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Affluent Magazine June / July 2009

June / July 2009


The Orchid’s Popularity Blooms

by Tony Conway, CMP

The Orchid’s Popularity Blooms When it comes to Hollywood, we have all heard the term the new “It Girl,” or “It Guy.” That term is used in reference to whoever is blazing hot in Hollywood—the latest paparazzi commodity, the newest object of public affection, the coolest breakout star with that extra special something. When asked what the new “It Flower” was, Kim Vasil, A Legendary Event’s Floral Designer, instantly answered, “The Cymbidium Orchid.” Read More

Summer Beauty

by Mary Jo Matsumoto

Summer Beauty What if I told you I knew how to make you look and feel younger, prettier, and happier this summer, not to mention smell irresistible? Ready to take your skin, hair and nail regime to the next level? Welcome to beauty in the summer months. You and I both know that the eyes are one of the critical areas where aging shows up.
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Victory For Seals! The European Union Bans the Trade in Seal Products

by Rebecca Aldworth

Victory For Seals! The European Union Bans the Trade in Seal Products I have watched history being made. The European Union has closed its borders to products of cruel commercial seal slaughters, removing a primary market for Canada's globally condemned sealing industry. Many believe this ban will deliver a blow from which the Canadian seal slaughter may not recover. The Canadian government tried every trick to try to derail the ban: sending massive delegations to lobby on behalf of the sealing industry, misinforming decision makers, and even threatening trade reprisals. But the EU acted on behalf of its citizens and, in doing so, has saved millions of defenseless seals. Read More

L’Auberge de Sedona

by Madison Freeman

L’Auberge de Sedona Known for some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, outdoor adventure and as a spiritual center of the Southwest, Sedona, AZ has long attracted visitors looking to reconnect with nature and relax the body and mind. As one of the area’s foremost retreats, L’Auberge de Sedona is designed to enhance those experiences for its guests. Nestled on the banks of Oak Creek in the heart of Sedona’s famed Red Rock country, L’Auberge de Sedona provides guests with an unparalleled comfort and hospitality. Read More

Alladale Wilderness Lodge & Reserve

by Madison Freeman

Alladale Wilderness Lodge & Reserve Alladale Wilderness Lodge & Reserve is a vast Wilderness Reserve of unparalleled natural beauty located in the Highlands of Scotland. Set amid 23,000 acres of majestic scenery, Alladale Lodge provides the perfect destination for a private escape. Staffed by an experienced team, the lodge provides an enviable base from which to enjoy all that the reserve and the wider region have to offer. Alladale is situated at the narrowest part of the British Isles (from the high ground it is possible to see both the Atlantic Ocean and North Sea) and from its elevated position, the lodge commands sweeping views of the surrounding glens and mountains.
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Hotel des Académies et des Arts

by Madison Freeman

Hotel des Académies et des Arts Imagine a narrow street on Paris’ left bank that transplants you back to the turn of the 20th century when artists like Paul Gauguin and Amedeo Modigliani studied at the famed Academie de La Grand Chaumière art school and traded drawings at the local bistro to cover their lunch tabs. Now fast forward a century and witness the romance of that street still alive and flourishing thanks to Laurent and Charlotte Inchauspé’s vision that is Hotel des Académies et des Arts. Read More

The Inn at English Harbour

by Madison Freeman

The Inn at English Harbour Following a dramatic $1.5 million renovation at The Inn at English Harbour last fall, historic charm precludes no modern comforts at this treasured resort on Antigua’s captivating southern coast in the West Indies. Comprehensive upgrades have brought a fresh face to nearly every storied corner of the colonial-style boutique resort, from all 28 guestrooms and suites to the dining venues and grounds, and have introduced an all-new luxury spa facility and upscale boutique. Read More

Principles-Based Wealth Management

by Bruce A. Blessington

A knowledgeable financial professional observed recently that most folks he knew were currently in one of two positions: cash or fetal. The number of investors in the latter position recently increased with the news that wealth management guru Bernie Madoff apparently “made off” with their money. Read More

Credit Consciousness

by Jeff Isaac

Just as with a retirement and saving's account or stock market investments, one's credit standing is a controllable asset that can have a notable impact - either positive or negative - on one's wealth. Consumers should understand that ones credit worthiness carries tangible monetary value; Build your credit score and you can build your bank account in kind. Read More

Ultimate Estate Plan Challenge: How much is enough?

by Roy P. Kozupsky & Douglas Freeman

How much of your wealth do you want your children to receive after you are gone? In reaching this conclusion, you may choose to leave everything to them. But, before deciding, ask yourself... How much will help them? At what point will any gift to them be excessive or counter-productive, i.e., undermine their own willingness or need to earn and become financially independent? Will the amount of wealth distract them from their chosen businesses or careers? Will it encourage them to retire on the date of your death? Remember, too much, too soon, can be very harmful. Read More
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