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Have You Tasted the Gourmet Insects at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo’s Mandarin Bar Yet?

Oct 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Damon M. Banks

While it’s not every day that you find yourself with the option of sampling of insects with your evening cocktail, it’s certainly possible at the Mandarin Bar at Tokyo’s luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Always curious to try new things, we were eager to learn more about these exotic bites. Thomas Combescot, Food & Beverage Director at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, was kind enough to give us a behind-the-scenes look at this culturally significant snack.

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Irish-Born Musician Hozier "Slithered Here From Eden" to Bring Us His Gospel

Oct 28, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Hozier may not have been a household name this time last year, or heck, even five months ago, but the Irish musician is certainly on his way to being one now. Putting his own spin on the blues and gospel of the 1950s, Andrew Hozier-Bryne is exactly how he appears to be: charming, soft-spoken, intelligent, modest, and incredibly sweet.

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Designer Francis Bitonti Uses 3D Printing to Bring Fashion to the 21st Century

Oct 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

We’re definitely fans of wearable tech, 3D printed jewelry and the still unreleased Apple Watch, but we had never heard of 3D printed fashion until now. Designer Francis Bitonti is picking up speed as one of the first designers to take technology and fashion to the next level by creating pieces using a 3D printer.

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Enhancing the Sense of Place: Sharon Woods of Santa Fe's Woods Design Builders Talks of a Home's Soul

Oct 16, 2014  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Many great writers have defined, as best as they could, the poetry and mystery of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and even more artists have called it home (George R.R. Martin, Cormac McCarthy, Georgia O'Keeffe, to name a few). It is the oldest capital in the United States and at 7,000 feet above sea level, it is also the highest. The early cold and the bracing, high altitude air, as D.H. Lawrence once wrote, makes "the stars snap like distant coyotes, beyond the moon."

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Four Seasons Executive Chef Andrea Accordi Reaches for Another Michelin Star

Oct 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

Last year the iconic Four Seasons opened the their first hotel in Russia, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, located in a historical palace known as the House with Lions. “Years of meticulous restoration and perfecting of the guest experience are setting the stage for a new era of style and luxury in St. Petersburg,” says Christopher Norton, who is the Executive Vice President of Global Product and Operations. A prime example of “perfecting the guest experience” occurs when dining in any of the hotel’s three international restaurants, under the inspired leadership of their Italian-born Executive Chef, Andrea Accordi.

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SVP Richard Marnell Discusses What Is Making The New Viking Ocean Cruise Experience Unique

Oct 7, 2014  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Because Richard Marnell is Viking Cruise's Senior Vice President of Marketing for North America, he has been charged with helping make Viking River Cruises a household name, by creating a deeper, more active awareness of the existence and benefits of river cruising, an important mode of experiential travel.

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Chef Yves Le Lay Explores the "Core of His Culinary Soul" with New Nordic Islands’ Cuisine

Oct 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

Saaremaa's Pädaste Manor’s wildly talented, wildly attractive (and single) Chef de Cuisine Yves Le Lay has worked in many iconic Michelin-starred kitchens throughout Denmark, Switzerland and Norway before happily returning to what he considers “to be the core of his culinary soul.”

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Discovering Music & Mistaken Identity With Artist-to-Watch Jacob Summers of Avid Dancer

Oct 2, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

We've all heard the story before: a kid is raised in a super strict religious household and grows up to kill it in the music industry. It happened to Kings of Leon and it happened to Katy Perry. But what sets Avid Dancer's Jacob Summers apart (aside from him being fairly new to the scene) is his genuine unabashed enthusiasm for not only his own music (which brings to mind a low-key '70s beach rock movie), but for the music around him. 

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Horns Director Alexandre Aja Chats Casting Harry Potter as a Fallen Angel & Refreshing the Horror Genre

Sep 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff  |  1 Comment

Roguish filmmaker Alexandre Aja looks like he could play a proper Jane Austin gentleman, but in fact he just might be even more evil than Voldemort.  The “Splat Pack” horror movie filmmaker had a dream— a nightmarish dream—to turn Harry Potter into Satan, and his gruesome wish is about to come true with the Halloween release of his upcoming film Horns.

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From Vision To Voice: A Re-Branding Conversation for Samuelsohn With RO New York Founder

Sep 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

RO NEW YORK’s Creative Director and Founder Rony Zeidan is a luxury industry leader on building intelligent and sometimes disruptive creative campaigns and new brand identities. He founded RO NEW YORK to develop brands, and build concepts that communicate the essence of luxury.

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Passionate Perfumer: Talking with the Designer Behind Your Favorite Fragrances

Sep 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

If I were to ask who designed your recently-acquired Louis Vuitton Dora bag, you might be able to casually toss out the name Nicolas Ghesquière. Fashion-forward women know Alexander Wang is backing Balenciaga, Riccardo Tisci is designing for Givenchy and Raf Simons is in charge of the collections at Dior, but can you name the designer behind the fragrances sitting on your vanity?

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The Doctor Is In: Deepak Chopra Talks About His MGM Grand & Delos Partnership, Biogenetic Research and His Plans to Improve the Quality of Life

Sep 6, 2014  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

There’s nothing better than spending time connecting with yourself. Focusing on inner wellness, spirit, mind and body is what makes us conscious of what we eat and drink, take time out of our schedule to meditate, or rise with the sun for spirit-lifting yoga—and now you can get all this relaxation and inner peace in fabulous Las Vegas!

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Hamilton Leithauser Talks Post-Walkmen Black Hours, His Writing Process, the Coen Brothers & Drunk Cross-Eyed Germans

Sep 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

High school marked my musical awakening, a time when I started to really construct my own identity outside of my mom's water-damaged Cat Stevens records, my dad's old Johnny Cash, and the popular boy bands of the early 1990s (I'll never live that down). It was then I discovered my affinity for Nick Cave's poetic brutality, Morrissey's dramatic flair, Billy Bragg's political fortitude, and of course, The Walkmen's confident frontman Hamilton Leithauser who made every note seem essential.

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Interview: Edgy Interior Designer Karina Wiciak Uncovers the Inspiration Behind Her Compelling XII Collection

Aug 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

If you've seen any images from Karina Wiciak's XII collection, you won't soon forget her work. The Wamhouse designer's long-term project is a series of 12 luxury restaurants that completely reinterprets the dining space, combining elements of horror and fantasy to create otherworldly scenes.

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Lucrezia Buccellati: Speaking with the Heiress & Designer of One of Italy's Most Prestigious Jewelers

Aug 25, 2014  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien  |  1 Comment

We see a lot of luxury jewelry at JustLuxe. A lot. Crowns, jewels, rare, one-of-a-kind pieces fit for royalty—some that are actually made for royalty—but of all the jaw-dropping dazzlers that have crossed our desks, nothing has moved us quite like the designs at Buccellati.

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