2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Pop-In@Nordstrom Holidays Featuring MoMA Design Store, A Thoughtful And Innovative Gift Shop

Pop-In@Nordstrom is celebrating the holidays with a design-centric gift shop in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art‘s MoMA Design Store, known for its curator-approved gifts that bring quality, creativity, and design innovation to everyday living. The shop opens November 17 in select Nordstrom stores and online.

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Launched in October 2013, Pop-In@Nordstrom is an ongoing series of themed pop-up shops that transitions every four to six weeks to offer a new shopping experience and batch of new, often exclusive merchandise. Pop-In takes two forms: a shop curated around a theme featuring brands across different product categories (fashion, beauty, lifestyle, home/garden, sports/outdoors, etc.), or a partnership with a single brand to bring “the world of” to customers. Pop-In@Nordstrom was built on a monthly rotation to keep customers coming back to discover new brands, new merchandise and create a fun and compelling experience in stores and online. Each shop features a mix of hand-picked merchandise spanning the high/low price range, with price points often starting at $5.

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Pop-In@Nordstrom Holidays Featuring MoMA Design Store

Pop-In@Nordstrom was the first initiative from the Nordstrom Creative Projects team, under the direction of Olivia Kim (vice president of Creative Projects). In her role, Kim focuses on creating energy, excitement, a sense of discovery and a bit of disruption through engaging and unique shopping experiences at Nordstrom, both in-stores and online. Kim’s Creative Projects initiatives have established Nordstrom as a platform to test retail concepts, bring limited distribution collections to customers, and introduce them to the best up-and-coming brands and new talent.

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Each item selected by Pop-In@Nordstrom’s MoMA Design Store is product-tested using real-life scenarios, and reviewed by MoMA curators. Prices range from $10 for coasters disguised as toast to $6,000 for a giant clock made up of 24 smaller, round clocks choreographed together to form one digital display. Continue reading

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The Art for Justice Fund Announces $22 Million in Grants to Address Mass Incarceration

30 Criminal Justice Reform and Arts Initiatives Chosen for First Round of Grants in $100M+ Fund

The Art for Justice Fund, launched earlier this year with a $100 million donation from philanthropist Agnes Gund, today announced the first round of grant recipients in the areas of criminal justice reform and the arts. With awards ranging from $100,000 to $7.5 million, a total of $22 million was awarded to 30 innovative programs that seek to safely reduce prison populations, strengthen education and employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated people, and humanize people affected by the criminal justice system. The full list of grants is below.Art for Justice Fund Logo

The Art for Justice Fund is a five-year initiative created to support innovative advocacy and program interventions aimed at safely reducing prison populations in key states, strengthening education and employment opportunities post-prison, and supporting artistic initiatives that bear witness to and humanize the experiences of those impacted by the system. (For more information, see www.artforjusticefund.org.)

The Art for Justice Fund, created by Ms. Gund in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is a five-year initiative that uniquely connects the ingenuity of criminal justice advocates and the creativity of artists to address the crisis of mass incarceration in America.

My hope is that the work supported by the Art for Justice Fund will help create a groundswell that drives reforms well beyond these specific programs,” said Ms, Gund. “The problem of mass incarceration touches every community across the country, and we need to work together to find creative solutions to build a better, safer future for all our children.

The Ford Foundation is providing expertise on program design and covering the operating costs of the Art for Justice Fund so that 100 percent of donated dollars go directly to programming and grants. The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 80 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is providing programmatic support and fiscal sponsorship for the Art for Justice Fund. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is a nonprofit with a successful record of managing and advising on complex, multi-million dollar philanthropic projects. With offices in New York, Chicago, London, Los Angeles and San Francisco, RPA partners with individuals, families, and institutions to help make philanthropy more thoughtful and effective.

Key Objectives of the Art for Justice Fund

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with more than 2.2 million people in prisons and detention centers. Low-income people of color are most likely to be arrested and sentenced to prison, and women are the fastest rising sector of the prison population. Mass incarceration deepens poverty by removing wage-earning mothers and fathers from distressed neighborhoods and leads to devastating outcomes for the children left behind.

To reverse this harmful trend, the Art for Justice Fund seeks to achieve five key objectives:

  • Reform prosecutorial and bail practices that result in unnecessary jail detention, particularly for low-income people;
  • Reform or repeal excessive prison sentences, and reinvest prison savings into crime prevention and community-based rehabilitation;
  • Improve pathways to education and employment for people coming home from prison;
  • Enable artists and writers to bear witness to the injustices of mass incarceration, and humanize those caught in the system; and,
  • Use the arts to divert young people from prison, and to help people who are incarcerated build creative skills and share their experiences.

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L’Oréal Paris Announces its First-Ever Hair Colors of the Year

The #1 Global Beauty Brand Deems Rose Blonde and Smokey Grays the Must-Have Shades for 2018

L’Oréal Paris, the leading beauty brand and company that invented hair color, today revealed its inaugural Hair Colors of the Year Rose Blonde and Smokey Grays. The shades were selected by the brand’s color designers after months of analyzing hair color trends, studying search data and traveling the world, drawing inspiration from the fashion, design, art, music and automobile industries. As part of the Hair Colors of the Year announcement, L’Oréal Paris is unveiling two new product collections – Superior Preference Rose Blonde and Feria Glam Grunge allowing people to easily achieve these on-trend shades at-home.L'Oreal Paris

As the #1 selling hair color brand*, we are committed to bringing innovation, inspiration, and newness to the Hair Color category. This year, I visited numerous countries studying people from many different cultures, visiting exhibits and art fairs, going backstage at fashion shows and meeting with the top master colorists all around the globe,” says Orrea Light, Vice President of L’Oréal Global Marketing Beauty Innovation and Acceleration. “Through this process, rose gold and 90’s-inspired grunge consistently emerged as the top trends. We challenged our color labs with creating hair color shades that would allow people a premium, yet accessible, and fashion-forward way of expressing these trends and are thrilled to now introduce them.”

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L’Oréal Paris Announces its First-Ever Hair Colors of the Year

With one collection offering a more sophisticated and glamorous look and the other an edgier, 90’s-inspired look, people can pick the one that best reflects their style. The new L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Rose Blonde collection was specially designed with warm, rose gold tones for a luminous and multi-dimensional, rosy look. The collection is available in Dark Rose Blonde and Medium Rose Blonde. The Feria Glam Grunge collection blends the smokey undertones of grunge with L’Oréal Paris sophistication. The four, jewel-toned shades – Dusty Mauve, Downtown Denim, Vintage Teal and Purple Smoke – were inspired by cutting-edge fashion trends and hair color artistry.

Both rose gold and grunge-inspired hair color shades have taken over as digital sensations, editorial obsessions and are now trending in professional,” says Daniel Moon, L’Oréal Paris Hair Color Consulting Colorist and owner of the LA-based HAIR salon. “What I love about the new Superior Preference Rose Blonde and Feria Glam Grunge collections are that people are now empowered to recreate the trends themselves at-home.”

The integrated L’Oréal Paris 2018 Hair Colors of the Year program will be brought to life via advertising, tutorials and educational content on Beauty Magazine. People are encouraged to show off how their own Rose Blonde and Smokey Gray looks tagging @lorealhair and using #HairColorsoftheYear to help inspire others.

*Based on Nielsen data for units of L’Oréal Paris brand hair color sold during 52 weeks ending 10/21/17.

Avon Announces “Ultimate Gift Guide” and Top Deals for Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Look to Your Avon Representatives for this season’s best gifts, and have a Joyful, Beautiful, Magical Holiday

The holidays are around the corner and Avon is a one-stop shop for all your gifting needs. No matter who is on your list this year, there is something for everyone – from signature fragrances to merrymaking beauty gift sets, to cozy sleepwear and glamorous gold-accented glasses.p700

Before you start clicking, check out the ultimate Avon Holiday Gift Guide to make shopping easier than ever:

$10 and Under:

Under $25:

  • Winter Soft Plush Memory Foam Slipper Bootie $24.99) – The softest slipper ever with a beautiful pom-pom detail
  • Imari and Faraway Travel Size Collections ($15 each) – Each box contains a three-piece set of the franchise scents in rollerball form—perfect for holiday travel
  • Joyful Makeup Collection ($20) – A selection of Avon’s most popular makeup products in the brand’s most popular shades

The Makeup Maven:

Make The Holidays Cozy & Bright:

The Hostess with the Mostest:

Gifts That Give Back: Purchase any Breast Cancer Crusade product in Avon’s Shop for the Greater Goods and Avon will donate 20% of net profits—up to $1 million in 2017—to the Avon Foundation for Women supporting Avon Breast Cancer Crusade programs across the US. Featured products include the Pink Peony Candle ($12), Pink Hope Iconic Lipstick Set($10) and the Pink Hope Jeweled Collared Necklace ($45).

In addition, this season, Avon help make your holiday a whole lot merrier, so don’t miss the opportunity to save with exclusive Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the 12 Days of Deals:

Black Friday: From November 18 – 25, enjoy more rewards with the more you purchase:

  • Spend $20, get free shipping
  • Spend $45, get free shipping and save 20%
  • Spend $65, get free shipping, save 20% AND get a free three-piece gift

Cyber Monday: From November 26 – 29, purchase and enjoy even more rewards—including a free A-Box, Avon’s curated beauty box:

  • Spend $20, get free shipping
  • Spend $45, get free shipping and save 20%
  • Spend $65, get free shipping, save 20% AND get a free A-Box

12 Days of Deals: If you’re shopping from December 1 – 12, be prepared for a free beauty gift with purchase when you spend $45

So, skip the long lines and purchase items from a trusted friend – your Avon Representative – and have presents delivered straight to your door.

Deck The Palms! Four Seasons Resort Orlando At Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates The Festive Season

This holiday season, trade in ski slopes and snow boots for palm trees and infinity pools at the lakeside Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Central Florida’s only AAA Five Diamond Award rated property. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year and enjoy elegant holiday décor throughout Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Dive-In holiday movies at the family pool, decadent holiday dinners, and much more.ORL_663_aspect16x9

Deck The Palms

From the royal palm-lined pathway lined with twinkling lights to the holiday-inspired floral arrangements and decadent gingerbread display in the lobby, Four Seasons glows with festive spirit that is sure to delight anyone who walks through the door. The lobby will be ornamented with elegant colours of plum and gold, complete with a grand 12-foot-tall (3.7 metre) Christmas tree, wreaths and columns wrapped with garland, and more. Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber’s gingerbread creation will be a fun conversation starter, and Resort guests will enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cider daily. The holiday décor will be in place from December 1, 2017 through January 3, 2018. Plus, a separate gingerbread creation by Chef Saber will be on display at the Festival of Trees event at The Orlando Museum of Art from November 11 to 19, 2017.The Four Seasons Orlando

Suite Celebration

Multi-generational travel is becoming more and more popular, and Four Seasons Resort Orlando is perfectly situated to welcome families of all ages. With a variety of connecting rooms and suite options, families are able to celebrate in style and enjoy the space and comfort associated with suites and connecting rooms. Each of the Resort’s guest rooms includes a spacious furnished terrace, and Park View rooms offer views of the nightly fireworks. A stay in the Resort’s top suites, including the Royal, Presidential and Grand suites, makes celebrating the holidays even more special.ORL_541_aspect16x9

  • Royal Suite: The 3,300 square-foot (300 square metre) suite includes a vaulted great room, a master bedroom, a media room, a private office and a pantry kitchen, perfect for entertaining. Connecting up to as many as nine bedrooms, and with a wrap-around terrace featuring views of the nightly Magic Kingdom Park fireworks, it is the perfect suite for families to celebrate the festive season in the grandest way possible.
  • Presidential Suite: Designed to evoke a Mediterranean villa, the spacious 2,750 square-foot (255 square metre) Presidential Suite includes a great room, master bedroom, master bathroom, private office and pantry kitchen.  Two additional coordinating bedroom units and one guest room suite enable the Presidential Suite to expand to a four bedroom residence, ideal for family and friends to celebrate the holiday season.
  • Grand Suite: A Grand Suite is a beautiful suite to celebrate the holidays, with a spacious living room and sectional sofa and wet bar area perfect for entertaining, plus a dining area to seat eight. Available to connect up to two or more bedrooms, the Grand Suite also features a large terrace and views of the nightly fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park.

For guests of the Royal and Presidential suites, eight hours of butler service per day is included on the day of arrival and the day of departure. Additional hours, including round-the-clock service, are available for an added fee. Guests can take advantage of the butler’s assistance to gift wrap presents, dazzle the suite with holiday decor, create a memorable in-suite holiday dinner party, arrange for a holiday movie with cookies and cocoa, and much more.The Four Seasons Orlando

Holiday Treats

From peppermint s’mores at PB&G to holiday gelato flavours of chocolate cinnamon, gingerbread, and crushed candy cane at Lickety Split, the holidays are the perfect time to indulge. Lickety Split will also offer an array of holiday treats, such as pistachio and cranberry bark, pecan toffee, mini mint chocolate cookies and more to satisfy a sweet tooth. The whole family will enjoy complimentary cookie decorating with Chef Saber, offered to Resort guests on select dates.

 

Toast To 2018 At The Peninsula New York’s Rooftop New Year’s Eve Gala At Salon De Ning

Grab a glass of champagne and toast to 2018 high above the city lights of Fifth Avenue at The Peninsula New York’s first Rooftop New Year’s Eve Gala, taking place at Salon de Ning rooftop bar and terrace. This glamorous event will see the property’s Salon de Ning transformed into a chic sky-lit penthouse complete with live music, delicious eats, entertainment and dancing, as both the East and West Terraces are enclosed and heated under translucent marquees.1510073027-925c0c2051589fd218c3816db3509a6f

A Manhattan favorite, Salon de Ning is inspired by the fictitious tale of Madame Ning, a celebrated Shanghai socialite, avid world traveler and international hostess who presided over “salons” in her stylish and eclectic residences around the world, making her friends and guests feel at home in a warm and welcoming environment. Boasting the most spectacular views of the glittering New York skyline and its streets below, Salon de Ning makes for the ideal rooftop venue to ring in 2018 beneath the city lights.

Following a red-carpet arrival through a private entrance leading directly to Salon de Ning, guests will be greeted with Champagne and be given an exclusive key with a hashtag for entry, as they then pass through an iridescent photo tunnel which will send a text directly to a guest’s phone with the image. From there, guests will enter an express elevator up to Salon de Ning.

Upon entry and resembling a luxe speakeasy, the West Terrace will welcome guests with crisp couches, vast velvet curtains, dancing and live music from the imaginative French duo Jul & Co, performing their signature mix of multi-instrumental DJ skills to set a unique and eclectic vibe. An exclusive VIP section for 20 people is available for purchase for $20,000, which includes five bottles of Cristal champagne, a lavish caviar setup, a rare bottle of the Balvenie 30-Year-Old Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky and all-night bottle service to ring in not just New Year’s Eve, but mark the start of the hotel’s 30th Anniversary year, taking place in 2018.

On the East Terrace, two full-service bars and a range of dining stations and passed plates will excite guests, along with a performance by The Chip Shop Boys, regarded as the UK’s best rock and pop cover band to dance the night away. Behind them, a video wall with a live feed of New York City’s iconic Times Square ball drop will be broadcast at the stroke of midnight, kicking off 2018 along with a confetti drop, more dancing, drinks and posh late-night bites.

The two atmospheres will meet in Salon de Ning’s interior bar, which will host a decadent tequila-pairing bar complemented with a live sushi station and raw bar for guests to enjoy, as a range of curious performers dazzles through the space. Additional eats include an Asian street food station, taco bar, and post-midnight dessert graffiti station.

The Salon de Ning Rooftop New Year’s Eve Gala will take place from 9:00pm to 2:00am and is priced at $725, not including tax and gratuity. Attire is black tie optional. For reservations, please call 212-903-3051 or email holidaypny@peninsula.com.

Holiday 2017: Festive Family Fun At The Peninsula New York

With the 2017 holiday almost upon us, families and children of all ages can experience the joy of New York during the holidays in the heart of the city at The Peninsula New York. As the temperatures begin to drop and the holiday spirit starts to rise, families and children of all ages can celebrate the season with a variety of hotel packages and themed events taking place this winter, guaranteed to create lasting memories for all.

Luxury hotel announces family-friendly rooms packages and events to celebrate the season.

Luxury hotel announces family-friendly rooms packages and events to celebrate the season. Holiday package includes an in-room gingerbread playhouse.

Boys and girls of all ages can journey to the Big Apple with their families and experience the Nights Before Christmas Package, offering holiday fun for the whole family. Children on the nice list will be rewarded with an in-room gingerbread playhouse, Elf on the Shelf candy cane scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating kit, exclusive access to The Peninsula Sweet Shoppe, Christmas movie library complete with classic films and more.

Guests who book this package will also receive:

  • In-room Gingerbread Playhouse set-up
  • Elf on the Shelf candy cane in-room scavenger hunt
  • Exclusive access to the Peninsula Sweet Shoppe
  • Gingerbread cookie decorating kit
  • Holiday-themed turndown amenity
  • Christmas movie library
  • Peninsula Snowpage Snowglobe gift
  • Complimentary dining for children 10 years and under
  • Daily American breakfast for two adults

With room rates starting at $1,145 per night, this package is available for booking from November 24 to December 30, 2017 and can be reserved by calling or emailing Reservations can be made directly online at www.peninsula.com/newyork, by calling (212) 956 2888 or e-mail pny@peninsula.com.

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LUXURY HOTEL ANNOUNCES FAMILY-FRIENDLY ROOMS PACKAGES AND EVENTS TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON 2

Luxury hotel announces family-friendly rooms packages and events to celebrate the season. Special activities include a Gingerbread House Decorating Class.

Children of all ages are invited to journey to the North Pole this holiday season with the Polar Express Children’s Holiday Tea. Taking place in the hotel’s Gotham Lounge on December 17, children can attend dressed in their favorite pajamas and enjoy a book reading alongside the conductor, tea, cookies and more.

Date: December 9

Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm

Price: $85 per person (includes one holiday cocktail per adult)

A holiday favorite for families, join The Peninsula New York’s Executive Pastry team through a Gingerbread House Decorating Class this season. Children and families alike can join in on the festivities complete with a child-friendly Afternoon Tea and storytelling by Mrs. Claus, while adults enjoy a tea buffet and glass of Champagne while watching the decorating activities alongside their little ones.

Date: December 16

Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Price: $98 per person (includes one glass of Champagne per adult). Reservations can be made by calling 212-903-3941 or by emailing diningpny@peninsula.com.