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POLO LIFESTYLES Haiti VOLUME II / ISSUE VII / JULY 2018

WOMEN+POWER AN EXTRAORDINARY CAST OF LEADERS DEFINING & REDEFINING THE WAY WE LIVE NOW


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T H E M AG A Z I N E

POLO LIFESTYLES Haiti L’ÉQUIPE:

Claude-Alix Bertrand Publisher

Josh Jakobitz

Editor-in-Chief

Trystanne Cunningham

Senior Global Style Curator

Mark Wine

Fitness Columnist

Joey Velez

Wellness Columnist

Kemissa Racine

Fashion & Style Contributor

Mystique Boivert

Fashion & Style Contributor

Hans Ebenman

Travel Contributor

Giulia Di Palma

Lifestyles Contributor

Ana Hernandez

Design/Social Media Intern Advertising Team

Jamila Sabha Trystanne Cunningham

Contributing Photographers

Will Johnson/LIFE Training Emmanuel Nicolai Robert Piper Pipe Yanguas Photography

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On the cover: Queen Elizabeth II with Michael Bickford Cover Photo courtesy EveningStandard


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ARE YOU GOING?

Greenwich Polo Club Silver Cup 16-20 Goals East Coast Open 16-20 Goals Tinicum Park Polo Club Regional President’s Cup 4-8 Goals Maui Polo Club George Manoa Invitational Cup 6-9 Goals Chantilly Polo Club Charity Cup 10-12 Goals Coupe Patrick Geurrand-Hermés 10-12 Goals Santa Barbara Polo Club America Cup 16-20 Goals Pacific Coast Open 14-20 Goals Guard’s Polo Club Indian Empire Shield 15-18 Goals Phoenician Cup 6-12 Goals Cowdray Park Polo Club Duke of Sutherland Cup 15-18 Goals Bryan Bethel Cup 12-15 Goals The King Power Gold Cup 22 Goals Villa a Sesta De Grisogono Polo Master 12-15 Goals Burggler Polo Classic 8-10 Goals Santa Maria Polo Club - Sotogrande Memorial Dona Maria de la Mercedes Copa Patrick G. Hermes Memorial Manuel Prado Helvetia Polo Country Club - Brazil Aberto de Helvetia 20 Goals 88th Aberto de Estado de SP 24 Goals Düsseldorf Reit - und Polo Club High Goal Cup Düsseldorfer 10-12 Goals Hamburger Polo Club Berenberg Polo Derby 11-12 Goals Polo Club Schleswig-Holstein Bucherer High Goal Cup 10-12 Goals Brandywine Polo Club Landhope Challenge Cup 6-8 Goals Polo Ponies Memorial 6-8 Goals Gerald Balding 6-8 Goals

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CONTENTS La Indiana seizes the trophy at Cartier Queen’s Cup page 64

Veuve Clicquot’s smart and refreshing polo day page 32

POLO LIFESTYLES EDITORS & CONTRIBUTORS

Ambassador Claude-Alix Bertrand

Josh Jakobitz

Giulia Di Palma Lifestyles Contributor

Hans Ebenman

Publisher Polo Lifestyles

London

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Editor-in-Chief Polo Lifestyles

Travel Columnist The Rooftop Guide

Trystanne Cunningham

Senior Global Style Curator Polo Lifestyles

Mark Wine

Fitness Columnist & CEO Functional Muscle Fitness

The World's Most... Sinfully Indulgent Hotels page 50

Kemissa Racine

Fashion & Style Contributor Berlin

Joey Velez

Mental Wellness Columnist Velez Mental Performance

Emmanuel Nicolai

Contributing Photographer Paris

Mystique Boivert

Fashion & Style Contributor New York City


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Garrie Renucci’s Vendetta page 20

The Rooftop Guide hits Miami page 132

Spanish Wine Country by region page 116

NYC Penthouse units for sale page 137

Most Influential and Aspirational Female Figures, including Garcelle Beauvais Page 78

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COMMENTS TO THE EDITOR “This is the magazine for people with perfect lives.” “It’s so beautiful.” “Breaking the mold.” “Love this.” “Nice.” “Thank you for the feature.” “Beautiful issue.”

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR The Women+Power issue may be the most important cover from Polo Lifestyles to date. For months, our editorial board poured over names and nominations that we gathered from other influencers and nominees. We spoke on the phone to nominees, their PR handlers, and spokespeople. Women were added and women were dropped from the list. Those who made the final cut are a tiny representation of the world’s powerful women, but they all share attributes that unite them: vision, focus and desire. In every interview and Q-and-A session, these women clearly demonstrated that they know where they’re going and how they’re getting there. Every one of them has faced adversity, expectations, hardship, and the twists and turns of modern life. And in every one of them, we can identify with their burdens, their successes and their joie de vivre. There are very, very famous women on our list who have companies and dozens of influential women behind them, supporting them every step of the way; there are women on this list who are out there with more limited means, making, nonetheless, their mark on our world and our society. Shonda Rhimes, for example, hates the term “power female lead” in the entertainment industry. “Never would we describe a male lead as a ‘powerful male lead’ yet the industry continues to act as though a powerful female lead is some sort of pleasant surprise," she tweeted. 'Surprise, no more,' as I read and edited the profiles this month, I thought. Surprise, no more.

Best, Josh Jakobitz josh@htpolo.com

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Reposted FOR THE RECORD Curated Instagram posts from last month

30jardas The 88th Open of Sao Paulo @nando_pelosini @natojunq @fabinhodjunqueira @nachidu #helvetiapolo

daria_bah_photo Elegant @tati_vk wearing @carolinaherrera and @arturorios ready for the 2018 @ascotracecourse

instylemagazine It’s a sister thing @serenawilliams and @venuswilliams win their first doubles match at the French Open

ayeshacurry @goldenstatewarriors welcome home with their 3rd NBA Championship trophy in Oakland, California

marylandequestrian This stunning equestrian-themed wedding was recently featured in @eqliving PC: @kaylacoleslaw

monaco_info Race car driver @danielricciardo wins the Grand Prix de Monaco with @f1 @lewishamilton leading in points

lunionsuite @oprah with Haitian-American actress @eleweaver star of OWN’s Love Is ______

peterluxhair Bright and early with @ciara for @ascotracecourse MUA @babskymakeup

letizia_de_princesa_a_reina Queen Letizia of Spain touched down in Haiti. Her first official visit to the Caribbean island.

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Click and comment on our choices... tag @pololifestyles. We will share noteworthy comments with you next month.

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Real Madrid’s Marcelo celebrates with the trophy after winning Champions League in Kiev PC: @kai_pfaffenbach

Rafael Nadal won the French Open after facing Dominic Thiem in the final. This is his 17th Grand Slam title.

reuters Portugal’s @cristiano scored their second goal in the match against Spain PC: @lucynic

reuterssport Soccer? or Football? World Cup Germany vs Mexico in Moscow, Russia #mexico

royaltyandprotocol The Duke of York arrives at @ascotracecourse with Princess Beatrice and the Duchess of York

lewish4milton Lewis wins the Donkey Kong-inspired trophy at Grand Prix de France #grandprix #lewishamilton

sussexlovescambridge What will she wear? @givenchyofficial of course; the Duchess of Sussex’ choice for @ascotracecourse

thetonyawards Three nominees. Three stunners @ onceislandbway @meangirlsbway #thisisbroadway

virgilabloh @louisvuitton menswear director walks the runway following his show at the Palais-Royal page 17


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The secrets of his sweet VENDETTA Giulia Di Palma | thebritishmallet@gmail.com We met Garrie Renucci on a windy and cloudy Sunday at Ham Polo Club, where he is a proud member. He just finished playing with his own team, Vendetta, and won the Petersham Bowl Cup. GDP: Hi Garrie, let’s start from the beginning: what brought you to play polo? GR: During spring 2015, I was on a road trip in California, riding a Harley Davidson close to Santa Barbara and I got stuck in the traffic. The queue on the street was so long that I started wondering, What was the reason? and Where are all the people were going? I decided to let all the cars before me pick my destination and I ended up being at the famous Santa Barbara Polo Club. It was love at first sight. I immediately understood that polo was the perfect sport for me. Having a past as a football player, I noticed few similarities that made me want to learn how to ride, first, and then how to play. I’m fond of team sports and polo implies teamwork, discipline, strategy and coordination with your own horse. Back in the United Kingdom, I decided to join Ham Polo Club in London, started with my first lessons and with the idea of buying my own ponies. GDP: Even though you are a professional polo player yourself, do you have a favorite polo player? GR: I think everyone has a person to take inspiration from. In polo, my model and favorite player is Adolfo Cambiaso. I saw him playing various times at the Argentine Open. He is currently the best player in the world and a great ambassador for this sport. Through all his sacrifices he created a good breeding business from nothing. He promotes page 20


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and evolves polo with style and determination. He inspires me to improve as a player. Moreover, there are many young British talents who are emerging in the polo arena. One of my favorites is Tomas Beresford, who played in the recent Cartier Queen’s Cup and has been awarded the Talacrest Best Young Player at the Polo Awards 2018. GDP: Your job in the property business obliges and, at the same time, allows you to travel a lot. Do you have time to visit new polo clubs during your trips? What’s your favorite polo club? GR: In fact, I feel very lucky being able to travel the world because of my job. Of course, I try to stop and visit as many polo clubs as I can, although it's not always possible. Recently, I have been to Argentina and New Zealand. I spent some quality time at Campo Argentino de Polo in Palermo and Waireka Polo Farm with the Vendetta team. GDP: Speaking of Vendetta, when and why did you decide to create your own page 22

polo team? GR: Having my own polo team has always been my dream since I started to play polo. As Cambiaso with La Dolfina, I decided to create Vendetta that in Italian means “revenge”. Two years ago, when it all started, I wanted an intimidating and captivating name for my team and something personal at the same time. My family and my roots are Italian and the decision to use the name Vendetta have allowed me to immediately set my priorities: discipline and determination to fight till the very end to win. I wanted my team to be colorful and exciting, a reflection of my personality. This is why I picked up the iconic pink and yellow. Today, too many teams choose conservative colors. I think this sport has to evolve to capture the interest of new sponsors and younger generations. Luckily Vendetta’s approach is paying off: my relationship with the sponsors

is really strong and inspiring and many young rising stars want to play in my team, including for example the Gold Cup winner Jimbo Fewster. GDP: How do you select your players? GR: I care about individual abilities of the team members and their horses, but I’m more focused on having people who know what teamwork is and that are ready to fight on the field. Some players are from Ham Polo Club, some other come from different countries and sometimes we have guests. For me is really important that everyone has a good experience being part of Vendetta. The team is very inclusive and aims to teach its members and supporters the positive value of discipline. GDP: What are Vendetta’s plans for this season? GR: It can sound obvious, but we want to win as many tournaments and cups as we can. Even with just two years of professional activity, Vendetta has gained a relevant track record, winning


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several competitions in the United Kingdom. GDP: Garrie, you had the honor of being selected to represent London at Chestertons Polo in the Park. How did it happen? GR: La Martina, one of the main sponsors of this tournament, is currently also one of Vendetta’s sponsors. Considering the great relationship I have with this professional brand I was positively surprised and honored of being invited to play and represent London in the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Team. GDP: Did you feel any pressure playing in front of so many people? GR: The atmosphere was great, even the weather was perfect! The public was supportive and cheered all the teams. It was nice to see Santiago Araya, directly from Argentina, representing his country. He is a wonderful player and a friend and I hope to play with him again very soon at Ham Polo Club.

This experience was absolutely enriching and everyone had great fun. The sponsors couldn’t be more organised. Everything was perfect and all the players were taken in a good care. Hopefully, next year I will get the chance to play again at Polo in the Park! GDP: You are not new to representing your country: last year you had the chance to represent your own polo club, Ham Polo Club and England in America. How was it? GR: Yes, it’s true. I have been lucky enough last year to represent, along with few players from Ham Polo Club, our club and United Kingdom in a match against a representation of United States. The match was hosted at Newport Polo Club, Rhode Island. Our team won and I’m very proud of having been part of a great team. We really enjoyed our time in America and we I hope to get the chance of being involved in more inter-

national tournaments very soon. GDP: Last question, do you have any suggestions for young people approaching this sport and dreaming of becoming professional polo players? GR: Guys: train hard and play harder! Not everyone is meant to be a famous or best-in-class polo player, but what you can do is train to push your limits till the end. Moreover, don’t forget to be a good teammate: if you have skills but you don’t know what teamwork is, nobody will want to play with you. I think it’s really important to sacrifice our ego to something more important: the team. Even Cambiaso leave the ball to his teammates sometimes! And if you fall down, just keep practicing and training. No matter what get back on the saddle and fight till the very end! Pictures from: Mark Greenwood, Mark Beaumont and Stephen Bartholomew

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Scoreboards & Cocktails TOURNAMENTS & ACTION

Côte d’Azur Challenge Cup

Côte d’Azur Polo Club, Puget-sur-Argens May 17 to 28

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Scoreboards & Cocktails TOURNAMENTS & ACTION

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Liberty State Park, New Jersey Saturday, June 2

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Liberty State Park

Nacho Figueras

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124th Open de Paris Engel & Volkers Polo de Paris June 9-24

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2018 RACING & POLO COLLECTIONS


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The Royal Ascot

Alpha Centauri Storms to Coronation Stakes Win

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The Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £7.3 million in prize money. Eighteen Group races, eight of them Group One, have made household names of Royal Ascot winners like Black Caviar, Frankel and Yeats. Each year the meeting is broadcast to audiences around the globe, yet to experience it in person is something altogether more special.


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The World ’s Most...

Sinfully Indulgent Hotels

Last month, we brought Polo Lifestyles readers “The World’s Most... Luxurious Automobiles.” For our “The World’s Most…” content this month, our senior global style curator Trystanne researched The World’s Most Sinfully Indulgent Hotels. The Hôtel Plaza Athénée, perhaps the most famous hotel in the world, is befitting of its mention in the first spot. An ultra-luxury submarine that docks in Caribbean ports is unlike anything you’ve ever imagined; truly the experience of a lifetime. A palace-turned-hotel in Jaipur will transport you to another era and the beloved Hotel President Wilson in Geneva.

HOTEL PLAZA ATHÉNÉE - PARIS, FRANCE Those distinctive red awnings. The unparalleled view of the Eiffel Tower from your room balcony. A grand dame in Paris, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée stands out among the City of Light’s luxury destinations for its location on famed shopping street Avenue Montaigne. Built in 1913, the lodging, with its distinctive red awnings, opulent decor, and unparalleled service, has been a home away from home for fashion designers, models, movie stars, and other A-listers. A series of renovations, including new decor by designer Marie-José Pommereau, has kept the Dorchester Collection hotel as relevant as the day it opened. The beloved restaurant Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée draws foodies from around the world, and at night the cocktail bar is the place to be. Not to mention, the legendary hostelry has been featured in TV shows and films like Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada. The décor in Hôtel Plaza Athénée fall into two main design categories: Art Deco interiors and a classic Louis XVI style that recalls the same aesthetic as Dior boutiques (which happens to be an haute couture brand that closely interlinked with the hotel: in 1947, Monsieur Christian Dior showed his inaugural collection at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, and his famous Bar suit was named after the hotel’s popular cocktail bar). And then there are the occasional pop-up themed suites for the littlest guests. Previous themed suites include Barbie and Hot Wheels bedrooms, flanking all pink furniture and a custom car bed respectively. There are indulgent breakfasts, and then there is the exceptional breakfast at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée that is perfectly elegant and well, simply incomparable. Designed by Jouin Manku, the restaurant space is a sublime fantasy come

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true: dripping in crystal chandeliers, shell-like booths and mirrored domes that line the entrance. The three-Michelin starred restaurant opens to hotel guests for breakfast service. Everything, from the food to the service—as expected—is a fine-dining affair. Upon being seated, before the mains are even ordered, a decadent mountain of French pastries, together with every jam imaginable arrives.  Absolute decadence! Guests staying at the hotel adore the suites that command a view of the Eiffel Tower—these are undeniably the crème de la crème. Of all of them, Eiffel Suites 361 and 878 are the most requested. While 878 sports an Art Deco–inspired contemporary design with modern furnishings in browns, beiges, and baby blues, 361 features a more classical French-palace ambience. The latter offers 1,400 square feet comprising a living room, bedroom, dressing room, and marble-clad bathroom. In the living room, gray walls and elaborate moldings form the backdrop for Louis XIV chairs upholstered in rose-pink fabric, two dark gray velvet sofas, a glass-top cocktail table with silver-leaf details, a chandelier decorated with black tassels, and silk curtains. A grand piano and a writing desk with a view of the Eiffel Tower add an extra touch of elegance. Natalie Portman and Jude Law are just two of the notable guests who have stayed in Suite 361, and you can join their ranks for $4,000 per night.

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LOVERS DEEP SUBMARINE, THE CARIBBEAN Another one of the most expensive hotels in the world currently is Lovers Deep Submarine. OK, so it’s not yellow.  It is located near the coral reef off the coast of St. Lucia - one of the boarding ports. The price of one night’s stay at this hotel is $150,000. Lover’s Deep is a submarine hotel for sea lovers.  This hotel gives you a peaceful sleep in the depth of the ocean. You will enjoy the excellent views of marine life. The submarine travels the beautiful waters of the Caribbean including the islands of Montserrat, Martinique, St. Lucia and Barbados among others. The submarine is equipped with the utmost luxury down to the smallest details. Hardwoods, leather sofas and armchairs, are part of the decor. The vessel features luxurious living rooms, a minibar, bathroom for two and a bedroom with stunning views of the underwater habitat. A staff of three is assigned to each guest room: a captain, a chef and a personal butler, who share accommodations at the opposite end of the ship to safeguard

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your privacy. Guests receive speedboat transfers and optional addons that include helicopter transfers, beach landing, two-person shower, and champagne-soaked breakfast.  In addition, the tours can be customized to suit your desires, which may include visits to the beautiful coral reefs or the remains of an old and forgotten shipwreck from the time when these waters were frequented by pirates and buccaneers.  For good measure, the agency will throw in a rose petal scattering service.  The mega luxurious experience is complemented by a specially designed aphrodisiac menu that includes oysters, caviar and chocolate fondant with essence of royal pomegranate, amongst other delights. This menu is offered at no charge for guests who book the submarine as part of their honeymoon package. After you’ve spent a night in this luxurious hotel you surely would have had the opportunity to join the mile low club.

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COSTA SMERALDA: HOTEL CALA DI VOLPE SARDINIA ITALIA, HOTEL CERVO, HOTEL PITRIZZA, HOTEL ROMAZZINO

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Cala di Volpe Hotel, on the island of Sardinia, boasts Europe’s most expensive three-bedroom presidential suite: $32,750. Cala di Volpe Hotel is all terracotta shades outside, with a white stucco interior that artfully blends traditional rustic with contemporary dashes, sporting curvy corridors, swirly staircases, modern sculptures and stained glass. Jacques Couelle’s expressive architecture dominates its beauty characteristic of Costa Smeralda. The reception area is cool, almost cave-like, and the atmosphere feels hushed and superbly exclusive. Overlooking a cove of lapping turquoise waters, it’s the sort of place where time takes a break. There’s a huge pool and a private beach reachable by a private boat service. Tennis courts and a fitness center complement the relaxing areas, just in case you feel like swinging a racket or hitting the weights. The nearby Pevero Golf Club is stunning. The hotel’s culinary offerings feature indigenous ingredients from Sardinia’s best producers, as well as international classic dishes to please

gourmands from all over the world. Costa Smeralda was established in 1962 when the first hotels, Hotel Cervo and Hotel Cala di Volpe, were built. Hotel Pitrizza opened its doors in 1963 and Hotel Romazzino in 1965. This marked the start of a whole new era for the Costa Smeralda: members of the international nobility, Hollywood celebrities and business leaders began pouring in, turning it into a chic, jet-set destination, a natural paradise just a two-hour flight from mainland Europe. Fifty years later, the Costa Smeralda remains an incomparably beautiful corner of unspoiled Sardinia. Now world-renowned for the exceptional standard of its hospitality, it is a second home to the international jet-set, who fill the lobbies, suites, swimming pools and private beaches of four of the world’s most prestigious hotels. Featuring artistically arranged porticos, juniper wood doors, arches and steps, Hotel Cala di Volpe was designed in the style of a traditional fishing village, and remains the Mediterranean’s most glamorous hideaway.

Hotel Pitrizza, on the other hand, is a triumph of understated sophistication, a haven where space, in the form of gardens that separate its villas om the private beach, is the real luxury. It boasts a selection of exclusive suites guaranteed to meet the needs of even the most discerning guests. Hotel Romazzino’s own white stucco lines are reminiscent of those of a traditional Mediterranean village and blend effortlessly with the expansive white beach that separates it from the famous emerald sea. Last but not least, Hotel Cervo remains the very living, beating heart of the village of Porto Cervo. It brilliantly combines beach life and chic glamour, thanks to its famous Tennis Club, five restaurants and special partnership with the Pevero Golf Club, which is also open all year round. Luxury and simplicity, sea and glamour, privacy and jet-set socializing: in the attraction of opposites lies the secret to the enduring success of the glittering Costa Smeralda. page 57


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HOTEL PRESIDENT WILSON SWITZERLAND OVERLOOKING LAKE GENEVA Situated on the Leman Lake shore, just steps from the most beautiful parks and boutiques of the renowned Rue du Rhône, Hotel President Wilson is one of the most contemporary addresses in Geneva, facing the magnificent panorama of the Mont-Blanc, a culture of service reflecting the Genevan lifestyle and fine Swiss heritage. With large bay-windows offering a panoramic view over Lake Leman, the hotel pool or Geneva city, all 204 rooms and 22 suites of the luxury hotel combine comfort and elegance. Live an exclusive experience at Spa La Mer and its outdoor pool overlooking the lake, and succumb to the delicacy of the Michelin-starred cuisine from famous Chef Michel Roth. Inside one of the world’s most expensive hotels is the plush Royal Penthouse suite and officially one of the most expensive in the world – setting guests back an astounding $1.1 million per night for a luxury stay. The 12-bedroom penthouse covers the entire eighth floor of the hotel. Opened in May 1962, the hotel is dedicated the 28th President of the United States Woodrow Wilson for his role in creating the League of Nations. History aside, just to give you an idea as to how fancy this place is – the likes of Richard Branson, Rihanna and Bill

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Gates are all said to have stayed in the pricey pad, which boasts a personal chef, a butler and a team of security. Alongside being the most expensive suite, it is also famous for being the largest suite in Europe, measuring around 19,000 square feet. But the huge space isn’t the most impressive thing about this penthouse. The bathrooms are made from marble, with products from top designer Hermes featured inside for anyone who doesn’t fancy bringing along their own shampoo and conditioner. There are two master bedrooms which have vast walk-in dressing rooms and a jacuzzi, and the lounge features a Steinway Grand piano. Guests can also enjoy perfumed wardrobes and panoramic views of the lake, and you can get around the hotel in your own private elevator.

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SUJAN RAJMAHAL PALACE Starting at $500 per night The Royal Standard of the House of Amber still flutters above Rajmahal Palace, one of the oldest and most treasured palaces in the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Only the City Palace and the royal family’s private forts hold this distinction. Home to the Maharaja of Jaipur, this exquisite royal palace is located at the heart of Rajasthan’s bustling capital. An enclosed oasis, secluded in verdant gardens, Rajmahal Palace is the repository of a celebrated history. Tall bay windows, mirrored doors and meticulously appointed interiors allow guests to be transported to a new era of 21st century regal living. Conceived by H.H Sawai Jai Singh II as a private palace and a garden retreat built for his beloved wife, Chandra Kanwar Ranawat ji, the daughter of the Maharana of Mewar, Rajmahal Palace has stood witness to over 250 years of history. In 1821, Rajmahal became the official residence of the British Resident Political Officer of Rajputana and in 1958 His Highness Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur – the celebrated and dashing ‘Jai’ – chose it as his personal private residence. Over the decades this remarkable palace has hosted Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and eminent international celebrities such as Jackie O., Lord and Lady Mountbatten, and the Shah of Iran. Following a carefully orchestrated restoration by the prodigious designer Adil Ahmad, this palace continues to embody the heritage of its past, maintaining the original, stunning marble staircase, elaborate chandeliers, and treasured family possessions.

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Michael Bicksford, Laurent Feniou, and Her Majesty the Queen

LA INDIANA 9 – 7 PARK PLACE CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP FINAL

Michael Bickford made it third-time lucky on the Queen’s Ground at Guards Polo Club. His La Indiana team fought back from a 6-4 deficit at half-time to win the Cartier Queen’s Cup 9-7. Bickford, who has been a finalist in the previous two years, was the winning patron this time around, receiving the prestigious silver trophy from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Laurent Feniou of Cartier UK. Bickford’s teammate, Facundo Pieres, who last added his name to this high-goal trophy in 2016, was named the Cartier Most Valuable Player after turning the game around in the second half. His second favorite pony, Cube, winner of the Best Playing Pony prize on this day in 2015, was named top equine again. Facundo had played her twice in this match, including the crucial fifth chukka. Andrey Borodin’s Park Place, who are in their first season of high-goal polo, had impressed everyone with their wonderful-to-watch, four-man polo on their road to this final, but fortune did not favor them today. In the first 1 1/2 minutes of the game Hilario Ulloa was on the floor following a collision with La Indiana’s Alec White. Martha Hunt

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Fortunately Ulloa got back on the saddle after a short delay and play resumed – with White spending the next two minutes in the sin bin. Meanwhile, Juan Britos, the Cartier Queen’s Cup top goal scorer – 35 goals under his name coming into this final – converted the penalty awarded for dangerous play only for Pieres to convert a penalty before the end of the chukka. Things did not improve in the second chukka with Andrey Borodin having to be taken off the field in an ambulance after a collision with La Indiana’s Nic Roldan. He was substituted by the young Charlie Tighe, who has been playing for the Park Place team in some of their 15-goal Out-Sourcing Royal Windsor Cup games this season. This change in personnel did not seem to disrupt the Park Place team too much, although they could not take advantage of a three-man La Indiana side while Roldan sat out his 2-minute penalty. Another penalty conversion by Pieres and a quick goal by Ulloa after the first bell saw the teams all tied 2-2 going into the third. This chukka was dominated by Park Place – finding some of that previous form that had earned them a place in this final. Britos converted a penalty and then produced a lovely run to goal for the subsequent throw in. With goals from team-mates Ulloa and Tommy La Indiana's Nic Roldan

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Beresford to only two in reply from La Indiana – one was off the stick of Bickford who received a lovely pass from Roldan – to make it 6-4 at half-time. It was all change in the fourth though, with Pieres and Roldan firing through a couple of goals to none in reply from Park Place. With the scores back level once again, this was still anyone’s game. A goal each in the fifth failed to produce a clearer picture – although it should be noted that the Park Place goal came off the stick of young Charlie Tighe. With the score all square at the start of the sixth, the many spectators wondered if this final would be the first match of the 2018 Cartier Queen’s Cup tournament to go into overtime. Man of the match Pieres had other ideas - he not only saved a Britos penalty, but fired through two goals to secure victory for La Indiana and earn himself an MVP award in the process. Story by Diana Butler Communications Director Guards Polo Club

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WOMEN +POWER 2018’s leading women, each a powerful influencer with a global voice, represent a cross-section of walks of life, origins, successes, global recognition and stunning achievement. Rihanna, who rose to international fame with her hit single “Pon de Replay” in 2005, is a leading lady not only in music, but in fashion and business. Between jaw-dropping red carpet looks to her collaborations with Fendi and Puma + Fenty, she continues to pump out some of the hottest lyrics and beats with poignant messages. In the music industry, many voices echo the messages of female empowerment, but Rihanna lives it. Her non-conformity to female expectations is feminism lived out-loud and live on phone, tablet and TV screens around the world. “I think I can inspire a lot of young women to be themselves and that is half the battle. The thing that’s kept me successful is being myself. I only know how to do that. And the minute you learn to love yourself you would not want to be anybody else,” she said while accepting her honor “Rock Star Award” at Black Girls Rock awards show.

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WOMEN+POWER GARCELLE BEAUVAIS

Her new recurring role on "Power" begins July 1

With her new recurring role on the popular Starz TV series “Power,” it’s no coincidence why we chose the beautiful and powerful Garcelle Beauvais for our 2018 cast of inspirational and influential woman. This beautiful soul oozes power in all aspects of her life and career. The show’s fifth season premiere is July 1. Story by: Trystanne Cunningham Polo Lifestyles Senior Global Style Curator Photos by: Erick Robinson

Listed as one of People Magazine’s highly coveted 50 Most Beautiful in 2014, the Haitian beauty born in SaintMarc immigrated to the United States at the age of seven with her mother and her six older siblings. At 17, Beauvais moved to New York City to pursue modeling. She easily transitioned to acting and has since been charming audiences with her dramatic and comedic talents. Above all, Beauvais’ most important job is being a mom. She resides in Los Angeles and has three sons, Oliver, 27, and twins Jax and Jaid, 11. Motherhood inspired her to write a children’s book series ‘I AM,’ which addresses identity issues relevant to children today. Beauvais supports the Step Up Women’s Network, a non-profit that empowers women and girls to be strong and reach their full potential. Step Up was founded by Channing Dungey, also one

of our selected 2018 influential women. Beauvais is also active with March of Dimes and Fonkoze. “I hope the legacy that I leave for my children is showing them that you cannot be limited. I came from a small island and I was able to do so many things, some I dreamt about; others, I didn’t even think were possible,” she said. “The key to life is being kind to others.” Feeling blessed to have been an actress for over 20 years, she is now transitioning to the opposite side of the camera. Thrilled to have started her own production company with her producing partner Lisa Wilson, Beauvais Wilson Productions are currently seeking a distributor for their first movie “Lalo’s House,” which focuses on the relentless courage of a young Haitian girl, kidnapped with her little sister. “Lalo’s House“ stars Beauvais alongside HaitianAmerican actors Jimmy JeanLouis and Paul Beaubrun. For inspiration, Beauvais is currently reading “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. page 81


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AMAL CLOONEY

The Tireless Humanitarian Advocate

Most celebrity humanitarians were famous before they were advocates. Not so for Amal Clooney. This celebrated humanitarian, high-powered barrister, mother of twins, married to a certain Oscar-winning George, went from a respected international human-rights lawyer to one of the planet’s most recognizable faces.  

Her elevated public profile has helped to improve her ability to call attention to marginalized groups, one of the most essential and fulfilling aspects of her job. Thanks to her, tabloids on both sides of the pond now report on the Yazidi women who have been kidnapped, raped and enslaved.

Since 2010, she has been employed by Britain’s Doughty Street Chambers. She is well known in her field for defending government leaders but more so for advocating on behalf of neglected and exploited groups.

Combining her desire to serve and enjoyment of public speaking, she continues to use her analytical mind, creativity and resilience to look at the most horrific situations and see hope. Her greatest hope of all is for a future that would one day render her job obsolete.

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ABC’S CHANNING DUNGEY The "Fierce, Bold and Fearless" Network TV Executive

Step Up Inspiration Awards attendees rose to their feet to applaud ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey before she spoke a single word onstage June 1 in Los Angeles. The standing ovation came on the heels of Dungey’s decision  to cancel the sitcom “Roseanne,” after its star directed a racist tweet at Valerie Jarrett. Dungey first made headlines in 2016 when she became the first African-American to run the entertainment division of a major broadcast television network. In this role, she oversees all development, programming, marketing and scheduling operations for ABC prime time and late-night. She’s been with ABC in various roles since 2004 and is credited with developing several of its hit TV dramas, including “Scandal,” “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Quantico.” Between 2016 and more recently, she’s kept a lower profile

while continuing to make her mark in the entertainment industry. “I was saying to Channing before the (Step Up Inspiration Awards), she’s usually such an under-the-radar person, but not anymore,” Step Up founder Kaye Popofsky Kramer said during the ceremony. “It makes me so proud to have her as such an incredible role model for our girls and a symbol of what every woman should be: fierce, bold, fearless.” Dungey, who is both a founding member and board member of Step Up, served as a presenter and moderator for Friday’s luncheon and discussed the importance of empowerment both within and outside the entertainment industry. Other presenters at the event included stars January Jones, Julie Bowen, Sanaa Lathan, Garcelle Beauvais, and Jaina Lee Ortiz.

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OPRAH WINFREY

The Global Force

In December 2017, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) announced that Discovery Communications had become the majority owner of OWN with the purchase of 24.5 percent of the company for $70 million. Winfrey retains 25.5 percent of OWN and remains its chief executive under the agreement. The world’s richest African-American of the 20th century finally took her first paycheck from OWN since its inception 10 years ago. OWN produces the hit dramas “Queen Sugar” and “Greenleaf.” “Creating OWN and seeing it flourish, supported by Discovery and a rapidly growing group of the finest storytellers in film and television, is one of my proudest achievements,” said Winfrey. This fall, Winfrey will join newsmagazine 60 Minutes as a special contributor. Her foundation “Oprah’s Angel Network” has raised more than $50 million for charitable programs including girls’ education in South Africa and relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina. In January 2018, Winfrey became the first African-American woman to be honored with the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. In a powerful speech for the history books, she recalled being inspired by Sidney Poitier’s honor at the Globes decades earlier, before emphasizing the importance of a free press and the power of speaking the truth. In February 2018, Winfrey announced she would follow the example set by George and Amal Clooney and donate $500,000 to the March for Our Lives demonstration. page 84


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"Watching Oprah" Now on Permanent Exhibit in D.C. Her proudest moment yet came on June 7 when the media mogul celebrated the opening of a new National Museum of African American History exhibit, “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture.” She recited Sojourner’s Truth’s now famous 1851 speech “Ain’t I A Woman.” While touring the exhibit honoring her legacy, she encouraged others to forge their own legacies. The exhibit runs through June 2019.

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The Storyteller

FRANÇOISE ELIZÉE Josh Jakobitz: This issue is about Women+Power. You recently published a powerful book about Haitian women as the “quintessential potomitan”. Can you please first explain “potomitan”, its significance in your life, and how you went about choosing and classifying whom you featured in “Haiti Rediscovered”? FranÇoise Elizée: “Potomitan” literally means the “center post” that refers to the structure of a tent, or commonly to the matriarch of the family. In our Haitian culture, women are often referred as the “potomitan” of their family. I am blessed to have a “potomitan” in my life: my mother fits the description perfectly. She is not only my best friend, she is my mentor, educator, back-bone and personal cheerleader. For "Haiti Rediscovered," we selected women from different walks of life who had an amazing story to be told. They page 86

are involved in a variety of industries; may it be craftsmanship, home accessories, fashion and even food. As an entrepreneur myself, I understand the need to promote export and job creation. We focused on businesses that are ready to export and be exposed to the international marketplace. Most importantly, they qualified because they produce products that meet international standards and ready for buyers. JJ: How does your book connect with the women you’re meeting on your book tour? What stories from readers are you hearing that resonate with you most strongly? FE: Following the Q-and-A segment of our official release and book signing in Miami in the Design District, during the cocktail celebration, two women were reflecting on the presentation and one said to the other that, “If women can work in Haiti under the most chal-

lenging conditions and still make their business thrive locally, we can certainly pick up and do what we have to do here.” These two women were inspired by the book and the featured subjects. After hearing that, I thought, “There are many positive messages, but if the book can inspire women to reach for their dreams, I have done my part.” JJ: You note in the foreword of "Haiti Rediscovered" that the women in your book share “impeccable aesthetic, talent, technical skill and work ethic”; what other qualities do you personally admire in powerful women? FE: Strong women are resilient. No matter how tough life gets, they pick up and move forward. JJ: What is the biggest sacrifice you’ve made to date that’s paid the biggest dividends? FE: Not many know this, but straight


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out of university, I began working for our family business, RIKA, a food commodities brand in Haiti. Despite my job in food commodities, I always had a creative side that begged to be developed. In 2009, I launched my fashion label “Françoise Elizée:” a brand that focuses on exotic skin handbags and accessories. Wearing two hats was not easy. I barely had time for myself. The “Françoise Elizée” fashion brand; however, built my name recognition in the Haitian community. People trust me when I call with an idea, and they want to work

with me because they know I will do my best to deliver the best possible outcome, whatever it may be. JJ: You present a powerful image in your confidence, appearance and composure; how and when did you hone in on “who is Françoise Elizée” and how does that play into your brand? FE: I have always been confident about who I am and what I represent. Most importantly, I am comfortable with who I am. Knowing that propels me to go for what I want. If I believe in a new

CHER WANG

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idea, I am not afraid to jump in and take the risk. There are only two options: Having tried knowing if it worked, or never trying and always wondering “what if?” JJ: When do you feel most powerful? And what makes you feel powerful? FE: At the time of unveiling my latest project, may it be a new collection or this year my first self-published book “Haiti Rediscovered.” After two years of hard work and dedication, the feeling was inexplicable.

Cher Wang is a Taiwanese entrepreneur and philanthropist from Taipei. As co-founder and chairperson of HTC Corporation (which manufactures one of every six smartphones sold in the U.S.), she is considered one of the most powerful and successful women in technology. Wang’s father was Wang Yung-ching, founder of the plastics and petrochemicals conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group and one of the wealthiest individuals in Taiwan before his death in 2008. As of 2014, she is listed as the 54th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Wang is an avid philanthropist who says she prefers to stay out of the limelight despite her many accomplishments. She has begun to insert herself in Taiwan politics, however, by supporting Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou in his bid for re-election and by voicing her support for the 1992 Consensus. page 87


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MAYOR LONDON BREED

San Francisco's New General

San Francisco Supervisor London Breed emerged victorious a week after Election Day to become the city’s first African-American woman elected mayor, narrowly defeating a rival who was seeking to become the first openly gay man in the position. In a brief appearance before reporters and cheering supporters on the steps of City Hall, an exuberant Breed said she was humbled, honored and looking forward to serving as mayor. In particular, she relished the message her election sends to San Francisco’s youth, especially kids like herself who grew up poor. “No matter where you come from, no matter what you decide to do in life, you can do anything you want to do,” she said. “Never let your circumstances determine your outcome in life.” Breed vowed to be mayor for all of San Francisco, a message she repeated throughout her bid to lead a city that is economically thriving but mired in homelessness, congestion and unaffordable homes. She has vowed to rid the sidewalks of homeless tent camps

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within a year of taking office. Breed was the favorite of the business and political establishment communities going into the contest. She raised the most money of the candidates with the help of contributions from big backers. “I ask people to not attribute what I’ve done — my success and how hard I’ve worked — to not reduce that or attribute that to someone else,” Breed told the AP in a pre-election interview. The former executive director of the African American Art & Culture Complex grew up in the historically black Western Addition, raised by her grandmother in public housing. They drank powdered milk and ate meat from a can labeled “pork,” she said. At City Hall, she paid homage to her late grandmother and said she probably had a hand in her win. “She took care of the community, she took care of me even on days when I didn’t deserve it, and so being here in her honor means so much,” she said.


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AYESHA CURRY

Curry Cuisine

Having made Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2017, chef personality Ayesha Curry is building an empire while wearing a variety of hats - a chef ’s hat was one of her first. She now has a best-selling cookbook “The Seasoned Life,” and has checked off a lot of boxes in her very ambitious career: author, owner of a meal kit company, purveyor of eponymous kitchenware line; she’s turned her pop-up barbeque restaurant concept “International Smoke” into a permanent fixture in Honolulu, Houston and San Francisco. Other locations are in the works. Ayesha is always on the go and wouldn’t have it any other way. The tipping point for Ayesha’s career was over bottles of olive oil. She decided to sell olive oil on her blog, and as she spread the word on social media, she received over 200 orders within 48 hours. She was literally wrapping and shipping each order herself in her living room. She finds the time to raise two beautiful children, daughters Riley, 5, and Ryan, 2, while currently expecting her third. She’s married to basketball player Stephen Curry, but this

Canadian-born beauty is not your ordinary NBA wife. Bay Area-beloved Ayesha is also known for her cocktail making. This year, although she could not consume any of her own delicious Warriors cocktails, she helped her husband and the the Golden State Warriors team celebrate their third NBA Championship.  Her excitement for bringing family together through her cooking is her most treasured. Her passion for cooking evolved into a book and now a culinary career. Among the many charities she supports, Ayesha is an ambassador for No Kid Hungry, an organization working to end childhood hunger. She is also a contributing partner to Team FNV, an initiative spearheaded by Michelle Obama that aims to promote a healthy lifestyle by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into the diet. This superwoman is building an empire that will leave a lasting legacy as an influencer in many aspects of life and career.

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Although Viola Davis’ childhood was filled with many happy memories, it was also spent in abject poverty and immense shame. She was one of the 17 million kids in this country who didn’t know where the next meal was coming from. She did everything to get food: she stole it and jumped in huge garbage bins for it. Despite her inauspicious beginnings, Davis’ ambition to act came along early in her life when she saw Cicely Tyson’s Emmy-winning title performance in “The Autobiography of Jane Pittman” in 1974. Given her precarious circumstances, it may have been easy for Davis to chalk up her ambition as unachievable, but her sister encouraged her to aspire for the performing arts programs in her area.  Davis achieved a degree from Rhode Island College and then attended the prestigious Juilliard School. She became a household name in 2008 with her masterful performance alongside Meryl Streep in “Doubt.” Davis’ work in the film earned her not only a slew of nominations and wins, but also her first Oscar nod. Davis has come a long way since her difficult youth, and while her rise to Hollywood fame and acclaim might seem meteoric, she spent many years quietly and purposefully pursuing her way to the top. Davis has emerged as one of the most important and influential working actresses today, thanks to her mastery of many performance mediums, her transcendent style choices, as well as her compelling awards season and awareness speeches.  Because of her first-hand experience with destitution, Davis has since become a vocal advocate for Hunger Is, an organization that provides breakfast to millions of children in need. This fierce woman shows us how she conquered adversity and tribulation to become a force of power.

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WANDA TIMA The Media Maven

It’s hard to catch up with Wanda Tima – she’s constantly being pulled in a million different directions. Wanda isn’t yet a household name, but she’s on her way. With a worldwide audience of 12 million through her media platform L’Union Suite, which covers all the news worth reporting from Haiti as well as its diaspora, Wanda has built the world’s largest media network for Haiti – and it’s still growing. “Growing up as a Haitian-American outside of Haiti, I didn’t feel connected to Haiti. I started L’Union Suite in 2011 to connect to my roots. I started traveling to – and really spending time in – Haiti,” she said. Now full-time with L’Union Suite, she spends her days working in the male-dominated entertainment industry. “My intention is to demonstrate that we are better when we work together; and as the industry accepts me, they must accept all the women who are standing behind me.” “Haitians and Haitian-Americans identify as just that. I was just at the BET Awards answering questions about why I don’t identify as African-American. This is constantly a subject I’m explaining in my line of work – who we are, historically, and why that has created such an instilled identity in each of us.” Wanda firmly believes that Haitians who understand their country’s powerful past can use that to shape their future. “Haiti (the world’s first independent black republic) and Haitians need to harness that history and embrace the power we have.” She practices this every day. “Even with 12 million followers, I still have to explain who I am, why BET should focus on Haitian contributions to music and art, why Essence (magazine) should feature Haitians and Haitian-Americans in their publication.” L’Union Suite covers the news in Haiti, outside of Haiti, celebrities of Haitian descent and politics. “There was as time not so long ago when it wasn’t cool to be Haitian. We want to change that.”

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AZEDE JEAN-PIERRE

From Refugee to Fashion Week

Azede Jean-Pierre proves that with work ethic and dreaming big, you can achieve anything. Jean-Pierre’s name is buzzing throughout the fashion industry, especially after debuting her fashion line, to which she credits her Haitian heritage as inspiration. Her clothing line has something for everyone: an outfit for a night out, a happy hour, or a casual date. Her clothing represents the free-spirited, Afro-centric woman who is finding herself in this world; not afraid to stand out. Life wasn’t all glitz and glam for Jean-Pierre. A Haitian refugee, who came from her country and settled in Atlanta, Jean-Pierre discovered her love for art in her early childhood, which led to enrolling at Savannah College of Art and Design. She interned at local brands Ohne Titel and Ralph Rucci. This experience prompted her to launch her label in 2012. Jean-Pierre’s big break came when her fashion

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label made its Paris Fashion Week debut with the Spring 2017 collection. She credits her Caribbean culture as the inspiration behind the collection at the debut. But it’s safe to say her most influential fan is America’s First Lady Michelle Obama. After sending a cold email to FLOTUS’s team, Mrs. Obama, a champion of up-andcoming designers, commissioned Jean-Pierre to create the ice-blue dress she wore on the cover of Essence magazine in 2014. ‘She’s done a lot to help young people, including myself,’ says the designer. ‘She put me in the forefront, and I’m grateful.’ Haitian culture plays an immense inspiration for designing her clothes. “I think any barrier can be broken and being of African descent adds some value to your perspective,” said Jean-Pierre. “It should be thought of that way because it’s cool to have a different perspective.”


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PEPSICO’S INDRA NOOYI

The Most Accomplished Woman in the World Indra Nooyi is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, whose products are consumed more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. She is, by many accounts, one of the most accomplished and powerful women in the world. Nooyi was born to a Tamil-speaking Brahmin family in Madras, now known as Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She also is a recent Sex and the City convert. About three months ago, an episode popped up as a recommendation on

her HBO. She had never seen the show before, so she watched an episode. And watched another one. And another one—until, in short order, Nooyi had binged all 94 episodes. “I loved the show. Why did I love the show? Every episode had a lesson ... but the biggest takeaway was the sisterhood of the women. The more I looked at that show, I said man, we have to create our own sisterhoods,” Nooyi told the audience at the Forbes Women Summit in New York City on Tuesday. “We need an environment where our sisterhood does

not judge us but gives us constructive feedback. And where we can talk about Mr. Big!” At PepsiCo, Nooyi is the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, which is PepsiCo’s pledge to do what’s right for the business by being responsive to the needs of the world around us, focusing on delivering sustained growth by making healthier and more nutritious products, limiting environmental footprint and protecting the planet, and empowering their associates and people in the communities they serve.

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VALERIE POMPEE

The Feminine Force of Masculinity Valérie Pompée is an interior designer and artist in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. From her atelier in the mountains above the capital city, she designs her BakaArt – skulls of bulls embellished in colorful sequins, beading and designs. Her BakaArt, which drew international acclaim when Donna Karan purchased one at a charity auction, is the hottest thing to collect in Port-au-Prince. We talked to Pompée at home about Voodoo in contemporary art and the female representation of power on art whose base is undeniably masculine. “The female power is super-imposed on the raw male power of the bullhead; it is overshadowed by the female touch of pure refinement. Each piece is strong and exudes the fierceness that the bull head naturally possesses,” said Pompée, who believes this art form is an obvious thing for her to do. “I saw some embellished bull heads from other countries and imagined that with our beads and the Voodoo culture of Haiti, we could do something a lot more special here.” She sources her beads and embellishments in the “marché pepe” - or flea markets - of Haiti. She buys from the same merchants who supply the traditional Voodoo flag designers known for their collectability. The richness of the Haitian artisan community supplies an endless amount of inspiration. “Haiti and Haitian women are a true inspiration - each day I’m amazed of the beauty that exists within poverty.” She shows BakaArt regularly in Port-auPrince’s renowed Gallerie Monnin and sells in boutique stores in Petion-Ville, a suburb of the capitol city.

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Groomed by her father for a tennis career from the age of 3, this insatiable athlete, overwhelmed opponents with her signature style of play, sheer power and athletic prowess. She changed the look of the sport with her unique sense of style. And in one for the history books, in 1999, Serena Williams beat her sister Venus to win her first Grand Slam and secure the U.S. Open title.

SERENA WILLIAMS

Fear, Strength, Family, Change, Resolve

After a series of wins and defeats over the years, in August 2003, Serena hit an all-time low. Plagued by injuries preventing her to stay fit or compete and the murder of her half-sister in Los Angeles, her motivation matched her tennis ranking of 139th in the world. She began a process of self-exploration and has credited her faith for her renewed pride and competitive fire. In 2008, she made a life-changing trip to West Africa. With her 23rd Grand Slam win at the 2017 Australian Open, she regained the world’s number one ranking, surpassing Steffi Graf. She was eight weeks pregnant at the time of the win. Her pregnancy and the complications of giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, were unknown territory for the tennis star. She suffered major health complications with her birth plan, but a few months later, she’s fighting her way back to the top. Her HBO documentary “Being Serena” examines her life and return to tennis. The first episode picks up at the Australian Open and is titled “Fear.” The eighttime top-ranked tennis player in the world says her fear is that “I can’t be both the best mother and the best tennis player in the world”—a concern that, frankly, is one only Williams could have. Episode two, titled “Strength,” followed the star into the delivery room for the unexpected arrival of Alexis Olympia.

Serena holds many titles but her most memorable yet all seemed to have come in a big wave this past year and a half: becoming a wife, mother, author, designer and the launch of a new clothing line “Serena.” Among her many achievements, she also supports many charities and foundations helping children around the world. In January 2010,  she became a Good Will Ambassador for UNICEF. page 97


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SHONDA RHIMES How often do you hear the phrase “strong male characters”? Probably not very much, but the entertainment industry is quick to point out whenever a “strong female woman” makes it onscreen. And Shonda Rhimes is sick of it.

Earlier this year, the producer and creator of some of the most beloved female-driven shows, such as "Grey’s Anatomy," "Scandal," and "How to Get Away With Murder," made the case that although using phrases like “strong female character” or “smart female lead” might be well-intentioned, these qualifiers are not just redundant and condescending. “OK,” she tweeted. “Entertainment industry, time to stop using the phrases ‘Smart Strong Women’ and ‘Strong Female Leads.’ There are no Dumb Weak Women. A smart strong woman is just a WOMAN. Also? ‘Women’ are not a TV trend—we’re half the planet.”

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LUBNA OLAYAN

The Champion for Saudi Women

As a member of the wealthiest family in the Middle East and CEO of Olayan Financing, Lubna Olayan enjoys an incomparable amount of clout. However, she keeps finding new ways to change the world. This year, she co-chaired the Saudi-U. S. CEO Forum, the first annual summit of U.S. and Saudi CEOs and Saudi government officials to build bilateral trade. She is reportedly considering issuing stock shares in some of the local assets of her company -- which holds stakes in companies as diverse as Middle Eastern Burger King franchises and tubular oilfield equipment -- in an effort to wean the Saudi Arabian economy off its dependency on oil. Lubna also continues to champion women in Saudi Arabia by employing 540 women. page 100


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HEAD OF GOVERNMENT OF BARBADOS MIA MOTTLEY The Prime Minister

Mia Mottley told her grade-school teacher that, one day, she would be the leader of her home nation of Barbados. Last month, Mottley became the first female Prime Minister of Barbados after her party swept the island’s general elections in a historic 30-0 win. Female leadership has been trending for some time in the Caribbean. Mottley joins the ranks of five female heads of state and another two female heads of government.

No stranger to Barbados’ political landscape, Mottley has the confidence and hope of an entire nation on her shoulders as she seeks to pull the island out of economic morass. Mottley is the granddaughter of Ernest Deighton Mottley, a real estate broker and the first Mayor of Bridgetown. Her father, Elliott Deighton Mottley, was also a barrister who sat in the House of Assembly. He served as consul-general in New York and as Bermuda’s attorney-general. He also sat on Belize’s Court of Appeal.

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MICHELLE OBAMA Hugs and selfies. That’s what a handful of first-generation college students asked of Michelle Obama during her visit with them earlier this month. As a fellow first-gen college student (and college and law school graduate), she’s shared publicly about feeling like an outsider at Princeton University. Outsider-no-more, Michelle Obama is a household name around the world.

Her memoir, Becoming, is scheduled to be released November 13. Last week in New Orleans, at the American Library Association’s annual conference, she said that the book is a “re-humanization effort” that shares the “ordinariness of a very extraordinary story” that she hopes will give voice to people who feel voiceless. Via social media, she shared: “I talk about my roots and how a girl from the South Side found her voice. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be.” In addition to the book, Netflix announced in May that the Obamas had signed a deal to produce series and movies for their network. “Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others,” said Michelle at the time of the announcement. The Netflix online-streaming platform creates yet another channel for Michelle to communicate her message of courage, power, and class around the world. Michelle declined the opportunity to throw her hat in the Democratic primaries for the last presidential campaign. While fans and critics alike questioned the decision – based on her inherent popularity, electability and likeability – it is clear now that Michelle had a vision for her life’s work after the White House – a vision that wasn’t going to wait four or eight years. Freed from the constraints of politics at the highest level, Michelle’s voice is now more powerful, openly critical and visionary than at any time of her First Ladyship. page 102

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MISTY COPELAND

The Tour de Force Ballerina

Misty Copeland endured a tumultuous home life to find her way to dance. Later describing herself as an anxious child, Copeland found solace in the halls of school and the world of performance, developing a love of movement. Copeland performed dance routines at home to the songs of her favorite singers and eventually made drill captain team at her middle school. The coach encouraged Copeland to take ballet at the Boys and Girls Club. Under the tutelage of ballet instructor Cynthia Bradley, who realized that the youngster was a prodigy, Copeland saw and performed choreographed movement and dance en pointe after a very short period of ballet training. Bradley ultimately decided to move the 13-year-old dancer into her own home. Now Copeland landed a lead role in Debbie Allen’s Chocolate Nutcracker. “She’s an incredibly gifted ballerina. She’s a child who dances in her soul,” Allen said of Copeland in December 1999. “I can’t imagine her doing anything else.” Combined with her non-traditional entry into ballet, Copeland’s ethnicity created buzz outside of that world - she’s one of very few African-American performers in classical dance. During her meteoric rise, she continually acknowledged the responsibility she feels to brown girls looking to make their way in the art form. In spring 2015, she was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, a rare feature for someone from the dance world. She has endorsement deals with Coach and American Express, a guest appearance on So You Think You Can Dance, and she’s one of the stars of Under Armour’s “I Will What I Want” video campaign. The ballerina is also a tour de force in the literary world, publishing two works: The New York Times best-selling memoir “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,” with journalist Charisse Jones as co-writer, and the award-winning children’s picture book “Firebird,” with art by Christopher Myers. In 2015, Copeland became the first African-American performer to be appointed as an ABT principal dancer in the company’s decades’ long history. She is an icon whose star shines beyond the world of classical dance. In May 2016, Copeland inspired a Barbie doll wearing a costume reminiscent of the one she wore in “Firebird.” The doll is part of Barbie’s Sheroes program that honors female heroes who break boundaries.

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UNEKU ATAWODI The Polo Player

Small and medium-sized enterprises are currently the main source of job creation in Africa. They account for over 95 percent of firms and 60 to 70 percent of employment across the continent. Despite this, access to financing for those business remains challenging. Professional polo player Uneku Atawodi-Edun, better known at Neku Atawodi, founded Africa’s first impact-focused, equity crowd-funding portal, Malaik. Atawodi presented the portal in 2015 to the African Leadership Network. Another one of Atawodi’s charitable ventures “Ride to Shine” introduces orphans to polo and the equestrian world. “Ride to Shine does not accept donations,” says Atawodi. “We teach African orphans to ride and play polo, but more importantly, we create long-term international learning opportunities for the children through partnerships. I learned what I already experienced: equestrian sports teach a child an enviable amount of self-discipline and character.” As one of Africa’s most recognizable polo players, the Nigerian polo player was discouraged as a child from pursuing her passion for polo. Her father even stopped payment for her stable fees to dissuade her. Unbothered, Atawodi struck a deal to clean the stalls at England’s Epsum Club in exchange for her stable fees. When she became interested in culinary arts, her father also forbid that. So she enrolled in a French cooking school where she refined her culinary skills and eventually created a complete restaurant menu. Like we said, unbothered.

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TINA C. JEON The Olympic Warrior

Former international archer. Three-time All-American. Three-time All-Academic. Yale and Northwestern University Law School graduate. Founder and former coach to Yale’s archery team. Associate at Latham & Watkins. Dedicated supporter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Appeared in Glamour Magazine and commercials for the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. As a child, when her parents could not afford Christmas or birthday gifts, they instilled in her that education was her gift from them. She went on to attend and graduate from Yale, where she founded the women’s archery team. While running business development for a PR firm based out of Paris, she worked with the Government of Fiji during the nation's transition to democracy. Jeon has also been reconized by local and national organizations for leading large-sclae fundraising campaigns to support charitable organizations combating child homelessness, illness and abuse. page 106


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ROSALIND BREWER The Super Barista

Rosalind Brewer’s first step toward the COO job at Starbucks happened completely by chance. It was the end of 2016 and she was running Sam’s Club, Walmart’s warehouse club division. Starbucks’ chief executive Howard Schultz was visiting the retailing giant’s Bentonville headquarters for a panel discussion with Walmart CEO Doug McMillon. But at the last minute, McMillon canceled so Brewer stepped in. She and Schultz “were probably on stage for about 90 minutes,” she tells Fortune. “We just hit it off.” Brewer soon made her own trip out to Seattle with her team to visit Starbucks’ flagship roastery for a tour and discussion about the digital revolution of retail. The 10-minute drop-in she was supposed to have with Schultz lasted more than an hour. Schultz asked if she’d ever considered joining the board. “And I said, ‘No, not really. I’m not interested in another board seat, but thank you very much,’” Brewer recalls. “And then by the time I got to the airport, I was thinking what did I just do?” At the time of the visit, Brewer was thinking about the next phase of her career. She’d been with Walmart for a decade and had just taken Sam’s Club through a digital revamp. “I actually felt like my work was done there and I wanted to repeat that somewhere else where I had a little more influence and

control,” she says. She ended up stepping down from Sam’s Club in February, a month after it was announced she would join the Starbucks board. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, who took on the top job from Schultz in April, didn’t start thinking about Brewer for the COO role until about two months ago. She’d impressed him as a director with what he describes as her insightful questions, ability to connect with people, and her operational prowess—plus he’d heard Brewer was looking for something new. He asked for advice from some other board members who encouraged him to reach out. So he picked up the phone. The rest is history. Brewer says her first point of the action will be better understanding the coffee business. She has two grande iced green teas (unsweetened, extra ice) every day and goes for a flat white when she really needs the caffeine. As part of her immersion as a board member, she spent some time behind the bar making lattes. “I will tell you that I’m really empathetic for the work they have to do,” she says of the company’s employees. She wants to simplify the jobs of store employees— the people she says who work the hardest at the company, whom Brewer has a real affinity for. “That immersion was a real eye-opener for me,” she says, “and really set me on the right course to think about this company in a different way.”

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NINA CLARKIN

Leading the Way in a Man's World

Nina Clarkin was riding at age two, married to a leading polo player at 24, and at 36, the England women’s team captain is now the world’s foremost female player. In the polo handicap system from -2 to 10 goals, there are only two female three-goal players, and she has the edge, because in New Zealand – her winter base and home of her eight-goal husband, John-Paul Clarkin – Clarkin is ranked at four goals. The only British woman ever to have bettered this is Claire Tomlinson who, in the late page 108

1980s, was a five-goal player. An England team coach, Tomlinson has both coached Clarkin and played with her. “She is a very strong horsewoman, she can ride anything and she uses her height to her advantage,” she says. “I’ve always been very competitive,” she says, “I can put my hand to most sports, but I’ve been single-minded about this. I make sure I have everything right to play as well as possible. I take coaching from my eight-goal husband and I steal horses from him.”


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MEGHAN DUCHESS OF SUSSEX The Revolutionist

Following her wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, 36, is a Princess of the United Kingdom entitled to the style of Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex, Countess of Dumbarton and Baroness Kilkeel. Meghan has captured the public imagination like no other human being this year. The Duchess is, today, one of the most recognizable women in the world. Her global influence stretches far beyond the ceaseless coverage of her style – as a bi-racial, campaigning feminist, American actress, she is helping to forge a new 21st century identity for the monarchy. page 109


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STELLA JEAN

The Commander

She dreamed of being a politician, specifically the president of Haiti. At almost six feet tall (an inch shorter than Michelle Obama), 39-year-old self-taught, HaitianItalian designer Stella Jean would make a commanding head of state, bespectacled in bold-faced frames with her hair slicked back into a no-nonsense chignon, with the ability to articulate in four languages.  Although Jean passed on politics to deal in pins and pleating, diplomacy is, in a way, threaded through what she does. She’s coined “wax and stripes” as her design philosophy — “wax” for the African wax prints emblematic of her Haitian mother’s roots, and “stripes” to signify striped dress shirts, her Italian father’s wardrobe staple. “The first collection was just to show people [that] I can put Italy, Haiti and Africa in the same look. I don’t tell you the history. I just show you,” she says. “At the same time, those cultures can communicate, one beside the other, without one suppressing the other.” The egalitarian pairing of Jean’s parentage was thoroughly embraced in the playful loud printed pieces in the eponymous line, launched in 2011. Growing up biracial in Rome was another story. “Italy wasn’t ready,” she says. “I felt Italian, but other people didn’t allow me to be it.” From age 16 to 18, she tried identifying as Haitian. Haitians knew she wasn’t, but they asked fewer questions about her family tree so she felt more at ease, which pushed her to study her mother’s homeland and its history, culture and art. Bursting onto the scene in 2011, the former model’s colorful button-down shirts, graphic skirts, and bold printed dresses have steadily gained traction. Why? Jean’s juxtaposition of traditional tailoring and modern global influences is completely captivating. Her designs reflect her Creole heritage, page 110

and she often works with Haitian and African artisans incorporating their work into her fashions. Through her use of native craftspeople, she seeks to support struggling countries and communities and preserve their ancestral arts and traditions. Jean began receiving attention at Italian Vogue’s “Who Is On Next?” contest in 2011 when she won second place.  In 2013, Giorgio Armani asked her to showcase her designs in the Armani/ Teatro space during Milano Moda Donna for Fashion Week SS14. She collaborated on shoes with Christian Louboutin for her FW14 collection, which featured her first menswear collection.  For FW18-19 Jean’s immensely successful collection, continues to wow, inspired by the unlikely friendship struck by the African-American athlete Jesse Owens and the German Luz Long at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which gave her the idea to fuse her trademark multicultural aesthetic with the world of sport. Her brand is based in Rome but is stocked in specialty boutiques worldwide. 


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GM’S DHIVYA SURYADEVARA The American Automaker

Let’s be clear: there are many, many women working and thriving in the global auto industry. Quite a few are also in leadership positions, with titanic responsibilities.

dealing with a massive ignition-switch recall as soon as she sat down in the big chair, and making tough business calls, such as selling Opel, GM’s money-losing European division.

But as a whole, the business has long been thought of as a bastion of “car guys.” That’s why the news that General Motors’ CFO, Chuck Stevens, would retire and be succeeded by Dhivya Suryadevara, 39, was especially astounding.

Suryadevara was GM’s vice president of corporate finance, a responsibility she assumed last year. The Harvard MBA has provided key support to Barra in GM’s investment and mergers-and-acquisitions undertakings.

GM now has two women running the show, with Suryadevara as CFO and Mary Barra as CEO.

“Dhivya’s experience and leadership in several key roles throughout our financial operations positions her well to build on the strong business results we’ve delivered over the last several years,” Barra said.

Wall Street will get its first chance to hear from Barra and Suryadevara after September 1, when Stevens officially relinquishes his CFO duties. Barra is arguably the best CEO the company has ever had, steering the ship post-Chapter 11,

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Exceptional Spanish Wine Excursions From luxurious converted monasteries to hotels designed to look like a row of Cava bottles, the choice for wine lovers visiting Spain has never been more exciting. Spain has exceptional vineyards and wines. It has beautiful wine regions. And its tourism is getting ever better, with producers offering everything from ballooning to yoga and cookery classes, in addition to wine tasting and food pairing. Spain

certainly has some very fine hotels in wine regions, as well as fascinating and original boutique offerings where visitors are welcomed warmly. But – and there is inevitably a ‘but’ coming – wineries with hotels are really hard to find! In the list below there’s nowhere in Txakolí country, for those planning a trip to the restaurants in San Sebastián and Bilbao, though there is talk of a project opening along the Costa Cantábrica. Equally, the Sherry region is currently a notable absentee, though González Byass is scheduled to open a new boutique hotel in 2019 in Jerez.

Furthermore, winery hotels do not necessarily produce great wines. When you are staying in a winery hotel, it’s always polite to buy a bottle. Do not feel obliged to do the winery tour however, barrels and bottling lines can pall. The best advice is to start with a tasting of the wines. If you like the taste of them, then definitely book a visit. Note that a number of the hotel restaurants, and restaurants in general, may be closed on Sunday evenings, and occasionally also on Monday evenings. It is always advisable to book before arriving.

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BEST FOR SHEER INDULGENCE Abadía Retuerta Castilla y León, next door to DO Ribera del Duero; Sardón de Duero, Valladolid 27 double rooms, three suites Rooms from €391 for a Classic Double to €926 for the Master Suite ledomaine.es Luxury, thy name is Abadía Retuerta! The 12th-century monastery-fortress may look austere from outside, but step inside for the utmost spoiling. The first clue is the one-star Michelin Refectorio restaurant, for which you will have wisely booked ahead. The second clue is at check-in when you’re given a mobile to call your personal butler. I have always been too shy to press the button, but go on, give it a go. In your room, treats await; maybe a bowl of cherries. Subtle decor tones with the pale stonework – the effect is utterly soothing. The local countryside isn’t scenic, so dedicate your hours to the spa, restaurant, pool bar and wines (which are worth tasting). Wander round the cloister and the church, and book a trip to explore the impressive estate.

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BEST FOR ARCHITECTURE FANS Marqués de Riscal DOCa Rioja; Elciego, Alava 43 rooms and suites Rooms from €310 for the Deluxe Spa Wing to €800 for the Gehry Suite hotel-marquesderiscal.com This is without doubt the most dramatic of Spain’s winery hotels: the Frank Gehry designed, titanium-roofed marvel juxtaposed against the ultra-traditional winery of the same name. It’s a must-visit if you are in Rioja. Architecture fans will need to book a room inside the main building – you won’t sleep for paying attention to all the design detail. Book a room looking out on Elciego, rather page 120

than on the Caudalie spa. However, for a good view of the Gehry design, the Spa Wing is a very comfortable choice. The Marqués de Riscal restaurant, under chef Francis Paniego, has a Michelin star. If you order a fine old vintage of Riscal, they will open the bottle for you with heated tongs, in the classical way. For a nightcap, don’t miss the cosy lounge library at the very top of the hotel. Then in the morning, breakfast is a treat out on the balcony overlooking Elciego in the sun.


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BEST FOR CAVA COUNTRY Mas Tinell DO Penedès; Vilafranca del Penedès, Barcelona 13 rooms B&B from €127.26 for an Individual Business Room to €381.78 for the Suite Deluxe hotelmastinell.com An unlikely concept for a building, this hotel has been designed to look like two rows of Cava bottles stacked one on top of the other. Remarkably, it works. The flat bottom of the bottle makes a decorative window to each room. The hotel sits amid the vines, with a swimming pool tucked into one side. Visitors can engage with the wine world as they wish, or just sit back and relax. Wine tourism is second nature to this family business, which offers horse riding, biking, hot air ballooning and Segway tours. Spa offerings include the chance to bathe in Cava. At harvest, there’s foot-treading of grapes; with year-round visits to the family’s own winery.

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BEST FOR RELAXATION Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa Castilla y León; Salamanca 40 rooms A double Celda Room from €225 to €305 for both suites and villas the-haciendas.com A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Hacienda Zorita is a finely manicured estate with a complex of historical buildings in a glorious

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position above the river Tormes. The bonus is that it is on the doorstep of the historic city of Salamanca. Driving west, to the Arribes del Duero Natural Park, it’s also very easy to cross over into Portugal for the day. Founded in the 14th century as a Dominican monastery, the transformation from denial to indulgence is complete, with a vinotherapy spa. The winery produces Marqués de

la Concordia wines; there’s also an organic farm, and the estate makes a range of produce including hams and cheese. Most of the bedrooms were formerly the monks’ cells (known as Celda Rooms), but they have been stylishly converted into good-sized bedrooms with views over the river. There are suites sleeping three in the main building, and separate villas also sleeping three.


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BEST FOR PRIORAT

BEST FOR HISTORY – AND OCTOPUS

Hotel Trossos del Priorat, DOQ Priorat; Gratallops

Casal de Armán DO Ribeiro; O Cotiño, Ribadavia, Galicia

Six rooms; From €108 for a Double Room with Terrace to €123 for a Suite or Family Room hoteltrossosdelpriorat.com The very best way to understand Priorat and the special quality of its terroirs is to stay in the region for a few days. There’s still a scarcity of hotels, and this small project, which describes itself as ‘rooms in a winery’, is just the ticket. The views are stunning, and the building itself is sympathetic to the landscape. There’s no swimming pool or spa, but the rooms are comfortable and well equipped. There’s no restaurant either, but breakfast is provided and picnic baskets can be ordered for lunch. There’s also an honesty bar for the Trossos del Priorat wines. Priorat is all about driving along narrow winding mountain roads, and it’s easy to encounter a peloton of cyclists coming the other way round the bend. So staying here is so much more relaxing than driving up from Sitges or Barcelona each day. Plus, when the tourists have gone for the day, you can luxuriate on the terrace in the quiet.

Six rooms B&B from €75 to €90 casaldearman.net Ribeiro has a long history in wine and was trading with England even before the Port trade was established. It has been through a long decline, but is now at last reviving. Casal de Armán is one of the names in that revival, launched in the late 1990s, working with varieties such as Albariño, Godello and reds Brancellao and Caiño. Ribeiro has history aplenty to explore and Casal de Armán makes a good jumping-off point for excursions. Visit the lovely medieval town of Ribadavia, or O Carballiño, renowned for its pulpo, or octopus, and the Festa do Pulpo (this year on 12 August), when some 50,000kg of octopus will be eaten by the revellers.

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BEST FOR FAMILIES Can Bonastre Wine Resort DO Penedès; Masquefa, Barcelona 10 rooms, two suites B&B from €271.20 for a double room to €400 for a Family Suite canbonastre.com The main attraction of this wine resort on a 16th-century estate is the glorious view of Montserrat, the astonishing jagged mountain that dominates the landscape of Penedès. The resort is well placed too for visiting Cava properties nearby, since Sant Sadurní d’Anoia is only 10 minutes away by car. While children may not appreciate the spa, or the astonishing views, there are special children’s menus in the restaurant, and ponies for them to visit in the gardens.

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BEST FOR RIBERA DEL DUERO Hotel Torremilanos DO Ribera del Duero; Aranda de Duero, Burgos 33 rooms, four suites B&B from €101.20 for a double room to €198 for a Junior Suite hoteltorremilanos.com The Finca Torremilanos winery hotel makes a comfy and convenient stopping-off point, as it is close to the Madrid-Burgos highway, just outside Aranda. The estate has vines dating back to 1903 and farms organically. It encourages oeno-tourism, with ideas for activities here or at other local wineries. It is also proud of its Castilian gastronomy, rightly so in a region that celebrates roast lamb and fine vegetables. When booking your room you can choose between traditional and modern decor – just like the gastronomy, the Castilian version is surely the one to opt for.

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BEST FOR A WEEKEND BREAK Mas La Boella DO Tarragona; La Canonja, Tarragona 13 rooms B&B from €132 for a Comfort Room to €184 for the Premium Suite laboella.com The Mas is all about relaxation. There’s little reason to venture beyond the beautiful gardens. But it’s just a brief step to visit the remarkable Roman remains of Tarragona, the fine beaches along the coast, and of course PortAventura, the theme park that’s a magnet for children. The historic part of the property is the 12th-century country house, where six of the bedrooms are located. It’s only 5km from Reus airport, which makes it convenient for a weekend break. The estate also has 110ha of olive trees, in addition to the 4.5ha of vines, so leave space in your luggage for a gift pack of estate produce: wine, olives and olive oil.

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BEST FOR FINE DINING Hotel Bodega Finca de los Arandinos DOCa Rioja; Entrena, La Rioja 12 double rooms, two Junior Suites B&B from €116 for a double room to €220 for Junior Suites fincadelosarandinos.com I discovered Finca de los Arandinos on the recommendation of award-winning sommelier Carlos Echapresto. He and his chef brother run the Michelinstarred Venta Moncalvillo, at Daroca de Rioja nearby. Knowing the quality of his wine list and the cooking, I wanted to stay somewhere that was a convenient taxi ride away. The bonus is the fact that Arandinos is itself a winery. The hotel is a bold, white-painted structure standing proud on a promontory outside Entrena, all glass and polished concrete and pale wood inside. One of the architects was Javier Arizcuren, who runs his own eponymous urban winery in Logroño – itself well worth a visit. Arandinos’ wines come from 16ha of vines around Entrena, and are made in the cellar downstairs. They make a good match for the menus in the Scandi-looking hotel restaurant Tierra, which uses local ingredients. After all the eating, you may want to book time at the small but well kitted-out spa, which offers two-hour sessions. page 129


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THE ROOFTOP GUIDE

Summer Rooftop Splendor in Miami - Madrid - Stockholm Globe-trotting Polo Lifestyles contributor and The Rooftop Guide CEO Hans Ebenman has been on the move between Stockholm, Miami and Spain to bring us his most recent recommendations for best places to flock to this summer wherever you are. SEASON PREMIERE FOR SUMMER@ WINERY ROOFTOP TERRACE “Wine, Food, Pool, Music”: that’s how the winery hotel describes summer on their terrace. Polo Lifestyle’s Rooftop Guide CEO Hans Ebenman was at the 2018 season opening and we can only agree with these words, adding “super page 132

atmosphere and unbeatable views.” The Winery Hotel opened in 2016, so this is the third summer to enjoy a rooftop bar experience in Solna, a suburb about 15 minutes from central Stockholm. New for this year is an expanded menu of Italian street food and the new Winery Soul Sessions concept, which means that every Friday DJs raise the atmosphere an extra level. And just like last year, you can rent a day room at the hotel if you want to enjoy the rooftop pool on the terrace during one day. The season premiere was Friday, May 18th and the weather absolutely perfect for a rooftop visit! The first hour was for specially invited guests, and we were offered some of the hotel’s own Black

Bottle Rosé along with different types of Italian cuts. All tasty and well-presented, and especially nicely served by the staff who are very attentive. Many orders for pizzas – there are two on the menu – baked to perfection up on the rooftop pizza kitchen makes the whole rooftop a veritable bouquet of the freshest ingredients melting into crust and cheese. Anyone who wasn’t already hungry heard their stomach growl. The natural choice of drink here is obviously wine, given that the hotel makes their very own. So that is highly recommended to try. But we also altered with some beer. They serve Birra Moretti on draft and a selection of craft beers in bottles. Among others we tried a NKB


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IPA, which worked perfectly with the pizza. In general, the evening was spent doing what you do best at Winery Terrace, simply socializing in the sun, in the pool, with good food and drinks in a relaxed environment. The Winery Hotel Roof Terrace definitely competes with the very best (new and classic ones) in the city. Sure, Solna’s skyline is not Stockholm’s skyline, but it’s a perfect option if you want a slightly calmer evening compared to the top places in town, which are often quite packed.

PICALAGARTOS AT NH COLLECTION GRAN VIA We secured an invitation to the grand opening of the newest rooftop bar in Madrid. Picalagartos Sky Bar is perched on top of the luxurious hotel NH Collection Gran Via, with breathtaking city views in all directions. The space is divided in three different sitting areas all with their own unique view. The biggest area has a bar counter and a small DJ booth. Everything was very new as this was the first day it was open. This roof terrace has great potential of being one of the best rooftop bars in Madrid. The view from here is quite magical. Sweeping city views over Madrid, as far as the eyes could see, and in all

directions depending on what area you sit. We sat close to the bar where the vibe was most lively. When we arrived around 5:00 p.m. the place was quite empty, but after 45 minutes the terrace was almost packed with people trying to get a drink with a view. The crowd at Picalagartos is very trendy and sophisticated. Dress for success to blend in here. The live DJ created a superb party vibe but still calm enough for those who’d like to take it a little bit easier. We got some great seats in the corner of the terrace and here we could sit and talk without having to shout to each other. In other words, this terrace is perfect both for a after work and party – depending on your seats. In the bar the atmosphere is more lively and

the closeness to the DJ booth creates a nice vibe. If you want one of the best gin and tonics in Madrid, Picalagartos is the rooftop to visit. Personally, this was one of the best I’ve tasted. Refreshing, ice cold and in a big glass – just like it should be. The place was crowded, which meant that it took some time to get our drinks. Picalagartos Sky Bar has the potential of being one of the best rooftop bars in Spain. The terrace is modern, party-friendly and vast. Lots of seats and a variety of different vibes and views depending on where you sit. The trendy crowd and live DJ creates a great atmosphere.

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SOUTH BEACH VIEWS: LUXURIOUS DAY BEDS AND GREAT ROOFTOP SWIMMING The Gale South Beach has one of the best rooftop swimming pools in Miami. The view might not be the best in town, but the atmosphere and day beds makes this place a very nice spot to hang out during daytime. Bear in mind that you must be a guest at the hotel to be able to get access to the rooftop. The roof terrace at Gale South Beach is open from early morning until late evening. If you’re an early bird, you’ll have the whole terrace to yourself for a couple of hours. And that’s exactly what we did. When the sun started to rise at 7:00 a.m., we headed up to the terrace to enjoy the luxury of having the whole place for ourselves.

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The best thing up here though, is the big and heated rooftop swimming pool. It really adds that little extra to the whole roof terrace. Both in regards of the feeling and luxuriousness. The atmosphere at Gale South Beach is very calm and harmonious compared to many other places close by. South Beach is most famous for its lively nightlife. But despite being located on a busy street, the rooftop feels more like a relaxed, private pool area than a place where people gather to drink. During the afternoon there’s more people on the terrace but, there’s almost always a sun lounger or a sofa available to relax in. The hotel is very modern, fresh and with a luxurious touch. Everything felt very up to date and new. The regular

rooms are quite small, but still with big bathrooms and with views of the city in some cases. On the first floor, there’s an Italian restaurant and café where they serve a superb breakfast with delicous Italian coffee. The fact that we love a good rooftop pool, makes our thoughts about Gale South Beach very positive and easy to summit. We loved it! The luxurious and comfortable seating’s in the relaxed atmosphere with views of South Beach makes this one of the best hotels for this matter. Ok, there are for sure more luxurious hotels here, but the mix of luxury, harmony and freshness makes this hotel a favorite for us. Follow @therooftop_guide on Instagram and on Facebook.


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Welcome Home

MANDALAY

6111 SANIBEL CAPTIVA ROAD FLORIDA Rick Moeser

+1 561 805 7327

Listing Price: $22,095,000 USD

Set on silver sands and turquoise seas like a jewel in a crown, Mandalay lies on an unspoiled barrier island with spectacular sunset vistas of the Gulf of Mexico. Some 700 feet of private beachfront (with a boat dock) lead to Mandalay’s tranquil, secluded grounds. The centerpiece of the estate is an exquisite 10,960-square-foot Mediterranean-inspired villa surrounded by lush, classically inspired gardens, elegant terraces and balconies, all shielded by a 25-foot-deep seawall that runs the entire length of the house. The main residence, gardens, and seawall are offered at $22,095,000. The adjourning 380 foot beachfront lot may be purchased for an additional $5,500,000 completing the 700 feet. Completed in 2009, Mandalay was crafted with the finest materials and artisanal detail, evoking the villas of Tuscany: Archways, balconies, terraces, and sweeping staircases beckon to the warm living spaces within. Framed by floor-to-ceiling Tischler windows that reveal breathtaking views of the sea, the interiors’ wood-beamed ceilings and barnwood floors add to the warmth, while frescoed ceilings, mosaic tile, stone accents, antique fireplaces, and rotundas provide a sense of drama and grandeur. The heart of the house is, of course, its kitchen: A welcoming space with seating for eight, granite countertops, a walk-in page 138

refrigerator, top-of-the-line appliances—and a sea view—it opens to an alfresco dining terrace overlooking the gardens. Formal dinners can convene under the chandelier in the 14-seat dining room. A fully equipped bar and lounge is just off the great room, which features floor-to-ceiling windows facing the beach. The master wing is a luxurious private retreat with an office, walk-in closets, and a spa-like bathroom with a dramatic vista of sea and sky. The guest wing provides every comfort, with three bedroom suites, a sitting room, breakfast bar, porch, and four car garage. Mandalay’s grounds are graced with lush foliage, stone fountains, and an oversized saltwater pool with a magnificent spillover waterfall. A shady lanai is a relaxing retreat after a day at the beach. A secluded path leads from the pool terrace down to the beach. Other superb amenities include a motor court which can accommodate up to 40 vehicles. Mandalay enjoys a prized location on Sanibel Island—a low-key, beautiful barrier island connected to the mainland by a three-mile causeway on Florida’s Gulf Coast—residents may enjoy the island’s world-renowned fishing and wildlife, with more than 15 miles of unspoiled beach and 22 miles of scenic bike trails. Additionally,

Sanibel Island features a speaker’s forum of nationally recognized speakers sharing insights into current topics and issues. Sanibel Island offers the utmost safety for residents and a top-rated school, as well as a local Playhouse, private five-star golf course, spa, and country club for complete enjoyment. Barron’s selected the island as one of the 10 Best Places for Second Homes in 2010 and, with no traffic lights and careful land conservation, the picturesque town enjoys a low-key, atmosphere.


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FOREST GREEN, HOLYPORT

MAIDENHEAD, BERKSHIRE ENGLAND SL6 JAMES MACKENZIE +44 20 7318 5190

Listing Price: £39,000,000

A newly built 23,500 sq ft contemporary styled house, set on 40 acres in prime polo territory just outside Windsor with views of the castle. Harford Manor has an elevated and rural position with distant views of Windsor Castle to the east, and far reaching views of the Chiltern Hills to the west. It is located to the south of the picturesque village of Holyport that marks the beginning of the greenbelt south of the M4. Holyport is a highly regarded Conservation Area between Windsor and Ascot. Primarily dedicated greenbelt, Holyport is marked by large private homes, equestrian and page 140

agricultural properties. Both Ascot and Windsor racetracks are minutes away and nearby are the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club and the Guards Polo Club in the Great Park (which hosts the annual Cartier Polo Match). There are also a number of major private polo teams located close by. The manor’s main features: double height entrance hall, double height central galleria with bespoke stone fireplace, split-level reception room with fireplace, library and art gallery; spacious entertainment room with nine-screen video wall and pool table, a dining hall with covered colonnade overlooking the formal gardens, orangery with fireplace, a morning

room, a principal kitchen with partly canti-levered central island, bespoke Gaggenau range and seating areas, and a chef’s kitchen. Principal bedroom in dedicated wing with balconies, his and hers bathrooms, dressing areas, spa and wellness area with separate terrace and sauna. Five double bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and separate dressing rooms, with balconies to most bedrooms. Self-contained three-bedroom staff accommodation, with flexibility to provide three further staff bedrooms. Second-floor study with panoramic views over the front driveway, to the woods to the north of the estate and views of Windsor Castle to the east


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through the copse. Pool and leisure building: indoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi, feature waterfall and glazed folding doors opening onto the terrace adjoining the formal gardens. Gymnasium with equipment. Roof terrace overlooking the formal gardens and paddocks. Savant integrated tablet or touch screen operated whole house control system, providing remote and internal control of lighting, heating, access, security, audio visual systems, skylights and electric blinds. Highly sustainable design, with environmental ground source energy providing heating and cooling, including the swimming pool. Heat recovery system to the entire house via basement service corridors linked to vertical spines, optimising flexibility for maintenance and future upgrading of plant and systems. Underfloor heating with air cooling throughout. Whole house audio-visual systems, with provision for ceiling speakers throughout and flexibility to upgrade to owner’s specification. Fiber-optic internet, with PABX phone system wired for security and alarm systems to owners’ specification. Boot room with bespoke storage solutions. Basement wine cellar to accommodate 1,000 bottles. Basement utility areas, with first-floor linen and laundry rooms. Passenger lift between the basement, ground and first floors. Eight car garaging to the main house, with Rundum Meir sliding timber doors. Tennis court, set in landscaped enclosure, to owner’s specification. Formal and semi-formal landscaped gardens. Sprinkler and irrigation systems to front lawns. Front driveway in part granite block-paved and part shingle on self-compacting grid system. Secure automatic gates at front entrance. Separate hard surfaced road access from the driveway to stables and equestrian areas. Helicopter landing grounds. Equestrian facilities include: an indoor riding ménage, stabling with 10 boxes, groom’s quarters, tack room and hardstanding, with capacity to extend to 25 stables with additional indoor facility; direct access to bridle path to the west, affording connection to neighbouring high goal polo pitches. Equestrian facilities available for inclusion: Stick’n ball polo pitch, outdoor polo arena, canter track around polo arena.

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Welcome Home VILLA SALMANAZAR

RAMATUELLE, ST-TROPEZ Listing Price $17,351,439 Agent: Georgina James +44 207 389 2952

A Provencal-style dream with chic Saint-Tropez flair, Villa Salmanazar rests amid privacy and seclusion in the hills of Ramatuelle, overlooking the famous bay of Pampelonne, Saint-Tropez, and the surrounding countryside. Villa Salmanazar is approached either by helicopter (approximately 20 minutes from Nice airport), landing directly on the sweeping front lawn, or by car, along a quiet rural lane through picturesque vineyards arriving at the automated wrought-iron and stone entrance gates of this unique and impressive property. The large principal reception rooms all enjoy the captivating double-aspect views over the undulating landscape to the dazzling azure blue of the Mediterranean beyond. The thoughtful and intelligent design of this magnificent property has created light and airy reception rooms that flow seamlessly to the external covered terraces, embodying the indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Fully retractable sliding page 144

glass doors disappear into the walls and open onto the large covered terraces, which are set up as further alfresco relaxing and dining areas. The double-aspect dining room opens onto an elegant courtyard with stone fountain and terrace on which to relax and enjoy the sea view beyond. There is a large and wellequipped kitchen, which is ideal for both professional and casual family cooking. Conveniently adjacent to the kitchen is the beautiful and atmospheric outdoor barbecue dining area, situated under a large wisteria- and vine-covered pergola creating soft dappled light. There are four en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor, with stairs winding up to the master floor, with a study, dressing area, master bedroom, and bathroom, which lead out to a large private terrace with panoramic sea views, perfect for tranquil relaxation. The garden floor also enjoys its own direct entrance opening onto the spacious games room, bar, and gym, as well as a massage/beauty room, wine room/store, and four additional en-suite bedrooms. There is

also a one-bedroom, self-contained apartment for staff or guests. Villa Salmanazar is not just a summer house but a comfortable home that offers year-round living. Accessed immediately outside the main villa’s kitchen is a wonderfully authentic outdoor kitchen and dining area under a pergola and hanging vines comprising a large stone dining table and benches in front of an open stone oven. The garden to the front of the property, adjacent to the drive, is mainly laid to lawn,


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with thick, mature borders, rose beds, and a crushed-stone path lined by low box hedging leading to a boules court. In the middle of the lawn is a helipad, certified by Heli Securite. There is also a garage and additional storage.

Saint-Tropez.

Villa Salmanazar benefits from a breathtaking hilltop position in an area of outstanding beauty on Cap Camarat in Ramatuelle, with panoramic views across the rolling countryside, mountains, Mediterranean Sea, and Bay of Pampelonne towards

In the Var, an area within the Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur region, the pretty and historic village of Ramatuelle, only a few minutes’ drive from the property, has a variety of restaurants and local amenities. The world-famous Club 55 restaurant,

This tranquil and unspoiled area is highly sought after, providing easy access to the Côte d’Azur whilst being private and away from the crowds during the summer months.

situated on Pampelonne beach, is roughly a five-minute drive away, while Saint-Tropez town is approximately 12 minutes by car. The A8 provides direct access to Nice International Airport, two hours away, and France’s national motorway network.

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THE CROWN PENTHOUSE 212 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK Listing Price: $73,800,000 USD

Brad Ingalls (212) 431-2457

Mara Flash Blum (212) 431-2447

Nikki Field (212) 606-7669

A historic masterpiece of its time, the Crown Penthouse at 212 Fifth Avenue is in a class of its own and the most magnificent trophy residence on Madison Square Park. Designed by Pembrooke and Ives and spanning three floors, with over 10,000SF of living space and 5,730SF of terraces, this 5-bedroom penthouse has the majestic proportions of a palace. With four exposures providing 56’ of frontage along the Park and vistas of downtown Manhattan’s most coveted architecture, the pre-war details inside are equally matched with the iconic views revealed by its elegant arched windows. The foyer opens into a dramatic atrium with its breathtaking bronze staircase as its centerpiece. The Crown’s ceiling height, coupled with its gallery-sized page 146

Kevin B. Brown (917) 886-8850

walls, make this penthouse an art collector’s paradise. From the marble foyer with its private elevator, to the unrivaled grand ballroom, to the library with a marble and glass fireplace, to the sumptuous 7-room master suite – every detail was considered in its conception. The second level boasts a sky-lit entertaining space and colossal outdoor oasis extending the full length of the building. The 4700+/-SF terrace, with its copper molding and painstakingly constructed parapet provides unmatched privacy. The third-floor observatory opens onto a 950SF terrace with spectacular panoramic views of the Empire State Building, Flatiron Building and World Trade Center. All the finest quality mate-

rials, smart home technology and luxury amenities were incorporated to create a regal lifestyle for the first owner of this outstanding residence. 212 Fifth Avenue condominium is the unmistakable beacon on Madison Square Park. Amenities include: 24-hour doorman and concierge services, state-of-the-art fitness room, golf simulator, screening room, children’s playroom and more. Staff quarters and storage rooms are available for purchase. This is an opportunity of a lifetime.


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SUMMER TIPS

FOR FAT LOSS PART II WHAT TO DRINK, WHAT MACRO-NUTRIENTS TO INGEST, WHAT TO AVOID AND WHAT TO ADD TO EACH MEAL THIS SUMMER amounts of fat loss.

Eat fat and protein with every meal.

By Mark Wine BA; CSCS; USAW; PT, PES, CES

After reading part I, one should acquire an understanding of how to achieve maximal fat burning through carbohydrate intake and timing, protein and fat selection, and the right types of foods for breakfast. Moving forward, part II will provide further information on topics such as what to drink, adequate ingestion of select macronutrients, and what must be avoided and added into each meal. Remember, consistency with the following tips is the only way to achieve optimal

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Choosing to eat healthy fats, even healthy saturated fats, in combination with protein every meal will help regulate insulin levels. Insulin sensitivity is directly correlated to fat storage. Eating fats and proteins with each meal will leave you feeling more energized, while continuing to provide for optimal hormonal and nutrient development. These macronutrients ensure that each meal has a lower glycemic value. Lower glycemic diets have been linked to significant levels of fat loss, lean muscle growth, and weight reduction.

Do not drink soda, juice, or alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages pack on fat, particularly visceral fat (belly fat), and drastically reduce lean muscle. If you’re worried about not drinking and how it is perceived, try ordering tonic water

and bitters; drink it slowly, and no one will ever know. Sugary juice and soda spikes insulin levels and results in fat storage. Mixed drinks, such as red bull and vodka, or various other fancy mixed drinks, are result killers.

Drink coffee, tea, and water. Studies have shown that persons who drink a healthy dosage of water daily have lower body fat levels. A link between water levels and feelings of fullness have been found, therefore drinking the required amount of water will leave you feeling less hungry. Drinking about 3 liters of water per day can help cleanse your body of toxins and other harmful substances. Tea and coffee can provide your body with caffeine, which has been linked to increased energy and elevated RMR.

from cane sugar, maple syrup, sucrose, sucralose, etc‌ Choose low glycemic agave, or natural Stevia, in small dosages. Honey has numerous health benefits, as well as essential B-vitamins, but only in unprocessed organic versions. Studies have shown that processed mainstream honey has been stripped of all of its B-vitamins and nutrients. Therefore, processed honey has zero health benefits and is comparable to maple syrup or any other high glycemic sugar.

Ingest adequate amounts of fiber. Eat a minimum of 25 grams per day. Adequate fiber intake has been linked to greater insulin sensitivity and lower levels of visceral fat (belly fat). Fiber rids the body of cancerous toxins by maintaining healthy bowel movements.

Fructose / sugar should Practice these tips on a daily only be ingested from basis, and once you have whole food sources. Eliminate all sugars and artificial sugars. Stay away

them dialed in, read Summer Tips for Fat Loss part III to continue altering your body composition.


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How to Be a More Effective Communicator

Communication was an area I struggled with up until the beginning of my graduate program back in 2014. Difficult conversations were exactly that: difficult. I avoided them at all costs. I would shut down, close myself off emotionally, hold grudges against people who disagreed with me, and I would typically be left feeling alone, depressed, and frustrated. I realized the importance of communication during one of my classes, when communication was the topic discussed. In “The Five Side Effects of Bad Communication,” Paul Joliecoeur says, “Improper communication can lead to a lack of production, broken relationships, less understanding, and an increase in negative emotions, such as frustration and anxiety.” If you have the time, grab two friends, coworkers, or family members and try this activity: first, each of you must choose a role: artist, messenger, or instructor. There should be one of each. Next, the instructor page 156

chooses an image to draw without letting the other two know what the image is. The goal of this activity is for the instructor to communicate through the messenger what image the artist should draw. The instructor can only communicate with the messenger about what is to be drawn; the messenger can only communicate with the artist using information received from the instructor, and the artist is only allowed to draw based on the information received from the messenger. Try this activity, see how well you can replicate the picture, and see how communication plays such an important role. Proper communication builds trust, improves teamwork, and increases the likelihood of completing a task in a team-setting. During my class in 2014, discussing the topic also helped me to understand that holding in your emotions, and the way you express those emotions, will have a detrimental impact on yourself and others more often than not. There are four keys to improve communication: being an engaged listener, keeping your stress in check, asserting yourself, and using “I” statements. the first key refers to focusing your attention on the person speaking. For example, looking at your phone or at the television shows your disinterest in what is being communicated. You should show interest in what someone is saying by nodding, saying “mhm,” or paraphrasing what was just said to provide affirmation and give feedback. Secondly, it is necessary to keep your stress in check. Be aware of your emotions and how you are feeling, whether it be influenced by the person you are speaking

to, or things that may have happened to you earlier in the day. Being in a relaxed state increases your decision-making process and helps you communicate what is necessary. Next, being able to assert yourself in a non-confrontational manner - you do not have to agree with others’ opinions, but you must remain respectful and acknowledge that others may not feel as you do. However, as a part of asserting yourself, feedback should not be received critically. Whether you agree with it or not, understand that they are trying to provide help: this will reduce potential conflicts and help make everyone feel listened to. Finally, using “I” statements can help the expression of thoughts or feelings in an open, honest, non-hostile way. When we talk about using “I” statements, we want to use the formula: “I feel __ when you __ because…” Using “I” statements in this manner represents accountability and responsibility for your actions and feelings, instead of coming off as accusing. Stating “you make me feel bad” puts the recipient on the defensive, whereas stating “I feel bad when you...” allows for a more facilitative conversation because you are informing the recipient how their action impacts you. It may be difficult to be consciously aware of our communication habits, good or bad, as we’re used to simply getting our point across. However, following these tips for mindful communication helps deepen your connection with others, aids teamwork, improves decision-making and problem-solving, and also enables you to communicate difficult messages without creating conflict. Improve your communication skills and watch how your personal relationships grow!


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