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    Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Beach Resort Project Places Luxury Travel Along Picturesque Coastline

    Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced the revitalization of the nation’s tourism industry, particularly in the area of luxury travel. This announcement is a large-scale effort toward Saudi Arabia’s “Vision 2030” plan, a long-term project that opens the nation to sources of revenue besides oil. 50 islands, 110 miles of Red Sea coastline, are set to become luxury hotels and beach resorts, fitted with the amenities necessary for utmost comfort.

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    “Red Sea” by David Stanley on Flickr.

    In the announcement, it was also said that these tourist hotspots will be fashioned under laws “on par with international standards,” so tourists feel welcome. While it’s yet unclear which parts of law will bend—a restrictive dress code, a ban on alcohol and conservative social regulations are intrinsic to Saudi Arabia’s culture—the plan is to entertain at least one million visitors per year by 2035. That means, most likely in the area of women’s beachwear, rules will moreso match Western ideals. This goal is aided by Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow tourist visas, making it easier for foreigners to travel back and forth. Outside of Mecca, where a majority of Saudi Arabia’s 18 million 2016 visitors went, there are a number of stunning sights and destinations. There are dozens of archaeological sites, such as the Rock Carvings and the famed Medain Saleh. There’s King’s Fountain in Jedah, beautiful water spots like the Yanbu Lakes and numerous museums. The Red Sea, where the luxury resorts will be built, maintain a warm 30°C (86°F) year-round.

    Photo of Saudi Arabia’s Makkah Province reefs by Ryan McMinds on Flickr.

    Construction of the site won’t begin until the fall of 2019, and won’t end until around the same time in 2022. The crystal clear waters, white sand and balmy air are the perfect enticements for luxury travel. Guests can certainly expect the perfect tan on the beach, and a night sky full of stars when they finally retire for the night. Undoubtedly, entertainment like boating and reef exploration will be permissible as well.

    Regarding this Red Sea project, Saudi Arabia’s Public Invest Fund remarked that it’s an “…exquisite luxury resort destination established across 50 untouched natural islands” and “…will be a luxury resort destination situated across the islands of a lagoon and steeped in nature and culture.” As the project’s construction sets into its first stages, more news will follow. Keep a look out, and join in on Saudi Arabia’s new embrace of luxury travel.

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    Vilhelm Parfumerie’s Do Not Disturb

    Screen Shot 2017-08-15 at 4.36.35 PMDo you love Marylin Monroe and the Rat Pack? If so, we have a feeling that Vilhelm Parfumerie’s brand-new fragrance Do Not Disturb will become your new go-to, as it evokes a sense from that era. 

    “[Do Not Disturb] recalls scenes at The Polo Lounge within the Beverly Hills Hotel, a haven to live their own stories, dramas, romances and comedies,” says the brand in a press release. “A scene of change encounters and bold introductions, first glances and lingering touches.” 

    With top notes of ylang-ylang and Calabrian bergamot, Do Not Disturb sets itself apart from most floral-based scents. The middle notes of Indian tuberose, gardenia and tiger orchid mixed with dry notes of Haitian vetiver and tonic bean create a unique smell that is both “warm” and “smoky,” leaving you with a lasting fragrance. 

    Not only is the scent memorable, Do Not Disturbs bottle is just as alluring. Just like previous scents, Vilhem Parfumerie fashioned the bottle with its signature design: a gold cap and textured glass bottle. 

    Do Not Disturb hits shelves this fall at Barneys New York and VilhelmParfumerie.com, and will retail for $245. 

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    “Bee” Beautiful With These Bee-Inspired Products

    Bees are not just beneficial to our environment, their secretions (think, honey, venom and propolis) are also some of the most beneficial ingredients found in many beauty products. From blood circulation to protecting hair from heating tools to its antibacterial properties, test out these must have bee-auty products on the market right now.

     
     

    Screen Shot 2017-08-03 at 11.50.27 AMBee Venom Eye by Rodial, $160

    You can kiss eye wrinkles goodbye by adding Rodial’s Bee Venom Eye product into your daily beauty routine. Made with bee venom, this super ingredient works with the product’s other ingredients to eradicate wrinkles by increasing blood circulation to create plumpness in the eye area. Other ingredients include haloxyl to reduce dark circles, vitamin C for brightening your skin tone and p-cell to help elasticity. To purchase Bee Venom, visit rodial.co.uk/us/bee-venom-eye-3. 

     
     
     

    Screen Shot 2017-08-03 at 12.41.00 PMHeat Block Spray 22 by Kenra, $23

    Are you an avid user or hair straighteners or curling irons? If so, then Kenra’s Heat Block Spray 22 will soon become your new best friend. The product aims to protect your luscious locks from the heat with its key ingredient: bee propolis. This all-natural product is typically made to seal their hive, and Kenra’s use of bee propolis works similarly. The Heat Block Spray 22 is infused with bee propolis, which will coat and protect your hair up to about 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Another plus? The Heat Block Spray 22 smells like a mixture of honey and nectarine, so your hair can look and smell nice all day long. To purchase, visit KenraProfessional.com

     
     
     
     
     
     

    Screen Shot 2017-08-03 at 11.51.22 AMDrops of Crystal Cashmere Touch Serum by Manuka Doctor, $39.95

    This serum by Manuka Doctor combines not one, but two ingredients produced by bees: purified bee venom and Manuka honey. These two ingredients mixed with crystal drops not only will leave your skin looking beautiful, but feeling beautiful as well. The purified bee venom works to plump the skin, while the Manuka honey helps elasticity. According to the company, this touch serum is clinically proven to generate firmer skin after one use, reduce wrinkle depth in 28 days and make skin look younger. Bottom line, your skin will thank you! To purchase, visit ManukaDoctor.com/skin-care/cashmere-touch-serum.html. 

     
     
     
     

    MasqueMajestueux_VotreVisageMasque Majestueux by Valmont,$425

    Made in Switzerland, Valmont’s Masque Majestueux will be all the rave when it is released on the market this September. Combining honey, propolis and royal jelly, the newest Essence of Bees line is one of the most luxurious skincare lines to launch. When used, the Masque Majestueux will work to transform your skin. The three ingredients will be absorbed into the skin to help reduce wrinkles, make skin appear younger and give a radiant glow. The Essence of Bees line includes two other products: the Cure Majestueuse and the Serum Majestueux. Keep an eye out for its release this fall exclusively at BoutiqueValmont.com, saks.com and SPA Valmont at Hotel Plaza Athenee. 

     
     
     
     
     
     
    Images via Rodial.co.uk/us; KenraProfessional.com; ManukaDoctor.com and Valmont

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    Feel Blue with SENTALER

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    Hooded Wrap Coat in True Blue, $1,095

    The phrase “feeling blue” was never a term for happiness; but this fall, it will take on a whole new meaning thanks to the Pantone fall 2017 report. With two blue hues on the lineup—Navy Peony and Marina—people will be catching the blues all season long. 

    One company in particular is taking the shade to a whole new level: SENTALER, a luxury outerwear brand out of Toronto. Established in 2009 by style icon Bojana Sentaler, the company rose to popularity after one of its fashionable coats was worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. After gaining international recognition, U.S. consumers will be happy to hear that they will be able to get their hands on these luxury pieces this upcoming fall, as SENTALER will be expanding into the U.S. market.

    Other than Kate Middleton, other celebrities have been keen on sporting SENTALER around town including Canada’s First Lady, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, Meghan Markle, Darby Stanchfield and even one of New York City’s favorite ladies, Kim Cattrall. 

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    Wrap Coat with Ribbed Sleeves in True Blue, $995

    SENTALER prides itself on the quality of materials used to craft each piece. Each jacket is fashioned with Peruvian alpaca, one of the world’s warmest fabrics. According to the company, not only are the jackets hypoallergenic, but the fibers are also lanolin-free. 

    “The process of alpaca sheering is also eco-friendly and 100 percent cruelty free,” says SENTALER. “By using alpaca fiber, SENTALER helps many Peruvian families to sustain in breeding these noble and rare domestic animals.”

    Fall 2017’s pieces are absolutely stunning, especially the wrap coat with ribbed sleeves and the hooded wrap coat in True Blue. The hooded wrap coat made with 70 percent baby alpaca and 30 percent merino wool features a belted waist, an oversized hood and two slit side pockets, while the wrap coat with ribbed sleeves made from 60 percent superfine alpaca and 40 percent wool features SENTALER’s signature ribbed detailing on the sleeves and a belted waistline. 

    You can purchase these luxury outwear items this fall at Neiman Marcus, NeimanMarcus.com and at BergdorfGoodman.com. If you can’t wait until the line drops in stores, there’s good news. SENTALER currently ships to the U.S. so you can always pre-order online at Sentaler.com! 

    Images via SENTALER

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    Tiffany & Co. Unites Classic with Cool in Fall 2017 Campaign

    Chief artistic officer of Tiffany & Co. Reed Krakoff unveiled the first glimpse of his vision for the brand with the company’s “There’s Only One” campaign for fall 2017. Tiffany had been struggling to engage younger consumers for some time. But “Krakoff’s first creative expression for the house” as described by a spokesperson, takes a step in the right direction by featuring some of the buzziest names in the music, acting, dance, and fashion industries photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.tiffany-co-fall-2017-campaign-1

    Krakoff elaborated that the campaign “is a celebration of self-expression and embodies the spirit of Tiffany. The narrative is told through six individuals who are empowered, intelligent, and unafraid to express themselves, each with their own unique talent and personal style.” These intimate portraits capture the images of Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Janelle Monáe, Cameron Russell, Elle Fanning, David Hallberg, and Zöe Kravitz.

    Notably, David Hallberg of the Bolshoi Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre, is not the only big name in dance to promote a high-profile luxury brand. American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland recently became the first ballet dancer to serve as a “spokesmodel” for Estée Lauder, a position which will include TV commercials, print, and digital campaigns. Copeland is celebrated as a prodigious talent in dance as well as a social media force with a strong brand.  

    Tiffany & Co. has a storied legacy as a timeless brand, immortalized in robin’s egg blue and wrapped with a white ribbon by films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The brand’s fresh faces bring Tiffany’s into a more modern, diverse realm while still maintaining its iconic elegance. Krakoff’s first homeware and accessories design collection will be released in the fall while the jewelry lines should be anticipated for 2018.

     

    Images courtesy of glamour.com, professionaljeweller.com, and Tiffany & Co.

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    Dirty Bones Restaurant Ups its Instagram Presence

    fitLondon-based restaurant Dirty Bones is betting on the fact that you’ll be checking out a restaurant on Instagram before you go there, or even that you’ll be going to a restaurant for the specific purpose of sharing pictures on social media. (Charcoal ice cream, anyone?) That’s why they’ve introduced their “foodie Instagram packs” including a portable LED camera light, a device charger, a clip-on wide angle camera lens, and a tripod selfie stick for overhead table shots for patrons to capture the perfect photo.

    From the beginning, Instagram-ability was a priority for Dirty Bones, with its New York post-industrial look, neon lighting signage, and trendy menu options. As Instagram grows as a marketing tool in foodie culture, this photo-taking kit is a win for everyone involved. These kits help future guests get a feel for the best qualities of the food and ambiance without sacrificing the atmosphere or design of the restaurant.

    Images via Dirty Bones Facebook

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    Off-White x Warby Parker Collaboration

    off-white-warby-parker-2On July 25th, the sunglass collaboration between Off-White and Warby Parker was released. As was expected, the collection was completely sold out almost as soon as it was released. Off-White’s founder Virgil Abloh can count this as his first triumph of many this year as he has also been announced as one of the designers for the New York Ballet’s Fall Gala.

    Warby Parker has already been challenging the fashion world with their stylish but affordable frames, and it has that “it” factor brands need with its priority being customer service and a unique product. Coupled with Off-White, the products created by the two are a completely new take on a “collection” and fashion insiders everywhere were intrigued by the pairing.

    The collection includes 3 pairs of sunglasses, but the catch is they are all in fact the same design but in imagedifferent sizes. The shades are a boxy take on the classic Wayfarers, and they come in “small”, “medium”, and “large.” Small frames have been receiving the most attention from celebrities on Instagram such as Selena Gomez, Rihanna, and Gigi Hadid, and they were the most popular item from the collection. Though the small frames are the most on-trend, the medium pair are the most wearable and the large frames are the most classic.

    All 3 sizes are completely sold out, and after being sold out on the day of release, they were put back in stock the next day only to be sold out again. The mix of Warby Parker’s edge and affordability with Off-White’s attention to detail was a recipe for success. Both brands aim to challenge the fashion industry in different ways and the idea to bring out one pair of sunglasses in 3 sizes was one that could only come from this pair. At $95 each, the sunglasses were relatively inexpensive when compared to other newly released collections, and yet the value of owning just one of them is so much more.

     

    Images via Media.gq.com, S1.r29static.com, Blog.warbyparker.com 

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    Luxury Fidget Spinners are the New Big Little Thing

    Fidget spinners have taken the world by storm, and the luxury markets are no exception. Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin commissioned Los Angeles-based jewelry company IF & Co to create a custom Murakami-inspired fidget spinner.

    These sapphire-and-diamond-encrusted toys are composed of 18K rose gold and 18K white gold. Fidget spinners were originally advertised to help children and people with ADHD and fidgeting issues by serving as a release mechanism. In a fitting homage, the artist Takashi Murakami is best-known for blurring the line between high and low culture in his art.

    Though this extravagant toy wa06_20170503132020s custom-made, you can still get your fidget spinner fix through industrial design studio RAMA WORKS, which released its own little statement piece through Massdrop. This spinner is ergonomically-designed for a nice feel in the hand to practice tricks and made to deliver long spin times and smooth spinning action. Available in attractive aluminum or brass models, these spinners are made for true enthusiasts.

    The Massdrop x RAMA WORKS S01 Remedy Spinner($50) is available through massdrop.com.

     

    Photos courtesy of If & Co on Instagram and massdrop.com.

     

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    Zoë Kravitz Chosen as new Global Ambassador for YSL Beauty

    With the appointment of make-up artist Tom Pecheux as the global beauty director of YSL Beauty earlier this year, the brand has been steering towards an updated and more youthful interpretation of its unmistakable attitude. Pecheux strives to to “bring color, confidence, and naughtiness to women.”

    Big Little Lies actress Zoë Kravitz, the perfect genetic output of noted beautiful people Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, represents precisely the kind of youthful cool YSL is trying to tap into.

    Having long carried an affection for the brand and named as the company’s muse last May, Kravitz admires their “ability to combine the chicest of styles with a raw edge.” At YSL, “nothing is forced, nothing is fake but bold, strong, and unafraid.”

    The YSL muse was frequent attendee of their shows, sitting front row at Fashion Week, and has now strengthened her relationship with the brand by integrating herself with its cosmetics sector. Anticipate the launch of Tatouage Couture, Kravitz’s first global campaign for the brand, in August of this year.

     

    Images courtesy of YSL Beauty on Youtube and @YSLBeauty on Instagram.

     

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    A Subscription to Beauty

    OpulentJewelersSubscription beauty boxes are a loved standby for those in the beauty community, but the idea has grown and expanded outside of the realm of makeup and skincare. There are subscription boxes for anything now including socks, snacks, T-shirts, shoes, jewelry and much more. The price for these subscriptions will depend on the box’s concentration. Despite there being a plethora of boxes available for purchase, one has become famous for its grandeur: the Opulent Box. It costs $25,000 per yearly quarter, and it is the luxury jewelry box to top all other boxes.

    Similar to other subscriptions, the Opulent Box asks users to complete a quiz that will allow the service to curate a box that will be personalized to the specific buyer. The quiz will ask the user a series of questions, such as which pieces of jewelry they are most interested in whether that be necklaces, rings, earrings, brooches, or bracelets. The quiz will also show which luxury brands are available through the subscription and ask which are preferable. The Opulent Box offers brands such as Cartier, Chanel, Harry Winston, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Hermes Paris, Louis Vuitton, Versace and many more.20281410584_9e84e9917f_b

    The box claims that the value of the jewelry received in each box is worth twice the price of subscription, and so each box is valued at $50,000. As one of the most trusted names in luxury jewelry, Opulent Jewelers is seeking to save buyers time and research through their subscription box.

    The Opulent Box caters to any style of jewelry from statement pieces to everyday pieces and anyone could find pieces they love. The box’s services find extremely rare pieces that are sure to wow jewelry enthusiasts. 

     

    Images via Boxes.hellosubscription.com, Media.licdn.com, Farm1.staticflickr.com/ 

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