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.
In the depths of winter, many of us are dreaming of flowers. And gardens. And greenery of all kinds. If you have someone who fits that description on your gift list this holiday, read on. We’ve rounded up the best garden-inspired luxury Christmas gifts this year. There’s something here for everyone.
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.
Where will December take you? Where should it? Maybe to a sophisticated city, or a rural hideaway. Or to a beach, a ski slope, or all the way to the South Pole (since the North Pole dwellers will be a bit busy this month). Wanderlust alert! Here are our top picks of the best luxury travel destinations in the month of December.
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.