We’re celebrating all things fabulous during the month of April, and that means treating yourself to a little luxury. We’ve rounded up a list of some of our favourite things to buy and see this month.
When we call to mind the idea of luxury, perhaps for many of us that involves a particular vintage of fine red wine. But what about a red wine bath?
Inspired by the baths of ancient Greece and Rome, the original Aire spa was developed fifteen years ago in Seville, situated in a sixteenth century house that had been built upon Roman ruins. Now this vision of opulence has been transplanted across the pond in the form of Aire Ancient Baths New York, a spa located in a former textile factory in Tribeca. This high-end spa provides a kind of spiritual retreat, offering public bathhouses in a healing, multisensory environment. Guests can relax in a candlelit cavern, thermal pools (with temperatures ranging from the very hot to the very cold), a multi-person saltwater pool that replicates the density of the Dead Sea, a steamy propeller-jet bath, and a glass-enclosed hammam. Best of all, perhaps, is the exclusive red wine treatment: three decadent hours that include a grape seed oil massage and a private red wine soak.
Created by German skin expert Dr. Barbara Sturm, MC1 cream — or blood cream, as it’s commonly called — is basically the hot new anti-aging moisturizer, made famous by its tailored blend of traditional skin-saving ingredients and one’s own blood. “The MC1 cream uses a technique that harnesses the white blood cells in the patient’s own blood to produce healing factors including anti-interleukin-1 (IL-1) and TGF-beta, which address the signs of skin aging,” explains Sturm. Available exclusively at her Düsseldorf and Munich clinics, the MC1 cream is produced by drawing a sample of the patient’s blood, which is then funneled through a special vial to stimulate the blood cells, causing them to react as if they’ve encountered a wound. It’s the resulting proteins that are then injected into the cream, a product Sturm swears can do everything from reduce pore size and acne breakouts to improve the skin’s overall texture and appearance.
As an alternative to visiting her clinics abroad: Sturm recently launched an 11-product skin-care line featuring many of the same skin-saving ingredients.
Chanel’s Gabrielle Large Hobo Bag
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous,” Coco Chanel once famously said. There’s an unmistakeable glamour that exudes from any item made by the luxury fashion label, be it a pair of chique sunglasses, a crisply tailored coat, or a show-stopping pair of shoes. Best of all, perhaps, are Chanel’s bags, in which the label’s signature streamlining is paired so well with simple, luxurious details. The Gabrielle Large Hobo Bag is no exception. Made from aged calfskin, smooth calfskin, silver-tone and gold-tone metal, the Gabrielle is designed with the classic quilting Chanel is known for, offset by a double chain that provides a subtle hint of edge. Other sizes and varieties in the Gabrielle line are available in bright colours, but we love a classic neutral; after all, as Chanel also once said, “Black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”
Strapless Glitter Gown by Osman
The runways saw a 1980s revival this Spring/Summer 2017 season. While some of us no doubt think of fashion from the decade and call to mind yellow perms and winged shoulder pads, this gown borrows some of the better qualities of the ’80s and the result is a stunning strapless number that simply glitters in the light. Featuring a straight neckline, fitted bustier, concealed rear zip fastening and a draped asymmetric hem, the vintage-meets-mod style of this Osman piece is nothing short of fabulous.
Helena Borden is a Brazilian fashion blogger and businesswoman for whom fashion was something of a family business; she is the daughter of Donata Meirelles, whose long career in the industry has culminated in a current position as the style director of Brazilian Vogue. “We grew up seeing how fashion really works — the day-by-day, going from one shoot to another,” she said in an interview with the magazine. “But also we had the glamour because I’d pretend I was doing photo shoots with my mom’s high heels and fur jackets.” Today Bordon runs a style blog as well as her own eponymous e-commerce branch of the site, which offers a bold selection of cat-eye sunglasses.
Monse Leather-Trimmed Satin Pumps
Monse is a relatively new fashion line brought to us by Oscar de la Renta alum designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia. In an interview with InStyle about their launch in 2015, they promised a “bolder” look from their debut collection, and they’ve been delivering ever since. Crafted in Italy, these eye-catching little pumps feature — like all Monse shoes on the Spring ’17 runway — belt-like leather ankle straps. With its fine red satin and ultra-slim 100 mm heel, these shoes are perfectly classy with a sexy, fabulous flair.
Le Rêve Left Arm Sectional
Is there anything more luxurious than a daybed? Well, yes — a daybed in a golden glaze finish. This fabulous outdoor sectional from CB2 is completely handmade; its iron frame is welded and manipulated by hand into the delicate loop design. As the weather warms, this piece provides the right amount of room for family and guests to lounge in comfort on a posh patio, sipping chilled cocktails and basking in the sunlight.
With an influx of apps like Uber, AirBnB, Fiverr, and TaskRabbit, it’s clear that western society’s transition into a crowdsourcing economy is no longer a theoretical possibility but a forecast. And now, with Jet Smarter, that model is taking hints from the — well, proletariat, let’s say, and applying it to the elite. The app claims to be “reinventing air travel” by connecting members with unused private jets around the world. And not only does it offer air travel, but the app also opens members to VIP events — think gallery openings and celebrity meet-and-greets — as well as helitransfers and access to a 24/7 concierge. While Jet Smart currently operates on three continents, it’s quickly growing, which makes this a prime time for users to get on board.
Dawn by Rolls Royce
Springtime means uncovering luxury cars that have been lovingly nestled away for the winter; it means taking a convertible out for a spin with the top down and letting that warm breeze lift the hair and the spirits. With Dawn, the new offering from Rolls-Royce, the open road has never looked so inviting. For those with a love of the bespoke, the tailor-made, Rolls Royce is perhaps the ultimate player in the luxury auto industry. “You don’t buy a Rolls-Royce, you commission one,” the company says, “like a piece of fine art or a super yacht.” With its V12 twin-turbo engine, a quiet sunroof, Natural Grain leather upholstery, and advanced driver assistance features, this is luxury at its finest.
Caño Cristales – The River of Five Colors in Colombia
Now that we’ve agreed on just how to travel fabulously, it’s time to choose a fabulous destination. Caño Cristales is a river located in Columbia’s province of Meta, and is sometimes called the “Liquid Rainbow” for its stunning natural display of colours. This vibrancy is most striking between July and November when red riverweeds, green algae, black rocks, and yellow sand are made to seem iridescent beneath the clear blue water. While finding the river can be challenging — visitors must make their way to La Macarena, which can require a combination of busses and planes from Bogota, and then hire a guide — this natural wonder makes the destination more than worth the journey. And April is the perfect time to start planning.