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Looks to Love: Whitney Baldwin Designs

 

Whitney Baldwin Designs

Pave Diamonds, Whitney Baldwin Designs

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

Studio 1696 presents a bazaar shopping experience highlighting the international collection from world travelers Lars Bolander & Nadine Kalachnikoff. This season they plan to host an eclectic and inspiring roster of vendors including Whitney Baldwin Designs. Baldwin creates authentic jewelry designs from the four natural elements- earth, fire, air and water. She personally handcrafts the pieces with South Seas Baroque pearls, fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones, quartz crystals, gold and sterling silver.

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South Sea Baroque Pearl Necklace, Whitney Baldwin Designs

In 2004, Baldwin started designing and marketing jewelry influenced by her individual style while residing in Sante Fe.

Carnelian Geodes, Whitney Baldwin

Carnelian Geodes, Whitney Baldwin

Whitney Baldwin Designs donates 5% of net profits monthly to non-profit local wildlife sanctuaries for the conservation, education and rehabilitation of endangered species of animals.

From February 15-18, 2016,  5% of sales or a portion of sales will benefit the Gentlemen of the Garden.

Semi Precious Stone Stretch Bracelets, Whitney Baldwin Designs

Semi Precious Stone Stretch Bracelets, Whitney Baldwin Designs

Follow Whitney Baldwin Designs on Facebook.

 

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Under 30 Palm Beach Profile: WYATT KOCH

You may have seen Wyatt Koch at one of Palm Beach’s elite events carrying the dance floor dressed to the nines, playing tennis at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, or enjoying the serenity of his farm in Florida. Palm Beach has taken notice of Wyatt’s charm and bold fashion sense since he moved here from New York City in 2006. Today, the son of renowned businessman William (Bill) Koch has some big news to announce coming up this winter. Altima sat down with Wyatt for a Q&A and we are excited to share it with our readers!

Altima: What events do you look forward to the most each season?
Wyatt: GOG Halloween Party, Lily Pulitzer Beach Bash, Paradise Casino Gala, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Gala, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Man & Woman of the Year, and of course, POSH Palm Beach, which I will co-chair this year.

Altima: Where do you enjoy spending your weekends in Palm Beach?
Wyatt:  I like to get out to my farm on weekends. When I am in town, I like to play tennis at Mar-a-Lago, shop on Worth Avenue, grab lunch at Nick & Johnnie’s, Café Sapori or Bice, or just relax at the beach.

Altima: What are your Top 3 restaurants on the island?
Wyatt: Café L’ Europe, Echo and Palm Beach Grill.

Altima: What is your favorite store on Worth Ave?
Wyatt: Neiman Marcus, and my sales associate, Michael Diaz, is great.

Altima: We heard that you have some big news coming up in December 2015. Care to dish with Altima readers?
Wyatt: I have recently decided to pursue my lifelong passion for fashion by starting a fashion line. Wyatt Ingraham LLC was launched a few months ago.  We are very excited about the upcoming line of men’s shirts.  I am also excited that 10% of all profits will be donated to charity.  You can learn more about the clothing line and my inspirations at www.wyattingraham.com

Altima: What should we expect from your first collection?
Wyatt: The first collection will be exclusively men’s shirts.  We have a fabulous line about to be released, with bold colors and inspired patterns.  These are high quality, American made shirts for the impeccably dressed man.  These shirts will grab attention and inspire the men who wear them to be bold.

Stay tuned, we plan to follow-up with Wyatt in a few months when he officially débuts Wyatt Ingraham!

Designs coming soon to www.wyattingraham.com.

 

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

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A “De-Stress, De-Compose, Relax” Method Tailored for YOU

Christine Festa | Yoga Pose

Christine Festa | Mermaid Yoga Pose

Yogis are everywhere! In the studio, on the beach, at the park, perched on a mountain top, and in homes. People are taking this relaxation practice everywhere they go. It is a way to disconnect with your common life distractions (work, school, family) and connect with your inner-self.  How much better is it when an experienced yoga instructor comes to you, understands your needs and creates a tailor-made itinerary?

I recently experienced a tailor-made session with Christine Festa with Movement Yoga and Wellness who takes her mobile studio on the road.

‘She zenned me out.’

With the holiday season quickly approaching (The Christmas and Hanukkah decorations are already in department stores- TOO SOON!) I know it would behoove me to adopt a de-stressing routine to be my best self for the most wonderful time of the year. It can be hard to find the right methods which fit your needs, so it is helpful (and much safer) to hire an expert who can help you achieve the best results for your mind, body and soul!

We know this is a huge deal at Altima! With the hectic schedule of our season, I have to be reminded by my kids  to JUST BREATHE!

Yoga offers a slew of benefits you may not have even thought of including strength building, flexibility, balance, and mindfulness.

Science has shown that bringing the body into relaxation can alter your response to stress not only on an emotional level, but a physical one too.

Christine Festa is a certified yoga instructor and founder and owner of  Movement Yoga and Wellness, A Mobile Yoga Studio in South Florida. You can contact her at 561-396-9791 or christine@movement.yoga to set up your private session.

 

Christine Fest | Yoga Headstand with Eagle Legs

Christine Festa | Yoga Headstand with Eagle Legs

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Montecristi- The REAL DEAL coming soon to Studio 1696 and Worth Avenue

 

Thanks to my good friends Richard and Diana Horowitz, I found a treasure in my own backyard!  Montecristi hand made hats by fifth generation master weaver Yovanni Mero Pachay “These hats are not only the real deal,” says Richie Horowitz, “they are a fabulous deal! I’ve bought many Montecristi hats over the years, and these prices are more than half of what I paid in St. Bart’s and London.”

A long-time favorite for chic world travelers, Montecristi hats’ fine weaving allows it to be rolled and packed in its signature box.   A selection will be available at Lars and Nadine Bolander’s Studio 1696, and later this season on Worth Avenue. In the meantime, Frances deSantos, Yovanni’s personal friend and Florida representative, has a wide variety of these authentic “Panama Hats” ranging in prices from $95 to thousands of dollars.

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You can also visit the website www.toquifinahatsandmore.com

or call her at 561 290 5994

Trivia information:  Why are they called Panama Hats?

Legend has it that President Theodore Roosevelt brought the hats to popularity in North America when photos were taken of him wearing one while visiting Panama. But that’s not the only story. As the hats were shipped through the Isthmus canal in Panama before they hit the shores around the world, someone mistakenly thought the hats came from the country famous for its canal. Who knew one person’s misunderstanding would lead to the rest of the world following suit?

Read more on wikipedia

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Shoe Lovers will appreciate this…

 

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I buy the shoe because I love the way it looks… and then, I suffer...  Who says shoe lovers are practical? We may not be able to wear these particular shoes, but we do get to fantasize. Who better than the wife of one of our favorite designers to come up with these whimsical designs are masterpieces to inspire our fantasies?

Jane Weitzman, noted philanthropist, will be one of the highlights of the 13th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show February 26th  through February 28th, 2016. Jane, wife of famed shoe designer, Stuart Weitzman, will be a special guest at what is considered to be the #1 Fine Craft Show in the country, according to Art Fair Source book, a leading resource in the industry.

Author of Art and Sole, a visual representation of the many renowned artisans commissioned to realize her whimsical inspirations, Jane will be one of several highlights at the upcoming 2013 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show. 

So we can’t wear them, but how fun is it to fantasize!

Jane will be supporting three local Palm Beach charities during her presence in Palm Beach.  Glades Academy Foundation, Center for Creative Education, and talk about the perfect tie in Shuzz Foundation!  We’ll keep you posted!

In the meantime, visit The Palm Beach Craft Show for updates

 

 

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VIP Access to InList now available to Altima Elite subscribers

We’re thrilled to offer our Elite subscribers the opportunity to become InList VIP members and have access to the hottest and most exclusive events in 45 cities and jet-set destinations around the world. InList’s cutting-edge technology also includes an in-app concierge with complete, live service only a tap away.

Co-founded by nightlife mogul/developer/philanthropist Michael Capponi and software engineer Gideon Kimbrell, this mobile app’s latest features include “I’m on my way” and “I’m in” buttons, which notify both the venue and personal concierge of the customer’s arrival to ensure seamless assistance until the member is “in”.  So whether it’s Fashion Week in Paris, a movie premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, or a reservation at a local restaurant, InList has your hassle-free access to these highly curated events around the world

See what Fox News 5 says and understand what VIP Access means at www.inlist.com.

 To receive Exclusive VIP Membership, download the app, sign up, and request VIP with our code: AltimaPB

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Going to Florence soon?

If you’re planning a trip to Italy, a stop in Florence, if only to witness the restoration of the Baptistery, is a must.  The Pucci couture sheath, wrapped by the venerable House of Pucci a year ago,  remains a delight for tourists and Florentines alike.

The Pucci family is one of the city’s founding families and its Renaissance-era Palazzo is around the corner from the Baptistery.  Laudomia Pucci has kept her father’s passion alive, spearheading efforts to mark the 60th anniversary of Florence’s Center for Italian Fashion with her father’s original 1957 designs. Pucci used over 20,000 scarves to drape the iconic Baptistery of San Giovanni in Florence during its restoration. “Quite amazing to think the foulard Emilio designed in 1957 would be draping the Baptistery over 50 years later!.” A limited edition of the ‘Battistero’ scarf is available at Emilio Pucci’s stores in Florence, Rome and Milan as well as on emiliopucci.com, with proceeds benefiting this iconic monument’s continued refurbishment, scheduled to be completed September 2015.

Emilio Pucci not only dressed The Baptistery in Florence Italy, and designed the limited edition scarf, but then went to the next level– Presenting scarves of the world.. What’s next?

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Click here to read more and to view the Battistero scarf in full splendor

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SOCAPRI coming soon to Palm Beach

We are so excited we don’t have to wait till next summer to experience the island of CAPRI! Capri will be at our fingertips next season… Prepare  to welcome a taste of Capri to Palm Beach.  Grand Opening is scheduled for November!
For more information email us at maribel@altimapalmbeach.com

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I found the perfect face cream in WAKAYA– Wakaya Perfection

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I’ve tried sooo many creams and spent sooo much money– Crème de la Mer, La Prairie, Sisley.. I can go on and on.. but then, I was introduced  to Dilo Cream from Wakaya— a private island in Fiji, known for its natural benefits, minerals and electrlytes which made Fiji water famous. 

 Though I was privliged to have visited Wakaya in the eighties, more recently I met up with David Gilmore, owner of Wakaya and founder of Wakaya Perfection which resulted in my new found love affair with Dilo Cream!  (It didn’t hurt to witness his wife Jill’s skin at multiple events this past season in Palm Beach– ) Jill’s complexion is a testimony to the product!

 I’ve been using the SPF 35 for my daily pool workouts to protect my skin from the blazing sun and chlorine, as well as the Dilo cream diligently nightly for three weeks, and have experienced a world of difference!

Wakaya Perfection Dilo products are made with organic virgin dilo oil, harvested from wild mature dilo trees on the island of Wakaya. The Dilo tree has been revered for centuries for its cosmetic and healing properties. Calophyllic Acid, found only in Dilo Oil, has been shown to reduce inflammation, help dry skin, and promote the growth of healthy new skin cells. 

I never opted to ‘save money’ on my skin– but now I have the best of products, a touch of the beautiful island of Wakaya every morning and night on my skin– and YES, I get to save money too! 

I recently ordered the Ginger and Tumeric products which I understand are equally fabulous if not better!  Will keep you in the loop once I personally test them!!

Visit 

www.wakayaperfection.com

or even better, virtually travel to Wakaya

www.wakaya.com

 

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Emilio Pucci Palm Beach Summer Sale

It’s what we’ve been waiting for! The snowbirds went away, and now us locals get our chance! Emilio Pucci is launching their summer sale Tuesday May 26th! Most of us know it’s a race for the best! I’ve already selected 3 outfits, and circling around another two…

If you haven’t met Julie Logan, Emilio Pucci’s new ‘manager, this is the time to introduce yourself! Visit the Worth Avenue Store or call Julie at 561 655 7070 for special inquiries.
Julie has been with Pucci for 9 Years and is excited to dedicate some time to the Palm Beach year round residents, now that the snowbirds are gone…

Emilio Pucci
150 Worth Avenue
561 655 7070