Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com.
From the Wall Street Journal:
--Hedge-fund pioneer Paul Tudor Jones is asking $30 million for his 6,250-acre hunting retreat on Maryland's eastern shore. It is our estate of the day on Monday.
--A 44-acre Aspen, Colorado estate sold for $31.5 million, for what brokers say is a record price for the area this year. The seller of the property was Bob Zangrillo, founder of private-equity firm Z Capital.
--After nearly four years on the market at $33 million, a roughly 6,500-acre Carmel Valley, California ranch, shown above, has seen its asking price cut 35 percent to $21.5 million. The listing is here.
From the NY Times:
--Renee Zellweger has listed a pair of apartments on New York's Upper East side. 82nd Street, The apartments take up the entire second floor of a co-op on 82nd Street at Madison Avenue. She paid $8.2 million for all three units. One, a three-bedroom unit is $6.975 million. The listing is here.
--A three-acre estate in Sagaponack that includes land once owned by businessman Ronald Lauder as well as a planned 11,600-square-foot, 10-room traditional home designed by architect Francis Fleetwood has has a price cut to $14.995 million down from $17.75 million. The listing is here.
--An Old Westbury estate that once belonged to the family of the late commercial shipping magnate Michael P. Grace had had a price cut. The five-bedroom Colonial was listed at $4.498 million but is now listed at $3.968 million. The listing is here.
Gallery: Wheatley Road
From the LA Times:
--"CSI: Miami" star Rex Linn has bought a Sherman Oaks home for $1.415 million.
--Iron Chef Michael Symon has picked up a two-story loft in the Dogtown Station mixed-use development in Venice. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit was listed at $1.1 million.
--Judd Apatow and his wife, Leslie Mann, have sold their Pacific Palisades home for $5.26 million.
From Housing Watch:
--Actress Jessica Alba is trying to lease out her 3,035-square-foot Beverly Hills home for $8,950 a month. The listing is here.
Fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez introduced the Narciso Rodriguez for eBay Collection on the online marketplace yesterday.
Called a "capsule" collection, the line will be sold exclusively through the Narciso Rodriguez for eBay Collection redefining how and where savvy shoppers can buy designer fashion. It is the designer's first direct-to-consumer online retail venture.
"I am extremely excited by the possibilities that this new online sales channel brings to my business long term," says Rodriguez. "For me it's always been about dressing many women of all ages, all types, all sizes, and this special collection on eBay is a unique opportunity to reach a broad global audience."
The eight-piece limited-edition collection is made from imported Italian fabrics, and bears Rodriguez's signature streamlined look and sophisticated color blocking created in a red, black and white color palette. The collection will be offered at accessible, fixed price points ranging from $65 - $350, in sizes 0 to 14, or extra small to large.
Filed under: Jewelry
Each Calendar Necklace is custom; you pick the metal (silver or rose, yellow or white gold in matte or shiny), the month, the date (or two), and the jewel, which can be any of a number of colored sapphires. You can also opt for a Calendar Bracelet, which comes on pretty-colored faux suede.
The necklaces are available for $150.00 to $415.00, and ship in three to six weeks. If you'd like to get one for someone this holiday, you can have a "gift notice" sent to your recipient in plenty of time for the big day.
These pieces are great to commemorate an anniversary, birth, engagement or other special date -- they're lovely and unusual, and will have everyone asking you why that day is special.
Bumble Bells are not just tiny, adorable, audible anklets. They began with a future mom who went to Thailand:
"It all started when Mommy took a trip to Thailand. She saw a little boy toddling around in beautiful silver anklets with tiny bells on them. Everywhere he went, his parents could hear him toddling. And that sweet sound of his bumbling footsteps made Mommy swear that when she had a baby, she would procure herself a pair of those adorable anklets."
The tiny anklets are ASTM-certified for safety, and can be worn all day and even to bed at night. The bells run from $45 (sterling silver) to $575 for the Eden Bells, Twinkle Bells, and Sea Shell Bells in gold (see gallery). You can even get a grownup-sized anklet for $97. A portion of all profits goes to Head Start. We like that.
Click through the gallery below to see our favorite Bumble Bells designs -- and why not splurge a little on a little one?
Gallery: Bumble Bells
Gallery: Splurge on Baby
Filed under: Spirits
Classic Italian aperitif Campari has just unveiled its new multimedia ad campaign starring sexy actress Jessica Alba. The "Club Campari" campaign (above) includes pictures by famed fashion photographer Mario Testino and a commercial by legendary director Jean Paul Goude. Capturing Campari's Dolce Vita style, the campaign is
set in "a distinctive oceanside destination, where sensuality and temptation prevail in a sophisticated, playful atmosphere." Several of Testino's sexy snaps will be featured in a limited edition calendar, of which only 9,999 copies will be distributed worldwide. Testino also lensed Campari's previous campaign starring the stunning Salma Hayek. See the gallery for more pix.
Gallery: Jessica Alba for Campari
The annual Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge will kick off at the JetOne Jets Field at the Bridgehampton Polo Club on Saturday, July 19 this year. This season's partners include Coca-Cola, Fiji Water, T-Mobile, Pernod Ricard, Ralph Lauren, Hpnotiq and Zino Platinum Cigars, and the MVP Player Award will be presented by Westin Rinehart. The matches, which will run for six consecutive Saturdays through August 23 this year, are the social mainstay of the Hamptons season and feature some of the world's best polo players competing for one of the sport's most treasured prizes. Anyone can watch from the stands, but the invitation-only V.I.P. tent is the real scene. Celebs in attendance in years previous have included Anne Hathaway, Elizabeth Hurley, Heather Graham, Howard Stern, Jared Leto, Jay Z, Jessica Alba, Mischa Barton, Natalie Portman and Prince Albert of Monaco, to name a few. All proceeds will go to a good cause, the South Fork Breast Health Coalition.
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz Bridgehampton Polo
Filed under: Charity of the Day
AIDS is officially 25 years old and sadly in many ways it's as strong and as deadly as ever. In certain parts of South Africa as much as 41% of the population is afflicted with AIDS, and worldwide 90% of the people who have it don't know it. Ignorance is one of the biggest hurdles in treating and controlling the spread of AIDS, and Keep a Child Alive is an organization focused on helping with both education, treatment, and prevention of this devastating disease -- not to mention support of the children left in its wake.
To date over 15 million children have lost one or both parents to the AIDS pandemic, and for just $1 a day you can buy the drugs needed to keep a child alive.
Gallery: Celebrities for Keep a Child Alive