When it comes to luxury, a girl has to have some goals, right? That’s the thought behind Luxe Loves — fabulous, indulgent and over-the-top finds that we can truly aspire to perhaps one day own. Or, if nothing else, they’re things we can swoon over as we window shop at luxury retailers. This edition of Luxe Loves offers a little bit of everything — jewelry, home furnishing, even travel ideas that are downright extravagant. Prepare to swoon as we ogle some of the finer things in life!
Rose cut diamond necklace
Gabrielle Friedman creates some of the most amazing works of art in her jewelry creations, and this lovely necklace illustrates that notion. The 18k yellow gold nugget houses a .46-carat rose cut oval diamond and hangs on an 18k yellow gold chain. The necklace measures 16.5 inches and is absolutely breathtaking! Find it for $3,000 at gabriellefriedman.com.
Elizabeth Locke jewelry
We are always fascinated by Elizabeth Locke jewelry, as she uses 19K gold — something you don’t see very often. Additionally, these handmade pieces are wildly intriguing in that they are inspired by the antique jewelry of the Etruscans, Greeks and Romans. The cabochon aquamarine and blue zircon side-stone 19K gold ring is $4,200, the aquamarine elephant 19K gold pendant is $4,450, and the “Oruieto” 17-inch 19K gold link chain is $8,050. Find them at Mednikow in Nashville, TN.
Nak Armstrong earrings
The innovative creations of Austin-based artist Nak Armstrong are nothing short of breathtaking. With a background in both fashion and architecture, both disciplines unite in his work. We spotted these rainbow moonstone drop earrings at ByGeorge in Austin, and we can’t stop daydreaming about them. Created with rainbow moonstone, green tourmaline, recycled 18k yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver, they’re as majestic as they are mysterious. Call for pricing.
Larimar & diamonds
This stunning larimar and diamond rose gold necklace is truly one-of-a-kind. This piece can be worn day or night to add a touch of beauty to a more casual look or an element of elegance for a night on the town. Find this breathtaking piece for $1,561 at Clater Jewelers in Louisville, KY.
FOR THE HOME
Is there a space in your home that could use a touch of upscale, bohemian-inspired bliss? This fabulously fuzzy chair from Paige Albright Orientals is just right. Pair it with one of her one-of-a-kind pillows or throws for the perfect mix of chic elegance and cozy style. Find the chair for $1,600, throw for $450 and pillow for $175 at Paige Albright Orientals in Birmingham, AL.
Burl wood table
Add an amazing conversation piece to your home with any of the Littlebranch Farm custom furniture creations by Kelly Maxwell. We’re particularly smitten with this gorgeous big leaf maple burl table. The wooden slab is featured on a chard root base and measures 7 feet by 62 inches. Find it at littlebranchfarm.com for $18,500.
Antique English furniture
Any visit to Charleston merits a stop at George C. Birlant & Company to peruse some of the most fabulous antiques you’ll find. We’re particularly taken with this antique English Chippendale-style chest on chest. The crossbanded inlay on the drawers and the hand-carved blind fret on frieze make this antique truly remarkable. Find it for $14,750; learn more here.
If you’re looking to add a luxurious touch of cozy comfort to your space, put this throw from Copper & Kiln at the top of your list. It is an oversized cable-knit indulgence with sweet tassel details. Wrap yourself up in unparalleled comfort or toss this at the end of the bed for an added dose of plush design. Find it for $184 from Copper & Kiln.
Reimagine your interiors completely by infusing some early 19th century romance. This antique French limestone mantel offers a one-of-a-kind design to your fireplace, and its timeless design will last a lifetime — and then some! Find it for $6,200 at Architectural Heritage.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
The Punch Room, located in the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte’s Uptown neighborhood, is known for its signature punches and cocktails, but there is one drink that stands out among the crowd. Aptly named The $400 Cocktail because it costs $400, this cocktail is made with Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac, and we hear it’s delicious.
Chef’s Choice at Naoe
This Forbes five-star restaurant is a gem in Miami’s culinary crown. Renowned Chef Kevin Cory sources sake and soy sauce from his family’s Japanese breweries, and the result is fresh, authentic flavors in this exclusive 16-seat restaurant. For $200, you can enjoy the only item on the menu: Chef Cory’s prix fixe meal, which he prepares in front of you. Doesn’t get much fresher than that! Reservations definitely required. Learn more at naoemiami.com.
FROM SB SHOP
Water buffalo cuff
Birmingham-based designer Laura Gaines is the brains behind her brand, Shalla Wista. Laura has a unique eye for unexpected beauty, and her loyalty to the craft of handmade jewelry is evident in every piece she creates. We’re especially smitten with this statement cuff, which is dressed with a beautiful diamond pendant making it a piece you’ll treasure for years to come. Find it for $720 at SB Shop.
Henry Dry Goods weekender
This weekender bag by Lexington-based company Henry Dry Goods is ideal for weekend trips, overnight stays or for the graduate in your life. It is beyond spacious and available in a number of personalized monogram or initial options. Find it for $325 in the SB Shop.
Whether you can swing these purchases or simply like to fantasize, we hope you enjoy your summer and the little luxuries it brings!
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