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Why is Martha’s Vineyard so Important to the Black Elite?
Why is Martha's Vineyard so important to the black elite? Generations of African-Americans have spent summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard. How did that start, and why does Martha's Vineyard still hold such an iconic place in the lives of black Americans? We went straight to the expert, the author of Our Kind of People. Here, Lawrence Otis Graham explains why many African-Americans and members of the Black elite spend every summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard.
Twist: What you need to know to talk sports this week
You don’t love professional sports, but your livelihood and/or personal happiness depends upon your being able to converse intelligently about it. It’s a common dilemma with a simple solution: you need to learn a new language. You need to learn how to talk sports. And we’re here to help! The TWIST is our weekly Dandelion Chandelier guide to what's happened on the field, on the court and on the ice -- read it every week and we promise you'll know how to talk about sports like a champion.
Art Alert! Chihuly Now at the New York Botanical Garden
If you love gardens, sculpture, grace and beauty, head to the New York Botanical Garden on the next fine day that comes your way. Artist Dale Chihuly has installed site-specific glass sculptures there for the first time in ten years, and it’s definitely worth a visit. And we’re not just saying that because one of them bears a striking resemblance to a dandelion chandelier. Seriously, it may sound like hyperbole, but this particular exhibit is one of those don’t-miss events in the life of the city that will linger in your memory long after it’s gone.
Luxury Lessons: How to Wear White Boots like a Cool Girl
You know all of the essential fall/winter 2017 luxury trends: the must-have coats, jackets, shoes, boots, handbags, day wear and jewelry. You can name-check the “it” pieces: the white boot, the sock boot, the vinyl trench coat, mismatched earrings, velvet and the fur handbag. So what’s the problem? Well, for many people the idea of wearing any one of these trends in real life – let alone more than one – can be intimidating.  Raise your hand if you were a cool kid in high school, always on, always with the right look, and never trying too hard. Hmm. Not many hands in the air. We feel you. Fashion is hard. If it were easy, everyone would look fantastic all the time. But never fear. Our Dandelion Chandelier global Style Council has convened to talk you through the big fall/winter 2017 trends, and how to make them work in your actual life, with your existing wardrobe. No fashion-school jargon, and no showing off: just some practical tips to have you looking chic in seconds. It’s our luxury lesson series, and it’s time to get schooled.
TWIST: What You Need to Know to Talk Sports This Week
You don’t love professional sports, but your livelihood and/or personal happiness depends upon your being able to converse intelligently about it. It’s a common dilemma with a simple solution: you need to learn a new language. You need to learn how to talk sports. And we’re here to help! The TWIST is our weekly Dandelion Chandelier guide to what's happened on the field, on the court and on the ice -- read it every week and we promise you'll know how to talk about sports like a champion.
TWIST: What You Need to Know to Talk Sports This Week
You don’t love professional sports, but your livelihood and/or personal happiness depends upon your being able to converse intelligently about it. It’s a common dilemma with a simple solution: you need to learn a new language. You need to learn how to talk sports. And we’re here to help! The TWIST is our weekly Dandelion Chandelier guide to what's happened on the field, on the court and on the ice -- read it every week and we promise you'll know how to talk about sports like a champion.
How to Talk Sports: What You Need to Know about Football
Eager to climb the corporate ladder? Totally uninterested in professional sports? Finding this combination to be problematic? There’s a simple solution. You need to learn a new language. You need to learn how to talk sports. Anyone who has been in a corporate setting for very long will have noticed that one of the core bonding rituals in many workplaces is a group discussion of professional sports (the sport of choice will vary by country, so ex-pats have it particularly hard.) The sports talk is usually seasonal, but not in the way a non-sports aficionado might imagine. In America in August, for example, you would think that baseball would be the topic, since the MLB season is in full swing at that point. But you’d be wrong: in most US offices, the topic in August is either the US Open tennis matches, or the upcoming NFL season. You see? It’s a puzzle for many of us.
Private Around-the-World Jet Trip Is the Latest Luxury
If money were no object, how would you choose to see the world? Would you do it “all in one go” on the luxury trip of a lifetime? Or would you spread it out over several years and multiple journeys, so that you could absorb and appreciate everything that you experienced? Would you travel with strangers? With just one other person? Or with 50 of your closest friends? It’s a champagne dilemma. And one that the uber-rich are increasingly faced with. Taking a Grand Tour of the civilized world was a cherished ritual of the wealthy in the 19th century – the trips lasted for months, sometimes years, and were an important facet of becoming a sophisticated adult in high society. Fast forward to today, when such a trip can be completed in a matter of days if you have the right budget. New York, London, Paris, St. Petersburg, Jaipur, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Sydney – if you’ve got a couple of weeks and lot of stamina, you can check all of these destinations and more off your travel to-do list.
August’s Sparklers: Those Who Choose to Shine
Here at Dandelion Chandelier we like to celebrate the people, groups and institutions who have spread light in the world, 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 and generosity don’t always get reported on, and unfortunately they can be quickly forgotten. We need to hear and repeat these stories: sometimes good news and kindness is the sweetest luxury of all. To inspire us all to keep reaching out, here are some Sparklers that caught our attention in recent weeks:
At Yellowstone and Grand Teton, Perfectly Natural Luxury
Luxury lovers of the world, have you ever visited a national park in the United States? If you're like us, the answer is likely to be no. Members of the global elite don't tend to spend their vacations in public parks, perhaps because they still harbor childhood images of grizzly bears eating leftovers from campground trash containers, park rangers in funny hats, collapsing tents, outhouses and the antic cartoon goings-on at Jellystone Park, home of Yogi Bear and friends. We confess to being guilty of dismissing the national parks as "not for us." Grand jeté, yes – Grand Teton, no. In the interest of research, however, a team from Dandelion Chandelier made an expedition to a national park for the first time ever while on a 4th of July holiday trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We visited Yellowstone and Grand Teton, both of which are day trips from Amangani, the luxury hotel where we stayed. Turns out, this is an outstanding way to mark Independence Day. Or any day, really.
Luxury Legends: Do Aman Resorts Live Up to the Hype?
The best luxury hotels and resorts in the world, in the most incredible locations. That’s how people who have visited them describe Aman properties. That is, if you can get someone to talk about them – Aman is still a bit of an insider secret. The hotels do not advertise, they have no loyalty program, and rates average $1,400 per night for a basic room (they can climb to $50,000 per night.) We’d traveled the world extensively for years, but we had never heard the Aman name until we started hanging around truly wealthy people a few years ago. Up until that point, we had fancied ourselves knowledgeable luxury travelers, well-versed in the nuances of the Four Seasons, the Ritz, the St. Regis, and the iconic grand dame hotels in major cities around the world. We thought we were totally in on whatever insider luxury hotel secrets there might be. We were wrong.
For a Rustic Luxury Escape, Head to the Snake River
The best way to understand a new destination is to head for the nearest river. I learned this on my first trip to Europe, when a friend and I were freshly out of graduate school and in the midst of a classic Grand Tour on an unemployed student's budget. London, Paris, Vienna, Florence – the first stop we always made in every new city was the river. Thames, Seine, Danube, Arno – we'd jump on the cheapest tourist boat and use it as our crash course in the geography and topography of our latest port of call. From the water you can see the oldest part of the city: its tallest structures, its iconic domes. It doesn't have to be a river, of course – any major waterway will do. The technique works equally well in Istanbul on the Bosphorus Strait, in Hong Kong on Victoria Harbor, and on the Grand Canal in Venice. If you want to feel grounded, head for the water. Turns out that's a pretty fine way to get acclimated in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, too. Here at Dandelion Chandelier, we're sharing our stories from a trip there in early July. If you decide to visit, you could do much worse than to make your first outing a two-hour "float trip" down the iconic Snake River.
TWIST: What You Need to Know to Talk Sports This Week
You don’t love professional sports, but your livelihood and/or personal happiness depends upon your being able to converse intelligently about it. Now what? Fear not. The TWIST is our weekly Dandelion Chandelier guide to what's happened on the field, on the court and on the ice -- read this and you'll know how to talk about sports this week like a champion. Every Sunday we’re listing the three (and only three) things that you need to know this coming week to speak cogently about professional sports with your boss, your colleagues at work, the car pool gang, that guy at the gym, the chatty cashier at the gas station snack shop or your cousins.
Jackson Hole Wyoming is the Perfect Summer Luxury Escape
Sometimes you just need to get out of town. Denizens of the glittering cities of the world are occasionally overcome by occupational and residential hazards – including stress, fatigue, disappointment, overstimulation, ennui, excessive heat, or some combination of all of these, leading to an undeniable longing for fresh air, natural beauty and wide-open spaces. It happens to everyone, whether they'll admit it or not, especially in the summer. The countryside starts calling. And the only cure is to just pack your bags and go.
What True Luxury Means to Me
Luminary essays are a window into how our guest experts think about the world of luxury – you’ll find data, insights, and personal stories that will help you see luxury in a new light. -- I don’t ever think about luxury. I’m a maker, and an artisan. I put a lot of energy and thought into craft and craftsmanship. I value quality. I cultivate vision. I obsess on detail. I admire when things are done right.
Chic Insider Tips on the Best Luxury Hotels in Paris
Now that the fabled Hôtel de Crillon has reopened on the Place de la Concorde after a 4-year renovation, where does it rank in the pantheon of luxury hotels in Paris? We asked our Dandelion Chandelier Paris Bureau Chief to weigh in on what the opening means for those who are planning a trip to the City of Light and curious to learn where the chic insiders from France and other cosmopolitan places are staying right now. Here’s our report.
Trent Preszler’s Luminary List
The Dandelion Chandelier Luminary List is a series of personal interviews with stellar achievers in their chosen field of endeavor. They’re sharing insights, stories, favorite things, tips and suggestions on ways to experience life luxuriously–product and service recommendations that are road-tested and Luminary-approved, and ways of viewing the world that are absolutely free. This week's Luminary is Trent Preszler, CEO of Bedell Cellars and Founder and Owner of Preszler Woodshop.
See Luxury In a New Light with: Trent Preszler
The Dandelion Chandelier Luminary Café is the place to find a series of personal interviews with fascinating people who are stellar achievers in their chosen field of endeavor. Our Luminaries are sharing their origin stories, life philosophies, secret songs, guilty pleasures and hidden talents. It's guaranteed to be illuminating.  First up? Trent Preszler, CEO of Bedell Cellars and Founder and Owner of Preszler Woodshop.

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