BRD’s Advances Fashion Footwear By Introducing The Ultimate Customizable Flip Flop Sandal

Combining fashion-forward design, luxury appeal, convenience and comfort, Texas-based Brandi Renee Designs, Inc. ( has officially introduced its BRD’s line of custom-designed flip flop sandals. The BRD’s line of customizable flip flops provide women a collection of more than 220 decorative straps, 150 different jewel stones and two varieties of soles from which a virtually unlimited variety of footwear can be designed.

Introducing BRD's, the ultimate customizable flip flop with more than 220 interchangeable straps and nearly 150 different jewels from which to choose. Visit for more information. (PRNewsFoto/Brandi Renee Designs, Inc.)

Introducing BRD’s, the ultimate customizable flip flop with more than 220 interchangeable straps and nearly 150 different jewels from which to choose. Visit for more information. (PRNewsFoto/Brandi Renee Designs, Inc.)

We are designers at heart,” said Brandi Renee Day, artist, entrepreneur and founder of Brandi Renee Designs. “Our inspiration for the BRD’s line came from years of working within the fields of fashion and design, as well as our own experiences as women looking for that perfect shoe to complement a special outfit. We believe we’ve developed the ultimate solution in a customizable, convenient shoe that is as comfortable as it is beautiful.”

What distinguishes BRD’s from other interchangeable footwear designs is the ease with which the shoes can be customized, thanks to Velcro(TM)-backed, pre-cut straps that can be affixed in seconds. A jewel snap at the center of the straps allows jewels to be interchanged with equal ease, making BRD’s the ultimate interchangeable casual chic shoe for any occasion.

Prices start at just $59.99 for a single shoe, which includes BRD’s signature clear jewel and a set of turquoise straps. Additional strap sets, stones and soles can be purchased individually, or choose from a number of pre-selected, color-coordinated packages. Each color package provides three interchangeable strap sets and two matching jewels that provide easy customized looks right out of the box. BRD’s color packages start at $34.99 each. To celebrate the launch its flip flops, BRD’s will offer Facebook followers an opportunity to win a free pair during the month of October. To learn more, visit

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UGG® Australia Launches ‘UGG By You’: Online Customization Tool to Create Personalized Footwear

On October 9th, UGG Australia will launch UGG by You, an online customization tool putting customers in control of the design process and transforming a visit to from a shopping trip to a creative experience. The customization tool allows consumers to mix and match an array of color schemes on two classic styles, the UGG Classic Short sheepskin boot and the Fluff Flip Flop, through a user-friendly design tool. There are over 11,000 color, outsole and trim combinations possible through the footwear personalization tool.

UGG by You Classic Short boot. (Courtesey of UGG Australia).  (PRNewsFoto/Deckers Outdoor Corporation)

UGG by You Classic Short boot. (Courtesey of UGG Australia). (PRNewsFoto/Deckers Outdoor Corporation)

UGG lovers have a unique, emotional connection with our brand, and with each pair they buy,” said UGG Australia president Constance X. Rishwain. “With the holidays nearing, we were really committed to rolling out a way to allow our best customers to take to a new level their engagement with us, and customizing your UGG boots or flip flops is a great holiday gift, too.”

UGG by You will live exclusively on and is available domestically in the United States at this stage. UGG by You gift cards will be sold in concept stores nation-wide, and the personalized UGG footwear will ship approximately 4-6 weeks from the order date.

UGG by You allows customers to customize UGG Classic Short sheepskin boots by boot color, binding, heel counter and outsole, with a possible 6,000 combinations made from those elements. Prices are $220 (or $225 for a metallic heel counter). In addition, customers will have the ability to customize the wildly popular Fluff Flip Flop with over 5,000 color combinations. Price is $110.

UGG® Australia has built a reputation on luxury and comfort by using only the finest materials in the world, employing the highest standards of craftsmanship and delivering new and innovative styles well beyond the original sheepskin boots and slippers. UGG Australia is recognized as a premium lifestyle brand that houses footwear, apparel, outerwear, accessories and handbags and has grown from $10 million to over $1 billion in sales. In 2011, the brand introduced UGG for Men with quarterback Tom Brady now offers the ultimate brand experience to all with over 70 stores worldwide including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing and Moscow. Every genuine UGG product is linked together by the unforgettable sheepskin experience, and a feeling that is truly like nothing else.

Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NASDAQ: DECK) strives to be a premiere lifestyle marketer that builds niche brands into global market leaders by designing and marketing innovative, functional and fashion-oriented footwear developed for both high performance outdoor activities and everyday casual lifestyle use. UGG® Australia, Teva®, Sanuk®, TSUBO®, Ahnu®, MOZO® and HOKA ONE ONE® are registered trademarks of Deckers Outdoor Corporation. For more information, visit .

— Phillip D. Johnson

Breguet Reopens Beverly Hills Boutique

New Store Concept Unveiled

World renowned watch brand, Breguet, reopened its doors to the Beverly Hills boutique after a major renovation, on Thursday, October 03, 2013 with a cocktail reception on Rodeo Drive and ribbon cutting. The ceremony was hosted by Mr. Rodolphe Schulthess , Breguet V.P. of Global Sales, Mr. Michael Nelson , Breguet U.S. Brand Manager and Mr. Frank Furlan , President, Swatch Group U.S.

World renowned watch brand, Breguet, reopened the doors to its Beverly Hills boutique after a major renovation recently with a cocktail reception and ribbon cutting on Rodeo Drive. Hosted by Rodolphe Schulthess, VP of Global Sales; Michael Nelson, US Brand Manager and Frank Furlan, President, Swatch Group US, the evening also served to introduce "Breguet the Innovator. Inventor of the Tourbillon," a global exhibition of priceless, historic timepieces that will be on display at the Rodeo Drive boutique through October 19th.  (PRNewsFoto/Breguet)

World renowned watch brand, Breguet, reopened the doors to its Beverly Hills boutique after a major renovation recently with a cocktail reception and ribbon cutting on Rodeo Drive. Hosted by Rodolphe Schulthess, VP of Global Sales; Michael Nelson, US Brand Manager and Frank Furlan, President, Swatch Group US, the evening also served to introduce “Breguet the Innovator. Inventor of the Tourbillon,” a global exhibition of priceless, historic timepieces that will be on display at the Rodeo Drive boutique through October 19th. (PRNewsFoto/Breguet)

Opened in 2006, Breguet Boutique Beverly Hills is located at the heart of Rodeo Drive and is the first store in the U.S. to be outfitted with the brand’s new retail concept. The contemporary look of decorative frosted glass is enhanced by guilloche designs in tribute to an art form first introduced on watch dials by the brand’s founder, Abraham-Louis Breguet (A.-L. Breguet). It also prominently displays the Blue Breguet Hands, a universal signature of a prestigious timepiece. In addition to the interior renovations, a specialty clock was installed on the facade of the building. The clock is a replica of the Classique Tourbillon model 3357 which is based on the original Tourbillon design from 1801.

The celebration was amplified by String Theory, a collaborative ensemble of musicians and dancers that utilize invented instruments and sonic sculpture to create their unique performance landscape and sonic footprint. The band is best known for their large-scale performance installations that transform environments and architecture into giant musical instruments. Their instruments have extended up to 800 feet transforming architecture in to giant musical instruments. At the Breguet event, String Theory turned Via Rodeo into an outdoor instrument by hoisting musical strings from the sidewalk to the rooftops of the boutiques creating an oversized aerial violin. Continue reading

Do You Speak Shoe Lover?

Leading Shoe Retailer DSW Debuts Compilation Book with Launch Party in the Shoe Obsessed City of Angels, October 10, 2013


No matter how bad the day is going, none of it seems to matter with the perfect pair of shoes. Do You Speak Shoe Lover? Style and Stories from Inside DSW, a new softcover gift book from leading shoe retailer DSW, delves into the national obsession with shoes.

To celebrate the October 8th national release of the book, DSW will host a red carpet and launch cocktail party (October 10) for celebs (Giuliana Rancic, Mimi Rogers, Marcia Cross, Jennifer Grey, Calista Flockhart), media, and fashion influencers who will be attending the Los Angeles event at The Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica to celebrate the book, and naturally, SHOES. Party highlights will include a Fabulous shoe gifting lounge, food by Thyme Cafe catering, music by dj Cheila spinning hot tracks, and speical “Shoe Lover” cocktails.

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With cover shoe by fashion footwear mogul and visionary Steve Madden, this chic book filled with photos also features a compilation of compelling stories and confessions of Shoe Lovers including actress Jennifer Grey. Readers will garner fashion advice from DSW style gurus and get behind-the-scenes movie and TV shoe nostalgia from their favorite characters in Sex in the City, Forrest Gump and The Wizard of Oz. Continue reading

Baltimore Ravens Hosts 14th Annual Goodwill Gridiron Halloween Party

Join the Baltimore Ravens and Goodwill as they team up for food, fun and a good cause

Join the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens and Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. at the 14th Annual Goodwill Gridiron Halloween party on Monday, October 28th at Dave & Buster’s in Arundel Mills Mall. This year’s Ravens hosts include defensive tackle Arthur Jones, Tackle Michael Oher and Tight Ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson and guests will include many from the area business, philanthrophic and cultural  communities. All proceeds from the event benefit Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.

The proceeds from the event will go to benefit Goodwill’s training and employment programs serving individuals with 13th-annual-goodwill-gridiron-halloween-party-51disabilities and other barriers to employment. Goodwill’s largest fundraiser for the last thirteen years, the Gridiron Halloween Party supports Goodwill’s mission of preparing people to secure and retain employment and build successful independent lives.

We are very excited for this year’s Goodwill Gridiron Halloween party,” said Lisa Rusyniak, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. We have some fantastic items in our silent auction this year and are looking forward to a great party with the Ravens, their fans and our supporters.”

The party will include video games, pool, bowling, dancing, a costume contest, catered food, an open bar and a silent auction. Items to be auctioned include an African Safari, Disney Paris, a trip to the ESPYs, gift certificates from many local restaurants and hotels, autographed memorabilia from the Ravens and The Rolling Stones, Sylvester Stallone, and much more.

For 94 years, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. ( has helped others help themselves. Revenue generated from the sale of donated goods funds job training, job placement and other human services for people who are unemployed or face other challenges to employment, including people with significant disabilities. Annually, Goodwill provides services to more than 33,000 people in need of assistance because of physical, mental or other social barriers, and places approximately 2,400 in jobs, giving them “Not a charity, but a chance.”

Tickets are $150 for individuals and $250 per couple. Costumes are optional. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

– Phillip D. Johnson

Lifestyle And Culinary Expert Donatella Arpaia Brings A Touch Of Glam To The Kitchen With The Debut Of Her Exclusive Kitchen Collection At HSN

Iron Chef Judge and Restaurateur Combines Glamour and Traditional Italian Sensibility in her Signature HSN Collection


HSN announces the premiere of the Donatella Arpaia kitchen and culinary collection launched on Monday, October 7th. The exclusive collection from the Iron Chef judge, restaurateur, author and culinary personality will include studded stoneware, table linens and Italian food items. By combining all of the entertainment essentials into one cohesive collection, Donatella helps bring people together to share, entertain and enjoy.

Named by Zagat as the “Hostess with the Mostess,” Donatella Arpaia has a reputation of fusing Italian tradition with modern, glamorous style. Her new collection brings added sparkle to the kitchen with a chic home pizza oven and luxurious rhinestone stoneware including platters, ceramic dishes and ramekins.

Donatella Arpaia 1300-Watt, Multifunctional Pizza Oven

Donatella Arpaia 1300-Watt, Multifunctional Pizza Oven

Donatella Arpaia Assorted Pizza Dough Mix - 3-pack

Donatella Arpaia Assorted Pizza Dough Mix – 3-pack

Donatella Arpaia Assorted Pizza Dough Mix - 3-pack

Donatella Arpaia Assorted Pizza Dough Mix – 3-pack

Donatella Arpaia Pearlessence 17-inch Rectangular 5-Quart Stoneware Baker - Purple

Donatella Arpaia Pearlessence 17-inch Rectangular 5-Quart Stoneware Baker – Purple

Donatella Arpaia Pearlessence Set of 4 10-ounce Ramekins - Black

Donatella Arpaia Pearlessence Set of 4 10-ounce Ramekins – Black

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Star of “Nashville” Connie Britton Partners with POND’S® to Launch BB+ Cream with Multiple Beauty Benefits

Connie Britton partners with POND'S(R) to launch Luminous Finish BB+, a new beauty benefit cream that provides flawless coverage in seconds plus a more even skin tone in two weeks - (PRNewsFoto/Unilever North America)

Connie Britton partners with POND’S(R) to launch Luminous Finish BB+, a new beauty benefit cream that provides flawless coverage in seconds plus a more even skin tone in two weeks – (PRNewsFoto/Unilever North America)

Women spend billions of dollars on cosmetics and beauty products each year because they think that a complex beauty routine is the key to them unlocking their beautiful best. Now back on set, Emmy and Golden Globe® Award nominated star of the TV series “Nashville,” Connie Britton, is busier than ever and offers up her top tips for simplifying her routine. Britton’s latest multi-tasking beauty discovery is POND’S® Luminous Finish BB+, a new beauty benefit cream that

Connie Britton partners with POND'S(R) to launch Luminous Finish BB+, a new beauty benefit cream that provides flawless coverage in seconds plus a more even skin tone in two weeks - (PRNewsFoto/Unilever North America)

Connie Britton partners with POND’S(R) to launch Luminous Finish BB+, a new beauty benefit cream that provides flawless coverage in seconds plus a more even skin tone in two weeks – (PRNewsFoto/Unilever North America)

provides flawless coverage in seconds plus a more even skin tone in two weeks. Britton is teaming up with the iconic skincare brand for the year to come – to kick off the partnership, she is inviting women to enter the “POND’S®BB+BFF Sweepstakes” to celebrate the two beauty boosters women cannot live without – POND’S® BB+ and their best friend forever (BFF).

New POND’S® Luminous Finish BB+ is the latest addition to the POND’S® Luminous Line. The multi-tasking beauty benefit cream provides flawless coverage in seconds plus more even skin tone in two weeks and has a unique pigment system designed to immediately conceal imperfections for natural-looking coverage. Unlike other BB creams, it is formulated with Tone Perfecting Complex that visibly fades dark spots.  The SPF 15 formula contains UVA and UVB sun protection against skin-damaging rays. The BB+ cream has a superior* coverage of imperfections, dark spot reduction and non-greasy feel with a matte finish.

I have tried many products over the years and have a cabinet full of the latest moisturizers, sunscreens and foundations to prove it,” says Britton.  “I was so excited to finally discover POND’S® Luminous Finish BB+, a product that has short and long term benefits – it gives me flawless coverage instantly and evens out my skin tone while brightening and moisturizing my skin.  It really does it all and keeps its promise. ”

Four times Emmy nominated, Connie Britton, is an actress who continually receives accolades for her work in television and film.  After stand-out roles on series such as “Spin City,” “24,” and “The West Wing,” she starred in one of the best reviewed shows on television, NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” created by Peter Berg, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2010 and then again in 2011.

Britton returned to the small screen this past fall starring in ABC’s highly anticipated drama, “Nashville,” in which she plays Rayna James, a legendary country music superstar, earning Britton her first Golden Globe nomination and fourth Emmy nomination.  Britton most recently starred as the female lead in “American Horror Story,” Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s Golden Globe and Emmy nominated series for FX for which she received her third Emmy Nomination. She will next be seen in the film, “The To Do List,” alongside Aubrey Plaza and Andy Samberg. She also appeared last summer’s “Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World” with Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley. Continue reading

Helzberg Diamonds Goes Platinum: Platinum Bridal Collection To Debut In Select Stores Nationwide

Following a successful test launch, Helzberg Diamonds, in conjunction with Platinum Guild International (PGI USA, is preparing for the official launch of its new platinum collection of engagement rings and wedding bands in select stores nationwide in October. The 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. Platinum is naturally white and, unlike other white metals, will never change color or fade so it is the perfect choice for jewelry that symbolizes a lasting relationship. (See more facts about platinum, platinum jewelry designs, retailer locations and much more on

Helzberg Diamonds Goes Platinum: Platinum Bridal Collection To Debut In Select Stores Nationwide.  (PRNewsFoto/Platinum Guild International)

Helzberg Diamonds Goes Platinum: Platinum Bridal Collection To Debut In Select Stores Nationwide. (PRNewsFoto/Platinum Guild International)

Helzberg Diamonds®, a retail and online jewelry store focused on customer service, was founded in 1915 and has more than 230 stores nationwide, featuring a wide selection of fine jewelry, including diamond engagement rings and wedding rings, precious gems and watches. In support of the collection, PGI USA is providing platinum training in all stores and also offering online training. The platinum styles will be featured in Helzberg’s advertising as well as in-store brochures and counter signs.

Helzberg is dedicated to unparalleled quality and service so platinum bridal jewelry is a natural fit for their stores,” says PGI USA president Huw Daniel.  “Helzberg Associates shine in their enthusiasm and expertise, and we are thrilled with how the platinum collection has been received thus far.”

Celebrate a love that lasts forever with the enduring beauty and strength of platinum. It is a feeling you never want to end. Filled with hope and promise. Strong enough to stand the test of time. Mark your enduring love with the beauty and strength of platinum. Never changing, never fading, it is the ultimate symbol of your lifelong commitment to one another.”

Helzberg CEO Beryl Raff says, “At Helzberg, we strive to make the experience of purchasing an engagement ring and wedding band a truly special one.  We believe that by offering a couple platinum rings and bands, we are offering a quality that symbolizes their lifelong journey. Helzberg believes in platinum.”

For the locations nearest you, call 1-800-HELZBERG (800-435-9237) or visit

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The Metropolitan at The 9 To Bring A New Cosmopolitan Residential Lifestyle To Downtown Cleveland


A distinctive, new complex, called The 9, being constructed at the intersection of E. 9th and Euclid in downtown Cleveland will soon become an urban luxury destination that will redefine the way locals and travelers live, stay, work and play in the city. At its peak, the $250 million project will employ 1,000 construction workers. The hotel, residences and restaurants are all scheduled to open simultaneously in the fall of 2014.

When it opens in late 2014, the former AmeriTrust tower and historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda will be transformed into a modern-meets-historic luxury hotel called The Metropolitan at The 9, high-end urban residences, the Adega restaurant (featuring modern Mediterranean cuisine and downtown’s largest outdoor dining area), a theater (The Alex Theater) that features live entertainment and film screenings, 12,000 feet of meeting and event space, a Heinen’s grocery store and marketplace, plus  a host of other amenities.

Among those amenities will be Azure Sky, downtown’s largest rooftop bar and sun deck, an indoor dog park, plus a spa and fitness club. Residents will also be able to rent a bike or charge the batteries on their Tesla, visit The 9’s speakeasy or have a pastrami sandwich at the New York-style deli.

Rendering of The 9, new cosmopolitan complex being constructed in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The space will occupy the former AmeriTrust tower and historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda. (PRNewsFoto/GEIS Companies)

Rendering of The 9, new cosmopolitan complex being constructed in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The space will occupy the former AmeriTrust tower and historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda. (PRNewsFoto/GEIS Companies)

Residents of The 9 can choose from 105 spacious luxury apartments, including one of 16 custom-designed Sky Suites with massive windows that provide panoramic views of downtown Cleveland. All residences will have access to The Metropolitan Hotel’s guest services, including housekeeping, 24-hour room service and valet parking.

Cleveland-based GEIS Companies has teamed up with Sandvick Architects of Cleveland (a consultant on the project that specializes in adapting historic structures) to bring new life to what has long an overlooked area of the city. The team plans to preserve and interlace iconic architectural features with modern technology and design concepts.

The 9 will be like no other hotel or residence in the city – or the country for that matter,” said Greg Geis, CEO of GEIS Companies. “From the old bank vaults that we are turning into private dining areas and the magnificent Tiffany glass dome of the rotunda building, to the bellmen and intuitive technology that will recognize and anticipate our visitors’ needs, The 9 will be a marquee destination that rivals anything in the country – but also celebrates what’s great about Cleveland and its rich history.” Continue reading

Free PhotoPlus Expo Mobile App Puts Planning, Registration, Seminar and Event Scheduling in the Palm of Your Hand

iOS/Android/BlackBerry App Offers Smart Bookmarks for “Must-See” Exhibitors, Show Floor Maps, Listings of Seminars, Events and More

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo has announced a new app for iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices is now available for this year’s event, scheduled October 23-26, 2013, at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. The new app provides tremendous support to attendees to register for the show and search, plan, and bookmark “favorite” seminars, exhibitors and events directly through their handheld device from anywhere in the world.


Having very detailed descriptions of PhotoPlus Expo activities at their fingertips, attendees can easily organize all their favorite seminars, exhibitors, products and events to better prioritize their time on and off the show floor while staying up-to-date on all that is happening during the show. The app allows users to find information easily and stay informed while on the go, helping to make the most of their experience. Users can view information on exhibitors, educational seminars, keynotes and special evening events, registration, show floor and convention center maps, shuttle bus info, and other planning tools.

The PhotoPlus Expo mobile app is an effective and efficient way for attendees to manage, maintain, and modify their time and schedule while attending PhotoPlus Expo,” explains Lauren Wendle, VP and Publisher, The Photo Group.” “There is a lot to see and do at PhotoPlus Expo and the ability to prioritize specific activities or modify as needed is an enormous benefit to attendees who want to experience everything important to them at the show.”

Features of the PhotoPlus Expo mobile app include:

  • Complete      list of seminars by title, date, speaker, and track
  • Full      list of over 250 exhibitors by name, booth number and product category
  • Keynote      Presentations by date, title and speaker
  • Satisfaction      rating system for seminars and speakers
  • Show      floor map with dynamic booth locators
  • “SmartRoute”      with point-to-point directions to exhibitors bookmarked as “favorites”
  • Easy      bookmarking of exhibitors, seminars and products
  • Links      to up to date show information on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube

The 2013 PhotoPlus Expo mobile app is now available for download at the iTunes Store for Apple devices, Google Play for Android devices or BlackBerry World for Blackberry devices.

Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries, PhotoPlus Expo ( showcases the latest advances in photography, digital imaging and video and attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services – everything from image capture and color management to retouching and storage – all from the industry’s leading manufacturers. The show also offers photography, video and digital imaging seminars taught by world-renowned experts with a focus on cutting-edge innovations in digital imaging products and techniques.

For more information or for frequent updates, visit the PhotoPlus Expo website or become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.




Ming Tsai’s “Simply Ming” Collection Launches on HSN

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Ming Tsai has debuted his collection of “Simply Ming” cutting edge kitchen tools and accessories on HSN, and HSN mobile. The high-quality line combines functional innovation with Ming Tsai’s extensive culinary background to create uniquely engineered products that are perfect for the demands of today’s home cooks. Throughout his career, Ming Tsai has proven that he not only loves to cook, but has a true passion for showing others how easy it is to cook.  The “Simply Ming” Collection is a natural extension of this commitment.

The “Simply Ming” Collection can be used by experienced chefs and novices alike.  Materials like hard-anodized aluminum and high-end ceramics help deliver overall performance and durability.

Simply Ming HSN Premiere 4-piece Aero Knife Gourmet Set

Simply Ming HSN Premiere 4-piece Aero Knife Gourmet Set

Ming Tsai Simply Ming Bamboo Cutting Board with Magnetic Knife

Ming Tsai Simply Ming Bamboo Cutting Board with Magnetic Knife

Simply Ming HSN Premiere 4-piece Aero Knife Gourmet Set

Simply Ming HSN Premiere 4-piece Aero Knife Gourmet Set

The line will offer a variety of culinary products and cookbooks and include exclusive configurations of: the 4-piece AeroKnife™ Set; Edge of Glory Knife Sharpener; the Bamboo Cutting Board with Built in Magnetic Knife Technology; a Nuwave Cooking Station Induction Burner; and a Nuwave Elite 9″ Frypan.  Additionally, the collection will include two cookbooks, Simply Ming One-Pot Meals and Simply Ming in Your Kitchen, featuring many of his East-West favorites. Continue reading

Fujitsu Unveils New ScanSnap Scanner Designed for Simple, One-Button Scanning of Bound and Over-Sized Documents Such as Books, Magazines and Newspapers


Fujitsu, the market leader in document imaging scanners, today introduced the newest addition to its award-winning ScanSnap product lineup, the ScanSnap SV600, featuring a new versatile technique to quickly and easily digitize bound, fragile and large documents such as magazines, books, newspapers, drawings, photos, paintings, business cards and much more. While still maintaining the ScanSnap legacy of providing easy-to-use one-button scanning and advanced imaging technology, the SV600 utilizes its compact scanning design to turn hard-to-scan objects into PDF or JPEG files which can then be easily stored, shared and accessed.

The ScanSnap SV600 is equipped with new “Versatile Imaging Technology” (VI Technology) allowing the scanner to minimize the unevenness in image quality and generate a smooth, uniform digital image that looks natural to the reader’s eye. This is important when scanning thick, bound and uneven documents such as books, magazines and artwork. Its single camera scan functionality also gives users the ability to scan valuable and delicate documents without ever touching the surface.

The new ScanSnap SV600 scanning a magazine.  (PRNewsFoto/Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.)

The new ScanSnap SV600 scanning a magazine. (PRNewsFoto/Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.)

The ScanSnap SV600 also includes “Book Image Correction” and “Page Turning Detection” functionality. The Book Image Correction compensates for the curvature in open books or magazines and automatically corrects the distortion in the scanned image, and then you can confirm and fine-tune the images on the preview dialog after scanning. Its Page Turning Detection automatically identifies when a page is turned for continuous, hassle-free one-button scanning. Check out this video tutorial of the ScanSnap SV600 for a glimpse into its versatile scanning features.

The ScanSnap SV600 adds an entirely new document imaging feature set to the ScanSnap scanner line providing customers with Fujitsu Logoa compact, yet feature-rich scanner capable of digitizing documents such as books, magazines and artwork,” said Scott Francis, senior vice president of marketing, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. “It’s the perfect solution for anyone looking for a simple, efficient, and affordable way to preserve those hard-to-scan documents and access them anywhere, anytime.”

Additional Details of the new ScanSnap SV600

The ScanSnap SV600 allows users to quickly transform their paperwork into editable documents at the push of a button. It can scan large documents up to 1.18 inches high and 11″ x 17″ in length in less than 3 seconds (600dpi, color) and is capable of scanning multiple documents at the same time, such as business cards or photos, which can then be automatically cropped into individual digitized documents. Continue reading

Polk Partners with Pop-Rock Band Walk Off the Earth to Launch Nationwide Talent Competition


Today, Polk ( announced the launch of its “Listen to the Music” campaign, which pays tribute to The Doobie Brothers’ classic rock hit of the same name, reimagines the song across genres, and celebrates Polk’s 40 years in building world-class audio. The multi-platform “Listen to the Music” campaign includes a collaboration with Canadian pop-rock band and YouTube viral video sensation Walk Off the Earth, social media contest, and mobile recording studio that will travel across the nation through spring 2014.

Walk Off the Earth

Walk Off the Earth

At the heart of the “Listen to the Music” campaign is a call to musicians of all genres to reinterpret The Doobie Brothers’ hit song “Listen to the Music” and submit a video of their cover as part of a nationwide artist competition. The “Listen to the Music” video contest is now open for nationwide submissions; additionally, bands can record and submit their cover of The Doobie Brothers’ track from a Polk mobile recording studio, which begins its nationwide tour in New York City. The Polk team gutted a classic artist tour bus and outfitted the vehicle with recording and video equipment, providing a mobile studio for bands around the U.S. that want to get involved with the campaign. On the bus, musicians can record audio and video of their cover and submit their track to the contest page. Additionally, bands and musicians can check the website for a list of local tour stops.

Walk Off the Earth

Walk Off the Earth

Beginning Oct. 12, the bus will travel to State College, Pa., for the Penn State vs. Michigan football game. It will then travel to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Florida vs. Georgia game on Nov. 3; to Phoenix, Ariz., on Nov. 16 for the Arizona State vs. Oregon State game; to Los Angeles on Nov. 23 for the UCLA vs. Arizona State University game; to San Jose, Calif., on Nov. 30 for the Stanford vs. Notre Dame game; and finally to San Diego, Calif., on Dec. 30 for The Holiday Bowl. The bus

Polk logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Polk)

Polk logo. (PRNewsFoto/Polk)

will round out the tour next year with stops at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January; the Super Bowl and The Daytona 500 in February; and Mardi Gras in New Orleans and SXSW in Austin, Texas, in March.

To kick off the platform and inspire contest participants, Polk tapped Walk Off the Earth—which garnered more than 155 million YouTube views with its cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” and recently released R.E.V.O., a full-length album of original songs on Columbia Records featuring the hit single “Red Hands” and follow-up single “Gang of Rhythm“—to record a fresh interpretation of “Listen to the Music.” (Video available at:

Walk Off the Earth band members will also serve as contest judges, helping to narrow all entries on the Polk Facebook contest to 10 finalists, with a public vote determining the final winner. The artist or band selected will get the chance to open for Walk Off the Earth and nine-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, John Legend, at a concert in January 2014, as well as win a suite of Polk listening products. Continue reading

The MAK GAMES 2013: A benefit for the MAK Center for Art & Architecture L.A.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Sheats/Goldstein Residence

2-6 PM (Games start promptly at 3PM)



An exclusive and exciting event, the MAK GAMES 2013 is a cocktail party and invitational tennis tournament to benefit the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in Los Angeles, California. This fantastic fall fundraiser is held in the spectacular architectural setting of the Sheats/Goldstein Residence, designed by renowned architect John Lautner in 1963. Guided tours of the house will be conducted throughout the event.

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture occupies a unique position in the Los Angeles cultural landscape. It produces critically acclaimed exhibitions exploring contemporary and modern art and architecture, and presents publications, new art commissions, symposia, lecture series, performances, concerts, public art projects, architecture tours, and more. A satellite of the Museum for Applied Art and Contemporary Art in Vienna (MAK), the MAK Center conserves and maintains three significant works of modern architecture by R. M. Schindler in Los Angeles. The MAK Center is headquartered at the Schindler House on Kings Road (RMS, 1922), and runs an international artist and architect in residency program at the Mackey Apartments (RMS, 1939).

John Lautner's Sheats-Goldstein Residence (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Daniels)

John Lautner’s Sheats-Goldstein Residence (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Daniels)

Over an afternoon of drinks, BBQ, and a sunset awards ceremony, guests will cheer on cultural luminaries such as writer/director Stephen Gaghan, artist Charles Gaines, social entrepreneur Ben Goldhirsh, Hammer Museum director of exhibitions and publications Brooke Hodge, architecture historian/archivist/curator Nicholas Olsberg, design and fine art auctioneer Viveca Paulin, LACMA chief curator Franklin Sirmans, and others as they compete for the MAK Cup at the newly completed Goldstein Court.  Broadcaster/former professional tennis player Justin Gimelstob will guide the MAK GAMES as emcee. Continue reading

Bang & Olufsen presents the first installment of ‘The Living Room Tour’ with Paul McCartney


On 15th October, Bang & Olufsen will present Paul McCartney in conversation about his NEW album, set for release on October 14thNEW is Paul’s first album of brand new recording material since 2007 and sees him working with producers Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns, Paul Epworth and Giles Martin for the first time ever.  ‘The Living Room Tour’ will provide an opportunity for people from across the world to put their questions to Paul about writing the album, working with new producers and the recording process.

Bang & Olufsen presents Living Room Tour with Paul McCartney.(PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

Bang & Olufsen presents Living Room Tour with Paul McCartney.(PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

NEW, already hailed by critics as McCartney’s ‘best album in decades’, is available beginning October 14, 2013. Hear Paul McCartney talk live about the inspiration and influences behind his new album on October 15th, 2pm UK time/9 AM US Eastern at and tweet #askmccartney for your chance to have your question answered by Paul himself.

This exciting event will be the first installment of ‘The Living Room Tour’ – an on-going project where Bang & Olufsen brings the audience one step closer to the music and artists they love. The event also provides artists with space to share their love of music and talk about the nuances, inspiration and intentions behind their own sounds.

We are excited to work with Paul McCartney – the world’s most iconic musician,” Tue Mantoni, the CEO of Bang & Olufsen iterates. “Bang & Olufsen and Paul McCartney share an immense passion for great sound and we believe our brand is the perfect platform to convey his true intentions and emotions. With Bang & Olufsen you get the full experience.”

‘The Living Room Tour’ is built around this shared passion for great sound and the belief that great music deserves to be heard as the artist intended. This is only possible with the highest quality speakers and every single Bang & Olufsen product is meticulously designed to deliver immaculate sound quality in your home, with particular focus on the living room – the heart of the home and the room where our love of great sound is most apparent and most explored.

Bang & Olufsen recently announced the launch of Immaculate Wireless Sound – Bang & Olufsen’s latest innovation in sound, design and technology, which will form the backbone for a launch of several new speaker products at the end of October.

Apollo Circle Benefit on November 14 at Metropolitan Museum of Art Marks Event’s 10th Anniversary

The METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART’s Apollo Circle group for young patrons will hold its TENTH GALA BENEFIT at the Museum on Thursday, November 14, from 9 p.m. to midnight at THE TEMPLE OF DENDUR in THE SACKLER WING.  The theme of this year’s black-tie event, Between the Seams, is inspired by the exhibition Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800, on view at the Met through January 5, 2014.

The Benefit is sponsored by Maiyet, the luxury fashion brand which celebrates rare artisanal skills and textiles from ba5e5e3bc7cfec3e7c562ed32c617f57unexpected places and in doing so, seeks to promote prosperity and dignity in places that need it most.

Apollo Circle Chairs Genevieve Kinney, Alejandro Santo Domingo, and Laura Z. Stone will be joined by Benefit Chairs Alexi Ashe and Seth Meyers, Ariel Ashe, Meredith Melling Burke, Selby Drummond, Sylvana Ward Durrett, Amanda Hearst, Joanna Hillman, Jessica Joffe, Joann Pailey, Sophie Pera, Ashley Wilcox Platt, Lauren Remington Platt, Bettina Prentice, Caroline Cummings Rafferty, Elettra Wiedemann, the Benefit committee, and nearly 1,000 guests for cocktails and dancing.  Brendan Fallis will DJ.

The Apollo Circle, founded in 1997, is a special Membership group for young donors of the Museum. Named after the Greek god of youth and the arts, The Apollo Circle engages its Members in a variety of educational and social activities and provides incomparable insights into the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.  Proceeds from the Benefit support The Apollo Circle Fund for Art Conservation.

A design-driven luxury label founded in 2011, Maiyet makes women’s ready-to-wear clothing, jewelry, handbags, and shoes.  The company, which seeks to elevate the next generation of master craftsmen from places such as India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mongolia, and Peru, is deeply committed to forging partnerships with artisans to promote sustainable business growth and has a strategic partnership with Nest, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to training and developing artisan businesses. Nest deploys customized programs which allow craftsmen to create higher quality products, earn higher wages, employ more people, and encourage stability and prosperity in their communities.

INTERWOVEN GLOBE: THE WORLDWIDE TEXTILE TRADE, 1500-1800 is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund, The Coby Foundation, Ltd., The Favrot Fund, the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund, and the Quinque Foundation.

Ticket prices are $200 for Apollo Circle Members ($250 after November 7), $300 for non-Apollo Circle Members ($350 after November 7), and $500 for Benefactor Tickets.  Ticket packages are also available.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.  Tickets can be purchased online at

ELIE SAAB and evian® Celebrate Purity


evian ( is partnering with Elie SAAB, to create a limited edition glass bottle that is a joint celebration of both brands’ pursuit of purity in design. The partnership between evian and Elie SAAB is the latest to follow six years of evian associating itself with international fashion brands.

A Tribute to Purity - ELIE SAAB & evian(R) - Limited Edition 2014.  (PRNewsFoto/evian)

A Tribute to Purity – ELIE SAAB & evian(R) – Limited Edition 2014. (PRNewsFoto/evian)

The evian Limited Edition Collection first launched in 1992 with the Olympic Games Limited Edition bottle. evian has

evian & Elie SAAB Limited Edition 2014 Bottle.  (PRNewsFoto/evian)

evian & Elie SAAB Limited Edition 2014 Bottle. (PRNewsFoto/evian)

since partnered with the world’s most esteemed designers, including Issey Miyake, Paul Smith, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix and Courreges, Diane von Furstenberg, and now Elie Saab.  From bold and innovative designs to international fashion designer collaborations, each Limited Edition bottle design celebrates the perfectly pure water inside, evian Natural Spring Water, and maintains the evian Live young spirit: “Youth is not a matter of age, it is an attitude“.

(This year, the two brands unite with the common theme of purity. The bottle is decorated with a signature Elie SAAB lace pattern, which recalls the feminine and elegant designs featured so prominently in the brand’s collections. The delicate white lace has been applied with architectural accuracy, bringing added refinement to the clean lines of the bottles silhouette. The final creations symbolize the immaculate craftsmanship, and mutual sophistication that both Elie SAAB and evian are renowned for.

evian water starts as snow and rain on the peaks of the pristine French Alps. Protected deep in the heart of the mountains, each drop filters through layers of mineral-rich glacial sands for over 15 years. Pure as nature intended, the water springs from the source in Evian-Les-Bains where it’s been bottled since 1826.

The 2014 Limited Edition bottle by ELIE SAAB will be available for purchase at, and at select restaurants and hotels, including Sofitel Luxury Hotels nationwide beginning October 2013.

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Neiman Marcus Presents The 87th Edition Of Its Legendary Christmas Book


The 2013 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was unveiled yesterday by luxury retailer Neiman Marcus in Dallas. The 87th edition of this legendary book continues Neiman Marcus’s unmatched tradition of offering its customers a selection of spectacular and unique holiday gifts sure to make even their wildest dreams come true.


Neiman Marcus represents the finest and most unique merchandise the world has to offer. It evokes images of preeminent designers and elegant fashion, luxurious furnishings and incomparable gifts. Since its inception in 1907, Neiman Marcus has operated by a fundamental and abiding principle: to exceed the customer’s expectations. Today, the tradition behind Neiman Marcus supports one of the nation’s leading specialty retail organizations with more than five million gross square feet of store operations in the United States, including 41 Neiman Marcus stores, two Bergdorf Goodman stores and 36 Last Call outlet centers. The company’s Neiman Marcus Online division also operates web sites that offer customers the leading assortment of luxury merchandise for women, men and home. In addition, the company has a thriving direct marketing and catalog business.

The arrival of the annual Christmas Book is considered by many to mark the official start of the holiday shopping season. This year’s edition of the Christmas Book carries on the Neiman Marcus tradition of presenting a refined selection of items across a broad range of categories for everyone on your holiday shopping list. With a new collection of fantasy gifts certain to satisfy even the most indulgent appetite, the Christmas Book features exceptional and distinctive gifts and experiences, including a Bespoke Global Falconry Companion, Ciclotte Exercise Bicycle, and a Glass House Experience. This year’s featured car is a Neiman Marcus 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante. The “His & Hers” Fantasy Gift tradition continues this year with the Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment System, a 201” outdoor telescoping screen with surround sound speakers.

First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Building on tradition through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and mystical gifts.

The annual holiday tradition continues this year with a new selection of fantasy gifts that cater to people’s wildest dreams and promise to provide truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” said John E. Koryl, President of Neiman Marcus Direct. “This year’s gifts live up to the time honored tradition of presenting our customers with the rare and unusual, while also incorporating our long legacy of always giving back.”

Neiman Marcus recently announced that it would begin offering free standard shipping and returns for all domestic purchases made online.

Among the selection of fantasy gifts in the 2013 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book are some exceptional items, including:

Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment System

Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment System

A true audio- and video-phile’s dream, you click a button and your television emerges from its discreet, underground cache, telescoping upward and unfolding to reveal its mega 201″ C SEED screen. The accompanying speakers, developed by CAT-California Audio Technology, Inc., use the most advanced marine-grade components specifically developed for super yachts. The system includes technologically advanced speakers, subwoofers, and amplifiers that project unparalleled sound, a DirecTV® satellite and DVD management system, and a built-in movie package featuring up to 300 movies and concerts (The American Film Institute’s 100 Most Thrilling American Films and 100 Greatest Love Stories, the remaining 100 are your choice). That never-ending argument over who controls the remote is no longer an issue. Two Apple® mini iPadsTM serve as the remotes; one for him and one for her. With every Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment System purchase, Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. ($1,500,000; pages 48-49) Continue reading