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CONTRIBUTORS

JESSIE DEE

Jessie Dee is a Fashion, Beauty and Commercial Photographer based in Winter Park, Florida. She is also a talented makeup artist and retoucher. Jessie is currently the Photographer and Social Media Manager at Privé Salon. See more of her work at www.jessiedee.net or www.privesalonorlando.com

RIESA PASCAL

Riesa was born in London, England and now resides in sunny Orlando, Florida. She is a proud graduate of Florida State University where she double majored in creative writing and communication. In addition to editorial writing, Riesa is also deeply passionate about broadcast journalism and currently freelances as a TV personality with various networks in Central Florida. You can learn more about Riesa at her website: RiesaPascal.com

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 NejameLaw.com.

COURTNEY CAGGIANO

Courtney was born in Miami and currently resides in Orlando, Florida. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA degree in English Literature, where she developed her passion for the written word. She pursues all forms of writing, including journalism, nonfiction, critical literary analysis, and songwriting. In her free time, Courtney also performs as a musician and guitarist in the Orlando area.

VANESSA BRAELEY

Vanessa Braeley is an attorney with NeJame Law, P.A. where she serves as corporate counsel for national and international clients, handling civil litigation matters involving business disputes, intellectual property litigation, employee contracts and commercial litigation. Vanessa has appeared as Legal Analyst on News Channel 13 and Al Jazeera, and has been published in local and national publications. Vanessa enjoys travel, fashion, art and serving on the board of Pennies from Heaven, a nonprofit based out of New York City.

ALEXANDRA NIBLETT Alexandra Niblett was born in Dallas, TX, and made the move to Orlando, FL, after graduating with a degree in Journalism at the University of Oklahoma. She is currently a photographer for the Walt Disney World Company and a freelance writer in her spare time. Her passion for writing and photography drives her to continue documenting life’s journey with photography, exploring diversity, and using the power of words, storytelling and technology to impact, better and help educate society.

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CONTENTS

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50 / DON’T MISS THE BEAT DON’T MISS THE BEAT

A Pentatonix Christmas

A PENTATONIX CHRISTMAS

By Courtney Caggiano

52 / BEST FRIENDS Hosting A Party With Your Best Friends! By Alexandra Niblett

56 / BARFLY Orange Chocolate Martini 58 / IN THE KNOW Medical Marijuana By Mark NeJame 60 / MONEY Understand Your Options & Protect Your Savings By Dubraska Lima 64 / REAL ESTATE Why Should I Invest in Commercial Real Estate? By Hooman Hamzehloui 68 / BON APPETIT Naughty & Nice By Dubraska Lima 75 / TOP REAL ESTATE BOUTIQUES 94 / PEOPLE

52 Best Friends

Notable Deaths & Births

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

Dear Readers, Time is of the essence especially when it comes to real estate! Fortunately, it’s a great time for purchasing homes in Orlando. Home values are currently wonderful, and everyone who is considering buying a new home should act fast before it is once again too late. Prices are already starting to rise, so, you might want to take advantage of that as a seller, or even get in on an appreciating market and secure a great value. We at Orlando Style have been focusing on the changing market situation, and we will soon provide you with a new feature that will give you direct access to the best values and deals in local real estate. Sign up for our NEWSTOME emails to receive our weekly bulletin and stay informed with valuable news and event information the digital way (your email information will not be shared with any third parties). For current and up-to-date information on all your real estate needs, you may also want to check out our Luxury Real Estate publication, “PORTFOLIO” Orlando, in print and online at www.PortfolioFlorida. com. We have also made important changes to our internal set up, improving our schedule for subscribers. From now on, you will get your hands on our magazine even sooner than before. Let us know what you think of this new, expedited service! The holiday season has come upon us, and once again we find ourselves in a time of the year when many people in need could really benefit from any support we may be able to provide. I encourage you to spread the holiday cheer to someone less fortunate than yourself, or support an organization that helps a worthy cause. No matter how big or small your contribution, it brings much satisfaction to make the lives of others

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better, and the end result always makes an impact. There is no better time than now to give to others. We hope you enjoy this amazing “Holiday Issue” as we celebrate the season with shopping and fashion gift ideas for your loved ones. Get started on hunting for those incredible deals and offers! This is also the time of the year when Cathleen & I would like to thank and acknowledge all of those who help to make our magazine the premiere luxury lifestyle publication in our region. To our wonderful, loyal readers, we thank you for your love & support. And also, we could not do it without our fantastic advertisers, so please support them as much as you can. The soul of this publication is the result of the fine work of our dedicated team and contributors. To all of you, we cannot thank you enough. As always, we anticipate great things ahead and look forward to the coming year! From all of us here at Orlando Style, we would like to wish every one of you and your family a very happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year! Shanah Tovah, Bonne Année, Gutes Neues Jahr, Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu, Antum Salimoun, Feliz Año Nuevo, Buon Capo d’Anno, Naye Varsha Ki Shubhkamanyen… and to all, a Peaceful and Happy New Year! Sincerely,

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WHAT TO DO

MONSTER JAM

WHAT’S HAPPENING

ORLANDO

KANYE WEST

DEC 1 / STETSON MANSION CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Stetson Mansion / 10:30AM - 5PM / www.stetsonmansion.com

DEC 6 / KANYE WEST SAINT PABLO TOUR Amway Center / 9PM / www.amway.centerorlando.com

DEC 1 / CIRQUE DU SOLEIL LA NOUBA Walt Disney World Resort / 6PM / www.orlando.eventful.com

DEC 11/ TASTE OF PUERTO RICO Orlando Amphitheater at Central Florida Fairgrounds / 11AM - 7PM / www.atopr.com

DEC 2 / TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION Lake Eola Park / www.cityoforlando.net

DEC 17 / TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Amway Center / 8PM / www.amwaycenter. ticketoffices.com

DEC 2-4 / FESTIVAL OF SPEED The Ritz Carlton / 11AM - 4PM / www.festivalsofspeed.com

DEC 17 / CHRISTMAS BRICKTACULAR LEGOLAND / All Day / www.legoland.com

DEC 3 / OUC ORLANDO HALF MARATHON & LAKE EOLA 5K Lake Eola / 7:30AM / www.trackshack.com

DEC 30 / FLORIDA CITRUS PARADE Downtown Orlando / 11AM / www.floridacitrussports.com

DEC 3/ I LOVE THE 90’S TOUR Amway Center / 7PM / www.amwaycenter.ticketoffices.com

JAN 7 / RON WHITE Universal Orlando Resort / 7PM / www.hardrock.com/live

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WHAT TO DO

DR. PHILLIPS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS EVENTS CALENDAR www.DrPhillipsCenter.org

DECEMBER 1 / SHANGHAI ACROBATS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA / Walt Disney Theater / 8PM

DECEMBER 8 - 11 / ORLANDO BALLET: THE NUTCRACKER / Walt Disney Theater / Show Times Vary

DECEMBER 18 / OPERA ORLANDO: AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS / Alexis & Jim Pugh

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DECEMBER 28 / DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE! / Walt Disney Theater / 7:30PM

JAN 13 / FIFTY SHADES LADIES NIGHT MALE REVUE Tier Nightclub / 7:30 - 9:30PM / www.eventbrite.com JAN 13-16 / OTRONICON Orlando Science Center / Times Vary / www.otronicon.org JAN 20 / LISA LAMPANELLI Hard Rock Live / 8PM / www.ticketscenter.com

JAN 27 / BILLY JOEL Amway Center / 8PM / www.amwaycenter. ticketoffices.com JAN 28 / PRO BOWL 5K Walt Disney World Resort / Time TBA / www.rundisney.com JAN 31 / FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS 7:30PM / Walt Disney Theater / www.frankievallifourseasons.com

JAN 21 / MONSTER JAM Camping World Stadium / 7PM / www.monsterjam.com JAN 22 / FLORIDA WEDDING EXPO Orange County Convention Center / 12-5PM / www.floridaweddingexpo.com

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JANUARY 11-29 / WICKED/ Walt Disney Theater / Show Times Vary

JANUARY 31 / FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS / Walt Disney Theater / 7:30PM

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CITY NEWS

IN CASE you

MISSED IT! Style Events, News & Gossip From Around The City BY RIESA PASCAL

The countdown to 2017 is on! We’re just days away from celebrating the end of 2016 and diving headfirst into the New Year. The past 12 months have been jampacked with festivals, fundraisers, galas, grand openings, marathons and so much more. As we start looking ahead to the future, let’s take a moment to recap some of the recent, funfilled events that took place in November all throughout the City Beautiful. Here are the highlights, just in case you missed it! Only the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend offered attendees a breathtaking morning run capped by a spectacular evening of food and wine! The annual race weekend took place from November 3rd-6th and was themed around the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. It included a half marathon, 5k, and children’s races! The day began with an early morning 13.1 mile run through the beautiful Walt Disney World Resort. In the evening, attendees celebrated

their accomplishments (and calories burned!) at the Post-Race Party during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Guests enjoyed entry to more than 30 Global Marketplaces at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, access to favorite Epcot attractions, character meet & greets, musical performances, entertainment, and a live DJ! From November 3rd-6th, PlayFest provided guests with the rare opportunity to participate in the development of new plays. Located at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and presented by Harriett’s Charitable Trust, the annual event included readings, workshops and productions of new plays all followed by lively post-show discussions. Guests also enjoyed revivals of Orlando International Fringe Festival favorites, keynote addresses and seminars by award-winning playwrights. Attendees conversed with playwrights, directors, and actors while absorbing groundbreaking new works. The four-day 18 ORLANDOSTYLEMAGAZINE.COM

event tore down the barrier between artist and audience by putting YOU at the heart of the process. This season, PlayFest was dedicated to six new plays plus a special reading of The Laramie Project. All selected plays explored issues surrounding the Pulse tragedy. The largest annual event in Orlando returned to The City Beautiful and created community through art from November 5th-6th. Located in the heart of downtown at Lake Eola Park, Fall Fiesta in the Park is Orlando’s longest running event and features more than 600 juried artisans in all media including ceramics, glassware, jewelry, photography, wood and clothing. In addition to a fabulous lineup of art and live entertainment, the fiesta also offers an array of tasty fare. Attendees relished in the beauty of fall time weather with hundreds of artists and crafters. Fall Fiesta in the Park draws more people annually than the Super Bowl, Daytona 500 and Austin City Limits with approximately


CITY NEWS 250,000 people walking through the event. Over the two-day duration, the event brought family and pet friendly arts and entertainment to downtown Orlando while promoting local urban development in the City and through the Orlando Community & Youth Trust. November 12th saw the highly anticipated return of the beloved Orlando Beer Festival at Festival Park! Over 3,500 attendees sampled craft and premium beers from local breweries and all around the world. In addition to refreshing beers, attendees also got to enjoy wine tasting, interactive games, tasty food and live music that kept the party going all afternoon. General admission guests received a commemorative sample cup and unlimited tastings from over 150 beers. Attendees with VIP tickets enjoyed early admission, a designated VIP area with private restrooms, a complimentary branded beer glass and a T-Shirt. The event raised proceeds for the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. Now in its thirtieth year, the annual Festival of Trees transformed The Orlando Museum of Art into a glittering wonderland filled with sparkling trees, vignettes and stunning décor for visitors of all ages. This year’s theme was The Art of the Holidays and it featured designerdecorated trees, holiday wreaths, elaborate gingerbread houses, and much more. From November 12th-20th, visitors young and old came out to spread the holiday cheer and admire the gorgeous trees. Many even purchased one to display in their own home as the trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses, decorative accessories and gifts for the home or office were all available for purchase! Presented by Council of 101, The Festival of Trees also presented guests with a variety of special activities included A Night in White Gala, musical performances and delightful programs for seniors and children.

WE’RE JUST DAYS AWAY FROM CELEBRATING THE END OF 2016 AND DIVING HEADFIRST INTO THE NEW YEAR.

Art in Odd Places transformed Downtown Orlando from November 11th-13th. The annual public visual and performance art festival was presented by Fifth Third Bank and produced by the Downtown Arts District. The event, co-curated by Genevieve Bernard and Vince Kral, featured 45 projects with 53 participating artists including four international artists from Canada, The Netherlands, Israel and Mexico. This year’s theme was PLAY and it centered around ideas and topics of acting, activities, celebration, charades, competition, creativity, dance, drama, exercise and fun. imagination, instrumentation, leeway, leisure, maneuvers, music, participation, performance, portrayal, practice, randomness, rehearsal, silliness, spontaneity, sport, stage, and theater. In short, if you could imagine it, you could find it at Art in Odd Places! Follow us on Twitter @OrlandoStyle or on Instagram @orlandostylemag to stay up-to-date on all Orlando events.

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TOYS

MERCEDES-AMG

MERCEDES-AMG is blowing even more fresh air

R. The result: a highly dynamic driving experience

into the AMG GT family. Shortly after the world

in a very exclusive ambience, coupled with that pure

premiere of the AMG GT R, the sports car and

roadster feeling,� says Tobias Moers, Chairman of

performance brand from Affalterbach is presenting

Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

two exciting roadster variants of the two-seater sports car. Alongside the AMG GT Roadster, the

With the two Roadster variants the Mercedes-AMG

AMG GT C Roadster enhances the portfolio with

GT family has now increased to five members. The

a completely new model variant. With an output

two new sports cars with fabric soft tops likewise

of 410 kW (557 hp) and peak torque of 680 Nm,

have the technical genes for which AMG is famous.

the AMG GT C is the most powerful new Roadster

These include e.g. the lightweight and torsionally

variant and uses some of the technical refinements

rigid aluminium bodyshell plus powerful and

of the AMG GT R. These include active rear axle

efficient V8 biturbo engines. The entry level into

steering and the electronically controlled rear axle

the Roadster world is the AMG GT with an output

locking differential. In combination with the AMG

of 350 kW (476 hp). The AMG GT C Roadster

RIDE CONTROL sport suspension, the AMG

adds a completely new output level. With 410 kW

GT C Roadster guarantees dynamic performance

(557 hp) it is the more powerful of the two new

at the very highest level. The top Roadster also

open-top sports cars.

takes its lead from the top AMG GT R sports car where muscular proportions are concerned: the

The AMG GT C Roadster not only delivers more

wider rear wings create space for a wider track

output and torque, it also impresses with numerous

and wider wheels at the rear axle, allowing even

technical highlights from the Mercedes-AMG GT R

higher cornering speeds and excellent traction. The

for even more dynamic performance. Like the AMG

variable performance exhaust system also ensures

GT R, the AMG GT C Roadster is recognisable by

an authentic V8 sound from the AMG Roadster.

its wide, muscular rear end and large wheels. Other technical measures include the wider rear track and

The new Roadsters make hallmark AMG driving

active rear axle steering.

performance an even more intensive experience. “With our two Roadster models, we are strategically

The AMG GT C Roadster is also equipped with

expanding the AMG GT family by two exciting

a lithium-ion battery, and has more exclusive

variants. With the AMG GT C Roadster, we are

appointments. Standard features include a nappa

also introducing a new model variant to which

leather interior, the AMG performance steering

we have transferred main performance-related

wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre

components from our top sports car, the AMG GT

and the additional transmission mode RACE.

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TOYS

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GT GT C ROADSTERS

THE NEW ROADSTERS MAKE HALLMARK AMG DRIVING PERFORMANCE AN EVEN MORE INTENSIVE EXPERIENCE.

Engine: 4 Liter V8 / Aspiration: Twin Turbochargers / HP 476 & 557hp / Weight 3,516 & 3,659 lbs / Top Speed: 188 mph

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Harbor Nights La Dolce Vita at Portofino Bay Hotel

2016 Savor the Night Latin Food & Wine Festival

Cows ‘N Cabs

Fashion on Park Ave.

BBQ on the Boulevard

Harbor Nights La Dolce Vita at Portofino Bay Hotel

Art in Central Park at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

A Night With Nemours Gala at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort

Red Carpet Monday at Aloft

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Art in Central Park at Waldorf Astoria Orlando


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noticed they had before while occupying this quiet space. Not only can it assist in challenges with the nervous system, it has also been shown to help ease anxiety, insomnia, and depression.

Meditation spas have been all the hype this year. In a time where meditation boutiques are almost more popular than regular day spas, Americans are taking more interest in pastimes that soothe not just the body, but also the mind. Learning how to calm the mind and master a quiet headspace is proven to have many benefits in dealing with the stresses of everyday life. Yoga has long been celebrated as a way to achieve a balance between mind and body, but for those that want to take their meditation exercises to the next level, sensory deprivation tanks may be the next step.

As you lie floating in the dark with the ears submerged, a forced meditative state comes on that allows you to really explore thoughts that are usually blocked by everyday distractions. It’s a time to retreat into your own consciousness. As memories become clearer, and putaside thoughts come to the forefront, it becomes easy to explore those closed off parts of the mind. Many artists use these tanks as a way to tap into their creative side, especially when searching for inspiration to break through imaginative blocks. These tanks are gradually becoming more popular with athletes as well, due to the enhanced motor skills and perception benefits that carry on after an hour session.

These tanks take away the senses of sight and sound as you float in a teninch pool of Epson salt water. In this weightless space, the mind takes off into uncharted territories as the brain utilizes its non-dominant half. While everyone has their own individual experiences, many encounter lucid, dreamlike hallucinations to out of body episodes. Studies show that the more you use these tanks, the better you become at cultivating the benefits of these thought-provoking pods.

The next time you need a little inspiration, reflection, or rejuvenation, a session at your local floating sensory deprivation spa may just be the perfect remedy. Whether you wish to quiet the mind and escape the stresses of the world for an hour, or you want to employ one of the many health benefits and lower your anxiety and high blood pressure, these tanks are worth trying to achieve that coveted space of balance between body and mind.

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BATH TIME

URBAN OUTFITTERS I WOKE UP LIKE THIS BATH MAT Essential bath mat with printed text, designed exclusively for Urban Outfitters. Complete with a no-slip back so everything stays nice and steady. Made of cotton and imported. Dimensions: 20”l x 30”w. Available in more colors. $34 / Available at Urbanoutfitters.com

CRATE AND BARREL SET OF 5 GLASS CANISTERS Five sizes of canisters provide simple bathroom storage with a retro feel. Handmade clear glass canisters with knobbed nesting lids update the classic apothecary look. $131.75 / Available at Crateandbarrel.com

LUSH BATH BOMB ‘FROZEN’ Do you want to have a bath bomb? Do you want to splash and play? Enjoy the most magical soak in the kingdom with this shimmering blue bath bomb, which spills out rolling snowdrifts of silver luster. Uplifting neroli from Tunisia and precious rose oil from Turkey are sure to spread a little sunshine and melt the iciest of moods for the perfect fairytale ending. $9 / Available at Lushusa.com

FAIRY TALES ROSEMARY REPEL® HAIR SPRAY & STYLING GEL Lock styles in place to provide the ultimate barrier against head lice! Proprietary blend of organic Rosemary, Citronella, Tea Tree and Geranium oils clinically proven effective to help prevent lice. Jojoba and Chamomile hydrate, moisturize and soothe the scalp. Gentle, safe and effective for daily use for the entire family. Free of sulfates, harsh chemicals and toxins. Gluten, soy, dairy and nut free. $12.95 / Available at Fairytaleshaircare.com

BROO INVIGORATING SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER Need a daily detox for hair and scalp? Feel the buzz with Broo invigorating shampoo and conditioner. Our ultra-performing, “invigorating mixology” taps peppermint to refresh, energize, and tingle. Infused with extracts of Aloe leaf, to soothe. Topped with caffeine to stimulate the scalp, and wake up those follicles! Invigorating conditioner takes a shot of our natural alternative to silicone, for daily hair rehab. $7.50 / Available at Broo.com 30

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GOODIES FOR GOOD BOYS GOPRO KARMA QUADCOPTER WITH HERO4 BLACK Capture incredible footage from the air with this GoPro Karma drone. It includes a Hero4 camera for smooth footage that is controllable from a specialized controller so that you can take advantage of the easy-to-use joystick. More than just a flying camera, the GoPro Karma drone utilizes the Karma stability system for seamless video. $999.99 / Available at Bestbuy.com

MAN CRATES STRAIGHT EDGE SHAVING KIT The Straight Shave Project Kit features a handmade 4/8” Böker straight razor forged in Solingen, Germany, the revered City of Blades. The esteemed “made in Solingen” title is strictly reserved for blades made in and subjected to that region’s rigorous quality standards. And while any quality razor can make a man feel smooth like a baby’s bottom, only a straight razor will make him feel “smooth” like a ‘50s greaser. There’s just something exhilarating about expertly dragging an extremely sharp blade across the face, staring danger straight in the face with a smooth, straightshaved face to show for it. $175 / Available at Mancrates.com

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GUCCI PRINCETOWN TARTAN SLIPPER The Princetown slipper is offered in a wool tartan, fully lined with lamb fur and finished with a Horsebit detail. $840 / Available at Gucci.com APPLE AIRPODS AirPods will forever change the way you use headphones. Whenever you pull your AirPods out of the charging case, they instantly turn on and connect to your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac. Audio automatically plays as soon as you put them in your ears and pauses when you take them out. To adjust the volume, change the song, make a call, or even get directions, just double-tap to activate Siri. $159 / Available at Apple.com 32 ORLANDOSTYLEMAGAZINE.COM


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UNIQLO JUNICHI NAKAHARA YUKATA A Japanese summer yukata featuring designs by popular artist Junichi Nakahara. The bright obi adds a cute touch to the modern retro look of the prints. $69 / Available at Uniqlo

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THE MANY UNFORGETTABLE NEWS STORIES TO COME OUT OF 2016 By Riesa Pascal

TAYLOR SWIFT & KANYE WEST FEUD

POKÉMON GO

In February, Kanye West released his song “Famous” which begins with the line, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, I made that b***h famous.” Taylor Swift blasted the song in her Grammys acceptance speech and West defended himself by explaining that he got Swift’s approval for the lyrics first. Taylor’s representatives denied the claim, which led to Kim Kardashian-West releasing several videos of the conversation on Snapchat as proof. Swift was immediately hit with a wave of criticism and called out as a liar by numerous news outlets.

On July 6th, Pokémon Go was released and became an instant global and cultural phenomenon. Guinness World Records confirmed that Pokémon Go set five incredible world records since its launch, including most revenue grossed by a mobile game in its first month, most downloaded mobile game in its first month and fastest time to gross $100 million by a mobile game. The free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game is now the biggest mobile game in U.S. history.

PULSE NIGHTCLUB TRAGEDY

LOCHTEGATE

On June 12th, Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub gained international attention as it was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history. 49 people were killed and 53 others were wounded in what has now become the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the September 11th attacks in 2001. In November 2016, the city of Orlando agreed to buy the nightclub for $2.25 million. Mayor Buddy Dyer has expressed plans to convert the nightclub into a memorial to honor the memory of the 49 victims.

Unfortunately the biggest story to come out of the Rio Olympics had nothing to do with awards and medals. In August, USA swimmer Ryan Lochte claimed he and three other teammates were robbed at gunpoint in Rio by a man dressed like a cop. Eventually it was revealed that Lochte grossly embellished the story and the “robber” was actually a gas station security guard who made him pay for damaging a door and mirror. The instant backlash led to formal charges against the swimmers, a 10-month suspension from swimming and the lost of several major sponsors.

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CELEBRITY SOUP

IPHONE 7 RELEASE

KIM KARDASHIAN-WEST ROBBERY

In September, Apple officially announced the release of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with water resistance, dual cameras, and no headphone jack. The announcement of doing away with the traditional headphone jack led to heated discussions and many angry consumers as the media ridiculed Apple’s claim that it took “courage” to make the upgrade. The new phone comes with headphones that plug into the charging port with the help of an adapter. Wireless AirPods will also be made available for purchase.

On October 2nd, Kim Kardashian was bound, gagged and robbed at gunpoint in a luxury apartment in Paris. Five armed masked men dressed as police officers were involved and stole millions of dollars in jewelry, including her wedding ring. Police say the robbers escaped on bicycles after she begged them for her life. Though Kardashian-West was unharmed, the crime directly led to her recent absence from social media.

GALAXY NOTE 7 RECALL

CHICAGO CUBS WIN THE WORLD SERIES

Apple wasn’t the only phone company facing scrutiny this year. The iPhone 7 backlash was the perfect opportunity for Samsung to boost sales of their new Galaxy Note 7. However, a manufacturing defect in the battery caused some of them to generate excessive heat and explode or catch on fire. A formal US recall and exchange program was announced, but reports quickly began to emerge of replacement phones also catching on fire. In October, Samsung announced it would discontinue the Galaxy Note 7 and permanently cease its production.

On November 3rd, Chicago erupted in tears of joy as the Cubs won the World Series after a 108 year-long drought. The win came by one run after extra innings and a rain delay in a nail-biting five-hour Game Seven against the Cleveland Indians. Celebrities like Bill Murray and LeBron James were in the stands to watch as the Cubs were crowned champions in the tenth inning, beating the Indians 8-7. Both teams are record holders for the two longest droughts in MLB history.

BRANGELINA DIVORCE

2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

In September, the internet exploded with news of the most shocking celebrity breakup of the year. Brangelina fans around the world were caught off guard when Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt citing irreconcilable differences. She’s asking for physical custody of the couple’s 6 children and only wants Pitt to have visitation rights. This is the second divorce for Pitt who split with his first wife Jennifer Aniston after meeting Jolie on set of Mr & Mrs Smith, a choice that many say Pitt is now experiencing ‘karma’ for.

No matter what your opinion was on this year’s Presidential Election, there is one thing we can all agree on celebrating—the fact that it’s over! On November 8th, Donald Trump won the presidency with 306 electoral votes to the 232 received by Clinton. After it was guessed that he won with fewer popular votes than his opponent, according to some sources, Trump’s victory sparked numerous protests in major cities across America and was a major political upset due to his controversial policies and comments. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th U.S. President at noon on Jan. 20, 2017 at the U.S. Capitol.

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DON’T MISS THE BEAT

By Courtney Caggiano The holiday season always seems to

subscribers to their YouTube channel with

Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart, becoming

spring upon us earlier each year in a reckless,

over 1.8 billion views. Their channel is the

the band’s second number one on the chart

impulsive oncoming of premature Christmas

thirteenth top channel on the website.

after their first holiday album.

lattes. While Christmas purist, like myself,

This is a long way from their humble roots

Pentatonix only continues to impress their

often frown upon this act of seasonal treason,

of Arlington, Texas, where Avi Kaplan, Scott

audiences, and this Christmas album is sure

they didn’t seem to mind this year’s quick

Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola,

to sweeten up your chilly nights and ring in

jump into the holiday spirit, and Pentatonix’s

and Mitch Grassi combined their talent

the New Year with holiday cheer.

Christmas album might have something to

into a pop powerhouse of vocal medleys

do with that.

with stunningly artistic arrangement. These

lights and too-festive-for-fall peppermint

impressive talents were showcased in their As early as October, the five-piece a cappella

2012 debut EP, PTX, Volume 1, as well as

group had us singing along to Christmas

their first Christmas release of the same year,

classics even before the Halloween candy was

PTXmas.

NOW THAT THE SEASON HAS SO BEAUTIFULLY

put away. A Pentatonix Christmas, the fourth studio album by the talented singers offered

Perhaps the most standout song on the album

a sweet segue into the winter months with

is Pentatonix’s chilling cover of Leonard

smooth harmonies, skillful beats, and vibrant

Cohen’s

vocals that made us all want to pretend it was

At a first glance, many listeners might not

snowing and rock around the Christmas tree.

associate the song with Christmas, but the

universal

ballad,

“Hallelujah.”

ARRIVED WITH A CHILL IN THE AIR, THERE’S NO BETTER TIME TO

haunting interpretation of love and divinity

TURN YOUR FLORIDA

Now that the season has so beautifully arrived

has become a cornerstone in the reality of

with a chill in the air, there’s no better time

the triumphs and losses of life, emotions

LIFESTYLE INTO A

to turn your Florida lifestyle into a winter

that surface every Christmas season as we

wonderland with A Pentatonix Christmas. This

reminisce on relationships of the present and

collection of holiday favorites is a great

past. The most sobering fact surrounding the

addition to a relaxing night by the fire or

track is its timeliness in relation to Leonard

a lively Christmas party. Songs like “White

Cohen’s life, who passed away less than a

Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

month after the album’s release.

are reimagined with innovative vocals and melodic improvisations, making the album

The album also features two original songs,

unlike any holiday music compilation.

“The Christmas Sing-Along” and “Good to Be Bad,” showing off the undisputed fact that

If you are already a fan of the five fabulous

the singers are more than just pretty voices—

singers, you probably discovered them while

they are a creative force to be reckoned with.

surfing YouTube or scrolling through your Facebook feed. After their rise to fame from

The album debuted on the Billboard 200

winning the third season of NBC’s The Sing

chart at number 3 with 52,000 albums sold

Off, the group has maintained 11.5 million

in the first week, and it shot to the top of the 51 STYLETOME.COM

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BEST FRIENDS

HOSTING A PARTY WITH OUR BEST FRIENDS! By Alexandra Niblett

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BEST FRIENDS

The holiday season is in full swing, and one of the most wonderful times of the year is officially upon us! It’s a season of giving, a season of reflecting on who and what we are most thankful for, a season of celebrating the beautiful memories of 2016 and a season of setting new goals for the upcoming year. There’s no better way to end 2016 and welcome 2017 than to be surrounded by our closest friends and family, and of course, our lovable pets! Whether it’s your year to host the holiday family reunion, or if you’re hosting the New Year’s Eve party with all of your closest friends and their families, remember to keep your pets’ health, safety and happiness in mind so that the holiday get-together goes down in the books as the best one yet!

If you’re a dog-owner, you know this better than anyone; dogs seem to have an endless appetite and somehow always have an abundance of energy beyond what several espresso shots could give anyone! We love our best friends with all of our hearts and want the best for them, and with this desire requires us to take precaution when having guests over while our pets are home so that they are relaxed, happy and content. The saying goes, “it’s the calm before the storm…” If you know your dog gets overly excited, jittery or aggressive around other people, consider these different ways you can help keep your pets calm during the party: •Work it Out. Exercising them regularly is always beneficial to their health, but if you’re hosting a holiday party and your lovable, energetic pooch is sticking around the house, it’s a wise idea to give your best friend a really good work out before the party starts so that they feel less nervous and energetic later on. Go for a jog, or take an extra long walk with them. They’ll want to rest from exhaustion while your guests are over. •Treat Yo’ self. (Well actually, your dog.) Buy them a bone that will take them a while to finish off! If they have good teeth, give them a tasty party treat to munch on during the holiday get-together. Large bones usually run around $10-$20 that will keep your pup occupied for at least an hour or two, and as long as they’re preoccupied with their tasty treat, you can go back to focusing on your guests!

•Set the vibe. Make sure to be aware of your energy at the party. Your dog’s energy usually reflects your energy and presence — if you act uptight, anxious, or hyper, your dog will pick up on those vibes and mirror them with its own behavior. It’s important for you to speak to your dog in a calm, comforting voice, particularly while around your guests so that your best friend feels as relaxed and at ease as you are. •You’re the DJ! Who’d have thought, but classical music calms more than babies — it’ll also calm your dog’s nerves as well and put them in a relaxing state. Try playing classical music around the house for a couple of hours before your guests start to arrive so that your pet is in a calm state of mind. •Stick to the Essentials. Essential oils can be helpful in keeping your pup calm and relaxed. Something you need to know before using them is that animal aromatherapy is different from human aromatherapy, so make sure you are using a pet-friendly oil. To avoid your dog feeling stress and anxiety while the party’s going on, here’s a list of some helpful essential oils you can use. (Do not apply directly inside their ears. You can apply them around the outside of the ears, around the neck, and on their paws.) -Bergamot -Lavender -Clary Sage -Ylang Ylang -Sweet Orange -Cedar wood -Vetiver -Roman Chamomile If you try one or more of those helpful tricks, your pooch should be all set for the party! One thing these tricks can’t do is curb your dog’s eating habits or disguise the delicious smells of holiday delights from their noses. And food is another important topic to consider before your shindig takes place. Depending on the age of your guests, it’s likely some families will bring their kids along. Kid or adult, when a puppy looks at you with those cute, sappy, please-feed-me eyes while you’re sitting at the dinner table, it’s almost too hard to refuse. But not all foods us humans consume are okay for dogs to consume. Many foods can threaten your dog’s health, so it’s a good idea for you to know what some of those are before hosting a party.

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•Chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the worse it is for your pup. Which is super sad, because we just want our pets to enjoy all of the wonderful chocolatey bites! Unfortunately, the caffeine and theobromine in the chocolate can be deadly to animals. Looking on the bright side, while Hershey’s kisses may be bad for them, regular kisses never will be! •Avocado. It sounds locos. If you have the party-favorite guac & chips at your shindig, be careful not to let your best friend dig his or her nose into the guacamole because just about all parts of avocados are toxic to animals. •Xylitol. An ingredient consumed by many but unrecognizable to many more, this artificial sweetener is found in sugar-free foods. If a dog consumes it, his or her blood sugar levels will drastically drop, which could result in seizures depending on your pup’s body’s reaction. •Dairy Products. We’ve all seen the sweet pictures of kids and their best friends sharing ice cream on a cone as if it was a tootsie pop, and ice cream is a popular dessert at holiday parties. But surprisingly, most dogs are actually lactose intolerant, and therefore may end up having excessive gas or diarrhea if they consume too much. But Good news! You don’t have to worry about your pooch getting ahold of harmful foods at your holiday event because there’s an easy way to deter your guests from feeding your dogs table scraps. Have a tray of adorable, homemade holiday dog treats that both kids and adults can take from to treat your dogs! There are many animal-friendly recipes online that are fun to make, and plus, it provides your guests with a fun activity to do while at your party (it’s a winner with kids especially!). You can decorate them to match the theme of your holiday party, and your best friend will love you for it! Wherever you decide to spend the holidays this year, be sure to pay close attention to the health and happiness of your pets — they deserve it. Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!


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DINING & ENTERTAINMENT MICHAEL ARAM OCEAN CORAL VERTICAL NAPKIN HOLDER

American artist Michael Aram studied art in New York in the late 1980s before traveling to India on an inspirational journey, where he discovered a rich metalworking tradition that inspired his turn toward handcrafted design. The Ocean Collection was inspired by the beauty of the marine environment and the unexpected and striking forms found there. The collection is also designed to celebrate the bounty of the oceans and provide a jewel-like platform for the culinary gifts they provide us. Each Michael Aram piece is handmade, so no two items are exactly alike. $89 / Available at Neimanmarcus.com

GODINGER HAMMERED BAR SET WITH TOOLS

Sleek and contemporary, Godinger’s Hammered Bar Set includes everything you need to get the party started. Each piece is beautifully crafted in stainless steel with a mix of satin and polished, hammered surfaces. Hand wash. Set includes 14” diameter tray, cocktail shaker, ice bucket, double jigger, strainer, stirrer, peeler, and bottle opener. Imported. $90 / Available at Neimanmarcus.com

MICHAEL ARAM WHITE ORCHID CHEESEBOARD & KNIFE

The Michael Aram White Orchid Collection illuminates the ethereal spirit of the orchid flower. Evocative of purity, delicacy, femininity and grace, the white metal version offers a strikingly different appeal than its black counterpart. While the sculpture is just as exuberant and detailed, in white, these flowers take on a simplicity that is completely unique. There is a sense of lightness, freshness and even innocence – each petal seemingly untouched and pure. $200 / Available at Neimanmarcus.com

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While fried chicken may be the South’s iconic dish, when it comes to southern foodways, there are a lot of ways to love America’s most popular fowl. Ranging in style from traditional southern to contemporary to international, fifty-three recipes are organized to help easily match the cut of chicken to the perfect recipe. $20 / Available at Cynthiagraubart.com 54 STYLETOME.COM


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POWDER-MADE CAKE IS SO OLD SCHOOL!

WINE ENTHUSIAST SILENT 6 BOTTLE TOUCHSCREEN WINE REFRIGERATOR

An excellent option for those just getting into wine or when space is at a premium, this silent-running, low-profile wine refrigerator is designed to fit unobtrusively on any countertop. Every oenophile knows that holding and serving wine at the proper temperature is almost as important as its vintage. Featuring touchscreen controls and an easy-to-read temperature readout, this innovative home wine cellar offers professionalquality storage in a stylish, affordable package.

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MIZU SHINGEN MOCHI, THE WATER CAKE YOU NEED TO TRY! By Dubraska Lima

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Coming from Japan (of course), this cake was originally made from a renowned water source in the Southern Japanese Alps in combination with agar, and is now the most futuristic way to eat desserts. It looks like a big bubble of water, and it’s served with sugar syrup and kinako, a roasted soy flour typically used to accompany other sweet treats. The original version was invented by Kinseiken Seika Company and is actually a trademark registered product. It has a really soft texture as a result of a delicate preparation that allows the water to solidify enough to keep the drop form for 30 minutes, so you can’t take it home. Even though it looks like it could be torn down at the slightest touch, the jelly consistency makes it perfect to be eaten with a spoon and rapidly melt in your mouth. Last year, you would have had to travel to Japan, climb a hill and make a long line to get to one of the two locations where the confection was sold. I’m not kidding, it was a complete adventure. But now, you can find it in two more cities in the U.S. thanks to New Yorker Darren Wong who decided to bring the pastry to New York and Los Angeles, giving us the chance to try a similar version of the diamond-like cake known as Mizu Shingen Mochi.

KUISSENTIAL FRENCH PRESS

Unlike other brew methods, the French Press gives you absolute control over the infusion time (longer infusion time produces a bolder, stronger, and eventually more bitter cup). Perhaps more importantly, the unique screen filter of the French Press allows essential coffee oils to make their way into your cup; oils that would normally be blocked out and eliminated by paper filters. These oils are responsible for producing a very full body, fantastically thicker and more flavorful than anything you’d experience from any other brew method, period. Better yet, the French Press is super inexpensive, simple to use, easy to clean, better for the environment (because no disposable filters are needed) and takes up virtually no space in your kitchen. Have we convinced you yet?

Even though the taste is pretty similar to regular water, in combination with the other two sides, it is much better and the reality is that its value is in the texture and the impressive appearance. And of course, because the main ingredient is water, this is the perfect tart if you’re on a diet because it is calorie-free. Thank goodness!

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ORANGE CHOCOLATE MARTINI INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon finely grated orange chocolate 1 teaspoon sugar 2 orange slices 1/2 cup premium chocolate ice cream, such as Haagen Dazs, at room temperature for 5 minutes 1 ounce orange vodka

RECIPE Gently stir together the chocolate and sugar and put it on a plate. Run an orange slice around the rim of a chilled martini glass and shake off any excess. Dip the rim in the chocolate/sugar mix to coat. Add the ice cream and vodka to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into the prepared glass and garnish with the remaining orange slice.

ENJOY!

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IN THE KNOW

A M E N D M E N T 2 H A S PA S S E D !

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IN THE KNOW

By Mark NeJame | Contributor Vanessa Louise Braeley As the 26th state to legalize medical marijuana, Florida has officially tipped the scale; a majority of the United State is now in favor of marijuana use for certain medical ailments. The legalization of cannabis has been a nationwide topic for years – so much that it’s almost become a “non issue.” So much so that an overwhelming percentage of Floridians voted YES on Amendment 2 on November 8th (a whopping 71%!). But we’ve heard this before… years ago Florida legalized marijuana use for qualified medical patients so long as THC content was less than .8%. But what does this mean? What’s the difference between what existed and what is now legal? Instead of discussing a legal primer on passage and interpretation of legal of marijuana in Florida, let’s discuss probable evolution of the ability to cannabis and the actual plant itself.

the use the use

First, the basics. The cannabis plant is a flowering plant. It’s the female plant that produces large, resin-secreting buds. The resin contains chemical compounds THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). The higher the THC content, the “higher” the consumer; THC is the psychoactive compound responsible for euphoria, relaxation, paranoia and heightened senses experienced by users. The type of high depends on the plant species, which are either sativa (alert and euphoric), indica (relaxed and mellow) or, most commonly, a hybrid of both. Recreational users tend to prefer THC dominant strains, but health benefits are attributed to CBD consumption. Industry professionals are of the opinion that as recreational consumption increases, users will seek out products that provide a more balanced high.

So how does this help patients with debilitating medical conditions in Florida? Well, initially THC was ignored, and quite possible avoided considering its psychoactive properties. States that pass legislation similar to Amendment 2 focus on the beneficial effects of CBD, the non-psychoactive compound, particularly for those with chronic pain, anxiety, inflammatory diseases and terminal illnesses. International medical and scientific communities have provided indisputable evidence that the CBD properties in the cannabis plant are beneficial for multiple medical ailments such as cancer, epilepsy, autoimmune disorders and chronic pain management. As a result, during the first round of legalization, states have apprehensively authorized patients diagnosed with such disorders to access cannabis products with high CBD and low THC content (i.e. “Charlotte’s Web”). But as research continues, this notion is a bit outdated; findings indicate that cannabis products are most effective when a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC is present. Apparently, the compounds work well together. Go figure. Mother nature had it right the whole time. What this tells us, folks, is that we are slowly evolving toward legalization of recreational use. Relaxed constitutional amendments on the subject have been proposed and the people have spoken. Florida Department of Health is now slated to draft regulations allowing for patients with “debilitating diseases” to access marijuana with a higher THC and CBD content. Amendment 2 cast a wider net with respect to the patients it will reach, including those with glaucoma, some autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s, MS and other inflammatory diseases. And this appears to be the trend in every state... Legislation is passed limiting patient access and regulating THC content; regulations

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on THC content and patient ailments are relaxed; state health agencies draft new relaxed regulations; state licenses are issued to providers based on those regulations; patients benefit health-wise; the state benefits tax-wise; and eventually recreational use (or “adult use”) is contemplated and – possibly - legalized. Any why not. Stay tuned for updates on Florida’s Department of Health medical marijuana regulatory framework…

“INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS ARE OF THE OPINION THAT AS RECREATIONAL CONSUMPTION INCREASES, USERS WILL SEEK OUT PRODUCTS THAT PROVIDE A MORE BALANCED HIGH.”

Mark NeJame


MONEY

UNDERSTAND YOUR OPTIONS

& PROTECT YOUR SAVINGS

MOST SECURE TRANSACTION FORMS TO PURCHASE DURING THE HOLIDAYS

By Dubraska Lima

In this hyperconnected digital age we now have multiple ways to make purchases, and sometimes it’s hard to figure out which way is the most secure to avoid fraud traps. This has become a cause of stress for most consumers, as we balance digital convenience and our personal information. The reality is that neither of the current options, credit, debit or digital are perfect. However, we can definitely take steps to protect ourselves, especially during the holidays, a time when we all tend to make our biggest purchases. In an interview with The New York Times, Carole Reynolds, a senior lawyer at the Federal Trade Commission, said: “The strongest protections are when you pay with credit card.” The main reason for this is that with a credit card you’re not risking your own money as with a debit card. Besides that, if you report a credit card fraud, banks will typically hold the transaction immediately. But if you don’t want to charge every purchase to a credit card but want the same security, especially if you decided to try an online merchandiser, you can ask for one-

time credit card number from your bank to get even more protection. On the other hand, with a debit card, the money is drawn automatically. It’s true that there are federal laws that safeguard your account, but these are limited and the level of protection diminish even more as time passes. The best you can do if you choose to use debit cards is to keep an eye on your bank statement and report any suspicious transaction as soon as you can. You have up to 60 days after your bank sends the statement, to report any issue and be able to solve any problem, but if you miss that deadline, you could lose your money. If you’re more comfortable with online shopping, the best option is to go with services like PayPal or Apple Pay. Even though it sounds like you’re putting more personal information out there, it’s much safer to have your account linked to one secure third party instead of giving your card number to all the stores you’re buying from.

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There are always pros and cons on these technological options like Apple Pay, especially if using the Apple Watch. When you add a card to your account, this information is encrypted and a unique device account number is assigned, which allows you to make the purchase without giving any information to the register. But the downside is that not every store is equipped with contactless point-of-sale terminals yet, so these can’t be your only option when going out for shopping. Remember that no matter what method you use, you need to be aware of simple details, for example, before making an online purchase make sure that the browser URL is an HTTPS instead of HTTP, the S at the end demonstrates the secure software added by the provider. If you don’t recognize a transaction on your statement, call your bank immediately; time is the most valuable resource you have in these cases. Still concerned? Cash has always been a great option, so don’t be afraid to use it!


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SPOTLIGHT ON THE LAW Special Promotional Feature

FAIR TRIALS IN FEDERAL CRIMINAL CASES By Mark L. Horwitz Criminal Defense Attorney Many have heard the term “trial by ambush.” It refers to surprises that occur in a trial and is generally considered an unfair tactic that interferes with the search for truth. Not commonly known, however, is that in a federal criminal case, when personal liberty is at stake, the defendant faces “trial by ambush” that is built into the Rules of Criminal Procedure.

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Most people believe that in a lawsuit, both sides disclose their witnesses and that prior to trial, the witnesses will be deposed to learn what will be related to the jury. This happens in civil and criminal cases in Florida state courts and in a federal civil case. In a federal criminal case, however, when a defendant faces imprisonment, the rules are different. Federal Rules do not require the

government to identify its witnesses (except expert witnesses), nor do the rules allow depositions (there are very limited exceptions, such as a terminally ill witness). The fundamental fairness of our federal courts is subject to criticism when a person facing imprisonment in a criminal case does not have the rights given to those fighting over money in a civil case. The purpose of our criminal justice system and the constitutional right to trial by jury is to preserve the liberty of individuals who may be wrongfully accused through a fair trial. It is important that a person who is fighting for his liberty against the federal government be given the same procedural safeguards as given to those in civil cases.

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REAL ESTATE

WHY SHOULD I INVEST IN

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE? By Hooman Hamzehloui

Trump to see the value in this acquisition.

professional. Before you choose your broker,

Our client started with a fresh coat of

ask them to show you their recent resume

paint and the center started to come to life.

of investment sales. Ask them to show you

Prospective tenants began to fill the vacancies

the letters of recommendations from their

and the net operating incoming slowly

past clients. Don’t just take their word for

started to climb. The Mcdonalds ground

it, look up the transactions online and verify

lease will soon be closing for over $1,500,000

if the numbers that they’re bragging about

dollars and our client is will be playing on

match up to the numbers recorded in the

the house’s money. Within a year, they will

public record. The numbers don’t lie, but

they had to do was pick the fruit off the floor.

have received all their money back, and they

swampland sales people do.

Commercial real estate investors don’t make

over $200,000 dollars a year until they decide

The economic crash of 2008 sent commercial real estate prices into a free fall. According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Real Estate, property values plummeted by 10.6% in the fourth quarter of 2008. As we all know, it only got worse from there. This created a spectacular buying opportunity for savvy investors. They didn’t have to reach for low hanging fruit. All

emotional buying decisions. Investors are primarily focused on getting the highest return on their investment while minimizing their risks. Usually the deals with the highest risk offer the highest rewards. A perfect example of this is a shopping center we sold to a client in January for $1,525,000. The property consisted of 149,000 square feet, sitting on 15 acres of land at a very busy intersection. Now this center was only 50% occupied and it needed some renovations, but it was still bringing in a net operating income of $166,000 a year. The main tenants of this center were Cash America Pawn and Mcdonalds. One doesn’t need to be Donald

will have a shopping center that will bring in to sell. As their occupancy reaches closer to 100%, that net operating income will only continue to rise. With annual escalators in the leases, that number will eventually reach north of $350,000 to $400,000 a year. Can you say “Show me the money?” This was such an incredible deal because it required a little work and some strategic planning. There are plenty of

buying

opportunities out there that will produce similar results. Keep in mind that in the game of high risk, high rewards real estate investing, it is imperative that you use the help of a seasoned commercial real estate

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BON APPETIT

&

NAUGHTY NICE By Dubraska Lima

BETTER THAN SEX

Red walls, vintage mirrors, and sensual paintings will welcome you to a sexy spot in Downtown Orlando. This dessertonly restaurant is a place where you go not just to eat dessert but to experience a night of delicious confections in a relaxed and seductive atmosphere. There’s a lifelong love story behind the inauguration of Better Than Sex. “We knew we would open a restaurant,” says chef and co-owner Dani, who together with her husband Len decided to transform a tradition into a successful business. “We used to throw these parties at our home and people were enjoying them and especially the desserts.” A valentine’s party full of new recipes was the first step to their future as entrepreneurs. A trip to Key West, Florida resulted in an agenda full of ideas and new goals as a couple; an article in a magazine gave them the name, and their own desires showed them the final direction for their restaurant. “We are in an age where we don’t want to party after a night out at dinner, but we don’t want to go home either, so we come up with the concept of an extension of your evening.” And nothing better than an aphrodisiac dessert for that purpose. With two locations in Florida (Key West and Orlando), Better Than Sex has become the favorite place for dates and ladies’ night. It might be because of the sense of sensuality when you cross the entrance door, the bitter-sweet pastries or the variety of wines available; there’s definitely a list of characteristics that invite you to come back after the first visit, including an intriguing menu mentioning peanut butter perversion, sex appeal, klimax, lavender lipstick and other names related.

THIS DESSERT-ONLY RESTAURANT IS A PLACE WHERE YOU GO NOT JUST TO EAT DESSERT BUT TO EXPERIENCE A NIGHT OF DELICIOUS CONFECTIONS IN A RELAXED AND SEDUCTIVE ATMOSPHERE.

Since it’s a small location in Orlando, Len and Dani recommend to make reservations (PG-13), for either couples or bigger parties. You can get more information about the restaurant at www.betterthansexorlando.com, or you can call them to make the reservations to 407-761-8949.

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LIVING ‘N STYLE

LUXURY ESSENTIALS

SOAK UP!

We all know that when the weather starts cooling down, the dryer our skin gets. It is important to always keep our skin, especially the skin on our face, moisturized! Here are some popular and effective moisturizers to keep the skin hydrated and looking healthy!

CRÈME DE LA MER WORLD OCEANS DAY LIMITED EDITION Inspired by the bright blue and green waters of the sea, this year’s design features a unique silver background and cap that gives the jar a magical mirror-like quality, calling to mind the clear, reflective nature of only the purest seawater. The secret to activating the renewing power lies in a soothing ritual. Crème de la Mer must be warmed for a few seconds between the fingers until it becomes translucent, then pressed gently into the

CLINIQUE MOISTURE SURGE™ EXTENDED THIRST RELIEF Lush cream-gel penetrates skin, enhancing natural hyaluronic acid—nature’s perfect moisture magnet. For 24 satisfying hours, skin is plumped, dewy, glowing—from the inside out. Oil-free. $52.50 / Available at Clinique.com

PHILOSOPHY HOPE IN A JAR 8 OZ Our award-winning, original formula lightweight daily moisturizer hydrates and provides antioxidant protection while improving skin texture and tone, leaving it smooth and radiant. This moisturizer contains lactic acid, a gentle alpha hydroxy acid that helps remove surface dead skin cells. Hope in a jar dramatically improves skin radiance and gently exfoliates, revealing smoother, healthier looking skin and texture. $119 / Available at Philosophy.com

ESTEE LAUDER DAYWEAR This high-performance moisturizer defends against signs of premature aging—and diminishes their appearance—with the most effective anti-oxidant power ever. DayWear includes our proven Super AntiOxidant Complex and Broad Spectrum sunscreen. It reduces the first signs of aging, like dullness and fine, dry lines. Refreshes skin with lasting hydration. $52 / Available at Esteelauder.com

GIVENCHY LE SOIN NOIR This cream captures the very essence of a rare, agedefying, unique algae that is capable of surviving the most extreme environment and conditions. This exceptional ingredient targets and repairs the source of skin’s aging – the loss of connection between cells which slows down the skin’s renewal process. $390 / Available at Barneys.com

BOBBI BROWN EXTRA FACE OIL This product contains all the rich, moisturizing benefits you’d expect from a face oil without the greasiness. The lightweight formula absorbs easily and immediately into the skin (so skin always feels luxurious, never slick). Plus, it smells amazing, thanks to a soothing blend of natural essential oils, including neroli, patchouli, lavender, and sandalwood. $65 / Available at Bobbibrowncosmetics.com

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TOP REAL ESTATE BOUTIQUES Special Promotional Feature

TOP REAL ESTATE

BOUTIQUES SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL FEATURE Our mission at Orlando Style Magazine is to bring visibility to professionals who exhibit excellence, integrity, client service and high standards that have made them preeminent and highly successful. The Top Real Estate Boutiques are selected based on survey, referrals and feedback from their professional peers. This is an ongoing campaign and we ask you to cast your vote/suggestion for your favorite professional in our city at OrlandoStyleMagazine.com.The following pages exhibit this issue’s Top Real Estate Boutiques.

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TOP REAL ESTATE BOUTIQUES Special Promotional Feature

TOP BOUTIQUE BROKERAGE 2016 THE REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE YOUR COMMUNITY BUILT Creegan Property Group is a top producing Boutique Real Estate brokerage located in Maitland, Florida. Their full-service agents provide customized advice and advertising strategies to meet clients’ timelines with maximum efficiency. Serving You and Your Unique Needs Clients at Creegan Property Group enjoy representation by full-time, experienced market experts who stay abreast of industry and local trends via ongoing training. The brokerage also understands that its clients’ most valuable commodity is time. With that, agents at Creegan Property Group work to make the process as seamless as possible so clients can continue to work, travel, or just live life without the stress often associated with real estate transactions. The Market Experts at Creegan Maximize Your Home’s Value • Represented by a high-achieving broker who sells more than 99% of all Central Florida agents. • Aggressively and proactively advertise listings to ensure the homes they represent sell higher than neighboring homes. • Professional Photograph and Virtual Walkthroughs are used for all listings to create the all important first impression. • Interactive Virtual Reality Enabled Hi-Definition virtual tours to advertise to and sell to homebuyers across county, state and national lines. From the Orlando Regional Realtor Association: • Gold Club Top Producer 2015, 2016 • Gold Key Office Professionalism Award 2015, 2016 • 20 under 40 Rising Star Award 2016 From Orlando Magazine: • Hot 100 Realtor Award 2015, 2016

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TOP REAL ESTATE BOUTIQUES Special Promotional Feature

“A Top Performer in Your Corner” Born and raised in Winter Park, Florida, Kristin is a true local ready to find her clients the home they want in the location they love. She is an integral part of the Creegan Property Group team as she specializes strictly in buyer representation. Kristin’s ability to listen and understand her client’s needs has allowed her to continuously achieve her client’s goals and exceed expectations. Her personable and professional character allows Kristin to build and maintain solid relationships, which explains why her business has grown mostly from referrals and repeat clients. Whether you are looking for a condo on the water or luxury real estate in Winter Park, Kristin looks forward to introducing you to the communities and lifestyle of some of the finest neighborhoods in Central Florida.

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Premier Realty Partners is defined by the vision and values of its three founders Steve Healy, Chocky Burks, and Matt Tomaszewski, industry leading professionals with a combined 30+ year track record. With a unique sales and service model Premier Realty Partners offers a rare collaborative approach that distinguishes them in the competitive landscape. Client centric service combined with innovative marketing solutions keeps Premier consistently ranked in the top for sales and listing volume in Central Florida. The vision of the Owners is shared by experienced Associates who can expertly serve the luxury real estate market. In addition to being well versed in the art of real estate Premier Realty Partners Agents speak a variety of languages and possess in-depth market knowledge. Premier Realty Partners is an expression of a vision to create a different kind of brokerage that offers clients superb service with a focus on strong relationships. This rare collaborative team sales model separates Premier from others and is the reason the company has grown into the sales leader in Orlando’s most desirable communities.

Thinking of buying or selling? Contact us today | 407-965-1155 or email us at sales@prpfl.com

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REAL ESTATE HAS NEVER BEEN SEXIER Mainframe Real Estate has successfully brought forward a modern and sophisticated perspective that defies the tired, traditional brokerage that customers have grown accustomed to. Within five years, Mainframe has become one of the largest boutique brokerages in Central Florida.

WE ARE QUALITY TO OUR CORE The high-quality foundation at Mainframe has attracted top real estate professionals which have been recognized and awarded in highly regarding publications such as Orlando Magazine’s HOT 100 and 5 Star Award.

TECHNOLOGY & INTELLIGENCE Mainframe rethinks everything about the real estate process. Through the development of proprietary 3D online showings, customized marketing solutions, and a streamlined back-end system, Mainframe has established a reputation in the local market as being the leader of real estate technology.

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TOP REAL IN REAL ESTATE TOP ESTATE BOUTIQUES SpecialPromotional PromotionalFeature Feature Special

ANNETTE MOREAU E N VOY M O RTG AG E

By Mark R. Gustetter

Upon meeting Annette Moreau

for the first time, one might be hard pressed to fully grasp how experienced, knowledgeable and successful she actually is. Her warmth, graciousness and genuine desire to help her clients serve to balance her drive, motivation, business acumen and attention to the smallest of details. And it is by way of this harmonious balance that Annette has achieved the incredible successes in her personal and professional lives that she has. In her professional life, Annette has been responsible for multiple hundreds of millions of dollars of mortgage funding volume during her career. And, as a result of her continuing her education in accounting at the University of Albany, Annette has benefitted from the opportunity to regularly interact with the Millennial generation---a very large and growing segment of the home buying market--and she has gained invaluable knowledge and insight into what they want, how they think, and a greater understanding of how best to communicate mortgage strategies with and to them. As a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Annette provides to her wide range of clients the discipline, standard of excellence and accountability to work within and adhere to the highly structured framework of veracious business ethics and standards. Annette Moreau Sales Manager | NMLS# 901056 1340 Palmetto Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789 407-491-0298 amoreau@envoymortgage.com www.envoymortgage.com

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As any parent can tell you, generations communicate differently amongst themselves and with other generations, and life objectives are very different from generation to generation. Listening to her borrowers explain their objectives, and understanding the market trends as they develop and change, allows Annette to provide a truly unique, highly customized and personalized approach to assisting homeowners with their borrowing needs. All of this knowledge and experience has been carefully developed and cultivated over the more than 20 years that Annette has been working in the mortgage financing arena. And, as might be expected over such a long and successful career, Annette has achieved a level of diversification that is unparalleled in the home mortgage market. First time home buyers, empty nesters, professionals needing to relocate, the luxury home market, and selfemployed borrowers (this is Annette’s main

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INSPIRED PURPOSE, INC WORKING A MINISTRY IN DENTISTRY DR. WENDI WARDLAW “For me, dentistry is my gift to give and as with any true calling, intended to be a ministry. The question that remains for our society is, ’Who will answer their call?”

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Dentistry Ministries is a branch of the multi-tiered tree of service and outreach that is, “Inspired Purpose.” Dr. Wendi and her mission team travel throughout the world providing access for emergency dental care. The #1 change people communicate after having an infected tooth removed is “no more chest pain”. Oral disease has been linked to many deadly systemic diseases throughout the body like heart disease, strokes, low birthweight babies, diabetes, pneumonia and the list of cancers grow every day. With this research and clinical based evidence, it is clear that dental health is essential for overall wellness. Dr. Wendi and her team support these missions with dedicated workers, medications, dental supplies, medical equipment and donations. Treatment is provided in schools, orphanages, highways, byways and alleys. We treat the ”Who so ever will come”. Dr. Wendi acknowledges and credits her 10year military dental field experience with the specialty training needed for dental mission environments. She believes “A Healthy Mouth is a Healthy You” and chooses to answer the call God has given her to serve the underserved with her gifts and talents.

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Inspired Purpose believes that to break the chain of disease and lack of access to care, information and education are essential. Dr. Wendi mentors students from our local schools to distant shores from elementary school to postgraduate. She accompanies and mentors graduate medical/dental students on missionary trips with passion. Inspired Purpose believes in spreading the love of God through action and education. “Life is easier when you learn how to follow a road before you have to pave one” -Dr. Wendi Wardlaw. From local food shelters to overseas missionary outreach, Inspired Purpose encourages the next generation of servants.

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I​nspired Purpose believes “you can’t be a blessing abroad if you can’t be a blessing at home.” You can find Dr. Wendi periodically in local schools and at free dental initiatives donating her time, expertise and passions. Inspired Purpose and Stoneybrook Dental contributes to free dental days in Orlando serving with extractions, fillings and cleanings. Dr. Wendi is also a dental correspondent on the syndicated Liz Black Show, 6 days week heard both nationally and internationally as DrWendiDDS, “A Healthy is a Healthy You”. Inspired Purpose responds to the

needs of the day, therefore we are scheduled Dec 2016 and Jan 2017 to travel for relief missions in Haiti hit by Hurricane Matthew. Inspired Purpose is also scheduled for orphanages and birthing centers in both Uganda and Ghana in 2017. God can and will do amazing work through us as vessels if we allow ourselves to be used; we choose to answer the call.

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God and God alone is the only source of energy, power or substance for Inspired Purpose Inc. It is indeed God that is our inspiration and supply for this outreach. In other words, God inspires Inspired Purpose. We are all called, rather we accept it or not is the freedom that free will allows. We are called to LOVE not just in word but also in deed “Faith without works is dead” James 2:14-26. In this season in time where complacency is a norm and caring for another is odd and even discouraged, choose to answer the call and let your light shine. A light is only purposeful in dark places which means you must shine to make a positive and enlightening difference. We understand that it is not the large things that make us successful but the additive effect of the little things therefore, if all the little lights come together we will indeed shine out darkness. We understand answering our call means to put God first and caring about others as we do ourselves.

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Inspired Purpose, Inc is a 501c3 nonprofit, charitable, tax exempt organization registered in Fl. We are positioned to accept donations and apply for grants. Help us help others by going to InspiredPurpose.Org and giving today. You can also find us on GoFundMe at “Inspired Purpose/Dr. Wendi”. This summer we will be holding our 2nd Annual Missions Benefit Concert. This fundraiser is supporting missions around the world. Our continued support can only be attributed to the awesome Grace of an awesome God through Jesus. Visit us at InspiredPurpose.Org

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If you ask Dr. Wendi why she serves or why she cares she will simply say, “Because God said so; therefore To God be the Glory”. 2nd Cor 9:6-8 6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. 91 ORLANDOSTYLEMAGAZINE.COM


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EDUCATION: Dr. Sadek is an Ivy “WE STRIVE TO ACHIEVE OUR GOALS OF League-trained neurologist with extensive training in the field of epilepsy UNPARALLELED EPILEPSY SERVICES TO management. He had two years of training in epilepsy in one of the OUR PATIENTS NOT ONLY THROUGH OUR premier institutions and leading epilepsy CLINICAL TEAM BUT ALSO BY PROVIDING centers in the country—the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He ONE OF THE MOST SOPHISTICATED received his residency training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In CENTERS FOR EPILEPSY MONITORING.” addition to his epilepsy fellowship, Dr. Sadek also completed a two-year CHARITABLE WORK: A number of neuroimaging research fellowship at the cases are seen as charity every month. University of Pennsylvania and has written numerous publications and several book chapters. FREE MEDICAL ADVICE: If you have epilepsy and your seizures are not very well controlled, you need to consult with an MEMBERSHIP & ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS: Dr. Sadek is EPILEPTOLOGIST (neurologist who specializes in the field of member of the American Epilepsy Society (AES), International epilepsy) to achieve the highest likelihood and potential of getting your League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), American Clinical Neurophysiology seizures under control! Society (ACNS), and American Academy of Neurology (AAN). He is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at University of Central Florida – Office: 3849 Oakwater Cir. Orlando, FL 32806 School of Medicine, and also Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology P: 407-704-8510 at University of Florida – Shands, at Gainesville. Monitoring Unit: 226 W. Michigan St., Orlando, FL 32806 P: 407-704-8380 www.orlando-epilepsy.com

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Though we said a sad goodbye to many famous faces this year, 2016 was also a year filled with new, adorable additions to several famous families. These kids didn’t ask to be born into fame, but they will most likely experience a life in the limelight because of it. Say hello to some of 2016’s celebrity babies!

On New Year’s Eve, Natalie Cole died at age 65 from heart failure caused by lung disease. The R&B singer was the daughter of music icon Nat “King” Cole and her death announcement on January 1st kicked off a year filled with far too many famous faces gone too soon. Here are just a few of the highlights.

ADAM LEVINE & BEHATI PRINSLOO

DAVID BOWIE The first major death of the year was also one of the most shocking deaths as the world reeled in disbelief at the announcement of David Bowie’s passing on January 10th. The rock superstar was just 69 years old. Amazingly, Bowie passed away just three days after releasing his 25th studio album, Blackstar. He kept his 18-month battle with cancer so private that even his closest friends were unaware, until the rest of the world was also saying goodbye.

On September 21st, Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo gave birth to Adam Levine’s first child, a daughter named Dusty Rose Levine. The Maroon 5 frontman revealed on The Ellen Show that Ellen DeGeneres actually helped the couple pick out the name. “I think I had a great name and I texted Ellen and I was like, ‘What do you think?’ And she’s like, ‘I hate it.’ Ellen texted him back with five names she liked and one was Dusty, a name which he and his wife fell in love with.

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KERRY WASHINGTON & NNAMDI ASOMUGHA

After a short battle with pancreatic cancer, British actor Alan Rickman passed away on January 14th at the age of 69. He concealed the fact that he was terminally ill from all but his closest confidants, which led to waves of shock at the announcement. The star was well known and loved for his roles in various films, most notably his role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movie franchise. One of his final film roles was voicing Absolem the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland and its sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass.

KEVIN & DANIELLE JONAS

American actress Kerry Washington welcomed her second child into the world on October 5th. The Scandal star and her husband, Philadelphia Eagles player Nnamdi Asomugha, are already proud parents to a two year old daughter named Isabelle. Now they also have a baby boy named Caleb Kelechi. Although Washington has decided to keep her children out of the public eye by not showing the world their pictures, we have no doubt their gorgeous parents have passed along those good genes. Kevin and Danielle Jonas welcomed their second daughter Valentina Angelina on October 27th. The former Jonas Brothers member shared his excitement saying, “We are so excited to welcome our new baby girl, Valentina Angelina Jonas to the world today. She is healthy and beautiful and we couldn’t be happier!” The new addition will share her famous daddy and uncles with her two year old sister Alena Rose. Excited uncle Nick Jonas posted on Instagram: ‘Congrats Kevin and Dani! We have another Jonas!! Can’t wait to meet that beautiful baby girl very soon.’

PRINCE Prince’s passing away at the age of 57 shocked the world and led to hundreds of worldwide tributes to the pop music legend. The flamboyant musical genius behind “Purple Rain” was reported to be suffering from flu days before his passing on April 21st. A press release from the the medical examiner has stated that Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl. Following the autopsy, Prince’s cremated remains were placed into a custom, 3D printed urn shaped like his Paisley Park estate.

ROB KARDASHIAN & BLAC CHYNA

On November 10th, Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Dream Renée Kardashian. Kardashian celebrated the arrival of his daughter by posting a picture of the precious baby girl alongside this caption: ‘Today was amazing I am so luck!! Thank you @blacchyna for having our baby and being so strong! I love you so much and can’t wait to see her get older day by day with you Chy! I love you and Dream so much and appreciate both of you.’

MUHAMMAD ALI Floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee led him to become a three-time world heavyweight champion and one of the world’s most famous boxers. Unfortunately, Ali’s years in the ring also led to boxing-related brain injuries and a 35-year-long battle with Parkinson’s disease. On June 3rd, Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74 after being taken to the hospital with respiratory issues. Today he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century.

ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS

This holiday season will be a busy one for Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis as they welcome the birth of their second child! The couple are already parents to a two year old daughter named Wyatt Isabelle. During an October appearance on the Today show, Kutcher accidentally let slip that he and Kunis were now expecting a boy. While talking with Savannah Guthrie, Kutcher spoke of Wyatt saying, “She points to Mila and she’s like ‘baby brother’ when she points to the belly and then she points to Dad and she goes ‘beer.’ So I think she gets there’s something in the belly, but I don’t quite think she knows that it’s not going to be a plastic doll yet.”

GENE WILDER On August 29th, American actor Gene Wilder died at 83-years-old from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Wilder experienced a long, successful movie career, but he is easily best known for his role as the whimsical Willy Wonka in the 1971 hit musical Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. The film was an adaption of the classic children’s book by Roald Dahl and it continues to touch generation after generation. 94

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