J U L Y | I S S U E N O . 2 1 0 1 0 1 |
AT FORTY FIVE
The Magazine For Women 45+
A M O R E I T A L Y : C A P T U R E T H E R O M A N C E
Experience True Italian
The Truth About Olive Oil
The Essence of Italian Women
Hospitality At Villa le Torri
and Their Style
E D I T O R ' S N O T E S
I have loved all things Italian since as a teenager, my aunt
married into an Italian family. Italy was one of my first forays
into Europe and I have been captivated ever since.
Now that the world is breaking free of restrictions, many of
us are contemplating freedom. Italy is the perfect place to
In this issue, we celebrate Italy.
Experience the hospitality of Villa le Torri, capture the
essence of Italian women and their incredible style, get
familiar with the health benefits of olive oil, and
let's try and save some money on this trip search.
For those who would like a project,
how about purchasing a house in Italy for 1 Euro?
Oh, the possibilities that await.
F O R M Y P A R T , I T R A V E L N O T T O G O A N Y W H E R E ,
B U T T O G O . I T R A V E L F O R T R A V E L ’ S S A K E .
T H E G R E A T A F F A I R I S T O M O V E ~ R O B E R T L O U I S S T E V E N S O N
C O N T E N T S
affirmation of the
the truth about
are you ready to
buy a house in
italy for 1 euro?
villa le torri;
may save money on
your next trip
The essence of
italian women and
mindset: what is it
about good people?
AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE /05
Affirmation Of The Week
"I choose to feel safe in this world. My finances are always
protected and I am richer every day."
/ B Y A N I T A R E I S I N G E R
My area of expertise is not finances, but I do
work in the area of money with my clients.
Most of the time we need to reprogram an
unconscious belief that the world is not safe.
Affirmations are just the positive opposite of
a negative “self-fulfilling prophecy”.
When you want to protect your finances I
suggest combining affirmations from
self-love and money.
One important principle to remember is:
“The world is what you think it is.”
We have the choice of what kind of world
we see daily.
So why not have a world full of goodness and
A gratitude journal is always a good addition
to the daily affirmations you do twice a day –
in the morning and in the evening. We can
write down what we are grateful for also in
the area of money.
When we feel secure in our body, mind, and
soul our relationship to money changes also
for the better.
Many people talk about money as energy
Yes, why not imagine money as a person,
with whom you have a loving relationship.
Money is your friend and supports you in all
ways to achieve your goals and make your
dreams come true.
AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE /06
F E A T U R E S
/ BY SHERRY KALLERGIS
Do you know about the healing
properties of olive oil? It has antiaging
properties that make it
perfect for the skin. It contains
antioxidants from vitamin E and K.
It is good for the hair because it is
monounsaturated fat. Hair can
absorb this type of fat, so it helps
A key foundational piece of the
Mediterranean Diet, olive oil is rich
in nutrients, but it also has strong
anti-inflammatory properties. Since
inflammation is the root cause of
many diseases such as cancer,
heart disease, type 2 diabetes,
metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s,
and arthritis research suggests that
olive oil can reduce levels of C-
reative protein (CRP).
A fascinating fact is that 3.4
Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
equates to 10% of the adult
ibuprofen dose. (1)
AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE /07
A little bit of history, olive trees have been
growing in the Mediterranean since the
8th millennium BC. It was often used in
The main olive oil producers are Spain,
Italy, Tunisia, Greece, and Turkey but
other countries such as the United States
and Australia also grow olives.
What is the difference between olive oil
and extra virgin olive oil?
It is not different grades or types of olives
but instead, it is the process used to
extract the oil from the olives and the
level of free oleic acid.
Extra virgin olive oil, which is an unrefined
oil, has a darker color and a more
pungent aroma. The olives are picked at
their optimum ripeness. There are no
chemicals added and the temperature is
not altered. It contains less than 1% oleic
The more expensive oil, often it is
considered a finishing oil. Use it for
dipping bread, as a dressing or sprinkled
liberally over fresh and grilled vegetables.
You do not want to cook with it, as raising
the temperature defeats the purpose
When looking for olive oil for cooking
purposes you want to use regular or pure
olive oil. The oleic acid measures between
3 and 4% and this is often a blend of coldpressed
and processed oils.
Host An Olive Oil Tasting
At your next summer get-together,
consider doing an olive oil tasting. You
can buy three or four extra virgin olive
oils. Just like fine wines, different regions
of olive growing produce variations in
It is so easy to set up a table with a variety
of pieces of bread (hard and soft), soft
cheeses like goat cheese, roasted veggies,
fresh or dried figs, and other fruits. Use
small saucers or cups to pour out the oils
and give everyone a small notepad to
keep track of their tastings.
Paired with wines, you and your guests
will have a wonderful time ranking the
oils. Your taste buds will thank you.
YOU READY TO BUY A
IN ITALY FOR 1 EURO?
AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE
/ BY SHERRY KALLERGIS
"Buy a property in Italy for
1 Euro” comes into sight on
your Facebook feed and
you catch your breath.
Your mind immediately
sees rolling pastoral hills
with a charming village
perched atop. You envision
yourself sitting in the
midst of olive and lemon
trees soaking up the
afternoon sun with a glass
of deep red wine pressed
from your very own
In your younger years
perhaps you had a dream
to live somewhere exotic?
Then life got in the way;
marriage, children, a career?
I am a huge fan of the
European lifestyle and
truthfully sit me down
anywhere in the
Mediterranean and my life
Now, that you have some
well-earned time to
contemplate what next, it
might be the perfect time
to break free and put it on
your “reality bucket list”.
In the age of technology
one can keep in touch easily
from anywhere in the world.
In fact, even if you are
working, there may be the
opportunity to "work from
home" and have that be
anywhere in the world.
I don’t know about you,
but I always get excited
when I have some
inspiration and I can see
You don’t have to go
farther than your YouTube
channel to view amazing
stories to get you to
believe it can be real.
AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE / 09
First of all, there is Lorraine Bracco, an American actress who is renovating her 200-yearold
home in Sicily, which she bought for 1 Euro on a whim. It is the focus of her HGTV
series “My big Italian Adventure”.
Watch her interview with Good Morning America
Next, I found Jasmine Harman from the UK who searches out properties. In this segment,
she is in Abruzzo looking for this English couple Allie and Steve who want to retire in Italy.
Renovating My Little Italian House follows Julie Montagu, from the US, who bought a little
house in the stunning village of Fivizzano in the Tuscany region of Italy. She started a
renovation project, and she is happy to take you along for the ride.
Finally, you can check out the BROS OF DECAY. These young men are students and travel
around Europe to discover stunning abandoned mansions and castles. I am astounded by
what they find. Properties begging to be loved and renewed to their former glory which
definitely could never be found in North America.
These two episodes focus on Italy, but the boys have amassed quite a collection from all
AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE / 10
Villa le Torri;
/ BY SHERRY KALLERGIS
If you want to experience
true Italian living, consider
tourism Italian style. It
provides a window into the
very heart and soul of Italy.
You can have a fabulous
vacation staying in
getting close and personal
with the families running
farms, vineyards, and olive
groves. When you're
visiting a tourist
destination like Rome and
the Colosseum, you're
there with every other
tourist from around the t
world. When you stay in a
small place, you really get
more of a sense of being in
Italy and what it's like to
live and work there.
Do plan to arrive in Rome
though. Spend a few days
exploring 2500 years of
history before heading out
to relax in the countryside.
Villa le Torri; In The
Heart Of Tuscany
Villa le Torri is the perfect
place if you want to
experience Tuscany. It is a
beautiful medieval 12thcentury
villa in the heart of
the Chianti region owned
and operated by Gabriele
and his family. Nestled
among fruit trees, gardens,
and an olive grove, I highly
recommend you rent a car
as there are key
destinations to visit all
within an hour’s drive.
Siena is a beautiful
medieval city spread over
three hills. You can explore
the Piazza del Campo and
The Cathedrals of Santa
Maria Assunta where you
will see works of famous
AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE /11
F E A T U R E S
Then you can spend a day
traipsing through Pisa starting with the
famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and then
moving on to the
Duomo of Pisa. This cathedral combines
Byzantine influences with Romanesque
architecture. You will also want to take
in more modern-day works, a mural
composed by the American artist Keith
Do not pass up Vinci, which is the home
of Leonardo DaVinci. You can spend
time looking over his notebooks in
Museo Leonardiano and delving into all
things DaVinci. Conti Guidi Castle again
is a medieval gem that will keep you
fascinated for hours.
Then there is the Cinque Terre, five
villages standing guard over the Italian
Riviera. Looking out onto the
Mediterranean, it is a Unesco Mankind’s
World Heritage site. A delight to explore
with captivating views.
Villa le Torri; An Italian Experience
"We had the most fabulous week at Le
Torri. I fell in love with the place
because first, you get an absolutely
stunning self-contained apartment, and
secondly, they are so organized and
dedicated to making sure you have a
Everybody arrives on a Saturday and
leaves the next Saturday. They have nine
different apartments, all self-contained.
I T A L I A N L I F E
C E N T E R S
A R O U N D
D E L I C I O U S
F O O D
They have a grocery list that you can choose
from before you ever arrive. They will go and
buy it for you, so you have all the basics in your
The first evening they put out a Tuscan buffet
and everyone mingles and meets each other.
The wine flows freely and it is outdoors on the
patio under an arbor of sorts. It was such a
Then Wednesday night, Gabry’s mother and
the ladies from the surrounding area put on a
Tuscan dinner. It is optional but well worth the
price. It is held upstairs in a big dining room at
a family-style table that seats 15 to 20 people.
They also have a cooking class where you can
learn to cook Italian dishes with the freshest inseason
ingredients. You create a complete
menu from appetizer to dessert led by a chef
and accompanied by family stories behind
each dish. The highlight of course is to sit down
to leisurely eat the meal your hands produced.
AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE / 13
F E A T U R E S
A new offering is a hot-air balloon
flight in the early morning giving you
a bird’s eye view of the Tuscany
hillside. There is also a local farmers
market in one of the towns close by.
The villa will also organize bicycle
rentals, wine tastings, and even truffle
hunting in season.
"Villa Le Torri has everything you need.
It was just a perfect, perfect stay. It's
just so pastoral. I left feeling I truly had
an authentic taste of living the Italian
You can book on their website Villa
Steam | 18
AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE /14
TIP MAY SAVE YOU
MONEY ON YOUR NEXT TRIP
Learn How To
Open the browser of your
choice and hover or click on
the menu icon:
If you purchase trips online, you may want to consider
Most websites, but especially travel ones track your
searches. That means each time you search the site and
product, you may find the price increasing. It is so tempting
to keep trying to find a better deal and why not? Just
remember to go incognito first.
What is Incognito?
Incognito, also known as privacy or porn mode, is a feature
that disables the ability to store local data and searching
history. The tracking is done through small computer files
called cookies. How you access the
private mode depends on your browser of choice. These are
the three most common.
Using the Incognito search also reduces the number of ads
for products you were searching showing up in your feeds,
which can be so annoying..
1. Choose New Incognito
2. A New Window will open
up with an icon showing a
stylized spy wearing a hat
and glasses in the top
Firefox: Private Window
1. Choose the New Private
2. A new window will open
and you may see the
Private Window Mask.
1. Choose New InPrivate
2. A new window will open,
and you will see the
InPrivate in the top right.
The Essence of
and Their Style
AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE
BY KATHY PATELLIS SCHMIDT/
Italian women take great pride in the
way they dress because they are the
masters of classic timeless style. No
matter, if they have to step out of the
house for five minutes or go for a quick
run to the grocery store, Italian women
dress stylishly and elegantly. Even while
sporting a bombshell look, they look
both relaxed and classy and exude a
sense of "la moda".
Rayban Nina € 132
The Italian women’s style is instantly
recognizable, but what are the sartorial
quirks that elevate their style? Here are
the most important aspects of that chic
Statement Eye Candy
Small but mighty! Sunglasses are a
statement piece and a key element of
the fashion of Italian women. This
evergreen and ultra-trendy accessory
can accentuate your features and bring
together any outfit.
Perfect for days when the sun is out or
when the snow is falling and every other
day in between. Find a pair that will
compliment your face or simply go big
and bold for a look that reaches new
heights. Dramatic sunglasses always
stand out and look amazing.
Vivianna Now €47.99
AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE /16
If there is one thing to invest in
this season, a designer leather
handbag is it.
Leather can anchor any look
whether it is straight from the
street style or off-duty style
moments. Instantly update
your simple denim or takes a
classic sequin dress to new
heights with a handbag. It is
the most favorite accessory
and one that will last forever.
The beauty of a designer
handbag is how it is made,
with a long rich history behind
it that has passed down
through generations plus
Italian leather craftsmanship is
the gold standard. It has a
timeless appeal that is a musthave
for mastering the essence
of Italian women.
Top: MK Greenwich small
saffiano Greenwich leather
cross body bag€ 295
Bottom Left: Dior 30
Montaigne handbag 3200 €
Bottom Right: Peekaboo
pochette handbag fendi €
AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE /17
Italians are known for their
high-quality shoes. Their
country has the shape of a
boot after all.
Leather embossed and
elongated stilettos are more
than enhancements to a
wardrobe but they also
channel an Italian flair to an
Statement heels with sexy
adornments add to a
quintessential runway look.
From crystal embellishments
to dazzling metallics and the
most energetic hues, you will
see Italian women walking
confidently in heels, even on
Top: Amina Muaddi Ami
leather pumps €610
Manolo Blahnik Lurum €1095
Loriblu black woven nappa
leather mules €160
Challenge Your Mindset:
What Is It About Good People?
/ B Y S H E R I A L B R A T C H E R D O B E S H P U B L I S H E D I N H E R M E M O R Y
I am happy to have people like you in my circle. Thank
you for allowing me to share about MINDSET.
There is one thing that I think a lot of people deal with
on a daily basis but have a hard time overcoming. WHAT
WILL MY FRIENDS SAY?
No matter what you do in life, we all want gratification.
Remember, you can’t please everyone, ever. You have to
choose whom you want to be. Then be that person, no
Anyone that isn’t helping you achieve your goal is
holding you back, period. You attract the kind of life that
you really want. The 6 closest people that you spend the
most time around, form your life.
If you really wanted to find out how to make money,
would you ask your broke uncle? If you wanted to learn
how to play guitar, would you hire a piano–teacher?
People want to change but it scares them. The changes
they see in you scare them. They don’t want to lose you
to a better life, or they get jealous.
You have to have the desire to overcome all obstacles,
big or small. Use these, obstacles, as a challenge for you
to overcome, be positive.
Before your ship can sail, you have to get rid of the
anchors. Also before your ship can sail, you have to have
it supplied with enough fuel to get to the destination
that you are heading for. Without the destination, why
would you ever leave the dock?
True friends will always be there, or they weren’t friends
after all. Don’t let yourself get discouraged by anything
or anyone. Be the person that you want to be. Hang out
with people that you want to be like. Be proud.
GETTING YOUR BUSINESS
8am PDT and 11am EDT in North America
4pm GMT in most of Europe
5pm SAST South Africa
1am Saturday AEST Australia