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  • America's Highest-Earning Chefs Rake in Millions

    Photo Courtesy of Gordon Ramsay

    The epicurean world has been getting much more appreciation and recognition within the past few years than ever before, with many chefs becoming celebrities in their own right. Some have been launched into the television spotlight due to their abrasive and entertaining personalities, while others have created an empire of published books and merchandise. All of this success leads to some huge paychecks and thanks to Forbes, we now know America's highest-earning chefs, with many raking in a global income of anywhere from eight million to $38 million.

    It should be no surprise to anyone that Gordon Ramsay makes the top of the list. His larger-than-life personality may be coarse, but that only makes us love him more. The 45-year-old reportedly earns $38 million globally, most known for being the Hell's Kitchen host and Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, where he enters failing restaurants and screams the kitchen crew into shape. While he does own 23 restaurants

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  • World's Best Cocktail Bars | Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards

    Photo Courtesy of Artesian Bar at The Langham

    In case you missed it, Saturday, July 28, was the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, probably the year's biggest night for alcohol-centered businesses (as well as for the people who really love their spirits - we're not judging), honoring the best of the best when it comes to classy booze. The ceremony took place in New Orleans and gave awards in various categories, from World's Best Cocktail Bar to the Best American Cocktail Bar. Here's six winning establishments who we thought were especially worth mentioning.

    Artesian Bar at The Langham, London, UK | World's Best Hotel Bar

    Many of our readers travel constantly, whether it be for business or pleasure, and know a thing or two about hotel bar's. Sometimes you just need to wind down and enjoy a well-made cocktail and now that Artesian Bar at The Langham has won World's Best Hotel Bar (they also won the World's Best Cocktail Menu),
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  • Aerin Lauder Releases Beauty Line This Fall

    Photo Courtesy of AERIN

    Aerin Lauder should know a thing or two about beauty - after all, she is the granddaughter of luxury cosmetics pillar Estée Lauder. Lucky for us, the beauty buff is putting her experience of growing up surrounded by experts to good use by releasing her own beauty line under her grandmother's label. AERIN by Estée Lauder is in its first stages, but we expect the line will flourish with Aerin's knowledge and expertise.

    AERIN Beauty is just a fragment of the entrepreneur's overall lifestyle brand, but the stylish mother did not disappoint in the cosmetics department. The base of the collection is made up of Aerin's "Essentials"- including a Fresh Skin Compact Makeup, a cream-to-powder foundation in six shades; Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder in two shades; Multi Color for Lips and Cheeks; Rose Lip Conditioner; Rose Hand and Body Cream; an Essential Makeup Bag, and a Brush Essentials set. The "Essentials" products range from $28 to $48, with the
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  • Photo Courtesy of OPI

    For all you beauty buffs that double as undercover James Bond fans, we've got some fashion news that will make you giddy. If you're as in love with the movie series as we are, you probably know that the franchise is getting ready to celebrate 50 years in the business. Alongside the release of Daniel Craig's latest stint as the dreamy spy, OPI is giving you double the reason to swoon: the luxury nail polish brand is releasing a special edition bottle that goes for gold.

    The new nail lacquer called "The Man with the Golden Gun" will be a top coat containing real 18 karat gold leaf that will come in a special, limited edition collectable bottle and Bond-themed packaging. Due to its special luxe ingredients, this polish is to be used sparingly as a top coat- applying in over another shade as a final layer will add an amazing fleck of gold to your manicure.

    The lacquer is set to be released in correlation with the newest Bond movie, Skyfall, which will
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  • Victoria Beckham Collection Adds Optical Eyewear

    Photo Credit: Pamela Hanson

    It seems like Victoria Beckham just won't back down from fashion news- not that we want her to. The Spice Girl-turned superstar wife and fashion mogul has recently announced that she's adding a line of optical eyewear to her repertoire. After starting a collection of sunglasses in 2010, the step towards prescription eyeglasses seems like a natural one, especially considering the posh designer is near-sighted herself.

    "I do need to wear glasses- [but] I haven't found glasses that suit me or that I particularly like," Beckham told WWD. "I've always been quite self-conscious [about this], so that's why I've decided to do them myself," she said of her new collection, which will be a nice addition to her fashion empire that also includes a denim line, kid's clothes and a fragrance. The spectacles will come in six styles with three color options. Beckham chose UK-based luxury eyewear company Cutler & Gross as her
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  • Kate Upton for Abbot + Main Fall 2012 Fashion Campaign

    Photo Courtesy of Abbot + Main

    Dylan George and Abbot + Main have launched their new Fall 2012 fashion campaign, California Dreaming. The Southern California inspired collection stars Twilight Saga actor Kellan Lutz, returning once again as the face of the brand, and model Kate Upton. With the campaign photo shoot on the famous Venice Beach, the line effortlessly brings to life the exuberance and excitement of California youth, while maintaining that sense of high fashion that Dylan George is known for.

    Shot by noted fashion photographer Yu Tsai, the portfolio of images are beautifully framed before a setting sun, with light filtering through the warm ocean mist. The atmosphere is the perfect relaxed setting for such a light and effortless collection. Paired with the gorgeous campaign photos is a lush video that shows Lutz and Upton breezing through Venice beach in a Vespa and vintage Mustang convertible.

    Co-designer of Dylan George's 2011 line, Lutz couldn't be more excited for

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  • Exploring a Chef's Journey from Farm to Table in Northern Utah

    Chef John Murcko
    Photo Courtesy of Canyons Resorts/Susan Kime

    The discrete movement from theory to practice sounds like the beginning of a philosophical treatise, not a story on an artisanal food sourcing journey. But the popular, yet still edgy locovore/farm-to-table idea did indeed become real when I went on a food sourcing journey, with Executive Chef John Murcko, from Canyons in Park City Utah.

    I have written about Canyons Park City for JustLuxe before, as it is an enclave combining five major ski resorts. Executive Chef John Murcko is Vice President of Culinary Services for Canyons Resorts and for Talisker, a high-end club/community that includes Park City resort neighborhoods. Chef Murcko was a semi-finalist for James Beard Best Chef Award 2012 and winner of the 2012 Salt Lake Magazine's Best Chef In Utah.

    He asked me and food journalists to travel to Northern Utah with him, and explore some small, artisanal food purveyors. Then, the next
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  • Women Fashion, Fashion Designers, Summer, Fashion News

    Photo Courtesy of GUESS by Marciano

    GUESS by Marciano has just announced an exciting partnership with noted Swedish fashion blogger Elin Kling. Kling, the woman behind the award-winning blog, Style by Kling, is well known throughout the fashion industry for her unique sense of style and her unparalleled attention to modern fashion trends.

    "She has style, she has personality, and she is typically our customer," said Paul Marciano, the Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director of GUESS Inc. "It isn't just that she is a blogger - what drove me first was her. It was Elin. And that is what is important for us."

    As the brand's very first collaborator, Kling will be heading up a limited edition women's capsule collection that is set to be sold at GUESS by Marciano stores and select GUESS stores all over the world. If a participating store isn't in your area, the collection will also be available online at, as well as a dedicated microsite that is currently in the

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  • Carven Offers Fun, Ready to Wear Fashion for Summer 2012

    Photo Credit: Viviane Sassen/Carven

    At a time when haute couture ruled the fashion scene, Carven was giving women approachable pieces with couture quality to fit their everyday lives. In 1945, Madame Carmen de Tommaso began the luxury brand, creating very relaxed, ready-to-wear clothing with a Parisian point of view featuring pops of color, clever details, and always a feminine air.

    The spirit of Carven's couture days can be seen in today's designs through rich textiles and inspired, but accessible items that women can be seen working, playing, and relaxing in.

    The Summer 2012 line is a great example of how Carven can take a woman from day to night, or from the office to the beach in one collection.

    Colors in Summer 2012 run the gamut from cobalt blues, black and white, to pink, mustard and camel. With shorts, crop tops, baby doll dresses, skirts, and jackets among the items on offer, Carven
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  • Fashion Icon Lady Gaga Launches Dazzling Jewelry Collection

    Rodrigo Otazu
    Photo Courtesy of Rodrigo Otazu

    Rodrigo Otazu, a native Argentinian who is famed among luxury jewelry designers, is collaborating with pop star Lady Gaga to create a visionary line of jewelry. Ever since she stepped on the scene Lady Gaga has been revered for her iconic fashion sense and outrageous style. Together with Otazu and creative director Nicola Formichetti, Lady Gaga will help to create a film for the Paris Fashion Week runway.

    Gaga will be outfitted in top fashion design and luxury accessories, custom made by Otazu, during the film which is rumored to feature a sub-Saharan post-apocalyptic type terrain. However, this is not the first time the three have collaborated. In 2010, Formicetti, Gaga, and Otazu constructed Gaga's controversial meat dress. Otazu designed the bedazzled beef clutch and other jewelry for the outfit.

    The Lady Gaga collection features six Swarovski crystal necklaces which possess a
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