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Luxury Footwear Celebs Love to Flaunt on Social Media

When it comes to luxury footwear, no one does it better than the celebs. As any stylist will tell you, shoes can make or break a look, which is why nailing your choice of kicks is so important. Celebrities choose their shoes based on two key components: personal style and current trends. This strategy is ideal for all of us, as it allows you to look good among the crowd while still showcasing your unique taste in fashion. Comfort is another component that matters. While every fashionista loves a good pair of six-inch heels, they’re not exactly ideal for...

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Meditation on a Virgin-Richard Branson Style

People often ask me how can I fly and not get jetlagged and stressed? While I cannot always control the plane or what happens when my luggage is placed on the conveyor belt, I can take charge and prepare mentally and physically for the flight. I try not to dwell on what kind of adventures my luggage may have while separated from me. My last few flights included: my luggage never leaving my home airport; or, it arrives, but with a smashed-in side that barely holds the clothes in the bag; or, it falls off the plane conveyor and...

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A Peek Inside a Celebrity Gifting Lounge

Red Carpet Events LA invited Grammy’s nominees, presenters, select celebrities, stylist and media last week to the The InterContinental Los Angeles Century City. It was a  star-sightings at the gifting lounge in the hotel’s Glass Lounge Room and garden. Both areas were filled with an an array of beauty and wellness products, fashion, jewelry, art, trendy gifts. snacks and accessories. Over 30 sponsors met Red Carpet Events LA invitees including Aneliese Van Der Pol, Sheri Pedigo, Maria Conchita Alonso, Antonio Zamudio, Gabriel Ellis, KEA, Farrah Fawx and Ryan Beatty. Celebrities received a trip to Hawaii by one of the main sponsor’s...

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Elegant Vegan Sweetheart Chocolates

For Valentine’s Day, designer chocolatier Chef Phillip Ashley Rix is making Sweetheart chocolates for those with dietary restrictions. The elegant Sweetheart gift box is filled with vegan and gluten free handcrafted chocolate made with the finest, plant based ingredients and single orgin dark chocolate. Flavors include Spiced Whiskey, Lavender Eart Grey Tea, Passion Fruit Vanilla Bean and Habanero Mango. What makes these chocolates so special and unique are the printed messages that include “Be Mine,” “Forever” and “Say Yes”. It’s a more delicious take on the Sweethearts or conversation heart-shaped sugar candy. Phillip Ashley Rix also makes non-vegan hand-crafted milk,...

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Required Reading for Black History Month: Streetcar to Justice

One hundred years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, a black schoolteacher named Elizabeth Jennings was violently removed from a segregated streetcar in Manhattan, setting into motion a major civil rights court case in New York City. The story, famous in its day, was all-but-forgotten until HarperCollins published a new book, Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York. The author of the book, Peabody Award-winning journalist Amy Hill Hearth, researched the topic for more than twenty years. Hearth wrote the book, which is...

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Chocolate for Valentine’s Day: The Food of Love?

Shakespeare suggested that music was the food of love, but judging by the tens of thousands of heart-shaped boxes presented to wives and sweethearts on Valentine’s Day, that honor should be shared with chocolate. Not only is chocolate delicious, it has been celebrated as a food that holds the promise of significant health benefits similar to those in red wine and green tea. Like wine and green tea, cocoa beans are rich in flavonoids–phytochemicals (plant compounds) with powerful antioxidant properties. While the research on chocolate’s benefits may be relatively new, it has had a long and distinguished history. Ancient...

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Robert Redford’s Wine Country Estate

Not one of Hollywood’s Ordinary People, especially when it comes to super-star actor, director and supporter of the arts, Robert Redford recently celebrated his 82nd birthday and announced his retirement as an actor. His final film, The Old Man & His Gun in which he stars with Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck and plays a real-life career criminal and escape artist was released in September to rave reviews. For decades, Redford’s permanent residence has been in Utah, home of his Sundance Institute.  He and his artist wife, Sibylle Szaggars, also own a Napa Valley wine-country retreat where they enjoy...

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Yountville’s Fascinating Art Walk

For the past eight years the town of Yountville in the Napa Valley wine country, has displayed an exquisite outdoor art collection by local and U.S. artists. Over 30 colorful pieces of art enhance Washington Street, strategically placed along the one main street. Some are in front of trendy restaurants, others near luxury hotels and charming inns, wine tasting rooms, a spa and a museum. Gordon Huether partnered with Yountville Arts to create the Yountville Art Walk. With his guidance and willingness to lend four sculptures, the Yountville Art Wall was born. Tourist can pick up an Art Walk map at...

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Long Lost Painting by Daniel Ridgway Knight Surfaces

Rehs Galleries Inc., a New York gallery specializing in 19thand 20th-century works of art, sells In Winter, a long-lost painting by the American artist Daniel Ridgway Knight (1939-1924). Born in 1839, Ridgway Knight received his formal training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where he was a classmate of Mary Cassatt and Thomas Eakins.  In 1861, he continued his studies in Paris under Alexandre Cabanel and Charles Gabriel Gleyre.  Knight returned to the United States in 1863 to serve in the Civil War and then traveled back to France in 1872, where he would remain for the rest of his life. Once Knight settled in France, he befriended Renoir, Sisley, and Meissonier. In 1874, he traveled to Barbizon to...

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Chef Adrianne Calvo Shares Her Thanksgiving Secrets

If you close your eyes, you can almost smell the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven. Yes, it’s that time of year when we start planning our holiday menus. What side dishes will accompany your holiday bird? Should we serve white or red wine? Chef Adrianne Calvo was kind enough to share some of her Thanksgiving secrets, including her recipe for “Your Best Turkey Ever!” and Evergreen Autumn side dish. Chef Adrianne Calvo just released a two-volume set of cookbooks, publishing her 100 finest recipes, entitled The A-List: Vol. I and II. Chef Adrianne delves into starters, desserts, and everything...

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Island Time, Ohio style

Most people, even residents of the Midwest, are incredulous when they hear there are islands in Ohio, I was born and raised in Chicago and I’m embarrassed to admit I knew nothing of their existence. I had to look at a map for proof, but it wasn’t until I actually visited the area that my doubts were dispelled. Known as the Lake Erie Islands, these bodies of land are clustered together in the lake’s western basin, north of Ohio’s mainland. Easily accessible from the metropolitan centers of Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo, they’re regarded as the Jersey Shores of the...

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New York Yankees Derek Jeter’s Castle

“Derek Jeter’s Castle & His Grandfather’s Legacy” At just age 44, retired New York Yankee Derek Jeter, 14-time All Star, future MLB Hall of Famer and now co-owner of the Miami Marlins, has accomplished more than most would in many lifetimes. With an estimated net worth of approximately $185 million, it’s not surprising that he owns homes in New Jersey, New York and Florida. However since recently charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations to reinvigorate the last-place Marlins, Jeter has less time to get to his properties as often as he once did and has put his New York Tiedemann Castle on...

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