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Tales from Ticino | Summer Sounds of Ascona

Tales from Ticino | Summer Sounds of Ascona

Just a short train ride from Lugano and you’ll find yourself in the tiny Swiss lakeside town of Ascona, which is packed with more outsized possibilities than its demure posture might suggest on the surface. With Lake Maggiore as a backdrop, Ascona hosts an open air market chock full of locally produced bounty every Tuesday...
Art in NYC: A Curator’s Guide to Frieze New York 2016 and Beyond

Art in NYC: A Curator’s Guide to Frieze New York 2016 and Beyond

When it comes to art, Natasha Schlesinger is a big deal. Not only is she an award-winning art historian and art consultant who has been working in the art field for the past 20 years, specializing in the history of fine and decorative arts, she is also the Art Curator/Art Expert in Residence at the...
Extreme Voluntourism: A Transatlantic Challenge with a Cause

Extreme Voluntourism: A Transatlantic Challenge with a Cause

Sacrificing your holiday and all the trimmings that come along with it to go on an adventure that will benefit the greater good? Might that not be the greatest gift of all? This holiday season as most of us check the final items off our last minute shopping lists and race around fraternizing at the...
Superstar Danish DJ MORTEN Talks Travel, His New Single with Juliette Lewis and His Epic Adele Remix

Superstar Danish DJ MORTEN Talks Travel, His New Single with Juliette Lewis and His Epic Adele Remix

“It is very important in the world we live in today that we as humans can just let go of what we’re doing sometimes and just enjoy ourselves and dance. I love to give people that experience.” — MORTEN The Danes are coming! While the Swedes may have laid claim to a pretty significant parcel...
Kit Harington: On Yorkshire, His New Film ‘Testament of Youth’, and How He Really Sees Himself

Kit Harington: On Yorkshire, His New Film ‘Testament of Youth’, and How He Really Sees Himself

As the world marks the centenary of the First World War, the new film Testament of Youth, directed by James Kent and starring Game of Thrones hero Kit Harington and Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, revisits the landscape of the England that inspired Vera Brittain’s seminal memoir upon which the film is based, while simultaneously celebrating...
Order it like Beckham: David Beckham Gives US Debut to One of Scotland's Oldest Treasures

Order it like Beckham: David Beckham Gives US Debut to One of Scotland’s Oldest Treasures

David Beckham’s name is synonymous with many things. Football, or soccer as it is known on this side of the pond, is, of course, one of them. High style, as demonstrated by his frequent ranking as one of the world’s best dressed celebrities, is another. And, underwear, as evidenced by his ubiquitous and much commented...
Caught a Chill? Five Luxuriously Warm Winter Getaways

Caught a Chill? Five Luxuriously Warm Winter Getaways

Though the dog days of winter may well be almost fully upon us, a slew of new properties and hotels in veritable hotspots around the globe have either recently debuted or will soon be opening to help chase away the winter blues. Here are but five of the more luxurious options set to heat up...
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....
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 Sunny Von Bulow and Doris...
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 a Katy Perry performance for...
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 bag and asked about its...
Chatting Up Stephen Collins: Palm Springs’ Man About Modernism

Chatting Up Stephen Collins: Palm Springs’ Man About Modernism

You probably know Stephen Collins as the irrepressibly dashing and undeniably urbane host of Bravo’s Property Envy, the panel talk show he presided over alongside property expert Jeff Lewis, interior designer Mary McDonald, and Chicago-based real estate guru Brandie Malay.  However, I first met the Renaissance man in his pre-television days back in London when...
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 like a queen in England’s...
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 top of my list was...