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MUSICIAN, SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR & FOUNDER OF HEROES IN BLACK

MATTE BLACK

Creating a Sustainable New Start for At-Risk Youth & the Homeless

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Let’s get something straight. Being an entrepreneur can be extremely arduous. This life isn’t easy nor does it come with a manual, much like having a child. The idea of it sounds exciting and joyful but when you’re living and experiencing it, the demand for your patience, time and attention can sometimes seem unbearable.

However, I can’t imagine living a life without ardor. In life, each of us become emotionally connected to an experience, a combination of experiences or an inspiring person. In that defining moment, we become attached to a vision. We’re drawn to it and passion drives us forward. This is why there must be passion when choosing your path. When you get knocked down, your zeal is what’s going to make you get up again. I implore you to fight, to rise up with conviction and create the life you want for yourself. Do not count on anyone else to do it for you. It will be challenging, yes, but at the end of this life, you will be able to look back without regret and say, “I did what I set out to do and I am now fulfilled because of it!” Cheers to a New Year! May you have the courage to take a chance on yourself and your dreams.

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We live in a world where it’s easy to say yes. There’s video on demand, Amazon one-click

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The scariest moment was when I saw that mountain of yes staring back at me. It was a moment of clarity that I wish for every reader. I knew that if I was going to pull my business out of this August slump, there was some serious house cleaning to be done.

We started first with our services. We pared away anything we didn’t love doing as well as anything that didn’t show significant ROI. Next we looked at our clients. Who were our favorites, you know, those dream clients, and which ones were not mutually good fits. We dissected every piece of data to figure out the common denominators between revenue, happiness, profit, and world-class clients. It was the most grueling few weeks, but at the end we recaptured our magic. We went from 10 service offerings to 3 core pillars. We reduced six clients per month, to six per quarter. We adjusted our pricing to be more inline with the results we get for our clients and the value we offer. You might be thinking this sounds nuts. I am with you...it was, but it was necessary! Here’s the magic that happened as a result of consciously saying no: Starting with September 1st, following four months were record breaking. Our total revenue tripled, we worked less hours, had happier clients (and we were


happier, too!). This provided us with more time to create even more phenomenal results for our clients. I’m not sharing this with you to brag. I’m sharing to bust the myth that says, “in order to be successful, you have to sacrifice and work hard”. There are things you will need to remove from your schedule, like binge watching Game of Thrones. You need to put in smart, intentional work. Working hard won’t make a dent if you’re working hard on the wrong things! There’s a myth about being able to do multiple tasks at once and being able to do those tasks well. I’m here to break the news to you. You can accomplish this feat, however, those tasks may not be executed EFFECTIVELY. You have to choose where to focus your time. One hour of intensely focused time can equal a whole day of running around trying to do 20 things. My challenge to you is to get real with yourself and your business. Make a list of all the things you do day in and day out, then circle the ones that only you can do and that generate the most revenue.

When you clear out all the cobwebs of distraction, your success rocket is going to take off. Don’t be surprised if suddenly, you are working less and producing more.

distraction, your success rocket is going to take off. Don’t be surprised if suddenly you are working less and producing more. It’s a great side effect to saying no! Before I end this, I know that we tend to focus most on business because money makes the world go round, but I am also going to challenge you to say no to emails after hours. Your family, friends, and you matter also. Take time to recharge, be present and experience life!

Set boundaries with your clients, customers and employees so that they know you’re not on call 24/7. My clients know that I am in the office Monday through Friday and What I mean is, if you are the that I’m offline on the weekends. one that closes new accounts, Once I started setting boundaries, then that is what you should be two things happened. They spending 80% of your time doing. started valuing our time together Stop trying to do everything! more and there were far less You can’t! And you’re wasting “weekend emergencies” because your magic on sh*t that doesn’t they became more innovative generate revenue. and creative at solving their own problems. Empower your people Anything that isn’t in the top three so they don’t use you as a crutch. or five income producing things One of these days you’ll need which only you can do either to take a true vacation and you need to get delegated or omitted. don’t want your ship to sink while I know it may seem harsh and/ you’re away. What are you going or scary, but trust me. When to say no to in 2018? you clear out all the cobwebs of

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ON THE COVER: Matte Black photographed by Justin Main

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MUSICIAN, SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR & FOUNDER OF HEROES IN BLACK

MATTE BLACK ARTICLE WRITTEN BY JENI TETAMORE

His journey began with a kidnapping plot. Young Matte Black began as so many children, the product of a broken home. His parents divorced when he was only a year old. He was raised by his father in Jamaica, where he first discovered his love of music, playing with his dad at various resort centers...

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the garbage truck comes, you’d better hurry. And, oh! By the way, I called the police to inform them of hree days before

you and your friends drinking and drug habits.”

his 12th birthday, everything changed.

In the snap of a finger, Matte found himself locked

Matte came home

out of the only home he knew. He was abandoned

to find a message

by the only parent he had at the time. He rushed to

waiting for him in his

salvage what he could. After seeing the police at a

building’s lobby. The

friend’s house down the street, he walked away. The

note explained that

next ten years became a matter of mere survival,

he had a birthday

whereever and however he could. He often sought

surprise waiting for him at the airport and that he

shelter in parks and stairwells.

should look for the woman in the red, polka-dot dress. Since the note contained information about it

On one Thanksgiving, someone heard him playing

being his birthday and other personal details,

and gave him an old guitar. Like many children of

Matte hurried to the airport to find out about his surprise. He found the woman in the red polka-dot dress. He ran toward his mother, whom he hadn’t seen for almost 11 years. She told him a story straight out of fiction. It was a story of domestic violence and paternal kidnapping. Believing her and seeing the ticket she’d

the 90’s, Nirvana changed how he viewed life and

gotten him to Canada, Matte boarded the plane and

music. Hearing their Unplugged album innervated

left Jamaica.

him to keep playing. Cobain’s suicide desolated him. Matte admits that it was latent idolization that

Over the next three years, he lived with his mother.

motivated his own death wish. At 25, he had already

Like many adolescents, he struggled to find his place.

been in and out of jail, had no family to speak of,

He walked away from his music and experimented

and no future of which to look forward. He was

with drugs and alcohol. One winter morning, his

invited to play at a benefit for a shelter. His intention

mother said to him, “All of your belongings are on

was that he would go, sing, play his guitar, then end

the curb. If you want to salvage any of them before

his life.

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As so often happens, there was the unintentional intervention. For Matte, this came in the form of Adrian “JB” Homer, Canadian hip hop mogul and owner of GCP Recording Studio. Homer gave Matte more than a place to live, money in the bank, a contract and a key to the recording studio, he gave him hope. Within four years Matte became a successful musician and owner of a recording studio. At the end of his contract with Universal, he was faced with a difficult decision to move to

Los Angeles. Matte had come to think of Canada

One winter morning, his mother said to him, “All of your belongings are on the curb. If you want to salvage any of them before the garbage truck comes, you better hurry.”

Matte Black photographed by Justin Main

as his home and wanted to be Canadian. One day, he was challenged by a friend who was designing a t-shirt based on his album design. He was challenged to think about his dream to start a non-profit that would benefit homeless kids in the area. “Do I really need to leave Canada?” he thought. His recording studio was booked months in advance. Matte’s music continued to sell. He and his friend VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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decided to put it out that for every t-shirt sold,

Heroes in Black was born! From that small

one would be donated to a shelter that catered to

experiment, Heroes in Black has grown to nine

homeless teens on Christmas morning. Matte had

different missions and has helped over 1,500

spent a great deal of time at the same shelter during

homeless or at-risk Canadian youth. These

his own teen years. One hundred shirts sold and

programs include camping and rock-climbing trips,

Matte found that he could make a difference with

reaching out to entreprenuers and business owner

the piece of his heart that still seemed to be missing.

to help create internship, apprenticeship, work opportunities, clothing drives, and more. These

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programs run all year, giving them real-life learning experience and fun interactions that they would not have received otherwise. Matte has since reconciled with his father. He discovered that his dad did not kidnap him as a baby. It was simply a story his mother made up to get Matte to go back to Canada with her. When we get down to the nit and the grit of it all, the kidnapping was actually carried out by his mother. Moreover, he continues to build toward a better, more inclusive future for Canada’s homeless youth. Knowing firsthand how important authenticity is to those who often see the rough and dark underbelly of society, he’s involved with every aspect of putting together the programs and events. Matte wants to cover every aspect that affects homeless youth before he’s done. He

From that small experiment, Heroes in Black has grown to nine different missions and has helped over 1,500 homeless or at-risk Canadian youth.

considers this an ongoing effort that may never have an end. Next stop, global innovations for other youth affected by homelessness. In his own future, while he never learned to read music. However, he has written and recorded more than 200 songs. Like any civic-minded individual, politics is never far from his mind. Perhaps in another ten years or so, Canada could be lead by Prime Minister Matte Black? It’s something he’s thought about, and another way he believes he could help those who need him most. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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Matte Black photographed by Justin Main

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“In grade 9, I received a 4% mark for math on my report card. I remember scratching my head unaware someone could even get such a low mark, but I did and it really hit me hard. I also got kicked out of my house later that same year at 15 and never graduated. So in the back of my mind I built this notion that math just wasn’t my strong point, or that intelligence wasnt something I’d acuire any other way. Yet, later in life I realized that despite what my grade nine math mark reflected, I actually did have a special mathematical intuition when it came to art, life and business. You see, in math, in order to calculate an equation you needed to know the specific formula in order to solve it. It’s the same in art, life and business. A good business idea, plus a commitment to innovate it and see it through against all odds equals success. A few good notes, plus a melody, plus words that all compliment each other in theme equals a song that can move others to tears. It can honestly be found in everything and somehow despite what teachers told me, I’ve always been good at solving life’s equations without any understanding of how. I taught myself how to play the guitar because I couldn’t afford lessons and my heart had too much to say. I made it happen because I knew I could do anything I put my mind to. I opened a recording studio without any business or engineering training because I wanted to have a studio. I could record my music at for free and own the masters. I didn’t let circumstance get in the way of my dreams and in return my studio became booked 3 months in advance open for business 20 hours a day. Which then led to me getting my first, second and third house. You never know the beauty that’s out there waiting for you to attain it. When we believe in miracles, not only do they come true but even bigger miracles just appear as a result of putting the work in and growing your faith. I personally just saw the dots and connected them, but if I can do it, so can you. So don’t let a mark your grade school teacher gave you ever make you think you’re not smart enough for life. Wake up, create the life you desire and show up for your dreams. Soon your dreams will show up for you in more ways then you can imagine. Just believe.” - Matte Black

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Denver has an alarming number of people whom are borderline insatiable. They want nothing more than to find the ideal location to wine and dine. They want it all. Artisic entrees, soft seating, creative cocktails, suitable coterie and a playlist that creates the mood to unwind and socialize. We had the opportunity to dine at one of these noteworthy spots and we’re here to tell you...Matsuhisa met and exceeded those expectations. Matsuhisa is conveniently located in Cherry Creek, Denver’s premier shopping district. Tourists and locals have the opportunity to peruse art galleries, shop at fabulous independently owned boutiques or spend some much needed me-time at the nearest spa or salon. Hands down, this location is one of my favorite destinations in the Denver area.

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Matsuhisa Denver is Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s third Colorado location, having joined Aspen and Vail in April 2016. Situated in the Steele Creek building in Cherry Creek, a thriving and rapidly expanding area 10 minutes from downtown, Matsuhisa Denver has 3 private dining options (described on the private event page)perfect for an intimate business meeting or large party.

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As soon as we entered Matsuhisa, we felt an overwhelming sense of calmness. I’m certain it was the combination of the ambient lighting, the soothing lounge music and from the ceiling, a cascading water fountain. The hostess greeted us with a smile and ushered us to our plush leather seats.

The distribution of soft lighting and decor were tastefully selected. The floorto-ceiling planked wood complemented the soft, organic monochromatic textiles.

As we examined (and salivated) over the creatively curated menu, we were approached by our remarkably knowledgable and hospitable server, We were seated close to the bar and Annie. It was obvoius that she, and the directly behind us, a wall of backlit white Matsuhisa staff, were eager to serve. rocks. It was something I had never seen before. It was captivating.

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theFOOD Dish after scintillating dish, I began to understand why a rich palette of earthtones was chosen for the interior design of Matsuhisa -- all of the colorful zest was in the food!

The combination of vibrant hues and sweet and savory sauces made this experience unforgettable. I had never observed sushi as a work of art, until now. Each ingredient and garnish served a purpose. And for the rest of the evening, my tastebuds were serving theirs. We encourage you to sample the Dry Miso Sashimi, the Hearts of Palm Pasta and the Sweet Miso Lettuce Wrap. And if you’re in the mood for a light and whimsical dessert, get the Nobu Style Shaved Ice. This creative confection will be one of many reasons to revisit Matsuhisa. We understand dining out requires your precious time and hard earned money. But we’re here to tell you that Matsuhisa is worth it. Chef Nobu and the team at Matsuhisa will provide you with an exceptional dining experience.

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Chef Nobu’s new-style Japanese cuisine draws influence from his classical training in Tokyo and his life abroad in Peru, Argentina, and around the world, showcasing signature dishes such as Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, Black Cod Miso and White fish Tiradito.

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At Stop Staring! we are committed to creating original vintage inspired dresses and RTW, that empowers women by embracing and celebrating their female form. Established in 1997, Stop Staring! is the leader of original retro chic dresses and separates that flatter the figure and cater to a woman’s independent spirit with timeless and classic styles at consistently affordable prices.

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ABOUT CATRICE

Like all great stories, ours begin with a group of fearless females on a mission: to prove it’s possible to create an innovative brand of luxury-inspired makeup at excellent prices. Founded by Christina Oster-Daum, we first opened our doors in Germany in 2004 and since then, our everexpanding global presence in over 50 countries proved what we always knew – makeup wearers everywhere crave high quality makeup at prices that make sense. The story doesn’t stop here. In 2015, we made our way to the US and today out of our office in New York City, we are proud to independently continue the work we’ve been doing since day one – shooting for the moon in everything we do and promising our community products marked by the same freshness that got us excited in the first place. This bring us to our 4 beauty philosophies:

LUXURY INSPIRED MAKEUP

DRIVEN BY INNOVATION

When it comes to how we invest all

We are a start-up group here in NYC

our time and money, we will always

and we love it! We don’t wait for

remain true to our core belief: value

someone else to build it, we do it

over anything else. The result?

ourselves. Being driven by innovation

Makeup with high-quality ingredients,

means we know that our work is never

luxurious textures and innovative

done and by approaching every aspect

formulas, all of this at a price point

of our business in this way we never

that gives our community the freedom

miss a beat and make sure there is

play and experiment with makeup.

always something new to discover.

While big budget TV ads and famous ambassadors are great, we let the quality of our product do all the talking.

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EVERYONE IS A MAKEUP

CRUELTY FREE

ARTIST AT HEART

We do not carry out or

We are inspired by our

commission any testing on

community and their shared

animals for the manufacture of

passion for makeup. Their

our products. This applies to

commitment to mastering

the end products as well as to

their craft, openness to

all ingredients. Our suppliers

learning and generosity in

are also required to certify

sharing their knowledge with

in writing that their products

each other makes them so

have been manufactured

much more than just makeup

without testing on animals.

lovers, it makes them makeup artists at heart.

BEAUTY NEVER STOPS.

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THINX women’s underwear are designed, by women in New York City, to absorb the liquid while keeping you dry and feeling clean. THINX are made in a family run factory in Sri Lanka that gives back by being committed to empowering the women they employ with education and training. THINX can be worn in addition to tampons or pads; and yes, even as an alternative! THINX is also working towards a greater goal. They have partnered with AFRIpads in Uganda, which

trains women to work for themselves making and selling reusable pads. Each pair of underwear you purchase helps to fund this cause. This cause in turn give girls access to protection during their cycle to help prevent them from missing school. According to the article, Women can Bleed Green on alternet.org, a woman throws away 250 to 300 pounds of feminine hygiene products in her lifetime. In addition the Ocean Conservancy found that tampon applicators made up 2.2% of debris on U.S. coastlines.


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INTIMATE INVESTMENTS

INTIMATE INVESTMENTS

balancing tech and human touch by Emily Moore

Emily@Lingows.com • 720.244.8622 • Lingows.com

We live in a digital world where interactions have been lost in smart device land. Communication has been dumbed down to text messages, Emojis, GIFS, check marks, the letter“K”, hearts and a thumbs up. Growing up with a father who asked for handwritten letters as birthday and Christmas gifts, I struggle to wrap my head around this new way of interacting. Of course, I am guilty of sending text messages versus picking up the phone, looking to social media to see how everyone is doing and I can’t tell you the last time I actually wrote a letter, but I do miss the way it made me feel. I felt connected! For this reason, I have even started to wonder if what some consider a cold way of communicating is why many of us feel disconnected and divided.

Even today, I am not one to respond with one word, a check mark or K, but I expect it from others and realize it’s not personal. To further illustrate the point, I am also in the field of technology and finding ways to automate people’s companies as well as my own day-to-day operations is a way of living for me. I’m also professionally involved in the future of machine learning and artificial intelligence. This experience and awareness is all knowing, that talking to robots will be another new way of communicating in our not so distant future. With this upcoming reality, it’s important to start working on finding ways 50  VENTRE

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to maintain a balance of education, adaptation and time to keep connected to the people and things we love. Don’t get me wrong, I love automations and technology especially when it comes to business proficiencies, but not so much in my personal life. Like most people, I have often fantasized of having a robot doing my dishes and cooking dinner for my family. However, just like my preferred method of communication, I actually enjoy doing the dishes and cooking from time to time. I almost look at it


“WITH

THE UPCOMING REALITY, IT’S IMPORTANT TO START WORKING ON FINDING WAYS TO MAINTAIN A BALANCE OF EDUCATION, ADAPTATION AND TIME TO KEEP CONNECTED TO THE PEOPLE AND THINGS WE LOVE.” like going on vacation, it’s fun and relaxing, but in the end we always want to come home. Some fear AI (Artificial Intelligence) will take over the world, Some will enjoy it by taking advantage of relationships with robots, even sexual relations, as it will remove the awkwardness of dating. Some will even be part of the innovation team. Will it take over jobs? Yes! Will it take over our human interaction to some degree? Sure! How many jobs will it create? Will this change also push us to get back to the basics of simple face to face communication? Maybe

it will help us put our feet back on the ground, be more present and enjoy Mother Nature’s beautiful offerings. While I’m supporting this inevitable movement, my motivation behind it all is helping professionals to automate their professional lives. This way everyone will ultimately have more time to spend with their families and enjoy time away from their smart devices. Personally, I need both automations and eyeto-eye connections. I also value the teachings of the lost art of handwritten letters VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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Possibly the greatest invention in mens underwear since mens underwear itself. You're welcome.

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NATURALLY, COMES IN PAIRS Good things come in small packages; but not too small. We only sell our underwear in pairs of two. It gives you two full days to go through your life-changing transformation. Make every second count. 1 Box – 2 Pairs.

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THE INSIDE JOB

WASTING TIME WAITING ON AN INVESTOR with Eric Lipsey

I’d spent many months searching before I finally reached the end of my rope. Finding an investor seemed to be an insurmountable feat. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I turned to my mentor for help. I told him all about the challenges of finding investors, which he well understood because he’d been there many times himself. He shared with me a perspective that I’d not yet considered.

He said, “First thing you have to understand is that maximizing return on money is the business of investors. Their mission is to put funds into investments that will yield the best possible return. To invest wisely requires time and due diligence on their part. Losing money could mean they’d have to shut down their business.” I replied, “I understand that point, but without the money, I’m not sure how to move forward.” After listening contently, he shared with me an analogy. He said, “Imagine you have a wall between you and your destiny. 56  VENTRE

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With $50,000.00, you can break through the wall and make your destiny in six months. Without the funds, you’ll have to climb the wall, which could take the better part of three years.” He continued, “You can possibly spend a year looking for an investor, only to come up empty handed and still have to spend three years climbing the wall. It’s a harsh reality, but it’s the truth. The best thing you can do at this time is to start climbing. If you obtain an investor along the way, you can adjust at that time. If you don’t find an investor, at least you won’t be stagnant.” “Look on the bright side!”, he continued. If you’re able to succeed without an investor, you won’t have to spend money on debt servicing or have lifetime partner who may not share your vision. Sure! It will likely take longer to reach your destiny, but the upsides to bootstrapping are considerable.”

I left his office with a new perspective. I shared his counsel with my wife and we began doing what we could to get the business off the ground. We weren’t able to implement all of the resources up front as we’d hoped, but it was a start. I got a job while my wife worked on building certain aspects of the business. Whenever I found time outside of work, I worked on the business. Money was tight, but we were making consistent progress. Perhaps the delay was a blessing in disguise. During the time we spent climbing the wall, we came up with ideas better than those originally proposed, which ultimately saved us time and money. It wasn’t an easy process, but as we moved towards our goal, we realized the benefit of bootstrapping. I’m sharing this story with you, because I know how challenging it can be to raise capital from outside investors. I’ve seen entrepreneurs throw away good


ideas because they weren’t able to obtain funding. I’ve also seen entrepreneurs obtain funding and blow through it as quickly as water moves through a strainer. Raising capital can feel like a business venture within itself. Once the funding is obtained, you have to manage it wisely. If you spend it quickly trying to figure things out, such as will the business model work, you’ll soon have to return to your investors for more, which means they will likely take more of your company, take over your company or refuse to invest more. Neither scenario is desirable.

Sure! It will likely take longer to reach your destiny, but the upsides to bootstrapping are considerable.

Bootstrapping allows you time to work through the kinks. When you have very little capital, you’re forced to be more strategic in your spending. You learn to be more creative. You find cost effective ways to conduct your business. While these times can be challenging, they can be of untold value. Do what you can. Learn as much as you can. Go as far as you can. If you obtain capital, you can expedite the process. If you don’t get funding, you’re not paralyzed. You may not currently have what you want, but you may have exactly what you need to get started.

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he beautiful array of colors and unique design patterns in an insect’s eyes can only be seen when magnified for the human eye. Their compound eyes are made up of thousands of mini eyes that come together to form patterns that are truly awesome.

Not only are their eyes beautiful, but each pattern gives them a unique personality. We believe our customers will choose Vuliwear designs that mirror their personality, so we thoughtfully named each style to reflect a particular mood or personality. We are proud to be the first brand to co-partner with ESSILOR® SUN SOLUTION™. Together we were able to bring this unique concept to life in beautiful

shades for both men and women with a bit of swag. Our high-quality polarized Nylon lenses reduce glare for better color, clarity, detail and provide 100% UV protection from the sun when worn correctly. All of our sunglasses are made in Italy. Vuliwear® sunglasses are unisex and designed with comfort in mind. Light-weight metal frames will make you forget you even have them on. We purposely selected the classic aviator style that is the most popular and flattering to most face shapes for both men and women. Each design is initially sketched on paper from photographs of a magnified insect eyes and then transformed into a mirror coating onto polarized lenses.

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LEAN PURSE

biggest MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE WITH THEIR money

with Kristen Judd

Sometimes, it’s about knowing the right thing to do. At other times, knowing what not to do with your money that’s important. You can’t simply “wing it”. Planning and forethought is required. We typically will spend a week or more planning a vacation but won’t spend more than two hours a year planning out the last 20-30 years of our lives? There are too many variables, too many options and too many myths about money to just assume that everything is going to be ok.

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Case in point, just the other day, I took my dog into the vet for his annual exam. I made sure he was up to date on all of his vaccinations, weight, teeth… all of that. It just so happens that our five-year-old pooch is a little lumpy and bumpy. I had a couple of options: 1. I could assume they were all fatty tumors and keep an eye or have them tested to know for sure. I chose to have them tested. Peace of Mind is a wonderful thing, especially when it comes to your money and lumpy bumpy dogs.

“I have a 401k at work so I’m good.” Did you know that the 401k program is fairly new? We’re just now seeing the results of it and it’s receiving a big fat F! Retirement itself is a relatively new concept. Historically, we would work until we died, but people weren’t dying fast enough for the younger generation to come into the work force. This factor created a need to figure out how to incentivize people to get out of the work force sooner.

Let’s review some mistakes that people make when it comes to their money. We’ll see how ignoring your money can impact you in the future.

That’s when pensions began. It was all on the company or entity to make sure that you were able to leave your job. With the 401k, that burden was passed on to you. Do you know how to fund it? Do you know how it works? Do you know how to allocate your money? This program contains the highest fees and will do the least amount of help.

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“I have life insurance at work, so I’m good.” Awesome! Do you know how much you have? Most do not. How do you know if you have enough? This is a super dangerous space in which to be. You generally only get a small amount of death benefit provided to you by your employer and you generally can’t take it with you when you leave your job. What happens if you become ill and can no longer qualify for it? It’s the only financial instrument on the planet that you can put small amounts of money towards and instantly create legacy or an instant cash reserve, which will serve your loved-ones in the case of massive health issues like heart attack, stroke or cancer. It’s essential and very much a part of the foundation of a financial household. Most say they don’t have enough life insurance and many don’t have any at all. It’s the absolute greatest gift you could give to your family.

3.

“I have plenty of time.” Have you ever looked back and uttered the words, “Seems like only yesterday!” Time is the one thing of which we can never create more. We can make more money. We can invest in different things for a different or better interest rate, but we can never get time back. Time is one thing that we absolutely need for our money. We also need it for our friends and family… but our money – Time. Make it your best friend. If you want to sit under a shade tree, the best time to plant it was 20 years ago. The next best time is today. Small amounts of money over a long period of time can create a large pile of cash.

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Shiny ball syndrome. We all have fallen for the shiny ball or the get rich quick idea. We would love for it to be so, but it often isn’t realistic. If it comes to you quickly and easily, it can also leave you quickly and easily. Anything worth having and working towards is going to require some sacrifice. The #1 reason why anyone reaches financial success is by doing the super ultra boring thing called saving. It’s the habit of saving is what gets you there.

Here is the kicker too – most people will quit the habit right around year 7 because they don’t realize that it takes about 10 years for their money to gain some momentum. If you look at the habits of someone who is successful vs. someone who isn’t, it tells you everything. Habits are very telling. The one thing that the wealthy have down is the habit of saving and that’s because it works!

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Understanding Debt. Whether it’s student loan debt or consumer debt, you need to get a handle on it and have a pretty good idea of how you are going to pay it. I don’t really see homes or even cars as being bad debt. Student loans are the hardest to repay. The interest rates are all over the place. Here is the math stated not too long ago: The average person has at least $35,000.00 in student loan debt that will equal to a $350,000.00 decrease in your retirement savings when it is all said and done. That is huge! Albert Einstein said that compound interest is the 8th wonder of the world. Those that understand it will earn it, those who don’t will pay it. These are the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to your money. If you continue to ignore your money, it will find someone who’ll pay attention to it. There are simple things that you can do to alter the direction in which you are going right now. No major goal has ever been accomplished without being at least a little intentional about it. Education, seeking professional assistance and persistence will help you win at the money game.

Kristen Judd CEO/Money Secrets (303) 944-6195

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WANDERLUST

noun; a strong desire to travel

WANDERLUST Wish You Were Here By Sam Russell

LUXE CITY CENTER Antsy about your next business venture to Southern California? Out-of-towners who prefer nothing less than luxe accommodations are forgoing the Airbnb craze (the quirky locals are more entertaining when you’re not in their actual living space). Erase your

memories of downtown Los Angeles from a decade ago; gentrification has discovered these parts and sublime lodging, visual stimuli and swank eateries galore are abound. Ventre Magazine would love to show you the downtown spot we fell in love with: the LUXE CITY CENTER. A getaway to Luxe City Center can be an unexpected retreat after a day of wheeling and dealing in the Diamond District or a fun-filled destination after a Lakers game at the Staples Center nearby.

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PERKS

** Prefer all your amenities under one roof? Valet the rental and never leave the grounds if your heart desires * On-call spa therapist • * Fitness suite and complimentary access to Gold’s Gym • *ADA Accessible *Stafford + Mathis (second floor) • Nixo Patio Lounge (second floor) Next Level Live every Saturday night on the outdoor patio of Nixo. CJ Emmons, singer from Dancing with the Stars and a five-piece band covers your favorite music, while you dine, drink and dance!

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Photo credit: Steven Heuer/Zach Siglow

“I got the pep back in my step, and it was all due to the team at Luxe City Center.” --Sam Russell

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ot to start off on the wrong foot, but everything imperfect about this trip that could happen, happened. Renting the wrong car, missing a package from Fed-Ex for my big presentation and receiving a bruised eye from a luggage mishap was anything but a grand start. But through the crevice of my one good eye I saw a glimmer of hope, a true genuine smile and an actual chuckle. It seems the staff at Luxe City Center Hotel was in a much better mood then I and they were eager to share. How absolutely refreshing.

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WANDERLUST

nixo lounge

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he stage is set in these parts for lounging and date night. Here was another one of those “gosh, I wish other half was with me” hotels. Traveling alone is swell, but some places are meant to be shared, and this boutique hotel is ideal for lounging patio side at Nixo Lounge, located on the second floor. The server recommended the Pork Belly Tacos (so glad he did). I returned the next night for their classic Gruyere cheeseburger topped with praline bacon on a brioche bun. Luxe City Center has wicked ideas to lure you away from the competing eateries nearby. There is everything perfect about this outdoor lounge! The long table to the left was celebrating an after-work party and the group to the right was toasting to the “tears of boys” (no lie). Seems like divorce parties are a thing here. Inside Luxe City Center Hotel (2nd floor)

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WANDERLUST

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the suite

f lucky enough to snag a platinum suite (they move faster than Hollywood gossip) make sure to at least invite a work colleague back for a nightcap. Minibars can be found in all guest rooms, which makes for a perfect setting where all the stress of conventions are suspended and all the good things in life are shared. The suite reminded me that I’m an adult now, but the immaculately clean soaking tub and Lather products reminded me of being a kid before. The re-threading of my attitude was on the horizon and I definitely had this sound base to thank for that. With a room this handsomely appointed, we wouldn’t blame you for ordering in either. The luxe bedding, digitally controlled standing shower, edgy decor and electronic screen on the bathroom mirror definitely did its part in persuasion, but there is nothing like a warm smile and eager assistance to remind you of community and the joys that can be found when leaving the comforts of home. To say that the open arms of the team here resonated with me when I was at my worst is an understatement. Still surprised that concrete jungles and this busting at-the-seams downtown playground could actually produce a well-rested traveler that started off wanting to bury his head in a pillow? Lucky for Luxe City Center that I didn’t scribble the names of every staffer I encountered there. Head hunters would pay a pretty commission to scoop this team up. Thank you again, Luxe City Center for making this crazed business trip more than tolerable. You won me over with your genuine approach to the CA laid back vibe, intertwined with assured sophistication. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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appy tears don’t lie.

A great way to explore any city’s culture is through its culinary scene. Intrepid explorers and savvy business travelers consider Avenue of the Stars a necessary passageway to Beverly Hills proper. Do try and refrain from judgment by address alone, this area is influence and CAA across the street explains how Hinoki and the Bird pays their bills.

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But something disarming and special is brewing here, with much more depth than this address would ever let on (if you went to the Century City Mall, your Waze app screwed you). Kinda like playing hooky from the LA industry chaos, all the while placed smack dab in the middle of it. Consider Hinoki and the Bird a break from its surrounding elements and a definite return to nature. The sweet and smoky wood of the hinoki starts at the entrance and is seamlessly supportive throughout the space. A genuine, warm greeting from the front desk should also be the first clue that you’re somewhere special on this side of Hollywoodland, zero attitude is in the DNA here. The lobster roll with green curry and Thai basil was mouthwatering. And the Shishito peppers with Meyer lemon and ricotta salata alerted my palate to make as much room as possible in my stomach, as good news had arrived. I’m still craving these savory dishes two weeks later. My lunch date got lost in her butter lobster ramen dish. Careful to only consume half, she boxed the rest of it like a prized jewel to take back home to her husband. The Texan in me had to try the crispy chicken sandwich, releasing those happy tears that this journey alluded to. Enlightenment over lunch seems like a really tall order. But not for famed Executive Chef Brandon Kida . It just is. 74  VENTRE

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KATSUYA LA LIVE • 800 W. Olympic Blvd. | 213.747.9797 | katsuyarestaurant.com

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here are many pathways to a successful business or date night. If the mention of sushi literally conjures up a last-minute lunch fix in a plastic container, then your senses are about to explode. Avant-garde sushi in a sultry setting is the head space you should prepare for. Katsuya LA Live has further elevated the sushi game by joining the downtown Los Angeles foodie scene in a prime location that has “perfect outing” wrapped up in a pretty bow and ready to serve. Dining out is the new theater and this Philippe Starck designed space is as tempting as we expected. The warmest greeting at the door from manager Sharito and her soft suggestion of sitting on the slightly calmer patio made sense to my fragile, fresh-off-theplane nerves. Can’t fault Katusya LA Live for creating loyal fanfare every night of the week. Chopsticks united over crispy bite sized creamy rock shrimp, and a warm sake made my dinner companion (actor-Danish import Andreas Holm-Hansen pictured) quite the entertaining chap. Ordering the Katsuya Tasting Menu allowed for the best of the best to make its way to our plates. Could have definitely loaded up on a few more pieces of that fresh tuna sushi! The unexpected star of the night was the ceviche, with so many flavors we could barely keep up. Whether in Los Angeles, Vegas, South Beach or Dubai, start your Katsuya love affair with the award winning Burning Mandarin cocktail (Absolut Mandarin vodka, hand-crushed serrano chili, lemon, OJ and a splash of cranberry) and bring this stellar performance to a close with the miso chocolate lava cake, designed to leak perfectly all over the plate when sliced open slowly. Daydreaming back to that dinner is easy. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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noun; a strong desire to travel

WANDERLUST Stuck in LA? Lucky you! By Sam Russell

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tranded at LAX airport conjures up different memories for everyone. Calm your visceral reaction to flight delays and missed connections with a tried and true sound base to rest your jaded eyes. We tried it and it’s true. Located just a mile from LAX, Aloft El Segundo adapts to the hustle and bustle of these parts, which is mandatory. No matter how topsy-turvy your senses, chances are good there’s a warm and tranquil demeanor waiting for you at the front desk to get you right side back up. Re-write your story with a warm smile from Angelique, when checking in during really crazy late hours. Aloft has selected fond faces to win you over, even in the dead of night. Your luck is finally changing; dreaminess is on the horizon...

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he colorful rooms are hip and chill with designs intended to lift your spirits. If the oversized bean bag chair in the room doesn’t call up a childhood memory, then those flight delays have taken their toll on you.

Bliss products in the ultra-sleek (design ideas you wanna take home) shower washed away the memories of TSA officers and Uber drivers who talked too much. The constant flow of hot water and scent of the freshest towels I’ve ever smelled made me think I’m doing something wrong at home. Clearing your mind from all the chatter means you’re either enlightened or dead. Or maybe, just maybe, you finally got that sound rest at Aloft El Segundo.

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f you’re wise, you surround yourself with people much savvier, kinder and bountiful than you. One such generous and savvy soul to connect with is Christena Argo Reinhard. Her afterglow is palatable and Union & Fifth is the perfect extension of her brilliance. The up-cycling movement has a new ringleader. Balancing out the gluttony of the well-heeled like a modern-day Robin Hood, Christena’s mission is to raise money for various non-profits by reselling your donated designer clothing, shoes and accessories. Her deep compassion for the vulnerable (all the while “dressed to the nines” every time you see her) is touching to be around and her style influence can be felt in the rich selection found on her website. Boss girl usually has money tied up in smarter places than just her closet— indulge in designer labels wisely, as your wallet has leaked enough. Up to 90% off brands you can’t live without can be found here. We all know that last year’s Prada dress can only be seen on your Instagram page so many times. So, pay it forward already. Wanna help the greater good by clearing out those gently worn shoes that hurt your feet or were left behind by your ex-best friend? With free shipping, you want to check out Union & Fifth for all the details. Union & Fifth accepts over 600 designer brands. Check their approved list of brands and donate. As fashion evolves, so does that list! Shop or donate today. After all, the secrets to successful living should be shared.

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Christena Reinhard is the co-founder of Union & Fifth.

She attended Cambridge College and went on to earn her MBA from the University of San Francisco. Christena developed an appreciation for fashion learning to “read” Vogue on her grandmother’s closet. As her experiences and various careers took shape (she’s done everything from be a personal shopper at Saks Fifth Avenue to working in sales with UPS), Christena felt like something was missing – her passion for giving back. Thus, began her love affair with fundraising and what she calls doing “sales for the good guys.” After cleaning out a donor’s closet in 2012 and raising $43,000 – enough money to build a Mac computer lab for inner city students – Christena and her sister-in-law were inspired to start Union & Fifth – making philanthropy very fashionable. Christena is a 2017 Jefferson Award Winner, and has helped raise money for hundreds of charities supporting everything from Animals and Veterans to Urban Educations and Sex Trafficking. Christena is a member of the women’s giving group Impact 100, East Bay and is a member of the board of Project Glimmer in San Francisco, CA. Christena resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband of forever and their two Old English Sheepdogs, London and Zeppelin, who make frequent appearances on Union & Fifth’s social media.

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noun; a strong desire to travel

WANDERLUST The Trails We Blaze

OceanCity, Maryland By Sam Russell

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hen it’s time to tap into our precious vacation hours, we are allergic to anything that’s too much of a scene. If dressing up and high social expectations are the norm, checking off a bucket list item you may not get. If small town kindness harmonized with beach town culture wets your beak, then Ocean City, Maryland, should be on your radar and was definitely on mine. Ocean City is a seasonal sensation and experiencing these parts during the peak spring/summer months is like living the Life of Riley. But another layer of

yumminess is revealed when you come during the off season, as well. Plenty of eateries, hotels and shopping is abound and very few cars on the road makes my nerves calm. Seeing how the locals engage over a hearty breakfast at the General’s Kitchen (with no wait!) and strolling the serene boardwalk at night makes it all worthwhile. Ocean City is accommodating to families, convention goers, water babies and anyone in need of quality time alone or with another. The locals seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to giving you desired space or engaging you over a beer at the uber-popular Seacrets.

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When deciding on lodging, we researched high and low for something with quality and character (and being open all year around helped as well). We visualized a place where lovers could giggle over sunset views and walk over romantic bridges to dinner, all from the comfort of a unique atmosphere of privacy and solitude. What a scandalous suggestion. Introducing: Fager’s Island VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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he excitement and fun begin when you peruse the website. The Edge Hotel—a one-of-a-kind guest house—is built on the picturesque edge of The Isle of Wight Bay and positioned between The Lighthouse Club Hotel and Fager’s Island Restaurant & Nightclub. Connected by two small wooden bridges and lapping water, savvy descriptives do not do it justice. Just go there.

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sense of awe and amazement happen when you become hypnotized by the views from your room, so do make that mental note. The needs of your boss cannot be heard in these parts and watching your favorite TV shows before bed from a soaking Jacuzzi tub for two is only a preview of the weekend ahead. This suite has an attached room, perfect for kids, or guests like me who over pack. Choosing which view to take in from either side of the room is a chore welcomed.

If finishing that novel on a private balcony of the Monkey Island room in a bathrobe with a complimentary Continental breakfast served room side makes your senses tingle, then good. The Fager’s Island spell is working. And you better believe the gentle rocking of the large model racing sail boat hanging from the ceiling made getting out of bed that much harder. Fager’s Island and all of its supportive elements make this wonderful getaway pure romance at every turn and Instagram-worthy moments for families in need of more quality moments together. In short, it’s ideal.

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12 distinctively designed rooms available at The Edge---RSVP FAST! Open Airy Bathrooms Evening turn-down service Courtesy van available Host your Bachelorette party at Fager’s Island Restaurant & Bar Don’t miss the wrap-around porch in the Lighthouse Clubroom (or the gourmet cookies)

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hose on the hunt for nirvana can have it delivered to their suites or hosted in the Lighthouse massage room (pictured).

One of the key elements to longevity and well-being can be found under the intuitive and healing hands of True-ly Tiger-Lilly, LMT. Highly recommended by the hotel, her gentle demeanor and humble disposition over the phone won me over instantly. A wise choice had just been made, truly. Her hands matched the tone of her voice. The spell only broke after the massage hour was up. Here’s an inside tip and strong suggestion: make sure to book 90 minutes on her table. Feeling comfortable with your masseuse is paramount. With her calm, disarming, inquisitive and well informed style, True-ly is the perfect extension to the Fager’s Island experience. After all, Ocean City is better experienced in a state of postmassage bliss and dropped shoulders. For bookings with True-ly, contact Fager’s Island Hotel front desk. 410-524-5400 VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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aking the lead in hospitality is Fager’s Island and all of its one-of-a-kind accommodations. Whether you’re in the head space for a fine dining experience, noshing on Happy Hour specials over that much-anticipated game on the flat screen, or bumping and grinding with all the pretty things that venture this side of the Coastal Highway, you won’t have to travel far for adventure and libations. Turn bayside at 60th Street and connected by a romantic wooden bridge and disarming waterfront view is your next stop—the award-winning Fager’s Island Restaurant & Bar. Fine dining by the bay means you can arrive in jeans and polo, so relax. The high expectations are on the culinary team and the table presentation here, not the guests. The very best in seafood and colorful American classics are in line to seduce your time. It’s almost as if the chef heard the grumbles in our stomachs and knew we were coming. Visualize fresh Panko-dusted scallops, blue crab stuffed shrimp or bacon wrapped BBQ shrimp for starters (those visuals might be all that’s left because nothing stays on the plate here very long.) As our gracious server cracked open that lobster shell table side with such grace and ease, our taste buds readily accepted the invite and stayed tantalized to the end. Fager’s Island Restaurant & Bar is where the locals come for special occasions and where the well-heeled visitors come for a first-class culinary experience.

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here’s a stark difference between casual dining and fine dining, and your gut immediately knows it. The nights where you step out for a quick bite to fill a craving and the nights where your palate is searching for more theater and an encore. Shark on the Harbor is the latter. Located just a short drive from Fager’s Island, the address locals know by heart in west Ocean City is Shark on the Harbor. The charming, rustic elements quickly remind you of a safe, homey place and the service is flawlessly polite. Like any finely timed production, the luscious dinner is presented on cue. We bonded over non-work-related conversation and warm beer-baked onion bread. The savvy farm-to-table menu options of tempura lobster tail, cheese biscuits and lump crab cake made for ideal starters. The portions are generous and the presentation creative. The lunch and dinner inspirations seem to happen daily; the passion of this culinary team cannot be restrained. When in Rome, you do as the Romans. Try the shark bites—its flavor-forward, pan seared with a warm, familiar glaze. The arrival of the heavenly harvest tenderloin filet with lobster mashed potato and pecan/bleu cheese pate left little room for dessert and had us thankful it’s not swimsuit season yet. A return for lunch to see the wild horses of Assateague Island is a must-do and definitely on my calendar. The locals cherish this spot and we now know why. Wow me with my eyes and my stomach is sure to follow. ** Check out their website for a list of local draft, craft beers, brunch listings, Happy Hour specials, pizza night specials and so much more!

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The trails we blaze in the New Year deserve a sound orthotic base. Consider ABEO biomechanical footwear as that tempest. Your travel bag to the eastern shore just got a little heavier—and wiser. The Walking Company prides itself on comfort brands under one umbrella and ABEO is their proud newborn. Pop by the Tyson’s Corner Center in Virginia for ABEO footwear before making that 3-hour drive to the beach. Come in for a digital foot scanning and experience customized comfort that cannot be denied. The selection is plentiful at ABEO, and Northern Virginia and DC natives align their bodies with this savvy selection of quality footwear to stay true to their New Year’s resolutions. Your girlish charm will not be lost with the Tabitha Ballerina or lace-up Virtue pump. ABEO footwear is also available for him and the kids. A 2nd concept store just opened in Waikiki, Hawaii. The intent is harmony, after all. Totally makes sense!

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KIMERA KOFFEE started as a vision by a a few friends living in the Dominican Republic looking for a way to make a difference in peoples’ lives. We decided to combine our country’s amazing artisan high-altitude coffee with powerful vitamins proven to boost cognitive function. We were already drinking loads of coffee and taking Nootropics, so why not combine them? We set out to provide customers with tools to unlocking human potential. Through the combination of science and nature, we create products that aid and assist human evolution. Kimera Koffee is more than just a coffee, it is a way of life. With Nootropics stimulating dopamine levels in the brain, we’re aiding the reward response and helping you take action to move towards setting goals and shattering them. The result? A dynamic community where everybody inspires each other. Through strategic sponsoring and customer integration we’ve created a brand that people are proud to use and share. Our community is our priority and your accomplishments are our goals.

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The word resolution is about as useful as the word luck. Don’t waste your breath on a resolution. Statistically, 92% of resolutions fail, making whatever habit you were trying to drop or adopt, light years away from being attempted again. When the brain experiences a failure, it will try to prevent the possibility of that failure again. I’m sure you’re asking, “So WTF do I I replaced do?”

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physiology. You simply cannot override your brain’s subconscious every second of everyday.

My personal happiness is 100% equated to my level of health. I’ve gone back and forth, one foot in one foot out for a decade. Please let me save you heartache and time. Stop chasing with ADAM GATES | nakedhealthy.com after happiness with food and substances. I bad habits with healthy choices gave up heavy addictions to sugar, alcohol, creativity, performance, sleep, cigarettes cocaine and Adderall. appearance, illness and disease They were all tortuous victories; are all decided by what you ingest however, none were successfully and how you treat yourself. Each defeated until my diet was under 24 hour period is a continuous control. I tried and failed for years onslaught of should I or shouldn’t with each. Into my early 30’s, I I? drank 6 nights a week, put stuff in my nose and smoked cigarettes. We are absolutely incapable of All chasing a feeling I thought I making the best decision for could catch. ourselves when our brain, heart, organs and blood are deficient If you were addicted to opioids in nutrients and plump with or trying to lose 60 pounds I’d caffeinated preservatives. Your tell you the same thing. Health, cells regenerate directly from the health, health! Regardless to foods, liquids and medications whether it’s losing weight, quitting you consume. On top of that we smoking, giving up alcohol, are all vibrational high or low starting a business or even based on what we consume. It’s a enhancing relationships, take storm and you must have a plan. all the pressure off your desired None of us are smarter than our outcome and attack the first 1/3

NAKED HEALTHY HOW & WHY

Rebuild your foundation with health. How do you envision your best self ? What improvements do you want to adopt? What life would you be living as your best self ? I’ve done a lot of soul searching this year and I want to give you the most useful piece of knowledge I’ve picked up along my decorative Tour de’ Life. Keep in mind this is coming from one of the healthiest and happiest people you’ll ever meet. At 36 I have a resting heart rate of 40 (living at 5,600 ft) and smile in my sleep. My secret to conquering everything in life is to always put health first. Without health, you have nothing. Mood, energy, tolerance, 114  VENTRE

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of your day. Focus on overloading your beautiful body with nutrients from wonderful food and glorious water. Planning first: When you wake up you “do everything right!” Don’t focus on later, how long the day is, how work could suck or that traffic is already jammed. You are a beautiful flower that needs its damn water. Sip up Bubba! The idea is to get the first few healthy nutrients into your body right out the gate so that

“Stop chasing after happiness with food and substances...”

ONE. Upon waking, after the bathroom, make some lemon water. This is 1 small lemon and 16 ounces of room temperature water. It detoxifies your liver and the 28 feet that make up your digestive system. This will help remove impurities inside your intestinal tract. Your liver is your junk filter. Medication, alcohol and chemicals in your junk food are all filtered through the liver. Lemon activates the bile in your liver to move waste through more quickly. I know it’s gross, but not as gross as not knowing. TWO. Make your breakfast. Do not skip breakfast. There are many pseudoscience articles floating around. Don’t believe it! You just fasted the entire length of your sleep. Break your fast. Not eating stalls your metabolism like a train without coal. Jump-start your mood boosting fat burner with protein carbs and fat, with healthy sources of course. Say no to white or wheat flour, dairy, gluten, fruit juice, sugary coffee creamer, vegetable oil, canola oil, processed meats and energy drinks. Your body wants things like sprouted grain bread, eggs, lean meats (chicken, turkey, fish), oatmeal, quinoa, potatoes, cold pressed virgin organic coconut oil and pink Himalayan salt. Work within those parameters and you’ll be great. My favorite is 2-3 eggs with spinach and organic potatoes or my all-in-one pancakes.

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THREE Nakedhealthy’s claim to fame is the green drink. A green drink is a smoothie consisting in the neighborhood of 60/40 fruits to veggies. Any fruits you like will pretty much pair together. As far as veggies are concerned, don’t use anything too abrasive such as onions. I personally like carrots, broccoli, celery, cauliflower and cucumber. I add a tablespoon of chia and or flax seeds, a scoop of veggie protein, non-dairy milk such as flax or coconut, a few ice cubes and a squirt of local honey. It’s an absolute nutrient bomb and I make mine while breakfast is cooking. I take it to work and start sipping the second I start feeling hungry, which you’ll likely experience since your digestive system has been turned on.

Ideally, you want to be able to extend this burst of health further and further into your day. Starting the day in this way has helped many of my clients and I think you’ll have amazing results also. There are many other factors outside of nutrients at work here. Earlier, I mentioned high and low vibrations. Tapping a plastic cup with a fork, then doing the same on a wine glass is an example of low and high vibration. Food has the similar frequencies when we consume it. The less garbage we put into our bodies the higher we will vibrate. We all experience the reality at which we vibrate. I eat so clean that negativity tends to stay away. When I slip on my food intake for a few days, my energy starts to get a little shitty. This is why I’ll never go back. On top of feeling like a shooting star, this will melt fat from your body like ice sculpting in July.

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As for conquering addictions, I’ve used this on countless friends and clients. Focus on your nutrition rather than your addiction. What we all experienced is that after a short amount of time, with an influx of nutrition, addictions began to stabilize. Cigarette breaks become less frequent. Alcohol consumption lowers. Opioid withdrawal becomes far less dramatic and it’s completely natural. When the body receives what its been depleted of for so many years, parts of you will begin to flicker on like warehouse lights. Slowly, the seesaw will slide into the other direction. Focus on learning to cook easy healthy meals, then progress. “I don’t cook,” isn’t a good reason to die early and broke. Also, positive attitude cannot be suggested enough. You get what you give! The lower vibrational foods you eat, the lower you can expect your attitude and motivation to be. After you get your morning under control start working on lunch. I don’t have the word space here to detail what to eat all day. I do however have an insane amount of detailed recipe’s and motivational ways of thinking on my Instagram. Egypt has pyramids still standing because of their foundation. Cement your foundation with kindness and foods that grow from the sun. Your newfound stability will result in more confidence in making decisions with positive outcome. NAKEDHEALTHY.COM

“Cement your foundation with kindness & foods that grow from the sun.”

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UNLIFE is an invite-only gathering of the nations top businessmen, influencers, misfits and entrepreneurs, all trying to kick a little dent into history. Come join 30 hand selected ruckusmakers for a weekend designed to amplify, disrupt, inspire, and build community. This is an intimate group event - You will speak up and be heard, you will be surrounded by people eager to learn and to share what they’ve learned in a completely unfiltered and raw setting. We’ll start Friday night and end Sunday around noon. This 3 day leadership retreat is intentionally designed for aggressive personalities with a desire to build intentional community, disrupt the status quo, and have real life changing impact through their work. UNLIFE was started because In 2013, for the Summer marketing campaign for RUCKUS, we thew a series of 3 Pool Parties in conjunction with RedBull. They were amazing. Thousands of people came, there was free food, drinks, national headlining acts for music, but at the end of the third party, we were driving away and had one of the most honest conversations as a brand we have ever had... We simply said “FOR WHAT?!” Don’t get us wrong, they were great parties, and we the brand got a ton of “impressions” (whatever that means), but at the end of it all, we were left feeling extremely

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empty, and honestly, kind of worthless. We had raised a ton of money and thrown some huge parties. That was it. We weren’t helping anyone, we weren’t building DEEP or MEANINGFUL relationships or community. We were simply arranging convenient and shallow entertainment, nothing more. We knew that as a brand, as a company, and as responsible business owners and leaders, we had to develop something more. We had to develop something that actually meant something. At the core of what RUCKUS is, we want to only be about 2 things: 1) Bringing hope and confidence into a broken world. 2) Building Community. So - we switched our Summer marketing campaign the following year on its head (honestly, that’s probably giving ourselves too much credit, it was more of an experiment than anything). We set out to grow DEEP within our community and clientele, not WIDE. We thought; What would happen - if instead of growing shallow with 3 thousand people, we brought together some of the best leaders, trendsetters, and ruckusmakers we know and grow DEEP with only 30 people. A Manhattan Project of the new age. And with that, the Ruckus UNLIFE Retreat was born.


“If you are young, hungry, and want to be inspired by some of the best disrupters across all mountains of thought, this is the retreat for you” — Daniel Epstein UNreasonable Group

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THINK WITH YOUR VAGINA. Our 100% organic cotton tampons are free of harmful chemicals, rayon and fragrances, because we believe you should only put good stuff inside yourself.

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ORGANIC LUBRICANT

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HEART AT WORK

HEART AT WORK

the business of giving back

FOUNDED IN JANUARY 2014, THE STREET STORE WAS CREATED BY MAX PAZAK & KAYLI LEVITAN WITH THE SUPPORT OF M&C SAATCHI ABEL CAPE TOWN. AS HOMELESSNESS ISN’T A SOUTH AFRICAN PROBLEM, THEY MADE IT OPEN-SOURCE. thestreetstore.org

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MISSION

To bridge the gap between the rich and poor. Making it easier to donate. And more dignified to receive.

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THE WORLD’S FIRST “POP-UP STORE” FOR THE HOMELESS. HANG UP DONATED CLOTHES & DROP SHOES IN BOXES AND THEY CAN HELP THEMSELVES. thestreetstore.org

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ALL DONATIONS MADE TO THE STREET STORE ARE FREE FOR THE HOMELESS TO BROWSE THROUGH AND KEEP.

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