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What are the Best Luxury Workout Apparel Brands?

Do stylish exercise clothes enhance your athletic performance? Conversely, does wearing dowdy attire in a yoga studio totally wreck your practice? Is it even possible to look smart while you sweat? Scientists have evidence that what we wear every day can affect our psychological processes. And that has a direct impact on our ability to perform. So does looking chic while you work out give you a better mindset – and perhaps more importantly, better results? True fashionistas might find this to be a moot point, believing that a boutique fitness class – whether spinning, barre or yoga – requires appropriately elevated attire. Wherever you come out on this particular issue, we here at Dandelion Chandelier are invested in helping those who want to up their style game while they up their heart rate. We’re exploring the world of luxury workout gear, and helping you find your look – get it right, and you’ll flow seamlessly from the studio to the street. We’ve already assessed which exercise studios have the best luxury workout gear. Now we’re turning our attention to the wide world of fitness apparel from companies who are not in the gym business.

For those who can’t commit; who prefer to keep their allegiances undercover; who object to being a walking advertisement for a particular gym; who are Classpass devotees who feel no need to be loyal to one studio or workout type; for those who think that studio-branded workout gear is no different than the standard-issue Nike or Lululemon offerings; or who think that “studio logos are kind of fugly” – fear not. There are plenty of options out there for you in the luxury arena. Urban creatures, optimists, glamour pusses – we’ve got you covered.

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How to Get Your Child into Private School

Getting children into private school is one of the most emotional and potentially stressful endeavors that parents can voluntarily undertake. In our ongoing series here at Dandelion Chandelier, our Luminary Lawrence Otis Graham shares his inside advice and tips on how to achieve your family’s goals while staying sane and keeping your kids that way, too. This is the second of his entries on how to manage the private school application process.

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed the importance of applying to schools that seem appropriate for both your child and for your family. In the mad dash to keep up with friends, neighbors and others who talk about the most popular schools or the most rigorous schools, as parents we can lose sight of which school will provide the best curriculum and approach for our child as an individual.

This next article will address how to best organize and how to best “present” your child and your family during the application process.  Future articles will tell you what to expect and how to prepare for the actual interview, and what to do after decision day has arrived.

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TWIST: This Week in Sports Talk November 19, 2017

You don’t love professional sports, but your livelihood and/or personal happiness depends upon your being able to converse intelligently about it. It’s a common dilemma with a simple solution: you need to learn a new language. You need to learn how to talk sports. And we’re here to help! The TWIST is our weekly Dandelion Chandelier guide to what’s happened on the field, on the court and on the ice. Every weekend you’ll find the three (and only three) things you need to know this coming week to speak cogently about professional sports with the boss, the gang at the office, your barber, your barista, your secret crush, or your in-laws. Do the TWIST every week and we promise you’ll know how to talk about sports like a champion.

This week’s edition of TWIST: This Week in Sports Talk begins with a celebration of Serena Williams’ marriage to Reddit C0-Founder Alexis Ohanian. The theme for the New Orleans wedding was Beauty and the Beast, and Anna Wintour, Beyonce and Jay Z were among the guests. The winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles and Greatest of All Time (that’s G.O.A.T. for you sports experts) and her new hubby are currently honeymooning in a secret location. Read More

Where are the Best Luxury Pop-up Shops this Holiday?

 ‘Tis the season for pop-up stores. What’s on tap for holiday 2017, and which ones are worthy of a stop this year, whether you’re planning to buy, or just curious to see what’s happening offline (just to be clear, “offline” refers to a brick and mortar edifice that back in the day was called a retail store). Here’s our Dandelion Chandelier list of pop-ups that are already open or opening soon. Nearly all are in New York City, but some are also in other cities in the US and in London. Not to get you crazy, but one was so exclusive that it’s already come and gone: Chanel’s pop-up, the Coco Club, was open for just one day – on November 12 – and was dedicated to the brand’s Boyfriend watch. The pop-up was at The Wing in SoHo, with three rooms illustrating the value of time, and a numerologist on hand to give personalized readings. C’est la vie. Maybe next year.

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Where are the Best Luxury Fitness Pop-ups this Holiday?

It’s almost vacation season, and staying fit while you’re away on holiday is a top priority for many. Who wants to come home from vacation feeling sluggish and unhealthy? So what do you do if your favorite workout is spinning, and you’re headed out of town? More and more, you’ve got nothing to worry about. The most beloved spinning studios and other popular boutique fitness classes are popping up in popular winter vacation spots around the world. Sand or snow, you’re more likely than ever to find your studio following you on your holiday adventures. SoulCycle started this trend, and others are beginning to follow. Here’s what you can expect to find this holiday season in the most luxurious vacation destinations.

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