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Seabourn Quest North Sea Cruise
Cruising through the Fjords in Modern Luxury

Last summer I boarded Seabourn Quest in Copenhagen and, two weeks later, disembarked in Dover. I was really nervous as the last time I took a cruise (granted river, not ocean) I hated it and couldn't wait to leave. This was the polar opposite - an experience I really enjoyed and (depending on the person ) would recommend to others. Different port almost every day, lots of hiking and kayaking options, and I became a shuffleboard champion! This story ran in 14 titles, you can read it here.    ...

Spike Lee at the 2019 Oscars
Spike Lee’s Oscar jewelry in JCK

JCK editors were asked to weigh in on their favorite jewelry looks from the Oscars red carpet. I chose Spike Lee for his double knuckle rings that were originally used in his movie Do The Right Thing and that insane necklace, which was an homage to his late great friend, Prince, and made by  Amedeo Scognamiglio. Read more about Spike's jewels and other editor's choices (Lady Gaga, Charlize, Julia, etc.) here....

R17 cocktail lounge NYC
R17 in How To Spend It

If you live in NYC and love a good cocktail, get down to R17 on Pier 17 before summer comes and tourists descend. They've got happy hour seven nights a week. Hit the gorgeous thick-slab onyx bar on a weeknight and sample one of the seriously good cocktails, which you can read more about here....

Ertlio Namas restaurant, Vilnius, chef Tomas Rimydis
An awesome restaurant in Vilnius – How to Spend It/The FT

I do not know why Vilnius/Lithuania isn't getting more press, but trust me, it is a city on the rise. I'm glad I got there before the place explodes (figuratively), and was able to get a last minute, same day reservation at Ertlio Namas. Incredible meal a la chef Tomas Rimydis, with everything served having roots in history. Read all about it here....

Daniel Libeskind Swarovski Star for Rockefeller Center NYC Christmas Tree
Libeskind star atop Rock Center Christmas tree in Interior Design Magazine

This year marked the first time in over a decade that the star atop the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was redesigned. Daniel Libeskind was tapped for the job, and created a 900-pound beauty covered in 3 million Swarovski crystals. See the full story, including the architect's sketches, here....

Fferrone Revolution cocktail mixer
Stirred, not Shaken, in How To Spend It

There are rules about shaking versus stirring a cocktail, but they vary. It would take too long to go into all the intricacies but should you find yourself about to prepare a stirred situation and not wanting that cut glass thing everybody is using. check out Felicia Ferrone's Revolution cocktail mixer instead. Details here....

John Derian for Stubbs and Wooton velvet shoes slippers loafers
John Derian + Stubbs and Wootton

John Derian, the master of decoupage, has for the first time lent his designs to shoes. 6 velvet slipper styles by Stubbs and Wooton are now embroidered with his designs. Read all about it here, and see the whole range here....

Connaught Mews, London, Connaught Hotel
The Connaught Mews in the WSJ/Far and Away

One of the chicest hotels in London, the Connaught now has its own version of Home Away/VRBO. As in, a private residence that you can rent. Read more about it here....