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BELLO JANUARY 2015

WINTER

BEAUTY FIXES HOTTEST

Starring

GADGETS AND GAMES IN 2015 ES DEVLIN:

OPERA ART DIRECTOR HAUTE CHAT:

OLIVIA PALERMO WONDERFUL WORLD OF

WHISTLER

THE PRIMETIME PRINCESS:

KATHARINE MCPHEE +

FABULOUS ISSUE + TECH PREVIEW

BEN BARNES ITALIA RICCI DEREK THELER SAMAIRE ARMSTRONG JUDGES OF THE TASTE TESSA THOMPSON ADAM KAUFMAN


Letter from the Editor The start of a new year, the start of a new day, the promise of a new beginning... In a world where instant gratification has become the  norm, we have decided to give you the very same by  splitting up  the original BELLO mag format into smaller bites that will be distributed all throughout the month. We are hoping to give you the opportunity to enjoy better, share more, and become more inspired. At the same time, this means that you will be getting even more original content and that each of our covers will finally get your undivided attention. We begin the month with our cover, Katharine McPhee (Scorpion), beautifully draped in Valentino and photographed by an amazing team led by Photographer Yoni Goldberg and Fashion Director Warren Alfie Baker.

DRESS VALENTINO

As I write this letter, I am listening to “Living for Love” by Madonna, the ultimate chameleon who is incredibly finding yet another way to masterfully reinvent herself, and I cannot agree more with the song’s message during this holiday season. All we need is love, and every morning is a new opportunity to become better versions of ourselves: to be more FABULOUS. After over 80 covers and over 150 original exclusive photo shoots in 2014, we are ready to make 2015 even better and more creative. Happy New Year! Aleksandar Tomovic (editor in chief)

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PHOTOGRAPHY YONI GOLDBERG STYLING WARREN ALFIE BAKER MAKEUP KINDRA MANN HAIR KYLEE HEATH PHOTO PRODUCER DAN PFAU

INTRO With 2014 behind us, the future is ahead, and we welcome 2015 with open arms... This year’s Fabulous Issue features none other than the fabulous triplethreat-starlet herself, Katharine McPhee. Shot in Hollywood, California  by the talented Yoni Goldberg, McPhee glows in this gorgeous ethereal fashion editorial, styled by none other than our Fashion Director, Warren Alfie Baker, and set in the gorgeous Sunset Hills.  Covering Entertainment, Ben Barnes talks about his newest projects, including the History Channel’s Sons

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of Liberty. He is shot here in a dapper editorial by Bello Editor in Chief, Aleksandar Tomovic, and styled by Warren Alfie Baker. Chasing Life lead, Italia Ricci, graces the Fashion cover in a gorgeous shoot, also shot and styled  by Aleksandar Tomovic and Warren Alfie Baker. Samaire Armstrong covers Beauty in this amazing water shoot photographed by Tamar Levine and Samantha Zachrich.

Dear White People and Selma actress, Tessa Thomson, graces the Art cover in a mixed media editorial shot by Tamar

Levine and Goodin.

Illustrator

Anastacia

The judges of America’s favorite television cook-off, The Taste, are featured in the Lifestyle section, shot on set in Hollywood, CA. And last, but certainly not least... at all...we have Derek Theler in all his natural sexiness, gracing the Lifestyle cover in a smouldering editorial shot by the fabulous Darren Tieste.  Wherever you are, wherever you may be, always live fabulously. -Leslie Alejandro, Executive Director

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CONTENTS 66 Letter from the Editor Contents Intro Masthead KATHARINE MCPHEE How Max Levchin is Revolutionizing Our Everyday Lives in the Digital Age Splurge or Steal: Multi-Functional Tech Gadgets 8 Picks - Design and Technology

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ENTERTAINMENT BEN BARNES Brad’s Buzz Hottest Tech of 2014 ADAM KAUFMAN Best Games of 2014 Hottest Gadgets and Games in 2015 THE JUDGES OF THE TASTE Gaming Nerd to TV Star

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FASHION ITALIA RICCI His & Hers Metallics Haute Chat - Olivia Palermo Nairoby Gypsy Dreams Designer Spotlight: Maria Korovilas Don’t Think Twice Fashion Editor’s Picks Back to Bricks

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BEAUTY SAMAIRE ARMSTRONG Spotlight on the Artist - Kate Somerville Beauty Editor’s Picks Winter Beauty Fixes Trickle Down Technology

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ART

TESSA THOMPSON Es Devlin - Opera Art Director

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LIFESTYLE DEREK THELER Eatin on the GO Park City: Not Just for Sundance Anymore Cancun: Not Just for Spring Breakers Wonderful World of Whistler Recipe : Spiced Asian Pear Bellini Calendar

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Aleksandar Tomovic (editor in chief) alek@bellomag.com

STEPHANE MARQUET (creative director) steph@bellomag.com LESLIE ALEJANDRO (executive director) leslie@bellomag.com WARREN ALFIE BAKER (fashion director) warren@bellomag.com FABIO FERNANDEZ (fashion news director) fabio@bellomag.com KIMMY ERIN (fashion editor) kimmy@bellomag.com HIKO MITSUZUKA (entertainment editor at large) hiko@bellomag.com BRAD LIBERTI (entertainment editor) brad@bellomag.com DIO ANTHONY (contributing editor) dio@bellomag.com NICOLE WALMSLEY (beauty editor) nicole@bellomag.com STEVEN CARVER (international editor) steven@bellomag.com JASMINE VO (senior lifestyle editor) jasmine@bellomag.com BRENT LAMBERT (design and technology contributor) brent@bellomag.com AMANDA PEIXOTO-ELKINS (creative director latin america) amanda@bellomag.com

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

DEE TRILLO (Travel/Lifestyle/Entertainment) | DARION LOWENSTEIN (Tech/Gaming/Entertainment) GERRAD HALL (Entertainment) | GLENN GARNER (Entertainment) JAMES McCOURT (Lifestyle) | CHEF RONNIE WOO (Lifestyle) VANESSA VIOLA (Horoscopes)

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS ALEKSANDAR TOMOVIC (Los Angeles) YONI GOLDBERG (Los Angeles) TAMAR LEVINE (Los Angeles) NICK SPANOS (Los Angeles) DARREN TIESTE (Los Angeles) BRADFORD ROGNE (Los Angeles) ALBERTO GONZALEZ (Miami) MICHAEL BECKER (Los Angeles) 

TECH DEVELOPER VINCENT MACHETEL

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COVER STORY

Primetime Princess

Katharine McPhee

WORDS BY BRAD LIBERTI PHOTOS BY YONI GOLDBERG

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DRESS EMANUEL UNGARO SHOES GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI RING AND EARRINGS LE VIAN

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JACKET ESCADA TOP MILLY SKIRT TALBOT RUNHOF SHOES ALDO SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY LARRY

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TAYLOR SWIFT MAY BE THE CURRENT GLOBAL TOURISM AMBASSADOR TO NEW YORK CITY, BUT SHE’S NOT THE ONLY YOUNG STARLET TO FIND HERSELF FALLING HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE WITH THE BIG APPLE. ACTRESS, SINGER, AND LA-NATIVE KATHARINE MCPHEE IS CLEARLY JUST AS SMITTEN. “I LOVE THAT CITY SO MUCH,” SHE REVEALS. “THERE’S SOMETHING NOT ONLY CINEMATIC ABOUT SHOOTING THERE, BUT I JUST LOVE THE INSPIRATION YOU FIND. I FEEL REALLY ENGAGED AND INSPIRED BY STEPPING OUT THE FRONT DOOR AND JUST SEEING WHAT’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME.”

The world famous street fashion is just one of the things the actress couldn’t help but get caught up in. “Living in New York allowed me access to inspiration on the streets and the ability to achieve that look on my own. Moving there made me more aware and it made me care more about what I was putting on my body. Like even if I was just going to set in the morning and no one was going to see me, it didn’t matter, because I cared.” For those of you living under a rock, the set she’s referring to would be NBC’s mega-ambitious, Steven Spielbergproduced cult-fave, Smash, on which the former American Idol finalist starred as wide-eyed country girl Karen Cartwright, a Broadway baby whose outsized voice and talent were matched only by McPhee’s. The show lasted just two seasons, but the actress has nothing but “fond memories of the things that [she and her cast mates] got to do and accomplish on that show.” And after all, it did introduce her to one of the newest loves of her life. “I’m actually starting to think about where I’d like to spend my hiatus and I’m even considering getting out of LA and spending my two months off in New York, if it’s possible.” The actress is currently back in Los Angeles fulltime, starring on one of the buzziest new shows of the season, CBS’s ultra9

hip, action-packed drama, Scorpion. The series - which centers on a group of geniuses recruited to join the front lines of the fight against modern digital terrorism - is quite a change of pace from her last gig, but that was kind of the point. “What I liked the most about it was that it was a really different project from Smash and I was going to be able to tackle an even more grownup character. Not so much in age, but you don’t see a lot of young single mothers who have their lives together on television.”

will be like, That was such a Paige moment!” It’s the sort of affectionate mockery that can only be shared between costars who actually like one another, but for the affable McPhee, this is much more the norm than the exception. In fact, she’s even remained in touch with the unforgettable cast of her breakout film, 2008’s beloved The House Bunny.  “Anna [Faris], Kat Dennings and I are all CBS family members now; I see them at events, and I’d sometimes run

It’s funny how the characters you play are sometimes similar to you and how you find things [within them] that help you connect on a deeper level. And you certainly don’t see anyone like Paige Dineen, hardworking waitress and indefatigable mom to young genius Ralph. That she also happens to be the emotional heart of the Scorpion crew was simply icing on the cake for McPhee. “I’m definitely more of an emotionally intelligent person, which is why I think I’m suited for this role. It’s funny how the characters you play are sometimes similar to you and how you find things [within them] that help you connect on a deeper level. I’ll say things [on set] and the other actors

into Emma Stone on the streets of New York when I was living there.” That the cast has now become a veritable “who’s who” of the new Hollywood A-list is something that isn’t lost on McPhee, either. “Besides Anna, we were all at the beginning of our careers back then. It has really been a fun group of people to be associated with. I wish we’d do some kind of fun reunion. That would be awesome.” Fingers crossed, Ms. McPhee. Fingers crossed! January 2015 - BELLO


DRESS VALENTINO SHOES GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI

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TOP AND SKIRT ALICE AND OLIVIA EARRINGS MICHAEL JOHN JEWELRY

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JACKET, TOP AND PANTS MILLY SHOES GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI EARRINGS SYLVIE COLLECTION

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DRESS RUBIN SINGER EARINGS SUPREME JEWELRY

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DRESS JEFFREY DODD EARRINGS MICHAEL JOHN JEWELRY

Photography YONI GOLDBERG www.yonigoldbergstudio.com Styling WARREN ALFIE BAKER www.warrenalfiebaker.com  Makeup KINDRA MANN at The Wall Group for TOM FORD Hair KYLEE HEATH at The Wall Group using R+CO and SERGE NOTMANT  Makeup and hair assistant NIKKI LAWSON Photo producer DAN PFAU  Photo assistants ZACH BENGE and GRIFFIN POCOCK  Video ARNO DIEM 17

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TECHNOLOGY

FromFertility ToBanking How Max Levchin is Revolutionizing Our Everyday Lives in the Digital Age BY BRENT LAMBERT

WHEN PAYPAL CO-FOUNDER MAX LEVCHIN (BORN JULY 11, 1975) MADE OVER A BILLION DOLLARS WHEN HE SOLD HIS STAKE IN THE COMPANY, HIS MOTHER SAID TO HIM, “OK, NOW YOU’RE GOING TO GO TO GRADUATE SCHOOL, RIGHT?”   WRONG.  LEVCHIN MADE THE WISE DECISION OF STICKING WITH HIS INSTINCTS AND CONTINUING TO CREATE NEW GAME-CHANGING PRODUCTS THAT ARE HAVING ENORMOUS IMPACTS ON PEOPLE’S EVERYDAY LIVES IN THE DIGITAL AGE.

Settling in Chicago in 1991, he attended Mather High School and then earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997, later cofounding two companies - NetMeridian Software and SponsorNet New Media - that made Internet tools.  In 1998 Levchin and his business partners created a system that would eventually become known as PayPal.  His other achievements include the founding of Slide, Yelp, and one of his newest companies, HVF (which stands for Hard, Valuable, and Fun), which explores and funds projects and companies in the area of leveraging data, such as data from analog sensors.   FABULOUS issue - BELLOmag.com

credit: David Paul Morris—Bloomberg / Getty Images

Levchin’s arrival in the United States, however, was born out of tragic circumstances. When he was ten years old, he and his parents escaped the radioactive Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine by train, and were forced to build a new life together. Now a Silicon Valley heavyweight, Levchin is considered by his peers and his competitors to be one of the single most brilliant technological minds in the entire world.

In May 2013 Levchin and his team launched GLOW, an app designed to help parents conceive babies by gathering, processing, and interpreting a wide range of data points from the woman’s body, as well as provide essential information to the parents at precise moments along their unique conception

timeline. Not only has the app already helped a large number of test parents conceive their first babies, it is also disrupting the outrageously expensive world of IVF (in vitro fertilization), which costs more than $10,000 per treatment.  The app is free to parents via a brilliant donation system courtesy of thankful 18


courtesy of GLOW on Facebook

Now, Levchin is setting his sights on disrupting the banking industry with his brand new company, Affirm. The idea for Affirm came from his belief that the credit system as we know it is broken, as well as out of the huge amount of distrust people have for banks especially in the Millennial generation.

courtesy of GLOW on Facebook

parents who succeeded with GLOW and want to help give back to other parents who are trying to conceive.

“A lot of younger people really just dislike big banks, or any banks really,” Levchin told USA Today. “They watched their parents suffer through a reduction in credit limit, or a mortgage that collapsed on them. They basically had a front row seat during their formative years during the 2008 financial crisis.”  Affirm is set up as a consumer finance company that offers online point of sale loans that allow the client to repay in three, six, or twelve months.  The interest rates are very low, but the real beauty of Affirm lies in its transparency.  “People understand that money has a value that’s measured in time as much as measured in dollars,” Levchin says. “The thing that people hate about interest is not the size of the interest rate, nor is it the fact that it even exists; it’s the fact that it’s never transparent.” To learn more about Affirm, be sure to visit  www.Affirm.com.  For more information on his remarkable pregnancy and fertility app GLOW, you can visit www.GLOWING.com. 19

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DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

Splurge or Steal: Multi-Functional Tech Gadgets BY DEE TRILLO Fashion, Beauty, Tech, Travel & Entertainment Expert|@ HauteFrugalista|HauteFrugalista.com The advances in technology have given us the ability to reach audiences we never thought we could and keep track of our lives with a single click. Nowadays, we can share our jouney with the whole world in a simple and easy way, giving us the ability to broaden

our horizons and make distances irrelevant. What is most astonishing is that we have the option to do anything we want without having to carry different gadgets. A smartphone can function as a camera and video recorder, our headphones can be costumized to

HP Envy x360 15inch Touch Covertible Laptop: This compact yet incredibly efficient laptop, powered by an Intel i7 processor, is the mother of all convertible tablet/laptops in the market. The sleek and chic design has a flexible hinge in the screen that allows you to play in 360 degrees and find the position that is most comfortable to you. The option to turn it into a flat tablet, a tent stand or a stand-alone gives you the flexibility needed for on-the-go, office or home use. Be prepared to listen to music and videos in true high-def sound with integrated BeatsAudio technology. Whether you want to watch movies, read a book, create a powerpoint presentation, or write an email, the HP Envy x360 will cover all your needs and moods. The best part is that it does not compromise on quality or capabilities in order to offer a modern style. This model, as is, comes with an 8GB memory, so you can easily store more photos, videos, and documents than with a regular tablet. It also offers 3 USB ports and a memory card reader that give you the convenience of charging your smartphone or plugging in any other device, such as an external hard drive.  All these perks give you the opportunity to pick it up and be on your way without having to worry about costly upgrades. $899 HP.com

represent our moods and sense of style, and even a convertible laptop can replace the need for a tablet. Why have our bags filled with a plethora of onedimensional devices when we can have one that functions as good as  two- or three-in-one?

Velodyne VFree Bluetooth Headphones: Enjoy wireless freedom for over ten hours on a single charge with the best high quality sound. Choose from an array of changeable skins, each designed by an international artist, and make yours unique to your mood. $299 Velodyne.com

Bayan Audio Soundbook X3 Speaker: This wireless speaker and FM radio does not compromise sound for size. With its advanced audio compression technology and ten-hour battery, you won’t have to worry about losing quality over your Bluetooth connection.  $299 BayanAudio.com   FABULOUS issue - BELLOmag.com

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EleMoon Wearable Bracelet: This smart accessory can match any outfit with its light system that imitates any design you upload. It also tracks your steps, helps you find your phone with an alert, and displays call and text notifications. $199 Elemoon.com

Griffin PowerDock 5: Forget about looking for wall outlets with this allin-one device. The dock will help you charge and organize up to 5 tablets or smartphones, while keeping them securely stored in one place. $99 GriffinTechnology.com

ToughTested Solar Power Portable Charger: This perfect companion for on-the-go adventures, trips, or hectic days can be charged with natural sunlight, DC car or USB port or plug. It has two USB spaces, allowing you to charge your phone, laptop, GPS, camera or tablet, all at the same time. $99 Mizo.com 

PurseN Quilted Tablet Organizer : Keep your tablet protected with this chic bag. It offers two stand positions so you can watch your fave movies handsfree, and it has compartments to keep a  few accessories available. $62 PurseN.net

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LuMee Selfie Case: The obsession over selfies is not going away anytime soon. So, if you want to get your best face out, this chic protective case with built-in light will take you from dark to fab in a sec!  $45 LumeeCase.com   January 2015 - BELLO


DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

Top 8 Picks courtesy of Christenson & Co.

BY BRENT LAMBERT, BELLO MAG DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY CONTRIBUTOR

I’m absolutely loving this minimal and petite weekend cottage designed by Pernille Poulsen and Christenson & Co.  Nestled in a forest on the Danish island of Zealand, the Asserbo House is the perfect fit for people who enjoy intimate-sized homes and small budgets.  To see more photos you can visit  www.adorable-home.com/housesand-apartments/modern-forest-cabin-23552.

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The Carbon Flyer (image courtesy of The Carbon Flyer on Indiegogo)

The Carbon Flyer is the world’s very first personal drone made purely out of carbon fiber. Controlled by Bluetooth, the drone has an onboard video camera, and easily surpasses all other video drones with its supreme durability in crashes.  For more information you can visit  www.indiegogo.com/projects/carbonflyer-the-ultimate-crash-proof-video-drone.

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Eyal Gever is a sculptor with a passion for turning the most extreme and ephemeral moments into physical objects. Take his sculpture, “Piece Of Ocean” (2014), for instance: Gever captured a high res scan of small part of the ocean’s surface, then used a 3D printer to convert the data into an exact 39˝ x 31˝ sculpture.  You can see all of his extraordinary sculptures at www.EyalGever.com.

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Although it is still in its infancy, the brand new field of quantum biology is generating excitement on a global scale. In their brand new book entitled Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology, authors Jim AlKhalili and Johnjoe McFadden explain this fascinating and newly developed fusion of biology and quantum mechanics.  You can grab your own copy at www.amazon. com/Life-Edge-Coming-Quantum-Biology-ebook/dp/ B00LW3YISO.

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The JUSE Solar Nano Smartphone Case

Aquilo is the British synthpop duo whose new EP, Human, was released this past December.  Their achingly beautiful new video for “I Gave It All” was directed by Eoin Glaister, who described his interpretation of the song: “[It’s] a coming-of-age story about the loss of innocence [and] how things could have been different if the lead protagonist had pursued a relationship with her best friend instead of his older, cooler brother, and her coming to terms with this.”  Take a listen and watch the video at www.AquiloMusic.com.

The new JUSE smartphone case offers a brilliant solution for folks whose phones seem to always run out of battery life at the worst possible time. The case stores solar power in a nano battery, then uses that power to recharge your phone whenever it’s needed.  Your phone will never die again.  Learn more at  www.indiegogo.com/projects/juse-world-s-first-solarnano-smartphone-charger.

Dave Addey has a passion for typography and sci-fi films, which is meticulously demonstrated on his amazing website, www. TypesetInTheFuture.com. His newest post provides a fascinating analysis and breakdown of the typography used in Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece Alien.  The detailed study of the film’s typesets is guaranteed fun for any sci-fi buff.

courtesy of Lee West

credit: Kristopher Grunert Imaging

DIALOG is the architecture firm behind this stunning residential design near Vancouver. The architects write, “The Southlands Residence nestles into a mature, heavily vegetated corner site in Vancouver’s historical Dunbar-Southlands neighborhood. A year-round fresh water stream divides the irregularly shaped property as it threads its way below Marine Drive to the south.”   You can see more photos at  www.contemporist. com/2014/11/27/southlands-residence-by-dialog-2.

Created by Milanese designer Pinuccio Borgonovo, the “Air Desk” would be a gorgeous addition to anyone’s office or home. Made with 12mm transparent tempered glass, the desk was first available in 2008, and has since undergone several new beautiful reiterations as well.  You can search the words “Air Desk” at the manufacturer’s website, www.GallottiRadice.it, to purchase your own.

Lee West is out with his very first product line: a stunning collection of Modernist-inspired brass objects. “Tubes and cylinders seemed appropriate and matched the Modernist aesthetic I was searching for,” says Lee.  “The intention was then to underline functions in each object with a smaller cylindrical element.”  You can see them all at www.LeeWestObjects.com. 23

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