Luxury condos are always trying to stand out from the pack, offering more creative amenities and options. The latest trending high rise amenity? Private pools — for every unit. Each of the 100 condos in Mumbai's Bandra Ohm will have a crescent-shaped balcony pool made of aquarium-grade acrylic.
When I was a teenager, I was mystified by the holiday tipping guides in magazines: do all grownups have a hairdresser/dogwalker/doorman, and fret annually about how much/whether to tip them? Growing up- and 14 years in customer service- has taught me that it doesn't have to be so fraught...
I've been pretty good this year, so I've put together a list of things I'd like Santa to bring me. As you can see, some of them might not fit through the chimney (or under the tree) but I can't help hoping that, with a little faith, some of them will appear on Christmas morning (or someday). A girl can dream.
Here in the land of the Polar Vortex, the hot gift on everyone's list is a remote car starter. Is there anything more luxurious than getting into a pre-warmed car? Here are some luxuries large and small that will get you through the winter:
Maybe it's the slow change to cool, deep-autumn weather that has me thinking of Lars von Trier's film, Melancholia. The beautiful, surreal (or too-real?) film features a wedding taking place at a beautiful home and its grounds:
It's been a few years since "staycation" was the buzzword of the summer, but the idea of "traveling" in your own hometown is still a popular concept for budget-friendly vacations. With luxurious linens and a whole host of conveniences, staying in a hotel is always a major treat, even when it's just a few blocks from your front door. But that hotel feeling? You can get that anytime. Even at home. All you need is a little boutique bedroom overhaul.
Bay area company Shelter Co.* is known for creating a "luxury camping" experience for events like weddings and retreats, bringing their set-up to just about any place you might be able to pitch a tent.
It comes right out of the taps! It's clean and clear and safe to drink! You don't have to carry it! You can even change the temperature dramatically on a whim! To see how a 21st-Century woman with a middle-class American upbringing can possibly be so amazed by indoor plumbing, let's lay out the Running Water Timeline of the past few months...