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very once in a while I get to boast about being ahead of the curve on something. A great, although slightly dated, example: I enjoyed Netflix-delivered DVDs at home way before anyone I knew. But the truth is I can be pathetically behind the early adopters and trendsetters. Case in point, the genius of educator, author and creativity expert Ken Robinson. A friend of mine recently turned me on to his riveting TED Talk, “Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?” As it turns out he delivered the talk nine years ago, and with over 35 million views, it’s one of the most-watched TED Talks of all time.

I have watched Robinson’s talk several times now, not only because it resonated with me but also because I wanted to pass on the information to others in a way that would compel them to watch. It was really that good. Robinson starts off with his position that we are squandering the immense talent that children possess with an education system that values certain abilities over others. He contends that “creativity is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.” In other words, we should encourage our kids to dance, sculpt, act, design, make music, build, paint and imagine. We may not know what the future looks like, but you can bet we are going to need talented, original and creative thinkers and doers. The women you meet in this issue illustrate how wonderfully diverse the world of creative innovation is. They choreograph, make the digital world approachable for the masses, produce visual art, forecast social trends, write books, develop new business models and even plan for life on other planets. They are the innovators we can point to when making the case for an expansive education for our younger generations. Creativity is also about ingenuity, and our multitalented cover woman Elle Macpherson has that in spades. While she became a household name and face as an elite supermodel with television and film credits, Macpherson branched out big time as an entrepreneur early on. Her lingerie company, Elle Macpherson Intimates, enjoyed international success for 25 years—look for a brand new launch in the summer of 2016. She has a line of skin care products and now sits at the helm of WelleCo, a new company whose first product is a transformative alkalizing green drink called The Super Elixir, which she co-developed with her nutritional doctor and business partner. You will be enchanted by our interview that covers all the bases. Prepare to take notes, dog-ear pages and go crazy with your highlighter. This is the issue that will give you inspiration overload!




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CONTRIBUTORS MICKEY ASHMORE is the creator of Sabah, producer and purveyor of handmade leather slip-on shoes and travel-inspired accessories, which have garnered a cult following around the world. He is based in New York City, but is almost always on the road, having traveled to over 50 countries, and has lived in Turkey, Hong Kong, India and Italy. Follow him on Instagram @thesabahdealer.

JENNA GRIBBON is one of the most sought-after portrait painters in the world. Most notably, she was commissioned by Sofia Coppola to paint all the period portraits in the film Marie Antoinette, and this past year was commissioned to paint the Emir of Qatar. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions, and of numerous group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. In 2010 she was included in Realism: The Adventure of Reality, a large-scale exhibition, which traveled to two museums in Germany. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @jennagribbon.

CHELL LOVE is a hair stylist based in Fort Lauderdale and lead makeup director for celebrity stylist Ted Gibson. Her work has been featured in a variety of publications, from Esquire to Think, M&V, Marie Claire and Venice. A true professional dedicated to her art, Love’s roster ranges from celebrities such as Arianna Grande, Iris Apfel, Chrissy Teigen and Monte Durham to clients like designers Carmen Marc Valvo, Pamella Rolland and Lela Rose. Follow her on Instagram @chellove8. ELIUT TARIN is a native of Mexico, he was nurtured from an early age to appreciate the beauty that surrounded his exotic, raw birthplace. He began his love affair with makeup artistry while studying fine arts. During that time, he discovered his first Vogue spread with supermodels from the ’90s, decided to abandon his studies in fine arts and instead applied his keen eye to the structure of the human face. His talent lies in the ability to recognize the depth of possibility in a model, cultivating his or her potential to the fullest. Follow him on Instagram @eliuttarin.

DAVIDE CALCINAI is a native Italian who started his career as a hair and makeup artist in Italy and was able to establish himself quickly in the editorial market. In 1990 he moved to Miami and is working between there, New York and Los Angeles. Calcinai’s career took off and now he counts many celebrities and designers as his loyal clients. His work appears regularly in national and international magazines, catalogues and advertisements. Follow him on Instagram @davidemk.

MARGERY GORDON is a freelance journalist, art critic, curator and educator based in Miami, where she grew up amid the development of the region’s visual art community. A regular contributor to M&V, Art Circuits and Art Basel Miami Beach Magazine, she has written about modern and contemporary art and design for magazines, newspapers and exhibition catalogues over the last 20 years, including Art + Auction and ARTnews. As founder and director of Arts Encounters, Gordon organizes cultural tours and programs. Follow her on Twitter @margerysgordon.

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The GOODS “I spent four weeks in an art history class at the Norton Museum of Art studying the Monet painting, Nymphéas. I studied this work of art for hours and became mesmerized by the colors, texture and technique. I find my fall/winter inspiration is based off the idea of a soft feminine approach to dressing, one that is soothing from afar but at closer glance is layered in details.” —Jodi Belden, M&V contributing editor


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he Internet Age is fraught with pitfalls for individuals trying to develop and project their identities online. Ann Hirsch, now 30, turns these into opportunities by using the medium itself as a forum for interactive performance art that sheds light on how young women are portrayed and present themselves. In the 2008-2009 series Scandalishious, she adopted the persona of a horny college student, combining provocative dancing and intellectual patter in YouTube videos that attracted a cult following. Landing a role on a VH1 dating show in 2010 turned her from a bona fide “ceWebrity” to a self-styled “fame whore” in an effort to expose how the manipulation and typecasting of female contestants behind the scenes by TV producers perpetuates misogynistic stereotypes. Two years ago, Hirsch staged Playground, an autobiographical drama about a tween flirting online with a pedophile during the early days of Internet messaging, and recreated that AOL chat room called Twelve in a companion app. Apple deemed the conversations too explicit for its iTunes App store, so Hirsch

launched Twelve as a limited edition app for customized iPad Minis. Viewers can also watch the project at the MIT List Visual Arts Center ( in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ann Hirsch's Here for You (Or My Brief Love Affair with Frank Maresca), 2010 List Projects: Ann Hirsch will include Hirsch’s screen videos of Scandalishious, Twelve and Here for You (Or My Brief Love Affair with Frank Maresca, her self-described “greatest hits,” but anyone can stream highlights at home on —Margery Gordon

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olitically engaged art holds court at the Brooklyn Museum in Agitprop! (, which explores the legacy and continuing evolution of visual art designed to incite social change. The title is a term that emerged during the Russian Revolution nearly 100 years ago to capture expressive forms that combine agitation and propaganda. The sweeping exhibition includes several historical examples, such as the visual rhetoric suffragists wielded to secure women’s right to vote. Archival documentation of these movements contextualizes the work of 20 individuals and collectives who


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creatively confront ongoing issues, including Yoko Ono, Jenny Holzer, Coco Fusco, CODEPINK and the Guerrilla Girls, still protesting unequal representation after 30 years. In an unusually collaborative structure, the 20 international contemporary artists, chosen by staff at the museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art to open the exhibition Dec. 11, are inviting more artists whose works will display Feb. 17. This second crop in turn will select the final round completing the show on April 6, with the grand total of 50-plus projects through Aug. 7. —M.G.




irector David O. Russell’s first two collaborations with actors Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle) garnered Oscar nominations for all three and a win for Lawrence, so it’s no surprise to see the talented threesome reunite once again for the epic drama, Joy. The film is loosely based on real life entrepreneur Joy Mangano, inventor of the Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers. (You may have seen the smiling Long Island native shill her products on the Home Shopping Network.) Lawrence plays the titular character on a journey spanning childhood through middle age. Scrappy and tenacious, Mangano works her way from being a struggling single mother of three to building a multimillion-dollar empire after inventing the Miracle Mop. Bradley Cooper plays an executive at HSN, a world that Russell mines for its unintentionally surreal humor. The strong ensemble cast includes Robert De Niro, Virginia Madsen, Édgar Ramírez, Isabella Rossellini and Diane Ladd. In theaters Dec. 25


he Big Short is based on author Michael Lewis’ 2010 nonfiction book of the same name. And if it’s anything like previous screen adaptations of Lewis’ books (The Blind Side and Moneyball), it’s sure to be a critical and commercial hit. The film zeroes in on the buildup of the 2007 housing and credit bubble and subsequent economic crash. The uber A-list cast (Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell) play a motley group of financial analysts, traders and hedge fund managers who discover that the housing market is propped up on fake loans, and try to warn of its impending demise. They go on to form a credit default swap market that bets against the banks—a very risky move that ended with them profiting off the bubble’s burst. The film’s director, Adam McKay, stretches his chops beyond the broad comedies he is known for (Anchorman and Step Brothers). McKay and his cast find a way to make a subject as dense as the inner workings of the mortgage crisis both interesting and compelling by focusing on the dynamic, eccentric characters who predicted it would happen. In theaters Dec. 23


n the early 1970s, a yellow van broke down in front of playwright Alan Bennett’s home in North London. Little did he know that the van and its driver/tenant would change the course of his life. The Lady in the Van, which premiered to critical acclaim at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, is an adaptation Bennett’s autobiographical West End play of the same name. The film recounts Bennett’s relationship with Mary Shepard, a feisty former nun with a razor sharp wit played by Maggie Smith. After the van, which Shepard lived in, broke down in front of Bennett’s home, it stayed there for 15 years. Both comedic and touching, the story follows the charming Shepard as she becomes a permanent fixture in the community and a friend to Bennett and his neighbors. Alex Jennings plays Bennett. But it’s 80-year-old Smith who is receiving Oscar buzz for her stellar performance, which ranges from expertly delivered one-line zingers to dramatic moments of raw, emotional depth. Over the course of the film, we discover more about Shepard’s past, which includes a musical education in Paris. The Lady in the Van is also a reminder that the story of every homeless person’s struggle and survival deserves respect. In theaters Jan. 15 —Movie reviews by Becca Greene

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Books M&V: How did your memoir lead into The Ambassador’s Wife? STEIL: The memoir was based on 1,200 pages of journals. I was just as exacting about the reporting as with a newspaper story. I had experts on al-Qaeda and Arabic read sections. By the time I was done with the memoir, I was so tired of telling the truth. I wanted the freedom to make stuff up and exaggerate things that might be based on real life—without people saying, “Oh, you got this fact wrong.” The irony is that I ended up doing just about as much reporting for this novel because I wanted to create a believable world. M&V: Were you or your husband concerned about how much to reveal about diplomatic life? Did you have anybody review it for security reasons? STEIL: I didn’t give away any state secrets. I did have him vet the whole book, and help me figure out if certain plot points are feasible. I was interested in showing readers a bit about diplomatic life. People think that all ambassadors do is throw fancy dinner parties. But ambassadors have to be experts on so many different things: development issues, children’s issues, women’s issues, tribal politics and intercountry politics.


n invitation to lead a three-week training course at an English-language daily newspaper in Sana’a, the ancient capital of Yemen, propelled New York journalist Jennifer Steil on a life-changing adventure that inspired two books. The Woman Who Fell from the Sky (Broadway Books), a 2010 memoir now in its third edition, recounts her experiences as editor-in-chief of the Yemen Observer and mentor to its young female reporters, culminating in her romance with the British Ambassador. Steil’s debut novel The Ambassador’s Wife (Doubleday), released in July, was completed in South America during her husband’s current post as European Union Ambassador to Bolivia. The protagonist Miranda is a free-spirited American visual artist in a fictional Middle Eastern country who covertly teaches Muslim women the forbidden practice of painting before she is taken hostage by terrorists. Its dramatic plot, cultural relevance and strong heroine attracted offers from several leading ladies to adapt it for screens big and small. Actress Anne Hathaway landed the main role with a proposal to explore the book’s complex issues and characters over the course of a limited television mini-series, on which Steil will serve as a consultant.


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M&V: Tell us about some aspects of the book that are fictional. STEIL: The Middle Eastern country in which the book takes place is fictional for several reasons. I didn’t want anyone to read it as my experience in Yemen. I’m aware that people will see Miranda as me, but the plot is so clearly fictional that I hope people will let go of that early on. I’ve never painted nudes, I’ve never secretly taught a group of Muslim women to paint, and I never lived with a woman for six years. I made Mazrooq on the brink of civil war, which Yemen was not then but is now, to give the plot urgency. If the whole country fell apart, then what would happen to anyone held captive? Diplomats would be evacuated and maybe leave Miranda behind, or maybe they couldn’t get out in time. What would happen to Miranda’s students? M&V: Is the kidnapping situation based on a real-life experience? STEIL: I was briefly held hostage. It happened almost exactly like it does in the novel. That was the first scene I wrote, because I’d already had to write an account for the UK Foreign Office. When I was 6½ months pregnant, I was hiking with four other women from four different countries: France, Romania, Great Britain and Norway. I had a bodyguard with me, and they had bodyguards too because their spouses were executives at a French oil company. We were only about half an hour outside of Sana’a, but we had been hiking for about 2 ½ hours from the road when we had stopped to have a picnic. Then I heard a gun cock. I look up, and there’s a sheikh in a turban, pointing an AK-47 at my head. He had these weird green eyes and I felt like he couldn’t see me—I wasn’t registering as a human being. He accused us of being spies and looking for gold, and I thought, if Yemen had gold, it wouldn’t be one of the poorest countries in the world. We figured maybe we were trespassing on their lands.

INSPIRE The men did not know who we were. We told them we were French doctors (since French was our only common language and no way was I going to say I was the wife of an ambassador!). Three of my hiking companions were over 60 and had lived all over the world and were very calm. After I got my husband on the phone, he rang the Yemeni Minister of the Interior, who mobilized people and negotiated with the sheikh on my bodyguard’s phone. I don’t know how they convinced him to release us. There were several times when they almost let us go, but kept changing their minds. I believe it was an opportunistic kidnapping by a delusional man. It wasn’t a terrorist kidnapping (not al-Qaeda), but still very scary. I was certain we would be killed. We were very lucky that it was just an afternoon. M&V: In both books, you address how women are treated—the limitations and repression that they’re under—and how you, as an American, reacted to that. Did you feel any freer or less free writing about it in the novel? STEIL: There is a perception in the West that Middle Eastern women are powerless. In the novel, I wanted to explore ways in which Middle Eastern women do have power and are able to make things happen behind the scenes or underground. The ambassador is the least powerful person in the book. His hands are tied. An ambassador couldn’t keep his job if his wife were kidnapped, because he would be compromised. He is completely powerless, and Miranda is fairly powerless. It is the Middle Eastern women in my book who propel the plot. There are ways that Muslim women can communicate things and hear things that men don’t. Their power comes from their connections with each other and vast, intimate bonds with their families that a lot of us in America don’t have. It’s through those networks and relatives back in their home villages that the women Miranda has been mentoring are able to help her—and through their knowledge of the country and the anonymity of their dress, which helps to hide them at key moments. Miranda wants to save these women, but she doesn’t go about it in a way that’s realistic for them. What does she imagine these women will ever be able to do with their paintings? What good is it to instill in them a longing for artistic recognition that can never come? She is training them for a life of thwarted passion. Miranda aspires to respect their cultural restraints, but while she appreciates in an abstract way that she is enabling the women to put their own lives in danger by teaching them to draw human figures (which strict interpretations of the Quran prohibit among all Muslims), she fails to understand how deeply their culture is both part of them and at odds with their desires. She’s an artist, yet she has a failure of vision. M&V: Why did you make Miranda a visual artist who had romantic relationships with women as well as men? STEIL: I wanted to stretch the ways I think as a writer and see the world more visually through an artist’s eyes. I researched the trio of female Surrealists who inspire Miranda most: Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington and Dorothea Tanning. Miranda moved to Mazrooq with a partner who makes different forms of visual art, and I just saw her with a woman. We’ll know we’re making real progress when characters can just happen to be gay or bisexual without that being why the book is about. I read very few novels in which the women have anything in common with women I know. Women in novels tend to only have three former lovers, whereas most of my women friends probably have a minimum of 20. We shouldn’t have to be ashamed if we’ve had female lovers or a lot of lovers like Miranda has. I don’t see why so much of our fiction has to pretend that women don’t have a sex drive. M&V: How has the book been received so far? STEIL: The reviews have been terrific. But people somehow want to make books by or about women less important by making them domestic. My novel is much more about culture clash and feminist issues, diplomacy, hostage negotiations and drone strikes than about a marriage, yet some critics have characterized it as a romance rather than a book about the Middle East. People thought of my first book as just a travel abroad memoir. The roots of terrorism play a part in both books. I feel like they would be reviewed differently if written by a man. There’s an expectation that women aren’t writing about serious issues. —Interview by Margery Gordon

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t could be seen as the ultimate oxymoron—an all-female mariachi band—but Flor de Toloache’s sound is changing up the game. What originally started as a three-piece band in 2008 has morphed into a rotating cast of 13 members and instruments with significant stage time. On the heels of a European tour in November, they embark on a U.S. tour Dec. 1-18. Their self-titled debut album is nominated for a Latin Grammy. And the crème de la crème: Former guitarist and vocalist for The Black Keys and now front man for The Arcs, Dan Auerbach invited the group to open for his new solo project and perform as a mariachi trio of backup singers and instrumentalists in The Arcs’ ensemble during their November and December tour. From its intricate rhythms and memorable melodies, the beauty of mariachi resides in its global elements, relatable to people all over the world. “When you hear it by the masters, there is no way you can’t be intrigued or touched by it,” says founder Mireya I. Ramos. While their music plays tribute to those quintessential elements, Ramos with band co-director Shae Fiol, fuse other musical influences for a fresh approach to mariachi. A song on their album, Blue Medley, blends jazz and pop melodies, English and Spanish lyrics, and of course, mariachi styling and rhythms.

Despite success, Ramos and Fiol are still answering misconceptions about their band: For instance, they aren’t a traditional mariachi group. And they’re women. What do they know about mariachi? “Because we aren’t all Mexican in heritage, [people assume] we won’t sound like a mariachi, or that we don’t respect the tradition of mariachi because we are pushing the boundaries by incorporating our own special New York-influenced style,” says Fiol, who is lead vocalist and plays the vihuela, a five-string guitar. “On the contrary, we love the tradition of mariachi. [We’re making] mariachi more accessible and starting a dialogue about the tradition.” Many of Flor de Toloache members have wide-ranging roots. “I come from a mixed background—Dominican and Mexican raised in Puerto Rico—so I grew up with a lot of different influences,” adds Ramos. My mother always says to me, ‘Music doesn’t belong to anyone. Music belongs to the world.’ For me, the vision always has been to do fusion, experimental and original music. Having women from all over the world also adds a new sound and approach to the music. Everyone’s input in the band makes it really special and innovative.” In the end, the group hopes to further weave mariachi’s Mexican and Latino culture into people’s major life events and memories.


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Hunt Slonem, Finches, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 40 inches, Courtesy of Vertu Fine Art Gallery

65 International Galleries Contemporary art, sculpture and photography Preview March 17, 2016 To benefit the Boca Raton Museum of Art Fair March 18 - 21, 2016

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P owd e r Pe r f e c t Choosing your ideal COLORADO winter destination. By Christina Holbrook


Larry Pierce

hat Florida is for golfing, Colorado is for skiing. I first came out to ski in Colorado about 15 years ago. Growing up skiing on Northeast ice and rock, I was blown away by the deep powder, sunny days skiing the back bowls, and the sheer immensity of the terrain Vail had to offer. Now I live in Colorado, and from November through late April, all we “locals” talk about is which resort got the most snowfall last night and where you can find the best untracked powder. There are approximately 300 inches of snow per year, 42,116 acres of skiing, 323 lifts and 2,427 trails. The ski resorts are legendary for the impeccable experience they provide to thousands of guests each year, on the slopes and off. Whether you’re a fanatic shredder or someone who prefers an afternoon at a top tier spa, a sleigh ride through a fairy-tale Tyrolean village, or a chance to pull on those cowboy boots and explore an old Western town, Colorado offers the perfect winter getaway.




The poshest of Colorado’s ski resort towns, Aspen boasts four mountain locations, with the town of Aspen sitting at the base of Aspen Mountain. If you’re staying in downtown Aspen or the village at Snowmass, you’ll be within walking distance to the slopes, so car rental is optional. There’s enough variety to keep skiers of all levels happy, from the more challenging Aspen Highlands, to moderate Snowmass or Aspen Mountain, to easy groomers on Buttermilk. Like many Colorado towns, Aspen boomed in the late 19th century when silver and other minerals were discovered. In the 1940s and ’50s, Aspen’s ski industry was born; 50 years later Aspen is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, Hollywood celebrities and intellectuals associated with the Aspen Institute. The town’s glittering social scene has been referred to as the world of see-and-ski. Shopping on fashionable Galena Street or sipping an après ski cocktail at The Little Nell may be equal in priority to getting out on the slopes in Aspen. Where to stay: The Little Nell, Hotel Jerome, Limelight Hotel, The St. Regis Aspen Resort Getting there: Aspen is a four-hour drive from Denver International Airport, or fly to Denver and take a connecting flight to the regional Aspen/Pitkin County Airport.

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If Aspen chic is not your style, head to the rough and tumble resort town of Breckenridge, a classic old Western town combined with a world-class ski resort. Colorful Victorian homes, a historic downtown and a variety of restaurants and local boutiques make Breckenridge a draw for visitors looking for a more authentic Colorado experience. The town was one of the first resorts to allow snowboarding, and the shredder culture is still part of the local scene. With extensive terrain, Breckenridge has something to offer everyone, from beginners to the most advanced skier. Prices at local hotels and restaurants are more moderate than at other comparably large resorts, making the area a popular choice for families. Downtown Breckenridge is located close to the base of the resort. Look into an Epic Pass, which gives unlimited access to 12 resorts including Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Park City and Vail. Where to stay: Crystal Peak Lodge, Grand Lodge on Peak 7, One Ski Hill Place

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Getting there: Hourly shuttles take visitors on the two-hour drive from Denver International Airport to Breckenridge, or land at Eagle-Vail Airport, only 70 miles from the town.



teamboat Springs

If The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre make your top 10-movie list, then Steamboat Springs is your place. In this town it’s acceptable to don a cowboy hat and strut around in your cowboy boots. Steamboat has a rich western heritage, and you’ll discover plenty of authentic cowboys, ranches and horses. Now back to skiing. “Champagne Powder” is a term coined in Steamboat. Nearly half the trails are intermediate blues, and many of the tougher black runs are also great for strong intermediate riders. Like Crested Butte, the town of Steamboat is separate from Steamboat Resort, so for greater convenience you may consider renting a car. There’s also a third reason to visit—the springs. Just outside of the town of Steamboat Springs lies Strawberry Park Hot Springs, one of the most spectacular natural hot springs in the world, open year-round. Guests relax in 104-degree mineral water, while snow falls gently all around them. Where to stay: The Steamboat Grand Hotel, Sheraton Steamboat Resort Getting there: Take a shuttle from Denver International Airport or Yampa Valley Regional Airport, or Steamboat/Hayden Airport provides nonstop flights from 11 major airports.

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rested Butte

Some say that Crested Butte is what other Colorado ski towns used to be like before developers moved in, even referring to it as “Colorado’s last great ski town.� Located in southwest Colorado amid cattle ranches and the soaring peaks of the Elk Mountains, the quaint 1880s mining town is a Registered National Historic District. Walk down historic Elk Avenue in the heart of downtown and enjoy well-preserved mining-era homes and historic saloons mixed with galleries, restaurants and boutiques. Crested Butte Mountain Resort is located three miles from downtown, so ski vacationers may consider staying closer to the slopes. The lack of crowds and short lift lines make this a popular ski destination. Beginners beware: Its rocky chutes, tree glades and cliff drops make Crested Butte more suited for advanced skiers. Where to stay: Elevation Hotel & Spa

John Fitzgerald Elk

Getting there: Four-hour drive from Denver International Airport, or fly to Denver and take a regional flight to Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional.




Vail Ski Resort is legendary, and for good reason. With enormous and varied downhill terrain, a busy après ski scene and nightlife and a bustling village lined with high-end restaurants and boutiques, it’s the quintessential international ski resort town, and in combination with Beaver Creek, is one of the largest ski resort in the country. For the downhill enthusiast, there is something for everyone – from easy cruisers to steeper back-bowl terrain, to trees and moguls. Not a skier? There’s still plenty to love about wintertime in Vail, from outdoor activities like ice-skating or snowmobiling to more sybaritic pursuits like shopping in high-end boutiques or spending an afternoon at one of the many spas. Another plus: No car required. Vail Village, where most hotels are located, is right at the foot of the ski resort. Similar to Aspen, Vail is a high-end resort where fashion and attitude on and off the slopes are noted. The town of Vail was designed in the ’60s to look like a pseudo-Tyrolean village. Some find this charming while others may see it as artificial. The Epic Pass mentioned previously also provides access to Vail. Where to stay: The Lodge at Vail, Solaris Residences, Sonnenalp Hotel, Four Seasons Resort Vail Getting there: Hourly shuttles take visitors the 2½-hour drive from Denver International Airport to downtown Vail, or fly to Eagle/ Vail and take a ½ shuttle to downtown.

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Unplugged GLOBE TROTTING Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena Cartagena, Colombia


t’s 6 p.m. on the dot. The sun has already set, and the day’s humidity has mostly wasted away, bringing Cartagena’s evening temperature to a warm 84 degrees. I’m sitting in the courtyard of the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena, browsing through the collection of photos I took in the past 48 hours: yellow, orange, purple and faded lime green buildings; bougainvillea spilling out of wooden-railed balconies and tiled rooftops; men and women pushing handcarts piled high with fresh fruit; and street vendors with a selection of tortoise shell bracelets and colorful beaded necklaces, arranged carefully on sheets of fabric. Speakers that previously hummed Latin music throughout the courtyard suddenly switch gears to Gregorian Chant music, preceded by a soft chime of bells, and punctuated by chirping birds and quiet conversation. Men in brown hooded tunics, with their heads bowed low, enter the courtyard. One carries the bells; another carries a thurible, an incense container hanging by thin chains. The others use lighters to bring each candle to life in the courtyard. This is one of the preserved features of the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, a hotel housed in a 17th century convent in the San Diego neighborhood. It’s located in the northeast corner of Cartagena’s walled city, a UNESCO protected historical site since 1984. Features of the 123-


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room property include the gourmet Restaurante 1621, named after the year the convent was founded; So Spa, the Sofitel brand’s signature spa that boasts products from the French cosmetics house, Sisley Paris; and an incredible buffet breakfast included with certain packages. The year 2015 marks the hotel’s 20th birthday. I am here for the celebration—an elaborate party that includes a floral centerpiece that extends the entire length of a table for what seems like 80. The celebration comes aptly, but coincidentally, after the World Travel Awards, where the hotel received accolades for South America’s Leading City Hotel, South America’s Leading Hotel Suite and Colombia’s Leading Hotel Awards. It’s easy to see why the hotel is worthy of such recognition. Aside from the fact the hotel is the only major chain located in the historical city, the atmosphere and the staff are consistently warm and welcoming, and there’s a happiness that pulsates on the property and throughout the city, providing the sensation of a continuous party. It’s safe to say that I left a piece of my heart in Cartagena. I look forward to my next trip back, when I’ll again get lost in the beautiful town, eat my weight in Colombian fruit and salsa dance through the night. I was told that in Cartagena, there’s “no siesta, only fiesta.” Dance away, Cartagena. Dance away. —Stefanie Cainto

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Villa Dubrovnik Dubrovnik, Croatia


he dilemma for visitors staying at Villa Dubrovnik—if you can call it a dilemma—is it’s darn hard to leave. The property, situated on the Adriatic Sea in Dubrovnik, Croatia, is secluded and built into a cliff that drops off into a myriad of blues. Why would you want to leave? To visit the property’s equally charming host city, nicknamed “the Pearl of the Adriatic.” Dubrovnik was founded in the seventh century. Like most towns in those times, it was often under the rule of a kingdom or empire, yet it maintained enough independence to be an economic force for centuries. The city was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, and then in 1991 the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was sieged for seven months and underwent heavy artillery fire by the Yugoslav People’s Army during the Croatian War of Independence. The charm of Dubrovnik and its Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance churches, monasteries and fountains lives on. The Old City is a 15-minute walk downhill from the property, or go the sophisticated route in the Villa’s complimentary Venetian Vaporetto speedboat, with transfers throughout the day and evening. You may wonder how a property even competes with the beauty of the Old City, but Villa Dubrovnik does just fine. Built in 1961 by acclaimed Croatian architect Mladen Frka, and renovated from 2006 to 2010, the hotel is spectacular. Its mid-century resort architecture, pine tree forest, gardens and white stone terraces descend toward the Adriatic, and all of its 56 residential rooms have sea-view balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows. For the best view of the hotel, embark on a kayak tour past the Old City walls toward the Island of Lokrum, which sits directly in front of the property. If you can handle the cold waters (I emphasize the word cold), the Beach Club has direct beach access, rows of sunbeds and top-shelf service. Or enjoy warmer temperatures with a dip in the pool located on the bottom floor of the Villa Spa, added during the renovation. The pool also has its own row of lounge chairs with more gorgeous views. I didn’t hit the gym, but it’s there if you’re feeling energetic. Since I’m a strong believer in the adage, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” I indulged in the complimentary morning repast—pastries, breakfast dishes, homemade jams and perfectly brewed coffee. Lunch is served in the alfresco bistro Giardino, beneath the pine trees planted by Frka back in the day. The rooftop Prosciutto & Wine Bar opens in the evening, but its views are worth a sneak upstairs, or to take a very elegant nap under the warm sun. —Lola Thélin


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Fine Art Auction

Thursday, January 7, 2016 | 7:00 pm Start the New Year with an exciting evening, silent art auction, and cocktail party. Enjoy a light bite dinner and auction of works in 2D and 3D by noted artists and collectors of fine art, photography, sculpture, glass, and choice crafts. Take Home a Nude benefits the Armory’s children and other community programs. Chaired by Linda Silpe and Jan Willinger.

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INFORM “The things we fear most in organizations— fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances—are the primary sources of creativity.”

Margaret J. Wheatley


We’ve Got a Need to Give


is the season for counting our blessings and helping those in need. And we are a giving and loving community, according to Giving in Retirement: America’s Longevity Bonus, a new report by Merrill Lynch in partnership with Age Wave. So why do we give? Simply put, 82 percent give to make a difference, 62 percent to find purpose in life and 35 percent for religion. Over the next two decades, our giving habits are expected to spike to an estimated $8 trillion, thanks in part to the baby boomer generation. It turns out that retirees are looking for a second act called, “hands-on philanthropreneurs,” which means starting a nonprofit to address a need they are passionate about. Perhaps not surprisingly, numbers show women as the more generous sex with 90 percent of women equating success in retirement with being generous versus 79 percent of men.

Everyone Needs a Good Support System


hose sexy lingerie commercials make bras seem like superfluous items but that’s far from the truth. Bras are essential undergarments for women, but some disadvantaged women opt to go without a bra or wear old unsupportive garments out of financial necessity. Recently, 1,051 bras were given new life by homeless advocate Dana Marlowe, who after losing a significant amount of weight decided to donate her old bras instead of tossing them away. After mentioning the idea to a friend and realizing it had legs, Marlowe launched a donation drive in the Washington, D.C. area. Before she knew it, bras were coming in from everywhere, even as far away as Israel. Thrive DC, a nonprofit that seeks to end homelessness, was the recipient of the 1,000-plus bras as well as the nearly 7,100 feminine hygiene products that Marlowe also gathered.

Health studies


tressful day? Grab your dish soap and start cleaning. A Florida State University study found that a positive state of mind can be achieved through “mindful” dishwashing. Participants were told to focus on the scent of the soap, the warmth of the dishwater and the feel of the dishes. Dishwashers experienced a 27 percent reduction in nervousness and a 25 percent increase in mental inspiration.


o you think you’re the same person today as you were yesterday? Well, that might not be true. Buddhists have long held the belief that the “self,” or your essential being, is ever changing. In a paper for Trends in Cognitive Sciences, neuroscience researchers agree, positing that selfhood is not constant and that it changes according to neural processes in the brain.


on’t let low testosterone get your man down. A Duke University study linked lower testosterone levels in older men to their having emotionally supportive relationships with partners, friends, siblings, coworkers and others in their lives. And we know that better social support contributes to well-being and better overall health.


urdue University researchers might make you grateful that you weren’t your mother’s favorite child. A recent study showed adult children who perceived themselves as the “favorite” are at higher risk of suffering from depression, compared to their siblings. Contributing factors might be the tension caused by favoritism or feeling the responsibility of emotional care for mom.


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✈ Move over coconut; there’s a new fruit water in town


ometimes an idea comes in the shape of a watermelon, not a light bulb. Such was the case with Jody Levy when she learned that 800 million pounds of watermelon go unused yearly. This fact compelled her to cofound WTRMLN WTR with partner Harlan Berger in 2013. The drink, a simple, cold-pressed watermelon water, packs a punch in the form of potassium, cancer-preventing lycopene and muscle-relaxing L-citrulline. A hit in the states, the drink goes international in 2016. Through Levy’s company, World Waters, and its first product, Levy hopes to educate people about why clean, healthy eating is not only important for health, but also the sustainability of communities. M&V: What is your environmental impact? LEVY: We use what the industry calls ‘seconds’ or waste watermelons in an effort to offset waste and create a positive revenue stream

for American farmers. We are non-GMO certified and conscious throughout every step of our supply chain and manufacturing process. Our produce comes from U.S. growers, and we source locations following the growing seasons. This helps reduce our carbon footprint during the transportation of melons to our centrally located manufacturing facility. We use 99 percent of the melon, which includes recycling the skin into feed for livestock and renting biodynamic bees to help pollinate our farms. Our bottles are BPA-free and recyclable. We like to think that we are growing water to nourish communities, restore and rejuvenate people through healthy beverage options, create American jobs and support family-owned farms. M&V: Tell us about the creative process. LEVY: I’m a problem solver by nature. So when my co-founder and friend Harlan Berger mentioned the melon waste in America and his desire to produce watermelon juice, I was in. To shift our food system we need to seed change so that’s exactly what we set out to do. We accomplish that by harvesting the ripest melons sourced from family farms to help find a happy home for unwanted produce. I’m extremely passionate about clean living and set out to create a product that is as sexy on the outside as it is smart on the inside. I design experiences for a living, so when you drink WTRMLN WTR, see it on shelves, the mission is to give back to people and craft an experience where they really feel the love that went into bringing this product to life. M&V: What is your current role? LEVY: As the founder of the business I oversee all areas of the company. I am very focused on the execution of our company vision and promise. I am very hands on in our production and supply chain, market-

ing, sales, and overall company management. I am the creative director of our brand and work with our rock star team to develop all of our experiences, materials, stories and social media to make sure every step is aesthetically fresh and aligned with our core values. I’m involved in ensuring that WTRMLN WTR is approachable, functional, alive and conscious and on point to execute our mission of seeding change in the world.   M&V: In recent years the public has shifted its focus on healthier living through activities such as yoga, juicing and clean eating. Would you agree that part of your success was being at the right place at the right time? LEVY: We are at the forefront of a revolution and amid a very serious wake up call. With growing awareness of food allergies, consumers are demanding more transparency from food and beverage suppliers. The human body wasn’t designed to perform on artificial sports drinks, toxic chemicals and sugar, and people understand this today more than ever before. Food is medicine, and nature is the best way to alleviate illness and prevent disease. The industry will hit a tipping point as this awareness grows on a massive scale and then we will be at the right place at the right time. Right now we’re building the momentum needed to sustain and surpass relevance and providing a solution in a space where we often hear what not to do, eat or drink.   M&V: When do you source your watermelons? How many watermelons does it take to create one bottle? LEVY: We source according to the growing seasons around the U.S. to ensure our melons are at their ripest, juiciest and tastiest premium. There is about 1 pound of watermelon flesh and rind in each bottle of our liquid love.

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Master CLASS

Jane Buckingham


e get it: The term “lifestyle guru” may invoke your skepticism, but trust us when we use it to describe Jane Buckingham. Or better yet, trust her company, Trendera, a trend forecasting and brand strategy firm whose research is sought by Fortune 500 companies like NBC, Hilton and Gap. There’s a reason why Buckingham is the foremost expert on Generations X, Y and V, and overall go-to resource for today’s modern woman.

Most will agree that we put a lot of pressure on ourselves, and Buckingham helps re-evaluate that pressure. Why is it necessary to have a career that fulfills you every day rather than a career that provides for you? Why is your significant other your soul mate rather than the person you love, who happens to have flaws? All of this and more are in Buckingham’s newly released bestselling book, The Modern Girl’s Guide to Life. The book is a compilation of Buckingham’s knowledge and recommendations on a variety of topics, such as how to be satisfied with what you have, and finding lasting happiness based on your reality and goals, the do’s and don’ts of social media and suggested modern girl essentials, like a 401(k).


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Every generation thinks they’ve had it harder than the previous one. It’s really comparing apples and oranges. I understand why we do it— it’s our only frame of reference.

M&V: You’ve been researching trends since age 16. What do you wish every woman knew? BUCKINGHAM: I wish every woman knew that no one’s life is what it seems. Even the woman who looks like she has it all is probably struggling, suffering from self-doubt, and feeling like a fraud some days. It’s so important to remember that, because these days we are all told to be so strong, empowered and in charge, and yet that’s hard [to accomplish]. No one talks about their failures or fears. All we ever show are our successes, and that’s not real. Instead, it creates stress and pressure. M&V: What is your definition of a modern girl? BUCKINGHAM: When I first came up with the title, The Modern Girl’s Guide to Life, it was 10 years ago, and to me a modern girl was someone who was doing the best she could, but didn’t have to be perfect. She was a girl’s girl above all, who looked to her friends for help and advice. I think she is still that girl, but it’s a little harder to be that girl because today you have to have a killer job, killer abs, a killer relationship, a killer social media life and no flaws. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for error. M&V: What is the modern girl’s greatest challenge? BUCKINGHAM: Putting too much pressure on herself! Women expect so much of themselves and compare themselves to unrealistic ideas of what happiness is, [what] success is and [what] life should be! No one has it together in their 20s. Maybe not in their 30s, 40s or 50s. I’m not sure that having it all together is really the point. Women need to lighten up on themselves and each other. M&V: How does she avoid the pitfalls? BUCKINGHAM: Don’t believe the hype. Don’t define yourself by anyone else. Don’t believe that what you see on social media is real. And above all, don’t look for external approval. Look for your own internal approval.

M&V: What is a current trend that shocks you about today’s modern woman? BUCKINGHAM: I’m surprised that our sexual freedom sometimes works against us. I think it’s amazing that women can be sexually bold, aggressive and do what they want, but the reality is that [for] young women, teens especially, it is really confusing. They think being sexually aggressive means they are in charge and empowered, but then they still get bad reputations and teenage boys talk badly about them. The double standard remains. And men today feel no need to really “date” or have serious relationships, and women are surprised? Why should they? M&V: Is there such a thing as one generation having it harder than another one? BUCKINGHAM: Every generation thinks they’ve had it harder than the previous one. It’s really comparing apples and oranges. I understand why we do it—it’s our only frame of reference. The best way to try to understand what a generation is going through is to try not to think about it from your own perspective, and instead, talk to the people of that generation. For example, I tell my kids that social media today makes life harder on them because your popularity is summed up by a number of likes or followers, or you always know there is another party happening or that your best friends are hanging out without you. Yet it’s all they have really ever known. So it’s not worse; it’s their own reality. They have to grow up knowing how to handle it, which is different from how I had to deal with things. M&V: What advice do you have for parents? BUCKINGHAM: Confident parents lead to confident children. Don’t feel guilty if you work or you don’t work. Don’t feel guilty if you can’t buy them fancy things. Be confident in your choices and they will adapt. Let them find their passions, not yours. Keep them off social media for as long as you can. Have purpose, have passion, have meaning. Always lead with kindness. M&V: Adults in their 20s and 30s approach work differently than older generations. How can they come together in the workplace? BUCKINGHAM: I think the older generations need to respect that the younger generations have an incredible grasp of technology and a new way of thinking. Everyone in companies talks about “thinking outside the box,” but then they are scared by it! Young people do think differently, and so it’s important to really listen to and value their ideas and opinions. However, young people need to recognize that experience really does count for something. Sometimes the older generations may really know better! Just because they can’t figure out Snapchat doesn’t mean they may not have a thing or two to teach you about your career.

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Companies put the power in the hands of consumers, giving them opportunities to customize products according to their preferences. By Styliana Resvanis

Party of One Ever tried on a sweater and wished it came in another color or bought a pair of shoes that didn’t quite match that party dress? In an age when hundreds of options are available to consumers at the click of a mouse, businesses are beginning to cater to the individual among the masses. By turning the customer into the designer, these companies are helping consumers not just find the perfect product but also create it. For instance, Nike offers runners the chance to add pops of color to their kicks, while Brooks Brothers lets men tailor suits to their liking. From the quote on a coffee mug to the pattern on a cellphone case, there’s no shortage of ways for consumers to express themselves.

Personal Space In 2013, global business consulting firm Bain & Company surveyed more than 1,000 online shoppers to gather data on product customization and found that while less than 10 percent of participants had tried their hand at it, 25 to 30 percent were curious to give it a shot. So what’s the secret to success? Companies should define a clear objective and strategy, limit how many customization options they offer and make it as easy as possible for the consumer to navigate the process, the Bain report suggests. In an era of social media addicts and do-it-yourself enthusiasts, businesses offering customized products should also give clients a way to share their creations. “This social aspect helps companies engage with existing customers and, at the same time, draw new customers to their site,” the report adds.

Un i qu e Fr a g r a n c e With Unique Fragrance, consumers become creators, bottling up their favorite scents into a signature blend. Clients choose from five fragrance styles— such as natural or feminine and glamorous or sensual—and select up to six of 50 additional notes that range from white tea to sandalwood. A professional perfume designer can also craft a customized fragrance based on a questionnaire that includes information about gender, age range, go-to perfumes and the occasion for the fragrance. Everything about the process is made-to-order, from the name of the perfume to the style and color of the glass bottle and its label. A 1.7-fl.-oz. custom perfume can range from about $70 to $210. “Perfume is something very private and very special,” says Julie Dubois, a fragrance designer with Unique, which was founded in Germany in 2008. “People don’t like to smell like another person.”


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INFORM The Game Craf ter Looking for an out-of-the-box family reunion activity or a personalized present for the friend who has it all? The Game Crafter will help you step up your game, literally and figuratively. Since 2009, the Wisconsin-based company has made fun its business, offering a platform for consumers to design customized board and card games and an online marketplace to sell consumers’ creations. “People like to create an experience; they like to create something that’s unique to them. I think that’s the biggest draw,” says Tavis Parker, a co-founder of The Game Crafter. Customers can pop their artwork into one of The Game Crafter’s templates, upload their design and game rules to the website and choose from 820 game pieces (zombie granny or space trooper, anyone?). A deck of cards costs roughly $10 to make, while a Monopoly-like board game runs about $25. The company’s clientele includes teachers aiming to energize lesson plans, friends seeking a cool party pastime and aspiring game designers hoping to break into the industry. One customer even designed a board game around solving California’s water crisis.

Laudi Vidni Who says stylish handbags only come with labels like Michael Kors or Kate Spade? Laudi Vidni—“individual” spelled backward—gives clients a chance to bring their vision of the perfect purse to life. “We’re all about enabling a woman to get her perfect bag,” says Laura Kofoid, co-founder and CEO of Laudi Vidni, which was established in 2009. “The first part of perfect is that the bag has to function, but the second part is that it has to speak to her.” From wristlets to totes and leopard print to basic black, the custom leather handbag company offers more than 25 style options and roughly 50 colors and textures to mix and match. A cosmetic bag can cost $75, while a carryall may run about $800. The company also has a studio in Chicago, where customers can feast their eyes on walls of swatches and consult with a handbag stylist. Patrons outside the Windy City can test their style of choice in front of their own mirror through the company’s free home try-on program. M A N D V M A G . C O M M&V


In the Life of

ROXANNE A. MOTAMEDI Global VP Entertainment, Getty Images

Responsibilities: I oversee global entertainment operations for all related divisions: Getty Images, WireImage, Film Magic and Getty Images/ WireImage Video. I'm responsible for partnerships, brand strategy, business development and product and service standards. I also manage the activities of Getty’s network of world-renowned photographers, their assignments, production and distribution of the content we create. Residing In: Los Angeles Office Lifestyle: I try to split my time very evenly because I believe in a good balance. I am at my desk 33 percent of the time and in meetings 33 percent of the time. I spend the rest of my time traveling around the U.S. or internationally, taking business meetings. Life Lesson: I have learned that networking is everything in this business. When I started Getty’s Entertainment division, I spent most of my days and nights making calls, meeting people, attending events and networking. Now many years later, I am still making calls and taking meetings nonstop. The difference being that I have developed trusted personal relationships with the media … I now have their cell numbers. Secret Talent: [I’m] a dog whisperer, especially with my two miniature poodles. They are my children. Favorite Creative People: One of my favorites is Karl Lagerfeld because he’s talented and creative as a photographer and designer. I also admire director Quentin Tarantino and director Ron Howard for their exceptional films. I’ve always been impressed by museum curators because of their ability to completely transport a visitor to another place and time. Currently Reading: I enjoy reading, especially French books, but I like to read a few books at the same time. Right now I am reading: La Nuit des Temps by René Barjavel, Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr., The Time In Between by María Dueñas, and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind. Admired Company Leader: Elon Musk; he is a visionary looking to change large bureaucratic industries like automobile manufacturing and space exploration, while making his Tesla—a very photogenic car! I can’t wait to drive Tesla’s Model X. Five Adjectives to Describe You: Direct, aware, ambitious, funny and big-hearted. Favorite Motto: “It is not black and white, but every shade of grey.” Philanthropic Projects: : Getty Images feels honored to have the opportunity to partner with celebrities on philanthropic or charitable events that raise awareness and a lot of money for organizations around the world. Because celebrities trust us, they want to work with us on causes that are most meaningful to them.

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INFORM M&V: What are the perks of your job? MOTAMEDI: I have spent many years becoming known as a trusted source in Hollywood and the fashion world, which has led to some incredible perks. I have been to some of the world’s most impressive events, including the Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, New York Fashion Week and Cannes Film Festival, just to name a few. It is important to meet new people and learn from them. Every day I interact with so many different people, which contributes to my own personal growth. I really enjoy engaging and interacting with others, especially those with different backgrounds, interests and viewpoints that expand my worldview. M&V: You must have favorite events and celebrities. Do tell. MOTAMEDI: Growing up in Europe, news about Hollywood was very exciting, especially since I lived so far away. Now, being an active part of the community is a dream come true. One of my favorite events each year is the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. This is the hottest ticket in town and is the place to see all the A-list winners and nominees having fun. I admire many of them, [but] some of my favorites are Charlize Theron, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie and of course, George Clooney. M&V: What is one aspect of your job that you think would surprise people? MOTAMEDI: People would be very surprised to know how much time and thought goes into each event Getty Images covers. We listen to the client to make sure all their needs are met, and our team spends a lot of time planning ahead to make sure we have our photographers and videographers in all the right places ready to capture every angle. We also have an impressive setup of technical equipment and make sure everything is in perfect working order before every event. We make it look easy, but that is because we are always prepared.  M&V: What was the turning point for Getty Images’ success? MOTAMEDI: When we became known as the leader and go-to source in the visual content arena I knew this was a turning point for us. Our success has also been [due in] large part to keeping ahead of today’s fast paced media world and knowing that the business is no longer just about print and TV. We see the demand for breaking news and real-time content for social media platforms. Compelling and exclusive imagery is crucial to engage and expand viewers for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ accounts. Staying front and center at the industry’s most sought-after moments and being the official photography agency for many of the world’s premier events are contributing factors to our success. M&V: Every year technology advances, and there are new apps and social media platforms that use photos. Does this hurt or help Getty Images, and how? MOTAMEDI: With the amount of digital technology available today, it is true that practically anyone can take a good picture and add filters using apps or social media platforms. But not all have the access or the expertise of professional photographers that we at Getty Images have. Plus technology and apps can never replace the solid relationships our Getty Images team has built over the years with the talent and our clients. M&V: Are photos and video competitors, so to speak, or part of the same team? MOTAMEDI: No, they don’t compete against each other. Getty Images is responsible for capturing the best still imagery, while Getty Video focuses on moving visuals. I am responsible for managing the integration of these teams and their workflow—we have the finest team and that has been very satisfying.

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M&V: Do you have a favorite Getty Images photograph? MOTAMEDI: My favorite Getty Images photo is the iconic Poolside Gossip, taken by the society photographer Slim Aarons. The photo was taken at the Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, California, and has become a symbol of modernism. I love everything about this photo from its hazy and golden sunlight to the idyllic landscape. I would live inside that photo if I could.

NURTURE “Because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.�

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Amarte Since 2001, luxury skincare brand Amarte has enjoyed much success fusing modern western formulas with traditional eastern techniques. With a firm hold on the market in Korea, the company is now launching in the U.S. under the direction of dermatologist and founder, Craig Kraffert. Amarte is for the individual who enjoys the traditional multi-step ritual of cleansing, hydrating, rejuvenating and protecting. The brand has taken its time to develop breakthroughs in skincare, such as the highest retinol content available in its Eyeconic Eye Cream. Other products also don’t disappoint. Our favorite is the Natural Finish BB Cream.

Semaine Semaine raise the bar in the world of online shopping with its philosophy that it’s not only about finding the things—fashion, art, design, fitness, travel—you want to buy, it’s also about creating a destination site that entertains and provides intel. The shopping platform, co-founded by Michelle Lu and Georgina Harding, has a cheeky sense of humor and a whole lot of style. Each week a new tastemaker is introduced along with his or her favorite products, from workout clothes to books they’re reading to what art they fancy. The website fills a void in this fishbowl marketplace for consumers who want to know more about the lives of their favorite trendsetters, and how to purchase their favorite things.


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NURTURE Meditation We’ve all heard the statistics about why mediation is necessary for a healthier mind and body, but have you started your practice? Like most healthy habits, it makes a lot of sense in our minds but getting our bodies or schedules to cooperate is an issue. And overcoming our resistance to silence is more difficult than controlling a two-year-old. Well, there are solutions to those excuses. Headspace, a great option for beginners, offers a Take10 program that slowly eases newbies into the basics ( OMG I Can Meditate with Lynne Goldberg is like having a personal meditation coach in your pocket ( Geared toward extra clarity and encouragement, the meditation topics range from Dealing with Anxiety to My Boss is a Jerk. If you want something simple and the ability to tailor your experience, then Simply Being is your guide (available on iTunes). Nothing fancy, this is just a guided meditation with user control over the timing, the type of sounds, if any, and even the option to sit longer if the mood strikes you. Your list of excuses just got a lot shorter.

StyleSeat CEO and founder of StyleSeat, Melody McCloskey is riding the wave of bad beauty experiences one click of her app at a time. The app is changing the way women find their go-to beauty professionals and the way beauty businesses find their clients. Clients can find a nearby trusted professional from the 320,000 accumulated on the app. It also gives patrons the ability to search for beauty inspiration, book an appointment and pay for the services. McCloskey created the digital space after dealing with her own frustrations while searching for a hair stylist. “Many investors told me a beauty app would never work out, which only motivated me to make it happen,” she says. Since its 2011 launch, StyleSeat is in 80 percent of U.S. cities and is the largest and fastest growing online and mobile beauty and wellness booking platform. Not surprisingly, beauty professionals have also benefited from the success of the app with a 70-percent increase in their revenue during the first year of using the platform. McCloskey claims her company’s success stems from not trying to compete with other platforms, but instead staying focused on how to take their services to the next level.

Mine Bags It is increasingly difficult to fit everything we need for a workout in one bag without it looking like we are smuggling contraband around town. The makers of Mine Bags knew they had to find an easier way, so they created the Buddha bag, named for a quote by Buddha that’s hidden inside: “What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” There are compartments for all your needs, including two huge side pockets for a water bottle or anything else you need to grab easily. Made from organic hemp canvas and repurposed leather, this is a bag that works out for everyone.

CreativeLive Nowadays everyone is an amateur photographer, but what about being a professional one? Enter CreativeLive, a website that live streams free art classes from five main categories: photo and video; art and design; music and audio; craft and maker; and money and life. Consider the Superior Drummer Master Class or Newborn Photography Bootcamp. You can purchase on-demand access to classes for a price but the free daily classes are worth rearranging your schedule. The company spends a lot of time picking the expert instructors from all fields and producing quality engaging content.

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oddesses are often linked to a world of myth and magic, but those who gathered for Megan Guip’s celebration of the divine feminine were more than just allures. Musicians, writers, artists, actresses and designers congregated to not only celebrate Guip’s launch of Wilhelm, a headdress collection, but also fete their friendship. Hosted at Guip’s studio in the Bowery in New York City, Wilhelm Goddess Dinner attendees were women who supported and inspired Guip’s vision. “This dinner was also a thank you to my friends, who are my muses. They helped me see the potential of where my headpieces could go just by wearing them,” says Guip, who honored her late father and his creative force by naming the company after him. “These women are special because they are all powerful creatives in their own right.” The guest list included Mia Moretti, Amirah Kassem, Jauretsi Saizarbitoria, Sade Lythcott, Tali Lennox, Liza Voloshin and Cleo Wade. “It was electric, having all of these women in one room wearing these pieces and creating such a fantastical energy. It elevated the evening to another level.”

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Keeping with the relaxed vibe of the evening, attendees were invited to the kitchen to fix their individual plates. Fred Vandebunt, Guip’s partner, prepared the evening’s simple but elegant menu consisting of braised chicken, roasted Brussels sprouts, truffled mashed potatoes and an arugula salad with toasted pine nuts and homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Coco-nut Chanels, Peppermint Patricias and Toffee Dahlings hand-dipped chocolates by Ben Formby of Bon Bons by Ben were served for dessert. “Their packaging is fantastic. Each box has the most charming illustration of women wearing these fabulous headpieces. How could I resist? It was just too perfect. I set the boxes out on the table after dinner and let the ladies ravage them.”


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Handmade flower arrangements selected at Whole Foods accented the large wooden table. At each setting Guip placed satchels of crystals, each with unique combinations symbolizing different purposes and strengths, and intimate bouquets of rosemary, white sage and a flower tied with twine. “I had my guests look under their plates because I had placed a different goddess card under each. Each card carries the wisdom of the goddess it represents so it was a personal message to each one of the guests. Everyone took home their card and the satchel of crystals.�



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Braised Chicken • • • • •

4-6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs 4-6 chicken drumsticks Olive oil Good-quality chicken stock Salt and freshly ground pepper

Blot chicken with a paper towel and season with pepper and salt. Set aside for 20 minutes. In a Dutch oven, heat up enough olive oil to coat bottom over medium-high heat. When oil is really hot and begins to shimmer, add the chicken, seasoned side down. Brown for about 3-5 minutes, seasoning the unseasoned side during this time. Flip the chicken and repeat the searing on the other side. Once brown, add chicken stock to cover the chicken. Cover with lid and reduce heat to very low. Cook the chicken for about 20 minutes, making sure the stock is not boiling. It should cook in the residual heat from the stock. Take out chicken and check to make sure they are cooked through. Lay on paper towels to dry off and rest for about 10 minutes. Serve simply on a platter. Roasted Brussels Sprouts • • • • • •

2 pounds Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, yellow leaves removed and halved lengthwise 1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal 2 medium sweet onions, thinly sliced 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves Olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degree. In a large bowl, toss vegetables with olive oil and fresh thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Spread the vegetables on 2 large rimmed baking sheets and roast for 30-35 minutes, tossing once halfway through, until the vegetables are tender and golden. Serve hot or at room temperature. Truffled Mashed Potatoes • • • • • •

3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, quartered 1 cup milk 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter White or black truffle oil Freshly ground black pepper

Place the potatoes and generous pinch of salt in a large saucepan. Cover potatoes with cold water. Set the pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook until the potatoes are tender. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together milk and cream. Heat until hot, but not boiling. Add butter to milk and cream and allow to melt. Drain the potatoes well and return to the saucepan. Use a potato masher to mash potatoes. Add the milk mixture into potatoes a little at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Drizzle with truffle oil and season with pepper.

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Ask Dr. Ramani Q

Back in my younger and more carefree days, I allowed a boyfriend to snap pictures that were sexual in nature. I’m married now (seven years) and had not thought about those pictures until this ex sent me a Facebook message and jokingly referred to them. He didn’t say whether or not he still has them. I haven’t responded yet, and my husband knows nothing. I would like to ask him to destroy them but I am a little fearful of engaging with him. From his social media posts, he seems passive. Should I just let it go?

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Thanks to the world of social media, the ghosts of our past keep revisiting us. Chances are he was just being playful and flirtatious and didn’t realize the implications of his statements. First, figure out why you are fearful of engaging with him. Was your relationship tumultuous? Did you break up as friends or enemies? Is he attempting to re-enter your life? Your next actions depend on your recollection of him. If you think he has some other agenda, let him know your concerns and respectfully ask that he never share them. If you honestly believe he is a good guy at heart, then it may behoove you to let it go. The bottom line is that you will never have proof that he destroys or has destroyed the pictures. If you think stirring the pot could make things worse, then let sleeping dogs lie, and hope the pictures and his memories of you fade with time. As for your husband, he should understand that you have a past, like all adults.

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How do I handle a friend who gets upset when I don’t respond to her texts for a day or so? I have a full-time job—she does not—and it’s low on my priority list to reply to nonessential communications during the day. Often by evenings, I forget or don’t feel like dealing with texts and emails. The key is to have this conversation without coming off judgmental in relation to you having a job versus her lack of one. Frame your words in the following ways: You know she is attempting to get in touch. You are not ignoring her. Instead you are not quick on the trigger with social texts during the day. At the end of the day, you try to power down. Next, if you enjoy her company, then show her. Schedule dates and times in your calendars, which will allow you both to connect in a more meaningful way. Perhaps during the day you should set up an automatic response on your text messages. This way your silence may seem less “deliberate” to her and to anyone else. If these actions don’t work and she is still petulant that you aren’t plugged in the way she wants, then consider dialing down the friendship.


On a recent trip to the pediatrician with my 17-year-old daughter, I inquired when she should begin to see a gynecologist. I was stunned when the doctor told me that it wasn’t necessary until she turned 21, even if she was sexually active. My own OB/GYN recommended that if my daughter became sexually active in adolescence it was advisable to begin seeing a gynecologist. When I informed the pediatrician of this recommendation she basically insinuated my doctor was motivated by profit. Now I am confused about the right thing to do. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that girls have their first visit to a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15 years. At this visit, they discuss their health history and have an external genital exam, as well as ask questions, but typically they will not receive a pelvic exam (unless they are sexually active or there are other medically indicated reasons for doing so). Gynecologic health is a critical part of women’s health, and a gynecologist provides a more specialized view on these issues at a time when a young woman’s body and mind are transitioning physically, hormonally and psychologically. Pediatricians remain an important transitional health resource through adolescence and should be preparing both parents and patients for the changes that are coming in terms of health care providers. You may want to reassess whether your pediatrician is an optimal choice for your adolescent. She may have been a great choice for a baby or young child, but any time a health care provider leaves you confused and doubting yourself, it may not be good medicine, for you or your daughter.

For years my husband has talked about quitting his well-paying job as a financial adviser to pursue “something more creative.” I’m concerned he’s on the verge of actually doing it. My issue is he can’t articulate what that creative outlet might be. I don’t want him to be stuck in a job that’s unfulfilling, but at the same time, I’m not comfortable with being the sole breadwinner for our family for an indefinite amount of time. Any advice is appreciated! The balance between being a supporter of dreams and a maintainer of practicality in a marriage is a tough line to tow. Relationships are about growth and supporting each other’s aspirations, which is easier said when you have a roof over your head and financial security. It is not practical or likely that he will quit his career today and start the great American novel tomorrow. It’s necessary to have honest conversations that touch on his aspirations and his discontent about his job, as well as your concerns about being the financial backbone. The trick is to not denigrate his dreams when sharing your concerns about finances. Help him find a realistic approach to his dream, and work together on practical issues such as budgets, savings and time frame. You could propose a hybrid: He works a part-time or flextime schedule and on his free days, pursues and develops new interests. If your budget allows, he may take a sabbatical for a few months or a year to explore. Encourage him to consult with a coach or a therapist to discuss his interests before he takes a major plunge. It is also very important that you have a neutral place to check in on your feelings (e.g., therapy). If you feel that an inordinate weight will be placed on you as a result of his decision or you are questioning his plan, having an objective place to discuss your feelings is important for both you and your relationship.

Dr. Ramani Durvasula is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, California, and professor of psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, where she was named outstanding professor in 2012. She is the author of You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life.

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y feet, encircled in pristine white ruffles at the ankles, were lethal in their black patent leather shoes as I swung them wildly from the gold upholstered chair at The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Chicago. My mother flashed me one of her trademark admonishing looks, which I returned with a snaggle-toothed grin before putting a stop to my squirming. I loved these moments when we’d cross the border from Wisconsin and have afternoon tea in this grand setting. If we made the trip during the holidays she would seem endlessly tall and delightfully imposing in her dark fur that seemed like a cathedral-length, royal cape to my imagination. I would bask in her light as we nibbled cucumber finger sandwiches next to whichever of my dolls had come along for the trip. We would chat about whatever weighed upon my five-year-old mind back then, or about some fun party she’d been to, or gossip about my big brothers, and I’d inevitably shed a tear when it was time to leave. These are memories I’ve been dying to recreate with my own children ever since—even more so now that my mother has been slowly starting to slip away from us and into the fog of Alzheimer’s disease. The cruelty of illness works on its own time. It doesn’t care that my mother hadn’t yet gotten to know much about my children, or that I might want to spend some quality time with her once we got out of the exhausting cycle of the preschool years. I miss her right now. When I found out my first pregnancy would result in a baby boy, I only spent a moment lamenting the fact that recreating the holiday teas of my childhood would be a long shot. When my second little guy was born I knew I wasn’t up for trying for a girl. I’m a boy mom, and I relish the windy chaos of it, even when it’s exhausting. But whenever I sit down to start planning out our holiday activities

I feel that tug. Maybe we could try taking the boys to a glowing, fully set afternoon tea … somewhere? The very thought makes my husband laugh. When we moved to a new city this year I was thrilled to find that our new home was close to a hotel that has a tradition of having a special holiday tea for kids and their teddy bears. My nine-yearold will undoubtedly be too cool to indulge his sappy, nostalgic momma for the two hours that include treats and story time. However, I fully plan to plead, bribe and leverage tactics to convince my fouryear-old. But I’m going to try—very hard—not to make this a replacement for those special teas that I look upon like glowing embers seen from a frosty, Midwestern windowpane. Jack and Bryant are loud boys. They question everything (not unlike myself!), and will only sit still if someone is playing along with their game of whywhy-why. There’s no way this will resemble the teas that would end with my face buried in my mother’s fur coat, inhaling the scent of Clinique Aromatic Elixir as I begged to stay longer. I need to accept that as I try to take this old tradition and make it fit within a more modern reality. Most importantly, I must remember to be flexible and have fun. Isn’t that how we all create traditions that stick? We gather pieces of what we know and use them to push the borders of contemporary practicality enough past the limit to make them memorable. I hope everyone gets the chance to do the same this holiday season. Shani Gilchrist is a critic, essayist and freelance journalist, exploring the arts and issues around race and culture while roaming the Charleston peninsula with her husband and two sons. When she has spare time, she enjoys horses, discovering new restaurants and dabbling in photography. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @shanigilchrist.

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M&V: How have your Australian roots defined you and your career choices? MACPHERSON: The Australian ‘true blue’ is an expression that means no BS, be authentic and truthful. I believe this is a great Australian trait. I also think Australians are brave and pioneering with a ‘give it a go’ mentality. M&V: You’ve been the face of many brands. Now you are a boss and making the business decisions. Was it a difficult transition for you? MACPHERSON: We have such talent behind WelleCo, from the nutritional doctors and Ph.D.s who work on our unique scientific formulations, to the management and production teams. We’re building a great company together, and it’s growing organically. I had to prove my credentials at WelleCo, just like everyone else. Our partners and the board all had to agree I could participate as an active partner. I had to prove I was more than just a spokesperson. I asked my business partner, Andrea Bux, to have faith in me to help run this business and to creatively direct its path. We had worked together on her chemical-free sunscreen brand, Invisible Zinc, in Australia, so she knew a little of what I was capable of. I take it as a huge compliment that she saw this potential and had this faith and encouraged me to step up to a more responsible role. M&V: What is your life philosophy? MACPHERSON: ‘It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver,’ by the Dalai Lama. I believe life is a reflection, so be the change you want to see. We create everything in our lives, so it’s best to start creating what you want! M&V: From modeling to running a company, you’re clearly doing it right. What are your tips on building a brand? MACPHERSON: I have definitely always tried my best to stay true to what I love and feel passionate about, and I endeavor to have integrity in my choices. I believe to build a successful brand it’s important to identify intention—what it is you want to build and why. Find co-dreamers, people who get your vision and encourage you and work with you on it. Commit relentlessly and be flexible because some of the best ideas need room to evolve. I [once] read that the three keys to success are completion, deletion and creation, and I try to follow this in my business life.

M&V: Certainly you’ve had some business fails throughout the years? MACPHERSON: I believe failure is not the opposite of success; it’s part of success. My mistakes have been humbling and are often how I learn. M&V: How did you first learn about alkalising greens? MACPHERSON: I have always been aware of the value of clean nutrition, but meeting Dr. [Simone] Laubscher and learning about acidity in the body and the alkaline solution actually changed my health and my life. I was feeling tired and toxic. As part of the process, Dr. Laubscher suggested I skip synthetic tablets and start taking an absorbable whole-food, alkalising greens powder. After I made lifestyle changes and started to become more alkaline, I noticed benefits right across the board. First was an upbeat energy and proper deep sleep at night, often associated with the body’s natural alkaline state. I believe in the importance of deep sleep and waking up refreshed increases my ability to deal with my day. It’s transformative. Then as my metabolism started functioning more efficiently, I felt lighter, lost stubborn weight around my middle and had better digestion, so no IBS. It also started to show on the outside. They call it the ‘Alkaline Glow.’ I noticed my skin glowed and felt plump and moisturized, when I have always had a problem with dry skin. Also, my hairdresser commented that my hair was growing quickly and was strong and shiny. M&V: In layman’s terms, can you explain the alkaline life, alkalising greens and the benefits? MACPHERSON: In layman’s terms, the alkaline life means less red meat, more plant food, more sleep, less stress, more water, less sugar. I learned from Dr. Laubscher that too much processed food, sugar, caffeine, meat and alcohol will leave us with an acidic gut, the cause of inflammation, bloating, weight gain, susceptibility to illness, fatigue, headaches, insomnia and countless other undesirable symptoms. Maintaining the body’s natural healthy balance and opting for alkaline can leave the body feeling lighter, cleaner, and bursting with energy, which is why I love it. M&V: Are there medical studies to support this? MACPHERSON: Dr. Laubscher recently con-

ducted an eight-week study with 50 of her patients before and after taking our alkalising greens, across 84 different bio-markers, including blood, iron levels, cholesterol levels and liver function. It was all processed through an independent lab. It’s a given that improving your nutritional intake will have a positive effect, but we wanted to quantify all the goodwill around The Super Elixir, and the findings were amazing: 96 percent changed from acid to alkaline, 95 percent improved mineral status, 88 percent lost weight and 84 percent improved liver function. M&V: How has the alkaline life improved your mental state and physical being? MACPHERSON: I believe good nutrition can have a profound effect on how you look and feel. I found that reducing acid-forming foods and taking The Super Elixir Alkalising Greens helps bring pH balance, and one great benefit is deeper sleep. Natural weight loss is another great effect of being alkaline. Super Elixir is derived from whole foods, which your body recognizes and uses to help speed up your metabolism. I believe eating alkaline also allows the body to absorb nutrient rich foods, resulting in optimal body function and natural energy.

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Instead of the simple carbs like pasta and wheat, alkaline foods select the complex carbohydrates derived from whole grains that all contain abundant nutrients to provide lasting energy and help curb sugar and carb cravings. I have found that when the body is nourished properly and functioning well, as nature intended, it can have far reaching benefits. M&V: Take me through the creative process. MACPHERSON: After treating thousands of people for over 15 years, my nutritional doctor, Simone Laubscher, found a common theme of high tissue acid waste across the spectrum of people with issues of obesity, food addictions and fatigue. As a result many people are living in a state of acidity instead of alkalinity. Dr. Laubscher and many nutritionists believe many health problems stem from a foundation of acidity and levels of good health are associated with tissue alkalinity. She found a great way to fast track a person’s well-being is to have them take an organic, bioavailable alkalising greens powder, which can assist the tissues to turn from acidic to alkaline.  And that’s where The Super Elixir was born. Our WelleCo supplements are developed and produced in Australia and now we are also producing in the United States. The Super Elixir name seemed perfect because this is how we feel about it.

“I couldn’t find the sense in the whole modeling business for quite some time. It took me a while to figure out that it represented independence, education, freedom and a perfect avenue for me to be creative.”

M&V: Since the launch, what has been the public reaction? MACPHERSON: I really appreciate all the people around the world who write to us with positive stories about how The Super Elixir has changed their lives and the way they feel. It’s a rewarding business. M&V: What is the anticipated growth of the company? Are there any new products in the works? MACPHERSON: Our sales have largely grown organically by word-ofmouth. That is really how The Super Elixir has taken off in the U.S. We have a vision for WelleCo that includes children’s and teens’ nutrition—something very close to our hearts—and wellness essentials to make it easier to live a happy healthy life. M&V: Who outside of your field inspires you the most and why? MACPHERSON: Maya Angelou, Diane von Furstenberg, Livia Firth and Arianna Huffington—strong, intelligent women who contribute are the ones that are leading with gentleness, not force.


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M&V: The top three visionaries of your company are women: Dr. Simone Laubscher, Andrea Bux and yourself. What are your thoughts on women’s leadership style and why do you value it? MACPHERSON: I’ve been blessed to have women who have helped support and guide me through my life, particularly in the last 10 years. I have come to really value other women helping me to learn how to be gentle and yet strong, to listen and apply, to find alternatives in tough situations, to create not destroy. I value the like-minded partners I have and we support each other to groom this wonderful business together. M&V: You were part of the new generation of supermodels. What was that time in your life like? MACPHERSON: I feel like I struggled so much with being a model in my early days, because on the surface it seemed so self-centered and competitive. I certainly didn’t feel like I fit in at all. I couldn’t find the sense in the whole business for quite some time. It took me a while to figure out that it represented independence, education, freedom and a perfect avenue for me to be creative. It took me some time to figure out how wonderful the industry was and how I could really grow within it.

M&V: What is the biggest misconception about being a model? MACPHERSON: I’ve always been fascinated by the business behind the brands and tried to learn as much as I could along the way. It should be easier for women to go from the billboard to the boardroom. If you’re a model, it’s assumed you can’t do both. M&V: The concept of beauty is subjective. How has your frame of mind changed about what beauty is? MACPHERSON: I believe in beauty from the inside out: Get your body well, functioning well on a cellular level, and that will iron out a lot of the issues that you may think can be helped with a quick fix. I truly believe nourishment is the No. 1 place to look, particularly for women at my age. Simplicity is key and I value wisdom that comes with getting older. M&V: Are your children involved with your entrepreneurial endeavors? MACPHERSON: They are very inquisitive and love asking lots of questions. My son Cy is so excited and having his say about The Super Elixir new Kids Protein, which launches in 2016. My eldest, Flynn, is going to college next year to study business. I imagine he will be on the board of one of my companies. That’ll be interesting!


M&V: You’ve been working since age 17. You’re self-sufficient. You have an incredible entrepreneurial spirit. How are you and your husband instilling those values and principles into your children? MACPHERSON: I have five kids, two sons, and I consider it to be a great privilege to be the stepparent to my husband’s three children, who are incredible individuals. My husband and I both understand the kids come first and respect each other’s commitment to the kids’ education, sporting and personal development. We are both deeply committed parents and stepparents. My boys are getting older, but I still guide them and encourage them to follow their heart, work to the best of their ability, practice nonjudgment and apply humor in ‘hot’ situations. They are learning how to conduct themselves in the world and set their own boundaries. I believe today’s kids need to understand what’s appropriate on social media, how to keep a friend’s confidence, be loyal and truthful and find their passion. My sons can be proud of themselves for having the courage, flexibility and strength to move to America after spending their whole life in the U.K. Adapting to a different culture in America, finding new friends and adjusting to a new scholastic system takes patience and persistence. They’ve also adopted two stepsisters, a half sister and stepbrother lovingly. The boys have respected their Australian and French heritage, maintained their British upbringing and European charm, yet integrated with America. I believe they are a credit to themselves. M&V: What is one aspect of your life that you think would surprise people? MACPHERSON: I moved my whole family from London to Miami for love.

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A Place in the Sun A day of leisure and fashion gets a Slim Aarons twist. Photography by Nick Mele

Stella McCartney jumpsuit, Kenneth Jay Lane necklace, Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach; vintage cuff and headscarf

Stella McCartney wide pants, Yigal Azrouel top, YSL heels, Kenneth Jay Lane earrings and ring, Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach; Fendi vintage scarf

Oscar de la Renta jacket,  Carmen Marc Valvo swimsuit,  Jimmy Choo suede heels, Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach

Michael Kors dress, Kenneth Jay Lane necklace, Prada shoes, Chanel sunglasses, Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach; H&M headband

Emilio Pucci swim shorts and rash guard, Akris Punto jacket, Kenneth Jay Lane necklace and earrings Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach; H&M hat

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Marni top, Piazza Sempione pants, Prada shoes, vintage lucite necklace Fashion/art director: Molly Greene Model: Mikaela Schipani, Talent Direct Agency Makeup & Hair: Chell Love, Fort Lauderdale Fashion assistant: Zlata Kotmina Set assistant Nicole Fahrenholz A special thanks to Laetitia and Ben Han for use of their Palm Beach garden. Clothing provided by Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach

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A Revolution in Contemporary Dance


sraeli choreographer NADINE BOMMER delivers a groundbreaking vision By Erin Rossitto

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adine Bommer was sitting on a beach in Palmachin, Israel, 17 years ago, when a revelation of sorts formed in her mind. “It was an invitation to what I was looking for—a moment of realization where all the pieces came together,” Bommer says. Her years of dance training and teaching certainly contributed to this moment of lucidity, but equally important were the movement of the ocean in front of her and the energy of the wind surrounding her. “I saw it and understood it.” The it is a groundbreaking contemporary dance technique that combines totally unique choreography, theatrical storytelling and animated humor—elements that became known as the Nadine Bommer Method. Even though Bommer only recently brought her dance method to the states, she has long been causing ripple effects in the dance world. She established Nadine Bommer’s National Dance Academy in 1994 and the Nadine Animato Theater Dance Company in 2007, both in Rishon Lezion, Israel. As her reputation grew, so did requests for an international expansion. She was finally persuaded by a former student to set up shop in New York. Bommer, along with her business manager and husband, Ziv Yemini, and their three teenage children, jumped continents last year to get a foothold in the American dance scene and introduce her talent and vision to the U.S. “I really felt there was something missing from the contemporary style of dance [in New York]. Ballet and Broadway are strong here, but not contemporary,” says Bommer. Her instinct proved correct. Hundreds of dancers showed up at the Brooklyn-based Nadine Bommer Dance Company for two days of auditions this past January, buzzing that jobs of this nature are a rare commodity. Born in New York City in 1968, Bommer moved back and forth between Israel and New York several times during her childhood. As a young student, her talent was recognized at the American Ballet Theater, but her training was disrupted with a move to Israel at age 14. Her mother had dance aspirations herself but family circumstances in post-World War II Israel made it an impossible dream. She did whatever she could do to find her daughter dance opportunities. Later in her teen years, Bommer began teaching in the small Israeli town where her family lived. While it did afford her some income, it also pulled her away from her own dance education. “I was so well trained in the U.S. that I was asked to teach classical ballet, but I should have danced more myself.” At times it seemed as if a career in the dance world might elude Bommer. After her parent’s divorce, she and her mother moved back to


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the U.S., and in 1984, Bommer was awarded a scholarship to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Within a year, she left Alvin Ailey to return to Israel to fulfill a mandatory two-year service in the Israeli Defense Forces. In the interim, she participated in a dance program in the army, until a cut in funding put a halt to the program after the first year. She consoled herself by teaching dance on the weekends, getting her feet wet with producing and choreographing as well. “My dance career was not happening, but what I discovered was that I was having great results as a teacher even though I was so young. My own voice was coming to me. When I was learning in schools—great ones and not so great ones—the teachers were teaching me something, but I felt I could get there in a different way, and eventually I did.” News of a talented young teacher spread, and one day a woman knocked on Bommer’s door and offered her a teaching position at her dance school. Bommer accepted and stayed for a bit before venturing off to open her own studio at the age of 21. That same year, she married her husband Ziv whom she met while in high school. Bommer outgrew her studio space within the first year, but she was still at arm’s length from the body of work that would put her on the map. It was the auspicious trip to the beach as an expectant mother that closed the gap. In that moment at the ocean, she ruminated on the fact that the human body is about 70 percent water and how it is an inseparable part of our movement and kinetic energy. “I could see dancers, choreography, everything in the movement of the water. It was so exciting. I brought my dancers to the beach so they could see what I saw.” Over the next seven years, Bommer formalized these ideas into a dance language she called Kinetica. But something was still lacking—having Kinetica on stage alone was akin to putting exercises on stage. Bommer realized it needed a story, and thus the next component of Bommer’s method, Animato, evolved. Taken from the word “animation,” Animato is the creation of characters and situations that are both poignant and humorous. Her dancers use the Kinetica language to impart energy and vitality to the Animato constructions, offering a completely new genre of artistic expression. Together Kinetica and Animato teach dancers to move like water, malleable, almost as if they are without bones, as their limbs and torsos undulate and flow. Bommer’s first choreographed work, Manimation, took a year to choreograph and four more years for her dancers to perfect; it was the first time that she combined all the elements of her method. The piece, which premiered in 2007, was set in a coffee shop. The five cartoon-like characters are based on the personalities, physical attributes and abilities of the five dancers cast in the roles. The dancers are so integral to the work that Bommer will not replace one dancer


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for another. Instead, if and when the time comes, she will create a new character and alter the story. In another twist, Bommer developed the choreography before selecting the music. She described the fortuitous moment when one of the dancers brought in music by esteemed New York artist Meredith Monk: “It was like an out of body experience. The music of Meredith Monk was the story of Manimation. It was so precise that it was like it was written for it. Right down to hearing the drips of a character that is sitting on the toilet!” Bommer has trained hundreds of dancers since starting her academy and company in Israel, but there is one dancer who is emerging as a protégé: daughter Gaya Bommer Yemini, who gained prominence in the 2012 documentary First Position. Yemini, now 17, was one of

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seven dancers whose journey to the exclusive Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) competition in 2010 was chronicled in the film and concluded with her taking third place in her age group at the finals in New York City. At the 2011 YAGP European semi-final, she won first place in the contemporary category for a brilliant performance titled Cartoon Girl, demonstrating the Nadine Bommer Animato Method at its best. Yemini credits her mother for facilitating her development as a dancer. “[My mother] thought me how dancing is more then just shapes and structure. Since I was little she was stimulating my imagination and showing me how to connect to myself and go to different dimensions when I dance,” says Yemini. In the intervening years since Manimation hit the stage, Bommer has created other works that her company has performed around the world, receiving critical acclaim and numerous awards. In American Cinema, her dancers take on the identity of marionettes—roles for which they spent nine months mastering movements. The soccer-inspired work, Invisi’BALL, created for a university program in Israel, diverged somewhat from Bommer’s usual choreography style. She integrated more acting elements, and for the first time, the work can be taught to others and reproduced. Poodle It is the last piece she created for her company in Israel in 2013. This past summer, the company toured in Korea, China and Germany, and with Bommer finalizing her move to New York, audiences now can catch performances in the states. Bommer will continue to oversee the academy and company in Israel while training a fresh crop of talent stateside, a mission that delights her. “What I am doing now is taking amazing dancers, teaching them my language and putting new stories together. Combining this language of mine to stories and characters has become my life.”

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Sure, it’s the holidays, but let’s be honest, we all can benefit from gift-giving ideas throughout the year. We found thoughtful gifts that are perfect gestures for any occasion. By M&V Staff

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B TEA TIME A bespoke collection of teas that will please even the most discriminating tea drinker. The internationally inspired flavors kick into high gear when served chilled with a splash of spirits.; $20 C LIVE YOUR LIFE My Bucketlist journal is about living life to the fullest. Full of tips and motivation, it offers the encouragement someone needs to start their next big adventure.; $39.99 D RAINBOWS Jewelry designer Anna Čurlejová of the Czech Republic creates striking jewelry pieces using cut colored pencils. carbickova; necklace, $29.90; earrings, $19.90 E HARDWORKING KITCHEN The woven grid on these organic cotton towels offers great drying power. Plus the towels will pretty up any kitchen space. coyuchi. com; set of 2, $18 F FLORAL VESSEL Real caterpillars will never be as cute as these hand-blown bud vases, perfect for everywhere, from a windowsill or as the main centerpiece on a dining room table.; $38.38 G BURN BABY BURN Campy Candles’ fragrance names are just as charming as the scents themselves: A Great Conversation whispers a touch of citrus.; $16 H TRAVELER’S COMPANION When the flight is bumpy and the kids are crying, turn to these trusty cocktail kits. Our favorite flavors? All—old fashioned, gin and tonic and Moscow mule.; $24


I PIONEER WOMEN No roadblock is too big for the women featured in writer Angella Nazarian’s latest tome, Visionary Women, which highlights 20 innovative women, their insatiable curiosity and fearlessness and ultimately, their success.; $50 J ONE SCOOP ONLY For the ice cream connoisseur, buy Choctál ice creams, made from single-origin ingredients, in varieties including “traditional” cacao and vanilla.; $11


K SHARP SHOOTER These shot glasses are hand carved from Himalayan sea salt, serving a perfectly salty sip with every toast.; set of 4, $29.95 L MALE LINES Matthew Brookes’ Les Danseurs puts male dancers in the spotlight, with bodies and poses by members of the Paris Opera Ballet.; $45 M WORD LOVE Encourage the pencil pushers in your life to get trendy. Sassy Pencils make taking notes cool again.; set of 12, $18

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CREATIVITY N MR. FIX IT TIME For the man that thinks he knows it all, try the 27th edition of the Workshop Companion. The guides offer key tips and reference materials on everything wood working, automotive, plumbing, gardening, painting and electrical.; $19.95 O WRIST ACTION These are easily the coolest cuff links we’ve ever seen. Encased in steel, the Black PVD Tourbillon has a functioning watchmaking mechanism that operates by the wearer’s natural movement.; $485


P MP3 VICES Stephen Witt’s How Music Got Free is reportorial acumen at its best. The book unearths how digital music piracy practically brought the music industry to its knees.; $17 Q TRAVEL GEAR The words say it all: “This Bag Is Not Yours.” While his fellow passengers will not pick up the wrong bag, they may ask where he got the cool leather luggage tag.; $26


R SERVED NEAT Daneson’s toothpicks are something special. They’re steeped with six-year-old-barrel aged Kentucky straight bourbon for that fresh feeling.; $36 S A WINDING PATH Automatic watches get extra love in the form of the Cub Winder, which securely locks in the cuff to rotate it up to 900 turns per day.; $150 T STEADY WEAR We love this rugged wax-based fragrance, available in three scents: classic light spice Hatteras, woodsy Shackleford and rosewood and cedar accented Tybee.; each $42 U WEAR IT NOW For the guy who is not afraid of combining style and luxury, the lightweight Edward jacket by Moncler keeps him warm and dry with its down proof and water-repellent gear.; $1,335


V REFINED BEAUTY Handmade in New York City, the El Tambo bracelet by designer Catherine Zadeh has the perfect blend of abstract, beauty and masculine material.; $325 W CLEAN UP YOUR ACT The company Blind Barber offers clean shaves and camaraderie at its three parlor locations, but if your man doesn’t live nearby, then look into its grooming line. The Regimen set offers the necessities: cleanse, shave and sooth.; $58 X CLASSIC HITS Created by UK’s Henley Brands, these 78 rpm Record Coasters give new meaning to old hits. Repurposed from vinyl records, the coasters have an English felt backing for durability. nordstrom. com; set of 4, $44 Y THE WEEKENDER The Gentlemen’s League of limited-edtion print duffels are ideal for a weekend away. The leather hand-printed bags are lined with a herringbone tweed fabric and multiple storage pockets and signed and dated by the artist.; folio, $250; $1,500 duffel

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8 SNUG AS A BUG Viva Spain, home to the most precious baby clothes. Keep your newborn warm and in absolute comfort with Pili Carrera’s baby sacs.; The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens, FL; beige, $165 9 PAPARAZZI Instant photos are the ultimate in spontneity and a ton of fun. The battery-operated Lomo’Instant in Sanremo comes with three lenses operated by auto or manual shooting modes. lomography. com; $139; with three lenses, $169


: USE THE FORCE Who needs a dog when there is the BB-8, the newest Sphero member. The interactive, app-controlled Droid creates holographic recordings and more.; $149.99 ; MINI MODEL Made in Peru using raw materials, this corduroy jumpsuit is the ultimate showstopper. Too bad it doesn’t come in adult sizes.; $68 < VENICE BEACH WORTHY A throwback to the 1970s, with its injection-molded skateboards, Penny Skateboards are notorious for their quality and fresh prints, such as the retro Miami 22”.; $119.99 = DIVAS OF DERRING-DO The sky was the limit for the women featured in Women Daredevils. The action-packed illustrated book tells the stories of 15 women whose bravado tested the waters of equality and freedom between 1880 and 1929.; hardcover, $14.24


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b 'GILTY' PLEASURE You may have to purchase two—one for your daughter and one for yourself. The Glitter Olive Bag is perfect for girls who love to stand out.; $49.50 c IN STUDIO There’s a little Beethoven in all of us. Compose Yourself allows children to arrange cards in a visual pattern, enter the codes on the site and hear their creations performed by a symphony orchestra.; $14.99 d FORM AND FUNCTION Keep kids engaged with the height adjustable StandUp Small desk. Its simple adjustment system allows the desk to ‘grow’ with them.; $299; enter M&Vmag in the discount box to receive $50 off


e APPLE PI PIE Everyone’s favorite baker/geek Rosanna Pansino now comes to you in the form of The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook. Find the recipes of her favorite YouTube episodes and originals as well.; $18

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n SWEET DREAMS Made for comfort and from hope by women in India working to forge a path free from slavery, these Prasanna pants are as comfy as they are meaningful.; $44.99 o A GRAND STATEMENT The Three Strand Horn Cut Out necklace symbolizes more than beauty. Akola sales are reinvested to empower women in extreme poverty to become agents of transformation.; $98 p CREAM OF THE CROP Cocoa butter-based lotion, Charity Pot by Lush contains seven ingredients sourced from the sustainable SLush Fund projects. All proceeds are donated to charities.; $6.95, 1.7 oz q YOGIS UNITE Quick drying fabric and second skin fit, the Selva leggings by ZuVi have all the necessities for a good yoga session and made from plastic bottles for a healthier environment.; $68 r RING OF HOPE Textile rings, created by Rosena Sammit in collaboration with India-based charity Apne Aap, buy a week of school for a young girl rescued from the red light districts.; $15 each s HAPPY FEET Uganda brand Sseko Designs hires secondary school graduates to earn money for their college educations by creating footwear like the Mist Suede Nomad Booties.; $129.99

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PRIME TALENT Wide Range of Women Artists Gain Exposure in

Miami During ART BASEL FAIR By Margery Gordon


o arena presents a more valuable opportunity for visual artists than Miami Art Week, the initial days of December when the iconic Art Deco playground is transformed into the undisputed center of the cultural universe. At its core is Art Basel Miami Beach, the most important showcase for modern and contemporary art in the Americas, a magnet for international cognoscenti and the capitalist titans, celebrities and socialites trailing in their wake. Perennial pilgrims, mass media and locals on a first-name basis with ‘Basel’ use the Swiss headquarters of the namesake fair, which turned 45 in June, as shorthand to encompass the galaxy formed by upward of 20 so-called ‘satellite fairs’ and countless constellations orbiting its brightest star. An estimated 70,000 collectors, art professionals and cultural enthusiasts flock to the Miami Beach Convention Center to view the finest work available by more than 4,000 artists arrayed in the booths of 267 leading galleries from 32 countries. The rest of the week, they scatter to dozens of smaller fairs, museums, galleries, private collections and nonprofit venues around South Florida that time their top exhibitions each season to coincide with Art Basel’s arrival. Competing for the attention of patrons and trendsetters, luxury lifestyle brands host exclusive parties at the hottest hotels and clubs on South Beach, commissioning established and emerging talent to stage performances and installations calibrated to establish cultural credibility and generate publicity. Agustina Woodgate, Nancy Lorenz and Marnie Weber are three of the talented women displaying artworks in nearly every imaginable medium during the 14th annual Miami Art Week at influential venues, including the prestigious fairs Art Basel, DesignMiami/ and PULSE Contemporary Art Fair along the shore. Agustina Woodgate in The Ballroom Installation at Art Berlin Contemporary 2015




hile some artists and activists strive to break down borders, Agustina Woodgate physically erases them from globes and maps until they become blank slates for envisioning a new world order. Devoid of the topography and political boundaries commonly accepted as indelible markers, these once-familiar objects become charged with potential that she encourages disoriented viewers to activate. Navigating The Ballroom that Woodgate installed with her dealer Anthony Spinello at the Art Berlin Contemporary fair in October meant choosing whether to circumvent, rearrange or unintentionally displace the 50 hand-sanded globes strewn about the space. Woodgate’s open-ended playfulness defuses audiences’ potential resistance or dismissal that preachy or heavy-handed approaches are more likely to provoke. Along those lines, she has drawn thousands of Hopscotch squares linking miles of sidewalks on three continents so far, starting in 2013 with Miami, where she has spent the better part of 10 years, and then her hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina, before extending this itinerant network across the Atlantic to Kraków, Poland, for last year’s Playpublik Festival, and traversing Denver this summer during the Biennial of the Americas. Even as the recognizable shapes invite spontaneous interaction, Woodgate is drawing attention to incursions in urban infrastructure, reclaiming public space, and tracing this accessible street game back to its origins as training courses for Roman foot soldiers. “My work is related so much to the territory, so each location affects the work and affects the outcome,” Woodgate explained this fall from Tel Aviv. A residency at Artport Tel Aviv positioned her to conduct research and lay groundwork for future interventions, including a broadcast of her nomadic online Radio Espacio Estacion ( that would address ways the transportation system divides Israelis and Palestinians.

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Radio EE transmits live in multiple languages, forgoing translation in an effort to integrate the diverse guests in dialogue confronting core issues of migration and mobility, adapted to situations and events in each locale. Her largest pop-up since launching the periodic station in 2011 was last October at a Hmong market in Minneapolis-St. Paul, home to the largest concentration of the tribe indigenous to Southeast Asia that was granted asylum after the Vietnam War, whose members communicated with Woodgate in their native tongue. During the last Art Basel Miami Beach, she moderated discussions among multicultural women in a broadcast extension of Auto Body, a showcase of performances and videos by 33 women that Miami-based Spinello Projects produced in the typically male domain of a former car repair shop on South Beach. Women active in South Florida’s ascendant art scene populate Spinello’s programming for this Miami Art Week: the symposium Platform premiering around an all-female revival of the “faux” art fair “Littlest Sister,” a winking commentary on the phenomenon that featured Woodgate in its 2007, 2009 and 2010 editions. These weeklong offerings inaugurate the gallery’s new 5,000-square-foot headquarters in the Magic City’s emergent art hub of Little River with the exhibition “Full Moon,” marking Spinello’s 10th anniversary with work by all 10 artists on the roster. Woodgate, the first artist represented by Spinello, is contributing chalk formed with fallout saved from effacing a large map once unfurled in classrooms, drawing attention to the standard geography curriculum and her laborious process. It conjures the world atlas Woodgate rubbed out and displayed alongside a landscape proposal composed with the color-sorted dust from its 515 pages in the solo booth of Spinello’s 2012 debut in Art Basel Miami Beach. Woodgate’s interest in education, indoctrination and immigration is a natural outgrowth of her 34-year personal trajectory and exposure to contentious debates and protests at the National University of the Arts in Buenos Aires. “Argentina is a very politicized country, and everyone talks about politics. The university there is very politicized, the arts and humanities are very politicized, a lot of movements and activists are there. It’s quite an experience to be at such a young age around so much political activity and ideas.” Since graduation, extensive travels have broadened her perspective and informed her overall practice and ongoing outreach projects. “All the work is one conversation,” says Woodgate, “and it gets morphed into a radio and a workshop and an object.”

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ancy Lorenz blurs traditional boundaries between fine art, craft and design with exquisitely rendered paintings and objects that reflect the enduring influence of extended stays in Japan since attending high school in Tokyo. “That’s when I decided to become an artist, so it really shaped my point of view,” says Lorenz from her studio in New York City. “In Japan, nobody drew a distinction between transcendent craft and fine art. The feminization of beauty is a very Western and particularly American construct. In Japanese aesthetics, beauty isn’t feminized, and craft has both masculine and feminine attributes.” Adolescent lessons in calligraphy, flower arrangement and tea ceremonies may not manifest as clearly in her current work, but they nurtured an appreciation for Eastern traditions and their Western interpretations. After returning to the states to attend art schools, Lorenz spent years restoring museum-quality antiques, mastering techniques for lacquer, mother-of-pearl inlay, silver filigree and gilding that infuse her paintings and designs with an innate elegance. Her refined sensibility was a perfect fit for Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting, a well-received exhibition highlighting the lush new abstraction by 13 established and emerging contemporary artists that originated at San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum in 2014, then traveled to Ohio’s Akron Art Museum earlier this year. Several paintings shown in that survey are bound to stand out amid a sampling of her repertoire at PULSE in Miami Beach, where Lorenz (who turns 53 a few days later) is a finalist for the $2,500 Pulse Prize, awarded for a solo presentation at the fair. The booth Morgan Lehman Gallery is dedicating to Lorenz coincides with her 100 Elements exhibition at the New York gallery until Dec. 23. Lorenz, who mixes her own paint from powdered pigments, has spent 20 years working her way through the periodic table, “a perfect vehicle for exploring and enriching my catalogue of materials,” says Lorenz. “It’s very unscientific, not always mimicking the look. I have been studying certain associations with the various elements, so it’s really a much more poetic interpretation.” Charcoal and gold evoke celestial expanses, while cardboard and burlap ground puddles of molten metals, revealing her range at both PULSE and DesignMiami/. The city’s only fair focused on this growing collecting field—from rare examples of modernist advances to high-tech innovations—occupies temporary structures across from the Miami Beach Convention Center, reimagined each year by different architectural teams. The 10-year-old Brussels gallery Pierre Marie Giraud is balancing Lorenz’s two-dimensional works with lacquered boxes ranging from her annual series, which have been commissioned by Tomas Maier for Bottega Veneta stores to a collaboration by jeweler Temple St. Clair last year to contain her nine “Mythical Creatures.” These small tabletop accessories offer an accessible taste of the detailed finishes that cover entire walls of residential and commercial properties worldwide. A vast mural at the Beverly Hilton led to particularly luxe panels inset with palladium, agate and two types of gold recently installed above the sitting area of The Mansions at Acqualina in Sunny Isles Beach at the northern edge of Miami-Dade County. There’s also the customized interior finishes for Paris-based designer Chahan Minassian’s residence in Miami’s M Building. Lorenz’s work has become a signature of Chanel stores from L.A. and Vancouver to Shanghai and next Macau. “The often enormous scale of the commissioned work has put the paintings in a different context than the more intimate domestic applications typically associated with craft traditions,” says Lorenz. “Decorative was a pejorative word, and something that was beautiful was deemed somehow less intelligent.” Decades of rhetoric denigrating materials and patterns associated with “women’s work” has deterred some artists from following their instincts lest they not be taken seriously, yet her perseverance has paid off. Western critics, curators and connoisseurs are finally becoming more receptive to consummate craft and sublime imagery as valid forms of “high art” —approaching pretty pictures with the open minds that mainstream audiences never closed.


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he macabre tableau, ghoulish characters and discordant soundscapes crafted by Marnie Weber may appear even darker against the sunny backdrop of Los Angeles, but living in the “La-La Land” of make-believe indulges her “interest in anything that’s not reality: the subconscious, channeling and the spirit world.” Her fascination with witches is rooted in the legends of New England, where she was raised by atheists amid the figurative Chinese bronzes and Indian artworks that her father studied as an art historian. “Gods and mysticism were always around the house and spoken of in a detached sort of way,” Weber recalls. “Historically that was one of the roles of art, to imbue a sense of spirituality in the object.” A sabbatical in Taiwan introduced the young Marnie to metaphors by way of old steam engines belching and bellowing from the train station next-door that she heard adults personify as “beasts.” That memory surfaces in The Ghost Train at the Mattress Factory, a museum dedicated to site-specific installations in Pittsburgh, where Weber collected sentimental cast-offs from local thrift stores to flesh out hybrid creatures embarking on their final voyage. The makeshift construction of these strange apparitions, in limbo until May 18 alongside their idling transport to the afterworld, and the train’s wooden frame draped in white fabric are intended to “trigger emotions from a place of artifice,” Weber explains. “I love the handmade, crude, naïve way it’s almost bordering on folk art. It feels sincere to me.” Weber completed the scene by recording a medley of sound effects and her own original instrumentals, honed over years as a musician bringing her own costumes and props to live performances. Disappointed at the dearth of women in theatrical rock bands since the 1970s, she conceived an all-female ensemble of postmortem musicians in 2007 that rise up for appearances onstage and onscreen. Models embodying these “Spirit Girls” have also posed for photographs she cuts up and reassembles as disjointed silhouettes surrounded by improbable elements clipped from magazines to compose uncanny dreamscapes. Several surreal collages will be exhibited by Sarah Gavlak at Art Basel Miami Beach, which selected two of Weber’s moving images among 50-plus films and videos in curated projections on the 7,000-square-foot exterior of the neighboring Frank Gehry-designed New World Center. Headlining a thematic screening Dec. 3, the 14-minute Sea of Silence pairs five masked, mute Spirit Girls with matching ventriloquist dummies, setting the tone for six shorter works contemplating the poetics of absence. Weber’s collages are also hanging at both of Gavlak’s branches for the bicoastal “Ten Year Anniversary” exhibition, which reflects upon the gallery’s evolution from its November 2005 opening in West Palm Beach, where Sarah Gavlak championing female pioneers from the start, to the recent expansion of its Los Angeles branch launched in summer 2014. Gavlak’s decennial celebration closes Dec. 12 at its flagship, which moved up to the tony Palm Beach promenade of Worth Avenue seven years ago, but remains up until Dec. 23 at the 10,000-square-foot space in L.A., where Weber will have a solo show in September. A survey of Weber’s work across media from 1992 onward opens Feb. 18 in Geneva at the Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, restaging installations and screening her first full-length feature, starring the 56-year-old artist and her teenage daughter as an aging witch with waning powers and the offspring poised to inherit her legacy. “Coming to terms with your demons and the monsters hiding under your bed is sometimes not as scary as you thought, but more funny,” muses Weber, whose eccentric brand of dark humor lightens her eerie creations.


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the world and trying to make it on her own. Every [additional] year that I would stay at Facebook, I would just get more comfortable and more stuck there,” she explains.

he term Renaissance woman is not one that is applied to most, but for Randi Zuckerberg, it’s fitting. Few have secured a top tier position at Facebook or a guest starring Broadway role in Rock of Ages, continuously reinventing what it means to be a career woman.

Zuckerberg’s defining moment was the day she stepped down from her position as a marketing executive for Facebook in 2011. At the time, the company—co-founded by brother Mark Zuckerberg— was in the midst of incredible growth and firmly entrenched in the digital world. Despite working with the company since its inception, Zuckerberg walked away from her coveted job in order to become her own boss—a decision that left many, including herself, skeptical. “My heart was telling me it was time to go out there because I was just delaying the inevitable—the inevitable of Randi going out into


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In large part, the birth of her first son Asher helped push her out into the world in ways she never expected. It didn’t take long for motherhood to become a motivating factor in her quest to find balance in her career—something that being her own boss could provide. “I wanted to be the one to decide ‘Ok, I am going to work really hard this month and then I’m going to push back for a few weeks and spend time with my family,’” Zuckerberg says, who has a second son, Simi, 1. “I knew going off and starting my own company was going to be really hard and that I was probably going to work harder than I did at Facebook, if that was even possible. But at the end of the day, it was going to be for myself, and that was really important to me.” Zuckerberg found what she was looking for when she launched Zuckerberg Media, a social media and digital management firm in 2012. The company gave Zuckerberg the legs to focus on her own projects, primarily digital and not unlike the work she did for Facebook, such as the 2008 online coverage of the Democratic party and Republican party U.S. presidential primary debates. Since its launch, the firm has produced content for Condé Nast, Bravo, the United Nations, Cirque du Soleil and the Clinton Global Initiative. As if she weren’t busy enough, she serves as as editor in chief of digital lifestyle destination Dot Complicated and host of “Dot Complicated” on SiriusXM.


Seeing someone like Karlie Kloss, who is a beautiful supermodel, but is now going into coding, shows girls that is something to aspire to. —Randi Zuckerberg

With a new business and expanded family, Zuckerberg still found time to tackle a problem she saw in the digital world—a place where she was well versed. “In Silicon Valley, everyone works in technology; everyone shares the same point of view that technology is ‘amazing’ and ‘woo-hoo, yay technology.’ But if you pick your head up and talk to anyone else around the world, they’re confused,” she says. Confused is right. Today more and more parents are purchasing iPhones instead of board games for their children, and middle schoolers are logging hours surfing the Internet instead of logging hours outdoors. “[Parents] all have technology in their life and they know they can’t live without it. They know they’re addicted to it and they love it, but they also feel confused about how much screen time their children should get and how they should be using it in their careers. That gave me a really interesting perspective that I had not started to look for until I left Facebook.” Zuckerberg turned her career in another direction, to find a solution to these collective quandaries. She wrote two books: Dot Complicated, an adult nonfiction book, was written with the intention that readers would walk away with a better understanding of the digital space. The children’s book Dot centers around a female character who provides tech advice through her adventures. The decision to make Dot a female was deliberate, in the hopes that the character would be a tech role model for young girls, and attract them to careers in Silicon Valley. Joining Zuckerberg in the cause are other advocates, such as supermodel Karlie Kloss, who this past year ended her relationship with Victoria’s Secret in order to study coding. Kloss launched an initiative called Kode with Karlie, a scholarship to teach girls to code, to get young women excited about coding. “Seeing someone like Karlie, who is a beautiful supermodel, popular in all the magazines but is now going into coding, shows girls that is something to aspire to,” says Zuckerberg. “Even if they don’t end up in Silicon Valley, even if they wind up in other industries, at least they will still have that proficiency and basic technical skills.” With more and more women designing their own careers and realizing their ambitions, in addition to handling family responsibilities, the age-old question remains: Is it possible to have it all? Zuckerberg believes it’s possible, but cautions, “I do think you can have it all but you can’t have it all at the same time. That is a lesson that I teach anyone, even my four-year-old. When I talk to him, I say, ‘No, you can’t play in the sand box and eat a cookie at the same time.’ Even four-year-olds can’t have it all. I don’t know why we put so much pressure on ourselves to have it all. As long as it balances out in the long run, it’s ok,” she says. On Zuckerberg’s terms, having it all has nothing to do with accolades or achievements, but rests on whether or not her career served a purpose and impacted others. “I feel like my life purpose is to educate people, to bridge the gap between the complicated and techy things that are going on in Silicon Valley and all of us normal, regular people who are just trying to figure out how that will impact us and our families,” she says. M A N D V M A G . C O M M&V


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bserve any growing urban area around the country: The skyline is peppered with cranes erecting metal structures, but they’re not all destined to become high-end condominiums and garages. Some of these buildings are about honoring the broader goals of society and exploring the field of design. “It’s important to see what we do as a bridge for enhancing the human condition,” explains Pat Bosch, the design director for global design firm Perkins+Will in Miami. Since joining Perkins+Will in 1996, Bosch, who is the only Hispanic design director and principal of a global design firm, has helped the firm use architecture and design as a social catalyst. Her portfolio is a laundry list of design projects that answer communities’ civic needs especially in health care design. Two shining examples are the L’Oréal Research and Innovation Center in Rio de Janeiro and the Ghana Ridge Hospital in North Ridge, Ghana. Of course, it’s not only about health care infrastructure and urban planning. It’s also about educating the public and political leaders in the benefits of these types of design projects. She is a regular for symposia and lectures, serving on think tanks for the Gates Foundation and the White House and designing the future of STEAM and STEM education.Well-versed in design, Bosch’s education spans three countries: a bachelor’s degree in design from the University of Puerto Rico, a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University and further education at ETH Zürich/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. In her own way, she is continuing her parents’ legacy. “Both my parents were architects so I was born into the industry,” she says, explaining that her parents worked during the 1950s, a time when the main projects were schools and government structures, designs that also changed the landscape of the areas. Of course, every city and country has its own ethos and needs. Before a new project commences, Bosch hits the books, researching the history of the city and neighborhoods, visiting the area and reading related literature. Amazingly, Bosch handles an average of 12 to 14 projects at a time. “You have to be very disciplined and know the method for your madness,” she concedes. One of her most memorable projects is Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University (PNU), completed in May 2011. Located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, PNU is the largest women-only university in the world, an ironic fact as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is notorious for limiting the roles women have in its public sphere. “It was certainly a project that transformed the area,” Bosch says. Another project destined to be a jewel in Bosch’s career crown, is a hospital in Ghana for women and children, slated to open in the first quarter of 2016. Behind Bosch’s many accomplishments and awards, including the Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture from the American Insitute of Architects and the Award of Honor from the Society of American Landscape Architects Award of Honor both in 2011, she is a humble architect. “I’m so privileged to do what I do.” —Stefanie Cainto


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sk Frederique van der Wal about her successes and she’ll tell you that she was fortunate. For a woman who has graced the covers from Vogue to Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar in the ’80s and ’90s, produced a documentary for the Discovery Channel and been the face of campaigns for Victoria’s Secret and Revlon, the former supermodel, now a TV host, producer and entrepreneur, is impossibly grounded. A few years ago van der Wal’s entrepreneurship took root in the form of Frederique’s Choice, a floral delivery business, which she launched in Europe in 2008. The company was the result of van der Wal’s admiration for flowers and their ability to bring happiness into a room, while providing provide mood-enhancing benefits. Most recently, van der Wal wrapped up the filming of a new reality TV series, HomeGrown Makeover with Frederique, for the American-based FYI network on transforming homes with flowers and plants, which segued into expanding the company to New York this past September. Van der Wal will be the first to tell you that hosting the launch party gave her a few gray hairs and that starting the company came with a lot of mistakes, a lot of falling down and getting back up again. “You have to embrace it. Some days, it’s a great embracing moment, and some days, you ask yourself, ‘Oh my God, what did I start?’”

flowers Her success is fairly easy to track once you understand her thought process. Take Frederique’s Choice, which was the result of a domino effect when the country of Holland offered to name a flower after her. When she was asked to choose her flower—thus the “choice” in the company name—she discovered in her research that it took 10 years to create a new breed of lilies. She proceeded to create a documentary, The Invisible Journey with Frederique: Flowers, traveling to Kenya, Holland and NYC to follow the path a flower takes from seed to vase. After amassing so much information about the multibillion-dollar industry, she realized it didn’t have a face, the way jeans have Levi’s and trench coats have Donna Karan. “You sometimes have to follow your gut and dare to take risks, and say, ‘Hey, if certain things fail, it’s also part of that journey.’” She credits her achievements to her Dutch upbringing and to her innate entrepreneurial spirit. When she was 10 she sold painted stones on the sidewalk. She’s always been endlessly curious, which naturally played a strong role in her moving to New York at the young age of 18. “I had no idea that I would embark on this journey,” she says with a laugh. “At the time, it wasn’t the dream.” Yet it became the dream, and van der Wal shows no signs of slowing down. Her next goal is to delve into home goods. In those coveted moments of downtime, van der Wal can be found cooking dinner with her 15-year-old daughter and planning a weeklong escape to upstate New York, solely to garden and hike. —S.C. M A N D V M A G . C O M M&V


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Visions Kellie Gerardi

When Kellie Gerardi looks at the evening sky, she doesn’t just wonder about the possibilities, she tries to answer the questions as an aerospace professional and Mars researcher. Her fascination with space began as a child, growing up in South Florida and watching space launches at Cape Canaveral. Now her responsibilities in the commercial spaceflight industry range from communicating about space science to democratizing space and expanding Earth’s economic sphere.

Lessons From M A R S


n the last 50 years we’ve put men on the moon, we’ve built and occupied the International Space Station, we’ve sent a probe into interstellar space, and we’ve scoured the images that come back from the Hubble Space Telescope; we’ve learned that every single one of those hundreds of billions of little specks, those little pieces of confetti, are not stars or planets. They’re galaxies and clusters of galaxies—hundreds of billions of galaxies—and we haven’t even explored to the far reaches of our own. To me, that has always seemed to be the definition of potential, and the motivation behind my career in the spaceflight industry. It was this feeling of unfettered potential that led to my taking a short break from my job at Masten Space Systems, where I work with reusable rockets and precision landing technology. During the month of February 2014, I joined a small crew of researchers for three weeks in isolation at The Mars Desert Research Station, a Utah-based prototype research laboratory used by a variety of scientists and national space agencies to simulate long-duration spaceflight. Along with my six crewmates, I endeavored on a mock mission to Mars, studying in-situ resource


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utilization techniques and performing analog Martian field research in the hopes of advancing mankind’s ability to settle space. My crew was comprised of industry professionals, medevac pilots, engineers, doctors and NASA researchers united in our conviction that human expansion in the solar system is feasible in our lifetimes. During our expedition we repaired life support units, refueled rovers, reconstituted freeze-dried meats and vegetables, studied bacteria samples, bathed with baby wipes, built temporary structures, manufactured tools, relayed with Mission Control and forced plant growth in Martian soil simulant. Our time on “Mars” groomed us into multiskilled generalists, capable of rising to any number of challenges and emergencies, and proved to us that frontiers are not opened by the faint of heart. I’m optimistic about the future of our species, but I also recognize that at some point, whether in the near or far future, planet Earth will cease to support life. We know this is a challenge our species will one day face, and that’s only if we don’t wipe ourselves out first through infectious disease or war. Put simply, a future without space

settlement capabilities is no future at all. So I choose to work toward a scenario where we commit to testing the best of mankind’s capability, such as self-assembling robots and rovers to prearrange habitats for human settlers, solar panels to power them, self-replicating 3-D printers that can print everything from tools to landing pads and spare parts for their own functionality and food altered at a molecular level to maximize nutrients and minerals. The fact that both the government and commercial sectors are even thinking about these things is incredibly motivating. I’m excited that my comparatively short life span on Earth just so happens to fall within the window in history where interplanetary life is possible. This is the first time in over four billion years that we have the opportunity to settle other worlds, and I’ve dedicated my time and energy, both personally and professionally, to make sure we don’t waste it. My career with Masten Space Systems advances the pinpoint accuracy necessary to land rockets safely at off-Earth settlements. My personal research at the MDRS gave me a firsthand idea of what sort of in-situ resource utilization techniques those settlements might entail. 

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Muses & Visionaries magazine No13  

The Creativity Issue, 2015, featuring Elle Macpherson

Muses & Visionaries magazine No13  

The Creativity Issue, 2015, featuring Elle Macpherson