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Top 75 Pictures of 2013 by Art Fido

December 30, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

The end-of-the-year roundups are coming at us from numerous sources at this time of year. It is a time of reflection … and a good way to fill up column space during the light-reading season.

That is not the case here as these photographs from Art Fido would be interesting to view at any time of the year. The juxtapositions in this gallery of images are sure to provide a escape from the daily grind that could provide hours of entertainment for those inclined to spend their time so whimsically.

 Enjoy….

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2013: A Seller's Market for Luxury Condos in Manhattan

December 30, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

If you are selling or buying luxury real estate in Manhattan, it is all on the up and up, as that is the direction of the high-end property market property in the celebrated borough of the “City that Never Sleeps.”

Based upon data provided by the Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group, the New York Times reports that the total number of new developments is up 20% through third quarter 2013 in a year-over-year analysis over the same period in 2012. Buyers are paying more, too, as prices have spiked 59% to $3.43 million up from $2.16 million in 2012.  

….Just 49 residential buildings opened in Manhattan in 2013, not counting Harlem and Upper Manhattan, with a total of 2,269 units, according to Corcoran Sunshine.

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Demand for Luxury Cars Up in Africa

December 30, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

The influx of demand for luxury cars in Africa has deluxe automakers scurrying to increase their presence. While the country has numerous impoverished citizens, it also has observed a significant increase in wealth various regions of the nation,

Porsche claims that its sales have jumped nearly 40% over the past two years in South Africa. The German carmaker is seeking to expand dealerships in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ivory Coast,Namibia, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zambia.

According to the Taipei Times, large SUVs have become status symbols in Abidjan, Johannesburg, Lagos, and Libreville.

….In Ivory Coast, luxury cars make up only 3 percent of the 8,000 new cars sold each year, said one industry expert, who asked to remain anonymous.

“However certain customers are looking for the top of the line — “bling-bling” cars — there are people with money like that in the market,” he added.

His-and-Her Bathrooms Cropping Up in Luxury Homes

December 30, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

From me time to we time, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that bathrooms in luxury residents are growing both in size and purposefulness. The new trend in master bathroom suites is more space and greater functionality.

A review of hundreds of upscale houses in Los Angeles and San Diego revealed that the master bathrooms take up as much as one-third of the total living space. The trend is no longer found exclusively in higher-price housing, it is also is showing up in floor plans across the board.

….A recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders found that 6% of buyers consider his-and-her baths essential, and 18% insist on a private toilet compartment. Men focus on showers, while women want relaxing tubs, but some couples are also requesting enormous shower areas with two shower heads and multiple body sprays.

Is Chicago the 'Next Detroit'?

December 30, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

The Street is reporting that there is financial trouble looming in the Windy City. The finance-centric publication is advising investors to “steer clear of municipal bonds” due to its inability to manage costs efficiently.

The article focuses on the Second City’s inability to handle the city employees’ pension plan, citing that as-is it is not sustainable. Instead of addressing the situation, the methods being used to resolve the issue are only delaying the inevitable.

It is not an uncommon problem among municipalities, as other major cities are experiencing similar challenges that The Street essentially states is reducing the appeal out of municipal bonds as safe investments.

….The stability of the city's debt is in question, as Moody's recently downgraded it and rated Chicago as the worst of 29 cities

If there's doubt that the bond will be repaid, there is even less of a chance that the interest payments will be made to the holders of the debt.

Closing the Knowledge Gap between Rich & Poor Households Based on Vocabulary

December 29, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

A study conducted in the early 1990s revealed that the children from poor families hear 30 million less words than children from wealthy families by the time they reached the age of 3, NPR reports.

This word-gap disparity between the children from affluent and poor households could be a major reason why there is a measurable gap in intelligence between children from affluent, middle-class, and poor households.  

A program called 30 Million Words has been developed to bridge this gap inn Chicago, which is supported by the University of Chicago Medicine and the Hemera Foundation. Its purpose is teach both parents and children how to introduce children to a broader vocabulary even before the formal education process begins.

…. [Program participant] Aneisha Newell says that program taught her to talk to her young daughter in new ways. She says she never realized bath time — with colors and shapes of bubbles and toys to describe — could be a teachable moment. She ended up breaking the program's record for the most words spoken.

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Lamborghini Huracán to Debut at Geneva Motor Show 2014

December 29, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

While there are numerous sources reporting on the newest Lamborghini the Huracán, the vehicle will officially debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2014 in early March.

The SF Gate reports that the new all-wheel-drive supercar, which replaces the Gallardo, will cost more than $300,000 and be available during the second half of 2014.

The Huracán is reported to have a top speed of 202 mph, features a 5.2-liter V10 engine, and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. The biggest disappointment is that this luxury super sports car will be no offered with a manual transmission.  

Car and Driver’s report on the new Lambo is rich with details.

....A new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission takes the place of the Gallardo’s finicky single-clutch automatic. To the dismay of us and the five or so people who bought Gallardos thus equipped, a manual transmission won’t be available in the Huracán.

Top Luxury Brand Multichannel Marketers per Luxury Daily

December 28, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

Luxury Daily, a newsletter for luxury marketing, announced its top 10 luxury brand multichannel marketers for fourth quarter 2013 on Friday.

Svwarovski, Cartier, Harrods, Lexus, and Michael Kors were among the top 10 luxury brands selected for their special marketing efforts during the quarter by Luxury Daily. Each of the deluxe brands put their best foot forward, finding various outlets to broadcast their firm’s messages uniquely.

Campaigns varied from TV commercials to interactive online campaigns to in-store promotions by retailers, such as Harrods and Neiman Marcus. Charities and research groups benefitted greatly from the high-end brand’s multichannel marketing.

…. Neiman Marcus: Neiman Marcus donated ten percent of proceeds from The Ken Downing Gift Collection to benefit 41 art-based youth charities around the country from Nov. 20 to Dec. 25.

Newport Beach Home on Car-Free Island Is 'Home of the Week' in L.A.

December 28, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

. A single-family residence reminiscent of the grandiose estates seen in Hamptons, New York, was named the L.A. Times’ “House of the Week.” 

The house is only one of a dozen waterfront residences located on Bay island, which is a car-free area. The house with shingled roofing has nearly 4,400 square feet of living space and includes four bedrooms and six bathrooms.    

It was erected in 2000 and designed by architect Kurt Donat. The “Home of the Week” is listed at $6.228 million.

…. About the area: In the first half of the year, 31 single-family homes sold in the 92661 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.788 million, according to DataQuick. That was a 22.3% price decrease from the first half last year.

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Former NBA Player Wants to Build $1.3B Hotel and Arena on Sunset Strip in Las Vegas

December 28, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

Jackie Robinson, a former NBA and UNLV basketball player, is proposing to build a hotel and an arena on the Sunset Strip in Las Vegas.

If approved, the project would by the end of 2016, according to reports by Yahoo Sports and the Business Insider. 

 ….Developers say the 863,000 square-foot arena will feature four levels, a retractable roof, and a nightclub, and will host basketball, hockey, boxing, rodeo events and concerts. Plans also call for 75 luxury boxes with a separate VIP entrance.

Warren Buffet's Top 5 Dividend Stocks for 2014

December 28, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

If you are looking for insight on the stock market, why not turn to one of the richest men on the planet and arguably the best investor in the world for your intel?

Warren Buffet recently revealed his top five dividend-paying stocks for 2014 to The Wall Street Cheat Sheet. The National Bureau of Economic Research crunched the numbers to substantiate Buffet’s status in December.

…. Buffett knows how to pick ‘em, and any investor would be wise to review his choices and consider if they have a place in their own portfolio. Here are some of the highest dividend-yielding stocks that make up 1 percent or more of his portfolio.

GM Wants Its Dealers to Sell Online

December 28, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

General Motors will launch a new online tool that will enable buyers to buy its vehicles online by the end of 2013, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The U.S. automaker plans to rollout a Web-based application to its entire dealer network. The new app eliminates the prelims in buying a new car. Consumers will be able to apply for financing, secure an amount on their trade-in, lock-in the price of a new car, and schedule at test drive online. 

….State franchise laws that protect car dealers mean their pivotal role in auto sales will remain intact. The dealers prefer doing business face to face because it also lets them sell auto buyers more-profitable service work, add-ons or finance and insurance products as well as new cars. 

Leadership: Hands Off Vs. Hands On

December 27, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

There comes a time for many of the best leaders in the business community to know when doing less will lead to achieving greater results for their enterprises.

 Being the micromanager of all tasks may cause a boss to come up short in their most vital duty of all, being an effective leader. A recent post in the Harvard Business Review Blog Network, Doing Less, Leading More by Ed Batista stresses that value-driver concept with several on-the-job examples that reinforce how leaders need to focus more on being leaders and less on hands-on tasks.

….Continuing to rely on our abilities as individual contributors greatly limits what we actually contribute and puts us at a disadvantage to peers who are better able to mobilize and motivate others. In other words we need to do less and lead more. 

Fragmented Fashion Statements from NBA Players

December 27, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

While you can lead millionaire athletes to high-end clothiers, it is no guarantee that they will dress well too. 

Here is proof positive why the NBA needs a dress code for its players. These guys spend thousands of dollars from top to bottom and still end up dressing this way. Our top picks for worst dressers in the NBA are Russell Westbrook, Nick Young, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant. It was a tossup between Westbrook and Young. However, Westbrook appearing in two outfits that should have included floppy shoes and a handheld horn gave him the slight edge over Young. 

The best-dressed players in the NBA, at least among those that appeared in this photo gallery presented by Yahoo Sports, are Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher, and Carmelo Anthony.  

New Spray Numbs Feet to Relieve High-Heel Pain

December 19, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

Oh … the agony of the feet!

Dr. Randal Haworth, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, has developed a foot spray to relieve the pain woman experience when wearing high heels, ABC News reports.

Heel No Pain/Style by Biochemistry supposedly works by numbing the nerves with lidocaine in the feet the transmit the pain. Lidocaine is numbing agent that is used by dentist and doctors.

The directions to apply call for the user to spray their feet and wait 15 minutes for it to kick in. While the marketing copy on the firms Facebook pages states it is “whole new way to stay happy in your heels,” other doctors say that this is a masking agent and not a pain alleviator.

 …. It’s not really curing a problem. It’s really just masking the pain,” said Dr. Jaime Hernandez, an orthopedic surgeon at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute.  “It’s important to listen and receive any signals the body is sending to you.”

Man Wins Picasso Painting with a $140 Raffle Ticket

December 19, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

A man from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jeffrey Gonanno, 25, paid $140 for the winning ticket of a raffle and won himself a million-dollar painting by Pablo Picasso on Wednesday, according to a report by the Pittsburgh Tribune.

Mr. Gonanno won Pablo Picasso’s 1914 work, L’Homme au Gibus (Man with Opera Hat) from the Spanish artist’s Cubist era. The proceeds from the raffle raised money to preserve the biblical city of Tyre in Lebanon. The winning ticket was purchased online from Sotheby’s auction house.

Gonanno has no plans to sell. He said that it is too expensive to hang in his living room, but that he may lend it to a museum rather than stashing it in a vault.

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Leonardo DiCaprio 11th Hour Auction Raises $38.8 Million for Charities

December 19, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

Leonardo Di Caprio and Christie’s auction house combined forces to raise money for the actor’s charity efforts, as the proceeds went to The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

The NY Daily News reported that 13 records for most expensive pieces sold by artists were established at the event. The sales amounted to $31.74 million plus $5 million in matching funds on three of the lots brought the total amount raised to $38.8 million.   

… The top lot of the sale was an oil on cardboard mounted on canvas by Mark Grotjahn called "Untitled (Standard Lotus No. II, Bird of Paradise, Tiger Mouth Face 44.01)," which sold for $6.2 million as two determined bidders pushed up the price.

The Old School: Hottest Male Celebrities Over 50

December 18, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

Is 50 the new 30? Keep in mind that these are men that had it rough. They grew up in an era without remote controls, cell phones, cable TV, or the Internet.

Actor Brad Pitt is the hottest male celebrity over 50, according to a list released today by NewNowNext.com:In Praise Of Older Men: The 15 Hottest Male Celebrities Over 50.  While it is unlikely that comes as a big surprise , there may be a wrinkle or two that surfaces in the  14 others on the list. 

Christopher Meloni,, Johnny Depp, Eric McCormack, and John Stamos round out the top five, with only Meloni, at 52, having a number greater than zero to the right of the big “5_.” Nine of the guys are at least 51 and older, with two being 60 or older. 

“Oh My” George Takei, 76, made the list originally on an honorary basis. However,  he was officially included with an apostrophe after doing 100-push-ups on Conan the other night. 

After Droll Special

Read the comments that follow the article for a dose of snarky comments from the gallery on hits, misses, and should-haves.

Car Dealer Pays $420k on Contest Due to Score of NFL Game

December 18, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

 NY Giants Defeat Jet’s game plan by getting shutout 35-0 by the Seattle Seahawks!

While the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks are the talk of the town, a local car dealership, Jet Chevy, may wish that the team’s defense was not as impenetrable the Steel Curtain in its heyday.

Jet Chevy proclaimed that it would give a dozen fans $35,000 each if the Seattle Seahawks shutout the NY Giants on Sunday. Aided by Giants’ QB Eli Manning’s five interceptions, the Seahawks did it, winning 35-0.

The kick(er) is good!

However, the car dealer did buy an insurance policy to protect itself just in case the unlikely occurrence did happen. So, Jet Chevy had to shell out $7,000 to put its money and mouth on the same page.

Final Score:

Dealership $7K ... Insurance Co. $350K 

Elance and oDesk to Merge

December 18, 2013 | By: DailyLuxe News

Holy economy of scale and resources! 

Pending regulatory approval, Elance and oDesk will soon be the second largest online freelance company, boasting a community of 8 million freelancers. The merger is expected to occur in about four months, according to report by VentureBeat. 

The combined billing of the two firms for 2013 is expected to come in at around $750 million. It also was reported that the companies will continue to operate as two separate brands while sharing resources and assets.  

It is not known whether new nomenclature will be forthcoming.   

….The primary Elance-oDesk competitor is Freelancer.com, which has nearly 10 million users, though the two companies also contend with design marketplace 99Designs and mini-task site Fiverr, among others.