We treat ourselves to the finest cars, the most expensive jewelry, and premium property; so why shouldn't we spoil ourselves on the most delectable of indulgences ... luxury desserts!
No expense has been spared in the creation of these 5 treasures designed for the crème de la crème.
Serendipity 3's Golden Opulence Sundae and Frozen Haute Chocolate
Serendipity 3, located in New York, makes our list with not one, but two of the world's most luxury desserts. For a mere $1,000, you can treat yourself to the exclusive Golden Opulence Sundae. This frozen treat is made with five scoops of Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla and features edible 23-carat gold leaf, Amedei Porcelana and Chuao chocolate, exotic candied fruits from Paris, gold covered dragets, chocolate truffles, and is served with a small bowl of Grand Passion Caviar.
However, if you feel like truly treating yourself, Serendipity 3 also offers a decadent Frozen Haute Chocolate for the price of $25,000. The dessert is rich in both flavor and style, featuring 28 of the finest cocoas the world has to offer along with Le Madeline au Truffle shavings and five grams of edible 23-carat gold and served with a golden spoon decorated with white and chocolate diamonds. As if this wasn't lavish enough, the dessert is served encircled in a beautiful gold bracelet that can be worn home as a reminder of this sumptuous treat.
Fortress Resort's Stilt Fisherman Indulgence
In southern Sri Lanka, lies the luxurious Fortress Resort and Spa. There you can treat yourself to delectable Italian Cassata dessert at the Wine3 restaurant. Presentation is everything.. and for $14,500, you will be delighted with a beautiful cassata (a traditional Sicilian layered sponge cake) served with edible gold leaf, Irish cream, mango, pomegranate, and a champagne-based sabayon. Complimenting this little treasure is a miniature chocolate carving of a of a local stilt fisherman who is accompanied by a stunning 80-carat aquamarine stone.
Lindeth Howe Country House Pudding
No visit to England's Lake District would be complete without a visit to the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, where you can delight in the most luxurious $35,000 pudding. Designed to resemble a Faberge egg, this decadent treat is made with the finest chocolates, champagne jelly, caviar, and accentuated with gold leaf and a beautiful 2-carat white diamond.
Three Twins Ice Cream Sundae
Made with glacial ice from the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro the organic ice cream of Three Twins is a treat in and of itself. Combine that with a first-class trip to Tanzania, a sizable donation to an African environmental non-profit, and a personal cellist performance and you have a luxury dessert adventure. The scrumptious banana split is served drizzled in the syrups of a 1960s vintage port, a Chateau D'Yquem, and a German Trockenbeerenausiese. More than just a dessert, for $60,000 this is an experience!
We are so high on love and relationships, that it is shocking to report that 85 percent of all relationships end up in a breakup and 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, according to author Hellen Chen. We like to think the odds are better than that, but if that is the inevitability then it makes sense to learn how to move on after a breakup.
Life is too short to live in the past and when we hold onto dreams that have fizzled, we are simply prolonging the angst and stages most of us go through when any kind of major changes happen unexpectedly. Losing a mate creates a void, which leaves us feeling a little helpless (sometimes hopeless) and with a feeling of imbalance. After all, that person has been a part of the total picture for a while, sometimes years.
Short of ditching fatal-attraction or angry-monster types, it is difficult to reject another human being. Everyone understands that rejection can feel humiliating, which does a number on one's self esteem and stirs up an entire cacophony of emotions.
How to Move on After a Breakup - 4 Steps
Our relationship experts were given the task of coming up with the best techniques for moving on after a breakup - regardless which side of the situation you are on. Read on to learn the four steps you can take to feel better faster while gaining practical breakup skills.
Step 1. Live With the Void
Too often after a breakup, we look for people, places and things to fill the void so we can "forget". Although that seems like a sound strategy, too often clear choices are not being made. For example, being the rebound person or having an immediate rebound person is never good for much else besides a quick distraction.
Living with the void for just a while, will give you the opportunity to review all aspects of the relationship. What did you like? What didn't you like? Were any compromises you made worth it? Or did you fill the relationship with non-genuine actions just to please him/her? Spending the extra time alone can be difficult, but it will come with epiphanies that will help you head yourself in a direction that will ultimately please you more.
Step 2. Self-improvement
Hopefully you are aware of the mistakes that you made during the relationship and are not focusing solely on where he or she went wrong. It takes two to make a relationship and unless you were bound and gagged, you were a willing partner. So spend a little time and make a list of what can be improved. For example, are you a good listener? Did you actually hear what your partner was saying? Or were you too busy talking or criticizing? Were you supportive? Did you laugh together? What were your common goals? Self-improvement can be self taught, there are online courses, books, seminars and workshops - so why go through another relationship without having the capacity to do it better?
Step 3. Clean Out the Closets
We mean that literally - if you have piles of clothes, papers, magazines, unused anything, just sitting around, now is the time to tackle those cobwebs of your life. Make a list of how you're going to tackle the clean-out and don't stop until you have gone through every last piece of "stuff" that can be tossed or donated. After you're finished, you'll practically feel like you have lost weight. Living a streamlined life is more simple and gives you a feeling of "starting anew", which is self-fulfilling.
Step 4. Get a Makeover
Nothing makes us feel renewed like a new hair style, makeup and a few new outfits, right? Assuming you are in the process (or finished with) of using your newly found spare time to live with the void, tend to self-improvement and streamline your belongings, then it is high time to move onto the next stage. A new appearance. It doesn't have to be drastic, unless you like dramatic. It can be as simple as parting your hair on the other side and adding scarves to your daily signature look. If you're not sure where to start, book a consultation at a top salon or get a group of friends together for a group makeover-fest.
After going through our four-steps you will be ready to go it alone. You will feel different about yourself, honor the past and start inviting different types of people into your life. Get ready for a whole new you!
There are so many Hollywood couples that are together, apart and together again, that it's hard to keep up. We always know the whereabouts of the over-publicized couples like Kim and Kanye, Beyonce and Jay-Z, but we don't see enough of the up and coming celebrity couples who only crop up in the news now and then. So we have identified the top six couples we think are worth watching, as they are the ones who are changing the face of Hollywood.
Amy Adams and partner Darren Le Gallo (cover photo) make an adorable couple. Now that Ms. Adams has made her way to the A-list, it's likely the duo will become a strong force in upcoming project development. Amy has been fortunate to land roles in highly-acclaimed movies and has demonstrated a wide array of talents including singing. Handsome Le Gallo is known of his work in Date Night and The Big Bang Theory and is a strong talent who is on his way up.
More 2015 Celebrity Couples to Watch
The other couples we selected are those that are somewhat new to either their romance, babies or gaining more ground on the Hollywood walk of fame and fortune. Take a look at our picks and see what you
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux
Finally, Jennifer gets another swing at a happy ending in her personal life. Professionally, her career has continued to excel and although she was overlooked for an Oscar nomination for her role in Cake, she is still flying high. After all, she is in love and after two fantastic years, her personal life is soaring to new heights. After a long engagement and disagreements over a prenuptial agreement, it looks like the couple is finally ready to tie the knot, according to reports. Although Justin does not have the Hollywood box-office draw that Brad Pitt does, he is a strong, loyal and talented performer. We see a long and happy future for the couple.
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan
Channing Tatum and his lovely wife Jenna Dewan met on the set of Step Up, a dance movie that brought in over $20 million during its first weekend opening. Channing started as a discovered model and parlayed the opportunity until he became one of Hollywood's hottest hunks. After a year of dating and romance, Channing asked Jenna to marry him when they were in Maui (2008). Jenna biggest role, at the moment, is being the mother to their child, after her recurring role of Freya in Witches of East End was cancelled. Recently, Tatum was named "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine (2014) and his hit movie opportunities just keep coming. The couple is headed for great heights in the entertainment business.
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello
Sofia Vergara has become a household name and sex icon. She is funny, gorgeous, sexy and well-loved by the entertainment community. Joe Manganiello is a tall drink of water and definitely fits the level of gorgeous that Vergara's beauty deserves. Together they are perfection personified and they are in love... and now engaged. Manganiello planned a romantic proposal that surprised Sofia when they were on a Hawaiian vacation. Looks like People's 2014 Hottest Bachelor is about ready to lose his title. This couple is absolutely on their way up - thriving careers, love-based marriage and amazing good looks that won't be fading anytime soon.
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
Who would have guess that Ann Hathaway's hilarious co-star in the Devil Wears Prada, would end up as one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood? Makes sense that Emily Blunt was called the Best Female Scene-Stealer by Entertainment Weekly that year. Husband, John Krasinski, has starred in numerous movies and television roles, such as The Office, License to Wed, The Holiday and It's Complicated. The couple met in 2008 and were married in 2010 and now have a daughter, who is almost one year old. Both Emily and John's careers are still on the rise, as they continue to become notable for their diverse acting skills. This couple has landed and is here to stay.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
Who would have thought that Gossip Girl's Blake Lively would nab fan-favorite, Ryan Reynolds? Their careers originally brought them together when they worked together on Green Lantern, but they went their separate ways. Lively was busy flitting and flirting with A-listers, like Leonardo DiCaprio, while Ryan was hobnobbing with the likes of Sandra Bullock while making The Proposal. Before we knew it, the two were dating again after Reynolds split with wife Scarlet Johansson. And now they are the proud parents of a baby girl, named Violet, who was born at the end of 2014. The couple is reported to be deliriously happy and by the looks of it, they are on their way to becoming one of Hollywood's young power couples.
In 2013, Forbes estimated that Beyonce and Jay Z were the highest earning couple with a projected $95 million for that year alone. But earnings is not the same as net worth, which is the true litmus test for wealth. Net worth accounts for assets minus expenses, so it includes brokerage accounts and other owned properties.
The richest celebrity couples list we are featuring today may surprise some of our readers, and although Jay Z and Beyonce are on the list, there are others whose net worth makes their appear small. Check out the top five richest celebrity couples and remember, it changes every year.
Salma Hayek and Francois Pinault
Luxury-conglomerate Kering's CEO, Francois-Henry Pinault, and actress Salma Hayek have been married since 2009 and according to reports, are still very much in love and happy. Before and during the beginning of their relationship, Salma was not into high-end fashion, but with Francois-Henri's career in the luxury fashion industry she has changed. After all Kering owns some of the industry's most loved brands, such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton, which means Pinault's net worth of $13.9 billion actually dwarfs Hayek's $85 million. Together they are considered the wealthiest celebrity couple around - combined net worth $13.986 billion.
Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw
It is probably not a big surprise that Steven and Kate are on this list. After all, Spielberg's enterprises are larger than life. With Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Studios and all other projects, the Spielbergs could easily cease all work efforts and take it easy well into their senior years. Kate's net worth of $20 million coupled with Steven's projected net worth of $3.5 billion, the couple is going strong with a combined net worth of $3.52 billion.
Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana
Most men would be thrilled to marry, or even date, the youngest of the Jackson family. She has had financial success all of her life - mostly because of her extreme talent and beauty. When she met billionaire Wissam Al Mana and married him in 2012, it was surely not for his money. Wissam is a luxury brand representative for fashion lines such as Alexander McQueen and Hermes and Janet is still belting out hit tunes, so their net worth is always rising. At last count, the couple's net worth was estimated at $1.15 billion.
Jay Z & Beyonce Knowles
Some may have expected Jay Z and Beyonce to be at the top of this list... and they are certainly close. Jay Z is an amazing investor and talented artist and Beyonce has wowed audiences around the world with her stunning stage and film performances. They are considered one of the top Hollywood power couples as they are both highly respected, talented and rich. Together this couple's net worth is estimated at over $1 billion. We hope the rumors of a potential split last year are gone for good.
David and Victoria Beckham
The couple met in 1997 and married by 1999 in Ireland. They are considered U.K. celebrity royalty and are closely watched by the media and paparazzi. Both celebs were rich before they met, so together they are even wealthier. Now that Victoria (Posh Spice) is a successful fashion designer, she is bringing in about the same as her successful football star. Their little family of five is extremely well off, with a combined net worth estimated at $650 million. We love this couple and are happy they made it to the richest celebrity couples list for 2015.
Whether you are saying those three little words for the first time or setting the scene for reminding your lover how you feel, it's always nice to use a little foresight for finding the best places to say the deeply felt I Love You. You might want a low-key, but the romantic venue, such as the shower or your bed. Or it could be a romantic dinner for two at home with a homemade music mix that includes a few of your mutually favorite love songs playing in the background as a prelude for what's to come.
If you're still deciding whether to go cutesy, sexy or funny, our suggestion is to stay on the sexy-loving side of things. There's nothing better to a man than a slow-sexy kiss that gets him completely turned on before you whisper sweet nothings into his ear. Save funny for your 15th anniversary and only use cutesy if your man or woman is more on the shy than the wild side. Take it from us, you will both excite and delight your man if every inch of his body is waiting for your next play. It will be more meaningful... Guaranteed.
Here are four of our favorite best places ideas we think will punctuate and enhance this particular milestone. Although we're giving you specific venues, these are concepts from which you can draw your own ideas.
On a beach
Zuma Beach in Malibu, California is considered one of the most beautiful and romantic beaches on the west coast. Strolling on the beach at sunset, whether it is a stroll on a lake, river or ocean will definitely have the same smooth and romantic effect. If you're nervous about sharing your feelings, remember love is the center of the universe and walking on the beach will help set the stage.
Overlooking the ocean
Finding the perfect vantage point where the two of you can can cuddle up under the stars is über romantic. One of our favorite places on the globe for romantic ocean views is Vancouver, British Columbia. Find one of many outlooks and set up your romantic evening with a few candles, a bottle of wine and your sexiest look. There are plenty of breakfast in beds or hotel locations overlooking the ocean in many of our U.S. States, so be creative. If you're in it for the overnight experience, be sure to find a place that has a patio or balcony where the most romantic mood can be created.
On a gondola
Venice, Italy has been one of the top locations for professing love. Whether it is a marriage proposal or simply a statement of undying and everlasting love, the environment sets the perfect mood. If you don't have the time or inclination to fly to Venice, Italy, consider the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, CA, which might be the second best. In fact, it is cleaner and has much less water traffic than its Italian counterpart. Make sure to give the gondolier your camera or camera phone so he can capture the moment!
In the City of Love
One of the sexiest places on the planet is Paris, France and considered romantic and the perfect place for "I love you". We agree that it is a bit of a stretch if you are busy or not a multi-millionaire who can fly impromptu in your private jet. If you love this idea but don't have the time, consider Las Vegas's Paris Las Vegas Hotel. It even has an Eiffel Tower. If Las Vegas isn't convenient, the Paris theme can be used at home, by decorating the table or bedroom with sexy silks and lots of twinkle lights to show off your best self in sexy Parisian lingerie.