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Insider Tips on How to Do the Sundance Film Festival

The iconic Sundance Film Festival – the preeminent showcase for independent films – has kicked off in Park City, Utah. The annual 10-day festival is the first one of the new year, and it brings almost 70,000 cineastes, investors, actors, and other industry professionals to the tony mountain town. Octavia Spencer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel Morrison, and Joe Swanberg will serve on the jury judging U.S. dramas, and actor Jason Mantzoukas​ will host the January 27 awards ceremonies. There’s chatter about all the actors who have become feature directors (Rupert Everett, Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke, and Idris Elba) and about the buzzy drama Sorry to Bother You. We wanted to get the insider’s view on how to prepare for Sundance if you’re attending, and also what to expect even if you’re just following the proceedings from your couch. So we turned to our dear Luminary Amy Nauiokas for the inside scoop. Amy is the Founder and President of Anthemis, a company that cultivates change in financial services; the Founder and Chair of Archer Gray, a media production, finance …

The Best of the Spring 2018 Designer Collaborations

If designer fashion collaborations are any guide, the fate of the world may not be as dire as current headlines indicate. Listening to the constant drumbeat of conflict and trash-talking on the global stage, one might assume that building camaraderie across disparate cultures is a tragically lost art. But take hope, dear reader. Just this month, all kinds of mash-ups and collaborations are happening in the worlds of fashion, music and art. If cultures can collide and create such fantastic outcomes in these spheres, perhaps the diplomats and world leaders can learn a thing or two. Consider these unlikely pairings and cool connections in just the first few months of 2018:

Best Luxury Travel Destinations in the Month of February

Where will February take you? Where should it? The Winter Olympics kick off in South Korea, so depending on your proclivities, you might want to head there. Or you could celebrate Chinese New Year in any number of luxurious locales. If you love crowds, there are lots of other options, too, as pre-Lent revelers take to the streets in cities all over the globe. On the other hand, if it’s solitude you seek, consider a trip to Tasmania. Of course, February is the month of love and passion, so a romantic destination should definitely be on your consideration list. And while it may seem distant, spring is just around the corner, and a visit to one of the world’s loveliest gardens in the Americas, Asia or Europe – or at least to an indoor orchid show — might hurry along its arrival.

High-tech Peloton Spins Into a Competitive New Arena

The Winter Wellness series continues here at Dandelion Chandelier. The start of a new year always seems to involve health-related resolutions: earnest vows to get and stay in shape, to eat healthier, to take time to improve our mental well-being – and also to get more sleep. It all seems within reach in early January, but some of us have already thrown in the towel by mid-month (that would be right about now). To try to avoid a repeat of that annual cycle, we’ll be investigating the latest research on wellness and weight loss; visiting a cool new fitness studio; checking into a couple of great destination spas; and investigating wellness-focused resources of all kinds. Today we’re sharing some recent news from the world of spinning. Peloton, the luxury fitness brand known for its $2,000 tech-enabled home stationary bikes — and spin classes that are live-streamed and available on-demand — last week at the Consumer Electronics Show announced a significant new expansion in its strategy. It’s not just about cycling anymore. The new Peloton Tread – basically …

What are the Best New Books Coming in February 2018?

New month, new books! Book Light is our Dandelion Chandelier curated list of the titles we’re most excited about for the coming month. February 2018 brings a wave of debuts and the return of some well-loved voices. Not surprisingly, the month that celebrates Black History in America and Valentine’s Day sees tales of race, love, struggle and anguish – and occasionally, hard-won triumph. There are stories of being lost, both physically and spiritually – and being found, including an artist’s curated volume of her own rediscovered works. There are quests for justice, for true love, and for personal improvement – and also a killer book of style, and a really healthy cookbook. Here’s our pick of the top new books – novels, essay collections, and non-fiction – that we cannot wait to read in February 2018. Stock up on bulbs for your reading light – with a list this good, we’re all going to be up late.