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POUR & TOAST WITH TOP WINES & DECANTERS
GREAT SUMMER GETAWAYS
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e love all the seasons, but there is something about summer that is simply sensational. Sun and fun seem to harmonize this time of year. Relax on a Caribbean beach sipping on a refreshing margarita or stroll the streets of gay Paris stopping at a cute café for cup of espresso. We strive to find the best trends, to keep up the elite equestrian world, help find fabulous vacation spots and deliver this and more to you. Our Summer Vacations special offers three fabulous choices, certainly there’s one that suits your style. And speaking of style, take a peek at the Gucci luggage and other must-have items we feature from cool sunglasses to hot pants, iPad covers to Impalas. You’ll also find ‘Where To Stay’ in Los Angeles, London, Mexico City and Paris. While in Paris savor some Lauduree chocolate. Or if you’re feeling extreme, check out 5 Best. We traveled to the old continent for the inauguration party of the new and impressive MSC Preziosa, the latest jewel in the Mediterranean. During our time there we experienced not only the magnificence of the ship and all its trimmings but interviewed Maestro Ennio Morricone himself and dined at Soho. In this issue we take you south of the border into Mexico City for the first edition of the Audi Polo Cup by American Express, and overseas to catch a glimpse of the Alltech Windsor Grand Prix plus a taste of the equestrian life in southern California at the Blenheim Spring Series. Travel from Polo in Wellington to the Kentucky Derby in Louisville to the Pin Oak in Houston through our Picture Perfect pages. Toast the season with a classic wine from our sommelier’s selection. We also included a section on decanters to die for, gorgeous pieces that allow your vino to breathe. Enjoy some down time on the beach or at a café as you flip through the pages of our Summer Issue. As always we thank you.
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Contents 40 EXPRESSIONS HOLLYWOOD SHADES Sunglasses are the ultimate accesory, look your best as you follow these Hollywood trends.
LOOKS Blue is the color of summer, find your shade and look your best on this vacations.
NEWS Suitcases, pens, parfums,and the best places to spend this sunny season.
TRAVEL Discover a new way to travel on board of the luxurious new jewel of the MSC family
BLENHEIM The best of the best of the new edition of the Blenheim Spring Classic series
SUMMER The great ways to spend a summer you will never forget.
SPACE & DESIGN
Purity of sound and high fidelity is what you’ll get with these great gadgets.
Collin Eder shares his passion of creating and what’s next for Nike.
WINES They say you can’t beat a classic and with this selection, you’ll know why.
DESIRES Enjoying a glass of red or white wine will never be the same after you meet these fantastic trinkets.
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AUDI POLO CUP BY AMERICAN EXPRESS Emotion invades south of the border as the first edition of the Audi Polo Cup by American Express takes place.
NEWS Imposing structure and exciting speed come together as one.
WHERE TO Looking for a great place to crash? Look no more, we ‘ve found the solution for you.
FIVE BEST Five extreme sports that will get your heart pumping.
NEWS Go green with Kate Spade’s most recent way to take care of the planet.
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TEST DRIVE Take care of the environment as you drive on one of these luxurious and green options.
NEWS Making the best of your summer is now sizzlin’ hot.
JOURNAL OF The great “Maestro” Ennio Morricone, shares his secrets, opinions and inspirations.
LAWS OF The best way to enjoy your summer vacations.
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Enjoy the best time of the year as you start your adventure in of these three fantastic options we discovered for you.
Protect your eyes and look your best with a selection of Hollywood Shades just for you.
The best accesories and trends straight from the catwalk and into our pages.
MAN OF STYLE
Cartier conquers the world once again with their new Nouvelle Vague Collection.
The most amazing events and all their details from the West Coast.
Collin Eder, head designer for Nike shares his passion, dreams and inspiration.
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Hollywood Shades ICONS OF STYLE
PERSOL 2720 S, DANIEL CRAIG / JAMES BOND, CASINO ROYALE
RAY BAN WAYFARER, TOM CRUISE / JOEL GOODSEN, RISKY BUSINESS To think that only two years prior to the movie release the brand was just about to pull these sunglasses off the market due to low sales. The now instantly recognizable trapezoidal frames gave just the right in-yourface look of audacity to suit Tom Cruise portraying Joel Goodsen in the film “Risky Business.” Casual and cool brought the brand back. Quickly adopted by a wide array of Hollywood artists, they appeared in over sixty movies and television shows adorning the faces of popular artists. With all styles projecting the air of rebellious bravado for which they are famous, the shades are most often seen in black. However, if black is not your color, the Wayfarer can now be purchased in eleven frame and nine lens colors. Truth is you can never go wrong when you don a pair of Wayfarers. ray-ban.com
Photos: Courtesy of Persol, Ray Ban, Mykita and Bernhard and Tom Ford.
If the edgy and elegant James Bond fits your self-image, the Persol 2720 S worn by Daniel Craig’s Agent 007 in the film “Casino Royale” are your sunglasses of choice. Initially developed by Italian designer Giuseppe Ratti in 1917 for pilots and sports drivers, all Persol sunglasses are made with his patented Meflecto system that introduced the world’s first flexible stem. Metal cylinders intersected with a flexible core of harmonic steel insert directly into the glasses’ high-quality acetate stem, allowing them to adapt to the unique shape of any face. Available in a variety of frame and lens colors, and with the signature silver arrow on the temples, Persols are still made by hand with the highest quality materials, providing not only eye protection and maximum comfort, but a wearable work of art. persol.com
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MYKITA & BERNHARD WILLHELM FRANZ, SARAH JESSICA PARKER / CARRIE BRADSHAW, SEX AND THE CITY 2
TOM FORD JENNIFER SUNGLASSES, JENNIFER ANISTON / NICOLE HURLEY, THE BOUNTY HUNTER
Berlin is home to eyewear company Mykita, known for their creative use of modern materials. The frames feature their patented hingeless design and have this uncanny tendency to turn heads - as illustrated by fashionista Carrie Bradshaw in the film “Sex and the City 2.” Sarah Jessica Parker herself chose this special gold edition of the popular Franz sunglasses, created through Mykita’s collaboration with German designer Bernhard Willhelm. Named after the 1976 Olympic downhill skiing champion, Austrian Franz Klammer, these lightweight shades feature aviator frames and fuse the brand’s trademark featherlight sheet metal frame with dashing mirrored lenses that offer UV400 protection. Slip on a sexy pair. You won’t regret the quality and certainly not the style.
When a product bears your name, you can bet that you’re an inspiration for the designer. That’s the case for Jennifer Aniston, who inspired the Jennifer oval framed sunglasses by Tom Ford. Known for his sexy, modern fashion design, Mr. Ford is credited with the turnaround of the Gucci fashion house before starting his own brand. Likable with a great look, Aniston splashed into stardom back in 1994 as Rachel on ‘Friends’ and has remained in the spotlight for two decades. The Jennifer sunglasses feature a delicate and feminine design with open lens detailing at the temple. Lightweight and comfortable, they showcase the unmistakable Tom Ford aesthetic in their clean and innovative lines. If you prefer uncluttered, elegant lines without logo-overload, these Tom Ford sunglasses are for you.
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Hello Summer! SOME TIPS ON STAYING stylish in the summer sun. Experiment with shorter length pants and say goodbye to socks for the season. Stripes of every variety are in, as well as scarves and a pair of sweet sunglasses. Consider these colors: light versions of gray and sand that match with everything, and subtle pastel tones to freshen up your summer scene.
1. Esthetic perfection Choose perfection in classic, timeless designs by Ackerman Shoes. Gorgeous. ackermanshoes.com
2. One day at a time Casual enough for jeans, this belt also pairs well with dress pants. girard-perregaux.com
3. Handsome tone Go blue with this Salvatore Ferragamo belt â€“ certain to enrich your wardrobe versatility. ferragamo.com
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4. Brain Pen Montegrappa’s Brain Pen is a masterpiece – a fine writing instrument for a sharp, intelligent individual. montegrappa.com
5. Elegant casualness On top of the American casual market for over 60 years – Gant adds a European sophistication to this casual jacket in soft blue. Us.gant.com
Photos: Courtesy of Corneliani, Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton, Ackerman Shoes, Girard-Perregaux, Salvatore Ferragamo, PrMontegrappa, Gant, Prada.
6. Bi-fold wallet Go Italian with a Prada bicolor saffiano leather bi-fold wallet with six card slots and two side compartments. A smart summer accessory. prada.com
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Must-try trends FROM GRAPHIC PRINTS and flowers to oriental styling and rich fabrics, summer style is full of must-try trends. Bold shapes and accessories—such as loose-fitting Bermudas and leather harnesses—and even bolder color combinations will play a role in your summer wardrobe. However we should note that you can’t go wrong with monochrome: black and white is always beautiful.
1. Multicolored playsuit In a spectrum of shades from sky-blue to yellow, Edun’s printed silk-georgette playsuit is a fun and youthful choice for hot summer days. edun.com
2. Tough-chic spin Christian Louboutin’s “Cataclou” studded leather wedge sandals, trimmed with pyramid studs and rope. Neutral tones to go with all your summer colors. christianlouboutin.com
3. Italian keeper This Prada signature saffiano leather zip-around wallet fits in anywhere. prada.com
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4. Leaves and teardrops An opulent and majestic piece by Mawi with double rose-gold chain and a row of teardrop Swarovski crystals. Sensational. mawi.co.uk
5. Wide belt
Photos: Courtesy of Isabel Marant, BCBG Max Azria, Matthew Williamson, Edun, Christian Louboutin, Prada, Mawi, Haider Ackermann, Missoni.
Accent your style with this grey alligator skin textured leather wide belt with an extra thin strap and a silver-tone buckle. haiderackermann.be
6. Floral scarf This chic scarf with floral charm will pep up neutral tones for some summer fun. missoni.com
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SINCE 1921 WHEN GUCCIO GUCCI founded a small shop in Florence, Gucci has built a catalog, in fact a stylish world, of genuinely iconic trademarks and this line of luggage is no exception. As we’ve noted with numerous other haute couture brands, the founder, in this case Mr. Gucci, never dreamed that his small family-run luggage company would one day grow into an internationally sought-after brand and household name. Evidence that Gucci’s unmistakable style is still going strong is in this 4-wheel carry-on suitcase and companion briefcase. Gender neutral, you can share as a couple or each buy a set. Available in five variations from black to red and classy options in between. Featuring black GG imprimé with leather trim, nylon lining and retractable handles and locks, Gucci’s fine Florentine workmanship combines elegance with practicality – there’s an interior compartment with a double zip closure, one open pocket and a detachable identification tag and key holder. The details are impeccable. Personalize your piece with the detachable Gucci ID tag, keep the key on the Gucci key holder. Slip your laptop into the front pocket of the matching black briefcase featuring conveniently located compartments for your smart phone, pens and business cards. Now that you’ve got the right luggage, all you need is your passport, a destination – we recommend beginning your adventure in Florence as a tribute to its Italian maker - a firstclass ticket and you’ll arrive in style. Ready for business or pleasure. Or preferably both. gucci.com
Photos: Courtesy of Gucci.
TRAVEL IN STYLE
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Village Place NOT TO MISS IN ANY SEASON
EQU LIFESTYLE DISCOVERED AN IDEAL GETAWAY in Truckee, CA. This private residence club ‘perched atop the Gondola building at the heart of The Village at Northstar’ offers incredible amenities, topped with breathtaking scenery. Surrounded by mountains and a majestic forest, this amazing vacation destination is desirable in any season. Both the town of Truckee and the One Village Resort exude the outdoors, with various activities that when mixed with the beauty of the landscape guarantee an unforgettable stay. Bring your camera, camera phone – whatever apparatus you use be certain to have one on hand that can capture the scenery with you in it! Offering the best of both worlds, benefits of fractional ownership at One Village Place include 28 days of planned use annually and unlimited space available days. During your stay enjoy a private fitness center & spa, a host of member services, private storage for your equipment (skis etc), membership to the Tahoe Mountain Club and more. Ice-skate year-round, ski, hike, bike, dine, shop – a mountain paradise. In addition, the One Village Place’s
One Village Place 9001 Northstar Dr. Truckee, CA 96161 530. 562. 1100 onevillageplace.com
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staff is always ready to meet all your needs. If mountains are your nirvana, then Truckee is beckoning.
Summer statement Whatever your summer destination â€“ California, New York, Great Britain, France - statement accessories are simply a must. A few well-chosen pieces will carry you through in style
5 3. Trimming 4. Fedora 5.Carry in Style with a cause fling
1. Classic choice
2. Facing the heat
Timeless and luxurious, these Peter Millar polos are a crisp and comfortable fashion-forward choice.
Bold in blue. These signature Michael Kors shorts will keep you cool and stylish.
These playful cufflinks from Jan Leslie make a great addition to your style as well as a contribution to WWF.
An iconic summer accessory, this Gucci straw fedora is chic and trendy and fun.
Italian design has always been a must, when combining leather and fashion, the result is perfection
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6. Pièce de résistance Wear this Maison Martin Marglela, scarf to turn a fashionable outfit into a sensational statement. maisonmartinmargiela.com
7. Step to 8. Flying 9. Shades solo the top in the sun Comfort, timeless style and expert craftsmanship come together in every pair of Ackerman shoes.
With a touch of Solo Loewe you are ready for summer – a unique cologne perfect for everyday.
Put on these fabulous Zegna shades and make a cool fashion statement while protecting your eyes.
10. Just in time Keeping track of time in style is great with this new timepiece by Richard Mille, simply the best richardmille.com
Photos: Courtesy of Cativi, Michael Kors, Balmain, Bottega Veneta, Valentino, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Fujinon, Nespresso and Hermès.
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Summer Sizzle Summer is here! Stand out from the crowd with these sizzling trends. Vibrant shades, sparkling bling, flowery notes and amazing glam are all you need to make this season hot. From fabulous flats to iridescent pants, add color to your summer and conquer the scene wherever you go. .
1. Bloomy bags
2. Pants on fire
Bright spikes, shiny locks, brilliant colors and a classic structure create the perfect bag to match any outfit.
True fashionistas know how to make a statement and now you can too with these fabulous neon hot pink pants by IRO.
4. Lovely loafers
5. Girly Glam
Protect your sight from the sun this summer as you look fabulous with these Fendi shades.
Strut down the street in style in these lovely lady-like Valentino loafers.
Stand out with these fabulous Alegra handmade earrings in fun summer colors that go with everything..
3. Fab in Fendi
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6. Buckle up
7. Lash in style
These jasmine green heels and their over sized ankle buckle will turn every step into a catwalk strut. Go girl.
If you are looking for that dramatic touch, this mascara by Sisley is sensational. A powerful boost.
8. Flower 9. Scented 10. Beauty power summer and the An ultra breeze bangle feminine look with great style and comfort comes together in this epic Etro shirt. etro.com
Intuition, audacity and desire are the elements of this new YSL fragrance from France.
Let this fun and fabulous Mawi piece make an eyecatching statement wherever you go. just like you.
Photos: Courtesy of Valentino, IRO, Fendi, Doricsengeri, Gucci, Sisley Cosmetics, Etro, Yves saint Laurent, Moda Operandi and Mawi.
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Princesse Grace de Monaco
Photos: Courtesy of Montblanc.
MONTBLANCâ€™S SPECIAL EDITION Princesse Grace de Monaco pen is truly a glamorous instrument. Celebrating the 20th century American beauty, who became her Royal Highness after her marriage to Prince Rainier, this elegant writing gadget has deep purple lines, reminiscent of the neckline of her iconic black velvet dress. With a lavish pink topaz clip, and an 18-karat champagne-tone gold nib, the cap and barrel rings are intricately engraved with a rhombus pattern, inspired by the Principality of Monacoâ€™s coat of arms. The limited-edition collection also includes stunning jewelry and timepieces all embellished with filigree petal cut stones, honoring the Grace de Monaco pink rose, a flower named after the Princesse in 1956 for her wedding day. Sophisticated and alluring the collection is a result of a charity partnership between Montblanc and the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, which assists emerging talents in the performing arts. montblanc.com
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S.T. DUPONT COLLECTION
MASCULINITY, CHARM AND CLASS are assets every gentleman should have. Finding all these elements together in one specimen is not an easy task; however the acclaimed brand S.T. Dupont found the perfect inspiration, Humphrey Bogart. As homage to the silver screen idol, as well as to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the brand, S.T. Dupont launched this limited edition bespoke pen requested by the acclaimed actor in 1947. This is a beautiful and refined writing instrument. All of the nibs are fashioned from 18-carat gold and you can specify your preference: extra fine, fine, medium or broad. Detailed with his silhouette
and signature, this fountain pen is a one-of-a-kind, just like the man who inspired its creation. “Here’s looking at you, kid!” Bogie would definitely say when seeing you display the style to employ, not to mention own or gift, this elegant and superb S.T. Dupont piece. st-dupont.com
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TIMEPIECES Choosing the perfect watch is not an easy task, so we are always on the lookout for top-notch choices. Below we found four timepieces from two exquisite watchmakers. These timepieces will certainly show your taste in quality and style.
Complicated Turns Masters in the art of grand complication since 1875, the watchmakers at Audemars Piguet combine the families of complications into a modern masterpiece. “To break the rules you must first master them.” .
Classic Taste This new edition of a classic pocket watch by Audemars Piguet is simply striking. Bring it out on special occasions for a sensational conversation piece.
Silver Look Go silver in your choice of complicated wristwear. Regardless you’re donning a stellar statement and will know to the fraction of a second how fashionably late you arrived. alange-soehne.com
Photos: Courtesy of Audemars Piguet and A. Lange & Söhne.
Golden Age The density of complication presented in this watch is superb – date, week, month, minutes, seconds with accuracy to one-fifth of a second and moon display. Impeccably detailed and handsome on the wrist .alange-soehne.com
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Personal Care good looks, closE shavE
Photo: courtesy of Twin Luxe.
Twin broThers AnThony And huberT TsAi, founders of TwinLuxe, understand that a truly good shave requires the best tools and a touch of skill. Their goal when starting the company in 2010 was to make products they would want to use themselves. Catering to the discerning customer who is willing to spend a bit extra on a high-end shaving kit and accompanying skin care products; TwinLuxe offers the finishing touches for an exquisite look. Purchase products for the entire shaving and skin-care process, including a pre-shave wash and scrub; a shave cream; a post-shave rescue gel and soothing face balm; an energy mist; a daily detox face wash and mask; and an anti-aging SPF moisturizer. Beautifully designed, their shaving instruments - a blade handle, brush, and stand - are presented in a sleek, minimalist style with a
pleasing feel and a generous heft. The shave brush, made by hand from unbleached silver-tip badger fur, lifts the beard for the closest shave possible. Luxuriously rich, their shave cream is formulated for a dry application. Sparing no expense, the brothers incorporated all the rich botanicals, including rice protein, white tea leaf extract, willow bark extract, and shea butter to ensure a nick-free, precision shave. It can be applied with the brush or by hand. Paraben free and not tested on animals, all the TwinLuxe skin-care products are gentle on the skin. The core products address all skin types, even the most sensitive, while their add-on booster treatments deliver quick results for problematic skin. TwinLuxe Fine Shaving Instruments shave sets, and Shaving Skincare bottle packaging are designed by world-renowned designer Marek Djordjevic, whose works include the exterior designs of the Rolls-Royce Phantom family of cars. Distinctive aesthetics and impeccable attention to quality and detail are evident. With their collection of eight shave and skin-care products, and their sleekly designed shaving instruments, TwinLuxe is fulfilling their stated mission: to bring the barbershop facial spa experience into the 21st century. So before donning that dashing suit â€“ be it tailored or swim trunks â€“ take advantage of a line of products made with you in mind. Feel good, look great from the face down with a touch of TwinLuxe. twinluxe.com
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pad case aseiPadCases i TRENDY AND CHIC WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR IPAD
Yellow studs Brighten and protect your electronic accessory with these edgy canary spikes. christianlouboutin.com
Elegant choice Pamper and protect your iPad in red saffiano leather marked with a classic Prada seal.
Glamour in violet Celebrate your feminity using this soft violet case engraved with the Gucci logo.. gucci.com
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Iconic style Celebrate your rocker style with this pyramid stud embellished Valentino case. valentino.com
Quilted leather An enticing padded selection created by the House of Givenchy. givenchy.com
Pretty in pink Store your electronic essentials in this rose pink croco-embossed case by Miu Miu.
Photos: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin, Prada, Burberry, Miu Miu, Gucci, Valentino y Givenchy.
Metallic chic Go girly chic with this shiny metallic iPad envelope from Burberry. burberry.com
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WELS JEWELS j ewels WELS Paris Nouvelle Vague
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? This sparkling new collection by Cartier is inspired by the fabulous and wonderful women of Paris. Moving creations. chopard.com
EspiĂ¨gleMischievous Paris is not a serious city for the woman that never forgets her inner child.
Voluptuesuse Voluptuous Inspired by Paris Opera House, this magnificent piece represents the woman that values elegance above everything else.
PĂŠtillante Sparkling Paris is celebration! Fireworks and life for those who believe the show must go on, this collection is inspired by Moulin Rouge, and is for the outrageous kind of girl.
Glamour Elegance, style and luxury come together to create this fantastic collection, inspired by the city allure.
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DĂ¨licate - Sensitive Women in Paris are strong yet delicate as blooming flower, this piece respresents the femminity of Parisian women.
ImpertinenteSassy Paris is the place of imposing structures and lovely gardens, a city of stolen kisses under the shadows, this piece was created for the woman who is never afraid of going her own way.
Voluptuesuse Voluptuous A real Parisian woman is defiened by a seductive and elegant air as the eternal myth of femminiy comes to life.
Photos: Courtesy of Cartier.
Paris stands out and rises above every other place. For the woman who stands her own ground and set example for everyone else.
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More than a bag...
THINK OF IT LIKE YOUR ‘MOOD’ BAG, WHICH COLOR IS YOUR MOOD TODAY? To help you make that decision, the prestigious French House of Longchamp introduces its new offering for spring 2013, a smooth supple leather tote bag in tremendously rich and dazzling colors. Illustrating the brand’s affection for the equestrian world, the LM Cuir shopper handbag is embossed with the brand’s timeless logo: a galloping horse and intertwined belts. Choose from cool, classy neutrals for your conservative days to brilliant, bright accent shades like orange, indigo, red, and sunshine your ‘Hello I’m here’ days. These soft stylish bags are made from the highest quality leather by artisans steeped in leathermaking expertise. All are trimmed with gold or silver metallic piping, and include a matching zippered pouch for quick retrieval of important things like a buzzing cell phone or car keys. The Longchamp brand began with Jean Cassegrain in 1948, and the company remains in the Cassegrain family to this day. Originally producing artisanal smoking pipes in a building next to the famous Parisian racetrack for which the company is named, in 1964, M. Cassegrain decided that the market for smoking
accessories was on the decline, and the House of Longchamp began a change in direction. The fine leather goods came to the U.S. when his son Philippe Cassegrain journeyed to the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and with a simple kit of shelves, put together a booth to showcase Longchamp’s new line. If eight tantalizing colors are not enough, another eight are available through the LM Cuir on Demand service that allows customers to choose from exclusive shades having their tote bag made by special order. Bubblegum Pink or Zesty Lime your preference? Cool blue lagoon or bold Ultramarine? Vibrant Vermilion or on-trend Khaki? And what about perennially chic Honey and Terracotta? ‘C’est vrai, vous n’avez que l’embarras du choix’ – French for ‘It’s true, the only problem is choosing!’ Big enough to hold everything you need plus your purchases of the day, the LM Cuir shopper makes an elegant statement of style and quality. So . . . which color are you feeling is perfect for you today? longchamp.com
Photos: Courtesy of Longchamps.
LONGCHAMP LM CUIR
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OURS HOURS hOURS OUS her h Purple Passion
REPRESENTING ROYALTY, HAPPINESS AND JOY, happiness and joy, purple is a cool color that never goes out of style.
Purple haze Start rocking with this fantastic timepiece by Hublot. Certainly a trendsetter on your wrist. hublot.com
Sparkling berry The Purple Christal model is inspired by the VIII Collectio. By adding diamonds, Dior takes the look to a blingalicious level gorgeous time-telling. dior.com
Plum Spin Perrelet is well known for their iconic spinning turbines. By adding some color and sparkle to this wrist wear, theyâ€™ve created a juicy must-have plum design. perrelet.com
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Nespresso LIMITED EDITION, THE TASTE OF ITALY
Any caffeine connoisseur knows that a fine coffee should possess the right balance of crema, aroma, taste, body and intensity. Crema, formed by mixing air and liquid to produce the foam on the top of the cup, develops and protects the rich aroma of the coffee. Taste is the ratio of bitterness, acidity, and sweetness, each detected by a different part of the tongue, and the body is determined by how dense it ‘feels’ in the mouth. Full bodied coffees such as the Napoli feel more syrupy, and lighter bodied roasts feel more fluid and silkier when running across the tongue. The experts behind Nespresso’s Limited Edition coffees take their jobs quite seriously and approach coffee tasting in the same way that sommeliers approach wine tasting. This dedication to their art resulted in the Nespresso Coffee Codex, a handbook designed to help gourmet chefs and sommeliers expand their coffee knowledge. To taste the true essence of their labor, though, act soon as these Limited Edition coffees, Trieste and Napoli, won’t be around for long. nespresso.com/trieste-napoli
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INSPIRED BY ITALIAN COFFEE CULTURE, Nespresso’s Limited Edition Grand Cru takes your taste buds on a delicious journey to the beloved Italian cities of Trieste and Naples. Imagine yourself sitting in a sidewalk cafe watching impeccably dressed Italians stroll by as you sip a cup of “nero”. In Trieste there’s a specific and unique coffee lingo: for example “nero” is a classic espresso, “capo” has a dash of frothy milk, and “capo in b” is coffee served in a glass rather than a porcelain cup. Paying homage to this beautiful city, Nespresso has crafted a delicate blend of South American and Eastern African Arabica beans, characterized by a rounded texture with notes of chocolate and fresh hazelnuts, and finished with refreshingly fruity notes. With an intensity level of 9, it is best enjoyed in true Italian style as a Ristretto (25 ml), a more concentrated espresso style coffee. However for the coffee and milk lover, Trieste reveals another aspect of its character when served as a Cappuccino. No matter how it’s prepared, Nespresso’s Trieste captures the essence of this European city’s coffeecentric culture. It was in Naples that the “caffettiera napoletana”, the first domestic appliance to prepare coffee, was invented, and it transformed coffee from an aristocratic drink enjoyed only in cafes, to a domestic pleasure available at home. Neapolitans take their coffee short and dark, and it’s an experience best described as a jolt to the senses. With an intensity of 11, Nespresso’s Limited Edition Naples fits the bill with its syrupy body and an aroma of dried black tea leaves. The Limited Edition Naples is an entirely different taste experience. In Naples “caffe” is the word used to order what others call “espresso.” This custom blend brings together Arabica beans from South America, Asia, and Africa in a bold coffee with a smoky flavor.
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Les Marquis de Ladurée
Photo: Courtesy of Laduree.
SIMPLY MAGNIFIQUE. Mouthwatering must-have delicacies rich in history as well as taste, we present an ‘incroyable’ house of chocolates. Ladurée, a quaint French patisserie and macaroon maker, has launched Les Marquis de Ladurée dedicated to the delights of chocolate. Fabulously presented in an exquisite pastel palette of bright orange and blue, the brand sells chocolates and chocolate rich macaroons, cakes and pastries online, as well as at their locations all over the world. The acclaimed French brand makes an entire colorful array of epicurean desserts but they’re best known for their invention of the double-decker macaron and can sell an astounding 15,000 of them a day. In 1862 by Louis-Ernest Ladurée, a prolific writer and social activist as well as a miller, established the Parisian bakery Ladurée. A half of a century later his grandson, Pierre Desfontaines, created the delicious concept of the double-decker macaron, which would become Lauduree’s claim to fame. The innovative Parisian also opened a tearoom at the pastry shop where ladies, who were not admitted to cafés reserved for men only, enjoyed meeting in the freedom of the tearoom rather than their homes.
Their famous macaron is built from two delicate shells that bookend a creamy ganache filling and have a light crunch on the outside and just the right amount of moist chewiness on the inside. They come in a dizzying assortment of flavors and colors, including salted caramel, pistachio, basil, rose, cherriesamaretto, apricot-ginger, rose, violet, orange blossom and coffee. Laudurée is also known for other delectables including niniches -thin cylindrical pieces of sugar candy with natural flavors. Sweet-lovers will also delight in a pastry known as Le Plaisir sucré - a hazelnut “dacquoise” biscuit, flaky praline, with thin slices of milk chocolate, ganache and milk chocolate whipped cream. Their stores, as well as their packaging, are beautifully designed and their boxes of jewel-colored macarons or exquisite chocolates make an elegant gift for a host or hostess. But most importantly, those with an incurable sweet tooth don’t have to go to France to indulge. Laudurée now has locations in Monaco, Japan, Italy, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, America, Brazil, Sweden, Australia and Hong Kong, to name a few. lesmarquisdeladuree.com
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SOMEThInG PRECIOuS ARRIvES TO GEnOA By AVriL pArriLLAT MsC preziosa is the 12th addition to the MsC fleet and the precious fourth flagship in the company’s celebrated Fantasia class.
he air was electric as Genoa awaited the arrival of the newest jewel in the MSC family crown. On a Saturday in late March, MSC Preziosa arrived in the city that would be her home, and a spectacular celebration filled with pageantry ensued. The first Eataly of Italy Restaurant at Sea resides on the MSC Preziosa. So it would seem fitting that the evening began with a gala dining experience orchestrated by a team of top chefs from this establishment. A glittering lineup of Italian and international artists, including the Roma Sinfonietta 55–piece Orchestra under the direction of the renowned Maestro Ennio Morricone, entertained the guests. Surrounded by celebration, MSC Preziosa joined a completely original ‘flash mob‘ involving the travelers on board neighboring ships MSC Splendida and MSC Opera, both due to depart from Genoa that night. Each of the three ships participated as over 10,000 guests enjoyed a light and sound show.
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ExprEssions Star ballet dancer Roberto Bolle was welcomed on stage by the Genoa Russian Ballet College performing a sequence from Swan Lake, directed by Irina Kashkova. A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Bolle and MSC Cruise Lines support UNICEF through their joint “Get on Board for Children” initiative, which has raised over 2 million Euros for disadvantaged children in Brazil. The highlight of the evening was the floodlit ceremony and parade of the ship’s officers, when the peerless Sophia Loren, the embodiment of Italian elegance and the godmother of the MSC Cruise Line, cut the ribbon and christened the Preziosa in a crescendo of champagne and fireworks. An impressive laser show, projected from La Lanterna, could be seen far and wide putting a cap on the elegant evening to the delight of
Photos: Courtesy of MSC Cruises Mexico.
Top: The Captain and other dignitaries join Sophia Loren for the christening ceremony. Middle: Dazzling entertainment mesmerized guests. Bottom Left: The Roma Sinfonietta under the direction of Maestro Ennio Morricone. Bottom Right: The soccer jersey presentation commemorating MSC Preziosa, the twelfth ship of the line.
Indulge in the luxurious pleasure of Balinese massages, saunas, Turkish baths, and whirlpools; as well as face and body anti-age treatments, aromatherapy, thalassotherapy, and yoga. For the truly discriminating traveler, MSC Preziosa also offers the secluded luxury of her Yacht Club’s exlusive suites, butler service, dedicated facilities, and private decks, all offering privileged access to world-class leisure and entertainment, including a gaming casino and a Broadway-scale theater. Bringing the MSC Preziosa into the lineup this year, MSC will deploy nine ships from the port at Genoa and over 800,000 travelers will embark, disembark or transit during a total of over 211 calls there. msccruceros.com.mx
guests and residents all around the city.More on MSC Preziosa MSC Preziosa is the twelfth of the ships in the MSC fleet, and the fourth in the famous cruise line’s Fantasy Family. Incorporating natural materials that radiate Mediterranean light and color - including a real stone piazza - alongside spectacular features such as sweeping Swarovski grand staircases, a magical ‘infinity’ pool, and the largest water slide afloat, MSC Preziosa offers her guests classic glamour in high-tech comfort. As on all ships of the line, she provides a perfect blend of European charm and modern elegance, offering unparalleled style in the comfortable luxury of her accommodations. The first Eataly Restaurant at sea embodies the founding concept of the Eataly food chain, offering a stylish, minimalist space in which to eat, buy, and learn about the finest Italian food. Guests can take a taste of Eataly home, thanks to the wide choice of high-quality Italian produce available for purchase, from aged balsamic vinegar and Ligurian olive oil, to dried Gragnano pasta and organic wines. After dinner, dance until dawn at the panoramic disco that keeps the beat until the morning light.
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WALK TOWARDS SUCCESS IN HAND-MADE SHOES.
SOME MEN GO THROUGH THEIR ENTIRE LIVES with only a few pairs of shoes. They are either unaware or apathetic to the fact that nothing they wear will look quite right. Other men, the stylish men, know the value of a well stocked shoe collection. To some, a pair of Ackermanâ€™s is just another set of expensive footwear. However, the stylish man will walk a little taller knowing that they are very special indeed. Every pair of Ackermanâ€™s are made by hand in Leon, a Mexican city positioned in the middle of the country within the colonial state of Guanajuato inhabited by master artists. These cobblers have inherited the special talents that have been handed down for generations. The hundred year old process remains unchanged. The brand is now available in the US Market thanks to the efforts and vision of Jose Luis Rocha, CEO of San Diego based Ackerman Shoes; He personally over sees the process from design to final product traveling back and forth between Leon and San Diego frequently. These extraordinary shoes made from extraordinary animals are created using only calf skins. Smooth and shinny with a soft and durable finish, calf leather is the most versatile of leathers thanks to its strength and flexibility. A pair of calfskin shoes can last as long as 50 years.
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A Sweet Spring For Equestrians
Top: Eduardo Menezes and Calavda earn top call in the Equ Grand Prix.
ith a warm welcome to the spring season, this yearâ€™s three week Blenheim Spring Classic series along with Showpark's Ranch & Coast offered a combined total of $190,000 in Grand Prix prize money, as well as $20,000 between two USHJA International Hunter Derbies. The competition was intense and the victories sweet.
BLENHEIM SPRING SERIES WEEK I The $40,000 Blenheim Spring Classic I Grand Prix, presented by the Orange County Register, welcomed twenty-two horse and rider participants onto the International Field at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. The Peters were in stride on this pre-Easter Saturday - Peter Cottontail handled Easter brunch for exhibitors, Canadian Peter Holmes set an inviting course and New Zealander Peter Breakwell took home the top prize. With fifteen of twenty-two riders completing the course with a score of four faults or less, course designer Peter Holmes did an excellent job setting for the field. "I thought it was a very challeng-
ing course. I noticed almost every rider was clear or had four faults. So everybody thought they could jump it clear. Two horses spooked to the combination and I think that might've been the shadows. But that's horses, it happens. The standard was very high and they just had to be very precise for a no fault score," commented Holmes. Seven riders piloted their mounts to that fault-free score to secure a spot in the jump-off. And of that group only two were double clean, Breakwell and second place finishers Michelle Spadone aboard Tembla (Morgan Hill Partners, owners). As the seventeenth pair to go, Breakwell and Lucas joined Canadian Jennifer Serek on Eleonora (Shin Shin Group, owner), American Karianne Boyce-Lockhart on her own Hopscotch and Austrian Peter Petcshenig on his own Saint Quentin. Each of the three had a rail in the jump-off, ultimately finishing fourth, fifth and sixth
BLENHEIM SPRING SERIES WEEK II On a gorgeous Southern California afternoon, forty-five pairs attempted to answer the questions asked by German course designer Olaf Peterson, Jr. in the $40,000 Spring Classic II Grand Prix, pre-
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sented by Summit General Insurance Agency. Some of our nation's top riders made a bid to no avail, including veteran Hap Hansen, Olympian Will Simpson and young phenom Lucy Davis. It wasn't until the twenty-fifth galloped in, Canadian Ben Asselin riding Rush, did spectators see all the rails remain in their cups. Opening the door to the possibility of a clean round, directly after Asselin, Australian Lane Clarke was clean on Semira de Saulieu (Charlotte Gadbois, owner), then Colombian John Perez mastered the course on his first ride Utopia, a feat he repeated later in the class on his second mount, Ranville (Tani Zeidler, owner). Former World Champion Eric Navet aboard Signe Ostby's Quanto Fino 2 made it a four man battle for the win. Towards the end of the first round, two young female talents joined the jump-off group, American Paris Sellon on her own Heracross and Brazilian Josephina NorLantzman aboard Chello Z (Josephina Nor Stables, owner). Just time faults kept Rusty Stewart, Leslie Steele and Paris Sellon on her second mount from returning for round two. Ten horse and rider combinations finished with a four fault score in round one, resulting in just under half the class completing the challenge with one jump down or better. After a trying course and a competitive field, the day belonged to Clarke. "I really believe a lot in Semira. She's fantastic. I've only done one other grand prix on this horse about a year and a half ago and she was amazing. She won that, too."
Opposite page: Shane Breen and Ballooon Win the Alltech Royal Windsor Grand Prix. Top: Royal Windsor showgrounds. Bottom: Shane Breen and Balloon fly to the win.
BLENHEIM SPRING SERIES WEEK III Blenheim EquiSports presented two stellar high performance events, the $50,000 Blenheim Spring III Grand Prix, presented by Equine Insurance, and this season's first $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Exciting twists and turns captivated competitors and spectators alike. With grand prix prize money increased by over 20% for week three of the Blenheim Spring Series, internationally renowned course designer Leopoldo Palacios intentionally built a tough track for Saturdayâ€™s class. "From the three weeks this is the week with the most money. I needed it to be a touch harder than the other weeks. The field of riders is good, so I built a more difficult course." Thirty-nine pairs attempted to master the tight time allowed, distance and scope challenges presented by Palacios. Two top-notch young women, Saer Coulter and Lucy Davis, mixed with two male veterans, Einrique Gonzales and John Pearce, competing in a jump-off with long galloping lines meant speed and agility would prevail. Pearce and Chianto claimed victory with the fastest jump-off time of 38.62 seconds. On Friday, Joe Lombardo's $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby course offered long flowing lines with several options giving the four esteemed judges a chance to carefully study the twentyseven derby rides and twelve handy rounds. As we often see in the Handy Round, spooks, stops and mishaps changed the final result. The victory gallop was ridden by Haness aboard Conor Perrin's Gelato, who was superb in the handy after finishing fifth in round one. The pair barely beat Jenny Karizissis rid-
Top: Ben Asselin and Rush. Bottom: Nick Hanness and Gelato take a victory gallop.
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Top left: Josephina Nor Lantzman and Chello Z. Top right: Paris Sellon and Heracross. Bottom left: Lane Clarke and Semira de Saulieu win. Bottom Right: John Pearce celebrates his grand prix victory.
ing Harriet Posner's Victory Road. Hap Hansen and Shelly Lachow's Anomaly leapt up to third place after earning solid handy scores.
Showpark ranch & coaSt On two gorgeous southern California afternoons, two fabulous rides earned the lead in the high performance victory gallops for the $60,000 Grand Prix of California, sponsored by Equ Lifestyle and presented by Ferrari & Maserati of San Diego, and the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, both on the grass Grand Prix Field. Grand prix course designer Oscar Soberon of Mexico made a wise prediction. "I think since it's $60,000, it should be tough enough, not too tough, but appropriate for the amount of prize money given today. Because we have really good horses and riders I think we will get to see a good class. I'm expecting somewhere around four to eight clear rounds." Thirty-seven couples attempted but only four men, representing four different countries, managed to master the questions asked: fifth to go, Saint Quentin and Austrian Peter Petschenig; the tenth entry, Calavda with Brazilian Eduardo Menezes; then fourteenth to gallop in, Quilebo du Tillard and Mexico's Enrique Gonzales; and finally the eighteenth couple in the ring, Signe Ostby's Jonkheer Z with American Karl Cook aboard. Despite the competitorâ€™s three rival attempts to take the lead, faults prevailed. The only double clean, Eduardo Menezes and Calavda, led to the win and a sweet victory ride in a Ferrari. Course designer Joe Lombardo presented an inviting hunter derby
track on Showpark's large grass field. The Handy Round, with options for tight turns and a challenging trot jump after the hill, once again changed the top twelve positions. The victory gallop went to birthday girl Hope Glynn on C.R. Haribo, while Blenheim Spring Derby winner and leaders going into round two, Nick Haness and Gelato, bumped down to ninth with a disappointing rail in the second round. Glynn commented on the course and her winning horse. "C.R. Haribo is a smaller horse at 15.3 hands but has a great jump in him so he just needed to be able to show off a little. I thought that second round derby course allowed us to do that. It was a really tough course with that trot jump down the hill so I tried to revert back to my equitation days [she laughs] to ride that."
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Signorina Eau de Toilette
THE SIGNATURE OF A WOMAN IS HER SMELL. Signorina Eau de Toilette enhances your personal scent each day - a versatile individual who can conquer the world with wit, intelligence, beauty and personality but also a romantic and sweet young woman in search of her dreams. All that captured in a single essence of unique and lasting character. Signorina is designed to be a “fresh, sophisticated and subtly cheeky olfactory celebration of chic girls” and certainly a head turner for their suitors. Perfumers Sophie Labbé and Juliette Karagueuzoglou gave this fragrance top notes of pepper (rose/pink) and blackcurrant buds (cassis); middle notes of jasmine, peony and rose; and base notes of patchouli, musk, pannacotta. An easy, lighthearted scent, the package’s traditional Vara bow - a classic signature of Ferragamo - is done with a modern mix of pink
and violet, surrounded with a hint of pink gold that adds sweetness to this new edition. Salvatore Ferragamo’s signature seals this wonderful wrapping. The beautiful bottle makes a graceful addition to the top of any young woman’s bureau. Celebrated Italian designer, Salvatore Ferragamo, was best known for his shoes. By the time he passed away in 1960, he had filed 350 patents and created some 20,000 designs. Resolved to carry on her husband’s legacy, Salvatore’s widow, Wanda Ferragamo, took charge and their six children—Fiamma, Giovanna, Fulvia, Ferruccio, Leonardo, and Massimo—went to work to expand the family empire, branching out into clothing, handbags, silk scarves and ties, and fragrances. Thanks to her efforts, one fabulous floral fragrance, Signorina Eau de Toilette, is available in 30, 50 and 100 ml sized bottles, as well as in matching body products. ferragamo.com
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CALIFORNIA WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF
One of the best places to spend your summer, California has inspired hundreds of songs and movies, see a glimpse into why... By Fernanda Barraza
eaches, desert, mountains, vineyards, museums, shopping, dining and world-class golf courses, all surrounded by incredibly beautiful vistas . . . California’s scenic diversity and wide range of cultural attractions makes it a favorite destination for thousands of visitors from around the world, many of whom return year after year. Dotted with luxury hotels and resorts, California can provide both decadent relaxation and plenty of thrill-seeking pleasures for singles, couples and families - there’s a paradise for all. Start your journey in the coastal city of San Diego. Enjoy the
contemporary luxury and charming Victorian atmosphere of the famous Hotel del Coronado. Built in 1888, this landmark hotel, one of the world’s most exclusive resorts, has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Walk along Coronado’s picturesque streets lined with boutiques and galleries, visit downtown San Diego, dine on fresh and innovative cuisine mixed with specialty cocktails at Searsucker, and of course hit high-end shopping in La Jolla. After the chic and cosmopolitan atmosphere of San Diego, you might be ready for some indulgent leisure time in the desert. Within a scenic two-hour drive, get pampering you deserve at the Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells near Palm Springs. Enjoy its romantic Mediterranean architecture and ambience, exceptional spa facilities, and impeccable service. As a guest of the hotel, rise early (desert summers can get toasty) and do eighteen holes at the neighboring Indian Wells Golf Resort, while enjoying spectacular views of the Coachella Valley. Log in some beach time at yet another coastal treasure town, Newport Beach. The Resort at Pelican Hill will be your home on the sunny Southern California coast. You can visit their acclaimed spa, play championship ocean-view golf, cruise along the coast, and sample exquisite cuisine. Next stop Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, with a few glam spots in-between. The SLS Beverly Hills Hotel is a fete extraordinaire.
Where to Stay? Hotel Del Coronado 1500 Orange Avenue Coronado, CA 92118 1800 463 3533 hoteldel.com
Miramonte Resort & Spa 45000 Indian Wells Lane Indian Wells, CA 92210 760 341 2200 miramonteresort.com
Top Right: The SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills boasts a sparkling rooftop pool. Middle Left: The sun reflects on the beautiful Los Angeles skyline. Bottom Right: A walk along the pier in Santa Monica a nostalgic and electric experience.
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Travel EXPRESSIONS Immerse yourself in the glamour of one of America’s great cities: walk down Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame, stroll along the Santa Monica Pier, peruse the glittering shops on Rodeo Drive, and dine among giants of the entertainment industry at The Ivy. If you long to relive the innocent days of childhood, you can visit the “happiest place on earth” and say hello to Mickey Mouse at Disneyland and make time for California Adventure in Anaheim. Moving from one great city to another, change gears from southern Cal and head north to sophisticated San Francisco. The St. Regis Hotel is located in the vibrant SoMa district at the center of the city’s cultural corridor. You will be just steps away from the exquisite shopping district, the Financial District, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. After savoring the best of Vietnamese cuisine at The Slanted Door, prepare for a long journey through Chinatown and a visit to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
Where to dine? The Slanted Door 1 Ferry Building no. 3 San Francisco, CA 94111 415 861 80 32 slanteddoor.com
A California vacation would not be complete without visiting its gorgeous vineyards. Like the wine that inspired its name, The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, convenient to both the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, is the perfect blend of wine tasting, dining, spa, romance, and indulgence. While in Napa you won’t want to miss The French Laundry, a charming, upscale restaurant inspired by the French countryside. Make reservations in advance, the tiny but tremendous eatery is extremely popular. Though famous for its ski slopes, Lake Tahoe is a superb summer destination as well. From the moment you arrive at Northstar California Resort, a peaceful feeling of relaxation and tranquillity engulfs you. Enjoy Lake Tahoe, a lovely jewel in a magical setting, and get close to nature by mountain biking, fishing, and hiking.So much to
The French Laundry 6640 Washington Street Yountville, California 94599 707 753 0088 frenchlaundry.com
Top Right: Like the wine that inspired its name, The Meritage Resort and Spa is the perfect blend of wine tasting, dining, spa, romance and indulgence. Bottom Left: The world renowned golf courses in Palm Springs host some of golf’s major tournaments. Bottom Right: With its Forbes Five-Star rating, The Resort at Pelican Hill will make your stay unforgettable.
savor living the California dream, the memories await and they will be unforgettable.
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MEDITERRANEAN A CRUISE EXTRADORINAIRE AWAITS Take a cruise - the quintessence of leisure travel, an experience of incomparable pleasure. A superb way to see the world. By Avril Parrillat
Genoa awaits for you to discover all the magic of the Mediterranean.
he MSC Preziosa invites you to come aboard for an unforgettable odyssey while traveling in luxury and splendor. Your journey will begin in Genoa on the Italian Riviera. History comes alive in this charming port city with its steep streets, pastel terracotta-roofed houses, and warm, welcoming people. With your ship scheduled to sail at five o’clock, get an early start and make the most of your day in Genoa. Plan to visit the beautiful Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, a crowning achievement of the famous nineteenth century Catalonian architect Antoni Gaudi. Explore the luxurious boutiques and cozy alleyways along Via Garibaldi, and tour the home of Christopher Columbus. The Aquarium of Genoa, one of Europe’s largest, is wonderful. As you make your way to the Stazione Marittima to board the ship, you will want to stop at the Restaurant Soho & Champagne Bar (also known as the Soho Restaurant & Fish Work) to enjoy the freshest fish in the port, and their house specialty, handmade pasta. After your day in Genoa, the gracious, attentive staff and crew of MSC Preziosa will welcome you aboard. Once you have transformed your cabin into your home on the sea - hopefully with an ocean view and a private terrace - it will be time to attend the reception, where an elegant piano and the exquisite Swarovski staircase await. After choosing a light fare post your fresh fish experience at port, consider dancing the night away in the Safari Lounge The first port of call will be Naples, and you will have seven hours to immerse yourself in this charismatic city. Start with a cup of coffee, the traditional drink of Naples, the place where the home coffeemaker was born. Neapolitans take their coffee seriously, they like it short and dark, in the form of what they call a ‘ristretto,’ best described as a jolt to the senses. Now that you are awake, go explore!
Walking is your best choice, as public transportation is tricky, so follow the ‘street art’ posters to interesting places. Just remember that in Naples, red lights are looked upon as ‘decorations’ and pedestrians need to be wary, particularly of motor scooters. Via Toledo, Naples principal shopping street, is also the best place to find a great meal. Throw the calorie-counter away and sample some Neapolitan delicacies: a true margarita pizza made with fresh basil and tomatoes, olive oil, and garlic; and a rum baba, a decadently rich yeast cake sometimes filled with cream, and saturated with rum and molasses. Upon your return to the harbor at seven, MSC Preziosa will be ready to set sail, as your journey continues. Relax after your day of sightseeing with a drink and some great music in the Green Sax Jazz Bar before calling it a night. As you wake up for another adventurous day, be certain to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean from your balcony. This might be a good day to try Maya and Inca Restaurant for a delightful breakfast. When MSC Preziosa puts into the sickle-shaped port of Messina, the magical sounds of Maestro Ennio Morricone and the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra from the ship’s christening come to mind. Known as the door to Sicily, this city is a melting pot of cultures, once an important stop on the trade routes. Visit the Cathedral of Messina and check out the world’s largest astronomical clock. Set in a 197-foot bell tower, when the clock strikes noon, the carillon begins to play the Ave Maria, and the mechanical bronze figures come to life: lions roar, birds flap their wings, maidens ring the bells, and Jesus rises from the tomb. A true visual and auditory feast. Don’t miss the Messina Giants, two fifteen foot statues of a man and a woman both mounted on horseback, that represent the mythical founders of Messina. Be certain to savor the local Sicilian cooking delights, delicious dishes with the essence of sun and sea. After reboarding at the end of another awesome day, consider a visit to the Platinum Theatre, a Broadway-size venue that boasts an impressive playlist.
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Travel EXPRESSIONS The next stop is exotic Tunis with its bustling medina quarter, magnificent mosques, and the neighboring site of ancient Carthage, from where mighty Hannibal and his elephants set sail. Go ahead and take a camel ride, not particularly comfortable but great for a laugh and some pictures. The medina, found at the center of the city, is a dense aggregate of narrow alleys and covered passages, full of intense scents and colors, and a wide range of local crafts to take home. A must-do is the Bardo Museum, with its outstanding collection of important Roman mosaics and other beautiful antiquities. After returning to the Preziosa from your long and busy day, an exquisite dinner at The Golden Lobster is a good way to re-energize for an after-dinner walk on the deck. Here you’ll soak in an incomparable gift of nature: a view of the stars from the middle of the Mediterranean. The ship will be underway for all of the next day, giving you an opportunity to enjoy the exciting amenities on board. You might want to indulge your inner child on the exclusive Vertigo waterslide, which rises 120 meters above the sea; or maybe you’d like to indulge your inner peace with some elegant pampering in one of the MSC Aurea Spas. Whichever indulgence you choose, the casual but delectable Eataly Restaurant would be a good choice for lunch or dinner.
Le Corbusier’s most important works. Book a short boat trip to the island fortress of Chateau d’If, made famous as the setting of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. And the Provence jewels of Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, and Cassis are all in close proximity. Explore the remarkable Palais Longchamp, built in the 1830s with lovely apartments for rent, interspersed with lavish private mansions. It now houses a Fine Arts Museum, a Museum of Natural History, and an amazing observatory. Take the time to stroll the grounds and explore its treasures. But the sun itself remains one of the major attractions of this lovely city. No matter where you explore, remember to bask in the light that inspired famous painters like Cezanne, Braque, Dufy . . . The splendid adventure aboard the MSC Preziosa is about to end, and Genoa is waiting with open arms to welcome you back to port. Before you go ashore, enjoy an elegant dinner at L’Arabesque. An ideal goodbye outing, the experienced staff will make you feel like royalty. This increidble voyage on the MSC Preziosa traveled across centuries of coastal wonders to cities and cultures dotting the ‘sea in the middle of the world.’ Now that you have a tiny taste of the travel treasures that await, discover the Mediterranean origins of this luxury cruise line for yourself. The Mediterranean cruises are updated with new and exciting travel itineraries each year. Picture yourself and your favorite cabin mate aboard the newest jewel in the MSC family crown: MSC Preziosa. msccruceros.com.mx
You have crossed the Mediterranean and will land in the vibrant city of Barcelona, with its acclaimed beaches and astonishing architecture, notably that of Antoni Gaudi. Bring your camera, as most moments in Barcelona will be worth capturing. Visit Gaudi’s creations: La Pedrera, Casa Batilo, and of course, the magnificent Sagrada Family Cathedral. Up for some uphill exercise? Climb to the turrets of the Cathedral for a breathtaking view of the city. A stroll down Las Ramblas gives you a taste of the flavors of Barcelona. Back on board, you try your hand at bowling in the Sports & Bowling Diner. ‘Happy Days’ are here again, so relax with a gourmet cheeseburger and think poodle skirts. The final port of call before Preziosa returns to her home, is the picturesque Marseille. Like walking into a living postcard, Marseille is one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations with spectacular vistas and celebrities at every turn. As France’s oldest city, Marseille has a wealth of monuments, places of interest, and museums to visit. Architecture buffs won’t want to miss the Unite d’Habitation, the modernist residential housing that is one of
Caption, Page 1, Top Right The dazzling Swarovski staircase aboard the MSC Preziosa.
Caption, Page 2, Center Left Barcelona Gaudi architecture, inspired by Antoni Gaudi.
Caption, Page 1, Bottom Left The home port of Genoa welcomes you.
Caption, Page 2, Center Right Relax at Green Sax jazz bar aboard the MSC Preziosa
Caption, Page 2, Top Right The Cattedrale di San Lorenzo in Genoa.
Caption, Page 2, Bottom Left The roof in the nave of the Sagrada family cathedral in Barcelona
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WINE ROUTES BURGUNDY: CASTLES, COUNTRYSIDE, AND WINE Imagine relaxing on a summer evening while enjoying a glass of fine red wine. Not just any red vino, but one discovered on your travels on the Burgundy Wine Road to the world’s finest vineyards. By Francisco Masse.
I The most difficult task on this journey will be to decide which wine to savor.
n the third century, an East Germanic tribe called the Burgundians, emigrated from the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea (now part of Denmark), and started a mass migration to Central Europe. Coming first to Pomerania (now Poland), then to Gaul on the Rhine River, they finally, in the early Middle Ages, settled peacefully in the Rhone Valley and named their home the Kingdom of the Burgundians. Today one of the most prestigious wine regions worldwide, their name survives in the appellation, Burgundy. Join us as we explore this region: its vineyards, towns, heritage and history, nature and landscapes, and of course, its cuisine and wines. Wine experts say that in order to know about wines one must know French wine and to know about French wines one must try the Bordeaux wines. Bordeaux Wine districts such as Médoc, Graves, St. Emilion and Pomerol, and wine producers like Château LafiteRothschild and Château Haut-Brion are classified year after year, among the best wines worldwide. But there is another region that, while less famous, could be said to produce “the other great French wine,” and that region is Burgundy. Unlike the Bordeaux wines, which are easily found on the shelves of almost any wine shop around the world, the Burgundies
are rather scarce. This is partly because the large vineyards of the Bordeaux region produce four times as much wine as Burgundy, whose vineyards are fragmented into small parcels. The Burgundy region lies in the east of France, southeast of Paris, and is made up of the old provinces of Côte d’Or, Saône-et-Loire, Yonne, and Nièvre. It has an oceanic climate with a continental influence, hot summers and cold winters, with calcareous soil. The capital is Dijon, known in the culinary world for its mustard. Regarding wine production, there are five major districts in Burgundy, each of which produces its own distinctive wine: Côte d’Or, where the most expensive and prized Burgundies are found, and Chablis, Côte Châlonnaise, the Mâcon, and Beaujolais.
Côte d’Or Where to Stay? Château de Vault de Lugny 11, Rue du Chateau 89200 Vault de Lugny 330 386 340786 lugny.fr
Where to dine? Le Chapon Fin 5 Rue Montesquieu 33000 Bordeaux 330 55679 1010 chapon-fin.com
Baude et Millet 19 Rue Huguerie 33000 Bordeaux 330 0556 79 0577 baudeetmillet.fr
This “golden coast” lies at the heart of Burgundy’s wine region. A thin strip of land about 60 kilometers long, it is located beneath the city of Dijon, and is the birthplace of the world famous red Burgundy wines, made exclusively from the Pinot Noir grape. Its north side - the one nearest Dijon, Côte de Nuits, is named after the town of Nuits-Saint-Georges, and is divided into the following districts: Marsannay, where rosé wines prevail; Fixin, which produces strong, rustic reds; Gevrey-Chambertin, which produces eight full Grand Cru red wines such as Chambertin Clos
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Travel EXPRESSIONS de Bèze; Morey Saint-Denis, which produces bold, full-bodied wines and Grand Gru like Clos de la Roche and Clos Saint-Denis; ChambolleMusigny, with soft and elegant reds; Vougeot, with medium-bodied wines like Clos de Vougeot; Vosné-Romanée, with its velvety wines such as Romanée-Conti and La Tache; FlageyÉchezeaux, with its namesake Grand Cru, and Nuits-Saint-Georges, which produces robust and earthy wines. The southern part of Côte d’Or is Côte de Beaune, named for the wine capital of Burgundy, Beaune. This region contains some of the great names of white Burgundy, such as Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet, and Puligny-Montrachet. The white wines of Côte de Beaune are straw-yellow, robust, smooth, and very dry. The reds are produced a little farther south, in the villages of Auxey-Duresses, Monthélie, Saint-Romain, and Saint-Aubin. These have a tendency to a slightly lighter body than other red Burgundies.
This hotel has attracted the attention of famous international figures. It features fifteen rooms, each with a distinct personality. For example, the legendary guitarist Eric Clapton, a frequent guest, likes to stay in Le Roy—the most beautiful guest room in the hotel, with a magnificent four-poster bed, which once used to be reserved for the kings of France; film-maker Milos Forman prefers the Jadeite room, overlooking the Morvan National Park; and famous French writer Michel Houellebecq, antiques lover, stays in the comfortable Le Prince room. During your stay, you may want to do some trout fishing if the season is right, or you might prefer a swim in the stunning indoor pool, which is built in the old castle vaults. As expected, the restaurant lives up to the standards of this five-star hotel. Traditional Burgundian cuisine acquires an interesting twist in dishes like breaded scallops, morel risotto, and pork dipped in honey. Vegetables are grown in the hotel’s own vegetable gardens, and fish and meat are obtained from nearby properties, ensuring their freshness and quality. And it goes without saying that the wine list is extraordinary. Very close to the hotel are some notable historic attractions such as the Abbey of Vezelay; the Musee de l’Avallonnais in Avallon’s historic downtown; the clock tower Tour de l’Horloge, dating from the fifteenth century; and Parc des Chaumes. lugny.fr Top Right: The Le Roy suite, fit for a king, is the finest room in the chateau, with magnificent views of the countryside and a tremendous bathroom.
Center Left: The beautiful label and extraordinary color of this Verre de Pinot Noir reflect the quality of the region.
Bottom Right: Chateau Andre Ziltener, dating from 1709, houses a hotel and winery.
Where to stay? One of Burgundy’s most luxurious hotels is Château de Vault de Lugny, a luxurious thirteenth and sixteenth century castle located in the beautiful town of Vault-de-Lugny which lies on the River Cousin, between Vezelay and Chablis. Converted in 1986 to a luxury hotel, its style is classic and elegant, very European, allowing you to drift back to the days of nobility and aristocracy.
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THE PERFUMES OF THE MAISON CARTIER radiate love, the Ville Lumiere itself becomes part of the aura, bringing to mind romantic walks along the Rue de la Paix to Place Vendôme. Celebrating Paris, the city from which all the Cartier energy emanates and sparkles, Cartier Parfums introduces new limited edition flacons for its iconic fragrances: Baiser Vole, Declaration, and Declaration d’un Soir. The très chic and unique bottles recreate the jeweler’s Paris with delicate engravings executed by master craftsmen. For 100 years now the Cartier boutique has been at 13 Rue de la Paix. The name Cartier represents French elegance and luxury, and these fragrances are three of the finest perfumes that the Maison offers. For the stylish woman, Baiser Vole recreates the scent of the majestic but elusive lily. The lily is a flower of passion with a strong air of femininity. “In this new perfume, I wanted to re-create the scent of armfuls of flowers on the neck,” remarked Mathilde Laurent, Cartier perfumer. For the discriminating man, Declaration is an emotional fragrance,
with a w o o d y, s p i c e d scent. Declaration d’un Soir also has a fresh, spicywoody theme but takes an unprecedented step in perfumery with the addition of pepper. Again from Mathilde Laurent, “For this latest Declaration, I have selected ingredients that will set hearts racing and encourage men to make their own passionate declarations.” Oh la la. cartier.com
Photos: Courtesy of Cartier.
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GOOD HELP IS HARD TO FIND AND HARDER TO RETAIN
Photo: courtesy of Belle Maison.
YOU HIRED THE BEST REALTOR TO FIND the best house, and then hired the best interior decorator to carefully furnish it. When it comes to staffing you want the highest caliber employees possible, working within the sanctuary that is your home. When you find yourself in need of great staff, you need to call a professional domestic staffing agency. Belle Maison Agency is renowned for placing extraordinary staff members in exclusive homes and estates throughout the United States. They attribute their incredible level of success to their diligent personal pre-screening of candidates. Most other agencies use the internet, the owners personally meet and interview every applicant, run thorough background checks, and contact the references of each candidate. Since all families and candidates are treated with equal respect. The owners honestly listen to the qualities of each candidate and carefully match them to the needs of each family. By creating a better more personal match, they have found that the families and candidates are happier, which is why they stay together longer.
Finding the perfect personal assistant, nanny or other domestic professional is never easy, but Belle Maison does there best to make the process worry-free. Jointly, the owners have almost two decades of experience as a nanny, celebrity personal assistant and estate manager. They understand the complex factors that contribute to making a good fit. While other domestic staffing agencies are looking to score a quick commission, Belle Maison is looking to build a longterm business relationship that is built on trust. Recently the Agency launched their Lifestyle Management division. They are now able to provide their signature level of service to clients in the Los Angeles area on an as-needed basis. It is a Personal Concierge services that allow clients to “buy back” precious time so that they can get back to enjoying what means most to them. Belle Maison built the Lifestyle Management division to continue to bring balance and a perfect rhythm to their clients lives through personal concierge services. “We will make sure you never have to settle for less than that because with us, it’s personal.” Phone: (424)235-5323 bellemaisonagency.com
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Space & Design EXPRESSIONS
The perfect sound In our perennial search for the ultimate in sound quality, finding the perfect speakers can be a daunting task. Here we present eight different options, innovative designs to suit your taste and to fit your space. All of these high-tech choices utilize the latest technology, and are sure to deliver optimum performance without distortion.
1 1. Great looking speakers
The Scandyna Podspeakers: The Drop, BigPod, and MicroPod SE provide innovative design inspired by organic shapes, and a full and lively sound. scandyna-uk.co.uk
2. Wall sound setting Finding the perfect spot for your speakers will never be a problem again. Hang the BeoPlay A8 on the wall, choose the ‘wall setting,’ and enjoy brilliant sound and undocked freedom. bang-olufsen.com
3. Home studio The 802 Diamond offers immense levels of scale and clarity, bringing studio quality sound into your home. It’s sure to become a favorite of audiophiles everywhere.
4. Music drops If you are all about luxury and originality, these astoun ding omnidirectional drop speakers from the French brand SOEE Soundesign are for you. soundartdeco.com
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5. Easy to enjoy
Indulge yourself with the SoundDock 10 Bluetooth music system. Dock your iPod or iPhone, or stream from any Bluetooth device, and enjoy lifelike, full-range sound that fills the room. bose.com
6. Dual docking The wireless audio system with dual dock by Samsung allows you to enjoy your playlists from multiple devices, providing maximum usability, and expanding your options.
7. Full entertainment The Klipsch speaker dock utilizes their â€˜horn-loaded technologyâ€™ to allow you to spread your iTunes collection anywhere you see fit. Though small, it still delivers the legendary Klipsch sound klipsch.com
Photos: courtesy of Scandyna, Bang-Olufsen, Bowers-Wilkins, SOEE Soundesign, Bose, Samsung, Kilpisch and Libratone.
8. Anytime, anywhere With the Libratone Zipp speaker your sound goes where you go. Battery driven and portable, it allows for wireless playback anywhere - even without WiFi. libratone.com
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The blissful touch
Park Hyatt Beaver creek reSort and SPa
Created to ensure that every detail provides you with an unparalleled experience, this spa combines the best techniques and products with skilled professionals to usher you into a level of relaxation and vitality beyond your imagination. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be pamper beyond you wildest dreams. Its fitness center has state of the art equipment to promise a workout for all fitness levels, so even if you are on vacations you’ll be able to keep up with your work out. Oversized oak lockers include robes, slippers, and towels, while dressing area vanities include a full line of health and beauty products.
The Spa at Calistoga Ranch reinvents the classic curative “taking of the waters” in a rejuvenating natural Napa spa sanctuary. Nestled away in a wooded canyon in Napa, discover soothing soaking pools overlooking a creek and moss-laden oaks, sample restorative organic treatments in restful private rooms—and enter upon a journey to pure relaxation. Tranquil treatment rooms feature outdoor garden showers and private soaking tubs. Take to the healing mineral waters and enjoy a variety of exceptional bodywork and unique treatments, soothing soaking baths reflect the true spirit of the Napa region.
There’s something about this spa that sets it apart from all others. Maybe it is the irresistible invitation to pamper in a haven of relaxation, now expanded to offer even more luxurious services. From the co-ed Thermae Mineral Pool to the private steamy Caldaria pools and steam rooms, cooling Cascata rainshower and soothing calm of the Tepidarium relaxation room, this experience is designed to enhance spa treatments to follow. Whichever you select, you’ll understand why this heavenly Vail spa resort wins accolades and rave reviews from both guests and media.
580 Lommel Road Calistoga, CA 94515 Phone: 707 254 2800
100 East Thomas Place, CO 81620-1595 Phone: (970) 949 1234
PuMPkin deligHt Facial
colorado Wild roSe cure
Delight your skin and senses with a warm, brightening organic pumpkin enzyme facial. Your skin will be refreshed, your senses warmed and soothed. This ultimate facial includes skin analysis, exfoliation, extractions and custom mask, as well as a herbal hand scrub and massage to soften dry, hands.
Warm lavender compresses calm the nervous system in preparation for a rose oil and wildflower body scrub. A chamomile bath of essential oils and flower petals follows. Relax with a full body massage using a rose geranium body butter. A calming body wrap sweetened with a foot and scalp massage takes you to a state of complete relaxation.
3950 Las Vegas Blvd., South, Las Vegas, NV Phone: 1 877 632 7300.
HydraleSSence This high performance, deep hydrating facial will revive even the most dehydrated complexions, eliminating signs of stress and helping your skin to re-balance itself. Luxuriate in the warmth of healing hands while your skin is bathed in a moisture surge of oils, creams, and elixirs. After this magnificent treatment you’ll feel good as new.
aroMatHeraPy Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of plantderived, aromatic essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being. It is sometimes used in combination with massages and other therapeutic techniques as part of a holistic treatment approach.
caliStoga cure Enhance circulation, invigorate and exfoliate with a therapeutic mineral salt body scrub followed by a private outdoor mud or mineral salt bath. Each bath consists of herbal extracts, essential oils, and minerals, drawn with your specific needs in mind. Rest quietly while receiving a balancing polarity session, which incorporates gentle rocking and light touch to release energy.
ultiMate non-Surgical Face liFt “The Ultimate” is state of the art anti-aging equipment that utilizes micro-current technology to instantly tone, lift, firm and re-educate tired muscles, leaving skin looking younger and firmer. Includes a hyaluronic mask for deep hydration. Recommended for anyone seeking a non-invasive alternative with noticeably instant results.
Photos: courtesy of Mandalay Spa ,Calistoga Ranch and Park Hyatt Beaver Creek resort and spa.
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Man of style SubSección expreSSionS
Where Do you finD inspiration for your Designs? Do you accept special requests from players like cristiano ronalDo or aDD your oWn flair? The best way to answer your question is that athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo and other elite players like him, definitely serve as an inspiration for the final product. However, it’s also important for me to keep all athletes, as well as the general consumer out there, in mind. So I also try to spend time with 16 year olds who are wild about this sport. We are focusing a lot of energy on the biomechanics of the foot - details such as how it moves, how it comes to a stop, and how it interacts with the ball. These things have a significant influence on design decisions. And it’s also important to follow pop culture trends. That’s where I find my cues for colors and styles. In the end, the recipe for success is the mix of all these ingredients.
you’re an inspiration to young Designers. WoulD you share a bit about your backgrounD anD hoW you enDeD up at nike?
Collin Eder Creator and Designer for Nike. Photo: courtesy of Nike.
Collin Eder describes his inspiration and passion for foot mechanics, modern trends, creating cool shoes and the sport of soccer.
Do you like soccer? Of course! I couldn’t possibly dedicate my life to this if I didn’t have a passion for the game. As a kid I loved to watch soccer, even though back then it wasn’t a popular sport in the U.S.
I grew up in the U.S. and moved around a lot. I have lived in New York, Oregon, Colorado, and Arizona. I went to college in Colorado, and also studied abroad for a while. It was while living in the Netherlands that I really came to understand the passion for football (soccer). Back in the states, soccer just couldn’t compete with basketball, baseball, and American football. I had to live in Europe to really get it. Once I was hooked on the thrill of this sport, I realized that I wanted to work for a company that understood the game and helped athletes achieve their goals. I saw Nike as an industry leader. I wore their products, and I knew I wanted to work for them so, right after college my goal was to get a job there. Now, Nike has been home to me for over 10 years.
Which is your favorite innovative Design? I think it would have to be Nike Skin. This was the first time we ever designed a shoe like this, so we decided to produce only a small batch of them to start. We have some top players as spokesmen out there talking about their experience wearing the shoes. Our inspiration for the design comes from how the foot operates. We started thinking about players in places like Copacabana Beach in Brazil where young kids play barefoot in the sand and have amazing control over the ball. Then we began to wonder why they chose to play this way. The answer, we realized, is that barefoot, they are able to get better control because there is nothing between the foot and the ball. The tough part about playing barefoot though, is that you have no traction, so it’s easy to slip. Our solution to this was Nike Skin. With this shoe, there are only 3 layers between the foot and the ball, allowing the player to have the feeling of being barefoot, while still being able to maintain control.
is there a particular player out there you like to Design for? We are currently spending a lot of time with Neymar, the Brazilian player. The most exciting thing about working with him is that he reflects what Nike is all about: he’s not afraid of taking chances or trying something new and different. It is so much fun watching him play.
Which is your all time favorite team? My favorite team? Well, I actually have two. One team I always enjoyed watching whenever I could was Liverpool. I am still a huge fan - well, as much a fan as an American guy can be of a British team. And the other team I just love watching is Barcelona. I truly believe that the way that team plays has completely changed the sport. They have pretty much reinvented the game, and you can’t say that about many teams.
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All the adrenaline, gossips and excitement of the first edition of the Audi Polo Cup by American Express in Mexico City.
The perfect way to travel is on board of a luxurious Fraser Yacht.
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Discover four of our favorite destinations as we encourage you to stay on the best places.
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Dialing In To The Equestrian World
Haness aboard the fabulous mare Zeppelien (Kendall Perrin, owner), set a blazing time that couldn’t be beat. The Blenheim Spring Classic III qualifier winners, Kandi Stewart on C-Scooter, came in a close second to Haness. However, by earning 38 points for the victory, Haness takes the lead in the standings. With five qualifiers remaining and add back increasing the prize money for the September finals, there’s still a chance to be one of the top fifteen to compete for the final purse now worth $30,550 and growing. Haness summed it when he said, “This class opens the door for horses and riders to step up. It certainly made my first big jumper win feel special.”
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Loans aside, CashCaLL is supporting developing riders and horses with a brand new futures program launched in association with Bleheim EquiSports. New in 2013, the CashCall Mortgage Futurity Series offers eight qualifying classes throughout the Blenheim EquiSports season. Each qualifier is a $7,500 class with a final in September. Add back from each of the classes will increase the final purse, plus there will be no entry fee for the 15 top finishers invited to participate. Competitors have already jumped for a chance to rank in the top fifteen with three of the eight qualifiers in the record books. Entries continue to rise while the purse for the finals grows larger. Saturday, March 30th: CashCall Mortgage Futurity Series Kicks Off with a Canadian Win The inaugural qualifying class at Blenheim Spring Classic had twenty-five entries, nine jumped clean and four of those went double clean. The fastest by less than half a second was Canadian Ben Asselin riding Attaché Stables’ Macavoy and the appropriately named Miss CashCall with Joie Gatlin in the irons earned the red ribbon. Sunday, April 7th: And the Victory Goes to… Blenheim Spring Classic III hosted the CashCall Mortgage Futurity Series second qualifier had fifteen entries with eight jumping clean and once again four double clean. Kandi Stewart led the field on her C-Scooter. Second to Stewart was Chris Pratt aboard Indigo Farm’s Everleigh. Sunday, May 12th: Nick Haness Takes the Lead The third qualifier at Showpark’s Ranch & Coast Classic hosted thirty-seven horse and rider combinations - the largest group of entries to date. With almost half the class going clean, sixth to go in the jump-off,
Photos: Top- Nick Haness and Zeppelien win the third CashCall qualifier. Bottom: Ben Asselin on Attaché Stables’ Macavoy.
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A Royal Time at the
Royal Windsor Horse Show
Photos: Courtesy of Alltech and rwhs.co.uk .
by Jackie McFarland
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eld annually since 1943 within the picturesque grounds of the Windsor Castle, the Royal Windsor Horse Show had a record number of entries this year – over 4,000 competitors came to play from May 8-12, 2013. Full of fabulous activities, alongside the horse show happenings are more than 200 shops, a food and drink festival and a traditional fun fair. Her Majesty the Queen attended and His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh is Show President. On Sunday, May 12th an exceptional field of starters, including three Olympic gold medalists, set out to claim the title at this year’s Alltech Grand Prix at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. After a thrilling jump-off with plenty of nail-biting moments, the victory went to Ireland’s Shane Breen aboard Balloon. It came down to the second to last jump-off effort when Breen nimbly took the lead from Great Britain’s Olympic Gold Medal anchor rider Peter Charles by just over half a second. The course, designed by Britain’s own Bob Ellis, generated 17 clears from the field of 39 starters. An internationally recognized course designer Ellis designed the tracks for the intensely competitive and fabulously thrilling 2012 Olympic Games. The first real attack at taking the title came from Charles riding Murka’s Odie de Fervent. As he galloped the length of the arena, in front of the stunning backdrop of Windsor Castle, the crowd gasped and roared with delight when he cleared the final fence to take an early jump-off lead. Ten riders followed but as the final fence repeatedly fell, in their attempt to better his time, it looked as though he may have wrapped up the win. That was until Breen stepped into the arena aboard Breen Equestrian’s bay stallion Balloon. The Hickstead-based, Irish team rider opted for a different tactic than the rest; gaining more time on the first half of the course rather than the second. It paid off and he moved into the lead by 0.53 seconds. Last up to tackle the course was American rider Lauren Hough. Despite a determined effort she stopped the clock at just .85 seconds beyond the leading time, settling for a solid third place with Tackeray.
“I think Bob had been quiet lenient with the height of the fences on the first half of the course,” said Breen, who also won the 2010 Alltech Grand Prix at Royal Windsor Horse Show with Carmena Z. “But it was a tough jump off; as big as any four or five-star international grand prix.” Breen continued, “With the field of riders what else could you expect? It wasn’t just top riders either; it was top riders with their top horses. It was a really good class and sponsored by Alltech, who are such great supporters of equestrian sport.” After stepping up to sponsor the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, Alltech continues to take great strides to support the sport. From the Alltech National Horse Show, also based in Lexington annually in November, to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be in Normandy, France.
Opposite page: Shane Breen and Ballooon Win the Alltech Royal Windsor Grand Prix. Top: Royal Windsor showgrounds. Bottom: Shane Breen and Balloon fly to the win.
Alltech Grand Prix at the Royal Windsor Horse Show
1shane Breen "Balloon" IRE 45.44
"Murka’s Odie de Fervent" UK 45.97
3lauren hough "Tackeray" USA 46.29
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IN THE CARIBBEAN By Abigail Oliva
luxury yacht charter provides an unforgettable experience, leaving you free to choose the ideal itinerary as you chase the sun. The Caribbean, with its crystal clear water, clear blue skies, and tropical sun invites you to relax as you explore the seas and islands of this wonderful part of the world. Also known as the â€˜Sea of Antilles,â€™ this area of outstanding natural beauty provides a backdrop to a yacht charter that is without equal. Home to hundreds of islets, islands, and archipelagos, it is the saltiest sea in the world. Like a scattering of precious stones, the Caribbean islands seem
to float on a sparkling sea of glass, waiting to be discovered. The islands are divided into two parts: the Greater Antilles (Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico) and the Lesser Antilles (small islands from Puerto Rico to the west coast of Venezuela that include Antigua and Barbuda, St. Maarten, and the Virgin Islands, to name a few First-time visitors to the Caribbean will be amazed at the incredible beauty of the landscape. Nowhere on the planet is there a greater diversity of spectacular beaches, each with its own distinctive beauty and unique charm. Some of the islands are virtually uninhabited, while others delight the senses with sounds of steel drums and smells of delicious food.
Photos: Courtesy of FRASER Yachts.
By Abigail Oliva. Photos: Fraser Yachts.
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ITINERARY DAY 1 Leave St. Thomas for a short cruise to Christmas Cove for lunch and an afternoon swim. Anchor off the island of St. John and dine under the stars.
DAY 2 Cruise to Sope’s Hole in West End, Tortola, one of the most picturesque ports in the Virgin Island. Visit the exclusive shops and dine at one of the fine restaurants.
There are too many choice, so we decided to feature the U.S. Virgin Islands for this piece. Discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, who named them ‘St. Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins,’ they are located east of Puerto Rico, and are often described as the islands of dreams. Offering the luxury of year-round sunshine with an ever-present light breeze, the Virgin Islands boast an average temperature that hovers around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The three Saints: Thomas, John, and Croix, await your exploration. The allure of a magnificent harbor full of great dining and shopping, is perfectly complemented by the tranquil islands, secluded coves, and pristine forests. Go island hopping, soak in the culture, slow down and step back in time, find serenity. Enjoy cruising in the company of dolphins, feel the ocean breeze, delight in the sights - this is romance and relaxation rolled into one. Fraser Yachts is the world’s leading superyacht brokerage company and the largest luxury yacht services provider. With over sixty years of experience, they proudly represent the finest luxury charter yachts in the world. Their expert team ensures that charters are professionally handled from start to finish. With 15 offices around the globe, Frasey Yachts can take you to the most idyllic places in the world. Plan the trip of your dreams. For more information visit:
DAY 3 Leave for Peter Island Resort for a sumptuous meal, followed by a visit to the spa for some pampering and rejuvenation. In the afternoon, visit the world’s most famous baths in Virgin Gorda, a spectacular series of exotic pools and grottos.
DAY 4 Navigate to Bitter End, widely acclaimed as one of the best places for water sports in the Caribbean. Enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes with sports like windsurfing and diving.
DAY 5 Spend the day on Anegada, swimming with whales and dolphins at Loblolly Bay. In the evening enjoy a grilled lobster dinner and traditional rum cocktails while watching a tropical sunset. DAY 6 Anchor in Cam Bay and explore the Great Camanoe Island National Park, with its incredible variety of regional birds, flora, fauna, and fish.
Photos: Courtesy of Fraser Yachts.
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wine w CLASSIC Wines. winewine For this issue I have selected four traditional wines that showcase the expertise of master vintners and pay homage to their local regions. Each of these iconic pieces will provide its own unique and unforgettable experience. Wines are emotions and feelings in a bottle -enjoy! BY EDEL SCHAUB MOSS, CERTIFIED SOMMELIER
Heitz Cellar “Marthas Vineyard”, Napa Valley, California
he amazing story of Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon began in 1966 and continues on to today. In 1966 Joe Heitz produced a wine so distinctive that a partnership was born. The Heitz family of Napa and the May family of Martha’s Vineyard joined forces to produce a signature wine. Only 500 boxes are produced from this single vineyard Cabernet each year. Martha’s Vineyard is a complex wine known for its unique mintiness with hints of graphite, red berries, black currant, green tea, and sage. With its refined but persistent palate, smooth flavor, and incredibly silky closure, it is a wine to be savored and enjoyed.
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ingus is considered a cult wine, sold at extremely high prices while remaining relatively inaccessible. It’s made from the tempranillo grape, the great grape of Spain, which is widely grown to make full-bodied red wines. Produced in an artisanal way, completely free of fertilizers and pesticides, the vineyard can generate only 500 boxes a year, given the proper environmental conditions.
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rom the Graves region south of Bordeaux comes this blended wine with its deep red color and flavors of red berries, roasted almonds, and licorice. A blend of the Cabernet, Merlot, and Petit Verdot grapes, this upscale table wine would carry the designation of a meritage in the U.S. Smooth and approachable, it is an excellent everyday wine.
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, Francia
his compelling wine, the ultimate expression of the Taittinger style, is produced only in exceptional vintage years, and is composed entirely of Chardonnay grapes grown in the prestigious Cote des Blancs region. It is a powerful, refined, expressive and complex Champagne with notes of citrus, lime blossom, and caramelized grapefruit, and ending with a hint of sweet licorice. With its sparkling straw color and extremely fine bubbles, it’s a perfect accompaniment to first courses such as seafood and shellfish. This wine will transforn any occasion into a celebration.
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Decanters EXQUISITE AIR FOR WINE by Francisco Masse
MANY RED WINES, especially young ones, and some white wines as well, benefit from the ability to “breathe”, defined as letting the bottle stand for a few minutes after opening and before consuming. However merely uncorking the bottle and leaving it for a while, is an ineffective method: the small opening of the bottle is not enough to allow an adequate oxygen input. The true connoisseur uses a fine glass container - a decanter - to oxygenate the wine, reducing the tannins that can produce a rough, astringent feel on the palate. As the wine breathes, the sediment settles out before pouring.
he long, winding neck of this elegant vessel allows a deep wine fall during the pouring, providing time for aeration to work its magic. Designed by Maximilien Reidel, whose family has been producing fine glass in the heart of Europe for 250 years, the winding spirals at the bottom make this piece the only decanter in the world that creates a ‘double decanting‘ as the wine moves through it. As noted in “Time” magazine, this Austrian clan of glassmakers has never bottled a wine, but they have done more to enhance the oenophile’s pleasure than many winemaking dynasties.
esigned for the house of Riedel’s 250th anniversary, this piece, like the other two Riedel decanters pictured here, is hand blown of fine leaded crystal. Only the most accomplished of glassblowers can produce the Amadeo, and each piece is numbered, a unique work of art. Its freeform shape provides a generous surface for oxygenation, and the narrow mouth means drip-free pouring. Sure to delight the wine aficionado, this fluid and elegant decanter is certainly an impressive presentation of fine vintages.
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nspired by the sleek form of a mamba snake, this piece speaks for itself. Its sheer beauty strikes within seconds and makes a stunning presentation (“Wine Enthusiast”). The wine opens up as it flows down the long, graceful neck and through the air pockets of its coiled base, emitting a soft gurgle as it moves. Mamba’s elegant upright tail serves as a handle, making pouring easy as the wine flows back out through the neck. This one of a kind piece with its alluring shape doubles as a fine piece of art when not being used for your prized vintages.
Peugeot Panier Duck
o named because of its shape - that of a French canard - this decanter is made of hand blown crystal with a shiny pewter neck, base, and handle. Designed to decant young red wines, its tilted shape facilitates oxygenation by keeping air in contact with the surface of the wine, giving it a chance to bloom. Elegant and durable, the design of this piece makes it easy to serve the wine, and minimizes the risk of dripping.
his German brand is dedicated to producing “the best glasses and containers for wine in the world.” Created by artisan craftsmen, the Loop is made from ancient mineral deposits free from impurities, resulting in brilliant and immaculate crystal. An innovative cut-out hole in the middle of the body makes for easy pouring, and provides a visual delight when filled. A standard bottle of wine aligns perfectly with the center of the hole. Simply a must-have for every wine connoisseur.
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Top: Team Mexico Guillermo Gracida, Álvaro Fernández Carlos Gracida and Valerio Aguilar - raises the trophy in celebration of a hardfought victory. Bottom: Martín Pepa
MAY 2013 The “Honoring the Masters” Tournament Mexico vs The Rest of the World .
ampo Marte, the venue for the 1968 Summer Olympic Games and 2008 World Polo Championship, was dressed in her finest to welcome the Audi Polo Cup by American Express. These historic grounds in the heart of Mexico City played host to thousands of spectators gathered to enjoy an evening of star-studded polo. With the teams trading the lead till the end, the match exceeded expectations. Billed as ‘Mexico vs The Rest of the World,’ this was the inaugural tournament in the “Honoring the Master” series featuring Mexican player Carlos Gracida as the first honoree.
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Top: Tournament star Brandon Philips and Aregentinian Martin Pepa wore ready – Mexico vs. blue. In deference to his honored guests, Billy Steta, leader The Rest of the of the Mexican Federation of Polo, also donned a blue jersey World and played with ‘The Rest of the World.’ Center: The 20-goal An event of this importance becomes a glittering social scene, tournament was a bringing together fasfight to the end hionable society from “Mexico will around the world. Wellregain the dressed polo enthuplace it held siasts mingled with glasses of bubbly throughout once, as one the special venues provided by tournament sponof the best sors for their refreshment and relaxation. polo arenas.” As expected, the Centurion VIP lounge provided by American Express was a popular haven with delicarlos gracida cious canapes and a full bar, and in the Audi VIP area, Don Julio, purveyor of the ‘world’s finest tequilas,’ provided an array of cool drinks and delectable treats. For those guests who chose to stick with tradition and stomp the divets at halftime, Audi vans offered flutes of chilled champagne. The sport of polo, with its fast-paced play, has deep roots in Mexico. The skill and athleticism demonstrated by both horse and rider, have a unique appeal. Fans of team Mexico erupted in celebration as their team fought to victory in an exciting climax to a very close match. At days’ end, tired but happy guests headed home hoping that this will be the first of many ‘Honoring el Maestro‘ tournaments.
Foto: Uriel García.
With Mexico in red and the challengers in blue, cheering was lively as every chukker closed with the score near even. From the throw in to the awards ceremony, the energy was electric and the action thrilling. Wearing red were Carlos Gracida, Álvaro Fernández, Guillermo Gracida, and Valerio Aguilar. Top American player Nick Roldan, Canadian polo
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The SS also featured vinyl-clad Strato bucket seats, wheelhouse moldings, a black-finished grille, special SS badges encircled by red, white and blue, as well as special wheel covers. Undoubtedly, the central feature of the SS 427 was the 385 horsepower, 427-cubic inch (7.0L) Turbo-Jet V8 under the hood. The ’67 Chevy Impala is an impressive reminder of America’s glorious muscle car era.
Photos: Courtesy of Chevrolet.
When you find yourself lost in the plot of a popular supernatural TV series, don’t blame the handsome lead characters; likely it is their 1967 Impala that has you mesmerized. Introduced in 1958, these powerful cars were always among Chevrolet’s most celebrated passenger automobiles and the passion of millions of American drivers. Its distinctive symmetrical triple teardrop taillights and winged tailfins set it apart from other full-size models of the era. Through the first half of the 1960s, the Impala was the best-selling car in the United States, setting trends in both design and size. In 1966, the Impala Caprice was America’s second-most popular convertible, surpassed only by the Mustang. And then the redesigned 1967 Impala arrived. The ’67 model featured a rounded body with Corvette-inspired fender ridges, called “Coke bottle styling”, after the soda’s curvy container shape. The ’67 model traded in the triple round taillights for rectangular units. Boasting an eight-cylinder, 327 A-Barrel engine, yielding 275 horsepower, the Impala ‘67 had enough swagger to rival any leading character: Magnum P.I.’s Ferrari, Michael Knight’s incredible Trans Am or the signature bright orange Charger that the Dukes drove through Hazard. The rare Impala Super Sport (SS) took the sleek line to the next level. The Impala SS 427 was sold with a full assortment of muscle-car extras: a special dome hood, a rally-type electric clock and gauge package, a refined sports suspension, larger wheels and red-stripe tires.
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MANDARIN ORIENTAL HYDE PARK
The new Bulgari Hotel, located in the prestigious and bustling district of Knightsbridge, is the perfect expression of glamour and classic style, characteristic of the Bulgari brand. The first new luxury hotel to be built in London in over 40 years, the contemporary design features silver highlights throughout the entire hotel, incorporating Bulgari’s silversmith origins. The impeccable hotel service, along with amenities such as the luxuriant spa, pool and a private screening room, as well as its privileged location between Harrods and Hyde Park, help create an ideal setting for you to enjoy your stay in the capital city of Great Britain. The serene architecture and magnificent interior of the Bulgari Hotel London include a fine selection of furniture and textiles designed explicitly for the hotel, truly art gallery worthy. Once here, do not miss the incredible Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop and Sampling Lounge, a paradise for aficionados of fine tobacco. You will find a spectacular selection of vintage and rare cigar brands for sale. Once a fitting cigar is chosen for the occasion, step into the adjacent smoking lounge. Accommodating up to twenty people, the lounge has plenty of room to celebrate a perfect moment with your closest friends.
In the heart of London, opposite Hyde Park with an entrancing view of the Kensington Gardens and Palace, the Baglioni Hotel provides an oasis of comfort, tranquility and luxury. This charming hotel actually offers a taste of Italian hospitality and warmth during your stay in London. Along with traditional services found at other luxury hotels, like the ample spa and fitness center, The Baglioni has a chauffeur-driven car and a butler at your service— everything you would need to make the most of your London holiday. Another of the acclaimed main attractions of the Baglioni is the prestigious Brunello Restaurant. Its luxurious decor in shades of gray and gold, along with the chef ’s reworking of classic Mediterranean cuisine, makes the restaurant a must for visitors. And its prodigious wine cellar offers a wide range of distinguished brands—over 250—among which you’ll find the extravagant Sassicaia wines. To round out your marvelous time here, enjoy the exceptional Terrake and Thalgo treatments at the spa, created exclusively for the Baglioni Hotel. If you are looking for a classic spot where you can relax and rejoy this is the perfect place for you.
Characterized by a timeless elegance, this hotel is a favorite destination for those who travel to London on business or those looking for fun. Offering a distinguished combination of elegance, luxury and style, this hotel delights with world-class restaurants and a sumptuous spa. The guest rooms and suites are exquisite and functional, and each has a distinctive design and theme, ranging from the handsome Hyde Park Room and playful Knightsbridge Turret Suite to the colossal 2,600 sq. ft. Royal Suite. The two-story spa offers a tranquil ambiance for an unrivaled urban escape, and features a variety of holistic treatments and therapies from around the world, including the exclusive Oriental Harmony treatment, one of the most distinctive offerings of this quiet sanctuary. Be sure to visit the famous Mandarin Bar, a hotspot of London’s nightlife. The rectangular, marbletopped bar was designed to evoke the feel a sophisticated runway, making it an optimal place to see and be seen. With walls lined in silk and plush leather seats, the stylish space is ideal for a leisurely daytime meeting as well as post-dinner drinks. Like all of the prestigious hotels listed here, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park offers relaxation and harmony in the frenzy and excitement of London.
171 Knightsbridge, City of Westminster, SW7 1DW, United Kingdom +44 20 7151 1010
60 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington, London, SW7 5BB, United Kingdom +44 20 7368 5700
66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA, United Kingdom +44 20 7235 2000
Photos: courtesy of Bulgari hotel, Baglioni Hotel and Mandarin Oriental
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Photos: courtesy of W Hotel Paris Opera, Le Burgundy and Mon Hotel.
THE CITY OF LIGHTS
W HOTEL PARIS OPERA
Visiting the City of Light is always an enchanting experience. Wandering through its quaint streets, enjoying the charming bistros, shopping in the elegant and prestigious boutiques are just a few of the reasons to plan on a stay in Paris. To make your next Parisian visit truly memorable, consider staying in one of the most trendy hotels that the metropolis has to offer, the peerless W Paris Opéra. Housed in a 1870s Haussmann era building, the energy of Paris fills this chic hotel, from the playful lines of the lobby to the stylized drawings and flourishes of the W Lounge. The Extreme WOW suite, the best accommodations in the hotel, exudes the vitality and excitement of the French capital. With an entirely unique space that retains the characteristic W style, the rounded bed and secret shower are in contrast with the fireplace and incredible views over the historic city. Daring and edgy without losing elegance, the suites at the W offer classic luxury with contemporary comfort. The location of the W Opéra is one of its greatest advantages; from its doors you can easily stroll to many of the central attractions of this delightful city.
Nestled gently in the “Golden Triangle” of the Rue Saint-Honoré, Champs Elysées and Madeleine Opéra, the Burgundy hotel teases with a golden hue theme through its lobby and into every hallway and room. A golden brass thread even runs through the black-marble Guy de Rougemont puzzle sculpture, just one of the pieces that highlight the hotel owner’s passion for art. In addition to offering luxurious comfort and gilded décor, the Burgundy features an exclusive Golden Key Concierge, a team dedicated to make sure your stay is wonderfully memorable. Everything you could possibly need can be arranged, from transportation to dining to entertainment. Another of the highlights of the Burgundy is the Le Baudelaire restaurant and its Michelin star chef, Pierre Rigothier. The chef creates innovative masterpieces that delve into Parisian tradition while finding inspiration in adventure. In the summer, Rigothier composes an elegant gourmet picnic feast, composed of the finest seasonal delights and prestigious products from Petrossian. Simply tell the restaurant when and where your gourmet picnic will take place, and the delctable basket will be delivered by valet. And if you’d like to add a little adventure to your stay, “Burgundy” bicycles are available to borrow for a half day.
This designer boutique hotel is perfectly situated as a starting point for your exploration of the French capital, given its proximity to the Place de l’Etoile, Arc de Triomphe and ChampsÉlysées, and is an ideal choice for those visiting the city for the first time. As the name indicates—my hotel—the central priority for Mon Hôtel is making sure that every guest receives individualized and impeccable attention. Each of the 36 rooms, spread over six floors, has a distinct color and décor, every detail creatively inspired by acclaimed designer Aurélia Santoni. Four of the floors have balconies with a view over the charming Avenue Foch, one of the most prestigious streets in Paris. The full-service Mon Spa, open exclusively to guests of the Mon Hôtel, features a massage room, Turkish bath, and a 24-hour fitness area. A sports trainer is on hand to help you stay in shape and make the most of your exercise regime. The grand lounge, reminiscent of a private members club, takes on different roles throughout the day: a restaurant offering a generous breakfast buffet in the morning and tea or cocktails in the afternoon, then changing to a softlylit, intimate bar atmosphere at night.
4 Rue Meyerbeer 75009, Paris +33 0177 489494
6-8, Rue Duphot, 75001, Paris +33 0142 603412
1-5 Rue D’Argentine, 75116, Paris +33 0145 027676
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THE BEVERLY HILTON
MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS
THE MOSAIC HOTEL BERVELY HILLS
Situated at the intersection of Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards, The Beverly Hilton is nestled in the heart of what Los Angeles represents: a place where the entertainment industry meets fashion and beauty, where Beverly Hills meets Hollywood. Since its official opening on August 12th, 1955, The Beverly Hilton has welcomed U.S. Presidents, heads of state, royal families, international business leaders and renowned Hollywood celebrities. The guest list of dignitaries includes John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Hollywood Foreign Press holds the annual Golden Globe Award ceremony in the hotel’s ballroom. Recognizable for its retro exterior—a nod to its mid-century architectural style – that has remained virtually the same over the decades, the hotel’s lobby and guest rooms have undergone major renovations and design updates so that the ambiance and amenities always feel contemporary. Enjoy the Aqua Star Pool, the largest heated hotel pool in Beverly Hills, then indulge yourself in the Aqua Star Babor Beauty Spa, featuring five rooms for luxurious relaxation and beauty treatments— such as traditional healing massages, revitalizing facials and reinvigorating body wraps—and a unisex relaxation lounge.
Literally steps from the incomparable boutiques and exclusive restaurants of Rodeo Drive, the Montage Beverly Hills hotel is a celebration of its legendary and glamorous setting. Thanks to this prime location, unique atmosphere and highly personalized service, the Montage is ideal for both business trips and vacations. Inspired by the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and Mediterranean styling found throughout Beverly Hills, this luxury hotel evokes the ambiance of Southern California’s glamour estates of the 1920s and 1930s. The Montage combines vintage Hollywood style with modern luxury to offer the best of both worlds. The Montage Beverly Hills features 201 exquisitely appointed guest rooms, including 55 spacious suites. Marble bathrooms with oversized tubs and lavish amenities to ensure that your stay is memorable from beginning to end. The hotel’s amenities include a 20,000 squarefoot spa, entrancing rooftop pool with panoramic views and multi-award winning culinary offerings. Both the Scarpetta Beverly Hills featuring seasonal Italian cuisine by celebrity chef, Scott Conant, and The Chef’s Table offering a unique private dining experience—for up to 12 guests—will delight your palate.
The Mosaic Hotel Beverly Hills is one of the area’s most incredible boutique hotels. With sublimely comfortable accommodations and a friendly atmosphere, this destination is truly an oasis for an unforgettable Californian vacation. With easy access to renowned shops and boutiques in Rodeo Drive and Robertson Boulevard, as well as the Museum of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the hotel’s location allows guests to enjoy countless activities and attractions all over Los Angeles. And in just fifteen minutes the beach and boardwalk in Santa Monica awaits. After an afternoon full of shopping, museums, sun and sea, return to one of the Mosaic Hotel´s 49 intimate guest rooms—five of which are suites—all designed with a chic contemporary style, equipped with luxury amenities like Presidential Plush Suite mattresses, Bose sound systems, HD flat-screen televisions and Moen rainforest showerheads. Pamper yourself in the sauna, then dine in the fabulous Hush restaurant. In order for guests to fully enjoy LA´s nightlife, the Mosaic Hotel offers an exclusive chauffeured limousine service. If traveling with your four-legged friend, the Mosaic is also pet-friendly.
9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210 310-274-7777
225 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210 +1 888-860-0788
125 S Spalding Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212 +1 310-278-0303
Photos: Courtesy of Beverly Hilton, Montage Beverly Hills and The Mosaic Hotel.
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W MEXICO CITY
PRESIDENTE MEXICO CITY
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MEXICO D.F.
Located off the vibrant Paseo de la Reforma, the W Mexico City is decorated in the distinctive colors used by noted Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The wonderful hues of the bright exterior continue through the lobby and through to the resplendent and ultra-contemporary guest rooms and suites. Each room features a chaise lounge, circular bathtub and hammock, inviting you to relax while enjoying breathtaking views of the city. After a full cardio workout or strength training with the full range of high-tech equipment in the fitness center, head over to the Away Spa to enjoy what Caras Magazine has selected as the most “zen” place in Mexico. Featuring a steam room, Jacuzzi, solarium and a sauna, the roomy spa is ideal for releasing tension and recharging your spirit. Choose a refreshing “temascal” session, an energizing facial, body treatments or a revitalizing aromatherapy option. Reinvigorated and rejuvenated, now you can head down to The Living Room lounge and its elegant space for socializing and dining. Sumptuous food and delicious drinks provided by the renowned Solea Restaurant are a wonderful way to end a consummate day in the capital of Mexico.
Though the InterContinental brand opened its first hotel in 1946, its origins can be traced back to the late 18th century. Today, with almost 675,000 rooms in 4,600 hotels in nearly 100 countries, InterContinental is the largest hotel company in the world. Their luxury brands are renowned for superlative personalized service and peerless attention to detail, and the Presidente, located in the heart of Mexico City’s business and shopping district, emanates those qualities. From its impressive 42 stories you can experience some of the most breathtaking views of the Mexican capital. Stroll from the hotel to the most exclusive designer stores on Avenida Presidente Masaryk or discover the wonders of the Museum of Anthropology and History, then return to the hotel for holistic spa treatments at the remarkable Hela spa. The Presidente features seven restaurants offering unparalleled cuisine from around the world. Au Pied de Cochon is a 24-hour French bistro where you’ll find a variety of fresh seafood, steak, pork and duck, and The Palm serves prime meat and lobster flown in from Nova Scotia. For an authentic taste of Italy, head to Alfredo di Roma or La Chimenea with savory traditional Mexican dishes.
The Four Seasons Mexico D.F. is a luxurious oasis in the center of the bustling capital, located on Paseo de la Reforma, steps from Chapultepec Park. The hotel features the signature service and unrivaled amenities of the Four Seasons brand, while stunning Mexican accents give it a truly distinctive feel. The hotel offers 240 deluxe rooms, including 40 suites, surrounding a beautifully landscaped fountain courtyard and romantic gardens. With views across the garden or tree-lined city avenues, accommodations are both spacious and elegantly appointed. Signature techniques and one-of-a-kind treatment packages make a visit to the Health Club at the Four Seasons an essential part of your stay. Skilled massage therapists melt away tension and stress, while custom-tailored skin and body treatments restore your body from head to toe. Health Club facilities include two spa treatment rooms, an extensive fitness area, pool, whirlpool and sauna. Unmatched comfort, service and prestige ensure that the Four Seasons Mexico D.F. is ideal for both business and pleasure trips—whether it is a couple’s romantic getaway or an unforgettable family vacation—in enchanting Mexico City.
Campos Elíseos 252, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Mexico City 01 55 9138 1800
Campos Elíseos 218, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Mexico City 01 55 5327 7700
Paseo de la Reforma 500 06600 Mexico City 01 55 5230 1818
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On a quiet Old tOwn street near GenOa’s pOrt, Soho Restaurant & Fish Work takes its inspiration from the hip New York neighbourhood of the same name. Since the 1960s SoHo in Manhattan has been the creative and intellectual heart and soul of New York. Soho Restaurant & Fish Work recreates the metropolitan and cosmopolitan atmosphere of its namesake with black, white, and grey old-style tiles and luxurious black leather furniture designed by Kenzo. It’s a fancy fishmonger’s where you can sit and savor the best of the morning’s catch. After choosing from the artfully displayed selections, watch the expert chefs in action. Champagne, oysters and sushi are the local favorites for evening “aperitivi,” or there is a full menu served in the venue’s two stylish downstairs rooms, featuring modern takes on old Genovese traditions such as baccala (salted white fish) with potatoes and tiny Ligurian olives. The fish is always at the height of freshness and imaginatively prepared, and the dessert selection is exceptional.
Service is impressive: friendly and helpful, efficient but unobtrusive. The staff is familiar with the more than 300 fine wines on the extensive wine list, and knowledgeable about food and wine pairings. Whether you are seated upstairs, downstairs, or outdoors in the quaint gazebo, soft music provides a nice accompaniment to dinner. On my visit to Soho, I chose the Risotto with Clams and St. Pierre’s Fish, paired with a Gewurtztraminer as recommended by the server. My companion ordered the Ravioli, which was served in a delicious broth and topped with shellfish. Every dish was exquisite. We finished with a pear and chili chocolate dessert for me, and a creme brûlée for my friend, and both exceeded our expectations. A fish shop by day, a lounge bar at sunset, and a restaurant by night, Soho Restaurant and Fish Work is a not-to-be-missed experience for the discriminating diner. A bit of Manhattan chic combined with Italian ambiance. Via Al Ponte Calvi, 20r, Génova, Italia. ristorantesoho.it
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Angelini OsteriA is surely the best itAliAn restAurAnt in lOs Angeles. If you have been to Italy, you will be reminded of the exquisite flavors of food as Italians have it at home, not the stuff they serve tourists. Anyway, I arrived with some friends on a Sunday afternoon and was really lucky to find a table, as the place is usually very crowded. We tried different antipasti but my favorite was the Capricciosa with Mixed Baby Greens, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella, it is really to die for! For the main course, I enjoyed the Lasagne Verde “Omaggio Nonna Elvira”,
that has beef and Veal Ragu. it is rich, creamy and beautifully presented and the fried basil adds an interesting texture to it. I’d say its reputation is absolutely well deserved! The Risotto with mixed seafood Ragu is also superb. Thank you, Italians, for inventing sharing at the table! I also tried the Tagliatelle with duck ragu the texture of the tagliatelle was amazing! I had a bit of the Whole Branzino Roasted in Sea Salt with Aromatic Herbs, which is filleted right before your eyes. It is salty, of course, but very fresh and tender, delicious! I have to go back to try the Grilled Lamb Chops on a bed of arugula: the best lamb chops one of my friends has ever had: he wouldn’t even want to share! As for the wine, you should really bring a connoisseur (or you can consult with their sommelier) for their wine list is definitely overwhelming. I had an awesome 2009 Chianti. It’s just great that you can order by the glass or a bottle. For dessert, I had the Tiramisu, which was just exquisite. I also had a chance to try my friends’ Pear Cheesecake, which was really nice, and Panna Cotta, which I just loved! Now I’m ready to come back with my family and enjoy one of their Weekly Specials, maybe the Stinco Veal Shank Roasted in the Wood Oven with Vegetables they serve on Fridays or the Porchetta Leg of Pork Roasted in the Wood Oven you can enjoy on Saturdays only. But this time I won’t take any chances: I’m going to reserve in advance. I don’t think I’ll get that lucky twice in such a crowded and popular place! Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy the Angelini Amatriciana Sauce I took home with me, it’s delicious! 7313 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036 +1 323 297 0070
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The Macallan single malt, simply perfect
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The Single MalT ScoTch is a Scottish whisky that has been processed in a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It is matured in oak cases for several years, which provides a unique taste. Ask James Bond his choice in fine whisky. He’s certain to pour you a glass of Macallan. The Macallan in Lalique marries the craftsmanship and history of two celebrated companies, one Scottish, one French. This limited edition series of Macallan single malt scotch, in specially designed decanters, represents the historic alliance between master craftsmen. Each one of four varying aged varieties of Macallan’s rich amber single malt scotch comes housed in one of four uniquely designed Lalique decanters. Roderick Kemp, the late nineteenth century architect of the quality spirit, committed himself to creating an unparalleled whiskey using only the finest ingredients. More than one hundred years later, his legacy remains thanks to the skilled hands of the Masters of Spirit and Wood, the keepers of the secret
to The Macallan’s excellence. Also gaining prominence in the late nineteenth century, Renè Lalique, the creator and artistic spirit behind Lalique crystal, saw himself as a sculptor working in glass and light, a tradition carried on by his son Marc who perfected revolutionary methods of crystal making. Twenty-five craftsmen sculpt, etch, smooth and decorate each of The Macallan in Lalique decanters. The Macallan is one of the most awarded and applauded single malts in the world. Together it is perfection in a beautiful bottle. Relish the masters of perfection - one formed in crystal the other in the distillery while you pour and savor The Macallan in Lalique IV (pictured here) is the fourth decanter in the collection. It contains whiskey that has been exclusively matured for 60 years in a Sherry seasoned cask before being released. A unique blend of artistry and excellence, this fine specimen is certainly a collaboration to be toasted, with or without Bond. themacallan.com
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Unyielding Waters By: Verónica Aguirre and Mariana Vega
Experts in five extreme sports describe life on the edge, and why they would risk everything for the thrill of adventure. GUILLERMO MASCAREÑAS AND HIS BRAVE GROUP OF FRIENDS have a few simple reasons why they love to heli-ski: impressing the ladies, enjoying an adrenaline-filled rush, hanging in the air and experiencing the feeling of weightlessness as you descend down the mountain. Reaching paths that can only be accessed by helicopter, heli-skiing started in the 1960s and its popularity grows each year with new generations of adventurers. According to Mascareñas, Alaska lays claim to some of the world’s most dangerous and highest cliffs, along with many glaciers. Dropping in via helicopter to ski these areas can be a treacherous journey, and is not for novice skiers. Less extreme conditions, along with some of the best powder, can be found in Canada during its peak season, January to March. A great group of guides, essentially other experienced extremists, is an absolute necessity for a fun and successful trip. Veteran extreme skiers have an uncanny ability to find the perfect path down the mountain, and it’s nice to have one by your side in case you need a little bit of help, unlikely but possible. Our expert rates this sport as a nine on a scale of ten, as long as you are skiing with an experienced crew. And why go alone, if part of the adventure is to have someone there to witness the amazing things you see and do on your way down? We also encourage you to bump up your life insurance policy before you head up in the heli. wiegee.com
water per minute, falling from 300 feet above you. This is exactly what happens at Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. The Zambezi forms a natural border between Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and it is the location of some of the world’s most extreme river rafting trips. The journey begins smoothly, according to Jerónimo Vega, our rafting expert, but just a few miles away from the falls you begin to hear (and feel) an intense rumble of water crashing against rock. The Zambezi starts in Zambia almost one mile above sea level, at a width of over a mile. The Middle Zambezi, where whitewater expeditions begin, narrows to a width of about 600 feet where the water races through the savage rapids and drops hundreds of feet in elevation. The rainy season, from November to April, is one of the best times to make the journey. And if you are looking for something wild, but not quite as dangerous, you can head south to Veracruz, Mexico and raft across the Filobobos River. Summer is the best season to hit the Filobobos, from May to September. Jéronimo rates the Zambezi River a perfect ten on our extreme sport scale, and rates the Filobobos a solid eight. The easiest way to make the journey is to lease your equipment, that way you won’t have to deal with luggage. Like our heli-ski expert, Jéronimo also suggests getting a life insurance policy to keep you covered while you’re on the water. safpar.net
Photos: Heli-ski/Guillermo Mascareñas, Rafting/Safari Par Excellence.
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Facing wild nature
Taking acrobatics to the limit
Falling from the Heavens
THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE
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would never choose to knowingly swim with sharks, sailfish and marlin, but it’s exactly what Jero Prieto and his Pelagic Life Excursions company offers to those who are bold enough to join him. The best place to swim with these dangerous but gorgeous fish is off the shores of South Africa. Aside from the great white, there are five other different species of shark that you will encounter. If you don’t feel like taking the plunge to that extreme, you can head down to Playa del Carmen in Mexico and swim with the bull sharks there. The season in Mexico runs from November to March; or take a trip to the Bahamas and you can swim with the Tiger shark practically all year long. Prieto is a passionate protector of all sea life, and he advises everyone to bring their own swimming and diving gear, as he believes that you ought to be as comfortable as possible when interacting with sharks. Our expert grades this activity an eight out of ten. For your own safety, and that ofthe sharks, this adventure should only be attempted with professional supervision, though you’re unlikely to need additional life insurance.
jumping, wakeboarding and gymnastics, and you have one of the most extreme sports in the world: kite surfing, also known as kite boarding. Athleticism meets bravado as the wind rips you from a standstill to typical speeds around 30 mph. The world kite surfing record is currently 55.65 knots (over 64 mph), held by American Rob Douglas. Our kite surfing expert is Andrés Barrios and his top spot for the sport is the beautiful state of Hawaii. Acapulco, Veracruz, Baja California and the Dominican Republic are also consummate locations for novice and veteran alike. For private, remote kiting, the Cargados Shoals in the middle of the Indian Ocean and the Marshall Islands, halfway between Hawaii and Australia, are two wonferfully secret spots (shhh). Barrios rates this intense sport with a well-earned score of nine. He encourages anyone interested in kite surfing to get additional personal accident insurance, as the risk you take can be significant. Taking a lesson with a top-notch coach helps lessen the steep learning curve, and can reduce the bumps and bruises from your first trips out on the waves. The best instructors typically carry a certification from the International Kiteboarding Organization.
the excitement and freedom of flying across the blue sky like a bird? For Susana Valdés, jumping out of a plane 12,000 feet above the ground at speeds of over 125 mph, is a rush she gets to relish every day. Valdés, our expert skydiver, explains how the best locations for this extreme sport combine crisp, clean air and gorgeous scenery. Your initial jumps will most likely be tandem parachuting, where you’ll be closely connected with your instructor with a harness. And in addition to your main parachute and one in reserve, most companies use automatic devices that will deploy the reserve if you and your instructor continue at freefall speeds past a certain minimum altitude. Just like all activities involving aviation, keeping an eye on weather conditions is crucial. Though skydiving is a year-round sport, skydiving companies monitor weather and will only head up when skies are clear. Valdés rates this exhilarating activity as a four out of ten, if performed with an instructor, and as a nine once you’re cleared to jump on your own. Life insurance is always a good idea,
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New York’s prestigious bicYcle boutique, Adeline Adeline, offers women’s bikes and all the chic accessories to go along with these ideal modes of summer transport. ‘Tis the season to sport a sweet sundress while gliding around the city streets. Now Adeline Adeline has partnered with Kate Spade New York to offer a European-style women’s single-speed two-wheeler in signature Kate Spade New York green. The perfect summer accessory for zipping around town, this super-cute bike sports a classic English leather seat and a back-pedal coaster brake so you can sip an ice-cool beverage while riding around town. The incredibly chic chainguard and relaxed upright riding position mean
you can even tool around town in a flirty dress and heels. Summer sensational! These two-wheel numbers also feature an elegant limited edition bag worthy of the Kate Spade house of design. The label updated two of its classics with cyclefriendly features: the iconic Essex Scout satchel now has clips for handle bars, and the Bay Street Quinn tote has hooks to attach to a rear bike rack. Plus find an array of other fine accessories that will certainly set you apart from other cyclists. Despite being a single speed, its light weight and sporty style make it a pretty solid hill climber and a pleasure to ride. Love the couture bicycle trend, so green. adelineadeline.com
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Test Drive SPIRITS
HybridCars Hybrid luxury automobiles offer drivers the best of both worlds â€“ uncompromised comfort and opulence with the ability to consume less fuel and create a much smaller carbon footprint. Form and function come together in these spectacular models: the Mercedes Benz E400, the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 and the Lexus GS 450h
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Mercedes Benz E 400 ENGINE: Mercedes’ e-class e400 Hybrid is a gas-electric sedan tHat coMbines HigH-tecH and eco-friendly features witHout coMproMising on perforMance.
he Mercedes Benz E400 Hybrid is a gas-electric, midsize sedan that combines the high-tech amenities and spacious cabin typical of E-Class series models, with the standard E350’s 3.5-liter V6 gas engine as its power base. The E400 Hybrid also sports a robust electric motor and a 0.8 kWh lithium-ion battery that adds an extra 27 horsepower and 184 lb-ft. of torque. The sedan’s total output reaches 329 horsepower, capable of launching the hybrid from zero to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. And the E400 Hybrid still averages an impressive 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. A seven-speed automatic transmission borrowed from the standard E350 gives power to the rear wheels, while an automatic start/stop system reduces fuel consumption and emissions when the vehicle slows or stops. Then regenerative braking takes over and harnesses otherwise wasted energy, using it to recharge the lithium-ion battery. Intelligent distribution of the hybrid components in the engine bay means that, unlike many of its gas-electric counterparts, the E400 Hybrid offers as
much cabin or trunk space as conventional gas-powered cars. A performance sports car at heart, the E400 Hybrid responds to feedback from each driver’s style and the car’s motion, adjusting individual shock absorbers or braking individual wheels for sharper handling, a smoother, more composed ride and to keep the car moving in the intended direction.
Features The list of standard features included on the E400 Hybrid is formidable: leatherette upholstery, a sunroof, power-adjustable front seats, an AM/FM/CD/DVD entertainment system controlled by Mercedes’ Cockpit Management and Data (COMAND) system, a proximity key, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and 17-inch alloy wheels. And that’s just the starting point. Mercedes offers myriad optional packages for the E400 Hybrid, notably the Premium 1 Packa-
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E400’s Attention Assist System is designed to monitor driving behavior and alert the driver if it detects signs of El interior drowsiness on long de estetrips. auto tiene acabados increíbles y como lo advertimos anteriormente su amplio espacio es muy cómodo para todos sus ocupantes.
ge, which includes a navigation system with 10GB of storage space, heated and ventilated front seats, a premium sound system with an iPod/MP3 interface, Sirius XM Satellite Radio/Traffic/Weather, rearview camera, a power rear-window shade and an active multicontour driver seat. Additional options include the Lighting Package, which features full-LED headlamps, adaptive highbeam assist, headlamp cleaning system, and most impressive, the Active Curve and Corner Illumination that senses turns and curves in the road and adjusts the headlamps to follow the path of the car. If you’re looking to add a flashier feel to your hybrid, the Wheel Package features 19” 5-Double-Spoke wheels in a handsome Himalaya Grey finish. Opt for the additional three-spoke steering wheel to complete the ornate look. Other options available a la carte include leather upholstery, active cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, a rear seat DVD entertainment system, night-view assist and a heated steering wheel.
Other useful optional safety features are included in the Driver Assistance Package, such as the Active Lane Keeping Assist, which alerts the driver if the car drifts from its lane without the turn signals on, by simulating a rumble strip vibration in the steering wheel. If the driver continues to drift off-course, the system can selectively brake individual wheels to help guide the car back into its lane. Also included is Blind Spot Assist, which monitors blind spots behind and to the side of the vehicle
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Additional to its ABS and ESP stability control, the E400 Hybrid sports nine complementary restraints, including two-stage front
air bags, a knee air bag for the driver and pelvic air bags, activated in collisions to give even further protection to occupants in the front seats. In the case of a rear impact, Neck-Pro front head move forward and upward to reduce the possibility of neck injuries. Driver fatigue is conservatively estimated to cause over 100,000 automobile crashes every year in the U.S., and the E400’s Attention Assist System is designed to monitor driving behavior and alert the driver if it detects signs of drowsiness on long trips. A steering sensor uses 70 parameters to establish a unique driver profile during the first 20 minutes of driving, and the system identifies signs such as erratic steering corrections drivers make when drowsy and triggers audio and dashboard video notifications.
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ECO AWARENESS: THE LATEST GENERATION OF THE ACTIVEHYBRID 7 FEATURES A 3.0-LITER TWINPOWER TURBO INLINE 6-CYLINDER 315HP ENGINE PAIRED WITH A 55HP ELECTRIC MOTOR.
BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Brake Standby feature pre-tenses the brakes for fast action if you suddenly lift your foot from the gas pedal, and the Brake Drying system helps eliminate moisture from the brake pads during rains. Key safety features are integrated throughout the vehicle, starting with dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment air bags. A pioneering multi-camera system alerts drivers of possible hazards, and at night, the Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection protects those both inside and outside of the car. BMW’s Active Protection System detects imminent accidents and initiates pre- and post-crash safety protocols. High-tech accessories are ubiquitous in the ActiveHybrid 7, from rain-sensing and vehicle-speed-sensing windshield wipers to a refined navigation system with real-time traffic updates. Another example is the BMW Preview Assistant, which uses navigation data to let you know when it’s time to step off the accelerator due to upcoming speed restrictions. In every aspect, the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 has reached an unrivaled level of precision and detail.
he handsome flagship BMW 7 Series has turned heads since its inception over 35 years ago, and the innovative legacy continues with the latest ActiveHybrid 7. The refined curves radiate elegance, and are matched by state-of-the-art powertrain technology and efficient hybrid technology. Performance and efficiency take top billing in the ActiveHybrid 7, neither losing any ground to the other. The inline 6-cylinder, 24-valve turbocharged engine packs a 348hp punch, and the electric motor The ActiveHybrid 7 features industry-leading stability, handling and braking. The Driving Dynamics Control system with ECO PRO allows you to choose from five different presets to adjust the vehicle’s suspension, handling and even engine management. The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) provides traction and stability on even the most slippery road services, by helping correct over- and under-steering, and by adjusting the engine power and individual brakes in order to keep the car headed in the right direction. The
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For a comfortable journey , the engineers of BMW added extra inner space for everyone’s pleasure.
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SAFETY FIRST: ENGINEERS AT LEXUS INCREASED SAFETY ASPECTS BY WIDENING THE TRACK ALMOST TWO INCHES AND INCREASING THE BODY RIGIDITY THROUGH ADDITIONAL OPTIMALLY PLACED SPOT- AND LASER-WELD POINTS.
The GS line is the new face of Lexus, where performance, next-generation technology and unforgettable styling combine to create a new driving experience
edesigned from the ground up, the GS luxury sedan is the new face of Lexus, and the GS 450h is the hybrid flagship of the series. Its 34mpg rating on the highway seems inconceivable given that the 450h leaps from 0 to 60 in only 5.6 seconds, and the motor boasts 338 total system horsepower. Though its stringent SULEV II emission status might be the envy of many 2.0-liter compacts, performance was not sacrificed in the development of the GS 450h. Equipped with the world’s first direct injected Atkinson-cycle engine and dual hybrid-motor system for greater response, the GS 450h generates the G-forces of a high-performance V8. Engineers at Lexus increased safety aspects by widening the track almost two inches and increasing the body rigidity through additional optimally placed spot- and laser-weld points. The GS is engineered to handle all types of curves - even those thrown by Mother Nature. By monitoring current driving conditions, available all-wheel drive automatically allocates engine power between the front and rear axles from 50/50 to as much as 30/70. This can provide improved traction and control on a wide range of road surfaces and in inclement weather.
Available Lexus Enform and Safety Connect offer live, 24-hour navigation assistance and the ability to request emergency services at the press of a button. With the new App Suite, you can make dinner reservations and order movie tickets on the fly using the industry’s first available 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display. Imagine an interior filled with sound so crisp and dimensional, it’s as if your favorite band were sitting in the car with you. And a system so advanced it can account for the volume and tone of unwanted ambient noise. This is the available 835-watt, 17-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System. So you can stay focused on the road ahead, heightadjustable Heads-up Display can project key information to appear six feet in front of you. With this display, simple navigation directions, audio information, and speed, as well as your current gear and RPM, are always within your natural line of sight. The GS is equipped with a class-leading 10-airbag system that includes an all-new side-impact airbag design. Night View uses near-infrared technology to detect obstacles
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Summer’S moSt beloved and fun time is when families and friends get together to enjoy some outdoors fun and celebrate with an enticing grill. Of course, this tradition probably started back on the cavemen ages, but luckly for us modern times allow us to perform this ritual with exquisite elegance and great versatility. This tradition takes a long preparation time, there are many constituents to be considered, in order to achieve perfection: from choosing the right cut – T-bone, ribs, sausages or a healthier choice like vegetables, tuna, salmon… to planning every detail in order to create a great happening, prepare the right setting, inviting the best company, and above all getting the best instrument to master this art. Many great discussions about the best way for grilling take place everywhere in summertime. Some prefer going oldschool and use old fashion coal or making the most of technology advances using a handy gas grill. Your style is up to you, just make sure you make the right call and try this useful tool that will create the best summer memories for you and your beloved ones. Start cooling your beverages, prepare your chairs and your sun beds and post your Facebook status, because party is just about to begin. A great call, if not the best when talking about luxury grills, is the worldly acclaimed brand Weber. Royal experts on the art of outside cooking, they amaze us once again with the new creation, the luxurious Genesis S-330 – The rollsroyce of luxury grills.
If you enjoy this healthy and wholesome hobby, we encourage you to try this wonderful model with three stainless steel burners, five flavoring stainless steel grills, a detachable tray for fat recovering, and a handy side table- the best place to keep everything you need at hand. Despite having a great and imposing size, transportation is not an issue, four revolving wheels – two with breaks devices- will help you to carry your grill from one place to another. Having a Summer bbq with friends, will be easy as can be. Preparte to host the best pool party this summer. Raw, rare, or well done, your call, with Webber you’ll enjoy the most. webergrills.com
Photot: Coutesy of Weber grills.
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Ennio Morricone Living for the music
Photo: Courtesy of Ennio Morricone.
Italian Ennio Maorricone has written music for more than 500 films and television shows, with numerous award-winning scores to his name. One of this era’s most versatile and talented composers, his scores span genres from spaghetti westerns to comedy to action to drama and beyond. Truly a legend Having done scores for hundreds of films, you have become a cinema legend. How does it feel to be an icon for so many generations of movie-goers? I don’t see myself that way. I feel very fortunate to have been able to work with talented directors, while doing what I love to do. Because I have understood them, they have allowed me to interpret their stories through my music. The result is not always what I expected but over the years I have learned to
follow my instinct and choose the projects that appeal to me. If along the way I have inspired someone, that’s an extra benefit.
In your long and full career, you have done scores as memorable as “Cinema Paradiso” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” What is Ennio Morricone missing? When you reach the age of eighty, you realize that the most important thing is to do what you really like. I’m very lucky and I think I always have been. I can say that I know every part of the world, I have had the experience of five lives, I’ve worked with people who inspire me, and I have a lovely family. What am I missing? Maybe learning to cook.
In recent days there has been talk about a comment you made regarding your collaboration with Quentin Tarantino on the movie “Django Unchained,” saying that you didn’t like the final result at all. How much of that is true?
I’ve never actually worked with Tarantino, and I honestly doubt that I ever would. His style is very different from mine. I know that he has used several of my songs in some of his movies, and I think that the music tells a story quite apart from what is being shown on screen. That’s not for me; I think it would be very difficult to compose an original “When you piece for him. reach the
age of eighty, you realize that the most important thing is to do what you really like”.
What music inspires Maestro Morricone? At my age one doesn’t listen to new music; I’ve tried to do so, by I always end up going back to the classics. Sometimes I get a little melancholy listening to old records, but I guess these things happen at a certain age.
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Sunday’s at the IPC The International Polo Club is a private members club and home to the Palm Beach Polo Season. Every Sunday, fans flock to IPC for the highest goal tournaments played in the United States, including such prestigious competitions as the USPA Piaget Gold Cup, and Masarati 109th U.S. Open Polo Championship™. The club was born out of the dream to build a facility to showcase the incredible skills of the ponies and players that dominate the sport. IPC is considered one of the most prominent and well-equipped polo facility’s in the world, attracting the world’s top players. Members and guests enjoy panoramic views of the action from field side box seats or lawn and terrace seating. Sponsors and fans convene at The Winners Circle to congratulate the players during the awards presentation following the games.
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1. Heather Hatcher, Penny Lacey, Lauren Cotton, Kate Morrison, Danielle Giordano. 2. Lindsay Hillstrom, Ashley Welch, Brandon Phillips, Dana Romanelli, Melanie Pace, Nina Romanelli, Meagan Wright. 3. John and Alicia Worthington. 4. Laura Cozar and Anton Fajardo.
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Kentucky Derby Louisville’s crown jewel The first Saturday in May is traditionally one of the most special days of the year for devoted racehorse fans, friends, trainers, owners, jockeys and of course a talented group of young Thoroughbreds. The excitement stems from not only from the prospect of a great race, but also the underlying yearning we all have for another Triple Crown Winner. The run for the roses starts at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The horses are certainly gorgeous, but the fashion scene at the Kentucky Derby is famouslyfabulous. The celebration of the spring season begins here with exquisite colors and creations from hats to dresses to shoes. Over 165,000attendees come to cheer on their favorite equine. This year the rain poured down, making the scene a muddymess, but it didn’t damper the spirit or the speed of the race. Although there won’t be a Triple Crown Winner in 2013, Kentucky Derby winner Orb and his trainer “Shug” McGaughey with jockey Joel Rosario made the mud marvelous for owners Janney & Phipps Stable along with thousands of fans. Captured below are guests of Allyn Mann of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals
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1. AAEP Executive Director, David Foley and his wife Wendi, owner of the Pink Spider Boutique of Lexington. 2. Stephanie Church, Editor-in-Chief of The Horse, wears turquoise well. 3. Dr. Monty McInturff and his wife Lisa came in from Franklin, TN for the Derby. 4. Johne Dobbs of Johne Dobbs Equine Insurance & AQHA President.
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The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show The Pin Oak Show debuted almost 70 years ago at J.S. Abercrombie’s private facility in Bellaire, outside of Houston, with the proceeds earmarked for charity. Soon after the show blossomed into the social event of the season. Tickets were as hard to come by as the famous run for the roses – the Kentucky Derby. Proceeds from Pin Oak helped to construct Texas Children’s Hospital in 1954 and the show continues to support the hospital. As the decades passed the prestige remained steadfast as well as the contributions to worthy causes, including Houston’s Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance. Along with fabulous VIP evenings, yet another Pin Oak tradition, long gone from most horse shows, are the perpetual trophies and special presentations awarded each year. In a photo below, Jana Arnoldy and Robert Gilroy are holding the traditional ‘Hatter Derby’ magnum of Moet & Chandon champagne. After the event the winner’s name is encrusted on the bottle in Swarovski crystals and presented to them at the Pin Oak “What to Wear to that Equestrian Affaire” fashion show coming up in February. Fabulous!
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5 1. Kendra Lyon. 2. Jana Arnoldy & Robert Gilroy of Moet Hennessey, USA. 3. Susan Hansen, Jana Arnoldy, Lindley Arnoldy, Laura Avant. 4. Exhibitors from Irish Day Farm, Title Sponsor of the 2013 show, enjoy the Grand Prix ringside. 5. Daniel Arnoldy and Laura Avant.
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Great Times in SoCal From Grand Prix to Great Gatsby, equestrians celebrated spring in southern California with Blenheim EquiSports. Easter ‘Saturday’ included an Easter egg hunt, brunch and, of course, the Easter Bunny. The season’s social season went into full swing in April with the Great Gatsby Gala at the Vintage Steakhouse. Adjacent to the historic Capistrano depot, this ideal location includes a restored 1927 Pullman parlor car and 1887 Freight House bar, not to mention delicious dining and divine dancing. An evening at the unmistakably marvelous mansion, El Milagro near La Jolla, made the Ranch & Coast Classic in May even more magnificent.
1. Carleton Brooks is Honored with the Arthur Hawkins Award of Excellence. 2. MarkusBeerbaum-Stephanie Wheeler-Olaf Petersen Jr and Everardo Hegewisch. 3. Fashion fun at the Great Gatsby party. 4. Great Gatsby girls.
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uerpo de texto / normal, PoynterOS Display / Roman, 8.5pt/10.2pt, con capitular de 7 líneas. Commy num verillan voloboreet at. Rit vulputatem irit, vel utpat. Duis nos non volor irit nonsecte velendre del utem nibh er iusto diat, vulput ex ea core euissi.Exerostrud tetue digna conulputat veliquis nonsequat praesectetue tatue moluptat. Lore dolortisi tie faciliquat, velismo lesequisi. Na feuisi eum dio eugiam nim zzriuscip ent vulluptat ea faccummy niscing erilis exero dolent el iureet alisl utat iriusto endiat. Duipit nullan enisci blan henismod et praestrud mod et, quat praese consequisl ute molorem velendi psumsandipit ver sit velestrud ming eum verit veraestrud mod magnis nonsequat nummy nit nonse dio cortio od tio
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TEXTO RECUADROS / BOLD. T EL IUREET ALISL UTAT IRIUSTO ENDIAT. Duipit nullan enisci blan henismod et praestrud mod
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