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Achieving a Brilliant Smile

“While there are many products that can whiten your teeth, any option that enhances your relationship with your oral health care provider is the better one,” says New York City aesthetic dentist, author and inventor Jonathan B. Levine, DMD, founder of GLO Science. “You want your dentist to be invested in your smile and advocate for your best and healthiest self. This is achieved with an in-office treatment.”

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Spring Fling

It’s time to peel off those layers and feel the sun on your skin! And with the light of longer days comes a slew of lighthearted spring collections. Designers clearly had fun this season, infusing clothes and accessories with wit and whimsy, cheerful colors and sunny graphics.

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Avenue of Escape

But a landmark must stay up to date without altering the character that earned it the lofty status. In April of last spring, the hotel did just that by gutting its spa and transforming it into a wellness escape managed by French skincare brand Sisley. At 4,000 square feet, the spa’s intimate scale concentrates more opulence per inch than the average Manhattan retreat—think Petit Trianon rather than the Palace of Versailles. Crystal wall sconces light the way, and a vaulted staircase with a gold mosaic ceiling leads to four treatment rooms where a dove gray and milk white palette, Carrara marble, and even more chandeliers dance a waltz of aesthetics that seamlessly steps from downtown sleek to gilded aristocracy.

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Function and Luxury

“It’s all about luxury behind closed doors, unless you invite someone in to see,” says Peggy Fruin, owner of Hampton Design Interiors in Bridgehampton. “It’s a lady’s sanctuary, her special place. Men tend to get a very small portion of this closet.”

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Ken Downing

Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus' senior vice president and fashion director, grew up in art-centric Seattle and now spends his days...well, traveling, mostly. More specifically, shepherding a contingent of fashion editors in the New York office, advising several hundred merchants at corporate headquarters in Dallas and presiding at seemingly every major designer show around the world to cull standout pieces and uncover burgeoning trends. And far more than dictating which colors or silhouettes the buyers should embrace, Downing discerns the brand’s message of the season from the many that spring off the runways and clearly conveys it.

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Write On!

Here’s something particularly satisfying about the fine art of handwriting. Letting the pen glide over rich, creamy paper, while listening to the delicious sound of the ink touching the page with each stroke of the pen, creates a sensory experience worth savoring. In fact, for many letter writers, this experience is highly personal and entails much more than simple information. “Handwritten notes reflect one’s mood and reveal personality traits through the slant and thickness of the letters,” says Rita O’Brien, a handwriting enthusiast from New York City. “They bear traces of the writer’s essence.”

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Wet Your Whistle

There are notable selections for every palate and flavor profile; we’re especially enchanted by Bedell Cellars’ 2015 Viognier. Hand-harvested from old vines, this crisp, fragrant white is redolent of white peach, jasmine and the minerals in which it grew, sustainably, in the lush North Fork. A perfect way to toast the spring.

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Spring Sipping

Martinis are—and have always been— the gold standard in cocktails, but even the classics need a fresh twist once in a while. For spring, we suggest our take on the Gibson martini: cold, smooth Oxley Gin, a wash of anisette replacing the vermouth, accented by Italian Cipollini onions, lemon rind and a fragrant sprig of rosemary.

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Setting Sail

More recently, Nantucket has reinvented itself as an escapist’s paradise. Low-key millionaires and weary urbanites come to its shores in search of the un-Hamptons and of unadulterated-relaxation. Part of the terrain’s allure is its lack of visual stress. The landscape serves as a sieve that distills hue and shape down to the elemental: broad blue brushstrokes of water and sky, dancing green grass, and 19th century grey clapboard houses scattered around heather-strewn lanes, still extant thanks to strict preservation codes. Nantucket’s glory days may have set sail with the last whaling expedition, but the cobblestoned walk reinforces that the heart of the isle beats to a sanguine rhythm.

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What better way to share comfort food with friends and family than an order of eggs Benedict and a mimosa? Brunch, a hearty repast existing somewhere between—and often instead of—breakfast and lunch, is a perfect first meal following a late night and rather long week. It’s the perfect chance to chill, reflect and refuel for the high-gear days ahead.

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