LET’S GET AWAY FROM IT ALL

LET’S GET AWAY FROM IT ALL

A honeymoon is a time of rest, relaxation and taking in the sun after the big day happens. Our luxe style arbiter Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee has a few recommendations that make the Top 10 list of your must-haves as you get up and get away.

#1 OFF DUTY

Please, no emails, calls or texts allowed since this straw hat with black pompoms and black sequin lettering states there’s only room for fun in the sun. $65. At Hats By Olivia.

#2 LIP SERVICE

Plump, gloss and pout all at the same time with Christian Dior’s Lip Maximizer. We think the Raspberry Glow is the perfect shade from day to evening. $34. At Nordstrom.

#3 REALLY NAILING IT

Going neutral has its advantages. OPI Nail Lacquer’s Funny Bunny in Pearly White sets the bar high all summer long. $10.50. At Amazon.

#4 YOUR OTHER PRINTS CHARMING

Two dresses in one, Rhode’s Nala Sleeveless Print Mini Dress can be worn as a chemise or belted. In pink and orange, it’s perfect for dinner on the terrace overlooking the water. $355. At Saks Fifth Avenue.

#5 SLEEP TIGHT

This washable silk two piece pajama set by Lunya can travel the globe with you. Just hand wash and lay flat to dry. $178. At Lunya.

#6 HOOP DREAMS

These Roxanne Assoulin earrings will have you jumping through hoops because they go with everything. From pairing with a swimsuit to cocktails, it shows your most colorful side. In Cinque Terre enamel and gold tone. $90. At Net-A-Porter.

#7 IN THE SWIM OF THINGS

The Antibes scallop bikini by Marysia is ideal for sunning. The bandeau top and delicately edged trim is so very now. $282. At Shopbop.com

#8 LUSCIOUS LINGERIE

These Bride & Mrs. low-rise thongs are meant to add a bit of novelty, of course, in this set of two. $56. At Bloomingdale’s

#9 KEEP CALM & CARRY THIS ON

This pouch is perfect for storing your hair styling tools or packing bikinis for your next weekend getaway. Customize with a monogram. $54. At Stony Clover Lane.

#10 ST. TROPEZ SCENE

This Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil by Tom Ford captures the sultry effect of sun-kissed summer skin and tempts the senses with a fragrance of scorching sensuality. $100. At Nordstrom.

SUMMER’S SOFT GLOW

SUMMER’S SOFT GLOW

Warm summer days, sunny skies and a light breeze set the perfect backdrop for nuptial events and honeymoons. Whether you are a guest or a bride, preparing for the big day or a dreamy honeymoon, consider these summertime beauty essentials for a luminous goddess glow and the perfect summer bridal look, according to our beauty expert Ana Bribiesca Hoff.

HEATWAVE BEAUTY

Sensual and sultry tones add instant gleam and warmth to your complexion, enhancing natural skin tone and creating definition. The NARS Summer Lights Face Palette featuring four eyeshadows  in matte and shimmering finishes with bronzer and highlighter to heighten and brighten  create an ethereal bridal look. $59. At Sephora.

HEATWAVE PROTECTION

Guard against sun’s damaging rays with this innovative, continuous mist sunscreen. Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and California Poppy, this SPF 30 formula provides an effective shield from UVA and UVB rays while the tint helps camouflage imperfections and even skin tone. $39. At BeautyCounter.com

LUMINOUS PERFECTION

Charlotte Tilbury’s Supermodel Body is a must-have this summer. The slimming-hydrating body shimmer catches the light for an elongated, slimmer-looking glossy-skinned body. $125. At Charlotte Tilbury

GLOWING & RADIANT

From first kisses to champagne toasts, this holy grail lipstick formula with a lustrous finish will keep your lips looking hydrated and glamourous from day to night. Three youthful hues with a hint of 23-karat gold are perfect for any nuptial event. $120 for the set. At Tatcha.

RAINBOW BRITE

It’s time for washes of pink, purple, yellow and orange swept in a graphic yet soft shape eye shadow. Try Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette. $59. At Sephora.

SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS

This new limited-edition scent for summer explores a new olfactory territory – warm, sensual and sunny – Light Blue Sun is inspired by the exhilarating magic of summer love on the enchanting island of Capri. We recommend both Pour Femme and Pour Homme. $68-$102.

At Dolce & Gabbana.

THAT SUN-KISSED GLOW

Transition away from contouring and sweep a light-catching bronzer along cheekbones, not beneath, for a sun-kissed goddess glow. Try Givenchy Summer Solar Pulse Healthy Glow Powder Marble Edition. $55.

At Neiman Marcus.

BRIGHT FUTURE

Chantecaille’s Blanc Gardenia Brightening Emulsion is the stuff of dreams. This soft, lightweight moisturizer infused with Vitamin C and unique brightening ingredients that work to minimize visible discoloration and nourish skin to maintain an even looking skin tone.1.7 oz.$160. At Chantecaille.com

OIL BE GONE

This oil-absorbing base is a blotting paper in a tube that prevents a makeup meltdown allowing foundation to stay smooth, seamless and last longer. Try Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Top Secrets Instant Matte Pore Refiner. $20.

At Neiman Marcus.

SUMMER’S NOW “UN” POWDERED

RMS Beauty “Un” Powder is the perfect formula for summer. A light-reflecting, translucent and ultra-fine powder that never looks cakey. It provides radiance while absorbing excess oil and removing unwanted shine. $34. At Sephora

GLOWING DROPS

Summer sunlight in a bottle. These innovative self-tanning drops allow you to control your tan while fighting dryness, dullness and uneven tone and texture by adding Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster to your daily moisturizer. $32. At Dillard’s.

LET’S GO TO LONDON

LET’S GO TO LONDON

We know your inner Brit wants to go out to play. Admit it. We’re pretty sure, too, that inner Brit wants to go shopping while there. So, where can a discerning gentleman do that than in London right now? Our inveterate traveler Jay Batten shares his favorite insider tips you can’t leave home without in this comprehensive gentleman’s guide to our top five shopping recommendations in England’s tony capital.

HEY, IT SUITS YOU

Any client list that includes Churchill, Cruise, and Beckham is in a word, impressive. Savile Row’s client list includes those very icons, and that’s proof enough that every gentleman needs to head on over to this historic street. It is a high-end fashion hub in the heart of London’s Mayfield district. It is home to, among others, Henry Poole & Co., the inventor of the tuxedo, and Gieves and Hawkes, who have been tailoring for royalty, business professionals, and celebrities for years. So, if you want the best suits in the world, chances are Savile Row’s cadre of bespoke tailors can make them for you. At SavileRowBespoke.com

HOW VERY CONNOLLYS

Connolly has certainly come a long way from its 1878 beginnings as a saddle-maker. It eventually became the motor industry’s foremost supplier of the finest-quality leather money can buy. Now, the brand has become synonymous with luxurious tailoring and fine knits. Connolly’s Mayfair store boasts a diverse collection of finely made formalwear, though its specialty remains leatherware—wallets, bags, etc.—made of the highest order and, yes, from the finest quality leather money can buy. At ConnollyEngland.com

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Images courtesy of Connolly’s

MEET ME AT THE GARDEN

Everything you need (and want) is all in one location. That’s the best way to describe Covent Garden, a venue where you can buy clothes, gifts, jewelry, grooming products, sweets, and even arts and crafts. And, in case you ever want to experience full-on that unique London shopping experience that we love most, make sure you include the following in your itinerary: Floral and Monmouth Streets, St. Martin’ Courtyard, Shorts Gardens, Neal’s Yard, and Seven Dials. At CoventGarden.london

OUTLET FOR SUCCESS

Gentlemen should always be on the lookout for bargains–there’s nothing wrong scoring a luxurious belt or shoes on the cheap. Make your way to the London Designer Outlet (LDO), home of discounted designer and high-street brands. It has a wide selection of shops, from high fashion to sports apparel and there’s likely something for any discerning gentleman. Additionally, LDO is a stone throw away from the iconic Wembley stadium. Just across the street, in fact, the soccer club, Tottenham Hotspur, is currently its temporary residence. This is the perfect gentleman’s getaway as Wembley plays host to various matches and events that a shopped-out gentleman can experience after a full day’s worth of shopping at the LDO. At LondonDesignerOutlet.com

IT’S BROWN’S TOWN

For your casualwear needs, pay a visit to Browns at South Moulton Street.  It is a multi-brand retailer that offers a range of choices so you can update your wardrobe in style. Statement pieces from international designers can be had here, including hard-to-find trainers by JW Anderson For Versus and Adidas x Raf Simons. It is a compact boutique with a precisely laid out collection of must-haves, which means finding what you’re looking for is a breeze. At BrownsFashion.com

THE BIG DAY

THE BIG DAY

Wedding season is in full swing, which means it’s the perfect time to shower newlyweds with gifts they won’t forget. From home decor to wedding weekend style, it’s no secret that timeless pieces are the answer. Our glam nuptial guru, Tori Johnson, of ThesTORIbook.com, is sharing her curated collection of wedding must-haves.

SOMETHING BLUE

When combining households, it’s often better to start anew. Help turn a house into a home with a roomful of furniture as a gift. Photo and availability courtesy of Stowers Furniture.

FROM DAY TO NIGHT

From engagement teas and luncheons, to parties galore, give them a hint of what’s to come with this darling White Pilar ensemble created by Tish Cox,  featuring an oversized bow that cascades down the back. $895. Photo and exclusive availability at TheSIL.com

THE PERFECT POUR

No table is complete without a statement centerpiece. Every hostess with the mostest will adore this crystal beauty by Lily. $400. At The Menagerie, Austin.

SAUTE IN STYLE

Step aside stainless steel, copper is the new “it” metal taking over the household. This Duparquet copper set is the same cookware used in Neiman Marcus restaurants. $3,875. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus

BIG DAY BLING

These Aquazzura heels will make every bride feel like a star as she walks the aisle in style. $1,350. Photo and availability courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

BRILLAINT BARWARE

Want to get the party started? Delight the lucky duo with handmade cocktail napkins that contain uniquely festive messages. $40 for a set of 4. At AugustMorgan.com and The Menagerie, Austin.

LIGHT A FIRE

This set of two candle holders by Michael Aram is perfect for the bridal couple’s new home. The collection was inspired by anemone flowers, which are said to bring good luck and offer protection. $350. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus

IN FULL BLOOM

For the bride who adores her floral, gift this Jay Strongwater handcrafted glass vase with hand-set Swarovski crystals. $450. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

CLASSICALLY CRYSTAL

This Ben-Amun crystal and pearl hair piece will transform any ‘do into a Pinterest-worthy creation. From $240. Photo and availability courtesy of Ben-Amun.

HAPPIEST HOURS AHEAD

Take cocktail hour up a notch with a new statement piece for their chic home like this brass and acrylic bar cart. $1450. At Jonathan Adler.

LA DOLCE VITA

We’re positive we’ve found the perfect place to honeymoon. Positano, Italy is a trifecta of good food, great people and breathtaking views. Photo courtesy of Italy Magazine.

 

FEELING FRESH

Nothing makes a home seem as entertaining-ready as fresh flowers. The Bouqs Company makes life easier with multiple subscription options for a constant rotation of blooms. Photo and availability courtesy of The Bouqs Company.

LET THEM EAT CAKE

From bridal teas to luncheons to the ceremony, the right cake always makes a statement. As individual as each bride, it’s sweetness endures. Prices vary. Photo and availability courtesy of Paiges Bakehouse

MODERN CHECKMATE

Ace game night with this luxe version of a backgammon set that’s perfect for any coffee table. $2,500. Photo and availability courtesy of Michael Aram.

THE FINISHING TOUCH

Top off your bridal look with this stunning veil in delicate Chantilly lace that offers a breath of fresh air for the blushing bride. $750. Photo and availability courtesy of BHLDN.

NOW FOR SOMETHING NEW

NOW FOR SOMETHING NEW

Everywhere we look there’s something new to love. Join our inveterate cool hunter Lance Avery Morgan as he scopes the world near and far for the most unique new opportunities you can experience, too.

UP, UP & AWAY

Hotelier extraordinaire Andre Balazs has done it again. The former mid-century masterpiece, the TWA terminal at JFK Airport designed by architect Eero Saarinen is now the TWA luxe hotel just waiting for your Mad Men revival stay.

At TWAHotel.com

COCKTAILS, EVERYONE?

What do Effen Vodka, Larios Gin, Cruzan Rum. Hornitos Tequila, Tres Generations Tequila, and

Knob Creek Bourbon all have in common? They are a part of On The Rocks Cocktails, a chic premium-bottled cocktail brand that uses only the finest all-natural ingredients and is focused  on quality, not price. Plus, no preservatives or artificial ingredients are used and with their rigorous standards for quality, it’s why On the Rocks Cocktails has become a fan favorite of consumers, mixologists, and food and beverage directors alike. At OTRCocktails.com

GAME. SET. MATCH. ATTEND.

The fast-paced US Open tennis tournament is one of the most dynamic spectator sports in the world and the perfect way to end the summer after spending time at the beach or in the city. Starts August 26. At USOpen.org

OH, BABY

Yumi Foods has just launched in Texas and we love that founders Evelyn Rusli and Angela Sutherland felt the market lacked quality pre-made meals for babies. So, they did something about it. They both left successful careers to create Yumi: freshly made, nutrient-dense food for babies, toddlers, and more­–conveniently delivered right to your doorstep. To help immediately improve your baby’s world, visit HelloYumi.com

 

GONE GLAMPING

Want to experience the great outdoors in style? LCRA Parks has introduced five brand-new, luxurious 25’ Flying Cloud Airstreams at the park system’s Lake Bastrop North Shore Park (near Austin)​. One weekend here will have you connected with nature once again.

At LCRA.org

HAPPY HOMEMAKERS RE-DUX

The MidCentury Kitchen: America’s Favorite Room, from Workspace to Dreamscape, 1940s to 1970s by Sarah Archer covers the spectrum of food, design, and social history in this masterfully assembled illustrated pop history of the birth of the modern kitchen covering everything from the popularity of aqua and avocado, gender influence on the marketing of appliances and cooking, the birth of processed foods, and so much more.

At CountrymanPress.com

CHIC, COOL & CHARMING

CHIC, COOL & CHARMING

Chic dressing is timeless. We all know that. What makes personal style is the confident attitude that is also worn. Ala von Auersperg is a designer who loves to create ageless pieces that can be worn forever, so our vintage style arbiter Lance Avery Morgan went behind the seams with this design dynamo.

photography courtesy of AlA VON AUERSPERG

When you are the daughter of a society style icon like designer Ala von Auersperg , expectations can be high. Her mother Sunny Crawford von Bülow, who was known as a leading style setter of her day in the 1950s through the 1970s, greatly influenced von Auersperg’s design aesthetic. “My mother was always beautifully dressed whether at home or out and about,” shares Ala von Auersperg. “She had wonderful taste and knew what kinds of clothing suited her. Her love of the kaftans that she wore around the house inspired me to start designing kaftans of my own.”

She’s quick to admit, “My mother answered the call for something both beautiful and comfortable. So I wanted to  create something that emulated her version of looking relaxed and effortlessly flawless at home rather than disheveled and unkempt.” Making sure to acknowledge the family’s rich history of having a keen sense of style and the indelible print it left on her, which has naturally passed on to her artful designs, she reiterates, “They valued beautiful craftsmanship, knew what looked good on them, and understood that you can be casual and still look fabulous. These early lessons trained my eye and helped inspire my line.”

In an era where many travel commercially while wearing “athleisure” wear (to be kind about it), von Auersperg feels her designs offer her clients more without  compromising comfort. She states, “I had been working with the designer Antonio Gual for years, creating such pieces for myself, when in 2015 he suggested applying my original nature and travel-inspired artworks onto them.” From there, Ala Von Auersperg (AVA), the brand, was born. Shortly thereafter, my daughter, Sunny Kneissl Zweig, joined the team as our in-house stylist. Since day one, we have focused on making women feel wonderful in the feminine flow of the fabric, the transparency that not only reveals, but also partially conceals the body and the soft touch of textiles on the skin.” Ease is key as she muses, “I wanted clothes that were uncomplicated, yet elegant and versatile: you should be able to wear a garment to the beach, make it fancier if you go out, then add another layer to make it even dressier for a special occasion.”

The vibrant prints and flattering construction almost guarantee a special feeling when a woman wears an Ala von Auersperg creation. Her fabrication choices recollect the balmy days of Palm Beach and warm nights of Palm Springs of a bygone era, which is part of the appeal of her designs: reinterpreted glamour. “The prints are an organic extension of my life and my work as an artist, a path I began a decade ago,” she notes. “I have always loved art, but despite having a great-grandfather and  grandmother who were both gifted sculptors I didn’t think art was something I could create. A drawing class changed that and I began painting the flowers in my garden, the coral at our home in Antigua and flora from my travels and I just loved it. It takes me out of the everyday, and then, when I see the prints on a woman, it’s another reward. When she moves, so does the print and she becomes the work of art. That’s why we say “Wear AVA and become your own masterpiece.”

In fact, she says, “Our goal is to help all women realize they can be glamorous, no matter their size or age. AVA is about enjoying life as you are and being the best version of yourself,  because when a woman looks her best, she feels better about herself. We all have roles to play and will perform  them more effectively when we’re at our best. Quite frankly, there is too much fun to be experienced in life, which can be missed when one is focused exclusively on what she is wearing.”

That design aesthetic has led von Auersperg’s clothing line to be so successful, while also supporting a greater purpose. “This passion for creating clothes that boost a woman’s confidence also underpins my philanthropic work, specifically with women who have experienced violence, as those crimes rob their self-esteem as well,” she confides. “The National Center for Victims of Crime, which I co-founded in 1985, works to remedy this loss. The Brain Trauma Foundation (originally the Sunny Von Bülow Coma and Head Trauma Research Institute), which I founded in 1986 in honor of my mother, supports ongoing research on traumatic brain injuries. These causes advance my ultimate goal in life as a daughter, mother, and grandmother, which is to leave the world a better place.” And certainly, a more stylish one, too.