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March/April 2018


Jason Harris

of the Design Network



Society Sightings The Camera & The Horse Dreamy Destinations Cayman Islands ....and more


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ART BY DESIGN Model Catherine Diane Rabon Photography Raymond Patrick Hair & Makeup Natalie Gladden Shot on location at Mia Malcolm Design Studio Dress by Carmen Marc Valvo

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Dress by Betsy Adam


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Dress by Carmen Marc Valvo

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Dress by Badgley Mishka

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36 Departments





It takes a tribe to create this magazine and our digital platform. Here is a look at the many talented ones who make it all happen.

36. BEAUTY Balancing Your Look by Dr. Andy Castillo

48. SOCIETY SIGHTINGS Catch Me at the Casino-Raleigh Verse & Vino-Charlotte




18. ETIQUETTE Modern Dating Manners by Sharon Schweitzer, J.D.

Ballantyne Ball

60. FEAST Merchant and Trade by Scott Homewood

20. INSPIRE How to Love Yourself


by Leslie Green

Superfood Breakfast Bowls by Jessica Bently

22.TRAVEL 3 Days on Kiawah Island: The Santuary by Tony Prado



The Camera & the Horse: The exceptional horse photography of Irina kazaridi by Colleen Guilfoile Richmond

29. INTERIOR DESIGN Fabulous Finds

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


Why I Take a Daily Organic Turmeric Supplement by Vani Hari




Hospice Soup On Sundays Checkers Jamie Kimble Foundation Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce

84. DREAMY DESTINATIONS The Cayman Islands

by Colleen Guilfoile Richmond

91. ZODIAC By Manish Kumar Arora

Painting Faces

by Natalie Gladden

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Note from the editor



lthough it doesn’t quite feel like spring as we press print on our March/April issue, we at Luxe Lifestyle magazine are ever optimists and look forward to a new season. With each issue the magazine seems to become more and more exciting to put together. We are so lucky to meet and work with so many wonderful people. Allison Parker spoke with Jason Harris of the Design Network. We get a glimpse inside his extraordinary vision for the interior design business and what he has created for the future platform. We are able to share Mia Malcom (Marissa Frandsen) the award winning interior designer, furniture designer and fine artist. Her artwork just takes us to a place of all things beautiful. On the subject of beauty, Cameron Silver spoke exclusively to Brianna Melanson on his take on fashion and his book Decades: A Century of Fashion, which has already become a classic coffee table book. You can also find inspiration on our department pages, from travel to food, to health and beauty and our new Inspire page. Thanks to Leslie Green for teaching us how to live in our truth. Here’s to a season of inspiration and new growth...


Colleen Guilfoile Richmond Editor

EDITOR IN CHIEF, FOUNDER Colleen Guilfoile Richmond


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Natalie Gladden Sharon Schweitzer Brianna Melanson Allison Parker Scott Homewood Vani Hari Tony Prado Leslie Green Jessica Bently Andy Castillo Lynne Lear

PHOTOGRAPHERS Ray Dunbar Jessica Bently Lyudmila Dzyk Pat Laurence


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contributors ALLISON PARKER


Allison Parker has a MBA in

hair and makeup industry for

marketing and human resourc-

over 13 years now; she is own-

es from Duquesne University in

er of NLGlam and a freelance

Pittsburgh, PA.

Always loving

makeup artist for various cos-

the written word, Allison has a

metics companies. Natalie is a

knack for streaming her thoughts

Charlotte native who’s passion

through to the keyboard. Her fa-

is making woman feel their most

vorite part of freelance writing is meeting interesting people

beautiful, all while staying on top of today’s trends. She is

and discovering unique subjects to share with her audienc-

also lucky enough to work with her favorite NFL team, the

es. Allison enjoys being a devoted mom to her 3 beautiful

Carolina Panthers, doing akeup for their broadcast team.

Natalie Gladden has been in the

boys and volunteering within their schools and community. Allison embraces new adventures, loves to travel, and is always on the quest to learn more about the world around her.

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

JESSICA BENTLEY 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.

intercultural management from the HOFSTEDE Centre, she serves as a Chinese Ceremonial Dining Etiquette Specialist in the documentary series Con-


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

Pat Laurence, Sales & Market-

etiquette expert on two popular lifestyle shows: ABC Tam-

ing Consultant and Photogra-

pa Bay’s Morning Blend and CBS Austin’s We Are Austin.

pher. Pat Loves to develop new

She is regularly quoted by BBC Capital, Investor’s Busi-

partnerships and sponsorships

ness Daily, Fortune, and the National Business Journals.

and enjoys creating custom

Her Amazon #1 Best Selling book in International Busi-

strategic marketing programs.

ness, Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide,

She’s a published Event Pho-

now in its second printing, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015. She’s a winner of the British Airways International Trade Award at the 2016 Greater Austin Business Awards.


tographer of many charitable and community events as well as professional sports including the Panthers, Hornets, Knights, and Wells Fargo Championship. Pat cherishes her affiliation with several charities over the years.

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Brianna Melanson is a trans-

I began studying Trust, Love,

plant from Upstate New York

Forgiveness, Peace, Truth…basi-

where she earned her Bachelor’s

cally anything heart-growing and

in Professional Writing. She is

spirit-filling, shortly after my dad

passionate about telling every-

passed away. I had a lot of ques-

one’s unique stories and show-

tions—you know the ones—the

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

ALISSANDRO “ANDY” CASTILLO, MD, MBA Dr. Andy Castillo is a board-certified physician, inventor, and serial entrepreneur. He is the own-

BIG-LIFE questions. I continued to study for the next 12 years. When I was then diagnosed with breast cancer. Now what?! How was the Trust-Lady going to play this hand? Well, I chose to share what I felt drawn to share, keep private what I felt belonged between God and me, bearing in mind the purpose of this platform: To guide others who are interested in experiencing the freedom that comes from quieting their fears and worries by learning how to trust themselves. That’s how I see my role—as your honored guide.

er of M.D. Laser Studio, Encore


Nurses, and Charlotte Passport Health. His education includes a BS from the University of Maryland, an MD degree from Wake Forest University, an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business, and a research fellowship at Johns Hopkins. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, as well as a luminary, speaker, and trainer for multiple products and procedures in the medical cosmetic industry.

SCOTT HOMEWOOD Scott Homewood is a freelance writer who has been published in many newspapers, magazines and websites over his 30-year plus writing career, including some of his own. A former musician, his obsessions include the arts in all their varied forms: music, dance, writing, cinema, and culinary. He has a deep interest in the human condition, how people have overcome obstacles to empower themselves and become successful contributors to society. He

Vani Hari is a revolutionary food activist, a New York Times best selling author, and was named one of the “Most Influential People On The Internet” by Time Magazine in 2015. Hari started FoodBabe. com in April 2011 to spread information about what is really in the American food supply. She teaches people how to make the right purchasing decisions at the grocery store, how to live an organic lifestyle, and how to travel healthfully around the world. The success of her writing and investigative work can be seen in the way food companies react to her uncanny ability to find and expose the truth. Hari has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS News, NBC News, Fox News, The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors Show and is a regular cooking contributor on NBC’s Charlotte Today and a food expert on CNN. She lives in North Carolina and travels around the world to speak about health and food awareness.

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contributors TONY PRADO Tony Prado is Charlotte, North Carolina’s leading ballroom dance professional. He has been the Course Director at Charlotte’s Queen City Ballroom since 2002, winning numerous Top Instructor and Top Studio Awards. Tony is a highly sought-after master of ceremonies and an emerging voice-over actor. He has been seen and heard on many Dance broadcasts on ASN as well as being the voice of INSP Digital Latin America. His talents have earned him the nickname Man on the Microphone. As a well-known DanceSport emcee, Tony enjoys traveling to host events across the U.S. and several foreign countries. He holds a degree in Broadcast Communications which brought him editorial and technical experience with such networks as CNN, FOX and NBC as well as doing work for the NBA, NFL, NHL, and NASCAR. Now, in his 25th year as a dance professional, Tony makes it a point to connect with people by using his knowledge to share travel experiences on-line, in print, and in person. His curiosity for foreign culture has helped him master five languages, which he believes makes every conversation, and every restaurant menu, a little more exciting

LYNNE LEAR Originally hailing from Vermont, Lynne has made North Carolina’s High Country her home for 24 years via 10 years in Tampa, FL, officially making her a HalfBack (a Yankee who went to Florida and made it halfway back). She is a freelance writer with a B.A. in Communications who has been featured most recently in All About Women Magazine, The Mountain Times and Carolina Mountain Life magazine. She has been a real estate broker for decades and a professional in the wine industry for 12 years. She divides her time between being a writer, a broker at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty in Banner Elk and a wine consultant. She was a youth and all-star cheerleading coach for ten years and has earned several national championships with her teams. When not SPECIALTY SHOPS SOUTHPARK 6401 Morrison blvd Suite 4-C Charlotte NC 28211



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IT OCCURS TO ME THAT I AM AMERICA: NEW STORIES AND ART Edited by Jonathan Santlofer Some of the world’s finest and most beloved artists and writers have come together for this anthology of fiction and artwork dedicated to understanding, reaffirming, and celebrating democracy. Contributors include Mary Higgins Clark, Lee Child, Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Russo, Alice Hoffman, Elizabeth Strout, Louise Erdrich, Walter Mosley, Julia Alvarez, Art Spiegelman, Sara Paretsky, Alice Walker, Paul Theroux, Susan Isaacs, Ha Jin, Roz Chast, and Joyce Maynard, among others. Its publication couldn’t be more timely or important. As the Executive Director of the ACLU, Anthony D. Romero puts it, “History has shown the crucial role artists play in challenging injustice during times of crisis.”

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York City pied-a-terre showcases “table decorations…limitless in their exquisiteness” including Russian dinner-service sets and ruby red Irish glass plates. On T.M. Blue One, guests are served Mediterranean-inspired cuisine atop custom, seafaring-themed dinner service sets. “I love sharing the things in my life with my friends,” Valentino says.

As fashion editor and friend André Leon Talley writes in the introduc-

Among all of these luxurious homes, the crown jewel of Valentino’s res-

tion, “Valentino Garavani designs his luncheons and dinners, in all of his

idential repertoire is the Chateau de Wideville, a historic chateau outside

homes, the way he has created crescendos and allegros vivace throughout

of Paris that is admittedly Valentino’s favorite. There, meals of Italian

his forty-plus-year career as one of the greatest haute couture designers

inspired home cooking, such as risotto Milanese, are presented amongst

and high-fashion leaders in the world.”

his collection of rare Meissen swans. “I love antique china sets, like Meis-

Beauty and entertaining have long been passions of Valentino. “I am in love with beauty,” he admits in the book’s opening. “I have always loved

sen, Russian, or from P.K. Selesia, a German company from the 1930s” he states.

beautiful objects.” Though beyond the tangible objets d’art housed in each

Though regardless of residence or number of guests, Valentino’s com-

of his residences, Valentino’s excellence as a host is defined by the warmth

mitment to excellence does not waver. “I am very often alone and enjoying my houses,” Valentino says. “Enter-

and joy he creates for his guests. “When you enter his world, you

taining thirty or one is the same;

enter the world of luxury; you enter

the food has to be on a beautiful

a rare and opulent, yet warm space,”

plate. The dream came true.”

adds Talley. The atmosphere evokes

Valentino Garavani, often known

the “joy of sharing, and the joy of

simply as Valentino, is a legendary

delivering a magnificent dining ex-

fashion designer and master cou-

perience in a setting of wonder and

turier. He founded his eponymous

originality; sharing with family,

fashion house in Rome in the late

friends and guests; sharing good

1950s and has since established an

conversation that is quite often an-

illustrious career designing for the

imated; and sharing beautiful flow-

world’s most glamorous women,

ers, especially from Valentino’s own

from royalty to Hollywood icons,

gardens,” he continues in his intro-

including Jackie O, Elizabeth Taylor


and modern-day muses like Gwyn-

Photographed by renowned Italian photographer Oberto Gili, and

eth Paltrow and Anne Hathaway. Description credit Assouline book available at

From his start designing dresses,

organized by residence, this book invites the reader to enjoy various table

Valentino and long-time business partner Giancarlo Giammetti built the

settings and recipes specific to each home. A flan au chevre may be served

Valentino brand into an international empire, now one of the most iconic

on Portuguese porcelain at his ski chalet in Gstaad, while a visit to his

fashion brands in the world, often associated with his signature color,

home in London reveals a “decorating masterpiece”--says Talley in his

“Valentino Red”. Though Valentino retired from fashion in 2008, he con-

text--with an orientalist dining room of blue and white china. The New

tinues to create and follow his passions.

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Modern Dating Manners Millennials to Married Couples




by Sharon Schweitzer, J.D.

is the season of love. Dating apps, internet presence, and evolving gender norms are challenging traditional rules of dating, making modern courtship complex and confusing for some. Today, age and career don’t necessarily dictate whether there’s a match. In 2018, consider two sets of paramount dating guidelines--three for Millennials, and three for married couples.

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1. Commit to Your Virtual Vows:

1. Split the Tab:

Some Millennials approach mobile dating apps

As we all know, more and more women are be-

casually, swiping “yes” or “no” out of boredom and

coming the breadwinners of the family. Today, it

agreeing to dates apathetically. Dating apps’ ease

can be considered impolite for the man to always

of use shouldn’t take away from the commitment

insist on paying for dinner. Married couples can

of agreeing to go on a date. Take dating apps se-

take turns treating one another, or make a habit of

riously; there’s nothing worse than receiving that

splitting the check.

“Something just came up! Reschedule?” message an hour before your date. Only agree to go on dates

2. Face Time Over Screen Time:

if you really do want to meet with this person--not

A few years of marriage can challenge us to make

because you’re bored.

an effort to commit attention to our spouse. Dis-

2. Don’t Go “Boo”:

cuss technology with your sweetie. Should you try No Cellphone Sundays together? In our modern

It has become all too common for young people

busy lives, we can sometimes feel more obligated

to end a relationship with someone by sudden-

to our gadgets than our lovers. As a team, help

ly halting responding to messages or answering

each other separate from technology during to-

phone calls (also known as “ghosting.”). Even if

gether time.

you’re certain that your partner doesn’t want to continue the relationship, ghosting is a highly

3. Gender Role Bender:

inconsiderate way to end it, and is very rarely justi-

Gone are the days when women are expected to

fiable. Depending on the length and seriousness of

take care of the home. If you find that one of you

the relationship, a face-to-face conversation or a

is taking on a heavier workload at home, have a

phone call are the most polite methods to discuss

conversation and set ground rules that divide up

parting ways.

the work equally. House maintenance egality rules

3. Jumping to Conclusions:

might seem trivial, but they can prevent conflict and keep the flame burning strong.

In 2018, finding a stranger’s photos, tweets, blogs, YouTube videos, etc., is a total breeze. If you’ve just started seeing someone, it’s hard to resist

All of these rules stem from one overarching theme:

the temptation to hunt for their online profiles.

Respect One Another. As habits and social norms evolve,

There’s nothing wrong with skimming through

different challenges come into play regarding how to best

someone’s Twitter account to help inform you of

respect each other. During the season of love, be sure to

what they’re like, but avoid making a concrete de-

treat your sweetheart right.

cision of whether you’re interested based on online profiles. We all know that it’s difficult to represent our true selves through the web. March/April 2018 |



How to


Yourself by Leslie Green

Many years ago—years that feel more like lifetimes—I

reason, for one simple fact:

dated a guy who was all wrong for me. I refused to see it at

I didn’t love myself enough to break the bad habit of

the time. Belligerent beyond reason, I refused to admit it,

“us.” No. It’s simpler than that. I didn’t love myself enough.

even ten, fifteen, twenty years later.


On any given day I could give you a list of lame reasons

It’s so true what Steve Jobs said about connecting

why we were together. A list that could aptly be called,

dots: “…you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you

“Leslie’s List of Justifications.” The truth is, although I

can only connect them looking backwards.” As I read the

may have started dating him for reasons similar to why

words I wrote in my own book, they appear so simple, so

many couples start dating, I stayed with him years beyond

almost duh-like:


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Today, with experience on my side, with Life on my side,

It all starts with loving yourself. Then the truth of

I see that these words are clearly duh-like when I apply

who you are becomes apparent—that’s knowing yourself.

them backwards to the ex-boyfriend situation (and many

You can choose to finish reading this article and hurriedly


move on to your next task, OR you can choose to honor

Know myself? No, actually I didn’t, not very well. Know my needs? No again; I don’t believe I ever stopped to ask myself. Love myself enough to make good choices for myself? Sadly, no.

Life by asking yourself, What truth am I hiding from? What will it take to love yourself enough to break whatever bad habit you are currently living? And hey, no one is suggesting you shake up your world

Are these things hard to admit? Honestly, not knowing

and turn things upside down until your life is unrecogniz-

myself or my needs isn’t too hard to believe or admit; I was

able (unless that’s what your heart’s desire is telling you).

young. But not loving myself enough…that’s another story.

All I’m suggesting is ask the questions, take the time to

That one is very hard to admit. In fact, it stings. And al-

honor yourself with real, true answers (no self lip-service).

though it’s not part of the original quote I pulled from my

Then from there? Baby steps. Crawl if necessary, but do

book, I can tell you, if I didn’t love myself enough, I didn’t

take baby steps in the direction of living your truth.

trust myself either. But that is the past. Life gives us the experiences we need to become the people we are today. Life helps us to learn, to grow, to blossom, to soar—to know yourself, to know your needs, and to love and trust yourself enough to make the right choices for you. As simple as it may sound, stop for just a moment and ask yourself: 1. Do I know myself? Not in a yes-no answer sense, but do you truly know who you are? Who are you? Not your labels (mother, teacher, nurse, coach, singer, gardener), but who you are beyond your labels? 2. Do I know my needs? Beyond food, shelter, and other basic needs, what are your heart’s-desire-needs? What are the needs that extend past your body, the ones that feed your spirit? 3. Lastly, ask yourself, do I love myself? Again, not in a yes-no response, but rather ask yourself to describe what loving yourself looks like. And also what loving yourself does not look like. How close are you to where you’d like to be? March/April 2018 |



The Sanctuary

3 Days on

Kiawah Island By Tony Prado

photo courtesy of Biltmore Company


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f New York City is the lap of luxury,




South is certainly the bosom of hospitality. The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island is a resort

perfectly named. Tucked away neatly in a coastal forest, the property welcomes guests with southern charm that warms the heart like a favorite blanket! Kiawah Island, South Carolina is an exclusive golf and tennis community, and The Sanctuary Resort rests safely beyond a secure sentry gate where property owners and resort guests are checked through after a picturesque forty-minute drive from Charleston. The gate is the only access to the island, so security and privacy are absolutely guaranteed. Visiting The Sanctuary for a long weekend proves to be a treat. The stately Southern Plantation is true to its heritage down to every minute detail.

Exclusive Atmosphere‌ After passing the gate, the car meanders through a forest primeval of trees on a manicured country road. A tiny sign informs where to turn, and the forest opens to reveal a plantation style resort with colonial columns waiting like a faithful friend. The neatly trimmed grounds and floral walking gardens create a sense of welcome tranquility. Smiling families wheel by on rented bicycles‌ no doubt heading nowhere, laughing and chirping in conversation.

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Go through the main doors to an immense southern style parlor and to where grand spiral staircases arc skyward at each end like rolling hills. Uniformed staff await at the foot of each ready to assist with anything that must be lifted or moved.

Pampered Service‌ Atmosphere is only the beginning. From the front desk

room plus screened sun rooms and gorgeous scenic views.

to the back nine, the service at this resort puts travelers

Bike rentals are available at the main resort and bike paths

in the easy chair. Any type of vacation rental is available.

crisscross the island. Enjoy a scenic ride through the forest

The main resort has luxury rooms and suites to suit the

with views of inland lakes and two manicured golf cours-

finest taste. Off campus property owners cooperate with

es. Take note of the signs warning to beware of alligators.

the resort to provide one or two bedroom villas in neigh-


borhoods all over the island. The villas are maintained by

For those who do wish for a ‘gator glance, the resort pro-

attentive staff with the same amenities as any luxury hotel

vides a supervised alligator safari, fishing excursions and a


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host of other outdoor experiences. More relaxed vacationers might opt for a round of golf or a golf lesson, and those who prefer on-court action will delight as the Sanctuary is the number one tennis resort in the world. Two complete tennis centers are outfitted with nine tennis pros and over twenty courts. Work your backhand until your heart’s content!

Epicurean Delights… While exclusive atmosphere and elite amenities are The Sanctuary’s claim to fame, “low country” dining at the resort’s Jasmine Porch is an experience to satisfy a workman’s appetite in gentleman, lady, and child alike. The brunch buffet is a parade of flavors and styles that lives up to its name. It is difficult to describe such a smorgasbord with the finesse it deserves. To the simple and gourmand alike, it is a Comfort Food Oasis where oysters on the half shell and peeled shrimp somehow rub elbows with mashed potatoes, country stuffing, and green bean casserole. Minnie Pearl and Julia Child would both be jealous! There is even a side table with such small-diner favorites as chicken fingers, mac n’ cheese, and — yes — even a row of PB&J ensuring parents of a home run with more particular palates. All this production comes without



pomp. Walk in to the Jasmine Porch and receive a soft smile and pleasant greeting from an



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man Rockwell painting come to life. A jazz guitarist plays softly in a corner … tunes you recognize and love but forgot you knew. Every table, every decoration, every person you meet appears magazine-cover ready. At the main buffet line, a traditionally dressed chef stands ready to carve turkey or ham to order. Home-made cranberry sauce and steaming gravy are beside to confound the choice… Hint: Opt for both! Shrimp and grits, and grilled salmon with sautéed Brussels sprouts are choices to satisfy seafood lovers. (The buttery flavor of the salmon will bring you back!) And for the unlucky few that love everything, a dessert table soft curtains and oaken colors

awaits with everything to

that give it a warm and wel-

tantalize… chocolate truf-

come feel. The soft cushions

fles, apple, pumpkin and

and delicate curtains must

pecan pie… pralines… pe-

absorb sound for there is a

tit fours…. bread pudding

definite absence of the noise

with warm sugar glaze….

and bustle one expects from

Willy Wonka has imbued

a buffet crowd. Instead one

this place at the very soul

hears only a soft murmur of

level! Order coffee, but

people and families enjoying

you won’t have room!

a weekend or holiday… a Nor-


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Opulent Surroundings After a sumptuous buffet brunch, it’s time for a stroll. Tell yourself you’re going to work off the extra calories… the standard holiday fib. The afternoon stroll is a southern legacy that is definitely not lost at The Sanctuary. The rear of the lobby is all windows that open to the ocean. Step through the 12-foot door to a stone patio lined with white picket lounge chairs. The patio gives way to a courtyard the size of a football field with a putting green finish. Whether lounging in a chair or happily playing catch,

relaxation, an “adult only” pool overlooks the beach with

families clearly enjoy the open air feel as an almost-chilly

its own private servers to bring everything from cocktails

breeze floats up from the ocean beyond.

to dinner right to your cabana. And nearer to the resort,

A boardwalk provides easy access over the sand dunes

a spacious pool with center waterfall provides plenty of

to the an expansive white sand beach. The comfy beach

fun for youngsters while parents enjoy an expansive sun-

chairs beckon. On warmer days, beach attendants are

deck and service from the adjacent pool bar. Stroll back

there with happy smiles ready to take care of every need

through the resort doors and enjoy a rare find — Beaches

from folding towels to propping up umbrellas to summon-

And Cream… a confectioner. Think “treats-a-plenty.” Over

ing the wait staff. Promise yourself to be back for a Mar-

a dozen flavors of fresh ice cream, half a dozen different

garita after your stroll. Walkers and bikers alike enjoy the

kinds of cookie, and bulk mix-and-match candy are all

surfside breeze and the views of homes old and new that

available and can be charged to the room. Two scoops on

dot the coastline as they walk. One can even see the occa-

a waffle cone is a perfect sunny day treat. Just add a few

sional surfer catching a wave. For a more poolside form of

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event to one that embraced all of the beverages that the state has to offer. The name was changed to “Savor, a Celebration of Food & Drink” to more accurately reflect the beverage variety available as well as a renewed focus on the culinary component.” Beginning on Thursday, May 3rd the festival kicks off with an array of seminars around town formulated in conjunction with Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte. Thursday evening is the official opening of the celebration with “TASTE!”, which is a culinary compilation showcasing many of the Blowing Rock and High Country restaurants. Wine, craft beer and local liquors are served up with live music in the main tent. This year sees the addition of a new event, “Black & Gold Night” in the reserve tasting tent - everyone involved in producing the dinner is an Appalachian State University faculty member, student, alumni, or friend. In attendance will be AppState chancellor Sheri Everts, Football Coach Satterfield, an alumni chef, and many student athletes.


When spring blooms in the High Country the charming mountain town of Blowing Rock comes alive with a celebration of food and ferments. SAVOR Blowing Rock, now in its twelfth year, is a festival devoted to culinary delights, wines from North Carolina and around the world, craft beers and locally distilled spirits. Originally named The Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival, it was envisioned in 2006 by renowned artist Bob Timberlake and Chetola Resort owner Kent Tarbutton, based entirely on wine and food and being one of the first festivals of its kind in the state. As North Carolina craft beers emerged as a powerhouse beverage and the NC Department of Agriculture named April “Craft Beer Month”, they were integrated into the festival. Charles Hardin, President and CEO of the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce notes, “In 2016, distilled spirits were added to the experience and the focus was broadened from an exclusively wine and beer focused


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Friday finds more seminars throughout town, Sip ‘N Stroll tastings in the town’s fine retail shops and then winemaker and beer pairing dinners in several area restaurants. One dinner of note will be held at Rowland’s at Westglow Resort & Spa with special guest Trent Moffet, a very talented and personable winemaker from Napa and Oregon.

Saturday burgeons with activities beginning with The Globe Gravel Challenge bicycle race and Chetola Resort’s Corkscrew and Brew 5K. The afternoon brings The Culinary Village in the main tent and the Reserve VIP wine tasting in the reserve tent. As if that weren’t enough, the afternoon will also hold the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show’s Derby Party which will feature a Kentucky Derby theme married with Cinco de Mayo. Sunday closes the festival with one final event – Jazz and Bubbles at The Inn at Crestwood Resort & Spa. For those who have never attended this festival, it will be a terrific new experience in the village of Blowing Rock. For those who have attended in the past, this years’ experience will be the best ever! More information on the festival and specific events is available at or by calling the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 828.295.7851. Cheers!


ety and luxury on ships known as “floating palaces.” First class passengers took every opportunity to see and be seen in the finest fashions of the time. And, just like Jack and Rose, the fictional couple at the heart of Titanic, the days at sea fostered friendships and romances, including Vanderbilt’s courtship of Edith Stuyvesant Dresser. “We are all fascinated with Titanic, and this moment in history,” said Leslie Klingner, Biltmore’s curator of interpretation. “It’s intriguing to think about what was happen-

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Quickly on the heels of the 20th

ing in the daily lives of the Vanderbilts, and how closely

anniversary of 1997’s blockbuster hit “Titanic,” Biltmore

that connected to what the filmmakers showed onscreen.”

will launch a new exhibition, Glamour on Board: Fashion

For example, the formal dinner scene in which Jack joins

from Titanic the Movie. The exhibition offers dazzling at-

the first class passengers takes place in the ship’s dining

tire worn by actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, and

room. Costumes from that scene are set in the Banquet

many others from the film’s large cast. Staged through-

Hall where the Vanderbilts and their house guests dined

out Biltmore House, the exhibition opens Feb. 9 and runs

in full evening dress for their evening meals.

through May 13, 2018.

Klingner notes that many of the gowns displayed in the

With these costumes, guests will have perfect examples

Second Floor Living Hall were worn by an actor portraying

of the luxurious wardrobes favored by transatlantic trav-

a real person who actually sailed on Titanic. They included

elers like George and Edith Vanderbilt in the early 1900s.

the Astors and the Guggenheims – couples the Vanderbilts

AWARD-WINNING DESIGNS IN AMERICA’S LARGEST HOME This is the first large-scale exhibition of fashions from

would have known or were familiar with. The costumes are luxurious and highly detailed, featuring accessories such as fans, elaborate jewelry and long gloves.

Titanic, which won a record 11 Oscars including Best Pic-

“Guests at Biltmore would have dressed in a very similar

ture and Best Costume Design. Showcasing the work of

manner. I can imagine them assembled in the Living Hall,

Oscar-winning designer Deborah L. Scott, the garments

taking a moment to visit with fellow guests or admire the

evoke the lifestyle of the era when voyages on the great

paintings before going down to dine in the Banquet Hall,”

ocean liners of the early 20th century offered high soci-

Klingner said. March/April 2018 |



Why I Take A Daily Organic Turmeric Supplement


By Vani Hari am careful about what I eat, but I am also

Can you blame me? I want to feel amazing and have lots

careful in other aspects of my life too. I seek

of energy. I want a clear mind, free of anxiety and sadness.

out things that are healing to my body… such

And I want to live a long, happy life. Don’t you?

as drinking clean filtered water, laughing with

The problem is that there are toxins in many products

good friends, and taking exercise classes. I don’t want to

and in our environment that can lead to disease. This is

just live… I want to be healthy.

why I try to surround myself and my family with the pur-


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est, most natural products (in-cluding supplements). I don’t feel comfortable ingesting synthetic substances in-

Ever since then, I’ve made it a point to include

vented in a lab by a team of scientists… especially when these synthetic substances come with a long list of potential adverse side effects. Many over-the-counter medications contain “inactive ingredients” that I wouldn’t normally put into my body – and most definitely don’t want to subject my body to when I’m trying to recover from something. I personally like to heal my body naturally with treatments like acupuncture and some herbal remedies whenever possible. Some people think it’s crazy… but herbs and spices have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic (a medical system that originated in India) and Traditional Chinese Medicine to help a number of conditions. These natural remedies go way back in our history and have been used for a very long time to support good health.

I successfully healed myself naturally in the past… Several years ago, I had a bad fall and injured my tailbone. When I fell, all the nerves surrounding my spine and lower back felt like they were on FIRE! I was traveling for work at the time, and had to be pumped full of painkillers just to get on the plane back home. I was bedridden for 3 weeks and miserable. And to top it off, my doctor said I only had one option for relief – surgery to remove my tailbone. Hearing his prognosis was devastating to me, because it meant that I

anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric in my regular diet. I like to juice turmeric – and really love to drink turmeric shots! I sometimes make turmeric lattes and cook vegetables with turmeric. And, I also like to take a daily organic turmeric supplement. That’s the easiest way to know I’m getting my turmeric in every day. I can travel with it, keep it in my purse, and never forget to take it. Turmeric’s beneficial properties have been the subject of thousands of peer-reviewed and published studies. Turmeric is full of nutrients and antioxidants, which are ingredients in food that fight excess free radicals in the body that can damage cells and diminish health*. When I consume turmeric regularly, I feel better over-all. Most recently, I began suffering from intense pain in my thumb and wrist, which many new mamas get from picking up their babies (which is why it’s called “Mommy Thumb”). In addition to acupuncture treatments and wrapping it, turmeric has helped with the inflammation*.

One of the reasons why turmeric is believed to be effective is because it

would be unable to sit for at least 3 months and endure

contains curcumin.

lots of physical therapy to regain muscle and strength in my body. Not to mention having a very expensive surgery, taking lots of prescription drugs, and missing work and life.

Research indicates that curcumin is an anti-inflammatory*. Chronic inflammation is a sneaky condition in the body and you may not even realize if it’s affecting you. It

So instead of going under the knife, I chose to try a dif-

can be brought on by a number of factors… diet choic-

ferent path. And I did it through rest, lots of anti-inflam-

es, environmental pollution, food allergies, stress, lack of

matory foods like turmeric and ginger, and regular acu-

sleep, hormonal changes… and, understandably, affects

puncture treatments (yes – needles right into my butt!).

a lot of people. Chronic inflammation is thought to in-

But then I decided to go to an amusement park, got on

crease your risk of several conditions*,

some really bumpy rides and reinjured the same spot. Oops.

Turmeric is just one of the tools I use to feel healthy

Needless to say, I went straight back to acupuncture,

and vibrant – and I plan to continue taking it for the rest

started taking daily turmeric supplements, and contin-

of my life.

ued on the same path of recovery – and guess what? I got better again. March/April 2018 |



Painting Faces


by Natalie Gladden he world of cosmetics has changed and grown leaps and bounds over the past few decades. From the technology behind the products to the designers producing the

cosmetic lines. Aerin Lauder, the granddaughter of EstÊe Lauder, worked for the family business until 2012 when she introduced her own beauty and home interiors line. Her love for interiors came from her passion for being at home with her family. Jonathan Adler, a well-known interiors designer, recently crossed over into the cosmetics world designing a limited edition collection for Clinique. The collection was based on his favorite places to vacation; those places included Capri, Santorini, and Palm Beach. This spring color is going to be bold and bright with lots of metallic. With ultra violet being the pantone color of the year do not be afraid to step out of the box and play with color. The use of the color can be subtle, try using Violet eyeliner from Laura Marcier to add a little color to your eye look. We cannot forget our skin care! My new favorite can’t live without serum is the new EstÊe Lauder Perfectionist Pro. It does everything, my skin instantly looked brighter, with smaller pores and within 2 weeks I noticed a difference in my skin tone. This is a must add to your skin care routine. *Disclaimer- I am not sponsored by a cosmetic company


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Jonathan Adler limited edition collection for Clinique Available at Nordstrom

Violet Eyeliner from Laura Marcier

EstĂŠe Lauder Perfectionist Pro

Aerin Lauder beauty and home interiors line. March/April 2018 |




Your Look By Alissandro “Andy” Castillo MD, MBA


Clinical photos by M.D. Laser Studio

ipstick shades are trendy, but beautiful lips never go out of style.

With fillers specifically, the outcome relies more on the provider’s skill than it does on the product itself. Personal-

Sadly, as we age, we all lose volume in

ly, I enjoy the challenge and the artistry required to know

not only our lips, but our cheeks, temples,

where to use filler and how much to use to create symme-

tear troughs, and even our ear lobes. Skin will lose elastici-

try and balance.

ty, and fine lines and wrinkles will begin to form, resulting

Fillers help to bring a sense of harmony to your face. It

in a more tired appearance. There are many ways to turn

may require a little more on one side and less on the oth-

back the clock: Botox, dermal fillers, skin tightening, and

er to achieve balance. Sometimes it’s a matter of adding

laser photorejuvenation are among the many options. But

a bit of volume or definition to your lips to enhance their

lost volume can only be corrected with more volume.

appearance. I can create a cupid’s bow shape, or make

The mainstay in volume replacement is dermal fillers,

them more full (without looking swollen or duck-like). But

the majority of which are hyaluronic acid, or HA. Dermal

beautiful lips aren’t the only enhancement you can get that

fillers like Restylane and Juvéderm can help replace

Often a patient will ask me to fill in the nasolabial folds –

what’s been lost over time

sometimes called the “parentheses” – around their mouth.

and sometimes improve

I’ve found that replacing the volume lost in the cheek pads

what nature didn’t pro-

or cheekbone area can not only soften those folds but re-

vide. A small chin, a weak

store a more youthful appearance overall. Filling in under

jaw line, or an undulating

the eyes can help reduce hollowed-out areas or fill the sag-

nose bridge can all be im-

ging skin that can create “bags” or dark circles.

proved just by adding volume in the proper places.


will impact your overall appearance.

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When used judiciously with an artful eye, dermal fillers can help enhance your beauty almost instantly!

Patient A has beautiful lips

and nice symmetry from side to

side, but she felt that the lines

around her nose and mouth

were making her appear older. Rather than fill those folds, I used dermal filler in the tear

troughs and in the malar cheek pads to gently lift the skin, re-

sulting in a more refreshed look.

Adding volume to the mid-

dle of Patient B’s face helped

draw attention to her striking blue eyes. With her high cheekPatient A

bones, the loss of fat caused

her face to look hollowed out.

I used filler in her tear troughs and cheek pads, as well as her

nasolabial folds and in what I call the “echo” lines. I also add-

ed filler to her upper lip to help balance her smile.

Patient B

The warm and sunny person-

ality of Patient C shone in her

eyes, but her smile wasn’t reflecting that personality like it used to. I added filler to upturn the corners of her mouth to

match her happy eyes. By filling

the “marionette” line area that extends from the corners of the mouth to the chin I defined her

jaw line and even improved the sagging skin on her neck. Patient C March/April 2018 |


Room with Mia Malcom paintings, designer Lori Paranjape photographer Paige Rumore



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himsy is a word that comes to mind when thinking of my meeting with Marissa 'Mia' Frandsen, founder of Mia Malcolm Studio. An established designer of home

interiors and furniture as well as a creator of fine art canvas paintings, she is unencumbered with traditional decorating genres. She focuses on first making a relationship with the heart of a person when meeting them. She feels that working with anyone as their designer is a special relationship. “ It is about them, not me, their dreams, their day to day like a friendship or a marriage.” Getting to the soul of a relationship is where Mia sees a free range of possibilities of design that will encompass everything that her meeting with client inspires. Having grown up in California with a father who was a contractor and a mother who was a designer, Mia felt an innate sense of craftmanship. She remembers creating her own items was so fulfilling as a child in a time when so many people were so brand focused. She shares “I feel it is amazing to see a change from wanting cookie cutter brand items to a want for more individualized tasteful pieces.” Having this sense of ownership to creating projects and art, Mia worked first painting murals. As a young, newly married mom, Mia had a secondary need to share her creativity. She had a small child who Top & bottom photo Mia Malcom art, interior designer Traci Zeller and Brooke Cole, Photography Dustin Peck, Arcadia Homes Middle photo High Fashion Home. photography Julie Soefer , Mia Malcom art, interior designer Traci Zeller and Brooke Cole , Photography Dustin Peck, Arcadia Homes

was ill at the time and in need of pricey medication. Her beautiful art murals in a way were a labor of love to be March/April 2018 |


able to provide the necessities to keep her young child healthy and overcome the illness. Presently, her son is thriving and so is her creativity. Mia proudly and almost tearfully shares “I’m not one to be negative or hide in a corner. I’m going to fight to make things work out, and I will not give up or give in to any negative situation.” Her continuing movement forward with her art led her to a chance meeting with a vendor who recommended she help with a mural project for a larger home. It turned out the owner of the home was the now late Ron Simek also the founder/owner of Tombstone Pizza! As a young, budding artist, this amazing referral resulted in her first major contract for $70,000!! From then, her work flourished as she worked with such famous clients as one of the owners (shared ownership) of the Phoenix Suns as well as the producer of Happy Gilmore among others. Mia has also had her moment in the spotlight as a TV host for The Design Network show titled UpCycled. She loved having the opportunity to host a show and loves the theme and inspiration of The Design Network. Being exposed to so many different outlets as a designer, Mia shares “So many designers are taught or feel they need to know their specific mark. I want to be that designer who doesn’t want to have a uniform mark, but rather work individually to create a unique “mark” with each client. People bring me their dreams, ideas, folly in bits and pieces from magazine tear outs, fabric swatches, etc. I feel I can

dusty blue, bright pinks and leopard prints and the like but

use their uniqueness and be the vessel to bring it all to life

also in her home had simple clean, crisp cool and warm

in the design I create for them.” Mia gives an example of

white linens and the like.” Working within the pulse of the

how she listens to the heart of a person when she goes for-

customer is the key to a result that is individualized yet

ward with a design. “I had a client who was a physician and

classic in its own right. In contrast, I worked on the first

she wanted a fun, happy spot to come home to. She loved a

deeded property in Rancho Mirage, California, a historic


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The Mr. Chair

less boundaries to absorb all of the customers input. So many of her customers have become ingrained in her life and she in theirs that she feels each encounter is where she is meant to be. A serendipity with the universe as well as thoughtful prayer led Mia and family to North Carolina. Having visited the manufacturing plant where her sketched up furniture designs where being bench made for her California clients, it was clear to Mia that her family could transition and make it home. Mia recollects “I grew up playing in the backyard, having fun with nature not having a TV. So the chance to be back to basics is an opportunity to utilize the playful outdoor spirit that is untapped and uninhibited in creative pursuit.” The family’s journey to North Carolina resulted in a canvas painting series called ‘Rivers and Roads’. Mia says “It is a reflection of the views and impressions of the journey here both from the air and the ground. “

property with early California mis-

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sion architecture. Mia notes “When looking at my portfolio, you will see

R. CHAIR one consistent thread. It is about the client, and the properties story not my brand, or you could say that is my brand.” The end result is a satisfied customer who sees the final culmination of a mixture of feelings, wants, and different mediums all merged together for one unified unique result. Mia is selftaught which allows her the limitHer self-inspired work often takes root from a memory or a discovery within herself or family. One of her favorite series is ABSOLUTELY AMERICAN. MADE IN THE USA BY MIA MALCOLM. COLORS AND FINISHES OF ACTUAL PRODUCTS MAY VARY FROM SAMPLES SHOWN

named "SHE". Within it, there is a piece, “She is Hope”, inspired by uncovering that her great grandmother owned a dress shop in Los Angeles. Mia shares “She sketched the thought, designed the patterns, and

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ing woman, that story inspired me, she was fearless in her pursuit that catered to dresses for working women.” How intriguing to learn this about an ancestor and how design sense can transcend the generations. She recalls “As a child, my room was decorated in cabbage roses and stripes on everything -curtains, bedspreads, carpets. The bloom is a symbol to me to GROW to LIVE and always be moving forward. This is the inspiration for the bloom series. “ The Bloom series is carried by three art galleries as well as Mia has pieces available at Ballard and Neiman Marcus. Her work showing at Highpoint Market allowed exposure for these works and discovery for her customers to find them in local vendors. Her background with construction and design in the family allows her to utilize hardy, quality woods and metals yet offer rounded edges and softer colors and fabrics. The result is a timeless piece of quintessential beauty and function with her Heirloom line. Mia’s neverending creativity is a bloom in process. It is going to be a beautiful vision to watch as she unveils new and exciting projects to enchant the art world as well as in her own words “to be a servant and a vessel for her customer’s vision.”


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By Brianna Melanson


he trend of filling an entire wall with framed pictures, much like what you would see in an art gallery or museum, either in rows or asymmetrical, continues to be sought after in deco-

rating a modern home. Julianne Taylor, Creative Director of Taylor Burke Home, thought, “What if we turned that idea into a wallpaper?” After the success of Julianne’s Shanghai wallpaper designs for Mitchell Black, she was invited back to design a second: the Kensington Collection. The collection was launched March/April 2018 |


pub somewhere in Ireland. People say that they’re using Kensington for a men’s locker room in this resort or a boy’s room, etc.” It is a very strong, masculine print and different from what Julianne typically designs. Behind the frames are dark plaid fabric backgrounds, acting as what would be the wallpaper where the frames were hung. Plaid has recently become part of everyday fashion from capes to flats reminiscent of historic kilts and equestrian style. Julianne explains, “When you see plaid attire and riding boots, you see traditional. And these design elements in fashion always translate into home decor.” Each plaid pattern is available in three carefully chosen colorways; there are many deep navies, greens, reds, and grays. Julianne notes that we will be seeing more daring color combinations in the interior marketplace this year. Meanwhile, the photos and background are one 2-dimensional image where you don’t even need to find decor to hang up. The wallpaper is the room’s art and completes the environment. It is especially great if you want a gallery wall, but want to save money, are struggling to find matching pieces or don’t feel like hanging up and figuring out how to organize a bunch of pictures. These peel and stick wallpapers are simple to install and remove if you want to switch things up or start a new trend

The English Room, Chris and Cami Photography

at the renowned High Point Market in October 2017 and is expected to be in hot demand this season. Wallpapers



field,” “Foxcroft,” and “Earl’s Court” of the Kensington Collection is a “literal translation” of her observations of her friends’ London flats where they would have framed photographs of their ancestors and pets as well as prized possessions such as hunting gear hung on their walls. In the “trompe l’oeil take,” the pictures depict

for the season. The Shanghai Collection had a pineapple

British guards, war medals, hunting scenes, and noble

pattern inspired by an Asian piece of hardware yet, remi-

steeds. Some of the pictures are black and white to make

niscent of Charleston, Julianne’s home. Hints of Charles-

the scene appear aged and realistic. Julianne says, “You

ton return in the Kensington Collection with framed im-

also get this reference to an old English manor home or

ages of shells and coral in the patterns “Brighton” and


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“Portsmouth” as another approach to the gallery wall. This

the vibe of a space which can ultimately be refreshing for

will give definition to your nautical rooms or beach house

you and your guests.

for this upcoming summer. The wallpapers work won-

Julianne also makes a point that big abstract flowers

derfully as an accent wall or to fill a small office. It pairs

are making a comeback for spring 2018 if you are looking

perfectly with elegant, cream colored furniture, or tufted

for something brighter. One of her best selling patterns

leather chairs. Don’t be afraid to change your walls be-

is the “Wallflower” from the Shanghai Collection will still

cause just like a coat of paint, wallpaper instantly changes

be trendy this year. You will probably recognize it from Instagram as it was used in the dining room of the 2017 Charleston Designer Showhouse with a gorgeous custom Iris Apfel piece against it. We will see wallpaper designs keep getting bolder and more vibrant. Perhaps we will be seeing other wallpaper companies try the gallery wall. Julianne Taylor loves that she is able to express herself through this outlet and definitely wants to create more with Mitchell Black in the near future.

Charleston Designer Showhouse Room by Holly Hollingsworth Photos By Patrick Brickman March/April 2018 |


society sightings Catch Me at The Casino - Raleigh


arlor Blow Dry Bar, The Merrimon-Wynne House, and Bunn DJ Co. teamed up to host CATCH Me at the Casino a fundraiser benefitting Wake County’s Project CATCH [Community Action Targeting Children who are Homeless]. Guests relived the Studio 54 era and were greeted with a champagne toast, participated in an extravagant silent auction, noshed on delicious sliders & custom donuts, mingled in the swanky lounges, boogied down to retro beats, and competed in roulette, blackjack, and craps for an incredible grand prize. Over $21,000 was raised at this event bringing much support to many of Wake County’s homeless children and families. A special thank you to our Sponsors & Donors who helped make this event possible! This was certainly a nostalgic night to remember.


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Photography: Sara Coffin | Planning & Design: The Lion House | Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House | Florals: Meristem Floral | Food: Long Leaf Swine & Rise Biscuits & Donuts Cameron Village | Lounges: Petal & Oak | Decor: Themeworks & CE Rentals | Custom Signage: Mason Dixon Designs | Performers: Elevate Sponsors for the evening were: Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery | Wake Sports Medicine: Nonsurgical Orthopedics | Mark & Dawn Carter | 02 Fitness | Pure Cosmetics & Surgical Centers | Chick-fil-A Downtown Raleigh | The Davis Team with Coldwell Banker HPW | Eckel & Vaughn | Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM | Fleur Boutique | Voda Boutique | House of Landor | Lavinder Jewels | Ideal Implant | Furbish Studio | Kale Me Crazy | Meristem Floral | Paintbase | ENT & Audiology Associates & Dr. Douglas Holmes | Nicole Lathan & Douglas Crawley | Theo & Sally Highsmith | Ilsy & Jon Chappell | Jenny & Jon Anderson | Linda Nobel & Craig McDuffie | O’Neil Creative | Enpuricon | Wine & Design Corporate. March/April 2018 |


society sightings Verse & Vino - Charlotte


ere are a few highlights of the 4th annual Verse & Vino, held in Charlotte at the Charlotte Convention Center to benefit the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Nearly 1,200 book lovers enjoyed dinner, wine, book signings and truly inspiring remarks by New York

Times best-selling authors Kate White, Jamie Ford, Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Nikki Giovanni and Wiley Cash. The authors spoke about libraries and their books, and this year a recurring theme of transitions emerged – some sudden, some planned, some natural, and others we work toward and hope to see. Verse & Vino raised over $275,000 for the Library Foundation, this was made possible through the generosity of presenting sponsor PNC Bank and additional corporate, foundation and individual sponsors. It was a fabulous evening.

Photos by Jeff Palmer, PPT

The next Verse & Veno event will be held on November 1, 2018 – we hope to see you there!


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society sightings The Ballantyne Ball


he 2018 Beneficiary of the 4th annual Ballantyne Ball was the HeartBright Foundation. HeartBright provided services to their first patient group in 2003. With heart disease, diabetes, and stroke accounting for 1 in 3 deaths in the United States, and access to care being a top health issue in Charlotte, Heart-

Bright saw a critical need to bridge the healthcare gaps for the working poor sector of our community. HeartBright provides treatment, education and access programs for their patients that have no other way to access healthcare, as well as early prevention of these issues in our youth. With the ability to have a comprehensive wellness plan that they can use to manage their disease. Patients are able to improve their health, have hope for their future, and be inspired to live healthy and productive lives in our community. Ballantyne Ball is a 501(c)(3) organization that showcases a charitable Valentine’s masquerade gala at the Ballantyne Hotel. As Ballantyne’s signature annual gala, their mission is to partner with the local community to unmask impactful charitable causes in our own backyard. Everyone involved in planning the Ball – including directors, committee mem-

Photos by Jeff Palmer, PPT

bers, volunteers, vendors, supporters and attendees – are dedicated to giving back to Ballantyne and Charlotte.


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society sightings Make-A-Wish


or the past 15 years, supporters have come together to celebrate the life-changing impact a wish makes at MakeA-Wish® Central & Western North Carolina’s signature blue-tie gala, The Wish Ball. This year’s gala took place at The Westin Charlotte and featured silent and live auctions, an in-

credible raffle, seated dinner prepared by the Westin’s master chef, libations, dancing, entertainment and unique opportunities to witness the Power of a Wish®. Donations from the event totaled over $610,000, which represents the granting of over 100 life-changing wishes. The chapter hopes to grant over 360 wishes this year and has granted over 4,340 wishes since

Photos by Jeff Palmer, PPT

its inception in 1985.


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n order to fully comprehend today’s fashion, one must understand and study fashion’s history. As Cameron Silver says, “You can’t be modern until you know your vintage.” That is the argument in Silver’s book Decades: A Century of Fashion which has already become a classic coffee table

book and required read since its release in 2012. Silver has built his name through his own boutique Decades in Los Angeles and as Fashion Director at H Halston at Dillards and the QVC exclusive brand H by Halston. As you can imagine, the writing of Cameron Silver’s intelligent and beautiful book was a challenge. He states, “Several years went into the writing of the book and the research of the photography. My publisher wanted to create a perennial, which is why this book is going into its third printing.” Each chapter is a different decade of the 20th Century that discusses the historic relevance and fashion icons, and showcases the modern aspects of the time. For instance the 1920s chapter jumps into Coco Chanel and the 1960s chapter will comment on the Space Age. Cameron claims his aesthetic is characteristic of the 1970s. All of the essays are thought provoking and include intriguing contributions from or interviews with celebrities, fashion editors and famous designers. Not to mention the stunning photography and iconic fashion pieces that Camer-

or 100 years old, you would still look in style right now.

on shows can still be worn today. He wants to change the

The shop has both authentic vintage and what Cameron

reader’s perspective and show them how “there is nothing

calls Neo-vintage, such as Alexander McQueen, clothing

new in fashion.” Modern fashion is simply reviving the old

that is no more than 10 years old and already a classic.

in a different way. There is a wealth

Though following trends are

of information in his book that ev-

fun, they are out of style before

ery fashionista should know if they

you know it. Cameron is a firm

want to truly embody a brilliant

believer in investing in a ward-

fashion designer or fashion savvy

robe that’s timeless. For spring,


Cameron reveals, “I think we’re

Like his thesis, his boutique De-

finally having a backlash on dis-

cades, now 20 years old, only sells

posable fashion.” We won’t see

vintage that looks current and that

as many clothes that we will re-

is carefully curated from people

gret wearing a year later. You

with vivid stories. It is one of Cam-

can save for quality pieces that

eron’s favorite things to be able to

you will never get sick of. He

tell shoppers stories of the pieces

adds, “In a world where clothes

they find and see how the shop-

are overly acceptable or rent-

per brings the clothing back to life

able, it’s nice to own things that

when they try it on. Whether it is 10

you can rely on for decades.” As March/April 2018 |


Fashion Director of the Halston brands, Cameron is a fan of their essentials line, especially the T-shirts which are comfortable stand-alone pieces that can be worn often. Cameron says, “Halston created an everlasting, elegant way of dressing which is what we’re continuing to do at a more affordable price point. It’s contemporary, it doesn’t look retro, but we’re not doing things that you’re over with already.” However, Silver says we are also in a “liberated” fashion era where it is now acceptable to wear day fabrics at night and vice versa. Cameron personally likes that fashion is becoming seasonless. It’s okay to wear bright colors in the gloomy winter or whenever you feel like it. Cameron stresses the significance of color. Add a pop of color in your shoes if you’re wearing all black. If you are to buy anything vintage, let it be a scarf which can instantly turn a plain outfit fabulous. Every woman can rock a scarf and there is no specific season to wear them. This spring’s fashion, should still be wearable next spring and springs to come. At Cameron’s recent Decades book signing at Capitol in Charlotte, he sold a woman a Scaasi strapless blue sequin dress she look phenomenal in. She had no where in particular to wear it to, but when you find something that looks and feels great, buy it and find a place for it later. While he has had many memorable red carpet gowns for celebrities, he adores being able to help real women find red carpet worthy pieces. He was extremely with









appreciate this compliment from the “king of vintage.” Perhaps we are a step ahead in understanding that the history of fashion is our guide to modern fashion. Cameron will not be writing another coffee table book for awhile, but he has other writing projects in mind that we can get excited about.


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By Scott Homewood While a beautiful warm

chant and Trade just may be the best in the city, with the

spring-like breeze runs past me, I thank all that I believe

best view, the best amenities –the tip top of the rooftops, so

in for my astute choice of moving down South where the

to speak. If you plan on treating yourself to this awesome-

winters are a ten day stretch between fall (which lasts until

ness you will most likely want to either park using the hotel

mid-January) and spring, which usually starts February

parking valet or park at one of the closer parking ramps

3rd or so. The weather here is perfect for extravagance and

and just walk to the Kimpton.

year-long rooftop parties. My companion and myself are

Once we arrived up top the first thing that grabs your at-

lounging on a rooftop in Charlotte, Moscow mule in my

tention is the bar and seating section to the front of you.

hand and martini in hers, with a simply mah-velous view

While there is a station in the very front that you will en-

overlooking our fine city. But this is not some regular run-

counter where the hostess can seat you should you want to

of-the-mill rooftop. To paraphrase yacht-rockers Steely

be seated (usually those spots are on the left when you walk

Dan “whoah no…ordinary rooftops won’t do” and I totally

in) you can simply walk past the station and find a spot at

live by that credo.

the bar if you wish. For larger, more relaxed gathering you

No, this rooftop is different. Located at the very top of

will most likely wish to be seated on the left hand side of the

Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel (one of the newest, swankiest

roof, which is the side with the best view and most comfort-

hotels in Uptown), this roof top hangout known as Mer-

able couches and seating areas amenable to bigger groups.


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We elected to be seated at a table near the railing for

The rooftop restaurant specializes in Tapas or small-bite

the ultimate view, which it was. Everyone knows I am a

style offerings, and the prices are very good for the quality

Charlotte booster, but, in my defense, Charlotte has one

and amount of food received. In between marveling at the

of the most beautiful skylines in the South. It’s only nat-

skyscape, we began ordering appetizers. We started with

ural as someone who enjoys what Charlotte is doing for

the oysters, which were fresh and excellent. No other words

its’ uptown scene. Since I remember what it was like when

can describe it. We proceeded to try the crispy parmesan

no one came uptown after 6pm on a Friday until at least 8

black kale chips and the ceviche. We enjoyed both with the

am on the following Monday morning, I am enjoying the

tender crispiness of the kale chips lending itself well to the

renaissance which has taken place and made our uptown

fresh, clean taste of the ceviche. Next up were my choice of

area one of the coolest places to live, work and party in the

the grilled octopus and my companion’s savory choice of

whole Southeast.

the country ham mac and cheese. While these two choices don’t sound that good together, when taken as totally separate entities they are crazy delicious. The grilled octopus had just the right amount of flavor, with the grilling process adding just a little bit of smokiness to the flavor. Sometimes octopus and squid turns out being too chewy and a little tough, but not in this case. The texture and resistance to the bite were perfect. We added a quick order of the General Tso’s Roasted Cauliflower and to quote the great movie Office Space, it was everything we ever thought it could be. Spicy and a great texture all at the same time. Perfect! Tasting all of these small bites was starting to March/April 2018 |


So, I have to say, as we lounge here at the apex of uptown recovering from our meals and a decent but moderate amount of alcohol, this is one of the best of the sparkling new jewels of the crown of the Queen City. The Kimpton has done a truly magnificent job of creating an environmake me even hungrier so I decided to commit and order the Double Pimento Cheeseburger. Not only was the burger good, it was steakhouse-style burger good with the generous helping of pimento cheese slathered on and between the two patties giving it a decidedly rich Southern flavor most regular sliced-cheese burgers lack. My companion decided to keep with her penchant of ordering and testing the small bites, so the next thing she ordered were the Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps followed by the Blue Crab Rolls. Both were amazing, according to both of us (I tried one of each)! The sauce used on the tender pork bellies definitely made them a cut above while the blue crab rolls had some of the most succulent crab I have tasted in quite a while. Perfectly sated, and choosing to concentrate on bevvies for awhile, we were able to do some expert people-watching. It seemed like everyone from the after-work partier office-types in their black slacks and button-downs to the formally-dressed men and women to the fancy-jeans-andnice-shirt types were absolutely loving the place! The beer selection is great, there are wide-variety of spirits offered (nothing too obscure but a nice selection nonetheless) and there is a great mixed drink menu with some innovative yet still classically accessible choices perfect for an evening out.


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This makes the perfect breakfast or snack when you’re in a rush but wanting to eat something healthy and substantial. (Plus, everything tastes better when it’s pretty right? This dish is simply GORGEOUS.) Creamy, nutrient-dense, and a great way to use up all those seasonal fruits. This particular recipe is dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free… so it’s the superstar of eating healthy.

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INGREDIENTS: Overnight Chia Pudding (Almond Milk + Chia Seeds) For the Pudding: • 2 cups Vanilla Almond Milk • 1/2 cup Chia Seeds • 1 tsp. Maple Syrup (optional)

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For the Smoothie: A big handful of Red Grapes (about 1 cup) 2 small frozen Bananas 1/2 cup Frozen Mixed Berries (Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries) 3/4 cup Water 2 tbsp. Chia Seeds Toppings: I suggest you use whatever seasonal fruit you have on hand.

Pictured here is the following. 2 Kiwi, sliced 1/2 cup Blueberries 4 Cherries, split and seeds removed 1/4 cup Raw Walnuts 2 tsp. Chia Seeds, optional garnish DIRECTIONS: The night beforehand, make the Overnight Chia Pudding and set in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to make your bowl, use a large blender to whip together all of the smoothie ingredients. Divide the Chia Pudding between two bowls, top with smoothie and add desired toppings.

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By Allison Parker

ver feel so overwhelmed with so many amazing choices or ideas when looking to decorate? Need a place to find the special niche item to fill a corner nook or a designer to help showcase the “you” in a particu-

lar project? The Design Network (www.thedesignnetwork. com) is a beautifully laid out playground for the interior designer in everyone! From a special option to design an empty room to artist inspired “pin” boards to actual de-

signer pieces to complete your vision, The Design Network is the place to set your heart free. Furnitureland South co-owner and CEO of The Design Network, Jason Harris, is always looking to make interior decorating and furniture shopping accessible and fun for all. Having grown up with a family in the furniture business, Jason is no stranger to the business. His father Darrell, started Furnitureland South in 1969 and it has been a successful business in High Point, NC as well as a destination point for furniture connoisseurs from all around the world. When asked about the inspiration to create The Design Network, Jason shares a portion of it was the energy he


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felt in the High Point Market during its international trade

into, but I love the way it’s growing and able to showcase

shows in April and October each year. He describes “Down

so many talented artists and designers.”

town High Point comes alive from the empty furniture

The foundation for The Design Network organically

warehouses to a pop up smorgasbord of interior delights

stemmed from Furnitureland South. With over 1.3 million

for designers, consumers, and anyone interested in the de-

square foot of showroom space, it is the largest retail fur-

sign world. From paintings to specialty fabrics, everything

niture showroom in the world. Over 160 talented furniture

is alive with energy and a party atmosphere.” Wanting to

experts and designers work with consumers and designers

keep that momentum going year-round, Jason had a vi-

each day at the High Point location. The company will ship

sion of connecting to people everywhere through a broad-

with “white glove service” to anyone here in the nation

Furnitureland South Showroom

band media platform. He notes “With folks trending to

with their own trucks. What a treat to be able to visit this

alternative viewing medias beyond cable tv such as Roku

amazing place and what joy to see hand-picked treasures

and Apple TV, it was an outlet to create a media hub for

delivered with ease. Building on this design experience

designers to showcase their creations. It makes designing

in house to an e-commerce platform was a key goal with

a project easily accessible to the average person who may

The Design Network. Accessibility to the unique items and

not be able to experience the High Point Market.” He jokes

decorating advice from anywhere in the world is a beauti-

“I didn’t really know the extent of how much I was getting

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Furnitureland South Design Center

Jason is happy to share “Consumers can review product boards or even hire a designer to help them in their

the what the end consumers were looking for-quality furniture or design services to assist them in their projects.

artistic designs.” He was looking to creative a wholistic

When asked about the types of shows and how they

experience. He notes “We wanted to focus on implement-

are selected, Jason describes “We usually consult with an

ing the 3 C’s: Content, Community, and Commerce with-

artist about their ideas and let them have creative reign.

in The Design Network.” Designers can upload product,

Episodes usually run five to a series. Many artists have

videos, and user generated content as well as create their

their own videographers, production teams, etc. that can

own avatar, links to social media and the like. Over 4000

collaborate with The Design Network Team to merge with

talent designers across the nation are available for consul-

our graphics and animation.” Shows include a wide va-

tation and/or have product available through The Design

riety from Your Dream Kitchen with Rebecca Robeson,


Design(ish) with Genevieve Gorder and upCycled with Mia

Balancing his dream for the network and budgeting was

Malcolm. The shows all focus on a different genre within

key to keeping project on task. Jason explains “All of the

the design arena which make for always interesting watch-

ideas and plans require that initial investment and we tried

ing! While Jason notes “Entertainment is always first, we

to keep ‘bootstrapping’ each area of discipline so that all

want to be sure that the viewers see the products they are

investments were diligently thought out.” Sourcing soft-

looking for as well as an opportunity to purchase them.”

ware engineering to make the website user friendly and

Looking towards 2018, Jason revealed some gems to

accessible was one key area that Jason felt was up most

come within The Design Network. The group recently add-

important. As well, content direction was another focal

ed in a new content director from Los Angeles who brings

point as he wanted to keep the presentations mindful of

a wealth of new knowledge to the already brilliant team.


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Jason is also looking to develop new shows as well as bring back some of the more successful topic shows to re-engage those viewers. Jason’s objective is to always be moving forward and to be providing the best content possible for consumers. With so many items going on within The Design Network, it was great to learn that Jason strives for balance in his family life as well as The Design Network. The avid entrepreneur and UNC Chapel Hill grad shared that he and wife, Jenny, love to spend as much time as possible with their 5 children. A tidbit he shared was that he and his wife met while in college at UNC! Their oldest is carrying on the Tar Heel Blue tradition as a freshman at UNC this year. With kids ranging from 18-6, the couple is busy with a lot of family activities. Jason enjoys golfing and running to keep fit so he can keep up with all the momentum that the new business adventures bring. Keep an eye on The Design Network ( While we found some teasers about what’s in store for 2018, you can never be too surprised and delighted at what’s new each time you tune or click in! Furnitureland South Highboy

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THE CAMERA & THE HORSE by Colleen Guilfoile Richmond

Equine art has long been popular . The beauty of the majestic animal has been immortalized in every art form as far back as the cave man. One who captures the beauty of the horse, and the sport of polo like no other, is the beautiful Irina Kazaridi.


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Irina Kazaridi is a fine art photographer, specialized in equestrian and polo photography. Irina has been an artist since childhood where she studied art in St. Petersburg before going to the European Institute of Design in Milan. When she was living in the south of France she often went to Saint-Tropez to see her friends playing polo. It was at this time that she decided to make a series of photos, polo would be her new project.The beauty of the sport of polo and horses have long inspired her. She has traveled the world attending all the main polo tournaments from Palm Beach to Dubai to capture the most beautiful form of the horse. Her collection of Art Photographs have been displayed in different exhibitions and galleries from Europe to Argentina. Irina has photographed all of the top players in the world as well as the elegant horses and beautiful families that surround them. She has brought them to life. She brings into focus moments of pure joy, sadness, triumph, terrific victory and defeat. These are the moments behind the

game that generate the passion of the players and depict

She has photographed the top polo destinations, the

with stunning clarity the close relationship between man

best polo horses and the people that surround them. And

and his horse.

created the beautiful book Polo & Horses the Book of Art

Through her lens she shares the wonderful journey


around the world of polo, following the nomadic players and

When asked what her future plans are she replied,

journeying from Argentina to Palm Beach, from Spain to

“I believe the creation of a book for the photographer is

France, from Dubai to England. From the action on the field

a very special chapter in ones’ career.”

to the breathtaking emotions and the dedication behind the

At some point it’s good to make a reassessment of things

scenes, Irina captures the poignant moments in the human

in order to understand, what I want to keep and what to

aspect of the game in the world’s top polo destinations.

change in my work. For sure, polo series will remain one

Her collection Polo & Horses has traveled quite a bit,

of my favorite projects and will be continued. On the other

in the last couple of years, there were exhibitions in Mo-

hand I would love to dedicate more time to study equestri-

naco, Moscow, Cannes, St.Tropez, Barcelona, Sotogrande,

an photography.

Geneva, St.Moritz, Deauville, Chantilly, Palm Beach and Buenos Aires.

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about town Comfort in a Bowl


or the past 18 years on the Sunday before the Super Bowl, Charlotte has made it a tradition to have a bowl of soup. Soup on Sunday, an event benefitting Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region (HPCCCR) has become a community favorite. Chefs from local restaurants, caterers, and culinary schools

serve their favorite soup du jour to the more than 800 attendees, all gathered for the love of soup. Whether its broth-based, creamy, filled with exotic ingredients, or a classic take on an old favorite, soup truly is “comfort in a bowl,” which compliments the work of HPCCR, who has, for 40 years, maintained its mission of providing comfort and quality care to those nearing the end of life.

Soup on Sunday offers the opportunity to sample

soups, breads, and desserts from more than 30 area restaurants and 4 culinary schools. Save the date for Soup

photos by Pat Laurence

on Sunday 2019 – January 27, 2019.

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about town Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage Night with the Checkers


he Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage and the Checkers partnered for an evening dedicated to raising awareness and prevention of domestic violence. In the game that evening the Checkers wore purple jerseys and held a live auction to raise further funds for the foundation.

The Jamie Kimble Foundation purpose is to help research, establish and monitor the success of programs offered

by counselors, educators, agencies, employers, law enforcement and others. They work with foundation grantees and community partners to bring the most effective and innovative domestic violence prevention programs to the public.

photos by Pat Laurence


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about town Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce


photos by Pat Laurence

he Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce with approximately 950 business members has been serving the Lake Norman region since 1987. Many people join the Chamber to network and build stronger business connections through the mixers, Business AfterHours and BeforeHours events. The Chamber often hosts networking events with the Charlotte, Mooresville, Lincolnton, and Statesville Chambers to bring the members together with other businesses in different markets. Events such as the Annual Business Expo with 180 businesses and organizations showcases the region to 2,000-2,500 people. The Chamber hosts several seminars a month to help businesses improve their management, marketing and operations through BusinessWorks, Economic Forecasts and other programs. Programs such as the Diversity Council works to promote female and minority business development. The e-Commerce Division focuses on internet based retail business. The Chamber partners business and education through the Lake Norman Education Collaborative and a special group was formed in 2014, the Lake Norman Young Professionals, to get young people 21-39 engaged in the business community. The Lake Norman Chamber is the Voice of our regional business community working with local, county, state and federal officials on a host of issues from local transportation and education to taxes and business regulations. Monthly PowerLuncheons and Focus Friday events keep our members informed on issues which impact their bottom line.

1. Dr. Bill Cain received the Robert T. Cashion Business Person of the Year Award. Lake Norman President Bill Russell, Gordon Cashion, Louise Cashion, recipient Dr. Bill Cain, Robert Cahion, 2017 Lake Norman Chamber Board Chair Jay Lesemann 2. Rob Bennett of My Aloha Paddle and Surf received the McIntosh Law Firm Passion to Succeed Entrepreneur of the Year for 2017. Chamber Pres. Bill Russell, McIntosh Law firm Founder Bob McIntosh, recipient Rob Bennett of My Aloha Paddle and Surf, 2017 Chamber Board Chair Jay Lesemann 3. Left to right: Lake Norman Chamber President Bill Russell, John Crutchfield of Duke Energy, recipient Randy Marion, Lake Norman Chamber Board Chair Jay Lesemann


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nature of Caymanians, known as ‘Caymankindness,’ adds to the vacation experience, providing a distinctive atmosphere that can’t be found anywhere else in the Caribbean. You can choose to stay in a luxury rental villa with amenities such as sleek infinity pools, private docks and in-home spas to fitness centers, movie theaters and even a rooftop helipad to first-class accommodations offering an array of March/April 2018 |



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unparalleled choices– from secluded villas to luxurious

boutique-style property boasts six beachfront bungalows,

hotels and resorts – it’s no surprise that traveller’s turn to

four restaurants, two pools and a full-service spa. Claim-

the Cayman Islands for a tropical getaway. Those looking

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Yacht Club, Barcadere Marina, Kaibo Marina and Harbour House Marina. Travelers looking for world-class harbors should look no further than the award-winning Barcadere Marina, which has raised the standard for marinas in the Cayman Islands and provides top-of-the-line services and amenities. For mixed-use ma-


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rina docks, boaters are encouraged to dock at the Cayman Islands Yacht Club, which features full amenities for private craft, commercial operators, sail and jet boats. Boating enthusiasts looking to spend the afternoon experiencing unparalleled views of the Cayman Islands aboard a spacious private luxury sport yacht should head to Cayman Luxury Charters, where guests can partake in a wide variety of activities including swimming with friendly southern stingrays at Stingray City and exploring nature’s majestic Bioluminescent Tour. All this has the making for a quintessential afternoon at sea. March/April 2018 |


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Photo credit: Rebecca Davidson



ZODiAC March/April 2018 Manish’s Zodiac Signs Predictions for

Manishʼs Zodiac Signs Predictions for Manishʼs Zodiac Signs Predictions for




( 20 January – 18 February )

( 19 February – 20 March )

You’re likely to find the spirit and motivation to embark on unusual or different adventures. This is also a favourable period for sharing some of your deeper feelings with a trusted person in your life. April is a good time for repairing your relationships and for reminders of your need for closeness or companionship. Dreams would be rich and involved in this period.. You would be paying attention to synchronicities, signs, symbols, and omens in your life. You continue to build your faith in all that is “unseen” during this phase.

It’s time to review what you want from the love and money interests in your life. Go back to the drawing board. Set yourself to wait for what you want or take the time to develop new interests or a new direction. Life is stimulating to you in this period. Unusual and fun people come into your life. You may attract an exciting love affair into your domain or breathe new life into an existing one. Sexual stimulation and interest is at a high in April.

Favourable Dates : Mar 2, 6, 11, 15, 20, 24 April 3, 5, 12, 14, 21, 23 Favourable Colors : Red & White

Favourable Dates : Mar 4, 8, 13, 17, 22, 26 April 3, 6, 12, 15, 21, 24 Favourable Colors : Green & Blue



( 21 March – 19 April )

( 20 April – 20 May )

You should be feeling on top of your game. Others see your charm Your imagination is fertile, and you view your pastimes and the and appeal, and they value you for your entertainment with open eyes. You are sparkling personality. You could see able to find avenues for self-expressome unexpected gains in your fision quite easily, and the way you nances. Even if unexpected losses go about deriving pleasure out of enter the picture for some, these life is markedly different, and only serve to motivate you to hugely more interesting, than tap into new resources. You are usual. You are radiating energy learning about your need for that makes you more attractive, Manish Kumar isopportunities a KPKP Astrologer, Manish Kumar Arora is renowned a renowned Astrologer, self-expression through advenand, as Arora a result, ture. There may also be some Numerologist, Tarot Reader Consultant. are that much stronger for & ro-Vastu Numerologist, Tarot Reader & Vastu Consultant. sort of drama surrounding commantic attention. A surprising HeHe has been rendering professional advice to to has been rendering professional advice munication, modes of transportaand exciting opportunity in the clients with a reasonable degree of of success. clients with a reasonable degree success. tion, mobility, neighbours, or siblings romance, recreation, or creativity deHe has been conferred with the title of 'Jyotish Heishas conferred with the title of 'Jyotish that requires you to reorganize. partment likelybeen in April. Varahamihir' and 'Jyotish Aryabhatt.' He hasFavourable been Varahamihir' and been Dates : Mar 2, 4, 11, 13, 20, 22 Favourable Dates : Mar 1, 2, 10, 11,'Jyotish 19, 28 Aryabhatt.' He has writing monthly astrological columns for many writing monthly astrological columns for many April 3, 4, 12, 13, 21, 2 April 2, 8, 11, 17, 20, 26 magazines. international magazines. Favourable Colors : Red & Yellow Favourable Colors : Red & Purple international March/April 2018 |


ZODiAC Gemini


( 21 May – 20 June)

( 21 June – 22 July )

You are no longer on the fence, and you are definitely sensing some exciting changes and advancements in your professional future. Work is likely to take an exciting new direction, and events could act as a preview of these energies to come. Some of you may be introspective at this time, perhaps isolating yourself from worldly activities and acquaintances a little in some manner. Health issues may come to the fore. You may be attracted to alternate ways of living and to self-help or self-study fields.

Your energy and confidence increase markedly. Much focus will be on striking a balance between your career and public life and your home and private life. You may feel rather comfortable on the home front, but this is an important time for you to seize opportunities in your career. It may be a time when you express yourself more creatively on the job, and publishing or promotional areas can be lucrative for you. There may be developing associations with people of status, of other cultures and those of academic standing.

Favourable Dates : Mar 5, 8, 14, 17, 23, 26 April 1, 6, 10, 15, 19, 24 Favourable Colors : Green & White

Favourable Dates : Mar 3, 4, 12, 13, 21, 22 April 1, 8, 10, 17, 19, 26 Favourable Colors : Yellow & White



( 23 July – 22 August )

( 23 August – 22 September )

It’s a good time to begin a new job or work project. Things feel better at work, and you feel good about the work you do. Opportunities for improved working conditions and advancement are abundant. You will come by opportunities for growth or expansion through fortunate or potent connections with talented, exotic or interesting people. This is a fabulous period in which to take a vacation you’ve always wanted to take, to try out a new hobby or creative project/approach and to explore new ways

This is a wonderful period for rebuilding your strength and confidence. It’s a charming, attractive period for you, although also a potentially impulsive time as well. You’re less concerned with public approval or meeting societal expectations, and this can be very strengthening – you need this now. You are more interested in making creative changes in your personal world. During April, sudden events or opportunities can push you in the right direction in your work. Be open and willing to make necessary changes, but avoid overly hasty actions.

of having fun. Favourable Dates : Mar 2, 3, 11, 12, 20, 21 April 3, 4, 12, 13, 21, 22 Favourable Colors : White & Blue


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Favourable Dates : Mar 7, 9, 16, 18, 25, 27 April 5, 8, 14, 17, 23, 26 Favourable Colors : Yellow & Blue November 2016 |

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( 23 September – 22 October )

( 23 October – 21 November )

This is a period for personal review, when you could be reconsidering certain elements of your life and keeping more to yourself. Ideally, you get in touch with your heart’s desire after this review period. An aura of spirituality or gentleness surrounds you in this phase, and with it, you attract interesting people and circumstances. You might find that possibilities for casual love relationships open up to you now, and some of you could be overwhelmed with choices! For singles, meeting a special person is highly like-

Your willingness to enjoy yourself and explore your creativity now brings new opportunities, or you might find that new avenues open up to you for exploring new ways of having fun. Creative projects are likely to fare well during this cycle, and could possibly even bring some type of recognition or reward. Finances are likely to be quite reliable. Love and romance may come into your life or an existing romance is enhanced with good humor and warmth.

ly culminating in casual friendship. Favourable Dates : Mar 2, 9, 11, 18, 20, 27 April 3, 5, 12, 14, 21, 25 Favourable Colors : White & Blue


Favourable Dates : Mar 2, 3, 11, 12, 20, 21 April 3, 7, 12, 16, 21, 25 Favourable Colors : White & Yellow



( 22 November -21 December )

( 22 December – 19 January )

Long-term goals for personal fulfillment come into focus and give you a sense of moving forward in a positive direction. Some added responsibilities are likely during this period, but they are not felt to be burdens. More and new ways to have fun are available to you whether it’s because of numerous social engagements, or you stumble upon a new way to meet romantic prospects, or the like. For singles, meeting a special person is highly likely, although it is not necessarily a person who is “partnership material”.

Your willpower and determination are especially strong in

Favourable Dates : Mar 2, 3, 11, 12, 20, 21 April 3, 7, 12, 16, 21, 25 Favourable Colors : White & Yellow

or adventure.

this period, and it’s an excellent time in which to get to the root of long-standing problems and take steps to eliminate them. Your integrity is strengthened and you need to pursue the dreams, and ideas you have put on the back burner. Take creative risks, as well as personal ones, with your newfound confidence. You are inclined to take chances on creative or romantic levels. Something might inspire you to try out a new creative hobby

Favourable Dates : Mar 1, 2, 10, 19, 20, 28 April 2, 3, 11, 12, 20, 21 Favourable Colors : White & Purple


November 2016 Manish Kumar Arora is a KP Astrologer, Numerologist, Tarot Reader & Vastu Consultant.


He has been rendering professional advice to clients with 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.


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