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Professional model Krystle Wilson gives us insight on keeping up a sparkling career, world travel and starting a family, without missing a beat.

While he may head towards destinations on his bucket list, he tells us that what often sparks his interest in locations are other photographers.


CONTENTS ISSUE 003

FAMILY FE ATURE S Model Family - Summer Johnson

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Travel With Bender: One Family, 68 Countries, and a Lifetime of Learning - Nicole Stanton

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WOR L D S T OR IE S International Everything - Brittany Templeton

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Barnutopia - Brittany Templeton

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Chateau Monfort - Summer Johnson

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NOURISH Spa Town Tourism Brittany Templeton

M US E S & ME RCHANTS Ethiopian Fashion and Sustainable Practice: Welana Sets the Trend - Anne Foong

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Jewelry to Brighten your Day Brittany Templeton

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A Great Day for Clay: Pet Mugs in Paradise - Adam Charles

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PHO TOGRAPHY S POTLIGHT Capturing Culture - Experiencing Life Behind a Lens - Brittany Templeton

T R AV E L E R ST ORIE S

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The Predator becomes Prey Nicole Stanton

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D E S T I N AT I O N HIGHLIGHT

Lugano - Brittany Templeton

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The Hamptons Dakota Arkin

Luxury & Romance on the Greek Isles - Summer Johnson

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FO U N D E R SUMMER JOHNSON

SENIOR EDITOR DAKOTA ARKIN

O P E R AT I O N S D I R E C T O R SANDY ANDERSON

C OV E R D E S I G N IKER FERNANDEZ

DESIGN JESSICA BAILEY & IKER FERNANDEZ

E D I T O R I AL SUMMER JOHNSON, MEGAN COLLIER, LAUREN JOHNSON, ROSANNE MURRAY, ANNE FOONG, NICOLE STANTON, ADAM CHARLES, BRITTANY TEMPLETON, REESE DOWLEY & DAKOTA ARKIN

M AR K E T I N G JENNA JACKSON & ILKA PANDILOVSKA

O P E R AT I O N S JANNET NAZARENO

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FOUNDER’S LETTER - SU M M ER J OHN SON Welcome to issue #003 of Upward Magazine. We have lots in store for you this month as we focus on Planning for Summer Vacations. I think we have a few good options for you. For our cover story, we have Fashion Model Krystle Wilson sharing on family, travel, and career. Our top location destination this year is Lugano, Switzerland. While exploring Milan and Venice earlier this year, I took a train to Lugano and stayed at the Hotel Lugano Dante’ in the center of town. This hotel gave the perfect backdrop to the classic fairy tale that is

summed up in this whimsical place. Swiss infrastructure perfectly balanced with the lush vegetation of Monte Bre’ gives you the best of both worlds. So in this issue of Upward, one of our writers Brittany Templeton who lived in Lugano for four years, will share with us how great it is as a long-term stay. We are excited to share stories on Czech’s Spa Town, Milan, and lots of inspiration for your next trip. So no matter where you travel this summer or how long you stay, we hope that your trip will be all that you dream of, and full of surprises!

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NO.1 Family Feature

MODEL FAMILY

TEXT: SUMMER JOHNSON / IMAGES: KRYSTLE WILSON & ARMANDO CABRAL

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Professional model Krystle Wilson gives us insight on keeping up a sparkling career, world travel and starting a family, without missing a beat.

I arrived at a restaurant in Fort Greene, Brooklyn earlier than I had planned. I noticed the morning mommy crowd getting thicker, catering to breakfast for families. I started answering a text and saw my cracked iPhone screen, which I still needed to get fixed, staring back at me in an unforgiving manner. My perfectionist tendencies kicked in and I decided to keep it hidden throughout the interview. Krystle arrived with her adorable two-year-old son, Lukas. When she walked in, everyone in the place could tell she was a model, even at nine months pregnant! We introduced each other and at some point I caught sight of the cracked screen on her cell phone. It was a relief to see that we are all humans, and soon we were laughing about nearly destroying our phones. Lukas, whose manners were like those

of a well-groomed adult gentleman, sat situated with headphones and educational games. Krystle describes the ins and outs of being a model, her love story with fellow model/entrepreneur Armando Cabral, and the changes motherhood brings. This is no regular life. From humble beginnings, this American beauty has been the face of major clients such as Gap, J. Crew, Forever 21 and Saks 5th Ave. Although Krystle was living the wonderful life of a model with all of the trims, at a certain point in her career, she felt ready to start a family but was concerned about her future as a fashion model. Nevertheless, Krystle followed her desire. It also doesn’t hurt to be lovely on the inside and out, as Krystle is. She found favor with an agent whom she worked with in South Africa, who encouraged her to continue to model

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during her first pregnancy, and she quickly began working with an agency for pregnant models. At first, Krystle was intimidated by the idea of how her life would change after having children,

but that didn’t stop her from doing what she loves. Modeling and family were both a dream come true for Krystle, and she wasn’t willing to compromise one for the other. She says that her friends who model are amazed at how she still works. “Most

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"Modeling and family were both a dream come true for Krystle, and she wasn’t willing to compromise one for the other. "

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"Bring one of everything... jeans, dress, sweater, jacket, heels, flats...all in one suitcase."

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of them just couldn’t wrap their minds around having children at this point in their career,” she says. Krystle tells them that their exciting careers do not have to end because they start a family, and neither does travel. She even makes the point that, “it becomes more fun, because of all that a child can bring to the table.” She tells me how many of her friends were nervous about bringing children on airplane. This is one scenario that most new parents become apprehensive about before booking a flight. Krystle makes sure that Lukas has plenty of activities and gives him a variety of snacks so that he doesn’t get bored. Another tip she makes for traveling with children is to pack very lightly. “Bring one of everything... jeans, dress, sweater, jacket, heels, flats...all in one suitcase.” She learned this while moving through Europe and South Africa for different modeling jobs. She would sometimes travel on trains where having less luggage really comes in handy, and makes a much more relaxing trip as well. Krystle and Armando love to travel, which is fortunate because their company, Armando Cabral, is manufactured in Italy, where they visit the factory twice a year. They also both have family members who live outside the U.S., and so they frequently visit her relatives in Antigua on their island estate or Armando’s parents in Portugal. It takes real effort to make sure their families know the children. The couple even decided to build their vacation home close to Armando’s parents outside of Lisbon in Cascais.

"One of Krystle’s favorite sites for family trips is the small town of Civitanova, Italy. "

One of Krystle’s favorite sites for family trips is the small town of Civitanova, Italy. It’s close to the town where they acquire handmade shoes for the Armando Cabral brand. Given that it is on the seaside, Lukas enjoys picking pebbles and shells out on the sandy shore. Krystle and Armando love the cobblestone streets and pasta in town. It’s always a trip she looks forward to. She says that another favorite destination is Stockholm. This city is full of families and has a wonderful infrastructure that caters to children. It is also a plus because the attitudes of the people cater to families as well. Krystle recalled being in Sweden for a photo shoot when all of a sudden a child had a raging temper tantrum in the middle of a restaurant floor. The raging child’s mother just kicked back like the rest of the restaurant and ignored it. Though Lukas wasn’t the culprit of any tantrums, at least that time, she says Stockholm gave her an outlook on parenting that made allowances for the normalcies of childhood. Krystle’s laid-back yet planned out approach to parenting and career is refreshing to see, and I’ll continue to take notes-

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NO.2 Muses & Merchants

E T H I O P I A N FA S H I O N A N D SUSTAINABLE PRACTICE

WELANA SETS THE TREND

TEXT: ANNE FOONG / IMAGES: WELELLA NEGUSSIE OF WALANA

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“Every human being deserves to be respected and loved.”

he company was started by two childhood friends, Welella Neguisse and Anna Papadopoulos, born on different continents— Africa and Europe—but raised together in Berlin, Germany. Twenty years of friendship, a strong love for Welella’s native Ethiopian culture and a desire to help people fostered their vision to create something that could effect real change in Ethiopia. Welella is a former United Nations worker and Anna has a background in business, which together they fused to create Welana. Welana (a combination of their names Wel and Ana) tackles the lack of employment opportunities with a special focus on female empowerment, and employs female weavers to help lift women out of poverty. In turn, Welana has introduced Ethiopia’s

intricate hand weaving techniques to the world market, showcasing its magnificent beauty and artistry all while empowering local communities through sustainable income development. The textiles integrate traditional Ethiopian patterns and designs with European minimalist style. The materials used such as cotton and eri-silk are also sourced locally in Ethiopia.Welella and Anna’s firsthand exposure to the struggles in Ethiopia had a life-changing effect on them. It cultivated in them a yearning desire to help people there live a dignified life that they believe all people deserve. Welana partners with non-profit organization Connected in Hope and an Ethiopian fair trade company, Sabahar, which provides fair trade standards, fair payments, provision of health insurance and pension with additional community benefits.

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Welana tackles the lack of employment opportunities with a special focus on female empowerment, and employs female weavers to help lift women out of poverty.

Welana aspires to show local Ethiopians that as individuals, “they have the capacity to generate an income and sustain their own livelihood.” Welana helps them capture the world’s attention and share their brilliant colorful products.

Welana sells these beautifully handcrafted and designed shawls, throws and towels, all while emphasizing the importance of conscious consumption. They even have a reuse and recycle program to help protect the environment. Such is the extent of Welana’s approach to honest living by not wasting valuable resources but creating a continuous cycle.

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Welella and Anna’s first hand exposure to the struggles in Ethiopia had a life-changing effect on them.

One woman in Ethiopia writes: “My mother carried fuel wood from the jungles near Kolfe to the markets in Addis Ababa. She would take me to the forest to help and I would struggle to carry my bundle in such long distances. Today my life is very different because of Connected in Hope. Connected in Hope pays for my transportation to work in Entoto. We are all producing more

and selling more. I am learning English. I am able to support my three children as well as my sister and her daughter. The children are all in school. When my income increases I will be able to buy a refrigerator. I hope my children will be educated and get a decent job so they don’t have to face what I faced.” Welana is a role model in sustainable fashion, putting people first.

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NO.3 World Stories

INTERNATIONAL EVERYTHING THE WOMAN WHO DOES IT ALL, AND INSPIRES YOU TO DO SO TOO.

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“...have conversations with people around the world, to understand how to help make the future brighter for them and their communities...”

Having lived, worked and studied in 12 different countries, Flynn Coleman is nothing short of impressive. As an international Human Rights Attorney, Coleman also wears the hats of numerous other titles, such as TEDx Speaker, teacher, author, innovator and even former competitive athlete. With her endless list of accomplishments, it’s her unique attitude that stands apart. She chooses to focus on others and give credit to her surrounding support as a collaborative effort. Speaking on the success of her nonprofit, Coleman tells us that “it does take a village, and we stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us. From my family and closest friends, to the people I admire, near, and far, to those I have learned from and those I work with, no one does anything alone.” Speaking so compassionately, Coleman further expresses that one of her most cherished accomplishments is founding Malena <http:// www.malena.com/>. Malena addresses economic

development and human rights in innovative ways. Partnering with groups of people, often who have overcome enormous odds, Malena supports them in growing their businesses and empowers their artisans and entrepreneurs economically. Ultimately, providing them with a global market to share their skills, their craft, and their stories. Ever growing, Malena has now partnered with Kiva Zip to launch an innovative new platform to support these communities. “Regardless of the destination we finally reach, my mission is to invest in people so they can invest in themselves how they so choose, to support positive social impact for people worldwide. Social entrepreneurship provides a great avenue for creative problem-solving and action, so that together we can solve the world’s toughest problems and truly have a beneficial impact on people’s lives;” Coleman said of the future of Malena.

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An avid traveler, Coleman has always loved adventure. Her first experience abroad was living with a host family in Italy — an experience which transformed her worldview. The passion she developed for communities around the world has transferred into everything she does. “One

of my great joys in life is to adventure, wander, and have conversations with people around the world, to understand how to help make the future brighter for them and their communities, so they can make their own choices about their lives;” Coleman says.

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"Celebrating originality, authenticity, romance, and the creative life of purpose and passion, anything is possible… if you can dream it, you can do it.”

A native of southern California, Coleman tells us about the places that inspire her. “Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables is my favorite story, in the most idyllic sense, it might be the Bohemian era in Paris, where the wanderers, adventures, creatives, writers, artists, civil rights advocates, and other non-conformists came together to change the world through art and culture. Celebrating originality, authenticity, romance, and the creative life of purpose and passion, anything is possible… if you can dream it, you can do it.”

that we are all the same underneath it all. David Mitchell sums it up, when he says: travel far enough, you meet yourself.”

She urges readers that even after all of her experiences, she is still afraid each time she sets out on a new adventure. Yet, she reminds herself that it’s human to be afraid, to embrace that fear and do it anyway. As Rainer Maria Rilke said, “outside of our comfort zones and in the uncertainty is the adventure that awaits us, in living the questions.” Malena has been a truly powerful gift to Coleman. Without her Flynn Coleman’s passion for life continues to experiences and passion for travel, she says she inspire each person who crosses paths with her. may not have ever been given the opportunity As Hans Christian Andersen knew, to travel is to strive and make her impact on the world. to live. Coleman explains “travel is a way of life, a metaphor for our journeys as human beings, a What will be next for this empowering and road to connecting with ourselves and others, a innovative change-maker? The answer is simple: way to learn about our common humanity, how to continue. “To continue on with my life’s work to help others, how to widen our perspectives, of endeavoring to uplift communities, support and a path to seeing that the world is both so huge social impact, and advocate for people’s rights, and beautifully diverse, and yet also so small, and voices, futures, and freedoms worldwide.”

To follow Flynn Coleman’s adventures and the exciting progress of Malena, visit her website at flynncoleman.community

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NO.4 EXPERIENCING LIFE BEHIND A LENS

Capturing Culture TEXT: BRITTANY TEMPLETON / IMAGES: ANDRE L. PERRY

Spending countless hours flipping through photography magazines at Barnes & Nobles, Andre Perry quickly realized his interest. A graduate from the Art Institute of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, Perry hasn’t put down his camera since he first purchased it in 2000. A travel guru and photography extraordinaire, Andre has certainly found his niche for combining the two. With Nigeria and Rio de Janeiro his top two photo locations thus far, his next stop is also in Brazil: Bahia. A spontaneous, yet careful traveler, Perry has taken travel photography to a whole new level. While he may head towards destinations on his bucket list, he tells us that what often sparks his interest in locations are other photographers.

So what does Perry’s creative process look like? First and foremost, Perry likes to keep it simple. When traveling as a photographer, he only brings one camera and one lense. “I try to keep the amount of equipment to a minimum and secured in a compact bag. I also make sure to always have outlet converters for all my electronics.” It’s easy to spend all his time behind a camera while traveling, but Perry manages to balance his work as a photographer well with experiencing the locations visited. “To be honest, when I’m behind the lens it doesn’t feel like work. I don’t feel like I’m missing anything because when I am shooting, I am also engaging with my surroundings and interacting with my subjects!”

For example, Perry booked a flight With a true eye for capturing culture, to Rio de Janeiro just minutes af- photographer Andre Perry makes you ter seeing a Ben Watts shoot for GQ feel like you’re a local. there. How’s that for spontaneity? The energy captured is nothing short Perry focuses on capturing the en- of pure talent. So what’s next for Perergy and excitement of each culture ry? Simply put, he says traveling and and country he steps foot in. Even with lots and lots of photos. Follow Perthe language barriers, hand gestures ry’s travels through both his eyes and Google Translator have gotten him and the eyes of local communities at through nearly every scenario. andrelperry.com. UPWARD MAGAZINE - 20


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Perry focuses on capturing the energy and excitement of each culture and country he steps foot in.

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NO.5 Family Feature

TRAVEL WITH BENDER ONE FAMILY, 68 COUNTRIES, AND A LIFETIME OF LEARNING

TEXT: NICOLE STANTON / IMAGES: JOSH & ERIN BENDER

Some of us do it when we are young, others seek it when we are older; and then there are those who are lucky enough to be born into a traveling family. Meet the Benders. They have traveled to more than 65 countries since leaving their Perth, Australia home in 2012 and they have been traveling the world nomadically ever since.

nomadic journey, taking regular holidays. On one holiday we realized we were saving money by vacationing rather than living in Australia. We weren’t doing laundry or cleaning our home. We were just enjoying life and it cost less than our ‘normal life.’ The idea started to grow and it took my husband two years to convince me to set off for an open-ended life of travel. In the end he promised Erin is the matriarch and the woman with the “unplan.” it would just be six months and I agreed. It’s now been “The purpose of our open-ended, unplanned, round-the- four years and counting.” world trip is to discover amazing places for families. We have stayed in hostels and five star luxury resorts, traveled “My kids were two and three when we left and now, at six on scooters and cruise liners, danced with leprechauns and seven, they have been to 65 countries,” Erin says. and abseiled down seaside cliffs,” says Erin. Travel With Bender, the family’s blog and ultimate guide to family With such a big world out there it would appear difficult travel, is dedicated to help make family holidays amazing to pick the next destination. Erin says, “Often we are with destination guides and expert travel tips. Erin says, invited to new destinations, sometimes we have a wish “From packing to accommodation to sightseeing, you’re list, but more often than not it’s just a general feeling and covered when you Travel With Bender.” whatever comes together. For example we wanted to go to Florida from New York. We knew we wanted to How does a family become a nomadic family? Erin stop in Nashville, but we ended up staying seven nights explained, “Josh and I were avid travelers before our instead of five because we loved it. It’s very flexible.” UPWARD MAGAZINE - 24


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“Kids see the world in such a beautiful way. Everything is fresh, amazing and awe-inspiring and they reinvigorate their parents’ journey too.” It all sounds too good to be true. We asked Erin about how their children handle a constant traveling lifestyle “Travel is great for kids,” Erin says. “They are sponges and soak up languages, culture, and information. Our kids watched The Sound of Music the day we went on tour in Salzburg, Austria. They learned about tidal systems in eastern Canada, where they have the highest tides in the world. They learned about U.S. presidents when we visited Mount Rushmore. It’s an education that is memorable.”

Their educational experience is far broader than what could be taught in a traditional classroom.”

The big question that stands out for most parents is about schooling. Do you have to be a teacher to homeschool your kids? “Travel is supplying the best part of their education,” Erin explains. “It teaches them geography like no classroom can. They learn basic science museums all over the world. They can count to 10 in four languages.

Check the Travel With Bender <http://travelwithbender. com/> blog for plenty of tips about cheap flights and accomodations, and of course how to pack.

At the moment, Caius and Mia utilize online educational programs and the family also carries a few reading, writing and math workbooks on the road.

Erin has the following advice for prospective family travelers:, “Do it. Don’t put it off. Kids see the world in such a beautiful way. Everything is fresh, amazing and awe-inspiring and they reinvigorate their parents’ The hardest challenge Erin can think of was potty journey too. You’ll do more for your kids by immersing training their son Caius since the houses always changed. them into an interesting new culture than you could In addition, like many travelers know, illness is always recognize. Kids are resilient so it’s never too early to hard on the road. start traveling.”

“Traveling with kids is easier than you think. And cheaper than you ever thought possible,” says Erin.

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NO.6 Eco

LIONFISH: A BEAUTIFUL MENACE TEXT: NICOLE STANTON / IMAGES: NICOLE STANTON

T H E L I O NF I S H, AL S O KN OW N AS T HE DEV I L F I REF I SH , I S T H E M O ST WAN T E D CRE AT URE AL O N G ALL O F TH E C A R I BB E AN AN D L AT I N AME RI CAN COASTLI N ES.

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ntil recently I had pretty normal hobbies: running, reading, cooking...but my newest pastime, Lionfish hunting, seems to catch people off guard. Dressed in my finest bikini, with a three prong Trident Hawaiian sling in one hand, and a large grab bag in the other, I spend about an hour or two every afternoon free diving under abandoned piers or around coral reefs on the South Shore of Vieques looking for Lionfish. The word “lion” brings to mind large majestic creatures that rule the African savannahs with only one predator—the human. The same is almost true for the lionfish—however, there is one key difference: these beautiful tiger-striped fish, with feathery fins that arc out like a peacock in full strut, are wickedly venomous. The Lionfish, also known as the devil firefish, is the most wanted creature along all of the Caribbean and Latin American coastlines. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) has described them as “one of the most aggressively invasive species on the planet... their species has been called the biggest ecological disaster ever to hit the Western Atlantic.” While no one is certain how this Indo-Pacific fish made it to the Caribbean, many believe it is due to aquariums releasing the fish after realizing that lionfish eat all the other fish. Why are they so dangerous? The ocean relies on a delicate balance between the reef fish and the coral reefs—the reef fish eat nutrients and algae off the coral and allows the reefs to remain healthy and continue to have biodiversity. The lionfish consume juvenile grouper, snapper and

other species that play an integral role in the health of tropical water ecosystems. Since lionfish thrive so well in nutrient-rich waters, ocean researchers have found that the presence of lionfish has decimated native marine life on some reefs by as much as 95%. “In 2006,” says Mark Bras, lionfish hunter and Vieques Trust Oceanographer, “I net caught my first lionfish. Ten years later, I caught my 1000th. I have no idea how many I have shot. Sometimes, when we filet a large fish we find up to 40 small fish inside.” Adult lionfish have very few natural predators and are very good hunters. Their venom, located on their spines, is deadly to most creatures and while it is rarely fatal to healthy adults, will cause extreme pain, sweating, respiratory problems, and paralysis. The good news is that lionfish taste good with a light white meat comparable to grouper or snapper. Many chefs agree that the fish is a great substitute for almost any white fish recipe and have added Lionfish ceviche, sushi, sashimi and grilled filet to their menus. In 2010, NOAA started the Lionfish-as-food campaign, emphasizing that the fish are venomous when they sting but not poisonous to consume. “The hope is that we can eat our way out of this mess,” says Mark, as he carefully pulls a recently shot fish off his gun and into an ice chest. “We often try to catch the small ones and bring them back to our aquarium so the children can come and see them. It’s part of our active learning program.” Currently, divers are encouraged to kill lionfish. Many schools have started implementing lionfish hunting into their marine biology curriculums. The hope is with awareness and support from the restaurant community, the battle against the lionfish will start to reduce their numbers. If you are interested in more information or videos about the fish and wildlife in Vieques, or the Caribbean, please visit their website http://www.vcht.org/

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NO.7 Muses & Merchants

JEWELRY TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY VIRGINIE MILLEFIORI

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Colorful creations with a sassy style and a tasteful touch — this is the inspiration behind Virginie Millefiori Jewelry. New York City based since 2010, French native Virginie has embraced the positive and playful side of life by creating the ultimate jewelry brand. Inspired by her European roots as well as

While this rainbow chaser is nothing short of an inspiration for any aspiring international entrepreneur, she still had quite the path to get to where she is today. Originally trained as a chemical engineer, she quickly realized upon graduating that she was destined for a more creative career. She changed course and pursued her Master’s Degree in Marketing, and landed a job as an assistant product manager for Kenzo Perfume in Paris. As she was simultaneously starting out on her own very young and creative brand, she was able to explore her own niche in the industry.

the colors of each destination she explores, Virginie strongly believes that bright jewelry will always make for a brighter day. This is exactly what her brand focuses on. Whether you’re sailing the Greek Isles or hiking the waterfalls of Iceland, her playfully positive jewelry is sure to put a smile on your face.

After what seemed like endless nights and countless hours, Virginie gives Upward Magazine’s readers advice that comes from a place of experience. “Being a solo entrepreneur is definitely the most difficult yet rewarding adventure I have ever taken.” There are two main lessons Virginie has learned as a business owner. The first:, “Fully express yourself as who you really are, and don’t try to fit into a trend.” The second:, “be resilient.” Virginie explains that although she may have wanted to give up countless times, it is important to always push forward. “The

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key is to keep going, even when everything renew with fresh ideas and perspectives and seems hopeless,” says Virginie. locking ourselves in a room with a giant to-do list doesn’t help that!” It is inspiring to see how she balances a career and husband while still experiencing the world. With Virginie’s unique background, She focuses on setting boundaries. She says, “It wanderlust inspired brand and positive is important to block out times in your calendar personality, the world has become her for friends, fun activities, outdoor time and office, and she loves it. She explains how sport. The mind needs room to breathe and every day is different. “ Depending on the

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priority of the moment, I can spend my day making jewelry at my bench using classic metal-smithing tools or I can be enameling pieces by mixing pigments. Other days I am shipping orders, answering emails, taking pictures for my website and social media.” Whether this workaholic is daydreaming of her next holiday destination, or glued to her computer, she is always finding inspiration in every corner of her life.

With Argentina, Thailand and India at the top of her list, it’s suffice to say, we are all interested to see what innovative ideas these countries spark in her and for her brand. Head over to http://virginiemillefiori.com/ to browse her uniquely hand crafted pieces and brighten your day. Afterall, who can resist smiling at a brand that translates to “a thousand flowers”?

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NO.8 Nourish

H O W O N E C Z E C H C I T Y P E R F E C T LY C O M B I N E S H E A LT H A N D T R AV E L

SPA TOWN TOURISM TEXT AND IMAGES: BRITTANY TEMPLETON

Ever hear the phrase, “I need a vacation from my vacation?” I never quite understood that until I reached the magical spa town of Karlovy Vary, in western Czech Republic. If you’re keen to experience a steam inhalation session or a sulphur bath, it’s time to check out Karlovy Vary. If thermal baths or centuries-old treatments aren’t your thing, this city is engulfed in forests and rolling hills, making it the perfect destination for bikers, hikers or lovers. Sample

the mineral-rich water or have a drink at the riverside cafés. Listen to live jazz musicians downtown, or decorate your very own ceramic creation. Located at the confluence of the Teplá and Eger Rivers, the town of Karlovy Vary is about 74 miles from Prague. It is the largest and most famous spa town in the Czech Republic. The town was founded in the 14th century by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV.

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SPA TOWN TOURISM

If you’re keen to experience a steam inhalation session or a sulphur bath, it’s time to check out Karlovy Vary.

According to legend, the emperor had it built soon after the discovery of thermal springs by his hunting companions. By the 16th century, the spa was being enjoyed by many of the noble families and wealthy townsmen. Only a few buildings from that time have survived. Most of the landmarks date back to the 18th and 19th centuries, during which the town experienced its golden days. Karlovy Vary became an important venue for gatherings, visited by the scientific, po-

litical and artistic elite including Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Joseph I, Josef Dobrovský, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Sigmund Freud. Karlovy Vary remains popular among today’s elite with regular visits from Jude Law, Antonio Banderas, John Malkovich, Robert De Niro, Renee Zellweger and John Travolta to name a few This city will relax your mind, rejuvenate your soul and restart your body.

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NO.9 Travel Stories

LUGANO SWI SS B L ISS - THE P ER FEC T SU M M ER E S C AP E

TEXT & IMAGES : BRITTANY TEMPLETON

While many believe I majored in Yodeling, punching holes in Swiss cheese and taste testing swiss chocolate, what I did do was live in a magical city for four years. Lugano, Switzerland should be on everyone’s bucket list. With the crisp morning air running through the streets, the Italian Alps directly before you, the yellow and red tulips tangled with scents of magnolias, you begin to question whether you’ve entered a Hollywood set or if this sight is truly reality. This was my immediate thought the first time I entered Lugano at 17 years old. As the largest town in the holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is one of Switzerland’s most important

financial centers, as well as a town of parks, flowers, villas and sacred buildings. With Mediterranean flair, Lugano offers all the advantages of a worldclass city, combined with the cachet of a small town. For myself, Lugano became home. During the four years I resided in Lugano, and studied at Franklin University Switzerland, visits from family and friends became my most anticipated adventures. I lived for the moment I picked each visitor up at the train station. Maneuvering through the locals commuting to Milan, or the families heading downtown for a boating day, seeing the reaction of each individual that stepped off that train was priceless. Each jaw dropping lower than the last.

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LUGANO

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LUGANO

"...the lights of the villages that sit on the slopes of the mountains create a sparkling background to the lights of the city, and behind them the smoky dark outline of the mountains...â&#x20AC;?

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LUGANO

A quaint church tucked away, down the cobblestone alley, the glistening sun peeking over the mountains as it reflects off the water. Lugano Summers are nothing short of a true European holiday. Spend time appreciating the intricate detail of the architecture, or the astonishing museums. Grab a cocktail at the lido or take the family out paddle boating. Hike up Mountain San Salvatore or opt for the funicolare ride to the top. Both Monte San Salvatore and Monte Brè, give you an outstanding panorama of the town, Lake Lugano and the alpine scenery.

tooth. Perfectly handcrafted cupcakes and precisely placed pastries, these passionate Swiss chefs are nothing short of perfectionists. From the rich and famous to the budgeted family holiday, Lugano is a destination for everyone. College backpackers, newlyweds, families and retirees, the Swiss city embraces all who come and are sure to make you feel welcome beyond your wildest dreams. As you take a break on the benches beside the glistening lake, your trip will be worth it for that very moment. I can’t tell you how many times I sat along the boardwalk, with the sun shining on my face as children’s laughs echo while splashing the swans, just staring at the faint images of the staggered mountains fading in the distance, as if they never stop.

Better yet, don’t plan anything, and simply explore the town, starting with the main square, Piazza Reforma. Surrounded by side markets, flower shops, clothing stores, and of course luxury shopping too, this town offers an endless array of In the evening, the lights of the villages opportunities to explore. that sit on the slopes of the mountains create a sparkling background to the Sometimes the best way to embrace a lights of the city, and behind them the culture and experience a city is simply smoky dark outline of the mountains walking through the center of town. that embrace the town. Don’t be surprised when you pass a busy cafe or bar at sunrise. It’s not out of the Once you’ve explored this city, and lay ordinary for the locals to gather at a cafe your head to bed… don’t be alarmed every morning to meet and drink their when you have to remind yourself that espresso and nibble on their pastries. it wasn’t, in fact, a dream. One thing’s While I’m more of an after dinner dessert for sure, after a holiday in Lugano, girl, just walking past these cafe windows you’ll understand what it’s like to live makes me understand the morning sweet a dream.

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NO.10 Muses & Merchants

A G R E AT DAY FOR C L AY:

PET MUGS IN PARADISE TEXT: ADAM CHARLES / IMAGES: HADLEY SEDGWICK

The beaches of Savannah, Georgia are a serene coastal paradise; surely a perfect place to work as an artist. “Living in a warm coastal area is conducive to working with ceramics,” Hadley Sedgwick confirms. “There are many long, warm, wet days here.” The damper air makes the clay easier to work with, and the long days allow for plenty of studio time. Hadley Clay Studio resides in a private, wooded area. “I feel connected to the natural ecosystem when I work, it’s very pleasant.” There is certainly something uniquely organic and primordial about working with clay; crafting a vision out of a little piece of the earth itself. Hadley began her business by selling readily made animal mugs from her own designs. It wasn’t long before her customers began to request custom im-

ages: Now she rarely makes ready-made mugs, focusing primarily on portraying people’s pets.”I wouldn’t say I have a favorite animal.” Many of Hadley’s subjects are cats and dogs, but she does occasionally paint a barnyard animal, birds or fish — although she was once asked to paint the DNA strand of a prize bulldog. “Some pet images are more fun to portray than others but that’s usually because they’re making silly faces or conveying a lot of attitude.” Given that she spends so much time recreating their faces, I had to ask: was Hadley a cat person or a dog person? “I am a dog person because I can hug them and take them for walks. I love cats but they’re more aloof and independent.” I can sympathize with her preference; cats are solitary creatures. “I am also severely allergic to cats,” Hadley added. Well, that certainly sets them at a disadvantage. Given that she spends so much time recreating their faces, I had to ask: was Hadley a cat person or a dog person? “I am a dog person because I can hug them and take them for walks. I love cats but they’re more aloof and independent.” I can sympathize with her preference; cats are solitary creatures. “I am also severely allergic to cats,” Hadley added. Well, that certainly sets them at a disadvantage.

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PET MUGS IN PARADISE

“I am a dog person because I can hug them and take them for walks. I love cats but they’re more aloof and independent”

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NO.11 World Stories

BARNUTOPIA

GLAMPING GONE GOOD - HOW BARNUTOPIA BROUGHT LUXURY TO THE BRITISH COUNTRYSIDE

TEXT: BRITTANY TEMPLETON / IMAGES: KATRINA BOYDON

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BARNUTOPIA

Tucked away in the Welsh borderlands, the family-run Barnutopia truly emcompases glamorous camping, or more recently shortened to ‘glamping.’ From the gorgeous yurts to the majestic dome tents, you’ll find the area known as Shropshire & Powys, to provide the perfect scenic countryside. The rolling emerald hills are sure to highlight a true rural relaxation without having to rough it. All units of Barnutopia are fully furnished with proper beds, electricity, lighting, heating and free Wi-Fi. As you step outside your traditionally decorated Mongolian Yurt, enjoy a fireside chat with your neighbors or a lounge outdoors with a loved one.

Llansilin is under a mile away and offers a stunning church and pub. If you’re feeling more historical or shopping inclined, five miles down the road you’ll find one of the oldest towns in Britain, Oswestry, where you can enjoy the quaint boutique shops and outdoor markets.

Everyone loves a good glamping trip. If you haven’t already jumped on this glamorous bandwagon, Barnutopia is the perfect place to start. From hiking trails, gardens and national parks to castles, museums and horse drawn boats, there is much to experience in the Welsh borderlands: the countryside, hearty meals, cozy accommodations and a friendly welcome. For more information Situated on Tan y Coed Farm just outside on Barnutopias most luxurious glamping the village of Llansilin, Powys on the Wales- experiences, or for booking details, please England border, where there’s plenty to do visit http://barnutopia.com/. in the surrounding area. The local village of

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NO.12 World Stories

CHATEAU MONFORT TEXT: SUMMER JOHNSON IMAGES: LINDA MOSCOVIO

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C H AT E A U MON FORT

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was looking for a place to get away and write for the magazine and this medieval mansion turned luxury hotel exceeded my expectations.â&#x20AC;?

When my husband and I arrived to Chateau Monfort, we had no idea of its reputation of grandeur. I was looking for a place to get away and write for the magazine and this medieval mansion turned luxury hotel exceeded my expectations. It is truly an amazing landmark. We met with photographer Alejandro LoFaro to get some shots for the magazine. He told us of the many others before us that did all kinds of events and shoots of great spectacle in their world renowned Mezzanotte Lounge Bar.

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C H AT E A U MON FORT

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C H AT E A U MON FORT

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C H AT E A U MON FORT

“A fantasy that you never tire of; a romantic urban castle.”

arisian-inspired décor, rococo elements with a modern twist; it was the best of Milan. This palace was built in 1903 and designed by Paolo Mezzanotte; Mezzanotte also designed Milan’s Stock Exchange Building—the Palazzo Mezzanotte. The story as it’s told says the building was intended as a dowry for the daughter a wealthy Milanese family. There is nothing but visual delight at every turn.The iridescent materials play on light to give a whimsical experience that you won’t forget. The suites were inspired by operas and ballets. Each time we returned to our room was like a dream. But the dream doesn’t stop there, but leads you throughout this enchanted palace full of mystery and tranquility — a fantasy that you never tire of; a romantic urban castle. Its details are telltale that they could only be created by a true artist. An oasis from the bustle of the city. Every visit is like diving into a macaron or a bubbly glass of champagne.

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C H AT E A U MON FORT

“A fantasy that you never tire of; a romantic urban castle.”

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NO.13 Travel Stories

LUXURY & ROMANCE ON THE GREEK ISLES

TEXT: SUMMER JOHNSON / IMAGES: ASTARTE SUITES HOTEL

FE ATURE D PLACES

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GREEK ISLES

“With more than 6,000 sun-drenched islands that are called Greece, Santorini Island stands out with sunsets that leave you fascinated.”

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GREEK ISLES

“About 120 miles from the mainland of Greece lies one of the most euphoric experiences you’ll ever encounter.”

About 120 miles from the mainland of Greece lies one of the most euphoric experiences you’ll ever encounter. The ferry from Piraeus Athens takes five to nine hours, but once you see the red and black beaches, you’ll understand why you made the trip. Lying on the embrace of the Aegean, Astarte Suites Hotel fits the indie feel of the romantic escape that you were looking for. The multicolored Volcanic backdrop and the mythical

Caldera of Santorini make it a favorite choice for vacationers and honeymooners all over the world. Beyond the beaches, explore the Minoan site of Akrotiri and the Hilltop Village of Oia. With more than 6,000 sun-drenched islands that are called Greece, Santorini Island stands out with sunsets that leave you fascinated.

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GREEK ISLES

“Welcome to Santorini, the birthplace of legends.”

Located in the settlement of Akrotiri and perched see where one ends and the other begins will on the volcanic cliffs of Caldera, the property leave you motionless. gives a unique vastness of the Aegean Sea and the beauty of the iconic volcano right in the middle! Welcome to Santorini, the birthplace of legends. Located at the tip of Santorini, the Interior design is inspired by the ancient Mediterranean culture making for an interior/exterior feel with panoramic views of nature—a place where the sea and sky blend in so smoothly that you can’t

Astarte Suites - Listed in the TOP25 places to stay in Greece by Tripadvisor members & Voted as one of the “21 Amazing Hotels to Visit in the World before you Die”

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NO.14 Destination Highlight

TEXT AND IMAGES: DAKOTA ARKIN

Memorial Day Weekend marks the official start of the summer season here on the East End. Montauk Highway, normally a quiet country road, becomes a crowded parade of eager beachgoers in sun hats and gingham. The mass caravan through quaint main streets and historic villages drop off vacationers, day trippers and the urban exodus habitué to their respective address in what the outside world has come to know as: The Hamptons. The warm welcome to summer usually happens the weekend prior to infamous Memorial Day Weekend. We excitedly gear up for the anticipated long weekend in the sun. Early arrivals grab a bottle of rosé and and listen to live music at Wölffer Estate in Sagaponack. Others snag a seat outside at the Montauk Brewing Co. taproom or try to be the first in line for ice cream on Main Street. For many of us, it’s a time to get out a big blanket and head to our local beach or fire up the grill for friends. As it happens, the past several three-day starts to summer tended toward the wet or cold. A little sweater weather for a sunset picnic or a sharing a bottle of red by the fire is nothing to complain about. The energy is high as the population triples and local or not, we all look forward to a magical summer by the ocean, full of possibility and keeping the world at bay for a few short months. Go on and raise a glass of the pink stuff. We may await rain or shine like a groundhog in February this Memorial Day, but summer will come.

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R A I S E YC OA UPRT G U LRAI N S SG TCOU LRTOUSRテ右 S E A S O N

Early arrivals grab a bottle of rosテゥ and and listen to live music at Wテカlffer Estate in Sagaponack.

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NO.15 Destination Highlight

Food Snapshots in the Caput Mundi T E X T : D A K O TA A R K I N / I M A G E S : LY D I A Y E K A L A M

Woman behind the camera, Lydia Yekalam is a Seattle-based lifestyle and portrait photographer. What began as a creative outlet has evolved into a full-fledged passion. On a recent stint in Italy, Lydia captures the essence and beauty of some of Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s streetside culinary delights.

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FOOD SNAPSHOTS IN THE CAPUT MUNDI

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