Why is it, when we read today’s list of luxe loves, that strains of Cole Porter’s “It’s De-Lovely” seem to play in our head? Whether we only dream about these extravagances, or claim a few of our very own, there’s no way to avoid the sudden urge to sing this (slightly modified) refrain: They’re delightful, they’re delicious, they’re delectable, they’re delirious, they’re dilemma, they’re de limit, they’re deluxe, they’re de-lovely. See if you don’t agree.
Blackberry Blue Cheese
Skip the mass produced blue cheeses and order this delicious one made on property at Blackberry Farm, in Walland, TN. Better yet, pick it up in person while to take a vacation at this gorgeous, special occasion property. For cheese and more info, click here.
Chocuterie (not charcuterie!)
Next time, consider the chocuterie platter as a dessert with this Olive & Sinclair chocolate roll! Slice and share. Add some cheeses for the perfect accompaniment. Wine would be good too! Order here.
Speaking of wine … Sancerre La Crele
Transport yourself to an evening in France (a deluxe experience, itself) with this bright, summery wine. This is not a break-your-bank, special occasion wine, but it is a little more than we usually spend on an everyday bottle. But, no matter if it is a Tuesday, treat yourself to the unique flavors that are sure to differ from your go-to favorite and create a refreshing summer taste. About $20. Go ahead, who cares that it’s not Friday!
For a distinctly modern way to wear your diamonds, consider this everyday necklace, that comes with a splurge worthy price tag. No worries, you will wear this necklace so much that you will forget the price you paid! The diamond cover both sides of the circle that is on a hand-forged 16″ oxidized silver chain. $938. By Sandy Simonian; available at Taigan.
Vincent Peach shows us another way to wear some gorgeous diamonds, and we just saw that they are on sale for 40% off! Normally, these beauties are $1375. Click to see if they are still on sale, here.
The Moorings Village
If you need an extra special escape that involves airfare and a beach but not a passport, consider The Moorings Village in Islamorada, FL. We first found out about this gem through Rebecca Darwin’s FACES interview (CEO of Garden & Gun). If you are looking for complete relaxation in a secluded, gorgeous place, this is a splurge worthy place. Reconnect in luxury.
Charleston is a must-do trip. The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island is the icing on the cake for this area. Here you can have the best of both worlds. It’s close enough to drive to Charleston to shop or eat in town and then return to Kiawah to the Sanctuary, where this resort truly lives up to its name. With its top-notch spa, dining, golf and tennis, not to mention a great pool, this place is the entire package. For more information, visit their website here: www.kiawahresort.com.
Jonathan Adler Collection for Tumi
The bold viewpoint of Jonathan Adler meets the durability of Tumi with this collaboration. From pack-away, expandable totes to large, hardshell suitcases, this perky luggage should make travel logistics slightly more enjoyable. Find pieces in online at www.jonathanadler.com.
Chantecaille Lip Tint
This Chantecaille lip tint is not only beautiful, but it contains SPF 15, which is necessary for the summer days ahead. The sheer colors and light feel make this the perfect everyday accessory. We are not the only ones who have fallen in love with the Sardinia color — get yours now!
Omorovicza Complexion Perfector and Corrector
These are two splurge-worthy beauty products that, when used in tandem, create the dewy, flawless finish all of us over-40 types remember from our 20’s. Both provide SPF. The corrector, worn underneath, plumps and refines little lines and pores, as well brightens the complexion with a luminous glow. The perfector, a BB cream-type of product, evens out skin tone and conceals imperfections. Both include a moisturizer to hydrate, as well as anti-aging properties. They are light, non-greasy and smell divine — just a hint of rose.
Chanel Nail Polish
The thought of spending $27 on a nail polish can be somewhat frightening. Too often, we all find ourselves hovering in the nail polish section of CVS, debating whether or not the newest $9 OPI is worth the price. Not only is this color of Chanel Polish a gorgeous shade for spring/summer, it is just what your nails need. You are paying for a product that strengthens and moisturizes your nails, as well as provides flawless color. $27 at Bloomingdales.
Moroccan oil products have long been the gold standard in hair care. A new line of skincare products promises the same luxury for your skin. Try the Body Soufflé for the ultimate in body moisturizing. Available at Nordstrom.
Even if you’re not royalty, you can at least smell like you are. House of Creed’s Sublime Vanille is the first in a new line called Royal Exclusives. This scent is a fragrant work of art worthy of the investment (unless your card might be declined). Available at Neiman Marcus.
A favorite product of many local makeup artists, with a great brush and even greater smell, this mascara is worth every penny. It’s Diorshow and retails for $25. It also comes in a waterproof formula so you can wear it to the beach or the pool. www.sephora.com
If your kids (and your husband) are grown, New Orleans-based Leontine Linens are the most luxurious linens around! Dress your bed in custom style or order a keepsake gift for someone special.
Lounge in the pool with your favorite fur baby this summer; they’re sure to appreciate cooling off with the family. Frontgate’s tough, yet buoyant, dog floats wrap a foam core in puncture-, stain- and mildew-resistant vinyl fabric, keeping your pup cool when wet. “Ruff” life! Available in a variety of sizes and colors; prices range from $69.50 to & 129.50 at Frontgate.
Kamado Joe Grill
Planning some big picnics and barbecues this summer? The serious outdoor chef needs serious equipment such as this Kamado Joe BigJoe Ceramic Grill, which reportedly gives the Big Green Egg a real showdown.
Sumptuous Beach Towels
You are at the pool with your family, you jump in to cool off, then you dry off using your juvenile towel while enviously admiring the woman next to you with her plush, absorbent, sophisticated towel (are we alone being far too familiar with this scenario?). Admire no longer; we have found your perfect match! At 7.5 feet long, it will cover your chair and allow you to lounge in pure bliss. $150 from Roberta Roller Rabbit by Roberta Freymann.
Karla Colletto Swimsuits
We all love our trusty Target swimsuits, but sometimes the perfect fit and a durable material are worth the extra dollars. These dollars can get you a classic suit that will never go out of style. We love this Karla Colletto one-piece that comes in eight different color options and can work on any body type. This basic tank suit is a flattering style that will make you feel confident at the pool or the beach. $200 at Nancy Meyer.
The high-neck trend is hitting hard and we are all fans. While many of the higher-neck bathing suits call for bad tan lines, we think the shape of this suit is too flattering to pass up. The slimming black suit, coupled with the tan paneling, makes for a sleek look that will look fabulous on all figures. This is worth the higher price because of the flattering fit and quality make of the suit that, once again, Karla Colletto can promise. $290 at Net-a-Porter.
Billy Reid Moto Jacket
Summer leather done right as only Billy Reid can — light and supple, cut perfectly and timelessly cool. (Seriously, there were audible sighs from women in the boutique touching this jacket.) Throw on over bare shoulders to ward off a night chill or arctic blast of A/C, or just to showcase your personal panache.
Calypso St. Barth Caftan
A visit to Calypso St. Barth always feels like a mini-vacation with the jet set. For summer, this silk caftan features hand-embroidered details over every inch, along with metallic pieces, sequins and beads. Flowing comfort and airy fabric add to the exotic beauty of this sophisticated stunner.
Mad for M Missoni
While this M Missoni gown is oh-so-luxe, don’t let it hang in your closet for only the most formal occasions. Make it a maxi and dress it down for more versatility in your summer rotation! This M Missoni dress is available in coral or white.
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Glam meets Comfort Sandals
Isabel Marant’s Holden sandal had better be comfortable with its $510 price tag. With knock-offs galore, this could be the shoe of summer 2014. This lambskin leather, open-toe, slip-on sandal is detailed with cushioned, rib-stitched criss-cross straps and a contoured leather footbed. Finished with a suede-covered midsole. barneys.com
Summer Collection Women’s Shoes at Peter Nappi
Handcrafted in Italy, the quality of Peter Nappi shoes rivals brands at twice the price tag. Owners Phillip and Dana Nappi (the company is named after Phillip’s grandfather) have created a lovely niche of gorgeous shoes for men and women. Check out their newest Summer 2014 collection here.
Summer Cashmere Cardigan
Though the thought of cashmere in the summer sounds crazy, this wrap cardigan will be a staple in your wardrobe. Think about traveling, cold restaurants or anyplace where you need just a hint of warmth. This Clarabelle cashmere cardigan comes in blue, orange, lime and oatmeal. Its extra-long length and open front make it a perfect layering piece. Available at J. McLaughlin for $355. www.jmclaughlin.com
Lucchese White Python Booties
If you’re going to splurge, white python handmade Italian booties, made by one of America’s oldest luxury brands, may be just the way to do so. These are so gorgeous and we promise you that holding them in person is a special moment, as the attention to detail and the quality are so obvious–you’ll even find lemonwood pegs. What are lemonwood pegs? (We didn’t know…) Hand-placed and hammered, they ensure the highest-quality construction. The pegs secure the boot and will actually expand and contract with the leather as it changes temperature and moisture content; they do not fall out or rust like a nail. Visit Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood to find this quality boot, and more, at Lucchese.
Stella McCartney for Kids
This adorable collection from Stella McCartney is perfect for that little special someone in your life. The prints are bright and playful and the material is durable and soft. Any little fashionista will be begging you to add these to your summer luxe loves list. Size 4-8 ranging in price from $120-$150 are available at www.stellamccartney.com
It’s time to get back to reality ….