Where can future brides and grooms sample a piece of Sylvia Weinstock cake, admire the latest Vera Wang couture wedding gown, and get Bobbi Brown beauty tips, all under one roof? At venues from Los Angeles to New York, where Wedding Salon founder, Tatiana Byron, has organized a one-day luxury wedding showcase boasting some of the top vendors in the industry, introducing big-day ideas from top area vendors such as The Registry at Bloomingdale's, AMResorts, Lancome at Bergdorf Goodman, The Container Store, Magnolia Photo Booth, and celebrity wedding experts. Each event is designed to make attendees feel like guests at a sophisticated wedding, only the fellow partygoers might be celebrity wedding planners David Tutera or Colin Cowie, or dessert connoisseurs from Carlo?s Bakery ?the bakery behind TLC?s Cake Boss.
Byron has been cultivating her all-star connections for more than a decade. After working at Turner Broadcasting System and directing sales, marketing, and production for a trade-show company, she created her own planning company, 4pm Events. Byron began coordinating parties for famous faces including Joan Rivers, Mary J. Blige, and Lionel Richie?no easy task, given the limited number of vendors willing to build dance floors on the ceiling. Byron went on to create Wedding Salon expos to give future brides a taste of celebrity-caliber elegance. She also offers educational wedding boot camps that help duos avoid hidden costs and learn tips for planning their special day. Byron's services have been highlighted in numerous media, including features in the New York Times, the New York Post, and Fortune Small Business.
There's no such thing as a regular haircut at Sloane Square Barbers & Shoppe. The barbers at this men-only shop add extra touches to every service, and even their most basic option is called a "luxury haircut." It lives up to the name. During the service, barbers hand clients complementary beverages, sit them down in front of a flat screen TV, and then start clipping. They not only snip precise looks, but also massage shoulders and shave the back of necks with a straight razor, just like cowboys used to do before their cowboy proms. Visitors can also opt to groom their nails or refresh skin with mini-facials.
Fluent City's campuses train tongues in the basics and nuances of up to 10 languages, depending on location, through interactive group classes. Experienced teachers introduce groups of students to vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in a student's chosen language. Languages are divided based on students' incoming level of proficiency, and group courses run for a total of 20 hours. Although not included with the class, students can also meet with instructors in flexible private lessons tailored to each pupil's individual needs.
Since 1989, The Miami Symphony Orchestra has mimicked Miami’s cultural diversity with concerts and events that act as a melting pot of musical influences. Music director Eduardo Marturet, a Venezuelan composer and conductor, helms many of the concerts, encouraging the musicians to unleash their inner Beethovens or Bachs—former members of the ’80s hair-metal band Skid Row.
Some things are more advantageous when packaged as a dynamic duo: washing machines that double as dryers, soap that cleans both body and hair, a deep-fryer capable of administering flu shots, etc. Today’s Groupon lets you capitalize on a hybrid of the gastronomic variety: the resto-lounge. Twenty-five dollars gets you $50 worth of food and drink at the extravagantly deco Bancroft Supperclub, located right in the restored Bancroft Hotel on Collins Avenue.DJ Amy Benneton: Former child starlet of the sitcom Blame it on Bradford and the popular Hershie! film series, Amy Benneton grew to surpass the fame of her talking harp seal co-star and left acting entirely for a job on the DJ circuit. Now, at 21 years old, she’s finally old enough to drink in the clubs in which she performs, but refrains, due to her crippling allergy to fun.
Lifestyle Luxury Rentals' exotic fleet of Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Maseratis, and Ferraris blow busted jalopies off the road with precision engineering and sleek European designs. Drivers grab the wheel of one of from four upscale cars for their 90-minute joyride, whisking from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds in the cockpit of the Maserati Gran Turismo or replacing imprecise garage-band drummers with the rumbling beats of the Bentley GT’s 12-cylinder, 6-liter twin turbocharged engine. Customers can cut through quotidian traffic at the helm of a Ferrari F430, or kiss corners within a head-turning Lamborghini Gallardo. After the joy ride, drivers receive a free T-shirt as they beat back adrenaline-fueled hunger and resumes from aspiring pit crews during an Italian lunch buffet at Grazie.