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The Talbott Hotel: Classic Victorian Splendor in Downtown Chicago

Apr 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

A peculiar-looking cow—its red and black colored back reminding me of a giant ladybug—walking up the front sandstone façade of the building means The Talbott Hotel in downtown Chicago is hard to miss. Its entrance, with twin potted plants, ash-gray overhanging awning, polished glass and brass doors, and a valet in full livery, reminded me of a bygone era—a Private Gentlemens' Club in Victorian London.... Read More

Living Room Bliss: In-Home Vita Flex Raindrop Treatment Using Young Living Oils

Apr 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Victor and Mary

Set up massage tables in your Los Angeles home or hotel room, add Young Living Oils and a Vita Flex Raindrop Treatment, and the space becomes an urban escape. “I like to think of the ambiance as the artistic side of the session.... Read More

Interview With Celebrity Chef Susur Lee: Inspiration, Discipline & Falling in Love With Food

Apr 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Susur Lee has come a long way from his humble beginnings in Hong Kong. The critically-acclaimed king of Asian-fusion, who combines traditional Chinese dishes with classic French techniques, has gone on to become a Top Chef Masters sensation and owner of restaurants all over the world.... Read More

Hôtel de Crillon Makes Way for Remodel With $7.5 Million Auction

Apr 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

On April 18, Paris' luxurious Hôtel de Crillon rounded up their most prized possessions and showcased them to the public. The five-day auction featured 3,500 lots that included historic furniture, 2,000 bottles of wine and many once-in-a-lifetime treasures, clearing the way for the upcoming two-year renovation planned for the hotel and new spa. During the course of the week, the hotel made profits of 5.7 million Euros (approx. $7.5M) with over half the sales taking place online.... Read More

Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Spa Selects Park Avenue Address for New Location

Apr 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In the city that never sleeps, the world's largest urban playground, it's only natural that its inhabitants are going to need a place to unwind.... Read More

Get to Church for a Heavenly Dining Experience

Apr 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Quit with the holier than thou attitude and get thyself to Church. We’re not talking about the Catholic, Protestant or Baptist kind of holy ground. More like the hidden neighborhood restaurant located near Fenway Park type of Church.... Read More

Madonna's Iconic Fashion Costumes On Display at LA Pop-up Exhibit

Apr 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When Madge invites you to take a sneak peek into her closet, you do it, no questions asked. When she flies in outfits from Kunsthal in Rotterdam exclusively for your viewing pleasure, you thank your lucky stars. Today, Madonna, Material Girl and Macy's are teaming up for a one day pop-up exhibition from 6-8 p.m. featuring an exclusive inside look at Madonna’s most iconic fashion items.... Read More

FACE Africa 4th Annual Clean Water Charity Event Raises $73,000 for Liberia

Apr 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher  |  1 Comment

The FACE Africa 4th Annual Clean Water Gala took place at Midtown New York hotspot Espace on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. The event attracted close to 350 guests and raised $73,000, enough to build 15-20 clean water systems in Rivercess County, one of Liberia’s most marginalized and under-served counties.... Read More

Turner's Yard: Small Town Location, Big Name Investors

Apr 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

The small town restaurant with big name investors is making a statement. Turner’s Yard, the recently opened Pembroke restaurant that pays homage to a former shipyard located in the town’s North River, is backed by some of Boston’s biggest names... Read More

Sofitel New York Offers French Style in The Big Apple

Apr 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Sofitel, a French brand, has taken quiet but sure steps to elevate itself from business stopover to luxury standby over the past few years…and it’s worked. Once upon a time it may have been the European businessman’s home-away-from-home, but over time it’s become a true luxury bastion…and in no property is that more apparent than the heart of Manhattan.... Read More

Four Seasons to Open First Location in Spain Within Historic Buildings of Madrid

Apr 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

They say there’s no place like home, and as a San Diego dweller, I couldn’t agree more. Unless of course, you’re talking about going to Madrid, then I might have to make an exception. Add a stay at a Four Seasons hotel, and I’m there. Luckily, Four Seasons is opening a Madrid property within the next four years, its first-ever in Spain. The new hotel will set up residence in a series of heritage buildings that make up the Canalejas complex, located walking distance to city center and popular landmarks.... Read More

Harney Sushi Takes Sustainable Seafood Seriously

Apr 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Many businesses today are striving to be socially and environmentally responsible, but few in the San Diego restaurant realm may come close to the efforts of Harney Sushi—a hotspot that’s as cool as it is eco-conscious. This restaurant exemplifies ecological integrity by forsaking popular sushi ingredients that are either over-fished or have a negative impact on the environment.... Read More

Carnaby Summer Fashion Event Hits the Streets May 2

Apr 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

Calling all fashionistas! Trendy Carnaby Street in the heart of London is hosting its bustling fashion event next month. More than 100 stores, bars and restaurants will be taking part in the evening extravaganza on Thursday, May 2, making it the biggest event of its kind in the capital.... Read More

Chicago Strives to Become "The Greenest City in The Country"

Apr 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Of all the “green” cities in the world, Chicago , home of deep dish pizza and the third most populated city in the U.S., probably doesn’t make your top five list of environmentally sound metropolises. However, Chicago is making some of the country’s largest efforts towards becoming an eco-friendly place to live.... Read More

Get Green in Miami This Earth Day

Apr 19, 2013  |   Contributor: Marissa Foglia

Residents of Miami have always been viewed as eco-friendly. We carry with us an ongoing concern for the preservation of our protected wetlands, ocean, beaches and parks. After all, it’s kind of... Read More

2013 Milan Design Week Gets Eco-Friendly

Apr 19, 2013  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

This year marked the 52nd edition of Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, or Milan Design Week. The weeklong event showcases some of the most innovative and eye-catching home designs on the market, from LED lighting to hybrid furniture. However, April is also the “month of green” – thirty days... Read More

Sample SoCal Life at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Apr 19, 2013  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

If it wasn’t for the view of the Pacific Ocean, which is just visible behind the green of the Torrey Pines Golf Course, the rustic, cabin-like appeal of the AAA Five Diamond Lodge at Torrey Pines would lend the impression of having arrived at a mountainside escape. La Jolla’s signature pines, the rarest... Read More

Coachella Kick-Off Party Showcases Must-Have Music Festival Products

Apr 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Victor and Mary

Even if an all day concert in the desert’s sweltering heat isn’t your idea of a good time, Coachella’s presence in Southern California and media culture surrounding it cannot be denied. The fun energy continues to attract more brands and fans, eager to partake in Coachella’s bohemia-meets-tech festival. To celebrate the first weekend's... Read More

5 Things You Never Knew Were From San Francisco

Apr 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

While San Francisco may be home to the Rice-a-Roni brand (you can hear the jingle in your head can’t you?) as well as... Read More

M life Program Offers Ultimate VIP Experiences in Las Vegas

Apr 16, 2013  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Scarcity, legacy, and worth often define the essence of the luxury product, but it can also define the essence of the luxury experience. The rewards results of the MGM Resorts International M life program, The MLife Moments, are unique examples of the luxury experience. Not everyone can access them, they are memorable and they define a sense of worth, time, effort... Read More

Walking Green: KANDALS Eco-Friendly Footwear

Apr 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

“For students, by students,” is the motto behind KANDALS, a San Diego-based, eco-friendly shoe company that originated from a marketing project started at San Diego State... Read More

Tosca Inspires a Love Affair With Fine Dining

Apr 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Marissa Foglia

Properly paying homage to the cuisine at Tosca in Miami Beach would be a challenge for any writer, as words themselves can hardly do justice to what quickly turned into an infallible dining retreat. From the first bite to the last, their newly released Everyday is Valentine’s Day tasting menu... Read More

It's Eco-Friendly Month But NYC is Green Year-Round

Apr 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Carolyn Hsu

With a moniker like “the concrete jungle,” New York City doesn’t instantly inspire images of greenery or an eco-friendly lifestyle. Look a little deeper though, and you’ll see signs of the city’s campaign to protect the environment in everything from LEED certified buildings... Read More

Justine's Table Serves Up a Mean Steak with a Side of Patriotism

Apr 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Don’t you just love it when you discover a hidden gem of a restaurant? If you haven’t yet discovered Justine’s Table in Wellesley, you are in for a special treat with this rare find. Located on... Read More

Super Exclusive Useppa Island Club Is Fit For Royals

Apr 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Julie Hatfield

As boaters approach Useppa Island on Florida's southwest coast they may hear a warning from a loudspeaker, "This is a private, members-only club!" If you want exclusivity in a vacation, the Useppa Island Club is your place. Whether you want to come for lunch or an overnight... Read More

5 Most Expensive Atlanta Neighborhoods

Apr 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

From celebrities and business people to artists and diplomats, approximately 432,000 people call Atlanta, Georgia home. The Southern state is the ninth largest metropolitan area in the U.S., and is one of the most visited cities in the country, drawing thousands of tourists who come to enjoy the Georgia Aquarium... Read More

Experience Wine Country Like a Foodie Should: A Hands-On Culinary Tour in Sonoma

Apr 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

I've always had a fond spot in my heart for Sonoma. I thought of it rather like my fave old bathrobe: well-worn, comfy and fits just right — no surprises. But after joining Access Trips for a one-day sample of their new five-day, behind the scenes Wine Country Culinary Tour, this... Read More

10 Hottest Pool Parties in Las Vegas

Apr 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Summer is right around the corner and everyone from exam-weary coeds to restless 9-5ers have been busy booking their plane tickets and shopping for the season’s cutest two-piece. While many are flocking to Mexico and the Caribbean for a bit of sand and surf, others are headed to Las Vegas. However, a trip to Sin City doesn’t... Read More

The Flat: Miami's New Venue Won't Tell You When To Go Home

Apr 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Marissa Foglia

There's a new lounge in town. The Flat is the newest neighbor in Miami's SoFi (South of Fifth) district and is nearly settled in. The new venue welcomed droves of the chic and fabulous who stopped by for a peek during The Flat's various soft openings throughout the week. With its sheer, pulled-back curtains, stunning glass... Read More

 
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