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Fresh Origins – Above the rim

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No better way to crown a cocktail. Read more…

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Eightysixed: Life Lessons Learned

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Life and love in the big city but there is more … so much more.

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Amala: Vitamin-Charged Beauty

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The list of ingredients reads like a grocery list carried in the pocket of a natural foods fanatic. Figs, olive oil, berries, amaranth seed, macadamia nuts, acai, yoghurt, papaya, avocado and white tea. Certainly, you’ll find all these items in your favorite earth-centric store or amongst the rows at your farmer’s market. But, you’ll also discover them inside the products produced by Amala, one of the cleanest, most effective skincare collections in the world. Read more…

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Happy Holidays from VODA Magazine

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As 2013 quickly draws to a close we would like to take pause and reflect on another year gone by in hopes of gaining a better understanding about ourselves and each other.  People spend their entire lives trying to figure out what it all means; what role they have to play in it all.  It’s a endeavor that takes a lifetime and along the way the best we can hope for a little wisdom.

In the past year VODA Magazine has evolved from an upscale cocktail culture publication to a chronicle of true luxury.  Not in the pedestrian sense of the word, like an exposition of shiny expensive toys, but rather in the stuff that enriches life.   For us  that means seeing the world, eating and drinking well, finding a style that defines you.  It’s also about family, tradition, love, and friendship… all the things money cannot buy.

Looking to 2014 we plan to explore the definition of true luxury even further.  We invite you to open a dialog with us since real understanding comes sharing.  We’re all in this together.

VODA Magazine would like to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season. May you find peace, love, and joy in the new year.

 

 

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A La Mode in Monaco

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Oh, the sound effects–champagne flutes clinking, roaring cheers, wisps of flirtatious laughter wafting through the air like curling ribbons—and the constant roar and more of a bevy of formula one-mobiles careening, whirring and screeching through the exceedingly well manicured streets of the municipality of Monaco. Up hill, down hill, through a tunnel they’ll go—teams called Mercedes and Red Bull competing for the premier title in car racing. It’s the world’s most expensive race. And, to watch it each year in May, more than 37,000 glamorously attired spectators will pack into a parcel of land no bigger than the expanse of New York City’s Central Park. Read more…

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BELIZE BOND-ESQUE HIDEAWAYS

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Belize, the tiny Central American country, wedged between Guatemala and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, is blessed with virgin beauty. Vast, white-sand beaches host translucent, azure waters bearing the largest barrier reef in the world, after Australia. Two hours inland, dense rainforests and remote rivers shelter endangered species, many indigenous and unique to Belize, and conceal rich, historical Mayan sights. From the astonishing array of marine life to its dazzling display of jungle life, the Caribbean way of life completes the allure. Read more…

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Engage All Senses with the Jordan Winery Tasting & Tour Experience

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The moment you step foot onto the Jordan Winery property you know you are in for a truly unique and world-class experience. This is a winery experience that engages all five senses. Their mission – food, wine, and hospitality – says it all. As you approach the breathtaking grounds and chateau-style reception area you are welcomed inside and greeted by your host for the afternoon – ours was Sean Brosnihan, Guest Service Manager. Refreshing cucumber and lemon-infused water was offered and the location of the restroom was pointed out. Sounds simple, but it’s these small details are what five-star hospitality is all about and Jordan nails it.

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Fall Colors – Chicago’s Maxine Salon rounds up the hottest in hair color this autumn

MAXINE BUILDINGThere are two points in the year that we are tempted to change our hair color: spring, and fall. I don’t know what it is exactly, but something about the leaves changing and temperatures dropping makes us run to our colorists and beg for change. This year, it was no different, so I headed to Chicago’s famed Maxine Salon for a fall transformation from their resident colorist, Rex Jimieson.

If the color on his arms (he’s majorly inked!) says anything, Rex is all about spicing things up. So when I sat down in the chair with my brassy brown locks, I let him have at it. That’s right: “Dealer’s choice,” I told him. Rex circled around my chair and pondered for a few minutes before an idea visibly hit him and he rushed off to mix up the color.

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Neiman Marcus – The Christmas Book 2013

NeimanMarcua_FGWhat do you give to the person who has everything?  Those with the means, and by that I mean If money is no object, can look to the Neiman Marcus for an answer.  Every year the Dallas based luxury retailer releases their Christmas Book within it a collection of over-the-top offerings of pure extravagance aptly titled Fantasy Gifts.

Flipping through the pages you get wrapped up in its unabashed opulence. It’s a voyeuristic fantasy of the other side that inspires daydreams of “What if…” much in the same vien of when the powerball goes north of 100 million.  We dream of a day when we could give a loved one the world; beautifully gift-wrapped and shipped free when purchased online. Read more…

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Raising spirits with Clique

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Few holidays inspire such creative cocktails as Halloween.  It’s a time for mischief and fun, the more outrageous the better.  Sure you could throw some gummy worms into a red fruity martini and call it a night but where’s the fun in that?  Our friends at Clique Vodka sent some festive holiday suggestions from the deliciously twisted mind of Tara Shinn – Clique’s Directory of Mixology.  They’re surely to make your Halloween one to remember Read more…

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