Neiman Marcus Presents The Neiman Marcus Award For Distinguished Service In The Field Of Fashion To Karl Lagerfeld

Today, at a private luncheon in the Dallas flagship store, Neiman Marcus Group CEO Karen Katz presented Chanel Artistic Director Karl Lagerfeld with The Neiman Marcus Award For Distinguished Service In The Field Of Fashion. The award, instituted in 1938 by Stanley Marcus, was developed to bring emerging designers from Europe and America into public awareness. The award is given to those who have made a distinctive contribution to the world of fashion by designing, promoting, or wearing fashion in a way that influences the public.

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More than 100 luminaries have received the award since its inception. Past honorees include Coco Chanel, Princess Grace of Monaco, Estee Lauder, Bill Blass, Greer Garson, Oscar de la Renta, Giorgio Armani and Richard Avedon. Stanley Marcus received the Award at the Neiman Marcus gala celebrating his ninetieth birthday in 1995. Mr. Lagerfeld won the award in 1980 and is the first recipient to win the award twice.

The award was designed by celebrated American sculptor William King. The bronze sculpture symbolizes the unfettered spirit of freedom so essential to the fashion creator.

Today’s luncheon, hosted by Karen Katz, Jim Gold, president of Neiman Marcus Specialty Retail, and Anna Wintour, Condé Nast artistic director and editor-in-chief of Vogue, coincided with the Chanel Métiers d’Art show, which took place December 10th at Fair Park, Dallas’s historic exhibition venue.

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Fretlight Guitar Announces Bass Model

Featuring The Breakthrough Fretlight Technology, The Fretlight Bass Guitar Makes the Perfect Gift of Music and Rhythm this Holiday

Fretlight Guitar announced it has expanded its product offering in time for the holidays with a bass guitar model, the FB-525 Bass. Invented in 1987 by Optek Music Systems founder and CEO Rusty Shaffer, the Fretlight Guitar has changed the way the world learns to play by combining advanced digital and LED technologies within the timeless form and function of classic electric, acoustic and bass guitars.

Fretlight Guitar Announces Bass Model.  (PRNewsFoto/Fretlight Guitar)

Fretlight Guitar Announces Bass Model. (PRNewsFoto/Fretlight Guitar)

With the addition of the Fretlight bass to its existing electric and acoustic guitar line, Fretlight now offers something for everyone. The FB-525 features the world’s only built-in LED learning system that helps you learn how to play guitar and bass up to 10 times faster than traditional methods. The Fretlight learning system allows a player to light up songs, tabs, riffs and over five thousand chord and scale patterns, right on the neck of the Fretlight guitar.

For years, Fretlight has helped six-string guitar players of all levels take their skills to the next level,” said Shaffer. “Now, by popular demand, we are taking that same technology and learning system and applying it to the four-string bass. We can’t wait to hear success stories from beginner to advanced players around the world.”

The Fretlight bass is available in both right and left-hand models, and is finished with chrome hardware including a fixed bridge and a two-way truss rod. Fully adjustable bridge saddles give users complete adjustability for a superior playing experience, while the Advanced Polymer Fretboard and Stratabond(TM) neck gives tones a rich sustain that bass players dream about. Stratabond(TM) is a state-of-the-art engineered hardwood that yields uncommon strength and rigidity across ever-changing environmental conditions. The Fretlight bass gets big tone out of its single coil bridge pickup and classic “P” style neck humbucker. Controls include a 3-way pickup toggle switch, master volume and master tone.

By connecting through a PC or Mac, the Fretlight bass uses a combination of software and video instruction to dramatically simplify and accelerate the guitar mastery process. The video lessons can be slowed to a desired tempo, and looped so fingerings can be practiced at a comfortable pace, building muscle memory, retention and confidence. The new Fretlight bass starts at $499.99 and can be purchased at select retailers or online at www.fretlight.com. For more information, also visit www.Fretlight.com.

Bellegance Perfumes Announces the Launch of its First Fragrance, Midnight Promise

An Exquisite Aromatic Blend Infused with the Sensuality of the Bewitching Hour

Bellegance Perfumes has announced the launch of its first fragrance, Midnight Promise, the new scent previewed at the 2013 Sniffapalooza Fall Ball in New York City in late October, celebrating the “resourcefulness, resilience, strength and sophistication of women”.

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Midnight Promise, whose tagline is “The Magical Hour When Anything is Possible…the Promise of Midnight,” was created by master perfumer Sarah Horowitz and fragrance designer Karen Dubin, recipient of the 2013 Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Great Idea Award for Fragrance Innovation.

Bellegance Perfumes is a luxury fragrance company founded in 2012 by Dr. Gordon Schaye, a successful surgeon and businessman with interests in the arts who became fascinated with the potent power of perfume. Inspired by his deep appreciation and admiration of women, the brand utilizes talented women perfumers to create fragrances for women to cherish and enjoy, with the goal of bringing confidence, luxury and elegance into their lives.

Horowitz is the owner of a successful fragrance company, Sarah Horowitz Parfums, and a co- founder of Original Scent, a custom fragrance retail experience in Pasadena, California. She brings over twenty years experience in private-label perfumery to the table, creating for brands such as Apothia at Fred Segal and many celebrity signature fragrances.

Karen Dubin is a fragrance expert in addition to being founder and CEO of Sniffapalooza, an event-based group of fragrance aficionados that originated in New York City and now unites perfume enthusiasts from around the world.

Working closely with the Bellegance in-house team, the two created the unique fragrance which features Top notes of red mandarin, and cinnamon; (Middle) Heart notes of Moroccan red rose and Base notes of amber, incense, oak moss, soft patchouli, fresh vetiver, vanilla musk, and sandalwood. Launched just in time for the 2013 holiday gift giving season, Midnight Promise is the ideal gift for that very special woman in your life.

Midnight Promise, bottled and manufactured in France, will be available online and in stores with a suggested retail price of $105.00, available initially in a 2.5 ounce size and can be ordered at www.belleganceperfumes.com.

Shark Diver, Crocodile Hunter, and Global Yachtswoman Set to Tell Tales on Crystal ‘Extreme Thrill Seekers’ Cruise

NEW THEME ADDS ADVENTURE TO ENRICHMENT ABOARD WORLD CRUISE SEGMENT

Crystal Cruises’ new “EXTREME THRILL SEEKERS” EXPERIENCES OF DISCOVERY THEME CRUISE will see guests hunting crocodiles, encountering “great whites,” and sailing in an around-the-world yacht race—figuratively—via stories from renowned “extreme” experts speaking on board.  During a MARCH 10 SINGAPORE TO CAPE TOWN ULTRA-LUXE WORLD CRUISE segment, CRYSTAL SERENITY will be abuzz with stories of harrowing adventures and the world’s fiercest predators from:

Shark diver CHRIS FALLOWS, who will discuss his thousands of encounters with Great White Sharks around MIDSIZE_SHIP_13South Africa’s Seal Island and other breaching grounds throughout the world, in an effort to not only capture their striking images on camera, but also to educate others about the realities of the creatures and their conservation.

Round-the-World Yachtswoman and adventurer RONA CANT, whose inspiring story takes her from being a middle-aged secretary and single mom to sailing the world’s most difficult yacht race, the BT Global Challenge, as a tremendously novice sailor, to trekking Vancouver’s West Coast Trail (one of the world’s 10 toughest trails) just two days after, and dog-sledding across a 600k Arctic path that had never been traversed before.

“CROCODILE MICK” PITMAN, considered a real-life Crocodile Dundee, who will share his 30+ years of dynamic Aussie Outback experience hunting and capturing crocodiles.

The guest speakers are presented as part of a lineup of enhanced enrichment planned for CRYSTAL’S WORLD CRUISE voyages.  The segment offers travelers a peek into the rugged terrain and exotic coastlines renowned for adventurous endeavors, first visiting Bangkok, Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia as part of a complimentary pre-cruise land program, then sailing from Singapore to Jakarta, Indonesia; Mauritius/Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius; Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, South Africa.  Dozens of Crystal Adventures ashore allow guests to explore wild – and not so wild – life in the destinations, from big game safaris to food and wine.

A Crystal waiter in the Crystal Dining Room. (PRNewsFoto-Crystal Cruises)

A Crystal waiter in the Crystal Dining Room. (PRNewsFoto-Crystal Cruises)

Our Experiences of Discovery programming is always riveting and insightful,” says BRET BULLOCK, VICE PRESIDENT OF ENTERTAINMENT.  “But the ‘Extreme Thrill Seekers’ theme goes a step beyond, giving even our most worldly guests a fascinating peek into a life most could never imagine.”

Cruise fares start at $7,520 per person if booked by January 3, with shorter “Getaway” cruise legs also available from Singapore to Mauritius and Mauritius to Cape Town.

Ring In The Holidays With The Treasured Tradition Of THYMES FRASIER FIR COLLECTION

CELEBRATE WITH NOTES OF…SIBERIAN FIR, CEDARWOOD AND SANDALWOOD

STEP INTO THE THYMES FRAGRANCE STUDIO TO DISCOVER…THE FRASIER FIR COLLECTION

THE FRASIER FIR COLLECTION Scented Pomander

THE FRASIER FIR COLLECTION Scented Pomander

From the scent of fresh-baked sugar cookies wafting through the air to the crispness of a just-hung wreath, fragrance has the power to instantly evoke fond memories of the holidays. For countless families, THYMES FRASIER FIR is the scent that conjures the warmth and joy of the season. A beautiful, timeless tradition to give or receive, FRASIER FIR sets the mood for special moments and inspires sweet reminiscences. The perennial favorite fragrance combines the aromatic snap of crisp Siberian Fir needles with warm cedarwood and relaxing sandalwood for an invigorating and fresh yet cozy and comforting blend. This season, the time-honored scent is housed in beautiful, sophisticated new packaging that adds even more richness and joy to every celebration. From plaid-wrapped candles to tree-engraved reed diffusers, each Frasier Fir offering enhances the season’s gatherings.

What began as a line of soaps and bath salts inspired by a love of art and nature has grown over the course of almost 30 years to become THYMES, the leading fragrance brand in the U.S. specialty market. Made with essential oils and naturally derived ingredients, the artistically designed products pioneered an entirely new category of botanically-based bath and body products. While the company—and category—have grown since then, Thymes’ mission remains the same: Create beautifully fragranced, gorgeously detailed products formulated with the best possible ingredients to enrich the mind and body, addressing your needs and complementing your life.

THE THYMES FRAGRANCE STUDIO is the scent lab where favorite Thymes fragrances are blended and new scents are constantly being created. At the Fragrance Studio, Thymes’ experts carefully craft each scent, building complex and intriguing layers around a core characteristic, which is an expression of the dominant fragrance family. Every scent falls into one of the seven fragrance families: Citrus, Green, Floral, Aromatic, Oriental, Gourmand or Woody. Each Thymes fragrance is also accented by notes that are part of a sub-family, serving to enliven and complement the dominant fragrance family. Immerse yourself in the Thymes Fragrance Studio, a place where you can explore and experiment according to the fragrance notes and moods that move you—from your daily beauty rituals to your home environment.

The Frasier Fir Collection is available in all forms: All Purpose Cleaner ($11.50), Bar Soap ($10), Decorative Sachet ($3.75), Dishwashing Liquid ($11.50), Hand Lotion ($16), Hand Wash ($14), Hand Wash Large ($20), Home Fragrance Mist ($18), Hurricane Candleholder ($22), Pinecone Poured Candle ($30), Pinecone Reed Diffuser ($63), Potpourri ($32), Poured Candle ($28), Poured Candle, 3-Wick ($50), Poured Candle Set ($34), Poured Candle Tin ($18.50), Reed Diffuser ($60), Reed Diffuser Oil Refill ($19), Seasonal Poured Candle ($38), Seasonal Poured Candle, 2-Wick ($50), Sink Set with Ceramic Caddy ($36), Ceramic Soap Dish ($10), Unscented Reed Refill ($6), Votive Candle ($12.50), and Votive Candle Set ($19) at www.Thymes.com. For a complete list of Thymes retailers, or to order products, visit www.thymes.com or call 1-800-366-4071.

Men’s Furnishing Report: Not Your Grandfather’s Socks: Soxfords Launches New Themed Designs and Gift Sets for the Holiday Season

NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER'S SOCKS Soxfords Launches New Themed Designs and Gift Sets for the Holiday Season. (PRNewsFoto-Soxfords).

NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER’S SOCKS Soxfords Launches New Themed Designs and Gift Sets for the Holiday Season. (PRNewsFoto-Soxfords).

Just in time for the holiday season, men’s sock wear company Soxfords is launching its sophomore collection of colorfully themed, high-quality designs. Each pattern is created around a thought-provoking theme or backstory. From frogs, to fish, burgers, and zombies, you’ve never seen dress socks like these. Soxfords also introduces a limited-run of themed gift boxes that celebrate the particular style of several top-selling designs. The brand has placed its socks alongside a collection of well-crafted products from artisan companies, and curated collectables to bring an assortment of high-quality gift boxes. Gift box themes include: Zombie Survivalist, Cubical Commando, Fanatical Foodie, and Zero G. Soxfords range from $20 – $25 per pair, with a range of combo packs available. Themed gift boxes are priced at $95. All items are available for pre-order on www.Soxfords.com.

Soxfords Gift Boxes

Soxfords Gift Boxes

Rocket through any workaday atmosphere with the Soxfords’ “Zero G” themed box. This box is perfect for the astronaut in all of us – whether you brave the heavens in a Saturn V, or commuter traffic in a Saturn coupe.  The Box contents:

Vintage Science or Sci-Fi Magazine: “We fell in love with the retro look and feel of these vintage magazines featuring idealistic predictions about space flight, or fanciful visions of a fictional future. Each box contains one magazine printed between 1950-1980, of a condition perfect to sit back and enjoy.”

Jet Black Rocket w/ Red Fins by PlaySam: The perfect complement to the Kessler Syndrome design. Playsam’s Rocket is a sleekly futuristic, yet classic, design featured in a  brilliant black and red, will look great on an office desk of even the most conservative stargazer. Founded in 1984, Playsam is the leading Scandinavian design company for executive wooden toy gifts.

Astronaut Icecream (2 packs): What would-be astronaut doesn’t love the initially chalky, then mouth-wateringly creamy goodness and sweet taste of freeze-dried astronaut ice-cream?  This box contains two packs of this childhood classic that is sure to bring a smile to your face!

Kessler Syndrome Socks (2 pairs): What would a Soxfords box be without their signature socks? These popular astronaut-themed dress socks have been a hit with anyone looking to add a bit of subtle sci-fi fun to their outfit. Two pairs of Kessler Syndrome socks come included, packed in a sturdy white gift box. This gift box is available for pre-order only, and will mail out separately from the rest of your order (if applicable). Guaranteed to be delivered in time for Christmas.

Soxfords - Kessler Syndome Astonaut-Themed Dress Socks Gift Box

Soxfords – Kessler Syndome Astonaut-Themed Dress Socks Gift Box

“Cubicle Commando” Gift Box

As weekdays blend together it’s all too easy to lose your identity in pursuit of corporate goals. The “Cubical Commando” is an executive-friendly box of fun that helps keep you grounded even as you pass through the ranks. Enliven your work space while maintaining your identity with their “Cogsworth” socks

Cogsworth Socks by Soxfords (2 pairs): What would a Soxfords box be without their signature socks? Featuring a “gear and cogs” motif, these light blue dress socks have been a hit with anyone looking to be more than a Cog in the Wheel!

Retro Tin Robot from Chucklesnort: This wind-up tin toy is the perfect companion for any office. A few twists of the key, and as your new friend shambles across your desk you’ll be transported to a simpler time, where “9 to 5” actually meant something.

Balancing Blocks by Areaware: Grown-up blocks to release the kid in all of us! Take a break and get those creative juices flowing by balancing these ten faceted stone-size shapes to create your own free-form sculptures. Tumbled in a water-based paint, and packaged in a cotton drawstring bag.

Handmade Wooden Tops by The Original Tree Swing: Writers block? Waiting for that spreadsheet to download? Keep your hands out of the candy jar by keeping them busy with one of these tops! The Original Tree Swing is a family owned and operated business born from a desire to inspire creative play for children and the young of heart.  All tops are made from reclaimed wood and finished in beeswax or mineral oil.

This gift box is available for pre-order only, and will mail out separately from the rest of your order (if applicable). Guaranteed to be delivered in time for Christmas!

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oxfords Dress Socks – Suitcase of Socks Suitcase

The Whole Enchilada $300

I heard you like socks.  Lots of them.  Can’t get enough, ac­tu­ally.  Well sir, have we got a deal for you!

With the Whole En­chi­lada combo pack, you’ll get all eigh­teen pairs of Sox­fords dress socks that they cur­rently offer (one pair of each de­sign/color), at a great price. Now you’ll have plenty of socks to wear on your feet and put on that sock-pup­pet show you were al­ways dream­ing about. Think big! Note that this in­cludes their six newest de­signs only avail­able for pre-or­der. These will mail out sep­a­rately from the rest of your order, guar­an­teed to be de­liv­ered be­fore De­cem­ber 25th! Continue reading

U.S. News & World Report Votes Crystal Cruises #1 In Luxury And Romance

ULTRA-LUXE LINE BOASTS INDUSTRY’S MOST WINS IN PUB’S INAUGURAL CRUISE RANKINGS

SHIP ITINERARIES IN EUROPE, THE PACIFIC, AND CARIBBEAN ALSO TOP SURVEY

Crystal Cruises Sommelier

Crystal Cruises Sommelier

Consumer advice and news magazine, U.S. News & World Report, has voted Crystal Cruises #1 in seven categories of its first-ever “Best Cruises” rankings– more than twice the first-place wins of any other line.  Crystal won “Best Luxury Cruise Line” and “Best Line for Romance” in the overall Best Cruise Line categories, and dominated several ship itinerary-based rankings within Region, Traveler Type, and Budget categories, winning “Best Cruises…”: “…for Couples“; “…for Luxury; and “…in the Caribbean,” “…in Europe,” and “…in thePacific,” respectively.  The 2014 survey also praised the company’s “unparalleled customer service,” called out its “distinct voyages around the world,” and gave Crystal Symphony perfect 5’s in its Health and Overall Ratings within several lists.  The complete results, profiling lines that “consistently meet the highest expectations of passengers and critics,” are now available at the magazine’s website, http://travel.usnews.com/cruises.

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Boasting a long-earned reputation for high standards of unbiased methodology in its polls, the now-online publication added cruises to its venerable roster of “Best” schools, hospitals, and more to “help travelers find a cruise that caters to their specific needs.”  The “Best” were chosen based upon expert editors’ evaluations of onboard amenities, customer service, and lodging and dining options; customer satisfaction, including traveler approval MIDSIZE_SHIP_13ratings and reviews; and health ratings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The rankings were then determined by lines’ Overall Score and quality combined with analysis of upcoming itineraries, price class, and reputation among specific traveler types, such as popularity among couples for the “Romance” category.

The magazine does their due diligence.  We appreciate their considering both guest experience and judges’ opinions, and the strict health evaluations by the U.S. Government–an arena in which we consistently earn high scores for cleanliness, maintenance, and health standards,” says Crystal President Edie Bornstein.  “After winning top honors within the travel industry for twenty+ years, it’s extremely gratifying to also be WBCS5recognized as such by, arguably, the top consumer industry surveyor in the world.”

The latest victories cap off a huge winning year for Crystal, with more than 35 awards in 2013, including Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best Cruise Line” (20th year), Gold List, and #1 and 2 “Top Cruise Ships in the World” (Midsize); Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” (18 consecutive years) and “World’s Best Service” (Large-ship); and numerous international accolades for the line’s service, spa, dining, entertainment, design, marketing, and overall experience.  As a leader in the luxury hospitality industry, the company has earned more “World’s Best” awards than any other cruise line, resort, or hotel in history.

Aboard the ultra-chic Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, luxury and romance abound, with offerings such as all-inclusive dining, serving fine wines and Nobu Matsuhisa cuisine at a candlelit table for two; dancing, including lessons, in several intimate venues; a 360-degree promenade deck for handCrystal_Cruises_Waiter30005-in-hand strolling; in-Penthouse couples massage; quiet lounges and comfortable relaxation spaces throughout the ship; completely customizable Crystal Adventures ashore; fresh flowers, chocolates, and champagne delivered to one’s Penthouse by a personal butler; and in-suite breakfast enjoyed in a plush Egyptian Cotton linen bed or in a fresh Frette bathrobe, while enjoying one’s private verandah view.  This fall, the line introduced Crystal Celebrations as a unique way to capture the magic of a milestone with loved ones, from a wedding to big birthday, via custom destination event planning around the world.

Providing worldwide vacations of five to 100+ days that bridge the best of land and sea, itineraries through early 2016 sail to the Mediterranean, Western Europe, British Isles, Scandinavia/Baltic & Russia, North Cape & Arctic Circle, Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, South America, Antarctica, New England/Canada, Panama Canal, Caribbean, and a sumptuous annual World Cruise.  Until January 3, all-inclusive “Book Now” fares start at $1,215/person.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.