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Holiday Issue



ROLEX PRINCE - 18 ct Yellow Gold - 45 mm x 29 mm


Collier Sarasota Charlotte Lee

22 Talk Dirty 24 Passion-filled Marriage 28 Sweet Things to Say 32 Staying Sane this Holiday Season 36 Survive the Season of Giving 43 Style & Color Secrets 46 Make Sure Youre Better Off



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53 Hidden Benefits of Exercise 54 Tips 56 Stages of Breast Cancer 58 Play 61 Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More! 76 Performance Cruising 81 Worth Investing in Designer Fashion

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Collier Sarasota Charlotte Lee



113 Sweet & Sassy 116 Lavish Elegance 118 Inspirational Photography 120 Redefining Luxury 122 Windows For Your Home 130 Communication 135 Upset Partner 138 Coffee Drinking 144 Getting Naked 148 Benefits of Dark Chocolate

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44 SABAG - Bridal Fashion Designer 145 Inspiration to Your Doorstep 147 All-Inclusive Adventurous Excursions

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What is the top thing to say when talking dirty to men? 1. Tell him what you're wearing under your clothing. 2. Put on sexy lingerie and give him a tiny peek when he first sees you. It'll drive him mad to want to see more of your outfit all night...Until you allow him to see more. 3. Leave him a voice message when he is away 4. At a gathering 5. At your parent's house when you go by him 6. Right before parting for work 7. Email him some sassy notes 8. Fax it to him 9. Throw hot little texts on his cell phone while is at a sports game with his buddies It will heat up if you are talking dirty to men at unusual places like: 1. Your parent's house 2. At the food store 3. At church?...OK...oK...After church

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From the mid to the end. You start by telling a physical move that he has made to you and that you had enjoyed. Don't worry about feeling embarrassed; he will be more paying attention in the images that you are creating in his imagination. Are you concerned that you won't be excellent at this? Guys are not hard to light up. It doesn't take a great deal for them to get turned on. If you feel uncomfortable, get some help with a glass or two of wine... Just to break the ice. But please! Don't develop a drinking problem! Having trouble "getting it up"? Talking dirty to men might be able to help. Use this once in a while; they can get too enthusiastic to this. In addition, some men can be a bit turned off or uncomfortable with you unexpectedly starting to talk dirty to them. You can propose to him to do the alike and it will balance the dynamics. You can get swear words at the Urban dictionary. It is a slang dictionary. You'll be able to get different variations of a slang word. For instance, let's find a variation of breast; there is boobie, nipples, boobs, funbags, just to show a few. Use it, and your imagination. Have fun!

By Susan Heyman

irty talk is a type of pillow talk. You use vivid words to augment sexual enjoyment before and during the lovemaking. Talking dirty to your guy can be anything from giving him vivid images using slang words, to whispering curse expressions to your guy's ear. If you feel timid about it, don't be; only the two of you will be aware of it. The more you let go, the better you will be. Your intimate life should be hot and wild. It's a form of "sense of adventure" that you are giving to your guy. You might say that you are a "good girl" and you don't do those things. Well here is my take on this; if you have preferences in bed, and your spouse is giving enough to fulfill them, maybe I can do my part. Some guys find it makes them hornier. You can harvest the rewards from this lover's game. It makes you feel sexier because you are seeing your man enjoy himself due to your influence. You are providing your guy more excitement. Lovemaking is at its best when you let go; abandon yourself to the other person is a joyful experience. Some women use this not only in the bedroom, but in their husband's e-mail or work's voice mail. Your guy gets excited to get home and gives you a nice "reward"... what do you have to lose?
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Passion-filled Marriage
By Rickie Smith

If you were to ask couples what's the best way for maintaining a passion-filled marriage it comes as no surprise to find that a lot them believe that passion alone is the answer. They seem not to understand the need to balance out the emotional aspect of a marriage with the physical aspect of it. You can't expect any spouse to have passion for his mate all the time, however, if couples focus on the way they feel about each other in general it will be much easier to maintain the passion. Many people think of marriage as being a state where two people who fall in love, care about each other, and will live out their lives together until death do them part. This is the ideal situation of course but there are some marriages where the couple has gotten married for other reasons, and sometimes the wrong reasons. In these types of marriages there is often very little contact and sincere communication between the couple. This often results in a sexless marriage. The key to maintaining a passion-filled marriage is totally honest with each other. Most couples will find that the desire for sex will comes and go but in order to be successful they must consider the things that
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they do both in and out of the bedroom. Men and women must accept the fact that relationships change over time as our children take center stage in our lives and daily household responsibilities overwhelm us. In many cases romance will give way to irritation and arguments. Here are some of the common reasons passion is lost in a marriage: - couples stop listening to each other - they begin acting like roommates instead of lovers and partners - each spouse complain about stress at work and home instead of positive things - couples stop seeing and commenting on what they appreciate about their spouse - One or the other has given up their interests and passions so their lives become all work and therefore no fun When it comes to maintaining a passionfilled marriage, you will find that there are so many things that you can do to rekindle and maintain that passion. One of the things you can do is to set a date night where you take the time to pay attention to each other. The best way for a couple to turn a sexless marriage into a fulfilling

marriage is to consistently work on ways to be alone with each other. During these times both spouses must learn to relax and leave the day's stresses behind. Here are some other things each spouse can do to start turning things around: - Remind yourself of why you fell in love and married your mate - Stop feeling the need to argue and defend yourself - Identify at least one thing a day to complement your spouse on - touch your spouse everyday...start with their hand or back and shoulder - bring the humor back into your relationship, learn to laugh at yourself Some marriage counselors will view differences in spouses as insurmountable, however, each partner in the marriage must believe that people and relationships can and do change for the better. Your marriage is worth working on and you must be willing to do everything that you can to maintain your passion-filled marriage. Keep your relationship open and honest so that you both can trust each other and lean on each other for support.


Creativity, luxury, and elegance are just some of the characteristics of Concierto, the Fine Jewelry line from Carrera y Carrera. These jewels of tremendous impact become true works of art through the exquisite craftsmanship that embodies all of the savoir-faire of the companys master goldsmiths. The Concierto line includes earrings in white gold, diamonds, and onyx; the white gold evokes the color of scoring sheets and the onyx recalls the black ink of musical notes. The simple elegance of white gold and diamonds combines with all the verticality of onyx, bringing movement and modernity to its rounded shape. The ring is also presented in white gold, diamonds, and onyx. An elegant and light maxi jewel whose magnificence is clearly visible in different designs on each side that bring originality to the piece. The pendant, in white gold and diamonds, bears two chains that unite to form two treble clefs, adding trendiness to the design. Finally, the most high-end and luxurious piece, a necklace crafted in white gold and completely set with diamonds. A true masterpiece, dazzling thanks to the extraordinary and detailed work with which the master goldsmiths from Carrera y Carrera create this breathtaking jewel.


Things To Say
By Terry Profetto
Photography Ron Chapple

Having a tough time thinking of sweet things to say to your boyfriend? If you try searching online for sweet words to say, majority of the results you get are often in favor of men. However, guys do like to hear nice things from their partners. Guys are always expected to say nice things to girls, but why not make a change? Do your share of the intimacy in your relationship. Speak up and make your man appreciate you more by doing so yourself. Some of the sweet things to say to your boyfriend are actually the simplest. This will surely add zest and color to the bond you share. Words may come as plain remarks, although to some these are powerful expressions of devotion and love, depending on how they are said. Here are some scenarios that you might want to take note of. 1) Men may seem tough and impassive at times, but they do have that soft side. They want their women to comfort them in words and in presence.
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So always be ready with sweet things to say to your boyfriend, even if it's as simple as "Thank you for always being there for me" or "I love you." Take time to appreciate everything he's done for you. 2) Women hate it when guys are late in their agreed time. Instead of making a scene, say this instead, "Are you ok? Is everything alright?" Try to listen to his reason before bursting out. It will be best if you listen first before mouthing uncalled for comments. 3) Men do not like naggers. This is the reason why so many relationships fail because men could not take the agony of hearing women keeping on at them. Instead of being so negative all the time, always have some sweet things to say to your boyfriend. 4) After long hours of work, it would be nice of you to ask him, "Have you eaten already? Can I offer you something?"

By doing so, your boyfriend would be pleased to know that he is important to you and that you truly care. But try not to barrage him with so many questions because these may aggravate him. 5) Compliment your boyfriend with such statements as "You really look good tonight/today." Give him an earnest flattering remark. Make him feel confident about himself by praising and uttering nice words about his appearance, or even his attitude and skills. Be careful in choosing your words. As much as possible, be honest about it. When making remarks or having sweet things to say to your boyfriend, remember to say them at the right time and place. Timing is crucial. It could make or break a compliment. Do not just blurt out in the open because you want to do so. Pick the right moment to say those sweet words to your man.

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Inspired by beauty, purity, strength and rhythm are fused together in the new collection from Carrera y Carrera. Its collections are true masterpieces capable of arousing deep and powerful feelings, jewelry with a life of its own. An innovative collection designed to evoke the senses. Inspired by romanticism that makes any woman wearing these exquisite pieces feel alive. Each piece is characterized by a unique style and meticulous craftsmanship makes for exceptional jewelry, where gold and precious stones come to life. It is passion for gold and enthusiasm for the best craftsmanship, which transforms a jewel into a work of art. The entire creative and development process of each jewelry piece takes place wholly in the Madrid workshop. Each step in the creation of a piece is influenced by the Spanish character that has become one of the fundamental pillars in the evolution of the companys excellent trajectory throughout its history. An entire set of feelings and perceptions is transmitted through each piece, created as if they were melodies. Passion transformed into jewelry; the art of carving gold yields breathtaking sculptures in each unique piece. Carrera y Carrera authentic designs of art have been created for a passionate, modern, authentic, feminine and daring woman. Who reinterprets emotion into extraordinary moments.
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1. Danza Maxi Ring in yellow gold with diamonds 2. Crculos de Fuego bracelet in yellow gold with brown diamonds copia 3. Meloda Ring in yellow gold and white gold with diamonds 4. Meloda Pendant in yellow gold with diamonds 5. Alegras Earrings in white gold and black and white diamonds copia 6. Concierto Ring in white gold, diamonds and onyx 7. Meloda Ring in white gold with diamonds Page Photo. Danza Necklace in yellow gold with diamonds and smokey quartz

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Staying Sane ThisHoliday


by Marla Tomazin

Without a doubt, the holidays are a crazy time of year (as well as the most wonderful!). From the end of November to the beginning of January, most of us rush around nonstop, trying to fit in dozens of events, activities, and responsibilities. And even though most of us look forward to this special season all year long, its still easy to stretch yourself too thin in the midst of all the festivities. According to Marla Tomazin, thats why its very important to take care of yourself as well as taking care of everyone else. Most of us dont realize just how demanding the holiday scramble can be until were exhausted, overwhelmed, or even sick, points out Tomazin, who has been an image consultant for twenty years after earlier experience in the fashion industry. The good news is, with a little prior planning and prioritizing, you can enjoy and cherish the things that are most important to you without having to run on fumes to make it through New Years Eve! Tomazin promises that when you decide to have yourself a merry little Christmas, youll make more memories to cherish, youll be a more valuable help to your family, and youll be in a good position to enter the New Year already on a roll. Read on for her top takecare-of-you tips: Make a list and check it twice. Realistically, you can focus only on one or two big goals at a time, no matter how adept you are at multitasking. Thats why Tomazin recommends sitting down (right now!), deciding what is most important to you this holiday season, and prioritizing those things. If spending time with your family is at the top of your list, for example, put them first and consciously make sure that other things remain on the back burner. Or if eating well and maintaining your health is a primary goal, plan out a strategy beforehand so that you wont be blindsided by buffet-table bounty. Most importantly, remember that you cant do it all.
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Ill never forget the year I specifically set aside time to spend with my mother, Tomazin recalls. She taught me to make the Italian cookies that she and her family had always enjoyed at this time of year. I couldnt possibly put a price on learning to carry on this tradition, and the memories my mother and I made are certainly better than if we had gone shopping in one more store! Give yourself the gift of health. When youre this busy and stressed, its easy to become run down and spread yourself too thin. And on top of the strain that the holiday bustle can bring, its also cold and flu seasonso make sure to take care of your physical needs. Tomazin recommends getting in some light exercise, even if you can work in only a short walk a few days a week. Also, be sure to drink lots of water, eat healthy foods, and avoid gorging on treats at every opportunity. Lastly, make a point to get enough sleep (DVR that late-night holiday special if you have to)! Tomazin promises that if you do all of these things, youll enter the New Year on a healthy foot. And that means that you wont have to start all over on January 2nd and make a brand new set of lose weight and live healthier resolutions. Go on a datewith yourself. We tend to be more or less constantly surrounded by other people during the holidays; after all, its a season devoted to being with the ones you love! However, even when it comes to family and friends, its possible to have too much of a good thing. To make sure you dont become socially drained mid-season; make a point to do something by yourself every now and then. Maybe its sitting down to enjoy a cup of coffee in the middle of Christmas shopping, or going to see a romantic comedy without your kids. (A dinner with just your spouse can also serve this function if youd rather not fly solo.) When you unwind and take a breather, Tomazin promises, your perspective will stay clear and your stress wont become too overwhelming.

Plan ahead. Everyone talks about how the holidays catch them by surprise every year. In order to keep from being overwhelmed and overbooked in the coming weeks, Tomazin says that you need to look at your calendar right now. Start scheduling social engagements as soon as you become aware of them, and give yourself plenty of time to fulfill your own responsibilities so that you arent frantically gluing tinsel onto your daughters pageant costume at 2:00 a.m. the day before her big stage debut. This way, youll be able to enjoy seasonal events instead of just getting through them. Let yourself off the hook, and be okay with that. Unless youre Martha Stewart, youll never have a picture-perfect holiday season. (Truthfully, most of us can identify more with Clark Griswolds mishaps in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation as the beloved character tries to create a good old-fashioned family Christmas.) To save your sanity, realize ahead of time that you might forget to buy a gift for Great-Aunt Maude, that the dog might break a few low-hanging Christmas ornaments, and that you might not be able to make all eight dozen cookie recipes youve collected. Thats normal, Tomazin assures, so dont beat yourself up. Keep your focus on whats really important and youll be less tense and harriedas well as more resilient! Say no. Many of us have trouble saying no for a variety of reasons: We dont want to let others down, we dont want to be seen as weak, were afraid to refuse, etc. However, Tomazin points out that until you learn to say no when you need to, youll never be in the drivers seat of your own life. Shes adamant that you dont have to do it allnor should you. You dont have to chair every event, host every party, and buy every gift on your kids lists. Again, Tomazin reminds, decide ahead of time whats most important to you and prioritize those things. Then you can feel okay about saying no to some of the rest. Give yourself a gift (or two). Chances are, youve already started shopping for some of the items on your gift list. As youre choosing the perfect presents for your spouse, kids, friends, and more, Tomazin reminds you not to forget yourself! Whether its an afternoon pedicure or a plush new robe to wear around the house during the chilly months, remember that its both okay and healthy to invest in yourself. This might even be the perfect opportunity to buy that fabulous dress youve been eyeingafter all, you can wear it to your and your spouses company

parties or cocktail hours. Spending a few dollars or minutes on yourself might seem like a relatively small thing, but Tomazin promises that it can make a huge difference. Ultimately, you dont have to completely overhaul the way you approach the holidays to savor the upcoming season instead of feeling stressed by it, Tomazin concludes. By putting some prior thought into what you find most meaningful and important, and by acknowledging the importance of your own health and sanity, youll find that this is once again the most wonderful time of the year!

About Marla Tomazin: From a successful career in the fashion industry, Marla gained expertise in retail buying, merchandising, sales, and marketing. She began with May Company in Denver after earning a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Denver. Marla moved to New York where she worked with several wellknown Seventh Avenue design firms. As she developed her business skills, Marla made a serendipitous discoveryan innate sense of style and facility for working with fabrics and colors to maximum advantage. The progression to Certified Image Consultant was a natural transition. Marla utilizes her abilities in evaluating body shape, movement, and coloring as well as synthesizing optimal cuts, lines, colors, and textures. This results in balance and proportion that accentuate attributes and conceal flaws. Her clients include women, men, and corporations seeking external revitalization that mirrors their internal development.

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The season of style:

Your Guide to the Top Trends of the 2012 Holiday

Tis the season to be stylish, and we have the leading looks for the holidays. Inspired by popular runway fashions, these outfits are sure to turn heads. Fill your closet with dark and romantic fashions, frosty pastel pieces and signature holiday dresses for the perfectly balanced winter wardrobe. Worried about breaking the bank? Dont be. With winter lines from stores like Dots, you dont have to sacrifice style for savings. You can love the looks and love the prices.

Light, fresh pastel colors arent just for summer. As temperatures get a little cooler, pastels pair well with embellished knit tops and cozy boots. Keep your winter wardrobe bright and feminine with new dazzling tops and floral prints.

Frosted Pastels

Deep colors and romantic holiday pieces are the ideal contrast to the shimmery pastels offered in the Dots winter trend line. Perfect for holiday parties, nights out celebrating the season or a day at the office, these dark romance looks are versatile, feminine and affordable.

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1) This sequin-finished top adds holiday sparkle to seafoam green denim. Toss on some boots to complete a laid-back, fashion-forward look. Sequin Front Top | $16.80 Sparkle Pastel Skinny Jeans | $22.80 2) Winter is in full bloom with these brightly patterned bottoms. Couple them with a scarf and pastel top for a guaranteed holiday hit. Try a knitted scarf and a new pair of boots for a versatile look that can be worn any day of the week. Cropped Velour Top | $14.80 Pastel Tank | $6 Pastel Watercolor Jeans | $25

1) Deep hues dominate this winter. Dots oxblood blazer matched with a metallic skirt and tights creates a classic outfit that works for any holiday occasion. Top it all off with sparkling heels and bangles. Blazer | $19.80 Metallic Mini Skirt | $18.00 Sequin Heels | $24.80 2) These burgundy, patterned skinny jeans are a must-have for winter and the most popular color in the romance collection. Pair them with a flowing solid top for contrast. Leather booties complete the simple style. Long-Sleeved Top | $16.80 Polka Dot Jeans | $22.80

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To get these looks and many more, visit

No holiday season is complete without a statement dress. Now, you can stand out at any celebration and stay within your budget. Dots recommends these stylish dresses that are sure to turn heads.

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1)Every woman knows that a little black dress is both timeless and elegant. This holiday version is a flawless option for women of any shape. Youll get noticed when you walk in the room wearing this signature look, paired with sequined heels for some added sparkle. Peplum Cutout Back Dress | $19.80 Sequined Heels | $24.80

2) If you want a less-revealing style, weve got you covered. This neutral dress is conservative enough for the workplace and trendy enough for any nighttime event, making it ideal for those busy days that leave little time for wardrobe change. Black tights and heels create a classy look. Colorblocked Cutout Dress | $22.80
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Survive the Season of Giving

With Ideas From Dots.
This holiday season, dont choose between savings and style. At Dots, you can get the latest looks for everyone on your list including yourself without blowing your budget. From makeup must-haves to fashionable footwear, Dots, the womens specialty retailer, has clothes, shoes and accessories sure to satisfy even the pickiest person youre buying for. Check out our holiday gift guide just the right amount of inspiration to get you in the shopping sprit!

Gifts under $10

These perfectly priced giftables are great for a gift exchange or any little present of appreciation. Celebrate the season by giving (and getting your own!) glitzy accessories and makeup that add even more sparkle to holidays.

Gifts under $25

Brighten the holiday of anyone on your list with sequin footwear and comfy apparel. Share a little joy and shimmer with these seasonal piecesand dont forget about your own wish list!

For the makeup enthusiast:

Makeup is a go-to for holiday gifts. Try one of these affordable makeup must-haves that are sure to impress.

For the comfort seeker:

For family members and friends who like to unwind and relax over the holidays, these gifts are sure to keep them comfy. Velour Zip-Up Hoodie and Active Pant | $14.80 each Cozy Boots | $19.80

12 Eye Shadow Palette | $2.80 Jeweled Brush Set | $6.80

For the accessory addict:

These items make fantastic stocking stuffers for any women in your life.

For the fashionista:

If youre buying for women who know their fashion and love bold looks, try one of our stylish tops.

Crystal Heart Necklace | $9.80 Metallic Scarves | $10.00

Sequin Shoulder Tunic | $22.00 Sparkle Cardigan | $21.80

For the hard-to-buy-for:

Dont know the recipient that well or just have a hard time buying for her? Try these general gifts that are sure to be a hit with anyone.

For the shoe lover:

A perfect pair of shoes can melt the heart of any footwear fan. Ballerina ats are a signature piece for any collection.

Metallic Belt Trio | $8.00 Cell Phone Case | $8.00

Cap Toe Ballet Flat | $13.00 Sequin Ballet Flat Lace | $14.80

Dont let the pressure of gift-giving get you down. At Dots, you can get gifts theyll love at an affordable price all while nding trendy options for yourself, too!
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Wedding Dress

By Jacob Johnson

Although planning and preparing for a fabulous wedding, the sort that has everyone talking about for at least two generations, requires a lot of meticulous planning, the thought of not finding the perfect bridal dress is harder still and gets every bride-to-be shifting nervously in their places. While it is a long standing truth that the early bird does catch the worm, the proverb does not quite apply to your wedding dress hunt. If your wedding is more than six months away we advise you to check the stores out for prospective options, but refrain yourself from buying. As your wedding draws nearer, chances are that you soon might get bored of your dress and the thought of wearing it may not quite cheer you up as it might have cheered you six months back. Also, it is quite possible that you run into another breathtakingly beautiful dress which captures your heart so that you might end up having two dresses for D day.

very girl dreams about looking perfect on the most special occasion of her life. Many girls even spend months in evaluating the best wedding dresses to look perfect while walking down the aisle. Some people prefer buying the dress specially made to complement their choice. At the same time, the girls also choose wedding dresses off the rack, when they are not able to find time to browse through various stores. However, the online dress stores and designer outlets have made it much more convenient for the modern girls to choose the perfect wedding dress, without putting any extra time and efforts. But you must concentrate on some key points, if you are planning to buy the wedding dress on a budget.

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It is of utmost importance that you know your color, body type and also the kind of silhouette that would look flattering on you. Also avoid choosing dresses that would rather highlight your imperfection than your beauty. Similar to other dresses, the wedding dress must be selected based on the figure of the bride. When you choose the wedding dress to suit your figure, you can get the most elegant look for the wedding photographs. Your close friends and relatives can further share their honest opinion and suggest you the perfect wedding dress to flatter your figure. If you are planning to visit the local cloth store, you can try each design of wedding dress to decide their suitability for your figure. While choosing the wedding dress, it is also very much important to keep in mind the nature and theme of the wedding. For instance, you have to opt for the floor-length dress in white, ivory, cream or champagne color, if you have planned a formal evening wedding. On the other hand, you can choose the long or short dresses or two-piece dresses for an informal or less formal wedding ceremony. Also, you have to select the wedding dress to suit the wedding theme and venue.

As you are selecting dress for the most special occasion of your life, it becomes essential to spend some time in gathering relevant information and data. You can browse through the fashion websites and magazines to understand the recent trends in wedding fashion. Also, you can refer to some of the celebrity wedding dresses to look distinct and more stylish on the big day. If you are confused about the various wedding dress designs available in the market, you can always request your friends or family members to help you in choosing the best wedding dress.

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Dresses from Sarasota Brides & Formalwear

Before going shopping the wedding dress, research some magazines, internet, newspapers about the variety of wedding dress designs. Find dresses from different designers and look for various types. Pick the type of design that most attracts you and continue shopping. Avoid going dress shopping when you are in your unusually grumpy avatar because your menstrual cycle is playing tricks on you. Chances are that you would hate every single dress you try on and more than exhausting you physically, it would be an activity equally taxing even mentally.

When you are planning to buy an elegant wedding dress, it is better to spend some time browsing through some of the local boutiques as well as online stores. Get suggestions from your mother, sister, and trusted friends when finding the wedding dress. It is preferred to get along with 3 to 4 honest people, who understand your likes and dislikes when searching for the dress. By doing it this way you can trim down your search time and see more dresses of your interest before finalizing. Be sure that the person only gives suggestions based on your idea and should not compel you to accept the dress of their wish.

Spend the time checking several boutiques, it will be easier to choose the perfect bridal dress if you have a predetermined budget set. Comparing the prices does not always work out due to material, designer and quality of wedding dresses; still you may find some boutiques offer wedding dresses at a discounted price. Do not shy away from asking them for alteration. It is your wedding after all and you would not be doing this again. So, only the best shall do. I have mentioned shopping several times at boutiques, this is most important as your day gets closer. So everything is clear and all involved get a complete understanding of what your final wedding dress design will be for your special day. Last but not the least, it is your wedding and you should enjoy this wonderful experience fully until it lasts. The whole fuss over the bridal dress although a bit intimidating and exhausting, is an experience that every journey to the altar is incomplete without. So, without much further ado, lets shop sister!

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The Zac Posen Spring 2013 collection evokes whimsical elegance. With flowery prints and delicate chiffon, the innovative collection puts a fanciful touch on Spring. For his Spring 2013 collection, Zac Posen envisioned rich, vibrant hair color to make the runway looks truly pop. John Frieda International Creative Consultant Harry Josh brought this vision to life, using John Frieda Precision Foam Colour to enhance models shades with saturated colour and shine that complemented Zac Posens spring pieces. An essential part of the runway look, the hair colour brought vibrancy and brightness to Posens singular designs. Harry Josh chose Precision Foam Colour for its salon-quality coverage and expert colourist-selected shades, using tones that closely matched the models own hair colours, serving to enrich their shades rather than completely change them. In order to enhance the richness of the colour, John Frieda Global Creative Consultant Luigi Murenu melded two looks into one creating a graphic style in the front and a soft wave in the back. Drawing inspiration from polished wood, Murenu channeled screen sirens from old Hollywood and described the look as chic, elegant and timeless.

Harrys Backstage Tip: The moment before the show begins is filled with nervous energy then the music starts, the lights beam down and all eyes are on the first model. The last thing anyone wants to see is dull, washed-out colour. Apply Precision Foam Colour 24 hours before your big debut to get salonquality richness and shine that will make you the center of attention. Luigis Backstage Tip: Frizz-Ease Hair Serum Original Formula is a Fashion Week essential. Not only do I use it on damp hair to tame frizz, but I also use it right before models walk the runway. This added touch keeps styles smooth and extra shiny and makes the models hair colour look radiant, Murenu reveals. To create the style seen on the runway, Luigi Murenu used the following steps: Step 1: To keep the crown frizz-free, apply a dimesized amount of Frizz-Ease Hair Serum Original Formula, smoothing hair downward from the top of the head to below the ear. Step 2: Next apply Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse evenly through hair and brush to uniformly distribute product. Step 3: Create a severe middle part and blow dry completely, brushing hair back and away from the face to make the hair at the crown flat and smooth. Step 4: With a 1 curling iron, create a wave by wrapping small sections of hair twice around the barrel. Make sure to stop before reaching the nape of the neck in order to keep the crown flat. Brush hair out to create one uniform wave. Step 5: Follow with Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray to keep style in place.
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SAbAg - brIdAl fAShIon dESIgnEr

Inspired by a woman's natural physique and accentuating the femininity of one's silhouette, designer Karen Sabag has incorporated a collection of avantgarde bridal fashions for all body types: the corset. Sabag describes the blueprint for any bridal gown is a well-constructed corset. Traditionally, Karen Sabag Couture creates one-ofa-kind designs to assist with accentuating one's favorite body parts and concealing areas of the body per the client's desire creating a proportioned silhouette that brings out the bride's natural beauty. Custom designs are created with Sabag and her team of designers who's experience stems from Valentino and an exclusive bridal salon in Isreal. All gowns are constructed of a plethora of imported fabrics from France including mocado silk, silk organza, chiffon, lace and tulle. Sabag finds great pleasure in the textures of fabrics, thus intermingling lightweight and heavy fabrics results in eccentric gowns. Adornments including beading are sourced from India; the beading is hand-sewn to each bodice with the utmost attention to detail from factories in India.
Photography Joe Laronga

The color palette embraces traditional wedding shades including stark whites and eggshell, along with pastel hues for bridal party dresses. Silhouettes are influenced by the client's body type; including voluminous and A-line gowns to short, cocktail-inspired dresses that takes an unorthodox approach to bridal design.

Make Sure Youre Better

Off ... four Years from now
By Terry Profetto

The anxiety swirling around the upcoming election is almost palpable. People are agonizing over what the results might mean for job creation, Social Security, healthcare, college tuition, and other hot-button issues. Given the shaky state of the economy, some angst is surely understandable. But Greg Downing says its absurd to think that whoever occupies the White House for the next four years will seal your fate and make or break your future. They cant save you. Only you can save you. Never has the phrase If its to be, its up to me been more appropriate, asserts Downing, author of Entrepreneur Unleashed: Wealth to Stand the Test of Time (Legacy Unleashed Press, 2012, ISBN: 978-1-938047-06-0, $29.95,) as well as an upcoming book on providing a financial legacy for kids. The blunt truth is that no American can afford to wait on salvation from any politicianor, for that matter, any employer or any teacher in any traditional school. The old formula that allowed people to build a comfy middleclass life is gone, he adds. Instead of obsessing over what you cant controllike whos in the Oval Office, for instance its time to focus on what you can control. Its time to make an about-face and learn how to think about work and wealth in a whole new way.
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Downing is referring to entrepreneurship. He knows firsthand how dramatically it can transform your life. Once a car dealership manager working grueling 80-hour weeks, he is now a millionaire many times over who takes four months of vacation a year. He made his wealth as a real estate investment business owner and motivational speaker, and he says regardless of the field you choose, entrepreneurship is the only logical path to financial freedom in a global economy where half of all college grads are moving back home jobless and saddled with debt. First, lets be clear: The entrepreneurship he espouses is NOT the open your own restaurant and bust your butt working there seven days a week variety. Rather, it centers on generating multiple streams of income (earned, passive, and portfolio) so that the money you make is not directly connected to the time you spend. (Time is more valuable than money is one of Downings favorite mantras.) A single paycheck, even two paychecks added together, is no longer enough to allow a family to live comfortably and provide for the future, he states. If youre lucky enough to get a good joband thats a big ifyou might be able to scrape by, but youll work yourself into an early grave. And, of course, if

the job goes away, the money stops. Its no way to liveand its no way to teach your children to live. Anyone can make the leap to entrepreneurship, and, subsequently, financial freedom, insists Downing. Sure, you may have to learn new practical skillsbut mostly its a matter of changing your mindset. Once you break free of what he calls middle-class programming, half the battle is won. Here are some of his insights on how to do it: Commit to changing your lifeand dont break that commitment. Most of us do keep our word to others, or at least try to. And of course being trustworthy is critical to your success. (How else will we find investors and get return customers and referrals?) But what about the promises and pacts you make with yourself? Downing says most people are far more likely to break agreements with themselves than they are with others. Yet since becoming an entrepreneur requires a dramatic change in both mindset and habits, you wont get far if you keep letting yourself off the hook. Its easy to justify breaking an agreement with yourself because no one will ever know, he points out. Sometimes we even do it unconsciously. But make no mistake: Your private decision has consequences for both your future and your familys future. Breaking any kind of commitment even those that may seem insignificanthurts us because our subconscious gets accustomed to our crying wolf, he adds. Then, when we want to make a big change in our lives, our subconscious simply doesnt believe us. It will actually work against our success. So when you dont do what you say you are going to do, you are actually giving yourself permission to falter, to quit, and to fail.

your family. Otherwise, one day youll look back at your life and realize that while you had good intentions, you did not create results. Remove all unconscious, negative, and scarcity-based programming. Downing says the middle class has been programmed with belief systems that werent designed to help us attain wealth and that, indeed, barely work at all anymore. But because everyone around us is buying into the formula, we assume its the right way. We all have an inner sheep that is afraid to go against the herd, that fears it will be punished if it goes against cultural norms. And thats a shame, because while were staring at the hindquarters of the sheep in front of us, were ignoring a huge world filled with riches for the taking. Today and every day, consciously evaluate and reconsider what works for you as you strive toward a life of wealth and abundance, instructs Downing. First, think critically about risk and reward, and determine how to effectively balance the two. This involves looking closely at your emotions, your willingness to take action, and your desire to move forward when an opportunity to build wealth arises. Often, youll find that fear, not a rational reason, is holding you back, he adds. Through this process of evaluation, youll gradually reprogram your beliefs about the fear of investing, the availability of money, and the lack-mentality that is so common in our society. And as you begin to experience greater rewards, youll confirm the beliefs and actions that create wealth. Assume 100 percent responsibility for the results in your life. Its easy to blame disappointments and failures on everything other than ourselves. For instance: I could be a lot wealthier if the economy hadnt tanked. Or, How was I supposed to know that there would be a storm and Id have to clean out my savings to replace my roof? While its true that you cant always foresee or control what happens in your life, you can choose how you respond to those circumstances. I get itlife has a way of kicking in the door and derailing your plans, admits Downing. There are bills to pay, problems to solve, and circumstances that need attention. You need to deal with these issues, but you cannot allow them to stop you. Every day, you must make time to move toward the life of your dreams, no matter how small that step is. If you arent taking steps to change your reality, you forfeit the right to complain about it. Invest in a financial education program. For decades, American schools have taught (and are still teaching) students that theyll need to give the best years of their lives to employers so that they can retire on 40 percent of their working salary. (Thats assuming they can get a good job at all in todays economy, of course.) It stands to reason that if you want more out of life, youll need to seek some non-traditional education that will help you cultivate the skills that will enable you to generate multiple streams of income.

Downing acknowledges that some of these tips may seem deceptively simple. But its their very simplicity that gives them their power.

Take action now. Dont wait. Id like to build my wealth. I want to start my own business. It would be great to be in firm control of my financial future. These are nice, positive thoughts, but when theyre not paired with action, they are nothing but daydreams. Only actionnot plans, not goals, and not ambitiongets results. Every day that you dont take a concrete step forward is another day of the status quo, another day of accepting a mediocre, hum-drum life.

owning teaches his students to take action toward their dreams each and every day. Even if its an imperfect actioneven if its later revealed to be an out-and-out mistakeits still better than letting fear keep you stuck in an unsatisfying life. Life rewards action, he asserts. And yet, most people just keep going through their daily motions, procrastinating, thinking their ideas to death, and never moving forward on them. Every morning, ask yourself, What action can I take today to move toward my dream of financial independence and selfreliance? Then do it, for your own sake and for the sake of

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What those skills are specifically, of Be course, depends on the field you want to play re u on. Most likely theyll have to do with acquiring credYo it, using debt wisely, seeking (and persuading) investors, and marketing your products or services to buyers. Downings main point is that you shouldnt be afraid to pay for the expertise you need. Building wealth takes work, dedication, commitment, and an increased level of knowledge, confirms Downing. Unless you win the lottery, there is no such thing as getting rich quickly, without any effort, and without spending any money. This doesnt mean getting your MBA. It does mean investing in a real-world education from others who have succeeded in doing what you want to do. Remain coachable. The annals of history are filled with the tragic downfalls of leaders who got too big for their britches, refused to consider the advice and expertise of others, and ran their organizations and empires into the ground. Entrepreneurs, by nature, are go-against-the-grain types. Its easy for them to assume they know best and disregard good advice from those whove been there. Dont fall into this trap. Not only should you carefully consider advice, you should actively seek it out. The greatest athletes in the world have coaches, and the president of the United States has advisors, points out Downing. Why would you or I be any different? Other people have done what you want to do and know things you probably havent even considered. If you seek those individuals out and actively learn from them, youll minimize mistakes while growing your business as effectively as possible. Keep in mind, though, that a true mentor wont just tell you what you want to hearhe or she will tell you what you need to hear, he adds. Sometimes itll be uncomfortable, and youll be tempted to disregard the advice. Dont. Leave your pride at the door and always remain open to learning new ways to approach business problems. Stop doing minimum wage activities. Our culture puts hard work on a pedestal. From sayings like If you want the job done right, do it yourself to the belief that the longer you stay at the office, the better employee you are, its clear that Americans think that spilling ones blood, sweat, and tears is a noble calling. Not so, counters Downing. If you dont separate yourself from the mundane and the nitty-gritty, you might just micromanage your business away from success. You must stop telling yourself to work harder, and learn to work smarter, he says. Its crucial to understand that the work of an entrepreneur is the work of the mind: thinking, planning, creating, leading, and providing oversight. If you want to reach the highest level possible, you have to leave tasks that can be accomplished by others to those with the knowledge and skills to do them. Remember that time is more valuable than money. Chances are, you grew up being taught that the way to support yourself and to get ahead in life was to trade your time for money. In other words, if you spend 40 or more hours a
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week doing what your employer wants, youll be paid for 40 or more hours. But once those 40 hours are gone, theyre gone forever. Youll never get back the time you could have spent playing with your kids or hiking in the woods or volunteering for your favorite charity. Linking time and earning potential is middle-class thinking, asserts Downing. Of course, you probably cant quit your job tomorrow. You will have to put in some long hours up-front. But eventually youll have systems set up that allow you to profit from time put in by others and to reinvest your earnings so that you can generate even more income. A true entrepreneur understands time is a precious commodity and must be used wisely and efficiently, he explains. You can and must devote your time to creating wealth, planning and building business systems, and leading your team. Once you have this foundation firmly in place, youll find youre free of the obligation to work nine to five. Maintain a credit score of 760 or higher. Your credit score is the gate standing between you and the success you dream of. Thats because lenders use credit score ratings to control the amount of money in the marketplace. If they want to increase the flow, they lower qualifying scores. And if they want to decrease the flow, they raise those scores. As an entrepreneur, its crucial for you to be able to borrow money whenever you need itregardless of what the market is doing. In 2011, the scoring for A credit was raised to 730, shares Downing. Therefore, you should choose to have A+ credit with a score of 760 or higher. Not only will this score allow you to borrow money any time, it also means that youll qualify for lower interest rates. Overall, make it a priority to become a master at understanding, evaluating, and controlling your credit score and credit availability so that youll never find the gate to the resources you need closed and locked. Stop viewing debt as negative. Weve all heard the horror stories: families so sunk in consumer debt they were forced to declare bankruptcy and individuals whose educational debt haunted them for the rest of their lives. In part because of these cautionary tales, weve been programmed to believe the only route to financial freedom is becoming debt-free. Downing says its time to reprogram that belief. Its not that debt itself is badits that the way the average American uses it is destructive, he clarifies. From this day forward, commit to using debt to invest and build your wealth. Yes, debt can be financial quicksand. But used wisely, it can also give you leverage and make you rich. Seek to fulfill the unmet needs of others. You may love French pastries and open up a bakery, but if no one in your area craves croissants, your shop will flop. Yes, its a simplistic example, but the principle behind it holds true: If your business doesnt address and fulfill an unmet need, its not going to be successful. Period. And in todays highly competitive world with a business on every corner, its critical to identify what others arent doing (or arent willing to do!) so that you can compete and win customers.
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Unmet needs arent always readily apBe parent or visible, points out Downing. To re u identify them, you need to ask yourself questions Yo like, What problems are keeping my potential customers awake at night? What do they want that they arent getting? What would make their lives easier? When you have some answers, work on creating a unique approach to delivering that product or service. Become a master at creating systems and processes. This is all about building a business that runsand can continue to runeffectively and efficiently. Why? Because you dont want to have to spend your oh-so-valuable time reinventing the wheel and micromanaging others. Becoming a master at creating duplicable systems and processes means that youll need to understand the steps that lead to success, clearly define them, write them down, and explain them to your team, says Downing. But once youve done all this work up-front, youll no longer have to run your day-to-day operations. Youll be free! Build the right relationships with the right power team members. If youre truly working toward creating wealth, youre not going to be building one small business that you personally operate and run. Instead, youll be creating multiple, duplicable small businesses that are constantly creating new streams of income for you. Youll need to be able to hand off tasks and duties to others. And that means youll need a strong team of the right people doing the hard work for you. Your power team is the power behind your skill as an entrepreneur, explains Downing. Thats why its critical to evaluate these people personally and make sure theyre right for the job. This is also why its so important to be respectful and helpful to everyone you meet, he adds. You never know when youll be making a connection that can benefit you next week, or next month, or next year. They may become power team members and they may also refer customers your way. Make it a family affair. As youre transforming yourself into an entrepreneur, be sure to instill the same mindset and skills in your kids. This is actually not as hard as you might think. Not only can you narrate what it means to own a business talking through issues like finding opportunity, understanding revenue and profits, differentiating yourself from competitors, and so forthyour kids can also learn from the best teacher: experience. I always advise parents to help their children take typical kid jobs to the next level, explains Downing. Instead of just being a babysitter or a tutor, for example, kids might start a franchise where they hire out jobs to a database of subcontractors. Or they might invest in some gumball machines. The idea is to let them cut their teeth on critical business principles and see firsthand how they can make money that isnt directly connected to their time. Teaching your kids to think about wealth-building in this way is the greatest gift you can give them, he notes. I believe
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entrepreneurship is the best way to live. But even if your kids grow up to work for someone else or enter a profession, employers will expect them to work and think like entrepreneurs. Its just the way the world is headed. Life is really just a series of choices, he says. We decide whether to watch TV after work or spend an hour on our action plan, whether to take the class or not take the class, whether to hold the cards or place the bet. Most people take the path of least resistance and go with the herd. Those who dont are the ones who will create rich, full lives that are truly worth living.
About Gregory S. Downing: He has dedicated his life to teaching his students that every family can truly control its financial future and create a generational legacy with profound, yet straightforward advice and guidance. As a nationally and highly respected author, speaker, family expert, and organizational consultant, his advice has been sought and put into practice by thousands of people from all walks of life. With over 20 years of experience in management, leadership, training, and business ownership, he has proven that his principles of legacy parenting, business promotion, entrepreneurship, and real estate investing both work and create bonds of relationship that go beyond the ordinary. About the Book: Entrepreneur Unleashed: Wealth to Stand the Test of Time (Legacy Unleashed Press, 2012, ISBN: 978-1-938047-06-0, $29.95, is available at bookstores nationwide and from all major online booksellers.

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hidden benefits of Exercise

By Ginny Grimsley

With more than a third of Americans classified as obese, everyone from first lady Michelle Obama to TV news anchor Katie Couric is advocating exercise to maintain a healthy weight. Thats great, says Dr. Eudene Harry, author of Live Younger in 8 Simple Steps, but the benefits of exercise go far beyond fitting into those skinny jeans. For one, it will give you younger looking, more blemish-free skin. The increase in circulation and perspiration that occurs with exercise delivers more nutrients to your skin while allowing impurities and waste to be removed, says Harry, who combines years of emergency-room experience with holistic medicine in her private practice. The result? A healthier complexion!

She adds four more hidden benefits of a good workout: Natural feel-good chemicals: Exercise releases endorphins, the brain chemicals that boost your mood and make you feel happy, as well as relieve stress, and enhance your self-esteem and self-confidence. Exercise has also been shown to increase neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which gives us a natural high and allows us to sleep better. Constipation prevention: Exercise increases the contractions of the wall of the intestine, helping to move things along through the intestinal tract more easily, and decreasing the time it takes to pass through the large intestine. But wait an hour or two after eating before exerting yourself: Exercising too soon after a meal can divert blood flow away from the gut and toward the muscles, weakening peristaltic contractions (and slowing down the digestion process). Prevents brittle bones: Walking, jogging, dancing, weight training and yoga are all weight-bearing exercises that help strengthen bones. Swimming and bicycling are exercises that are considered non-weight bearing. During weightbearing exercises, bones adapt to the impact of the weight and the pull of muscles by building more bone cells, increasing strength and density and decreasing the risk of fractures, osteopenia and osteoporosis. Enhanced immunity: Physical exertion increases the rate at which antibodies flow through the blood stream, resulting in better immunity against sickness. The increased temperature generated during moderate exercise makes it difficult for certain infectious organisms to survive. Dont overdo your exercise, or you wont see all of these benefits, Harry says. Check with a physician who can advise you on the right activities and intensity level for your individual needs, she says. For all the benefits of exercise, there are down sides if you go at it too vigorously for your physical condition. For instance, you can actually increase stress hormones, which can make you more vulnerable to illness, rather than building your immunity.

About Eudene Harry, M.D. Dr. Eudene Harry holds a bachelors in biology from New York University and completed both her medical degree and residency training at Thomas Jefferson University. Currently the medical director for the integrative and holistic Oasis Wellness and Rejuvenation Center, she has practiced medicine for nearly 20 years, is board certified in both emergency and holistic medicine, and for more than a decade practiced emergency medicine as an attending physician in Level II trauma centers. In 2005 she opened Oasis for Optimal Health, a private practice focused on integrative, holistic wellness and empowering and educating the patient.

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for Warding Off Infection
The other good news is that there are steps patients can take to reduce the risk of being infected and bolster their ability to fight infection. As a surgeon, I make it a priority to educate my patients and the public at large about what they should be doing before and during a hospital stay to protect themselves. Stevens says patients should always take responsibility for doing what they can to avoid infection and bolster their immune system. Young people, elderly people and those with chronic illnesses particularly diabetes are most at risk for being overwhelmed by infection, he says. He suggests: Hand washing: This is the No. 1 precaution recommended by the CDC, Stevens says. Wash your hands, ask visitors to wash theirs, and dont be shy about asking hospital personnel, including doctors and nurses, to wash up before treating or examining you. Monitor your bandages: Alert a nurse if you notice your bandage is not clean, dry or completely attached to the skin surrounding a wound. Get in the best health possible before a scheduled hospital stay: People in their best possible mental, nutritional and physical health are better able to ward off infection and their wounds heal more quickly, closing portals to infection, Stevens says. Whether its physical therapy you need, or vitamin supplements there are 13 with a demonstrated role in healing patients should do whats necessary to prepare before going to the hospital, particularly, before a scheduled surgery. After discharge, watch for signs of infection: Symptoms that can indicate an infection include unexpected pain, chills, fever, drainage or increased redness around a surgical wound. If you have any of these symptoms, you should immediately contact your doctor.

Hospitals can be scary places: Theyre brimming with bacteria, viruses and fungi -- the last things sick and injured people should be around. In fact, hospital-acquired infections are the most common complication of a hospital stay, affecting nearly 2 million Americans a year and killing nearly 100,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control. There are a number of public and private initiatives under way to bring those numbers down. Life-threatening MRSA (antibiotic-resistant staph) infections have actually been declining since 2005, says Dr. Marc Stevens, an AMA Physician Recognition Award recipient and formulator of Rapid Recovery, a beverage mix of nutrients that help tissue heal quickly after surgery or injury.

About Dr. Marc Stevens Dr. Marc Stevens is an award-winning orthopedic surgeon certified by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. He has been recognized as one of Americas Top Orthopedic Surgeons and a World Leading Physician (International Association of Orthopedic Surgeons.) Dr. Stevens has found optimal nutrition particularly the 13 vitamins known to promote tissue healing dramatically speeds surgical patients recovery. His flavored Rapid Recovery mix of these vitamins offers convenience and better absorption. 54 FOCUS of SWFL 2012

Stages of breast Cancer

by Alley James

Human health is all the time fighting against different diseases since birth till death. To live a healthy life throughout the years has become a challenge in current era. As diseases are with human life, to great extent prevention against them is also in your hands. Some of these diseases are not only easy to treat but there are 100% chances of survivals after being treated. Yet there are a few diseases which are not only difficult to treat but there are less survival chances after treatment. Breast cancer is also a disease which becomes incurable if detected at most advance stage. Curability of breast cancer is linked with early detection. The women diagnosed earlier and treated well have about 90% five years survival rate. At early stage breast cancer is curable but as patient moves to late stages, the survival chances start decreasing. That is why breast cancer is divided into different stages. Division of stages is made in order to categorize the treatment methods according to the sternness of each stage. Stages of this cancer are;

It involves use of medicines to treat hormone receptor positive breast cancers. In this treatment either the estrogen levels are lowered or action of estrogen to fuel growth of breast cancer cells is stopped. A number of options for breast cancer treatments are available but they can be more effective if cancer is diagnosed earlier, so early detection should be ensured to increase survival rates.

Stage One It is the very beginning of breast cancer tumor in which tumor is present in breasts tissues but not comes out from its originating place. In this stage cancer is nit more than 2 cm. treatment employed for this stage is removal of tumor by surgery. Then after surgery to kill cancer cells radiation therapy is used. Stage Two Once cancer tumor is developed and is not treated in stage one it will further progressed and will get a bit more advanced in stage two. Although tumor gets larger in mass but it is not yet spread to other parts. In this stage treatment used to remove cancer can either be a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy. Hormone therapy or chemotherapy can be recommended by the doctors to prevent ovaries from making estrogen which causes breast cancer tumors to grow. Stage Three Stage three is considered to be more advanced as cancer has spread in breasts although not to other organs. The cancer can be larger than 5cm. This stage is dangerous in the sense that tumor can easily invade other organs if not treated. Women who have hormone receptor positive tumors will receive hormonal therapy. Stage Four This stage is the most dangerous stage of breast cancer in which tumor has spread beyond the breast to other body organs like liver, brain, kidneys etc. treatment of this stage is objective to treat symptoms not tumor. Once the stage of breast cancer is detected, then with available treatment options your doctor decides which treatment option is going to be employed. Here are the treatments available for breast cancer patients. Surgery Surgery is the first option used to treat this cancer. Using surgery either lumpectomy in which selective portion where tumor is present is removed or mastectomy a complete removal of breasts is used. Furthermore reconstruction of breasts can also be done using surgery. Chemotherapy Under chemotherapy medicine is used to destroy cancerous cells. Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy can be called as targeted therapy which destroys cancer cells using a high energy beam. Hormonal Therapy.
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in a Child's Life
There are certain benefits that child get after playing. These benefits are given below: 1. Reduces fear, anxiety, stress, irritability 2. Creates joy, intimacy, self-esteem and mastery not based on other's loss of esteem 3. Improves emotional flexibility and openness 4. Increases calmness, resilience and adaptability and ability to deal with surprise and change 5. Decreases tactile defensiveness 6. Healing process for hurts 7. Enhances feelings of acceptance of difference 8. Increases empathy, compassion, and sharing 9. Creates options and choices
By Harry Yadav

10. Models relationships based on inclusion rather than exclusion 11. Alternative to aggressor-victim model of relationships 12. Decreases revenge and need for self defense 13. Improves touch and nonverbal socialization skills 14. Increases attention and attachment capacities 15. Positive emotions increase the efficiency of immune, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems 16. Decreases stress, fatigue, injury, and depression 17. Integrates sensor motor, kinesthetic and emotional responses
stages then it can take very ugly turn in childs life and they will start presuming that real life is also like the games which they play. It will have a negative impact on children mind because inappropriate games will impart wrong set of values in them. Through play children develop essential life skills; they also learn how to interact with their peers and adults. It is through play that children develop essential life skills; they learn how to interact with their peers and with adults. In conclusion every child should be allowed to play as they learn so many skills from playing, and from defeating. Play is essential for every childs development as it make them well balanced grown up and prepare with all the essential life skills needed.

Its true that education is like a building block for a childs future. All parents dream for a better career for their childs life. Everybody wants their child to be doctor, engineer and wants to see them in high posts. In this cut throat competition children get pressurize with their activities to the extent that they dont get spare time for their own entertainment. Teachers also keep the child busy during the holidays by giving them assignments and homework. Earlier children used to play with their siblings. So, the children easily got a play environment at the home. However, now the time spent by children in playing was very less as compared to the past two decades. Parents should understand that play is an important activity and they should not deprive their child from this opportunity. Group games allow children to learn the values of team spirit. It also teaches them to cooperate with other members of the team and develop self discipline. This also enables them to face negative situation in life and make them strong when they get defeated. Many studies have proved that children playing games which have lots of violence are likely to be more short tempered and aggressive. It is the duty of the parents to find out whether the child knows the difference between fantasy and reality. When this problem is not uprooted in the initial
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The beauty of LEGO building is that you can make almost anything. But every builder needs a bit of inspiration from time to time. For those of us who need a little help, the first volume of The LEGO Adventure Book series promises to get those creative juices flowing. The LEGO Adventure Book by Megan Rothrock is an unofficial tour through the world of the best LEGO builders. Readers journey through time and place as their guide, Megs, introduces them to nearly 200 innovative models ranging from armor-plated dinosaurs to futuristic steampunk contraptions. And they'll find more than just pictures of modelsRothrock also includes 25 brick-by-brick breakdowns of some of the most interesting models so that readers can learn each builder's technique and try their hand at building the models themselves. "LEGO building is a lot more than making a simple car or a house with a chimney," according to Bill Pollock, publisher of No Starch Press (the source of best-selling LEGO books like The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide and The Cult of LEGO). "The LEGO Adventure Book is ideal for LEGO fans who want to step outside the box and make something totally new."

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This is top-secret technology, but come m t my friend Ace of Spades. (We ca him that because he se s shovels.) He can show you how to build his Ace of Spades Truck. Maybe you learn a trick or two that wi help you build my car.

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The LEGO Adventure Book 2013, Megan Rothrock

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The LEGO Adventure Book 2013, Megan Rothrock

The LEGO Adventure Book includes contributions from over a dozen expert LEGO builders, with models like: Flying machines, from vintage propeller planes to futuristic starfighters A medieval village featuring an outdoor market, butcher shop, and fortified castle Dinosaur favorites like the Stegosaurus and T. Rex, complete with articulated tail and jaw A modern city full of shops, garages, vehicles, and even cable cars A realistic British locomotive with working brakes A huge selection of hot rods and racecars

Designed for fans of all ages and ability levels, The LEGO Adventure Book is a window into the exciting world of LEGO building.
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Porsche is presenting its next generation hybrid Panamera Sport Turismo concept car, e-hybrid stands for plug-in hybrid technology from Porsche that allows for greener more resourceful driving. Set to be to an amazingly intelligent and efficient vehicle with drive technology that combines Porsche performance with everyday practicality. The body concept of the Panamera Sport Turismo is an outlook on a possible Porsche sports car of tomorrow: The overhangs are short, and the boot lid is large both sporty and functional. The concept car combines the dimensions of a premium vehicle with the interior comfort of the luxury class. Its direction indicators and sidelights are integrated in C-shaped lighting units known as C-Blades mounted in the large air inlets at the front end. Together with four-point LED headlights in an innovative design, they define the front end appearance of the concept car. The smooth and taut exterior skin is not interrupted by add-on parts there are no conventional exterior mirrors. In their place, the Sport Turismo has two cameras mounted in the side air outlets whose images are shown on the displays in the cockpit. The rear body has been completely reshaped, yet it retains all of the characteristics of a Porsche. The rear lights in LED technology and the tail-light panel with the Porsche badge are sculpted
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By Dan Myricks

in three dimensions, and the brake light is positioned between the four-point LED rear lights. Forming the roof termination is an adaptive carbon rear spoiler that produces improved down force. The new Liquid Metal Blue color gives the concept car a surface that resembles liquid metal and highlights its contours and design lines more distinctly. The wheels in dual-spoke design have a bi-color look, and the brake calipers are painted Acid Green. The hub locks of the wheels recall the origins of every Porsche which is motorsport. e-hybrid badges on the sides refer to the cars drive concept, while the name Sport Turismo at the rear, framed in the same Acid Green color, emphasizes the cars concept character. The milled aluminum battery housing is mounted under the boot floor, which is made of electro chromatic glass and reveals a view of the energy source illuminated in Acid Green at the press of a button. The drive system of the Panamera Sport Turismo is an advanced development of the parallel full hybrid that Porsche already implements today in the Panamera S Hybrid and Cayenne S Hybrid. The new electric motor produces about 70 kW (95 hp), which is around twice as much as in todays Porsche hybrid drive, while the supercharged three-litre V6 engine still produces 245 kW (333 hp) here. In their interplay, they accelerate the concept car from zero to 60mph in less than six seconds.

The drive technology of the Panamera Sport Turismo completes the next development step towards the plug-in hybrid, symbolized by the e-hybrid badge on the front wings. The cars new ability to be charged from the electrical power grid has been combined with even higher performance components. The concept vehicle with its 416 hp (306 kW) of peak system power is designed to be driven in pure electric mode up to a speed of 81mph and can cover distances of over 19 miles at that speed, more at lower speeds. The battery can be charged externally in 2.5 hours using a wall-mounted charger. The electric power pack of the Sport Turismo e-hybrid consists of a lithium-ion battery whose performance is several times that of the nickel-hydride battery currently used in production, although it has practically the same dimensions. Its 9.4 Kilowatt hours of energy storage capacity and high peak power enable faster acceleration, longer electric driving range and higher speeds when driving without the internal combustion engine. The default operating mode of the e-hybrid prioritizes all-electric driving, but the driver may deactivate this by pressing a special button on the steering wheel. In addition, when the car is being operated in hybrid mode the driver can select the e-charge mode by pressing the steering wheel button to intentionally intensify charging of the high-voltage battery. This is especially useful when one section of the driving route on a motorway is followed by a section through a city that should be driven in pure electric mode without local emissions. In the e-charge mode; the internal combustion engine charges the battery by load point shifting, while satisfying rational energy management criteria. As a plug-in hybrid, the fluid-cooled lithium-ion battery is not only charged while driving; it can also be externally charged within 2.5 hours (depending on the power supply) via a charging interface on the vehicle. Porsche systematically thought through all aspects of the concept cars plug-in system; it utilizes a universal charger (AC) that is wall-mounted in a home garage and has a standardized charging plug.

states, e.g. pure electric driving, as well as other functions. The power meter in the instrument panel illuminates in Acid Green and shows the combined system power of the two drives. A press on the touch-sensitive color display starts the e-hybrid. Naturally, on the side that is typical of a Porsche: the left side. A completely new type of touch display in the ascending centre console incorporates additional controls; this is the control centre for the e-hybrid and all other functions that is implemented in black panel technology. It offers the driver the option of influencing the hybrid drive via smart keys to choose maximum driving fun, maximum performance or maximum efficiency. All driving indicators and control functions are also intuitively operated by multi-touch functionality, such as automatic climate control, seat adjustment, lights, reversing camera and the functions of Porsche Communication Management (PCM). The Panamera Sport Turismo offers exceptional hybrid performance and its styling is divisive. Porsche is set to deliver a luxury sedan thats a veritable Jack of all trades, and this may not be the first automaker that comes to mind when youre looking for a 4-door hatchback. However, many critics remain impressed with the Sport Turismo hybrid technology and versatility. Porsche unites the next generation hybrid drive with new ideas for an evolutionary, sporty body design concept of tomorrow.

The interior of the Sport Turismo is a forward-looking interpretation of purist sports car thinking: as little as possible and as much as necessary. Instead of classic instruments, a large central TFT color display is positioned in front of the driver; it is used to call up and display any vehicle information as needed from the tachometer to driving data or navigation. Two monitors, one to the left and one to the right of this display, show images from the exterior mirror cameras. Two additional displays in tube form provide information on the hybrid-specific driving
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aking inspiration from one of the defining movements of the 20th century, Rolls-Royce Motor cars proudly presents a selection of Ghost and Phantom family cars that celebrate the Art Deco era. the highly bespoke Phantom Saloon, Phantom Drophead coup and Ghost models were unveiled, in homage to the 1925 Paris exhibition or exposition Internationale des Arts Dcoratifs et Industriels Modernes that gave the movement its name.

By Mai Yomioto

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Art Deco was arguably the most glamorous and exciting design movement of the 20th century. Loosely spanning the period 1920 to 1940, the name Art Deco was not applied until the 1960s, when the movement was aligned with the Paris Exhibition of 1925 or Exposition Internationale des Arts Dcoratifs et Industriels Modernes. Its a testament to its enduring appeal that many people with little interest in either art or design can identify an Art Deco inspired object or building today, even though they may not be clear what makes it so.

The movement was certainly sensational. Refreshing, different and beautiful in its own right, its roots were embedded in early twentieth century avant-garde painting styles, then moved into a global design aesthetic embraced by disciplines such as architecture, automotive design, marketing, ceramics and furniture making. Art Deco embraced the cultural enthusiasm of the moment, employing futuristic crystallised motifs referencing Greek classicism and recently discovered Egyptian relics mixed with the dynamic of the age of the machine and streamlined automotive liberation. Art Deco could be likened to light out of darkness, complementing an epoch characterised by the rapid development of technology and innovative use of new materials. Geometric shapes, recurring motifs and stylised images featured heavily across Art Deco design. Simplicity in form, sweeping lines and streamlining gave the movement an appeal that shocked convention, but delighted high society to the soundtrack of Cole Porters Anything Goes. But while the 1920s and 30s are held to embrace the Art Deco era, there was no definitive starting point, nor end. Art Deco influences were to be found well before this period and today Art Deco colours contemporary design. The famous Rolls-Royce mascot Spirit of Ecstasy is one example that might be described as a prequel to the
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movement. Born in 1911, the graceful little Goddess has now adorned the prow of Rolls-Royce motor cars for more than a century. The influence of this genuine icon can be seen in famous Art Deco designs several decades later. Marcel Bouraines (1928) Papillion, a winged-figurine in translucent green glass created in the powered glass pte-de-crystal technique, hints at the original Rolls-Royce design. The Spirits influence can also be seen in the glassware of Rene Lalique, creator of 29 car mascots of the period, such as the Spirit of the Wind in 1928. Also, his beautiful statuette Suzanne au Bain (1930), a nude revelling in fluttering draperies, a pose not dissimilar to that adopted by the muse said to have inspired the Spirit of Ecstasys designer Charles Sykes twenty years earlier.

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The Spirit of Ecstasys flowing lines pre-empted the Art Deco movement. And the beautiful Phantom I, II and III models of the 1920s/1930s, wearing fine bespoke coachwork, certainly embody some of the high points in Rolls-Royce design of the last century. Art Deco inspired those with the courage and conviction not to merely follow. It introduced a sense of flow and dynamism. In the movements most opulent creations, Art Deco complemented the reputation Rolls-Royce had already established at the pinnacle of the burgeoning automotive sector, embracing the finest designs and revelling in the most glamorous of objects. High Art Deco (as it was sometimes described) also embraced the sheer luxury of natural materials, the use of the exotic and experimental and celebrated the march of technology. The clean lines of aluminium a material used to such success in bringing to life the original Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost - cool stainless steel and the luxurious feel of lacquer; all were to feature prominently in Art Deco design. Though Rolls-Royce cars hold a timeless quality, the visual history of the marquee illustrates that something can always be traced of the era in which the cars were designed. In creating a Rolls-Royce for the 21st Century, designers rose to the challenge of expressing the marquees heritage and language of one of the most celebrated aesthetics in automotive history without straying into pastiche. This balance was achieved by elegantly incorporating Rolls-Royce design and engineering tenets that have stood for nearly a century, into a contemporary motor car that quickly established a pinnacle position in the modern automotive era. Features referencing the marquees heritage such as the Pantheon grille adorned with Spirit of Ecstasy, wheels proportionally half the height of the car and interior

furnished with classic detailing including eyeball vents operated by organ-stop controls, found their home in a thoroughly modern masterpiece. The spirit of movements such as Art Deco can be seen in every modern Rolls-Royce. The evolutionary updates to the pinnacle Phantom Series II family are an elegant example. It is a car built in the context of the world we live in today that retains the true essence of what has gone before. Detailed interior touches in Phantom include quarter mirrors behind the c-pillar that reflect ambient light. Finished in green-frosted glass, these are reminiscent of the pte-de-crystal pieces so prevalent in Art Deco glassware classics. Today, echoes of Art Deco can be found in Ghost too. Its overarching design theme - the power of simplicity reveals clean sweeping lines and proportions evoking the understated grandeur of the period. The employment of only the finest materials and handcraftsmanship pays homage to the design and manufacturing excellence that typified the best of the Art Deco era. Cashmere and luxurious leather interiors give an air of sumptuous indulgence. continued on page 70...

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The form and section of hand-crafted, lacquered and highly polished wood veneers for example evoke the structure of fine furniture. Rolls-Royce veneers are chosen for their richness, iridescence and complexity of grain, often enhanced by inlays adorned with silver or mother of pearl and cross banding, so reminiscent of fine cabinet making in the Art Deco era. The Phantom Saloon for example includes a black and arctic white interior featuring a stainless steel inlay in the telephone drawer, door capping and in rear picnic table backs. These feature a geometric pattern first used by Rolls-Royce in early 20th century motor show stand designs. Phantom Saloons black and arctic white interior hints at the visual language of the movement while a suite of Art Deco-inspired interior detailing points to the creativity, skill and attention to detail employed by Rolls-Royce craftspeople. Hand-fashioned stainless steel inlays in telephone drawer, door cappings and rear picnic table backs subtly evoke the decorative style of the period. An echo of the rich heritage of the marque also lies in the Art Decostyle geometric coachline pattern a design conceived and used by Rolls-Royce on a show stand at Olympia in the early 20th century.

The elegant simplicity of Ghost is presented in two-tone, jubilee silver atop cobalto blue, whilst the interior features intricately designed and crafted marquetry in front and rear. A Phantom Drophead Coup furnished in resplendent mother of pearl onlays gracefully completes the show line-up. These Art Deco-inspired motor cars stand as a testament to the breadth of the Rolls-Royce bespoke offering, reinforcing the marques position as the worlds leading manufacturer of luxury goods, said Torsten Mller-tvs, Chief Executive Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

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For over a century a Rolls-Royce motor car has taken inspiration from the prevailing style of its time whilst retaining the marques unique design aesthetic, added Giles Taylor, Design Director Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Art Deco was defined by theatre, glamour and a sense of excitement. Working to create contemporary interpretations of these classic themes has been enormously rewarding for everyone in my bespoke design team. Akin to the artisans of what is sometimes called high Art Deco, only the very finest materials are employed and painstakingly crafted in every model leaving the home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England. Exquisite cashmere and finest leather combine to create an interior ambience that cossets passenger and driver in hallmark Rolls-Royce luxury.

An exclusive collection of Bespoke Phantom Saloon and Ghost family cars, inspired by the Art Deco cars at Paris, will be made available to Rolls-Royce clients. For Phantom customers, exterior colors will be offered in infinity black, Arabian blue, powder blue or Arctic white, and feature a bespoke, twin coach line with an Art Deco motif. An illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy, hinting at ornamental glassware of the day, completes the exterior detailing. Inside Phantoms coach doors, touches like Art Deco headrest embroidery, bespoke inlays on piano black veneer and tread plates sporting Art Deco motif further reference the style of the period. Ghost Art Deco collection cars are finished in either infinity black or arctic white with dual bespoke coach line and illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy. Interior styling includes handcrafted Art Deco inlays, as well as Olympiainspired motif on tread plates and headrest embroidery. A black and white interior scheme featuring a choice of four seat piping colors takes inspiration from the color palette of the era.

Specially sourced wood veneers, selected for richness and complexity of grain, are adorned with mother of pearl or silver inlays - the form and structure of the pieces reminiscent of the fine cabinet making so prevalent in the Art Deco period. In early 20th Century design, Rolls-Royce cues provided inspiration for Art Decos leading designers in fields beyond automobile manufacturing. The Spirit of Ecstasy, the mascot that has graced the prow of every RollsRoyce motor car for 101 years for example, influenced Marcel Bouraines Papillon. His 1928 figurine in glass featuring flowing lines and outstretched wings helped define the decorative elegance of the era.

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Unmistakable elegance
By Scott Black

Pershing, a brand of the Ferretti Group, launches a newly modern designed performance yacht: the Pershing 82'; confirming the brand's great challenge to develop large-size vessels without sacrificing the sportiness and speed distinguishing every Pershing yacht.

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Pershing 82', penciled by the yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni in close collaboration with AYT (Advanced Yacht Technology - the centre of naval research and design of the Ferretti Group) and the team of architects and designers of Centro Stile Ferrettigroup, features an external profile that is more sleek and aggressive than that of its predecessor, thanks to the shape of the wider lateral windows which can be opened, providing more interior brightness. The elongated superstructure that enhances the new attractive lines and the introduction of a sun-deck while keeping the retractable hardtop above the main helm, makes the yacht look sharp and it stands out immediately.

tional) retractable helm, and two comfortable lateral chaise lounges next to the pilot's seat, in which a practical minibar has been placed. To complete the layout of the sun-deck, there are sunbeds with separate and folding backrests and for safety purposes there are two lateral handles and a pulpit which blend in completely with the aesthetics of the superstructure. All the other stylistic features that have distinguished the Pershing models, contributing to its worldwide success, remain the same: the large windows on the walls, the large retractable door that divides the cockpit from the saloon with electro-hydraulic control and the special system of fiberglass vacuum molding.

After the success of Pershing 74', Pershing 82' returns with a sun-deck, that can be easily accessed from an automated hatch and a carbon fiber staircase, a little mechanical masterpiece created by AYT in close collaboration with Besenzoni. The staircase is decentralized and drops automatically into the cockpit by electro-hydraulic control and automatically disappears upwards when closed, freeing the space in the cockpit. The sun-deck is simple and functional: there is an (op-

Pershing 82' is 24.97 metres long and has a maximum width of 5.50m with 4 comfortable guest cabins (the master suite amidships, a VIP cabin forward and two cabins with twin beds at the bow) for the standard layout, or 3 guest cabins for the optional version, with a lounge-cinema room starboard, and two crew cabins with three beds. Practicality, combined to design, reigns in the cockpit, where there is a sofa and a seat, which can electrically transform into a comfortable sunbathing area, a mobile bar

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with BBQ and a fiberglass table, which is the same colour as the hull, providing all that is necessary for social on board living. As in other models of the range, even on Pershing 82' the sun-deck at the cockpit is completely independent from the opening of the large garage, which has a folding bottom to facilitate the movement of the jet ski and a tender. This comfort is completed a hidden passarella created by Besenzoni. The crew are able to enter their quarters from the cockpit or inside the salon. The main guideline leading the stylistic choices for the large salon is maximum space flexibility with refined elegance. As you enter, on the right, there is a big L-shaped sofa, while in the middle there is another sofa that can be joined to make u-shaped seating. The long-standing and prestigious partnership with Poltrona Frau, that designed the sofas of the saloon, inspired by the model Quadra, has been renewed on Pershing 82'. All the furnishings are made of pore oak while the flooring is made of oak covered in weng. On the sun-deck there is also a comfortable sunbathing area at the bow, with dinette and a table, providing complete privacy in an area that is entirely dedicated to relaxation. Below deck, space is typical divided for a mega yacht, for example the galley is separate from the salon and it combines with the crew area to allow greater privacy for the guests and the ship owner. The galley, which is L-shaped and is completely separate from the sleeping area, has a dinette and a folding table, ensuring comfort and a decent life on board. The crew area, which is made of two cabins (one for the captain and one for two additional crew) as well as a laundry and a bathroom, can also be accessed from the kitchen. The standard sleeping area, made of four cabins, is a model of comfort and design. In the master suite, amidships, we find the appreciated wide open-view windows, which marked the aesthetic course of the new Pershing range. The sinuous shape of the window draws in a generous passage of light that throws a pleasant play of lights onto the Poltrona Frau Leather furnishings. The VIP cabin, at the bow, with an en-suite head, features an elegant central bed and two big lateral wardrobes, while the two guest cabins have a more traditional setting with two twin beds. All the guest cabins are finished with carpet as standard. The wrap-round light system, which was already used on Pershing 74', provide indirect lighting with the embedded LED lights, distributed along the ducts on the concealed molding

emphasizing the homogeneously diffused lights and giving a modern style to the environment. Moreover, all the internal steps have a LED light to illuminate the passageways. Besides the innovative solutions designed for the external structure and for the design below deck, the new Pershing 82' was developed to ensure maximum performance at sea: two powerful MTU 16 V M93 of 2435 mhp (1792 kW) coupled with ZF Searex SR140S surface propellers that guarantee a maximum speed of 45 knots and a cruising speed of 40 knots with high levels of comfort and a range of more than 300 nautical miles. The Autotrim of ZF contributes to the high technological level of this vessel. It is a system that is capable of optimizing performance at any speed automatically making it very easy for newcomers to surface drive propulsion.

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The new Riva 63' Virtus is the product of a close working relationship between Officina Italiana Design, the studio that exclusively designs all yachts in the Riva range, the AYT - Advanced Yacht Technology, the Ferretti Group's naval research and design centre, and the team of architects and designers at Centro Stile Ferrettigroup. The new model has been designed as a sporty yacht, created for owners wishing to experience the sea first hand. Riva reinterprets the concept of an open yacht with a model featuring a typical Mediterranean style which maintains the unmistakable elegance of all the shipyard's models: class, refinement and clean lines. These are also found in and on the new Riva 63' Virtus, flagship of the Riva opens, a model designed to last. Created following the lines of the 63' Vertigo, a classical, highly successful Riva model, Virtus recaptures the strong character of the Rivale, another Riva open boat which has marked the shipyard's history, but uses larger spaces which guarantee excellent liveability and total on-board comfort. The exteriors feature spacious areas which enable owners to enjoy the yacht in the company of their guests, also thanks to two large sundecks, one at bow and one astern, under which the garage for the tender is located. This sociable aspect of the yacht is also extended to the helm area, where the driving seat consists of a three seater sofa, enabling owners to share the pleasure of driving the yacht with their guests. Moreover, it is protected by a large windshield with a double curve which ensures comfort while cruising.

By Tony William

The cockpit is spacious, comfortable and equipped with a fridge, sink and - upon request - a grill. In the cockpit there are three sofas, one of which Lshaped, located on the port hand side, one astern and a third equipped with a system which slides and enables to move closer to the varnished teak table which has a flip up section. Moreover, the cockpit is covered with a large, electro-hydraulically operated bimini which can also be kept open whilst running. Typical of Riva, the class and attention to fine detail is evident in the cleats and in the electric winches skilfully concealed to ensure aesthetic fluidity. Painstaking attention has also been paid to creating the functional, well-designed instrument mast in line with the style of all Riva open models. The interior fittings have been studied in such a way as to attain the very best availability in terms of space and comfort, with a large salon which makes it possible to place a wooden table, able to accomodate up to six in this area, without having to reduce the size of the galley. Riva 63' Virtus is a yacht featuring contrasts of colour and materials: the alternation between the light shades of the oak and darker ones of the leather, and between the opaque and polished lacquering create a style which gives the new Riva 63' Virtus a further touch of modern style without forgetting the traditional elegance of all Riva yachts.
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The master cabin is located portside astern and set slightly lower than the other two, and has been enriched with a bed run around in leather stitching. The slightly lower position of the cabin makes it possible to use all the space available. The guest cabin, also located portside midships, features bunk beds, set out in an L-shape which offer a pleasant panoramic view of the surface of the water. The master and VIP cabins, set at bow, both feature en-suite heads, whilst the day head is located opposite the guest cabin. The harmonious profile and racy lines of the yacht are further emphasised by the large arrowshaped side windows, which have made so many other Riva models successful and guarantee excellent natural lighting below deck. The unusual features of the hull and teak of the deck and part of the cockpit, together with the many details in stainless steel, contribute to making the 63' Virtus both modern and sporty.

"Riva is an extraordinary brand, and always manages to innovate, creating unique, cuttingedge models, whilst still maintaining the charm and magic which have characterised it for over 160 years," said Norberto Ferretti, Chairman of the Group bearing the same name. "The 63' Virtus, with her strong, decisive character combined with the elegance and refined features which are typical to this brand, is the perfect addition to the Riva range." The new Riva 63' Virtus is also on the cutting-edge for her on-board technological equipment. Featuring twin 1360mhp MAN 12V engines, 1000 kW at 2300 rpm/min, delivering excellent performance, with a top speed of 40 knots and a cruise speed of 35 thanks to the tried and tested hull equipped with tunnel propulsion. Her ease of handling and smoothness over the waves are excellent for this category. "Sporty, sociable and a pleasure to drive. These are the concepts which guided the design of the new Riva open", asserted Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, founders of Officina Italiana Design. "With Riva 63' Virtus, we wanted to create a long-lasting yacht, destined to become part of Riva's history and its great classics." "We are pleased to present the Riva 63' Virtus, a sporty, racy yacht characterised by a style which has always distinguished the Riva brand", stated Alberto Perrone da Zara, Riva Brand Manager Sales Manager. "Virtus is a model able to fully satisfy the needs of Owners who want to drive their yachts easily, with spaces suitable for sharing comfortably with whoever they choose."

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS LOA : 64 ft 2 in. Length Hull : 62 ft 5 in. Beam : 15 ft 9 in. Draft : 5 ft 3 in. Displacement: 71,209 lbs. Fuel capacity : 845 US gals. Water capacity : 174 US gals. Cabins : 3 Engine : 2 * MAN V12 1360mhp - std Crew cabins : 1 Bathrooms : 3

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Worth Investing In designer fashion?

When it comes to designer clothing there are two types of peoplethe first are women who simply think its not worth the money and the other is women who adore designer fashion with many women just not able to afford spending so much money on one piece of clothing but others having the luxury of being able to splurge and wouldnt be seen dead in high street clothing. Despite these two opposites, more and more women are having an increased amount of disposable income as they become more affluent and independent, and every now and then are able to treat themselves to something with a bigger price tag and believe they deserve to splash the cash when they feel the need. As designer fashion is rather expensive, most women cant afford to have a wardrobe full of couture pieces but a sensible shopper can have a few key pieces in their wardrobe as long as they can justify the price spent on them. If youre used to high street shopping and checking price tags then designer clothing can be rather intimidating. The key to designer fashion shopping is to know what youre looking for and when you should spend your money to get the most designer clothing for your budget. Accessories

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Its so easy to change your look with some fashion accessories like a bag, jewelry or a scarf. When buying designer accessories only choose an item that youve really fallen for and that will really make a different. Accessories are so cheap on the high street so make this one area that you really think about. Little black dress Every woman needs an LBD in her wardrobe; its so easy to wear for all occasions and will definitely be your fallback piece. This fashion classic is a good excuse to go designer because its one item that will never date and will always be needed. Go smart with it in the office and glam it up with some killer heels for a night on the town. Signature pieces

If youre thinking along the lines of getting the most for your money and the long term investment then its a good idea to buy a signature piece of designer clothing. Many designers produce key pieces and if you invest in one of these then youll be able to sell it on in the future. But I.N.C available at Macy's and at Timeless dont buy something for the sake of it; you really need to like it as well. This probably the most important thing to remember with designer clothing; always buy with versatil- So those are the items of designer pieces you should ity in mind. Make sure its a good addition to your look out for and consider buying if youre looking to wardrobe and wont age easily; otherwise you wont add designer clothing to your wardrobe, but, as you get much wear out of it. would expect there are also lots of things you should avoid buying. Its important not to get addicted to Charity shops buying designer fashion and to always stick to your budget. Dont buy fashion trends and fads from deIf you love the idea of designer clothing but not the signer names, stick to the high street for this beprice tag why not check out charity shops? There cause theyll most likely have gone out of fashion are some amazing bargains to be found and some within a few months and itll be a waste of money. charities even have shops specifically for designer pieces, and whats more is that youll also be giving to charity! Its best head to a city to find the best bits though in areas where young and hip people hang out.
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Sue Wong
Beauty - Magic - Transformation
the nineteenth century authors thoreau, emerson, and Whitman gave rise to the transcendental literary and philosophical movement, which sought to reorder the relationship between the individual and nature. Proponents of transcendentalism believed in the universal divine spirit pervading all of nature and that through reflection, intuition and communion with nature they could apprehend spiritual and moral truths. they saw the sublime and the divine made manifest in the natural world, from the morning frost, to the field of flowers, to a single blade of grass. their reverence for the wonder of the natural world inspires Sue Wong's Spring transcendent collection. Gowns and cocktail dresses come alive in the lush greens, cerulean blue, frost white and soft pastels of spring adorned with organza petals, cascading vine embroideries and floral appliques, that invoke the beauty and magic of the dawn of Spring.

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The always glamorous and effortlessly elegant fashion designer, Sue Wong, showcased an immersive sensory experience of her "Spring Transcendent" 2013 Collection to a packed-to-capacity audience. The highly anticipated runway show drew leading fashion, media and entertainment insiders along with some of young Hollywood's hottest actresses including Jadin Gould of Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel," Meital Dohan of Showtime's "Weeds," Jen Lilley and Lindsey Morgan of ABC's "General Hospital," Kearran Giovanni of TNT's "Major Crimes," and Chloe Noelle of HBO's "True Blood." Alist actor Thomas Jane of HBO's "Hung" introduced the show, stating "Tonight, nature and design come alive in gownsthat invoke the beauty and magic of Spring's transcendent dawning."

Capturing that spirit with accessible designs of exceptional glamour and beauty, Sue Wong has found a calling she revels in, as couturier to everywoman. "I tried to capture that fleeting beauty that exists in the very fibers of both fashion and nature," said designer Sue Wong, whose collection was inspired by ninetieth century Transcendentalist movement's reverence of the natural world. Ravishing dresses came down the runway draped to move effortlessly with a woman's body. Sensuous in supple fabrics in the warm and vibrant hues of Spring and adorned with couture flourishes including embroidery, hand beadwork and applique, the collection reiterates Sue Wong's unmatched ability to create wearable elegance.

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The entire event was filmed in 3D, in conjunction with the 5th 3DFF, 3D Film, Music and Interactive Festival, and as a subject of the forthcoming documentary "Fashion and Culture in Los Angeles," directed by Catherine Bauknight. The film features Sue Wong as among the city's most iconic and influential creative innovators. "Fashion lives by progress and change. This is an exciting way of engaging modern women while celebrating the kind of Hollywood beauty, magic and transformation that has always been so integral to my designs," said the designer. Sue Wong shown us romantic refined styles with clean aesthetics, which she tailored to perfection. Glamorous and feminine details in her dresses, pays homage to the transformation of every woman into a goddess. not only this magnificently detailed Edwardian styling, but to the film's theme of transformation as well, which is a prevailing theme in the basic design philosophy of the designer. "I believe that clothing has the ability to empower and transform a woman into the fantasy of her choice," says Wong, whose motto, "Beauty. Magic. Transformation." echoes the central theme of the film The grandeur of the dresses was complemented by the sleek sophistication of the hair courtesy of Prive Salon and Laurent Dufourg, makeup by Napoleon Perdis and Danielle Hawkes and jewelry by Vilaiwan.
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Art Couture
timea Hecendorfer creations, express feelings and characteristics of approach and opinion Look at my fruits of fantasy! Rich in its color yet delicate in its form, this admired bloom is full of life, incessantly evolving and changing in shape. A vibrant palette of flora in shades of fern, magnolia, rosebud, and willow are infused in the exquisite fabrics of silk linen, embroidered lace, and draped tulle. Her works are inspired by famous painting, romans, novels, statues. Hand painted brush strokes mirror the tulips unique petal markings; beading is sprinkled like dewdrops on a spring morning. Few flowers have fascinated and endured as powerfully as the tulip.
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PANDORAs collection of outstanding jewelry features raw, elegant designs inspired by rock style with a hint of vintage and a bit of attitude. PANDORA bracelets give women the freedom to capture the unforgettable moments that make life extraordinary and the new charms of the fall season offer a twist on what has become the hallmark of the PANDORA brand. Two elegant sterling silver bracelets are also newone is designed to hold one traditional or new decorative clip, the other as many as five. Mix, match and combine the clips and bracelets in any combination, creating pieces that are unique to your personal style. Its an idea inspired by PANDORAs popular charm bracelet. Create and combine looks with other new additions to the PANDORA universe, including a line of 14k solid gold earrings, pendants and dangle charms with intricate lace details and diamonds; and large cocktail rings, featuring amethyst or grey moonstone, that are perfect for stacking. Stunning earrings inspired by delicate lace patterns in 14K gold with freshwater pearls and diamonds can be worn on their own, layered or combined with other pieces from the Compose collection. Rings in 14K gold, sterling and black oxidized silver have florally inspired designs with an unpredictable twist that is raw yet feminine. Large cocktail rings in amethyst or grey moonstone are perfect for stacking with this seasons more delicate pieces. New LovePod rings in white, yellow and rose 18K gold with brilliant-cut diamonds or colorful gemstones work beautifully with other pieces of PANDORA jewelry and interlock when stacked together. The spirit of nostalgic rock infuses the collection, especially our new sterling silver decorative clips in raw, sculptural shapes. The other standouts include a starshaped pendant and charm in black oxidized silver, an alluring finish that runs through the collection.

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A night out
Photographer: Julian Bern ( Stylist: Belen Claver Makep Up Artist: Carmen Belen Munoz Hairdressing:Veronica Lopez Photo Assistants: Daniel Roman & Luis Cerdeira Videophotography: Sarai Pineda Digital Retouch: Irene Cruz

Model: Adina Orasteanu Dress Roberto Verino Shoes Jorge Vazquez Bracelet Daniel Espinosa

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Photographer: Julian Bern Model: Yulia Demoss Dress Miguel Palacio Shoes Miguel Palacio Collar Daniel Espinosa

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Photographer: Julian Bern Model: Adina Orasteanu Dress Hannibal Laguna Shoes Hannibal Laguna

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Photographer: Julian Bern Model: Yulia Demoss Dress Hannibal Laguna Jacket Hannibal Laguna Shoes Miguel Palacio

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Photographer: Julian Bern Model: Adina Orasteanu Dress Hannibal Laguna Shoes Hannibal Laguna

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Born and raised in London and the english countryside Aloye Adede was educated at St Mary's School Shaftesbury in Dorset, also attended by camilla Duchess of cornwall's daughter Laura Rose Lopes. After Aloye's BScHons degree in Business Management in Surrey, she moved to Italy to study Fashion communication and Styling at the prestigious design school Istituto europeo di Design and graduated with a Masters degree in 2007. on her return to London in 2008 she set up her eponymous womenswear label eyola which specializes in rich, intricate, exquisite and timeless Victorian inspired jackets and dresses that epitomize iconic British tailoring.

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loye Adede is the brainchild behind luxury womens wear labels Eyola and Femme De Rose both taking inspiration from a period in history that thoroughly fascinates and inspires her - the Victorian era. By drawing inspiration from this era Aloye adopted fundamental characteristics of Victorian fashion that included: exclusivity, bespoke dressmaking and artisanal handiwork which together created the most enchantingly feminine designs. Aloye's designs follow two further fundamental elements of the nineteenth century: luxurious materials and meticulous fit, epitomized by Victorian couturier Charles Frederick Worth. Her dedication, commitment and knowledge of sharp British tailoring, acquired during her time working at Alexander McQueen and other leading fashion houses, is integral to Eyola and Femme De Rose's saviour faire.

In 2011 Eyola's sister label Femme De Rose was launched, a luxury online custom-made service giving women the ability to design and purchase a personalized jacket tailored to their exact size and taste. With over 12 million design options to choose from the choice for a one of a kind blazer is endless.

On Aloyes return to London in 2008 she set up her eponymous label Eyola, using the Victorian-invented anagram game to rearrange the letters of her name. Victorian fashion, traditional British tailoring and craftsmanship are the source of inspiration maintained throughout the brands style, expertise and culture.
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Currently women's sizes are based on standards created in the 1940s but a lot has changed and women come in a variety of shapes. Traditionally men buy personalized tailored jackets, in contrast women buy suits and jackets off the rack in dress sizes which rarely offer tailoring. The result is poorly fitted clothing. Jackets ride up, do not provide enough support and become shapeless and flat. In contrast a tailored Femme De Rose blazer can enhance each womans best features, flattering all body types from making a boyish shape look more feminine to a curvy shape more hourglass. The concept behind Eyola's Femme De Rose was developed during one of Aloye's countryside walks where she took inspiration from the breathtaking views and flower rich grasslands that surrounded her. Eyola's bespoke online service was influenced by Jean-Baptist Guillot and his discovery of 'La France'

the first hybrid tea rose that transformed the floral industry not just during the Victorian era but to this very day. Inspired by Guillot's rose crossbreading technique, Aloye created a concept of her own crossbreeding two hallmarks of the Eyola brand: timelessness and tailoring. With strong British roots and heritage, taking inspiration from the Victorian era and British tailoring, Eyola's Femme De Rose endeavours to source all materials (including a selection of sustainable nature-friendly wool), fabrics and accessories from the UK. Aspiring to follow in the tradition of bespoke British tailoring Eyola's Femme De Rose takes inspiration and follows in the footsteps of London Savile Row's craftsmanship. In an attempt to change the way women shop for clothes, Eyola's Femme De Rose encourages and supports women's freedom of expression by involving women in the design process - satisfying their style needs and ensuring the perfect fit by requesting their bust, waist and hip measurements. The lining of each blazer jacket is decorated with pink velvet ribbon, symbolizing timelessness and personality. The color also represents the rose flower, which forms an integral part of Femme De Roses heritage and guarantees the high quality fabrics and tailoring. Each blazer is packaged in environmentally friendly acidfree tissue paper, a rose-print reusable 'Furoshiki' gift wrap and an eco-polythene mailing bag. From the infinitely desirable and timeless blazer jacket to the nature friendly packaging, Eyola's Femme De Rose aims at an experience that will remain close to each woman's heart.
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Sweet & Sassy

All Dresses from H&M 2012 Limited Edition Jewels: Fahoma Madrid Shoes: ZARA Idea & Photography: Julian Bern - Models: Maite Sanchez & Esther Pastor Make Up: Ismael Rodriguez & Anabel Castellano Hairdressing: Raquel Blanco & Veronica Lopez Styling: Yasmina Faden
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By Jennifer Tiedmann

As we witness the latest fashion shows on the catwalks of New York, London and Milan, the picture of what is in for S/S 2013 begins to become clear. Though every designer draws on his or her own design language and techniques to grab your attention, we are surprised to find two common elements arise frequently in the core of this extravagant fashion party. We see these two materials all over the runway. From evening gowns to skirts, from tank tops to shirts, they are everywhere. Some designers add lace as detailed features and others choose to combine these two exquisite fabrics together, but both for the same sole purpose: the ideal illustration of female mystique. Lace, as well known to all, is used to show the delicate side of femininity and if matched with chiffon, we find this aura only amplifies. In addition, we see some designers put chiffon over the mini skirt. This is definitely a very fresh way of dressing. For those who are uncomfortable in a mini skirt, such style makes a mini more wearable. No matter who the designer is or what material is mainly used, you can always sense a touch of elegance on every catwalk in recent fashion weeks, which once again makes us believe elegance never goes out of time! Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Philosophy, Vera Wang, Antonio Berardi, Erdem, just to name a few. These collections once again blow our minds by elevating women's elegance to a new level. The surprising thing is, most elegant pieces on the runway can also be worn every hour of every day. Aimer, as a leading lingerie brand, never loses sight of what is the hottest in lingerie fashion. So, besides fashion weeks,
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we also attended several lingerie shows this year to take a sneak peek at next season's lingerie trends. Surprisingly, we find some interesting overlaps between the latest lingerie trends and the 2013 S/S fashion trends. First, we saw infinite varieties of lace. Some of them are very costly, worth hundreds of dollars per yard. One brand we saw in New York even used real gold foil lace. Second, elegance prevails. Embroideries are widely adopted to show the elegance and delicacy of the female form. We can see that embroideries are still a key element of any lingerie. Third, a new lingerie dressing style begins to surface. On the catwalks of both fashion weeks and lingerie shows, a combination of mesh, silk, chiffon and leather matched with lingerie ultimately leads us to a new look of lingerie as fashion. Within the lingerie industry lace is a lasting theme. The Aimer lace bra is the staple all fine lingerie brands stand upon. So this line has always been one of our primary design focuses. We adopt top Switzerland imported lace with excellent stretchability to provide a comfortable, highly breathable fit. This adds an irresistible elegance to our product. Aimer's Lace Series not only complements a woman's natural curves and shape, but also provides the sex appeal no other design can. Making elegance as part of our brand's DNA. We believe every woman deserves her own style of elegance and fine lingerie can definitely add elegance to a woman's life. Inspired by this goal, we allocate substantive attention to find the perfect combination of material, color, print and embroidery. With Aimer's continuing efforts, elegance becomes an achievable experience.

One of Hollywoods most renowned directors, Ron Howard, has selected one local winner from Pinellas Park, Florida in Canons Project Imaginat10n, where five celebrity directors - Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Georgina Chapman (designer and co-founder of Marchesa), James Murphy (founder of LCD Soundsystem) and Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter) will direct short films based on consumer submitted photographs.

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year two of Canons Long Live Imagination campaign and the next endeavor, Project Imaginat10n, Ron Howard will once again mentor the celebrity directors as they begin the filmmaking process to prove that were all creative. I am so passionate about the integrity and user-generated process of Project Imaginat10n where our celebrity directors can be directly inspired by photographers from all across the country, said Ron Howard. As we selected the photographs, I was blown away by the beauty, perspective and intrigue that they conveyed, and was thrilled that so many people wanted to once again take part in this exciting artistic experiment.

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Kimon Ballis from Pinellas Park has been chosen as a winner in the Setting Theme. The celebrity directors are now reviewing the photos and will select one from each of the 9 categories in addition to Ron Howards pick for the 10th theme of Discovery. So Kimon Ballis could inspire Eva Longorias film! A graduate from Florida Atlantic University and Southwest Florida native for the past 14 years, Kimon Ballis known as Dave, is a fun loving father with twin daughters and his wonderful fianc Robin. Being a active and creative dad, Dave explains how his relationship with

In 2011, Ron Howard and Canon U.S.A. partnered for a similar creative endeavor, Project Imagin8ion. Eight photos were selected and influenced an awardwinning short film, when you find me, directed by Bryce Dallas Howard. For
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photography began. As my kids got older I discovered that I liked taking pictures. My evolution was taking snapshots, to taking good snapshots , to creating images. At the end of 2008, I was seeking some professional training. Given my left brain/engineering focus I was much more interested in learning about the technical aspects of photography. The numbers, settings, electronic and mechanical mechanisms were fascinating. However the class I sought out was not available at the Morean. They asked if I was interested in a composition class. The class was 90% creative challenge and 10% technical, exactly the opposite of what I wanted but it turned out to be a passion igniting experience. My instructor was Beth Reynolds, who has since left the Morean. She was inspirational and she developed a creative base that I draw on today. In the class, my nice point and shoot was way outclassed by the DSLRs of the other classmates. So I saved and bought my own. My next instruction was provided by Chuck Vosburgh also at the Morean. Chuck taught an excellent, hand on class for lighting techniques. Chuck made the complex very simple and is a superb instructor. By this time I was taking decent pictures, but my work still wasnt outstanding. More practice I thought, so I was started looking for opportunities to shoot. was the place where I met many wonderful photographers, who through informal training and show and tell I learned how to post process my images with the right software. There are so many great places in our area that I never would have explored without joining these

groups. Eventually, I ran a group, the West Coast Photography Group in 2011. A special shout out to Frank Lamica who founded and ran the group in 2010. Frank helped me early on to develop processing techniques; also the current leader, Jay Droggitis who encouraged me to submit to Project Imaginat10n. I am not a professional photographer, but its clearly a passion of mine. Regarding my image in Project Imaginat10n..Well I had some really good nature and landscape shots, but the St. Petersburg cityscape is special. We often shoot from the Pier as its so scenic. We are blessed with beautiful sunsets, water, skyline, city lighting, and a unique landmark. Furthermore with closure of the Pier, the perspective shown in Tourist View will be gone forever. So maybe there is some element of fate that caused this image to bubble to the top. Technically the photo is a wide angle, HDR shot, made to be photorealistic. The celebrity directors are currently reviewing the winning photos to make their selections, craft their stories, develop their scripts and prepare to produce their own short films with Canons Cinema EOS System and DSLR cameras. The films will be produced by Freestyle Picture Company, which also produced when you find me in 2011. All five films go into production between Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 and will premiere at a special Project Imaginat10n Film Festival. The 10 in Imaginat10n, represents ten films that will ultimately be produced five additional directors will be announced at a later date.
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at Talis Park
By Chip Krespach

Something very good is happening! We are watching the reawakening of the home sales market in SWFL and are witness to numerous new projects taking shape all over the area and the completion of others started some years ago. It is apparent the economic challenges of the past 5 years that had slowed area growth have also caused a redefinition of home design and community lifestyle to match the ever evolving expression of what people want. It is the power of the free market at work. One example of this re-definition in Naples country club living is Talis Park featuring 461 acres of magnificently landscaped surroundings and their acclaimed Norman & Dye golf course. Having now begun the building of their much-anticipated clubhouse, Vyne House, their vision is to reinterpret SWFL luxury for a new era with an intriguing vision that aims to elevate the club experience. An approach to country club living that is more refined and relaxed and lacking in pretense and contrived airs. Vyne House, the social heart and soul of the master-planned community, embodies their forward thinking approach and is reflective of a lifestyle in step with SWFL luxury living today. Designed by the award-winning architectural firm Peacock + Lewis, the charming, multi-purpose village center will include a lively interplay of breezy indoor and outdoor spaces from terraces to courtyards to outdoor living rooms. Vyne House will be home to a spa, racquet club, fitness center, and caf with stone oven-baked pizza, wine and coffee. Its adjacent Great Lawn will offer the perfect, picturesque setting for any occasion, from wine festivals to concerts and movie screenings. This is not your fathers clubhouse! Offering an entirely new perspective on the active SWFL lifestyle, one that celebrates todays active, health-conscious, socially-connected lifestyles and renders irrelevant outdated rules and formalities; Talis Park is helping set a new direction in lifestyle living. The community will introduce three new neighborhoods offering an inviting network of meandering trails and pathways leading to the village center. Overlooking the water or acclaimed Norman & Dye golf course, three refreshingly distinct home collections will be unveiled to embody the new spirit of the community, with free-flowing indoor/outdoor living spaces, beautiful views, and prices ranging from $700,000 to $2 million plus. The homes will be built by some of the areas top builders such as Sunwest Custom Homes, LLC. Having built high end luxury homes for over 30 years in Naples they are known for the highest quality and functional spaces. Sunwest will offer numerous home models from 2,700 3,500 sq.ft. in the Talis Park enclave of Brightling featuring Caribbean, Italian and Spanish inspirations with prices ranging from $900k to $1.5 million. One of the last luxury communities to be developed west of I-75 along Livingston Rd. it seems clear that Talis Park will emerge among the top luxury home communities and be worthy of careful consideration for the discerning home buyer.
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The way they are constructed, makes double hung windows very popular. Cleaning double hung windows are easier than windows based on a spiral or string system because they won't allow the sash to drop out when you are cleaning them. Double hung windows tilt in a way that uses a flush fitting tilt release which is more attractive than screwed in tilt release systems that are more commonly used. You may find that choosing a quality window is difficult because of the overwhelming number of options. A solid warranty offered by a quality manufacturer as well as your budget should be important factors in the window decision you make. Windows are a large investment and if you pick wisely you can save money over the long run by improving your energy efficiency. In order to save money in the future you may be wise to spend a little more on your windows now.. Quality doors add to the curb appeal of a home and also enhance your home's security. Block the noise outside from entering your home with a well built door which will provide a sound barrier. Energy efficiency is the most important door feature to have. Well built doors provide tight, longlasting barriers by using effective weather seals to improve energy efficiency. The function of door (patio, garage, front or interior door) will certainly be a factor in your decision. When you install a door ensure it is up to code and meets the safety features in your area. There are a number of design options you can choose from when it comes to doors, such as whether you would like to use colored, textured or wrought iron glass. There are many types of materials that
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Community Officials join Taubman and Benderson Development for a ceremonial ground breaking of The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota, Fla. Pictured left to right: Sharon Hillstrom, Manatee Economic Development Corp.; Mark Huey, Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County; Christine Robinson, Chair of Sarasota County Commission; Congressman Vern Buchanan; Randy Benderson, Benderson Executive Director; Bill Taubman, Taubman Chief Operating Officer; Shaun Benderson, Benderson Executive Vice President; John Chappie, Chairman Manatee County Commission, and Sarasota County Commissioners Nora Patterson and Joe Barbetta.

Taubman Centers, Inc. and Benderson Development Company, LLC today announced the ground breaking on an 880,000-squarefoot shopping center in Sarasota, Fla. The Mall at University Town Center will be a state-of-the-art, twolevel, enclosed mall featuring an 80,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue, a 180,000-square-foot Dillards and a 160,000-squarefoot Macys. The $315 million shopping center will include more than 100 specialty stores and restaurants, approximately half of which are anticipated to be new to the market. Located at I-75 and University Parkway, the areas most heavily traveled interchange, The Mall at University Town Center will be the dominant fashion shopping destination in the growing Sarasota region. Retailer response to The Mall at University Town Center has been tremendous, said Taubman Chief Operating Officer William Taubman. We will feature many distinctive retailers not found anywhere else in the local market. The shopping center will offer a distinctive collection of upscale fashion and lifestyle retailers as well as sit-down restaurants. The Mall at University Town Center solidifies the University area as the premier shopping destination in Southwest Florida, said Randy Benderson, president of Benderson Development Company. The shopping center, in conjunction with the Nathan Benderson Rowing Facility, will be a world-class destination and a tremendous community benefit for generations to come.
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The Mall at University Town Center will be a legacy project for Sarasota County, said Christine Robinson, Sarasota County Commission Chair. Its an economically diverse development offering new jobs and new job opportunities. The mall was created by a visionary public-private partnership and based on a sustainable concept that will become a national benchmark for combining a world-class rowing and recreational facility with a world-class commercial and residential center. At the conclusion of the groundbreaking ceremony, William Taubman presented a $10,000 check on behalf of the mall to the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, a non-profit organization dedicated to quality public education for all children. Through the generosity of a caring community, Education Foundation programs and initiatives go beyond what tax dollars can provide and helps to elevate local public schools to the top of Floridas education system. The communities where we build our shopping centers are the key to our success, said Taubman. We believe it is important to reciprocate and support our local community as well. The Mall at University Town Center will open on October 16, 2014.

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Things to Consider When Redoing Your Kitchen

By Lina LaSalle

Youve wanted to remodel your kitchen for a while, and you cant stop thinking about quartz countertops, tiled backsplashes, a built-in wall oven, custommade cabinets, and more. And guess what? Youre not alone. For the first time since 2008, kitchens have overtaken bathrooms as the number one remodeling project for homeowners. According to Dan Fritschen, thats good news, because it means that luxury is returning to what has been a tighter-budget, more practical remodeling market (think adding a new bathroom because of an expanding familys needs). However, Fritschen says, before you start ripping up your old linoleum and shopping for stainless steel appliances, its smart to think about why a kitchen remodel is considered a luxury. Redoing a kitchen is not something Id advise doing on a whim, shares Fritschen, founder of Not only do kitchens cost more than any other type of room to build or remodel, they also typically take the most time to complete and can totally disrupt a familys sense of comfort and routines.
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Think about it: For weeks or even months, you might be without a sink, a range, a dishwasher, and more. You may have to move your refrigerator and microwave to another room, and use a bathroom or utility room sink to wash up. As a result, youll be eating out (a lot), or putting the backyard grill to heavy use. And all the while, your house will be full of workmen, and your bank account will definitely be taking a hit. Now, Im not trying to discourage you from remodeling your kitchen, because the results can be more than worth the inconvenience, says Fritschen. And the inconvenience can definitely be minimized through good planning. Im just suggesting that you carefully consider the project before pulling the triggerthen consider it again for good measure. Fortunately, youre not alone when it comes to making the big decision. There are several newand freetools available online at my website,shares Fritschen. And theyre all designed to help you minimize stress and get the best results.

If youre in the considerationor even early planningstage of a kitchen remodel, read on for more of Fritschens experience-tested advice: First, decide if remodeling is right for you. If remodeling were as easy as daydreaming about your dream kitchen, every family would have a stylish, cutting-edge cooking space. In the real world, though, you have to consider a multitude of variables: Can we comfortably pay for this remodel? Is my family emotionally ready to deal with the disruption and construction? What changes do we want to make, exactly? And dont forget: Would it be easier or less expensive to move to a new home instead? Any type of remodeling project can seem complicated, especially if youve never updated your home before, points out Fritschen. At Remodel or Move, weve tried to simplify your decision-making by developing two free tools: The Should You Remodel? Calculator asks twenty questions that cover personal preference as well as hard numbers, then generates a recommendation. Along the same lines, the Remodel or Move Calculator can help you figure out if remodeling or looking for a new house is a wiser option. And overall, the website can help you formulate a well-organized game plan before you get your hands dirty, which can save you time and money in the long run.

Next, get a cost estimate. Once you have determined that remodeling your kitchen is something that you and your family want to do, its time to get a more accurate cost estimate for the project. Make sure not to neglect this step, because you dont want to be stuck with a half-finished kitchen and no more money. Its much better to put the project on hold for six months or a year while you pad your savings! Its so important to start early, advises Fritschen. Not only do you want to allow yourself plenty of time to plan financially, you can also use the time to compare prices and look for sales on everything from appliances to countertops to cabinetry to make sure your kitchen remodel is as budget-friendly as possible. Make organization a top priority. If youre the type to throw dirty laundry on the bedroom floor and let mail sit on the coffee table for months at a time, dont let those tendencies carry over into planning and overseeing your kitchen remodel! Youll be dealing with a thousand tiny details, ranging from paint colors to cabinet door hinge model numbers to floor plans and more, and letting any one of them fall through the cracks could mean extra expense, delays, and/or dissatisfaction. Fortunately, says Fritschen, Remodel or Moves Search Tool and Idea File are there to make sure that doesnt happen.
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These systems allow you to search through millions of photos by, for instance, cabinet type, style, and even color on your search for inspiration, he explains. When you find something you like, you can save it to your personal Idea File, along with notes, comments, and ratings. You can even take pictures with your Smartphone and upload them, so if you find the perfect sink while shopping alone, you can show it to your spouse without having to drag him or her back out to the store. Again, its best to get started on selecting ideas and designing your new kitchen as early as possible so that you can envision everything as a cohesive unit, and so that you have time to change your mind.

er, architect, mortgage banker, contractor, etc. can help you understand the true costs and benefits of remodeling, and also help you plan efficiently, Fritschen says. When it comes to actually hiring some of these individuals, I have some good news: Todays low interest rates and relatively low demand means that remodeling is on sale compared to prices five years ago. Keep in mind that the more organized your plan is, the more tempting youll be. The best of the best will want to work with you. If you approach your kitchen remodel with an eye for cost-effectiveness and organization, not only will you have a gorgeous new space to cook in, you might even increase the value of your home, Fritschen

Bring in the experts. Yes, the DIY movement is popular and thriving, and theres no reason why you shouldnt provide your own labor for some aspects of your remodelif you feel comfortable doing so. But chances are, youll also want some expert advice and help to make sure youre completely satisfied with the finished product. (And unless you happen to be a plumber, electrician, or carpenter, youll probably need to bring in the professionals at some point.) On the front end, you may find that talking about your options with a real estate agent, interior design128 FOCUS of SWFL 2012

concludes. Again, take advantage of all of the tips and tools on to minimize stress and put you in control throughout the whole remodeling process.
About Dan Fritschen: Dan Fritschen is the author of Remodel or Move?TM Make the Right Decision (ABCD Publishing LLC, 2005, ISBN: 978-1-9330076-9-4, $15.95), and creator of a homeowner support organization that helps homeowners become better informed so that they can make the right decision on whether to remodel or move. He started his company after twenty years of remodeling his own homes and helping others make remodel or move decisions for themselves. Because he is neither a realtor nor a remodeler, he is qualified to offer pragmatic, unbiased advice.

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Communication is a vital part of our lives: a typical day involves many interactions between ourselves, our work colleagues and clients, our children, our friends, our ex's, future relationships, etc. This interaction takes place where we live, work, relax, socialize and wherever we perform routine tasks. Communication skills are critical for building healthy relationships, especially when one realizes that one of the most common causes of relational breakdown is a lack of communication. Just as communication can be the most important part of a relationship; arguments can be the most destructive aspect - the closer we are to someone, the more easily we can bruise or be bruised. There is very little truth in the saying: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me." It's not what we say, but rather how we say it, that most often hurts another person. Do you identify with any of these statements? "He never listens to me when I talk!" "She talks and talks, but never actually says anything!" "It's like talking to a brick wall" "I can't get through to you"
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"We can't talk about anything important without getting into a fight" "She's too emotional - she's either crying or shouting or complaining. It's easier to avoid her" "He always gets defensive when I try to talk about issues" Communication is a complex process; of which speaking only makes up for 10-20%. The other 80-90% is made up by facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, etc. Communication is the art/ science of transferring a thought/ idea/ information from the mind of one complex human being to the mind of one or more complex human being(s). For communication to be effective, it must be a two-way process. Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication 1. Facts: are both people communicating about the same set of facts? Try to separate the facts from thoughts or feelings. 2. Interpretations, Thoughts or Perceptions: Each person interprets a fact differently based on their belief system, personality, values and experience.

3. Feelings: how we are feeling, our current mood When resolving conflicts, remember that their causes may run deep. Sweepand frame of mind, etc can sub-consciously affect de- ing issues under the carpet isnt going to work in the long term, as old baggage will be brought up each time an argument starts. Try to fully resolve cisions and thoughts.
each issue as it comes along. You may find the following method useful:

4. Intentions, Needs or Wants: hidden agendas; are 1. Ask the other person for their feelings. Your conflict probably isnt about we looking for comfort, clarification, information or the issue that caused it to start in the first place. Dont forget that your goal simply a chance to interact? We judge ourselves on is sorting out the problem, not winning an argument! our intentions. 5. Actions: choice of words (is the intent to create harm?) + tone of voice + non-verbal speech = body language, posture, eye contact, facial expressions, etc.
2. Ask the other person to define the problem. Stick to solving one problem at a time, that way you can understand each problem as the other person sees it. 3. Express your own feelings. Be careful to word them carefully, for example use phrases such as I feel rather than I think you

"The medium is the message" the way the message is 4. Define the problem as you see it. As your feelings come out, the solution may become clearer. Remember that by you listening to the other person; delivered is the message itself.
you will have set the tone for them to listen to you.

6. Self: The communication centre, which includes 5. Create multiple solutions. Dont go back to your original agenda. Aim to the issue, topic or conflict at hand, has been "filtered" find alternative or creative solutions that reduce emotions and tension. by the facts, interpretations, thoughts, feelings, intentions, and choices of behaviour / actions. 6. Rate the possible solutions. Remember that no one can force an unacListening and Feedback
ceptable solution on the other. 7. Combine and create a mutually acceptable solution. Create something ac-

Did I say what I meant to say? - Invite feedback to ceptable to both parties, if this doesnt work go back to step 1 and ensure both parties are being totally honest. clarify communication. Someone who's not listening lets their mind drift and is already preparing the next argument or opposing thought; inaccurate feedback or limited eye contact. Listening is an active, not a passive process. When two people argue, they only hear "what they want to hear", not what's actually said. This equates to the accusation of "not listening". Most couples start arguing and within 5 minutes are arguing about the way they are arguing. Don't argue when you're angry - you will not be able to listen objectively. Give yourself time to cool down and then broach the subject when you are in a more reasonable frame of mind. It's important to give feedback - checking and confirming. Did I understand you correctly? Is this what you mean? I heard you say this: am I right? Feedback can be verbal/non-verbal e.g. a nod, smile, silence or a cold shoulder. No feedback is in itself a form of feedback. If the words and actions contradict each other, it is better to believe the actions! Conflict Resolution Conflict resolution can either be Constructive or Destructive. Destructive Style - hinders or inhibits the conflict resolution process:
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1. See communication as an opportunity to praise, build-up, affirm, heal, support and give positive reinforcement, rather than to correct, criticize, tear down, hurt, wound, lash out at. Praise opens doors to further communication, while criticism shuts them down. 2. Remember that actions speak louder than words; non-verbal communication usually is more powerful than verbal communication. Avoid double messages in which the verbal and the non-verbal messages convey something contradictory. (Credibility gap) 3. Define what is important and stress it; define what is unimportant and de-emphasize or ignore it. Avoid fault-finding. 4. Communicate in ways that show respect for the other persons worth as a human being. Avoid statements which begin with the words You never or I think you . 5. Be clear and specific in your communication. Avoid vagueness. 6. Be realistic and reasonable in your statements. Avoid exaggeration and sentences which begin with You always 7. Test all your assumptions verbally by asking if they are accurate. Avoid acting until this is done. 8. Recognize that each event can be seen from different points of view. Avoid assuming that other people see things like you do. (Perception) 9. Recognize that your family members and close friends are experts on you and your behaviour. Avoid the tendency to deny their observations about you especially if you are not sure. 10. Recognize that disagreement can be a meaningful form of communication. Avoid destructive arguments. 11. Be honest and open about your feelings and viewpoints. Bring up all significant problems even if you are afraid that doing so will disturb another person. Speak the truth in love. Avoid sullen silences. 12. Do not put down and/or manipulate the other person with tactics such as ridicule, interrupting, name-calling, changing the subject, blaming, bugging, sarcasm, criticism, pouting, guilt-inducing, etc. Avoid the one-upmanship game. 13. Be more concerned about how your communication affects others than about what you intended. Avoid getting bitter if you are misunderstood. 14. Accept all feelings and try to understand why others feel and act as they do. Avoid the tendency to say, you shouldnt feel like that. 15. Be tactful considerate and courteous. Avoid taking advantage of the other persons feelings. 16. Ask questions and listen carefully. Avoid preaching or lecturing. 17. Do not use excuses. Avoid falling for the excuses of others. 18. Speak kindly politely and softly. Avoid nagging yelling or whining. 19. Recognize the value of humor and seriousness. Avoid destructive teasing.
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Confrontational (win or lose, blaming) Sabotage (focus on weak points, shaming) Manipulation (blackmail, withdrawal) Giving in (passive, submissive) Avoidance (denial, withdrawal) Constructive Style trying to minimize the issues and avoiding the difficulties in resolving the problems: Compromise (meet halfway, understanding) Accommodate (open discussion, communication without confrontation) Partnership (solutions, forgiveness, honesty) When trying to resolve conflicts, try to clarify your goals, as you will probably share many of the same goals despite of your differences. Avoid bargaining, as this may lead to each party taking a rigid position which in turn can flare tempers.

Troubleshooting For Problems in Communication Control or Power Issues: Effective communication cannot take place if one person has "control" over the other or where there is not mutual respect and equality of relationship. To stay in control leads to relational isolation as the underdog reacts in anger at being manipulated or belittled. Triangulation: Do not bring in a third party to avoid direct confrontation. If you have a problem with someone, go directly to that person. Don't dump your accusations on mutual friends or your children in the hope of winning support to balance the scales in your favour - it leads to more substantial and long-lasting damage, especially when a child is used as a weapon between parents. As you look ahead to new relationships, you need to be able to break old and faulty communication patterns to allow for healthier interaction. The use of praise and positive reinforcement will reconstruct wounded and broken selfimages and will build self-esteem, particularly in children. By becoming an effective communicator, you will also grow and become a better person which will positively enhance all your relationships.

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By Dr. Rich Nicastro

It is extremely distressing to feel as if your words and actions have no impact (or no longer matter) to your spouse/partnerto think that someone whom you love deeply is no longer engaged fully in the relationship or interested in what's important to you can be extremely painful. When you feel like your spouse/ partner is not being responsive to you (and to your needs), two outcomes become likely: 1. Initially, you may "up the ante" in order to have some kind of impact on your spouse/partner-- this might involve yelling, becoming more provocative, elevating your emotional responses, acting in ways that are uncharacteristic for you (in attachment literature these types of reactions are called "protest" behaviorsyour protests are a reflection of losing something extremely important to you; this can be the love of your partner, the security of your relationship, or both). Is it fair to say that at some point most of us would react negatively (protest) if we perceived our spouse/partner to be unavailable and unresponsive to our needs?

2. When you feel ignored for extended periods of time, your sense of despair can turn into feelings of hopelessnessyou give up on trying to engage your spouse/partner and begin to retreat (this is a selfprotective behaviorin essence, you're cutting your loses). This may take the form of indifference, withdrawal behaviors, and disengaging from the relationship in general (and the responsibilities that are a part of the relationship). Typically a protest reaction isn't random: Protest behaviors (getting really upset when your partner isn't responding in predictable ways that make you feel secure in the relationship) occur in a particular context; and the triggering event is usually feeling anxious about losing the security of your relationship. Relationship Help: Let's break down this reaction: An unresponsive/disengaged/uninterested partner triggers increased anxiety and worry in the other partner, who then attempts to reengage the unresponsive partner (for example, "We need to talk," or

"What's wrong?") and if the other partner is still not responsive, protest behaviors are triggered. Your protest behaviors (whether your protest behaviors are perceived as nagging, pestering, yelling, or some kind of increased emotionality like anger) are in effect attempts to try and correct the problemideally it's an attentiongrabbing reaction that will let your spouse know that something is wrong that needs fixing. Think of protest behaviors as an alarm sounding in an effort to grab your partner's attention to what needs to be addressed. Marital/relationship problems can arise when these temporary reactions (feeling one's spouse/partner is unconcerned and unresponsive) are not addressed and become ingrained patterns. I hope this sheds some light on why you seem to get so upset with your spouse (or why we all get upset with our spouse/partner at times). Whenever we allow a loved one special access to our hearts, feeling ignored by this person is going to feel like a major deal.
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Coffee Drinking
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By Shannon Burton

The history of coffee would not be complete or coffee as good without the contributions of Melitta Bentz, inventor, innovator, entrepreneur and mother. Millions of people owe her a moment of thanks each morning. Without her idea and the resourcefulness to make it happen, coffee might not have become one of the worlds favorite beverages. She literally changed the world of coffee drinking, one cup at a time. Coffee was first developed as a hot drink in the 11th century on the African continent, but it wasnt until hundreds of years later that it made its way to Europe and hundreds of years more before it was brewed at home. At the dawn of the 20th century, the method of the day was to place coffee grounds into a cloth bag, tie it with string and submerge it in a pot of boiling water. The result was cloudy, bitter coffee with oily, mucky residue in every cup. Nonetheless, Melitta Bentz, a German housewife, saw coffees beverage potential. Her premise was simple: cleaner coffee will taste better. Her innovation was equally simple, though revolutionary. She punctured a brass pot with several holes, took a piece of blotter paper from her sons schoolbook and improvised a two-part filter system. And thus, the pour-over was born. After receiving a patent for both the filter and the filtration paper, she established the Melitta Bentz Company in 1908. With that one goal to make coffee taste better she transformed coffee consumption. Her drip method of making coffee is still one of the most widely used brewing methods in the world. For over 100 years, the Melitta brand has dedicated itself to providing the ultimate coffee experience with its gourmet coffees, filters and coffeemakers everything needed to make a perfect cup of coffee.

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This holiday season Dannon Oikos has teamed up with Chef Richard Blais to get the word out about the hottest holiday cooking staple. With its creamy-thick texture and fresh taste, Dannon Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt is a perfect ingredient in so many decadent holiday dishes. From sauces and dips to marinades and stuffings, Dannon Oikos will add that special taste and texture that will have your guests begging for the recipe.


As a chef, its important for me to make sure my recipes taste great. Im also always looking for ways to make dishes nutritious without sacrificing taste. What better time to have this mindset than the holidays. With its creamy, rich texture, fresh taste, and at least 80% less fat than regular mayonnaise, sour cream or cream cheese, Dannon Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt offers endless ways to shake up, lighten up and modernize some of our favorite traditional holiday foods.
Here are some of my tips on how to incorporate this tasty addition to your holiday traditions: Chef Richard Blais Tips for Cooking with Dannon Oikos Greek nonfat Yogurt
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Swap out the dollop of regular sour cream on your mashed potatoes with Dannon Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt for a nutritious and creamy-thick taste. Dannon Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt is a great addition to any casserole; the nonfat greek yogurt provides calcium that acts as a binder. Dannon Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt can be used in dips and dressings as a substitute for regular mayonnaise or sour cream to provide a nutritious twist to your recipe Use Dannon Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt in marinades its a great tenderizer! A holiday meal isnt complete without dessert! Whether youre making a spiced apple cake, or a creamy cheese cake, Dannon Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt is a great substitution for some holiday staple ingredients such as oil, butter, cream cheese or ricotta cheese. If incorporating yogurt when cooking, avoid using aluminum products the acidity of yogurt can react negatively with aluminum.
Ingredients 1 whole acorn squash white onion, chopped 1 bay leaf 4 cloves garlic 2 tbsp celery, chopped 1 quart chicken stock 1/2 cup Dannon Oikos plain Greek nonfat yogurt 1/2 cup whipped yogurt (page 2 for recipe) optional cup chorizo, crumbled 2 tbsp cranberry canned jelly 3 leaves cilantro 1 tsp smoked paprika Pomegranate seeds for garnish Lime for garnish

Acorn Squash Soup

Instructions 1. In a stockpot, cook the onion, bay leaf, garlic and celery in some olive oil until garlic releases aroma. 2. Add the chopped acorn squash and then the chicken stock and simmer. When the acorn squash is cooked, swirl in Dannon Oikos plain Greek nonfat yogurt and remove from the heat. 3. In a separate pan, cook the chorizo and paprika. 4. When the squash is cooked thoroughly, pure the soup and pass through a sieve so it is smooth. 5. Garnish with the crumbled chorizo, the cilantro, pomegranate seeds, a squirt of lime and cover with the whipped yogurt, or alternatively just add a dollop of Dannon Oikos plain Greek nonfat yogurt. Yield 4-6 servings
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Roast Holiday Turkey Glazed with Dannon Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt & Lemon Curd
By Richard Blais Brine 1 turkey (approximately 8-10 lbs) 1 gallon chicken stock 1 gallon ice water 1 cup sea salt cup poultry seasoning cup sugar Instructions 1. Heat the salt, sugar, and spices to dissolve the salt and sugar. 2. Chill this and add the ice water. Submerge your bird in this brine overnight or for at least 6 hours. Remove the bird and rinse under cold water. **To brine a turkey: use a large brining bag, a tall cooking pot, or even a clean plastic bucket, depending on the size of your turkey. Marinade for Basting 3 cups Dannon Oikos plain Greek nonfat yogurt 2 cups lemon curd cup dried oregano cup fresh sage, chopped cup fresh rosemary fresh, minced Instructions 1. Mix all ingredients. Place the bird on a rack, season with white pepper and cook at 400F to start browning the bird. After an hour, turn heat to 275F. 2. Collect the drippings and mix with the lemon curd, Dannon Oikos plain Greek nonfat yogurt and herbs. Brush this on the bird, really lather the turkey up and finish roasting for 3-4 hours depending on the size of the bird. 3. When the bird is finished, glaze the bird with some of the remaining marinade, or alternatively save it for dipping and leftovers! Yield 4-6 servings
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Baked Sweet Potato with Parmesan, Sorghum & Dannon Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt
By Richard Blais Ingredients 4 sweet potatoes 3 tbsp sorghum 3 tbsp parmesan 4 tbsp scallions, sliced 4 tbsp Dannon Oikos plain Greek nonfat yogurt 2 tbsp unsalted butter (optional) Sea salt, to taste Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Sprinkle potatoes with salt and prick with a fork a few times. Wrap them in foil and bake at 350F until tender, around an hour. When cooked, remove foil, and halve the potato lengthwise. Gently fork mash the potatoes. Top each potato with a drizzle of sorghum, a grate of Parmesan, the scallions, Dannon Oikos plain Greek nonfat yogurt and butter (optional).

Light molasses or dark treacle may be used as substitutes for sorghum. Yield 4-6 servings

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Malted Dannon Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt Panna Cotta with Clementine & Chocolate Almonds
By Richard Blais Ingredients 5 fluid oz. heavy cream 2/3 cup Dannon Oikos vanilla Greek nonfat yogurt ( or use a 5.3 oz. single serve container) 1 oz. sugar 1 oz. malted barley 1 gelatin sheet Instructions 1. Heat the heavy cream and sugar together until the sugar dissolves. 2. Remove the liquid from the heat and add the malted barley. Let this steep for an hour. 3. Strain the mixture into a clean pot and stir the Dannon Oikos vanilla Greek nonfat yogurt into the pot. 4. Bloom the gelatin in an ice bath. Meanwhile, bring the strained mixture to a simmer. 5. Remove strained mixture from heat and add gelatin. 6. Pour the liquid into four small containers. Let this chill for 2 hours or until the panna cottas have set. Per serving container, garnish with: A few slices of clementine A scattering of candied ginger Chocolate dusted almonds Yield 4 servings
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Oikos is a registered trademark of Stonyfield Farm, Inc. and used under license by The Dannon Company, Inc.

Dannon Oikos Vanilla Greek Nonfat Yogurt Egg Nog

By Richard Blais Ingredients 4 cups low fat milk 1 vanilla bean, split 6 cloves tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp Saigon cinnamon 8 egg yolks whisked 1 quart Dannon Oikos vanilla Greek nonfat yogurt 2 cups bourbon (optional) 1 tsp fresh grated nutmeg Powdered vanilla to garnish Instructions 1. Heat mixture of low fat milk, vanilla bean, cloves, vanilla extract, and Saigon cinnamon; simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside. 2. Whisk the eggs; then whisk into the warm milk mixture. 3. Let this steep and cool, then strain. 4. Add remaining ingredients to this cool mixture. 5. Finish with a nice shaving of nutmeg, vanilla, and even more cinnamon if you wish! Yield 4-6 servings

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By Ryan Spencer

Over the years, I have put together some wonderful social gathering and this season, as always, I plan to throw some more. Thinking on what to include on this years list; a few bottles of wine and maybe create something new or bizarre. Well, I decided to go with something new, warm and clear; Naked Turtle White Rum. The bottle captured my eye with the look of a relaxed turtle, taking it easy in a hammock. Reminding me of how I like to relax during the weekend; taking in some sun and fun with my family and friends. Naked Turtle White Rum is a new release in the United States, from the island of St. Croix; a wonderful island within the U.S. Virgin Islands. Located in a beautiful location that is all about what Im into, stressfree living and fun with some good friends. Kicking back wherever you may be to enjoy the good things in life and leave your worries behind. What I really liked about this rum was its crisp taste and how smooth it is, but the first thing you will notice when you pick up the bottle, is how well it fits in your hand. This is not the regular shape bottle that has an odd shape of some kind. It fits nicely and is easy to pour. But importantly is taste. Using a shot glass, I appreciated this rums smooth texture and a nice hint of vanilla, it has a natural flavor that is delicious and something to be experienced. Being so clear and crisp I wondered how well it would mix with others, because it's not about how you drink your rum it's about how you mix it. About this time my wife is cooking up some shrimp and fresh mixed vegetables for this evenings dinner. She asked, Whats the deal with the turtle? I replied, Im getting Naked, she giggled and looked over the bottle. I later explained how The Naked Turtle is a big fan of sea turtles and encourages awareness to help protect their homes. Naked Turtle mutually works with David Godfrey, the Executive Director at the Sea Turtle Conservancy, promoting the understanding of the health of the sea and turtles. I began to look over what I can mix for tonights dinner. I was thinking of a nice cool daiquiri to take in this evenings wonderful weather, but decided on something quick. For me, a simple rum and coke with crushed ice. For her, fruit punch and rum with a twist of lime and the glass rim dipped in white sugar, also with crushed ice. The relatively clear flavor is why I found The Naked Turtle White Rum easy to like, easy to mix and easy to drink. We discovered, looking at the sunset with its blue and orange hues, that this was truly a relaxing, kick back evening with the Naked Turtle, wonderfully smooth tasting rum. I can see why their motto is. Dont Worry. Drink Naked. We both agreed to add The Naked Turtle White Rum to our list of spirits for many of our events, including our New Years party. My wife closed off the evening with, Im getting Naked, too.
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Founded in 2008, Endgame Adventures features four programs and a full-season summer expedition based on health and wellness, academics, service and surf and performance fitness. Camp programs offer natural experiences and personal growth to restore mind, body and soul. All adventures are stationed in Costa Rica and as Biasotti explains, Costa Rica is a location that gives our participants that visceral awe of being. It was a natural choice, as it is in close proximity to the United States and offers a wealth of welcoming ecotourism, varied landscapes that provide infinite adventures and boasts beautiful natives, plants and wildlife. Amenities include healthy meal plans, full access to beachfront surfspots, 24-hour chaperones and hosts, local guides and hosts for itinerary orientation, wellness training, immersion in the Spanish language, two 60-minute daily sessions of essay writing, revisions and editing, photographic opportunities, cultural immersion and exchange and exploring indigenous communities. Each adventure camp is held in one, two, three and fourweek intervals and feature a plethora of activities coupled with new experiences of raw nature. Held in singular or group formats, guests can select from four programs: health and wellness, academic, service and surf or performance fitness: The academic adventure camp focuses on college essay and resume-building programs breaking the mold of dated, pedagogical ideas of sitting in a classroom for endless hours. Endgame Adventures offers a unique opportunity to work one-on-one with students to build a memorable, prominent college essay and resume. The serene yet active atmosphere lends the opportunity for students to reach a deeper, clearer opportunity for selftransformation and enrichment for their future. Surf and service adventure camps allow individuals to partake in Costa Ricas natural surf and assisting primary school students. From providing 21 hours per week of service in a Costa Rican Sea Turtle hatchery to servicing students to become more responsible, define future goals and build self-confidence, individuals are exposed to the synergy of service and the connection to the environment. Additional activities include daily Spanish and conversational classes and surfing classes.

Push beyond your physical limits or reach peak physical conditions with the performance fitness camp. All aspects of performance are designed and led by Coach Biasotti and include strength, power, speed movement training and energy system development. Participants train twice a day and follow a prescribed nutritional program. Additional activities include mountain hiking, waterfall tours, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, boogieboarding, canopy tours, boxing, yoga and Capoeira. Endgame Adventures health and wellness camp provides total fitness training on one of Costa Ricas most beautiful beaches. The format is programmed to make weight-loss feel like an adventure, not agony, by offering a variety of activities to trigger motivation and promote a healthy mindset. Coach Biasotti and his medical and nutritional team spent 9 consecutive weeks in Hermosa Beach developing and perfecting aprogram where individuals seeking an effective, stress-free, weight-loss program are treated to blood screening to implement an effective plan, access to nurses and coaching for healthy habit changes. Physical activities ranging from two 90-minute exercise periods per day, mountain hiking, surfing, boogie boarding and biking to kickboxing and capoeira. Endgame Adventures also provides travel options and adventures including desert hikes in Havasu Falls, Arizona; snow shoeadventures in White Mountains, New Hampshire; surfing inJaco, Hermosa, and Santa Teresa, Costa Rica or Las Salina, Nicaragua and snow boarding in Fernie, British Columbia; bicycling in Death Valley, California. Weekly fitness camps are also available and offer participants with 10-session weekly fitness experience. Activities range from a fitness trail at a local park to beach bootcamp.
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high amounts of flavonoids, in particular catechins, which are powerful antioxidants. We need antioxidants in our diet because they help us to fight the effects of aging. They do this by reducing the number of free radicals in the bloodstream, elements that increase oxidation, and thus contribute to heart disease and other health problems. Catechins also stimulate the production of endorphins, which are the brain chemicals that enable us to feel good and experience pleasure and a sense of well-being, and serotonin, which is the body's own natural antidepressant. So yes, all those stories you read about in the press that claim that popping a bite of chocolate can possibly do more for your sense of well-being than popping a Valium may be correct. The flavonoids in dark chocolate also help to absorb ultraviolet light, and thus protect the skin, increase the blood flow to it, and keep it hydrated. Dark chocolate has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) levels by up to 10 percent. A recent British study showed that those who ate 7.5 grams of dark chocolate daily reduced their risk of heart attack and stroke by 39%, compared to those who ate .7 grams. In this study, more chocolate was actually better. This article is sounding better by the minute, right? Great. So I can binge on chocolate as much as I want, right? Uhno. Sorry. Chocolate is still full of calories, and eating too much of it will still make you fat. In most of the research studies proving the benefits of dark chocolate, the amount of chocolate consumed by the test subjects per day was the size of one Hershey's Kiss.

Benefits of Dark

What's that you say? Chocolate, mentioned in an article on a health-conscious website, and touted as if it has actual benefits for one's health? Surely the Millennium is upon us. It's true. Chocophiles (lovers of chocolate) have reason to rejoice. According to recent research, at least some forms of chocolate (which we chocophiles consider the only "true" chocolate anyway) are actually good for you. One such study revealed that people who ate a small amount of dark chocolate daily were able to significantly reduce their blood pressure by 5 points systolic pressure and 2 points diastolic pressure while control groups who ate similar amounts of milk chocolate or white chocolate did not. It's not magic... it only sounds like magic Chocolate is, after all, a plant substance, related to and thus sharing the nutritional benefits of other dark vegetables. One of these benefits is the presence in dark chocolate (again, in dark or pure chocolate, not in milk chocolate or white chocolate) of
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So, as with many things that are good for us, when it comes to chocolate, there is a point of diminishing returns more does not mean better. Remember that one 100 gram bar of chocolate contains about 500 calories, and eating that much would seriously impact most people's attempts to either lose weight or keep it at a sensible level. If you were to add a full bar of chocolate to your diet, you'd have to balance those 500 added calories by cutting out something else.

But this is still good news And, as "health news" goes, refreshing. Instead of being told that something we love to eat or drink is bad for us, we learn that something we enjoy is good for us. If eaten in moderation. If part of you still feels guilty over adding one small piece of dark chocolate to your diet, think of it as medicine, not a guilty pleasure. Like other forms of medicine, a little goes a long way and produces beneficial results, and too much can produce detrimental results. So rejoice that one of nature's sweet treats turns out to actually be good for us, but don't overdo it. Don't replace other foods in your already balanced diet with chocolate. Just add a little dark chocolate to that diet. Think of it as medicine that actually tastes good, gives you more energy and boosts your happiness levels, and that you can buy in almost any shop, as opposed to having to go to a pharmacy or health food store.