After your pursuing a lot of your recommendations from last time, I am looking for animals that are not specific to any kind of "business", rather those that exude luxury and elegance. Also, different cultures (countries, areas, societies) view animals differently, so what kind of animals does your culture associate with these qualities? [more inside]
I have a £75 gift voucher to spend in Liberty (the luxury department store in London). I don't buy a lot of stuff and when I do I don't really spend a lot of money, so since I have this opportunity I would like to buy something more luxurious / higher quality / aspirational than I would normally. I'm a guy, and there's nothing in particular I want or need, so up for consideration is anything from menswear, men's accessories, stationery, homeware, jewellery, furniture, random objects, etc. What would you go for? [more inside]
I don't want a Robe, I want the best robe. I want a robe that looks both stylish and timeless - a robe Cary Grant could wake up in and stay in all day. I want a robe that is well-constructed and comfortable enough to last forever and I could lounge around in while still looking natty. I want something with a retro-feel and interesting colors. I do not want white terrycloth. Where can I find this robe? [more inside]
I have a birthday and another life achievement milestone coming up this weekend. I'd usually want to celebrate with close friends and family but I'm newly single and am not really up to discussing it with people yet. I do have family/ friend celebrations planned next week so instead I'd like to mark the day by engaging in some luxury solo self-care. Suggestions? Snowflake: I'm in Hong Kong. [more inside]
Today is the one year anniversary of a significant event in my life and I'd like to mark the occasion by treating myself. But I didn't plan ahead and I don't know what to do! I have the entire day off and I'll be flying solo. I'm in Milwaukee. Money is not a concern. [more inside]
Currently designing a photo-book about a line of Oriental scents. What kind of world do you expect to be immersed in? Are there any other photo-books which were successful in luring you in to their world?
I recently was hired at a high-end luxury retail store where traffic is low, and it's a client cultivating environment. My previous experience in retail sales has been in higher-volume stores and I want to hear from people who work in this type of luxury-driven culture about what's worked and what doesn't to be successful.
I need to plan an awesome 4-5 day getaway for my wife's 40th birthday sometime in late March / early April. The less time we can spend traveling the better. We are based in Austin Texas so anywhere in the U.S. or parts close by wouldn't be out of the question. I am willing to spend 3 - 5k. I am looking for specific recommendations on a city / town / resort we can go to simply have an awesome time. [more inside]
What are some best practices that hotels use (housekeeping/food service etc) that I can use for my apartment living? [more inside]
I make $93,000 net a year and want to buy a $95,000 car. I'm 28, and keen to enjoy life before I get tied down with family and other commitments. I'm seeking your wisdom. [more inside]
I'm getting a really nice queen-size bed in a few days and I want to outfit it with top-of-the-line, premium pillows, sheets, covers, blankets, and a world-class mattress pad. What's the best that money can buy?
So, I'm in Tokyo on a business trip with a 7500 yen/day food expense budget. Thing is, I tend to eat cheap and I've been averaging more like 3000 yen/day. Even still, the food has been fantastic. But tomorrow, I would like to make the most of my expense account. Assuming that I eat free hotel buffet for breakfast and lunch, where would you recommend I go (within about a half hour train ride of Tokyo Station) for the best (pescatarian) meal 7500 yen can buy?
Looking to give my dad the nicest tweed or wool/cashmere flatcap money can buy. I'm talking about "By Special Appointment to HRH..." level of nice-ness, not "Kangol makes some pretty slick lids" level of niceness. [more inside]
For a bunch of reasons (some good, some bad) I have the next two and half months totally free. I don't have to do a thing, I have no reason to make any more money and I've got oceans of time, a nest egg of savings, and a gym membership. Previous times like this I've focused on making my skill-set or apartment better/fancier, but now I want to focus on myself. No creative projects, no learning and growing, just pure, unabashed vanity. What can I do in two and half months to get all kinds of pretty? Ideally during the day. [more inside]
Since moving cross-country several months ago, I've been gradually furnishing a small studio apartment. I decided that, for once, I'm not going to buy Ikea everything, and maybe try paying a little more for higher-quality quality items. Almost every one of my purchases has backfired. How much more should I be prepared to spend before I see reliable improvement in quality over Ikea and other lowest common denominator options? [more inside]
In my 30s and no kids. Help me spend my money on honey. [more inside]
Best luxury hotels in Fort Worth, Texas? The title says it all - I'm looking for someplace amazing to stay for one or two nights in Fort Worth, TX. My gentleman is looking forward to a concert that's happening there and I'd like to surprise him with a killer package at a luxury hotel the weekend of the show. Bonus points if the hotel is funky and non-chain (a la Hotel San Jose or Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin), although I'd do a chain if it was absolutely top-notch. [more inside]
How / Where can I sell some designer items? [more inside]
Gift filter: I'm looking for things my parents would have lusted after as teenagers / young adults. Dad was born in 1942, mom in '46, both were quite poor at the time. Example: Dad left the AirForce in '66 and saved up to buy a second hand Seiko watch. Example 2: nostalgic candy. What are some other items they would have wanted but been unable to purchase, or period specific luxuries that I could surprise them with today from the vast used markets.
How can I train myself to have an appreciation and eye for the quality of higher-end clothing and accessories?
How do I judge the quality of luxury clothing and accessories? [more inside]
Looking for a Ghurka-quality travel pack. [more inside]
The best splurgey place to stay in Los Angeles for a long girls weekend in June? [more inside]
NicheRequestFilter: Planning an event in Paris. Looking to rent a conference room with A/V and catering at a sexy boutique hotel. Ideally in Levallois-Perret or the 8th or 17th; we can cab up to 15 or twenty minutes. We'll be twelve to fifteen people. Merci!
Tell me about high-quality, (i.e. more than just a designer name) classic, luxury accessories. [more inside]
Looking for a great place to ring in my 30th birthday--without spending days flying back and forth from Denver. In mid-March. Got some great ideas for me? [more inside]
Is there something like Gilt Taste that is based in Australia? I'm especially keen on their artisanal sweets and chocolates and cakes.
How do billionaires/multi millionaires raise cash for very large purchases like for example a $500 million home?
How do billionaires/multi millionaires raise cash for very large purchases like for example a $500 million home? I ask since most of their net worth comes from their stocks which I presume they don't liquidate. [more inside]
In a few weeks we'll be spending the weekend at a "rustic cabin." Tell me the things I'm forgetting to bring that will make our stay an enjoyable one! [more inside]
do you have a take on the quality/appeal of Mont Blanc for accessories like eyewear, wallets, etc? I seem to be running organically into recommendations for this brand as I find myself unable to afford the top makers in a category but I don't want to end up in a situation where I've gotten something that's neither reasonably priced nor extra-nice but ended up spending a chunk of money on no-man's land in between.
I have the opportunity to have a custom suit made in western Japan (Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto). Money is no object. [more inside]
I just spent a day at the spa at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Help me find similar spas... anywhere. [more inside]
I want to buy myself some luxurious, indulgent, gorgeous underwear/lingerie. Recommendations? [more inside]
What are some cheap (less than $10) but satisfying luxuries? [more inside]
Is there any real way a Hermes leather bag is ‘better’ than your average Gucci/LV/Cartier/etc. bag? I mean once you’re in “Handmade in Europe by a company that’s been around since before 1930″ territory it’s all the same right? Trying to figure out whether to save up (a while!) for the big H or forget it and go for the others. [more inside]
Surprise food hamper. Help me fill it... and quick! [more inside]
Looking for a car commercial that made fun of luxury brand "types," for Hyundai or Infiniti perhaps? [more inside]
school me on high-end jewelry? [more inside]
[London Shopping Filter] I'd like to buy an expensive watch in the New Year. Budget is up to £2,500 so I'm looking for advice on the best places to browse a wide range of makes and models and then (once I've picked something) the best place to buy it. [more inside]
Finally moved to a big(ger), cheap(er) apartment in Brooklyn with my boyfriend after years in a tiny apartment in Manhattan with my best friend. Now that I have more space and disposal cash, I want to make my apartment a real home. Suggestions, please? [more inside]
My current crop of desktop wallpapers are too distracting. Crashing waves, sunsets, streaking meteors, and galactic vistas sure look nice, but they make my eyes stray from the work in front me. I want to find hi-res, high quality shots of fabric, quilted leather, wood and other materials to "upholster" my digital desktop and make it look luxe. Help! [more inside]
Are you fulfilled in your job? Should I seek to be? I have a job which paid me over $450K last year. I worked maybe 50 hours a week to generate that on average (although with wild swings and a lot of travel.) If I stay I will be on track to make $1M a year in a few years. I am not terribly happy, but not totally miserable. [more inside]
I am trying to compile a list of modern day ultra-luxury items. [more inside]
What is the noticeable difference between a $100 pair of men's dress shoes and a $500 pair of men's dress shoes? I wear standard, department store $100 dress shoes to work every day (I used to wear Cole Haan; now I wear Johnston & Murphy). When the $100 shoe soles wear out, I have them re-soled. They do end up looking beat-up fairly quickly, even with polishing. I have been told that, if I spend more money on the shoes, they will last longer and the investment will be worth it. [more inside]
Help me spend my Christmas money! I want to know what item or gadget has changed your life for the better. What am I missing that once I have I won't want to live without. For around $50. [more inside]
I heard once that many people living in poverty tend to make more luxurious purchases, such as televisions, as they see simple luxuries as way to enjoy their life in a way they deem possible. Is this true? Can anyone point to a source? [more inside]
Emergency honeymoon bookings. In Scotland. Two weeks from today. Oh, help. [more inside]
I really love reading blogs written by wealthy people. Do you have any to recommend? [more inside]
Please help find a gently-used, luxury-ish sedan. [more inside]
What is a high quality set of sheets? [more inside]
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