Inspired By: Estée Lauder

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] There are some people who dream of success, while others, they make it their mission to go out and get it. That means hard work and at times, a fair share of blood, sweat and tears. Estée Lauder is America’s wealthiest, self-made woman– and she worked hard for the success […]

5 Secret Spots: Vegetarian Restaurants in L.A.

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Being vegetarian is not all that difficult these days with the abundance of creative recipes, innovative recipes and quality ingredients available in nature. Even if you’re a devout carnivore there’s always something new to try and alternative ways to experience food. When in L.A., pencil in these addresses: Dr. J’s […]

Inspired by: Coco Chanel

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Born on August 19, 1883 as Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, the woman admired for her trademark designs and petite French dresses, was not served life on a silver platter. It was anything but a glamorous entry into the world, but she made it happen. Coco Chanel was raised in an orphanage […]

The Travel Bug: All-American Ski Resorts

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] No need to cross the Atlantic for memorable skiing and socializing by the fireplace. The good old U.S.A. has some wonderful ski resorts that will cater to every interest and sports level, from slopes to the pros to indulgent spa goers. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming Boasting the best ski […]

The Armoir: Knee-High Boots

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Prepare to turn heads! This season’s knee-high boots are elegant, versatile and yes, sexy! Wear them with jeans, casual dresses or in ‘super star’ mode with a sequin or small black dress.  Here are some we love: Rock Chic Massimo Dutti presents its take on the ‘chic-meets-rider’ look this knee-high […]

The Nest: Weekend Breakfast for Kids

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] If your New Year’s resolutions include eating healthy at home, here are some great recipes for weekend breakfast that kids – and adults – will love. There’s nothing better than bringing home fresh produce from the local market and putting together these morning masterpieces: Bagels with cream cheese and fresh, […]

Inspired By: Maya Angelou

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] “When people show you who they are, believe them.” This is just one of the many powerful statements uttered by Ms. Maya Angelou, the renowned African-American author, poet, playwright, director and actress. She is the second poet in U.S. history to recite a piece during the presidential inauguration. She also […]

The Perfect Host: New Year’s Resolutions

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Meditate You’ll be amazed by the power of mediation. Just ten minutes every day, morning or night, will help to keep you focused, aligned and composed for everyday life. Meditation is particularly effective in times of stress and discomfort. Sometimes a soothing voice, inspiring music and a quiet space are […]

Top 5: Makeup Looks for New Year’s

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Get ready to ring in the new year! What better way to look forward to the future than with an enhanced beauty look that will also help you to accent your best facial features. Shine on! Lightly Smoked – Create lightly smoked eyes with charcoal grey at the corners, a thin liner […]

The Armoir: Cocktail Dresses for New Year’s

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] It’s time to part with 2014 and welcome in a brand new year. You’ve got the makeup, the shoes and the invitation. But what to wear? Make it memorable and don’t be afraid to dare with some edge pieces and fabrics. From lace to metallic, here are some ideas: Glitterati […]

The Travel Bug: Bookshops in London

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Remember the song “So how can you tell me, you’re lonely, and say for you the sun don’t shine…” Well, even if the sun doesn’t shine you can break the loneliness in a visit to one – or all – of these bookshops in London town. You never who you’ll […]

Top 5: Destinations for New Year’s

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Looking to ring in the New Year in a new place? We couldn’t agree more. Each of these destinations offers something for every lifestyle and interesting, yet they are equally festive and promise to be memorable. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Forget it all: dress in traditional white, order the classic Caipirinha and proceed […]

The Nest: Winter Movies

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] One of the best things about winter is that we always have good excuse to stay at home, cook a hearty meal and catch up on all those TV shows and classics always left for ‘next time’. Take your pick from one of these great classic flics. Home Alone (1990) […]

The Armoir: Women’s Ski Boots

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced skier, the process of selecting the perfect ski boot boils down to the search for three key features: comfort, functionality and as flexibility. The 2014-15 ski season is already here and now is the time to gear up. Dynafit TLT Mountain The TF-X […]

The Perfect Host: Warm up To Whiskey

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] The name is derived from the Gaelic, “water of life”, and is believed to have been first distilled in Italy in the 13th century. Italians may have been the first distillers but today they are actually the biggest consumers of Scottish whisky in the world. Surprisingly enough, the alcoholic icon […]

The Armoir: It’s about Time

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Watches serve to tell us the time – simple, right? A closer look reveals that it’s more complicated than that. Historically, watches have been associated as a distinct luxury of a man’s world. With the shift in roles both at home and at work, women are on-the-go are looking for […]

The Nest: Gifts for BFFs

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] We love our best friends so much and we know them inside out, but somehow, choosing the right gift can be mind blowing. Add these ideas to your gift list. They speak the language of friendship, appreciation, giving and connecting to everything she loves. Bond #9 The NYC fragrance house […]

The Travel Bug: 36 Hours in Prague

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] This UNESCO World Heritage city is a true European gem.  Relatively small compared to other capitals in Europe, it’s easy to explore and discover Prague’s secrets from dusk to dawn. If you’ve got 36 hours to do so, Prague is the IT destination. Prepared to be amazed. Sleep Jalta Boutique […]

Top 5: Gifts for Him

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Wondering what to get him? Keep it simple, keep it classic, yet contemporary and timeless. A Man’s World Men love drawing out an elegant backgammon set, even if they play it only twice a year.  Rotherby designed the perfect gift for him, made of Hackett wool and leather. It even […]

Top 5: Belgian Truffles

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Real Belgian chocolate must contain at least 30 per cent cocoa, mixed with sugar and cocoa butter. Belgian masters of the historic trade use at least twice that, as much as 85%. Here are some endorphin creations around the world. Pierre Marcolini Probably the only Belgian chocolatier who controls every […]

The Armoir: 3 Best-Selling Cuffs

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Daj Darya designed, and you chose. These are the top 3 best selling cuffs, from Berlin to Los Angeles: Pinuella Pasmanterie The Pinuella cuff is casual chic to wear by day and the right dose of elegant for post-work engagements. Adorned in elegant burgundy pasmanterie in shades of violet, magenta and […]

The Perfect Host: Spices for Christmas Wines

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Spiced wine (mulled wine) is a real winter delicacy. Nothing is better than this enchanting aroma that fills the home with warmth, so light some candles, get inspired and enjoy. Here are some classic and innovative ways to prepare mulled wine at home. They’re sure to upgrade the hospitality experience. […]

The Travel Bug: Winter Sailing

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Summer isn’t the only season for smooth sailing, sunsets and adventure. Come winter, millions head to the slopes while in-the-knows head to islands like St. Barth’s. Pack your bags and adventurous spirit and sail for the seas that eagerly wait to show you its hidden treasures and less-traveled routes. Greece Some […]

The Nest: Perfumes for Men

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] It is said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – meaning, feed him well – but what if there was another way? What if you could use all five senses to get there? Sound like a challenge? Thanks to these magical concoctions, it may be much easier than […]

The Armoir: Keep it Brief

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] State your case with these slips and pouches that are perfectly sized to accommodate a tablet or mini PC, smartphone and keys. All you need to keep it cool, comfortable and chic. Classic Jil Sander keeps it simple with this square-cut pouch for the classic and sophisticated individual. A touch […]

Top 5: Must-Have Lady-Tech

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Whether you’re a runner, a mother, a professional on-the-road – or all three – your livelihoods and journeys are always changing and so do your needs.  Thankfully there are some great minds thinking of ways to make daily life easier, more flexible and accommodating. And most of all, efficient. Nest […]

The Nest: Ideas for Hanukkah

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Light up your home with candles, sparkle and color, while the kitchen fills the home with the aromas of heavenly baked cookies and challah bread. Everyone will be dancing during this beautiful festival of lights. Menorah  Couture Here’s a quick way to make your own couture menorah for this year’s […]

The Perfect Host: Snack Delights for Kids

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Snacks are much more than cheese and crackers or cookies with milk. Kids may love sweets but they also appreciate good taste and your creative effort, so serve it well and they’ll be snacking with pleasure. Fruit & Vegetable Skewers Not together of course! This is a fun way to […]

The Travel Bug: Family Christmas Destinations

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Number one priority when embarking on a family getaway? Making sure everyone’s got a smile on their face. Which means, each person has the freedom and space to indulge in what they love most; views, leisure time, spa, sports, etc. These happy-go-lucky destinations offer something for everyone. Los Cabos, Mexico This is a […]

The Travel Bug : Must-Have Perfumes

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] How do you determine your signature scent? Like anything in life, it’s all about trial and error, until you find the right one. Explore these lesser known scents on your next aromatic mission. Wilde by Jardin D’Ecrivains The founder of this French perfume house, Anaïs Biguine, has created a collection […]

Top 5: Ski Resorts in Europe

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Clear blue skies, caressing sunlight, perfect slopes and great social cabins to get mingling. Here are some of Europe’s best ski resorts. Get ready to book. Crans Montana, Switzerland Located at an altitude of 1,500 meters, this beautiful Swiss resort is also the official location of the Momentum Ski Festival […]

Top 5 : Boutique Hotels in New York

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] From the East end to the West Village, uptown and back, New York is full of great boutique hotels. Each offer a different design experience while keeping the values of service, quality and comfort at the top of their priority list to make sure you’re smiling. The Marlton Hotel Owner […]

The Travel Bug: How to Pack like a Pro

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] There is always a journey before the journey and that is packing. It can take one hour, two days, or worse, forever. Whether you’re going away for two days or one week, here are packing tips to have you traveling like a pro. Step 1: Roll with it Meet ‘bundle […]

The Nest: Must-Have Fireplace Pieces

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Soft Landing Warm up the lounge with a classic, sheepskin throw, perfect for an evening cuddle – think The Way We Were. Just one is enough to infuse a winter cabin atmosphere at home. Makes a great ottoman chair accessory too. Tray Chic Sure, tea sets are lovely but don’t […]

The Armoir: Must-Have Winter Coats

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Be the queen of the night in these great winter coats, each a statement piece in its own right. Capes and Ponchos The medieval look is back in this romantic and mysterious look that is also stylish and chic. Carolina Herrera, Commes des Gas Garcons, Etro and Cavalli have all […]

5 Secret Spots : Buenos Aires

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Welcome to the New York, Paris and Barcelona of Europe, all in one. Splendid architecture, romantic gardens, grand avenues, decadent food, emerging arts and of course, beautiful people. This is Buenos Aires.  Five way to experience it. Jardin Escondido Located in Palermo Soho, one of the liveliest districts in Buenos […]

The Nest: Picasso in Porcelain

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Meet Marc de Ladoucette. His prestigious collection of artworks by renowned artist Pablo Picasso is elegant, striking and emotional. This collection of drawings, etching and lithographs have been carefully selected and hand crafted onto stunning ceramic dishes. Available in a variety of plates, vases, cups and sauces, each piece reflects […]

The Travel Bug: Europe’s Finest Airport Lounges

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Commuting is great when everything runs smoothly and on time, but sometimes it doesn’t. You can still make the best of your time thanks to the brilliant insight and sensitivities of great architects who have gone to great lengths to design comfortable, luxurious airport lounge. Follow the experience. Lufthansa First […]

The Perfect Host: Hand Soaps for Guests

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] The key to being a great host inevitably lies in the smallest of details. Perfectly ironed pillowcases, those small breakfast plates, plush white towels and by far, one of the most comforting experiences, is quality soap. There’s something about a particular aroma and the texture that makes waking up and […]

5 Secret Spots: San Miguel, Mexico

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] In 2013, Conde Nast named San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, the world’s number one city to visit. It is a unique artist village north of Mexico City, one that is filled with culture, art, culinary experiences and past-the-hour memories. Change the itinerary and leave the millions to head to the […]

The Perfect Host: Autumn Teas

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] When the autumn leaves fall, the best blends come to be brewed. Fresh seasonal fruits are a great way to warm up and embrace the changing season. Whether you need a light detox, a soothing tea, mood booster or sweet embrace, these teas live up to the experience. Dammann The […]

The Nest: Fine Table Linen

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] It’s amazing what a carefully selected tablecloth can do to the look and feel of a room, whether you’re hosting or simply living your family’s daily routine. We suggest: skip the solids usually used to protect or cover age-related imperfections, tablecloths are a real conversation piece; here are some we […]

The Travel Bug: Emerging Wines in Australia

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] It seems that, in some bistros and restaurants, the wine lists only continues to grow. While the wines of Bordeaux, Tuscany and Napa Valley always transport us to the heavenly vineyards and the flavors of the earth, most of us miss the experience of the ‘world down under’.  Here are […]

The Nest: Carpets and the Modern Home

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Spruce up home décor with these signature area rugs that will transform your space. Kilim Rich in various colors and patterns, the kilim rug will add energy, style and warmth. Spanning the Balkans all the way to Pakistan, kilim rugs adapt to any space. The naturally worn and aged pieces […]

The Armoir: Must Have Umbrellas

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Umbrellas have made an interesting journey since they were invented over 4,000 years ago, with artifacts in Egypt, Assyria, Greece and even in China. The first model of its kind was designed to provide shade from the sun, and was commonly made of natural fibers. In time, artists took to […]