Golfers from all over the world came to play to raise money and awareness for cancer research and prevention at the 19th straight sold-out Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic at the Maidstone Club in East Hampton.
This year saw the return of many veteran golfers in addition to first-timers like Roy Matlock, Jr., cofounder of “The Money Game” along with Dave Ramsey. This was Matlock’s first time at the Hamptons, and “it was incredible.” He “loved the course…the swag and the food.”
Scores were kept both through live digital leaderboards for the players and by Frank Darby of Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio on the traditional scoreboard. 2017 Ann Liguori Foundation Business Honoree Jim Donaghy said, “Everything about the tourney was first class,” and that there was a “fun, positive, festive attitude throughout the entire event.”
Two-time Super Bowl champ Ottis Anderson was the celebrity auctioneer and sold golf trips to Ireland, Bermuda, and the Dominican Republic as well as opportunities to play golf at Shinnecock, Winged Foot, and Sebonack. New York mayoral candidate Bo Dietl donated his table for eight at Rao’s.
Sports journalist Ann Liguori founded the Ann Liguori Foundation to raise funds and awareness for nonprofits in the field of cancer prevention, research, and cancer care. The ALF serves a variety of local and national charities, as well as individuals.
From October 13-14 is WatchTime New York’s annual luxury watch show, where dozens of luxury brands will exhibit their finest pieces in Manhattan’s Gotham Hall. Over 20 manufacturers will attend, such as Armin Strom, Grand Seiko, Bell & Ross, Omega and others, with more expected as the date grows closer. Of course, there are also more independent manufacturers among the highly renowned, like Urban Jürgensen, who will exhibit their exclusive Reference 1140 PT L Blue.
Urban Jürgensen looks to their newest model with pride. The company remarks that the Reference 1140 PT L Blue complements their Jürgensen 1745 collection, from the hands to the dial to the stunning white gold appliques. However, as these details are all hand-made, each 1140 PT L Blue is guaranteed to be unique. This, among other well-crafted, exclusive watch models, will be on display at WatchTime New York 2017.
There’s much to look forward to while attending this event. WatchTime New York 2016 hosted a variety of innovative pieces, such as BlancPain’s Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment II (BOC II) and Vacheron Constantin’s Harmony Collection. Numerous classy dive watches were also exhibited, like Carl F. Bucherer’s Patravi Scubatec Collection and pieces from Omega’s Deep Black and Seamaster Planet Ocean collections.
Tickets for WatchTime New York 2017 are now on sale, and can be purchased through WatchTime New York’s website. Friday, October 13, brings a private cocktail party, with VIP guests (collectors, industry experts and manufacturers among them), hors d’oeuvres and—of course—cocktails. All day Saturday, October 14, is when attendees can browse through the watch showcases, purchase pieces and view presentations throughout the day. WatchTime New York hosts the full list of events on their website, the first presentation beginning at 11 am and the last ending at 3:45 pm.
Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot at WatchTime New York 2017 today!
Images via WatchTimeNewYork.com
On Thursday, June 22, 2017, more than 300 guests came out to celebrate a “Life Well Lived” in honor of HudsonMOD’s anniversary, a milestone that marked the publication’s fifth year as the authoritative voice on modern luxury in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Filled with celebrity guests, premier sponsors and furry friends, attendees enjoyed a variety of luxurious happenings while taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty at Jersey City’s Maritime Parc.
To kick off the fifth anniversary event, guests had the opportunity to view four luxury autos parked in the front of the venue provided by Benzel-Busch and Audi Meadowlands. As guests entered Maritime Parc, HudsonMOD branded gobos lit up the staircase before they were greeted by celebrity correspondent Amber Milt on the red carpet.
Milt was joined by numerous celebrity guests including Francesca Curran (Orange is the New Black), Emrhys Cooper (Vanity, Desperate Housewives & Mamma Mia), Amy Hedrick (Atlas Shrugged II), Indie actress and humanitarian Iliana Guibert, Lauren Simonetti (FOX Business Network anchor), and Matthew Talbot, co-founder of Animal Aid USA, the event’s beneficiary charity.
“We are thrilled that HudsonMOD chose Animal Aid USA as the charity to benefit from the silent auction at their anniversary event,” said Prince Lorenzo Borghese, founder of Animal Aid USA. “Each month, our volunteers drive more than 1,600 miles to relocate animals from high-kill shelters to homes. The funds raised at the event will enable us to continue the mission, which has rescued and provided veterinary care to more than 18,000 homeless animals since 2012.”
Four-legged celebrities also joined Milt on the red carpet including Maya the Dox, Instagram’s beloved Mini-Dachshund (@mayathedox) as well as four Animal Aid USA rescues: Genesis, Jamiee, Waylon and Noah.
Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed live entertainment from DJ Lil Ryan; cocktails fashioned with LiDestri Pink Limoncello, Usquaebach Scotch Whisky, VDKA 6100 and Rum Malecon; a rosé bar sponsored by Caesarstone; Splurge Bakery table filled with sweet treats and HudsonMOD branded sweets; a photobooth by Eye 2 Eye Entertainment; a cigar station by JR Cigars; cognac tasting by Camus; a makeup and hair touch up station by Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa; and aura readings by Robin Mansfield. Guests were able to relax and drink their cocktails in two VIP lounges furnished by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams throughout the night. To put a final touch on the night, Garden State Fireworks displayed a grand show overlooking Liberty State Park with the Statue of Liberty in the background, while guests watched from the Maritime Parc balcony.
During the speeches, MOD Media’s Group Publisher Shannon Steitz announced that MOD Media acquired New York’s premier publication, New York Spaces, the third publication to be added to MOD Media’s portfolio this year. She says, “Tonight we celebrate the success of HudsonMOD and the ventures that have grown out of this single, well-positioned brand. Back in 2012, we launched the first publication in our custom publishing group, Healthy Living, in conjunction with NJ Top Docs. This spring we moved into our first major market, Chicago, with the launch of ChicagoMOD while simultaneously launching one of my personal favorites, Highways of Benzel-Busch. Just this morning, we also announced in a national press release MOD Media’s most recent venture, the acquisition of New York Spaces magazine.”
Guests had the opportunity to partake in the evening’s silent auction, where 100 percent of the proceeds benefitted Animal Aid USA. Items included Lash House Boutique’s premium Hydra Facial, a two-night stay at D Pet Hotel for your furry friend, SoJo Spa admission passes, Bal Harbour stay, Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa 80 minute spa retreat, and two Kibble Pet care products, just to name a few.
The evening’s sponsors included: Audi Meadowlands, Bal Harbour, Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa, Benzel-Busch, Caesarstone, California Closets, Camus, Cobalt Spirit Brand, Domain Ott, Oyster Bay, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams and VDKA 6100.
As the evening came to a close, guests left with a HudsonMOD branded cookie from Splurge Bakery, nitrogen-infused Dragon Popcorn from Franco Vitella Catered Affairs and a swag bag filled with a variety of luxury items including a Colourpop palette, Wei Beauty travel kit, Bronx Colors lip gloss and strobing palette, Rum Malecon nips, Ecru hairspray, Julien Farel haircare products, Colle Shine, Blue Bottle Coffee, Brazil Bronze Soho tanning session, HUM Nutrition packets and D Pet Hotel gift certificate, just to name a few.
Check out photos from the Anniversary Event below (and click to enlarge!)
Skincare aficionados have been raving about the multi-brand beauty consortium Deciem, known as the “Abnormal Beauty Company,” for months. Deciem is a vertically-integrated boutique company comprised of an umbrella of science-backed skincare, haircare and supplement lines. With Estee Lauder’s recent investment in the company, American consumers will soon be able to shop at Deciem’s first brick-and-mortar store on Fifth Avenue.
Among the 10 brands launched by Deciem, NIOD is a skincare line focused on the root causes of aging. Be sure to stay on the lookout for its 5 percent Copper Amino Isolate Serum, which takes a multi-faceted unconventional approach to skin aging by forming a foundation of long-term skin health. The product contains 5 percent pure Copper Tripeptide-1 to be mixed with a specialized activator before its first use. This potent serum targets visible textural damage, uneven tone, and a general lack of visibly healthy radiance. Available at Niod.com, $200
While the CAIS focuses on the long-term health of your skin, the Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex provides visible anti-aging value quickly and in the long-term. A combination of 15 forms of hyaluronic compounds, including the rare and direct form of hyaluronic acid, this formula offers water-based hydration to help skin surface look uniform, elastic, and comfortable. Available at Niod.com, $35
The Cosmopolitan Beauty Award-winning Fountain is Deciem’s line of ingestible dietary supplements. The Beauty Extra Strength Molecule is a concentrated beauty supplement with Reservatrol and Hyaluronic Acid. Each teaspoon contains naturally-derived Resveratol along with antioxidant ingredient Black Carrot to reduce cell inflammation and produce an even, plump surface texture. Available at Fountain.co, $68
Images via NIOD.com, Fountain.co; Feature Image via Deciem.com showcasing the new London flagship at Spitalfields Market
The stylish Aurea, a 70-meter superyacht, brings the luxury lifestyle to the open ocean with its record-sized beach club, spacious outdoor decks and water-level access on each hull side. Alongside Rossinavi, this superyacht’s development comes to fruition on the back of Pininfarina, a distinguished Turinese studio which has aided in the design of famed automotive brands such as Lamia, Maserati, Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. Indeed, guests aboard the Aurea will experience richness and splendor, the vast sea before them.
Designers of the Aurea drew inspiration from the ‘Golden Section,’ a mathematical ratio believed to form the most aesthetically-pleasing images in nature, architecture and design. The ocean and marine life were also points of inspiration for the design team, which is where the ship’s fluid lines and opulent seashell patterns stem from.
During the project’s conception, Rossinavi understood that, as we shift culturally and technologically, the Aurea should serve as an innovative design. Consequently, Rossinavi worked closely with University of Monaco student designers to recognize the millennial market’s tastes. However, through its simple style and elegance, the Aurea undoubtedly appeals to any generation.
The Aurea boasts a polished chamfered cut from bow to stern, with the longitudinal balcony and vast windows shaping the hull. The windows give peeks into the classy cabin rooms, where guests can relax in the evenings and wake up to beautiful natural light in the mornings. Fine dining is available throughout the day, alongside various venues for entertainment. Two swimming pools and the exclusive beach club are just a few of the available options. Lastly, the hull frames the Aurea’s stunning lamellar staircase, a detail iconic to Pininfarina’s classic car designs.
Images via Superyachts.com
Feeling adventurous? Grande Lakes Orlando just unveiled its new hub for all things adventure on property: Grande Lakes Sports. Located at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades, Grande Lakes offers guests the opportunity to partake in a range of activities from kayak eco-tours to seaplane excursions on the 500-acre grounds all while embracing the natural surroundings.
The Grande Lakes Sports program now encompasses all of the resort’s outdoor activities. With the newly-launched Hidden Lakes bike trail, guests can now venture on the property’s new bicycles. They can choose to journey on their own pace or embark on a guided ride led by the hotels’ resident “Trail Boss,” who will also point out the best places to catch a glimpse of the Everglades native wildlife along the way. Jim Burns, Vice President and Managing Director of Grande Lakes Orlando called the trail an “exhilarating experience for our guests.”
The Ultimate Fishing Adventure takes guests on a 30-minute flight to the upper reaches of the historic St. John’s River, Florida’s longest freshwater river and a region accessible primarily by airboat. Once there, guests can enjoy three hours of guided fishing from shore.
However, for those interested in learning or perfecting their casting technique, Certified Casting Instructor and Director of Fly Fishing, Captain Mark Benson, leads private casting instruction for beginners, intermediate and advanced casters alike. The secluded fishing location provides guests the opportunity to catch largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and American shad.
Guests can also aboard the private seaplane for a sight-seeing aerial tour of Orlando. The 45-minute flying adventure includes views of the Orlando theme parks, departing and landing on one of the 12 lakes located at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando.
Those who want to experience a taste of old Florida’s natural preserves can paddle through canoe or kayak tour of Shingle Creek. Led by a professionally certified Florida Master Naturalist, guests can learn about the history of the headwaters of the Everglades and observe the native species.
From the comfort of an all-terrain golf cart, guests can also observe and photograph whitetail deer, bobcat, and the North American river otter, among other species. Safari-goers will stop at the property’s Whisper Creek Farm, which features a chicken coop and a fruit and vegetable garden.
To book a Grande Lakes Sports experience, please call 407-393-4531, or visit GrandeLakes.com.
At their Paris boutique Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Swiss watchmaking brand Longines proudly presented their exclusive five-piece collection alongside famed British actress Kate Winslet, their Ambassador of Elegance. With its sophisticated, 18-carat golden sheen, the Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet series perfectly embodies Longines’ motto “Elegance is an attitude” from the dial to the strap. Three of the five are also currently parts of an auction, with all proceeds heading to charity.
The Golden Hat Foundation, a non-profit charity co-founded by Winslet, dedicates itself to challenging the public’s perceptions toward autism. It also works to raise awareness of autism and enable those on the spectrum to reach their highest potential possible. The three watches up for auction, models numbered 2/5, 3/5 and 4/5, are available until June 30, 2017 at 5:59pm CEST on Longines’ website. No. 1/5 is owned by the Longines Museum and No. 5/5 by Winslet herself.
At the collection’s unveiling in Paris, Winslet, with earnestness and warmth toward her cause, remarked the following: “I was given the permission to choose a watch, which was designed specifically for the Golden Hat Foundation. The style of the model really appealed to me and I instantly fell in love with it. All of the profits of the selling of the model are going directly to the Foundation. This project with Longines is helping raise awareness about a particular cause dear to my heart. Thanks to Longines’ involvement and the generosity of the donators, the Foundation will keep on working toward achieving its goals.” Bids start at $25,000 each, and rise by increments of $500.
Each 35mm timepiece boasts hands of beautiful yellow Dauphine and a SuperLumiNova® coat, with eight indices and four Arabic numerals on the dial. The casebacks are also engraved, with markings that dictate: “by Kate Winslet,” the watch’s individual number and the tag “Flagship Heritage 1957-2017” alongside a decorative vintage ship. There’s also a subdial for the seconds, right by the 6 o’clock placement.
Juan-Carlos Capelli, the Vice President of Longines and the Head of International Marketing, stated with pride: “Longines is honored to have been given the opportunity to help the Golden Hat Foundation. We sincerely hope that the generous purchasers of the Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet timepieces will be proud to own an exclusive Longines watch as well as contribute to the charity’s cause. The values of our brand have always led us to serve philanthropic purposes. Social responsibility remains today one of our priorities. Kate Winslet’s inspiring commitment truly translates our motto and philosophy of ‘Elegance is an Attitude.’”
Photos via Longines
Would a pink by any other name stay as trendy? Perhaps. This family of dusky neutral shades dubbed Millennial Pink, Pale Dogwood, and Rose Quartz ranges from blush-tinted to a peachy gravlax. Maybe you’ve never heard of it, but you’ve seen it on everywhere from the walls of restaurants to bestseller memoirs by entrepreneurs.
It’s the color of the moment you’ll be wearing forever.
Effortlessly wearable and endlessly sought-after, the Chanel Boy Bag was deemed an “instant classic” the moment it was released. This lambskin model with gold hardware is a convertible cross-body and the perfect complement to any outfit. Available at Chanel.com, $4,700
A striking pair of earrings, these pink tourmaline studs wrapped in 14 karat gold make a wonderful statement for any occasion. Available at SaksFifthAvenue.com, $610
Burberry’s matte liquid lipstick is a subtle dusty pink for a lovely “my lips but better” effect. The richly-pigmented, non-drying creamy formula leaves a long-lasting velvety finish. The platonic ideal of its kind. Available at Burberry.com, $34
This retro refrigerator is bound to be the talk of the sock hop. The Italian manufacturer SMEG has been making household appliances since 1948 and is renowned for its quirky minimalist aesthetic. The colorful contours of the device remind you that even the most utilitarian goods should spark a bit of joy. AJMadison.com, $2,999
Featured Image via Burberry.com; Chanel.com, SaksFifthAvenue.com, Burberry.com and Smeg.com
Just last week, Hotel Bel-Air and luxury Swiss skin-care brand Valmont publicly released their new partnership. With this exciting news, Bel-Air’s spa now features Valmont’s luxurious anti-aging collection Elixir des Glaciers. Massages and facials can now be accompanied by exclusive Valmont cosmetics, enhancing the lusciousness of a relaxing spa day.
“This partnership is a crowning achievement for two brands devoted to luxury and committed to a philosophy of excellence,” remarked Didier Guillon, the CEO of Valmont Group. “We share common values, and see our mission as a search for excellence and delivering the utmost service at all levels. The Valmont Group is proud to serve Hotel Bel-Air and will design specific programs to bring added value to their current offerings.”
This exciting partnership enables Bel-Air to adopt Valmont’s specialized body treatments and facials as well. This includes the all-new Vitality of the Stars facial, a face, eye and neck treatment. With rejuvenating and anti-aging lotions, creams and oils used, masseuses practice Valmont’s butterfly technique for deep-body relaxation. Masseuses also ensure that each client receives a unique skin assessment before the beauty ritual begins. Clients can take comfort in the fact that Hotel Bel-Air and Valmont tailor treatments to meet guests’ individual needs.
Tucked away in the canyons of Los Angeles, Hotel Bel-Air offers spa-goers a beautiful view of nature and an escape from hectic city life. Inside, there is a private nail suite, the Relaxation Lounge, and seven treatment rooms that guests can enjoy. There’s also The Enclave, Hotel Bel-Air’s point of pride. A 570-square-foot private suite, The Enclave highlights the very best of Hotel Bel-Air through its bathtub, shower and gorgeous shaded patio that overlooks the surrounding canyons. With outdoor seating and the lulling rush of a nearby waterfall, The Enclave gives guests, from couples to groups of 10, the feeling of utter tranquility in the privacy of their own luxurious suite.
In order to experience Hotel Bel-Air and Valmont’s exciting new partnership, make reservations to stay in one of Hotel Bel-Air’s stunning suites (including The Enclave). On top of the spa accommodations, Hotel Bel-Air boasts fine dining, beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture and gorgeous gardens. The winding footpaths will undoubtedly bring you to Hotel Bel-Air’s Swan Lake, a breathtaking sight that makes one feel all the more pampered.
For more information, visit DorchesterCollection.com/en/los-angeles/hotel-bel-air/
For 21 years, the American Heart Association has been holding its annual ball, and this year’s ball, held on Saturday, June 10th, did not disappoint. Held at the Southampton Art Center on Long Island, 400 guests came to the ball for a night of food, wine and charity. Among the guests were the honorees: Loris Mosca, MD and Ralph S. Mosca, MD, both highly influential doctors who are very involved in the American Heart Association. The event was chaired by George Benedict and Aubrey C. Galloway, MD.
The master of ceremonies for this year was Lori Strokes, a co-anchor for ABC’s Eyewitness News. Also attending the event were Long lsland Board member’s Meredith Cohn, Jean Shafiroff, Arnie and Paola Rosenshein, Ava Roosevelt, Ann Liguori, David and Jill Kanell, Consuelo Costin Vanderbilt, Tracy Stern, Nicole Noonan, Barry and Marsha Altman, Dean and Maria Elana Christiansen, Jon and Joan Gruen and John and Terry Tortorella.
The event started with a cocktail reception followed by a decadent dinner, live auction, and topped off with dessert and dancing. Afterwards, guests were invited to the Hamptons Heart Ball afterparty for late-night entertainment. The That 70s Band and DJ Martial provided the music for the night and gave guests the opportunity to show off their dance skills.
The Hamptons Heart Ball, as always, is fully dedicated to raising money for the American Heart Association and spread awareness about heart disease. Last year’s ball alone raised $71 million nationwide for research and prevention programs.
Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the oldest voluntary organization fighting heart disease. The American Heart Association currently has over 22.5 million volunteers and is only growing. From 1924 with a starting six cardiologists, the American Heart Association has left their mark in medical history as they continue their research and fight against stroke and heart disease.
To donate to the American Heart Association, please visit: https://donatenow.heart.org/
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