02.25.2015 | Get Lost In The Dreamy Details Of California’s Devine Ranch
REPORT
No. 1984
VENUE:
Dinner Party at Devine Ranch
LOCATION:
Central California
TYPE
Barn / Farm / Ranch
STYLE
Upscale Rustic Elegance
SETTINGS
Equestrian ranch
REPORTER: Jenny

The Report

California’s pristine Central Coast has long been a destination for travelers looking to enjoy scenic views, delicious, farm-fresh fare and some of the country’s best wines.  We have always believed the region’s rolling topography, gorgeous old woods and starlit night skies offer an ideal setting for friends and loved ones to come together in celebration. So imagine our delight when Devine Ranch began hosting events in early 2014, led by venue manager and seasoned event industry pro Katerina Devine.

This gorgeous estate is nestled in the Aptos hills, just a stone’s throw from the Santa Cruz coastline. Upon entering the property, you’ll discover 80 immaculate acres of farmland where horses and cattle roam freely. The beautifully-manicured open spaces are anchored by a stunning 7,000 square-foot rustic lodge and matching stables.  Visitors are encouraged to meander through the property’s gardens, relax under the ancient oak trees, or wind down in the company of friends around one of the estate’s wood burning fireplaces. At Devine Ranch, everywhere you turn offers a beautiful vista just waiting to be enjoyed.

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02.20.2015 | Fabulous Fare found Just A Jump From The French Quarter
REPORT
No. 20387
VENUE:
Booty’s Street Food
LOCATION:
New Orleans
TYPE
Private Dining / Restaurant
STYLE
Urban Industrial
SETTINGS
Colorful City Block
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

The Report

Booty’s Street Food is a cheerful little outpost in the middle of New Orleans’ colorful Bywater neighborhood.  Founded by a travel journalist and a prominent blogger, Booty’s serves traditional and affordable street food fare from all over the world. The real standouts here are the cocktails, which rotate seasonally but currently feature stars like fig-infused vodka mixed with sage and honey, and a rum, coconut milk and molasses concoction topped with teddy grahams.  Oh, and if it’s a super hot and muggy Nola day, you can always get a Bywater Bomber, one of the best daiquiris in town.

Booty’s sits at the intersection of Louisa and Dauphine Streets in an old corner store pharmacy that dates back to 1850.  Following a chimney fire that caused $15k worth of damage to the three-story building, the pharmacy closed down in 1901.  Over the next century, the space would see a number of ownership and business changes, including a machinist shop, a video store, a band practice space and more.  The visionaries of Booty’s restored the ground level of the building in 2012 and opened up shop later that fall.

The Bywater is situated just past the French Quarter and the Marigny and while it has traditionally been a mostly blue-collar neighborhood, it’s recently developed into more of an artsy enclave with great restaurants and quirky little shops.  The architecture is eclectic and houses are all different colors and styles, so the bright blue Booty’s fits right in, with open arms to artists and characters alike.

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02.19.2015 | Roundup: Hotels & Suites Designed by A-List Designers
REPORT
No. 23087
VENUE:
Dior, DVF, Versace Destinations
LOCATION:
Worldwide
TYPE
Hotel / Resort / Spa
STYLE
Fashion Forward
SETTINGS
Tropical Trees Meets Downtown City Scape
REPORTER: Nicole

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A new take on the top bun, heels designed by the queen of Sex and The City (Sarah Jessica Parker) and deep reds mixed with funky patterns (Thanks for that T. Burch). If any of this makes sense to you, then you’ve been keeping up with New York Fashion Week (lets call it what it is #NYFW) and you know there’s been tons of stuff happening in the world of designer duds. Those fancy names and those gorgeous textiles go far beyond the runway and we took advantage of this week to round-up the top hotels and suites designed by A-list designers for you to buy-out, buy-in, getaway and throw a soiree. Happy #NYFW ya’ll!

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02.11.2015 | Spring Up For Healthy Fare At This Holistic Watering Hole
REPORT
No. 20700
VENUE:
An Urban Gathering at The Springs
LOCATION:
Los Angeles, California
TYPE
Loft / Warehouse Building
STYLE
Hippest Bunker in Town
SETTINGS
Organic Oasis
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

The Report

It can be easy to disappear into the dark, indulgent pulse of Los Angeles. Dim dives, tasty taquerias. It’s a sanctuary for the weird, the wild, and the heavy. But come the bright strut of a Southern California morning, the sunlight’s ripping you and everybody with bad blinds to shreds. And then the night owls and early birds alike converge onto The Springs, and bodies are redrawn.

The Springs goes by many descriptions: urban oasis, warehouse-turned-wellness-center, eco-vegan-mind-body-one-stop-shop. And they’re all apt. The health chic hot spot has the makings of both lounge and lazarus pit. Everything on the menu is organic and vegan, a stylish cuisine helmed by executive chef Michael Falso. The lone non-vegan exception is the occasional usage of raw honey, a choice made for the ingredient’s medicinal properties. However, even with this rarity, management ensures the honey’s sourced from sustainable apiaries operating with great care for the bees and the environment. All food is served raw, with nothing heated over 118°, in order to maintain the food’s full nutritional value and enzymatic quality. Meanwhile, a nearly guiltless wine bar awaits (if such a thing exists)! Guests can choose from a varied list of sustainable, biodynamic wines from along the west coast, or go with one of the many organic beers on tap. It’s a day-drinker’s nourishing paradise. In daylight, the place takes your breath away with shape and color like a vixen’s sundress. At night, it dazzles in lamplight like the last affordable hideaway from the world. And, overall, The Springs counts as the most adorable place that could survive a nuclear winter.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: Near the corner of Mateo and 6th, there’s a small lot out front as well as street parking.

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02.09.2015 | Kelly Clarkson’s Intimate Elopement at Blackberry Farm
REPORT
No. 21908
VENUE:
Blackberry Farm
LOCATION:
Walland
TYPE
Barn / Farm / Ranch
STYLE
Country luxury
SETTINGS
Great Smoky Mountains
REPORTER: Jenny Alonzo

The Scoop

Koby and Terilyn Brown of Archetype Studio captured the intimate nuptials of pop superstar Kelly Clarkson to Brandon Blackstock in the fall of 2013. The couple had originally planned a grand celebration for 200 guests, but as the date drew closer, they decided an elopement was more their style. They chose Blackberry Farm as their “I do” destination: a sprawling 9,200 acre estate and working farm in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, which Clarkson referred to as “the most beautiful place ever.” No arguments here!

 

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The Venue Scoop

The Browns can attest to why Kelly and Brandon fell in love with Blackberry Farm. The picture-perfect location, luxurious accommodations and award-winning cuisine and wine list have consistently won the property accolades. The venue nearly always tops the list of the most-celebrated small luxury resorts in the world.

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