Toys”R”Us® Announces The 2013 Toys”R”Us Hot Toy List (#TRUHotToyList)

The Definitive List of Top Holiday Playthings to Get Kids Wish List-Ready For The 2013 Holiday Season is Here

The Toy Authority Unveils the Definitive List of Top Holiday Playthings to Get Kids Wish List-Ready, Featuring Uber Uggly Pups, a Giggly Monkey, Unstoppable Swappables, a Cra-Z Obsession and the Ultimate Drifting Machine, Among Others

To help provide parents and gift-givers insight into the toys sure to appear on children’s wish lists as the holiday shopping season gets underway, Toys”R”Us ® has revealed its highly anticipated 2013 Holiday Hot Toy List. This can’t-miss list of the season’s coveted playthings is viewable online at www.Toysrus.com/HotToys, so shoppers can get a glimpse of the gifts they’ll want to add to their holiday checklists. The company began developing the 2013 Holiday Hot Toy List early in the year, with its buying team scouring the globe to identify items certain to make every kids’ wishes come true as they’re unwrapped on Christmas morning.

Identifying the toys that will make the Holiday Hot Toy List is no easy feat. It’s something we take great pride in – ensuring that toys_r_us_logothe toys named with this distinction are truly the toys that kids from all corners of the country will be most excited about,” said Lisa Harnisch, Senior Vice President, General Merchandising Manager, Toys”R”Us, U.S. All 36 playthings named to this year’s list were chosen because they’re undoubtedly HOT, from Cra-Z-Loom, one of the most buzzed-about items this season, to Xbox One and tabeo e2 , which are generating a ton of excitement before they are even available in stores. As kids begin scribbling their wish lists to Santa, parents can feel confident that with the Toys”R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List in hand, they have the inside scoop on what will help make their kids’ wishes come true this season.”

THE TOYS”R”US “FABULOUS 15”: THE BEST OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON

The following are the Toys”R”Us “Fabulous 15,” representing the best new toys of the 2013 holiday season (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Big Hugs Elmo from Hasbro®
  • Despicable Me 2 Minion Dave , Agnes and Gru Collector’s Edition Figures from Thinkway Toys
  • Doc McStuffins Deluxe Get Better Check-Up Center from Just Play™
  • Sofia the First Royal Talking Vanity from JAKKS Pacific®
  • Flutterbye Flying Fairy from Spin Master™
  • FurReal Friends® Cuddles My Giggly Monkey Pet from Hasbro®
  • LeapPad Ultra ™ from LeapFrog®
  • Skylanders SWAP Force ™ from Activision®
  • tabeo™ e2 from Toys”R”Us®
  • The Ugglys ™ from Moose Toys
  • Ever After High™ Royal & Rebel Dolls from Mattel®
  • LEGO Legends of Chima™ The Lion CHI Temple from LEGO®
  • Shimmer ‘N Sparkle Cra-Z-Loom™ Bracelet Maker from Cra-Z-Art®
  • Xbox™ One from Microsoft®
  • Crazy Cart ™ from Razor™

THE 2013 #TRUHotToyList

From Baby’s First Christmas to Big Kids, the 2013 Toys”R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List represents the top new toys of the year in each age group:

Baby’s First Christmas

Grow with Me Activity Gym & Ball Pit ™ from Infantino®

Grow with Me Gym and Ball Pit

Grow with Me Gym and Ball Pit

Little ones will “have a ball” with this action-packed, grow-with-me activity gym, which has pop-up mesh sides so it can convert into a ball pit. Featuring an adorable sea turtle shape, the set is complete with 4 plush toys children will fall in love with, as well as 4 colorful balls. No batteries required. Ages 0 years and up.

13 Months to 2 Years

Laugh & Learn™ Crawl Around Car from Fisher-Price

Baby can take the driver’s seat with this fun-filled learning vehicle and let the adventures begin. With different play modes, little ones can get a head start on learning everything from their ABC’s to colors. This cruising machine can also help tiny tots develop gross motor skills as it encourages crawling. 3 “AA” batteries required (not included). Ages 6 months to 3 years.

Rollin’ Tunes Zebra from Fisher-Price®

Rollin' Tunes Zebra

The more baby rolls, the more fun they’ll have with this interactive Zebra, which is sure to become any baby’s best pal. The music grows louder as little ones keep rollin’ along and fun phrases keep the ride exciting. 3 “AA” batteries required (not included). Ages 12 months to 3 years. Continue reading

SPRING/SUMMER 2014 NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: FANCY FEAST® AND MALAN BRETON REDEFINE THE CATWALK WITH FELINE-INSPIRED FASHIONS

Celebrity Fashion Designer Malan Breton Debuts Designs Inspired by the Iconic Fancy Feast Cat at STYLE360 New York Fashion Week

STYLE360 Fashion Show: Malan by Malan Breton Sponsored by Fancy Feast Cat: Models wearing designs by Malan Breton pose with the Fancy Feast cat after Breton's STYLE360 show during New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 in New York City.  The three looks were inspired by the iconic Fancy Feast cat.  (Jonathan Fickies/AP Images for Fancy Feast Gourmet Cat Food)

STYLE360 Fashion Show: Malan by Malan Breton Sponsored by Fancy Feast Cat: Models wearing designs by Malan Breton pose with the Fancy Feast cat after Breton’s STYLE360 show during New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 in New York City. The three looks were inspired by the iconic Fancy Feast cat. (Jonathan Fickies/AP Images for Fancy Feast Gourmet Cat Food)

From colorful and retro feline patterns to the classic cat-eye, the cat is today’s fashion muse. To celebrate cat-inspired fashion, Fancy Feast® Gourmet Cat Food and celebrity fashion designer Malan Breton partnered to create an unforgettable runway show at STYLE360 New York Fashion Week. STYLE360 is a multi-day fashion and entertainment environment providing opportunities for fashion designers and brands to collaborate and come face-to-face with industry tastemakers, celebrities, media, and consumers during New York Fashion Week in September and February. For the past 14 seasons, STYLE360’s accessible schedule of events offers runway shows, daytime exhibits, press conferences, product demonstrations, and after-parties that create an unprecedented amount of media buzz for all parties involved.

 

STYLE360 Fashion Show: Malan by Malan Breton Sponsored by Fancy Feast Cat - The Fancy Feast cat prepares backstage for the Malan Breton STYLE360 show during New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 in New York City.  Breton's collection featured four looks inspired by the iconic Fancy Feast cat.  (Jonathan Fickies/AP Images for Fancy Feast Gourmet Cat Food)

STYLE360 Fashion Show: Malan by Malan Breton Sponsored by Fancy Feast Cat – The Fancy Feast cat prepares backstage for the Malan Breton STYLE360 show during New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 in New York City. Breton’s collection featured four looks inspired by the iconic Fancy Feast cat. (Jonathan Fickies/AP Images for Fancy Feast Gourmet Cat Food)

Known for drawing inspiration from the latest design trends and fashion influences, Breton created three looks for his Spring/Summer 2014 collection based on the style, look and timeless beauty of the iconic Fancy Feast cat, a beautiful Silver Chinchilla Persian. The unmistakable, stunning beauty of the cat motivated him to showcase new design styles that unite people’s love of fashion and cats.

Fancy Feast enjoys sharing cat-inspired fashion with its fans,” said Courtney Louch, Fancy Feast Assistant Brand Manager. “Partnering with Malan Breton at STYLE360 has given us the opportunity to bring cat fashion trends and looks to life for our passionate fans to experience.” Continue reading

Dr. Hauschka Opens New Flagship Store in Milan

On 18 September, Italy’s first Dr. Hauschka Flagship Store opened its doors in time for Milan Fashion Week. Located at Via Abbadesse 20 (Via Abbadesse 20, 20124 Milan, Italy, Phone: +39-02-29-417-705, E-Mail: shopmilano@drhauschka.it) in the historic center of the Italian beauty and fashion metropolis, the new Dr. Hauschka flagship store is an oasis of tranquillity and relaxation. Here customers can shut out the international hustle and bustle of the city, enjoy various Dr. Hauschka treatments and consult with a Dr. Hauschka Esthetician. A separate area is devoted exclusively to make-up. And depending on the occasion and personal taste, customers can dive back into city life sporting a natural or a dramatic look.

Top Location in Milan - Dr. Hauschka Flagship Store Opens its Doors. The new Dr. Hauschka Flagship Store in Milan, Italy. (Courtesy of WALA Heilmittel GmbH & photo grapher Tommaso RIva)

Top Location in Milan – Dr. Hauschka Flagship Store Opens its Doors. The new Dr. Hauschka Flagship Store in Milan, Italy. (Courtesy of WALA Heilmittel GmbH & photo grapher Tommaso RIva)

The Dr. Hauschka Quality motto, ‘Nature’s treasures transformed for you‘ has been WALA Heilmittel GmbH’s guiding principle ever since the company was founded back in 1935. By harnessing the rhythms of polarities such as warmth and cold, darkness and light or rest and movement, the company creates healthcare products based on natural substances that, wherever possible, are obtained from certified organic or Demeter sources and under fair conditions. Today, with its three brands – WALA Medicines, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Dr. Hauschka Med – the company exports products to over 40 countries.

As the new flagship store is situated in a former monastery dating back to the 5th century, implementing the unique Dr. Hauschka store concept presented certain challenges. In outfitting and furnishing the store, value was placed on sustainable materials, such as wood paneling made from plantation poplars, water-based varnishes and untreated materials such as glass and steel. The old ceilings, made from waxed spruce wood, were preserved, as were the terracotta floors and the door and window lintels with their antique tiles. The restoration of the inside walls required the greatest Dr_Hauschka_Logoeffort; the masonry was painted over with a whitewash that was typical in former times, resulting in an attractive interior look.  The warmth that is radiated by the ancient walls stands in deliberate contrast to the clean lines and colors of the furnishings, which feature large quantities of satinated glass, gleaming stainless steel, varnished wood and a lot of white. This creates an ambience of simplicity that places a spotlight not on the interior design, but on the products and philosophy of Dr. Hauschka and a space in which customers can leave their cares behind, recharge their batteries and let themselves be pampered.

At Dr. Hauschka, the focus is on individuals. If they are feeling well, their skin will reflect it. So, in concert with this philosophy, this concept was applied consistently throughout the new Dr. Hauschka flagship store in Milan. From the showroom, a “path of the senses” leads to a separate make-up area and onward to the treatment booth, where customers can let themselves be pampered from head to toe with a classic Dr. Hauschka Treatment or one if its six variations, ranging from luxury to relaxation and rejuvenation. Dr. Hauschka Body Treatments are also available – for the entire body, the back and the hands and the feet – as well as manicures and pedicures. There is something for everyone to enjoy here. The comprehensive range offered by the new Dr. Hauschka flagship store is complemented by a variety of workshops on face and body care as well as make-up courses, which will be held several times per year.

Dr. Hauschka skin care products are available from natural food stores, health food stores, selected department stores, stores specializing in natural cosmetics and toiletries, Dr. Hauschka Natural Estheticians and pharmacies.

Hanes Hosiery Introduces Pure Bliss(TM) Legwear

An innovative collection that fuses beauty and wellness and Announces Results of National Consumer Survey

Hanes Hosiery announced today the launch of a new legwear collection for fall 2013, Hanes Silk Reflections Pure Bliss, an all-new line that features innovative knitting technology combined with luxury yarns that work to micro-massage, pamper and revitalize legs. Hanes Hosiery is the leading brand of women’s hosiery; and with its innovative design and superior fit, the brand offers the best in comfort and flattering appearance. Hanes Hosiery lines include the popular Silk Reflections, Absolutely Ultra Sheer, Alive, Smooth Illusions, Hanes Plus, and Hanes Too.

Hanes Silk Reflections introduces Pure Bliss legwear for Fall 2013.  (PRNewsFoto/Hanes Hosiery)

Hanes Silk Reflections introduces Pure Bliss legwear for Fall 2013. (PRNewsFoto/Hanes Hosiery)

Hanes has always been on the cutting-edge of what’s new to help women look their best and feel good too.  “The trend forecast for fall 2013 calls for shorter skirt styles and leggier fashions and coupled with the increasing importance of wellness in the lives of today’s women, now is the ideal time for legwear with dual benefits like Hanes Silk Reflections Pure Bliss,” said Angela Hawkins, vice president and general manager of legwear at Hanesbrands Inc.

The Hanes Silk Reflections Pure Bliss collection combines beauty, wellness and innovation, aimed at meeting the needs of today’s demanding women. Pure Bliss legwear is made with bi-directional graduated compression that helps legs feel great and look beautiful. The new line is available in two finishes: Luxe Sheer and Opaque.  Luxe Sheer, in a 10-denier leg appearance, has a modern panty silhouette and is available in Barely Black, Barely There, Gentlebrown, Jet and Natural. Opaque offers silky complete leg coverage in a 70-denier leg appearance and is available in Black and Mocha shades. Both styles gently help invigorate, sculpt and tone the leg.

The Hanes Silk Reflections Pure Bliss Fall 2013 Legwear collection is now at department stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $13.

To support the launch of the Hanes Silk Reflections Pure Bliss collection, Hanes Hosiery commissioned an online survey****, conducted online by Harris Interactive in July, and asked Americans for their thoughts and opinions on bliss and wellness in an independent survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults (ages 18+).  The survey found wellness is an essential part of life for the vast majority (90 percent), and more Americans find quality time with family and friends (60 percent) to be blissful than winning a lot of money (45 percent).

The survey also revealed that:

—  ‘Pure Bliss’ means different things to different people.  When they hear the term ‘pure bliss,’ 55 percent of U.S. adults think of “satisfaction” while 40 percent think of the term “ecstasy.”

—  More Americans think that quiet moments alone and quality time with friends and family is blissful than think winning money is.  61 percent of Americans find quiet moments alone blissful, while 60 percent find quality time with friends and family blissful.  57 percent find vacations blissful, while 45 percent find winning a lot of money blissful.

—  Who is blissful in Hollywood?  The female celebrity chosen by the most U.S. adults as blissful was Angelina Jolie, who was chosen by 19 percent.  Jennifer Aniston came in second, with 17 percent.  The remaining female celebrities were: Taylor Swift (14 percent), Jennifer Hudson (13 percent), Gwyneth Paltrow (13 percent), Adele (13 percent)

and Jennifer Lawrence (9 percent); 14 percent indicated some other female celebrity.

—  Hosiery should do more than just make the wearer look good.  80 percent of women ages 18-34 like their hosiery products to provide a dual function (i.e., make them look good and feel good).

For this launch, the brand has partnered with yoga, lifestyle and overall wellness expert, Sadie Nardini, as wellness ambassador for fall 2013. Sadie will offer women insights on living life fit, fabulous and fashionably, the true embodiment of the Pure Bliss message (http://sadienardini.com).

Sadie has a new book, The 21-Day Yoga Body, due out in November 2013 and will be hosting Pure Bliss legwear-sponsored wellness/yoga events and book signings across the country.  Providing tips for Fashion Week survival kits and social media integration will round out the Pure Bliss partnership with Sadie.

****- On behalf of Hanes Hosiery, Harris Interactive conducted the survey online within the United States among 2,026 adults ages 18 and older, among which 1,095 were women, from July 10 to 12, 2013. This online survey is not based on a probability sample, and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.  For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact: jill@cricciocomm.com.

For more information, visit www.haneshosiery.com.  Hanes Hosiery is part of Hanesbrands Inc.

Platinum Guild International Partners With Style Expert Nina Garcia on Campaign to Promote the Enduring Qualities of Platinum Jewelry

Platinum Guild International Partners With Style Expert Nina Garcia On Campaign To Promote The Enduring Qualities Of Platinum Jewelry.  (PRNewsFoto/Platinum Guild International USA)

Platinum Guild International Partners With Style Expert Nina Garcia On Campaign To Promote The Enduring Qualities Of Platinum Jewelry. (PRNewsFoto/Platinum Guild International USA)

Platinum Guild International USA (PGI-USA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Marie Claire Creative Director, Project Runway judge and style expert Nina Garcia for the fourth quarter of 2013.  As a lover of platinum jewelry, Garcia is a natural choice to show the platinum pieces that speak to her in both the fashion and bridal realms. Platinum Guild International is dedicated to promoting platinum and its pure, rare and eternal qualities to the consumer and the jewelry trade and has offices in the US, China, Japan, India and London, providing information, assistance and education on all aspects of platinum jewelry.

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Gwen Stefani in Platinum Jewelry at the Met Gala, New York, New York – 05/06/2013 – PUNK: Chaos To Couture Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com
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Katie Holmes in Platinum Jewelry at the Met Gala, New York, New York - 05/06/2013 - PUNK: Chaos To Couture Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com -MC98377543)

Katie Holmes in Platinum Jewelry at the Met Gala, New York, New York – 05/06/2013 – PUNK: Chaos To Couture Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com
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Within the program, Garcia will illustrate the timeless nature of platinum through handpicked jewelry from various designers. A special Nina Garcia Curated Gallery of Platinum Jewelry will live on The Knot website showcasing beautiful design in bridal and fashion pieces that will last a lifetime. Garcia will also use her style expertise to share the latest trends in platinum jewelry and fashion design on red carpets, at Fashion Week and in every day life. (To preview Garcia’s “Platinum Jewelry Must-Haves”, visit PGI USA’s special Pinterest page at http://bit.ly/1gzBmvq) Continue reading

Neiman Marcus and CUSP by Neiman Marcus Rock Fall’s Hottest Fashion Trend

Musicians bring their powerhouse style and sound to the luxury stores

(Images provided by the Brand)

Natalie Bergman in Haute Hippie

Natalie Bergman in Haute Hippie

Some of the most promising musicians in the industry are leaving the comfort of their tour buses to rock an outdoor stage this fall. ZZ Ward and Wild Belle are joining Neiman Marcus in a first of its kind CUSP Music Experience on September 25th.  Their high-wattage performances in Miami and Dallas will officially kick-off The CUSP Event, held at Neiman Marcus stores nationwide from September 26-29.

Natalie Bergman in McQ by Alexander McQueen

Natalie Bergman in McQ by Alexander McQueen

Noelle Scaggs in Joie

Noelle Scaggs in Joie

Throughout September, Neiman Marcus will be celebrating the independent spirit of ZZ Ward and Natalie Bergman of Wild Belle as well as the soulful presence of Noelle Scaggs of Fitz and The Tantrums.  Renowned photographer Peggy Sirota teamed up with Neiman Marcus to create an advertising campaign inspired by the unique style and independent spirit of these musicians.  Each of the musicians was used as a model for the campaign that features looks from fashion designers Vince, Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, Joie, Haute Hippie, McQ by Alexander McQueen, Robert Rodriguez, and others. Continue reading

The ARTISTRY® brand introduces the ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND™ Collection to help revitalize the future of skin so it looks younger, longer.

Twentysomethings Faced With Early Signs of Aging: Fine Lines, Wrinkles, and Dullness Begin To Show

Delivers Clinically Tested Results in Just One Week through Unique Ingredients from Around the Globe

(Images provided by the Brand via their press room)

Scientists and researchers in the field of ageing has discovered that, as early as age 25, women can begin to show the first signs of age in the form of fine lines and wrinkles, crow’s feet, and loss of skin clarity and radiance. These changes are due in part to the cumulative effects of free radical damage, including exposure to sun and pollution, stress, certain lifestyle habits, genetics, and wear and tear of life.

ARTISTRY, the premium beauty brand of Amway, introduces its ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND Collection, a comprehensive skincare collection formulated to address the first visible signs of aging, to help revitalize the future of skin, repair, and Artistry_Lockup_TMprotect skin to keep it looking younger, longer.

ARTISTRY is among the world’s top five, largest-selling premium skincare brands*. Founded in 1958 by an entrepreneurial husband and wife team, the ARTISTRY portfolio features a wide range of advanced skincare formulated and developed using new technologies and proprietary plant ingredients. ARTISTRY products target both the biological and environmental signs of aging for men and women, along with classic and seasonal color collections for face, eyes, and lips. Superb formulations reflect the global research, development, and quality assurance conducted by a network of more than 900 scientists, and directed by a board of scientific and academic advisors working together to push the boundaries of beauty forward. ARTISTRY products are sold through more than 3 million Amway distributors in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide.

ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND Skincare Collection

ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND Skincare Collection

The ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND Collection was born from discussions with the ARTISTRY brand’s esteemed Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) on the topic of longevity research and Sirtuin activity – which is critical for slowing down the aging process. “Artistry scientists were able to identify an exclusive combination of botanical ingredients and progressive technology to help skin look its best longer than it would if left to chance,” said Paul Seehra, Ph.D., Artistry Research and Development.

(Sirtiun is from a class of proteins that possess either histone deacetylase—more commonly—or mono-ribosyltransferase activity, named after Sir2, the cell-regulating yeast gene silent mating-type information regulation 2. Sirtuins regulate critical biological pathways in eubacteria, archaea and eukaryotes. Sirtuins influence ageing, transcription, apoptosis, stress resistance, and affect energy efficiency and alertness during hypoglycaemia. Most sirtuins are protein deacetylases in which sirtuin-mediated deacetylation couples lysine deacetylation to NAD hydrolysis—instead of simple hydrolysis of acetyl-lysine residues—yielding O-acetyl-ADP-ribose, the deacetylated substrate and nicotinamide. The dependence of sirtuins on NAD links their enzymatic activity directly to the energy status of the cell via the cellular NAD:NADH ratio, the absolute levels of NAD, NADH or nicotinamide or a combination of these variables.) Continue reading