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Not That Jewish: A One-Woman Romp Featuring Monica Piper

Monica Piper’s father told her she was funny. He was right. A solo show can be a really big risk, but Piper makes it look easy. With just a single prop (it’s a surprise) and projections showing her son, parents, grandmother—and Mickey Mantle, Piper captures the audience within minutes of taking the stage and keeps them in the palm of her hand for the 90-minute tour-de-force called Not That Jewish. How can you resist a veteran comedienne and writer who tells you she took her stage name from a sign? (Santa Monica Pier.) Or who tells you in her...

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Alan Thicke Talks Private Planes and Other Perks of the Profession

One has to assume that entertainment industry veteran Alan Thicke is no stranger to luxury living. Amid an esteemed career through which he has earned a Golden Globe “Best Actor” nomination, seven Emmy Award nominations (five for writing, two for acting) and induction to Canada’s Walk of Fame, among other career honors, Thicke has lived an exciting, adventurous and privileged life rife with recognition. With the success of his popular sitcom reality, Unusually Thicke, having enjoyed its sophomore season on Pop TV in both the United States and Canada, it seems there’s no stopping this enduring actor and entertainer....

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Desai Foundation Celebrates Diwali on the Hudson

The Desai Foundation held its third-annual Diwali on the Hudson benefit on October 26, 2016. This event has become the premier Diwali party in New York City and a glamorous affair for the Indian diaspora community and beyond. Diwali, the Hindu “Festival of Lights,” is an annual festival celebrated as a metaphorical embrace of light over dark and good over evil. The sold-out event was attended by 300 of New York’s best: celebrities, influencers and business moguls, who celebrated the occasion in elaborate East-West fusion style, with bright colors, beautiful fabrics and colorful accents. Guests came out to support the...

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The 68th Emmys Award Cocktails

During the 68th Emmy Award Governor’s Ball, the dashing Charles Joly, award-winning bartender of World Class Spirits made two craft cocktails for the special celebratory party. The nominees and winners first sipped a Ketel One Moonlighter and The Emmys Old Fashioned. The Television Academy presented me with recipe cards to make both drinks at home. Here are the ingredients to make your own award winning cocktail to sip in front of the television, while watching the Emmys Award show. The Ketel One Moonlighter created by Mixologist Charles Joly is a simple, yet elegant cocktail, ideal for a toast to a special...

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Legendary Film Director Francis Ford Coppola

Sitting next to one of Hollywood’s greatest film directors–Francis Ford Coppola–was a thrill for me. Both of us graduated from UCLA Theater and Film School. The night I met Coppola, he was receiving a special honor and award at the 25th annual UCLA TFT Film Festival Directors Spotlight along with a talented group of film students. Sitting in a large theater at the Director’s Guild of America on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, I watched UCLA Dean Teri Scwartz honor Francis Ford Coppola with the Distinguished Vanguard Director Award Presentation. She enlightened guests with the history of Coppola’s career and had...

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Five Fine Living Questions with Mark Steines

Now as co-host of Hallmark Channel’s Emmy-nominated Home & Family program, and with more than 17 years rubbing elbows with Hollywood A-listers as co-host of Entertainment Tonight, Mark Steines knows a thing or two about living the good life. Given he’s enjoyed an esteemed TV career that’s not only survived, but also thrived for more than two decades, this three-time Emmy award-winning journalist has experienced the kind of sustained success in the entertainment industry most only dream about. Given Steines’ proverbial membership in this coveted “club” and the lifestyle it has afforded him, I touched base for his thoughts...

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LuxeBeat Exclusive: Interview with Reality TV Star & Fashion Designer Angel Brinks

We sat down with the beautiful Angel Brinks, who is one of the stars of Basketball Wives LA and a fashion designer. What started as just leggings in 2010, has since blossomed into a full line of sexy head-turning dresses, lingerie, rompers, denim and jackets. Fans of the brand include stars such as Amber Rose, Natalie “Eva” Marie of E!’s WWE Total Divas, Blac Chyna, K. Michelle, Lil’ Kim, Hazel-E of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, Ashanti, Jazmine Sullivan, Trina, Mya and Draya Michelle. The native Angelino and exotic beauty took time out of her busy schedule and chatted...

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Wolfgang Puck Reveals Ingredients for Luxe Living

A world-renowned master in the kitchen and a charismatic personality, Wolfgang Puck is a dynamic “chef-lebrity” who is globally revered for his combination of classic cooking techniques and the modern fusion cuisine he pioneered in his iconic restaurants all around the world. All of the accolades that have ensued are decidedly well-earned, given that he began his formal kitchen training at just fourteen years of age with the encouragement of his mother—herself a chef in the Austrian town where he was born. After honing his craft at some of the finest restaurants in France and, subsequently, in the United States,...

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Adrien Brody’s exhibit “Hooked” Star-Studded Opening

It was a star-studded open for at the VIP Preview of Art New York and CONTEXT New York, kicking off New York Art Week. From Adrien Brody and Kevin O’Leary showcasing their works – Adrien Brody’s exhibit, “Hooked” brought out Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brett Ratner, Michael Strahan and many more – to attendees such as Brooke Shields stopping by the event and several others listed below, there was certainly no shortage of celebrity faces and luminaries of the approximate 5,500 guests who attended. Artist and Academy Award winner Adrien Brody showcased his second series of paintings “Hooked.”...

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Luxe Beat Exclusive: Living the Life with Luxury Event Planner Breeze Taylor

As one of the best-known names in luxury event planning, celebrity planner Breeze Taylor has dealt with elite clientele for the past 15 years in such cities as New York, Palm Beach and Boca Raton. Some of her clients include CEOs, presidents of Fortune 500 companies, top celebrities and athletes like Robert Smith of the Minnesota Vikings and Jeff Overton, PGA top-rated golfer. One reason Breeze has such a wide fan base: her relentless effort in the pursuit of each client’s goal, standard of beauty and meticulous attention to detail and budgets. She changed her business model in 2015,...

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10 Fun Facts About Real Housewife of New York City, Kristen Taekman

The Real Housewives Of New York City’s newer member is Kristen Taekman. Not only is she a reality star, but also a wife, mother, professional model, philanthropist and blogger. I met her in California with her husband Josh to introduce EBOOST to Southern Californians shopping in Whole Foods. Josh’s company EBOOST has two new EBOOST products: Spruce, an on the go green juice and POW, a pre-workout powder. After standing for hours in front of Whole Foods, Kristen was happy to sit down with me to talk about her marriage, family, being on The Real Housewives of New York...

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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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