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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

EYES ON THE HORIZON: BEYOND SNOWDOME

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

THE BEYOND SNOWDOME CATALOGUE CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE.

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.

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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.

ADDITIONAL WINNING RECIPES INCLUDE:

SIMPLY 6 CATEGORY WINNER

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

SIMPLY 6 RUNNER-UP WINNER

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

SIMPLY 6 RUNNER-UP WINNER

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

CROWD PLEASERS RUNNER-UP WINNER

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

CROWD PLEASERS RUNNER-UP WINNER

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

Preparation:

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

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MACY’S PRESENTS ITS GIFT TO SAN FRANCISCO WITH A FESTIVE AND JOYFUL HOLIDAY CEREMONY ON FRIDAY, NOV. 29 AT 6 P.M.

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.

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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