Treccani Milano Finds a Perfect Fit with The Ritz-Carlton Magazine

Company’s Exclusive Handmade Products Will Reach Clients Worldwide Through International Luxury Brand Publication

Treccani Milano ad in Ritz Carlton Magazine.  (PRNewsFoto/Treccani Milano)

Treccani Milano ad in Ritz Carlton Magazine. (PRNewsFoto/Treccani Milano)

As a brand that is synonymous with Italian luxury, Treccani Milano offers exquisite leather products to clients in Canada and abroad. In an effort to widen its global reach, the Milan-based company has selected The Ritz Carlton Magazine to promote its shoes, bags and clothing internationally.

Ranked as the highest luxury brand segment by J.D. Power and Associates for the third year in a row, Ritz-Carlton hotels know precisely how to cater to its guests every wish. Naturally, The Ritz-Carlton Magazine mirrors that excellence and is distributed in more than 80 Ritz-Carlton properties worldwide, making it the largest in-room publication in the Five-Star Deluxe category.

Ritz Carlton Magazine cover.  (PRNewsFoto/Treccani Milano)

Ritz Carlton Magazine cover. (PRNewsFoto/Treccani Milano)

Treccani Milano specializes in true Italian luxury to offer bespoke shoes, dress and polo shirts, boots, handbags, golf bags and belts for men and women. All Treccani Milano items are entirely handmade in Milan by highly specialized artisans. Clients can experience the company’s bespoke service first-hand at the company’s flagship boutique in Toronto’s trendy Yorkville neighborhood or online at www.treccanimilano.com Continue reading

African-American Exhibits, Shows & Performances Highlight Philadelphia’s Fall Arts Calendar

BIG NAMES ON THE CALENDAR: BARBARA CHASE-RIBOUD, PHILADANCO, BERRY GORDY AND THE TIBERINO FAMILY

As the fall arts season swings into high gear, culture vultures visiting Philadelphia will find plenty of African-American exhibitions, shows and performances to pack their travel to-do lists. Autumn brings the sculptural works of internationally renowned artist and Philly native Barbara Chase-Riboud to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the multi-medium talents of two generations of the Philadelphia-based Tiberino family to the African American Museum in Philadelphia.  The season’s jam-packed arts calendar rounds out with performances by the city’s internationally renowned dance troupe (Philadanco) and the 15th anniversary of an award ceremony that this year honors Berry Gordy (Marian Anderson Award). Here’s a look at the upcoming season:

EXCITING EXHIBITIONS:

Barbara Chase- Riboud, 74, with her work 'Malcolm X #3,' 1969

Barbara Chase- Riboud, 74, with her work ‘Malcolm X #3,’ 1969

At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Styles presents a comprehensive survey of more than 40 works by the author, sculptor and native Philadelphian. Her first solo museum show in more than 10 years, the exhibit focuses on her Malcolm X styles, which were inspired by her experiences during the Civil Rights movement. Through January 20, 2014. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, www.philamuseum.org

Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster

Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster

The Penn Museum takes a fascinating look at war propaganda in Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster. Curated by PBS History Detectives host Tukufu Zuberi, the provocative exhibit presents 33 wartime posters, mostly targeting Africans and African-Americans, from the Civil War, World Wars I and II and African independence movements. Through March 2, 2014. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000, www.penn.museum.org

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Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River launches the Independence Seaport Museum’s “River of Freedom” series with an exploration of the concept of freedom through the lens of the African experience along the Delaware. PBS storyteller Tukufu Zuberi narrates the journey through recently uncovered artifacts from the museum’s collection, gripping first-person accounts and interactive elements, including an ongoing social media discussion encouraged at various points of the exhibition. Through 2015. Penn’s Landing, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 413-8655, www.phillyseaport.org Continue reading

Things Remembered Takes Cancer by the Globes with “Man Balls”

Traditionally feminine retailer contradicts all brand perceptions and taps into the health care decision-making power of its female customers with the launch of “Man Balls”

Things Remembered takes testicular cancer by the globes with the launch of "Man Balls." With one man in the U.S. diagnosed with testicular cancer almost every hour, the leading national retailer of personalized gifts, is asking women to take cancer by the globes. On October 1st, Things Remembered introduces a new line of engravable, male-centric bobble-head water/snow globes, affectionately known as "Man Balls." $2 of every Man Ball sale will go directly to the brand's nonprofit partner, The Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation, a nationwide organization, dedicated to raising awareness of testicular cancer and the importance of early detection.  (PRNewsFoto/Things Remembered)

Things Remembered takes testicular cancer by the globes with the launch of “Man Balls.” With one man in the U.S. diagnosed with testicular cancer almost every hour, the leading national retailer of personalized gifts, is asking women to take cancer by the globes. On October 1st, Things Remembered introduces a new line of engravable, male-centric bobble-head water/snow globes, affectionately known as “Man Balls.” $2 of every Man Ball sale will go directly to the brand’s nonprofit partner, The Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation, a nationwide organization, dedicated to raising awareness of testicular cancer and the importance of early detection. (PRNewsFoto/Things Remembered)

“Balls” is not a term heard commonly during ladies lunches, Thanksgiving dinners or baby showers. But, with one man in the U.S. diagnosed with testicular cancer almost every hour, Things Remembered (www.thingsremembered.com), the leading national retailer of personalized gifts, is asking women to take cancer by the globes. The retailer today introduces a new line of engravable, male-centric bobble-head water/snow globes, affectionately known as “Man Balls.” $2 of every Man Ball sale will go directly to the brand’s nonprofit partner, The Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation,

"With early detection, testicular cancer has a cure rate of more than 90%. Unfortunately, at an age when most men feel invincible, many are unaware of the facts or uncomfortable with self-checks and talking with their doctors," explains Amy Myers, Things Remembered's Vice President of Creative Services. "If we can help save lives by starting this vital conversation in an approachable, but attention-grabbing way, then we have done what we set out to achieve with this product line and partnership."  (PRNewsFoto/Things Remembered)

“With early detection, testicular cancer has a cure rate of more than 90%. Unfortunately, at an age when most men feel invincible, many are unaware of the facts or uncomfortable with self-checks and talking with their doctors,” explains Amy Myers, Things Remembered’s Vice President of Creative Services. “If we can help save lives by starting this vital conversation in an approachable, but attention-grabbing way, then we have done what we set out to achieve with this product line and partnership.” (PRNewsFoto/Things Remembered)

a nationwide organization, dedicated to raising awareness and the importance of early detection.

The Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation was established in memory of Sean Kimerling, the Emmy Award-winning anchor of WB 11 sports and pre-game announcer for the Mets. Sean died from testicular cancer on September 9, 2003. He was only 37. The Foundation is the premier organization focused on the importance of testicular cancer awareness, early diagnosis, and treatment. Through its efforts, the Foundation provides answers, and promotes action in the fight against testicular cancer.

There are six versions of Man Balls (known as “Man Globes” in stores), each celebrating and cajoling men for their occasionally irksome, yet always lovable idiosyncrasies. The line includes:

The Boss: Salute the take-charge man in your life by putting his Man Balls directly on his desk, where he can polish and admire them from the comfort of his leatherback, executive throne.

The Workaholic: If his Bluetooth is fused to his head and the texting stops for no one, then it’s time to get your Workaholic’s hands off his Blackberry and on some Man Balls.

Ladies’ Man: Before you decline that personal invite to check out his new hot tub, give your Ladies’ Man a pair of Man Balls to keep him company.

Beer Man: The party stopped laughing with him about six beers ago, so gently remove his hand from the beer and place it around an ice-cold Man Ball.

Through the partnership, Things Remembered and the Foundation will focus on raising money and communicating the importance of early detection to the brand’s predominantly female customer base, the general public and the media. With women making approximately 80% of health care decisions for families[i], the retailer’s customers have tremendous power to foster awareness among the men in their lives about the most common cancer in men ages 15 to 35.

With early detection, testicular cancer has a cure rate of more than 90%. Unfortunately, at an age when most men feel invincible, many are unaware of the facts or uncomfortable with self-checks and talking with their doctors,” explains Amy Myers, Vice President of Creative Services at Things Remembered. “The majority of our customers are women with tremendous influence over their family’s health care decisions. By introducing Man Balls, we hope our manliest globes ever; serve as an educational tool to remind men to self-check themselves for lumps — a vital routine for early detection.” Continue reading

Top Halloween Festivities in San Diego: SanDiego.com Recommends the Best Things to Do This Halloween in San Diego

This article was written by Michael Hines, a San Diego native and writer for www.SanDiego.com.

It may not be October yet, but it’s never too early to gear up for Halloween in San Diego. Pirates will be RRRRing and witches cackling all over town this October, so here is www.SanDiego.com’s list of the best Halloween festivities in San Diego.

When it comes to Halloween in San Diego, there is no shortage of things to do. There are downtown parties that completely take over entire city blocks and clubs and fancy get together in classy hotels filled with wine and cheese. Families looking for Halloween activities in San Diego won’t find a shortage of things to do. From festivals to Halloween-themed amusement parks, there is plenty for mom, dad and the kids to do come October.

Ghost of Kate Morgan at The Hotel Del Coronado in san diego, Ca

Ghost of Kate Morgan at The Hotel Del Coronado in san diego, Ca

Hallo-wine and Spirits at the Hotel Del:

The Hotel Del Coronado (http://www.sandiego.com/hotels/hotel-del-coronado) has had celebrities, presidents and even a ghost as its guests! The ghost of Kate Morgan, a young woman who died at the hotel under mysterious circumstances in 1892, is said to haunt the hotel. The haunted Hotel Del is the site of one of the premier Halloween parties in San Diego, the Hallo-wine and Spirits party! This adults-only party is October 26, costs $100 and runs from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. It includes wine tasting, adult trick-or-treating, dinner, dancing and even a giant pumpkin-carving demonstration. Guests who want to enjoy themselves without worrying about driving home should book a stay at one of the hotel’s luxury rooms. Continue reading

Bang & Olufsen Unveils The Beovision 12-65 New Generation Plasma Television System, A Next TV Steps Up In Cinematic Customization

Bang & Olufsen launches a new innovative technology in its 65-inch plasma solution with BeoVision 12-65 New Generation that will take both sound and vision into a new era. Bang & Olufsen televisions are famous for integrating market-leading sound technology to enhance the overall TV experience, but with the launch of BeoVision 12-65 New Generation, new standards are set. The all-digital video platform and refined aesthetic features create a market-leading package of great features and beautiful looks. To top it off an elegant, motorized floor stand can move the 65-inch Bang & Olufsen flagship to your favorite viewing position as if touched by magic. BeoSystem 4 is Bang & Olufsen’s latest innovation in audio-video technology and builds on the successful video engine from BeoVision 11 taking plasma to a whole new level, both in sound, picture and integration.

Bang & Olufsen Beovision 12-65 New Generation Plasma Television System

Bang & Olufsen Beovision 12-65 New Generation Plasma Television System

To complement the dedicated center channel speaker integrated below the screen, BeoVision 12-65 New Generation Plasma Television System includes as standard a full 7.1 surround sound module. This allows you to create an acoustical experience in your own home matching most cinemas and concert halls by simply connecting your desired number of speakers directly to the TV.

For perfect customization to connected sources, BeoVision 12 New Generation includes a number of dedicated sound modes designed to automatically optimize the film viewing, gaming or dedicated music experiences to whatever you are watching or play. You can even create your own mode, if the preset modes do not fit your personal taste. With the click of a button you can switch between different speaker modes, e.g. stereo and surround sound.

Bang & Olufsen Unveils The Beovision 12-65 New Generation Plasma Television System

Bang & Olufsen Unveils The Beovision 12-65 New Generation Plasma Television System

As icing on the cake, BeoVision 12 New Generation Plasma Television System applies the new innovative TrueImageTM technology. There are many cases where the number of input channels does not match the number of loudspeakers in your configuration. If you have a large surround sound system with seven main loudspeakers and a subwoofer and you would like to re-distribute the two channels from a stereo CD to all of your loudspeakers you have to up mix the signal to this so it makes use of all the speakers in the system. Conversely, if you have two loudspeakers, but are playing a 7.1 Blu-ray, you have to ‘downmix’ to your two loudspeakers if you are to hear all components of the audio signal. The Bang & Olufsen TrueImageTM handles this up and down mixing automatically so you get the most out of your setup at any time. Continue reading

GoPro® Launches HERO3+® A Smaller, Lighter Evolution of its Best Selling Camera, GoPro Hero3.

GoPro (www.gopro.com) announced the availability of its new HERO3+ line of cameras, featuring a 20% smaller and lighter design and 30% better battery life than previous models. These upgrades, combined with an improved lens and convenient new video capture modes, produce the most advanced and easy-to-use GoPro, yet. In addition, GoPro announced several new mounting accessories that further enable immersive content capture during any activity. The

HERO3+ Black Edition in and out of waterproof housing

HERO3+ Black Edition in and out of waterproof housing

HERO3+ line of cameras and accessories are now available at www.GoPro.com and at select retailers worldwide.

GoPro makes the world’s bestselling and most versatile cameras, enabling people to capture immersive and engaging footage of themselves during their favorite activities. GoPro’s HERO line of wearable and gear mountable cameras is used collectively by more consumers, professional athletes, and video production professionals than any other camera in the world.

GoPro enables people to capture and share life experiences in a way that were never before possible. Prior to GoPro, it was very difficult for anyone to capture content of themselves doing anything without having the help of someone else to film them. GoPro cameras has ushered in a new era of self-documentation whereby people can now easily wear or mount miniature ultra wide-angle GoPro cameras to record themselves doing just about anything, anywhere. The result is a surge of immersive user-generated and professional content made possible by the versatility and affordability of GoPro’s cameras and accessories. An average of three GoPro “tagged” videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and GoPro is used by the world’s leading production companies to help produce some of

HERO3+ Black Edition in waterproof housing

HERO3+ Black Edition in waterproof housing

today’s most engaging film and television content.

In addition to being the best-selling camera globally in consumer markets*, GoPro’s HERO3 camera has also been the best-selling camera to professional production companies, on a volume basis. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recently awarded the HERO3 camera an Emmy for its contributions to filmmaking and television production.

We have used GoPro cameras in some of our biggest productions, like Survivor and The Bible. GoPro has allowed us to capture and share fascinating new perspectives that previously weren’t possible or were too costly, which in the end makes for better story telling. We are always excited to see what GoPro is working on next,” remarks award winning producer, Mark Burnett.

The HERO3+ illustrates GoPro’s commitment to innovation. We took the world’s best-selling ultra compact camera and made it better because we’re relentless in our pursuit of delivering the best possible user experience to our customers. We saw that we could make the HERO3+ significantly smaller and lighter while at the same time increasing battery life 30%. We saw the opportunity to design a sharper lens, so we did it-improving GoPro’s already highly regarded image quality. And we thought up exciting new features like SuperView, which enables the world’s most immersive wide-angle video. These are all features that we as passionate GoPro users want for ourselves, and we’re excited to share them with our customers around the world,” said Nicholas Woodman, Founder and CEO of GoPro. Continue reading

Celebrate Their First Birthday Party with Fun “Smash” Cakes from Betty Crocker

More than 374,000 babies are born in September and 367,000 in October every year.* That’s a lot of cake. To learn about the special moments during baby’s first birthday, Betty Crocker commissioned a survey with KRC Research of 500 mothers around the country who currently have children ages one to five. Respondents were 18 years of age and older, and responses were collected Aug. 27 through Sept. 1, 2013. According to the survey, the cake is one of the most important elements of a first birthday. In fact, 58 percent of moms shared that watching their one-year-olds explore, taste, smash, smear and dive in to their first birthday cake is the most memorable moment of the party, far exceeding opening gifts and singing “Happy Birthday” to their little one.

First Birthday Smash Cake

First Birthday Smash Cake

Nearly six in 10 moms say their child’s first birthday cake is a messy one, with the baby enjoying a classic “fist-and-face-full of frosting” or a “full-scale cake dive,” creating endless entertainment for everyone. And while 60 percent of moms think it’s important to make their child’s first birthday cake, 46 percent actually whipped them up at home, while 54 percent purchased them.

To make baby’s birthday festivities easy and memory-filled, Betty Crocker ( www.bettycrocker.com) has created a line-up of on-trend, pint-sized, first birthday smash cake recipes that are easy to make, and designed for that special girl or boy to scoop, smear and smash. And, to make sure everyone can “have their cake and eat it, too,” America’s baking expert is serving up simple ideas for those who prefer a sweet treat free of baby’s fingerprints.

Sprinkles Smash Cake

Sprinkles Smash Cake

Smash cakes are becoming a big trend,” said Kristen Olson, senior food editor with Betty Crocker Test Kitchens. “Our easy recipes give moms the inspiration and confidence to create adorable smash cakes that babies can’t wait to get their hands on, and moms can’t wait to show off. As a bonus, use the leftover batter for matching cupcakes for the rest of your guests.”

From round, square and number shapes to bright colors, pastels and fun textures, these itty-bitty smash cakes are as easy to make as they are to enjoy. Just remember to snap pictures before – and after – baby dives in to capture those once-in-a-lifetime messy moments and sweet smiles. Continue reading