Affluent Magazine | RSS Feed Affluent Magazine | RSS Feed Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club: Golf is so Much More Than a Game Tue, 03 Jan 2017 23:32:31 -0500 Miami offers plenty of opportunities for those who seek to have their names in the gossip magazines and their photos on page six by the paparazzi. If, however, you&rsquo;re comfortable in your own skin and desire a less ostentatious‐‐but no less pampered‐‐lifestyle, then Deering Bay Yacht &amp; Country Club should be on your radar. Affluence: Multifaceted Sparkle Tue, 03 Jan 2017 23:15:18 -0500 In the beginning&hellip; Before financial advisors, S&amp;P 500, DJIA, stocks, bonds, or paper money existed, &ldquo;hard&rdquo; assets ruled the world. Wealth status was physical in nature. Royalty and the well-to-do possessed a most magnificent mineral &ndash; diamonds. The Vintage Club: Timeless Elegance Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:51:03 -0500 The Vintage Club is more than just a place, it&rsquo;s a state-of-mind imparting a celebrated tradition of luxury and geniality that Members have treasured since its inception. SieMatic’s PURE Style Collection: Elegant Profiles and Endless Textural Options Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:53:05 -0400 Though polished, high-gloss finishes and gleaming white hues have been dominating kitchen and bath design for some time, dark matte finishes continue to come on strong as one of the biggest trends for 2016.&nbsp; Cunard's Iconic Queen Mary 2 Makes Boston Debut After Extensive Remastering Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:31:27 -0400 Queen Mary 2 gave a royal welcome to Boston's top Instagram dogs, Nacho (@NachoDogg) and Bear (@KnoxandBear), who enjoyed the new kennels on the Remastered ship at Boston's Black Falcon Cruse Terminal. Cunard's flagship ocean liner sailed into Boston to debut its significant refit costing in the region of $132 million. The New Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:22:21 -0400 Shortly after the world premiere of the AMG GT R, the sports car and performance brand from Affalterbach is presenting two exciting roadster variants of the two-seater sports car. Alongside the AMG GT Roadster, the AMG GT C Roadster enhances the portfolio with a completely new model variant. Gresso's $500,000 Black Diamond Encrusted iPhone 7 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:03:32 -0400 Apple may have quickly sold out of their Jet Black iPhone 7 collection, but Gresso's iPhone 7 Black Diamond collection offers a stunning luxury minimalist alternative. Gresso, an industry leader in the high-tech engineering and design of luxury smartphones and accessories, is offering a new limited edition iPhone &ndash; the Black Diamond Collection.&nbsp; Poggenpohl Creates Ingenious Design for +STAGE for Maximum Creative Freedom Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:38:14 -0400 A place that can be equipped solely to suit personal habits, preferences and interests, which has many flexible planning and integral solutions, designed from the highest quality materials with an unmistakable design - +STAGE does it all!&nbsp; Anatara Angkor Resort Evolves Into Siem Reap's Premier All-Suite Destination Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:11:07 -0400 Like a fully-opened lotus flower, Anantara Angkor Resort is making its final transformation from a quaint boutique property to a luxurious all-suite resort. Guests of Anantara Angkor will be immersed in the local Khmer culture through build-your-own-adventure activities, a selection of all-inclusive packages, world-heralded Khmer cuisine and indigenous spa treatments, all the while being given exceptional personal attention from the resort's dedicated Experience Butlers. Ulysse Nardin’s New Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Thu, 08 Sep 2016 18:55:37 -0400 Excellence in featherweight form. Airy and barely light enough to be felt on the wrist, the new Executive <div>Skeleton Tourbillon is nonetheless the center of all attention. Transparent yet powerful, this sleek watch exudes modernity in no uncertain terms.</div> SieMatic’s URBAN Design Brings the Outdoors Inside Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:24:29 -0400 SieMatic's new URBAN collection for kitchens offers a one-of-a-kind feature inspired by the farm-to-table trend in food prep: A granite herb garden. A small detail in the kitchen, this herb garden can deliver organic ingredients to cooks, while reflecting their green values and core attitudes about sustainability. 2017 Audi R8: An Extraordinary Driving Performance Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:57:56 -0400 Faster, more efficient, and more capable both on and off the racetrack, the all-new 2017 R8 is the most powerful Audi production model ever. The R8, with its breathtaking performance, high-revving naturally aspirated motor, precise handling and driver-focused interior, embodies the automotive distinction that has become synonymous with the four rings. Anantara Mui Ne Resort Luxurious ‘Dine On The Beach’ Experience Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:23:02 -0400 Anantara Mui Ne Resort, the oasis of tropical Vietnamese luxury, is inviting guests to indulge in a truly unique dining experience on the shores of its sandy beaches with its &lsquo;Dining By Design&rsquo; concept.&nbsp; Cadillac Unveils Escala Concept, Previewing Future Design Direction Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:09:30 -0400 The recently debuted Escala Concept introduces the next evolution of Cadillac design and previews the craftsmanship and technology being developed for many future models. The Escala Concept previews the design and technical ideas driving the next phase of Cadillac&rsquo;s ongoing expansion.&nbsp; Conrad Hotels & Resorts to Debut Smart Luxury in the South Pacific Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:19:18 -0400 Conrad Hotels &amp; Resorts, Hilton Worldwide's luxury hotel portfolio for the new smart luxury traveler, recently announced the signing of a franchise agreement with SA BORA BORA NUI for the Conrad Bora Bora Nui. The 115-key resort, formerly known as Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort &amp; Spa, will undergo a multimillion-dollar refurbishment and open as Conrad Bora Bora Nui in March 2017. Graff opens new store Paris, Place Vendôme Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:10:19 -0400 Graff Diamonds&rsquo; first Parisian salon has now opened its doors, located adjacent to the recently renovated Ritz Paris and overlooking the iconic Place Vend&ocirc;me. The luxurious salon, which will become an integral part of one of the most famous destinations in the world, references the palatial aesthetic of 18th-century Paris, features a feminine and verdant colour palette, and houses the world&rsquo;s most fabulous jewels. The Ritz-Carlton, Nanyan Bay Set to Debut in China Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:18:14 -0400 Ritz-Carlton has &ldquo;teed&rdquo; up a second resort hotel on China&rsquo;s only tropical island of Hainan, signing a management agreement with Hainan Golden Tide Tourism Development Co., Ltd. The luxury development underlines the provincial government&rsquo;s drive to enhance the destination for international visitors with prestigious new projects, balancing cultural heritage and preserving the island&rsquo;s natural beauty. High Country Rugs: Turn Your Bespoke Idea into Reality Mon, 06 Jun 2016 03:16:42 -0400 Creating the perfect custom rug for your space is an exciting journey and High County Rugs will guide you through the process. You can choose your own design that you have created yourself, or they can do a twist on an existing design that you have always wanted. High Country Rugs only produces custom rugs so there are no limitations to standard designs or sizes or colors. Monticello Motor Club: Where the Type A goes to unwind – at 200 mph Mon, 06 Jun 2016 02:57:34 -0400 Relaxation means something different for everyone. Some do yoga for tranquility. Others head out for nine holes. But for the true Type A personality, something a bit more intense is often in order. That&rsquo;s where Monticello Motor Club, North America&rsquo;s Premier Automotive Country Club and Private Race Track, comes in. Marie France Van Damme: Glamorous Eyewear Collection Mon, 06 Jun 2016 01:19:41 -0400 &nbsp;Marie France Van Damme, the Hong Kong-based designer known for her globally influenced line of luxury resort, swim, and ready-to-wear has introduced the brand&rsquo;s first eyewear collection and it is now available online. The glamorous sunglasses collection features two classic styles, inspired by the designer&rsquo;s take on the oversized rectangular and classic aviator designs. The result is an authentic design with bespoke, handmade details that are distinctive and unique. Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa: Offering the Mother City's Best Views, Service, and Accommodations Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:56:35 -0400 Poised above the Atlantic Ocean and flanked by the Twelve Apostles mountain range, Cape Town&rsquo;s Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is perched at the blissful intersection of summit and sea. When choosing between the hotel&rsquo;s 55 deluxe guest rooms and 15 luxurious suites, the most difficult decision I encountered was which direction to face: either way, I was assured, awe-inspiring views came standard.&nbsp; Talking Stick Resort: A Desert Getaway Like None Other Sun, 05 Jun 2016 23:28:28 -0400 Travelers looking for an Arizona destination that encompasses relaxation, entertainment, excitement and culture need to look no further than Talking Stick Resort. Located in the Scottsdale area, the captivating property offers many of the amenities one expects in a desert retreat while weaving in signature features that make a visit to this resort a unique and memorable experience.&nbsp; Inn at Bay Harbor: An Iconic Great Lakes Destination Sun, 05 Jun 2016 23:04:29 -0400 Michiganders are fiercely proud of their bond with the Great Lakes. Memories of summers spent &ldquo;Up North&rdquo; are cherished, and charming coastal towns like Petoskey, Charlevoix and Harbor Springs are prized for the annual exodus of travelers seeking cooler climates and a laidback lifestyle. Anantara Hoi An Resort: A Colonial Retreat Boasting Serene Riverside Setting Sun, 05 Jun 2016 22:31:12 -0400 Walking distance from an age-old seaport that looks today much as it was 400 years ago, Anantara Hoi An Resort stretches along the Thu Bon River&rsquo;s northern bank. A grassy esplanade punctuated by palm trees fronts a river flowing with sampans and dragon boats, and the temptation is to do no more than sit and contemplate. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s no wonder why Cond&eacute; Nast Traveller&rsquo;s readers last year deemed this boutique property among Asia&rsquo;s top 25 resorts. &nbsp; Delfin Amazon Cruises: A Magical Journey of Discovery Sun, 05 Jun 2016 19:11:48 -0400 On a visit to the Peruvian Amazon and the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve with Delfin Amazon Cruises, waking up brings the day&rsquo;s most challenging decision. Wrapped in Peruvian pima cotton linens and just feet from a cool water whirlpool on your suite&rsquo;s private terrace, there&rsquo;s no need to ever leave. However, when the sights and sounds of Peru&rsquo;s most precious biodiversity wait outside the window, they can be difficult to ignore. U-Boat Worx Unveils New Deepest-diving Tourist Submarine Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:53:04 -0400 U-Boat Worx has launched three new luxury submarine models: the Cruise Sub 5, Cruise Sub 7 and Cruise Sub 9. The Cruise Sub 5 and 7 are capable of diving to 1,140 meters making them the deepest-diving tourist submersibles ever. Depending on the model, it can carry 5, 7 or 9 persons per dive. World’s Best Equestrian Athletes Compete in the 2016 Longines Global Champions Tour Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:07:40 -0400 The 2016 Longines Global Champions Tour kicked-off this month with its U.S. leg in Miami Beach, Florida. With horse jumping competitions in Miami, Doha, Paris and Rome, the Longines Global Champions Tour includes 15 legs in 15 cities and gathers the world&rsquo;s best riders. The Truth about Hot Peppers Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:24:22 -0400 Don&rsquo;t be afraid to add a little spicy heat to your meals this season by growing a few hot peppers in the garden or containers. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s easier than you think and many of the hot pepper myths floating around the garden are simply not true.&nbsp; STRUT Debuts new LaunchPort Cases for the iPad Wed, 23 Mar 2016 23:48:13 -0400 Since it&rsquo;s introduction, the STRUT&reg; LaunchPort, the world&rsquo;s first two-piece wireless charging pedestal with inductive charging technology, has become the luxury standard for discriminating consumers desiring a convenient, wireless means to charge and use their iPad&rsquo;s. As customers continue to request additional colors for the LaunchPort Case, STRUT has announced the introduction of ten new finish options, now shipping: Black Carbon, Walnut Burl, Brushed Pewter, Granite, Eastern Walnut, Rose Wood, Cool Wood, Gold Marble, Blue Carbon, Red Carbon, Western Walnut, Brushed Titanium. Monticello Motor Club: North America’s Premier Automotive Country Club Wed, 23 Mar 2016 21:10:59 -0400 <div>Many people view leisure as time to unwind. A time to tone things down. A time to stop moving and let someone else take a turn. For the members of Monticello Motor Club, leisure is a time to simply move in another direction. The best seat in the house isn&rsquo;t in a luxury suite. It&rsquo;s in a high-performance luxury vehicle.</div> HEOS Flawlessly Delivers Your Favorite Music Wed, 23 Mar 2016 21:01:57 -0400 You may not have noticed yet, but there is a revolution going on in the world of home audio-- welcome to wireless multi-room sound systems. Over the last five years, more and more consumers are choosing wireless audio products for their homes with convenience, ease-of-use, quality of sound, and connectivity leading the reasons why consumers are making the change. Great Gatsby Reimagined Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:48:06 -0400 <div>This beautiful estate on Martha&rsquo;s Vineyard is inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald&rsquo;s classic and beloved novel, &ldquo;The Great Gatsby.&rdquo; Designed by Patrick Ahearn FAIA, the objective of Witchwood was to recall the glamorous lifestyle of the Gatsby era including grand estates active with beautiful people, classic roadsters, and lively cocktail parties in the 1920s.&nbsp; Castle Hotel & Spa: A Luxury Experience Enticed with Tranquility and an Abundance of History Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:24:19 -0400 Located just 25 minutes north of New York City, Castle Hotel &amp; Spa resides in historic Tarrytown, NY providing an experience like no other for its visitors. Designed in an era when luxury, tranquility and attention to detail were paramount, the Castle Hotel &amp; Spa offers discerning travelers an alternative to the ordinary hotel. There is simply no finer choice for anyone traveling to the tri-state area. Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo: A Japanese Gem for Jetsetters Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:06:59 -0400 There is a magnificent yet serene oasis filled with breathtaking greenery right in the middle of Tokyo, one of the busiest metropolises on the planet. Called &ldquo;Chinzanso,&rdquo; and meaning &ldquo;villa on a mountain of camellias,&quot; it&rsquo;s a special place cherished by Tokyoites and travelers alike. Today, this glorious oasis is a one-of-a-kind urban resort, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, offering the ultimate in luxury and natural beauty to jetsetters from around the world. The Inbal Jerusalem Hotel: A Luxurious Experience in the Heart of the Eternal City Wed, 23 Mar 2016 16:50:35 -0400 Jerusalem has a unique charm. The city is a mix of ancient and modern, with old stone synagogues and opulent Churches and Mosques sitting side-by-side with shopping malls, cinemas and the institutions of the modern Israeli government. The various religious groups live and thrive in relative harmony, creating an intermingling of cultures that I have yet to have seen in any other cities. AlSol Tiara Cap Cana: Experiencing Chic, Modern Luxury in the Dominican Republic Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:45:25 -0400 Situated on the white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Dominican Republic, AlSol Tiara Cap Cana Resort offers warmth, excitement and a lavish vacation experience. The hip, new boutique hotel welcomes multi-generational travelers to its social and warm atmosphere situated at the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic affectionately known as the &ldquo;Jewel of Punta Cana.&rdquo; Hotel Palomar San Diego: Elevate Your Journey to Extraordinary Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:20:26 -0400 <div>With stunning beaches, year-round sunshine and an array of eclectic neighborhoods (and sights!), San Diego offers the perfect blend of relaxed coastal living, outdoor adventures and city life. And from the sixteenth-floor balcony of my corner suite at Palomar San Diego, I can take it all in at once&mdash;on my left, spectacular ocean views, including the famed Coronado bridge; on my right, high rises, nestled along the pristine coastline, with cruise ships, awaiting passengers; and sixteen floors below me...</div> Four Seasons Resort Hualalai: Where Hawaiian Tradition and Luxury Meet Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:56:36 -0400 Set among the majestic volcanoes of Hualalai, Mauna Kea, Kohala, and Mauna Loa lies the picturesque Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Named after Hawaiian&rsquo;s first Queen and wife of Chief Hawai&rsquo;I Loa, a stay at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is truly a magical and luxurious experience. With a full-service resort and residential homes, this oceanfront property boasts access to world-class amenities and activities including white sand beaches, snorkeling, golf and fine dining.&nbsp; Park City, Utah: An Unparalleled Winter Getaway Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:35:37 -0400 The historic winter ski season is upon us, and there&rsquo;s never been a better time to experience Park City. With limitless options for luxurious dining and activities abound, there&rsquo;s sure to be something to excite every kind of traveler&mdash;even if you&rsquo;ve never set foot on the slopes. Colony Palms Hotel: A Sanctuary in the Desert Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:26:43 -0400 Located just one block off the city&rsquo;s main downtown strip and built in the 1930s, the 57-room resort retains many charming features of the original Spanish colonial architecture, from arched entryways and coved ceilings to original Moorish floor tiles. Luxury Big Island: A Premier Brokerage Driven by a Passion for Hawaii and Its Clients’ Success Sun, 28 Feb 2016 14:24:48 -0500 At Luxury Big Island by Harold Clarke, there are two driving forces that have made it one of Hawaii&rsquo;s leading luxury real estate brokerages. One is its principals&rsquo; deep passion for the natural beauty, lifestyle and culture that Hawaii offers. The other is achieving a successful sale or purchase on behalf of its discerning clients. Osterville Captain’s Compound: Patrick Ahearn’s $13 Million Architectural Genius Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:20:40 -0500 Shakespeare first popularized the phrase, &ldquo;The world is your oyster.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s certainly the case in Osterville (originally &ldquo;Oysterville&rdquo;) on Cape Cod &hellip; that is, if you&rsquo;re the owner of Osterville Captain&rsquo;s Compound. In 2014, the immense residence and companion buildings sold for $13 million, earning it the honor of being the #1 Luxury Home Sale in Massachusetts. Ocean Alexander: Building Your Dream Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:09:26 -0500 Almost 40 years ago, the first Ocean Alexander yachts launched into the seas and set a tone for all remaining OA yachts yet to be. &nbsp;What started as a unique endeavor in the wide world of yacht-building, has become a brand characterized with strength, safety, and timeless beauty. Short Hills Aviation: A Dedication and Commitment to Excellence Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:42:20 -0500 Whether it&rsquo;s domestic or international travel, aircraft management, or both - Short Hills Aviation provides their clients with world class service. In addition to safety, their professional focus is providing clients exceptional service by making their travel experience as time-efficient, enjoyable, and cost-effective as possible. Be it a routine request or an in-flight special occasion, their team will make it happen - The right plane&hellip;the right time&hellip;the right way&hellip;.your way! The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort: Paradise found in the Indian Ocean Sun, 15 Nov 2015 11:15:54 -0500 For unparalleled luxury, the Maldives in the Indian Ocean is a journey very much worth taking by any avid traveller. Though its location might take some time to get to, today, the concern of distance dwindles, especially with carriers such as Emirates and Etihad providing a great standard of service from the United States into the Maldives via the airlines&rsquo; respective hubs of Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the Middle East. Waikoloa Beach Resort: One of the Most Culturally and Geographically Diverse Destinations in the World Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:38:13 -0500 The best place to truly embrace &ldquo;The Spirit of Aloha&rdquo; on Hawaii&rsquo;s Big Island is the Hilton Waikoloa Village, found within Waikoloa Beach Resort on the perpetually sunny Kohala Coast. This 1,135-acre island hotspot rises majestically from the lava remnants of the 1856 Mauna Loa eruption, creating an unparalleled luxury escape with appealing adventures, breathtaking views and cultural immersion.&nbsp; Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya: The Ultimate Escape for any Wanderlust Traveler Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:33:17 -0500 Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya offers the pinnacle of luxury vacation travel available from Vidanta Resorts from the Grupo Vidanta family of Mexico resorts. Situated in Playa del Carmen along the Yucatan Peninsula, bordering the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, the resort serves as a cultural oasis and traveler&rsquo;s dream escape amid one of the most visited destinations in Mexico.&nbsp; Grand View Lodge: Exploring the Grandeur of a Wintery Life Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:23:01 -0500 Tucked away in the captivating pines of the Brainerd Lakes Area in central Minnesota, the Grand View Lodge Golf and Spa Resort, provides a fanciful experience for your holiday season. Grand View Lodge has been hosting Christmas elegance for nearly 100 years-- providing a relaxing yet idyllic holiday experience. Who Will Be Remembered? Sun, 15 Nov 2015 08:30:02 -0500 Kings, queens, presidents and dignitaries have always known: to really be remembered, their portraits had to be captured in oil. A fine portrait painting ensures the subject will be remembered for all time. How do we know? Just walk through any museum; you&rsquo;ll see the likenesses of Egyptian kings, monarchs from the middle ages, guild members from the seventeenth century and modern icons like inventors, scientists and statesmen.&nbsp; The MJM Yachts 50z: A high-tech motoryacht for the most demanding of yachtsmen. Sun, 15 Nov 2015 08:08:32 -0500 Manufacturing the worlds most advanced cruising yacht to the highest standards of speed, efficiency, and stability takes lots of technology and an uncompromising discipline. The MJM Yachts 50z is a unique cruising yacht which incorporates many design and technological innovations that takes her to the top of the class. Is Exclusivity Only About Affluence? In a world full of multinational luxury brands, it’s still possible to feel truly unique. Sun, 15 Nov 2015 07:50:20 -0500 We can define exclusivity as the sensation of being on a summit, surrounded by a small and select number of peers, and gazing at the world from a more advantageous and inaccessible position. As much as money will always be one of its main components, the concept of exclusivity has also nobler and more sophisticated underpinnings: personality and style, culture, good taste, and personal connections have always been equally relevant ingredients.&nbsp; The BMW Concept M4 GTS Makes a Splash at Pebble Beach Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:49:02 -0400 The Concours d&rsquo;Elegance at Pebble Beach is one of the most exclusive and exciting automotive events in the world. People from all over the globe travel to see some of the magnificent automobiles on the planet. All of the high-end automakers show off their highest performing and most luxurious cars they have. It&rsquo;s an incredible event. BMW is making a bit of a splash at this year&rsquo;s show, with the BMW Concept M4 GTS. Sonus faber's Italian Masterpiece- the Venere S Loudspeaker Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:12:13 -0400 The Venere S is the latest Sonus faber loudspeaker and the new flagship of the Venere collection. Born in 2015, three years after the release of the Venere collection, this latest Sonus faber project completes the line for which its named, becoming the most advanced of all the Venere speakers. Something Speciale from Hublot Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:20:38 -0400 During the celebratory year of the Big Bang family&rsquo;s 10th anniversary, Hublot recently unveiled the new Big Bang Ferrari Speciale timepiece. This is Hublot&rsquo;s third year of a successful partnership with Ferrari, following their previous Ferrari-partnered timepieces, including the Big Bang Magic Gold in 2012, introducing the brand&rsquo;s patented scratch resistant gold, the 2013 MP-05 LaFerrari which holds the world-record for its 50 day power reserve, and the 2014 Big Bang Ferrari Titanium Carbon with its iconic red sapphire crystal.&nbsp; Kitchen and Home Essentials Mon, 25 May 2015 18:53:46 -0400 At the BoomShop, you will find products that assist and enhance your life thoughtfully and beautifully. Here&rsquo;s a few of Affluent&rsquo;s favorites.... Jaeger-LeCoultre Pays Tribute to Astronomy Mon, 25 May 2015 18:27:08 -0400 Captivating is a word that aptly describes the night sky over the Vall&eacute;e de Joux, this secret hollow nestling in the Swiss Jura that gave birth to the Maison Jaeger-LeCoultre. The sky harbours the origins of time, while the sun, moon and stars are the keys that enabled humankind to tame this impalpable phenomenon. They are thus the be-all and end-all of horology. Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort: An Intimate, Un-By-The-Book Experience Sun, 24 May 2015 21:52:01 -0400 Born from a fiery volcano six million years ago, Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands. From the moment you step off the plane in Lihue, the Pacific&rsquo;s balmy, plumeria-scented trade winds immediately wrap you in the charm and mystery that inspired centuries-old legends and drawn visitors for decades. &nbsp;From its golden beaches to its lapis waters and emerald mountains swelling with swaying palms, Kauai beckons you to explore the treasures of &ldquo;The Garden Island.&rdquo; The Grand Hyatt Taipei: Taiwan’s Newest and Most Seasoned Luxury Hotel Sun, 24 May 2015 21:38:29 -0400 Taiwan started blipping on my radar screen last year as enthusiasm for the island started percolating in the press. The New York Times hailed the destination as one of 52 Places to Go in 2014. National Geographic hailed Taiwan as one of the 20 top places to go in 2015. All of a sudden what the Portuguese saw in the &ldquo;Beautiful Island&rdquo;- Formosa as they&rsquo;d dubbed it in the 16th Century- was in the midst of a renaissance of sorts. Mahekal Beach Resort: A Luxurious Oasis of Sophistication and Comfort Sun, 24 May 2015 21:23:17 -0400 Mexico&rsquo;s newest resort &ndash; Mahekal Beach Resort &ndash; recently opened its doors to guests in Playa del Carmen after a $10 million re-imagination. &nbsp;Perfect for a tropical getaway, honeymoon, baby-moon, anniversary or destination wedding, as well as travelers seeking un-plugged privacy and intimacy in an authentic, carefree atmosphere (it screams laid-back luxury), this escape is truly the ultimate coastal Caribbean experience complete with oceanfront views of sparkling turquoise water. Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel: Set Amidst The “Glam” Of Beverly Hills Sun, 24 May 2015 16:09:26 -0400 &nbsp;Celebrating its 20th birthday this year, the flagship property of the Luxe Hotels brand, Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, boasts the distinction of being the only hotel located on the world-famous street, known globally as the &ldquo;Walk of Style&rdquo; with its world-class designer boutiques, showcasing the glamour of Beverly Hills. Rodeo Drive, internationally recognized as the intersection of fashion and entertainment, is a unique destination for both Southern California residents and international visitors. The Nam Hai: Dawn of a New Day in Vietnam Sun, 24 May 2015 15:54:14 -0400 <div>During my stay, I wandered around, over the resort&rsquo;s slate terraces and sandstone footpaths, amid swards of golf course-caliber turf. Usually, I ended up at the resort&rsquo;s spa. Here, eight treatment bungalows front a lotus pond. Individual bridges jut from each bungalow to relaxation pavilions perched over the water. How to Pick an Engagement Ring Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:06:18 -0400 Finding the perfect engagement ring can be an emotional roller coaster. Leading up to purchasing the ideal ring, you&rsquo;ll find yourself looking for guidance on a gift that needs to be personal and timeless. It&rsquo;s important to work closely with an accredited jeweler who can help guide you through the variety of diamond shapes, ring styles and questions you may have along the way.&nbsp; Transform Your Pool into a Resort Oasis Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:40:57 -0400 In the past, the level of customization available to prospective, residential pool buyers or those seeking a remodel was limited. Homeowners were only able to choose from a modest number of pool shapes, tile and/or color options. Over time, the industry evolved and today pool customization options available to consumers are virtually limitless. With increasingly more home owners looking to bring that elusive retreat to the home front, Van Kirk &amp; Sons offers the following tips Punta Tragara: A Heavenly Oasis Overlooking the Majestic Cliffs of Capri, Italy Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:18:35 -0400 Located at the end of a charming cobbled walkway that leads to the most beautiful view in Capri, Hotel Punta Tragara has everything that you could desire for a relaxing and romantic holiday: an exclusive location, luxurious five-star accommodation, gourmet dining, a boutique spa, two pools, charming personal service, and breathtaking views of the legendary Faraglioni Rocks and the Azure Sea. Château Élan Winery and Resort: Classically European, Uniquely Southern Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:09:37 -0400 With a 34 year history as elegant as a fine glass of chardonnay, Ch&acirc;teau &Eacute;lan Winery &amp; Resort offers luxurious amenities paired with unparalleled southern charm. Located just 40 minutes outside of Atlanta, the winery and resort transports guests to a 16th century French ch&acirc;teau situated on 3,500 acres in the heart of the South. From the moment you travel through the gates of Ch&acirc;teau &Eacute;lan until the moment you leave, you will experience warm hospitality combined with the beauty of the French countryside.&nbsp; Aria Hotel Budapest: A Music Lover's Paradise Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:43:48 -0400 On a recent trip to Budapest, I found myself discovering magic with every step along the cobbled streets. It wasn&rsquo;t just the stunning architecture of the Hungarian palaces or the bustling, revived culinary scene that captivated me most. It was the way magic permeates every moment in the way the city seamlessly intertwines the past and the future and how new sights and sounds touch historic familiarities. Peter Island Resort & Spa: A Private and Luxurious Caribbean Escape Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:58:28 -0400 As soon as you cruise into Peter Island&rsquo;s mega-yacht harbor, you know you&rsquo;ve reached a one-of-a-kind paradise. A true private island escape located in the British Virgin Islands, Peter Island Resort &amp; Spa is accessible only by boat or helicopter. Every guest has access to the treasures of the entire 1,800-acre island including five pristine beaches, lush palm groves and tropical mountains. The resort offers a diverse collection of luxurious accommodations from the fully staffed private villas; Falcon&rsquo;s Nest, Hawk&rsquo;s Nest and Crow&rsquo;s Nest, to Beachfront Junior Suites just steps from the sea, or charming Ocean View Rooms. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix: Luxurious Desert Golf Oasis in Phoenix Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:15:28 -0500 The beautiful JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort &amp; Spa in Phoenix &ndash;the largest resort in Arizona- provides luxury, exceptional service, endless recreation and an array of dining opportunities &nbsp;in the tranquility of the scenic cactus-studded Sonoran desert.&nbsp; Petit St. Vincent- Unplugged Luxury in the Grenadines Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:56:41 -0500 Getting to Petit St Vincent, the 115-acre privately-owned jewel of an island in the southeastern Caribbean, can feel a little like disassembling a Russian nesting doll: each form of your journey&rsquo;s transportation gets progressively smaller, until you finally arrive at your oceanfront cottage feeling a million miles from wherever you started your journey. The St. Regis Chengdu- Setting a New Contemporary Standard of Timeless Sophistication and Refined Elegance in Southwest China Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:42:01 -0500 Located in the heart of Chengdu&rsquo;s business district, The St. Regis Chengdu sets a new contemporary standard of bespoke service, refined elegance, and timeless sophistication in Southwest China. The luxury hotel is part of the new Huazi Square, an upscale mixed-use development created by Aedas, a Chinese architecture firm. &nbsp;The dramatic and stylish design features a cluster of four elegant towers forming an Urban Oasis Garden.&nbsp; Hotel Shangri-la at The Ocean in Santa Monica- Art Deco Landmark Served as Secret Hideaway to the Stars, Future Presidents and Royalty Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:31:51 -0500 In the classic 1937 motion picture Lost Horizon, a plane crashes in the Himalayas and its passengers are rescued and taken to the secluded, mystical valley of Shangri-la. Protected by mountains from the outside world, Shangri-la offers a seductive escape where residents are kind to one another and do not age. The Hotel Shangri-la at The Ocean in Santa Monica is a timeless destination with a modern twist that celebrated its 75th diamond jubilee anniversary last year. Manoir Hovey- A Lakeside Luxury Hotel in Quebec with Year-Round Charm and Artful Cuisine Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:54:04 -0500 With its country roads, charming villages and French flair, Quebec&rsquo;s Eastern Townships are a popular travel destination. &nbsp;This region of Canada dates back to the 18th century and was originally settled by British loyalists during the Revolutionary War. After the Civil War, wealthy Southerners bypassed New England, or &ldquo;Yankeeland,&rdquo; to spend their summers in the area, where they built estates. Manoir Hovey, a stately luxury hotel on 25 acres, is one of these former estates.&nbsp; Abano Grand Hotel- Discover the Art of Healing and Wellness at an Ancient Italian Thermal Spa Retreat Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:43:39 -0500 Set at the foot of Italy&rsquo;s Euganean Hills and surrounded by olive trees, palms and tropical plants, Abano Grand Hotel is a luxurious thermal spa retreat hidden from the well-trodden tourist path, just 45 minutes from Venice. Abano Grand Hotel&rsquo;s philosophy is simple: getting well and healthy using thermal spring waters and mud. Excitement is Building at The Greenbrier, America’s Resort! Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:31:34 -0400 The Saints have marched in! The Greenbrier, the historic American resort in West Virginia is now home for the New Orleans Saints Training Camp, from late July into early August. Pella® Designer Series Windows and Doors: Transform Your Home, Enrich Your Life Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:55:42 -0400 You want your home to feel as luxurious as it looks. That&rsquo;s why Designer Series products feature energy-saving triple-pane glass, making them Pella&rsquo;s most energy-efficient wood windows and patio doors.&nbsp; Comfort Meets Clarity: New, Redesigned Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:34:11 -0400 Lighter and more comfortable than ever, Bowers &amp; Wilkins new C5 Series 2 use engineering advances to deliver superior sound quality. C5 Series 2 &ndash; a new standard for in-ear headphones. David Beckham and Simon Fuller Launch HAIG CLUB™ Whiskey Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:12:28 -0400 Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, recently announced the worldwide launch of its new Single Grain Scotch Whisky, HAIG CLUB&trade;. The distinctive and sophisticated new whisky, developed in partnership with global icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller is now available... Overcome Approach Anxiety to Attract Women Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:35:55 -0400 Some of the most successful men I know become most helpless when it comes to approaching women. They can be the most charismatic conversationalists and powerful executives. When it comes to meeting women, however, they turn from industry giants into frightened little boys. EuroChef USA offers its ITALIAN-MADE Verona® and ILVE® Collections Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:11:04 -0400 EuroChef USA, importers and distributors of fine European and internationally recognized appliances, is proud to offer the Verona&deg; &nbsp;and ILVE&deg; Collections of professional cooking appliances in the US market.&nbsp; A Diamond is Forever, but Not for Everyone Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:35:02 -0400 Gifting a piece of jewelry is intimate and personable. Although diamonds are beautiful and portray everlasting love, there are a variety of gemstones to suit all tastes and comforts. Autumn Apple Crumble Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:23:13 -0400 Fall is known as apple season when the majority of apples from Gala to Red Delicious are ready to harvest from the trees. Now imagine a warm apple dessert on a cool fall evening. This scrumptious apple crumble, with the aroma of cinnamon and cloves, is a great way to ring in fall&rsquo;s arrival when enjoyed with family and friends. Can You Juice Yourself To Good Health? Sun, 07 Sep 2014 23:58:48 -0400 <div>It&rsquo;s pretty inviting&mdash;some great-looking people on television claim that they owe their health and energy&mdash;even their immunity&mdash;to their daily &lsquo;juicing&rsquo; habit. &nbsp;Just this morning I watched a man testify that he lost almost 30 pounds in six weeks just by &lsquo;juicing&rsquo;. &nbsp;When they say, &ldquo;Who has time to eat so many fruits and vegetables anyway&rdquo; do you buy in?</div> The Power of Desire Sun, 07 Sep 2014 23:49:48 -0400 Have you ever known someone who always seems to get what they want? &nbsp;I&rsquo;ve known a few people in my life that fit that description and, while I&rsquo;m not crowing, I have on more than one occasion been tagged as one of those lucky people myself. My sister likes to call it being &ldquo;spoiled rotten.&rdquo; My best friend says it&rsquo;s that &ldquo;diva-like state of mind&rdquo; that makes so many things go my way. Kisses from a Four Legged Immigrant Sun, 07 Sep 2014 23:39:57 -0400 I first saw her by accident. Or by divine intervention. I&rsquo;m still not sure which one it was or how she got here. Let me start at the beginning. We were walking down a street in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Since it was our 15th visit to this provincial city, I knew to come prepared with dog food for the street dogs. I just didn&rsquo;t expect to come home with one.&nbsp; Choosing the Right Point of View Leads to Higher Returns Sun, 07 Sep 2014 23:23:30 -0400 By any objective standard, you had the credentials, the track record and the facts on your side for your presentation. But maybe you&rsquo;re not making the connection with the audience that wins you the business. If one of your presentations has been less successful than you expected, you might benefit from reconsidering your perspective. Everyday Presence Sun, 07 Sep 2014 23:11:32 -0400 Being present requires more from us than merely showing up with our physical bodies. Truly being present asks that we have a conscious awareness and appreciation of the present moment. True presence is magnified by sincere appreciation of whatever that present moment holds-even if it is less than desirable. Are You Really That Busy? Sun, 07 Sep 2014 23:05:40 -0400 A new vibrational energy in autumn replaces the slower, leisurely pace of summer. &nbsp;Before we know it, we are falling behind in our homework, duties and social calendar. Our society is preoccupied with busyness. For some busyness is a sure fire strategy to create time for the self, &ldquo;I wish I could, but I&rsquo;m too busy to go out with you.&rdquo; This excuse is a more polite form of saying no and works well to create less stress and more relaxation. Transform Your Home, Enrich Your Life Sun, 07 Sep 2014 22:58:00 -0400 When it comes to great home design, windows and doors are an important part &mdash; they are the only architectural elements that affect the beauty of a home on the inside and the outside. If you&rsquo;re passionate about architectural expression, look no further than Pella Architect Series products. Living At The Pinnacle Of Luxury: Greenbrier Sporting Club Fri, 02 May 2014 10:38:32 -0400 2013 was another exciting year for The Greenbrier Sporting Club, located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virgina. Last year brought excellent growth to the community, including 30 real estate transactions partly attributed to three developer-owned model homes built in their Greenbrier Summit Village neighborhood located 3,300 feet atop Greenbrier Mountain. The Greenbrier Sporting Club: Creating Your Own Legacy Today For Generations To Enjoy Tomorrow Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:32:50 -0500 Nestled in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains in southeastern West Virginia you&rsquo;ll discover The Greenbrier Sporting Club, the only private residential community to call the 10,000-acre estate of The Greenbrier home. The All-New Bentley Flying Spur: Ultimate High Luxury Sedan with Unrivaled Performance Thu, 09 May 2013 12:39:03 -0400 Bentley establishes a new luxury performance sedan benchmark with the launch of the new Flying Spur at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. With its unrivaled blend of effortless driveability, exquisite luxury and craftsmanship, sculpted design and state-of-the-art technology, the new Flying Spur takes the worldwide success of its iconic predecessor further. Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina: Escape To Your Private Island Getaway Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:10:32 -0500 Discovered by Christopher Columbus nearly 500 years ago and serving as a stopping point for European explorers en route to new lands, Scrub Island remained relatively untouched for centuries. Graced by three pristine beaches shelving gently into the Caribbean Sea, protected coves, nature trails and stunning scenery, the 230-acre island is now home to Scrub Island Resort, Spa &amp; Marina. Islas Secas: Where Sea Life Reigns and Humans are the Endangered Species Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:43:26 -0500 Imagine a place that takes you back in time where animals and plants reign, where large volcanic rocks jut from the ocean like oversized black dominos, and where sea creatures are not imagined, but partner with you on your ocean adventure. This is Islas Secas, a private, 16-island archipelago, located just 25 miles off the coast of Panama. Jaguar XKR-S Convertible: The Art of Noise Tue, 02 Oct 2012 13:27:48 -0400 Any supercar enthusiast would crave ownership of Jaguar&rsquo;s astonishing XKR-S, but the convertible version holds special appeal. Think wind in your hair and sun on your face as you cruise in the most powerful and fastest convertible the Jaguar brand has ever built. But if you need a single excuse to opt for the open-top XKR-S over its Coupe sibling, it&rsquo;s this: the sound. Money as Currency Tue, 02 Oct 2012 13:21:00 -0400 As a financial advisor, money is certainly something I spend a lot of time thinking about.&nbsp; In many ways, it has become, perhaps erroneously, the ultimate measuring stick for just about everything in our culture.&nbsp; When I give financial seminars, I often ask people what money means to them, and I usually get a similar range of replies:&nbsp; freedom &hellip; security &hellip; opportunity &hellip; power. Rainmaking in an Economic Drought Tue, 02 Oct 2012 13:15:48 -0400 You have the experience, the expertise and the credentials. Then why aren&rsquo;t you getting all the business you can handle? In the eyes of the buyer, you&rsquo;ve failed to stand out from all the others who have similar experience, expertise and credentials. What then, is the secret of true rainmakers? For many, it&rsquo;s a presentation that showcases their uniqueness in the marketplace. The Wonder of Wishes Tue, 02 Oct 2012 12:34:55 -0400 From the time we are children, we are taught of the magical opportunities in life that we are given to make wishes. As a result there is something a bit mystical and even ethereal about the word.&nbsp; When we were young we were told tales of characters who wished upon stars and enjoyed the happiest of outcomes. These stories fed our belief that we could be granted bliss if we too wished upon the first star we spied in the night sky. How to Co – Exist with Your Force of Nature Tue, 02 Oct 2012 12:23:43 -0400 We admire them, we swear at them, and we swear by them.&nbsp; Some of us work for them, work with them, or are related to them. How we see these people is very much a matter of what role they fill in our personal or professional lives: how we are connected to them. They are always in some way bigger than life. Wing and a Prayer: Birds Rescued in Ohio Tue, 02 Oct 2012 00:19:43 -0400 The Humane Society of Greater Dayton had asked The HSUS to assist in the rescue after receiving complaints about the facility, which had been operating as a nonprofit parrot rescue. Many of the birds appeared to be suffering from longstanding injuries and ailments: a cockatoo missing his entire upper beak, a conure who had to walk on her ankles, dozens of nearly featherless birds. Others lacked access to clean water, fresh food, or enrichment. A pair of macaws in a barren cage clung to each other, peering out defensively while rescuers assessed the conditions. Casa Colina: A Private Paradise in Puerto Vallarta Tue, 02 Oct 2012 00:02:49 -0400 Since seeing pictures of Casa Colina, a private villa in Mexico located between Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta, I knew that was where I needed to retreat for a long weekend of sunbathing, cocktails, snorkeling and more. So, I called my friends, and away we went, to paradise.<br /> The Helmsley Park Lane Hotel: Right Where You Want To Be Mon, 01 Oct 2012 23:56:11 -0400 On my last trip to New York I stayed at a hotel that offered something that we couldn't find anywhere else... an extravagant room, 44 floors above the street, with the most spectacular view of Central Park that I could ever imagine.<br /> Stonefield Villa Resort and Spa: St. Lucia's Hidden Gem Mon, 01 Oct 2012 23:46:03 -0400 A breathtaking property with its airy and bright ambience accented by its French colonial style architecture, including wide open verandas, attractive jalousie shutters and antique four posters beds...<br /> Visual Clues are Powerful Shorts for Decision Making Sun, 29 Jul 2012 23:15:59 -0400 Social psychologists tell us that we often take shortcuts when making decisions about people. These shortcuts are considered tried and true, because they work consistently. Shortcuts save us a lot of time and frustration. Some people read a person&rsquo;s face. According to most studies, women are better at reading faces than men. Women pick up on telltale expressions of the eyes, the tilt of the brows, etc. Face reading isn&rsquo;t enough, however. There are simpler and more powerful visual clues that can easily be noted. The Best Seat in the House Sun, 29 Jul 2012 23:08:20 -0400 When it comes to seating protocol, to sit or not to sit is an excellent question.&nbsp; I typically receive seating questions &ldquo;after&rdquo; a person has attended a function only to find out they had no idea they had a designated seat until someone asked them to move &ndash; how embarrassing! Let&rsquo;s break it down, so you will not find yourself in a precarious predicament. Can Protein Optimize Weight Management? Sun, 29 Jul 2012 22:49:09 -0400 Low fat, low carb, gluten-free, organic&hellip;what&rsquo;s best, what&rsquo;s bad&hellip;how to maintain that weight loss that you worked so hard to achieve?&nbsp; Experts link the explosion of obesity to the dietary misinformation of the 1970&lsquo;s and &lsquo;80s, when &ldquo;fat&rdquo; became that four-letter word that health experts linked to as the contributing factor for heart disease.&nbsp; The &ldquo;fat-free&rdquo; fad led to the marketing of scads of new products, consumer confusion and sudden and overwhelming overconsumption of refined, processed &hellip;carbs! Getting Fit: So Easy, A Caveman Could Do It! Sun, 29 Jul 2012 22:43:41 -0400 What is your most pressing fitness challenge? Is it staying motivated, finding the time to exercise, or cleaning up your eating habits? Perhaps you can&rsquo;t decide which diet to follow, or maybe you thought you were eating right, but your waistline is telling a different story. Maybe you don&rsquo;t have an exercise routine you can stick with, or you&rsquo;re battling an injury, or everyone in your family is heavy and it feels like you&rsquo;re serving a life sentence in gene pool prison. If any of this sounds familiar, I have good news for you: Getting fit is not as complicated as you&rsquo;ve been led to believe. Summer Tips for a Beautiful, Succulent Gardens Sun, 29 Jul 2012 17:33:14 -0400 With summer in full force, now is the perfect time to invite friends over and entertain at your home. Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts and bring the party outside. Besides food, seating, and d&eacute;cor, a great way to welcome your guests and set the tone for a fabulous party is to make sure your outdoor space is lush and bountiful. Flowers add a pop of color, while well-manicured trees and plants lend to an eye-catching, attractive setting. The Secret Meaning of Anger in Close Relationships Sun, 29 Jul 2012 17:28:21 -0400 Summertime and the livin&rsquo; is anything but easy.&nbsp; In the heat of the moment many of us are looking for a rumble hurling thunderous words while lightning bolts flash from our eyes. The person we live with runs for cover waiting for the storm to die down.&nbsp; Anger has shattered the balance of the day. Few of us live with a clone who can read the mind. Therefore most people in a close relationship disagree in order to communicate their feelings paving the way for compromise and change. Show A Little Respect Sun, 29 Jul 2012 16:50:10 -0400 As a chef, I am a shepherd, seeking the best quality product and consciously taking care of it by showcasing it simply in the best possible way.&nbsp; Wine is no different. For those who work the vineyard and oversee the winemaking process it is truly a labor of love.&nbsp;&nbsp; Below I have listed a few techniques that will allow you to enjoy wine at its full potential by simply giving it the attention and respect it deserves. Restoring Beauty Sun, 29 Jul 2012 16:43:41 -0400 While the concept of &lsquo;beauty sleep&rsquo; is nothing new, the vast research surfacing about the power of sleep to slow aging, increase overall health and productivity and even aid in the burning of fat, has made the concept of sleep one of the timeliest beauty topics around. This summer season I&rsquo;m excited to introduce you to one of the most cutting edge sleep facilities in the world, and also recommend a nearby spa that will help you further unwind after you&rsquo;ve relearned healthy sleep patterns. Ricotta Spinach Quiche Tue, 24 Jul 2012 08:57:31 -0400 The original &lsquo;quiche Lorraine&rsquo; was an open pie with a filling consisting of an egg and cream custard with smoked bacon. It was only later that cheese was added to the quiche Lorraine. Today, one can find many varieties of quiche, from the original quiche Lorraine, to ones with spinach, onions, broccoli, mushrooms, ham and/or seafood (primarily shellfish). This delicious recipe may be served as a meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Enjoy! Jamie Telchin: President of Development, LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels Mon, 21 May 2012 22:36:31 -0400 Madison Freeman, Editor-In-Chief of Affluent Magazine recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Jamie Telchin to discuss his passions, capabilities and accomplishments. Here is what our first &ldquo;Leader in Luxury&rdquo; had to say. Porsche Panamera GTS: A Sports Sedan for Sports Car Purists Mon, 21 May 2012 18:10:32 -0400 Introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show late last year, the 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS is based on the active all-wheel-drive Panamera 4S while featuring 30 more horsepower, larger brakes and a ten millimeter lower body. Modifications to the standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system with air suspension produce sportier chassis tuning that help make the Panamera GTS even more capable of cutting it on the race track without sacrificing practicality. Seven More Tips to Help Today’s Leaders Identify Their Achilles’ Heel Mon, 21 May 2012 18:00:51 -0400 All leaders, since Troy, have had an Achilles&rsquo; Heel.&nbsp; Exceptional leaders know their Heel. Good leaders often are oblivious to their own blind spot. A year ago I identified the first seven Achilles&rsquo; Heels of today&rsquo;s leaders. In the past year I have identified another seven internal challenges facing today&rsquo;s leaders. Problem: Rural Counties, Animal Fighting and Systemic Corruption Mon, 21 May 2012 17:05:13 -0400 Over the past decade, I have been part of a team that has spent hundreds of hours working with law enforcement to shut down dogfighting and cockfighting rings across the country. As one of the animal fighting experts for The Humane Society of the United States, I have joined law enforcement on these raids and have been present to see the carnage animal fighters leave behind, both in terms of animal suffering and damage to rural communities. The Peninsula Beverly Hills: Opulent Renovations, Classic Elegance, Glamorous Results Mon, 21 May 2012 16:34:45 -0400 Long known as a refined and discreet playground for business travelers, international jetsetters and Hollywood royalty, The Peninsula Beverly Hills is an urban oasis tucked away in one of the world&rsquo;s most glamorous cities. As the only AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star hotel in Southern California for 19 consecutive years, the luxury boutique hotel prides itself on offering guests the finest in Southern California hospitality. Abaco Beach Resort: Close to Home – Far From Ordinary Mon, 21 May 2012 16:06:40 -0400 Widely regarded as one of the world&rsquo;s best boating and fishing destinations, The Abacos are made up of a 120-mile-long island chain.&nbsp; At the center of this chain is Great Abaco Island, which is home to Marsh Harbour International Airport and my destination, Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour. Sojourn at Steenberg Outside of Cape Town: Africa’s Best-Loved Hotel Mon, 21 May 2012 15:38:34 -0400 The day breaks clear and blue; the air is warm and dry. I&rsquo;m in Constantia, one of the famous wine-growing regions of South Africa, at the stunning five-star Steenberg Hotel, &ldquo;minutes from Cape Town, miles from the world.&rdquo; (Miles from the world, maybe, but a world unto itself.)&nbsp; Though the hurly-burly of Cape Town beckons, you will find everything your heart desires right here at the exclusive hotel and its highly&ndash;touted winery. Summer Borscht Wed, 16 May 2012 00:44:41 -0400 Beets are an incredible superfood, and incorporating them in your diet will definitely boost your immune system. This heart healthy, refreshing, cold borscht soup is a recipe sure to beat the summer heat and will become a favorite of your family and friends. Conquering the Disconnect Tue, 15 May 2012 23:37:31 -0400 Successful presentations work to both capture and sustain audience attention. Speakers usually remember the former, but too often neglect the latter. When you recognize some of the most common ways speakers disconnect from their audiences, you can avoid falling into the same traps. Lift Your Life Tue, 15 May 2012 23:31:31 -0400 Henry David Thoreau said, &ldquo;Things do not change, we do.&rdquo; This short statement is a call to action that labels us as personally responsible for the directions our lives take.&nbsp; If life is different than we wish it to be, merely waiting for something to change is like hoping to complete a marathon while keeping our feet planted at the starting line. Can’t Get Motivated? Your Body Would Like a Word With You… Tue, 15 May 2012 23:23:43 -0400 We all know that dreaded line, &quot;We need to talk.&quot; It's the kind of thing you hope you never hear...from a boss, your better half, a parent, or anyone else who plays an important role in your life. But what happens when it's your body delivering the &quot;time to face facts&quot; news flash? Beautiful Spring in the City Tue, 15 May 2012 22:58:04 -0400 Spring is in the air and nothing will boost your beauty routine like a luxurious spa or salon treatment. This month I&rsquo;m rounding up a few of the best beauty havens to be found in NYC just in time to reinvigorate your look for spring and summer! Vegetarian Dining, for Pleasure, Your Profile, and the Planet Tue, 15 May 2012 22:30:14 -0400 Today eating lower on the food chain and avoiding meat raised in feed lots makes more sense than ever. Substituting plant protein for animal protein, if done right, means more fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals that boost immunity. The Most Important Thing I Never Learned in School Tue, 15 May 2012 22:20:34 -0400 From my observations and experience as a financial advisor, it seems that many people getting out of college are in the same rut that I was in.&nbsp; They know what they want to get, but no one along the way ever told them that they'd have to be willing to give something first. Gardening with Heirloom Seeds Tue, 15 May 2012 18:51:58 -0400 The next time you start to pick up one of those perfectly round, red tomatoes at your local supermarket, stop and remember what Michelle Obama did one spring, when she wanted to serve fresh green salads and healthful, delicious sauces and soups to her family. Dress to Impress Tue, 15 May 2012 17:31:20 -0400 Mike Michalowicz, small business columnist for the Wall Street Journal recently asked his blog readers to tell why they were for or against a dress code in the office. More than 90% were in favor of business attire, and this in spite of the fact that the majority indicated they were entrepreneurs who worked from a home office. How to Handle Happiness Deficit Disorder Tue, 15 May 2012 15:58:39 -0400 It&rsquo;s positively depressing how much has been written about happiness.&nbsp; In fact, many feel sad during the spring season because nature&rsquo;s beauty and seasonal fashion pressure you to be ecstatically happy. By now you know your specific triggers, what makes you unhappy and how you need to grapple with losses. Wedding Shower Etiquette Mon, 14 May 2012 01:53:37 -0400 Every season is wedding season and where there&rsquo;s a wedding, there is a shower &hellip; or two or even three. Many are unaware there are many etiquette rules to follow in order not to step over the boundaries that have been established for our culture. As you read the answers to the questions, please know there is long history behind each etiquette rule. Enjoy! Sweet Endings: Sweet Wines and Digestifs are Perfect No Matter What the Season Sun, 13 May 2012 23:06:07 -0400 Few beverages are as misunderstood as those we traditionally drink after a meal. Even mention of dessert wines, sweet wines, or digestifs conjures up almost comically antiquated images of monocle- and ascot-clad men of means retiring to the library after a baroque meal of endangered species&rsquo; flesh, smoking pipes and divvying up their interests on large maps of the colonies. Venus Williams stars at V*Starr Interiors model debut at One Thousand Ocean Fri, 30 Mar 2012 16:12:33 -0400 The RSVPs kept coming up until the final minute, as One Thousand Ocean &ndash; the much-talked-about Atlantic-to-Intracoastal condominium at the Boca Raton Inlet &ndash; hosted an elegant soiree to celebrate the grand opening of a new model residence designed by V*Starr Interiors. The Jupiter, Florida-based design firm was founded by tennis icon Venus Williams, who was the special guest of honor. A Beautiful Spring Sun, 11 Mar 2012 22:04:27 -0400 The skin is the first and most important aspect of any beauty regime, and La Mer&rsquo;s latest offering, Blanc de la Mer The Brightening Collection, is a wonderful way to brighten up your look for spring and get sun damaged skin back on track. The three-product regimen engineered to target discoloration, spots and uneven tone includes The Brightening Lotion Intense, The Brightening Infusion Intense and The Brightening Essence Intense. The Case for Quiet Sun, 11 Mar 2012 21:43:12 -0400 More than a decade into the new millennium it is clear that time for silence in our daily lives is becoming more elusive.&nbsp; Our easy access to technology, information and entertainment overtakes our ability to tune out, shut off, and dare I say, silence it all. You are in good company if the comfort of your smart phone ear buds has become just as important as the comfort of your shoes&mdash;if not more so. Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder: Delivering Sheer Super Sports Car Pleasure Sun, 11 Mar 2012 21:32:58 -0400 Automobili Lamborghini has expanded the most successful model line ever built under the sign of the bull with a very special car &ndash; the new Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder. This model combines the open Spyder body style with purist rear-wheel drive, bringing together that stunning level of open-air driving fun that can come only from a super sports car with a folding roof and an unbelievably agile, spontaneous handling. What Happy Couples Do Differently Sun, 11 Mar 2012 21:27:17 -0400 While vacationing in the Caribbean, I had the leisure to observe families, couples and individuals without being detected &ndash; like the fly on the wall. I wouldn&rsquo;t exactly call it spying, just paying attention. When people wear scant clothing on the beach, stripped down to core behavior &ndash; without all the pretenses&mdash;you learn a great deal about human nature and most importantly your own. Volunteering Lets Us Act on Our Values and Beliefs Sun, 11 Mar 2012 21:08:13 -0400 Hilary Hager is the director of the Volunteer Center, a new initiative at The Humane Society of the United States. Hager spoke with us in Washington, D.C., where she lives with her two rescue dogs, Stella and Kellan. Her four rescue kitties, Cheddar, Hambone, Triscuit, and Sunshine, remain with her husband in her home in Washington state. Cookbooks Uncovered: Seasonality Is In Season – Keep It Legendary! Sun, 11 Mar 2012 20:57:11 -0400 Spring is in the air and there is no better time than now to enjoy seasonal fruits and vegetables.&nbsp; The flavors are irresistible, brighter and fresher, too.&nbsp; Asparagus, carrots, and strawberries are only some of the offerings Mother Nature has up her sleeve.&nbsp; Next time you&rsquo;re thinking about firing up that grill or cooking with flair, check out some of my latest favorite cookbooks for dining in season. Sleep More – Lose More Sun, 11 Mar 2012 20:44:58 -0400 It&rsquo;s hard to believe that something as sedentary as sleep is actually be one of the best, most overlooked diet aids around, but the proof has been out there for years. Findings presented during the American Thoracic Society International Conference revealed the results of one of the largest studies to track the effects of sleep habits on weight gain over time. Take Your Diet on Vacation Sun, 11 Mar 2012 20:37:02 -0400 When you hear the word &ldquo;diet&rdquo; do you automatically think, &ldquo;weight loss&rdquo;?&nbsp; If you are, like so many Americans, struggling to achieve a healthy weight, then consider defining the word diet differently.&nbsp; Diet is defined in the dictionary first as a noun, &ldquo;the kinds of foods that a person habitually eats&rdquo;, and only secondary as restrictive or weight-focused. Check Please! Sun, 11 Mar 2012 16:40:40 -0400 Who picks up the bill? As an etiquette expert this is a question I receive frequently. What&rsquo;s the answer? Quite simply: Consider your audience and follow this advice. A Date: The social rule is: The person who asks is the person who pays. Back in the days when men always did the asking &ndash; of course this rule was easy to follow. Now, women are not intimidated to ask and therefore a man should not be afraid to allow her to pay. Presentations: From Wimpy to Wow Sun, 11 Mar 2012 16:32:27 -0400 Recently I attended a conference in Washington, DC where a panel of several women presented their ideas and answered questions from the audience. It was after lunch and I&rsquo;d made the mistake of eating bread, which often makes me drowsy, and I came close to nodding off several times. All of the women were successful and intelligent, but most of them had voices or body language that came across as weak. Some of the women were dressed powerfully and others were not. Top Champagnes: Standout Bubblies Sun, 11 Mar 2012 16:25:44 -0400 When--hopefully a hundred years from now--I&rsquo;m about to cross over to the great vineyard in the sky, the last thing I want passing through my mind is the sad thought that I could have consumed more Champagne. And yet, I have a sneaking suspicion that, for most Americans especially, it&rsquo;s a likely outcome to a life otherwise well-lived. Valentine Beauty Sun, 11 Mar 2012 16:12:53 -0400 The magical season of romance is upon us and I&rsquo;m excited to share the best of luxury beauty with you!Soothing, romantic, sparkling, the Rosa Mundi candle is designed to celebrate the multiple aromas of the rose in its natural state as it blossoms over time. To make this candle an exceptional gift, the white lacquered glass is in the famous oval shape, but on this occasion is enveloped in an armful of pale pink roses with velvety petals and delicate foliage traced in black ink. It will look delightful in your lounge, bedroom or bathroom! Passion is Required for a Winning Culture Sun, 11 Mar 2012 16:01:34 -0400 Passion is one of those words that many people love to use but very rarely do they actually demonstrate it themselves. It easily can be the reason for almost any person or organization&rsquo;s success. Passion fuels everything good about a person or an organization, so why is it so hard to find people that are passionate about their jobs or the product or service they sell? Herbie’s Hints: Wisdom from a Dad to a Daughter Sun, 11 Mar 2012 15:53:41 -0400 My Dad was Herbert L. Ungar. That &ldquo;L&rdquo; was very important to him. I wrote Herbie&rsquo;s Hints in honor of my Dad and the one-sentence chunks of wisdom he doled out through-out his lifetime. These hints also recognize my Mom, who was the only person who ever called my Dad &ldquo;Herbie&rdquo;. I am grateful for the 52 years I was able to receive these hints directly from him. Each Herbie&rsquo;s Hint has a phrase or a philosophy he taught me. My Dad was a man of few words. He liked clarity, simple clarity. Every hint has concise helpful information from Herbie&rsquo;s perspective. Each &lsquo;Herbie&rsquo;s Hints&rsquo; concludes with a question for you. The question is to challenge you to figure out how to apply the tip to your life and then benefit from each hint. Persuading Step-by-Step Sun, 11 Mar 2012 15:47:56 -0400 People often forget persuasion is a process rather than an event. Prospects aren&rsquo;t unconvinced one moment and suddenly committed the next because you&rsquo;ve discovered the verbal &ldquo;magic bullet.&rdquo; Moving people to action involves a gradual and sequential approach. You&rsquo;ll be much more effective persuading prospects to take action when you implement the principle of &ldquo;psychological progression.&rdquo; This organizing principle divides a presentation into discrete steps designed to move listeners toward a desired outcome.&nbsp; Each step serves a specific purpose in the process of persuasion by creating the desired mental state in the minds of the audience. Here are the five steps, along with example messaging for each. The Old Government House: Traditional Charm and Unrivalled Service Sun, 11 Mar 2012 15:34:47 -0400 When thinking about your dream destinations, the Channel Islands may not be the first place that pops into your mind, but once you&rsquo;ve been there, I guarantee it will be at the top of your list for a return vacation. Guernsey is the most well-known of the islands, made even more so recently due to the popularity of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and the place to stay on this stunning British island is The Old Government House Hotel and Spa. Summer Lodge: One of England's Finest Country House Hotels Sun, 11 Mar 2012 15:26:23 -0400 If you have been nostalgic for the charming days of old, a time of narrow winding lanes and ivy-clad cottages, a time when the entire community consisted of not much more than a church, a post-office, and an Inn, your search is over. The delightful town of Evershot, in County Dorset, is the spot for you. And if you are looking for the most amazing dining experience on the English Channel coast, then you most certainly want to stay in Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, located in this idyllic village. Turtle Island: Paradise Found Sun, 11 Mar 2012 15:20:35 -0400 Turtle Island, the exclusive Fijian island is dubbed in luxury travel guides like Cond&eacute; Nast Traveler as &ldquo;hyper-romantic,&rdquo; as it caters mainly to a couples only clientele (more than 50 percent of guests are honeymooners). Perhaps it is the island&rsquo;s ability to offer the perfect blend of luxury and privacy that has attracted a plethora of celebrity names including Charlize Theron, Dennis Quaid, Ringo Starr, and Rob Lowe. How to be Happy when the Holidays are Over Sun, 11 Mar 2012 15:06:38 -0400 We&rsquo;re busy having so much fun during the holidays and then they&rsquo;re done &ndash; too much quiet time, ordinary moments which do not distract us from internally induced stress. If you want to sustain happiness after the holidays, learn from retailers. This sounds counterintuitive and crassly materialistic, but the core principles are not. Retailers know how to generate a buzz and keep it going. Do you? Plugging into Potential Sun, 11 Mar 2012 14:57:18 -0400 Acorns seem to offer the perfect analogy to illustrate the word &quot;Potential&quot;.&nbsp; The first person ever to hold this tiny seed could never have imagined the towering oak that would come from such a tiny package. Even the most future-minded thinker would not be able to fathom the mighty oak destined to emerge.&nbsp; Favorable conditions and an optimal growth-spot is what allows that acorn to plow its massive roots deep into the soil while its sturdy trunk and branches expand toward the sky.&nbsp; Uproot Bullying by Planting the Seeds of Children’s Unique Leadership Sun, 11 Mar 2012 14:43:26 -0400 Children are born to reach a unique destiny. Each child deserves to be nurtured and empowered to achieve their full potential. Yet, the environment in which children grow and learn is not always fertile ground for them to flourish and there is a prolific weed in our societal garden which will stunt their growth. An Awakened American Sun, 11 Mar 2012 14:06:43 -0400 As Americans, we&rsquo;ve reached a point in our Country&rsquo;s history where we find ourselves playing the blame game. One side blames the other, and vice versa, without anyone on either side getting to know the facts. A story always has three sides - yours, mine and the truth. Obviously, these days opinions have come to have more value than facts. It is because of this that we don&rsquo;t act as friendly Americans anymore, but rather as enemies. We Want You: Easy Ways to Volunteer for Animals Sun, 11 Mar 2012 13:47:05 -0400 Volunteers save animals' lives. You can save animals' lives by getting involved with any number of organizations working to make the world a more humane place. You don't have to be a super hero with nerves of steel-you just have to have the time and the willingness to be a part of the solution by working on behalf of the animals who need your help. Cookbooks Uncovered: Get Inspired In the Kitchen Fri, 09 Mar 2012 17:57:29 -0500 Some things last forever, like the memory of a great recipe. With cookbooks publication and sales constantly on the rise, cooking shows are more prominent than ever and the classic cookbook has taken a host of twists.&nbsp; Yes, cooking is definitely a hot topic. One trend we are seeing more and more is the added touch of personality to cookbooks &ndash; more intimate recipes, family photos and even personal stories. Just because the format of the cookbook is seeing an update, however, does not mean the main ingredients have not stayed the same &ndash; some of the recipes are more timeless than ever. Perfect Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Wed, 07 Mar 2012 18:58:56 -0500 The history of the Pineapple Upside Down Cake is an interesting one. The method of cooking a cake upside down is an old technique that started centuries ago when cakes were cooked in cast iron skillets. This delicious recipe makes the perfect dessert for a special get-together with your beloved family and friends. Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:18:54 -0500 Maserati follows a careful tradition which places a premium on building cars of proper sporting ability, timeless elegance and sense of occasion a car from Modena, Italy has within its bloodline. Critical design features have allowed the modern line of two and four-door Maseratis to gain legendary status in handling and performance, while remaining comfortable and relaxed during everyday driving. The Fine Line of Money and Success Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:41:26 -0500 Most classic success stories go something like this: &ldquo;I had nothing, then discovered a new way of thinking, turned my life around and got everything I ever wanted.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp; I could tell you one such story.&nbsp; I went from debt and depression to everything I thought I ever wanted&mdash;in the space of about two years.&nbsp; I got the money, the house, the car: the life of my dreams.&nbsp; But that&rsquo;s not really what this is about. De-Clutter Your Life: Discover Your Dreams Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:18:11 -0500 Clutter is something we all deal with on one level or another, whether it&rsquo;s the visual clutter of a messy room, the mental clutter of inner chatter over past disappointments and pending dead lines; or the physical clutter of carrying too much body fat, which often goes unnoticed until, one day, you find yourself staring in the mirror at someone you no longer recognize. Nutrition 2011: The Trends & The Truth! Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:13:16 -0500 In 2011 Americans had more options to choose healthy foods than ever!&nbsp; Some top trends were spotted&mdash;some healthy, and some hype. The Un-Diet: Everything in Moderation. Trendy: Last year the trend was away from &ldquo;dieting&rdquo; to &ldquo;eating in moderation&rdquo;.&nbsp; Moderation formerly meant &ldquo;occasionally&rdquo;, which can be a set-up for failure.&nbsp; The kinds of foods you eat daily (your diet) gives you balance. Seven Deadly Image Sins of Women Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:07:00 -0500 They seem so trivial &ndash; not deadly at all. But when it comes to image, the devil is in the details. Don&rsquo;t let those little details undermine your image without your knowing it. Many a product has been destroyed by bad packaging, so make sure your brand is classy and stands out from the crowd.&nbsp; Here are the seven deadly image sins that kill your credibility in a professional setting. Bordeaux Retrospective: A Gathering of “Dead Guys” for Four Decades of Wine Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:01:20 -0500 This past October, I had the very good fortune to attend a meeting of the tasting group to which I belong, the Dead Guys Wine Society, that featured more than four decades of great Bordeaux. What stood out to me above all else was just how brilliantly several of the less-highly-regarded vintages showed that night: Proof, once again, that the exclusive focus on only the so-called marquis years is a fool&rsquo;s approach to the region. <br /> Socially Savvy Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:57:35 -0500 How can I be socially savvy? Can anyone have class or good manners? These are frequently asked questions. The answer is: It&rsquo;s a matter of the heart and common sense. When the two come together something wonderful happens. The rules of etiquette are learned, and good manners come from the heart. Hearty Lentil Soup Tue, 10 Jan 2012 20:40:24 -0500 A healthy soup packed with protein and fiber and full of earthly flavor that will warm the hearts of loved ones during the cold winter months. Bringing Out the Inner Barista for Today's Coffee Connoisseurs: Introducing the CM5 Countertop Espresso Machine by Miele Wed, 23 Nov 2011 13:13:22 -0500 Today&rsquo;s consumers expect their home coffee systems to produce an exceptional cup of coffee every time, just like if they were buying it from their favorite gourmet coffee shop. Having perfected their single-serve integrated coffee systems more than a decade ago, Miele recently launched its first ever counter-top coffee system, the CM5. Compact and elegant in design, the CM5 offers the ultimate flexibility for homeowners who prefer the versatility of counter-top appliances or where kitchen space is at a premium. Bridging the Remodel Gap Wed, 23 Nov 2011 12:15:11 -0500 You finally found it.&nbsp; Your dream home&hellip;well almost.&nbsp; A few changes here and there and it will be a dream come true.&nbsp; When those modifications involve a number of contractors and trades people all working around and in conjunction with each other, the dream can become overshadowed by the complexities and challenges of a construction project. Imagine if there was an effective method to bridge the gap between your remodeling dreams and the construction realities of timelines, budgets, schedules, permits and architectural considerations. Poolscapes in the Lap of Modern Luxury Wed, 23 Nov 2011 11:56:36 -0500 With shorter days, colder nights, and frost on the ground, it&rsquo;s seems odd to think about a swimming pool as anything other than a large, attractive water feature at this point in time. Poolside soirees and lazy, sun-soaked afternoons seem a distant memory. However, designing the perfect luxury poolscape, lining up contractors, and the actual installation itself can all take months to complete. In order to have everything in place for that first warm day of spring, now is exactly the time to think about building or renovating a swimming pool. The Difference Between Ending and Concluding A Presentation Wed, 09 Nov 2011 15:35:28 -0500 Have you ever heard a speaker end a presentation by &ldquo;telegraphing&rdquo; the close with a phrase such as &ldquo;Thank you&rdquo; or &ldquo;That concludes my presentation&rdquo;? Speakers who rely on such phrases to trigger audience applause are like the driver who stops not because he&rsquo;s reached his destination, but because he&rsquo;s run out of gas or reached a roadblock. Effective presentations don&rsquo;t simply end&mdash;they conclude. Unlike a mere ending, an effective conclusion accomplishes three specific goals: intellectual reinforcement, psychological closure and a behavioral roadmap. Develop the Diva II: 12 Things to Know If You Are a Woman, Work with a Woman, Live with a Woman or Love a Woman Wed, 09 Nov 2011 15:25:40 -0500 Develop the Diva is about how women communicate their value. All 21st century leaders have a myriad of communication challenges. Men and women leaders have different challenges. The challenge is not Mars versus Venus. The challenge is that women &ldquo;get in their own way&rdquo; differently than men&rdquo; get in their way&rdquo;. The Secret Recipe for Success Wed, 09 Nov 2011 15:16:23 -0500 We live in a microwave society where most expect to get what they want - instantly, or at least in less than a minute. We're tricked into believing that fame and success can be achieved overnight, if we'll only work harder, longer and faster. We've adopted an &quot;all or nothing&quot; attitude that says we must either succeed or fail, there is no in-between. Pera Palace Hotel: A Grand and Historic Landmark Embodying the Elegance and Romance of Istanbul Fri, 04 Nov 2011 18:46:17 -0400 At the eastern end of that fabulous transcontinental train journey called the Orient Express was the glorious, mysterious, romantic city of Istanbul. It was here, in a neighborhood called &ldquo;Little Europe&rdquo; overlooking the Golden Horn, that the Pera Palace Hotel opened in 1892, and re-openedin 2010, to provide travelers with a standard of luxury and elegance befitting royalty, heads of state, artists, writers and celebrities. It has recently reopened following an extensive $32 million restoration and renovation. Uniworld: An Exceptional River Cruise Experience on the Beatrice Fri, 04 Nov 2011 18:17:47 -0400 River cruising has become one of the hottest ways to see the world, and there is little to wonder about why. With the unparalleled ease of unpacking once and being conveniently close to major cities as well as small villages, there is little doubt that river cruising will continue to prove exceptionally popular. Some river cruise companies, of course, offer more than others, and the award-winning Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Line leads the way in luxury river cruising. Like their sister company, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Uniworld deserves every award they&rsquo;ve received for quality and service. London’s St. Ermin’s Hotel: Where History, Style and Service Come to Life Fri, 04 Nov 2011 16:39:01 -0400 The experience of walking into the lobby of the newly refurbished St. Ermin&rsquo;s Hotel is like strolling on to the top of a big wedding cake &ndash; not a bad metaphor, given that the hotel reopened its doors earlier this year, just the day before Will and Kate tied the Royal Knot just a few blocks away at Westminster Abbey. The elements implicit in the metpahor &ndash; world-class style, history, unmatched attention to detail, and a celebration of new beginnings &ndash; reverberate throughout the guest experience at the luxury hotel. The Best Fruitcake Ever! Seriously. Wed, 02 Nov 2011 18:07:24 -0400 An amazing and delicious recipe that will become a favorite holiday gift to give beloved family and friends ... and yourself! Holiday Beauty Wed, 02 Nov 2011 15:56:08 -0400 The merry making season is upon us, and whether you&rsquo;re in need of a beauty overhaul or a few little pick-me-ups, I&rsquo;m here with a slew of products to help you get ready for the holly, jolly holidays. Donkeys Take Flight to Safety Wed, 02 Nov 2011 15:43:06 -0400 More than 100 donkeys recently set off on a historic adventure from Hawaii's Big Island. With help from The HSUS, they flew in a special cargo plane from Hawaii to California, where they'll start new lives in sanctuaries, and some will be eventually available for adoption. It's all part of an HSUS-organized and funded effort that has already seen more than 200 wild donkeys humanely captured, sterilized, and adopted. Cookbooks Uncovered: Get Inspired This Holiday Season In the Kitchen Wed, 02 Nov 2011 15:29:06 -0400 On your mark, get set, bake!&nbsp; Fall is the perfect time to whip up delectable desserts for any type of occasion.&nbsp; From a festive fall feast to a back to school bake sale or an autumn special occasion, mouth-watering sweet treats can add a fall flavored flair with a touch of fun. The seasonal colors and tastes of fall will sweeten up any event.&nbsp; Send your guests home feeling happy and satisfied thanks to your sugary &ldquo;sweet tooth&rdquo; delights. If you&rsquo;re thinking, &ldquo;How can I make desserts as amazing as what I see at Hollywood parties?&rdquo; The answer to that is simple. Look no further than a cookbook all about baking. A Common Cent$ Approach to Weight Loss Wed, 02 Nov 2011 15:20:08 -0400 When you&rsquo;re thinking about weight loss diets, just about any program will work, that is, if you use it.&nbsp; If you&rsquo;ve made the decision to lose weight by &ldquo;going on a diet&rdquo;, by definition you&rsquo;ll eat differently than you usually eat. You&rsquo;ll be eating someone else&rsquo;s diet!&nbsp; Most likely you&rsquo;ll consume fewer calories, and hopefully, you&rsquo;ll also burn more calories than usual, by doing more activity.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s a pretty reliable recipe for weight loss. If you&rsquo;re like most people, you&rsquo;re time-challenged, and although you may prefer to eat fresh foods daily, you may find it difficult. Don’t Let the Holidays Wreck Havoc on Your Waistline Wed, 02 Nov 2011 15:13:24 -0400 Here it comes&hellip;that lovely time of year we call The Holidays.&nbsp; Johnny Mathis sang, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the most wonderful time of the year,&rdquo; but, when it comes to staying healthy and fit, the holidays can be one of the most inhospitable times of the year. Shopping, chores, decorating, food temptations, stress, even the cooler weather all contribute to an overload on your routine and energy until, before you know it, you&rsquo;re saying goodbye to last year and hello to 6 extra pounds, 3 extra inches around your waist, and a closet full of clothes that barely fit. The Power of Intuition Wed, 02 Nov 2011 15:00:17 -0400 &ldquo;The problems of the world will not be solved at the same level of thinking that created them.&rdquo;- Albert Einstein. Of all of Einstein&rsquo;s famous quotes, this is one of my favorites.&nbsp; Coming from arguably one of the smartest people in the world, I think it takes great courage to admit that there are certain limitations to thinking, logic and all the other gifts our minds have to offer. Personally, I find it very hard to reconcile the continued sufferings of the world with the ongoing material improvements and achievements of the last few centuries. Despite these achievements, the problems we face today seem in many ways more difficult and challenging than they did even a decade ago. Inspiring Awe Wed, 02 Nov 2011 14:48:31 -0400 Familiarity with the awesome components of life can dull our sense of awe.&nbsp; This familiarity can mute the remarkable nature of that which we experience regularly.&nbsp; As defined, awe is a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder. Perhaps we take for granted and do not offer respect to that which has become commonplace in our lives. Awe requires conscious recognition. That consciousness is what defines our human experience.&nbsp; Awe requires that we notice all that is around us and how terrifically unlikely any of it is to exist&mdash;and to see how everything is a masterpiece.&nbsp; It has been said that once you can find awe when looking upon anything, you can find awe in absolutely everything.&nbsp; Get Organized for a Festive Meal Wed, 02 Nov 2011 14:27:07 -0400 It&rsquo;s November.&nbsp; You&rsquo;re juggling end-of-year budget meetings, vacation plans and holiday gift lists. With all the other responsibilities you have to contend with this time of year, the thought of preparing the Thanksgiving meal can be overwhelming. It&rsquo;s helpful to treat this holiday like any other project and to combat the stress by getting all those to-dos down on paper and asking for help when you need it. Chances are, if you&rsquo;re cooking this type of meal, you know about it well in advance, which is fortunate, because the key is planning ahead and sharing the work.&nbsp; Following is a list, which will help you get organized for the most wonderful time of the year. Sprouting Memorable Holidays with Purpose and Aim Wed, 02 Nov 2011 14:11:06 -0400 Normally when I write about a purpose and aim, I am referring to a compelling life purpose that expresses your true leadership.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s the kind of leadership that gives your life meaning, is fueled by passion, and makes a difference for you and those around you. The two questions most commonly asked: How do I know what that is and how do I access it?&nbsp; First, you pay attention to those little things you commit to memory. Things worthy of remembering or notable are called memorable, and we commit to memory only that which is relevant to our conscious and unconscious mind. The little things that we don&rsquo;t consciously see as memorable are the memories we may want to heed when searching for purpose and aim.<br /> How to Get Along with Difficult People Wed, 02 Nov 2011 13:54:49 -0400 From an evolutionary standpoint human survival has always depended on our ability to get along with others. Staying together and cooperating while hunting, cultivating crops, protecting each other from physical danger or supporting one another emotionally and creating social contracts is a necessity. Because it is human nature to transgress against the people closest to us, reconciliation must follow. Note that according to positive movement researchers like Dr. Martin Seligman, unresolved conflict, particularly in families and close friends, can cause physical illness as well as depression and anxiety. Plain and simple: Your happiness and well-being depend on your ability to get along with other people. You will live longer and experience greater life quality.<br /> It’s Not a Likely Story, Cinderella Wed, 02 Nov 2011 13:44:49 -0400 Liza Doolittle, Cinderella and Pretty Woman. What do these three fictitious characters have in common? They all transformed the way they looked and changed their lives. You may recall that Cinderella was transformed in the twinkling of an eye by her Fairy Godmother; and Julia Roberts&rsquo; character in the film Pretty Woman was transformed in one day, thanks to the credit cards of her benefactor at the most exclusive shops on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. Be Fabulous at Heart This Holiday Season! Wed, 02 Nov 2011 13:38:38 -0400 Want to have a fabulous holiday season this year? Try having exceptional manners from the heart! Good manners come in many forms; they start in the heart of the giver and end in the life of the recipient forever. From the smallest gesture to the most elaborate plan we can light a manners flame that ignites into the spreading of a kindness wildfire. Drink Well This Holiday Season Wed, 02 Nov 2011 13:34:51 -0400 I like to think of the holiday season as both the capstone of the current year and a harbinger of the one to come. As such--and perhaps this is the main reason I espouse this philosophy--you&rsquo;ve virtually required to drink well. After all, who wants to bring the past 300-plus days to a close with the resounding thud of mediocre wine? And who wants to ring in a new season with a less-than-promising glassful? And while it seems as if summer has just ended, the season of forced jollity and medically (or at least psychologically) necessary sipping is nearly upon us. Time, then, to answer the single most burning question of all: What shall we drink? Pumpkin Walnut Muffins Tue, 06 Sep 2011 23:07:13 -0400 Here&rsquo;s a quick and easy pumpkin walnut muffin recipe you will want to make when it&rsquo;s too beautiful outdoors to fuss in the kitchen for long. These delicious muffins will become a year-round treat your family and friends will love. Where the Wildest Things Are: Sourcing Preserves for Best Sightings Tue, 06 Sep 2011 19:47:38 -0400 The world&rsquo;s wonders come in many shapes and sizes, and, truth to tell, most of them aren&rsquo;t man-made. Rather they&rsquo;re the flock of migratory birds descending at twilight on a wetland or the whisper of a shadow, perhaps it really is a Clouded Leopard, in the forest. These wonders, often elusive, can be found around the planet. Following is a sketch of where and when to look for them and a strategy for finding them.&nbsp; Château Eza: A Jewel Box of the Cote d'Azur Tue, 06 Sep 2011 19:36:02 -0400 Long before tourists came to Eze, Romans walked the narrow winding streets of the village. They appreciated the exhilarating views of the sea and wealth of natural beauty from one of the highest points along the French Riviera &ndash; over 400 meters above sea level. Unfortunately, they could not rest their weary heads at the luxury boutique hotel, Ch&acirc;teau Eza &ndash; but you can. Ch&acirc;teau Eza is arguably the most stunning and intimate hotel on the C&ocirc;te d&rsquo;Azur and is set along the highest point of the French Riviera, at 400 meters above the sea. The Datai Langkawi: Pristine Perfection in the Malaysian Rainforest Tue, 06 Sep 2011 19:19:39 -0400 The Datai Langkawi is well known to international luxury travelers and has been regarded as &ldquo;the standard bearer for luxury hotels in Malaysia&rdquo; since opening in 1993.&nbsp; Situated on the northwest tip of Langkawi Island, The Datai Langkawi is nestled inside an ancient rainforest, with a secluded and private white sandy beach facing the calm azure-blue Andaman Sea.&nbsp; Quite simply, the scenery at this beautiful and romantic location is stunning. Fishing Lodge Cap Cana: A Luxurious New Dominican Resort Free From Traditional Boundaries Tue, 06 Sep 2011 18:49:06 -0400 This fall, one of the most exciting resort developments in decades will open on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic. Named for the Caribbean&rsquo;s largest inland marina which the resort surrounds, Fishing Lodge Cap Cana is located within a masterfully designed village only 10 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport &ndash; which is served by 38 airlines offering flights from 100 cities around the world. Crafted around an engineered waterfront marvel, the destination achieves its architectural communal vision through the creative use of Mediterranean-inspired plazas, streetscapes and distinct accommodation styles. Getting Started on the Right Foot Tue, 06 Sep 2011 17:08:03 -0400 Professional speakers recognize the important role an effective introduction plays in a successful presentation. You too, can benefit from a better understanding of how a thoughtfully crafted introduction will improve your chances of success. We&rsquo;ll look at both the act of being introduced before the presentation, as well as the beginning the presentation itself through some frequently asked questions or FAQs. Why Swim with the Sharks When You Can Stay in the Baby Pool? Challenges Facing Gen X Tue, 06 Sep 2011 17:03:41 -0400 For a decade Gen X had it all. They were the babies in the corporate family. Demographics and talking heads professed Gen X as the savior of the free world. Everyone: corporate, non profits, family business and the arts scrambled to figure out how to include them, promote them, reward them, evaluate them, and make room for them. That is pretty much how we spent the last decade. It's Time to Link Up with LinkedIn Tue, 06 Sep 2011 17:00:03 -0400 Mention the phrase &quot;social media&quot; and most people automatically think of Facebook and Twitter. But if you have any dealings in the corporate world-whether you're a CEO, salesperson, human resource manager, administrative assistant, or anything in between-you'll want to take a closer look at LinkedIn. You will find it a useful tool to make your business relationships more meaningful&hellip;and more profitable. Outdoor Designs with Flare: Belgard Hardscapes Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:46:41 -0400 As the blazing heat of summer begins to retreat, and the leaves begin to rustle, outdoor entertaining returns to the forefront of the mind. Whether a cocktail party or a sports viewing event, nothing provides a dramatic and inviting backdrop for an intimate outdoor gathering like the warmth of a fire. Outstanding Design, Unrivalled Luxury: Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:37:25 -0400 Amidst the warm ocean breezes of Pebble Beach this year, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly presents Ghost Extended Wheelbase, the newest member of the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars luxury family. Instantly recognizable as a Rolls-Royce, this is the latest beautiful model to proudly carry the famous Spirit of Ecstasy hood figurine, a mascot celebrating her centenary in 2011. Den of Two: Orphaned Bobcat Kittens Learn to Be Wild Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:23:58 -0400 The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center creates a temporary home for two babies who need to stay wild to survive. When a seven-week-old orphaned bobcat arrived at the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona, Calif., he was friendly and happy-and that wasn't good. It's best that wild bobcats don't get too comfortable with humans, and this little guy-dubbed &quot;Happy Bob&quot; needed to quickly be separated from people once his immediate medical needs were met.&nbsp; Cookbooks Uncovered: Get Inspired This Fall In the Kitchen Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:17:11 -0400 Italian cuisine is popular around the world for its fresh ingredients and rich aromas. Travel through many regions of Italy by cooking up an Italian themed meal for your next romantic dinner or weekend dinner party! Bring home the romance, beauty, and culture of Italy with fabulous recipes from some of my favorite chefs. The following cookbooks are some of my go-to choices when I am looking for the perfect Italian dish. The True Secret to Burning Belly Fat Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:12:28 -0400 If you&rsquo;ve been trying to flatten your stomach, it&rsquo;s likely you&rsquo;ve done more than one Google search using the 3 most popular key words in the fitness industry: lose belly fat. It&rsquo;s also likely that you did NOT make it through the 440+ pages (and over 2,030,000 links) that followed. My #1 goal today is to save you all of that reading and research by giving you the absolute and definitive recipe for flatter abs, leaner thighs, and a smaller waistline. In other words, you&rsquo;ve just hit the belly fat jack pot! I will warn you, though&hellip;it may not be what you expect. Weight Loss on the Web: Online Tools to Help You Lose Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:07:45 -0400 Although there is a lot of talk about eating healthier and &lsquo;moving more&rsquo;, it seems that Americans continue to lose the weight battle.&nbsp; A report entitled &ldquo;F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011&rdquo; issued jointly by the Trust for America&rsquo;s Health &amp; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, notes that currently more than 70 percent of Americans are struggling with overweight, and twelve states now have obesity rates above 30 percent. Four years ago, this applied to only one state in the Union.&nbsp; Should You Mirror Your Prospect? Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:04:45 -0400 I was recently interviewed by a sales expert, and at the beginning of the conversation he was adamant that when he made cold calls he always dressed down. That is to say, he often wore a polo shirt with Bermuda shorts, because he lives in a beach city. His theory is that if you wear a tie and carry a clipboard or briefcase, you&rsquo;ll look like a salesman and you won&rsquo;t stand a chance of getting your foot in the door. Composting Friendship Betrayal Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:01:26 -0400 In a friendship where there is a kind ear, and shoulder to lean on, there is a sense of safety, affinity, and acceptance. You can be yourself. You don&rsquo;t have to pretend or put up a false front. The ease and comfort, give and take, mutual understanding, and respect that come from these types of friendships are what we all cherish and desire. Relocating? Make Your Move Stress Free! Tue, 06 Sep 2011 15:54:53 -0400 Even though the season falls smack dab in the middle of the calendar year, autumn is a time for new beginnings.&nbsp; The cooler air seems to be ushered in by a parade of school buses and moving trucks.&nbsp; Maybe you&rsquo;re just starting out in your very first apartment; maybe you&rsquo;ve outgrown your old space and are on to bigger and better.&nbsp; Whatever the case may be, I&rsquo;m sure you could use a little help with the moving process.&nbsp; Once you&rsquo;ve found the place, here&rsquo;s what you do... The Saturation of the Seeker Tue, 06 Sep 2011 15:49:44 -0400 It is not an exaggeration to say that each of us is on a quest for something. It is human nature to have our eyes fixed on our next professional or personal event, life goal, or life transition.&nbsp; If we are actively engaged in navigating our way to our place of greatest peace, contribution, health and success, this quest can permeate each moment of our waking hours&mdash;and perhaps even a few of our sleeping ones too. The Art of Listening Tue, 06 Sep 2011 15:46:47 -0400 Have you ever noticed that the words listen and silent are spelled with the same letters?&nbsp; Perhaps this is no accident, because in many ways, they mean the same thing.&nbsp; Have you ever talked to someone and walked away feeling enriched because they were such a good listener, even if they were a complete stranger?&nbsp; This talent is what accounts for some of the best psychologists in the world&mdash;and some of the best salespeople.&nbsp; Interestingly, the ability to listen is also the trait most people refer to in a great relationship partner or leader.&nbsp; Pet Peeves and Common Courtesies Tue, 06 Sep 2011 15:42:35 -0400 Affluent Magazine readers are wonderfully responsive, which makes it great fun to write articles and connect with you. Several months ago I suggested readers email me your pet peeves and also your common courtesies. The response was overwhelming! A very sincere thank-you for sharing. Guess what? We share many of the same social annoyances, and of course they are all very basic social skills.&nbsp; Also, I was thrilled to see the politeness you display on a regular basis &ndash; not because others are nice to you, but because you are genuinely kind. The Past Is Always Present, So Make It Work For You Tue, 06 Sep 2011 15:21:08 -0400 Let your past work for you. Memories are powerful teachers, lessons of the past making you wiser - experiences to recall like precedents. Also, they can be comforting like a favorite old story to be retold or an old movie to be seen again.&nbsp; Ultimately, when you reflect on the past, you might finally unlock a pattern which has undermined your true potential or interfered with your relationship dynamic.&nbsp; Self-awareness inevitably brings about change. Spirited Selections: Three Standout Spirits for the Discerning Connoisseur Tue, 06 Sep 2011 15:14:28 -0400 This past summer, I launched my new blog, The Food, Drink &amp; Travel Report, in order to provide a daily forum for my notes and stories on everything from restaurants, recipes and travel to spirits, beer and, of course, the wine that still forms the backbone of my work. So for this month&rsquo;s column, instead of covering a wine-specific topic of interest, I thought I&rsquo;d focus instead on the top spirits I&rsquo;ve tasted recently--there have been some remarkable bottles. Summer Hair: Shorter, Hotter, Cooler, and Sexier… Sat, 30 Jul 2011 14:41:51 -0400 Summer is the time when even long-haired clients contemplate a change, sometimes even a drastic one. If you want to be daring in life, what better way than through your hair? It&rsquo;s painless, chances are you&rsquo;re going to like it, you&rsquo;re going to get a reaction, you might revive your love life (your husband or your significant other may feel like he has a new paramour) &ndash; you just never know! Introducing Caprice Panda by Ulysse Nardin Thu, 07 Jul 2011 16:46:09 -0400 Inspired by the wonder the panda imparts &ndash; a fascination akin to a woman&rsquo;s spell &ndash; is the new Ulysse Nardin Ladies Caprice Panda in 18-karat white gold. Depicted by a plethora of black and white diamonds on a brilliant white background, the story of the timepiece sparkles with sweetness and depth as a mother panda and her cub feast on their favored treat, bamboo. Belgard® Hardscapes Knows How to Make a Grand Entrance Thu, 07 Jul 2011 07:56:20 -0400 For a truly unique look in a cookie-cutter world, nothing adds the &ldquo;wow&rdquo; factor to curb appeal like a custom drive and walkway. Neighbors, friends, and passersby can get a sense of a homeowner&rsquo;s individuality and style from the moment the home comes into view. This is particularly true when a home offers visitors a dramatic journey all the way from the curb to the front door. When it comes to making a grand entrance to a home, no one can do it like Belgard&reg; Hardscapes. Pan-Seared Tilapia with Lemon-Caper Sauce Wed, 06 Jul 2011 14:59:34 -0400 This pan-seared Tilapia recipe with a lemon-caper sauce is a delicious and easy way to prepare this fish! Add some seasonal fresh vegetables and brown rice to the mix and you have a balanced meal. Pan-Seared Tilapia with Lemon-Caper Sauce is a healthy dish full of flavor and nutrition that your family and friends will enjoy!<br /> Warwick New York: A Luxurious and Legendary Hotel Celebrates Its 85th Anniversary Wed, 06 Jul 2011 14:51:28 -0400 A vacation isn&rsquo;t just a destination. Especially when that destination is as fabulous as New York City, where the glamorous Warwick New York Hotel awaits, ready to cater to your every whim, wish and desire. Whether visiting for business or pleasure, Warwick New York Hotel is centrally located at 65 West 54th Street, just steps from many of Manhattan&rsquo;s corporate headquarters and famous attractions, including Central Park, Fifth Avenue, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Centre and Times Square. Acqualina Resort and Spa: Where Relaxation Meets Elegance on the Beach Wed, 06 Jul 2011 14:26:24 -0400 Acqualina Resort &amp; Spa on the Beach is the quintessential luxury destination in beautiful South Florida which draws affluent locals and elite travelers from across the globe. Located on 4.5 beachfront acres with 400 feet of pristine coastline and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, Acqualina is the essence of elegance on the beach, offering spectacular resort accommodations infused with the classic elegance of a Mediterranean villa. THE US GRANT: An Inspired Union of Timeless Elegance & Infinite Style Wed, 06 Jul 2011 14:14:04 -0400 Evidenced by its ranking as one of the United States' top three tourist and convention destinations, San Diego is a year-round paradise.&nbsp; Crowning the city, discover THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel. San Diego&rsquo;s most iconic treasure, THE US GRANT opened its doors in 1910, built by Ulysses S. Grant Jr., in honor of his father, the Civil War hero and 18th President of the United States.&nbsp; From first glance, the timeless Harrison Albright designed structure is nothing short of extraordinary. The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach: Indulge in the Beauty and Splendor Wed, 06 Jul 2011 13:47:00 -0400 With the Atlantic Ocean to the East and the Intracoastal Waterway to the west; Palm Beach is known for its palm-fringed beaches, lush gardens, stately homes and overall mystique.&nbsp; Palm Beach is a jet-setting location, as people flock from all over the country to enjoy its exquisite views and opulence. Just minutes from the Palm Beach International Airport, The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach offers guests a picturesque playground where sun-seekers, polo fans, water sport enthusiasts, shoppers and those just wanting to relax, can indulge in the beauty of Palm Beaches. Summer Beauty Wed, 06 Jul 2011 04:07:32 -0400 Hello beauties! Ready for some summer fun? I think you&rsquo;ll enjoy this sparkling and bright summer beauty roundup! Exude a natural rosy glow with Koh Gen Do Fresh Face Cheek Color. This wonderful line of cheek powders uses three emollient oils instead of composite pigments for long lasting softness and moisturized skin. Applied with a unique sponge cap, Fresh Face Cheek colors create a natural shade that is long lasting and free of artificial colors, fragrance and petroleum-based mineral oil.&nbsp; How to Quickly Eliminate Problems with Delivery Wed, 06 Jul 2011 03:57:28 -0400 Like good acting, good delivery of a presentation doesn&rsquo;t draw attention to itself. You&rsquo;ll need to develop your own unique style that blends in with your personality. When you try to imitate someone else&rsquo;s style, the result will be awkward and unnatural. Your goal should be to create a sense of &ldquo;presence&rdquo; with the audience. Although excellent delivery can&rsquo;t make up for poor content, poor delivery can sabotage excellent content. The Importance of Meditation Wed, 06 Jul 2011 03:52:51 -0400 The first step in learning to harness the power of our attention is to become aware of how it moves.&nbsp; To do this, we need to find a way to disengage from the endless stream of thoughts that preoccupy us.&nbsp; This is one of the fundamental reasons people practice meditation, in all its many forms. Sweat the Right Small Stuff: 10 Steps to Avoid the Achilles Heels of Leadership Wed, 06 Jul 2011 03:44:49 -0400 I disagree with the well-known book title, Don&rsquo;t Sweat the Small Stuff.&nbsp; Sweat the Small Stuff, just make sure it is the Right Small Stuff. This is the second installment of the series, 7 Achilles Heels of Today&rsquo;s Leaders. The first article outlined behaviors leaders unknowingly demonstrate that hurt their own value and hurt their organization. The following are 10 steps that you as a 21st century leader can take to prevent your Achilles heel from showing. Cookbooks Uncovered: Get Inspired In the Kitchen Tue, 05 Jul 2011 23:51:39 -0400 If you are looking to host the perfect dinner party or throw a summer soiree during the final months of the season, designing the perfect party for your guests is as easy as diving head first into a cookbook.&nbsp; Be it a throwback theme with vintage cocktails or modern day poolside dinner, let the memories begin with a cookbook that is legendary.&nbsp; Compassion in Fashion on a Fur-Free Path Tue, 05 Jul 2011 23:42:52 -0400 When senior fashion student Lizette Avineri saw a presentation by The Humane Society of the United States at the Parsons New School for Design, right away she wanted to cut out the cruelty of the fur industry and stitch together the amazing alternatives available. Relationship Rules Tue, 05 Jul 2011 22:08:43 -0400 Life is about relationships and the rest is just details. There are basic common sense rules that are not so common anymore. It doesn&rsquo;t take much to rise to the top in a culture where we are more technologically savvy than we are socially savvy. If we can incorporate the following rules into our everyday lives this world would be a much kinder, more polished place to live. Your Mind Can Either Heal or Harm Your Body Tue, 05 Jul 2011 21:54:35 -0400 The placebo effect proves the power of mind.&nbsp; It reminds me of summer. On the one hand summer time and the living, is easy with lush flowers and ocean breezes. On the other hand, many people want to beat the heat.&nbsp; I suggest that we learn to get along with nature, reset our natural rhythm. Similarly, if you believe in a &ldquo;magical&rdquo; pill or treatment, most of the time you will improve. However, you might be surprised to learn that the contrasting dark side is also true, referred to as the nocebo response. A Missed Chance Tue, 05 Jul 2011 21:42:50 -0400 The way you look and dress announces the outcome other people can expect from you. If you don&rsquo;t make the effort to update your image, you&rsquo;re playing Wardrobe Roulette&reg; with your image. You may invest time and money enhancing your credentials but forget to update your image. However, if your resume and your image aren&rsquo;t on a par, it sheds doubt about your credentials. A dated appearance, unfortunately, suggests dated products or services. Why I Eat These Foods…And Often! Tue, 05 Jul 2011 21:34:22 -0400 I always say that there&rsquo;s no single food that will cure you&hellip;or kill you. Yes, there are groups of foods that when eaten regularly are known to help keep you healthy&hellip;think colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fatty fish. Other foods, when eaten regularly are known to contribute to heart disease and obesity&hellip;think fatty meats, sugary soda, deep-fried fast food. Three Winning Strategies for Fighting the Battle of the Bulge Tue, 05 Jul 2011 21:28:10 -0400 Why is it that we can flounder for months, pondering the possibility of getting back into shape, but the moment we decide to finally take aim at our bulging backsides, we automatically go into combat mode? Walk into any gym in the United State and you&rsquo;ll see what I mean. Everywhere you look you&rsquo;ll find otherwise sensible people doing things so crazy they&rsquo;d be outlawed in most POW camps. Whole Life Success Tue, 05 Jul 2011 21:04:55 -0400 Success is a term open to wide and varied interpretation. While each of us describes &ldquo;success&rdquo; in terms of our personal barometer of satisfaction, the traits that yield success are steadfast and true for all of us. Whether success is feeding your family from your backyard plot of organically farmed land, running a multi-million dollar company, or simply celebrating that your puppy has been trained to do his business outside, success requires something from us. Getting Organized to Get Away Tue, 05 Jul 2011 17:54:15 -0400 Summertime has me thinking about weekends away.&nbsp; But before you get to your destination of choice, it&rsquo;s easy to stress about the getting there.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s not just the packing, it&rsquo;s the feeling that you&rsquo;ve forgotten to take care of something around the house.&nbsp; Let's put your mind at ease... Sowing the Seeds of Personal Greatness Tue, 05 Jul 2011 17:35:08 -0400 Chills go up my spine when I am told that greatness cannot be achieved by just anyone or not everyone can be a leader. My internal response is always, &ldquo;Who says?&rdquo; Instead, I bite my tongue and explain that I have dedicated my life&rsquo;s work to creating a new view of leadership that will provide fertile ground for all children to thrive by empowering the leader within everyone. Environmentally Friendly Wines: Good for the Planet, Great for the Taste Buds Tue, 05 Jul 2011 17:19:27 -0400 Earlier this year, I consulted on the wine program for a fantastic new restaurant in Philadelphia called Talula&rsquo;s Garden. What made this project different--aside from having the chance to work with my friend Aimee Olexy, one of the great visionaries of the American restaurant scene, a latter-day Alice Waters--was the fact that Aimee wanted the entire list to be comprised of wines that were environmentally friendly. Taking Advantage of the New Tax Laws Wed, 04 May 2011 02:26:00 -0400 Most advisors were holding their breath at the end of 2010 because we did not have a clue how the tax laws were going to change for the years going forward.&nbsp; This made it difficult to make decisions on tax harvesting-selling stocks or funds to take advantage of gains and/or losses.&nbsp; This was mostly affecting the decision to take gains in 2010 if the maximum capital gain rate was going to be increased in 2011.&nbsp; Another area of apprehension was whether to convert traditional individual retirement accounts to Roth IRA&rsquo;s affecting the choice to pay the taxes all on the 2010 tax return, or split it 50/50 between tax years 2011 and 2012. Sweat the Right Small Stuff: Seven Achilles Heels of Today’s Leaders Wed, 04 May 2011 02:22:14 -0400 Let&rsquo;s go on a journey inwards. Everyone is a boss: of a company, team, or of themselves. As we look at the seven Achilles heels you will see that sometimes the small stuff does need to be sweated. Just make sure it is the right small stuff. The executive who needs to be the sole point person is hard on an organization and hard on the individuals.&nbsp; In today&rsquo;s world, young Gen X and Gen Y won&rsquo;t wait out a micro-manager boss. The efforts of an organization need to be directed outward. When the leader needs to be the sole person, the energy of the organization is spent inward rather than outward. How to Create Understanding and Believability Wed, 04 May 2011 02:17:11 -0400 In your presentation, proof points give the audience ways to understand your ideas and reasons to believe you. They help you create both logical and emotional resonance with the audience. There&rsquo;s no reason presentations, even highly technical presentations, have to put audiences to sleep. Strategically placing proof points throughout your presentation reinforces your key messages, adds interest to the material and builds your credibility. The Internet and the Earth Wed, 04 May 2011 02:12:59 -0400 The phrase &ldquo;World Wide Web&rdquo; literally conjures up an image of a spider web made up of six billion lines connecting all the people on the planet.&nbsp; During our lifetime, this amazing technology has emerged and can be seen as an outward manifestation of the idea that we are all one large system.&nbsp; Although spiritual mystics have told us for millennia that we are all One, it does seem that science and technology are starting to confirm this insight.&nbsp; Just a decade or two ago, it would have been much harder to describe this notion to people without it seeming abstract. The 6% Solution to Weight Loss Wed, 04 May 2011 02:09:25 -0400 Let&rsquo;s face it &ndash; Americans are fat, fat, fat. According to current statistics, a whopping 60% are overweight and, of the 40% left, only about 6% fall into the lean category. (Yes&hellip;those nice folks who can see their abs.) So, whether your goal is to show off your six-pack or just shed a few nagging pounds, it makes sense to take a hard look at what sets this small group of lean-and-strong apart from the rest. How do they manage to accomplish what 94% of Americans find nearly impossible? The answer might surprise you. The Low-Down on Vitamin D Wed, 04 May 2011 01:58:57 -0400 How much is enough, and how much is too much? You already know that for good health, you should drink your (low or nonfat) milk, get plenty of rest, and maintain your weight with a healthy diet and physical activity. You may take a multivitamin, plus a calcium supplement, and you wear sunscreen to block out skin-damaging UVA and UVB rays to lower your risk for skin cancer. Is this the best advice? Luxury Collection ITC Maurya: Contemporary Luxury That Echoes India’s Golden Era Tue, 03 May 2011 23:17:50 -0400 Situated in the heart of the exclusive Diplomatic Enclave, one of the prettiest areas of town with views of New Delhi&rsquo;s green belt, and slightly distanced from the hustle and bustle, Luxury Collection&rsquo;s ITC Maurya hotel is a luxurious home base to return to recharge after exploring the city. An award-winning hotel, the impressive list of past guests includes royalty and heads of state including former U.S. Presidents, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George Bush and current U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Peninsula Beverly Hills: One of Southern California’s Favorite Luxury Hotels for 20 Years Tue, 03 May 2011 23:07:10 -0400 Since it opened 20 years ago, in August 1991, The Peninsula Beverly Hills has been a posh but discreet playground for business travelers, international movers and shakers and royalty of the Middle Eastern and Hollywood kind. The word &ldquo;hotel&rdquo; does not appear in its name for a reason:&nbsp; This resort oasis tucked away in one of the world&rsquo;s most glamorous cities offers guests the dream of Southern California living at its best in a setting evocative of a luxurious Beverly Hills estate. Nayara Hotel, Spa and Gardens: A Luxurious and Romantic Retreat in the Costa Rican Rainforest Tue, 03 May 2011 22:24:29 -0400 The thought of escaping into the heart of the Costa Rican Rainforest immediately conjures up images of living off of basic essentials; sacrificing comfort for experience and essentially roughing it for most people. But at the Nayara Hotel, Spa and Gardens, that couldn&rsquo;t be farther from the truth. Nayara is an oasis of tranquility set amongst 15 acres of lush tropical gardens and verdant rain forest that provides a uniquely natural experience without sacrificing any of the comforts you require.&nbsp; In fact, Nayara takes luxury hospitality to the next level providing guests the opportunity to enjoy the best in authentic Costa Rican hospitality. Fairmont Turnberry Isle: Full of Surprises at Every Turn Tue, 03 May 2011 18:31:34 -0400 While recently touring the expansive chef&rsquo;s garden at the legendary Fairmont Turnberry Isle and helping to pick ingredients for the evening&rsquo;s dinner, the resort&rsquo;s Executive Chef Daniel Buss excitedly pointed out a brand new addition to his prized botanical wonderland. &ldquo;This is a Jabuticaba tree,&rdquo; says Daniel. &ldquo;It bears some of the finest grapes and will enhance some of the homemade fruit preserves I put on the breakfast buffet at our Cascata Grille restaurant.&rdquo; Wedding Beauty Tue, 03 May 2011 17:49:53 -0400 Whether you&rsquo;re a blushing bride or just attending spring weddings, stepping up your beauty routine is a priority, but it doesn&rsquo;t have to be difficult. In fact, easy breezy beauty is the motto of the season! One of the top wedding trends is the advent of the relaxed bridal gown for the &ldquo;non traditional&rdquo; bride. The workmanship and elegance is every bit on par with traditional gowns, but there&rsquo;s something more modern and less fussy about the flowing romantic gowns hitting the aisle these days. A Sense of Place: The Connection Between Wine and the People Responsible for It Tue, 03 May 2011 17:30:07 -0400 Few things are as personal as wine--it&rsquo;s one of the reasons that it means so much to so many people. Personally, I cannot imagine an important moment passing by without having marked it by popping the cork from a bottle of something special.&nbsp; Much of this, I think, is a result of the fact that wine is not just an expression of a particular grape or blend of grapes, but, rather, of the people who shepherd the juice through the process of becoming the finished product in the bottle. Growing the Curious Leader Tue, 03 May 2011 17:12:59 -0400 What is too much, too little, or just enough questioning? It is a question that has no real answer, but does represent the value of curiosity. And no, curiosity did not kill the cat, as many were told when young. Without questioning, there is little hope for new solutions to old problems, and no hope for new solutions to new problems. Speed Organizing: Surmountable Tasks Tue, 03 May 2011 17:07:07 -0400 Does the idea of getting organized leave you feeling overwhelmed?&nbsp; It&rsquo;s easy to think of each project as a multi-day affair &ndash; and really, who has that kind of time?&nbsp; Each day you don&rsquo;t address the issue, the area continues to collect more and more clutter, and the project feels even more insurmountable in your mind.&nbsp; Here&rsquo;s a secret &ndash; you don&rsquo;t need days or even hours to take control!&nbsp; Radical Change through Radical Love Tue, 03 May 2011 16:01:10 -0400 What does it take to create radical change? While &ldquo;change&rdquo; on a small level can be created through the smallest of things&ndash;a small deed and thought&nbsp; or small shift in awareness&ndash;and radical change requires more from us.&nbsp; Not only does it call on us to do big things&ndash;but to do them perpetually.&nbsp; Our unrelenting pursuit and tenacious belief that we can create radical change is what fuels us when something seems hard or impossible. Forget Time Management… Are You Managing Your Energy? Tue, 03 May 2011 15:48:33 -0400 Manage your time. Do more with less. If you can manage your time well, you&rsquo;ll be more productive in all areas of life. The flaw in this thinking is that time is finite. You can manage time all you want and continually push yourself to get more done. This tires your brain, drains your spirit, and disengages your soul. The key is not to simply manage your time, but also manage your energy. Disaster Planning for Pets, Family Mon, 02 May 2011 17:51:14 -0400 A person who plans for disaster is going to be far more able to safeguard herself and her animal companions. Don&rsquo;t let the recent tragedies paralyze you&mdash; be motivated by them to create a comprehensive plan for taking care of yourself and your pet. There are things you can do to get ready for natural disasters with pets, horses, and farm animals in mind. Could A Bad Trait Be Your Signature Strength? Mon, 02 May 2011 17:26:26 -0400 Many of us have trouble listing our signature strengths, but can easily itemize the flaws. Along the way we force ourselves to fit the mold and become an artificial version of ourselves.&nbsp; Even worse, the self-criticism accompanying these imperfections causes a free-floating uneasiness leading to irritability or self-suppression. It&rsquo;s time to rethink our so-called flaws. They might actually turn out to be our hidden strengths. Graduation Etiquette Mon, 02 May 2011 17:15:26 -0400 Congratulations! It is almost time to throw your cap in the air. Years of school are complete, and now it is time for your graduation, as well as all the parties and activities that go along with it. There are many details to be concerned with, along with many unanswered questions that arise on how to handle some basic situations. Entertaining Royal Style: How to Have a Legendary Wedding Mon, 02 May 2011 12:56:52 -0400 Every bride should feel like a princess on her wedding day.&nbsp; Recently, Princess Kate and Prince William wowed the world at their exquisite April nuptials.&nbsp; The buzz about the grand occasion was so vast, brides all over the world were inspired to create a wedding fit for royalty.&nbsp; While the British royals value tradition, there are many ideas you can take from the Windsor&rsquo;s and incorporate into your legendary events. Physical Attractiveness Phenomenon Mon, 02 May 2011 12:43:50 -0400 Most studies do suggest a correlation between attractiveness and success. I would argue that it&rsquo;s not Hollywood glamour that we need to strive for. It&rsquo;s a classy and refined look that guarantees the most success. Even in the animal kingdom, the higher-status animals are the most regal and powerful. Honey Caramel Peach Pie Sat, 30 Apr 2011 22:57:51 -0400 Fresh peaches are one of the great treats of summer. Besides amazing flavor, peaches are packed with natural goodness including vitamins A, C and potassium. Here&rsquo;s a peach pie recipe that showcases this juicy, delicious warm-weather fruit by incorporating honey. The Helmsley Park Lane: Exquisite Views, Superb Amenities, and Meticulous Attention to Detail and Service Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:58:25 -0400 Nothing does more to make a trip to New York City extra-special than the hotel you choose.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s why so many sophisticated travelers choose the Helmsley Park Lane, whether they are returning for the hundredth time, or they&rsquo;re making their first trip to New York and they want it to be perfect. Tommy Bahama Elevating Sophisticated Living to a Fine Art Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:34:43 -0400 Whether your fantasy escape involves sipping mojitos under a palapa on a beach or dining alfresco overlooking the Mediterranean, Tommy Bahama captures the essence of relaxed, gracious island living. High-Tech Device ‘Pulls the Plug’ on Pluggy Hair Transplants Tue, 22 Mar 2011 13:26:25 -0400 Bentley. Ferretti. Gulfstream. Neograft. For certain you know the first three names. If you prefer the finer things, you may have at some point considered buying or you may now own a car, boat, or even a plane by one of these world-renowned brands.&nbsp; But a NeoGraft, what&rsquo;s a NeoGraft?&nbsp; Lamborghini Unveils New V12 Flagship Model at Geneva Motor Show Thu, 17 Mar 2011 17:14:39 -0400 Lamborghini, manufacturer of some of the world&rsquo;s greatest vehicles, has once again redefined the super sports car market with the introduction of the all-new Aventador LP 700-4. As the successor to the Murci&eacute;lago and as the sixth generation of the brand&rsquo;s storied V12 flagship line, the Aventador builds on the brand&rsquo;s unrivaled history while taking a revolutionary leap into the future. Carl F. Bucherer's Manero ChronoPerpetual: Tradition Reinterpreted For Our Times Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:56:21 -0400 For all lovers of this traditional masterpiece of the watchmaker&rsquo;s art, Carl F. Bucherer presents the new Manero ChronoPerpetual. Its capacities are however by no means limited to the perpetual calendar with correction-free display of the date at 12 o&rsquo;clock, the day of the week at 6 o&rsquo;clock,the month and leap year at 9 o&rsquo;clock and the moon phase at 3 o&rsquo;clock. The Meridian Sooloos system: Simply Enjoy the Music Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:22:28 -0400 Meridian&rsquo;s Sooloos Series offers all the things you value about music, instantly accessed via the world's most advanced user interface and a rich, visual, touch-panel experience. The Control 15 is an all-in-one luxury system that stores your music library in pristine lossless digital quality, with effortless backup protection for your treasured collection. Black|OPS with TEC Liquid Chilled System by Digital Storm Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:05:17 -0400 Digital Storm has introduced the Formula 1 of high-performance computing: Black OPS with the TEC (Sub-Zero) Liquid Chilled System. With this new system, Digital Storm offers an unrivalled PC gaming experience by pushing the world&rsquo;s fastest CPU to achieve performance that can only be described&nbsp; as jaw dropping. Digital Storm's New Flagship Line of PROTUS Workstations Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:01:13 -0400 Digital Storm, the predominant name in system integration, proudly debuts its flagship line of workstations: PROTUS. With the PROTUS line of custom workstations, Digital Storm has created a platform for creative professionals&rsquo; that will boosts productivity, allowing them to accomplish more in less time.<br /> The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Stayed Up Late with the Food World's Tastemakers Fri, 04 Mar 2011 15:44:59 -0500 The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas took over the New World Center at Food Network's annual Wine &amp; Food Festival in South Beach, filling it with food and drink for a private late night bash. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar &amp; Grill chefs Eric and Bruce Bromberg provided a spread of late night bites accompanied by cocktails by chef David Myers of Comme &Ccedil;a. Fresh Spring Beauty Tue, 01 Mar 2011 13:37:22 -0500 After the chilling winter months, nothing announces the arrival of spring like a fresh and beautiful look. So, I rounded up the season's best treatments and products just for you! This season the news for lips is bright, and I&rsquo;m partial to Korres Raspberry Liquid Lipstick in Fuchsia, a long- lasting lipstick with the finish of a high shine gloss. Owning Our Unique Expression Tue, 01 Mar 2011 13:25:40 -0500 Ever since I was a little kid, I've had this underlying sense that there was something specific in life I was supposed to be doing. Many people I meet tell me they feel the same way. But often they're not sure exactly what it is. Or they have something they love to do, but don't have much time or energy to devote to it because they're too busy making a living. As a financial advisor, I meet a lot of people who share the belief, often reinforced by their life experience, that being financially successful and doing what they love are somehow incompatible. Your # 1 Job is to Manage Your Boss: Three steps to Take Control of Your Career Tue, 01 Mar 2011 13:18:11 -0500 All this time you thought your biggest challenge was managing your own career. In some ways, it is your biggest challenge. After all, if you don&rsquo;t manage your career, who will? Your biggest challenge in managing your career is managing your boss. How to Handle Questions Like a Pro Tue, 01 Mar 2011 13:08:58 -0500 Most business and professional presentations will include some time for questions from the audience. This period can often&nbsp; make or break a presentation. Responding to questions with confidence and authority will help build your credibility as an expert. You&rsquo;ll want to avoid the awkward silence sometimes associated with the Q &amp; A period. Glamour and Grandeur at Malta’s Five-Star Phoenicia Hotel Tue, 01 Mar 2011 12:55:32 -0500 When you approach the Phoenicia Hotel, you are immediately struck by its impressive fa&ccedil;ade and as you enter the historic&nbsp; building, you quickly realize why this charming hotel has a worldwide reputation for excellence. Set beside the gates of Malta&rsquo;s historic walled capital, the Phoenicia Hotel boasts the perfect location for discovering this magical Mediterranean island. W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak: A Luxurious Escape That Balances Style and Soul Tue, 01 Mar 2011 12:36:51 -0500 Perhaps you&rsquo;ve&nbsp; spent time on the amazing island of Bali.&nbsp; Perhaps you&rsquo;ve seen the Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem film Eat, Pray, Love &ndash; parts of which were set in stunning Bali. Or perhaps you&rsquo;ve had Bali on your &ldquo;must visit&rdquo; list for years. In any event, now is the time to get your resort wardrobe ready and make your spring travel reservations, as W Retreat &amp; Spa Bali - Seminyak opens its doors in the uber-cool beachfront enclave of Seminyak. Hotel '41': Worthy of Its Royal Address Tue, 01 Mar 2011 12:03:45 -0500 With all the excitement surrounding the Royal Wedding, London has become&nbsp; a hotspot tourist destination. Some hotels, of course, are more likely to give you the Royal treatment than others. Even before you arrive at the hotel, you know that the five-star award-winning &rsquo;41,&rsquo; fittingly located directly opposite the Royal Mews and just behind Buckingham Palace, is a hotel fit for royalty and those who want to be treated that way. Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette Tue, 01 Mar 2011 11:36:42 -0500 All attention goes to the big wedding day and the fabulous reception! The rehearsal and its dinner are only the warm up to the&nbsp; big&nbsp; show, and are&nbsp; many times overlooked for their importance. There are certain rules that go along with the rehearsal dinner, just as there are proper etiquette guidelines for the wedding. Easy-To-Grow Edibles are Pretty and Delicious Tue, 01 Mar 2011 11:25:53 -0500 Love your ornamental landscape and not sure you&rsquo;re ready to give up space for a vegetable garden that needs to be replanted every year? Fortunately, there are dozens of easy-to-grow edibles that add beauty and style to the garden&mdash; like fruiting&nbsp; shrubs&nbsp; and trees. Most are very attractive and complement an existing ornamental garden. Fruiting plants have beautiful flowers that precede the fruit; some, like citrus blossoms, are highly fragrant. Best of all, they will reward you with a bounty of delicious, organic fruit year after year, without a lot of effort on your part. The BOND: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:54:18 -0500 Humane Society of the United States president and CEO Wayne Pacelle&rsquo;s first book, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them, is a wide-ranging look at our connection with the precious animals who share our world. Pacelle delves into the history of the relationship between people and animals, as well as examining pressing issues of animal cruelty&nbsp; such&nbsp; as animal fighting, factory farming, and the Canadian seal hunt. Anyone who loves animals will find this a fascinating read. 10 Simple Rules That Can Change Your Life Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:44:15 -0500 Life can be magical when you have a clear set of personal rules to live by.&nbsp; Here are my top 10 picks for living a happy, abundant life. (I hope they inspire you to create your own set of rules for living life to its fullest.) The Mediterranean Diet: Eating Well is the Best Reward Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:32:47 -0500 People who live in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea enjoy longer, healthier lives and health experts attribute much of this phenomenon to their traditional diet. Not a &ldquo;diet&rdquo; as a verb, and I&rsquo;m not describing a &ldquo;weight loss&rdquo; diet. No, I&rsquo;m talking about a Mediterranean style of living, and describing the types of foods to eat most frequently. Crying is a Turn Off: How to Stop the Waterworks Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:18:35 -0500 We don&rsquo;t mind spring showers because we know that at the end of the proverbial rainbow lush vegetation will dazzle our senses. When we grieve and it rains, we feel that nature empathizes with our personal&nbsp; sorrow.&nbsp; However, concerning the rain that drops down a woman&rsquo;s cheeks, there is great negativity attached and men wish they would turn off the waterworks. Stirring Up a Legendary Cocktail Party With a Splash! Tue, 01 Mar 2011 02:05:32 -0500 If you are looking to host the perfect cocktail party, creating&nbsp; an evening that can&rsquo;t miss is as easy as turning on your favorite music, dimming the lights, and adding some bite-sized appetizers. To top it all off, add some splash to your party with a signature cocktail. Conscious Living Tue, 01 Mar 2011 01:24:00 -0500 Human beings, by virtue of our biology, enjoy a state of wakefulness, or consciousness. In this state we are in control of our bodies, our choices and actions. It&rsquo;s our choice to stop at a red light, utter a kind word or arrive on time for work.&nbsp; We can decide whether we will turn left, marry or listen to classical music. We are awake and every single experience, both easy and challenging or pleasant and difficult is absorbed by our senses and provides feedback as to our physical experience. Spring Cleaning Your Wardrobe Tue, 01 Mar 2011 01:13:51 -0500 Spring is just around the corner! Frigid temperatures and grey skies will soon make way for cheerier blue skies and colorful blooms.&nbsp; In anticipation of the perfect sunshine days ahead, why not take these last few weeks of winter to do a thorough closet clean-out? Fertilizing the Commitment Seed With Love Tue, 01 Mar 2011 01:06:36 -0500 What does love have to do with commitment and leadership? Love is at the core of extraordinary leadership and all human relationships. In the traditional definition of leadership where one guides or directs another, it is all about creating bonds and relationships with those you lead. Yet there is a missing piece in training for such leadership. Spring Cleaning and Sorting Out Your Garage Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:59:13 -0500 Here&rsquo;s a new twist&nbsp; on Spring Cleaning. Instead of cleaning out the inside of the house, why not make a change and organize the garage.&nbsp; After all, a lot of&nbsp; time is spent with outdoor sports&nbsp; activities, golfing, biking, and perhaps some home improvement projects. Spirits Roundup: Standout Vodka, Gin, and Bourbon Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:06:29 -0500 Rather than focus on wine this issue, I&rsquo;ve decided to feature the most interesting,&nbsp; surprising, or otherwise&nbsp; remarkable spirits I&nbsp; have tasted in the past several months. Because just like wine, there&rsquo;s always something new in the world of spirits. Whether it&rsquo;s vodka, bourbon, gin, or something else, keeping an open mind is often the best way to improve your drinking, and to discover the next great thing you never knew you couldn&rsquo;t live without. Does Your Image Score? Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:32:26 -0500 These days everyone&rsquo;s&nbsp; getting his or her credit score. In the recent past, we sort of knew whether we had good, bad or average credit ratings. It&rsquo;s not so simple anymore. Today, there are variables that we aren&rsquo;t even aware of that affect our credit score. So we go to the &ldquo;experts&rdquo; to get feedback. It&rsquo;s the same with your image. There&rsquo;s one very simple reason we need to go to an expert to get feedback: we can&rsquo;t be objective about ourselves. Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp Sun, 27 Feb 2011 16:19:19 -0500 Green papaya salad is a classic and popular Vietnamese dish throughout Southeast Asia. The dish is made from unripe Southeast Asian papayas, which have firm white flesh and white seeds. Over the years the popularity of Vietnamese and Thai food in the United States has increased these papayas' availability, although they are still generally limited to Asian markets. SIM2 Award-winning Grand Cinema C3X LUMIS Series Sat, 26 Feb 2011 17:00:09 -0500 SIM2, the Italian manufacturer whose striking high-performance home theater projectors are known worldwide for their pristine video and dramatic cabinet designs, showcases the &ldquo;Glamour of Technology&rdquo; with its exciting new-generation design of the award-winning Grand Cinema C3X LUMIS Series. The Grand Cinema&trade; C3X LUMIS projectors are totally unique to SIM2 and represent the culmination of 10 years of innovation and research in the fields of video projector design and technology. Bottega Veneta Offers Special Capsule Collection To Celebrate Palm Beach’s 100th Anniversary Sat, 26 Feb 2011 16:50:57 -0500 Bottega Veneta recently announced the launch of a capsule collection of exclusive, limited-edition pieces to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the town of Palm Beach. The capsule collection, was introduced in February, and will be sold only in Bottega Veneta&rsquo;s Palm Beach store. Bell & Ross Vintage Collection Sat, 26 Feb 2011 15:45:52 -0500 Bell &amp; Ross&rsquo; new Vintage Collection was designed as an homage to the aviators of the 1940&rsquo;s who were the first professionals to use the wristwatch as a tool on their missions. Each of the three lines in the Vintage Collection is unique but all Vintage watches share the same inspiration, shape and movements. Champion Hills: Debt-Free Community. Member-Owned Club. Spectacular at Every Turn. Tue, 22 Feb 2011 12:08:38 -0500 A picture is worth a thousand words, but at Champion Hills in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, there aren&rsquo;t enough words to describe the breathtaking scenery. But if you ask the residents and members what they like most about Champion Hills, they won&rsquo;t hesitate to say it&rsquo;s the people and the community they have created that make the difference. Andy Roddick Heads Back to the Beach at the 2011 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) ATP World Tour Fri, 14 Jan 2011 13:01:00 -0500 Andy Roddick is coming back to &quot;The Beach.&quot; The former Boca Raton resident and 2003 US Open champion/year-end No. 1 will return to the tournament where he made his pro debut when he plays in the 2011 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) ATP World Tour event set for February 18 - 27 at the Delray Beach Stadium &amp; Tennis Center. Second Furnished Model Residence Now Open at One Thousand Ocean Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:59:52 -0500 A second furnished model residence at the iconic One Thousand Ocean oceanfront condominium was completed in December. It features inviting d&eacute;cor that is in keeping with the building&rsquo;s uniquely contemporary architecture. Model 408 now joins model 502, which opened earlier last year. Both model residences tout stunning interiors by The Decorators Unlimited, an award-winning, Palm Beach Gardens-based interior design firm. Celebrate The New Year With A Stress Free, Low Key Brunch! Thu, 06 Jan 2011 16:06:37 -0500 For Atlanta&rsquo;s award-winning event planner Tony Conway, a New Year&rsquo;s brunch is the ideal way to begin a new year. He suggests starting it off on just the right note, a very relaxed one. Tony offers some expert advice to Affluent readers on how to effortlessly host a warm open-house brunch with friends and family to celebrate New Year&rsquo;s Day. Tuscan White Bean Soup Thu, 06 Jan 2011 15:40:35 -0500 Soup is the ultimate winter comfort food, warming to both the body and soul. It&rsquo;s even better when it&rsquo;s made from scratch using wholesome ingredients, brimming with nutrients. Here's a savory and mouthwatering recipe for Tuscan White Bean Soup that will satisfy both the hearty and the finicky eaters in your family. The Tale of a Tail: 100 Tips in 100 Days to Communicate Your Competitive Edge Thu, 06 Jan 2011 15:36:28 -0500 In January 2010 I committed to write a Tip a day for 100 Days. The tips would include any aspect of communication that anyone could use to communicate their competitive edge to win a promotion or a point. Days would be weekdays, so this project would take five months. I thought the &ldquo;problem&rdquo; would be to write the 100 tips. Each Sunday I wrote five tips for the week. I held on to the belief that I would be able to conjure up 100 bits of useful information. Setting Goals Thu, 06 Jan 2011 15:32:44 -0500 As a financial advisor, I often tell my clients that the most important investment they can ever make is that of their energy and attention in their future, as I&rsquo;ve seen first-hand what happens when people learn to consciously direct their thoughts toward the future they want to create.&nbsp; When I give seminars, I'll often ask people, &quot;What are you going to do differently this year than you did last year?&quot;&nbsp; And often, I get a kind of blank look in response.&nbsp; &quot;I'm going to make more money than I did last year.&rdquo; &ldquo;I'm going to see more people than I did last year.&rdquo;&nbsp; But when I ask them what they will do differently, they say, &quot;What do you mean?&quot; Strategies to Be More Persuasive with Prospects Thu, 06 Jan 2011 15:29:45 -0500 If you&rsquo;ve decided you want more business this year, one of the best ways to achieve that goal is to speak more persuasively in your conversations with prospects.&nbsp; Persuasive talk can sometimes appear to be pushy, manipulative or amateurish, but it needn&rsquo;t be. In fact, it probably constitutes the single most ethical and professional way to change minds and behaviors, especially when you truly believe you&rsquo;re providing value. The key to success lies in taking an audience-centered approach. Try these strategies the next time you speak with prospects. Philanthropy Revisited- Part II: Giving through Charitable Lead Trusts Thu, 06 Jan 2011 15:21:32 -0500 In the last issue of Affluent Magazine, we discussed the benefits of using Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRT's) in your estate planning.&nbsp; In summary, you would gift certain assets to the trust, you would receive the income from it for your lifetime, then the residual trust assets would pass on to the named charity or charities.&nbsp; This type of planning would entitle you to current income tax benefits and would reduce your estate at death for estate tax purposes.&nbsp; Jump-Yip, Hurray! Prairie Dogs and Other Species Enjoy a Fresh Start Thu, 06 Jan 2011 14:17:28 -0500 Prairie dogs are cute, that's for sure. They talk to each other with chirps and yips, and can often be seen playfully tackling each other while running between their burrow entrances. They stretch up to the sky and call to each other in a celebratory jump-yip once danger has passed. These native animals often groom each other, kiss, and cuddle. Lighthouse Bay Resort: Where the Island Is the Treasure Thu, 06 Jan 2011 11:58:59 -0500 We all dream of owning our own private island one day somewhere far off in the Caribbean where we can swing from hammocks and sip frozen drinks until our heart&rsquo;s content. For those of us that aren&rsquo;t Richard Branson and already have our own island, luckily there is Lighthouse Bay Resort to make it as close to a reality as possible. Situated on its own peninsula just off of the small Caribbean island of Barbuda (sister island to Antigua), Lighthouse Bay Resort is an exclusive nine suite retreat pleasantly punctuated by 17-miles of soft, unspoiled pink sand beach and the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean providing a luxurious oasis to truly get away from it all. Grand Hotel via Veneto: A Modern Day Italian Masterpiece Thu, 06 Jan 2011 11:46:08 -0500 There is very good reason why Rome wasn&rsquo;t built in a day, nor was its latest five-star luxury property in the heart of the ancient city - detailed perfection. After ten meticulous years, Grand Hotel via Veneto, situated on the renowned road of the same name, is Rome&rsquo;s latest and greatest go-to hotel for the traveling elite. Just a short walk to most of Rome&rsquo;s top attractions and historic sites, Grand Hotel via Veneto provides a cosseting base from which to explore the iconic capital. Ceiba del Mar: A Hidden Oasis Under the Mexico Sun Thu, 06 Jan 2011 11:38:09 -0500 Located just 20 minutes from the airport in Cancun but world&rsquo;s removed from the city&rsquo;s chotchkied overrun, thatched-roof Ceiba del Mar represents something of a hospitality anomaly among the Riviera Maya&rsquo;s flashier and far less interesting outposts: it is an oasis of indigenous calm where genuine, Mayan-inspired character enjoys a seamless union with modern conveniences and plush appointments. This seamless intermixing of attributes makes for inspired respite complemented by abundant natural beauty&mdash;an ivory-white beach bordering brilliant Mexican Caribbean seas, breezy palms, lush greenery, and exotic flowers&mdash;that surrounds secluded Ceiba del Mar. Seven Habits of Health: The Practice of Powerful Wellbeing Wed, 05 Jan 2011 02:00:44 -0500 In one of the most influential books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen Covey explains, &ldquo;Our character is a composite of our habits.&rdquo; So, too, is the case when it comes to your health. It isn&rsquo;t the occasional slip up here or there that defines overall health, but the day-to-day rituals, practices, and behaviors that mold how your body looks, feels and performs.<br /> Cultivating Nature’s Gift Wed, 05 Jan 2011 01:55:23 -0500 Many people begin the New Year with hope, anticipation, and a set of resolutions. Various studies show resolution failure rates ranging between 80-90%. These rates provide a glimpse into the struggles of human nature throughout the ages. First, I gleaned from these studies six &ldquo;common sense&rdquo; strategies used by those few who were successful... Getting the New Year Off To an Organized Start Wed, 05 Jan 2011 01:48:54 -0500 I absolutely love the beginning of a new year &ndash; there are so many possibilities &ndash; and the feeling of freshness just radiates from that first clean calendar page.&nbsp; When the clock struck midnight on January 1st, I know that many of you resolved to get organized in 2011.&nbsp; Here are some tips to help you get the results you want... Red Hot Beauty Tue, 04 Jan 2011 23:43:53 -0500 Forget about chocolate, what women really want on Valentine&rsquo;s Day is to feel gorgeous and irresistibly sexy. Here&rsquo;s a roundup of the hottest luxe beauty treatments, products and places to make you look and feel your best. Enjoy lovers! The Line Between Ordinary and Extraordinary Tue, 04 Jan 2011 16:34:36 -0500 It is in our nature to be extraordinary. Just like a tiny acorn, we are packed with the potential for astounding greatness at the start of our lives. With the proper conditions the acorn becomes the mighty oak and with appropriate nurturing we too grow, thrive and burst forth to create an extraordinary life. Every human being, like every seed, takes form with a built-in divine code of instruction. New Year New YOU! Get Organized Once and For All Tue, 04 Jan 2011 15:16:38 -0500 Tips to organize your home office, closets, and create a home communications command center. Stay On the Healthy Track with Great Snack Strategies Tue, 04 Jan 2011 15:12:11 -0500 If you&rsquo;re like most, you spend a good chunk of your eating hours away from home, at work, or at school, which can be a disaster for your diet, especially when 3 PM rolls around, and you find yourself famished, staring at the vending machine stocked with high-calorie sodas, chips and candy bars.&nbsp; Stay in Your Comfort Zone Tue, 04 Jan 2011 14:47:49 -0500 This time of year resolutions run the gamut from the physical to the spiritual. Motivation surges to an all time high, but within a month, seems to fizzle out.&nbsp; Many self-help gurus advise, &ldquo;Take a quantum leap; leave your comfort zone if you want to improve yourself or your situation.&rdquo;&nbsp; This means taking the path less travelled as Robert Frost poetically instructs. However, taking the path less travelled might actually make you a conformist; by now the phrase is so pervasive that it has become clich&eacute;. The Road Well-Traveled: Limousine or Town Car Etiquette Tue, 04 Jan 2011 14:41:46 -0500 A limousine or town car is an easy and efficient mode of transportation. Some might need a driver in order to do business while en route, and some might rent a driver so they can ride like a rock star. Whatever the case, I am all for it! Everyone should have a personal chauffeur if it can be afforded. Here are tips to assist you in &ldquo;the road well traveled!&rdquo; Dress Codes Changing Tue, 04 Jan 2011 14:36:29 -0500 Employees are dressing more professionally these days, and it&rsquo;s just in the nick of time in view of the lagging economy. According to a report of the Society of Human Resource Management, the number of companies allowing casual attire is declining. In 1998, the number of companies in the States allowing casual attire in the office reached an all time high of 97 percent. That number has continued to decrease steadily each year. Argentina: The Next Great Wine-Producing Country Tue, 04 Jan 2011 14:33:12 -0500 For all its remarkable success with Malbec, it&rsquo;s easy to forget that Argentina is a huge country planted to an astoundingly wide--and still often unheralded--range of grape varieties. And while the flagship red has enjoyed well-deserved success all over the world, it is far from the extent of what Argentina has to offer. The Villas of Positano: Mediterranean Oceanfront Living on Hollywood Beach Tue, 14 Dec 2010 18:12:41 -0500 President and Founder of The Lojeta Group, Lon Tabatchnick, recently hosted an exclusive presentation of the Penthouse Collection at The Villas of Positano, a luxury boutique community and exquisite new construction in Hollywood Beach, Florida. VIP guests were treated to champagne and hors d&rsquo;oeuvres while experiencing a personal tour of the Penthouse Due, followed by a four-course dinner with wine pairing prepared by Michy&rsquo;s and Sra. Martinez&rsquo;s Celebrity Executive Chef and Owner, Michelle Bernstein.<br /> Ducati Announces the 2011 Diavel in Diamond Black Tue, 14 Dec 2010 17:41:33 -0500 In response to feedback from motorcycle show visitors, Ducati is pleased to announce the addition of a stunning diamond black color scheme for the new 2011 Ducati Diavel. With the Diavel receiving consumer attention at motorcycle shows around the globe, Ducati collected feedback from passionate motorcyclists viewing the bike for the first time. SieMatic S2 Kitchen Sets Benchmark for Design and Integrated Technology in the Luxury Kitchen Sector Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:11:00 -0500 SieMatic, an industry leader in the high-end kitchen segment, is displaying the SieMatic S2, the next-generation, handle-free kitchen for the first time in its New York showroom in the A&amp;D Building. The SieMatic S2 offers a host of new features, including integration of high-tech electronics that raise the bar in terms of modernity and convenience in the kitchen. The Porches Creates a Sense of Tradition During the Holiday Season Tue, 07 Dec 2010 01:26:43 -0500 The holidays are a time when families reunite to share family traditions and create lifelong memories. While some families stay close to home, others seek the excitement of travel. Fortunately, The Porches of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, combines the best of both worlds, offering a place for families to snuggle by the fire while having access to the best winter activities right at the base of the ski resort. Quikwash: Eco-Friendly Luxury Auto Care Wed, 24 Nov 2010 14:29:59 -0500 Quikwash, is a mobile, waterless car washing business so it&rsquo;s Green.&nbsp; And Green is good for the Earth.&nbsp; Quikwash is powered by Eco Touch Inc,&nbsp; a US manufacturer leading the way in the introduction of waterless car washing in the US and around the world.&nbsp; Eco Touch is a non toxic biodegradable formula that effectively cleans and polishes the vehicles surface. Clients who use the formulas repeatedly find that their cars stay cleaner longer. Rare Species: Jaguar XKR175 and XJ Supersport Tue, 09 Nov 2010 14:15:53 -0500 Jaguar has a rich history of offering customers highly-collectible, highly-personalized limited edition models. Perhaps the very first example of a true limited edition Jaguar was the 1938 SS100 Coupe. The brand built just one. Many of the legendary Jaguars in the company&rsquo;s storied past were in fact limited editions Black Magic: Range Rover Autobiography Black Tue, 09 Nov 2010 13:36:41 -0500 There is a truly magical quality to the paintwork of the new 2011 Range Rover Autobiography Black Limited Edition. In most light, it appears a deep, reflective, elegant black. But look closely, and when the sun hits it at just the right angle, there it is; an enigmatic echo of deep red. Castlemartyr Resort: Escape to an Elegant Manor-House Retreat in County Cork, Ireland Sun, 31 Oct 2010 20:27:27 -0400 The charming 18th-century manor-house hotel at the five-star Castlemartyr Resort is just a twenty-minute drive from the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Cork, yet nestles amidst 220 acres of breathtaking countryside; with woodland, rolling meadows and a glistening lake providing the idyllic backdrop for this heavenly retreat. Matakauri Lodge: Remarkable Views Set the Scene for the Newest Luxury Lodge on New Zealand’s South Island Sun, 31 Oct 2010 20:04:17 -0400 Queenstown New Zealand is the undisputed outdoor adventure capital of the Southern Hemisphere, and also home to some of the world&rsquo;s most spectacular scenic beauty.&nbsp; Thanks to the cinematic power of&nbsp; Lord of the Rings, the natural wonders are no secret and with the recent opening of Relais &amp; Ch&acirc;teaux property Matakauri Lodge,&nbsp; the latest offering on the already impressive New Zealand luxury lodge menu, Queenstown and the South Island of New Zealand&nbsp; are set to top any &ldquo;must visit&rdquo; lists of discerning travelers. qualia: One of Australia’s Exclusive and Leading World-Class Luxury Resorts Sun, 31 Oct 2010 19:56:34 -0400 qualia &ndash; pronounced kwahleea &ndash; has established itself as one of Australia&rsquo;s leading world-class luxury resorts on the Great Barrier Reef since its official debut in 2007 and subsequent completion in 2009. As the first of its kind in the country, qualia has been impeccably designed by renowned Australian architect, Chris Beckingham, to reflect a distinctive and authentic Australian style. Paresa Resort: Paradise on Earth Sun, 31 Oct 2010 19:42:10 -0400 It was the haven of tranquillity we had yearned for, the oasis of luxury and indulgence we had sought for so long. Cocooned from the outside world, yet still offering the ultimate Thai experience, we found our &ldquo;Paradise on Earth&rdquo; at Paresa Resort, and it exceeded even our lofty expectations. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Sun, 31 Oct 2010 19:16:17 -0400 These beautiful cookies are known as Chocolate Crinkles which is a perfect name for this soft, fudge-like chocolate cookie that is encased in a coating of confectioners&rsquo; sugar. With an attractive light and dark contrast they are a perfect addition to any cookie tray. This is an easy recipe that produces delicious cookies you can share during the holidays with family and friends. Making Your Busy Life Beautiful Sun, 31 Oct 2010 19:05:15 -0400 Fall brings a feeling a change, a hankering for new beauty rituals and trends to transform the damages of summer. Additionally, those who travel frequently are combating the stress of jet lag while dealing with the demands of work, family and new fall projects. My tips and suggestions this issue are related to simple ways to make your busy life more beautiful. Sparkling Holiday Beauty Sun, 31 Oct 2010 18:06:51 -0400 The question that arises every manic holiday season is how to stay beautiful while juggling all the additional tasks, parties, and events added to our already hectic schedule. Keeping things simple (note I did not say sparse) will keep you looking shiny and fresh. Focusing on hair, sleep, skin, nails, and general well-being with a little sparkly fun thrown in should do the trick! Cookbooks Uncovered: A Few Cookbooks that are Sure to be on Everyone’s Wish List… Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:54:35 -0400 One of my favorite gifts to give to close friends and family are cookbooks. As president of an award-winning hospitality company A Legendary Event, I personally know the power of a fabulous recipe that will become legendary in its own right with your family and friends. Here are several cookbooks that will not only make great gifts, but are also great resources for hosting your own holiday celebrations. Art and the Presenting of Oneself Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:45:46 -0400 The late L. Ron Hubbard is best remembered for his association with Dianetics and Scientology. &nbsp;<br /> What is not generally known is that he was a successful science fiction, adventure and detective writer. Hubbard also worked on many Hollywood film sets, and his masterful knowledge in this arena came as a result of his lifelong interest in art. His massive book &ldquo;Art&rdquo; is a masterpiece. Art, Hubbard says, includes painting, music, photography, poetry and the presenting of oneself. In Wake of Egg Recall, It’s Time for Egg Industry to Eliminate Cruel and Unsafe Cages Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:43:24 -0400 Every year, tens of thousands of Americans suffer as a result of an egg-borne Salmonella epidemic that has become so commonplace it receives little attention unless the levels of infection become high enough to trigger a national recall. That&rsquo;s exactly what happened this summer when public health officials discovered a quadrupling of weekly Salmonella cases --prompting the investigation that led to the vast national egg recall. What most consumers don&rsquo;t know is that the Food and Drug Administration estimates 142,000 Americans get Salmonella food poisoning from eggs every year, recall or no recall. Home Office Etiquette Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:39:15 -0400 My home office is now known as my corporate world headquarters. I love the fact that I don&rsquo;t have to navigate up and down the traffic laden toll way, yet I still have most of the conveniences as the big ivory tower where I used to spend most of my time. The corporate landscape is still changing from long commutes and cubicles to convenient and cozy home offices. But working at home requires discipline and professionalism. Enjoy the Holidays Without Dieting and Without Gaining Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:33:58 -0400 Why should anyone dread the holidays, for fear that they&rsquo;ll undo all the good they&rsquo;ve accomplished over the year? You don&rsquo;t hear people saying that they typically gain weight over the summer, but the average American gains weight over the fall holidays: somehow begins overeating, giving in to temptation at Halloween, continuing through Thanksgiving and on through the December holidays all the way through early January. Not this year! Time Management Secrets for Anyone Everyday Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:26:30 -0400 Do you ever feel frustrated when at the end of the day you have this annoying feeling you have NO idea what you accomplished for the day? Often times, when you&rsquo;re trying to get the most out of your day, normal things happen like: constant interruptions, fires to be put out in the field, and priorities get put to the waste side due to all of the above. Sitting in front of your computer at the end of the day baffled, why is my &ldquo;To Do&rdquo; list still here? Good news, I can give you eight easy steps to avoid time wasters, and get your time organized and under control. Love Your Legacy Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:19:14 -0400 Mention the names of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Eleanor Roosevelt, and people immediately associate each of them with their legacies. Reflecting on the lives of Albert Einstein, Gandhi, and Helen Keller will naturally call us to celebrate their life&rsquo;s work and achievements. The achievements of each of these people were quite varied, important and far-reaching. But don&rsquo;t be fooled into thinking you&rsquo;ll have to win the Nobel Peace Prize to have a legacy that matters; a modest life holds a powerful legacy too. Discovering Sherry: The Many Charms of One of the World's Greatest Wines Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:14:56 -0400 I had the opportunity to travel to Jerez this past September, and throughout the five days we spent exploring the Sherry-producing districts of Southern Spain&rsquo;s ancient Andalusia region, one thought kept on creeping into my mind: I cannot believe I never drank more of this fantastic wine before. Harvesting Life’s True Joy and Success at the End of 2010 Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:07:42 -0400 Have you ever noticed how the human life cycle emulates the plant life cycle? In plant life, there are annuals that seed, grow vegetation, flower, and die all within one year. Biennials live approximately two years with a vegetative growth cycle, dormancy, and another vegetative growth cycle before the flowering and death cycle. Perennials have many vegetative growth, flowering, and dormancy cycles before they reach the death state. Most humans, if fortunate enough, are like a perennial plant. Socializing Your Way to Longevity Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:01:45 -0400 This is the season of dinners, parties and structured celebrations. Many find these joyful obligations stressful or annoying: &ldquo;I dislike small talk and walking around with a frozen smile,&rdquo; or &ldquo;I know Aunt Helen is going to interrogate me about my diet.&rdquo;&nbsp; Have you become critical like you can&rsquo;t help but notice the flaws? Have you turned into Scrooge? Your negative perceptions might be due to projection. Cookbooks Uncovered: Get Inspired In the Kitchen Sun, 31 Oct 2010 16:47:13 -0400 For over 40 years, my love for reading cookbooks has grown. As a young child, I would sit with my Great-Grandmother, Nanie Raynes, as she would read to me countless numbers of cookbooks from cover to cover. As an extra special reward, she and I would prepare a recipe or work on a project together. I loved her so much; she inspired me to be the creative person that I am today. St Julien Hotel & Spa: Casual Sophistication with Altitude Sun, 31 Oct 2010 16:22:55 -0400 Nestled up against the Rocky Mountains, Boulder enjoys a reputation as one of Colorado&rsquo;s most progressive and culturally creative cities. A favorite destination for both domestic and international adventure-seekers who flock to the city for the clean air and pristine environment, Boulder retains its laid-back frontier heritage while embracing cosmopolitan finesse. Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach: Experience Elegance on the Beach on Florida’s Riviera Sun, 31 Oct 2010 16:13:49 -0400 Acqualina Resort &amp; Spa on the Beach is the quintessential luxury destination in beautiful South Florida that draws affluent locals and elite travelers from across the globe. Located on 4.5 beachfront acres with 400 feet of pristine coastline and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, Acqualina is the essence of &ldquo;elegance on the beach&rdquo; offering spectacular resort accommodations infused with the classic elegance of a Mediterranean villa. Warwick New York Hotel: The Love Affair Continues Sun, 31 Oct 2010 15:53:38 -0400 Looking for a taste of classic New York? Look no further than the corner of W. 54th and Avenue of the Americas. That&rsquo;s the address for the luxurious Warwick New York Hotel where history and modern sensibilities merge seamlessly for a timeless experience. From its inception, Warwick New York hotel was designed to serve those doing business as well as those seeking leisure and romance. THE US GRANT Hotel: An Iconic and Elegant Luxury Collection Property Celebrates its 100th Anniversary Sun, 31 Oct 2010 15:43:14 -0400 A San Diego icon since 1910, the opulent US GRANT Hotel is located in the city's vibrant and historic downtown Gaslamp Quarter, just steps away from San Diego's finest shopping, dining and entertainment, and a short drive from world-renowned beaches, museums and family attractions. Bentley’s Next-Generation GT Continues the Brand’s Renaissance Fri, 08 Oct 2010 12:02:22 -0400 Bentley Motors recently debuted a new vehicle to the world &ndash; the highly anticipated next-generation Continental GT on its web site.&nbsp; An online debut was a marketing first for Bentley, and it was fittingly ground-breaking for the brand, as was the debut of the first GT in 2003.<br /> Rolls-Royce Ghost: The Power of Simplicity Mon, 20 Sep 2010 23:39:43 -0400 Rolls-Royce has a reputation for producing cars that transcend the mere automotive. There is a magic attached to the name, which stems in part from exquisite attention to detail and the fine materials used throughout. The new Rolls-Royce Ghost carries on that tradition of craftsmanship, design, and engineering. Old Palm Golf Club Acquired By International Investment Group Sun, 19 Sep 2010 23:46:20 -0400 Old Palm Golf Club, one of Florida&rsquo;s most prestigious golf communities, was recently acquired by an international group of real estate investors led by ING Clarion Development Ventures III (CDV III), a closed-end fund with approximately $200 million in equity capital managed by ING Clarion Partners.<br /> Feral Cats Fly to a New Home Tue, 31 Aug 2010 23:54:20 -0400 Sybil, Danny, Mario, Chelsea, and Nick are in good company and glad to be alive at The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona, Calif. They, along with 48 other feral cats, were slated to be trapped and euthanized to protect native wildlife living on San Nicolas Island, the outermost of the Channel Islands of California. The Fund for Animals is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. Precious Blind Fox Is Foster Dad to Orphans Tue, 31 Aug 2010 22:27:26 -0400 A few years ago, wildlife rehabilitator Laura Nirenberg agreed to take custody of a young, wild fox because he was blind and could never be released back into the wild. She planned to use the fox in her work educating people about wildlife. What she didn&rsquo;t know then was that the fox, now named Freddie, would transform into something remarkable: a foster father to orphaned baby foxes who come through her rescue organization, Wildlife Orphanage, Inc., in La Porte, Indiana. Defy the Diagnosis: Type 2 Diabetes Tue, 31 Aug 2010 22:15:49 -0400 There are some things that we have absolutely no control over. Our age, our height, our gender is set when we&rsquo;re born.&nbsp; Our tendency to hold on to weight or to be &ldquo;naturally thin&rdquo; may feel like something you&rsquo;ve inherited from your family, but I can tell you from personal experience that being &ldquo;naturally thin&rdquo; is an oxymoron. Looking for a Holistic High Tue, 31 Aug 2010 22:07:50 -0400 Living on a holistic high is to live as nature intended, with our spirit, mind, body, and emotions weaving the fabric of complete wellness. Holistic Health is well-defined by its Greek root &ldquo;Holos&rdquo; which means &ldquo;whole&rdquo;.&nbsp; To have whole-health it is necessary to look beyond our lives as we experience it through our minds and five senses. Sex Appeal: What Kind of Influencer Are You? Tue, 31 Aug 2010 21:59:25 -0400 There are three centers of influence in the US &ndash; and in many other countries as well. The first is New York, home of the powerful financial center, Wall Street, plus national and international banks. Second, there is Washington, the political center of influence and power in this country. The third great center of influence is Hollywood, with its stars influencing us far beyond the big screen. Improve Your Relationship Dynamics with Simple Science Tue, 31 Aug 2010 21:54:56 -0400 Summer heat is dissipating and when that happens we see love more clearly without the haze of fantasy. While summer is the season of fun and skimpy clothing, fall is more serious. Let&rsquo;s not be fooled by the term, &ldquo;to fall in love.&rdquo;&nbsp; No one wants to trip and get bruised. We all want a healthy relationship. The Weight of Words: The Language of Tasting Notes Tue, 31 Aug 2010 21:48:37 -0400 My friend Scott Turnbull, sommelier at the excellent Fountain Restaurant at The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, is a wine lover, pure and simple. And despite the prestige and high profile of his job--he manages, and pairs food with, one of the top wine cellars in the region--he&rsquo;s the kind of person who is in this line of work because he truly enjoys wine. Seeding COURAGE in relationships Tue, 31 Aug 2010 17:00:53 -0400 Human relationships are delicate and complex interactions. They nourish love and joy and feed pain and sorrow. Too often we respond to our relationships passively as if they simply &quot;happen,&quot; thereby taking a reactionary role. But what about the ones we inherited? Fall Organizing Tips Tue, 31 Aug 2010 16:57:32 -0400 Now that summer is over and we can focus on our work schedules and families, we can also do some clutter therapy in other areas of our lives. De-cluttering your closets, bathroom drawers, and desk areas will give you the answer you&rsquo;ve always needed to start fresh this fall. Symphony Etiquette: Protocol of the Hall Tue, 31 Aug 2010 16:53:12 -0400 If you are a patron member of your local symphony, or if it is your obligatory duty to attend a concert just once a year, it is of utmost importance to help enhance the experience and not be an embarrassment to yourself and everyone around you without even knowing it. Good concert etiquette helps both the audience have a wonderful musical experience and helps the musicians perform to the best of their ability. The Perlée Jewellery Collection by Van Cleef & Arpels Fri, 27 Aug 2010 17:42:29 -0400 Playful and refined, the Perl&eacute;e jewellery collection by Van Cleef &amp; Arpels ensures a glittering summer reflected in beads of white and pink gold. It is an ode to elegance and modernity that reflects the Maison&rsquo;s sensibility of contemporary jewellery. Graphic and fun with a fundamental simplicity that provides allure and class, the Perl&eacute;e collection by Van Cleef &amp; Arpels features strands of tiny golden beads, and is imbued with the legacy of Van Cleef &amp; Arpels&rsquo; expertise, and the aesthetics inspired by the Maison&rsquo;s heritage. Flexjet and Korean Air Form Marketing Alliance Fri, 27 Aug 2010 16:59:32 -0400 In the first North American alliance between a fractional jet provider and an international airline, Flexjet fractional owners who use Korean Air for overseas travel will now have access to premium services. As part of the newly created Flexjet Connect* program, operated by U.S. air carrier Jet Solutions, Korean Air passengers can secure private point-to-point travel throughout the U.S. on a fleet of high-performance business jets. Salvatore Ferragamo Launches the iPad Case Fri, 27 Aug 2010 15:49:06 -0400 Salvatore Ferragamo recently announced the launch of the iPad case, among the first brands in the luxury sector to do so, ranging from $290 to $390 at retail. As one of the world&rsquo;s largest manufacturers of luxury leather goods, Ferragamo offers an iPad case in European farmed calfskin leather as well as a beige canvas style with brown leather trim and exterior leather strap.<br /> Salvatore Ferragamo Unveils the Autumn/Winter 2010 Advertising Campaign By Bruce Weber Fri, 27 Aug 2010 15:43:30 -0400 The Salvatore Ferragamo Autumn/Winter 2010 advertising campaign was shot by renowned photographer Bruce Weber on the grounds of White Oak Plantation, an exclusive estate and wildlife sanctuary surrounded by the vast expanse of rich pine forests spread between the border of Florida and Georgia.<br /> Porsche 911 GT2 RS- The Most Powerful, Street Legal Porsche Ever Fri, 27 Aug 2010 15:33:54 -0400 The time: seven minutes, 18 seconds on the N&uuml;rburgring-Nordschleife. The power: 620 hp. The weight: 3,020 lb in road trim with all fluids on board. The car: the new 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS. <br /> Winnapaug Cottages: A Unique Condominium Development in Westerly, Rhode Island Tue, 27 Jul 2010 18:44:27 -0400 Fly yourself to the Westerly Airport or take Amtrak right into town. Enjoy the space and luxury of your own one level detached home. Winnapaug Cottages is a unique condominium development in Westerly, Rhode Island. Halfway between New York and Boston geographically and metaphorically, The Hamptons without the hassle. Historical and Modern Elements Come Together in the Kootenai’s Russel Cabin Tue, 27 Jul 2010 18:05:10 -0400 Montana&rsquo;s Flathead Valley is home to an exclusive second home community that is unlike any other: The Kootenai. Situated on 42 acres of virgin forest along the crystal clear waters of Swan Lake and just outside Bigfork, Montana, The Kootenai has stood for more than 100 years. Once a private retreat for two of the wealthiest mining icons in the country, this lakeside oasis has been restored to become one of the most sought after residential communities in the West.<br /> Fractional Ownership at The Porches Offers Ideal Alternative to Buying a Second Home Tue, 27 Jul 2010 17:57:21 -0400 While the recession has taken a toll on much of the second home real estate market, there are a few communities that are continuing to experience strong sales despite the economic conditions. The Porches in Steamboat Springs is one such community, and is among the most desirable ski communities in the country, offering both whole ownership and a unique fractional ownership opportunity in its Private Residence Club, that ensures six weeks of vacation each year with inclusion of five-star amenities.<br /> Castle Pines Village Remains the Pinnacle of Luxury Living in Colorado Tue, 27 Jul 2010 17:46:01 -0400 For more than 20 years, Castle Pines Village has been the pinnacle of luxurious living along the Front Range of Colorado. Located on 3,000 acres in Douglas County, Colorado, Castle Pines Village is the Denver area&rsquo;s most celebrated and established gated, master planned golf community. Home to the state&rsquo;s top ranked Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses and nestled in a spectacular natural setting of dramatic rock cliffs and an old-growth pine forest, the community is unmatched.<br /> Creamy Potato Leek Soup Mon, 12 Jul 2010 16:43:29 -0400 Cooking meals with seasonal vegetables is a great way to pack in the flavor and nutrients into your meals. Potatoes and leeks are abundant during the autumn harvest and into winter. This vegetarian soup is a great way to combine these vegetables in a hearty winter dish.<br /> Baked Eggplant Parmesan Mon, 12 Jul 2010 16:33:53 -0400 Eggplant Parmesan is a staple of traditional Italian cooking. Originating from Southern Italy, Parmigiana di Melanzane, as it is called in Italian, is a casserole dish that uses fresh eggplants, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Its very few required ingredients make a very rich tasting recipe.<br /> Fresh Blueberry Scones Mon, 12 Jul 2010 16:20:49 -0400 The cultivated blueberries we enjoy today are much larger and more plump than their wild cousins. Great for eating out of hand, they are also the perfect berry for using in our baking as heat turns them soft and sweet. Besides pies, tarts, cakes and muffins, blueberries (fresh or frozen) are wonderful when used in this recipe for Blueberry Scones.<br /> Perfect Peach Cobbler Mon, 12 Jul 2010 16:05:38 -0400 A cobbler belongs to the family of old fashioned homespun desserts that have interesting names like crisps, crumbles, brown Betties and pandowdies. What they all have in common, besides their funny names, is their thick bubbling layer of juicy sweet fruit covered with a crust. The crust does vary by dessert and can be either dropped by spoonfuls on top of the fruit or rolled and cut into biscuits before placing on the fruit.<br /> The Sukhothai: World-Class Luxury in the Heart of Bangkok Sun, 11 Jul 2010 23:29:20 -0400 Celebrating its 18th birthday this year, the Sukhothai Bangkok takes its name from the capital of Thailand&rsquo;s ancient Sukhothai kingdom. As a thriving trade center in the 13th century, news of the city&rsquo;s beauty, magnificent style and architecture spread far and wide. Today, the Sukhothai is imbued with the essence of the kingdom&rsquo;s golden age in history. <br /> Palazzo Sasso: A Hotel that Beckons You to Linger Sun, 11 Jul 2010 23:09:16 -0400 There&rsquo;s just something about Italy. No matter how many times I sojourn in this magical, olive-tree, pasta-laden land, I am struck by its beauty, its people and its bounty. And no where do I feel more connected or more in awe of my surroundings than in the picturesque town of Ravello, set 800 feet above the Mediterranean&rsquo;s Gulf of Salerno and a world away from the nearby bustling Amalfi tourist town of Positano.<br /> Gresso Presents Design Modification of Apple iPhone 3GS and Apple iPhone 4 Sun, 11 Jul 2010 22:38:00 -0400 Case of the model is produced from African Blackwood which has become a flagship of Gresso mobile phones. It is a rare, exclusive material of incredible strength and durability. There are no available two identical iPhone models from Gresso, as well as two identical trees in the nature.<br /> Small Speaker – Big Upgrade: The New Octave Signature Series by Morel Sun, 11 Jul 2010 17:56:56 -0400 Morel announces enhancements to its award-winning Octave Signature speaker series with better-than-ever sound engineering plus a user-empowering modular cabinet design.Designed and built in Israel, improvements to Morel&rsquo;s Octave Signature benefit from design techniques first seen in the company&rsquo;s reference Fat Lady loudspeakers, including the highly unusual concept of allowing the enclosure to &lsquo;sing&rsquo; with the music.<br /> The Ladies GraffStar Sun, 11 Jul 2010 17:37:11 -0400 Graff Luxury Watches is excited to announce the new Ladies GraffStar, creating a bold statement of luxury and sophistication with a new larger watch size of 43mm. With a self-winding movement and balance weight designed exclusively for Graff Luxury Watches, the GraffStar features a stunning bezel set with a mosaic design of trilliant and triangle cut diamonds evocative of the perfectly cut facets of a Graff diamond.<br /> STRUT Lights the Way with New, Innovative LED-Illuminated Grille Collections Sun, 11 Jul 2010 16:41:26 -0400 STRUT&reg;, known globally for their trendsetting and distinctive collections of grilles, wheels, and accessories designed for luxury automobiles, makes headlines once again with another first,&nbsp; introducing the STRUT LED-Illuminated grille collections for the 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Land Rover HSE and Sport.<br /> Pamela Roland Spring-Summer 2010 Collection Sun, 11 Jul 2010 16:25:35 -0400 Spring is all about pops of bright colors, flowing fabrics and delicate florals. Pamela Roland looked to renowned American artist Georgia O&rsquo;Keefe for inspiration, channeling the bold spirit found in her iconic paintings. The collection is simple and elegant with hues of bright poppy, freesia, peony and honeydew.<br /> Taste the Suite Life with The Leading Hotels of the World Fri, 09 Jul 2010 19:25:37 -0400 Among its portfolio of 450 hotels and resorts, The Leading Hotels of the World boasts some of the finest suites imaginable. With a nod to savvy well-heeled travelers who know how to find the best value for the money, more than 300 Leading Hotels are participating in a program called Leading Suites, which offers top-of-the-line accommodations at remarkable savings of 20% and more &ndash; or with an array of tempting and pampering amenities.<br /> Salvatore Ferragamo Launches Their Pillar Fragrance Attimo with Dree Hemingway, at The Standard, New York Sat, 03 Jul 2010 19:04:50 -0400 Ferragamo along with hostesses Dree Hemingway, Gaia Repossi, Fabiola Beracasa, Chiara Clemente and Lady Alice St Clair Erskine recently hosted a party to celebrate their new pillar fragrance ATTIMO at Le Bain at The Standard, New York.<br /> Vacheron Constantin Reissues Its "Historiques" Collection with Two New Timepieces Thu, 10 Jun 2010 15:10:22 -0400 Vacheron Constantin has chosen today to revive some of the finest moments in the quest for ultra-thinness. The Geneva-based manufacturer has indeed been closely involved in the epic milestones of this distinctive form of expertise, such as in the 1950s and 1960s when Vacheron Constantin introduced the world&rsquo;s thinnest wristwatches. Today, Vacheron Constantin is enriching its &ldquo;Historiques&rdquo; collection with two new creations directly inspired by its heritage, each imbuing one of two legendary calibres with a new and distinctively modern touch. When You Care to Live in the Very Best, Make Sure Your New Home is Custom Built in a Factory Wed, 02 Jun 2010 22:00:22 -0400 HUF HAUS does for residential housing what Bentley, Ferrari and Lamborghini do for automobiles: It builds with luxurious precision. The century-old HUF HAUS company redefines comfort and craftsmanship. Its unique homes are designed, engineered and manufactured to meet the most demanding needs of affluent consumers. PGA Golf Pro Tim Clark Says Getting Regular Massages in his Human Touch Massage Chair is a Way of Life Mon, 31 May 2010 14:42:00 -0400 Do you wish there was a way to melt away stress in the comfort of your own home without needing a personal massage therapist at your disposal?&nbsp; Human Touch&reg;, the U.S. leader in massage chairs, relaxation furniture and wellness solutions, has just the answer!&nbsp; PGA Golfer Tim Clark says that his Human Touch&reg; massage chair remains a key part of his wellness routine both on and off the course, and has also been an important part of his recovery from a severe neck and back injury several years ago. Rolf W. Schnyder: The Science and Spirit behind Award-Winning Watchmaker Ulysse Nardin Mon, 31 May 2010 14:00:24 -0400 Since the manufacturer&rsquo;s earliest days more than 160 years ago when its founder, Ulysse Nardin, began making marine chronometers in a mountainous location in Neuch&acirc;tel, Switzerland, the watchmaking powerhouse has continually proved that challenges present intriguing opportunities worthy of exploration. It is these explorations that have resulted in Ulysse Nardin&rsquo;s unprecedented inventions in horology. Science, innovation and imagination are its muses and technological advancement &ndash; combined with stellar artisanship &ndash; is its beacon.<br /> Model Grand Opening Attracts Hundreds to New One Thousand Ocean in Boca Raton Thu, 15 Apr 2010 14:10:20 -0400 One Thousand Ocean, the newly completed, preeminent oceanfront condominium in Boca Raton, welcomed hundreds of invited guests to two consecutive events in early April to showcase a new furnished model as well as the modern building&rsquo;s amenities. Ferragamo Bag for Spring-Summer 2010 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 13:38:05 -0400 &ldquo;Fiammetta&rdquo; is the new Ferragamo bag for spring 2010. Fluid and feminine shapes are complemented by the famous Ferragamo icon, Gancio which is used as both an ornament and wood or metal handle. The design is filled with references to the brand&rsquo;s history, in fact it is a contemporary version of some Ferragamo styles from the &rsquo;Seventies when Fiamma Ferragamo created the first bamboo baskets, shopping bags and the great elegant informals.<br /> Creative Weddings Thu, 25 Mar 2010 18:05:02 -0400 When I meet with prospective clients for the first time, most seem to have the same thought: They want a classy and memorable affair, but they also want to include creativity and originality. Here are some ways you can do just that...&nbsp; Ultrafast Dishwasher Makes Clean-Up a Breeze for DeGustibus Chef: But You Don’t Have to Be a Chef to Own Miele’s Commercial Dishwasher Tue, 23 Mar 2010 11:34:24 -0400 Last year, Miele&rsquo;s ultrafast commercial dishwasher was installed at the famed DeGustibus Cooking School in Macy&rsquo;s department store, Herald Square, New York and within just a few days, the kitchen staff experienced a 70% increase in cleaning throughput. <br /> The Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach For Pleasure, Business and Everything in Between Wed, 03 Mar 2010 12:39:21 -0500 Searching for an address to experience the relaxed beach lifestyle of Florida&rsquo;s Gold Coast? You&rsquo;ll find none fresher, more inviting or, for that matter, more engaging than The Seagate Hotel &amp; Spa in Delray Beach. Newly opened in November 2009, the seaside city&rsquo;s first independent luxury hotel embraces the ocean&rsquo;s-edge ambiance of its location through an array of upscale amenities including an elegant spa, a contemporary menu focused on fresh local produce at Atlantic Grille, and nearby beach club privileges. Pop The Cork! Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Raises $365,000 for Education Programs at Annual Palm Beach Wine Auction Sun, 28 Feb 2010 16:56:23 -0500 The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts hosted its celebrated annual Palm Beach Wine Auction on February 16 at The Breakers, Palm Beach. More than 140 friends and supporters attended this popular, sold-out event that generated more than $365,000 for the Kravis Center&rsquo;s award-winning education programs. Nutek Wheels Offering Serious Motoring Enthusiasts Wheel Products That Stand Above All Others Fri, 26 Feb 2010 13:18:43 -0500 Nutek Wheels manufactures our wheels in house and are made in our USA facility. By doing this, Nutek can closely oversee the production and quality processes that define every Nutek wheel. While we believe this to be essential, the real story lies in what&rsquo;s behind the scenes, our owners have more than 40 years of combined experience. How To Keep Visual Aids From Becoming Visual Distractions Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:00:15 -0500 You&rsquo;ll find that electronic slide shows play a part in most business presentations today. Used correctly, visuals can help your presentation in three ways. First, they can reinforce a message by complementing the verbal and vocal channels of communication.&nbsp; Second, they can help clarify complex or abstract information and relationships through visual representation. Third, they can help persuade the audience by enhancing the presenter&rsquo;s credibility. Spain’s Baltus Collection Launches First Stateside Showroom in Miami’s Design District Thu, 25 Feb 2010 16:38:53 -0500 Interior and furniture design company Baltus Collection recently opened the doors to its first U.S. based showroom in Miami&rsquo;s Design District and was an immediate hit with locals and national interior designers all clamoring for the company's impeccable styling. Based in Marbella, Spain, Baltus Collection is known for its devotion to design and quality, while never losing sight of function. Are You In or Out of the Market? What A Difference A Year Makes Thu, 25 Feb 2010 16:26:09 -0500 The decade of 2000-2009 has been dubbed the &quot;lost decade&quot; as most indices averaged annual returns in the negative numbers. The DJIA began the decade at an open of 11,497 and closed at the end of 2009 at 10,428.&nbsp; This may have you still sitting on the sidelines in defensive mode and not knowing which way to go in the future as health care, income and estate taxes, and real estate values are at the top of the list of the most unknown, but much needed information, for making your next move.&nbsp; Rules: Are They for the Exception or the Rule? Thu, 25 Feb 2010 16:14:58 -0500 We are a society of rules. Think about it. We have rules for everything from how we tip to how we are legally able to spy in the NFL. It is not against the &ldquo;rules&rdquo; to spy, you just have to follow the rules for when and how to spy. Have you thought about how and why rules are made?&nbsp; How and why do we amend rules? Delray Beach International Tennis Championships Becomes 9-Day Tennis Extravaganza Mon, 15 Feb 2010 23:40:14 -0500 The 18-year-old ATP tournament will now showcase the games greatest talents across multiple eras when it simultaneously hosts the ATP Champions Tour and the ATP World Tour, creating a 9-day extravaganza. The event will begin with the 8-player, 4-day ATP Champions Tour event and culminate with the 32-player ATP World Tour event that has been played in Delray Beach for the past 12 years. Foundry Lights Up West Coast With New Look Showroom Sun, 14 Feb 2010 14:56:04 -0500 Foundry, a treasured resource for the design community since 1947, has unveiled plans for their remodeled, state-of-the-art West Hollywood showroom.&nbsp; Designed by renown Los Angeles architect Jeff Soler, Foundry's showroom is the centerpiece of a Southern California expansion that also features a new Culver City distribution center with satellite showroom.<br /> RangeCraft Range Hoods Set a New Standard for Custom Kitchens Thu, 11 Feb 2010 18:06:12 -0500 Range hoods are an essential piece in completing any well-designed custom kitchen. Hours are spent choosing cabinetry, flooring, countertops, and appliances, so overlooking one of the most essential tools in a kitchen would fail to fulfill the quality and distinction affluent homeowners wish to achieve. The Yachts of Seabourn Selects Marquis Jet As Its Exclusive Private Aviation Partner Fri, 05 Feb 2010 13:53:29 -0500 Marquis Jet has been selected as the exclusive private aviation partner by The Yachts of Seabourn. Guests sailing aboard The Yachts of Seabourn, recognized as the world&rsquo;s most exclusive cruise line, will receive special benefits when they purchase their first 25-hour Marquis Jet Card. In addition, The Yachts of Seabourn will provide special privileges and value-added benefits for Marquis Jet Card Owners embarking on Seabourn cruises. Delta Air Lines Acquires Segrave Aviation to Expand Private Business Jet Operations Thu, 04 Feb 2010 18:39:35 -0500 Delta Air Lines recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Delta AirElite, has acquired Kinston, N.C.-based Segrave Aviation. The all-cash transaction will double the size of the Delta AirElite fleet and improve Web-based booking and the travel experience for fleet membership card and charter customers. Media Decor Offers Elegant Solutions for Concealing Large Flatscreen TVs Thu, 04 Feb 2010 15:04:15 -0500 As TV screens increase in size, the most popular location for placement tends to be a wall&mdash;but when the TV is turned off, it becomes a large, black glass object that&rsquo;s difficult to hide. Enter Media Decor with three attractive designer solutions for concealing flatscreen displays behind beautiful framed artwork. Designers and homeowners can choose Moving Art on Canvas, Mirrors, and Art Lift systems, over 500 frame styles ranging from traditional to contemporary, and over 2,500 works of art available on the company&rsquo;s website&mdash;or, alternatively, client-supplied artwork. Bowers & Wilkins launches 800 Series Diamond Thu, 04 Feb 2010 12:48:09 -0500 Bowers &amp; Wilkins 800 Series has long provided the benchmark by which all high-end speakers are judged. Five generations of 800 Series have offered an unbeatable combination of outstanding performance, the latest audio technology and stunning aesthetic design. Now the 800 Series Diamond builds on that legacy, with vastly improved performance across the board and for the first time the inclusion of a diamond dome tweeter in every speaker in the seven-model range. Fat Lady: Morel's Newest High–End Floor-Standing Loudspeaker Thu, 04 Feb 2010 12:02:25 -0500 The fat&ndash;lady represents a journey of discovery for Morel lasting more than 3.5 year&rsquo;s. The goal to develop not only a true high-end loudspeaker but to use that knowledge to introduce a new philosophy and direction for the company. Winner of the, 2009 CES Design and Engineering innovation award, the fat lady really is a technical tour de force incorporating many innovative design solutions. Rotora Introduces Super Challenge Brake System Thu, 14 Jan 2010 19:40:35 -0500 Rotora, a leading aftermarket manufacturer and supplier of high performance brake systems and components for automotive vehicles, announces Super Challenge Brake Systems designed exclusively for production-based vehicles including Audi, BMW, Chevrolet Camaro/Corvette, Ford, Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, Nissan 350Z/370Z/Skyline GT-R, Porsche, Subaru Impreza WRX STI, and many more to come. The New Bamboo Bag by Gucci Thu, 14 Jan 2010 14:01:49 -0500 For Spring Summer 2010 Frida Giannini presents The New Bamboo, a 21st century reinterpretation of one of Gucci&rsquo;s most iconic handbag designs. In reinventing this House classic, Giannini blends tradition with high-tech innovation, and history with high-fashion. The New Bamboo, now delineated in a series of unique variations, offers a new sporty attitude and dynamic style that reflects Giannini&rsquo;s vision of contemporary luxury. JL Audio Fathom® f212 Subwoofer Thu, 07 Jan 2010 15:12:59 -0500 JL Audio continues to stay ahead of the curve by producing powered subwoofers with exceptional musical and cinematic performance capabilities.&nbsp; The company&rsquo;s Fathom&reg; lineup has been acclaimed by professional reviewers and enthusiasts around the world, so JL Audio decided to celebrate by creating the most impressive Fathom yet, the Fathom&reg; f212. STRUT Introduces Bentley Continental GT Speed Collection Thu, 07 Jan 2010 15:02:36 -0500 STRUT has announced the availability of a new stainless steel jewelry collection designed exclusively for the Bentley Continental GT Speed&mdash;model years 2008-2010.&nbsp; The jewelry-grade stainless steel collection features a primary grille with polished surround with a diamond woven mesh insert. Tropical Elegance and Romantic Luxury at the Sundy House Mon, 04 Jan 2010 00:47:46 -0500 Tucked away in a lush garden oasis in the historic town of Delray Beach, Florida, hides an intriguing dining and travel destination for those explorers looking to be inspired &ndash; the Sundy House Inn and restaurant. Surrounded by an acre of tropical gardens, the Sundy House blends nature with luxury throughout its quaint accommodations, award-winning restaurant and popular bar. Talking Rock Luxury Golf Community in Prescott Offers an Escape to Arizona's High Country Sun, 27 Dec 2009 23:38:28 -0500 Located in a peaceful, rural setting, just minutes from Prescott, Talking Rock is a 3,600-acre private, golf community with a casual western lifestyle and the amenities of an exclusive country club. The Jay Morrish-designed 7,350-yard championship golf course intertwines through more than 1,000 acres of preserved open space, presenting residents with the spaciousness of Arizona&rsquo;s high country. Flexjet Gold Edition Jet Card Offers Winning Experience, Behind-the-Scenes Access at 2010 Olympic Winter Games Wed, 09 Dec 2009 10:53:45 -0500 During the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, athletes won&rsquo;t be the only ones taking home the gold. The Flexjet 25* Jet Card program and Jet Set Sports&mdash;an official supporter of the 2010 Winter Games&mdash;are teaming up to offer a limited-edition package for an unforgettable journey through next year&rsquo;s premier event. De Beers Enchanted Lotus Collection Wed, 09 Dec 2009 10:21:05 -0500 The Enchanted Lotus Collection by De Beers is a celebration of the unexpected and the eternal. A delicate lotus flower is woven into a heart with an infinite thread of diamonds. De Beers&rsquo; exceptional craftsmanship has created a delicate, ethereal micropav&eacute; where the diamonds appear to float on fine white gold. The New York Palace: Old World Elegance Meets New World Luxury Mon, 07 Dec 2009 18:00:40 -0500 With a rich heritage leading back to the grandeur of the 19th century and a prime location on Madison Avenue at 50th Street, The New York Palace, one of the Dorchester Collection, maintains a reputation for exceptional quality and impeccable service.&nbsp; With the landmark courtyard of The Villard mansion providing a regal entrance to the majestic lobby and the spectacular 55-story Tower, The Palace has become an icon of truly grand proportion.&nbsp; Evoking the elegance of the Gilded Age, exquisitely adorned rooms and suites are complemented by a distinctive, contemporary energy that could only belong to New York. Stonewater Cove Resort: An Undiscovered Retreat that Unites Unbeatable Luxury with the Great Outdoors Mon, 07 Dec 2009 17:23:08 -0500 Nestled in the lush green wilderness overlooking Table Rock Lake, Stonewater Cove Resort and Club sits in the heart of the Mark Twain National Forest on nearly 500-acres filled with hand-crafted trails, hidden alcoves, moss-covered rock formations and untamed animals. The secluded resort in the Missouri foothills showcases a stunning stone and wood lodge and 18 individually designed rooms or suites that bring the essence of the untouched wilderness into a spacious, peaceful room or suite with the ultimate in luxe amenities. Here guests can embark on an adventure with outdoor activities that test their limits and then retire to rest, relax and be pampered in the beautiful surroundings. The Tcherassi Hotel + Spa: Cartagena’s Newest Gem Mon, 07 Dec 2009 17:03:19 -0500 Situated along the northern coast of Colombia, Cartagena de Indias, as it is formally called, has along, vibrant history dating back to the 16th century. As early as the 1700s, Cartagena was a popular destination, albeit by pirates in search of treasure. Fast forward to the present day and pirates have been replaced by luxury travelers in search of culture, comfort and a unique experience that is part Latin American, part Caribbean. Modern day treasure hunters will now discover The Tcherassi Hotel + Spa, Cartagena&rsquo;s newest gem. Go Glam with Napoleon Fireplaces Made With "CRYSTALLIZED™ Swarovski Elements” Thu, 03 Dec 2009 22:12:38 -0500 The Swarovski Corporation is well-known for their famous celebrity style and partnerships with design talents such as Armani, Versace, Gucci, Prada and now, Napoleon Fireplaces! The LHD50 Limited Edition Fireplace makes staying home feel like a glamorous red-carpet affair. The ember bed is filled with CRYSTALLIZED&trade; Swarovski Elements that captivate and glisten in the flames. Body Language: How to Find the Most Important Person in the Room Wed, 02 Dec 2009 00:29:13 -0500 Networking events. Association meetings. Conferences. Regional meetings. Trade shows. Each of these events represents an opportunity. Making the sale. Making the right connection. Exchanging business cards with the right person. But how do you know who Mr. or Ms. Right is? Who is the person who can green light your product or service within their company? Into the Light: Three Steps to Make Visibility Profitable Wed, 02 Dec 2009 00:01:12 -0500 There is a time during the Yom Kippur service, when the day seems endless. Somewhere during that time, I made a virtual tour of the sanctuary. The Sh&rsquo;ma, the menorah, the tapestry door to the ark, the one hundred and some number of shins that represent the Sh&rsquo;ma. When I was a kid, all the kids would count them to see if, by the end of the service, we could come up with the same number. Lastly, I looked up into the dome of our main sanctuary. I sat transfixed by what I observed. Four Seasons Residences, Austin Defining Luxury Living Tue, 01 Dec 2009 19:54:33 -0500 Occupancy is slated to commence in early 2010, Four Seasons Residences, Austin is sure to become the premiere landmark address in Texas.&nbsp; With stunning views of Downtown Austin, the State Capitol, Hill Country and Lady Bird Lake, these residences will define luxury living in Texas.&nbsp; Ways To Create More Value in Your Presentations Tue, 01 Dec 2009 00:28:41 -0500 In challenging economic times, buyers look for value.&nbsp; The more you provide, the more likely you are to become the provider of choice.&nbsp; Presentations offer you excellent opportunities to provide that value at different stages of the business development cycle. Here are five ways to create more value in your presentations. The Year of the "Roth" Mon, 30 Nov 2009 23:15:19 -0500 I've said it before and I'll say it again, when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gives you a gift, find a way to take advantage of it.&nbsp; One of the best gifts they will ever give you is to allow money to grow tax-deferred during your lifetime with subsequent withdrawals being completely income tax-free. In 2010, the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act (TIPRA) will give millions of people the chance to open a Roth Individual Retirement Account (Roth IRA).&nbsp; The Greystone Inn at Lake Toxaway is Truly a Tar Heel State Hidden Gem Mon, 30 Nov 2009 00:18:27 -0500 Beautifully nestled in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, between the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, Lake Toxaway, N.C. sits today as one of the South&rsquo;s best kept secrets.&nbsp; That wasn&rsquo;t always the case.&nbsp; Less than three hours by car from Charlotte, N.C. and Atlanta, GA, a rustic chic getaway like few others, Lake Toxaway, N.C. once served as the respite of choice for many of the early twentieth century&rsquo;s most elite members of society.&nbsp; The likes of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller and their families were frequent visitors to this exclusive mountain community for fourteen years, enjoying the crystal blue waters. Create Your Own Luxurious Backyard Retreat with Eye Level Design Products Sun, 29 Nov 2009 14:31:19 -0500 There&rsquo;s no better way to increase character, charm and individuality to an outdoor area than by adding some of the season&rsquo;s hottest garden structures like pergolas, garden arbors, outdoor columns, raised accent beds and, of course, fire pits. The problem lies in choosing just which garden design is best for you. The 22nd Annual Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach February 11 - 15, 2010 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 01:13:22 -0500 Not to be confused with the Miami Boat Show, The Yacht and Brokerage Boat Show in Miami Beach February 11 - 15, 2010, is a multi-million dollar presentation of yachts including the world's most extraordinary and uniquely designed yachts and superyachts from the world's foremost custom boat builders.&nbsp; The in-water-only display presentation covers more than 1.2 million square feet of space over a mile-long strip of Indian Creek Waterway, featuring new and pre-owned vessels valued at more than a billion dollars. Palm Beach Wine Auction on February 16, 2010 to Benefit Award-Winning Education Programs at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Wed, 18 Nov 2009 13:55:55 -0500 The Palm Beach Wine Auction is an unbelievable opportunity to wine and dine in a sumptuous environment, purchase unbelievable wine values, and walk away with the satisfaction of knowing you're doing something to improve the lives of young people throughout the Palm Beaches. Seven Stars Resort: Relaxed Luxury and Sophisticated Style in the Turks & Caicos Islands Wed, 18 Nov 2009 01:38:53 -0500 Anchoring the sweeping arc of Grace Bay Beach in the Turks &amp; Caicos Islands, Seven Stars Resort is a stylish and luxurious retreat on 22 tropically landscaped acres. Already considered one of the Caribbean&rsquo;s finest new hotels, the resort blends genuine island hospitality with spacious, sumptuous accommodations and world-class amenities. At this sunny island oasis, guests gather around a show-stopping central pool, sip tropical cocktails and enjoy a range of complimentary watersports, including sailing and snorkeling in Providenciales&rsquo; crystal-clear waters. Daniel Island: Charleston, South Carolina’s Island Town Mon, 16 Nov 2009 18:03:07 -0500 Located within the charming and historic city of Charleston, South Carolina &ndash; known around the world as a top travel and relocation destination &ndash; Daniel Island is a 4,000-acre island town that offers an unparalleled lifestyle. Set amidst 23 miles of rivers and creeks and the breathtaking natural landscape of the South Carolina Lowcountry, the island&rsquo;s award-winning design for development borrows from the tradition and charm of Charleston, but adds its own decidedly modern and energetic appeal. Hawker 900XP Sets the Mid-Size Standard Sun, 08 Nov 2009 17:53:59 -0500 The Hawker 900XP mid-size business jet from Hawker Beechcraft Corporation isn&rsquo;t just an award-winning airplane recognized for its comfort and cabin amenities or an airplane that can perform the same mission as bigger jets at a fraction of the cost. It&rsquo;s also not just a long-range workhorse that can carry a full load of passengers and fuel more than 2,800 nautical miles, either. It&rsquo;s all of those things and more, which accounts for its position as the best-selling mid-size business jet in the world. Pamella Roland Spring 2010 Collection Sun, 08 Nov 2009 17:40:09 -0500 Georgia O&rsquo;Keeffe, renowned American artist, served as the muse for designer Pamella Roland&rsquo;s spring 2010 collection. Inspired by O&rsquo;Keeffe&rsquo;s clear bright floral combinations, clean white landscapes and New York at night, Roland has created a collection infused with special fabrics and embroideries that evoke the artist&rsquo;s iconic paintings. Allure of Paneri Sun, 08 Nov 2009 16:06:29 -0500 Founded in Florence in 1860 as a watchmaker&rsquo;s shop, workshop and school, Officine Panerai was for many years the official supplier of precision instruments for the Italian Navy, mostly for the underwater special corps. The projects developed by the company at the time - including the Luminor and Radiomir watch - were covered by military secret until 1997, when the brand was purchased by the Richemont Group and launched on the international market. The House of Graff Sun, 08 Nov 2009 13:33:39 -0500 The House of Graff is synonymous with the most fabulous jewels in the world. Graff diamond jewellery is exceptional; the quality, the style and workmanship are the best in the world. Laurence Graff &ldquo;The King of Diamonds&rdquo; has a passion for diamonds that began from an early age. His inherent feeling for diamonds goes beyond the stones themselves. Carl F. Bucherer: Timeless and Authentic Sat, 24 Oct 2009 19:00:44 -0400 Passion for beauty, love of detail, and uncompromising realization of technical challenges are the qualities on which Carl F. Bucherer was founded and still characterize the family business today. Carl F. Bucherer is an independent watch brand with 90 years of experience. Carl F. Bucherer stands for uncompromising quality as well as highly beautiful and stylish products. It combines the best of sophisticated watch complications, watchmaking craftsmanship with fine jewelry-making skills. Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 370 Centenaire: A Fitting Conclusion to a Feat of Mechanics Sat, 24 Oct 2009 16:56:11 -0400 Since its prototype was unveiled in September 2004, the Bugatti Type 370 watch - an absolute world first - has completely transformed the way the mechanical watch is perceived. Unique in the history of watchmaking, it was the first to use a transversely positioned movement. Its overwhelming success has since made it a mechanical icon, its singular achievement is the continuance of the automotive theme which has been the inspiration right to the heart of its movement. The Cayman Islands: A World-Class Caribbean Destination Sat, 24 Oct 2009 15:03:18 -0400 Nestled in the Caribbean just 480 miles south of Miami, the Cayman Islands is a spectacular trio of islands including Grand Cayman and its sister islands - Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Boasting pristine beaches, world-renowned diving spots, distinctive sporting and culinary events, and a multitude of various attractions, the Cayman Islands is an unparalleled warm-weather destination. Whether it is a family vacation, girl&rsquo;s getaway, diving adventure or romantic escape, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Cayman. Power Brokers: The New 510-Horsepower Supercharged Range Rover and Range Rover Sport Sat, 24 Oct 2009 14:23:54 -0400 In any other $110,000 luxury car, having muddy water splish-splashing across the top of your highly-waxed hood would necessitate a frantic phone call to a towing company, quickly following by a text to your insurance broker. But not so in a Range Rover. Right now, this British bulldog is powering through the fast-flowing stream, pushing ahead a bow-wave worthy of the Queen Elizabeth II. Jaeger-LeCoultre Celebrates the 80th Anniversary of the Iconic Calibre 101 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 12:29:26 -0400 While the history of Fine Watchmaking is studded with inventions and technical accomplishments, one of them in particular opened up whole new vistas for the entire field: the Calibre 101. Created in 1929 in the workshops of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre, this prodigious feat of micromechanical engineering has been a watchmaking icon for 80 years. The New Serpenti Collection by Bulgari Fri, 16 Oct 2009 23:49:11 -0400 Bulgari presents a new and distinctive collection that draws inspiration from the power and dynamism of the serpent: the sinuous and flexible form of the creature lends itself to a variety of jewels and magnificent timepieces, destined to become a new icon of Bulgari design. Conceived as single, double or triple coils and crafted with consummate mastery, the new creations are characterized by a design that artfully combines classic Bulgari style with innovative contemporary lines.<br /> Bulgari Jewelry and Watches for Auction on December 8th at Christie’s to Benefit Save the Children Fri, 16 Oct 2009 16:27:14 -0400 In celebration of their 125 year anniversary, Bulgari will auction an extraordinary collection of 11 one-of-a-kind jewelry creations and 7 limited edition timepieces.&nbsp; The jewels&rsquo; overall value is estimated at around $4 million, and all proceed will be donated to Save the Children&rsquo;s Rewrite the Future campaign, dedicated to providing quality education for 8 million children living in conflict-affected areas.<br /> Christophe Harbour: Undiscovered and Destined to be Unsurpassed. Wed, 14 Oct 2009 11:54:20 -0400 A vibrant new Caribbean port of call is emerging on St. Kitts. By yacht, by jet...those who can will be here. Christophe Harbour features dramatic peaks rising above turquoise seas and quiet beaches &mdash; a serene contrast to the lively energy of the planned mega-yacht harbour and marina village. Set on 2,500 acres of natural bays, bluffs, and beaches on the quiet island of St. Kitts, West Indies, Christophe Harbour will offer a dynamic community, elegant residences, and exceptional amenities. Surrounding the mega-yacht harbour will be chic restaurants, boutiques, and nightspots. Guests and residents will enjoy five-star hotels, a hillside Tom Fazio golf course, and a private club.<br /> MV Agusta Unveils Brand New Brutale 990R and 1090RR Models for 2010 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 16:06:55 -0400 With 15,400 Brutale models sold globally through a decade boasting countless international design awards and accolades, MV Agusta proudly introduces the new Brutale 990R and 1090RR for 2010. Conceived at MV Agusta&rsquo;s CRC design center, the highly-anticipated launch of the brand new Brutale models signifies a new renaissance for the distinguished Italian brand, known for its success crafting high-performance, beautifully designed motorcycles. Van Cleef & Arpels Unveils New "Birds of Paradise" Collection Sat, 10 Oct 2009 19:09:39 -0400 Van Cleef &amp; Arpels is pleased to announce the new &ldquo;Birds of Paradise&rdquo; collection.&nbsp; A symbol of fleeting beauty, the bird of paradise evokes the poetic rhythms and ever-changing elements in Nature that have long been an inspiration for Van Cleef &amp; Arpels.&nbsp; Precious stones in elaborate formations and colors capture the bird&rsquo;s plumage, while delicate swirls and arabesques illustrate its graceful movements. Women’s Pershing 002 Chronograph by Parmigiani Fleurier Sat, 10 Oct 2009 17:52:40 -0400 Seductive and innovative, featuring numerous original details, the Pershing &quot;zero-zero-two&quot; in white gold with mother of pearl dial is a sublime poetic expression of the oceanic world. Its delicately nuanced blue dial, enhanced by the chronograph hand decorated with a tiny stylised octopus at one end, reflects the deep, crystal-clear water of the ocean. Ultimate Escapes: The Hottest Trend in Luxury Vacations Wed, 07 Oct 2009 18:49:45 -0400 Ultimate Escapes, a leading destination club, offers members flexible access to a growing collection of hundreds of multi-million dollar private residences and luxury hotels in more than 150 global club and affiliate destinations. Destination Clubs offer members the same benefits of owning vacation properties, without the burden of upkeep or the monotony of going to the same place year after year, and feature the best characteristics of five-star amenities and service. Harbour’s Edge: Where the Art of Living Well and Exceptional Care Meet Wed, 07 Oct 2009 15:05:15 -0400 When your thoughts turn to retirement living choices, we invite you to discover Harbour&rsquo;s Edge, the most sought after life care community in South Florida.&nbsp; Ideally located between Palm Beach and Boca Raton at Delray Beach, Florida, Harbour&rsquo;s Edge offers gracious living in beautiful surroundings.&nbsp; Situated on twenty acres of lush tropical gardens along the shoreline of the sparkling Intracoastal, the setting is secure and secluded from bustling city life.&nbsp; Carved Stone Creations: Creating an Estate that will Endure Countless Generations Wed, 07 Oct 2009 13:02:18 -0400 Dreaming of leaving a legacy that will keep your spirit alive for generations to come? Creating an estate home that captures the essence of your life does just that, and can be effectively achieved through the use of natural stone. Carved Stone Creations will help you on your journey, as the company specializes in carving personalized designs from natural stone. Selected for its commanding presence yet subtle elegance, natural stone is the ideal choice to interpret your individual project with style.&nbsp; Panel Presentations Require Respect Tue, 06 Oct 2009 23:31:11 -0400 Using presentations as part of your business development is a cost effective and high impact strategy to increase your visibility and enhance your credibility within your target market.&nbsp; One of the most productive applications of this strategy is presenting on an expert panel organized by a trade or professional organization.&nbsp; After all, such an appearance means you&rsquo;ve literally been christened an &ldquo;expert.&rdquo; While the opportunity is rich in potential, speaking as part of a panel presents its own set of challenges. Change the Outcome of Your Job Search: Five Steps for Executive Level Warriors Tue, 06 Oct 2009 22:37:37 -0400 The thank you note came in the weekend mail. The handwritten cursive conveyed the message that this was not a bill. Once opened, the thank you note began, &ldquo;as a result of our meeting, I have gotten my hair cut, a make-over, researched acrylic nails, played dress up in some clothing stores, and made your suggested changes to my resume&rdquo;. A woman, like millions of others, looking for a job, wrote this note. Gucci Hosts "Gucci For FFAWN Day" to Benefit Mary J. Blige's Foundation For The Advancement of Women Now Tue, 06 Oct 2009 15:46:02 -0400 To benefit the Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now, Inc. (FFAWN), Gucci and Mary J. Blige celebrated September 16th as Gucci for FFAWN Day in New York.&nbsp; Gucci donated 10% percent of the day&rsquo;s sales from its New York 5th Avenue Flagship store to FFAWN.&nbsp; Gucci toasted the evening with a private in-store cocktail party co-hosted by Mary J. Blige with guests including Alicia Keys, Estelle, Devon Aoki, Leigh Lezark, Serena Williams, Mark Ronson, Donald Trump, Russell Simmons and Lebron James.&nbsp; The Power to Perform: Jaguar’s 2010 Supercharged Generation Tue, 29 Sep 2009 16:14:28 -0400 Jaguar is renowned for building beautiful, fast cars. Think back to the gorgeous XK120 from the early &rsquo;50s. Or the sleek and sexy E-Type that was the sensation of the Swinging Sixties. Now there&rsquo;s a bold, new generation of beautiful, fast Jaguars being introduced for 2010 &ndash; cars that are true to the heritage of Jaguar&rsquo;s legendary performance and beautiful design, but place a new emphasis on &lsquo;Fast&rsquo;. Van Kirk & Sons Selected One of the Top 50 Pool Builders in the Nation, Again Tue, 29 Sep 2009 14:32:30 -0400 Pool &amp; Spa News is owned by Hanley Wood LLC, the leading business-to-business media company serving the pool and spa, housing and construction industries.&nbsp; This prestigious industry magazine is known for its thorough research of the movers and shakers in the pool and spa industry.&nbsp; This high status publication recognizes Residential and Commercial pool builder, Van Kirk &amp; Sons of Deerfield Beach, Florida to be one of the best in the nation. As Canyon Ranch Celebrates 30th Anniversary, Company Continues to Redefine Wellness Thu, 24 Sep 2009 13:18:26 -0400 Joining the original destination health resorts in Tucson, Ariz. and Lenox, Mass., Canyon Ranch opened Canyon Ranch Living in Miami Beach and the adjacent Canyon Ranch Hotel &amp; Spa, the nation&rsquo;s first luxury residential community and wellness hotel, in 2008. Classic American Dishes with International Influences at Allen and Delancey Thu, 24 Sep 2009 12:01:30 -0400 In the summer of 2005, Mary Feldman discovered a slice of the Lower East Side at 115 Allen Street.&nbsp; To save the uninhabited space from becoming a Quiznos, she approached friend and restaurateur, Richard H. Freidberg, with an idea.&nbsp; Two years later, in October 2007, Mary and Richard opened Allen &amp; Delancey, and transformed this space into an unexpected dining destination. True Commercial Appliances for the Luxury Home Kitchen by TurboChef Tue, 22 Sep 2009 10:54:55 -0400 TurboChef&reg; high-performance gourmet ovens are designed specifically for today&rsquo;s home chef. Unique in both design and technology, our signature style serves as a centerpiece in today&rsquo;s high-end kitchen. From family favorites to gourmet dinners, our speedcook ovens enable you to cook fresh, delicious food up to fifteen times faster than conventional methods, with the flavor and quality endorsed by some of the world&rsquo;s most well-respected chefs. MaxMara Introduces EMMA, The Bag for a New Season Sun, 20 Sep 2009 18:25:07 -0400 Classic, distinctive styling and unrivaled craftsmanship have been trademarks of MaxMara for over half a century. The Emma bag for Fall/Winter 2009 maintains this legacy while exuding an understated elegance and luxury to the chic woman with an eye for detail. Treasure Coast’s Crown Jewel, The Medalist Country Club Estates & Spa Fri, 18 Sep 2009 17:07:41 -0400 Premier homebuilder, Zuckerman Homes of the Treasure Coast, is presenting buyers at The Medalist with a very limited edition of legendary living, featuring luxury golf course estate homes on homesites with preserve, lake and golf views. Two model homes at The Medalist are open to tour. Zuckerman Homes is offering six dramatic floor plans. Homes range in size from 3,172 to 6,100 air-conditioned square feet. Buyers can select from oversized&nbsp; &frac14; acre to&nbsp; &frac12; acre homesites with preserve, lake and golf views. Sail Across Narragansett Bay into the Never-Ending Legacy of The Carnegie Abbey Club Fri, 18 Sep 2009 16:00:42 -0400 The Gilded Age defines legendary Newport, R.I., where the grandeur of opulent mansions beckons with rich history. Their stately halls echo with the footsteps of a storied past, where luxury and comfort awaited after a stroll along the lovely ocean side. So it&rsquo;s only too appropriate that The Carnegie Abbey Club is located just minutes from this famed coastal community, with its rich tradition of social distinction and seafaring adventure. Built with the same lasting values as the neighboring estates, The Carnegie Abbey Club beckons as an exclusive retreat on Narragansett Bay. The Art of Timber Framing Fri, 18 Sep 2009 13:15:47 -0400 When someone mentions &ldquo;timber framing&rdquo; the usual response is, &ldquo;Oh, you mean log homes&rdquo;.&nbsp; But the two building styles are very different. The basic building technique called &ldquo;timber frame construction&rdquo; dates back to between 500 and 200 BC and is made up of a basic joining method called mortise and tenon. This joinery method was refined over the centuries in medieval Japan and Europe. The heavy square beams and strong joinery allowed for much larger and wider open spaces within a structure and the buildings stood for hundreds and hundreds of years. Innovative Design Solutions by Francois & Co. Fri, 18 Sep 2009 11:50:54 -0400 Every room in a house is a sculptural opportunity that begins with form and ends with embellishing details. Fran&ccedil;ois &amp; Co. applies a great tradition of passion and artistry honed over centuries to bring design projects to life. Inspired by a legacy of travels and century-old breathtaking stonework, Fran&ccedil;ois &amp; Co. goes to great lengths to create stretches of versatile and distinctive stone architectural details. Omphoy Ocean Resort Fuses Palm Beach Elegance with South Beach Sophistication Wed, 16 Sep 2009 15:36:57 -0400 Located on the shores of Palm Beach, The Omphoy Ocean Resort is the only beachfront boutique hotel in Palm Beach, and the only one in Florida north of South Beach. With a clean, fresh and simplistic design combining obtuse angles and non-perfect shapes, The Omphoy offers a fresh approach to the current Palm Beach hotel scene without the pretension usually synonymous with the area. With accents from Robert Kuo and Minotti, upholster from Zimmer-Rhode and Matteo bedding, The Omphoy experience exudes luxury. A Golden Anniversary Tour of the World’s Largest Boat Show October 29 – November 2, 2009 Wed, 02 Sep 2009 13:53:50 -0400 There has never been a better time to enjoy boating.&nbsp; And there has never been a better place to fulfill your marine dreams.&nbsp; Celebrate the 50th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show&reg;, October 29-November 2, 2009, where you will find the world&rsquo;s finest selection of marine products offered for all budgets. Over $3 billion worth of boats, yachts, superyachts, electronics and accessories will cover more than three million square feet of exhibit space on land and in water throughout six different sites. The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals: Making Individual Dreams Come True Tue, 01 Sep 2009 18:25:16 -0400 Arranging luxury yacht charter vacations is just one of The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals&rsquo; four specialties, all of which are built around satisfying the interests and needs of yachting enthusiasts. TSGYP also operates a high-profile yacht brokerage business, a charter marketing service that promotes its fleet of privately owned charter yachts to charter brokers worldwide and a new construction business specializing in helping prospective yacht buyers manage all the details of a new build from design and engineering to contract negotiations and construction. Vertu’s Newest Addition: The Ascent Ti Carbon Fibre Tue, 01 Sep 2009 13:58:25 -0400 Vertu is the pioneer and leading manufacturer of handcrafted mobile phones for the luxury market. First developed in 1995 by Frank Nuovo, Nokia&rsquo;s visionary Principal Designer, began to develop his idea for a specialist company producing the world&rsquo;s most exceptional handsets. Vertu was established in 1998 with a team of specialists developing a program of research and development. They took the finest materials from the world of watch making, automotive, aeronautics, and jewelry, using them in ways that had never been done before. Accelerate Your Workouts: Power Plate® Introduces Advanced Vibration Technology™ Tue, 01 Sep 2009 13:54:17 -0400 Used by elite athletes and celebrities, Power Plate&reg; exercise equipment provides one of the most efficient total body workouts in just 30 minutes, utilizing scientifically-proven Advanced Vibration Technology&trade; that naturally triggers muscles to contract and relax 30-50 times per second while you exercise.&nbsp; This works up to 98 percent of muscle fibers compared to only 40 percent when performing traditional exercise with conventional strength training equipment, so you see results in much less time;&nbsp; just three 30-minute sessions per week. The Power of Becoming Honest Sat, 29 Aug 2009 18:54:47 -0400 Most of us think of ourselves as honest if we don&rsquo;t steal, cheat or wrong others. And yet, the ability to be honest with ourselves often gets pushed aside because (a) we&rsquo;re too busy taking care of others to pay attention to our own feelings, and (b) we&rsquo;ve been trained to believe that it&rsquo;s selfish to do so. The results, however, can be devastating. TARA Dancing Diamond Collection Fri, 28 Aug 2009 11:57:11 -0400 With every breath and every movement you make the TARA Dancing Diamond collection springs into a dance of sparkle and shine. With expertly chosen pearls and diamonds accented with dangling, mobile diamonds, the TARA dancing diamond collection adds excitement to an already stunning piece. Citrus Seared Red Snapper with Summer Bean & Roasted Tomato Salad and Sweet Corn Puree Thu, 27 Aug 2009 10:06:41 -0400 This tantalizing dish features a beautiful, fresh Red Snapper complimented by bright tomatoes, baby green beans and succulent sweet corn.&nbsp; The spectacular aroma of the dish is highlighted by the fresh citrus zest added in the finishing touches. Ronn Motor Company Introduces the World’s First Hydrogen Injected Supercar Wed, 26 Aug 2009 18:33:03 -0400 Ronn Motor Company has designed a revolutionary American supercar which blends the world of exotic performance automobiles with eco-friendly fuel solutions in their first car, the Scorpion. With outstanding performance and beautiful craftsmanship the Scorpion could change the face of the supercar industry in the future. The Scorpion is the first supercar of its kind and most definitely raises the bar high for any competition in the future. Pride Family Brands Adds to Its Offerings of Award Winning, Outdoor Furnishings Wed, 26 Aug 2009 17:23:11 -0400 Much like decorating interiors, creating your own personal outdoor room involves selecting product designs and styling to create a true reflection of you.&nbsp; With the collections from Pride Family Brands, the premier casual furniture manufacturer, hundreds of relaxation options are available to easily incorporate personal preferences. The sense of formal outdoor living for which Pride has been an innovator can be customized to incorporate personal taste and style.&nbsp; With every collection, including the newest introductions, your deck, patio or outdoor room can perfectly suit and enhance your relaxation. Human Touch Showcases Form, Function And Style With AcuTouch™ HT-7450 Zero-Gravity Massage Chair Wed, 26 Aug 2009 14:54:39 -0400 Human Touch&reg;, the leading brand of high-technology, design-oriented massage chairs for today&rsquo;s modern and traditional living spaces, is focused on an innovative collaboration between wellness, style and technology for consumers seeking to incorporate health and wellness into their everyday routines. For more than 30 years, Human Touch has been pushing the boundaries of innovation and design with the most advanced Human Touch Technology&reg;, appealing to back pain sufferers, sports enthusiasts, and those looking to respite from today&rsquo;s hectic lifestyles. RAIS TOPAS Invites Applause With or Without Fire Wed, 26 Aug 2009 13:05:38 -0400 With its clean-cut cubist appearance, the RAIS TOPAS wood-burning stove stands out as a piece of modern furniture. However, it&rsquo;s the highly-efficient intelligent wood-burning technology that delivers incredible combustion efficiency that attracts the praise. It is a unique find for the connoisseur &ndash; a total experience with or without fire. The St. Regis New York: An Oasis of Refinement Tue, 25 Aug 2009 15:41:53 -0400 The St. Regis New York, a Beaux Arts beauty built in 1904 by John Jacob Astor, is a grand and beloved New York landmark and is revered as one of the finest addresses in the world.&nbsp; The hotel's dramatic public spaces, richly designed guest rooms and impeccable service create a luxurious, residential environment, while personal butlers attend to every wish and desire. Big Five Tours & Expeditions Introduces Very Best of Land, Sea, and Air Adventure Travel With New Speed Collection Thu, 20 Aug 2009 15:43:13 -0400 Big Five Tours &amp; Expeditions, the leading purveyor of luxurious travel of all kinds across every corner of the globe, will be introducing a new series of journeys called the Speed Collection debuting in November for 2010. Moving forward with an initial introduction in South Africa, the Big Five Speed Collection allows travelers a rare chance to experience adrenaline-pumping adventure like never before with an odyssey in speed of all kinds. Flexjet's Innovative Round Trip Pricing Program Tue, 18 Aug 2009 14:28:02 -0400 Flexjet recently rolled out the innovative Round Trip Pricing program for owners making quick turnaround trips. The program reduces the cost of one- or two-day round trips for owners committed to at least 100 flight hours per year. The program, first of its kind in the fractional jet ownership market, comes in response to feedback from owners looking for more cost-effective, short-haul travel. Piaget Polo FortyFive Tue, 18 Aug 2009 14:13:17 -0400 2009 is all about the Piaget Polo FortyFive.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s Piaget&rsquo;s biggest introduction in decades and the pinnacle in their celebration of the 30th anniversary of the original Piaget Polo timepiece.&nbsp; The Piaget Polo FortyFive is particularly special because it&rsquo;s the first time Piaget has ever done a titanium watch and it&rsquo;s an exceptional price point for the brand.&nbsp; lebua at State Tower & The Dome at lebua Tue, 18 Aug 2009 13:59:11 -0400 lebua at State Tower, an all-suite hotel with breathtaking views of Bangkok from every unit, is managed by lebua Hotels &amp; Resorts Co., Ltd.&nbsp; Everything about lebua spells exclusive, and luxury is a theme that runs throughout every suite and facility in the hotel.&nbsp; Sitting atop lebua is the award-winning The Dome, the umbrella brand for all restaurants in lebua at State Tower. Krieger Limited Edition Skeleton Skeleton Tue, 18 Aug 2009 13:21:28 -0400 After a great success with the Gigantium skeleton dial, Krieger Watch continues the journey with a limited edition Skeleton Skeleton. Manufacturing only 4 timepieces per month, Krieger Watch puts the dial name to reality with a hand carved, unique movement representing human bones.The architecture of this distinctive timepiece reflects a skull as well as&nbsp; 3 dimensional human bones in the shape of K, like Krieger. Breguet Classique Grande Complication Minute Repeater Sat, 15 Aug 2009 17:52:33 -0400 This masterpiece is fully set with diamonds, which not only is aesthetically spectacular, but due to the diamond&rsquo;s hardness, the minute repeater emits a pure ring/chime. The hand wound movement, visible through the sapphire case back, is entirely decorated with musically inspired engravings. The New Limited Edition Felipe Massa RM 004-V2 and Felipe Massa RM 008-V2 Sat, 15 Aug 2009 14:56:05 -0400 Richard Mille and Felipe Massa continue their close collaboration with the presentation of two new limited edition models bearing the name of the brand&rsquo;s Formula 1 &ldquo;private test driver&rdquo;. The Felipe Massa RM 004-V2 in an edition of 40 pieces and the Felipe Massa RM 008-V2 limited to 10 pieces. Both watches sport the colours of the Brazilian flag on the inner bezel as well as a red collared crown. Scorpion Motorsports Introduces the World’s Fastest 3 Wheeler Fri, 14 Aug 2009 10:29:16 -0400 When Scorpion&rsquo;s street-legal P13 goes on sale, it will offer buyers the thrill ride of a lifetime.&nbsp; With an MSRP below $30,000 USD, the P13 runs 0 to 60mph in 3 seconds and corners at 1.5 lateral G&rsquo;s.&nbsp; These performance specs exceed exotic automobiles such as the Ferrari Enzo and Porsche Carrera GT, but the P13 is only a fraction of the price.&nbsp; Dungeness Crab and Melon Salad Tue, 11 Aug 2009 16:31:55 -0400 Delicious Crab and Melon Salad<br /> JL Audio Marine Audio Mon, 10 Aug 2009 21:58:52 -0400 Building serious marine products requires a real commitment to environmental testing and materials specification.&nbsp; This testing is critical to building products that will not only sound great in your boat, but will also sound great for many, many years.&nbsp; JL Audio&rsquo;s new MX-Series products are designed and built to greatly exceed industry standards for Salt-Fog and UV exposure and are covered by a 2-Year Limited Warranty. Van Cleef & Arpels New “Poetic Complication” Timepieces Mon, 10 Aug 2009 21:52:48 -0400 For Van Cleef &amp; Arpels, gardens are a place of peace sensory pleasures where colors and scents, whispering water and singing birds mingle with architecture and the play of light. All of our creations tell a story and are linked with pure beauty and emotions, evoking an array of wonderful moments. This year, Van Cleef &amp; Arpels has introduced four new &ldquo;Poetic Complication&rdquo; timepieces, each symbolizing the unique beauty of four archetypal and magnificent world gardens: the French, the Romantic English, Italian Renaissance and Far East Asian. 360 Bag by Valentino Mon, 10 Aug 2009 21:34:21 -0400 360 is the optimum formula for a woman who lives a 360 degrees life. A female figure characterized by strong personality, contemporary vision and committed to an international agenda. Protagonist and always in the spotlight: elegance, lifestyle and glamorous jet set are all key elements which define the Valentino&nbsp; woman for the next season. Liberty Coach Introduces Triple Slide-out Luxury Motor Coach Mon, 10 Aug 2009 21:06:40 -0400 Liberty Coach, the world&rsquo;s premiere luxury motor coach manufacturer, recently completed their first Prevost H3-45 Triple Slide-out. The Elegant Lady Sorrento Edition interior features 5 flat screen tv&rsquo;s, sumptuous leather furniture, a king size bed, and cherry cabinetry throughout. Since the company was founded over 40 years ago, the Konigseder family has always been driven by excellence. Crestron Adagio® Digital Media System with WorldSearch™ Unlocks the Door to a Multimedia Content Universe Fri, 07 Aug 2009 16:55:28 -0400 Imagine sitting in your media room or dedicated home theater and having instant access to all movies, videos, music and Internet content available in the world, all with the tap on a sleek 6&rdquo; touchscreen interface. Crestron, the global leader in home control and HD digital home entertainment, introduces the new ADMS (Adagio Digital Media System) &ndash; delivering the world of entertainment and information to you. The Art of Nature Wed, 05 Aug 2009 20:50:33 -0400 NatureMaker&reg; specializes in the design, engineering, custom fabrication and installation of one-of-a-kind highly naturalistic Steel Art Trees&trade;. Steel, representing the intricate sub-structure of each arboreal sculpture; Art, for its level of detail, hand workmanship, and originality of design; Trees, NatureMaker&rsquo;s passion for over three decades. Each tree is &ldquo;87 percent botanically accurate.&rdquo; The remaining percentage represents equal portions of artistic license, skill and the love of Nature that defines the Studio&rsquo;s creations. British Columbia’s Sonora Resort Offering Five Star Experiences in a Five Star Setting Wed, 05 Aug 2009 20:07:08 -0400 Five star luxury and wilderness adventures meet at Sonora Resort Canada, on British Columbia&rsquo;s coast. Sonora has become heaven for outdoor adventurists and wilderness enthusiasts who don&rsquo;t want to sacrifice the comforts of luxury living. This Relais &amp; Chateaux resort offers world class Eco-adventure tours, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, Grizzly Bear Tours, Cultural tours of the Phillips River Estuary, Glacier Helicopter Tours, Ocean Fishing, Fly-fishing, a Spa and Wellness Centre, and Cooking Classes. Liquid Assets: New Rain Showers by MGS Wed, 05 Aug 2009 15:30:53 -0400 MGS has brought new meaning to the term liquid assets. Their stunning new Rain Showers, composed of 100% solid stainless steel, pair luxury with cutting edge technology. Bringing modern style to a typically-traditional fixture, these exposed shower systems are available with a round or square rain canopy and feature an exposed thermostatic mixer. The mixer incorporates a volume control that is operated independently of the temperature control. Rain Shower systems are available as showerhead only, or can be upgraded to include a stylized handshower. Highlighting the Beauty of Crystal and Water: Mossi and Masque de Femme Wed, 05 Aug 2009 15:13:58 -0400 Not just any bathroom collection will do for the most opulent architectural sites in the world? Therefore, the fixtures and coordinating bath accessories that adorn royal palaces, luxury yachts and the finest hotels and resorts need to be elegant and distinguished, and with a subtle touch of glitz. THG has found the perfect balance between the three, and has just introduced a new collection of sparkling bath wares that highlight the beauty of crystal and water. These luxurious product suites bring a uniqueness and palatial elegance to the bathroom. IL BAGNO ALESSI dOt collection by Laufen in Matte Black Ceramic Wed, 05 Aug 2009 15:05:02 -0400 Laufen proves that black is back with their new IL BAGNO ALESSI dOt collection in matte black ceramic. Designed by Dutch architect Wiel Arets, IL BAGNO ALESSI dOt features an architectural design with elementary shapes such as the circle, square and angle. The collection adheres to the original bathroom design by Stefano Giovannoni. Leading Swiss bathroom brand Laufen brought the products to life with their one-of-a-kind craftsmanship and expertise as a creator of luxury ceramics.<br /> JACLO Products that Shower you with Options Wed, 05 Aug 2009 14:47:35 -0400 The ideal shower experience is customized to your exact specifications. From water temperature to spray patterns &ndash; be it full rain, massage, or bubble rinse &ndash; when it comes to the shower the more choices the better. JACLO has introduced a new line of Thermostatic Valves &ndash; which allow for setting your own desired water temperature. And they have also debuted a unique new showerhead &ndash; Aqua Duetto &ndash; perfect for those who like a little flexibility. Studio Italia Design: Glitz and Glam Illuminated Wed, 05 Aug 2009 14:37:11 -0400 Glitz and glam illuminated. The UFO chandelier with a curvaceous and sculptural shape is a mix-and-match tour de force. Providing the ideal amount of diffused lighting, the UFO is available in gold, silver or white acrylic with the choice of colors in red, white, green and dark blue. As a completely customizable fixture, one can create their own distinct pendant combining all or any of the available colors as they see fit. ThermaSol Introduces the Standalone Light and Music Package for any Shower Wed, 05 Aug 2009 14:21:42 -0400 After receiving widespread acclaim for their revolutionary Serenity Light and Music System for their steam shower systems, ThermaSol has introduced two new standalone Light and Music Packages for any shower. The upscale Light and Music Packages &ndash; featuring chromatherapy and sound -&nbsp; bring the luxurious feel of a day at the spa to the everyday showering experience. A Deluxe Lighting System and Premium Lighting System are now available. Sonia Inspires a Design Adventure in the Bathroom Wed, 05 Aug 2009 14:09:26 -0400 The Play Collection by Sonia inspires a design adventure in the bathroom. Allowing for the creation of an idyllic bath for an idyllic life, the Play Collection was intended for dressing up the bath. Sonia&rsquo;s new definition of Play is &ldquo;to perform, extract the essence of something and represent your own fantasy as you see fit.&rdquo; The Play Collection transforms dreams into reality by offering complete design independence in the bathroom. The bathroom has become a dollhouse so to speak inspiring color, creation, sophistication and totally personalized surroundings for relaxing the chic way. ALNO Introduces the STARLINE Collections Wed, 05 Aug 2009 13:53:36 -0400 As one of the largest and most renowned kitchen manufacturers in Europe, ALNO has revolutionized kitchen design with its 2009 collections. Welcome to seamless cabinets that open effortlessly &ndash; even without the use of handles. The new ALNO STARLINE features a continuous case channel in the same color as the door and drawer fronts. Without handles, the illusion of a cleaner, more minimalist kitchen environment is immediately attained. Delicious Apple Pie Mon, 03 Aug 2009 22:47:23 -0400 The Apple Pie, with its two rounds of pastry enclosing slices of cinnamon sugared apples, is a North American favorite. While some like their slice of apple pie served plain, others like it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a dollop of softly whipped cream, or with melted cheddar cheese. Fall is the best time of year to enjoy apples. Pick some up at an orchard near you, and try this delicious, easy to make recipe for your family and friends. Understanding Haircolor Terminology Mon, 03 Aug 2009 22:39:01 -0400 When speaking to your stylist, you'll notice a few keywords come up often but what do they mean? Here is a list of common hair coloring terms you should know if you color your hair. By learning what hair color terms mean, you'll have a greater understanding what your stylist is telling you, how hair color works and how to describe what hair color you want. Turn Ideas into Goals into Reality Sun, 02 Aug 2009 15:45:36 -0400 Individuals are often under the illusion that if one possesses a great desire and intent to change, one will make these wanted changes.&nbsp; As said, this is often just an illusion. Wanting and intending to change are necessary mental states to reach a personal goal but additional thought and active behavioral steps are needed before real change can happen. Here are some suggestions that can help you make the changes in your life that you truly feel you want, are willing to apply some personal effort, and dedicate some real time to reach your goals. How To Lose Less Business Sun, 02 Aug 2009 15:38:34 -0400 Presentations offer a variety of benefits as a prospecting tool.&nbsp; They&rsquo;re low-cost, they position you as an advisor rather than as a salesperson and they can be highly-leveraged. But when delivered without a carefully thought out strategy, presentations can actually damage your credibility with prospects.&nbsp; Here are five common mistakes to avoid that will help you lose less business. From Italy With Love: Lessons Learned in Customer Delight Sun, 02 Aug 2009 15:13:40 -0400 Recently we went to Italy on a &ldquo;trip of a lifetime&rdquo;. Italy remains beautiful, rich in history, delicious from the gelato to the pasta, and a shopping mecca. This was an organized trip for three couples where all we had to do was show up at the airport. Our little group met with the travel agent and we all received an itinerary in advance. We didn&rsquo;t necessarily read it, but we did receive it! We all have many opportunities to be a star to our clients. Come with me to Italy and see opportunities, mostly missed, to create customer delight. The Cost of Financial Advice: Are All Fees Created Equal? Sun, 02 Aug 2009 15:00:27 -0400 The amount of money you should pay for any kind of service is one of the big mysteries in life. The financial services industry is one of the biggest fee-for-service industries available to the public, and one of the most diverse in how fees are charged. The million dollar question should be &ldquo;am I paying too much for the results I am getting&rdquo; or &ldquo;am I paying too little and not getting the results I could be getting&rdquo;. In order to determine if you are paying too much, too little, or just enough, you have to know what kind of investment advisor you are working with. Nothing Good Happens in a Vacuum of Leadership Sat, 01 Aug 2009 00:18:04 -0400 Noam Chomsky, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguist and US foreign policy critic, ranks as the most quoted living thinker. Marx and Lenin rank as the most often quoted individuals in history. Lincoln may be the most quoted president in history, followed closely by FDR, and JFK. However, one of my favorite sayings is my own. Or at least I believe it is my own: nothing good happens in a vacuum of leadership. Much has been written about leadership: what makes an effective leader? The questions I am addressing in this article are: when and why does a leader need to be present? Magic times, great food and Fire Magic Premium Grills Fri, 31 Jul 2009 14:04:18 -0400 It&rsquo;s that special time of day&mdash;that glorious hour at dawn or dusk when the gold light of the sun is just beginning to rise or fall in the sky&mdash;the magic hour when the light is perfect and the world around you simply aglow. But it&rsquo;s more than that.&nbsp; Most of all, it&rsquo;s that moment&mdash;any moment in the day&mdash;when you stop to notice just how right everything is. Gucci's Icon Bit Bag Wed, 29 Jul 2009 17:46:34 -0400 Gucci is pleased to announce the launch of its new Icon Bit bag.&nbsp; Having debuted on the Gucci Fall Winter 2009 runway, this new handbag design embodies the same brazen spirit and powerful glamour of Creative Director Frida Giannini&rsquo;s latest ready to wear collection. The silhouette of the bag is characterized by a compacted, controlled volume. Its size, reduced to fit perfectly under the arm, features a soft, expandable body.<br /> Wellendorff Chocolate Collection Fri, 24 Jul 2009 14:39:58 -0400 Caramel, Mocha, Champagne and Sugarkiss &ndash; Wellendorff has composed a collection of the sweetest enticements. The special pleasures inspire with colors, lend wings to the imagination and give a note of warmth to the classics of the jewelry manufacturer. The new shades of color are fascinating on the popular, rotating Wellendorff rings and flatter the Wellendorff-rope with charm and aesthetic beauty. De Beers Champagne Cocktail Fizz Collection Fri, 24 Jul 2009 14:01:48 -0400 For every 10,000 colorless diamonds, there is only 1 natural-colored diamond. Chosen from the rarest of diamonds, the De Beers Champagne Cocktail Fizz Collection features the extraordinary beauty of the natural-colored diamond in hand-crafted rings, pendants and earrings. In colors perfect for the season, the collection combines pink, orange, yellow, green and brown natural-colored diamonds to create a beautiful nature-inspired palette.&nbsp; Resort Style Living at The Oaks at Boca Raton—the Last Great Estate Home Community In Boca Fri, 24 Jul 2009 13:02:17 -0400 The Oaks at Boca Raton, the last great estate home community in Boca, is a rare combination of 'Old Florida', with its elegant architecture and gracious lifestyle, blended with the very best of today's cutting-edge amenities. The 282-acre community features lush landscaping and 469 magnificently appointed residences, priced from under $1 million to $5 million. Stone Creek Offers Opulent Choices for Build-to-Suit Estates & Private Compounds Fri, 24 Jul 2009 12:50:10 -0400 At Stone Creek, an environment of perfect beauty and serenity awaits you. Nestled amid 187 acres of rolling green vistas, spectacular treescapes and expansive sparkling lakes, Stone Creek in Delray Beach, developed by Kenco Communities, is south Florida's grandest estate home community, providing the ultimate in privacy and privileged lifestyle. Life on The Cay at Turks & Caicos Sporting Club Wed, 15 Jul 2009 20:42:18 -0400 Turks &amp; Caicos Sporting Club at Ambergris Cay is an exclusive private island in the Turks &amp; Caicos Islands. Home to a luxury real-estate development community, Ambergris Cay offers individualistic luxury with no branded hotel or fractional ownership component. Attracting a global array of members, Ambergris Cay caters to families, couples and singles alike looking to live Life on The Cay, a phrase that sums up the exclusive, relaxed beach atmosphere filled with unspoiled nature, complete security, world-class outdoor pursuits, acclaimed service and a conservation mindset, lived by members, guests and Sporting Club staff. Coco Loco Tequila Cupcakes Mon, 13 Jul 2009 23:49:40 -0400 These soft, moist, and very <em>coconutty</em> cupcakes should come with a warning! Not only can you not stop after eating just one, but these adult-only cupcakes provide enough kick to make you feel like you are on vacation south of the border. <br /> <br /> Tailored Traditionalism Defined Fri, 10 Jul 2009 13:06:02 -0400 Bradley Thiergartner Interiors was founded in 1993 by Benjamin Bradley and David Thiergartner.&nbsp; Working with an affluent clientele early on, they quickly established themselves as one of the top interior design firms in New York City.&nbsp; Designing timeless, classic interiors throughout the country for such notable clients as George Soros and Chris Rock, Benjamin and David have established a design philosophy and style which they refer to as &ldquo;Tailored Traditionalism&rdquo;.<br /> Well crafted and thoughtfully considered, Marguerite Rodgers Ltd. Fri, 10 Jul 2009 10:15:11 -0400 Every interior design commission represents a chance to create something that never existed before &mdash; an opportunity to step inside a client&rsquo;s dreams and fashion a new world. Since 1980 Marguerite Rodgers Ltd. has been doing just that &mdash; listening, imagining, and forging unforgettable spaces that speak for, and of, the client.&nbsp; Classic symmetry is at work in the firm&rsquo;s designs, as are clean lines, an accommodating scale, and a multifaceted vocabulary of materials, textures, and finishes.&nbsp; Built on long-term relationships and an overall desire to get things just right, Marguerite Rodgers Ltd., in its third decade, holds an enduring reputation as a firm that fully respects its clients and successfully exceeds expectations. The Brookwood – Eco-friendly living in Atlanta Thu, 09 Jul 2009 18:19:33 -0400 At the intersection of Peachtree and healthy living, you&rsquo;ll find The Brookwood.&nbsp; Situated in the midst of residential Brookwood just south of Piedmont Hospital and bustling Buckhead, The Brookwood rises 18 stories above street level yet feels perfectly integrated into one of Atlanta&rsquo;s most walkable neighborhoods. Discover the Distinctive Nature of Bald Head Island, NC Wed, 01 Jul 2009 13:54:42 -0400 The distinctive nature of Bald Head Island begins with its fortunate position on the globe. Bald Head Island is the southernmost of North Carolina&rsquo;s cape islands, marked by the legendary Cape Fear, and the northernmost semitropical environment on the east coast. Located just two nautical miles off the coast, Bald Head Island is not connected to the mainland by a bridge. Instead, access to the island is by passenger ferry or private boat. Quivira brings the Ritz to Los Cabos, Mexico Mon, 22 Jun 2009 10:10:09 -0400 Set on the tip of the Baja Peninsula, with three miles of sandy white beach stretched before it, Quivira Los Cabos is setting the stage for an inimitable luxury residential resort community where nothing is ordinary but everything is extraordinary. Quivira is to be home to some of the most prestigious names in the resort residential world, including the future Ritz-Carlton Los Cabos, Quivira. Live Like an Astor in Historic Apthorp Residences, Newly Upgraded with 21st Century Amenities Mon, 22 Jun 2009 09:30:22 -0400 The legendary Crown Jewel of the Upper West Side, The Apthorp, is being reincarnated as condominium residences. Marketed by Prudential Douglas Elliman, and newly managed by Broadwall Management of Apthorp, LLC, a division of The Feil Organization, the iconic building was erected in 1908 by William Waldorf Astor and brought to life by his architects Clinton &amp; Russell. Stretching from West End Avenue to Broadway and 78th to 79th Streets, The Apthorp is a timeless part of Manhattan&rsquo;s landscape. Grilled Swordfish with Mango Salsa Sat, 20 Jun 2009 14:58:00 -0400 Whether grilled, broiled, baked, poached or kabobed, swordfish is a favorite of first-time seafood initiates as well as enlightened connoisseurs. Swordfish's meaty texture and mild flavor are two reasons for its popularity. In addition to good taste, swordfish offers a low-fat, low-calorie choice for health-conscious consumers. Invite your loved ones over during the summer to enjoy this delicious and figure friendly recipe. Cloister Ocean Residences at Sea Island Mon, 15 Jun 2009 12:16:07 -0400 The Cloister Ocean Residences are situated on the private Sea Island oceanfront &ndash; a shoreline that runs well beyond five miles, offering solitude like few places on earth on land that has been maintained and protected for more than 80 years. Sea Island has long been known for its uncomplicated privacy and easy-going, elegant lifestyle that transcends typical resort experiences and real estate offerings. Breitling introduces new Chronomat B01 Chronograph Mon, 15 Jun 2009 11:43:05 -0400 Breitling has added an important date in their long 125 years of watchmaking.&nbsp; The Chonomat B01 is the ultimate chronograph launched by Breitling on May 28th motored by the powerful B01 movement.&nbsp;&nbsp; This selfwinding chronograph movement entirely developed and crafted in the brand&rsquo;s workshops is the company&rsquo;s first 100% in-house mechanical chronograph movement. Blackened Tuna with Mandarin Oranges and Edamame Slaw Wed, 10 Jun 2009 18:48:31 -0400 Looking on a twist on the traditional? Angel hair coleslaw with edamame, green onions and mandarin oranges in a zippy vinaigrette creates an amazing salad. This easy toss together recipe may be made in minutes. Shelled edamame (soy beans) may be found in the frozen vegetables section of the grocery which adds crunch and nutrition. Chocolate Sin Cookie Tue, 09 Jun 2009 21:43:36 -0400 Satisfy your temptation for chocolate with a cookie that's both heavenly and nutritious. This Chocolate Sin Cookie is made with heart-healthy olive oil and is sure to bring guiltless pleasure after just one bite! Cheddar Cheese Straw Crusted Apple Pie Sat, 06 Jun 2009 18:21:10 -0400 The Cheese Straw Crust on this Apple Pie Recipe makes it unlike any Apple Pie you've ever tasted before.&nbsp; The combination of sweet and savory makes this unforgettable. Mussels Coastal Style Sat, 06 Jun 2009 18:06:52 -0400 This dish is a great starter to any warm weather meal. The fresh taste of the mussels paired with the buttery bearnaise sauce will complement any grilled steak or fish dish. Deconstructed Ahi Roll Sat, 06 Jun 2009 17:42:40 -0400 The Deconstructed Ahi Roll blends the flavors and textures of sushi with crab ceviche and white truffles. This striated tower of seasoned sushi rice, avocado, crab ceviche and ahi tartare is garnished with crisp Japanese cucumber and truffle vinaigrette. Saturday’s Signature Salad with Balsamic Grilled Chicken Sat, 06 Jun 2009 17:15:02 -0400 This salad draws crowds from afar to our cafe. We have fine-tuned this recipe over the years to create an exciting balance of distinct tastes which keeps diners coming back for more. A refreshing summer salad, it makes a healthy lunch by itself, but it also pairs well with virtually any entree for a heavier meal. Hand made Lobster and Avocado Roll served with a Thai Chili Pepper Syrup and Mango Relish Sat, 06 Jun 2009 16:53:50 -0400 This easy to assemble appetizer can be made with crab, shrimp or lobster. It is light, yet full of flavor and beautiful to look at. Cucumber Salad with Fresh Herbs, Orange Segments and Citrus Dressing Sat, 06 Jun 2009 16:37:48 -0400 <br /> Salmon Vera Cruz Sat, 06 Jun 2009 16:19:24 -0400 This traditional Mexican dish is heart healthy and full of Omega-3 oils. It&rsquo;s a light and refreshing dish that&rsquo;s perfect for a quiet summer evening on your patio.<br /> Caribbean Chicken Quesadilla Sat, 06 Jun 2009 15:41:44 -0400 Caribbean quesadillas paired with passion-fruit salsa make any meal feel like a trip to the beach. With a unique texture and sophisticated flavor, they are a sweet, citrusy treat. Enjoy this delicious twist on traditional quesadillas. The TEC® G-Sport- Winner of the 2009 Vesta Award for Best new Gas Barbeque Tue, 02 Jun 2009 18:00:54 -0400 The new G-Sport, introduced by TEC&reg; Infrared Grills, won Hearth and Home Magazine&rsquo;s 2009 VESTA Award for Best New Gas Barbeque at the Home, Patio, and Barbeque Association Show in Reno. TEC&rsquo;s most versatile and affordable full-size grill (retail $1499), the G-Sport employs a patent-pending, 100% infrared grilling system that has the lowest turndown of any infrared grill available today.&nbsp; On low fire it smokes (200&deg;F), on high fire it sears (800&deg;F), and large pieces of meat cook to perfection without a rotisserie. <br /> See How Exclusive Resorts Makes Traveling Together Better Tue, 02 Jun 2009 14:39:42 -0400 These days, time spent with loved ones is more previous than ever.&nbsp; But for families who join Exclusive Resorts, quality time together is no longer a luxury.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a way of life. That&rsquo;s because, simply put, Exclusive Resorts makes traveling together better.&nbsp; Better than booking multiple hotel rooms, buying into an inflexible timeshare or owning a second home you rarely visit.&nbsp; Exclusive Resorts combines the spaciousness and elegance of private homes with the services and amenities of luxury resorts.&nbsp; And that&rsquo;s only the beginning. A Golfer's Dream- PGA National Resort & Spa Delivers Comprehensive South Florida Escape Tue, 02 Jun 2009 13:42:35 -0400 The thundering galleries of grand tournaments past, some of the most memorable moments in golf - PGA National Resort &amp; Spa&rsquo;s story only begins with great history. Since acquiring the property in 2006, new owners have launched a stunning rebirth of the legendary resort with a $65 million transformation. Guests will immediately notice extensive renovations to the resort&rsquo;s public spaces, a new contemporary lobby and restaurant, sparkling new zero-entry resort pool, and a complete renovation of The Palmer course by the Palmer Design Group as well as an update of the famed Champion course.<br /> Spark Modern Fires- Making Gas Fire The Ultimate Designer's Tool Tue, 02 Jun 2009 13:17:57 -0400 Spark Modern Fires, the award winning designer and manufacturer of modern, clean, and elegant gas fireplaces offers designers several options to create &ldquo;custom linear firescapes&rdquo; with a nationally certified and approved burner system.&nbsp; These include vent free units, direct vent units in different sizes and configurations, and most recently the Linear Burner system &ndash; a modular system that comes in different lengths - in both inside and outside versions.<br /> A Premier North Dallas Address, Enchanted Hill, Offers Estate Homesites, Luxury Homes & Gated Privacy Tue, 02 Jun 2009 12:47:28 -0400 Formal gardens reminiscent of a European palace, majestic hilltop views of lakes and the golf course, and homes fit for royalty are what set Enchanted Hill apart. This gated custom home community is comprised of 100 estate-sized home sites, which average in price around $300,000 with homes from $1.4 million. Located within the DFW metroplex&rsquo;s stunning award-winning golf course community of Castle Hills, Enchanted Hill is an oasis of privacy, lush gardens and regal surroundings.<br /> North Star Yacht Club- Legendary Waterfront Living Tue, 26 May 2009 11:29:13 -0400 Imagine waterfront luxury condominiums perfectly positioned only minutes away from pristine beaches, championship golf, world-class shopping and a vibrant downtown. And only a short drive away from the best of Naples, Sanibel Island and Captiva. All of this awaits at North Star Yacht Club, located along the intracoastal Caloosahatchee waterfront in North Fort Myers, Florida.<br /> Midcoast Aviation completes 25th Challenger 605 cabin interior Fri, 22 May 2009 16:03:17 -0400 Midcoast Aviation recently celebrated the 25th completion of a Challenger 605 cabin interior. Midcoast Aviation began performing completions in the mid-1980s. With increased demand for these services, the company launched a dedicated completions business in 1999, when it delivered its first cabin interior of a Challenger 604. Offering Luxury Real Estate at Exceptional Values Fri, 22 May 2009 10:35:51 -0400 As market conditions change, so must the process of buying and selling real estate. Traditional sales methods leave property owners with mounting carrying costs, increased competition, as well as, out-of-date marketing techniques. Buyers are data-hungry and demanding more information up front, utilizing the convenience of the Internet. Vista Developers offers VIP Mountain Adventure Weekends in North Carolina Wed, 20 May 2009 15:44:36 -0400 Are you thinking about the purchase of a home site or home in the mountains of Western North Carolina?&nbsp; If so, please take advantage of this opportunity to experience the mountain lifestyle. Emile Henry Presents FlameTop in Azure- A Rich Mediterranean Blue Wed, 20 May 2009 14:23:40 -0400 Emile Henry presents a Flame-Top roaster, stewpots and a brazier in Azure, a rich Mediterranean blue that beautifully compliments the Emile Henry Flame-Top Figue color. Flame-Top cookware is available in black, red, green, figue and now azure. Exclusive Florida Sporting Community Introduces "The Cabins at Pine Creek" Tue, 19 May 2009 12:50:20 -0400 Palm Beach developer Stephen E. Myers recently unveiled plans for &ldquo;The Cabins at Pine Creek,&rdquo; which include the construction of twenty-three cabins to supplement the 40-acre ranch sites being offered at the exclusive championship clays and wing shooting community, Pine Creek Sporting Club, in Okeechobee, FL. The Beach Club at Boca Raton Resort & Club Re-Opens on Half-Mile of Private Beach Sun, 19 Apr 2009 21:45:02 -0400 Recently the 212-room Beach Club at Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club officially re-opened with all amenities fully operational following an extensive transformation inspired by its stunning oceanfront location on one-half mile of private beach across the Intracoastal Waterway from the main resort.<br /> Riverwalk Court offers Cosmopolitan Convenience and Luxury Lifestyle Fri, 17 Apr 2009 16:44:27 -0400 Roosevelt Island is quickly gaining recognition as one of New York&rsquo;s most desirable residential communities with the completion of Related and Hudson&rsquo;s stunning Riverwalk Court. Riverwalk Court is the fifth and most luxurious addition to Riverwalk, a new waterfront neighborhood that surrounds the F subway station.<br /> Stuffed Grape Leaves Mon, 13 Apr 2009 21:00:45 -0400 <br /> Curried Apple Soup Mon, 13 Apr 2009 20:26:30 -0400 This delicious dish is perfect as a first course or served as dinner's main event on a chilly evening. The honey adds a touch of sweetness, the goat cheese imparts a smooth, tangy flavor, while the curry gives it a subtly exotic flavor. Exciting New Bar Experience at Bourbon Steak Fri, 03 Apr 2009 17:51:29 -0400 Every Wednesday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., the famed Michael Mina restaurant invites a local blues band to entertain the crowd for Bourbon &amp; Blues. In fact, South Florida&rsquo;s celebrated performers Albert Castiglia, who was once the lead guitarist/vocalist for legend Junior Wells, and Graham Drout have been dominating the &ldquo;stage&rdquo; since the start. Get Heard Above the Noise Fri, 03 Apr 2009 16:32:53 -0400 Whenever we engage in face to face communication, we&rsquo;re communicating through three separate, but inextricably bound channels&mdash;the visual, the verbal and the vocal. The visual channel includes both the body language of the presenter and any visual aids such as charts, graphs, props and electronic slide shows. The verbal channel represents the language the presenter uses to code the message. The vocal channel consists of voice qualities such as tone, pitch, rate, volume and articulation. Lattice-Topped Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Fri, 03 Apr 2009 16:21:41 -0400 Strawberry-rhubarb pie is a popular late-spring pie, generally combining the last rhubarb of the season with the first of the strawberries. This is a pretty pie, with the perfect combination of strawberries, rhubarb, cinnamon, and a delicate, flaky crust.&nbsp; Make this masterpiece for your family and friends and the end result will be nothing short of bliss. As Real As Your DNA, Your Energetic Genes Fri, 03 Apr 2009 16:15:45 -0400 So you have cute ears, thick hair and are short? The women in your family can sing? Do you think you have a good chance of having twins or gaining weight around your middle? Perhaps you come from a long line of scholars and overachievers. We profile ourselves according to our genes and then build expectations by what is possible, given our history. How to Increase Your Chances for Success Fri, 03 Apr 2009 16:01:54 -0400 &ldquo;These days, you can&rsquo;t tell the attorneys from the couriers.&rdquo; According to an employee, this was the remark made by a partner in a top law firm in my region as several attorneys from another law firm left the elevator he was riding one morning to his office. The Meal Can Seal The Deal Fri, 03 Apr 2009 14:06:06 -0400 More business deals are lost in social settings than have ever been lost in the boardroom, and most likely, the business social setting is at the dining table. That is why it is extremely importance to be able to confidence and comfortable at the dining table as well as at the boardroom table. Growing Your Courage Fri, 03 Apr 2009 13:49:27 -0400 A &ldquo;life partner&rdquo; suddenly decides to move on. A family member is diagnosed with cancer. Someone close dies, and we don&rsquo;t know how we&rsquo;ll manage life without her. Our youngest child is suddenly ready to leave home, and the joy of seeing her happy about beginning her own life is accompanied by a sense of great loss. In times like these, we may have to &ldquo;grow&rdquo; our courage by reaching out to others. Can Color Improve Your Performance? Fri, 03 Apr 2009 13:40:35 -0400 Did you know that color has a quick and powerful impact on the choices you make every day? According to six different studies in the Journal of Science the color red can make you more detail-oriented while the color blue inspires you to be more creative. Color impacts every living organism directly affecting tissues and biological functions. Amarone’s Time to Shine Fri, 03 Apr 2009 13:32:49 -0400 Amarone, despite the drama inherent in its style and often instant popularity with nearly everyone who tastes it, is too often overlooked when the subject of great wines of the world comes up. Or, if not overlooked, then at least not spoken of in the same reverential tones that are used for the other prestigious wines of Italy&mdash;Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello, and the like. Beauty Sonoma Style Fri, 03 Apr 2009 13:06:24 -0400 Nothing conjures the epicurean lifestyle more than Northern California's Wine Country. This month I have some beautiful places to share with you that will appeal not only to spa-lovers, but to anyone who loves travel, luxurious villas, wine and yes, even business! Unsung Superfoods Fri, 03 Apr 2009 12:58:20 -0400 We all know that broccoli is good for you and that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. We know that blueberries are chockfull of antioxidants and that eating wild salmon supplies you with enough energy to swim upstream&mdash;but what about sardines, capers, and coffee? Rimrock Resort Hotel Fri, 03 Apr 2009 12:47:13 -0400 A destination so accommodating it encapsulates the needs of the most diverse traveler is closer to home than one might think. Alberta, Canada boasts some of the most breathtaking sites in North America. Silversea Set To Expand Butler Service To All Accommodations Aboard Its Fleet Thu, 26 Mar 2009 16:07:24 -0400 Luxury travel innovator Silversea Cruises is raising the bar in personalized service with plans to feature butlers for all guest accommodations aboard its award-winning fleet. The enhanced service will be phased in gradually over the coming months. Exclusive Country Club Living In The Heart of Jupiter Thu, 26 Mar 2009 12:37:51 -0400 Spectacular golf courses come to mind when one envisions the Florida lifestyle, and Toll Brothers, one of the nation&rsquo;s leading builder of luxury homes, offers this and more with country club living at its&rsquo; finest in Palm Beach County. Sweet Soy-Glazed Swordfish with Mango Cilantro Rice Wed, 11 Mar 2009 21:33:42 -0400 The beautifully presented dish will wow your family and friends, yet it's easy to prepare and a nutritious and healthy option. Try to find fillets at least &frac14; to &frac12; inch thick and take care to cook the swordfish all the way through. Mocha Mousse Tue, 10 Mar 2009 18:52:34 -0400 Here's an easy and delicious dessert to enjoy at a summer bash or at-home cocktail party. The healthy chocolate coffee mousse can be fabulously presented in a favorite wine or champagne glass. Why Presentations Make Excellent Marketing Tools Mon, 09 Mar 2009 10:53:23 -0400 If you&rsquo;re not using presentations to promote your expertise, you&rsquo;re missing out on one of the most powerful marketing tools available to professionals. Here are five reasons presentations should be at the top of your list for marketing activities. Triple Creek Ranch Mon, 09 Mar 2009 10:43:30 -0400 One of the world&rsquo;s great getaways is tucked away in the Bitterroot Valley in western Montana.&nbsp; If you like quiet privacy, five-star food and high country beauty with a gracious, understated ambiance where your every wish is the staff&rsquo;s command, Triple Creek Ranch is for you. Woodlands Inn Mon, 09 Mar 2009 10:35:51 -0400 One visit to Woodlands Inn provides a clear understanding of why its location has been considered a restorative retreat since the 1800s. Located in the charming town of Summerville, SC, just a short drive from historic Charleston, Woodlands is among the most decorated properties in the world. Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club's Grand Opening of Fox Hounds Mon, 09 Mar 2009 10:12:08 -0400 Golden Ocala Golf &amp; Equestrian Club is proud to announce plans for the March 26th Grand Opening of its newest neighborhood. Fox Hounds is situated on a ridge overlooking the 6th and 7th holes of the Ron Garl-designed championship golf course. Garden Color Mon, 09 Mar 2009 08:51:02 -0400 <p>Having the flower garden of your dreams is easier than you may think. By using a few basic design concepts, your outdoor plantings can be just as dramatic as your indoor decor.</p> How Selfishness Eats Growth Mon, 09 Mar 2009 08:22:37 -0400 At high altitudes, selfishness kills climbers. Teams degrade into dysfunctional rabbles, resources are horded or squandered, and it becomes &ldquo;every man for himself.&rdquo; Today, during financially stressful times, such behaviors look strangely familiar to managers. How to "Green" Your Business Mon, 09 Mar 2009 08:08:25 -0400 Converting to &quot;green&quot; is a lot like learning to ride a bicycle. When our son Ian first started riding a bike, he was a bit reluctant. Half Moon Resort Mon, 09 Mar 2009 07:51:36 -0400 Half Moon is a luxury resort situated on crescent-shaped white sand beaches that stretches across 400 acres, with 398 rooms including suites, cottages and villas. A truly complete resort, Half Moon also features a recently renovated Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed 18-hole golf course, the Half Moon Golf Academy, recently opened 68,000 square foot ... Port - An Unexpected Wine for All Seasons Wed, 04 Mar 2009 21:38:55 -0500 With winter coming to an end, it&rsquo;s tempting to think that Port season will follow suit. After all, who wants to drink rich fortified wines as the temperatures begin their inevitable climb?<br /> New Law Changes 2009 RMD Withdrawals From IRA's How This Affects Your Taxes Wed, 04 Mar 2009 20:58:30 -0500 The Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008 was passed by the Senate on December 12th, and signed into law by President Bush on December 23rd. This new law provides a temporary waiver of the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) payment of your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and other qualified retirement plans for the year 2009. <br /> <br /> The Well-Mannered Wedding Guest Wed, 04 Mar 2009 20:48:54 -0500 The beautiful bride has been planning this day for as long as she can remember. In a few short moments, her fantasy wedding will leap from the heights of her imagination into reality: her custom-made gown, her knight in shining armor, and the romantic honeymoon awaits her. <br /> <br /> Precious Missy – The Wonder Dog Wed, 04 Mar 2009 20:41:01 -0500 I call Missy my wonder dog. The call came out of nowhere. At 9 am on October 10, my Missy, a rescue blonde cocker spaniel, lost the use of her back legs. Overnight she went from Michael Jordan athleticism to a paraplegic. Metamorphosis Made Easy Wed, 04 Mar 2009 17:54:36 -0500 Spring supercharges us with new energy and hope. It is time to activate that sunny disposition with thoughts of reinvention. Whatever you have been wishing for, this is the season to power it up. Sustainable Entertaining Wed, 04 Mar 2009 17:47:31 -0500 The ozone thins. Natural resources wane. Wall Street seizes. In order to consciously combat depleting reserves and a topsy-turvy economy Creative Director Steve Welsh and Floral Designer Kim Vasil created a &ldquo;sustainable table&rdquo; for a recent annual fund-raising event. Wedding Rehearsals: The Basics Wed, 04 Mar 2009 17:26:14 -0500 Need a rundown on rehearsal dinners? Here's the real deal. Postwedding Brunch Wed, 04 Mar 2009 16:47:37 -0500 Breakfast in bed is nice, but a brunch with the wedding bunch can be blissful. Here are planning tips for your second meal as man and wife. Honeymoon Planning: Passports 101 Wed, 04 Mar 2009 15:21:21 -0500 Jet-set accessory trends may careen from pashmina to python purses, but there's one must-have you'll always need: a passport. All About Jordan Almonds Wed, 04 Mar 2009 15:14:52 -0500 Candy? Think again. These sweet treats are packed with big day cultural symbolism and meaning. Color Your Wedding Wed, 04 Mar 2009 14:55:42 -0500 With an entire color wheel to choose from, how do you find the perfect combo for your wedding? Follow these 15 hints. Inventive Wedding Ideas Wed, 04 Mar 2009 14:10:25 -0500 Looking for ways to update your wedding? Your search ends with a few of these fabulous ideas. Ideas & Inspirations Wed, 04 Mar 2009 13:55:41 -0500 Looking for a unique bridal bouquet? Get some sweet inspiration and learn new ways to put a twist on the traditional. Hot Wedding Cake Trends Wed, 04 Mar 2009 12:35:46 -0500 The top 5 wedding cake trends where high fashion meets fondant. Color Me Beautiful Wed, 04 Mar 2009 11:14:04 -0500 <p>This is the season of bright colors, and I have rounded up the best of the brights to dazzle and tempt your senses. Enjoy!&nbsp; <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> Bang & Olufsen Introduces BeoSound 5 Wed, 18 Feb 2009 14:47:49 -0500 Bang &amp; Olufsen, the world's leading provider of exclusive, high-quality audio and video products, announces the North American arrival of its first fully digital audio system, BeoSound 5. It’s In The Bag, Baby Tue, 17 Feb 2009 21:55:03 -0500 Elezar launches Spring 2009 Collection of Morgan Leather and Vivi Eco-Chic Bags Mr. Steam Spa Package Tue, 17 Feb 2009 20:24:13 -0500 Mr.Steam combines the healing elements of light, scent and sound together in the shower with its new Spa Package. This fully packaged home spa experience provides the potential for enhanced relaxation including the mental, physical and emotional benefits associated with Steamtherapy&trade;. &ldquo;Enjoying the benefits of a spa-like experience no longer means taking the time out of one&rsquo;s busy schedule to visit a day spa or resort, &ldquo; says Charles Monteverdi, president of Mr.Steam. &ldquo;Homeowners are now able take pleasure in a 10-minute spa vacation in the privacy of their own homes, and do it every day.&rdquo; California Closets’ New Lago Collection Tue, 17 Feb 2009 19:45:28 -0500 California Closets, the authority in designing, optimizing and customizing the best use of home spaces, recently introduced its new Lago collection &ndash; an assortment of premium Italian finishes inspired by the picturesque landscapes and architecture of Italy&rsquo;s Lake Como. The new Lago collection of finishes is defined by imported Italian materials with rich color hues and unique wood grains, as well as exceptional craftsmanship. This combination results in a European-inspired line of finishes that proudly continues California Closets&rsquo; tradition of quality and product breadth. <br /> SA Baxter Breaks the Mold Tue, 17 Feb 2009 19:06:35 -0500 In just two years the high-end architectural design company SA Baxter has become the leading company of its kind in the world and is being sought out by the world&rsquo;s top designers and architects. Green Is In! Sun, 08 Feb 2009 21:05:51 -0500 Green is in! Nearly all of my clients, to some degree or other, are incorporating the latest eco-friendly products into their projects and transforming their living environments from &ldquo;drab to fab&rdquo; in the process. In addition to the aesthetic value that many of these products possess, they also help instill harmony between their homes and Mother Nature. For the most part, building with green materials bears no greater expense than with traditional products and it&rsquo;s also good for resale. The Quest for Eco Interiors Sun, 08 Feb 2009 20:58:42 -0500 We often talk about green in terms of sustainable and regional building materials, improved indoor air quality and increased energy efficiency. Less frequently do we chat about the soft objects that fill our &ldquo;sustainable spaces,&rdquo; especially those that touch our bodies literally and figuratively. Advanced Solar Window Film Technology Sun, 08 Feb 2009 20:30:51 -0500 <p>With the economy faltering and real estate values declining, many homeowners have decided to stay put and upgrade their homes to make them more cost efficient and comfortable.</p> Green Alternative in Home Energy Sun, 08 Feb 2009 17:16:45 -0500 Following the Three R's while heating a home may seem like a challenge, but a new technology from ECR International has made the process simple. A Beauty Regime that Starts on the Inside Sun, 08 Feb 2009 16:50:21 -0500 <p>Did you know what you're eating can make you beautiful? Here&rsquo;s the scoop on starting your beauty routine with breakfast, lunch and dinner.</p> Gardening for a Hobby Sun, 08 Feb 2009 16:26:55 -0500 <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial;">With the fast-paced lives that most people live nowadays, it comes as no surprise that people are looking for ways to relax and unwind. </span></p> Reasons Why You Should Recycle Sun, 08 Feb 2009 16:14:09 -0500 Recycling has numerous environmental benefits. Recycling saves energy, conserves natural resources, limits pollution, and supports several sectors of the economy. Gardening for a Hobby Sun, 08 Feb 2009 16:03:32 -0500 <p>With the fast-paced lives that most people live nowadays, it comes as no surprise that people are looking for ways to relax and unwind. Hobbies and entertainment are all gearing towards relaxation of both mind and body.</p> When Design Impacts Performance, Performance Returns the Favor Sat, 07 Feb 2009 23:55:04 -0500 <p>You could call it the Feng Shui of the NBA. A 50,000 square foot building where glass, wood, technology, and a holistic approach to professional basketball all live under one roof.</p> A History Making Year in Finances: Lessons Learned From 2008 Sat, 07 Feb 2009 23:47:21 -0500 <p>The message is that you have to make your financial advisors, legal advisors, health care providers and tax preparers, as well as all other professionals in your life, accountable.</p> How to Really Stay On Track This Year Sat, 07 Feb 2009 23:23:22 -0500 <p>By now some of the new goals we nobly aspired to reach may have melted away. &ldquo;I wish I had your will power,&rdquo; people often tell me when they see me at the gym or read my writing.</p> Do You Talk Yourself Out of Business? Sat, 07 Feb 2009 23:19:21 -0500 <p>As Gen X girls came of age, sturdy clunky shoes became the rage. Colette Dowling&rsquo;s 1981 book &ldquo;The Cinderella Complex&rdquo; may have inspired them to convey to the world that they had both feet planted firmly on the ground, and were not about to depend upon a man to take care of them. Sadly, they entered the workforce and encountered the Glass Ceiling.</p> Streaking for the Soul Sat, 07 Feb 2009 22:28:17 -0500 <p>The word streaking has a way of titillating us. The fun, the fear and the freedom associated with this act is what lands streaking on the to-do list of countless people every year.&nbsp;There is an aliveness that this act fosters that connects us to our physical body and our senses. There is a spiritual counterpart to this aliveness, it is called a high vibration and it lives in every one of our cells.&nbsp;When we are happy, content with our choices and fully engaged in life we elevate our vibration. As a result we contribute our positive energy to the world and are better able to handle what comes up in life.</p> Focus Like Tiger Woods: Strategies to Help You Win on and off the Course Sat, 07 Feb 2009 22:19:54 -0500 <p>Tiger Woods is one of the greatest golfers on the PGA Tour today and possibly in the history of the game. Whether he's competing on the golf course or running one of his many businesses, Tiger has learned to use the power of extreme focus and mind power in everything he does.</p> Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan Pie Sat, 07 Feb 2009 18:16:50 -0500 Here we've taken pecan pie above and beyond its usual corn-syrupy incarnation. A layer of bittersweet chocolate adds richness to the dessert while simultaneously balancing its sweetness. Strawberry-Lemon Tartlets Sat, 07 Feb 2009 18:11:23 -0500 Local grown strawberries are in season now! Not only are they are juicy and great-tasting, but also part of a healthy diet, providing an excellent source of vitamin C. Get Mentally Tough: Seven Secrets to Resilience During Difficult Times Sat, 07 Feb 2009 16:25:36 -0500 <p>Change is not always easy; in fact, for many of us change is downright difficult. Humans are creatures of habit. We like our world to be predictable, and we want to know what to expect in our lives, moment to moment. In today's world, however, change is part of life.</p> Sleep with Art at the 21c Museum Hotel: Dedicated to world class luxuries, Southern-style hospitality, and contemporary art Sat, 07 Feb 2009 13:17:49 -0500 <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><em>Thoroughbred racing, fried chicken, and some of the finest bourbon you&rsquo;ll ever sip...</em></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> While this winning combination is often associated with the Bluegrass state, Kentucky&rsquo;s largest city, Louisville, is quietly earning another impressive reputation: art mecca. Yes, <i>really</i>. </span></p> Hotel Carl Gustaf: St. Barths Jewel Sparkles Sat, 07 Feb 2009 12:56:19 -0500 <p>This upscale outpost draws countless A-listers, who adore its dazzling beaches, exclusive yachting and social scene,&nbsp;world-class&nbsp;shopping, and superb cuisine. In this ever changing world, St Barths could guarantee a mix of stunning natural beauty with plenty of pampering, all amid a stylish, laid back atmosphere.</p> Tame Them to Be Wild Sat, 07 Feb 2009 12:36:16 -0500 <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Every summer, The Humane Society of the United States' Northern Rockies regional office is asked by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks or the Beartooth Nature Center to accept &quot;human-imprinted&quot; or &quot;orphaned&quot; raccoon cubs with little chance for survival in the wild.&nbsp;</span></p> Be the Change Sat, 07 Feb 2009 12:04:17 -0500 <p><span style="font-size: 10pt">Almost everyone has ideas about how to change the world. We all want it to be a better place, even if we differ about how to bring about change. Sometimes we rail against the government, or against large corporations, seeing only greed and corruption in high places. We might get extremely angry about all the injustice in the world, and think, <i>If I were in charge, things would be very different</i>. But would they?</span></p> Beyond the Basics: Keep Your Sales Up in a Down Market Sat, 07 Feb 2009 11:57:48 -0500 <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Salespeople are being hammered in today's economic environment. Entire market segments have evaporated. Customers and companies are holding back orders or literally have no money to buy. Opportunities and new prospects are fewer and further between. In 2008, many salespeople earned only half the commission they earned in 2007. Half! When you take a 50 percent pay cut, you know what a recession feels like.</span></p> In Challenging Times, Service Matters Most! Sat, 07 Feb 2009 11:54:01 -0500 <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">As the wind of economic cycles blows hard, some businesses try to contain costs by cutting corners on customer service. This is exactly the wrong thing to do, because service matters now more than ever.</span></p> Manage Your Time Without Losing Your Mind Sat, 07 Feb 2009 11:47:07 -0500 We all know about &quot;Time Management&quot;: that dreaded art/science where we are supposed to become productivity machines, getting as many high priority tasks accomplished as humanly possible. How's that been working for you? The Hunt for Opportunities Sat, 07 Feb 2009 11:43:54 -0500 <p>Ours is an unpredictable world. Many times, regardless of how effectively we plan, some things just fail. The dinner party that should have been great based on the planning, but the meal was a disaster. The meeting's presentation that was well prepared, but then the equipment failed. Or, a disciplined and diligent savings plan that lost nearly half of its value in today's recession. These challenging situations define our days. Some curse and yell; others see them for the opportunities they present.</p> Chocolate Mousse Fri, 06 Feb 2009 22:52:12 -0500 Chocolate has a very rich history, from the discovery from the ancient Maya to the luxury drink of the Europeans, the flavor has been around for thousands of years. Poblano Corn Chowder with Shrimp Fri, 06 Feb 2009 22:39:06 -0500 This satisfying chowder makes 12 first-course or 6 main-course servings. Polish-up! A perfect time to shine. Tue, 03 Feb 2009 11:14:44 -0500 There&rsquo;s not a great deal we can do about the national economy, but there is a lot we can do about our own personal economy. Polish-up on the basics! The Great Underdog of Piedmont Tue, 03 Feb 2009 10:47:17 -0500 Barbera, the vastly underappreciated grape of Italy&rsquo;s Piedmont region, is finally catching on outside of wine circles. It&rsquo;s about time: Barbera&rsquo;s range of styles, its easy pairability with food, and, yes, its ability to age gracefully, make it one of the truly great grapes of a country with no shortage of them. Beautiful Valentine Tue, 03 Feb 2009 10:22:50 -0500 <p>This year's sobering financial outlook has caused most of us to look within; for strength, for courage and hopefully for love to give to ourselves and to others. I thought I would change the focus slightly for this Valentine's column and really make it about what you can do for yourself to find more comfort.</p> Celebrating the Month of Love with Chocolate Mon, 02 Feb 2009 23:20:44 -0500 <p>Have you ever noticed the way people react when you mention the word &ldquo;chocolate&rdquo;? Faces flush, eyes soften to a heavenly gaze, and a grin on one or both sides of the mouth emerges. Make chocolate the topic of conversation and watch even the most uptight, buttoned-down, pragmatist slip into dreamy, moon-beamy magical thinking.</p> Mix It Up! Fri, 12 Dec 2008 12:53:57 -0500 The key to keeping salads interesting is to change the ingredients each time you make one. Don't just think of the simple garden salad, but imagine adding fruits, nuts, and lean meats to your salad to make a great low-calorie, highly nutritious meal.