the start of a year always brings a special brand of optimism. we all look ahead to the fresh things coming our way, whether it’s a new job, a personal goal (aka resolution) or something of a consumer variety that we can’t wait to get our hands on. this year, january seemed to have some extra happy to it. maybe it’s because it didn’t really get cold until almost february. or maybe the uptick in the economy has been brightening moods. i guess it doesn’t really matter, in the end it’s all what you see. riding on this positive wave, we offer our annual luxury issue.
of course, we feature opulent trappings to enhance your lifestyle in every edition of pulse. but it’s february when we couch the new releases in this theme not just as an excuse for showcasing beautiful products (though that doesn’t hurt), but because of what these products represent. at a time when we’re all thinking about treating ourselves better and making promises about self-improvements of every stripe, the pulse luxe list 2016 is a beacon, containing eight ways to indulge in whatever floats your fancy. the price tags may give one pause, but it’s not about that—the owning may in fact be the easy part. it’s about the indulgence in something just for you, of possessing something unique and well deserved that is truly priceless.
along these lines, our la vida luxe fashion story is a modern portrayal of marilyn monroe’s “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” furs and gems are classics. blend in a personal entourage, the latest in british automotive excellence and stunning fashion and you have the makings of an inspired lifestyle where time stops just so you can cherish the moment. of course no february issue would be complete without our objects of desire. last season saw fine jewelry trend towards the simple and understated, but the world of accessories is coming up in color. our collection of bespoke bijoux is perfect for showing a valentine that she sparkles and shines. for extravagance that tends to hold a more masculine sway, our portrait of a supercar finds that three is company this month. in our ultimate-statement supercars we look at a trinity of models that are unmatched in their vehicular supremacy—as the saying goes, you get what you pay for and these beauties keep giving.
a few of our other features offer ideas for sharing time. great dates is a reimagining of one of our inaugural columns. it follows the format of its predecessor, focusing on three unique dates that range from memorable to casual. winterfest is coming and it begins this month. the annual jazz and music festival has taken place at our north fork vineyards for seven years, but this season expands to a variety of venues and diversions. our from the vine wine column takes a break from the usual bottles of red and white to look at the brandies warming long island. and our regular culture and entertainment departments are rich with ideas for spending time together.
i held my nose, i closed my eyes, i took a drink
i didn’t know if it was day or night
i started kissing everything in sight…
* “love potion no. 9,” the clovers