The beautiful, rolling hills of Tuscany in Italy are as alive with history and culture as they are with flora and fauna. In the heart of the region, in the area between Florence, Pisa and Siena, is an 800-year-old estate dominated by an ancient castle: once home to the Medici family, this beautiful but neglected corner of Italy has been thoughtfully redeveloped and reborn as Toscana Resort Castelfalfi. In the 1960s, the 11,000-hectare estate was abandoned by all but five of its residents in a countrywide rural exodus. Then in 2007, TUI AG, one of world’s leading travel groups, came across...

It's time. Your financial situation is getting more complex and you have less time and energy to devote to it. You need some financial help, and decide it's time to go shopping for a financial advisor. Where do you go from here? Here are 8 key factors to consider before partnering with a firm: referrals matter Referrals from friends, co-workers or other professionals are a great place to start. But be sure to give each referral the weight that it deserves by carefully examining the advisor relationship. What do they like about the advisor? How long have they worked with the advisor? How...

China has become one of the most prevalent destinations for travelers. While most focus on China’s rapid transformation, China is still a country full of tradition, extraordinary treasures, and stunning sceneries. It is also a great place to eat, shop and find peace of mind. Due to China’s size and significant legacy, it’s no surprise that embarking on a trip there can be a daunting step for inexperienced travelers. To help guide you, here are our top five suggestions of cities to visit during your next trip to China. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” - Confucius   Xi’an Xi’an is one of...

Jamaica is probably synonymous to most with white beaches, a fruity drink, and delicious Caribbean food, but this tropical haven has so much more to offer! Full of unique adventures, Jamaica is a place for sightseeing expeditions, vibrant culture, history and natural wonders. If your bucket list includes amazing food, great music and unforgettable activities, heart-racing Jamaica is a must!   With sandy beaches, rainforests and everything in between, Jamaica’s natural treasures are as varied as their thrilling tourist attractions.   LUNCH AT DEVON HOUSE Located in the heart of Kingston and conveniently around the corner from the Bob Marley Museum, this stunning heritage site...

Growing up in a household with four other women taught me many lessons. One of the most fun: women's tastes don't always agree. Naturally, as we grew older, my mom, three sisters and I developed very different tastes in music, food, men and fashion. As we all grow stronger ties with all our friends and family, it's not uncommon to start naming articles we find at stores or traveling after our loved ones. Inspired by the (very different) personalities of some of the closest women in my life, here are some beautiful handbags in 6 different flavors, one for every style.   The Fashionista Bright, bold...

EV is proud to bring you the amazing work of renowned Austin-based interior designer Rachel Horn. She traveled to San Miguel de Allende to give us a glimpse of Mexico’s gorgeous culture and history through her work at La Casa Dragones.   At the epicenter of Mexico’s silver trade in the late 1700s, San Miguel was home to the Dragones, an elite cavalry led by General Ignacio Allende, responsible for one of the movements that eventually led to the Independence of Mexico. Today, La Casa Dragones still stands on a narrow cobbled street and serves as the spiritual house for the eponymous...

Have you ever wondered what’s the driving force behind the success of today’s biggest mega stars? What’s the root of their success? Is it their drive, talent, beauty, innovation or business know-how? Although these qualities attract media and create high visibility, all mega stars have one common thread that is fundamental to their careers: their Personal Brand. Are you meticulously building yours? Do you know what it takes to have an amazing personal brand? DESIGN: Have you ever thought of yourself as a project, as a company, or as a brand? If not, start immediately. Everyone is a brand, and you are your...

Everybody loves a good story. We are story machines, constantly making up meaning about ourselves, about others, and the world around us. Take a moment to consider the following: So many of the stories you have listened to, created, and constantly retell are diverting the path to true happiness. If you want different results, change the story and understand how the old ones were created in the first place. The first step is to understand your needs. You probably can remember the pyramid schematic from your high school Psychology 101 class detailing Abraham Maslow’s theory. Our basic needs as humans...

Dress up in layers of denim, crisp cerulean linens, and casual sweaters. We had tons of fun mixing it up in shades of urban chic blues.   TALENTS: Fashion Director / Photography: Tania Quintanilla Wardrobe: Graham Cumberbatch Hair: Jorge Buccio Makeup: Kelsey James Model: Macaden Arnell from The Campbell Agency   Suit by Tombolini ($1,295; Capra & Cavelli). Stadium jacket by Obey ($78; Service Menswear). Zebra print button- down by Oxford Lads ($108; Service Menswear). Sneakers by New Balance ($75; St. Bernard Sports). Knit Indigo shirt by Kapital ($235; By George). Indigo button-down by Kapital ($303; By George). Sunglasses by Randolph ($209; St. Bernard Sports). Vintage necklace ($135; Service Menswear). Corduroy...

Since my first year in college, I've been deeply interested in the story and work of Frida Kahlo. I found her paintings, often characterized by autobiographical elements, to be such a fascinating mix of surrealism and her powerful narrative. Her character was instantly engraved in my mind. One of the most celebrated talents in the history of Mexican art, Frida Khalo is a symbol of national and indigenous tradition, and a beacon among feminists in Latin America and the world. In case you're not familiar with her story, her life was severely dictated by physical boundaries, as she spent most of...

Pack your bags, eclectics. EV is taking you to the gorgeous City of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Colorful, lively and historic, Cartagena is a perfect destination for elite tourists looking for sunny weather, tropical lush greenery and some pretty exquisite venues. Cartagena is a gorgeous fishing village on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, with excellent beaches, a historic old town (that’s entirely walkable) and beautiful colonial architecture. It’s also one of the safest places in the country, so it’s no wonder it’s a popular port of call for cruise ships. Need a break from exploring the cobblestone streets? Stop at an outdoor...

Whether it’s a seaside affair, a unique culinary experience or a world-class sports event you’re looking for, this European hotspot is sure to deliver all the thrills your heart desires. Barcelona is a city of breathtaking sites and endless leisure, with its top-notch luxury hotels, exquisite art venues and incredible eateries. It is the most important city in the Catalonia region in Spain, recognized worldwide as a cosmopolitan and beautifully diverse destination. It has become synonymous with culture, design, architecture, fashion, food and awesome weather. 1. Beaches for days One of the wonders of Barcelona is its scrumptious shoreline. Get your collection...

The holiday season is upon us. It is a time to relax, reconnect with family and friends, enjoy lavish dinner gatherings, attend celebratory parties, and exchange gifts. As the winter equinox brings us the shortest day of the year in late December, we can reflect on our past and ruminate about our future. It is a tipping point as now the days will be getting longer. The entire holiday season is a special time of the year to experience and share your deep joy. An opportunity for change. It's not uncommon for you to feel a deep urge to transform...

Inspired by a deep love of art, our style team created a visual homage to Baroque Artists, with a stylish twist. In an editorial story worthy of royalty, deep hues, contrasting layers, and dramatic makeup were combined to create an undeniably dramatic scene. (Yes, we did Games of Thrones before it was cool). Enjoy.   TALENTS Fashion Director / Photographer: Tania Quintanilla Styling: Graham Cumberbatch Hair: Robert Grimes Makeup: Laura Martinez Model: Hanna Pults Necklace by Auden ($490; Valentine’s Too). Dress by Suno ($895; By George). Bracelet by Diane Cotton ($480; Valentine’s Too). Jacket by Maiyet ($1750; By George). Faux fur by Nanoo ($1400; Valentine’s Too). White jumpsuit by Sea ($495; Valentine’s Too). Gold pebble...

Oftentimes the simplest advice is the best. For example, it’s a good idea to not talk religion or politics in social situations. While there are some instigators out there who may enjoy stirring the pot, this simple rule of thumb is one that many people follow and benefit from. Financial planning is an area that is rife with rules of thumb, and they sometimes serve as helpful guidelines. However, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone has a unique financial situation and financial rules of thumb may not capture all the relevant details. Moreover, if a rule of thumb...

Let us transport you to the beautiful amazon with vibrant makeup, gorgeous jewels, and shimmering flowers of sapphire, gold, and emerald.   TALENTS Fashion Director / Photographer: Tania Quintanilla Styling: Coral Talavera & Jennifer Swanson Hair: Robert Grimes Makeup: Kelsey James Model: Roxanna Redfoot   Crème Eye Liner in Eggplant Purple ($24; Laura Mercier). Chaos Eyeshadow ($20; Urban Decay). Lip Pigment in Old Gold ($21; MAC). Kohl in Smolder ($16; MAC). Pink Nouveau lipstick ($16; MAC). Earrings ($50; Helene Jewelry). Bracelets ($55; Helene Jewelry). Ring ($135; Sikara). Large necklace ($125; Helene Jewelry). Small necklace ($75; Helene Jewelry). Lipstick in Neon Orange ($16; MAC). Rosebud Salve ($6; Sephora). Green agate ring...

Fall fashion gets a jolt of modern. In a whirlwind of unexpected layers, pops of color and playful prints, one can easily get swept away.   TALENTS: Photography: Tania Quintanilla Photo assistant: Rudy Arocha Model: Taylor Lovelace Wardrobe stylist: Graham Cumberbatch Wardrobe assistant: Kathryn Garza Hair Stylist: Ted Sabol-Williams Makeup artist: Clarissa Luna   Green leaf pants by St.John ($695; Julian Gold). Grey shirt with pink shoulders by Piazza Sempione ($690; Julian Gold). Kenzi Wrap watch by Nikon ($150; Costar). Beta sweater by Acne Studios ($240; Kick Pleat). Silk pleated skirt by Creatures of Comfort ($457; Kick Pleat). Boots by Rachel Comey ($452; Kick Pleat). Bag by Marc Jacobs ($198; Julian Gold). Blue dress...

Focusing on perfection is limiting and self- punishing; focusing on practice leads to growth and expansion. There is a point when my clients get a puzzled look on their face as they realize perfection and self-discovery mix like oil and water. Underneath that puzzled look is the thought “I can’t get the hang of creating what I want because I keep messing up. I get distracted and want to give up.” Then I share with them a story about the Dalai Lama, how he, just like you and I, veers off course, except his interpretation of it does not stifle his...

Beautifully curated looks inspired by the grace of dance.   Deep fall colors, one very romantic setting, and a gorgeous dancer came together to create this beautiful ballet themed fashion shoot. A graceful fusion of nature, sheer fabrics, and a sense of airiness set the stage perfectly for our pink pointe shoes and high-end vintage collection.   TALENTS: Photographer: Tania Quintanilla Wardrobe: Graham Cumberbatch Hair: Robert L Grimes Makeup: Kelsey James Model: Katie Moore   Dress by La Causa ($145; Hoiden Supply Co). Bra ($84) and short ($55; Xirena). Bracelet by Biko ($85; Hoiden Supply Co). Necklace by Biko ($158; Hoiden Supply Co). Vintage Lanvin top ($245; Garment). Bra by Xirena ($84; By...

Sharp, sophisticated and buttoned up: the essentials for the international jet-setter.   Inspired by James Bond (and with the help of a very friendly neighbor who let us borrow his beautiful vintage ride) the fashion team created a highly sophisticated men's shoot. Layered in luxurious pieces carefully selected by our uber-jazzy stylish, Graham Cumberbatch, the model was decked is head-to-toe international (secret-agent worthy) perfection.   TALENTS: Photographer: Tania Quintanilla Wardrobe: Graham Cumberbatch Hair: Robert L Grimes Makeup: Clarissa Luna Model: Trevor Burchett Special thanks to Taylor Blair for lending us this incredible toy (his 1960 MGA 1600).   Navy sweater by Sebastien James ($198; Capra & Cavelli). Check shirt by Sebastien James...

The sequins, the shine, the big hair. For some, the 80's were truly the best of ages. For us, it was the music. For some, it was the fashion. A decade marked by bold style, shocking colors, and rather strange silhouettes, the '80s were a time to experiment with big and bold statements. Between the permed hair, the ripped tights, and leather, some of my all-time favorite bands made their mark, while women dressed for success in oversized blazers that...

The most important element of the shoot is the inherent celebration of 'less'. Many readers have come to expect extravagance and overly complicated sets for editorial fashion shoots; heavily ornamented outfits; over-the-top hair and makeup. It can overpower our senses. It can overload the brain. Sometimes we need to cleanse the palate; that was the uniqueness of this shoot. This story was a celebration of minimalism, that beautiful artistic genre that some of my favorites (Stella, Morris and Anne Truitt) made their own. Meanwhile, in music, minimalism is a call for repetition and iteration, uncomplicated, yet pleasing. By definition, minimalism is synonymous...

Recently recognized as the Hispanic Female Entrepreneur of the Year by the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Iliana De La Vega and her husband have established a great eatery on Rainy Street and have the set the bar high for local chefs with their ever-evolving El Naranjo. Hometown: "Mexico City, the second largest city in the world, though I combined my childhood between DF and Oaxaca, where my family comes from." Favorite Trend: “I think that the future of food rests in its past. We are going back to the roots, food that is natural, creative, and nurtures your body. Other than...

In just under 10 hours, Austin can enter a new wing of the world just beyond the sliding doors of bustling Heathrow. Traveling on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, passengers in route are treated to impeccable service and amenities including multi-course meals and special cabin features that control the lighting, filter the air to provide moisture and help avoid jetlag and post flight headaches. Landing in London at approximately 10am, rested and ready to go, there is so much to see and do! Yes, you can jump on a tour bus with a 1-day pass for £25.50 ($39 USD) and see all...

Jet chartering from your smart phone is now easier with Jet Smarter, the app (for iOS or Android) that connects aircraft operators with fliers in real time. Founder Sergey Petrossov designed the app to give flyers access to the largest private jet marketplace in the world right from their mobile device. “Our application democratizes the private jet market by decreasing the entry price for consumers and helping air carriers gain more market exposure,” explains Petrossov. “Such transparency allows us to build a highly engaged audience of influential users who trust us to get the best deals when flying private.” FROM THE...

We all want to be somewhere else. We have phantom pangs of missing out on something wonderful. It must be better over there, because look, I can see it on my Facebook feed. Then the cryptic, pinging tweets begin; something about a margarita sunset that will last deep into the night. Soon, there are incessant minute-to-minute Instagram posts clanging for your attention. You scan the photos. It seems like everyone is there, except you. Suddenly, your whole body surrenders to a social media coup d’état. Lamenting, you hear yourself thinking, “Why am I here when I could be there?” NOT TO...

Relationships can be one of the greatest sources of joy. The place where we feel the most loved, safe and happy to be alive. They can also be hard. Most of us who have been in a long-term relationship might agree that there are times when managing our life together can get pretty dark. So what makes a great relationship great? After two decades of helping couples improve and transform their lives together, the number one request I receive is: “We need help with communication.” Here are four steps to make not only our communication, but our relationships more loving...

Trade in less-than-ideal-weather for a chic and sunny setting. Lovely primaries contrast with a gorgeous story of black and white perfection. Pack your bags, eclectics; here's a taste of impeccable style for jet-setters.   TALENTS: Fashion Director / Photographer: Tania Quintanilla Wardrobe: Robert Mitchell Hair: Robert L Grimes Makeup: Kelsey James Model: Breanna Young from Campbell Agency Dress by Alexander McQueen ($4,395; Neiman Marcus). White handbag by Prada ($3,700; Saks Fifth Avenue). Striped crop sweater by Milly ($260; Julian Gold). Black shorts by Stella McCartney ($1,495; Neiman Marcus). Earrings by Aqua Howlite ($195; Valentine’s Too). Dress by Stella McCartney ($1,355; Neiman Marcus). Wedges by Marni ($830; By George). Sunglasses by...