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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.

GEORYANA SANTOS Georyana Santos is currently a senior attending Rollins College. She will graduate with a BA degree in Communication Studies and a concentration in public relations, May 2018. Although Georyana is a native of New Jersey, she is fully bilingual as her parents were born in the tropical island of the Dominican Republic. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, traveling, songwriting, and serving her local church Redimidos Por Dios.

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

Dear Readers, 2018 is already starting to look like a wonderful year here in Orlando. We had quite a ride through all the ups and downs of 2017, but now we are off to new beginnings in the New Year. With the holiday decorations put away and everyone trying out resolution-inspired fitness and diet trends, it’s time for us to embrace all that awaits us in these coming months. What better way to learn to enjoy the moment than celebrating love during the month of February? This Valentine’s Day, take the time to remember how beautiful it is to have a special someone in your life to share your heart with, and if you’re looking for romance, open yourself to the new opportunities for love that might be waiting for you. To set the mood right for your valentine this year, be sure to treat your sweetheart to dinner or drinks at one of Orlando’s finest restaurants for Valentine’s Day, or enjoy any of the world-class entertainment experiences here in our city. Just avoid the fast food ones this time... There’s always festive ways to fill your evening with excitement on this day of love, so make your reservations and pop open a bottle or two! In this Valentine’s Issue, you’ll find perfect inspiration for showing your wardrobe some love too! As always, we are here to keep you up to date on the latest trends for the season, especially now that spring is right around the corner. We’re putting the coats and bulky sweaters in the closet and trying on playful pieces that are sure to become your new favorite staples. You’ll also find health and beauty tips to wake up your look and freshen your focus for living your best life in 2018. It’s the perfect month to forget your old limitations and boundaries and show yourself some love! Also, become inspired by our amazing travel articles and cross off some intriguing locations from your bucket list and book a ticket for an adventure. With all this love in the air, we want to extend our warmest appreciation of our loving and loyal readers. Your unending support and participation in this publication encourages us each month to create an issue that’s even better than the one before. To those who advertise with us, we are more than grateful for the dedication you have shown us year after year. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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14 / WHAT TO DO What’s Happening Orlando

28 / OUR TOWN Steering Straight for a Cancer Cure

16 / CITY NEWS In Case You Missed It By Riesa Pascal

32 / BARFLY Love Potion Martini By Georyana Santos

24 / TRAVEL ‘N STYLE Niagra Falls Where Adventure Comes Naturally By Riesa Pascal

34 / GROOMING Microneedling to the rescue!


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Show Some Puppy Love This Valentine’s Day! By Yngrid Lindores 67 / ORLANDO’S WHO’S WHO 81 / DOCTOR KNOWS BEST


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Walt Disney Theater / 8PM / www.drphillipscenter.org FEB 4 / Orlando Farmer’s Market

Downtown Orlando / 10AM / www.downtownorlando.com

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WHAT TO DO

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THE LION KING

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FEB 17 / The Lights Fest

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FEB 11 / Nicky Jam & Plan B

FEB 17 / Andres Cepeda & Kany Garcia

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Amway Center / 8PM / www.amwaycenter.com

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FEB 8 - 10 / Podfest Multimedia Expo

FEB 13 / Tyler, the Creator

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Orlando Amphitheater / TBA / www.orlandoamphitheater.com

FEB 17 - 19 / Antiques Vintage & Garden

FEB 9 / Gilberto Santa Rosa

Show / Orlando Museum of Art / Times Vary / www. omart.org FEB 18 / Dancing with the Stars: Light Up

Hard Rock / TBA / www.hardrock.com

FEB 14 - MARCH 11 / The Lion King

FEB 10 / D23’s Magical Screening Series:

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Peter Pan / Disney Springs / TBA / www.D23.com

FEB 16 / Mike Epps

the Night Tour / Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre / 8PM / www.drphillipscenter.org FEB 23 / George Lopez

CFE Arena / 8 PM / www.cfearena.com

Hard Rock / 8-11PM / www.hardrock.com

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CITY NEWS

STYLE EVENTS, NEWS & GOSSIP FROM AROUND ORLANDO

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lights. The Candlelight Processional, a favorite of all ages, included celebrity guest narrators accompanied by a massed choir and orchestra for a retelling of the Christmas story.

A new year is upon us and it’s time to fall in love once again with all the wonderful events that happen month-to-month throughout our great city! Let’s dive right in by taking a look back at the fun we enjoyed in December and January. Here are all the highlights, just in case you missed it! On December 1st, the City of Orlando’s Annual Tree Lighting Celebration was held at the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park. In addition to live performances and tasty food from TheDailyCity.com Food Truck Bazaar, the event also featured an exciting countdown to the lighting of Orlando’s extravagant 72-foot Christmas tree. On the other side of O-town, IDrive was also getting into the spirit of Christmas with their own Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony on December 1st. Along with the lighting of a 50 foot Christmas tree, guests also enjoyed special musical performances, dancing, dining and plenty of shopping discounts. The event also featured free 3D holiday glasses and photos with Santa himself!

On January 6th, Harry P. Leu Gardens presented an amazing, award-winning outdoor exhibit which was a delight for all ages! Nature Connects - Art with LEGO Bricks by Artist Sean Kenney was an incredible exhibit that featured many largerthan-life sculptures built with LEGO bricks. Over 450,000 bricks were used in this exhibit to bring nature to life, with 16 sculptures in 13 displays throughout the 50-acre garden. If you missed the show, fear not! Nature Connects runs until April 22nd.

The Festivals of Speed returned to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes on December 2nd for its 12th annual event! Attendees experienced an extravagant display of luxury lifestyle with a showcase of over 300 exotic cars, motorcycles, watercrafts and luxury brands. The event has become renowned for its unique diversity, showcasing both vintage and contemporary vehicles of all makes and models placed for display amongst the splendor and hospitality of the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. On December 9th, Orlando rocked in the holidays with the top strings sensation Violectric at the 5th annual “Violectric Holiday Show” at the Walt Disney Amphitheatre in Lake Eola Park. The free and public concert featured all your favorite holiday songs mashed up with classic rock tunes and modern hits in a fun and energetic show. Attendees were encouraged to bring their pets to the show, and anyone who brought a pet supply or mades a donation for Pet Alliance received a pet photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

On your mark... get set... go! January 20th was the Park Ave 5k, a 3.1 mile run/walk event for participants ages 8 and above as well as a free kids’ run for kids 10 and under. The 5k benefitted the Track Shack Youth Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes physical fitness to children and teens through a wide variety of community organizations throughout Central Florida.

Throughout the holidays, Magic Kingdom played host to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! The series of nighttime holiday fun events for the entire family included holiday shows, fireworks and magic treats with Minnie and Mickey. Next door at Epcot, Holidays Around the World was taking place with storytellers, a daily character tree-lighting ceremony and a stunning display of snow-white

On January 20th, guest of Orange County’s Magnolia Park participated in the 6th annual Birdapalooza festival. Guest of the free, familyoriented event enjoyed photo walks, bird banding, guided bus tours, and guided walking and biking nature tours for children and adults on the Lake Apopka Loop Trail. Birdapalooza also featured live animal demonstrations, music, owl pellet dissections, bounce houses, face painting, exhibitors, nature-oriented merchandise vendors and tasty food trucks.

With the return of Praise Wave Music Festival on January 20th, guests were able to enjoy a celebration of Christian fellowship and fun at SeaWorld Orlando. Uplifting, live concerts from the hottest names in Christian music lit up the stage at Nautilus Theater for three consecutive Saturdays. In between live performances by award-winning artists such as Lecrae, Steven Curtis Chapman and MercyMe, guests also enjoyed SeaWorld’s thrilling rides, shows and world class attractions.

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NIAGARA FALLS WHERE ADVENTURE COMES NATURALLY!

No passport is needed to experience nature in its most beautiful form! By Riesa Pascal Photos By Destination Niagara USA

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We’ve all heard of Niagara Falls, but few know that this

destination has so much more to offer visitors than its namesake tourist attraction. I used to be one of those unaware individuals, but I recently had the opportunity to go on my own Niagara Falls excursion and am now left with the seemingly impossible task of finding the words to share this great adventure with you. I’ve had experience writing dozens of travel articles, but today I was completely and irrevocably stumped as to where to start this particular story. How does one even begin to describe the amazing and breathtaking beauty of Niagara Falls USA? Do I start with the obvious and gush over their magnificent falls, or do I take the path less traveled and tell you about the destination’s many other hidden gems? I spent several long minutes staring at a blank word document as these questions spun around my head. Finally, I decided to just start writing down the first thoughts that came to my mind in a feeble attempt to retell my once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Niagara Falls USA.


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Upon landing at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, I met up with my travel companions and enjoyed a brief, scenic ride to the downtown area of Niagara Falls, New York. Our very first stop of the day was Third Street Retreat Eatery and Pub, a fun and casual dining joint. The popular hangout spot was filled with personality and great conversations as we enjoyed a oneof-a-kind local dining experience with amazing homestyle food. The eatery was the ideal spot to fuel up on some delicious grub in preparation for a busy day in Niagara Falls State Park. With awe-inspiring scenery, thrilling attractions, interactive exhibits, miles of hiking trails, and delectable dining options, Niagara Falls State Park is an action-packed experience! We kicked off our own adventure with the Maid of the Mist tour, a favorite local attraction for more than 150 years. Generations of visitors have described the tour as one of the highlights of their trip, and it doesn’t take long to see why. After receiving a souvenir rain poncho to wear aboard the double-decker tour boat, the Maid of the Mist ferried us past the base of the American Falls and onto the basin of Horseshoe Falls. The dramatic passage led us through massive rock formations and the powerful waterfall

whitewater. Needless to say, we returned to shore with a newfound appreciation for ponchos (you’ll definitely need it!) and more importantly, for the power and grandeur of Niagara Falls. As if it wasn’t enough for us to “explore the roar” from the Maid of the Mist, my companions and I also had the opportunity to experience the power of the Falls from the Cave of the Winds. Before getting up close and personal with the Falls, we traveled through the World Changed Here Pavilion, which educates guests on the rich history of the Falls that truly changed the entire world. After being outfitted in souvenir sandals and more ponchos, we descended 175 feet into the astonishing Cave of the Winds. A series of wooden walkways led us within feet of the violent, yet majestic Bridal Veil Falls. I can’t tell you what an incredibly surreal feeling it is to stand on that deck and realize that nowhere else on earth will get you closer to Niagara Falls. For the more adventurous guests, a little further up the wooden walkways is the astonishing “Hurricane Deck” where revelers are surrounded by tropical storm-like conditions—even on the calmest of days! Poncho or not, prepare to get wet!

Without a doubt, only accomodations at the region’s premier destination resort could follow such a powerful and energetic start to my Niagara Falls adventure. Fortunately, I experienced exactly this for two glorious nights all while being just minutes from Niagara Falls State Park. The Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is a magnificent property that welcomes more than eight million visitors annually, and I am certain that I will be one of those returning guests in the near future. The Four Diamondrated luxury hotel tower rises 26 stories above the city, offering guests 604 deluxe rooms and suites awash in unmatched comfort. My own such suite was synonymous with luxury from the moment I walked into my room. In addition to enjoying various upscale amenities, I was sure to set aside time to enjoy my favorite feature of the regal room: A sparkling jacuzzi located in the center of the suite that overlooked unparalleled views of the city and even the grand Niagara River. Of course a stay at Seneca Niagara isn’t complete without a trip to their world-renowned casino, and I was not disappointed! The 147,000 square feet of gaming space is the ideal spot for guests ORLANDOSTYLEMAGAZINE.COM | 25


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“WITH AWE-INSPIRING SCENERY, THRILLING ATTRACTIONS, INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS, MILES OF HIKING TRAILS, AND DELECTABLE DINING OPTIONS, NIAGARA FALLS STATE PARK IS AN ACTION-PACKED EXPERIENCE!”

to enjoy the hottest new slots and all of their favorite table games. With more than 3,600 slot machines and 90 table games to choose from, there was truly a game for everyone. Perched over the casino floor is the resort’s awardwinning steakhouse, The Western Door. There we enjoyed a menu of the finest steaks, chops, poultry, seafood, and other treasures that have made The Western Door the premier steakhouse in Niagara Falls. The culinary wonders at Seneca Niagara span the spectrum from authentic Italian cooking at la Cascata to thick, juicy burgers at Blues Burger Bar. With ten in-house dining locations available for guests, Seneca Niagara can truly satisfy every palate day or night. As darkness fell across the city, I ventured back out into Niagara Falls State Park to enjoy a different view of the Falls. Every evening at dusk, special lights housed around the Falls come together to create an incredible, multicolored water and light show. The following morning, we pampered ourselves silly with a gentle and calming massage at Seneca Niagara’s full-service spa and salon. The only thing that could compliment a peaceful morning of self-indulgence and relaxation is the ultimate beverage of relaxation—wine, of course! With

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that, we were off to the Niagara Wine Trail located along Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario just minutes from the Falls. The cool climate region of Niagara allows their vineyards to enjoy the second longest growing season for grapes in New York State. Along with the moderate climate, the character of the local soils is ideal for producing exquisite European vinifera wines such as Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, which all thrive in the region. From Freedom Run Winery and Arrowhead Spring Vineyards to Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards, each stop on the trail offered us a diverse selection of awardwinning wines to please every palate from the novice to the most discerning wine connoisseur. An elegant and adventurous dinner at Carmelo’s proved to be the perfect close to our second day as we relished in creative, seasonal fare in an intimate setting. The following morning, my companions and I enjoyed a mini hiking trail from Schoellkopf Power Station that led to awe-inspiring views of the Niagara Gorge. I knew my return flight home was just hours away, but I didn’t have a care in the world as I stood there breathing in the most refreshing air and memorizing the magnificent scenery as far as my eyes could see so as to not forgot a single detail. How anything could be both heart-

stopping and heart-stirring is beyond me, but Niagara Falls USA made me experience all those feelings and more from day one, and that feeling never stopped. Needless to say, there is plenty to do in and around Niagara Falls State Park, and I barely scratched the surface. I implore you to come and see for yourself! Embark on a scenic wine tour where you will meet inspiring and passionate individuals who have dedicated their lives to producing the highest quality beverage. Take a break from the wine and enjoy a savory lunch of wood-fired pizza at Woodcock Brother Brewery. Book a suite at Seneca Niagara Resort and enjoy luxurious accommodations, exciting retail outlets and thrilling casino games without ever stepping foot off property. Experience the beauty of the Falls from above on a helicopter tour and then get drenched below on the Hurricane Deck. When the temperatures drop and the crowds thin, Niagara Falls State Park becomes even more magical with trees that sparkle and views that take your breath away, so don’t let winter weather deter you from booking your own adventure today! Plan a week, a weekend or even a day to come experience nature in its most beautiful form.


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2018 Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball Benefiting American Cancer Society of Central Florida This year the event’s focus will be on improving the lives of children through improved care and advanced research. You can learn more about what the American Cancer Society does to help children by visiting their www.cancer. org

the American Cancer Society of Central Florida’s mission to fight to end cancer. Today more Floridians are beating and surviving cancer than ever before. But continuing this track record of success also means increasing funding and support.

The Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball was voted the very best local charity event in Orlando by the Orlando Business Journal. Considering the number of charity events up for the award and the caliber of the competition, this commendation serves to underscore the consistent quality and contribution of this special event.

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Attendees of the 2018 Ball will be in for a real treat, as some of the area’s top chefs will be on hand preparing world-class and unforgettable food. This delicious food will be accompanied by an array of live country and pop music entertainment. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception and silent auction. A gourmet meal will be served featuring dishes from some of the finest chefs in Central Florida. The evening will then include a live auction and special entertainment. The History of the Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball

The 2018 Cattle Baron’s Ball will be held Saturday April 14st at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. As always, there will be great food, music and desirable auction items available, all for a great cause. Over 50 Restaurants/Chefs will be showcasing their culinary skills. Proceeds from the event go towards benefiting the American Cancer Society of Central Florida, which is dedicated to not only ongoing education, but also life-saving research.

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The Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball is a key event in helping the American Cancer Society of Central Florida raise the money that it needs. In turn, the American Cancer Society of Central Florida helps thousands of Floridians fight cancer and stay healthy. The contribution of the American Cancer Society of Central Florida is invaluable, and the Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball plays a pivotal role in the quest to improve the health of Florida residents. The money raised through the Cattle Baron’s Ball is all part of an effort to find a cure for cancer. The Cattle Baron’s Ball, founded in 1999, has become an important part of

The American Cancer Society’s 2018 Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball is presented by Harvill’s Produce. Harvill’s Produce serves as both Honorary Chairman and Presenting Sponsor for the 2018 Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball. Founded in 1949, Harvill’s Produce has been a fixture in the Orlando area. Today, those decades of success have made Harvill’s Produce the largest independently owned and operated produce company in the Orlando area. Harvill’s Produce has three generations of family members proudly working in the company. Thanks to a strong work ethic and dedication to quality and the health of its customers, Harvill’s Produce has received a much sought after Superior Rating from the American Institute of Baking. Harvill’s Produce uses a fleet of 23 delivery trucks to deliver produce, six days a week, to restaurants across the Orlando area. Whether it is providing emergency deliveries or maintaining an open inspection policy for its customers, Harvill’s Produce provides a level of customer service that is consistently marked as exceptional. Harris Rosen the successful founder of Rosen Resorts & Hotels has been one of the largest and most important benefactors of the Orlando Cattle Barons Ball – American Cancer Society of Central Florida. Mr. Rosen has long been recognized for his contribution to the community. In addition to his work with the Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball, he has also given millions to programs in Tangelo Park.


According to a May 2015 New York Times article, Rosen has been invaluable in helping change the trajectory of Tangelo Park. Rosen has donated over $11 million dollars to the community. Much of that funding has been aimed at improving education and increasing high school graduation rates. Rosen has also created full college scholarship for Tangelo Park students and is credited with helping decrease area crime and increase property values. Rosen’s ongoing contribution to the American Cancer Society of Central Florida through its Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball is yet another important contribution from this noted philanthropist. Rosen is also a major contributor to the University of Central Florida, helping create the Rosen College of Hospitality Management in 2004. Contributing on a Global Scale The American Cancer Society’s 2018 Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball isn’t just invaluable for supporting the citizens of Florida, but is, in fact, invaluable in the global fight against cancer. The good news is that there has been a 20% decrease in US cancer rates since the early 1990s, but there is clearly a tremendous amount that needs to be done. The money raised by the Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball will help in important areas of research and development. R&D is always an expensive undertaking, and the quest to find new cancer treatments and cures takes sizable sums of money. Contributing to the 2018 Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball is a worthwhile endeavor for anyone who cares about stopping cancer once and for all. The American Cancer Society has many programs designed to help not just patients, but also survivors and their families. Through the American Cancer Society, those impacted by cancer can all find support, treatment options, information and where to turn to gain support and care. Whether it is understanding what a diagnosis means, finding a way to pay for a treatment or learning where to turn for a range of information, the American Cancer Society is there. Of course, providing these extensive and diverse services is a very expensive undertaking. This factor helps to underscore the huge need for well-respected and results-driven events like the Orlando 2018 Cattle Baron’s Ball. How to Get Tickets Those interested in attending the American Cancer Society’s 2018 Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball, Presented by Harvill’s Produce, can learn more by visiting www.cattlebaronsballorlando.com Individual tickets are $250. Attendees can also opt for Doc Phillips Sponsorships, which include two tickets for $700 and Lake Eola Sponsorships, which include eight tickets for $2,500. For those unable to attend, direct donations to the 2018 Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball can be made as well. If the 2018 Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball is anything like last year’s event, then attendees can expect a night full of amazing food and entertainment while knowing they are contributing to a truly worthwhile cause.


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(Triple Berry Martini) By Georyana Santos Can you smell it? Love is in the air during the month of February. Valentines Day is just around the corner and with cards, chocolates, and teddy bears also comes cocktails. The Love Potion Martini is a delicious homemade drink designed exclusively to WOW your loved one on this special holiday. Sweeten up your sweetheart with this easy to whip up drink that combines pomegranate juice, strawberry vodka, and Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur. To top it off and help you create a special mood for love, take two strawberries, cut them into hearts, and place

garnish

Recipe -In a cocktail shaker, combine the pomegranate juice, vodka, and Chambord. Shake to combine. -Place one chunk of dry ice into the bottom of each glass. -Pour the martini over the dry ice, then add a very small piece of dry ice. -Garnish with skewered strawberry hearts. Enjoy!

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them inside of the cocktail glass. Nothing screams I love you like creativity in the kitchen! Cook up a delicious meal, light up a few scented candles, place beautiful roses inside of a vase, make a toast and enjoy a special in-house date with your loved one! If you’re having a gathering with friends or family, indulge in a rich time by sipping on the Love Potion as you play a few games. Unwind, relax, and enjoy!


It’s the little things that count Red and pink don’t always have to be your clothing pieces for your Valentine’s outfit. Sometimes less is more!

OSCAR DE LA RENTA SHORT TASSEL EARRINGS A favorite style season after season, the iconic tassel earrings are reworked in a timeless pink hue. This short pair is a little lighter, making them well-suited for everyday wear. $345 / Available at Oscardelarenta.com

MANOLO BLAHNIK ‘BB’ POINTY TOE PUMP A classic pointy-toe pump available in a range of beautiful finishes features an alluringly lowcut topline and a wrapped stiletto heel. $595 / Available at Nordstrom.com

TIFFANY & CO TIFFANY SOLESTE EARRINGS Earrings in platinum with pear-shaped rubellites and round brilliant diamonds. Rubellites, carat total weight 3.00; diamonds, carat total weight .51. $13,500 / Available at Tiffany.com CHANEL ROUGE COCO SHINE Beautiful red, can’t go wrong with this color. $37 / Avaialble at Chanel.com

SWAROVSKI CRYSTALDUST DOUBLE BANGLE This versatile Crystaldust Bangle is crafted using our Rolled Crystal Rock technique with fuchsia pink crystals. $89 / Available at Swarovski.com

YSL SMALL MATELASSÉ WALLET-ON-CHAIN Saint Laurent matelassé calfskin wallet-on-chain with golden hardware and removable chain shoulder strap. $1,275 / Available at Niemanmarcus.com


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GROOMING

Scrub a’dub dub ANTHONY EXFOLIATING + CLEANSING This superstar scrub/soap combination simultaneously cleanses and exfoliates both face and body, leaving skin soft and supple. $17 / Available at Groominglounge.com

MICRONEEDLING TO THE RESCUE! Grow back your hair with microneedling. Men, the time has come when your hair is slowy leaving your scalp (Unless you’re blessed with a full head of hair). There are so many pills, shampoos, and treatments that claim to help with the regrowth of your hair, but there is a new and more effective way to grow your hair with microneedling.

Instant face lift? KIEHL’S FACIAL FUEL HEAVY LIFTING EYE REPAIR Instantly brightens and fights dark circles. Smooths and firms lines to reduce the appearance of crows feet and helps lift skin to reduce the appearance of under-eye bags. Pretty awesome. $30 / Available at Kiehls.com

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I know what you’re thinking, what is microneedling? Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) is using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of your skin. I know, it sounds scary. But it’s actually painless and very effective! Research studies have shown that wound healing can stimulate the production of proteins that are responsible for the development of new hair follicles. It can stimulate blood circulation and increase nutrients to your follicles, resulting in new hair growth. You can get this procedure done by a trained aesthetician, dermatologist, or plastic surgeon, or at home using a dermaroller (a small, handheld roller coated in tiny needles).

How to use a dermaroller

• Massage the hair restoration product directly onto the scalp to ensure full coverage. • Use the dermaroller beginning at the front of the head at the hairline and work your way down the back of the head. • Repeat this process until you have covered all areas. • Roll each area around 10-15 times to ensure sufficiant coverage and absorption of the product. • Apply the hair restoration spray to the treatment area again. Massage this gently into the scalp. It may seem a little complicated at first, but once you do this once or twice, you will be able to do this process blindfolded. A dermaroller has a lot of uses! It’s not just for hair growth; it is also very common to do microneedling on your face! This helps to reverse and prevent signs of aging and is good for dark spots, acne scars, and much more!


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MICHAEL KORS MERCER PERFORATED LEATHER CROSSBODY Our Mercer crossbody is updated this season in perforated leather, perfect for showcasing our new interchangeable handbag pins. $228 / Available at Michaelkors.com

MAKE IT YOURS

Customizing your handbags, luggage and more!

Pavé Gold-Tone Alphabet Pin Perfect for adding a personal touch to our perforatedleather handbags, this goldtone alphabet pin is sculpted in any letter and accented with sparkling pavé. Style it with other letters to create a thoughtful accessory statement. $10 / Available at Michaelkors.com

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A trend that we are seeing is having personalized handbags and luggage pieces. And it’s not just your initials. At first this was seen mainly in higher end designers, such as Louis Vuitton (most popular), Goyard Paris, etc. Now we are starting to see more affordable designers adding this trend into their collections! The items that are being customized are mainly handbags and small leather goods. But also depending on the designer you can even get customized carry-on luggage and duffle bags. Different designers vary with

what you can actually put and how many things you can put on it, but usually brands will have a variety of “patches” or stickers” to choose from. For example, some of the patches are of different cities from around the world or famous hotels, animals, or logos. You can also just put your name or initials and call it a day. You can go in store or do it online. This is a nice twist to a handbag or luggage item and definitely a good way to remember your trip!

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Everyone has seen Gucci’s famous loafers. They are a trend that everyone has been loving lately. A lot of people are liking to pair a casual shoe (like fluffy slippers) with a dressed up outfit. People are wearing them to dinner, lounges and bars, and of course you can wear them casually too. But it’s funny that a slipper that people would think to be worn only at home have become a huge fashion trend! And we love it!


FOR HER THE COOBIE STORE COOBIE BRA SCOOPNECK Our Coobie Seamless Bra – Scoopneck – is one of the most popular styles. Available in neutrals and fun colors. One size fits almost every body. Soft & Stretchy, it comfortably fits sizes 32A to 36D $20 / Available at Shopcoobie.com COOBIE BIKINI PANTY These ultra comfortable Bikini Coobie Seamless Panties are one size that fit sizes 2-10 (pants size). Made of the same soft, stretchy material as the Coobie Seamless Bras and Boy Shorts. $8 / Available at Shopcoobie.com

FOR HIM MISTER MAGINSKY Men’s underwear hasn’t evolved in functionality since the Calvin Klein boxers, but Mister Maginsky’s here to change that. Big time. If there are two parts to the male anatomy, they should each have their own place, and Mister Maginsky is a first-of-its-kind design to maximize comfort and improve hygiene. Athletes and soldiers swear by it. No sweating and no adjusting; just hygienic bliss. Comes in a handsomely packaged box. Available at Mistermaginsky.com

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FASHION

Feliz día de San Valentín CREDITS: SHOOT LOCATION: UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA, FL PHOTOGRAPHER: SUSANJEFFERSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM HAIR STYLIST: CARRIE MADUGU HAIR & MAKE-UP STYLIST: AMBER DEES MODELS: SARA-ANNE AND HEATHER NICOLE REED CLOTHING PROVIDED BY REHAB EXCHANGE, TAMPA FL. ALL JEWELRY PROVIDED BY DILLARD’S, INTERNATIONAL MALL TAMPA, FL SHOOT LOCATION: PETER O. KNIGHT AIRPORT, DAVIS ISLAND, FL. PHOTOS: WWW.SUSANJEFFERSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM STYLIST: AMBER DEES MAKE-UP: LINDSEY MATACCHIERO HAIR: BILL BAKER MODEL: JULIANNA HARRIS PHOTO MANIPULATION & LAYOUT: STYLE MAGAZINES 38

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TARTE PALETTE Make your eyes pop with Tarte’s Make Believe in Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette. This unicorninspired eyeshadow palette carries 10 luminous shades alongside an eye & cheek highlighter. With Amazonian clay & mineral pigments, this product will leave you with a finished, fairytale look. $40 / Available at Tartecosmetics.com

GLITTER LIPS Give your lips a touch of sparkle with Ciate London’s Glitter Flip. Available in seven fearless shades, this metallic matte liquid lipstick will leave you screaming, WOW! Simply press your lips together and watch how your lip game skyrockets to another level of pop and dazzle. $19 / Available at us.ciatelondon.com

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NATURAL BEAUTY

Radical Celebrity Stars Spark Anti-Makeup Movement By Georyana Santos

The fame life — luxurious cars, red carpet events, and riches. Although fame promises celebrities the glory, it seems to leave out the pressure that comes with it: lack of privacy, paparazzi, and the burden to look 100% flawless. In Hollywood, female celebrities constantly undergo pressure to appear pimple-free, so much that in the past year, a no-makeup movement has immersed. Prominent stars such as Alessia Cara and Alicia Keys have lashed out against Hollywood beauty standards, provoking a natural, bare-faced trend. Which celebrity star will be next in joining?

Alessia Cara The anti-makeup movement is nothing without Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara. The 21-year-old soulful voice, who never wears makeup, gave a striking performance last year in the 2017 VMAs, leaving the crowd speechless. As Cara performed “Scars To Your Beautiful,” the singer’s fiery red lips matched her floor-length gown. Her hair, perfectly styled in a straight, short bob, represented the clean and sleek look she was expected to have in front of the spotlight. That is, until moments passed within her performance and the wig was ripped from her head, revealing

Cara’s natural curls. Seconds later, the singer wiped off her red lips and makeup, leaving her with a natural look. The act represented Cara’s song message: you don’t have to change anything because you’re beautiful just the way you are. Cara, who believes in living an authentic lifestyle, empowers her teenage fans to stay true to themselves by remaining makeupfree.

Alicia Keys The latest celebrity to go without makeup is Keys. Tired of covering up, the R&B singer-songwriter cut off the makeup last year after she realized her life became consumed with what other people thought of her. Keys explained she was tired of feeling enslaved to public opinions. “I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, and not my emotional growth.” the singer said in a statement. The star is now team #nomakeup. Keys has inspired a lineup of women to feel free and natural.


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“LUST FOR LIFE HAS ALL THE MAKINGS OF A CLASSIC DEL REY RECORD, FROM THE USUAL CINEMATIC WALL OF SOUND TO HER SIGNATURE WARBLE.”

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DON’T MISS THE BEAT

LA to the Moon Tour By Courtney Caggiano On February 2, Lana Del Rey is bringing her LA to the Moon Tour to Orlando’s Amway Center, on the heels of her most recent album Lust for Life—a coming-ofage, cosmic masterpiece whirling us through space and time with a melodic, centrifugal pull. Caught in a romance with the past but in love with the future, Del Rey’s album is a contribution that pushes her moody and brooding fans—and even her melancholy self—to find a new, grown-up perspective and embrace the joys of the moment. Since her 2012 breakthrough with Born to Die, Del Rey has captured the hearts of star-crossed lovers with her vintage Hollywood glamour, Marilyn Monroe pout, and babydoll eyes looking longingly to the decades of old. Her sweetly-sad aesthetic became fully-formed with her later albums, 2014’s Ultraviolence and 2015’s Honeymoon, each track dripping with the nectar of nostalgia that enticed the ears of this millennium’s throwback youth. Lust for Life has all the makings of a classic Del Rey record, from the usual cinematic wall of sound to her signature warble. But to the pure in heart, there’s something different in Lust for Life—something Del Rey didn’t have before. Del Rey has become the queen of cool to hipster kids seeking an escape from a world that doesn’t know what it really is, temporarily saving them from an over-cultured wasteland with her wistful songs of yesteryears. Yet lullabying her fans to sleep from the current day could only get her so far. In Lust for Life, Del Rey chooses not to swim aimlessly in the woe-is-me sentimentalities of

nostalgia; she uses that nostalgia as her compass to carve a path in the uncharted territory of the future. The album’s first track, “Love,” shows a Del Rey full of ambition, leading her generation with a hopeful note of encouragement. Directing her anthem to the young fans of “vintage music,” she sings, “You’re part of the past, but now you’re the future.” Reminding her listeners that, even in the changing times, it’s enough “to be young and in love,” Del Rey gives a view of love that differs from what we have seen in her previous albums: love is the force that will equip her for the uncertainties of tomorrow. Lust for Life’s title track is Del Rey’s bold step into that world of tomorrow. The singer duets with chart-topper The Weeknd, showing that she is more than eager to stand beside Hollywood’s musical elite, rather than reign alone in her unique yet indulgent corner. Still, there is no lack of vintage appeal; “Beautiful People Beautiful Problems” features Stevie Nicks, perhaps a move motivated by Del Rey’s aim to fling her icons and influences onto the scene to bring purpose and perspective to the cultural experience of her fans. Del Rey also invited John Lennon’s son, Sean Ono Lennon, to sing with her on “Tomorrow Never Came,” a tender folk ballad that balances Del Rey’s vision of unity and progression. And to tie it all together—as every worthy album should—Del Rey’s album cover shows the beauty shining a truly happy smile above the words “Lust for Life,” as if to say how sweet life can be when it is lived, not just remembered.

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Celebrities Who Own

Private Islands By Riesa Pascal

Meet the stars who can vacation in their own private paradise! As if a collection of fancy cars, yachts, private planes, and other expensive toys weren’t enough, some celebrities also feel the need to purchase their own little kingdom in the form of a private island! From business investments to paparazzi-free getaways, here are eight celebrities who purchased their own slice of paradise.

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CELEBRITY SOUP

CELINE DION – ILE GAGNON, QUEBEC The Canadian songstress owns a private island, Ile Gagnon, located between Boisbriand and Laval. The best feature of this island is the Laval mansion which she and her late-husband Rene Angelil had custom-built in 2001. The 24,000 square-foot home has six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a stone wine cellar with tasting area, an elevator, an in-ground pool, a grand staircase and even a games room. The mansion was the most expensive property for sale in the Montreal area until it sold in 2016 for $25.5 million. NICHOLAS CAGE – LEAF CAY, BAHAMAS In 2006, Nicolas Cage purchased Leaf Cay, an Exumas in the Bahamas, for $3 million. Today, the 35 acre property can be yours for a cool $8.5 million. The island features three unspoilt white sandy beaches, protected deep water access suitable for anchorage and docking of large yachts, and decent elevations. There is also a small pond on the island that would make an ideal private harbour if the new owners wish to create one! JOHNNY DEPP – LITTLE HALLS POND CAY, BAHAMAS Johnny Depp first laid eyes on Little Halls Pond Cay while shooting Pirates of the Caribbean in 2004. He snapped up the 45 acres of private island that same year for $3.6 million. The island is located in the south of the Bahamas and has a palm tree-lined lagoon, solar-powered houses and six beaches named after Depp’s children and former partner Vanessa Paradis. EDDIE MURPHY – ROOSTER CAY, BAHAMAS In 2007, one of Hollywood’s highest paid actors bought Rooster Cay island in the Bahamas for $15 million. The 15+ acre island is located off the coast of Nassau in the Long Cay region. There are reportedly no such plans of resort development even though it would appear to be an ideal place for such recreation. According to Private Island Magazine, the comedian used to own another Bahamian cay called Pearl Island. SHAKIRA – BONDS CAY, BAHAMAS In 2011, the Colombian singer invested $16 million in a 700-acre island with Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters and Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz. Bonds Cay already boasted a hotel and 18-hole golf course at the time of purchase, but the trio were reported to have plans to develop it as both an artists’ retreat and a destination for the rich and famous with boutique hotels, luxury condominiums and private beaches. LEONARDO DICAPRIO – BLACKADORE CAYE, BELIZE The Wolf of Wall Street star bought a 2.2 miles long island off the coast of Belize for $1.75 million in 2005. Leonardo is an outspoken environmental voice and has plans to develop the 104 acres island into an eco-resort and wildlife preserve. The resort will feature 36 resort bungalows and 36 estate homes, all of which will be powered by 100% renewable energy harvested from solar panels. Even rainwater will be collected and filtered on-site to meet the resort’s water needs. MEL GIBSON – MAGO ISLAND, FIJI Mel Gibson reportedly paid $15 million for his Fiji island in 2004, just after the release of his film The Passion of the Christ. The island is practically its own country at 5,400 acres, which also makes it one of the largest private islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Mago Island is relatively undeveloped at present and inhabited only by a few Fijian caretakers. TYLER PERRY – WHITE BAY CAY, BAHAMAS In 2009, Tyler Perry purchased White Bay Cay in The Exuma Cays in the Bahamas for $6.4 million to celebrate his 40th birthday. The award-winning actor even took pilot lessons so he could fly his own private plane to the property which consist of a 25-acre island and a seven-acre island relatively close by. He spoke of the purchase with People saying, “I’m a loner by nature, so when I’m out there on these islands, I just feel like the only person in the world.”

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Why you should plan to visit the Caribbean in 2018! As a person of Caribbean descent and an avid visitor to the islands, the Caribbean is a destination that is very near and dear to my heart. Considering the fact that nearly 30 million tourists visit the Caribbean annually, there is a very high possibility that it holds a special place in your heart as well. Now this beautiful region is greatly in need of our love and support, but I think it’s the kind of help that you’re going to have a great time providing. Grab your bathing suit, dust off your sunglasses and dig out your passport—it’s time to plan your 2018 vacation to the Caribbean. Nearly six months after the islands took a harsh beating from hurricanes Irma and Maria, the question for many concerned vacationers is still this: When can I expect to travel to the region again and which island’s are open for tourism? Believe it or not, right now is actually the perfect time to book your 2018 tropical getaway! Though there are parts of the Caribbean that are still in the midst of recovery operations, many islands were untouched by either storm and most that took a hit have resumed tourism and are welcoming visitors with wide open arms. Some islands, such as The Virgin Islands and Barbuda, suffered more significant damage and are in need of many repairs before they are fully up and running, but take heart. Rapid progress has already been made in many places that were devastated by the catastrophic storms including Puerto Rico, which is as enchanting as ever. As a guest of the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in 2017, I was thrilled to learn that the location is currently open for tourism and ready to welcome guests back for a fun and relaxing stay. Here are examples of just a few other Caribbean destinations and properties that are open for business and ready to welcome you:

St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino

The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa

St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino St. Kitts Marriott Resort recently completed extensive renovations that include all guest rooms and suites, and a brand new lobby experience with a Marriott Great Room. The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba New York City’s famed Casa Nonna restaurant is excited to open its second location at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba in early 2018. The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa Westin Grand Cayman is welcoming travelers to their stunning property with the completion of a $50 million, two-phase renovation. The Reef Atlantis, Bahamas Visitors to The Reef Atlantis will experience a newly updated, Bahamian culture-infused resort, sitting on five miles of pristine beach.

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

As I mentioned, this brief list barely scratches the surface of Caribbean tourism news! Despite a false perception that the Caribbean region is closed to tourism, the affected islands are hard at work rebuilding and tourists are slowly returning. Best of all, you can actively help the Caribbean in this process through your own travels. Take that picturesque, relaxing beach vacation you’ve been daydreaming about and know your stay is helping the islands and the locals to get back on their feet and rebuild the many destinations we’ve come to know and love. Curious to know more about which islands are open for business? Visit the Caribbean Tourism Organization or the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association websites for more! The Reef Atlantis, Bahamas

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DESIGN TRENDS Coffee Table Styling in 11 Ways 1. Display your book collection 2. Choose a colorful base 3. Use trays and organize 4. Don’t forget the flowers 5. Try a two-tier table 6. Accent with a dish 7. Top ottoman with a tray 8. Use small round tables 9. Include natural elements 10. Light a lantern

2018 MILLENIAL PINK: It is here to stay

11. Add pops of color Let’s establish one thing: the Millenial Pink refuses to go away. Even if you haven’t heard of this type of pink or didn’t know it went by this particular name, chances are you’ve still seen it. Take two seconds to imagine Barbie’s pink and now, tone it down approximately two notches. You have the color everyone began calling Millenial Pink in the summer of 2016. Although forecasts for 2017’s fashion trends implied that the hue would make a grand exit, it is quite the contrary.

DARK WOOD & LIGHTS

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This season is welcoming dark wood into its menu of interior design trends. Throw in some light brown colors of natural wood to embrace a modern and appealing look inside of your home. Chocolate brown hues are equipped to give a touch of comfort and richness to any space. Combined with a bright, light design, this interior look shows off beauty and luxury.

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It is 2018 and the color is still reigning more than ever - just as it is and even as a neutral shade too. Blush pink, a calmer version of tint, is now taking over with a serene effect. It is unlike the Millenial Pink that stands as a statement shade. The color goes perfectly with a mix of grays, browns, and creams. Prepare yourself to see it in just about any tangible item. It is coming out in accessories, clothes, appliances, textiles and pretty much any product your eyes perceive.


TOYS

THE ALL NEW LAMBORGHINI URUS Automobili Lamborghini launches its third model the Lamborghini Urus, the first Super Sport Utility Vehicle, and creates a new niche in the luxury segment with benchmarking power, performance and driving dynamics, unparalleled design, luxury and daily usability. “The Lamborghini Urus is a visionary approach based on the infusion of Lamborghini DNA into the most versatile vehicle, the SUV. The Urus elevates the SUV to a level not previously possible, the Super SUV. It is a true Lamborghini in terms of design, performance, driving dynamics and emotion as well as drivable every day in a range of environments,” says Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The Urus fits perfectly within the Lamborghini family as a high performance car.

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It is the culmination of intensive development and passionate skill to create a new breed of bull: a Super SUV that transcends the boundaries of expectations and opens the door to new possibilities, for both our brand and our customers.” The Urus features a 4.0 liter V8 twin-turbo engine delivering 650 hp (478 kW) at 6,000 rpm, maximum 6,800 rpm, and 850 Nm of maximum torque already at 2,250 rpm. With 162.7 hp/l the Urus claims one of the highest specific power outputs in its class and the best weight-to-power ratio at 3,38 kg/hp. The Urus accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 12,8 seconds and with a top speed of 305 km/h it is the fastest SUV available.


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IN THE KNOW

THE INS & OUTS OF TITLE IX SEXUAL HARASSMENT & SEXUAL VIOLENCE CASES IN SCHOOLS With sexual harassment and sexual violence matters dominating much of the headlines of late, one important area of concern has not been given the attention which it deserves. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. When a student alleges a complaint stating that they are a victim of sexual harassment and/or sexual violence, the school must respond “promptly and effectively” and begin its investigation. If the school becomes aware of conduct that would constitute sexual harassment or violence, they must act regardless of the student’s desire. Every school must have a written procedure they make available to the parties involved. The complainant must prove his or her case by a “preponderance of the evidence” standard. This means that they must convince the Title IX investigator that the misconduct is more likely to have occurred than not. This is not a very high standard (think 50.1 percent chance the claimant is being truthful) and is much lower than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard of proof used in criminal court. One can be accused civilly with this standard but not be prosecuted criminally. While the respondent is given a summary list of allegations, he or she is not entitled to see the written statement of the claimant or given all of the details of the accusation. Even worse, most schools merely have the investigator interview all the relevant witnesses and review any items of evidence submitted and have the investigator make a decision based on what they have seen and heard. In these cases, there is not a formal “hearing” where the respondent can hear the details of the accusation or cross-examine witnesses, pointing out inconsistencies with their prior testimony or with testimony from other witnesses.

attorney or advisor. This means that the attorney or advisor can prepare the respondent for his or her interview but it is the respondent that must answer all questions, assuming that they decide to participate in the interview process to begin with. Because the claimant has the burden to prove the charge, it is theoretically possible for the respondent to win the “hearing” without participating, but choosing not to participate severely limits the chances of success as the investigator will only have one side of the story to consider. A respondent may choose to not participate if there are criminal proceedings pending or they believe charges may be forthcoming in the future. All witnesses appear voluntarily and neither the claimant nor respondent have the power to subpoena witnesses or documents, depose witnesses, or to submit written questions for witnesses. Once the investigator has reviewed all of the evidence, they generate a report and if any of the allegations were found to be true, the school imposes a sanction. The sanction can include a no contact order, the respondent changing classes, moving to a new residence hall, suspension, or expulsion. The appellate process will vary from school to school, but must be the same for both the claimant and the respondent. Title IX investigations are very different from court cases and while the respondent can face severe sanctions, he or she is not entitled to the same due process requirements that the court cases give to a defendant. It’s dangerous out there. More injustices occur with sex related cases than with any other. More innocent people are falsely accused and more guilty people beat charges than any other type of case as it’s often a swearing contest between two people and the subjective evaluation as to which is the most believable. Times have changed and the public’s understanding as to what is permissible and actionable will keep this issue in the forefront for a long time to come. Eric Barker, Partner with NeJame Law & Mark NeJame jointly contributed to this article.

Additionally, most schools require the respondent to speak for him or herself and not through their

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New at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

Savor an authentic artisanal beverage experience from the very First Drop at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes new signature lobby cafÊ. Taste locally roasted coffee, fresh juices, handcrafted milkshakes and smoothies, as well as select small bites including breakfast and lunch sandwiches, salads, pastries, candy, and snacks. Š2017 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.


BEST FRIENDS

ENJOY PUPPY LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY By Yngrid Lindores

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and if you’re fortunate enough to have a pet bestie by your side, then you already have the best valentine around. Between all of life’s surprises, milestones, and challenges, don’t forget about the canine companion that has been your most loyal supporter and number one fan. Here are some ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one who has always shown you unconditional love.

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Pamper your pup valentine:

Paw print party:

Treat your special canine companion to a little spa time. Try a do-it-yourself facility, which can be found within local pet stores and speciality salons. This way you and your pup can enjoy some quality bonding time. If you and your valentine are more of the homebody variety, then try booking a mobile grooming van, which will come right to your home.

You can preserve a special part of your pet by creating a paw print, in clay. You can find handprinting kits at a local craft store. While you’re at it, why not make an event of it and invite fellow pet owners and their furry companions over to join in the fun? Go ahead and share the love. Pet play dates are always fun in general for everyone involved, however, this event will have the added benefit of attendees walking away with a little keepsake. Plus, who knows, maybe there will be a love connection between pets? Or between pet owners? Cupid is still on duty after all.

Take a trip together:

Surprise your canine valentine with a trip to a beautiful trail or dog park. It can be a standby favorite of his, or the two of you could try out a new destination together. In any case, be sure to pack plenty of water and doggie treats. Maybe you can even make a pit stop at a local dog bakery beforehand and pick up a few speciality items, just for the occasion.

“ CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH THE ONE WHO HAS ALWAYS SHOWN YOU

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE ”


LIVING ‘N STYLE

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This ultra-sexy interpretation of leather captures its primal, animalistic scent and smooth, voluptuous qualities. The addition of olibanum, night blooming jasmine, and black suede gives it a distinctive, modern spin that is raw yet refined, sensual yet sophisticated. $230 / Available at Sephora.com

ROLEX GMT MASTER II

Although the Rolex GMT-Master was designed essentially for professional use, its combination of peerless functionality and rugged good looks has attracted a wider travelling public. As well as appreciating its ability to display different time zones, these travellers admire the robustness and versatile appearance that make the GMT-Master eminently suitable for globetrotting and, indeed, for any occasion. $8,950 / Available at Rolex.com

APPLE HOMEPOD

HomePod is a powerful speaker that sounds amazing, adapts to wherever it’s playing, and works together with Apple Music. With the intelligence of Siri, you control it through natural voice interaction. HomePod takes the listening experience to a whole new level. And that’s just the beginning. $349 / Available at Apple.com

WILLIAMS-SONOMA TRIPLE OLD-FASHIONED GLASSES, SET OF 4

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ORLANDO’S WHO’S WHO

ORLANDO’S

WHO’S WHO SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL FEATURE Our mission at Orlando Style Magazine is to bring visibility to excellence, integrity, and high standards. Orlando’s Who’s Who are selected based on survey and reader feedback in Central Florida. This is an ongoing campaign and we ask you to cast your vote or send in your suggestion for your favorite professional or business in our city at OrlandoStyleMagazine.com. The following pages exhibit this issue’s Who’s Who.

DENISE KOVACH WILLIAM J. SHEAFFER DAN FIELDS RAJIA ACKLEY ANURAG DANDIYA PARK MAITLAND SCHOOL BYRON LAWSON THE MAYFLOWER ANDREA ELISCU

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DENISE KOVACH CFP®, AIF®, NSSA® Her comprehensive financial planning services include retirement planning, investment planning, social security planning, distribution planning, insurance planning and survivor planning. “I strive to help my clients feel that the investment world is not a scary place, nor is planning for the future. It is simply building a road map to get where you want to be. I am grateful for the relationships I have built with my clients over the years that have allowed me to see them through their different life stages.” A key component to her success is ongoing two-way communication with her clients through written correspondence, reports and newsletters, telephone calls, emails, and most important, face-to-face meetings. “My commitment to my clients’ success and doing everything necessary to make it happen is the cornerstone of my practice.” A native of Clearwater, Florida, Denise earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from University of South Florida. She is past President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Financial Planning Association of Central Florida and remains a member of its national chapter. In addition to being a co-host for the financial radio program “On the Money” on News 96.5FM WDBO, her financial advice has been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, Women’s Journal, WESH Channel 2 News, and Money Talks on “The Daily Buzz.” In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, especially riding her Harley Davidson through the mountains out West, and spending time with her husband, family (including the 4-legged ones!), and friends. Because she feels it is important to give back, she tries to make a difference with her contributions to several charitable organizations furthering the research of ALS and cancer, and aiding animals, to name a few. For more information or to set up your complimentary consultation, you can contact Denise at 407-869-9800 or Denise@FinancialGroup.com. Denise Kovach is a seasoned professional catering to the financial needs of her clients. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional (CFP®), Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®), and National Social Security Advisor ® (NSSA®). She has been helping people with their financial health since 1998.

Denise is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional (CFP®), Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) and National Social Security Advisor ® (NSSA®) with Certified Advisory Corp (“CAC”), an affiliate of Certified Financial Group (CFG). Tracing its roots back to 1976, it has become one of the largest independent financial planning firms in central Florida. With over 300 years of combined planning experience, Denise and her colleagues have a vast wealth of professional knowledge. When working with Denise, you will obtain a clear picture of your current financial status, a prioritized list of your most important financial goals, investment strategies to potentially help you reach your goals, and well-defined action steps to take, now and in the future. Through CAC, she acts as a fiduciary for her clients while providing asset management services for a fee. She has her clients’ best interests at heart and strives to provide the best possible service. CAC is CEFEX® (Center for Fiduciary Excellence) certified. CEFEX® awards its certification to firms that meet the highest standards of fiduciary excellence in their investment management, governance and operational processes. CEFEX® certification is a formal, independent recognition demonstrating trustworthiness to the general investing public. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the certifications Certified Financial Planner™ and CFP®.

Certified Financial Group, Inc. | 1111 Douglas Avenue, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 | 407.869.9800 | FinancialGroup.com

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WILLIAM J. SHEAFFER, P.A. Attorney at Law

William J. (Bill) Sheaffer has worked for the past 10 years as a professional legal analyst and criminal trials expert for Cox Media Group’s ABC affiliate, WFTV, channel 9 news. Also, in that capacity, he has served as a contributor to ABC World News Tonight, CNN, HLN, City Confidential, Disney’s Animal Planet, Nightline, The Nancy Grace Show, as well as, documentaries and specials produced both in the U.S. and abroad. Sheaffer has appeared as guest speaker before numerous professional and academic organizations throughout Central Florida. Presently, he is preparing for WFTV’s coverage of the Federal trial of Noor Salman, wife of the Pulse Nightclub terrorist, set currently for March 1, 2018, in the U.S. District Court in Orlando.

Photo by Phelan M. Ebenhack

WILLIAM J. SHEAFFER, P.A. Attorney at Law 11 North Summerlin Ave, Suite 225 Orlando, FL 32801 P: 407-423-1066 William@defenselaw.net www.defenselaw.net

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Board certified by both The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Criminal Trials Expert, Sheaffer is recognized for his innovative defense strategies in problematic criminal cases. He has represented a broad spectrum of clients, including politicians and elected officials, members of the media, law enforcement officers, business professionals, real estate brokers, doctors, other lawyers, and entertainers to name a few. His practice history runs the gamut of serious felonies from complex white collar crime cases; drug trafficking, conspiracy, first degree murder and organized crime offenses. The son of a long distance truck driver, Sheaffer has never lost sight of his Central Florida roots and values. After serving 4 years in the United States Navy as a corpsman, Sheaffer later graduated cum laude from University of Central Florida, then Nova Southeastern Law School, after which he served as a trial division felony prosecutor for the Orange/Osceola State Attorney’s Office. From there he has enjoyed working in private practice with a criminal defense specialty, in both Federal & State courts. Historically, he has taken cases other

lawyers would not, either because they were unpopular in the media or too difficult to win at trial. “To work a case to a positive resolution for my client definitely makes my week. Further, the longer you practice criminal defense, the clearer it becomes that if the System is to work, you have to do your homework, and be an uncompromising advocate for your client.” “I believe that every person accused deserves the most aggressive, vigorous and thorough defense, regardless of the nature of the allegations,” Sheaffer stated. Sheaffer staunchly believes that “a defense lawyer’s loyalty and duty is to his client. Period.” Sheaffer’s negotiating and courtroom skills, together with his sense of humor and unpretentious manner serve his clients well. Recognized with an AV rating in Martindale Hubbell’s Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Sheaffer is admitted to practice in all three of Florida’s Federal District Courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeal 5th and 11th circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. His recognitions have included: The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s who in America, Florida’s Top Lawyers by Florida Monthly Magazine and the State’s Legal Leaders-the top 1.6 % by Florida Trend Magazine. However, he really lights up when asked about being selected as one of The University of Central Florida’s Alumni of the Year. Sheaffer has been honored also, by both the Florida Supreme Court and the Orange County Bar Association for his pro bono work on behalf of children.


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Local Influence, Global Reach Rajia Ackley, CCIM, CRB, CIPS - President Coldwell Banker Ackley Realty Mother. Philanthropist. Investor. Real Estate Mogul. Wine Connoisseur. Just a few labels Rajia Ackley wears (in addition to her favorite couture pieces). Rajia lives her life for her children, her community, helping the less fortunate, and the successes of her businesses. The founder and CEO of two of the most experienced and respected companies that bear her name – Coldwell Banker Ackley Realty and Ackley Florida Property

– is on the rise with economy going strong. Her perseverance and continued success in an industry that has as many peaks and valleys as a Colorado ski resort is a testament to her business acumen, judgement and adaptability. She is regarded as a visionary, market leader and expert at every level of the industry spectrum, from general real estate and global luxury home sales to commercial real estate sales and development to property management. She started as a one-person shop in 1984 and over the years has built her company into a Coldwell Banker powerhouse. Today, it has three offices (Lake Nona, World Center and Kissimmee), perennially ranking among the top tier of the real estate giant’s more than 3,000 franchises worldwide. Management (AFPM)

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In addition, AFPM has established a reputation in its own right featuring an impressive portfolio of more than 700 Central Florida properties owned by investors throughout the world operating at 95 percent occupancy. Rajia is expanding her niche in the area’s burgeoning Global Luxury home market (homes priced $500K and up), using the power of Coldwell Banker’s Global Luxury program which she says redefines the world of luxury real estate marketing. She and her daughter, Kristen Ackley, continue to work with relocation giants such as Cartus Relocation to find homes for corporate executives and physicians moving to the area. She is very familiar with the global luxury market, having lived in the resort community of Golden Oak and is a member of Tranquilo, a Four Seasons Golf Community. She and Kristen now reside in the community of Isleworth Country Club. But they are both active in all corners of Central Florida from Winter Park to Lake Nona and beyond. While Rajia is highly regarded for her business savvy, she also is recognized for her philanthropy and passion for helping children. In addition to the Rajia Ackley Family Foundation , she serves on the board of Florida Hospital for Children, McCormick Research Institute/Home of Heavenly Hooves and Horses and Heroes, and The Boys and Girls Club of Osceola County.


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Anurag Dandiya Anthros, Founder & CEO Anurag Dandiya is the Founder and CEO of Anthros, a human resources firm with local, national and international clients headquartered in Downtown Winter Park. “The essence of a company is its people, its human capital assets,” Anurag says. “I started Anthros because I felt there was a massive deficit between the employer and the employee. My vision was to align the mission of an enterprise with the workforce that bleeds for the brand on a daily basis.” Anurag has been in the human resources and Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry for more than two decades and is known for his willingness to re-engineer the service delivery model to meet client needs. He negotiated a $400 million client acquisition, the largest to date in the PEO industry, along with two other acquisitions valued at over $100 million. The mission of Anthros is simple—to empower clients to become the best in their industries and build a legacy by serving as their longterm partner in human resources. Anthros clients include chef-owners nominated for James Beard Awards, law firms known for winning landmark cases, and healthcare facilities that set the standard for care while operating across multiple states. For Anurag, success in business has never been about the quick win. Instead, it is about building relationships over decades and identifying what’s relevant for clients now and in the future. He says, “Profits are a byproduct of building a legacy with the right team.” Anurag grew up in India, where he attended The Air Force School in New Delhi and the elite St. Stephen’s College, established in 1881 by the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and known for the distinguished alumni it has produced. Growing up in India, Anurag was deeply inspired by his father Subhash Dandiya, who served in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot and retired as a decorated Commanding Officer. From his father, Anurag learned how to maintain grace and poise in the face of adversity. Since 2014, Anurag has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Professional Employer Organizations (FAPEO). He is also a member of executive coaching organization Vistage International, as well as the Ferrari Club Racing Association. In 2011, he was named Rookie of the Year by the Ferrari Club, and in 2012 he won the 360 Ferrari Challenge Daytona race. A leader in corporate and social responsibility, Anurag frequently fundraises for nonprofits and charities that transform the lives of children. For more than 20 years, Anurag has made his home in Orlando, where he lives with his son, Aidan.

400 W. Morse Blvd., Suite 203 Winter Park, Florida 32789 | 407-502-0200 | anthrosinc.com

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CONGRATULATIONS to our Head of School, Ms. Cindy Moon, for being named Orlando’s Who’s Who 2018 “Head of School”

Students excel in math, science and When learning begins in wonder, students are inspired and awe-struck, not stressed and pressured. They excel beyond ordinary and ahead of grade-level expectations as a natural expression of curiosity and confidence. Park Maitland students become out-of-the-box thinkers, innovative leaders, compassionate citizens, and lifelong learners. Schedule a tour today and discover just how wonder-filled learning can be.

K-4 — 6th Grade • 1450 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, FL 32751 • 407.647.3038 • parkmaitland.org


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BYRON LAWSON

Trinity Preparatory School Central Florida’s schools are filled with great teachers who continue to inspire students every school year. These professionals remember being students themselves and can name the teachers that had an impact on their lives and propelled them to become classroom leaders. Byron M. Lawson Jr. developed his love for history, teaching, and sports while a student at Gilman School in Baltimore. While at Gilman he lettered in basketball and lacrosse – two passions that followed Byron to the University of Chicago, where he studied history. When he started at the University of Chicago, he had already determined to follow in the footsteps of his great teachers and invest in the lives and minds of students. Byron’s teaching career spans the Kinkaid School in Houston and St. Marks School in Dallas, where he began to pay forward the passion that was instilled in him by his teachers. In fact, one of his earliest students, Connor Cook, went to serve as the Head of Middle School at St. Francis Episcopal School. Whether on the lacrosse field or in the classroom, “Byron taught in a cerebral and intentional way” said Cook. “He taught us how to be accountable people in the world, and I will always be thankful for his guidance.” During Byron’s tenure at St. Marks, he led the school to the Texas Boys High School Lacrosse Championship, served as chair of the history department, was assistant to the head of school, and served as director of St. Marks Fellows Program. It was this breadth of experience and knowledge that led Trinity Preparatory School to name Byron Lawson its fifth head of school before the 2016-17 school year. Byron is also committed to enhancing education, learning, and teaching. He serves on the Board for the Florida Council of Independent Schools and is the treasurer for the Central Florida Episcopal Schools Association. Outside the classroom, Byron is on the boards of the Orlando Philharmonic and the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida. He is married to Courtney A. Haught, M.D.: they have two sons, Matthew and Carter. Byron is excited about this year, which “is an amazing time in the history of Trinity Preparatory School. We will be graduating our 50th class in 2018, and the paths our graduates have taken, whether in the arts, in science, in medicine, or in many other fields, have made them truly exceptional.”

5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792 | 407-671-4140 | www.trinityprep.org

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THE MAYFLOWER RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

Because there’s nothing “old” about

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Gracious hospitality. Concierge service. Fine dining. Chauffeured transportation. And a host of elegant amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center and heated pool. This is The Mayflower. And living here is like being on a permanent vacation at a luxury retirement resort – with one very big perk: the guarantee of onsite long-term care. Call today to start your life plan.

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ANDREA ELISCU Innovator and Connector

Whether in her professional work as president of the healthcare marketing firm she founded or in her many community and philanthropic pursuits, Orlando’s Andrea Eliscu sparks innovative solutions by forging creative connections. A nurse by training, Eliscu arrived in Orlando in 1971 with her husband Edward, an interventional radiologist, and decided the best way to serve her new community was to volunteer as a nurse one day a week so for three years, she donated her paycheck to a nursing scholarship fund. Later on, while raising her family, she continued her involvement in fundraising for community healthcare causes. Then, in 1984, after completing her bachelor’s degree at Rollins College and observing the changes taking place in the healthcare marketplace, she founded her consulting firm, Medical Marketing Inc. Her mission was to introduce physicians to the concept of marketing and help them position their practices for success. Over the past 35 years, Eliscu has continued to grow her consulting business, authoring four books, including the recently released “It’s Personal: The Art of Building Your Practice,” and serving as a national speaker and resource. However, beyond her business acumen and accomplishments, Andrea is best known locally for her passion for health and wellness, and her countless hours of service, leadership and contributions to Central Florida causes, ranging from the UF Health Cancer Center to the Orlando Ballet.

“...because I have lived and worked in this community for so many years, I do my best to create connections among those who can help each other. That is what it means to live in community.”

Since 2011, her greatest passion has been the Dueling Dragons of Orlando “cops and kids” dragon boat team — a program she founded as a creative way to bridge the divide between inner-city youth and police officers. The first of its kind in the country, Dueling Dragons focuses on breaking down barriers and forging long-term mentoring relationships between youth and law enforcement as they learn to work together not on the streets, but paddling in a boat on the water as a competitive racing team. Eliscu’s innovative initiative has achieved results and garnered national attention, including a feature story on the Today Show, a TEDx talk, and a documentary that premiered at last fall’s Global Peace Film Festival. Most recently, Andrea oversaw the transition of Dueling Dragons from a volunteer-led, privately funded effort to a full-fledge program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, helping to foster growth and replication. Already, this affiliation has spawned the newly formed Orlando Fire Dragons — a team of low-income youth and Orlando firefighters. “I believe in the power of relationships,” shares Eliscu. “And because I have lived and worked in this community for so many years, I do my best to create connections among those who can help each other. That is what it means to live in community.”

P.O. Box 547478 • Orlando, Florida 32854 | P: 407-257-3764 | F: 407-650-3886

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DEBO - PopHeart Series - 2005-2017 - Price: $89 each Original (Price is for each painting without frame)

Actual painting size without frame is 18”x24” Mixed Media on Cold press 300g art paper (Canson). All paintings are original and one of a kind - NO prints). Signed by the artist with certificate of authenticy. Paintings do vary in look from those that are shown here. If you want one particular, please ask for color theme and we send you the available variety to choose from. You can have it framed at your location or we can help you for an additional charge for the framing. Price is for each painting without frame. A perfect Valentines gift! for a reduced Valentines price - (regular price per painting is $199) (direct from artist price )

Please contact at: info@ArteVue.com

“DEBO” Artist | London | Orlando | Seagrove Beach | info@ARTEVUE.com | ARTEVUE.COM Gallery representation London: www.SAATChiART.COM/DEBO


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SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL FEATURE Our mission at Orlando Style Magazine is to bring visibility to excellence, integrity, and high standards. Doctor Knows Best professionals are selected based on survey and reader feedback in Central Florida. This is an ongoing campaign and we ask you to cast your vote or send in your suggestion for your favorite professional or business in our city at OrlandoStyleMagazine.com. The following pages exhibit this issue’s top professionals.

AHMED SADEK, MD GERALD R. MATTIA D.C. AKINYEMI O. AJAYI, M.D. ARCHANA SHAH, M.D. MICHAEL STEPPIE, M.D.

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ORLANDO EPILEPSY CENTER, INC. Ahmed Sadek, M.D.-- Medical Director ABOUT US: “Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care for our epilepsy patients,” says Dr.Sadek. He adds, “We strive to achieve our goals of unparalleled epilepsy services to our patients not only through our clinical team but also by providing one of the most sophisticated centers for epilepsy monitoring.” As a specialist and thought leader in the field of epilepsy, Dr. Sadek believes that medical and surgical approaches for managing epilepsy should be tailored to each patient according to their epilepsy type, functional needs and their goals. In addition to highly advanced epilepsy management approaches, Dr. Sadek and his team emphasize compassion and patient advocacy as a core philosophy for their patient care. EDUCATION: Dr.Sadek is an Ivy League-trained neurologist with extensive training in the field of epilepsy management. He had two years of training in epilepsy in one of the premier institutions and leading epilepsy centers in the country-- the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He received his residency training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In addition to his epilepsy fellowship, Dr. Sadek also completed a two-year neuroimaging research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and has written numerous publication and several book chapters. MEMBERSHIPS AND ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS: Dr. Sadek is a member of the American Epilepsy Society (AES), International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS), and American Academy of Neurology (AAN). He is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at University of FloridaShands in Gainesville.

CERTIFICATIONS: Dr. Sadek is Board Certified in the field of Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy. IN THE COMMUNITY: Dr. Sadek is the Medical Director of Orlando Epilepsy Center, as well as the Medical Director of the clinical neurodiagnostic section at Orlando Health. He also is a member of the board of directors of the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida (EACF). EPILEPSY SERVICES: “We provide a comprehensive approach to managing refractory epilepsy patients,” he says. This includes options for long-term video EEG studies, ambulatory recordings, and different prolonged and routine EEG studies as indicated. His services include patient selection for epilepsy surgery and VNS management. In his practice, Dr. Sadek treats different types of epilepsy in adult and pediatric populations. CHARITABLE WORK: A number of cases are seen as charity every month. FREE MEDICAL ADVICE: If you have epilepsy and your seizures are not very well controlled, you need to consult with an EPILEPTOLOGIST (a neurologist who specializes in the field of epilepsy). Evaluation by an epileptologist will help you achieve the highest likelihood of getting your seizures under control.

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MATTIA SPINAL CARE & REHAB CENTER, P.A. Gerald R. Mattia D.C., Director Gerald R Mattia D.C. has been practicing chiropractic for forty years. Even before that his life has not been ordinary. At the age of fifteen he had been given 6 months to live. “I was born with a severe heart condition called aortic stenosis.” People suffering from this condition have an aortic valve in their heart that gradually degenerates and therefore the heart cannot function properly. Heart surgery in the sixties was not as successful as today. He also had bad allergies. His mother was not ready to give up. On a friend’s recommendation, she took her son to a chiropractor. “The aortic valve stopped closing by 92 percent and my allergies were gone.” Dr. Mattia said. He was able to live to the age of 35 when he received his first new aortic valve and the success rate of heart surgery was higher. Dr. Mattia became a chiropractor because of this. He earned his chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College and opened a practice in 1977. Dr. Mattia practiced in New Jersey from 1977 to 2001. During that time he received many awards: Chiropractor of the Year 1996 and Sports Chiropractor of the year several times. He was appointed to the Board of Chiropractic Examiners, on which he served for six years, by the governor of New Jersey. He was also a board of director for the International Chiropractic Association and the Northeast Regional Director. Dr. Mattia has been the president of International Chiropractic Association Sports Health and Fitness Council from 1996-2011 during which he joined Arnold Schwarzenegger every year in Columbus Ohio for the ICA Fitness Symposium. The Symposium is held in conjuncture with the Schwarzenegger Fitness Weekend.

In his quest to provide clients with the best preventative and therapeutic chiropractic care available, Dr. Mattia studies research, treatments and technologies from around the world. Consequently his office houses some of the most unique, cutting edge technology available: decompression therapy machines which help with disc problems in the low back and neck eliminating the need for surgery, the LPG key module for endermotherapy, class 4 laser to promote healing , and Spine Force which offers non static exercise for patients and helps rehabilitate and develop muscle strength for the core and intrinsic muscle of the spine. It was developed in France and Dr. Mattia helped introduce it in the United States. These technologies have come to complement the fundamental chiropractic adjustment. In 2001 Dr Mattia retired from his NJ practice and moved to Florida to begin semi retirement. But the quiet time did not last too long. Outside of the office, Dr. Mattia does power walking and likes to travel and loves golf and baseball. All during his career Dr. Mattia has taken care of many athletes from middle school to professional as well as regular clientele. His love for sports has helped him understand spinal care athletes require for better performance and nervous system function. Dr. Mattia practices with his wife Paulette Mattia D.C, and Guillermo Nazario D.C. Dr. Mattia has helped many chiropractic college graduates begin their careers by having them work with him and gain experience. Dr. Mattia also will begin a new venture with Daniel Arnold M.D. consisting of non surgical regenerative therapy for knees and other joints.

Dr. Mattia has coached Babe Ruth Baseball, sponsored Team Gamez Foundation Chipping for Children, Central Florida YMCA, Orlando Union Rescue Mission and Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. Dr. Mattia’s love for his practice and clients is apparent in his contagious enthusiasm and liveliness. “ The best part of my practice is the fact that people come to our practice and get better naturally, without medication. Touching thousands of lives over the years with the benefits of chiropractic is a professional achievement. “Living to the age of 66 when I was supposed to die at fifteen is a personal achievement. A great cardiac surgeon, Kevin Accola M.D., and chiropractic care and prayers saved my life.”

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Akinyemi O. Ajayi, M.D. F.C.C.P., D.-A.B.S.M., F.A.A.S.M. Children’s Lung Asthma and Sleep Specialists ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Dr. Ajayi was

born in London, England. He specialized in pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and then went on to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he received his training in pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine. Dr. Ajayi is the Chairman of The Children’s Sleep Laboratory and The Children’s Lung, Asthma and Sleep Specialists (CLASS). He is ably assisted by nine other excellent pulmonologists and five outstanding nurse practitioners. AWARDS/HONORS: He has received

awards including Best Doctor, Top Doctor, The Patients Choice Award, Compassionate Physician Award and the Vitals Top 10 Doctors award. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Thoracic Society. The practice also has Joint Commission Accreditation and is one of a few private practices that aspires to follow the Joint Commission standards. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT:

His greatest achievement is raising a stable, happy family with his wife of 19 years, Adena. They have three daughters who mean everything to him. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: “Graduating from medical

school as I was turning 21 felt pretty awesome. I went to Medical School at the age of 15 so I have been in medicine since I was a kid and absolutely love my work! I cannot imagine anything more fulfilling professionally than being a doctor that takes care of children”. WHAT SETS US APART: CLASS is a unique

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pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine practice in Florida, with its own behavioral sleep medicine specialist. It offers a wide range of sleep services: sleep evaluations, sleep studies, psychology and cognitive behavioral services. It has the most expansive network of office locations in Florida with 15 offices spanning from the east to west coast. Each office offers full pulmonary function testing, sleep testing, apnea monitoring, allergy testing and immunotherapy. In addition to consultation services, my goal has always been to make each office independent and able to offer all the services we can without patients needing to travel out of their areas for service. The practice manages conditions such as asthma, chronic cough, allergic rhinitis, pneumonia, sleep apnea, insomnia and narcolepsy. In addition, the practice offers inpatient services

at five Children’s Hospitals in Florida including: Florida Hospital for Children, Arnold Palmer Hospital, St Joseph’s Hospital Tampa, All Children’s Hospital, St Pete and St Mary’s Hospital West Palm Beach. The unique spread of the practice allows us to maintain continuity of care across a large part of the State of Florida. Basically our patients can move freely across the state and not worry about pulmonary or sleep care. DR. AJAYI’S PHILOSOPHY: “A great

physician should be kind, caring and a good listener. Above all he or she should always offer hope, support and should never kill the hopes of the child or parent. My job above all, is to heal patients and their families in any way that I can. Anything less would be unacceptable. ” THE RIGHT DIAGNOSIS: Every child should

have a right to an evaluation before they are subjected to treatment. No child should ever be treated for sleep apnea without having a clear diagnosis. It is important to understand the severity of sleep apnea, the benefits and the risks related to treatment, before subjecting a child to surgery or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). Conditions such as sleep apnea and sleep fragmentation can mimic behavioral disorders associated with ADHD; hence early identification and treatment is important to avoid stigmatizing a child. When treating a child with conditions such as asthma, it is important to correctly diagnose and characterize the severity of the condition. Asthma affects how children sleep, play and learn. It is my goal to make sure kids can do all of these things with ease.

IN THE COMMUNITY: It is my mission

to develop a relationship with educational institutions in Central Florida. I emphasize the importance of consistent sleep/wake schedules, teaching school staff and families about how to facilitate the development of independent sleep skills in children of all ages, and quickly and accurately identifying children who are at-risk for sleep disorders. Teachers have a unique ability to observe students on a daily basis and are often the first to become aware of behavioral, learning, and emotional symptoms that may be a sign of inadequate or disrupted sleep. Teachers are our “first responders” and we are working to build awareness around making sleep a priority and increasing awareness of the critical importance of sleep in our daily lives. HOBBIES:

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Infectious Disease

Since this is the Doctor Knows Best issue, let’s first acknowledge that without the patient’s willingness to heal and learn, therapies do not work. We hope the following three snippets are relevant and apropos. First is travel. When travelling do some research. Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s travel specific website https://wwwnc.cdc. gov/travel. Don’t fret when reading CDC’s information. Note vaccination requirements as wells as the availability of clean water. If you are going to be around large groups in an enclosed environment (subway, cruise ships, etc.), wash your hands often. Just enjoy the experience and keep it simple. Second is the use of antibiotics. A common question is whether the symptoms are due to a virus or bacteria. Antibiotics treat certain infections caused by bacteria and do NOT work on viruses. Taking antibiotics has a cost in terms of side effects and long term resistance to that medicine. Again the CDC has fantastic educational material (https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/). If you have any questions, please talk to your physicians. Lastly is the flu season. By the time you are reading this, we should have moved past the peak number of cases. Every year there’s a new flu vaccine. That vaccine is a best guess about the strain that will be the most active. Go get vaccinated. In the event you are inflicted with the flu next season, remember it’s a virus (see above). Refer to the CDC site (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/) for updates. In 2008, Dr. Shah founded Premier Infectious Disease Care in Winter Park. Over the last year, three physicians have joined the practice. She has been practicing at Winter Park Memorial Hospital for over 12 years, but with the help of the additional physicians, the practice has expanded to cover additional campuses of Florida Hospital (Orlando and East) and Oviedo Medical Center. Over the course of these years she has been blessed to work with a wonderful office staff as well as the many nurses, physicians, and caregivers in the region. Dr. Shah’s kids are growing up too fast. One is in college and the other is about to enter high school. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing and travel.

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Michael Steppie, MD

Committed to the Fight Against Cancer “From practice to research and outreach, I’ve devoted my career to one goal,” says Dr. Steppie, a board-certified physician with residencies in internal medicine, dermatology and dermatologic surgery. That goal? To raise awareness about skin cancer. Dr. Steppie’s practice, Associates in Dermatology, has provided medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatological care to Central Floridians for more than a quarter of a century, reflecting his combined focus on research and patient care. “From our experienced physicians to our highly trained professional staff, every member of my team takes pride in providing outstanding results,” Dr. Steppie says. “Whether treating skin cancer or providing esthetic services, each one puts the patient first.” Associates in Dermatology’s Dr. Phillips and Ocoee locations are “centers of excellence” in skin cancer treatment, equipped with advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies. Each practice offers comprehensive dermatologic and cosmetic services, including treatments for non-cancerous skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, eczema, allergic dermatitis and diseases of the hair and nails. Especially crucial are cutting-edge treatments for skin cancer. “MOHS micrographic surgery is one of the most effective skin cancer treatments we offer,” Dr. Steppie says. “This procedure can cure up to 99 percent of basal cell carcinomas, the most common form of skin cancer. We’ve added Michael McClure, MD, a skilled boardcertified plastic surgeon who specializes in reconstructive procedures and performs most MOHS surgery repairs, as well as cosmetic procedures.” Skin cancer is a central focus of Associates in Dermatology, but it’s not the only one. “People want to have healthy, youthful-looking skin,” Dr. Steppie explains. “To satisfy this need, we provide expert esthetic services, too.”

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Research with Results Dr. Steppie goes beyond clinical practice to pursue dermatologic research that may advance skin cancer detection. One of his lines of research, in collaboration with Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona, involved identifying biomarkers that may predict susceptibility to melanoma. “The promise of finding cancer early, when it can be most effectively treated, is really exciting,” Dr. Steppie says. “Identifying melanoma biomarkers could be the first step in developing earlier, more reliable diagnostics that could, in turn, reduce deaths.” This collaborative melanoma research was published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology in April 2017. Dr. Steppie also contributed to a breakthrough study on vitiligo, published only five months later. Spreading the Word “Nearly 8 million Americans have skin cancer, yet only 4.4 million cases have been diagnosed and treated,” Dr. Steppie says. “We need to close that gap. That’s why I work with local and national media to let people know it’s important to be vigilant.” An elite member of the Amonette Circle of the Skin Cancer Foundation, Dr. Steppie has committed significant personal resources to this goal. Through every available medium, he tells people that skin cancer, although the most common cancer in the US, is treatable. “Vigilance is key to detection,” he says. “Be alert for scaly or crusty patches, wart-like spots and new, growing or dark moles. Ask your dermatologist to examine anything suspicious. “If you have any questions about skin cancer or skin health in general, reach out to us at Associates in Dermatology. From lifesaving cancer treatments to skilled esthetic procedures, we strive to provide state-of-the-art care delivered in a welcoming environment.”


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IT MIGHT BE A NEW TAX CODE BUT IT STILL HAS THE SAME PENALTIES In late December, Congress passed sweeping changes to the U.S. income tax laws. There was much debate as to who would really benefit under the new tax code but no discussion concerning the continued emphasis on criminal prosecution of tax crimes. While the tax code may have reduced the number of tax brackets, the complexity of tax returns still poses problems for many. Accountants, tax-return preparers, and large tax-preparation companies will continue helping prepare returns.

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The U.S. government contends that we have a voluntary tax system, however, if the Government believes a citizen willfully failed to abide by the voluntary system, consequences include significant civil penalties and time in prison. There are numerous tax crimes set forth by the Federal Government including: tax evasion, false statements on tax returns, failure to timely file tax returns, and hiding assets subject to levy by the IRS. In determining whether a person has committed a tax crime, one of the major factors considered by IRS criminal investigators is whether the person acted willfully. In a tax prosecution, willfulness has a specific meaning and requires the Government to prove that the taxpayer knew what the law required and intentionally chose to not comply. Given the complexity of the tax laws, it is easy to understand how a person may prepare a tax return that is incorrect but not willfully false.   In bringing a criminal case, the IRS usually considers conduct that is based on more than one year. For example, charging an individual with tax evasion for underreporting income will often involve an investigation that spans 3 to 5 years. Each year in which tax evasion occurs has a maximum term of imprisonment of five years. Therefore, if a person is charged with tax evasion for three separate tax years and convicted of all three counts, a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison is possible.  

The failure to timely file a tax return can be a civil or criminal matter depending upon how the IRS interprets the facts. Each year that a person fails to timely file a tax return is a separate crime punishable by imprisonment up to one year. Therefore, if a person is prosecuted for failure to timely file tax returns for three years and convicted, a maximum sentence of three years in prison could be imposed. The IRS often begins an investigation through its civil branch which seeks to ensure that the correct amount of tax is reported and paid. An IRS audit can result in the IRS finding errors which will justify the imposition of significant civil penalties in addition to the correct amount of tax that should have been disclosed and paid. There are multiple civil penalties, the highest penalty being an additional 75% of any unpaid tax.   All taxpayers have rights when dealing with the Internal Revenue Service. Whether an IRS auditor, IRS tax collector or criminal agent is involved, every taxpayer has a right to representation. IRS agents, both civil and criminal, like all people, can make mistakes which may have a devastating impact on the taxpayer in the form of large civil penalties or criminal prosecution.   While the new tax laws are touted as being simpler, they are not so simple as to avoid the risk of a person being subjected to wrongful prosecution, incarceration, or assessment of improper taxes and penalties. The hiring of a well-experienced attorney, while costly, may in the long run be economical when compared to the alternatives. Likewise, not having experienced legal representation when a civil or criminal IRS agent comes knocking at your door can impact your liberty.   As long as the United States continues to impose the threat of criminal sanctions in relation to the U.S. “voluntary tax system”, citizens must take care to ensure that they are protected against IRS mistakes even under the new tax laws.


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