Happy 3rd Anniversary Teen InFluential!

It’s Our 3rd Third Anniversary! 

William Jackson, MBA,  Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

William Jackson, MBA, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

As you might imagine, Teen InFluential receives correspondence from readers every month. Sometimes it comes by e-mail and sometimes through social media. Many of the messages begin with “I look forward to reading Teen InFluential every edition” and then there’s usually a recommendation for improvement.

We appreciate all our readers, all of us on the team do. We believe when you’re taking the time to communicate, even when to tell us how we can possibly do better, you’re showing you care.

We’re thrilled to have a huge audience of smart people who live all over the world, with various tastes and lifestyles, and interests.  With each story we publish, our goal is to positively impact all of you. Of course, reaching this goal will always be a work in progress, but we can certainly hope, can’t we?

On the month of our 3rd Anniversary, I, and on behalf of the entire team, would like to say “thank you.” Thank you to our longtime subscribers, occasional readers, and everybody in between. Thank you for understanding that Teen InFluential is “Dedicated to the Art of Living Well”, and we hope we help you do the same.

We’ll continue to be here for you, hopefully to make every day of your life your best one yet, just as you make our days much brighter.  You see, without you we’d be nothing more than a bunch of words on paper.

Sincerely,

William Jackson

Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

It’s Our 7th Anniversary!

William Jackson, Found & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

William Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

On the one hand, it feels like I’ve been doing this for a lifetime, while on the other, I find myself wondering “Where did the years go?” It’s been a year of excitement, highs and lows, long work days and restless nights, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

This past year has taught me so many useful lessons, and one that really stands out is just how important it is for individuals to be patient, long-suffering, and kind toward others; without judgement.  In a culture where freedom of speech is widely encouraged, many seem to have lost sight on the importance of having something of positive and encouraging to say, tempered with applying the “Golden Rule”.  As a reminder, the “Golden Rule” admonishes us to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.  Of course, the lack of applying the “Golden Rule” is almost always to our detriment.

In previous Publisher’s Notes, I shared my own struggle with trying to ensure I live a well-balanced life and making such a priority. Although, I still have room for improvement, I’ve been making slow but steady progress. I recently began adding the practice of yoga to my regular health & wellness routine, something I never would have imagined in a thousand years. But thankfully, it’s doing wonders for me. I feel calmer, am resting better, and my days are less hectic.

It’s with this newfound sense of balance and calm I wish to collaborate with you as we begin our seventh year. On that note, I’m thrilled to welcome you to our Seventh Anniversary Edition!  One of our Exclusive Interviews is with Hanna Jaffe Bosdet.  The well-known Philanthropist, human rights activist, speaker, and author opens up about her new acting role in NETFLIX’s first Mexican reality series Made in Mexico, and what’s she’s doing to raise awareness of important topics such as human rights, immigrants, refugees, peace, and the importance of education.  Being that this also our Style Edition, of course we had to bring you many topics related to style and its impact as we strive to live well.

I invite you to feast your eyes on this stunning Seventh Anniversary Edition and enjoy reading the rest of the amazing features we have for you in this Edition.  May this Edition inform and inspire you to continue living your best life.

From my very being, I thank you for being a dedicated reader. Seven thrilling years would not be possible without you.  I’m so grateful to and inspired by the entire InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, andTeen InFluential teams, who work tirelessly to bring you our award-winning publications. I’m truly excited about the future of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, and I believe the best is yet to come.

Fondly and with Great Enthusiasm,

William Jackson

Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Turkish Airlines Implements Two New Dining Programs to Provide Better Service to its Business Class Passengers Flying Intercontinental

“Meal Selection Before Flight” 

Awarded many times for its in-flight catering services, Turkish Airlines has carried its service a step further and implemented a new program enabling business class passengers to choose their meals before the flight.

With this service, business class passengers can view the meal details and visuals of the main dishes and make their choices on the webpage or via the mobile application.  Passengers can make their choice one week prior to their flight but no later than 48 hours before their initial take off.

Turkish Airlines passengers who fly from Istanbul to Atlanta, Bangkok, Beijing, Bogotá, Boston, Cape Town, Chicago, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Havana, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Manila,  Miami, Montreal, New York, Phuket, Port Louis, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington DC, Caracas, Panama City, Madagascar, Durban, Maputo, and Buenos Aires can take advantage of this service.

For detailed information on “Meal Selection Before Flight” service, please visit https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-ua/flights/fly-different/business-class/meal-selection/index.html. 

“Dine on Demand” Service

Another new experience; Turkish Airlines offers to its Business class passengers on intercontinental flights is to allow them to dine at any time they wish during the flight. This privileged service concept, applied by very few airline companies in the world, allows passengers to get a more customized service. Turkish Airlines passengers will have the opportunity to experience a more flexible flight by determining the time they want to rest and dine.

The passengers can use this service on all Turkish Airlines intercontinental night flights* departing from and arriving in Istanbul.

*There may be exceptions on some night flights depending on flight schedule.

About Turkish Airlines:

Founded with a modest fleet of 5 aircraft in the year 1933, the Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is an airline company that flies to 304 destinations globally, consisting of 255 international and 49 domestic destinations, with a fleet of 326 (passenger and cargo) aircrafts today. Further information on Turkish Airlines is available in www.turkishairlines.com or its FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedIn, and Instagram accounts. 

About Star Alliance:

Turkish Airlines is an airline company that is a member to the Star Alliance that was established in 1997 as the first global airlines alliance and offers global transport, recognition, and unique service to those who travel internationally. The members of Star Alliance that has been given the “Market Leadership Award” by Air Transport World and “Best Airline Alliance” by Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax in addition to many others are Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Air Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines and United. Currently, the Star Alliance performs over 18,800 daily flights to 1,317 airports in 193 countries. Additionally, the Star Alliance Connecting Partner Juneyao Airlines also offers connecting flights within this scope.

Happy Anniversaries to the InFluential Family

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

This month we mark six years of service to you, InFluentials, it makes me pleased to say I’ve had the honor of working at InFluential Magazine for all six of them, and I’m just as passionate about our mission today as I was when we started in 2011.

Like so many of you, I’ve been a fan of the InFluential Magazine from the moment we created our first issue and made the effort to ensure each issue is “Dedicated to the Art of Living Well”.  I will never forget the issue featuring supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio on the cover, walking the runway with style, beauty, and grace.  Another one of my favorites features another supermodel, Julie Anderson.  Julie has graced the cover of many popular magazines and can now add InFluential Magazine to the list.  Julie’s cover is mounted in the hallway entrance of my home to remind me each day of the importance of surrounding ourselves with amazing and positive images and stories that influence and inspire us.

One of the best features of working at InFluential Magazine is when we hear from you. We love it when you write in and tell us how much you appreciate the work we’re doing to influence and inspire you toward living well.

It is you we have to thank for the years you’ve supported and celebrated with us, the stories you’ve shared, and the impact we’ve been able to make together on our communities.

There’s much more to accomplish. We want to be everywhere you are and with our plans to expand our offerings through an updated website and additional social networking platforms, we shall continue providing more ways for you to connect with the InFluential family.

I want to take a moment, also, to wish a Happy 2nd Anniversary to Spanish InFluential and Teen InFluential.

Have a wonderful entrance to fall.  Happy 6th Anniversary!

Joyfully,

Will

Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Insights from ‘The Prince of Luxury’ Noel Shu

By Merilee Kern, MBA

Noel Shu.  Photography courtesy of Noel Shu.

Noel Shu. Photography courtesy of Noel Shu.

With a moniker like “The Prince of Luxury,” it’s clear that Noel Shu is no ordinary entrepreneur. This 27-year-old self-made millionaire has accomplished more in business than many do in an entire lifetime, already boasting a client roster that includes billionaires, celebrities and royal families. So keen is his business acumen and venerable his reputation, Shu’s clout earned him a VIP invitation to the last U.S. visit of China’s president, Xi Jinping, alongside other revered titans of industry the likes of Bill Gates and Jack Ma.

Today, Shu brings his wealth of expertise and impeccable panache to the global luxury goods market where he spearheads ultra-super-premium products such as the finest champagne, wine and spirits as well as extraordinary multi-million dollar jewelry and timepieces of unparalleled quality—all targeted to discerning consumers on both sides of the Pacific, including China’s elite,who demand the absolute best in taste and quality.

Aside from having served as a managing partner at the extolled beverage agency Prodiguer Brands (perhaps best known for selling the most expensive single bottle of Champagne in the world, Goût de Diamants, for a staggering $1.8 million), Shu’s own company, Un Joyau Majestueux, recently launched its own new wine brand, Majestic Ruby. This exciting new expression made its world debut at the 2017 Oscars Celebrity Luxury Lounge at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Penthouse where it was reportedly celebrated by an array of Hollywood A-listers.

Further demonstrating his prowess in the world of fine wine, Shu is also a lauded sommelier and one of the world’s leading experts on Chinese wine culture. In fact, he authored the book, “China Through a Glass of Wine,” which offers a fascinating examination of China’s burgeoning wine industry from an insider’s perspective. From China’s rich cultural history to its political climate, this title takes readers on a captivating journey through the country’s viticultural victories and hopes for the future.

Another of Shu’s latest ventures is a film production company, 1768 Entertainment, which brings Shu’s love of luxury to the entertainment industry in the form of compelling documentaries, stories inspired by real events and suspense tales with an Asian influence.

Noel Shu

Noel Shu

Below is some enlightening Q&A with this millennial mastermind through which he offers insider perspectives and lifestyle advice of note for those who like to roll like royalty (or want to look like they do).

For the high end market, there are often many different brands of similar products and services vying for attention. What are some effective ways luxury consumers can stay abreast of the newest, highest quality products and services?

This can actually be the done the good ol’ fashioned way and that’s simply to read a lot. Everything that you can possibly be looking for, think you might be looking for or not even know you’re looking for is on the Internet. Every day when I wake up, I spend a good 30 minutes and go through literally everything while I’m drinking my coffee—from international news to gossip to anything I can find that’s different from what I read before. People are out there doing everything they can to appease the people.

You are a member of a network called, “The Billionaires Club.”  What are some of the luxury brands you and your inner circle are paying attention to and what draws these brands apart?

I would say these days quite a few people have moved away from just so called “big purchases.” Everything is now more about personal touches. For instance, many people own a Rolex, Audemars Piguet or Hublot. More often than not, some of these are one out of however many but how many people really have something that’s one of kind? Not too many. The other point is that the watch may suit you but it doesn’t reflect your own personality, likes and dislikes. So what’s actually becoming quite popular is engraving one’s watches. I’ve seen some crazy designs that really add some character to a person’s wrist such as koi fish, skull heads and zodiac signs.

So back to the main question and one particular brand that has stood out is Golden Concept. Again, it’s all about personal touches these days and being unique. Golden Concept specializes in luxury cases for your phone. They have gold, snakeskin and gator cases just to name a few. All done to the highest of quality and many are customizable. So if you’re looking to stand out, make sure to check them out.

Another brand which has seen quite a bit of press and accolades is JetSmarter, one of the more successful private aviation companies. For many entrepreneurs, meetings take place in different cities, different continents and in different time zones. JetSmarter offers these services in an easy-to-maneuver application that makes flying private relatively affordable and easy.

What are the top three luxury items or brands that have captivated your own attention right now?

Right now there are three top brands that are top-of-mind for me right now. These are Emperada Cigar Humidor by Imperiali Geneve; Astonomia Tourbillion by Jacob & Co; and Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept car.

Not everyone can afford luxury brands. What would you suggest for those who have the desire to appear high end but not necessarily the means?

There’s actually been a lot of hype surrounding brands that cater specifically to people who enjoy the “finer things” but are limited by what’s in their wallet. Many bloggers, for instance, are always writing about the newest gadget, accessory or clothing. I would recommend finding a few that fit your style and follow them on Instagram to see what it is that they’re rocking on a day to day basis. Many people have to understand that your average blogger is there to inform the public on some of the newest fashion do’s and don’ts, and these are all done with new brands or affordable pre-existing brands.

Second, which I have seen quite a bit, is on Kickstarter or similar sites that are always offering “perks” for those who invest early in their brands. Without naming names, a few brands offered a discounted handmade Italian leather, skeleton movement watches for a fraction of the cost to the first “so many” number of investors.

Just keep in mind for everything high-end there is always a cheaper counterpart. Don’t worry just about name brand or high end. All that matters is that it looks good and makes you feel great.

For those who focus on products that are affordable luxury, who are some of the brands doing the best and what are the keys to success?

One of the biggest and most successful brands that I have seen that caters more towards the everyday luxury is Tory Burch. Although TB is for women, I have on many occasions bought it for family, friends and clients so I can safely say I have quite a bit of exposure to this brand and can thus speak with some confidence. Obviously, price point for TB is well within the means of many. Besides that, what is it that has led TB to such success? I would say three main factors: relatability, professionalism and seamlessness. Relatability in that walking through the concrete jungle that is New York, TB products have always caught my eye in their simplicity but also how stylish it is, whether on a working woman running into Starbucks or that beautiful lady going to brunch. Second, professionalism – although many brands always stress the attentiveness of the staff, it pales in comparison to TB. People have to understand that often times upper tier luxury items are for a certain group and employees are naturally prejudiced to people who they perceive not to be at that level. There have been times where I would walk into a Rolex store unattended for 15 minutes and the instant my AP peaks out from under my shirt, someone is there to help. This just doesn’t happen at TB and for that I am quite appreciative. Seamlessness in TB’s product, in that it offers just the right amount “je ne sais quoi.” Most of their products can be matched with a variety of other brands. This has all led to the tremendous success that TB has experienced over these past few years.

What are the top three factors that truly set an ultra-premium wine, champagne or spirit brand apart from less costly luxury beverage counterparts, wine and otherwise?

Marketing wine for the luxury market is a really tough job to do. Quite frankly it’s because you’re trying to appease a group of people who have seen it all. People always say when you do something for long enough, whether you want to or not you will become a bit of a connoisseur. That’s especially true for those in the wine industry. Most are well educated, well informed and have a true passion towards exploring the finer points of what’s in a wine bottle. If we were to say that all wines in the luxury market were of the same caliber, there would still be so many factors in play, the first being accessibility and quantity. Many luxury wines are such because there is a limited supply. You can’t expect a brand to sell at the same price point when there are only 10,000 bottles as compared to 100,000 bottles. However, although there are still 10,000 bottles that were produced, that doesn’t mean your everyday Joe would be able to get his hands on them even if he’s willing to dish out the necessary cash. Thus, there’s another added premium to an already sky high price.

Another example is time and care. For those who are only there to turn a quick profit, the longer time they spend on making a wine, the more money that needs to be invested. That in itself increases cost and decreases profit. This is why sometimes you have wineries that will actually keep the wine in their cellars for years after bottling to ensure that the wine has at least matured to a passable level. By care, I mean winemakers are very passionate about their craft and thus hate having their name associated with subpar wine. Thus, you have some years where there is little to no wine produced by a certain grower because only a small amount of the grapes harvested passed the standard or none at all.

Never one to rest on his laurels and even amid a diversity of endeavors, Shu continues to raise the bar for himself professionally and personally.  Whether it be as an active investor looking for the latest innovation in the luxury and tech space or, despite his jam-packed schedule, his current pursuit of an Ivy League Master’s degree at Columbia University.  Clearly this good life connoisseur turned luxe market mogul will continue making an impact on the numerous high-end industries for many years to come.

Merilee Kern

Merilee Kern

Branding, business and entrepreneurship success pundit, Merilee Kern, MBA, is an influential media voice and lauded communications strategist. As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List International News Syndicate,” she’s a revered consumer product trends expert and travel industry voice of authority who spotlights noteworthy marketplace change makers, movers and shakers. Merilee may be reached online at www.TheLuxeList.com. Follow her on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.

Beautiful Words From Our Beauty & Fashion Editor Kelli Ponce

We’re thrilled to join Kelli Ponce, Beauty & Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine and Teen InFluential, in welcoming you to our fantastic March / April 2017 Issues of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential and Teen InFluential.  

Kelli Ponce

We’ve planned each Issue to appeal to the coming of the spring season which, for many, means a fresh start to many grand things. We hope the remainder of your 2017 is prosperous and joyous.

Access the Issues here and we invite you to join us on Facebook (@Influentialmagazine), Instagram (@Influential Magazine)  and Twitter (@influentialmag).

Inspiring Home Interiors

Colorful interior of  home office.

Colorful interior of home office.

Sometimes you go into someone else’s home and the interiors simply seem to come together beautifully and seamlessly. Of course, that’s not likely to be the case, as a lot of thought will have been given to every aspect of the décor and the furnishings. Still, these experiences can be inspiring when it comes to creating your own home interiors, so here are five things to remember when you want to be inspired at home.

Colour Me Creative 

Certain shades can aid creativity, simply by allowing us to feel calm and at rest so we are better prepared for deep thinking and original ideas. Among these, pale blues and greens, and colours such as aquamarine are among the most popular. You can use these soothing tones on accessories and features you love or on an accent wall in your favourite creative space, if you prefer. If you feel your creative juices need to be jump-started, opt for more energetic hues, such as yellows, oranges and reds, instead.

Let in the Light

Basking in glorious sunlight is enough to inspire even the hardest of hearts, and it’s well known that sensible exposure to natural light is good for your health as well as your sense of wellbeing. Plantation window shutters are ideal home features as they allow you to control the amount of daylight in each room, according to the time of day and the season. They also provide privacy and protection against noise and are a useful security measure.

Work is Work

You probably know all about not using your bedroom as a workstation, however, this is so important that it bears repeating. If you have a designated work area, separate from where you like to relax or sleep, you are more likely to feel energised and ready for fresh enterprises and new ways of working.  Whether you work from home some or part of the time, you need to keep your leisure time and your workload apart, and that includes the spaces where you need to focus and those where you need to unwind. 

Close up of a bedroom with pattern bedding, floor lamp and modern picture on a black wall

Close up of a bedroom with pattern bedding, floor lamp and modern picture on a black wall

Inspirational Artworks 

When you are moved to buy something that really makes you feel good, such as a picture or sculpture, keep it at the centre of the place where you want to be most inspired. The same applies when a friend has given you a gift that you know brings you motivation. It doesn’t matter whether this is in your home office or on a wall above your dining room table – wherever you do your most creative thinking is the right place.

Exercise for an Inspirational Life 

Finally, healthy body, healthy mind is not an empty saying but an important ingredient in being and staying inspired. You may not want to add gym equipment to your home, especially if you’re short of space. Instead, make sure you keep your bicycle clips or your outdoor shoes at the ready, and a framed map on the wall of the best routes in your local area, the better to inspire you regularly to look after your physical health as well as your inspirational wellbeing.

 

As Long as You’re Authentic, It Doesn’t Really Matter ~ The Christopher Korey Story

Christopher Korey

Christopher Korey

One of the first things people notice about Christopher Korey in person is his graciousness, what many call his “virtuous manners”; the way a simple act like assisting a lady with her coat, or opening a door becomes a sophisticated gesture, a throwback to another era. Small things, possibly, but small things matter in the realm of Christopher Korey, a man of influence, experience, talent and tremendous style; always dressed impeccably as if he’s about to attend a lavish red carpet gala.

Christopher Korey

Christopher Korey

We’re pleased to feature this well-read superstar in our January / February 2017 Issue and we invite you to read all about what makes Christopher such an InFluential Gentleman.

As Long As You’re Authentic, It Doesn’t Really Matter ~ The Christopher Korey Story.

5 Tips for Safe Space Heater Use

During the coldest days of the year, space heaters are one of the easiest, most efficient ways to get warm fast. However, when not used correctly, they may also be one of the most dangerous.

Space heaters accounted for 40 percent of all home heating fires and a staggering 84 percent of home heating fire deaths, according to research from the National Fire Protection Association. And, as you might expect, these tragic accidents most often occur during the year’s coldest months. The same research finds nearly half of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February.

While these facts are sobering, it doesn’t mean you need to avoid using your space heater to find the comfort you need during the year’s coldest days. You just need to be careful when doing so. To help you keep yourself and your family safe while enjoying comfortable space heater use, Peter Duncanson, of ServiceMaster Restore, offers these five space heater safety tips.

Stay warm and safe this winter by:

* Reading the labels. When you’re out purchasing a new space heater, it’s important to know what to look for. Review each model thoroughly and look for a label from a recognized testing laboratory. This label should tell you if the heater’s construction and performance meets voluntary U.S. safety standards.

* Choosing a model with a safety sensor. Before purchasing a space heater, make sure the unit has a safety sensor. This sensor will monitor the heater, shutting it off automatically if it overheats, reducing the risk of a fire.

* Ensuring cords are in good working order. Whether you’re buying a new unit or monitoring your existing one, always check the condition of the cords as damage here increases the risk of fire. Once you’re sure the cords are in satisfactory condition, be sure to use them properly. Never plug a cord into a surge protector. Many surge protectors cannot handle the wattage, which could result in a fire.

* Keeping drapes and flammable items away from your space heater. A draped linen can quickly catch fire, so protect against this by selecting a location for your space heater with at least three feet of clearance on all sides. The more room you provide your space heater, the safer you’ll be.

* Unplugging it when not in use. Always remember to unplug your space heater when you’re not actively using it. This includes when you go to bed and even when you simply leave the room.

A space heater is an effective way to stay warm and comfortable during the winter months, and if you use it correctly, it can also be safe. Follow the tips presented here and your space heater will make this winter your most comfortable yet. (BPT)