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....
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....
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!    
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...
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...
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...
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...
Marc Marmel: The Biggest Name in Luxury You’ve Probably Never Heard of…

Marc Marmel: The Biggest Name in Luxury You’ve Probably Never Heard of…

I was first introduced to work of Marc Marmel by Gay L. Harwin, who is in addition to being one of the most influential attorneys in Los Angeles, also one of the chicest women I know. Over lunch one day, I took a particular liking to her luxuriously worn Herman...
Me and Mademoiselle C

Me and Mademoiselle C

If you, like me, have an unabashed fervor for all things fashion, then it is highly unlikely that you’ve not on some level become enamored of Carine Roitfeld. If not for the singularity of the vision she brought to French Vogue for a decade, then perhaps for the fact that...
Making Mondays Matter...

Making Mondays Matter…

Every Monday Matters is a California-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit whose mission is to create a movement of individuals, companies, schools, and non-profits committed to understanding how much they matter and to changing the world… one Monday at a time. This week, they asked me  to talk about seeing the world and...
The Victorian Magic of Madrona Manor

The Victorian Magic of Madrona Manor

Tucked minutes away from the heart of urbane downtown Healdsburg lies Madrona Manor, the enchantingly romantic and historic inn that might as well be a world apart from its nearest neighbors given the charm with which it evokes a bygone era. Set on eight wooded acres overlooking Sonoma County’s Dry...
20 Fabulous Venues To Host Your Dream Wedding

20 Fabulous Venues To Host Your Dream Wedding

Life is filled with “moments” but few carry the significance of the day on which two lives are joined in love, which is all the more reason to mark the occasion with a celebration worthy of being deemed “fabulous”. From Des Moines to Laguna Beach and from the great state...
Romance in Sonoma: A Perfect Proposition

Romance in Sonoma: A Perfect Proposition

So you’re thinking of getting engaged? After years of first dates, torrid affairs, one-night stands, false romantic starts and broken hearts, you’ve finally found the guy who makes you want sing at the top of your lungs, drop down on one knee and beg the question, ‘Will you marry me?’....
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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...
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Another American in Paris: ‘My Old Lady’ Celebrates the City of Lights

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

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

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Showtime Debuts ‘Kidnapped for Christ’

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LivingWells: Fork in the Road Interview

LivingWells: Fork in the Road Interview

I recently sat down to chat about traveling luxuriously on a limited budget for the popular weekly travel podcast  A Fork on the Road  hosted by comedian Mark DeCarlo and the Traveling Diva Yeni Alverez.  Each week Mark and Yeni embark on a quest for  great food, amazing travel experiences and, of course, fun.  This week I got to be...
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A Rose is Anything but a Rose…

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London: By Royal Appointment

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More | London: By Royal Appointment

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