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Sheila Venancia – Perspectives – REAL Beauty

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XL Long Bob Haircuts

By Sheila Venancia

New year, new cut …it is time to reset your mane to anticipate the upcoming hair trends.

Celebrities, fashion designers and those “in the know” are seeking a new aesthetic for the upcoming year with regard to hairstyles. It is looking like the hottest trend will be a style with very natural motion and full cuts.

For 2018, the new spring hairdo trend is the XL long bob with its layers and curls cut to shoulder length, together with bangs in the style of the 70’s. This combination of two classic looks will be a constant this year. With this hairstyle, there will be cuts suitable for all types of faces and hair.

Modern bob haircuts feature a couple of innovations. Read More

Patricia Tan – Perspectives – International REAL Estate

Patricia Tan

Are You Ready?

By Patricia Tan

A growing number of U.S. citizens are choosing to live in other countries. Are you ready to join them?

In 2016 more Americans than ever before surrendered their passports and chose to renounce their U.S. citizenship. The latest statistics available for 2017 also show that the numbers are continuing to climb. But this is only part of the picture. An ever-increasing number of Americans simply choose to live in a foreign country while retaining their citizenship. The decision to relocate may be based on personal, economic, financial or lifestyle choices, but it is most certainly not a decision to be taken lightly.

Many Americans look to establish homes in countries where the cost of living is lower, and where their retirement funds will go further. This could mean moving to a “less developed” country, but such a move is not for everyone. Read More

REAL Video – 2018 Thunder By The Bay Promo Reel

Thunder by the Bay

Thunder By The Bay Promo Reel Released.

This year’s Thunder by the Bay motorcycle festival, returning to Sarasota at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, runs from February 15-18, 2018. The two day festival portion of the weekend at the fairground continues to offer free admission to the general public. Thunder by the Bay plans to offer a wide variety of live music for all ages touting the theme “The Festival Where Rock Meets Country”.


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Cover – Bayshore Gardens

Bayshore Gardens

Bayshore Gardens

A Mid-Century Modern Community

By David Breakfield, MLIS, Manatee County Public Library System

By Kim Burns, REALTOR, SaraBay Real Estate

Kim Burns had a desire to learn about her subdivision, Bayshore Gardens. In beginning to research the neighborhood’s history she learned that the Manatee County Library was planning a 2018 exhibit on Bayshore Gardens. Wanting to be a part of bringing the exhibit to life, she met David Breakfield who is spearheading the project for the library. There is a renewed interest in the subdivision and homeowners are becoming more aware of the unique community, as well as the importance of preserving the architecture as much as possible. Evidence can be seen by driving through the neighborhood, where owners have begun or are in the process of restoring their homes. Let’s trace the development of Bayshore Gardens.

2015 marked the sixtieth anniversary of the founding and development of Bayshore Gardens. It was the brainchild of New York’s Sydney Newman, who purchased the land in 1955 for approximately $1.5 million. According to an article announcing the purchase, it was the largest amount of land to be purchased since the 1920s. Bayshore Gardens is comprised of approximately 3,000 acres or about 3.6 square miles. Read More

Cover – Becca Z. Towery of We’ve Got Style

Becca Towery

Becca Z. Towery
Life, Styled

Photography By Jolanta Bremer

Making the world a more beautiful and stylish place, one client at a time!

Becca styles women and men of all ages throughout Florida. She also helps individuals refine, define and promote a successful personal image. By assisting clients in the discovery of their own personal style, she ensures that each client has the wardrobe & image that expresses their best self.

At the early age of 3, Becca was drawn to fashion. Playing dress up with treasures from her grandmother’s trunk, she delved into the glamour of frilly dresses, charming hats, ladylike handbags, unique jewelry and high – heeled shoes. She says, “I remember how beautiful I felt parading up and down the sidewalk with my sister, stumbling in heels five sizes too big.” Read More

Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – Happy Holiday Wishes to All!

Ed Bertha

Happy Holiday Wishes to All!

By Ed Bertha

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.”
Helen Keller

From Thanksgiving weekend through the first day of the new year, people are busy celebrating every holiday from Winter Solstice and Hanukkah to Christmas and New Year’s Eve, just to name a few. Locally after “giving thanks” we rush full steam ahead into the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Crazed shopping, jammed restaurants and clogged roads await our journey this season. Looking back it’s amazing how quickly another year went by. Read More

REAL Tribute – Delores J. Bertha

Delores Bertha 210

Delores J. Bertha

Born September 15, 1933

Died August 25, 2017

I was given the gift of life and now I have to give it back.

This is hard but I was a blessed woman who led a blessed life, and for this I am grateful. I’ve lived a life full of love, family and fun. I was lucky enough to have my husband Ed by my side for 63 years. Those years had their ups and downs, as any marriage does, but his love proved to be unending. Oh I wasn’t always easy and I know my copiloting his driving drove him crazy, but that was the beauty of marriage. Learning to work together through tough times and good. And believe me, this past year and a half of suffering was not easy on me nor my dear Ed, but my lovely stood by me, showing me such tenderness.

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REAL Estate – October 2017 Market Statistics

Real Estate Market Statistics

October 2017 Real Estate Market Statistics

Sarasota/Manatee

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REAL La Dolce Vita – Kona Grill With Kim & Sandra

Kona Grill

REAL La Dolce Vita

Kona Grill

East Meets West

By Kim Burns & Sandra Halliday

Photography by James Corwin Johnson

This Pacific inspired cuisine compels you to stay in the present moment and to meditate on the goodness of eating a healthy meal.

Aloha! Like the welcoming state that inspired their name, Kona Grill offers global food. Originating in Scottsdale, Arizona, their Hawaiian and Japanese style menu features contemporary American favorites, sushi, and specialty cocktails.

Josh Tolmach, our host and restaurant general manager, started our food adventure with 2 delectable cocktails to awaken our digestive juices. Kim had the Bee’s Knees IV, which consisted of Stolichnaya vodka, ginger, liqueur, raspberry, honey syrup, and lemon. It was a delicious elixir that heightened the senses with a very unique taste. Sandra had the Red Sangria, a fruity blend of Bogle Merlot from California, Martell Cognac, hibiscus syrup, lemon, orange, and soda. The fruity aroma of black cherry and plum in the Merlot combined with the tropical and zesty citrus flavors was the perfect prelude to the symphony of flavors that was to follow. Read More

REAL Business – James M. Towery & Associates & Juniper Landscaping

James Towery Juniper Landscaping

James M. Towery & Associates

Juniper Landscaping

Providing the best in market value for design building and maintaining quality landscaping.

James M. Towery & Associates

James M. Towery & Associates (JMTA) mantra is “The Art & Science of Design with Nature.” JMTA has been providing residential design and consulting services throughout Florida and the Caribbean for over 30 years. They are involved in all phases of residential design from conceptual design through landscape management quality control.

Meet James M. Towery, “Jim”, an avid tennis player and devoted family man. Jim founded James M. Towery & Associates in 1989. As a graduate of Michigan State University, he has over 30 years’ experience in the design/build area of Landscape Architecture. He has worked on numerous golf course communities, resorts, commercial projects and residential estate throughout the state of Florida, the Caribbean, Costa Rica and Belize. Read More

REAL Faces – November 2017 Business Builder

REAL Faces November 2017 Business Builder

November 2017 Business Builder

Photography By James Corwin Johnson

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REAL Video – Ranch Chic Action

Ranch Chic

Ranch Chic

Benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs

T.E.A.M. Tennis Program

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REAL cares – Ranch Chic Benefiting Boys And Girls Clubs

Ranch Chic

Ranch Chic

Benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs
T.E.A.M. Tennis Program

Photography By James Corwin Johnson

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Slide Show Below.

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REAL cares – Ranch Chic Stars

Ranch Chic Stars

Ranch Chic Stars

Photography By James Corwin Johnson

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Individual Photos Below.

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REAL cares – Share Care Global

Share Care Global An Evening In India

Inaugural “An Evening in India”

Benefiting Share Care Global

Photography by James Corwin Johnson

Click HERE to visit Share Care Global.

Click HERE for the event PDF.

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