Travel America: El Portal Hotel Sedona selected as the #1 Best Pet Friendly Hotel in America

Sedona, Arizona, known for iconic red rock formations, four mild seasons, mouth-watering cuisine and wine, and brilliant works of art; is now known as a destination perfect for man’s best friend. Dog owners will rejoice to learn that Sedona provides countless pet friendly lodging options, shopping opportunities, eateries, and even tours which allow pets to ride for free.

El Portal Hotel Sedona

El Portal Hotel Sedona

10Best (www.10best.cm) assembled an expert panel to choose their top pet friendly hotels across the nation; then asked USA Today readers to vote on their favorites.

Here is the full list of winners for Best Pet Friendly Hotel:

  •     El Portal Sedona Hotel – Sedona, AZ
  •     Red Mountain Resort – St. George, UT
  •     The Benjamin – New York City, NY
  •     Fairmont – Washington, DC
  •     Hotel Monaco – Alexandria, VA
  •     W Hotel Midtown – Atlanta, GA
  •     Loews Coronado Bay Resort – San Diego, CA
  •     The Little Nell – Aspen, CO
  •     The Loden – Vancouver, Canada
  •     Galleria Park Hotel – San Francisco, CA
  •     Provincetown, Massachusetts

Read what the experts at USA Today have to say about El Portal Sedona Hotel:

Furry friends accompany 70% of the guests who check in to El Portal Sedona Hotel, built by a pet lover with dogs in mind. Fenced yards on the bottom floor give Rover room to romp. The dog-themed bath towel to dry him after a dip in one of Sedona’s swimming holes or rinse following a hike in Red Rock country is a nice touch. Plus, the staff pet sits for free, and even feeds and walks guests’ dogs.”

Go to http://www.VisitSedona.com to plan your Sedona get-away with your companion.

New York Fashion Week Recap: Restoring One’s Karma at The Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar

Written by Phillip D. Johnson

images provided by Pivot PR

The Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar at Salon Ziba on September 9, 2013 in New York City.

The Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar at Salon Ziba on September 9, 2013 in New York City.

This past New York Fashion Week was, for God knows what reasons, more stressful any other in recent history. For the record, I love New York Fashion Week and attending the shows. I feel energized by the vibes of creativity waiting to be explored. Every season at the Tents at Lincoln Center and at other venues around Manhattan is like going to a high school or college reunion, where you are joyous in reconnecting with the people you like (and missed) and doing your level best to circumvent–by all means possible— the toxic fiends and the frenemies you (mostly) dislike and must avoid at all cost. Overall, this season, however, there was a decidedly underlying cloud of, if not rampant negativity, then snarkiness and shadiness about the whole proceeding that took most of the enjoyment out of the week for many people, including myself. What was a pleasure to look forward to–the joy of a potential “fashion moment” during a show, the clothes, gossiping with your friends while waiting for the shows to start– became a chore I was trying to avoid. Seriously, folks, most of the inhabitants of this seasonal world we call New York Fashion Week are in dire need of a psyche cleansing, in addition to a cleansing of the aura by a host of feng shui masters.

The Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar at Salon Ziba on September 9, 2013 in New York City.

The Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar at Salon Ziba on September 9, 2013 in New York City.

The Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar at Salon Ziba on September 9, 2013 in New York City.

The Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar at Salon Ziba on September 9, 2013 in New York City.

The Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar at Salon Ziba on September 9, 2013 in New York City.

The Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar at Salon Ziba on September 9, 2013 in New York City

The Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar at Salon Ziba on September 9, 2013 in New York City.

The Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar at Salon Ziba on September 9, 2013 in New York City.

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WorldofWatches.com Announces Its Think Pink Event for Breast Cancer Awareness Event This October

POPULAR ECOMMERCE RETAILER PARTNERS WITH NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION FOR MONTH LONG PROMOTION

Leading online e-commerce retailer www.WorldofWatches.com proudly announces its THINK PINK EVENT FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS this October and has partnered with the NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION (NBCF) in its mission to save lives through early detection of the disease and provide free mammograms and diagnostic breast cancer services to those in need.

Headquartered in Hollywood, Florida, www.WorldofWatches.com is the leading online retailer of popular brand name watches for men and women. Since its inception in 1997, www.WorldofWatches.com has offered exceptional discounts on popular brand name watches from TAG Heuer, Movado, Gucci, Bulova, Seiko, Stuhrling, Lucien Piccard, Swiss Legend, Skagen and more. Today, www.WorldofWatches.com features over 6,000 different watch styles from 145 of today’s most popular watch brands.

In the month of October, over thirty pink women’s watches from today’s most popular brands, including Kenneth Jay

a-Line Aroha Pink Chronograph

a-Line Aroha Pink Chronograph

Lane, Swiss Legend, Elini Barokas , a_line, Cabochon and, Lucien Piccard are included in the event. Popular fashion timepieces in pink, along with women’s chronographs, sport models, diving watches and diamond timepieces in various shades of pink are included in the promotion and are specially priced, expressly for the event. The Think Pink promotion will be featured on the www.WorldofWatches.com homepage starting October 1, 2013 and will run through the entire month. A portion of the proceeds from the event will directly benefit the NBCF. In addition, free shipping is included on all Think Pink watch purchases at www.WorldofWatches.com.

The a_line Women’s Aroha Chronograph watch, one of the timepieces featured in the event, is sure to draw all eyes. This attractive timepiece has a stainless steel case presented on a pink silicone strap with distinctive raised detail. The pink metallic dial shines with two subdials, luminous hands and hour markers. Chronograph has a date calendar, small-seconds and 60-minute timer. Features include a locking screw-down crown and case back for water resistance to 165 feet and precise quartz movement for time-keeping accuracy.

We are honored and excited to participate with the National Breast Cancer Foundation in our Think Pink event to not only spread public awareness, but to raise money and help save lives,” commented Russell Ackner, VP of Marketing of WorldofWatches.com. “What’s more, there is someone in everyone’s life affected by breast cancer … our mother’s, our sisters, our daughters, our colleagues and our co-workers and the NBCF works to help save lives through early breast cancer detection and benefit underserved women as well,” added Ackner.

Dos Equis® Unmasks Its More Interesting Side with Launch of Ultimate Masquerade

DOS EQUIS BRINGS A NEW TWIST TO THE SEASON BY HELPING FANS EMBRACE THEIR MORE INTERESTING SIDE WITH A SERIES OF MASQUERADE-THEMED CELEBRATIONS AND CONTESTS

This fall, Dos Equis® is donning its own mask and helping fans 21 and older embrace their alter egos with the launch of the Ultimate Masquerade. Starting today, Dos Equis will kick off the fall with a series of incredible events, a nationwide contest and masquerade-themed elements – all designed to help people unmask their more interesting side in a way only Dos Equis can.

Dos Equis will showcase its own mask with two brand new bottle label designs for its Lager and Ambar brews. Each pack

Dos Equis(R) Unmasks More Interesting Side with Launch of Ultimate Masquerade. (PRNewsFoto/Dos Equis)

Dos Equis(R) Unmasks More Interesting Side with Launch of Ultimate Masquerade. (PRNewsFoto/Dos Equis)

and bottle will feature a graphic designed by artist Hydro 74, and are only available while supplies last.

Dos Equis will also give fans 21 and older a chance to celebrate with the Ultimate Masquerade contest, which will send four grand prize winners on an all-expense paid trip for two to Miami to meet and greet with the Most Interesting Man in the World, and take part in the campaign’s culminating celebration on South Beach. Fans 21 and older can enter by visiting www.DosEquis.com/Masquerade, where they can enter special codes found via the new limited edition bottles and packs.

As part of the Ultimate Masquerade, the Most Interesting Man in the World will also be featured in a campaign-themed commercial, as well as four additional videos slated to run digitally through November. The 15 second spots feature the icon offering his take on a variety of seasonal happenings, such as Masquerade Parties: “If the only thing that comes off during the unmasking hour is the mask, you’ve done something wrong.”

“Discovery and adventure are crucial parts of everything we do, and we’re excited to help fans don their own mask with the Ultimate Masquerade,” said Gwendolyn Boyce, Brand Director for Dos Equis. “As the celebrations heat up, we’re excited to give people another chance to add a little interesting to their lives, courtesy of Dos Equis.”

Fans are encouraged to post photos and updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter of their own Masquerade parties and bottles using hashtag #DosEquis. For the most up to date information on the Ultimate Masquerade or Dos Equis overall, visit www.DosEquis.com/Masquerade or www.Facebook.com/DosEquis.

— Phillip D. Johnson

Travel America: Fall in Love with Cambria, California this Autumn

Burton drive, Cambria, California

Burton drive, Cambria, California

Cambria, California is the perfect place for those who think a little differently, act a little differently, and are looking for something different from their vacation; like collecting memories, moments, and the occasional seashell, or maybe discovering their inner foodie.

This fall, Cambria is the perfect place to enjoy a refined get-away on the cozy California coast. With one-of-a-kind ways to spend a few days away, Cambria welcomes travelers to experience a vacation for the mind, heart, body and soul.

Two young males having a fight on Moonstone Beach at Cambria, California

Two young male elephant seals having a fight on Moonstone Beach at Cambria, California

Cambria’s artistic community dawns some of the most stunning work in California. It’s also popularly known for the annual Scarecrow Festival, Oct. 1-31. Thirty scarecrows kicked off the first Festival in 2009, but what the creators didn’t know then, was that they were initiating one of the most artful and unique scarecrow festivals in the U.S. Visitors are often delighted and amazed at the diversity in the display of over 350 scarecrows – many of which are made by businesses and artists who compete to be the most creative. For the entire month of October, the most artistic and lively scarecrows will line the streets of Cambria’s East & West Villages and Moonstone Beach.

Scarecrow Festival - Cambria, CA - Oct 11, 2013

Scarecrow Festival – Cambria, CA – Oct 11, 2013

Scarecrow Festival - Cambria, CA - Oct 11, 2013

Scarecrow Festival – Cambria, CA – Oct 11, 2013

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Allen Edmonds Celebrates 91 Years of American Manufacturing with Their Largest Sale of the Year

The “Rediscover America” Sale offers customers the best prices of the year

Allen Edmonds Rediscover America Sale to highlight Made in America products

Allen Edmonds Rediscover America Sale to highlight Made in America products

Allen Edmonds Corporation (www.AllenEdmonds.com), a privately held, U.S.-based retailer of premium men’s footwear, apparel, leather goods and accessories with a focus on “Made in America” manufacturing announces the start of their annual “Rediscover America” national sales event, the company’s largest sale of the year. This year marks the company’s celebration of 91 years as an American-made shoe and leather goods manufacturer. While most companies have off-shored their entire production, Allen Edmonds has stayed committed to Wisconsin and the shores of Lake Michigan, creating over 300 jobs here in the U.S. The company also just opened its 45th U.S. retail location in Birmingham, Alabama.

Allen Edmonds Rediscover America Sale to highlight Made in America products

Allen Edmonds Rediscover America Sale to highlight Made in America products

In partnership with over 400 authorized dealers across America, Allen Edmonds is offering their best prices of the year on 13 specially featured shoes – in honor of the 13 original colonies. The 13 styles will be offered at 20–30 percent off and will include classic best sellers and new styles of boots, lace-ups, slip-ons, leather soles and rubber-soled styles.  In addition, all Allen Edmonds branded shoes, apparel, belts, cedar products and accessories will be 14.92 percent off in honor of Columbus Day. Continue reading

Mally Beauty for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As a mother, daughter, and woman, Mally Roncal, Celebrity Makeup Artist and President/Founder of Mally Beauty have been personally touched by breast cancer. To stand with other women who hold this cause close to their hearts, Mally is offering an uplifting seven piece collection, the Brightest Days Are Ahead Kit.

 

Mally Beauty Best Days Kit Tote

Mally Beauty Best Days Kit Tote

With each purchase, a donation will be made to the Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation’s breast cancer fundraising efforts (FFCF). FFCF leads the industry’s fundraising efforts for innovative breast cancer research and provides grants to the nation’s most distinguished breast cancer research hospitals and foundations.

Housed in a beautiful tote that reads “your best days are ahead” the Brightest Days Are Ahead Kit holds:

§  NEW Perfect Skin Illuminating Refiner with a brush and sponge

§  Perfect Prep Under Eye Brightener in Lighter

§  NEW Luxury Lipstick in Pilar Pink

§  Evercolor Shadow Stick in Empowering Lilac

§  Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Fearless Brown

§  Mally Inspirational Bag: To remind you, wherever you are, that “Your Best Days are Ahead”

The Mally Beauty Brightest Days Ahead Limited-Edition Kit retails for $59.98 (MSRP: $140.00) and is available exclusively during the month of October on QVC and online at www.QVC.com.