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12 UP FRONT 14 Editor’s Letter NOTES 16 Unveiling the Fabergé x 007 Octopussy Collection 18 The Revitalizing Oasis 20 Dining Among the Stars 22 Equine Elegance Meets Healing Harmony 30 The Edit 32 Blooms and Blush WELLNESS 34 Cultivating Mindfulness 36 The Radiant Revolution 38 Always a Student 40 The Art of Aging 42 The Power of Food HOME 46 Stamford Chic 52 Eclectic Elegance CULTURE 60 A Delicate Dance 64 Page Turners FEATURES 66 Through the Lens 73 Heather Stewart-Whyte 78 Nina Morris ESCAPE 86 Amanyara TASTE 98 Meet Glam Gourmet 102 The Chef’s Table DRIVE 108 Emira Revolutionizing Performance 112 Twickenham 117 V Cities 126 If You Haven’t, You Should CONTENTS 86 22 46
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Welcome to the latest edition of VIVANT, where we explore the art of living in its myriad forms. As we delve into the stories and topics within these pages, we embark on a journey that celebrates the beauty, wellness, culture, and flavors that enrich our lives.

In this issue, we take note of the exquisite craftsmanship behind Fabergé, where each piece tells a story of elegance and luxury. From there, we venture into the boundless cosmos, exploring the mysteries of space that continue to captivate our imagination.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life, we find solace in the tranquil haven of spas, where rejuvenation and relaxation await. But our retreat doesn’t end there; we discover the transformative power of healing through horses, a reminder of the profound connection between humans and nature, and the unique opportunity to visit BG Ocala ranch.

Wellness takes center stage as we explore the art of mindfulness, the journey of aging gracefully, and the healing potential of red light therapy. We embrace the philosophy of lifelong learning and the transformative power of food in nurturing our bodies and souls.

Turning our attention to the home front, we discover the impeccable designs from Isabella’s home furnishing and interior design studio in Charlotte with spaces that inspire and delight. Meanwhile, JerMar Designs brings a touch of contemporary flair to interior design, redefining the concept of urban chic.

In our cultural exploration, we uncover the story of artist Trudi Norris. As we curl up with our favorite bedside reads, we find inspiration and escape in the pages of captivating tales and thought-provoking literature.

Our feature articles shine a spotlight on remarkable individuals, from the iconic model Heather Stewart Whyte to the visionary designer Nina Morris and the trailblazing Claiborne Swansen Frank, each leaving an indelible mark on their respective fields.

For those yearning for escape, we invite you to journey with us to the idyllic retreat of Amanyara, where luxury and serenity converge in perfect harmony.

Finally, we indulge our senses with a tantalizing culinary experience, from Romily’s culinary delights to Donatella’s timeless elegance, savoring every moment and flavor along the way.

As we navigate the art of living, let us embrace every experience, every encounter, and every opportunity to find beauty, inspiration, and joy in the world around us.

Here’s to living life artfully.

With gratitude, Colleen



Unveiling the Fabergé x 007 Octopussy Collection

In a groundbreaking collaboration, Fabergé and the James Bond franchise have joined forces to unveil the first installment of their highly anticipated collection: the Fabergé x 007 Octopussy Collection. Drawing inspiration from the iconic 1983 film “Octopussy,” this debut collection captures the essence of espionage and elegance in a series of exquisite jewelry and objet d’art.

The centerpiece of the collection is the Fabergé x 007 Limited Edition

Octopussy Egg Objet—a true masterpiece crafted from 18k yellow gold and adorned with rich green enamel reminiscent of the Fabergé egg featured in the film. Standing 8.4cm tall, this hand-crafted object is a testament to the skill and artistry of Fabergé’s craftsmen. Intricate guilloché engraving, complemented by a mesmerizing pattern of engraved octopus tentacles, adds depth and intrigue to the piece, while white diamonds and blue sapphires adorn the stand, paying homage to the original Fabergé egg.

At the heart of the Octopussy Egg Objet lies a hidden surprise—a miniature 18k gold octopus, its suckers adorned with white diamonds and its eyes gleaming with black diamonds. This whimsical addition pays homage to the film’s eponymous antagonist and adds a touch of playful intrigue to the objet.

Accompanying the Octopussy Egg Objet is the Fabergé x 007 Special Edition Octopussy Egg Surprise

Locket—a stunning piece that echoes the design of the Fabergé egg from the film.

Crafted from 18k gold and delicately set with blue sapphires and white diamonds, this locket opens to reveal a miniature gold octopus inside, complete

with black diamond eyes. Subtle nods to the film, such as the incorporation of the letter ‘O’ from the title treatment, add a touch of nostalgia to the design, while contemporary elements, like the geometric guilloché engraving, bring a modern twist to the piece


Behind the scenes, the creation of each Octopussy Egg Objet and Egg Surprise Locket is a labor of love, requiring the expertise of 12 specialists across nine individual crafts. From spinning and casting to enameling and polishing, each piece undergoes a meticulous process that spans seven months of craftsmanship. Guided by a Fabergé Workmaster with four generations of experience in enamel artistry, these artisans ensure that every detail meets the highest standards of quality and precision.

As collectors and admirers alike marvel at the beauty of the Fabergé x 007 Octopussy Collection, they are reminded of the enduring allure of James Bond and the timeless elegance of Fabergé. With

a diamond necklace and earrings that redefine opulence. And that's just the beginning – the Lion Solaire de CHANEL and the N°5 High Jewelry collection's 55.55 masterpiece necklace will grace the boutique, each piece embodying the essence of Chanel's timeless allure.

This dedicated Watches & Fine Jewelry boutique, a departure from Marino's classic black and white schemes, unveils a side of Chanel that's opulent, lavish, and perfectly suited to house their rare, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and beloved timepieces. Fifth Avenue is about to witness the epitome of style, sophistication, and the unrivaled allure of Chanel. Get ready to be captivated.

each piece bearing the mark of two iconic brands, this collection is not only a celebration of craftsmanship but also a tribute to the spirit of adventure and intrigue that defines the world of 007.

The Fabergé x 007 Octopussy Collection is now available for purchase and pre-order, offering admirers and collectors alike the opportunity to own a piece of cinematic history reimagined through the lens of luxury jewelry.

As the inaugural chapter in this captivating collaboration, the Octopussy Collection sets the stage for future releases inspired by the iconic Bond films, promising an exciting journey into the intersection of elegance and espionage.

But the pièce de résistance? The exclusive high jewelry collection, "Eternal N°5," curated by Patrice Leguéreau, director of the Fine Jewelry Creation Studio, featuring 17


The Revitalizing Oasis


Nestled between the picturesque landscapes of Switzerland and the Haute-Savoie region lies the illustrious spa haven of Evian-les-Bains. Renowned for its legendary healing waters, this quaint French town has been a sanctuary for wellness enthusiasts since its inception in 1789. Steeped in history and elegance, it rose to prominence in 1824 when European elites sought solace in its rejuvenating embrace. At the heart of this wellness mecca stands the iconic Hôtel Royal, a bastion of luxury and refinement since its inception in 1909.

Perched majestically on Lake Geneva’s shores, with sweeping Chablais Alps vistas, the Hôtel Royal exudes Belle Époque grandeur. Its recent transformation heralds a new era of indulgence and relax-

ation with the unveiling of Europe’s first evianSPA. A testament to the hotel’s commitment to excellence in hospitality and well-being, this sanctuary promises an immersive journey into the restorative powers of nature.

Drawing inspiration from the miraculous cycle of water found in the surrounding landscape, evianSPA offers a holistic approach to wellness. Guided by four fundamental pillars – CELESTIAL birth, MINERAL infiltration, PRECIOUS reserves, and VITALIZING spring – the spa encapsulates the essence of Evian’s renowned mineral water. From the moment guests step into this oasis, they are enveloped in a sensory experience that transcends the ordinary.


Designed by renowned architect Patrick Saussay, the spa seamlessly integrates nature-inspired elements with contemporary luxury. Guests embark on a transformative journey guided by the perpetual rhythm of water, from the celestial origins of rainfall to the revitalizing springs that nourish the soul. The treatment rooms, adorned with panoramic views of the Alpine landscape, provide an intimate sanctuary for rejuvenation and relaxation.

The communal wet areas invite guests to immerse themselves in the healing embrace of water. From the outdoor hydro-circuit to the invigorating snow room, every space is meticulously crafted to enhance guests’ overall well-being. Beyond the confines of the spa, the hotel’s sprawling 47-acre estate offers a verdant backdrop for moments of tranquility and reflection.

At Hôtel Royal, the pursuit of wellness transcends mere luxury; it is a way of life. From the warm hospitality of its staff to the farm-to-table cuisine, every aspect of the hotel reflects a commitment to holistic well-being. As guests immerse themselves in the tranquil embrace of evianSPA, they embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and renewal.

In an age where the pace of life seems to quicken with each passing day, the evianSPA at Hôtel Royal serves as a timeless sanctuary—a place where time stands still, and the soul finds solace amidst the ebb and flow of the eternal waters. 19


Dining Among the Stars: A Culinary Journey to the Stratosphere

In the realm of luxury dining experiences, Alchemist’s Chef Rasmus Munk is known for pushing boundaries. From his Copenhagen-based restaurant, which boasts two Michelin stars and a perennial top-five spot on the World’s 50 Best list, Munk has consistently amazed diners with his innovative creations. Now, he’s taking his culinary expertise to new heights—literally.

Teaming up with luxury space travel companies SpaceVIP and Space Perspective, Munk is set to host what can only be described as the world’s most exclusive dining experience: a meal served aboard a space balloon in the stratosphere. This isn’t just dinner; it’s a journey beyond the bounds of Earth’s atmosphere, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dine among the stars.

Space Perspective’s Spaceship Neptune, designed for luxury space tourism, will serve as the venue for this extraordinary dining experience. With seating for just six guests, each accompanied by a made-to-measure space suit courtesy of Ogier, the exclusivity of the event is unparalleled. And with a price tag of $495,000 per person, it’s certainly not for the faint of heart—or wallet.

rises over the horizon, Chef Munk will unveil a series of dishes inspired by space exploration over the past 60 years.

“I want to highlight food as a common thread in our human existence,” Munk explains, “and it will be truly meaningful to serve it while gazing down at the Earth’s curvature.” For Munk, who has been fascinated by space since childhood, this dining experience is the culmination of a lifelong dream.

But this isn’t just about indulging in gourmet cuisine; it’s also about giving back. Proceeds from the Spaceship Neptune trip will be donated to the Space Prize, an organization dedicated to promoting gender equality in science and technology, including space travel. It’s a fitting tribute to an experience that is as groundbreaking as it is luxurious.

But for those lucky enough to secure a seat at the table, the experience promises to be nothing short of magical. As the capsule ascends at a leisurely 12 mph to an altitude of about 100,000 feet, diners will be treated to breathtaking views of the Florida peninsula and the curvature of the Earth. And as the sun

As the countdown to launch begins, anticipation is building among foodies and space enthusiasts alike. With test flights set to commence later this year and commercial flights scheduled for 2025, the future of luxury space tourism looks brighter than ever. And for those lucky few who will have the opportunity to dine among the stars, it promises to be an experience they’ll never forget.

So forget dinner reservations at your favorite Michelin-starred restaurant—this is dining at a whole new level. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey to the stratosphere, where the only limit is your imagination. 21


Equine Elegance Meets Healing Harmony

Nestled amidst the lush landscapes of Ocala, where sun-kissed pastures meet towering oak trees adorned with Spanish moss, BG Ocala Ranch is a sanctuary that harmoniously marries modern luxury with the allure of equine companionship. The esteemed power couple Bobby Genovese and Dee Dee Taylor Eustace curate this haven, where refined living meets the transformative power of equine therapy.

As the morning sun bathes the ranch in a golden glow, the gentle sound of hooves on grass fills the air. Majestic horses roam in the vast pastures surrounding the meticulously appointed 10,000-square-foot Main House. Here, luxury and nature coexist in perfect harmony, offering guests an unparalleled experience of tranquility and elegance.

For those seeking refuge from the stresses of modern life, BG Ocala Ranch offers more than just luxurious accommodations. It provides an opportunity to host a holistic retreat where guests can immerse themselves in the art of living well while finding solace in the healing embrace of equine companionship.

At the heart of BG Ocala Ranch lies the profound connection between humans and horses—a bond that transcends language and culture. Equine therapy, a centuries-old practice, harnesses the gentle power of these magnificent creatures to promote healing and personal growth. The expanded electromagnetic range that horses have promotes a soothing effect on individuals, contributing to the therapeutic benefits of equine-assisted programs. It has been proven that working in close proximity to a horse can reduce our heart rate, it can reduce blood pressure, can reduce the amount of cortisol, and it can also cause feel-good endorphins to increase in our bodies. There is a physiological reason our moods are elevated by just being around horses.

Under the guidance of experienced facilitators, guests can engage in a variety of equine-assisted activities designed to foster emotional resilience, enhance self-awareness, and promote stress reduction. Whether grooming, leading, or trail riding, participants discover the therapeutic benefits of connecting with horses on a profound level.


The tranquil surroundings of BG Ocala Ranch provide an ideal backdrop for these healing experiences. As guests explore the sprawling grounds and immerse themselves in the beauty of nature, they find a sense of peace and serenity that rejuvenates the mind, body, and spirit.

But it's not just the equine opportunity that sets BG Ocala Ranch apart—it's the immersive experience it offers. From exhilarating stick and ball games to leisurely trail rides, every activity is crafted to perfection, ensuring that guests leave feeling refreshed, inspired, and renewed.

At BG Ocala Ranch, the philosophy of "The Art of Living Well" extends beyond luxurious accommodations and impeccable service. It encompasses the healing power of equine therapy, inviting guests to

embark on a journey of self-discovery and renewal.

And for those looking to enhance their wellness journey even further, BG Ocala Ranch is the perfect location to book a group health and wellness retreat. Whether for corporate teams, yoga enthusiasts, or wellness seekers, the ranch provides a serene setting for group activities, workshops, and bonding experiences—all enriched by the therapeutic presence of horses.

So come, escape the ordinary, and indulge in the extraordinary. Whether you're a seasoned equestrian enthusiast or simply seeking a taste of refined living, BG Ocala Ranch awaits to redefine your notion of an idyllic escape—a place where equine elegance meets healing harmony amidst the tranquil beauty of Ocala's countryside. Reach out to 27

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In the hustle and bustle of modern life, where distractions are abundant, and demands seem never-ending, it’s easy to find ourselves lost in a whirlwind of thoughts and worries, disconnected from the present moment. We dwell on the past, ruminating over what could have been, anxiously anticipating the future, and fretting over what lies ahead. Yet, amidst the chaos, there exists a powerful practice that has the potential to anchor us firmly in the here and now: mindfulness.

Mindfulness is more than just a buzzword; it’s a way of being—an intentional commitment to paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity, and acceptance. Mindfulness involves cultivating a heightened awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surroundings without judgment or attachment. By bringing our attention to the present moment, we can tap into a deep well of tranquility and resilience, even amidst life’s inevitable ups and downs.

Incorporating mindfulness into our lives doesn’t require elaborate rituals or hours of meditation; rather, it’s about weaving mindful moments into the fabric of our daily existence. It’s about pausing, even for just a few breaths, to fully inhabit the richness of each moment.

One of the simplest and most accessible ways to cultivate mindfulness is through the practice of mindful breathing. By bringing our awareness to the sensations of each inhale and exhale, we can anchor ourselves in the present moment, letting go of worries about the past or future. With each breath, we reconnect with the rhythm of life itself, fostering a sense of calm and centeredness within.

Mindfulness isn’t limited to formal meditation; it can be infused into every aspect of our lives, from how we eat to how we interact with others. When we eat mindfully, we savor each bite with full attention, noticing the colors, textures, and flavors of our food. By cultivating awareness during meals, we not only enhance our enjoyment of food but also develop a deeper connection to our bodies and the nourishment they provide.

Similarly, practicing mindful listening can transform our relationships and communication. Instead of planning our responses or allowing our minds to wander, we give our full presence to the speaker, tuning into their words, tone of voice, and body language. Through mindful listening, we deepen our understanding of others and foster empathy and connection.

In a world dominated by constant stimulation and digital distractions, mindful technology use has become increasingly important. By setting boundaries around our screen time and approaching technology use with intention and awareness, we can prevent ourselves from being consumed by digital noise and reclaim moments of presence and clarity

At its essence, mindfulness is about embracing life in all its richness—the joys, the sorrows, and everything in between. It’s about cultivating an attitude of acceptance and non-judgment, recognizing that each moment is a precious gift, regardless of its form. As we learn to embrace the present moment with open hearts and minds, we discover that true peace and fulfillment can be found right here, right now.




In a world where innovation constantly pushes the boundaries of what's possible, one groundbreaking technology stands out for its ability to illuminate the path to better health and vitality. Enter Red Light Therapy (RLT), a captivating treatment that has gained the attention of wellness enthusiasts and health professionals alike. But what exactly is this luminous wonder, and why is it causing such a stir?

Bathing your body in a soothing glow of red or near-infrared light ignites a cascade of cellular rejuvenation from within. It's not magic—it's science. Red light therapy operates on the principle of photobiomodulation, where specific wavelengths of light penetrate the skin, sparking a symphony of biochemical reactions within our cells.

At the heart of this radiant revolution lies the mitochondria, the cellular powerhouses responsible for producing energy in our bodies. When exposed to red or near-infrared light, these mighty mitochondria kick into high gear, churning out adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the fuel that drives our cellular functions. But that's not all—red light therapy also triggers the release of nitric oxide, opening up the floodgates of improved blood flow and oxygenation.

The benefits of red light therapy are as diverse as they are extraordinary:

• Radiant Rejuvenation: Bid farewell to lackluster skin and embrace a luminous glow as red light therapy works its magic to stimulate collagen production, banish wrinkles, and restore youthful vitality to your complexion.

• Pain-Free Living: Say goodbye to the shackles of chronic pain as red light therapy swoops in to ease discomfort, reduce inflammation, and pave the way for a life of newfound freedom and mobility.

• Muscle Mastery: Whether you're a weekend warrior or a seasoned athlete, red light therapy is your secret weapon for turbocharging muscle recovery, enhancing performance, and keeping you at the top of your game.

• Wound Wonder: From minor scrapes to stubborn wounds, red light therapy accelerates the healing process, minimizing scarring and restoring skin to its pristine state.

• Mood Magic: Elevate your spirits and brighten your outlook with the mood-boosting effects of red light therapy, as it taps into the brain's neurotransmitters to chase away the shadows of depression and anxiety.

In a world where wellness is the ultimate luxury, red light therapy shines bright as a radiant reminder that the path to health and vitality lies within reach, illuminated by the captivating power of light. 37


The Art of Learning

My parents instilled a deep appreciation for learning from an early age. Education was highly prized in my family - my mother earned her LCSW from the University of Michigan with a focus on children with special needs. My father designed a five-year accreditation program in Architecture at Andrews University, one of the only two such programs in Michigan at that time. My eldest sister Margaret dedicated herself to over a decade of education and training to become a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and my younger sister Kim earned a master’s degree in international communications with a full scholarship to Pepperdine University.

Meanwhile, dyslexia rendered my schoolwork painful, despite a quick and curious mind hungry for knowledge. I would drop my knapsack by the front door each day after school, not touching it again until it was time to leave the next morning. I wanted to learn like everyone else but didn’t know how to ask for help.

Unable to process the relentless lines of text marching across the pages of my textbooks, I took comfort in swimming, running, and riding, and was an unexpected hit at local and national pageants. As a freshman at the high school I begged to attend because of its illustrious sports program, my name and race times would be announced every morning along with the other top student-athletes. I loved horses – still do – and was an intuitive and accomplished rider, both competitively and at our famliy’s Montana ranch. Confidence in my physical agility allowed me to thrive in spaces where my dyslexia would not.

My tree of knowledge began to bear fruit in adulthood, an intellectual homecoming preceded by years of wandering in the desert of addiction. Though my life’s journey took me far away from religion and any idea of God, sobriety brought me slowly back – finally, I had the tools, the time, and the self-acceptance to accept the unique way I process information. Like a Prodigal Daughter vowing never to forsake her home again, I learned to work with my brain, not against it. I began a deep pursuit to understand the five major world religions, followed by a period of contemplation and discernment, after which I chose Christ.


Faith delivered me into the arms of awe, with curiosity a driving force behind my hunger for knowledge.

I read everything I could get my hands on. For the first time in my life, I experienced the grace of learning.

I devoured books about archaeology, history, spirituality, and time. I journeyed to truth through the pages of books.

Today, I’m fascinated with how God lives within us - how God speaks to us and through us- and how the neuroscience behind Polyvagal Theory and Trauma-Informed Coaching brings us closer to one another and ourselves. For while I cherish my mornings spent in quiet contemplation, diving into the ocean of knowledge is no solitary pursuit. The richness of human experience and the boundless depths of the soul are honored best through the four pathways of connection: with self, with others, with the world at large, and with the spirit within us all.

On my nightstand: A life-changing meditation on the Aramaic Prayers of Jesus Christ.

A profound exploration of the bond between humans and horses, spirituality, and healing. 39

THE ART OF AGING Embracing the Journey


In our modern world, spotting a single wrinkle can trigger anxiety. Whether it's Hollywood stars or the latest influencer, everyone seems to defy the aging process flawlessly. Naturally, we all wonder: Am I aging well? Dr. George Gavrila of Pro MD Health offers a refreshing perspective on aging — one that revolves around choice and intervention. "We've got a choice," he states. "As we age, we have a choice whether to let mother nature take her course and do nothing, or to intervene."

Dr. Gavrila believes that embracing the art of aging involves shifting one's mindset from fearing the process to embracing its journey. "I think the art of aging really falls back on to: to what degree do we intervene and what coincides with what our aging expectations are?" he explains. This philosophy challenges the notion that aging is an inevitable decline, empowering individuals to take charge of their aging process.

One key aspect of this approach lies in understanding the options available for maintaining a healthy and youthful appearance. While traditional surgical methods may have been the go-to solution in the past, Dr. Gavrila highlights the advancements in non-surgical treatments, particularly in regenerative aesthetics. Stem cell therapy, for instance, offers a promising avenue for facial rejuvenation, harnessing the body's own regenerative potential to restore youthful features without the need for invasive procedures.

"It's all about finding that balance," Dr. Gavrila explains. "Setting a timestamp helps us focus on what we should be aiming for — not trying to revert back 20 or 30 years, which can result in an unnatural appearance." He emphasizes the importance of maintaining

a natural look, noting that Pro MD Health avoids any changes that might make someone appear "odd or inappropriate."

At Pro MD Health, the focus is not just on outcomes but on a holistic understanding of the aging process. Dr. Gavrila and his team are committed to providing tailored solutions that cater to each patient's individual needs. From preventive measures like skincare routines and healthy lifestyle habits to innovative treatments such as regenerative fat grafting, Pro MD Health offers a comprehensive approach to aging gracefully.

"Being iterative on the process is really important," Dr. Gavrila emphasizes. "If you are changing someone's appearance too rapidly, one can overshoot, and the risk goes up." He advocates for a conservative, sequential approach to treatment, stating, "We'll likely find that sweet spot of what that 10-year-ago looks like, and that might be different for everybody."

Furthermore, Dr. Gavrila stresses the significance of early intervention in addressing aging concerns. Rather than waiting for visible signs of aging to emerge, he promotes a gradual and proactive treatment approach to achieve natural-looking results while preserving each person's unique features. "At Pro MD Health, our focus is not solely on outcomes but on maintaining a conservative approach," Dr. Gavrila emphasizes. "Our team comprises highly trained mid-level providers — nurse practitioners, doctors, or PAs — whose extensive education ensures a deep understanding of the aging process."

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The Art of Eating Well

One of my favorite expressions is go big or go home, so as you can guess, I love using bold statements, especially when I talk about food and health.

As a girl who has built a life on the foundation of health and wellness, I not only speak words of food and power, I embody them. See, another bold statement, but in my defense, everywhere I go somebody is always asking me, “What do I need to eat to be healthier and happier?” Health and wellness is what everybody is talking about and the zeitgeist is all in favor of The Art of Eating Well, making it easy for me to say my biggest statement yet, “I know the secret of life, and we can find it with food.”

Personally, I think some secrets are meant to be revealed, especially if the information has the ability to make a difference in this world: and if I had to choose a starting point to share some tidbits on a better life, with food, I would definitely begin with Pellegrino Artusi’s La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangier bene, translated to Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well. It’s been around for a while, published way back in 1891 in Italy, but for me it’s his premise and philos-

ophy of beginning with the finest quality ingredients, and using natural and seasonal foods at the peak of their harvest that wins me over. And better yet, his message not only echos the culinary voices of today, respecting the origins and seasonality of food, with a resounding nod to simple, pure, and clean foods, but even more, it mirrors the hard science that now reveals the food we eat have a direct impact on our physical and mental health.

Who says art and science can’t dance together, especially when the newest research reveals certain foods can decrease anxiety, depression, and PTSD. This is life changing because this is lifesaving for so many people! Mastering the art of eating well, is ultimately tied to living well, and the better we eat, the better we live, and that my friends, is no secret.

And neither is Pellegrino’s Minestrone recipe. It is said, he developed this recipe after dining at a hotel restaurant in Liverno, and later that evening became very ill. Of course, he blamed the minestrone, although, after leaving for Florence, he later discovered that cholera had broken out in the village, and Pellegrino was lucky enough to recover. I have my own superpower version of this soup, but I think it’s important to share the original recipe, which I think is pretty powerful.


Artusi’s Minestrone Soup

• 6 cups of broth

• 3/4 cup of beans

Approximate measurements– adjust to taste and what is on hand

• 1/4 Savoy cabbage, chopped

• 1 bunch fresh spinach, chopped

• 2 stems of chard, sliced into thin ribbons

• 1.5 ounces (40 grams) fatty prosciutto, chopped fine

• 1 clove of garlic, chopped

• 1 sprig of parsley, chopped

• 2 carrots cut into short, thin slices

• 1 celery stock cut into short, thin slices

• 1 potato cut into short, thin slices

• 1 zucchini cut into short, thin slices

• 1 small onion cut into short, thin slices

• Pork rind, chopped (optional)

• 2 tbs tomato paste

• 1/4 – 1/2 cup rice

• Parmesan for garnish

Start by making the usual meat broth, and cooking in it a handful of shelled fresh beans. If the beans are dry, then simmer them in water until they soften. Then cut some Savoy cabbage, spinach and a little chard into thin slices, and soak them in cold water. Then, to get the water out of the vegetables, place them on the fire in a dry saucepan. Drain the contents well, pressing them firmly with a wooden spoon to get rid of excess water. For a minestrone that serves four to five people, finely chop 40 grams of fatty prosciutto, a clove of garlic, and a sprig of parsley, and sauté them together. Add this to the saucepan, along with some celery and carrots, one potato, one zucchini, and very little onion, all cut into short, thin slices. Add the beans, and if you wish, some pork rind (as some people do), and a bit of tomato sauce or tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper and cook in the broth. As the last ingredient, add enough rice to absorb most of the liquid, and before removing the minestrone from the fire throw in a good pinch of Parmesan cheese. 43
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Uplifting hues and bold patterns capture the essence of a divorcee’s new life chapter filled with bright energy and personal rediscovery. 47
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According to the founder of JerMar Designs—the award-winning, full-service luxury interior design studio on Connecticut’s Gold Coast—every home possesses a unique energy. Jeanne Collins’ portfolio is brimming with dynamic executives and entrepreneurs, driving her commitment to instilling wellness and emotional bonds within a home. The studio’s latest undertaking, the interior of a luxury rental apartment in Stamford, showcases the power of intentional design in sparking rejuvenation, rekindling passion, and offering a sanctuary for new beginnings.

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“This apartment was designed for a newly divorced woman who had moved from Florida to Fairfield County, to be where her sister lives,” Collins says. “My client is a stylist for Saks and has a glamorous and sophisticated personal style that she wanted reflected in her new home’s interiors.”

The design palette of choice? A “jazzy” blend of greens, golds, and pink, reflective of the new Stamfordite’s love for Paris, Palm Beach, florals, and luxury accents. As an homage to her client’s daring relocation journey, Collins infused the apartment with boldness through patterned rugs, eye-catching window treatments, and accent pillows.

“I stuck to one primary color palette but varied it based on the spaces and hues of those colors,” Collins says. “For example, in the main living area, the green is a richer, darker green as the space is very large and can accommodate the more bold green. In the office, the green is a lighter, almost bluegreen color as the space is smaller. Plus, with the large amount of light and sun, it was designed to be more serene.”

Aware of her client’s penchant for redecorating, the designer selected versatile lights and solid-colored furniture to ensure a harmonious aesthetic, no matter the home’s arrangement. Holly Hunt custom dining chairs, upholstered in mauve velvet with green piping, were set on casters for movability and easy entertaining. However, Collins’ design strategy also expanded into wall art—a key element of the project’s aesthetic narrative.

“I sourced all of the artwork,” Collins says. “I needed pieces that were soothing, calm, and glitzy, yet classy and interesting as well. The pieces tap into the use of different materials, canvases, and design styles. The walls are large with high ceilings so I wanted to fill the spaces and create focal walls for every guest who entered. I found pieces that would complement the furniture designs I had already selected, so the artwork became the jewelry for the rooms.”

The designer, well-versed in navigating interior complexities, notes that the project had one primary hurdle: the

building’s regulations allowing only one supplementary lighting fixture near the dining table. Collins and her team relocated the fixture’s electrical box above the table’s center, seamlessly blending it into the ceiling with a coat of paint. Collins adds that her client was very flexible throughout the process, making the collaboration “seamless” for both parties.

“My client was in tears when we professionally photographed the home,” Collins says. “She couldn’t believe it was actually her home after all she had been through with her divorce and the move to Connecticut. She finally had a home that completely represented her style, her passions, and her energy!”

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Eclectic Elegance

Crafting the 'Little Gem' with Isabella Style

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Just go for it" was the attitude that Isabella Style Interior Designer, Mara Steinmetz, embraced when orchestrating the design of this eclectic residence in Charlotte, North Carolina. Renowned for catering to clients' design preferences through Isabella Style's home store in Myers Park, lead designer Mara Steinmetz, commenced this venture with a pre-existing, meaningful connection to the homeowners; the Howe family. This enduring relationship laid the groundwork for sculpting a home that authentically mirrors the vivacity of their personalities. Defined by a fusion of bold choices, moody undertones, and a touch of whimsy, the eclectic aesthetic seamlessly intertwines throughout every nook and cranny of this captivating "little gem."

At the heart of the residence lies the lounge room. Infused with vintage charm, this space serves as a hub for intimate gatherings, wine, and laughter. Steinmetz holds a special affection for this particular room, skillfully infusing her favorite purple hues into a dazzling dance of colors that truly stands as a testament to its one-of-a-kind character.

"It’s just beautiful," enthuses Steinmetz. "The home has so much character. She has the most fun personality, and the design reflects it. With elements like the Penguin cocktail shaker found at an estate sale paired with the Equestrian art on the wall, it all comes together in a unique and quirky way."

The interplay of light blues and creamy tones,

coupled with bold dark accents, contributes to a visually striking composition. The centerpiece, a light blue couch adorned with floral pillows, invites you to sink in and revel in the comfort of this distinctive space.

The subsequent rooms stand as a testament to why this residence has earned the moniker "the little gem." Jewel tones weave their way through the home, manifesting in couch colors, intricate trimmings, bold art, and scalloped headboards.

The living room's focal point, a mesmerizing James Henry painting that seemingly comes alive in three-dimensional splendor, served as the catalyst for the room's aesthetic. Its vivid colors set the stage for a rich palette that harmonizes throughout the space. Opposite the captivating eye painting, a Yvaral piece and a carefully chosen Michelle Morris artwork on the console engage in a harmonious visual dialogue. Steinmetz offers her insight, stating, "It's not just about the colors; we also wanted to craft a cozy and livable atmosphere."

The client's enthusiasm for unique finds extends to the furnishings, with two must-have blue sofas taking center stage. An intentional touch of whimsy is introduced with a chic plum welt on one sofa, mirroring its counterpart in the sunroom. Steinmetz emphasizes, "When she [the client] loves something, it's a fullfledged commitment. She knew she wanted two blue sofas, no matter the fabric — just two blue sofas. And we loved adding that plum welt for a playful, personal twist."

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Venturing deeper into the home, our journey unfolds in the bedroom — the room that captures the complete essence of the project's charm. The spotlight here is cast upon the union of masculine and feminine elements, highlighting details such as the scalloped-edged bed frame, vibrant plaid patterns, and the blue curtain trimmings. "The seamless blend of masculine and feminine elements in this bedroom is one of my favorite things about this project," shares Steinmetz, emphasizing the intentional mix of patterns — from the playful plaid on the bed to the tropical butterfly print adorning the throw pillows.

In curating this unique space, numerous elements were thoughtfully chosen from the Isabella Style store, contributing to a smooth and authentic design process. From stylish bed linens to distinctive curtain trimmings, the store's offerings seamlessly complemented the project's vision. Steinmetz expresses, "We have a great selection of things in the store. We’re definitely a one-stop shop in the design realm. Everyone here feeds off each other, and we love being able to add that personal touch to our clients' projects." 57





Trudi Norris, a self-taught artist, is known for channeling her passion for intuitive, exploratory, and abstract art onto the canvas; but it's her ability to infuse her craft with captivating energy that truly sets her apart. Beyond mere painting or displays, Norris intricately weaves a compelling narrative into every brushstroke. Her premier solo exhibition at Charlotte's esteemed South Park gallery delves into this artistic odyssey, spotlighting pieces from some of her most cherished series: the Garden, Leopard, and Femme.

“I’m happy to invite you on a solo journey that isn’t so solitary after all,” Norris says. “‘Intricately Intertwined’ is an exhibit where vivid colors dance on canvas. As I stand with each canvas, I realize that

the act of creation is a delicate dance of seeing and becoming, intuition leading over each stroke. My artwork is the process of becoming, not just a final product.”

Norris, whose exhibition serves as a culmination of her life's work, approaches this moment as an opportunity to pay tribute to the gallery team at Anne Neilson Fine Art (ANFA). Particularly Founder Anne Neilson and Gallery Director Logan Sutton, and their commitment to fostering enduring connections.

“Their collaboration has not only set a gold standard for gallery operations but has also launched many artists, including renowned painters, onto a global platform,” Norris adds. “ANFA sets an aspirational example for all who believe in the transformative power of art.” 61

The artist reflects on the five-year journey of collaboration, expressing a deep appreciation for Neilson's gallery as a nurturing environment where artists flourish under her guidance. The gallery, established in 2014, now marks a decade of success and represents over 50 artists worldwide. Norris highlights Sutton's remarkable enthusiasm, support, and managerial prowess, which have fostered an atmosphere where the creative process is revered and honored.

Sutton reciprocates the admiration, expressing, “I appreciate Trudi and her artistic style because it immediately commands attention. Her radiance as a human shines through her work. There is a dreamlike quality, inviting the viewer to explore deeper into the otherworldly realms she creates. The use of whimsical, unexpected imagery creates a sense of wonder and the viewer is left wondering how she comes up with these curious compositions boasting vibrant colors and energy, yet somehow everyone finds a way to resonate with her work. It's a beautiful thing, seeing clients get pulled into the intrigue of her work and speaking on memories that they were clearly transported to. This is what makes art so special. It's magic and truly the soul of humanity.”

Art that resonates with viewers is the cornerstone of ANFA's identity. Aligned with Neilson's vision of establishing a gallery as a beacon of artistic

expression in Charlotte and beyond, ANFA remains steadfast in its commitment to fostering a welcoming and inspirational environment for all. A decade later, the gallery continues to champion this mission.

“I hope people can enter feeling fully welcome as they are no matter their background, socioeconomic status, or intent to collect,” Sutton says. “Art is for everyone and I'd love to dismantle the notion that galleries are intimidating. After someone's visit, my goal is for a viewer to leave feeling inspired and that they found a place of solace. Art is healing and uplifting; it has the power to change the world.”

For artists aspiring to capture Norris' distinctive approach to her craft, encapsulated in her "mantra," the key lies in embracing the profound challenges and opportunities of the artistic journey.

“Embrace fluidity and trust in your ability to evolve with your artwork,” Norris shares. “Remember, it's a process of becoming, not just a final product. Harness intuition, and like me, allow your instincts to guide your brushstrokes. Art doesn't need a roadmap; sometimes, the best destinations are found off the beaten path. Celebrate vivacity and choose colors that shout, whisper, and converse. The brilliance of bold is that it speaks to the soul. Connect experiences; your travels, your stories, are pigments waiting to stain the canvas. Let them flow!”

Trudi’s solo exhibition “Intricately Intertwined” will be displayed at Anne Neilson Fine Art from April 11 - May 3, but her work will continue on display in the gallery thereafter. Visit or email to learn more. 63

Get ready for the best springtime reads here! Grab your favorite spot and dive into the captivating books of 2024— it’s shaping up to be an exceptional season for page-turners!

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Lucy, once part of a golden duo in a Texas town, faces the chilling accusation of murdering her best friend, Savvy. Found covered in Savvy’s blood, Lucy’s life takes a dark turn as suspicion blankets her. Years later, living in LA, she’s pulled back into the past when a true-crime podcast team probes Savvy’s death.

With her own memory of that fateful night blank, Lucy must confront the haunting possibility that she may be her friend’s killer.

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In 1837, England, young Thomas Wright toiled in coal mines, enduring fear and hardship until a devastating accident altered his fate. His journey entails confronting oppressive forces, including a tyrannical lord and a society that exploits the working class. Despite his humble beginnings, Tom embarks on a remarkable journey toward a successful career, a passionate romance, and advocacy for child labor law reform in England.


Lynne Spriggs, 42, spent ten summers on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana for her doctoral research in Native American Art History, finding solace there. Moving from the East Coast to reset her life, she meets Harrison, a rancher thirteen years her senior, and discovers a profound connection to nature in his secluded valley. In this quiet refuge, Lynne finds meaning beyond words, where nature speaks truths rarely heard in a noisy world.

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Harvard-educated attorney Jae Phillips vowed not to date coworkers, but Brad Summers, charming and irresistible, tempts her with drinks. Breaking her rule, Jae falls for Brad, only to discover he’s married with a child, shattering her world. Years of longing and career risks follow until unforeseen events awaken her to the affair’s toll. Now, Jae faces a pivotal choice, torn between reason and emotion, as she seeks her own happiness.

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Fareed Zakaria, CNN host and best-selling author, delves into past and present revolutions that define our polarized age, exploring populist rage, ideological fractures, economic and technological shocks, war, and global risks. Investigating historical realignments, Zakaria offers insights into understanding our tumultuous world in his significant work.

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Days after graduation, Betsabé Ruiz’s life in New York is turning out to be nothing less than cinematic. Although her first job at a white-shoe Wall Street investment bank is the opportunity of a lifetime, she is not prepared for the magnitude of wealth swirling about her, the long hours and close quarters that infuse her professional relationships with intimacy, nor an unexpected attraction to her boss. And like all great films, Betsabé’s New York dream comes with a twist that challenges her to find a balance between where she came from and where she’s going.

Narrated in the retrospective as a letter of wisdom to her unborn son, Daughter of a Promise captures not only Betsabé’s coming of age but also her journey to understand that deep-seated forces such as desire and love are more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

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Through the Lens


Creativity is undoubtedly woven into the DNA of Claiborne Swanson Frank, a world-renowned fine-art photographer, who first discovered her love for photography in an introductory class at art school.

“I spent hours in the darkroom,” Frank says.

“I remember feeling an excitement and passion I have never known before as I watched my portraits come to life. I left art school, and shortly thereafter, I was lucky to have the opportunity to assist Anna Wintour at Vogue Magazine. During my time at

Vogue, my love for photography continued to grow. It was amazing to be surrounded by so many brilliant minds.”

The creative behind three coffee table books published by Assouline has a distinct range in her style and storytelling ability, from the Vogue-esque snaps of “American Beauty” (2012) to the atmospheric interpretations of “Young Hollywood” (2014)— featuring iconic Golden Coast backdrops. Frank’s newest bound masterpiece, “Mother and Child” (2018), explores modern motherhood and captures the deeply intimate bond of a mother and her child.

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When Frank is not creating iconic coffee table books, she is working with American and European brands on advertising campaigns and collaborations. Her portfolio features prestigious brands such as Veronica Beard, Ferragamo, Michael Kors, AERIN, Hill House, Christie’s, and Brent Neale.

“Beauty, nature, and fashion inspire the heart of my work,” Frank says. “I am a storyteller at the core. For many of the campaigns I work on I serve as the creative director. I use location and wardrobe as a means to tell a story. I work with the founders and creatives of these brands to cast the right models, find the right location, and style the collections.”

A mere six months before the pandemic, the photographer moved to Greenwich, Connecticut. The setting served as both a haven for her family during an uncertain time, and a repository of inspiration. After a morning of homeschooling, Frank and her son created the “Flower Series,” a selection of floral portraits bathed in natural light.

“The beauty and peace of our new life in Greenwich inspired this series,” Frank says. “I shopped for many of the flowers at the McArdle's and Whole Foods in town. There is a peace here I could not access in New York City. I love Tod's Point and feel inspired by the beauty of this special part of the world. I love raising my family here in Greenwich and look forward to growing old in this sweet community.”

Frank’s optimistic inclination is not only evident in her light-filled portraits, but also manifests in her outlook on the artistic field and the continual pursuit of growth. When asked what wisdom she would like to share with budding photographers or artists, her answer was nothing short of motivational.

“Stay in faith your path will be revealed,” Frank says. “Chase your dreams and follow your heart. Never stop learning or being challenged. Forever evolve and better yourself and your art. Find your joy and make it your passion.”

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Heather Stewart-Whyte Beyond the Pose



Model: Heather Stewart-Whyte - @heatherstewartwhyteofficial

Designer/ Stylist: Nina Morris - @ninamorrisclothes

Photographer: Iulia Agnew - @iulia.agnew

Hair/Makeup - Katie Maxwell - @katiemaxwellmakeup

Location: The Chelsea Townhouse Hotel, London- UK @thechelseatownhouse

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Heather Stewart-Whyte’s remarkable journey from an unassuming nature enthusiast to a renowned supermodel is a captivating tale that embodies the essence of the art of living. While her portfolio may brim with illustrious names like Christian Dior, Victoria’s Secret, Armani, Vogue Paris, and Elle, her foray into supermodel success was anything but conventional. While most models spend their youths poring over glossy magazines and dreaming of the fast-paced world of high fashion, Heather’s formative years took place in the idyllic landscapes of England. Surrounded by the serenity of ocean and countryside, catwalks and cover shoots were far from her mind.

“I was very much a nature girl, fascinated with the changing colors of the seasons, climbing trees, and befriending any animal or insect I could,” Heather says. “I loved art at school and was always being creative and making things. I once made my own dress, but I had never even looked at a fashion magazine.”

Her first modeling gig shortly after blossomed into a full-time career by the age of 21. Despite her unconventional entry into modeling, Heather’s innate creativity and fresh perspective set her apart in an industry often driven by trends and conformity. Drawing inspiration from her childhood and deep admiration for nature, color, and beauty, she aspired to be as adaptable as the changing landscapes of land and sea.

“I would ask my booker about each casting, the story for the shoot, who the photographer was, and what type of girl they were looking for,” Heather says. “With that information, I’d change my hair, sometimes my outfit, and most importantly, how I presented myself to the client. With each job I took, I became just as fascinated with the changing locations, exquisite designs, and the talented artists of the industry; very similar to my fascination with nature.”

Heather Stewart-Whyte's journey serves as a powerful reminder that the art of living lies not just in achieving success but in embracing creativity, seizing opportunities, and fostering meaningful connections along the way.

Her story is a testament to the transformative power of passion, curiosity, and resilience— a true embodiment of the art of living.

After relocating to London for a nanny position in her late teens, Heather stumbled upon Kings Road—the infamous Swinging Sixties haven for art, fashion, and music. She was drawn into one of its bustling cafés and struck up a lively conversation with fellow teenagers seated nearby. Meandering out later, the group noticed a sign with the words “seeking female models” written in bold lettering.

“Suddenly, my new friends picked me up and threw me through the door of the agency, then ran off down the street laughing,” Heather says. “So I literally fell into modeling! I never saw those friends again, but whoever they were, they threw me into a life I could never have imagined.”

Heather credits much of her success to her innate creativity and fresh perspective on collaborative work. Her willingness to think outside the box and actively engage with her work led to numerous opportunities for creative collaboration. Notably, during a shoot for Tiffany & Co. in New York City, she proposed a unique concept for a jewelry piece—a ring featuring a single dangling pearl. To her surprise and delight, her idea was brought to life, underscoring her role as not just a model but also a creative force in her own right.

“I thought it would look so pretty,” Heather says. “The next season, when I went to shoot for them, to my surprise, they had made the ring I’d described and gave me one. That was something special indeed, as I’d secretly desired to design jewelry all my life. It’s not so secret now!”


Nearly three decades later, the supermodel boasts a Rolodex of creative partners. She highlights photographers Dominique Issermann, Jacques Olivar, and Fabrizio Ferri as some of her truest friends in the industry, having shared years of memories through the lens.

“We are still in touch today,” Heather adds. “Working with a photographer for many years brings a unique opportunity for friendship in the sense that a connection is built around collaborative creativity on shoot and traveling to many different locations.”

Despite her frequent globetrotting throughout the years, Heather holds an enduring nostalgia for the city of Paris. She spent some of her earliest years as a model enveloped in its captivating architecture and low skylines—a timeless muse for artistic expression and style. It was also in Paris that she had the opportunity to work with the French fashion luminary, Yves Saint Laurent, on a host of creative campaigns and runway shows.

“He was a joy to work with,” Heather says. “He would listen to your thoughts on each outfit; it felt like he was designing just for you. So many of my stories and memories are from just how genuine and kind most of these designers, photographers, stylists, and hair and makeup artists were. That’s what made all of those experiences special: the friendships built around the world of fashion. The 90s was truly a golden age and how amazing that I was there to experience it. I’m a lucky girl!”






Photography Lulia Agnew

Dressed in her uniform of faded jeans, a black cashmere jumper, and Golden Goose trainers in her studio outside of London, Morris simultaneously directs an in-house seamstress on embroidery placement and pins the hemline of a client’s trousers inset with lace panels resembling ivy vines. The suit is timeless, with a cheeky nod to rock and roll. “My style is unapologetically feminine; I think it’s hard to find the sweet spot between trash and mumsy.”

Morris’ demi-couture collections may very well be one of the best kept secrets in the industry as she never desired to mass market or sell to retail outlets. Pouring all her energies into the physical and not the façade, her credo is quality over quantity and consumerism. All the fabrics are selected in small runs and hand printed by Morris, who considers exactly where a pattern will interact with the female form, translating into some of the most exceptionally flattering garments. “I put a lot of thought into everything I make, and the clothing feels as good as it looks,” says Morris, reminding me that most big commercial designers are still men and that there is truly such thing as a woman’s touch in the wardrobe.

A child of the ’70s who grew up around women and clothes in her mother’s designer boutique and often accompanying her on buying trips to Paris, Morris credits much of her own sensibility to a mum who allowed her to be free and creative. “She was amazing, she was a trail-

blazer, she was married to photographer David Bailey and part of a very glamorous scene in London. Her shop was really one of the first of its kind. I remember she was the first to have Galiano.” Off of the runways, Morris’s own designs have been donned by royals; most recently, you can see India Hicks, King Charles’s Goddaughter, wearing a cream suit she designed at his coronation. But what Morris is most intoxicated by are her clients. “In a world increasingly devoid of human interaction, people are my biggest luxury. Relationships and authenticity, I hope I bring that to the world.” Working with Morris is not just shopping but rather an intimate personal experience where clients have over 40 styles to choose from in the continuously growing collection. Even the beading is done in-house, and the details make garments very personal and timeless. “Buy smart, and they become modern heirlooms, says Morris with a smile.

While Morris has long been able to flex a business model with 100 percent sustainability and zero waste, REHAB LAB, a new addition to her services, sets the standard even higher. Now, clients can bring in garments and have them reinvented. Recently a client who turned sixty didn’t want to show her knees any longer, so Morris added a flounce onto her favorite frock she had worn for fifteen years. “Faster is not always better, says Morris, who works around the clock and is involved with every order, “I am all about slow fashion, and I think it’s been a good recipe.”

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As the sun ascends above the serene turquoise waters of Providenciales, a tranquil haven awaits amidst the verdant coastal landscape. Amanyara, nestled within a 7,200-hectare nature reserve, emerges refreshed after a seasonal hiatus. The resort’s reopening unveils a complete transformation of its communal spaces, including the reception, restaurants, and Beach Club, beckoning guests to immerse themselves in a revitalized ambiance and rediscover its reimagined sanctuary. This season marks another collaboration between the esteemed Aman brand and Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston Architects.

Upon arrival, I was welcomed into the newly revitalized Entrance Pavilion, where a serene atmosphere awaits. Renowned landscape architect Raymond Jungles has enhanced the Pavilion’s ambiance by framing picturesque views of the central tranquility pond with large mahogany trees. The redesigned open-plan layout ensures enhanced privacy, providing an inviting space for peaceful mornings or leisurely afternoons. Wooden backgammon and chess boards add a touch of sophistication.

Renowned for its culinary excellence, Amanyara delights in a diverse gastronomic journey. The Beach Club, now upgraded with multi-level decking and focusing on contemporary mixology, offers panoramic views of the natural scenery. As the sun sets, guests can indulge in bespoke cocktails while soaking in the golden hues of twilight—a moment of pure bliss.

A newly constructed pathway now links the Entrance Pavilion directly to the kitchen, guiding guests to a serene dining area nestled in the shade—a charming spot perfect for savoring an afternoon apéritif. Within the Main Restaurant, positioned overlooking the central ponds, comprehensive interior redesign highlights elegant artworks that command attention as focal points within the airy dining environment. Illuminated by bespoke lighting fixtures designed by the renowned international firm, The Flaming Beacon, and complemented by fresh furnishings, the restaurant emanates a warm and welcoming ambiance that persists from day to night. It was here that we experienced an enchanting dinner on our first evening. As night falls, the reflective pools cast a magical glow, with the trees appearing lifelike as they are mirrored in the tranquil waters. 89

For those seeking seclusion, Amanyara’s private villas beckon with renewed allure. Villa 8, a luxurious four-bedroom Tranquility Villa, has recently undergone a complete interior and exterior refurbishment, including its expansive outdoor terrace space featuring an infinity-edge swimming pool. The redesign, led by international designer Boris Mathias of Chapi Chapo Design, draws inspiration from Aman’s understated elegance and the lush natural surroundings. Amanyara’s most prestigious accommodation, the Artists Villa, is nestled in an exclusive location boasting its own private stretch of white sand beach. This five-bedroom villa sprawls across three acres of lush private gardens, featuring a magnificent 108-foot (33-meter) infinity swimming pool that overlooks the sea. In addition to the expansive sundecks and multiple outdoor dining areas, the villa now offers a newly added private world-class wellness and fitness area. This includes a state-of-the-art gym equipped with high-tech Peloton bikes, a comprehensive TRX system, a Pilates Reformer machine, and a multi-station home gym, allowing guests to enjoy a full-body workout while surrounded by the lush Caribbean scenery. Guests can also rejuvenate in the expansive steam room and cold plunge pool, enhancing their sense of renewal during their stay and beyond.


During our stay, we had the pleasure of residing in one of the six-bedroom villas, where we relished the services of a private chef. Amanyara’s 20 Villas are strategically positioned along the coast or nestled slightly inland. There are spacious open areas ideal for socializing with family and friends, while each individual pavilion offers a secluded retreat to relax and rejuvenate in solitude.

Wellness takes center stage at Amanyara , which takes a holistic approach to well-being, catering to those seeking to relax and restore body and mind. After completing a brief health and wellness questionnaire and discussing my goals with Toby, the wellness specialist, I received an AcuGraph test, which assesses any imbalances in the body based on the principles of Chinese medicine. The results revealed which treatments and therapies would be most suitable for me. Mornings began with yoga on an OOV. So, what exactly is an OOV? 91

I’m still puzzled about why it’s referred to as an OOV. This unique device serves as a biofeedback tool designed to subconsciously train your body to stabilize and operate at its best. With its crescent-shaped bottom, it introduces three-dimensional instability, while the S-shaped top mirrors the natural curves of the spine.

Followed by Ai Chi, based on elements of Qigong and Tai Chi but performed in the water. Using breathing techniques and progressive resistance training in water to relax and strengthen the body. It is easy to see why most Amanyara guests are returning guests.

As the sun set over the horizon, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the experience I had been fortunate enough to have. Whether it was the Ocean Edge Dinner or private villa cocktails followed by dinner, every moment felt like a celebration of life, love, and the beauty of the world around us.

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The perfect island escape awaits.

Bermuda may feel like another world, but this idyllic getaway is just a two-hour flight from the East Coast. With wide-open spaces, pink-sand beaches and turquoise waters, Bermuda is ready to safely welcome you to her shores.






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That is my mission in life, taste,” explains twenty-something New York-based chef and food stylist who has been working in the culinary industry for more than a decade after gaining attention as the youngest competitor on Chopped at the tender age of thirteen.

Her delicious taste in food, fashion, art and design belies her age and are with increasing momentum, propelling her to the top of the domestic goddess food chain.

“I wanted to figure out a way to combine all of my interests while still being taken seriously as a chef,” muses Newman, whose carbonara recipes and cocktail choices

are creating as much of a stir as her style. Known for her platform heels and feminine maxi dresses from her go-to designers like Vampires Wife and Doen, she is as well dressed as her favorite shaved brussels sprout salad at Via Carota. “People always say: ‘Oh, you don’t have to get so dressed up for me,’ and I’m like, it’s not for you, it’s for me! It’s a coping mechanism and how I escape some of life’s bleak realities.”

With the lifestyle brand she is building, Newman hopes to spread the joy of satisfying the senses while reiterating that her taste doesn’t have to be yours. She wants to teach others how to find things that make them happy and strategies to implement them into their own lives. “I’m not telling everyone they have to be a Victorian widow,” she laughs, looking ever the part with her flawless porcelain skin and poof-sleeved frock. 99

For Newman, real luxury is all about intention, time, and attention to detail. From the way you prepare your egg in the morning to the bubbles you put in your bath or rituals around sleep, these are ultimate luxuries she can help curate. “I think a lot of influencers tend to repeat what’s trending but I’m not about telling people what they have to buy at this exact moment, it’s truly down to lifestyle and learning to express individualism.”

Some of these critical laissez-faire lessons were imparted by Newman’s Parisienne Mother, who taught her the party is only as good as how much fun your guests have, something this haute hostess takes to every table with a collection of vintage silver and linens to prove it. She treats every guest as the VIP at an event, even if the Martha Stewart is snapping Instagram photos of her artfully arranged acorn-fed ham nestled on a table terrain of butter mountains between an archipelago of sterling bowls brimming with baguette. Working the room is part of the party giving process.

Despite her serene exterior, Newman admits she is always anxious before her food is served and is incredibly self-critical, no matter how much recognition or validation she receives. “I will always have that nervousness, and I thank God for that. It’s what keeps me good at cooking because I am constantly pushing myself to make it one percent better, to learn new skills, and further my understanding of flavors.”

So how does a woman constantly surrounded by lavish meals, size two dresses, five-inch heels, and society photographers maintain a healthy self-image? “I am very much an aesthetic person, so I do hyper-fixate on the way my body looks, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t care…” confesses Newman. She eats everything (except red peppers) and rather than dieting, finds balance by keeping to simple foods like roast chicken, raw fish, and salads on days she isn’t working.

“I am someone with zero self-control as a human being across all boards, but I focus a lot more on how my body feels now instead of how it looks. There are times I know I’m eating way too much fat or gluten, and I know my body feels sluggish, and I know this decadent hedonistic lifestyle can’t be every night.”

Working on more practical ventures like a partnership with her favorite French heritage cookware brand, Staub helps keep her balanced while manifesting her next high-heeled steps. Her dream would be food collaborations with fashion houses like Hermes and Chanel and working with hotel groups hosting unique experiences and curating culinary programming. Food for thought.



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The Chef’s Table Donatella Arpaia

Born into the world of hospitality, you could say Donatella Arpaia’s culinary fate was sealed early on, yet the quest for excellence requires a true pursuit of passion, unabated dedication, and a whole lot of spunk. Heralded as a powerhouse and trailblazer, with countless esteemed and accomplished titles, as a chef and restaurateur, cookbook author, television personality, brand ambassador for Galbani® cheese, Donatella certainly has all that is needed, and much, much, more.

Within her acclaimed gastronomic tapestry, Donatella brings added value into all of her endeavors~a philosophy of heart. Drawing inspirations from her culinary heritage, and the epic respect for

traditions, food, and family, the figure of a greater chef, and person, emerges, as a woman with a passionate pursuit to transcend hospitality beyond the kitchen.

A true culinary ambassador, armed with an unyielding sprit of innovation, Donatella is driving a movement in the hospitality world to be a vehicle for education and mentorship, sustainability and ethical practices, and mostly, to celebrate life.

Honoring where she came from and where she is going, Donatella Arpaia, is transforming the power of the hospitality world and is touching many lives, and of course, many hearts, through the language of food and experience, and I think the best is yet to come.

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I never did not know a time when food was not part of my life. I was practically born in my family’s restaurant. My crib was next to the dish washing station.

My love for food was my very first love so I guess it feels like it was always there.


I grew up in a first generation immigrant household.

My father, and mother came to New York, bringing all their passion for food, family and traditions, and they opened a restaurant in Long Island, NY.

After my father, opened his first restaurant in Manhattan, Lello, and later Scarlotti, and even though the restaurant business is where I grew up, my father did not want me to end up there.

My father told me to go out and get a law degree or medical degree, anything I wanted, so I went off to law school, graduated, passed the bar, got a job, and then quit after four months.

Everyday I came home from work miserable, and then one night, my brother, Dino, who owns Cellini, (which is in the same place as my father’s first Manhattan restaurant, Lello), told me the hostess did not show up to work, so I went in to work the door, and I was never happier.

I was then on a mission, so I left my job as an attorney, and with a loan from my father, I opened Bellini on 52nd street in NYC. I always had a lot of spunk and worked hard, and soon after I paid my father back and went on to build a life in hospitality.



To be honest, I do not have any memories without food. I remember growing up around the holidays, with my mother and all my relatives in the kitchen, making tomato sauce in the kitchen, and canning the sauce in August~every time I think of family I think of food. I do remember, my first bite of Neapolitan pizza pretty clearly…I was only 6 or 7 and I can still remember how good it tasted.


The first thing I think of is packaging; it is very important to our communities and our world. Especially in the hospitality world, sustainability and the health of the environment is crucial because we have a big impact on the food ecosystems. Who we buy our food from; our purveyors and vendors, and making sure the products we serve are sustainable and environmentally sound needs to be a priority. My location, NOMA BEACH at Redfish, is on the water, and we are very mindful of keeping our waters clean, everything from recycling and waste, to the fish we chose to buy. We have a responsibility to the younger generations and they in turn are making us more accountable and aware.


It’s important to plot and plan and prioritize, especially family time, which is very important to me. I make sure the time I am with my children I am present, by creating boundaries and learning to say no sometimes. It’s hard to do but it makes me a better mother, chef, and person.


I am happy to have been exposed to some of the greatest chefs and to continue to evolve and keep growing. I enjoy mentoring young chefs and talent and I am grateful everyday for the work I do. I am humble in all of this and have so much gratitude for the business, the people I work with, and my life. Today I am a chef who cares about the people who are working hard to create a better future for the world of hospitality.


I have a big concrete table at my lake house in Connecticut. It reminds me of Lake Cuomo, and I love spending time there. My kids help to set the table with my beautiful antipasti board, with Galbani cheeses, and meats, and vegetables. There is pasta and sauce and meatballs, wine and great music. It is full of family and close friends and we are talking and laughing with no rush in site. It is what a table should be~a place to live and love. 105

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Emira Revolutionizing Performance


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The Lotus Emira V6, acclaimed for its design and performance, stands as the pinnacle of Lotus sports cars. Now, introducing a four-cylinder engine option further broadens its appeal. With 360bhp and 430Nm, the Emira First Edition embodies Lotus’s ethos of performance through lightweight engineering. This addition marks a significant milestone as the final mainstream combustion engine Lotus two-seater.

Designed for high performance, the 2.0-litre engine boasts advanced technologies for power and efficiency, delivering 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 171mph (275km/h). Its seamless integration with a dual-clutch transmission ensures a refined driving experience with lower fuel consumption.

Mike Johnstone, Lotus’s Group Vice-President, emphasizes Emira’s success and enhanced capabilities with the new engine, offering both efficiency and agility. Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes and Product Integrity, highlights meticulous tuning to

ensure the Emira delivers superb handling and performance across different driving modes.

Built at Lotus’s Chapman Production Centre, the Emira showcases a blend of craftsmanship and technology, reflecting a £100 million investment in UK facilities. Customers can experience the production process firsthand, adding to the allure of owning a Lotus.

The powertrain, designed for performance, incorporates advanced features such as a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection, delivering a balance of power and efficiency. Paired with Mercedes-AMG’s dual-clutch transmission, the Emira ensures seamless power delivery and exhilarating performance.

Thanks to its lightweight aluminium chassis and race-derived suspension, the Emira’s dynamics are finely tuned. Customizable chassis settings allow drivers to tailor the driving experience to their preferences, whether for road or track use.


Externally, the Emira’s design exudes aerodynamic beauty, drawing inspiration from the Evija hypercar. Its sculpted form and purposeful details enhance both performance and visual appeal. A range of color options and exterior enhancements allow for personalization, ensuring each Emira is unique.

Inside, the Emira offers a luxurious yet driver-focused environment. Premium materials and cutting-edge technology enhance comfort and usability.

With its blend of performance, craftsmanship, and technology, the Lotus Emira sets a new standard for sports cars, offering a thrilling driving experience that’s as refined as it is exhilarating. 111


Rediscovering the Timeless Allure of Old World Charm

Nestled within the picturesque high country, Twickenham Estate, established in 1999, exudes an irresistible Old World charm. Situated at an elevation of 4500 feet, this expansive sanctuary spans over 430 acres of park-like grounds, a mere stone's throw from the Blue Ridge Parkway, reminiscent of the idyllic landscapes of the English Countryside.

Twickenham is a veritable haven, threaded by meandering streams, serene ponds, and teeming with abundant wildlife. The focal point, Twickenham House, is embraced by meticulously manicured lawns and breathtaking gardens, while a cliffside terrace offers panoramic vistas, especially stunning at sunset.


The enchanting Old English Manor, spanning over 11,000 square feet, is meticulously crafted for lavish entertainment. Adjacent lies a spacious guest cottage, ensuring comfort for up to 50 guests. Boasting a plethora of amenities, including a commercial kitchen, two additional kitchens, a sauna, a billiards-equipped library, a movie theatre, and more, Twickenham ensures an unforgettable stay. 113

Across the driveway, a grand hall stands ready to host the most memorable occasions. It is complemented by a newly constructed, state-of-the-art kitchen that tantalizes taste buds and satiates cravings alike.

Whether it's a romantic wedding, a rejuvenating family retreat, or a team-building getaway, Twickenham's serene mountain vistas offer the perfect backdrop for unforgettable experiences. Welcome to the tranquil splendor of Twickenham.





The Dewberry Hotel in Charleston boasts mid-century decor reminiscent of the iconic Mad Men era, yet it exudes a timeless sophistication rather than mere nostalgia. Originally constructed in the Mid-Century modern style in 1964-65, this establishment has held a place on the Historic Hotels of America list since 2016. Epicureans are drawn to South Carolina’s oldest city for its delectable array of oysters, comforting cuisine, and innovative cocktails, all of which can be savored at Henrietta’s, the hotel’s trendy hotspot frequented by hipsters.

Retaining its Sixties Southern charm, the former federal building blends elements of marble, dark wood, and brass while receiving meticulous updates to ensure contemporary allure.

Charleston’s rich history traces back to its founding in 1670, named in honor of the reigning English monarch Charles II. The city offers an abundance of heritage-centric activities, including tours of plantations, leisurely horse-drawn carriage rides along cobblestone streets, and visits to remarkable historic residences and an endless supply of amazing restaurants. 117 V



If it couldn’t get any better, there are now new spa menu options at The Dewberry in Charleston. The Dewberry’s 30-minute express treatments are designed with people on the go in mind and pack a powerful punch when needed. Show off your glowing skin and revitalized energy with their massage and Express Facial options.


Recently opened on 309 King Street, the lifestyle brand founded and led by actress, designer, and author Kristin Cavallari has expanded to its fourth retail location in downtown Charleston. Currently a well-known lifestyle brand throughout the world, Uncommon James sells jewelry, skincare products

(Uncommon Beauty), clothes, accessories, and home decor. Other physical locations for the brand are in Chicago, Dallas, and Nashville.



With his trademark signature of seamlessly fusing together art, science, and technology - artist Ivan Toth Depeña (Depeña Studio) is excited to launch Photon/s, a concept-driven public art installation in the heart of downtown Charlotte, NC. Commissioned by Duke Energy, the Charlotte-based energy holding company, Photon/s is located at its new headquarters and symbolizes its contributions to the city and its electric cultural scene. Inspired by the microscopic elementary particle it’s named after, Depeña created Photon/s to encapsulate the dynamism and ethereal beauty of light particles through its groundbreaking sculptural form and pays homage to the essence of light and energy. A two-part installation featuring two massive sculptures and a four-story illuminated facade panel, each sculpture reaches towards the sky with intricate armatures radiating outward in a breathtaking 30-feet diameter display. Atop these armatures are mesmerizing light points crafted from blinking state-of-the-art LED endpoints, which are encapsulated in solid, frosted acrylic extrusions, capturing and mimicking the dance of fast-moving photons in perpetual motion, while the facade features an inverse shadow of the free-standing sculptures connecting them together against the Duke Energy headquarter building. 119 NEW YORK THE HAMPTONS THE PALM BEACHES & MIAMI CHARLOTTE




In the heart of Charlotte's South Park area lies a culinary gem that transcends the ordinary - The Fox & Falcon by David Burke. Here, the marriage of elevated modern steakhouse fare and artistic presentation takes center stage.

Helmed by the illustrious celebrity chef David Burke, this establishment is more than just a restaurant; it's a testament to Burke's boundless creativity and relentless pursuit of culinary excellence. With a menu boasting steaks from both land and sea, alongside Burke's signature dishes like Clothesline Bacon, Lobster Dumplings, Popovers, and Cheesecake Pops, each visit promises an unforgettable gastronomic journey.

But the artistry doesn't stop at the plate. Step inside and be enveloped by a carefully curated decor that marries elegance with whimsy, creating an ambiance that's as enchanting as the cuisine itself.

At a mere 26 years old, Burke's culinary prowess catapulted him into the coveted executive chef role at New York City's iconic River Café. It was here that his extraordinary talent garnered not only a prestigious three-star review from The New York Times but also a remarkable accolade: the esteemed Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Diplome d’Honneur. In achieving this honor, Burke solidified his position as a trailblazer, becoming the first and only American ever to claim such distinction, thus etching his name firmly into culinary history. Burke's culinary prowess extends far beyond the kitchen. Renowned as one of the most respected chefs in modern American cuisine, his accolades range from restaurateur to artist, philanthropist to beekeeper. His empire, David Burke Hospitality Management, stretches across the globe, orchestrating the culinary experiences of 18 restaurants, a historic event venue, and even a bakery.

A true visionary, Burke's influence transcends the culinary world. From offering industry insights to gracing major news outlets like ABC TV and Forbes, he is a revered figure both in and out of the kitchen. And let's not forget his playful side - who else could claim the title of puppeteer alongside their culinary achievements?

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Burke's spirit remained undaunted. Initiatives like the #FeedtheHeroes program showcased his unwavering commitment to community and innovation. And who could forget his entertaining cooking demos featuring Lefto, a puppet alter ego that brought joy to thousands during lockdown?

From rescuing beloved bakeries to empowering future culinary stars through scholarships, Burke's impact reverberates far beyond the walls of his restaurants. With each dish he crafts and every endeavor he undertakes, David Burke continues to redefine the boundaries of culinary artistry, one delectable bite at a time.



The Stead at Farmington, Charlotte’s newest luxury apartment community, is proud to announce the launch of “The Urban Haven at The Stead,” a community garden with culinary programming for residents and neighbors.

Curated by The Stead resident Mariah Henry, an acclaimed local Chef and beginning farmer (Hello Sailor, Wild Hope Farm), the program will include raised beds featuring an edible heirloom garden, culinary workshops, “food days” and “field days,” and more.

Henry, fueled by a void that has plagued a broken food system, will offer residents of The Stead seasonal harvesting and on-site programming. Nearby neighbors will also have access to public events that utilize seasonal food and Henry’s expertise. This is the only community garden within 150 acres.

We want this to be a catalyst for the community, explains Henry. Our goal is to reveal the honor in agriculture’s rich history, restore broken communities and reclaim the connection of food back to our mind, body, and soul. We will offer flowers, herbs and vegetables and provide interactive opportunities for residents and neighbors. There is no other community garden within this community and we look forward to offering the first of its kind to all who reside nearby. Henry, a “young farmer by day and eclectic Chef by night,” has followed a path to build community wherever she is planted. A proud graduate of Florida A&M University and Johnson & Wales University, she has been on a quest to graft the essence of food and agriculture into a seamless career and lifestyle. Now, with “The Urban Haven at The Stead,” she will be able to connect the dots for herself and the surrounding community.

With 275 units ranging from one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments to Carriage Homes, the sophisticated multifamily concept is intentionally tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Located just off of the 485/Rocky River Rd exit near several retail stores and restaurants, for a convenient, easy-living lifestyle, The Stead residents have access to a resort-style pool, fitness center, study areas, a game and wine lounge, dog park, pet spa, bike storage and grill and BBQ pits—top-of-the-line finishes. For more information, visit


The ever-evolving gardens offer a colorful journey each month. Visitors to Biltmore are greeted with a breathtaking display of nature’s beauty. Along the Approach Road and within the gardens, vibrant Mountain laurels and striking Catawba hybrid rhododendrons paint a stunning picture, welcoming guests with their dazzling blooms. Adding to this captivating scene are the graceful Kousa dogwood, aromatic Sweetshrub, fragrant Mock orange, elegant Yellowwood, and delicate Fringe trees.

As the warmth of the month intensifies, the Rose Garden reaches its peak bloom, with herbaceous perennials bursting forth in bold hues, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. Throughout the Walled Garden, a tapestry of color is woven by the lush blooms of Peony, the deep hues of False indigo, and the vibrant petals of Iris, beautifully complementing the spring annuals. Along the east wall, the blooming American wisteria adds to the sensory delight, its lilac-to-bluish-purple clusters filling the air with a delightful fragrance. Adorning the arbor to the Winery and the trellis behind the Village Hotel, these charming blossoms enhance the charm of Biltmore’s picturesque surroundings. 121


I don’t know about you, but if I even start thinking about trying a new health or beauty treatment, it’s as if my phone has read my mind, and I’m instantly barraged with ads on every form of social media for a myriad of life-altering therapies…

While I’m dreaming of feeling and looking ten years younger with these easy potions, pills, and pricks… I quickly get so overwhelmed, landing in a Google rabbit hole, unsure where to go or what to order, and back where I began, feeling older and exhausted!

Luckily, I’ve finally discovered a few spots that hopefully help make these decisions easier for you. At Restore Hyper Wellness, I was delighted to find an edited space with many of the treatments I’d been focused on under one roof and not too many more. The space is clean and cozy, with an extremely helpful and user-friendly staff to explain in layman’s terms the “why try” for each of the treatments. What I wanted is what Jennifer Aniston said was her game changer. “The ‘I’ll have what she’s having’ is a serving of NAD+ infusions. The peptide nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide is delivered into the bloodstream in an injection or IV drip lasting between one to three hours. This enzyme, which is essential for energy, metabolism, circadian rhythm, and stem cell rejuvenation, diminishes as you age and with stress. With replacement treatments, people have experienced increased energy, less brain fog, younger-looking skin, and even found it to combat the symptoms of long COVID. After a consult with the in-house nurse, I was ready to drip…

I also tried the Cryotherapy and Red-Light Therapies to address the pain of an impinged shoulder, a tight hip and some general muscle stiffness from age and winter. I stripped down and sat comfortably under the red lights for ten minutes, feeling internal warmth and relaxation return to my body. Afterward, I selected a song (70’s disco hit Born to Be Alive came to my mind. Are you surprised?), and after donning knee socks, mittens, a hat, and a gator to cover sensitive areas, I stepped into the icy chamber feeling a little intimidated to close the door. Luckily, the front panel is clouded for privacy, but you can see through the top to know civilization is right on the other side, and a timer counts down the minutes while the music blasts. I felt silly dancing at first but realized this was the best way to get through the session, and before I was done with my glacial get-down, the song was over, and I stepped out feeling revived and clear-headed. On my walk home, I truly noted the disappearance of the hip and shoulder pain, and my skin felt as if I’d had a facial without the poking and prodding. While I visited the Upper East Side venue, Restore has six other New York locations and keeps your records on file so you can visit other locations for convenience.



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Hamptons insiders know that for everything magical about being out there, keeping to your beauty regime can be challenging as there are too few salons and too many visitors. Now, you don’t have to go back into the city for the best upkeep, as the team at Serenity Lash Spa will come right to your home to deliver all types of manicures and pedicures, lash extensions, and waxing. The technicians have well packed to go cases, so you don’t have to forego a professional experience while skipping the stress of Hamptons traffic and crowd.

Born during the pandemic, when most NYC businesses came to a halt, and everyone had had enough of “self-care,” owner Allice Dai and her husband had the idea to service clients at home as well as keep their staff employed. With Google Map as their guide, they set out from the Upper East Side to visit longtime customers who were living out East until the city reopened. Now, four years later, clients have been so thrilled to have these services in the Hamptons that the team has grown and is prepared to come to all locations from West Hampton to Montauk! Also, a great idea for a “girl’s night” (though it doesn’t need to be women!) is to book with a group of friends. Enjoy treatments at one home with some music and rosé while relishing the sacred time of summer at the beach.


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Quickly gathering a cult following, The Formula X Meredith seamlessly integrates H.I.I.T, Pilates, Functional Training, and Barre techniques into a dynamic 60-minute class propelled by energizing beats. Devoted to her dance body-based workout, The Formula X Meredith session is structured into four distinct parts: Warm-up/Arms, Thighs (focusing on major muscle groups to elevate heart rate), Abs, and concluding Glutes. Each session concludes with a thorough stretching routine to elongate muscles and alleviate tension. This zero-impact, high-intensity class is meticulously crafted to prevent injuries while fostering muscle strength and leanness. If you're in the Hamptons this season, we'll see you there. 123 THE HAMPTONS NEW YORK THE HAMPTONS THE PALM BEACHES & MIAMI




Skin by Tatum, is not your average facial. Her Jet Peel Signature Facial incorporates a lymphatic massage, her Glow serum, and Exeomes being pushed through the skin. The Exeome magic alongside amazing products produced lasting, visible results. Make time to visit Skin by Tatum nestled in the beautiful sunset harbor of Miami. Follow your treatment with a yummy lunch at the nearby Ice Box Cafe.


This Red-Light Therapy is distinct due to being a medical-grade device that is easily absorbed into your cells and aids in diminishing scars, hormone production, sleep optimization, athletic performance, and collagen renewal.

TRUVAGAA non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (nVNS) device. It is known to relieve stress, enhance sleep quality, and improve cellular health. It works by delivering a moderately intense, but not painful, stimulation to this all-important nerve. Highly beneficial for the whole family and now that school is out, it’s a good time to get the kids in the practice of using this very beneficial tool.




In the realm of contemporary fashion, where conformity often takes center stage, there exists a beacon of audacity and individuality: BalenciMAGA. This avant-garde clothing brand has carved its niche by daring to tread where others hesitate, offering a refreshing departure from the mundane.

At BalenciMAGA, the ethos is clear: fashion is not merely about garments but about making a statement. With a blend of wit and sophistication, the brand pushes boundaries, challenging societal norms and inviting wearers to embrace their uniqueness.

Central to the BalenciMAGA experience is their collection of interchangeable patches, a testament to the brand's commitment to personal expression. Each garment becomes a canvas, allowing individuals to curate their style with endless possibilities. From subtle nods to pop culture to bold political statements, BalenciMAGA empowers its wearers to speak volumes without saying a word.

However, a word of caution accompanies the brand's unabashed approach. BalenciMAGA's irreverent humor may not resonate with everyone. With a penchant for sarcasm, dark humor, and playful jabs at societal norms, the brand unapologetically embraces controversy. Yet, for those who revel in sparking conversations and challenging the status quo, BalenciMAGA serves as a beacon of inspiration.

In a world where fashion often plays it safe, BalenciMAGA stands as a testament to the power of bold expression. It is more than a clothing brand; it is a movement—a celebration of individuality, creativity, and the courage to defy expectations. So, dare to step out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary with BalenciMAGA. 125 NEW YORK THE HAMPTONS THE PALM BEACHES & MIAMI PALM BEACH


Plan for the unexpected!

In all aspects of your life, dance now, dance when you can! Living life to the fullest is more than a catchy phrase or words of encouragement. It is a way of being. Whether it is your daily habits, outlook, or attitude, treat life with a no-holds-bar feel, and whatever you do, don’t hide from feeling! Your life is not anyone else’s to interpret or experience, so remember to live life to the fullest when you can and observe without judgment. If you dare, be profoundly turned on. Yes, this is an image of my vibe. I am cool and don’t lead with restrictions.

Please don’t take these as cavalier comments. It wasn’t until my recent emergency appendectomy that I realized I have lived most of my life in motion while always taking care of my health and acknowledging the toll life can take. Most notably ( I was in a boot from a skateboarding accident) in a recent article. These events are unplanned, hence, “emergency.” Fortunately, my daily routine has me set up to bounce back.

Always seek great counsel, and keep good people around you. This proved beneficial as I was on the phone early with my friend of 25 years and copy editor, Meg, in Reno. She reminded me to reach out to my friend and board-certified surgeon, Dr. Shahnoz Rustamova, who was in town. Shahnoz didn’t hesitate to jump in an Uber to be there for me. So appreciative to have great people in my corner, and one who could talk doctor to doctor. And did I mention she is ravishing?

Each moment of life is a teacher, whether it resembles one of our favorites or that special one that we ditched their class. I’ve had and continue to build a great team, whether professionally or as a woman, mother, friend, or wife. And, knowing ways to help my body heal swiftly and smartly is crucial. I can tell you that when you are feeling down, getting red light therapy is amazing; it is non-invasive and offers many incredible healing benefits.

I know that shutting out the noise, whether it is being broadcasted overhead, from the person next to you, or between my ears, is imperative. When somebody tells me to sit down, don’t dance that way, or talk to that person, it prompts a smile, and my natural vibe kicks in. My advice is that planning for the unexpected will lead to long-term resilience. Dancing is one of my artistic expressions and something I have loved since childhood that contributes to my long-term resilience and joy. It is a part of me, and no one puts baby in the corner! Be you, be free, everyone else is taken.

If you Haven’t You Should…Plan for the unexpected!


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