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november sparklers: those who choose to shine
Sparklers is a monthly series that highlights people, groups and institutions who have recently spread light in the world. Everyday, 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. So we’re sharing some of their stories. Because sometimes good news and kindness are the sweetest luxuries of all. Here's our November celebration of those who choose to shine.
the best trips to give as a luxury gift this year
It’s been proven through numerous studies that the happiness quotient of a wonderful experience trumps the joy that one receives from even the most incredible object or item of clothing. Want to put the concept to the test this holiday season? We've rounded up a list of the 12 best trips to give as a luxury gift this year. These dozen travel experiences should tip the scales of delight into overload for your gift recipient – and if you’re lucky enough to be invited along, then perhaps for you, too.
a visit to the most beautiful painting in new york city
In a city filled with wondrous works of art from every conceivable time period and genre, and from hundreds of nations and cultures, which one is the most beautiful of all? This fall in New York City, the art critics and experts have reached an uncommonly uniform consensus. The most beautiful painting in New York City - at least for another few weeks - is Visitation, an oil painting by the Italian Mannerist Jacopo da Pontormo (1494–1556). You can see it for yourself from now until January 6, 2019 at the Morgan Library & Museum.
the best luxury gifts this year in one-size-fits-all
What do you do if you know a lot about a gift recipient's style, but you're uncertain of their size? There are plenty of people on our holiday gift list this year who love fashion and fitness - but we wouldn't hazard a guess on what size they are. Or what size they'd opt for - some of us like fitted, and some like flowing. Sure, we could guess, but it's a bad moment if you get it wrong. Because then you've just given the gift of standing in line waiting to return something when there's a ski trip or a beach vacation waiting. Ugh. But fear not. We've got a list of exceptionally stylish luxury gifts where one size fits all.
how to talk to your boss about your side-hustle
Most of us have a side-hustle. That job that we do after hours that fulfills our dearest hopes and dreams. That job we do in our free time that gives us joy. That part-time job we hope will someday be our only job. But a good one comes with a dilemma: how to talk to your boss about your side-hustle. Should you even bring it up at work?
Is the best afternoon tea in London at Claridge’s?
When in London, you really should take time for a proper British tea at least once. It’s a deeply civilized ritual, and when you’re in the right setting, it can be great fun. And delicious. The only dilemma is this: there are hundreds of options for afternoon tea in London. Which one’s the best? Said another way: is the best afternoon tea in London at Claridge's?
The Best of the Chihuly Museum and Garden in Seattle
You can view the whimsical and dazzling glass sculptures of the artist Dale Chihuly all over the world: London, Singapore, New York, Boston, California. Even Nebraska. His work has been included in over 200 museum collections worldwide. But there is perhaps no better place to see it than in the region of his birth: Seattle. Here's everything you need to know to prepare for a visit to the Chihuly Glass Museum and Garden at Seattle Center, which features a dazzling indoor exhibit and a stunning outdoor glass flower and botanical display.
how to wear the latest hot luxury color: mint green
It’s official: the new hot luxury color is mint green. Some are even saying it’s the new millennial pink. But let’s not get crazy. It may not displace pink, but it’s definitely showing up in lots of places. Some call it mint green, others have named it “neo mint.” Why is this a Thing now? And how do you wear such an unusual color? Dear reader, read on.
luxury lessons: what you need to know about cigars
The ultimate symbol of luxury and accomplishment for some remains an expensive cigar, smoked with like-minded peers in a sumptuous environment, perhaps accompanied by a fine glass of whisky. Whether or not this meets your definition of bliss, chances are that someone you know is either living that life or wishes they could. To understand the lure  - and the vocabulary - of this classic luxury product, what do you need to know about cigars?
heritage and honor at the museum of the african diaspora
In a vibrant section of downtown San Francisco lies The Museum of the African Diaspora. It's an outpost of the Smithsonian Museum dedicated the art and culture of people of African descent worldwide. Did you know that? Did you also know that just a few steps away there’s a magnificent fountain dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? We’re embarrassed to say that we didn’t. Until a recent visit to the city by the bay, during which we paid a visit to both of these wonderful places.
True North at the New Nordic Museum in Seattle
There’s a new museum in Seattle to celebrate the history of the Nordic people. How does that history translate into a modern museum? We decided to investigate on a recent visit to Seattle. We’re happy to report that this museum is a must-see for everyone. It's a gorgeous space, a fascinating history lesson, and a celebration of the core values that can unite us all.
could keeping a journal make you more successful?
Meditation. Yoga. Exercise. All of these are ways in which people try to achieve a state of mind that is calm, focused and productive without the use of prescription medications. If they’re effective, in theory at least, they should lead to greater success at work. And greater overall happiness in life.  Now comes word that keeping a daily written journal (or diary) could have the same effect.

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