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Luxury Designer Jonathan Rachman

Jonathan Rachman is an internationally-acclaimed designer, soon to open an eponymous store of custom made goods, J. Rachman, in San Francisco, recently featured on HGTV, ELLE DECORATION and C MAGAZINE. He is about to open a store in San Francisco which will showcase many of his custom-designed goods in addition to serving as a showroom for my design business. In addition to his work as a designer, he is the editor-in-chief of a little magazine called DiSini DiSana, which means “here and there” in Indonesian, he says, “my heart is here and there all the time.” In a recent interview with Luxe...

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Luxe Beat Magazine’s Favorite Wineries

Who doesn’t love a fine wine? From California to North Carolina, here are some of our favorite places that produce the best wines. 1. ZIOBAFFA “Handmade by artisans with a focus on traditional production, ZIOBAFFA wine is crafted in quality, authenticity and detail. With a focus on sustainable, zero waste production and environmentally friendly bottling, including the innovative Helix re-usable cork closure, these wines are a modern take on an old world tradition.” -Sherrie Wilkolaski. Full article here… 2. Lula Cellars “Lula Cellars is an exclusive, limited production winery in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley. The wines at Lula Cellars are limited...

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Jason Baffa: Wine and Filmmaker

Organic wine is a popular luxury that wine enthusiasts are putting at the top of their shopping lists. One of the things I find most charming about organic wine, is the history behind the vineyard and the winemakers. One such winery I’ve discovered is the Italian family and friend collaboration, ZIOBAFFA. This wine story has it all, including a film connection. Jason Baffa is a film-maker turned wine-maker and just all seems to make sense. He graciously made time for an interview and told me more about what makes ZIOBAFFA, such a unique find. SHERRIE WILKOLASKI: Let’s start with...

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Farmbox Direct Reliable Organic Luxury

Going organic may have been your New Year’s resolution, or perhaps you are simply a fan of eating healthy and going local. There is a new in-home delivery service that has made it easy to eat organic and they deliver! Farmbox Direct is a “subscription based service that brings 100% USDA certified organic seasonal, and pesticide-free produce” right to your door. They deliver throughout New England and have plans for expansion. The service was founded by Ashley Tyrner, as an answer to her busy lifestyle in the fashion industry, and a busy mother. She recently sat down with us...

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Valentine’s Day Alternative That is Bite-sized…

Gentleman, if you’re searching for something to replace the traditional box of chocolates this Valentine’s Day, bite-size cupcakes are the answer. Specifically, cupcakes from Baked by Melissa, they are scrumptious and adorable. Your special someone will coo over the delectable little nibbles of Heaven that are dressed in holiday pink, red and white. Personally, I’ll take a cupcake over a piece of candy any holiday. I have given Baked by Melissa cupcakes as a gift before, and they are always a hit. I’ll be sending my two favorite Valentine’s some of Melissa’s goodies to let them know I’m thinking...

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The Story Behind Luxury Magazine Designer Benjamin Bennett

Travel can take you places you never dreamed of, and it can bring people into your lives that end up being a part of your daily life, once the excursion is over. While on a foodie trip in Burgundy, France, I met such a person, Benjamin Bennett. We were staying at La Ferm de la Lochere, owned by chef Katherine Frelon. She hosts culinary holidays and we were two of the journalists on this particular trip. We had the occasion to talk about each of the publications we were writing for, and I learned that he was more than...

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Homespun Design –A New Horizon for Handcrafted Furniture

To view the magazine layout of this article in PDF format click here. In a world of mass production, replicas and standardized products, it can be difficult to find something unique. Homespun Design seeks to counter-act this trend with its handcrafted, American made furniture. Founder, Joe Noonan, combines classic techniques of the past with modern technology of today, to bring distinctive home décor to the masses, with the expectation that it will last for generations. He has partnered with select crafters across the country to ensure the highest quality of work and greatest preservation of the environment. These “makers,”...

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XXIV Karat Gold Diggers Make a Splash

Champagne is my absolute favorite cocktail. Give me some bubbles in a flute of sparkling wine or Prosecco and I’ll be happy. Indulgence is everything when you’re celebrating and “bubbles” is my red carpet drink. When I thought nothing could be better than a brut glass of sparkling wine, I discovered my cocktail could become more luxurious with a new spirit called XXIV Karat. It’s the first California sparkling wine infused with indulgent 24-karat gold flakes. Trying this new brand wasn’t enough, I was even more intrigued when I found out that co-founders Nicholas Cowherd and Kegan Klein are...

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Style Heist

Are you a fashion thief? Think long and hard before answering. Fashion thrives on stealing style ideas from those we consider icons and trend-setters. Advertising and marketing cannot compete with celebrity sightings in a fashion rag or scenes from the red carpet. Brand legacies are born when the masses grab hold of a look and make it their own or become simple carbon copies. When you’re searching for inspiration or just want something you can pull off the rack that is fashion ready, pop into Heist. Nilou Ghodsi is the proprietor and she is setting the style trends in...

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Fifth Generation Winemaker Joseph J. Wagner

Oenophiles appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into winemaking, from planting crop, harvesting the grapes to the magic that transcends the barrels. At the heart of it all is the care that goes into the winemaking process, that impresses us as we raise the wine to our lips, swish and then spit. One such impressive family of winemakers, the Wagners, has been making wine for five generations in Napa Valley, California. Their Meimoi and Belle Glos history originated in the 1880s and is currently in the hands of Joseph J. Wagner a winemaker with a passion for Pinot Noir. He...

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Handbags for the Holidays

There are so many choices when it comes to fashion accessories, and handbags are no exception. As you make your way to the local shopping mall and sit on Santa’s lap, which handbag will you be asking for this holiday season? We talked with two handbag designers who showcase classic styles, and new materials that are sure to please a woman of any age on Christmas morning. Sheena Sujan, High-end Style with a Classic Look Sheena Sujan was launched in the fall of 2013. Celebrities such as Giuliana Rancic, Demi Lovato and Kim Kardashion have all been seen wearing...

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Suki, Skincare Specialist

We had the opportunity to interview Suki Kramer of the suki skin care line, which is re-launching in December. We were quite interested to see what Suki had to tell us. The product line has many more products than we tested. We would suggest checking out the website to consider the right combination for your needs. LBM: How did you get interested in skincare products and get started? Suki: I struggled with skin problems and sensitivities my whole life and the loss of confidence that came with them. I grew up teased and bullied, and of course, felt reluctant to participate fully in life...

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