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15November

What to Get the Person Who Has Everything

Our Recommendations for Gifts that Will Impress

What to Get the Person Who Has Everything

On the hunt for that perfect Christmas gift? It can be tough to find that option that stands out, the gift that your loved one will continue to use all year long.  One of the things we love about smart technology is that there is an option for everyone; it’s a gift that can be personalized to fit any home or person. If you want to go beyond the basics with your gift-giving this year, consider one of these options.

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17April

Here’s What to Add to Your Bookshelf this Summer

A Guide to Smart and Edifying Summertime Reading

Here’s What to Add to Your Bookshelf this Summer

The warm weather months are often when we look to refresh. It’s the time that we can take a break, whether that means fewer appointments, sending the kids to summer camp, or a beach vacation. Take advantage of the sunny pauses in your hectic schedule and choose a summer read. But what should you be reading? Of course, you can find a nice beach read full of intrigue and suspense, or you could choose a book that expands your thinking or gain further insight on a topic of interest before the business of fall picks back up. We suggest the latter. Whether you choose one of the recommendations listed below or have your own bucket list of books, make the summer an edifying season.

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24January

Raise a Glass to Pliny the Younger!

Discover the Best Beer You May Never Taste

Raise a Glass to Pliny the Younger!

Have you heard of Pliny the Younger? You may know of the man: a magistrate of Ancient Rome who lived through the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Through letters he wrote, he provided some of the only firsthand accounts of this historic disaster. While all that is impressive, a new Pliny the Younger is taking center stage this February. It is a beer, produced by the Russian River Brewing Company, that comes to us only once a year for a limited time and in limited quantity. This brew has created quite the commotion among craft beer aficionados for its unique taste. The combination of its popularity and limited availability makes Pliny the Younger a hard beer to find. Continue reading to discover more about this exclusive creation and tips for snagging a taste.

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09November

Drone On

Drone On

All the way back in 1907, a quadcopter was the first rotary wing aircraft ever to get off the ground. Since then, the design was largely put on the back shelf for larger format rotorcrafts but has found a renaissance in the field of small-scale drones. The simple four-rotor design creates a perfectly stable hover while providing more reliable maneuverability. Since each blade can be controlled separately, quadcopters provide their users with a unique level of control. Altering the velocity of the rotors independently allows the driver to create the desired thrust and direction rather simply--with a little practice. Whether you’re an amateur aviator practicing your aerial assaults, or looking to capture stellar visual imagery from above, quadcopters are the perfect solution to achieve either. Read on to learn about three DJI quadcopter models that may be right for you and your budget.

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11October

Wear an Iconic Timepiece

Auction Houses Offer Rare and Vintage Pieces

Wear an Iconic Timepiece

Wristwatch ownership offers many advantages and pleasures beyond accurately measuring time. Just like people find value in owning and wearing fine jewelry, the same can be said about wristwatches. For the practical buyer, the value of watches is often entirely emotional, meaning every penny spent buys you greater emotional satisfaction. Typically, any timepiece over $200 is more jewelry than watch and therefore one ought to forget about evaluating the item by adding up the cost of its components, calculating the value of precious metals or the mechanism inside. Savor the feeling you get when you slip a luxury watch around your wrist.

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18October

November Auctions Worth Attending

Add These Auctions to Your Schedule

November Auctions Worth Attending

Fall auction season 2017 is in full swing, and the best auction houses are offering not-to-miss antiques, memorabilia, and art. So often, these events pass by without you even realizing they occurred. So if you’re an auction connoisseur, take a moment to peruse these November events before they pass you by.

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17March

Get a Head Start on Your Kentucky Derby House Party

As You Design Your Celebration, Embrace Tradition

Get a Head Start on Your Kentucky Derby House Party

For some, the first Saturday in May is always special with the classic running of the rose from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. But the next best thing to going is to host your own Derby party. From the fashionable hats to the festive food, the Kentucky Derby provides us all with an opportunity for a little Southern hospitality. If you’re planning on hosting a get-together, we’re offering a quick guide to all the traditions and how to bring them home. Continue reading to learn more and see if you can finish in under two minutes! 

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03January

A Private Sommelier Will Transform Your Next Party

Serve Your Guests Fine Wine with a Story

A Private Sommelier Will Transform Your Next Party

A fine dining experience can become extraordinary with the presence of a sommelier. Their years of palette training have prepared them for selecting wine that pairs perfectly with your meal. However, these professional wine stewards provide more than intriguing combinations of food and drink; they also provide a story. A true sommelier is a student of history and has a deep knowledge of each wine’s unique backstory as well as its flavor profile. Today, you don’t have to leave home to receive this special service. For your next party or event, you can curate a personalized wine tasting with a professional sommelier for your friends and family. To learn more about this latest trend in entertaining, continue reading. 

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09November

A Taste of Cuba: The Best Cigars on the Island

Find Out Which Cigars Would Make the Best Gifts this Holiday Season

A Taste of Cuba: The Best Cigars on the Island

Much of the allure behind Cuban cigars has to do with their illicit nature. The United States embargo against Cuba prevented Americans from bringing home the cigars, regardless of where they were purchased. In 2014 the limit was eased allowing travelers to bring home just $100 worth of Cuban cigars. In October the White House announced that it is lifting more sanctions against Cuba, meaning Cuban cigars and alcohol being brought back to the U.S. will fall under the same importation rules as products from other countries. Cigar aficionados don’t expect this will impact the quality the cigars known for the purity of their Caribbean tobacco and their expertly hand-rolled design.

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30August

How to Design a Bentley that is Uniquely Yours

Customization Features Give You Full Control Over Your New Purchase

How to Design a Bentley that is Uniquely Yours

When you invest in a brand new Bentley, you’re not purchasing a car off the assembly line. You’re commissioning a car hand-built to your specifications. It can take up to 140 hours for your car to be built, including 15 hours on the steering wheel alone. From the stitching on the seats to the color of your wheels, you have control over almost every feature. To get a taste of what it feels like, explore the Bentley Configurator.

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15August

Get the Perfect Taste of New York During Fashion Week

Find the Best Places to Eat, Shop and More During Your Stay

Get the Perfect Taste of New York During Fashion Week

For one week in September, New York will be the center of the fashion world. Fashionistas, models, and celebrities flock to the city each fall for New York Fashion Week. It’s the perfect opportunity to make the trip to the Big Apple and take in the luxurious ambiance that comes with the event. Stay at some of the most sought-after hotels, check out the trendiest restaurants, and shop at the top designer stores. Join in on the action with VIP tickets that offer backstage access and admission to the week’s top after parties. Below we’ve come up with a guide so you can get the most out of your trip:

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14February

Relax--All Over the World

The 5 Best Destination Spas Across the Globe

Relax--All Over the World

Traveling can be a huge adventure to have with a loved one. But sometimes, after taking in the sights and the culture of a foreign land, relaxation becomes an absolute necessity before heading home. Spending some time in a luxury spa or resort can truly create a “vacation from your vacation.” Then again, there’s nothing wrong with planning your trips around revitalizing your body and your mind! We have selected five of our favorite getaways, both near and far. Continue reading to see why it’s time to get out your passport.

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29November

Luxury Car Makers Eye The Electric Market

On the Heels of Tesla, Carmakers Respond

Luxury Car Makers Eye The Electric Market

In an industry where the big players have been around for a century, Tesla is the new kid on the block. Within a decade, Tesla has become the face of the electric car movement. Their innovative designs and business strategies have put Tesla on the map, and other luxury car brands are starting to take notice.

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09November

A Full-size Look at the Magnificent World of Microcars

Small Vintage Cars Become Popular Marks for Exotic Car Collectors

A Full-size Look at the Magnificent World of Microcars

When it comes to car aficionados, there are a lot of reasons why collectors gravitate toward specific models. Sometimes it’s about the muscle; hearing the roar of an old engine can produce chills for nearly any enthusiast. The search for the ultimate collectible can also be about nostalgia, with many cars coming to represent specific eras. Sometimes, car aficionados are just looking for something a little bit strange. Vintage microcars appeal to the last two types of collectors, offering a look back at post-war Europe while offering a unique take on the typical car collection.

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