By Spencer Cain, The Vivant
Carole Radziwill On the last season of "Real Housewives of New York City," viewers were treated to a somewhat surprising new cast member: Author Carole Radziwill, whose been a New York City fixture and household name for years now. Her 2006 New York Times bestseller What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love, based on the tragic passing of late husband Anthony Radziwill and close friends John Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette, is a haunting must-read-and her latest book The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating (out September 17) is a more humorous look at life after the death of a loved one.
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Radziwill is also a bona fide fashion lover, with a unique sense of style. We caught up with her to chat about her favorite spots to write, her enviable closet, and her memorable run-in with Karl Lagerfeld.
The Vivant: Tell us about your process when it comes to writing.
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- The Vivant | Fashion – Mon, May 6, 2013 1:58 PM EDT
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By Leah Bourne, The VivantRead More »from Which Tourists Shop the Most when They Travel?
Tourists Ever wonder which tourists spend the most money when they travel? Visa's 2013 Global Travel Intentions Study has just been released, offering some insights into just that.
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After surveying 12,630 travelers from 25 countries the survey found that Saudi Arabians are the top spenders shelling out an average of $6,666 per trip. Coming in second are Australians who spend on average $4,118, while Chinese travelers came in third spending $3,824.
The Chinese could soon take the top spot. Boosted by a rising Chinese currency, Chinese travelers spent a record $102 billion on international tourism in 2012, a 40 percent rise from $73 billion in 2011.
Which tourists shop the most contrasts sharply with the top travel destinations in the world. The US came in first with 17 percent of respondents saying they went to the US in the last two years. Other top destinations were the
- The Vivant | Fashion – Thu, May 2, 2013 10:17 AM EDT
By Spencer Cain, The VivantRead More »from Beyoncé’s Diva Demands on Tour Include Enormous Dressing Room and $900 Straws
Beyoncé Beyoncé may position herself as one of the most humble stars out there, grateful for all her blessings and just happy to be doing what she loves, but let's not forget that she is a total diva. Last night, she kicked off the first of six shows in London as part of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour at the famed 02 Arena-and she had some pretty lofty demands.
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After arriving at the arena by a private helicopter, the 31-year-old star immediately took issue with one very important thing: Her dressing room! While the dressing rooms are said to be luxurious and massive at the arena, she just didn't feel they were big enough-and opted to get ready in the ones that are normally used for entire sports teams.
Of course, she reportedly customized the rooms before she arrived with white drapes, leather sofas, and dramatic carpeting. This isn't the only demand Bey has had
- The Vivant | Fashion – Wed, May 1, 2013 12:45 PM EDT
By Leah Bourne, The VivantRead More »from 12 Things You Need to Know About the New Queen of the Netherlands, Queen Máxima
Queen Máxima Just yesterday the Dutch celebrated the coronation of a new king and queen of the Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Máxima. Being obsessed with all things royalty, here, 12 things you need to know about the new queen.
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1. She's Argentinian. No, Máxima's doesn't hail from the Netherlands herself, she is from Argentina.
2. She is a descendent of royalty. Through her father, she is a descendant of King Afonso III of Portugal and his son King Denis of Portugal and many noble families of the Iberian Peninsula.
3. Her father has a controversial past. Máxima's father was a cabinet minister during the regime of Argentine President Jorge Rafael Videla, and was believed to be involved in the "Dirty War," a period of state sponsored terrorism in Argentina during the 1960s.
4. She has a business background. Máxima worked for Deutsche Bank in New
- The Vivant | Fashion – Tue, Apr 30, 2013 3:56 PM EDT
By Spencer Cain, StyleCasterRead More »from Following Ann Curry Scandal Matt Lauer Buys $1.4 Million Yacht and Names it ‘Resilient’
Matt Lauer It's no secret that Matt Lauer has had an incredibly difficult year. The "Today" co-anchor was deemed responsible in the media for his former co-host Ann Curry's incredibly controversial departure from the show. Numerous reports labeled him as beyond difficult, cold, and essentially a 55-year-old male diva. So, as anyone with a $25 million annual contract would do, Lauer has decided he needed something to help him relax at this $15 million Hamptons mansion-and therefore bought a $1.4 million Hinckley T38 yacht.
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The brand new yacht is named "Resilient"-and frankly, given the public beating he's taken recently, we can only assume it's a way of keeping his confidence high. It could also refer to his marriage with model Annette Roque (the duo have had ups and downs over the years, with a divorce petition filed-but removed-back in 2006).
- The Vivant | Fashion – Tue, Apr 30, 2013 11:04 AM EDT
By Spencer Cain, The VivantRead More »from The Kardashians’ Lavish Greece Vacation is Costing at Least $200,000 a Week—And They’re Miserable
The Kardashians In case you don't keep up with the Kardashians-and let's face it, that's pretty hard to do in the age of social media-you may not know that they're currently on an incredibly lavish vacation in Greece that's being filmed for their E! reality show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." Just a nice, secluded vacation with their family and tons of camera guys-that's costing well over $200,000 a week!
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The family (minus significant others, like Kim's baby daddy Kanye West and Khloé's husband Lamar Odom) have been living large aboard an unbelievable yacht off the coast of Mykonos. We did some digging and discovered that the yacht, known as Oceanos, is a 161 foot behemoth that can be reserved for $195,000 a week. Regardless of their fabulous surroundings, Kim and Khloé are reportedly miserable that their men had to stay behind for work commitments, and that they were contractually obligated to go
- The Vivant | Fashion – Fri, Apr 26, 2013 2:51 PM EDT
By Leah Bourne, The VivantRead More »from It’s Good to Be President! Obama Gets Gifts from World Leaders Including Hermès Bags and Vodka
President Obama and Michelle Obama The State Department has just released a report on the haul of gifts that President Obama received from world leaders in 2011 and the gifts are not to be believed! The Philippines Ambassador gave Obama a bamboo bicycle, the Afghan Ambassador gave him a rug, the Australian Prime Minister gifted him an iPod shuffle, the President of El Salvador gifted a wooden mask carved into the shape of a jaguar, the Polish Prime Minister gifted vodka, and the German Chancellor gave him a putter set.
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The most generous gifter was former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni who gifted the First Family over $40,000 worth of items including a Hermès golf accessory bag worth $7,750, a Louis Vuitton men's bag, two Baccarat crystal lamps worth $5,500, and children's clothing from Bonpoint Paris.
And don't think Obama was the only administration official to get some serious
- The Vivant | Fashion – Wed, Apr 24, 2013 12:46 PM EDT
By Spencer Cain, The VivantRead More »from Rihanna Spends $8,000 in One Dollar Bills — Find Out the Scandalous Reason Why
Rihanna It's no secret that Rihanna likes to party-and goes all out when it comes to having fun with her posse. The 25-year-old is known for routinely indulging in marijuana (don't take it from us, she routinely Instagrams photos), hitting up the hottest clubs in the world, and frequently buying out bars for the night just so her crew can privately have a killer night-that doesn't end until the next morning. Currently in the midst of her Diamonds World Tour, RiRi has been up to her old tricks, and this past weekend after her show in Miami, things got really rowdy.
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On early Sunday morning, she stopped by Miami's King of Diamonds, one of the premiere strip clubs in the area. Always one to be generous, Rihanna made it rain on the strippers-to the tune of $8,000. According to TMZ, she wanted to see how "the girls move to her
- The Vivant | Fashion – Tue, Apr 23, 2013 1:44 PM EDT
By Blair Pfander, The Vivant
When Baz Luhrmann-whose resume includes frenetic, glitter-garnished musicals like "Moulin Rouge" and "Strictly Ballroom"-began working on a modern adaptation of the Fitzgerald classic, "The Great Gatsby," he lured collaborators from worlds as diverse as hip hop, hospitality, and fine jewelry.
Not only did Tiffany & Co. create Daisy Buchanan's glamorous Art Deco adornments, but Miuccia Prada designed her swishy flapper garb.
As for the fellas, Brooks Brothers (which is actually name checked in the original Fitzgerald text) created dapper fitted suits and silky cravates-and, subsequently, a complete retail collection hitting stores this month.
Supplying even more swagger? Moët & Chandon sponsored Gatsby's champagne-soaked celebrations while Jay-Z produced an original hip hop score.
We're pretty sure "Gatsby" was never this great.
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Dad-To-Be of the Year? Kanye West Shells Out $100,000 for Private Planes to Make Kim Kardashian’s Doctor’s AppointmentsBy The Vivant | Parenting – Mon, Apr 22, 2013 11:49 AM EDT
By Spencer Cain, The VivantRead More »from Dad-To-Be of the Year? Kanye West Shells Out $100,000 for Private Planes to Make Kim Kardashian’s Doctor’s Appointments
Kim and Kanye Kanye West has recently been receiving a lot of flack in the media for his behavior during his girlfriend Kim Kardashian's pregnancy. West, a known workaholic and creative type who needs to disengage to focus on his craft, has been camping out in Paris for the past few months working on his new album while Kardashian has been dealing with the stress of her second divorce (which was finalized last Friday) and her less-than-perfect pregnancy alone in Los Angeles.
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However, according to a recent report, that isn't exactly the case-it seems that West has been way more involved than anyone knew, and has made it a priority to be at every one of her doctor's appointments. But why haven't we ever seen him at the airport, a known stalking ground for paparazzi and fans? Because the rapper and fashion designer only flies private.
He doesn't own a