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11 PUBLISHER’S LETTER 15 EDITOR’S LETTER

23 CONTRIBUTORS 132 CONCIERGE

REAL BRIDES REAL WEDDINGS

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CANDID CONVERSATIONS with RON BEN-ISRAEL SHOP TALK: OSCAR MORA HEALTHY CHEF Q&A WITH KAREN BUSSEN

18 MEGAN & JIM 20 NAYUKA & SEAN

22 STEPHANIE & KEVIN 28 THE CURVY ISSUE

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT 30 LAZARO 32 HAYLEY PAIGE

34 ALLISON WEBB

DESIGNER TAKEOVER 36 MADELINE FIG

DETAILS

38 INVITATIONS

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THE COVER Photographer: MIKE RUIZ Creative Beauty Director: RENEE GARNES Fashion Director: MIMI LOMBARDO Hair Stylist: DEBRA HARE-BEY Florals: SIMPLY NIA DESIGN Model: LIRIS CROSSE Dress: TARA KEELY DESIGNED BY LAZARO Diamond necklace and earrings: JACOB & CO.

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48 EDITORS CHOICE 54 HEALTHY LIVING DIET & EXERCISE

FEATURES 56 66 78 80 92

THE CURVACEOUS BRIDE THE DUCHESS & HER JEWELS A GIRLS BEST FRIEND TAKING THE PLUNGE WEAR WHAT WHEN

GLOBE TROTTING

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120 CREATING MOMENTS WITH HERMES 122 BON VOYAGE: LOUIS VUITTON

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124 GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER 126 HOME SWEET HOME

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128 PRESENTS WITH PRESENCE

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130 YOUR GUIDE FOR WEDDING AND HONEYMOON PLANS

POUR HOMME 132 133 134 135

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hen did marriage become more about the community, what others thought and wanted then more about the two people entering into the union? After two of my own marriages, I had to think about that question. Once upon a time, I consider the dissolution of those marriages as my personal failures. But now as I get older and maybe a little more wiser, I no longer look back on them as failures, but rather as journeys that I traversed that prepared me for the one - or ones - that I was created for whomever that person may be. I used to believe that forever was until the end of time. But slowly I have begun to accept that every second, every moment that I have been given, will be spent doing what I love, with whom I love, and that will be my forever. So maybe forever is not just about the measure of time you and I understand it to be. So cherish those moments of love, along with experiences you are both having. In this issue, I wanted to explore what love and beauty looks like to each individual we have featured in the issue. In choosing the cover, I knew I wanted to pick a “Plus Sized” beauty. A full-figured woman. It was important to me for several reasons. One, because my daughter is far from being labeled as skinny by this society, but she is curvaceous. And her level of confidence is my envy. I love how she has embraced every bit of her body, even the parts she is not completely happy with. My daughter with all of her flaws makes her Wonder Woman to me. She has showed me that internalizing what others think

and assume of you is more dangerous to you as an individual and makes you worthless to yourself. I recall the constant fights about her weight, what she wore and what she ate. I wanted her to be skinny. It was impossible. It drove us apart. But in her skin and at her size, she found someone who loves her and all her beauty. Even the beautiful parts of her I was afraid society would ridicule her for. In no way are we encouraging women and men to become unhealthy. I cannot in good conscience tell anyone to eat whatever they want; don’t exercise and wear whatever you want because you’ll look fine. Those are lies. Even for skinny and not-so-skinny people, lower body weights cannot be confused with having bodies that are in good health.We need to eat well; exercise and have long and healthy lives for ourselves and for those who love us. This includes having good mental and spiritual health. Both are just as important if not even more so in order to be able to survive this ever changing world. We also re-introduce you to some luxury brands that help you to give great gifts while being financially responsible and without breaking the bank. So it is with great pride that we present to you the issue of big love. Be loved and feel loved while being the best you.

Myrdith

#LIVELOVELIFE #COLOROFLOVE @WORLDBRIDEMGAZINE


Publisher & Editorial Director Myrdith Leon-McCormack Creative Director Dave Wise

Marsha Jews (United States) Beauty Director Melanie Harris

Editor-in- Chief Mimi Lombardo Editor-At-Large

Francesca Marotta (Europa)

Lifestyle & Travel Director Victor Amos

Mary Pratt (Middle East)

Celebrity & Fashion Director Carlton Jones

Art Director Renee Garnes

Copy Editor Belle Du Chene Blondine Leon-Broers Michele D. Saunders

Photo/Bookings Editor Murat Ozdemir

Graphic Art Director Brittany Burgess

Grooming Editor Adrian Fanus

Food & Entertainment Editor Chef Rodney LoveJones

Graphic Designer Brittany Nutt

Guest Fashion & Accessories Editor Rashida Meggett

Contributing Editors Remi James

Beauty Editors Austen Parker Debra Hare-Bey

Lifestyle & Travel Editors AnnaLisa Arcoleo Stephanie Flor Carolina Hoctan Michelle Lowe (England) Isabelle Rozenbaum Morena Russo (Italy)

Associate Producer Ashley Gregory

Guest Beauty Editors Asari Duke Jackie Fan Leeora Empire

Features Editor Sandra Hill

Corporate OfďŹ ce Editorial Assistant - Lisa Banks Intern Corinne McGovern

Legal Department Jennifer Jacques (General Counsel)

Human Resources Aicha Randolph

Advertising / Marketing & Sponsorship JRT MULTIMEDIA,LLC A Luxury Branding Company Jocelyn R. Taylor

Director Of Operations Lianne Clark Williams

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ashion designers traditionally hire stick thin models. But recently there has been a sea of change at fashion weeks all over the world. Designers like Christian Siriano and Michael Kors showed full figure beauties on their catwalk which signals an acceptance that wasn’t always seen. At World Bride Magazine we celebrate diversity and inclusion of all races, ethnicities and sexual choices, With this issue we are proud to add curvy brides to our list. Our gorgeous cover model Liris Crosse is adorned with a Tara Keely Designed by Lazaro blush confection and Jacob & Co. diamond jewelry. Liris is no stranger to the bridal market—she is a regular at Kleinfeld and others. She exudes confidence, beauty, strength and health—important qualities for happily married life. Finding designers for this issue who addressed full-figured women was difficult. However, the search is improving with new brands and designers addressing larger sizes. The actress Rebel Wilson, from Pitch

Perfect fame, began an eponymously named grouping of cool separates and dresses called Rebel. The sixteen-yearold retailer Torrid, which has 548 stores nationwide and in Canada made a splash at a New York Fashion week this past September when CFDA winner Tanya Taylor created a capsule collection for our ladies which we shot in our fashion pages. One of the design pioneers of this movement Christian Siriano never thought twice about not including full-figure beauties in his runway presentations. For him, size was never a prerequisite for wearing stunning looks; “I started my first collection offering sizes up to 14 and custom up to a 26 so it really was never a topic for us in my office it was just normal. If we got an order for a size 18 we made it that was it. That’s why I’m still standing 10 years later. I just wanted to make clothes and have women buy them and feel good when they wear them, that was really the goal at the end of the day.” We’re with you Christian! At WBM we are a brand of inclusion and want women to feel beautiful no matter what size.

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LETTER FROM THE EXPERT

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’m beyond excited to be the guest editor for this curvy issue of World Bride Magazine, and to congratulate you on your upcoming nuptials. While writing this letter, I looked at some of the gorgeous images included in this issue, and began to reminisce about my own wedding day, which took place twenty years ago. I remembered all the things I did to fulfill the vision I had for my big day to be a wonderful memory. I also thought about the anxiety I had when it was time to look for a gown. This is normally one of most stressful endeavors of every bride’s wedding planning experience; and when you are a full figured bride, there is an extra level of anxiety. I had a clear vision of the silhouette I wanted, but being a plus size bride in 1998 was very different than it is in 2018. The offerings were not as great back then, especially if you wanted to go to a bridal salon to try on gowns in your size. Even though I had years of experience styling women with different body types, spending hours in fittings and a full understanding of foundation garments and their benefits, shopping for my own gown still provoked anxiety about going into stores that didn’t have gowns in my size. Today there’s great news; you have a lot more options for both bridal salons and beautiful gowns, in sizes fourteen and up. Before

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we get started I want you to promise yourself to be bold about your bridal gown choices and unapologetic about your figure. As I offer you some trustworthy tips for one of the most memorable days of your life, know that I believe you have every right to feel amazing and look fantastic on your wedding day. I want you to love the gown you choose and get exactly what your heart desires.

#LOVEALWAYS Susan Moses

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REAL BRIDE REAL WEDDING FULL NAME Bride: Megan Mateo Groom: Jim Ferraro

OCCUPATION: Writer and lawyer

WHAT IS YOUR CULTURAL BACKGROUND? Bride: Spanish Groom: Italian

HOW DID YOU MEET? Mutual friend 13 years ago

WHY DID YOU PICK YOUR LOCATION?

unconditionally and who love you unconditionally.

of our lives, hand in hand. So we took a leap of faith

It was the first place we ever went on vacation

Family is about acceptance, sharing and love.

and chose to take on a new planner, Laura Frappa of

together out of the country. We had been

WHAT IS ONE BIT OF ADVICE YOU HAVE TO GIVE TO COUPLES PLANNING THEIR WEDDING AND LIVES TOGETHER?

Exclusive Italy Weddings and her team. Laura’s patience,

dating just a few weeks and we said to each other we had to get married there one day.

WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO YOU ABOUT YOUR WEDDING?

Megan Jim AND

July 23, 2017

Fashion Photographer: Marcus Hyde Megan Wore: A vintage 90’s Dolce & Gabbana runway dress for the welcome dinner and rehearsal dinner, for the pool party she wore a custom made and designed Julien MacDonald. For the wedding day she wore 2 custom gowns by designer Galia Lahav. Jim Wore: Head to toe (literally from bow tie to socks) Tom Ford for all 4 events. Wedding Location: Ravello, Italy - 3 days, multiple events (welcome dinner, rehearsal dinner, wedding, pool party)

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Never lose sight of what a wedding is really about. It is so easy to get caught up in every detail of the event. Six weeks before our wedding, Jim said he wasn’t happy with

Each other. Simply each other. Our love, and

the relationship that had transpired with the wedding

the celebration of our eternal union.

planners and that he wished to switch. Naturally, anyone

WHAT DOES LOVE MEAN TO YOU? Love means all which is unconditional, love means acceptance, patience, support, and seeing your reflection in another. Our love is nothing short of a dream.

WHAT DOES FAMILY MEAN TO YOU? Family are people who you love

would freak out due to the time constraint. However, for us, the focus wasn’t extravagance, or embroidered napkins or cake flavors (we didn’t even do a tasting as the cake was made in Italy- turned out amazing of course) the focus was just us. Just our love, the love we would’ve waited a million lifetimes for. And it didn’t matter if the decor wasn’t perfect and if the colors weren’t exact. All we were certain of was that we would be meeting each other at the altar and begin the most beautiful journey

kindness and attentiveness was everything we were looking for. She was hopeful and cared as much as we did about making sure that love was the focus. We had four events over the course of three days and it was the most magical, unfathomably perfect weekend of our lives. It took a while for us to fully absorb just how incredible our wedding was, and how much pure and overwhelming joy was shared amongst our friends and family. When you come from a place of true love, nothing can go wrong. It’s all about the energy you put in because that’s the same energy you will get back, we are proof. When you feel overwhelmed, uncertain or confused when planning a wedding, just look into your partners eyes and take a minute to remember why you are doing anything in the first place.

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FULL NAME

our guests from out of states and country to enjoy

Bride: Nayuka Akima

themselves. Our goal was to make the wedding

Groom: Sean Thomas Andrews

convenient for everyone regardless of language barrier, or distance traveled.

OCCUPATION Bride: Defense Finance and Accounting Services

WHAT DOES LOVE MEAN TO YOU?

Groom: Air Force Officer / C-130J Pilot

Love is patience, respect, and caring for one another.

WHAT IS YOUR CULTURAL BACKGROUND? Bride: Japanese

Nayuka Sean AND

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Photographer: Meg Brooke Photography Nayuka Wore: Oleg Cassini Floral Tiered Back Wedding Dress Sean Wore: US Air Force Mess Dress Uniform Bridesmaids Wore: Traditional Japanese Kimono Wedding Location: Las Sendas Trailhead Members Club Mesa, AZ

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Groom: American

HOW DID YOU MEET? We met through a mutual friend from church. Our friend Dan Trapani introduced us to one another after church.

WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT PLANNING YOUR WEDDING?

Patience is crucial especially when it comes to miscommunications and cultural misunderstandings. Being patient shows that you are willing to take the time for each other. In love you respect one another as individuals.

WHAT DOES FAMILY MEAN TO YOU? Family means always having someone that will be there for you in all aspects of your life. The highs, lows, and everything in between. They are a part of you and you are a part of them. It’s very important to us.

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about our wedding that is was elegantly small and

FULL NAME Bride: Stephanie Duncan Groom: Kevin Fleetwood

OCCUPATION Bride: Owns and operates Etiquette Excellence a Professional Development Company which teaches grades K though College age students, and Corporate Development. Groom: Realtor at D. R. Horton, in Gwinnett County, Georgia

WHAT IS YOUR CULTURAL BACKGROUND?

surrounded by people we love. Kevin: That we stayed within our budget. At first we wanted to have only a few friends and family... about 15, then things got a bit hectic as people started finding out about it, we ended the day with 50 visitors and it couldn’t have been better.

WHAT DOES LOVE MEAN TO YOU? Stephanie: Love means limitless joy and unconditional courage beyond human comprehension. A true disclosure of everything within the heart. Kevin: Love means intimacy, transparency, peace and a sense of a powerful connection.

Kevin and Stephanie are of mixed

Stephanie Kevin AND

July 7, 2017 Photographer: JP Image Studios Stephanie Wore: WWWUSA White Lace Strapless Short Mini Asymmetrical Princess Wedding Dress. Kevin Wore: A black tie and cumberbun with a semi-formal White Linen jacket and black pants by Mens Wearhouse. Wedding Location: Mount Paran, in Buckhead, Georgia

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heritage, Kevin born in Boston, MA and

WHAT DOES FAMILY MEAN TO YOU?

Stephanie born in Philadelphia, PA

Stephanie: Stephanie a core of different values and

HOW DID YOU MEET? We met on a dating site called “Plenty of Fish”, and dated for two years,.

common sharing of different attributes. Kevin: A nurturing spring of change, rules and dedication.

WHERE DID WE GET MARRIED? Mount Paran in the Prayer Tower, in Buckhead

WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT PLANNING YOUR WEDDING? Stephanie: The most important thing

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WBM CONTRIBUTORS 1 1. MIKE RUIZ

3. ROBERTO LIGRESTI

At the age of 28 Ruiz began in the field of photography. “I found a camera under my Christmas tree and within minutes, I was obsessed. I began shooting everything in sight. I taught myself the intricate mechanics of the camera but it was a couple of years before I realized that I could actually make a living with my work,” Ruiz was quoted as saying. Presently based in New Jersey, Ruiz is known for beauty, celebrity and fashion photography. His work has appeared in numerous American and international magazines such as Vanity Fair, Prestige Hong Kong, L’Officiel Singapore, L’Officiel Australia, Flaunt, Condé Nast Traveler, Italian Elle, Spanish and Brazilian Vogue He has also directed several music videos for such artists as Kelly Rowland, Kristine W, Jody Watley, Traci Lords and Shontelle. Mike is most proud of his community service having supported such organizations as GMHC, The Trevor Project, Housing Works, It Gets Better Campaign, Live Out Loud, Project Angel Food, and GLAAD.

Italian born Roberto Ligresti moved to New York City after graduating from the prestigious Academy of Arts of Brera, Milan, aiming for a career in art or illustration. Fast forward fifteen years Roberto is now one of the most respected photographers specialized in beauty . Roberto’s work has appeared in Allure Magazine and Tatler and in advertising for L’Oreal and Bacardi. Roberto lives and works in both NYC and Los Angeles.

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2. FRANKLIN THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHER

Born in New York, Thompson developed an interest in photography at a young age watching his dad’s passion for photography. Fast forward a decade, Thompson now shoots and directs beauty, fashion and advertising stills and videos with a client list that includes Sephora, TRESemme, Ulta Beauty, Benefit Cosmetics, Buxom Cosmetics, Cover Girl, Conde Nast, Grey Worldwide, JWalk, Essence, and L’Officiel.

PRE WEDDING BEAUTY SESSION & TEST SHOOT A pre-wedding shoot with our in-house photographer is a perfect way to see how your hair and makeup will look on film before your wedding date. With expert direction, you will also discover your best angles and get comfortable in front of the camera.

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4. RENEE GARNES

PHOTO SHOOT ART DIRECTOR As one of the most powerful names in the fields of fashion, beauty and entertainment, makeup artist Renee Garnes is the force behind the biggest icons in the world. Over the course of an illustrious career that spans fifteen years, Renee has worked with Sharon Stone, Liv Tyler, Naomi Campbell, Alicia Keys, Serena Williams, Zoe Kravitz, Misty Copeland, Ashley Graham and Rita Ora, just to name a select few. Her unique artistry has also made her a “must-have” among such elite fashion models as Joan Smalls, Jasmine Tookes, Jourdan Dunn, Chanel Iman, Jasmine Sanders, Niki Taylor, Josephine Skriver and Maria Borges. Her versatile influence can also be seen on the pages of such glossy magazines as Vogue Italia, Allure, W, French Numero, Marie Claire, Elle France, Vogue Brazil and Bazaar Mexico and on global ad campaigns for such prestigious brands as Chanel, Balmain Paris, Givenchy Jeans, Judith Leiber Couture, DKNY, Levi’s, Adidas and Reem Acra.

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WBM CONTRIBUTORS 1 1. STEPHANIE FLOR

3. NIA MOZEE

Stephanie Flor is a NYCbased makeup artist who works with some of the most influential celebs out there, from Mariah Carey to Sting. She founded AroundTheWorldBeauty.com, a beauty, travel platform based focused on celebrating diversity and beauty rituals of women around the world. Her global beauty tips have been featured in Marie Claire, Glamour Magazine and currently “Sacred Beauty,” a regular beauty and travel series on Latina.com. Flor’s expertise in multicultural beauty has made her a go-to ambassador for leading cosmetic brands, such as Clinique, Maybelline and many more.

Nia hails all the way from Buffalo New York. Starting her career in Interior Design gradually transitioning into the world of events with over six years of experience. She has taken the idea of designing a permanent space and infusing that into the world of events creating experiences for guests. Her love of design spans across various mediums including styling and floral design.

TRAVEL AND BEAUTY EDITOR

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With a globetrotting spirit, Sara Kendall seeks adventure and discovery wherever in the world she travels. Exotic cultures, new faces, delicious fares, beautiful oceans, and urban places get Sara’s heart pumping. She is just as passionate about photography as she is for traveling, so you will find her writing is often paired with her beautifully captured images. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and online publications including her longstanding run as a contributing travel writer for The Charlotte Observer.

EVENTS EDITOR

4. SUSAN MOSES

TRAVEL AND BEAUTY EDITOR

Susan Moses is the doyenne of plus fashion. From New York to Hollywood, and across a few borders, she has built an illustrious career steeped in the cultures of retail, editorial, advertising, film, television music and fashion design. In her new book, The Art of Dressing Curves: The Best Kept Secrets of a Fashion Stylist (HarperCollins), touted as the style bible for curvy women, Susan brings all her fashion know-how and a complete understanding that fashion is not just about loving clothes it’s about knowing how to wear them. As a celebrity stylist, blogger, guest editor, spokesperson and designer, Susan’s signature has been showcased on red carpets and stages from the Oscar’s to the Golden Globes, from the Grammy’s to the American Music Awards, all the alphabet events (BET, MTV, Vh1 and SAG), in print and television advertising, and on daytime and late-night talk shows. World Bride Magazine | 27


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eah, you’re getting married! Here are a few

is generally needed to gather the skirt of the gown in the

steps to diffuse some of the anxiety and get you

back so that you can walk and dance without tripping

on your way. As a celebrity stylist, what I know

or ripping the back of your dress during the reception.

for sure is the importance of visuals as you look for your

When choosing your bustle you want something that

gown and plan your wedding. One thing I highly suggest

doesn’t take away from the original design or alter the

is utilizing a digital wedding planner. This will help you

back of the dress too drastically. There are a variety of

stay on schedule, keep your vision intact—from gowns

bustles, and the two most common are the American

and bouquets to the type of venue you desire—and serve

bustle and French bustle. American bustles attach with

as a guide when you are talking to bridal salon stylists,

buttons or small hooks and loops allowing the train to

florists and wedding planners. As you fill in the planner

be lifted up and over the top of the gown. French bustles

include every detail; nothing is too big or too small.

also incorporate hooks, but they pick up the train and

tuck it under the silhouette. Ribbons are frequently

When selecting images of gowns one very helpful tool

is understanding your body shape. Just as one shade of

bra fitting. When trying on gowns always wear your

attached to connect and secure the fabric.

best fitting bra. If you don’t, you may ruin the beauty of

nude lipstick suits your complexion, certain

an otherwise perfect gown. This is even more important

silhouettes and fabrics naturally flatter your

if you are well endowed and your gown requires a

figure. There are five core shapes: hourglass,

strapless bra. Remember, there will be lots of focus on

triangle, rectangle, inverted triangle, oval, and occasionally a combination of two. Once you determine your shape, choosing the right silhouette will become less challenging. There is a chapter in my book, The Art of Dressing Curves, as well as online tools to help you. Your body shape and the style of the gown you choose may be the deciding factor for the type of bustle you choose if you need one. A bustle

Shopping for Your

WEDDING GOWN BY SUSAN MOSES PHOTOS COURTESY OF KLEINFELD, AVENUE PHOTOGRAPHER IS FRANCESCO BENSON

Next, do your research. Seek bridal salons that

your décolletage in your bridal beauty photos, so you

carry plus size gowns, and make sure they have a full

want to be properly supported. Once you’ve chosen your

range of designers and sizes for you to try on. Holding a

gown you can determine the type of bra and shapewear

gown in front of your body serves no purpose. It is very

necessary for your wedding day. Please keep in mind

important that you try on the gown and get a proper

that wearing proper shapewear is not to reshape your

fitting. Search online, ask your friends about bridal

body. Foundation garments are worn to support, define

salons where they had great experiences, and visit a few

and refine your assets, which will ultimately ensure the

bridal boutiques and department stores to ask questions

seamless fit of your gown. It’s important to note that

about sizing and inventory before you officially begin shopping for your gown.

Now, lets focus on the gown and its underpinnings—

proper fitting foundation garments. Before you embark on visits to try on gowns, have your measurements taken—by someone you trust—and get a professional

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT

LAZARO

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collection. In 1994 Joe Murphy, JLM Couture President and CEO, brought Lazaro into the JLM group to launch his iconic

azaro Perez is the designer behind his

Lazaro collection. In 2010, Lazaro was named designer of JLM’s

namesake collection Lazaro, and bridge

Tara Keely collection, featuring a simpler, pared down aesthetic.

collection, Tara Keely. Lazaro is a visionary

Inspired by romance and timeless elegance, Lazaro has culled

in the bridal industry and his opulent creations are a

from Hollywood glamour and his experiences in theatre and

sumptuous mix of dreamy romance, timeless elegance

costume design. Lazaro’s latest collection is designed to enchant

and diva glam. Lazaro is known for impeccable fits,

and seduce. He creates frothy ball gowns to sculptured trumpets,

exquisite hand embroidery, and the use of luxurious

with sheer panels that reveal just enough. Lazaro combines

fabrics that shimmer and bedazzle.

exquisite materials to create unique fabrications. Metallic gowns

sparkle under shimmering net, and layers of luscious lace offer

Originally from Cuba, Lazaro grew up with a

dress form and measuring tape in tow. He started his career as a pattern maker, designing custom gowns at

tempting textures. A household name among brides-to-be, Lazaro’s designs are

a couture bridal shop located in the prestigious Gold

frequently seen on TLC’s hit show, “Say Yes to The Dress” and

Coast of Chicago. While attending university, Lazaro

worn by celebrities such as Christy Romano, Bethany Hamilton

was awarded ‘Best New Bridal Design’ and later

and Angela Lanter, among others. Most recently, Lazaro dressed

moved to New York as an apprentice for bridal house

Demi Lovato for her latest music video “Tell Me You Love

Galina-Bouquet. Following his apprenticeship, Lazaro

Me.” In our book Lazaro is worthy of being celebrated with his

became head designer for Richard Glasgow’s Riccio

wonderful history with dressing some of the most beautiful brides in the world.

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uch like the gowns she creates, Hayley Paige embraces whimsical refinement with a touch of effortless edge. As the

head designer of Hayley Paige,Blush by Hayley

Paige, JLM Hjelm by Hayley Paige and Hayley Paige Occasions at JLM Couture. She has received global recognition for her bridalwear as well as her red carpet pieces, which have been worn by

musicians, influencers and famous style-setters such as Carrie Underwood, Chrissy Teigen; Olivia Wilde; Aly Raisman;Kristen Taekman;Jamie Lynn Sigler; Hilary Rhoda; Zuri Hall; Annalynne Mccord; Kelsea Ballerini;

HAYLEY PAIGE PHOTOS COURTESY OF JLM COUTURE

Jana Kramer and Peta Murgatroyd. Viewing the collection is a glimpse of the extensive experience this young, well experience designer has gained in a short period of time. Each design seems to express her expansive, diverse experience, coupled with love and passion for her craft. Brides of all shapes, and sizes are sure to find the perfect gown for her wedding day.

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT

A

llison Webb is the designer of her namesake bridal collection, Allison Webb, and the Ti Adora by Allison

Webb collection. Her exquisitely crafted embroideries and attention to detail create an aesthetic that is the epitome of modern romance. Her southern roots are evident in the soft femininity of her designs. Born and raised in Georgia, Allison attended the University of Georgia and then moved to New York City where she received a Degree from Parsons in Fashion Design. Allison began her career interning at Chado Ralph Rucci where she witnessed the art of true couture dressmaking firsthand. Her devotion to luxury craftsmanship led her to the studio of Oscar de la Renta where she spent a year working alongside Oscar and his design team. Soon after, Allison worked for J.Crew, helping with their ready-to-wear and bridal collections and later becoming their embellishment designer. Allison’s career progressed with roles at Tory Burch and ANN INC., where she designed luxury embellishments and bridal gowns, respectively. Alison’s fashion sensiblility is definetly exhibited in each of the gown pieces you our readers are looking for.

ALLISON WEBB PHOTOS COURTESY OF JLM COUTURE

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DESIGNER TAKEOVER

MADELEINE FIG PHOTOS TAKEN BY MATTHEW COOKE & BRIAN THORSON

J

annina Madeleine Figueroa is the creative force

I decided to inciude curvy and plus sizes because we are

behind Madeleine Fig. At the ripe age of 22,

normal. Brides come in all shapes and sizes and why

Jannina started her own wedding gown label,

would you want to limit their range of shopping to a

Madeleine Fig. With both the support and hard working

certain plus size only store or only cater up to a certain

qualities of her parents, Jannina was able to attend one

size? The average woman is currently a size 12. Curvy

of the top design schools in Los Angeles. A visual design

is normal, style shouldn’t be compromised because of

degree as well as growing up in a creative environment

your size and wedding dress shopping should make

is the major influence behind her work. Her meticulous

you feel even more beautiful!

attention to detail, use of texture, and her unique style has her in a league of her own. Since her 2013 international launch, Jannina has encountered a frenzy of international press coverage ranging from Singapore to Peru! Timeless with a modern edge, Madeleine Fig offers one of a kind pieces for the fashion forward bride made of textural mixes, unique fabrics, and a signature combo of white and natural hues. All made with love in the USA! Why did you feel It was so important to include curvy girls, and plus size pieces as part of her collection?

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What are some of the challenges you noticed In the fashion industry, bridal industry when It comes to size? The challenges I have noticed in the fashion industry in terms of size are that gowns tend to run ridiculously small. A street size 4 is a bridal 8 for instance, we pride

It is important to me as a designer to make women of various sizes feel inclusive in my presentations because women are women and not one is alike. Can you tell me what sort of fabrics are used, and what is the time frame needed to put together a gown for a bride. We use a wide array of fabrics from silk to luxe knits. Our sister company is a fabric house so we are fortunate to have such unique fabrics to offer our brides. Our time frame ranges, but we like to keep it at 10-12 weeks. If we need to rush something we can usually accommodate.

ourselves on true to size gowns. What you wear on the

You also make lingerie-What brought that on?

regular is the size your gown will be, it is just easier and

Yes! We love our lingerie! We started doing lingerie as

far less tormenting.

a product development request from one of our larger

Why is it important to you as a designer to make women of various sizes feel inclusive in your presentations?

buyers. It just sparked the fun creative side and we went with it.


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CRANE PAPER SOURCE

PAPER SOURCE

Your Invitation is

Founded in 1983 by Sue Lindstrom in companies that have been around for years with plenty

IN THE MAIL

BY MYRDITH LEON-MCCORMACK

A

mail. There was always something special about opening something that

and important to receive a letter, or a package. Today, the excitement is still the same, with the exception of when you know it is a bill. But such is the life of being a responsible adult. The piece of mail we will be discussing today is the fun ones that arrive in a beautiful envelope, textured, some sort of fun, fancy colored envelop.You just know you are going to have to prepare for a party, see family, cry laugh and everything that comes with the occasion. So when you are the one sending the piece of mail for such a wonderful occasion it becomes even more

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those of you that are crafty and creative, they have a

customers, to the indecisive,and to the most creative

plethora of paper goods that will satisfy the best of you.

Crane & Co., was born by Zenas Crane in Boston

s I child I have always loved receiving

had your name on it. It made me feel special,

of experience with impressing the most demanding of of souls.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF PAPER SOURCE AND CRANE& CO.

thought behind it. Why? Because this will be the first representation of the occasion that is to come—your wedding day. That first piece of mail will announce to your friends and family your upcoming change of marital status. As you make the request for their presence to your wedding, whether it be a short distance or a long distance to attend your wedding, you want the invitation to make a statement. You definitely don’t want that piece of mail sitting by the sideline unopened. Therefore, we went to some of our favorite

With a nationwide reach, you will have full access to the great in-store workshops. But have no fear, their

in 1801. This stationery company survived decades

Youtube tutorials are accessible to those of you whom

of economic challenges and still collaborating with

have the DIY spirit.

various brands, and now serving consumers with important. You have to put more work into it and

Chicago from gift bag products, and for

digital invitations. The trend of stationary business

The special occasion you may be sending out invitations:

while changing, is still very much a part of this iconic

Engagement Announcement, Save The Date

brand. Crane now continues to service it’s prestigious

Wedding Invitation

clientele as with its on-line services that will be able to

Thank You Notes

assist you, guide you through the wedding process and

Don’t be shy about asking any questions to ease

any etiquette questions you may have.They have create

your concerns. Questions are welcomed and they both

wonderful short articles, that are designed to give you

have a great customer service department ready to help

tips on ways to make this process easier.

you make your occasion special. So set the tone and

Another of our favorite is newcomer Paper Source,

make yours.

which took the industry by storm with their chic boutique stores that go beyond stationary goods.

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I

had the pleasure of sitting down with world renowned pastry aficionado Ron Ben-Israel. Known around the world as the master of details with life-like sugar floral

renditions on his couture cake creations. Everything that you would expect from a master of his craft visually was fulfilled and more. Decadent creations not just for brides but for all the celebratory events in your life that you could feast your eyes on! Ron was honest, open, gracious and funny! Ron in collaboration with Valrhona Chocolate shares his talents with the newest generation of culinary hopefuls. To stay abreast to what he’s involved with in fashion, design and all things cake, check out his newest creation: “As the Cake Turns,” his blog discussing cake and fashion in the city that doesn’t sleep-New York City!

Candid Conversations with RON BEN-ISRAEL

BY NIA MOZEE OF SIMPLY NIA DESIGN PHOTOS COURTESY OF RON BEN-ISRAEL

As an event planner I’ve noticed a trend in smaller weddings and events. Has this trickled into the pastry world? Over the last two to three years the trend in pastry have been back to BIG cakes. Does size matter? The size should be based on the number of guests that you want to feed and the style of the wedding. One of Ron’s brides wanted a nine-tier wedding cake as a showstopper for her wedding but would have more cake then guests. Ron came up with the idea of partnering with local food charity for the couple to donate the remaining cake and they got to share their joy and give back to the community with a slice of heaven! 40 | World Bride Magazine

coffee so they have a flashback of the wedding. Another great idea could be two-for-one where guests are given decadent chocolates as a favor and another dessert to

During the recent Biz Bash Expo here in New York City, where professionals from various disciplines in the event industry come together you shared during a panel discussion that couples should choose between “sweets table” and wedding cake, Why do you feel this way? Even skinny people diet. Why over indulge with a smorgasbord of desserts when you can focus on the cake. Your wedding cake, like the bride’s wedding gown should make a statement. Sweets tables are a lovely idea like having a Donut Wall where guests can enjoy the beauty and decadence of a wedding cake, Guests could for instance take a donut for their next day and have with

share with guests.

Since the official approval of same-sex marriages is there a difference in the types of designs for the cakes or are they having traditional cakes? Since same-sex couples have had to wait so long to be

“DECADENT CREATIONS NOT JUST FOR BRIDES BUT FOR ALL THE CELEBRATORY EVENTS IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU COULD FEAST YOUR EYES ON!“ Couples transitioning from Winter into Spring. What are your design ideas if they don’t want to be so literal with their interpretations of the seasons? Traditionally when you think of Winter you think

married and recognized legally in the world a common

white! There are no real rules that you must stick to. You

theme is unity. The details of their cake are to evoke

can start with a white background and combine with

feelings of unity and happiness. Couples are focusing on

pastels that are associated with Spring. When you think

sentimental memories of how they met, favorite places

Spring, you think flowers starting to bloom that can

that speak to their true love that they want to share with

translate directly to the cake having the flowers in bloom

their guests.

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Shop Talk: Oscar Mora

OSCAR MORA FLORAL DESIGN BY NIA MOZEE OF SIMPLY NIA DESIGN

In the world of flowers, is there such a thing as less is more?

PHOTOS COURTESY OF OSCAR MORA FLORAL DESIGNS

W

It can most definitely apply to floral design for those

hat a joy to work with some of the nature’s

designers who want the minimal look. If you take a look

most beautiful creations to create floral

at my Instagram page my name is @oscarmorandmore

arrangements and décor to rival them in

so this obviously isn’t my philosophy for design. My

their own natural elements. Getting his artistic start

ideal isn’t 3 leaves and one flower lol. I don’t like the

painting on canvas Oscar Mora now uses a different

over excess either there needs to be a perfect balance of

canvas. He starts with a simple vase and creates one-of-

More is More!

a-kind floral arrangements that are classic, elegant and breathtaking.

You’ve been successful as a floral artist for many years. How do you continue your love affair with flowers? Honestly, I don’t know. But seriously, I work with real beauty. Flowers have no other reason to exist other than

Taking brides from Winter to Spring what are some of your favorite Winter/Spring flowers and color palettes? One of my absolute favorite winter flowers is

being beautiful. Working with them gives me a challenge

Amaryllis. They evoke the holiday spirit. To move into

to make them look even more beautiful than what nature

spring, you can use them in white and add colors like

intended.

yellows, grays, and greenery like eucalyptus. For an

I create beautiful ambiances with florals and other

extra pop of color, you can add some orange. Flowers

decorative elements. When you work with beauty, how

with softer tones are ranunculus, roses, and a touch a

could you ever get tired?

camellia here and there gives you the essence of spring.

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Travelling around the globe creating magnificent florals where do you draw your inspiration from?

Mexico City its just to die for! The variety of flowers

Of course, I absolutely pull from the location and

that you encounter is insane and the prices there are

culture that I’m surrounded by. Also the venue space

more affordable compared to New York City prices for

where you are designing dictates how you design. For

flowers like Gardenia, Tuberose and Easter Lily which

instance, if you are designing flowers in London, it is

are some of my most favorite flowers its super inspiring.

spectacular place to design flowers with one the biggest floral cultures in history. Also, France those are two of the main ones. In Brazil it is all about the tropical florals. In Mexico its very colorful, one of the most beautiful experiences is the Jamaica floral market in

What are your Do’s and Don’ts for creating the perfect bouquet? Does that exist?... LOL Perfection is very subjective. There is a perfect bouquet for every bride. It’s like doing your hair, the high expectations that you have for CONTINUED ON PAGE 141 World Bride Magazine | 43


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Iron Chef Cat Cora

DISHING OUT THE LOVE BY MYRDITH LEON-MCCORMACK

involvement are not just a Chef Cora thing. Her

PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHRIS SHELLEY

I

f you eat and sleep the one thing you are passionate

actress; avid philanthropist; health and fitness expert;

about like I do, you will never feel like you are simply

lifestyle entrepreneur and mother of six. And finally, my

“doing your job”. That was the same feeling I got

hero. She is the personification of a woman.

when I was reading Chef Cat Cora’s bio, and watching

her on Iron Chef, and the countless TV appearances

chef- not a cook! Her traditional values for family is

I have seen her in. Something about this powerhouse

clearly expressed when it comes to spending time with

that is packed in a beautifully prepared small package is

her children, and her fiancee Nicole. Friday night is

inspiring.

family night whether the children are home with them

or not. Cora says that is the time when everyone is free

So as I prepared to ask her my five questions because

While we see her as this modern woman that is a

business partner and fiancee Nicole and their six children, all boys, are very active in giving back to not only their local community but they make contributions around the world.

Don’t worry, I wasn’t selfish- I got some tips for you

our brides and grooms too, who are planning your wedding. I also found out that Nicole handles all of Chef Cora’s bookings. So you too can have a Iron Chef. If you can catch a free date. Bon Appetit.

I only requested five minutes of her time, I nervously

to express their feelings, go over things that each person

What brought you to this industry?

paced the floor of my office thinking of meaningful

wants to share with the family. They do this over a

questions that would not annoy Cora, but would be

meal. “Food is the thing that bonds people together. We

South with Greek American parents, so food was out

useful to you, our readers.

all got to eat.”

center. It was the central focus of all gatherings in

Chef Cora feels like I do, food is that wonderful

my family. It’s what united us in all situations, good

me look like I am a lazy professional. Her titles

thing that will bridge the gap between people, culture,

or challenging. My mother, grandmother, father and

include: world-renowned chef; author; restaurateur;

religion, faith, race, gender and class.

godfather were all amazing cooks as well as good

contributing editor; television host and personality;

family friends were. My Godfather owned restaurants

If you think I wear many hats, this genius makes

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Philanthropy through food, and community

I was raised in Jackson, Mississippi in the Deep

in Jackson and I loved the vibe. We would come into his restaurants with the dark wood, the red booths, delicious food, cool Jazz or Blues and customers having the best time. I knew at a young age, I wanted to be a part of that. After graduating college, my mom suggested that I go to culinary school. I met Julia Child shortly after that and she gave me the best advice go to the Culinary Institute of America. I applied the next day. This was the catalyst for my career to come and its been a daunting, sweet ride.

What about food inspires you, excites you?

I have traveled all over the world, and food of all

heritages excites me especially new experiences. I will try anything once and its been an awakening for my palate to travel the world. Food from memories past or new and exciting ingredients and dishes is what keeps me motivated and inspired. Whether I am pulling a dish from some incredible experience or I am creating CONTINUED ON PAGE 142 World Bride Magazine | 45


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to include your partner when a change needs to

Q&A with KAREN BUSSEN

be considered. As in any successful relationship, communication is key. When a crucial decision needs to be made, narrow the choices for your partner. You may love the idea of

WEDDING PLANNER EXTRAORDINAIRE FOR GRAND PALLADIUM JAMAICA

a day spent looking through wedding invitations at

BY SARA KENDALL

will likely be more receptive to helping with decision-

a stationery store, when your partner dozes off just thinking about it. Bring four or five choices and they

PHOTOS COURTESY OF GRAND PALLADIUM JAMAICA

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making.

vent planning can seem a daunting task, even more so when your clients top the A-list. But for Karen Bussen, it’s just another day at the

office. Karen is one of America’s most sought after wedding planners with a client roster that boasts titans of business and entertainment. She even had the honor of planning Robert Downing Jr’s recent nuptials. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Karen and she was gracious enough to share some of her top planning tips for your big day.

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time of year, and food. Decide on the top five priorities and use these as your guide through the whole planning process. Don’t hide from the cost. Have an open and honest conversation about money with everyone who is helping pay for the wedding. Knowing your budget will lead to fewer headaches along the way.

Who’s handling what? A conversation must be had about how involved each partner wants to be with the designing and planning of

What is the biggest single piece of advice you have when planning a destination wedding? Think through the different people attending

interaction with guests. A good way to make your guests feel appreciated is writing a personal note to each, especially since they have traveled a long way for your celebration. It’s especially a perfect idea for small groups. You could have this note left in their hotel room or have it placed at their assigned seats at the wedding reception. Another way to show you thought about your guests is a wedding welcome bag ready for them in their hotel rooms that can include such gifts as sunscreen, snacks and bottled water. Some couples like to add local items

your wedding. From college friends to grandparents,

that reflect their chosen destination or items from back

there will be differences in needs and personalities. A

home that symbolize their lives together.

person with mobility concerns will need ground floor accommodations and easy access to elevators. College friends will want fun activities planned during the wedding weekend.

What is one simple way to enhance a wedding that’s often overlooked? Incorporating personal details into the celebration.

What are some common mistakes couples make? Thinking they can please everyone and control every detail. Just relax, let go, and pick your battles. Overspending on decorations for the welcome cocktail hour is a common mistake. It’s just one hour of welcoming and mingling with your guests. Just have

the wedding. Establish top priorities and if you’re the

A couple can express their personalities through

one decorating focal point for the most visual impact

one working with your wedding planner. Don’t forget

the chosen destination, wedding food, or personal

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Tom Ford Beauty Eye Defining Pen in 01 Deeper is a great double liner that is two liners in one! One end has a long tip to make that perfect line on the lid and the other is short tip to define and refine your wing tipped eyes. It is a must have in my kit! Ardell Lashes are another must have. I carry them everywhere. Ardell has an assortment of the most luxurious lashes ever! My favs are the Wispies Demi.

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bsessed; the word on describing the hottest foundation trending right now is Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, Soft Matte Longwear

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where needed. Another favorite in my kit is YSL Beauty’s Kiss & Blush. What is so wonderful about this product is that you can use the same product on your cheeks as well as on your lips! There are many hues of color of your choice. Chanel’s Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadows is another staple in my kit. I love that you have four different colors in one compact, that you can play with to enhance the eyes. They come in an assortment of ranges and colors suitable for every skin tone. Danessa Myricks Beauty Evolution Power is fabulous! So sheer and smooth with light reflecting properties which come in five

top it off with Enlight also by Danessa Myricks that sets the Illuminating Veil to a beautiful finish.

Skin: Dr Dennis Gross All In One Cleanser with toner is a non drying facial cleanser that removes makeup & impurities which leaves the skin clean and soft. I also can’t live without Dr Dennis Gross C+ Deep Cream & C+ Collagen Intense. For these harsh winter months, if you’re like me, I need something that is going to quench the thirst of my dry skin. This product Eleni & Chis Anti Aging Serum is the perfect product which uses Scandinavian natural ingredients to keep your skin hydrated during this cold winter season. Also try Eleni & Chris Hydrating Eye Cream to keep your eyes moistrized as well. Lastly, one of my staples that I use for work but also at home is Caudalie Paris Beauty Elixir. Just before facing the elements of the winter I spray this on my face. I use it throughout the day to keep my face fresh, soothed and hydrated. Also I like to use it as a finish over my makeup application to give the appearance of natural looking skin.

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“NATURAL HAIR DEFINITION. NATURAL HAIR IS THE HAIR YOU'RE BORN WITH, NOT ALTERED BY CHEMICAL STRAIGHTENERS, RELAXERS OR TEXTURIZERS.” accurate as natural hair continues to evolve. Here is the

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is a new revelation for some even though they were born with it. In the past, natural hair was perceived to be unattractive, unaccepted and

some believed they were simply not prepared to handle the required time or tender love and care mandatory to enjoy healthy natural hair. In addition. society validated straight hair. Straight hair is believed to be less time

consuming, more attractive and easier to maintain. For “New Naturals” (now one of the fastest growing communities), natural hair is a celebration of beauty and love. Women all over the world are falling in love with their natural hair- albeit, as a reintroduction, the passion is still there. The Odyssey, however, begins when it is time to maintain those lovely, healthy, kinks, coils, curls and waves.

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when making a cake from scratch, time and excellent

so impactful in mainstream society that all aspects of

ingredients are essential. Lack of time or shortcutting

Hollywood to the Boardroom reflect natural hair.

thinking applies to healthy hair care. There are NO

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oving, respecting and embracing natural hair

difficult to maintain. Because of this perceived notion,

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maintaining natural hair achievable.

ponytails, hairpins, and products as per each need (shampoo, conditioner, treatments, gel, oil and etc.) • Treat your hair well (maintain with care, use amazing products). • Condition as per need (damaged or maintaining

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The GOOD News The Natural Hair Movement brought with it a host of amazing products, tools, maintenance items and a

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BEAUTY EDITOR’S CHOICE

Choices. Choices!

I

BY TEE HUNDLEY

am often asked the difference between color and enhancement options for nails. Here is the information you will need to know to make an

informed decision for your fingertips.

Nail Lacquer (also called Nail Polish) - This is

the classic color that is applied in four coats. It requires a base coat to help with adhesion and nail protection, as well as a top coat to seal the color. Nail Lacquer takes approximately sixty minutes to dry however is dry to the touch within fifteen minutes when a great top coat such as Seche Vite is used. Nail Lacquer is great for manicures and pedicures, normally last up to thirty days on toes while a basic manicure normally last five days. Nail Lacquer is great on all ages and allows you to change color and art often.

Gel Polish - Gel Polish is a long lasting color that is applied in four coats also but has fourteen day wearability on fingers and over thirty days on toes. Each layer is cured with an LED or UV lamp which causes the layers to remain in-tact. Many are familiar with the brand Shellac and often call all gel polishes by this name however there are numerous amazing brands of gel polish such as Artistic Colour, Gelish, and Gelaze. Gel Polish is a good option for those that want their manicure to remain chip free, going on vacation, or just don't like waiting for the drying time of nail polish.

Acrylic - Acrylic is a nail enhancement that gives

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strength and can add length if used with a tip or is sculpted. Acrylic is a powder and liquid application and requires bimonthly maintenance in the form of

Not So Basic Skin Care BY TEE HUNDLEY

Water: The number one skincare product and

backfills as the nail grows out. Acrylics come in an

easiest skin pleaser! Regular water intake will keep

infinite number of colors and can be worn alone or

your body be detoxed and moisturized which

with nail polish or gel polish and offers fun with nail

basically translates into working from the inside

art. Acrylics are a great option for those with with nails

out. Skin will glow and retain moisture. Dry skin

that are hoping to have longer than what they normally

looks older and cracks which you want to avoid.

can grow, those that are hard on nails and have a lot of

A combination of water and minimum salt and

breakage, or those that want to have extensive fun with

sugar intake will keep skin looking better as

nail art and adornments.

you age.

Gel - Gel is a nail enhancement that is a gel like

Paraffin Wax Bath : Often used as a

consistency and requires curing with an LED or UV

spa treatment for the hands, feet, and body.

lamp. Gel is made up of the same ingredients of acrylic

This petroleum based wax has a low melting

helps circulation, cellulite reduction, and

but is an alternate make up. Gel also is available in

point and is soothing and relaxing. The wax

exfoliation. You can brush daily with a

many colors and has many nail art capabilities. Gel is

softens and seals in moisture immediately.

polishing brush by Aromatherapy Associates

generally not used with pedicures unless it is to

Waxes can be scented or unscented and can

and you will be ready for your big day in

rebuild nails that may have been lost or sustain

be performed weekly. Paraffin Wax Baths

no time!

extensive damage.

are a great addition to any spa service!

Be sure you discuss with

Massage: We know a massage feels

Humidifier: A humidifier is an excellent machine if you suffer from dry skin. Keeping

your manicurist what option

great, relieves stress and heals aching but

the air in your home or office moist will

best suits your needs. Just

did you know it is also great for the skin?

help you retain moisture. You can also get a

remember to have fun!

A body massage helps with circulation,

humidifier just for your face like the Dr.Denis

aids lymphatic drainage, and helps reduce

Gross Skincare Pro Facial Steamer. You can

cellulite. Facial massages will increase

still carry a facial mist in your purse

blood supply and collagen which makes skin

but you may not need it after using a

appear younger. Go for a nice 90 minute

humidifier regularly.

body massage and regular 30 to 60 minute facials for overall great results. Dry Skin Brushing: Dry Skin Brushing is great for

Be sure to discuss with your esthetician what products in conjunction with the above skincare will offer you the best results!

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life. Jane Diamond of Jane Diamond Wellness. We caught up with her during one of trips to Philadelphia. We sat down with Diamond and asked her about Wellness. Her responses will motivate you to be the best you for you.

How did you get involved in Health & Wellness? In my early twenties, I was involved in a serious

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automobile accident that instantaneously changed my life. Spending two years in and out of the hospital, lying immobile for months in a body cast spoken to. Thus the reason we wanted to find an expert

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very year around the same time - after the New Year, I make the same attempt to change my diet, and eat better, exercise..blah, blah, blah. For

the first two weeks I am keeping up the momentum and then work and life get in the way. My story is no different than millions of people who

the reasons are very legitimate. We all have to work. Our schedules change. Our lives just take different directions. Our health often gets pushed to the side because we may not be facing any physical health crises or the urgency just may not be there at that moment. So how does one get into a healthy routine? Does

of learning, moving and creating habits to continually

believed it was about living a healthier lifestyle. We at

take action, persevere and fight back. individual with a renewed sense of energy and purpose.

life that will keep you here longer to enjoy life with your

After thirteen operations, my commitment has never

beloved and your friends and family.

waivered. My dedication of guiding people to better

Each person has to take a solid look at their own

health and wellness comes from a very personal place.

situation and make a personal determination about

My philosophy: without credibility, a leader will not

what healthy looks like to them. You alone have to

be effective inspiring others or articulating a vision.

determine when and how you are going to prolong

People will not follow you if they don’t believe in you.

life to the fullest. No one can make that decision for you. one have to wait until there is a health crisis to make the

But you will need to surround yourself with people

necessary moves to live a healthier lifestyle? And what

who will support you, be honest with you and become

if you are just simply happy with your weight? Why do

your champion.

you really need to watch your diet? These questions and more often are just some of the things that go through my mind and that of some I have

I built myself back to a strong, healthy, and happy

We want you to live a healthier life, for the rest of your

your life that will enable you the opportunity to enjoy

attempt to do the same thing and fail to maintain the routine that they had planned for themselves. And

that went beyond just weight loss, and exercise, but truly WBM don't want you to lose weight for the wedding day.

BY MYRDITH LEON-MCCORMACK

and facing setback after setback, I began a process

So we found a fitness, health expert that will go beyond getting you on a diet, or exercise. She will help make this a way of life for you that will enhance your

What role does nutrition play with weight loss and gain? For most of us nutrition is the key to weight loss or weight gain. Many of us have difficulty finding foods that provide the nutrition to fuel our bodies and are satiating to curb hunger and cravings. Food is available 24/7 – we don’t even have to leave our offices and homes and can have any food we CONTINUED ON PAGE 143

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Photography by MIKE RUIZ

Jewelry: LONNA & LILLY Gown: ROSA CLARA AT DESIGNER LOFT Veil: LORI LONDON AT DESIGNER LOFT

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Jewelry: CHRISTOPHER DESIGNS Gown: CASABLANCA

Earrings: ALEXIS BITTAR. Gown: JASMINE COUTURE AT DESIGNER LOFT Shoes: COACH

Shoes: BADGLEY MISCHKA

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Jewelry: ROBERTO COIN

Gown: PNINA TORNAI FOR KLEINFELD

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Jewelry: JACOB & CO Gown: TARA KEELY DESIGNED BY LAZARO Jewelry: ROBERTO COIN Gown: VISCERA NY BRIDAL

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Jewelry: JEMILY Gown: EVE OF MILADY COUTURE AT BRIDAL REFLECTIONS

Foundation: LAURA MERCIER - Tinted Moisturizer - in shades Mocha & Walnut; FASHION FAIR - Oil Control Pressed Powder in Kola, LANCOME - Dual Finish #510 Suede Highlight: M.A.C. - Gold Deposit Mineralize Skin Finish Blush: CARGO - blush shade in Laguna Eyes: TOM FORD - Dual beauty eyeliner; PAT MCGRATH - Labs Mothership III Eye Shadow Palate VR Nectur & Bronze; PERSCRIPTIVES - Softlining pencil in jet; ARDELL LASHES - Wispies Lips: BURBERRY - Bright Plum #49 Hair Stylist: DEBRA HARE-BEY Florals: SIMPLY NIA DESIGN Model: LIRIS CROSSE

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DUCHESS and Her Jewels

Photography by ROBERTO LIGRESTI

Art Director/ Makeup Artist: RENEE GARNES Fashion Director: MIMI LOMBARDO

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Jewelry: CHRISTOPHER DESIGNS Crown: MARIA ELENA AT KLEINFELD Dress: REBEL Fur: POLOGEORGIS


Jewelry: SONA JEWELERS Dress: DEBSHOPS Jewelry: AMRAPALI Dress: DEBSHOPS

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Jewelry: MIKIMOTO Dress: NANETTE LEPORE Necklace: JACOB & CO. Mink: POLOGEORGIS Crown: THOMAS KNOLL AT KLEINFELD

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Dress: DEBSHOPS Crown: MARIA ELENA AT KLEINFELD

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Jewelry: MARCO BICEGO

Jewelry: DAVID YURMAN Tiara: THOMAS KNOLL AT KLEINFELD Dress: REBEL

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Jewelry: IPPOLITA Dress: REBEL Foundation: DIOR - Skin Nude #30 CHANEL - Le Tient Ultra Tenue #10, YSL-Touche Eclat #2, M.A.C Whisper of Guilt Highlight: M.A.C. - Gold Deposit Mineralize Skin Finish Blush: GUCCI - Sun Stone #20 Eyes: CHANEL - Les #9 Ombres Multi-Effects limited edition, Lips: NARS - Coeur Sucre, MAKE UP FOREVER - Chelsea Girl #24 Crayon

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Jewelry: ROBERTO COIN

Dress: ADRIANNA PAPELL

Jewelry: JEMILY Dress: TANYA TAYLOR

Hair Stylist: DIEGO LAREZ AT AMOY COUTURE SALON Model: BRIANNA BOARDMAN AT WILHELMENA

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followed by the Princess cut which has pointed corners (according to Bluenile.com). Other popular cuts are; Emerald, Marquise, Oval, Radiant, Pear, Heart and ROBERT PROCOP

Cushion. The term carat refers to the weight of the stone and clarity actually refers to the absence of color

GISMONDI

and how clear it is. The rarity of a colored diamond rises with the intensity of the shade. The other question is where to buy a diamond ring.

GIRLS BEST FRIEND BEFORE YOU SPEND CASH ON THE RING, BE AS INFORMED AS POSSIBLE.

BY MIMI LOMBARDO

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n the Spring, many Americans will get up at the crack of dawn to get a glance at the much awaited wedding of the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in London. Ms. Markle’s engagement ring is a

diamond sourced from Botswana surrounded by two smaller diamonds from the jewelry of Harry’s mother, Princess Diana. The ring was custom designed by the groom-to-be and created with the thought that Diana would be a part of their life’s journey. The thoughtfulness of the design and the use of family gems shows that Harry is clearly in it for the long haul as one would expect from a man of his stature.

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Although few people are royalty, the engagement

days the “ These name of the game is personalization...

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ring holds enormous significance for a couple. It represents a forever promise and although a diamond is not always necessary for an engagement (many gemstones are beautiful) the diamond still remains the standard of excellence and measure of love and commitment. These days the name of the game is personalization with many brides opting for a unique design of their own.

Reputable jewelers range from a neighborhood shop to a Cartier, Tiffany’s, Harry Winston to a Jared, and Kay Jewelers. If you are in New York City, you can wander 47 Street between 5th and 6th Avenues which is called jewelry row and shop the booths for the best deal. You’ll find estate jewelry as well as new pieces. Buying diamonds online are surprisingly an option now. Blue Nile has been selling diamond rings online since 1999. They will send a plastic ring measure for free as the first step in the process and you can build and design a ring right there on the site. Meghan Markle’s ring is valued at upwards of $50,000 but any ring given to a bride-to-be in the sincere spirit of love and commitment is priceless.

Choices range in the four c’s: cut, color, clarity and carat. The metal options are white gold, platinum, yellow gold, and rose gold.

DAVID YURMAN

The most popular diamond cut is the round

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Bikini: RAISINS CURVE Sunglasses: JIMMY CHOO Necklace & Bracelets: LONNA + LILLY Shoes: BADGLEY MISCHKA

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Photography by FRANKLIN THOMPSON

Art Director/ Makeup Artist: RENEE GARNES Fashion Director: MIMI LOMBARDO

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Kimono: YUMI KATSURA AT DESIGNER LXOFT Bikini Bottom: RAISINS CURVE Earrings: LACEY RYAN Shoes: VINCE CAMUTO

Dress: TANYA TAYLOR Earrings & Bracelet: LACEY RYAN Shoes: VINCE CAMUTO

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Top: LAFAYETTE 148 Bikini Bottom: RAISINS CURVE Shoes: VINCE CAMUTO Necklaces: LACEY RYAN Sunglasses: VINTAGE

Dress: DEBSHOPS Necklace: LAFAYETTE 148 Earrings: LACEY RYAN Bag: JILL HABER Foundation: FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA - Soft Matte Long Wear Foundation #170 & #330; FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA - MatchStick Concealer in Linen; LAURA MERICER’S - Secret brighting powder. Highlight: FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA - in Metal Moon Blush: FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Ginger Binge & Moscow Mule Lips: ARDELL’S - Matte Whipped Liquid Lips in Femme Sentiment (nude) & Sizzling Sunset (red)

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Bikini: RAISINS CURVE Earrings & Bracelet: LACEY RYAN Shoes: VINCE CAMUTO

Skin: DR. DENNIS GROSS All In One Cleanser with Toner, Hyaluronic Marine Oil Free Moisturizer, Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster

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Bikini: RAISINS CURVE Sunglasses: JIMMY CHOO Necklace: LONNA + LILLY Bracelets: LACEY RYAN Shoes: BADGLEY MISCHKA Hair Stylist: DIEGO LAREZ FOR AMOY COUTURE SALON Model: ELLE WAGNER AT WILHELMINA Location: ROOM MATE HOTEL 125 WEST 45 STREET

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THEIA BRIDAL

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

JACOB & CO MONIQUE LHUILLIER

BADGLEY MISCHKA

Christian Siriano’s foray into the bridal world

BADGLEY MISCHKA

DOLCE & GABBANA

is a natural progression for a designer who deftly

MODERN BRIDE

creates the most scrumptious evening gowns. His

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heia, an evening wear and bridal collection, has teamed up with the retailer, Lovely Bride to create a capsule plus size collection which

debuted this past October at New York bridal week. The collection includes fitted mermaid gowns with cowl backs and a full skirted tulle ball gown among other confections. We’ve added

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a few key accessories as punctuation marks for individualistic brides who don’t follow the frey.

first bridal collection debuted in Spring of 2016 with

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the impressionist artists, Degas and Monet as part of his inspiration. “ I wanted the collection to feel light, ethereal and romantic, but powerful and sexy” says Siriano. The dress we featured on this page adorns a full

KATE SPADE

figured beauty and is from his most recent bridal collection. It is fearless in its use of yards and yards of tulle. “This bridal season, I wanted the collection to feel as romantic as ever with frothy tulle skirts and textured embroidered bodices,” he says. All of Siriano’s bridal dresses are available in plus sizes and are sold at Kleinfeld Bridal. JILL HABER


CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

MODERN BRIDESMAID

CASABLANCA

The days of pastel matching bridesmaid dresses are hopefully over. Brides realize that her maids in waiting want individualism—a dress suits their body type. Christian Siriano’s spring runway hits that note with a grouping of gowns that turn heads as they sauntered down the runway. His stunning show was diverse, with an array of drop-dead gorgeous models who strutted fearlessly down the catwalk proudly proclaiming that curvy girls are as beautiful as any. He relates his inspiration as follows, “My Spring 2018 collection feels like a dream, almost a psychedelic hallucination of what’s inside my fantasy greenhouse. The collection is playful, bold and feminine: a perfect mix of something new and exciting for our customer.” At WMB we’re with

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you Christian—and think the dresses are also strong options for bridesmaids . JENNY PACKHAM

If you’ve got killer curves—show them off ! A fitted lace BADGLEY MISCHKA

mermaid dress is an alluring look for brides with a fit body and proud of it. After toning at the gym and a healthy lifestyle you deserve to prance down the aisle in any dress you like . Casablanca has head-turning options in lavish embroidered lace with sweetheart necklines which leave just enough room for a Jacob & Co.

CHIARA BONI

diamond choker fit for a queen. Add ruby JACOB & CO

lips and you’ve got a recipe for a sizzling KJAER WEIS

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bridal look.

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TORRID CONCEPT KOREA

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

Many brands have recently added plus sizes to

their offerings, but Marina Rinaldi has designed exclusively for curves for decades. This luxury italian design house has also recruited curvy

AMRAPALI

supermodel and body activist Ashley Graham to be the brand ambassador. She embodies the chic exuberance and love your curves attitude that is at the core of their ethos. The couturelike fabrications, exquisite embroideries and modern designs make them an ideal purchase for a wedding. Maye Musk was the hottest model at New York fashion week this fall. She modeled this printed frock at the Concept Korea runway show to a rapt audience. We love it’s boho chic vibe for mother-of-the bride BULGARI F&W STYLE

who find age irrelevant.

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After coming down from cloud nine—otherwise known as your wedding day, you’ll be ready for some R+R time with the love of your life. It’s a moment to decompress and catch up after the whirlwind. Honeymoon here we come ! A few key

wardrobe updates will bring this love fest to number 11. Remember, looking good also makes you feel good! Keep the palette sunny and bright for a warm destination. Torrid has one of our favorite swim looks seen here here and a sandal and raffia hat from Hermes are standout investment pieces. Pack your bag early so all you have to do is grab and go! HERMES

MARINA RINALDI HERMES BADGLEY MISCHKA

TEMPLE ST. CLAIR

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ELOQUII

DATE NIGHT It’s important to carve out a date night with your partner to share intimate conversation or simply to have fun. Whether it be tickets to Hamilton or a dinner at a favorite neighborhood cafe’, a scheduled date should be on your calendar to keep the connection strong. Dressing up is part and parcel of the playfulness of date night. One of our favorite designers recently added full figure sizes to his catwalk—Michael Kors. This sexy skirt, classic top and jacket with some key accessories add up to one hot yet sophisticated look. The on-trend curvy retailer Eloquii has a plethora of affordable looks for a variety of date nights. You can look fabulous and still be able to purchase your favorite bottle

MICHAEL KORS

LANE BRYANT

WEDDING NIGHT The wedding night is full of expectation and doesn’t always turn out perfectly. After the biggest event of your life there is bound to be exhaustion. But one thing you do have control over is the lingerie you wear that will likely result in a sizzling night in-between the sheets. These alluring lingerie looks are just waiting to be un-done. Both are from Lane Bryant’s exclusive intimates collection, “Cacique.” On their website you will find mesh bodysuits, lace garters, baby doll ensembles, thigh stockings and more. It’s a haute shopping destination for bridal lingerie.

of vino. CHIARA BONI PAT MCGRATH

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key role as an antioxidant and helping the body avoid cell damage from “free radicals.” I’ve never seen lemons this size, color, and taste!

A fun way to try this beauty ingredient is to book a

Lemon Massage called “Amalfi Gold” (€ 140 euro at 50 minutes) Exclusive Treatment at Hotel Santa Caterina. They place lemon slices along the Chakras and then a relaxing massage is followed by a special lemon oil that leaves the skin with a beautiful glow. does hourly drives from nearby towns like Sorrento, Naples, and other coast villages. You can also hire a

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on the AMALFI COAST BY STEPHANIE FLOR

PHOTOS COURTESY OF HOTEL SANTA CATERINA, STEPHANIE FLOR

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taly’s Amalfi Coast is one of the most picturesque

for newlyweds or couples celebrating their 40-year

places I’ve ever seen on earth, with the bluest crystal

anniversaries. Amalfi was where magical memories

waters lined with small towns precariously perched

were being created and truly living the Italian Dolce

between mountains and the sea. No surprise it’s a

Vita.

UNESCO-listed landscape!

left me speechless from the moment of riding along the

When planning this beautiful adventure to Italy, I

It’s hard to explain what this place looks like, but it

had no idea we would be traveling south to the coast

coast praying for our lives which, to be honest, is part

of Italy to a city built on mountains full of color,

of the adventure. Promise it gets easier the second time

gastronomy at its best, and a true lover’s destination

around. Swerving side to side on the local SITA bus that

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private driver which is really nice for couples as they can stop and take pictures along the coast. People from

In town and most of the panoramic cities on the

coastt, you’ll see stores selling all kinds of lemon goodies, from Christmas ornaments to lemon shaped soaps. The lemon is the Amalfi trademark!

all over the world travel to Amalfi wanting to get a taste of this Mediterranean landscape, known for the rich and famous. You can also get a glimpse of the villa of Sophia Loren along the Amalfi Coast.

Colorful umbrellas, seaside restaurants, here’s a

little beauty exploring we did on our recent trip to Italy’s Amalfi Coast. It has officially become one of our favorite destination in the world.

A LEMON TOWN….

The lemon is the fruit of the Amalfi Coast.

Lemon is an inevitable ingredient that is part of the Mediterranean cuisine. But this isn’t a regular lemon, it’s called the Sfusato Amalfitano lemons and it’s one of the most valuable lemons in the word. It has higher Vitamin C content than most other lemons. Playing a

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“ADMIRE THE BEAUTIFUL PASTEL SKIES OVER THE AMALFI COAST” HOTEL SANTA CATERINA

After traveling all through Italy, I needed some time

and from the moment I arrived, Hotel Santa Caterina catered to every need I could have asked and dreamed Italian. This 10th century Villa is immersed in the beautiful scenery of the Amalfi Coast.

Check out my view from the balcony below! I could

now understand why royalty have made the Amalfi Coast their home, but also why Hotel Santa Caterina was a five-star hotel – luxury, beauty, and pure relaxation with its incredible hospitality and services.

I think any traveler who has made Italy home can

relate to the amount of walking, bus hopping, through every city and how nice it’s finally to settle into a hotel for a few days. Especially one that makes you completely feel at home, and gives you such attention. A great way to decompress and admire the beautiful pastel skies over the Amalfi Coast or a swim in their private beach overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. With every corner, a dream paradise with lighting that brings out the beauty in just about anyone. Their restaurant holds candlelight dinners with a panoramic sea view. Great Mediterranean gastronomic tradition, with the taste of the freshest fish, and food one could ask for. An excellent wine list that covers all of Italy’s best and for a nightcap La Terrezza Bar has a vast selection of

cocktails and home-made lemon liqueurs. Live piano serenading the guests, the wait staff are stationed three

knew a one-day excursion was all we needed because

Once our boat from Capitano Ago landed in Capri, we

per table, which was by far one of the sexiest and elegant

it’s a very expensive island. Beloved by the international

went straight to Carthusia Profumi di Capri. Legend

dinners I’ve ever attended. There is no question about

jet set and Hollywood celebrities like Jackie O, Audrey

says that in 1380, Queen Joanna I of Anjou was arriving

feeling glamorous in this place.

Hepburn, Katy Perry and much more, we boarded to

in Capri, so the father of the Carthusian Monastery of

see this island up close and personal.

St. Giacomo created a bouquet of the most beautiful

in. Hotel San Caterina, Via M. Comite, 9, Amalfi Coast

flowers on the island. After three days, he noticed

Italy http://www.hotelsantacaterina.it/en/index. How

and Dolce and Gabbana homes, and sailed us around

that their water had acquired a fragrance. He went for

to get there? Sita Bus from Sorrento – € 8 Euros one

telling us of Roman Myths, and cruising along all of

answers to the father alchemist who traced the origin of

way.

Capris Grottis (White, Green, and Blue). Of course,

the scent to the wild carnation of Capri, the “Garofilium

Ask the driver to stop at the hotel or take the Sita Bus

I mentioned if there were any beauty stops he could

Silvestre Caprese”. This water became known as the

directly into Amalfi town center and the hotel has a

direct us to and he sailed the boat to the famous location

first perfume of Capri. The tradition now continues

private shuttle. Just look for a man in an orange/yellow

where the Dolce and Gabbana commercial + AD was

where Carthusian monks still work in the production

jacket closer to the pier.

shot at the love rock. Rumor has it that if you kiss your

and the fragrance is filtered, distilled to perfection and

loved one as you go into the middle of the stone, your

wrapped by hand. I bought a mini-size of (3) Perfumes

why so many people love this place. It just adds such

love will be eternal.

at 18 Euros. Not bad for a little set as a memory of the

beauty and relaxation to any journey to Italy.

magical island.

A place to celebrate and capture endless memories

I highly recommend a one to two night stay to see

Our boat skipper showed us the famous Gucci

Book a seat on their boat: Lunch is included and

endless memories along the coast. Hotel pick up also a

EXPLORING THE SEA

plus. https://www.capitanoago.com/

Just two hours away via the Sita Bus and less than 8

BEAUTY STOP: CARTHUSIA PROFUMI DI CAPRI

Euros, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the coast with

We boarded Capitana Ago Charter who organizes

small group tours, and private charters to Capri and the Amalfi Coast.

I had always heard about the beauty of Capri and

We also had heard about a Capri Fragrance line that

Learning to feed the soul with Carmen

an incredible foodie destination at the end of the road. Such a fun activity to do for newly-weds.

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SAY I DO at

GRAND PALLADIUM RESORT

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IN JAMAICA BY SARA KENDALL

PHOTO COURTESY OF GRAND PALLADIUM RESORT JAMAICA

are constantly adding to their wedding services to

hen it’s time for your special day,

resort lays the foundation for your lifetime of joy and

customize many elements of packages. For instance,

accommodate a variety of tastes and desires for their

take your fiancé by the hand and

cherished memories.

choose your signature color within a package or add a

guests’ wedding event.

make your way to Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa. Hosting

over 400 weddings every year, Grand Palladium Resort

favorite grandmother’s recipe to your reception menu.

WEDDINGS BY PALLADIUM In 2011, Palladium Resorts partnered with Karen

Among the sites to exchange your vows are an

Once you’ve chosen Grand Palladium, you are assigned a wedding coordinator who will guide you

idyllic beach, seaside gazebo, or open-air atrium. You

through the planning process. By the time, you reach

has the knowledge and experience to ensure your

Bussen who is a celebrated wedding planner with a

can have a legal, symbolic, or non-denominational

your big day you will see your wedding coordinator

wedding will be everything the two of you could have

client list full of happily married A-listers. She has

ceremony. One customizable wedding package caters to

more like a best friend who has helped you along the

ever imagined. Not only is their caring staff dedicated to

created a variety of signature wedding packages

South Asian traditions, which includes a local Mehndi

way than someone who is just doing her job. Your

making sure every detail meets both your expectations,

exclusively for Palladium Resorts couples. Working

artist to adorn the bride’s hands and feet in wedding-

wedding coordinator is committed to making your big

they also understand this special day at their luxury

with the Palladium wedding experts, you are able to

themed henna designs. Palladium Hotels and Resorts

day special.

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“...THEIR LUXURY RESORT LAYS THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUR LIFETIME OF JOY AND CHERISHED MEMORIES.”

largest pool in Jamaica or swim up to a pool bar for a rum punch. If you don’t want to be right in the action,

ABOUT THE ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT & SPA Located on a private beach, Grand Palladium Jamaica is a modern resort with luxurious facilities. In colonial-style buildings, you can choose from three room types: junior suite, suite, or bungalow. No matter which accommodation you book, each comes with free Wi-Fi, a large jetted tub, and a balcony. Their bungalows would make for an ideal honeymoon setting.

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They feature a very roomy layout with a nice flow plus

there are plenty of quieter hideaway beach spots to

an ocean view, a super-sized jetted tub, and a private

relax. When you’re ready for some luxury downtime,

outdoor shower.

sink into one of the lounge chairs on one of the four

range of spa treatments in a soothing setting with

beaches spanning the property.

low-key Reggae music playing in the background.

You will never go hungry while staying at this resort. There are three buffet-style and seven al

If getting active is your thing, you can explore the

the postcard-worthy beach on Sunset Cove. The Roman-inspired Zentropia Spa offers a wide

When you book a spa service, you will have access

carte restaurants feature international cuisine that

ocean waters on a kayak, wind surfing, or standup

to the open-aired hydrotherapy areas which feature

includes Asian, Indian, Italian, Mexican, and of course

paddleboard. Work up a sweat by playing on one of the

hot tubs, pool, sauna, and steam baths. It’s a truly

Jamaican. Quench your thirst at seventeen bars

beach volleyball courts with other guests. Wanting

aesthetically pleasing area that uniquely blends the

conveniently located throughout the resort. Don’t miss

a bit more adventure, then try a snorkeling or scuba

native environment with water features.

the Beer Hut down on Gully Beach.

diving excursion, which can be arranged for you. Non-

At Grand Palladium, you can splash around the

motorized and motorized sports can also be found on

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famed island of Jamaica, the birth place of legends, giants such as Marcus Garvey, Paul Bogle, Samuel Sharpe, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Harry Belafonte, Grace Jones, and Usain Bolt to name a

SAY I DO at

SANDALS JAMAICA PARADISE IN YOUR OVER THE WATER BUNGALOW BY MYRDITH LEON-MCCORMACK

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few. I could not help but jump on the opportunity to discover the country that had so much rich history so much like that of my birth place, Haiti. From the moment I landed, there was something familiar, inviting, home like in the air that felt right. The people warmly greeted me. Even their security. While they were very stern, direct, after looking at my passport and getting past the formalities, it was "Welcome to Jamaica. Enjoy your stay, you will feel at home." As I made my way to the Sandals lounge, I was again warmly greeted as I waited for the driver to

he ocean and all it's grandeur is one

come collect me and take me through the roads of

of the most magnificent forces ever

Jamaica's streets that were narrow. His mastery of

created by the Almighty. Water has

them was very impressive. The winding road took us

the power to heal, destroy, calm,

some one hour and thirty minutes. As exhausted as

bring devastation to anything that crosses its

I was I did not want to blink for fear I would miss the

path. But with that same force and it is the

beauty and rays of colors of the homes we passed as

most beautiful thing man can never control, no

we whisked down the winding roads. That was the

matter how hard we try.

Jamaica I wanted to stop and see. Engage with the

So don't try to contain it. Enjoy it, relish in

beautiful locals. Stop and pick up a Red Stripe, the

it. And bask in all its glory. While many parts

scent of the small local food vendors just teased me.

of the Caribbean suffered much devastation

But no time to stop. As we climbed what seemed a

during this past hurricane season, many parts

mid-sized cliff, I could not help but fear the tragedy

of it were never touched. Jamaica being one of

that may become of us if another car unfamiliar were

them.

to cut us off. " No such thing says the driver. We know

So when an invitation came to travel to the

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are by far the most attentive, passionate, committed to excellence that I have to say I have met thus far. Their team, staff are superbly trained by the culinary industries’ top chefs, but still maintaining the pick up my camera. Only to be in awe by the beauty of the Ocean view as we got closer to the property that would be my home for the next four days. Alast we have arrived. Wow. This is paradise. It felt like I was in in an episode of

authenticity of each country’s cuisine they offered.

AISLE TO ISLE DESTINATION PROGRAM So, let's plan a wedding. According to Sandals and its

“DREAMS AND FANTASIES OF THE MOST EXQUISITE WEDDINGS ONE COULD EVER IMAGINE ON A TROPICAL ISLAND IS PROMISED TO BE FULFILLED HERE AT SANDALS RESORT.” what took my breath away was the Over The Water Bungalows. When I tell you majestic. It is nothing short of heavenly. With a team of butler service, there is nothing that can come close to the view of the ocean, the sky in the the tranquility of your quarters. So while your guest may relish in the mere care of the five-star services in

executives. If you book a minimum of three nights you

what seems like a city of its own on the grounds. You will

Fantasy Island, the 1970's TV show. It would be here that some of

can get a free wedding. Yes. You read correctly. No typo.

be tucked away in what promises to be experience of a

my dreams would come true. But the dreams that I came here to

What does that include? Chairs, cake, the basics. But

lifetime in a corner just off the mainland. You and your

discover where not mine, but they were for you our readers.

forget the free wedding. Well maybe not. But this is what

beloved deserve it.

Dreams and fantasies of the most exquisite weddings one could ever imagine on a tropical island is promised to be fulfilled here

else they have to offer: Sandals’ Aisle to Isle destination weddings program

So whether you want to make this a family event for your tribe or an intimate, private affair for just a few of

at Sandals Resort. Their promise, no packages, no cookie cutter

will allow couples to plan their dream wedding with

your closest friends. Sandals resort in Montego Bay is at

weddings. This all can be done with a lot of Jamaican flare.

brand new customizable options such as creating

your service.

While many of us know Sandals to be this five- star, all inclusive

their own cocktails and specialty bars, planning fun

We at WBM can vouch for it. Don't forget to get your

resort, that has everything you will ever need right on the grounds

excursions, welcome and farewell parties, all-new resort

spa services at the Red Lane Spa. Their expertly trained

never having to leave the property unless you are like me are curious

locations including the new Over the Water Chapel, new

staff will leave you melting and well relaxed to either

and want to explore the authentic culture of the people.

photo and video packages including drones, photo booths

enjoy the rest of your stay or to go back to the real world.

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etc. and much more, all for an updated (and much more affordable) price. Wow.

Everything is going to be Irie in Jamaica Mon, No Problem.

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SAY I DO

IN BALTIMORE

BY MARSHA JEWS, EDITOR AT LARGE U.S.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SAGAMORE PENDRY HOTEL, THE IVY HOTEL BALTIMORE, KIMPTON HOTEL MONACO, AND THE FOUR SESAONS BALTIMORE

in making your visit memorable.

SAGAMORE PENDRY HOTEL Sagamore Pendry Hotel is located in historic Fells

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Point, and was built in 1914 as the “Rec Pier.” It is situated on a peninsula extending into the water. This

ay I Do, In Baltimore!” When planning your wedding, this is one place I highly recommend Baltimore, otherwise known as Charm City. Baltimore’s amazing history,

sports clubs The Baltimore Ravens and The Baltimore

area reflect the subtle elegance of years gone by.

THE IVY HOTEL The Ivy Hotel- is a restored 19th Century Mansion,

extraordinary space is wonderful for your ceremony

this boutique hotel is located in Mount Vernon, a quaint

and celebration. The property offers indoor and outdoor

walkable neighborhood. The rooms are absolutely

experiences with fireplaces, pools and tree lined

beautiful with the finest fabrics and appointments. The

lounge areas. The suites are elegantly appointed with

elegance is felt throughout every room, no rooms nor

natural light from the floor to ceiling windows

Orioles, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,

overlooking either Baltimore’s Harbor of the

wonderful museums and universities, and of course

outdoor lounge. The Ballroom and Reception

our world class boutique hotels; The Ivy, Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Sagamore Pendry and the Four Seasons Baltimore. As a wedding planner, one of the first recommendations is to find the perfect hotel for the wedding party. It is the home base for you and your besties to prepare and host your most intimate moments over the wedding weekend. Next, it is always great to find just the right location to host your wedding, reception. It is truly wonderful when you have the right hotel that can accommodate both.

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Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods and each neighborhood has its own personality and those hotels that have found that niche reflect the community in which they reside. I spend a lot of time in these locations, either for dinner, drinks or events and each of these locations have the most amazing ambassadors for this City who are all eager to assist you and your guest World Bride Magazine | 113


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suite looks alike. The intimacy of the event spaces is perfect for “petite” weddings for up to 30 people. There are special rooms from the wine cellar to the

“BALTIMORE IS A CITY OF NEIGHBORHOODS AND EACH NEIGHBORHOOD HAS ITS OWN PERSONALITY...”

board room that can be transformed to an intimate banquet dinner or reception and the brick outdoor patio is lovely place for before or after cocktails. If you do have a larger party, the Ivy is a wonderful place to stay and then consider hosting your ceremony and dinner at the nearby elegant Walters Art Gallery or George

Peabody Library only a couple of blocks away.

KIMPTON HOTEL MONACO Kimpton Hotel Monaco is another of Baltimore’s special boutique hotels, located in the former B&O Railroad Headquarters in downtown Baltimore, near the Inner Harbor. This amazing property has the classic high ceilings and marble staircases, crystal chandeliers and Tiffany stained glass windows. The ballrooms are plenty with varying sizes, and beautifully

“...AND THOSE HOTELS THAT HAVE FOUND THAT NICHE REFLECT THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH THEY RESIDE.” appointed. There are intimate areas for relaxing or creating your own settings. The rooms are spacious and provide the perfect space for the wedding party and the suites are generous. At the end of the day this beautiful hotel delights their guests with a wine hour in the lounge next to registration, you can’t miss it nor their wonderful cozy fireplace. Also on property is a wonderful lounge and dining.

THE FOUR SEASONS BALTIMORE HOTEL The Four Seasons Baltimore Hotel was one of the original properties built in Harbor East, Baltimore’s newest high end neighborhood at water’s edge. There is an abundance of shopping, a movie theater, marina and not only restaurants on property but within walking distance. This amazing property has all the expected amenities, from hand blown crystal railings and chandeliers to two options of ballrooms and a variety of suite sizes and configurations. There is an outdoor patio and a beautifully designed roof that can accommodate a reception or ceremony. The views are absolutely breathtaking.

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SAY I DO in

the ADIRONDACKS MIRROR LAKE INN RESORT & SPA WHITEFACE CLUB & RESORT BY MYRDITH LEON-MCCORMACK

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIRROR LAKE INN RESORT & SPA I am always excited to see my parents, family and friends. I know what to expect and I am always prepared for the unexpected. It’s

family so you gird your loins and prepare for the ride. No matter how long the trip is to get home, whether you

I felt like Alice in Wonderland. As we turned there

would turn into lakes that flow along the

he was Sandy waiting for us, introducing himself with

highways soon enough. But even in its frozen

a warm hug as though we had met before. It was the

condition, the view was unparalleled to anything

biggest teddy bear hug. And felt like I was home

man could ever create.

with family. in the lobby and got a proper tour. And everything about

host Kristen was calling us on the other line

the place felt as though as I was home from college, a

wondering where we were. I dreaded the

long trip and my dad was showing me all the things he

call. I hated being behind in schedule it was

had done to the house I grew up in. There was a feeling

beyond my control. On the other line I can hear her

of peace, happiness a warm confirmation that for the

disappointment, but she dealt with it as we explained

next two days we would be safe.

We finally arrived, exhausted but completely excited.

longer. But when you get there the trip was so worth it. That is how I felt taking the five to six hour ride to visit Mirror Lake, Whiteface Club & Resort. Of course as fate would have it, the weather was less then perfect. It was a did. The rental car that was picked up didn’t take my debit card. So I made my way to my regular rental location and

so beautiful and peaceful. As we passed the various

it worked out perfect as it should. Traffic was of course

mountains, covered with white snow, and blocks

hideous, filled with trucks, tractor trailers, and less then

of frozen snow I could not help but be in awe of the

perfect drivers. But that only lasted only during the part I

beauty of New York. Yes beyond the city limits, the tall

was in the city. The minute we hit past the city lines, it was

buildings, lives something more majestic, that not even

like we entered a new dimension. One of tranquility and

man can duplicate the mountainous regions of

beautiful mountain views.

the Adirondacks. What was now white frozen blocks of ice, covered

As we made our way through the lobby, or living room as they warmly described the space, we saw game

We gathered our bags and scurried to the front desk. We

boards, books, and a fireplace that made us feel cozy and

made it to Mirror Lake Inn & Spa, which would be our

safe from the cold element of the snowy cold weather

home if only for one night. If I gave you the description

outside.

it would not appeal to your senses. Let me say that

sloppy snowy, rainy day. And anything that could go wrong

After dropping off our bags in our rooms, we met him

time of arrival and the phone rang and our

the situation.

are traveling by bus, car or flying, somehow the trip seems

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with snow, during Spring and Summer months

We are now 30 minutes behind our scheduled

oing home always brings mix feelings for me.

Even with the gray skies, and falling snow, it just looked

“...COMBINE THE MAGNIFICENT VIEW, GREAT STAFF, COZY AT HOME ATMOSPHERE. I CAN ONLY DESCRIBE IT AS HOME SWEET HOME.”

Along the walls were images of the family, prominent

something about it felt familiar, a certain feeling of

guests, the awards-the establishments had received. As

deja vu.

Sandy gave us the scope on the family and the ski hero,

We get to the front desk and the young woman

the owners son Andrew Weibrecht, Olympic Medalist

greeted us, and began to check us in. She offered us what

that has not only made his family and country proud,

seemed to be home made cookies with a smile and filled

but has probably put the town of Lake Placid back on the

us in on the lay of the land. I told her we were scheduled

map with his excellent skiing skills. The town seems to

to meet Sandy the PR marketing person. As we waited

revere this young man as a noble son.

for her to finalize our paper work, we took the liberty of strolling around to discover what seemed a magic place.

This small loving community, along with this luxury family owned business is inviting others to use their

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We made our way downstairs only to rush to meet Kristen, and get the tour of Whiteface Resort & Club. Her warm welcome was like seeing your little sister who has been waiting for you for so long and just couldn’t hold back her excitement. Greeted by her wide smile, you saw the ease on her face. She gave us the tour of the property, explained the amenities of what they had to offer. The chef again was there to greet us. And he too showed us love with his homemade strudel and wonderful cup of

home, to begin a family of their own.

coffee to warm us from the cold.

Mirror Lake Inn which stand feet away from Mirror

As I ran through the space like a child that hasn’t been

Lake is a breath taking property that sits along prime real

home in years... Nia questioned them about every detail

estate that seems to be a combination of Winter home for

of planning a wedding in this magical place. As it wasn’t

avid skiers and lovers of winter sports and other activities

enough, the CEO, Mark walks in from skiing to welcome

involving the outdoors. Activities from that will keep

us in and make us feel as though we were family that just

everyone in the family occupied and active with the out

came home from a long journey.

doors. From hikes, ice skating, sledding, and dog sledding

We chatted for a bit before walking through the woods

to name a few things during the winter months. It’s sister property, Whiteface Club & Resort is the

Savannah our waitress was equally as warm and

partnering property that is equipped to host your most

hospitable, engaging with us in conversation. Our server

spectacular weddings. This property sits on a large acre

Gabriella an exchange student from Peru waited on us

of land, giving you access to the most magnificent views

hand and foot making the experience even more magical.

for your picturesque wedding. The backdrop is as though

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better,

God himself designed your wedding and you won’t expect

Savannah brought out the chef to top off the night and he

nothing less then perfection.

too was equally as wonderful. The night could not have

So to back up our story, after the tour at Mirror

ended any better. We made our way to our room, stuffed

Lake we sat down to dine in their 4 Star Diamond

and compeletely satisified. We slept the night away in

restaurant. And every morsel of food that came to the

our room that had a view of the lake, and the lit tree that

table was indescribable, without my mouth watering. So

stood underneath our window. The right amount of light

combine the magnificent view, great staff, cozy at home

sent us to lala land before we knew it. We woke up just as

atmosphere. Once again, I can only describe it as home

first light came through the window to remind me how

sweet home.

perfect this place was.

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of paradise... forgetting that it was cold and flurries were still coming down or the ordeal we had with our little car that just couldn’t make it through the snow so easily. But have no fear, Mitch from maintenance came to save us from lack of experience in driving in the snow in God’s country. As the tour came to an end. We stayed chatting with Kristen far beyond the time we needed to. By the end of the tour we had seen beautiful pictures and videos of her kids, and heard stories of her own wedding, making this family trip exactly what it was suppose to be. A family visit. As we drove off Nia and I could not help but feel a sort of sadness and promised to come back and bring our own families to enjoy the various seasons that this wonderful

PLANNING YOUR WEDDING AT MIRROR LAKE INN RESORT & SPA

• It is fully equipped with all you will need as far as ambiance. • There is a list of preferred vendors that will take care of your needs for the wedding • Kristen the on staff wedding planner is very knowledgeable about the wedding industry, and the area to take care of your needs. • The dining experience is Diamond rated and you have absolutely nothing to worry about. • Your guests will have plenty to do without being in your way, before, and after the wedding. • The staff is unbelievably professional, friendly and warm. • It is child friendly for little ones that may be attending the wedding or part of the wedding. • You need more then two days to truly appreciate the town no matter what time of the year you go there. It is truly beautiful. • Customer service is their priority. • If you love nature, you will find it there. • Leave your cell phone at home unless you only intend to use it for pictures. You won’t want to be distracted by calls during your time there. • It is a perfect get away for you and your beloved to unplug yourself from the hustle and bustle of city living. In conclusion, your family legacy of vacationing is just a drive away. Every hour you spend in the car, is giving you time to leave behind the stress of city life behind you.

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We at WBM hold this term to be evident with the house of Hermes. It continues to reign as king of luxury in our book for several reasons. But the ones we will focus on are customer service, craftsmanship and excellence. Those are labels, we feel can only be bestowed upon anyone, or anything by another who has had those experience with the subject in question. I have been a faithful consumer of Hermes for some time. My love affair began with me being a recipient of a simple gift that touched my heart because of the

Creating moments WITH HERMES

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the things that would have meaning to me and were useful and made me feel special everyday. It began with things that I only could appreciate. They were sort of like private moments that only I would have without the public display of grandeur. Thus the reason why we at WBM stress the art of giving meaningful, purposeful gifts that will have special meaning to its recipients. While the Brikin bag may be the most coveted item for few and the selected, enjoy your private moments with items that make you feel special, with things that bring you private pleasure and those whom you

thoughtful note that accompanied it. Which lead me

chose to share it with. The house of Hermes has some

here are truly fewer than two handfuls of illustrious

to exploring the brand and falling in love with the

of the most exquisite dinnerware that will make your

brands that continue to reign as king of luxury in

fragrance, Hermes Eau d'orange Verte, then to the body

dining presentations even that more memorable. Tea

this day an age where the term luxury seems to be

overrated or misused. The term luxury no longer has the same meaning

as it once did and from my humble opinion, and who the term once was intended for. Let us get that clear.

care products such as the moisturizer, gift set soaps and other small items that mean so much to me. You know how the saying goes it is the little things that mean so

This is not to say that luxury does not truly exist.

much. Such a true statement.

But reality is how can one define luxury today

My gateway to joining

in a time of unlimited access where anyone and everyone can buy whatever they want or a brand can proclaim themselves to be luxurious?

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“ENJOY YOUR PRIVATE MOMENTS WITH ITEMS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL SPECIAL, WITH THINGS THAT BRING YOU PRIVATE PLEASURE AND THOSE WHOM YOU CHOSE TO SHARE IT WITH.�

with the simple things,

time will never be the same as you engage meaningful conversation and chatty talk that will make time stand still when it is shared with those who are precious to you. So invest not in "things". Create memorable moments with those you love. The things are just bows on a perfect gift to a beautiful moment.

the prestigious ranks of the luxurious circles of the Hermes club started

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Bon Voyage

THE LEGACY AND STYLE OF LOUIS VUITTON BY MYRDITH LEON-MCCORMACK PHOTOS COURTESY OF LOUIS VUITTON

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he name Louis Vuitton continues to be the embodiment of luxury when it come to travel gear for the

most astute travelers since 1854 the year the company was found. The brand has set the precedent for all other brands that have entered into the luxury arena since. The LV initials have to be the most recognizable logo in the world. The core of the brand starts with the most

humble materials, leather, and coated canvas, but the craftsmanship is by for the most impeccable aspect setting the tone for excellence. Travel wasn't simply about getting from one point to another. It was a journey. There was so much work put into taking a trip. The packing, carrying precious items that required care and things had to be properly handled to survive the weather and the mode of transportation that one would use to travel to their destination. This historical recap of the role Louis Vuitton, and his well crafted product played in the lives of each aristocrats was definitely captured during the New York Exhibition that took place at the former Stock Exchange in lower Manhattan. Many weathered the cold, stood outside and patiently cold to take in the well curated exhibition. The Louis Vuitton legacy has long captured the hearts of the American public. But I think after this

“THE LOUIS VUITTON LEGACY HAS LONG CAPTURED THE HEARTS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC.� place in American culture with all people. The man that once started simply creating well crafted trunks for the wealthy has grown into a global lifestyle brand that has warmly invited all those who love travel, fashion, style, quality, workmanship, art, and creativity to name a few words that can describe some of the aspects of our lives Louis Vuitton legacy has left in all our lives. So as you and your beloved make your way be it your honeymoon, or your every day lives. Join the Louis Vuitton family, it is one of the brands that has crossed barriers of class, race and gender that has catered to those that demand excellence. Bon Volez, Voguez, Voyagez.

exhibition it will have a soft spot, a more intimate

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tableware should be equally as beautiful as the meal you are preparing. From your dishes, flatware, to your stemware, everything adds to the presentation.

PHOTO COURTESY OF HERMES

favorite stores William Sonoma. They have been

Whether you are making your own purchases or

providing kitchen products for years and continues to

adding them to your bridal registry list give careful

be the go to for houseware products from master chefs

consideration to style, durability and usage.

to the novelist in the kitchen. Not

Your day to day dishes will, and may differ from that

only do they provide flatware, they

of those you may use for special occasions and holidays.

provide every item you will need to

View them as an investment and keep in mind they can

prepare for your soiree.

last a lifetime with proper care. They will be sure to make for a gorgeous presentation.

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‘presentation is everything’ when it comes to preparing for a soiree’. Guests

will not forget the effort put in to creating a party atmosphere with all the trimmings and will look

Guess Who’s

Coming To Dinner

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spirits, or other beverages, it tastes

There are great brands on the market that are perfect

othing is more true than the saying

forward to receiving future invitations. When it is just you and your beloved, the presentation should be equally thought out as you

Whether you are serving wine, better when drinking from crystal

for all occasions, but brands like Hermes are more

glass. So why not go to the masters

suitable for the most special of occasions and have

of the industry Wedgewood.

elegant dishes with wonderful patterns

Their history of creating

For your stemware we went to another one of our

stylish stemware using the highest quality crystal, makes it the perfect accessory to any occasion. Enjoy preparing for the occasion as much as having it. Bon Appetite.

prepare your menu and meal for your loved one. Both occasions should be done with love, and thoughtfulness. Your

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required using all of my skills sets in sales, working

Home

one on one with many different types of people and extensive knowledge of furniture fabrication and

SWEET HOME

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design.

BY MYRDITH LEON-MCCORMACK

NOEL

PHOTOS COURTESY OF ANGL

y home environment truly has an impact

of my questions to get you guys start on designing your

on my mood and my happiness. I love

new home.

entertaining with family and friends. And

What brought you into this field?

even the moments when I just want peace and serenity, my space has to be just so. I am sure that is the case for you and your beloved as

ALANA

My passion for interiors started at as teenage girl with a love of all things vintage and mid century. I

you begin your new life together. But what if you just

would spend late nights rearranging my room again and

can’t get it together. Well thank goodness for you, we

again transforming it into my latest inspiration. This

found two fabulous ladies with the passion, creativity,

eventually led me to get a job working at west elm which

that can help you create a loving environment that will

was one of my favorite stores I would frequent for rainy

suit your sense of style and work within your budget.

day inspiration. Now I own one of those stores that

Based in the heart of Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn,

inspires others to create something new and make it feel

New York, Alana and Noel made time to answer some

like home. Opening ANGL was a leap of faith which

Since I was a kid I’ve always had an affinity for interiors. I remember secretly painting my room with napkins and pink paint when I was eight. It took a week before my mom noticed! After that I was always helping friends rearrange their spaces and get organized. My passion is creating a cozy home that someone is excited to spend time in. A place they’re proud of showing off to their friends and family, and eager to get home to unwind. With age my style has evolved and continues to on a regular basis. Currently my favorite trend is a mix of neutrals with organic textures and pops of black.

What is your favorite room in a home and why? ALANA

My favorite room to design is a bedroom. We spend so many hours working, it's really important that we also have a place that is absolutely dedicated to relaxation and a little bit of luxury. I love pulling all of the right textiles together to create the ultimate bed. Cashmere throws and moody photography are some of my favorite elements in a bedroom. NOEL My favorite room is a living room. Making sure the

Mixing in mid-century and vintage pieces helps to bring

home owner buys the right scale pieces is significant

a certain pedigree to each project and transform a bland

to the overall feel and function of the room. If a rug,

interior into a well curated home.

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BACCARAT

Presents with Presence

VINTAGE CARS

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF HERMES, BACCARAT here are a few material wedding gifts that make newlyweds swoon, and one of them comes packed in an orange box with brown ribbon.

DE GRISOGONO: DARING CREATIVITY

wedding keepsakes. Also on the list of swoon-worth “gets” is Baccarat. They began as a glass blower in 1767 in Baccarat,

Hermes began as a leather saddle maker in Paris in 1837

France and create some of the world’s most exquisite

and ascended to one of the most designerable luxury

cut crystal; vases, decorative glass, wine decanters and

brands worldwide. With everything from living-room

lighting are just a few of the offerings. This historical

furniture, decorative home items, towels, watches,

glass purveyor has several museums and hotels, one of

stationary and of course fashion, part of their goodie

which is in New York’s midtown. The hotel’s salons are

assortment, there is something for every couple. Rest

lined with lavish Baccarat glass chandeliers that inspire

assured that this gift will not be relegated to the back of

appreciation for the glass maker. Any couple would

a dusty closet but rather will take its place of honor on

cherish a glass piece from Baccarat which they wrap in

the mantel.

a signature redbox.

Their fragrant candles are contained in a

CARTIER: PANTHÈRE

CHAUMET: ARTS, PHOTOGRAPHY, FETES

BE EXTRAORDINARY: THE SPIRIT OF BENTLEY

Louis Vuitton began as a trunk maker in Paris

BULGARI: THE JOY OF GEMS Publisher: Assouline Assoulin.com

Documenting

geometrically sculpted glass bowls and pleases both

as evidenced in their informative and awe-inspiring

the eye and the nose. Step-up the gifting with a start

show in lower Manhattan this fall and winter. Their

to the happy couple’s tableware trousseau and begin

men's and women’s clothing collections are not for

their quest to add each year to their collection. Their

shy retiring types with Artistic Directors Kim Jones

fragrances are created by perfumers in the South of

and Nicolas Ghesquière helming the designs for men’s

France where the origins of perfume can be traced.

and women’s’ respectively. Equally desirable items

Their latest is Twilly D’Hermes which makes a

are their handbags, small leather goods, and of course

wonderful bridal party gift. In short, the list is long for

luggage—where it all started for them. Luggage is always

to acquire some of the things that iconic brands such as

simple yet elegant Hermes items that make impeccable

a fabulous gifting option for nuptials. What couple

Cartier, Bvlgari, Bentley, Van Clef & Aprel. Do not fret.

wouldn't love to receive a Vuitton train or roll-aboard

Not all things are for everyone we are all very much aware

Become a book connoisseur of some of your favorite

case which portends a lifetime of worldwide travel.

of that. And for some of us we are comfortable with that.

brands. Learn about the history, see the beauty, and relish

But the Assouline family, the creator of some of the worlds

in the beauty and craftsmanship so some of the world

is appreciated but a gift from anyone of these French

most exquisite books has even the plane for us by providing

greatest brands.

names in luxury will not be forgotten. Luggage is always

us with another treasure. Books. Not just any books.

The spirit of giving is most important and every gift

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of your hearts to each person who attends. Your values

of wonder and awe at the world, and helps to give you a

will also be reflected in the amount of money you

new perspective on life. And best of all — you’ll get to

choose to spend on the big day, as well as how you

create priceless memories with your partner that will

spend it.

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“AS THE SAYING GOES, TRAVEL IS THE ONLY THING YOU CAN SPEND MONEY ON THAT WILL MAKE YOU RICHER.” You can use your values to determine the biggest

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and your beloved would rather invest your hard earned

because they help you to feel safe, secure, happy, and

money in experiences. In this case, you may opt for an

fulfilled. Having similar values to your partner means

epic honeymoon to a foreign

that you prioritize the same things, and place a similar

city you’ve both had on your

level of importance on different aspects of life, or in

bucket list. As the saying

this case, your wedding plans.

goes, travel is the only thing

Your values will help you filter through all the noise

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wedding to kill two birds with one stone– now that’s

he first step to planning a wedding is to define you and your partner’s respective and shared

learning about history is sure to bond the two of you in

wedding logistics down to the smallest details. Would Do you prefer elegant simplicity or something more

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you can spend money on that

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day. When choosing a non-traditional

green and blues can make a statement

color be sure to give yourself enough

without overpowering the design.

time to find the color of your dreams and still honor your fitting schedule.

When I wrote The Art of Dressing

Curves my intention was for every woman to embrace her curves and to live in her own stylistic truth. Beauty

29 bridal gowns generally run smaller in size than evening gowns and dresses and designers use different techniques and fit models to create. Since most salons will show you gowns by more than one designer, keep in mind you may need a gown larger than your normal dress size. Don’t get caught up on the numerical size of the gown, if you love it, focus on the fit and how fabulous you look. Initial fit is also important for your purse. You will be charged for alterations, which can be very expensive. Some salons offer all-inclusive packages while others are strictly a la carte.

Finally, there’s color. If you don’t want

to wear traditional white, don’t! Consider these contemporary colors instead. Blush, grey, nude, eggshell and lavender are all gorgeous hues for your wedding

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As a minority designer I often wonder if your culture affects how you design. Do you feel like culture dictates design? How do you infuse culture into your creations? I ask what are the couples

and style have always been beyond

family background and bring in the

size and this is especially true for

traditions of their culture into the

your wedding day. As you prepare for

design. For instance, in Chinese

your big day, if you have any doubts

culture the color red is associated

or fears you can rely on my favorite

with luck, good fortune and happiness

quote from the poet, Edward Bulwer

perfect sentiments to convey for a

Lytton.

wedding. White not so much since

“In life as in art, the beautiful moves

traditionally its associated with

in curves.”

mourning. In Persian cultures the

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use of nuts in prevalent. In Indian

We as designers, creators want to be recognized for our artistic creations. If a couple asks permission to recreate variations of my designs that is perfectly acceptable. Its not ok

Appearance and flavor can be

only time I am not ok with copycats.

What trends are you loving right now in pastry design? •

opulence of African kente cloth and prints and translating that to cake. It’s all up to the client and what they

Would you allow a client to duplicate your cake masterpieces?

CONTENT CONTENT CONTENT!

The content needs to be relevant to your work , showing people Behind The

little goes a long way. You

Scenes look at how you create; providing

don’t want your cake to

authenticity to your work and makes it

look superficial that’s not

real for your customers.

appetizing. •

Drip Cakes. When you’re in culinary school you are taught how to drizzle frosting on to

classy use touches of silver,

your cake so its spreads evenly.

gold, and rose gold can provide

The concept of drip cakes is

a touch of sparkle mimicking

taking that and creating a cake

the use of metallic in jewelry

that is dripping with frosting.

and fashion.

It’s all about translating the

Looking at the trends of

style with elegance. •

Naked Cake. The idea behind

watercolors to the cake.

this is to appreciate the beauty

Taking inspiration from

and flavors of the cake without

artists, art periods like

fondant and frosting. The

Jackson Pollack for example

cake should match the style

with splatter cake that mimics

of venue that’s how this trend

his iconic works but keeping

has gone awry. You wouldn’t

the style of the cake light and

want a Naked Cake at a high-

fresh.

end hotel its better suited for

Bring back tradition of the new

outdoor wedding or garden

couple joining together taking

themed.

on their names and using

stay relevant even though you’re a world-renowned designer?

The overuse of metallic. A

Use of Metallic. Keeping it

invitations applying the use of

architecture. Like taking the

guests.

pass them off as their own. That’s the

influenced by culture, fashion and

want their cake to express to their

What trends are you hoping slowly fades out?

when people take your designs and

cultures the use of rosewater, mango and saffron are staple ingredients.

new union.

How do you handle the world Monograms symbolizing their of social media and how to

43 how you want to look is the same for the florals. This is one of the most important days in your life so you want it to be perfect. It varies based on the personality of the bride, expectations and a host of other elements combined to make it perfect.

The current trends in floral design, do you love it or hate it? What direction do you see in floral design in the near future? A trend that’s been around for a while and fading out is botanical bouquets, bohemian style and floral crowns. I don’t

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like the messy, leafy floral look. Along with design in fashion and architecture with clean lines I feel like floral design is moving back towards clean design still elegant. I love the ethereal look and feel but it shouldn’t have too many elements. The oversized bouquets for the petite brides overshadows the bride, making it seem out of place. Clean, chic and elegant has always been in, if it becomes a trend I would be totally into it! That’s where I’m keeping my style.

recommend when a couple is planning their menu?

The best way to create a menu is

go with you heart, food that you and your partner love. But also taking in consideration your family that is attending. Nicole is Jewish from Long Island, NY, my family is Greek American from the South. So we plan to have a blended menu some dishes with bold flavors, others a little more subtle. Since we are getting married in our town of Santa Barbara where we have a house, we are going to use local California ingredients and local seafood that is in season. So thats an example of how to create the food and menu you want. Its a very individual experience and its your day, so have what you want. We also plan to have a wood-oven pizza truck for later in the evening after hours. Our wedding

45 a dish because I was uplifted by a food,

is 11 am so we are creating a elegant wedding brunch. This is how you curate your day.

My fiancé Nicole is struggling

Having fewer servers is often

Deciding you want to eat healthier and

with this as we speak. This should

you do nothing except luxuriate, when thought of as a great way to save

be a lifestyle you are creating not a

you get home make a plan to jump

money. Service is of upmost

in cold weather means you have to plan,

one-off until you get married. So I

back into your health and wellness

importance. You don’t want your

prepare and cook more. The best way to

want to reframe it for everyone that

routine, you will be back before you

guests waiting for food and drinks.

do this is to plan your weekly menu in

start seeing your “diet” as a lifetime

know it. Give us some great dishes

Have more, not fewer service staff.

advance. This is very challenging without

way of life. The way I am helping

etc..

Couples overscheduling themselves on their big day. This is a

in Exercise Physiology and a minor

dishes are Halibut Lettuce Gyros

time to celebrate the moment. In the

in Nutrition before I became a chef)

with Avocado Tzatziki or my Salmon

coming years, in addition to actual

is by helping her schedule workouts

and Scallop Skewers with Romesco

photographs, you will want to have

as if they are meetings 5 days a week.

Sauce.

your own mental snapshots of the

Start at a low impact, like walking or riding a bike or elliptical at the gym 30 minutes and raising it to 40 minutes. Its just as important to make it a priority as your health is. And to begin making lists for the grocery store and planning meals ahead of time. There are so many stressors to planning a wedding that

wedding.

How does one hire Cat?

I encourage my clients to eat meals sitting down at a table. This helps prevent mindlessly consuming calories and keeps you attentive to what you are eating. It also marks the beginning and end of a meal. This can have a big impact, because appetites are often dictated by what’s

You call my fiancé, Nicole Ehrlich,

going on in your immediate environment.

she also happens to be a genius that is

If you allow yourself to eat meals while

also CEO of our company, Cat Cora,

lounging on your couch or at your desk,

INC.

you made find yourself constantly snacking.

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this one will actually make you feel more clear headed in decision making

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as well as feel better.

take a walk on the beach with your

not gain any additional weight especially

some organization.

Some of my deliciously healthy

Nicole (because BTW I have a degree

How can a bride make food place or chef that made something that We live in a society where food a healthy lifestyle process is used in many ways? There blew my mind, its all what makes this beyond the wedding day? are a weight concerns - health world go round, food at its best. When you go on your honeymoon and weight are closely linked. What would you recommend you want to have fun! You want to women take into consideration In various cultures food serves indulge in luxury, so once you arrive when planning their wedding many purposes... what would you and the losing weight topic?

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spouse or take a great swim. Even if

What does lack of access to quality food play in the weight issues, and health issue that plague American society even with abundance? This is a very lengthy question

want delivered. We end up eating

and part of our national healthcare

mindlessly with portions that are too

discussion. Not only are there issues of

large.

what kinds of foods are available and

We sabotage our best intentions by

where they are available but how do we

thinking we can just “wing it” when it

educate and engage a population to be

comes to eating and fueling our body.

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example – 90% of Type 2 diabetes is

change in when, where and how we

lifestyle related. This leads to many other eat. Food is available constantly – we

one of the best three-course meal

chronic and costly health conditions.

can get any kind of food whatever

plus a delicious homemade tiramisu

we want, at any time. This may play

that I’m still thinking about today.

havoc with our best intentions of

From making your own pasta to

This is what I am most passionate about!

How can couples work together to create a healthier eating schedule, environment beyond the wedding day?

shared responsibility and connections. Eating is a shared event that continues

to strengthen connection. Couples can take turns planning meals and creating shared time together.

In today’s American Society there seems to be a huge amount of restaurants that have taken over neighborhoods. Do you think it has an impact on the weight and health concerns we face? Restaurants and commerce is a wonderful thing for our communities and economy. The issue is really our ability to self regulate, not to overuse our will power and our own accountability. Portion size, lack of accountability, environment, technology and our ability and expectations to work 24/ has all contributed. Technology has played a very real

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being more mindful.

With all the gyms out there and membership as low as $10 why do you think that we Planning and preparation during as American face such health issue such as high blood meal times works to create time together, pressure, diabetes etc? Many people have lost their ability to say no, and the ability to self regulate. Some of us have gotten lazy about how our behavior affects health care costs. Many, due to lack of resources, skill and relatability do not have access or the proper guidance to low cost alternatives that fit within their environment to make behavioral changes in lifestyle choices. Health Care Coaching, guidance and access to care with-in the community should be the future of health care.

How closely linked are high blood press, diabetes to your diet and sleeping patterns?

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Who should be make the decision on things as far as designing ones home?

we were all laughing, and sharing in

LA CUCINA DEL GUSTO WITH CHEF CARMEN OF SORRENTO.

This trip would not have been

complete without a visit to cook with Carmen. I will admit being in Italy is a little intense with the number of restaurants on the streets and you’re really not sure if you’ve ever had that Italian meal experience we all crave when traveling abroad. You either feel like you over-paid or if you’re missing out. Being from NYC, I’m a little spoiled with great Italian restaurants and I was looking for something even better… Well, I did find it and it had a lot more heat I could’ve imagined. Real kick-ass Italian women are not afraid to yell BRAVO and show you the real cuisine of Italian cooking. Unlimited wine, which again is always a plus but her way of being just radiated and made you feel at home as if you were cooking with your friends. By the end of the night,

It’s imperative that both parties are present for opening discussions regarding priorities and individual needs for their

rolling eggplant (BTW did you know

home together. It’s a collaborative

eggplant isn’t breaded “America”)

effort and both need to be willing to

cutting fish, and a DIY Desert bar…

compromise. This is an essential time

Plus, I’ll add it was also a great Italian

to bring in a designer to be a mediater

class as Carmen would yell words in Italian – making us repeat in laughter and now forever in our minds. Bravissimo… Book a reservation with Carmen: La Cucina del Gusto By Chef Carmen Corso Italia, 321 80067 Sorrento (NA) – Italy

A trip to Italy wouldn’t have been

the same without seeing the beauty of Amalfi. It made Italy come alive connecting every city magic with a final aha moment. It’s a place I know I’ll be back to visit and continue to explore as it inspired me beyond words. Sophia Loren was a staple of the beauty culture of the coast and you would find her pictures and quotes in restaurants igniting the beautiful life, and charm she vowed to her audience. It was great being able to explore this coast.

and let you know what works together

125 room. This is where a majority of your time is spent hanging out and entertaining guests so you should take time to choose the right furniture. I like to mix and match when it comes to accent chairs, side tables and lighting while maintaining a balance of symmetry with other pieces. Incorporating a variety of

from each spouse’s existing pieces. Once you decide what stays and goes then you can start working on a plan with your designer. It’s also important that couple test out pieces of furniture together – go lay on potential future mattresses, kick your feet up on a possible sofa – test it all out.

How does budget effect the way you design your home or does it? The budget is the most important piece

textures here with leather, fur and an

of information when coming up with a

assortment of finishes will add layers

design plan. Everyone has a budget and

and richness to the living room. I

it’s important to let your designers know

also like to integrate fresh plants and

what is your bottom line on purchasing

flowers to bring a room to life as long

pieces. Everyone has separate needs and

as lighting permits.

we can source from an array of vendors within your budget and keeps us on the

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money is going. We don’t purchase until

various forms of art whether it be a

you sign off on a piece.

painting, a bold photograph or other

What are some of your favorite stores to shop for when designing a home? We’re inspired by travel and love to

sculptural/textural piece. Texture can create layers and a richness to every room. You can incorporate texture through materials like

shop wherever we go. We have a few

various woods, metals, and we always

favorite spots in the Hampton’s we pop

like to add plants to a space to add

in whenever we go! Hampton’s Gather is

life.

an amazing spot in East Hampton with exceptional customer service and unique finds. LVIS Bargain Box is another place we like to frequent and have some amazing one-of-a-kind vintage finds. We also like to shop locally and support other small businesses. We love shopping on Etsy for carefully curated handmade goods. If we can give a client

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homework to see or a test out furniture we choose that route.

What role should color play in designing your home? Color is personal. We love working with color and it’s a important choice that we help our clients and customers work through. We enjoy creating neutral rooms with pops of color in smaller decorative accessories that can be switched out easily from season to

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