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Metallics aren't usually my favorite but something about this Metallic Fabric Tote by Stella McCartney really caught my eye. It's a pretty burnished brass color that acts as a neutral as far as pairing it with outfits goes, and it has a little bit of a "structure forced to go casual" vibe about it that I really like. A wide beige strap ties around the center,
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decorated with geometrical resin details on the ends. It comes with a small purse chain and one zip pocket on the inside, plus an adjustable shoulder strap. $608Filed under: Stella McCartney's Metallic Fabric Tote, Handbag of the Day originally appeared on Luxist on Sat, 13 Jun 2009 17:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments



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Question: My wife and I keep $20,000 in a passbook savings account as an emergency reserve. What's driving me crazy is that we're getting only 60 cents a month in interest. I like the security of the account and the immediate access, but 60 cents a month on 20 grand???? How can I do better? --Dale F., Waldorf, Maryland
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A new white paper authored by Digital Fuel, based off of a study conducted by IDG Research Services, states that over half of IT managers believe their current level of IT cost visibility is lacking and needs improvement. Given that 84% of those polled said that having detailed insight into IT costs is critical, this discrepancy is quite jarring.

The study, based on a sample of over 130 respondents who had direct involvement with managing IT costs and had IT budgets of over $10 million, showcased the
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fact that IT organizations have a hard time coming up with ways to manage their IT costs. In particular, those surveyed believe that defining a cost-model and breaking down their IT costs in various manners were the most difficult. Additionally, those polled stated they wanted a better way to identify and assess cost inefficiencies in their IT departments as well as giving their business units more information to control their IT demand.
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Also included in the June 11th Antiquorum watch auction is this Cartier Pasha watch model that was a gift from Rat Packer Frank Sinatra to other fellow Rat Packer Sammy Davis Jr. The watch auction comes with news photos of Davis Jr. wearing the watch, while the rear of the watch still bears the engraving by Sinatra that reads, "Sammy, I Luv Ya, F.A.S." A highly collectible item for Cartier fans and Rat Pack devotees alike. The 18k gold Pasha wa
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tch is printed with its manufacture date of 1987, and bears a quartz movement, being the "in" thing of the time. Today this would lead you to believe that Sinatra might have been miserly with his gift, but this was not the case in the late 80's when quartz movement based watches were much more popular than mechanical ones. The watch complications include the time, date with day, moon phase, and second time zone. The watch is very rare, and is estimated to go for a likely lower than actual auction price of $10,000 - $20,000. Ariel Adams publishes the popular watch review site aBlogtoRead.com.Frank Sinatra's Gold Pasha de Cartier Watch Gifted To Sammy Davis Jr. At Auction originally appeared on Luxist on Sun, 17 May 2009 15:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feedsPermalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments



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C laiming to offer the lowest mortgage rates is how most lenders market their loans today. They all claim to have the best rates…why then is it so difficult to compare mortgage offers when refinancing your home loan? The problem with getting the best mortgage rates is the rate one lender calls “lowest” isn’t the lowest rate from another lender for a homeowner in your situation. This is why mortgage shopping can get so frustrating…no one wants to overpay and who can you trust to get you the be
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Filed under: , Contemporary art may not have done much for Sotheby's this spring but a day of tribal art sales brought some good news. "The Sculptor's Eye: African and Oceanic Art from the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation" brought in $4,888,316 against an estimate of $3 million to $4.4 million with most of the lots selling. The sales proceeds benefit the
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foundation and Mimi Gross, the daughter of the sculptor and current head of the foundation said that she was pleased with the results.The same afternoon the house's sale of African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian art brought in $5.7 million against expectations of $4.3 million to $6.4 million. The session included pieces from the collection of John Friede, whose 4,000-piece collection of Oceanic art is supposed to head to the de Young Museum in San Francisco, but has been delayed by a lawsuit and a debt of $25 million he owes to Sotheby's. Sotheby's has taken possession of 54 objects and sold six of them in the sale for a total of $2,393,500. More details are available at ArtInfo.The piece shown above, a Fang-Betsi reliquary head from Gabon had an estimate of $200,000-$300,000 but sold for $506,500.Tribal Art Shines At Sotheby's originally appeared on Luxist on Tue, 19 May 2009 22:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feedsRead | Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments



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Earlier this week we saw Vivienne Tam's latest digital clutch for HP but the busy designer also has a new line of custom upholstered furniture with Rowe Furniture that debuted this week in Las Vegas. The pieces in simple and spare styles. use fabrics designed by Tam that include botanical, geometric and herringbone patterns with Asian influences and will incorporate her famous Mao print. More looks at the new
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pieces over at Shelterpop.Filed under: , Vivienne Tam's New Furniture Line originally appeared on Luxist on Thu, 17 Sep 2009 20:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments










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Filed under: Luxist reader David K. led us to today's home in the seaside village of Stonington Borough, Connecticut. He reports that this home was used in the 1980s movie "Mystic Pizza" and was on the market for $9 million a couple of years back. It's back up for sale and for a reduced price. The waterfront property is on 1.2 acres and adjoins a three acre parcel of waterfront conservation land for added privacy. The land includes two gazebos,
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a deepwater dock and landscaped gardens. The home itself has a classic wraparound porch with water views. The home was built in 1886 and remodeled in 1926 into a 7,500-square-foot residences which includes 10 fireplaces. Rooms include a paneled library, a living room with two fireplaces and built-in cabinetry, a sunroom, and in the newer wing of the house added in 1995, a gourmet kitchen and a great room. The second floor is home to a master bedroom suite with a private deck, office area and his and hers baths. There are four additional bedrooms on this floor. The pictures on this one aren't great but they offer at least a glimpse of this classic New England beauty. This home is now listed at $7.8 million.

Experience more lush living in luxury homes and mansions or see the stars living large with celebrity homes galleries at AOL Real Estate. Gallery: Stonington, Connecticut'Stonington, Connecticut, Estate of the Day originally appeared on Luxist on Sat, 16 May 2009 13:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feedsRead | Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments



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Time to call all of my buddies, go to the store and stock up on beer and snacks, and head on over to the couch because it’s NFL season again! This NFL season, of course everyone will be picking out there hopefully winning teams to bet on. Making a little bit of money here, then losing that same money on another game, what a cycle that never seems to win. Losing is an option, it always has been, and doesn’t have to stay this way. Would it feel good to have a professional doing all of the game
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This is a good deal from Israeli luxury watch maker Itay Noy, in celebration of the Pope's pilgrimage to the Holy Land (Israel, or course) that will take place this year from May 8th through the 15th. During this time, you can get one of five Itay Noy City Square Collection
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ki/Saint_Peter%27s_Square">Piazza di San Pietro (Saint Peter's Square) watches for $2,500 down from the standard price of $3,300. This is a significant discount, and apt for the occasion. I'll be the first to say that it is ironic that an Israeli brand is celebrating a Catholic event, but that event will take place in Israel - so it's all good. The Itay Noy City Square Collection of watches is pretty cool. They take an aerial view map of an area, and turn it into a Google Maps like image for the dial of the watch. Looking at the dial, you are reminded of the region all the time. Saint Peter's square in the Vatican City within Rome, is one of the most famous landmarks in the world, and makes a great center for a watch face given its relative radial symmetry. The watch itself is 42.4mm wide in stainless steel all hand assembled with a Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic mechanical movement inside. The Itay Noy City Square Piazza di San Pietro is part of a limited edition of just 99 watches, so this special offer is made even better by that fact. The $2,500 price is available only during May 8 - 15, 2009. To learn more or get your watch visit Itay Noy here. Ariel Adams publishes the popular watch review site aBlogtoRead.com.Deal On Limited Edition Itay Noy City Square Piazza di San Pietro Watch Collection, May 8 - 15 Only originally appeared on Luxist on Fri, 08 May 2009 18:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feedsPermalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments



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