Author: Sherrie Wilkolaski

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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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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