LivingWells Icon | Egerton House Hotel

LivingWells Icon | Egerton House Hotel

That London’s Egerton House Hotel should be the first hotel named a LivingWells Icon will not at all come as a surprise to anyone who has had the distinct pleasure of a stay at this regal and historic property secreted away in the bosom of eternally fashionable Knightsbridge. Located just...
Hot Property | The Jade Hotel

Hot Property | The Jade Hotel

With the holidays fast approaching, there isn’t a more romantic time to visit New York City. The Jade Hotel located in Greenwich Village cuts through the chaos of honking cabs and the electrifying, if unceasing, buzz of the city. Both subtle and sleek, the Jade Hotel fits right in with...
Day 22 | LivingWells California Road Trip – San Francisco, Part 2

Day 22 | LivingWells California Road Trip – San Francisco, Part 2

Ironically, or not so ironically, on the last day of my LivingWells California 2014 road trip, I found myself traveling the shortest distance – just a few short blocks from the Hotel Adagio to the Hotel G. Originally built in 1909 and completely renovated in 2014, the 153-room boutique hotel...
Day 21 | LivingWells California Road Trip – San Francisco, Part 1

Day 21 | LivingWells California Road Trip – San Francisco, Part 1

Never let it be said that leaving a town like Carmel-by-the-Sea is easy, but road trips do, by definition, require movement.  So, on Day 21 of my great California adventure, I took one last glimpse at the seaside village of Carmel as it faded from view and rolled onward to...
Day 20 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Carmel

Day 20 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Carmel

Anyone who knows me well will tell you that the only thing I abhor more than early morning activities is waiting in line to indulge in early morning activities. So when I tell you that, at my suggestion, we purposefully awoke at the crack of dawn on Day 20 in...
Day 18 – 19 | LivingWells California Road Trip - Sonoma Coast

Day 18 – 19 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Sonoma Coast

One of the things that most often surprises the unsuspecting about Sonoma is the sheer size and scope of its boundaries. In fact, even certified Sonomads like myself can still find themselves jolted by a sense of awe at the recognition of just how vast Sonoma County is – which...
Day 17 | LivingWells California Road Trip - Petaluma

Day 17 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Petaluma

Day 17 of my California adventure revved into high gear with lunch in downtown Santa Rosa at Stark’s Steakhouse, yet another of the Stark Reality restaurant outposts, which are consistently among the best eateries in Sonoma (don’t miss Willi’s Seafood and Raw Bar in Healdsburg which is a personal favorite...
Day 16 | LivingWells California Road Trip - Healdsburg

Day 16 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Healdsburg

In a county full of stars, Healdsburg shines bright for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the small-town glamour of the plaza that serves as the heartbeat of the enchanted town. On this plaza and the arteries that flow from it, a thriving food and wine...
Day 15 | LivingWells California Road Trip - Unexpected Geyserville

Day 15 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Unexpected Geyserville

Following a day of travel from San Diego, the LivingWellsCalifornia road trip rolled across the Golden Gate Bridge and into Sonoma County, one of my personal favorite destinations in all of America. Like Palm Springs Laguna Beach, and San Diego, Sonoma is not an unfamiliar place to me.  In fact,...
Day 12 -13 | LivingWells California Road Trip - San Diego, Part 2

Day 12 -13 | LivingWells California Road Trip – San Diego, Part 2

  In keeping with my plan to explore the previously unexplored, the Southern California leg of the LivingWells California road trip ended with two relatively lazy days in two oceanfront properties that had heretofore been mere points on a map to me. I, of course, already knew the chic seaside community...
Day 10 - 11 | LivingWells California – San Diego, Part 1

Day 10 – 11 | LivingWells California – San Diego, Part 1

Day 10 of the LivingWells California adventure began with an hour and a half drive from Palm Springs to the Rancho Bernardo Inn, which is located in the picturesquely suburban northern climes of San Diego County. Fittingly, the timing of my arrival coincided with the one-year anniversary of Rancho Bernardo’s...
LivingWells California Road Trip – Palm Springs

LivingWells California Road Trip – Palm Springs

Spending a good part of Day 8 making my way out of Los Angeles made arriving in the leisurely environs of Palm Springs even more of a treat on what I’m calling “the desert” leg of this adventure. Even though Palm Springs is not a place that is unfamiliar to...
LivingWells California Road Trip – Los Angeles

LivingWells California Road Trip – Los Angeles

Not that you ever need a proper reason for a road trip, but one of the best involves an occasion that is decidedly personal. I had such an occasion this past weekend which I credit with having given birth to this entire road trip extravaganza. That the occasion occurred in...
Day 4 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Newport Beach

Day 4 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Newport Beach

That the morning began at the Montage Laguna Beach with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop and included The Loft’s signature Parma Eggs — a memorable combination of fried eggs, truffled brioche, crispy prosciutto and grilled heirloom tomatoes that may well be among my new breakfast favorites — set the...
Day 3 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Laguna Beach

Day 3 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Laguna Beach

So today it was on to Day 3 of the LivingWells California road trip. The morning began with a fond farewell to the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa and a descent of some 5,000-plus feet back to reality en route to Laguna Beach, another slice of wonderful located just about...
Day 2 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Lake Arrowhead

Day 2 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Lake Arrowhead

So it’s only day 2 of my LivingWells California road trip and I’ve already learned a couple of valuable lessons that I will impart here as the first road trip rules to come out of this adventure. Rule #1: Never attempt to leave Los Angeles at or around rush hour....
LivingWells Goes to the Crescent Hotel

LivingWells Goes to the Crescent Hotel

Check out the first promo from the pilot for LivingWells the series which finds me at the Crescent Hotel, one of my favorite hotspots in Beverly Hills.  Stay tuned for more from the world of LivingWells!    
25 Fabulous Reasons to Visit Rancho Valencia

25 Fabulous Reasons to Visit Rancho Valencia

Generously swathed  in the attributes for which Southern California is legendary, Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa is, not surprisingly, no stranger to accolades. However, as this year marks the much lauded resort’s 25th anniversary, I thought I would add to the accolades by highlighting 25 fabulous reasons to visit the lush...
Looking Forward: Best of Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collections

Looking Forward: Best of Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collections

For Spring/ Summer 2015, skinny and fitted is no longer the only message for men as voluminous ensembles, long, layered shirts and loose (even pleated) pants return to favor, at least to some degree. Monochromatic dressing is also back in fashion accompanied by a splash of color this time around. Meanwhile as...
Gilded Newport: Monuments to America's Fortunes

Gilded Newport: Monuments to America’s Fortunes

“Newport, Rhode Island, that breeding place–that stud farm, so to speak–of aristocracy; aristocracy of the American type.” – Mark Twain Newport. More than a few movies and books have been written about it. Just as more than a few American presidents have made it their ‘summer White House’ and socialites like...
Element Lifestyle: Concierge to the A-List

Element Lifestyle: Concierge to the A-List

Dream maker, dream maker, make me a dream. Ever wondered how the celebrated glitterati of our time manage the fantastically dreamy lives that are, on a weekly basis, splashed across the covers of those glossy periodicals and sensational tabloids that paper newsstands at grocery store checkout? How do they book...
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LivingWells Recommends | Williams Handmade Luggage

LivingWells Recommends | Williams Handmade Luggage

Chic is in the details and if there’s one thing that Williams Handmade Luggage, some of the most luxurious luggage on the planet, gets absolutely right, it’s the details.  Moreover, unique handcrafted pieces from Williams Handmade Luggage revisit a time when travel and style were not exclusive but were instead wholly intertwined. Translated to meet...
Hot Property | Amilla Fushi

Hot Property | Amilla Fushi

Apparently jolly old Saint Nick won’t be the only one bringing gifts next month. December 2014 also marks the highly anticipated arrival of the Amilla Fushii Resort. Located in the heart of the Maldives Islands on Baa Atoll, one of 26 natural atolls in the Indian Ocean, the new 71-room luxury resort promises, not just...
LivingWells Recommends: Whitney Houston Live

LivingWells Recommends: Whitney Houston Live

In every generation there is a singer who defines it. Judy Garland defined hers. On the other side of the Atlantic Edith Piaf did the same. Barbra Streisand ruled hers. And Whitney Houston without question commanded hers. Though the final years of her career were clouded by scandal and gossip, there is no denying that,...
LivingWells California Road Trip Kicks Off

LivingWells California Road Trip Kicks Off

Today I’m packed and ready to kick off a 21-day tour of California on which I fully expect to unearth a bevy of new favorite  luxury hotels, restaurants and destinations in the Golden State. From Palm Springs, San Diego and Laguna Beach to San Francisco, Lake Arrowhead and Carmel-by-the-Sea, I will be chronicling my trip...
On Location with Leonie Prendergast | ‘Jimi: All is By My Side’

On Location with Leonie Prendergast | ‘Jimi: All is By My Side’

His meteoric rise to fame in 1967, underwritten by the performance during which he literally set his guitar alight on stage and co-signed by his premature death at the age of 27 in 1970, secured an iconic place of honor for Jimi Hendrix among the pantheon of rock music gods. And yet the story behind...
Another American in Paris: ‘My Old Lady’ Celebrates the City of Lights

Another American in Paris: ‘My Old Lady’ Celebrates the City of Lights

  On paper, the film version of My Old Lady has ‘must-see’ stamped all over it. Adapted and directed by the Obie award-winning playwright, Israel Horovitz, from his wildly successful play bearing the same name, starring Kevin Kline alongside Dame Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas, who reunite for the third time on screen in...
Tani | The Luxury Beneath

Tani | The Luxury Beneath

From the time I was a little boy, I recall my grandmother telling me that “A man isn’t well dressed unless he’s dressed well from head to toe.” And by ‘head to toe’ she was referring to every article of clothing on my person, whether it was seen or not seen. Failing to meet this...
Cécile zu Hohenlohe: The Princess and her Traveling Jewels

Cécile zu Hohenlohe: The Princess and her Traveling Jewels

“Wherever I lay my jewels, I lay my head.” – HSH Princess Cécile zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg It was on one of those stereotypically crisp, sunny late afternoons that are so emblematic of springtime in the City of Angels that I first met HSH Princess Cecile zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg for coffee on an outdoor patio at the heart of...
Catalina Dreamin'…

Catalina Dreamin’…

There is at least one place in Los Angeles County where cars are scarce, the pace is slow and wild buffalo, rather than paparazzi, roam free. It is about 22 miles off the coast of Southern California and accessible primarily by boat or ferry but it is indeed part and parcel of Los Angeles County....
In Pictures: Bueno Buenos Aires...

In Pictures: Bueno Buenos Aires…

  I had the great fortune of spending the better part of the last week in and around Buenos Aires where I was privileged to participate in the 7th Annual GNetwork360 conference, while simultaneously taking in the sights, sounds and flavors of Argentina’s capital city. Given that I had not visited Argentina prior to last week,...
Looking Forward: Best of Accessories Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collections

Looking Forward: Best of Accessories Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collections

To accessorize or not to accessorize…can there even be such a question? Scarves, bags, briefcases, chaussures…here are my picks for the best accessories that came down the runway during the Spring/Summer 2015 menswear collections. Though there were few revelations, there was a fair amount of fabulous. (Scroll over photo to see designer)
Showtime Debuts ‘Kidnapped for Christ’

Showtime Debuts ‘Kidnapped for Christ’

Imagine if during those troublesome teen years that we have all experienced to varying degrees, you found yourself awakened in your own home by complete strangers, told to pack and then carted off to a strange school in a foreign country, where you were summarily physically and emotionally demeaned while your every move and correspondence was...
Inform Fitness: The Once-a-Week Workout That Works

Inform Fitness: The Once-a-Week Workout That Works

  Disclaimer: I am by no means an exercise aficionado. In fact, I have only exercised with what can best be described as practiced irregularity for the better part of the last decade and a half. In other words, like so many people I know, I have tried every new workout trend that has come...
PBS Gets 'Vicious' | Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi Shine

PBS Gets ‘Vicious’ | Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi Shine

  Despite savage reviews by British television critics, something tells me that American fans of British comedies may well find a new favorite in PBS’s new six-part sitcom, Vicious starring acclaimed actors Sir Ian McKellen and Derek Jacob. Why?  Because, after previewing the first five episodes of season 1, I  most certainly found a lot...
Messhall: Comfort in Silverlake

Messhall: Comfort in Silverlake

Immortalized in Vince Vaughn’s Swingers, the space formerly known as The Brown Derby, is today the epitome of Silverlake hipster chic. Messhall, as it is now known, has settled comfortably into its epic environs with an updated menu of comfort food that has afflicted locals and foodies from all over Los Angeles alike with brief...