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Vala’s Pumpkin Patch: Holiday Family Fun In Nebraska

I have to admit that as a girl who primarily grew up in the deep South, I didn’t spend a lot of time growing up participating in typical fall traditions. We didn’t visit pumpkin patches or apple orchards when I was a kid. Trust me, typical fall weather in Alabama and Georgia? Let’s just say it’s not conducive to sweaters and scarves. But now that I’m living out west, it seems it’s time for me to see what all the fuss is about! During my last visit to Omaha to perform with the symphony, my fabulous host and her...

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How to Make Your Home Decor More Luxurious

Updating your decor is a great way to make your space feel like new. If you want to introduce some elegance into your home, creating a luxurious living space is only a few steps away. Whether you live in an apartment, condo, or house, there are plenty of ways to bring a splash of high-class into your decor. Here are a few of our top recommendations for making your home more luxurious. High-Quality Furniture First things first, your furniture is one of the most important aspects of your interior design. From style to comfort, it plays a large role...

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Add Flavor to Holiday Festivities

  Snacks, small bites and savory treats to feed a crowd The holiday season brings gatherings, get-togethers and parties of all kinds, meaning dishes that can feed a crowd are all too important for successful entertaining. From appetizers to snacks to desserts, recipes that come together quickly mean more moments with loved ones. For example, these dairy-fueled recipes from Milk Means More pack plenty of festive flavor for feeding family and friends without keeping you cooped up in the kitchen. Appetizers and snacks such as Holiday Baked Brie, Roasted Garlic-Whipped Feta Crostini and Cheese Buds help hold over hungry...

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Rah-Rah for Lady Gaga in Las Vegas

Right now Lady Gaga and her world-class 30 piece band perform two different shows – Enigma and Jazz & Piano through May 2020, inside the Park MGM Theater in Las Vegas. Music brings joy to Gaga’s heart, and throughout her Jazz & Piano show, she shares stories about the century old songs discovered inside The Great American Songbook, and some of her contemporary hits. Her other show Enigma is more theatrical highlighting many of her award winning songs. A few years ago when Tony Bennett approached Gaga to sing a collaborative jazz album together, she jumped at the opportunity...

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Regent Seven Seas Debuts Serene Spa & Wellness

Regent has introduced a new experience in travel wellness, the cruise industry’s most luxurious, globally-inspired spa. Guests will enhance their voyage with exclusive, destination-inspired spa treatments, rejuvenating fitness classes, nutritionally balanced cuisine and wellness tours as they journey around the world. The brand will debut across its five-ship fleet this winter, ahead of Seven Seas Splendor’s maiden voyage. Serene Spa & Wellness™   will offer exclusive treatments integrating techniques and ingredients from destinations around the world, creating a tranquil haven of health, beauty and wellness that offers restorative treatments and services to soothe both the body and mind. The...

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Smart Home Technology: The New Frontier In Luxury Living

Luxury properties often evoke images of opulent gardens, large pools, marble in the bathrooms, and grand chandeliers in the foyer. But there’s a new side to luxury living that you may not know about: smart home technology. This technology is a step up from your Amazon Alexa sitting in the living room or kitchen; this smart technology takes luxury living to a brand new level. What Is A Smart Home Now? Smart home technology is changing, and consumers are staying interested. More than 80% of consumers either already own or would like to purchase connected home products for their...

Seeing Rainbows in Oahu, Hawaii

The island of Oahu should be named the “Rainbow Island,” because every time I visit the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, it’s rains once or twice and rewards its residents and visitors with a colorful rainbow. Like the colors of the rainbow, the diversity of Hilton Hotels in Honolulu and Waikiki Beach offers accommodations for every budget. One of the most iconic luxury vacation destinations is the Rainbow Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach. Set on 22 acres, the beachfront rooms and suites are located near tropical swimming pools, a salt-water lagoon, 20 restaurants and bars and...

Luxe Art by 47 Artisans at Japan House Los Angeles

When d47 MUSEUM opened in Shibuya, Tokyo, it also included a restaurant and a store displaying beautiful handmade items from 47 prefectures in Japan. Japan’s four main islands Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, have prefectures that were created in the early Meiji Period to replace the old feudal domains. Prefectures are akin to other country’s states. Now at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, CA, the JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles celebrates the diversity of Japan’s prefectures through a collection of art, crafts, and design with JAPAN 47 ARTISANS. This exhibit will be in the Los Angeles location until January 5, 2020. Visitors...

6 Amazing Wardrobe Must-Have Items

Is your wardrobe missing a little something something? If reaching into your closet has lost its thrill, spice things up again with playful picks for day or night. Indeed, no wardrobe is complete without these must-have items. Work or play, when your wardrobe needs a refresh, you’ll know what to reach for and where to find it. So, complete your look from head to toe with something for every body. 1. Bodacious Bodysuits For a polished ensemble that oozes sex appeal, a bodysuit is the hyper go-anywhere-be-anything piece. During the day, layer a lace bodysuit in a top and blazer for...

Chef Eric LeVine’s Top Tips for Grilling a Better Burger

“The mindset of opulence and great living. No compromise on quality or level of excellence.” -Luxury defined by Chef Eric LeVine When it comes to grilling and making a better burger, Chef Eric LeVine is our go-to guy. May is National Burger Month, and with summer barbecues and long holiday weekends just ahead, we asked Chef Eric if he would share with our readers some of his burger grilling secrets. This multi-award-winning chef, restaurateur and author has just launched this third cookbook, Burgers, Bowls, Jars – Season by Season. Perfect timing! Who is Chef Eric? While most kids were...

Sea Cloud to Launch Third Sailing Ship

In summer 2020, Sea Cloud Cruises’ third tall ship will be taking to the seas. The new Sea Cloud Spirit has already passed her first round of sea worthiness tests. “Since the tests were successful and the shipyard is running on time, the new ship’s maiden voyage is on track for August 29, 2020,” said CEO Daniel Schaefer. Like its sister ships the Sea Cloud and Sea Cloud II, the Sea Cloud Spirit combines a genuine passion for sailing with the atmosphere of a private yacht.  The 453-square feet three-masted sailing ship can accommodate up to 136 guests and, like its two sister ships, occupies a special niche within...

Do You Sushi?

Do you sushi? If you do, you’re not alone in your enjoyment of raw fish in its many permutations. Sarah Jessica Parker does sushi, so do Tom Cruise, Madonna, Elvis Costello, and a legion of Americans. Sushi hit our shores during the 1970s, and it has been estimated that there are many thousands of sushi restaurants in the United States. Some years ago, cookbook author Julia Moskin called Japanese “the new French.” Americans now easily discuss memorable meals using terms like hamachi and buri toro as they once talked about boeuf bordelaise and coq au vin. Though it’s generally...

Tips and tricks for serving wine with holiday meals

The holidays are fast approaching, as are lots of festive meals to plan, prepare and serve. How can you reduce your own stress, and guarantee that you’ll have happy guests throughout the holidays? A few simple tips for choosing versatile wines — and how to serve them — will not only please everyone, but will make everything about your get-togethers easier and more fun. Pairing delicious wines to serve along with your meals does not have to be complicated. Here are a few tips to help you choose and serve wine for a successful holiday party or dinner. Keep...

Holiday Getaways

Yes, it can be fun to celebrate the holiday season at home with family and friends. But sometimes it’s even more fun to leave behind all the preparation, the cleaning and wrapping and cooking in favor having it all done for you. This year, there are so many options for carefree holiday celebrations. Here, we have a few. Regent Seven Seas Luxury Cruise My personal choice for holiday getaway would be spending New Year’s Eve aboard a luxury ship, being served gourmet meals and celebratory cocktails, with stops in interesting ports and plenty of warm weather. Regent Seven Seas...

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Photo Essay: Luxurious Desert Getaway at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

All photography ©Dale Sanders 2019, article written by Christine Sallas   Relax and Recharge If you’re looking for a luxurious escape that truly connects you back to mother nature, look no further than the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Located in the Sonoran Desert near Pinnacle Peak, this western, adobe style property blends in perfectly with the beautiful mountains and desert of the surrounding landscape. Rooms in the resort are spread out across Southwestern style casitas, all with stunning views of the desert and the unique formations of Pinnacle Peak. You can enjoy Scottsdale’s 330 days of...

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The Ultimate Jet Setter: 5 Luxury Adventure Travel Destinations to Visit in 2019

Are you ready to make 2019 your most fun and exciting year ever? Then it’s time to add these amazing luxury adventure travel destinations to your plans. A luxury lifestyle means that you can literally take pleasure where you find it. Throw in a spirit of adventure and the places you can visit are the stuff of most people’s dreams. Nothing ventured nothing gained. Here are the destinations you should add to your luxury adventure travel bucket list. The Galapolos Islands These islands make up a volcanic province in the Pacific. They’re part of Ecuador, lying around six hundred miles off...

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