The Best Summer Cocktail Party You Will Ever Have

Annette Joseph is a stylist known as @annettejosephstyle on Instagram has over 70,000 followers.She is a food stylist, photographer, author, brand ambassador, instructor, Today Show contributor, entertaining editor for Atlanta Magazine’s Home.

Annette operates creative workshops retreats, cooking courses at her renovated 12th century fortress in the Tuscan countryside. She styles weddings and private retreats at the location as known as La Fortezza. 

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Her new book Cocktail Italiano, has been greeted by rave reviews. This book celebrates the daily Italian ritual of Aperitivo all along the coastline of the Italian Riviera, part cocktail and nibbles recipe book, part travelogue, this book is an essential read if you plan to spend time in Italy.

Her first book Picture Perfect Parties, teaches you how to entertain like a professional stylist. It is in homes all over the world used as the quintessential entertaining primer.

Currently Annette spends half her time in Atlanta,  styling and producing stories for various magazines, and cookbooks, and blogs. You can find her in Italy the other half conducting her retreats and workshops and hosting guests on the expansive terrace of her Tuscan home. Annette has owned and operated her own production company for 25 years. She is currently working on her 3rd book a fun filled autobiography of her life in Italy called “Italy is my Boyfriend.”

We had a chance to catch up with Annette before she took off for her summer travels! Happily, Annette sent a copy of her book for my summer party inspiration!

What advice would you offer to other self-starters and those who hope to start their own business?
1. Have a well thought out idea of the business you want to create and operate.
2. Be laser focused on getting the word out there.
3. Talk about your product with everyone.
4. Be creative in marketing your product
5. Be nice and be ethical.
6. Be genuine. Your enthusiasm will encourage people to try your product.
7. Be patient, Roma was not built in a day.
8. Don’t over spend, keep to a tight budget.

What were your biggest challenges when you started your business?
Being patient, I never realized how long it would take to build a base of great clients to build my portfolio and my brand. Learning to navigate the rough waters was tough but being flexible and able to change course quickly was the biggest lesson I learned in 25 years of being in business.

Do you have an all-time favorite cocktail? 
I do have a favorite Italian cocktail, I love a Negroni!

Recipe from Cocktail Italiano.

Classic Negroni {made for 1}

A very strong cocktail this drink is another classic Italian cocktail.  The Negroni has become very popular in America in the last 5 years.

1 ounce dry Gin

1 ounce Campari


1 ounce Italian vermouth

Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled highball glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

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Jorge Luis Pacheco: Artes de Cuba May 8-20th at Kennedy Center

Celebrate some of Cuba’s finest artists and leading Cuban American creators May 8 -20th at Artes de Cuba at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The music of Cuba is the result of many cultures… overlapping, inspiring, and innovating.

Jorge Luis Pacheco is opening at the festival on May 8th and performing May 12th (Piano Marathon featuring Aldo López-Gavilán and Jorge Luis Pacheco). Pacheco’s future perpetuates and propagates more roots & branches with his deep classical training & his free spirited, soulful, improvisation. Jorge_Luis_PachecoCuba has long shared its great cultural riches with the world, including some of the most incredible pianists on the planet.  A fresh, new face has emerged and is making waves with his “flying hands.” Jorge Luis Pacheco has a unique style that presents a new voice in jazz. His untethered creative, emotionally profound, technically virtuous artistry are steeped in his classical training and  hailing from Havana, Cuba – this fiery young talent is fast becoming a seasoned veteran, having performed at some of the most respected venues in the world.  From Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York – the Jazz Capital of the World to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  Pacheco wowed the crowd at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Festival and gained notoriety at the legendary Apollo Theater for the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonies presented to living legend Herbie Hancock.  Whether solo piano or with his quartet, Pacheco is staking his claim in the jazz world.

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Having collaborated with Wynton Marsalis and Arturo O’Farrill, this young talent expresses charisma, exciting energy and respect in his ‘live’ performances.  Monty Alexander exclaims Pacheco “defies genre.”  Pacheco is a virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger, percussionist and vocalist.  His Jazz is a confluence of Cuban jazz, American jazz, and classical music with a measure of contemporary pop to keep things up to date.

Pacheco’s original documentary scores are wide ranging, soulful explorations of lyrical, textured, emotional, and sometimes fast moving melodies, chords, and rhythms.  A new piano symphony he scored entitled “Andino” was inspired by the music of South America.

Con El Pache Me Voy (2018):  Available soon on  iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, and more! 

photography: Carlos Alejandro 

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Michelle Krusiec Point of Origin

As a mother of two, actress, and advocate of domestic violence Michelle Krusiec’s story is inspiring. Her kids and husband are a constant source of inspiration for the next chapter. She shares her life story on her blog.

Michelle Krusiec grew up in a domestic violence household and as a result, personally understands the effects of trauma and post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. Her parents were also exposed to similar conditions in their youth. They too are also survivors.
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Now that Krusiec is a parent, abuse and trauma inflicted on children in unstable homes is something she hopes to help shed a light on. Abuse comes in so many forms. Silence is one of them. The Arts saved her life during a time where she did not have a voice. Helping give survivors a voice to their stories is one path towards healing.

Don’t ever underestimate the power of your voice and story. Read more

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Making Connections with Andrea Tinianow

How many connections do you make in a day? We caught up with Andrea Tinianow at The Mill Space in Wilmington, Delaware to gain insight on being a superconnector.

“We all know superconnectors,” Tinianow says. “They are the people who are always ready to make a match without skipping a beat. Out of nowhere, they might say something like, ‘I know somebody who can help you with that…’ or ‘Would you like to meet someone who is working on something similar?’ or ‘I know someone who would be perfect for you…'”

Join Andrea and other superconnectors on November 2nd Ted X Wilmington Bridge Builders at Theater N.

Andrea Tinianowphoto from Forbes interview at The Mill via Global Delaware

“A personal connection is always best. When you introduce two people who have something in common, you give them a gift of a new opportunity for business, friendship, or romance.” says Tinianow. Tinianow is a superconnector, entrepreneur, Delaware attorney, and blockchain champion.  As Director of Corporate and International Development for the State of Delaware, Tinianow makes multiple connections across the globe daily. Prior to joining the Department of State, Tinianow was Vice President of Business Development and Assistant General Counsel for Corporation Service Company. She has developed several innovative courses and projects and is a frequent speaker and moderator on Delaware corporate law.

Tinianow developed an app called Connector Street, a tool to make introductions instantly, safely and securely. It’s a real-time introduction of two people who don’t know each other… yet. With Connector Street, you can facilitate business relationships, ignite friendships, or spark a romance. Connector Street is a free app available on Google Play Store and the Apple Store. Click here to download the app and start connecting!

“I love being a superconnector… it’s my hope that others will use Connector Street to unlock their own connector superpower.”

You can read more here.

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