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The stars were in perfect alignment on the evening of March 30th for the wedding of Alexandra Avery Barnhart and Evan Ian Sopher. The couple was married at the historic Vanderbilt Mansion on Miami’s Fisher Island. Meridith F. Sopher, the sister of the groom, performed the ceremony. Ms. Barnhart, 26, is a New York City-based Investment Advisor for Stifel Nicolas. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications. Mr. Sopher, 32, is President of his family’s prominent commercial real estate management firm, The Sopher Group, in New York City. He graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration. He is the son of real estate and parking lot owner Jacob “Hank” Sopher and Jonee Sopher of New York City. In addition to operating large garages in New York and Miami, his father is the former Chief Executive Officer of both J. I. Sopher Realty and The Sopher Group. He is also an avid collector of fine art.
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t’s with fond and bittersweet feelings that I am writing my last Editor’s Note. Over the last three years as editor-in-chief, I’ve interviewed extraordinary talent, worked with some of the best creative talent around to create gorgeous fashion and beauty spreads, and traveled the world to bring exotic luxury destinations to life through our pages. As we are expanding our team, it is with much pleasure to announce that I’m handing the reigns to our talented writer, Julie Sagoskin, who will be our new editor-in-chief while I transition to a brand ambassador role as luxury director to further bridge Resident’s role with luxury brands and experiences. In my new role, I will lead the team to bring the aspirational and luxury lifestyle Resident embodies to life while still covering all that is buzzworthy and fit to print. Whether it’s through luxury travel and destination shoots, splashy celebrity covers and parties, high-profile activations in NYC and beyond, I am thrilled to be working more closely with luxury brands across all categories to forge new relationships and beginnings for Resident’s new chapter. This month, we featured Amy Morin, author of 13 Things That Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, which is a best-seller and has been translated into 35 languages. This book led to a series of books proving that inspirational advice transcends borders, nationalities and age. By controlling your thoughts, behaviors and emotions, we can develop mental strength and learn how to block all toxic things in our lives, whether it is people, thoughts and/or patterns that can change our lives. After interviewing Amy for this month’s cover story, I realized what I needed to change in my life personally and professionally to practice mental strength and positivity. She wrote this book at the lowest point of her life. As many steps as you can proactively take to change your life, there are things to be aware of not doing. Her life-changing words of wisdom can be applied immediately, and I hope you enjoy our exclusive interview with Amy as much as we did writing it. Summer is just around the corner, which means longer, sun-filled days, summer Fridays, and weekends at the beach! We highlighted some of the best travel destinations around the world this month from the breathtaking destination of Jade Mountain in Saint Lucia to an in-depth exploration of the luxurious side of Southern Italy. With the Hamptons’ social season kicking off this month, stay tuned in the coming months for everything Hamptons. Escape to the great outdoors to enjoy this glorious season!
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ANGELO DAVID PISACRETA
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THE PARTY OF THE YEAR Met Ball, Cher, Lincoln Center’s 60th, Art NY, Harlem EatUp! Stride Arts, Cantina Rooftop & Hunter Mountain Film Festival By R. Couri Hay with Photos by Patrick Mcmullan THE PARTY OF THE YEAR The Met Ball “Everyone should just go home!” joked Anna Wintour after watching Lady Gaga’s strip tease from Tom Brady and Gisele voluminous Bundchen pink cape, to her @ Met Gala black underwear as she made her grand entrance to the Met Ball. Who could top that? The pop star commandeered the pink carpet for a performance piece that took 16 minutes to execute. A chorus of umbrellawielding men in black provided the cover for her four costume changes that included a black ball gown and a form-fitting pink Hailee Steinfeld @ Met Gala
column. Wintour, the guiding light of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s Gala for the last 21 years watched Gaga’s show-stopping
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entrance from the top of the stairs. Luckily, no one went home. The zany parade of 550 stars in witty haute couture, vogued up the museum’s stairs, to Camp Met for three fabulous hours. Standouts included Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth (she literally licked his face like an ice cream cone), Gal Gadot, Demi Moore, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Rockefeller, Salma Hayek, Emily RatajkowsBella Hadid ki, Jennifer Lopez @ Met Gala and A-Rod, Celine Dion, and Zendaya in a Cinderella dress by Tommy Hilfiger that lit up on cue. Why can’t the Oscars be this exciting? Camp: Notes on Fashion I walked through this year’s exhibition, Camp: Notes on Fashion with Zendaya @ Met Gala
pinkhaired English designer Zandra Rhodes, who was my fiancé in the
’80s, and Club Kid legend Richie Rich who has a spectacular dress made of stuffed kittens in the show. The exhibit contains 250 objects including paintings, hats and shoes dating from the 17th century to the present. Andrew Bolton, the Met’s Curator in Charge is responsible for the Met’s remarkable catalog. See the show and buy the book! metmuseum.org What the Stars Said Marc Jacobs, who came with Kate Moss, Rita Ora and Lizzo said, “Camp is extra. It’s being who you are, your most Jonelle affected, genuine, Monae @ Met exaggerated, extra Gala version of yourself and not caring about fitting in.” Gwen Stefani came with Moschino’s Jeremy Scott, Jared Leto, carrying a wax model of his own head, came in regal red robes, by his BFF Gucci designer Alessandro Michele, who along with Harry Styles was wearing a sheer top with a pearl earring to the benefit that Serena Williams and Gaga co-chaired.” Katy Perry, who came as a chandelier, confided,
“This weighs 40 pounds.” When I asked how long it took her to get ready, she quipped, “My whole life.” And this was before she donned a humongous hamburger suit for the after parties that were so difficult to maneuver in, she fell down on the dance floor and couldn’t get up. Kim Kardashian inspired Thierry Mugler to come out of retirement to make her skintight nude ensemble dripping with crystals to resemble water. “He wanted me to look like I just came out of the ocean” she whispered, adding, “I can’t sit or pee and I’m barely breathing.” The Look The Met Ball is both exclusive and expensive, and Ms. Wintour, a Met Trustee, approves every invitation. Tables cost $200,000 with tickets at $35,000; this year they raised $15 million. Over $200 million has been raised by the savvy Vogue editor-inchief since she took over the reins of the Ball. The extravagant décor, produced by Raul Avila, included a flock of 25-foot tall pink flamingos with gold sequins covering their legs and beaks. Among those swanning past were Sienna Miller, Bette Midler, Michael Kors, Sean Parker, Mark Ronson, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Miuccia Prada, and Julianne Moore.
SOCIAL SAFARI Cher: Haven’t We Met? In 1974, Cher was the first to go to the Ball nearly nude in a sheer, sequined number by Bob Mackie. I interviewed her as she came off the Met’s steps and when the lights from my TV cameras exposed every bit of her, l blurted, “Are you nude under that dress?” as she purred her response, “Does it matter?” while I blushed. Cher returned this year to perform, and you really can’t get any campier than Cher singing “If I Could Turn Back Time” in a series of outlandish getups that culminated in see-through black lingerie worn under a biker jacket. Emma Stone, Vera Wang, Jimmy Fallon, Amber David Rockefeller Jr., Valerie Rockefeller Martin and Audrey Gruss @ Lincoln Center
David Kratz, Brooke Shields, Helena Christensen and Nick Korniloff @ Art New York
Valletta, Tom Ford, Bella and Gigi Hadid, Zac Posen, Elle Fanning, Joe Jonas, and Sophie Turner led the applause. Who else would tell you these things?
SAFARI ROUND UP Lincoln Center’s Diamond Jubilee Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) marked its 60th Anniversary with a Diamond Jubilee Gala honoring the families of Audrey and Martin Gruss, the Rockefellers, Daisy and Paul Soros, and Laurie Tisch. Audrey is the longest serving female board member at 26 years. Performers included Joshua Bell, Harry Connick Jr., and conductor Luke Frazier with students from Juilliard. Chelsea Clinton, Justin Peck and Damian Woetzel were among the presenters. lincolncenter.org Art New York Brooke Shields, Helena Christensen and New York Academy of Art President David Kratz helped host the opening of Nick Korniloff’s Art New York. Blue chip work by Andy Warhol, Basquiat and Picasso were on display, as was a neverbefore-seen photo of David Bowie by celebrity photographer Markus Klinko in the booth of the LICHT FELD Gallery. artnyfair.com Stride Arts Angel Zhang, the founder of Stride Arts, a new gallery and educational center specializing in American Angel Zhang and Linda Sun @ Stride Arts
and Chinese contemporary art, and director CG Aaronson welcomed NYC Council Members Keith Powers and Ben Kallos, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Xiangdong Chen, Jean Shafiroff, Cathy Sun, Chu Okoli and 200 art aficionados to the opening of the new space at 1110 2nd Avenue, at 58th street. Governor Cuomo sent a proclamation with his Deputy Chief Diversity Officer Linda Sun to mark the auspicious occasion. On June 28th, Stride Arts will present a one-man exhibition by Xiangdong Chen. stridearts.com Jon Bon Jovi & Peter Thomas Roth Peter Thomas Roth and Ryan Thomas Jon Bon Jovi Roth @ UPenn received an honorary degree from Penn University and when his name was announced the 2,500 students started singing “Livin’ on A Prayer.” During the weekend reunion, John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen, skin care mogul Peter Thomas Roth and his son Ryan Thomas Roth were on hand. This year’s graduating class included Eugenia Bullock who is off to law school.
Lisa Rosenbaum and Anthoula Katsimatides @ Hunter Mountain Film Festival
Katsimatides was the evening’s emcee that also honored Orange is the New Black’s Hunter Emery. The festival was founded by Andreadis Talent Agency’s Michele Peacock and her actress daughter Tatum Peacock. andreadistalentagency.com Harlem Eat Up! Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka were among those honoring Lana Herb Karlitz, David Burtka Turner and Neil Patrick Harris and former @ Harlem Mayor David EatUp! Dinkins during the Harlem Eat Up! Luminary Dinner at Ginny’s Supper Club. The fun food festival, which is supported by Bill Clinton and the country’s top chefs, celebrated its fifth anniversary this year and was founded by Marcus Samuelsson and event marketer Herb Karlitz. karlitz.com
Cantina Rooftop Acclaimed chef Saul Montiel kicked off the season of Hell’s Kitchen most expansive and exciting Mexican rooftop by creating the Big Ass Taco. The Mexican whopper serves eight people. Cantina Rooftop, and its sister venue Stage 48, has played host to Tatum Sarah Jessica Parker, Peacock and Keith Urban, Bianca Hunter Avery @ Hunter Del Rio and Fabolous. Mountain
Film Festival The Hunter Mountain Film Festival Oscar winner Melissa Leo presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Betty Aberlin at The Hunter Mountain Film Festival Gala Awards. Actress Anthoula
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esident Magazine and Hachette Book Group celebrated the publication of co-authors Mika Brzezinski and Daniela Pierre-Bravo’s new book EARN IT! Know Your Value and Grow Your Career in Your 20s and Beyond at a star-studded May cover party at P.J. Clarke’s by Lincoln Center. Media heavyweights who came out to celebrate included Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough, André Leon Talley, Willie Geist, Senator Richard Blumenthal,
Stephanie Ruhle, Mike Barnicle, Phil Griffin, Walter Isaacson, Andrea Mitchell, Donny Deutsch, David Ignatius, Mike Allen, Alex Witt, Steve Rattner, Bianna Golodryga, Chris Licht, Zainab Salbi, and Rev. Al Sharpton. Guests were treated to delicacies and cocktails from P.J. Clarke’s, Casa Noble Tequila, and High West Whiskey, with Perricone Hydrogen Water and gift bags were generously provided by Hachette Book Group, European Wax Center, and Fast Beauty Co.
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n Tuesday May 14th, Resident’s May cover stars Anthony and Diedre Scaramucci held their cover party at the popular Hunt & Fish Club in Midtown Manhattan. You could feel the energy and the atmosphere as over 100 guests from various media landscapes across the political spectrum arrived to celebrate the power couple. Guests visited and
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socialized for hours as a DJ played in the background, and even ended up singing “Happy Birthday” to Scaramucci’s oldest son who was in attendance. Notable guests included members of Fox News, Washington Post reporters, the Polish Consul General, New York real estate giant Evi Angelakis, and other media figures.
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Changes Your Look and Maybe Even Your Outlook on Life By Julie Sagoskin Photographed By Jaime Pavon Groomer: Tania Guerra for Angelo David Salon
hen you leave Angelo David Salon, you’ll walk out the door with confidence, whether you walked in with a full head of hair or not very much at all. That’s because Angelo David Pisacreta, founder of his namesake Madison Avenue salon, is a hair hero to those with thinning hair or hair loss—no matter what the cause. Growing up in Yonkers, New York, Angelo was inspired by his Italian immigrant father’s success as a barber and a toupee maker. His Uncle Joe
was a barber and his cousins were hairdressers, too. So, after a few false career starts, Angelo decided to try his hand in the hair business. Turned out, he was a natural. “I went from attending a competitive school to working in a professional environment with people who were acknowledging me and my work,” says Angelo. “I realized that a hair salon was where I was meant to be.”
Angelo learned the ropes at a local Yonkers salon, moved to Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and quickly began making toupees and wigs. Then he decided he wanted to start his own business that catered primarily to women and their special hair needs. His father, who had originally hoped to open a salon in Brooklyn, decided to invest in Angelo’s unique vision of a Manhattan specialty salon for those with fine and thinning hair. After all, notes Angelo, the shag might be in right now, but trends don’t stick around like they used to—especially in
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New York City where you can see hundreds of different looks every day. “Almost half of all women have thinning hair, which is really distressing to them,” adds Angelo. “Great hair is part of women’s self-esteem, and by working with women to help solve fine and thinning hair problems, I was able to bring my artistry to the next level. “Once, I made a wig for a girl who was going through chemotherapy-related hair loss and I designed it to look exactly like the hair that she had before her treatments. When I saw her reaction, it was very emotional. Changing looks and lives is the beauty of what we do here, whether we’re taking things from the runway to reality or re-creating the hair that someone once had.” But adding simple hair extensions or creating a well-fitted wig wasn’t enough for Angelo. Drawing on all his experience and insights, as well as his father’s expertise in toupee and wig making, Angelo created Couture Hair, the first 100% human, highly customized hair that matches anyone’s natural hair in terms of cut, color, texture and density—and enhances it. Couture Hair extensions, wigs, toppers, fillers, toppers, ponys and bangs meet every hair
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need—from the desire for more length to a believable toupee to a beautiful and comfortable medical wig. Each piece is customized to the client’s needs, wants, desired look and lifestyle.
styled countless celebrities, including Christie Brinkley and Alexa Ray Joel, also loves creating a look for someone’s wedding day by helping her try a few— or 20—bridal looks for her big day.
Since creating Couture Hair, Angelo has been constantly evolving his salon and enhancing his offerings. The new Angelo David Salon is a modern, meticulously designed facility that offers a spa-like experience. It boasts 2,500 square feet with seven private VIP Hair Suites, a hair extension styling bar, a beauty concierge department, a beauty lounge and a Couture Hair boutique. The boutique offers both Couture and ready-to-wear hair, so that most clients can have the hair they want the same day they walk in the door.
Of course, the focus on new services and products remains giving clients the full head of thick, healthy hair that they’ve always wanted. Angelo’s own hair care line, VOL, includes a range of products to boost body, volume and fullness. Most recently, Angelo added The Flex Brush, which helps eliminate tangles, tugging and hair breakage—all while massaging the scalp, and Hair Detox hair revival supplements to support naturally healthy hair growth from the inside out.
“We have industry veterans visit the salon and they are blown away by what we’ve created here,” notes Angelo. “Hair pieces have become more prevalent than ever with so many salons incorporating them into their businesses, but you have to know how to do it right and go all in. Faux hair has now become part of our culture; it’s no longer a taboo to talk about it.” The salon also offers Couture hair color, makeovers, nail services and bridal looks. While Angelo has
Hair Detox contains Biotin and Hydrolyzed Keratin, as well as nutrients, essential vitamins, antioxidants and herbs that help support the detoxification pathways in order to create the ideal environment for healthy hair growth, strong nails and vibrant skin. Specifically, it contains a Detox Matrix Blend, which is made up of Green Tea Leaf Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Powder, Dandelion Root Powder, Cranberry Fruit Extract and additional nutrients and herbs that have been shown to combat hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies and environmental aggressors. It also contains a Stress Relief Matrix Blend comprising
mixed Phytosterols, Ashwagandha Root Extract and Holy Basil Leaf Powder. And, it comes in specific formulas for men and women. “A lot of people are taking supplements and vitamins for their hair, skin and nails, but we took it to a higher level,” comments Angelo. “We wanted to address the all reasons why men and women are having thinning hair issues, and we concluded that stress and inflammation of the body play substantial roles. If you want to prevent hair loss or just want to feel good, Hair Detox has everything that you need, and you’ll be putting ingredients into your body that are good for you. We’ll also be introducing a shampoo, conditioner and topical-solution kit soon.” There’s no question that Angelo is a happy, successful businessman, but he’s an even happier family man. Angelo and his wife Robyn, who live with their 8-year-old son, Carmine Luke, on the Upper East Side, love city life, but during the summer, they de-stress at their home in the North Fork, Long Island. Some of Angelo’s favorite things to do is keeping himself active with his sons sport, plus loves his 1975 classic car and on a beautiful sunny day, driving with the top down. His local favorite spot on the Upper East Side is Jac’s, he frequents Benjamin’s Steakhouse in midtown, Shoji is his favorite Japanese restaurant in the city and his favorite Italian restaurant is Marea at Central Park South. Angelo’s extended Italian family includes his sister, brother and hardworking parents, who live in their own Italian-style villa in Greenwich, Connecticut, where his father grows food that his mother cooks. Which just happens to be the next trend—feeding your head with locally sourced food, ideally grown in your own back yard. Healthy body, healthy hair. It’s the next big thing. When you sit in Angelo’s chair he can not only create a vision but he executes it as well. angelodavid.com
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et ready to be blown away with your blowout and beauty treatments at Rob Peetoom in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For five decades, Rob Peetoom has been offering haircuts and other services which are a cut above the rest. Step into the salon and be treated to special beauty treatments, express facials, makeovers, and brow waxing in perfect Peetoom style. With salons around the world, Rob Peetoom became known for his hair and beauty productions for various newspapers, magazines and television programs. Rob’s lifelong passion for giving a personalized look is what separates his salons, especially the Williamsburg spot, where their hair and beauty experts create a carefully crafted personality. Their stylists, who have been brought over from Amsterdam to give their New York clients A-list cuts, have over forty years of experience with Rob
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Petoom. give each and every client a stylish look which suits their look and lifestyle. The Rob Peetoom organization has set the beauty industry ablaze with highly trained hairdressers and the highest quality services. From color specialists to master stylists and creative directors, you are sure to experience the best balayage or Brazilian blowout of your life. In addition to offering chic and personalized haircuts and color services for both men and women, the trendy Brooklyn salon also features the ultimate revitalizing ritual where you can lie in their luxurious Yume hair spa bed and be transported to Bali – when you get up you’re guaranteed to look and feel like a new and more confident version of yourself! Their Biologique Recherche products and services include the Brooklyn Balance, Bali Glow, Amsterdam Lift, P50 Peel, Fruit Acid and the All Together Flawless, which is sure to have you looking like your fierce and flawless self. Their add-ons such as the Anti
Fatigue Eye Mask, Seaweed Mask and Pore Refinement and Cleansing will give you a beauty boost, while their makeup artist will take you from touch-up to big day bridal ready. They will get you out of any hairy situations with facial waxing, plus a lash lift, brow and lash tinting, and ingebrows treatment. Aside from lifting color on your roots, Peetoom has helped lift the hair and beauty industry to a new level, which is why all the Rob Peetoom stylists have received the highest education. The stylish Williamsburg spot will have you looking just as stylish with custom cuts and color. You’ll definitely be ready to put your best and perfectly framed face forward, especially with their express facials. Make sure to follow them @robpeetoomnyc to keep track of the fiercest new styles and cuts, and book your own today! robpeetoomnyc.com
COMPLETE, NEW HEALTH CLUB & SPA A Wellness Oasis By w. a. muller
hy choose between fitness and wellness when you can have both? Cut through the clutter of the NYC gym scene and find your center at the luxurious new COMPLETE health club & spa at 25 West 14th Street that opened June 1. Founder and celebrity trainer, Alex Reznik, spent years as an elite fitness trainer for the Russian military, but changed his “no pain, no gain” perspective after working with Deepak Chopra and drawing insight from time spent at the Chopra Center. Reznik created the CompleteBody system to reflect enhancing and maintaining the body through a collaboration of six essential elements to achieving health and wellness: strength, cardio, flexibility, nutrition, meditation and rest. CompleteBody owns/manages 3 clubs over Manhattan and has been in business for 25 years. Over time,
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their clientele has ranged from musicians, comedians, actors and fashion icons, among others. The spa is the heart of regeneration at COMPLETE. Unwind with a wide range of wellness treatments such as facial & massage services designed with a holistic and personalized approach to skin and body health. Or rejuvenate in the infrared and heat sauna rooms. Cryotherapy is ‘coming soon.’ Members can also relax at the Juice Bar, garden rooftop deck and device-friendly, immune-systemsupporting Himalayan Salt Lounge. On the fitness front, COMPLETE specializes in results-oriented, body altering exercise. From functional training to athletic conditioning, plyometrics to assisted stretching, their personal trainers challenge your body with programming designed to avoid adaptation and maintain your interest.
In addition to the state of the art PRECOR gym equipment and elite personal training program, COMPLETE offers 30 group fitness classes this summer and will increase to 50 in September. Classes include Circuit25, Cardio Boxing, Body Combat (martial arts inspired non-contact), Zumba, Barre Fusion, Spin, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga, Buti Yoga, and Core+Stretch, among many others. As an added bonus, COMPLETE offers a locker and laundry service so you can arrive to fresh clean workout outfits, and leave feeling refreshed and reenergized to take on the hustle and bustle of the city. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the COMPLETE experience today! complete.nyc
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JANEL TANNA Actress, Model & Producer By Bennett Marcus Photographed By UDO SPREITZENBARTH Produced by Christopher A. Pape Shot on location at Kips Bay Decorator Show House Located at 36-38 East 74th Street | kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org/showhouseevents-1 Stylist: Violetta Malakhova Style Assistant: Bridget Amiot Make up: Virginia Martin for Angelo David | SMASHBOX COSMETICS Hair: Billy Dee Williams for Angelo David | The Flex Brush | T3 Micro
anel Tanna is an actress, occasional producer and screenwriter who, just four years into her career, has appeared in more than twenty projects. She has won 16 acting awards at various film festivals, plus two writing awards. She has also received an additional 10 acting nominations. Not bad for someone who almost never went down the path of acting, which she had often daydreamed about, but life seemed to have other plans. “It was just fate,” Janel says of becoming an actress. She had gone to New York City for some work interviews and to visit some college friends. On a whim, she put an application together for The Lee
Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. She said, “I got accepted the day after I went in for the interview component, and they were very encouraging.”
The acting classes were only for a few months, she figured, and she had always wanted to gain more formal training in the craft.
Janel had boarded a plane to return home, but the airline wouldn’t let her bring her dog, a miniature husky, into the cabin; they insisted he had to go in cargo. She refused, and after many hours, Janel and her pet were finally given the go-ahead to board another flight, but that one never ended up taking off, due to an engine malfunction.
Shortly after her Strasberg classes began, Janel auditioned for an independent film and got the role, and that team was very supportive. “They’re like, ‘You’re very gifted as an actor,’ so this team was a very encouraging environment. They really allowed me to discover the truth in my role and believed in me. And I ended up getting nominated for best actress at a film festival for that very first role, and it just went from there.”
“I got off that plane, and I’m like, this is a sign, I’m not supposed to leave New York City right now.”
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Awards and honors Janel’s most recent awards include the Mary Austin Excellence in acting award, which she received at the prestigious 2019 Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema. The award is based on cumulative acting skills as demonstrated in different roles. Also at Idyllwild in 2019, Janel was honored with the Kristoff St. John award, which is bestowed in memory of the talented and inspiring Kristoff, an actor, to someone who has demonstrated inspiration to their peers. At the New York City International Film Festival, Janel was recognized with an emerging talent award for her performance in Sienna’s Choice – a film that she also produced. With all the acclaim, Janel has her feet firmly on the ground, and is always studying and learning. “It feels good to have my work recognized by my peers, or people that have been in the business longer than myself,” she says of the festival award circuit. “It kind of gives me a little notion I’m on the right track.” Niagara Falls film festival ambassador, accolades She has been named very first ambassador for the 2019 Niagara Falls International Film Festival, coming up in September. A native of the Buffalo-Niagara area, she will be representing the festival, which this year is honoring the late Samuel Fuller, the prolific screenwriter, director, actor and author.
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In 2017, Janel was named best actress in a feature film at the festival, and was praised by Joseph Kissel, festival film reviewer and editor of Niagara News Source. “Tanna possesses the rare combination of strength and vulnerability required for an emotionally honest and ambitious trip through hell that’s also unexpectedly affirming. Tanna’s intensity and empathy makes ‘Sienna’s Choice; an authentic heartbreak.” Award-winning writer/producer Ron Podell opined, “I thought Janel Tanna’s performance was the best I had ever seen out of a female actor at a film festival. Her performance was raw and messy, she went deep to tap into her emotions.” Latest projects Janel has also been making the film festival rounds with “Turnover,” a comedy/drama starring Donna Mills and Paul Guilfoyle, of CSI fame also directed by Palmer (of Sienna’s Choice and Intervention). Although a smaller role, Janel was finally able to play a doctor. The team is very near and dear to her, as they often work together. At the Manhattan Film Festival “Turnover” won best comedy, and at Idyllwild it took the audience choice prize and won best family film. It won the best feature film award at the 2019 Golden State Film Festival, and also had a slew of nominations. “Intervention,” a dramatic short in which she plays a drug addict suffering from withdrawal which touches upon the opioid crisis and mental health at a deep and personal level, wrapped recently and is now being submitted to various film festivals. “It was a very intense role. It looks at addiction and
mental health issues.” The film has received its first official selection at the Show Low Film Festival in Arizona. Producing, writing Although primarily an actress, Janel also has a small production company and creates the occasional film. She signed on as a producer on “Intervention,” along with lead producer Julia Silverman, and director producer Linda Palmer. The first film she produced and was the lead story writer, “Sienna’s Choice,” looked at end-of-life care and the decision-making involved, and has won accolades in several realms. “When it comes to writing or producing films, I like to personally produce films with some sort of social message or relevance that gets people to think and consider things both through their own eyes, and perhaps open them to other perspectives.” She also believes it is important to create a story from a female lens, and to include talented women in that filmmaking process to help a vision come to life. Getting into character When preparing for roles, there is not one specific thing Janel does; she relies on a combination of techniques, including working with Carl Ford of the Susan Batson Studio to develop her characters. “I of course do my research to try to really absorb and understand things from someone who might have actually experienced the topic at hand. And
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I do internal, personal work to really draw a parallel within myself. Whatever I need to do to reach the most truth I can feel.” And she learns from her fellow actors. “Whenever I work with actors that have been in the game for a really long time, it elevates my acting. I can be a little intimated going into a project with them, but once I’m in the moment it makes it that much more truthful.” In addition to method acting training at the Lee Strasberg Institute, she trained in the Meisner technique with James Brill at the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse, and has her sights set on auditiong for the Actors Studio. Modeling, Maxim covergirl While acting was a goal she’d dreamed of all her life, it was pure serendipity that Janel became a model. A friend, a top UK makeup artist, thought Janel had what it takes, and encouraged her to try auditioning. To her surprise, she quickly booked a L’Oréal job, and it snowballed from there, and she has now walked the runways for several seasons in Paris and New York, for ready-to-wear and couture. “Modeling is a very thrilling artform and I have met some amazing humans.” Without initially planning it, Janel entered the 2019 Maxim Cover Girl modeling
competition – and won over 30,000 other applicants, taking home a $25,000 Famed fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon shot the magazine cover, and Janel has earmarked the prize money to help finance her next film project. Coming up, she plays an Eastern European femme fatale in “Cozmo’s,” a sci-fi comedy series that will run on the on-demand streaming service Atomic Network. You might ask what was keeping Janel from living out her acting dream from the start? While Tanna considers herself a lifetime learner and student, and although her heart always wanted to act, she also has a love for science and connecting with people. Prior to training in acting, she earned a medical degree (MD) summa cum laude. Janel was also elected as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. During medical school, Janel was the recipient of the McGraw Hill Book Award for being in the top two ranked students (out of a class of 144) in the basic science curriculum, the Edward Curvish Award in Biochemistry for the medical student with the highest average in medical biochemistry, a medical research award, and a Glascow Rubin awarded to all the women graduating in the top ten percent of the class. Tanna was also a student member of the
medical school admissions committee, tutored renal physiology and a did a research fellowship on cerebral aneurysms. She started her training in brain surgery but at the end of the day she says, it’s not for everyone. Prior to medical school, she taught students for the MCAT (medical college admissions test), did research in DNA replication and repair, and won the Merck Index award for the top one percent of the class in Organic Chemistry. Growing up she was a competitive gymnast and college cheerleader. Pets, Instagram, yoga Janel’s beloved miniature husky was just a puppy when he got booted from the airplane, he’s now, of course, a bit older, and she also has a cat. “They’re like my children.” Janel has over 74,000 followers on Instagram, although she says she has no system for posting to the platform. she just posts whenever the mood strikes. She loves practicing yoga, which she finds is not just good for her body but also for her mind. “It clears my mind and body.” She only has time to do it a couple of times a week, but in a social media post, she looks quite advanced and flexible. It turns out that Janel is an ex-gymnast.
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DINING OUT: NYC By JULIE SAGOSKIN
Thep Thep, a Thai eatery named after Bangkok, which is often called Krung Thep or City of Angels, will indeed make you feel heavenly when you bite into their Basil Fried Rice or Pad Thai. You’ll definitely want to be spotted in this Upper East Side neighborhood spot where they have everything from wok to noodles. The Lemongrass Pork Chop and Avocado Massaman Curry, made with white meat chicken, avocado, potatoes, onions and peanuts simmered in creamy coconut and massaman curry paste, are a few of the favorites at this decorative restaurant that also serves their signature Thai Iced Coffee or Tea, plus Lychee Thai Tea. Thep will treat you like royalty, especially with dishes such as Goddess Garlic and Queen of Siam Basil, while the Ginger Joy, sautéed with fresh ginger, scallions, mushrooms, onions and bell peppers in a light brown sauce, will have you jumping for joy with all the unique flavors brought together in one delectable dish. Their salads, including the Tea Leaves Salad or Papaya Salad, as well as the Chicken Satay, are sure to leave you
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satisfied, but your full Thai experience at Thep wouldn’t be complete without trying the Pla Abb, a tilapia filet marinated with Northern Style Thai Curry Paste Wrapped in Banana Leaves, or the Volcano Chicken, a grilled whole Cornish hen topped with Thai herbs and a zesty BBQ sauce. Just make sure your taste buds can handle this flavorful explosion!
Their specialties, such as the Cast Iron New York Steak, Tinga de Puebla, or Beef Brisket Stew, made with red rice, avocado, queso blanco, beans and corn tortillas, as well as the Pollo con Mole Poblano and Tampiquena, will have your taste buds tingling with excitement. You won’t need to go to Mexico to find the most authentic Mexican meal of your life!
1439 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10021 212.392.6700 thepnewyork.com
With vegetarian options, salads and breakfast items, you can make De Mole the perfect go-to spot for any time of day, regardless of dietary restrictions. When it comes to their burritos, which are always bursting with flavor, you can choose from the Carne Asada, or grilled steak, Pollo, or Camarones with sautéed shrimp, vegetables and cilantro. The quesadillas and tacos are also tasty favorites, which will make you want to get down to De Mole!
De Mole De Mole is known for offering the most de-licious and mouthwatering Mexican food in all of Brooklyn! With creative chefs cooking up authentic and delightful dishes, De Mole, whose name is based off of a legend, does indeed make legendary creations! Nibble on the De Mole Nachos made with black beans, cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream, or savor their Pan-Seared Salmon and other authentic foodie fare.
2 Hope St. Brooklyn, NY 11211 347.721.3399 demolehopest.com
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Yume Japanese Funk Bar Samwon Garden One of the oldest Korean BBQ restaurants in South Korea, Samwon Garden Korean BBQ is bringing its original recipes and authentic flavors to New York City. Set your sights on their lunch Hansik Set, where you can try their Chadol Buchu, or sliced brisket and chive; the Buk Uh Gui, fried pollack filet with traditional spicy sauce; and Osam Bulgogi, spicy stir-fried squid and pork belly. Their barbeque dishes, which have developed a cult following, include the Daeji Bulgogi, marinated spicy pork shoulder; Samwon Galbi, marinated Korean traditional beef shorts; and Woosul, sliced beef tongue, which will definitely have your tongue wagging! Their barbeque is sure to have your taste buds on fire, while their mixologists mix things up with some of their seriously delicious drinks! Some of their mouthwatering main dishes include their signature Bibim Bap, a Korean staple, and nobody does it better than Samwon! This hot stone pot with rice and vegetables is available with bulgogi, spicy pork or fried tofu. Other Korean favorites, which are sure to become your own favorite dishes at this truly unique spot, include the Maewoon Galbi Jjim, or red wine sauce braised beef short ribs; and the Yeonuh Gui, grilled salmon with miso glaze. With so many palatable plates to choose from, you’ll just have to keep coming back to try all their tasty and traditional dishes. 37 W 32nd St. New York, NY 10001 212.695.3131 samwongardenbbq.com
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Yume Japanese Funk Bar You will be saying yummy to the Yume Poke and endless ramen dishes at Yume Japanese Funk Bar 345. Try their Classic Tonkotsu Ramen made with Berkshire pork broth, Mugifuji roasted pork, scallion, kikurage, menma and ni-tamago, or spice things up with the Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen, featuring spicy mustard leaf, menma and chili. Taste the yellowfin tuna or other tasty treasures at this fun funk bar tucked away inside the bustling Hudson Market on West 57th Street. This scrumptious spot really hits the spot! Yume is already the ruler of all things ramen—just try the Gyokai Tonkotsu, a ramen noodle dish with rosu (pork shoulder), ume onion, bonito flakes, daikokn cress and ni tamago (soft egg) or the Roasted Veggie Curry Ramen comprised of vegetable vegan broth, miso soy, scallion, corn and ume onion. It might be vegetarian, but it’s just as tasty, so you won’t even feel like you’re missing out on the meat! Munch on their mouthwatering and healthy Musubi, made with low-sodium spam, sushi rice, furikake, dried seaweed and mayo, or try the Japanese potato salad with shiso, house dressing, ni tamago and ao niri and dried seaweed flakes for the ultimate fun foodie experience! 601 W 57th St. New York, NY 10019 212.757.2893
Zusik Zusik Savor the best of South Korean fare at Zusik in the uber-trendy West Village, which just got a bit tastier! The two founders of this eatery offer authentic and fresh food, spirits and service from their homeland. Zusik’s marinated and grilled Beef Short Ribs served over truffle mashed potatoes with a sprinkle of sea salt, plus their Braised Pork Belly, which makes the owners feel like they’re back home in Seoul with its kimchi salad and soy bean paste sauce, will take your taste buds on a culinary food tour. Their traditionally prepared lunch sets feature Gui, pan-fried or grilled dishes, Dolsot, rice served in a hot stone bowl, Jjigae, authentic Korean stew and Jorim, which will have you tasting new and exciting flavors with every soy-sauced or seasoned bite! You can also get your brunch on with their signature scrambled eggs featuring kielbasa sausage, spam, vegetables, mushrooms and queso fresco, plus Truffle Mac and Cheese featuring a rice cake (your mom never made it like this before!). With Beef Ramen Pasta and a Kimchi Pancake, it’s time to get this palatable party started with some of the most unique culinary combinations you’ve ever tried. 202 W 14th St. New York, NY 10011 646.370.5331 zusikny.com
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BEN JAMIN PRELVUKA J & BEN JAMIN SINANA J Achieving Rare and Succulent Success By Julie Sagoskin Photographed By UDO SPREITZENBARTH
hat’s in a name? Well, if you ask Benjamin Prelvukaj and Benjamin Sinanaj of Benjamin Steakhouse, they might tell you it’s the secret sauce to their success. Since breaking out onto the steak scene, the Benjamin’s have brought back Old School service and hospitable hospitality. They have indeed blazed their own well-cooked way and now own multiple restaurants
in New York and Asia – the sky is the limit, at least when it comes to their signature steaks! From growing up in Montenegro to conquering the culinary world, one succulent steak at a time, the Benjamin’s take pride in their service, surroundings and selections. After working together at the famed Peter Luger Steakhouse in Brooklyn, these
entrepreneurs decided to start their own enticing and elegantly appointed empire. Benjamin Prelvukaj explained that “we were looking for space and finally found a place which we liked on 41st that was listed in The New York Times. It was previously called Kenny’s and before that it was NYLA, a Britney Spears restaurant.”
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“We were fortunate to acquire the property at an optimal location only one block from Grand Central Terminal,” added Benjamin Sinanaj. “Benjamin Steakhouse and Benjamin Prime were conceived based on the idea of New York City being the steakhouse capital of the world. Steakhouses have always been a destination for business meetings, special events, and celebrations, and we wanted Benjamin Steakhouse and Benjamin Prime to stay true to that. The Sea Fire Grill came as we grew and understood our guests’desires. We both enjoy seafood and also wanted to create a high-quality dining experience.” When it comes to maintaining a loyal clientele, the Benjamin’s believe in consistency, and they definitely don’t cut any corners when it comes to offering the finest cuts. According to Prelvukaj, the three ingredients you need to succeed are “high-quality food, cooked to perfection of course, service and ambiance. People come back because they know they’re going to have a great meal and they’re not going to be disappointed. We aim for everyday perfection.” Meat has definitely met its match at Benjamin Steakhouse. From greeting guests to ensuring each meal and experience at one of their restaurants is both mouthwatering and memorable, the Benjamin’s
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remain both in the front of the house and behind the steak scenes. Sinanaj explained: “We’re a completely family run business, and that is really to the benefit of our guests. Each week, we are constantly in the restaurant and always on the floor making each guest’s experience extra special. You might be greeted and served by a few of our wait staff throughout your meal to make sure your experience is personalized and unforgettable. Our goal is to make each guest a member of our family when they walk through our doors. Some of our staff have been there since day one. We also have a commitment to preparing fresh and high-quality ingredients to the expectations of each and every guest. Every cut of beef is hand selected and dry aged in-house, a technique we’ve learned to perfect. Quality food and hospitality is everything.” “I am down five days a week at my restaurants,” added Prelvukaj. “I physically go to each one of them every day. The other Ben is more back of the house and I’m more front of the house, but he’s also involved in daily operations.” These phenoms of the food world are already focused on the future and cooking up plans for
expansion. With their original Benjamin Steakhouse still on 41st, as well as a location in Westchester, plus Benjamin Prime and a more modern concept, Sea Fire Grill, which they opened in 2010, the Benjamin’s are busy running their restaurant realm and relishing in their rare success – they are definitely living the dining dream! The Benjamin brand is also taking over Japan with more of their hospitality focused spots on the horizon. “We have a lot of Japanese clientele who are familiar with the brand and come on a regular basis,” explained Prelvukaj. “I had a client and a friend who had been coming to Benjamin Steakhouse for years and he told me you’ll do great in Asia, especially Japan, and I said if you find me a partner who knows hospitality, I would love to, otherwise, it’s too far. He finally found us a partner who has restaurants in Tokyo and all over Asia, and we now have a Benjamin Steakhouse in Tokyo and just opened another one in Kyoto. We’re currently working on opening more restaurants overseas within the next two years.” In addition to reaching new global audiences who have now also gained an appetite for their appetizing approach to dining, they are expanding their
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e-commerce platform in order to sell their “Benjamin at Home” line which features supreme cuts of beef, steak knives and house made sauce. No matter what side of the world you’re in, your Benjamin Steakhouse cravings can now be satisfied – just beware - once you bite into Benjamin’s tender filets or fatty rib eyes, you can’t go back! Aside from prime cuts and pork chops, each of their restaurants also offer popular seafood options, such as sea bass and salmon, so those who want to munch on mouthwatering morsels at a Benjamin’s multiple times a week can find a diverse array of delicious items. “From steak to fish, we’re trying to stay on top, and it’s all about quality of food. From A to Z, it’s top of the line,” said Prelvukaj. These steak saviors who keep their foodie empire in the family, both live in the suburbs of Westchester and can be found at the beach when they’re not at one of their Benjamin’s. They believe their hospitality
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expertise is what sets them apart from other steakhouses, as Prelvukaj explained that “a lot of places are just okay and people don’t want just okay, because it’s not cheap. A check here comes to about $100 to $150 per head and we want to make sure every aspect of it is great, especially when they have so many options. Sinanaj also credits their success to their workers. “We have some of the hardest working cooks, waiters, back of house staff, and front office staff in NYC, and are very proud of it,” he said. “We offer an exceptional experience just by hand picking every single piece of meat we serve and offering the loving care of dry-aging in house. Even our international locations receive our handpicked meat from here which is shipped overseas.” Another secret to their tantalizingly tasty steaks is that their cows are ninety percent grass-fed and also corn-fed for two months. Prelvukaj explained how they get their perfectly prime meats through “the aging process which makes it a lot easier to digest
because all the enzymes get broken. We age it for a least 28 days, usually longer to ensure perfection.” Sinanaj added that “Our guests and consumers in general have become more conscious of ingredients and where their food is produced. It’s very important for us as well, and we are transparent with all ingredients and promote a healthy setting for people of all walks of life and beliefs to enjoy the ‘cut above the rest’ dining and hospitality experience. We understand our guests at each location. It’s important to know how they’re alike or different and the personality of each restaurant.” From expanding their restaurant repertoire which now includes six locations to becoming an internationally recognized brand, the Benjamin’s are indeed basking in their sweet success. You have to bite into a Benjamin’s steak – or surf and turf - to believe it! benjaminsteakhouse.com theseafiregrill.com
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J.MAK Making Waves in the Travel Industry By Julie Sagoskin Photographed By Neil Tandy
e might be a native New Yorker living in the same apartment he grew up in – with a 3000 square foot terrace it’s not hard to see why – but Jon Makhmaltchi is a jet setting globe trotter who has taken his J.MAK Hospitality brand to new heights. J.MAK, a representation company which works with travel agents, advisors and hoteliers, also emphasizes the power of personal connections and personality – something which Jon and his teammates have plenty of! This hospitable hospitality honcho who believes his strong work ethic and passion for the industry is what has gotten him this far, explained that travel has always made him tick. “My mom jokes that my first words were ‘room service’. I’ve traveled extensively with my family, I did not go to school for hospitality. I liked staying with my mom and dad at hotels. I used to jump in the pool in any hotel we stayed at and my mom would say she felt that the staff at the hotel gave me more attention than my family did. The staff were always good to kids and I would follow the maids around and I’d have lunch with them and help them make up the rooms. It’s strange but even as a kid I wanted to work! My family also spent a lot of time in Switzerland and Colorado, my dad is a big skier, and I eventually worked for a company that was European, so historically my feel for the industry came from those early years with my parents. In the early years of my career I also ran sales and marketing at the Huntington Hotel in Nob Hill, San Francisco, and opened other hotels including one in Napa Valley.” Jon and his team might be friendly and approachable, but they never approach hotels or partners, it’s always been about a referral, whether it’s from a developer, travel agent or a hotel owner with multiple locations. He might have started out running sales and marketing at Small Luxury Hotels of the World, but J.MAK has grown exponentially bigger over the last six years. The success of his company has even surprised Jon, who said “the journey has been a beautiful organic growth. The team of people with me, we’re all like family. I’ve known them for many years. My best friend works for me in New Zealand, another friend is based in Pebble Beach, California, my assistant has followed me from Small Luxury. It’s a family concept, there is no turnover, no corporate gobbledygook, it’s about incredible service. I hate titles, we are all hospitality personalities at J.MAK. I think people forget hospitality is about making people feel good. Whether it’s through social media or technology, they want to feel special, that’s more important than a first class plane ticket. It feels good when someone treats you with respect. We believe that the people behind these great places is what makes them so special, and if there’s not a really great personality behind these places, they’re not great places. I think our success comes from our work ethic. It’s fun, hospitality is fun, we’re making revenue for our clients and we’re really passionate about it. We exude this energy that we’re excited about what we’re doing. Even if it’s on Instagram and Facebook, you have to scream through so people feel you. I like to create that feeling even if it’s not face to face.” While his hospitality brand is hotter than ever and soaring to new heights, Jon’s personal life also has him flying high. This exuberant entrepreneur is happiest
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when he’s working from home and spending time with his husband, a nice Jewish doctor from Montreal, and a son who now also gets to grow up enjoying that outdoor oasis complete with a shed and wildlife. While he has flown around the world, Jon’s head is not in the clouds, he is very grateful for everything he has in his life and explained, “I never thought I’d be married, I didn’t think I’d have a child. I’m living the American dream, maybe the global dream now. I’m lucky.” Jon, who loves to design homes, has a home which pays homage to the great hotels he’s visited around the world with pieces he’s picked up on his travels. He might have been to places across the globe, but Jon’s favorite place to rest and relax from his busy life is at his home in Rhinecliff, New York. “I’m more of a mountain guy than a beach guy. I love fresh water. I’m more of Hudson Valley guy than a Hamptons guy. If I don’t escape to the country I go nuts. I can walk to my home from Rhinecliff station which is one of the reasons I love being here. It’s such a treat to be able to take a train ride from Penn Station to Rhinecliff, it’s like going back in time. When it comes to travel, I enjoy active places. I love the Bay Area, I lived in California for years. I love food, wine, hiking, the outdoors. I pay homage to Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito cause they were the first to hire me. I’m also from a major city so I love London, Paris and big cities. As they say, country mouse, city mouse – I’m not a big suburb fan, the sprawl is not my thing. The majority of our selections are in the beach and mountains, although many are in the city. They have this essence, which is why we have so many in Europe.” Travel is the world’s largest industry, and Jon and his team are focused on connecting to the right people, not just having social media likes. According to Jon, “You can go to a five star location without a five star budget depending on when you go, and we’re good at maneuvering. Eighty percent of business comes from 20 percent of the people. Social media is like television, you have to have lots of channels to make sure you’re attracting different people, from someone who wants to save money on their bucket
list adventure to someone who doesn’t care about the money. Our client is the travel advisor, and we bring different people together and help get them rates and availability. The other customer is the hotelier that we work for, and we also have private jets and destination management companies, so we have ambassadors in each place. We help travel advisors and hotels take off and land, it’s a fun collaboration. We have great connections and we’re best known for our response time. We get them in touch with right people so we can get them the best service possible.” Jon’s take on travel trends is that “luxury villa rentals are popular and Portugal is exploding. Everyone seems to be going to Portugal. Italy and France are always number one and number two and Greece is another hot one. Santorini, Mykonos and even other islands are getting attention too –people want to jump to Crete or other places which are flying high on the radar. I think people are rediscovering America, whether it be the lodges out West or ski locations. They’re also looking for great escapes from metropolitan areas and we have great places in Maryland, Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Upstate New York, which are in reach of New York City, Boston, Montreal and so on. People are really looking for quick escapes too as well as action and adventure in exotic places like the Maldives and Indonesia. People have dreams to go to places like Cambodia and Thailand, there’s a real excitement about it. Skiing more than ever is big, and it seems it’s not just Colorado or the Alps, it’s a real mix. Travel is easier for people, airlines are going non-stop. People want choices. There’s also the whole jet set crowd, whether it be St. Barts, the Hamptons, St. Tropez, or people who want to go to multi-generational places.” Jon’s business, which helps get people on business class or beyond, is continuing to take off. From building partnerships within the travel industry to letting their personable personalities shine through, the team at J.MAK is making waves from California to Croatia and beyond. jmak.com
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CHATHAM BARS INN Stay and Play By Christopher a. pape & simon Gusev
ocated on the Cape’s elbow among white sands and views of the Atlantic Ocean, The Chatham Bars Inn is a perfect place to de-stress and dive into relaxation amidst a luxurious setting. The Chatham Bars Inn, originally built in 1914, is situated in Chatham, a charming Cape Cod town. The town’s beautiful Main Street is a short walk from the Inn and is full of upscale boutiques, unique shops and fabulous restaurants.
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For those who adore the romanticism of seaside architecture, you will be lit up by the Chatham Lighthouse! You can also take a seal or whale watching tour or check out a wildlife refuge. There are also plenty galleries and museums in town where you can catch up on some culture. Chatham Bars Inn even offers exclusive local tours, which leave from the property’s private boat dock and travel to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The Inn’s guests can also indulge in deep sea fishing, barrier beach walks and bicycle
tours upon request. The hotel is just a short drive from Barnstable Municipal Airport and 90 miles from Logan International Airport. While the town has many fun attractions to explore, Chatham Bars Inn, a select member of J.MAK Hospitality, also offers many of its own amenities including their spa which features a private pool, outdoor cabana services and even a heated pool deck in a hidden Zen garden. The hotel’s dazzling private beach has a huge heated pool while a
kids club is perfect for the younger guests. During the summer season, guests are welcome to try kayaking, tennis or croquet. You can also burn off calories any time of day in their 24-hour gym! Set on 25 acres, Chatham Bars Inn boasts a majestic two-floor Main Inn with rooms and suites amidst dozens of spacious cottages. The accommodations evoke New England traditional design and Gatsby-like elegance. Most guest rooms and suites have balconies with oceanfront views, plus beautiful marble bathrooms which are always stocked with Red Flower toiletries. The walls are painted in pale blue and soft sea green tones, and in the cold winter months, you can cozy up by the fireplace. You will also find all the comforts of home with TVs, Nespresso machines, charging points, kettles and of course,
pillow chocolates. Choose from 14 different room options, including the exclusive adult-only spa suites, where guests can experience hydrotherapy tubs, steam showers and saunas in the privacy of their own suite. With five fabulous on-site restaurants, Chatham Bars Inn raises the standard of fine dining. You’ll definitely want to get a table at Stars which offers tasty local ingredients and a Farm to Table approach. Their seasonal menus include innovative dishes such as beets and whipped goat cheese with vanilla bean infused olive oil and freshly made cavatelli pasta with braised fennel and porcini. Enjoy the view in this romantic restaurant with a cozy fireplace which overlooks the ocean. Savor delectable dishes at The Sacred Cod, an upscale tavern with a sophisticated menu
and an extensive beverage list. Sample seared local sea scallops with kabocha squash, shelling beans and cranberry gastrique or fall in love with their lobster roll. For those who can’t miss cocktail hour, The Veranda restaurant, at the front of the Main Inn, offers lunch and dinner in an amazing outdoor space with sweeping views of Chatham Harbor. Or opt for the newly redesigned Bayview Bar for live music, cocktails and light bites. Indulge in the ultimate summer dining experience at The Beach House Grill. Featuring beachfront dining indoors or outdoors, live music and superior service, the restaurant serves fresh local seafood, seasonally inspired cocktails and sunset clambakes in an oceanfront setting. You’ll want to stay in this luxurious Inn till infinity! chathambarsinn.com
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J.K. PLACE CAPRI At the Summit of Luxury By christopher a. pape & simon gusev
o you dream of enjoying your favorite glass of Italian wine on a stylish veranda while contemplating pinky soft sunsets over electric blue waters? Make this fantasy a reality and escape to Capri, the land of rugged landscapes, luxurious hotels, delicious cuisine, great wines and of course, shopping - from designer clothes to handmade leather goods and limoncello, Capri has it all! If you want to capture
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the best of Capri, stay at J.K. Place Capri, where you will find attentive service, great amenities and upscale charm. J.K. Place, which offers exceptional views, is situated near Marina Grande, the departure point for boat tours, as well as a place where you can purchase tickets for all types of island transportation. Despite being in close
proximity to this busy hub, the hotel is hidden away from the bustling crowds, with access to the best beach in the area. Da Paolino Lemon Trees, the only restaurant within walking distance, serves traditional plates with local flavors. You are also a short ride away from other tasty spots, including Aurora and Mamma, and can even take a boat to Il Riccio, a small but renowned beach-club eatery
above the Blue Grotto, Capri’s biggest tourist attraction. With 22 decorative rooms, J.K. Place, a luxurious member of J.MAK Hospitality, is the best place to stay in Capri! From J.K. classic rooms to penthouse suites, the property offers its guests eight elegant options. Each room is reminiscent of the artful contemporary interpretation of classical style. Sit back, relax and enjoy sensational views of the Capri coastline and Mediterranean gardens on your private balcony. Air-conditioned rooms come with all-needed utilities including free wifi and a satellite flat-screen TV, broadcasting your favorite shows and movies. Indulge in the ultimate wellness experience at the J.K. Spa. Located in the heart of Capri, the
spa offers beauty treatments, a Turkish bath and steamy sauna. After eating your way through Italy, head to the fitness center, where you will find state-of-the-art equipment and personalized trainers so you can get a customized workout during your stay. After a productive workout or soothing spa treatments, head to the outdoor pool with panoramic views overlooking the Bay of Naples. Dine at one of the best restraints in all of Capri which is located Capri right at your doorstep! Enlisted in Michelin Guide 2019, JKitchen is truly a treasure of Capri’s culinary traditions. You can savor all of their delicious dishes on the restaurant’s panoramic terrace, which enhances the already romantic ambiance. JKitchen serves both local and contemporary Mediterranean fare
with rich, Italian flavors. Visit the restaurant for breakfast and all-day-dining to sample scrumptious seafood plates enjoy a handcrafted cocktail in a chic setting. You can also dig into tasty dishes at Lounge Bar and Restaurant, which offers unique finger foods such chocolate-soaked citrus zest, Prosecco-marinated pineapple, mini sea bream burgers, quail egg canapés and parmesan cheese perfumed with Martini Dry Vermouth. The restaurant also has an extensive list of cocktails to go with your dinner. Experience your own Mediterranean fairytale with warm summer vibes and exquisite cuisine when you stay at J.K. Place on the beautiful island of Capri. jkcapri.com/en
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LA FIERMONTINA & PALAZZO BOZZI CORSO Live the Luxurious Life in Lecce By christopher a. pape & simon gusev
ive la dulce vita in Lecce, the cultural center of Salento which is known as the “Florence of the South,” and make your trip even sweeter when you stay at La Fiermontina, an urban retreat, or the Palazzo Bozzi Corso by La Fiermontina, a historical palace where you’ll be treated like royalty. You will fall in love with both properties which are located in the heart of majestic Lecce, a magical city with many wonders which you will be sure to marvel at. Both La Fiermontina and Palazzo Bozzi Corso, members of the world-renowned J.MAK Hospitality, are sublime spots where
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you can lounge around in luxury. These haute properties are surrounded by history, just explore the central streets of this culturally rich town where you will find the Piazza del Duomo, home of the Duomo cathedral, which was consecrated in honor of the Ascension of Our Lady. Prepare to be amazed at the nearby Palazzo Vescovile, built in the Renaissance featuring beautiful loggia, and stop at the Seminary which is distinguished by its rustic facade and courtyard cloister. The famed Piazza Sant’ Oronzo is the perfect place to admire architectural monuments from medieval times. Rising above the square, the elegant Palazzo del Seggio, also known as Sedile, now
features exciting exhibitions. The lovely town of Lecce also features museums and art galleries, such as the local Archaeological Museum of S. Castromediano, the Historical Museum of Lecce, the Franciscan Art Gallery and the Museum of the Roman Theater. From historic spots to scenic surroundings, you will want to take in as many sacred places in this resplendent region which is known as Italy’s Baroque Capital. The chic yet comfortable rooms and suites at both family-owned properties feature contemporary style while also incorporating traditional Puglia design. You will also find sophisticated details,
harmonious color schemes and carefully curated antique furnishings which all make up the hotel’s signature style. All rooms and suites have complimentary wi-fi, air conditioning, organic toiletries, coffee/tea makers and other modern amenities. Aside from 16 gorgeous guestrooms, the Antonia Fiermonte Suite, will seduce you with its spaciousness which also features a booka-massage option, elaborate decorations and a private terrace with tremendous views. Sleep in Palazzo Bozzi Corso where you will be surrounded by history. Each of the ten unique suites which are named after members of the Fiermonte-Filali family and also showcase the family’s art collection. Each suite, classified by three categories such as “classic rooms,” “aristocratic suites” and “wellness suites,” have their own unique character. If you want to stay fit while eating all the pizza and pasta you can handle, check out the wellness type suites which feature a double hydromassage shower or a private sauna. La Fiermontina also offers an amazing outdoor pool where you will be surrounded by hundreds of old trees and a lush landscape. The restaurant at La Fiermontina serves up traditional Italian specialties for breakfast while Chef Simone Solido prepares elevated interpretations of Cucina Povera for lunch and dinner. Just make sure to sample the restaurant’s signature dish, orecchiette con le cime di rapa, delicious pasta with turnip greens. If you are craving a handcrafted cocktail, explore Enzo, the on-property bar which offers a unique lounge space plus an extensive beverage list where you can cheers to the best vacation of your life! Meanwhile, Palazzo Bozzi Corso boasts a magnificent secret garden where you can indulge in an exceptional dining experience complete with palatable plated prepared by Chef Maria Carla Pennetta. Chef Pennetta picks the freshest ingredients for her culinary masterpieces each and every morning in order to share local traditions and secret family recipes with her guests. For the ultimate tasty time, head to the M.A.M.A. family museum which commemorates the memory, work and cultural heritage of Antonia Fiermonte. Immerse yourself in the best Italy has to offer at these two hotels which offer modern luxuries amidst a city rich in history and culture. From the natural beauty of your surroundings to fine Italian fare, you can relax in the “Florence of the South” in style! lafiermontina.com palazzobozzicorso.com
BORGO SCOPETO RELAIS Behold the Charms of the Italian Countryside By Julie Sagoskin
repared to be amazed by the beauty of Borgo Scopeto Relais, a member of the prestigious Condé Nast Johansens and a four-star stately Tuscan estate perched in the Chianti Hills with stunning views of Siena. Restoration efforts have brought the original elegance of the Borgo back to life, so you can go back in time while enjoying all of Tuscany’s treasures both on and around the property. From spacious suites to your own private villa, you can enjoy the best of the Borgo Scopeto Relais, including breathtaking scenery of nearby towns and vineyards, so get ready to raise a glass to your Tuscan trip with the Borgo’s own Chianti Classico, of course!
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Get cozy at this countryside estate, the former residence of the Sozzini dynasty for over five decades, which is now one of the area’s most exclusive hotels. Steeped in history with stunning views of the Mangia Tower, the rolling Chianti hills and the cathedral’s belfry, this is one of the most desirable and unique properties in all of Italy. With international touches and a spa, pool and products made right on the premises, you can become instantly immersed in Italian culture. The classic and deluxe rooms which are comprised of either one double bed or twin beds, exude Old School charm but are also equipped
with modern appliances and amenities. Relax in the Junior Suite or the more spacious Executive Suite which is big enough to fit your family and friends, or take in the views on the terrace at your own villa, a beautifully appointed apartment with an individual entrance, private garden, and a separate living room with a sofa bed. Step into the old cellars of the Borgo and enjoy a rustic yet romantic ambiance complete with brick arches at their La Tinaia restaurant. Each divine dish tastes even more delicious when you’re surrounded by traditional décor and the sunset overlooking Siena. La Tinaia, which showcases
the region’s local flavors, is known for putting innovative twists on traditional recipes – chow down! With olive trees on the property and the nearby Borgo Scopeto winery with vineyards containing Sangiovese grapes, you are going to want to bring home some of their Chianti Classico and Extra Virgin olive oil. Their Dop Oil, made from Moraiolo, Leccino and Frantoio olives have a savory and spicy flavor complete with aromatic notes of dried fruit. The oil is dietetic and easy to digest with low acidity - forget about farm to table, it’s all about vineyard to table! Find serenity at the property’s Wellness Centre, the former stable area, where you can forget about life’s distractions while you detoxify surrounded by the vapors of the hammam and the heat of the sauna. Enjoy herbal teas, infusions and even an herb garden in their relaxation area set amidst the charming Tuscan countryside. The
Borgo also boasts their own cosmetics products which are made with the grapes and olive trees around the property, so you can keep your Mediterranean glow all year long. The Oil and Sage line nourishes skin naturally with the unique properties of their olive oil, while the Grape and Cypress line moisturizes and oxygenates, so you can continue to soak up the sun. Dive into their outdoor swimming pools, take in the sun on the solarium terrace or get in shape with their state-of-the-art gym equipment so you can eat all the pizza and pasta you want on your Tuscan trip! Guests can also use the hotel’s racquets on one of their two tennis courts or grab a bike – or Vespa - which was invented in Tuscany, and explore the Borgo Scopeto wine cellars, Chianti Sculpture Park, medieval castles, stone villages and villas between vineyards and rows of cypress. You can also rent go-karts or Alfa Romeo sports cars nearby or even find some Italian fashions at the area’s outlet malls.
From meetings to memorable events, the Borgo Scopeto Relais is the perfect place to gather a group for any occasion. From cocktails in the gardens to receptions on the terrace or in the old wine cellar, your boardroom meeting, or big day, is sure to be taken to new Tuscan heights! With two meeting rooms, from the modern La Balzana to the cozy Del Caminetto featuring an old fireplace, you will be able to get your work done while enjoying scenic views and world-class cuisine – if you are able to focus on your work, that is! The staff, along with Italy’s leading wedding planners, work together to ensure you have the best day of your life – all of your guests will feel like they’re on their own honeymoon when they stay at this charming estate. The estate’s elegance and rustic appeal have also been featured in films including Letters to Juliet – it doesn’t get any more romantic than that! condenastjohansens.com/borgoscopetorelais
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CASTELLO DI PETROIA Stay like Royalty By Julie Sagoskin
e treated like a king or queen during your stay at the Castello di Petroia, a XII century medieval fortress in the unparalleled setting of Umbria and also a member of Conde Nast Johansens.. This castle, which was once the home of many noble families as well as the birthplace of the most well-known Duke of Italy, Federico da Montefelro, can now be your home away from home during your stay in the most picturesque part of Italy known as The Green Heart of Italy – you will definitely fall in love with the lush landscape and regal rooms. You might feel like a princess during your stay but you definitely won’t need to be a damsel in stress when your every whim is catered to by the castle’s staff. Within this fabulous and fully functioning fortress you will find the Medieval Tower with a top terrace, the Castellare Maggiore, the main structure where the noble family apartments used to be, and a smaller building known as the Castellare Minore, the former living quarters of the guardians of the castle. This imposing castle was restored between 1982 and 1990 in order to preserve the authentic medieval structure, so you can slumber in a space
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steeped in rich and royal history. Set on a hilltop between Perugia and Gubbio, the property offers a picturesque view of the surrounding countryside. The region is also home to charming stone towns as well as famed cashmere and pottery crafts, plus wine and olive oil experiences. Rest like royalty in one of the castle’s 15 bedrooms which still have original wooden beams, painted ceilings, antique furnishings, stone arches and painted ceilings. For a regal yet romantic room, book one of the four Suites Imperiale, which include elegant décor, dark wood and luxurious bathrooms with a pearl mosaic tile shower and round Jacuzzi. You can even choose between a traditional four poster bed or more modern touches in the two top floor Suites Reale which also feature a mansard ceiling and overlook the inner courtyard and watch tower. If you want to lounge around in luxury, the Suites Ducale are for you! With XVI century wooden beams, original furniture and dressers, plus en-suite living halls and large bedrooms, these sweet suites are perfect for families. For a good night’s sleep Middle Ages style, stay in the Medieval Tower, situated in the upper part of the fortress with
views of the entire valley. Feel like a nobleman in the elegant and pastel painted Bedrooms Nobiliare, which feature either a wrought iron bed from the 19th century or a 18th century hand painted one complete with wooden columns. If you really want to feel like you’re living in a fairytale, stay in the Bedroom Signorile, the peach toned former Lady of the Castle’s bedroom. With an antique double bed and gold finishes, stretch out in style! Dig into delicious dishes in the romantic, candle-lit Castello di Petroia restaurant in the Accomanducci Hall, where your palate will be pleased with genuine Umbrian recipes and medieval inspired menus. All of Chef Walter Passeri’s culinary creations, such as the Chianini Veal Sirloin with Peck salts and Petroia extra virgin olive oil, will taste even better amidst your surroundings of original stone walls and wooden timber ceilings. It doesn’t get more farm to table fresh than at the castle, where their meats come right from their own breeding farm. The mix flowered honey, truffle and extra virgin olive oil also come directly from the farm or on the grounds of the estate. If you really want to go back in time, try the medieval dishes including
Stuffed Pigeon, specially prepared Chicken Livers and Bigonza, a typical 16th century favorite. If you want to cook some of Chef Passeri’s original recipes for friends and family back home, you can take a cooking class and learn how to make centuries-old creations and traditional sauces, pasta and desserts. From curated meats to croissants, plus jams which are from the castle grounds, start your day off with a healthy and homemade breakfast buffet which is included in your room rate. The historic Guidubaldo Hall still retains authentic Renaissance charm, with original fireplaces, oak beams and 18th century windows, and serves as the perfect spot for afternoon tea or private events. With 600 acres, you can explore this piece of heaven on horseback with the horses at their Friesian stable, or go truffle hunting with their professional black truffle hunting dogs – the chef will even prepare a special dinner with your truffle treasures! Whether you want to soak up the sun in the pool just outside the castle walls which is surrounded by roses or sit under an ancient olive tree, you will be able to unwind in their untouched wilderness. For the ultimate outdoor peaceful experience, follow the trails and you’ll find the famous Franciscan Path of Peace, which connects the town of Assisi to Gubbio. The Castellodi Petroia Farm is known for its “chianina” veal cattle, a well-known breed from the Ancient Romans which today is valuable veal meat which you can sample in the restaurant. During autumn harvest season, their cold press oil mill turns handpicked olives into L’oro de Petroja,” their extra virgin olive oil. You might even find some olive chocolates on your bed and can also get an in-room olive oil massage – with each drop of olive oil, you’ll feel your tensions melting away! While you might already feel like a star staying at this palatial property, this summer’s Astronomical Barbeques will feature experts from Astronomitaly who will give you a real view of the constellations and galaxies. After all, with a sky that is so dark they have received a gold certification from Astrononomitaly and world class Umbrian fare, you’ll want to book a stay at the castle in time for one of these barbeques! Say I do in one of their suites, on the terrace with a white stone piazza, or in their romantic restaurant. From floral decorations to live music and fireworks shows, the staff will make your wedding, reunions, retreats or romantic getaways royally spectacular! condenastjohansens.com/castellodipetroia
MONASTERO DI CORTONA A Modern Hotel in a Historic Monastery
ith modern amenities within a historic monastery, the Monastero di Cortona lets you experience both Old World charm and newly updated facilities. Located within Cortona’s Etruscan walls, this newly transformed hotel is both convenient and cozy. Each of the hotel’s rooms, bathrooms and even windows have their own unique configurations and still retain their rich history. Though the renovated monastery has all the contemporary comforts of home, the monastery’s original structure can still be seen in the beamed and vaulted ceilings, as well as in the imposing corridors, loggias, and frescoes which have been recovered and restored. The custom décor was designed by local craftsmen in classic-modern fashion which stays true to the space’s architectural beauty, while the floors and bathrooms are
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By Julie Sagoskin comprised of travertine marble and wooden floors. While sitting in the hotel’s large hall, a former friar’s refectory, or sipping on a signature cocktail at the bar, you are instantly transported to another place in time while surrounded by frescoes from 1676. The most historic part of the former monastery is now the home of the spa and features an indoor swimming pool with a garden as well as a plunge pool in the central open space of the property. The entire renovation of the monastery was carried out in compliance with the recommendations of the Cortona Monuments Authority and the environment. Their rooms and suites will give you sweet dreams as you enjoy views overlooking quaint streets, the roof garden, the valley or the internal cloister. The classic rooms feature wooden floors and spacious bathrooms, and charming attic
rooms offer spectacularly scenic views from high windows. White beamed ceilings and decorated cornices found in the superior rooms add dimension to the space while the deluxe rooms are defined by vaulted ceilings. One of the deluxe rooms even connects to a superior room by an anteroom, giving you extra space for a getaway with friends and family. Enjoy the sights of the city as you sit back and relax in your junior suite which also features frescoed ceilings and your very own fireplace. The storied and fairytale-esque town of Corona, set upon a hill on the border between Umbria and Tuscany, is surrounded by a lush landscape and a large, hilly valley. Medieval and renaissance buildings as well as impressive RomanesqueGothic churches such as San Francesco and Sant’Agostino make up this historic area. Wander
along narrow, cobbled streets where you can explore shops, bars and cafes, plus discover the eclectic local cuisine which is inspired by farm produce and wines. Dive into history – and the spa’s large indoor swimming pool, which is set in an ancient Roman cistern where you can still view the brick vaults. With two Jacuzzi beds, changing rooms, massage and treatment areas, a relaxation area, plus an ice waterfall and sauna, you will be recharged and rejuvenated in a relaxing and fully renovated space. Cool down in the outdoor courtyard’s plunge pool, where you can soak up the sun in Italy’s most serene spot, and try Specialty Comfort Zone products which will ensure you are properly pampered! Enjoy everything from homemade pastries to small plates as well as coffee drinks and sparkling wines in the Gli Affreschi Bar which boasts 17th century paintings. The richly restored frescos depicting battle scenes serve as reminders of the hotel’s historic past. Be captivated by the beauty of Cortona with guided excursions to the Museum of the Etruscan Academy and Cortona Diocesan Museum, home of The Annunciation by Fra Angelico. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, famously known as the Duomo, as well as the Basilica of Santa Margherita and Girifalco Fortress are also must-see spots. No trip to Tuscany would be complete without a visit to the area’s well-known wine cellars and fashion districts, or a tour of Val D’Orcia, where you will be charmed with rolling hills and scenic landscapes. You’ll be saying ciao bella at Chianti Classico, which is comprised of vineyards as well as medieval Italian villages such as Radda and Castellina and San Gimignano with its 14 towers, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just can’t get enough of rich Italian food and history at this one-of-a-kind property in the heart of Cortona? Become a member of the hotel’s club program which features exclusive rates and experiences, plus upgrades and spa credits, and you can keep coming back to make your own traditions at this hotel which will take you back in time. With modern amenities both in your room and throughout the hotel, you will experience the most memorable stay of your life in this former monastery. Whether you want to relax by the pool or explore the surrounding areas, checking into the Monastero di Cortona is as close as you can come to a religious experience! monasterodicortona.com
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TORRE DI CALA PICCOLA Stay in Style By Julie Sagoskin
f you want to check out a scenic spot with luxurious rooms, gourmet culinary creations and total tranquillity, check in to the Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola in the middle of the aweinspiring Argentario, where you will find your own private oasis. It’s no surprise that this perfect paradise, which rises along the coastal tract at the farthest spot on the Argentario, has hosted many celebrity guests including Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, when it was transformed into one of the area’s trendiest hotels. This posh property is located in a prime location overlooking the Argentario Sea and offers scenic views of the cliffs of the Cala as well as the Isola del Giglio and Isola di Giannutri. Relax in style in one of their rooms or suites which offer all the chicest comforts of home. With modern furnishings, calming color palettes, an oversized terrace with stunning sea views and enameled stoneware flooring, the Luxury Terrace Suite will floor even the most discerning guest. With perfect panoramic views of the hills and surrounding islands, the Standard Sea Side rooms
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will make you feel like you’re on top of the world, or at least the top of the Tuscan Archipelago. Bask in the sun on your private balcony when you book the ultra-luxurious Deluxe Sea View rooms which are situated in petite villas, or sit on the terrace outside your stately Junior Suites overlooking the region’s most spectacular sites. Feast your eyes on your stunning surroundings – and the freshest local cuisine! Your taste buds will rejoice with the tantalizing dishes at the Torre d’Argento restaurant which uses only the highest quality ingredients. The changing menu showcases various local Tuscan meats, fish, fruits and vegetables with innovative twists which you will want to savor long after your trip. From pasta to ice cream, you will taste the love put into each mouthwatering morsel. From a fivecourse tasting menu to decadent dishes including Raw Red Shrimps with Burrata to Baked Ricotta Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes and Morellino Wine Sauce, you will definitely find yourself in a a palatable paradise! You can also host a work lunch or private party on their private roof terrace.
With beauty treatments and personalized concierge services you will want to stay at this relaxing hotel till infinity, especially when you take a dip in their infinity swimming pool overlooking the sea. After a day of pampering or by the pool, grab a cocktail at Caffè la Torre which is ensconced in the Torre Saracena, known to have been a popular pirate haunt, and catch the sunset overlooking the region’s most resplendent scenes. Capture the beauty of the Caletta, found inside the Cala Piatti, one of the most exquisite and coveted coves of the Argentario where you can lounge on lounge chairs while being mesmerized by the magnificence of the rocky shores. You will also find the Scoglio del Corallo with its tunnel of red coral that has made the area one of the most sought after sites for scuba divers in the Mediterranean. Hold your meeting at this luxurious hotel in the heart of Tuscany which features many modern amenities. Their brand new conference hall which can accommodate up to 100 people will ensure your group remains spirited with sunny views and friendly staff. Their panoramic roof
terrace, multi-media equipment, sound-proof rooms, personalized menus, panoramic restaurant, external areas for team building activities and leisure activities will have you getting down to business in the best spot in Italy.
where you can look out on the horizon of Porto Ercole, which also has four main beaches. The well-known Feniglia Beach features bars and restaurants, while L’Acqua Dolce has a beauteous cove which will take your breath away.
You’ll be sure to have a perfect day in paradise when you book your wedding at this picturesque hotel which offers both indoor and outdoor spaces with endless views. From the roof terrace to mouthwatering menus, plus music and entertainment, you will be saying I do to the best time of your life! They will also help you get ready to walk down the aisle with relaxation treatments plus bridal makeup and hair styling.
Meander around Porto Santo Stefano, the main city of the Argentario which has been a popular destination since the days of Imperial Rome. The city has retained its charm with the addition of stylish shops and trendy restaurants. The city’s two ports include a commercial port which serves as a departure point for the Giglio and the Giannutri Islands, while the Pilarella’s Promenade of Navigators is a special spot where you can enjoy a candlelit dinner with divine views. The Roman Villa which is located on a serene stretch of beach will also give you a taste of the area’s ancient architecture.
If you want to explore more of this exciting slice of heaven, the hotel will plan excursions to the Argentario and Maremma, put together wine and food tastings and take you to the famed archaeological sites of the Etruscans. Go back in time as you stroll around the harbor of Porto Ercole, a small fishing village with enchanting stairways, squares and sixteenth century Spanish forts such as Forte Filippo and Forte Stella,
Orbetello, located in the Orbetello Lagoon, is accessible to the Monte Argentario only by a dam which divides the lagoon into two parts, Lagoon di Ponente and Levante. Explore the Orbetello’s protected beaches surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation including the Tombolo Feniglia and
Giannella, and make sure to visit the Town Hall and the Spanish Governor’s Palace as well as the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Orbetello Lagoon is a special oasis protected by the World Wildlife Fund where you will see thousands of birds stopping over on their migratory journey. If you like modern art, you will fall in love at The Garden of Tarocchi and the Garden of Daniel Spoerri. To truly see the best of this special spot, take a boat and explore the seven islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, including Elba, Giannutri, Giglio, Capraia, Gorgona, Pianosa and Montecristo. The Golf and Polo Club of Maremma and the CM Equitation Center will get your active juices flowing if you become too relaxed from your peaceful surroundings. With personalized service, beauty treatments and beauteous beaches, including the Cacciarella, a snorkeling lover’s paradise, the worst part of your getaway at Torre di Cala Piccola will be when you leave! torredicalapiccola.com
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VILLA FRANCA POSITANO On Top of the Hospitality Cliff By christopher a. pape & simon gusev
o you hear an echo of the wind and cliffs flowing through your hair? Do you smell the majestic scent of Italian dishes refusing to leave your nose? What do you see? Obviously, it is Hotel Villa Franca Positano, a small Italian contemporary boutique hotel, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, sitting on top of the breathtaking cliffside. Boasting unique amenities, superb service and great food, the four-pearl hotel is a painting drawn in the brightest colors of joy. Hotel Villa Franca lords over the marvelous town of Positano, imposing its luxurious will upon the rural yet picturesque surroundings. At a bit over an hour drive from the Naples International Airport the hotel seems more like a gift rather than a waste of time. With its distant location
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from all major cities or towns, the hotel is an ideal destination for those seeking peace or solitude within the chaos of the modern world. The sense of tranquility and the undeniably extraordinary views lull the hotel’s guests with a poetic ode to ultimate relaxation. The hotel is located on a little rocky outcrop at the top of a spectacular, splendid and more than a little pictorial Positano, the Amalfi Coast’s brightest star, showing off with traditional houses and villas that hide in a cascade of sun-kissed peach, leaning down over the marine abyss. The steep streets of the town are crowded with incredible restaurants, eclectic shops and beautiful people. An onproperty complimentary shuttle bus service will take you to Piazza dei Mulini and back. Those who are all about exercising can always take a
15-minute stroll down the winding road with shortcuts via steep stairways, but the walk back takes a bit more effort. The nearest beach is a 10-minute walk, but the hotel’s free beach shuttle is also available, if requested. In case you get bored of sunbathing under the silky sunshine, ask Hotel Villa Franca staff to arrange one of the guided tours to exciting places such as Sorrento, a town commonly known for its small shops selling an arrangement of handcrafted goods, Pompeii, a must-visit historical sight, and the charismatic Gulf of Naples. Upon arrival at the hotel’s premises, the first thing guests get is the complimentary sparkling wine, and after the sip of a refreshing local drink, they notice the unique style of the hotel. The fusion of classic Positano with a bright, contemporary twist
creates an arts-like experience. The hotel boasts 28 rooms located in the main villa, which come with terraces or sea-view balconies, and 14 suites with access to an appealing terraced garden in a nearby annex. Both rooms and suites feature chic white and beige decor, each of them equipped with flat-screen TVs, minibars, and marble bathrooms, stocked with generous quantities of the in-house toiletries. Don’t judge the hotel by its appearance, but by amenities, it has to offer. Despite the small size of the property, Hotel Villa Franca provides guests with the full range of superior facilities, including a 360-degree views rooftop pool with comfy sun loungers, chic wellness center where all treatments are performed by seasoned therapists, hammam and steam rooms for relaxation after journeys
on the local stairways. Foodies can take cocktailmaking classes, and cooking lessons led by the prize-winning barman or hop up on a tour of local food and wine producers. Indulge in the exceptional fine dining experience with the elegant, classy verandah-style restaurant Li Galli that offers an aspiring gourmet menu, where dishes are crafted with local traditions and seasonal ingredients. Overlooking Fornillo beach and the Galli islands, simultaneously sample a culinary gem, lacquered rabbit and eel, dressed with kaki vanilla compote and mint. Don’t miss out an opportunity to try other signature dishes like bu alo Genovese sauce cannelloni with burnt onion cream and pepper foam, risotto with hazelnuts “Mortarelle”, langoustine and orange, and, the most exquisite and tastiest plate, BBQ
pork belly with candied peppers, annurca apple and licorice chutney topped with beer sauce. The restaurant’s extensive wine is undoubtedly a delight for customers. A more casual poolside version of Li Galli, Galli Grill is located up top, offering grilled plates, snacks, and hand-crafted cocktails. Don’t forget about the excellent breakfast that includes a variety of great organic products. Hear, smell and see Positano with all its meditative sounds, rich scents and breathtaking views, while residing in a luxurious setting of Hotel Villa Franca, the cliffside legend of the Italian means of hospitality. slh.com villafrancahotel.it
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IL SAN PIETRO DI POSITANO & ZASS RESTAURANT Heaven on Earth
By christopher a. pape & simon gusev Europe is a continent filled with romance, whether it is reflected in the food, hospitality or culture, so if Italians say that Positano is the most romantic place on Earth, it probably is! After all, many cinematographers chose this small cliffside village on southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast to serve as the backdrop for some of the most romantic films ever shown on screen featuring stars including
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Marcello Mastroianni, Maria Callas, Gregory Peck and Liza Minnelli. A real life romance took place here as well – it is said that Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor fell in love in this scenic spot! If you’re looking for tranquil and spacious accomodations in a prime location, stay at Il San Pietro Di Positano.
Carlino Cinque, a descendant of the owner of one of the oldest hotels in Italy, dreamed up this resplendent hotel where you will definitely have sweet dreams! Cinque turned the hotel into a beautiful gem along the awe-insprinng Amalfi coast. Offering stunning views of the entire coast from Faraglioni to Capri, Hotel Il San Pietro Di Positano is superbly situated, especially since
it extends along a cape overlooking the sea. The hotel offers complete privacy and even offers free 24-hour shuttle service. Stroll through the village’s famous streets boasting architectural masterpieces and vibrant colors. Wine lovers can wind down while drinking up – just sign up for an exclusive wine tour throughout the Amalfi countryside. Each of the hotel’s 62 rooms and suites have a terrace where you can take in splendid views of the sea. Standard and Deluxe offer various size rooms and terraces, while special rooms feature unique features including glass walls and other details. The charm of this very special spot comes from Carlino Cinque himself, who believed that manmade beauty should never overshadow the pristine beauty of nature. In Il San Pietro, the furnishings and interior details complement the natural beauty of the outdoors. Il San Pietro features an elevator which gives access to a private beach with bar service as well as the Carlino restaurant. The hotel also offers a tennis court near the sea, a spa center with treatments using La Prairie, a Turkish bath, massage services, a solarium and even a free cruise on the hotel’s yacht, which is in use from May to September. You can also enjoy the fitness center with state-of-art equipment, and an incredible outdoor pool with tremendous views of pristine Positano. Indulge in an exceptional dining experience at Zass, a marvelous one-starred Michelin restaurant. Zass serves Campanian cuisine which uses simple ingredients to make fresh and delicious dishes. Chef Alois Vanlangenaeker plays with flavors and colors, creating culinary masterpieces which make for a very memorable experience. Make sure to sample roasted lamb with lemon confit, spring onions, caramelized hazelnuts and artichokes. You can also get a plate for two composed of chateaubriand, spinach, burrata cheese, mashed potatoes and truffle puree – just beware, you might not feel like sharing! You can also pair your meal with equally delightful wine, the pride of Positano! Carlino offers a more relaxed dining experience with dynamic dishes, plus an extensive wine list. From its rich heritage to its friendly hospitality, prepare to fall in love with Positano – and even more in love with Il San Pietro Di Positano, where you will enjoy superb service, amenities and very sweet suites! ilsanpietro.it
MARCO SCAPAGNINI Italian Insider and Niche Italy Founder By Julie Sagoskin
hen it comes to food and fun, Marco Scapagnini puts the “IT” factor into his IT-alian tours. Marco has definitely found a niche for helping travelers find the most secretive and scrumptious spots with his tour company, Niche Italy. From Emilia Romagna, a paradise for food lovers looking to please their palate, to the magical beauty of Capri which captures the imagination, Marco brings his journalistic expertise and Italian background to entice you with his – and Italy’s - most enchanting charms. Before becoming a master of all things food, wine and travel, Marco earned a degree in biology as well as a masters in journalism in Milan. His growing passion for the culinary arts and adventure led him to review restaurants and hotels, and before long he was flying high at Mondadori, the largest editorial group in Milan, where he was responsible for the company’s travel base with his expert advice appearing in multiple magazines. The Napoli native continued his successful writing journey with DK, another publishing company based in London, during
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which time he mostly worked remotely from Italy. He eventually wrote over 50 books for Eyewitness about Lake Cuomo and other picturesque Italian towns which made him even more of a boss on his boot shaped country. Marco really started getting a move on his business ideas when he moved to Washington, D.C., where his brother was living in the early 2000s. It was around this time that he started thinking about focusing his efforts on something more food related because tourism had taken a downturn after September 11th. “I started a food and wine company and really began promoting and creating Italy in the U.S. I then got back into tourism with tours for people wanting to travel for the food and wine industry. I had people asking me to find something very unique and authentic, places where the locals were going. Because of my credibility as a journalist and being Italian, they were going and experiencing what I was putting together for them, and they were getting reviews and people were calling and calling me. It was more giving
advice to friends and then I decided that I need to do this as a profession, not just as a favor. When I was traveling with small groups I could be a guide and take people around knowing the local people. At local restaurants, chefs come out and say hello Marco, same thing with the wineries, I’m well-known by everybody. You won’t find this kind of hospitality with other tour operations. Connections are the key word. I put together a group of friends and now here we are with Niche and our experts where we mostly work with American travelers.” Of all the places he’s lived, from his birthplace of Naples to New York, Sicily is Marco’s sweet spot, and he still enjoys showing visitors all of the town’s secret spaces. Sicily, which Marco refers to as “the melting pot of Mediterranean culture,” definitely has an intriguing and illustrious past which you’ll gain deep insight into. Marco explained that “Sicily is composed of 2,000 years of history made by the Victorians, Greeks, Normans, Celtics, etc., who took the island to build their own architecture, their own art, their own wines, from different parts of the Mediterranean Sea.
What’s magic is that it’s not destroyed by what other people built. You have Greek architecture, then Spanish influence, then another 50 miles you have temples and another 50 miles north you’ll find more Arab influence. It’s like touring all of the Mediterranean Sea in one island.” From winding roads to wineries, Niche will take you on the road less traveled – but more worthwhile. Each destination is deemed worthy of Marco’s stamp of approval, and that includes the trending town of Matera, which has served as an inspiration for artists, writers sand moviemakers. Matera has gone from under the radar to right on the map after being designated as the capital of European culture. Marco described the town as a “dream, it looks like Jerusalem, with houses built in stone. It was a movie set for The Passion of the Christ and Ben-Hur scenes. It’s definitely more popular but there are still no big hotels, it’s more boutique hotels, there are lots of steps, you can’t bring in big buses. The tourism is still very niche, it’s more for individual travelers.” He also loves Lucca, a small town in Tuscany which he described as a place where you can “walk around, you can bike, it’s not busy with tourists. It’s my kind of town where I would like to retire!” Lucca might be lovely, but Marco has no plans to retire yet, and still offers small group tours and more custom, individualized experiences, so you can explore the Aeolian Islands, Portofino
and Piedmont, the Amalfi Coast, Puglia, the Italian Riviera, Florence, Perugia, Assisi, Chianti, Montalcino, Spoleto and many other spots which will leave you with memorable moments to last a lifetime. You will be instantly immersed in local Italian culture with boat expeditions, pesto classes, and scenic surroundings ranging from small fisherman villages to volcanic islands. One thing’s for sure - nobody does niche travel like Niche Italy! Each tantalizing tour will also give you a taste of the best burrata and other bellissimo bites Italy has to offer. Marco explained that the reason you’ll be saying mamma mia with each mouthwatering morsel is because recipes are passed down by word of mouth from grandmother to daughter to son as part of the tradition, nothing is written down. “I learned from my mother how to cook and my mother learned from her mother. Ladies especially broke out from the house to the restaurant, so you can eat just like at home. They have the same suppliers, so they can access the same products, they never buy anything from a distributor. They go to the same little markets when buying for their house, and that’s the key to keeping our food so much better.” Want to relive your incredible Italian itinerary even after you get home? Loyal travelers can become members of the Marco Club and continue to experience Sicily back in the states! That’s right, Marco will ship olive oil and new
products from Italy straight to your home – or even come to your home for a post-trip party, complete with private wine tastings and dinners. If you’re looking to rediscover your roots you’re in luck. They are currently working on a genealogy tour due to high demand amongst their travelers, many of whom are American with Italian last names. Marco explained that “we are really creating an experience with this tour which will be designated to finding where their ancestors came from. They’ll do some research on ancestry. com and then in Italy we’ll go to the archives and find as much as we can on our side. When they come to Italy, we will meet the mayor and have a party with friends and relatives, so it’s going to be spontaneous.” With clients in New York, California and Texas, this titan of travel is traveling most of the time himself doing wine tastings and wine presentations around the country with his wine company. When he’s not leading tours, Marco has a trustworthy team who he trained himself taking small groups around the most picturesque – and palatable parts of his beloved country. Ready for a tour of Italy featuring local hospitality, secret spots and life changing lasagna? On your Marco, get set, go – book a Niche Italy vacation! nicheitaly.com
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CASA DE CAMPO A Luxury Golf Resort and Vacation Destination By w. a. muller
e touched down at Punta Cana Airport on beautiful sunny day. Our destination was Casa de Campo, the 7,000 acre internationally renowned luxury Golf Resort and vacation destination in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We were picked up at the airport by a private van and whisked away to the resort, which is about 45 minutes from the airport. My husband and I were in Punta Cana about 14 years ago and the improvements in the airport and major roads were dramatic. We arrived at the Welcome Center for the resort and immediately decided to have lunch at the Cana restaurant which also has two pools, one with a swim up bar. After lunch, we changed into our swimming attire and went to the other pool
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area for resort guests at Minitas Beach. The area offers two pools, one for children and one just for adults; we went to the adult only pool. Beautiful set up with both deck chairs and Private Cabanas. Complimentary reef friendly suntan lotion and after sun moisturizer are provided for resort guests. We also spent time relaxing at the private, reef protected Minitas beach. No shortage of food with the Minitas Beach Club Restaurant and two food trucks offering casual gourmet food. The first evening we had dinner in the area of Altos de Chavon, an authentic reproduction of a 16th Century Mediterranean village replete with its own 5000 seat Grecian style Amphitheater. The village was meticulously designed by a Dominican Architect, Jose Antonio Caro, and Italian master
designer and cinematographer Roberto Coppa. La Piazzetta, an Italian themed restaurant at Altos De Chavon that has a very open feel and a wonderful outdoor patio. We all had pasta which was cooked to perfection. Everything was fresh and delicious. After dinner, we went back to our room which was a Luxury Villa suite that overlooked the world famous Teeth of the Dog golf course and has great views of the ocean. The rooms were spacious and the Shower was large and featured two shower heads. The next morning, we met with Maria Perez a Public Relations Executive who had arranged to give us a private tour of the resort. At 7,000 acres, the resort covers a land mass that is 11 Square miles or roughly half the size of Manhattan!
There are approximately 1,800 homes on the property and plenty of room to expand. There are many land parcels available through out the resort in including, Los Flamboyanes an area that is situated next the Dye Fore Golf Course, Vista Lagos where new villas are being planned that are sited in a serene lake setting. Riomar which offers unobstructed views of Altos De Chavon ,and Barranca Oeste, which is an older neighborhood featuring dramatic landscaping and impressive villas. These villas are excellent investment properties and make an ideal family vacation spot or place to retire. Security and wellness of the community are their priorities and this was very apparent during our visit. Casa De Campo is resort where you can be as busy as you want or do nothing at all and relax. There are so many activities beginning with day excursions to the pristine beaches of Catalina and Saona Islands both owned by the national parks system of the Dominican Republic. Catamarans leave throughout the day from the Marina.
If you want to stay close to the resort, Snorkeling, Kayaks, Sailboats, Banana boat rides Paddle Boards and local excursions are readily available for all guests. If you want to go deep sea fishing, you can charter your own boat or go on a group excursion. The Tennis Center, dubbed the Wimbledon of the Caribbean features 13 HarTru Courts and have 25 Pros on staff to help you improve your game. Between hanging out by the pool and sampling the exquisitely prepared foods at many of the delicious restaurants like La Casita, Pubbelly Sushi, and Lago, we fit in a round of Sporting Clays at the impressive 245 acres Shooting Centre at Casa De Campo. You are led by an instructor who provides excellent advice about how to improve your aim, what you are doing wrong and how to correct your mistakes. Each of the stations simulates natural movements of birds and animals in the wild. The clays move at different angles and speed to test your range and skill. And a Casa De Campo stay would not be complete, of course without testing your skills on of their world-class golf courses, Teeth of the
Dog, The Links or Dye Fore. There are many Golf Packages available, some of which include access to all 3 courses. Instructors and Clinics are available at the learning center, which features state of the art technology and driving ranges to help you sharpen your game. There are literally too many activities, sports and events too list but suffice it to say, whatever you could imagine, Casa De Campo probably offers it. Lastly, a feature on Casa De Campo wouldnâ€™t be complete without mentioning their world class level of service, from the valets that great you at the Welcome Center, to the desk clerks who check you in to the resort, to the cleaning staff who attend to your room, to the executive staff who run the resort. Everyone, and I mean everyone is incredibly friendly, gracious and eager to help you enjoy your stay in any way they can. The level of service you receive is truly unparalleled. Their goal is to make you feel like you are family and we certainly left with that feeling. One stay at Casa de Campo and you know itâ€™s now your Casa as well. casadecampo.com.do
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THE PALM BEACHES Where to Stay at Florida’s Most Luxurious By Julie Sagoskin Play in paradise at the Hilton West Palm Beach and PGA National Resort and Spa, the most stylish spots in the Sunshine State. From well-appointed rooms to sleek suites, the Hilton West Palm Beach is the perfect getaway for business travelers, families and those looking for fun in the Florida sun. With views of downtown West Palm Beach, sitting areas, wood floors and other sophisticated furnishings, their 400 rooms and modern suites offer plenty of room to relax after an already relaxing day at the hotel’s pool area. The super spacious Hospitality Suite features a separate parlor and table seating for eight, plus deluxe amenities and wet bar. Relax in their resort style, zero-entry pool where you can rent a cabana and soak up the tropical sun on their fashionable outdoor furniture – with a 20,000 square foot pool deck, you can spend your vacation playing lawn games such as ladder golf and corn hole, daydreaming about your Hilton trip on their daybeds, or ordering salads and sandwiches from Palm Deck’s. Located steps from CityPlace, West Palm Beach’s premiere shopping and dining destination, and in close proximity to Palm Beach airport, Hilton West Palm Beach is the perfect playground for any occasion or work event. The comfortable hotel which features all the comforts of home, also boasts over 24,000 square feet of event space and is even connected to the Palm Beach Convention Center, making it the ultimate business center in the area. Both the Coral Ballroom and Oceana Ballroom can host large groups or serve as smaller event spaces, while private meeting spaces offer functional theater-style settings. If you prefer to soak up the sun, outdoor lawn spots serve as scenic spaces for both meetings and celebratory affairs. If you’re looking to book your big day at this Hilton Hotel, your wedding festivities are sure to get off to a sunny start with exclusive cabanas, lush lawns, grand ballrooms, and a gourmet menu. With freshly prepared food served up at Manor, your taste buds will be treated to a memorable and mouthwatering culinary journey. Executive Chef Miguel Santiago creates dishes inspired by global influences while using locally-sourced ingredients. You can also sip on their signature cocktails or get gourmet grub at the grab-andgo marketplace, Provisions, located on the lobby level, so you can spend your time lounging at the pool. Gear up for the best trip of your life – and an elevated golf game, at the PGA National Resort and Spa. Whether you prefer to play on one of their five championship golf courses or at their private state-of-the-art sports and racquet club, there is truly something for everyone. This posh property which boasts a world-class spa and a private membership club is also the home of PGA Tour’s Honda Classic as well as the Bear Trap, so don’t be surprised if you spot a golf pro sipping on a cocktail at iBar overlooking PGA National’s national treasures. With so much to do both in and around the resort, the team will help you plan everything from a girls trip to a fitness focused stay and everything in between. Enjoy picturesque views of Palm Beach from your private terrace overlooking PGA’s glorious golf courses, gardens, pool or lake. Each guestroom also features upscale and distinguished décor and marble bathrooms. Stay in style at their PGA Suite which is decked out with three balconies, views of the Fazio driving range, two full
bathrooms and a pool table. You can even live like a champion, at least when you check in to the Legends Suite, which is complete with water views and an extra-large living room, or rent your own cottage for an extra exclusive retreat. When you rent a vacation home in the area through the official PGA National Vacation Rentals program, you gain access to all the exclusive activities, dining options and tranquil spa treatments you can handle. Dig into delicious dining options at Ironwood Steak & Seafood featuring contemporary American cuisine such as their signature fresh snapper, roasted beet salad sourced in part from the nearby Swank Farms, and their tantalizing Tomahawk for Two, a 32-ounce cross of waygu and blank angus beef dry-aged for 21 days. It’s no surprise that they have unparalleled wine pairings, as Ironwood will floor you with their floor-to-ceiling wine rooms which offer wines from 19 different growing regions and 6 different countries. You can also toast to your golf game with wines produced by PGA Tour champions such a Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and more. They will even customize your event to make any special occasion even more special. Indulge in after-dinner drinks and cigar offerings at iBar, where you can get your Palm Beach party started with live entertainment and creative cocktails. You can also sit back, relax and enjoy a tasty burger with some of the best golf views in town at Bar 91, or rest up and order room service
before going to the golf course or tennis court. PGA is the perfect place to stay for business – as long as you can get work done with so many activities and dining options! New groups staying between now and December will even get a free round of golf or a special 50-minute spa service as well as exclusive experiences. With event spaces and conference facilities which can accommodate over 1,000 attendees, your group can partake in corporate functions both on and off the golf course. Their outdoor spaces set amidst scenic surroundings are perfect for coffee breaks, team building events and evening receptions. Celebrate your big day at this premiere destination which features customizable packages, spa options and top-notch catering to ensure your wedding is top of the line. The resort’s various venues are perfect for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, cocktail hours and more. You can even arrive by helicopter or horse and carriage – if you can dream it, they can do it! From the Honda Pavilion to the Lakeside Terrace as well as their PGA Grand Ballroom and Bella Lago, you can celebrate in one of their regal rooms or in a space overlooking the resort’s 26-acre lake. Add some rejuvenation to your vacation with their two outdoor mineral pools which are comprised of healing waters from Israel’s Dead Sea to those of the Salies de Bearn in France, which are believed to soothe and moderate fluid retention. Some of their other exotic global healing practices and therapies,
inspired by Asian and Middle Eastern countries, are so authentic you don’t even have to leave the country – or hotel - to indulge in them! The spa even offers cosmetic procedures ranging from Juvederm to Sculpra, so you can be beach body ready before diving into the pool! You’ll be glowing from your fabulously fun stay at this luxurious resort, literally, when you book a Hydrafacial, a popular and celeb-favorite treatment. Swing by their various courses where you can swing your golf club, such as The Champion, The Palmer, The Fazio, The Estates, The Squire and the Honda Classic. If you want to play indoors, their new golf simulator from High Definition Sports features the latest technology with 25 golf courses from around the world, so you can enhance your game through instruction and fittings. Join the PGA National Members Club and enjoy the luxurious lifestyle of this Palm Beach hot spot with access to five PGA championship golf courses, exceptional golf schools, advanced tee times, delicious dining options, spa, and of course, their Sports & Racquet Club, which offers dozens of aerobic classes, Har Tru tennis courts, personal trainers, croquet courts, a pilates studio and more. Whether you prefer a golf game or a spa glam session, at PGA there is something for everyone. thepalmbeaches.com
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LE SIRENUSE POSITANO Poseidon’s Gift By christopher a. pape & simon Gusev
he real heart and soul of Italy is in the South. Renowned and delicious cuisine, ruby bold and sweet wine and unique landscapes are all essential components of the southern parts including Napoli and Sicily. Still, there is no better place to start your cultural exploration of the Apennine Peninsula than in beautiful Positano. Located on the outskirts of Naples, Positano is a cliffside village, a gem waiting to be found, and Le Sirenuse is one of the best places to stay in this scenic region. Considered to be one of the most comfortable and elegant hotels in Positano, Le Sirenuse is situated in a beautiful eighteenth-century mansion on a rocky slope leading down to a picturesque pebble beach. At Le Sirenuse you will always be welcomed with excellent service and exquisite cuisine – it’s no surprise that the hotel was awarded the title of “Best European Hotel” two decades ago. Le Sirenuse still belongs to the descendants of Sersale, who throughout all these years, have honored the traditions of hospitality which thrived in their family for years. Ancient legend says that Poseidon founded Positano as it was meant to
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be a present to the nymph Pasithea, for only this majestic town could compare to her beauty. Positano is known for its nature and colorful houses decorated with majolica, piled on top of each other, offering breathtaking views of the sea. Make sure to visit archipelago Li Galli, where, according to Homer, the renowned nymphs with the sweetest voices on earth once lived. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to walk the path of the gods, boasting astonishing views. Le Sirenuse takes pride in its spacious rooms and suites which are richly decorated with antiques, picturesque canvases and watercolors, carved wooden furniture and elegant statues which create an unusually cozy and festive atmosphere. The on-property restaurant, La Splonda, offers the very best of Italian and international delights. This Michelin-starred spot features light Mediterranean cuisine which incorporates the freshest local ingredients inspired by the culinary traditions of the Amalfi Coast and Naples. You are sure to have an illuminating evening, as you will be surrounded by hundreds of candles – you will really be living la dolce vita when you dig into their delectable dishes and sweet desserts! In
the summertime, guests are welcome to dine on their beautiful terrace, where they can enjoy an enchanting panorama of Positano with its magnificent baroque houses as well as the city’s cathedral. The hotel also features a spacious pool surrounded by lemon trees, comfortable chairs and sun beds. On the wall of the picturesque grotto, two mysterious sirens made of mosaic beckon guests to plunge into the cool waters. The Aveda Wellness Center offers a wide range of services, from massage to beauty treatments based on Ayurvedic traditions. If you are up for a seaside adventure, climb aboard the Sant’Antonio, an old wooden vessel that cruises daily along the Amalfi Coast. You can also hit the on-property gym, play tennis, and practice diving or non-motorized water sports. The beauty and unforgettable landscapes of Positano have to be seen to be believed, and Le Sirenuse Positano is the most stylish place to stay when you come to explore this enchanting town! sirenuse.it
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THE HEAVENLY JADE MOUNTAIN Living in a Dream By Hillary Latos
hether you are seeking a romantic getaway or just want to get away from it all, become one with nature and bask in pure 5-star eco luxury at Jade Mountain, which was named after the Pitons draped in emerald green rising from the ocean that resemble mountains of jade. Over 30 years ago, visionary architect Nick Troubetzkoy envisioned a resort in the middle of the rainforest, which later became a unique organic architectural marvel carved into a St. Lucia mountain that borders on sculptural, environmental art. The organic architectural design is host to 24 infinity pool sanctuaries and 5 sky Jacuzzi suites set amid hanging gardens with unrivaled views of the islandâ€™s most iconic natural landmarks. Every suite-sized sanctuary is divided into categories named after celestial entities, such as Sky, Star,
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Moon and Galaxy, reflecting a different layout that showcases an open wall with an expansive terrace and a private infinity pool that mirrors the breathtaking panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea, sky and Pitons. You can sleep under the stars, breathe fresh air, and wakeup to the sunrise and sounds from the birds and admire a magnificent view. The accommodations are all generously sized with luxurious amenities such as private Jacuzzis, open-air showers and bathrooms. The poster beds are draped with mosquito nets and coils lit at night to keep the pests at bay. The private sanctuaries were created with very few right angles and a fluid curved geometry to guide guests to the exterior environment, which is so inviting and romantic that most guests spend their entire holiday in their retreat. For further relaxation and rejuvenation, book an ayurvedic, holistic or classical spa treatment that can be done
in the privacy of your sanctuary or in the Kai en Ciel spa. Dining Experience Experience the delicious bounties of the island under the direction of James Beard winner Chef Allen Susser, who incorporates fresh seafood along with locally grown produce from the island and their own organic Emerald Farm. Guests can dine under the stars at the Celestial Terrace on the top level that offers sweeping panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and Pitons for daily sunset cocktail parties or stargazing. For a romantic alfresco candlelight experience, dine in your own sanctuary or at the breezy Jade Mountain Club that serves a delicious selection of international cuisine with a Caribbean flair. Nightly themed menus are also available that incorporate seasonal ingredients in savory and sweet creations like the multi-course
Mango Madness. Make your own chocolate masterpieces with the resort’s chocolate alchemist at the onsite Chocolate Laboratory. They use raw cocoa sourced from the property’s land. Activities at Anse Chastenet Enjoy the amenities of this 600-acre estate at their more casual beachfront sister property Anse Chastanet, which was the first property to be built on this secluded enclave. Snorkel in the crystal blue waters off the adjacent Anse Mamin Beach and indulge in a casual beachside lunch at the Jungle Beach Bar and Grill that serves grilled specialties and tropical cocktails inspired by the island. For casual outdoor dining on the water’s edge, visit Trou au Diable beach restaurant and bar, which’’’ serves nightly themed buffets and special dinners, such as the multi-course Lion Fish Experience. Enjoy the calm waters of St. Lucia and embark on a private catamaran for a champagne sunset sail with live jazz music as it sails over to the Gros and Petit Pitons to experience their magnificent splendor up close. Excursions around St. Lucia For the best panoramic views of the Pitons and St. Lucia, visit the Tet Paul Nature Trail. This 45-minute guided hike will take you past exotic horticulture, an organic farm, and “The Stairway to Heaven.” From the top, you can see the neighboring islands of Martinique and Saint Vincent, the majestic Pitons, and the gorgeous Southern side of St. Lucia. tetpaulnaturetrail.com Further down the road is the famous Sulphur Springs, which originated from a volcano that erupted in 1700. Considered to be nature’s spa, A-List celebrities, locals and tourists visit the springs to reap the detoxifying benefits of the mud baths, which are purported to make you look 12 years younger. The natural minerals from the earth help tighten skin, heal sun burns, and relieve eczema, arthritis, sore joints and more. After the mud bath, wash off under a waterfall in a refreshing natural rainforest bath. sulphurspringstlucia.com To get a taste of heaven is to stay at Jade Mountain. There is truly nowhere else in the world where you will be completely surrounded by a natural landscape of unmatched beauty that words cannot describe.
FOUR SEASONS LAS VEGAS Living the Suite Life By Julie Sagoskin
hey say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but with the city’s best steakhouse, a Forbes Four Star Spa and endless entertainment options, you won’t want to keep your stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas a secret! From sleek and stately suites to exclusive access to one-of-a-kind experiences, the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is the perfect place to stay and play on the strip! With over 400 rooms including 81 suites, you’ll have sweet dreams both during your stay and after you get home with memories of your Four Seasons suite life! With stylish surroundings and views of the Las Vegas strip, you can relax in the hotel’s
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contemporary rooms after a long day of gaming at a nearby casino or non-gaming – the hotel has its own non-gaming oasis located adjacent to the iconic Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. With poolside cabanas, frozen fruit skewers and chaise lounges, guests can lounge around the resort’s private pool or gain access to the pool at the Mandalay Bay Pools, complete with a lazy river, a sand beach, three swimming pools and Mandalay Bay Beach. Whether you stay in the Strip View Studio or the Superior Room, you will enjoy views of your scenic surroundings, modern artwork and spacious quarters for a comfortable yet chic stay.
You won’t be able to wrap your head around the wraparound floor-to- ceiling windows, art-deco style furniture and chic décor in the Presidential Strip View Suite which also features a dining room, living room, kitchen pantry, marble bathroom and guest powder room. Rise and shine to sleek furnishings and stunning views of the desert mountains and Red Rock National Conservation Area in the Sunrise/Sunset Suite, or check in to the family-friendly Valley View Suite which stuns with its spacious layout, separate living and dining rooms and private study. Take your trip to new heights when you fly in a helicopter above the Grand Canyon and Hoover
steakhouse in Las Vegas! The dark mahogany details and deep couches at Charlie Palmer Steak Bar sets the mood for a memorable evening as you sip on their signature cocktails – you’ll want to cheers to the best vacation you’ve ever had! Unwind with an exotic drink while taking a cool dip overlooking the steamy desert at the Pool Bar. After a fun night on the Strip, sit fireside in Press Cocktails, a vibrant lounge where you can sip on signature cocktails worthy of being written up by the press! With sleek rooms featuring all the comforts of home, you don’t even have to leave your own private oasis with 24-hour in-room dining at your fingertips. The culinary team can even cater an event in your room or suite with a menu designed to fit any occasion. For the ultimate pampering paradise, head to their soothing spa where you can indulge in everything from the nail bar to skin therapy. You will definitely feel more relaxed after their popular head-to-toe candle massage which involves a blend of coconut oil and natural waxes being gently poured over the entire body, or be invigorated with advanced massage and cupping techniques which stimulates circulation, softens muscles and relieves tension.
You can also rekindle your romance with a couple’s massage or get your guy groomed with various gentlemen’s treatments. Start forever in Four Seasons fashion when you book a wedding at one of their lush outdoor venues including a poolside reception space. From photo-ops to five-star cuisine and beauty services, you will fall in love with your customized wedding where all your dreams are brought to life. With spectacular spaces under the sparkling lights of the Strip as well as grand ballrooms, The Four Seasons is the perfect place to host any type of event in any season. From an in-house design partner to carefully crafted cuisine plus the lushly landscaped Fountain Terrace, you can take your event to the next luxurious level, Four Seasons style! You’ll find any excuse to meet for a meeting when it’s held at this posh property featuring tech-savvy and stylish boardrooms or boardroom suites with sweeping views. Whether you are planning to book a family getaway, romantic trip or special event, you are sure to hit the jackpot when you stay at the Four Seasons Las Vegas! fourseasons.com/lasvegas
Dam with a picnic lunch prepared by the Four Seasons culinary team when you land at Valley of Fire which will set your taste buds ablaze. The hotel will also procure tickets to some of Vegas’ most well-known productions and world-famous acts, so you can spend time enjoying all that Sin City has to offer. Take in the views at Veranda, the swanky hotel’s trattoria style restaurant where you can please your palate with wood-fired pizza and pasta out on their terrace or indoors. From traditional afternoon tea time to a decadent brunch, plus their signature Polpettine and Polpo Alla Griglia, you can enjoy mouthwatering bites amidst a breathtaking setting. If you’re looking to satisfy your steak cravings, you’ll want to place your bets on Charlie Palmer Steakhouse which serves up innovative and refined fare in their laidback yet elegant lobby level space. With perfectly cooked steaks plus fresh seafood and deliriously delightful desserts, Sin City’s sinfully delicious steakhouse definitely lives up to its reputation as the best
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HAMPTONS SOCIAL SURVIVAL GUIDE By Norah Bradford
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f you are familiar with the Hamptons you will know that there are new additions each season or a new twist to an existing restaurant, hotel or club. However, if you are thinking of making this your first season, the Hamptons technically does not exist – it is a collection of five beach towns at the Eastern end of Long Island – Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor and Montauk. These five towns all have their own personality, Southampton represents “Old Money” with the oceanfront mansions on Gin Lane, Sag Harbor – the old whaling harbor and up and coming, East Hampton – home to celebrities and Montauk, the more bohemian surfing capital at the end of the Long Island Rail Road (or LIRR). The social season is in high gear starting from Memorial Day through Labor Day with every weekend being packed with events, adventure and dining all playing big roles. Here is our selection of some of the staples and newer places to be and things to do to get the most from your summer.
WHERE TO DINE A mixture of classics, returning stars and new entrants characterize this summer’s dining recommendations.
and $30 prix fixe and a la carte dinner menu Tuesday through Saturday.
75 MAIN Zach Erdem has created in 75 Main the most valuable people watching lunch-spot at the heart of Main Street. Endlessly busy and with Executive Chef Mark Militello, former a James Beard Award Winner and once one on Food & Wine Magazine‘s list of “10 Best Chefs in America” keeps the cuisine buzzing.
T-BAR SOUTHAMPTON Veteran Upper East Side restauranteur Tony Fortuna returns to the Hamptons in 2019 at the same location as when he helmed Savannah’s several years ago. The cuisine is exquisitely simple, very well executed and just so consistent time after time. It is a sure fire hit and will be a tough reservation to score.
tbarnyc.com 75main.com CLAUDE’S AT SOUTHAMPTON INN Named for a treasured member of the Owners family, Claude’s is a hidden gem in the heart of Southampton. With dining options indoors, should the weather be inclement, al fresco in their courtyard or poolside, the cuisine is firmly set around the classics for casual dining by day and more special by night and is open for breakfast daily, Sunday brunch, with live entertainment,
UNION CANTINA This popular eatery, designed by Southampton Social Club owners Ian Duke and David Hilty, sits in the iconic Bowden Square and is open all year-round. With Duke and Hilty working alongside awardwinning Executive Chef Scott Kampf, who has been featured on Food Network’s Iron Chefs of America, the trio continues to bring innovative Mexican cuisine to Southampton throughout the year. unioncantina.net
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UNION BURGER BAR New for the 2019 Summer season and co-located with Union Cantina is the no-reservation Union Burger. The menu of the day is a range of fresh, custom burger recipes with hand cut fries and milkshakes for the child in all of us craving comfort food. A craft bourbon selection is also showcased for the adults.
of pine barrens is a challenging 18-hole golf course and tennis courts. Test drive a membership there or find a willing friend who is a member to experience one of the more unique courses in the Hamptons, between the storied book-ends of Bethpage which hosted this year’s 2019 PGA Championship and Shinnecock Hills, the host of the 2018 US Open. hamptonhills.com
unionburgerbar.com WHERE TO PLAY South Beach / South of France inspired genius opposite the Southampton Railway station at the SOUTHAMPTON SOCIAL CLUB. Outdoor gardens with cabanas and bottle service meet a contemporary dining scene, bar and music all summer long. Expect queues and more queues unless you know the secret password… but that’s the nature of a secret is it not?
By late night, AM SOUTHAMPTON is one of the few remaining nightlife spots and this season is located close to the center of Southampton. Last season saw VIP guests including 50 Cent, Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Michael Jordan, Fetty Wap, 6ix9ine, Jada Kiss, Carmelo Anthony, Amber Rose, and Fabolous; as well as some of the most regarded DJs in today’s scene such as Cedric Cervais, DJ Chuckie, Nervo, Thomas Gold, Rehap, Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Blau and Thomas Jack.
An alternative to the gym workout class, By day head to HAMPTON HILLS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB where, amongst the grounds nestled in 2,000 acres
WHERE TO REST If that menu of food, sport and fun exhausted you, then clearly a respite is in order – but not too far away
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from all this action. THE SOUTHAMPTON INN fits the bill perfectly, winner of awards including Dan’s “Best Breakfast” and “Best Hotel,” the Southampton Inn is a classic, welcoming haven in the heart of the historic Southampton Village, offering the personal attention of a bed & breakfast with the services and amenities of a hotel. Surrounded by world-renowned beaches and estates and Rockwellesque village life, the Inn is the ideal place to relax and recharge for the next weekend in the Hamptons. southamptoninn.com Tried the new Blu Mar restaurant and then partied until dawn at AM Southampton, by 75 Main’s Zach Erdem and managing partner Richie Hosein? Why not complete the trifecta and stay with friends at THE HARPOON HOUSE. Newly opened this season, the boutique hotel provides you with a walking distance location from everything Southampton has to offer. Should that feel too much of an expedition after a long night why not just pop into Blu Mar to refuel and get ready to start again?
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AMY MORIN Mastering Mental Strength By Hillary Latos & Julie Sagoskin Photographed By Jaime Pavon Produced by: Hillary Latos Hair: Angela Carroll for Angelo David | T3 Micro Mup: Virginia Martin for Angelo David | SMASHBOX Cosmetics Shot on location at 40 Riverside Drive, courtesy of Vandenberg, The Townhouse Experts at Douglas Elliman Dresses: Norah Gardner Shoes: Nina Shoes
hen it comes to banishing bad habits, Amy Morin aims to whip your mental strength into shape with her bestselling books, including 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. Following her own life tragedies and subsequent struggles, Amy, a psychotherapist, wrote down 13 things which she had experienced or witnessed in her practice in the hopes of giving herself and others the hope and courage to remain mentally strong. This psychotherapist, author and mental strength trainer speaks to others around the world about the skills needed to strengthen your mind, and in
some cases even save your life. Amy has released numerous books and online courses for those at all stages of their lives, including those for parents and teachers, in order to help them mold the mentally strong minds of children. With 13 Things Mentally Strong Parent’s Don’t Do to 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t do, Amy wants to help you gain control of your mind and win the mental marathon. From social media and self-confidence setbacks to bad breakups and bereavements, Amy’s tips for gaining a more positive perspective are meant to help guide you towards a life of success through mental strength.
In addition to her books which have been translated into over three dozen languages, Amy’s online courses are designed to teach you simple and effective ways to become a stronger and more skillful version of yourself. She is also a regular columnist for Forbes, Inc. and Psychology Today, as well as a parenting expert at VeryWell and lecturer at Northeastern University, where she explains her mental strength lessons which have already reached millions of people around the world. It’s time to kick those bad habits and get ready to live your best life with a mentally strong mind!
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How did you come up with exactly 13 things to change people’s lives? Everybody wants to know if there is magic in the number 13, and the answer is no, I didn’t mean to come up with the number 13, I was just in a low place in my life where I was feeling sorry for myself. My mother had passed away, my husband had passed away, my father-in-law was diagnosed with terminal cancer and I thought why me, why do I have to keep losing people, this isn’t fair, but as a therapist, I knew that feeling sorry for myself would hold me back and keep me stuck, so that’s why that’s number one on the list, because that will drain your mental strength. I thought what else do I need to get rid of, and I wrote the list. When I was done, I happened to have 13 things, but it was the things that I had noticed in my therapy office over the years that were the reasons why some people tended to get stuck in life, whether they had gone through a hard time or had a rough childhood, or they were still going through rough circumstances and they just weren’t able to take any productive action or feel better. I had also studied enough people to know why some people are more resilient, why some people bounce back and why some people get stuck. Some people had never really fully grieved, or they had never been able to move forward. Then I also saw other people who had gone through tragedy and horrible circumstances and they were still energetic, hopeful, and really wanted to make a difference in the world. As I studied them, I realized that it wasn’t always about what people did, sometimes it was more about what they didn’t do. I thought about it in terms of comparing mental strength to physical strength. If you wanted to be physically strong, you’d want to go to the gym and work out, but if a trainer didn’t say, “By the way, if you really want to see results you should quit eating so much junk food, then running on the treadmill isn’t going to be that effective, and mental strength is the same. If people come into my therapy office and I keep telling them all the things they’re doing well, and I only tell them their good habits but I don’t point out the one or two counterproductive bad habits, then all their good habits are going to be fairly
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ineffective. I wanted to help people eliminate their worst habits so their good habits become more effective. Is it now easier for you to see and understand the bad habits of your patients? I’d see certain patterns, such as feeling sorry for oneself. I’d have a lot of people come in and say I’m here, I’m ready to change my life, I’m committed to therapy, but then every week they just wanted to come in and tell me all the bad things that happened to them in the past seven days. They didn’t want to take any action, do anything or take control of their lives. After a while I would start to recognize these patterns and see that the people who seem to be struggling the most appear to feel sorry for themselves, they give away their power, and that’s number two on the list, which is about not being in control of how you think, feel and behave. They would blame other people for their problems, say somebody makes them feel bad about themselves, and it was really just about learning how to change their language and say okay, I’m in control, I can be in control of how I think, feel, and behave. As I was going through my own struggles in my personal life, I also had everyday case studies in my office and I would pay attention and study people, because I was interested in mental strength on a personal level at that point and I just wanted to identify these patterns that I’m seeing repeatedly which helped me to curate this list. Have you noticed certain patterns amongst different demographics or those in different life stages? I’ll often get asked whether younger people are more entitled, but I think that all age groups still struggle with the same things depending on where they are in life, whether they’re married, single, divorced, have kids or are in college themselves. I see a lot of the exact same threads because mental strength applies to everybody, but I think we all have certain struggles at different times of our lives. Something that you struggled with in college might not be an issue when you’re retired, or vice versa, but bad habits can reoccur when you’re going through a difficult course in life.
Do you think people’s mental strength is directly related to validation from others? The common belief I was seeing, which is something that we all struggle with at some point in our lives, is the self-doubting fear that leads to the belief that I’m not good enough, other people are better than me, I don’t belong here, or I’ll never succeed. That feeling of not being good enough is going to lead to bad habits like giving away power or giving up after the first failure. It’s because we think we are not able to succeed, or I’m not getting the approval that I want, I change my mind. Do people in toxic relationships give away their power too much and develop these bad habits? Mental strength is a personal journey to grow stronger, you have to make that commitment, it’s dedication, but the people around us definitely affect us. When we get caught up in a unhealthy relationship, it can easily lead to bad habits, it’s going to chip away at some of the beliefs that maybe you held about yourself or other people, and sometimes you have to change your environment - maybe that means setting boundaries or maybe ending the relationship, but that’s definitely a big issue. You go one step further than the typical 12 steps – was what was the significance of adding that last step geared towards helping people master their mental strength? Number 13 on the list is that you can’t expect immediate results, because I was seeing that lot in my therapy office. People would come in and expect that therapy was going to be the magic cure, that after two weeks of therapy their 30 years of depression would go away. We see this all the time when it comes to personal change and self-improvement. By three days in we think if I’m not seeing the results that I want, then it’s not working. It’s so tempting to throw in the towel or think I’m not good enough, I can’t succeed because it’s not happening fast enough, and in our world where we have technology and things that happen so fast, we forget that change and personal development takes a lot longer. You have to be patient and go at a slower pace and realize that you’re not going to see results in three days, and that just because you aren’t seeing results doesn’t mean it isn’t working.
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How do you think your book relates to the Law of Attraction and the power of manifestation? A lot of people will say if you just think it, you’ll become it, and although they strongly believed they could attract good things, they wouldn’t take any action and it was actually keeping them stuck. It starts with changing your mindset, but then you need to do something differently. A lot of people seem to really struggle with that, and say well how do I take action, if I think positively won’t I change my life? That can be the first step, but it’s not the last step. So many people I’ve seen felt that simply putting something on a vision board was going to somehow magically make it happen, and yes our thoughts often do become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you walk into a job interview thinking this is going to be horrible, I’m not going to do well, that’s probably going to show in your body language. It’s probably going to become evident to the people that you’re talking to versus when you walk in and feel confidence and look people in the eye and feel good about myself, because your behavior is different. Your thoughts don’t magically change the world. After losing so many people who were so close to you in such a short period of time, did you feel like the universe was trying to send you a message? I have a strong faith, and so I feel like when you’re given something, then there’s always an opportunity to learn something, and had I not gone through those things, I would have never written this list, and had the list not gone viral, I wouldn’t have written the book. There were so many things that had to happen for me to get to this place. Certainly, I wish I didn’t have gone through those hard times to get to where I am now, but because of it I just always believed that if I can get through this, how do I turn it into something positive? It’s up to me to say what can I do, can I help other people, is there something I’m learning about myself, is there a message I can spread, and now I’m thrilled I get to do this on a global level and get to talk to people all over the world about mental strength. Through my faith I feel like there was a plan for my life, and everything happened in a way to get to the place where I am now. How has your advice transformed your own life or gotten you to a better mental strength stage? When I first wrote the list of the 13 things it wasn’t even meant to be a public article, it was a letter to myself. I knew my father-in-law had maybe up to a couple of months left and I just found myself
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reading this list over and over again. There are so many things in my life I can’t control, but one thing I can do is to get rid of these bad habits. I would read over the list and I thought if this is helpful to me, maybe it could help somebody else, and so I only published it online on a whim and never imagined it would go viral, but within a couple of days, millions of people had read it. There was no context to the article, it was basically just the list, so nobody knew that I had written it because I had struggled myself, and Forbes picked it up within a couple of days. Ten million people read it on Forbes alone, and before I knew it, Fox News was calling and wanted to do an on camera interview. Again, everybody just assumed here’s this therapist and she has this knowledge, but I didn’t tell anybody my backstory yet. I was on national television talking about the list, but it was four days after my fatherin-law had passed away and I wasn’t ready to open the floodgates on national TV and share the rest of the story. It was a weird time in my life because as I was going through the worst of times, but it was also really exciting because I was getting all this national media attention. Fortunately, a literary agent called and said you should write a book, and eventually I told her the story behind why I wrote the article, normally I don’t share my own story because I’m a therapist, I listen to other’s problems. It was really through the process of writing the book that made me more aware of how often I still engage in these bad habits. It really taught me a lot about the different ways they show up in your life and when you go through a particular struggle you still do this number seven on the list. I began to speak at companies and I would hear from a range of different people, and when the book was translated into other languages I would hear from people all over the world. This gave me feedback and insight to the kinds of struggles people were dealing with and how the list applied to their lives. This made me hyper aware of when I’m doing these things in my own life. How do you think social media is affecting people’s mental strength in regards to their confidence and bad habits? It has been found that certain things such as envying people on Facebook is directly linked to depression. I don’t think that social media is horrible, I use it all the time, but we can either use it to build people up, or it can be used to tear people down. We are
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seeing so many ways where people do feel worse. The more time they spend on social media, the more they start to compare themselves to other people. Studies will show that Instagram is the worst one for your mental health because you’re just looking at pictures, and we create a story and think that person’s life is better than mine, they’re more attractive, they have more money, they’re happier than I am, and when we do that it affects our mental health greatly. I always encourage people to be aware of how much time they’re spending on social media, what they’re doing while on it, and just be more aware of how it affects you. If you are going to use it, just think about how you can use it to spread more positivity and build people up. If there’s somebody that you follow and you tend to feel worse, it’s okay to unfollow them. People tend to think that if somebody else got ten times as many likes as they did, then it means that that person is better than they are and think that it’s the one tangible way we can quantify our own popularity. As an adult you think am I the cool kid or not, and you start to look at social media and think I’m not as good, and so I think a lot of those bad habits I talk about in terms of mental strength play out on social media all the time - we give away our power, or we look at it and then feel sorry for ourselves, and it’s not real life compared to when you interact with people face to face. People tend to forget that. Do you think that our bad habits are formed during childhood or are shaped by some of our first social interactions? We figure out who am I, who are other people, how do I fit in the world. At seven years old you start to look at how do I fit in at school, how do my teachers treat me, how do my parents treat me. It’s important for parents to start young with these mental strength lessons, that was why I wrote the second book, the parenting book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do, because I was getting this question after the first book came out. I had so many parents reach out to me and ask how to teach this to my kids, or they’d say if I learned this 20 years earlier my life would have been completely different. I wanted to teach this to kids, but I wasn’t going to write a book and have a 7-year-old read it and change their life. However, if I can teach parents how to be a mental strength coach when their children grow up, they will already have those skills. There are so many opportunities every day
to help teach your kids to become mentally strong through the ways in which you interact with them. What do you think of all the #MeToo movement? Do you think there can also be a negative aspect to the movement or dangerous misinterpretations which can counteract some of your lessons? I think anything can be twisted and distorted and used in another way, and we see that playing out time and time again in many different ways. That’s why I wrote the women’s book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do, in order to start talking about how you can become a mentally strong woman in today’s world. I see many people who are still victim blaming versus other people who are trying to get attention for certain things for the wrong reasons. Now that we’ve raised more awareness and we’re talking about it, that’s great, and the next question is what action will you take, how are we going to change things in the future. What is the easiest way for people to integrate some of these steps into their everyday lives? I think the easiest and simplest mental strength exercise you can do is practice gratitude. It only takes a couple of minutes a day, it doesn’t cost anything, and studies have linked gratitude to everything from better social relationships to a 20 percent boost in happiness to living longer. Grateful people tend to live a lot longer than other people, and so when you wake up in the morning just come up with a few reasons why you’re grateful and happy to be alive rather than just looking at your phone. You can think of three wonderful things you have going on in life before your feet hit the floor, and it can start your attitude out on the right foot. What are some of the biggest mental strength misconceptions? People confuse mental strength and mental health. You could be struggling with a mental health issue like depression or anxiety and still be mentally strong. That mental strength is about the choices that you make. Somebody dealing with a physical illness such as diabetes or high blood pressure can still go to the gym and lift weights and choose to become physically strong. It’s about the choices that you make. Even if you’re battling depression or anxiety, you can still be mentally strong because you’re making choices to improve your everyday life.
DAVID DATUNA Portrait of America By Bennett Marcus The National Portrait Gallery David Datuna’s artwork “Portrait of America,” a 12-foot American flag, was the first public installation to incorporate Google Glass, and it was a sensation when it was shown at the Smithsonian Institute. “It was their biggest show in the last 36 years,” Datuna says. In the piece, he laid a layer of 2,000 eyeglass lenses across portraits of the country’s greatest innovators. Adding the Google glasses, viewers see video and audio clips of important moments in American history. “I connected together art and lifelike technology through Google Glass,” says the artist who immigrated to the U.S. from Soviet Georgia.
to try to learn what life is like in each country, and to try to understand our planet. “I think maybe I’m not there yet, but very close.” New studio Datuna is now back in New York and creating artwork in a new studio in Long Island City, under the Queensboro Bridge. “I think it’s another step in my career.” He has a lot of new pieces coming out and is even
Flags Man Much of Datuna’s work involves flags and eyeglass lenses. People call him “flag man” because he uses flag forms. “Flags, for me, are living organisms. It’s not just the banner of the country; it’s a living organism, because, we all together, we make the living organism.” The lenses, he says, became his medium because he worked for many years in an optical store. “It’s like our view. It could be positive or negative; it’s all different perspective.” Cloning Eternity In June Datuna, created a 12 hour “Art Happening” in Washington Square Park in NYC. The artist unveiled a two-part installation of a perfect circle representing the ancient symbol of eternity and a skull representing life titled, “Cloning Eternity” The two pieces that created the sculpture are made from the artist’s signature eye glass lenses that create a ‘hall of mirrors’ effect, by reflecting the viewers image, distilling it and refracting it back towards them. This piece will be on display, with other new work, at the opening of his new Long Island City gallery at 43-05 Vernon Blvd on June 13th and everyone is invited. Documentary In the award-winning documentary “Datuna: Portrait of America,” filmmaker Brian Bayerl followed the artist for one year, in 2013 and ’14, as he traveled with his works to Miami, Russia, New York, and DC. During the filming, Datuna was diagnosed with cancer, adding a dramatic personal element to this period of his life. “The movie is very real. It’s what exactly happens in one year of my life, how I’m fighting with cancer, pushing my project and my ideas, how my friends helped me stay around.” His cancer is in remission, and he is very active. 57 countries in 3 years For the past three years, Datuna stopped working and took a trip around the world, visiting 57 countries, including India, Pakistan, South America, Russia, Europe and more. “I wanted to see the lives of people, to share life there, and it was great.” He stayed with regular people, not in hotels,
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tinkering with some older works. “With lenses, I redo it and it looks like an absolutely different concept.” datuna.com
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JULLIAN RECORDS Producer Travis Guenther By Bennett Marcus
ravis Guenther, who has worked on live events to Celine Dion, Pink and Gloria Estefan is a founding member of N.Y. based record label Jullian Records. Guenther is launching a new division focused on management, representation and producing musical artists called Take My Hand and their first acts are Vocally Aligned and the singing duo Monica and Nick. Vocally Aligned A four-member vocal group performing jazz and cabaret classics from the American Songbook, Vocally Aligned will open at Manhattan’s Algonquin Hotel, which is celebrating its 120th Anniversary this year at the end of June, followed by their debut at 54 Below in NYC on June 18th. Travis says that the four vocalists’ voices are the selling point. “Pedro Coppeti’s got this deep voice, Ashley Ryan has a very light, airy voice, Nicholas Leigh has more of a pop voice and Nazarria Workman compliments all of them. The four of them together are amazing.”
The Algonquin Travis was invited to dream up a Christmas show at the Algonquin Hotel in December. The shows were a hit, and the folks at the hotel asked if they’d like to do more. That’s when he came up with the idea for exploring the American Songbook, a perfect fit for the hotel which has been the home to legends including Dorothy Parker’s famous Round Table. “I wanted to take Broadway to a more accessible level than a Broadway show where the tickets are priced so high that nobody can go to see it.” Monica & Nick Monica Lu and Nicholas Simpson, classical musicians and singers, met when both were working on a cruise ship, and loved working together so much that they developed their own show, and have continued to collaborate after returning to shore. For their act, Nick, a tenor who has mostly worked in opera, sings, and Monica plays piano. They work across genres, mixing Broadway, the American Songbook, opera, and classical songs. “I always find the musical conversations I have with Monica to be interesting,
entertaining, and incredibly rewarding,” says Nick. “Nicholas and I have this chemistry we put out there, we always seem to interact with the audience, and with each other,” Monica adds. Travis is helping the duo to bridge the gap between land and sea. “He (Travis) is helping us find places where this sort of musical entertainment is embraced,” says Nick. Mutually beneficial Travis was hoping to get Vocally Aligned booked on the luxury cruise line, like Monica. “I was trying to figure out how to elevate Vocally Aligned into the kind of audience that would appreciate this, and cruise lines and resorts are things I was targeting,” he says. Monica and Nick were hoping to bring their act to venues like 54 Below, and so they realized they could all benefit by working together. Monica and Nick brought a complete show to Travis, which, he says, he’d have been a fool not to say yes to, whereas Vocally Aligned was his vision. If you love the American Songbook, at a price everyone can afford, you can see both acts in NYC during June. jullianrecords.com
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ACTRESS KIERA CHAPLIN 2019 Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc Morocco’s Women-Only Off Road Rally By Peter Elston
ore than 1000 people gathered in the marquee tent in Essaouira, Morocco to ring out the 29th Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc in style. A total of 165 teams participated in the 29th edition of this one-of-a-kind adventure. It is the world’s first international off-road Rally race for women only. Since 1990, it has been bringing together women between the ages of 18 and 71, from more than 30 different countries, who embark on an adventure of a lifetime from the French city of Nice and onward to the start of the Rallye in the Moroccan desert. Participants of the 2019 rally included actress Kiera Chaplin, who came in 11th place in her 4x4/Truck category with her partner singer, Sophie Tapie. The gala was attended by the Gazelles’ loved ones in addition to all the event’s partners, who had
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made the trip to Essaouira specially for this event. The festivities took place in a large marquee tent decorated in Moroccan style. “It’s grandiose, magical!” said Nathalie of Team 105 (Nathalie Rossini-Racaud / Nathalie Levert - Umanove). Dominique Serra, head of the operating agency Maïenga opened the ceremony. The evening’s surprises included a phone call from Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “I am full of admiration and respect for everything you have accomplished” she declared, live from New York. The event partners were thanked once again for their support, and the winners of each competition class were then called to the stage to receive more gifts: the iconic golden sand ladder necklace, symbol of the Rallye; a Saint-Honoré Paris watch; and Afriquia fuel coupons. The diner was
accompanied by beverages supplied by Rallye partners Tsarine, Les Celliers de Meknès and Les eaux d’Oulmès. Images and videos of the Rallye were projected onto big screens, to the sound of “ohs” and “ahs” whenever a team recognized themselves. Emotions ran high as the room watched scenes from this year’s medical caravan in a video on Coeur de Gazelles. Sophie Tapie, crew 216, played two songs from her repertoire followed by Jérémy Frérot who made the surprise of coming and singing several songs gathering all the Gazelles on stage around him. After dessert, it was time to dance! The Gazelles hit the dance floor, eager to enjoy one last evening together and create ensemble and create still more good memories of their incomparable adventure. rallyeaichadesgazelles.com
GIFTS FOR THE FASHIONABLE FATHER By Peter Elston
n “I love you” or “Happy Father’s Day” card is always appreciated, but you’ll earn some brownie points by giving dad something special to unwrap this Father’s Day. Father’s Day is one of the hardest holidays to shop for. However, if your dad is has an eye for high end fashion that not only looks good but feels good as well, below are the best gift options your stylish father. Richard James Established in 1992 by Richard James and Sean Dixon, Richard James quickly established a reputation for itself as a leading luxury brand that has set the standard for contemporary tailoring and menswear. In the last 25 years, the label has achieved international commercial and editorial success, whist retaining its cult status among the fashion, pop and film cognoscenti. Vibrant color, clever cut and offbeat combinations set the Richard James collections apart from other menswear designers. The collection is carried by leading retailers around the world, including Barneys New York, Harrods, and Mr. Porter, among other leading retailers globally. richard-james.com. Harrys of London Synonymous with innovative design, high quality manufacturing and modern style, Harrys of London is a quintessentially British contemporary brand. When the iconic brand was conceived in London in 2001 by Matthew Mellon, the purpose was to create ‘shoes that feel like sneakers’, and the business defined a new category. The concept started with the elegant, sporty lines and unique sole of the popular DOWNING loafer, followed by the soft, unstructured Basel moccasin. These styles which we now refer to as ‘the iconics’ were instantly popular and became the benchmark for everything that followed. Today the brand continues to deliver the ultimate wearing experience for men who do not wish to sacrifice style for comfort and vice versa. harrysoflondon.com
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Brings Antique Techniques To Contemporary Art By w. a. muller
Tell us how you came to art. During my master craftsman training I used to restore ancient churches. As a result, I acquired a lot of knowledge in the field of old painting techniques. These included frescoing, marble painting, maceration and the processing of natural clay colors. I love matte and textured surfaces, warm colors and patina effects. My grandfather was an art collector and so the idea came up to combine old and traditional painting techniques with contemporary art. It creates beautiful color gradients. The natural clay color gives the pictures a very special texture, which stands in
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exciting contrast to the delicate gloss of the acrylic paint. The properties of the clay color allow a more intensive treatment of the surface. I have spent many years trying to find the right composition of colors. Where did you go to college? I received my master’s degree as a painter and varnisher in 1994 at the HWK Halle (Germany). Afterwards, I studied Innovation Management at the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg. What are your inspirations? That’s a good question, and to be honest, I can not always say exactly what inspired me directly. I like
to store motives or pictures that calm me down. I like natural, earthy and warm colors and matte surfaces. I want to radiate peace with my art. The world is very hectic and the internet gives us daily information and stimuli to process. Since a “Ruhepol” is very important. My artworks will take 4-6 weeks to complete. There are many layers of paint applied. The pictures grow like “children” until they grow up. Which form of painting would you say is your art? Not only do I not work objectively, I also include figurative elements in my paintings. My portraits and representations of figures bridge the gap between
abstraction and figuration. Elements of nature, such as beaches, lakes or oceans can also be identified. However, they remain vague due to the abstract nature of the painting and have to be read like universal codes. Also in this case, it is up to the viewer, what he or she wants to see. In each moment, new things can be discovered in the image, it changes its meaning: depending on light, time of day or personal mood. Who are your customers? Have you already done many art shows? My customers/art collectors are mainly from the USA and Germany. I have works in private
collections in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Texas as well as in Berlin, Leipzig and Munich. I regularly take part in national art fairs in Germany (Cologne and Leipzig). What’s your next series? At the moment I am working on a “Beach Series.” I try to show the most beautiful beaches in my abstract way, such as the “1272 Abstract Siesta Beach.”
presented beautifully with the blurred painting technique. Which artists inspire you the most? There are many outstanding artists who paint very beautiful works of art. I love, for example, art of Mark Rothko. He was an American painter of Abstract Expressionism and a pioneer of color field experiments. rogerkoenig.com
Which series are you most proud of ? I am particularly proud of the series “Abstract Girl in the Rain.” It is a fascinating motif and
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Bringing Inner Beauty to Life With Every Brushstroke By Julie Sagoskin
he annual Art Expo, held at Pier 90 in New York City, features artists of all mediums who hail from Spain to Sweden, but one particular artist from Japan is making a splash with his signature works which elicit powerful and poignant messages. This unconventional and self-taught artist, Cookie, who refers to himself as Nikuguso Taro, strives to show that everybody has the potential to be beautiful, both inside and out. According to Nikuguso, we all have the right to express our inner “kawaii,” meaning cute in Japanese, through our “otomo,” (soul), and he shows this belief with every brushstroke. The artist, who describes himself as “bakemono,” or monster, believes that even those who look like him deserve to feel and look “kawaii.” This sentiment is embodied in his many of his pieces, which portray faces resembling the artist with flowers around him in order to add to this colorful theme of “kawaii.” Other pictures show him with bows in his blonde or brunette colored hair – these works were made for those who are afraid to embrace the “otome,” or young girl which lives within us all. “Nikugusootome” aims to send a message that everyone is entitled to realize the pureness within their own hearts, regardless of their age, gender identity or appearance. The “Nikuguso” in “Nikugusootome” is the artist’s name. “Niku” is often translated to “meat,” but it can also mean ‘body,” or “what makes up a body” while “guso” means excrement. Humans eat to put meat on their bodies and finally the excrements return to earth and fertilize the food that is then eaten. “Nikuguso” is therefore a term for “human” which accounts for nature’s cycles. The works in the current collection, which are being shown in the United States for the first time at the expo, are just as out of the box and original as the artist. Cookie, who was born in the Shiga Prefecture of Japan, is part of the Yasei Bakudan comedy duo. From his scripts to his sketches, Cookie puts his whole self and creative side into all of his projects. The theme of his exciting and eccentric exhibit is Nikuguso Otome, or “meat feces maiden.” The artist sometimes even paints his own face in a
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manner which resembles recognizable figures from both Japan and overseas. The pieces of this personable painter, which appear both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time, have attracted fans of all backgrounds, including celebrities in Cookie’s home country of Japan. He is now showcasing his pieces of unparalleled originality in New York so that he can reach a new audience who will be just as enchanted with his perception of perfect imperfections. In 2018, Cookie had ten commercial contracts, appeared in over 300 broadcasts and was even appointed as an ambassador for the international
How is your current style similar to what is was when you first started out? I originally started out making my own self “kawaii” by putting flowers on my own body. You do so many other creative things including comedy, so what made you decide to dive into painting? I have an older brother who is an incredible artist, but he’s really good at realistic, traditional, artistic paintings. We used to compete with drawing but then I realized I couldn’t win just fighting straight on so I started doing more original, unique things. Do you hope to expand in the US market? Yes, this is my first time in America and I would love for more and more. This is really my first shot. Why did you decide to intertwine the sentiments associated with “kawaii” and “otome” into your artwork? “Kawaii” is now understood as another word for cute through its popular usage in pop culture and “otome” refers to a young or unmarried woman, but it’s mostly defined as “a person with a pure heart who is moved by “kawaii” things. I believe that “otome” is the feeling of getting excited by seeing “kawaii that exists in everyone’s hearts. What was your inspiration for this collection? The main inspiration of the series is that all living things have the right to become “kawaii” or beautiful, no matter how they think they look traditionally and anyone can be who they want.
art competition, Art Olympia 2019. Cookie is currently slated to release a collection of his works entitled Cookism, and is involved with ARTRATES, an association supporting artists aiming for international success. The organization, which was founded in New York, is now based in Tokyo, and is building a bridge between the art world in Japan and the rest of the world. With a successful exhibit at the expo, this artist is ready to unleash his unapologetically unique works and conquer the rest of the country - and perhaps the rest of the continents.
What artistic pieces will you be working on next? I want to start making more sculptural pieces. I’ve been sculptural before so it will be in a similar aesthetic – just making a bunch of clones of myself! What is the message you want to share with your new audiences about who you are and why your stuff should hang on people’s walls? I’m gross but cute but still gross. supercookielandneo.com
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MvVO ART Unprecedented All-Digital Contemporary Art Show By Elizabeth Elston
fter the successful debut at Sotheby’s, MvVO ART, creator of AD ART SHOW, brought contemporary art to the streets of New York on 140 LinkNYC digital displays in key New York neighborhoods and to the monumental screens at the Oculus at the Westfield World Trade Center, a major art, culture and retail destination in the new design district in Manhattan. The groundbreaking AD ART SHOW 2019 launched with a cocktail reception at 3 World Trade Cen-ter, presenting the Show’s First Prize Winner Gavin Benjamin. The prize is a creative immersion day at NBCUniversal, presenting partner of AD ART SHOW and a curation session with an Art world pro-fessional. The event featured VIP attendees Maria van Vlodrop (CEO & Founder, MvVO ART & AD ART SHOW), David Sable (WPP Executive & Chairman VMLY&R), Linda Yaccarino (Chairman of Advertising & part-nerships, NBCUniversal), Charles Delana (EVP Global Entertainment & Brand Partnerships Uniball-Rodamco-Westfield), Andy Breslau (SVP Communications, Alliance for Downtown New York), Edward Hogikyan
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(Chief Marketing Officer, NYCEDC), Ara Ohanian (CEO, Systech), Laura Skoler (Board of Di-rectors, New Museum & the Daniel and Florence Guerlain Drawing Foundation), Eric Shiner (Artistic Director – White Cube, Former SVP Contemporary Art Sotheby’s & Former Director of the Andy Warhol Museum), Isaac Aden (Chief Curator and Artist, MvVO ART & AD ART SHOW), and Roger Allen Bentley (Chief Creative Director , MvVO ART & AD ART SHOW). Other attendees included the jury: Alvin Hall, Susan Hancock, Linda Shirvanian. Debbie Rechler, John Friedman; Guests: Brenda von Schweickhardt, Shelley Lewis, Leesa Rowland Jean Shafiroff Digital images of artworks by AD ART SHOW artists appeared on LinkNYC displays in New York during Frieze Week (May 1 to 4, 2019) and was also displayed on the monumental screens of the Oculus at the Westfield World Trade Center during the entire month of May daily. All the artworks— painting, photography & mixed media—are available to purchase on the MvVO ART Artsy e-gallery via the MvVO ART website until December 2019.
This unprecedented all-digital art show introduced millions of art lovers, novice and experienced collectors, art world professionals, tourists and the general public to the talented contemporary artists working in advertising and related fields. These artists are following in the footsteps of War-hol, Magritte, ToulouseLautrec, Haring and many other famous names in art who either launched their careers while working in advertising or pursued dual careers for decades. “Going all-digital for the display of AD ART SHOW 2019 in the streets of New York and at the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center allows us to reach more people and bring new opportunities to artists. We want everyone to get excited about our artists. Many people are hesitant to buy Art because they are not sure how and what to buy. I have learned from savvy collectors that the best way to buy Art is to buy what you love. So, I invite everyone to start exploring our Artsy e-gallery page which can be accessed via our website, Mvvoart.com and start collecting the Art of a select group of artists selected by Art professionals” Maria Van Vlodrop, CEO & founder of MvVO ART & AD ART SHOW. mvvoart.com
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40 RIVERSIDE DRIVE Upper West Side, New York By w. a. muller
isted for $15,995,000 by Vandenberg, The Townhouse Experts at Douglas Elliman, 40 Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side is a showstopper. Designed by renowned architect Clarence True, this turn-of-the-century, six-story mansion boasts thirty-two feet of width and a corner rotunda with four stories of windows that provide phenomenal exposures of park foliage and the Hudson River to the GW Bridge and beyond. The high ceilings, immense rooms, elaborate mantelpieces, original moldings, marble floors, top-of-the-line kitchens, and natural light flooding into each and every space are incomparable. The townhouse even boasts the third-largest ballroom in a private New York City home. Notable structural features include: elevator access on five floors, six working fireplaces, layout potential for nine bedrooms and nine baths, a Juliet balcony, two terraces, and a bi-level roof deck.
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The townhouse is a tremendous opportunity for music lovers, art collectors and entertainers. The current unique configuration allows for gracious public gathering spaces and expansive private retreats. With Riverside Park and the Boat Basin serving as a glorious front yard, 40 Riverside Drive is a true Westside haven. Ground Floor: The ground floor features two entrances. On the Riverside Drive side, a gorgeous iron and glass door leads guests into a marble-walled vestibule and formal foyer, while a discrete family entrance on the 76th Street side of the townhouse provides easy access to the rear quarters. Just off the foyer, a formal living room features elaborate moldings, an original fireplace, and a wet bar. The rear of the floor is occupied by a spacious, one-bedroom apartment with a separate entrance, complete with renovated kitchen and bath, multiple windows, and access to a private rear garden. The suite is
perfect for live-in help, guests, or in-laws. Parlour Floor: The parlour floor hosts an opulent townhouse treasure ? a private ballroom. The elevator carries guests directly from the foyer to the magnificent entertaining space that features twelve-and-a-half foot ceilings, five windows, original fireplace with an oversized rounded mirror and black marble hearth, and exquisitely detailed, restored woodwork throughout. The grand scale and open layout of the space is ideal for concerts and banquets. Pocket doors separate the ballroom from a gracious sitting room and full bathroom. A catering kitchen is found toward the rear of the second floor. It is well-appointed with ample counter space, SubZero refrigerator, dishwasher, and a stackable washer dryer unit. Beyond the entertaining areas lies a suite that could be used as an office, library, or bedroom. Boasting elegant
and SubZero is centrally located on this floor. Beyond the kitchen lies a peaceful nursery with a bay window and multiple closets. A laundry closet with stacked washer and dryer unit and a separate full bathroom complete the third floor. Fourth Floor: The fourth floor is simply breathtaking. One step out of the elevator and youâ€™re overtaken by sunlight and sweeping River views. A triple-height, atrium-style ceiling enhances the grandeur of the living room and rotunda as well as a huge white marble fireplace with modern embellishments. The layout also includes a formal dining room with a small fireplace and three French doors that open to a balcony. Just off the dining room lies a wonderful chefâ€™s kitchen with plentiful counter space, gas range, two dishwashers, two refrigerators, wine cooler, and access to a rear terrace for outdoor grilling. A soundproofed library and powder room complete the floor. Fifth Floor: Ascend the curved glass and stainless steel staircase to the fifth floor, where another master bedroom suite and a charming den overlooking the River can be found. Highlights of the bedroom suite include an ornate marble mantelpiece with a peacock mural, soaring ceiling, large windows, and an all marble bathroom with soaking tub. The front of the floor hosts the den, which overlooks the living room atrium below, and leads to a oneof-a-kind tower terrace.
Sixth Floor: A stairwell is tucked behind the gallery shelves and leads to the sixth floor bedroom suite. This private retreat embraces its elevation and loft-like structure as a window peeks down to the living room below and skylights bring in a sense of the outdoors. Closets and storage have been custom designed for the bedroom to maximize space, and an ensuite bath sits at the rear of the floor. An exterior door provides access to the upper and lower roof decks. Cellar: The finished townhouse cellar is currently accessed by using the elevator or the rear interior stairwell. It accommodates a recreation room, full bathroom, laundry room, and separate areas for mechanicals and storage. Outdoor Spaces: 40 Riverside Drive has an abundance of outdoor spaces including: a modest rear garden or pet area off the ground floor; Juliet balcony ideal for urban gardening; a rear terrace perfect for grilling; a large circular terrace with wrought-iron banister that sits atop the rotunda; and a bi-level roof deck. 40 Riverside Drive Upper West Side, New York $15,995,000 Agents: Dexter Guerrieri and Nicole Kats of Vandenberg, The Townhouse Experts at Douglas Elliman
original columns, moldings, and chair rails, the room also has a fabulous bay window with southern exposures. The luxurious marble bathroom has a jacuzzi tub, separate shower stall, and bidet. Third Floor: When the elevator reaches the third floor, it opens to an enormous master suite. Following the footprint of the ballroom below, the bedroom incorporates the beautiful rotunda, has five large windows that take in light from the west and south, and also has a handsome, hand carved fireplace mantel as a focal point. A grand, light-filled dressing room is separated by pocket doors. It features custom closets and connects to a commodious bathroom. A full kitchen with granite countertops, microwave, wine refrigerator, dishwasher,
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THE 47TH ANNUAL KIPS BAY DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE Discovering Decorative Furnishings while Raising Funds By Julie Sagoskin
f you attended the 47th annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House, you were most definitely delighted by the incredible rooms designed by 23 of the nation’s most acclaimed architects and designers. From the Pink Dragon Study by Katherine Newman Design with bronze butterfly clips and milkwash finishes reinterpreted in a unique color palette to the Palazzo Terrazzo room brought to life by Pappas Miron Design which featured a luxurious sitting room with rich teal velvet wall upholstery, venetian plaster ceilings and an antique carpet, there was something for everyone in these splendid show rooms! This spectacular Show House, located in the Upper East Side, attracted over 15,000 guests and is the Kips Bay Boy and Girls Club’s premiere fundraiser – with so many different designs, the show house is always a fun time for the whole family! The club, a local youth development center in the Bronx which is the flagship of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, has served the community’s youth for over a century. Each carefully crafted room revealed
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the individual creativity, design expertise and flair of these world-renowned designers who had approximately seven weeks to transform their assigned space into a magnificent masterpiece! From the moment you enter the Show House, you can feast your eyes on everything from traditional mid-19th century French design to more modern furnishings. If you were tempted to take home a few – or all – of the decorative pieces in these resplendent rooms, you were in luck! The Kips Bay Show House Shop sold must-have items including fine art, furnishings, antiques and even vintage designer clothing, so you could become a top designer too, or at least redecorate your own room. Over 1,000 guests attended the Show House’s opening night reception on the evening of May 1st, including Honorary Show House Chair Bunny Williams, Show House Vice Chairs Jamie Drake and Alexa Hampton, Board of Trustees President James Druckman, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Daniel Quintero, interior designers Juan Montoya, Richard Mishaan, Brian McCarthy, Sasha Bikoff, Mara
Miller and Jesse Carrier as well as the designers from this year’s Show House including Charlotte Moss, Christopher Peacock, Corey Damen Jenkins, Ellie Cullman, Topher Delaney, Eve Robinson, Brian Gluckstein, Robert Passal, Daniel Kahan, Jeff Lincoln, Jennifer Cohler Mason, Jim Dove, Katherine Newman, Matthew Monroe Bees, Paloma Contreras, Tatyana Miron, Alexandra Pappas, Britt Zunino, Damian Zunino, Peter Pennoyer, Sarah Bartholomew, Sheila Bridges, Richard Rabel, Vicente Wolf and Young Huh. Throughout the evening, guests got a sneak peek of the Show House as well as cocktails at Pratt House. Whether you like to dabble in decorating or simply want to be dazzled by designs from top designers and architects, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House is always the perfect place to find unique furnishings, artwork and more, all while giving to a great cause! kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org
NAPLES, FL $22,900,000 I MLS#219002892 Frank Sajtar, 239.776.8382
NAPLES, FL $13,296,000 I MLS#218085151 I F. Sajtar, 239.776.8382 & John Egan, 239.300.8779
GREENWICH, CT $9,750,000 I MLS#106271 Bill DeLuca, 203.223.6067
NAPLES, FL $6,350,000 I MLS#219002211 Dante DiSabato, 239.537.5351
NAPLES, FL $6,095,000 I MLS#219009549 Pat Biernat, 239.269.6264
GREENWICH, CT 4,495,000 I MLS#104473 Janet Milligan Assoc., 203.253.1770
WESTPORT, CT $3,295,000 I MLS#170166094 Regi Kendig, 203.803.0236
IRVINGTON, NY $3,199,000 I MLS#4903603 Debra Goodwin, 914.424.4518
STAMFORD, CT $1,950,000 I MLS#170178456 Steve Anastos, 203.461.0153
FAIRFIELD, CT $1,695,000 I MLS#170159490 Al Filippone Associates, 203.258.1595
POUND RIDGE, NY $1,600,000 I MLS#4904285 Michael Neeley, 914.588.2770
POUND RIDGE, NY $1,475,000 I MLS#4903454 The Geiger Stern Team, 914.263.5275
PLANTING ROOTS IN PONTE VEDRA
Power Real Estate Agents Kim Martin-Fisher and Jennifer Martin Faulkner By Julie Sagoskin
ummer might be getting underway, but Kim Martin-Fisher and her daughter, Jennifer Martin Faulkner, say the real estate market in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, has shown no signs of slowing down – and neither are they! This power team,which keeps it all in the family, sells Ponte Vedra’s most luxurious properties, and are the top producers in the area in addition to being in the top one percent in the country. These two Global Luxury Elite agents with Coldwell Banker who are renowned in the real estate world, united their business just last year and are ready to show you the best of the perfectly picturesque Ponte Vedra Beach.
care and expertise, so you can rest assured that your real estate needs will be met beyond your wildest beach front dreams! “We’re two seasoned agents with two different perspectives from two different age groups. Our customers value this.” said Kim. According to Kim and Jennifer, some customers will turn away from properties unless they are
“This was a hard winter, so a lot of people from the Northeast are coming here to buy a condo on the ocean or an oceanfront home or a second home. Many of these people are buying now with the hopes of retiring here and using the property as a vacation home in the meantime,” explained Martin-Fisher.
Builders are building on the few lots that are left in this upscale community, leading to custom homes which are going for $2.795 million on Ponte Vedra Boulevard with beach access across the street – buy now before you’re left out! They are also seeing a transformation taking place at Jacksonville’s Beaches with luxury oceanfront hotels now under construction.
“Aside from the East Coast and places like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, we’re also seeing a lot of people coming from Chicago and California, a high tax state,” added Martin Faulkner. With world class beaches only two hours from Laguardia or JFK, it’s no wonder so many people are finding reasons to make Ponte Vedra their home, or home away from home. Kim and Jennifer, known for their strong work ethic, are the ultimate dream team when it comes to finding your dream home in the exclusive enclave of Ponte Vedra Beach. Together, these A-team agents offer personalized
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Whether their clients are upgrading or downsizing, Kim and Jennifer will find you the perfect place to call home in this family friendly community. With top notch schools plus endless activities and a world-renowned spa at the Five-Diamond rated Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, people make a point to plant their roots in this charming town with very tantalizing temperatures. “What I find so often is people who come here as children have great memories and come back and buy, so we keep seeing new generations coming to the area,” said Kim. “We have lots of gated communities, country club communities with tons of activities and amenities” added Jennifer. “Our Buyers are seaking a lifestyle, not just a neighborhood.”
turn key. “People don’t have the tolerance for renovations anymore,” explained Kim. “A couple years ago they were open to a halfway project or a full renovation. This year there is more demand for fully renovated or new construction.”
There is truly something for everyone in this Florida beach town, especially if you like luxury on the Intracoastal Waterway. Ponte Vedra Beach offers private residences that come with a dock and boat lift where you can park your boat. If you want to be a part of this laidback luxury lifestyle, call Kim and Jennifer and set sail to the Sunshine State – posh Ponte Vedra style! kmfandjmf.com
AN EXTRAORDINARY LUXURY EXPERIENCE IN THE RIVIERA MAYA The Royal Hideaway Playacar, an adults only hotel, represents the evolution of an all-inclusive resort. Located alongside one of the Riviera Maya’s most beautiful beaches, stunning design, exquisite culinary offerings, relaxing spa, and much more come together to achieve a new level of excellence. Royal Hideaway Playacar boasts the AAA-Four Diamond award distinction, is a member of Leading Hotels of The World and is also included in Forbes Travel Guide’s 2019 Star Awards in the category of “Recommended Hotels.”
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BUCKS COUNTY, PA
Boxwood Studio was the home of famed American Impressionist painter, Fern Coppedge, from 1929-1949. Located in a highly desirable and prestigious area of New Hope Borough. The spectacular sprawling 6600+ sq ft home offers 6 bedrooms and 5 full baths. There is a first floor bedroom with full bath ideal for in-laws, au pair or a guest room. The sumptuous Master Bedroom and bath with sitting room and 2 gas fireplaces have amazing views of the Delaware river. Boxwood Studio takes advantage of Pennsylvania stone both on the exterior and interior. Although the exterior depicts the proverbial Bucks County farm house the interior, with its open and continuous flow, has the sensibility of a mid century modern home. The expansive and open Kitchen and Breakfast area display high grade material and appliances. A blue tile accent wall with fireplace become the nucleus of the room. The adjoining Living room with wet bar flows into the Dining room and then large Family room with stone wall and wood-burning fireplace. No matter where you look the views of the river are stellar and become the focal point of this home. The property is linear and therefore provides one of the longest riverfronts in town. The unusually large outdoor entertainment space comprised of a deck and blue stone patios can accommodate the largest of parties or family gatherings. The stone walls cascade down to the river offering private access and lounging. Boxwood Studio is arguably one of the most sophisticated and aesthetically stunning properties to be offered for sale in generations. For a private tour, contact Art Mazzei 610.428.4885 or Nicole Curran 215.801.1935. $4,300,000
SHEEP HOLE FARM
Sheep Hole Farm is one of the last remaining family compounds that offers magnificent and varied architecture, extreme privacy, recreational facilities; all sited on 82 vista strewn elevated acres. The main structure, once the original barn, went through a strenuous renovation creating a multi-level dwelling offering large and exciting open spaces and private family gathering places. A huge stone fireplace is the nucleus of the Great Room and open kitchen. There are multiple bedrooms, baths, a guest suite, theater room, and a motorized seat that elevates you into the cupola above to view even more spectacular views. This very unique structure, not only looks out at the large in ground pool, but was designed to offer an outdoor dining venue created in an over sized aviary. There is a beautiful original stone manor home with hardwood floor, fireplace, three bedrooms, two full and one half baths, offering the grandeur of Old Bucks County. The property contains a professional tennis court, youngstersâ€™ cottages with electric, hidden throughout the woods, electric car charging station and scenic walking trails. Note: An additional 12-acre parcel with a second, mid-century guest house is available and contiguous with the main estate. $4,500,000
For more information on a property or to arrange a private tour, please call Art Mazzei at 215.862.5500 Addison Wolfe Main Office Addison Wolfe by the Canal 550 Union Square, New Hope, PA 18938 30 West Bridge Street, New Hope, PA 18938
Addison Wolfe Real Estate A BOUTIQUE REAL ESTATE FIRMWITH GLOBAL CONNECTIONS
Welcome to this remarkably warm and gracious home in the sought after neighborhood of River Crossing! This 4 bedroom 5.5 bath home offers exceptional living on its three finished levels. Graced by thoughtful architectural details and high ceilings the open, connected floor plan is situated perfectly on a premium lot to enjoy maximum light exposure and gorgeous views of the groomed, impeccably landscaped and hardscaped lot with a lovely backdrop of preserved woodland. Dramatic two story foyer is flanked by a spacious formal dining on the left and to the right a formal living room, music room and spectacular conservatory with vaulted ceiling, limestone fireplace and walls of windows. The chef’s kitchen, with Bosch appliances and butler’s pantry is primed for entertaining as it adjoins an airy breakfast/sunroom, opening to an expansive deck, and generous family room with walls of windows and floor to ceiling gas fireplace. A powder room and laundry room complete this level. Upstairs you’ll discover a fabulous master suite with a large sitting room/office, huge walk in closet, luxurious master bath with oversize shower, classic free-standing tub and dual vanities. Three additional bright and airy, generously sized bedrooms all with private baths complete this level. The beautifully finished lower level features natural light, ample storage, additional rooms that can be utilized as gym, media, craft or bedrooms. A Jack and Jill full bath, wine cellar, collector’s garage and walk out to a private paver patio overlooking the beautifully landscaped rear yard complete this level.This property is in mint, move in, condition. Great commuter location! $1,195,000
550 Union Square, New Hope, PA 18938 215.862.5500 • www.AddisonWolfe.com
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