“Hello Summer…” From the EIC, Courtenay Hall

Hello summer … oh, how I’ve missed you! My favorite issue of the year is done and in your hands, and I couldn’t love it more!

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First, let me start with the amazing Robin McGraw, who is gracing the cover of our annual Hamptons issue. I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Robin in her stunning Beverly Hills home when I was in LA in May. During our interview I honestly felt moved by the experience. You would assume someone of her stature would be a bit closed off to a journalist, but she had me at “Hello.”

A self-professed “Dr. Phil Show” fan, I have watched Robin time and again display grace, composure, and strength as she has listened, spoken to, and given back to the millions of viewers who look to her as a role model. Robin thought it was funny I called her a role model, as she is just as humble as can be. She genuinely cares about helping people get back the beauty in their lives, which we agreed was synergistic with BELLA’s message. As you read her interview, I know you will be as awestruck with her as I was. She’s truly a woman on a mission who has her priorities in life straight: God, family, and giving back. Although she may not personally feel like a “role model,” she is someone I look up to and aspire to be more like. 

On the topic of aspiration, the fabulousness doesn’t stop there! We gave ourselves a bit of a makeover (I love makeovers!), and the look and feel of this issue is our best yet. Inside we have everything you need to live your most BELLA life this season — summer beauty, fashion, and wellness tips; travel destinations for ultimate summer getaways; our annual Best of BELLA, where we chose our top 17 places to wine, dine, stay, and explore; and so much more. Take a peek, and get lost in the beauty of summer. 

I’ll see you again in the fall, with our new LA edition in hand and with lots of pics and updates from our 4th Annual Hamptons White Party in August — my favorite BELLA party of the year! 

Enjoy your summer!

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