly perfect chain of tasks is required to accomplish this. And, explains why riders can earn millions in prize money around the world at top equestrian events. Show jumping is a serious sport. Horseback riding is an isometric exercise. This means it uses specific muscles to stay in certain positions. As a result, postural strength becomes very important. It really works the core muscles that stabilize the abdomen, back and pelvic muscles. It’s not just about the riders strength, but about the



coordination and stability of the rider. It is a whole body workout from arms to legs and questrian may be the greatest sport of all.

is cardiovascular as well. Not to mention exhilarating.

Show jumping is not just about how athletic

It’s the only Olympic sport where men and women com-

the horse is but how fit the rider is as well.

pete together. There is pure, unabridged equality between

This may not be as obvious to most, after all

the sexes. There is no division between men and women,

riders don’t just hang on, and clearing a 5ft

and it is the only sport that actually does this.

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ty. And yes, some of them even have their own personal psychologists. Riders need to know what makes their horse tick, what gets them energized and what will calm them down. The importance of the horse and rider bond is hard to overstate. It is an extremely dangerous sport as well. Keeping in mind these horses can weigh over 1,000 pounds and any miscalculation from the rider or the horse can result in serious injury. This lends itself to a certain kind of mastery that you cannot find in any other sport. There is no other Olympic sport that has the best diversity among ages, not even golf. An 18 year old can compete

The jumps can be insane and challenging, all while being visually stunning to watch.

along side a 71 year old. Olympians not only have to master

The far ranging set of skills that is demanded from the

their own training, but they have to do the same with an

horse and the rider is something of purity and one that

animal. There may be no bigger challenge in all sports then

cannot be faked.You can have strengths and weaknesses,

to master this kind of teamwork with an animal who may

but any hint of limitation and you won’t stand a chance of

weigh over 1,000 pounds. Teamwork is elevated to a whole

winning the gold. Every sport strives to this goal, but very,

different level. Of course, the horses are treated like royal-

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tee time


How about a home golf simulator?

This extraordinary 22,000 sq. foot home in Lake Norman has just that. Designed by Charlotte based interior designer Grace Godfrey Thomas. (look for the full feature layout in the next issue)


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Arccos 360 is the first and only fully automatic performance tracking system. It’s recently upgraded technology relies on ultralight sensors placed in the grip end of each club to record and analyze every shot you hit. Arccos users know the exact distance to any point on the course, learn precisely which club to use in every situation and identify actual strengths and weaknesses of their game. Arccos 360 unlocks data previously only accessed by PGA Tour pros. If you prefer to wear a rangefinder rather than hold one, then try the

Garmin Approach S10 Golf Watch.

It has a 1.3-inch, high-resolution screen that shows the distances to the front, back and middle of the green as well as layups and hazards. Pre-loaded with 41,000+ world wide courses.


Bushnell HYBRID Rangefinder

combines the latest laser and GPS technologies for accurate yardages. It also provides a physical jolt you feel to your hands when it locks on to the target. It features both laser and GPS distances. Volume 2, Issue 6 |


about town Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Open Casting Call



Sports Illustrated Swimsuit brought #SISwimSearch, its notable international model search, to life with the first-ever Open Casting Call at PARAISO during Miami Swim Week.


The three-day event brought together rookie hopefuls from around the globe to walk the highly anticipated runway show at W South Beach on Sunday, July 15th. They were chosen by an expert panel including Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editor MJ Day, celebrity photographer Yu Tsai, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit legends Kate Upton — who, in breaking news, announced her pregnancy over #SISwimSearch weekend, Christie Brinkley, Hailey Clauson and Kate Bock. Additional models Olivia Culpo, Hunter McGrady,


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Myla Dalbesio, Vita Sidorkina, Georgia Gibbs, Chase Carter, Anne De Paula, Jasmyn Wilkins, Camille Kostek and Haley Kalil were on hand to give hopeful contestants modeling tips and advice. American



Paralympian Brenna Huckaby opened the show and Danielle Herrington, 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model, closed the show. Swim brands that were modeled included Stella McCartney, Reina Olga, Jonathan Simkhai and 40 other brands. More





event, which featured performances throughout the evening by Justine



Skye. Guests, who sipped on Whispering Angel and Ron Barcelo while enjoying the show, included models Christie Brinkley and Olivia Culpo, actor Ryan Phillippe, professional basketball player Joel Embiid, and Victoria’s Secret model Joy Corrigan. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit show red carpet at Paraiso during Miami Swim Week at



The W Hotel South Beach - photos by Alexander Tamargo. 1 Zuzanna Pactwa and Bertul Espegren 2 Vita Sidorkina 3 Georgia Gibbs 4 Hailey Clauson 5 Tamara Eccleston, Vita Sidorkina, Chase Carter and Anne de Paula 6 DJ Chelsea Leyland 7 Joy Corrigan 8 Brenna Huckaby 9 Tamara Ecclestone 10 Olivia Culpo and MJ Day 11 Christie Brinkley 12 Victoria Hanson and Barrie Moskowitz

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about town Sopia’s Lounge One Year Anniversary


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lready renowned for its Southern hospitality, elegant accommodations, meeting and event venues and resort amenities, The Ballantyne is excited to debut a complete transformation in celebration of its 17th anniversary. The Ballantyne’s redesign celebrates North Carolina’s history with contemporary luxury and moments of discovery through art and decor. From the moment of arrival, guests will feel a sense of warm hospitality. The stunning lobby envelops guests in a calm, welcoming environment, featuring a neutral palette of white, gold and grey, with hand-painted gold accents inspired by North Carolina’s legacy as being the first state in the country where gold was found. Named after a unit of gold currency during James VI of Scotland’s reign, The Ryal is a vibrant gathering place with picturesque views that can be enjoyed as a lively bar in the afternoons and evenings. The hotel guest rooms resemble a carefully curated collection of global treasures. The redesign mixes antiques with new pieces, forming a refined yet warm residential ambiance. In conjunction with its new look, The Ballantyne will introduce new luxurious amenities such as Molton Brown bath products, Carolinainspired rituals to delight guests and experiential elements with Rare Tea Company and handcrafted spice blends by Chef Lior Lev Sercarz.

The Lodge at Ballantyne, a 35-room private retreat on The Ballantyne’s grounds, introduces a fresh look to its fully renovated rooms and lobby. The unique space can be rented out in its entirety by a group, from board meetings and elite retreats to family reunions and intimate weddings. Inquire at 704-248-4070. We invite you to book your stay at The Ballantyne to explore our enhanced design and curated experiences!

EXPLORE THE BALLANTYNE’S CELEBRATORY OFFERINGS $50 Resort Credit Enjoy a $50 credit per room per night toward dining, afternoon tea, spa or golf, plus internet access and valet parking.

(Epic)urean Expedition Anniversary Package Enjoy a welcome gift from the Executive Chef, one afternoon tea for two, one dinner for two in Gallery Restaurant, departure gift from Pastry Chef and a late check-out.


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London Calling By Colleen Guilfoile Richmond


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he “shoulder season” is a delightful time to plan a trip to London. With the

summer tourist rush all but over by October, the city settles back into a charming, but still vibrant, routine. Theater tickets and restaurant reservations are easier to come by, museum lines are manageable, and the changing colors are spectacular at Kew Gardens, where Queen Charlotte’s cottage still stands. The pre-holiday shopping frenzy has not yet begun, and fashion houses and trendy shops welcome browsing. Despite the changeable weather, the city has immense appeal for anyone who doesn’t mind donning a coat and carrying an umbrella -- just in case. Misty days and cooler evenings are every bit as wonderful as the fall sun, and with just an ounce of planning, you will be prepared for all contingencies.

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The city on the Thames has been a style-setter long before Mary Quant first took the fashion world by storm in the 1960s with mini-skirts, hot pants and bob haircuts. The iconic and outspoken designer, now in her late 80s, is still a force to be reckoned with on the fashion runway, and younger designers still look to her Mod influence for inspiration. London’s Victoria and Albert Museum have announced that they will be curating the first inter-

designs, including miniskirts, hot pants, bold tights and

national exhibition on the seminal British designer and

makeup, have become synonymous with 60’s style.

fashion icon in nearly 50 years. Opening in April 2019, the

Recent royal family events -- weddings, births and birth-

exhibition will centre on the period 1955 and 1975, when

day celebrations -- have recently focused new attention on

Quant’s designs started a high street fashion revolution

British designers and English design, including the favor-

amongst British youth. Quant’s vibrant and innovative

ite Scottish tartans of the Queen and Quant alike.


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With a history that spans a thousand years, London has

partake in the much celebrated afternoon tea. The Goring has been perfecting the art of afternoon tea since it opened its doors over a century ago. It is the holder of the British Tea Guild Council’s top London Afternoon Tea Award.

perfected the art of blending old and new into a seamless

Surround yourself with international culture: Attend su-

whole. Luxury in unique forms is a way of life, and London

perb theater, popular musical concerts, a lecture series, or

can be appreciated in many different ways. Opt for the el-

spend quiet hours at world-class museums. Stroll through

egance of Claridge’s in Mayfair, the family traditions and

gardens or schedule a chauffeured limousine excursion to

croquet lawn of The Goring near Buckingham Palace, or

the countryside or the shore. Much of the appeal of metro-

the “with it” ambience of a trendy new boutique hotel. Now in it second century, The Goring is the only five-star hotel in London owned and run by the family that built it. With it’s fabulous location within strolling distance to the Royal Parks , fine shops, theaters and galleries it is the perfect location to

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politan London stems from its diversity. The tradition British fry up for breakfast, but also new craft Dining out in London provides opportunities to enjoy chic tradition and impeccable service, but also to experience newer taste treats at popular gastropubs. Harwood Arms has a Michelin star, and serves up not only superb game dishes but also great drinks. It’s a bit out of the way, but for a long leisurely lunch, it’s perfect. There are many reasons to be London-bound this fall and, as always, a trip to London is an experience to savor.


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Nestled in beautiful downtown Banner

Enjoy the serene pleasure of luxury

Banner Elk Winery & Villa is the most

Elk is the new exciting flavors of the Chef’s

accommodations, tranquility and beauty,

celebrated winery in North Carolina’s

Table Restaurant at Sorrento’s. Offering

in an idyllic 8 bedroom tuscan villa while

High Country. We continue to lead the

fresh, seasonal, local foods and produce

being minutes away from downtown

region’s commercial wine industry by

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Banner Elk.

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( 19 February Manishʼs Zodiac Predictions for – 20 March ) Manishʼs Zodiac SignsSigns Predictions Your imaginationfor and playfulness are in full play and possibly giving

( 20 January – 18 February )

Be cautious with the way you communicate with your peers. You will find yourself in odd situations but remember that these are opportunities to learn and grow. This is a favourable time of romance and bliss if you give proper space to it. Taking time to process new relationships and even new beginnings with oldrelations is the thumb rule. Make sure you give space and energy to your relationship because you may find your mind is more on work just now and it usually doesn’t bode well if you have too much professional commitments on your mind and your partner feels ignored.


you the chance to do something you haven’t done or to do something you have been wanting to do for a while. Break out of your routine to get a better perspective on long-range goals. Information to assist in your efforts could come from your immediate neighbourhood. Enlisting the help of others can open doors that were previously closed. It is an excellent time for you to be seeking out these opportunities. Committed relations will become thicker.


Favourable Dates: Oct 1, 5, 10, 14, 19, 23 Nov 1, 3, 10, 12, 19, 21, 28 Favourable Colors: White & Blue.

Favourable Dates: Oct 1, 5, 10, 14, 19, 23 Nov 2, 8, 11, 17, 20, 26 Favourable Colors: Purple & Red



( 21 March – 19 April )

( 20 April – 20 May )

You will be very fortunate in profession and stars will provide you the much If you’re single and in love, sit down and talk marriage. Physical lust inneeded midas touch. Your energy, charisma and eftensifies, into late October. You’ll attract admiring fectiveness continue high and strong. Money is glances from opposite sexes. If you’re married, flowing swiftly to you - and through you. Acyour spouse grows vigorous, humorous and AroraKP is aAstrologer, renowned KP Astrologer, Manish Kumar Manish Arora isKumar a renowned complishments will be greater than expecdemanding. Romance, creative surges, pleaNumerologist, & Vastu Consultant. Numerologist, Tarot Reader &Tarot VastuReader Consultant. He has been rendering professional advice to tations and completely satisfying. Charge sure, beauty, hope and love, teaching and He has been rendering professional advice to clients a reasonable degree of success. clients with a reasonable degree of success. ahead on career fronts, with impress higher-ups artistic success - these flow over you.You He has been conferred the title of 'Jyotish Heand has show been your conferred the title of with 'Jyotish skills. with If you’re artistically inwill need to think about having fun and livVarahamihir' and 'Jyotish Varahamihir' and 'Jyotish Aryabhatt.' He Aryabhatt.' has been He has been clined and make a living from your creativitycolumns for many ing life to the fullest so make a concerted efwriting monthly astrological writing monthly astrological columns for many the momentum is likely international to slow down ormagazines. you may fort to live in the moment and get into the habit international magazines. feel a little uninspired. of doing one thoroughly enjoyable thing each day.


Favourable Dates: Oct 2, 3, 11, 12, 20, 21, 28, 29.Nov 2, 9, 11, 18, 20, 29 Favourable Colors: Red & Blue


Favourable Dates: Oct 4, 7, 13, 16, 22, 25 Nov 2, 6, 11, 15, 20, 24 Favourable Colors: Brown & White



88 2016 | November 2016November |

( 21 May – 20 June) ( 21 June 22 July 2016 ) | –November 85 | November 2016 85 Wisdom and a mellow mood accompany you all these eight weeks. Your You’ll revel in the quickened pace, as social delights, affectionate meetings, flirwork place is pleasant, co-workers affectionate. tations and optimism make your days a breezy advenThe stress you’ve felt on career and ambition ture. Continue to show you best efforts in career, fronts in the past will dissipate soon. This is ambition and prestige arenas, – higher-ups and a wonderful time of heightened self-expresparents will favour you. You can look forward sion, eloquence and confidence. Your ento some lucky breaks, but must remain conserergy remains high; your charisma and gift vative and only practice and follow established of gab attain a nice, smooth plateau - you’ll business solutions and not go for anything darremain affectionate, lucky and persuasive. If ing and innovative.A former relationship, relocayou are unattached,or in an existing relationtion opportunity, negotiation, etc., might reappear ship you may experience a stimulating invigoration. in second half of November. Trust your instincts on this. Favourable Dates: Oct 3, 8, 12, 17, 21, 26 Nov 2, 6, 11, 15, 20, 24 Favourable Colors: Blue & Yellow


Favourable Dates: Oct 2, 4, 11, 13, 20, 22 Nov 1, 9, 10, 18, 19, 27 Favourable Colors: Red & Purple

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( 23 July – 22 August )

( 23 August – 22 September )

This period will give you more personal freedom and allow you to comfortably show a more unique side to your personality. You can look forward to many positive changes in your life. At work you may be offered a new position which leads to a jump up the ladder, or at least a welcome change. You may find yourself more interested in groups and wanting to learn more about subjects of occult sciences, to give you a broader understanding of how life works. You will definitely feel more compassionate and sensitive about those things which affect large numbers of people.

Your energy, charisma and optimism remain high; others are attracted. But effective might be the missing quality, as you will find it hard to advance ongoing ventures, and even harder to successfully start new ones. You must remain conservative and maintain high morals in order to make the most of any offers or lucky streaks. You should really avoid arguments as your thinking is not so spot on. Poor judgement skills mean you need to avoid signing contracts or making important decisions at this time. This is not the time to fall in love.

Favourable Dates: Oct 4, 5, 13, 14, 22, 23 Nov 8, 9, 17, 18, 26, 27 Favourable Colors: Brown & Blue

Favourable Dates: Oct 1, 7, 9, 16, 25 Nov 2, 3, 11, 12, 20, 21 Favourable Colors: Red & Violet





It’s an ideal time to focus and centre on your own self-worth. There will be fewer obstacles to success. You can be doing everything in your power to initiate positive change. While new ideas are definitely needed now, it will take more than persistence to turn things around in the financial arena. A fresh perspective and new connections can boost your bottom line. Stay open to an innovative approach to keep you from becoming stagnant. This is now the time to make unhindered progress and make your presence felt in the professional world.

Your efforts to expand may meet with some resistance in this period. Communication and creativity go hand in hand to keep existing projects running smoothly. Financial challenges are met with tough negotiation and adjustments are required from everyone on the team. Start to think more out of the box especially when it comes to what you want. You have been in a little rut lately and you have to get yourself out of that. This is not the time to make new commitment in love.

Favourable Dates: Oct 1, 7, 9, 16, 25, 30 Nov 4, 8, 13, 17, 22 , 26 Favourable Colors: Red & Yellow

Favourable Dates: Oct 4, 7, 13, 16, 22, 25 Nov 1, 4, 10, 13, 19, 22, 28 Favourable Colors: Yellow & Blue



November 2016

( 23 September – 22 October )

( 22 November -21 December ) Your sincerity and confidence will guide you to move forward. Your personal magnetism ebbs to a quiet level, as you withdraw from the crowd in order to examine your future, your heart, and your emotional needs. This is a very necessary and healthy process; it aligns your soul for the hugely expansive events. If you’re attached, this period will bring many moments of cozy, sensual intimacy with your loved one. Laughter and flirtatious conversations pique your romantic dreams. If you’re already attached, this phase brings intimacy and warmth. Favourable Dates: Oct 3, 4, 12, 13 21, 22 Nov 1, 3, 10, 12, 19, 21, 28 Favourable Colors: Brown & Black

( 23 October – 21 November )


( 22 December – 19 January ) www.CharlotteGirlMagaz This period has your focus on the community and altruistic goals. Partnerships can be challenging as different points of view compete for a new plan of action. Finances can take a sudden turn for the best. Revisit long-range targets and prepare to expand your view. Professional connections can take you to the next level on your journey. Your relationships can flourish through change. It is through the welcoming of change to your working experience and relations that you will find intrinsic satisfaction. A friendship can become a romance in this period. Favourable Dates: Oct 2, 11, 12, 12, 24 Nov 1, 4, 10, 13, 19, 22, 28 Favourable Colors: Blue & Yellow

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