‘Tech’ a Summer Vacation

Fun has gone hi-tech. There are a bunch of new gadgets to help you make the most of your summertime recreation. Go ahead and cram that iPad in your beach bag, but take some time to check out these hot new toys.

The Scorkl provides swimmers with 10 minutes of air using a lightweight, refillable mini-tank. Designed for shallow dives, and without the requirements of scuba certification, it’s perfect for the casual ocean explorer who doesn’t want to deal with heavy tanks and regulators.

Turn your outdoor space into a surround-sound paradise with the Sonarray SR1 speaker system. Its eight satellite speakers can be tucked discreetly into the foliage, so you can pump up the volume on Beyonce’s Lemonade while you’re serving lemonade to your guests. Party time.

Sand between your toes, good. Sand in your iPhone, not so much. LifeProof Frē cases (for Android and iOS devices) deliver the ultimate in protection: waterproof, dirtproof, dropproof. They come in 10 different color combos so you can match your phone case to your bathing suit. Sweet!

Big news: you can wear the latest Fitbit Flex 2 while swimming. It’s the slimmest band yet, comes in several chic colors, and has many new tracking features for your fitness journey.

The futuristic Euro-style Recon Jet sunglasses are designed for the true sports enthusiast. Just below the wearer’s right eye, a display screen delivers live performance metrics, GPS maps, text messages, and more. Cyclists and runners will appreciate not having to look down, check their wrist, or break their rhythm.

Being on the water in the summer makes sun protection even more important. Huk makes serious clothing for anglers, so they know their stuff. But they keep it stylish too. Their board shorts, gaiters and full face masks all use the latest in fabrics that employ UPF protection, stain release and anti-microbials.

Photos courtesy of newatlas.com, Sonance.com, lifeproof.com, fitbit.com, reconinstruments.com, hukgear.com

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Summer Wedding Wear

You’ve RSVPd to the event. If the nuptials are taking place outdoors at a beach resort, the bride’s parent’s backyard, or the grounds of a palatial country estate, you have some planning to do. Usually the wedding website will provide some guidance as to the level of formality expected in guest’s attire. But it’s a wedding, so it’s time to pull out the stops for a festive summer celebration.

No one does elegant yet carefree better than Ulla Johnson. A tiny bit of boho roughs up the contemporary vibe of this flowing silk dress which will stay cool from the first flute of champagne to the send-off sparklers.

And LBD is always on point. Victoria Beckham finishes off her version with kicky tiers of glossy and matte ruffles. This is dance floor ready dressing.

If the wedding is actually on the beach, feel free to take some liberties. This printed linen shirt from Ermenegildo Zegna sets just the right tone—fun but not too casual.

Trina Turk’s flowy caftan is beach wedding perfect. Breezy, bright and yet effortlessly deluxe in silk satin with, ahem, a shark-bite hem.

Men, follow the lead of the masterful Italian tailor Cesare Attolini. Here he pulls together a classic look for men with a blue/grey houndstooth jacket from his Sartorio line. Take some care with your pocket square and you can ditch the tie and still look Cary Grant-ish.

California-cool designer James Perse has the gift for making hip clothes that also look very rich. His linen blazer is an example of how to do summer dress-up right.

Photos courtesy of ullajohnson.com, Nordstrom.com, Barneys.com, Neimanmaurcus.com 

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Spectacular Balconies

Balconies are often the setting of our most cherished moments, from barbecuing with friends and family on a sunny afternoon to watching the sun set while sipping on a glass of wine with your better half.

Presented by Partners Trust

A Private Penthouse with Skyline Views

This private penthouse located in Los Angeles’ Fashion District features an expansive outdoor terrace with unobstructed views of the downtown skyline and the mountains. Accessible from the kitchen and the second bedroom, it’s the perfect spot for entertaining.

Presented by Red Oak Realty

An Art Lover’s Sanctuary

With tall ceilings and gallery lighting, this gem in Claremont Hills is the perfect sanctuary for art lovers to display their collection. But guests may be a little preoccupied enjoying the views of the Bay from their private deck, there’s one in each of the four bedrooms.

Presented by Ray & Poynor Properties

A Southern Manor

This custom home built exclusively from stone and brick creates an ambiance that is both unique and Southern. Enjoy views of the beautifully landscaped backyard and koi pond from one of two vantage points: the covered stone floor deck on the second floor or the slate patio directly underneath it with an outdoor fireplace.

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Secluded Sanctuaries

A home is a sanctuary, a place to escape to at the end of a long journey or tiresome day.

These secluded sanctuaries offer a retreat and reprieve from the chaos of the outside world. From a sprawling desert acreage to a beachfront villa, they both only have nature as their neighbor.

Presented by Plantación Properties

Tranquil Villa in the Jungle

Located on 500 feet of beachfront on the Pacific Ocean in Drake Bay, one of the more isolated areas of Osa Peninsula, this contemporary villa is the embodiment of luxury in paradise.

Presented by Red Oak Realty

Tuscan Villa on Top of the World

This Tuscan-style villa sits on over an acre of rustic California countryside. Pour a glass of your favorite vintage as you enjoy the views of Mount Diablo on the private deck in the master suite.

Presented by First Hampton International Realty

Waterfront in West Hampton Dunes

Nestled in a quiet area of West Hampton Dunes, this three-story waterfront residence sits on 1.5 acres and offers spectacular views of Sunset Bay in almost every room.

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Gorgeous Furniture for the Home

With the right pieces, furniture can help turn a house into a home. A living room becomes a special place for family and friends to gather together and laugh. A dining room transforms moments into memories as loved ones raise a glass and share stories.

Here are a few pieces of gorgeous furniture we want in our home now.

This Chesterfield Sofa by Anthropologie comes in a variety of colors that span the spectrum from bold to demure.

While the origins of the Chesterfield are debated, some believe it was inspired by an earl in 18th century England of the same name. This modern version pays homage to the classic style with its button-tufted pattern, nail head trim, and rolled arms. The velvet upholstery adds a luxuriously modern twist that will catch the eye of any passersby.

This Wesson Roman 114” Dining Table from the Wesson Collection is the perfect marriage of geometry and style.

Using industrial materials like oxidized iron and bronze, it creates a truly unique dining experience for those who gather around it.

A leather piece is essential to making a house a home. The simplicity in this Sorensen Leather Chaise by Restoration Hardware will add warmth and depth to any space it occupies.

The Ancient Greek version of the chaise lounge, known as the kline, was the main piece of furniture used at festivities. A fun piece of history to share with guests as they take a seat.

Photos courtesy of anthropologie.com, thekhazana.net, and restorationhardware.com  

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Gorgeous Furniture for the Home

With the right pieces, furniture can help turn a house into a home. A living room becomes a special place for family and friends to gather together and laugh. A dining room transforms moments into memories as loved ones raise a glass and share stories.

Here are a few pieces of gorgeous furniture we want in our home now.

This Chesterfield Sofa by Anthropologie comes in a variety of colors that span the spectrum from bold to demure.

While the origins of the Chesterfield are debated, some believe it was inspired by an earl in 18th century England of the same name. This modern version pays homage to the classic style with its button-tufted pattern, nail head trim, and rolled arms. The velvet upholstery adds a luxuriously modern twist that will catch the eye of any passersby.

This Wesson Roman 114” Dining Table from the Wesson Collection is the perfect marriage of geometry and style.

Using industrial materials like oxidized iron and bronze, it creates a truly unique dining experience for those who gather around it.

A leather piece is essential to making a house a home. The simplicity in this Sorensen Leather Chaise by Restoration Hardware will add warmth and depth to any space it occupies.

The Ancient Greek version of the chaise lounge, known as the kline, was the main piece of furniture used at festivities. A fun piece of history to share with guests as they take a seat.

Photos courtesy of anthropologie.com, thekhazana.net, and restorationhardware.com  

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Best… For a Million or Less

Who says luxury can’t come with a decent price tag? Check out these fabulous properties available now from our Leverage Partners — the best for a million or less.

A Capacious Retreat

Presented by Accel Realty Partners

Eagle, Idaho | $995,000

This residence is perfectly suited for a large family or home business with 2,012 sq. ft. of separate living space that can be used for anything, from a playroom to an office to additional vehicle parking. Sitting atop picturesque acreage with immaculate landscaping, the home is filled with high-end amenities including travertine and marble floors, Viking appliances, and gorgeous bay windows.

The Contemporary Ranch

Presented by Executive Real Estate

East Windsor, Connecticut | $949,000

This custom built, ranch-style property embodies the “casual luxury” lifestyle. Secluded at the tip of a cul-de-sac, enjoy uninterrupted views of the surrounding New England greenery while not being too far away from the rest of the world—the Topstone Golf Course is just a stone’s throw away. Or stay in and take a dip in the heated pool.

A Timeless Condo

Presented by dunes properties

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina | $949,000

Located minutes from Charleston, this condo is the perfect blend of modern design and timeless charm. Take in the views of the river from your private deck and balcony before retiring to the master suite and bath featuring Waterworks fixtures and Carrera marble counters. The guest suite is located at the opposite end of the 1,800 sq. ft. condo offering privacy with plenty of room for entertaining.

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com