Alaska Airlines Debuts Disney-Themed Airplane in Seattle

BOEING 737 ADORNED WITH BELOVED DISNEY-PIXAR CHARACTERS FLIES FOUR MAKE-A-WISH® ALASKA AND WASHINGTON CHILDREN TO DISNEYLAND RESORT ON INAUGURAL FLIGHT

The newest themed airplane in Alaska Airlines’ fleet flew into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, featuring one of America’s most beloved and rusty tow trucks.

Alaska Airlines newest Disney-themed airplane features some of Disney-Pixar's most beloved characters from the movie Cars.  (PRNewsFoto/Alaska Airlines)

Alaska Airlines newest Disney-themed airplane features some of Disney-Pixar’s most beloved characters from the movie Cars. (PRNewsFoto/Alaska Airlines)

Adorned with the familiar images of Disney-Pixar’s animated Cars characters Mater, Lightning McQueen, Guido and Luigi, the colorful Boeing 737-800 named “Adventure of Disneyland Resort” celebrates Alaska’s partnership with Walt Disney’s original theme park.  Alaska’s other Disney-themed planes are the “Spirit of Disneyland II,” launched in 2009; the “Spirit of Make-A-Wish,” which debuted in 2006; and “Magic of Disneyland,” which entered the fleet in 2005. Alaska’s first Disney plane, the “Spirit of Disneyland I,” joined the fleet in 2002 and was repainted in 2009.

It is the fifth Disney-themed airplane born out of the successful partnership between Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and Disneyland Resort.

Joining passengers flying on Flight 500 were four Make-A-Wish children from Washington and Alaska, ages 3 to 7, and their families, who will spend the next several days at the Disneyland Resort. During their visit, they will be treated to special activities and enjoy overnight accommodations at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Resort.

Korbin Clark of Longview, Wash., hasn't been able to do many of the things he used to before he was diagnosed with cancer. Korbin is looking forward to going to Disneyland and swimming with dolphins at SeaWorld in Calif.  (PRNewsFoto/Alaska Airlines)

Korbin Clark of Longview, Wash., hasn’t been able to do many of the things he used to before he was diagnosed with cancer. Korbin is looking forward to going to Disneyland and swimming with dolphins at SeaWorld in Calif. (PRNewsFoto/Alaska Airlines)

Steve Hopson, age 3, from Barrow, Alaska is battling Ewing's Sarcoma, a form of cancer. Steve is looking forward to meeting his favorite Disney characters Mickey Mouse and Lightning McQueen.  (PRNewsFoto/Alaska Airlines)

Steve Hopson, age 3, from Barrow, Alaska is battling Ewing’s Sarcoma, a form of cancer. Steve is looking forward to meeting his favorite Disney characters Mickey Mouse and Lightning McQueen. (PRNewsFoto/Alaska Airlines)

Our Disney planes generate a lot of excitement among our passengers young and old wherever they fly,” said Jeff Butler, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of customer service-airports and cargo, and board member of Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our strong partnership than to launch this flying invitation to visit Disneyland Resort’s newest attraction and Mater’s home in Cars Land.” Continue reading

Bath & Body Works Introduces New Forever Midnight

Feel the moment of intense connection you spot each other from across the room. Your eyes lock. Chemistry ignites. This is the moment you wish could last forever—the essence of the all new Forever Midnight and Minight For Men, the sensual (and sensuous) new fragrance from Bath & Body Works.

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This holiday season, America’s favorite fragrance company is launching its most luxurious scent yet, Forever Midnight. With premium ingredients crafted by the world’s best perfumers, Forever Midnight has notes of luscious Plum Nectar mingle with exotic, Velvety Florals to create tempting allure. Sophisticated Jasmine joins seductive Vanilla Orchid for the perfect layer of femininity. Then a final touch of rich, warm Caramel Liqueur transports you to that magical Midnight moment where anything is possible.

A debut fragrance that captures the moment of irresistible attraction, Forever Midnight is available in Eau de Parfum, Body Lotion, Shower Gel, Fine Fragrance Mist, and Triple Moisture Body Cream. The collection also includes Midnight for Him Hair + Body Wash. After Shave Balm, Body Lotion and Midnight for Him Eau de Toilette. You can weave a spell of midnight magic however you choose. Mix and match this holiday to give her the gift of legendary midnight romance. Forever Midnight is available at Bath & Body Works stores and online at www.bathandbodyworks.com.

What To Wear This Holiday: The Designer’s Pick Of The Key Essentials From H&M

It’s easy to look your best this holiday at H&M, whether it’s for parties and festivities or relaxing with family and friends. Here are H&M‘s Ann-Sofie Johansson and Andreas Löwenstam´s picks for what to wear for every occasion.

WOMEN

This season it’s all about effortless pieces, party essentials and a new takes on glamour, says H&M’s Creative Head of Design, Ann-Sofie Johansson.

TUXEDO JACKET: “Say hello to our new best friend. It works with everything, whether worn with a dress, or matched with a romantic blouse and leather leggings for a rock vibe”

BODYCON DRESS: “This black dress trimmed with lace is perfect for parties, and is so easy to wear.”

RED FLOOR LENGTH GOWN: “I love the drama of this sleeveless gown, which flows to the floor yet floats because it’s sheer. It’s such a modern way to add elegance this Holiday.”

OVERSIZED KNITS: “A big sweater is so versatile this season. I love seeing them dressed up over sheer skirts, or worn for cosying up with friends on the sofa.”

ROMANTIC BLOUSE: “It’s great when something that’s easy to wear also looks so chic. This romantic blouse is one of those effortless pieces that can be worn all Holiday season.”

MEN

Dress your best this Holiday, whether it’s sharp tailored looks, innovative knits or pieces with attitude for the party season, says H&M’s head menswear designer, Andreas Löwenstam.

TUXEDO JACKET: “It’s great how the new sharp tuxedo jacket gives an immediate lift. Every man should have one in his wardrobe, especially for the Holidays.”

INNOVATIVE KNITS: “These are the season’s statement knits, which use traditional patterns and texture in a fresh modern way. They look so great worn with a tux.”

TRIM-DETAIL SHIRTS: “Black with white trim, or white with a black trim, both so smart shirts that look good on their own.”

FLANNEL SHIRT: “There’s something about flannel shirts which looks so good right now. These brushed shirts are perfect for the new mood at parties this season.”

TOGGLE CARDIGAN: “This is the perfect chunky knit piece for the holidays, whether its for walks in winter sunshine, or for relaxing with friends at home.”

Las Vegas High Roller Observation Wheel Reaches New Heights

FOCAL POINT OF THE LINQ, CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT’S $550 MILLION CENTER-STRIP DEVELOPMENT, MEETS MAJOR CONSTRUCTION MILESTONE

The Las Vegas High Roller reached new heights this week as the observation wheel’s first passenger cabin was rotated to the highest point on the wheel’s rim. At 550 feet, the rotation of the cabin to the mid-center point of the rim officially makes the High Roller the world’s tallest observation wheel. As the focal point of The LINQ, Caesars Entertainment’s $550 million outdoor retail, dining and entertainment district, today’s feat marks a major milestone for the Las Vegas Strip attraction.

The first passenger cabin is rotated to the top of the Las Vegas High Roller, officially making it the world’s tallest observation wheel at 550 feet. Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

The first passenger cabin is rotated to the top of the Las Vegas High Roller, officially making it the world’s tallest observation wheel at 550 feet. Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

This was a significant step for us. The level of technical precision and detailed planning to attach a 22-ton passenger cabin to the rim is tremendous,” said David Codiga, executive project director for The LINQ. “Seeing the cabin rotate to the top of wheel is not only very satisfying for our team, who has spent years working very hard to get to this point; but it also signifies we’re just that much closer to becoming operational. We’re all very eager to welcome passengers to the tallest and most advanced wheel in the world and this gets us one step closer.”

The High Roller observation wheel is the focal point of The LINQ, an open-air retail, dining and entertainment district, that will soon redefine the iconic Las Vegas skyline.

The High Roller will top out at 550 feet making it the largest observation wheel in the world. In addition to its great height, the High Roller will offer an immersive pre-ride experience for its passengers on their journey from ticketing through the wheel house complete with a lounge, to the wheel ride which features unparalleled views of the Las Vegas Strip.

Technical precision and detailed planning go into attaching the first passenger cabin to the rim of the Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel. Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

Technical precision and detailed planning go into attaching the first passenger cabin to the rim of the Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel. Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

The wheel structure will boast 7.2 million pounds of steel and 112 cable, with each cable measuring approximately 225 feet, for a combined total of 25,256 feet. The High Roller will feature 28 spherical cabins that will each hold 40 guests. Each cabin weighs approximately 44,000 pounds and includes 300 square feet of glass. The cabin windows are doubly curved and fabricated from four sheets of laminated glass.

The cabins will also feature dynamic video and music shows that will fade away seamlessly to show the most impressive views of the Las Vegas valley.

The first passenger cabin of the Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel is transferred to the wheel site early Monday, Nov. 4. Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

The first passenger cabin of the Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel is transferred to the wheel site early Monday, Nov. 4. Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

Fabrication of the wheel began in late 2011 and took place in several locations across the globe including China, Japan, France, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Colorado, California and Las Vegas. The High Roller will travel at one foot per second and take roughly 30 minutes to make one full revolution. The wheel will be lit with more than 2,000 LED lights to create a customizable and visually stunning display. Continue reading

Sport Chalet Lists Top Five Hiking Gear Essentials And U.S. Trail Destinations

In preparation for your upcoming winter hikes, outdoor enthusiasts can explore what nature has to offer with expert insights and gear from specialty sporting goods retailer Sport Chalet (www.sportchalet.com). The Sport Chalet is a premier, full service specialty sporting goods retailer featuring the industry’s top sports brands in apparel, footwear, and sports equipment. Founded in 1959 by Norbert Olberz, the company has 52 stores in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah; an online store at www.sportchalet.com; a Team Sales division; and offers more than 50 specialty services for the sports enthusiast, including online same day delivery, climbing, backcountry skiing, ski SportChaletLogomountaineering, avalanche education, and mountain trekking instruction, car rack installation, snowboard and ski rental and repair, Scuba training and certification, Scuba boat charters, team sales, gait analysis, baseball/softball glove steaming and lacing, racquet stringing, and bicycle tune-up and repair at its store locations.

Prior to making the trek and for all the future winter hiking trips to come, Sport Chalet Hiking Expert and Senior Apparel Buyer Paul Smedley provides gear and trail recommendations to help both novice and expert hikers blaze the trails in confidence. First, he suggests being equipped with the following items:

— Footwear can make or break a hiking experience. Low cut shoes like adidas Terrex Fast X Mid GTX Outdoor

adidas Terrex Fast X Mid GTX Outdoor Training Shoes

adidas Terrex Fast X Mid GTX Outdoor Training Shoes

Training Shoes are a lightweight option for shorter trips. Mid- to high-cut footwear offers additional ankle support for longer trips and for hikes with irregular terrain.

— Proper hydration is critical regardless of distance. Hydration packs allow hikers to carry plenty of water with ease. This The North Face Torrent Hydration Pack holds 8L of water in a backpack reservoir that is lightweight with additional space to carry any other hiking essentials.

— Know the weather forecast and plan for changes by bringing layers of clothing or wearing apparel that can transition easily. The adidas MT Hike Zip Off Pant is made of lightweight moisture management fabric and is built with a zipper in each pant leg to easily convert into shorts as temperatures rise.

— Avoid getting stranded with the Delores inReach SE Satellite Communicator, which can track GPS coordinates, allow for text communication regardless of cellular service and can even trigger an SOS signal.

— Should one get separated from a group The Pocket Survival Pak(TM) contains a collection of survival tools

DeLorme inReach SE Satellite Communicator

DeLorme inReach SE Satellite Communicator

hikers can easily carry to keep safe and warm.

The distance and difficulty of the hike determines what type of gear you might need,” said Smedley. “Sport Chalet Experts are readily available in-store to equip hikers with the proper gear and advice tailored to their needs. Our ultimate goal is to help customers feel prepared and capable to get out and explore the world around them.”

To help familiarize beginners to the trails, Smedley also recommends visiting some of the most well-known hiking destinations in the United States, including:

— Grand Canyon National Park – As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is not to be missed. The national park touts many trails around the rim of the canyon all with varying difficulties. For avid hikers, the Bright Angel Trail is a popular route, consisting of a nine-mile hike around the southern rim of the canyon.

— Yosemite National Park – A staple for experienced hikers and backpackers, the hike up Half Dome is 16 miles roundtrip and includes a tethered trek up the steep face of Half Dome. For those looking for a lighter option, Glacier Point is a one-mile hike with panorama views of Half Dome and much of the Yosemite Valley.

The North Face Torrent Hydration Pack

The North Face Torrent Hydration Pack

— Arches National Park – Make way on the Delicate Arch Trail, which is a three-mile hike to one of Utah’s most iconic figures- the Delicate Arch. This trail promises a view of the 65-foot freestanding natural arch and is perfect for intermediate hikers.

— Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park – The Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park is home to some of the world’s largest trees. The novice hiker can enjoy short hikes like the Big Trees Trail and Tonopah Falls Trail, which are both less than two miles in distance. The Big Trees Trail weaves through forests of towering 250-foot sequoias while the Tokopah Falls Trail journeys to the park’s largest waterfall.

— Zion National Park The Narrows is the most popular hike at Zion National Park with spectacular views of sandstone grottos, natural springs and hanging gardens. The trail takes hikers along the Virgin River floor, so adventure seekers should come prepared in waterproof gear and apparel.

For more information on Sport Chalet’s selection of hiking gear, and to find the Sport Chalet location nearest you, visit www.sportchalet.com.

Hammacher Schlemmer Introduces The Thermodynamic Cell Phone Charger

Continuing its 165-year history of offering the “Best, the Only and the Unexpected,” Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Thermodynamic Cell Phone Charger, the only emergency charger that restores the drained batteries of electronic devices by boiling water.

The Thermodynamic Cell Phone Charger from Hammacher Schlemmer

The Thermodynamic Cell Phone Charger from Hammacher Schlemmer

Appearing as an unassuming 1.4-liter pot, The Thermodynamic Cell Phone Charger, converts heat into electricity using the laws of thermoelectricity when boiling water over a wood fire, camp stove, or the included propane-powered heating element. Simply fill the 1.4-liter pot with water and heat it on any wood fire, camp stove, or the included propane-powered heating element. As heat passes from the flame to the pot’s cool interior, a special plate harnesses the energy, generating a current that recharges handheld USB devices like phones, cameras, headlamps, and GPS units.

The pot includes a 4-oz. camp stove with electric ignition; a 3′ long heat-resistant charging cable; a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack that can charge phones when a heat source isn’t available; and adapters for most phones and USB devices. 5″ H x 6″ Diam. (12 oz.)

The Thermodynamic Cell Phone Charger is a classic Hammacher product that solves a problem—in this case, two,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns. “It recharges your handheld USB smartphones, carmeras, headlamps, and GPS receivers while reinvigorating you with a hot cup of hot chocolate!”

The Thermodynamic Cell Phone Charger recharged a dead cell phone to 100% battery power after four hours of heating in tests conducted by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute and is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $199.95.

Amway Introduces ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND(TM) Lifting Smoothing Foundation

The right coverage, the right color, the right benefits – when we find the right foundation, its transformative powers make us feels like the best version of ourselves.”

Amway introduces ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND(TM) Lifting Smoothing Foundation – extending a flawless, radiant, and youthful look onto skin. According to the NPD Group, a leading global market research company, more than 86% of women surveyed use makeup products with skincare benefits. In addition, 61% of the women surveyed said they use makeup products with benefits that are similar to the ones contained in their skincare products.

ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND Lifting Smoothing Foundation in Natural

ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND Lifting Smoothing Foundation in Natural

At its core, ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND Lifting Smoothing Foundation is a rich, hydrating, anti-aging foundation that helps lift and firm the look of skin for a youthful, radiant finish. Its formula is a study in uncompromising beauty. For women who want buildable, medium to full coverage, yet a lightweight feel – ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND foundation has it. For women who want immediate, visible perfection, but also longer-term benefits – ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND foundation has it. For women who want the perfect shade match, yet staying power – ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND foundation has it.

There are no trade-offs, no choices to be made; ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND Foundation is the ARTISTRY® brand’s most advanced anti-aging foundation ever,” says Rick DiCecca, Global Makeup Artist.

ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND Lifting Smoothing Foundation Shades

ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND Lifting Smoothing Foundation Shades

ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND foundation begins with the ultimate color palette. By revamping its existing foundation palette using a truly scientific approach, the ARTISTRY team conceived of a range that represents the maximum global skin tones. Shade development was approached in four distinct ways:

—  F.A.C.E.S. – Utilizing the exclusive ARTISTRY Facial Analysis Computer Evaluation System, Artistry scientists were able to cluster data from nearly 2,000 subjects representing six different skin populations to more fully understand the range of skin tones and shades that might best meet these needs.

—  Best-Sellers – The team analyzed best-selling shades from within and outside the ARTISTRY brand.

—  Product Development – The product development team then analyzed the existing palette ranges within the ARTISTRY collection and how to optimize them globally.

—  Global Makeup Artist – A makeup artist with clients around the world, DiCecca offered guidance on shade development and formula based on years of hands-on experience.

What these four evaluations concluded were unbelievably similar findings yielding ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND foundation’s 20-shade lineup – a collection that reaches far more people than ever before. Within the comprehensive 20 shades, Warm, Neutral or Cool undertones are available.

ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND Lifting Smoothing Foundation

ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND Lifting Smoothing Foundation

With a few quick assessments, undertone is easily determined: Continue reading