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CONTRIBUTORS MIRZA NURMAN SYARIEFF My name is Mirza Nurman Syarieff and I’m a photographer based in Bali, Indonesia. I love to capture moments, because I realized that every moment is precious – you can’t rewind even only one second of your life. I love to take pictures. It never ends. My brain takes snapshots everywhere I go and because of this, I have a very keen photographic memory. My passion is lifestyle, product, fashion and food photography.

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.

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

DANA DAMATO Dana Damato is a Florida native and a travel writer turned publicist. Prior to starting Damato Public Relations, Dana was an avid traveler seeking new adventure, and has appeared in Forbes Travel, My Malibu Beach, Sky Magazine and many more. She pursued a Masters degree in Communications from the University of Central Florida and uses her expertise in media and travel to work with different brands around the world. She is addicted to adventure and loves to indulge herself in new cultures. She thrives off travel, visiting unique destinations, and bringing those experiences to life through words.

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I choose to be Landis’ biggest cheerleader.

We knew Landis might come early. When the day came, six weeks early, Dr. Gregor Alexander came in and said, “I’m here with my team to take care of you and your son.” And as I watched him care for Landis, I remember thinking, ‘If I’m not the first one that gets to hold my baby, I’m glad that he is.’ For the next month, our life was the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and an extraordinary, compassionate team of caregivers. Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies saved my son’s life and forever changed mine. I am Hilary McFadden, and Landis is why I choose Orlando Health.

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

Dear Readers, It’s finally one of the most beautiful months of the year in Florida is finally here, and as April begins to share its revitalizing energy with us, I hope you are taking the opportunity to enjoy the warmth of the season. In this Body & Soul issue, you’ll discover fresh and fabulous ways to reenergize your health, your wardrobe, and your interior decor. Embrace the latest finds in the health world that will keep you looking young and rejuvenated as you hit the beaches this spring. Fill your closet with fun, warm-weather designs that capture the flirty spirit of spring, and learn about new trends that provide the perfect compliment for your home. We will also be celebrating Earth Day this month, and what better way to give our globe a well-deserved thank you than to take steps toward living organically? By eating locally-grown and locally-sourced products, you can be doing the earth and yourself a big favor. In this issue, we explore the powerful nutrients of the morninga tree, which helps us understand ways that we can cooperate with Mother Nature to improve our lives and our planet. This month, take some time to give yourself much-needed care, from something as simple as visiting your doctor to a weekend getaway with family or friends. Whatever you do this spring, be sure to check out our local boutiques and treats that make Central Florida one of the most delicious and delightful places to call home.

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This issue also includes Orlando’s Who’s Who, our Readers’ Choice Campaign to bring you the best of the best in a variety of industries, from medical to interior design. Don’t forget to submit your favorite doctors, attorneys, and real estate firms at info@styletome.com. We love to hear your thoughts! Keep the conversation going on social media. If you haven’t already, “Like” us on Facebook to stay updated with the latest news and events, and share your favorite Orlando Style articles on Twitter. Your input, feedback, and recommendations play a vital role in making Orlando Style Magazine the number one Luxury Lifestyle publication in Central Florida. Also, we can’t bring you your favorite style magazine without the dedication of our hardworking team of writers, contributors, photographers, and advertisers. We are so thankful for each and every one of you! Happy Spring! Sincerely,

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FEATURES

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14 / WHAT TO DO What’s Happening Orlando

20 / CHARITY Runway to Hope

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

22 / TRAVEL ‘N STYLE A Perfect Getaway for the Girls By Dana Damato

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18 / OUR TOWN It’s Festival Time: Florida Music Festival & Conference & Florida Film Festival By Lauren Hough

28 / HEALTH & BEAUTY Benefits of Moringa: The Miracle Tree By Lauren Hough


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CONTENTS

30 / HEALTH & BEAUTY Drinking Pink Salt (Sole) By Lauren Hough 34 / HEALTH & BEAUTY Orlando Health: New Mail-Away DNA Test for Breast Cancer Worries Experts 36 / FASHION I’ve Got The Power Photography By Mirza Nurman Syarieff 48 / LIVING ‘N STYLE Belt Bag - The Fanny Pack Just Got an Upgrade 50 / DON’T MISS THE BEAT P¡nk: Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018 By Courtney Caggiano 52 / BARFLY Taste of College Park

50 DON’T MISS THE BEAT

54 / CELEBRITY SOUP Celebrities Banned From Foreign Countries - Part II By Riesa Pascal 56 / LIVING ‘N STYLE Dating Nerves - 5 Tips for Men Preparing for a Big Date By Lauren Hough 58 / TOYS A Clear Focus on Motorsport The New Porsche 911 GT3 RS 60 / DESIGN Spring Your Home’s Vaule By Lauren Hough

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A clear focus on motorsport

62 / IN THE KNOW All Eyes on You - Social Media and Your Personal Injury Claim By Mark NeJame with Avita M. Samaroo, Esq., M.B.A. 67 / ORLANDO’S WHO’S WHO

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90 / MONEY You Know What Happens When You Assume! By Nancy Hecht, CFP®, AIF® 92 / SPOTLIGHT ON THE LAW What You Don’t Know About Depositing Cash Into the Bank Can Result in Your Going to Prison By Mark Horwitz 94 / BEST FRIENDS Mind the Benefits of a Furry Companion By Yngrid Lindores

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Sometimes the beauty of getting away is not going far.

Let inspiration come to life through enriching experiences that create everlasting memories at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. From Kayak or Canoe Eco Tours to Fishing Excursions with a Florida Master Naturalist, at The Ritz-Carlton we celebrate the richness of life and help you discover what inspires you. ritzcarlton.com/orlando. Š2018 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.


WHAT TO DO

STARS ON ICE

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APR 5 / Popcorn Flicks In The Park

Central Park, Winter Park / 8PM www.enzian.org APR 6-15 / Florida Film Festival

Various Locations in Central Florida / Times Vary www.floridafilmfestival.com APR 7 / Love Festival

Orlando Festival Park / 2-10PM www.gopartylive.com APR 7 / Stars On Ice

Amway Center / 7:30PM www.amwaycenter.com APR 12 / Sanford’s Alive After 5 Street Party

Downtown Sanford / 5-8PM www.sanfordwelcomecenter.com APR 12 / Big Sean

CFE Arena / 7PM www.cfearena.com

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WHAT TO DO

CRUZ ‘N CAR SHOW

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APR 12 / The Revivalists

APR 22-28 / Winter Park Paint Out

House of Blues Orlando / 9PM www.houseofblues.com

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Times Vary / www.polasek.org

APR 12-14 / Florida Music Festival and Conference

APR 24 / Pink

Downtown Orlando / 6PM www.floridamusicfestival.com

Amway Center / 7:30PM www.amwaycenter.com

APR 19 / Taste of College Park Food & Wine Festival

APR 28 / Mount Dora Blueberry Festival

Historic Dubsdread Ballroom / 6-9PM www.collegeparkrotary.com

Elizabeth Evans Park / 9AM-5PM www.mtdorablueberryfestival.com

APR 21 / Central Florida Earth Day

APR 28 / Walk to End Lupus Now and

Lake Eola Park / 10AM-6PM www.cfeartheday.org

Wellness Way / Lake Eola Park / 4PM www.chapters.lupus.org

APR 21 / Cruz ’N Car Show

APR 29 / Music at the Casa

Downtown Winter Garden / 4-8PM www.cwgdn.com

Casa Feliz Historic Home /12-3PM www.casafeliz.us

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APR 22 / Jeff Dunham

Silver Spurs Arena / 3PM www.ohpark.com

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CITY NEWS

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT! By Riesa Pascal

They say ‘April showers bring May flowers,’ so be prepared to get a little wet this month! Fortunately the people of Orlando know how to have a good time in rain or shine. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the fun that was had throughout the month of March! Here are all the highlights, just in case you missed it!

The good times are rolling at Universal Orlando’s annual Mardi Gras celebration! Until April 7th, guests to the park can interact with Mardi Gras characters, enjoy delicious authentic Cajun cuisine, and more. On select nights, fans can also hear live music from bands and sing along to popular hits as some of the biggest names in music take the stage, including international superstar and recording artist, Jason Derulo, and awardwinning, multiplatinum chart-toppers, Fifth Harmony. On March 3rd, Orlando Style Magazine invited the city to join us at The 10th Annual Taste of Windermere for delicious food, exquisite wine and great entertainment. All event proceeds go to community grants and scholarships funded by the Central Florida Women’s League Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization of women of diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. The group seeks to enrich the lives of those in the Central Florida community through volunteer opportunities and various fundraising events. After a delicious debut last year, the Seven Seas Food Festival has returned to SeaWorld this spring for a second course! From now until April 15th, guests can discover globally-inspired flavors while enjoying local craft beers and culinary marketplaces throughout the fun-filled park. The fun even goes beyond the sipping and sampling with

live performances from top country, rock and Latin music artists each weekend. The Lake Mary Heathrow Festival of the Arts returned to Oval Park from March 3rd-4th, and visitors from all around the globe arrived for the 31st annual event! The festival’s mission is to produce an outstanding juried show, featuring national and international artists and contemporary craftsman, while raising scholarship money for graduating Seminole County High School Students. The festivities included children’s art, fine arts and crafts, live music and entertainment, food trucks, a kids’ zone and even a VIP tent. From March 9th-11th, Clermont Waterfront Park was filled with food, music and fun as it was taken over by the 20th Annual Pig on the Pond. Attendees of all ages enjoyed the annual waterfront festival with barbecue, live entertainment, carnival rides and fireworks. The high energy festival was hosted by Project Scholars, a non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships and support to local students. The famed Arnold Palmer Invitational took place from March 12th-18th at Bay Hill Club and Lodge, which was owned and operated by Arnold Palmer, the legendary golf professional and namesake of the tournament. This year it had a reduced field of only 120 players, meaning every stroke was more meaningful and the talent was the top in the world. The

tournament is one of the top professional golf tournaments in the world, and one of only five tournaments given “invitational” status by the PGA Tour. The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s largest, oldest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals. The 59th annual event returned to Central Park from March 16th-18th with a wide variety of fine arts and crafts in the following categories: clay, digital art, drawings & pastels, fiber, glass, graphics & printmaking, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, painting, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood, as well as Emerging Artists. The free Festival consistently ranks as one of the top juried fine-art festivals in the country. Downtown Orlando was looking a little green from March 16th-17th, but everyone else was feeling just fine as thousands showed up to celebrate the biggest and best St. Patrick’s Day Party in the city! The St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at Wall Street was a two-day event that featured live music, green giveaways, green beer and a Leprechaun. That’s right, guests of the Block Party had a blast looking out for a Leprechaun on Wall St and his shot of gold!

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The month of April is full of fun events that appeal to art lovers everywhere. If music is your forte, you’ll be on cloud nine at the Florida Music Festival & Conference, which includes three nights of non-stop music and parties. If a great film is what inspires and motivates you, the Florida Film Festival is the perfect place to enjoy hundreds of amazing films. If you’re a film buff and a music lover, the month of April is going to be the highlight of your year, not to mention the busiest! These festivals allow for great memories and stories that will last a lifetime.

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OUR TOWN

FESTIVALtime By Lauren Hough

The Florida Music Festival features known and unknown artists from all over the world. Each night, beginning April 12th and ending April 14th, from 6pm to 2am, you have the chance to fill your body and soul with music from up-andcoming artists playing everything from Pop to Hip Hop, and from Alternative Rock to Country. There will be over 50 artists on a dozen stages spread throughout venues in Downtown Orlando. Past performers include Taylor Swift (in her first industry showcase), The Dirty Heads, Third Eye Blind, Lupe Fiasco, and members of Matchbox Twenty. The best part? All venues are free admission. You’ll be the first to discover the next Taylor Swift while also attending the best party in Downtown Orlando with a crowd united in their love for music, all at no cost to you. The Florida Musical Festival Conference not only allows like-minded individuals to come together and enjoy three nights of great music, but it also connects popular speakers in the music industry with students, musicians, and aspiring industry players. Attendees can network, drop demos, hand out resumes, and learn from people such as Keynote Alumni Jonathan Mayers, the founder of Bonnaroo; Rodney Jerkins, producer of artists like Michael Jackson, Beyonce, and Kanye West; and Steve Robertson, the Vice President of Atlantic Records. If crazy crowds and loud music isn’t quite your scene, attend the Florida Film Festival for 10 days of premier films featuring the best in current, independent, and international cinema. You’ll be able to mingle and network with compatible film lovers, filmmakers, and celebrities.

Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, and Documentary Short Subject. You’ll be able to enjoy the films while sipping on hand-crafted cocktails from the Eden Bar or from the menu inside the theater. The festival is kicked off with the legendary Opening Night Party following the first film, where you can sample food and drinks provided by stellar local restaurants and mingle with other filmophiles (these are people obsessed with films, if you couldn’t guess). Whether you’re looking for strictly entertainment and a good time with film addicts such as yourself, or you’re looking for a place of inspiration, education, and connection, there is no place better than the Florida Film Festival. Each of these festivals bring together the most creative of minds, allowing attendees and performers alike to share their passions with those who understand them. Whether your passion lies in music or in film, in creating or in appreciating, these festivals are sure to nurture everyone’s love of the art.

The Film Festival advertises 180+ films, 20+ world premiers, and 23,000+ guests in attendance beginning April 6th and ending April 15th. Known as “The Festival with A Heart,” the Florida Film Festival is one of the only Oscar-qualifying festivals in the United States in all three shorts categories: ORLANDOSTYLEMAGAZINE.COM |

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CHARITY

RUNWAY TO HOPE Runway to Hope’s mission is to provide direct support and aid to Central Florida children and their families impacted by pediatric cancer. Through partnerships with Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Florida Hospital for Children, and Nemours Children’s Hospital, Runway to Hope fosters collaborative efforts among corporations, local businesses, and philanthropists to not only raise funds and awareness, but also to bring new programs and initiatives to the pediatric cancer community. Through the Runway to Hope Family Assistance Program, direct aid is provided to families who are in desperate need of assistance. Runway to Hope helps cover expenses such as gas, water, electricity, mortgage, car payments, and sadly, at times, funeral and end-of-life expenses. The beloved event has been named “Best Charity Event” a combined total of fourteen times in its eight-year existence by the Orlando Business Journal, Orlando Magazine, and Orlando Style. Runway to Hope was also the recipient of the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Creating Change Honoree by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Florida Chapter. This award was in recognition of National Philanthropy Day in 2017. In association with their Spring Fashion Soiree, Runway to Hope hosts a Bash Weekend for over 150 models to come celebrate at Bloomingdale’s Orlando and pick their outfit to strut their stuff on the runway! Our core team, committee

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members and amazing volunteers create these special days, giving the children and their families a much needed and well-deserved time away from hospitals, doctors, treatment, medicine and the other challenges they often endure on a daily basis. Bloomingdale’s and their immensely kind-hearted staff not only open their doors to more than 150 children and their families, but they also generously donate the outfits to each child so they will feel and look their best on the night of the Spring Fashion Soiree. This year, Runway to Hope’s Bash Weekend took place on March 10th and 11th at Bloomingdale’s Orlando at The Mall at Millenia. The Runway to Hope Spring Fashion Soiree is the organization’s signature fundraising event of the year. The highlight of the evening is an inspiring and heartwarming fashion show featuring more than 150 incredible children, ages 2 through 18, who are currently battling or have overcome cancer. The kids will walk hand in hand with national and local celebrities. In addition to the fashion show, guests will have the opportunity to bid on auction items as well as to dine on gourmet food prepared by the renowned chefs at Rosen Shingle Creek. These events create a moment in time when cancer does not take center stage in the lives of these young children and their families. If you would like to donate to Runway to Hope or to volunteer at one of our events, please visit the website at www.runwaytohope.org for more information.


TRAVEL ‘N STYLE

A PERFECT GETAWAY

By Dana Damato

FOR THE GIRLS

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TRAVEL ‘N STYLE

“We need a girls’ trip,” I said matter-of-factly to my closest gal pal. We live on different sides of Florida’s coast, and we never fail to get together every couple of months for brunch. However, with our busy lives and hectic careers, we needed not just brunch, but a weekend getaway to sip cocktails by the beach and relax. “I agree,” she responded. “Where should we go?” We wanted to go some place chic, on the beach and with plenty of things to do on property as well as nearby if we wanted to venture out. We knew the desired destination was Naples, and the next step was finding the perfect resort to accommodate our stay. After much research, we found the perfect property that seemed to be everything we were looking for and more – the Naples Grande Beach Resort & Spa.

“From the moment we arrived at this beautiful resort, we knew we were in for a full weekend of rest, relaxation and most important…fun!”

Needless to say, it definitely was everything and more than we were expecting it to be. A newly renovated resort near beautiful beaches, live entertainment on property and exceptional dining, and all just a short drive away from the famous 5th Street – we couldn’t have found a more perfect place to go.

There are three swimming pools that include the Mangrove Pool, great for families, with a 100-foot twisting waterslide and beach style entry; the Palm Terrace Pool exclusive for adults, including a whirlpool and private cabanas available with butler service; and Hibiscus Hideaway Pool, offering lap lanes. We spent the majority of our time at the Mangrove Pool, only because there was a live DJ playing some upbeat songs, and we couldn’t help but dance around, go to the bar, get a tan and go for a swim. The Palm Terrace Pool was excellent as well when we wanted to take naps and enjoy some peace and quiet.

From the moment we arrived at this beautiful resort, we knew we were in for a full weekend of rest, relaxation and most importantly…fun! The Naples Grande Beach Resort is the ideal coastal escape for any vacation that requires some peace, quiet and downtime to recharge your batteries. The resort overlooks the infinite Gulf of Mexico on 23-waterfront acres. This exquisite property is home to spacious and chic accommodations, a private beach, rejuvenating spa services, an 18-hole championship golf course, 15 tournament grade tennis courts, and world-class amenities.

When we weren’t at the pool, we were laying out on a cabana on the beach. Lounging around on three miles of powdery, white-sand beaches always makes for a perfect afternoon. From the soothing breezes floating lightly off the stunning Gulf of Mexico to the warm sunshine on our skin, this pristine beach was more than what we were expecting – along with exceptional beachside service. Paddleboards and kayaks are available, and a full array of other watersports, including jet skiing, sailing, parasailing and deep-sea fishing, can be arranged through the concierge team.

Our stay was mostly geared toward sipping cocktails by the pool and the beach, and that was exactly what we did. The property doesn’t just offer one pool for the entire resort though; we had enough options to alternate throughout the whole weekend, and we certainly enjoyed each and every pool.

Of course, when we weren’t working on our suntans, we were working on nourishing our bodies with the exquisite dining on property. We threw our diets out the window this weekend and enjoyed ourselves. It was worth every bite.

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The Catch of the Pelican was our favorite restaurant on property. The restaurant offers vibrant flavors of the Gulf Coast in a relaxed-yetsophisticated ambiance. Offering locally grown produce, The Catch of the Pelican specializes in local seafood such as Snapper, Seabass, and Grouper, as well as choice meats grilled to perfection. Mantra, the newest food and beverage concept to debut in late 2017, is an innovative, Japanese and pan-Asian-inspired open kitchen with bar (we enjoyed both the restaurant and the bar). Inspired by several Asian influences such as Korea and Japan, Mantra features dishes such as Banh Mi sandwiches, noodles, rice bowls, sushi and sashimi. Sake and Asianinfluenced cocktails are hand-crafted by mixologists with unique flavor profiles using fresh, local ingredients. Mantra is the perfect spot to dine and enjoy unique cocktails in a chic, modern and comfortable lounge setting. As much as we adored the resort, the food, the drinks and the entertainment, we wanted to explore the town a bit and see where the locals go to get a sense of culture in Naples, FL. Is this town as extraordinary as the resort makes it seem? We had to check it out. The ‘hot spot’ in Naples is an affluent and trendy strip called 5th Avenue South. From the city to the Gulf, 5th Avenue is home to high-end fashion and jewelry boutiques, world-class spas, unique artwork, entertainment, fine dining and so much more. 5th Street is just a short 10-minute drive from the resort, and in no time we were strolling down the sidewalk amongst some of the most prestigious shops and restaurants in town! We didn’t hesitate to make our way into some of the restaurant bars for a drink and an appetizer. Instead of one meal, we decided to hop around to places such as Bice Ristorante, Ocean Prime

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and South Restaurant and Bar, just to name a few. After a fun night out and about, we couldn’t wait to get back to the resort! A full weekend away with sun, delicious food, refreshing cocktails, great company and a perfect resort with everything we could have ever asked for and more. There was nothing missing from this chic and one-of-a-kind beach resort. With a hospitable staff and a memorable resort experience, we will definitely be having another girls’ weekend at the Naples Grande Beach Resort & Spa. We may even spend time at the spa during our next visit! For more information about the resort, please visit www.naplesgrande.com or give them a call at 239-597-3232 today. See you at the beach!


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BENEFITS OF MORINGA By Lauren Hough

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Every year, it seems that the healthconscious community has a new, novel superfood that they absolutely obsess over. The newest craze these past few years has been the nutritional benefits of a tree indigenous to India that has been consumed for thousands of years: the moringa tree. Also known as the Miracle Tree, it offers enormous amounts of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. And, let’s be honest, who doesn’t struggle with getting the correct amounts of vitamins and nutrients? This tree is teeming with so much nutrition that it’s one of the key foods used to help fight malnutrition around the world. These trees have been proven to help lower blood sugar, slow aging, fight free radicals, fight inflammation, and more. The unique thing about the moringa tree is that multiple parts of the tree are edible and nutritious, from the leafs to the seeds, and to the flowers that blossom upon it. Moringa supplements are the most common form of consumption in the United States and have been hitting nutrition stores by the boatload. The raw leaves can be hard to find, but luckily there are powders and pills that are just as beneficial. According to NutritionFacts.org, moringa contains more iron than spinach, more vitamin C than oranges, and more potassium than bananas. It also contains vitamin A, a vitamin that plays a critical role in maintaining healthy vision and skin. It’s full of antioxidants and calcium, and yes, it’s even a complete protein. You can consume moringa in a variety of ways. The leaves can be eaten raw in a salad, cooked like spinach, or even consumed as a juice or tea. You can sprinkle the supplemental green powder

into smoothies or onto meals for an added nutritional benefit you won’t even be able to taste. The moringa leaf has amazing hearthealth benefits. It reduces cholesterol levels and aids in the prevention of plaque formation in the arteries. It also helps reduce some symptoms of diabetes, supports brain health, and protects the liver. If you’re familiar with matcha, a superfood with common health benefits to moringa, you’ll be surprised to learn that moringa actually has even higher amounts of fiber, protein, calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin A. Sadly, moringa is lacking in Epigallocatechin gallate (we’ll just call it EGCG because yikes). EGCG gives green tea its subtle flavor and is popular due to its potential health benefits. Thankfully, matcha is to the rescue containing 50-55mg of EGCG per gram! Consuming these two superfoods in unison is a force to be reckoned with.

These trees have been proven to help lower blood sugar, slow aging, fight free radicals, fight inflammation, and more.

Here in Central Florida, we have the perfect climate for a moringa tree to grow. If you have a green thumb, plant one in your backyard and watch it flourish year round. You’ll be able to reap the health benefits whenever you want, while beautifying your landscape at the same time. It can even withstand hurricane force winds and the few times a year Jack Frost decides to make his visit. It’s no wonder this tree has been deemed a miracle tree; the benefits seem to be something out of a fantasy. Make consuming moringa a part of your daily routine; your mind and body will be thanking you. Always consult with your physician before trying any new diet or supplement.

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DRINKING PINK SALT (SOLE)

What happens to the body when we consume Sole? By Lauren Hough

In a world where we are bombarded everyday with new and unique ways to increase our intake of essential nutrients, it’s a wonder that we’re not all half-crazy. There are so many things that doctors, researchers, and nutritionalists promote, that you wonder how in the world you’re supposed to keep track of it all. Grab your pen and paper and start taking notes because we’ve got another “miracle product” to add to your ever-growing list of elixirs, whether you want to hear about it or not.

Calm the mind & body Himalayan Natural Crystal Salt Lamp Bring divine harmony to any room with this beautiful salt crystal lamp. Its therapeutic glow of orange hues infuses a natural calm, bringing the mind and body to a gradual sense of tranquility and wellbeing. Try it yourself! $60 / Available at sears.com

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Salt is typically a taboo for most people because, in essence, overconsumption of salt is bad for your health and should be avoided whenever possible. However, Himalayan pink salt is a bit different. It’s a natural, unrefined salt that is packed with over 84 trace minerals. Benefits of pink salt range from boosting energy to detoxifying the body. It’s used in many different forms including Himalayan salt lamps, Himalayan salt detox baths and even Himalayan salt detoxers. But what happens when you drink pink salt? When Himalayan salt dissolves in water, what’s left is a concentrated mixture of those 84 trace minerals that your body desperately needs. One common rebuttal of drinking this salt mixture is that you will be intaking too much sodium. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300mg of sodium per day for most adults. Where regular table salt has 2,300mg of sodium per

teaspoon, one teaspoon of Sole has only 478 mg of sodium, plus all of the minerals your body is aching for. Benefits of Pink Salt Sole • • • • • •

Improves hydration and mineral status of the body Boosts energy Supports hormone balance, thyroid function, and weight loss Promotes healthy hair, skin, and nails Powerful antihistamine Weight loss

How to make Pink Salt Sole • Fill a jar about 1/4 of the way with Himalayan pink salt • Add filtered water to the jar • Place a plastic lid on the jar and shake it • Let sit overnight • Consume one teaspoon mixed with water every morning TIP: There should always be some undissolved salt at the bottom of the jar (this is how you know the water is fully saturated). Always consult with your physician before trying any new diet or supplement.


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director of cancer research and genetics at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center. “I worry women will say ‘I tested negative for breast cancer risk’ based on the results of these three variants and stop getting mammograms. Or test positive and become paralyzed by fear or make poor healthcare choices because of lack of education.” Realizing the limitations of 23andMe’s test, the FDA issued a warning the test should not be used as a substitute for professional medical screenings: “Consumers and health care professionals should not use the test results to determine any treatments, including anti-hormone therapies and prophylactic removal of the breasts or ovaries. Such decisions require confirmatory testing and genetic counseling.” Testing for three out of the thousands of mutations in the BRCA1/ BRCA2 also is a very narrow approach. Only a small percentage of Americans carry one of these three gene mutations most commonly seen in women of Eastern European Ashkenazi Jewish descent. In addition to its limited target population, the test does not rule out other BRCA mutations known to increase cancer risk. “When we narrow the scope like this, we miss the vast majority of women at genetic risk,” says Dr. Moroose. “Genetic testing is complicated and mutations provide a very incomplete picture of a patient’s total risk. Ninety to 95 percent of the time, a woman who gets breast cancer has no identifiable genetic mutation. When it comes to cancer risk and diagnosis, genetic testing is just a piece of the whole puzzle. ” The 23andMe tests, which cost $199, work by analyzing DNA collected via a saliva sample at home that is sent to the company’s lab. Results are returned directly to the consumer, without doctor involvement. 23andMe touts deregulating these lab tests as an opportunity for people to quickly access information about their potential health risk. But doctors are concerned going directly to consumers without medical oversight will result in tests being misread or misinterpreted by patients.

NEW MAIL-AWAY DNA TEST FOR BREAST CANCER WORRIES EXPERTS By Julie Vargo, Editorial Contributor

When you want to learn about your heritage, mail-away DNA tests can be fascinating and fun. But when those tests supply information that can lead consumers to poor healthcare choices, experts become concerned. Such is the case with 23andMe’s direct-tohome genetic test for BRCA1/BRCA2, which recently was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The move enables 23andMe to become the first company to market its cancer-risk test directly to the public without a prescription. The test reports on three variants in BRCA1/BRCA2 genes known to be associated with higher breast, ovarian and prostate cancers. “Simply spitting into a cup and sending it off to a testing company, with no medical support before or after, seems reckless,” says Dr. Rebecca Moroose, a board-certified medical oncologist and the

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When results come back to the Cancer Genetics and High Risk Center at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center, medical professionals go over them in detail. “A genetic counselor has an indepth, one- to two-hour conversation with patients in a supportive environment about their results,” says Dr. Moroose. “We look at all the medical options, offer proactive options and try to empower our patients so they can make the best healthcare choices possible.” For more information, contact the Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center, Cancer Genetics and High Risk Center at 321.841.GENE. Reducing Your Risks To reduce breast cancer risks, researchers recommend that you: • Get regular exercise • Watch your weight • Curb alcohol consumption • Stop smoking – or never start

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LOEFFLER RANDALL STRAW CIRCLE TOTE Finding the perfect summer bag is a struggle for women everywhere, but the neutral tone and woven texture of this round, straw tote bag is everything a woman could ask for. It even comes in a beautiful blush pink color! $295 / Available at loefflerrandall.com

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BELT BAG

The fanny pack just got an upgrade. There’s a new trend in purse wear that people either absolutely love or absolutely hate: the belt bag (you may remember the belt bag’s old, ugly cousin, the fanny pack). Couture brands like Gucci, Balenciaga, and Faustine Steinmetz are all making their own variations of the infamous bag - and they’re cute. They have taken the idea of fanny packs and spun them into a trend that might just stick around. Some strap across your chest horizontally, while others wrap around your hips or waist like a belt. They are an absolute staple this summer for anyone who doesn’t want

By Lauren Hough

to worry about lugging around a heavy purse that just gets in the way when trying to do anything remotely fun. It’s no secret that when most people think of fanny packs they think of the weird neighbor they used to have or the tourist at Disney World that tries to cut you in line, but no longer! Belt bags are not only trendy, but they’re useful. They combine the cuteness of a purse with the convenience of a fanny pack. What more could one really ask for?

CORK SANDALS

It’s not just for your cork board. Cork board has been making a slow and steady rise to fame in the fashion industry. It’s been utilized in almost every accessory you can think of, ranging from purses to shoes and even to watches. Cork board heels are our personal favorite. They go with almost any outfit, giving you an effortless, trendy look in seconds. They can also be easily dressed up or down (which is a definite bonus in our book). Our favorite way to pair these shoes is with white skinny jeans and an off the shoulder top, perfect for date night or a casual day on the town!


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DON’T MISS THE BEAT

In a time when pop music’s biggest icons are busy mastering the art of reinvention, P!ink shines like a constant star in the night— unchanging, unwavering, and unashamed to remain her fierce and vibrant self. If the singer’s memorable solo career of nearly eighteen years has taught us anything, it’s that staying true to oneself will outlast any trendy attempts at transformation. From her 2000 debut album, Can’t Take Me Home, P!nk has remained the brash, bold, tough girl that the world has come to love, with enough daring attitude to light up international arenas. Now, P!nk is taking that attitude across the globe as she kicks off the North American leg of her Beautiful Trauma World Tour. With 48 shows throughout the U.S. and Canada, the songstress is bringing her thrilling set to Orlando’s Amway Center stage, promising to deliver an exciting show that is 100 percent pure P!nk. As a young girl with dreams of becoming an Olympic gymnast, P!nk may have let go of her aerialist aspirations, but that has not stopped her from showcasing her unique physical talents at her concerts. Taking her vocal range to new heights—literally—P!nk dazzles fans as she soars over her crowds for some of her most powerful musical moments. The singer’s tour highlights her seventh studio album, 2017’s Beautiful Trauma. After years of honest, vulnerable emotion expressed in ironically tongue-in-cheek lyrics, P!nk takes her passion for life, love, and self-discovery to an even higher plane in what has come to be the most confessional of the pop queen’s albums.

motherhood. The album reveals such cool conviction that it might even make the P!nk from Missundaztood seem like a shy American sweetheart. Although the “So What” singer has never been afraid of showcasing her angst for ex-lovers, Beautiful Trauma takes an up-close and personal look at her relationship with Hart. Without fail, Beautiful Trauma is not lacking P!nk’s bluntly brazen persona, with some lyrical phrases that feel more like a melodic punch to the face than a radio-ready one-liner. On “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken,” she sings, “There’s not enough tape to shut this mouth,” as she beckons lovers and listeners alike to believe that she’s nowhere near the end of the road. The album serves as the window to P!nk’s usual romantic dissonance with songs like “Whatever You Want,” but for the first time, the singer opens the door to her domestic home life. In “Better Life,” she strips down her hard-edged defiance and bares her soul as a woman yearning to be the wife for which her husband longs. From her open honesty to her steadfast ferocity, P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma is fresh enough to be her debut album and triumphant enough to be her last—but as her latest collection of commanding anthems declare, she’s nowhere near stopping. Don’t miss your chance to see the incomparable P!nk as her Beautiful Trauma World Tour visits Orlando’s Amway Center on April 24.

While P!nk has taken a lengthy five years since her last album, she has certainly come to a mindset of renewed perspective—the most nourishing of fodder for creative inspiration—by raising her two children, Willow and Jameson, with husband Carey Hart. Beautiful Trauma offers a glimpse into the deeper caverns of the artist’s heart, as she sings with a voice of confidence, uninhibited in her new role of

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BARFLY 6 YEARS of fine wine & dine. Winter Park Wine & Dine Spring Edition

TASTE OF COLLEGE PARK College Park’s best night out! The Taste of College Park Food and Wine Festival is a fun evening combining food, wine, and live music! Whether you’re a self-proclaimed wine connoisseur interested in sampling the vast array of wines supplied by College Park’s best restaurants and distributors, or you’re just looking for a casual night out listening to live music with friends, you are sure to have an amazing evening. Food samples are provided along with the wine, and local retailers will be there holding silent and live auctions that you’re not going to want to miss. The Food and Wine Festival is the Rotary Club of College Park’s biggest fundraising event, raising

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more than $30,000 in previous years for local charities like Ronald McDonald House of Orlando, Princeton Elementary, Lake Silver Elementary, and scholarships and awards for College Park students. The festival brings together people of all ages and communities. Held every spring, this year it will be taking place at the Historic Dubsdread ballroom on Thursday, April 19. Don’t forget to mark those calendars, and invite friends, family, co-workers, or even clients out for a fun night on the town!

Orlando’s best restaurants, wineries, bakeries, breweries, and distillers came together for the 6th annual Winter Park Wine and Dine Fest, offering three hours of delicious samplings that had mouths watering all afternoon. What’s better than an unlimited premium liquor bar, unlimited glasses of wine, and unlimited food and dessert samplings? It was a perfect day to spend outdoors listening to live music; the sun was shining and the ambience was perfect. Indoors was a DJ spinning fun music that attendees were dancing to all evening. The food was supplied from restaurants such as Seasons 52, Kona Grill, BRIO Tuscan Grill, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant and more. The deserts were my personal favorite part, supplied from Sweet! by Holly, Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, The Father’s Table Cheesecake, and more! If you missed it, don’t miss the Derby de Mayo on May 5 for great food and spirits, live music, Kentucky Derby viewing, and fun contests with cash prizes!

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CELEBRITY SOUP

Celebrities Banned From Foreign Countries These celebs won’t be touring these destinations any time soon!

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By Riesa Pascal Last month we brought you the first half of our two-part series on celebrities who have been banned from foreign countries. (Can you believe the list is so long that we had to split it in two?!) If you missed the previous countdown, be sure to pick up a back copy of our March issue so that you can get all caught up. For everyone else, keep reading below to check out our next set of celebrity offenders:

BEYONCÉ Queen Bey has twice been forced to call off concerts in Malaysia due to the provocative nature of her shows. The country has since banned Beyonce from ever touring, performing or even entering their borders due to their strict Muslim leadership, which deems her to be too immoral. THE BEATLES When a country bans you from their borders, just let it be! During a 1966 tour, the Beatles caused a outrage when they declined an offer to attend a breakfast reception at the Presidential Palace with First Lady Imelda Marcos. Local media incited the furor, and the band was swifty banned from the country as a result. SACHA BARON COHEN Unsurprisingly, Sacha Baron Cohen was banned from Kazakhstan due to the offensive and politically incorrect way in which he portrayed the country in his film Borat. However, in a surprising turn of events, the ban was eventually lifted, thanks to the influx of tourism the movie brought the country which seemed to help the government see the funny side. AKON Award-winning singer Akon was banned from Sri Lanka in 2010 after the release of his “Sexy Chick” music video. The video featured a sexy pool party in front of a statue of a Buddha, which caused an outrage and spurred violent protests in the nation’s capital. CHRIS BROWN Along with Canada and Australia, Great Britain temporarily banned Chris Brown from entering the country as a result of his abuse against Rihanna. The criminal offense and subsequent ban cost him a highly anticipated appearance in a Michael Jackson tribute show. SNOOP DOGG Though temporary, famed rapper and vocal marijuana enthusiast Snoop Dogg was banned from Norway for two years after being caught at the airport with (what else?) eight grams of marijuana in his possession. I guess some old habits die hard!

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Dating is one of the most anxiety-provoking occasions we face as humans. But let’s be honest, men get the short end of the stick when it comes to dating. The pressure is on them to impress. Gentlemen, you want to look good and feel good, but it’s easy to get caught in the trap of wanting to impress a date so badly that you forget key preparations you need to take before a date that can make or break you. If you’ve got a big date coming up, we suggest you continue reading.

TIP ONE is to groom yourself. Shave what

needs shaving, pluck what needs plucking, and clean what needs cleaning. Your date will be less than impressed if you show up with a 5 o’clock shadow and your breath still smelling like your lunch. Women notice the smallest details, so don’t forget to trim your finger nails and don’t “shower” with cologne - we can tell the difference.

TIP TWO is to wear what makes you

comfortable while at the same time dressing appropriately for the occasion. You don’t want to show up to your date’s house and realize you’re grossly under dressed. Impress her by wearing a sporty blazer with a slim fitting trouser and dress boots. Accessorize with a watch, a tie, or a pocket square if the occasion calls for it.

TIP THREE is to clean your car. A mistake

many men make is focusing so hard on their appearance that they forget their car needs the same amount of TLC that they do. Plan ahead and clean your car the day before a date so you’re not pressed for time and potentially make yourself late (not to mention smelly).

TIP FOUR is to make sure you wallet is well

fed. Plan out a budget for the date, but always plan for more, just in case neither of you want the date to end. You don’t want to go out for drinks or dessert after dinner and realize your funds have already been depleted!

TIP FIVE is to do your research. It’s totally

okay to stalk her social media to find out a little more about her. Plan out some questions to ask in case the always-dreaded awkward silence arises. It’ll help to calm your nerves and make her feel special that you noticed things about her.

Though all of these tips will make an impression, the most impressive thing a man can do on a date is to be himself. Be confident, be relaxed, and most importantly, be you!


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THE NEW PORSCHE 911 The Porsche motorsport department

is presented Weissach’s latest treat at the Geneva Motor Show: the 911 GT3 RS with motorsport chassis and 383-kW (520-hp), four-litre, highspeed naturally aspirated engine. The new highperformance sports car is based on the 911 GT3, which has been refined still further to combine the performance-enhanced engine with a running-gear setup that features re-calibrated rear axle steering designed for maximum dynamics and precision. The 911 GT3 RS accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 312 km/h. Following the launch of the 911 GT3 and the 911 GT2 RS, this latest release will see Porsche present its third GT road-approved sports car within a year.

Aerodynamics and interior based on the race trim: Aerodynamics have determined the design of the wide, weight-optimised body with its classic rigid rear wing. The racing look continues into the interior with full bucket seats made of carbon to provide secure lateral support in response to high-level driving dynamics. Lightweight door panels with storage nets and opening loops, reduced sound absorption and the new lightweight rear lid further emphasise the consistency of the material choices.

The most powerful naturally aspirated engine at 520 hp: The four-litre, six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine from Porsche in the new 911 GT3 RS pushes the sports car to new limits: The flat engine delivers 15 kW (20 hp) more than the engine in the previous model and the 911 GT3. Together with a speed range reaching up to 9,000 rpm, it was the ideal choice as a thoroughbred sports engine. Combined with the specially calibrated seven-speed PDK, the highperformance engine guarantees an outstanding driving performance.

Motorsport-inspired chassis and Clubsport package: Technology straight from motorsport ensures that the chassis offers exceptional driving dynamics. Ball joints on all arms provide even greater precision than conventional elastokinematic bearings. 20-inch lightweight wheels with newly developed 265/35 sports tyres on the front axle enhance agility and steering behaviour, while 21 inch wheels with 325/30 tyres at the rear axle improve traction.

no extra cost. The package includes a roll-over bar, a manual fire extinguisher, preparation for a battery disconnect switch and a six-point belt for a sporty driving experience.

Weissach package and magnesium wheels for additional weight savings: For particularly ambitious drivers, the Porsche motorsport department has created an optional Weissach package for a further weight reduction. The package features additional carbon components for the chassis, interior and exterior, as well as optional magnesium wheels. In its lightest configuration, this package reduces the weight of the 911 GT3 RS down to 1,430 kilogrammes.

Market launch and prices: The new 911 GT3 RS is available to order now. It will be launched in Germany from mid-April 2018. Prices for the new high-performance sports car start at 195,137 euro, including VAT and country-specific equipment.

As with all current GT sports cars, the Clubsport package is also available for the 911 GT3 RS at

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SPRING YOUR HOME’S VAULE

It’s Spring Cleaning 2.0

By Yngrid Lindores

This cost of living is constantly increasing, yet the places we call home can remain stagnant in value. Sometimes a tight budget or pressed time can be seen as reason to keep home looking stale and uninspired. From eroding paint to raggedy furniture and crowded corners, this outline will help you increase the value of your space and achieve a more chic, thoughtfully edited home, without emptying your wallet. 1. Think open: Try hanging pots and pans with wall-mounted hooks or a hanging rack. Another option is to create open shelving by removing a few overhead cabinets. Both are easy ways to increase the visual space of your kitchen.

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2. Update cabinet handles: Replacing generic or old cabinet handles in the bathroom and kitchen can do wonders. When shopping, look for handles that are functional but also keep in line with the overall aesthetic of your space.

3. Get new outlet and light-switch plates. These fixtures are notorious for getting dirty overtime. So, either replace the plates or paint the plates, after a good run down of rubbing alcohol, the same color as the surrounding wall. 4. Refresh the trim: Beat-up, dirty looking trim gives a subtle impression that the whole house is dingy. Eradicate this by repainting the trim. This will give your space a sharper look. 5. Get the nitty gritty: Use grout paint pens to give bathroom tiles, and subsequently the bathroom, a fresher look. 6. Fix-up the front yard: Spend time weeding the yard and laying down dark mulch. The point here is to keep the landscape simple and attractive.

CIRCLE CIRCLE, DOT DOT Interior designers have decided to double up on the trendiest print: circles. This season, it’s more about mixing various circular patterns, than it is about a single print. It might sound overwhelming, but if executed correctly, you’ll end up with a chic space that looks ahead of the curve. The trick is to mix the print from small to large, for example: a small pattern should be something like a micro dot, a medium pattern could be a polka dot and a large pattern could be basic graphic circles. The technique of mixing two to three different sizes, going from small to large, will keep things tidy and interesting. Polka dots translate well as wallpaper so, try it out on the entry hall or the dining room. 60

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Also, keep in mind that any compact room with little upholstery can be transformed with a lively mix of circles and dots. If you’re not feeling quite so adventurous, just try adding circle print or dotted pillows, of various sizes, on to your couch; this technique is both easy to live with and far more interesting than basic pillows. The point is to exercise your creativity, so don’t be afraid to venture past walls and upholstery in order to consider other surfaces for dot decor. What about a charming polka-dot printed tabletop or wooden chair? Enjoy the process and you’ll be spot on, every time.


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IN THE KNOW

ALL EYES ON YOU SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM

Almost everyone uses some form of social media. For some of us, it’s a secret indulgence that gives us a euphoric high – who needs exercise, shopping, or that glass of wine at the end of the day when 100 likes or 300 reposts will do it. For others, we have no pretenses about the message we are putting out to the world – here I am, look at me! We sometimes forget to filter ourselves on social media and post things that we would not normally say or do in public. While there are plenty of benefits to using social media, there are also downfalls too. As a personal injury attorney, the first thing I tell my clients is do not post anything on social media that you would not want to hear read back to you at a deposition! While your personal injury attorney should work hard to protect your privacy, sometimes it’s out of our hands. If you are seeking compensation for an injury, it’s up to your attorney to utilize all available evidence to prove that you are, in fact, injured and the extent of those injuries. Just as your attorney is gathering this evidence, you better believe that the other side is doing the same thing. Insurance companies and defense attorneys will be scrutinizing anything that they can get their hands on and reframing it to downplay your injury. One way they often do this is through your social media posts. If your accounts are open to the public or somehow accessible to the other side, you can count on them seeing the posts you have put out to the world. Your attorney can try to prevent a jury from seeing these posts, but the fact of the matter is that most cases resolve without even having to file suit. The issue in those cases are that your attorney cannot undue what has already been done or in this case - what has already been seen. If on the other hand, your case is in litigation, then you also risk having to reveal even private posts in discovery regardless of any expectation of privacy that you may have had. Avita M. Samaroo, Esq., M.B.A., Associate with NeJame Law & Mark NeJame jointly contributed to this article

the pictures to illustrate their fabricated story or the words to narrate it on a silver platter? Even seemingly innocent posts can be used against you! Take for example a hypothetical situation where someone has injured their neck in a automobile accident and is making a claim for their injuries. Now let’s say, this person decides to get away for a couple of days to get some in some rest and relaxation. Perhaps they find it difficult to walk or sit at a desk for extended periods of time but they are able to lie on the beach or soak in the ocean without any difficulty. And let’s say that as so many of us do, this person decides to post pictures of themselves doing these things and enjoying themselves with their loved ones. While their actions are not inconsistent with their injuries, the other side may attempt to use these photographs to create a new narrative. They can use the social media posts to argue that this person’s pain and suffering is not a reality. Social media is the ultimate form of surveillance. Just put yourself in the other side’s shoes. If you wanted information about someone, where would you start? After a basic internet search, you would undoubtedly, turn to the major social media outlets. Poor social media decisions could jeopardize the value of your claim. Below are a few words of caution for those pursuing a personal injury claim: 1. Be careful what you post. Posting anything online after an accident could be used against you. Treat your social media posts as they will be discovered! 2. Be cognizant of who your friends are, who is following you and any new friend requests. 3. Take advantage of all privacy settings offered and make sure those in your network do as well. 4. Always consult with a skilled personal injury attorney.

In my line of work I often hear insurance adjustors or opposing counsel attempt to reframe my client’s story. Most of the time it’s easy to rebut their position because it’s speculative. Why serve them

Mark NeJame

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SPOTLIGHT ON REAL ESTATE

WHY SHOULD I INVEST IN

By Hooman Hamzehloui

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE? The economic crash of 2008 sent

commercial real estate prices into a free fall. According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Real Estate, property values plummeted by 10.6% in the fourth quarter of 2008. As we all know, it only got worse from there. This created a spectacular buying opportunity for savvy investors. They didn’t have to reach for low hanging fruit. All they had to do was pick the fruit off the floor. Commercial real estate investors don’t make emotional buying decisions. Investors are primarily focused on getting the highest return on their investment while minimizing their risks. Usually the deals with the highest risk offer the highest rewards. A perfect example of this is a shopping center we sold to a client in January for $1,525,000. The property consisted of 149,000 square feet, sitting on 15 acres of land at a very busy intersection. Now this center was only 50% occupied and it needed some renovations, but it was still bringing in a net operating income of $166,000 a year. The main tenants of this center were Cash America Pawn and Mcdonalds. One doesn’t need to be Donald

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Trump to see the value in this acquisition. Our client started with a fresh coat of paint and the center started to come to life. Prospective tenants began to fill the vacancies and the net operating incoming slowly started to climb. The Mcdonalds ground lease will soon be closing for over $1,500,000 dollars and our client will be playing on the house’s money. Within a year, they will have received all their money back, and they will have a shopping center that will bring in over $200,000 dollars a year until they decide to sell. As their occupancy reaches closer to 100%, that net operating income will only continue to rise. With annual escalators in the leases, that number will eventually reach north of $350,000 to $400,000 a year. Can you say “Show me the money?” This was such an incredible deal because it required a little work and some strategic planning. There are plenty of buying opportunities out there that will produce similar results. Keep in mind that in the game of high risk, high rewards real estate investing, it is imperative that you use the help of a seasoned commercial real estate professional. Before you choose your broker, ask them to show you their

recent resume of investment sales. Ask them to show you the letters of recommendations from their past clients. Don’t just take their word for it, look up the transactions online and verify if the numbers that they’re bragging about match up to the numbers recorded in the public record. The numbers don’t lie, but swampland sales people do.

Hooman Hamzehloui 407-985-4621 Hooman@MastersRealty.com


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ORLANDO’S WHO’S WHO

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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 of Orlando.

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RANIA ARWANI, ESQ.

Arwani Law Firm PLLC. Mother, wife, family law attorney, business owner, women’s rights advocate and philanthropist are just some of the hats Rania Arwani wears on a daily basis. Although, as the daughter of business owners, learning the ins and outs of the family business through nightly discussions around the dinner table, Arwani never expected she would one day own her own business. Her first plan was to be a stock market analyst. However, after graduating and working in that field for a short period of time, she felt that something was missing. “I realized analyzing the stock market was not my passion,” she said. A personal epiphany led her to discover an unexpected career path: “I was born to be an attorney,” she added. “It’s my true calling.” Although changing career paths wasn’t easy, she knew it was something she needed to do. Her inspiration came from watching another attorney passionately advocate for the women she represented. One day in particular, as that attorney stood in the courtroom and gave voice to a young, frightened and abused woman who could not speak up for herself, Arwani looked on in awe, and thought to herself, “that’s what I want to do with my life.” “Change can be scary,” Arwani said. “But if you

take the time to look at others for inspiration and advice, your journey doesn’t have to be a lonely one. It’s important to realize your passion, but it’s just as important you not be afraid to ask for help and guidance when you need it.” Once she acknowledged her true purpose, she relentlessly pursued it and worked countless hours to achieve her goal. Like many women, though, she found difficulty in trying to find the balance between work and home. Some days, she says, feels she has three full-time jobs, wife and mother, attorney and business owner, and those days tend to be very hectic. Her secret to making it work, however, is to always remember to take time to create those special memories with her children while they are young. “We love to visit the Magic Kingdom,” Arwani said. “It’s a regular weekend spot for us.” Arwani and her legal team are committed to resolving their clients’ complex legal issues, helping families find common ground, and reducing conflict and tension. “Divorce is rarely easy,” said Arwani. “Our goal is to create an environment where families can work together to resolve their differences and move forward with their lives. Our philosophy

here at Arwani Law Firm is that it is possible for our clients to move from a place of failure of a marriage to a place of acceptance and then, hopefully, to a point where they can envision a positive transformation and future for themselves and their families. It’s a privilege to be chosen to help them through this difficult transition, and we take this responsibility very seriously.” On a global scale, Arwani said her mission is to make a difference in the fight against domestic violence. She is driven by this mission in all aspects of her life and seeks to inspire others to do the same. Arwani is committed to use her knowledge, talents and resources in the fight against domestic violence. In addition to representing women through her practice, she volunteers for the Orange County Legal Aid Society in representing abused women and children. Her goal is to educate women in abusive relationship to identify the signs of abuse, and encourage them to speak up, not only for themselves but also for their children. “If I can save the life of just one woman or one child through my fight against the scourge of domestic violence and violent abusers,” said Arwani, “all my life’s work will be worth it.”

55 E Washington St., Orlando, FL 32801 | 407-254-0060 | www.ArwaniLawFirm.com

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RESOULUNA Advanced Aesthetic Therapy Resouluna is a boutique luxury aesthetics

Florida our success is rooted to our co-

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MATT ANDRE While studying Finance at Florida State University, Matt Andre came across an ad for a mortgage broker position in Winter Park. He got his license before he graduated and landed a position with the firm Interlachen Residential Mortgage Company. He had worked at Interlachen for a year and a half when a great opportunity opened up. Family friends Joe and Rob Nunziata founded FBC Mortgage, LLC (“FBC”) in 2005. They knew that Matt would be a good addition to their new company. FBC quickly grew into a national lender working with many of the largest real estate firms and builders in the country. Matt’s dedication to top-class customer service has also been very good for FBC. Mortgage Professional America has twice featured Matt in its $150 Million Dollar Club and he’s been recognized as one of the country’s top 10 Loan Originators by many national & local publications including Broker Magazine, Scotsman Guide, Origination News and Mortgage Executive Magazine as well as Orlando Business Journal, Orlando Home & Leisure and Orlando Magazine. His reputation and work ethic have made him the preferred lender for many builders and realtors in the Orlando area. Matt also reached a rare milestone in February 2017 when he closed his one-billionth dollar in career loan volume! Matt and his family live on Sylvan Lake in Sanford where they enjoy any activity on the water and watching college football with their friends & family. 300 Colonial Center Parkway, Suite 134 Lake Mary, FL 32746 407-377-0276 www.mattandre.com

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DIANA BOLIVAR Diana Bolívar & Associates

Diana Bolivar is a global citizen with deep roots in Orlando. Born in Colombia, she has been a resident of Orlando since 1988. She is the Principal for Diana Bolivar & Associates and the Vice President for Complete Quality Roofing CO, (Revildor), a residential roofing construction company she co-owns with her husband, Luis Quevedo. Diana has been instrumental to the development of the business landscape of Central Florida. Her business experience and cultural elasticity led to the opportunity to serve a global community through her own international consulting business development firm, Diana Bolivar & Associates. Her varied portfolio of clients includes the Orlando International Airport, PromoExport Puerto Rico and Florida Abolitionist.  Yet, since hurricane Irma hit, Diana and Luis have kept busy re-roofing Central Florida with their Florida roofing company, Revildor.  Their motto is to treat every home the way they would want to be treated by a contractor.  They advocate for clients with insurance claims and assist the homeowner by going above and beyond the scope of work.  “Revildor has become part of the solution for their neighbors in Central Florida,” Diana says. When she is not busy running her companies, Diana is advocating for children’s rights, education, and victims of violence, to name a few.   Recently, Diana joined a community of non-partisan leaders in Central Florida, including Dick Batchelor, former legislator and long-time children’s activist to advocate for the Children’s Trust in Orange County. There is a shortfall in resources to meet the needs of Orange County’s children.  Orange County is the only metropolitan area without a Children’s Trust. Diana also serves on a roundtable with other cross-sector leaders for a special project, led by Mark Brewer, president and CEO of the Central Florida Foundation. This project will impact our emerging talent pool in Central Florida and education’s impact on the community’s quality of life through the Central Florida College Access Network (CF-CAN).   Additionally, Diana is fervently committed to working with Tomas Lares, President of Florida Abolitionist. Diana, a survivor of abuse and violence, joins Florida Abolitionist’s plight to end human trafficking, the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. Children, teens and adults from every state and social status are forced, coerced, or manipulated into becoming sex slaves. Reports rank Florida third in the nation for human trafficking “I want to help take Florida out of this ranking,” concluded Diana. Diana pays it forward by continuing to mentor young women in our community and is a big fan of Athena Orlando Women’s Leadership. “We have remarkable women in our community and many are represented in the leadership of Athena locally,” says Diana. To learn more about Diana visit: www.dianabolivar.com or follow her on Twitter: @Diana_Bolivar3

2875 S. Orange Ave. #500-1515 Orlando, FL 32806 | P: 407-432-7916 | www.dianabolivar.com

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KIM GOEHRING 2017 MCBC Builder of the Year

The MCBC is proud to announce Kim Goehring from Goehring & Morgan Construction as their Custom Homebuilder Member of the Year for 2017. As the Central Florida housing market continues to flourish, one company is consistently recognized for its quality workmanship and business integrity. Goehring & Morgan Construction has teamed for over 35 years to build stately, custom homes throughout the area. The company’s reputation and leadership has been affirmed by numerous regional and national awards including: • Builder of the Year by the Master Custom Builder Council 1999, 2010 & 2017 • Builder of the Year by the Home Builder’s Association of Metro Orlando • Best of Show 1999 Street of Dreams • Parade of Homes category award winner • Inducted into the Greater Orlando Builder Association Hall of Fame in 2017 • Chosen to build the nationally recognized New American Home • And many more…. Kim Goehring was an active member of and past President of the prestigious Master Custom Builder Council and the HBA of Central Florida (now GOBA). He was also selected as “Builder of the Year” in 1998 for the MCBC and the HBA. Goehring and Morgan have also been very active in community service including building villas at Give Kids the World, the village for children who have life threatening diseases in Central Florida, and helping to build the Monster House in Sanford for a returning wounded war veteran as well as many other MCBC charitable projects over the years.

“It is very heartwarming to see Kim’s efforts being continually recognized by his fellow builders, his peers, and the MCBC. His love for the building industry was his pride and joy and now to see the recognition on his behalf is such a blessing to his legacy.” — Tannis Goehring

According to MCBC Executive Director Pam Davis,“We were so honored to have Kim as a member and hope to continue his generosity within our community. In honor of Kim Goehring, we have renamed our ‘MCBC Builder of the Year’ award to the ‘Kim Goehring MCBC Builder of the Year’ award. For it was Kim that set the standard of how an MCBC member should conduct themselves, so what better way to honor him than to name our most prestigious award for him? A great hole has been left in our group that cannot be filled. He was a shoulder to lean on, not only for newer builders just getting started but for the established builders too.”

Goehring & Morgan Construction, Inc. | goehringandmorgan.com | P: 407.650.2022

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ELYSE MAYER

DESIGNS

Elyse Mayer Designs Elyse Mayer is the Owner and Lead Interior Designer at Elyse Mayer Designs. Her natural talent, eye for luxurious design and her entrepreneurial ambition are just a few reasons she is the featured Designer for Orlando Style Magazine’s “Who’s Who”. If you have been searching for an Interior Designer who stands out from the rest, look no further. Elyse Mayer Designs is bringing a new and fresh outlook to design in the Orlando Area. She believes that designs are not just about “trends” but should be a reflection on her client’s lifestyle for years to come. Her passion for design started with Home Staging. Working with highend vacation rental and residential properties, she realized that luxury design was her true passion. Her simple staging then quickly escalated to complete residential remodels, high-end decorating, and spatial planning. Transforming spaces and creating unique designs are just a few reasons for Elyse Mayer Designs’ success. Elyse’s custom design process is simple to follow and allows her clients to set their own design prices. Working closely with clients, she makes sure that her designs fit the client’s lifestyle and visions. Her timeless, clean, and modern designs are universally loved and delivered with expertise and quick timing. Elyse’s most recent projects in Orlando have focused on family-friendly designs that do not compromise a luxurious and high-end feel. Her favorite places to find inspiration are Park Avenue, Lake Eola and Mount Dora. Contact Elyse Mayer Designs today to learn about all the ways your home can be transformed from bland into a luxurious custom space that you look forward to coming home to! Not just a design….your design.

Elyse Mayer Designs, LLC 407-477-4606 www.elysemayerdesigns.com

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GLAD MESSEROFF Glad Messeroff has been a Central Florida resident since 1973, spending the last 14+ years as a Realtor, currently with Coldwell Banker. In her role, Glad has dedicated all of her time to ensuring that her clients find the homes of their dreams, as well as realizing the potential of their real estate investments. As a former Vice President of a local bank, Glad has an innate understanding of the financial needs of her clients and how crucial they are in evaluating properties that will maximize their investment. This includes the anticipation of future real estate values. Glad is continually humbled and complimented by clients that continue to reach out to her for assistance with all of their real estate transactions. Their continued trust in Glad and her abilities make it very easy for her clients to confidently refer her services to their friends and families. It is due to her success and reputation that Glad was named an Orlando 5 Star realtor for 2018. As a busy mom of four children, Glad realizes that every family is unique. By listening and understanding the needs of her customers, Glad can gather the right information and target the perfect location of properties that will fit their lifestyle of their families. Realizing the critical role digital marketing plays in ensuring listings reach the right audience, her family-oriented real estate team includes her son, Jon Messeroff, who is both a Realtor and Digital Marketing professional. “My recent experience with Glad as my real estate agent was refreshing to say the least. I have bought and sold multiple properties, and this was the easiest experience I have had. In our initial meeting about what I was looking for, she actually listened to me about what my needs and desires were. From that moment on, I left everything in her hands. Her knowledge of the real estate market, the neighborhoods and areas, and the buying process in general was impressive, and streamlined the entire process. This was the first real estate purchase that I can truly say was painless.” – Julie C. Glad is happily married to Robert Nadeau Jr., General counsel for Akerman Senterfit. Her daughters currently attend college, and her sons are Digital Marketing and Real Estate professionals.

Jon Messeroff - Realtor and Digital Marketing Professional.

“It is a pleasure for me to serve this beautiful community that I love. Everyday is a gift, enjoy it!”

Glad cherishes the opportunity to give back to the Central Florida community. She served on the Boards of the Orlando Shakespeare Festival and the Make-AWish Foundation’s Wishmaker’s Ball. Glad has also handled the finances for a Congressional campaign and served on the Orlando Regional Realtor’s Association Governmental Affairs Committee. It is in capacities like these that Glad has been able to work towards improving the community she loves. “It is a pleasure for me to serve this beautiful community that I love. Everyday is a gift, enjoy it!” For more information about Glad, please visit www.GladSellsHomes.com

400 S Park Ave Ste 210, Winter Park, FL 32789 | Cell: 407-497-0132 P: 407-647-1211 | www.GladSellsHomes.com

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WHO WE ARE Park Lights Hospitality is proud to call Winter Park home. Luma on Park defined what eating well in our area means. Then we continued our passion down the road with the inspired simplicity of wood-fired, Italian fare at Prato. And now we’re bringing that local connection to classic American dining with our newest concept, Luke’s. Regardless of the concept, our core beliefs shine through. We’re not about culinary trends or trying to recreate another city’s environment. We’re about quality ingredients, well-prepared, used to elevate the entire experience. A more flavorful entree. An unexpected cocktail. A deeper discussion. Bringing them all together in unexpected and memorable ways.

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Blending simplicity and inspiration, Prato celebrates cuisine from Italy’s rich culinary landscape, seamlessly blending Italian classics with modern techniques and seasonal ingredients.

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Inspired by the culinary traditions from coast to coast, our trusted team delivers carefully curated oysters, a high-quality raw bar, an array of soups and sandwiches, and entrees cooked over an open fire grill and rotisserie.


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Why should I choose Custom over the designer brands? Most importantly, you can give her a oneof a kind piece of jewelry that you helped design. It can be “as unique as your love story”. When you buy a designer brand ring, as the end consumer, you are paying for every billboard, magazine ad, etc. it took to brand that line. Not only are you paying more, but you are giving her a ring that hundreds, possibly thousands of other people already have. When you buy a custom ring you pay for materials and labor only. Therefore, we are able to give you the highest quality of cut diamonds, not only the primary stone, but all of the surrounding stones are cut to the most strict specifications. Combine that with finest quality of craftsmanship and she will have a ring on her finger that is not only elite in quality but it was made just for her. Why not just buy a diamond online? If there’s ever a time when you need someone who has your back, it’s when you are trying to determine the value of a diamond. Go to any online diamond website, enter all your specs (size, shape,color,clarity,etc) you will have hundreds of diamonds come up even though you’ve entered specific criteria. Let’s say you selected GIA certified one carat round , G color, SI 1 clarity. Your choices will range in price from under $4,000.00 to over 10,000.00, why? What is the overall quality of the diamond rough that your diamond was cut from? Is the diamond hazy, milky ,or glassy? Or just plain lifeless? Are there visible imperfections in the diamond even though it’s SI-VS clarity? Does the diamond hold color even though it’s a H-I in color? How is the overall brilliance of the diamond? You won’t find the answers to these questions printed on a diamond certificate. However, it’s a well known fact in the diamond industry that any of these will greatly diminish the brilliance,value,and marketability of the stone.

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Let’s say you chose the $4,000.00 diamond because you thought it was the best deal.

Unbeknownst to you the diamond you chose had undoubtedly had one of these undesirable characteristics . Yet they sold it to you anyway. At Victoria Jewelers we will prepare a layout of several stones , all within your criteria and budget. At that point you can compare them to one another in person. This is something you can NOT do online. These stones have been hand selected out of hundreds of stones that didn’t meet Victoria Jewelers strict standards of quality and brilliance. This experience is the polar opposite of buying a diamond online. What separates Victoria Jewelers from other local jewelry stores? We have been doing business in the Orlando area since 1987. We have expanded twice, and we are getting ready to take over another larger space in Baldwin Park. We are family owned and operated. We have strong values, and that is of the utmost importance. When you walk into our store, you will know you are dealing with true professionals who take pride in what they do and are grateful that you chose Victoria Jewelers. Our staff of in house master jewelers, custom jewelry designers, CAD designers, stone setters, and graduate gemologists have over 250 years of combined experience. We also have the only on site AGS accredited gem lab in Central Florida. This is the most educated and experienced group of jewelry experts you will find in one store anywhere. However we pride ourselves on being humble, good listeners, and excited to help you create that something special. None of our employees are paid commission, so there is never any pressure. Our customers feel that. We are different, We love what we do. Check out our reviews online to see what our customers have to say.


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SPECIALTY: At Stoneybrook Dental we specialize in CARE with stateof-the-art dentistry utilizing CEREC® one-visit, same-day ceramic crowns, Invisalign, clear braces, Myobrace® therapy, soft-tissue laser, digital radiography and dental implants. We CARE by providing a relaxed, positive atmosphere with inspiring sounds, aromatherapy, massage dental chairs, monitors in the ceiling and nitrous oxide upon request. Dr. Wardlaw believes in painless dentistry focused on prevention. We are a comprehensive dental practice treating all ranges of General and Cosmetic Dentistry. As a member of the Holistic Dental Association, we treat the mind, body, and soul with homeopathic approaches to treatment. AWARDS/HONORS: Dr. Wardlaw has received multiple community outreach awards while serving 10 years in the Army Dental Corps and throughout her training and research at Howard University College of Dentistry and Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Blessed to be a blessing Dr. Wardlaw is a missionary of 13 years through her not-for-profit Inspired Purpose, Inc. Receiving the 2017 Distinguish Alumni Award from her Alma Mater, Howard University College of Dentistry. She is a certified speaker, trainer and leadership coach as an Executive Director on the John Maxwell Team. Dr. Wardlaw has been featured in Oprah “O magazine”, Entrepreneur and Fortune magazines, Dr. Wardlaw continues to place God first, to serve others and be a forever student. WHAT SETS HER APART: She treats people, not just teeth. “We ask questions and listen because we CARE.” She has a God-inspired dental practice, which means ethics and positivity are not in question. CHARITABLE WORK: Dr. Wardlaw is a missionary who serves in the ministry of dentistry both in Central Florida and abroad. She serves in Nigeria, South Africa, Dominican Republic, Albania, Ghana, Jamaica and Haiti through InspiredPurpose.Org. She is a dental correspondent 6 days a week heard both nationally and internationally as DrWendiDDS. “A Healthy Mouth is a Healthy You.®” Dr. Wendi is walking out the call to serve others. FROM DR. WENDI’S DESK: Dr. Wendi teaches, “An infection in your mouth is an infection in your head traveling either up (your brain) or down (your heart). Research continually shows the connection of oral bacteria with heart disease, strokes, low birth weight babies, diabetes, pulmonary disease and many cancers. We believe education and information decrease fear and disease. Oral health doesn’t stop with your teeth; you cannot be healthy without a healthy head because “A Healthy Mouth IS a Healthy You®”. Be healthy and be blessed.”

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Many people think assumptions are a big part of my business, but in reality, the facts are what matter most. There are a number of assumptions people have in mind when thinking about retirement planning and these assumptions can often de-rail a retirement plan. Let’s look at a few common assumptions: “I can earn income for as long as I wish to.” Many things that are out of our control can change this assumption such as: A change in your company may down-size you out of a job. A family member’s health decline may require your help. Your own health may change in an adverse way. “Inflation will always stay low.” As we are seeing right now, rates can increase. Monetary policy from the Federal Reserve is constantly under scrutiny and ever changing. We have been hearing of the potential for multiple rate increases this year. A portfolio review will be necessary to see what impact interest rate increases will have on your retirement.

YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ASSUME! By Nancy Hecht, CFP®, AIF®

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“I will always be healthy.” As I mentioned in the first assumption, health issues have a way of de-railing the best laid plans. An illness, accident, or injury happening to yourself or a loved one can take a lot of time and money. You may have Long Term Care Insurance to cover yourself and your spouse, but what about a parent, child, or grandchild that is in need? Take it from me, a prolonged illness from a parent takes a financial, physical, and emotional toll that can be greater than you can imagine. Please, don’t get caught on the wrong side of an assumption. Certified Financial Planner™ is a federally registered mark of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. This mark is awarded to individuals who successfully complete the CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements. Certified Advisory Corp offers Financial Planning and Asset Management for a fee. Certified Benefits Corp offers Employee Benefits Consulting. Certified Insurance Corp offers Insurance Planning. TransAm Securities, Inc. offers Securities • Member FINRA, SIPC.


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SPOTLIGHT ON THE LAW

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT DEPOSITING CASH INTO THE BANK CAN RESULT IN YOUR GOING TO PRISON

By Mark L. Horwitz Criminal Defense Attorney Law Offices of Horwitz & Citro, P.A. Offices in Orlando and Tampa P: 407-843-7733 mark@horwitzcitrolaw.com www.horwitzcitrolaw.com

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There is nothing illegal about having currency, however, federal laws impose reporting requirements on banks, financial institutions, and regular businesses. The reporting requirements of a bank impact not only the bank but also the bank customers. A deposit of over $10,000 in currency into a bank customer’s account requires that the bank submit a Currency Transaction Report (CTR) to the Treasury Department. This form is utilized by the Treasury Department for various purposes including: tracing cash into a bank, deciding whether to open a criminal tax investigation, or just keeping a historic record of cash deposits.   Many individuals are aware that the bank is required to fill out a CTR, which is sent to the Treasury Department for currency deposits greater than $10,000. Not as well-known, however, is the fact that banks are required to fill out Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) if the bank has any reason to believe that the cash is being deposited in such a way as to avoid the bank filling out a CTR. There are many factors which trigger the bank’s filing of a SAR. One of the most common reasons for SAR’s being filed is several deposits under $10,000 in a short period of time. For example, if a customer deposits $8,000 on day one, $9,000 on day two, and $7,000 on day three; the $9,000 and $7,000 deposits will each cause the bank to file a SAR.   Most individuals think that they can break up a large cash deposit because they do not want the bank to file a CTR or for other reasons. By breaking up the deposit, the bank customer has unknowingly committed a Federal felony commonly called STRUCTURING. An arrest by the Federal authorities, prosecution and imprisonment can result. The crime of structuring is not dependent upon the source of the money. Therefore, currency that was legitimately earned and tainted by no criminal activity can be the basis of a structuring prosecution.   The necessary intent to be convicted of structuring was considered by the Supreme Court of the United States. The Supreme Court

held that it was necessary for the government to prove that the bank customer acted “willfully”. That meant that the government had to prove that the defendant knew that it was illegal to break up the deposit to avoid the bank filling out the CTR. Such knowledge is different than the customer deciding to avoid the CTR, not knowing that to do so was a crime. Congress, however, changed the law so that the Government does not have to prove that the defendant knew it was illegal to structure the deposits but only that the deposits were in fact being broken down into less than $10,000 to avoid the CTR. The result of Congress’ change of the structuring law is that a citizen with no criminal intent can be convicted of the serious felony of structuring and spend years in prison for making deposits of less than $10,000. The fact that the money was legally earned and not tainted by any criminal conduct is not a defense.   A troubling aspect of allowing such convictions involves the conduct of the Treasury Department and its supervisory authority over banks. Many would argue that the Treasury Department should require banks to post signs to its customers warning them that dividing up a $10,000 deposit is a crime punishable by imprisonment. Have you ever seen such a sign in any bank?   Many people are surprised to learn of this federal law allowing a conviction when a defendant had no idea that they were violating the law. Another troubling aspect of a conviction without proof of criminal intent is that the government can then seek to forfeit the defendant’s assets, including such things as a home purchased with money that had been earned legally but deposited into the bank in amounts less than $10,000. This law allows a person not only to be deprived of their liberty but also their property including their home.


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BEST FRIENDS

MIND THE BENEFITS OF A FURRY COMPANION By Yngrid Lindores Good health is a state of complete mental, physical and social well-being. In this day and age, it is near common knowledge that the companionship of animals can improve the state of mind and body of a person. After all, there is no end to the companionship, love and elation a pet can bring to one’s life. Claudia Velez, 24, has a packed schedule: maintaining an apartment with a full time job while completing online courses toward a bachelor’s degree. She may have a lot on her plate but admits that being a cat owner helps her stay grounded. She adopted her cat, Gray, from a rescue team and hasn’t looked back since. “I know that when I get home from wherever, he’s going to be there, you know, he’s going to be by the door waiting to see me coming in. Like even, in the mornings he comes and cuddles next to me, in bed. It’s comforting to have a pet come and say ‘good morning’ to you, in that sort of way,” Claudia Velez said. Clearly, taking care of a pet can provide a sense of validation to the pet owner because there is someone relying on you, who looks to you with loyalty and esteem. “He’s part of the family, I mean, he is a lot of responsibility, but he brings happiness kind of like a family member would. Sometimes he can be a huge

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pain but the happiness outweighs it, especially since I have a small family, it just makes it feel like there is someone else there,” she stated. This is perhaps one reason why people feel a special attachment to their pets: there is a familial, unconditional love resonant. This special connection is part of the scientific occurrence researchers are calling the “human-animal bond”. Experts such as Dr. Matthew Chin have found that the human-animal bond is similar to the already well known humanhuman bond. “The scientific study of human-animal interaction is currently in its infancy. As more and more research is conducted over the coming years, we are sure to discover many more surprising aspects of our relationships with animals,” said Dr. Matthew Chin, who is an Instructor in the Psychology Department at the University of Central Florida. As of right now, pet ownership can be an enriching and positive experience for animals and humans alike; as long as people enter the pet-ownership role after much careful deliberation and research. Dr. Chin also has a special recommendation for pet owners, new or veteran: please acknowledge that a pet, of any kind, is first and foremost an animal. It is important to learn as much as possible about the way your animal experiences the world.

“Your animal can only experience things from its perspective, not from yours. I think a lot of people tend to forget that. To foster a closer bond with a rabbit, for example, it would be useful to research how rabbits experience the world,” Dr. Chin said. Enjoy the process of becoming a pet owner. Consider this: not only can an animal as a companion offer social support, particularly during times of stress, but you too can offer the animal support. Moreover, there are a lot of homeless animals that could truly benefit from the support of people. Animal shelters, rescue groups, pounds and humane societies are great places to keep in mind when searching for a pet. The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando estimates that more than 10,000 homeless companion animals will enter through their animal shelters this year. Consider diminishing the plight of relinquished or homeless pets occupying shelters. You both may find a better state of being within each other. 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.


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Orlando Style Magazine April 2018 Issue  

Orlando Style Magazine April 2018 Body & Soul Issue. Featuring Orlando's Who's Who, Health, Beauty, Style, Fashion & More.

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Orlando Style Magazine April 2018 Body & Soul Issue. Featuring Orlando's Who's Who, Health, Beauty, Style, Fashion & More.

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