In the realm of wedding planning, there is nothing more beautiful or exciting to be a part of than a well-done Christmas wedding. The romance of a wedding, and the awe and majesty of Christmas combine to provide memories that are unequaled.
We all need to get from point A to point B, but what if you could make doing so a treat rather than a chore? One sure way to turn your commute or errand into a pleasurable experience is to get there in a comfortable and pleasurable luxury car. For those willing and able to pay for luxurious motoring, numerous car manufacturers offer a plethora of enticing options.
Residents, shoppers and diners alike are in the lap of luxury at The Shoppes at the Crescent. The classy, urban upscale retail and residential condominium community features high-end condos with stunning views of the St. Louis skyline, and exclusive amenities, from posh boutiques and premiere restaurants to a fitness center and lush gardens—all within walking distance of downtown Clayton.
When it comes to decorating with accessories, clear crystal is a no-brainer. Because it’s colorless, there’s no need to match a restrictive palette. And in terms of style, these accents fit in beautifully almost anywhere.
A 7-bedroom, 5-full and 2-half bath home on 1.5 acres in Kirkwood is listed for $1.699 million.
A 4-bedroom, 4-full and 1-half bath home in Ladue is listed for $1.195 million
Remember the 1970s conversation pit, all sofa and no chairs? Well, in the newest spin on ‘social-able’ furniture arrangements, there’s nary a sofa to be found. Rather, designers are placing four beautiful chairs around a conversation-starting cocktail table or ottoman, like the revolving lazy Susan-style, black-lacquer tray shown here, which can be removed for serving or dinner on your lap. The advantages of this decidedly unconventional living room setup? In addition to the fact that you won’t see it in every house you visit, it really does encourage relaxed conversation, while eliminating a lot of the placement problems often encountered with the traditional sofa and two chairs. You simply float this one in the middle of the room and voila: instant, unexpected chic. So lose the sofa, and pull up a chair!
Make your bathroom a luxurious and relaxing oasis with these fresh, clean and airy accents.
Santa Claus is coming to town…to the town of Whistler, that is, in British Columbia. He’s making a list and checking it twice so as not to miss any of the action-packed activities and après-ski excitement awaiting him in this winter paradise.
I have no proof or reasonable explanation about some things veterinary—things that were never learned in school; rather, just acquired on the job. One of those things is that every five years or so, all animals in St. Louis shed at an even more alarming rate that usual: 2012 has been one of those years. In the summer, people told tales of living room tumbleweeds, even for cats that live indoors! Shedding is one of the peeves of all pet owners, especially for the head vacuumer in the household. Let us discuss what we can do about it:
Beyond the grand lobby with its rich woodwork and elegant finishes, there’s another element of The Ritz-Carlton that is immediately noticed: the service. While catering to every whim, the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz quite efficiently turn a succinct stay into a truly memorable experience.
Just the views from the rooftop of the Moonrise Hotel would be enough to win anyone over, but the boutique property offers much more for an out-of-the-ordinary stay.
Sure, anyone can say they provide ‘service with a smile,’ but at the Four Seasons— St. Louis’ only five-star hotel—that smile means a whole lot more. It’s no surprise that the property came out on top of U.S. News and World Report’s latest hotel rankings locally: Service ranks supreme here, from the cheerful doormen and the efficient front staff to the attentive spa personnel and the engaging folks at Cielo restaurant and bar.
Situated at the intersection of the vibrant Central West End and blossoming Forest Park, the allure of The Chase Park Plaza and its surroundings is matched only by the hospitality inside.
In St. Louis, Stray Rescue is making the most unlikely rags-to-riches stories come true. The nonprofit recently received a call about a dog who was on his last legs. “The dog was essentially curled up to die near a maintenance shed at a park in North City,” recalls director of marketing and development Jason Schipkowski. “His body was so cold that he wasn’t even registering a temperature, and he was extremely malnourished and dehydrated.” Stray Rescue volunteers brought him in, and after extensive emergency medical treatment, the dog went on to be adopted by John Davidson, president of the St. Louis Blues, and his wife, Diana. “He went from being hours away from death to living in the lap of luxury!” Schipkowski says.
Dogs and cats, living in the lap of luxury in our homes, are most content in an unchanging world. Of course, we can control only some of that world, but the best place to start is with the dinner bowl. Pets hate change in their diets, and even if they don’t hate it, it may hate them (right in the gut).
I‘ve dreamed of going to paradise since Gilligan, Mary Ann and the Captain made being shipwrecked look so darn appealing. So when I had the opportunity to tour French Polynesia, I knew my ship had come in, so to speak. A first-time cruiser, I sat on the flight in Los Angeles that would bring me to Papeete, Tahiti, wondering what it was going to be like. Would I be bored during the 10-day passage? Seasick? Claustrophobic?
It hit me on the road from Denver to the sleepy town of Edwards and Cordillera, the elegant resort that was to be our home for the next four days: I forgot the Dramamine. Not only is the drive a steep 2 1/2-hour climb into nosebleed country, but with activities like mountain Jeeping and whitewater rafting on tap, a Midwestern girl was going to need some serious medicating. ‘No worries,’ as I was to hear repeatedly that weekend.
Nothing else can replace the joys of a life well lived: the years of working, volunteering, and relaxing with friends and family. But it isn’t always easy to strike that balance, or to master fate and ill health, which can conspire against us. This is what makes it especially noteworthy when someone well into their senior years fulfills what we consider ‘living a full life.’ We spoke with seven seniors who are living life to the hilt, and asked what keeps them young at heart.
Orchard Development Group chose carefully the name of its new Trianon high-rise, going up in Clayton’s prestigious Carondelet Plaza.
For St. Louis natives, it should come as no surprise that Forbes magazine included The Gatesworth at One McKnight Place in its top 10 luxury retirement communities nationwide. Over the past 20 years, The Gatesworth, with its distinctive architecture, has set the standard for exceptional senior living, with a gourmet kitchen, stimulating activities and elegant decor. So what is it like to live there? We went to the source to find out.