October, 2012

standard Robin Leach is Not Dead Yet

Those readers of a certain age should remember the mid-1980s through the early 1990s television show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, hosted by a celebrity reporter turned media personality, Robin Leach. From the files of – “Are you sure he’s not dead?” – we have it on good authority that the man best known for celebrating wretched capitalistic excess with bombastic fervor recently turned up alive and well in, of course, Las Vegas.
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At 71 years of age, Leach decided to host a 30th reunion celebration of the original show. These days he spends his time in Sin City running an entertainment news website and doing charity work for Keep Memory Alive, an organization that researches neurocognitive disorders.
At this point, we’d like to make a short …

standard Gold – Not As Swanky As You Think

What’s been swankier than gold down through the centuries? Not much, if you listen to conventional wisdom. As tooth, neck, and limb bling, maybe it’s still okay, but not so much when it comes to investments. Here’s why.
The price of gold today is $1,712.82 USD. When considering how this precious metal has surged in value over the past decade (it was below $500 in 2001), it’s no wonder millions of Wall Street investors have begun to put a bit of gold in their portfolio, while millions of others remain sitting on the fence, contemplating doing the same. Swank Life founder, Jake Swank, would like to remind everyone that while gold is certainly a better bet than Wall Street stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, there are a few basic …

standard Swanktastic Halloween

Depending upon your personal preference, Halloween may or may not be the swankiest time of year, but it’s is going to happen and there’s not much you can do about it. Psychologically, it’s easier to roll with the flow than fight the inevitable. Appreciate the childish pranks without reaching for the potato (or real) gun. Deal with the aftermath in a mature, adult fashion. The following tips should help you triage the damage to your vehicles, lawn, and house.
Above all, remember, this is supposed to be fun!
The Wonderful, Yucky Egg
Both the egg yolk and white can corrode painted surfaces faster than you might imagine, so make these your first priority. Most likely, your car will be the one bearing the brunt of this damage. Get out the water …

standard Where to Party this All Hallow’s Eve

If cost is no object, and it never should be to swanky men and women who have been playing their financial cards right, there are a double-handful of perfecto Halloween bashes from coast to coast for you to participate in this coming Halloween. Chances are, you won’t have time to fit in more than one two or three of these world class soirée’s in one evening, even if you keep the private jet fueled up and idling on the runway, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying.
Here’s a sampling of great Halloween parties from coast to coast.
Fetish & Fantasy Ball (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Labeled as “One of the Top Ten Events in The World” by the Travel Channel, you wouldn’t expect anything less from a town that knows a …

standard Swank Life Girls vs. the Mayan Calendar

With the release of our 2013 Swank Life Calendar drawing closer by the day, it suddenly dawned on us that another calendar, this one put together by a retro civilization you might have heard of, the Mayans, has gone on record as suggesting that the world is going to end in a little over two months. Or have they? Prior to now, we hoped that this bold prediction would turn out to be a monumental error to be laughed over the morning of December 22.
In fact, according to a recent discovery in the jungles of Guatemala, the Mayan scribes and astronomers never actually claimed there would be a global apocalypse at the end of the current ancient calendar. The 1,200 year-old “workshop” that was discovered and discussed in …

standard Atlas Finishes Shrugging

As we put fingers to keyboard, the cinematic release of the conclusion to Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand, is less than 10 hours away. To most people, this probably qualifies as a non-event. The first film cost only $20 million to make, was shown in fewer than 300 theaters domestically, and earned back a paltry figure of less than $5 million, an anemic performance by any measuring stick.
With the sequel set to show in over a thousand theaters, there’s a chance it will make at least somewhat of a bigger splash than part one, but we shall see. The problem the film ran into the first time around was that – adapted from Ayn Rand’s magnum opus and applauding the themes of individual responsibility and capitalism – leftist …

standard Swanky is a Debate Smile

<a rel="attachment wp-att-1232" href="http://swanklife.com/?attachment_id=1232"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-1232" src="http://swanklife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/6929565499_c877b5d521_m.jpg" alt="" width="240" height="160" /></a>We saw plenty of debate smiles last week when President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney squared off for the first of three presidential debates. While most pundits and citizens gave the performance nod to Romney, we were more taken with how unswank the whole process has become. Ever since the inaugural televised presidential showdown between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960, we’ve been subjected to a continuous erosion of quality which consists mostly of the candidates taking turns sticking their thumbs in their ears, waggling fingers, and blowing a big ol’ Bronx cheer in the opponent’s direction.