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How To Fund The Vacation Of Your Dreams

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions we see – beyond the basic weight loss goals or surrendering little vices – is to travel more. People enter the new year with a sense of ambition and possibility, and often direct that toward a desire to see more of the world. And if this accurately describes your own mindset here in the early days of the new year (and decade!), you may have already taken a look at some of the top tourist destinations we previously identified for 2020, including Punta Cana, Vancouver, and Los Angeles, among others. In...

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QUI Platinum Extra Añejo Tequila

Most people think sake or beer pairs well with Japanese cuisine, sushi and sashimi, however at NOBU Restaurants, they believe QUI Tequila is an ideal pairing. When the NOBU team met entrepreneurs and QUI co-founders Medhat Ibrahim (Owner and co-founder of Casa la Femme), Mike Keriakos (Co-founder of Everyday Health, Inc.) and Pete Girgis (President of QUI) their premium tequila soon became the core spirit served at all NOBU Restaurants worldwide. While sipping QUI poured into a low ball glass with an extra large ice cube, I met Girgis and Ibrahim during a sit-down dinner at NOBU Malibu. One...

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Add Flavor to Holiday Festivities

  Snacks, small bites and savory treats to feed a crowd The holiday season brings gatherings, get-togethers and parties of all kinds, meaning dishes that can feed a crowd are all too important for successful entertaining. From appetizers to snacks to desserts, recipes that come together quickly mean more moments with loved ones. For example, these dairy-fueled recipes from Milk Means More pack plenty of festive flavor for feeding family and friends without keeping you cooped up in the kitchen. Appetizers and snacks such as Holiday Baked Brie, Roasted Garlic-Whipped Feta Crostini and Cheese Buds help hold over hungry...

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Dreamscape Virtual Reality Experience

Live out the fantasy of free-flying at the newly launched Dreamscape “DreamWorks Dragons Flight Academy.” This new immersive virtual reality interactive experience is now at the Westfield Century City in Los Angeles, and Dallas’ famed NorthPark Center. Dreamscape VR destinations will soon be in Columbus, Ohio and the New York/New Jersey metro area later this year and into 2020. This thrilling storytelling experience is ideal for a birthday, date night or family fun activity. Inspired by DreamWorks Animation‘s critically acclaimed film trilogy – “How to Train Your Dragon”, this interactive experience allows eight VR participants a reserved time to experience the...

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Baja’s “Sexiest” Wedding Destination

Known as one of the “sexiest resorts” in San Jose del Cabo, ACRE Hotel offers an intimate setting for small to grand weddings. Situated among towering palm and mango trees, the 25-acre farm resort is near the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountains. This Baja resort destination is known to have up to five weddings a week.   There is plenty of parking near the entrance of the resort. Guests walk down a pathway among 1,000 year old cactus and agave plants. Checking in, the bar creates creative cocktails and serves a variety of tequilas and mezcal spirits. This adult only...

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Smart Home Technology: The New Frontier In Luxury Living

Luxury properties often evoke images of opulent gardens, large pools, marble in the bathrooms, and grand chandeliers in the foyer. But there’s a new side to luxury living that you may not know about: smart home technology. This technology is a step up from your Amazon Alexa sitting in the living room or kitchen; this smart technology takes luxury living to a brand new level. What Is A Smart Home Now? Smart home technology is changing, and consumers are staying interested. More than 80% of consumers either already own or would like to purchase connected home products for their...

QUI Platinum Extra Añejo Tequila

Most people think sake or beer pairs well with Japanese cuisine, sushi and sashimi, however at NOBU Restaurants, they believe QUI Tequila is an ideal pairing. When the NOBU team met entrepreneurs and QUI co-founders Medhat Ibrahim (Owner and co-founder of Casa la Femme), Mike Keriakos (Co-founder of Everyday Health, Inc.) and Pete Girgis (President of QUI) their premium tequila soon became the core spirit served at all NOBU Restaurants worldwide. While sipping QUI poured into a low ball glass with an extra large ice cube, I met Girgis and Ibrahim during a sit-down dinner at NOBU Malibu. One...

Luxe Art by 47 Artisans at Japan House Los Angeles

When d47 MUSEUM opened in Shibuya, Tokyo, it also included a restaurant and a store displaying beautiful handmade items from 47 prefectures in Japan. Japan’s four main islands Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, have prefectures that were created in the early Meiji Period to replace the old feudal domains. Prefectures are akin to other country’s states. Now at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, CA, the JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles celebrates the diversity of Japan’s prefectures through a collection of art, crafts, and design with JAPAN 47 ARTISANS. This exhibit will be in the Los Angeles location until January 5, 2020. Visitors...

6 Amazing Wardrobe Must-Have Items

Is your wardrobe missing a little something something? If reaching into your closet has lost its thrill, spice things up again with playful picks for day or night. Indeed, no wardrobe is complete without these must-have items. Work or play, when your wardrobe needs a refresh, you’ll know what to reach for and where to find it. So, complete your look from head to toe with something for every body. 1. Bodacious Bodysuits For a polished ensemble that oozes sex appeal, a bodysuit is the hyper go-anywhere-be-anything piece. During the day, layer a lace bodysuit in a top and blazer for...

Chef Eric LeVine’s Top Tips for Grilling a Better Burger

“The mindset of opulence and great living. No compromise on quality or level of excellence.” -Luxury defined by Chef Eric LeVine When it comes to grilling and making a better burger, Chef Eric LeVine is our go-to guy. May is National Burger Month, and with summer barbecues and long holiday weekends just ahead, we asked Chef Eric if he would share with our readers some of his burger grilling secrets. This multi-award-winning chef, restaurateur and author has just launched this third cookbook, Burgers, Bowls, Jars – Season by Season. Perfect timing! Who is Chef Eric? While most kids were...

MSC Cruises Extends Expansion Plan to 2030

  MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique have further extended their long-term partnership by making a number of strategic announcements at a ceremony held at the Matignon Palace, the French Prime Minister’s the official residence. The ceremony was attended by Édouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France; Gianluigi Aponte, MSC Group’s Founder and Executive Chairman; Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman; and, Laurent Castaing, Chantiers de l’Atlantique’s General Manager. First, the two companies announced the signing of firm contracts for the construction of MSC Cruises’ third and fourth LNG-powered MSC World Class ships, to be delivered in 2025 and 2027....

Four Seasons Chef Fest on the Big Island of Hawaii

  One of the most luxe Hawaiian culinary events of the year is the annual Chef Fest Food and Wine Festival on the Big Island Hawaii. Hosted by the esteemed Executive Chef Thomas Bellec at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, this unique Hawaiian experience is from November 13 through November 16, 2019. This year the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai has partnered with The Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport to ensure Chef Fest guests begin their luxury moment as soon as they arrive at the airport. The Private Suite provides guests with a personalized lounge including snacks, blankets...

Tips and tricks for serving wine with holiday meals

The holidays are fast approaching, as are lots of festive meals to plan, prepare and serve. How can you reduce your own stress, and guarantee that you’ll have happy guests throughout the holidays? A few simple tips for choosing versatile wines — and how to serve them — will not only please everyone, but will make everything about your get-togethers easier and more fun. Pairing delicious wines to serve along with your meals does not have to be complicated. Here are a few tips to help you choose and serve wine for a successful holiday party or dinner. Keep...

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch: Holiday Family Fun In Nebraska

I have to admit that as a girl who primarily grew up in the deep South, I didn’t spend a lot of time growing up participating in typical fall traditions. We didn’t visit pumpkin patches or apple orchards when I was a kid. Trust me, typical fall weather in Alabama and Georgia? Let’s just say it’s not conducive to sweaters and scarves. But now that I’m living out west, it seems it’s time for me to see what all the fuss is about! During my last visit to Omaha to perform with the symphony, my fabulous host and her...

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Nice: A Walker’s Delight

A century ago, Russian princes rubbed shoulder with English lords in the luxury hotels and Baroque villas on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais. Ladies of fashion showed off their jewels at masked balls and notorious courtesans dissipated their lover’s fortunes at the gaming tables. Today this capital of the French Riviera is less rarefied, more affordable and, thanks to some 300 days of sunshine, an inviting place to visit any time of the year. With its rich and ancient history–Nice was founded by the Greeks—the city is a walker’s delight, a treasure trove of picturesque streets, striking monuments and souvenirs...

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The Ultimate Jet Setter: 5 Luxury Adventure Travel Destinations to Visit in 2019

Are you ready to make 2019 your most fun and exciting year ever? Then it’s time to add these amazing luxury adventure travel destinations to your plans. A luxury lifestyle means that you can literally take pleasure where you find it. Throw in a spirit of adventure and the places you can visit are the stuff of most people’s dreams. Nothing ventured nothing gained. Here are the destinations you should add to your luxury adventure travel bucket list. The Galapolos Islands These islands make up a volcanic province in the Pacific. They’re part of Ecuador, lying around six hundred miles off...

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