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29 June 2018

Feeling Down? Crank Up the Volume!

Posted in Life, Bespoke

A Fascinating Way Music Affects Your Mood

Feeling Down? Crank Up the Volume!

How do you deal with a bad day?

Do you spend some time alone, meditating on your problems? Do you relieve stress at the local batting cages?

Well, according to a study by the University of Queensland, you may just want to turn the Metallica up to 11 and bang your head for a while. Sort of.

The study found that, contrary to previous evidence, loud, aggressive music like metal or punk can relieve anger and sadness, and help listeners calm down. It’s just one of the surprising ways music can influence your mood.

30 April 2018

Is Your Own Garden the Perfect Spring Oasis?

Posted in Bespoke, Spaces

Rejuvenate Your Mind in Your Own Backyard

Is Your Own Garden the Perfect Spring Oasis?

With the weather finally warming up, you’re probably thinking of all the amazing places you can escape to this year. So, what are you doing? Exploring the temples in Bali, catching a movie at the Cinematheque Française?

What if we told you this year’s big relaxation spot was your own backyard? It’s time to enjoy the season in your own private spring garden. Keep reading to find out how can you transform your space into the ultimate spring retreat spot.

12 December 2017

Ring In The New Year With Celebrations Abroad Or At Home

Posted in Life, Bespoke

Here Are 6 Destinations Sure To Inspire A Memorable New Year’s Eve

Ring In The New Year With Celebrations Abroad Or At Home

December has arrived, and that means the new year is just around the corner.

If you haven’t made plans yet to ring in 2018, why not make this the year you indulge in one of the world’s best New Year’s Eve celebrations?

You can celebrate with hundreds of thousands of people if you desire, or you can tailor your experience to a private setting while still experiencing the festivities.

Below, we explore five destinations perfect for New Year’s Eve and weigh in on another celebration option (one that requires much less travel).

18 October 2017

November Auctions Worth Attending

Posted in Life, Bespoke

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.

17 April 2017

Here’s What to Add to Your Bookshelf this Summer

Posted in Life, Bespoke

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.

14 February 2017

Relax--All Over the World

Posted in Life, Bespoke

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.

03 January 2017

A Private Sommelier Will Transform Your Next Party

Posted in Life, Bespoke

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. 

09 November 2016

Drone On

Posted in Life, Bespoke

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.

25 May 2018

What Will This Summer Taste Like?

Posted in Unique Summer Food Trends, Bespoke

Unique Food Trends Poised to Spice Up (and Sweeten) the Season

What Will This Summer Taste Like?

Summer is almost here. You might be planning a big escape and looking to experience something new this year, but if all you’re focused on is travel, you’re missing one of the best parts of the season.

Of course, we’re talking about all the decadent food trends hitting eateries this year. And they can hit your next dinner party, too.

Here, you’ll find some cool, unique flavors you can experience this summer. Just keep reading to find out more.

20 April 2018

3 Unforgettable Destinations You’ll Have to See to Believe

Posted in Life, Bespoke

Your Next Vacation Just Got a Little More Spectacular

3 Unforgettable Destinations You’ll Have to See to Believe

Spring has finally arrived and 2018 is in full swing. That means it’s time to start thinking about your next getaway. But where do you go when you can go anywhere?

Easy. You pick the most striking, intriguing and unforgettable places you can find. In fact, we’ve done some of the work for you. Below, you’ll find our top three recommendations for this year’s best high-end vacation destinations.

Keep reading after the jump.

15 November 2017

What to Get the Person Who Has Everything

Posted in Life, Bespoke

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.

15 August 2017

Get the Perfect Taste of New York During Fashion Week

Posted in Life, Bespoke

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:

17 March 2017

Get a Head Start on Your Kentucky Derby House Party

Posted in Life, Bespoke

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! 

24 January 2017

Raise a Glass to Pliny the Younger!

Posted in Life, Bespoke

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.

29 November 2016

Luxury Car Makers Eye The Electric Market

Posted in Life, Bespoke

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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