Like me, you may have had to settle for the living room plasma screen when Novak Djokovic went head-to-head with the legendary Roger Federer, or the emotional defeat of Serena Williams by Roberta Vinci at the 2015 US Open hosted in New York. Lucky for us, global business mogul and visionary Sir Richard Branson is bringing the thrill of tennis down south at the 2015 Necker Cup Pro-Am and Legends Tennis Camp on Necker Island from November 28, 2015 through December 3, 2015.

 

The Necker Cup is acclaimed as the “most fun and exclusive” Pro Am Tennis Event IN THE WORLD. Naturally, the event will be hosted in true Branson style. The all-inclusive six-day/five-night experience will include sixteen ATP/WTA Tour Players and legends who will be paired up with sixteen amateur teams of all levels. Imagine going back and forth on the courts with tennis greats Boris Becker, Brad Gilbert, Martina Navratilova, Marion Bartoli, Tracy Austin, Viktor Troicki, Donald Young, David Nalbandian, Chris Evert & Johan Kriek!

I know, this is an overdose of tennis frenzy and you may need some time to relax. There is still plenty for you to do at Necker Island like paddle boarding, sail boat races, kite boarding, wake boarding, snorkeling, massage therapy, parties, and more! A-list celebs including Sean Paul, Jewel, Charlotte McKinney & Chevy Chase will all be joining the festivities too!

The unique experience organized by Premier Tennis is all about FUN and has raised over $2 million for their chosen beneficiaries.

Choose between 3 exclusive packages and allow Altima to help you set up the trip of a lifetime! Contact us at 561-833-8283 or email maribel@altimapalmbeach.com

Necker Cup Pro-Am Package
Play in the Most Exclusive Pro-Am in the World
Location: Sir Richard Branson’s private, Necker Island, BVI
Package Price: $110,000 for two (2) people, all inclusive (air not included)
Highlights: Team entry for up to two players into the Necker Cup Main Draw that will include Sir Richard Branson and 15 ATP / WTA Tennis Legends; Courtside seats to the Necker Cup Pro Charity Tennis Exhibition; and entry into the Charity Dinner, Auction & “End of the World” Party in the newly rebuilt, Great House

Platinum Packages
Play in the Legends Camp & Enjoy the Necker Cup
Package Price: $40,000 for two people and $25,000 for one person (Limited to 10 guests)

Legends Tennis Camp Package
Led by Murphy Jensen, Wayne Bryan
Location:  Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort, Virgin Gorda, BVI and Necker Island.
Package Price: Starting at $13,000 for two (2) people and $7,645 for one (1) person, all inclusive

 

 

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

 

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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Our friends at Digidust have just launched (today, September 15th) a fun mobile application for iPhone and Android called Streetfies. Streetfies lets you take a selfie anywhere in the world, with the background you desire…  Can’t travel  right now but wish you were? you can now make pretend or let others believe you are….

So if you’re experiencing the Florida heat and dreaming you were in Gstaad, or Saint-Tropez, you can share your fantasy with your friends and plug in the Gstaad Palace or the Voile Rouge and make pretend… (I love making pretend I’m somewhere else.. so this is going to be something I’ll be sending out daily making me look I traveled the globe in a week!)

You can download it for iPhone here

You can download it for Android here
The Mobile Application for iPhone and Android received a warm welcome today in Europe, generating traction in the US and Latin America. Congratulations to the Digidust team! We’re so happy to have you as a friend and partner!

 

Meet someone who I feel especially proud to call a friend and a member of the Altima team:  Sonia Velasquez lost an eye at the age of six to family violence, yet overcame adversity becoming a model, renowned journalist, producer and recently, a ‘celebrity in the design world,” determined to introduce colors and light to our world.  Sonia is all about  making the world a happier place.  Every Friday, Sonia offers her readers a new décor tip, as she draws inspiration from her visits to art museums around the world, finding unique pieces such as the one from master artist Fernando Botero .

Like her Facebook page to make sure you receive your weekly dosage of color and joy!

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For more colorful news, be on the lookout for new videos of ‘How to”—a project Sonia and Sherwin-Williams are presently working on.  In this new series, first of its kind, Sonia explains step by step how to choose the perfect DIY  (aka do it yourself) color, as well as the complementary shine and finish, and demonstrates how the use of the brush alone can make the difference. The “How to series which was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio, recreated the possible obstacles encountered by first-time ‘do-it-yourself’ decorators.  To view the series, subscribe to www.youtube.com/soniavelasquez.

Like Sonia on Facebook www.facebook.com/sonia.velasquez

I recently came across an article which blew my mind… Someone spent $74 million dollars on his daughter’s engagement party cake… British dress designer turned cake-maker, Debbie Wingham stumbled across the opportunity when a client picking up a dress order stumbled across her ‘hobby’.   The 6 foot long cake which replicated a detailed cat walk, with edible models, designer accessories and photographer, included a 5.2 carat pink diamond, a 6.4 carat yellow diamond and a total of 15 individual 5 carat white diamonds.  Took over 1000 hours to make and weighed over 900 lbs. Now that’s a cake that’s hard to top!

To view entire cake click on one of the links below

Read more about who was behind the cake at Daily Mail or view on Good Morning America or Komonews

 

I’m still trying to understand how this works.. According to a recent article I came across, Christie’s International Real Estate and its partner Dutch Docklands have taken ‘Private Island Living‘ to the next level.  According to Forbes Magazine,  “Amillarah Private Islands has created unique tailor-made floating residences designed by famed Dutch architect Koen Olthius.”  Not only will these islands be self-sustainable, eco-friendly and free from environmental impact, but you can take it wherever you want to create your own private paradise…  Customize your island and take it to… Miami? Maldives? Dubai? New York?

Even if I could afford it, not sure it would be my cup of tea…I prefer the ‘real thing’,  but no question this ‘over the top experience’ may be just the thing for some who have experienced just about everything…. Click here to read the article

 

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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

 

 

Just when we thought we had lost them to some exotic destination, Nadine Kalachnikoff and Lars Bolander unexpectedly surprises us with yet another pioneering endeavor! And lucky for us, it’s happening in our backyard! We shouldn’t be surprised, as this dynamic creative duo– icons of design, style and fabulous taste— have always been ahead of the eight ball… World travelers in search of the unique and beautiful, Lars and Nadine have created a bazaar-style shopping experience where we may all share in the experience of their world travels…

I had to pop in to check it out. Of course it’s off the beaten path, but then again aren’t all treasures? Among their latest acquisitions from their summer travels to Greece, London and Sweden:  Hand-painted plates from Greece which Nadine naturally needed to alter so they are ‘made to order’. When asked if I could see the website, she was appalled!

“Website? He’s an aging artisan from Greece!” So I guess we have to wait until the doors open to see what they have in store.  Next Stop? India.

Nadine and Lars will be hosting ‘visiting’ artists and designers this season in their ‘out of the box’ warehouse-style studio located at 1696 Old Okeechobee.  Stay tuned for calendar of upcoming exhibits and news!

For those of you who want to be kept in the loop, and travel the world within your backyard,visit

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Studio-1696/605969822873983?sk=info&tab=overview

and ‘like’ their page.

 

 

While driving through Wellington last week, I popped by to visit Jeanne Chisholm, an old friend and owner of the Chisholm Gallery, known as a leading international dealer of polo and sporting art for over 30 years.  I was a accompanied by an avid sailor who also happens to be a serious art collector.  He was immediately drawn to a spectacular oil on canvas by Isabella Monari called “Regata blu 1” pictured here.  I was drawn to Monari’s stunning fencing scenes! That was just a sampling  of so many fabulous pieces on display at the gallery.  Jeanne’s impressive collection currently on view include watercolors by Hungarian artist Elmyr de Hory (think F For Fake by Orson Welles,)  polo paintings of legendary Pete Bostwick and Tommy Hitchcock by Lisa Bostwick, and fine art limited edition black & white photographs by Francesco Scavullo: Think Sting, Jagger, Bacall, Sophia, Pavarotti, Lisa, Glenn etc… Scavullo created the COSMO GIRL His photographs graced the covers of Vogue, Rolling Stone, Life, Time, Newsweek, Town and Country, Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Harper’s and Queen, L’Officiel and Max.

View Regata blu 1 details and view more of Isabella Monari works of art.

Lovers of the finest in Sporting and Polo Art: Stay tuned for so much more from Chisholm Gallery this season!

 Or discover for yourself!

I consider myself a sophisticated diner, who thrives on the whole experience— the ambiance, the quality of food, the service… so I was thrilled when I followed Chef Jeremy Hanlon to Benny’s on the Beach.

For weeks I’ve enjoyed brunches which led to lunches as we began with their in-house mixologist’s signature Bloody Marys and/or Bloody Marias (tequila based ) and eventually led to chilled bottles of Côtes de Provence rosé wine presented at our table. I wont share the brunch and lunch menu at this time, as most of you know about it… What you probably haven’t heard is Chef Jeremy is sharing his international experiences and inspirations at Benny’s with signature Paella Dinners on Saturday and Sunday.  Before the paella, you can choose from a (pintxos) menu, just as you would in Spain…except, unlike Spain, you can request preferences and omissions for your paella. 

The best of three worlds:  The setting which can’t be beat, the menu and the chef tailoring to your needs.. now that’s what I call a  ‘pieds dans l’eau’ ‘TRUE EXPERIENCE’.

Click here to read more as per the Palm Beach Post or Click here to make a reservation