Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Brings A Winter Wonderland To Biloxi

MGM Resorts International‘s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino celebrates the holiday season in grand fashion from Thanksgiving to New Year’s with a host of entertainment and special events including a spectacular holiday show, free activities for the children and a glittering display that will conjure up days of Christmases past. One of Gulf Coast’s most anticipated holiday displays returns this year with something for all ages. Beau Rivage captivates the imagination with spectacular holiday decor rich in nostalgia and tradition, making it the premier holiday destination. Reminisce as larger-than-life Nutcrackers and classic Christmas ornaments remind you of holiday traditions.  Listen to the joyous sounds of Christmas carols as you stroll through more than 5,000 red and white poinsettias to your ultimate shopping destination.

Let your senses come alive as you take in the scent of fresh evergreens and delight your eyes with sparkling icicles and shimmering snow.  One of Mississippi Gulf Coast’s most anticipated holiday displays returns this year with something for all ages. Beau Rivage’s horticulture team captivates the imagination with spectacular holiday displays rich in nostalgia and tradition, making Beau Rivage the premier holiday destination. Sip warm cocoa as you enjoy the magnificent Christmas trees and gingerbread houses. Reminisce as larger-than-life Nutcrackers and classic Christmas ornaments remind you of holiday traditions.  Listen to the joyous sounds of Christmas carols as you stroll through more than 5,000 red and white poinsettias to your ultimate shopping destination.

MGM Resorts International's Beau Rivage Brings A Winter Wonderland To Biloxi (PRNewsFoto/Beau Rivage Resort & Casino)

MGM Resorts International’s Beau Rivage Brings A Winter Wonderland To Biloxi (PRNewsFoto/Beau Rivage Resort & Casino)

Experience Santa & Friends on Ice, a fun-filled journey into the Christmas holidays. Santa, Mrs. Claus and their helpers transform the Beau Rivage theatre into a glittering frozen winter pond made of real ice. World-class figure skaters, vocalists and performers present an endearing holiday storyline, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. Santa & Friends on Ice comes to Beau Rivage Dec. 2-28. Shows are nightly at 7 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinee performances at 3 p.m. The show is dark on Mondays.

Santa & Friends on Ice tickets start at $12.95 plus taxes and fees. A family four pack for $40 (promo code ICE) and an offer of two tickets for $20 (promo code SANTA), plus taxes and fees, are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. These special offers are based on availability and must be booked through the Beau Rivage Theatre Box Office. General price tickets are also available by calling 1.888.566.7469 or ordering online at www.beaurivage.com.  Santa & Friends on Ice room and show packages (promo code HOLIDAY) start at $79 and include two tickets and accommodations for one night.

Keep the fun holiday times rolling with free photos with Santa Claus, Dec. 13 and Dec. 18-23 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Families can stop in The Buffet where children 12 and under eat free Dec. 13-23. Guests can also receive 25 percent off their meals at Stalla and Coast or receive a free appetizer in Jia with the purchase of an entree.

Put ShelterBox on Your Holiday Gift List Give Help and Hope to Families in Need

ShelterBox, the international disaster relief organization, urges holiday shoppers to think globally this season and give a gift that will provide help and hope to those in crisis. While a mosquito net and a filter to access clean water are not likely on most gift lists, these emergency essentials, along with much-needed supplies packaged in a green box, a ShelterBox, are lifesavers for disaster survivors.

ShelterBox is an international humanitarian relief charity that delivers emergency shelter and supplies to people who lose their homes after a disaster such as a flood, hurricane, volcano, tsunami, cyclone or earthquake. ShelterBox also provides assistance in war-torn countries and other areas faced with conflict.  In addition to providing ShelterBoxes, the organization also responds to specific relief needs depending on the type and scale of a disaster—by providing large quantities of tents or water filters for example — whatever the crisis situation requires.

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We started with a simple concept,” explained Emily Sperling, president of ShelterBox USA. “What would your family need if you lost everything after a disaster or crisis?

We provide families with not only the basic essentials to survive and rebuild during their time of greatest need, but we also give them a new home, as well as hope and dignity,” added Sperling.

The answer is the ShelterBox which is filled with critical supplies, including a durable, custom-designed tent for shelter, thermal blankets, groundsheets, mosquito nets and a water storage and purification system to protect families from disease, solar lamps, a tool kit to repair their home, cooking and eating utensils, gloves and hats for warmth and a children’s activity packet.

Following a massive volcano eruption in Indonesia, a ShelterBox response team arrived to distribute ShelterBoxes and help set up tents for survivors.  Response team member, Alan Monroe, observed  families moving into the tents with their few remaining possessions. “I noticed the prayer mats were laid out, kitchen sets were already in use, and children were playing with their toys,” said Monroe.  “I had one gentleman step out and grab me by the arm and exclaim “merkasi merkasi,” which is Indonesian for ‘thank you.’  It hit me that we don’t just deliver supplies. This isn’t just a box of stuff. It had become their new home instantly.”

Since its founding in 2000, ShelterBox has responded to over 240 disasters in more than 90 countries and provided emergency aid for well over one million people. During the Haiti earthquake in 2010, ShelterBox mobilized quickly to bring nearly 30,000 ShelterBoxes to survivors, aiding one-third of a million people.

ShelterBox is made possible through donations from generous people and organizations.  Reports indicate as many as 3,000 people die every day from malaria around the world.  A $35 donation to ShelterBox can provide mosquito netting to help protect families from this life-threatening disease. A $100 gift can provide families with access to clean water. www.shelterboxusa.org

“The holiday season is a time to count our blessings and make a difference,” said Sperling. “You can make a donation in honor of a friend or loved one and send a personalized card about the gift made  on his or her behalf.”  The gift is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law and ShelterBox USA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

To choose a gift to help a family in need this season, visit www.shelterboxusa.org/globalgifts. Donations can also be made at www.shelterboxusa.org/donate, by calling (941) 907-6036, or by texting “SHELTER” to 20222 to make a one-time $10 gift.

 

 

Illy Coffee Partners with Artist Robert Wilson to Launch a Special Edition Cup Collection

illy (with headquarters in Trieste, produces and markets a unique blend of espresso coffee and is the leading brand in the high-end segment of the coffee market) officially launch their collaboration with Robert Wilson, who has shaped the latest illy Art Collection with numbered and signed coffee cups. Inspiration for the collection comes from the Watermill Center, a laboratory for the arts and humanistic sciences founded by Robert Wilson in 1992.

The Watermill Center fosters research in the arts of the stage, providing young and emerging artists with a unique environment for creation and exploration in theater and all its related art forms, breaking with traditional forms of representation and developing democratic and cross-cultural approaches. Christopher Knowles, Hope Esser, Willie Filkowski, Clo’e Floirat and Gintare Minelgaite are the artists who have collaborated with Robert Wilson to produce the new illy Art Collection. They were selected from among all those who participated in the Watermill Center’s annual International Summer Program, a laboratory for nearly 100 artists with at least 30 different nationalities. The loft where Robert Wilson lived – formerly the Open Theater – soon became a meeting point for artists, craftsmen, housewives, retirees, businessmen, intellectuals and an assortment of impoverished youth before transmuting into a factory-laboratory, the first nucleus of the Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds that he founded.

Illy Coffee Partners with Artist Robert Wilson to Launch a Special Edition Cup Collection (PRNewsFoto/illy)

Illy Coffee Partners with Artist Robert Wilson to Launch a Special Edition Cup Collection (PRNewsFoto/illy)

Illy Coffee Partners with Artist Robert Wilson to Launch a Special Edition Cup Collection (PRNewsFoto/illy)

Illy Coffee Partners with Artist Robert Wilson to Launch a Special Edition Cup Collection (PRNewsFoto/illy)

Illy Coffee Partners with Artist Robert Wilson to Launch a Special Edition Cup Collection (PRNewsFoto/illy)

Illy Coffee Partners with Artist Robert Wilson to Launch a Special Edition Cup Collection (PRNewsFoto/illy)

The illy Art Collection, a series of coffee cups by artists that the Trieste-based company has produced since 1992, is the clearest expression of the illy caffe connection to contemporary art. Some of the most prominent contemporary masters on the international art scene, along with emerging young talents, have transformed the everyday coffee cup – in this case the white porcelain lily cup introduced by the architect and designer Matteo Thun – into a cult object. From Michelangelo Pistoletto to Marina Abramovic, Anish Kapoor to Daniel Buren, Robert Rauschenberg to Jeff Koons, Jan Fabre to James Rosenquist, Jannis Kounellis to Julian Schnabel, Louise Bourgeois to William Kentridge, more than 70 contemporary artists so far have contributed designs for the collection and formed close collaborative relationships with illy that develop along with their own artistic and cultural projects. Once they sell out, the items are not reproduced. (The illy Art Collection, signed, limited and numbered, is on sale all over the world, in cafes, stores that distribute illy products and at www.illy.com.)

More than 6 million cups of illy espresso coffee are enjoyed every day. Sold in more than 140 countries around the world, illy is available in more than 100,000 of the world’s best restaurants and cafes. espressamente illy, the Italian-style coffee franchising chain, is present with 230 outlets in more than 30 countries to date. To grow and spread the culture of coffee, the company has established Coffee University, a center of excellence that offers full training in all aspects of coffee theory and practice to growers, baristas and coffee lovers. illycaffe buys green coffee directly from growers of the best Arabica through partnerships based on sustainable development. Working with the best growers in the world – in Brazil, Central America, India, Africa and China – the Trieste-based company develops long-term relationships that transfer know-how and technology to growers while paying above the market rate for their production.

Mandarin Oriental, New York Celebrates the Holiday Season with an Array of Festive Packages

Mandarin Oriental, New York invites guests to make it a cheerful holiday season at one of Manhattan’s favorite celebration destinations. Guests of all ages will enjoy the Five-Star property’s festive assortment of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve offerings. A stunning fusion of modern design with stylish Oriental flair, Mandarin Oriental, New York features 244 elegant guestrooms and suites — all with breathtaking views of Manhattan and Five-Star hospitality. Luxurious amenities include Asiate, the hotel’s elegant restaurant; MObar created by noted interior designer, Tony Chi; the Lobby Lounge with dramatic views of Central Park; a 14,500-square-foot, Five-Star Mandarin Oriental Spa; and a state-of-the-art fitness center with a 75-foot lap pool.  In addition, there is premium meeting and event space, including a 6,000-square-foot pillar-less ballroom with three walls of windows overlooking Central Park. Located in Columbus Circle’s Time Warner Center, Mandarin Oriental, New York is in an idyllic location just steps away from world-class dining, shopping and entertainment, including the Broadway Theater District, Lincoln Center, Central Park, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Time Warner Center’s collection of upscale retail shops and restaurants.

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I Love a Parade Package

Experience a bird’s eye view of the famous Thanksgiving Day Parade from Mandarin Oriental, New York’s ballroom with the I Love a Parade package. Rates begin at USD 1,125 per night and include exclusive access to the Mandarin Ballroom’s Thanksgiving Party to watch the parade, a two-night stay and a festive welcome amenity. The I Love a Parade package is valid from November 25 to 28, 2014 and is based on availability plus taxes and gratuities.

Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows Package 

Enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes access to experience a favorite New York City holiday tradition with Mandarin Oriental, New York’s Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows package. Guests will enjoy a personal tour of the iconic Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows along Fifth Avenue with one of the store’s visionary designers and learn about the inspiration behind this year’s theme. Following the tour, guests are invited for a personal shopping experience at Bergdorf Goodman’s “Trim the Tree” holiday installation on the Seventh Floor and an intimate dinner for two guests at BG Restaurant. A perfect way to round out the festivities, guests will enjoy two nights at Mandarin Oriental, New York in a Premier Central Park View Suite and the special Nutcracker Tea in the Lobby Lounge. The Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows package is valid from November 17 to December 24, 2014 with rates beginning at USD 4,800 for a two-night stay. Additional nights may be booked at Best Available Rates. The package is based on double occupancy, limited in availability and subject to applicable taxes and gratuities.

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Capture the Spirit of the Season Package 

Families are invited to create a lasting snapshot of their holiday visit to New York City with Mandarin Oriental, New York’s Capture the Spirit of the Season package. Experience a private two-hour tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art photography exhibitions led by guides from Art Smart, designers of engaging, personalized museum tours. Following a lesson on perspective from the Art Smart guide, families will then tour the city’s holiday sights in the comfort of a luxury SUV. The Capture the Spirit of the Season package is available from December 1 to December 31, 2014 with rates beginning at USD 3,100 for a two-night stay for two adults and two children under 12. Additional nights may be booked at Best Available Rates. The package is subject to availability and applicable taxes and gratuities.

New Year’s Eve Gala Package 

Mandarin Oriental, New York’s New Year’s Eve Celebration package is the ultimate grand finale to 2014. The evening begins upon arrival to a luxurious guestroom or suite featuring breathtaking views of Manhattan. New Year’s festivities commence on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 with the annual New Year’s Eve Gala in the Mandarin Ballroom on the hotel’s 36th floor. The elegant black-tie evening features an open bar cocktail hour, a multi-course dinner with gourmet delicacies and live musical performances that will have guests dancing their way into the New Year. Rates for the New Year’s Eve Celebration package begin at USD 6,200 and include accommodations for two nights in a guestroom or suite for check-in on December 30 or 31, 2014, two tickets to the New Year’s Eve Gala and daily American breakfast for two guests. Additional nights may be booked at Best Available Rates. The package is based on double occupancy and is subject to applicable taxes and gratuities. For information on purchasing individual tickets to the New Year’s Eve Gala, please call +1 (212) 805 8915.

Gift Cards

Delight loved ones with the gift of legendary experiences this holiday season with a Mandarin Oriental Gift Card. Gift Cards may be purchased at Mandarin Oriental, New York or by visiting http://www.mandarinoriental.com/gift-cards.

For reservations, please call +1 (212) 805 8800 or visit www.mandarinoriental.com.

Mandarin Oriental Celebrates the Holidays with Enticing Offers from Across the U.S.

In celebration of the holidays, Mandarin Oriental invites travelers to enjoy a range of festive delights from the Group’s hotels in the U.S. From coast to coast, guests can select from exclusive packages and inspired offerings designed for those looking to experience the spirit of the season.

In New York, experience a classic holiday tradition with the Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows package from Mandarin Oriental, New York. Guests will embark on a private tour of the iconic Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows, a personal shopping experience and indulge in a dinner for two at BG Restaurant. A perfect way to round out the festivities, guests will also enjoy two nights in a Premier Central Park View Suite.

Head south to delight in the wonderful world of dancing dolls, mischievous mice and sparkling snowflakes with Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, while basking in luxurious accommodations at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Receive a special behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Fox Theatre including a ‘meet and greet’ with The Nutcracker ballerinas.

Festive family activities abound in San Francisco and Boston this season. From the renowned Ferry Building to historic Ghirardelli Square, many of top attractions in the City by the Bay are within walking distance from Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco. With this perfect starting point, families can enjoy the hotel’s Festive Family Fun package and go on an entertainment-filled holiday adventure which features ice skating at the Embarcadero Center’s Holiday Ice Rink and passes to experience the city’s classic cable cars.

A holiday trip to Boston is not complete without a skate at the famed Frog Pond in the Boston Common. Mandarin Oriental, Boston welcomes families to experience the Hoppin’ Holidays package which includes luxurious overnight accommodations and special kid-friendly amenities such as a mini bathrobe, slippers and an Xbox game console. The package also features Frog Pond admission and ice skate rentals, and a frog-themed packed snack for the family to enjoy.

For those looking to relax and indulge this holiday season, pay a visit to the nation’s capital and experience the new Peppermint Scrub & Massage at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC. Guests at The Spa will ensure their holiday glow is extra bright this year with this full-body exfoliation and are sure to leave feeling completely recharged.

One of the best ways to celebrate the season is with food. Mandarin Oriental, Miami invites guests to enjoy lavish holiday menus perfectly paired with sweeping bay and city views. Savor the authentic flavors of Peruvian cuisine at La Mar by Gastón Acurio and the very best of French-Asian fusion at Azul. Chic new MO Bar + Lounge will set the stage for a high-energy New Year’s Eve party with sumptuous offerings including the VIP package, providing plush table seating, an opulent seafood platter and Piper-Heidsieck champagne.

Ring in the New Year at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. The Forbes Triple Five Star resort is delighted to welcome back three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire to his only restaurant in the US, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire. Enjoy an exclusive dinner and celebrate 2015 at the New Year’s Eve Gala with prime seating to view The Strip’s fireworks show.

Neiman Marcus Partners with Slyce to Introduce Single-tap Visual Search Technology Revolutionizing Luxury Shopping with ‘Snap. Find. Shop.’

Luxury fashion retailer Neiman Marcus (NMG) has announced the launch of a new 3-D visual fashion search and purchase feature named Snap. Find. Shop. This highly anticipated arrival of next-generation real-world shopping experiences is now available on the Neiman Marcus app, powered by leading mobile visual search firm Slyce available for download from the iTunes app store for use on iPhones.

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The state of the art visual search technology allows NM app users to simply snap an image of fashion items and instantly be provided with all close matching products currently available from http://www.neimanmarcus.com. First to market in the luxury sector, Neiman Marcus offers users visual search from both real-life items and printed images – with no need for cropping, category definition, or search refinement. From “snap” to “shop” these items are then purchasable at the exact moment of capture. Known for their vast selection of luxury accessories, Neiman Marcus introduces Snap. Find. Shop. with shoes and handbags. Additional fashion categories will be considered in the future.

Today, most online shopping begins with search – either through key words or navigating filters, and as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.” Says Wanda Gierhart, CMO, Neiman Marcus Group, “Visual search removes hurdles, taking you directly from inspiration to gratification. In essence, Snap. Find. Shop. is a revolutionary way to service our customers at any time and any place.”

Mark Elfenbein, President & CEO at Slyce said, “Slyce has often been described in the media as the ‘Shazam for Stuff’ and this integration with Neiman Marcus offers users that highly-intuitive, one-click, snap-to-result experience for luxury fashion. With this partnership, the Slyce platform is able to flex its muscles and deliver on the promise of visual search – in the curated fashion landscape.”

The Slyce Corporation is a visual search technology company based in Toronto, Ontario and is engaged in the business of providing advanced visual search software that allows consumers to purchase products at the moment they discover them – in the real-world and online. Slyce has developed an advanced visual search platform that integrates with retail brands and digital content providers to give their customers the ability to instantly discover and purchase products that inspire them by simply snapping photographs with their smartphones or ‘clicking’ images on either their smartphones (mobiles) or desktop web browsers. Slyce’s strategy is to position itself as a pivotal player in the emerging visual web. Slyce will provide its technology to retailers, brands, app developers and digital publishers, enabling their apps to recognize products for instant purchase. Slyce will provide its technology in exchange for integration, licensing and per search fees, percentage sales splits and big data provision and analysis. Slyce is currently working with a growing list of fortune 1000 brands and companies as well as multiple innovative developers.

Lord & Taylor Unveiled Its 2014 Annual Holiday Windows With a Performance and In-Store Appearance by Nick Jonas

Lord & Taylor unveiled its annual world-famous holiday windows, marking the occasion with a Fifth Avenue performance and in-store appearance by singer, songwriter and actor Nick Jonas at the retailer’s flagship store.

Lord & Taylor‘s 2014 holiday windows allow guests on Fifth Avenue to embark on a state-of-the-art journey through the imagination, exploring the whimsical interiors of an enchanted mansion on the eve of the holidays. Rooms including “The Heritage Gallery” and the “Hall of Wisdom” are filled with surprises to delight and entertain, honoring the building’s 100-year history in decidedly modern fashion. The adventure begins on the grounds of this beautiful house nestled deep in the forest, on a starry night with freshly fallen snow all around. The sky is illuminated with twinkling stars sparkling in the cold, crisp air. As we gaze in through the keyhole, magic starts to happen: paintings come to life; the cozy house begins to stir. Each window setting invites us further and further into this enchanted space, each room stocked with a treasure chest’s worth of wonders. The display will tantalize guests’ curiosity and invite viewers of all ages to cherish the thrill of imagination and discovery.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13:  Holiday window at the Lord & Taylor annual holiday windows unveiling on November 13, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 13: Holiday window at the Lord & Taylor annual holiday windows unveiling on November 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13:  Holiday window at the Lord & Taylor annual holiday windows unveiling on November 13, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 13: Holiday window at the Lord & Taylor annual holiday windows unveiling on November 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13:  Holiday window at the Lord & Taylor annual holiday windows unveiling on November 13, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 13: Holiday window at the Lord & Taylor annual holiday windows unveiling on November 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)

This year, Lord & Taylor introduced video wall technology into its elaborate window settings for the very first time. These cleverly integrated screens, juxtaposed with the intricate set designs and beautifully handmade costumes, gave traditional elegance a contemporary twist.

Throughout the day on Thursday, November 13th, the Fifth Avenue store hosted a “Charity Day” to benefit NY Cares. Customers who made a $5 dollar donation to the charity received exclusive savings on almost everything, including cosmetics and fragrances. All ticket proceeds benefited NY Cares.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of our iconic Fifth Avenue building, a New York City landmark,” said Liz Rodbell, President of Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay. “We’re thrilled to share this momentous day with our customers and to celebrate by unveiling the holiday windows, our gift to the city.”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13:  Nick Jonas performs at the Lord & Taylor annual holiday windows unveiling on November 13, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 13: Nick Jonas performs at the Lord & Taylor annual holiday windows unveiling on November 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)

Nick Jonas joined the retailer in unveiling the windows and performed two traditional holiday songs as well as two songs from his recently released self-titled solo debut, including his chart-topping single and radio hit, “Jealous.” Following his performance, Nick Jonas made an in-store appearance, where he took photos with customers and handed out signed copies of his recently released self-titled album.