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Picasso. Figures


Behind the Curtain


Café Society


Mood Indigo


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Better Together


New Year, New You


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From the Publisher Goodbye, 2020, Hello, 2021! For most of us, there has never been a more challenging year in our lifetime than in 2020. 2020 has been a year of pestilence, riots, injustice, infernos, job loss, food lines, and an ugly presidential election in a politically divided country. At one point during the year, I wondered had the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse finally arrived. No live parties, church, concerts, sports, movies, travel, graduations, weddings, funerals, and for some, no opportunity to say goodbye. We will be forever changed having endured this year. My journey through last year began in early January with some stories about some pernicious virus from a city in China that I had never heard of. The next thing I know, both my senior in high school and my senior in college were studying remotely from home, and the President was on the TV addressing the nation about a pandemic. The President? Wow, this is serious and real! We had already scheduled our spring break for the next Monday to Key West. Considering we had already arranged to have all of our wood floors refinished and our furniture put into a Pod while we were away, we decided to go anyway. On our first night, we had a wonderful dinner at a wine bar and were looking forward to exploring this incredible bohemian tropical paradise. The next day, we were locked down in our resort and wondering if we would be able to get back to Nashville safely or even at all. We were able to return and spent the first day at the shiny new Grand Hyatt in Green Hills. The hotel was virtually empty—no staff including bellman and room services—just a lone gentleman hiding behind the front desk who could check us in. On that weekend evening, a part of town that is usually bustling with activity was practically a ghost town. When we returned to our home, my office was closed, so I started working remotely. My final act in my 30-year career in financial services was to be a fixer of PPP loan applications, where I pulled my first all-nighter in years. Both of my sons completed their studies and were cheated out of their traditional graduation ceremonies, prom, and musical performances they had spent countless hours practicing. So, what next? It seemed for the longest time there was only cocktail hour, meals at home, and a lot of binge-watching to look forward to at the end of the day as the alarming news continuously ran in the background. But despite all of the adversity, there have been some positives. I was spending more time with my family at home than, well, ever before. I told my two sons that this was probably the last summer we would all live under the same roof, so we should appreciate our time together. Working at home remotely, I realized that we didn’t need to physically work at an office—the way businesses operate has permanently changed. With all this time at home, we started to notice projects that need to be tackled to improve our everyday quality of life. In addition to our floors, we replaced some glass doors and windows, gave a slight facelift to our exterior, upgraded our plumbing, and purchased a new tankless water heater that I didn’t know we needed. Lockdown has also provided more time for new and old hobbies and time for reflection, spiritual awareness, meditation, and prayer. While thankful for the 2020 silver linings mentioned above, thank God for the new vaccines and the miraculous speed in which they have been developed—in a matter of months when it usually takes years! There is a light at the end of the tunnel, which is 2021. Be well.

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PICASSO. FIGURES Written by Frist Art Museum 13

The Frist Art Museum kicks off its twentieth anniversary with a panoramic exhibition of works by Pablo Picasso featuring paintings, works on paper and sculptures on loan from the Musée national Picasso-Paris The Frist Art Museum will kick off its 20th anniversary with Picasso. Figures, an exhibition from the incomparable collection of the Musée national Picasso-Paris. The exhibition offers an in-depth look at Pablo Picasso’s career-long fascination with the human figure as a means of expressing a range of subjects and emotions. Featuring approximately 75 paintings, works on paper, and sculptures, Picasso. Figures will make its sole U.S. appearance in Nashville in the Frist’s Ingram Gallery from February 5th through May 2nd, 2021. Information about advance timed tickets will be available at on January 18th, 2021. Highlights of the exhibition include masterpieces from Picasso’s various styles and periods, as well as more intimate works that provide fresh insights into his innovative practice. “Viewers will see how, as Picasso continuously deconstructed and then remade the body, he was also recasting the history of figuration as a combination of his own psychological view of humanity and observations about the disruptive nature of life in the 20th century,” says Frist Art Museum chief curator Mark Scala. “We are delighted to work with the Musée national Picasso-Paris—the home of the world’s largest and most comprehensive public collection of works by the iconic artist—to bring Picasso. Figures to Nashville,” says Frist Art Museum director and CEO Susan H. Edwards. “Through the extraordinary generosity and support of our community for almost 20 years now, we have been able to deliver on our mission to present world-class exhibitions in Nashville. For many years, we have been looking for a Picasso show of this caliber, and we are thrilled that during our 20th anniversary we will be able to share this astonishing collection with our city and everyone who will travel to see it.” The works in Picasso. Figures range from geometric abstractions of the human body to emotionally charged depictions of family, friends, and lovers, illustrating Picasso’s career, offering a panoramic summary of his wide-ranging creativity while providing glimpses of his tumultuous relationships with his wives, mistresses, muses, and models.

Opposite page: Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). Mother and Child, Paris, summer 1907. Oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 23 5/8 in. Musée national Picasso-Paris, Pablo Picasso Acceptance in Lieu, 1979. MP19. © 2020 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso- Paris) / René-Gabriel Ojéda

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The focus then shifts to Picasso’s renowned cubist period of the early 20th century. Of particular interest are works that demonstrate the powerful influence of African and Iberian art on this radical style, in which perceptions of time, space, and reality are altered in ways that embody the ideal of artistic freedom manifested by artists of the period. Continuing through the exhibition, visitors will encounter paintings, sculptures, and works on paper that reflect Picasso’s experiments with a variety of styles, including surrealism, neoclassicism, and expressionism. Picasso. Figures culminates in late works, characterized by vivid colors, exuberant brushstrokes, and playful twists on the old masters, showing that Picasso’s endless desire to reinvent painting continued until the end of his life. “The selection of the Frist in Nashville as the only U.S. venue for this show is a wonderful testament to our city’s growing national and international stature as a cultural destination,” says Edwards. “We are grateful to the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp for their support of Picasso. Figures.” “The Frist Art Museum is a critical part of the city’s cultural landscape,” says Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “Given the issues we have all faced since March of this year, we look forward to welcoming this world-class exhibition to our own Frist Art Museum in 2021. Our city remains a prime destination for travelers from around the country and across the world, and with Nashville as the sole U.S. venue, we certainly anticipate that many people will see this exhibition as an excellent reason to visit our city.” sl Picasso. Figures is organized in collaboration with the Musée national Picasso-Paris. It was conceived and organized by Emilia Philippot, curator, and François Dareau, associate curator, Musée national Picasso-Paris.

Page 16: Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). The Bathers, Biarritz, summer 1918. Oil on canvas, 10 5/8 x 8 5/8 in. Musée national Picasso-Paris, Pablo Picasso Acceptance in Lieu, 1979. MP61. © 2020 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national PicassoParis) / Sylvie Chan-Liat Page 17: Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). Portrait of Dora Maar, Paris, November 23, 1937. Oil on canvas, 21 3/4 x 18 1/4 in. Musée national Picasso-Paris, Pablo Picasso Acceptance in Lieu, 1979. MP166. © 2020 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Mathieu Rabeau Page 18: Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). The Supplicant, December 18, 1937. Gouache on wood, 9 1/2 x 7 1/4 in. Musée national Picasso-Paris, Pablo Picasso Acceptance in Lieu, 1979. MP168. © 2020 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Mathieu Rabeau Page 19: Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). Jacqueline with Crossed Hands, Vallauris, June 3, 1954. Oil on canvas, 45 5/8 x 34 7/8 in. Musée national Picasso-Paris, Jacqueline Picasso Acceptance in Lieu, 1990. MP199026. © 2020 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Adrien Didierjean



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BEHIND THE CURTAIN Nashville’s newest private club promises a haven to work or relax downtown

Written by Dave Mahanes / Photography by Colin Flora and Charlie Mahanes One block south of Lower Broad on the southeast corner of 2nd and Demonbreun is Music City’s newest luxury private club, The Register. The Register occupies the historic four-story red brick Liggett Building, built in 1933 as a feed-and-seed company. Integrous Architecture and Method-1 Interiors have teamed up to infuse the landmark’s early 20th-century architecture with the new milennium’s aesthetics and creative modern touches. The Register evokes the vibe of an old-school gentleman’s club upgraded with hipster culture and technology. The target audience is the ultra-successful with an appreciation for the finer things in life–convenience, unrivaled personal service, the chance to network with elite business peers, and the opportunity to invest in off-market investments, including blockchain technology. Membership will be limited to 200 members and 50 corporate members. Across the street from the Four Seasons’ future site is the secure, narrow alley entrance to The Register. You will be first greeted by “Kil,” the doorman. Kil is a massive, well-heeled, handsome gentleman dressed in head-to-toe black who warmly welcomes you and keeps the general public out. After ascending a long ramp, you will reach the front door. The door uses facial recognition technology to determine access and checks your temperature. Once you pass through the entrance, you may be fortunate to be greeted by Shelby, one of the stunning hostesses who will help you navigate The Register, where a unique menu of experiences awaits. 22

The first level has The Study, a sophisticated bar for refined tastes that features molecular craft cocktails, a designer ice program, customizable table-side service via premium beverage carts, and an extensive collection of wines from the finest vintners around the world. If you feel adventurous and want something sweet and tangy, try the King’s Ransom, a mixture of black tea infused Tito’s Vodka, muddled thyme, infused honey syrup, hand-squeezed lemon, and raw ginger. If you have a hankering for that hair-of-the-dog classic, the Bloody Mary, order the Thicker Than Water made with Ketel One Cucumber Vodka, basil syrup, tomato juice, lemon juice, horseradish, local BBQ sauce, local hot sauce, garlic powder, celery salt, black pepper, and pickle juice. From the wine list, you can choose from an $18 glass of Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris to a $1,900 bottle of Ornellaia, 2013, Bolgheri, ITA Cabernet Blend. The Study is open to members of The Register and guests of the community, who can request in advance an exclusive pass to the space. The second level is home to The Walter, an expansive open floor event space that can accommodate up to 200 guests. The Walter is available to both members and community guests by reservation, with members receiving preferred access to event dates. The Walter is a flexible space that can be customized according to the host’s imagination. It contains an ultra-high-end catering kitchen accompanied by a list of vetted caterers and a breakout conference room with state-of-the-art audio-visual options.

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The Register’s private club and the most exclusive area is housed on the 3rd level. When you exit the elevator, you are met by a wall of new cryptocurrency miner machines encased in glass, as well as the namesake “Register”—a vintage cash register, adeptly demonstrating the contrast between old and new financing methods. The open space is divided into individual lounge areas with luxurious contemporary furnishings. Each section has a personal cabinet with a pop-up flatscreen television for viewing sporting events, concerts, etc. The cabinet also serves as a bar that can be custom stocked with one’s preferred spirits. The private club also provides professional workstations, a specialty coffee bar, a private board room, and other private rooms for spirit tastings and other small events. There is also a VIP lounge with its own private entrance. Access to The Register’s private club floor is exclusive to members only and their guests (up to three per visit). The fourth level will be a two-story glass atrium rooftop bar with breathtaking views of the Cumberland River and downtown Music City. The rooftop bar will be open to the general public; however, members will be separated in a private secured member’s only area. The rooftop bar will open sometime in 2021. 26

The elegant rooms and their sophisticated features aside, The Register offers its members a team of Experience Specialists. The Experience Specialists are young, intelligent, articulate professionals that look like they came straight out of the pages of GQ or Vogue. They offer concierge services that cater to members’ special requests, including booking travel, securing tickets to sporting and entertainment events, handling restaurant reservations, procuring goods, and customizing amenities. Members have access to a mobile app that allows them to communicate directly with an Experience Specialist. They endeavor to arrange partnerships with the finest luxury establishments, including private air travel (JetRight headquartered in Music City), leading resorts and spas, vacation home rentals, dining experiences, and wellness facilities. Bottom line, if you appreciate the finer things in life and need the ultimate escape from the bustle and hustle of the rest of the world, join The Register, where you can relax, learn, work and explore in an unparalleled oasis of grandeur. sl The Register 200 2nd Avenue South Nashville, TN 37201, (615) 925-3878,


Belle Meade and Downtown have two European-style cafés to enjoy coffees, cocktails, and meals and take a break from everyday Written by Melissa Mahanes

ROZE PONY from Roze Latte to rosé | Roze Pony is chef Julia Jaksic’s new Belle Meade outpost that serves as a market and café and cool hangout in Belle Meade Galleria. Julia is an awardwinning chef with accolades from her popular Café Roze in East Nashville and her culinary experience from restaurants Employees Only Singapore and Jack’s Wife Freda in New York. The décor is French-inspired—sleek and chic with tile flooring and wooden tables. “Fresh, simple, yet approachable” is how Julia describes her food, and the seasonal offerings made with local ingredients that are artistically plated and thoughtfully combined. Breakfast highlights are the Overnight Oats, Baked Eggs, a Beet-cured Salmon on rye, and a delectable egg sandwich filled with an herby frittata, pesto aioli, and tomato on brioche. Coffees are crafted with Nashville-based OSA coffee. The signature Roze Latte is garnished with rose petals. For lunch, salads and grain bowls are available along with an array of sandwiches ranging from a Parisian ham baguette, a chickpea salad sandwich, to the Pony Burger—smashed patties with local cheddar, secret sauce, and house-made pickles. 28

Dinner features a Squash and Chickpea Tagine, Moules Frites, Skate Milanese, and Pork Chop will be the type of dishes that locals crave and will want to pop-in for the “usual.” The dry-aged bone-in NY Strip was a huge hit with our carnivores. Roze Pony has a fully-stocked bar and a stunning array of craft cocktails, and an extensive wine list (both by the glass and bottle). The Pimm’s Cup, Roze Julep, and Pretty Pony look like real standouts in the cocktail department. Roze Pony also has a market shelf stocked with supplies and a takeaway counter for coffee and pastries and meals to go. CAFÉ INTERMEZZO - from tortes to tortellini | Café Intermezzo began as an idea in 1971 when Brian Olson traveled to his heritage homeland of Germany. Visiting a Konditorei in Berlin (bakery-Café), and then many more throughout Germany and Austria, brought conviction that the Europäische Kaffeehaus (European coffeehouse), as a significant place in the lives of its guests, had a potential for a home in America. Olson believed that the kaffee haus would provide a distinct and wonderful refuge in the ever-expanding world of fast-food and environments designed to expedite takeout beverages and foods.

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Café Intermezzo boasts the largest espresso machine in the world—a design created by Olsen himself and fabricated in LA, a souvenir from his prior career selling espresso machines. The view of this massive copper machine and an exquisite display of cakes in the glass counter as you walk into the restaurant are only the beginning of the delicious offerings at Café Intermezzo. Breakfast and brunch offerings are extensive with three different eggs benedicts, waffles and French toasts, and a delicious Croque Madame. For lunch, salads and sandwiches include an orange, fig, and cranberry salad with goat cheese and pecans and a schiaccia, a Tuscan flatbread with hummus, mushroom tapenade, tomato, goat cheese, and artichoke. If you are stopping in for a cocktail, sample

their selection of small plates, including a warm and comforting baked brie and a spicy seafood dip, served with baguette toasts. For dinner, they offer a large selection of dishes ranging from Chicken Saltimbocca, Salmon Oscar to a selection of crêpes and plates of pasta. Just make sure to save room for dessert! We see this as a perfect spot to visit pre-Symphony since it is only a couple of blocks from the Schermerhorn Symphony Center— maybe Mozart will be on the schedule soon! sl Café Intermezzo Monday-Friday 11:00am-10:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-10:00pm. 205 Demonbreun Street, Nashville, TN 37201 / (615) 840-7933 / Roze Pony Reservations for dinner (parties of 6 or less) can be made on Tock. Monday-Sunday 8:00am-10:00pm, Breakfast and Lunch: 8:00am-4:00pm, Dinner: 4:00pm-10:00pm. 5133 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205 / (615) 942-5057 / 31




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Gold Skin Care Center has been providing the highest quality of expert skin care for over 30 years. We offer a full range of general and cosmetic dermatologic treatments. Dr. Michael Gold is a “luminary” for many laser and skin care companies. 2000 Richard Jones Road Suite 220 Nashville, TN 37215 The Laser & Rejuvenation Center 615-383-8812 Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa 615-383-3807 MICHAEL H. GOLD, MD

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The best kind of blues are found at Amanyara on Turks & Caicos Written by Bridget Williams

Placing my paddleboard atop water no choppier than a country club swimming pool during adult swim, I rose from my knees to stand, moved my feet apart to steady myself and pierced the surface with my paddle. In short order, my breathing was keeping time with the rhythmic strokes as I left behind the dozen or so guests spread out on a remote stretch of beach. With the water beneath me in this protected marine sanctuary as clear as the blue skies above, I watched colorful fish dart about curious structures designed to stimulate coral reef growth. Rounding a bend, and with no one in sight, I paddled to shore and sat at the water's edge, allowing the gentle waves to lap at my toes. As I savored the quiet and calm, I pondered the difference between this moment of blissful solitude the months of baneful isolation so many have experienced. With 120-acres surrounded by nearly 900-acres of nationallyprotected land above and below sea level, Amanyara on Turks & Caicos offers a blissful cocoon of relaxation and rejuvenation- an

antidote to isolation despite its remoteness. Reached via a five-mile unpaved road and positioned on a promontory on the western shore of Providenciales, the resort looks out over the reefs of Northwest Point Marine National Park. Water, either the sound or sight of it, is omnipresent. Amanyara's thirty-eight guest pavilions, which underwent a full refurbishment since July, and a collection of sprawling villas are cloaked in native tropical verdure. The foliage is manicured just enough but not too much to ensure privacy while providing unobstructed sightlines to either the ocean or a water feature. The property started 15 years ago as a collection of twoto six-bedroom villas; today, 18 of the 20 villas are available to rent and include a dedicated full-time butler and private chef. Designed in a similar fashion to the pavilions, the bedroom units surround a communal gathering space and are artfully separate with a beguiling blend of water features and pathways. 33

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Dinner in a private cove. Restaurant overlook the Grand Reflecting Pond

Arriving on my birthday, I nearly shrieked with glee as we approached the glass-walled Balinese-inspired bungalow that would be our home for five days. A rough-cut path in the rocky promontory comprised of pitted limestone and lava led to the bungalow's best feature, a private horseshoe-shaped cove with a powdery sand beach and intoxicating ombrĂŠ blue water. It was a spot we returned to again and again for a private sunset cocktail and canapĂŠ, yoga, a refreshing swim, and quiet contemplation. As tempting as it was to camp out in our private cove, Amanyara offers a comprehensive lineup of activities and food and beverage options that appeal to all age groups. In fact, we didn't feel the urge to explore off property for the duration of our stay. "We realize that architecture alone isn't enough of a draw, so we cater to the diverse interests of guests, including fitness enthusiasts," explained Garrett Donovan, Resort Manager. 34

One would have to try really hard to take a bad photograph at Amanyara. The heart of the resort is the main bar, where the conical roof of the structure, which is surrounded by water features, is Amanyara's tallest feature. Secluded spots at the water's edge are carved out for private dining experiences, which we enjoyed for my birthday dinner. Chef David Pooley is at the food and beverage program's helm, which employs a global perspective throughout its restaurant and private dining programs. With staff hailing from 19 countries, there is a great deal of culinary collaboration. "We can pool talent to fulfill our guests' culinary whims," said Pooley. An avid runner, the affable chef, who splits his time between the island and Modena, Italy, where his wife is from, knows the trails in the national park surrounding the resort by heart and often welcomes guests to join him for his morning jaunts.

Bedroom in the Tranquility Villa

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Oceanfront guest pavilions

The resort provides direct access to snorkeling in the Northwest Point Marine National Park.


Treatment pavilion at the spa

Sunset dinner next to the main swimming pool.

At the spa, four self-contained treatment rooms are outfitted for two with shower and changing facilities. The stand-alone structures, situated around a pond with a seamlessly integrated pool, create a dreamy scene. Teena, the diminutive therapist who delivered my 60-minute massage, had titanium hands that I am quite sure could crush a coconut. The unique combination of deep tissue massage and stretching left me feeling like a rag doll in a good way. Amanyara boasts a total of eight acres of open beachfront. In contrast to the Turks & Caicos' bustling Grace Bay Beach, you won't find jet skis or parasailing in this protected area. Attending to guests is a team of beach attendants ready to provide a cold drink or a boat ride to the nearby reef for guided snorkeling. After seeing the occasional dive boat just offshore, I was surprised to learn that the Grand Turks Wall was the attraction. Here, the crystal waters quickly turn dark as the ocean floor drops by nearly 7,000 feet. It was a fun quick stop on our guided snorkeling trip, but I have to admit I was on guard as I expected some ominous deep sea creature to emerge from the depths. Facilities on property facilitate pursuits ranging from lacrosse to tennis. My favorite was the dedicated boxing gym, which came about when Michael Perez Liriano, a former pro

An aerial view of the spa.

boxer from the Dominican Republic joined the staff. Liriano is an excellent coach, teaching fundamentals and delivering a challenging workout that makes you want to come back for more the next day. Also extremely patient and positive is tennis pro Rue Galero, a certified Level 1 TELOSTM Tennis Professional. The simple approach of this teaching method significantly elevated my typically terrible court performance. Daily yoga is offered at the spa or in the privacy of your bungalow or villa. Those looking for a more traditional way to work up a sweat can visit a tricked-out workout facility offering everything from TRX to treadmills. Boredom, due to a lack of options, is outside the realm of possibility here. While it may seem strange to travel to a remote place following months of isolation, the solace offered by Amanyara is soul-stirring, wholly restful, and just the right restart to tackle whatever else comes down the pipeline. Accommodations at Amanyara from $2,300/night in high season. For more information or reservations, visit sl Editor's Note: As of press time, Turks and Caicos Government require that guests obtain travel pre-authorization via the TCI Assured Portal, which includes a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR nasal swab test, within five days of their scheduled arrival date for all guests over 10 years of age. You can find more information at 37

Ivan Young S/S 2021


New collection imagery from designers Ivan Young and Bella Belle are just the eye candy we need to break up the monotony of sweatpants and t-shirts and keep alive the dream of dressing up to greet a reopened world.


Model wearing the Rita heel from Bella Belle ($295, Photo by Laura Gordon Photography. 39

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Photos courtesy of Ivan Young A native of Guangzhou, China, Ivan Young says his interest in fashion began at an early age, and he grew up watching his mother and grandmother make clothes for the family to wear. He created his first garment as part of his university studies and went on to found his eponymous company in 2017, with an initial mulberry silk collection focused on essential pieces with clean silhouettes. Today, his bi-annual collections encompass both evening and ready-to-wear. "It's the best of both worlds," he explained. "Eveningwear offers a chance to get all dressed up and indulge in something luxurious, while RTW makes little pieces of that luxury more easily accessible." The designer describes his client as someone aware of her feminine power as well as the importance of self-love. "A lovingly made garment is really something that I believe every woman should allow herself to experience," said Young.

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Bella Belle

Photos by Laura Gordon Photography Founded by a pair of best friends who met in high school, the brand is renowned for its embellished shoes, emphasizing bridal—and even more beloved for its focus on comfort. After commiserating about the difficulty to find flats that are dainty and not frumpy and elegant heels that weren't painful to wear, the pair aspired to lend a handmade aspect to their looks. Counter to fast fashion principles, Bella Belle's designers are inspired by elements that evoke emotions and senses, carving out a niche with a distinctive handmade approach where each beading and embroidery is handsewn and hand-cut. Their 3D floral embroidery technique is inspired by Japan's Sakura blooms, while patterns in crystal beadwork call to mind the bubbles in a glass of Champagne. This level of embellishment is inimitable by factory machines; they are more fluid, artistic, and exquisite as one might expect from a luxury brand.

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Bibliotaph... Publisher's Picks

Compiled by Victoria Chase

Dave Mahanes, Publisher, Sophisticated Living Nashville: I plan on reading The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson. Ever since my Dad brought home Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band when it came out, the Beatles have been my favorite recording artist. I started playing guitar six months after that and still do. I’ve read many books about the Beatles, but never one that focused on the last tragic days of John Lennon. I remember learning of his death that night in Cambridge Inn at Duke. It’s a must read from me; James Patterson’s not too shabby either. James Patterson—The Last Days of John Lennon—paperback, Little, Brown and Company Melissa Mahanes, Editor-In-Chief, Sophisticated Living Nashville: Ina Garten’s 12th Cookbook does not disappoint! I am enjoying making some new dishes-comfort food is key this time of year! Ina Garten—Modern Comfort Food— hardcover, 256 pages, Ten Speed Press. I am a huge fan of the Royals and their fashion choices! Especially fun to peruse since we are binge-watching the new season of The Crown. Elizabeth Holmes—HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style— hardcover, 336 pages, Celadon Books

Bridget Williams, Sophisticated Living Co-founder: Timely in this era of social justice awareness, I selected this book because it appeals to my interests in historical fiction and Native American history. Today, Simon Girty might be viewed as a defender of Native Americans, but in early American he was as reviled as Benedict Arnold. Working between the blurred lines of truth and legend, author Richard Taylor relies on passages from diaries, travel accounts and biographies to tell the story of this complex historical figure. Richard Taylor—Girty— 198 pages, University Press of Kentucky (


bib 'li' o 'taph, [bib-lee-uhtaf, -tahf ]: a person who caches or hoards books Amelia Jeffers, Publisher, Sophisticated Living Columbus: Working internationally as an auctioneer and appraiser for 20+ years, I know many of the characters and objects referenced in Objects of Desire. Re-reading it has the effect of attending a family reunion - reminding me of people and events who are no longer active. It is a great read for anyone interested in understanding the high stakes world of art and antiques. Thatcher Freund—Objects of Desire: The Lives of Antiques and Those Who Pursue Them— Paperback, 304 pages, Penguin Books Jeffrey Cohen, Editor-In-Chief, Sophisticated Living Indianapolis: I just started this memoir, which tells the story of the beloved house in New Orleans where the author and her family lived for decades. This is not an account of affluence, rather it’s the story of a family of 11 siblings and their single mother, who managed, at the age of 19, to buy a home in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods that became a haven for them, despite the inevitable grind and decay of poverty, until Hurricane Katrina destroyed all that they held dear. Hailed as a masterpiece of history, politics, sociology and memory, it’s a must-read for me, as a New Orleans native. Sarah M. Broom—The Yellow House: A Memoir— hardcover, 304 pages, Grove Press

Craig Kaminer, Publisher, Sophisticated Living St. Louis: Every now and then a book comes along which combines my general interest in business, reminders of my own career, my personal life experiences and one of the great brands I admire most. Leonard Lauder is one of the great stories of the beauty business and My Life in Beauty offers keen insights on honing ambition, leveraging success, learning from mistakes, and growing an international company in an age of economic turbulence, uncertainty, and fierce competition. This is a great read by the fire, on a beach or wherever you will take refuge this winter. Leonard Lauder—The Company I Keep: My Life In Beauty —hardcover, 432 pages, Harper Business 45

BETTER TOGETHER Fine jewelry pieces that play well with others Compiled by Bridget Williams

Clockwise from top left: Miro necklace with reclaimed white diamond from Meadowlark Jewelry ($1,117; Vessel pendant from Pamela Love ($240; Jade Trau Loop necklace ($3,650; Medium Marianne necklace from Brent Neale (price upon request; John Hardy Asli Classic Chain Link Transformable Necklace ($1,695; Bea Bongiasca Baby Vine chain bracelet with Corundum ($652;

Clockwise from top left: Case Joaillier Joujou diamond C band ($600; cayejoaillier. com). DRU Stacking Square ring with diamonds (from $695; Recycled gold and platinum bands with ethically sourced diamonds from Cathy Waterman ( Diamond enamel stack rings from EF Collection (from $556; Diamond eternity bands from Ashley Zhang (from $4,600;


Bracelet, rings and necklaces from Uncommon James (

Pieces from the La Selva collection by Emily P. Wheeler (

Clockwise from top left: Sorellina Hand On Paper Clip Chain ($8,350; White diamond and ruby, sapphire, and emerald Bolo bracelets from Graziela ($3,990/ each; Corda Shaker bracelet with black diamonds and rubies from Moritz Glik ($9,900; Continuty Binary Duo Color bracelet ($9,995) and Equality diamond bracelet ($6,295) from Alessa Jewelry (

Clockwise from top left: Grace Lee blue sapphire Ribbon ring ($1,288; Emerald and diamond Eternity ring set from Neelu Los Angeles ($3,000/set; 18K Astrid ring from Temple St. Clair is designed to be worn on the finger or as a pendant ($4,900; templestclair. com). All in LOVE! ring from Samantha Tea ($1,800;

Rings and bracelets from Neelu Los Angeles ( 47

NEW YEAR NEW YOU Non-traditional engagement rings for saying ‘I do!’ differently

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU Compiled by Bridget Williams

Compiled by Bridget Williams

Synergies, sustainability and superfoods are a few of the buzzwords being bantered about in the realm of self-care. From rare flowers to rowing, we’ve rounded up a few products that offer the promise of putting our best face and physique forward in 2021.

Clockwise from top left: Kickstart your skincare regimen in the shower with MBR's Enzyme Cleansing Booster, a a fruit enzyme powder and exfoliant that dissolves impurities, removes dead skin cells and excess oils ($227; Used as a spot treatment or over the entire face, Vicki Morav Z Bigatti Restoration Deep Repair Serum is a concentrated treatment of soy, botanical and marine extracts, vitamins and antioxidants formulated to improve skin clarity and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.rescues ($198; The key ingredient in KORRES Golden Krocus Hydra-Filler Plumping Cream the Krocus flower, which blossoms only once a year for two weeks in the northern part of Kozani, Greece. Once bloomed, the flower is then handpicked by the local villagers. ($76, Tammy Fender Celestial Rose Creme is a velvety balm with rose oil, Manuka honey, and other key ingredients to melt into the skin and provide rich nutritive benefits and create a barrier shielding the skin from environmental stressors ($145; This concentrated gel moisturizer features a unique blend of caviar, vitamins and vegetable stem cells to nourish and revitalize the skin. A hydrating complex of vitamins A and E, blended with natural extracts from apple and argan trees, sunflowers and caper fruits are quickly absorbed into the skin. Perfect for everyday use or as a 'no-rise' mask for a deep nourishing boost. Also great for men as an after-shave soothing treatment ($100; New to the United States and founded by Pietro Simone, his eponymous skincare collections are world-renowned for combining a scientific and natural approach to expertly manage and combat the aging process. Offering two lines, the Essential Collection and the Prestige Collection, all of Pietro's effective skincare products incorporate his exclusive Italian Bella Complex that features natural healing ingredients sourced directly from Italy. Designed for everyday use, Pietro's Essential Collection uses synergistic scientific formulas that encourage the skin to heal and excel (from $60;


Clockwise from top left: Featuring iLoop technology, the Moda One hairdryer senses hair moisture and adjusts heat and airflow accordingly, thus creating a faster & smarter hair drying experience ($299). Thirteen years and more than 500,000 R&D hours went into OPTE, the first precision skincare device of its kind. OPTE is a handheld inkjet serum printer with the power to reveal skin’s natural radiance by digitally scanning skin, analyzing complexions, and camouflaging hyperpigmentation on contact with Spot Optimizing Serum while fading dark spots over time ($599, With a quiet and smooth patented drag mechanism, a library of workouts on waterways around the globe delivered via a 22” touchscreen display, and front-facing speakers, the Hydrow delivers a cardio and strength training workout that engages 86% of your muscles ($1,995;

Modica is the world’s first superfood cocktail mix. Made with naturallysourced ingredients, each serving has no more than 35 calories, and every bottle makes at least 10 cocktails ($13.99/bottle;

Clockwise from top left: Nora Kogan Elise ring with emerald-cut diamond in a matte satin gold setting ($5,225; Picchiotti Classics Imperial Collection white gold, diamond, and ruby ring (price upon request; De Cosmi 18K yellow gold and rough diamond ring (price upon request; Custom engagement ring by Harwell Godfrey (price upon request; Emily Kuvin 14k diamond Three Dot ring ($1,870; Jemma Wynne bespoke ring with baguette cut diamond (price upon request; Fantazia by Aisha Baker in 18k yellow gold with diamonds and white quartz ($10,800; Anna Sheffeld Bea Three Stone ring with black diamond (from $25,300; Ascension Illusion diamond ring from Graziela ($7,500; Maya Gemstones Perfect Ring in yellow gold with 1ct Maya-cut diamond (price upon request; 49

Of Note... Cozy at Home

Compiled by Colin Dennis

This page, clockwise from top left: Missoni Home hooded bathrobe ($430; Fergus wool rug designed by Constance Frapolli for Ligne Roset ( Oshin cashmere cableknit throw ($853; Kona Cave velvet snuggle cave dog bed ($109; The Garden Room upholstered chair from Theodore Alexander ($2,151; Maxalto Amoenus Soft armchair from B&B Italia ( Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Mohair Supreme upholstery from Herman Miller ($7,495; Max armchair from Hommes Studio ($7,900; Infinity wooden puzzle from Jonathan Adler ($30;


The Eigg bed from The Headboard Workshop ($1,800;

Ethnicraft Tulum cushion ($268), Camel Alpone throw ($253), Dark Tulum cushion ($241) and Osso stool ($395;

It takes 320 hours for a team of craftspeople to create each Hästens Vividus bed. The bed frame is made of redwood from the north of Sweden, while the mattress is made of layers of cotton, wool, mohair and horsehair, with a step stitching technique ($150,000;

RH Yeti sheepskin armchair in ivory (from $2,695;

Steiff Classic 1909 teddy bear with growler ($229; 51

A woodworker in the Acca Kappa factory.


Mozzafiato introduces iconic Italian beauty brands to North American consumers. Written by Bridget Williams

Italian beauty seems to defy an expiration date, as Sophia Loren, Carla Bruni, Isabella Rossellini, Bianca Balti, and Monica Bellucci attest. While good genes certainly help, living la dolce vita is an all-encompassing ethos. Capitalizing on the Italian tradition of family heritage and craftsmanship related to beauty, Mozzafiato, an e-commerce platform that launched in November, is looking to reinvent American beauty for both men and women with made-in-Italy products ranging from ancient fragrances to leading-edge skincare innovations. If you're like me and miss traveling abroad, browsing the Brand Stories section of the 17 companies and more than 900 products presently represented on the Mozzafiato website allows the mind to wander through the wonders of Italy, imaging the sights, sounds, and scents of a country that holds a special place in many a heart. In these most uncomforting times, something is reassuring about getting an intimate look at the makers of products that are part of our daily beauty rituals. "In the same way that the Italian culture and lifestyle have created an enduring love for its design, fashion, food, wine, and automobiles, the world is ready to unlock its passion for Italian beauty," said Amy Parsons, CEO of Mozzafiato. "American consumers have proven their affinity for exploring multiple and diverse beauty brands in a single location. Mozzafiato transforms 52

that concept into a beautiful, emotional experience with this collection of truly authentic and unique Italian products." Among the storied brands represented include Acca Kappa, a fourth-generation family business located in the heart of Treviso. Founded in the late 1800s as a brush factory, the company was expropriated from the family during the First and Second World Wars. In each instance, the family managed to repurchase it following years of hard work. Today the brand, one of the oldest in Italy, offers fragrances and skincare products for men and women, in addition to their world-renowned hairbrushes and toothbrushes. Of the company's White Moss cologne, Elisa Gera, great-granddaughter of the company founder, says, "It reminds you of spring in Italy. Once you try it, you'll get addicted to it." Alongside long-standing companies are newcomers such as Storie Veneziane, founded in Venice by Sophie and Didier Guillon. Their exquisite perfumes are encased in equally refined vessels highlighted by a Murano glass mask and Venetian leatherwrapped caps that are functional works of art. To enhance the brand's multi-sensory appeal, Mozzafiato plans to open a series of immersive retail stores in more than 20 major markets across the United States and Canada. For more information, visit sl

Gabriel Balestra, founder of Skin & Co. on the company’s truffle farm.

A portrait of Acca Kappa founder Herman Krull hangs above his greatgranddauter Elisa Gera, who currently runs the family business.

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ALL THE RIGHT ANGLES Jewelry inspired by the beauty of geometry Compiled by Bridget Williams

Clockwise from top left: Limited-edition Pixels collar necklace from Carelle ( Earrings, left to right, top to bottom: Circular Contrast earrings by Joana Salazar (joanasalazar. com). Mirror earrings from Melis Goral ($6,300; Pyramid earrings from Karma El Khalil ( Keynes hexagon diamond earrings from Walters Faith ($6,985; One-of-a-kind Stephen Webster Vertigo Lost Horizon hoops ( Emily P. Wheeler X earrings ($12,000; Jared Lehr earrings ( Ara Vartanian emerald and diamond earrings (


Clockwise from top left: Geoart Puzzle necklace from Kavant & Sharart ( Aztec medallion from Terzihan’s Neutra Collection ($9,200; Akila drape necklace from KORITE ($1,455; VRAM Robo Kinetic ring ( Marrow Fine opal inlay ring ($4,000; Oxidized silver Ice ring from Elizabeth Garvin Fine ($1,040; Grab n Go ring from NeverNot ($5,875: Akylon 44mm watch from MUSE Swiss Art Watches ($3,600; The Alcazar bracelet from Aisha Baker ( Pyramid Pop prehnite open ring from Luv My Jewelry ($239; Sonya ring with pink enamel from MAYA ($3,800; 55

A farmer carrying his daughter in-between rows of agave.

DISTILLED HISTORY Mezcal, Mexico's native spirit, retains its artisanal roots Written by Chloe Gellar

As an ardent consumer of craft cocktails, I recall the rise of mezcal a few years ago, when the spirit was tapped (and some would argue pigeon-holed) to imbue a drink with a "smoky" flavor. And while mezcal and tequila are both distilled from agave, the former can display a broad range of flavor profiles, from bitter to bubble gum. Archaeologists have estimated that humans began utilizing the agave plant 11,000 years ago for clothing, tools, and medicine. For thousands of years, the indigenous tribes of Mexico made pulque, a milky white alcoholic beverage made from the agave plant's leaves or sap. Spaniards were introduced to pulque during the Spanish Conquest. Once the liquor they brought with them ran out, the Spanish used their knowledge of distilling (learned from the Moors) to experiment with agave and create something with a higher alcohol content. The culmination of their efforts became mezcal. The main difference between mezcal and tequila is that while mezcal can be made from nearly 50 species of the agave plant, tequila can only be made from Weber blue agave. Resembling a pineapple, the piĂąa, the rounded stem of the agave plant, is used to make mezcal. 56

Each agave plant takes a minimum of four years to mature, with some requiring as many as three decades. This slow-growing process is what imparts mezcal with complex flavors and aromas. The word mezcal is derived from the Nahuatl word mexcalli, which translates as "oven-cooked agave." Once harvested, the piĂąa is roasted, typically in underground pits, although some contemporary producers employ steam to mitigate smoky characteristics. As it cooks, the plant's fibers soften, and starches morph into sugar. In traditional distillation, a tahona, a giant stone wheel typically pulled by a donkey or mule, pulverizes the cooked plant. Today, this process has been made more efficient by some distillers through mechanization, though some craft producers employ a mallet and manpower to make the pulp. The pulp is fermented (with wild yeast in quality mezcals) and distilled, with some mezcals undergoing barrel aging. Much of what you need to know about a bottle of mezcal is right on the label. Drawing parallels with wine grapes and regions, bottles of mezcal list the variety or varieties of agave plants used, along with where they were grown. Mezcal was first recognized as an Appellation of Origin in 1994, but it did not become law until 2003. Just like a bottle of sparkling wine labeled Champagne must

In the traditional manufacture of mezcal, a giant stone wheel is used to pulverize the cooked agave to create a pulp.

be made in Champagne, France, mezcal must be made in one of nine Mexican states: Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Puebla, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas. Oaxaca is the largest producer. While mezcal is a centuries-old tradition in Mexico, its popularity in the United States can be traced back to the mid1990s, when Ron Cooper, a California native and founder of Del Maguey, starting importing single-village mezcal, and thereby creating a "single-village" designation for the spirit. Cooper's tireless efforts paid off in 2017 when Pernod-Ricard purchased a majority stake in Del Maguey. The rising popularity of Mexico's indigenous spirit in the U.S. is a boon for small communities' economies where family producers have been working for generations. A native of Oaxaca, Francisco Javier Perez Cruz saw firsthand the backbreaking work and hardscrabble existence of families making mezcal. Elected president of the National Mezcal Council in 2004, he went on to found the Consejo Oaxaqueño del Maguey Mezcal (Oaxaca Mezcal Maguey Council). Today, his Banhez Cooperative (banhezmezcal. com), a conglomeration of 36 farming families, is now run by

his son Luis and ensures fair wages, consistent work, and a better quality of life. Banhez Espadin Barril Mezcal ($35/750ML), which boasts tropical notes of banana and pineapple to balance the smoke, won Double Gold and Best Mezcal at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Rooted in the traditions of his native Durango, Gaston Martinez founded IZO ( in the early 2000s. He sustainably operates the company, including utilizing solar power and independent water resources. Using hand-harvested agave grown on high-altitude desert mesas, his team at IZO works to uphold and preserve a proud legacy of partnership with the land and its resources. IZO's award-winning Mezcal Jovan ($65/750ML) is made with agave hearts slow-roasted with smoldering oak in lava-lined fire pits. Double distillation results in a subtly smoky flavor with a clean finish. For purists who want to savor the complexities of mezcal, the ideal way is to sip it neat from a copita, a small and wide clay bowl designed to emulate a jicara, Mother Nature's drinking vessel made from the dried fruit of the calabash tree. Perusing local Mexican craft markets, particularly in Oaxaca, you'll frequently spy these organic vessels transformed into works of art. Salud! sl 57


GMC looks to shake up the truck segment with extreme off-road capabilities offered by the electric 2022 HUMMER EV Written by Andre James / Photography courtesy of GMC “Our goal was to develop the most capable, factory off-road pickup on the market. We’re excited to show the world what 100-plus years of truck know-how can do when applied to EV power,” said Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer of the newly unveiled GMC HUMMER EV. “It will have the capability to go almost anywhere, on- or off-road, combining screaming performance with a nearly silent ride,” he added. This open-air, performance-oriented supertruck mates a GM-designed three-motor electric 4WD system with five advanced drive modes (four pre-configured and one driver-configurable), providing impressive capabilities. These include the ability to climb 60-percent grades in both forward and reverse, scaling 18-inch verticals, and fording water more than two-feet deep. For instance, in Terrain Mode, the driver can negotiate terrain at low speeds by simply modulating input on the accelerator pedals. Enabling this performance level is an all-new body frame structure that eliminates conventional frame rails and makes the battery pack a fundamental structural element of the chassis. Without the constraints of a traditional propulsion system and 58

standard drive axles, the system can channel more power to a single wheel. Launched and offered exclusively in the fully equipped Edition 1 model with an Extreme Off-Road Package, each supertruck will be identically appointed with a white exterior and Lunar Horizon interior. Part of the HUMMER EV’s highlight reel of significant off-road features are independent front and rear suspension; an electronically controlled, driverselectable front e-Locker that elevates traction capability by locking both front wheels so that they turn at the same speed; a rear virtual locker that can vary the amount of torque sent to each wheel to optimize traction off and on-road; underbody armor; 18-inch wheels with 35-inch-OD Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires; and, UltraVision front and rear underbody cameras offering 18 camera views in total. CrabWalk, a segment-exclusive feature, turns the rear wheels at the same angle as the front wheels (up to 10 degrees) at low speeds, allowing diagonal movement of the vehicle. The driver is kept apprised of conditions and the truck’s settings at any time via

The 2022 GMC HUMMER EV’s design visually communicates extreme capability, reinforced with rugged architectural details that are delivered with a premium, wellexecuted and appointed interior.

The GMC HUMMER EV is designed to be an off-road beast, with allnew features developed to conquer virtually any obstacle or terrain.

a host of off-road widgets displayed on the infotainment and driver information screens. The HUMMER EV’s Ultium Drive system delivers 1,000 horsepower, more than 11,500 lb-ft of torque, a three-second 0-60mph sprint, and a GM-estimated 350+ mile driving range on a full charge. HUMMER EV is the first GMC vehicle to offer variable Regen on Demand. This driver-controlled regenerative braking feature converts the kinetic energy of the truck’s forward momentum into electricity stored in the vehicle’s battery packs for maximizing the driving range. The system’s pure electric propulsion holds peak torque much longer, through a wider speed range (up to 40 mph) than even diesel engines, which is optimal for off-roading. The latest version of Super Cruise offers hands-free driving on more than 200,000 miles of enabled roads. Watts to Freedom is the HUMMER EV's launch control mode, a driver-selectable feature that channels the propulsion system’s power into acceleration bursts. As the vehicle readies itself for Watts to Freedom, a series of interior experiences convey the feeling of a “prelaunch countdown,” including interactive controls, unique sounds

The GMC HUMMER EV is driven by next-generation EV propulsion technology that enables unprecedented offroad capability, extraordinary on-road performance and an immersive driving experience.

through the Bose speakers, and screen animations. The vehicle also lowers two inches to prepare for the launch, utilizing a lower center of gravity. “It’s an amazing demonstration of just how fast 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb-ft of electric propulsion can move you — regardless of the vehicle’s size,” said Oppenheiser. “It’ll put a smile on your face every single time.” Performance aside, the Infinity Roof with removable Sky Panels that can stow in the “frunk” at the front of the vehicle grabs attention on or off-road. Inside the five-passenger cabin, an easyto-clean vinyl floor topped with recycled rubber inserts takes the place of conventional carpet. There are ample storage solutions throughout. Epic’s Unreal Gaming Engine powers a pair of large graphic displays. Some functions are activated by voice command, while others employ smartphone-like swiping and scrolling. The 2022 HUMMER EV Edition 1 will have a starting MSRP of $112,595. Production is scheduled to begin in late 2021 at GM’s Factory ZERO, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center— a nearly 40-year-old facility repurposed and retooled with a $2.2-billion investment devoted to electric vehicle production. sl 59

DREAMING IN PARADISE The newly opened Conrad Punta de Mita is Hilton’s first and only Conrad brand resort in Mexico. Written by Bridget Williams Mexico colors my dreams with a vibrancy I find nowhere else in the world. Each time I visit, symbols of ancient gods, the traditions of its indigenous people, the food, and the landscape—from bustling cities to the mystery of mountain peaks cloaked in seemingly impenetrable jungle—come to life shortly after my head hits the pillow. My most recent stay, this time at the newly opened Conrad Punta de Mita in the Riviera Nayarit, was no exception. Located approximately 40 minutes from the international airport in Puerta Vallarta, the property sits within a lightly developed area that's part of the gated Litibu golf course community. Proof once again that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, from the backside, the hulking main structure of the resort gives little indication of what lies inside. Once you pass the COVID protocols—bag, hand, and shoe sanitizing and a temperature check—you are invited to pass through a corridor framed with wood "ribs" that leads to a soaring lobby with views to a verdant lawn, a trio of swimming pools and the breaking waves of the ocean. Once the feeling of being gobsmacked by the vista wears off, you begin to notice the complexity of the interior design, which pays subtle homage to the indigenous Huichol people and traditional Mexican craftsmanship in a handmade-modern way. The Conrad Punta de Mita is the first full-service Conrad brand resort in Mexico. Each of the 324 guest rooms, spread out over the multi-story arc-shaped main building, and nine beachfront casas, 60

each with 12-15 rooms and suites, boast views of the Pacific Ocean. Request Superior King Oceanfront suite 1436, or similar, for views that stretch from the ocean and across a wide swath of mangrove forest to the emerald Sierra Madre Mountains. Spacious guest rooms continue the theme established in the lobby of mixing traditional aspects with clean-lines. Inside my ocean-front casa room, I admired the cerused wood trim and doors in the bathroom, beauty dish-style LED-lighted mirrors over the double vanity, Huichol-inspired artwork over the coffee bar, and crisp bed linens with navy blue trim. A large balcony offered space for alfresco dining, as well as a comfy daybed that served as an open invitation to savor the sound of the strong surf. Rising before sunrise, you'll spy an army of attendants attending to the manicured grounds. Ideal for both family travel and couple's getaways, a large family pool includes a water slide (that this bid kid also loved) and a zero-entry splash pad for the littlest fish. An infinity activity pool fronts the ocean, and an adults-only pool with a champagne bar concept in the works, rounds out the aquatic options. Surrounding each pool are cabanas and loungers with some of the thickest and most comfortable cushions I've encountered. The wide, uncrowded beach has packed sand that's ideal for running or walking. While there is another hotel sharing the waterfront in not-too-close proximity on one side of the property, on the other, there's at least a mile of undeveloped waterfront to relish.

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The adults-only swimming pool.

There are four restaurants and three bars on the property. During my visit, I experienced three of the four, with the fourth, Codex, a unique fine-dining concept reached via an elevated walkway over the mangroves, scheduled to open shortly. In developing the menu, including special moon phase dinners, Executive Chef Victor Palma sourced inspiration from an ancient Aztec book of herbs, ‘Codice’. As a lover of all things spicy and Mexican cuisine, I can attest that the food here is extraordinary. I quickly became known as the "spice girl," with staff presenting me with house-made hot sauces, even at breakfast to top my chile relleno. Mezquite offers toes-in-the-sand al fresco dining and is the best place to watch the sunset. With any luck, during the winter months, you may spy a humpback whale breaching in the distance. Here, the focus is on cuisine created over charcoal and fire, all the way down to the digestif, an activated charcoal popsicle. I washed mine down with a Carajillo, a bittersweet concoction of coffee and Licor 43, a Spanish liqueur. Available by reservation for up to 20 guests, the Zarandeado Experience allows diners to meet local fishermen from nearby La Cruz Huanacaxtle with the talented Chef Palma when they deliver their catch of the day to the beach in front of the hotel. They'll enjoy a la minute ceviches while the expertly grilled fish is prepared and then served with tostadas and a variety of savory accompaniments for DIY tacos on the beach. Serving three meals daily, the spring-like freshness of interior design elements at Árbol— green terracotta floor tiles, woven fiber 62

pendant light fixtures and a custom jungle mural painted on one wall, to name a few—mirror the beautifully presented regional Mexican dishes and American staples that are prepared with the freshest of ingredients. Located next to the family pool, Paleta serves kid-friendly favorites like wood-fired pizzas and more refined comfort food fare, including tuna poke and a flatbread topped with pork belly. Colibri Roasting Company is the go-to spot for a coffee fix and grab-and-go options for breakfast and lunch. One of the more unique offerings of the food and beverage program is the Agave Studio, where guests receive a Mexican history lesson in tandem with a guided tasting of spirits made with agave. Diving deep beyond tequila and mezcal, we took our tasting experience to the next level with a multi-course dinner than paired traditional Mexican cuisine with spirits from the familiar—tequila and mezcal—to the foreign—sotol and raicilla. We sampled each spirit from a handmade vessel designed to bring out the flavors of each. The evening ended with sipping sotol from a ceremonial-style cup. Once we learned that viper venom is added to its final distillation, we paid extra special attention to discerning the flavor profiles. My dreams were certainly extra spirited that evening! Even a room service dinner exceeded my expectations, allowing me to shamelessly attack a bowl of guacamole before noshing on flank steak tacos. I'd highly recommend adding a bag of the resort's highly addictive chili caramel corn to your order and save it (if you can!) for snacking on the return flight.

Mezquite Restaurant The Agave Studio

Executive Chef Victor Palma showing off the catch of the day. Anna Martinez leads agave spirit tastings in the Agave Studio.

An outdoor relaxation area at the spa.

Grilled fish served at lunch as part of the Zarandeado Experience. 63

The spa's temazcal is the first on a Hilton property. During this unique experience, guests sit in a circle on the floor while heated volcanic rocks, hand-selected by a shaman, are placed in the center to create heat and steam central to a 4-door purification ritual.

While it may seem contrary to the idea of a relaxing vacation, I like to take advantage of the leisure time to focus on my fitness. The property aids this initiative with a large and well-equipped fitness room as part of the spa, allowing plenty of room to work out safely. A bonus is that I can reward my muscles for all of their hard work with some spa pampering. A state of sensory bliss ensues as soon as you step inside the 10,000 square foot Conrad Spa, courtesy of a custom scent that permeates every square inch. While the inside spaces are uniquely designed and appointed, it's the Garden of Edenmeets-Dr. Seuss wonderland of the outdoor spaces that's the real showstopper. An abundance of flora, selected for its attractiveness to hummingbirds, grows around (and eventually up and over) several stand-alone treatment rooms (aptly named hummingbird nest cocoons) and passageways, handwoven on site of local wood. Found in this area is dome-shaped temazcal, the first on a Hilton property. During this unique spa experience, guests sit in a circle on the floor while heated volcanic rocks, hand-selected by a 64

shaman, are placed in the center to create heat and steam central to a 4-door purification ritual. One could be perfectly content remaining on the property for the duration of their stay, but the nearby town of Sayulita is worth a visit. There are a few gems to be discovered amid the trinket and surf shops, including Evoke the Spirit, RevoluciĂłn Del SueĂąo, Buddha Gallery, and weekend markets full of locally produced handicrafts. Among the parade of humanity meandering the cobblestone streets are scraggly-haired surfers of all ages along with quite a few ex-pats, who, by the looks of their bare feet, unshaven faces, and deep tans, have fully embraced the beach bum lifestyle. After a few days in the Riviera Narayit at Conrad Punta de Mita, I understand their outlook and the area's appeal. Room rates at the Conrad Punta de Mita start at $279/ night. The resort is offering a "Stay Longer & Work from Paradise" package offering seven nights free when staying 14 days or more starting at $296/night with a fourteen-night minimum. For more information or reservations, visit sl



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LA BELLA FIGURA Nashville welcomes Michelin stars to wine and dine us Written by Dave Mahanes/Photography by Haas & Haas and The Joseph

Fifteen years ago, my family and I were in Chicago to see the Rolling Stones. We had the good fortune to dine at the worldrenowned and Michelin-star Italian restaurant, Spiaggia. It was one of those hall of fame-worthy meals that we would remember forever, and I turned to my wife and asked, “Why can’t we have something like this in Nashville?” Well, guess what? We do now! Tony Mantuano, the longtime chef at Spiaggia, and his wife, Cathy, have partnered with the Pizzuti Companies to bring la bella figura to Music City through Yolan, the new upscale Italian restaurant in The Joseph, a new Luxury Collection Hotel. Beyond fine Italian dining, la bella figura describes the beautiful Italian way of living – cutting a beautiful figure in every detail. Joel Pizzuti, President of the Pizzuti Companies and a Vanderbilt alumnus, has named Yolan after

his grandmother Yolanda and The Joseph after his grandfather. The cibo e bevande (Food and Wine) program at The Joseph (Denim and Four Walls) is the result of a match made in paradiso. Chef Mantuano has been nominated 12 times by the James Beard Foundation and won Best Chef Midwest in 2005 (when I dined there, of course!). He has received a Michelin star every year since 2011 and is the Obamas favorite restaurant. Cathy Mantuano is a sommelier and was one of the first people in the United States to curate an all-Italian wine list. She also ran the wine program at Spiaggia. Tony and Cathy trained in Italy in the early 1980s and have returned there every year since. Tony runs the kitchen and strolls the floor overseeing the impeccable service while Cathy stays in front of the house overseeing the perfect pairings of wine with the featured dishes. 67

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The entrance of the Yolan is completely open to and adjacent to a sleek espresso bar featuring coffee, tea, and fresh from the oven pastries and to an open bar serving craft cocktails and cicchetti (snacks or small dishes typically found in the osterias of Venice). One steps down from there into an elegant space featuring 21-foot ceilings, black quilted leather banquets, and tables of brown figured walnut inlaid with mother of pearl. A refrigerated glass cabinet holds massive 80-pound wheels of imported Parmigiano–Reggiano and separates the dining area from the kitchen, allowing diners a glimpse of where Tony Mantuano’s magic happens. The exposed glass wine enclosure contains over 600 bottles of wine meticulously selected and maintained in a temperature-controlled environment. The space is adorned by contemporary art from the Pizzuti family’s private 68

collection, one of the largest private contemporary art collections globally, and from commissioned pieces including those by local Tennessee artists (more on the “Art of the Joseph” in the next issue of Sophisticated Living Nashville). To deliver the ultimate culinary experience, Yolan spares no expense. Twenty-seven dies for a pasta extruder were imported to make the various house-made pastas. The kitchen also features a custom wood-burning oven also imported from Italy. Through their many trips to Italy over the years, they have accumulated a vast stable of Italian purveyors, from crystal glassware to olive oil. Tony and Cathy Mantuano are passionate about the authenticity of their brand of Italian cuisine, which fuses both the modern and the traditional. One can choose from a tasting menu of 5 or 8 courses or order à la carte along with the Italian tradition of sequenced dishes

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of Antipasti, Primi, Secondi, and Dulci. However, when my family and I dined there, we went a little freestyle. For an appetizer, we selected the risotto from the Primi menu as our starter. The risotto was a delicate blend of saffron, lobster, and Parmigiano-Reggiano that melted in your mouth. On our sommelier’s advice, we paired this with a Jermann 2018 Pinot Grigio, which was well balanced, a little on the dry side with a hint of green apples. We ordered the Pappardelle from the Primi menu and the Bistecca medium-rare from the Secondi menu for our main course. The Bistecca was a 6-inch thick 36-ounce Kansas City strip steak accompanied by potatoes with rosemary lardo. The beef was cooked perfectly with a perfect char on the outside with that wonderful fleshy texture. They paired this for us with a Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo 2017, which was bold, dry, acidic with a good bit of tannin. The flavor had elements

Bistecca Romanesco

of cherry, oak, and vanilla. The Pappardelle was prepared with white bolognese sauce containing ground pork, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and I am sure a healthy amount of butter; it was divine. We did not have room for dessert-we will need to pace ourselves better next time-we did have some gorgeous little treats at the end. The Dolci menu had some elegant creations crafted of chocolate and pralines, and a selection of gelati and sorbetti. Yolan is a welcome world-class addition to Nashville’s culinary community and raises the bar in its sophistication. Goditi questo ristorante meraviglioso! sl Yolan 403 4th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37201 / (615) 248-1990 The Joseph 401 Korean Veterans Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37201 / (615) 248-1990 Yolan-open daily 5:00am-10:00pm (additional hours will be added for breakfast and lunch). Denim-open for lunch and dinner. Lobby Bar-open breakfast, lunch and dinner. Four Walls-open for dinner. 69

SOLD 515 Church Street #4504 $4,500,000

MLS# 2164131 – Luxury living, exquisite design. 3,721 SF, 3 BR, 3 ½ BA, 2-level penthouse. Co-listed with Chad Wohlers, Village.

SOLD 515 Church Street #3412 $2,200,000

Modern elegance and timeless sophistication. Beautifully appointed 2-BR. Breathtaking views. Co-listed with Chad Wohlers, Village.


MLS# 2194340 - 70s Contemporary style with breathtaking views of Nashville. 4BR 4BA, 3,644 SF on 1.41 acres.

MLS# 2185618 - Spectacular renovation preserves the original charm and character of this stately 3,075 SF home.

SOLD 1807 Stokes Lane $1,198,500

MLS# 2151004 - Renovated Green Hills home. Over 4,000 SF with 4BD 3½BA. Park-like lot.

MLS# 2129378 - One of Belle Meade’s most sought-after locations in a secluded setting. 4BR 3½BA, 3,501 SF.

SOLD 1611 18th Ave. S. $1,295,000

5013 Villa Crest Dr. $1,895,000

201 Scotland Place $1,100,000

SOLD 3611 Central Ave. $1,240,000

MLS# 2153506 - Renovated & expanded stone cottage. 4 BR 4 BA, 3,572 SF. 2-car detached garage.

SOLD 3614 Hampton Ave. $2,100,000

MLS# 2190305 - Beautifully renovated. Chef’s kitchen, private owner’s suite, Gunite pool & spa. 4BR 4½BA, 3,785 SF.

SOLD 705 Myers Point Road $1,395,000

Spectacular, custom-designed Sewanee mountain home. 4 BR, 4½ BA, 4,734 SF on 6.67 Acres.

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Hotel Jerome

SNOWMASS VILLAGE /ASPEN Double the Pleasure Written by Christy Waller of CW Luxury Travel

Aspen Snowmass is a mountain resort comprised of four different mountains (each within a short drive of each other) in central Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. It is also accessed via the AspenPitkin County Airport, just minutes from the slopes, offering direct flights from around the United States. Anchored by two incredible towns—Aspen and Snowmass Village—this area provides you the perfect opportunity to revive and restore your mind, body, and spirit. Winter in Snowmass is amazing. It’s just that simple. The luxury ski-in/ski-out resort is nestled right at Snowmass Mountain’s foot and is easily accessible to the area’s three other ski mountains. WHERE TO STAY: Viceroy Snowmass, just minutes from Aspen, is the only luxury ski resort hotel in Snowmass Village. Each luxury hotel room and suites offer guests an unparalleled resort experience year-round. Featuring breathtaking Colorado mountain views, elegant amenities, stylish interior décor, and full in-room kitchens, these luxury accommodations bring a sense of serenity and comfort. Enjoy the ease of ski-in/ski-out privileges, dining in one of the three restaurants and cafes, a 24-hour fitness center, and the nearby Snowmass Mountain. WHERE TO DINE: From formal dining experiences to quick bites on the go, Viceroy Snowmass appeals to all palates, thanks to

its eclectic range of on-site restaurants. Highlighting the freshest regionally sourced, organic ingredients, the dishes that make up the seasonal menus at our Snowmass restaurants complement and characterize the settings they serve. WHERE TO RELAX: Jean Michel-Gathy designed the Viceroy Spathe 7,000-square-foot spa wraps you in a world of holistic wellness experiences, from Ute Indian-inspired therapies to contemporary beauty rituals. The spa provides six luxurious treatment rooms— including a hydrotherapy Vichy shower room and a couple’s suite. The relaxation lounge features the soothing sound of falling water from an infinity pool and waterfall. FAMILY FUN: Every Friday night during the peak of the winter season, Snowmass honors the Norse God of Snow—Ullr—with Ullr Nights, a nighttime winter wonderland party at Elk Camp on Snowmass. Friends and family take an evening gondola ride up to Elk Camp for outdoor winter activities such as tubing, ice skating, snow biking, as well as making s’mores and hot chocolate by the bonfire. Dancing to live music and enjoying an à la carte culinary celebration is sure to please any palate. After playing in the snow, kids can warm up inside with fun activities and entertainment downstairs in The Tent. 71

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HOTEL JEROME ASPEN WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Jerome has been the social hub of Aspen since its opening in 1889 at the height of the town’s silver boom, known as the place where many great stories are told. Guests have witnessed many sights-cowboys riding through their doors, 10th Mountain Division soldiers drinking pints after training on the slopes, and Hunter S. Thompson holding court during his run for sheriff. You can’t experience Aspen without experiencing Jerome. WHERE TO DINE: Hotel Jerome boasts three great dining options. Prospect is the perfect place to find an elevated yet approachable selection of American bistro dishes that showcase every season in the Roaring Fork Valley. The newest addition to the town’s social scene pays homage to the wife of Hotel Jerome’s original proprietor, Jerome B. Wheeler. Enjoy craft cocktails and small plates in-between ski runs or a day of shopping. With its lively buzz and Old West vibe, the 19th-century bar remains the town’s social hub, where ski bums rub elbows with socialites over craft beers, vintage-inspired cocktails, and Aspen’s best burger. WHERE TO RELAX: The wellness spa concentrates on the centuries-old healing traditions of the Roaring Fork Valley. As a result, treatments harness indigenous minerals, botanicals, and essential oils to nourish and energize the body, mind, and soul. Other treatments explicitly created for the unique Alpine environment include a high-altitude sports recovery massage that’s perfect for relieving sore muscles after a day on the slopes.

THE LITTLE NELL ASPEN WHERE TO STAY: The Little Nell is Aspen’s only Five-Star, FiveDiamond, ski-in/ski-out hotel and features 92 rooms with a blend of room types to accommodate your Aspen lodging preferences and needs. In the spring of 2017, all hotel rooms and junior suites were stylishly renovated by Champalimaud Design. Named after a mining claim initially located not far uphill from where the hotel sits today, it wasn’t long before the hotel began attracting a diverse international clientele, including celebrities, dignitaries, Fortune 500 magnates, and political leaders. WHERE TO DINE: The Little Nell restaurants offer worldrenowned chefs, bartenders, and sommeliers ready to make your Aspen dining experience one to remember. Tucked inside The Little Nell, Element 47 serves Colorado Contemporary cuisine emphasizing local wagyu beef, house-made pasta, and seasonal produce. Element 47’s name pays tribute to silver, the precious metal that first put Aspen on the map. Say “apresski,” and most people picture something strikingly similar to Ajax Tavern–glamorous yet comfortable. You can see Ajax Tavern’s sun-drenched, mountainside patio from halfway up the mountain–an easy target for lunch or cocktails. Located at Aspen Mountain base and next to the Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Tavern is the Aspen restaurant for fine casual dining in an unbeatable atmosphere. The Tavern comes to life at lunch, and the party rolls on well into the night. sl 73

TELLURIDE Small-town with a Big Personality Written by Christy Waller of CW Luxury Travel There are ski resorts, and there are ski towns. Telluride is the latter. Here, you can spend days exploring the shops, eclectic cafés, gourmet restaurants, yoga studios, art galleries, and day spas that line Main Street. Chairlifts ascend the mountain from town, and you’ll see that they are a part of it, rather than an extension of it. You’ll see more bikes than cars and realize that lift lines are the exception rather than the rule. Telluride is a place of legend, nestled at the end of a lush canyon and surrounded by some of Colorado’s most rugged peaks. Nowhere else in the country, or perhaps the world, does such a place exist. To some, Telluride is known for its incredible alpine skiing. Everyone embraces the area for its authentic mountain character, unpretentious attitude, and celebration of four seasons of adventure in the Rocky Mountain high country’s most beautiful spot. The area is tucked into a box canyon surrounded by 13,000 and 14,000-foot peaks. The town of Telluride is just eight blocks wide and twelve blocks long. Because of its significant role in the American West’s history, Telluride’s core area was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1964. This listing is the highest level of historic 74

status available from the United States Secretary of the Interior. These sites are so unique that they are eligible for consideration to become national parks. With the town’s colorful Victorian-era homes, clapboard storefronts, boutiques, art galleries, gourmet restaurants, historic buildings, and more, Telluride is a delight to explore. The towns of Telluride and Mountain Village are linked by a spectacular, 13-minute ride on a free gondola—the first and only free public transportation system of its kind in the United States. This popular scenic attraction provides hiking and biking trails in the summer and the ski slopes in the winter. Passengers can load the gondola in either Mountain Village or Telluride and ride to the midway point (Station St. Sophia from which hiking, biking, and ski trails are accessed) and then continue to the other side. Deep powder. Endless runs. No lift lines. Blissful solitude. But it’s the views that will take your breath away! There are lots of places with snow. But there are no places quite like Telluride. As you click in atop Revelation Lift, stop to take in the moment. The valley floor lays nestled far below. Around you, the endless peaks of the San Juans encompass you in their jagged majesty. While under your feet, fresh

powder awaits your first tracks down the flowing steeps and chutes of Revelation Bowl. For many, Telluride is a powder-seekers nirvana. And for a good reason. Excellent snow conditions and crowd-free runs. Breathtaking scenery. Expansive side country and hike-toterrain that provide an in-bounds “backcountry” experience. It all creates the perfect recipe for fun. The region receives more than 300 inches of snow annually and offers more than 2,000 skiable acres for all ability levels. With 300 days of yearly sunshine and no lift lines, the skiing and snowboarding in Telluride is an epic experience. Telluride Ski Resort opened Revelation Bowl in 2008. This spectacular European-style terrain is situated above the tree line and offers advanced and expert skiing in an unbelievably scenic setting. All told, the resort has recently expanded by nearly 400 acres, offering the most incredible skiing and riding on the continent. Telluride offers a wide variety of terrain ideal for abilities of all levels. Adrenaline junkies beeline to Plunge (Lift 9) to conquer steep bump runs, such as Kant-Mak-M, Spiral Stairs, and Mammoth. Some experts opt to ski or ride The Plunge, a classic

run known for its breathtaking views of the town of Telluride. This jaw-dropping black diamond descends 3,140 vertical feet from the top of the mountain down to Telluride. Others prefer the steep and deep off Gold Hill (Lift 14), where Little Rose, Dynamo, and Electra are popular choices. While Telluride skiing and snowboarding are renowned for its steeps and bumps, 38 percent of the resort is intermediate terrain. Village (Lift 4), Palmyra (Lift 5), and Prospect (Lift 12) are perfect for intermediates, offering corduroy cruisers, glades, moderate bumps, and short chutes. See Forever, Telluride’s most popular intermediate trail, is just over three miles long, providing panoramic views of Utah’s La Sal Mountains. With wide-open slopes and no lift lines, beginner skiers and snowboarders can learn the trade tricks in a friendly, low-pressure atmosphere. Sunshine (Lift 10), Ute Park (Lift 11), and Prospect Bowl (Lift 12) are a beginner and lower intermediate’s dream with meandering green and blue runs that span nearly two miles. Beginners also enjoy the Galloping Goose, a 4.6-mile trail that gently works its way from the top of Prospect (Lift 12) down to Mountain Village. 75


WHERE TO STAY: The Madeline, a member of Auberge Resorts Collection, is nestled at the end of a lush canyon floor where the San Juan Mountains loom ahead. The hotel is your adventure base camp with ski-in/ski-out access, and is located steps away from where hiking trails start and access to the rugged Colorado backcountry begins. You will feel right at home with the relaxed mountain lifestyle. The ski school is available right outside your doorstep. Instructors will greet skiers from the hotel and guide them into lessons for a full or half-day. When done skiing, kids can ice skate for free or enjoy hot chocolate by one of the many fire pits surrounding the village. Guests have a variety of accommodations to choose from at Madeline. A plethora of options are available from guest rooms, suites, and private residences. Make small-town Telluride your home in one of the 48 artfully designed two-to-five-bedroom residences. Element 52 is the only in-town Telluride ski-in/ski-out resort. Guests will be able to select the residence of their choice per their needs.

WHERE TO DINE: Executive Chef Bill Greenwood, at Black Iron Kitchen + Bar, is creating modern mountain cuisine that is authentic and approachable yet sophisticated—all guided by his pursuit to bring the best out of beautiful local ingredients. A new dinner menu features line-caught wild salmon, seared Colorado lamb chops, local ranch cut steak, whiskey glazed Berkshire pork porterhouse, and one of Chef ’s favorites—delicious fried Texas quail legs with spicy apple cider honey dressing and horseradish aioli. You will keep coming back for more. WINTER FLY FISHING: There are many streams and rivers in the greater Telluride region that are prime for fishing all year-round. Late February to April, the San Miguel River offers excellent fishing opportunities. The Uncompahgre fishes well all winter and provides private water for a multi-day experience. Whether you’re taking a day off from the slopes or heading to Telluride specifically for a fishing outing, winter is a beautiful season on our rivers. 77

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KYNLIE FREEMAN & WILLIAM REAMES/October 31, 2020 Nashville songwriters strike the perfect chord at their intimate fall wedding Nashville songwriters William and Kynlie tied the knot on October 31st in the chapel at First Presbyterian Church in front of their wedding party and immediate families. The reception followed at Woodland Hollow at Annie Acres Farm—a familyowned event space off Briley Parkway. Their venue was open-air with the help of sliding barn doors, so they were technically outdoors and used heaters to warm the area and be comfortable on the chilly fall evening. They had planned on having 200 guests at the reception but ended up scaling that number to around 75-making the difficult but essential decision to keep the guest list small, knowing this was the safest choice for their older, more at-risk family members. Everything turned out perfectly, and they 78

were so glad to be able to still celebrate with their closest friends and family. The newlyweds traveled to California the next day for their honeymoon and spent a week in Napa and a few days in San Francisco. Kynlie and William have known each other for a while, both having attended Harding Academy. They became friends years later because of their shared passion for songwriting. William reached out to Kynlie to collaborate with him after hearing her music, and the rest is history. Kynlie currently works for a business management company on Music Row, and William is pursuing his music career with his band— Nashville’s beloved “Boy Named Banjo.” They currently live in the West Meade area of Nashville with their two dogs Theo and Luna.

Photography by Kristyn Hogan

MOLLY WHITE & JOEY VIOLA/ February 1, 2020

A Nashville couple discover that timing is everything Molly White and Joey Viola had the good fortune of getting married before Covid was even a consideration. The couple wed on February 1, at St. George’s Episcopal Church. Their reception was held at Belle Meade Country Club in a grand clear tent designed by Dori Waller, covered with thousands of string lights to resemble a starry sky. The bride and her mother Barby remarked that while looking at the wedding photos, how strange it seems to see so many people so close together having a great time on the dance floor! The bride wore an elegant lace gown by Monique Lhuillier, with the men in the wedding party in black tie and the ladies in long gunmetal dresses. Molly and Joey cut their tiered wedding cake with an antique 200-year-old sword that is a family heirloom from the White family. They made their exit from the reception to a magical surprise “snowfall.” They traveled to the Maldives for their honeymoon, stopping in Qatar for a few days on the way there. The couple realizes how lucky they are to have had all their friends and family together before the pandemic began and to have the opportunity to travel abroad before

the Covid outbreak. Their thoughts are with all the couples who have had to make adjustments to their big days. The couple met at the University of Georgia and started dating six years ago when we were both juniors. (Joey’s mother is responsible for introducing them at a bar). Joey is a Business Development Specialist at the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, and Molly is an Asset Manager for Covenant Capital Group. The Violas live in Nashville and are working on their new home that they share with their two dogs Teddy and Shadow. 79


LOOKING FORWARD TO 2021 With so many fundraisers, galas, events and concerts canceled or postponed, many organizations and artists are still determining new dates to schedule. Here are a few we have been following and some dates for the coming months. We look forward to seeing you there!

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This Exhibition featuring approximately 75 paintings, works on paper, and sculptures, Picasso. Figures will make its sole U.S. appearance in Nashville from February 5 through May 2. (see our article abouth the exhibition on page 13)



A Virtual Gala celebrating Nashville Opera’s 40th Anniversary and John Hoomes’ 25th Anniversary as Artistic Director. Hitting the High C’s of courage, collaboration, and congratulations. Co-Chairs: Emily Weiss and Barbara Warren Ann Marie and Martin McNamara will receive the Francis Robinson and Marion Couch Award from Guild President Stacy Widelitz. Opera Creative Director Cara Schneider will host the online program. Virtual Red Carpet 6:45PM, Music and Festivities 7:00PM-8:00PM La Bella Notte benefits Nashville Opera’s vibrant education programs, which have reached well over half a million children since the company started touring in 1995. Despite the many challenges this year, Nashville Opera is developing a virtual school tour and an exciting new mobile stage—Opera ON WHEELS—that will expand the Opera’s reach! La Bella Notte will be free to the public on—a range of support levels are available with perks at every level. Patrons will enjoy complimentary delivery of prosecco and gourmet appetizers from Bacon & Caviar, a celebration box, and commemorative gifts with their $200 reservation. Supporters at the $100 level receive the celebration box of delightful favors, enough for two. All registered guests will be invited to participate in the Virtual Red Carpet before the gala and will have their names featured in the credits of the program. Reservations accepted until January 27. More information is available at or call (615) 832-5242.

March 5-7


This mixed repertoire performance, split into a virtual two-part series, showcases a collection of new and popular works. Chris Stewart’s iconic Under the Lights returns to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Johnny Cash alongside Superstitions by Jennifer Archibald. This series will also include Artistic Director Paul Vasterling’s newest work Seasons, featuring the music of Vivaldi recomposed by Max Richter. The performances will be available to view any time between 7:00 p.m. on Friday through 1 1:00 p.m. on Sunday during the performance weekend via virtual ticket. If you have any questions regarding tickets, please contact the Nashville Ballet Box office at 615-297-2966 x710 or by emailing

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Award-winning designer Zang Toi makes a triumphant return to Nashville to show his Spring 2021 Collection presented by Gus Mayer Chairmen: Angela Bostelman and Sarah Reisner The Symphony Fashion Show is one of the Nashville Symphony’s two major fundraisers each year. Proceeds from the event support the organization’s education and community engagement programs – which annually reach tens of thousands of Middle Tennessee children and adults through free concerts, classroom activities, hands-on instruction. More information is available at 80

Mezzo-soprano Kaylee Nichols Nashville Opera CEO and Artistic Director John Hoomes

Ann Marie and Martin McNamara

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The Register hosted “America’s Preeminent Painter of Wine” Thomas Arvid with a sneak preview of their new event space on the 2nd Floor. Brad Morely of CANA Wine Co. and Nashville Wine Storage collaborated with The Register to host the event. Arvid had a selection of his still-life paintings and was theatrically seated in the room’s center. He was working in realtime, demonstrating his incredible skill and attention to detail. Fine wines and glamorous cocktails were served with garnishes of rosemary and smoke in the most delicate quality glassware. Attendees were given a hint of the level of service they can expect from The Register when they open their doors to their new members. A splendid spread of charcuterie and an array of passed hors d’oeuvres were served with flair to willing samplers of The Register’s new in-house kitchen. (October 17, 2020)





1) Thomas Arvid signs his work 2) Chace McNary, Daniel Neier, Thomas Arvid and Barron Solomon of The Register Works by Thomas Arvid are available through Nashville Wine Storage (629) 800-5130, 701 Cowan Street Nashville, TN 37207,

Photos by Melissa Mahanes and Warner Tidwell


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Sunday in the Park was reinvented this year to Sunday throughout the Park with a beautifully orchestrated drivethru beginning with a pass through the restored gates at the end of Belle Meade Boulevard, pairs of mounted police and bagpipers, and a welcome from Nashville’s consummate party greeter Bill Forrester. Volunteers delivered an incredible boxed lunch from Kristen Winston through one’s car window, and guests were then free to assemble as they so desired at one of the Park’s many shelters or in picnic areas of their creation. The 600 participants helped to benefit their beloved Friends of Warner Parks and its over 3,000 acres of hiking and horse trails. (October 25, 2020)


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1) Mary Lauren and Lawson Allen, Phyllis Allen (seated) 2) FOWP President Jenny Hannon 3) Molly Morphett and Emily Tidwell 4) Box lunch from Kristen Winston 5) Gates to Warner Park 6) Jen and Andy Davis 7) Kevin Roddey, Kristin Taylor and FOWP Board Director Jeremiah Pyron 8) Ellen Wright 9) mounted Metro Police 10) Bagpiper 11) Chip Wilkison, Chloe and Thomas 12) Bill Forrester 83


Photos by Alan Poizner


WSMV and Taillight TV produced a magical evening benefiting the Nashville Symphony. Hosted by the always polished Tracy Kornet and gracefully planned by co-chairs Melinda Balser and Susan Holmes, An Evening in Harmony was a delightfully entertaining hour of television honoring the Nashville Symphony. Harmony Award winners Maren Morris and Keb’ Mo’ performed sets recorded in advance in Laura Turner Concert Hall and proves to all watchers how incredibly perfect the acoustics are in our beloved Schermerhorn Symphony Center. We all long for the days when we can enjoy the Symphony in their beloved home once again. Talented students representing the Symphony’s Accelerando initiative performed, and Nashville Symphony CEO and President Alan Valentine joyfully presented the Harmony Awards. The funds raised will benefit Nashville Symphony’s educational outreach programs. (December 12, 2020 )








1) Nashville Symphony CEO and President Alan D. Valentine, Melinda Balser, Angeline Bautista, Xavion Patterson, Susan Holmes 2) Accelerando students Angelina Bautista and Xavion Patterson 3) Co-Chair Melinda Balser, Host Tracy Kornet, Co-Chair Susan Holmes 4) Melinda Balser, Alan D. Valentine, Julie Boehm, Susan Holmes 5) Maren Morris 6) Tracy Kornet 7) Keb’ Mo’

Photos by Nathan Zucker


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The Conservancy’s annual Gala was reinterpreted as a drive-in with audio available through participants’ car radios. Kristen Winston provided a beautiful dinner on trays, and guests were furnished with battery-operated candles to signal their desire for a suffrage-inspired cocktail created by the Hermitage Hotel delivered car side. Guests screened Hidden Figures and were treated to pre-recorded programming featuring music, dramatic interpretations, and a poetry reading. Co-Chair Stefanie Rome sang a medley of songs as guests departed. Funds from the Gala support Centennial Park Conservancy’s free educational and arts programs in the park and Parthenon. (November 7, 2020 )

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1) Persephone Felder-Fentress with pre-recorded performance as suffragist Juno Frankie Pierce 2) Founding President Sylvia Rapoport 3) Catherine and Executive Director John Tumminello 4) Melinda and Jeff Balser 5) Clare Armistead enjoying on-screen performances sitting atop a Bentley convertible, with Ernie Williams and Jerry Atnip adjacent 6) Blake Baskin, Antonio Compton, Adam Sansiveri, and Stephanie Cain 7) Lee Pratt and Neil Krugman 8) Trish and Jim Munro 9) Zulu and Susannah Scott-Barnes 10) Gala Chair Stefanie Rome with pre-recorded remarks 85

Photos by Deborah Climo


Nashville Ballet did not disappoint with their production of the Nutcracker when they partnered with NewsChannel 5 to present three free-to-the public televised performances of Nashville’s Nutcracker this holiday season for the first time in company history. The special two-hour production featured narration by former Tennessee Titan Eddie George and behind-the-scenes views of how the performance was filled in the Ballet’s warehouse using social distancing and a carefully choreographed filming schedule. A cracking performance indeed! Tickets are already on sale for next year’s live performance.







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A 7 Million Dollar Bag to Save The Oceans Written by Valentina Bettinardi

The Italian brand Boarini Milanesi is launching a 6-million-euro bag (approximately $7 million), the most expensive ever in the world. Boarini Milanesi created the bag to raise awareness of the need to protect our seas, which are becoming even more threatened than usual by non-biodegradable plastics due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Matteo Rodolfo Milanesi recalls, “recently, I have seen even more plastic in the sea than when I was a child, due to the pandemic and all the gloves and face masks that are being carelessly thrown away. This reminded me of my father, who used to dive into the water to collect the plastic bags and bottles floating in the sea.” Together with Carolina Boarini, co-founder and designer of the brand, Milanesi decided to help raise people’s awareness of the need to respect the environment. The project also includes a practical initiative for cleaning the seas: Boarini Milanesi pledges to donate 800 thousand euros of the proceeds to cleaning and operations in defense of the oceans in honor of his father. There are only three of these bags in the world. The Parva Mea model is made of semi-shiny alligator, adorned with a diamond pavé accessory and ten white gold butterflies with sapphires, 88

diamonds, and Paraiba tourmalines, for a total of over 130 carats, over 1,000 hours of work. The choice of the stones is linked to seawater: Carolina Boarini tells us, “Blue sapphires represent the depths of the oceans; Paraiba tourmaline reminds us of the uncontaminated Caribbean seas, and diamonds refer to the transparency of water when it falls in the form of rain.” Boarini Milanesi is a luxury handbag brand established in Italy in 2016 to celebrate Italian elegance, excellence in manufacturing, and every client’s uniqueness. The brand’s founders and designers strongly believe in the concept “less, but better”: fewer products, but of the highest quality, to reduce the environmental impact. Every Boarini Milanesi handbag is made to order, exclusively for the client, with their name embossed on the leather. The inner structure and packaging are crafted of vegetable tanned leather, wool, and cashmere in place of commonly used synthetic materials. During the crafting process, the client can meet the craftsman who is creating their bag via live streaming. For more information, visit sl

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