Let’s Break Out The Booze and Have a Ball…

By Phillip D. Johnson


As we enter the last days of 2013, we all have something to celebrate. If you have had a very good year (especially on the financial front), more power to you. If your year has been less than perfect, then you really need a good party and high hopes for 2014. If, like Queen Elizabeth II in 1992, you have had an annus horribilis, a terrible year; then you really need to have a party to celebrate the hopefully brighter future. The cocktail drink and winter season recipes below came courtesy from many sources but they all have one thing in common: You are likely to fall in love with them and add them your party drink arsenal. Whether it’s a party of one, a family gathering, cocktails with friends or a year-end celebration in a professional setting, there’s something here for everyone. Salud.

The book, Aphrodisiacs, with a Twist! by Mark Sexauer, is designed for both home and professional bartenders, foodies, cocktail enthusiasts, couples, entertainers and theme parties. Fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs that are historical aphrodisiacs are used in making nearly 100 original “craft” style cocktail recipes that are creatively approachable to home bartenders while keeping the attention of the professionals. Recipes by Mark Sexauer

Rompope (i.e. Mexican Eggnog)

There are hundreds, if not thousands of recipes and variations for Rompope in books and on the internet.  In Mexico you will see flavored versions usually with almonds, cinnamon or strawberries.  I’m not a big fan of most variations of Rompope because I love the basic recipe at its foundation so much.  The recipe is simple (if you don’t count the hard shaking involved) and offers a familiar flavor profile to eggnog that people will instantly be thinking of as they close their eyes and savor the taste.” – Mark Sexauer

  • 1 1/2 ounces brandy
  • 3/4 ounces agave syrup
  • 1/4 ounces smoky mezcal (optional, but super worth it)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 ounces whole milk
  • dash pure vanilla extract
  • dash almond extract
  • pinch of powdered cinnamon
  • top angostura bitters swirl, as garnish

PREP: Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice and shake very VERY hard to emulsify the egg.  Strain into a glass of your choice (double old fashioned and small wine glasses work well) and top with angostura bitters using a straw to swirl a design.

Preparation Notes: If you are making this drink as a single recipe, which is how it reads (although easily multiplied) there is a bit of showmanship here with the use of the whole egg.  There are still a large number of people who are not familiar (grossed out) with the use of whole eggs in drinks yet are eager to eat raw cookie dough?  Trust me, not only are you 100% safe but it will open you up to many more amazing whole egg and egg white cocktails.

Mulled Wine (i.e. Spiced Wine)

“Few things get people in a positive mood for the long cold winter months like mulled wine.  Most commonly called spiced wine here in the United States or sometimes glühwein in German speaking countries it is a great addition to any winter menu or holiday party.”

Mulled wine in its many forms through time was created, like vermouth, because wine went bad much faster before refrigeration and vacuum sealed wine corks.  Adding spices and herbs to wine was common even well into the 20th century.  There are countless recipes available and even pre-packaged “mulling spices” you can buy at most grocery stores.  Of course there is no way around it but the best spiced wines are made from scratch.”

I have used the recipe below for many years with people begging for the recipe after parties.  I like to use brown sugar in place of cane sugar; I feel a hint of molasses makes this recipe even more iconic for the holidays.  I also use a Syrah (Shiraz) for my base wine because even though it is a dry wine, as most reds are, Syrah’s are medium in tannins, medium in acidity, have rich full aromas of dark plums and ripe fruit all of which are perfect for mulled wine.

The use of whole milk instead of cream lightens the drink without comprising the idea or general flavor.  In fact, I am happy to drink a number of these in one sitting as they are much lighter then they read on paper. The mezcal is optional but gives this drink more depth. – Mark Sexaeur

Mulled Wine

  • 1 bottle syrah (I used a big syrah with notes of plums)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (how come you taste so good….)
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • Zest and juice of one orange
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 8 whole peppercorns
  • 8 whole allspice
  • 3 small cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon honey

PREP: Pour the entire bottle of wine in a large pot with a lid over medium-low heat.  Put cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, and allspice into a pan over medium-high heat and roast until a strong aroma is apparent.  Some popping is normal but do not burn.  After roasting the spices put them into the pot with the wine.  Combine the remaining ingredients and turn heat to low and simmer covered for one hour.  Remove from heat and let cool for 10-20 minutes to finish infusing spices into wine.  Strain and pour wine into a sealable container.  It is much better if you refrigerate overnight if you have the time to let the flavors infuse completely but either way make sure to serve warm, it’s not so good cold?

Preparation Notes: Do not boil the wine, it will tasted oxidized!  Taste often, especially if you are deviating from the recipe.  The longer the spices sit, the stronger they will infuse into your wine which can be good or bad depending on the spice and be especially careful with cloves as they are very potent.

When serving, I find that using a soup warmer, crock pot or even a cleaned out coffee pot works well to keep the wine warm throughout the night.

Variation: Mexican Spiced Wine: You can spin the base recipe above, like any recipe, a number of ways.  One fun way is make a Mexican Spiced Wine substituting some of the ingredients with others for a different flavor profile.  For example I used tequila instead of brandy as the fortifier.  Agave instead of brown sugar, mostly, and adding spices like cumin.  The flavor profile is not extremely different then the above recipe but it shows that if you get creative you can come up with your own unique spiced wine to fit any purpose, theme or meal.

Mexican Spiced Wine

  • 1 bottle malbec (a big one with spiciness)
  • ½ cup amber agave syrup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup reposado tequila
  • Zest and juice of one orange
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • Zest and juice of two medium limes
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 8 whole peppercorns
  • 8 whole allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon whole cumin
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract

Follow the same preparation as the mulled wine recipe.

If you haven’t heard the buzz, premium spirits and wine company Pernod Ricard recently launched a new,

experimental brand of vodka called, ODDKA by WyborowaODDKA Vodka has six distinct flavors (Apple Pie, Electricity, Fresh Cut Grass, Salty Caramel Popcorn, Wasabi and Original) that will be sure to excite, delight, and spark an ODD conversation. ODDKA Vodka has created these recipes with the unique and “odd” individual in mind. With flavors like  these, your cocktail bar is sure to spark a fun festive conversation.

Last & First

Last & First

Last & First

  • 50 ml / 2 Oz ODDKA Apple Pie
  • 30 ml /1 Oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 20 ml / 3/4 Oz Simple Syrup
  • 40 ml / 1 1/2 Oz Fresh pineapple juice
  • 3 Raspberries
  • 3 Blackberries

PREP: Pour all ingredients and ice into a shaker. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a fresh berry. Continue reading

Give A Gift That Gives Back This Holiday Season


United Way Worldwide and its partners are offering alternative holiday gift ideas and other great ways to give back this holiday season to help improve lives and make communities stronger all year long. As the largest privately funded nonprofit in the world, United Way works to create a better life for all people by focusing on education, income and health. Examples include:

#GivingTuesday: United Way is encouraging partners, supporters and its network of 1,800 United Ways around the world to give back – not just money, but time and influence as well.

Microsoft Corporation employees are selling the 2013 Discover | photographers@Microsoft book of photography for $50 plus shipping. Purchases can me made online or at certain locations. Microsoft donates all sales to United Way—including a company match on employee book purchases and employee volunteer hours to create the book. To date, Microsoft has raised more than $200,000 for United Way through book sales.

American Express: When you buy this Special Edition United Way Gift Card between 10/1/2013 and 9/30/2014, we will donate 100% of the Gift Card fee to United Way to help the common good through education, income, and health programs.

GE: At the online GE Appliance Outlet Store, GE donates 2% of the product purchase price to United Way.

Amazon recently launched AmazonSmile where customers can shop on Amazon and donate 0.5% of the price of eligible items to over one million charitable organizations—including United Way.

Kellogg Company has a consumer loyalty program, Kellogg’s Family Rewards™ www.Kelloggsfamilyrewards.com – customers collect points from products they purchase and then redeem points online—including the option to donate to United Way.

Target: For the 23rd consecutive year, Target stores across the country will donate more than 7,000 holiday trees to United Way as part of the Target Share-a-Tree program. Trees will be distributed to families in need as well as partners such as shelters, community centers and childcare programs.

U.S. Bank gives consumers $1 for trying U.S. Bank Bill Pay when they donate $1 to one of four selected charities, including United Way. U.S. Bank matches up to $50,000 annually in Bill Pay Giving donations.

According to the 2012 Cone Holiday Trend Tracker, nearly three-quarters (71%) of consumers expect companies to support causes during the holidays; 75% of consumers say they feel better about companies that support holiday causes; and 71% indicate they would choose a gift that supports a cause over one that does not.

You can give, advocate and volunteer to make your community a better place; just visit www.unitedway.org, follow @UnitedWay or check out www.Facebook.com/UnitedWay.



Beginning with a preview on Sunday, December 1, customers can shop the most spectacular deals on thousands of items to kick off the online holiday shopping season


Macy’s is kicking off the biggest online shopping holiday of the year with spectacular specials on hundreds of items for him, her and the home online at www.macys.com and in select stores nationwide. With a preview beginning Sunday, Dec. 1, customers will find amazing deals on popular gifts including designer fashions and accessories, beauty items, electronics, home décor and more. Macy’s will offer free shipping for any online purchase of $75 or more, beginning Sunday, Dec. 1 through Cyber Monday, Dec. 2 (promo code CYBER, offer excludes furniture, mattresses and rugs).

Customers can shop www.macys.com this Cyber Monday for holiday specials including:

30 percent off select impulse denim

50 percent off select impulse dresses, sweaters and tops

40 percent off fashion boots from Vince Camuto, Nine West, I.N.C. and more

50 percent off select gloves and cashmere scarves from Charter Club and more

50 percent off select coats from Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein, DKNY and London Fog

50-60 percent off select sweaters from Tasso Elba, Club Room and more

50 percent off tech gloves

60 percent off coats for girls, boys and infants

60-70 percent off comforters from Hotel Collection, Calvin Klein and more

$149 sterling silver ring; your choice of black diamond stackable ring (1/2 ct. t.w.) or white diamond stackable ring (1/2 ct. t.w.)

Select macys.com Cyber Monday deals will be available online and in-store starting Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 through Monday, Dec. 2. Visit www.macys.com for more information on special store hours, in-store deals and online sales to find the best value and savings this holiday season.

Bath & Body Works Black Deals

This holiday season, give the ones you love something special from America’s favorite fragrance company. Bath & Body Works has seasonal-scented AND luxury fragrances and body care, warm and cozy candles, festive hand soaps and more – something for everyone on your shopping list!

For your friend who’s full of holiday cheer – these fragrances bring favorite seasonal memories to life, capturing the smell of baked holiday treats, the cozy roar of a fire or the sparkling dusting of a first snow. They’ve gathered all 3 steps of their most popular fragrance in the Holiday Traditions Collection in this easy-to-wrap, fun-to-give Gift Set. Includes super lathering Shower Gel, skin-loving Body Lotion & Fine Fragrance Mist, which comes unassembled so you can bundle, wrap & give with love. Set includes Signature Collection Shower Gel (10 fl. oz.) Body Lotion (10 fl. oz.) and Fine Fragrance Mist (8 fl. oz.) & Gift Wrap. The Signature Collection Daily Trio ($26.50) features holiday classics like Vanilla Bean Noel, Winter Candy Apple and Twisted Peppermint, or try all NEW Merry Marshmallow Kiss or NEW Cranberry Twinkle delectable scents.

For the hopeless romantic in your life, why not give her a little glamour and romance? An alluring gift that includes the NEW Forever Midnight—Bath & Body Work’s latest prestige fragrance—is just what she needs. Indulge her with luxurious body care essentials like scented body wash and lush lotion, as well as the beautiful and sophisticated eau de parfum (Eau de Parfum ($45), Fine Fragrance Mist ($22.50), Shimmer Mist ($22.50), Body Lotion ($20.50), Body Cream ($20.50) and Shower Gel ($18.50)).

What kind of holiday season would it be without the soft glow of a warm candle – and only the best from Bath & Body Works, of course. Made using the highest concentration of fragrance oils and a wax that melts consistently and evenly, these candles radiate enough fragrance to fill an entire room and they look beautiful too! Whether you’re looking for a sweet candy apple scent, the crisp air scent of fresh balsam or ripe, red cranberries dusted with fresh snow, these festive scents will fill your home with love and happiness this holiday season (Candles range from $12.50-$20.00)

BBW Black Friday VIP bag

The holidays also bring parties and gatherings, so for your hostess with the most-ess, say “thanks” and “happy holidays” with Bath & Body Works luxury hand soaps ($14.50). The rich, conditioning Olive Oil formula helps nourish and soften skin and the decanter bottle adds a perfect touch of décor for those entertaining in their homes this holiday season.

Last but not least, everyone loves a great BLACK FRIDAY DEAL. Bath & Body Works is offering an exclusive limited edition VIP tote bag with your purchase of $40, over $100 value for just $20! The tote includes seven of the brand’s best-selling products including the newest must-have fragrances of the season.

(RED) Brings Together The World’s Biggest DJs + Pop Artists To Release DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2 On iTunes Out Now


AVAILABLE NOW at iTunes.com/DanceRED


"(RED) Brings Together The World's Biggest DJs Pop Artists To Release Dance (Red) Save Lives2 On iTunes Out Now Album To Kick-Off This Year's World Aids Day Celebrations Together With Calvin Harris, Avicii, Katy Perry, Swedish House Mafia, Robin Thicke, Tiesto, Deadmau5 And More.

“(RED) Brings Together The World’s Biggest DJs Pop Artists To Release Dance (Red) Save Lives2 On iTunes Out Now Album To Kick-Off This Year’s World Aids Day Celebrations Together With Calvin Harris, Avicii, Katy Perry, Swedish House Mafia, Robin Thicke, Tiesto, Deadmau5 And More.

Following the global success of the 2012 DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES MUSIC COMPILATION – which topped the iTunes dance charts at #1 in 33 countries – (RED) together with today’s hottest electronic and pop artists, today release DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES(2). Produced in partnership with Capitol Music Group’s Priority Records, DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES(2)is available now exclusively on iTunes, where it immediately debuted at #1 on the Dance Chart: iTunes.com/danceRED.

The ultimate soundtrack to this year’s WORLD AIDS DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATIONS, the DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES(2) compilation features new remixes of some of the biggest names in pop and electronic music such as ROBIN THICKE, KATY PERRY, TIESTO, CALVIN HARRIS & ELLIE GOULDING, MARTIN SOLVEIG and MAJOR LAZER, as well as original collaborations from BAAUER & RL GRIME, DEADMAU5 & ERIC PRYDZ and DADA LIFE & JOSH WINK. The album costs $9.99 and ALL proceeds from the sales of DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES(2)go to the GLOBAL FUND TO FIGHT AIDS.

Beginning on November 30 in Sydney, Australia where (RED) will be renewing its partnership with Stereosonic Festival, DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES(2)will kick off the annual dance party taking place across the 2013 WORLD AIDS DAY WEEKEND. Sets by many of the biggest names in dance music, including CALVIN HARRIS, DAVID GUETTA, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, SEBASTIAN INGROSSO, AXWELL and more will be live-streamed on VICE’s electronic music and culture channel – THUMP, bringing fans an unforgettable live global music experience. Continue reading

Maserati Ghibli on Stage in Los Angeles at the Start of the “Opposite of Ordinary” Era

North American Debut for the Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition Concept

Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Ghibli

Maserati celebrates the North American roll out of the all-new Ghibli at the Los Angeles International Auto show, following the highly successful worldwide launch of the Quattroporte in January. Also making its North American debut is the exclusive Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition concept featuring a unique color scheme, special mirror polished rims on tone and an elegant interior upholstered in fabrics made in cooperation with the prestigious Italian fashion house.

The complete Ghibli range graces Maserati’s all new display, and simultaneously begins deliveries to the vastly expanding Maserati retail network. The four-seat GranTurismo MC, first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, also takes its bow in North America. All models will bridge Maserati towards the real challenge within the next few years in terms of product range expansion, production volumes, commercial and marketing strategy.

As Maserati embarks on its 100 years of car crafting in 2014, one very important promise that keeps popping up in discussion for the next 100 years: that we will forever reject, forever deny, forever revolt to the uniformity of car making: we will always be the absolute opposite of ordinary.

Maserati chose to unveil its new brand look and marketing communication in Los Angeles because this modern, trend-setting ever-changing, and artistic city inspires Maserati. It inspires us to continue to be the absolute opposite of ordinary. While some automobiles are inspired by basic geometry, our cars are simply … inspired.

And while the fully new Maserati stand is an artistic interpretation of our brand image and its future, this art also stems from us tackling modern world efficiencies, technologies and quality manufacturing, head on.

North American Roll Out For Ghibli

The all-new Ghibli marks a turning point in Maserati’s history; for the first time ever Maserati presents simultaneously two four-door sedan models.

The Ghibli’s design emphasizes its more dynamic driving characteristics and expresses an altogether more aggressive personality while still maintaining clear links with the larger Quattroporte. The outline of the body gives this four-door sedan a coupe-like appearance, and the sinuous grill and headlights hint at feline aggression. The grill takes its inspiration from the current GranTurismo but traces its origins back to the classic A6 GCS of the 1950s.

The Ghibli also maintains Maserati’s distinctive C-pillar, which delivers much of the car’s coupe-like stance and carries the classic trident logo, carrying on a tradition dating back to 1963.

The side profile is dominated by a swage line that runs from the traditional Maserati air intakes behind the front wheels and finishes at the rear lights.

Inside, the Ghibli sets itself apart from the Quattroporte. Its unique dashboard design perfectly matches its sportier and more youthful character without losing any of the luxury expected from Maserati. The Ghibli nevertheless succeeds in combining its sporty nature with the typical spaciousness of an executive model.

The design of the Ghibli is based on a far sportier concept than the larger Quattroporte. The car offers a choice of two 3.0 liter V6 twin turbo gasoline engines, coupled to an automatic eight-speed transmission with either rear wheel drive or Q4 all-wheel-drive.

The more powerful of these V6 units is installed in the Ghibli S: this develops 404 SAE HP at 5,500 rpm and delivers 406 lb-ft of torque from only 1,750 rpm. This unit is found on the Ghibli S Q4 with all-wheel-drive.

Maserati Ghibli S Q4

Maserati Ghibli S Q4

The Ghibli S Q4 with all-wheel-drive accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds, while the S version with rear wheel drive takes just 0.2 seconds more. The Ghibli S Q4 has an indicated top speed of 175 mph.

Thanks to an impressive 345 HP of power and 369 lb-ft of torque, the Ghibli’s second 3.0 litre V6 turbo gasoline engine option also delivers 0 to 60 mph acceleration in just 5.5 seconds. Both engine options are equipped with parallel turbochargers and have been developed by Maserati Powertrain in collaboration with Ferrari Powertrain: both are produced by Ferrari in Maranello. Continue reading

The Infiniti Q30 Concept Makes North American Debut

THE INFINITI Q30 CONCEPT, the next step in Infiniti’s strategy to expand into new premium segments, made its North American debut at the 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show. It will be on display at the Infiniti booth at the show, which runs through December 1, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Infiniti Q30 Concept Makes North American Debut.  (PRNewsFoto/Infiniti)

Infiniti Q30 Concept Makes North American Debut. (PRNewsFoto/Infiniti)

The sleek, seductive Q30 CONCEPT is the design vision for a compact Infiniti vehicle with a contemporary, individualized character for a new generation of premium customers. The compact premium segment is forecast for significant growth with the entry of young-minded affluent customers.

“The Infiniti Q30 Concept is highly predictive of a new head-turning premium compact that we will launch in early 2015,” said MICHAEL BARTSCH, VICE-PRESIDENT, INFINITI AMERICAS. “It is the perfect addition to our current portfolio of advanced sports sedans and coupes, luxury performance crossovers and full-size SUVs.”

The Q30 Concept has a compact footprint geared to the global trend of younger customers entering the premium sector in search of a product that suits their urban lifestyle,” added Bartsch. “The concept’s vision is to be the alternative to the practicality and conformity in the compact car segment.

The Q30 Concept shares key Infiniti design cues with the new 2014 Infiniti Q50, while charting even more adventurous design language and sculpting. It also incorporates dramatic design cues from visionary Infiniti concept vehicles – Essence, Etherea and Emerg-e.

The shape of the Infiniti Q30 Concept deliberately challenges convention – fusing the dynamic design and sportiness of a coupe, the roominess of a hatchback and the higher stance and visual presence of a crossover. Infiniti designers were given the freedom to explore seductive alternatives to traditional premium automobile brands.

The result is a very modern design with a sleek silhouette, dynamic character and artistically sculpted, individualistic interior design. It features a dramatic exterior shape, particularly the body sides, which include bold sections, deep undercuts and intersecting lines. Continue reading

Bacardí® Rum Unleashes “Untameable” Attitude Worldwide With New Look, Feel and Marketing Campaign




Everyone has a story and the BACARDÍ brand and family’s story can be summed up with one word: “Untameable.” With more than 150 years of uncompromised passion triumphing against extraordinary odds, BACARDÍ is the rum brand with tales where the truth is better than any fiction. Fearlessly honoring its legacy, the brand with “Irrepressible Spirit” written in its DNA, announced the launch of “BACARDÍ Untameable Since 1862,” a new global marketing campaign that tells the stories behind BACARDÍ rum, its origins in Cuba and inspires consumers to embrace life and live boldly to showcase their own “Irrepressible Spirit.”


The television, digital and print ads embody the true grit and determination that sustained the rum brand and helped it thrive. The advertising will feature headlines such as, “We Remember Prohibition – It was a Blast;” “Some Men are Kicked Out of Bars – Others are Kicked Out of Countries;” and “Earthquakes, Fire, Exile, Prohibition – Sorry Fate, You Picked the Wrong Family.

1-original BACARDÍ Untameable Since 1862 outdoor advertisement - 'Exiled, outlawed, imprisoned and always free.'

The ads offer snapshots of the BACARDÍ history during prohibition, exile from Cuba, and showcase how the Bacardí family had the original irrepressible spirit to overcome earthquakes, fire, war and revolution—none of which could defeat their spirit, because “True Passion Can’t Be Tamed.” The campaign is designed to engage millennial consumers to pursue their passions no matter what—much like the Bacardí family did—encouraging camaraderie and strength of character.

“BACARDÍ Untameable Since 1862” will be supported by 30-, 60-, and 120-second TV advertisements, as well as robust outdoor billboard, print and digital executions. The television spots—named “Procession,” because of the frame-by-frame timeline and sequence of events viewers experience—were directed by award-winning Dante Ariola, star actor Jordi Mollà and has voiceover of actor Jason Isaacs. The ads, filmed on location at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ouro Preto, Brazil, are highly stylized and have a blockbuster movie feel. The ads exude a realism that commands attention—engaging consumers to feel that with every sip, the BACARDÍ brand story is their own.

“BACARDÍ Untameable Since 1862” was launch in the United States and Mexico on November 20, and will be launched in India and Australia in December, followed by other markets in spring 2014.

The new bat logo is a creation inspired by BACARDÍ bat hand-drawn designs from the early 1900s.

The new bat logo is a creation inspired by BACARDÍ bat hand-drawn designs from the early 1900s.

BACARDÍ is known for its passionate drive, regardless of circumstance, convention or expectation. The campaign pays tribute to the brand’s enduring popularity, continuing ingenuity and connects with consumers as it inspires them to ignite the bold, ‘Irrepressible Spirit’ within us all,” said Dmitry Ivanov, Senior Global Category Director of Rums for Bacardi. “Taking a global creative approach with the ‘BACARDÍ Untameable Since 1862’ campaign allows us to focus all of our marketing resources against a single powerful idea; an idea that’s completely ownable to BACARDÍ as it is rooted in the brand’s history and the Bacardí family’s attitude to life.” Continue reading

Apps Take Center Stage at the 2014 International CES

CEA MoDev Hackathon, Wall of Apps, and Mobile Apps Showdown featured at CES

With a wide variety of events and programming dedicated to app innovation, the 2014 International CES® is the largest app event in the world, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, producer of the annual International CES. The 2014 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Apps have become an integral part of our everyday lives, from use in phones, computers, tablets and wearable CES-Logo (1)technology,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “The 2014 CES is the prime destination for developers, manufacturers and software providers to experience the world’s largest gathering of app innovation. The app innovation at CES offers the opportunity for networking, showcasing technology and hackathons focused on this growing tech space.”

The app story at CES includes competitions, educational sessions and events that showcase the best of the app world. This year CES will feature: CEA MoDev Hackathon, Wall of Apps and a Mobile Apps Showdown.

During the second annual CEA MoDev Hackathon, developers will compete on the world’s technology stage at the 2014 CES. The competition will feature more than 100 award winning developers who will compete individually or as teams for up to $100,000 in cash and prizes. The event will take place in the Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4301 on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

The Wall of Apps returns for the 2014 CES and will showcase the most innovative apps of the year. Located in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC), the Wall of Apps at CES is a hands-on, curated display of the best apps available for iOS, Androids, Blackberry and Windows Mobile. The Mobile Apps Showdown at CES will put select apps to the test.  App producers who think their innovation is the best will have four minutes to demo the app, and a winner will be determined by an audience applause-o-meter.  There will also be an online vote for a separate online winner.  Gary Dell’Abate and Jon Hein from the Sirius XM channel are slated to host the Mobile Apps Showdown on Thursday, January, 9, 2014 in the LVCC, North Hall, Room N255.

CEA Brings Hi-Res Audio to the 2014 International CES

New TechZone and Conference Sessions Highlight Next Generation High-Resolution Audio Technology

With the evolution of high-resolution audio (HRA) technology and in response to growing market demand, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced the Hi-Res Audio Experience, a new TechZone featured at the upcoming 2014 International CES®.  Produced by CEA, the Hi-Res Audio Experience will showcase the latest high-resolution audio content coming to market and the latest technologies that will give consumers the highest quality listening experience. The 2014 CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies and is scheduled to run January 7-10, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics CES-Logo (1)Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $203 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.

CEA research shows that consumers are ready to embrace high resolution audio.  The research indicates that the appeal of high quality audio electronics extends beyond enthusiasts and that the appeal of hi-res audio extends far beyond higher quality audio devices. CEA finds four in ten (39 percent) of consumers with a moderate interest in audio indicate they are willing to pay more for high quality audio electronics devices and that nearly six out of ten (60%) of consumers with a moderate interest in audio are willing to pay more for higher quality digital music.  Nine in ten consumers say sound quality is the most important component of a quality audio experience.

Market trends indicate that consumers are poised to embrace high-resolution audio, creating tremendous new opportunities for CE manufacturers and the music industry,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “With recent HRA announcements from a number of music labels, digital retailers and CE companies, we’ve created this new TechZone to help drive category growth and give our attendees the opportunity to explore the game-changing quality of high-resolution audio.  Visitors also will meet leading creatives from across the industry.”

Located in The Venetian’s Bellini Ballroom, the Hi-Res Audio Experience is anchored by hi-res digital download pioneer and leader HD Tracks and features companies including Acoustic Sounds Super HiRez Store, Blue Coast Music, Mytek Digital and Native DSD Music.

A variety of hi-res audio products also will be demonstrated or on display in the Tech Zone.  In addition, several manufacturers will have hi-res products on display in their rooms in the Venetian Tower and in their booths across the CES show floor.

For the past 25 years, my brother and I have dedicated our lives and our company to pushing the envelope in sound quality and we apply this same passion to music downloads,” said David Chesky, co-founder and CEO of HD Tracks. “Now we are pleased to join with a number of other artists, music stores, and electronic companies at CES to take high fidelity music reproduction to a new level that was never before even imaginable.”

In addition to cutting edge exhibits, the Hi-Res Audio Experience will feature its own conference track at the 2014 CES with sessions including:

Welcome to the Hi-Res Music World, 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, January 7

Featuring top executives from both major and independent labels who will discuss, along with their digital retail partners, the challenges and opportunities associated with licensing and distributing hi-res music.

Meet the Hi-Res Music Creators, 3-4 p.m., Tuesday, January 7

Exploring topics including the key advantages to working in hi-res formats; the availability of recording tools; and the importance of meta data in enhancing the overall listening experience.

Hi-Res Audio for Every Lifestyle, 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, January 8

Examining the variety of hi-res devices that are available today and the challenges related to marketing and promoting them.

The 2014 CES will feature 20 market-specific TechZones highlighting innovation across 15 different product categories. Companies interested in exhibiting in the new Hi-Res Audio Experience should contact Kristen Nafziger at knafziger@CE.org or 703-907-7648. For more information on the 2014 International CES, visit www.CESweb.org.

Tether Tools Launches Consumer Tech Accessory Holiday Gift Guide


At Christmas, more than at any other time of the year, many people are gifted with high tech devices that are, unfortunately, at the top of the list for thieves looking to ruin your holiday. It’s not enough to give that special person the iPad they have asking for. You also have to make sure that someone else doesn’t end up enjoying it more. Not to mention breakage, if is sometimes unexpected and unavoidable. Tether Tools is excited to announce a Holiday Buying Guide designed to accessorize all the technology gadgets that will be given this holiday season.

Tether Tools® is a design and manufacturing company providing innovative custom photography equipment and accessories for in-studio and on-location shoots. Tether Tools is committed to providing high quality versatile tethering and workstation solutions for professional and enthusiast photographers. Tether Tools also supplies gear for musicians, filmmakers and other creative professionals.

The complete guide contains iPad/Tablet, SmartPhone, Laptop and tech mounting tools to help children, parents, musicians, professionals  – anyone really – use their gadgets at home, on the job or on the go.

iPad Utility Mounting Kit

iPad Utility Mounting Kit

For the Tech Lover

For those who can’t live without their device, Tether Tools helps mount, wear and power personal devices, safely and securely.  Designed for the tech-obsessed.

— iPad Utility Mounting Kit – enables iPad mounting virtually anywhere.

Rock Solid External Power Bank – portable power bank with option to power or charge two devices (iPad, tablet, phone, camera, etc.) simultaneously.

— StrapMoore & Extender – secure battery packs or power strips to the leg of a desk, eliminating adhesives

— JerkStopper Computer Supports – keeps any cable connected to computers

— JerkStopper Flat Mount – secure cables under a desk & out of the way with these adhesive mounts

— JerkStopper In-Line 4 Pack – keep cables together without tape and prevent cable damage

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to Deliver Keynote Address at 2014 International CES

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced that Yahoo CEO, president and director Marissa Mayer will deliver a keynote address at the 2014 International CES®. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2014 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mayer’s keynote address is slated for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, in the LVH Theater. Her address willCES-Logo (1) be part of the Tech Titans keynote series, where CEOs from the most powerful companies in technology present their vision for products, services and networks that will shape the next wave of innovation.

As a defining innovator making waves in the online and mobile space and a fresh breath for the industry, Marissa Mayer is a perfect addition to our Tech Titans keynote series,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “We’re thrilled to welcome her to the CES stage to share her strategic vision for the evolving tech landscape.”

Mayer was named Yahoo CEO in July 2012. Prior to Yahoo, she was vice president of local, maps and location services at Google where she oversaw product management, engineering, design and strategy for the company’s suite of local and geographical products, including Google Maps, Google Earth, Zagat, Street View and local search for desktop and mobile. During her 13 years at Google, Mayer held numerous positions, including engineer, designer, product manager and executive, and launched more than 100 well-known features and products. She is listed as an inventor on several patents in artificial intelligence and interface design.

In addition to the Tech Titans series, additional keynotes at the 2014 CES will be held as part of the Technology Innovators keynote series. This new series will offer insight by innovators, thought leaders and disruptors – the “rock stars” of their industries. It is a stage for those with big ideas that are reframing the way technology will impact our interaction with the world today, and in years to come.

The 2014 CES will feature more than 3,200 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across 15 product categories. For more information on the 2014 International CES, visit www.CESweb.org.

CEA Announces 2014 International CES SuperSession Program

Sessions to highlight the 2nd screen experience, sensor-based hardware and disruptive technologies

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced a dynamic lineup for its  2014 International CES® SuperSession conference program. Covering game-changing technologies and trends, SuperSessions spotlight well-known industry experts and out-of-the-box ideas and discussions. The 2014 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, CES-Logo (1)Nevada.

From sensors and robotics to 3D printing and the rise of the 2nd screen, the 2014 SuperSessions will cover industry developments that are changing the way we consume and interact with technology,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences, CEA. “With industry leaders, tech executives, futurists and innovators, CES SuperSessions will feature the voices that are shaping our industry,”

The 2014 CES SuperSession Program will address industry topics including the 2nd screen experience, sensor-based hardware, inspiring innovation and emerging technologies with sessions including:

The Brand Matters SuperSession: Technology as Muse – Inspiring Innovation

Throughout history, muses have inspired artists to create their greatest works – Picasso, Dante, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hitchcock, Woody Allen, even The Knack (“My Sharona,” anyone?). Could technology be today’s version of the muse? In this SuperSession, visionaries from the worlds of entertainment, education, publishing and advertising discuss how technology pushes them to test the boundaries of their creativity. (January 7, 2014, 10-11 a.m. LVCC, North Hall N255)

2nd Screens Are Reinventing the TV Experience

The proliferation of 2nd screen tablets and smartphones has given TV programmers, operators and marketers a new way to reach viewers with a treasure trove of data, and new personalization and recommendation capabilities. Join these 2nd screen pioneers who, by adding a companion “little” screen experience to sports, reality series, awards shows and prime time programming, are making the “big” connected screen even bigger. (January 7, 2014, 1-2 p.m. LVCC, North Hall N255-257)

Current panelists include:

Tracey Garvin, Senior Vice President, Sony Home Entertainment

Luis Goicouria, Senior Vice President, PGA Tour

Anthony Zuiker, Creator and Executive Producer, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CNET’s Next Big Thing: The New Hardware

Sensor-based hardware innovation is thriving in unexpected places. Startups and companies with no tech history are developing whole new device types for our homes, cars, and bodies. This panel investigates where traditional manufacturers stand and which new players are leading the hardware revolution. (January 7, 2014, 3-4 p.m. LVCC, North Hall N255-257)

Current panelists include:

Mike Bell, VP and GM, New Devices, Intel

Julie Larson-Green, EVP, Devices and Studios, Microsoft

Sonny Vu, CEO and founder, Misfit Wearables

CES 2015: How Today’s Emerging Technologies Will Affect Tomorrow’s Devices

The week of CES sets the stage for the year’s product launches, but it can be difficult to tell the fads from the future. This session from Engadget will feature some of the top names in the world of 3D printing, alternative interfaces, wearables, robotics, transportation and home automation to separate the fads of today from the game changing technologies of tomorrow. Brian Heater, Director of Media for Engadget, is slated to moderate the SuperSession. (January 8, 2014, 10-11 a.m. LVCC, North Hall N255-257)

Moderator:  Brian Heater, Director of Media, Engadget

The CES SuperSessions are part of the 2014 CES conference program, featuring keynote addresses from leaders of Audi, Cisco, Intel, Sony and Yahoo. The 2014 program will also include a robust lineup of conference tracks, sessions and speakers exploring innovations and trends in the tech industry. View the full CES conference program at www.CESweb.org. The 2014 CES will also feature more than 3,200 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across 15 product categories. For more information on the 2014 International CES, visit www.CESweb.org.

Nail It This Holiday Season: China Glaze® Nail Lacquer Announces Holiday Nail Art Contest

Enter China Glaze Holiday Nail Design Contest for your chance to win $1,000! The China Glaze Holiday Nail Design Contest is now open. Submit your design and enter to win.

Celebrate the season in colour with China Glaze® Nail Lacquer. The leading nail polish brand announces the How Will You Live in Colour This Holiday Season? Contest. Participants enter their best holiday-themed designs to win cash prizes and China Glaze® collections. ‘Tis the season to top those tips in glitz, glam and festive flare. Go with the classic, throw in a twist-on-traditional or create a unique holiday concept. Contestants will receive a unique URL to share via social media when online voting begins on Dec. 15. Online voting ends on Dec. 31 and the top 25 winners will be submitted to the judging panel for placing. To enter, visit www.chinaglaze.com/chinaglazecontest between Nov. 15 – Dec. 20 and upload a holiday-themed nail art look, using only lacquer – no embellishments, please.

The top 25 finalists win:

Grand Prize – $1,000 Visa Gift Card

2nd Prize – $500 Visa Gift Card

3rd Prize – $250 Visa Gift Card

22 Congratulations Winners – 12 pc. China Glaze® Happy HoliGlaze Collection


The expert judging panel includes top celebrity manicurists and bloggers:

Kandi Yamz           Miss Pop               Chelsea King

@KandiYamz        @MissPopNails   @ChelseaQueen

Winners will be officially announced via www.chinaglaze.com on or about Jan. 31, 2014.

The China Glaze® How Do You Live in Colour? Holiday Contest is open to residents of the United States as well as Canada (excluding Quebec), France, Mexico and the United Kingdom. China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information regarding the contest guidelines and Official Rules, please visit www.chinaglaze.com.

Flash Some Lash Into The New Year: Ardell® Announces Holiday Lash Contest

Let faux fringe glamourEYES you this New Years Eve. The world’s leader in lashes announces the Ardell® Glamour Eyes Holiday Lash Contest. Contestants can enter to win cash prizes and Ardell® product with a photo of their favorite lash look inspired by everyone’s favorite holiday for new beginnings, sparkle and shine – New Years Eve. What better way to celebrate than starting 2014 looking fabu-lash?

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To enter, contestants must visit www.ardelllashes.com/ardellcontest between Nov. 15 – Dec. 19 and upload a photo of their favorite lash look following the guidelines specified on the website. Contestants will receive a unique URL to share via social media when online voting begins on Dec. 20. Online voting ends on Jan. 10, 2014 and the top 25 winners will be submitted to the judging panel for placing. The expert judging panel includes top beauty social media mavens Alana Dawn, Carine Bernedo, Julie San Agustin, and Karen Sarahi Gonzalez.

The Ardell® Glamour Eyes Holiday Lash Contest is open to residents of the United States as well as Canada (excluding Quebec), Mexico and the United Kingdom.

The top 25 finalists will win:

Grand Prize – $1,000 Visa Gift Card

2nd Prize – $500 Visa Gift Card

3rd Prize – $250 Visa Gift Card

22 Congratulations Winners -$50 in Ardell® Product

Winners will be officially announced via www.ardelllashes.com on or around Jan. 31, 2014.

2013 Ugly Holiday Sweaters Collection Launched By Stupid.com

The holidays are all about parties, and no holiday party is complete without ugly holiday sweaters.  Whether it’s an actual ugly sweater party, or just an event that needs a little holiday cheer, these totally outrageous knit sweaters are the perfect cure for the common holiday outfit. With 5 new styles of Ugly Holiday Sweaters, online retailer www.Stupid.com has created a line of tacky, tasteless, but above all, hilarious sweaters to wear to any Christmas party or festive event this Holiday season.

The Ugly Holiday Sweater Collection from Stupid.com.  (PRNewsFoto/Stupid.com)

The Ugly Holiday Sweater Collection from Stupid.com. (PRNewsFoto/Stupid.com)

They’re crude, tacky, distasteful, and above all else, funny – but then again, politically incorrect is always in style at www.Stupid.com. Here’s the Stupid.com 2013 Ugly Holiday Sweater Collection:

The “Toilet Santa” Sweater – The time to whip out your Holiday best is here again! This Sweater is completely Knit, just as if Grandma made each and every, tacky, stitch for you! They’re super comfortable and cheesy, the perfect combination for any and every Holiday celebration. Santa sits atop his Toilet as if you just barged into the restroom unannounced. How adorable and cute! Anything Santa does deserve to be immortalized on gift wrap, wreaths, lawn ornaments and such. Find those warm and fuzzy feelings whenever you wear this glorious Christmas gem. Let’s get Chestnuts roasting and bells jingling everywhere.

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The “Granny Got It” Sweater – The Ugly Holiday Sweater tradition continues with this Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer Sweater. Is it warm, snuggly and a winter must? Check. Is it tacky, but in the best way possible? Check. This 100% cotton Knit, Sweater features Grandma in her hair rollers and walker being tossed aside by some unaware Reindeer carrying a whole lot of cargo into the Christmas night. What was Grandma even doing in the path of these Reindeer? Why would she be on the roof or the road? Did these Reindeer intentionally seek her? Will she press charges? Continue reading

Deck The Halls With Hen House Linens: Festive Colorful Linens For Your Holiday Table

Get in the spirit of the season with HEN HOUSE LINENS TABLETOP ACCESSORIES that prep your home for seasonal celebrations. With a goal to make homes feel comfortable and cared for, Hen House Linens’ offers quality tabletop items such as table cloths, place mats, and quilted chargers, all in zesty prints and colors perfect for making your holiday meal one to remember all the way through to the New Year. Mix and match to get classic color schemes like green on red, or accent reds with deep gold for a table that feels rich and full of love. Or create your own design scheme. Either way, your holiday table will shine and you will be the belle of the ball.

Founder Jenny Davids, a native of North Carolina, was raised in a tradition of true southern hospitality and says “Nothing defined that experience more than our family gathering around the table to share a simple meal. We call it gracious living.”

I very much agree with her when she added that “It’s all about making the people you welcome into your home feel comfortable and cared for. (This includes the people that live in that home with you!) It’s that intangible that makes you want to linger at the dinner table or pull up a chair and visit. It’s about hospitality without feeling stuffy or too proper. It’s knowing that this time right now is special.”

The Hen House team of incredible women includes  “in-the-Hen House” designer and creative director Katherine Poole (who also happens to be her college roommate and dear friend), her neighbor Lee (and inspired photographer), her intrepid office crew, as well her “supportive, creative, opinionated mothers, girlfriends, sisters, muses and stalwart friends that have graciously tested new product, modeled, opened their homes for photoshoots, found the perfect shade of red, carpooled my children and on occasion fed my husband“.

The 2013 Holiday Collection included the following design highlights:

Chevron Holiday: A familiar pattern that feels at once nostalgic and modern, the Chevron print gets a joyful update with shades of red and green. The fresh zigzag wakes up your home in the form of Chevron Holiday Placemats and Dinner Napkins that instantly transform a dinner into a merry party. Mix the prints with solid reds and greens or pair them with contrasting, subtler prints.

he fresh zigzag wakes up your home in the form of Chevron Holiday Placemats and Dinner Napkins that instantly transform a dinner into a merry party.

he fresh zigzag wakes up your home in the form of Chevron Holiday Placemats and Dinner Napkins that instantly transform a dinner into a merry party.

Ornamental Scarlet: Decorations aren’t just for evergreens—inspired by vintage glass Christmas ornaments, Ornamental Scarlet features a modern interpretation of retro ornament shapes, festively hanging and twinkling and spreading holiday cheer. The simple yet colorful print accents the table beautifully.

Garden Gate Ochre: A classic pattern looks ultra-lux in a dark gold Ochre, and adds warmth to any table. You get dressed for special occasions, and so should your table. The Garden Gate Ochre Table Runner sets the mood for a holiday dinner that brings everyone at the table together, and pairs sumptuously with red or green—just add soft candlelight.

Linked Up Scarlet: A simple pattern in a holiday-ready red grounds your décor and adds holiday spirit effortlessly. The Linked Up Scarlet Tablecloth is the perfect backdrop to contrast any holiday pattern from the Chevron Holiday to the Garden Gate Ochre for a Pinterest-worthy table setting.

All prints are available at www.henhouselinens.com and at select retailers in the following essential sizes and sets: 60” Square Topper Tablecloth ($55), 70” Round Tablecloth ($57), 70” x 90” Tablecloth ($70), 70” x 108” Tablecloth ($78), Dinner Napkin ($9.50 each), Runner ($22), Cocktail Napkins ($24 for a set of six), Placemats ($9.50 each).

Black Friday Deals from LORAC Cosmetics

LORAC PRO Palette shade Pewter was voted by fans as their most loved eyeshadow.

LORAC PRO Palette shade Pewter was voted by fans as their most loved eyeshadow.

LORAC Cosmetics is thrilled to announce their participation in the biggest shopping event of the year. The beauty mavens have spoken. LORAC PRO Palette shade Pewter was voted by fans as their most loved eyeshadow. To celebrate, LORAC has created an exclusive Sephora.com (www.sephora.com) and Sephora inside JCPenny set. The chic, cult-favorite hue retails for $10 (a $39 value) and includes a complimentary 3-in-1 Waterproof EyeLiner in Ultra Black. This is a great way to replenish your PRO Pewter shadow without splurging on LORAC’s PRO Palette – so don’t miss out.  The offer is ONLY available on Black Friday (while supplies lasts). In addition, The Stylist Palette, $15, is available at www.Ulta.com on BL. In stores, Ulta is offering the Solid Gold (warm version) and Platinum Status (cool version) eye shadow palettes with 5 gorgeous shades for $12 each.

Glenmorangie Global Master Brand Ambassador David Blackmore Named Scotch Whisky Ambassador of the Year 2014 For Third Consecutive Year

Glenmorangie, Scotland’s favorite single malt Scotch whisky, is proud to announce its Global Master Brand Ambassador David Blackmore has been named Icons of Whisky America, Scotch Whisky Ambassador of the Year 2014 by Whisky magazine. This marks the third year in a row Blackmore has been honored by the industry leading publication.

Glenmorangie Global Master Brand Ambassador David Blackmore Named 2014 Scotch Whisky Ambassador of the Year for Third Consecutive Year. (PRNewsFoto/Glenmorangie)

Glenmorangie Global Master Brand Ambassador David Blackmore Named 2014 Scotch Whisky Ambassador of the Year for Third Consecutive Year. (PRNewsFoto/Glenmorangie)

Blackmore’s incomparable dedication and enthusiasm for the fastest growing single malt Scotch whisky in the U.S. was greatly inspired by his work as part of the whisky creation team, with Master Distiller, Dr. Bill Lumsden. Not only is he an expert on the entire Glenmorangie range, but he is also a chief authority on Ardbeg, leading education programs for both brands throughout the USA.

In the past 12 months Blackmore has travelled to over fifty U.S. cities, thirty cities across Asia and five cities in Canada. He has presented to over 55,000 people and been heard by an additional 500,000 viewers through television

Glenmorangie Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Glenmorangie)

Glenmorangie Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Glenmorangie)

and radio broadcasting.

David continues to prove time and again that his expertise in Scotch whisky, and particularly Glenmorangie, is unparalleled. Even though this is his third consecutive award, it is still just as thrilling to see someone so deserving be recognized for their relentless pursuit of excellence on behalf of our brand,” says Maxime Balay, Glenmorangie U.S. Brand Director.”It is with great pride that we can call David a member of the Glenmorangie family for the past eight years, and we look forward to many more to come.”

Blackmore’s most recent project was an international cross-industry initiative. David, joined by Dr. Bill Lumsden, worked on the program with three of Scotland’s top distillers, as well as representatives from the Scottish Government, DISCUS, SWA at Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s distillery.

The fastest growing single malt whisky in the U.S., Glenmorangie has received tremendous accolades from the International Wine and Spirits Competition, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Star Awards. Most recently, Glenmorangie’s Private Edition Ealanta was named 2014 World Whisky of the Year by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, scoring 97.5 out of 100 points, and is described as having “One of the longest finishes of any Scotch this year…and borderline perfection.” In addition, over the last five years Glenmorangie has won more “Gold Best in Class” medals than any other single malt from the International Wine and Spirits Competition and was also named their 2012 Distiller of the Year. Visit www.glenmorangie.com for additional information.

Jewelry Television Launches ‘Color Me Stylish’ with David Zyla

Shopping network shows women how to use the power of color

The Jewelry Television (JTV) recently launched a series of broadcast and web-based content aimed to educate women on wearing colorful jewelry and clothing with confidence. Jewelry Television® (JTV) is one of the largest multichannel retailers of jewelry and gemstones in the U.S. appealing to fashion-conscious women, jewelry-making enthusiasts and private collectors. The privately-held shopping network broadcasts high definition programming, 24David Zyla , Emmy ® Award-Winning Stylist and Best-Selling Author’ hours a day, seven days a week, to more than 80 million U.S. households. www.JTV.com offers the most comprehensive jewelry and gemstone Learning Library on the internet, and is the third largest jewelry website according to Internet Retailer’s Top 500 Guide for 2012.

Hosted by Emmy award-winning stylist and color expert, David Zyla, women now have the opportunity to understand the theory of color and how to incorporate it into their own personal styles.

Zyla, the best-selling author of The Color of Style and Color Your Style, shares practical advice on everything from mixing metals to incorporating many shades of blue into your wardrobe.

My idea is that we all possess a certain set of colors in us and they’re dictated by the colors found in our hair, eye color and skin,” explained Zyla. “My passion is to help people discover and embrace the most authentic, very best versions of themselves, using color as the foundation.”

The network has short, impactful videos to demonstrate easy to remember color and style tips. “We frequently receive questions from customers on how to mix metals. They ask if it’s okay to wear both silver and gold jewelry at the same time,” noted Jill Johnson, vp of marketing for JTV. “David validates that mixing silver, gold and even bronze, copper and pewter is no longer a fashion faux pas, but a fashion statement.”


JTV is also rolling out ‘David’s Picks,’ a monthly feature exploring the company’s vast product selection to highlight the latest trends, essentials, and seasonal must-haves.


This is all part of our commitment to educating consumers,” noted Johnson. “Women simply don’t feel dressed without their jewelry so we’re helping them know how much, when, and what to wear. Let’s face it, self-esteem begins each morning when you stand before the mirror and feel confident about how you look.”


MCM Teams with Craig & Karl for a Fashion-Art Second-Act Rendezvous


In celebration of the winter holiday season, European luxury purveyor MCM voyages on a ski-sloped adventure, proudly announcing the second collaboration with the art whiz double-act, Craig & Karl. After a highly successful Spring/Summer ‘Eyes on the Horizon debut, MCM continues their momentous pop-luxe limited edition anthology unveiling an unforgettable tour-de-style entitled, “Beyond Snowdome.” In a spectacular art-meets-fashion second act, the latest venture casts a spotlight on the visual arts, fêting the brand’s promise of passion, creativity and modernity.


Reminiscent of snow-capped mountains, après-ski ambiances and frothing hot chocolates with marshmallow glaciers, the mastermind-duo introduces a variety of styles featuring playful eyes gazing through ski goggles and snowflakes cascading over fine leather and Visetos noir. Crisp colors and arctic prints reflect on memories of wintertime such as glacial blues, iced teals, Santa reds and frosted-fuchsias. The Beyond Snowdome collection features a bevy of shapes that leap from the peaks for today’s High-Alpine fashionista, ranging from backpacks & briefcases to pouches & wallets. Each bag bestows a rustic-meets-eco-modern attitude, creating a romantic, cozy image of the season.

Moderne Creation München bloomed on the heels of a cultural renaissance of modernism, novelty, innovation and progressivism during the 1970’s in Munich, Germany. Embodying the rebellious yet sophisticated, culturally rich spirit of Munich, the brand reflects the inspiration and attitude from the city’s glamorous and legendary age, a long-time favorite of international royalty, celebrities and VIPs. MCM is renowned for excellence in European craftsmanship, continuing to be the pioneer of the market by continuously evolving with clever designs, durable materials and delivering versatile styles to suit every need. An East-meets-West phenomenon, the brand offers sophisticated handbags, practical and stylish luggage, functional business bags, backpacks and trendy small leather goods. All crafted from materials such as leather, fabric and exotic skins styles are offered in various color ways including signature MCM Cognac Visetos to statement-making models in strong colors. MCM has boutiques in major cities throughout the world including Athens, Beijing, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hong Kong, London, New York, Seoul and Shanghai. The brand is also sold by prestigious retailers in key markets including the United States, United Kingdom, Dubai, Italy and Russia.

Craig Redman and Karl Maier live in different parts of the world but collaborate daily to create bold works that are filled with simple messages executed in a thoughtful and often humorous way. They specialize in illustration and installation. They have exhibited across the world, most notably at the Musée de la Publicité, Louvre and have worked on projects for clients like Google, Nike, Apple, Vogue and The New York Times.

This is the third collaboration in a series of glam-pop exclusives between MCM and Craig Redman, and the second edition of the Craig & Karl duet. The complete collection will be available at MCM at The Shops at The Plaza in New York, http://www.SaksFifthAvenue.com and specialty boutiques nationwide. For further information, please visit www.mcmworldwide.com or follow @mcmworldwide.

Grand Prize Winner Announced In The Martha White® Holiday Muffin Mix Challenge(TM)

Peanut Butter Cup Icebox Pie Wins $5,000 Award; Category and Runner-Up Winners Also Unveiled

The holidays are here and the Martha White® Holiday Muffin Mix Challenge has announced its award-winning recipes just in time to help make special holiday meals memorable in minutes. Bakers from across the nation were challenged to show off their creativity by submitting original recipes suitable for entertaining and using at least one pouch of Martha White Muffin Mix.

After initial judging and a nationwide online vote, Joanna C. of Whiteville, Tenn., was named Grand Prize Winner and the Crowd Pleasers Category Winner for her Peanut Butter Cup Icebox Pie. The recipe combines Martha White Logopeanut butter, vanilla pudding and whipped cream to deliciously complement a crisp, chocolate crust made with Martha White Chocolate Chocolate Chip Flavored Muffin Mix. The pie is accented with chocolate drizzle and crushed peanut butter cups to create a decadent, holiday dessert. As Grand Prize Winner, Joanna will receive $5,000 and an additional $1,000 as the Crowd Pleasers Category Winner. The Simply 6 Category Winner will receive $1,000 and Runner-Up Winners will receive a Martha White gift basket.



Allison B. of Olive Branch, Miss., for her Dulce de Leche Swirl Cheesecake


Cynthia W. of Charlotte, N.C., for her Unbelievably Easy Bars


Jackie H. of Knoxville, Tenn., for her Blueberry Cheesecake Pie


Dawn M. of Warren, Pa., for her White Chocolate Pumpkin Pecan Babycakes


Kim C. of Knoxville, Tenn., for her Lemon Poppy Seed Crepes

The holidays are reminiscent of wonderful times with family and friends sharing memorable and delicious holiday meals,” said Linda Carman, Martha White baking expert. “We hope this year’s winning recipes are perfect additions to upcoming holiday celebrations and gatherings.”

Peanut Butter Cup Icebox Pie

Peanut Butter Cup Icebox Pie

  • 2 (7.4 oz.) packages Martha White® Chocolate Chocolate Chip Flavored Muffin Mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 (8 oz.) container of whipped topping
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 chocolate peanut butter cups, crushed


1. HEAT oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine muffin mixes and butter until well combined. Press evenly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate.

2. BAKE 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool completely.

3. In a large bowl, WHISK pudding mix with milk according to package directions until set.

4. BEAT in peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Add whipped topping and fold in with a spatula until well combined.

5. POUR over cookie crust. Cover and freeze one hour.

6. In a medium bowl, add chocolate chips and corn syrup. In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave heavy cream two minutes or until just boiling.

7. POUR over chocolate chips and let stand two minutes. Whisk slowly until fully combined and thickened, and drizzle evenly over top of pie. Garnish with crushed peanut butter cups.

8. COVER and refrigerate 30 minutes and up to overnight.

Makes 8 servings

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Macy’s Union Square (San Francisco) 24th Annual Great Tree Lighting Celebrates The Start Of The Holiday Season With Performances By Judith Hill And Shelby Miguel

All Images provided by Macy’s Inc./Photo Credit: Drew Altizer


In the San Francisco holiday tradition, Macy’s once again presents its gift to the city—a beautiful, reusable 83’ tree decorated with more than 33,000 twinkling, energy-efficient LED lights and 1,100 shining ornaments—during the 24TH ANNUAL GREAT TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY in UNION SQUARE on Friday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. Headlining the festivities is American singer, songwriter, and musician Judith Hill, finalist from season four of “The Voice,” with additional performances by the San Francisco Boy’s choir, Glide Ensemble, and premiere co-ed a capella group, Artists in Resonance from UC Berkeley.

Macy's Union Square San Francisco, CA

Macy’s Union Square San Francisco, CA

The program also includes a special performance by 18-year-old singer Shelby Miguel, a Wish Ambassador from Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. When Shelby was four-years-old, she was diagnosed with an aggressive blood cancer and during her six months of chemotherapy, she found that music helped keep her mind off the pain of treatment. Today, 14 years later, Shelby works with Make-A-Wish to help spread hope, strength and joy to children battling life-threatening medical illnesses by sharing her story and musical gift.

Macy’s Annual Great Tree Lighting in Union Square Friday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.

Macy’s Annual Great Tree Lighting in Union Square Friday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.

Macy’s is proud to continue our gift-giving tradition by giving the spectacular Great Tree to the City of San Francisco”, said District Vice President Lori Randolph. “Here at Macy’s, a big part of our holiday spirit is in giving, not just to our loved ones, but also giving back to our communities. This evening is always a very special time for me personally, as the evening tree lighting ceremony is a night that I share with my eight-year-old daughter. It is an event that she talks about for days, and a memory she will cherish for a lifetime!”

Shelby Miguel, Make-A-Wish Ambassador and singer, will perform at Macy’s 24th Annual Great Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Shelby Miguel, Make-A-Wish Ambassador and singer, will perform at Macy’s 24th Annual Great Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Santa Claus will visit Macy’s 24th Annual Great Tree Lighting in Union Square on Friday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.

Santa Claus will visit Macy’s 24th Annual Great Tree Lighting in Union Square on Friday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.

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Satya Jewelry Launches Flagship Boutique at Time Warner Center

Event Images photographed by Lev Radin/Other provided by FactoryPR

On Thursday, November 21st,  SATYA Jewelry celebrated the official opening of its new flagship boutique location at the Time Warner Center in New York City. This flagship boutique unveils the new store concept that will roll out in stores for the coming year, as well as celebrating the brand’s 10th anniversary and its latest collaboration with charity:water. The evening was hosted by ATLANTA DE CADENET TAYLOR and featured music by CHELSEA LEYLAND.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 21: Jewelry on display during Satya Jewelry Store opening at Time Warner Center on November 21, 2013 in New York City. (Phot Credit: Lev Radin)

NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 21: Jewelry on display during Satya Jewelry Store opening at Time Warner Center on November 21, 2013 in New York City. (Phot Credit: Lev Radin)

The store opening celebrates SATYA Jewelry’s 10th Anniversary and is a reflection of the atelier’s continued growth and success in both jewelry and philanthropy. SATYA SCAINETTI, co-founder and CEO of SATYA Jewelry and the SATYA FOUNDATION, is a humanitarian, yogi and Reiki healer, devoted to giving back to the community. She has a deep-rooted passion for social change, mirrored in a series of collaborations with non-profit organizations that surpass over $1 million in donations.

The new flagship boutique reflects Satya’s journey, evoking a soothing and inviting atmosphere amidst rich oak shelving and display tables, elegant lighting, and beautiful symbolic sculptures. The store is designed to be a boutique destination, providing customers with a refined shopping experience and exemplary service. Upon entering the boutique, customers are invited to connect with their inner beings, stimulated by the meaning behind each piece of SATYA jewelry. Continue reading

Embark On A New Adventure With Nautica Voyage N-83

Nautica has unveiled its latest men’s fragrance, Voyage N-83, a scent formulated to embody the feeling of exploration, power, and a bold desire to discover new adventures. The “83” honors the year of the company’s founding and the brand’s rich sailing heritage, where every boat is identified by a unique sail number. Classic, sophisticated, and thrilling, the fragrance evokes crisp salty breezes, rugged spices, and woody musks.

The New Nautica Voyage N-83

The New Nautica Voyage N-83

This crisp woody aroma opens with enticing top notes of fresh Ocean Water Accord and Costa Rica’s Junqillat Beach inspired coastline scent with a twist of bright Spearmint and Citrus Petit Grain Essence. The heart of the fragrance uncovers notes of warm Cardamon, Nutmeg, and Lavender. Sensual notes of Musk, Sandalwood, and Cedarwood anchor this exhilarating scent. As with those that came before, this scent is a winner from the word go.

The Nautica Voyage N-83 bottle design features curved glass and faceted angles designed to capture the movement of shifting winds and rippling sails. The translucent glass lets you see through to the deep, ocean blue fragrance, while a brushed pewter cap and naval detailing echo the design of a sailboat winch, weathered by the mist of salty seas. Housed in a carton with an authentic nautical map and embossed J-Class sailboat symbol, every design choice reflects the rich, nautical history of the Nautica brand.


Nautica Voyage N-83 embodies the spirit of independence that comes from charting your own course,” explains Steve Mormoris, Senior Vice President, Coty Beauty Global Marketing. “This fresh new Nautica fragrance salutes the journey that is life, and the man who always keeps the wind at his back.”

We are pleased to have produced another standout men’s fragrance with Coty,” says Karen Murray, President of Nautica. “Voyage N-83 pays homage to the Nautica brand’s unique history and its connection to the open seas, while also looking forward to the future and the endless possibilities of discovery.”

The Nautica Voyage N-83 line-up is available at Macy’s department stores and other fine retailers nationwide in:

— Eau de Toilette         3.4 fl. oz./ 100ml       $62.50

— Eau de Toilette         1.7 fl. oz./ 50ml        $48.00

— Deodorant Body Spray    4.0 oz./ 114g            $10.00

Macy’s Herald Square Beauty and Fragrance Department Unveils Its Biggest and Boldest Makeover Yet

Beauty Starts From the Inside with New Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrance Brands, Fully Re-Designed Counters, All-New Shop-In-Shop Installations, And Salon Services

All Images Courtesy of Macy’s Inc.

A state-of-the-art and sophisticated shopping experience awaits shoppers as Macy’s Herald Square unveils a striking new look for its signature world of beauty and fragrances today. The long-awaited reveal has been months in the making, culminating with the most dramatic makeover of a beauty department in modern retail history. Re-fashioned within a brand-new 24,000 square-foot space and re-imagined within the grand architectural setting of the majestic Main Floor, the new Cosmetics and Fragrances department at Macy’s Herald Square will be the pre-eminent retail showcase for beauty brands and salon services. New luxury and prestige brands in color, treatment and skincare collections, as well as brand new counters, shops and bars for brows, blow-outs and nails will elevate the macys_on_black_se_8540customer experience and exceed their expectations. Beauty will truly be in the eye of the beholder as Macy’s Herald Square restyles the world’s ultimate beauty destination.

Beauty is always one of the most dynamic businesses and departments at Macy’s Herald Square,” said Muriel Gonzalez, executive vice president/general merchandise manager for cosmetics, fragrances and shoes. “With the renovation of our flagship store, we were able to completely re-imagine the space devoted to all things beauty, allowing us to bring in luxury brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Hermes, La Mer, Laura Mercier, Jo Malone London and Tom Ford, and for the first time, layer in salon services for nails, brows and hair all in one location. Macy’s Herald Square undeniably has the most powerful presentation for beauty in New York City.”

Macy's Herald Square, New York City

Macy’s Herald Square, New York City

She added, “In addition to the new color, skincare and fragrance collections being introduced, all of our existing vendors embraced the spectacular changes at Macy’s Herald Square with their own state-of-the-art installations that are unique, interactive and the most exciting cosmetics counters in the city.

Beauty indeed does start from within. Located in the heart of the store and at the crossroads of the Main Aisle and the newly opened Memorial Door Entrance off of 34th Street, the new Cosmetics and Fragrances department at Macy’s Herald Square is the crowning moment of the extensive Main Floor renovation begun last year. Redesigned with new architectural accents and structural elements, two sets of sweeping marble staircases along both the 34th and 35th Street sides of the store frame the stunning new department and create a spectacular arena for shopping. For the first time, show windows along 34th Street have been opened to provide vistas from the street into the store. Passersby can now experience the energy and excitement of the city’s most popular beauty destination as they travel along the bustling thoroughfare.

Once inside, shoppers enter a world of breathtaking beauty accented by modern design aesthetics and a sleek, modern sensibility. A brand-new Kiehl’s shop complete with its signature motorcycle display is offset by Macy’s award-winning Impulse Beauty concept. Steps away from 34th Street, an outpost for Blow, the New York Blow Dry Bar Express and everyone’s favorite trend-setting brands including Bare Escentuals, Benefit, butter LONDON, essie, Inglot, Lipstick Queen, Smashbox, Tarte, Too-Faced, and Urban Decay await the shopper inside. Providing express services and views from 34th Street, Blow’s new outpost will be first stop for fast blow-outs, up-dos and quick re-styles and then it is off to Benefit’s Brow Bar for a quick re-shape. Continue reading

Merry JAR Christmas! Holiday Gifts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Jewels By JAR Exhibit

Jewels by JAR, the first JAR retrospective in the United States and the first at the Metropolitan Museum devoted to the work of a living jeweler, is now on view at the Museum through March 9, 2014. With more than 400 opulent works by the renowned jewelry designer on display, the exhibition promises to be a visual feast.  The man behind this elite jewelry house, Joel Arthur Rosenthal, has become a figure of great intrigue. Born in New York and educated at Harvard, Rosenthal opened JAR in 1978 on the Place Vendôme in Paris. Over the past 35 years, the JAR name has become synonymous with extraordinary design, exquisite yet unexpected gemstones and metals, and remarkable craftsmanship. Producing between just 70 and 80 pieces a year, Rosenthal must be selective when it comes to his clientele, who range from royalty to Hollywood actresses. Because of this exclusivity, his one-of-a-kind creations are coveted the world over.

To complement the exhibition, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is offering a unique assortment of jewelry designed by JAR*, as well as an exclusive Book Set.

Jewels by JAR (Price: $40.00 Member Price: $36.00 144 pages, 69 full-color illustrations. 7 1/4” x 8”. Hardcover, with slipcase)

Essay by Adrian Sassoon

Published to coincide with the Metropolitan Museum’s Jewels by JAR exhibition, this new volume provides an elegantly designed retrospective of the best of Joel A. Rosenthal. It includes nearly 70 extraordinary pieces from throughout his career, illustrating his novel use of color and sculptural form in beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewels executed with exquisite gemstones, pearls, and natural materials. It is both a keepsake and a stunning celebration of a mesmerizing designer.

JAR Paris I and II Book Set (Price: $1,400.00; Member Price: $1,260.00)

JAR Paris I and II Book Set (Price: $1,400.00; Member Price: $1,260.00)

JAR Paris I and II Book Set (Price: $1,400.00; Member Price: $1,260.00) JAR has published two elegant volumes documenting its creative journey.

Volume 1 is the 2013 reissue of the volume first published by JAR in 2002, with 397 numbered objects (676 pages, 450 illustrations (331 in full color). 13 1/2” x 10 1/4”. Hardcover).

Volume 2 is a new book featuring JAR jewelry created over the last decade, with 316 numbered objects (552 pages, 370 illustrations (269 in full color). 13 1/2” x 10 1/4”. Hardcover).

In order for Members to receive their 10% discount on JAR Paris I, JAR Paris II, and the JAR Paris I and II Book Set, they must be signed into their accounts as Members. We regret that all other promotional discounts, including the 20% off initial Membership discount, cannot be applied towards the purchase of these items.

(The Met regrets that promotional discounts, including the 20% off initial Membership discount, cannot be applied towards the purchase of this item. Due to the special nature of this product, purchases are limited to one per order. Sorry, gift wrap is not available for this item. )

Jewels by JAR

Created expressly for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, earrings ranging in price from $2,000 to $7,500 and watches retailing for $600 will be available for purchase at the Museum’s exhibition and Mezzanine Gallery shops for the duration of the exhibition. Given the unique nature of this jewelry offering, the Member discount on these items is limited to 10%. All sales final. For more information, please contact The Mezzanine Gallery at 212-570-3767 or mezzgallery@metmuseum.org.

For The Most Beautiful Brides: The Atelier Pronovias Spring 2014 Collection

Runway Images Photographed by Lev Radin

The ATELIER PRONOVIAS SPRING 2014 COLLECTION of elegant, stylish, form-fitting wedding dresses was presented last week in New York City at the St. James Church.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 12: Grand finale on runway for the 2014 Atelier collection by Pronovias at St. James Church on November 12, 2013 in New York City (Phot Credit: Lev Radin

NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 12: Grand finale on runway for the 2014 Atelier collection by Pronovias at St. James Church on November 12, 2013 in New York City (Phot Credit: Lev Radin

The new collection features romantic, ethereal gowns (which will retails from $3,000 to $8,000) that delicately highlight the body, embodying streamlined elegance without detracting from the beauty of the bride. Sensual lace overlays and silk petals and are strewn with delicate adornments like luminescent pearls and crystals, adding subtle glamour to each piece. These flowing gowns envelope the bride like a second skin that accentuates her elegance and beauty.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 12: Model walks runway for the 2014 Atelier collection by Pronovias at St. James Church on November 12, 2013 in New York City (Photo Credit: Lev Radin)

NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 12: Model walks runway for the 2014 Atelier collection by Pronovias at St. James Church on November 12, 2013 in New York City (Photo Credit: Lev Radin)

At Pronovias, they say “we dress the dreams of stylish woman all around the world” and with this collection, that is certainly true in every way. So if you are getting married in 2014, you definitely have to see all the dresses and choose your favorite. Continue reading

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Mandarin Oriental, New York

Raise a glass to 2014 at Manhattan’s ultimate celebration, the annual New Year’s Eve Gala at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, New York. Following a night of revelry, guests are invited to retreat to stylish guestroom accommodations with the New Year’s Eve Celebration hotel package.


A stunning fusion of modern design with stylish Oriental flair, Mandarin Oriental, New York features 244 elegant guestrooms and suites — all with breathtaking views of Manhattan and Five-Star hospitality. Luxurious amenities include Asiate, the hotel’s elegant restaurant; MObar created by noted interior designer, Tony Chi; the Lobby Lounge with dramatic views of Central Park; a 14,500-square-foot, Five-Star Mandarin Oriental Spa; and a state-of-the-art fitness center with a 75-foot lap pool.  In addition, there is premium meeting and event space, including a 6,000-square-foot pillar-less ballroom with three walls of windows overlooking Central Park. Located in Columbus Circle’s Time Warner Center, Mandarin Oriental, New York is in an idyllic location just steps away from worldMandarin_Oriental_Hotel_Group_black_logo-class dining, shopping and entertainment, including the Broadway Theater District, Lincoln Center, Central Park, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Time Warner Center’s collection of upscale retail shops and restaurants.

The New Year’s Eve Gala on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 (with packages beginning at $5,700) is the perfect way to ring in 2014. The event will be held in the hotel’s stunning 36th floor ballroom. In addition to spectacular views of Central Park and the city’s skyline, the elegant black-tie evening features an open bar cocktail hour, and an array of butler-passed hors d’oeuvres. A multi-course dinner with gourmet delicacies will be complemented by a dessert buffet. The festivities continue with surprise entertainment and dinner show acts. Following dinner, live musical performances will have guests dancing their way into the New Year.

The New Year’s Eve Celebration Hotel Package include:

— Accommodation for two nights in a guestroom or suite for check-in on December 30 or 31, 2013

— Two tickets to the hotel’s annual black-tie New Year’s Eve Gala  held in the Mandarin Ballroom

— Daily American breakfast for two guests to be enjoyed in-room or at signature restaurant Asiate

Tickets to attend Mandarin Oriental, New York’s annual New Year’s Eve Gala evening are available from USD 1,250 to USD 1,500 per person, plus tax and service charge, based on table preference and party size. For tickets or more information, please contact the hotel directly at +1 (212) 805 8858 or email NewYearsEveNYC@mohg.com.

Reservations for the New Year’s Eve Celebration package can be made by contacting the hotel directly at +1 (212) 805 8800 or via the Group’s direct on-line reservations service at www.mandarinoriental.com. The package is based on availability and on double occupancy. A two-night stay is required and additional nights may be booked at best available rates. The package must be canceled 7 days prior to arrival to avoid a one night cancellation charge.