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Publisher's Letter

Dressing the Part

December represents more than holiday parties and New Year’s festivities; it signifies that we are knee-deep in peak season, preparing for the myriad of social occasions that the Palm Beaches are so well known for. The typical season has me running from client parties to charitable receptions and galas, fashion shows at The Gardens Mall, Downtown at the Gardens, Worth Avenue, theaters and art exhibits, Sunday Polo and local sporting events – in addition to being a full-time baseball mom. On any given day, I may change outfits three times and have about 10 minutes to complete each look. With time of the essence, my closet had better be well stocked! Last month we unveiled the must-experience arts and cultural venues and the hottest tri-county charitable events to attend, and this month, we offer a primer on what to wear on these occasions in order to look the part. In “What to Wear Where,” we curate looks for some of the Palm Beaches’ most popular outings, so you can go from poolside to polo, or cocktails to couture in no time at all. And we’ll provide some nice alternatives to the LBD (little black dress) or the traditional ball gown – because who says you have to play by the rules?

Classical pianist and fashion renegade Lola Astanova definitely doesn’t. She is daring in both her musicality – infusing classical music with a young fresh perspective – and her fashion choices – preferring high heels and haute couture to the more conservative attire of her peers. In 2012, she was named among the top 10 style icons in classical music by Limelight Magazine, so we thought it fitting to feature her impeccable style in our December Fashion Issue. As she stated in a previous interview, she prefers the classical genre, because “you have nothing to hide behind.” And it’s apparent that Lola is not hiding behind her gorgeous exterior, but rather daring to push the limits to ensure classical music is enjoyed for generations to come. Her music is as beautiful as she is.

Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, in “Wrap it Up,” our holiday gift guide, we offer six pages of gift giving ideas, with plenty of choices for him, for her, for the home, and for the experience they will remember long after the holidays are gone. We have the exclusive on one such experience – “A Very Cabana Holiday” package from Eau Palm Beach that includes a four-night stay in a Jonathan Adler suite, personal cabana, spa treatments, shopping trip to Worth Avenue, chef-inspired dinners and lunch with Jonathan Adler himself. Act fast because only one package is available for sale!

December is a time for celebrating, a time for giving and a time for reflecting on the blessings in our lives, so take time out from your social engagements to enjoy the most magical time of the year.

Happy holidays!