Month: April 2017

Meaningful Experiences are the Greatest Luxury of All

The luxuries that are most engaging to me right now are the non-material ones. For me, luxury is all about having the opportunity to see and experience things that add meaning to my life, not just surrounding myself with stuff. I know many successful women share my view. When you can buy yourself anything, you think twice about acquiring luxurious objects for their own sake. I now take luxury in spending time with the people important to me, in magical places, and supporting the causes and craftspeople who align with my values. That’s not to say that I never want to buy beautiful things! It’s just that I want to understand their origin, and ideally I want them to stand for something. That has led me away from big corporate brands and toward individual artists. Part of the luxury of purchasing their work is knowing the authentic stories behind what they create. For example, I am lucky to know the founders of two my favorite jewelry brands, Bowen NYC and Foundrae, both based here in New York. These …

April’s Sparklers: Those Who Choose to Shine

Every month here at Dandelion Chandelier we like to celebrate the people, groups and institutions who have spread light in the world recently, even in the midst of great darkness. Every day around the world, people choose to shine in ways large and small. These moments of grace don’t always get reported on, and unfortunately they can be quickly forgotten. To inspire us all to keep reaching out, here are some Sparklers that caught our attention in recent weeks:

What are the Best Luxury Boot Camps for Losing Weight?

You realize that beach season is a mere 5 weeks away if you’re planning a warm-holiday at the end of the year, right? If you’re at your goal weight, congratulations, you gym bunny, you. If you’re like most of us here at Dandelion Chandelier, though, you may have done a bit more slacking off since the start of the year than was wise (an entire box of Valentine’s Day chocolates, a few too many beers on St. Patrick’s Day, and more Easter jelly beans than were strictly necessary). You may now be staring down a drawer full of swimwear, clad in which in your current state you would be laughable. And un-photographable. Oy vey.

The Most Beautiful Luxury Gardens in Asia and Africa

What makes for the perfect garden? What’s the right combination of art and engineering, natural and constructed elements, artifice and reality, formality and eccentricity? Should nature be allowed to take over the garden, or should we manipulate nature to create something more stylish and composed? And how does that balance vary by region of the world, and by era? Is the most beautiful garden epic in scale, or intimate? Those are questions you can ponder in your travels this spring and summer, and issues we’ll revisit in the coming weeks here at Dandelion Chandelier.