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HIGHLAND VILLAGE Established in the 1920s by brothers William and Michael Hogg, River Oaks was set up as a planned community just outside of the Houston city limits. Through highly regulated building and aesthetic standards, as well as strict limitations regarding who could live in the neighborhood, River Oaks became an incredibly exclusive and expensive neighborhood. Once the city of Houston annexed River Oaks in 1927, it continued to grow and thrive as the city did following World War II. To this day, it remains one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the country. Given the success of River Oaks, builder S.N. Adams decided the residents needed a shopping center, so he developed Highland Village in the mid-1940s, naming it Highland Village after his native Scotland. Adams was also responsible for establishing the Oak Estates and Highland Village subdivisions that border the shopping center. The shopping center and surrounding neighborhood have since grown to be a welcome supplement to River Oaks, with the two areas feeding each other with residents, shoppers, and diners. Highland Village was one of the first shopping centers opened in Houston. The Adams family sold the shopping center to investors in the early 1960s and the development changed multiple hands until it was purchased by Haidar Barbouti and Highland Village Holdings in 1991. Barbouti's leadership led to multiple changes at Highland Village. In 1994, the center was selected by Starbucks to house its first location in Houston. He also led an initiative in the early 2000s to reshape Highland Village and attract large national stores to the center. Crate & Barrel opened a 39,000 square foot location at Highland Village in 2000. The Crate & Barrel building was later described by architectural historian Stephen Fox as Houston's most ambitious work of retail architecture of the 2000s. By 2004, Barbouti's work at developing and repositioning the center was being recognized throughout the region and the per-square-foot volumes of Highland Village stores such as Williams-Sonoma and Pottery

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Barn were estimated to be in the top 10 percent of most types of chains according to industry analysts. In 2008, the center donated the retail space and utilities necessary for Highland Village Adoption Center, a pet adoption center, to open its doors in Highland Village. Highland Village's Apple Store opened on March 16, 2012, to coincide with the release of Apple's third-generation iPad. The Highland Village location was also the second Apple Store in Texas to include a "briefing room," an area designed for presentations to business customers. New high-end businesses continue to find Highland Village the perfect destination to reach Houston's most affluent neighborhoods. Highland Village came since its development with an undeniable power-benefit: its Rodeo Road-style with palm trees along both sides of the road, in Houston's most exclusive shopping and dining boulevard -Westheimer Rd.- with the advantage over Beverly Hills of having the convenience of ample store-front parking. However, HV's success doesn't necessarily come just from its strategic location, convenience, and design. Haidar Barbouti's obvious business and marketing genius, combined with his remarkable understanding of the local and international luxury trends, paired with his versatile creativity, allowed him to continue to grow Highland Village in spite of the most adverse conditions, like the 2008 recession and the 2020 pandemic, making it one of the most coveted retail centers in Texas. After the recent opening of Gauchos do Sul (Houston's most exclusive Brazilian steakhouse) and other top high-end retailers, construction is well underway for more, promising 2021 to be its best year yet. Showing once again his refined taste for the finest things in life, Barbouti agreed to partner with the Houston Exotic Auto Festival and Lamborghini Houston, to host on November 7th Part I (Part II will be held at Houston's racetrack MSR on Nov. 21st) of this fabulous 2021 6th annual edition of the show, and invite to Highland Village exotic and luxury vehicle owners from all makes for a sensational event.


ESPIRITU Photo: Westheimer Rd. Highland Village, 1959

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Jordan: TLS International Black Wide Brim Fedora Hat, $63.99. Anastasia: Multi-band ring by designer Etho Maria. 18k rose gold set with 1.13 carats of white diamonds, 2.96 carats of cognac diamonds, $12,775. Double-band ring by designer Etho Maria. 18k yellow gold with .86 carats of cognac diamonds and 1.90 carats of rose cut cognac diamonds, $6,050. Diamond hoop earrings by designer Etho Maria. 20.02 carats of champagne diamonds, Lesley Ann Jewels. $28,175. LUXCIOR.com LUXCIOR.com

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STYLE ESPIRITU 1957 Corvette C1, 283 engine, available at Imperial Collision. $98,000. Nick:

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Jordan: Black Trouser, $398. Saks Fifth Ave. Rolex Sea Dweller (Deepsea), S.Steel Black PVC, Black Dial, 44 mm., Vander Dys Fine Jewelers. $15,000. Allison: Theory P.Paper Faux Leather Shirt Jacket, $495. Theory Bristol Leather PullOn Kick Flare Pants, Saks Fifth Ave. $397. 1957 Corvette C1, 283 engine, available at Imperial Collision. $98,000.

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STYLE SIP ' N SAVOR Jordan (left): Black Effegi Cashmere Half-Zip Sweater, $348; Ralph Lauren Stoneblack Trousers, Saks Fifth Ave. $395. Cartier Santos (large) Rose Gold with Burgundy Alligator Strap, White Dial, Vander Dys Fine Jewelers. $25,000. Nick (right): Ralph Lauren Purple Label Jacket, Saks Fifth Ave. $2,495. Ralph Lauren Purple Label Gregory Trousers, Saks Fifth Ave. $595. Breitling B01 Cronomat Stainlesss Steel Brown Dial, 44 mm., Vander Dys Fine Jewelers. $9,800.

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Allison (left) Dolce & Gabbana blazer, $3,345. Derek Lam 10 Crosby Stretch Flair with Sailor Buttons Pants, Saks Fifth Ave. $153.99. Enamel link chain. 18k yellow gold and blue enamel chain in 32”. $21,375. Opal pendant: 76.32 carat opal surrounded by .20 carats fancy yellow marquis diamond, 1.35ct princess cut diamonds, 5.33 carats Malayan garnet, 1.90 carats of apatite, 1.44 caratrs of emeralds set in 18k yellow gold. $33,500. Thorn link chain. Sterling silver and 18k yellow gold in 26”. $6,250. Opal drop earrings. 7.01 carats of rough diamonds mixed with opals and .26 carats of round brilliant diamonds. $23,000. Opal ring. .63 carats of round brilliant diamonds set around 13.79 carat opal set in 18k yellow gold. $11,750. Wonder woman ring. 2.25 carats of round brilliant diamonds set in 18k yellow gold. Lesley Ann Jewels. $11,625.

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STYLE STYLE Anastasia (right): Dress by Sandro. Saks Fifth Ave. $370. Multi-band ring by designer Etho Maria. 18k rose gold set with 1.13 carats of white diamonds, 2.96 carats of cognac diamonds, $12,775. Doubleband ring by designer Etho Maria. 18k yellow gold with .86 carats of cognac diamonds and 1.90 carats of rose cut cognac diamonds. $6,050. Diamond hoop earrings by designer Etho Maria. 20.02 carats of champagne diamonds. Lesley Ann Jewels. $28,175.

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Jordan (left): Isaia Delain Selection Aqua Check Sportcoat, $4,150. Girard Perregaux GMT Moon Rose Gold with Burgundy Aligator Strap, 44mm, $16,200. Anastasia (left): Diamond and pearl drop earrings. 16.88 carats of rough diamonds with pearl drops set in 18k white gold $31,500. Tanzanite ring. 9.52 carat natural, unheated tanzanite surrounded by .91 carats of diamonds set in 18k white gold. $19,625. By Lesley Ann Jewels. Rebecca Taylor Long Sleeve Gabrielle Dress, Saks Fifth Ave., $385.

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Nick (right): Isaia Plaid Silk & Cashmere Sportcoat, $4,475. Rolex Classic, Explorer II Stainless Steel White Dial, 42 mm., $10,000. Allison (right): Theory P.Paper Faux Leather Shirt Jacket, $495. Theory Bristol Leather Pull-On Kick Flare Pants, $397. Lesley Ann Jewels: Diamond drop earrings. 9.14 carats of old European cut diamonds set in 18k yellow gold. $187,500. Maltese cross pendant. 5.97 carats of rose cut diamonds set in 18k yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver. $19,000. Ten table wrap bracelet. 5.50 carats of grey diamonds set in 18k yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver. $18,750. LUXCIOR.com

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Anastasia (left): Nikki Tier-Ruffle Mini A-Line Strapless Dress, $445. Nick (left): Saks Fifth Ave. Long Sleeve Solid Quarter, $268. Saks Fifth Ave. Trousers. $225. Allison: Maje 221 Julie Skirt, $340, with Top, $340. Jordan (right) Isaia White with Teal Windowpane Sportcoat, $3,900. Shirt Isaia Light Blue Aqua, Saks Fifth Ave. $395. Location: Apple Store, Highland Village.

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LIFESTYLE Allison: Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Amenadiel Bic Halter Dress, Saks Fifth Ave. $750. Nick: Effegi Chanteclaire Cashmere V-neck, Saks Fifth Ave., $163. Panerai Luminor GMT S.Steel with Tan Leather Strap, Black Dial, 44 mm., Vander Dys Jewelers. $7,500. View of Highland Village from Gauchos do Sul Brazilian Steakhaouse.

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Allison: Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Amenadiel Bic Halter Dress, Saks Fifth Ave. $750. View of Highland Village and upcoming site of the 2021 Houston Exotic Auto Festival from PF Chang's.

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Anastasia: Dress by Sandro. Saks Fifth Ave. $370. Jordan: Armani Basic Shirt, $455; Saks Fifth Ave. trousers, $225. Panerai Luminor Marina S.Steel with Tan Leather Strap, White Dial, 44 mm., Vander Dys Fine Jewelers. $7,500. Lamborghini Huracán Evo RWD Spyder 2021, Lamborghini Houston. 2021 Lamborghini Huracán Evo RWD Spyder, from Lamborghini Houston. Msrp $279,711. Msrp $279,711. Jordan: LuminorMarina S.Steel with Tan Leather Strap, White Dial, 44 mm., $7,500. EntrancePanerai to Restoration Hardware, Highland Village.

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CREDITS Male Models: Jordan Abernathy, Nick Neverodd. Female Models: Allison Marshall, Anastasia Dillavou. Makeup & Hair: Joely Flores, Lilian Díaz. Photography: John Giries, Freddie Sánchez, Lisa Video: Henrich Pérez. Timepieces: Vender Dys Fine Jewelers. Jewelry: Lesley Ann Jewels Lamborghini: Lamborghini Houston '57 Corvette: Imperial Collision. Limousine: Direct Transportation Solutions. Producer: Martin Gondra, LUXCIOR Magazine Location: Highland Village.

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Nick: Cashmere Blazer, $1,298. Brunello Cuccinelli Cotton Shirt, $295. Anastasia: Zimmermann Luminous Mixed Ribbon, $650. Allison: ALC Kora Dress Desert Beige, $595. Jordan: Solid Herringbone Jacket. $698. All at Saks Fifth Ave.

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ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

MERGING Indoor and Outdoor Living A GROWING TREND IN HOME DESIGN Enjoying time outdoors surrounded by nature has been found to have so many benefits on both our physical and emotional health. Studies show that being in nature or even viewing scenes of nature reduces stress, muscle tension, and blood pressure and increases pleasant feelings, a sense of peace, and overall physical wellbeing. This is done by not only creating beautiful and functional outdoor spaces and bringing the outdoors into your interior with natural products, textures and greenery, but as you combine and create seamless transitions between the two. The backyard is easily becoming a true extension of the home, expanding your livable, usable space and home value.

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By Kathy Anderson, Senior Design Editor Founder and owner of Eklektik Interiors


With these and so many other advantages in mind, it is no wonder that there is a growing trend in home design of merging indoor and outdoor living. The lines are being blurred between the interior and outdoor areas, which creates an easier flow and blending of living spaces. This is done by not only creating beautiful and functional outdoor spaces and bringing the outdoors into your interior with natural products, textures and greenery, but as you combine and create seamless transitions between the two. The backyard is easily becoming a true extension of the home, expanding your livable, usable space and home value.

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Customized Outdoor Living Areas How do you personally like to spend time outdoors? Reading, lounging by the pool, playing ball with the kids, or cooking and entertaining? Catering your backyard to your lifestyle and the way you prefer to spend your time, will ensure that you create a usable space for you and your loved ones. Your outdoor living space can become its own destination and possibly the most utilized space in your home. Whether that means adding elements like a bar, an outdoor kitchen, a fireplace, a pool, other water features, or plenty of seating for lounging and entertaining is up to you and how you live. As you design your outdoor living space, make sure it complements or even mirrors your interior selections, making the design cohesive. Also consider the space flow in and out of your house. Think about the way you live and entertain and where it makes the most sense to connect rooms with the outdoors.

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Creating defined spaces for cooking, outdoor dining, lounging and play areas ensures that you can make the most of both your indoor and outdoor spaces, while combining them for entertaining.

Bringing the Beauty of Nature In No one creates natural beauty better than the Creator of the universe. Bringing artistry indoors with natural textures, colors, patterns, fibers, and materials will appeal to multiple senses and create the feeling of being outside. Greenery is a great way to bring the natural beauty of the outdoors to your interior, but it is not the only way. Think of all the parts of the Earth that you love. There are so many varied products now that are natural and beautiful. Consider grass cloth wallpaper or tile, natural stone countertops and flooring, and rustic wood planks incorporated in ceiling beams or shelving. Don’t underestimate the design power of windows and natural light as they are possibly the easiest and most functional way to invite natural beauty and warmth into your home.


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How to Create Seamless Transitions If you are looking to enhance both your indoor and outdoor spaces, windows and doorways are a wonderful way to really merge your spaces and create large open areas. Full wall windows and larger windowed doorways add visual flow, natural light and function as they are easily opened for entertaining. Motorized shades are becoming more common in large open homes as they stay hidden when not in use for an open, minimalist look, but easily closed to control privacy and lighting. Extending the flooring and ceiling materials from the inside to the outside living spaces blends the boundaries and makes it feel like one continuous open space.

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Large format porcelain tile is a functional and fabulous choice for flooring as it is easy to maintain and mimics natural stone. Lighting and sound are two other aspects to remember as they appeal to different senses and function in blending two different areas. Similar types and intensities of light will help transition from one space to the next and add ambiance. Linking your interior speakers to outdoor speakers can complete the connection. So here’s to some wonderful months of summer ahead! Hoping you can enjoy your home and maximize its function and natural beauty both inside and out.


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tarting with the name "Gauchos Do Sul" -as the legendary Southern Brazilian cowboys are called-, this addition to Houston's dining scene is a true world-class SouthAmerican tradition with authentic flavor "Do Samba". I'd like to highlight the fact that Gauchos River Oaks is the second restaurant to open after Gauchos Do Sul in the exclusive Vintage Park Plaza -which originally opened its doors in 2016 to become a major success-. Located in the heart of Highland Village and on a third floor overloking Westheimer and the beautifully iluminated palms along the sidewalks through an entire glass wall, the view is an experience of its own, especially as the sun goes down and everything changes into a romantic River Oaks landmark. From the moment you step out of the elevator from the Valet, you know you are in an unconventional place. The team of waiters, in the best style of this cuisine, do not stop circulating around your table. They don't spare any effort in making you feel as comfortable as you can be, and giving you a tour of the wide variety of options at your disposal, from every cut of meat to the wine selection. At Gauchos Do Sul, however, there is a twist to this tradition. They created a different experience: Although every single server is as professional, polite, and as friendly as you would expect from a luxury restaurant, at Gauchos Do Sul you don't have to live with interruptions to your conversation every three minutes, as it happens in all other places. I loved this! How refresing it is to be able to enjoy a romantic dinner and conversation with only a few, necessary interruptions. Managed by Brazilian restauranteur Daison Cima, with decades of experience in the competitive Brazilian steakhouse arena, his credentials alone are a guarantee for a memorable dining experience.

Nothing can match the flavor and tenderness of the Brazilian cuts.

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The first thing you will discover is a salad bar unlike many others in town. The variety is wide, the freshness of the ingredients is readily evident, and the flavors and seasonings are unbeatable. It is an experience in itself.

The true experience of a Brazilian restaurant are definitely the meats, served in the characteristic style of carving. Each waiter walks attentively, and near your table with a distinct and juicy cut, fresh from the fire, and quickly customized to your liking.

Brazilian cuisine is as unique as the way it is served. Obviously the cuts, tenderness and flavors of the meats are the signature of this coveted South American style. Houston, situated at the forefront of international gastronomy, has several Brazilian restaurants, but Gauchos definitely has taken the lead.

Although my personal choice is Ribeye, the famous Picanha -noble part of the top sirloin, seasoned with rock salt- continues to be a favorite. Other great options are the "Gaucho Steak", a very lean and flavorful cut of meat seasoned with rock salt; the Texas Kobe Beef, a tender cut with intense flavor and marbling and seasoned with rock salt is a must.

While enjoying your salads and select hot dishes from the salad bar, it all starts with a delicious "pão de queijo" (yucca bread) served with the typical smashed potatoes cooked to perfection and polenta sticks (made of corn).

Lamb Chops and Leg of Lamb -my wife's absolute favorite-, is imported from New Zealand (known for the top quality meats in the world), and is specially marinated with white wine and lemon pepper. The Parmesan Chicken is a grilled chicken, seasoned with lemon pepper and topped with melted parmesan cheese.

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The glass Vista Room, surrounded by curtains, for a private and luxurious event.

For the lovers of seafood, the Grilled Shrimp makes a great choice, marinated with garlic and a delicious homemade seasoning. The South American Pork Sausage comes from Brazil, packed with different flavors and seasoning. Another interesting Brazilian favorite for a sweet contrast is the Grilled Pineapple, made of Tropical Pineapple seasoned with a touch of cinnamon sugar. The wine list includes a range of national and imported brands. However, we chose one of the traditional Brazilian Caipirinhas, a tropical rumbased cocktail, and Guaraná, Brazil's most iconic fruit. Of course, no matter how satisfied you may be, you cannot say you have had a complete Gauchos Do Sul experience without tasting the delicate desserts. The puddings are an absolute sensation.

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Although the traditionalist would have called for a final tasting of the select coffees, we had to pass on the temptation; it would have been too much pleasure for a single visit. Besides, there is so much to try that we will definitely become regular. The ambience is warm and elegant, providing for a very rewarding dining experience, with a full-bar dividing the two main areas. The private and beautiful Vista Room and the Social Room offer the opportunity to host exclusive corporate events and intimate family gatherings. Gauchos Do Sul is open for dinner only (unfortunately), from 5:00 to 10:00 pm, with a great Happy hour from 4:00 to 6:30 pm. If you are up for a new level of Brazilian "churrasco" meat experience, Gauchos Do Sul is the definite new place to go in River Oaks -and of course in Vintage Park. However, please take a word of caution: You may get addicted.


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hen it comes to putting a price tag on vacation travel -especially after a year in lockdown-, there is one thing that cannot be compromised: luxury. But, as you know, this type of indulgence comes with a high price tag.

Explore the top 5 most expensive hotel suite options in the world.

HOTEL DE PARIS Monte-Carlo, France Luxury is on full display at the astounding Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. For over 150 years, the hotel has received guests from all over the world. The Diamond Suite – Prince Rainier III reigns supreme in both indulgence and size. At over 8,900 sq. ft., this living space features a 3,767 sq. ft. two-level terrace with heated swimming pool and spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. The extensive main living room connects to a bar area, spacious dining room and study. The library and sitting area continue to display the suite’s detailed design with paintings and sculptures from the personal collection of the Prince throughout the space. Guests can either be met at the heliport to transport by helicopter or taken by luxury vehicle. At an average of $48,000 per night, the Diamond Suite – Prince Rainier III is at or near the top of the list for most expensive and luxurious hotel stays.

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THE EMPATHY SUITE Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas Located in the Palms Casino Resort is a 9,000 sq. ft. luxury suite that is nearly unmatched. At $100,000 per night, The Empathy Suite Sky Villa can be billed as the most expensive hotel suite in the world. Designed by British artist Damien Hirst, rooms have been fashioned with clear artistic intention. Within the two-story palace comes two master bedrooms, a Himalayan salt relaxation room, and a jacuzzi that overlooks the Vegas Strip. Perks include 24-hours private butler service, private property tour, chauffeured car service, and A-list and VIP access to any clubs on the Strip day or night. There is also a gym, two media rooms with seating for over 50, and a pool that hangs over the edge of the building. For anyone with time for an ultra-extravagant getaway, these hotel suites are definitely worth every single penny.

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TY WARNER PENTHOUSE SUITE Four Seasons, New York This $50,000 per night 4,300 sq. ft. suite is located on the 52nd floor of the Four Seasons Hotel in New York. Designed as a collaboration between owner Ty Warner and architects Peter Marino and I.M. Pei, the suite took $50 million and seven years to build. The penthouse includes, among many other indulgences, four cantilevered glass balconies, a private spa, and a private art collection. Made of Thai silk with 22-carat pure gold threads, the custom-made canopy bed radiates luxury. The suite’s cathedral ceilings reach heights of 25 feet providing amazing 360-degree views of New York City below. The room also comes with daily use of a Rolls Royce with chauffeur among many other exclusive amenities.

ROYAL PENTHOUSE SUITE President Wilson, Geneva Switzerland Boasting Europe’s largest suite is the Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson in Switzerland. With an amazing 12 bedroom and 12 marble bathrooms, this suite holds over 18,000 square feet of space to roam. Two dining rooms provide settings for unforgettable moments with one seating up to 26 people and the other with room for 16. A personal chef, butler, and assistant are always within reach to assist with any need. A handpicked art collection, floor-to-ceiling windows, private gym, and a private terrace that wraps around the building are just a few of the deluxe accommodations you will find in the penthouse. There is also a Steinway grand piano, billiards table, and unforgettable panoramic views of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps. The private elevator with bulletproof glass ensures safety and exclusivity for any guest of the Royal Penthouse Suite. Celebrities, foreign dignitaries, and VIP’s have all enjoyed spending time at this one-of-a-kind locale. At an average of $80,000 per night, this suite is close to the top most expensive luxury suites.

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THE MARK PENTHOUSE SUITE The Mark Hotel, New York The Mark Penthouse Suite is the largest hotel penthouse suite in the entire U.S. at over 10,000 sq. ft. of living space. Designed by Jacques Grange, legendary French interior designer, the penthouse takes two floors of The Mark Hotel. Surrounded by shops, restaurants, museums, and Central Park, this Upper East Side diamond is in the heart of the city that never sleeps. With 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 4 fireplaces, and 2 wet bars, this penthouse is a mainstay among celebrities including Oprah, Meghan Markle, Kelly Ripa, and Russell Crowe, among countless others. The living room features ceilings of over 25 ft. and can even be converted into a full-sized Grand Ballroom. The 2,500 sq. ft. terrace boasts a view that overlooks both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. $75,000 per night.

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IMMIGRATION Temporary Protected Status “TPS” AND ITS BENEFITS FOR IMMIGRANTS

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emporary Protected Status, generally known as TPS, has been around since the 1990s. The term explains it all and it defines an immigration status that is humanitarian, yet temporary in nature. In 1990 Congress established a procedure where the Secretary of Homeland Security has discretion to provide TPS to nationals of a particular country living in the United States, and who are unable to return to their homeland due to: a) ongoing armed conflict such as a civil war; b) an environmental disaster such as flood, earthquake, or hurricane etc.; or c) other extraordinary and temporary conditions in the state that prevent them from returning safely to their homelands.

may have a prior deportation or removal order. TPS holders are also eligible to live and work in this country, and they can apply for travel authorization. Generally, the TPS applicant is required to apply for Temporary Protected Status by filing Form I-821, and an Application for Employment Authorization (Form I- 765) with the USCIS, as well as provide evidence to satisfy several requirements with respect to residence and physical presence in the United States. Additionally, the applicant pays a filing fee and will be scheduled for fingerprinting through an Application Support Center (ASC). While it is encouraged that applicants file for TPS during the designated period of filing, in certain circumstances they can also file late.

An individual may be eligible for TPS if he or she is a national of a country designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security for TPS, or if the individual is It is important for all applicants seeking TPS to present a person who has no nationality but last habitually evidence of Identity and Nationality. Acceptable resided in a designated country for TPS. Individuals evidence for both identity and nationality might must apply for TPS during the specified registration include: Passport, Birth Certificate, and photo identity period. The registration period is stated in the Federal document. The identity document must be issued by Register notices of designation and is also generally a local, State, or any federal civil authority, such as advertised in the USCIS press releases. A TPS driver’s license, military identity documents, or public Attorney Olsa Cano designation can be made for 6, 12 or 18 months and educational documents. at least 60 days prior to its expiration the Secretary must decide whether to extend or terminate a TPS designation based After much debate for the past few years, earlier this year, Venezuela on each country’s conditions. finally was designated for TPS. Based on the January 19, 2021 There are currently over 400,000 individuals with TPS in the United presidential memorandum, DHS first implemented Deferred Enforced States and there are twelve countries designated for TPS. (Burma is Departure or “DED” for Venezuela through July 20, 2022. Venezuelans the last county designated as the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) with DED can apply for work authorization. The Secretary of Homeland for 18 months, due to the military coup and the unrest in the country. Security Alejandro Mayorkas also designated Venezuela for Temporary However, more details about the application process are expected to Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, effective March 9, 2021, be detailed sometimes soon in a forthcoming Federal Register notice). through Sept. 9, 2022. Venezuelan nationals and individuals having Below is the list of the current TPS designated countries with their no nationality who last habitually resided in Venezuela may submit an initial registration application under the designation for TPS for automatic extensions and expiration dates. Venezuela during the 180-day registration period that began on March 9, 2021 and ends on Sept. 5, 2021. Venezuelans have still time to Burma Valid through September 12, 2022 continue to apply for TPS or DED. El Salvador Auto-extended until October 4, 2021 Haiti Auto-extended until October 4, 2021 While as mentioned earlier there are various benefits to obtaining TPS, Honduras Auto-extended until October 4, 2021 unfortunately the status it grants is not permanent and obtaining lawful Nepal Auto-extended until October 4, 2021 permanent residency and ultimately United States citizenship is every Nicaragua Auto-extended until October 4, 2021 immigrant’s dream. With the new administration, there is hope for the Somalia Extended until September 17, 2021 TPS recipients. On March 18, 2021 the House of Representatives South Sudan Extended until May 2, 2022 passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 that would Sudan Auto-extended until October 4, 2021 provide a path to permanent residency and ultimately to citizenship for Syria Extended until September 30, 2022 individuals holding TPS as well as for those with DACA (Deferred Action Venezuela Valid through September 9, 2022 for Childhood Arrivals). We hope this bill also passes the Senate soon, Yemen Extended until September 3, 2021 before it is signed by the President into law. TPS holders, most of whom Even though TPS does not provide a path to permanent status, there have been in this country since the 90’s paying taxes and contributing are certain benefits to having TPS. The immigrants who have TPS to this country’s economy and well-being have earned this right by now. cannot be physically removed from the United States even though they

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Hosted by the premier eracing facility at MSR Houston Motor Speedway Resort, the 6th Annual, 2021 Edition of the HOUSTON EXOTIC AUTO FESTIVAL & Luxury Lifestyle E-XP-O with Vengeance is the most anticipated and exhilarating automobile show in Southern Texas, bringing together ALL the luxury and exotic brands to a single site and attracting a large audience of fans pulsing with high-octane adrenaline.

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Variety of great food to chose from. Presented by Lamborghini Houston, produced by LUXCIOR Magazine in partnership with the most prominent names in the automotive and luxury industries, we are driven by our passion for luxury and speed.

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With verified acceleration, the all-new High-Performance Hybrid powertrain in the McLaren Artura sets new benchmarks for performance, building on the levels of high-performance hybrid excellence set by the pioneering McLaren P1TM – the world’s first hybrid hypercar – and the Speedtail Hyper-GT. The Artura’s advanced petrol-electric powertrain delivers an unrivalled combination of throttle-response, acceleration and electric-only, zero-emissions capability. It has been engineered to ensure the allnew McLaren supercar excels across the full spectrum of driving experiences, from everyday urban journeys to track day sessions. Minimizing weight was key to the design of the all-new powertrain. This is hugely important in an electrified supercar, as well as being absolutely aligned with McLaren’s philosophy of super-lightweight engineering that is fundamental to the performance, agility and driver engagement inherent in every McLaren. Breaking with the V8 convention established with the first supercar from McLaren Automotive, the 12C, at the heart of the Artura is an allnew, 3.0-liter V6 internal combustion engine. The 120-degree, twinturbocharged M630 unit not only delivers unrivalled performance, it also allows the most compact packaging possible. A 180-degree angle was considered but dismissed because it would raise the height of the crankshaft and therefore the center of gravity of the car. The wide angle of the V6 cylinders allows the turbochargers to sit within the banks in a ‘hot vee’ configuration, which also benefits efficiency as they sit within a straighter - and therefore less restrictive – exhaust layout. Generating 671bhp and 531lb ft of torque, the all-new V6 engine is 7.5in shorter and 8.7in narrower than McLaren’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 – and also 110lbs lighter.

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While the configuration of the all-new engine is key to the Artura’s powertrain packaging, it is the innovative technology within that provides the biggest gains in lightweighting and performance. The cylinder head and block utilize 3D printed cores, allowing uncompromised precision cooling, including a micro-compact 0.08in cooling passage between the cylinders. The block has directly coated parent bores rather than separate coated liners, into which fuel is injected at 350bar pressure. The Artura’s V6 engine is designed not just for compact packaging and efficiency, but also to increase driver engagement. Shared crank pins enable a very short and stiff crankshaft that allows the M630 to redline at a thrilling 8500rpm. It’s also a very refined engine, designed with the chain drive at the rear and with ancillary noises reduced so that the occupants only hear the V6’s distinctive intake and exhaust note, routed via Gasoline Particulate Filters to reduce emissions. The V6 engine powers the rear wheels via an all-new eight-speed seamless shift transmission that has also been designed for optimizing packaging. The length of the gear cluster has been reduced by 1.6in, helped by the use of a nested clutch rather than a parallel unit and also the removal of a reverse gear. This function now achieved by the Artura’s E-motor spinning in the opposite direction. The ultracompact motor is fully integrated within the transmission bell-housing, delivering torque in-fill and linear acceleration via an E-differential to the rear wheels. The Axial Flux design of the E-motor is another Artura benchmark. It is similar in size to a McLaren brake disc and at just 34lbs it is only a little heavier than a conventional iron rotor component, yet it can generate up to 94bhp and 166lb ft of torque, as well as enable journeys of up to 19 miles in near-silent pure EV mode*, attributes that are ideal for city driving or early-morning starts.


BOY'S TOYS Providing the electric-only capability is a 7.4kWh Five-module Lithium Ion energy dense battery pack. Fully-integrated into the Artura’s McLaren Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) chassis, the battery pack is positioned low-down in the car behind the driver, incorporated into the floor and protected on three sides by the main carbon fibre structure and from behind by the engine. This positioning also helps to optimize both center of gravity and the polar moment of inertia, benefitting dynamic agility. The hybrid battery sits on a cooling manifold, which is shared with the new electric heating, ventilation and air conditioning system also used to control air temperature in the cabin. Incorporating technology first developed for the McLaren Speedtail, the batteries are thermally controlled using dielectric oil – a technology also used to keep the E-motor at operating temperatures that deliver the highest level of performance. True to the Artura engineers’ determination to optimize packaging and weight, the battery management unit sits alongside the modules, with the power distribution unit (PDU) integrated into the battery. An integrated Power Unit (IPU) acts as a DC/DC converter for the vehicle’s 12v system, further reducing weight by removing the need for a separate alternator and on-board battery-charger. Taking just 2.5 hours to charge from zero to 80% using an EVSE socket, the battery is carefully managed so that it never truly runs out of power; there is always something in reserve for reversing or starting the engine, even when parked for extended periods. This management process also ensures that the battery remains in peak condition and accordingly the unit is warranted for 6 years or 50,000 miles. An Artura driver can adjust how the electric motor is deployed to prioritize range or power, or choose to shut off the internal combustion engine for silent running. Energy harvesting is achieved purely from the combustion engine in order to maintain brake pedal feel, yet the battery can be charged from low to 80% full within minutes under normal driving conditions. This ensures that the Artura is always ready to switch to electric-only mode, an option that adds discretion and enhanced economy to the driving experience, as well as reduced CO2 emissions at just 129 g/km*. Additionally, the Artura’s High-Performance Hybrid powertrain contributes to significant ownership benefits above and beyond the performance and driving engagement it delivers: a comprehensive 5-year vehicle and 6-year hybrid battery warranty are standard for Artura customers, as is a 5-year roadside assistance plan. •

High-Performance Hybrid powertrain of McLaren Artura sets new standards for the supercar sector

The all-new McLaren Artura High-Performance Hybrid powertrain sets new supercar standards, .

High-Performance Hybrid powertrain of McLaren Artura sets new standards for the supercar sector

All-new, ultra-compact 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine with unique 120-degree ‘hot vee’ configuration

Lightweight, compact Axial Flux E-motor enhances driving experience with torque in-fill, as well as providing option of zeroemissions, electric-only running for up to 19 miles*

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With a starting price at a fraction of the cost of the European contenders, can the new model actually compete with the likes of Lamborghini, McLaren or Ferrari? The answer is a definite "YES"! The heart of the stunning Stingray is its new, naturally aspirated 6.2L small block V8 (dubbed LT2), capable of producing 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque when equipped with the optional Z51 package (a must-have upgrade given the vehicle’s exceptionally low starting price and performance potential). The new motor has been harmoniously synced to an eight-speed dualclutch transmission with paddle shifters. The Stingray’s innovative midengine configuration launches it from zero to sixty in a staggering 2.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of up to 194 mph. The new model also features a variety of driving modes to accommodate drivers’ personal preferences, including the unexpectedly smooth Tour mode that turns the snarling American supercar into an exceptionally comfortable daily cruiser. A right turn of the control knob presents


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Sport and Track modes, the latter of which quickly became our go-to setting, with both modes opening the exhaust baffles and stiffening up the suspension.

Corvette has featured a hardtop convertible option, with the drop top operating in merely 16 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph while still maintaining the vehicle’s rear trunk space, even with the roof down.

On the inside, the Corvette features a gorgeous driver-centric cabin design, with cleverly placed buttons for driver and passenger climate control settings along the center console.

The new C8 Corvette has already received massive acclaim, winning multiple Car of the Year awards in addition to taking home the GTLM class win in the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Yet even with all the industry accolades and racing recognition, I have to admit, at such a competitive asking price I was skeptical of the new Corvette’s real-world performance. Having tested many of the industry’s finest supercars, I was waiting for the new Corvette to fall short of expectations – but it never happened. Each opportunity to get behind the wheel was an exhilarating experience, and performance never faltered. Whether on the city streets or the open highway, the Stingray did much more than just turn heads: it somehow managed to break the mold on what it means to be a supercar. This isn’t just a high-priced piece of art you store in a garage for fear of adding too many miles. This is a car that was meant to be driven, every day, and driven fast!

A racing inspired hexagonal steering wheel allows for easy viewing access to the model’s 12-inch digital instrument panel, while the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is strategically angled toward the driver. Various interior trim levels come in a variety of colors and options of leather, micro suede, and carbon fiber, as well as three different seating choices. Overall, the new interior is a substantial improvement over previous versions and far exceeded our expectations. The new Stingray is available as both a coupe and a convertible, with nearly identical performance metrics. This also marks the first time a

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he year 2003 changed my life forever. Charles, my only son, was hit head on and left dying in the middle of the road by a drunk driver who never stopped or even looked back. Charles was life-flighted to the ICU Trauma Unit and hung on for his life for several months. With a contusion on the left side of his brain, nerve damage in the left eye, nine broken ribs, two punctured lungs, laceration of the spleen, eight broken vertebras, all spinous process sheered from the spine, a broken collar bone, brachial plexus injury, four severed nerves on the spinal cord resulting in paralization of the left side, an inability of moving his left arm, hand, and fingers, and a constant pulling of his spine to the left, my son was left in horrible pain twenty-four hours, seven days a week. The financial impact was devastating. We had to sell everything we owned and begged for donations from individuals and organizations. Three months after the accident, Charles needed a nerve graph transfer surgery. The doctor promised that after 7 years (when the nerves that were rerouted from the nerve graph transfer surgery grew down to his paralyzed fingertips) he would perform a free muscle transfer surgery. To date, the doctor has not performed the surgery promised to Charles. Charles and I have struggled for years. A few weeks before the accident our car was stolen. Thankfully, we were blessed with a bicycle that I rode to clean houses, pick up small groceries, and fill Charles prescriptions. We barely had enough to eat but we survived on food vouchers from churches.

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Then, a lump of petals….! Feeling disheartened and overwhelmed by all the obstacles of our lives, I sat on the ground and sobbed uncontrollably. My heart was breaking for all that my son and I were going through and I felt so all alone. Then, a lump of petals from a vine fell at my feet. I picked up the lump of petals and realized they were attached to each other. I separated the petals and counted three in total. The petals looked just like a butterfly but without the legs and antennas. From my research, the lump of petals that fell at my feet that day, is a plant called The Butterfly Vine, Mascagnia macroptera. At that moment, my life was changed! I got up from my state of despair as inspiration gave me a renewed sense of purpose. I had an idea and so I got to work. Once home, I attached a magnet to the plant’s petal using hot glue and applied paint and gloss to my new creation. I put each creation in baggies and on my bicycle I rode, selling my plant vines to neighbors, grocery stores, beauty shops, from the street corner, and anywhere I felt people might buy my beautiful creation, The Painted Petals. This was the only money we had to live on, buy groceries, pay rent, buy prescriptions, and pay utility bills.


LIFESTYLE Eighteen years later! Today, Charles is still partially paralyzed. However, we are always seeking effective avenues to ease the constant inabilities and pain he endures. Charles lives on his own in California and is a qualified Cannabis Compliance Grower. He has helped thousands of young and old with ailments and diseases using different cannabis oils with amazing results. In 2020, we started stem cell injections and we are hoping for the best.

A Butterfly’s Cycle of Life! Telling you my son’s story and realizing how our life transitions can be compared to the many stages of the Butterfly’s Cycle of Life. • Butterflies look for their host plants, relying on humans and our environment to lay their eggs on their host plants. • The fragile, tiny caterpillar hatches from this tiny egg if a human or our environment does not destroy their host plant. • Just hatched caterpillar eats its tiny eggshell, again hoping humans or our environment has not destroyed the tiny egg or caterpillar as it hatches. • The caterpillar starts to eat again hoping its food source is not destroyed by pesticides, humans, or our environment. All at the same time having to worry about predators that can kill and destroy them before it becomes a large caterpillar. • The caterpillar starts to make a chrysalis using a lot of strength still hoping predators, pesticides, humans, and our environment does not kill them. • Caterpillars turns to mush inside its chrysalis and then one day it miraculously forms a butterfly in its chrysalis. • It hatches making sure its wings do not touch anything so the wings can grow and dry after hours of hanging on its chrysalis shell. • When its wings are dry and it feels strong enough to fly, it flutters beautifully away to find nectar plants so it can eat, again relying on humans and our environment for food.

We are similar to Butterflies! Our cycle of life is similar to the beautiful, fragile butterfly. We are born and have to rely on our parents to feed, clothe, clean, love, and keep us from danger and harm. Most families fight over finances, lack of food, clothing, and a place to call home. Some do not have a home (chrysalis) to live in and to be protected from predators, hardships,

beatings, drugs, and death. Some children are abused and watch their mothers being abused. If children are blessed to enter into adulthood, to become strong, taught how to help others, have good morals, and serve God, then they have all they need to blossom into beautiful adults. They are then ready to flutter off into life to start the cycle all over again, perfecting it better and stronger each time.

The "Blooming Butterflies" Organization Our study and deeper understanding began culminating into a profound perspective of the endangered species - Monarch Butterfly. We travelled to Mexico to observe the migration reservations and were amazed at the beauty of the beautiful, bright orange and black Monarch butterflies soaring as the sunlight would shine on their colorful wingspans in the morning. The experience left us in awe – we felt like we were standing in Heaven in amazement of God’s resplendent beauty. With a clear focus, in February 2010, we created our nonprofit, Blooming Butterflies. Our Mission is relational - Make a Difference in the life cycle of the Endangered Monarch Butterflies and Endangered Honeybees while Making a Difference in human lives feeling lost, struggling to survive, and in inability to flutter their own wings, just like Charles and Me!

The "How"! We partnered with Designer Diva Resale, the largest designer-brand consignment store in Texas, so we could service twelve battered women and children shelters with clothes, shoes, hygiene products, sheets, towels, blankets, coats, food and much more. Since 2010 we have helped not only the twelve individually owned shelters for battered women and children, but we organize monthly garage sales sellingfor $1 good clothing, shoes, coats, and much more that we have received as donations. We have helped many organizations filling hundreds of shipping containers of clothing, food, furniture, hygiene products, among many other things. The organization representatives raises the money to ship these containers to their countries such as Haiti, Philippines, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Africa, and México.

March 2020 The pandemic hit our world March 2020 and at the same time The Designer Diva Resale 20,352-sq. ft. store lease expired. After six (6) years, we had to quickly move to a new location. We had looked for several years at many buildings, properties, and warehouses. Finally, May 26, 2020 we found the land, building, warehouse and our destination home for Designer Diva Resale and Blooming Butterflies Enchanted Gardens.

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How You can Help! While we are undertaking and working hard on our huge project; waiting on our new landlord to complete the preparation of our building and clear the land for our Enchanted Gardens, we need your help to accomplish the goals set before us so we can help so many people in Texas and around the world. Helping us will be your project and accomplishments too. You will be a part of our team creating a destination place for all to enjoy and help others. Would you please consider helping by donating -tax deductible- any amount from $1 to $10 million? No amount is too small as any amount will help us achieve the short and long-term goals set before us. Your donation will have an impact on many communities, states and countries and will be a huge part of the key to solving the creation that will, without a doubt help many people hurting, sad, starting over, needing to learn a new trade/career or just needing friends to comfort them: Teaching them the life-cycle of the butterfly and relating it to our own lifecycle.

The Plan SHORT TERM GOAL: To raise $250,000 to build the gardens, greenhouses, buy butterfly weed plants, nectar plants, dirt, mulch, build a migration hut and a gift shop. There are many young and old who would love to help and volunteer.

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LONG TERM GOAL: To purchase the five acres with the 60,000 square feet building and warehouse with the adjoining 2.5 acres to build educational buildings to teach all ages to grow butterfly weed, nectar plants, raise butterflies and honeybees. We also want to help others, again young and old to learn to open their own business of their dreams, how to operate it, get funding, grants and help their self esteem and become confident in themselves and their business. This long-term goal we would need to raise $10 million dollars to complete these goals. Your donation will have an impact truly helping others and our endangered environment and species. This will be the ultimate Houston destination place.

Reach out to us! You may send your donations online, www.DesignerDivaLLC.com or call my personal cell number, 713-416-4973 or send a check made payable to Blooming Butterflies, P.O. Box 420367, Houston, Texas 77242. 100% of your donations will be used only for these projects. Certified books will be available at your request. We appreciate your kindness and prayers. Michelle Puckett Co-Founder & CEO 10707 Haddington Drive Houston, TX 77043


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What exactly is it? Courtesy Mayo Clinic

Here's what you need to know about the connection between metabolism and weight — and how exercise helps. Metabolism is defined as the bodily processes needed to maintain life. But when you hear the word "metabolism" used today, it's usually in reference to weight issues. You may hear someone say, "I can't lose weight because I have a slow metabolism." While there's some truth to this, other factors — such as how much you eat and exercise — play a much bigger role in your weight than your metabolism does. And while it's true that how much lean body mass you have can affect how many calories you burn at rest, its effect is limited — in part, because you can build only so much lean muscle by strength training. HERE ARE SOME OTHER FACTS ABOUT METABOLISM. What it is Though the process of metabolism, your body turns the food you eat into the energy it needs. It's a vital process for all living things, not just humans.

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What can affect your metabolism Some medications can affect your metabolism — either dangerously speeding it up or slowing it down. Eating breakfast every day can jump-start your metabolism Weight loss — especially when it's rapid — actually slows your metabolism because it takes less energy for your body to function at a lower weight. So, as you lose weight, you need to take in fewer calories or get more physical activity to burn more calories to keep losing pounds. Age can slow your metabolism. In general, as you age, you gain fat and lose muscle. Some people also become less active. However, you can do the opposite and take on more physical activity to make up for your slower metabolism. The bottom line You can help your metabolism — and your odds of weight-loss success — by changing your energy balance, or the balance between what you consume and what you burn off, through a healthy diet and regular physical activity.


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Do certain situations cause you to eat too much? Identify your problem spots and take action with these tips.

1 Identify the enemy

Identifying the situations that trigger poor eating habits can help you develop strategies to overcome them. Do any of these areas trip you up? Try these simple solutions to inspire healthy changes in your everyday life.

2 Activities Situation: When you watch TV or read, do you always have a snack at hand? Do you eat at your desk while you work or while you're preparing dinner? Solution: It's all too easy to take in excess calories without realizing it. To change your habits, keep track of everything you eat — and where and when you eat it — for a few days. It can be eye-opening! Once you become more aware of your snacking, you may find it easier to stop the nibbling or substitute other behaviors for it.

3 Favored foods Situation: Are there some foods that you can't eat in moderation, such as cookies or potato chips? Do you find that the sight or smell of certain foods tempts you to overeat? Solution: Keep exposure to these foods to a minimum. Don't keep tempting treats at home — if it's in the house, it's in your mouth! However, don't deny yourself your favorites, either. Portion out a small amount — but not when you're overly hungry, so you'll be more likely to take more. Split a favorite treat with a friend when eating out, or buy yourself a small portion every couple of weeks.

4 Time of day Situation: Are there certain times of the day when you're more susceptible to overeating? Do you crave a snack after work or a late-night bowl of ice cream?

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Solution: Identify your vulnerable times of day. If hunger is a factor, keep yourself well-stocked with handy healthy foods, such as mandarin oranges, walnuts or whole-wheat crackers. If eating at certain times is simply a habit, find a substitute, such as a cup of chamomile tea or a relaxing bath.

5 Social settings Situation: Do you eat more when you're around certain people? Do you snack anytime your partner does? Do social outings lead to nonstop noshing? Solution: Social eating patterns can undermine weight-loss efforts. Recognize where and when social influence plays a role in your eating habits and decide what you want to change. Keep in mind that you can affect when and what others eat as well — take the lead!

6 Physical factors Situation: Does skipping breakfast cause you to lose control of your eating? When you're tired, do you turn to junk food for energy? Solution: Following your meal plan — including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks — can help keep hunger under control. Regularly getting a good night's sleep helps with weight management, too.

7 Emotions Situation: Do certain feelings cause you to snack — boredom, loneliness, stress or anxiety? Do you use certain foods to self-soothe? Solution: Learn to separate food from mood. Monitor your mood, and strive to distinguish true hunger from emotion-driven eating. When emotions are high, use other coping strategies, such as calling a friend or taking a walk.


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Warm up first. Stretching muscles when they're cold increases your risk of injury, including pulled muscles. Warm up by walking while gently pumping your arms, or do a favorite exercise at low intensity for five minutes. If you only have time to stretch once, do it after you exercise — when your muscles are warm and more receptive to stretching. And when you do stretch, start slowly.

elieve it or not, stretching is a critical part of any exercise program. Keep your body healthy with these pointers for a good stretch.

You might be thinking that it's hard to carve out time in your schedule for exercise, let alone stretching. But most cardio and strengthtraining programs cause your muscles to tighten. That's why it's important to stretch regularly to keep your body functioning well.

Hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds. It takes time to lengthen tissues safely. Hold your stretches for at least 30 seconds — and up to 60 seconds for a really tight muscle or problem area. Then repeat the stretch on the other side. For most muscle groups, a single stretch is usually sufficient.

Regular stretching Increases flexibility, which makes daily tasks easier

Don't bounce. Bouncing as you stretch repeatedly gets your muscles out of the stretch position and doesn’t allow them to relax, making you less flexible and more prone to pain.

Improves range of motion of your joints, which helps keep you mobile Improves circulation Promotes better posture Helps relieve stress by relaxing tense muscles Helps prevent injury, especially if your muscles or joints are tight

Stretching essentials Keep these key points in mind: Target major muscle groups. When you're stretching, focus on your calves, thighs, hips, lower back, neck and shoulders. Also stretch muscles and joints that you routinely use at work or play.

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Focus on a pain-free stretch. Expect to feel tension while you're stretching. If it hurts, you've gone too far. Back off to the point where you don't feel any pain, then hold the stretch. Relax and breathe freely. Don't hold your breath while you're stretching.


Fit stretching into your schedule As a general rule, stretch whenever you exercise. If you don't exercise regularly, you may want to stretch at least three times a week to maintain flexibility. If you have a problem area, such as tightness in the back of your leg, you may want to stretch every day or even twice a day. Think about ways you can fit stretching into your daily schedule.

For example: Do some stretches after your morning shower or bath. That way, you can shorten your warm-up routine because the warm water will raise muscle temperature and prepare your muscles for stretching. Stretch before getting out of bed. Try a few gentle head-to-toe stretches by reaching your arms above your head and pointing your toes. Sign up for a yoga or tai chi class. You're more likely to stick with a program if you're registered for a class.

What you should know before you stretch You can stretch anytime, anywhere — in your home, at work or when you're traveling. But if you have a chronic condition or an injury, you may need to alter your approach. For example, if you have a strained muscle, stretching it as you usually do may cause further harm. Talk with your doctor or a physical therapist about the best way for you to stretch.

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f all the Italian hill towns, Civita di Bagnoregio is a favorite Although not as well known as Siena or Assisi, this breathtaking l ittle jewel has escaped the modern age mostly because of its location. The town teeters atop a crest rising high above a vast canyon governed by wind and erosion. The saddle of earth that once connected Civita to its bigger and busier sister town, Bagnoregio, has worn away. Photographs around town show the old donkey path that once linked the hamlets. Today, the only way in or out is by a footbridge. Supplies are ferried in on mopeds. The main entrance is a huge stone passageway, cut by the Etruscans 2,500 years ago and decorated in the 12th century with a Romanesque arch. Passing through the portal, you enter another world — one stuck in the Middle Ages. You can feel history in the smooth cobblestones under your feet.

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Inside the gate, the charms of Civita are subtle. Those searching for arcade tourism won't know where to look. There are no lists of attractions, orientation tours, or museum hours. It's just Italy. Civita is an artist's dream, a town in the nude. Each lane and footpath holds a surprise. Ivy drapes over arches and scrambles up walls; potted flowers parade across balconies. The warm stone walls glow, and each stairway is dessert to a sketch pad or camera. For me, exploring Civita is a cultural scavenger hunt. Rounding one quiet corner, I encounter the stately facade of a Renaissance palace with a fancy wooden door and grand windows leading to — thin air. The rest of the building fell away into the valley decades ago, riding a chunk of the town's ever-eroding rock. Pondering the view, I'm reminded that slowly but surely this town will succumb to the march of geological time.


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The footpath leading to Civita di Bagnoregio. This enchanting travel through time twenty-five centuries into Italy's past makes an unforgettable stop between Florence and Rome.

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TRAVEL & ADVENTURE The Swiss-cheese ground beneath Civita is honeycombed with ancient cellars, perfect for storing wine, and cisterns for collecting rainwater. Many date from Etruscan times. A pre-Roman tunnel below the town doubled as a bomb shelter in World War II. Civita has one famous son, St. Bonaventure, the "second founder" of the Franciscan order. His home is long gone, but the basic grid plan of the old town survives, with a church as its centerpiece. The identity of this holy place of worship has rotated with the centuries: An Etruscan temple, then a Roman temple, rose here before today's Catholic church. Ancient pillars from those pagan temples stand like giant bar stools just outside the church door. To beat the heat, I like to step inside and enjoy a quiet moment in a pew. The main piazza is the heartbeat and pride of the village, the spot where festivals and processions start, visitors are escorted, and the town's past is honored. Wild donkey races take place here in June and September, and at Christmastime, a living nativity scene is enacted in the square.

Medieval houses in Civita di Bagnoregio.

Civita's young people are gone, lured away by the dazzle of more modern places where they can take part in Italy's cosmopolitan parade. And as old people become frail, they move into apartments in nearby Bagnoregio. With the permanent population dwindling, Civita is becoming a weekend getaway for wealthy urbanites, who are slowly buying up the place. The remaining full-time families cater to visitors. To enrich your experience of this rustic place, be an extrovert. Poke around and talk to people. I take a seat in the piazza, and smile and nod at each passerby. It's a social jigsaw puzzle, and each person fits. Cats, the fastest-growing segment of the population, scratch their itches on age-old stones. Nothing is abandoned in this town. At one restaurant, the owner proudly shows off a huge olive press that is about 1,500 years old. Until the 1960s, blindfolded donkeys trudged in a circle to operate the press, crushing olives. Now it is the centerpiece of the restaurant, which sells bruschetta to day-trippers. Bread toasted on an open fire, drizzled with the finest oil, rubbed with pungent garlic, and topped with chopped tomatoes — these edible souvenirs stay on your breath for hours and in your memory forever.

Piazza San Donato in Civita di Bagnoregio.

I love my cool, late evenings in Civita. After dinner, I wander back to sit on the church steps with people who've been doing exactly this under the same moon, night after night, year after year. Children play on the piazza until midnight in the light of the lampposts. I listen to the sounds of rural Italy, mixed with voices and fortissimo crickets. Towering high above, Civita feels wellfortified against change. _____

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C Malls & Shopping Plazas Highland Village (see ad for details) 4055 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77027 713.850.3100 | houstonhighlandvillage.com River Oaks District 4444 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77027 713.904.1310 | riveroaksdistrict.com Memorial City Mall 303 Memorial City Way, Houston, TX 77024 713.464.8640 | memorialcity.com Uptown Plaza - Houston 4715 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77027 877.775.3462 | uptownparkhouston.com Citycentre 800 Town and Country Blvd., Houston, TX 77024 citycentrehouston.com La Centerra at Cinco Ranch 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, TX 77494 281.395.5533 | lacenterra.com The Galleria Mall 5085 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77056 713.966.3500 | simon.com/mall/the-galleria The Vintage Park 110 Vintage Park Boulevard | Houston, TX 77070 281.655.8000 | vintageparkhouston.com The Woodlands Mall 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380 281.363.3409 | thewoodlandsmall.com

C Fine Jewelry 24 Waterway Ave., Suite 200, The Woodlands, TX 77380 VanderDysJewelers.com 281.651.5380

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Vander Dys Fine Jewelers (see ad for details) 24 Waterway Ave., Suite 200, The Woodlands, TX 77380 281.651.5380 | vanderdysjewelers.com Lesley Ann Jewels (see ad for details) 4721 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77027 713.871.1074 | lesleyannjewels.com


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C Timepieces (Relojes)

C Women's Boutiques

Vander Dys Fine Jewelers (see ad for details) 24 Waterway Ave. Suite 200, The Woodlands, TX 77380 281.651.5380 | vanderdysjewelers.com

ETRO Milano 4444 Westheimer Road. | Houston, TX 77027 713.552.1122 | etro.com

DeBoulle River Oaks District 4444 Westheimer Rd., Suite A168, Houston, TX 77027 713.621.2400 | deboulle.com

C Men's Clothiers

C Venues (Salones para Eventos) Sans Souci 26511 State Highway 249, Tomball, TX 777375 281.803.3333 | sanssoucihouston.com

C Art Galleries Art of the World Gallery 2201 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77098 713.526.1201 | artoftheworldgallery.com

Off The Wall Gallery The Galleria Mall 5085 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77056 713.871.0940 | offthewallgallery.com

Peter Lik Art Gallery 5085 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77056 713.965.0190 | lik.com

C Museums Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Drive | Houston, TX 77030 713.639.4629 | hmns.org Children’s Museum of Houston 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004 713.522.1138 | cmhouston.org

Norton Ditto 2425 W Alabama St., Houston, TX 77098 713.688.9800 | nortonditto.com M Penner 1180 - 6 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX 77056 713.527.8200 | mpenner.com Q Clothier 2800 Kirby Dr., B124, Houston, TX 77098 713.523.8333 | qclothier.com

C Spas Progressive Rejuvenation (see ad for details) 10857 Kuykendahl Rd #110, The Woodlands, TX 77382 346.220.8063 | ProgressiveRejuvenation.com Sensia Studio & Japanese Day Spa 1711 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056 713.627.0070 | sensiastudio.com SkinScriptions by Melissa Gibbens 14441 Memorial Dr #5, Houston, TX 77079 346.201.4777 | SkinscriptionsByMelissaGibbens.com Sanctuary Spa 1701 S Shepherd Dr., Suite C, Houston, TX 77019 713.622.7722 | besanctuary.com

C Spas for Him (Spas para él) Persona - Spa para Hombres 2311 West Alabama St. | Houston, TX 77098 713.630.0772 | personamedicalspa.com

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oncierge C Beauty Salons Bella Rinova 4444 Westheimer Rd Suite H200, Houston, TX 77027 713.572.0022 | bellarinova.com

C Plastic Surgeons (Cirujanos Plásticos) ACPS Plastic Surgery - River Oaks (see ad for details) 4400 Post Oak Pkwy, Suite 300 Houston, TX 77027 713.799.4768 | DrNewall.com ACPS Plastic Surgery - Memorial (see ad for details) 12727 Kimberley Ln., Suite 300, Houston, TX 77024 713.799.4768 | MyBeautifulBody.com

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ACPS Plastic Surgery - The Woodlands (see ad for details) 4800 W. Panther Creek Dr.- Suite 200-A The Woodlands, TX 77381 713.999.4768 | MyBeautifulBody.com

C Dermatology

One of the Nation's Most Awarded Plastic Surgery Practices GALLERIA | RIVER OAKS

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Progressive Rejuvenation - Cara Skero (see ad for details) 10857 Kuykendahl Rd #110 The Woodlands, TX 77382 346.220.8063 | ProgressiveRejuvenation.com

C Cosmetic Dentistry Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry (see ad for details) Dr. Guy M. Lewis 4800 W Panther Creek Dr Suite 200, The Woodlands, TX 77381 281.612.5220 | lovethatsmile.com

C Dentists Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry (see ad for details) Dr. Guy M. Lewis 4800 W Panther Creek Dr Suite 200, The Woodlands, TX 77381 281.612.5220 | lovethatsmile.com


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C Pain Doctors (Médicos del Dolor) Progressive Pain and Rehabilitation (see ad for details) Edward A. Nash, M.D 10857 Kuykendahl Rd #110, The Woodlands, TX 77382 346.220.8063 | drnashcares.com

C Personal Injury Attorney Arnold & Itkin 6009 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007 713.222.3800 | arnolditkin.com

C Immigration Attorney Cano Immigration, PLLC (see ad for details) 12141 Wickchester Ln., Ste 600 Houston, Texas 77079 832-288-2727 | canoimmigration.com Sandra Gomez Law (see ad for details) 11511 Katy Freeway, Suite 610 Houston, Texas 77079 713.980.9012 | sandragomezlaw.com

C Family Law Attorney Sandra Gomez Law (see ad for details) 11511 Katy Freeway, Suite 610 Houston, Texas 77079 713.980.9012 | sandragomezlaw.com

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C Wealth Management Wehrly Group (see ad for details) 3325 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, Texas 77388 281.528.5760 | WehrlyGroup.com

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oncierge C Home Design & Decor Eklektick Interiors (see ad for details) 1300 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007 832.804.6300 | eklektikinteriors.com Abraham's Oriental Rugs (see ad for details) 1801 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056 713.963.0980 | abrahamsrugs.com Lighting INC. HOUSTON 4218 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77027 713.322.7027 | www.lightinginc.com THE WOODLANDS 255 Ed English Dr., Shenandoah, TX 77385 936.213.3512 | www.lightinginc.com

C Ultra-luxury & Exotic Auto Porsche of North Houston (see ad for details) Indigo Auto Group 13911 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77090 281.206.0300 | porschenorthhouston.com Lamborghini Houston (see ad for details) Indigo Auto Group 13921 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77090 281.377.5056 | lamborghinihouston.com Rolls-Royce Motor Cars of North Houston (see ad for details) Indigo Auto Group 13921 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77090 888.671.2602 | rolls-roycemotorcarsnorthhouston.com McLaren Houston (see ad for details) 13921 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77090 855.847.7459 | mclarenhouston.com

1300 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007 832.804.6300 eklektikinteriors.com

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Aston Martin Houston Star Motor Cars 7000 Katy Rd., Katy, TX 77024 713.868-6813 | starmotorcars.com Jaguar Houston Central 7025 Old Katy Rd., Houston, TX 77024 713.293.6100 | jaguarhoustoncentral.com


Greater Houston's Luxury Guide Tu Guía de Lujo durante tu visita a Houston Freedom Supercars (see ad for details) 822 Town and Country Blvd Suite 106 Houston, TX 77024 832.726.1940 | freedomsupercars.com Mercedes Benz of The Woodlands 16917 Interstate 45 South | The Woodlands, TX 77385 936.206.7500 | mbotw.com

C Exotic Automobile Club Freedom Supercars (see ad for details) 822 Town and Country Blvd Suite 106 Houston, TX 77024 832.726.1940 | freedomsupercars.com

C Luxury Automobile - Service Imperial Collision (see ad for details) 9722 Honeywell Rd, Houston, TX 77074 713.808.9875 | imperialcollisionspecialist.com Auto Check Elite 25551 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX 77494 281.644.9045 | autocheckelite.com

C Limousines

Direct Transportation Solutions (see ad for details) 2434 Sawdust Rd. The Woodlands, TX 77380 713.800.5466 | Directts.com

C Social Media Marketing AHAVA Marketing (see ad for details) 281.690.1251 | AhavaMarketing.com

We’ve reinvented the way people think about supercar ownership and replaced it with a whole new concept. You’re no longer shackled with single-car ownership because now you can have them all for less than the cost of owning a single car. Choose a Lamborghini for a cruise through Uptown A Ferrari for a trip to the beach, or a McLaren for a quick blast through the skyscrapers. The choice is yours! 832.726.1940 | freedomsupercars.com

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