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Sparkling Hill Resort – Wellness by Design

In Design, News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

Dr. No would be so jealous. Stealthily climbing up the secluded spiraling road by car, (helicopter optional – really!), one is suddenly confronted with an architectural marvel blasted into a mountain. A faceted ‘crystal’ of epic proportions embedded into Vernon’s Mount Royce sparkles provocatively over Lake Okanagan in British Columbia, Canada. The entrance to the $122-million Resort invested by Gernot Langes …

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Jacqui Cohen Can ‘Face The World’ When Philanthropy Begins At Home

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

We are walking up a steep, U-shaped pink stone speckled driveway, away from the Mediterranean – style villa surrounded by lush palm trees and foliage, in Vancouver’s tony Point Grey. Jacqui Cohen, voluptuous in a midnight blue silk Les Habitudes sheath dress, leans on my shoulder to remove her high-heels; barefoot, she continues her meet & greet. But not with the …

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Andy Warhol Revisited: Exhibition of Original Warhol Paintings

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.” Andy Warhol In his own words, entrepreneur, Ron Rivlin is “a bit of a Forrest Gump character.” However, there is nothing slow-witted or naive about him. On the contrary – the 41-year-old LA businessman, art gallery owner/collector and restauranteur, identifies with Gump’s self-made man success story through his curious ability to fall into …

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Will That Be A Sculpture With Your Chardonnay? Okanagan Wineries Are Pairing Public Art With Sipping To Enhance All The Senses

In Arts, Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

The old adage wine, women and song has been around since the 13th Century and translates from almost every language. While music and concert series are de rigeur at  Okanagan wineries – from local talent serenading on the patio to Grammy Award winners like Tony Bennett performing at Mission Hill Winery’s Amphitheatre, public art, including sculpture, art exhibits, even film, is a growing trend …

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ChocXO Chocolatier & Café Explores Kosher Treats

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

Artisan chocolate makers, Richard Foley and Wade Pugh may not exactly agree with fellow Vancouverite, singer Sarah McLachlan’s lyrics that “love is better than chocolate.” The entrepreneurial duo have collaborated to open ChocXO Chocolatier and Café in Richmond, B.C. and Southern California,  based on their love for making chocolate and the artisan approach to small batch production. Pugh’s love affair with chocolate …

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NHL Hockey Legendary Defensemen Immortalized By Canada Post Unique Stamps

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

It’s every NHL Hockey fan’s dream to have an opportunity to stand in the same room with one of the NHL’s legendary hockey players. Recently graphic designers Avi Dunkelman and Joseph Gault, partners of Mix Design Group, Toronto unveiled their newest collection of postage stamps for Canada Post- Legendary Defenseman from the NHL’s Original Six Era at the Hockey Hall of Fame. On hand for the …

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Game of Thrones Exhibition Tel Aviv – ‘The House of King David’ Meets The Seven Kingdoms

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

Spoiler alert: don’t eat lunch before trying this – As you shoot to the top of the 700-ft ice wall in the winch elevator on the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, a blizzard of snow is swirling against your face. The ghostly White Walkers stalk the bleak arctic landscape. Teetering on the edge with the other Night’s Watch, arrow after arrow …

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Rockwater Secret Cove Resort: Taking Luxury Camping To A Whole New Level

In Design, News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

Spoiled Alert: If the smell of mildewed sleeping bags, schlepping your own tent, not showering for a few days and using leaves for toilet paper is not your cup of Dom Pérignon, Vancouver based interior designer, Lucille Fares of LMF International, has created the answer to your camping quandary. She has designed Rockwater Secret Cove Resort’s permanent luxury Tenthouse Suites …

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Bring The Good Wife Home

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

Bring the good wife home – NY set decorator, Beth Kushnick shares secrets of why the Emmy Award – winning drama’s stylish furniture is as coveted as the juicy plot lines! If Alicia Florrick’s sea foam velvet living room sofa or Kalinda’s edgy, white leather wing chair studded with nailheads send you into a plot-induced swoon, don’t despair. Set decorator, …

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Rock Stars – Decorating With Minerals And Gemstones

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

If the thought of decorating with minerals and gemstones evokes the scene from Superman in which Marlon Brando as Jor-El, re-arranges the universe from his crystal and kryptonite digs, fear not. The near future is more discerning. High-end designer, Beverly Hills based Kelly Wearstler, has taken inspiration from the ancient Egyptions and re-popularized the use of precious stones and agates by embedding …