Blog Posts by JustLuxe

  • New York's Closet Organizers: Sorelle Firenze

    In my time in New York, I've lived in a walk-up tenement, a Tribeca loft, and now an 1880s-era Brownstone. One trait has always stuck with me throughout my moves- a lack of organization. Whether I'm working with a shoebox-sized room or a giant walk-in closet, I've never been able to keep my living area tidy. Chalk it up to my excessive shopping habits, but somehow my shoes and bags have always been in piles and my closet rod stuffed to the max with wrinkled clothes.

    When I realized I was wearing the same clothes over and over- just what I was able to see sticking out of my closet- I decided it was time to call in the pros. Enter the Abbatemaggio sisters: Monica and Barbara, and their patented Sorelle Firenze ("Sisters of Florence") Closet. The designer and celebrity stylist ladies have turned their popular Tribeca boutique into a fashion/home consultancy, helping busy customers make the most of what they have in their closets.

    I was feeling embarrassed when I set an appointment with

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  • Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swimwear Collections Heat Up Miami

    Photo Credit:Walter Grio/Shoot For Change (Crystal Jin) Could there a better place on earth than Miami, Florida for the 2012 swimwear collections review? Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is the place to be and be seen here in South Beach this week.

    As if the city were not already blessed with enough bikini babes, Miami was invaded this week with many more as the fashion designers rolled in with their entourage of swimsuit models galore! But on a serious note, let's review the designer's collections thus far. It will be much like traveling as I take you from a California designer, to one from New York, then back down under with an Australian.

    It is no wonder L *Space lead designer, Monica Wise won last year's Mercedes-Benz Designer of the Year. It might be a wise choice for this year as well once you see her new designs. Wise says her inspirations come from beaches in Southern California where she lives, to distant seashores, and designers from decades past.

    Moving on to New York, I'll

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  • Sexy Stockings and Garter Belts by Cervin Paris

    Simply put, there is something about a pair of stockings being held up tightly by the straps on a garter belt that is outrageously sexy. For opulent beauty, I turn to the authentic French made Cervin name. The exceptional quality, make Cervin desired by royalty and celebrities from around the world with their savoir-faire in the stocking industry.

    Your legs instantly become smooth and tight, visually and by touch. Wearing the belt and stockings is sexy, yet still very much a glamorous lady-like thing to do. Whether others know you are wearing them or not, your confidence will radiate, your captivating aura will emanate, and the flirtatious grin on your face will leave people guessing what is it all about.

    Along with one of my recent trips to Paris, came the invitation to an underground "Swing Time" party hosted by Cervin. In a tribute to the music associated with the liberation of France, Cervin dedicated a line of stockings named "Swing Time" with classic design details from that

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  • Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Appeals to Thrill Seekers

    The award-winning contemporary aromatic fougere fragrance - all great men's fragrances are aromatic fougeres aka colognes that incorporate lavender and woodsy notes - utilizes decadent orange blossom, lemon, cedar, lavender and patchouli to olfactory success. The gun-metal gray bottle with anthracite glass is sleek and modern, complementing the flashy gold of the women's fragrance.

    Actor Chris Evans is the face of the new fragrance. The star of the upcoming Captain America was a seamless fit for the company as he's not so well known that people are tired of seeing his face everywhere and he appeals to a broad demographic. To the fragrance team behind the scent, he embodies the Gucci Guilty man.

    The television ad - directed by Frank Miller of Sin City fame - features Evans riding a sleek motorcyle in a futuristic landscape, seducing actress Evan Rachel Wood. Once he leaves her in the morning, he forges ahead, never looking back.

    The fragrance retails for $57 and is available

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  • Cooking With Beer: Summer Recipes With Leinenkugel Brews

    There's nothing better than enjoying some good food with a good beer on a hot summer day. We decided, with help from our friends at Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, to combine the two for some amazingly flavorful and light summer recipes . We also added a couple drink recipes just in case you have some left over beer and want to use it to impress at your next barbecue.

    Leinenkugel's Watermelon, Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Goat Cheese and Honey Lemon Dressing (Serves 4)


    2 cups tomatoes, diced, ½ inch 2 cups seedless cucumber, diced 4 cups seedless watermelon, diced 1 oz. mint

    Honey Lemon Dressing

    2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 lemons, zested and juiced 1 oz. Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy


    4 oz. goat cheese 8 romaine leaves

    In a large serving bowl, mix the honey, extra virgin olive oil, lemons and Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy. Mix well, and add chopped watermelon, tomato, cucumber and mint. Layer two romaine leaves on a salad plate or in a

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  • Harmful Beauty Ingredients

    We spend small fortunes on health and beauty care products - on average using at least 10 varieties every day. But did you know that the products you use to cleanse, soften and hydrate may contain harmful additives that cause long term damage to vital organs and your immune system?

    Read about (and avoid!) ingredients listed below...learn why beauty and health is not merely skin deep.

    Anti-bacterial's: Used too frequently, anti-bacterial ingredients can counteract resistance from disease-causing germs like e. coli and Salmonella.

    Coal Tar: Often found in toothpaste, dandruff shampoos and anti-itch creams, coal tar is a carcinogen and leads to various types of cancers.

    Diethanolamine (DEA): Drains the body of choline, a mineral vital to fetal brain development.

    Formaldehyde: This toxic additive has extremely dangerous health effects including weakened immune-system, decreased respiratory function and cancer. Formeldehyde is hidden in the following labels: diazolidinyl urea,

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  • TAG Heuer L-Type LW Eyewear Wins Red Dot Design Award

    The Avant-Garde Eyewear line by TAG Heuer has won a Red Dot Design Award with its L-Type LW model. This is the third time that the company has received this award. The Swiss luxury brand won the coveted design award previously in 2010 with its Squadra NightVision Physics model. It also won the award in 2002 with its Sport Vision eyewear.

    The Red Dot Design Award is named after the Red Dot Design Museum, which has locations in Germany and Singapore. The awards are issued through a yearly competition for design concepts and prototypes that is held in Singapore. A 27-member jury of world-renowned industrial designers reviewed more than 11,000 entries from 60 different countries to select the winners for 2010. The Red Dot Museum's product-design competition began in 1955.

    TAG Heuer Eyewear has called the L-Type LW one of the most advanced products it ever produced. The lightweight and unbreakable nature of the carbon-made frames stem from the usage of technological components from both

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  • How to Serve Wine at the Proper Temperature

    If you drink wine, you know that white wines are typically served chilled, and red wine is best served at room temperature. While these guidelines are basic and broadly true, serving wines at a temperature that is too cold or too warm will mask the structured nuances of a wine, and negate the very essence of subtle craftsmanship intended by the winemaker . There is a simple formula (outlined below) to optimize the flavor profile and variable aromas of different grapes.

    65-70° F: Best for full-bodied power-houses. The flavors found in these tannic and "chewy" reds show best just slightly above room temperature to retain bold qualities.

    Perfect for: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Meritage and Bordeaux Blends, Rhônes, Nebbiolo, Barolo, Rioja, Malbec and Zinfandel.

    60-65° F: These light-medium body red grapes grow successfully in cooler climates, so it is fitting that they are best enjoyed at slightly cooler temperatures. This helps to enhance the bright fruit flavors that these wines

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  • Fine Dining at The Inn at Furnace Creek in Death Valley

    Known around the world to many as a blistering inferno and virtual "hell hole," Death Valley National Park in Southern California is a place of ungodly extremes: It is the hottest, lowest and driest place in North America. Perhaps that's why some say it is Satan's abode above ground.

    After all, with the Funeral Mountains to the east, Coffin Peak to the south and Bad Water down under; get the picture. So, it may come as a pleasant surprise to discover that Death Valley also harbors a luxurious oasis in the midst of this sun-baked landscape: the Inn at Furnace Creek in Death Valley. A Four-Diamond resort, the historic inn exudes Hollywood-style 1930s luxury with mission-style ambiance and a comfy flair to match.

    There is more than just pretty rooms and Hollywood nostalgia at this remote place in the sun. The Inn at Furnace Creek Dining Room has also developed quite a reputation for its fine dining scene - one that extends far beyond the boundaries of the park. Case in point:

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  • Cocktail Recipes by Chandon a Refreshing Way to Start Summer

    The official start to the summer is just around the corner, so why not celebrate and kick-start the season with a cool, refreshing Chandon cocktail?

    In addition to a range of sophisticated and vibrant sparkling wines that are pleasing to all palates, the Napa-based wine expert has created a selection of cocktail recipes to mix things up this summer. Chandon's vibrant fruit-forward flavors make it an ideal ingredient for a wide variety of concoctions.

    Pop open a bottle of Chandon Brut Classic and create a new twist on some old summertime classics. Chandon takes everyday cocktails to a sparkling new level with these remarkably thirst-quenching recipes.

    Chandon Brut Mojito

    Ingredients: 2oz Chandon Brut Classic
    1oz 10 Cane Rum
    1/2 oz Simple Syrup
    7-10 Mint Leaves
    Juice from quarter of lime

    1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves with simple syrup and lime juice.
    2. Add rum and shake with ice.
    3. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
    4. Top with Chandon Brut

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