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Three of Princess Yachts’ Newest, Most Innovative Models



British builder Princess Yachts is in production overdrive as of late—they’ve launched 11 new models over the last 22 months, keeping them on their pace of introducing a new model every two months.

This epic pace has produced plenty of gems, including additions to the S, V, and F classes, as well as the introduction of two new classes—X and R—with no sign of slowing. This can be attributed in part to Princess Chairman Antony Sheriff, the former managing director of supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive, and a newownership and management group that features managers and directors from the ultra-high-end car market. 

This new leadership is charged with elevating Princess’s status as an iconic and enduring brand, pushing it to even greater heights through continuous innovation and constant improvement. Manufacturing 80% of their yachts’ components in-house is a big difference-maker, ensuring consistent finishing and quality and that all Princess Yachts for sale retain value and seaworthiness over a long lifespan.

The flood of new models means there’s no shortage of new or pre-owned Princess Yachts for sale on the market today. Here’s a look at three of the newest, most innovative Princess models available now or in the coming months.


While not available until the latter half of this year, the modern, uniquely-designed X95 Super Flybridge is already making waves. Loaded with interior space and a fuel capacity of 13,400 liters, she is designed to be a luxurious, comfortable long-range cruiser, allowing further exploration around the globe.

The interior volume space easily rivals that of a mega yacht, thanks to one of the main highlights, the Super Flybridge. Along with the main deck area below, the Super Flybridge spans nearly the entire length of the yacht, resulting in wide-open, uninterrupted luxury living and entertaining spaces. 

Upon entering the main deck saloon, you’re immediately met with an uninterrupted line of sight right through to the forward window. Ascend to the upper deck via the internal staircase and you’ll discover the exceptional fully-enclosed, climate-controlled Sky Lounge. 

The X95 completely re-imagines the concept of a flybridge with its large living spaces and extensive outdoor space. It’s sure to set the standard for a new generation of Flybridge yachts.


The sporty V Class lineup oozes speed and luxury. And lots of it. 

This speedy, entertaining class features sleek, elegant, bold lines, and the V60 has quickly become one of the most popular models. The pioneering deep-V hull – shaped from a lightweight, resin-infused hull composite – ensures exceptional seakeeping and requires less power, and burns less fuel, to achieve maximum speed.

This agile, efficient, performance machine is also loaded with thoughtful design and amenities, including hydraulic swim platform, aft-facing sun pad above platform, spacious cockpit for socializing, aft galley, large foredeck with a wide u-shaped lounge and large sun pad, skylights and massive windows for abundant daylight, loaded helm station, and an electric sliding sunroof.

The smart use of outdoor and indoor spaces ensures plenty of room to entertain and room for six guests in three cabins.

The twin MAN V8 1200 engines driving 5-blade nickel aluminum bronze props push this deep-V hull up to a top speed of around 38-40 knots. The skilled craftsmanship and attention to detail mean you’re at ease charging across the open water at 40 knots or navigating rolling seas like they experience in Plymouth on the English Channel.

Sheriff’s exotic car background is evident in the V Class, as they feature the speed and aerodynamics you would gush about on high-end sports cars like McLaren or Ferrari.


The R35 Sports Yacht saw Princess take an entirely new direction in their yacht design. Shrouded in secrecy, the highly-anticipated debut of this sleek carbon fiber performance sports yacht did not disappoint. 

Chairman Sheriff’s impact is perhaps felt most directly on the R35. Similar to what some luxury car makers are doing, he wanted Princess to get creative with how they can bring in new customers. Sheriff reignited the idea of a smaller, creative vessel, and the marriage of Princess’s pedigree of performance and craftsmanship and the infusion of elements of ultra-high-end automobiles resulted in a stunning vessel. 

Working with BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) Technologies and Italian design and engineering firm, Pininfarina, Princess created the Active Foil System, which operates similar to a hydrofoil and gives this sleek, luxurious, high performance sports yacht incredible stability, safety, and smoothness at high speeds.

Keep an eye on Princess Yachts as they continue to design innovative new yachts that continually push what’s possible while producing models that suit a broad range of tastes and desires. Like the R35, the X95 will be a game changer when it debuts later this year, and one thing’s for sure—Princess isn’t even close to being done.

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President Day Sales and Closures



Today marks Presidents Day 2024. Officially, the holiday is known as Washington’s birthday. Presidents Day is a bank holiday in the Federal Reserve system, so most banks will be closed. TD Bank will be open, but The New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ will be closed. USPS is closed, however, UPS, FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery will be operating as usual. Closed also will be the DMV, libraries, courthouses and city hall. Federal and state courts will also be closed. Most public school districts will close for the holiday, as well.

Most people view Presidents’ Day as a day of rest, but it is also a day to save $$. It’s the only major retail holiday till late May. If you need a TV, mattress, or laptop now is the time to do it.

There are many sales to make your wallet a little more full. Check out Amazon, B&H and Best Buy for the best deals.

Happy Presidents Day and a day of rest.

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The Price of Artificial Diamonds Has Fallen From Last Year’s Peak and Will Continue Going Down




Covid times, which restricted human activity and mobility, have frozen many financial operations. Obviously, these restrictions should leave a trace. Unrealized needs and desires require to be compensated in other ways if they could not be realized in an accustomed one. So, once the threat has gone and people felt themselves in relative safety, they started compensating for all they lost during the pandemic – travels that could not happen; celebrations that could not be organized; purchases that were delayed, etc.

The thirst for emotions caused an incredibly high demand for jewelry. And, by the way, the unclear nature of the coronavirus become a convincing reason to consider ecology and choose artificial diamonds instead of buying traditional natural gems. It could not help but cause the price increase for the diamonds. So, last year brought a peak in pricing. Yet, it didn’t last long.

The new season is marked by an 18% decline in price for natural diamonds and an enlarged gap between prices for natural and artificial diamonds if compared to the previous period indicators.

The good news for the artificial diamond industry is that the price drop can be easily compensated by purchasing volumes and constantly increasing market share. Last year industry reached 10% sales globally and it is 4 times more artificial diamonds than were sold in 2018. Just two years and so surging growth that is likely to be continued in the next periods.

Besides the growing demand for artificial diamonds from consumers, there are a few important reasons that precondition such a pace of events in the jewelry market.

A responsible business approach is the core one. Ethical accents that closely correspond to the current social values determine the direction of the business as well. They also create a window for competition and, thus, a ground for distinguishing identical manufactured products from each other. It means that selling simply artificial diamonds that are ethical by nature is not the case anymore. Today consumers are highly educated and tend to compare every smallest detail related to the way of product’s production, meaning technology use, level of energy and water consumption, environmental approaches in packaging and delivery, etc.

Thus, if you are a responsible manufacturer, you have better chances to sell your product than those who do not care about improvements but just produce artificial diamonds. Madestones, which is trading lab-grown diamonds shares that the majority of their consumers come to them not just because of buying the product but mostly because of sharing their corporative philosophy based on a strong commitment to innovations.

Branding and greater opportunities for wholesale are other meaningful reasons fueling the growth of market share. Just a few years ago small manufacturers should look for the sales market. Today this task has become easier since artificial diamonds have entered the fashion segment closely. The jewelry giants, which have a wide audience of consumers, made a shift to the diamonds grown in the laboratories. These are fashion brands like Pandora, Signet, and Swarovski, that declare a rise in sales after embracing artificial diamonds. It means that these brands will need more and more diamonds to design their jewelry, which has been already popular. Most likely, it will be a huge order for refined diamonds of big sizes since they are better for turning identical gems into unique pieces when cutting.

Branding also entails a more aggressive marketing campaign since many people, including celebrities, strive to have touch with famous brands. One can see that lately celebrities are wearing artificial diamonds for stepping on a red carpet, or scene, or their weddings more often than ever. Even international official visits cannot do without gifting an ethical diamond. One of the latest examples is gifting a lab-grown diamond to US first lady Jill Biden by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the first state visit.

One could not help but mention the meaning of retail margins. It is not a secret that businessmen go there where the better profit is. The artificial diamond industry is more profitable if compared to the natural diamond segment because of the higher retail margin. It enables not only to receive good revenue but also creates a space for making the price of the product more affordable. Indeed, Edahn Golan, who is an independent analyst, said that “there is room for continued price declines. That is a very likely scenario. Retailer margins for artificial diamonds are high enough – around 60% compared with 34% for natural diamonds.” It means that the tendency to market expansion and price decline will keep continuing.

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What to Wear Over a Formal Dress




When it’s time for a big event, half the fun is picking what you will wear. Choosing a formal dress that fits like a glove and has eye-catching details will make you the belle of the ball. Sherri Hill sells some of our favorite show-stopping formal dresses if you need inspiration for your big day.

Formal dresses are usually long and tend to show a little skin by being sleeveless or having a high leg slit. Sometimes, though, your big event is in the winter. Or you may be one of the many people who simply feel cold often.

If you’re always reaching for your jacket in an air-conditioned room, you might wonder how you can rock the dress of your dreams without developing hypothermia.

You don’t have to exchange the dress of your dreams for something with long sleeves or roll up with your ratty old hoodie over your dress. Thankfully, there are plenty of elegant options for topping a formal gown, whether you want to arrive in style on a cold day or have something to keep you warm during the event.


Draping a simple wrap or shawl around your shoulders is an easy way to add more warmth to your ensemble without over-complicating things. Choose a wool or silk wrap (like a classic pashmina) to add to the luxurious vibes and provide a lot of warmth. You can choose one that will match your dress or accessories to create continuity within your outfit.

Wraps are also easily discarded over the back of your chair if you get too warm or want to show off your dress in photos. It’s also a piece you can wear as a scarf or drape for plenty of future outfits, making it a good wardrobe investment.


Shrugs are short, knit jackets that don’t usually close in the front– sort of like a minimalistic cardigan. They are a great way to cover your shoulders and arms without covering too much of your dress. This makes them perfect for pairing with sleeveless dresses.

Choose a shrug in a neutral color to get more use out of it in your daily life and make sure it fits close to the body so it doesn’t disrupt the silhouette of your outfit.


It’s about time capes made a fashion comeback. Similar to wraps, they don’t have sleeves, making them easy to fit over any neckline or shoulder detail. Unlike wraps, they have closures around the neck, meaning you don’t have the hassle of keeping them in place.

Capes definitely add a touch of drama to your outfit. You can amp that up by choosing a longer cape, maybe with embroidery or sequin details or you can be more subtle. If you want to have a more quietly sophisticated look try a short cape in a material like velvet.

Cropped Jacket

If you’re looking for warmth, nothing beats a jacket. Choose a jacket cropped to about your waist to ensure your dress is still visible throughout the event and preserve the line of your formal gown.

You can play with the style of jacket depending on the event, your dress, and your personal style. A leather moto jacket adds edginess and a denim jacket expresses casual playfulness. You could even go more formal with a cropped wool blazer for a tailored look.

Faux Fur Coat

For a touch of old Hollywood glamor, a faux fur coat makes your formal look red carpet-ready. Elegant and attention-grabbing, there are a ton of faux fur options available today, from cropped looks to ankle-length coats.

Don’t forget that you aren’t limited to natural-looking fur. One of the benefits of faux fur is that it can come in any color or pattern you want. You can add a fun touch of personality to a simple black dress by adding a hot pink fur coat or zebra stripes.

Be Warm and Chic

While dressing up for a big event can be fun, it can also be stressful if you don’t know how to make your outfit work for the weather. Fortunately, there are a lot of great options to wear over a formal dress. Try out a few and decide which one you like the best with your dress!

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Julien’s Auctions Unveils Music Icons Taylor Swift, Madonna, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and More



This February, Julien’s Auctions who has sold some of the most iconic music artifacts from the past 100 years, presents Music Icons, a collection of over 100 items with a spotlight on the women who rock from Country Music royalty to the best-selling pop divas of our time taking place Tuesday, February 27th live and online at Julien’s Auctions.

In addition, a collection of exceptional Gibson guitars that rock for a cause donated by Gibson Gives– the iconic and leading global instrument brand’s charitable arm that is committed to making the world a better place by supporting nonprofit organizations and developing programs to advance musicians through music education, and health and wellness initiatives worldwide will be presented.

Making a grand entrance on the auction stage will be a selection of props from a famous photo shoot of the world’s biggest Music Icon: Taylor Swift. Swifties will instantly recognize these pieces that were used in the 12-time GRAMMY Award-winning pop culture phenomenon’s 2014 Glamour Magazine cover boho-inspired photo shoot where Swift sports a 70s-style fringe among a curated selection of vintage-style props, including: a 1991 Gibson Les Paul Studio Lite guitar, in translucent cerulean blue finish with weight relieved Mahogany and chromyte body, maple top, original uncovered Gibson Humbucker pickups and original hard case (estimate: $8,000 – $12,000) (photo above right); a circa 1979 Music Man 112 RD 50 amplifier that features a corduroy tolex finish with a rubber handle amplifier (estimate: $1,000 – $2,000)

When it comes to female pioneers, there is no one greater and mightier than the one and only, Dolly Parton. A sensational piece (photo left) from the early career from the Country Music Icon and ten-time GRAMMY® award-winning singer, with a record fifty GRAMMY® nominations and two Academy Award nominations, will dazzle the auction stage–Parton’s custom-made figure-hugging jade green embellished 1970s stage ensemble worn in 1974 while performing at WBAP’s “Country Gold” in Arlington, Texas and on the cover of her 1978 album In the Beginning. The polyester ensemble with a fitted bodice, bell sleeves, fitted waist and peplum and a pair of fitted bell-bottom trousers is generously embellished with color iridescent glass and brass-tone studs and includes an “Exclusive Design for Dolly Parton” label.

Madonna is back making headlines around the world for her wildly successful The Celebration Tour. Julien’s is celebrating The Queen of Pop’s groundbreaking five-decade career with a costume worn in one of her most iconic music videos: a burgundy The May Company silk robe with black and gold vertical stripes and belt worn by Madonna in her 1984 “Material Girl” music video (estimate: $10,000 – $20,000)

Amy Winehouse’s signature style and love for retro fashion are forever immortalized in the public’s imagination and fascination with the GRAMMY Award Winning British rock icon’s mystique. Some of the pop soul diva’s most iconic style statements and beloved personal objects will be offered including: a gold-tone hexagon locket engraved with the initials “ARR” in a diamond shape, with a vertical and diagonal tri-color stripe design, attached to a clasp that belonged to Amy Winehouse (photo left). The locket houses a photograph of Blake Fielder-Civil, Winehouse’s husband from 2007-2009. During the height of her fame, Winehouse was known to only wear about three necklaces, one of which being this locket, considered one of her favorites (estimate: $6,000 – $8,000)

another of Amy’s style staples, a yellow sweater vest, featuring cream-colored trim and the letters “RL” stitched on the left side of the chest with moderate staining throughout (estimate: $300 – $500) (photo right); and a 100ml bottle of Neom Organics Restore organic bath oil, made with jasmine, ginger, and sandalwood, owned by Amy Winehouse

One of the most daring artists of our time whose cutting-edge style is as talked about as much as her ground breaking music will make an appearance on the auction stage. A RVDK blue coat dress worn by Lady Gaga while performing “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” onstage with Elton John during an outdoor concert in the parking lot of Tower Records in West Hollywood, California, on February 27th, 2016 will be offered, together with a framed sketch of Lady Gaga wearing the coat dress signed by Ronald van der Kemp with handwritten styling notes (estimate: $7,000 – $9,000)

At the top of the charts are fine instruments, unique memorabilia and personal objects from some of music’s greatest and most popular male artists: Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Leslie West, Waylon Jennings, Robin Le Mesurier, Alex Lifeson, Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, Chris Cornell, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Erik Turner, Slash and Bill Wyman as well as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, America and Nirvana.

A Spalding baseball signed by all four of The Beatles – George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr. The Beatles signed the baseball for stadium employee Mike Murphy, who was the Giants’ clubhouse assistant manager in 1966 when The Fab Four performed their final concert in the United States at Candlestick Park (the former home of the Giants) in San Francisco, California on August 29th, 1966 (estimate: $50,000 – $70,000)

Two sheets of music lyrics handwritten by Freddie Mercury of Queen (photo right). The lyrics, from an unpublished song, read in part, “It’s a world of give and take / a calculated risk reason / Love inside a prison / Destiny at stake / Trapped by your own admission … When you ’an’t handle the strain / The tug of war of being in love / The challenge and the pace human r”ce” (estimate: $20,000 – $30,000).

An oil on canvas painting of a white grid set against an array of color executed by Frank Sinatra signed and dated 1987. The colorful painting was a gift from “The Chairman of the Board,” to close friend and business advisor Daniel Schwartz in the late 1980s (estimate: $20,000 – $30,000)

Mick Fleetwood’s 1993 Bill Clinton Inaugural Ball “Performing Artist” custom brown leather jacket featuring shoulder straps, a wool knit hem, an olive-green acetate interior lining, two front pockets, two side pockets, and one interior pocket with an embroidered leather patch that reads, “President and Vice President Inauguration 1993 – Performing Artist – The 52nd Presidential Inauguration” (estimate: $1,000 – $2,000).

Michael Jackson’s 1996 Brit Awards worn jacket custom made by his long-time court of designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush. The King of Pop wore this black rip-stop nylon long-sleeve jacket fit for his royal highness with a white reflective plastic collar, epaulets and decorative piping as he accepted the “Artist of a Generation” Award presented by Bob Geldof at the BRIT Awards held in London, England on February 19th, 1996 (estimate: $40,000 – $60,000)

Giving back to the music community that has given the world so much has been part of Julien’s philanthropic efforts through their charity music auctions in their two-decade history. Julien’s Auctions is honored to partner once again with Gibson Gives, the 501(c)(3) non-profit arm of the legendary music brand Gibson, to offer a selection of twenty-two guitars signed by some of the most exciting Music Icons of our time. All proceeds will benefit Gibson Gives and FirstBank Amphitheater music education program whose previous auction initiatives have raised over $47,000 to support the next generation of musicians in Williamson County’s public schools. Highlights include: a Gibson Custom Shop 1959 Les Paul Re-issue Guitar in Dirty Lemon finish with gently-flamed maple top with accurate vintage appearance signed by singer, songwriter, and record producer Lana Del Rey (estimate: $3,000 – $5,000)

JULIEN’S AUCTIONS LIVE & ONLINE AUCTIONMUSIC ICONSThursday, February 27th, 2024Julien’s Studios13007 S. Western Avenue, Gardena, California 90249


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How To Purchase High-Quality Kratom Near Your Area?




Welcome on learning about how to find and buy kratom near you ! If you’re curious about kratom or already familiar with its unique benefits, you’ve come to the right place. Mitragyna is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family, has gained a lot of popularity in recent years for its potential to improve mood, and boost energy levels. However, finding a reliable source of high-quality kratom can be a challenge, especially with the variety of vendors available. This article will guide you through the steps to ensure you purchase the best kratom possible.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned kratom enthusiast, our tips and recommendations will help you make informed decisions and get the most out of your kratom experience. So, let’s dive in and discover how to find the perfect source of high-quality kratom right in your area!

9 Proven Tips To Help You Purchase High-Quality Kratom Near Your Area

Do Some Research

Before you embark on your shopping journey, it’s crucial to conduct thorough research on the products you are considering. Take the time to explore reputable vendors who have established a record of providing high-quality Mitragyna. Additionally, delve into product reviews to gain other users’ insights and experiences.

Moreover, pay attention to the different strains of Mitragyna they offer, as each strain has its unique properties and effects. By immersing yourself in this research, you will understand what to expect and be better equipped to find the perfect Mitragyna product that aligns with your preferences and needs.

Quality Vendors

When it comes to buying high-quality kratom, choosing a reliable vendor is of utmost importance. Look out for vendors that offer lab-tested products and have a proven record of positive customer reviews. This way, you can ensure that you get value for your money and enjoy a seamless experience, free from any unwanted side effects. Investing a little time in finding the right vendor will go a long way in ensuring your satisfaction and peace of mind.

Alkaloid Content

Alkaloids, such as mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, are the active components found in kratom that are responsible for its effects. When exploring different kratom strains, it is crucial to check the alkaloid content. Keep in mind that vendors offering higher alkaloid content will naturally provide more potent options. By understanding the specific alkaloid profiles of different strains, you can make informed choices and find the Mitragyna that best suits your needs.

Forms of Kratom

Mitragyna, a natural herb, is available in various forms to cater to different preferences and requirements. You can find it in powder form, capsules, or extracts. Each form offers its unique benefits. 

If convenience is your priority, capsules are a great option as they are pre-measured and easy to consume. On the other hand, powders provide more versatility as they can be added to drinks or food, allowing you to customize your experience.

Consider your needs and budget when choosing a form of Mitragyna that suits you best. With the right choice, you can enjoy the benefits of this remarkable herb in a way that aligns perfectly with your lifestyle.


When it comes to Mitragyna, prices can vary significantly from one vendor to another. However, it’s crucial to remember that price alone doesn’t always reflect the quality of the product. While opting for vendors offering incredibly low prices is tempting, it’s essential to exercise caution. Such low prices may indicate compromised quality or even a potential scam. Therefore, it is advisable to thoroughly research and evaluate vendors before purchasing to ensure you are getting a good-quality product that meets your needs.

Customer Service

When selecting a vendor, opting for one that offers excellent customer service is crucial. By doing so, you can rest assured that any queries or issues will be handled efficiently and promptly, providing you with peace of mind and a positive experience. Choosing a vendor with a solid commitment to customer satisfaction can significantly enhance your overall purchasing process and contribute to long-term satisfaction with their products or services.


When it comes to Mitragyna, ensuring its freshness and potency is crucial. That’s why choosing vendors prioritizing high-quality packaging materials is important. By using the right packaging, they can effectively preserve not only the herb’s flavor and aroma, but also its beneficial properties. So, when you’re on the lookout for Mitragyna, remember to pay attention to the packaging as it plays a crucial role in maintaining the quality of this remarkable botanical.

Kratom Strains

There are various types of Mitragyna strains, each with its unique properties and effects. These strains can target specific symptoms, moods, and desired outcomes when used correctly. Some of the best Kratom strains include red, green, white, and yellow. Each strain offers distinct benefits and effects, catering to different individual preferences. Exploring and experimenting with different strains is important to find the one that works best for you, ensuring a personalized and tailored experience. So, take your time, test out various strains, and discover the perfect match for your preference.


When choosing a vendor, it is crucial to consider their reputation, as it can provide valuable insights. Opt for a vendor who has built a strong track record of positive customer reviews, extensive experience in the industry, and a commitment to delivering high-quality products. By doing so, you can ensure a more informed decision and a better overall experience with your chosen vendor.

Shopping for kratom can be a daunting task but with these 9 tips, it doesn’t have to be. Remember to do your research when choosing a vendor. Check for the quality, price, customer service, packaging, reputation, and forms of Mitragyna available. When you settle for a vendor that meets all of these criteria, you’ll be well-equipped to buy high-quality Mitragyna near your area, to enjoy the full benefits it offers. So go ahead, try these 9 tips the next time you shop for your favorite Mitragyna strain. We hope it helps you find a vendor that allows you to experience the best of this traditional herb.

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