American Eagle Outfitters Features Real People In Spring 2013 “Project Live Your Life” Campaign

The “Project Live Your Life” Spring Campaign Includes Twelve Men and Women From Music, Sports, The Arts and Beauty

CONTEST FOR CUSTOMERS TO APPEAR IN FALL CAMPAIGN NOW OPEN

American Eagle Outfitters Features Real People In Spring 2013 "Project Live Your Life" Campaign.  (PRNewsFoto/American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.)

American Eagle Outfitters Features Real People In Spring 2013 “Project Live Your Life” Campaign. (PRNewsFoto/American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.)\

AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC. announces today its SPRING 2013 “PROJECT LIVE YOUR LIFE” CAMPAIGN, featuring twelve inspiring real people from across the United States. Each winner, hand-picked by their peers, shows off their favorite pieces from the SPRING 2013 COLLECTION. “LIVE YOUR LIFE” debuted with the FALL 2012 CAMPAIGN and continues to embody the celebration of individual style and self-expression. The campaign was shot in Los Angeles by renowned photographer RJ SHAUGHNESSY. Continue reading

CONSUMER REPORTS 2013 ANNUAL CAR BRAND REPORT CARDS: LEXUS, SUBARU & MAZDA EARN TOP HONORS

With a current crop of luxury models that are quiet, comfortable, fuel efficient, and among the most reliable, LEXUS has earned the best overall score in CONSUMER REPORTS’ 2013 ANNUAL CAR BRAND REPORT CARDS.

CONSUMER REPORTS is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Consumer Reports® is an expert,

Consumer Reports logo (PRFNewsWireFoto/ConsumerReports)

Consumer Reports logo (PRFNewsWireFoto/ConsumerReports)

independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. They accept no advertising, not beholden to any commercial interest and pay for all the products they test. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually.

Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, Website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace. The organization’s income is entirely derived from the sale of Consumer Reports® magazine, www.ConsumerReports.org and their other publications and information products, services, fees, and noncommercial contributions and grants. The Ratings and reports are intended solely for the use of their readers.

For 2013, CONSUMER REPORTS took a different approach than in previous years for its annual brand report cards story. CR graded each automaker’s individual brands rather than calculating a single score for all the brands under one carmaker. For example, TOYOTA, LEXUS, and SCION models were each scored separately this year instead of being incorporated into one overall score for TOYOTA. The same was true for HONDA, FORD, NISSAN, GENERAL MOTORS, CHRYSLER and other large manufacturers that market several brands.

But back to the report card. While Lexus’ models are rarely sporty, the brand’s overall score of 79 was earned on a foundation of plush and very reliable vehicles. CONSUMER REPORTS currently Recommends 100% of the Lexus vehicles it has tested. Continue reading

ITSARA KONCEPTS CHANGES LAMP DESIGN WITH MAGNETIC SHADES FOR EVERY ENVIRONMENT

A YOUNG DESIGNER MAKES LIGHTING FUN AND INTERACTIVE FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES

KLADIS shown in sky blue, beige, and mint green.  (PRNewsFoto/Itsara Koncepts)

KLADIS shown in sky blue, beige, and mint green. (PRNewsFoto/Itsara Koncepts)

ITSARA KONCEPTS has unveiled KLADISTM, a new decorative table lamp with magnetic interchangeable shades, a new concept of customization and interaction with lighting. Instead of replacing an entire lamp, users need only to update their shade. By changing shades in seconds, anyone can update their lighting décor anytime, even for seasonal occasions. With its versatility, this designer product is being brought to everyday consumers and is now available for preorder on the crowd funding platform, Kickstarter.

Contrast to traditional lamps, the shades of KLADISTM store conveniently in flat sheets. “Elegance meets simplicity and innovation,” as described by LANEY FILUK, owner of BLOC AGENCY.

Owner of Itsara Koncepts, DEREK RUNGSEA started his business while aiming to pursue the field of architecture. From the success of winning a lighting competition in 2008, his inspiration reemerged and led his interests to industrial design. Founded in 2012 and based in California, ITSARA KONCEPTS is focused in design and development of modern lighting and home products.

For more information, visit www.itsarakoncepts.com or contact Derek Rungsea at 408.658.6183.

JAMES BEARD AWARD-WINNING CELEBRITY CHEFS MAKE IT SWEET AT 2013 HOUSEWARES CHARITY FOUNDATION GALA

Six award-winning James Beard celebrity chefs from around the nation will be preparing their signature specialties for an once-in-a-lifetime dinner during the 16TH ANNUAL HOUSEWARES CHARITY FOUNDATION (HCF) GALA, Monday, March 4, at the HILTON CHICAGO.

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Participating in this unique culinary experience will be HUGH ACHESON of FIVE & TEN; Rick BAYLESS of FRONTERA GRILL and TOPOLOBAMPO; SARAH GRUENEBERG of SPIAGGIA; EMILY LUCHETTI of FARALLON and WATERBAR; MARICEL E. PRESILLA of CUCHARAMAMA, ZAFRA and ULTRAMARINOS; and JACQUES TORRES of JACQUES TORRES CHOCOLATES. Acheson, Bayless, Grueneberg and Presilla will each prepare an appetizer and entrée for their quadrant of the ballroom, and Luchetti will make dessert while Torres prepares bonbons.

Honorees for this year’s gala are: KATHRYN BUFANO, president and chief merchandising officer of BELK, who will receive the LIFETIME HUMANITARIAN AWARD and KEITH JAFFEE of O2 COOL, who will receive the HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD. The event will benefit THE BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION (BCRF), the HCF’s legacy charity. The HCF board also has directed that contributions be made to two charities in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: the AMERICAN RED CROSS DISASTER RELIEF FUND and LONG ISLAND CARES, INC.-THE HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK. The gala is held annually in conjunction with the 2013 INTERNATIONAL HOME + HOUSEWARES SHOW. Continue reading

GBK HOST A GIFT LOUNGE IN HONOR OF THE 2013 ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINEES AND PRESENTERS

On, February 22nd through 23rd, GBK (gbkproductions.com) – the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company honored the 2013 ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINEES AND PRESENTERS with a RED CARPET GIFT LOUNGE. Special guests were indulged with luxury gifts, music, gourmet food and an opportunity to support the multiple charity sponsors featured at the event.

In association with GBK, the lounge featured designs BY DANIELLE RIOS – INTERIOR DESIGN FROM THE RUNWAY, art by MONIKA JENSEN Productions and gorgeous floral arrangements by HERMINE FLOWERS AND GIFTS. An eclectic mix of beats, compliments of DJ BABYCHINO, drifted throughout the lounge and set the tone for an unforgettable daytime excursion. Comedian CHRIS TUCKER was even heard commenting upon his arrival – “Hey, I’m off to shop and dance!” In addition to the shopping and dancing, SKY’S GOURMET TACOS provided a lavish taco buffet for celebrities to refuel on, while sweets were provided by ZOE’S CHOCOLATE CO., COOKIE DADDY, and BREADBASKET CAKE CO., Guests also treated themselves to specialty elixirs from SKINNYGIRL® COCKTAILS as well as refreshing wines from the celebrity-favorite Moscato brand, VIVA DIVA WINES. Continue reading

109 TEXAS-BASED ARTISTS MOVES ON TO THE FINAL ROUND OF JUDGING IN 2013 HUNTING ART PRIZE

HUNTING PLC announced that 109 artists have been selected to move on to the final round of judging in the 2013 HUNTING ART PRIZE. These artists will now enter the second phase of a two-tiered jury process for the $50,000 prize, historically the most

The Hunting Art Prize Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Hunting PLC)

The Hunting Art Prize Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Hunting PLC)

generous annual award in North America for painting and drawing.

HUNTING PLC is an international oil services company providing support solutions to the world’s largest oil and gas concerns. Established in 1874, it is a fully listed public company, traded on the London Stock Exchange. The company moved the HUNTING ART PRIZE to Houston in 2006 after a quarter century in the United Kingdom, where it emerged as one of Great Britain’s top art awards and is open to artists throughout Texas who are at least 18 years of age.

The panel of jurors that narrowed the submissions to the final 109 participants will reconvene in April to determine the winner, and the 2013 recipient will be announced at the HUNTING ART PRIZE GALA on May 4.

The artists, who come from more than 40 cities and towns throughout the state of Texas, are Miguel  Avila (Missouri City), Mateo Ayala (San Antonio), Michael Bane (Fort Worth), Debra Barrera (Houston), Awadh Baryoum (Dallas), Norman Bean (Maxwell), Myla Bertinot (Houston), Rainer Boehme (El Paso) Marc Burckhardt  (Austin), Shannon Cannings (Lubbock), Douglas Cartmel (Dallas), Ron Cheek (Fort Worth), Daniel Cobos (Edinburg), David Collins (Plano), Michelle Conard (Leander), Felipe Contreras (Houston), Kevin Cromwell (Lake Jackson), Richard Deaver (San Antonio), Gabriel Delgado,(Universal City), Margaret Dobbins (Houston), Luisa Duarte, (Houston), Lindsey Dunnagan (Denton), Jonathan Fontenot, (Dallas), AJ Frena (Coppell), Pat Gabriel (Fort Worth), Lori Giesler (Highland Village), Louis Gleason (Texas City), Arnold Gonzales, (Corpus Christi), Raul Gonzalez (San Antonio), David Gray & Fabian Guerrero, (Houston), Hollis Hammonds (Austin), Marshall Harris (Fort Worth), Nancy Hines (Montgomery), Thomas Hopkins (San Antonio), Jimmy Houston, (Houston), Sandria Hu, Kemah, Ann Huey, (Lancaster), Edgar Ibarra, (San Marcos), Kelly Ingleright-Telgenhoff, (Weatherford), Carol Ivey, Fort Worth, Veronica Jaeger (Pharr), Nicole Jeffords (Austin), Bethany Johnson (Austin), Jennifer Jones (Denton), Thomas Jordan, (Frisco), Angela Kallus, (Fort Worth), Nancy Lamb, (Westworth Village), Wilma Langhamer (McAllen), Laura Lark & Joan Laughlin (Houston), Jayne Lawrence, (San Antonio), David Leonard (Austin), Greg Lewallen (Waco), Patrick Lewis (Dallas), Marlene Llanes (Pasadena), Katie Maratta (Austin), Indaco Marelli & Mark Masterson (Houston), Debbie Mattison (Fort Worth), Ken Mazzu (Houston), Daniel McFarlane (Spring), Alexandra McGovern (El Paso), Garrett Middaugh (Houston), Courtney Miles (Waxahachie), Patricia Murphy, Fort Worth, Al Nash (Houston), Jeanne Neal, (Plano), Gissette Padilla (Houston), Carol Peterson (Lubbock), Maria Pizzarello (Plano), Gladys Poorte (Austin), Ronnie Price (Nacogdoches), Manuel Pulido (Fort Worth), Lisa Qualls, Lynn Randolph (Houston), Allie Regan (Fort Worth), Grant Reid (Austin), Darcy Rosenberger (Houston), Lesley Rucker, (Dallas), John Rust (El Paso), Chris Sauter, (San Antonio), Leslie Sealey (San Marcos), Caroline Sharplress, Michelle Shedd and Hana Shoup (Houston), John Slaby (Katy), Gregory Smith (Austin), Hank St. John, (Denton), Ben Sum (San Angelo), Raul Talavera (Monahans), Runcie Tatnall, (Nacogdoches), Anna Tovar (Denton), Roxana Tuff, (New Braunfel), Kelli Vance (Garland), R.J. Vojir (Dallas), Nha Vuu (Houston), Tim Walker (Houston), Sarah Welch (Houston). Michael Westfried (Plano), Wendy Wight (Houston), Rachel Wiley (Galveston), Kathy Windrow (Dallas), Martin Wnuk, (Friendswood), Lee Wright, (Houston), Lauren Yandell (Victoria), Sam Yeates (Austin), William Young (Palestine), and Hsiu Ching Yu (Commerce).

At a separate event following the gala to announce the winner, Hunting PLC will present a charitable contribution on behalf of the competition – and the artists who have entered to participate – to NEW DANVILLE, a self-sustaining, master-planned community supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can live, learn, and work with their non-disabled peers.  By bringing together like-minded individuals through educational programs and enrichment activities, the charitable organization provides a safe and caring environment that encourages independence and personal growth.  For further information, visit http://newdanville.org/.  This is the second consecutive year the nonprofit has been selected as the HUNTING ART PRIZE charity.

For more information on the prize, visit www.huntingartprize.com, www.hunting.plc.uk.

HELLO, NYC! LANE BRYANT® RETURNS TO 34TH STREET TO OPEN FLAGSHIP STORE NEAR MANHATTAN’S HERALD SQUARE

LANE BRYANT’S MANHATTAN FLAGSHIP STORE JOINS HARLEM AND BROOKLYN LOCATIONS IN NEW YORK CITY

LANE BRYANT, the nation’s leading women’s specialty plus apparel retailer for nearly 110 years, announced the opening of its new 7,835 square-foot flagship store in New York City. The store, opened March 1 on Manhattan’s 34th Street, near the famous Herald Square, and customers will experience a new look consistent with the recent re-branding efforts offering Fashion for every day. Style just for you.

Lane Bryant's 34th Street Flagship Store in NYC.  (PRNewsFoto/Lane Bryant)

Lane Bryant’s 34th Street Flagship Store in NYC. (PRNewsFoto/Lane Bryant)

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