Spend Summer in Style: Rent Jonathan Adler’s Beach House

Summer weekends are all about piling into beachfront rentals with your best friends. Haven’t found a super-stylish spot to unwind just yet? Well, if you and the crew have plans to be in New York next month, you could set up shop in designer Jonathan Adler‘s playful seaside pad.

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The 1,299-square-foot Shelter Island A-frame is decked out in Adler’s signature animated aesthetic and features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, cathedral ceilings, a fireplace, and a 75-foot heated swimming pool with an outdoor shower. The price tag to take over for July? A cool $11,000. But the bragging rights are priceless.

Read more on Domaine, then head here to see the detailed listing.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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June 4, 2014

Say Cheers to Jayla Siciliano: The Brains Behind Bon Affair

Summer is upon us, which means it’s time to break out chilled wines that pair well with heat and humidity. But uncorking at the park, the beach, and the café can add up in terms of calories, which is precisely what inspired always-active former fashion insider Jayla Siciliano to create Bon Affair, a brand of high-quality, low-calorie wine spritzers. (The best part? They’re loaded with electrolytes.) Here, Jayla talks about finding success with Bon Affair on the TV show Shark Tank and what’s next for her fledgling business.

Jayla Siciliano of Bon Affair Wines

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Rue La La: What’s special about Bon Affair?
Jayla Siciliano: What makes Bon Affair unique is its dry, crisp flavor profile. It’s not sticky-sweet (I try to steer clear of sugar bombs), and it’s great by itself or for making cocktails. I put a full FDA nutritional panel on the bottle so people can read exactly what’s in there.

RLL: What was it like being on Shark Tank?
JS: The exposure from the show has been incredible. And the support from [Shark Tank judge] Mark [Cuban] and his team has been amazing.
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June 4, 2014

Man of Modesty: Kendrick Lamar Buys Low-Priced Home Outside L.A.

Kendrick Lamar may be a red-carpet regular and GQ‘s reigning Rapper of the Year, but it turns out he’s a pretty humble guy in spite of it all. Proof? The 26-year-old rap star recently bought a house in Eastvale, California, which is an hour north of Los Angeles, to the very reasonable tune (in the rap world, anyway) of $523,500.

Lamar’s purchase of the relatively modest, four-bedroom abode flies in the face of the lavishness that’s come to represent mainstream rap, but it’s completely in character for the Compton native. He has talked openly about growing up on welfare, the dangers of materialism, the importance of smart money management, and a rejection of indulgences stereotypical of his industry peers. If the budding superstar’s refreshing message is as well received as his work has been, we likely haven’t seen anything yet. And when it comes to Lamar’s riches, that’s just how he wants it.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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June 4, 2014

French Lessons: Cookware Tips from a Chasseur Pro

Graduation soirees. Outdoor dinner parties. The summer season is packed with every type of get-together. And whether you’re the host of your social circle or just looking to test out your chef expertise, this beaming collection of Chasseur cast iron will put your feast center stage – even if you went off-recipe. Before your fire up the stovetop? See below for a little know-how from the president of this French brand, Michael Walt.

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June 3, 2014

Wrinkle Remedy: Smooth Your Bedsheets (Sans Iron)

Pure cotton linens are crisp, breathable, and durable. But without woven-in synthetics or an afternoon of ironing to keep them smooth, they’ll likely turn into a wrinkly mess post-wash. Our advice?

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  1. Remove your sheets from the dryer while they’re still slightly damp.
  2. Tuck them in tightly on the bed.
  3. Smooth them out with your hands.

 

The combination of moisture and tension will remove wrinkles.

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June 1, 2014

A Very Gourmet Father’s Day: Gifts for Foodie Dads

Is your annual fruit basket feeling a little staid? Step up your game this year by combining kitchen tools and treats tailored to his tastes.

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The Grill Master
He loves: prepping feasts on the patio
What to give him: a sleek and shiny grill set, a wireless thermometer, and a foursome of flavored rubs

The Gourmand
He loves: adventurous eating and drinking
What to give him: a Laguiole pocketknife for on-a-whim nibbles, sink-your-teeth-in steaks, and a set of sugar-maple grill planks

The Chef
He loves: trying new recipes nightly
What to give him: a does-it-all chef’s knife, a sturdy chopping block, and a pro-grade salt-and-pepper set

Our For Dads Who Cook: Grills, Gourmet Meats, & More and Best Father’s Day Ever: The Gifts He Really Wants Boutiques are open now.

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May 30, 2014

Hollywood Haven: Tour Nate Berkus’s California Home

Star interior designers spend most of their time catering to clients’ tastes, which means it’s always a treat to see what happens when they work on a dwelling for themselves, no holds barred. So, when Nate Berkus opened his California home to EyeSwoon founder Athena Calderone for a photo op, I couldn’t take a look fast enough.

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The decorator, TV personality, and author shares the 1930s bungalow with his new husband, interior designer Jeremiah Brent. And just as you might imagine a home occupied – and outfitted – by two massively talented designers to be, it’s a study in seriously cool style. The couple chose a muted palette to let their favorite decorative objects and personal touches stand out, but color isn’t entirely absent from their abode. A retro-style range in seafoam green sits front and center in the kitchen, where the floor is covered in black, white, and green tile. Throughout the space, leather, marble, wood, and metals mix together to create a combination of textures that’s downright dreamy. Happily for the duo, it’s one dream from which they never have to wake up.

Head over to EyeSwoon to read more and see the photos

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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May 28, 2014

Turns Out Kimye’s Wedding Venue Was a Total Steal

The wedding of one of Hollywood’s biggest power couples is finally in the rearview mirror. While anxiously awaiting dress photos untainted by Instagram filters, let’s turn to that over-the-top venue: the Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. Built around 1590, the star-shaped structure served as a luxurious fortress for Grand Duke Ferdinando I de’ Medici, as well as a status symbol for his family’s prestige and power. (How fitting.)

The price tag? A mere $410,000 for booking. According to The Nest, the average couple allots roughly 50% of their wedding budget to the venue. Therefore, I can only conclude that with a budget of about $14 million, the West-Kardashian clan was being rather thrifty. Either that or the Belvedere got swindled.

My money’s on the latter.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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May 28, 2014

Passport to Style: Get the French, Belgian, or Italian Look at Home

With its centuries-long history of art and craftsmanship, it’s a no-brainer that Europe is one of the world’s most stylish continents. Here, we share tips for incorporating three of its countries’ distinct looks into your home.052714_blog

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May 27, 2014

Fire Up the Grill: Memorial Day Dining Must-Haves

Whether you’re barbecuing for the whole block at home or taking your feast to the beach, here are your can’t-live-without essentials.

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May 23, 2014