Sparklers is a monthly series at Dandelion Chandelier designed to highlight people, groups and institutions who have recently spread light in the world, even in the midst of great darkness. Every day, people choose to shine in ways large and small. These moments of grace and generosity don’t always get reported on, and unfortunately they can be quickly forgotten. We want to help amplify and share these stories of courage, sacrifice and thoughtfulness. Because good news, optimism and kindness could be the sweetest luxuries of all.
The French-speaking island of St. Barth’s – or to be precise, Saint Barthélemy – has long been a glamorous year-end playground and the destination of choice for the owners of mega-yachts, the fashion industry elite, entertainers, athletes and their entourages. The Leeward Islands tropical paradise is the stuff of dreams. But the fall 2017 hurricane season was brutal, with a string of named storms wreaking havoc on many parts of the Caribbean, including this lovely island. What’s the situation there now? We have the latest update.
One of the laments about winter that we hear every year is about the number it does on our skin. Dryness, redness, itchiness — you know what we’re talking about. You can seek relief from any number of luxury skincare brands like La Mer, Sisley Paris, Natura Bisse and La Prairie. They’re endorsed by countless celebrities, heavily supported with brand advertising, and prominently displayed in luxury department stores the world over. But what if we told you that there was a secret world of luxury skincare that only dermatologists and ultra-high end facialists (and their well-heeled clients) know about? And what if we told you that our beauty insiders tell us that these products work even better than the brands we just mentioned? Care to hear more? Recently, we got the inside scoop on some of these under-the-radar (and crazy-expensive) luxury skincare products. From cleansing and exfoliating to moisturizing and masks, we’re sharing the insider’s top picks across various skincare categories. Watch your back, winter. We’re coming for you.
It’s hygge time, people: midwinter, post Valentine’s Day, spring still just a distant glimmer on the horizon. If you’re in the leisure class – or have the scratch to kick it that way – what does the highest-end embodiment of the Danish and Norwegian concept of winter coziness and comfort look like? Well, dear reader, it starts with the right sound system. After all, the perfect ambiance for a cold winter’s evening demands not just scented candles, cashmere throws, a good Bordeaux and the right reading material. Without the right sound system, the vibe could end up being harsh, not chill. And that would just be wrong.
So many books, so little time! Reading can be one of life’s sweetest luxuries. But how to quickly find the next great volume to dive into? To lend a hand, we’ll share our Dandelion Chandelier Recommended Reads: books that we’ve personally read and loved – some brand new, and some published long ago. Selected to suit the season or a particular theme, we think they deserve a place on your nightstand. Or your e-reader. In your backpack. Or your carry-on bag. You get the idea.
As voracious readers, here at Dandelion Chandelier sometimes we inexplicably start craving a book about food. Particularly in the winter, we love curling up with a cookbook. We don’t spend all that much time in the kitchen – but reading a great recipe is like reading a well-told story. It’s transporting, and educational, and it leaves you feeling nourished. We also love reading novels set in restaurants. And chefs’ memoirs. And food histories. Pretty well anything that allows us to escape into the world of food and life in the kitchen.