Books Every Boutique & Lifestyle Person Should Read Part II

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The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

By Arianna Huffington

“In The Sleep Revolution, Arianna shows how our cultural dismissal of sleep as time wasted compromises our health and our decision-making and undermines our work lives, our personal lives -- and even our sex lives. She explores all the latest science on what exactly is going on while we sleep and dream.  She takes on the dangerous sleeping pill industry, and all the ways our addiction to technology disrupts our sleep. She also offers a range of recommendations and tips from leading scientists on how we can get better and more restorative sleep, and harness its incredible power.

In today's fast-paced, always-connected, perpetually-harried and sleep-deprived world, our need for a good night’s sleep is more important – and elusive -- than ever. The Sleep Revolution both sounds the alarm on our worldwide sleep crisis and provides a detailed road map to the great sleep awakening that can help transform our lives, our communities, and our world.” -Synopsis from Amazon Books.

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The Intelligent Investor

By Benjamin Graham

“Benjamin graham inspired people everywhere in the world and is known to be the most famous investment advisor of the 20th century. His book The Intelligent Investor is recognized and believed to be the stock market bible since it was published in 1949 because of Graham's philosophy called value investing which explains to investors how to develop long term strategies and prevent errors. Famous investor, Warren Buffett, has described this book as the best book on investing ever written. The intelligent Investor teaches us how to reach our goals financially and how to avoid the calculated risks involved. This book has become famous as being imperative for everyone in the business of investing. Our market has come a long way and the advancements are a proof of graham's take on finance, his plans and ideas...” – Synopsis from Amazon Books

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The Story of Art

By E.H. Gombrich

“The Story of Art, one of the most famous and popular books on art ever written, has been a world bestseller for over four decades. Attracted by the simplicity and clarity of his writing, readers of all ages and backgrounds have found in Professor Gombrich a true master, and one who combines knowledge and wisdom with a unique gift for communicating his deep love of the subject...” – Synopsis from Amazon Books


The Innovator’s Dilemma

By  Clayton M. Christensen

“Jeff Bezos also had his executives read ‘The Innovator's Dilemma,’ one of the all-time most influential business books and a top pick of several other founders and VCs, whose reviews are below. Steve Blank, a former serial entrepreneur who now teaches at U.C. Berkeley and other schools, says of the book: ‘Why do large companies seem and act like dinosaurs? Christensen finally was able to diagnose why and propose solutions. Entrepreneurs should read these books as 'how to books' to beat large companies in their own markets. ‘Chris Dixon, an investor at Andreessen Horowitz and a former cofounder and CEO of Hunch, notes: ‘ 'The Innovator's Dilemma' popularized the (often misused) phrase 'disruptive technology,' but there's a lot more than that one big idea. Great insights into the 'dynamics' (changes over time) of markets." – Synopsis from Bianca Male, Aimee Groth and Alison Griswold from Business Insider

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The Sun Also Rises

By Ernest Hemingway

“The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.” – Synopsis from Amazon Books

Where to Lift Your Pinky all Around the World

Check at the Stay Boutique Crew’s favorite places for high tea

The Peninsula Hong Kong

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Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula Classic Afternoon Tea
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

“The Peninsula’s rituals are rooted in British custom as The Duchess of Bedford is credited with launching the fashion of afternoon tea in 1830.  By the 1840s, wafer-thin slivers of bread encasing thinly sliced cucumber and platters of light sponge cakes were served in the new tea gardens of Vauxhall and Marylebone and by later Victorian years, tea was a well-established meal with its own distinctive array of foods, including savoury sandwiches, hot teacakes, English muffins or scones.  Tea was a time to share gossip and show off one’s prettiest teapots and china, so hostesses vied with each other to produce the most refined sweetmeats and elegant table settings.The Peninsula extends this tradition by serving tea in cups of eggshell-thin bone china, in the magnificent The Lobby, with its celebrated classical columns and gargoyles.”

Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel

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Afternoon Tea at The English Tea Room
London, United Kingdom

“The English Tea Room at Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel serves the most famous afternoon tea in London. The sophisticated and stylish interior is traditional yet modern thanks to the original wood paneling, fire places and Jacobean detailed plaster ceiling and contemporary style with Paul Smith lighting, fashionable fabrics and original artworks. There is a unique installation of artworks curated by The John Martin Gallery on display…Brown’s Hotel is pleased to offer a traditional Gong Fu Tea Set, as part of their specially curated ‘Seasonal Tea Library’ menu. Brown’s has recognised the growing trends in fine tea appreciation and, together with JING, are taking their afternoon tea service to another level. Chinese in essence but modern in form, JING’s Gong Fu Tea Set equips tea connoisseurs and new comers alike with all they need to enjoy an uplifting tea ceremony. Hand crafted by master glass makers, the set comprises a teapot, pitcher, and elegant twin walled cups. Presented atop a bamboo water tray, this authentic approach to tea preparation is rooted in Asian tradition, stylishly preserving its very essence.”

The Pierre, a Taj Hotel

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Afternoon Tea at Two E Bar
New York City, U.S.A.

The Langham Xintiandi
Hotel de Crillon
Nigiro South Africa

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Sydney, Australia

The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

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Afternoon Tea at Peacock Alley
Dubai, United Arab Emirates