Best of Everything 2012

In a special editorial series, CultureMap looks at the finer things in life – at any price. CultureMap writers and contributors select the things they would love to own or visit if money were no object and explain why they made those choices. And they pick the best values on a host of items, from salads to costume jewelry, because everyone loves a bargain, particularly now.

Falcon 900 EX, jet, private plane

Private air travel just doesn't get any better than the Falcon 900EX

By Shelby Hodge - June 25th, 2012

If money were no object and the quest was for the best private jet in the skies, aircraft broker Janine Iannarelli would cash out on a Falcon 900EX, a sleek French bird that can soar 4,500 nautical miles without a refill ...

Cartier, Best Of, pearls, June 2012, Trinity pearls necklace, Yellow gold, pink gold, white gold, freshwater pearls, diamonds

Pearls of wisdom: Cartier Trinity collection offers a fresh take on a time-honored classic

By Clifford Pugh - July 4th, 2012

In her classic guide, A Southern Belle Primer, Dallas author Maryln Schwartz wrote: “My dear, this is something you must always remember. Your bosom can be fake. Your smile can be fake and your hair color can be fake. But your pearls ...