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Unveiling of the New David Yurman Orlando Boutique to Benefit Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Ross Mathews and Brooke Burke-Charvet Runway To Hope Spring Fashion Soiree at Rosen Shingle Creek

Mercedes-Benz South Orlando’s 10th Anniversary Party

Cinco de Mayo at Rocco’s Tacos

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Unveiling of the New David Yurman Orlando Boutique to Benefit Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

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Mark & Josie NeJame with Evie Runway To Hope Spring Fashion Soiree at Rosen Shingle Creek


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18 George Clooney: Bachelor No More!

Fashion: Men in Style

Curves in All the Right Places

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Publisher’s Note

Fashion:

Don’t Miss the Beat:

Men in Style

Sir Elton John

By Ashley Lutz

By Courtney Caggiano

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Toys:

In the News:

Curves in All the Right Places

Testosterone: Bigger May

PAGE 16 In Case You Missed It: By Riesa Pascal

PAGE 18 Cover Story:

Not Mean Better

George Clooney

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Bachelor No More!

Celebrity Soup:

By Maria Delis

Best & Worst of 2014...So Far

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By Riesa Pascal

Get Ripped Quicker

By Mark NeJame

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By Aubrie Blackton

Tech Toys for Father’s Day By Emily Topper

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Barfly:

The Best Beards in Baseball

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Sunshine State By Travis Joiner

“Blu Me Over with Your Love”

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By Maria Delis

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Everyone Wants Brighter Smiles

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25 Worst Pickup Lines

By Carl D. Bilancione

Spotlight on the Law: By Mark L. Horwitz

Compiled by Michelle Senter

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Best Friends:

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Travel ‘N Style:

Hugs for Health

Runway to Hope

Where Man & Manatee Play

By Courtney Caggiano

By Courtney Caggiano

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The Professionals

Model Search!

By Cathleen K. Bode

PAGE 60 A Launch Party in London Grand Tour Gala 2014!

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By Riesa Pascal

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Dear Readers,

Chloe & Sven at Runway To Hope Photo By Brion Price

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> Now that the Florida heat is rising upon us, we can finally say that summer is here, along with all the wonderful experiences that this season of sun and fun brings. Days are getting longer, temperatures are getting hotter, and our economy is picking up even more just in time for the summer months. The housing market is on the upswing and our local businesses are continuing to blossom.

This installment of Orlando Style features men of the city uniting to prove that you have not only a worthy purpose, but also a sense of style and fashion to express that purpose. You will find great suggestions on how to define your own take on menswear fashion, as well as tips on elegant everyday essentials for your work wardrobe. For more style insight, be sure to check out our photo editorial, “Men of Style.”

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy all the excitement that Central Florida has to offer, and it is also a great opportunity to get out and partake in outdoor activities and summer sports while the sun is shining. For those of you who have been following the World Cup action from Brazil, which team is your favorite? Send us an email at info@StyleToMe.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Our June publication contains fabulous content for both men and women, showcasing, as always, inspiration for a fashionable luxury lifestyle. We strive to create every magazine issue so that it surpasses the quality and content of each preceding release. This labor of love requires total dedication each and every day. Orlando Style is always at the top of the charts when it comes to being the most loved, read and respected magazine in the city, we know that our readers are living proof of our recognized popularity.

In our culture today, sports seem to be the number one profession that allows men to feel accepted, confident, and worthy of praise. However, the average man is not portrayed in such a wonderful light, and I would like to take this opportunity to voice my opinion in regards to how television and media represent men. We are constantly bombarded with sitcoms and reality shows depicting men as dummies and deadbeat dads—descriptions that we know could not be further from the truth. We can’t even tune in without seeing a commercial hinting that men in general are nothing more than sex-obsessed womanizers, brimming with incompetence, and brutish slobs who possess very few redeeming qualities. Even in television programs that feature competition between men and women, the males seem to always be treated as fools while the girls rise to the challenge. I think TV shows, commercials and movies need to cut us a little slack and shine a more positive light on men. After all, there really are good men still around! So let’s celebrate those good men in this June edition of Orlando Style Magazine, which is our exclusive Men’s Issue of the year.

You can help strengthen our passion to keep producing this high quality, fulfilling and satisfying product by showing your appreciation for our efforts through your continuous support, as well as by encouraging your friends and acquaintances to join our list of growing ‘family’ members by subscribing to our magazine. Simply go to our website, www.OrlandoStyleMagazine.com and click “subscribe!” Happy Father’s Day! Sincerely,

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14 - CONTRIBUTORS

MARK NEJAME Mark NeJame is a renowned trial attorney who has been involved in some of the areas and country’s highest profile cases. He is routinely sought by the media as a legal commentator and is currently a Legal Analyst for CNN. He is the Founder and Senior Partner of the Law Firm of NeJame, LaFay, Jancha, Ahmed, Barker, Joshi & Moreno, P.A. a/k/a NeJame Law. NeJame Law has 15 attorneys and 4 divisions: Personal Injury, Criminal, Immigration and Business/Commercial Litigation. Mr. NeJame is a regular contributor to Orlando Style Magazine. Mr. NeJame can be reached at 407-245-1232 and www.nejamelaw.com.

TRAVIS JOINER Travis Joiner has been a staple in the wine and cocktail scene for years. His background has taken him through many mixology and cocktail contests as well as becoming a sommelier. He is always willing to give his opinion in a very tongue and cheek and hilarious way. Travis has a degree in creating new and classic cocktails and always ready to test the next great thing. Most importantly he is our Barfly.

RIESA PASCAL Riesa was born in London, England and now resides in Florida where she graduated from Florida State University with a double major in creative writing and communication. While enrolled in university, Riesa discovered her passion for broadcast journalism through several TV hosting opportunities including reporting on FSU athletics and airing across the state of Florida on the SunSports Channel. Riesa currently travels around the country with Convention News Television as a reporter, producer and editor. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, reading, writing, and quality time with friends. You can learn more about Riesa at www.riesapascal.com

COURTNEY CAGGIANO Courtney was born in Miami and has been a Florida native all her life. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA degree in English Literature, where she developed her passion for the written word. Currently residing in Orlando, she pursues all forms of writing, including journalism, nonfiction, critical literary analysis, and songwriting. In her free time, Courtney enjoys performing as a musician and guitarist in the Orlando area, as well as working as a freelance book editor for local authors.

MARIA DELIS Maria has lived in New York, Athens, Miami and Orlando. Although she loves city life, she’s at her happiest when she’s island hopping in the Aegean. Maria earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Central Florida where she started her teaching career. She also holds an MA in public relations from the University of Miami. Her written work has appeared in various publications, including Ocean Drive Magazine, Visit Florida, AMPR’s Wanderlogue and The Miami Planet.

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16 - CITY NEWS

Unveiling of the New David Yurman Orlando Boutique to Benefit Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - Photos by Getty Images

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Style Events, News & Gossip from Around the City By Riesa Pascal

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> The first half of the year is almost over, but don’t fret! We still have 7 more months of 2014 and plenty of fun events left to cram into the fabulous lives we live here in the City Beautiful. In case you miss any of it, every month we’ll bring you all the highlights right here. Starting with the end of April, let’s take a look back on some of the fun we shared at several of our city’s most exciting events.

NORMAN’S terrace and a gorgeous sunset over Ritz-Carlton’s world-famous golf course as they met with various wedding vendors that promise to make sure your special day is memorable for all. Participating vendors included Tiffany & Co., Two Sweets Bakery, Grande Lakes Floral, Chalk Shop Events, VIP Wedding Transportation, Castaldo Studio, Solutions Bridal and many more.

For those who are getting married soon, there was only one place to be on Tuesday, April 29th. From 6-9 pm, NORMAN’S at The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes created the ultimate wedding planning experience for brides by teaming up with the Orlando Perfect Wedding Guide to host an upscale wedding show like no other. Couples enjoyed a refreshing glass of wine on

On May 3rd, members of the community packed the Winter Park Country Club in celebration of the annual Kentucky Derby. Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Orlando, Derby on Park was a fantastic day full of casual elegance, delightful company and of course, plenty of fabulous hats! Multiple TV’s displayed throughout the indoor and outdoor event allowed guests to mingle and enjoy the festivities


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On Tuesday May 6th, David Yurman hosted a special in-store event to celebrate the unveiling of their new Orlando boutique in the Mall at Millenia. Friends and customers of David Yurman were treated to refreshing cocktails and exquisite hors d’oeuvres as they gathered in the new space. An expansion to 1,993 square-feet allows for a larger selection and a more unique, luxurious shopping experience for every customer. Numerous guests mingled and browsed through the signature gold and silver designs; diamond, pearl, and gemstone jewelry; and Swiss-crafted timepieces by one of America’s leading fine jewelry and luxury timepiece designers for men, women, and children. A portion of the proceeds from the successful evening benefited Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

without having to miss a single moment of the racing action. Each guest received a private labeled bottle of either South African Merlot or Central Coast Chardonnay as a keepsake from the local Quantum Leap Winery. Tabacu provided 100 complimentary cigars and a fun fashion show featured awards for Women’s Best Dressed, Women’s Best Hat and Men’s Best Dressed. Prizes included $100 gift cards and gift baskets provided by Elle Vie. In addition to complimentary beer and wine, attendees also enjoyed 4 Rivers Smokehouse pulled pork, grilled chuck by John & Shirley’s Catering and Lobster grilled cheese sandwiches provided by Boston Lobster Feast Restaurant.

The wait for one of Orlando’s most beloved charity fundraisers was finally over on May 10th as hundreds gathered in Rosen Shingle Creek for the Runway To Hope Spring Fashion Soirée. Co-founders Mark and Josie NeJame established Runway to Hope in 2010 and it has since grown to become a truly signature fundraising event. Television personalities Brooke Burke-Charvet and Ross Matthews emceed the lovely evening which included a fashion show featuring more than 100 beautiful and brave children who are currently battling or have overcome cancer. The show proved to be the highlight of the evening is as dozens of national and local celebrities escorted these courageous, brave and wonderful children down the runway in an unforgettable display of true beauty and strength. It was impossible not to see the joy on Mark & Josie’s face or hear the passion in their voice as they took to the stage to address and thank the crowd for all their support. It’s not too late for you to donate to the cause either. Join all of us at Orlando Style in helping to support Runway To Hope’s mission and these amazing children by visiting www. runwaytohope.org. Universal Studios Annual Mardi Gras Grand Celebration returned to Orlando in February and has kept the party going ever since with night after night of

dazzling parades, more beads than your neck has room for and an amazing concert line-up of 20 different acts across every type of music genre. Nelly took to the stage on April 3rd while the EnglishIrish boy band The Wanted followed shortly after for their own exciting concert on the 10th. From pop to country to hip hop to rock, the concerts during Mardi Gras always offer an exciting mix of superstar performers, but that’s not all Mardi Gras has to offer! A magnificent Mardi Gras parade with incredible floats, vibrant costumes, towering stilt walkers, lively dancers and entertaining street performers proved that the spirit of Mardi Gras isn’t restricted to just the Big Easy. Guests were also sure to make their way to the French Quarter Courtyard for live music direct from New Orleans and authentic Cajun food like Spicy Jambalaya, Grilled Andouille Sausage, Shrimp Gumbo and more. The celebration continues this month with even more great music and Mardi Gras themed fun so make sure you don’t miss out on the party! Celebrated as “Orlando’s most unique cultural experience,” the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival took place in and around Loch Haven Park from May 14th-27th for its 23rd annual event. The return of the 14-day festival drew in massive, diverse crowds as the Central Florida community together in celebration of the theatrical and performing arts. The festival included theater, music, dance and art and encompassed roughly 500 uncensored and non-juried performances, a lively outdoor stage, Visual Fringe and Kids Fringe. As the oldest US Fringe Festival, celebrating 23 years is a milestone for Orlando Fringe, which has been named “Best Festival” for eighteen consecutive years in Orlando, has now grown to be one of the largest in the US and has won many numerous local and regional awards. 100% of all box office ticket sales went directly to the artists and the Orlando Fringe participants.< Know of a Not-To-Be Missed Event? Do Tell! www.OrlandoStyleMagazine.com

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GEORGE CLOONEY, BACHELOR NO MORE! IT WAS “BEAUTY AND BRAINS” THAT TAMED HOLLYWOOD’S SILVER FOX By Maria Delis

> “I gave it a shot,” George Clooney said in a 2011 interview with Piers Morgan. “Yeah, so I’ve proven how good I was at it, and I just … I’m allowed one.” He spoke of marriage, his first marriage. Clooney and Talia Balsam dated in the early eighties, but the New York born actress broke off the relationship. They ended up getting back together and walking down a Vegas aisle in 1989. Four years later, the couple divorced.

Talia Balsam, who has had roles in “Happy Days,” “Family Ties,” “Mad Men” and “Homeland,” married John Slattery (Roger Sterling on “Mad Men”) in 1998. Clooney, on the other hand, chose the bachelor life. Beautiful actresses, models and waitresses dated the striking, handsome actor, yet all relationships eventually ended. Who would ever manage to tame this Hollywood silver fox?


20 - COVER STORY

George Timothy Clooney was born in 1961 in Lexington, Ky. His

“Centennial” before winning his first big role on “E/R” in 1984.

mother is a former beauty queen, while his father is a former

Ten years later, his role as Dr. Douglas Ross in “ER” skyrocketed

anchorman and television host. Let us not forget his aunt,

the actor to fame. Appearances on the silver screen (e.g.,

Rosemary Clooney, singer and actress. Therefore performance,

“From Dusk till Dawn,” “Three Kings,” the “Ocean’s Eleven”

good looks and fame are in George’s blood.

trilogy) also helped place Clooney on the Sexiest Man Alive roster. Aside from acting, Clooney writes (“The Ides of March,”

Clooney attended Northern Kentucky University and University

“The Monuments Men”), produces (“Syriana”) and directs

of Cincinnati, but he did not earn degrees from either institution.

(“Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”). His work earned him

Gigs in retail and selling insurance door-to-door then followed.

three Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards.

In 1978 he appeared as an extra in the television series

EVEN FOR THE ULTIMATE PERENNIAL BACHELOR, INTELLIGENCE, ELEGANCE, CHARM AND BEAUTY ARE HARD TO RESIST.

The actor’s political activism and humanitarian work create big

“I think that I am best suited as an advocate for issues,” said

buzz too. He’s an advocate for the Darfur conflict, he’s involved

Clooney to Piers Morgan three years ago. “And I look to people

with Not Our Watch Project, focusing on global attention and

who are far smarter and far better at this than I am to lead.”

resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities, he’s a United Nations Messenger for Peace and, in 2010, he organized the

Until recently, settling down did not appear in this busy

telethon Hope for Haiti Now. Clooney is so passionate about

bachelor’s future either. In September of 2013, Clooney told

these causes that on March of 2012, he was arrested for civil

Esquire he had no “aspirations” to marry again. It definitely

disobedience while protesting at the Sudanese Embassy in

looked like no woman would end up aging beside him, either

the District of Columbia. Does this mean Clooney envisions a

at his L.A. mansion or at his Villa Oleandra on gorgeous Lake

political career in the near future?

Como, Italy. On October 2013, however, only a month after

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IN A TIME WHEN SOME WOMEN PUBLISH BOOKS ADVISING YOUNG LADIES TO “MARRY SMART” AND TO FIND A HUSBAND BEFORE THEY GRADUATE COLLEGE, IT IS REFRESHING AND INSPIRING TO READ THAT A SUCCESSFUL, INDEPENDENT AND GORGEOUS WOMAN TAMED A HOLLYWOOD HUNK. proclamation

for

his

bachelorhood,

Boyfriend named Alamuddin London’s

photographs showed the actor leaving a

hottest barrister. The legal blog stated

London Restaurant (Berners Tavern) with

that she is “both breathtakingly beautiful

an exotic beauty. Since then, paparazzi

and formidably successful.”

the world, from Tanzania to the District

Clooney’s

of Columbia.

differs from previous women who graced

interest

definitely

the red carpet on his arm. As other media Amal Alamuddin, a 36-year-old human

sources have commented, a woman who

rights lawyer, lives in London and works

shares the actor’s zeal for human rights

for the Doughty Street Chambers firm.

looks like a perfect match.

According to the New York Post, she represents high-profile clients including

“She brings a bright light to everything

WikiLeaks

Assange.

she’s involved in and I am so delighted

Alamuddin was born to a prominent

at her happy news,” said Robin Jackson,

family in Beirut, Lebanon, but they moved

chambers director at Doughty Street, to

to Buckinghamshire, England when Amal

Reuters.

founder

Julian

intelligence,

elegance,

charm

and

beauty are hard to resist. In April of 2014, after only a few months of courtship, George Clooney allegedly got down on one knee and proposed to his better half with an estimated 7-plus carat diamond sparkler. In a time when some women publish books advising young ladies to “marry smart” and to find a husband before they graduate college,

cameras have followed the pair around newest

Even for the ultimate perennial bachelor,

it is refreshing and inspiring to read that a successful, independent and gorgeous woman tamed a Hollywood hunk. “There’s no greater aphrodisiac than a happy woman with a full life, who is passionate about something besides a ring on her finger,” notes Mackenzie Dawson in the New York Post. <

was a child. Like Clooney, good looks run in her family. Her mother, a foreign affairs editor at Al Hayat, grabbed Said Akl’s attention. The famous Lebanese poet found the journalist so stunning that, according to the New York Post, he composed verses in her honor. Amal attended St. Hugh’s College in Oxford and the New York University School of Law. During her studies she won the best student award in the entertainment

law

field

and,

while

attending an NYU School of Law postgrad program, Alamuddin worked in Sonia

Sotomayor’s

office

when

the

Supreme Court Justice was a judge at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. According to The Daily Beast, the trilingual barrister now specializes in international law. It’s no surprise that her intellect, success and good looks attract the media. For example, Your Barrister

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TECHTOYS FOR FATHER’S DAY By Emily Topper

NEED A GREAT GIFT FOR DAD THIS FATHER’S DAY? GET HIM THE GADGETS YOU KNOW HE’LL LOVE-YOU ARE THE FAVORITE CHILD, AFTER ALL.

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1. OLLOCLIP 4-IN-1 PHOTO LENS FOR THE IPHONE Is your dad a tech-junkie with a passion for photography? Get him the latest ollocip 4-in-1-photo lens. The lens can be easily attached to a variety of iPhones, including the 5/5s and 4/4s. Each olloclip comes with four different lenses: a fish-eye lens and wide-eye lens for capturing distances, and the 10x and 15x macro lenses for capturing detail. The fish-eye allows for panoramic shots with an artistic twist, and can be used when focusing on a single subject or wide landscape. The wideangle lens nearly doubles the range of vision found on normal iPhones, creating a larger depth of field. Your deserving dad will also be sure to love the close-up capability provided by the 10x and 15x macro lenses, which can capture even the smallest details in a photo. The olloclip lens can easily fit in a pocket and comes in a variety of different colors, making it a thoughtful and affordable gift for the father with an artistic flair. Price: $69.99 Get it here: www.olloclip.com/order/iphone5/

2. PLAYBAR BY SONOS Playbar by Sonos finally gives your dad a device that allows for premium sound anywhere in the home. The sleek and easy to install sound system incorporates the use of nine speakers and gives a theater quality to audio for television, movies and video games. Playbar can also play music wirelessly through connected computers and mobile devices. Dads who already own Sonos speakers will enjoy the additional feature of playing music and shows through different speakers in their home. Price: $699 Get it here: http://www.sonos.com/shop/products/playbar

3. PARROT AR.DRONE 2.0 ELITE EDITION Does your dad already own every gadget known to man? Does he pre-order devices before their release date, only to replace them the second a new edition comes out? Save yourself the trouble of figuring out what to get the dad who has everything and wow him with the AR.Drone 2.0. Released in 2012, the AR.Drone is a helicopter with photo and video capability that can be controlled by Apple and Android tablets. Easy to use and with only half a million devices sold so far, get your dad the gift that will help him stay the technology king of the neighborhood. Price: $310 Get it here: http://ardrone2.parrot.com

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Unveiling of the New David Yurman Orlando Boutique to Benefit Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Alejandro Gonzalez & Jessica Bonilla Red Carpet Monday at Vanity

Jersey Boys Cast Party at The Abbey

Sheriff Demings and Guest Mercedes-Benz South Orlando’s 10th Anniversary Party

Cinco de Mayo at Rocco’s Tacos

Unveiling of the New David Yurman Orlando Boutique to Benefit Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Red Carpet Monday at Vanity

Rough Around the Edges... Cinco de Mayo at Rocco’s Tacos

Jersey Boys Cast Party at The Abbey

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LUXURY ESSENTIALS

HERMÈS Get the best scents of summer in a bottle! Terre d’Hermès combines the sweet citrus aromas of orange and grapefruit with the darker roots of wood for a fragrance that fits the season. Long-lasting without being overpowering, this cologne can last through the summer heat with no need to reapply. $220 usa.hermes.com

REJUVINATE - WITH NERIUM AD Nerium skincare products are rooted in nature, science and high impact ingredients. The Nerium AD product line is one of a kind, and the only company to harness the antioxidant power of the patented NAE-8 extract, which is derived from the Nerium Oleander and Aloe Vera plants, for high performance skin care products. Third party clinical trials show that Nerium AD age defying Treatment provides an average of 30% reduction in the appearance of signs of aging. Over time Nerium AD dramatically reduces the appearance of Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Discoloration, Uneven Skin Texture, Enlarged Pores and Aging or Loose Skin. No regimen, just 1 product for night and 1 product for day. Get REAL RESULTS backed by REAL Science with Nerium today. Find out how to get NeriumAD day cream FREE for LIFE!* http://goo.gl/QJPr8x

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ITALIAN SUITS HARVEY NICHOLS

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THE BIGGEST MISTAKE MEN MAKE WHEN BUYING A SUIT by ASHLEY LUTZ

“They don’t do enough research,” said McGregor Madden, a trained tailor who founded men’s apparel businesses Proper Suit and Hall & Madden.Madden said that not knowing all the options can result in paying too much for a suit that ends up looking cheap and wearing out quickly. Men are often intimidated by “inept and pushy salesman” and buy the first thing that comes along, he said. But it’s important to do research to find the right suit. “A business suit is an investment piece that will project the image you want to make in a professional setting,” said Madden.

“Go around and check out high-end, low-end and medium-end stores and try on a variety of suits.” “Don’t be intimated, it’s not until you feel quality that you will know quality,” he said. “Knowing what’s out there will help you to make a decision you’re happy with.” He also encouraged men to get their suits tailored by a professional. “At the end of the day you are getting a garment not made for you that will need extensive tailoring services to ensure a proper fit,” said Madden. “Your tailor may be your best friend.”

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SHOES MARCO VITTORIO TAN : : MENS SUIT HUGO BOSS

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SHOES BELVEDERE : : MENS SUIT MARC POLAND

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SUIT VALENTINO ITALY : : BOSS (BELOW)

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SHOES BELVEDERE : : SUIT HOWE PERSONAL JESUS

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SHOES GUCCI : : SUIT SEAN JOHN

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LUXURY ESSENTIALS FLIR ONE The First personal thermal imaging device for the iPhone is heating up the gadget world! With a protective case that fits like a glove and an onboard battery source, you can see in the dark, observe invisible heat sources, compare relative temperatures, see through smoke, and even see through some materials for two continuous hours. See live thermal images, take thermal video, or snap a photo and send it straight to your twitter, facebook and other social media channels. flir.com/flirone

COACH BLEECKER ID CARD CASE Instead of carrying around a huge wallet full of little paper receipts and random pieces of gum, why not try slimming down your pockets with this ID case? All you really need is several cards and maybe a little cash. Coach has made it simple for you to keep them all together in one handsomely leather case. This ID case is a great way to lighten up for the spring! $68 www.coach.com

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LUXURY ESSENTIALS PENHALIGON’S SARTORIAL BEARD OIL Some of you may be thinking, “Uh, oil my beard? What?” It may sound odd, but for those times when your beard is itchy or dry, this oil will help rejuvenate it! This oil will help re-hydrate your skin, and keep your beard soft and clean. This oil also has a smell of Sartotial, so you will have a manly fragrance. Just apply after shaving, or before a night out. $80 www.penhaligons.com

TOM FORD Whether you’re a man of the office or a man about town, Tom Ford’s De Sole Leather Briefcase is a wardrobe summer staple. Italian-made and classically designed, the pebbled texture of the briefcase gives a handsome property to your closet. Work this summer in style. $2,930 www.tomford.com

THE MOTLEY Baxter of California’s Silver Tip Badger Hair Shave Brush has been featured in The Motley’s 2014 Best in Shop. The brush, made of 100% natural badger hair, elevates your facial hair for a pristine, clean shave every time. Long-lasting and made for frequent use, the brush is a necessity for the clean-shaven look of summer. $90 themotley.com

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Curves IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

> Stylistically self-assured presence, exclusive appointments and refined sportiness – the new S-Class Coupé from Mercedes-Benz combines the classic proportions of a large, sporty coupé with modern luxury and state-of-the art technology. As a world première, the breathtaking two-door coupé can be optionally equipped with the MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension system with curve tilting function. Additional technical highlights are the head-up display and the touch pad feature. Optionally available expressive headlamps, each featuring 47 Swarovski crystals, produce a uniquely striking appearance.

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“As exclusive as it gets – the ultimate in aesthetic sportiness”, stresses Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars. “The breathtaking design of the Concept S-Class Coupé marked by sporty-classic proportions and sensual purity is transferred to the series-production S-Class Coupé virtually unaltered. The large coupé has always been the supreme pinnacle of our model range and that’s why it’s now called the “S-Class” again.” MAGIC BODY CONTROL, the first “suspension with eyes”, had its world première in the S-Class. With the curve tilting function the Coupé introduces a

further world first for series-production cars: The Coupé leans into bends in a manner similar to a motorcyclist or skier. The lateral acceleration acting upon occupants is reduced in a way akin to when driving in a steep curve, and passengers sit more firmly. On country roads in particular, the new curve tilting function enhances motoring enjoyment and comfort. Like the S-Class Saloon, the new Coupé is available with numerous new assistance systems that make driving even more comfortable and safer. The “Intelligent Drive” systems include, among other things the PRE-SAFE® brake with pedestrian detection, DISTRONIC PLUS


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“ Engine: 4.7 Liter V8 Aspiration: Twin Turbochargers HP: 455 hp Torque: 516 lb-ft

with Steer Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, BAS PLUS with junction assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and Night View Assist Plus. COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS features an additional function apart from the adaptive brake assistant, which provides collision protection from a speed of 7 km/h: if there remains a danger of collision and the driver fails to respond, the system can carry out an autonomous braking manoeuvre at speeds of up to 105 km/h, thereby reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles. The system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles at a speed of up to 50 km/h, and is able to prevent rear-end collisions at up to 40 km/h.

Sensual purity as an expression of modern luxury – this was the focus for the designers, and is the design philosophy of Mercedes-Benz. The aim is to create clear contours and smooth surfaces that showcase high tech while radiating emotional appeal. The sensual purity is reflected in the core design values of tradition, emotion and progressivism. These make up the guiding star, and are accentuated differently depending on the model. Mercedes-Benz creates a bridge between modernity and the avant-garde, between tradition and progressivism. Each model series has an assigned role and a very specific character, depending on the attributes on which the design focuses. And yet a Mercedes-Benz is always recognisable

SENSUAL PURITY AS AN EXPRESSION OF MODERN LUXURY – THIS WAS THE FOCUS FOR THE DESIGNERS.

as a Mercedes-Benz. Because in addition to incorporating new stylistic developments, and in the interests of keeping tradition alive, the designers draw from a gene-pool of styling features typical of the brand. “Our new S-Class Coupé is one of the most gorgeous coupés of all times, representing the most radical aesthetic departure from its predecessor,” says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Daimler AG. “The sensuous flowing silhouette in interplay with the clear progressive design language forms a perfect symbiosis and expresses our philosophy of sensual purity with pithy precision.”<

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LUXURY ESSENTIALS MARCIE OVERSIZED SUNGLASSES These vintage inspired oversized sunglasses are perfect for a weekend get-a-way. Set off to your own personal paradise wearing this classic addition to your sexiest bikini or your classic resort-wear. Not mirrored or polarized with 100% UVA/UVB protection, these sunglasses will protect you from the intense Florida rays while you’re soaking up the sun. $396 www.neimanmarcus.com

GIVENCHY DOUBLE CHAIN SHARK TOOTH NECKLACE Wear the ocean anywhere with this effortless shark tooth necklace from Givenchy. Understated and edgy, this piece is perfectly paired with a tank and your favorite pair of cutoffs or that little black dress you’re planning to wear on your date this Friday night. $1,155 www.marissacollections.com

JUST CAVALLI LEOPARD-PRINT STRETCH-COTTON DRESS The cat’s out of the bag, leather is back in! Simply slip into this stretch cotton dress for a quick way to an unforgettable date. 93% cotton and 7% elastane, this machine washable, lightweight dress is the definition of breathable. $400 www.outnet.com

GIANVITO ROSSI Take a step forward in Gianvito Rossi’s brown leather heels. We may be all grown up and have forgotten what summer vacation feels like, but it’s time to embrace Florida sun and let your feet get some air. Adorned in simplicity with a hint of attitude, these thick cuffed pumps are an added spice to a mid-week lull. $839 www.mytheresa.com

ALEXANDER WANG PRISMA LEATHER CLUTCH Fashion meets geometry in the ultra-simplistic Alexander Wang clutch. A soft leather silhouette combined with sharp lines creates a clutch worth holding on to. Pair it with a color-blocked dress or a pair of bright pumps to rev up the night. $773 www.mytheresa.com

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BEST of 2014...

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WHICH OF YOUR FAVORITE CELEBS IS READY TO POP CHAMPAGNE AND WHO WANTS TO CRAWL UNDER A ROCK UNTIL THE SWEET RELIEF OF 2015? By Riesa Pascal

> We’re about halfway through 2014 and the celebrity world has already had its fair share of headlining entertainment news, juicy gossip reports and shocking revelations. There’s still six months left before NYC drops that ball again, but we wondered… which celeb is having the best 2014 and who’s ready to throw in the towel?

THE BEST: BEYONCÉ There are mainly two types of people in this world: Those who love Beyoncé and those who probably think she’s the most overexposed celeb since Kim Kardashian. Whether you fall in the category of adoring fan or couldn’t care less, one can hardly deny that her 2014 is going spectacularly well. She entered the year riding high on the unparalleled success of her self-titled album, Beyoncé. The album shocked the music industry when it was suddenly and exclusively released for iTunes on December 13th with no prior promotions. Selling over 820,000 downloads in just three days, it became the fastest-selling album ever in iTunes history, the highest debut-week sales of Knowles solo career and of any female artist in 2013. At the end of March, Knowles wrapped up The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour and just one month later, announced her On The Run Tour. If you haven’t already heard—and who hasn’t!—the On the Run Tour is the upcoming co-headlining stadium tour featuring Knowles and her husband, rapper Jay-Z. The tour kicks off this month in Miami and is already expected to earn the power couple millions. To top it all off, Time magazine just released their issue of the 100 Most Influential People and who graced the cover? None other than Miss. Sasha Fierce herself, proving the unfathomable outreach of her power and sealing our #1 spot for celeb who’s having the best 2014. Beyonce is clearly the leader and we’re sure she expects nothing less than the best for the second half of her awesome 2014.

RUNNER-UP: PHARRELL WILLIAMS The “Happy” singer has many reasons to be happy for the first half of his 2014. On March 31st, Pharrell Williams, more commonly known as simply Pharrell, was announced as a new coach for the seventh season of The Voice, replacing Cee Lo Green. This year he was nominated for seven Grammys, won the iHeart Innovator award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, and as I write this, currently holds the Billboard Hot 100’s #1 spot for the tenth week in a row with “Happy.” Shortly before the mega hit’s success, Pharrell became the 12th artist in the chart’s history to simultaneously hold the number one and two positions with “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky,” songs which you still can’t turn on the radio without hearing and unashamedly singing along with. Known for his sincere humbleness, we can’t help but love the 41-year-old singer and we hope the rest of his 2014 is just as ‘happy’ as what he’s experienced thus far.

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THE WORST: Unless you live under a pop-culture-proof rock, this one doesn’t need too much of an opening as you can’t turn your head without seeing another of Justin Bieber’s antics being covered. From vandalism and drugs to embarrassing public spectacles and other shenanigans, I think we can all come to a unanimous decision that Bieber is undeniably having the worst 2014. It started on January 9th, when Bieber became the subject of an egg throwing-investigation in his home state of California. According to his neighbor, Bieber caused approximately $20,000 worth of vandalism damage from egg throwing, though he has not been charged. On January 23rd, Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach on suspicion of DUI, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest. A toxicology report revealed that Bieber had traces of marijuana and Xanax in his system at the time of his arrest. That same day, a petition to deport Bieber

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and revoke his green card popped up on the White House’s We the People website. The petition received over 270,000 signatures and subsequently, an official White House response. Just a few days after the Miami arrest, Bieber surrendered to Toronto police who charged him with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto on December 30, 2013. Bieber recently issued an apology “to anyone I have ever offended,” but I’m not sure if he realizes just how many people that may be. In addition to the legal troubles he faced in the United States within just the first MONTH of 2014, Bieber has also faced trouble and criticism for his behavior in Japan, Canada, The Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Germany, Brazil and Australia. In addition to regularly abusing prescription pills, weed and alcohol, multiple sources close to the singer claim he has been downing the codeine-

based concoction known as sizzurp on the regular. Apparently his abuse of the drug was so bad that many friends encouraged him to go to rehab. Despite Bieber’s comparison of sizzurp to love in his lyrics for “We Were Born For This,” the popular drug was pulled from store shelves in April due to the volume of hip hop artist bragging about using the cough syrup inappropriately. Bieber seems far from slowing down on his downward spiral, but there’s still 6 months left to prove us wrong. Here’s hoping he can pick himself up, reclaim some form of dignity and earn back the respect and appreciation of his peers and fans. Oh, and there’s no clear runner-up for this category because when it comes to who’s having the worst 2014, Bieber is on a level all of his own. <

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ELTON

JOHN An Icon of Legacy By Courtney Caggiano

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JOHN’S LIFE IS FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH NEW AND EXCITING ADVENTURES, FROM HIS 2014 SUMMER TOUR TO THE CHANGES IN HIS PERSONAL LIFE.


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> As one of the most popular recordbreaking artists of the 20th century, Sir Elton John has redefined what it means to be an icon, and he continues to revolutionize his iconic status today. From number one singles and sold-out stadiums to influential fashion statements and charitable endeavors, Elton John has truly become a worldwide cultural phenomenon. John has come a long way from his humble beginnings in London, England, where the restrictive environment of his parents’ home instilled within him a longing for creative expression. John’s parents were both musically inclined, however, and filled their home with the latest rock and roll records, which immediately lit a passionate fire in the heart of a young Elton. Although John’s parents supported his pursuit of musical success, he found at an early age that he would have to blaze his own trail in order to bring his nonconformist style to a very vibrant life. This trend of nonconformity is certainly a key element of John’s triumphant standing in the pop world, and looking back on his stellar performances, it is no wonder that his infectious hits have become groundbreaking moments in musical history. The release of “Your Song,” John’s first top ten single, transported the singer from the world of piano bars and songwriting contracts to radio domination and international fame. Although more talented than most of his contemporaries in the industry, John did not reach success merely because of his gift of composition and knack for the keys; it was John’s unique touch of originality that set his music on the course of global recognition.

Not only did John’s innovative rock ballads and catchy pop sing-a-longs make Elton John a household name, they also became an intrinsic part of popular culture that resonated within the lives of his listeners. For those who were fans of John in his prime, just a mention of any of his infamous hits can bring back memories of an era gone by, and for the younger members of his audience who have recently taken a fancy to his eccentric songs, an Elton John single translates the timelessness of his music. Elton John’s pop-rock standards never cease to unite the generation of the past with the youth of the current age, and his songs declare the inescapable truth that John is a lasting icon of both yesterday and today. Even his single, “Crocodile Rock,” is a testament to the fact that he truly is one of the few rock stars left who really can “remember when rock was young” while still having the ability to reign supreme with the pop stars of the present. Scheduled to tour this summer, John has continued his legacy of selling out arenas around the globe, a feat that few artists from the 1970s have had the relevance or popularity to attempt. Now, as 2014 celebrates the 40th anniversary of his chart-topping album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, John’s live shows are more highly anticipated than ever, and John is expected to bring his usually imaginative style to his performances as always, along with new twists to create a classic yet modernized music experience. Even though John has toned down his wardrobe of platform shoes and multicolored feathers that made him a style innovator, he has never lost any of his flair throughout the years.

Although his performances, hit records and accomplishments remain memorable aspects of his career, John’s charitable efforts are the achievements for which he most wants to be remembered. A devoted supporter of the AIDS Foundation, John founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992 to fund programs and raise awareness for those affected by the disease. Because of his contributions to this cause, John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998, and will forever be recognized as Sir Elton John. John’s life is filled to the brim with new and exciting adventures, from his 2014 summer tour to the changes in his personal life. After gay marriage was made legal in England and Wales, John announced that he and his partner David Furnish had made plans to marry. The two entered into a civil partnership in 2005 and are looking forward to taking this new step in life together. John and David are the parents to sons Zachary and Elijah, a commitment that John has found both humbling and inspiring. As a musical master, fashion trendsetter, and social individualist, Elton John has not only redefined the term “icon” but has also become its definition. With his unique taste and undeniable panache, it is true that his songs have transformed the pop genre, yet John is even bigger than his songs: he is his own anthem. Elton John lives as a cultural phenomenon personified, and his music is simply the expression of his iconic soul within.<

DON’T MISS THE BEAT - Get ready to fill those MP3 Players. Check out this list of albums to watch out for this month.

50 Cent Album: Animal Ambition

Linkin Park Album: The Hunting Party

Ed Sheeran Album: X

Miranda Lambert Album: Platinum

Matisyahu Album: Akeda

David Gray Album: Mutineers


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TESTOSTERONE: BIGGER MAY NOT

MEAN BETTER. By Mark NeJame Contributor Vanessa Braeley, Associate Attorney with NeJame Law

> Hey guys, let’s admit it. Times have changed. Men are more focused now than ever on fashion, fitness and healthy living. Supplements, juicing and slim fit suits are all a part of the norm. So it may not surprise you that millions of men are prescribed testosterone for a variety of reasons. Shockingly, 25% of these men never underwent routine blood tests to check for hypogonadism, a disorder that causes testosterone deficiency and the only condition for which testosterone therapy is approved. Then why does it seem testosterone cures everything from fatigue to low sex drive to insomnia? Well, technically properly administered testosterone creates a balanced endocrine system, which promotes energy, sound sleep and a sharp mind. But the effects of improperly prescribed testosterone can be devastating to one’s health. Don’t believe it? Here are some sobering facts:

• In 2009, a trial study funded by the National Institute of Health was terminated due to the high rate of heart attacks in participants. • Lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of Androgel and Testim for causing stroke in men. • In January 2014, the FDA announced it was investigating heart attacks, strokes and death in men using testosterone products. • The November 2013 Journal of the American Medical Association indicated that the cardiovascular risk outweighed the benefits. Not all is lost; studies of the drug are ongoing and hope to reveal a safe, effective way to benefit from testosterone therapy. The key here is to obtain a proper diagnosis and follow directions (no off the market muscle-building injections!). Testosterone is not a supplement and can permanently affect your body’s abil-

ity to produce its own. Make sure your doctor has conducted the proper blood tests before prescribing T, and if you feel you’ve been improperly prescribed, get a second, third or fourth opinion. More importantly, make sure to read the labels. The current “low T” litigation surrounds the apparent misrepresentation undertaken by pharmaceutical companies that fail to warn consumers about the increase in heart attacks, stroke or death. If you are currently using or have used testosterone in the past and have concerns or questions, call your doctor. No doubt the medical and legal industry is aware of these side effects, but for now the consumer needs to man up: demand proper blood work and ask all the hard questions! Your health depends on it.<

Mark NeJame

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Unveiling of the New David Yurman Orlando Boutique to Benefit Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Ruben Santiago & Dennis Rodman Mercedes-Benz South Orlando’s 10th Anniversary Party

Jersey Boys Cast Party at The Abbey

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Bowl-erina Orlando Ballet at Kings Bowling

Runway To Hope Spring Fashion Soiree at Rosen Shingle Creek

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GET RIPPED QUICKER By Aubrie Blackton

> Many men lead such hectic lifestyles and would find it nearly impossible to squeeze one more activity

into their days. When that activity is going to the gym, forget it. Men may imagine setting aside a couple hours per day to go to the gym but this doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be the case. You may be surprised how little time you need to bulk up and get the body you once had, or dreamed of having. The secret that can make this all possible is compound strength training. If you can reserve just 15 minutes per day, 5 days a week, you can do these exercises and get the results youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been wanting!

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Unlike isolation exercises that work only one muscle group at a time, compound exercises are multi-joint movements that work several muscles or muscle groups simultaneously. While isolation exercises will be less intensive, isn’t it always better to up your game and get the workout over with in half the time? These strength training exercises help make the most of your time in the gym and can increase your power, endurance, and muscle mass all while burning fat. These are 4 of the most popular and beneficial compound exercises that can all be done in 15 minutes. Do 3 sets of 10 reps for each exercise below.

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Instead of doing sets of squats and sets of overhead presses, why not put the two together? Combine the two by standing with a light to medium weight bar over your head, feet under your hips, and ease into a squat. During this exercise it's important to keep your arms in a wide position and not too far behind your head while in the squat position.

Next, go onto the bench press. Bench press exercises target the pecs, shoulder, and arms but why not add something extra? Lie on a bench and take the bar with hands just a fist’s width apart. As you lift the bar up, bring your legs with you and raise them until they reach 90 degrees. Lower your arms and legs at the same time to give your abs a nice workout.

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Work your quads, biceps, and abs with the next exercise, the squat to bicep curl. Stand with your feet hip’s width apart with dumb bells in each hand. Squat down, holding the dumbbells in by your side and as you stand up, curl them up to shoulder height.

One more left! Bend over so your back is nearly flat and knees slightly bent. Holding dumbbells in each hand, draw them up towards the sides of your chest. Lower, and repeat. This exercise will work your biceps, lats, and shoulders. As always, be sure to stretch after your workout.

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COMPOUND EXERCISES WILL ALLOW YOU TO WORKOUT QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY, BURNING MORE CALORIES AND CREATING MORE MUSCLE THAN ISOLATION EXERCISES. REACHING YOUR FITNESS GOAL DOESN’T HAVE TO TAKE HOURS OUT OF YOUR DAY. SET ASIDE JUST 15 MINUTES PER DAY AND GET TO WORK! As always, check with your doctor before doing any new exercise regimen.

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MOONSHINE IN THE Sunshine STATE By Travis Joiner

> It is on your local liquor store shelves, it carries big brand names on the front of the bottle, we even have television shows dedicated to the stuff. Moonshine has hit the mainstream and it is not looking back. There are different flavors and packages and even different sentiments on what truly moonshine is to be called “shine.” I am here to help clear up some of the myths and questions behind it.

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I always thought moonshine was the stuff that your funny talking, live off the land uncle kept underneath the kitchen sink. So high in alcohol that he uses it to clean his hunting rifle in his downtime. Some of this might be true but there is more to moonshine than most realize. The term moonshine is believed to come to be as a result of when it was made. It is a basic spirit that is usually made from corn but grains are also used. The illegal practice of making it from homemade

stills in the woods usually happened at night so as not to be caught. It was and is made by “the light of the moon” and boom moonshine is born. It holds other names as well, such as white lightning, mountain dew or hooch. The only thing that made this usually high octane spirit is the moonshiners don’t pay federal tax. Instead they hide their stills deep in the woods and sell it in the cover of night hoping federal agents are always a step behind.


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Which brings us to why we see it now in stores and bars around the country. As most of you know as long as you pay the tax and set up with a third party distributor you are able to bring the previous illegal hooch to the public. This will really cut down on the sleepless nights and paranoia that your profession could soon place you in a comfy jail cell. This is why you are seeing some pretty big names getting into the “shine” game as a result of its popularity. Some of it might me marketing but most are working and successfully making some phenomenal stuff. I leave it to you to find your particular palette prefers. Another thing I heard growing up is that moonshine typically will have a flavor added to make it easier to drink. This one is true and it typically shows up in the form of peach, strawberry, blueberry and even apple pie. This is usually added in by the way of whatever local fruit you can get your hands on. I can say the apple pie shine is some good tasting stuff. Typically bottled in Mason jars or pickling jars the fruit is either strained out or left in the jar to ensure you know which flavor sits in front of you. There are often sugars added to help sustain the spirit and keep it from biting back when you tilt back the jar and take a swig. You will also notice that most of the choices you have in the store will hover around 100 proof rather than some crazy number like 190 proof like we were led to believe growing up. That is not to say that illegal stuff does not pack a wallop. Another thing you hear when you’re younger is that it can make you go blind. That would fall more into how it is made. Like any distillate the first liquid that comes up can hold a lot of impurities and pretty harmful stuff. That is why we distill our spirits and why most do not prefer to use that at all. The distiller will taste it now and again until they feel the purity and heart of their hard work shines through. I would be worried about what some of those backwoods stills are made out of. What did that evaporating coil come off of before it became part of your bootleg enterprise? Just saying there is a reason why we say buyer beware. I hope some of this helps and opens your eyes to some of the stories behind moonshine and what it is. Head to your local store or bar and see what flavor or style they have available and grab a bottle. I recommend either use them for a sipper or grab a dry cider and add it to your favorite white lightning for a pleasant twist. I even hear that there could be a shine that is rum based that might be within our grasps to try soon. Whatever the truths or the fun myths and stories behind this spirit of lore do not be afraid to give it a shot. It will not make you go blind but if you drink enough of it in the Florida sun you might be howling at the moon before you know it. Cheers <

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25 PICKUP LINES Compiled by Michelle Senter

> Let’s face it, with the hustle and bustle of Orlando’s nightlife we’ve all heard them before. The dreaded pickup line that most guys think is the perfect opportunity to attempt their most creative approach in sparking a conversation with a woman. Some guys embark on their mission with a false sense of confidence that they’ve concocted the perfect line complete with a combination of wit and appeal. Unfortunately the reality is the majority of these attempts end with women feeling awkward, scared, and ultimately fleeing the scene as fast as they can. WORD OF ADVICE… DO NOT USE THE FOLLOWING PICKUP LINES AS YOU ARE

GUARANTEED TO BE LEFT HANGING SOLO.

1. DID IT HURT? WHEN YOU FELL FROM HEAVEN. 2. YOUR DAD MUST BE A TERRORIST BECAUSE HE MADE A BOMB. 3. IF I HAD A DOLLAR FOR EVERY GIRL I’VE SEEN THAT’S AS PRETTY AS YOU I’D HAVE A DOLLAR.

4. LIFE WITHOUT YOU WOULD BE LIKE A PENCIL WITH NO LEAD, POINTLESS. 5. I MUST HAVE DIED AND GONE TO HEAVEN BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE FACE OF AN ANGEL. 6. I FORGOT MY PHONE NUMBER, CAN I HAVE YOURS?


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8. YOU MUST BE TIRED BECAUSE YOU’VE BEEN RUNNING THROUGH MY MIND ALL DAY LONG.

11. YOU MUST BE WEARING SPACE PANTS BECAUSE YOUR ASS IS OUT OF THIS WORLD.

9. DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT OR SHOULD I WALK BY AGAIN?

12. CAN I LISTEN TO YOUR HEARTBEAT BECAUSE IT PLAYS MY FAVORITE SONG?

10. IF I HAD THREE WISHES THEY’D ALL BE YOU.

13. EXCUSE ME COULD YOU GIVE ME DIRECTIONS ...TO YOUR HOUSE.

15. I’M NOT FRED FLINTSTONE BUT I BET I CAN MAKE YOUR BED ROCK.

20. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO TENNESSEE? BECAUSE YOU’RE THE ONLY TEN I SEE.

16. BABY IF YOU WERE WORDS ON PAPER YOU’D BE THE FINE PRINT.

21. IS IT HOT IN HERE OR IS IT JUST YOU? 22. IF YOU WERE A LIBRARY BOOK I’D CHECK YOU OUT FIRST.

17. YOU LOOK FAMILIAR. I MUST HAVE SEEN YOU IN MY DREAMS.

23. DO YOU HAVE A MAP? I THINK I JUST GOT LOST IN YOUR EYES.

18. YOU LOOK LIKE MY NEXT GIRLFRIEND. 19. IF I SAID YOU HAD A NICE BODY WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME?

24. DO YOU HAVE ANY OVERDUE LIBRARY BOOKS? BECAUSE YOU’VE GOT THE WORD FINE WRITTEN ALL OVER YOU.

Heard a terrible pickup line? Let us know! @OrlandoStyle #OrlandoStylePickUpLines

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&

“WHERE MAN MANATEE PLAY”

Plantation on Crystal River By Cathleen K. Bode Photos By Sven J. Bode

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> The homey town of Crystal

warm Florida nights. This renovat-

River is located in Citrus County,

ed, eco-friendly and green lodging-

approximately 90 miles northwest

certified resort is surrounded by

of Tampa near the Gulf of Mexico.

crystal clear waters of the natural

This tranquil community is known as

springs of Kings Bay and 232 acres

the place “Where Man and Mana-

of lush preserve land with grand

tee Play.”

oaks that take you back in time.

Plantation on Crystal River is a

This is where one might experience

charming old Floridian style resort

a gentler, relaxing and unhurried

with a southern décor highlighted

getaway. You can imagine how one

with colors of deep blues and pop

may have lived when Florida was

of greens, and the beds are donned

less developed. There is also a cer-

in crisp white bed linen for those

tain smell of mustiness in the air in


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the lobby and hallways of this resort. However, the 196 reno-

windows in the dining area, which overlooks the pool and Kings

vated guest rooms and suites are quite modernized with flat

Bay and beyond.

screen TVs, refrigerators (you can stock up with all your favorite goodies from Winn-Dixie grocery store and the liquor store just

For those who want to imbibe West 82º Bar is a great spot to

up the street), granite counters in the bathrooms and wireless

mingle with old friends and to meet new ones with your favorite

internet service that has great reception in the room, but you’re

beverage in hand. We were quite surprised to meet people

pretty much cut off from the rest of the world in other areas of

from all over the world, from France, Germany, Russia, etc…

the resort. It is a blessing really. You can unwind, unplug, and

They all seem to gather at the Plantation on Crystal River for a

revel in yesteryear.

few nights to experience ‘old Florida’ and to take up the most popular attraction—Swimming with the Manatees!

For your dining pleasure the West 82º Bar and Grill serves up a hearty breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, emphasizing on natu-

West Indian Manatees—those large, beloved marine mammals

ral produce and local ingredients with a dollop of southern hos-

that graze underwater vegetation—are frequent visitors to the

pitality! The views are beautiful through the large picturesque

Crystal River area, because they cannot tolerate the wintertime

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chilly water of the Gulf of Mexico. Manatees abound in the year-round 72-degree spring-fed waters in Crystal River from the months of November through March. They need a steady 72-degrees of the springfed river to survive & thrive. Together with neighboring Homosassa, Crystal River is the site of the largest gathering of manatees in North America and the only place in the nation where people can legally swim and snorkel with the gentle sea giants in their natural habitat. It is an amazing experience that you must put on your ‘bucket list!’ Crystal River offers manatee safaris, manatee snorkeling tours and dive tours, fishing, Plantation on Crystal River: 9301 W. Fort Island Trail Crystal River, Florida Reservations: 800.632.6262 www.PlantationOnCrystalRiver.com Plantation Adventure Center: 352-795-5797 OrlandoStyleMagazine.com

boating, camping, nature trails for hiking, canoeing and kayaking all at reasonable rates. So, plan your day at the Plantation Adventure Center, which is on property. Go on a relaxing pontoon boat ride and watch the manatees gently swim by. You’ll be “awemazed!”


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TOGETHER WITH NEIGHBORING HOMOSASSA, CRYSTAL RIVER IS THE SITE OF THE LARGEST GATHERING OF MANATEES IN NORTH AMERICA AND THE ONLY PLACE IN THE NATION WHERE PEOPLE CAN LEGALLY SWIM AND SNORKEL WITH THE GENTLE SEA GIANTS IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT.

Another Not To Be Missed adventure is

The Plantation on Crystal River boasts

at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wild-

12,000 square feet of meeting and event

life State Park! The park showcases na-

space, 18-hole golf course, 9-hole execu-

tive Florida wildlife, including manatees,

tive course, an Aveda® spa, relaxing riv-

black bears, red wolves, bobcats, white-

erfront pool, croquet on the manicured

tailed deer, American alligators, Ameri-

lawn, West 82º Bar and Grill, 19th Hole

can crocodiles, river otters, flamingos and

Bar & Grill, the Tiki Bar, and on site, full-

many others. Manatee programs are of-

service family-oriented dive and tour ma-

fered three times daily, and at the Wildlife

rina.

Encounter programs, snakes and other native animals are featured. Recreational

So, if you’re planning a summer getaway

opportunities include picnicking, nature

in Florida, include Plantation on Crystal

study, and bird-watching. The park also

River for few nights. It is a perfect spot

features a children’s education center,

for families of all ages and you won’t have

providing hands-on experiences about

to travel far! <

Florida’s environment. Plan a good 3 1/2 to 4 hours to tour the park. Admission fee is just $13.00 for adults, $5.00 for children, 6 -12 and even less for groups. 4150 S Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa, FL 34448 352-628-5343

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A LAUNCH PARTY IN LONDON THE OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN KICKOFF EVENT FOR THE GRAND TOUR GALA 2014! By Riesa Pascal

> There’s a new way to visit London this November and you won’t even have to leave the state! I got a sneak preview of this journey on April 22nd when the Bistro Café of The Hilton Orlando Resort was transformed into the gorgeous city of London for the Grand Tour Gala 2014 Launch Party. The event was hosted by the Orlando Chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) and they gave attendees an exciting glimpse of what to look forward to on November 1st at Grand Tour Gala 2014. NACE is the production arm of the annual Grand Tour Gala charity fundraiser, which honors Florida’s hospitality and tourism industry leaders. Proceeds from the annual event provide scholarships benefiting students at the University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Educational Foundation and the NACE Education Foundation. Since it’s inception

in 2011, more than $180,000 have been distributed in student scholarships, educational and hospitality fundraising programs. “We theme the Grand Tour Gala around locations such as London and then the guests travel through the experience of the city. We get to experience the sights, the sounds, the food and the entertainment. It really is an action packed event.” – NACE Orlando President, Patricia Buchanan The launch party proved to be a lovely evening as themed drinks, appetizers, strolling actors and décor all took me back to my city of birth. British Royal Guards stood on either side of the entrance, keeping watch over the party and making for great photo opportunities. An Austin Powers look-a-like mixed and mingled with the guests as everyone enjoyed complimentary drinks, delectable British bites and a live DJ’s mix of classic British music that kept the party going all night long. A photo booth by The Flipbook People was a huge hit with attendees who put on silly props and took fun photos, which were turned into a complimentary flipbook. During the event, nine student scholarships resulting from proceeds raised from last year’s event were presented to their recipients and the Dick Pope Legacy Award Honorees for Grand Tour Gala 2014 were announced. This year’s honorees include: Chef Emeril Lagasse, celebrity chef and host of TV’s Emeril’s Florida; Steve Hogan, CEO of Florida Citrus Sports; Richard Kessler, chairman and CEO of Kessler

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Hotel Group; and Adrian Jones, general manager of Legoland Florida and VP Merlin Entertainment USA. “Those men are being focused on for their contributions to hospitality leadership for the state of Florida. This event is like the Oscars of the hospitality and tourism industry for not only Central Florida, but also for the state. Since the tourism industry is one of the largest contributors to the state economy, this is a way for us to celebrate all the people that are involved with it as well as to provide dollars to some of the programs and student scholarships.” – Dr. Mary Jo Ross, UCF professor and Executive Producer of The Grand Tour Gala From florist and caterers to linen providers and entertainers, the Grand Tour Gala is an event that couldn’t happen without the help of Central Florida’s hospitality community. At least 12-14 vendors took part in the campaign launch party and approximately 40-50 vendors will come together to put on November’s event. The benefit and the Grand Tour Gala’s mission are special to so many people and everybody wants to be a part of it. “At the end of every event, people just rave about how spectacular it was and I think theming it to a destination is huge and very unique, so we’re very excited about traveling to London.” – NACE Orlando President, Patricia Buchanan < For more information on the Grand Tour Gala 2014 annual benefit, be sure to check out www.grandtourgala.com.


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> With the oncoming school graduations, proms, and weddings I get asked how do I whiten my teeth the least expensive and invasive way? There are many tooth whitening systems on the market that do not require altering the tooth structure. I use the Opalescence Whitening System in my office. Questions I have been asked by patients.

IS IT SAFE? Yes. The primary ingredient in Opalescence is carbamide peroxide,which has been safely used to brighten millions of smiles worldwide.

HOW DOES IT WORK? Patient above after whitening, orthodontics & periodontics treatment.

There are several methods that can be used however the one that I found works the best and is the least time consuming is the chair side whitening that is done in the office. It takes approximately 1 hour. The Opalescence gel is applied to the teeth. The carbamide gel oxidizes and enters the enamel. This process bleaches out the discolored areas. The tooth structure is NOT changed. The color of the tooth is simply made lighter.

with Opalescence gel in it and they will use this for 2-3 days after the chair side procedure to achieve optimum natural whiteness.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS? There are a small number of people who may experience increased sensitivity to hot or cold during the whitening process. This is temporary and usually will go away within the first 48 hours after the whitening process is completed.

HOW LONG WILL IT LAST? The duration of your results depends on many factors. Practice good oral hygiene,and brushing regularly;especially after consuming staining foods or beverages. If you use staining substances like coffee,tobacco,and red wine you may need periodic touch-ups. Honestly, everyone has had some degree of whitening and have not been disappointed in their results. There is no way we can predict how white your teeth will get. If you have a question about whitening procedures or products consult your dentist or feel free to give my office a call at 407 678-4000. <

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE? Results are usually seen immediately .We then give the patient pre fabricated trays

Dr. Carl Bilancione

In closing as a general dentist it is imperative that I work with a team of experts and these professionals are part of my team.

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Best Friends

By Courtney Caggiano

> For those of you who are dog owners, you know that there’s nothing quite like a warm hug from a furry friend. After a stressful day at the office or a long weekend out of town, a cheerful greeting from your pet pooch is the perfect way to calm the emotions and soothe the soul. In order to bring this joy of puppy love to those in need, The American Kennel Club is supporting organizations all over the country that specialize in training Emotional Support Animals. Also known as Therapy Dogs or “Hug Dogs,” these canines are sent with volunteers to hospitals, nursing homes and childcare centers with the goal of lifting the spirits of people experiencing emotional and mental disorders.

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Over the past few years, Emotional

In the Tampa Bay Area, Project PUP

with the Hug Dogs and accompany them

Support Animals have begun to play a

focuses on pet visits to healthcare

on their visits, or you can even volunteer

vital role in the lives of the emotionally

facilities, providing happy Hug Dogs to

your own dog to serve as an Emotional

challenged.

provide

encourage the spirits of those suffering

Support Animal. If your dog is docile and

inspiration for people who are fighting

from depression. Founded in 1984,

healthy, he or she may qualify to join a

emotional issues such as loneliness and

Project PUP brings dogs to different

local therapy organization. The love of

depression. They have also been used to

types

including

a dog is priceless, and we should do

ease the symptoms of those experiencing

hospitals, rehab centers and assisted

whatever we can to spread this love to

mental illnesses that affect the emotions,

living homes. Volunteer organizations

those who truly need it.

especially autism. Spending time with

similar to Project PUP are located across

these sociable creatures allows children

the country and benefit not only the

Look for more about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hug Dogsâ&#x20AC;? at

and adults who have been diagnosed

health care patients but the Hug Dogs as

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with emotional disorders to divert their

well. These dogs love the attention they

attention to the friendly faces in front

receive while spending therapeutic time

of them. It has been suggested that

with humans, and their joy is multiplied

physical touch is a key contributor to

in the eyes of those they are visiting.

These

dogs

of

health

facilities,

emotional healing, and these dogs offer welcoming hugs that provide a glimpse

There are many ways you can volunteer

of happiness and a glimmer of hope.

for

an

Emotional

Support

Animals

organization. You can register to assist Several associations throughout Florida promote the services of Emotional Support

Animals,

such

as

Caring

Canines Therapy Dogs, a non-profit organization located in Lake County. Since 2003, Caring Canines Therapy Dogs has been sharing the love of canine companionship, visiting local nursing homes, hospitals and schools. This organization trains dogs from variety of breeds to behave amicably toward the patients with whom they interact. Although Caring Canines offers Hug Dogs to a wide range of institutions, its volunteers specialize in the therapy of children, relieving hyperactive or psychologically sensitive children with the warm embrace of a dog.

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BEAUTY & BRAINS RENAISSANCE MEN

THE

PROFESSIONALS Our mission at Style Magazines is to bring visibility to professionals who exhibit excellence, integrity, client service and charisma that has made them preeminent and highly successful. Professionals are selected based on personal interviews, client feedback and referrals from their professional peers.

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KEVIN O’DONNELL Family Man & Entrepreneur

> Kevin O’Donnell is a family man and entrepreneur, in that

my friend John Rivers (4Rivers Smokehouse) build his business

order. Starting his professional career with a national real estate

with that principle being one of the cornerstones showed me

developer and traveling the country, Kevin quickly realized the

the importance. Taking the best practices of specific businesses

only way for him to manage his personal Multiple companies later the basis of that philosophy still holds true. As Managing Partner of Tern Capital Group, an investment company specializing in small to mid-market companies, Kevin understands the importance of investing not only in a specific business or product, but more importantly investing in the people who run them. Growing up my

“BUILD GREAT PEOPLE

life was to try and control his business life.

and the people who run them gives

GREAT COMPANIES.

father always told me “You are who you hang with”. The older I get the more I understand that philosophy. You can invest

you an outstanding road map. Great people build great companies. I have a few really good mentors, some don’t realize the impact they have made on my personal business philosophies. Watching, and learning from those individuals is my way of doing research and development. O’Donnell has a few projects on the horizon. The opening of a new restaurant called “The Porch” which is located directly next to The Meat House, the opening of a second

in the greatest concept of all time but if you don’t have partners

location of craft beer concept “Frank & Steins”, and a joint

with the same business principles and strategic goals in mind

venture with Shipyard/Sea Dog Brewing Company (Portland,

then your chances for success are diminished. Sometimes you

Maine)on a new, local, craft beer brand. “My partners in each

learn the hard way. I know I have.

of those businesses are all great people who are successful with their respective brands”. The concepts are great but the teams

The Meat House in Winter Park is one business O’Donnell

of individuals behind them are even better!” <

started in 2011. A local butcher’s market The Meat House has engrained itself in the local community. Having given to over

The Meat House

100 local charities since inception, O’Donnell sees that as the

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father is a partner in The Meat House. We live, work, and play in Central Florida. It is our responsibility to help out our local community. Without local support we won’t be successful. We don’t advertise all that we do. For us it is important to be humble and thankful that we are in a position to be impactful. Watching

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Photo by Steven Miller Photography

MEGAN NORMAN

Southern Realty Enterprises Inc.

> Megan Norman, sales agent with

“Having wonderful friends and clients that

Southern Realty in Longwood, has lived in

I have met while in this business has kept

the area all her life. She grew up in the

me working harder, learning all I can as the

banking industry. Remembering the family’s

market changes and providing them with

dedication to their clients. Years later

the best real estate experience.”

Megan embodies the same dedication and trust in her real estate business. Megan

While Megan is enjoying working hard,

brings a level of service, expertise and

she also enjoys stepping away from a busy

attention to detail that reflects the quality

lifestyle taking part in charity events. Serv-

of the properties her customers are buying

ing other is a passion for Megan. Spending

or selling. Her passion and tenacious

time with her family, doting on her dog,

devotion to her customers has earned her

Steeler fan, avid golf player, all about na-

the loyalty of past and present clients. Her

ture, swimming and walking and

strengths lie in the exceptional marketing,

entertaining. So you can see Megan Nor-

being dependable and really listening

man has plenty on her plate all done with

to the individual wants and needs of her

expertise and passion. <

clients. Megan is constantly expanding the scope of her real estate knowledge and in-depth Megan Norman Southern Realty Enterprises Inc. 2623 W. State Road 434 Longwood, FL 32779 407-920-0807 OrlandoStyleMagazine.com

understanding of Orlando’s unique and ever changing market. People feel at ease around Megan, her energy and genuine nature are met with knowledge of the industry and professionalism. SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

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RUSS CHIODO Chiodo Realty Group > Over the past decade real estate has been in a constant state of change. Brokerage firms and real estate agents have had to reevaluate their approach to support these changes. Homeowners were impacted by fluctuating home values and tight lending. Eviction, cash-for-keys, short-sale and REO (Real Estate Owned) became household words discussed by all socioeconomic classes. It was during this time that Russ became a licensed Realtor in Central Florida.

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Russ Chiodo Broker/ Certified Veteran Owner Serving Central Florida Chiodo Realty Group, Inc. 5448 Hoffner Ave, Suite 107 Orlando, FL 32812 P: 407-453-0514 ext.101 F: 407-568-3493 E: russ@chiodorealtygroup.com www.orlandoREO.com

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Originally from the Great Keystone State of Pennsylvania he is the oldest of five siblings, but only by five minutes, as he shares this position with his identical twin brother Ralph. After attending college, Russ joined the United States Air Force as a telephone installation technician for Tactical Air Command and was stationed at various bases around the world. Eight years later he moved into the private sector working for The Walt Disney Company, AT&T Wireless, and then finishing his career in telecommunications at Cingular Wireless. Now a licensed Realtor, Russ placed his license with Keller Williams Realty (KW), located on the East side of Orlando. During his first few years at KW he discovered a niche in REO sales and quickly became the go to agent for REO leadership and guidance in the KW family. He earned “Rookie of the Year”, Bronze, Gold, and Platinum honors with KW. In 2009 and 2010 he was recognized in the Orlando Magazine as a TOP 100 Agent. Russ also grabbed top national honors with the Wall Street Journal- “Top 400 Professionals”. Russ opened his brokerage in late 2011 and is certified as a Veteran Owned

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Business. Today’s brokers must keep up to date with the technically savvy customer but must be sensitive to those who do not embrace technology. Russ has chosen to use the “cafe” style office design to create the right balance for his agents and brokerage. He states, “A majority of our customers and clients expect “tech savvy” agents who can provide quick, relevant, and accurate data with a personal touch. Creating exceptional service for our customers with an environment that provides synergy for the agents allows Chiodo Realty Group to succeed now and into the future”. Russ would like to congratulate the other brokers recognized by their peers and the Orlando Style Magazine readership in the article “Top 10 Real Estate Brokers for 2014. “It is a great honor for our office and our business partners who work side- by- side in service to our local community”. Russ’ personal philosophy is God first, family second, and business third. He is a devoted husband of 13 years to his beautiful bride Kristina. Russ’ faith has lead him to serve at Discovery Church for the past 12 years. He and his wife can be found facilitating married couples who desire to bring God to the center of their relationship. He takes advantage of Florida’s fantastic weather and enjoys RV’ing around the state; especially at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground and Florida’s beautiful State Parks. <


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DANYETTA TAVARES Charles Rutenberg Realty

> Danyetta Tavares, a realtor of the past 10 years considers practicing Real Estate her second passion, with the first being a wife of many years to Dean Tavares and the mom of 4 grown sons Tareck, Tarell, Tyler Johnathan and Torrance Tavares. Danyetta credits her success in the industry to a strong work ethic, a teachable heart, and a desire to serve. I consider it the highest compliment when a client, friend or family member trusts me with their referral business. I start the transaction as an agent and most of the time, end as a family member. I realize the importance of treating each client and individual situation on a case by case basis. I was raised by my grandmother, Mae Ruth Elder, who instilled in me the “Golden Rule” which is do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Therefore, it is important to me to handle clients files as I would handle my own. I have learned a resilient spirit and have a survivor’s heart. Success has not been handed to me easily, but rather I continue to learn “To whom much is given much is required.” Many years of medical challenges have plagued my children but have made me a better person, both personally as well as professionally. All of my challenges have taught me empathy, strength and have encouraged me to prevail through a strong sense of faith, part of which I attribute to my membership at Golden Star #49 of Winter Park, which is part of the Order Of Eastern Stars. It is here that I am able to express and act on my belief in community service, selflessness and sisterhood. Danyetta Tavares Charles Rutenberg Realty 407 242-0210 danyettacloses@yahoo.com

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on the Board of Dictors, YPN Advisory Council, Business Professional Development having previously served on the membership committee, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and am proud to serve along side my fellow Realtors. I take it very seriously that in most cases, we are entrusted with our buyer’s or seller’s most prized possession most valuable asset. I look forward to continuing to grow in my career as well as professionally. I always joke with friends that I love Real Estate so much I would like to buried with my Real Estate license, as I have heard in heaven there are many mansions and I might have to sell one. I have been gifted with great friends, Lorna Donaldson and Deena Anderson to name two who have been a sounding board, voice of reason, and a shoulder when needed. Part of my support team is my confidant and brother, Howard Joseph Payton, who has endured many a venting session. Servicing buyers, sellers, rentals as well as land, I most enjoy helping sellers in distressed situations and being able to turn it around and provide some peace of mind and relief in a time needed most. Most come to me scared, unsure, sometimes not knowledgeable about the process. I have gained more in my Real Estate career than I have given. It is an absolute honor to represent clients of all walks of life and to treat them all the same. The positives as well as the negatives have made me who I am and I would not change a thing. I remain humbled to be fortunate enough to do what I love every day. The profession really is for the person that has a servant’s heart and loves people. <


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MICKI BLACKBURN Realty > “I only succeed when my customers do,” says Broker-Owner Catherine L. “Micki” BlackburnNagel of Micki Blackburn Realty, “and I love to see people succeed.” In 2004 and 2005, Micki Blackburn Realty was recognized by the Greater Lake County Association of Realtors’ as the #1 real estate office in Lake County, achieving more than $175 million in sales in 2005 alone. According to Micki, “Being #1 was never really our goal but we’re proud that it happened.”

Micki Blackburn Realty For more information call, Clermont 352-394-6611 Mascotte 352-429-1009 Webster 352-793-8084 www.mickirealty.com

Established in 1994, Micki Blackburn Realty now has three offices to meet the needs of buyers and sellers throughout Central Florida. Offices are located in Clermont, Mascotte and Webster. Micki attributes her success to old-fashioned values of hard work and customer service, combined with extensive education and experience in finance, contacts, negotiations and marketing. Micki’s realtors bring it all together in a combination that

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equals success. Most of Micki’s realtors are multi-million and million-dollar producers, and all are exceptionally knowledgeable about the marketplaces, neighborhoods, schools and industries where they live and work. This is yet another key to the success of her business, Micki explains. “We specialize in agents who are home-grown, longtime residents and active in the community.” Micki firmly believes that her residential and commercial teams are the best in the business. “All of our realtors work together on residential and commercial sales and purchases in a unique team approach. All the listings, both residential and commercial, belong to the office rather than any particular individual. That encourages teamwork. We’re like one big family.” This team approach makes Micki Blackburn Realty a standout in the industry. Her realtors have the know-how and

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contacts, industry wide, to make each residential or commercial transaction a success. Micki herself is a member of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce, president of the South Lake Historical Society and a member of the executive board of Hospice for Lake and Sumter counties. A lifelong resident of the area, Micki says she is proud of Lake and Sumter counties, which she believes are the “best places in Florida to live.” “My goal is to give back to Lake and Sumter counties in return for everything those communities have done for me.” If you’re looking to buy or sell property in Lake or Sumter County, please give Micki Blackburn Realty a call at any one of our three locations.<


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Holocaust Center’s Dinner of Tribute Honoring Mr. Harris Rosen at Rosen Plaza

Runway To Hope Spring Fashion Soiree at Rosen Shingle Creek

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CHRIS BROWN, P.A. Broker-Associate at Charles Rutenberg Realty > Chris started his Real Estate career at Huskey Realty in Sweetwater Oaks (Longwood) three weeks before Black Monday hit in 1987. He remembers his Broker the late E. Everette Huskey stating “You Can’t Take the People Out of the People Business and we will survive this by providing great service and outworking the competition”. With that instilled in him, Chris has taken that to heart in how he takes on life. Chris Brown has been a shining star in the Real Estate market here in the Orlando area for over 27 years. With over 105 million in closed volume and over 600 successful closings, it is easy to see why homebuyers have put their dream of purchasing a home in his hands and sellers have put their trust in his skills and knowledge.

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Chris Brown, P.A. P: 407-327-6997 E: ChrisBrown@Realtor.com www.orlandoMLSsearh.com

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As a young man, Chris grew up in his family’s custom home building business. There Chris learned how build homes from digging foundations to nailing shingles. Then was educated in design, cost estimating and job oversight. Needing to be his own boss, Chris landed a position at Huskey Realty where he learned luxury home sales from the very best of the best at the time working for E. Everette Huskey who developed many of the high end communities in Seminole County. That experience catapulted his journey into becoming a Broker in 1993. Believing that hard work and education were key to upholding the values that he learned from his first Broker, Chris went on to obtain 8 National Designations so he became well rounded in all aspects of residential real estate. Very few Brokers in the County have this background of knowledge and experience. ABR Accredited Buyer Representative ALHS Accredited Luxury Home Specialist CDPE Certified Distress Property Expert CRS Certified Residential Specialist CSP Certified Short Sale Professional GRI Graduate, Realtors Institute e-PRO Advanced Technology Training TRC Transnational Referral Certified

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Today’s buyers and sellers have changed a lot from 27 years ago as more information is available to the consumer and the consumer is a lot more savvy than in prior years however, he is in the relationship and communication business. “My clients deserve to be given a lot of attention and my job is to listen, advise, communicate and counsel with them along the journey towards a closing”. Chris spends many hours with his clients listening to determine what their goals and needs are, and then putting a custom plan into place, using the vast tools available and always keeping his top concern of servicing the client, that hasn’t changed and never will as he is in the people business, not the real estate business. By focusing his time and concern on each client that he takes on and using his skills that he has honed over the past 27 years, his client always comes out the winner! He just loves watching his clients reach their Real Estate goals that they established at their first meeting. Education & Communication has been the heart of his success. With his knowledge and expertise, Chris guides each Buyer or Seller step by step through the home buying process from finding the home that fits your needs, to inspections, lenders, appraisers, and title companies. Although the housing industry has changed a lot over the years, the basics haven’t and always taking care of the client’s needs and concerns is paramount. “Helping the client achieve their real estate goal helps me to achieve my personal goals in life and that is very rewarding”. In his spare time, Chris spends time with his wife Donna. Hobbies including raising dogs, riding their Harley throughout Central Florida and quality family time. <


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Blu Me Over with Your Love FABIO NAPOLEONI AT POP GALLERY AT DOWNTOWN DISNEY速 WEST SIDE By Maria Delis

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A LITTLE LOVE CRAZY

“Sorrow, compassion and hope are my primary colors,” artist Fabio Napoleoni says about his vibrant work. His artistic pieces evoke emotion … While his wife and baby daughter slept, he roamed the hospital hallways looking for the right spot to sit down to sketch. He remembers needing an outlet to express his inner turmoil, what one feels when their child falls ill. Napoleoni was not alone; he chatted with parents going through similar situations. Sketching round and square-headed stick figures soon turned into therapy sessions. From pen and ink drawings, his art eventually transitioned into vibrant pastels. In each piece a heart – a symbol for his daughter and her ailment. His art then reflected the ups and downs in their lives: When Lauren’s little heart felt stronger, Napoleoni’s art showed hope and joy. But when it felt weak, his cartoon characters exhibited melancholy, the heart scarred. “I tried to capture not just my emotions, but of those around me who were also dealing with issues concerning their children. From then on my goal has been to create art that everyone can relate with,” Napoleoni says.

Today, after eleven medical procedures, Lauren is an energetic ten-year-old, nothing phasing her strong spirit. “If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” the artist remarks. Napoleoni’s artistic world consists of adorable cartoon characters going on adventures, falling in love or getting their hearts broken. The main persona is Marcenivo, a square-head rag doll with one button eye. He escapes his reality by drawing unique worlds, capturing Napoleoni’s emotions as he goes through his own journeys in life. Art first played a therapeutic role for Napoleoni in the early 1970s. Young Fabio suffered from severe asthma. His Italian-American mother, an artist herself, encouraged her son to explore his talent as he stayed indoors, avoiding asthma triggers. Like Marcenivo, Fabio created his own worlds through his art. When he was five years old, they moved from Puerto Rico to New York, where he continued drawing his comics. Spider Man was his favorite. In 1984, they

relocated to Maine, where Napoleoni resides today with his own family. “It was a rough transition,” Napoleoni told me. They were not many Italians in the town. Influenced by the skateboard culture, his drawings turned into graffiti art. Then, after high school, while pursuing his passion for music, he was paid to graffiti club walls and to create banners for various businesses. He would DJ on the side too. “Art was always there,” he recalls. After studying music production in college, Napoleoni worked with stained glass artist Blaise Botti. When Botti took a look at his portfolio, he pushed the young artist to share his work with the public. He knew that it was not “Maine enough,” so they were going to get his work and his message out there through the digital world. They went to EBAY first. Fabio Napoleoni now exhibits his art in national and international galleries. But POP Gallery at Downtown Disney® West

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Side at The Walt Disney World® Resort is a flagship representative. Here fans find the largest selections of the renowned artist’s originals, prints, limited edition artist proofs and sculptures. The Gallery is located directly across from Wolfgang Puck® Café and Bongos Cuban Café™, and between AMC Theatres and the Splitsville™ bowling lanes. On April 19th and 20th, the Gallery unveiled Napoleoni’s latest original paintings and limited edition giclees, including a new piece exclusive for POP Gallery: “Blu Me Over With Your Love.” Blu, Napoleoni’s little bluebird character, inspired the centerpiece for this Easter art show. The lovable bird is The Kid’s (the gas-mask-wearing character) sidekick. Napoleoni’s latest work focuses on love, hope and faith, so Blu has been delivering good news and experiencing comedic adventures in love. In “A Little Love Crazy,” for example, zombie girl birds chase poor Blu while the heart keeps up with him during the escape. The show featured eight new original paintings, three new pen and inks by Napoleoni, including the POP Gallery exclusive “Just Show Your Love.” On April 19th, the artist and gallery representatives unveiled these new pieces and hosted a meet and greet for guests and collectors. Even two hours before the event, the line was quickly forming outside the petite gallery. That was not an unprecedented phenomenon. “They travel from across the country,” Napoleoni told me. Fans often wait up to six hours in line to get a personal A PORTRAIT OF LOVE - ORIGINAL ACRYLIC ON WOOD - 12 X 18 - SOLD

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dedication and to share their stories with the artist. This is the biggest compliment– listening to people’s stories and hearing how his art pieces became part of their lives. “Don’t buy art because it fits your furniture,” states Napoleoni, “buy art because you love it.” In other words, buy art because it stirs up emotions, you remember a special place or person in your life. POP Gallery loves his work and the meaning behind his pieces. Besides understanding each character, gallery representatives own his art and they go above and beyond to convey his message to guests.

show, there was a silent auction for the “Feeling Blu” painting with one hundred percent of the proceeds donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thanks to Disney, Orlando has a strong comic/cartoon culture. At Napoleoni’s first show at POP Gallery in 2009, he sold all of his pieces. He then knew a special relationship had formed not only with POP but also with the city. The artist loves visiting Orlando and sharing his newest art with his fans. He also plans to move here with his wife, son and daughter.

Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso, three artists known for spilling their emotions onto canvas and still managing to conjure strong feelings from today’s audiences, Napoleoni continues to expand his work by exploring new themes and creating new characters. “Picasso never settled for just one form of art, but he tried many and mastered them all,” Napoleoni states on his website. We hope Fabio does the same. www.popgalleryorlando.com

Fabio Napoleoni “Share the Love”

“[Napoleoni’s] art is the biggest reason I started to work here,” gallery representative Todd McKee told me. McKee understands the significance behind each piece and he always shares these stories with collectors. Fabio Napoleoni enjoys working with POP because they want pieces that feature all of his characters, not only Marcenivo. They encourage the artist to broaden his focus and explore new characters. His future goals include partaking in large projects; for example, painting wall-size pieces especially for charitable causes. During the April art

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STRETCHING THE REACH OF FEDERAL CRIMINAL LAW; TOO SMALL FISH - YES I MEAN REAL FISH - BY MARK L. HORWITZ

> The passage of criminal laws in response to perceived problems has been a common practice of politicians. Many believe that new criminal laws are a lot easier for politicians to deal with than agreeing on the budget, social security or keeping the government running. At the federal level, this leads to expanding criminal statutes that usually duplicate existing laws. The expansion of crimes, however, also occurs when the laws are stretched to cover conduct not contemplated by Congress.

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The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 was the congressional response to the Enron scandal. The law includes a provision that makes it a crime to alter, destroy, falsify or make a false entry on any document, record or tangible object to impede an investigation.

The Supreme Court has decided to review the conviction of a fisherman for throwing away undersized fish after he received a citation (ticket) in the Gulf of Mexico from a federal officer for taking undersized fish and being told to bring the fish into port. Unfortunately those who practice criminal law have seen many examples of criminal laws being applied to conduct which Congress did not consider. From Enronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shredding of corporate records to throwing away small fish is an example of the expansion of criminal laws. It only took a little over 10 years from the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act designed to punish corporate destruction of records to be used to prosecute a fisherman for throwing small fish overboard. <

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RUNWAY TO HOPE By Courtney Caggiano Photos By Brion Price

> As the sun began to set on May 10th, time seemed to stand still in Orlando, or at least at the Rosen Shingle Creek. This important night served as a bridge from a painful yesterday to a hopeful tomorrow: a bridge in the form of a runway. Everyday, millions of children diagnosed with cancer wake up in a hospital that has become their home. Although fighting a battle they are too young to face, they do so with strength. Runway to Hopeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spring Fashion Soiree, an evening honoring the incredible spirit of these beautiful children, allowed girls and boys from Central Florida to trade in their daily challenges for a chance to shine as brightly as the stars they wish upon every night.

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Thousands of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elite came out to support the courageous children who are currently facing childhood cancer, as well as to congratulate those who have overcome the disease. Emotions ran high in the Rosen Shingle Creekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sebastian Ballroom as 120 pediatric

cancer patients and survivors walked the runway, showing off their individual fashion sense as well as their radiant personalities. The superstar children received the special attention they have long deserved as local celebrities served as their enthusiastic escorts, eager to take part in the unforgettable moment. Hosted by actress and cancer survivor Brooke Burke-Charvet and television persona and comedian Ross Mathews, the evening was a vibrant celebration of the gift that life is for these children. The star-studded runway show filled the ballroom with hopeful expectations of an optimistic future, along with sobering revelations of the realities the children face. This combination of awe-inspiring encouragement and overwhelming sympathy created within the audience a humbling stillness; even as the crowd of dedicated supporters cheered on the efforts of the brave children, each guest seemed to make a little more room in their hearts for a quiet moment of reverence for the models.


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LET’S HOLD HANDS. LET’S WALK TOGETHER. LET’S END CHILDHOOD CANCER.

While Brooke and Ross proudly announced every special star on the runway, they also shared special thoughts that the children had written about themselves: thoughts that illustrated the sweetly simple innocence of childhood. Some children stated what they wanted to be when they grow up, and others told a bit about their favorite snacks and colors. Each child had a unique story, and they all described how they envisioned their future selves, from career aspirations to goals they hope to achieve. Perhaps the most powerful statement, profound in its straightforward nature, was from a young girl who shared that, when she grows up, she hopes to be a “big girl” one day. After all, that is what we all want for her. All these precious children truly want is life, and we must make sure they are provided with the treatment necessary to keep it. During the evening, host Ross Mathews sat down with Orlando Style to discuss how, even if we do not personally know each child, every story inspires us to take action and finance the cause for a cure. “When you hear what they do, you think about, ‘What if it was my family?’ You think about the families that are affected by it, and I think every family has been affected by cancer,” he says. “I have a duty to show up and try to do something.” Like Ross, many of the guests strived to fulfill their own duty to the children, raising thousands of dollars in a live auction that preceded the runway show. A desire to support the local patients of childhood cancer with both financial and emotional means is the motivation behind Orlando’s own Mark and Josie NeJame’s founding of Runway to Hope in 2010. Mark and Josie have always had a passion for helping those in need, and they have faith that this organization will encourage others to help ease the

burden of those with childhood cancer. Over the past four years, the NeJame’s have watched this inspirational charity develop into a Central Florida sensation. What began as a modest fashion show of merely 30 children has grown into a groundbreaking movement that has raised more than $3 million to date. The donations from this year’s event will benefit pediatric oncology programs at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Florida Hospital for Children, and Nemours Children’s Hospital. The funds raised by Runway to Hope have even aided in the establishment of treatment programs that were nonexistent before the start of the organization.

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Along with raising money, Runway to Hope has equally raised the spirits of the children-turned-models. For one night, these kids become whoever they wish to be, one of the greatest gifts they could receive, but more importantly, they simply get a moment to smile. “I think it’s just a day to play dress up, to feel special and fancy, to feel like a prince or princess and to celebrate them,” Ross adds. “Anything that sort of brings L.O.L.’s and smiles can only help.”

low them to fulfill these dreams. We stand beside the encouraging thoughts of Ross Mathews as well as the efforts of the NeJame family who long to transform Runway to Hope into the organization that will one day end childhood cancer. This night was truly a testament to the endurance of the human spirit and the giving hearts of those who believe in it. Although the contributions from Runway to Hope have amazingly advanced the cancer treatment programs in Central Florida, there are still children facing the heartache of childhood cancer, and we must continue to do what we can fill their lives with a hope for the future. So let’s hold hands. Let’s walk together. Let’s end childhood cancer. $1 from every new subscription of Orlando Style Magazine is donated to Runway to Hope. www.OrlandoStyleMagazine.com < Ross Mathews & Brooke Burke - Charvet

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