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Inside Award Season Gifting Lounges

Stepping into the Secret Room Events gifting lounge during award season is a kaleidoscope of colors. Invitations are sent to entertainment nominees before an award show. Movie stars arrive with their managers and publicists to receive and learn about exquisite jewelry, trendy skin and hair care products, clothing, stationary and organizers, children’s products, vacation destinations and gourmet food items. A select few journalists also get to participate in the gifting frenzy. Here’s a peek at some of the exclusive products presented and gifted to guests attending the event: To get camera ready for the Golden Globes, attendees received NUDESTIX gift...

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Interview with Storyteller Alan Trustman

The name Alan Trustman might not ring a bell, but some of his work might. Trustman is the writer of The Thomas Crowne Affair, Bullitt and They Call Me Mr. Tibbs! as well as an American lawyer, pari-mutuel operator and currency trader. We sat down with Alan to to ask him 10 questions. He kept his answers, like his writing, short but sweet. You wrote The Thomas Crown Affair, which is one of the best films of all time starring Steve McQeen and Faye Dunaway. What was the inspiration behind the story?  I worked at The First National Bank of...

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It’s All About authenticity in the ‘Original’ Las Vegas

It’s Vegas, Baby! But, if you’re looking for cheesy Elvis impersonators, glitzy shows or swanky casinos lining the streets, you’re not in the right place. This is Las Vegas, New Mexico, or what the locals like to call the “original” Las Vegas. Here, scenic beauty, rich history, eclectic architecture and a burgeoning art community combine to create one of Northern New Mexico’s most fascinating destinations. It’s a hidden gem that’s slowly being discovered by visitors who seek authenticity in their travels as they take a trip back through time. In this land of legend and lore, you’ll find a...

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Paris Can Wait: An Elegant Cinematic Travelogue

While watching actress Diane Lane tour Southern France in Eleanor Coppola’s first motion picture, Paris Can Wait, I thought: This movie will appeals to women and lovers of good food and travel. Eleanor Coppola is the wife of Academy Award winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, and mother to filmmakers Sofia and Roman Coppola. She caught the movie-making virus from her family while in her 70s. Married to Francis for 54 years, she accompanied him with her children while he made such blockbuster films as Apocalypse Now. Later, Eleanor helmed behind-the-scenes documentaries for her husband and daughter. After telling a friend...

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Rand Luxury Aston Martin Post Event Review

Bradford Rand of RAND Luxury has once again hosted an exclusive, Invitation-Only brunch at a private estate in Sagaponack, NY, where the brand new DB11 was debuted along with the other latest models from Aston Martin and other luxury brands. On Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, the event featured a showcase of the unique timepieces, couture luggage, private aviation, electronics, fashion and much more. The official media sponsor was Hamptons Magazine.  During the event, guests were also able to participate in a live and Silent Auction benefiting the North Shore Animal League America.  The newly constructed Sagaponack estate, where the event was held, was also showcased by The Corcoran Group’s star...

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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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Sunset Boulevard Closes With a Really Big Bang

I’ve been going to the theater since I was 12 years old, but until recently I had never been to a final performance. Okay, for the many years I was a theater critic, I did attend some final performances—because the shows opened and then closed almost immediately. But this Sunday matinee of Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close was very, very different. First and foremost, it was an Event, a celebration of Glenn Close’s magnificent portrayal of Norma Desmond, the aging and delusional star of silent movies who believes she can–and should–return to the silver screen. Ms. Close sets the...

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Beverly Hills is a City of WELLTH

Beverly Hills is one of the most luxurious destinations in the world. Recently the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau (BHCVB) announced its new campaign: WELLTH, bringing wellness and health opportunities to locals and visitors. Kicking off the campaign was an expert panel including Supermodel and Actress Christie Brinkley and mindbodygreen founder Jason Wachob. Sitting on the rooftop of Alo Yoga on Canon Drive, Wachob led a the discussion of  how one can attain health, purpose and happiness, while living a less materialistic lifestyle. Julie Wagner, CEO of BHCVB introduced the pillars of WELLTH: Move, Eat, Restore, Gratitude and Explore....

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Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban and Colin Farrel at Nikki Beach Cannes

Nikki Beach, the global luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand, welcomed the Official After Party for The Killing of a Sacred Deer on Monday, May 22nd at its pop-up venue at the Cannes Film Festival. Colin Farrel, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, and Writer/Director Yorgos Lanthimos were in attendance. Guests enjoyed signature Nikki Beach canapés and Perrier Jouët Champagne. Over the past 15 years, Nikki Beach Cannes has become a treasured destination that highlights the brand’s unique mix of music, dining, entertainment, fashion, film and art. Over the years, Nikki Beach Cannes guests have included...

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Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt

Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt by Kristin Hersh University of Texas Press Reviewed by Christopher Klim, The US Review of Books. “Hope’ has always stuck in my head. You hated hope, said it was misguided.” If your introduction to Vic Chesnutt was the benefit album Sweet Relief II, you quickly moved past the great celebrity performances and asked: Who is this songwriter and why haven’t I heard of him before? If you still haven’t heard of Chesnutt—or the author of this book for that matter—you’d better go record shopping this afternoon before someone spots your musical...

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Supermodel Cindy Crawford’s Casa Umami Burger

Back in 2001 I interviewed Jenny Crawford Malouf, the mother of supermodel, fashion icon and businesswoman Cindy Crawford. Known as part of the “Silver Foxes,” a group of celebrity parents, Malouf along with Sal Pacino (Al Pacino’s father) and Nikki Robbins (motivational speaker Tony Robbins’ mother) worked together on a few “Silver Foxes” lifestyle videos. Malouf shared with me how Cindy rose to be one of the highest paid models in the world. Born and raised in DeKalb, Illinois, her first professional cover on a magazine was during her junior year in high school. Soon after she competed for the Elite Model...

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