A Piece of Paradise

_DSC8047-EditYou may recall that back in June I mentioned Las Rosadas, a veritable paradise and a traveler’s dream on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Now, I’m thrilled to see that Las Rosadas has been named one of the 5 of the Best Exclusive Use Resorts in the World by Luxury Travel Magazine. This is a truly remarkable property, which you can own, including the Las Rosadas Private resort and the 39-lot subdivision, for $75 million. I would love to tell you more.

The New Address of Luxury Hospitality

Image by Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Image by Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

It has been 124 years since the Astoria Hotel opened its doors on New York’s Fifth Avenue, and 86 years since the Waldorf Astoria opened at its current location on Park Avenue. All those years of history and accumulated knowledge of luxury hospitality have now converged in Beverly Hills with the opening of The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills at the iconic intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards. (more…)

Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney

From his iconic swimming pool paintings to his kaleidoscopic photo collages (known as “joiners”), David Hockney has provided both art connoisseurs and contemporary culture with a lifetime of lasting images. This year the artist turns 80 and if “Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney” at the Getty Center is any indication, he seems little inclined to slow down.

Pictured Left – Self Portrait with Red Braces, 2003, David Hockney, watercolor on paper. © David Hockney. Photo credit: Richard Schmidt

 

 

JR Team Getty Event

I was thrilled to take the entire Joyce Rey team to the opening of the exhibit, where the attendees helped Mr. Hockney celebrate his auspicious birthday. While we were there, we enjoyed many of the G

etty’s other offerings, including fabulous Masters, the amazing paintings of wheatstacks and Rouen Cathedral by Claude Monet, Van Gogh’s Irises, and magnificent Rodin sculptures.

No matter how often you visit, it’s always a special occasion to ride the tram up to the Getty Center, to visit the gardens and see the views, and, of course, to stroll among the incomparable artworks.

The Cars are the Stars

At Bugatti cocktail party with a 1936 yellow bugatti. I should have been wearing Art Deco!

At Bugatti cocktail party with a 1936 Bugatti. I should have been wearing Art Deco!

Once again, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance outdid itself with luxury, dazzle, beauty, and fun. As you may know, this is one of my favorite events of the year and 2017 was no exception.

Each year, the Concours has featured themes and special classes and marques, but every car is a star. What’s amazing is the range of vehicles – you might say they range from garage bands to symphony orchestras – and every one is someone’s personal passion, designed and polished to within an inch of its life. (more…)

More Art for L.A.

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Image by icla.org

The post-Labor Day calendar looks exciting and it will start this weekend – September 9-10, 2017 – with the grand opening celebration for the new Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA). Located in the burgeoning Downtown Arts District, the 12,700-square-foot facility was designed by wHY Architecture to house the latest iteration of what was once the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

The weekend will be filled with talks, tours, performances, and workshops, plus three inaugural exhibits: Martín Ramírez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation; Project Room: Abigail Deville; and Sarah Cain: Now I’m Going To Tell You Everything. See the complete schedule in the L.A. Weekly and learn more about ICA LA on the website and Facebook page.

An Update on Sugar Substitutes

iStock-603862406_field_img_articlelisting_235_235UC Berkeley Wellness recently released an update on the safety of sugar substitutes. As the experts weigh in, research reveals contradictions between artificial sweeteners and supposed weight-loss. This controversial topic is something that everyone should know about. My advice is to stay away! Although, if you must, Berkeley Wellness provides information on which sugar substitute, if any, you should consider using. For more information about the facts, read Weighing in on Sugar Substitutes and Sugar Substitutes: Not All Are Equal.

A Piece of Paradise

_1280092-EditYou may recall that back in June I mentioned Las Rosadas, a veritable paradise and a traveler’s dream on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Now, I’m thrilled to see that Las Rosadas has been named one of the 5 of the Best Exclusive Use Resorts in the World by Luxury Travel Magazine. This is a truly remarkable property, which you can own, including the Las Rosadas Private resort and the 39-lot subdivision, for $75 million. I would love to tell you more.

Clooney Foundation supports education (and more)

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Source: UNICEF

As a member of the Southern California Executive Board for UNICEF, I am deeply aware of the tremendous need that faces children around the world. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates that over half of the nearly 22.5 million refugees worldwide are under the age of 18. Every day, they confront hunger, thirst, violence, displacement, disease, and lack of education – to say nothing of the short- and long-term scarring caused by these conditions.

So when an individual or organization steps up to make a difference, it’s cause for celebration. At the end of July, the Clooney Foundation for Justice announced a $2.25 million UNICEF partnership, which includes a generous donation from Google.org, and a $1 million technology grant from HP, to support formal education for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. (more…)

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