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Grand Marnier 2011, Red Ribbon Limited Edition

Grand Marnier is celebrating this year’s winter holiday season with the ninth annual limited edition of its classic Cordon Rouge.

The bottle makes a bold transition from its usual brown and red seal, to brilliant white, with a red ribbon elegantly wrapped around its sleek curves.

The new red ribbon design 70cl bottle will be available in selected wholesalers and luxury retail outlets. The price tag of this Grand Marnier special edition is at $59.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2011 in Lifestyle

 

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TOP SKI RESORTS OF THE WORLD

  • BIG SKY RESORT, MONTANA

Although most people associate Montana with Ted Turner and the Tetons, it also offers some of the best skiing in the West–with some of the shortest lift lines. At Big Sky Resort, there are 17 lifts on its 3,600 skiable acres, 2,088 acres of which are for expert or advanced skiers. The village has plenty of shops, restaurants and bars for après-ski. There’s also a terrain park and half-pipe for daredevils. Visitors can stay in a variety of condos or hotel rooms. The Summit has the most luxurious condos. Rates start at $261.

  • CHAMONIX- MONT BLANC, FRANCE

Chamonix, located in the shadow of Mont Blanc, is one of Europe’s most rugged sports resorts. Skiers rhapsodize over Vallée Blanche, a 12-mile run that is among Europe’s longest trails. In addition to off-piste and backcountry skiing, hang gliding and ice climbing on glaciers are available. The elegant Le Hameau-Albert is in the middle of it all and serves gourmet food. Rates start at €136 ($158).

  • CORTINA, ITALY

Cortina d’Ampezzo, surrounded by the craggy Dolomite mountain range, is a prime stop on any thrill seeker’s European winter itinerary. The central village has 52 lifts and 87 miles of groomed runs, but skiers can also purchase a pass that allows access to more than 50 resorts in the area. The Cortina Adrenaline Center can arrange bobsledding, snow rafting and high-speed tobogganing. This being Italy, expect lots of fashionably dressed, cell-phone toting skiers. The Rosa Alpina Hotel, a Relais & Chateaux property, offers 17th-century furniture, gourmet food and a spa. Rates start at €210 ($245).

  • COURCHEVEL, FRANCE

Courchevel is located within the Three Valleys of France, which also includes Méribel and Val Thorens, and bills itself as the largest ski resort in the world. Courchevel is actually four villages, and each is named for its altitude. Courchevel 1850 is the highest, boasting gourmet restaurants and boutiques as well as a ski-jumping venue and an Olympic ice-skating rink. There’s also night tobogganing and ice climbing. The palatial Byblos Courchevel, located in the Jardin Alpin forest, has a ski lift and cable car that leave directly from the hotel lobby. Rates start at €370 ($431).

  • GSTAAD, SWITCHERLAND

Glamorous Gstaad still attracts its fair share of international playboys, royalty and movie stars. The chalet village became even more picture-perfect in 1997, when the town banned cars. The funiculars and chairlifts around Gstaad are configured into a system that services the slopes of at least six other resorts scattered over four valleys. An all-inclusive ski pass–known locally as a “Ski Gstaad Pass” ($24 per day)–is sold at the departure point of any of the region’s funicular stations and allows automatic access to 155 miles (250km) of downhill slopes and 70 chairlifts and gondolas. Unless you have your own chalet, the elegant yet comfortable Gstaad Palace is the best place to stay. Rates start at $286.

  • JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING

Even though the rich and famous have become more prevalent here, Jackson Hole is still more about skiing than the shopping and schmoozing. Still, land prices are skyrocketing, and it may not be long before the area becomes Aspen-ized. The Jackson Hole Ski Resort boasts 2,500 acres and plenty of expert terrain. Best of all, there are very few lines. The Amangani hotel is built into a hillside and uses natural material like redwood and stone, all overlooking the Snake River Mountain Range. Rates start at $700.

  • LECHS, ZÜRS, AUSTRIA

Vladimir Putin, Boris Becker, Princess Diana and various members of the Monegasque royal family have all vacationed in the Lech and Zürs ski resorts of Austria. The area’s appeal, besides its great skiing, is its exclusivity. Only 14,000 tickets are issued a day, guaranteeing short lift lines, and priority is given to hotel guests. The slopes are meticulously groomed, and there are 110 kilometers of mainly intermediate runs, served by 34 lifts. The Gasthof Post resort, in the middle of an alpine village, boasts a gourmet restaurant and an indoor swimming pool. Rates start at €300 ($349).

  • SQUAW VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

Lake Tahoe’s Squaw Valley, which hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics, offers six separate peaks, views of Lake Tahoe and mild Northern California weather. The Village at Squaw Valley has been transformed by Intrawest, the company that developed Whistler Blackcomb. The slopes and terrain will appeal to both intermediate and advanced skiers, and there are also plenty of trails for snowboarders. The brand-new village at Squaw Valley offers spacious ski in/out condominiums, with balconies, fireplaces and all the latest technological gadgets. Rates start at $259.

  • VAIL, COLORADO

If you can’t make it to Europe, head to Vail instead. The Tyrolean-style village has 174 trails and seven bowls, serviced by 30 lifts. The town is also bursting with bistros, boutiques and beautiful people. There’s plenty to do when not schussing on skis. Adventure Ridge, a recreation area high above Vail, offers snow tubing, nighttime sledding and indoor laser tag. The Sonnenalp Resort in the village is the most luxurious place to stay and has a 5,000-square foot spa. Rates start at $580.

  • WHISTLER BLACKCOMB, CANADA

Whistler Blackcomb is one of the biggest and best ski resorts in North America and offers the largest vertical drop (5,280 feet). The two mountains in British Columbia have it all: expert terrain, glaciers and wide alpine bowls, plus a bustling village. Although 16,000 skiers a day pass through during peak season, with more than 7,000 skiable acres, it’s not hard to find deserted slopes. Sign up for backcountry and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, heli-skiing and sleigh riding. To really do it right, book a room at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, where every room comes with a giant soaking tub to soothe those weary muscles. Rates start at $269.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2011 in Lifestyle, Sports

 

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Happy Birthday, Anna Wintour!

Anna Wintour turned 62 today, and is celebrating the occasion in Tokyo, where she’s gearing up for Fashion’s Night Out on Saturday. For our part, we’re celebrating the occasion by taking a tour through Wintour’s happiest moments caught on camera since she took over at Vogue in 1988. After all, she did say of quitting the magazine: “I think — my father always said to me that when you get too angry that’s the time to stop. The day I get too angry is the day I take up gardening.”

Therefore: Only pictures of her smiling caught in her best moments, so as to celebrate her 62 years!

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2011 in Lifestyle

 

HOLLYWOOD GOES HALLOWEEN 2011


Hollywood took advantage of the holiday with parties! There were plenty of elaborate costumes at bashes from NYC to Las Vegas that definitely are worth a slideshow!

Click through to see all the stars in costumes!

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in Lifestyle

 

$ 19,000 SHOELACES by Candy.Hell

Well, here’s a pretty awesome sneaker accessory that definitely not all sneakers can go with! Mr. Kennedy, aDublin, Ireland-based company, makes hand-woven shoelaces from pure precious metals.

Currently the company offers 24karats gold shoelaces for $19,000, as well as silver ones for a cool $3,000.

The company’s name is inspired by Harvey Kennedy, who is widely credited as being the inventor of the shoelace back in 1790. On company’s website is stated that each set takes 120 hours to make. Our favorite detail though is that all laces, will be delivered by security and laced anywhere in the world.”

Of course, we’d expect nothing less…We totally like the Mr. Kennedy company and if they can sell $19,000 shoelaces, good for them. Maybe gold velcro can be their next project.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2011 in Lifestyle

 

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The St Regis Florence with Bottega Veneta Suite

International hotel chain Starwood has announced the reopening of a landmark Florence hotel, complete with a suite from top designer label Bottega Veneta.

The St Regis Florence, originally the Grand Hotel Florence, has been treated to a ten-month restoration which has seen significant interior changes to the 18th century palace, ranked among the city’s most significant buildings.

The hotel boasts 81 rooms and 19 suites, decorated by local artisans and including antique furniture such as hand-carved gold leaf frames and crystal chandeliers.

The hotel’s most celebrated room is the Bottega Veneta suite, designed by Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier in a style of ‘quiet luxury’, and furnished with a mix of pieces from the Bottega Veneta home collection.

In collaboration with the Michelin-starred restaurant Enoteca Pinchiorri, the hotel also includes a new restaurant called Etichetta Pinchiorri, although the glassed art ceilings that date from the 19th century are still in place.

An outdoor library terrace, a vaulted cellar and a Florentine marble spa complete the refurbishment, which was officially unveiled last week.

St Regis is the latest brand to turn to a well-known fashion name to design a suite — Waikiki’s Halekulani resort offers a Vera Wang suite.

London’s May Fair hotel also features one by Elsa Schiaparelli and Diane von Furstenberg designed ten rooms at London’s Claridges

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in Lifestyle

 

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Sleek Design Aviator Chair by David Catta

Luxury is nowadays a concept pointed to everything, from bottles to trucks. A new type of chair will be put on the market. Based on the continuity and curved lines in aviation, David Catta presents the “Aviator”.

Bringing to us the shape of an aircraft propeller, the respective chair was designed in such a way that multi-layered wooden-lamination and 300 hours of hard-work combine to please our eyes a solid, flowing “sculpture”. It’s made out of polymer fiber, aluminum, steel and polished hardwood, all put together in a beautiful way.

It’s durable; the polymer fibers were carefully knit-together to form an elastic, relaxant structure. And there are the metal components that give resistance to the chair. It’ll only be produced in 5 pieces, and the cost is yet unknown, but expected to be on the match.

The chair is destined to decorate artists’ chambers, luxury enthusiasts, furniture collectors and why not common people. Good luck in obtaining one!

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in Lifestyle

 

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