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Hello and welcome back to another edition of Insider Life, where we're bringing you our best stories spanning travel, retail, real estate, and food. This week, we're taking you to Mount Everest, giving you a tour of Los Angeles' most expensive apartment, and showing you how high-end wineries are fighting back against scammers. Enticed? Let's get to it. 

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Suman Karthik on top of a mountain

The pandemic had a special way of solidifying the fact that life is short and our youth is fleeting — and some people used that revelation as a catalyst to finally pursue their lifelong ambitions. As some have dove into their passion projects, other die-hard athletes are quitting their jobs to climb Mount Everest or hike the Appalachian Trail. 

Read how thrill seekers are putting their pandemic epiphanies to use. 

Red wine pouring into a glass.

Experts estimate that about 20% of wine sold worldwide is fake — so high-end wineries are going to great lengths to fend off new-age scammers. The world's most prestigious winemakers are employing arsenals of high-tech security measures — like holographic labels, color-changing ink, and wafer-thin security tags — to arm their wines against frauds. 

See how high-end wineries are fighting back against scammers.

Katie Nave

Katie Nave, a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, was tired of the way she looked on her Zoom calls. As a single parent working from home, picking out professional and stylish outfits to wear on video calls was low on her list of to-dos — so she tried a clothing subscription service that does the heavy lifting for her.

Here's how it transformed her morning routine.

embargoed Ryan Serhant

Ryan Serhant, the 37-year-old real-estate broker who's closed over $5 billion in lifetime sales, just gave us an exclusive glimpse into his new NYC office. Inspired by the elite chain of members-only clubs called SoHo House, the four-story townhouse is designed to feel like a private club that diverges from traditional stuffy real-estate offices.  

Take a look inside the glitzy new Serhant House.

A photo of the most expensive apartment in LA. The photo shows the apartment building on the LA skyline at dusk.

The most expensive apartment in Los Angeles history just hit the market for $125,000 per month. With six bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, the penthouse is equipped with a climate-controlled wine room, a private rooftop pool, and a rock-climbing wall. 

Check out LA's priciest apartment.

Julia Testa, founder

We sat down with Julia Testa, a millennial florist who told us how she uses her eye for trends to nab clients like Revlon, Neiman Marcus, and Microsoft. Chic flower walls and decorated delivery vans have made Testa a hit among major retailers, and have helped her survive even as the industry lagged throughout the pandemic. 

Here's how she made a name for herself in the industry.

A conference room inside a SaksWorks at Brookfield Place in New York City.

Your local Saks Fifth Ave might soon become a WeWork coworking space. Hudson's Bay Company, the brand behind Saks and Lord and Taylor, is partnering with WeWork to create "SaksWorks" with amenities like gyms, cafes, and restaurants. 

More on the $300 a month coworking spaces.

Markarian designer Alexandra O'Neill sits in front of clothes

Alexandra O'Neill, the designer behind Markarian, created Jill Biden's vibrant blue Inauguration Day coat and recently had her New York Fashion Week debut. We spoke with O'Neill, who took us through her daily routine during fashion week, working 7 a.m. to midnight leading up to her show. 

Join her for a day in her life.


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