Five Ways to Empower Your Kids This School Year

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Empowerment and Business Expert Entrepreneur, Author & Mom Jen Groover, Shares Her Tips for Raising Happy, Healthy, Empowered Children in New York City

The world children grow up in today is vastly different than the one many of us remember from our own childhoods – especially in New York City. As parents today, we want more for our children than just academic and career success, we want them to believe in themselves, lead positive, purposeful, rewarding lives and grow to become the best possible version of themselves. However, with their schedules jam packed with extracurricular activities, technology at their fingertips and a whole new breed of school bully, it is easy for a child living in New York City to feel powerless in their own life. It’s more important now than ever to empower children by giving them the tools they need to develop their own identity and the personal strength to achieve their goals and become their own role models for positive living.

Design Projects That Inspire

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By Tamara Magel

This living space was designed with two thoughts in mind, to juxtapose various hues of black and white without it being so literal and to create depth. The wall-unit created exclusively in the Tamara Magel furniture shop is a bleached oak that keeps an airy, open space in this sun-filled room. For a deeper aesthetic, the metal shelves monochromatically contrast the light oak; incorporating an outlet for decor without subtracting space and substituting the requirement of hanging wall art.

Cognac’s Corner Coverage of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is New York City’s largest fashon media event.  The famous event takes place twice a year during late winter in February and September at Lincoln Center.   The event provides top fashion designers an international platform to showcase their collections to over 100,000 industry insiders from around the globe, including buyers, editors, retailers, celebrities and VIPs.  The event features more than 80 designer shows in one week.  it is known as the premier event worldwide where style, beauty, supermodels, and celebrities come together to celebrate the best in the fashion world.

Mario Cantone: An Artist Who Fits No Mold

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By Gunjan J. Sewhani

Photography by GETTY IMAGES/Andrew Walker

When Mario Cantone is asked about the genesis of his career, he can’t really pinpoint how it all started—for a couple of seconds he lists various mediums and platforms he had as a budding artist: “There’s Broadway…and standup comedy… and….” he trails off and, after a bit, resigns. Finally, he reveals: “You know, it’s really all just about the audience.”

Awards Watch

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By Norah Lawlor

The fall film festival circuit kicks off with the 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival this September 5, 2013 – September 15, 2013; I sat down with the leading New York film critics to get a clearer picture of the upcoming awards season’s major contenders. From period dramas to biopics, sci-fi flicks and dark comedies, if buzz is any indication, these films should top your early awards season watch list as you gear up for the 71st Annual Golden Globe® Awards on Sunday, January 12, 2014, and the 86th Academy Awards on March 2, 2014.

Controlling Your Dog’s Scent Marking

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By Victoria Stilwell

Scent marking is a very normal and common behavior particularly in male dogs but becomes a big problem when marking occurs in the home. Dogs mark to advertise their presence or to claim territory and resources. Pheromones in urine and feces contain chemical messages that pass on information about the marker such as age, sex, health and reproductive status. Even though urination has a competitive component, it can also occur if a dog is over stimulated, for example, during or after vigorous play, or if a dog becomes anxious in a particular situation, such as when a person leaves. This common expression of anxiety in dogs is often mistaken for spite, resulting in punishment which only serves to increase anxious behavior.