Category Culture

Why Brainstorming Doesn’t Work — And What You Should Do Instead

There’s a popular myth that getting people together and sharing ideas will boost productivity and lead to innovative solutions. But this old-fashioned way of thinking about groupwork isn’t true. Brainstorming doesn’t work. Cognitive psychologist Tony McCaffrey writes in the Harvard Business Review that brainstorming actually makes people less creative than when they work alone, according to studies. So why is this brainstorming […]

These Game Changers Are Fueling St. Louis’ Start-Up Revival

When people think about St. Louis, some may think of poverty and impoverished neighborhoods. That may be the case in certain areas, but there is also a fast-growing tech scene. According to a recent report, the city’s technology jobs have increased by 25% in the past year, and tech salaries are up by 13%. “The collective energy and momentum […]

Cartier’s Le Style et L’Histoire Exhibit Dazzles at Paris’ Grand Palais

Cartier may be known as the “Jeweler of Kings,” but as the exhibit Le Style et L’Histoire at Paris’ Grand Palais proves, the brand has also been the jeweler to a fair number of poets, film stars, and other members of the international glitterati. In a collection of 600 artifacts in the museum’s Salon d’Honneur, the exhibit explores […]

Vintage Clothes, Chic Accessories and Tasty Treats at Paris’ 3 Best Concept Shops

Among its many superlatives, Paris is the undisputed queen of the concept shop. Thanks to its deep appreciation for the art of living, it’s no surprise that the city excels at picking out the best in fashion, art, beauty products, and culture, and displaying them together beautifully, with little apparent effort. Though the city has […]

Benneton Grauver: The Stationer To Celebs & Royals for Over 130 Years

Some of the world’s most beautiful stationary sits stacked on shelves in a discreet shop in Paris’ haute 8th Arrondissment. With clients like Sofia Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and a host of French nobility, Benneton Gravuer has been turning out exquisite paper products and other engraving for over 130 years. For more, read Elizabeth’s full article on JustLuxe.

The Musée Baccarat Puts the Brand’s Finest Crystal on Display in Paris

  Baccarat has long been the crystal of choice for the world’s most discerning customers, the history of which is the focus of a beautiful museum in Paris’ 16th Arrondissment. The Musée Baccarat is located in the former home of the eccentric and influential French patron of the arts Marie-Laure de Noailles, and is also the brand’s […]

Maiyet: Spring/Summer 2014 Review

“The clothes were crisp yet diaphanous, glamorous yet refined, declarative yet subtle. They were ethereal, with punch. These harmonious juxtapositions inspired the collection, according to President and Creative Director Kristy Caylor. “Our heroine is a spirit plucked from a Hemingway novel,” Caylor said. “She is strong willed, adventurous, sensitive, beautiful and at times a bit […]