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Cafeina: Wynwood’s lounge of choice for locals

Stroll down 23rd Street in the heart of Wynwood’s Arts District and an orange sign with the word Cafeina will undoubtedly stand out since it’s hanging in front of a non-descript building in the mostly warehouse-filled district.

Step in though and it’s anything but. Part lounge/restaurant/gallery, Cafeina is many things to many people. Sure it’s all three but as a lounge it is the type of place that the locals love and is a great discovery for those not in the know.

The action here happens both indoors, among dimly lit chandeliers and candlelight on comfy chairs, and outdoors where the dance floor shares space with lovely patio furniture and even hammock beds. The DJ here knows how to mix the perfect blend of club/dance music that sets the mood and matches the vibe.

Cafeina is located at 297 NW 23 St., Miami, FL 305-438-0792 www.cafeinamiami.com


One of the first European watch shops to sell Rolexes, this German emporium now carries timepieces from more than 20 upscale brands. For every sporty number from Swiss company TAG Heuer, there’s a recherché model from Teutonic firm A. Lange & Söhne to please all types of watch lovers. If you’d rather splurge on jewelry than chronographs, you can ogle exquisite woven gold bangles and diamond rings.

Salumeria 104: Midtown’s ode to the trattoria

Lovers of salami, cheeses, olives and the like are flocking to Salumeria 104 in Midtown Miami. It’s the latest addition to the area’s “restaurant row” and an ode to the Italian trattoria.

Sure there are fantastic pastas on the menu, but the star here is the salami after all, it’s billed as a “Salami Shop and Trattoria.” Those nifty wooden boards get plenty of use here, piled high with hard salami rounds and thin slices of prosciutto and truffle ham and a round ramekin filled with olives. It’s a veritable feast for those who love to nibble.

One of their most authentic dishes and one not easily found on Italian restaurant menus is the gnocchi alla romana. Unlike the traditional small round gnocchi, these are thick round homemade semolina gnocchi topped with parmesan cheese and crispy prosciutto and baked until it’s crispy and bubbling. Aside from the mouthwatering pastas, they’re also serving succulent roasted pork loin wrapped in crispy pork belly and slowly braised pork spare ribs.

Salumeria 104 is located at 3451 NE 1 Ave., #104, 305-424-9588, www.salumeria104.com

Piola’s Pizzas Bring a World of Flavor to ATL

Hidden next to RA Sushi, across the street from the Loews Hotel, Piola is truly one of Atlanta’s best kept secrets. Part of a worldwide chain originating in Italy in 1986, Piola has a laid-back, fun, international vibe. Cozy and colorful, Piola is great for unwinding alone, with friends or with a special someone. The warm and inviting atmosphere just takes the edge off the day.

Grab a seat at the bar and make a request forPicture 4 the fabulous Coconut Mojito, which is not necessarily on the menu. A must try is also the Sgroppino Al Limone, or simply lemon ice cream (well gelato) and vodka; it’s a signature drink for a reason. Happy hour is from 5pm-8pm and there are always some free appetizers to sample.

Venture past the bar for more extensive dining. Pizza- thin, brick oven style – really is the thing and the Margherita is always a winner, but it’s far from the only pizza option. Piola has Featured Piola “Pizze,” like the Rio de Janeiro with chicken, catupiry cheese, parsley, tomato sauce and mozzarella; Classic Pizze, like the Margherita; and Le Pizze Bianche, or White Pizza, which is are the classic pizzas without tomato sauce. Piola is also known for its gnocchi and hosts monthly, all-you-can-eat “Gnocchi Day.” And, for dessert, you can’t go wrong with a classic tiramisu.

When it comes to having a laid-back good time, Piola truly knows what makes the world go round.

Louis Vuitton: Exclusively carried by only a few

There’s something about carrying around that handbag with the LV insignia all over it. The matching keychain, wallet, luggage and other accessories make for an even bigger fashion statement.

The Louis Vuitton name still carries that element of panache and so the company likes to keep it that way. Their stores can only be found in the most exclusive of stores around Miami. Aventura Mall in the northern part of Miami, The Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Dadeland Mall in the south end of Miami . The latest announcement is that LV will open a free-standing store in the hip Design District so that’s another one to look forward to. No worries either, these are not typical malls because of course LV would only be sold in very high-end shops which these are.

To find these exclusive spots where LV is sold visit www.louisvuitton.com and check the store locator section of the website.

Crumb on Parchment, Bernstein’s latest Design District venture

Design District darling and James-Beard award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein has launched  a new venture in the area and brought her Mom along for the ride. It’s called Crumb on Parchment and is a winner.

Just steps away from her well-known Sra. Martinez, she can shuffle back and forth from one place to the other and not miss a beat. As strange as that may sound it’s true, she is right there in the open area where the sandwiches, soups, sides, everything’s being prepared, alongside her staff working.

Definite must haves are the roasted veggie sandwich with creamy cheese and tasty aioli and the roasted chicken with goat cheese and peaches, each a winner. Tasty couscous or one of their homemade soups like red gazpacho, lentil and chilled cauliflower make great sides. And for dessert, Mom makes a mile-high coconut cake that’s a stunner, moist classic red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting as well as assorted scones and muffins which are perfect for breakfast.

Crumb on Parchment is located at 3930 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 305-572-9444, www.facebook.com/crumbmiami

ISA Boutique’s latest shop to join Midtown Miami

The merchandise here, hand-picked by owner Isabel Aguiar (hence the name ISA Boutique) is all Miami chic. The store is bright with the usual funky decor that’s so popular in small unique spots like this. A zebra-print rug, strategically placed clothing and accessories that’s aesthetically pleasing and an overall airy atmosphere that gives customers plenty of room to browse.

And browse they will, what with the awesome swimwear that’s pretty much useable year-round, colorful and custom-made jewelry and the kind of light, feminine clothes by local designer RaMona La Rue who is based in the Design District along with other well known fashions. Aguiar makes sure to provide beauty products too with her own line of products — Body by Isa.

ISA Boutique is located at  3400 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 786-558-8027 www.isa-boutique.com

Tui Lifestyle: Providing a modern touch

The concept of the Tui Lifestyle furnishings and accessories is to provide clients with a personalized look through their individualized lifestyle collections. Interior designer Tui Pranich and entrepreneur Jason Atkins have joined forces to combine essential furnishings and accessories with artwork and electronics to create a combination that’s unique to each lifestyle.

The power duo were charged with the task of furnishing units in one of Downtown’s swankiest the Marquis condos where they created the myPad model. It’s the perfect example of blending designer leather chairs, their unique Pebbles chandelier and 400-thread-count linens.

Their signature collections have names like Innovative, Innovative Premium and Innovative Signature; Sophisticated; Avenue; Marquis and even Glamorous and Sophisticated. What makes the Tui Lifestyle system unique is that they furnish the entire living space and have specific styles packaged together to make the decision as simple as possible.

The Tui Lifestyle Design Center is located at 3886 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 305-573-5411 www.tuilifestyle.com

Baltus: Upscale store’s way to jazz up home

The Miami Design District is home to many upscale specialty home furnishing stores and Baltus, with a corner location in the main artery of the area has the market cornered when it comes to must have items.

The hand crafting of their contemporary high-end furniture and attention to materials, size and shape make the pieces a unique addition for any home. Clean lines and meticulous construction are key here and although a majority of the designs are square and sharp edged, there are a few of them inspired by other eras like the Picasso chair with French style legs, back and seat. Elegant screens are also available for rooms where privacy is needed and the variety of shelves, bookcases and tables are perfect storage units.

Baltus is located at 3925 North Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Gigi Restaurant: Small bites, big flavor

The latest incarnation in the ever-growing restaurant scene in the Design District is Gigi Bistro. Intimate and hip, it’s obvious they’re going for their own vibe here. Stool seating here outnumbers actual tables and that’s fine. Reaching for shared bites while sitting next to each other is easier than an outstretched arm across a table.

And that’s what they want here, lots of sharing. The small portions, I hate to call them tapas the term’s so overused these days, make for a great experience of sampling different dishes. It’s obvious Chef Jeff McInnis is always thinking up new menu items judging by the small two-sided menu that’s handed out upon arrival (and one side’s all drinks). He makes delicious Asian-inspired buns filled with either beef brisket or with shiitake mushrooms topped with sticky, icky sauce (yes, that’s what it’s called) and sesame. And the super refreshing homestead avocado and tomato salad with citrus, hearts of palm and crunchy rice is a true original.

Gigi is located at 3470 North Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill: Small bites, big flavor

The concept at Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill is to entice diners with a combination of flavors in a wide variety of small plates, known around Europe (particularly Spain) as “tapas.” They have robata, hot and raw bar kitchens.

Their eclectic menu is contstantly changing so it’s a unique and different experience everytime. Some of their most ambitious items include bacon wrapped dates with linguica and manchego, thin-crust flatbread with cured tuna, tobiko and sour cream and Kobe beef sliders with tonkatsu and quail egg. Their hand picked market greens with with crumbled goat cheese and cherry bing vinaigrette is a great starter, free range bulled barbecue chicken on brioche bread served with zucchini pickles and pommes frites (very fancy and tasty fries) is a great entree sandwich and the homemade el ray chocolate chip ice cream sandwich is a tasty dessert.

Inside, the place is colorful, industrial and edgy with a West Indies flair through their paddle fans, watercolor stained walls, a tall green hedge surrounding the outdoor patio and a killer bar with colorfully displayed wine bottles and alcohol.

Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill is located at 3250 NE 1 Avenue, Miami, FL


Piaget is Swiss for Perfectly Crafted Jewelry and Watches

When people hear the name Piaget, many think of the Swiss watchmakers who have been designing and crafting exceptional timepieces since 1874. But celebs like Anne Hathaway and Eva Longoria know Piaget for more than just keeping time. Longoria even had Piaget design her wedding band. And who isn’t going to gravitate to this necklace of cascading diamonds. Looking for color? Giant gemstone rings are about as hot as it gets!

EQ3: Home lover’s haven boasts original style

Home furnishings with an original flair is what EQ3 is all about. That, and offering a concept to help people create a cozy and comfortable environment. They’ve got their CORE program where pieces are made for mixing and matching with an urban feel and made of red oak veneer and available in earth and onyx finishes.

In the bedroom their Sleep by Natura collection is meant to provide a perfect night’s sleep with mattresses and pillows in a range of comfort levels and made of several natural materials.

Rounding out their collection are a wide array of chairs, sofas, ottomans, lamps, mirrors, office furniture, dining and entertainment pieces as well as accessories.

EQ3 is located at 3466 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL


Mandolin Aegean Bistro: Charming with authentic fare

mandolin1It’s charm right off the bat at Mandolin Aegean Bistro, especially given that the restaurant is inside a historic 1940s house and is awash in white with traditional Mediterranean blue trim throughout. Quietly nestled between the hip Design District and Buena Vista neighborhoods, entering this place and then tasting their delicious offerings, diners are immediately transported to the Greek isles.

The food here is fresh, authentic and prepared with loving care. The Greek sampler is a great starter. Served up in a fancy trio of small containers it features tzatziki, smoked eggplant puree and tarama (a salmon puree). Gyros, pulled lamb and a lamb cheeseburger are part of the sandwich choices and for entrees there’s the village pasta of greek noodles with ground beef and bechamel sauce or a seafood stew with shrimp, mussels and calamari. Orzo pilaf, Aegean olives and wild greens round out some tasty sides.

Mandolin offers an experience to heighten the senses of tasting, seeing and  smelling to a whole other level.

Mandolin Aegean Bistro is located at 4312 NE 2 Avenue, Miami, FL

Sage Boutique’s Big Finds for a Small Budget

Sitting AreaWith four locations across Atlanta, Sage Boutique is a ‘must shop’ for the fashionista, whether just budding or firmly ensconced!  In a city with many high end shopping choices, Sage fills the bill with both quality and quantity ~ and get this, at prices that are shocking because they’re so affordable.

Most items are under $100 and new arrivals are stocked every Friday.  Look for labels like Alternative, Free People, Miss Oops, IT Jeans, and See Thru Soul, along with unique handbags and accessories. Sage supports the local arts community by selling jewelry made by neighborhood designers.

The friendly employees always suggest cool styles, colors or help you build on a favorite piece you already own.  At Sage, chances are you’ll leave looking like a million bucks, without spending nearly that much. The store is located at The Collection at Forsyth. Visit sageclothing.com for more information.

Two Spots for One Stop Shopping At Bloomingdale’s

For the stylish New York shopper only one stop is necessary: Bloomingdale’s. They are on top of every trend and have more brands than you’re even aware exist. In the denim department you’ll find J Brand, Joe’s Jeans, and 7 For All Mankind for miles; Rebecca Minkoff totes, and COMME des GARCONS wallets in the handbag department; Marc by Marc Jacobs ballet flats, Diane von Furstenberg clogs, and Stuart Weitzman heels of all types in shoes, and then there’s still more. For men, Bloomingdale’s has Theory, Converse, Paul Smith, and John Varvatos shoes, clothes and outerwear. They have funky home goods, they have luxury jewelry finds, they even have celeb skin secret La Mer. This is, after all, a department store- New York style.

The old world charm of the Flagship Bloomingdale’s on Lexington is enchanting, but to get down to shopping business the younger (and more European) clientele tend towards the Bloomingdale’s in SoHo. Either way, floors upon floors of designer and hard-to-find boutique brands await. And when you are done shopping for yourself, you can repent for your shopping sins by buying something for mom in the Home department – Le Creuset is available in ten colors – or for your niece in the Kid’s department – Ralph Lauren Polos for little ones come in all sorts of colors.

The Georgian Terrace is the Grand Dame of Atlanta’s Hotels

Built in 1910, The Georgian Terrace holds a special place in Atlanta’s history, with its rich heritage and elegant charm. Once dubbed Atlanta’s “Paris hotel,” the building’s nineteen-story design features stunning architectural details, floor-to-ceiling Palladian-styled windows, white marble columns along with crystal chandeliers, making it the grand dame of hotels in the city’s glamorous midtown district.

Saunter the Italian tiled floors to your spacious, luxurious suite with classic furnishings and modern amenities including full kitchens, pillow-top mattresses with Picture 16300-thread count cotton bedding, 37-inch flat screen HD TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Feed your soul inside the hotel’s Livingston Restaurant and Bar, where guests can dress up for a four-course evening at the restaurant or dress down for cocktails and a light supper at the bar, while surrounded by classic architecture and early 20-century glamour.

Whether you’re a local in need of a “staycation” or visiting from out-of-town on real vacation, there’s an exclusive package catered to your specific needs, such as the Pampered Girlfriends or Romance Special.

While The Georgian Terrace first opened its doors a century ago, it still remains a notable Atlanta landmark located on the corner of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue across from the world-renowned Fox Theatre. It also accommodated the likes of American Idol winner Fantasia during her time in the city as the star of The Color Purple Broadway musical.

Chanel, Halston, Dior at Rare Vintage

All New Yorkers covet vintage clothing, because everyone wants that one-of-a-kind piece to stand out in the crowd. Rare Vintage is the answer to that fashion holy grail: an entire store dedicated to hard to find, high-end designers and pieces that are simply no longer around today. From a red silk Balenciaga 1960 coat- worn by royalty!- to a limited edition Hermes ‘Security’ Kelly Bag to an owl head shaped minaudiere that looks like it came straight out of a Sex and the City episode, Rare Vintage is filled with gems from the icons of the fashion world past and present. Owner Juliana Cairone is a master of finding these rare pieces from all over the world, making frequent scouring trips to Paris and Italy, and luckily bringing back all her finds to the heart of Midtown Manhattan for fashion hungry shoppers.

The Latest Momofuku is Ma Peche in Midtown

Ma Peche, David Chang’s newest Asian fusion restaurant and the first to venture outside of the East Village, is now open for business.  The restaurant is in Midtown’s Chambers Hotel, but don’t let the new neighborhood or the high ceilings in the hotel lobby fool you.  ma pecheMa Peche stays true to the Momofuku brand of exclusivity that is brought about by dim lighting, community seating and chefs working within an arms reach.  Oh, and they don’t take reservations.

The menu at Ma Peche changes daily depending on what local farmers have on the chopping block.  That’s code for: this restaurant serves a lot of meat, and has no vegetarian options.  Mainstay entrees include spicy pork two ways, ribs with carrots and spaetzle, and mussels with crab paste and beer.

After the meal is over and the reasonable tab is settled, stop by the Milk Bar at the front of the house.  Offerings include Cereal Milk soft serve and Crack Pie.  They call it that because, well, it’s really addictive.

Twelve Reasons to Love TWELVE Atlantic Station

Behind the sleek glass doors of TWELVE Atlantic Station lies urban sophistication, as the stylish décor and modern furnishings take this boutique hotel beyond drab to fab. It’s all about location, as this preferred luxury boutique hotel sits in the heart of the bustling midtown district.

Standing 26-stories high, these chic one and two bedroom suites offer skyline views, contemporary designs, luxurious linens and 24-hour room service. The simplicity of GHOST in-room technology is indeed paranormal as guests can access the internet to check e-mail, Picture 26the latest news and weather updates, or reach concierge and housekeeping with the click of a mouse. Amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness center, outdoor pool and fully-equipped kitchenette with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops are parallel to your dream condo in the city – making you feel right at home.

If urban cool describes you, commune with the movers and shakers and young professionals at the onsite bar, Lobby at TWELVE, which is open to the public. Watch as the chef prepares your favorite traditional American dish with a modern twist in the open-style kitchen where a wood-burning grill and pizza oven serve as the backdrop.

Situated at the forefront of one of Atlanta’s vigorous live/play communities – access to trendy bars, upscale restaurants and prime retail shops is right at your footsteps – within walking distance to each other. Of course, they didn’t forget about those kid-friendly trips, offering Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and Family Date-Night packages.

Nan Thai: Discover The Food Golfer Vijay Singh Loves

Thai dining- at its highest level- is easily found at Nan Thai Fine Dining. Outside, the tone is set with an eye-catching gold statue right at the corner of Spring and 17th Street, minutes from Atlantic Station and the Woodruff Arts Center. Inside, it doesn’t stop. Elegantly appointed sculptures and art compliment the sleek and sophisticated room full of bamboo touches; even the bathroom is a calming oasis.

Equally impressive is the distinctive and flavorful food by Chef Nan Niyomkul, who co-owns Nan with her husband Charlie. The Pla Muk Thod, affectionately known as “fire calamari,” is an appetizer must. Pla Sahm Lod, the Chilean sea bass done in a three-flavor chili sauce, is a satisfying entrée. It’s not cheap like most Thai places, but it’s very well worth the expense.

Business is fine, but Nan works even better for romance. Its many admirers include Tiger Woods and family friends Vijay Singh and his wife Ardena. Singh is such a devotee that his love prompted a 2005 Sports Illustrated article about the Niyomkuls and their food, so it’s certainly cuisine worthy of any Master.

Fratelli Lyon Takes Fresh to Another Level

Stroll along the heart of Miami’s Design District and discover a place where the decor is modern and the food is prepared with a heart. At Fratelli Lyon, the dishes are not only great tasting but made in the freshest way possible, with ingredients like grass-fed beef, sustainable seafood and organically grown produce. Even the water filtration system is special here, producing triple filtered still and sparkling waters that are used in the homemade sodas, beverages and bottled waters.

Picture 20Now that the standard’s been set, don’t think for one minute it’s all boring food here. The menus – both lunch and dinner – are full of Italian favorites. The extensive list of antipastos is impressive all on its own with three categories: cheese, meats, or greens and fish. Even the wide range of pastas have two categories: handmade fresh or artisanal imported dry. The wine list is beyond extensive with something for any taste and price range.

Pizzas, paninis, salads, house specials, and specialty Italian coffees round out the menu and for lunch there’s an irresistible $24 fixed price that includes a choice of an appetizer, entree, and dessert or house wine.

3. Hottest Debuts at NY Auto Show April 2-11

Picture 19There will be 32 highly anticipated debuts- 18 world introductions and 14 North American- at this year’s New York Auto Show. It is the new crop of hybrids that has the blogosphere and motor heads buzzing. Hyundai is set to debut its first ever hybrid, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, along with Porsche’s Cayenne hybrid and Lexus’ sporty compact hybrid, just to name a few. Other highly anticipated debuts include the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG with Gullwing doors, Ford Shelby GT500, Audi A8 and more . The New York Auto Show is only for 10 days, but you’ll definitely be hearing about what’s on display for months- or years- to come.

Hotel Indigo Midtown is an Urban Nature Oasis

Hotel Indigo first unleashed its unique magic at this Midtown Atlanta location in 2004 and the charm has definitely caught on. Different from most hotels, Hotel Indigo is all about creating an urban oasis, whether it’s with fresh greenery in the guest rooms, the hotel’s perfect 1.618 ratio design as found in nature, or changing up the hotel’s look, feel, sound, and taste for every season.

Brightly colored throughout in soft blues and greens,Picture 7 there’s nothing drab here. There are many comfortable spaces perfect for lounging, because the goal really is to evoke a lazy Sunday at home on the patio, and Wi-Fi just makes it better.

Guest rooms are stacked with shabby chic charm; they are also cheery and brightly covered. No space is wasted so rooms are purposely compact. Spa touches haven’t been abandoned though- the bathroom might be tiny, but the pressure in the shower isn’t.

Venturing outside is easy thanks to its convenient Midtown location just across from the Fox Theatre and its close proximity to quite a few nice restaurants. Those who cherish the simple things in life without giving up convenience will easily fall for the Hotel Indigo’s considerable charm.

Harry Winston: Rare Gemstones and Diamonds Galore

You may know Harry Winston as the design house of Jennifer Lopez’s hugely famous million dollar pink diamond engagement ring, or as the man who owned- and donated- the most famous diamond in the world, the Hope Diamond, but this store holds much more than diamonds. On the top floor of the Fifth Avenue boutique, master craftsmen create handmade timepieces and one-of-a-kind designs. The collection of the aptly named “The Incredibles” features large and exquisitely cut sapphires, rubies, tourmalines, and emeralds in custom designs surrounded by none other than beautiful diamonds. The excellence and sheer beauty of the rare gemstones and designs makes this a Hollywood favorite for every major red carpet, wedding, or special event.

The Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Has It All


The Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel is a world of modern sophistication in the epicenter of Atlanta’s music and artistic scene. Discover a sense of arrival as you mingle with friends or co-workers in our inviting Atlanta luxury hotel lobby, showcasing an alluring fireplace, a floating 442-gallon salt water aquarium and dramatic backlit onyx ceiling and wall. The boutique Midtown Atlanta hotel is home to one of midtowns great dining experiences, Briza Restaurant, and local hotspot Rooftop 866. With its central location, this luxury hotel is steps from Georgia Tech, Piedmont Park and surrounded by attractions, restaurants and nightlife. The Renaissance Atlanta Midtown is among the premier hotels in Midtown Atlanta offering charming ballrooms and outdoor Terrace Space, accented by seating areas, cabanas and inspiring views ideal for intimate weddings or elegant affairs.

Sit on Top of Times Square at Ava Penthouse Lounge

Whether you’re in town to see the ball drop or want to relax in luxury in the middle of chaos, Ava Lounge always offers a VIP experience and incredible views of Times Square. Located on the rooftop- penthouse to be exact- of the chic Dream Hotel, the Ava Lounge is a French Riviera, Rome, South Beach, and Hamptons style holiday all in one.

In the summer, there’s no need to race out of town, because the terraPicture 6ce allows you to catch some rays in a luxurious setting while sipping a fabulous cocktail. When the weather gets colder there are two options, the heated terrace or the Crystal Room that’s complete with a fireplace, heaters, and winter cocktails.

The main attraction of Ava Lounge is the view. During the summer, an after work crowd comes to catch a beautiful sunset where the skies go from blue to pink to purple and then are lit up by the neon lights of Times Square. In the winter, Times Square is the center of attention and the dj’s give the buzz of the city a beat for you to dance to.

And for New Year’s, when all the world has their eyes on Times Square, partiers can get tickets to be on top of all the action to ring in the New Year. So while the rest of the world is watching TV or freezing cold in the -10 below temperatures, you can be sipping champagne in a tiny party dress and dancing to the DJ’s music with a perfect view of the ball and the fireworks.

W Midtown Atlanta: Where Guests Do Much More Than Sleep

The W Atlanta Midtown is oneATLwmidtown of Atlanta’s coolest hotels where guests can indulge in a good night’s rest and then some. With weekly celebrity attended events, why would you want to sleep? This boutique hotel in Atlanta invites its guests to get pampered, get rejuvenated, and get away- all within Atlanta’s city limits.

Wanna see celebs? Many of the city’s elite are at this Atlanta hotel on any given night. The Real Housewives of Atlanta have been spotted here on various occasions, including during their OK Magazine photo shoot. Incorporating LA style with Southern hospitality, the Playboy Pajama Party was also held at this Atlanta luxury hotel.

This W Hotel is the first Atlanta destination for the ultra-modern, Bliss Spa. Here, guests may fulfill decadent desires including an oxygen blast facial, carrot & sesame body buff, and the “blissage” head-to-toe massage.

Opened in 2008, this hotel paradise in Midtown has 466 luxury guest rooms, a relaxing spa, and tons of special event space. So whether you want a girls night out or a sensual night in, the W Hotel Midtown has the sophistication & sex appeal to feed all your senses.

The Empire Observatory’s Secret

EmpireStateBuildingAs the tallest building in New York City, you can’t help but be entranced by the Empire State Building. Yet waiting in the sometimes hours long line to see its famous view can ruin any source of awe one was expecting to feel.

We’ve got the solution to your tourist problems.

Go at night.

The ESB Observatory has hours fit for the City That Never Sleeps. It’s open until 2am.

Once the sun sets, it’s like a whole new world up there. Instead of families and tourists clamoring to get the best skyline shot (is there even one?), the crowd turns to New Yorkers and couples. The wait to get up to the top is slim to none and it’s quiet and spacious enough to feel like you’re on top of the world- alone.

Yes, the ESB Observatory is as incredible and romantic as it sounds.

Rita Hazan: Color Knows No Better

RitaHazanWhen Oprah features you- twice- and Jessica Simpson cheats on the colorist she made famous to be in your hands, you must be someone of high quality. You must be colorist Rita Hazan.

By her humble personality and youthful appearance, one would never know they were in the hands of a beauty master. So our correspondent was shocked to see that when Rita Hazan starts to foil it’s as if a kung-fu ninja has emerged. Rita uses a special folding technique, almost like the FlipFold, that allows the time-consuming process to go remarkably fast with each foil being of the same size.

While this may seem like an accomplishment in itself, it’s the mixture she uses in the back that is true genius. Rita takes time to listen to her clients and hear what they cannot express themselves, ending with results that near perfection. And the color lasts nearly forever in hair terms; the only reason to touch one’s hair after emerging from the salon is to touch up the roots, but never the color.

To add to the experience, make sure to get the special protein hair treatment that leaves even the most butchered of blondes absolutely shiny.

So, sure, stylists get all the credit for the “perfect” cut, but anyone who dyes their hair knows that finding the “perfect” color is nearly impossible. From personal experience, we know Rita Hazan makes the impossible perfectly possible.

Michael’s Pre-Theater and Power Lunches

A midtown must, Michael’s is the talk of the town when it comes to power lunches and pre-theater dinner. Financiers, CEOs, suits, and celebs rub elbows while filling up on award-winning wines and expertly executed entrees ranging from lobster to duck and scallops to steak. Contemporary art by the likes of Jasper Johns and Frank Stella deck the walls of the airy Garden Room, not that guests need to notice anything other than the famed food.

Melting Pot

For over 3 decades, The Melting Pot has offered patrons a decadently different dining experience. This fondue restaurant follows its “Dip Into Something Different” slogan. A stately décor appeals to diners with a fondness for fondue, and tables are equipped with individual burners to keep the pot hot. Asian and French Quarter style fondue are also served here, and there’s a substantial selection of fruit, bread, and vegetables for your dipping pleasure. These vibrant dishes are almost too beautiful to eat, including the chocolate fondue. The Melting Pot promises a truly memorable meal time.

Georgeous Gowns & Bridal Beauty at Reem Acra

Known for stunning bridal creations and dazzling gowns, Reem Acra carries everything you need to look your most glamorous. Reem Acra has a design aesthetique that will get you noticed no matter what part of the world you’re in. The designer was born in Lebanon and studied fashion in Paris and New York, giving her clothes a European style for the American woman. Reem Acra is known for luxurious clothing with rich colors that are traditional classic, yet modern at the same time. The designs are spectacular now and most definitely will be far in into the future.


Rare Books. Special Editions. One-of-a-kind gifts. Just a few of the things you can expect to find at Assouline. Sporting the motto, All that’s beautiful in the world should be in an Assouline Book, Assouline’s spirit has created a unique and eclectic, chic and elegant brand that is immediately identifiable. With its reputation for style and elegance, Assouline has used this to create a superior line of gifts that represent the best in modern design, from stationery to paperweights.

Radio City Music Hall Tour

Romance and opulence make up Radio City Music Hall, one of New York’s great attractions. And it’s not just about the shows! The sheer beauty of this venue is well worth the visit, even if you don’t have those hard-to-get tickets to your dream concert. Here is where many of the city’s star-studded events take place – everything from the Grammy Awards to the annual Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. Originally built as a part of midtown Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center complex, it continues to stand strong as a symbol of glamour and entertainment.

There’s also a way to get a sneak peek inside. Following the lead of Radio City’s experienced tour guides, explore the beautiful art-deco interiors and learn the secrets of the Great Stage, one of the largest indoor performance stages in the world. The stage’s hydraulic system is still in operation since the ’30s. And at the end of the tour, guests meet one of the world-famous Radio City Rockettes.

Circle Line

Circle Line is the best way to get a bird’s eye view of Manhattan. To see the giant island, take a Circle Line boat tour from West Midtown all the way around back to West Midtown. See the 27 bridges, be awed by the downtown skyline, smell the East River, watch the endless ribbon of cars whip down FDR Drive and listen to the acerbic, to-die-for quips of the dyed-in-the-wool New York tour guides.

The Russian Tea Room

For over eighty years, New York’s defining cultural moments have taken place at Russian Tea Room. Ever since members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant in 1927, it has been a second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite—an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and businessmen planned their next deals and feted their friends’ latest Carnegie Hall performances. The lively tradition and legacy of the Russian Tea Room is alive and well!

NYC Views & Cocktails Make A Killer Combo at MObar

On the 35th Floor of the magnificent Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the MObar offers an intimate atmosphere for drinks and light dishes, along with some killer glimpses of the hotels’ slick, urban surroundings. In addition to having 20 wines by the glass, the bar serves a variety of cocktails, some of which are blended with house infused liquors. Stop by Mobar and enjoy a unique experience in the heart of New York City.

Hammerstein Ballroom

Musicians from the world of pop, rock and electronica all find their home in a seemingly unconventionPicture 51al setting: A vintage opera house that can holds up to 3,000. Hidden by a conventional midtown office-building, you would never know that some of the most significant groups of our time have orchestrated blow-out events, making the Hammerstein anything but an ordinary music venue in Manhattan. The ballroom opened in 1906 as a classical opera house. Then in 1910 it turned into a variety show house… followed by a conversion into a movie palace. During the Depression, it became a Freemason’s temple, and was then abandoned in the 70’s. Now, the Hammerstein is seat-free, allowing mobs in for general admission seating/standing.

Fred Leighton

Fred Leighton has draped countless red-carpet stars in diamonds, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman, and Catherine Zeta-Jones (who was married in them). Explore this Madison Avenue boutique and find antique cushion-cut diamonds and estate brooches. Leighton also designs delicate diamond and platinum engagement rings for brides-to-be.

Library Hotel New York

Picture 47Bibliophiles will love this majestic little hotel where every floor is dedicated to one of the categories of the Dewey Decimal System. If you’re a lover of the law, stay in the guestroom that’s adorned with books on legal systems. Located in Manhattan’s Library Way, this elegant boutique hotel is just moments away from landmarks like the New York Public Library and the Pierpont Morgan Library. Think of it as literary luxury.

Hotel 57

Picture 38Part of a new generation of luxury accommodations in Midtown, Hotel 57 welcomes guests into a serene and sophisticated environment. The hotel features 220 deluxe rooms and suites with custom designed furniture and state of the art amenities. Each room provides a comfortable and relaxing setting designed to suit both business travelers and families on vacation.

Millennium U.N. Plaza

Picture 54Right on the global pulse, the Millennium U.N. Plaza welcomes business travelers, foreign dignitaries and sightseers from around the world to experience Manhattan. The hotel has 427 spacious guest rooms and suites beginning on the 28th floor of the hotel, with great skyline views of the city. They also have an indoor swimming pool, health club and tennis court. It’s located on the far East Side of Midtown, between First and Second Avenues, right by the U.N. building.

Peninsula New York

Picture 8The Peninsula New York is ideally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, in the center of the City’s most prestigious shopping, cultural, and business neighborhood, in Midtown Manhattan. A 23-story, 1905 landmark building, The Peninsula New York reopened in 1998, following a major renovation. Many of the hotel’s original Beaux Arts architectural features were retained throughout, and the result is one of modern accents on old-world elegance.

Ritz-Carlton Central Park

Picture 14Spend the day taking in all the vibrant culture, exclusive shopping and unique restaurants that Manhattan has to offer, then return to the luxurious hospitality of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. Close to the cultural and retail vanguard, the hotel offers a cosmopolitan experience with the ambiance of a private home on Central Park.


Picture 19Experience the exclusive ambiance, private setting, and unparalleled personal service that distinguish The Sherry-Netherland, a landmark Central Park hotel. Topped by an elaborate Gothic minaret, The Sherry adds a note of drama and history to the Manhattan skyline. Featuring European-style service–including full concierge assistance, elevator attendants, and valet parking–to the spacious accommodations, a stay at The Sherry has been an expression of privilege since 1927.

Park Central Hotel

Discover the superb accommodations and convenience of the Park Central New York, and stay in the core of New York City’s most vibrant setting. This landmark choice of Midtown Manhattan hotels is just blocks from the Theater District, Central Park, and Rockefeller Center.

Delight in the ever-changing streetscape at Café New York, a bistro-style restaurant where ceiling-to-floor windows provide an elegant sidewalk-café atmosphere. They offer all the amenities like a private health club to state-of-the-art business facilities.

Shoreham Hotel

Picture 20Conveniently located in midtown Manhattan on 55th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, the Shoreham Hotel is located within walking distance of many of Manhattan’s most important business addresses, the finest 5th Avenue shopping, Central Park, Broadway Theatres and Carnegie Hall.