THE GRAND PENTHOUSE 181 FREMONT RESIDENCES Photo by Matthew Millman
HOME | DECOR 12 D-ZYN CORNER by Carol Townsend
16 5 Remodeling Tips from the Pros
22 Plan the Ultimate Kitchen Upgrade
24 How to Create an
Inspirational Home Office
REAL ESTATE 26 Elevant Condominiums to Deliver
in San Francisco's Civic Center District
28 Cumulus District Announces
the Upcoming Arrival of ARQ L.A.'s Coveted New-Home Address
30 The Towers of The Waldorf
Astoria Sees Incredible Demand from Buyers Around the World
32 Luxury Buyers Return to Market in Force
36 TRAVEL | LEISURE 34 Homestead Modern
and Halcyon High Desert Complete Pause House
36 Fari Islands 38 Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to Welcome Le Guanahani St. Barth to Its Distinguished Collection
ENTERTAINMENT 40 Simple Summer Dessert 42 Bugsy & Meyer's Steakhouse
at Flamingo Las Vegas Now Open
44 Grupo Vidanta and
Cirque Du Soleil Will Continue to Revolutionize Entertainment in Mexico
ART | CULTURE 46 Artist Pindar Van Arman Develops ST Robotics
AUTOMOBILE | RIDE 48 The Wraith Kryptos Collection
STYLE | NEWS 50 True Thinline Anima The New Rado Zeitgeist
BUSINESS 52 Teach Your Children to Avoid
The Mistakes You Made with Money
HEALTH | BEAUTY 54 7 Traits of the Mind That Keep You from Being Your Best Self
56 Why Emotional Healing
Matters A Holistic Perspective
58 The Right Summer Skin Care Routine by Jennifer Gonzales
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LETTER FROM THE
Dear reader, Welcome to our Home & Decor issue of High Rise Life magazine. For this issue of the magazine, we’ve been inspired by the state of being at home, serving up a range of comforts from kitchen upgrades to celebrating a variety of smart ways of tackling design problems. In fact, this issue showcases creatives of all stripes in their own environments. On the cover, we pay a visit to the Grand Penthouse at 181 Fremont, which is the tallest residence in San Francisco and features breathtaking 360-degree views from the Pacific and the Farallon Islands across the Golden Gate Bridge, designed by internationally renowned designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy. Our homes are testament to being alive, and give us a sense of identity. I hope our design tips give you a bit of inspiration to add to your home. Cheers,
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HOME | INTERIOR DESIGN
Stage This Interior Design Written by Carol Townsend, A.S.I.D. Interior Designer
he year of Covid-19 has made it a strange summer that is for sure. I for one was so excited to see the furniture world reopening their doors. If you recall, if there is no shopping, my very existence becomes one of answering on-line inquiries and giving out suggestions of which websites might appeal to my clientele.
Then June arrived and we were like “YES!” Let’s get busy. But remember that our desert summers are not especially conducive to shopping in out of the way haunts with little or no A/C air. It doesn’t take long for the customer and his or her designer to wilt and lose focus in a building that registers a cool 90* in-doors.
End of summer is now upon us and it looks like the Covid-19 is raising its ugly head to come at us again in a second wave. Stores are trying their best to follow all the safety protocols, but this virus is a non-stop threat to our very existence. So, what do we do when we have to retreat back inside? One thing that has been uppermost in my household is to clean out closets and storage areas that have long since become dust havens. Get rid of the things you haven’t used for over six months or more. If you find something you’ve been looking for in the abyss, celebrate your latest treasure hunt. Then, start inventorying your home. Furnishings, artwork, accessories. What do you still enjoy having in your home? What looks tired and worn out and needs replacing? What have you kept all these years because your mom gave it to you, and she just loved it? Do you love it too?
This is a great time to look at our lives, and not only rid ourselves of clutter, but see what we want our home to look at as we view the rest of this hot summer and look forward to a cooler fall. Whatever you do, keep your focus on your future. Surround yourself with furnishings that bring calm into your life. If we thought we needed serenity before Covid-19 came into our lives, we certainly understand the need for it now. Stay Safe. Stay Sane. And Stay as Beautiful as you have always been. We will get through the madness, but our world will look different on the other side. Look on Kindle-Amazon for my newest release: A World Redesigned…The US Under Covid-19
Carol S Townsend A.S.I.D email@example.com
HOME | DECOR
5 Remodeling Tips from the Pros With the extra time many Americans have spent at home over the past few months, there have been plenty of opportunities to think about how that living space could be improved. While this may not be the ideal time to tackle a full gut and renovate project, it may still be possible to do some smaller scale remodeling projects that update and improve your home. For example, simple cosmetic repairs like painting and replacing vanities can make a noticeable difference with minimal work or investment. Or if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hesitant about bringing contractors into the house, outdoor
projects like replacing fencing, adding paver stones or constructing outdoor living spaces may be a benefit for your family. Before you take on a project, consider these tips from Robi Kirsic, MCKBR, UDCP, chairman of the board of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and co-CEO of TimeLine Renovation & Design. Define the Purpose The first consideration whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making changes for yourself or for future resale is the purpose of your project. This www.HighRiseLife.com
determines everything from the budget to the materials you select. Remember projects in the kitchen and bathroom typically bring the greatest return on investment. It’s also a good idea to plan how you’ll use the renovated area. When possible, incorporate elements of universal design that don’t change how the space looks but will change how it works. For example, in the bathroom, install a curbless shower, taller toilet and block in walls to allow future installation of grab bars. Stick to a Budget Another early decision is your budget. It’s fruitless to spend time looking at materials and making design decisions based on products that exceed your budget or, conversely, fall below the quality level you prefer. Having a professional involved can help keep you from overspending and identify areas you may want to splurge or pull back. Select a Remodeler Friends and family can be great resources when it comes to choosing a remodeling contractor since they’re likely to give detailed and candid opinions about their experiences. When you begin interviewing companies yourself, verify they’re licensed and insured, and ask what they offer above those minimum requirements. Are they certified or accredited? Do they specialize in the type of work you’re considering? Also be sure to request and check references and search online for reviews. Conduct Virtual Meetings While some projects may require an in-person assessment, many planning sessions can be conducted virtually. You can even shop products to be used in your project virtually since online catalogs typically show a variety of colors and finishes along with prices. For items you need to see or feel to choose, like flooring, request samples to test in your home. To make your virtual meetings most productive, prepare by providing a detailed scope of work and be ready to provide measurements and show the space cleared of clutter. Keep it Safe For some families, sticking to outdoor projects may be more comfortable in the short term. For those who are ready to bring contractors inside, there are numerous steps you can take to create a safer working environment. Examples include asking everyone involved to wear face masks and gloves and using plastic at doorways to keep the work area separate from the living area. Regular disinfecting and a thorough cleaning at the end of the project are also important preventive steps. Find more remodeling resources, including certified contractors in your community, at RemodelingDoneRight.com, Courtesy of Family Features.
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HOME | DECOR
The Grand Penthouse 181 Fremont Residences
181 Fremont is the West Coast’s tallest mixed-use tower and the debut luxury residential development from the Jay Paul Company The buildings just launched Grand Penthouse is the tallest residence west of Chicago, soaring over 700 feet above San Francisco. Ascending more than 800 feet into the sky with a state-of-the-art exoskeleton designed in a saw tooth pattern by Heller Manus Architects and engineered by ARUP Group, this 55-residence building was completed in 2018. Earlier this year, it earned six global awards for innovative engineering, seismic safety, and sustainability from the prestigious Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, more than any other building in the U.S. The internationally renowned Orlando Diaz-Azcuy celebrated as one of the world’s greatest design talents, drew on a rich history of masterful interior design to create the resplendent interiors of 181 Fremont. Mary Ta and Lars Hypko of Los Angeles-based MASS Beverly applied their globally recognized vision to their interior architecture and design of the building’s Grand Penthouse, which is the tallest residence in San Francisco and features breathtaking 360-degree views from the Pacific and the Farallon Islands across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin, the Bay Bridge to Mt. Diablo and south to Silicon Valley. San Francisco art advisors, Holly Baxter & Associates were tapped to curate an impressive collection of 200 works of art throughout this iconic new landmark tower, including the Gallery 181 – a pop-up art exhibition space in one of the building’s half-floor penthouses
overlooking the San Francisco Bay. The Grand Penthouse includes $7 million in artworks curated by Baxter from Anthony Meier Fine Arts Gallery. Residents enjoy a full suite of amenities that encompasses the entire 39th floor of 181 Fremont, featuring a wrap-around observation terrace, The Conservatory, Bay Terrace, fitness center with yoga room, two distinctive lounges, library, catering kitchen, bar, and conference room. In addition to being deeply rooted in design, the tower sets new standards for urban development in terms of its structural engineering for earthquake resiliency, sustainability, and water conservation. Anchored by 42 of the deepest construction caissons ever drilled in San Francisco, measuring more than 260 feet into the bedrock below, the state of- the art steel and glass tower responds to wind forces as well as seismic events in an optimal way. The tower is San Francisco’s first pre-certified LEED Platinum mixed-use building, and features a state-of-the-art water recycling system that captures, treats, and reuses greywater and rainwater, saving more than 1.3 million gallons of water each year, as well as a unique glass curtain wall system, which maximizes natural light. 181 Fremont Awards In April 2019, 181 Fremont garnered top global awards from the esteemed international Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and the awards represented entries from 20 countries and 33 global cities. This prestigious awards program recognizes projects and individuals that have made the greatest contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment while reaching sustainability at the highest and broadest level. 181 Fremont’s awards include: • Best Structural Engineering and Best Geotechnical Engineering. The two superlative awards were achieved among 181 Fremont’s earlier five Awards of Excellence announced in February 2019. No other U.S. building received as many commendations. • Best Tall Building, 200-299 meters • MEP Engineering Award • Structural Engineering Award • Fire and Risk Award • Geotechnical Engineering Award The Grand Penthouse Crowning this boutique development at over 700 feet in the sky is the Grand Penthouse. This unrivaled home is offered as a turnkey residence with interior design by the founders of MASS Beverly, creators of interiors for Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Elon Musk, and Calvin Klein. Primarily Italian-designed furnishings distinguish the rooms, which include a
bespoke Bottega Veneta study and an intimate Minotti-filled family room. Custom pieces appear throughout, including a leather finish acid wash Henge dining table that seats 12 and a statement-making Lolli e Memmoli chandelier that is revealed when the elevator opens to the private floor. Unobstructed views of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landmarks are afforded by features such as sliding glass walls by Rimadesio, a through view marble fireplace and walls that easily slide away. Clever architectural details such as shadow gaps at the floor and ceiling, a suspended Calcatta marble wine tasting counter and stone monolith exhibition kitchens that float as seamlessly as sink basins, contribute to a feeling of lightness befitting a cloud-level home. Gently curved walls lend softness to the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modern angles and work in tandem with a series of pockets doors and sliding systems to offer privacy and intimate spaces. The GPH is further warmed by the evident artisan craftsmanship of mitred stone Marie Antoinette floors, striated metal doors, and Venetian plaster walls, as well as earthy tones and textures punctuated by cerulean hues borrowed from the Bay below. The GPH is offered at $46 million.
GPH – Features & Finishes Overview 6,941 Square Feet, 700 Feet High • Private elevator lobby arrival foyer with walnut-paneled entry • Sweeping floor-to-ceiling 360-degree panoramic views • 10' to 10'6 ceilings • Grand dining room with custom, glass-walled wine display, and tasting bar • Informal dining area with book-matched marble through view fireplace and wet bar • Family room with corner entertainment, cabinet and Salvatori Server • Exhibition Kitchen with Rossana custom kitchen cabinets and counter seating, Gaggenau appliances including refrigerator and freezer tower, double ovens, wine tower, dishwasher, five-burner cooktop, grill, and teppanyaki station • Catering kitchen with Valcucine walnut cabinets, Miele double oven, dishwasher, and induction cooktop • Master bedroom with northwest and west views, corner entertainment cabinet, two walk-in custom built-out closets • Dual master bathrooms: one with freestanding soaking tub, separate steam shower, and private water closet; the other with steam shower and private water closet • Gym with private bathroom and shower • Third bedroom with en-suite bathroom, corner entertainment cabinet, and walk-in closet • Fourth bedroom with en-suite bathroom • Laundry room with washer and dryer and private bathroom • Powder room with Henge Titanium Marble walls and porcelain glass floor • Level 5 finish Venetian Plaster walls For more information, please visit www.181fremont.com.
HOME | DECOR
Plan the Ultimate Kitchen Upgrade A kitchen serves as command-central of most homes, so it’s also one of the first rooms homeowners choose when it’s time to make upgrades. When approaching your kitchen remodel, it’s important to keep your family’s lifestyle at the forefront of your planning to create a space that fits the way you like to live. Get the most livable space and enjoyment out of a kitchen remodel with these tips from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry: Make purposeful changes. A desire to bring your kitchen’s style up to date is plenty of motivation for a renovation, but to get maximum benefit from your new space, spend time considering what functional improvements you can make, too. Do you need more cabinets for storage? Is there enough counter space for meal prep? Does the overall layout suit your family’s needs? Even if you chose the original layout and floorplan, chances are good that over time you’ve found a few things you’d change given the chance to do it again. Consider physical space. If yours is a family that cooks together, or if guests tend to congregate in the kitchen when you’re entertaining, a renovation is the perfect time to make adjustments that accommodate more bodies in the kitchen. You might want more work zones for multiple cooks or an island or peninsula set away from the high-traffic zone for guests more interested in snacking and chatting than getting hands-on. Evaluate your shopping style. You may be in the habit of doing your grocery shopping to fit your available space. However, with a larger refrigerator and more pantry space, your shopping habits could change, allowing you to become a bulk shopper or at least increase the time between shopping trips. Be realistic about mealtime. If your family’s activities have everyone eating at different times, you may benefit from a feature like a warming drawer that keeps dinner warm until each family member makes it home for a meal. Think about features that would make the table space more practical, such as task lighting so kids can tackle homework at the table or convenient access to power for laptops. Choose appliances with care. It’s easy to get carried away with all of the design elements that go into a kitchen renovation, but at the end of the day, remember the appliances are the true centerpiece of the space. Be sure to leave room in the budget to select the best appliances for your needs so you have all the functions, features and space to make using your new kitchen as enjoyable as possible. Think into the future. A kitchen renovation can be a costly venture, so it’s a good idea to project years down the road as you consider your needs. Are there features that would enhance the safety if a baby (that soon will become an inquisitive toddler) joins the family? Are there elderly family members may benefit from a lower or higher work station down the road? Find more expert tips to inform your renovation planning at RemodelingDoneRight.com.
HOME | DECOR
How to Create an Inspirational Home Office With the trend for working from home looking set to stay, creating a comfortable home office space has become a priority on a global scale. Our Design Manager, Nina Bailey is a working from home veteran, and we asked her what her top tips were for creating a motivational and inspirational space to work from and here’s what she had to say. 1. Change Things Up Rearrange the furniture in your spare room or living area to create a new home office environment. Changing the room around can give you a fresh outlook, perhaps even putting your desk closer to the window so that you can look up to see nature and the outside world. 2. Go Green Gather your houseplants and arrange them close to you, always keeping greenery nearby. The scent and visual impact of nature really supports our wellbeing and can help us to focus our minds on these distracting times. 3. Let It Burn Have a burning candle close, the smell of its aroma and the natural burning flame is calming and helps relieve stress. 4. Shine In Natural light is key, as a designer I am always working with samples and colors, so for me the perfect natural light is neutral North facing. If you are a designer too, I would recommend this type of light. If you don’t have access to that, then any natural light is always better than artificial.
5. Out of Sight, Out of Mind Your surroundings are important when you are working from home. There is nothing worse than being crowded by clutter and laundry, so even if there is mess around you and you don’t have time to deal with it, put it out of sight of your working space so not to distract you and take over the space. 6. Make Your Mark Add your own touch, as one of the best things about working from home is that you always have all of your favorite items and belongings with you. Why not use your teapot and special cup for drinking tea? Surround yourself with items that inspire you and maybe even rehang some pictures to make sure that your favorite is in view. 7. Power of Color Color can have a huge impact on our work. Blue objects around you can help to keep you calm and focused, while yellows can help boost creativity, perhaps you could even pop into the garden and pick yourself some daffodils to keep your creativity flowing.
Whilst you are working from home our team are always on hand to help and our website offers a range of online resources such as the ability to download décor swatches for mood boards, brochures, technical documents and more! Discover a wide range of colors, woods, patterns and true-to-scale designs available in a variety of finishes, grades and thicknesses in the comfort of your own home at formica.com. www.HighRiseLife.com
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REAL ESTATE | DEVELOPMENT
Elevant Condominiums to Deliver in San Francisco's Civic Center District Signature 55-Residence Development Offers City Views, Uniquely Private and Individual Homes in an Unmistakable Composition
Elevant will deliver this Fall in San Francisco's vibrant Civic Center District. The onsite Sales Office will launch in early November for the development's 55 condominium homes, ranging from one-bedroom to 3-bedroom residences and priced from the high $600,000's. The main eleven-story structure features 12 floor plans and a striking faรงade artfully composed of private balconies.
Elevant is surrounded by office buildings and high rises, "This allowed us to approach Elevant not as another multi-family project but as a complement to its surroundings," Tse said. Tse also mentioned the horizontal lines of the SFPUC building generated the silhouette of the balconies at Elevant, giving a nod to its neighbor.
Located at 555 Golden Gate Avenue, Elevant is the seventh collaboration of San Francisco-based JS Sullivan Development and Creative Director Alan Tse, who was named a 2017 Design Vanguard by Architectural Record magazine.
The building's ground floor features a lobby, secured parking, and one retail space totaling 665 square feet.
Tse's design maximizes space with the strategic use of organizational layouts. "By offsetting the bedrooms to one side, we created open living spaces valuable to the urban lifestyles and working habits of today." Another Elevant signature is its bridge-like interior walkway. Tse explains, "The neighborhood is civic centered, so we wanted to create a transitional area into these homes. The use of an elevated cat-walk amidst a light-court is the key component to that transitional experience."
Amenities include bike storage and a common roof deck with a barbecue grill. High-tech features include Google Fiber Webpass for state-of-the-art internet connectivity. Elevant's interior design showcases European custom fabricated kitchen systems, engineered quartz countertops with integrated LED cabinet lighting. The living area features grey wash European Oak flooring in custom grey stain, and solid core color stained wood veneer doors with Latch Mortise lock systems. For more information about Elevant, visit www.elevantsf.com.
REAL ESTATE | DEVELOPMENT
Photo Courtesy of Carmel Partners
Cumulus District Announces the Upcoming Arrival of ARQ L.A.'s Coveted New-Home Address The 31-story high-rise residential building will begin leasing luxury livin space for Winter 2020 move-ins 28
umulus District, the innovative new lifestyle destination located between Culver City and West Adams, announces ARQ, the soaring 31-story luxury living high-rise poised to be LA's most coveted address. Cumulus District is Carmel Partners' latest project, a lively, multiple-use space due to open in 2021, with ARQ anchoring one side of this creative micro-neighborhood. Located just steps from the Expo Line light rail stop at the intersection of Jefferson and La Cienega boulevards, ARQ is near completion, with pre-leasing opportunities beginning Summer 2020 and move-ins beginning in Winter 2020. In creating ARQ, architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz and interior design firm Rodrigo Vargas Design have imagined a place that serves every need of today's discerning apartment dweller. The tower's name, ARQ, an abbreviation in the radio industry meaning automatic repeat request, recognizes the destination's history as the former Cumulus Media broadcast site. ARQ features 300 rental units, ranging in size from 451 to 1,612 square feet including eight 30th floor penthouses that feature an average of 1,433 square feet â&#x20AC;&#x201C; each offering spectacular panoramic views of Los Angeles spanning from the Pacific Ocean to Downtown. The units boast open layouts with floor-to-ceiling windows and woodstyle laminate floors that are complemented by sleek finishes including European cabinetry, quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen and a modern bathroom design outfitted with white porcelain tile. Each unit is equipped with state-of-the-art technology including wireless key access, a Nest smart thermostat system and an Electrolux front-load washer and dryer. Select Collection level and Penthouse level residences include 11-foot ceilings, custom closet systems, built-in wet bars, full-height wine refrigerators, free-standing bathtubs, rain showerheads and automated window treatments. Residents will discover a myriad of communal amenities, designed with an ultra-modern vibe. From the reception area on the 1st floor all the way to the 31st floor rooftop deck, there are places to work, play and simply relax. The 6th floor of ARQ is devoted to both work and fun, from meeting rooms and co-working spaces to a state-of-the-art fitness center with a yoga and spin studio, a coffee/wine bar, screening room, a sports lounge and a private chef's kitchen with attached dining room for entertaining. There is plenty of outdoor communal space on this level as well, with a Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool and spa, cabanas, fire pits, BBQ spots, pĂŠtanque court and an outdoor fitness deck. On the 31st floor, an expansive rooftop terrace with abundant space for dining and socializing offers unobstructed views of Los Angeles as well as a spa, fire pits and lounge seating. Entertaining friends is a convivial experience inside the luxe Sky Lounge, complete with a full bar area, DJ center, dining space, shuffleboard table and modern furnishings, making it a quintessentially Southern California cozy indoor-outdoor experience. "At ARQ, we've anticipated all the things that busy Angelenos could need or desire, making certain that everything is convenient and close to home," explains a representative from Carmel Partners. "Residents at ARQ will love having easy access to all of the excitement and conveniences Cumulus District will offer, with 100,000 square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment downstairs and just steps from their front doors." Cumulus District is grounded by the Zocalo, a one-acre central park and plaza that connects ARQ with the adjacent mid-rise residential building named VOX, to the flagship Whole Foods Market and plenty of retail space to accommodate restaurants and bars. This central spot to L.A.'s most cutting-edge companies is a life-and-work-enhancing location created to allow forward-thinking individuals and families to have a unique place to call home. Cumulus District is located at 3321 La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles. More information can be found at arqatcumulus.com.
REAL ESTATE | DEVELOPMENT
Photo Courtesy of The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria
The Towers of The Waldorf Astoria Sees Incredible Demand from Buyers Around the World Since officially launching sales of luxury condominium residences this spring, The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria has received an unprecedented number of inquiries from all over the world. The building's newly released international website has been translated into ten languages: French, Spanish, Russian, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Japanese, Arabic, and Hindi. The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria will introduce an unparalleled residential lifestyle to the heart of Midtown Manhattan, offering residents a world of exclusive private amenities, along with access to best-in-class services and a glamorous lifestyle found only at the globally renowned Waldorf Astoria New York. Waldorf Astoria New York has been a beacon of timeless glamour for nearly a centuryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;home to Hollywood's elite, host to countless world leaders, and the site of famed cultural events and galas. The property is undergoing an unprecedented restoration, undertaken with care by developer Dajia Insurance Group and renowned architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The sophisticated residential interiors and amenities by internationally renowned designer Jean-Louis Deniot create a truly modern experience within the building's historic framework.
The residences range from gracious studios to opulent four-bedrooms and penthouses, many with unique floorplans and private outdoor spaces. Privacy and security are paramount, with a discrete residential experience separate from the hotel, two fully staffed entry lobbies, a porte cochĂ¨re with 24-hour valet service, and concierge closet at the entryway of every residence allowing for secure delivery of packages and room service. Residents will have access to over 50,000 SF (4,645 SQM) of private residential amenities, ranging from health and wellness to entertaining and business spaces including a stunning 25-meter pool with skylight, state-of-the-art fitness center, opulent private spas for men and women, and numerous spaces to host private events. Waldorf Astoria New York will set the international standard for luxurious hotel service, and future residents will enjoy priority access to the unrivaled services of the 375-key hotel. For more information, please visit www.waldorftowers. nyc, or follow the building's Instagram @WaldorfNYC. www.HighRiseLife.com
REAL ESTATE | MARKET TRENDS
Luxury Buyers Return to Market in Force The nation's elite shun big cities for second-home markets - Luxury home price growth outpaces overall housing market - Online views for million-dollar homes grew 7.3 percent year-over-year - Demand in NYC shifts beyond the five boroughs to The Hamptons and New Jersey
the extra space. We're seeing this in the luxury market as well, which could mean there is renewed interest from high-end buyers to find a second-home that is within driving distance from their primary residence."
The U.S. luxury housing market defied gravity in May, outpacing the rest of the market in price growth and views, according to realtor. com's Luxury Housing Report released today. Like the rest of the market, inventory remains the biggest obstacle as home buyers shift their focus from dense urban metros to smaller less populated areas.
Luxury market at a glance With just 25 of 94 luxury markets tracked by realtor.com showing listing price growth increases since January, the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed price growth in the luxury sector, which was up 15 percent at the start of the year. This compares to 60 counties during the same period a year ago.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the resilience of the housing market and unlike prior downturns, the luxury market is leading the recovery," said realtor.comÂŽ's Chief Economist, Danielle Hale. "Stay at home orders and social distancing have put a new value on
Despite a slowing pace of price growth, the luxury listing price entry point reached $2.97 million* in May, up 0.5 percent from April and 6.1 percent year-over-year. The luxury sector led the housing market's median price growth, which was up 1.6 percent in May year-over-year.
In contrast, Honolulu, Key West, Fla. (Monroe County), Pebble Beach, Calif. (Monterey, Calif.) and ski towns in Eagle and Summit counties in Colorado have all seen interest in luxury homes wane since the start of the year. NYC luxury market demand spreads beyond city living With New York becoming the epicenter of the coronavirus in the U.S., luxury buyers focused their attention beyond the dense urban setting of the five boroughs. The Hamptons saw listing views increase 72 percent in May year-over-year, while views of luxury homes in Union, Bergen and Somerset counties in New Jersey increased by 40, 30 and 28 percent respectively during the same period. These counties were seeing views per property grow between 10 to 21 percent prior to the pandemic. Despite the increased demand outside of the city's five boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens all saw luxury prices remain steady in May compared to a year ago. This is actually an improvement over pre-COVID conditions when the luxury prices in the boroughs were declining slightly. New York Metro Area Luxury Markets as Ranked by Views Per Property County
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Demand for luxury homes reached new highs in May. After falling 9.5 percent year-over-year in April, searches for million-dollar homes grew 7.3 percent year-over-year, outpacing the 6.2 percent growth prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although inventory rebounded from historic declines in April, million-dollar listings were still down 15.6 percent year-over-year in May. In line with the overall housing market trends, luxury sellers began coming back to the market with new listings for homes priced above $1 million down just 15.1 percent year-over-year in May, compared to 57.8 percent in April. Homes priced over $1 million sold in 89 days in May, compared to 71 days a year earlier.
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A second home appears to be in vogue for luxury shoppers Much like the suburbs are gaining favor with home shoppers, second home markets are seeing increased interest from luxury buyers. Suffolk County, N.Y., home to The Hamptons, Palm Springs in Riverside County, Calif., and Greenwich in Fairfield County, Conn. all second home markets ranked among the top five markets with the largest increase in listing view growth in May. Views of luxury properties accelerated 56 percent in The Hamptons, 28 percent in Palm Springs and 24 percent in Greenwich compared to January trends.
TRAVEL | LEISURE
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Homestead Modern and Halcyon High Desert Complete Pause House 34
omestead Modern LLC, a leading developer and vacation property manager in the High Desert communities adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park, and Halcyon High Desert Holdings LLC, a design-focused investment group, have completed two 560-square-foot single-family residences dubbed Pause House that were developed to serve the short-term vacation rental market.
The name Pause is meant to suggest that visitors take a pause from their everyday lives and tune into all that the desert has to offer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and do so in a comfortable and inspiring setting. One of the homes, Pause House AM, features a light-colored design motif inside and out while the other, Pause House PM, features darker tones. "Many of the guests at our properties are couples and we believe they will readily embrace these smaller and decidedly hip homes," said Dave McAdam, founder and co-owner of Homestead Modern. "Additionally, the Pause House project is a tip of the hat for us to the spirit of the original jackrabbit homestead cabins that proliferated in the High Desert after World War II. We see Pause House as bringing that much-loved vernacular into the modern era. We always anticipated that a high-end hideaway on five acres would be attractive to couples seeking a pause from their lives in the city, but the allure of these properties is even more pronounced in the current environment," McAdam added. Both Pause House AM and PM feature an open-plan configuration, including compact but full kitchens, and can be thought of as luxury hotel suites. Glass doors open from the showers directly to private outdoor showers. Lending a contemporary vibe are polished concrete floors and upscale plywood walls and ceilings. The homes feature smart TVs, Casper mattresses, Frette linens and organic bath products from The Body Deli. The noted Los Angeles design firm Hammer & Spear is responsible for the distinctive interiors, as well as the outdoor furniture. Outdoor amenities include patios shaded with unique punched steel sheets, outdoor dining tables, cool dip "cowboy" tubs, propane fire features and built-in gas barbecues. A four-person hot tub is offered at Pause House AM. A single-car carport at each of the adjacent five-acre properties doubles as a location for solar panels. Those panels push electricity back into the electric grid when the sun is shining and make the Pause House properties nearly net-zero electric consumers. Each carport also offers a Level 2 electric car charger. Until relatively recently, most jurisdictions in California required new single-family residences be a minimum square footage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; typically around 725 square feet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or more. Now many of those jurisdictions have reduced or eliminated those minimums entirely, driven in large measure by the statewide housing shortage. The Pause Houses are in an unincorporated area of the county of San Bernardino just north of Joshua Tree National Park. San Bernardino County no longer has any minimum square footage requirements for single-family residences. Homestead Modern LLC, with offices in the Town of Yucca Valley, is a leading participant in the High Desert real estate and hospitality market. The company manages the highest-grossing portfolio of short-term vacation rental properties, builds new homes of its own design, and renovates existing properties prior to managing them as rental properties for clients. Homestead Modern also works with investors interested in engaging in the booming High Desert economy. For more information, please visit HomesteadModern.com.
TRAVEL | LEISURE
Photos Courtesy of Pontiac Land
The Maldivian archipelago will be anchored by three world-class hospitality brands, delivering an elevated Maldivian resort experience that celebrates nature, craft and connection
ingapore-based real estate developer, Pontiac Land announced the launch of Fari Islands in the Maldives, set to open in Q4 2020. Located in the North MalĂŠ Atoll, 50-minutes by speedboat from MalĂŠ International Airport, Fari Islands is an elevated Maldivian resort experience that celebrates nature, craft, and connection. The archipelago features three world-class hotels, a vibrant Marina and a purpose-built Village campus dedicated to providing the highest quality of life for our employees.
Hotel guests will also have access to the picturesque Fari Marina the archipelago's communal beating heart. Built around a vibrant Beach Club, Fari Marina features charming boutiques and a selection of handpicked, upscale food and beverage options. Fari Islands will push the boundaries of Maldivian hospitality, pursuing creative collaborations with renowned names in art, music, culinary arts, photography, fashion, and design. Programs are designed to foster a sense of community, whilst maintaining a deep appreciation for the Maldives' natural beauty.
In line with Pontiac Land's defining hallmarks of excellence and exceptional service, luxury hotel operators Capella Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and Patina Hotels & Resorts will manage the properties on Fari Islands. Recognized for their tailored approach to hospitality, each of the three handpicked brands offers complementary but distinguishing experiences, ensuring that every visit to the archipelago is uniquely perfect, no matter the occasion. Spaces have been masterfully designed by renowned architects Studio Mk27 (by Marcio Kogan), Kengo Kuma & Associates, and Kerry Hill Architects, to create a delicate balance of serene and social.
Pontiac Land is also committed to building an enriching living environment for all employees. At Fari Islands, a spacious purpose-built Fari Village with a people-first approach is dedicated to developing the next generation of Maldives' top hoteliers. Employees can look forward to thoughtful town planning, a full range of recreational facilities and amenities, continuous development opportunities, and an active social calendar. Fari Islands seeks to grow a family that embodies and champions the unparalleled Fari experience.
For more information, please visit www.patinahotels.com.
TRAVEL | LEISURE
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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to Welcome Le Guanahani St. Barth to Its Distinguished Collection The Iconic Resort on St. Barth will Reveal a Comprehensive Refurbishment Under the Rosewood Flag in Spring 2021 Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed to manage St. Barth's renowned retreat, Le Guanahani, which is set to reopen in Spring 2021 following an extensive restoration of the fabled property. Closed since 2017 due to the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the property will reopen as Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth with a property-wide rebuild and refurbishment that preserves the unique spirit of the resort and perfectly embodies Rosewood's A Sense of Place philosophy, wherein the local sensibilities of the destination inspire the resort's many offerings. Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth will mark the growing ultra-luxury brand's third property in the Caribbean and first in the French West Indies. Ideally situated over eighteen lush and secluded acres on a private peninsula overlooking two stunning beaches, Marigot Bay and Grand Cul-de-Sac, Le Guanahani originally opened in 1986 and quickly established itself as one of the most iconic resorts in the
world celebrated by both families and couples for its incredible beaches and relaxed style that complements St. Barth's chic ambience. With stunning architecture by David M. Schwarz Architects and unique interior design by Luis Pons Design Lab, the new Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth will evoke the rich and authentic French Caribbean heritage of the island with its signature colorful style featuring vibrant design hues of turquoise inspired by the Caribbean water, yellow reflecting the tropical sun and lavender as a nod to the South of France. "A legendary resort cherished for its rich offerings, memorable service and captivating landscape, Le Guanahani is a jewel within the Caribbean and an idyllic destination for Rosewood's affluential explorers," said Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. "We are honored to steward Rosewood Le Guanahani as it sets a new standard of luxury on St. Barth and around the world." www.HighRiseLife.com
Upon opening, Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth will debut with the complete renovation of all 66 guestrooms, suites, and villas, many with new private pools. As the only full-service resort on St. Barth, the property will offer a range of updated amenities including a distinct beachfront dining concept and new pool, a Rosewood Explorers children's club, fitness center, tennis court, Sense, A Rosewood Spa and dedicated event spaces. Surrounded by two beautiful beaches, including a reef-protected lagoon, and just a short distance from the dynamic downtown, Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth will further deliver endless opportunity for guests to discover all St. Barth has to offer through a myriad of watersports, hiking, and sea and town excursions. Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth will continue to operate under the leadership of Managing Director Martein van Wagenberg, who has managed the property for the past six years. This marks the return to the Rosewood family for van Wagenberg, who previously held Managing Director positions at Rosewood Little Dix Bay and Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort. "For over 30 years Le Guanahani has been renowned for its unique guest experiences and sustainable approach to hospitality – a true reflection of the destination," said van Wagenberg. "Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is the perfect partner and one that shares our core values through their A Sense of Place philosophy, demonstrated through an unwavering commitment to our associates and community. This is an extraordinary opportunity for the Le Guanahani team to join Rosewood's global network and stand alongside sister properties such as the iconic Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel in Paris, Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos and The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, in New York City. We are delighted to launch a new chapter of Le Guanahani's storied legacy with Rosewood by our side."
Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth will join Rosewood's portfolio of distinguished Caribbean and Atlantic properties, which currently includes Rosewood Baha Mar in The Bahamas, Rosewood Bermuda, and Rosewood Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. Additional projects underway in the region include Rosewood Half Moon Bay in Antigua, set to open in 2023. For more information, please visit rosewoodhotels.com.
ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD
Simple Summer Dessert Enjoy your summer with fresh fruit like strawberries in this Easy Strawberry Shortcake recipe. Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe courtesy of Pillsbury 1 can (5-8) Pillsbury flaky buttermilk biscuits 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1/4 cup sugar Strawberry mixture: 3 cups fresh strawberries, sliced 1/3 cup sugar Whipped cream: 1/2 cup whipping cream 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla Heat oven to 375 F.
Separate biscuits. Dip tops and sides of biscuits in melted butter. Dip biscuits, covering tops and sides, in sugar. Place sugar-side up on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 13-17 minutes, or until golden brown. To make strawberry mixture: In medium bowl, mix strawberries and sugar. Set aside. To make whipped cream: In small bowl, beat whipping cream and sugar until soft peaks form. Add vanilla and beat into mixture. On plate, split biscuits and put dollop of whipped cream mixture on bottom half of biscuit. Add strawberry mixture. Replace biscuit top and dollop with whipping cream. Enjoy your summer with fresh fruit like strawberries in this Easy Strawberry Shortcake recipe. Find more dessert recipes at Culinary.net, Courtesy of Family Features.
ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD
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Bugsy & Meyer's Steakhouse at Flamingo Las Vegas Now Open The $10 million steakhouse couples Hollywood glamour and modern, art deco style to create a truly unique destination dining experience One of the most anticipated openings of the year, Bugsy & Meyer's Steakhouse at Flamingo Las Vegas is now open. The $10 million destination steakhouse embraces the resort's nearly 75-year history. Flamingo Las Vegas founder Meyer Lansky’s grandson, Meyer Lansky II and wife Dani, in front of historical family photos, seen upon entering Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse. The restaurant's name is a nod to Flamingo Las Vegas founders, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, and business partner Meyer Lansky, who famously created the first resort-style hotel on the Strip back in 1946 and forever changed Las Vegas. On the evening of Thursday, July 2, Lansky's grandson, Meyer Lansky II, stopped in to experience the all-new steakhouse.
He noted that one of the last things Siegel said to his grandfather was, "don't give up on Las Vegas," and that is evident with the opening of Bugsy & Meyer's. From menu, design, and atmosphere, Bugsy & Meyer's takes notes from the past and adds fresh and elevated twists. Guests are transported from the moment they arrive, as they enter through the bakery façade, and pass the kitchen and dry aged meat cooler, giving the illusion of discreetly entering through the back as many did decades ago. From there, there are six unique experiences for guests in the space—the patio and lounge, the centerpiece bar, private dining in one of three private dining rooms perfect for groups, the raw bar, the ornate dining room and the hidden speakeasy—The Count Room. www.HighRiseLife.com
Far removed from the typical steakhouse mold, the showstopping design from Studio K Creative out of Chicago and renowned designer Jonathan Adler, pairs lighter natural tones, with vibrant colors, art deco inspiration, and intricate details. Bugsy & Meyer's partnered with SHE HIT PAUSE art consultants out of New York City to create a specialty curated art collection with exotic wildlife as the heroes, including a custom beaded flamingo piece created by Adler that took nearly 100 hours to make. The Bugsy & Meyer's menu features steakhouse classics and throwbacks with modern enhancements. Bugsy & Meyer's in-house dry aged program is showcased in the restaurant in a glass encased show cooler. Hand selected cuts include domestic prime, wet aged, dry aged prime, imported wagyu and more. Entrée enhancements include a single lobster tail, Alaskan king crab, foie gras, B&M scampi, Point Reyes cheese fondue and more. Traditional sides are included on the menu, but guests will not want to miss signature sides like The Heater…Baked & Stuffed with white cheddar, The House sausage, and caramelized onion; truffle potato puree; and lobster mac & cheese. Seafood is a cornerstone of the menu, especially with the raw bar kitchen in the main dining room. Enjoy premium shellfish towers with charcoal grilled enhancements, shellfish cocktails and crudo. Other dish highlights include prime rib roasts, American wagyu short ribs, pan roasted lamb loin, fresh Dover sole meuniere and more. Dessert is no slouch with staples like The Big Apple, made with a white chocolate yuzu mousse, caramelized apples, soft caramel, and hazelnut café crumble. Joining the stunning steakhouse's talented culinary team is the winner of the Food Network competition series, "Vegas Chef Prizefight," Lamar Moore. Moore hails from Chicago, Illinois, and notably competed in the toughest job interview of his life, trying to impress a panel of judges, like Anne Burrell and Scott Conant, for the title of Head Chef at Bugsy & Meyer's. While Moore is putting hard
work in the kitchen, guests might be able to sway him into the dining room for a photo. Moore joins Executive Chef, Honorio Mecinas, who brings with him more than 15 years of Las Vegas Strip experience. The cocktail menu pays homage to the past while presenting new takes on the classics and originals. Hailing from the Caribbean and a favorite spirit of the 1940s, rum cocktails are heavily featured. Notable cocktails include The Apply Tamed made with Old Forester rye, Pére Magloire calvados VSOP, Lustau Palo cortado sherry, Benedictine liqueur, peychaud's bitters, angostura bitters, apple chips and lemon swath; The Jungle Bird made with Cruzan black strap rum, Campari, pineapple juice, lime juice, simple syrup with a pineapple wedge and leaf; and the build-your-own Old Fashioned. Other creations include prohibitionera libations and unique contemporary cocktails. Bugsy & Meyer's also offers a vast wine list with selections by the glass and bottle. Bugsy & Meyer's follows Caesars Entertainment's previously announced enhanced health and safety protocols, which build on existing plans and practices. Caesars management is focused on the well-being of team members, guests, and the community, and is working to create an environment with enhanced standards of sanitization and physical distancing practices. Examples of these protocols in the restaurant include, but are not limited to, the following: • Appropriate social distancing with tables 6 ft. apart. • Restaurant occupancy reduced to 50% of fire code capacity in accordance with government directives. • Place settings have been removed and will be brought throughout the meal. • Team members are required to wear masks. Guests will also be provided masks and are always required to wear them, except when eating or drinking. • Hand sanitizer will be provided at multiple points. For more information on Caesars' health and safety protocols, visit www.Caesars.com/health.
ENTERTAINMENT | NEWS
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Grupo Vidanta and Cirque Du Soleil Will Continue to Revolutionize Entertainment in Mexico As Cirque du Soleil seeks protection from its creditors to restructure, its relationship with Grupo Vidanta continues to thrive, with Cirque du Soleil JOYÀ reopening at Vidanta Riviera Maya, and a groundbreaking new collaboration currently underway Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group announced that it is utilizing the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) to restructure their business to further their position as a world leader in entertainment. "We are proud to be close collaborators with Cirque du Soleil and will continue to work as two families, united with the aim of bringing Mexico captivating entertainment experiences of the highest quality," said Daniel Chávez Morán, founder of Grupo Vidanta. ABOUT VIDANTA As Grupo Vidanta's luxury vacationing brand, Vidanta boasts an impressive portfolio of entertainment and destination resorts along the most coveted beaches in Mexico, including Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Acapulco, Puerto Peñasco, and Puerto Vallarta. At the Vidanta destinations, guests can stay in luxury resort hotels that include Grande Luxxe, The Grand Bliss, The Grand Mayan, The Bliss, and Mayan Palace.
Innovative partnerships include collaborations with the creative visionaries at Cirque du Soleil to create JOYÀ—a permanent theatrical and culinary experience in Vidanta Riviera Maya. Vidanta has also partnered with global hospitality company Hakkasan Group for an exclusive, long-term agreement to debut new nightlife venues, daytime venues, and dining experiences. The first collaboration in this partnership includes the recently opened OMNIA Dayclub, Casa Calavera and SHOREbar in Vidanta Los Cabos. Recent launch announcements include the introduction of The Estates, a premier brand offering the highest level of accommodations to date, plush amenities, and lavish vacation experiences; Jungala Aqua Experience, the brand-new park where you can enjoy the best of nature, lounging, and water attractions in one gorgeous setting; and Vidanta Cruises, Mexico's first luxury cruise line. For more information, visit www.Vidanta.com .
ART | CULTURE
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Artist Pindar Van Arman Develops ST Robotics Collaborative Robot into the World's Most Evocative Painting Robot The ST painting robot's groundbreaking programming represents the culmination of nearly fifteen years of Pindar's evolving work. His first machines, unnamed because Pindar viewed them as simple tools, were robotic studio assistants that helped him increase artistic productivity with painting tasks such as connecting dots and painting by numbers. Over the years however, Pindar ended up teaching the robots his entire artistic painting process by adding complex A.I. techniques ranging from simple k-means clustering to the more complicated deep learning techniques including convolution neural networks (CNNs) and generative adversarial networks (GANS). The robot's computational creativity enabled it to analyze its own marks, make independent aesthetic decisions, and even do something remarkably like imagining. Pindar considers his most recent ST Robot independent enough to call it artonomous. Pindar is delving deep into artonomous' ability to create emotionally evocative portraits. Toward this goal, he and the robot have teamed up with portrait photographer Kitty Simpson in an interspecific collaboration. They plan to paint hundreds of faces using a creative feedback loop, while continually refining artonomous' creative process.
The ST R17 HS robot, mounted with a camera on its arm and a paint brush in its gripper, uses its array of more than two dozen artificial intelligence algorithms to paint sets of curated portraits. The finished paintings are then critiqued by the robot, Kitty, and Pindar. Based on the critique, Kitty adjusts how she takes the next set of portraits. artonomous then retrains its own neural networks to better understand faces, and Pindar modifies the robot's A.I. and hardware. This process is repeated as the body of work is formed. Of his progress, Pindar Van Arman says, "I developed the ST robots into much more than simple assistants. My robots are now effectively augmenting my creativity, and even achieving their own form of creativity." The trio's evolving work can be seen at https://artonomo. us where they have already completed the first 32 portraits. Kitty and Pindar project that hundreds and possibly thousands of portraits will be needed for artonomous to improve its creative process to learn the subtleties of fine portraiture. For more information, please visit www.strobotics.com. www.HighRiseLife.com
AUTOMOBILE | RIDE
Photos Courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
The Wraith Kryptos Collection A Labyrinth of Complex Ciphers Rolls-Royce Collection Cars are poetic embodiments of artistry and skill, envisioned at the hands of the marque’s accomplished designers. They are illustrative of the Bespoke Collective’s mastery of their craft, and extremely limited in number. Incorporating only the finest materials and contemporary applications, Rolls-Royce Collection Cars are executed with creative passion and technical precision. These cars capture clients’ imaginations around the world, joining the chronicles of some of the greatest and most storied Rolls-Royces ever to have been created.
As a designer, I’ve always been fascinated by the notion that you can communicate messages that are understood by only an elite few, using symbols, pictograms, and ciphers. Finding the key becomes integral to appreciating the full meaning of an item that can otherwise be viewed simply as a work of art.”
Design is naturally the starting point for these endeavors. For the new Wraith Kryptos Collection, one designer’s passion for cryptography led to Wraith becoming a willing canvas for an intricate and clandestine design. The Wraith Kryptos Collection, which will consist of just 50 motor cars, incorporates a labyrinth of complex ciphers into its beguiling façade.
The Wraith Kryptos Collection carries within it an encrypted cipher that evolves throughout the car for the clients’ pleasure and amusement, leading them on a journey of discovery and intrigue. To the uninitiated, these ciphers appear, on the surface at least, to be an alluring design purely for aesthetic purposes and devoid of any discernible pattern. However, for those that look closer, those few who hold the key, they will embark on an experience that leads to an enlightening conclusion.
Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer, Katrin Lehmann, commented, “The name Kryptos is derived from Ancient Greek, referring to something unseen, hidden and coded, mythical even. Ciphers can be traced through millennia, capturing the imagination of some of the world’s most brilliant minds.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “The brilliant and creative minds of our Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective have excelled once again, creating an extraordinarily contemporary and compelling iteration of Wraith. The Wraith Kryptos Collection
is a statement of dynamism. On closer examination, a series of messages are hidden behind a unique Rolls-Royce cipher. I look forward to seeing whether any of our clients will crack the code!” Indeed, the code is so secret that only two people at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood know the full resolution of the sequence – the designer and the Chief Executive. The answer has been placed in a sealed envelope, in the safe of the Chief Executive Officer, at the Home of Rolls-Royce, in Goodwood, West Sussex. Clients will be invited to submit their efforts at cracking the code via the members only Rolls-Royce Application, Whispers. The cryptographic journey begins with the Spirit of Ecstasy, which has graced the bonnet of the marque’s motor cars for over a century. An engraving with green enamel detailing introduces the Rolls-Royce cipher on the base of the enigmatic figurine. Below, recrafted bumper inserts draw the eye lower, subtly modifying both the gesture and posture of Wraith, giving this Collection an identity of its own. The alluring colorway of the Collection hints at the car’s innermost secrets. Delphic Grey, a Bespoke exterior hue consisting of a solid Anthracite base color has a hidden effect – only in sunlight do the blue and green mica flakes appear. This effect is accentuated by a hand-painted double coach line, the upper being painted in the newly developed Kryptos Green while the lower acts as a shadow in Dark Grey, both depicting clues relating to the interior code. Completing the exterior aesthetic are part polished wheels, with Orbit Grey colored centers featuring a colored pinstripe. Inside, stepping over the illuminated treadplates, the cipher evolves deep into the fabric of the motor car. One is immediately greeted by the accented Bespoke Kryptos Green leather hue, which has been developed to incorporate a metallic effect, set against either Selby Grey or Anthracite. In perhaps the most apparent clue, elements of the cipher are embroidered into Wraith’s headrests, where the customary ‘double-R’ emblem can so often be found. For the driver’s enjoyment, an intriguing screen print flows across the metal fascia, spanning the width of the interior.
Enrapturing Wraith’s occupants with light, Wraith Kryptos Collection features a beautifully elaborate, bi-colored headliner depicting an in-motion data-stream inspired motif. Illuminated door pockets continue this theme with Rolls-Royce woven leather and Kryptos Green threads to reveal an unexpected and subtle illumination that fades towards the base of the pocket. The center tunnel is exquisitely stitched, repeating the horizontal lines of the door pockets, also hinting towards the driver focused nature of this special motor car. Rolls-Royce is delighted to unveil this new generation of Collection Car; one that brings with it an intriguing and entertaining challenge, that will be sure to delight. Who will crack the code? And what answers will the code bring? Only time will tell. Or will it?
STYLE | NEWS
Photos Courtesy of Rado
True Thinline Anima The New Rado Zeitgeist Every time in life has its own colors and shapes. We at Rado love to help shape these design codes. Just like with our new limited edition of the True Thinline Automatic made from olive green high-tech ceramic. It is lightweight and scratch resistant. Transparent and complex. Ultra-thin and mechanical. The True Thinline Anima gives the zeitgeist a new face. And a soul. The True Thinline Anima brings together some of our most important material innovations. First and foremost, our lightweight, scratch-resistant high-tech ceramic, which is housed in an ultra-thin monobloc case. It is presented in a completely new shade: matt olive green â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the magnificent result of an elaborate development process. Our lightweight high-tech ceramic meets kindred spirits in the new special model limited to 2020 pieces. The bridges and plates of its automatic movement are made from black anodized aluminum, which further reduces the weight of the watch. With maximum transparency, the watch thus lives up to its name in two ways. Anima in Latin means air, breath, soul. The matt olive-green dial, extensively skeletonized, provides in-depth insights into its mechanical inner workings. The same applies to the date window at 6 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock, the skeletonized calendar disc of which is cleverly exposed. The True Thinline Anima is proud to reveal its core. And anyone who feels its light, flat, smooth silhouette up close recognizes body and soul are in perfect harmony in this timepiece.
BUSINESS | SELF-DEVELOPMENT
Teach Your Children to Avoid The Mistakes You Made with Money Numerous surveys show that many Americans live paycheck to paycheck, have little saved for retirement, and lack fundamental financial knowledge. Part of the problem, experts say, is that financial literacy has not been emphasized in American education; only 21 states require high school students to take a personal finance-related class. If parents want their children to learn the value of money and how to avoid financial problems as adults, the education has to start
at home, says Steve Kruman (www.brycewealth.com), a financial planner and investment advisor at Bryce Wealth Management. “When they understand their parents’ financial situation and gain an understanding of financial literacy,” Kruman says, “they are more likely to appreciate the gifts they are given, or aren’t to be given, and why." “Summer is the ideal time to teach financial literacy to children because they can get real hands-on experience. Teaching a child to be financially literate will help them understand that they have
to take personal responsibility to be financially secure when mom and dad aren’t there to put the food on the table for them.” Kruman offers the following at-home teaching methods to help children learn financial literacy: Gardening and investing. The parent purchases seeds and other starting materials at a garden supply store and has the children keep track of the spending by item on a notepad. “As you work together in the garden, keep a time log of each family member working,” Kruman says. “When it is harvest time, teach them to count up the cost of production. Help them determine the value of their produce by comparing store prices of the same product, minus the cost of production. They will learn that you can start small as an investor but putting in more effort along the way makes things grow.” Working and budgeting. Kruman says parents can undercut their teaching of financial literacy by handing out spending money whenever their child wants something. “To learn good financial skills,” Kruman says, “work needs to be taught. They learn they are rewarded for effort, not just for showing up. With their finite amount of money, they can be taught what they will have to do as adults – divide it up for bills, spending money, and savings – and that it doesn’t grow on trees every month.” Saving and staying out of debt. “A good lesson for your children to learn about debt would be to show them how a loan would work by you being the lender,” Kruman says. “Have them think of something that they would like to buy (such as a new bicycle or laptop) but that they don’t have enough money saved already. You could offer to help them make the purchase much earlier than continuing to save for it, but only in exchange for a loan payment that would be made by reducing their
chore money. That way, they would learn how debt eats up their earning power. You have to instill in them that savings isn’t an option, but rather a necessity, so people don’t become slaves to debt.” Apple slices and taxes. “Chances are your kids have already heard you bemoaning taxes,” Kruman says. “Get one of those vertical apple slicers, and cut an apple up in sections to represent the approximate portion of your personal tax hit – federal, state, city/township, Social Security, etc. Put those slices next to the remaining part of the apple, and that difference will stick with them.” Toys and depreciation. “Teach them to look at their toys and clothes,” Kruman says. “Toys wear out. Children’s toys and adults’ expensive items, such as cars, need to be purchased to replace old ones, and teaching an understanding of that principle of depreciation is essential to teaching your kids why people need savings. Help them understand depreciation by asking them to compare prices of toys being sold at a yard sale versus a similar toy being sold at a new price online or in a store.” “Children have a lot of years to grow up,” Kruman says, “and you can give them years of age-appropriate financial lessons in their own home that will last a lifetime. Start now if you haven’t already.” About Steve Kruman Steve Kruman is a financial planner, investment advisor and insurance agent at Bryce Wealth Management. He is also a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, focusing on estate planning. Kruman is a Life & Qualifying Member of the Million Dollar Round Table, the only industry organization for people who are ethical top performers.
HEALTH | BEAUTY
Traits of the Mind That Keep You from Being Your Best Self www.HighRiseLife.com
Our thoughts shape our words and actions and thus our reality. Karen McGregor identifies some of the ways your problem-seeking, storytelling, judging mind keeps you anxious, depressed, and distracted from the things that really matter. What is getting in the way of your peace and happiness? Stressing you out? Creating a roller coaster of emotions, drama, and chaos? You might think your inner turmoil is directly due to what is happening in the world around you, but Karen McGregor says the truth is quite different. It is not what happens to you, but what you perpetually think and do in response. And that is due to the nature of your mind. “In Eastern Wisdom, a lot of emphasis is placed on being aware of how our thoughts shape our reality,” says McGregor, author of The Tao of Influence: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Leaders and Entrepreneurs. “Our thoughts are products of our personal mind, also known as the ego, whose ‘job’ is to keep us feeling right and safe.” The egoic mind is always engaging in problem-finding, judging, reacting, defending, and so forth—functions that are inherently at odds with happiness. (The non-egoic mind, however, does positive things like creating, analyzing, and synthesizing, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.) When we let the mind run the show, we stay anxious and depressed. Our negative thoughts keep us from being present. We may misunderstand situations, blow small problems out of proportion, make bad decisions, and damage important relationships. The solution, says McGregor, is to accept and understand the nature of the personal mind. Only when we learn to distance ourselves from the thoughts it constantly produces can we begin to calm ourselves down; find peace and joy; and work toward becoming our best, most productive, influential, and successful self. McGregor identifies seven aspects of the mind that get in the way of happiness: The mind is forever seeking problems. Unchecked, this natural tendency becomes your filter, the lens through which you see the world. Do you see the beautiful day and the opportunities it brings, or do you immediately go to what needs fixing? It’s true that we get better by noticing and assessing problems, but too often we don’t act to fix them. We just dwell on them, and they stay in the forefront of our mind. “It’s okay to observe a problem, but then you need to let it go,” says McGregor. “If not, the world just looks like a big pile of problems, and that impacts your well-being.” The mind is a storyteller. One single thought can set off an entire narrative. For example, you get a comment on social media that upsets you. You start to replay all the interactions with that person, and before you know it, you’ve created a whole story that didn’t exist before. “In many cases, you are overreacting to the person’s comment,” says McGregor. “Chances are the commenter never gave it another thought. Meanwhile, in your mind, the story is growing and controlling your day, your thoughts, and your actions.” The mind is judgmental. Do you find yourself judging everything? For example, you might judge a coworker’s eating habits or messy desk. You might judge a friend’s parenting skills. You might judge a family member’s financial decisions or relationships. In short, you get consumed with issues that should have no impact on you. (They are truly none of your business.) “Of course you will notice things other people do that are outside your value system, but learn to laugh them off,” says McGregor. “Don’t get mired in your thoughts about them.” July/August 2020
The mind is reactionary. Do you have a quick trigger? Are you easily upset over things that are not really a big deal? Reacting in a disproportionate way eats up your day, controls your thoughts, and keeps you from accepting and receiving life as it comes. “If someone takes your parking space, does it plunge you into a bad mood for the rest of the day?” says McGregor. “Do you assign bad intentions to the person? Better to just brush it off or say, ‘Oh well, maybe I just wasn’t meant to park there today!’” The mind is easily distractible. Often, we let small, insignificant things distract us from big, important things. Maybe you are in a big work meeting and the muffins show up. Suddenly you can’t focus on what your boss or client is saying. Life is full of such “muffins,” says McGregor. “It’s easy to let life’s trivialities distract you from writing a special note to a friend who’s moving or from cooking a meal for someone who isn’t feeling well,” says McGregor. “We need to get better at staying focused on what really matters. Once we do, we can begin to act in ways that better serve us and those around us.” The mind is always looking to defend itself. We tend to protect our self-image and seek confirmation for what we think we know. This can make us wary of feedback. Yet people who give you feedback are often the ones who care about you the most. They want to help. How you receive what is happening or being said is everything—even if it is hard to hear. “We often don’t like feedback, because it impacts our feeling of ‘safety,’” says McGregor. “We are all so invested in protecting this little box of who we think we are. Feedback makes us better and more aware, and people will continue to give it when we receive it the right way. But if we get defensive, not only won’t we hear what they’re saying, they may give up and not try anymore.” The mind clings to disturbances or initial impressions. The mind loves to fixate on initial thoughts, positive or negative. If someone says you look good in an outfit, you might start thinking you want to have a relationship with that person! If someone writes something in an email that hits you wrong, you may cling to the memory of it, despite what else is happening. “In both cases, we let what was likely a passing comment rule our thinking and define our interaction with that person,” says McGregor. “How often do we go in the wrong direction or cut off contact with someone who could have been a major positive influence in our lives because of our clinging mind?” Recognize yourself in any of these scenarios? Maybe even in all of them? That’s good, because awareness of destructive thoughts is the first step toward distancing ourselves from them. “What you’re doing is realizing that you are not your mind,” says McGregor. “It is a separate entity and learning how to recognize and master it is the work of a lifetime. If you can name it, you can tame it. And once you tame it, you will start to see major, positive changes in your day-to-day reality.” For more information and to preorder The Tao of Influence, please visit www.karenmcgregor.com.
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Why Emotional Healing Matters
A Holistic Perspective Dr. Brad is creator of The Emotion Code, an energy healing modality that allows people to identify and release “Trapped Emotions,” negative feelings that can persist years after difficult and traumatic life experiences. As people now grapple with emotions such as fear and worry, there are things they can do to protect their emotional health. “Being emotionally healthy doesn’t mean you’re always happy. What it does mean is that you’re aware of your emotions — positive or negative — and that you are able to deal with them,” Dr. Brad says. “You might feel angry, stressed out, or sad from time to time, but you know how to manage your emotions and recognize when you might need a little help sorting them out.” Some of Dr. Brad’s tips to build emotional healing include: 1. Stay Socially Connected Isolating yourself could make emotional healing more difficult. Everyone needs alone time, but when you are consistently isolated, it could make you more prone to feeling depressed or stressed. Be sure you stay emotionally connected to people in meaningful ways (beyond scrolling through social media). Say hi to strangers, schedule lunch with a friend, shoot the breeze with coworkers, and — of course — call your mom. Even at times when it is not possible to be together in person, use technology and good old-fashioned phone calls to connect with people and have real conversations. 2. Express Your Feelings Keeping sadness, anger, or worry inside can really stress you out. Let people know when something is bothering you. Find someone to talk to when you need to vent. Be mindful of how you do it but letting your feelings out in appropriate ways — like an honest but tactful conversation — can go a long way toward emotional healing.
3. Practice Emotional Energy Healing The Emotion Code can help you with emotional healing by resolving negative energies from the past that could be trapped inside you. Trapped Emotions are literal, physical energies that may become lodged in any part of the body, and they could lead to emotional and physical distress. In a few simple steps, you could regularly clear out those energies and work toward emotional healing. “If you’re healthy emotionally, you’ll likely have better control over your feelings, thoughts, and actions, which can help you in your career and relationships,” Dr. Brad says. “Practicing emotional healing and taking care of your emotional health is a great way to ensure you can bounce back when things go wrong.” About Dr. Bradley Nelson Veteran holistic physician Dr. Bradley Nelson (D.C., ret) is one of the world’s foremost experts on natural methods of achieving wellness. He has trained thousands of certified practitioners worldwide to help people overcome physical and emotional discomfort by releasing their emotional baggage. His best-selling book "The Emotion Code" provides step-by-step instructions for working with the body's energy healing power. A newly revised and expanded edition of "The Emotion Code" is now available from St. For more information visit, www.emotioncodegift.com.
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The Right Summer Skin Care Routine Written by Jennifer Gonzales
t is the hottest time of the year and temperatures are only getting hotter. This is the time of year that times are spent mostly outdoors out at the beach and enjoying summer vacations. Just like any other season, we must adjust our normal skin care routines accordingly so that way we can accommodate the change. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best to have a plan already set in place and to know what your options are, so that way you can the best skin care products for your face.
Cleanse No one sweats more any other time of the year other than summer, especially men. Whether you are working out or working outdoors, it is recommended to purchase the best cleanser you can find. This is the most important step in a skin care routine. Why? Sweat can accumulate oils and bacteria and eventually sit into your pores causing your skin to break out and to cause acne. Try using an all-natural cleanser, twice a day.
Hydrate Being out in this heat can dry out your skin big time. Having dry skin, can make you look tired and causes your skin to age faster. It is important that after cleansing, you use a good moisturizer to restore some of the moisture that is being lost in the heat. The best kind of moisturizer is one that offers anti-aging benefits in it.
SPF It is important that you take care of your skin, during summer. After cleansing and moisturizing it is a must to add SPF to your routine. SPF protects your skin from the harmful UV rays that you are being exposed to while spending your time outdoors. Be sure that when finding the skin care that is right for you, that you are finding one that suits your skin type, whether you are normal to dry or oily.
About Jennifer Gonzales J.M. Gonzales has a strong passion for writing. She is author of two books "Broken Silence" and "Wild Card" both of which can be found and purchased on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She is currently a full time student with Ashford University and is on her way to receiving her BA in Journalism. Meanwhile, she continues to maintain her personal blogs and enjoys traveling. IG: j.m. gonzales
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