Summer 2015

Features

The Man Behind  Today’s Brigade of Gurkhas
A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a Smoke” were the words of Nobel Prize winner and bachelor Rudyard Kipling in 1886 in his poem ‘The Betrothed,’ which answered his fiancée Maggie’s ultimatum: “You must choose between me and your cigar.” Read more …
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An exclusory interview with one of California’s most important living abstract artists
Author Samuel Butler once wrote, “Sensible people get the greater part of their own dying done during their own lifetime.” It’s a philosophy that could very well explain why painter Tom Holland has done so much dynamic living – and why he’s considered to be one of the most important living artists in California. Read more …
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The New Liquid Gold
In the uncertain world of 2015, wealthy investors are looking to spread their risk by selecting a wide range of investments from shares to property and also high-value items such as rare paintings, watches and fine wine. More recently, they are starting to discover that old vintage whisky is becoming an extremely popular asset class, showing exciting growth in a low inflationary environment. Read More …
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The Revolutionary Hermione Voyage 2015
Roll up, that’s an invitation, roll up for the history tour.  Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America (FOHLA) are calling all history buffs, Francophiles and general sailing enthusiasts to partake in the festivities surrounding L’Hermione’s heralded return to American shores. Read more …
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The Latest Discovery Of A Shakespeare First Folio
Published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, the first folio is considered to be the most reliable adaptation of his works and one of the literary world’s holy grails. Read more …
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Top Luxury Spas for Summer– Read more …
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An exclusive interview with philanthropist, author and socialite Hilary Geary Ross
The days of Palm Beach all began back in 1878, when the Spanish brig Providencia was hauling a cargo of 20,000 coconuts bound from Havana to Barcelona. It ran aground on what was then known as Lake Worth. Local residents claimed the coconuts as salvage, and within a decade, the area was filled with palm trees – leading to the island’s new name, Palm Beach. Read more …
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All Eyes on the Miami River
They say every great city has a great river. While it may not be as majestic as the Seine or as stately as the Thames, the Miami River has a unique history as long and vibrant as that of our city. After all, the River is our birthplace. And with all the hoopla about Miami evolving into an international city, it seems about time we turned our focus to the River and gave it the attention it deserves. Read More…
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Arts & Design

Abstract  Expressionist ATTILA JK
Acclaimed Hungarian painter/sculptor Attila JK nearly died at childbirth in 1963, and came close to losing his life on two later occasions. His father was captured by invading communist troops following World War II and spent nearly five years in a stark military detention center.
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The Summer Kitchen
Kitchen design has been evolving since man first placed rocks around the fire to avoid sparks on loincloths.  In the last 50 years, interior kitchens have gone from being utility spaces located adjacent to the laundry room to what can be delightful, luxurious entertainment spaces. So, too, can outdoor cooking areas be transformed to well-appointed and beautiful additions to the landscape. Read more …
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Shutter Chassé
Late modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis once said, “I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep to find for words.”
Boca Raton photographer Silvia Pangaro couldn’t agree more. Read more …
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Discover The New Art of Natural Treasures
Since walking away from the science research lab, molecular biologist and mineral expert Dr. Rob Lavinsky has singlehandedly reinvented and impacted the mineral collecting world as it emerges from a hobby to an Art Class. Read more …
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Inside the enchanted walls of interior designer Perla Lichi
Her enchanted interiors expertly combine both her verve and each client’s unique personalities and needs. Read More…
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Racing Legend Bruce McLaren’s Vision Alive and Well in the 570S Supercar Debut
In 1952, 14-year-old Bruce McLaren entered a hillclimb race with a racecar his father restored in his native New Zealand.  After many years of Grand Prix racing, McLaren developed his own Formula 1 car for the 1966 season – and the world of racing would never be the same. Read more …
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Take A Bow Oscar
Oscar Lopez, winner of the Project Runway spinoff  “Under The Gunn,” takes couture to a new level at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.
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The Artist As An Entrepreneur
When you hear the name Michelangelo, what do you think of? The magnificent sculpture of David, the glorious Sistine Chapel or one of Michelangelo’s many architectural triumphs? What most people do not think of is what kind of businessperson he was.
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Haute Cuisine

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian Reimagines New York’s Iconic Palm Court
“Nothing unimportant ever happens at The Plaza” has served as common mantra practically since October 1, 1907, when Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt paid $2.50 and signed the guest registry as the hotel’s very first patron. Read more …
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Brandtenders: Spirited Expertise for a Savvy Investor
The $200 billion U.S. beverage alcohol market consists of three distinct segments: beer, wine and distilled spirits. The distilled spirits segment makes up $76 billion. Over the past 15 years, distilled spirits has expanded into the fastest-growing segment of the industry, increasing market share from 28.7 percent in 2000 to 36.7 percent in 2013. Read more …
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Superb Wine, Steak and Chop Pairings Advised by a Master Sommelier
Wine is bottled poetry,” said legendary poet Robert Louis Stevenson. If he were here today, he’d likely agree that the only thing more epicuringly eloquent than fine wine is fine wine paired with a fine dry-aged steak or chop. Read more …
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Travel

Bali
A mere hour and a half from Jakarta, Indonesia, Bali is a lush, green, well- manicured island with one side situated in the Java Sea and the other in the Indian Ocean. Read more …
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The Reawakening of Castelfalfi
Prince Charming has come to Tuscany and awakened the Sleeping Beauty with a kiss … and a big investment.  It had appeared that the abandoned town of Castelfalfi would sleep forever.  It was first settled by the Etruscans over 2,500 years ago and reached its peak prosperity in the 13th century when its castle and most of the current village was built. Read more …
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Event calendar

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Out & About
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Social Living
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Summer 2015