Combining unexpected colors, unique shapes, and shimmering metals, this beauty story captured the sleeker side of gold jewelry. Pieces of various weights and sizes were combined beautifully and layered to create variety. Meanwhile, the dark fabrics in the shot created a beautiful contrast when paired with the sultry shimmer applied to the model's flawless skin. The result was a series designed to inspire women to look powerful, sleek, cool and confident. Meanwhile, the dark fabrics in the shot created a beautiful contrast when paired with the sultry shimmer applied to the model's flawless skin. The result was a beauty series that inspires women to look powerful, sleek, cool and...

In 1900 the average life expectancy in the USA was about 47 years of age; 46 for men and 48 for women. Now, just a little over 100 years down the road, the average life expectancy is 79. Advances in medical technology, improvements in living conditions, organ replacements, pharmaceuticals, etc. have all had a profound impact on what used to be very rare: living past 55. So if we crunched these numbers a bit, we can mathematically estimate that the average life span will increase by 8 months for each passing year. By 2045, the average life expectancy will have...

As children, many of us were witness to both the inception and the demise of the quintessential fairytale wedding. Girl meets prince. Prince marries girl. Girl becomes princess. There are warehouses full of coffee table books and gossip magazines devoted to the saga of Princess Dianna. But, as we all know, even that iconic love story ended in heartbreak and tragedy. But did it stop us from believing in true love or even marriage? No, because – for better or worse – we’re all subscribers to that rampant phenomenon called hope. Still, marriage isn’t quite what it used to be....

Imagine a luxury suite in the middle of the woods, where the air incessantly smells of lavender and dreams. Imagine sitting down at a fine restaurant floating on water, covered in lush greenery, where your cell phone won’t even get a signal. Imagine detaching from it all and getting lost in yourself and (if you’re in good company) someone whose visit invigorates and restores you. We found out that it’s quite simple to achieve all this: Stay at Lake Austin Spa Resort. Nestled along the shores of scenic Lake Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Lake Austin Spa Resort offers...

Don’t let ridiculous heat ruin your mood or, even worse, cramp your style. Mix it up this summer with vibrant color, breezy prints and casual pieces. Florals, shorts, sand and sun. The perfect elements for this breezy shoot. Our style team has put together a cooler-than-cool lookbook for gents who want to take a stylish stroll on the boardwalk. TALENTS: Photographer: Tania Quintanilla Wardrobe: Graham Cumberbatch Hair: Jorge Buccio Makeup: Kelsey James Model: Lukas Moffett   Reyn Spooner shirt ($98; St. Bernard Sports). Brixton henley ($34; St. Bernard Sports). Billy Reid shorts ($165; Billy Reid). Billy Reid polo shirt ($88; Billy Reid). Orlebar Brown trunk short ($280; St. Bernard Sports)....

Modern Forms, by award-winning photographer Nicolas Grospierre, is a new publication edited by Alona Pardo and Elias Redstone, celebrating the 200-photograph archive that chronicles the photographer’s substantial visual collection of modernist architecture around the globe.   Grospierre, who is now based in Warsaw, interestingly, doesn’t have art, architecture or photography training. He started his career studying political science at the LSE, where he became strongly influenced by the ‘generous ambition’ and the ‘engineering grandeur’ of modernist buildings. This led him to embark on a journey aimed at photographing and documenting modernist works across different continents. The artist believes that architecture is the perfect vessel to express the modernist movement’s core ideology. These buildings act as an...

Joah Spearman is the co-founder and CEO of Localeur, an Austin-based startup that has helped hundreds of thousands of travelers around the world experience local. Localeur’s iPhone app has been featured in Huffington Post, the LA Times, Mashable and countless other outlets. Before Localeur, Joah was the founder of SXSW’s official style showcase, Style X, and also produced style experiences for ESPN X Games. EXPERIENCE LOCAL, EVERYWHERE "Everyone loves to travel, and the best part of a trip is usually finding some amazing local restaurant or shop. I’ve turned this concept into a business. My startup, Localeur, aims to help people experience...

With chunky knits and borrowed-from-the-boys tailoring, it's okay to relax those shoulders in the comfiest silhouettes.   TALENTS: Photographer: Tania Quintanilla Wardrobe: Graham Cumberbatch Hair: Robert L Grimes Makeup: Kelsey James Model: Alencia Lewis from Campbell Agency   Pleated Pant by Studio Nicholson ($386; Kick Pleat). Navy top by Studio Nicholson ($386; Kick Pleat). Turtleneck by Ralph Lauren ($425; Julian Gold). Shoes by Belle ($225; Valentine’s Too). Jacket by Akris ($1,590; Julian Gold). Bracelet by Giles and Brother ($48; Valentine’s Too). White sweatshirt by Studio Nicholson ($548; Kick Pleat). Quilted shorts by Harvey Faircloth ($350; Julian Gold). Coat by Max Mara ($1845; Julian Gold). Shoes by Rachel Comey ($463; Kick Pleat). Galactic...

I was introduced to this sport by my friends at The Elephant Story, a wonderful and whimsical venue in Comfort, Texas dedicated to wildlife preservation and whose owners are deeply driven by their love of animals. They are so passionate, in fact, that the store is the only The World Elephant Polo Association (WEPA) was formed in 1982 at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge, in the Chitwan National Park in southwest Nepal. The first games were played on a grass airfield in Meghauly, located on the edge of the National Park. The co-founders, James Manclark, a Scottish landowner and former Olympic toboggan...

BEHIND THE DELICATE SCIENCE OF SERVICE, STEVEN LEIGH HAS BEEN CATERING TO DISCERNING GUESTS FOR OVER 25 YEARS. HERE’S WHAT INSPIRES AND FULFILLS HIM.   In the world of travel, the people we owe the most gratitude to are those of service such as the concierges. Have you ever wondered what their life must be like, day in, day out, always helping others? EV talks one-on- one to Steven Leigh, a man who has dedicated the last 25 years to unconditional service to his clients as a sought-after concierge. The San Antonio native shares his thoughts and wonderful experiences, as well as the...

During the chilly winter months, the biggest treat for most is escaping to the sunny beaches of a tropical oasis. Located 179 miles from the coast of Florida, you will find a grand version of just that on Paradise Island. Imagine descending upon the turquoise waters of the Caribbean to Nassau, Bahamas where your personal boat captain greets you on the docks and ushers you over to your private, fully furnished seaside villa. Highly regarded as one of North America’s premier builders, Brennan Custom Homes teamed up with Sterling Financial Group to construct five exquisite villa homes which have recently...

From the park to the runway, the season's fittest trend is all about the sporting life. Get inspired with perfectly curated visions of athleisure.   Our style team created a hip visual story that artfully combined activewear with an urban flare, to create a look that I like to describe as fitness chic. High-end leisure wear, cornrows, and sneakers. Love it!   TALENTS: Photographer: Tania Quintanilla Wardrobe: Graham Cumberbatch Hair: Robert L Grimes Makeup: Kelsey James Model: Kathryn Havens from Campbell Agency   Mesh hockey jersey by UNIF ($110; Golden Bones). White sport hoodie by Athleta ($89; Athleta). Backpack by UNIF ($88; Golden Bones). Skirt by Milly ($495; FOUND). “Paris” tee by Maison...

Located in the heart of Toronto’s most popular district, King West, you will find the cool, luxurious Thompson Toronto Hotel. This upscale venue opened in 2010 features works by renowned artists along with an exceptional rooftop lounge that has the best, breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of the city. It’s a popular place for celebrities, tourists looking to get a taste of the local culture and a top choice for Toronto Film Festival and Fashion Week attendees who want to be close to the action. Whether you are in town for business or for pleasure, the Thompson Toronto Hotel offers some great...

Jet Set Candy captures the spirit of favorite destinations and far-flung places. The collection includes over 100 whimsical original charms, representing six continents and 33 countries, meticulously crafted in sterling silver, vermeil and 14k gold. Each piece in their collectible, destination-specific range is thoughtfully designed...

Lizard Island is truly secluded from the rest of the world. After Cyclone Ita devastated this petite Great Barrier Reef Island in April 2014, it was hard to imagine the property reemerge as such a beautiful haven for relaxation. Almost 12 months down the track, and following a massive rebuild and remodeling effort, the isle and its resort are a natural, luxurious wonder. Lizard Island is set apart by its understated, barefoot luxury, with new resort additions including a standalone two-bedroom suite. The Villa comes with its own plunge pool, wraparound deck, and views of the Coral Sea. The Pavilion now features...

Even from above, Grand Junction, Colorado is truly something spectacular to behold. Once you reach your destination, you will discover the gateway to stunning sceneries, the craziest adventures and extravagant accommodations, Welcome to Gateway Canyons!   Voted #1 in the state and #12 in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, Gateway Canyons sure delivered unexpected thrills. During our recent visit, EV was swept away by the natural wonders and the rustic luxuries awaiting to be uncovered...

An advocate for simple, edited design, Michael Hsu is an accomplished architect, an amazing space designer and a true visionary. He is responsible for designing some of the most popular venues and eateries in Austin and is one of the most recognized names in local modern architecture. Hometown: “I was born in Taipei, Taiwan but grew up in Houston.” Favorite Trend: “That we’re learning how to be more urban and neighborhood-focused in Austin, with its ups and downs.” Biggest Inspiration: "My Grandfather, one of the first licensed architects in my home country and my Mother, who found time to paint and be creative in challenging...

It’s a common dining experience at nearly every new restaurant: After poring over the menu, meticulously taking in the ingredients and style of each offering, you order what you think is the ideal plate, but when it arrives, you find you have somewhat aloof feelings about your own meal, though you are inexplicably drooling over your mate’s dish. Fortunately, at VOX Table, Austin’s newest and most anticipated restaurant, you’ll never be forced to dine on a mediocre meal while enviously watching your companion enjoy a dish you’re kicking yourself for not ordering. At VOX Table, the New American-style eatery located in...

Leaving behind the social media, along with the city pollution and fast-paced environment, I escaped to the Caribbean’s all-Inclusive resort Curtain Bluff. Located in Antigua and Barbuda, it has consistently ranked among the finest resorts and tennis centers in the world, and is a prime destination for weddings, family gatherings and spa holidays. More importantly, it’s the perfect place to decompress, and indulge in activities for your body, mind and soul that can be personalized based on your interests and needs. Just a short ride from the airport, you arrive at the relaxing, luxurious atmosphere of the lovely Curtain Bluff Resort,...

Meet MM.LaFleur, a New York City-based fashion startup founded by Sarah LaFleur and Narie Foster, two former consultants who were tired of dressing in boring pantsuits, in collaboration with Miyako Nakamura, former head designer of Zac Posen. Started in 2013, the brand is tailored to make working women feel fabulous by bringing fashion into the office. MM.LaFleur’s model is making the banal practice of browsing, trying on and coming up empty- handed obsolete. The company streamlines the shopping process by sending a box of clothes (handpicked by a stylist, of course) directly to your door. The boxes are personalized based on...

Professional Liability can be complicated and to most is completely unknown. One of the questions I often get is: Why would I need Professional Liability when I already have a general liability policy for my business? General Liability is designed to address exposures relating to personal bodily injury or property damage. For example, if someone walks into your office, trips on a rug or power cord, falls and gets hurt, then your General Liability Policy would apply and respond. But what if you are a professional business consultant and one of your clients claims negligence on your part and files...

The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa celebrates the next phase of its newly fashioned Palm Beach luxury philosophy by partnering with Jonathan Adler to redefine the guest experience with rooms full of elegant surprises, including his signature accents to add style, craft, and joy to the lives of resort guests. Offering a new style of effortless living on seven chic acres of oceanfront and lush tropical gardens, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa offers an experience that is at once exciting and sensual. The resort is refined and elegant and thoughtfully appointed for leisure guests, families and business travelers...

These top-notch travel spots in Northern Territory have managed to unite the luxuries that elite jet-setters expect from the world’s best leisure destinations, with the majestic natural wonders of the Australian outback. Here are top picks for luxury hotels in Northern Territory, Australia:     BANUBANU WILDERNESS RETREAT (BREMER ISLAND, NT) The perfect antidote for those looking to break out of the stress, crowds, and complexities of modern life, this exclusive resort on Bremer Island is the perfect escape. The facilities at Banubanu are described by the owners as ‘simple but comprehensive’, carefully designed to maintain a minimal ecological footprint in one of Australia’s...

EV sat down with music with SXSW Music Programmer Jes Elliot to better understand the event organizer's mindset and the goals for the world renowned festival. Each year, SXSW draws more people to Austin. To combat the mayhem of SXSW Music, arguably the most chaotic segment of the festival, only 114 special event permits were approved this year, versus the 170 that were approved last year. “It goes back to the ethos of less is more,” SXSW music programmer Jes Elliott explains. While scaling back the number of event permits may not have done much to discourage people from flocking...

I had an unforgettable opportunity to visit with world-famous rocker Bret Michaels at the unveiling of his themed suite at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Here's some more fun and exploring in the area, for those wanting to make a quick escape to this Mexican beachside gem. DINING WITH FLARE Hard Rock Hotel offers a variety of restaurants with endless menu choices. I had the opportunity to taste a truly unique experience, with exceptional fine dining menus as well as more casual in-room eating in. The first day I was transported to Italy for Lunch at the Ciao restaurant. The paintings...

When I was asked to cover the unveiling of the Bret Michaels suite at the Hard Rock Hotel in the Riviera Maya, the hardest choice was deciding what swimsuit to bring. Sandy beaches, an out-of-this-world resort, and an international celebrity? I was so ready to get the star treatment (rock star treatment, that is); I jumped on the plane the next day and was at the doorstep of heaven in just hours. Greeted by a lovely staff, I quickly found myself sipping on cucumber lemonade, invigorated with a small wet towel as I waited to check in. Decked with an impressive...

Tucked away on the street level of Post South Lamar’s apartment complex in Austin is a quaint, authentic tapas eatery called Barlata. If you have never been to Barcelona or tasted traditional Spanish dishes before such as patatas bravas or paella, you are in luck. Designed by architect Michael Hsu as a playful, family-friendly Spanish restaurant Barlata is the perfect spot to grab a copa, taste multiple small dishes or enjoy and share larger plates reminiscent of Spain. The design was the work of local architecture superstar, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. The décor is mostly bright red with modern accents and...

You probably know him from the hit TV show and, if you're like most of my friends, you're counting the days to meet this real estate menace. One of the most fun stories of young success in the Big Apple, Luis Ortiz from Million Dollar Listing has not only made a huge name for himself in luxury real estate, but also proven to be unstoppable. For Luis, there’s no better way to wake up than inundated with light bursting through his floor-to-ceiling glass windows, taking in the impressive Manhattan cityscape. About his inspiring view of the Hudson River from his chic...

Tell an out-of-towner you’re from Texas. He or she will more than likely think up an image of a cowboy on a horse. In life, as in legend, the horse is central to what defines Texas as a state, and before it was a state, as it’s own Republic. However, since Austin scored one of the greatest coups in sports history with the completion of the Circuit of the Americas and the attendant United States Grad Prix, “horsepower” has taken on a whole new meaning. Now, every year, hundreds of thousands of race fans make the trip to Austin, and...

I’ve got two kids, a home office, and my husband happens to be one of my favorite chefs in the world, so we probably eat at home more than anyone else I know. I’ve learned firsthand that no amount of planning, bulk purchases, and eco-friendly tips can hide the fact that food-packaging waste is a substantial (and alarming) part of our daily rubbish. When I stop and think of the yogurt cups, the water bottles, the granola bar wrappers, the cracker boxes and the plastic bags, just to name a few, it’s plain to see that the buildup is actually...