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Black Panther is Fiction, but Black Excellence is Real
Did you get the inside jokes about race in the film Black Panther? They were all there, lying in plain sight for those of us who grew up black in certain decades and certain kinds of households. As I watched Black Panther with my family on its debut weekend, I found myself making eye contact and laughing aloud with my wife and kids at times during the movie that some of my fellow movie-goers didn’t quite seem to get. It’s the same feeling I have when I watch the TV show Black-ish – with its upscale family of five children who attend private school, and whose parents are professionals. It’s so spot-on with the wry humor that lives in every striving black family that I still can’t believe America has embraced the show so enthusiastically. Like all great entertainment, both of these properties exist on multiple levels – and it feels as if some of the jokes were written just for us: for the members of the black community.
What are the Best New Books Coming in March 2018?
New month, new books! Book Light  is our Dandelion Chandelier curated list of the titles we're most excited about for the coming month. March brings a wave of debuting authors and the return of some well-loved favorites. Not surprisingly, the month that celebrates Women’s History will see several new publications about ground-breaking female leaders. There are also new novels set in dreamy, exotic locales: two in Italy, and one in Tangiers. Three female novelists explore life in New York City through very different lenses; a wise woman spins fractured feminist fairy tales; and love stories of all kinds abound – after all, spring arrives in March, and you know what that means.
The Best Way to see the Rain Forest in St. Lucia
There are many ways to experience a tropical rain forest: taking a hike, sliding down a zip-line, or via canoe, elephant, helicopter or jeep. Those are all great options. But in our view - if its possible, and especially if you're short on time - the very best way is to take flight on an aerial tram that will take you gliding through and ultimately above the foliage. All of your senses will be engaged, and while you won't emerge on an adrenaline high (at least, as long as the equipment is operating properly), there's the very real possibility that you might return from the forest having had a spiritual epiphany. We recently visited the Caribbean island of St. Lucia for the first time, and we decided to give the island's Aerial Tram a go. The adventure takes only about an hour from start to finish, and it's a truly ethereal experience.
Here are the Top Ten Reasons to try a Luxury Cruise
Is a luxury cruise the new avocado? You know - the thing that has been right there under our noses the whole time, a thing that we knew about but never cared to personally experience, but that has suddenly become a Thing? According to the Cruise Lines International Association (who should know of what they speak), more than 27 million people will take a cruise in 2018.  Why are so many people cruising? And if you're not one of them, is it time for you to jump on board? Perhaps. Here at Dandelion Chandelier, we just took our first cruise - on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer - and we loved it. Here are 10 reasons why you might decide to sail away sometime soon.
The Best of the Red Carpet from the BAFTA Awards 2018
Hollywood awards season rolls on, and the most recent stop was in London on Sunday night for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) ceremony. Did the hop across the pond make a big difference in the sartorial splendor of the red carpet? And did #MeToo and Time’s Up make the trip? No, and yes, dear reader. Have a look at what was the same and what was different as noir came ashore in England.
February Sparklers: Those Who Choose to Shine
Sparklers is a monthly series at Dandelion Chandelier designed to highlight people, groups and institutions who have recently spread light in the world, even in the midst of great darkness. Every day, 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 want to help amplify and share these stories of courage, sacrifice and thoughtfulness. Because good news, optimism and kindness could be the sweetest luxuries of all.  
What You Need to Know about St. Barth’s Right Now
The French-speaking island of St. Barth’s – or to be precise, Saint Barthélemy – has long been a glamorous year-end playground and the destination of choice for the owners of mega-yachts, the fashion industry elite, entertainers, athletes and their entourages. The Leeward Islands tropical paradise is the stuff of dreams. But the fall 2017 hurricane season was brutal, with a string of named storms wreaking havoc on many parts of the Caribbean, including this lovely island. What's the situation there now? We have the latest update.
Its the perfect time to devour fantastic books about food
So many books, so little time! Reading can be one of life’s sweetest luxuries. But how to quickly find the next great volume to dive into? To lend a hand, we’ll share our Dandelion Chandelier Recommended Reads: books that we’ve personally read and loved – some brand new, and some published long ago. Selected to suit the season or a particular theme, we think they deserve a place on your nightstand. Or your e-reader. In your backpack. Or your carry-on bag. You get the idea. As voracious readers, here at Dandelion Chandelier sometimes we inexplicably start craving a book about food. Particularly in the winter, we love curling up with a cookbook. We don't spend all that much time in the kitchen - but reading a great recipe is like reading a well-told story. It's transporting, and educational, and it leaves you feeling nourished. We also love reading novels set in restaurants. And chefs' memoirs. And food histories. Pretty well anything that allows us to escape into the world of food and life in the kitchen.
TWIST: This Week in Sports Talk February 11, 2018
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. Every weekend you’ll find the three (and only three) things you need to know this coming week to speak cogently about professional sports with the boss, the gang at the office, your barber, your barista, your secret crush, or your in-laws. Do the TWIST every week and we promise you’ll know how to talk about sports like a champion.
Cancel your Valentine’s Day luxury dinner reservation
Want a tip that’s sure to impress your beloved on Valentine’s Day? Cancel the dinner reservation at that ultra-luxurious, buzzed-about restaurant that you worked so hard to secure.  Yep - here's why you should cancel your Valentine's Day dinner reservation. It’s not going to deliver what you hope in terms of true luxury, and there are better and more meaningful things to do! You might be surprised to learn how restaurants behave on Valentine's Day. If you have a reservation, we suggest you cancel it. And if you don’t have one, don’t stress over it: we've got ideas on how to spend a luxury Valentine’s Day with no restaurant meal. You can save that lovely dinner at a magical restaurant for some other day.
How to Watch the Black Panther film in a luxury cinema
Prince T'Challa will soon be in the house! And he'll be accompanied by a Special Forces squad of smart and fierce women. Have you heard? Black Panther will be in wide release starting this Friday, just in time for President's Day weekend. Yes, we figured you probably already knew, since it's being buzzed about like crazy. It's actually becoming a huge Thing, with people arranging to see the film with friends and family, some in African attire to pay homage to the first major studio film starring a black superhero. Here at Dandelion Chandelier, we are totally excited about this film, and we've been investigating the most luxurious options for viewing it on opening weekend. Happily, there are lots of ways to see it in royal splendor in glamorous cities all over the world.
5 Things to Know About this year’s Winter Olympics
It's here! The XXIII Olympic Winter Games kicked off in Pyeongchang, Korea on Friday, February 9th. Athletes from 92 countries are competing across 15 disciplines. NBC will be live-streaming a record 1,800 hours of coverage. The die-hards will be trying to watch nearly all of it, but just in case you're really busy (or have only a passing interest in winter sports), here are the 5 names and the 5 can't-miss events you should catch to keep up and contribute meaningfully when the conversation at work, at the gym, or a the bar turns to the Games.
luxury calendar: the best events in the world in february
The Dandelion Chandelier Luxury Calendar is our monthly curated list of events in the luxury world. Whether your passion is Travel; Food and Drink; Planes, Yachts and Autos; Fitness and Sports; Fashion & Design; Entertainment; or The Arts, we’ve got everything you need to know, all in one place. For previous installments of the Luxury Calendar, click here. Have a brilliant month.
the best luxury fitness and sports events this february
The Dandelion Chandelier Luxury Calendar for Fitness and Sports highlights the most notable marathons, cycling races, professional tennis matches, Thoroughbred horse races, and professional sports championships around the world in February 2018. For the rest of the Luxury Calendar, click here. And for weekly updates on the only three things you need to know to be able to keep up with the sports fans in your life - even if you don't really like sports - read TWIST: This Week in Sports Talk
the best luxury fashion and design events this February
The Dandelion Chandelier Luxury Calendar for Fashion and Design highlights the most important events in the world of auctions, antiques, art fairs, gallery shows, design shows, fashion and beauty around the globe in February 2018. For the rest of the Luxury Calendar, click here. And don't forget to check out our list of the best luxury items to shop for in the month of February.
the best in the world of entertainment this february
The Dandelion Chandelier Luxury Entertainment Calendar highlights notable new events in theater, film, popular music and television in February 2018. It's a quick read, after which you'll be pop-culturally literate all month! For the rest of the Luxury Calendar, click here. And for a list of fantastic new books being published this month, click here.
the best new events in the world of the arts in february
The Dandelion Chandelier Luxury Calendar for The Arts highlights noteworthy events around the world in February 2018 in ballet, modern dance, performance art, classical music, opera and jazz – as well as new art museum exhibits and installations. Looking for ideas for date night? Or for a transporting art exhibit? Look no further. For the rest of the Luxury Calendar, click here

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