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A Success Guide by Sharon Schweitzer



Not All Collagen Is Created Equal

28. HEALTH & BEAUTY A Strong Heart for the Holidays

Giving Back One Game at a Time

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Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cul-

Debra is most recognized as host of

tural trainer, modern manners expert,

“The Debra Kennedy Show” a lifestyle

and the founder of Access to Culture. In

talk show in which she is the producer

addition to her accreditation in inter-

and on-air host. She is also a regular on

cultural management from the HOF-

Fox TV Good Morning Charlotte and NBC Charlotte Today as a Lifestyle and Beauty Expert. Debra is a former Mrs North Carolina United States, Mrs North Carolina America and Mrs North Carolina International. She has appeared on many national television commercials as well as MTV and the World Wide Inspiration channel. Writing is a huge passion for Debra and many of her experiences include: Beauty Editor for Supermodels International Magazine, Lifestyle Editor for Elevate Lifestyle Magazine, Contributing Writer for Southpark Magazine and Carolina Bride Magazine. Debra has graced the cover of SuperModels International Magazine as well as Elevate Lifestyle Magazine and has been interviewed and featured in countless other magazines however her greatest accomplished is her unique ability to relate to others with her spitfire personality and passionate understanding that what you “give” in life is what you get in return. Please visit her website to learn more about Debra.

CLAUDIA RICCIARDONE Claudia Ricciardone is the owner and lead designer of Claudia Josephine Design, as well as a Maria Killam True Color Expert. Specializing in highend residential design, Claudia creates magazine worthy homes that are classic, functional, and liveable. While Claudia credits her childhood summers in Italy and Art History studies as shaping her European influenced design esthetic, Claudia emphasizes the use of high-quality, American made, sustainable furnishings. During her free time, you will often find Claudia painting original art, visiting museums, or enjoying Charlotte’s farm-to-table food scene with her husband and young daughter.


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

MELISSA CORBIN Melissa Corbin is a Tennessee-based freelance travel and culinary journalist who is forever on the hunt for the people and experiences that make our world a better place to live. You know the type––those who give a damn and aren’t letting the slightest bit of dust settle under their feet. Published by national publications such as Lonely Planet, Craft and AAA Traveler, she also enjoys writing for the cultures of regional lifestyles publications like this one. A storyteller at heart, she podcasts over at CorbinInTheDell. com. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @melcorbin to continue the conversation.

LACEY BLANTON Lacey Blanton Design Assistant ID.ology Interiors & Design 1056 Haywood Road Asheville, NC 28806 828 252 4403



Jess is the Food Editor here at Luxe

As a 6 year old, little Sharon Jane

Lifestyle Magazine. She is a culinary

followed her mother around at every

writer, photographer, recipe developer

fashion show, event, production and

and self-taught chef who’s cooking her

casting she would work in. As Sharon

way through the Queen City of Char-

grew, she realized just how much she

lotte. Take a glimpse into a slice of her

loves fashion and became her mother’s

kitchen by following her on Instagram

right hand at all of those productions.

& Facebook @sliceofjess.

From watching fashion shows on little screens to witnessing the fun chaos of backstage, Sharon Jane just loves the fashion world in all of its layers. After she received


her Bachelor’s in Creative Advertising at the age of 20, she used her newfound experience in visual arts to continue her work in fashion as Sharon Jane Productions as well as part of Embel-

Adam Jacot de Boinod is a British

lecerte, a company she started with her mother, working as per-

author, most famous for his works

sonal shoppers, producers, content creators, model coaches, and

about unusual words. He has written

fashion editors.

three books, the first two (The Mean-

As a fashion editor, Sharon hopes to express her love for the ev-

ing of Tingo and Toujours Tingo)

er-changing fashion industry and show how fashion increasingly

looking at words that have no equiv-

becomes a pioneer for positive change from self-love, sustain-

alent in the English language, and his latest book (The Wonder

ability to a wider acceptance of diversity.

of Whiffling) looking at unusual words in English. He worked on the first series of the television panel game QI. His research on the show involved him reading an entire Albanian language dictionary and noting down any words that he found interesting. He formed the idea that there are 27 different words for moustaches and 27 words for eyebrows in Albanian, including, “vetullan” (“very bushy eyebrows”), “vetullor” (“slightly arched eyebrows”) and “vetullosh” (“very thick eyebrows”). After leaving QI, he began to investigate other languages, examining 280 dictionaries and 140 websites. This led to the creation of his first book in 2005, The Meaning of Tingo, a book featuring words which have no equivalent in the English language, “tingo” being a word from the Pascuense language of Easter Island meaning, “to borrow things from a friend’s house, one by one, until there’s nothing left”. He then wrote up a follow-up book entitled Toujours Tingo in 2007. In 2009, de Boinod wrote The Wonder of Whiffling, a book about unusual words in English, the word “whiffling” having several meanings, including, “one who examined candidates for degrees… an officer who cleared the way for a procession, as well as being the name of the man with the whip in Morris dancing.”

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E D I T O R ’ S L E T T E R


hat makes Christmas special for you? Those memorable moments we come back to time and time again in our mind and heart. For me, it’s that special feeling in the air, no matter your age, it just feels magical, and that piney scent of the tree adorned with glistening jewels and

lights that brighten the home. A season of giving, Dan Jansen has made it one of his life purposes. He understands what it is to give all of oneself to a sport and then to others, creating the Dan Jansen Foundation. Read his amazing story on page 62. Heart of an Angel on the Wings of an Artist, Anne Neilson shares with us how through her passion she has been able to give so much and touch so many (pg 68). Bon-Vivant, host extraordinaire, Alex Hitz shows us how to throw a party. Having been adorned as the “very best host in the world” by the Wall Street Journal, this southerner can teach us a thing or two in his new book The Art of the Host (pg 74). Our manners and etiquette connoisseur has some fabulous advice for us on seating for that holiday soiree. Just as we start to wanderlust, Venice makes the perfect holiday destination, or perhaps we want to dip our toes in the sand and unwind in Amelia Island. Whether you are looking to start your Christmas shopping (head to page 53) or send your list to father Christmas, we hope to share some inspiration. Most importantly of all, We wish you a happy and healthy festive season.


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good reads THE ART OF THE HOST BY ALEX HITZ Alex Hitz, “the very best host in the world” says the Wall Street Journal, shares more than 100 timeless, tried-and-true recipes for classic comfort foods to serve with his inimitable style of gracious entertaining. Having played host to the A-list and beau monde from Atlanta to Park Avenue to Beverly Hills, Alex Hitz is a consummate entertainer and bon vivant--who can really cook. Elegance, comfort, and wit (and always a little decadence) suffuse every detail of every delightful and delicious occasion. Defying diets and trends, Alex treats guests like family with rich, Southern-inspired food and the generous traditions of Southern hospitality.

THE OFFICIAL DOWNTON ABBEY COOKBOOK BY ANNIE GRAY The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook presents over 100 recipes that showcase the cookery and customs of the Crawley household—from upstairs dinner party centerpieces to downstairs puddings and pies—and bring an authentic slice of Downton Abbey to modern kitchens and Downton fans.


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From New York Times bestselling author and beloved Today show co-host Hoda Kotb comes an inspiring collection of quotes--drawn from her own personal favorites featured on her enormously popular Instagram account– that offer wisdom, courage, and hope.


Proust’s handy interview helper, here written by Daniel Cappello, to ask everything about dinner parties, from preferred seating arrangements to the best conversation topics. Featuring handwritten answers from experienced hosts such as fashion staple and philanthropist Allison Aston, chef Alex Hitz, and businesswoman Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti, in addition to blank questionnaires in the back to share with friends. Dinner Diaries will be illustrated with ephemera from these hosts—seating charts, menus, guest lists, place cards—as well as archival pieces from the most glamorous dinner parties of yesteryear. The dinner party has evolved in the last few years, and here’s a way to keep up with the times! available at assouline.


Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is “a compelling life force” (San Francisco Chronicle). The New Yorker has said that Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” and she has never done so more clearly than in these pages, where the iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire moments of transcendent grace. Volume 3, Issue 6 |


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Confessions of a




hould I Stay or Should I Go?

ferent from where it is today. As we grow

e-mails and FB Messenger about

This is what happens in

The overwhelming response thru

How we began our relationship is very difso should our relationships but when that does not happen, we grow apart. most marriages over the

my Relationship Article, clearly sent the

years and this is exactly

message that I am not alone.

what happened in my

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rity” in our marriages?!?! I for one do

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thinks all of this is nor-

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mal, poor soul. Men fail

quandry “Do I stay or Do I Go”!?!? Fortunately, I have a full and happy life in all other areas of my world starting with having my own article in the premier magazine of the South where I can share my innermost feelings with YOU, I also have My own TV Show and two amazing children that I love and adore! I am personally at a crossroads in my life and the rough times are boulders, not bumps. On the outside we look like the Perfect Couple. (My husband and I).

Spoiler Alert: Perfection is not a

lasting trait in Marriage. Most times when we expect perfection, we are disappointed. I find there to be a huge difference between Perfection and Persona…. or is there? Our public persona is very different than our private lives.


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to understand what we truly need to make us happy. Personally, I am happy with a foot massage, a clean kitchen after he cooks and good listening skills and he is batting 0 out of 3 lately. I also am a peace maker and want everyone to be happy and I strongly dislike drama so I let things go until I have had enough which is not always the healthy route. This reminds me of the TOWANDA Moment from “Fried Green Tomatoes” where she is overcome with emotion in the parking lot and rams her car multiple times into the car of those cute arrogant girls who stole her spot. We can all have “TOWANDA” moments when pushed to the point of no return. Clearly, I do not have an issue with sharing my feelings and thoughts as I feel it helps others. I

can open myself up and be very vulnerable which helps me

you try again, which by the way makes you even more resilient.

deal with my emotions. I understand NOT everyone has that

If we never try to change up the status quo , we may live

ability as they may feel they are being judged. We are all im-

with regrets of “what if.” Personally, I am in the “Third Chap-

perfect people trying to live a life of perfection. Sorry to burst

ter” of my life and time is not on my side for “what if’s.”

your bubble, perfection does not exist. You must first love yourself before you are capable of loving anyone else. Who

As Eckhart Tolle says, “When you complain you make yourself a victim, leave the situation, or accept it. All else is madness.”

cares what others think? Life is way too short to buy into try-

My dear readers, if I listen to my own advice, I know where

ing to be someone other than the imperfect version of YOU!

my path will lead with a few life changes. However, my heart

Your marriage does not define you. You are capable of so

may steer me another way.

much more and it would be great to have a partner that is

Please keep those e-mails and Facebook messages coming

your best friend and grows with you. And, if that is not what

as you truly inspire me and navigate future thoughts for ar-

your future holds, you will survive despite how you feel now!

ticles. Perhaps in the near future we will have an evening

Allow yourself to have fun and explore things outside your

of empowering relationship and life conversation at a fun

comfort zone. My favorite saying is, “growth = happiness and

location (lots of wine involved).


Until Next Time – Celeb Deb

Yes, growth can be frightening and we must take a leap of faith when trying new things but that is the only way to grow. This includes career change, personal growth and relationships. We only live once and it should be with NO REGRETS! What is the worst thing that can happen? You fail! So what,

Follow me on Instagram: @debrakennedyshow Facebook: debraannkennedy

You Tube: The

Debra Kennedy Show Channel Website:

“growth = happiness and fulfillment.”

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SEATING CHART: A Success Guideline How do we gather together and enjoy a special meal without stress? Thinking ahead and mingling compatible people can reduce friction. By Sharon Schweitzer, JD lex Hitz

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Consider setting your table with creative name cards. Children and teens love to make these keepsakes and they are excellent conversation starters. The kiddos are proud they contributed


Encourage teens to join the conversation by seating them in between adults; not next to each other. This provides an opportunity for them to engage with others and learn conversation skills. They can sit with their phones and cousins after dinner.

and can lead the adults to their seats preventing awkward guesswork when it’s time to sit down. Remember, it’s about an enthusiastic dialogue.


Guests who love to cook, collect recipes, or examine each bite are seated near kitchen helpers or the introvert who will listen.


Sit at the end of the table, closest to the kitchen. Your co-host

Kitchen helpers want to be prepared to answer recipe or food preparation questions.

sits at the other end to keep the conversation flowing and pour drinks. Global guests help keep conversations moving by contributing intriguing stories about culture, customs, and travel.



It’s a blessing to be able to seat this guest near a difficult, negative or Prima Donna. They will draw out the introvert too. Count on them to segue the conversation when necessary and ask interculturally competent questions.

Married and longtime couples have time-tested stories that others enjoy hearing. Seating them together Isn’t any fun. They will interrupt each other’s telling of their go-to stories. Seat them at opposite table ends.


Hosts adore having an introvert or two at the table. They tend to be mild-mannered and prefer to make eye contact with the turkey. Seat a quiet person next to a socially savvy, prima don-


na, or gossiper. The introvert laughs, listens, and engages in dia-

ning are customary and acceptable topics. Typically, in the US,


In some cultures, discussing politics, salary, and family planpolitics, sex, and religion are avoided when seeking a peaceful feast. If one of your guests is a pundit, rein him in or he’ll veer toward dangerous territory. Seat pundits close by so you can segue to a new topic if necessary.


For this guest, the wine isn’t the best vintage and the rolls aren’t hot enough. That difficult guest is seated by your brilliant cohost or by you so you can segue to positive thoughts and people. Lighten the food with pet stories, or vacation bloopers. Keep that energy positive!


Seat an attention-seeking guest at the end of the table so he can’t dominate dinner conversation. Sit nearby so you may change the conversation if needed. He’s fascinating but keep a handle on him. Seat the prima donna next to an introvert, who listens.

logue without seeking attention.

Guests known to engage in rumormongering can be seated beside socially savvy, an introvert, or a quiet guest without loud opinions.


Seat them next to their date. Another option is seating them next to an introvert, a socially savvy or a prima donna. If you haven’t met the new plus one, consider discreetly adjusting the seating chart after the introduction; but before everyone sits down.


Hosts seek out this dinner guest with superior storytelling skills about Antarctica travel, adventurous zipline vacations, or intriguing Embassy work. Seat them near the table center where everyone can hear their responses when you ask questions since they won’t raise the topic themselves. Have the dessert tray ready because the conversation makes for an enjoyable evening.

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NOT ALL COLLAGEN IS CREATED EQUAL By Joy Harari, Joy Harari, Certified Health Coach, GAPS and Psychology of Eating Specialist and Founder of Shore Magic


he buzz around town is about collagen these days, and people are praising every little peptide for the countless number of benefits they provide for the mind, body and soul. As they should. Our bodies are made up of collagen and as we get older, our collagen production slows causing signs of aging from the inside and out. We also don’t get enough collagen in our diets anymore. That’s

why more and more people are finding a way to incorporate it into their daily routine to prevent or reverse the effects collagen loss can cause. But, it’s important to know that not all collagens are created equal, and there are a number of things to consider when choosing which kind of collagen product is right for you.


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Purity A scientific study was recently published featuring Shore Magic marine collagen that proved the purity and molecular weight of a collagen peptide affects its absorption into the body. Some in market brands boast additional vitamins, herbs or flavors with their collagen. While that may seem like you’re getting more “beauty for your buck”, when it comes to collagen… less is more. Collagen sold with other ingredients can result in a need to buy and consume more for the same effect as a pure peptide. While it may seem like adding more vitamins makes it more powerful, just as all collagens aren’t created equal, neither are people’s chemical makeup. The additional ingredients added to the collagen could have an adverse effect on your system and cause complications. Keep it simple and pure. Powders, Pills and Products Collagen comes in many forms and you can walk into any store to find a number of over the counter collagen products. While collagen pills, gummies and capsules can still be effective for incorporating collagen into your diet, a tested, pure, low weight marine collagen powder still prevails. It can be added to anything from coffee and yogurt to oatmeal and muffins. As stated above, the purer and smaller the peptide, the quicker it absorbs and gets to work. If you’re not really ready to start scooping collagen but want the

Marine vs Bovine

anti-aging or beautifying effect it has, there are plenty of skincare

The first thing to consider when picking a peptide, is where the

most collagen molecules are just too large to go through the pores

collagen is sourced from. Many collagens on the market are either

of your skin. It would take a micro-engineered collagen to do just

marine or bovine, or a combination of bovine, porcine, chicken and

that. Collagen based beauty products can also include additional

sheep; which means they come from either fish skins, fish scales or

ingredients that could be harmful to your skin. Make sure to read

animal bone or hide. What’s the difference? Quite a bit, actually.

labels and understand what ingredients you’re allowing to absorb

Aside from the obvious, marine being better for pescatarian and

into your skin.When it comes down to it, you really can’t lose by

kosher lifestyles, some marine collagen is made up of a lower mo-

working collagen into your diet. From brain and gut health, to

lecular weight than bovine, making it more bioavailable to the body

beauty and mental wellness, the benefits of collagen will stay with

through faster and easier absorption. Marine collagen that is made

you forever and help you experience the magic of life.

products made with collagen. However, it’s important to note that

from fish skins is also the most compatible with human collagen, making it the best match. In addition to where your collagen is sourced, it’s important know how your collagen is sourced. Many marine collagens on the market are from farmed fish scales rather than wild fish skins. Farmed fish and cows are kept in crowded, unnatural conditions that often result in ingested toxins, the rapid spreading of disease and need for human fed antibiotics all that can be present in the collagen peptides being absorbed into your body. We sustainably source our marine collagen as a byproduct of the fish industry from wild fish skins, making it the purest starting point for your collagen. We then put every lot through a vigorous testing process. Volume 3, Issue 6 |


health & beauty



for the Ho lidays. Chavanne Scott-H. Fitness Together Owner Operator; Performance & Optimization Coach


he holiday season is upon us! This festive time often means more time with family and friends as well as parties and celebrations that create connection and

fun. But this time of year, can also mean increased stress and food intake, adding to the many reasons why it’s an integral time to focus on your heart and physical health. The combination of family functions, shopping, travel and indulgent foods are the recipe for a perfect storm within the body. During this season, metabolisms often slow down, we get less sunlight and people lose motivation to get up, get out or go to the gym for exercise. It’s hard to imagine, but did you know every winter, about 100 people in the U.S. pass away shoveling snow? Not to mention, that the day after Thanksgiving is one of busiest days in the hospital. This is because people who aren’t taking care of their heart and bodies fall victim to something as simple as the intake of too much food. I share these facts with you, not to scare you, but instead to make sure you’re aware of the importance of handling stress and keeping a healthy heart over the holidays.


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EXERCISE YOUR HEART The heart is a muscle. It’s different than your bicep, but it behaves very similar to your other muscles. When the heart is exercised, and beats faster, it gets stronger. Cardiovascular activity, as long as it’s kept at the appropriate and safe intensity for the person doing the exercise, causes lactic acid and carbon dioxide to be released through the breath. This allows more oxygen to come in, setting the stage for optimal conditions in the body…the release of toxins, the reduction of oxidative stress, an increase in both cellular energy and physical energy, improved mood, and much more!

When exercise reaches a certain intensity, the blood pressure starts to lower. This is because the body is expelling all the things that made it rise to begin with. The goal is to get your heart rate in a zone 60-80% of your calculated max training zone. The form of exercise can vary, from running to lifting heavy weights in a cardiovascular way. It all goes back to being in the proper heart rate zone. At Fitness Together, we use heart monitors so clients know, on an intensity scale of one to ten, exactly where they stand. We also utilize breath patterns as a gauge to tell where a person is at from a heartrate standpoint. The idea is to be slightly of breath but still able to speak. We utilize Genetic Direction testing so people know what workouts are most effective for their unique body. The Genetic Direction testing involves a mouth swab and provides a breakdown for each person surrounding what exercise and nutrition works best for them. For example, I have a low response to cardiovascular training for weight loss but high response for insulin sensitivity (blood sugar). So cardio, for me, helps lower my blood sugar but does not help as much when it comes to losing weight. Attitude of Gratitude and Giving to yourself is also good for your heart. Taking time for Self-care can make it easier to give to others. No one can pour from an empty cup. Making sure time is carved out to create energy thru consistent exercise makes all the difference between things being merry & bright vs. singing the holiday blues. Keeping an attitude of gratitude is key to seeing this commitment thru. Studies show that those who train their mind to default to being thankful experience more success in all areas of life and also report greater satisfaction in life. The natural tendency of the mind is to default to the negative, so consider committing to a gratitude journal now thru the end of the year. We recommend The 5 Minute Journal… Hardback and Paperback versions can be found on Amazon. There is also an App available to put the 5 Minute Journal into practice. Simply type in Five Minute Journal

Exercise is one of the most accessible and powerful tools to help

to your App Store or Play Store.

the body shift from a sympathetic (fight-or-flight) state to a parasympathetic (rest-and-digest) state. For people who are more prone to things like panic and anxiety, which are more prevalent this time of year, there is a mind and body shift when someone works out and experiences connection to deeper breathing and focused physical movement. Best of all, it can happen in a very quick time, in less than 20 minutes, which is empowering. Volume 3, Issue 6 |


If you are dedicated to increasing your heart health this season here are a few simple ways to get started.

help them alleviate the stress that is causing them to act in irritating ways? And if nothing else, those things may not seem as difficult because you made time to exercise!!:-)


5. Give a little - This is a season of joy and gratitude. Giving back, whether it is time, supplies for the homeless or money, giving back is a great way to strengthen the heart and help us understand that while we still need to hold space for

1. Find something you enjoy - During this busy holiday

our own stressors and challenges, we are dealing with first

season, finding things you want to do for exercise is key to

world challenges that many people around the world would

getting out and moving. It doesn’t always need to be in the

be more than grateful to have.

gym. Maybe it is ice skating or taking a brisk walk outside. Your Fitness Trainer can also help hold you accountable to making this time for yourself thru scheduled workout appointments.

THE TAKEAWAY This holiday season, take some time to focus on your heart’s physical and emotional health. By following the above tips, you

2. Don’t let the holidays derail you - Don’t set impossi-

can pave the way to healthier and happier holidays!

ble standards. If you want that pecan pie, be realistic and enjoy it. Use portion control vs. excluding it altogether. In the letting go, oftentimes you lose weight because there is a connection to the mind that you satisfied your craving. 3. Think slight edge - If you are driving toward change. The small changes, over time, can produce profound results. Think with the end goal in mind. One plate vs. two this Thanksgiving could be a small win. 4. Connect with family & friends - your Thanksgiving turkey might not be the only thing getting rubbed. Challenging relationships this time of year may also be thematic. Who in the family irritates you that you are forced to spend time can create a rub of its own? Perhaps think about what you can learn about yourself from these relationships? Can you find that 1 positive thing about those relationships to focus on? And how might you extend compassion to those relationships? If you have them join you for a workout, will that

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interior design



By Claudia Ricciardone

Claudia Josephine Design Photography by Laura Sumrak

Hostess with the Mostest


Dear Claudia,

I contacted my interior designer last week about getting my home ready for the holidays; however, she informed me that if I want to custom design my dining room in time for Christmas, it’s already too late! How can that be? It’s only Fall! My family will be visiting from out-of-town, and I am also hosting the dessert course of our neighborhood’s progressive dinner party in December. I’d like to spruce up my space in preparation. What should I do? Thanks in advance! Laura in Charlotte, NC


Dear Laura,

I often get calls from clients who are eager to overhaul their home but are short on time. Custom room designs can take weeks, if not months, from conception to installation, but you can still make your home entertainment-ready in time for the holidays. Below are my pro tips for turning your home from Ho-Ho-Ho-Hum to Deck the Halls in no time.


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and ask for feedback about what works. Ask them to focus on what can easily be removed and/or changed. A fresh set of eyes will offer you proper perspective. A staging tip is to use accessories that are larger than a mango. Visually, a bunch of itty-bitty objects read as clutter. It’s better to use a few larger-scaled items to pull a console together rather than several very small ones. This is especially true when styling a bookcase, which can quickly mutate into visual clutter if you’re not selective with your accessories. When pulling a room together, your eyes need space to rest. Decluttering goes a long way in updating the look of your home.

LET THE SUNSHINE IN! It’s not unusual to walk into a client’s home and find that it’s too dark to comfortably entertain. If you’re like me, you are energy conscious and navigate your home in bat-like conditions. Using layered lighting, such as table and floor lamps, is a great fix. The easiest way to brighten your home is to open up the drapes, blinds, and shutters and allow some of that glorious sunshine to make its way into your home. While you are at it, and if weather permits, open your windows and let some fresh air in as well. Thankfully, newer homes are built to be much more energy efficient than homes of the past. Unfortunately, this also means

HEAVY EDITING One of the most cost-effective ways to get your home ready

that indoor air can often smell stale. There’s nothing like fresh air to invigorate your home. While we’re speaking of smells, make sure your home’s scent

for entertaining is to declutter and edit what you have. Hire a

doesn’t offend. Avoid heavy floral or cloying fragrances when

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sitive guests. Citrus and spice scents tend to be more easily tolerated. Essential oils can both pleasantly scent the air and offer health-promoting benefits. And don’t forget about your furry friends. I sometimes forget that not everyone loves pets as much as I do. Washing pet bedding and using throw blankets that can be laundered on your upholstered furniture may help minimize pet hair and odors.

ACCESSORIZE WITH NATURE I delight in a home that’s been decorated for the holidays. However, like accessories, holiday décor looks best when it is carefully curated. Whether your holiday theme is made up of cherished family heirlooms or decorations in your favorite color palette, group similar items together (rather than spreading things out over various surfaces) so that your collection looks cohesive. One of my favorite ways to decorate is to use items from nature. It’s fresh, eco-friendly, and items can be composted when you’re done using them, which also reduces the need for storage space. Pumpkins, gourds, magnolia leaves, evergreen branches, pinecones, birch logs, holly, clove-studded citrus, cranberries, and cinnamon sticks can all be used to create nature-inspired, earth-friendly holiday décor.

GIVE YOUR POWDER ROOM A FACE-LIFT Finally, you can add big style by giving your powder room a makeover! Turning your powder room into a jewel box is a

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no-brainer way to wow guests. Impactful art, wallpaper (or a gorgeous new paint color), fresh linens, and updated lighting can turn a small, overlooked space into a showpiece. As you can see, there’s plenty that you can do to make your house fabulous in time for your guests. You’re going to rock that dinner party! Thanks for your question, Laura, and Happy Holidays!


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The Gift of Art in Asheville


mid Asheville’s locally focused shops, boutiques, amazing

cross section of visual arts including folk art, pop culture and

restaurants, theaters, and experience-based businesses

illustration, photography, Appalachian craft, a working glass

(i.e. Pinball Museum, Woolworth Walk’s soda fountain,

studio, a co-op craft gallery operated by artists, custom jewelers,

LaZoom comedy tours, Moogseum, etc.) sits a diverse collection

and contemporary fine art.

of venues dedicated to visual arts. Situated in a mix of historic

Located on Pack Square, in the center of downtown, is the

art deco buildings, renovated brick constructs, and modern glass

Asheville Art Museum. This November, the western North Car-

and concrete facades, Downtown Asheville’s Gallery and Muse-

olina community celebrates the opening of the Museum’s new,

um District is concentrated within an approximate half-mile ra-

eye-popping $24+ million expansion. The renovation includes

dius in the small mountain city’s very walkable city center. The

significant architectural improvements to the building both in-

District is home to a number of businesses representing a broad

side and out, to the layout of the museum’s expansive galleries,


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as well as upgrades to HVAC, lighting, security, life safety and technology systems. The Asheville Art Museum’s new, state-ofthe-art, 54,000 square foot facility showcases American art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Museum challenges guests to experience the art of this period and explore its relationship to western North Carolina and the Southeast. Asheville Art Museum Executive Director Pamela L. Myers notes, “In rebuilding our home...we reflected on what it means to be in this place, a site nestled in the mountains of Appalachia of significance to native and immigrant communities of all backgrounds.”The new Museum opens with two exhibitions that examine the vitality of the region. For Appalachia Now! An Interdisciplinary Survey of Contemporary Art in Southern Appalachia, New York-based scholar and curator Jason Andrew considered more than 700 artists from the Southern Appalachian states of North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. After 55 studio visits, Andrew selected the work of 50 diverse working artists. The Museum’s second opening exhibition, Intersections in American Art, offers a fresh look at their permanent Collection. A grant from the Henry Luce Foundation allowed a diverse group, including an NC poet laureate, to help reinterpret the Museum’s Collection with ideas derived from the groundbreaking Black Mountain College (1933-1957). Several important artists

objects and documents by faculty and alumni such as by Josef & Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, John Cage, and Robert Rauschenberg. Within the BMC Collection, the Museum is also the repository of the Lorna Blaine Halper Estate. Black Mountain College was noteworthy as a forerunof the 20th century taught or studied at Black Mountain College.

ner in progressive interdisciplinary education, and a number of

One of the major focuses of the Collection is works of signifi-

the most influential creatives of the 20th Century were involved

cance by artists associated with Black Mountain College, which

with the school. Another museum in downtown Asheville, ded-

was located 15 miles east of Asheville. From 1933 to 1957, BMC

icated solely to preserving and continuing the legacy of educa-

was a unique experiment in American education and a center for

tional and artistic innovation of Black Mountain College, is the

experimentation in all areas of the arts. Because of the College’s

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC).

regional and international significance, and the impact that its

This museum achieves its mission through collection, conserva-

revolutionary educational style had on modern art, the Museum

tion, and educational activities including exhibitions, publica-

is committed to preserving the legacy of BMC, with over 1,500

tions, and public programs. Last year, BMCM+AC relocated to


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a larger space just a block away from the Asheville Art Museum on Pack Square. Founded in 1993, the BMCM+AC celebrates the history of Black Mountain College and explores its extraordinary impact on modern and contemporary art, dance, theater, music, and performance. Today, the museum remains committed to educating the public about BMC’s history and raising awareness of its extensive legacy. Their goal is to provide a gathering point for people from a variety of backgrounds to interact through art, ideas, and discourse. They offer historic and contemporary exhibitions, dynamic events, and research opportunities for those interested in any and all aspects of Black Mountain College. Admittance is free with suggested donation. Anchored by these two museums, the Downtown Asheville Arts District (DAAD) is also home to a number of privately-owned galleries and other art-related businesses, including Momentum Gallery. This thoughtfully curated space is a standout among the galleries in downtown. Momentum is owned and operated by Jordan Ahlers, a curator involved in the Asheville art community for the last two decades. Momentum is a relaVolume 3, Issue 6 |


tively young gallery – it just opened in the fall of 2017 – howev-

experiences with artists. Recently, the gallery hosted a meet and

er, despite this newness, Momentum is already undergoing its

greet for visiting artist Chakaia Booker. This fall, the gallery re-

own significant expansion. Around the block from their origi-

visits an annual exhibition focused on smaller scaled work. Just

nal location on Lexington Avenue, the gallery is set to open in

in time for the holidays, Small Works | Big Impact opens No-

its expanded space at 52 Broadway this spring. Major improve-

vember 14th and continues into the new year. This year’s small

ments are being made to the historic building that will become

works exhibition presents work by a number of artists new to the

the permanent home of Momentum Gallery. Increasing its pres-


ence, the Broadway move sees Momentum spreading out over

Nearby, Ariel Gallery is a contemporary art gallery focused

two generous floors of exhibition space, connected by an open

on fine craft. Ariel is a premier showcase for original handmade

stairway, with a passenger elevator, hardwood floors, areas of

jewelry, ceramics, fiber, glass, woodwork and furniture. The gal-

exposed brick, and loads of natural light.

lery represents some of western North Carolina’s finest nation-

On their website, Momentum Gallery states they offer a con-

ally recognized artists. Since 2002, Ariel Gallery has provided a

temporary and modern program with an emphasis on emerging

wonderful opportunity for the public to view and purchase work

and mid-career artists. Ahlers comments, he enjoys, “showing

directly from these local artists. In 2008, Ariel moved to their

a diverse array of work by American artists including paintings,

current location on Biltmore Ave. and has become a mainstay

original prints, sculpture, and studio furniture. The gallery cu-

of the downtown Asheville gallery district. Because it is an art-

rates thematic group exhibitions and mounts solo exhibitions

ist-owned gallery, visitors can look forward to the unique expe-

that spotlight our talented artists. Typically, these exhibitions

rience of meeting at least one of their artists on any given day.

run two months at a time and then change, so there’s always

The downtown art district is also home to a number of large-

something new on the horizon.” Regardless of the particular ex-

scale public sculptures, including Henry Richardson’s glass orb,

hibition, Momentum Gallery is committed to providing access to

“Reflections on Unity” (in front of the Asheville Art Museum),

compelling, museum-quality artwork.

(Momentum Gallery artist) Hoss Haley’s 20’ diameter fabricated

To compliment its exhibitions, Momentum regularly programs

bronze fountain (in Pack Square), Albert Paley’s 40’ high corten

educational events and opportunities for visitors to have direct

steel sculpture “Passage” (in front of Federal Building), and the


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late Dirck Cruiser’s “Energy Loop” (near City Hall). More tradi-

ty bazaar, a lively celebration of handmade commerce, featur-

tional works in cast bronze dot the Asheville Urban Trail which

ing some of the most exciting artists and crafters around. Their

tells the story of Asheville’s history. Additionally, contemporary

fun-for-all-ages events are held twice annually with the guiding

painted murals and wall-mounted reliefs adorn buildings like

principle being that supporting creative venturers makes for a

the Center for Craft, Momentum Gallery, Aloft Hotel, and more.

stronger community, and their aim is to make it fun. The found-

A number of outdoor Art Festivals are organized and present-

ers of the Big Crafty also own Horse + Hero, a Neo Appalachian

ed over weekends during warmer months at Pack Square Park. Two of the longest running events are Asheville Art in the Park and the Big Crafty.

Art Gallery in downtown Asheville. Located in the South Slope area of Asheville is the Tracey Morgan Gallery. The gallery specializes in contemporary pho-

Asheville Art in the Park provides access to a wide array of

tography, works on paper, painting, sculpture and installation

art and artists from the region with its market series, now in its

by emerging and established artists from the United States and

second decade. The event takes place on three consecutive Sat-

abroad. The secondary focus of the gallery is to promote the visu-

urdays each June and October. Nationally known artists exhibit

al arts in the community by highlighting work created by region-

at this event and the best part is they are local. The organizers

al artists or pertaining to western North Carolina. Each year, the

of Art in the Park proudly offer local artists the opportunity

gallery will present a rotation of well-researched exhibitions by

to connect with the public. They comment, “Take a stroll around the Vance Monument and Hoss Haley’s marvelous fountain and experience the textures and forms of a truly unique garden.” Started in 2008, the Big Crafty takes place outdoors within Pack Square Park in July and inside the US Cellular Center in December. The Big Crafty revives the tradition of the communi-

individual artists as well as curated group shows that explore historical and contemporary themes. Tracey Norman-Morgan has nearly twenty-years of gallery and research experience, including over a decade specializing in photographic based art work With all of this going on, it’s no surprise Asheville regularly appears on lists of the country’s top arts-destinations.

On any day of the year, the downtown

Asheville art district has so much to offer visitors in the way of experiencing visual arts. Next time you are wandering through the streets of Asheville, keep an eye out for some of the numerous murals and public sculptures around downtown, stop into one or more of the amazing art galleries, or spend some time in a museum learning about the rich creative legacy of this special area. Volume 3, Issue 6 |


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Winter Fashion Wonderland: Fall/Winter 2019 Highlights by Sharon Jane

The most wonderful time of the year is here! The air is filled with cheer, giving, celebrating and all of the fuzzy goodies we love about the holiday season. Fashion has been reflecting this warm heartedness, veering into the light with more feel good and all-beauty inclusive collections. Although there were some outstanding styles that are surely trending for the holiday season, what trended the most was this joie de vivre, going back to our roots, awareness and embracing ourselves and each other. The Fall/Winter fashion season also gifted us with eco-friendly collections, unexpected trends that you would more likely see in warmer seasons, polar opposite trends, inspired designers, magical moments, and show-stopping classics. With that being said, here are 6 jolly trending highlights of the Fall/Winter 2019-20 collections:

1. Feel Good Fashion What’s been trending the most in fashion

lately? Definitely, good vibes. There

has been a new and refreshing atmosphere at

fashion shows. Zendaya fulfilled her

dream and the dreams of many by showcas-

ing her collaboration with Tommy

Hilfiger and the “image architect”, Law Roach

at the famous Harlem Theater, The

Apollo. Since the Apollo is known for its signif-

icance to black artistry, Zendaya paid

homage to those that paved the way for her to

be there today, releasing this beau-

tiful collaboration at the landmark. Trumpets

blared, dancers grooved their way to

the late 70s inspired set, and beautiful models of all sizes, ethnicities, and age strutted down the runway full of confidence and big smiles. The joy that the models evoked was very contagious and you could see the crowd laughing, dancing, and having a great time. It was really nice to see such pure bliss at a fashion show. The legendary supermodel Alek Wek danced and waved as she


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closed the show, followed by Zendaya, Tommy Hilfiger, Law Roach and their entourage of beautifully diverse models greeting their loved ones and waving to the applauding audience. They really stayed true to that sense of community we all long for. What should also be noted is that the Fall/Winter collection was “see now, buy now”, meaning that it showcased in September during New York Fashion Week and it is now available for purchase. September fashion weeks are usually reserved to showcase Spring/Summer collections since collections are seen at fashion shows 6 months prior to being available for purchase. With an increasingly digital, fast-paced audience, other designers like Burberry, Ralph Lauren and Mulberry have released “see now, buy now” collections. The Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya collection is in fact a perfect example of the new direction fashion weeks are hoping to take. New York Fashion Week is the destination week known for being a pioneer in making daring yet positive changes, like being more diverse, and it paves the way for the European fashion weeks to cast more diverse models. Although New York Fashion Week leads its European counterparts in diversity, this Fall/Winter Ready-To-Wear season was the most diverse yet. Although there is yet to see an inspiring rise in gender, age, and size in fashion week, Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya really set the example by having all inclusive, all beautiful models that just shared one thing in common: happiness.

2. Expect the Unexpected Like wearing white after Labor Day or floral for fall, fashion week overcame with the rules and stigmas of fashion. Florals for fall was truly groundbreaking to see, an opposing nod to the usual rustic foliage prints we are used to seeing. As fashion steps out of its comfort zone, it is also showing us that there are no rules in fashion anymore and that the only rule is to wear what makes you happy. If wearing floral, mixing silk with wool, or wearing sunny colors in the winter tickles you pink, then go for it! After all, what could possibly make us feel warmer than a crisp orange coat or a spring-reminiscent turtleneck? Designers like Carolina



McQueen, Self-Portrait Prada, Dries Van Noten, Sally Lapointe, Richard Quinn, Rodarte, and Zimmerman all brought July in Christmas.

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style 3. Polar Opposites Attract Perhaps it was a yin and yang situation, a Zen way to discover that you can have the best of both worlds, a way to bring balance and harmony to the fashion universe. Like the holidays maximize the good in the world, we saw contrasting trends get along. Maximalism vs. Minimalism (like Tomo Koizumi and Jil Sander), Modern vs Retro (Rick Owens and Michael Kors), Business vs. Flirty (Giorgio Armani and Zimmerman), Brights vs. Neutrals (Prabal Gurung and Max Mara), Goth vs. Girly (Prada and Rodarte), and Prints vs. Monochromatic (Chanel and Sally Lapointe) were some of the polar opposite vibes we saw

all throughout Fall/Winter 2019 ReadyTo-Wear. Designers designed with their sincere personalities, wearing their hearts on their sleeves as they shared uniquely inspired collections with confidence for a diverse fashion loving community.

4. Caring for Our Planet Since our beautiful blue and green planet has been asking us to take action and take care of it, fashion week listened and delivered. More and more designers are doing incredible things and taking new measures to be as sustainable as possible. It’s encouraging to know that so many designers are willing to try new methods to create and promote their collections that cause less harm to our planet. Alexander McQueen had designs made from repurposed materials, Vivienne Westwood created a platform for activists to share their information on sustainability and Westwood made her viewpoint known buy including the slogan “buy less, choose well, make it last” on her designs, and Mara Hoffman always finds new ways to beautifully decrease her carbon footprint. Stella McCartney is a widely known advocate of sustainability, that aside from creating eco-friendly clothes, she is an activist that is involved in initiatives like a rainforest conservation project. Gabriela Hearst always goes above and beyond when it comes to decreasing her carbon footprint. In her Fall/Winter


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collection, she showed her support and contribution for the nonprofit organization called Our Children’s Trust which supports “21 young people across America in their fight for court ordered implementation of systemic science-based Climate Recovery Plans to reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations to safe levels before 2100” ( Some of the more casual brands are also taking initiative like H&M’s Conscious collection, which is made partially from the clothes people donate in local H&M stores. For every bag of fabric or clothing someone brings, they are given 15% discount cards for their next purchases. The Fall/Winter Paris Couture Week also presented to us with conscious designers like Ronald Van Der Kemp who is a known leader in sustainability. He created a collection 98% solely with repurposed materials. He even pulled out materials from his archives, inspiring us to also see the magic and benefit of wearing vintage. Van Der Kemp and Gaultier both found new methods to replace fur and even faux fur, which is usually made with petroleum based products.

5. Inspiration Is Everywhere At all Fall/Winter shows, it was evident that designers were very inspired and we were blessed to witness it. Viktor & Rolf gave us all a happily-ever-after come to life for Paris Couture Week, as they gave us magic personified designs. With holistic, fairytale, Klimt-like imagery, it awoke the story time-loving kid in all of us. Following the magical theme, Dior presented an enchanting couture collection inspired by the power behind the elements in alchemy in a chimerical set designed by feminist surrealist Penny Slinger in collaboration with Maria Grazia Chiuri. Magic, science, and the feminine force combined to create a magnificent collection architecturally done to focus on texture, illusion, and shapes rather than color. Designers like Rick Owens, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Jil Sander, among many others, were inspired by architecture and made surprising shapes leaving us in awe of the incredible things creative tailoring can make. One of fashion’s giants, Chanel, is classically known for its impeccable savoir-faire and staying true to its identity. This year, Chanel preVolume 3, Issue 6 |


style sented a Winter Wonderland inspired collection, one that is perfect for winter things although the somber farewell of the beloved Karl Lagerfeld was there as the show also served as an homage for the French fashion powerhouse’s creative director’s recent passing. Whether you are inspired by the future, the past, a movie, a song, a destination or a beloved someone, make it known because you never know who you will be inspiring next.

6. Show-Stopping Classics Step right into Ralph’s Club for a star-studded night full of black tie elegance and jazzy entertainment. Ralph Lauren, like other designers, brought back live entertainment in fashion shows, for his Fall/Winter collection. Like something out of a Scott Fitzgerald novel, the audience dressed to the nines matched the sophisticated collection filled with glitzy Le Smokings, bow ties, femme fatale gowns, satin tuxedoes, velvet robes and perfect LBD’s. Ralph said a little party never hurt nobody as he closed the show with a breathtaking and electrifying jazz classics medley by the 8 Grammy-nominated, Janelle Monáe. Designers like Richard Quinn, Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya, Lela Rose, The Blonds, and Michael Kors were some clear examples that you can have a good time with fashion, whether its a performance by Barry Manilow or a dog show.

Now what’s the takeaway? Dare to be the life of the party and have fun with fashion for the holiday season of celebration and togetherness. Embrace your beauty, meet your muse and be inspired to create moments that will last forever whether it’s for others, the planet, or yourself. 50

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How a Giving Heart Came from Heartbreak:

DAN JANSEN Four-time speed skating Olympian, Dan Jansen finished his professional athlete career on top at the winter games of 1994 in Lillihammer, Norway. But, the losses he endured along the way proved most life affirming. Such losses earned him the nickname

STORY By Melissa Corbin

“the heartbreak kid.” But, heart break would not be the demise of this giving heart. Jansen soon recognized what a blink of an eye human existence really is. His story is one of perseverance

As history would have it, Jansen moved through his grief to victory and even greater things.

and exponential grace. One that embodies this season of giving.

He set a world record in the 500 meters event in 1993 and

Winning gold for the 1000 meters race was a long shot– a race

brought home gold in 1994. He skated his victory lap that day

which Jansen wasn’t favored to win. But, like any triumph, Jan-

holding his one-year-old daughter. That daughter’s name is

sen’s involved a backstory.

Jane. He received the 1994 James E. Sullivan Award and was

His older sister, Jane, fought a long battle with leukemia inev-

chosen to bear the U.S. flag at the closing ceremony of the 1994

itably surrendering the morning of February 14, 1988. As a fa-

Winter Olympics. Finally, he was elected to the US Olympic Hall

vorite to win during his second Olympic games that day, Jane’s

of Fame in 2005.

passing was just too much for Jansen, causing a break in concentration and ultimately his falling several times. “It was a mental battle for me. What if I go out there and win and people think I don’t care? When you’re getting ready for the race in the Olympics, that’s not the mindset you should have. We decided as a family about what would Jane want. She would have felt so bad if I didn’t go out there and try. She knew this was my dream and this was my life at the time and I worked so hard to get where I was,” Jansen remembers. The family decided in unison that he was destined to give it a shot. In the end Jansen says, “It didn’t work out, because my

“Although my speed skating career came to a happy ending, when I retired it was time that I give back as I had promised myself as much back when my sister passed away,” Jansen explains why he started the Dan Jansen Foundation at the young age of 29 in 1995.

mind was in one place and my body was in another. But, I would

The question of where in the world to begin was top of mind

do it the same again. I would go out there and give it a shot. You

for this professional athlete turned philanthropist, “When you

never know. It certainly didn’t turn out the way we wanted, but

start out, you’re not real sure. I wanted to do something certainly

in the long run it’s lessons learned. I tried my best and that’s all

leukemia or cancer-related. So, we started out giving grants for

you can do.” Although Jansen finished the 1988 games with no

research.” Additionally, the non-profit sought to help younger

medals, he did receive the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award in light of

generations with high school scholarships, programs for kids

his determination in the midst of tragedy.

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By trial and error, Jansen’s foundation quickly realized it must narrow focus for an effective swing in the pendulum of change. Stories of families in similar situations as the Jansen family’s are quite common. Frequent travel for specialists and treatments in other cities quickly wears on the most tenacious spirits. And, the economic demands for frequent air fares, hotel reservations and other unplanned expenditures easily drain most any household budget. “So, we started the family aid fund to help the families that are in this position. That’s the fund that is really big for us,” says Jansen. To date, the foundation has helped over 750 families. “It’s not necessarily huge scales. But, we get requests almost daily, certainly weekly, for families of those being treated. Now, we go between Charlotte Levine Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. The social workers find us the families that need the help. A lot of times it may be that they’re in trouble. Whether their utilities are about to be turned off, or they can’t make mortgage and/ or car payments, the foundation will pay for a couple months. Unfortunately, we’ve paid for funeral costs even,” he explains. The foundation recently merged with a Maryland non-profit called Cool Kids which is “devoted to improving the quality of life for pediatric oncology patients and their families by focusing on the academic, social and emotional needs brought on by a cancer diagnosis.”

And just in time for the holidays, the Cool Kids Club House in Honor of Dan Jansen opens December 7th. Here kids and their families can create a new sense of normal with moments like movie nights, birthday parties and end of chemo celebrations. Though it may be far better to give than to receive, to give often calls for capital. One of the many ways The Dan Jansen Foundation’s mission

It’s the little things in life where joy is most often found.

to solicit financial support is realized is The Dan Jansen Celeb-

Care packages shared with the families and kids in the hospi-

rity Classic which annually raises well over $100,000 during the

tal, tutoring the kids on well days, and gifted condos to send the families on week-long vacations are just a few ways the collaboration works toward happiness for identified families.


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September event. Sponsor teams of four are paired with one of Jansen’s celebrity friends. The guest list includes names like 5-time Olympic Gold

Medalist Bonnie Blair, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer

In this season of giving Janson says, “It may be cliche. But,

Ozzie Smith, and former wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers

whether it’s doing a good deed or donating money or time, it’s

Sterling Sharpe. A few of his buddies from Rascal Flatts round

really so much more rewarding I think than people imagine. You

up the entertainment side of things.

literally can change and better the life of someone else. We are all

Still, the gift of giving is reciprocal.

so fortunate in our lives for what we have. Certainly, everybody

While most of his charitable time is devoted to events and

works hard to get what they have. I’m not saying that it was any-

projects like these, Jansen’s heart is warmed most often by one-

thing given to us. Rather, after the hard work, we’re still fortu-

on-one time with folks. “ I enjoy calling kids, or whoever they

nate to be in a position to be healthy first and foremost. Do what

may be that are in tough situations for encouragement, support

you can to help because our time on this earth is not very long.”

and insight,” he says. He finds that these people present themselves because of his personal story, “It’s great, but also difficult.

To learn how you can support

I feel like I don’t necessarily have any direct answers for them.

The Dan Jansen Foundation go to

But, I can certainly tell them what I went through and how we got through it as a family. I hope it helps.” It’s a lonely feeling when you don’t feel like anyone can relate to your experience of tragic loss. Just to have that human connection with someone is paramount to moving through grief as Jansen did. He says, “It does have sort of a human side to what

Even if for just a moment, be still this season dressed in twinkle and good cheer. As it is in the calm where the joy of giving is born.

was a very public story. So, I think people feel connected.”

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The soul of a person is often reflected in their everyday deeds.

Her initial path in art started with a pottery venture, Herring

In the case of local artist Anne Herring Neilson, her giving spirit

Designs, Inc. Anne’s life in Charlotte included marriage and chil-

pours out in her creative artwork and outreach efforts.

dren during which Anne took time to focus on being a wife and

As the holidays approach and cold winds blow, many of us are

mother. In 2003, Anne rekindled her love of art with oil painting.

thinking of family celebrations, decorating and exchanging pres-

With her passion to be a great wife and mother, Anne was also

ents. For Anne Neilson, it’s a time of year that she relishes dear-

drawn to paint as a reflection of her faith. She notes “I picked art

ly. The time gives her pause to reflect on the many ways her art

back up again and we had a small studio built in our home off the

has impacted the lives of others.

kitchen when we contracted our home in Foxcroft. “

Inspired to her creative side as a child, Anne reflects, “I always

Faith was the main inspiration for her beloved and well-known

knew I wanted to be an artist since I was a little girl, I wrote it

Angels paintings. Working to beautiful praise music, Anne creat-

down from a young age. “

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“My sister was one of the first to see my initial Angels painting , she commented ‘You’ve found your voice’. Neilson recalls. A beautiful visionary voice flowed through Anne’s paint brush. Anne’s Angels were making their way to local venues and beyond. “Paint and Give Back” echoed in her heart. Anne’s inner voice stirred a passion to champion causes such homelessness, Alzheimer’s and many other worthwhile areas of giving back to the local community. Her Angel Series gained momentum and allowed her a platform to grow her outreach efforts.

necticut. The dreary March forecast put a glitch in the plans as it seemed Kathy would have to cancel her visit. However, as fate would have it, Kathie Lee made it to meet me. She told me ‘The Lord told me to come and encourage you. “ What an amazing friendship and connection that these two talented ladies share- It is a true mark of how friends can bring sunshine into each other’s lives. Anne adds, “It was a beautiful time to have recently shared Kathie Lee’s birthday in Nashville with her and friends.” With Anne’s art gallery growth over the past 17 years, she has

In 2012, she self- published Angels in our Midst. With over

moved from South End to the South Park Area. The last few

30,000 copies sold to date her influence is impressive as is

years, Anne has expanded the art gallery to include other artists

her drive to continue to give from her heart. A follow up book,

from emerging to established. Her entwining outreach among

Strokes of Compassion, followed. Most recently, her latest coffee

her peers has allowed her to raise over $400,000 to help organi-

table book, Angels: The Collector’s Edition is sweeping waves of

zations in need.

awareness to social issues such as poverty and homelessness.

Always busy helping others, Anne is never too busy to share a

Anne’s voice through the paintbrush took flight from Char-

few moments with a new friend or visitor. When we met, Anne

lotte. Connections made through her caring outreach have left

was working on an evening event for the Memory Center Char-

lasting impressions within her life and the lives of others. Anne’s

lotte. (Memory Center Charlotte is a local nonprofit that is inte-

Angels paintings have touched the lives of such celebrities as

gral to fighting Alzheimer’s and related dementia.) Next up on

Oprah Winfrey and Kathie Lee Gifford.

her plate was an event with Maria Shriver, The Purple Luncheon,

Her connections to others fuel her creativity and heart. She felt inspired by Ron Hall and Denver Moore’s book Same Kind of Different as Me. It is the story of an art curator and his relationship with a homeless man that is impactful to both in a positive way.

in support of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. There is no limit to the good that can come from a caring soul like Anne. Just spending a short time with Anne, it was visibly apparent that her strong faith and creative utilization of talents glowed in

Anne’s caring heart has endeared her to many people who

her every action and word. As a servant to her fellow man, Anne

come to know her through her paintings and community efforts.

has proven that it’s truly better to give than to receive. Her heart-

Her friendship blossomed with Kathie Lee Gifford from their ini-

felt actions and passion for art make her a perfect combination. I

tial contact. The two ladies have a similar faith inspired life.

had to think as I looked at the impeccable delicate Angels created

She explains, “Shortly after I sent Kathie my Angels book,

by Anne, how much these incredible paintings reflect almost a

Kathy planned to meet me at one of my art shows in Essex, Con-

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Alex Hitz

BON-VIVANT, HOST EXTRAORDINAIRE Having played host to the A-list and beau monde from Atlanta

ter brunch and an in-

to Park Avenue and Beverly Hills, Alex Hitz is a consummate

timate Valentine's Day

entertainer and bon vivant—who can really cook. Elegance, com-

supper. In addition to

fort, and wit (and always a little decadence) suffuse every detail

twelve expertly curated

of every delightful and delicious occasion. Alex treats guests like

menus, he provides can't-

family with robust, Southern-inspired food and the generous

fail recipes for the clas-

traditions of Southern hospitality. After all, Alex grew up in At-

sics that every confident

lanta and traveled extensively from a very young age to France.


His signature style combines the relaxed, warm-but-never-stuffy

their back pocket, from

elegance of the genteel South and a continental élan that cap-

perfect vinaigrettes and

tures the essence of gracious living. It’s no wonder he was hailed


by The Wall Street Journal as "the very best host in the world”!

to Bel-Air Onion Puffs,

In his latest tome, THE ART OF THE HOST: RECIPES AND






mayonnaise Milanese,

RULES FOR FLAWLESS ENTERTAINING (Rizzoli, Sept. 2019), Alex shares more than 100 timeless, tried-and-true recipes for signature dishes, and the beautiful stories behind them,to serve with his splendid style of gracious entertaining. THE HOST

ART is






er, and a complete treasure trove of recipes for any occasion. Alex offers sumptuous



tips, from his always-perfect-every-time



To-Die-For Ale-Braised Brisket, his grandmother T’s Braised

giving table, a do-ahead

Lamb Shanks, Red French Chicken, Orange Bourbon Pound



Cake, and Caroline's Tipsy Ambrosia. So, whether an Oscar party

and an epic Boxing Day

with friends, a weekend brunch, or a bucolic picnic, Alex Hitz

buffet, to a bright Eas-

will give you the inspiration you need from what to serve, how

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to lay out the table, and how to set the mood with music and

LUXE: If you were giving advice to a novice host, what would

décor. Ever the raconteur, Alex delivers common-sense rules for

that be?

being a great guest and what always or never to do as a thought-

ALEX HITZ: Read my book...And remember nobody ever

ful host—providing readers with the skills and confidence to es-

died reading an etiquette book.

tablish their own signature style for entertaining. His witty sidebars,fascinating anecdotes, heart-warming family stories, and

LUXE:: We don’t think very often of the guests responsibil-

archival photos makes THE ART OF THE HOST both a joy to

ities, but they have them to. What are the quest's responsi-

read and to cook from. I had the opportunity to ask Alex how it


all came to be.

ALEX HITZ: There’s a whole section in this book called "the art of the guest," and you're just going to have to buy the

LUXE: Alex, The Wall Street Journal called you "the very

book to get it!

best host in the world" That is high praise! tell us how did that come to be, how did you get into entertaining?

LUXE: What guides you as you plan the food for a party?

ALEX HITZ: It started at home when I was a child---my par-

ALEX HITZ: Seasonality, occasion, and prep-time....And

ents guests were the artistic luminaries of the 70s and 80s

doing absolutely everything in advance. Don't ever let your

who'd come to Atlanta to perform with the Atlanta sympho-

guests see you sweat--or running around freaking out and

ny–Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copeland, Leontyne Price,

popping Xanax.

Beverly Sills, Bobby Short...I always loved party time starting at a very young age.

LUXE: From setting a welcoming scene to embracing bold decor, here is Alex's top tip for hosting:

LUXE: What do think are the most important things a host can do to make a party a success? ALEX HITZ: Never stop smiling, turn the lights down, and don't run out of wine....!


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A FEW ENTERTAINING TIPS FROM ALEX HITZ Always: • Make a schedule for having a lunch or dinner, and stick to it. Serve your lunches and dinners on time! Do not punish

Never: • Have a cocktail hour that is any longer then 45 minutes. • Never plan a menu that is trendy or to complicated. As

your guests that have been punctual by waiting for, and

Karl Lagerfelf put it best, “The last step after trendy is

thus reward-ing, the bad-mannered ones who are late.


• Have candles and flowers. I always have candles at

• Use your guests as guinea pigs. Be sure of everything

special holiday lunches even though Emi-ly Post says no

you’ll serve beforehand. They deserve the best you have

candles during the day. There’s so much else to offend

to offer.

our sensibilities now, that I think perhaps, dear Emily, can let that one go.

• Try to please everyone. Be a considerate gracious host, with good intentions, but the more people you try to

• Consider where your guests will be seated,even if you

please by accommodating their special diets or eating

don’t have place cards. And remem-ber, every single

habits, the more times you will fail. Do your best serve

small detail for a party, regardless of how informal or

simple, impeccable, delicious, and hearty food, turn

grand the occasion, re-quires planning and forethought.

the lights down, and don’t run out of wine, and you will

• Make an effort - a huge effort, sweat all the small stuff,

succeed - but giving your guests too many choic-es to suit

otherwise why are you having guests? No one has a gun to

them personally is a sign of a very insecure host. Your

your heard to entertain, so if you do it, be all-in, or not at

dinning room is not a short order kitchen. By making a

all - just do it be-fore your guests arrive so they don’t see

generous, and thoughtful effort, even if not everyone can

you sweat. Nothing can ruin a party quicker than watch-

eat or likes everything, your party will be more than good

ing the host straining to get the job done. Parties are

enough, a great success - a triumph, even - and if it’s not,

worth the extra effort, but they must look seamless, and

please get some new guests.

simple, though they never are. • Remember that anything can go wrong, and often does. Nothing’s perfect, no matter how hard we try. But a party will always be successful , regardless of what happens, if you keep smiling and have plenty of wine.

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Recipes and photos by Jessica Bentley

One of Phillips Place’s most admired restaurants, WP Kitchen + Bar offers an awe-inspiring menu with a rustic-meets-chic ambiance that’s both welcoming and cozy. For feasting options… don’t expect a dull, corporate line-up here. In addition to showcasing Wolfgang’s signature dishes (hello Wiener Schnitzel), the culinary team also serves a variety of seasonal specialties from regional partners and purveyors. Recently, the team added brunch to their roster, so we obviously had to go check it out!


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Chef Stephen Schmitt has been at the helm of WP Kitchen + Bar since it opened as WP Pizza Bar in 2012. As a Charlotte native, he takes an enormous amount of pride in what they create for their guests. “Our inspiration behind the menu stems from a collaboration of classics from Wolfgang, produce that is in season at the time, and dishes inspired by my travels. It is a great balance of tradition and trendy that our regulars seem to appreciate - which is why we keep doing what we’re doing.” To compliment the menu, local bartender extraordinaire, Michael Mascali, has created a beverage program that is equally impressive. From classics to new-age, there’s a drink for every palate. “As a staple in Phillips Place for 7 years, we felt it was time to add a new offering for our regulars to enjoy. As a team, we play around with breakfast dishes often for our staff meals before service, so it was a fun and easy transition to open that up to the public on Sundays. The menu is something we are very proud of - a mix of traditional offerings such as French Toast with my own touches like the Korean Chicken & Waffles. We hope you all enjoy it!” – Chef Stephen To kick-off our menu tasting on a sweet note, we started with the pastry team’s handmade donuts. The plating came with two varieties: a vanilla donut with lemon glaze and blueberry-filled donut holes that had an elegant dusting of sugar. There’s a side of milk jam for your dunking pleasure, and we suggest you use it. Volume 3, Issue 6 |


The culinary staff makes their own brioche for the French Toast, so it was a given that we needed to order it. Needless to say, it did not disappoint. There’s a crispy exterior shell that surrounds the fluffy interior of this dish, and it’s served with smooth maple syrup. They’ve unquestionably put their own finesse on this conventional brunch item, so we would order it again in a heartbeat. Next, we moved on to the savory side of our tasting by sampling the Shakshuka, Crispy Chicken Biscuit, and Korean Chicken + Waffles. SHAKSHUKA: A conventional middle eastern dish fashioned with poached eggs, tomato sauce and spices. WP Kitchen’s version is prepared with lamb sausage, spiced tomato sauce, caramelized onions, cilantro and feta. It comes with a side of pita bread as well.

KOREAN CHICKEN + WAFFLES: We love the combination of sweet and savory (who doesn’t?), so this plate of deliciousness is a real treat. Crispy Chicken is coated in a sweet-heat Korean sauce that pairs flawlessly with charred scallions and scratch-made waffles. Drizzle it all with warm maple syrup and you’ve got yourself a meal to remember. This is perfection on a plate. Seriously. Their brunch offerings have a little bit of something for everyone: from French Omelets with fine herbs, boursin and hollandaise to Potato & Egg Pizza with garlic cream and Calabrian chili oil (one of Chef Stephen’s favorites, inspired by his honeymoon in Italy). WP Kitchen + Bar is located at 6706-C Philips Place Court in Charlotte. They are open daily, 11am – close. If you’d like to join them for dinner, make sure to order the Sweet Corn Agnolotti (seasonal special) or UAV Ricotta (my personal favorite)! CRISPY CHICKEN BISCUIT: A cherished southern delight that we all hold dear to our hearts. This buttery biscuit is jam-packed with flavor; piled high with glorious fried chicken, white cheddar, smoked bacon and served with crispy Tuscan potatoes.


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“Our inspiration behind the menu stems from a collaboration of classics from Wolfgang, produce that is in season at the time, and dishes inspired by my travels. It is a great balance of tradition and trendy that our regulars seem to appreciate - which is why we keep doing what we’re doing.” – Chef Stephen

Fall in love with Cayman’s flavours. Grace Byers

Photo credit: Rebecca Davidson



re you in need of a quick getaway from

the daily grind? Then pack your bags and head over to the peace and quiet that is Amelia Island. This barrier island, which lies off of Florida’s east coast, is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 islands in the United States by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler. Although, Amelia Island is just 13 miles long and 4 miles wide, it has so much to offer travelers, including historic sites, beautiful beaches, and a slew of fun and interesting activities.


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Amelia Island

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Morning: Kick off your vacation with a stroll along the beach-

Morning: Now, that you’ve had a day to recharge and relax,

es of Fort Clinch State Park to search for shells and fossilized

it’s time to explore. One of the best ways is to rent a kayak or a

shark’s teeth. Looking for treasures with the gentle rhythm of the

stand-up paddleboard so that you can meander through the is-

waves playing in the background will help you forget all about the

land’s beautiful waterways and marshlands. Feeling a bit more

hustle and bustle of the world you’ve left behind.

Zen? Then, book a yoga kayaking or yoga stand-up paddleboard

Mid-Day: Your first day on Amelia Island should be devoted


to relaxing and getting in tune with the island’s natural setting.

Mid-day: Although it’s small, Amelia Island is home to six ex-

So, unkink your muscles and your mind with a Heaven in a Ham-

cellent golf courses, so make sure to hit the links at least once

mock massage at The Ritz-Carlton Spa. This massage will seduce

during your stay. The Golf Club of Amelia Island, which is as-

you with the sensation of zero gravity and a gentle rocking that

sociated with the Ritz-Carlton, boasts an 18-hole championship

mimics the movements of the tide. The Ritz-Carlton also hap-

course and offers The Academy, where you can sign up for les-

pens to be one of the best resorts for your three-day stay. All of

sons or for individualized training packages.

its rooms and suites offer private balconies and an ocean view.

Night: Do you enjoy history with a touch of spooky? Then, an

Night: Want to learn more about the Amelia Island’s bars and

Amelia Island ghost tour will be right up your alley. Not surpris-

restaurants, then embark upon a downtown tasting tour. The

ingly, this historic island is said to be home to a number of ghosts

Cocktail Tour, for example, will take you to four different bars

and paranormal tales.

where you’ll get to meet the bartenders and learn about the history of the different establishments.


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Morning: Cruise into Fernandina Beach for breakfast and to explore the historic district and its shops. Who knows? You just might find an interesting local craft or a beautiful painting to adorn the walls of your home. Some points of interest to keep an eye out for include The Palace, Florida’s oldest operating saloon, and the house where scenes in the New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking were shot. Mid-Day: Ready for an adventure? Then go horseback riding on the beach or sign-up for surfing lessons. Night: Before you bid adieu to this little bit of heaven, you’ll want to treat yourself to a dinner at one of the best restaurants on Amelia Island – Salt. Located in the Ritz-Carlton, Salt is a water-front restaurant that has earned the prestigious AAA Five Diamond rating. The stars of this restaurant’s menu are fresh local ingredients, including fish, and – of course – salt (more than 40 different variations from around the world).

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Dreamy Destination

VENICE by Adam Jacot de Boinod


would like to challenge anyone who enters Venice, be it

preciate another time. It’s truly a holiday for the eye as it inces-

by train, bus or boat, not to be transfixed on arrival by the

santly spots whatever it can in what amounts to a neck-straining

sudden cinematic entry into a foregone world. For here

panorama. No one writes about Venice with greater insight than

there is an absence of cars and just boats, water and imposing-

Jan Morris in her book “The Stones of Venice” and no guidebook

ly beautiful buildings, lightened by the Byzantine arches called

can better that published by Mitchell Beazley.

ogees. All worldly concerns vanish as you are invited to take part on this historical stage.

To appreciate the city fully, you have to grasp the history. For Venice grew to power in the divide between East and West and

I have been many times and it is always with a wistful heart

it was this unique circumstance that was to condition her art. At

that I depart. Four nights is a good length to commit to. Don’t

first she was drawn naturally towards the East, which was the

try and take in everything, as you simply won’t manage, as it is

stronger culture. But with the decline and eclipse of Byzantium,

extraordinarily rich visually and as there is always more to ap-

Venice acquired extensive mainland territory towards the West.


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While steeped in history, Venice is also actually visually highly progressive, staging artistic and architectural Biennales that are the envy and forums of the creative world. These are staged in the gardens, again a healthy walk north of St Mark’s. Whenever possible I choose to spend time on the Giudecca as it is cut off from the two main islands and, with only the Redentore church in the guidebooks, It is as good as anywhere to be amongst the Venetians going about their daily lives. Michelangelo spent three years exiled on the island from 1529. The Giudecca has two churches designed by Palladio are evenly placed across the islands as though ‘in communicado’ with each other and the high statues appear to be conversing with one another on an altogether higher plane. If you spot a green church door open seize the moment to look inside as often they are shut. Here congregations are still numerous as are the monks and clerics walking throughout the city.

For a thousand years the city kept her independence under an unbroken line of doges, only to be upended by Napoleon who at least was humble enough to grant that the Piazzo St Marco resembled the grandest drawing room in Europe. The best way to enjoy the city is to combine the central sights with the local outer parishes. You’re bound to get lost down one of the cramp passageways that often result in a dead-end. It’s easy to get claustrophobic so it’s important to maintain a sense of the expansive lagoon. So combine the city centre with the wide walkable expanse of the quaysides and the exposure to the sea. Volume 3, Issue 6 |


route linking the station, the Rialto bridge and St Mark’s piazza. I got hold of a Venezaia Unica city pass for the vaporettos to ease my daily trips. I visited the Campo San Polo, the largest of the city’s squares (the St Marco one is a piazza) and watch children kick footballs irreverently against the church walls. Eat with the locals at the Madonna by the Rialto has fresh crab and is close to the food market where seagulls are shooed away by the fishmongers. I stayed at the Hotel Bauer looking right over the end of the Grand Canal and right behind Piazza San Marco. It’s ideally central for tourists. It has a 1960’s architectural front and boasts a luxuriant interior. The lobby and bar are locally adorned with Seguso glass from the Murano foundry. The restaurant menu is Attend one of the many evening classical music performances inside (perhaps in the Pieta where Vivaldi taught). A true romantic will replenish their soul by coming for Christmas and attending the midnight mass on Christmas Eve in St Mark’s Basilica where the ‘smells and bells’ of Catholicism fuses with the Byzantine gilded décor, the darkness alleviated by lanterns and candles. Get on a boat of any description. After all it’s what the Venetians do as their way of life. I had a day trip on Lagunalonga ( with Francesco, the charismatic de Niro lookalike skipper, who was dedicated to giving me the day I wanted which was to see the outer islands of Burano (renown for its lace), Murano (its glass) and Torcello (the earliest and most remote church and of the settlements). It’s best to try to keep away from the main yellow arrowed


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sound by Venetian standards. The bedrooms are rich in traditional Venetian décor with velvet swags. The honeymoon suite

elsewhere, it’s true that Venice will need the advance of science to defy its doom. The lack of combustion, save for the busying vaporettos and time-saving and personal water taxis allows for the unique quality of a city without permanent noise. The lapping ripples of the encroaching water, invasive at aqua alta (high tide) remind one of the ultimate fragility of the lagoon while the sound of a barcarola (gondolier’s song) lulls one yet again. At night the serene sight (the Venetian empire’s sobriquet is La Serenissima”) of the domes and bell-towers (campanile) lit up along with their daytime muffled chiming affords a religious at around E15.000 a night is stunning and boasts an impressive guest list. Try for a room that backs onto the Bacino as there’s a great view of the Salute church and the wonderful hub of boating traffic including the singing gondolier. The hotel’s private fer-

profile to all. Take a vaporetto in the evening down and up the Grand Canal and only then can one see the grand splendour of gilded ceilings and expansive rooms of the opulent palazzos. Truly transfixing!

ries across to the Giudecca play an essential role for tourists up against the clock. Everywhere you can watch the Venetians go about their daily lives, garrulous, gesticular and hardened by the elements. For they are rugged, sea-faring, separatist and mercantile, putting up with tourists if only for their spending. It is easy to forget the harsh ambition and blood spilt to make this city the empire it was and the aesthetic delight it remains. Monet and Turner were drawn to the restless light, enhanced by the blues of the water and sky. Lord Byron swam across the Grand Canal with manly intent. Romantics and lovers, escapists all belong and thrive in this unique city. For many the mysticism of the weather and light is intoxicating, for some there’s the sense of foreboding as exemplified by the film “Don’t Look Now”. It’s true that the population is shrinking as the young look

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The CAJUN QUEEN has been proudly serving Charlotte since 1985. Nestled in historic Elizabeth, this 100 year old house is a warm, friendly place for business and fun. With live music in our upstairs dining room and quieter dining downstairs, there is something for everyone. The fresh fish specials that run nightly have made our restaurant a Charlotte landmark. Serving up distinctive and delectable dinners and hot jazz seven nights a week, the Queen is the place where everyday is Mardi Gras.

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THE COROLLA WILD HORSE FUND IS THE ONLY OFFICIAL & ONLY NON-PROFIT PROTECTORS OF THE WILD HORSES. Their mission is to protect, conserve, and responsibly manage the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs roaming freely on the northernmost Currituck Outer Banks, and to promote the continued preservation of this land as a permanent sanctuary for horses designated as the State Horse and defined as a cultural treasure by the state of North Carolina.

There are many ways to help these beautiful, majestic animals. From a one time gift to sponsoring a horse. Sponsoring a horse is an exciting and highly personalized way to support CWHF and its mission. Sponsors receive a beautifully embossed 8.5×11 leatherette presentation folder, complete with a color photo of the sponsored horse, an official sponsorship certificate, and information about the horse’s life. The $75 (or more if you choose) Horse Sponsorship program is a form of CWHF membership, and horse sponsorships are renewable annually. Sponsor Now or Give as a Gift. In addition to individual names, certificates can be made for a family, organization, or business name, e.g. “The Hansens” or “Corolla YMCA,” etc. A gift sponsorship is a great way to introduce someone to charitable giving and to the wild horses of Corolla. Both regular and gift sponsorships can also be made by mail.

After all it is the season of giving.

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SHIPWRECKS European explorers began sailing near the Outer Banks in the early 1500s. Then, as now, the Diamond Shoals were treacherous for vessels, and hurricanes could come upon sailors unaware. Dubbed “The Graveyard of the Atlantic” for the many shipwrecks occurring there, such wrecks were close enough to shore that it wasn’t difficult for horses in wrecked vessels to History is written in hoof prints. For centuries, before the in-

swim to the shoreline and safety. When ships did get into trou-

vention of the internal combustion engine, equines provided la-

ble, it was common for sailors to attempt to save the vessel by

bor and transportation for their people. The famous wild horses

unloading heavier items, and horses would have been the easiest

of the Outer Banks are no longer domestic animals, but that was

large items to release. The British ship Tiger, which ran aground

not true of their ancestors. These Spanish Colonial mustangs are

in 1585, is believed to have cast all livestock aboard loose in or-

descended from the mounts of Spanish explorers and have lived

der to save the ship.

on the Outer Banks longer than any human inhabitants save Native Americans.


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It’s likely that some horses did not swim to safety from shipwrecks, but were left behind on the Outer Banks, either acciden-


HOOF PRINTS. by Jane Meggitt tally or deliberately. The Spanish often clashed with the indige-

wrecks, and a ridden beach patrol was established. By this time,

nous residents and left their horses and other livestock behind

some horses had owners who branded them and let them loose

when driven away by the natives.

on the island, joining the numbers of the truly wild herd.



By the 17th and 18th centuries, the wild horses were well-es-

As more people moved to Outer Banks in the 20th century

tablished in the area, and visitors mentioned them in their jour-

and the region became well-known as a vacation destination,

nals. One English explorer noted in the early 18th century that

the wild horses increasingly became part of the area’s appeal.

the horses were “well-shaped and swift,” and would have fetched

In 1959, the National Park Service finished a pen large enough

a fair price in England.

to allow the horses freedom to move but kept them off the new-

Because horsepower ruled in this period, many settlers utilized

ly built highway.

the wild stock as beasts of burden, capturing and taming them.

Today’s wild horses are more accurately referred to as wild

Since racing was so popular in Colonial America, some formerly

ponies, since virtually all of them are under 14.2 hands, the

wild horses often proved their speed against each other.

height delineation between horses and ponies. They resemble

19TH CENTURY In the late 19th century, the horses were used by the U.S. Life Saving Service to haul equipment to the sites of rescues or

ponies more than horses, with bulkier bodies and short legs. No matter - they remain one of the great attractions of the Outer Banks.

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Savor Recipes and photos by Jessica Bentley

SUPER EASY CHOCOLATE BARK Create a delicious batch of Chocolate Bark, in less than 20 minutes, at home. It’s the perfect afternoon activity to do with your kids and makes a great gift! There’s no right or wrong when it comes to choosing your bark toppings. We often make ours with a mix of nuts, seeds, dried fruit and bee pollen. However, feel free to substitute with what you have on hand. Don’t be afraid to explore topping options and have fun with it. Want visual directions? Watch Jess make a batch on WCCB News Rising! Head on over to her blog post:


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• 2 Plain Dark Chocolate Bars, melted • 1 cup preferred toppings (nuts, seeds, dried fruit, bee pollen, etc.) • Sea salt, optional to intensify flavor

DIRECTIONS: 1. Gather all supplies you need for assembly. You will need a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, all your toppings and a bowl for melting the chocolate. 2. Melt chocolate in the microwave: about 1 minute. Pour melted chocolate onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. 3. Grab the toppings and start decorating by sprinkling them on top of the melted chocolate. 4. Throw bark in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden. 5. Lick the remaining chocolate out of the bowl while you wait for the bark to harden. 6. Break apart and enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container on the counter. Serves: 4


• 1 lb. Brussels Sprouts, cut in half

• ¼ cup Olive Oil

• ½ small Sweet White Onion, finely chopped

• Pinch of Salt, to taste

• 1 tbsp. Old-Style Grain Mustard

• ½ cup Sweet & Spicy Pecans (recipe link below)

• 2 tbsp. Brown Sugar

DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 375F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. 2. Prepare Brussels sprouts and white onion and place into a large mixing bowl. 3. Combine mustard, brown sugar and olive oil in a small mixing bowl and then pour over the vegetables. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. 4. Pour evenly onto the prepared baking sheet and cook for approximately 25 minutes, or until just browning and the Brussels are tender. 5. Transfer Brussels to a serving dish and mix-in Sweet & Spicy Pecans. Serve immediately. To make your own sweet & spicy pecans, visit: Serves: 4 Volume 3, Issue 6 |





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GIVING BACK ONE GAME AT A TIME The Hero World Challenge claims itself to be the “elite end-of year PGA Tour event” and once again the tournament field supports that very claim. This year the 2019 Hero World Challenge will be played at Albany, Bahamas, from Dec 1 – Dec. 7, and will feature tournament host Tiger Woods along with an invitation-only field comprised of the top ranked golfers in the world. The Hero World Challenge has grown into and become one of the most exclusive events in golf. 98

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The event has been held in the same luxurious resort community since 2015. Held every December, the Hero World Challenge brings together 18 of the world’s top-ranked golfers in an event that benefits both the TGR Foundation and ONE Bahamas Fund. Because many of the golfers will also be playing in the 2019 Presidents Cup in Australia the following week, a Saturday finish was arranged to allow for travel. As of this article, 16 of the 18 playing spots have been announced. In addition to Tiger Woods -- who is the 2019 Masters champion as well as the host of the Hero World Challenge -- those golfers who have committed to attending include past champions, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, defending tournament champion and Gary Woodland, champion of the 2019 US Open. Two exemptions will round out the field of players and those players will be announced later. GOLF Channel will provide live television coverage of the four rounds of the 2019 Hero World Challenge. NBC will televise the final round. Premium hospitality packages are limited and can be purchased online at the Hero World Challenge website prior to the event. Grounds tickets that allow entry any day of the tournament can also be purchased online.


pacted by the hurricane, ONE Bahamas Fund has pledged

Two organizations will receive the proceeds from the 2019 Hero

$6 million in funding to help with rebuilding the Baha

World Challenge: the TGR Foundation and ONE Bahamas Fund.

mas. The foundation is offering a dollar for dollar match with the goal of raising $12 million.

• The TGR Foundation was launched in 1996 as a way to provide underrepresented youth and educators with the

Tiger Woods and his impact on the sport of golf and the United

STEM skills and education they need to prepare for the

States is nothing less than phenomenal. From the tender age of

future. For more than two decades, this organization has

just two years old, Tiger demonstrated his prowess for the game

given young people the development, advocacy and coping

that he would forever change. He turned pro at the age of 20.

skills they need to persevere.

He is the youngest player to ever have a Grand Slam and has been named the PGA Player of the Year 11 times -- which is also

• ONE Bahamas Fund which was also founded by Ti-

a record. He first established the TGR Foundation (then known

ger Woods after Hurricane Dorian devastated the island

as the Tiger Woods Foundation) in 1996 with his father, Earl

country. Tiger Woods joined forces with NEXUS Luxury

Woods, as a way of bringing golf to inner-city children. Tiger has

Collection and the Albany community to launch the fund.

been a leader in giving back to the community and game that has

In order to assist those in the Bahamas who have been im-

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about town charlotte Wine Women & Shoes Wine Women & Shoes kicked up their heels this year at the Charlotte Convention Center benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank. The fundraiser featured wonderful wines, a shoppable multi-designer marketplace, and charming Shoe GuysÔ serving up this season’s must-haves on silver platters – all signature attractions that make WWS fundraisers such a swirlin’ –and- stylin’ success. In addition to checking out the latest must have fashion items in the marketplace while sipping Pinots, guests enjoyed a paparazzi red carpet photos, a fashion show styled by our friends from SouthPark, a Best in Shoe Contest sponsored by “Batwoman” Sundays on WCCB Charlotte’s CW featuring “Fabulous Flats”, “Wonderful Wedges” and “Hottest Heels.”, a wonderful Key to the Closet” raffle, and so much more! Proceeds from the 2019 Wine Women & Shoes will assist Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in providing much needed food resources to their 770 partner agencies including soup kitchens like Urban Ministries, emergency pantries like Loaves and Fishes, homeless shelters like Uptown Men’s Shelter and Center of Hope, senior programs, and low-income daycares. They annually distributes over 60 million pounds of food and other household items throughout our 19 county service region. 32 million pounds of our annual distribution is fresh produce, meat and dairy. 18.3% of their service area population, over 527,000 people live in poverty including over 188,000 children and over 41,000 seniors. Their emergency pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters continue to report significant increases in requests for assistance over last year.


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about town charlotte Pink Party The Luxe Lifestyle Pink Party was an exciting evening featuring a bubbly tasting event by Luc Belaire from the heart of ProvenceAlps-Cote d’Azur and hors d’oeuvres provided by the SouthPark Grill. The event was held on the patio of the SoutPark Grill where Roy Day Jr. performed acoustically making a magical evening to bring awareness to Susan G. Koman foundation.


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about town asheville Asheville Regional Luxury Retreat 2019 Agents from several Christie’s affiliate offices across the southeast including Harry Norman Realtors, Seabolt Real Estate, BlackStream International Real Estate, William Means Real Estate, Lachicotte, Go To The Beach, Ivester Jackson Distinctive Properties, and Provenance Properties gathered in Asheville at the beautiful Grove Park Inn for their annual retreat.


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about town asheville Chow Chow

Asheville’s new event, Chow Chow, was a multi-day immersive experience exploring the unique community of creative makers

around the city’s table—from growers and farmers to brewers and chefs to crafts people and artists. This past fall the festival celebrated both the vibrancy of Asheville, NC’s culinary scene as well as the many diverse hands that come together to create the colorful flavors of this corner of the Southern Appalachia. Farm dinners, tours and brunches, chef demonstrations, tastings and grand tastings, community yoga, seminars, live music, artists in action, hands-on activities, and panel discussions all brought the festival to life amidst the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A non-profit 501C3 organization, Chow Chow also partnerd with MANNA FoodBank raising awareness for its children’s backpack program. The festival was presented by Kimpton Hotel Arras. PICKLED IN THE PARK A GRAND TASTING TENT, CACAO, CONFECTIONS & COCKTAILS, SIPS & SUN SALUTATIONS, NOBLE DIRT: A FIELD-TO-FORK BRUNCH, FIRE IT UP Photos courtesy of Reese Moore photography


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