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. ( www.brandireneedesigns.com) 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 BrandiReneeDesigns.com 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 BrandiReneeDesigns.com 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 www.Facebook.com/BRDsFashions.

BRD’s flip flop sandals are available exclusively at www.brandireneedesigns.com.

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 UGGAustralia.com 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 UGGAustralia.com 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 www.deckers.com .

— 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

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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. (www.goodwillches.org) 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 www.goodwillgridiron.com.

– 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

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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 - www.facebook.com/ponds. (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 – http://www.facebook.com/ponds. (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 - www.facebook.com/ponds. (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 – http://www.facebook.com/ponds. (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