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Books We Love – Chaumet: Parisian Jeweler Since 1780

By Henri Loyrette

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Jewelry-making is an art in its own right and the jewelry industry is a world that we can’t stop exploring. It’s a story whose heroes are geniuses with creative minds that lead to the creation of the most stunning pieces. One of them is Chaumet, the Parisian jeweler who has treated our eyes to contemporary and elegant designs that every woman dreams of wearing since 1780.

In this book, the legendary designer is honored for his innovative design, from diamond tiaras to nature-inspired jewels and timepieces that reach the highest level of intricacy and creativity. Classic, timeless and avant-gardist are three adjectives that set apart every creation the house unveiled since its foundation – providing every woman with a piece that is perfectly in line with her taste.

Chaumet’s founder, who was the official jeweler to Napoleon I, is celebrated in this volume through a unique insight into the house’s heritage and values. It explains how the latter maintains its forever present Parisian elegance while continuously reinventing itself to be in line with what the woman of today desires.

This book is your chance to explore the relation between Chaumet’s tradition and its constant quest for innovation that constitutes the essence of its creativity. From Napoleon and Josephine to the Maharajas and the Vanderbilts, the stars of the silver screen and the world’s most glamorous figures, this jewelry house has accompanied them through their biggest celebrations and it’s time to know all about it!

 

Mirella Haddad

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Books We Love – The Big Book of Chic

By Miles Redd 

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Quirky, cozy and glamorous are nothing but a few ways to describe the aesthetic vision of Miles Redd, the internationally acclaimed interior designer. Playful mélanges of contrasts set his unique work apart, especially when joined by vibrant splashes of color and modern touches. After opening his own design firm in New York City’s NoHo neighborhood in 1998, he was tapped creative director at Oscar de la Renta Home in 2003. 

The least such an interior design sensation could do is spread his beautiful art across the globe with a book and that’s exactly what The Big Book of Chic is set to do. This 300-page release features illustrations of rooms bursting with boldness, fantasy and sophistication. It gives us a glimpse into the inspiration that fuels him and therefore, inspires everyone interested in eclectic design. From his own townhouse and beach house to projects he achieved in Houston, Atlanta, Millbrook and Locust Valley, this volume is a treat to all interior design enthusiasts. 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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The Best Bedtime Stories for Your Baby Boy

You might think that reading to your child before going to sleep is nothing but a nighttime routine that makes tucking him into bed less of a hassle, but the truth is that there’s more so much more to story time then just routine. Not only does it help you bond with him, but bedtime reading actually enhances his brain’s development.

In fact, reading decreases his stress levels after a day full of activity – which explains why bedtime stories give your kid sweet dreams. In addition, it improves his logic skills and that’s why it’s so great that you repeat the story when your child asks to read the it again because kids don’t catch everything from the first time. It also helps him master languages faster thanks to the words they hear from you and the sentences that tell the story.

With all this in mind, we have gathered some books that your little boy will definitely enjoy. Also remember that this nighttime routine will be the reason behind making bedtime such an enjoyable and comfortable moment for both your angel and you!

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Chopard’s Happy Must-Haves

Diamonds are there to always make women happy and what actually make them happier are dancing diamonds! Exuding joy and elegance, Chopard’s Happy Diamonds collection - which is available at Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons - makes the heart of every woman who wears these playful creations skip a beat. With every new selection of pieces that Chopard unveils under the name of Happy Diamonds, elegance gets redefined and jewelry proves once again to be a reason behind the smile of a sophisticated woman who never misses the chance to update her jewelry box with novelties.

In addition to carrying a message of love and joy, Chopard’s new Happy Hearts and Happy Hearts Wings jewelry pieces earn their place as the house’s new talismans of happiness, accompanying the modern woman through her daily adventures and drawing a smile on her face with nothing but a simple look at them every now and then.

One heart became a bouquet of hearts – spreading even more love through a necklace that embraces your neck with elegance. The same goes for the earrings, in which the heart has doubled to leave one resting against the earlobe and another positioned beneath the ear. More freedom and lightness is expressed through the new Happy Hearts Wings pieces – which bring together three hearts to create a butterfly effect.

With these novelties, Chopard proves once again that “Little Diamonds Do Great Things”. Join us and check out the new “happy” must-haves.

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Where to Spend the Holidays This Year?

Oh yes, it’s November and only a few days separate us from the joyful holiday season! That’s right, we don’t travel this month yet there is a vacation to plan for the coming one. We’re not just about an ordinary one, we’re talking about destinations filled with the warmth and fun that your children look for in a December trip.

With this in mind, here are 5 European cities that will leave you in awe of how magical this time of the year could be.

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Get A Taste of Mouthwatering Sushi at Palazzo Versace

Brilliant in different sectors, but under the same sky of luxury and elegance we are lucky to have a brand that offers us everything we need to feel complete. From clothes to bags, fine jewelry, fragrances, watches and other beautiful creations, the Italian brand Versace pampers us not only with boutiques and shops but with its famous “La Piscina” by Palazzo Versace as well. Since November 4, an amazing sushi-day event is held at the latter every Friday from 1 Pm to 4 Pm where three of the most skilled sushi chefs prepare creative and elegant sushi buckets with the help of La Piscina’s Director of Culinary and F&B at Palazzo Versace in Dubai, Mansour Memarian. A variety of Japanese rolls and Nigiris are presented on dry ice, but these are not the only thing you will enjoy as you will be sitting by the pool surrounded by breath taking green sights and a theatrical ambiance.

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Experience Wellness at SHA Wellness Clinic

Looking for a life-changing experience of wellness? Well, SHA Wellness Clinic is your place to be! It’s where health is not simply perceived as the absence of illness, but rather as a combination of optimal physical, mental and spiritual well-being. This concept, which deeply explores the curative power of healthy nutrition, came to light in 2008 to offer the clinic’s guests the chance to immerse themselves in a range of treatments and programs that are set to improve their quality of life. Indeed, this is definitely what we experienced during our visit to this wellness haven.

We were welcomed to a well-curated experience: relaxing nights in the stunning “Deluxe Mountain View” room, a walk to the lighthouse, a group cooking class that allowed us to fully understand the nutritional concept and a perfect detox and wellness program – to name a few. According to your needs, you choose the program that will get you to the SHA Wellness Clinic and believe us, a few days there will be the secret to a harmonious balance between your body, mind and spirit.

To make your stay even more beneficial, SHA Wellness Clinic presents SHA Residences – which are divided into three types: Garden, Premier and Penthouse. Set in breathtaking locations, the residences include fitness rooms, treatment rooms, hammams or saunas that will enhance your experience and redefine wellness, the SHA way!

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