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BERNARDUS lodge, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, carmelbythesea, monterey

How to Upgrade Your Lifestyle For Less

Everyone wants a sprinkle of glamor in their lives every now and again, and this has led to an interest in the trend for affordable luxury, where families try to add sparkle to their everyday lives without breaking the bank. Whether you are dreaming of a new car or a travel experience of a lifetime, this article will show you how simple it is to both upgrade your lifestyle and still have enough money left over to pay the mortgage.  

  • Stay Savvy When Repairing or Replacing Your Car 

Cars and other vehicles have always been symbolic of the luxury lifestyle, with many people searching to upgrade their car every couple of years for the latest model or the newest design. However, when you are considering upgrading your car, you should be aware of the best methods in which to do this. For instance, https://tearapart.com/ can help you to get more for your money when buying a new car by selling old vehicles for parts, allowing you to build up a larger nest egg to buy the car that you have always been dreaming of. Not only this but Tear Away also allows you to buy used parts, meaning that you can upgrade the parts in your car and make it drive like it is brand new for far less of the expected cost.

  • Simplify Home Remodelling 

Now, you need the home to match this luxurious lifestyle, and remodeling your home is often perceived as the best way to do this. However, remodeling can often be expensive, whether you plan to buy new furniture or even build an extension. Rather than spend out on extensive remodels, you can add luxury to your home for less by making a number of simple changes. These include investing in new soft furnishings to cover worn furniture, adding mood lighting which you can adapt to your needs, giving your rooms a lick of paint, investing in fresh flowers or plants, and increasing the natural lighting in your rooms. 

  • Find Travel Deals 

Vacations are often the best times for families to experience luxury, and you can enjoy a luxury vacation for less by being savvy when booking your travel experience. Rather than simply book the first flight that you come across, you should be aware of the travel deals available for the region you plan to travel to, compare flights and hotels using comparison websites, and build up air miles for reduced costs. You should also consider booking early or late in the season, and even traveling during off-peak times for the best business class prices. 

  • Go on Luxury Days Out for Less 

Luxury days out do not always have to be as expensive as you would imagine, either, with there being many ways in which you can enjoy a day out for less. This can include looking for free events in your local area or waiting for coupons so that you can enjoy the most popular attractions and restaurants near you. 

  • Be an Expert in the Fashion World 

It is also important to dress to impress when you are considering luxury and becoming an expert in the fashion world is one of the best ways to do so. Rather than spending out a lot on clothing, though, you should consider investing in one or two staple pieces, or consider a capsule wardrobe to enable you to combine both luxury and minimalism at once.

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, design, decor, interior design

How to Successfully Complete a Home Design Project

If you are guilty of starting home design projects but never seeing them to completion, then you need to change your attitude and how you approach design projects. A kitchen or bathroom remodel won’t complete itself, after all. 

Most people will admit to having various unfinished design projects in their home, but once it becomes a pattern and you never finish anything you start, it’s time to reconsider your thinking and take it on with a different angle. 

Home design projects require commitment, dedication, and a whole lot of effort. If you come home from work exhausted, there is no question about why you don’t feel up to finishing that project. 

If you want to change this, and often feel guilty about leaving projects uncompleted, then take on this advice.

  • Plan Before You Start

It can be tempting just to get stuck right in on a project and see where the flow takes you, but this approach will not see you through to the end. 

Before you even pick up your tool kit, thoroughly plan what you are going to do. It’s crucial that you know where to start and where to pick up next time after you finish. It can be incredibly demotivating to try to pick up on the project a week or two later, only to be unsure of where you had left off the last time.

Planning will also give you a better overview of the project and whether you can feasibly complete it by yourself.

  • Set Goals

Motivation is vital for projects that will take some time. Set goals for yourself to achieve. Aim to have all of the kitchen cabinets installed within two weeks or have the bathroom plumbing installed and working by the end of the next. 

Goals like this can help you to envision the end result and give you the boost of motivation you need to keep going. 

  • Ask for Advice

Even if you have decided to take on a design project by yourself, there is no harm in asking family members, friends, or even expert designers for their advice on the project. 

If you are struggling with installation but have the design down, here’s a great resource: www.gkandb.com.

  • One at a Time

If a project isn’t going your way, it can be incredibly tempting to abandon it and start another, but these will simply leave many unfinished projects. 

Make sure you finish a project to the best of your ability before you start working on something else. Having multiple ongoing projects at home can make it a more stressful environment, and you certainly won’t have the energy to work on them all. Before you start replacing the tiles in the bathroom, make sure you are happy with the kitchen first. 

If you have a one project at a time rule, you will feel more encouraged to finish one design project so that you can get on with another. 

Whoopi Goldberg, ken downing, 360 MAGAZINE, Photo credit: BFA for American Dream

Whoopi = American Dream Dream

Whoopi Goldberg made a personal appearance at American Dream yesterday in East Rutherford, New Jersey to open Whoopi = American Dream, American Dream’s inaugural “Dream Drop.” Ready-to-wear pieces from her DUBGEE collection, a mix of new and vintage holiday sweaters and recently launched book, “The Unqualified Hostess” are now available for purchase in the shop, which is open through January 2020. Whoopi = American Dream is Whoopi Goldberg’s first stand-alone retail experience.  

To celebrate the opening, Whoopi Goldberg hosted a public appearance inside the shop from 1PM – 3PM, meeting with guests and signing purchased merchandise. Whoopi’s granddaughter, Amarah Skye, was also on-site hand painting purchased DUBGEE fashions. American Dream future tenant, Sephora, hosted three Mini Lip Service stations outside the space to offer guests festive touch ups.

The shop’s interior is inspired by Whoopi’s home, with saturated walls and Art Deco furniture, creating a residential setting – décor pieces were sourced and curated from her personal collection. A DUBGEE fashion salon lives in the center of the space, allowing guests to browse and try on pieces from the collection, as well as a hand selected assortment of her holiday sweaters. A holiday dining table is featured towards the back of the shop, inspired by “The Unqualified Hostess.”

Guests will have the opportunity to experience the Whoopi = American Dream Dream Drop from November 11, 2019 – January 2020. 

Hours of operation will be 11AM – 7PM, Monday – Saturday.

*Photo credit: BFA for American Dream

HYATT REGENCY SAN FRANCISCO, 360 MAGAZINE

HYATT REGENCY SAN FRANCISCO

Hyatt Regency San Francisco, situated across the street from San Francisco’s iconic The Embarcadero waterfront and Ferry Building, overlooking the San Francisco Bay, is pleased to announce the launch of 15 new guestrooms with premium Water Views. Designed by Looney & Associates, these newly introduced guestrooms feature stunning panoramic views of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, historic Ferry Building and Treasure Island that encourage guests to sit and gaze out onto the glistening water. The new guestrooms are suited for today’s traveler, blending high-style and high-tech features with convenience and comfort.
 
Inspired by modern minimalism, Looney & Associates goal was to create a space evoking a functional, fresh and inviting atmosphere. Through utilizing neutral color palettes with contrasting accents, wall colors inspired by ocean-blue hues, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows, the design of the room encourages guests to fully immerse themselves in the views of the bay without interior distractions.
The design additionally incorporates a painted trim applied to the wall, conveying a “bridge” art feature that pays homage to San Francisco’s famous landmark.
 
Guests staying in a Water View room will experience high-tech amenities at their convenience including a wide variety of “smart” features that offer seamless services. Amazon’s Alexa are exclusively integrated into the new rooms with voice-activated controls to alter thermostats, lighting and shades. A virtual concierge will be available with streamlined voice commands assisting guests with tasks such as contacting the valet or ordering in room dining. Additional technology amenities offered in the rooms include a 65” TV with integral backlight, a soundbar, desk lamps with charging ports, and electric bathroom mirrors.
 
The room’s smart design makes strategic use of the cozy, 185 square-foot space, complete with interior details that are purposefully incorporated within a compact footprint. Unique storage solutions include underbed drawers, ample shelving, as well as versatile open-closet systems. Flexible luggage benches doubly function as dynamic seats. The lighting that is built into the rooms’ furniture and architecture allow for additional usable surfaces, maximizing the space to evoke a warm and welcoming environment for unwinding.
 
“With our new Water View guestrooms, we wanted to present guests with a unique accommodation option that showcases the best of our outstanding San Francisco Bay views along with the latest in modern technology and creative use of space,” said General Manager Matt Humphreys. “San Francisco is such a vibrant destination complete with cutting-edge technology, outdoor activities, culture, food and more, with our hotel just steps away from the action. Ultimately we hope that these rooms function as a peaceful retreat, offering guests a comfortable and beautiful home base to explore the city and truly experience the best of what it has to offer.”
 
For more information, please visit Hyatt Regency San Francisco’s website at http://hyattregencysanfrancisco.com.
 
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About Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Situated on the Embarcadero waterfront, across from the historic Ferry Building, with ferries to Sausalito, Tiburon and Alameda, Hyatt Regency San Francisco is the city’s most accessible hotel. The hotel is at the beginning of the California Street Cable Car line, and is also adjacent to the Embarcadero Center’s shops and restaurants, walking distance to financial district, Chinatown, North Beach, Union Square, Oracle Park (home of the San Francisco Giants) and Embarcadero’s waterfront walking and jogging trail. As the city’s largest luxury waterfront hotel, Hyatt Regency San Francisco boast 821 rooms and suites, and 72,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Guest services and amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi service throughout the hotel, 24-hour automated business kiosks and a well-equipped 24-hour StayFit @ Hyatt Fitness Center. Situated in the soaring atrium lobby of the hotel, Eclipse Kitchen and Bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring classic Californian cuisine. For more information, please visit hyattregencysanfrancisco.com
 

Lokal Eatery & Bar, Vaughn Lowery, Jersey City, New Jersey, 360 MAGAZINE, Abraham John ARCHITECTS, Mona Panjwani, Walter Donadio

Lokal Eatery & Bar

By Vaughn Lowery

Jersey City officially opened up one of the swankiest restaurants on their waterfront with magnificent views of Manhattan. Mona Panjwani is the proprietor and visionary of this establishment. After 12 days of having their doors opened, they have built a team of individuals who are personable, approachable and possess a strong sense of ownership. Literally a recipe for prosperity.

With sufficient space, Lokal Eatery & Bar can comfortably sit up to 200 customers and is the perfect destination for a rehearsal dinner, trunk show, celebratory engagement and/or corporate gathering. Towards the rear, there’s a semi-private area with its own seating, lounge and sound system to drown out the clutter of what’s taken place in the main arena. “Lokal” murals, perfect for social engagement, are sprinkled throughout the spot which were constructed by a local commissioned artist. Adding an element of youth and elegance similar to its milieu. Overall the architecture and intent of this eclectic eatery have an industrial yet modern feel. Iron gates frame the bar and above the 30-foot island hangs a custom lighting installation.

Nestled in the heart of a rising luxury neighborhood within JC, this venue is destined to become one of the area’s most popular draws. Executive Chef, Walter Donadio, has managed to fabricate a tantalizing menu of appetizers, small plates and entrees which are certain to keep you coming back. Some of his best infused tapas and items include succulent scallops, rock shrimp, sauteed mushroom bowls as well as a vegan surf and turf packed with savory lentils. Most of their components are locally sourced and fresh from the Garden State – right down to the blueberries featured in some of their signature drinks.

Often times, you inflict a new place and the waitstaff is uncertain on what to recommend. That’s not the case for Lokal. Many of their squad members were well-informed on what they offer and even had ample recommendations for their handcrafted cocktails. Our favorites were their Elliott Stubb (reminiscent of an old fashioned) and Jerry Thomas – cucumber water iced cubes make this drink refreshing.

The future is bright for Lokal Eatery & Bar. And, with a strong location, menu and bar, it’s set to be one of the most prestigious brunch/dinner spots for global foodies, making it a firm contender for three Michelin stars and a James Beard Award. Subsequently, it’s extremely apparent that Mona and her crew are meticulous and pay close attention to details.

ABOUT TEAM LOKAL:

CHEF: Walter Donadio will serve as Lokal’s Executive Chef.

Donadio is a Michelin star kitchen trained chef with over 17 years of versatile culinary professional experience managing the provisions of fine dining for hotels, restaurants and country clubs. His experience spans the globe from various chef positions at Richy’s DMCC and Café Habana in Dubai to The Smith, Nobu Fifty Seven, Le Circ and Brasserie in New York, along with supervising kitchens at Hilton and Marriott in New Jersey. Passionate about food since growing up in his grandmother’s own restaurant, he loves combinations of flavors from different cuisines and is always searching for the perfect balance. He is a graduate from the French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center).

OWNER: Mona Panjwani

Panjwani opens Lokal as an events industry vet in the Northern New Jersey region. She launched an events production company in 2014 and came across the idea to create Lokal more recently while seeking a venue for her own company. The gorgeous waterfront eatery in Jersey City – which will primarily serve as a full service restaurant and bar is also complete with event and private dining spaces – combines all of Panjwani’s skills, passion, experience and goals into one. Panjwani is a member of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, Hudson County Women Rising and LadyDrinks South Asian Women Entrepreneurs Networking Professionals. She has been a Jersey City resident for a decade.

ARCHITECT: Abraham John ARCHITECTS

A multidisciplinary architecture, interior design, landscaping and urban planning firm founded in 1967. Abraham John & Alan Abraham are the Joint Principal Architects of Abraham John Architects. Abraham John Architects’ design approach is to re-connect architecture with nature, make optimum use of space, natural materials, lighting & landscape to reinvent and transform living environments and urban spaces. The firm works at multiple scales and with various organizations right from private clients to corporates & NGOs allowing itself to experiment and diversify its work.

Uncle Jack's Steakhouse, Vaughn Lowery, Astoria Queens, NYC, Armon Hayes, 360 MAGAZINE, Uncle Jack's Meat House, Willie Degel

Uncle Jack’s Meat House is a neighborhood gem in Astoria, Queens.

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

As of late, 360 MAGAZINE had an opportunity to visit their ‘Boozy Brunch,’ which takes place weekly every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm. Serial entrepreneur, Willie Degel, helms Uncle Jack’s Meat House as well as the host of Food Network’s Restaurant Stakeout. On the show, Degel helps restaurateurs uncover major obstacles which threaten to sink their businesses. Moreover, his culinary vision was to
co-create Uncle Jack’s Meat House; a modest luxury establishment dedicated to steak connoisseurs. 

Inspired by his late godfather and great-uncle Jack; he afforded his first restaurant at age 20. Uncle Jack’s exhibits the debut of branding, tailored to today’s patron who’s interested in natural, organic and sustainable elements.

$29.95 includes one entree and bottomless cocktails for 2 hours. Robust dishes, prepared by Chef Marvin, like the ‘8oz Salmon BLT’ are cooked to perfection. A crispy outside with a moist middle. Dished out with your choice side of fruit salad or fries. Wash it down with the High West punch, a premium cocktail developed by General Manager and resident mixologist. It’s garnished with infused Cherry’s and fresh fruit.

Various antiquities frame the bar which complement original artwork throughout the restaurant, adding authenticity to its natural glory. At the 4-star locale, for social engagement purposes, one can document their visit with the ‘selfie mirror.’

Overall, the restaurant possesses charismatic waitstaff, handcrafted cocktails and succulent bites which are certain to keep you coming back.

Vaughn Lowery, Fall, Autumn, 360 MAGAZINE

How to get your home ready for autumn

Now the summer is coming to an end, it is time to start preparing your home for autumn. This is the season where the colder temperatures set in and the autumn leaves cover your driveway, making you more likely to stay indoors. As you will be spending more time at home, you may want to make some changes that will ensure that you comfortably enjoy those cosy nights in.

Take a look at these top tips, which will help you get your home autumn-ready.

Declutter your space

When approaching a new season, many find it useful to declutter their home in order to start a new month with a clearer space and mind. You could start by putting away any summer stuff that you will need until next year. This includes clothing, decor and more, which may be taking up a lot of space. If you want to get rid of some items for good, you could consider giving them away to charity, instead of just throwing them out.

You should also consider simplifying the decor by getting rid of unnecessary ornaments, artwork and more. The most attractive properties are those with minimal decor, such as the luxury apartments available at RW Invest. These pre-furnished properties create the appearance of space through their simple design, which is exactly what you want to achieve in your own home.

Prep the garden

Before the freezing winter temperatures creep in, you should tidy up your garden and weatherproof it to ensure it is prepared for rain, wind and snow. This includes putting away any garden furniture. You should also cut the grass one last time, although make sure it is at a significant length before mowing it. You should also fertilise your lawn, which will help it stay in good condition during the winter months.

Another good gardening tip is to check all the trees in your garden and those surrounding your home to ensure that there are no broken branches. This will prevent any accidents in the event of adverse weather.

Add home comforts


As you will be spending a lot more time at your home, you will want to make sure it feels as comfortable as possible. You can achieve this by adding throws and pillows to beds and sofas to make more homely and warm. This will also create the perfect setting for a night out in watching a scary Halloween film when October comes around.

In autumn, you will feel the cold much more, which is why many people change their duvets from thin summer styles to thicker winter bedding. When purchasing a duvet, you should try and pick out some different colours that will reflect the season, such as burnt orange or mustard.

Heat up your home

In spring and summer, you may have avoided putting the heat on and instead opted for a fan. However, in the autumn months you will start to become reliant on heating systems. To ensure everything is working correctly, you should check to see if your home insulation is up to par, and if not, it may need replacing.

The problem with using heating is that it causes your bills to rise, so you should consider ways to lower them without sacrificing warmth. This could include investing in a smart thermostat, which will help you keep track of your heating habits. You can also program your heating at specific times, which is ideal when you’re away from home, as you won’t come into a freezing cold house.

5 Ways to Live Well for Less

A simple, economic lifestyle doesn’t necessarily require sacrificing your quality of life, in spite of people often mistakenly believing that one is almost synonymous with the other. It is perfectly possible to combine minimalism with intelligent indulgence, and live well for less. In regard to how that can be achieved, we will now discuss some of the easy to adopt methods next.

Rent, Don’t Buy

When you rent instead of buying, you save more money, since you do not lose out on the depreciating cost of real estate in the US and there’s nothing holding you back from moving when you need to.

Don’t Pay High Rent Unnecessarily

Renting is a better and cheaper option than buying, which is a financial and practical truth, but you can save even more by moving to a low rent section of the city. If you like the location, just move to a smaller apartment and you will be paying less, without sacrificing the location.

Sometimes, we make the mistake of paying more money for space we hardly even use, which is common, but unwise nonetheless.

Don’t Give Up on the Coffee, but Save on the Pods

The coffee machine is a little bit of luxury that some people won’t likely be willing to give up. Even if they do give up on the coffee machine because of the exorbitant prices of the original coffee pods, it won’t be a sacrifice that will make you feel like you are living well for less!

As this list is all about finding cheaper and sometimes better ways to live well by spending less money, we have a brilliant solution for you. If you have a Nespresso machine, for example, just choose to buy Nespresso capsules from a third party instead, and you could be saving about 40% on the pods!

Gourmesso makes espresso, lungo, decaf, and flavored coffee pods for the Nespresso machines (except the VertuoLine models), which will save you a fortune in the long run, but you won’t have to sacrifice on the quality of your coffee at all.

Don’t Shop from Expensive Brands

Gucci, Prada and Ralph Lauren products are exorbitantly expensive, but do not provide any real additional value to the customer, aside from vanity.

You would be surprised to know that almost all of the products which these brands release with their stamp on them are actually made in tiny sweatshops that you will never even hear about. The same products, without the customizations exclusive to those brands are often sold by their suppliers at a tiny fraction of the price!

You don’t have to buy rags and unbranded clothing of course, but by simply avoiding the big brands, and supporting some of the local, less popular ones, you will be able to shop more for less money.

Shift to a More Practical Car

The muscle cars and the sports cars have their appeal, so to say they are pointless would be a lie. Unlike branded clothing from luxury brands, you do actually get better performance and the wow factor from these beasts for sure.

However, in a practical scenario, these cars are definitely more about vanity than practicality. It’s okay when you have that mindset and the money to spend on a car that will burn through fuel like hot knife through butter, but as we are talking about living well for less, why not shift to a more fuel-efficient and comfortable car instead?

They cost less to buy, maintain and refuel, immediately making them a better choice for living with less, but without really sacrificing on anything practical.

There’s just so much more you can change and adopt to save money, without having to let go of your favorite things in life. These were just five, but they should be able to give you an idea of how to do the same in any other sphere of your lifestyle as well.

Rose Box NYC

By Bob Cal

The most posh and lux crowd of Manhattan gathered at the palatial former residence of pop icon Lady Gaga for ‘Rose Box House.’ Presented by Rose Box NYC, ‘Rose Box House’ was a chic mixer bringing together socialites, fashion influencers and VIP’s for a luxurious night of cocktails and a meeting of the best dressed. On this icy winter night in New York City, the upscale guests were dressed to kill with gorgeous winter coats and sharp head to toe outfits.

The five story urban penthouse located in Chelsea was stunningly decorated with Rose Box NYC’s signature roses, draping tables, sofas and shelves across the residence. The event space looked so rich and full of life with the arrangements of freshly cut, vibrantly colored roses in d’oeuvres. Social media blew up with the hashtag #roseboxhouse as the party guests posted selfies and mini-photo ops with the flower arrangements.

Kareem Bunton’s Creating a Scene in Brooklyn 

*Photo by Taylor Sessleman

Kareem Bunton is a veteran of the NYC nightlife having romped around at revered spots such as Mr. Fongs, VON, Union Pool and even Max Fish. He’s also got musical collaborations with Run the Jewels, Prefuse 73, and TV on the Radio under his belt. Now he’s loading up all of his experience in the limelight and taking it to a refreshing venue in Bushwick.

New York nightlife has found a new breeding place in Brooklyn, so it’s no surprise Bunton’s World Famous is taking root there. BWF is embracing an unexpected vibe of a Tangier hotel bar – obviously one enticing to the young urban “cool kids” ready to relive their ‘90s dreams.

“What I like best about the’90s scene,” he says, “was that it didn’t really matter what you had in your pocket or what you did in the daytime. Looking good, being a great dancer, or just having a lovely personality were often enough to get you through the door. Building a space is easy, creating a scene is not. To do this we are attempting to build a sense of community by hiring old school DJ’s and youngsters.”

The cozy 1400 square foot space will be importing the Tangier’s tropical vibes with drinks that’ll make you mistake Brooklyn for a sultry tiki bar on the beach, high in contrast to the mainstream cocktail lounge. Lucas Moran of Mr. Fongs will be constructing the menu, “Think flavored daiquiris, hurricanes, rum runners,” says Bunton. “It’s usually my preference to keep cocktails simple and quick to make. Waiting 10 minutes for a drink while listening to an unsolicited speech about botanicals is not my idea of a good time.”

Kareen bunton, 360 MAGAZINE, Claire de Lespinois

Photo by Claire de Lespinois

In a time where emphasizing unity and equality is pertinent, Bunton’s mission is to bring together the diverse community of artists and fashionistas into a memorable night of dancing reality away to old-school hip-hop.

Remaining unconventional and consistent with his exotic theme, Bunton says, “We are going to structure the schedule by genre rather than promoters or weekly residents. Different DJs will be able to share their interpretations of reggae, afrobeat, nuyorican soul.”

In addition to creating a unique and sexy scene, Buton’s World Famous also has a captivating retail element made up of t-shirts and snapback hats flush with the classic Bunton’s logo for the stylish enthusiasts of the scene to rock.

Debuting during New York Fashion Week on Friday, February 15th at 1005 Broadway, Bunton’s World Famous is a venue to explore for those ready to delve into a sultry salvation.

Kareem bunton, 360 MAGAZINE

Photo by Hannah Grankvist

Kareem bunton, 360 MAGAZINE, Claire de Lespinois

Photo by Claire de Lespinois