CULTURE VULTURE: Hollywood Issue Edition


After we clean up the confetti and champagne on New Year’s Day, who’s to say the fabulosity is over? Now’s the time for glamorous getaways and nights out rubbing shoulders with celebrities. Whether you want to see or be seen, we have your go-to guide in this frosty time of year. Get a full-length fur from Kookopa for a girl’s night out, or work up your appetite for dessert by the fire from celebrity favorite brand, MarieBelle. Whatever you prefer, be prepared to have the paparazzi mistake you for a VIP with these exclusive ideas we have in store!

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Vacation Like a Celebrity

Like Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson, to be exact. It’s the “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita on the southwest point of the Riviera Nayarit, just 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta. The glamorous beachfront property is set on 100 acres and boasts incredible surf, lush jungles, and endless adventure. Complete with 173 spacious casita-style guest rooms, three alfresco Richard Sandoval restaurants with ocean views (the bar has over 200 types of tequilas!), a serene spa (with a new spa director who just relocated from Istanbul!), and world-class golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, this star-studded resort offer guests unrivaled Four Seasons luxury infused with an authentic taste of rural Mexico.



Gift Like a Celebrity
Looking for the perfect way to indulge? Couture isn’t just for clothing anymore. Gift yourself, a friend, or loved one with MarieBelle Chocolates. The blue box collection of chocolates comes with indulgent flavors like lavender and whisky, which make it the Tiffany’s of chocolate, boasting fans such as Katie Holmes, Blake Lively, Oprah, and Christian Louboutin. Sure to please, MarieBelle makes chocolate shopping and tasting an experience as you venture down to their store in Soho or pop over to the new location at Cacao Market in Greenpoint Brooklyn.  This market features a bevy of chocolate-inspired treats such as chocolate dipped croissants, melting chocolate from a Swiss style raclette, and homemade desserts to sweeten up your New Year. Head down to MarieBelle and Cacao Market and experience chocolate like star!



Dress Like a Starlet
Award season is in full swing and the red carpet of the Globes and the Grammys will, as always, dictate spring fashion. Of course, you’ll need that dress worn by JLO, the cat suit sported by Beyonce, and the jacket Gwyneth is rocking, but to buy it all to wear it just once? Forget it! Be the talk of the town, the life of the party, and the queen of the night in your very own rent-a-dress from KOOKOPA. Find your size, rent it, wear it, and return it, without having to venture into the store in a panic. KOOKOPA makes looking fashionable easy with access to thousands of designer duds all at a reasonable price.




Party Like a Rock Star

At the St-Tropez boîte VIP Room in NYC. Barely a year old, this star-studded haunt has already welcomed everyone from Rihanna to Jack Nicholson. Without jumping on the G4, transport yourself to Europe and enjoy your night VIP-ing it up in the club. With live performances, nonstop dancing, and popular DJs, you’ll feel oh-so-Hollywood here! Inspired by the luxury lifestyle and French decadence, this 5,000-square-foot space is modern and contemporary with banquets circling the floor and LED video walls lining the inside. Boasting the energy of St. Tropez, this young club is burning up the scene with its newest location landing in New York.




Dine Like a Connoisseur
Inspired by the rich history and culture of Tribeca, where Robert De Niro and Jessica Alba roam free, The Smyth re-launches as a sanctuary of comfort and familiarity in the heart of downtown New York City. Mixing Scandinavian and American mid-century furniture with rich textures and a neutral color palette, the spaces are punctuated by original art, books, and photography. Low-slung sofas, mid-century lb Kofod-Larsen chairs, and finely upholstered vintage settees are carefully configured for intimacy and comfort. Divided into the Living Room, Den, Library, and Evening Bar, every room in the hotel lobby is memorable. Better yet is the hotel’s opening of Little Park and Evening Bar from award-winning restaurateurs Chef Andrew Carmellini, Luke Ostrom, and Josh Pickard. Little Park, a seasonal restaurant, prides itself in highlighting organic, sustainable ingredients from Carmellini’s long-time partnerships with local farmers, anglers, vintners, ranchers, and foragers. The Evening Bar is a modern interpretation of a classic hotel bar that’s a destination in itself. Carmellini tapped mixologist Anne Robinson (PDT, Booker and Dax) to create a seasonal cocktail menu emphasizing artisanal distilleries, organic fruit, and vegetable extracts. The 27-seat space is tucked behind the Den and a backlit eight-seat mahogany cocktail bar with navy leather paneling opposite the entry’s fireplace creates a warm glow.

By Gwen Wunderlich-Smith

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