London: By Royal Appointment

London: By Royal Appointment

Who says you need a tiara to live like a royal? Sure…royalty may be to London, as Wall Street is to New York or as Hollywood is to Los Angeles but it does not necessarily follow that one needs either a crown or a royal bloodline in order to live...
More | London: By Royal Appointment

More | London: By Royal Appointment

Once safely (and royally) ensconced in my accommodations at The Goring, I set off to explore a few more of the more interesting names on my roster of Royal Warrant Holders, that grand coalition of people and companies whose products and services buttress the royal patina “By Appointment”.   At the...
Bob Sinclar: The Pied Piper of Paris Nightlife

Bob Sinclar: The Pied Piper of Paris Nightlife

I’ve spent more nights than I can count (and certainly more than I can remember) dancing the night away in any number of those dim, uniquely Parisian bars that are short on light and long on the kind of fun that goes on past dawn. And more often than not,...
London Chronicles: The Criterion Restaurant

London Chronicles: The Criterion Restaurant

Standing proudly in the thriving heart of lively Piccadilly Circus since 1874, The Criterion Restaurant in London hasn’t simply stood the test of time, it has aced it.   In an age where so many restaurants are hot today and forgotten tomorrow, The Criterion Restaurant has earned the designation ‘timeless’ not...
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?’....
Spruce: The Best Little Floral Shop in LA

Spruce: The Best Little Floral Shop in LA

Drive past the bustling intersection at the corner of Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard in Silverlake and you might easily miss the recent arrival of Spruce, the Los Angeles edition of one of New York City’s most celebrated and awarded flower boutiques. It is not because it is particularly demure...
Tres: Tres Chic

Tres: Tres Chic

In Los Angeles, mention the name of José Andrés and you’ll likely hear shrill, near orgasmic moans about the James Beard award-winning chef’s celebrated The Bazaar restaurant at the SLS, to which foodies, local and otherwise, make regular pilgrimages. That the Philippe Starck-designed Bazaar has reached the apex of the...
The Contemporary Style of Berlin

The Contemporary Style of Berlin

Selbstverständlich. It may seem a difficult word on its face but its translation couldn’t be simpler. It is a German word meaning “natural” or “self-evident” and it perfectly captures the zeitgeist of contemporary Berlin style. Spend any time in Berlin and you’ll immediately note that Berliners have a dress code...
Washington School House Hotel: Old School, New Cool

Washington School House Hotel: Old School, New Cool

The phrase “back to school” has never sounded particularly luxurious, but when the school referred to is the Washington School House Hotel in Park City, Utah, luxury is precisely the term that comes to mind. The hotel’s unassuming façade in tandem with its location on a quiet, residential street just...
That Certain L’Oreal Glow: Age-Defying, Skin Refining

That Certain L’Oreal Glow: Age-Defying, Skin Refining

  Every once in a while, a product line comes along that does exactly what it promises and fills a void that you didn’t even recognize needed filling.  And better yet, the products work their magic in luxuriously affordable fashion.  Four new products from L’Oreal Paris fall into this category....
An Evening with Maurice Hennessy

An Evening with Maurice Hennessy

Maurice Hennessy is the name behind the “H” in LVMH, the world’s largest luxury brand. For nearly 250 years Hennessy has produced the finest cognacs on the planet and at a recent private dinner with Mssr. Hennessy at Lucques Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA, I experienced firsthand yet another reason...
Rollin’ on a L.A. River

Rollin’ on a L.A. River

Life is filled with defining moments and few weeks ago I had one of my own as I stared down a challenge to kayak the L.A. River with steely determination. Okay, so that’s a bit dramatic. There wasn’t actually a stare down or determination with any kind of mettle. And...
San Francisco, Cate Blanchett Shine in Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’

San Francisco, Cate Blanchett Shine in Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’

By Duane Wells Place has always played a significant role in Woody Allen movies, but this has been particularly so in a string of Allen’s most recent films, many of which have enjoyed increasing levels of critical and commercial success. Such is the case in Blue Jasmine, Mr. Allen’s latest...
Escape to Coronado: 48 Hours on San Diego’s Treasure Island

Escape to Coronado: 48 Hours on San Diego’s Treasure Island

By Duane Wells Fantastical sunsets. Gondola rides along spectacular canals. Picture-perfect beaches. Old-fashioned ice cream parlors. Bacon Bloody Marys.  No I’m not musing about the offerings of some far-off, exotic location, but instead about a few of the treasures I discovered just a little over two hours south of Los...
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LivingWells on Out in the Vineyard Radio

LivingWells on Out in the Vineyard Radio

I just recently sat down for a chat about life, luxury and all things LivingWells with my wonderful friends Mark Vogler and Gary Saperstein , the co-hosts of the Out in the Vineyard radio show. It was a crazy evening, because I accidentally double-booked myself so I had to sneak out of a cocktail party in Beverly...
The Barlow Beckons: Celebrate ‘The Best of Sonoma’

The Barlow Beckons: Celebrate ‘The Best of Sonoma’

Did someone say ‘weekend shopping expedition’?  Because if so, there is a new mecca in Sonoma County that is just screaming for your credit cards to make a holy pilgrimage. Sonoma County has never been a stranger to reinvention and there is perhaps no better recent example of that fact than last month’s reopening of...
Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to all my wonderful friends and followers & best wishes for a bright and brilliant 2014!  
In Pictures: Holiday Cheer with Olga Valentina

In Pictures: Holiday Cheer with Olga Valentina

Olga Valentina may be relatively new to Hollywood, but she has certainly not let any grass grow under her high-heel clad feet since touching down in Tinseltown.  In the space of a few short years, the self-proclaimed ‘beauty from Moscow’ has completed a year-long conservatory program at the acclaimed Lee Strasberg School in West Hollywood and...
Modern Family Cast and Friends Celebrate Debut of Tie The Knot Pop-Up Store

Modern Family Cast and Friends Celebrate Debut of Tie The Knot Pop-Up Store

‘World Debut Fete’ highlights launch of physical store and fourth collection of bow-ties by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and husband Justin Mikita A universe of stars descended upon the luxury wing of the Beverly Center on Thursday night to help Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita celebrate the grand opening of their...
supperclub The Restaurant | A Dinner Spectacle

supperclub The Restaurant | A Dinner Spectacle

My first ever brush with the supperclub experience took place in London when one of my smartest friends invited me to his birthday celebration at the Notting Hill-based outpost of the hotspot. It was at the time still such an underground secret that even the generally extremely knowledgeable London taxi drivers had no idea where...
Hum Nutrition: Making Vitamins Personal

Hum Nutrition: Making Vitamins Personal

So you take vitamin supplements as much of the best research suggests you do, but how do you know that you’re taking the vitamins that are best for you? How do you choose one non-descript bottle from the next in the veritable sea of supplements available on the market today? And, perhaps most importantly, how...
Villains Tavern’s Reinvention

Villains Tavern’s Reinvention

The cavernous and popular downtown hideaway, Villain’s Tavern, has enjoyed an enthusiastic following ever since the space threw open its doors in the not so distant shadow of the famed Los Angeles 6th Street Bridge back in 2010. But in a city where what’s hot and what’s not can shift over the course of a...
TokyoMilk: Soap Stars

TokyoMilk: Soap Stars

If you believe that all soaps are created relatively equal, then you’ve probably never tried the luxuriant creations from TokyoMilk by Margot Elena. As these fragrant, triple-milled soaps are made from a pure vegetable base and enriched with Shea Butter, they guarantee a bathing experience unlike most I’ve encountered if only because they are genuinely...
LivingWells Playlist | Movember-ish

LivingWells Playlist | Movember-ish

I’m always getting asked how I fill all the hours I spend on the road and my reply is always a quick ‘quite pleasantly actually’.  I may be rare in this respect, but the time I spend on planes, trains and even in airports is as close to downtime as I usually get and one...
LivingWells Lifestyle Goes Live!

LivingWells Lifestyle Goes Live!

  Welcome to LivingWells Lifestyle, the latest extension of TheDuaneWells.com! Debuting online today, LivingWells Lifestyle is destined to become one of the web’s premiere new destinations for the very best in beauty, fashion, health and wellness.  The brainchild of luxury lifestyle curator, travel expert and writer, Duane Wells, LivingWells Lifestyle builds upon Duane’s established reputation...
Video: LivingWells Lifestyle Launch Party, Beverly Hills

Video: LivingWells Lifestyle Launch Party, Beverly Hills

Here’s your all access pass to the LivingWells Lifestyle Launch Party! Check out video from the event below:     And don’t forget to pay a visit to the new and improved LivingWells Liifestyle here and stay tuned for regular updates!  
In Pictures:  LivingWells Lifestyle Launch Party -- Beverly Hills

In Pictures: LivingWells Lifestyle Launch Party — Beverly Hills

This month we celebrated the launch of LivingWells Lifestyle with “Passport to Beauty” an exclusive evening of cocktails and conversation hosted in collaboration with Dr. Navanjun Grewal of Rockstar Beauty in Beverly Hills. Songstress Elaine Gibbs sang as guests sipped signature “Rockstar” cocktails and nibbled on Smoked Salmon Curls on Pumpermickel Rounds with Creme Fraiche...
Finding your Inner Rockstar: Rockstar Beauty Secrets from Dr. Navanjun Grewal

Finding your Inner Rockstar: Rockstar Beauty Secrets from Dr. Navanjun Grewal

What becomes a rock star most? Pert breasts? Full lips? Six-pack abs? Perfectly round perky buttocks? Or is it something far more intrinsic than all that? On the surface, the notion of ‘rockstar beauty’ might summon up images of the overly taught, unnaturally immobile faces of some of the more notable names topping Hollywood’s A-list. ...
Mindy Kaling's “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns)”

Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns)”

Some might say that I’m on the late train here, but I have recently fallen madly in love with audiobooks. And when I say ‘in love’, I really mean obsessed! As a writer I have always had a certain reverence for the written word, but with the amount of time I spend in my car...