LUXOLOGY

  • MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS MELROSE BOOKCASE

    MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS MELROSE BOOKCASE

    Form Meets Function...Meets Glamour!

    At TheLUXURIAN, the lucite addiction is alive and well. We've been obsessed with the Melrose Collection from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams for some time now, and in particular, with the acrylic bookcase from this line. This beauty has all you need and everything you don't—it's substantial in design but effortless in look.

    Art Deco-inspired, the Melrose Bookcase is 72" tall and combines acrylic posts and stainless steel trim. And this collection is great for more compact quarters: its see-through quality appears to take less space visually and integrates well across many design styles.

    So get ready to flank your entertainment unit in high style. (You can blame your new addiction on us.)

    Melrose Bookcase, $2326.50 on sale; mgbwhome.com

  • ADIDAS GAZELLE SUPER SHOE

    ADIDAS GAZELLE SUPER SHOE

    Stylin'. In Suede.

    Men, it's time to kick your Winter blahs with a pop of color and don these classic blue suede beauties from adidas, the Gazelle Super Shoe.

    The Gazelle Super made its debut back in '87. Now a sought-after collector's item, the original design has long been unavailable, but on the Gazelle's 30th anniversary, adidas Originals brings it back. 

    So whether you're a gallerist, tennis ace or banker (yep, that's right), say buh-bye to the blues and hello, Gazelle blues.

    Adidas Gazelle Super Shoes, $100; adidas.com

  • AGENT PROVOCATEUR GLORIA BASQUE BLACK

    AGENT PROVOCATEUR GLORIA BASQUE BLACK

    Barely-There Beauty.

    At TheLUXURIAN, design is an obsession. So it should come as no surprise that we pretty much love the entire Agent Provocateur lingerie collection. Flawlessly beautiful with an audaciously unpredictable edge, in particular, the basque in super sheer black tulle decorated with intricate tattoo-style floral French embroidery is supremely stunning. The sheer bra is a padded silk quarter cup, while the tantalizing, curve-defining bones and waistband are silk bound. A scalloped black bow and smooth silk straps are the final luxurious touch.

    This is next level luxury...so indulge. (Gents: gifting alert! And, you're welcome.)

    Agent Provocateur Gloria Basque Black, $505; agentprovocateur.com

     

  • MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS KAZAN CLUB CHAIR

    MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS KAZAN CLUB CHAIR

    Clearly, a Classic.

    You can stop looking for that perfect, cool accent chair, because TheLUXURIAN just found it for you, compliments of Mitchell Gold + Bob Willimams. Where luxe, dark velvet and gorgeous acrylic side panels come together neatly in a retro modern design that oozes style, the Kazan club chair is not only eye-catching but also incredibly comfortable. (Trust us, we've tried it!).

    Available in fabric or leather and sure to be a conversation piece, this handsome beauty will prove once and for all:  you're one cool cat.

    Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Kazan Chair, starting at $1984; mgbwhome.com

  • CYNTHIA ROWLEY HUDSON MINI SATCHEL

    CYNTHIA ROWLEY HUDSON MINI SATCHEL

    Hold Everything. (Or at least the Necessities)

    Looking for a new, casual bag that's high on style but easy on the plastic? Then check out this new stunning satchel from Cynthia Rowley. This suede and leather navy cutie with velvet stripe detail and gold hardware is just the thing for a fun night out on the town. With an adjustable, removable, velvet strap in striking accent colors and lined interior, when you sport this satchel, you'll prove good things really do come in small packages.

    Carry on, ladies!

    Cynthia Rowley Hudson Mini Satchel, $95; cynthiarowley.com

     

  • LINUS BIKE

    LINUS BIKE

    LINUS Love.

    At TheLUXURIAN, we're huge fans of a stylish retro city bike, so it's no wonder that we all want a bike from LINUS. Tres chic!

    Inspired by French bicycle design of the 50s and 60s, the geniuses at LINUS have created a bicycle that preserves the simple elegance and pure form of that golden era, but has all the benefits of modern comfort and reliability.

    LINUS is the utilitarian city bike with a personality and style that makes you feel like you’re in an old French movie…you’re floating a little from the wine you drank at lunch…maybe instead of going back to the office you’ll take a nap under a tree, go for a swim in the sea or drop by your lover’s house…

    And ladies, oui, a basket can be attached. Perfect when you want to stowe your lovelies.

    LINUS Bikes, $399-$899; linusbike.com

     

  • CHICAGO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

    CHICAGO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

    Porquois Pas?

    Looking for something fun to do one upcoming rainy summer night? TheLUXURIAN recommends getting your French fix—mais bien sûr—with the Chicago French Film Festival.

    Running from July 22—28, head to the storied Music Box theatre for a selection of new French Cinema plus a tribute to Jean-Pierre Melville. In Paris, Love, Cut (a film by Arnaud Viard), Arnaud is a movie director and the typical Parisian guy: charming, distracted, unsettled. As he struggles to convince bankers and producers to invest in his sophomore movie, his fiancée asks him to commit more to their relationship. Pitched somewhere between the sardonic humor of Woody Allen and the wry tenderness of Nanni Moretti, Arnaud Viard’s new film uses comedy and romance to depict a man’s crusade to understand his very personal feelings about love and life.

    So get your French on, and Vive le Cinema!

    Paris, Love, Cut; Music Box Theatre

  • McQ BY ALEXANDER McQUEEN DRAPED JERSEY DRESS

    McQ BY ALEXANDER McQUEEN DRAPED JERSEY DRESS

    Drape Yourself in Luxury.

    At TheLUXURIAN, we're always looking for the perfect little black dress, and this beauty from McQ by Alexander McQueen fits the bill nicely.

    And with Spring finally here (we know, right?) it's a great style to work into your day-to-evening wardrobe. The cut and the draping is flattering to just about any figure and the jersey fabric makes it a great go-to packing item for travel. We especially like how the crewneck and cutoff shoulders lend a little bit of muscle-tee toughness to a matte jersey dress. For us, this is just about the perfect combination of simply luxury—easy on the eyes and at a price that’s easy on the checkbook.

    Pair with your favorite booties or sandals and you're ready to rock this LBD.

    McQ by Alexander McQueen Draped Jersey Dress, $435; nordstrom.com

  • BOOTS' NO7 LIFT & LUMINATE FOUNDATION

    BOOTS' NO7 LIFT & LUMINATE FOUNDATION

    Ready for a Lift?

    Ladies, give your skin some coverage and a dewy lift during these brutal winter months. At TheLUXURIAN, we're partial to products that don't feel too greasy on the skin. So we love how Boots' No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation is designed to lift and firm your skin at the same time as giving you smooth and even coverage.

    A facial in a foundation, this formula visibly firms, lifts and brightens skin, leaving you with a youthful complexion. Plus, it contains SPF 15 to protect your skin but doesn't feel heavy like sunscreen.

    So go ahead. Give your skin a little TLC this winter.

    Boots' No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation, $13.99; target.com

     

  • WITHINGS WS-50 SMART BODY ANALYZER

    WITHINGS WS-50 SMART BODY ANALYZER

    Sleek and Smart.

    Welcome to the future of fitness. The Withings WS-50 isn’t just a scale, it’s a body analyzer that reads your body's stats and also finds out how healthy your living environment is.

    Besides its obvious sleek and modern look, we love how the Withings scale automatically syncs your weight and body composition, heart rate and environment data to your personalized online dashboard. Even better, it’s all accessible at a glance on the free app that works for both iPhones and Android phones. The wireless connectivity of the scale makes setting up an effortless process and it’ll automatically upload after each measurement to your phone. It’ll even recognize up to eight people so everyone can have their own personal setup.

    Be good to yourself. And get this scale. After all, what could be more luxurious than staying fit, staying sharp and staying healthy?

    Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer, $150; amazon.com

  • MONCLER GRENOBLE MELBREAK JACKET

    MONCLER GRENOBLE MELBREAK JACKET

    Winter Wonder. 

    We’re not out of the woods yet this Winter which is why we can’t stop raving about this thin little beauty from the famed clothiers at Moncler.

    Their new Grenoble Melbreak women’s jacket is a proof that you can both summit K2 and look good while doing it thanks to its sleekly cut, stretch technical nylon. The wind proof gaiter at the bottom and subtle removable fur collar add even more warmth for those outdoor strolls off the slopes, say in the 7th Arrondissement.

    Stay warm. Stay thin. Stay gorgeous.
    Moncler Grenoble Melbreak Women's Outerwear; $1,395; store.moncler.com
  • PANASONIC LUMIX ZS40

    PANASONIC LUMIX ZS40

    Zoom, Zoom.

    Sometimes when you travel, your camera phone just isn’t up to snuff. Especially when you’re say, on an African safari and need to keep your distance from that friendly, 550 lb lion who’s casting hungry looks your way.

    Fortunately, the Panasonic Lumix ZS40 Travel Zoom Camera has you covered with a host of features any camera-lover would salivate over including an 18.1-megapixel sensor, GPS, Full-HD video recording, Wi-Fi, NFC, manual shooting modes, and a 3-inch screen into a travel-friendly design. But the best part is the 24-720mm equivalent, 30x optical zoom lens from Leica that has you covered in just about any scenario. 

    Bring this little beauty with you and we daresay your vacation photos may just never be the same.

    Panasonic Lumix ZS40, $449.95; shop.panasonic.com

  • COLORFUL FIRE

    COLORFUL FIRE

    The Heat is On.

    Baby, it’s cold outside. So who doesn’t love a good fire to warm away the winter blues?

    What about a colorful fire that adds a little life to any occasion? Whether it’s a quite, romantic dinner for two or an evening party, we love how these handy packets can add color to your wood-burning fireplace.

    Even better, these American-made Colorful Fire packets are environmentally friendly and produce no smoke, no odor and no noxious fumes. Simply toss an unopened packet onto a high point of any indoor/outdoor wood burning fire. 

    It’s just safe, brilliant color to spark some conversation and add a little magic to your evening.

    Stay warm—and colorful, friends!

    Colorful Fire 24-pack, $35.99; colorfulfire.com

  • AETHER MEN'S HIGHLINE JACKET

    AETHER MEN'S HIGHLINE JACKET

    Look Cool, Not Cold.

    Don't let these balmy 35 degree days fool you. It's still Winter, so it's all about looking your best while staying warm. Whether it’s après ski, running across the street for the morning coffee or a casual evening out with friends, the city-styled Highline jacket is Aether’s most insulated coat to date.

    Water, wind and cold resistant, the Highline jacket may just be your best friend this winter. And since thin is in, we love how it offers all the warmth of a puffer jacket without the bulk. Its outer shell is made from a water-resistant ® microfiber fabric that has been diagonally quilted, while its inside liner is made from a silky-soft microfiber ripstop nylon. We’re also fans of its form-flattering construction with a special shout out to its non-quilted side panels and underarms and anchored bottom-hem adjusters for a sleeker fit. 

    So make hay this season and look great while doing it.

    p.s. At TheLUXURIAN, we heart the one in navy.

    Aether Apparel Men's Highline Jacket, $550; aetherapparel.com

  • HENRI BENDEL POMEGRANATE SIGNATURE REED

    HENRI BENDEL POMEGRANATE SIGNATURE REED

    Heaven Scent.

    Who doesn’t like to liven up their room with the elegant, tarte scent of pomegranate? This Henry Bendel room freshener is sure to brighten any room, any time of year. While the reed concept has been around for a while, TheLUXURIAN loves this particular pom infusion—both refreshing and luxurious with tropical notes of pineapple and guave, balanced by the warmth of amber and musk.

    Slender reeds absorb the fragrance oils to diffuse a continuous, signature scent that’s harmonious, distinctive and soothing.

    With the holidays around the corner, this makes for the perfect gift to have on hand for the gals, the host, the hostess...or yourself.

    Henri Bendel Pomegranate Signature Reed, $35; henri bendel.com

  • J.CREW LUDLOW SPORTCOAT

    J.CREW LUDLOW SPORTCOAT

    Awesome Has a New Look.

    At TheLUXURIAN, we’ve always said you can’t go wrong with a tailored look. Which would explain why we absolutely heart the Ludlow Sportcoat from J.Crew. This chino jacket sports a one-button silhouette for a tack sharp look that’s oh so au courant. 

    The notch lapel collar and double vent also adds a stylish note to what’s already a pretty smart look—all at a price that’ll make you feel even smarter.

    Gents, we’ll see you in the boardroom.

    J.Crew Ludlow Sportcoat, $218; j crew.com

  • LA SEÓRA LUXURY HAMMOCK

    LA SEÓRA LUXURY HAMMOCK

    The Mercedes of Hammocks.

    Summers are for lazing around but where is it written we can’t do so in style? La Seóra has you covered with a beautiful hybrid born from a hammock and a deck lounger.

    Made from premium quality marine plywood and assembled with stainless steel fixings, the hammock was engineered to prevent and relieve back strain—a common failing in conventional fabric hammocks.

    The result? An ergonomic and entirely luxurious hammock experience.

    We also like how Seora's stainless steel stand can be quickly disassembled into three pieces for easy storage.

    Lastly, what hammock would be complete without accessories such as a side pocket to keep hold of your suntan lotion, sunglasses and iPad?

    Admittedly it’s a little pricey as hammocks go. But we say indulge yourself. You’ve earned it.

    La Seóra Luxury Hammock, $3337; seora.co

  • ALEXANDER WANG DRAPED POCKET DRESS

    ALEXANDER WANG DRAPED POCKET DRESS

    Draped in Chic. 

    At TheLUXURIAN, we love the mad design skills of Alexander Wang. The recipient of the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund is a true expert at capturing the spirit of relaxed sophistication mingled with the insouciance of downtown chic.

    Case in point, his Draped Pocket Dress in imported silk. Its sleeveless, sleek design is perfect for a night on the town or as your go-to dress for all those summer weddings. It’s a confident cut that will carry you in style no matter what the occasion.

    Think of it as your little black dress, deconstructed.

    Alexander Wang Draped Pocket Dress, on sale, $267; neiman marcus.com

  • HOTEL DE GLACE, QUEBEC

    HOTEL DE GLACE, QUEBEC

    Ice, Ice, Baby.

    If there’s one thing Canadians know, it’s how to beat the heat. Which is why we’re ready to book a trip to the first ice hotel in North America.

    Located 5 km north of Quebec City, the hotel is a dream of ice and snow—literally. It takes about a month and a half to build and is made out of 15,000 tons of snow and 500,000 tons of ice, with walls that are up to four feet thick.

    And while the design varies from season to season, typical amenities include a nightclub, movie theater, indoor heated washrooms and outdoor hot tubs. All the furniture is made of ice as well. And they even have a chapel for wedding ceremonies.

    But you’ll have to wait a bit. The hotel won’t re-open until January next year—and only for a few short months.

    Until then, stay cool, friends. Stay cool.

    Hotel De Glace, opens January 2014; http://www.hoteldeglace-canada.com/

  • THE LAST BOOKSTORE, LOS ANGELES

    THE LAST BOOKSTORE, LOS ANGELES

    Words. On Paper. Remember That?

    Blbliophiles of the world, rejoice. In a world of e-books and digital readers, there are still bastions where old-fashioned paper books are sold, featured and even—wait for it—celebrated.

    One such case is The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles which also happens to be the largest independent bookshop in California. Where, in a heart-warming thumbing of the nose to recent e-book trends, the store recently expanded its 10,000-square-foot space in downtown L.A.

    In additional to just about any popular book you’re looking for, they have a thriving business in rare and unusual books along with hosting regular events from author talks to kimono-themed fashion shows. 

    So the next time you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and give a little love to one of the coolest independent bookstore around.

    453 S. Sprint Street, Los Angeles, lastbookstorela.com

  • BRIGGS & RILEY TORQ SUITCASE

    BRIGGS & RILEY TORQ SUITCASE

    Global Traveler.

    Remember when travel used to be glamorous? Well, Briggs & Riley believes you don’t have to sacrifice stylishness for toughness with their new Torq line. Their first hard-sided collection is made from automotive-grade polycarbonate composite material with a middle layer that prevents cracking. As proof of their toughness, it even comes with an unconditional lifetime warranty.

    Available in three sizes, we like how the somewhat patriotic set of colors—red, blue and grey—should help stand out at the luggage carousel. The retractable handle is built into the outside of the case leaving you more room inside while the double spinner wheels make maneuvering a breeze.

    Briggs & Riley Torq Suitcase, available this spring, $479-$569; briggs-riley.com

  • RACHEL ROY DECO TORTOISE CLUTCH

    RACHEL ROY DECO TORTOISE CLUTCH

    You've Earned Your Stripes.

    Now go enjoy your bad self when you sport this lovely luxe tortoise clutch from Rachel Roy. Adorned with signature detailing and a lucite striped Art Deco pattern, it's perfectly sized for all your evening essentials and will easily take you from drinks to dinner to well into the evening.

    Rachel Roy Deco Disco Tortoise Clutch, $89; macys.com

  • JUST COOK GIMME STEAK BLEND

    JUST COOK GIMME STEAK BLEND

    Spice Up Your Grill.

    Last time we checked, summer was here and grills across this great land of ours were firing up. But of course nothing says you’re a grillmaster more than an expert application of dry rubs to spice up any occasion.

    At TheLUXURIAN, we’ve been cooking up a storm with the Just Cook series of spice blends for fish, chicken and steaks. We’re particular fans of the steak blend with a subtle and citrusy blend of four peppers, cumin, garlic and a hint of licorice.

    It’s different. It’s delicious. It’ll make your palate sing.

    Trust us, this is a dry rub that’s definitely worth firing up the grill for. 

    Just Cook Gimme Steak Blend, $8.50; just cook foods.com

  • BRAUN COOLTEC SHAVER

    BRAUN COOLTEC SHAVER

    The Coolest Shave Around.

    Let’s face it. Shaving in the morning with an electric razor isn’t always a breeze. Shaving irritation gives a burn that’s anything but luxurious. Which is why Braun’s new CoolTec Shaver just may eliminate that irritation forever.

    The Thermo-Electric-Cooling technology cools as it runs with an aluminum cooling bar that’s easy on the skin. As for tough hairs, its engineers designed a three-stage cutting system with a SensoBlade to cut down hairs both short and long in a single pass, no matter which direction they're growing.

    Stay smooth. Stay cool, people. (And, just in time for Father's Day!)

    Braun CoolTec Shaver, $200; braun.com

     

  • MANOLO BLAHNIK MADE-TO-ORDER BB BOUTIQUE

    MANOLO BLAHNIK MADE-TO-ORDER BB BOUTIQUE

    Manolo Blahnik. Custom. Enough Said.

    Ladies, this just in. What better way to treat yourself than to a pair of Manolo Blahnik pumps made just for you? It’s the ultimate in personalization thanks to Neiman Marcus and this best-selling Manolo Blahnik BB pump, inspired by the French siren Bridget Bardot. It’s the perfect cross between sophisticated and sexy. Even better, this luxe customization (on through June 30th) lets you personalize heel heights and choose from an incredible array of twenty colors to suit every taste and style.

    True, it takes six weeks to receive your shoes from Italy. But remember, good things come to those who wait!

    So run, don’t walk to the internets. Sexy just got personal.

    The Made-to-Order Blahnik BB Boutique, 105mm heel, $595; neiman marcus.com

  • ESCAPE HAVEN

    ESCAPE HAVEN

    Surf Your Cares Away.

    When her successful corporate career lost its allure, fashion marketer Janine Hall turned to her personal loves — surfing, yoga and travel — for inspiration. Escape Haven Bali was her resulting labor of love—a women’s-only surfing and wellness luxury retreat focused on health, mindfulness and yoga.

    Choose from a range of wellness and detox packages against the glorious backdrop of two of the world's top surf and yoga locations—Bali, Indonesia and Byron Bay, Australia.

    Guests, limited to eight per retreat, can learn to surf with internationally qualified instructors as well as focus on meditation and yoga. Then there’s Australian therapeutic chef Samantha Gowing’s amazing cuisine. And if the surfing and yoga wasn’t enough, there’s a variety of activities from cultural expeditions to Ubud; sunset rides through the rice fields; and of course, mani/pedis by the villas’ pools.

    Sorry, gents. It’s for women only. That said, Escape Haven is definitely the ticket to get your wellness on.

    Escape Haven, Package Pricing Varies; escape haven.com

  • OLD NAVY WOMEN'S LIGHTWEIGHT OMBRE SCARF

    OLD NAVY WOMEN'S LIGHTWEIGHT OMBRE SCARF

    Pretty in Pink. And Orange.

    Old Navy, good on you! Way to get that even though it’s getting warm out, sometimes it's nice to have a chic little something on hand as a wrap for cooler evenings.

    Enter the Ombe Fringe Scarf, a soft, lightweight gauze scarf that’s on trend in capturing just the right amount of neon without trying too hard. Classy, yet casual, it’s the perfect go-to accessory when you want just a pop of color.

    It also comes in an ombre blue shade, but at TheLUXURIAN, we're a bit partial to this lovely pink and orange combo.

    So go on—highlight your wardrobe in style!

    Old Navy Women's Lightweight Ombre Scarf, On Sale, $15; old navy.gap.com

     

  • TAZO PASSION HIBISCUS MINT ICED TEA

    TAZO PASSION HIBISCUS MINT ICED TEA

    Flower Power.

    The hibiscus plant is native to warm, temperate and tropical regions throughout the world. As tea, it's the perfect soothing drink to have on hand, whatever your locale.

    It doesn’t hurt that tea made with hibiscus is popular as a natural diuretic and it contains vitamin C and minerals. There's also a long-standing belief that drinking hibiscus tea can aid in the reduction of blood pressure. Health benefits aside, when served over ice, we love how vibrant and refreshing this combo is. We’re particularly fond of Tazo Passion blend with its herbal infusion of hibiscus, cinnamon & tropical fruits.

    In the spirit of upping the luxury factor, we present a hibiscus and mint tea recipe guaranteed to keep you cool this summer:

    In a large heatproof pitcher, combine the Tazo Passion tea bags, mint leaves, and boiling water; steep 10 minutes. Discard tea bags and mint. Add all-natural apple juice and cold water; refrigerate until cold. Serve with a squeeze of lemon over ice with sprigs of mint.

    Now pour and, well, chill.

    Tazo Passion Hibiscus Tea Bags, 2-4oz; $5.95-$11.90; tazo.com

    Tazo Passion Hibiscus Mint Iced Tea Recipe:

    • 4 Tazo Passion hibiscus tea bags
    • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
    • 4 cups boiling water
    • 1 1/2 to 2 cups all-natural apple juice
    • 2 cups cold water
    • Ice cubes, for serving
    • Mint sprigs for garnish
  • 1950S MILO BAR CART FROM RESTORATION HARDWARE

    1950S MILO BAR CART FROM RESTORATION HARDWARE

    We Heart the Cart.

    Anyone who knows TheLUXURIAN knows we're obsessed with bar carts! After all, a well-conceived bar is the luxe essential every home must have.

    Enter Restoration Hardware to deliver a stylish number in polished nickel that feels substantial and is priced right—new from their Big Style Small Spaces Collection. Designed in homage to mid-century master Milo Baughman, this reproduction gets its style and strength from a bold X-shaped frame that's handcrafted of gleaming plated steel. Tempered-glass shelves lighten the silhouette yet generously accommodate the essentials of modern mixology.

    This little beauty definitely raises the bar!

    1950s Milo Bar Cart, special $805; restoration hardware.com

  • 'NAPER' PENNY LOAFER

    'NAPER' PENNY LOAFER

    Penny Wise.

    If there’s one thing Donald Pliner knows, it’s waffle irons. Just kidding. The man knows shoes. Specifically, how to re-work the classics into modern icons of simplicity and elegance.

    Case in point, the ‘Naper’ Penny Loafer. We love how the electric contrast stitching re-defines a classic penny loafer. Even better, the soft suede adds a touch of classy insouciance that wouldn’t be out of place in a board room or a start up.

    It’s made in Italy, natch, and also comes in red suede for those who dare. So wear it with purpose and the confidence that looking good will never go out of style.

    'Naper' Penny Loafer by Donald Pliner, $268; nordstrom.com