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A Newbie's Guide to New York's Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

Oct 31, 2013  |   Contributor: Roger Sands

Over 150 top restaurants throughout upstate New York's Hudson Valley region are participating in this year’s Restaurant Week from Nov. 4-17 presented by Valley Table magazine. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week features culinary bounty of the region with prix fixe menus and gives diners the opportunity to enjoy exceptional dining at a fraction of the normal cost. There’s something for every foodie appetite ranging from Argentinean, French, German, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Mexican and New American.  ... Read More

Chef Brian Malarkey's Searsucker Now Open in Del Mar

Oct 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

North County San Diego just got decidedly more chic with the recent opening of Searsucker Del Mar, the newest SoCal site for the burgeoning dining brand that’s been a Gaslamp District draw since 2010. Now the fun-and-food-loving folks in North County can bask in Searsucker’s distinctive mix of sophisticated food served in a lively environment. This restaurant has made great strides in turning Del Mar Highlands into a bona fide culinary destination.... Read More

The New York Palace Opens the Dramatically Glitzy Villard Michel Richard Restaurant

Oct 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Carolyn Hsu

Celebrated French-born chef Michel Richard is taking on New York City with his first Manhattan restaurant opened at the gilded New York Palace Hotel. Set in three beautiful landmark rooms, Villard Michel Richard offers patrons the option of experiencing an á la carte French bistro menu in the main dining room, a Tuesday-Saturday gourmet prix-fixe seating in the intimate Gallery Room, or a more casual dinner at the bar and lounge. ... Read More

Miami's Last Large-Scale Residential Project in Lakeside to be a Ritz-Carlton Residence

Oct 28, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Lionheart Capital will soon be adding to Miami Beach’s residential neighborhoods with the new Ritz-Carlton residences slated to begin selling mid-November when the on-site sales office opens. The property will cover seven acres and will be located on the shores of Surprise Lake. Combining Italian architect and designer Piero Lissoni's modernist ideas with The Ritz’s refined elegance, the new property will be one of the select few stand-alone Ritz-Carlton Residences in the world and only one in Miami Beach.... Read More

Annual Change-Maker's Ball For Self Help Africa Features $100 Cocktail

Oct 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Courtney Driver

Tonight Chelsea Piers will play host to hundreds of people to mark the fourth Change-Maker's Ball in New York City. The annual event raises money forcharity organization Self Help Africa, a foundation that prides itself on empowering people on the continent to provide for themselves, their families and communities.... Read More

Giuliana Rancic Hosts CureDiva Launch Party for Women with Breast Cancer

Oct 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

On October 10, women and members of the media gathered in New York at the Bryant Park Hotel for the launch of CureDiva.com hosted by Guiliana Raincic. As guests sipped on Champagne and nibbled on small bites, they were able to try out first-hand, the launch of CureDiva from pink-covered tabletop iPads.... Read More

San Diego's Donovan's Steak & Chop House is a True Fine Dining Experience

Oct 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

While San Diego is rife with great restaurants, and new and exciting dining venues opening their kitchens seemingly by the minute, Donovan’s Steak & Chop House remains a premier eatery for locals and tourists alike. Revered for its classic ambiance replete with rich mahogany appointments, statues, fine artwork, plush décor and white linens throughout, the restaurant is a study in how to proffer a definitive steakhouse dining experience.  ... Read More

Kelly Osbourne & Jason Priestley Attend MAC and Rick Baker's Monster Mash

Oct 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Dressed up and ready to get their spook on, the stars of Hollywood came out to play on October 19 at MAC Cosmetics and makeup legend Rick Baker’s Monster Mash. In attendance was Kelly Osbourne, Slash, Jason Priestley, Victoria Summer, Andy Garcia, Lucas Till and more. Just in time for Halloween, the evening celebrated MAC and Rick Baker’s limited edition makeup collection.  ... Read More

Try This Celebrity Workout to Stay Fit Before the Holiday Season Hits

Oct 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Victor and Mary

If you’re looking to burn, tone, and sculpt your body before the holidays, you’ll probably want to throw on your best Lorna Jane's or lululemons and head to Beverly Hills to Physique 57. This ballet-meets-cardio-meets-weight-training-meets-Pilates (phew, that’s a mouth full) workout has been lifting women in all the right places since 2006.... Read More

An Updated Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe Makes its Comeback With Parisian Flair

Oct 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe is officially open after full renovations to the flagship Paris hotel and now boasts an even stronger French sophistication. Imagined by the Studio Putman in collaboration with architectural agency IGLOO, new hotel sits a stone's throw from the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe monument. The recent inauguration welcomed 800 guests including Robert Gaymer-Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Sofitel Worldwide; Olivia Putman, Studio Putman Artistic Director; Béatrice Schopflin, General Manager of Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe; gastronome and restaurateur José Da Rosa from Epicerie Da Rosa; and Rami Mekdachi... Read More

$1M Luxury Apartments in London's Canaletto High-Rise Now Previewing

Oct 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

If it’s to-die-for views you’re after while living in London, Canaletto — the new luxury skyscraper development — could be for you. The 31-story tower on the banks of the Regent’s Canal opened its doors to the public last week, with the marketing suite showcasing the latest in five-star waterside living.... Read More

2013 Napa Valley Film Fest Announces Lineup & Tribute to John Lee Hancock

Oct 23, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

On October 14, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced its film and event lineup for the 2013 festival, which runs from November 13-17 in Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. Among the 125 independent films to be screened are August: Osage County, directed by John Wells and starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts; Saving Mr. Banks, directed by John Lee Hancock and starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell; and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, directed by Justin Chadwick and starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.... Read More

2013 Brown Harris Stevens Report Shows Growth in Manhattan Residential Market

Oct 22, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

If anyone is curious to know why there are so many high-rise developments still being built in Manhattan, a report by luxury residential real estate firm Brown Harris Stevens offers a quantitative explanation to substantiate such activity.... Read More

Project Ethos Turns Avalon Hollywood Into a Fashion, Art & Music Hub During LAFW

Oct 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

On October 15, Project Ethos stepped up to the plate to play with the big boys of L.A. Fashion Week as they put on a fashion showcase of both local and international talents in fashion, music and art at Avalon Hollywood from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Presented by Scion and hosted by Kristian Weathers, correspondent for Fashion News Live, the affair brought together 1,500 attendees with the help of additional partners Aids Healthcare Foundation, French Tuesdays, Jin & Quinn, Sebastian Professional, Midori, Lab Art, The Fashion Law Group, and TNT Agency.... Read More

The Boulders Resort Creates a Unique Sense of Place in Carefree, Arizona

Oct 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

I was expecting The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Carefree, Arizona to have something to do with rocks. Massive 12-million-year-old hillsides of boulders thoughtfully designed into a luxurious and tranquil desert oasis, however, completely exceeded all of my expectations. On a recent stay  and visit to the spa, I easily determined why locals and visitors from afar cherish such a special retreat.  ... Read More

Stowe Away to Vermont This Fall for Apple Picking, Hiking and Colorful Foliage

Oct 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

In the fall months, when the leaves start to change and the air turns crisp, there is no better time to take a relaxing weekend away from the city and head to nearby Stowe, Vermont. The quaint town of Stowe, with a population of just over 4,000, is most known as a wintertime wonderland. The mountains of Vermont are the perfect East Coast option for skiers, but the fall also brings brilliant foliage colors ablaze, outdoor activities, fine dining, spa retreats and special events to satisfy any traveler. To get the ball rolling, here’s a list of things to do, places to eat and where to stay while visiting this autumn.... Read More

Ditch the Dives and Watch a Game at Two of L.A.'s More Sophisticated Sports Bars

Oct 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Victor and Mary

In any season, watching your favorite sports team takes on various faces, as do the bar scenes across the City of Angels. For true fans, sports play a major factor in day-to-day activities and which location is best for the after work crowds. Without an NFL team here, the local attention rotates between the LA Clippers, Kings, Lakers and the Dodgers (who made the playoffs this year!). That is not to say the NFL does not have a fan base, and L.A. has plenty of sports bars around to satisfy any devotee. But what about those wanting to watch a game in a more sophisticated atmosphere, less dive bar, more upscale lounge?... Read More

A Charming Pont Neuf Vacation Rental Where You Can Live Like a Parisian

Oct 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

One of the best ways to get to know a destination is by doing what the locals do, eating where they eat and by putting down your Rick Steves travel itinerary. To do this, it's a good idea to rent a home right in the center of residential neighborhoods, instead of opting for a hotel.... Read More

Flavor! Napa Valley Lets You Hang Out With Celebrity Chefs in Wine Country

Oct 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

If ever there was a destination worthy of a world-class food, wine and lifestyle festival, it would be Napa, California. The very mention of this renowned wine producing area evokes savoring swoons among those who have sipped the nectar of the gods produced there.... Read More

The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies Prepare for Their Final Curtain Call After Two Decades

Oct 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Sadly, the show mustn't always go on. After more than two decades of unique and fabulously entertaining stage productions, The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies will be closing its doors forever. The Follies announced their final season, The Last Hurrah!, which will open November 1 with its emotional closing performance on May 18, 2014. Guest star Susan Anton performs November 1–December 31, followed by stints by Maureen McGovern, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love.... Read More

CUCINA enoteca Opens in North County with California-Inspired Italian Cuisine

Oct 16, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Good news, Del Marians (it’ll catch on), CUCINA enoteca is now open right in your backyard. A fusion of California-inspired cuisine and Italian offerings, the new restaurant is fashioned similar to its well-known sister property, CUCINA urbana, as a modern kitchen with a rustic, country-farmhouse charm.... Read More

Rare Two Bedroom 2,100-Square-Foot SoHo Property for Rent

Oct 15, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

SoHo is arguably one of the trendiest and most picturesque neighborhoods in Manhattan, with great shopping, dining and art galleries around every turn. So, naturally the masses are clamoring to live there; but finding the ideal apartment is not easy. If you’re still in the market for a space to put your stamp on, this eighth floor jewel at the corner of Broome and Mercer is worth a look.... Read More

Tosca's Italian Cuisine with a New England Twist a Boston Staple Since 1993

Oct 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Until recent years, Boston foodies were faced with the daunting challenge of finding a decent restaurant in the suburbs. Yet, there is one restaurant that made its debut 20 years ago that made that task a little bit easier. If you haven’t been properly introduced, meet Tosca Restaurant in Hingham, the South Shore destination that really put fine suburban dining on the map.... Read More

5550 Wilshire at Miracle Mile: Modern Urban Living in the Heart of LA

Oct 15, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Along Los Angeles’ iconic “Main Street” is a new luxury apartment building with a retro look, offering a long list of coveted amenities and proximity to some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment in the city. Featuring a resort-style pool surrounded by cabanas, outdoor space with fire pits, a two-story state-of-the-art gym, and a cozy movie theater, 5550 Wilshire at Miracle Mile gives tenants a place to relish in the ultimate urban L.A. lifestyle.... Read More

Coach Grill Serves Up Juicy Steaks & Lobster Right Outside the City

Oct 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Steakhouses are an easy find in Boston; it seems every section of our fair city has a bustling one, but where can you go if you don’t feel like venturing downtown? Head to Coach Grill in Wayland, Mass. Located on the site of the original Red Coach Grill, and formerly owned by Back Bay Restaurant Group, Coach Grill is now operated by Tavistock Group. While the menu has changed slightly since Tavistock took over, its steaks, chops and seafood only got better.... Read More

Boston's Atlantic Fish Co. Has Been Attracting Seafood Lovers for Over 30 Years

Oct 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Boston is synonymous with fresh seafood, and for tourists and locals alike looking for standout fish, Atlantic Fish Co. on Boylston Street is a great choice. The restaurant has been serving up some of the city’s freshest catches of the day since 1978.... Read More

Colorful Lights and a Tub With a View: ICH Los Angeles' Royal Suite Opens its Doors

Oct 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

At JustLuxe, we know a thing or two about extravagant hotel suites, so when we hear there’s a new one, we naturally want to take a look inside. The InterContinental Los Angeles at Beverly Hills just finished a complete redesign on their highest-end accommodation, the Royal Suite — so it’s as good as new to us.... Read More

Fashion Week San Diego Showcases Emerging New Designers

Oct 10, 2013  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

Where do all the beautiful Californians in the fashion industry head to when it’s the beginning of October? Fashion Week San Diego! The parties, the people, the drinks—and the clothing, of course. Last week models, designers and fans from all over gathered in the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier to watch over 25 designers showcase their collections on the runway.... Read More

The Historic Boyd Theater in Philadelphia is Being Resurrected as Luxury Cinema

Oct 10, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

On October 1, the Florida-based iPic Entertainment group announced that it has signed an agreement to remodel the Boyd Theater into an eight-screen, 744-seat luxury movie theater and restaurant. The company, which began in 2006, has grown rapidly in the past three years and now is established in nine locations with 67 screens in seven states.... Read More

Chef Jason Santos' Abby Lane Takes Center Stage in the Theater District

Oct 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

If you live in Boston, you know the entertaining chef with the blue hair, the one making headlines since his appearance on the seventh season of Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay. Since then, Chef Jason Santos has created a restaurant after his colorful hair: Blue Inc. located on Broad Street, and has recently opened his second venture, Abby Lane Food & Spirits.... Read More

Invite-Only Rand Luxury Review Previews 2014 McLaren 12C Spider & More

Oct 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

On October 3, the Rand Luxury Group showcased the latest in luxury autos, fashion, accessories, electronics, fine spirits and more at The Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City, during the Luxury Review event. Brand ambassadors from a variety of industries were in attendance to present their latest offerings during the invitation-only affair. Guests enjoyed Champagne, signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Greenwich Project as they perused the products and models of world-class luxury brands.... Read More

Capella Washington D.C. Hosts Monthly Trunk Show Series With Top Designers

Oct 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Washington D.C. may be all about their tailored suits and smart blazers, but in a place where status means everything, there’s still a place for fashion-forward stylistas to stand out among the blacks, whites and grays. To aid guests and locals in their search for the best looks and brands, Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown has partnered with Saks Fifth Avenue to offer monthly trunk shows highlighting the capital city’s best couture fashions and edgy designers.... Read More

Life is Beautiful Festival To Feature Chart-Topping Bands, Cirque du Soliel and Celebrity Chefs

Oct 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Courtney Driver

For the very first time later this month Sin City will be launching a brand new festival jam-packed with food, art, music and distinguished speakers. This is Vegas, and as you may already know, this city doesn't do anything on the small scale.... Read More

Do Good & Shop Well With Celebrity Stylist Daniel Musto

Oct 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

This is one over-the-top shopping trip that has no chance of leaving you with buyer’s remorse. CharityBuzz is auctioning off a shopping spree of red carpet proportions to benefit not only your wardrobe, but Mental Fitness Inc., a nonprofit that creates initiatives to educate communities around America on mental illness and eating disorders.... Read More

Interview: Owners Of Countryside Mansion Discuss Romance, Renovations & Renting

Oct 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

Armed with a love of historic buildings, former lawyer Chris Badham and artist Damian Llambias embarked on a project of a lifetime. They ditched their lives in London and bought the magnificent 30-bedroom Huntsham Court, a beautiful Grade II*-listed Victorian mansion located in the heart of the rolling Devon countryside. Recently, we were able to chat with the pair about the purchase, renovations and vision for the manor.... Read More

Worlds Apart by Artist Drew Tal Opens October 10 in New York

Oct 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

On October 10, 2013, renowned international artist Drew Tal will have his opening reception for Worlds Apart at The Emmanuel Fremin Gallery from 6-8 p.m. in New York City. The show is scheduled to run from until December 14. Worlds Apart consists of a series of works that were especially designed for the Istanbul Biennial 2013 Art Show in Istanbul, Turkey. ... Read More

Take to the Mountains with a Fall Vacation at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

Oct 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Victor and Mary

Sitting in the Santa Monica Mountains, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village offers a Southern California oasis for visitors and a great staycation for locals. Recently, my colleague and I took the 40-minute ride from L.A. to experience the hotel. Upon arrival, the exterior gave off a distinct business-formal feel, however, the interiors proved a more relaxed atmosphere. Accommodations come in a variety of sizes based on preference and include breathtaking views of the mountains.... Read More

Get in Shape Before the Holidays with Fontainebleau's Wellness Series

Oct 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Typically, after the holidays, gym memberships increase, yoga studios fill up and diet trends start to hit the web. This year, Fontainebleau Miami Beach is looking to help you kick off your workout plans and goals before the holidays…so you won’t feel as guilty getting that second helping of mashed potatoes and turkey. The second annual Lapis Spa Wellness Series will feature renowned experts in the health and wellness fields to host a collection of programs and workshops for guests and locals.... Read More

Your Own Private Oceanfront Escape with Terranea Vacation Homes

Oct 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Victor and Mary

Whether it's summer vacation, winter break or a holiday, spending time away from our everyday lives is usually limited to weekends or two weeks off at the most for Americans. In other words, R&R is conspicuously scarce. Regardless, there are plenty of people out there that want to invest in second homes in great locations,not only for ease of access for vacations, but for the purpose of investment.... Read More

 
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