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Ambassador Claude-Alix Bertrand

Contributor

Joshua Jakobitz

Kelly Caldwell

Editor-in-Chief

Contributor

Sara Ali

William Smith

Luxury & Culture Adviser

Contributor

Mark Wine

Brand Representatives Anne-Isabelle Saint-Pierre - Dubai

Fitness Columnist

Joey Velez

Wellness Columnist

Kemissa Racine

Fashion & Style Contributor

Hans Ebenman

Travel Contributor

Cezar Kusik

Wine Contributor

Jyoti Paintel

Spiritual Guidance Contributor

Raphael Dapaah Art Contributor

Stanley Pierre-Etienne Fashion Contributor

Tara Cummins

Fashion Contributor

Jennifer Sims

Style Contributor

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Contributing Photographers Sarah Ebbett Nick Tininenko Dave Goudi Mark Lee Polo Lifestyles is a publication of HT Polo Publishing Co. 995 Detroit Avenue, Suite A Concord, CA 94518 Copyright Š Polo Lifestyles 2019 All Rights Reserved. For information or to advertise Contact editor@pololifestyles.com Read online at www.pololifestyles.com Cover Photo: Priyanka Chopra For our Super Wedding edition


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International Polo Club Ylvisaker Cup 20 Goals Lucchese 40-Goal Challenge Butler Handicap U.S. Open Women's Final The Gauntlet of Polo C.V. Whitney Cup USPA Gold Cup U.S. Open Polo Championship Gay Polo League Tournament World Polo League All-Star Challenge Founders Cup Palm Beach Open Triple Crown of Polo The Gallops of India Dubai Gold Cup Series: Silver Cup 18 Goals Polo Masters Cup 10 Goals Julius Baer Gold Cup 18 Goals Dubai Challenge Cup 18 Goals Dubai Cup 8 Goals Art Stage Singapore Land Rover New Zealand Polo Open Lagos Polo Club Lagos Internationals Ghantoot Polo & Racing Club British Polo Day Val de Vie Estate Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Inanda Polo Club Inanda High Goal NYFW

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COUTURE WEEK page 96 POLO LIFESTYLES EDITORS & CONTRIBUTORS

Ambassador Claude-Alix Bertrand

Josh Jakobitz

Publisher Polo Lifestyles @haiti_polo_captain

Editor-in-Chief Polo Lifestyles @joshuajakobitz

Cezar Kusik

Anne-Isabelle Saint-Pierre

Wine Contributor Twenty Five Lusk @cezarkusik

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Brand Representative Polo Lifestyles-Milan @isasaintpierre

Kemissa Racine

Fashion & Style Contributor KEMISSA RACINE @kemissa

Joey Velez

Mental Wellness Columnist Velez Mental Performance @velezmentalhealth

Mark Wine

Jyoti Paintel

Fitness Columnist Functional Muscle Fitness @functionalmuscle

Spiritual Contributor Polo Lifestyles

Tara Cummins

Raphael Dapaah

Fashion Contributor Teryn Grey @teryngrey

Art Contributor Dapaah Group @dg_luxe


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This wine makes grown men cry pg 128

LV Menswear & Accessories page 104

Outrageous Chocolates page 56

Our Romantic Rooftops page 90

SUPER WEDDINGS

From India to The Hamptons, the star-studded events that will inspire 2019 nuptials around the world page 60

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

The #10yearchallenge dominated every social media time line this past month, generating commentary on everything from the kindness (or lack thereof) of the aging process, community rehabilitation and development to the effects of global warming at the extreme ends of our globe. My own #10yearchallenge wasn’t a side-by-side of my first and current Facebook photos (you’re welcome to peruse my time line for that, although I’ve weeded out my more questionable choices for profile photos from the early days of Facebook), but internal reflection and very unscientific methods of charting changes, experiences, and growth. In the last 10 years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world, meet amazing people, participate in experiences beyond my wildest dreams and truly enjoy (almost) every minute. Like everyone, I’ve loved and I’ve lost. I’ve watched countries and governments change, fall, fail and succeed. I’ve contracted for some governments and I’ve protested others. And I can say this, mostly, it’s been a beautiful ten years. This is February – a month for beauty and renewed affirmation of relationships. Whether you choose to share chocolates, vacations, vows, or – as Cezar Kusik would have you – Pinot Noir, I hope you are surrounded by treasured ones at some point this month. Our February – love month – issue plays homage to Super Weddings, from India to England: royal weddings and weddings of royal proportion. Priyanka Chopra is ravishing in red on the cover. Her wedding to Nick Jonas consumed the tabloids and media for weeks – and that’s just the duration of the events surrounding their nuptials. It was truly one of the high-profile weddings of our time, followed up by the most lavish wedding of our time between Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal. I mean, Beyonce performed at their wedding, c’mon #weddinggoals! Victoria Swarovski married her Prince Charming in a 100-pounded gown embellished with over 500,000 Swarovski crystals, valued at $1 million dollars. A Nigerian oil heir borrowed a castle in England and contracted the florist-to-the-stars Jeff Leatham to install 250,000 white roses on the premise. In addition to Super Weddings, we’ve compiled the ultimate travel guide for Super Honeymoons off the beaten path. Our mental health, spiritual guidance and physical fitness warriors round out recurring columns and inspiration. Don’t miss our list of outrageous chocolates, which you may feel free to snack on while reading about post-workout carb consumption. Happy Valentines! Josh Jakobitz josh@pololifestyles.com page page14 14


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bazaaruk Fiji and Tonga experienced a 95% increase in tourism after the royal tour passed the islands

philippplein Designing for @billionaire and shooting with #poloplayers #separatingmenfromboys

veuveclicquot All aboard the Fondue Express at Ocean House, Rhode Island page 18

ferragamo On the pages of @elleusa two complete looks from Ferragamo #ferragamoss19

sentabale The Duke and Duchess met the cast of @cirquedusoleil at the premier in support of Sentabale

andredemello The most extravagant destination of 2018: @fourseasons Maldives $50,000 a night

la.pluspolo Lagos Team Captain Luqman Adebayo on the cover of @pololifestyles last month

thepoloavenue Make a bold statement in Gedebe #gedebepoloavenue

alexistraina The Viennese Philharmonic Ball was beyond #wunderbar #likeapainting


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

duckieofficial @olivier_rousteing presented his first collection for the @balmain couture show

mensvows In the spirit of love, @mensvows captures the special moments between same-sex couples

fuuuckingyoung @3paradis FW19 Collection #calavinas previewing exclusively on @vogueitalia

impressivethingspage reuters Curating the latest in technology and bringing the world the "Man Mower"

lunionsuite In the wake of the United States government shut down, @chefcreolemia offers free meals to TSA employees

jeffleatham His first #floralexperience in Florence with @vivievents.it and @wedluxe

goldenglobes Regina King accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

maisonvalentino Paris Couture Week creations by Valentino, headlined by @naomi

rafanadalacademy Congrats to @naomiosakatennis for her performance at @australianopen page 19


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17th BENDURA BANK SNOW POLO WORLD CUP Kitzbühel, Tirol Final: Team CÎroc 9 / 5 Engel & VÖlkers

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Team Ciroc Vodka won its debut in the 17th Bendura Bank Snow Polo World Cup in KitzbĂźhel, Austria. With the breathtaking Tyrolean Alps as a backdrop, the team of Sebastian Schneberger, 2, Aki Van Andel, 3, and Valentin Novillo Astrada, 7, dominated the six-team tournament in ideal weather and playing conditions.

In front of a packed house, Ciroc Vodka defeated Engel & Volkers (Kutlay Yaprak, 1, Agustin Kronhaus, 4, Adrian Laplacette, 7) in the championship final, 9-5. In the other two games, Corum (Eckhardt Juls, 0, Enno Grans, 0, Patrick Maleitzke, 4, Juan RuizGuinazu, 6) defeated Bernd Gruber

(Eduardo Greghi, 0, Grant Ganzi, 3, Pierre Henri Ngoumou, 7), 7-6, to win the KitzbĂźhel Country Club Cup subsidiary final. Defending champion Bendura Bank (Melissa Ganzi, 1, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, 8, Isidro Strada, 7, Tito Gaudenzi, 3) trounced Maserati (Marc Aberle, 1, Thomas Winter, 5, Caspar Crasemann, 4), 13-6.5. page 23


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In early qualifying games, Ciroc Vodka defeated Bernd Gruber, 8-4.5, and Maserati 13-6.5, to set up its finals showdown against Engel & Volkers, 8-4.5 winners over Maserati and 9-6 winners over Bendura Bank. Team captain Sebastian Schneberger returned to the tournament he has competed in since its inception in 2003. Valentin Novillo Astrada also returned to join Schneberger. New to the lineup was Dutch polo player Aki Van Andel, who spent the summer season dominating the Spanish circuit. The 3-goaler was named Most Valuable Player in his debut. It was Schneberger’s third title equaling the record of Brit Jonny Good. Engel & Volkers, one-time title winners, made their fourth finals appearance. “This was a great event and I’m so happy we walked away with the title,” Schneberger said. “It was a tough match, but we rallied together and did what we came here to do.”

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The Joe Barry Cup International Polo Club Dutta Corp 13 / 12 SD Farms

The feature game of the week at the International Polo Club Palm Beach saw an exciting match in the 2019 Joe Barry Cup that came down to the final second with Dutta Corp (Timmy Dutta, Lucas Diaz Alberdi, Gringo Colombres, Kris Kampsen) surviving the second-half comeback from SD Farms (Sayyu Dantata, Peco Polledo, Juan Martin Obregon, Jesse Bray) to claim the 13-12. On a perfect day for polo, Dutta Corp raced out of the gate with Gringo Colombres leading the charge, producing long runs to goal and finishing with accuracy to give his team the early lead. The potent Dutta Corp offense that scored 21 goals in their opening game of the tournament seemed to be an unstoppable force once again, scoring 10 first half goals and excelling in a possession game that saw plenty of support for the ball carrier. The momentum of the game changed in the second half as the pace of play increased and patron Sayyu Dantata made his impact on the game with multiple runs and strong defensive plays. With a clean second half leaving the result in open play, Dutta Corp was able to hold off the late comeback from SD Farms and claim the victory in a game where all the spectators were on the edge of their seats.

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Jesse Bray’s first goal of the game tied the game at 11-11, much to the excitement of the crowd in the grandstand, with the outcome of the game to be decided in the final minutes. After Colombres and Bray traded goals to restore the tie, a miscue from SD Farms saw Colombres quickly jump on the loose ball and run it through the goal to put his team up by one with minutes remaining. A late run from SD Farms saw Bray break away for a run with time expiring and a long shot from 100 yards out didn’t make it to the goal in time as time expired and Dutta Corp claimed victory to remain undefeated in the Joe Barry Cup. Colombres captured his second consecutive MVP award behind a seven-goal performance, while his horse Coquito also won Best Playing Pony. page 31


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GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS

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The Golden Globes, hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Sanberg, were full of surprise winners, with lesser-known films taking home the biggest honors. Oh and Sanberg opened their monologue by roasting attendees, made funnier yet by their feigned misunderstanding of a roast. Rather than insulting attendees, the duo bragged on accomplishments of stars and complimented them to extraordinary lengths. In what could have been a dicey political opening, the two cut the tension and opened the evening with their trademark awkwardcharms. Here are the winners: Best Motion Picture, Drama: Bohemian Rhapsody Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Glenn Close, The Wife Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Green Book Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Olivia Colman, The Favourite Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Christian Bale, Vice Best Animated: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language: Roma

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Mahershala Ali, Green Book Best Director in a Motion Picture: Alfonso Cuaron, Roma Best Screenplay: Green Book Best Original Score: First Man Best Original Song: “Shallow,” A Star Is Born

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GOLDEN GLOBES

Best Television Series, Drama: The Americans

Musical: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama: Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical: Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama: Richard Madden, Bodyguard Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical: The Kominsky Method Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Darren

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal

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Top left: "Black Panther" Wakanda Forever; top right: Janelle Monae; bottom: "Green Book" cast and crew

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OUTRAGEOUS

CHOCOLATE As Karl Petzke once said: “Chocolate symbolizes, as does no other food, luxury, comfort, sensuality, gratification, and love.”

But the one-percenter chocolates on this list take this luxury to a whole new level! You won’t be surprised that the world’s top chocolate comes from Switzerland, but also among the top are lavish creations from Denmark – and even the United States.

Chocopologie Chocolate Truffle by Fritz Knipschildt

Chocolat Général Guisan’s Prestige Choc

Chocolates with Edible Gold by DeLafee

The famous chef from Denmark, Fritz Knipschildt, started his own chocolate company which he named, Knipschildt Chocolatier in 1999. Knipschildt created the La Madeline Truffe, which he made using 70% Valrhona dark chocolate and vanilla as the base ingredients. He adds truffle oil, sugar and heavy cream to make the perfect, smooth and rich chocolate blend that you will ever taste. The only thing is, this chocolate is so luxurious and expensive that you cannot just walk in and buy it from the store. These are made to order chocolates and you must eat them within 7 days of purchase for them to be good, however, Knipschildt knows that most people have them consumed within the first couple hours. These are the most expensive chocolate ever and sell for $2,600.

Ten boxes of these 100% handmade chocolates are manufactured each month. Their fine ingredients are above fair trade standards. The prestige chocolates feature 24k gold on top of white chocolate and fine decorations with dark chocolate on top of that.

Have you ever thought of eating gold? These chocolates are made with gold that is good enough to eat because it’s edible. The Switzerland chocolate company gets its cocoa beans from one of the finest cocoa bean producers in Ecuador to produce some of the richest chocolates in the world, then decorates them with edible gold flakes. These chocolates sell for $508, which makes them one of the most expensive chocolates ever. Considering that we’re given the opportunity to literally eat gold, that’s definitely a price we can live with.

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They are packaged in a wooden box and are delivered by a dedicated courier to anywhere in the world.

Furthermore, DeLafee’s Gold Chocolate Box with Swiss Gold Coin retails for $390 at the time of writing. The box contains eight wonderful chocolates wrapped in 24-karat edible gold, as well as a collectible antique gold coin sourced from the Swiss central bank. The coins date back to 1910 to 1920, and they complement the chocolates in great finesse and style.


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Jacques Torres

Pierre Marcolini

Richart

Jacques Torres was born in Algeria in 1959, and he is now one of the world’s most appreciated and famed chocolate experts. He’s also a member of the International Culinary Center community, and he is the host of the new "Nailed It" show set to air on Netflix.

It’s hard to find a piece of Pierre Marcolini chocolate that isn’t perfect in every way. That’s probably why the brand is able to charge $102 per pound these days. Pierre Marcolini is a luxury chocolate maker with more than two decades of experience. He was born in 1964 in Charleroi, and he travels the world constantly in order to discover new and unique ways of creating chocolate.

Another chocolate maker that uses a combination of unique flavors and ingredients to create some of the most delectable chocolate flavors and tastes, is Richart.

Introductions aside, Jacques Torres’ gourmet chocolates are some of the most expensive in the world, and also some of the most delicious. His most popular products include a birthday bundle for $99, as well as a S’More Chocolate bundle priced at $65. The official Jaques Torres website includes various collections for different holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Thanksgiving. Each box has its own unique theme packaging, and each chocolate is created with utmost attention to detail using expensive ingredients.

These fragile gems mingle with the textures of the ganache and the shell for an outstanding tasting that will startle even the most seasoned tasters.

Richart’s chocolates give you an experiHe opened his first shop in 1995 after he ence of herbal, fruity, floral, spiced, and citrus-y combinations that make your won the World Champion Pastry Chef mouth water. title in Lyon. Marcolini was inspired heavily by the chocolaterie of Maurice Richart acquires his beans from Bernachon, and he welcomed collabora- Venezuela, Madagascar, and Haiti - all tions with fashion labels such as Kitsuné top cocoa bean growers. and even stylists such as Olympia Le-Tan. Truly, Pierre Marcolini creates some of the best Belgian chocolates in the business.

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Super Weddings

PRIYANKA & NICK

2018 was a year for romance and super weddings. From two royal weddings: Meghan stunned in Givenchy by Clare Waight Keller and later Princess Eugenie in Peter Pilotto; to stylish influencer nuptials and Priyanka Chopra's and Nick Jonas' fiveday extravaganza, we've seen it all and loved every minute.

Priyanka Chopra married Nick Jonas at the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India in custom Ralph Lauren.

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Super Weddings

FOLARIN ALAKIJA &

NAZANIN JAFARIAN GHAISSARIFAR

It sounds too good to be true: the son of a Nigerian oil family and a supermodel wed at a historic castle. The renowned florist Jeff Leatham designed the floral arrangements, which were all-white. Left: Sophie Rammal wed Wale Alakija in Lagos in a Nigerian-meets-Lebanese culturally rich celebration. The wedding was "laid back" according to the couple.

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CHIARA FERRAGNI & FEDEZ

Chiara donned not one, not two, but three custom Dior gowns for the wedding festivities of her marriage to Fedez. Her fairyland natural setting for the exchange of vows and rings landed her on the cover of Bride magazine. page 67


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PRINCESS EUGENIE & JACK Two royal weddings dominated headlines for much of 2018: cousins Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie married Meghan Markle and Jack Brooksbank respectively, both at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Meghan wore a Givenchy gown while Eugenie wore a low-back creation by Peter Pilotto that showed a scar from childhood surgery. page 69


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In a ceremony in the Hamptons, Gwyneth Paltrow married Brad Falchuck. The two kept the affair very private, only releasing one photo on Instagram.

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ISHA AMBANI & ANAND PIRAMAL Here are the facts: the daughter of India's richest man married her sweetheart, who happens to be from another very wealthy family in India, at their 27-story home in Mumbai. Oh, and Beyonce performed at their party. The wedding was the social event of the year - and perhaps century - for Indian society who all vied for position, places and invitations.

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The Swarovski heiress' dress by Michael Cinco weighed in at 100 pounds, largely due to the 500,000 Swarovski crystals that bedazzled it. Estimated to have cost over $1 million USD, Swarovski only wore it for the length of the formal ceremony, opting for a lighter dress for the reception.

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2019

DESIGNER OUTLOOK BRIDAL TRENDS: BOWS, LACE & MINIS Whether an intimate affair or a super-wedding, deciding what to wear as a wedding guest is hard, but deciding what to wear as the bride is even harder. Just as with fashion trends, bridal trends come and go. From voluminous Princess Diana-style gowns to the Duchess of Sussex’ minimalist silhouette, dress trends have changed considerably over the years. The most important people in the wedding dress industry have explained these upcoming trends- read on to find out what’s really in next year for upcoming brides-to-be.

Bows Kate Halfpenny, from Halfpenny London, told "Who What Wear," that “Bows have long been a feature on wedding dresses but now they’re used more subtly. Personally, I love finding contemporary, chic ways to incorporate ultra-feminine details into my collections.”

Designer Emilia Wickstead made a case for bows in her spring/summer 2019 collection at London Fashion Week, so it’s clear the trend is going to continue. “I can see bows being used in bridal in a new and modern interpretation of the old classic,” She told Bazaar, “whether this is through bold placement, or dramatic folds.” “Bows can be used as a way of adding a point of distinction and the unexpected, or an opportunity to show off the beauty and drape of a fabric.”

Appliqué Lace Lace has always been a wedding dress mainstay, but in 2019, Halfpenny expects it to take on a more statement guise. “Brides-to-be are loving unusual textures like the 3D appliqué lace as it makes even more impact,” she says. Packham tells us how it’s all in the little details with this trend: “This season I introduced crystal embellished and embroidered tulle capes which have been very popular along with Elina’s cross over back and Rosa’s low neckline.”

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“The bridal landscape is changing, brides are now looking to social media and other brides to find their wedding inspiration. I think brides are becoming more fashion forward – capes and slinkier silhouettes are having a moment.” “The bridal landscape is changing, brides are now looking to social media and other brides to find their wedding inspiration. I think brides are becoming more fashion forward – capes and slinkier silhouettes are having a moment.”

Minis This trend appeals to the alternative bride, who would rather stay away from more traditional shapes such as full skirts and long trains. Short hemlines are making headway for 2019, as they offer an informal, playful approach. Parisian cool-girl AnneLaure Mais Moreau showed us how to work this trend for next year. She later changed into a shorter mini-dress for the evening party, into a puffed sleeve Magda page 78

Butrym offering. Designer Jenny Packham explains to Bazaar how bridal trends are always changing: “I love looking through the archive; from our first bridal catwalk show to the latest 2019 salon presentation.” “From ballerina length skirts and nipped in waists of the 50s to the come-back beautiful ball gown styles - designs and trends are constantly evolving.” If you’re a bride-to-be next year and want to tap into this trend but don’t feel brave enough to wear a short style for the ceremony, choosing a mini dress for the evening reception is a good option. Plus, it’s easier to party the night away. If the thought of wearing a dress isn’t

your thing at all, then 2019 is your year. Halfpenny explains that “2019 is the year of the rule-breaking bride.” This could be a combination of tops, skirts, trousers - it’s your chance to be creative. Packham agrees, explaining that a wedding day is now more about all kinds of celebrations: “Wedding festivities have also extended to parties either side of the wedding day, offering brides the opportunity to incorporate several looks into their celebrations.” “From ivory lace cocktail dresses, palazzo trousers and silk embellished jumpsuits are perfect for a more contemporary bride, a rehearsal dinner, civil ceremony or brunch the following day."


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Ask frequent travelers where they want to travel in 2019, and most of them will answer your question with a question – where are you headed? We’ve been there, we’ve seen that. And in the spirit of February and romance, we’re singling out super honeymoon destinations with exciting new and refurbished resorts, restaurant debuts and wine-tasting experiences. We’ve thrown in some unexpected twists, too, just for fun. ALBERTA, CANADA Jasper and Banff ’s rugged, powdery trails should be enough reason to visit Alberta but away from the slope and the cities, Kananaskis Nordic Spa, the

first of its kind in the province, just unveiled a collection of hydrotherapy pools — as well salt exfoliation cabins and eucalyptus steam rooms — right in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Culture hounds should visit Edmonton’s

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ALSACE, FRANCE This region in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains produces some of the finest wines on the globe. The stunning Villa René Lalique, whose restaurant has two Michelin stars, is the ideal place to start a romantic sojourn. Visit top wineries like Domaine Weinbach and Maison Trimbach for world-class Gewürztraminers and Rieslings. At Au Trotthus, in Riquewihr, chef Philippe Aubron melds ingredients from France and Japan, where he spent 17 years — chanterelle soup with enoki and truffles, for example. Luxury travelers can even see Alsace by boat: a new barge, the Belmond Lilas, offers private cruises. —Ray Isle

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For anyone who’s ever fantasized about running away to a remote island with your lover, the Andaman Islands are the stuff of dreams. A chain of more than 300 islands (some sources cite as many as 572) strung between India and Thailand, they seem almost too perfect to be real, with unspoiled beaches, clear water, coconut trees, and tropical mangroves. Many of the archipelago’s islands are uninhabited or off-limits in order to protect the tribes who live there. But one, Havelock Island, became more accessible this March, when Taj Exotica Resort & Spa — the Andamans’ first five-star resort — opened on Radhanagar Beach. Spread out over 30 acres, the property comprises 75 luxurious villas inspired by the huts of the indigenous Jarawa tribe, three restaurants serving local specialties and global cuisine, and the tranquil Jiva spa. It joins Havelock’s other main draw, the charming boutique hotel Jalakara, which opened in late 2015 with just three rooms, three suites, and a private villa on an old banana and betel nut plantation. Days here are spent swimming and diving amid the coral, kayaking in the mangroves, hiking in the forest, and relaxing on the beach.


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EGYPT Egypt is preparing to welcome the luxe St. Regis Cairo. When it opens this spring, the 36-floor tower, overlooking Old Cairo and the Nile, will pamper guests with round-the-clock butler service. Luxury tour operators are responding to a strong uptick in visitor interest with new itineraries that cater to couples. Heritage Tours designs bespoke trips, while Abercrombie & Kent can combine a river cruise, camel rides, and hands-on crafts. Tourism will only grow once Giza’s $1.1 billion Grand Egyptian Museum makes its long-awaited debut in 2020.

THE GRENADINES The Grenadines, a chain of dozens of islands south of St. Vincent, were spared by the 2017 storms. But only recently has the tourism infrastructure and local economy come to match the archipelago’s raw natural beauty. This year, one island in particular — Bequia — will be in focus thanks to the highly anticipated opening of the Liming, a sleek and sexy resort that comprises nine clean-lined private villas and a luxe manor home. But other islands are also on the up and up. Mandarin Oriental recently purchased and re-branded a luxe property on the island of Canouan, which officially opened in July with just 26 suites and 13 exclusive villas on a prime section of Godahl Beach. Canouan has also built a runway to allow private and charter jet access. And Cotton House, on the famed private island of Mustique, continues to draw visitors two years after an extensive renovation.

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GUATEMALA Guatemala is Central America distilled: its mix of mountain and jungle landscapes, haunting Mayan ruins and vibrant Indian culture has been luring English-speaking travelers since the 1930s. Its modest travel industry was put on hold after the eruption of the aptly named Fuego volcano last June, but today, the Land of Eternal Spring is bouncing back. Perched on the rim of the jewel-like Lake Atitlán, Guatemala’s finest boutique hotel, Casa Polopó, has expanded its rustic-chic rooms, which are decorated with indigenous and colonial artifacts, from nine to 15, and signed on Guatemala’s top celebrity chef and TV star to oversee its menu specializing in indigenous cuisine. 2019 will also see the opening of two glamorous new properties in alluring settings. In Antigua, the UNESCO World Heritagelisted Spanish-era capital, you’ll be able to sleep like a conquistador in the 11room Las Cruces, a former mansion decorated with 17th-century silver relics. And in the tropical forests by the Rio Dulce, the seven-room Los Rios Boutique Hotel will revive a beautifully situated lodge from the 1960s; only accessible by boat, it›s a sumptuous base for exploring one of the region›s most isolated nature reserves. 

ISCHIA, ITALY Devoted readers of Elena Ferrante’s novels are lining up to beat the inevitable rush to visit the stunning Mediterranean locations, especially the lush volcanic island of Ischia. Just an hour from Naples by hydrofoil and a favorite of Europeans seeking thermal spas, umbrella-studded beaches, and pleasant resort towns, the refuge abounds with old-school charm. Check in to the elegant and tranquil Hotel Regina Isabella, which offers a three-night Elena Ferrante package that includes a private guided tour and creative writing class. Then spend lazy hours sunbathing on Maronti Beach, just like Ferrante’s narrator does. But be sure to rouse yourself to visit the hulking medieval Castello Aragonese and the pastel-colored fishing village of Sant’Angelo.

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LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA Langkawi, an archipelago of 99 islands, is poised to make Malaysia the next beach-lover’s paradise. While much of the eponymous main island still feels vast and ageless — water buffalo graze in rice paddies, and street vendors sell flaky roti canai and curry for pennies — worldclass resorts have arrived. The island’s only over-water spa is at the oceanfront Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, where the 90 rooms and 29 villas are styled after a traditional village. The Datai Langkawi, situated on a peaceful half-moon cove, has undergone a $60 million, yearlong renovation that breathed new life into its guest rooms and villas. A canopy walk was built almost 50 feet in the air, to let guests better appreciate the surrounding rain forest.

JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING This rural region — which includes the town of Jackson and the ski resort of Teton Village — makes headlines thanks to its residents, who happen to be among the top earners in the USA. But Jackson Hole is changing fast. A burgeoning tech scene has drawn the median age down to 33, and new hotel-motel hybrids like the cool Anvil draw a younger crowd.  Four Seasons Jackson Hole and Amangani, longtime favorites, were recently joined by the super-luxe Caldera House. Painstakingly built over six years by design darlings Commune, the eightsuite, $100 million development creates once-in-alifetime experiences.

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THE SEYCHELLES Located just under a thousand miles off the coast of East Africa, this remote Indian Ocean archipelago has long lured travelers with the promise of life-renewing beach lounging and unparalleled coral reef diving. But in 2019, with new direct flights from London on British Airways, it’s easier than ever to get to those idyllic white sands and pristine aquamarine waters. And whether you’d rather island-hop or settle into your own plot of paradise, there are plenty of new luxurious options to explore. In March, Four Seasons opened its second Seychelles outpost on the private Desroches Island, giving guests unlimited access to its 8.7 miles of beaches and 933 acres of lush jungle. With 14 world-class dive sites ringing the island, an animal sanctuary that houses rare Aldabra giant tortoises, and cycling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing available for every guest...the only hard part will be finding time to lounge by the private pool in your breezy, rustic-chic villa. On the main island of Mahé, the serene Banyan Tree Seychelles recently refurbished a number of its private villas and added several new bars and restaurants. Prefer to see this destination by sea? Reserve a spot on Ponant’s new expedition itinerary, which covers eight islands at once. See the red granite of Curieuse Island, discover the unspoiled nature preserve of Aride Island, and bathe in the crystal-clear pools of La Digue’s famous Anse Source d’Argent beach.

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PUERTO RICO Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, reopened in October, and the storied El San Juan Hotel, which — after a $65 million renovation —opened its doors again in December, 60 years after first arriving on the scene. Serafina Beach Hotel, the island’s first brand-new opening since the hurricanes, debuted in the spring, and in late 2018, the stylish O:LV Fifty Five will bring its modern grandeur to the waterfront by the Condado Lagoon. If you’ve been delaying a trip, 2019 is the time to go: San Juan is more dynamic than ever, with a vibrant food scene anchored by stalwarts like José Enrique and newcomers such as Vianda. And this January, the smash-hit Broadway musical Hamilton will play a limited run at Teatro UPR, with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda reprising his role as Alexander Hamilton.

NAIROBI, KENYA In October, Kenya Airways launched its first direct flight from New York City to Nairobi, making travel to East Africa a much easier proposition. Even if you plan to go on safari, it’s worth spending time in Nairobi to explore the creative scene. Check in to the intimate hotel OneFortyEight Giraffe Sanctuary, set in a former artist’s home and studio, where original art hangs on the walls and owner Elizabeth Fusco runs an on-site boutique. A few miles away, the bead workshop Kazuri employs more than 340 women who craft colorful beads, jewelry, and ceramics by hand. Watch artists at work at the GoDown Arts Centre, and visit Designing Africa Collective for apparel by makers from across the continent. 

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What’s better for a romantic date than a rooftop dinner? The world is filled with amazing and romantic rooftop restaurants, so The Rooftop Guide has done the work for you and to assemble the ultimate guide to the best romantic restaurants with a view. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, a date with your loved one or just a great night out, these romantic rooftops are peppered across the world’s major cities, so no matter on which continent you celebrate, you won’t be far from one of these delightful locales. Book one of these venues for the memory of a lifetime, for bonus points, impress on your date and Instagram followers.

ROOFTOP SUNSET BAR AT DOUBLE-SIX / BALI

VERTIGO AT BANYAN TREE / BANGKOK

With its 1,700 square meters, the Sunset Bar on top of Double-Six Seminyak is the largest rooftop bar Bali offers. And it really lives up to its name with the views over the Indian Ocean around sunset – just out of this world.

Vertigo is the rooftop restaurant at Banyan Tree Bangkok, on the 61st floor with an outstanding 360-degree view of the Bangkok skyline and its surroundings. It is a double setting: the restaurant is Vertigo and the bar is the Moon Bar.

The Sunset Bar is best enjoyed from one of the luxurious floating loungepods at the edge of the terrace, with the surrounding water blending the rooftop and ocean together. From the bar and kitchen, you can order super tasty bar bites along with more filling dinner plates in a mix of local and international flavors. There is also a large set of creative and well-crafted signature cocktails and good choices of wine, beer and spirits. Perfect for a romantic dinner or date.

Vertigo is a perfect place for a luxurious and romantic dinner. The views, service and food will put you, your date, or the whole group into an agreeable mood. The menu, from seafood to premium steaks, is top-notch up here, and priced accordingly. Many consider Vertigo/Moon Bar to be the best rooftop in Bangkok, and for our experience and money, it is definitely worth every penny. Book your table in advance and you’ll be in for a treat. Hans Ebenman | The Rooftop Guide CEO

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR! HIGH, HIGH, HIGH UP IN THE AIR

IRIS AT OBEROI / DUBAI Iris Dubai, located at the wonderful Oberoi Dubai Hotel, is a very chic and trendy rooftop bar and restaurant in Dubai with absolutely stunning views of the city and surroundings. Perched on the 27th floor, it’s considered one of the most exclusive spots in all of Dubai; bottom line, it is well worth it. The bar offers premium bubbles, wines, spirits and creative cocktails made to perfection by the skilled crew behind the counter. There is also a great selection of fresh and tasty menu items: sushi, sliders, salads and more filling mains.

over Florence and its surroundings. The roof terrace consists of an indoor glass-hut restaurant and two terraces, one dedicated to the restaurant and one to the bar. At the rooftop bar you can enjoy signature and old-style cocktails, exclusive wines and a great aperitif. The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner, described as Tuscan cuisine with a touch innovation by award-winning Chef Matteo Lorenzini. It’s romantic and classy at the same time.

OZONE AT THE RITZ CARLTON / HONG KONG This is the world’s highest bar, and therefore also the world’s highest rooftop bar. Ozone is 480 meters up in the air, on the 118th floor of the luxurious Ritz Carlton with absolutely stunning views from the roof terrace over Hong Kong and all its surroundings. Here you can enjoy signature cocktails along with both Brazilian and Asian

Book your table in advance and prepare your date for a wonderful and luxurious evening – on top of the world.

SE•STO ON ARNO / FLORENCE Perched on top of the five-star luxury hotel The Westin Excelsior, SE•STO on Arno is both a romantic rooftop bar and an excellent rooftop restaurant. Located (as the name suggests) on the banks of river Arno with a magical view page 91


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tapas. The luxurious décor and vibe demand a fancy dress code and a fat wallet. A dinner or date here will be a memory for life. Make sure to book your table in advance and ask for a table on the terrace.

SEEN / LISBON The Seen Lisboa restaurant, with an intimate light, is a great restaurant with a view for Valentine’s Day or just a romantic dinner. It will be your island

in the heart of Lisbon, the ideal place to recharge midweek or to welcome the weekend. Located on top of the Hotel Tivoli Avenida Liberdade, right in the center of Lisbon, you find Seen Restaurant and SkyBar Lisbon. Both located at a modern and chic rooftop on the 9th floor location with an open-air feel and panoramic views of the city on display, from downtown all the way out to the river.

NAKED IN THE SKY / MELBOURNE Naked in the Sky is the rooftop bar of Naked for Satan, which also includes a downstairs indoor restaurant. Located in Fitzroy, the fifth-floor rooftop offers perhaps the best view northern Melbourne has to offer with great vistas over the skyline. A trendy and urban setting, you can enjoy a drink menu of nearly 20 pages, including “Satan’s Infused Vodka” along with a large selection of wines and craft beers. The terrace also offers a great selection of tapas, while the restaurant serves more filling, typical Australian dishes. Book your table in advance and you’ll be in for a romantic time in a vibrant atmosphere.

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TERRASS’’ RESTAURANT & BAR / PARIS One of the coziest and most sophisticated rooftop restaurants Paris has to offer, Terrass” is located on top of the Terrass’’ Hôtel Montmartre. From here, you get a magical panoramic view of the entire city with many of its famous buildings – including the Eiffel Tower – as a mighty background. The terrace is lush and spacious, decorated with green plants and comfortable sofas. It’s recommended to make reservations for the indoor restaurant. The terrace is, however, subject to availability and not open for reservations – unless you become a regular or know someone on the inside. We recommend the latter. The indoor restaurant

is superb and serves as a great spot for a date or romantic Valentine’s dinner, when they also offer a Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu.

AROMA RESTAURANT / ROME Aroma Restaurant is a Michelin-starred restaurant at the luxurious Hotel Palazzo Manfredi. From the rooftop you get a lovely close-up view of the Coliseum and Rome’s historic sites. With just 28 seats, it is an intimate restaurant with grandiose views. A perfect spot for a romantic Valentine's date. Here you can enjoy Roman-born Chef Di Lorio’s fantastic gourmet food, both á la carte style or by a tasting menu with the sommelier’s wine choices. Pricey indeed, but guaranteed a memory for life.

RESTAURANT TERRAZZA DANIELI / VENICE The luxurious and romantic vibe greets patrons at the entrance of the Hotel Danieli and continues up to the rooftop and restaurant, which have a very classic Italian fine dining setting. You can enjoy lunch and dinner at the restaurant all year round, and during the warmer months the terrace is open for afternoon cocktails. The cuisine is Mediterranean-influenced and of the very highest class. The rooftop bar has its own extensive menu, including fantastic mixologist cocktails, aperitifs, a wide range of martinis, premium spirits, champagne, bar bites and cigars. page 93


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GET MARRIED IN A CASTLE ROYAL WEDDING OR WEDDING OF ROYAL PROPORTION, NOTHING SAYS "WOW" LIKE A CASTLE OR PALACE Whether you are a fan of the British royal family or just love beautiful palaces, then you might be interested to know that you can actually tie the knot at the residence of some of the most famous dukes and duchesses around. That’s right, Kensington Palace plays host to weddings – and you do not have to be a member of the royal family to get married there. Not only can you tie the knot at Kensington Palace, but you can also hold your reception there – and there are a number of different ways to do it. According to the palace’s website, you can host your wedding ceremony in the apartments of the palace, if you want to invite up to 150 guests. If your guest list is a little bigger than that, you have the option of making things official in page 94

the orangery, where 1,000 people can be accommodated for.

ry of the palace, wearing a breathtaking Valentino gown.

For the reception, up to 100 guests can be seated for dinner in the state apartments, while 300 can attend if you book the Kensington Palace Pavilion.

And, although no members of the royal family have had their weddings there, both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex currently reside there, as do Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte, so you would not be far from real-life royalty on the day.

The venue is available for day or nighttime hire, but only on certain dates of the year, making Kensington Palace, as the site describes it, “one of London’s most exclusive wedding venues”. Although you need to enquire for exact prices, E! previously reported that the venue costs around £18,000 to hire for the day on a weekend. If you want some inspiration, look to the A-list wedding that Kensington Palace played host to. Nicky Hilton married James Rothschild in 2015 in the orange-

And of course, there are also plenty of other royal venues where you can tie the knot, including Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House and Kew Palace. Of course, there are some strings attached. Brides and grooms must choose from pre-approved lists of caterers, production and lighting technicians, florists, pyrotechnicians and entertainers.


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STYLE This year’s menswear took even a deeper dive into streetwear influences with oversized proportions and grunge dominating the season's trends. Meanwhile, a handful of designers managed to stick to their core codes, continuing their ongoing consumer conversation rather than interrupting to change the topic. Notably, Dsquared2 return to the fray of disruptive energy merging grunge with snowboarding to produce one of their most exciting collections in years. Creative Director Kris Van Assche made his Berluti debut this season edging up the house with bold coloring, sharp cuts, and a slimmer silhouette. Sophomore outings by Kim Jones at Dior and Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton proved quite fruitful.

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When Lexus set out to create a new cultural space in Manhattan, expectations were high. Building on the success of their two previous activations in Tokyo and Dubai, Intersect by Lexus delivers on all fronts. Partnering with famed interior designer Masamichi Katayama of Wonderwall, known for his work at Japan House London and the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Intersect exudes upscale intimacy throughout its three stories. Spanning over 16,500 square feet, Katayama blends mid-century design elements with contemporary geometries to create an inviting

atmosphere that carries throughout the venue. Intersect features a café at the street level and a full-service restaurant and cocktail bar on the second floor, both operated by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (of Gramercy Tavern and Untitled fame). Keeping in step with the theme of cultural exchange, the restaurant hosts chefs for stints of four to six months, and each brings their own gastronomic flare to the open-concept kitchen. In the kitchen at press time is Chef Gregory Marchand of the beloved

Frenchie in Paris and London. Book a table in advance or make a reservation for the private dining room— decorated with a conceptual chandelier from designer Lindsey Adelman—to enjoy Marchand’s seasonal cuisine, like fluke carpaccio and halibut grenobloise. In addition to a revolving cast of chefs, Intersect hosts a robust calendar of cultural programming in its third floor private gallery. Playing host to panels, art exhibitions, screenings, and performances, this is the heart of culture at Intersect.

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EQUINE IMAGINE TECHNOLOGY

The days of sedating our ponies may be behind us thanks to new imaging technology that captures CT-quality pictures without forcing our four-legged friends to lie still in tubes.

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ROBOTIC CT CAMERAS REPLACING SEDATION METHODS FOR PONIES To the average non-veterinarian, a CT scanner for horses may seem kind of silly—but the average non-veterinarian has never tried to get a horse into a traditional CT scanner. It’s a laborious, stressful process for everyone involved, especially the horse. In the future, it might not be necessary, thanks to a new immersive imaging system. Rather than pushing a passed-out horse into a tube, Equimagine Technology

surrounds a standing, conscious horse with mobile robotic cameras. This does away with the need for anesthetizing the horse, which can be risky. Imaging an upright horse also provides more useful perspective, since they spend most of their lives standing up. The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is the first site to test one of the new scanners. “The reason this is so revolutionary is that

the robots can easily move around the horse in any orientation,” medical director Barbara Dallap Schaer said in a press statement. “We can do the imaging in a patient that is standing and awake. From a clinical standpoint, we will see elements of the horse’s anatomy that we’ve never seen before.” According to Dean Richardson, chief of large animal surgery at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, the veterinary school page 119


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will use the equipment for teaching and as a diagnostic tool for its many equine patients. “One of the most important diseases of Thoroughbred racehorses is that they develop certain types of stress fractures that are very difficult to diagnose and characterize,” he said. “This technology has the potential to

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help diagnose those early enough that we can manage them and help prevent the horse from suffering a catastrophic breakdown on the race track.” The future of this technology goes well beyond horses. People don’t exactly enjoy the traditional CT scan experience, either. Kids, much like horses, may need

to be sedated in order to get them to lie still long enough for the cameras to do their work. In the future, says Dallap Schaer, “Instead of a child having to be anesthetized, they could sit there on their iPad and talk to their parents and have the image prepared in 30 seconds.”


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REDUCING STRESS & IMPROVING ROUTINE When an object is well-designed,  it can create a transformative experience, delighting our senses and instilling a feeling of contentment. We may not always be fully aware of design or able to pinpoint what it is, exactly. But when it’s executed well, we know. It just feels right.

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design philosophy. It transports us to an uncluttered place, pure simplicity, where our minds and bodies instinctively relax.

“Minimalist design strips away all of the unnecessary noise and gives us focus, clarity and calmness,” says David Raskin, the Mohn Family Professor of Contemporary Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “It can reduce all the extraneous clutter, unnecessary distractions and negative forces, and allow us to rediscover who and what we are.”

Today’s leading-edge vehicles are revolutionizing the idea of clean, premium design. With a focus on technology, comfort and artistic composition, the latest car models can help minimize agitation and streamline our routines so we can reclaim some valuable minutes. Because these days, peace of mind is the ultimate luxury.

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in mind — can have a strong psychological impact, especially when we’re on the road. “The way we interact with our vehicle is critically important,” says Steve Visser, a professor of industrial design at Purdue University. “If you get it wrong, it can be frustrating. If it’s done right, it can bring joy.” Progressive vehicles today are allowing drivers to customize and personalize their environments. Certain cars are so advanced they can recognize individual drivers, for example, and adjust the seats, temperature and ambient lighting to their preferred settings. And each passenger, even in the back seat, can easily adjust the temperature to his or her own liking. “When technology provides an individualized experience, it offers not just physical comfort but also psychological comfort,” says Judith Heerwagen, an affiliate professor of architecture at the

University of Washington in Seattle. “If people are more comfortable, they will feel happier and less stressed.”

Intuitive Technology Saves Time Well-designed objects are easy to use. “If design intuitively guides you as you use a product, you get that beautiful feeling,” says Charles Austen Angell, the chief executive of Modern Edge, Inc., an industrial design firm in Portland, Ore. “It’s a sense of mastery that humans desire.” As de-cluttering and minimalism have gained popularity in recent years, knobs and buttons have increasingly given way to interfaces that can be as effortless as talking to a friend. Natural language-based assistance programs are helping to turn luxury vehicles into havens, stripping away complexities that could formerly require the assistance

of user manuals. If, for example, you say, “I’m hot” in the all-new 2019 Audi A8, the HVAC system can increase the air conditioning. Need caffeine? Say, “I want coffee,” and the car’s navigation gives you directions to the nearest coffee shop. The best design can be based on already-familiar objects. Touch screens such as the Audi MMI touch response system were made to be as intuitive as a smartphone, allowing for swipes and taps to control many significant vehicle settings, including info-tainment, connectivity, temperature and more. It functions in a way that can feel natural for smartphone users, so they don’t need to learn a whole new system. “When design allows you to be successful, intuitively successful, it’s a pleasant experience,” Angell says. “Sometimes you enjoy something because it’s just page 123


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designed to detect potentially dangerous situations and can react nearly instantaneously. “Driver-assist systems can simultaneously assess the vehicle’s surroundings, while the driver maintains control,” says Filip Brabec, Vice President, Product Management, Audi of America. Advanced technology increases awareness and helps the car to quickly respond to the unavoidable. For instance,

intersection-assist features can warn drivers of approaching traffic, and when needed, can initiate braking. In more intense situations, innovative systems such as the forthcoming Audi predictive active suspension can even sense a side impact before it occurs, raising the chassis three inches within a half-second, and redirecting the car toward the strongest structural points to minimize damage. “These intelligent systems can give the


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driver more confidence,” Brabec says, “And add an element of ease behind the wheel.”

Premium Design Creates a Sense of Harmony The fact is, masterful design can be transformative. It comforts us. “When we see a design that has balance, attention to detail and proportion, we are immediately struck with a sense of peace,” Angell says.

When you encounter something with exquisite design, it’s soothing. Once you step inside a state-of-the-art vehicle today, you may instantly feel the difference: Driver and passengers are treated to luxury customizations and design that can foster a sense of well-being. Right away users may feel at ease using even the most advanced technology. Enhanced cars such as the A8 include available heated massaging footrests for rear passengers to enjoy

while on the road, as well as ionized air purification systems that can be infused with aromas. It’s all designed to de-stress. “The healthy human being, the healthy spirit, craves a sense of harmony, beauty and serenity,” Angell says. “So when you encounter something with exquisite design, it’s soothing the first time you see it and the hundredth time you see it. There’s a serenity in its elegance.” page 125


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Pinot Noir LOVE & OBSESSION

Cezar Kusik, wine contributor

THE LUNATIC GRAPE

Pinot Noir. Derived from the French words for pine and black, alluding to tightly clustered, deeply colored, pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit that produce Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noir is arguably the most emotion-evoking of all wine-producing grape varieties. For a wine professional, writing about Pinot Noir is like writing about religion or politics on a social forum – you are unavoidably bound to stir up controversy, hear strong counter-opinions, and expose yourself to loudly voiced criticism. Well, here I am – bring it on. One of the oldest grape varieties in the family of vitis vinifera, Pinot Noir has its origins in Central France where it’s been cultivated since the first century AD. According to one legend, the Aedui tribes brought the grape from their invasions of Lombardy. But it wasn’t until around 1,000 AD when the Cistercian monks took possession of the rocky vineyards of the Burgundy region south of the city of Dijon, when Pinot Noir started evolving into a world-class wine. The monks took their task of wine-making very seriously and kept written records: from the painstaking and meticulous labor in the vineyards, through all stages of vinification, and finally cellaring. They mapped and ranked the vineyards according to their quality of the wines. They tracked the wines’ aging potential.

Basically, they did it all, and for bonus points, the Cistercians gave Pinot Noir its validity in the history of wine, which has only increased ever since. Part of Pinot Noir’s mystical attraction comes from its finicky, capricious, and unpredictable nature. Long, abundant in sunshine springs and autumns, summers of moderate temperatures sprinkled with occasional rains, and well-drained, preferably limestone-based soils, constitute Pinot Noir’s ideal growing conditions. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Not so fast!

Pinot Noir has up to 1,000 possible clone variations. Literally, it is genetically unstable a lunatic grape. Pinot Noir has up to 1,000 possible genetic clone variations. In contrast, Cabernet Sauvignon has 12. Literally, Pinot Noir is genetically unstable – a lunatic grape. To make things worse, Pinot is extremely difficult to cultivate. It is susceptible to even the most minute macro-climate nuances and every known vine disease. It can also be easily flawed by impatient and unskilled wine making. In the nutshell, Pinot Noir seems to resist uniformity, frustrates, and often disappoints. Yet, if all the elements of human and divine intervention come

together harmoniously without a glitch, the result can be a wine of magical complexity, hauntingly exotic aromas, and sublime texture, giving a drinker a most sensually provocative wine experience. As one wine critic once said, “The worst bottle of wine I’ve ever had was a bottle of red Burgundy, and the best bottle of wine I’ve ever had was a bottle of red Burgundy.”

The most notable Pinot Noir wine regions include France, California and Oregon, Germany and New Zealand. Burgundy (Bourgogne in French) is unquestionably the most-revered region for Pinot Noir. The furthest north area of Burgundy, Cote de Nuits, is where coveted red wines originate Relatively small, to an emotionally detached eye, Cote de Nuits may appear unimpressive, and even dull. It’s a cluster of tightly packed villages of historic farmhouses surrounded by grey, rocky vineyards sprawled along Route Nationale 74. It has none of the scenic, picturesque beauty of Tuscany, Napa Valley, or Mendoza. What it has is the magic of its terroir which, in best years, results in wines of an unparalleled, diverse expression of Pinot Noir. Vineyards a few yards away from each other can produce wines of distinctly different characteristics. The wines are categorized into four groups from basic to the highest regarded: Regional, Village, Premier Cru, and Grand Cru. page 129


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Our contributor and sommelier Cezar with Andy Peay of Peay Vineyards with his new releases of Pinot Noir. One of the author's favorite producers from the Sonoma Coast. times in my adulthood; drinking that wine was of those times.

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The top Pinot Noirs of the region, categorized as Grand Cru, belong to the most expensive wines in the world, fetching thousands of dollars for a single bottle. In addition to their quality, the main factors adding to these wines’ cachet are their highest critical acclaim and their scarcity. Some Grand Crus are produced in barely a few hundred cases a year. In contrast, some First Growths Bordeaux Chateaux make tens of thousands of cases a year. How can one justify such a dramatic monetary value of something so fleeting and consumable as wine? You can’t. What you do is you cherish that experience forever.

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Some of the top, including my favorite (and most expensive) Cote de Nuits Pinot Noir producers are Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Armand Rousseau, Domaine Dujac, Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier, Emmanuel Rouget, Domaine Leroy, and Henri Jayer. My spirit wine, my I-had-a-vision-wine, which, 20 years ago, diverted me from becoming an astronaut and to pursue a sommelier career, was 1990 Henri Jayer Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux, a bottle that presently sells for close to $20,000. I have cried three page 130

movie “Sideways” commercially elevated Pinot Noir to the status of the darling grape of California, the number of wineries specializing in the grape has grown exponentially. With its elongated geography running north to south along the Pacific Ocean, California offers a variety of climates and topography for viticulture. From the hot areas near Santa Barbara, up through Paso Robles, Monterrey, all the way to the windy, foggy, high-elevation Sonoma Coast. This diversity influences the types of grapes planted and the style of wines produced. Pinot Noir, being the most sensitive, changes its character accordingly and dramatically. Fuller bodied, spicy, dark fruit-flavored wines come from the south and inland vineyards made from grapes bathed in bountiful sun. Leaner, more focused-on-elegance-rather-than-power, acid-driven wines come from fog-covered, mountainous vineyards of Northern California cooled off by cold air produced by frigid waters of Pacific Ocean. In general, the California Pinot Noirs tend to be more fruit-flavor driven with aromas of cherry, plum, and raspberry sprinkled with cinnamon and clove spice. The tannins are softer, less assertive. The mineral component, if any, will linger in the background. And remember; California Pinot Noir’s aging potential is well-underrated. I’ve

had some phenomenal 20-year-old Pinots from the Golden State. Some classics and my favorites: Littorai, Merry Edwards, Kistler, Paul Lato, Patz & Hall, Foxen, Pisoni, Calera, Hirsch, Peay, Hanzell (Sorry, I can’t mention you all).

Willamette Valley of Oregon. In 1979, David Lett’s Eyrie Vineyards 1975 Pinot Noir ranked 10th in its category in the Wine Olympics in Paris, thrusting Oregon onto the world wine stage. I call the Willamette Valley style of Pinot Noir “transitional.” A style that offers a combination of fruit elements typical to California wines and savory earthiness of Burgundy Pinots. Both regions are positioned at the same 45-degree north latitude. But that’s where the similarities end. Different climates: maritime in Oregon; continental in Burgundy. Different geographical exposure of the vineyards: mainly eastern in Burgundy; southern and southeastern in Willamette. The soil compositions differ: limestone, sand, and gravel in Burgundy; more variable volcanic, sedimentary, loess soils in Willamette. Both offer good drainage crucial to vine strength. And finally, different clonal selections. Yet somehow some Willamette Valley Pinots can be indistinguishable from their Burgundy counterparts, delivering pronounced minerality and earthy aromas, intermingled with savory fruit flavors. So if you are accustomed to sweet fruit of California and after tasting a red Burgundy you find it confusingly unfamiliar and offensive on your palate,


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Germany. Surprise, isn’t it? Germany

is, after France and California, the third-largest Pinot Noir producer in the world. Spatburgunder, as they call it in the land of Goethe, was originally cultivated in the mid-15th century when French monks brought it to the region of Rheingau. Overshadowed by Riesling, the quintessential German grape, Spatburgunder gets less-than-deserved recognition. Yet, its quality, even though it can be inconsistent among different producers, can be surprisingly high. Definitely in a cool climate style, with earthiness dominating and sometimes a slightly rustic touch in its flavors, Spatburgunder’s complexity and ability to age are worthy of note. Nahe, Baden and Ahr regions are most suitable for the grape, with producers including Schnaitmann, Dautel, Holger Koch, J. B. Becker, and Aldinger.

New Zealand. Down below Australia’s belly, in the Southern Hemisphere lies nature enthusiasts’ paradise: the country of New Zealand. Its main bodies of land are North and South Islands separated by the Cook Straight. Originally New Zealand’s viticulture was known almost exclusively for its white wines due to the comparatively low annual sunshine hours. Eventually the cooler-weather-preferring Pinot Noir was given a chance. Not only did it comfortably acclimated itself, but it thrived. In the span of a few decades, Pinot Noir became

the second-most-widely planted and picked grape variety in New Zealand, predominantly grown in the cooler southerly wine regions of Wairarapa, Marlborough, Nelson, Waipara, Canterbury and Central Otago regions. New Zealand yields a Pinot Noir with good coloring and a soft, fruity palate. The wine can be silky smooth with power strength and complexity. New Zealand Pinot Noirs can be one of the better quality-to-value choices. My favorite picks: Cloudy Bay, Two Paddocks, Felton Road, Kiwa by Escarpment and Seresin. Pinot Noir is not just limited to these staple regions. This ubiquitous, ancient grape is planted all over the globe, including Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, England, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland. Some wineries outside of the Burgundy region, jealous, infatuated or simply in search of more convincing marketing ploys, try to promote their Pinot Noirs by labeling them as “Burgundian” in style. Imitation is the highest form of

flattery some say; but I’ll choose integrity and individuality over imitation. I said it once and I’ll say it again: One of the most fascinating aspects of wine is the fact that you can take the same grape variety grown in two different macro-climates – whether across a fence or across an ocean – vinify it using different techniques, and it will produce two distinctly different, unique wines. I don’t want my Santa Maria Valley or Central Otago Pinot Noir to taste like Gevrey Chambertin from Burgundy. That’s predictable and outright untrue. Here comes another art analogy: Impressionist painters worked within the same movement, yet their individual styles were recognizably distinct because they originated from within the individual sensibility of each painter. So explore the world of Pinot Noir, taste different expressions of it, and let your palate guide you. While the quality can vary between wines, the styles within the same quality can be only different. So choose your own and respect the others. page 131


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SPIRITUALITY DEFINING THE DIVINE

OUR CHAKRAS THE HEAVEN CHAKRAS PART II Last month, I gave an introduction to the chakra system, which is an Eastern concept of spiritual energy often described as ‘chi’ or ‘life force,’ which flows through our body.

While we strive to be emotionally intelligent, heart-centered, and well-balanced people, the reality is that most of us often find ourselves stuck on some emotional level and can sense it causing chaos and confusion on other levels. Using the chakra system to identify where the blockage is, we can gain a level of clarity, emotional awareness, and acceptance about our fears, our true needs, and perhaps even some suppressed desires. The Earth Chakras are the physical chakras that deal with issues pertaining to the practical elements of being on Earth. The positive attributes of balanced Earth Chakras can be described as a sense of security and safety, freely flowing creative expression, vibrant human sexuality, healthy self-esteem, and vitality to achieve our goals.

The Heaven Chakras: Heart, Throat, Third-Eye and Crown The fourth chakra is the heart chakra, and its name in Sanskrit, anahata, translates into “unhurt, unbeaten, or unstuck.” The implication here is an immaculate place within the heart that

is invincible, no matter what suffering or pain it endures. When this chakra is clear of blockage, the purity of love resides in this center, and with it comes great compassion and acceptance – for us and for others. Forgiveness is the greatest gift that a thriving heart chakra has to offer. When someone hurts us, our first instinct is to close the flow of energy to the heart chakra. Grief, resentment toward yourself and others, jealousy, and fear of betrayal are all emotions produced by a blocked heart chakra. It also reflects our deepest beliefs and attitudes about love, relationships, and our worthiness to receive. Since the universe acts like a reflective magnet, when our heart chakra is imbalanced, we tend to attract others with the same ailments, and so continues a pattern of negative experiences. Exercise: Do you have difficulty with relationships? Do you feel anger or fear others will betray you? Can you forgive? The heart chakra element is air: the embodiment of life, breath and flow. To address feelings of anger, learn techniques in meditative breathing. Activity: Experience the wind at the top of a mountain or on the roof of a building and repeat the mantra yam. Affirmation to heal this ever-important

part of your soul: “Love is the answer to all things in this life.” The heart chakra embodies all things green and thus immersing yourself in nature is one simple way to meditate and heal your heart. The mystic prophet Khalil Ghibran wrote, “I cannot tell you the prayers of the forests, the mountains, and the seas. But you, who are born are of the seas, the mountains, and the forests can find their prayers in your heart.” There is something profound in this message, and without becoming too mystical, the idea of Oneness in our Heart can be found easily in nature. Another incredibly powerful healing technique is art therapy- paint lush green landscapes or even an image of the heart chakra itself. Eating green foods such as spinach, avocado, peas, and pumpkin seeds are healthy ways to nourish your heart. The fifth chakra is located in the throat area and governs our communication style, our ability to speak our truth, and is also tied into our integrity. The color of this chakra is often depicted as a brilliant, transparent, turquoise-blue. Like a glass window that has been beautifully polished, it allows sunlight in and out. When this chakra is clear, we are able to express our truth in a positive and kind way. The importance of this cannot be underestimated. Communication is a two-way building of trust: others can page 137


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OUR CHAKRAS THE HEAVEN CHAKRAS PART II trust us to focus, listen, and pay attention to their needs and concerns, and, in turn, we can trust them to allow us to speak our truth, free from judgment. Aligning the lower chakras will help with problems in a blocked throat chakra. The root and the sacral chakra are integral in removing fear, which can block sincere communication. Additionally, the solar plexus helps us to gain our sense of power and confidence to say the difficult, but important, things. Lastly, when we understand and accept what is truly in our hearts, we are in a place of unconditional self-love so we are able to express our desires and opinions in an authentic, confident, yet compassionate way. Exercise: Do you have difficulty communicating or speaking your truth? The element associated with the throat chakra is ether, which can be described as the sky above the clouds leading to heaven, so try meditating under the stars, or just lie down and stare at the open sky and repeat the mantra ham. Additionally, try adding small elements of blue to every room in your home and your wardrobe. The foods to heal this chakra are blueberries, kelp and dragon fruit. The sixth chakra ajna, often called the third eye, is associated with our intuition or our sixth sense, hence the translation: beyond wisdom. page 138

This chakra is associated with inspiration, imagination, and the ability to rely on our intuition to guide us. Intuition works differently for everyone, but it can be loosely described a feeling of movement being suspended or a push in a direction during a decision-making process. It is subtle, but unmistakable and constant. When we ignore this important survival tool, or don’t rely or trust our intuition to inform us, we can make choices that we later regret. Exercise: Do you use your intuition? Do you lack imagination or inspiration? Do you have difficulty making decisions? Intuition is about understanding the meaning behind the situations that life presents you. Looking beyond what is in front of us, we can use the help from this spiritual guidance system to predict trouble before it appears. Lao Tsu, the author of the “Dao de Jing” wrote, “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.” The color associated with the third eye is indigo – and the element is light, so exposing your third eye to sunlight will help remove blocks. Eat indigo-rich foods such as blackberries, grapes, raisins, figs and purple cabbage. Meditate on the word sham, and use the affirmation: “I trust my intuition and use my inner wisdom to guide me.”

The last chakra is the crown chakra, illustrated as a violet, thousand-petal lotus, and it is our connection with our higher self, our relationship to the universe, and with the divine. It is our source of enlightenment and satisfaction, and when we heal this chakra through silent meditation and prayer, we are able to experience love consistently. When life becomes less about pleasing ourselves and more about serving others we learn the true meaning of our existence. An imbalanced crown chakra can lead one to feel like their life has little purpose or meaning. This can manifest as loneliness, caring about superficial things, lack of spiritual connection, and an inability to meditate or sleep. Exercise: Do you often feel lonely? Are you unable to sit silently with prayer or mediation? Do you have headaches and migraines often? Find a spiritual practice that suits your personality. Start with something small that you can commit to easily, such as 15 minutes of silent mediation every day. Wear violet shades or get yourself an amethyst crystal for your home. The way to nourish the chakra is not through food, but prayer and communion with your higher self. Honor the divine in you by honoring the divine that you see everywhere around you. Delight in the sky after a beautiful sunset, and know that you sharing it with every living creature.


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UP En écho au nom du canapé, les trois lampes Up s’inspirent avec distance et délicatesse de la forme légère d’un ballon gonflable. Leur socle semble à la fois leur donner naissance et en suspendre le mouvement. Echoing the name of the sofa, the three Up lamps are subtly inspired by the shape and delicacy of hot-air balloons. The lamps appear to emerge from the base whereas their movement seems to be suspended in motion.


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COACH WINE: FUNCTIONAL TRAINING

ARE POST-WORKOUT

CARBOHYDRATES NECESSARY? "I cannot state it more simply: growth hormone is the key behind fat loss and lean muscle growth."

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

Let’s cut right to the chase, do carbs make you fat? With so many off-putting diets on the market today, compiled with ill-informed tips on carbohydrates, it should be no surprise that fad carb-free diets are so popular. The mistake comes from a lack of understanding about what carbohydrates truly are – when is the right time to eat them, which ones should you choose, and, of course, a populist ideal of attaining immediate weight loss. What are carbohydrates? Carbs, also known as saccharides, are comprised of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen molecules. Every carb contains water, which makes

immediate weight loss possible (e.g. “the magic pill”). Removing carbs from a diet results in an immediate loss in water weight. Here are the categories of carbohydrates:

Mono-saccharides

are simple carbohydrates: they are sweet – and better known as sugar.

Di-saccharides are carbs

that are formed from a reaction between two mono-saccharides that result in sucrose, lactose and maltose; more commonly known as table sugar, beet sugar, and milk sugar.

Oligo-saccharide is a

saccharide that is comprised of numerous smaller simple sugars. Some forms can only be partially digested by humans. Some are short-chain fructose found in fruits and vegetables.

Poly-saccharides are

long-chain carbohydrates that come in the form of starches and glycogen, which are the most common form of energy from breaking down starches into glycogen – fiber is in this group. With an understanding of the different types of carbohydrates, let’s discuss how they affect workouts and recovery. Ingesting carbohydrates post-workout results in the greatest release of insulin, which is essential for optimal muscle-building. Whey protein is naturally insulin-sensitive as well. However, results show that insulin sensitivity is much higher with carbohydrates and proteins combined together. Carbs not only increase insulin sensitivity but they also inhibit the dangerous hormone cortisol.

Carbohydrates have proven successful in aiding in the blunting of cortisol during and immediately after working out, as well as over the hours following the workout. Blunting cortisol is vital for creating an anabolic (cell-building) environment within the body. Anabolic environments are essential for decreasing fat levels, building lean muscle, and increasing strength. Cortisol has many other dangers that include cell destruction, depression and fatigue.

So, if carbohydrates are, in fact, beneficial, when is it okay to take them post-workout? Persons with the sole goal of fat loss may not need to consume carbohydrates post-workout because whey protein provides enough insulin response. Supplementing with solely Continued on page x page 151


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CARBS NECESSARY? whey protein post-workout still shows to increase insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF1) and growth hormone (GH), which are both essential hormones to increase lean muscle and burn body fat. If your goal is to increase lean muscle and strength, studies show that supplementing with glucose and whey post-workout, while training for strength and hypertrophy, stimulate a greater anabolic response. Therefore, if your primary goal is to gain muscle and increase strength, supplement with carbohydrates may be needed. Lastly, if your goal is fat loss, along with strength and muscle building, than supplementing with carbohydrates on your maximal loaded workout days is helpful. Choose 15-20 grams of carbohydrates combined with 20-25 grams of whey protein, with 10-15 grams coming from BCAAs. NOTE: Men, your free-testosterone levels are affected as a result of the workouts you choose – and not whether or not you ingest carbs and whey protein or whey protein solely.

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SELF-LOVE:

THE INGREDIENT TO A HAPPY LIFE ingredient to a happy life, and that's selflove. I came upon a quote recently that registered with me, “Self-love is not selfish. You cannot truly love another until you know how to love yourself.”

Joey Velez, columnist

As the month of February is upon us, most individuals think about one thing: Valentine’s Day. Whether the question is “What do I get my significant other?” or “Who is going to be my Valentine?” The theme of love fills the air. However, love does not have to be restricted exclusively to the notion of a couple. Love also needs to be viewed in terms of self-love and loving what you do. Self-love and loving what you do are essential components of living a well-balanced life, and hold similar importance as loving others.

Love Yourself Learning to love yourself is no easy task. We live in a world full of judgment, people seeking attention from external sources, and focusing on the attention of others, all to potentially find a place in this world. However, we overlook a very key page 156

I have always believed that you cannot take care others if you cannot first take care of yourself, and I believe the same goes for love. Manifesting self-love can have exponential benefits that include an increase in confidence, motivation, and a decreased amount of stress. To manifest self-love, start by writing down all the things that you love about yourself. This can be challenging as you may struggle to come up with meaningful attributes or characteristics about yourself, so if you are having difficulties here then ask close people around you. Whether it is a family member or a close friend, ask them what it is they love about you. Not only will this create positive emotions, but it may also help you discover something about yourself that you did not know before. Those in your inner circle know who you truly are and will give you meaningful answers. Knowing who you are and how your loved ones feel about you can have a tremendous impact on your ability to love yourself.

Love What You Do The famous phrase from Confucius states, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” I love sports, especially

basketball, and do what I can to keep myself involved in the game. Last September, I was presented with the opportunity to coach the Junior Varsity boys basketball team at my old high school. Recently, we lost by 25 points to a very tough team, but this sort of result as been fairly common through the first 12 games of the season. After this recent game, our varsity coach came up after I spoke with my guys and said “Joey, no matter how you guys do, you always have a smile on your face”. Do I enjoy losing by 25 points on a regular basis? Absolutely not. However, it brings me satisfaction and tremendous joy that I get to coach these young individuals each and every day. The result does not matter because I absolutely enjoy sidelines. There are situations where you have to do what is necessary to survive, so you may be in a profession that you do not fully enjoy. If you are in a profession that you do not enjoy, there are two things you can try. First, try and pick out one aspect that you do enjoy in your profession. Whether it is someone you work with, or maybe it is a beautiful drive to and from work, pick out one thing that you enjoy and focus your attention there. Second, have something to look forward to at the end of your day. Whether it is having a certain beverage, seeing a certain person, or even planning to go golfing at the end of the week. Having something to


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Final Words look forward to at the end of the day or week can propel you through the mundane daily tasks of your profession. This may not increase the joy you feel at work, but it motivates you throughout the day to get to that end point.

Love is something that should be embraced all year round, not just in the month of February. Spreading love to others and the people we care about is important, but it is also essential to spread that love to and within one's self. We all have our own unique qualities

that make us special. We should love and celebrate these qualities, even when other people may have differing opinions, because yours is the only one that matters. Manifesting these types of love on a consistent basis will lead to an overall happier life. So love yourself and love what you do each and every day!

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