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The Script




Beyond the Label


Magic of the Other


Leaf of Absence




Seeing Red: A Dozen Wines Worth the Hunt


Bibliotaph... All Creatures Great and Small


Game On


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10 Things I Cannot Live Without

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From the Editor-in-Chief

I’m fangirling over this issue. For starters, I was invited inside a home I have literally passed every single day of my life, wondering what life must be like past the gate. And I was pleasantly surprised that inside was everything and more I could have dreamed of, with perhaps the most delightful homeowner serving as the curator to the historic property. And then my excitement was taken up yet another notch when I was able to chat with esteemed designer Marshall Watson, whose work has graced covers of the likes of Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and The New York Times to name a few. He so eloquently shared what it takes to create a masterpiece over and over again, no matter where the location. (page 14) In my television days, I was always watching the clock tick, knowing as air-time got closer, I’d have to make a decision even if it wasn’t the one I wanted most. But in the print world, I’m overjoyed when good things come after a long wait, be it a house I’m hoping to photograph or someone whose story I want to tell. For years, I followed the path of the then Global CEO of Chanel, St. Louis native Maureen Chiquet, hoping to catch a quick interview for air. And now that she’s embarking on a book tour, Chiquet gracefully shared her thoughts and insights with me from her established career (page 29). It was in my television career where I met our newest contributor, Alan Brainerd. He impressed me with his knowledge of the design world and passion for all things St. Louis, the arts and art history. He shares the story behind the Tennessee Williams Festival St Louis on page 30. My voice might have gone an octave higher when I saw Derek Blasberg in town to see his close friend, Karlie Kloss, launch her limited line for Express (see pg. 76). While he is an extraordinarily talented fashion writer, author and general pop culture guru, he is still just a person who likes to come home and enjoy his family. What a great night it was to see St. Louis on the international fashion scene! I hope you fangirl or fanboy, or simply just enjoy reading this issue, full of some of my favorite finds! And if there’s a house, a St. Louis native or a talented writer you’d like to see featured, send me your thoughts:

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Marshall Watson, author of The Art of Elegance: Classic Interiors, designs without a personal signature. He says, “I absent myself in the greatest possible extent so that each project is about realizing and refining my client’s most heartfelt fantasy.”


“I use my talents and my training and my experience and everything I’ve learned in my lifetime to become the conduit for other people’s aspirations- it’s not about me,” Watson says.

THE SCRIPT CLASSIC ELEGANCE Written By Carrie Edelstein / Photography By Alise O’Brien “The client is the script,” according to interior designer Marshall Watson. He may not live in St. Louis, but his connections have deep roots, and bring him to the area monthly. A Kansas City native, he’s worked in more than 20 St. Louis homes, including a stunning Ladue home, built originally in the 1920s by the esteemed architect George Hellmuth. The homeowner says it was intended to be a country home for duck hunting, and was the first Hellmuth home to be built outside of the Central West End. She is the third owner since then. “We’ve all kind of done our little things with it although the house is just about exactly the same as when it was built. So we’ve added some light fixtures and upgraded the bathrooms but really we’ve been keeping with the style of the 1920s.” Watson adds, “I tried to get out of the way of decorating. The house was so beautiful in and of itself. It was just all you

needed in that house was to reveal the bones - you didn’t want to clutter it up too much.” Despite being surrounded present day by suburbia, the property itself is still very much a countryside. Even though trees were moved to help create a front entrance and terrace designed by the late Brooks Critchfield, there are still foxes, raccoons, even geese across the eight acres, but also a pool and pool house, tennis court, extensive gardens by Rand Rosenthal Design, and then of course the classical elegance of the living space: 9,000 square feet total, including the 3,000 in the basement. The living room is where the homeowner enjoys entertaining, reading, holding meetings and relaxing. Watson says, “These were originally called living rooms and they’re meant to be lived in. We had this beautiful oak paneling that we restored and we actually added on to some of the paneling in there and it has a warm cozy wintery feel to it. It’s a room that you can really snuggle up in.”


“I use stenciling to point out the good architecture rather than to embellish. It’s more to feature it, and where the architecture is lacking, I do architectural stenciling,� Watson says of the ceiling in the entryway.



The kitchen’s breakfast room was also converted into a cozy area with creative refrigeration built into the cabinets. It was originally a kitchen and two bedrooms for the housekeepers, but the previous homeowners changed it into a rectangular shaped kitchen and an office and a breakfast room. Watson says, “A lot of people think if you have a big family you have to have lots and lots of space but I find that people really gravitate toward smaller cozier spaces, they don’t want big enormous rooms that they can’t feel comfortable and burrowed into- they want to sit down and read a book.” Watson has a passion for researching the homes he designs in terms of how the owners live, the architecture where the project is and the location and culture surrounding the area. “Marshall has a style that’s all his own, he loves symmetry and his forte is sense of proportion and scale and historical reference, and he takes that with him wherever he goes. So if he’s in St. Louis, he’s in St. Louis, if he’s in Mexico he is tapping into Mexican culture and design ideas. It’s not like you have the same looking house wherever you go- you have a house that is in keeping with its area and its culture.” Watson brought in Judy Mulligan from New York for stenciling in the entryway, along with a curtain maker who has worked with him for 30 years. Mulligan’s husband was commissioned to do a 18

mural of Lake Como in the homeowner’s bedroom which also features a Trumeau mirror over the French fireplace. The homeowner first met Watson at an arts and antiques show in the 90s, and now calls him one of her dearest friends. Watson says he has been fortunate in his career of more than 30 years, having worked with clients in Sweden, California, Hawaii, New York, Kansas City, Palm Beach and Mexico. He has a furniture collection and his own outdoor rug line. He lists nearby Moehsmer Upholstering as the best in the country, along with Theiss Plating and iron monger Don Asbee who replicated lanterns and the iron within the Ladue home. He also loves working with contractor Steve McMillan. Trained in theater and theater design, Watson states, “You don’t design a Neil Simon comedy like a Chekhov play, you’re taught that you have to really understand the period of the location, the script of your client, you have to understand the locale: I have to understand St. Louis, I have to know what kind of craftsmanship went into it before in order to realize and expand on that. The client is the script.” *Marshall Watson is the author of The Art of Elegance: Classic Interiors and periodically holds speaking engagements in St. Louis and across the country. He resides in East Hampton with his husband in a Greek Revival style home overlooking Gardiners Bay. sl

“The homeowner had fallen in love with Lake Como and asked to have a mural done to remind her of how beautiful Lake Como was, but the colorations seemed a little bit harsh for the house to do it in something that was so many colors so we chose to do it in all of these wonderful tobacco colors which was reminiscent of [English decorator] Nancy Lancaster’s tobacco room,” Watson says.



By The Bootstraps, But Not Alone Written by Johnny Fugitt Photography by Carmen Troesser

Ponzu marinated Bigeye Tuna with grapefruit and guanciale

“It was a pretty self-sufficient mentality I was surrounded with when I was coming up,� says Kevin Willmann, owner and chef of Farmhaus in Lindenwood Park. Hard work, fiscal responsibility and doing the right thing were all imprinted on Willmann during formative years spent on Southern Illinois farms and fishing boats in the Gulf. These helped him succeed in business, but Farmhaus would be nothing without relationships. Political divisiveness today includes a tug-of-war between individuality and community. Both play important roles in the American story, but often one is emphasized at the expense of the other. While his independence has afforded the flexibility to operate his restaurant on his own terms, Willmann constantly honors community with his practices and values. Farmhaus demonstrates how individuality and community can be complimentary instead of competitive. It does so, we should add, quite tastily.


“Watching my uncles, my grandfather and my dad farm, and how that’s a sense of community, I would compare it to how we continue to run the restaurant now,” says Willmann. Later working with local commercial fisherman in Pensacola, he grew to appreciate the relationships that led to the daily catch being served as an entrée that evening. It’s no coincidence Farmhaus is known for local sourcing and fish; it’s Willmann’s story. Considered one of the best restaurants in St. Louis since opening seven years ago, Farmhaus was pigeonholed as the “farm-to-table” place. The term is now cliché, but this is only because the value of sourcing locally has been broadly accepted, even expected. Today, Willmann prefers to use the term “of the moment” in describing the Midwestern and Southern-inspired plates leaving his kitchen such as the duck fat-roasted Gulf red snapper. However defined, his value of working with local producers, and growing a few things himself, hasn’t changed. “FedEx is awesome, I can get something from Japan tomorrow if I want,” says Willmann, but sourcing globally isn’t the vision for Farmhaus. In a world where travel and the internet can take us to any corner of the globe, Willmann still values sourcing relationships with neighbors. With this focus on local products, his kitchen staff is forced to think creatively and his team is better from working through the challenges this presents. Although it may seem counterintuitive, Willmann finds great latitude in this approach. “It’s almost like it’s freedom, in that you’re not so bound by endless possibilities,” he says. “To me, it’s liberating to only have a set group of things to work with at any given time.”


Kevin Willmann, owner and chef of Farmhaus

Duck fat roasted Gulf Red Snapper with apple, Brussels sprouts, endive and black walnut “slaw,” Honey/Dijon dressin’ and chili oil



Vanilla Sformati, olive oil cake, blood orange granite, Louisiana citrus supremes


Newman Farms “Pork n’Beans” Ham Hock braised white beans with smoked pigs head, roasted pork belly and charred spring onions, Marcoot Jersey Creamery Tomme emulsion


Farmhaus has established lasting relationships with local producers, but community is also an important part of the inner-workings of the restaurant. Willmann is an avid fisherman and jumps at every opportunity to cast his line in the salty ocean air of the Gulf of Mexico. Each year, he has a spring fishing trip with the staff. “We typically bring whoever wants to come down in April for a couple of days,” says Willmann. “We have a driving day, two or three fishing days and then they gotta get back to open up for the weekend.” As a smaller restaurant tucked into a neighborhood, Farmhaus has a deep sense of community with its patrons. “Our favorite thing is when someone stops in [the kitchen] and gives us a thumbs up…it’s an honor that someone takes the time to say ‘That was really good guys, thanks a lot.’” “We’re not the most profitable or fastest to grow,” says Willmann, but he’s built a successful, highly-acclaimed restaurant fulfilling his vision and done it on his own terms. For this, his work has been recognized nationally. For the second year in a row, Willmann is a finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s award as Best Chef: Midwest. Forging his own way by valuing relationships and community, Farmhaus embodies a vision valuing each step of the process – from producer to preparer to patron. sl Johnny Fugitt is author of The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America.


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MAUREEN CHIQUET Written by Carrie Edelstein “I had my own version of Eat, Pray, Love,” says Maureen Chiquet, of the start of her journey following life as the Global CEO of Chanel. After “separating, emptiness and filling back up” in the Seychelles Islands, hiking and meditating in The Bhutan and ending in Italy, Chiquet returned to her home in Purchase, New York, to begin her reinvention. And that’s where her memoir-style book, Beyond The Label, begins. Readers get invited immediately inside Chiquet’s closet where she does a metaphorical purge of her “uniform” she wore for 13 years, defined as her own interpretation of Chanel: a pair of jeans, anywhere from ripped to dark and a Chanel jacket with a tank top underneath. No Chanel was hurt in the process; it all went into storage in the basement! With a wardrobe now containing a mix of high and low and favorites like Pucci, Yves Saint Laurent (which when Chiquet says it, rolls perfectly off her fluent French tongue), Céline and Rag & Bone jeans, Chiquet has done a reinvention that has laid the groundwork for her to become a global leader in literature and redefining roles for women. “[The book] charts my rather unorthodox path from the time I was growing up in St. Louis, going to John Burroughs School, then eventually making my way as a literature major in college which you know is impossible to find a job when you do that. And figuring out that I really loved France and going to L’Oréal and back to the West Coast in the U.S. pretty much as a young merchandiser trainee at the Gap where I started in socks and belts,” Chiquet laughs. She adds, “I know that’s very glamorous and mostly cleaning out sample closets for the first year and then eventually moving up to the ranks of CEO of Chanel.” Chiquet grew up in Creve Coeur, and says she always loved clothes, but only thought of fashion as a hobby. She loved shopping with her mother (who still lives in town) at Frontenac Plaza and says she kept her attuned to beauty also in nature and art. Chiquet cherished times at The Muny, Forest Park and seeing shows at The Fox. “When I was a young mother, ‘good mothers’ meant that you had to stand on the sidelines of every soccer game and eat breakfast in the morning. You went to every single school event and then maybe you also worked and then you were exhausted. But early on

in my life, at the time my husband and I decided that we would actually redefine that for ourselves and he ended up staying home so I could pursue my career, and it wasn’t easy because we got a lot of flack from family and friends about just the roles that they thought that we should be playing,” Chiquet says. Chiquet recalls a time she cried on a plane on the way to Hong Kong, missing her children during one of many times she was traveling throughout her career. While at Chanel, she was in Paris every two weeks. But she confidently also shares that her children, now 24 and 21, got what they wanted and needed, attributing their own family plan and an emphasis on the highest education choices to their success and happiness. For now, Chiquet is embarking on a book tour, doing speaking engagements and consulting. Now 54, she lives with her partner and three Siamese cats, and enjoys spending time with friends, going to the theater, hiking, meditating and doing yoga. Chiquet says, “I love actually being home, I started traveling early in my career at the Gap in the 90s and I’d been traveling intensively since then, hardly home for more than three weeks at a time so for me being home is a pleasure, a real joy.” sl *Chiquet will return to St. Louis May 28 for a book event at the St. Louis Jewish Community Center.


Tennessee Williams painting, “The Blaze of the Moment,” courtesy of Key West Art & Historical Society

MAGIC OF THE OTHER The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis Written by Alan Brainerd “Stellllaaaa!” Who doesn’t remember the young, brash and handsome Marlon Brando shouting passionately to the woman he loves in the movie A Streetcar Named Desire? Stretching your own vocal chords is on the roster at the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis this month during their Stella Shouting Contest for of course, Stella beer. “Magic of The Other” is the theme for this year’s Festival. The idea of looking at familiar things in a different way that may be unfamiliar or even uncomfortable for us is the thread through this year’s line up of events. It’s clear TWFSTL’s Executive Artistic Director, Carrie Houk, couldn’t be more pleased with the reception she and her organization received last year for their inaugural festival; there were more than 2,000 attendees. Houk says she is, “A life long lover of Tennessee Williams’ writing, having read his works as a young girl then going forward to my career in theater first as an actor and then producing. A great thrill was producing Stairs To The Roof many years ago after discovering this wonderful story. The Glass Menagerie sort of overshadowed it.” Houk regards Williams as “America’s Shakespeare.” Tennessee Williams was born Thomas Lanier Williams III on March 26, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi. He died at 71 in a New York City hotel room in 1983. The family moved to St. Louis when he was eight


years old. His father was a traveling salesman who battled alcohol abuse, his mother was a music teacher and his sister suffered from schizophrenia. It was his mother who taught him to love all things beautiful. Williams began writing at an early age and often used the dysfunction of his own family as recurring themes in his prose. Over the years, he garnered many awards including the Rockefeller Grant that helped provide affirmation of his craft. After receiving the Grant in 1939, he caught the attention of Hollywood and was offered a contract at MGM earning $250 per week. When asked about which award meant the most to Williams, Houk said “They all meant the same to him. One was not more important than the other.” Recognition for Williams really began when his short story Portrait of a Girl in Glass became the play The Glass Menagerie in the winter of ’44-’45, and after a successful opening on stage in Chicago, moved to The Great White Way. Williams was now well on his way to huge success. Elia Kazan who directed his plays stated; “Everything in his life is in his plays, and everything in his plays is his life.” This year’s Festival includes plays, live music, movies, art, photo displays, readings, educational panel discussions and tours. Richard Corley, who ranks as one of America’s top Williams directors, will direct the 1972 play Small Craft Warnings. Corley directed this piece in Russia in the late 1990’s and has a deep affection for its message. He considers it a love song of sorts. A St. Louis cast will be

Will Mr. Merriweather Return from Memphis? at the Stockton House Photo by

performing, headlined by New York’s Jeremy Lawrence in the role of Doc; a role Williams once performed himself. Another opportunity to experience this work in a different way is the reinterpretation by Deseo, examined from the Cuban perspective. The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles; a true immersion experience to be sure. Small Craft Warnings was written later in Williams’ career. During this period of his life, critics were extremely tough on the playwright and often did not critique the work as a standalone creation but instead would compare this piece to his earlier work. Williams struggled to make clear that his current work had a different focus from his earlier work. His later work reflected the pain and struggle of the success he had, and to some extent no longer felt. When coupled with drug and alcohol issues, trying to be creative took its toll on the writer and the critics became more critical much to Williams’ dismay. “Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter,” is another high point that will showcase a lesser-known artistic talent of Williams. On display at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art, the viewer will experience 18 very personal paintings created by the playwright. They are on loan from the collection of his longtime friend, David Wolkowsky, from their home at the Key West Art & Historical Society and have only been displayed outside of that

venue one other time. Houk believes that, “Painting was a release where he could express himself without fear of incrimination.” The paintings are portraits and local Key West genre scenes. The show will be up through July. New to the Festival this year is the Tennessee Williams New Playwrights Initiative. Winner Jack Ciapciak will present Naming The Dog. This work has ties to Ferguson that deals with racial unrest and the task of naming a puppy. Jeff Awada of St. Louis will direct Will Mr. Merriweather Return from Memphis?. It’s the first professional production of the show in 50 years, and it will be performed at the historic Stockton House. The storyline explores “the other” in various forms from ghosts to witches to dead husbands; a message that will get everyone thinking about his or her own humanity. Houk rebuffs the myth that Williams was not fond of his time in St. Louis. “He really did love St. Louis. Keep in mind he was taken as a youth from an idyllic southern city to St. Louis, which was an industrial city. He loved Forest Park, The Muny, and the Jewel Box. He spent 19 years of his life in this city and they were formative years. His writing was heavily influenced by his time here. His plays are really his love letters to St. Louis.” sl The Festival runs May 3-7 with some extended dates. For more information go to:


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Aerial view of the Stowe Mountain Lodge with Spruce Peak in the background.


Stowe is the place to go for a breath of fresh air in any season Written by John Robinson With 40% of its 75 square-miles designated as conservation land open to the public for recreation, a thriving 19th century village at the heart of town, dramatic mountain scenery, an emphasis on all things produced locally, a full and diverse yearly calendar of special events well attended by the community’s 5,000 friendly residents as well visitors (close to one million annually), the rural two-stoplight town of Stowe, Vermont embodies the definition of idyllic. Tops among the 50-odd lodging options found at this desirable destination, the 300-room Stowe Mountain Lodge, unveiled by Destination Hotels in 2008 as part of a $400,000,000 expansion of the Stowe Mountain Resort, is the ideal match for travelers looking for an upscale, yet relaxed environment to experience the best the region has to offer in all four seasons. Accommodations range in size from a 450-square-

foot classic room to a two-floor, 2,875-square-foot “Front Four” residence. One thing is for certain: you will never find yourself at a loss for things to do. A sampling of the world-class activities available to guests encompasses an exclusive 18-hole Bob Cuppdesigned mountain golf course that reaches elevations in excess of 1,800 feet, and was ranked as the #1 Golf Resort in the Northern United States in a Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Poll; slope side access to 100 trails that comprise what is arguably the most legendary ski terrain in the East; a state-of-the-art 21,000 squarefoot spa and wellness center; casual and upscale dining options focused on innovative farm-to-table techniques; and, an in-house recreation team leading personalized activities that vary in scope and intensity from a furniture building workshop with local artisans to kayaking and mountain biking.


The lobby of the Stowe Mountain Lodge was designed as a reflection of the local environment.

As one would expect given the picturesque mountain setting, the lodge embodies a familiar alpine aesthetic, but with distinctive and locally inspired touches that underscore a thoughtful property-wide commitment to infusing the guest experience with an immersion in the local culture. The woven Western Red Cedar used for the façade is complemented by stone veneer created from the Champlain Quarries in the Adirondacks. A wealth of windows ensures near constant visual access to the area’s abundant natural beauty. Inside, the color palette is reflective of the leaves on proliferate trees as they morph from season-to-season. Comforting and earthy shades of red, orange, yellow and green serve as a fitting foil


to artwork created by some of Vermont’s most renowned artists: glassblower Simon Pearce, furniture maker Charles Shackleton, potter Miranda Thomas, artistic woodworker Parker Nichols, Hubbardton Forge blacksmiths, and several local painters, all of which enjoy a global following. Partnering with the Vermont Fresh Network and Chefs Collaborative, Solstice, the resort’s upscale dining option, as well as the more casual Hourglass Lounge, serves up contemporary American rustic cuisine and craft cocktails that take full advantage of world-renowned local artisan cheeses, fresh produce, heirloom grains and meats. Executive Chef Ronnie Sanchez emphasizes simplicity and seasonal flavors with great aplomb.

Stowe Mountain Lodge lobby

Locally sourced products are a centerpiece of the dining program.

Fall alfresco breakfast

A private fireside breakfast presentation in the outdoor pavilion.

Living room in a studio accomodation

Flatbread pizza and local craft beer from Hourglass Lounge.



Healing Lodge in the spa

Following in the same vein as the dining program, the spa utilizes a farm-to-treatment philosophy with products such as their Stowe Cider Scrub, one of several “Live Like a Local” experiences on the spa menu. A unique healing lodge allows for a DIY ritual that includes an herbal steam chamber, Jacuzzi soaking pool, dry sauna, cooling rain shower and soothing body scrubs. A pair of harmony rooms equipped with SO Sound Loungers allow you to “feel” the music you hear throughout your entire body, with the result being an expedient transition into a deep state of relaxation. “The Spa and Wellness Center at Stowe Mountain Lodge has such an advantage in providing a truly authentic spa experience for our guests,” says Maggy Dunphy, Spa Director. “The natural surroundings, the mountains, the vast expanse of activities and outings that are outside our door allow for my team to create very unique and transformative experiences for our guests.” A prime example is the property’s signature yoga class: Mountain Yoga. Held in the woods, each session incorporates Earthing techniques, where participants learn how to be more connected to the Earth through grounding poses. In the winter,

Mountain Yoga involves on-snow yoga classes as a warmup to and après skiing on the ski hill. As the centerpiece of Stowe Mountain Resort, the Stowe Mountain Lodge is surrounded by an alpine village that has been painstakingly planned and developed over the course of 16 years. High-end boutiques and restaurants, 34 fractionally-owned condominiums, the Stowe Mountain Club and 18 luxurious village townhomes are literally steps from the resort and alpine amenities. Also nearby, the sprawling Spruce Peak Adventure Center serves as the home base for year-round activities such as indoor rock climbing, the children’s ski school, kid’s camp and zip line tours, among others. Though it is certainly tempting to pack the itinerary with as many activities as possible, in such a pristine setting it can be as wholly satisfying to take a moment to simply relax on the balcony of your room, local cider in hand, taking in the fresh air and admiring nature’s handiwork. Rooms at Stowe Mountain Lodge from $240/night. For more information or reservations visit sl


MOMPRENEURS In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked acclaimed international jewelry designers Jade Jagger and Wendy Yue to reflect on their experiences as contemporary working mothers. Written by Caylee Matthews


WENDY YUE A native of Hong Kong who moved to Vienna at an early age to study language and culture, Wendy Yue spent a great deal of time traveling throughout Europe and developing a keen interest in wildlife and nature. In lieu of photographs or other souvenirs to commemorate her sojourns, she created color sketches of landscapes and animals she encountered. These vivid mementos would serve as a preview to the colorful creations she would later craft in precious gems and metals when she formed her own jewelry atelier in 1998, which has gone on to firmly establish itself as a benchmark in Hong Kong’s fine jewelry industry. Wendy Yue Haute Joaillerie produces fantastical pieces lauded for their intricate workmanship and story-telling narratives. Prized by champions of chutzpah, a piece by Wendy Yue is designed for those with a keen eye for the bold and the beautiful ( SL: How has having children changed your life and business? WY: Having children has really changed my life in previously unimaginable ways. I began to pace the absurdly hectic lifestyle I had. Up until the time I had my first child, designing was the most important aspect in my life. Since then, my children always come first–you learn to be selfless. My patience grew in general, which is something my staff pointed out to me, and which probably helps the business (laughs). Nowadays, when I meet people, they are often shocked that I have four children. They always ask: "How do you do it? How do you run your business?" And this is before they find out I actually have multiple ventures apart from jewelry. I always think to myself that they don't even know how much more I would do before I had my children. My children inspire me to keep going, but now at a healthy and peaceful pace. SL: What do your children think of you working in the jewelry industry? WY: (Laughs) They tend to believe that I'm famous (which I don't think so), because of what they see in magazines and social media. The older ones seem to regularly show off my Instagram page to friends. My younger twins are already so in love with jewelry, trying on whatever pieces I have lying around when I'm designing from home. The real issue arises when they ask you why you can't buy them this and that when your ring is worth that much–speechless! Kids nowadays really know how to work you up!

Above, Wendy Yue. Spread, from left: 18k white gold ring with garnet, amethyst, fancy diamond, orange and pink sapphire, amethyst and ruby ($13,535). Wendy Yue 18k white gold necklace with tsavorite, white and black diamond, ruby and pink and white sapphire ($76,451). 18k white gold bangle with white diamond, yellow and pink sapphire, tsavorite, tanzanite and opal ($40,606). 18k white gold earrings with orange sapphire, Champagne diamond, tsavorite and yellow and fancy diamond ($33,700).

SL: What would be the perfect Mother's Day gift from your collection, and why? WY: Jewelry is such a personal and emotional gift, so I don't want to suggest a specific design. I would choose something that is wearable and comfortable (some prefer rings, some prefer earrings, etc.), and a theme that has a special connection to your mother. From my collection, I would certainly choose carved semi-precious stones, as it is really one of my signatures. Happy Mother's Day, it is truly a blessing to be a mother and have a mother!



JADE JAGGER Born in Paris in 1971 to famous parents who famously divorced in 1978, Jade Jezebel Jagger is the only child of Bianca and Mick Jagger. She spent her formative years in jet-setting style, shuttling between homes in the south of France, New York City, Los Angeles and London, and counted Andy Warhol among her babysitters (supposedly much to her father’s dismay). When asked about the time he spent with Jade at “The Factory”, his Manhattan studio, Warhol commented, “I love Mick and Bianca, but Jade’s more my speed. I taught her how to color and she showed me how to play Monopoly. She was four and I was forty-four.” Since her 20s Jade has dabbled in numerous creative disciplines, including painting, fashion and interior design. Her foray into jewelry design began in 1997, and her bohemian, Eastern-influenced pieces quickly garnered the attention of both celebrities and fashion trendsetters. In 2001 she was named Creative Director for the venerable London-based fine jewelry house Garrard, who sought to infuse their brand with a touch of her Boho-chic verve. The first freestanding store for Jade’s eponymous line opened in November 2009 on West London’s All Saints Road. Now focused solely on jewelry design, she draws inspiration for her pieces from her dual home bases of India and the UK ( SL: How has having children changed your life and business? JJ: I had my girls when I was 20, so most of my creative life was in unison with motherhood. I often reflect that this has allowed me to have a strong ability to balance working life with parenthood. Of course, I also had the influence of my family, my husband and my new baby on my creativity.

Above, Jade Jagger. Spread, from left: NeverEnding hoop earrings in Chrysoprase with enamel detail ($3,327). NeverEnding bracelet with ruby and diamond pavé in 18k gold ($7,973). Quintessence Earth ring with blue sapphire and white diamond in black rhodium sterling silver ($3,463). Aquamarine Air necklace with black rhodium sterling silver and white diamonds ($4,350). Quintessence Labradorite Fifth Dimension earrings ($4,750).

SL: What do your children think of you working in the jewelry industry? JJ: They have seen first-hand how hard it is to be a small business, but also of the independence and pleasure it has brought me. We spent a lot of our lives sourcing, carving and setting stones in Jaipur, India, which always has a romantic feel, along with the days of being the creative director of Asprey and Garrard, where we were travelling all the time and experiencing so many new places. SL: What would be the perfect Mother's Day gift from your collection, and why? JJ: The NeverEnding Collection…with its hand-carved stones, it has a timeless quality and suits all women. I love the color and modernity of the collection, which soon becomes an heirloom to the family. sl


Seeing Red: A Dozen Wines Worth the Hunt

Riedel Veritas Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot wineglass ($34.50/each;

Looking back at the thousands of red wines I have tried, the idea occurred to me that it would be fun to revisit a dozen of them through my tasting notes. In the following paragraphs, I have outlined a broad range of wine styles and regions, all selected at random, as some obvious favorites such as Barolo, Châteauneufdu-Pape, etc. are missing. Trying to find these wines will be a challenging but worthwhile exercise for any oenophile. With the likeliness that you won’t find the listed vintage, try the current vintage instead for a fantastic tasting. ITALY Taurasi Terredora Di Paolo 2008 (Campania) The number-one red grape in Campania is Aglianico; it is planted throughout Southern Italy and reaches its zenith in Taurasi. Taurasi is a wine of great body, black fruits, structure and ageability, as it can be austere in its youth. Taurasi must be aged three years¬, one of which must be done on wood. To be labeled Riserva, the wine is required to be aged an additional year, with half of the additional time spent on wood. A couple of the best producers are Mastroberardino and Terredora Di Paolo; both wineries are owned by members of the Mastroberadino family. Brunello Di Montalcino Pogggio Alle Mura 2003 (Tuscany) Castello Banfi was founded in 1978 by the Mariani Family, which produces a wide range of delicious Tuscan wines. The color is medium-dark red. The nose is intensely aromatic with violets and baking spices. It is rich and full-bodied in the palate, with the flavors of oak, spice, mocha, black fruits and integrated tannins. This is a wine that will age. Made from 100 percent


Written by Scott Harper, Master Sommelier

Riedel Veritas New World Pinot Noir wineglass ($34.50/each;

Sangiovese, which is called Brunello in Montalcino. Delicious with the Tuscan specialty of Bistecca Fiorentina. Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Cerna 2005 (Tuscany) Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Cerna 2001 (Tuscany) Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Cerna 1988 magnum (Tuscany) These three examples provide an interesting comparison on how quality Chianti/Sangiovese ages. The 2005 was the fullest-bodied; it possesses medium tannins and mixed berry fruits, light earth and oak. In comparison, the 2001 has more black fruits, lower tannins, a more floral nose, but still a medium-body. The 1988 was terrifically balanced and mature, with flavors of dried flowers, spice, leather and dried fruit; it is balanced and still drinking magnificently. Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Luigi Righetti “Capitel de’ Roari” 2006 (Veneto) Fourth-generation winemaker Gian Maria Righetti carries on the tradition of his family-run estate, established in 1909. In local dialect Capitel de’ Roari means “many oaks,” which is a reflection of the Righetti’s knowledge of their land. Ripe red cherry, baked strawberry, minerals, light oak, spice, almond and mocha all come together in this velvety textured, full-bodied wine. USA Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 1941 (Napa Valley, California) This is on my list as one of the best wines I have ever had. I tasted this classic Napa Valley Cabernet at the Aspen Food and Wine Classic in 1991; leading wine critic Robert Parker was the moderator, and it was a most memorable occasion. At the time

Riedel Veritas Old World Pinot Noir wineglass ($34.50/ each;

Riedel Veritas Old World Syrah wineglass ($69/pair; Riedel Veritas New World Shiraz wineglass ($69/pair;

of the tasting, the auction value for this taste of Napa Valley history was $1,800/bottle. Intense nose of currant and anise, it is amazingly long, rich and concentrated. A seductive bouquet of caramelized fruits remains in the glass even after the wine was gone, ethereal and multidimensional. Lost Mountain RdV 2010 (Virginia) 64 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 36 percent Merlot. Posh, dry and full-bodied, with more tannic structure than RdV’s Rendezvous. The color is opaque purple. It is a pervasively flavored wine that exudes currant, cassis, espresso, sweet tobacco, chocolate and baking spices, all in a powerful, yet velvety structure. The more age-worthy of the two RdV wines. Drink now, but I hypothesize it will improve with five or more years in the bottle. Pair with a well-marbled grilled steak or roasted rack of lamb. SPAIN Rioja Marques Del Puerto Gran Reserva 1994 (Rioja) The color speaks of a mature wine; it has a medium-dark red color with a rim that is orange-amber red. Flavors of vanilla, cocoa, strawberry, raspberry liqueur, saddle leather, dried violets and copious oak are enveloped by a very soft texture. It is medium-fullbodied, dry and complex. Try with pan-seared beef filet. FRANCE Petrus 2000 (Pomerol) On my list as one of the best young wines I have ever tasted. I tried a barrel sample of Petrus on a 2002 trip to France. Market value on release was $2,000/bottle. Made from about 95 percent Merlot

with the balance of Cabernet Franc, this mythical winery annually produces 4,000 cases of what is generally considered to be the greatest Merlot in the world. Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Gérard Raphet 2005 (Burgundy) This Grand Cru Burgundy was one of the finest examples from the 2005 vintage, and Raphet is known among the cognoscenti as one of the best producers of Chambertin-Clos de Bèze. A lot of 14 bottles fetched $2,060 at a 2015 Christie’s auction of fine and rare wines in Hong Kong. CHILE Vina Seña 2006 (Aconcagua Valley) Affectionately nicknamed Opus 2, this wine resulted from a partnership between the Chilean winery Vina Errázuriz and Robert Mondavi. When the mega conglomerate Constellation bought Mondavi, the Chadwick family, proprietors of Errázuriz, bought the Mondavi interest and now own 100 percent of this iconic wine. Seña is Spanish for “personal signature,” and is the individual venture of Eduardo Chadwick. Made in the Aconcagua Valley, located north of Santiago, on a beautiful hillside vineyard, Seña stands testament to Chile’s ability to make world-class wines. The wine is a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc. Full-bodied and polished with the flavor of blackberry, cherry, oak, mocha and allspice. Seña drinks well now and has the ability to age for a decade. sl A Certified Wine Educator, Harper is one of 147 professionals in North America and 230 worldwide who have earned the title Master Sommelier.


Bibliotaph... All Creatures Great and Small

Compiled by Victoria Chase

Taxidermist Jeroen Lemaire, who was first discovered in 2014 by the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, authored this in-depth look at the "weird and wonderful" world of fine art taxidermy, from its history, to noted collectors and their contemporary cabinets of curiosity. Jeroen Lemaire - Wonders are Collectible: Taxidermy: Tranquil Beauty - Hardcover, 160 pages, Lannoo Publishers (

In this coffee table book, Russian zoologist Vladimir Dinets uses stunning photography and concise text to explore myriad behavioral patterns of wild animals. Vladimir Dinets - Wildlife Spectacles: Mass Migrations, Mating Rituals, and Other Fascinating Animal Behaviors - Hardcover, 320 pages, Timber Press (

Using whimsical watercolor illustrations alongside funny and scientifically accurate text, artist Iris Gottlieb explores symbiotic relationships of 35 animal pairings, from oddball to adorable. Iris Gottlieb Natural Attraction: A Field Guide to Friends, Frenemies, and Other Symbiotic Animal Relationships - Hardcover, 144 pages, Sasquatch Books (

Curated compilations of everything from insects to reptiles, carefully arranged in aesthetically pleasing patterns, comprise this handsome coffee table book, a must for lovers of nature, art and design. Christopher Marley - Biophilia - Hardcover, 288 pages, Abrams Books (


bib 'li' o 'taph, [bib-lee-uhtaf, -tahf ]: a person who caches or hoards books

With as many of half of the world's plant and animals facing the threat of extinction, photographer Joel Sartre made it his mission to bring attention to the plight of these creatures by visually documenting the world's biodiversity. With support from the National Geographic Society, to date he has surpassed the halfway point in his goal to photograph 12,000 species. This book showcases a portion of his portraits, from tiny insects to massive mammals. Joel Sartre - The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals - Hardcover, 400 pages, National Geographic (

While the obvious difference in size depicted in photographer Andy Seliverstoff's images of children and their XXL dogs is certainly attention grabbing, it's the playful interaction and endearing connection between the odd couplings that makes them truly memorable. Andy Seliverstoff Little Kids and Their Big Dogs - Hardcover, 132 pages Revodana Publishing ( This books pairs striking imagery by award-winning wildlife photographer Karl Ammann with engaging prose by Dale Peterson to examine the politics of ivory, new research, natural history and the conservation status of African elephants. Karl Ammann (photographer) and Dale Peterson (author) Elephant Reflections - Hardcover, 288 pages, University of California Press ( Nature photography elevated to a high art form, the images of internationally award-winning photographer Mark Laita capture the splendor and otherworldliness of the ocean's inhabitants. Mark Laita - Sea - Hardcover, 200 pages, Abrams Books (


The Living Room at the W Las Vegas is a hub of activity day and night.

GAME ON W Las Vegas

Written by Bridget Williams Should Marie Antoinette, famously infamous for spending heavily on fashion, art, gambling and other luxuries, find herself reincarnated in the current era, she would undoubtedly be drawn to the decadence of Las Vegas. And if such a scenario should ever come to fruition, when the time came for mademoiselle’s coiffed head to hit the pillow, she would feel right at home in a sweet suite at the new W Las Vegas, which offers the perks of a boutique experience (intimacy, uniqueness and elevated personalized service), with immediate access to amenities inherent in a much larger property. Although the W Las Vegas opened in December 2016, Sophisticated Living was privy to the property’s official grand opening celebration this past March, a full weekend of events intended to showcase the highlights of the 289-room property. The unique hotel-within-a-hotel experience is the result of a $415 million transformation of the former suite tower of SLS Las Vegas, which is positioned on the emerging northern end of the Las Vegas strip. “If ever two iconic brands were made for each other, it’s Las Vegas and W,” remarked Anthony Ingham, W Hotel’s Global Brand Leader. Born from the bold attitude and 24/7 culture of New York City when it was founded nearly two decades ago, W’s corporate ethos of Detox, Retox, Repeat, as well as an emphasis on music, fashion and design is perfectly instep with Vegas’ bacchanalia. 46

Designed to be a reflection of the city in which it’s located, each W hotel does share a few commonalities that are also found at the Las Vegas property, namely the absence of a traditional hotel lobby and the presence of a “Living Room,” which serves as a comfortable central hub of activity at all hours, accompanied by a sexy, pulsating soundtrack, custom mixed for the property. At W Las Vegas, edgy and eclectic artwork in public spaces pays homage to the property’s mid-century gambling heritage (the tower was once part of The Sahara) as well its desert setting, by incorporating touches of whimsy and a little devil may care attitude. According to Mark Eberwein, General Manager of W Las Vegas, the typical W patron is someone who works hard so that they can play hard. “It is people who are fully engaged in life and like to push the limits,” he said. Ingham underscored this sentiment by singling out FIT, the expansive 24-hour fitness center on the hotel’s second floor, which is part of the AWAY Spa facility. “For our guests, exercise is not something just to get through, it’s a social event and part of the fuel for making the most of life,” he explained. Loyal W brand fans have already taken note of the Las Vegas opening, well exceeding projections for repeat W guests.

Sayers Club at SLS

Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

A neon W in the roundabout of the “secret” courtyard entrance, shielded from street view (and still a puzzle to some Uber and taxi drivers due to its newness), whispers that you’ve “arrived”. Behind the welcome desk, stacks of poker chips are arranged in a slotted wood wall to resemble the bars of an equalizer. Each guest is given a token to have their fortune read by Zoltar–a James Brown-esque version of the familiar sage made famous in the movie Big – who holds court in a nook adjacent to the Living Room (thankfully his prophecy of my needing assistance in making bail didn’t come to fruition). With a massive bar inspired by roulette wheels and plenty of cozy seating areas, the Living Room exhibits a distinctively mod vibe, with just enough Vegas flash and no crass. Leading the charge in the space’s transition from day to night is a neon art “desert garden” by artist Keith Lemley behind the bar. Guest accommodations are wonderfully witty, with the most memorable design element being walls clad in a contemporary reinterpretation of tapestries. Affixed to the wall via grommets, a series of screen-printed canvases emulate the ornate wood paneling found throughout Versailles and keep the largely monochromatic space from feeling too stark. Guest room amenities are what one would expect from a hotel of its

Welcome Desk at W Las Vegas

Fabulous King guest room at W Las Vegas

caliber: plush pillow top mattresses, goose-down duvets, high tech electronics and Bliss toiletries. For the ultimate high roller experience, check into the sexy 2,382 square-foot E-WOW suite, designed by Lenny Kravitz. Sitting atop more than 15,000 square-feet of flexible meeting and event space spread across three floors is the WET Deck and Bar, an open-air pool only available to W guests. While the W Las Vegas offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel, guests are just steps away from the vast array of entertainment, gaming and dining options at the SLS. Highlights include Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, an avant-garde interpretation of a high-end Vegas steakhouse and a compulsory pilgrimage for carnivores; the specialty cocktails, unique rolls, and spectacular sushi and sashimi platters at Katsuya; the contemporary Mediterranean cuisine of chef Danny Elmaleh at Cleo; casual dining options at Unami Burger and 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza; the industrial chic live music venue Sayers Club; and, the 60,000 square-foot SLS Las Vegas Casino. “After nearly two decades of anticipation, W Las Vegas will show guests a different side of the strip, offering an unexpected and irreverent twist on the typical Sin City experience,” said Ingham. For more information on W Las Vegas, visit sl


Of Note... Console-ation Prizes

Compiled by Colin Dennis






1) Hable for Hickory Chair Agnes Console in River Rock finish with printed leather drawer fronts and arced metal legs in a gilded brass finish (price upon request; hickorychair. com). 2) Ornate reclaimed pine console table from Sweet Pea & Willow ($1600; 3) The Edwardian bamboo console from Theodore Alexander crafted from mahogany with a cross banded top (price upon request; 4) Important George III painted and partial gilt demilune console table in the manner of Robert Adam, having painted decoration attributed to Pergolesi and Cipriani. From Hyde Park Antiques, LTD ($220,000; 5) Audrey console in turquoise faux shagreen from Made Goods (price upon request;


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6) Camel bone and resin inlay console table in a classic chevron pattern from Fenton & Fenton ($1800; 7) Arrow 68" console table in cast iron with a black granite top from Arhaus ($1,199; 8) MOGG Tokyo console table from Go modern Furniture features hanging compartments made from galvanized metal sheets with a matte yellow finish ($2898; 9) The Claridge Deco mirrored console table from Artisani ($900; 10) ARDARA console table from Brabbu Design Forces in gold leaf with a gloss varnish (price upon request; 11) The Black & Blue cocktail/console table by designer Evangelos Vasileiou for Ligne Roset mixes black lacquered steel with three shelves in blue-tinted clear glass ($885;


HIGH-STYLE HORSEPOWER The 75th Goodwood Members’ Meeting Written by Andre James Staged at the Motor Circuit on the 12,000-acre Goodwood estate in rural West Sussex in the United Kingdom, home of the Dukes of Richmond for more than 300 years, the origins of the annual Members' Meeting go back to 1948, when the 9th Duke of Richmond opened the circuit and held the first in a series of meetings for members of the British Automobile Racing Club. After 71 meetings, the event went on hiatus in 1966; demand from members of the Goodwood Road Racing Club prompted Lord March to revive the event in 2014, with the intent of recreating the atmosphere and camaraderie from the golden era of motor racing. Held this past March, the 75th Goodwood Members’ Meeting featured a total of 12 races spread out over two days. Cars that graced the track cumulatively represented more than a century of motorsport history. The event kicked off with a Governor’s Ball hosted by Lord March, during which a dozen noisy two-stroke 250 and 350cc Grand Prix motorcycles tore through the halls of Goodwood House, much to the delight of partygoers. 50

Some of the most iconic periods in motorsport history were celebrated with high-speed demonstration runs: threeliter Sport Prototypes, Italian exotics from Ferrari and Alfa Romeo; and V12 Matras and Cosworth DFV-engined Lolas. Legends of GT1 featured entrants from Porsche, Mercedes, Jaguar, McLaren and more. Other races included the Derek Bell Cup for one-liter Formula Three cars; the ever-popular Gerry Marshall Trophy for 1970-82 saloon cars; a two driver evening race that paired current stars with past masters; and the singledriver, reverse-grid sprint race. Part motorsport mecca, part country fair, the 2017 Members’ Meeting sold out in record time, attributable not only to the quality of the racing, but also the family friendly atmosphere boasting plenty of off-track action, from a Bonhams’ auction to a wide variety of available food and entertainment options. The 2018 Members’ Meeting is scheduled for March 17-18. For more information visit sl




riders Compiled by Andre James

The lightest special urban bike in the world (less than 11 pounds), manufacture of the PG Bugatti Bike–developed by PG, designed by Bugatti and manufactured in Germany–will be limited to just 667 examples worldwide. Constructed predominantly of carbon fiber, should you be one of the lucky few to have a Chiron in your garage, a special customization program can match the finish of your bike to your Bugatti (price upon request;


The G2 P51 Combat Fighter from Confederate is built entirely from aerospace billet aluminum. The proprietary monocoque is the stiffest, most fatigueresistant and lightest chassis capable of containing the greatest amount of torque as a percentage of weight in its class. The V-twim, four-stroke engine boasts a top speed of more than 160mph (From $125,000;


In 2014, watchmaker Bell & Ross commissioned Shaw Harley-Davidson to create two matching concept bikes (both sold). The resulting B-Rocket boasted a powerful look that married the extreme modernity of the 1960s with the very first American jet aircraft. A pair of Bell & Ross watches, the BR 03 and the BR 01, were released in conjunction with the unveiling of the B-Rocket (


The Tunnel mountain bike from Stinner is shown as a custom build for John Watson, owner of the blog The Radavist (from $2,299 for the steel frame only;

Inspired by classic cafe racer-style motorcycles, engineer Indrek Narusk designed his VIKS urban bicycle with a unique shape: two identical tubes joined alongside each other and meeting at a single head tube, seat tube, and bottom bracket. Built in Estonia, each hand-crafted, made-to-measure bike comes equipped with either a fixed gear or a coaster hub brake for standard factory setup (Price upon request;


A high performance road bike from Trek, the Domane SLR 8 features front and adjustable rear IsoSpeed decouplers to smooth rough roads, 600 Series OCLV carbon frame and additional tire clearance for on- and off-road versatility ($6,499;

The women's Runwell bicycle from Shinola was inspired by the French style of Porter bicycles, first used by newspaper couriers in Paris. Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal hub and disc brakes with lugged steel frame and fork ($2,950;


A premium touring motorcycle from Indian Motorcycle, the Roadmaster Classic blends iconic style such as genuine leather saddlebags with modern touring amenities, such as a 7-inch touchscreen Ride Command infotainment system (From $27,999;


2017 Honda Montesa Cota 300RR is the production model most similar to the prototypes used by factory Honda Montesa riders. For 2017, the 300RR is equipped with ECU mapping that improves engine response in the low and middle rpm ranges that are especially important for trials motorcycles. The new three-ring piston (up from two), helps prevent leakage and improves durability. An updated chassis has suppler settings for the Tech fork, similar to those used by factory riders. The muffler has been made more robust with reinforced mounts, and the rear-brake pedal has been shortened to avoid impacts and allow the rider more freedom of movement ($9,999;

Lotus Motorcycles was established to design and built the first motorcycle of the iconic car manufacturer. First revealed in 2014 following two years of R&D, the Lotus C-01 mates a V-twin engine with a distinctive body designed by Daniel Simon that integrates carbon fiber, titanium and aerospace quality steel ($137,000;


Amangiri at dusk as viewed from a hiking trail on property.

LOST&FOUND Seeking serenity at Amangiri Written by Bridget Williams

Alone on a hiking trail deep at the heart of the high desert on the Colorado Plateau in mid-January, I found myself fighting back tears; the irony of my uncontrollable waterworks in this arid environment not escaping me. The salty droplets stung my cheeks as I wiped them away with gloved fingers that were nearly numb from the frigid temperature. I wasn’t even sure if I was still on the trail at this point; there wasn’t another living soul as far as the eye could see; and (gasp), I’d ventured into an area without cell service. For me, being awake to greet the dawn of a new day is already a special time, and as the morning sun continued to rise, this fleeting moment of magic felt more bewitching, as I was privy to some tête–à–tête between sunlight and shadow that animated 60

the ancient sandstone rock formations. Even though it was the third morning I’d been exceptionally privileged to witness this spectacle, the surreal beauty of the scene continued to trigger an involuntary welling of my eyes in wonderment. Sitting in silence until I could no longer handle the chill, I located the familiar cairns that are used to mark the trail, added one teeny pebble on top to commemorate the occasion, and made a beeline for Amangiri, the storied resort set amidst 600 acres in Canyon Point, Utah. Although it feels quite remote, the property is a 20-minute drive from the Glen Canyon Dam at the end of popular Lake Powell. The resort provides complimentary transfers to guests who arrive via Page Municipal Airport, just 25-minutes away.

Resort swimming pool at dusk

Aman Spa entrance


Desert Lounge at dusk

Desert View Suite

Rather than try to upstage Mother Nature’s handiwork, the developers sought to have the 34-room property virtually disappear into the base of the mesa where it is artfully sited. Turning off of a two-lane highway that seems to stretch into infinity, the resort begins to slowly reveal itself like a mirage as you travel up, down and around spectacular rock formations. In any other setting the arrow-straight lines of the resort’s architecture would be perceived as severe, but here, with walls erected of concrete that has been mixed with local aggregate to complement the variegated hues of the metamorphic sandstone all around, architecture becomes art. Manmade features have been carefully orchestrated to mimic and magnify the landscape. A large rock outcropping, the terminus of which reminded me of an oversized cartoon nose in profile, served as the starting point for the layout of the physical structures of the property, including the resort pool, which follows the rock’s natural contours. Moving outward from the pool is Amangiri’s “living room,” a multiuse space with seating areas oriented to four large fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, an open kitchen with wood-fired oven and chef ’s counter, a library, and a gallery-style gift shop with jewelry, art and objects that highlight local artisans. The spa, guest rooms and suites extend like open arms from


Entrance Lounge

Aman Spa step pool

this central gathering point. Interspersed along the way, and communicated utilizing changes in elevation and direction, are strategic openings intended to frame a view, along with water features that imbue the concrete with a time-worn patina and break the desert’s silence. Guest accommodations have been conceived in a similar vein of refined austerity. The muted and monochromatic color scheme derived from the surrounding landscape creates a Zenlike atmosphere; utilitarian furnishings were custom-designed to meld into the physical space. Simple pegs and a timber beam flush-mounted on the concrete wall near the entry to my 1,000-square-foot Desert View Suite held a thoughtful array of amenities to use for my daily sojourns: a walking stick, sunhat, natural fiber bag and a flashlight. French doors opened to a terrace with a gas fireplace integrated into bench seating that served as the only barrier between me and the expanse beyond; the breadth seemed even more profound at 4am, when I would seek repose there to admire a night sky with more brilliance than any assemblage of diamonds I’d ever been privy to. The spa-like bathroom boasted a wet room with a soaking tub centered on a tall picture window, and large shower with showerheads on opposing walls. A spacious closet opposite the dual vanity was designed in similar fashion to its counterpart in

Via ferrata suspension bridge

There are six via ferrata climbing routes on property.

Adventure Partners offers guided tours of nearby slot canyons.

the bedroom, which cleverly concealed the television and pantry with a coffee machine, a refrigerator stocked with complimentary drinks, and a tempting selection of Dean & DeLuca snacks. Exploring the more than 25 miles of marked trails on property was obviously something I relished in, but for those not interested in exploring on their own, Amangiri adventure staff offer twice daily complimentary guided hikes on property. As an enthusiast of archaeology and Native American culture, I signed up for a short morning hike to Broken Arrow Cave; its massive opening resembled the gaping mouth of a whale shark as it filters plankton from the ocean. Professional excavation of the cave has provided evidence of human habitation dating back to 6300 BC, although its name is derived from a more contemporary reference: the 1996 film Broken Arrow, starring John Travolta and Christian Slater. A climactic scene from the movie was filmed adjacent to the cave and remnants from the set, including a faux mineshaft, still remain. Arguably an extreme offering for a brand so inextricably tied with tranquility, Amangiri has teamed up with Adventure Partners, the property’s on-site guide service, to offer resort guests exclusive access to six via ferrata climbing routes (there are only eight total in the United States). An Italian word meaning “iron road,” via ferrata originated in the Alps, and is a method of assisted rock climbing that essentially allows less experienced

climbers like me to scale peaks that would otherwise be outside the realm of possibility. Staring up at the nearly 600-foot-tall peak I was about to tackle, my knees were trembling and my intense fear of heights prompted a fight or flight battle to rattle around in my mind. Even though I knew that being clipped onto the stainless-steel aircraft cable that snaked up the peak would limit any fall or slip to no more than five feet, the irrational “what ifs” tended to materialize at the most inopportune moments. With the ardent encouragement of my guide, who had the patience of a saint and encouraged me to keep going even when I practically pleaded to turn back, I ever so slowly ascended by alternating between climbing staple-like rungs permanently affixed to the rock in particularly tricky spots and more “authentic” rock climbing, where I had to feel around the surface of the stone to discern the most ideal hand and footholds. By the time I reached the apex, a state of absolute euphoria rushed over me; I stopped to catch my breath, only to have it taken away again by the sweeping views that extended all the way to the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. The descent was just as exciting, and involved crossing a 200-foot suspension bridge that linked two peaks (I refused to cast my eyes anywhere but straight ahead), and then rappelling down a crevasse on the other side.


Octopus with purple potatoes, Constelvetrano olives and piquillo pepper puree

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The Aman brand as a whole is legendary for its “your wish is my command” philosophy in meeting guests’ requests, and an in-room adventure guide provides a good starting point for crafting both self-chaperoned and guided experiences in the immediate area. A sampling of on-property activities includes horseback riding, mountain biking, complimentary yoga and fitness classes and full use of the fitness center and the unisex Water Pavilion area in the spa with dry sauna, steam, cold plunge and soaking pool. Offsite, the options are limited only by your time and energy. A private guided tour led by Adventure Partners through the famous (and hugely popular) slot canyons nearby is an absolute must, and provides access to places devoid of crushing crowds, so you can fully enjoy the magnificence of these natural sculptures. Boating, hot air balloon tours, working with paleontologists to unearth dinosaur bones, rafting, and miles and miles of hiking are all also easily accessible excursions. A destination in its own right, the impressive 25,000 square-foot Aman Spa draws inspiration for its holistic menu from Navajo healing traditions, and utilizes chemical-free Aman skincare products. The spa is such a tranquil and well-designed place of respite that I found myself lingering there frequently to unwind in the surroundings with a cup of herbal Navajo tea, brewed from the indigenous greenthread plant. One of the most popular treatments and the spa’s signature service is the Desert Dream: a 135-minute journey that begins with craniosacral therapy while floating weightlessly in a salt water pool, followed by 30 minutes of unattended floating, before finishing with a 60-minute aromatherapy massage. 64

Under the direction of Executive Chef Jacob Anaya, the dining experience is an absolute delight that delivers an exciting journey through the culinary traditions of the Southwest and beyond. The standard room rate at Amangiri includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for two guests per suite (inclusive of nonalcoholic beverages). A New Mexico native that grew up in a multi-cultural household, Anaya began cooking at a young age under the tutelage of his mother and grandmother, using produce grown in their own garden. The passion he feels for his craft is infectious and discernable in every bite. His plating is so beautifully executed (in particular the vegetarian options), that you’ll want to wait until the light wanes enough to obscure the view outside the floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining room so you can fully appreciate the edible artistry. It is little wonder that the exclusive Aman brand has inspired a legion of “Aman Junkies”. And, it is also not surprising that the company chose this magical part of the country, which boasts the highest concentration of National Parks and National Monuments in the United States, for one of its two US outposts. Setting out on a trail at sunrise each morning and watching the resort slowly disappear from view as I trekked on, I found that it only took me minutes to feel “lost”, but in an equal amount of time I was able to discover so much more. Standard daily rate at Amangiri from $1,400, based on double occupancy. For more information and to make reservations visit online at sl

Let It Be Grandiose! Our crown jewel is the majestic Grand Hall, with its exquisite 3D light show towering from its 65 foot tall ceiling above. Indulge in a unique selection of small plate specialties, extensive beverage menu of hand crafted railroad themed cocktails, wines, craft beers and local micro brews. Make it a grand experience!

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St. Louis Blues players traded their jerseys to become casino dealers for an evening of fun held at The Scottrade Center. The Mardi Gras themed night was a benefit for the Blues for Kids Foundation, which has a mission to positively impact programs and services that improve the health and wellness of youth in the St. Louis area. 4

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1) Stephanie Chitwood, Ron Baechle, Michelle Colbert 2) Eland and Stephanie Siddle 3) Carter Hutton, Stacey Kmill, Jay Bouwmeester 4) Tom Stillman, Dianne Wickenheiser 5) Ksenia and Ivan Barbashev, Chris Zimmerman 6) Kelly Chase, John Eilermann, Aaron Windholz, Josh Peterman, Jeremy Roth, Clint Skibinski 7) Chris Schwartz, Rebecca Simcox 8) Patrick Berglund, Pam Hartley, Jaden Schwartz, David Perron 9) Travis Patton, Amanda Sachs, Andy Corbett 10) Alex Pietrangelo, Ryan Reeves 11) Vladimir and Yana Tarasenko

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Dr. Matthew Dobbs and Dr. Dionysios Veronikis were honored at the HopeFest Gala, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown St. Louis. Money raised will benefit patients and their family members in need of lodging while in St. Louis for medical care.



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More than $600,000 was raised for Marygrove at the Bloom and Soar benefit held at the Four Season Hotel in Downtown St. Louis. Karen Aroesty, Bill DeWitt III and John Kemper were recognized as Ambassadors- a role created to unify the voice and impact of individuals and institutions dedicated to enriching the lives of young people in need.

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1) Manoj and Mini Warrier, Tasha and Jeffrey Davis 2) Barry and Jackie Albrecht, Nikol and Alper Oztok 3) Seana and Michael Delucia, Graham and McKenzie Goldwasser 4) Peter Neidorff, Bill DeWitt, John Kemper 5) Donna Lesniak, Latham and Felicia McCaskill 6) Stanley and Arlene Browne 7) Tabatha Reynolds, Ryan Molen 8) Matt and Laura Corcoran, Nicole and Ted Albrecht 9) Lydia Bledsoe, Megan Harris, Julie O’Toole

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Joey Alexander, the 12-year-old Grammy-nominated pianist, lit up the stage at the Jazz St. Louis gala, “The Future of Jazz.” Denise Thimes performed an after-hours Cabaret. The evening was held at The Sheldon Concert Hall. Proceeds benefit Jazz St. Louis’ education and outreach programs. 8


1) Warner and Cindy Baxter 2) Sherry Sissac and Gregory Glore 3) Tom Wendel and Marian Nunn 4) Ted and Julie Harvey 5) Shereen and Michael Fischer 6) David and Thelma Steward 7) Larysa Enk and Henry Tong 8) Gene Dobbs Bradford and pianist Joey Alexander


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It was a “Night at the Movies” theme for the Alzheimer’s Association gala held this year at the Chase Park Plaza’s Khorassan Ballroom. Carol Daniel emceed for the largest gala crowd yet; 500 supporters attended, helping to raised more than $600,000.





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1) Daniel Schwab and Ally Towers 2) Dr. Chris Marchioro, David Hoffman, Debbie and Kirk McCullen 3) John and Crystal Beuerlein 4) Carol Daniel 5) Ken and Lori Aston, Randy and Ann Lipton 6) Rich and Kimberly Chong, Kerry and Michael Donnelly 7) Michael Rankin, Jayme McKenna, Tess Dreyer, Brandon Farotto, Kate and Harry Barnard 8) Ben and Jessica Wilson 9) Mark Moore, Karen Green, Julie Moore 10) Jerry and Peggy Ward, David and Jen Brockett

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Supermodel Karlie Kloss returned to the same stage at The Pageant where she walked her first fashion show 12 years ago to present her limited edition line for Express. Models included her sister, Kimby, and contest winners from the St. Louis area and nationwide. Charli XCX, performed. VIPs in attendance included fashion writer and author Derek Blasberg, also a St. Louis native, and guests from Saint Louis Fashion Fund.

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The Sheldon Concert Hall was also the place to be for the Nurses for Newborns annual benefit. David and Thelma Steward chaired the evening, which included dinner, an auction and a performance by BeBe Winans.





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Good friends mingled, good tequila was served and good times were had at the home of Michelle Trulaske, one of the investors of Código, a high-end tequila line. Federico Vaughan and Ron Snyder founded the brand, El Tequila Privado, as a spirit exclusively produced for generations as simply “a private tequila” to be enjoyed with friends.




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10 Things I Cannot Live Without Written by Carrie Edelstein Photography by Matt Marcinkowski It was a round of golf with singer George Strait and other close friends in Mexico that turned into an unexpected business venture for NHL legend and Hall of Famer Brett Hull. He says it was “a no brainer” to invest in bringing Código Tequila literally out of the private barrels of a Mexican family and into bottles to be distributed across the U.S. And with a handicap of just 2, it seems Hull knows exactly what he’s doing when out on the greens. Since his days on the ice with the St. Louis Blues (and he does still skate periodically like in Winter Classic games, the Kelly Chase Fantasy Hockey Camp and the Gretzky Hockey School), it’s as if the Canadian born legend is already part of the Senior PGA Tour. He’s played with Phil Mickelson, Freddie Couples and even Dustin Johnson, and on courses as great as Pine Valley and Augusta. But he says he likes to “shake hands and kiss babies” when describing his role today as an executive vice president of the Blues. It makes sense that it’s the little things and meaningful ones that Hull can’t live without. 80


Golf. Right now Hull is a 2 handicap. He likes to play at Old Warson Country Club and Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta. 2. Darcie, his wife 3. Daughters Jayde and Crosby, son Jude 4. Código Tequila, “It tasted like candy the first time I took a sip!” 5. Television 6. Nugget, his 2-year-old Goldendoodle 7. Discovery Land Company, specifically Vaquero Club in Dallas, Texas. 8. Music: classic rock and country. He has autographed guitars from legends like Johnny Cash, Eddie Vedder (a close friend), Pete Townsend and Aerosmith. 9. Bulletproof coffee 10. Mexican food

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