We’re overdue for exceptional exploration, luxury, and happy memory making, won’t you agree? Adventure is opening back up friends, and it’s time to get back to living your best life.

Who could have predicted an era when travel would have been limited and all of the plans we had on the back burner went straight to the “not going to happen file.” If we learned anything, it’s not to wait? It’s time to take your dreams off the back burner and make them the entree. In this space, we’ll talk about getting your body back on track, your mind back in tranquility, and your life on, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”

Let’s get your body right and put some work in with a fascia solution. Lingering low back pain, aching feet, or constant tension in your shoulders? Unhealthy fascia can be the cause. Fascia can restrict your range of motion and compress muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, causing pain and tension. Take hold of the improved performance, reduced injury, and overall health benefits that come with understanding and caring for your body’s fascial system. You can learn what it is, how to care for it, and how to maximize performance through healthy fascia with Jenea Frierson at Fit Fascia Solutions. Co-owner Jenea Frierson has worked with professional athletes, chiropractors, orthopedic doctors, acupuncturists, plastic surgeons and many more health professionals. The focus is on bringing holistic wellness into your life.

What else needs a tune-up? Sources say we spend an average of 12k miles annually in our cars. So why not make it as comfortable as possible? The smell of fresh leather in the interior and dazzling options are never quite blinged as bright as the 2021 Jaguar Convertible F-Type. Get ready for euphoria from within, the lightweight seats are a snug fit, controls are intuitively accessible and instruments are clear and simple. The front performance seats in the F‑TYPE are 12‑way adjustable, so you can settle into your own personal sweet spot. Plus, there’s the option of heating or cooling for optimum comfort. Choose to build your own model and go from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.9 seconds with a 3-liter, 6-cylinder, 380HP, supercharged all-wheel drive. Feature-rich with more options and capabilities than you can dream of, this is the car for the affluent in 2021.

Let’s talk about some newbies from the pandemic era. Zoom and similar live meeting apps allowed us to make significant use of our time and helped many businesses survive. Along with this came interactive at-home entertainment. From apps that offer the ability to watch movies at the same time with video to share reactions, to calling interfaces with virtual game nights, we’ve made some lasting industry firsts.

Wineries offered virtual one-on-one wine tasting events. In California, Dutton Goldfield Winery reached out to us in our homes via zoom and kept us interactive in the things we enjoy. All you had to do was choose your flight, sign up for the tasting, the wine was shipped and hospitality manager, Greg Johnson hosted a one-on-one tasting through the wines. Stories were shared about the vineyards, the area they’re from, and what makes them special.

With wines that offer the brightness of fruit, complexity, structure, and balance that are reflective of their cool coastal neighborhood, Dutton Goldfield specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and also produces small quantities of Syrah, Zinfandel, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, and Gewürztraminer. Winner of numerous awards this Sonoma Valley winery is sourced from vineyards throughout the Northern California coast, from Marin to Mendocino counties. Call ahead and enjoy a case this summer.

“Diamonds are a Girls’ Best Friend.” That, ladies and gents, will always be true. “Square-cut or pear-shaped, these rocks don’t lose their shape. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” Marilyn Monroe sang in one of the movies she was famous for. From Tiffany’s to Cartier, and from 8 years old to 110, every girl’s heart has a diamond shape on the inside. Jokes aside, male or female, there’s something for everyone who likes a bit of lux in their attire. The four C’s never hurt anyone’s feelings, especially not mine (Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat weight). Customize the heart of your dreams at Tiffany’s with the Soleste, heart-shaped Halo engagement ring with a diamond platinum band (available in .5 carat up to 2 carats). The diamond is the shape of her heart in this one-of-a-kind set. Diamonds are still man’s best correspondence seal. Signet rings, monograms, diamond point cuffs are among the things every gentleman needs in his valet. Find the newness your heart desires from the lapel to the belt.

Time is valuable and one of the few things you can’t get back once it’s gone. Why would you treat it any other way than on a brilliant Cartier display? Cartier’s new timepieces-themed “Watches and Wonders” is dedicated to the culture of design this year. Tank Must, Pash de Cartier and Cloche de Cartier all shine in new models. The new version of the Pash de Cartier appeared with a jewelry-watch diameter, a quartz movement and all the signature details found on a Pasha watch: engraved initials hidden behind the crown to cover the interchangeable straps. A true Cartier signature, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch is emblematic of the Maison’s vision of design. With pure lines, precise proportions, precious details, and the accuracy of the shape, every aspect of this watch is a matter of harmony. Cartier completes its collection with a new 40 mm size that complements both men’s and women’s wrists with the same elegance.

I’ve spent enough time at home to span a lifetime. Are you as ready to get bathed in sun and fun as I am? We both know you are. Let’s get a little spa treatment and water fun at Lake Austin Spa Resort. Start and end each day soaking up stunning views from accommodations at Lake Austin Spa Resort. These rooms offer a sanctuary to inspire and rejuvenate while embracing the rustic charm of the Hill Country.

Spend an afternoon reveling in relaxation at the spa, exploring the lake by kayak, or practicing yoga on a paddleboard. When it’s time to settle in, retreat to the comforts of your accommodations under your favorite Texas stars. Our entire resort is an escape from every day, but the LakeHouse Spa takes you even further down the path to true tranquility. Join us as a spa day guest or indulge in all-inclusive luxury as an overnight guest at the resort.

The LakeHouse Spa has incredible amenities to explore as a day guest. From fresh, seasonal dining at the elegant Aster Café, to private suites perfect for couples, treatments are just the beginning of your spa journey.

Experience the world’s best ancient and modern therapeutic techniques in a serene setting. Our one-of-a-kind 25,000-square-foot facility is an Austin spa oasis that offers all of our guests a calming place to refresh and relax.

But don’t think I forgot about the fun in the sun. Immerse your mind, body, and spirit in a wave of restoration at Lake Austin Spa Resort. Located right on the shores of Lake Austin, this stunning Texas retreat inspires you to form a new relationship with water when you go below the surface and reconnect with life. You’ll find aquatic influences all around you during your stay, from floating water meditation and sundown paddle outings to scenic boat cruises and live music lakeside, as well as aquatic spa treatments, our all-inclusive activities invite you to dive into a new experience while developing a deeper understanding of the transformational properties of water.

Led by Executive Chef Stéphane Beaucamp, the resort’s lakefront dining room and Aster Café specialize in French influences with local inspiration to cook up healthy, flavorful creations you’ll remember long after the dishes have been cleared. Whether you’re participating in a chef-led cooking class or indulging in one of the three meals included in your overnight stay, you’ll find satisfaction in a meal that is best served by the water.

These are just the beginnings of a summer of luxury that’s waiting for you to claim. Whatever you do this summer, even if it’s in your backyard, make the most of it. Breathe in every single second of it. Cherish time, the air, freedom, and most importantly life.

By Michelle Keller

 

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