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Honolulu Cookie Company: Unexpected Hawaiian Treat

Close your eyes and imagine you’re on a Hawaiian beach. A cold pineapple cocktail in hand, the smell of the ocean rolling off the waves, the sound of a luau off in the distance. You shuffle your feet and feel the sand between your toes and you’re nibbling on…cookies. Cookies? Yes, scrumptious shortbread cookies from the Honolulu Cookie Company. Impressing my palate doesn’t happen too often. Savory is more my style, so something sweet falls down on my list of edibles. When I do look for a dessert it’s not chocolate I crave, but something along the line of...

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Sartori’s Master Cheesemaker Pam Hodgson

Cheese is the most important staple in our house, next to orange juice. Forget the milk and bread, we have an entire refrigerator drawer dedicated to our cheese supply. When the opportunity to interview Sartori’s Master Cheesemaker Pam Hodgson, presented itself, I couldn’t resist. From the first nibble of their MontAmoré® Cheddar I was hooked. It’s a Small Cheese World To be frank, Sartori cheese was a brand I was unfamiliar with. Along the way, I shared my appreciation for their product with friends and family and discovered how notable they are. There was a Sunday brunch I was...

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5 Luxury Hotels in Cape May

A few holidays back, my siblings and I decided to send our parents on trip and we chose the picturesque Victorian town of Cape May, New Jersey. Researching this Garden State destination was my first introduction to this idyllic seaside town and I’ve been sharing this little gem with friends ever since. I spent several weeks up and down the Jersey Shore some summers ago and cannot wait to make my way back! There is something unique about Jersey beaches that just leaves you wanting more. Cape May is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a...

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5 Must-Have Spring Skin Essentials

Spring is in the air and thoughts of summer will soon follow. When I was approached by Co2Lift to review a few skincare products, I looked in the mirror at my winter-weathered skin and couldn’t refuse! Of the five sample products they sent, my favorite was the CO2LIFT BY LUMISQUE. Wow! This product made a difference. It’s a skincare mask so be clear, it is a bit messy. There are two packages of product that get mixed together in a bowl and then it’s on to the application process. At first, the consistency reminded me of a the slime...

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Pucker-up Valentine

The two things I don’t leave home without are mascara and lipstick. A lip gloss will do in a pinch and sometimes I wear multiple layers of lipstick and gloss combined. I’m so addicted I even adorn my lips before getting into bed…just to feel pretty. With Valentine’s Day upon us we’ve pulled together a list of some of the hottest lip embellishing products of the season.  FACE atelier has been kind enough to provide us with a list of their “Pro Lipstick Do’s & Don’ts” which can be followed all year long. What will you be wearing on...

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Luxurious Sound Quality Master & Dynamic Headphones

Headphone sound quality is something we take for granted. Our earbuds are tethered to mobile devices listening to our music libraries, watching Netflix or just having a good old-fashioned phone conversation. Holiday headphones were at the top of my shopping list for my special someone and when I was invited to test the MH30 Foldable On-Ear Headphones (Retail $299 USD) by Master & Dynamic, I couldn’t refuse. I do not enjoy headphones that rest inside the ear; I prefer over the ear and haven’t been thrilled with my own personal set. Within a few days of placing my order,...

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Cotswolds Rustic Luxury Country Charmer: The Wheatsheaf Inn

In 2013 I spent five weeks traveling throughout southern France, with stops in Frankfurt and various spots in the UK. Rifling through my travel journal recently, I came across my notes from a stop in the Cotswolds. It had been mid-September when I spent two luxurious rustic nights at The Wheatsheaf Inn. It was my personal writer’s getaway, with much of my time spent in the hotel common areas, when not exploring the streets of Northleach, Cheltenham. The hotel attendant was a young gentleman named James. He had short spiky blonde hair and wore a blazer, snuggish jeans and...

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Ritz-Carlton Charlotte: Ideal Weekend Getaway for Cocktail & Craft Beer Aficionados

When you have a busy travel schedule as I do, it’s nice to feel at home when you’re on the road. There is no place more like home than the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, North Carolina, where a recent visit was a pure delight. My trip to The Queen City was inspired by the summer weekend getaway package, Pints and Provisions, offered by the Charlotte Ritz.  Though I wouldn’t be able to spend the weekend, I wanted to learn about the ultimate craft cocktail and beer weekend, which starts with an early 2 p.m., Friday check-in. As I sat in the lobby enjoying...

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Art House Hudson Exhibiting “Actual Art” Icon Tery Fugate-Wilcox

In a recent Luxe Beat Magazine exclusive interview, I talked with Art House Hudson gallery owner and founder, Christene Selleck. She shared with me her vision for the gallery and how she met the iconic Tery Fugate-Wilcox. His exhibit “It’s Time” is on display now, through September 4, 2017 and features a collection commissioned by the late Steve Jobs, “The Steves,” along with other Actual Art collections including: “Don’t Leaf Me Alone” and “Slow Burn.” Tery is a National Endowment for the Arts laureate with creations found in collections at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Australia, NYC Parks and museums such...

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Go Beyond the Bean This Cinco de Mayo

The Better Bean Company loves their beans. Their mission to inspire people to eat more beans. Their mantra is, “For the Love of Beans”.  With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, between the margarita’s and tortilla chips, the bean will be taking center stage. Particularly the refried and black bean type.  As the folks at The Better Bean Company will tell you, there are many varieties of beans. It’s not all just black and refried. This family owned business was founded by Keith Kullberg after he developed a recipe for refried red beans, while attending Oregon State. It...

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Russian River Valley Vintner Mike Sullivan

Sonoma County is famous for its wine, and that’s no surprise as it boasts acres of vineyards and hundreds of wineries. Among these is the Benovia Winery. With estate vineyards not only in Sonoma County, but also Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley, Benovia Winery is responsible for creating small lot wines, specifically Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. Enter vintner Mike Sullivan. The son of grape growers, he’s very comfortable in the vineyard, where he started working at the age of 18. Then, after pursuing a degree in fermentation science, he discovered his passion for the craft. Today, he...

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Hollywood Dreams Come True in Morocco

Hollywood is what dreams are made of, or so the story goes. Actress turned travel adventurer, Linda Kozlowski left the glamour of life on the silver screen to start living her own dream life in Morocco.  “Reality is better than make believe.” she told me, in a recent interview.  Best known for her work in the “Crocodile Dundee” films, the acclaimed actress has co-founded a bespoke Moroccan tour company with longtime tour specialist Moulay Hafid Baba. They call their luxe getaway enterprise, Dream My Destiny (DMD). The title is fitting and together, they curate customized journeys to fulfill their...

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