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Check out the Kardashians’ Insane Gold Egg

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The Kardashians are known for their crazy, over the top lives, but wouldn’t you love to be invited to one of Kris Jenner’s epic Christmas parties?  Yes, we’d go too.

Kris loves her Christofle silver; here she is showing off her Mood flatware set, which comes in its own gilded 24 kt gold egg.  It’s so stunning it practically needs its own security team:

Kris Jenner with her Christofle Mood Flatware Set, Gilded in 24 kt Gold (image courtesy Kris Jenner)

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Meet the Maker: Stunning Portuguese Flatware from Cutipol

Last year, we traveled to Portugal, and the trip was a revelation.  The country, which for years was ruled by the Estado Novo dictatorship, is now in the midst of a spectacular design renaissance.  Everywhere you see the contrast between traditional Portuguese buildings festooned with centuries-old tiles and clean, modern design.  There’s also a move to bring the country into the future, but there are strong traces of a Portuguese point of view.

Here’s an example.  At the Six Senses in Douro Valley, one of the hotels where we stayed, they carefully renovated an existing manor house from the 19th century to minimize the impact on the hills and the surrounding villages.

So while the exterior looks like this …

Exterior of the Six Senses Douro Valley

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For The Dad Who Has It All: 9 Spectacular Father’s Day Gifts

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Show dad some love and give him something spectacular this year!

Pierre Backgammon Table

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How to Make Takeout Look Like a Million Bucks

Summer’s here, and although we can’t all be sailing with Beyonce and Jay Z around the Mediterranean, you can definitely live la dolce vita at home.

Here’s how you do it.

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See What A-Listers Are Using at Yacht Parties This Summer!

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Since almost everyone goes barefoot on yachts, experienced crews work hard to minimize the presence of breakables onboard.  But how do you stay safe while making sure that your uberprivileged guests feel pampered?

The secret, for countless A-listers like Steven Spielberg, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, and Prince Albert II and Charlene of Monaco, is a new kind of acrylic glassware that looks and feels like crystal, but doesn’t break.

Developed by Italian designer Mario Luca Giusti,  it’s so stunning that even seasoned yacht-setters are often surprised when they hear it’s not crystal.  And paired with the latest in unbreakable dinnerware, they make an irresistibly smart combination.

Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti admiring the pieces at Mario Luca Giusti in St Tropez:

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Five Minutes: The Perfect Summer Alfresco Parties

Summer’s around the corner, which means longer days and more time outdoors.  Here are five ideas (only five minutes each!) to get you dining alfresco.

Keep things simple by choosing pieces that won’t break, can easily be mixed and matched (since there are always extra guests), and can quickly be thrown in the dishwasher after the party’s over.  Who said dining outdoors couldn’t be ultra-chic?

WEEKENDS

 

Berry and Thread Melamine Dinnerware

Braided Basket Oval Placemat

Fleur Polycarbonate Teal Stemware

Juliska Bamboo Flatware

Madrid Turquoise Paper Napkins

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Gracious Time: 1 Minute to Connect with Your Loved Ones on Any Day

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Has this ever happened to you?

You come home busy from a day at work. You don’t have time to cook one of those amazing meals you’ve seen on the cover of a magazine or on Pinterest. The “Easy Weeknight Dinner” that requires eight or ten different ingredients, 30 minutes of prep time, and 30 minutes of cooking time is an hour you don’t have.

No, the best you can do tonight is takeout, uberEats, or a frozen entree from the Whole Foods.

Oh well, tonight won’t be a special night.

Anyway, you got some emails to catch up on while you eat. You got a text to answer. Take a break by checking Facebook. Oh, what a cute puppy on Instagram.

Unfortunately, once you start doing that, everybody else around you starts doing that too. Pretty soon you’re so used to being on your phone, it doesn’t matter if you’re dining at home, at a restaurant, or at a resort by the beach.

But it really doesn’t have to be that way. It only takes a minute to set things up and connect with your loved ones, even if you don’t cook. It’s time for “Gracious Time”:

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What to Know About RabLabs Products

Which materials are used in RabLabs designs?

RabLabs designs are created using semi-precious gemstones, combined with pure silver, 24k gold, and rose gold. They also utilize materials like stainless steel, plated metals, and glass.  These materials are chosen to last forever, and to retain their quality for generations to come.  Each piece is unique, because of the materials, and the variation in the designs. Read more

Why You Need A Rock Star At Home: RabLabs’ Anna Rabinowicz

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One of my favorite things about meeting new people is hearing their stories.  I especially love hearing about people like designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who started doing one thing, moved on to something else, and then finally took all those pieces together and ended up creating something that’s unique to him.

So when I found out that RabLabs founder Anna Rabinowicz went from designing prosthetics to working with gemstones, my ears were piqued.  How did that happen?

RabLabs Founder Anna Rabinowicz (courtesy RabLabs)

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How Gucci and Alessandro Michele Are Making Richard Ginori Great Again

Founded in 1735 by a Florentine aristocrat, Richard Ginori is one of the oldest porcelain manufacturers in Europe. It is easily the most distinguished manifattura of fine porcelain tableware in Italy, meaning that all production takes place under one roof, so quality is very consistent.

For nearly 300 years, it’s been very closely associated with Italy and its history. Its pieces have graced museums, luxury liners, restaurants, luxury hotels, and fine tables around the world. It has made collections for the Vatican and has featured designs by top Italian architects like Gio Ponti and Paola Novane. Read more

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