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Celebrities Spent How Much in 2011?

Dec 30, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

We all know celebrities are paid an exurbanite amount of money to do even the most simple tasks; but how much are they spending and what are they spending their "hard earned" money on? MSN's Wonderwall found some of our favorite A-listers dropping tons of cash on anything from clothes to jewelry to spa treatments.... Read More

New Year's Eve Party Ideas With Your Favorite Celebrity Hosts

Dec 29, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

With Christmas behind us it's time to focus on New Year's Eve 2012. No matter what major city you're in, there is an amazing party with an even more impressive celebrity host. From New York City down to Miami and over to Las Vegas, the biggest names are coming out to ring in the new year with you.... Read More

9 Super Green Christmas Decorations

Dec 19, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

A recent issue of Scientific American reported that mistletoe may be extinct in 20 years. And the holidays aren’t complete without mistletoe, right? So that either means we’ve got to get all our smooches in now or think of a smart alternative should this holiday merry (match?) maker disappear.... Read More

Five Last Minute Gift Ideas for Luxury Loving Men

Dec 15, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

We have made a list that you can check twice to buy something for the men whom you think are nice and/or even nicer when naughty...because these gifts would be equally fitting for brothers, fathers, friends, and lovers.... Read More

12 Extreme Concierge Requests

Dec 13, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

You’d have to get really clever to catch a concierge off guard; they’ve seen it all. From marriage proposals with 100 cupcakes to requests for monochromatic meals, hotel concierges come up with creative solutions to guests' every whim. More than just asking for soy milk with your coffee or securing a near-impossible restaurant reservation, the most memorable guest requests are way outside the box — like all-green-foods-all-the-time outside the box.... Read More

What Event Planners Bring to the Party

Dec 12, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Time is always an issue when it comes to entertaining friends and family, especially around the holidays, as many find themselves burning the midnight oil in a mad rush to get everything together. Remember last year, when you said you were going to plan ahead, only to find yourself scrambling to send out invites a week before the big day?... Read More

The Highest Grossing Movies of 2011 Worldwide | Who is Number One?

Dec 11, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

With the year coming to a close, we thought we'd take a look back at 2011's most popular and highest grossing movies. Book adaptations and sequels were big this year, with only two films on the top 10 list not falling in that category. And what is the highest grossing movie worldwide for 2011? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 takes the gold with $1,328,111,219 to be exact, according to Box Office Mojo as of December 7, 2011.... Read More

Gift Ideas for the Cigar Lover from Nat Sherman

Dec 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Is there a cigar lover on your Christmas list? New York City’s legendary tobacconist Nat Sherman has you covered. Their luxurious Townhouse on 42nd Street in Manhattan, a destination for gentlemen cigar aficionados for over 80 years, is well stocked with a selection of fine accessories that make perfect gifts.... Read More

Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Dec 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

My favorite holiday gifting category is the stocking stuffer. Just when everyone thinks the parade of presents has ended, out come the stockings stuffed to the gills with yet more goodies. The small, fairly uniform sizes of stocking stuffer gifts only add to the air of mystery of what this ever-so-special sock will bear. Here are some size-appropriate gift ideas as you make your list and check it twice.... Read More

Four Great Websites to Make Your Life Easier

Dec 5, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

How I value the World Wide Web. All of my travel, all of my wardrobe, and all of my household items or contacts are found, browsed, and bought with a few swift clicks of my mouse. I am increasingly a fan of free websites that help my life become more organized, particularly with a fun element. Here are a few of my latest finds worth a click.... Read More

Madonna to be Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Entertainment

Dec 5, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

Madonna will follow in the footsteps of music legends The Rolling Stones, The Who, U2 and many more (who could forget the infamous Janet Jackson performance/nip slip) as the Super Bowl halftime entertainment, confirmed by E! News yesterday. Super Bowl XLVI will take place in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and air on NBC on February 5, 2012 and will no doubt be a show to remember with Madonna calling the shots. Let’s just hope she keeps it G-rated for the millions of viewers.... Read More

Justin Bieber Tops Kim Kardashian as Most Searched Celebrity on Bing

Dec 2, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

He may only be 17 years old, but Justin Bieber already holds some serious star power. He performs sold out concerts all over the world, can make young girls cry at the blink of an eye, and has hair that's as famous as he is. He's not only dominating the media, but he's now the most searched person on Bing.com's Top 2011 Searches list, as reported by CBS News.... Read More

Celebrating the Haute Cuisine of the Ritz Paris

Dec 1, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Among enthusiasts of fine French cooking, there are few rivals to the extravagant L’Espadon restaurant at the famed Ritz Paris. That’s only fitting for the opulent edifice founded by the Swiss hotelier César Ritz in collaboration with legendary Chef Auguste Escoffier in 1898 in a nobleman’s former mansion on the Place Vendôme.... Read More

Charity Events for the Holidays

Nov 30, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The holidays are just around the corner and so is the season of giving. As you open up your wallets to purchase presents for friends and family, don't forget those less fortunate. According to a poll conducted by the American Red Cross, 79% of Americans agreed that they would rather have a charitable donation made in their name than receive a gift they wouldn't use and four out of five said helping the less fortunate is an important part of the holiday tradition. To get into the holiday spirit, here are a few charitable events and causes that hope to make the season bright for all:... Read More

Douglas Fairbanks Jr.'s Louis Vuitton Trunks for Sale

Nov 28, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

A pair of customized Louis Vuitton steamer trunks that belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., the famed Hollywood actor and dandy, have been listed for sale by N.P. Trent Antiques of Palm Beach, Florida.... Read More

Top 10 Thanksgiving Celebrations

Nov 23, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

With parades dating back to the early 1900s, community Turkey Trots, and block parties to help give back, there’s plenty to do this Thanksgiving. Whether you’re traveling home this year, skipping town to visit friends, or staying close by, cities across America throw all kinds of celebrations mixed with local traditions and tastes. Holiday markets, cooking classes, and prix fixe feasts abound on this most food-loving holiday, though some cities take their celebrations to the next level.... Read More

10 Thanksgiving Celebrations Around the World

Nov 21, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

The day of grace and gluttony we know as Thanksgiving is more than just the big meal before Black Friday. It has rather noble origins. When our pioneering forefathers arrived on American shores, they left the Mayflower in a tragic state. Throughout the winter at sea they suffered from exposure, scurvy, and outbreaks of contagious diseases. When only half of the original crew made it to the New World, an Abenaki Indian greeted them in their native tongue of English. Days later, he returned with Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe, who was sold into slavery to an English sea captain.... Read More

11 Unique Ideas for Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Nov 17, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

We’re not going to argue — at Thanksgiving, the star of the show is more often than not the turkey. After all, weighing in around 13-20 pounds, the beast is a force to be reckoned with — especially when you’ve been laboring over it all day. Turkey, stuffing, creamed onions, and cranberry sauce aside, though, adding a little color and seasonal flair to the table is just as important as getting the food on the table.... Read More

Eco-Friendly Products That Are Naturally Inspired

Nov 16, 2011  |   Contributor: Eric Meyers

The earth contains one trillion tons of wood, so it makes sense to use it. The technology boom that has dominated the last decade has drawn our interests away from the warm feel and look of wood, but this year it has been making a comeback in a variety of unique uses. Our good friends over at AHAlife are all over the trend, so we lumbered through their vast selection to bring you a few special items.... Read More

Model of Ralph Lauren's $40 Million Bugatti Among Holiday Offerings

Nov 14, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Models of automotive works of art from the incredible collection of Ralph Lauren are among the designer’s enticing holiday offerings this season. There are four limited edition models at 1:8 scale in all, priced at $9,500 apiece, including his $40 million 1938 Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic Coupé (above), his $25 million 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and 1996 McLaren F1 LM.... Read More

Herm?s Diamond Birkin Handbag Expected to Sell for $80K at Auction

Nov 10, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

An Herm?s Diamond Birkin, with diamond and white gold hardware, is expected to fetch more than $80,000 at the upcoming Handbags & Luxury Accessories Signature Auction in early December. More than 550 luxury accessories by such industry stalwarts as Chanel, Gucci, Judith Leiber, and more than 100 Herm?s handbags are going to the table at Heritage Auction's event.... Read More

Karma Foundation's Kandy Halloween a Party with Purpose

Nov 10, 2011  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern  |  1 Comment

By far the hottest ticket in town each Halloween is for the Karma Foundation’s "Kandy Halloween" event — a no-holds-barred, over-the-top, fantastically outrageous costume party with all of the fabulosity, frolicking and fantastic-looking ladies one would expect, if not demand, of the Playboy Mansion venue where the highly anticipated annual affair is hosted.... Read More

The Karma Foundation Offers Cause-Conscious Camaraderie

Nov 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

You may be familiar with the word "karma," the idea that every action taken by a person generates energy that is then returned back in kind. The belief that by bringing happiness and success to others the universe will return the favor.... Read More

Book Reviews | Martha Stewart Reveals Her Holiday Entertaining Secrets

Nov 4, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

Way back in 1982, the Martha Stewart era began with a book titled simply "Entertaining." Now a new book, "Martha’s Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations" brings it all full circle. Martha's new book is far more lavish than the original book based on her experiences as a caterer. This book is a hardcover cookbook but is pretty enough to be a coffee table book. It is full of gorgeous photography and includes recipes, ideas for dining decor and menus that evoke some of the idyllic scenes Stewart has showcased in her magazine, on television shows and in her long series of books.... Read More

Inside England's Greatest Country Estates

Nov 3, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern  |  1 Comment

You can get a privileged look behind the impressive portals of England’s great country estates in all their resplendent finery thanks to a lavish new book by renowned British architectural historian Jeremy Musson from Rizzoli.... Read More

La Tartine Gourmande by Beatrice Peltre | A New Kind of Cookbook

Nov 2, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

It's hard not to be envious of Beatrice Peltre and her food-centered life. Peltre has blogged for years on La Tartine Gourmande, gathering fans of her French rustic cooking style and her beautiful photography and gaining a career as a food stylist, recipe developer and food writer.... Read More

Should I Bring My Cellphone With Me to the Table?

Oct 31, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Every week, our resident experts Mindy Lockard and Coryanne Ettiene answer etiquette questions from modern day hosts, offering advice from both traditional and contemporary perspectives.... Read More

Ty Cobb Game-Worn Uniform Expected to Sell for $300K at Auction

Oct 28, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Just in time for the World Series! Sports memorabilia collectors around the world are expected to take this pitch very seriously.... Read More

7 Most Over-the-Top Halloween Parties

Oct 27, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Halloween is the second most expensive holiday, only after Christmas. Surprising, no? But when you factor in the elaborate costumes, makeup, gallons of candy given out, it all adds up. Then consider the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on a number of star-studded, over-the-top masquerades and costume balls that take place on Halloween night, or just before, every year from LA to New York City, and it all makes sense.... Read More

10 Most Extraordinary Parties in History

Oct 26, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Tales of a bygone era are often rich with costumed balls, masquerades, and black-tie galas. Romanticized nostalgia abounds in books and on film (fiction and non-fiction), chronicling these endless nights of unbridled debauchery and cool scenes filled to the brim with a city’s most fashionable set.... Read More

Pittsburgh Penguins' Suite 66 Scores Big as Luxury Experience

Oct 25, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Watching a hockey game from Suite 66 is like watching it in team owner and former NHL legend Mario Lemieux’s own private den. This is one of the most intimate sports-experience packages ever imagined. This private luxury suite of the Pittsburgh Penguins literally puts fans right next to all of the action — both on and off the ice.... Read More

Ski Resorts Offering Many Luxury Services This Winter

Oct 20, 2011  |   Contributor: Eric Meyers

An early-season dusting recently rolled through some of America’s higher elevations, and seeing a touch of white on the mountain landscapes has plenty of people yearning for the chairlifts to start spinning so they can get some turns in. Skiing has long been the favorite winter time getaway for the country’s distinguished families, but there’s a handful of hassles that can ruin a day on the slopes. Lugging armloads of equipment to a crowded ski area only to deal with lodge food is enough to turn the experience sour, but luckily there is a banquet of bespoke services at your disposal this winter.... Read More

Neiman Marcus Christmas Book 2011 Features Bespoke Assouline Library

Oct 19, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Among Neiman Marcus’ fantasy Christmas gifts this year is a $125,000 bespoke library from French luxury publisher Assouline. Part of the famed retailer’s iconic Christmas Book, the library is a full-fledged installation including custom carpeting, objets d’art, and beautifully framed prints in addition to books.... Read More

Is it OK to Disinvite a Guest?

Oct 17, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

When entertaining, there are two secrets to a host’s success: An ability to bring together people and create lasting memories, and the foresight to see — and resolve — problems before they arise. Once a week, our resident experts Mindy Lockard and Coryanne Ettiene will weigh in with helpful advice to help the modern host tackle even the stickiest of situations with grace.... Read More

What To Do When Conversations Turn Bad

Oct 12, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

When entertaining, there are two secrets to a host’s success: An ability to bring together people and create lasting memories, and the foresight to see — and resolve — problems before they arise.... Read More

Altadis Introduces H. Upmann 1844 Reserve and Diamondback Cigars

Oct 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

We have tried and love Altadis’ H Upmann Sun Grown cigar (size Belicoso) but the company has recently launched the 1844 Reserve, which the folks there are calling "perhaps our finest H. Upmann yet."... Read More

Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Jimmy Iovine & Raphael Mazzucco Collaborate on Culo by Mazzucco

Sep 21, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Music impresario and entrepreneur Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, and fashion photographer and visual artist Raphael Mazzucco have aligned to head up a vanguard of an art movement that focuses on the beauty of the female backside. Combs, a man confident in his knowledge of defining sexuality, served as the exec editor for this 248-page, full-color coffee-table book titled Culo by Mazzucco.... Read More

Celebrity Swag | The Scoop Behind the Emmy Awards Gifting Lounges

Sep 20, 2011  |   Contributor: Jennifer Chan  |  2 Comments

The 2011 Emmy Awards honored television’s brightest stars, but trophies weren’t the only things they took home to revel in their glory. As most of you know, with awards season comes an abundance of gratis gifts, ranging from fashion and beauty items and entertainment access to upscale liquor and travel accommodations.... Read More

Heritage Auctions $20 Million Worth of Coins and Collectibles

Sep 19, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Heritage Auctions’ recent Signature World and Ancient Coins Auction at the Long Beach Coin, Stamps & Collectibles Expo realized more than $20.5 million. The sale of a 1909 Korean gold-coin set for more than $1.39 million was the most expensive lot sold at the two-day auction held September 8-9, in Long Beach, California. The $20.5 million total sales established a record for a single auction in this category, which had began 11 years ago.... Read More

Fernand Léger Art Celebrated in New Book from Assouline

Sep 19, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

French painter Fernand Léger gets his full due in a new luxury book from boutique publisher Assouline. The limited edition volume, part of Assouline’s Ultimate Collection, includes a carefully- curated selection of Léger's iconic pieces. Each piece is hand-glued onto the page.... Read More

The Ultimate Guide to Ivy League Style

Sep 16, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Next month Rizzoli will publish the ultimate guide to the Ivy League look. Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style by designer Jeffrey Banks and journalist Doria de La Chapelle takes a coffee table-worthy gaze at the long and colorful history of prep style.... Read More

Nike Debuts New VR Pro Limited Edition Forged Driver

Sep 15, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

November isn't traditionally golfing season but Nike's new VR Pro Limited Edition Forged driver - which will be available for purchase on November 1 - might want to make you throw on a sweater or two and hit the course (of course Nike Golf athletes Paul Casey and Anthony Kim already have it in their bags).... Read More

Book Reviews | Slow Love by Dominique Browning

Sep 15, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

Do we want to see our idols laid bare? For years I admired Dominique Browning, her cool light-eyed gaze showing calm reserve from her monthly editor's letter for House & Garden magazine. I imagined her life full of wine-soaked adventures with professional bon vivant Jay McInerney; long days spent poring over beautiful photographs; travels around the world and encounters with notable celebrities. But what happens when the woman who seems to have it all loses the magazine that is the center of her universe? First, we learn, she eats, then she wallows a bit, then she at last she remakes her own life. Slow Love, recently out in paperback is the chronicle of that passage.... Read More

Polara Ultimate Straight Self-Correcting Golf Balls Are Back

Sep 13, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

If these golf balls work as promoted, it is understandable why this product would not be permitted for use in USGA-sanctioned events. A golf ball with a design that enables it go straighter than other balls 75 percent of the time would certainly provide a competitive edge. The balls were indeed banned by the USGA in 1981. However, after taking the product out of the U.S. market in 1985, Polara has since received a new patent is back selling its balls in the USA.... Read More

St. Regis to Launch New Polo Championship in Greenwich

Sep 12, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

On September 17, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts will host its first-ever North American polo match at the Greenwich Polo Club in Connecticut, featuring St. Regis Connoisseur Nacho Figueras, the Ralph Lauren model and international polo star.... Read More

Book Reviews | The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak by Randy Fertel

Sep 9, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

The Ruth's Chris Steakhouse chain has been celebrated in rap songs and is famous around the United States for the massive entrees including steaks rich with butter. With over 100 restaurants around the country, Ruth's Chris is the biggest luxury steak company in the U.S. The story of the legendary founder Ruth Fertel is one best told by her son, Randy, whose memoir is equal parts bitter and sweet.... Read More

Book Reviews | The Science of the Sun with Bob Berman

Aug 25, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

Ever dream of taking a trip to an exotic location to observe an eclipse or the northern lights? If so you might have had science writer Bob Berman as a guide. He has served as a lecturer on many such trips and his latest book, The Sun's Heartbeat, unpacks some of the astronomical facts behind those dazzling shows of light and shadow as well as the simple joys of warm sunlight on a sandy beach or an afternoon rainbow. ... Read More

Exploring the Great Camps of the Adirondacks

Aug 18, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern  |  1 Comment

The Acanthus Press, publishers of exceptional books on the finest historical architecture, has come out with a luxurious new volume on the "great camps" of the Adirondacks. An Elegant Wilderness: Great Camps and Grand Lodges of the Adirondacks, 1855-1935, by Gladys Montgomery, recounts the story of the private retreats of the Gilded Age tycoons who traveled north from New York City to revel in nature.... Read More

1855 $3 Gold Coin Sells for $1.32+ Million by Heritage Auctions

Aug 17, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

A very rare 1855 $3 gold coin that sold for $1,322,500 was the top-selling lot of Heritage Auction's Signature U.S. Coin & Platinum Night Auctions. The two-day auction, which took place August 11-12 in Chicago, Illinois, at the Marriott O'Hare, sold 95 percent of the available lots and took in more than $31.345 million.... Read More

How to Host the Perfect Dinner Party

Aug 16, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  3 Comments

Dinner parties can be stressful for both the host and the guest. Although what to wear can be quite the conundrum, there are other things to consider when you're the host of a dinner party. Jimmy McIntyre, Executive Chef of New Zealand's Otahuna Lodge has offered some tips for making your next dinner party stress-free.... Read More

Fete Event Planners Celebrate the Art of Entertaining

Jul 25, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  1 Comment

Believing that great parties don't just happen, husband and wife team Josh Brooks and Jung Lee have launched F?te, a full-service event planning and design production firm.... Read More

Surfboard and Gear Up for Auction to Benefit Charities for Children

Jul 22, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

What makes perfect sense for summer? A surf sale! Gilt Groupe is currently holding a summer surf event that includes everything you need for an endless summer. The sale launched on July 20 with surf-inspired products and experiences across all Gilt Groupe categories. Exclusive to Gilt.com are five rare Kelly Slater autographed Channel Islands Surfboards and two one-of-a-kind surfboards curated by Cynthia Rowley with ExhibitionA.com artists.... Read More

Demand: Creating What People Love Before They Know They Want It

Jul 18, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard  |  1 Comment

Every basic economics class teaches supply and demand, it is the cornerstone of the capitalist economy. But what has often been a mystery is how demand is created in the first place. We all know the urgency of demand when we feel it, that spark of lust for the newest iteration of the iPhone or the latest Marc Jacobs purse. It's more than price that fuels this desire, it's the intangible, the magic. Demand: Creating What People Love Before They Know They Want It by Adrian J. Slywotzky seeks to deconstruct that magic by looking at successful brands, companies, and products that inspire this type of response.... Read More

Prince William's Royal Salute Team Prevails in Foundation Polo Challenge

Jul 15, 2011  |   Contributor: Carrie Coolidge

Last weekend, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit to the U.S. to promote British exports. The highlight of the royal visit to the Los Angeles area was a polo event in which Prince William's team competed at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpenteria.... Read More

Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft, Paul Allen

Jul 6, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

Before Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin or Twitter's Evan Williams and Biz Stone there were Bill Gates and Paul Allen - the forces behind Microsoft. These days Allen is better known for how he has spent his money - his investments in professional sports and music and of course his fleet of megayachts.... Read More

MyRegistry.com Makes Gift Giving Universally Convenient

Jun 30, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  2 Comments

MyRegistry.com just may be the most convenient gift-registry service ever conceived. The service enables users to shop for any item in any store worldwide. Rather than selecting one or several retailers for an event, such as a wedding, a birthday, an anniversary, and so forth, it is now possible for gift givers to buy the most desirable goods directly from the stores that carry it.... Read More

Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail

Jun 21, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

Caitlin Kelly's memoir of a brief career in retail, Malled, begins with an Elizabeth Gilbert-like crisis of faith. Kelly, like Gilbert, is a writer with years of glam globetrotting assignments behind her. But unlike Gilbert, Kelly doesn't seek salvation in a global journey - she stays close to home and gets a job at the mall.... Read More

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Jun 15, 2011  |   Contributor: Elise Edwards

Not all men are created equal which is why Father's Day can provoke such anxiety. With time running out to find that perfect gift, you better get the gears turning. To help, we uncovered a few great finds which prove luxury doesn't always come at a hefty price.... Read More

Father's Day Gift Guide

Jun 15, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Each year, grown children rack their brains for ideas of what to get dear old dad on Father's Day. In order to mitigate the stress of what pop could possibly need, we've put together a few of the coolest things on the planet for gifts that would make any man proud.... Read More

Lenny Kravitz's Paris Mansion Featured In Two New Luxe Books

Jun 13, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern  |  2 Comments

The spectacular Paris mansion belonging to Grammy-winning musician and producer Lenny Kravitz is featured in two luxurious new design books on the best of Parisian décor. Parisian Interiors: Bold, Elegant, Refined by Barbara Stoetie with photos by René Stoetie from Flammarion, and Living in Style Paris edited by Caroline Sarkozy with photos by Reto Guntli from teNeues. They both feature several pages on the rock star's eye-popping private palace.... Read More

JetLev-Flyer: Extreme Water Toy Takes Off

May 26, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The JetLev-Flyer is a wet-and-wild toy that is adding new waves of excitement at marinas around the world. The German-based manufacturer, MS Watersports, announced that its extraordinarily unique recreational gadget, and yacht toy, has dealerships in Central Asia, Berlin, France, Monaco, Spain, Russia, North Africa and the Middle East.... Read More

How to Throw a Green Gathering

May 25, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Going green for your next summer gathering doesn't have to mean being boring. In fact, it will most likely up the luxe factor, while eliminating excess waste in the form of tacky paper products. To gear up for summer's season of al fresco shindigs, keep these green tips in mind, whether you plan to celebrate indoors or out.... Read More

Montegrappa Privilege Gioiello Limited Edition Collection Now Available

May 18, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Italy-based luxury-pen maker Montegrappa announced this week that the Privilege Gioiello pen collection is now available. The limited-edition collection, which was originally inspired by a pen the company made in the 1930s as part of its museum collection, debuted at Baselworld, the largest watch and fine jewelry convention held yearly in Switzerland, this past March.... Read More

Tour Leno's Cars, Fly on Donna Karan's Plane & More in Charity Auction

May 5, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Now through May 16 you can bid on a star-studded lineup of once-in-a-lifetime experiences during the 2011 Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights Spring Auction. Hosted by leading charity auction site charitybuzz at www.charitybuzz.com/RFK2011.... Read More

Kentucky Derby 2011: Exclusive Events Around the Big Races

May 4, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Kentucky Derby 2011 is filled with luxurious events and beautiful people. Check out some of the more luxe goings-on during the famous races:... Read More

Mother's Day Gifts for Last Minute Shoppers

May 4, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Mother's Day is just around the corner, on May 8. If you've left your shopping for the lady in your life until the eleventh hour, here are some quick fixes with last minute shipping or pick up options for the special occasion.... Read More

Mother's Day Gifts: Affordable Luxuries Under $100

May 2, 2011  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Finding fabulous gifts for moms who seemingly have it all can be a challenge at best. But, one need not spend a fortune to show her your love and adoration on Mother's Day. Consider this assortment of glam gifts - traditional favorites in perennially popular Mother's Day categories: accessories, jewelry, electronics, home spa and chocolate.... Read More

Montblanc Pens to be Auctioned by Bonhams & Butterfields

May 2, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern  |  3 Comments

One of the most extraordinary and exclusive fountain pens ever made, the Montblanc Meisterstuck Solitaire Royal LeGrand, aka the legendary Diamond Solitaire, is expected to fetch up to $175,000 at Bonhams & Butterfields sale of Fine Writing Instruments in Los Angeles on May 23.... Read More

Coca-Cola Museum Heads To Auction

Apr 28, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard  |  2 Comments

One of the biggest collections of Coca-Cola memorabilia will be sold off in a series of auctions later this year. The Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia in Elizabethtown, Kentucky holds a total of around 80,000 items which could have a value of more than $10 million.... Read More

English Garden Games Chest from Geoffrey Parker

Apr 28, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Geoffrey Parker, London-based maker of the world's most expensive poker set for $7.5 million that we reported on last month, has come out with ultimate garden games chest in time for luxe summer lawn parties.... Read More

Easter Entertaining With a Luxury Twist

Apr 21, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

  Easter isn't just for little kids anymore. These days there are plenty of grown-up ways to celebrate, without getting grass stains from egg hunts. Here's a look at everything you need for Easter entertaining, JustLuxe-style.  ... Read More

Four Venues of Extraordinarily Luxurious Proportions

Apr 19, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

It is the uniqueness of these four venues that makes each one a noteworthy experience to add to your luxury-lifestyle bucket list. We have included a hotel and a restaurant for extraordinary lodging and dining to cover the basics.... Read More

Wedding Gifts Get Inspired By The Gift List Company

Apr 15, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

TheGiftListCompany.com is designed to save savvy shoppers thought, time and energy on their gift-giving efforts. The website definitely comes in handy during wedding season and continues to make gift giving (and receiving) a breeze throughout the year.... Read More

GQ's Glenn O'Brien Tells You 'How to Be a Man'

Apr 14, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Glenn O'Brien, better known as the Style Guy in the pages of GQ magazine, has done a lot of living. He's edited Interview twice, worked as the creative director for Calvin Klein and Island Records and hosted a TV show in the 80s, among other endeavors. No matter what, where or when, he always looked good doing it and was usually the life of the party.... Read More

The Highest Prices Ever Paid for Odds and Ends

Apr 13, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

These days, it seems like prices are skyrocketing; from gasoline to eggs and everything in between. Did your eyebrows raise a little at the cost of the last pair of designer jeans you purchased?... Read More

Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal Wedding: Place Your Bets!

Apr 12, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The royal wedding at the end of the month has taken the world by storm and odd makers are already generating stats for Prince William and Kate Middleton's nuptials. Beyond the gown and cake, BetVega.com has compiled a list of stats on the wedding of the century:... Read More

Montegrappa Pen Collection Commemorates Italy's 150th Anniversary

Mar 31, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Italy-based luxury pen manufacturer Montegrappa has introduced Italia, a set of commemorative pens to celebrate Italy's 150th anniversary.... Read More

Luxe Camping in BubbleTree

Mar 15, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Wake up to stunning views of nature in the luxe new CristalBubble, prefabricated see-through tents from BubbleTree.... Read More

World’s Most Expensive Poker Set for $7.5 Million

Mar 10, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  4 Comments

Geoffrey Parker, London-based maker of the finest games on the globe, is offering the world's most expensive poker set for $7.5 million.... Read More

Worry Free Vacations Start With Shipping Luggage Ahead of Time

Mar 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Bonnie Springman

When you travel to a vacation destination, the big difference between mental baggage and physical baggage is that you want to leave the former behind and take the latter with you.... Read More

S.T. Dupont Gold & Diamond Samurai Set for $66,000

Mar 4, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

S.T. Dupont, founded in Paris in 1872, has come out with a new ultra-luxe limited edition lighter and fountain pen set designed in homage to the storied military nobility of feudal Japan.... Read More

Laptop Cases by Pelican Take the Hassle out of Traveling

Mar 3, 2011  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Traveling today can be a real hassle, especially going through airport security, but Pelican Products have gone to great lengths to ensure a smooth travel experience for fliers today.... Read More

Walk on Water with Luxury Water Toys

Mar 1, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

While walking on water may be a stretch, it is possible to skip and glide across it for a couple of hours with a little help from this innovative luxury toy.... Read More

Louis Vuitton Shoe Trunk From 1920s Offered for $68,500

Feb 28, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

A rare and highly sought-after piece of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage, the renowned "Malle Chaussures" shoe trunk from the 1920s, is being offered for sale by London's Pullman Gallery for $68,500 in the wake of a recently published landmark work on Vuitton trunks.... Read More

Hang Ten on Peru's Largest Surfable Standing Wave Machine

Feb 22, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Peru, long known for year-round pleasant surfing conditions, has another reason to attract international travelers wanting to catch a wave: The Ola Movistar surf arena has just installed the world's largest surfable standing wave machine.... Read More

Real Estate Agent Jack Cotton Reveals 12 Secrets of Luxury Home Sellers

Feb 18, 2011  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed  |  1 Comment

Throughout his decades of working with buyers and sellers of luxury real estate, Jack Cotton has uncovered what he calls the "best practices" of selling a high end property.... Read More

Electric Bicycle 'Pedals' Toward Luxury Market for $35,000

Feb 14, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  2 Comments

This hybrid bicycle has the potential to provide an electrifying riding experience for all riders.... Read More

Valentine's Day: Ideas for the Perfect Gift

Feb 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Danika Garlotta

Valentine's Day is another perfect excuse to spoil your significant other and to come up with some pretty clever ideas. If you don't want to overwhelm your gift recipient with hearts, cupids and chocolates, here are a few of my favorite ideas.... Read More

Online Shopping Shifts Gears at Luxury Auto E-Stores

Feb 8, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Luxury automobile makers are attaching their brands onto additional goods beyond supercars with their own online stores. Many of them offer an array of licensed products that they feel would be of interest to both current and aspirant owners of their fanciful vehicles.... Read More

Rock Royalty's $85,000 Custom Diamond & Alligator Guitar

Feb 7, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Rock Royalty, a new Nashville-based luxury design house that manufactures one-of-a-kind, custom guitars, is offering the ultimate in rock star decadence: an $85,000 custom alligator skin, diamond and sterling silver Fender Telecaster.... Read More

The Dunhill Carbon Fiber Games Compendium

Feb 3, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

London luxury goods firm Alfred Dunhill has come out with the ultimate sports car enthusiast’s accessory, a carbon fiber games compendium for $4,000.... Read More

Home Security Systems Provided by Harrison K-9

Jan 5, 2011  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Luxury Services: Do you know just how safe your home actually is? Everyone knows a family's security is priceless, but clients of Harrison K-9 Security Services are willing to pay up to $230,000 for a European Shepherd designed to ensure that protection.... Read More

 
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