Elizabeth and James founders and designers Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen Introduces Elizabeth and James NIRVANA WHITE™ and Elizabeth and James NIRVANA BLACK™

Now Available Exclusively in All North American SEPHORA Stores

 

After unprecedented demand during the sneak peek pre-sale in December 2013, Elizabeth and James NIRVANA WHITE™ and Elizabeth and James NIRVANA BLACK™, the two exquisite new fragrances for the fashion brand launched by Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen, are now available for sale in all North American SEPHORA stores.
Elizabeth and James NIRVANA BLACK and Elizabeth and James NIRVANA WHITE

Elizabeth and James NIRVANA BLACK and Elizabeth and James NIRVANA WHITE

The Elizabeth and James NIRVANA fragrances were developed by Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Kendo for SEPHORA and Batallure Beauty. The fragrances, created in tandem with Firmenich include Elizabeth and James NIRVANA WHITE, an alluring floral musk with notes of peony, muguet and musk, and Elizabeth and James NIRVANA BLACK, a sensual, woody scent with notes of violet, sandalwood and vanilla. The architectural lines, rich gold accents and distinctive texture of the bottles, designed by Ashley and Mary-Kate, are stylistically inspired by a vintage keepsake and mirror the design elements seen throughout the Elizabeth and James brand.

Elizabeth and James NIRVANA

Elizabeth and James NIRVANA

Under Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen’s creative direction, the two women’s fragrances were developed to reflect the celebration of intimacy as well as individuality.

Everyone wants to experience their nirvana,” stated Mary-Kate Olsen. “Ashley and I understand everyone’s nirvana is different so we’re asking our Elizabeth and James girl, ‘What is your nirvana?’.”

Elizabeth and James founders and designers Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen

Elizabeth and James founders and designers Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen

Our nirvana is reflected in the juice, bottle, packaging and campaign imagery for Elizabeth and James NIRVANA and we’re excited to share it with the SEPHORA client,” said Ashley Olsen.

Elizabeth and James NIRVANA fragrances are each available in three different sizes – 30 ml ($55), 50 ml ($75), and a rollerball ($22), exclusively available at all SEPHORA stores andSephora.com.

STATEMENTS REGARDING THE PASSING OF FORMER ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES PRESIDENT TOM SHERAK

The following is a statement from the Sherak family regarding the death of former Academy President Tom Sherak.

“To the entertainment community,

With broken hearts we want to share with you the news that Tom Sherak passed away today after a long 12 year battle with prostate cancer.  He died at home surrounded by his family giving him hugs, kisses, and love.

Tom is, was, and always will be, our loving husband, daddy, papa, brother, friend, and “Go to Guy.”  He blessed this earth for 68unnamed incredible years, and he will be missed every single day.

Tom lived his life as an open book.  He opened his heart and let the world in, and anyone who was lucky enough to know him knew first hand the power of his love.  He gave everything he had to help others, regardless of whether or not he knew them.  Tom is a true hero in our lives who has a star on the sidewalk and wings to fly.

We love him so very much.”

The Academy is deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved former president Tom Sherak.

Sherak joined the Executives Branch of the Academy in 1983. He served three terms on the Board of Governors, from August 2003 through July 2012, the last three as President.

He was most recently named Los Angeles film czar by Mayor Eric Garcetti to support local film production and serve as a liaison between state lawmakers and the entertainment industry.

Sherak’s remarkable five-decade career has seen him at the pinnacle of motion picture marketing, distribution and production at companies including Revolution Studios, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures.

He was founder and chairman of the MS Hope Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting the needs of the Multiple Sclerosis community.

His passion and tireless energy impacted the Academy in countless ways – especially his support of our new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Statement from Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President

In the more than 30 years I’ve known Tom, his passionate support of and excitement about the motion picture business, the Academy, his family and friends never wavered. He was truly larger than life, and he will be missed.”

Statement from Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO

He was my mentor and my friend.  I learned from him, I laughed with him, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the time we shared together.  He had a huge influence on the direction of our Academy and on me personally.  I will miss laughing with him most of all.”

Valentine’s Day Lasts All Winter in Door County, WI

Special getaway packages offer couples a chance to reconnect on Wisconsin’s scenic peninsula

A couple enjoys a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the woods in Door County, Wisconsin during the annual Nature of Romance promotion. Photo courtesy Mike Roemer/DoorCounty.com.

A couple enjoys a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the woods in Door County, Wisconsin during the annual Nature of Romance promotion. Photo courtesy Mike Roemer/DoorCounty.com.

In Door County, Wisconsin, the spirit of Valentine’s Day lasts all winter long. Door County is a bucolic peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan in Wisconsin’s northeast corner.  Named one of the Top 10 Vacation Destinations in North America byMoney magazine, Door County features 300 miles of shoreline, 11 lighthouses, 5 state parks and 19 county parks. It is known for its natural beauty, artistic offerings and outdoor recreation opportunities.
The sun rises over Lake Michigan at Whitefish Dunes State Park on a crisp winter morning in Door County, Wisconsin. Capture Door County photo courtesy Markos Berndt.

The sun rises over Lake Michigan at Whitefish Dunes State Park on a crisp winter morning in Door County, Wisconsin. Capture Door County photo courtesy Markos Berndt.

Now through the end of March, Door County offers couples a chance to escape into the pampering luxury and scenic beauty of Wisconsin’s peninsular jewel with more than twenty specially priced romantic getaway packages for two.
Each of these Door County Nature of Romance packages includes two nights’ lodging at one of Door County’s renowned resorts, inns or B&Bs. Choose from among accommodations that include in-room fireplaces, four-poster canopied beds, water views, whirlpool tubs and indoor swimming pools. Continue reading

Lands’ End Unveils Its New Coastal Living Body Care Collection: Launch Marks Lands’ End’s Entry into the Body Care Category

Today Lands’ End announced it is entering the body care category with the launch of its Coastal Living Body Care Collection, further expanding its position as a global lifestyle brand.   The body care collection, consisting of fresh lavender and honey blossom scented body lotion, hand cream and body wash, is now available at landsend.com.

Lands' End unveils its new Coastal Living Body Care Collection, marking its entry into the body care category. The Coastal Living Collection, consisting of fresh lavender and honey blossom scented body lotion, hand cream and body wash, is now available at landsend.com.  (PRNewsFoto/Lands' End)

Lands’ End unveils its new Coastal Living Body Care Collection, marking its entry into the body care category. The Coastal Living Collection, consisting of fresh lavender and honey blossom scented body lotion, hand cream and body wash, is now available at landsend.com. (PRNewsFoto/Lands’ End)

The Fresh Lavender and Honey Blossom Nourishing Body Lotion is a naturally nourishing blend of lavender and honey.  Specially formulated to smooth and nourish without leaving the skin feeling oily or greasy, the hydrating shea butter extracts moisturize and condition the skin while vitamin E helps protect skin from daily damage.  The Coastal Living Body Lotion is available in an 8 oz. bottle for $16.50.

Designed to soften, smooth and replenish dry skin, the Fresh Lavender and Honey Blossom Soothing Hand Cream features naturally occurring oils and emollients that absorb instantly to hydrate and strengthen skin – creating a healthy skin tone and texture.  It pairs aloe with vitamins A and E to help protect skin from daily damage and is most effective when reapplied throughout the day.  The 2 oz. bottle of Coastal Living Hand Cream ($8.50) is perfect for purses, desk drawers and gym bags alike.

Cleanse, renew and reveal all-day skin radiance with the Fresh Lavender and Honey Blossom Refreshing Body Wash.  The non-irritating formula gently cleanses without stripping, drying or damaging the skin’s natural moisture barrier, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth.  A 6.7 oz. bottle of Coastal Living Body Wash is available for $14.50.

The launch of this exciting new collection comes on the heels of months of research and development,” said Michele Donnan-Martin, chief merchandising and design officer, Lands’ End.  “We set out to create a skin care collection that refreshes, soothes and nourishes from head to toe.  One that embodies a fragrance that transports the wearer to a lighthouse by the sea, capturing the essence of our nautical brand heritage.  I think the delicate balance of lavender and nourishing honey blossom does just that.”

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Lands’ End is also offering three limited-edition gift sets, beginning February 1, at landsend.com.  The Coastal Living Three-Piece Gift Set featuring full-sized bottles of the Coastal Living Body Lotion, Hand Cream and Body Wash, valued at $39.50, will be available to savvy shoppers for just $34.50.  The limited-edition Coastal Living Canvas Gift Set pairs Lands’ End’s iconic Small Open Top Canvas Tote in Natural/True Navy with full-sized bottles of the Coastal Living Body Lotion, Hand Cream and Body Wash, a $60 value, for $39.50.  Finally, the Coastal Living Oxford Gift Set features full-sized bottles of the skin care trio with an Oxford Cosmetic Case, valued at $59.50, for $39.50.

John Frieda Frizz Ease 2014: New Look and New Curly Hair Arsenal Products

For years, John Frieda Frizz Ease has been the go-to frizz-solution for women everywhere. However, the experts at John Frieda know that no two women have the same hair—and everyone’s frizz-fighting needs are different. Frizz Ease is thrilled to announce five new additions to its arsenal, all developed to help women achieve a customizable frizz-free style. The innovative Frizz Ease® range gives users everything they need from the shower to the finishing touches to banish frizz and create salon-quality, enviably frizz-free curls, waves and everything in between.

The innovative John Frieda® Frizz Ease® range curl options give curly haired users everything they need from the shower to the finishing touches to banish frizz and create salon-quality, enviably frizz-free curls. Before the Frizz Ease® line, curly haired women only wanted to control their curls. But with the Frizz Ease® curly haired regimen on their side, they have the freedom to create any style with confidence and fully claim their curls. More than ever, it’s not just about stick straight styles; women are embracing their coveted natural texture with sensual curly hair looks. And because naturally curly hair is more prone to frizz, the foundation for any great curly style has to start with smooth, properly aligned hair. So turn to the John Frieda® brand frizz-control experts who’ve gone one step further to combine essential frizz elimination with custom curly-styling solutions.

As part of a total curl care regimen, the John Frieda® Hair Care experts created Frizz Ease® Dream Curls® Shampoo and Conditioner to smooth hair from the start. Frizz Ease® Go CurlierTM Heat-Activated Spray and Frizz Ease® Unwind CurlsTM Calming Crème transform hair to the exact level of desired curl, and custom curly hair styling products enhance and define curly looks while eliminating frizz.

John Frieda® International Creative Consultant, Harry Josh says, “It’s a new era in curly haired styling. Polished curls, undone waves, and big shiny ringlets are what I’m seeing more and more editorially and on the world’s most beautiful women. With the Frizz Ease® curl products, the John Frieda® Hair Care experts have given all women the tools they need to create beautiful curls right at home.”

The John Frieda® Frizz Ease® Curly Hair Arsenal (Available at Food, drug and mass retailers nationwide) includes:

NEW Frizz Ease® Dream Curls® Shampoo and Conditioner ($6.99): Infuse strands with moisture and shine, reducing frizz before you even begin to style. Formulated to cleanse, hydrate and minimize tangles, just comb these curl perfecting products through wet hair right in the shower to realign curls without weighing hair down. Infused with unique cationic polymers, the shampoo reduces frizz-causing friction and creates slip. Featuring an all new ester, the innovative conditioner detangles and delivers a cushioned, soft feel.

NEW Frizz Ease® Go CurlierTM Heat-Activated Spray ($9.99): Enhance natural curl patterns with this first-of-its-kind spray that creates touchable frizz free definition and even more curl for up to 48 hours. Designed to work with the heat of styling tools, this unique formula delivers even, consistent curls. This product works alongside your curling iron or hot rollers to create truly transformative results.

NEW Frizz Ease® Unwind CurlsTM Calming Crème ($6.99): Revamp tight, kinky ringlets into looser curls with this breakthrough crème. New John Frieda® Unwind CurlsTM Calming Crème delivers undone, relaxed curls with a soft—never stiff—feel. Featuring an innovative, proprietary styling polymer, Unwind CurlsTM crème elongates and stretches curls as they air dry, while luxurious conditioners eliminate frizz and puffiness.

Frizz Ease® Dream Curls® Daily Styling Spray ($6.99): This best-selling, alcohol-free curl perfector transforms wilted waves and limp, tired curls into sexy swirls and beautifully defined curls that are soft and silky, never crispy or sticky. Featuring an innovative, magnesium-enriched formula, this daily spray penetrates into hair to restore elasticity and bounce to any style while boosting your natural curl pattern.

Frizz Ease® Clearly Defined® Gel ($6.99): This must-have gel smoothes and controls unruly curls, delivering a firm, all day

Frizz Ease® Nourishing Oil  Elixir

Frizz Ease® Nourishing Oil Elixir

hold that’s never sticky or greasy. Containing encapsulated silicone beads, this alcohol-free formula is the only gel specifically targeted to calm and smooth frizz, giving a pliable but long-lasting hold full of shine.

Frizz Ease® Curl Reviver Mousse ($6.99): Restore bounce, spring, and shine to fatigued curls and waves. This instant curl rescue boosts manageability so even the most difficult hair can be quickly and easily styled. Thanks to a specially enriched, alcohol-free formula, this essential mousse tames frizz while also giving a touchable hold that never feels crispy or sticky.

INTRODUCING NEW JOHN FRIEDA® FRIZZ EASE® NOURISHING OIL ELIXIR

Whether on its own or part of a pro-inspired product cocktail, new Frizz Ease® Nourishing Oil Elixir ($9.99) works into the hair to deliver the ultimate in softness and manageability. Like you, each day your hair deserves its daily dose of health. So the John Frieda® Hair Care experts created this nourishing new oil to give strands an extra boost of softness and shine. With

natural Argan Oil, a precious oil rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, this nourishing, yet non-greasy, versatile product softens and conditions hair. Whether you need to treat distressed, heat-damaged strands or simply add a coveted extra level of shine, this fast-absorbing oil delivers immediate results you can see and feel.

Apply just a few drops of this frizz blocking, strand-smoothing elixir alone or mixed in with your favorite Frizz Ease® Mousse, Gel, or Crème to transform frizz into fabulous style. Apply a small amount to wet or dry hair, to improve manageability, restore hair’s softness, and eliminate frizz. Try it alone or as an added boost of shine and softness to other products.

Harry Josh explains, “In the salon, stylists are always creating custom product cocktails to suit their clients’ exact styling and hair care needs. Now, with new Frizz Ease® Nourishing Oil Elixir you can use this pro-trick at home by adding a bit of oil elixir to another styling product to give it an extra nourishing benefit.”

Malibu® Pops the Top Off Its Latest Product Innovation: Malibu® Rum Sparkler

Malibu® Rum Sparkler Surprises and Delights Cocktail Lovers by Uncorking then Bubbly Fusion of Coconut Water and Caribbean Rum

Malibu® is ringing in the New Year in a big way with Malibu® Rum Sparkler, their newest product innovation announced today that combines the much-loved Malibu with coconut water, and infuses them with refreshing bubbles. With a pop of the cork, Malibu Rum Sparkler gives party people everywhere yet another reason to get together and enjoy life’s everyday moments with a unique sparkling and refreshing cocktail. Whether it is a job promotion, weekend get-together with friends or impromptu day-off from work, Malibu Rum Sparkler gives you permission to simply pop and enjoy the party. Malibu Rum Sparkler is

Malibu(R) Pops the Top Off Its Latest Product Innovation: Malibu(R) Rum Sparkler.  (PRNewsFoto/Pernod Ricard USA)

Malibu(R) Pops the Top Off Its Latest Product Innovation: Malibu(R) Rum Sparkler. (PRNewsFoto/Pernod Ricard USA)

bottled in both coconut and peach flavors and is available now at retailers nationwide.

As the #1 coconut rum in the U.S.(1) and around the world, Malibu takes a fresh take on the brand by combining the classic Caribbean rum with coconut water and carbonation. Consumers will get another surprise when they pick up a bottle – Malibu Rum Sparkler debuts today with a cork and colorful foil wrap, a first for the brand, truly giving them a new, fun and exciting way to enjoy a sparkling cocktail. Malibu Rum Sparkler’s blend of coconut water and light bubbles make it the newest refreshing cocktail of choice when looking for a taste of summer anytime. Once popped open, it is perfect when served chilled and straight in a flute, or mixed into a lively cocktail.

Malibu Rum Sparkler joins a rum portfolio that truly challenges and delights the taste buds of cocktail lovers – from higher proof Malibu Black, to low-calorie Malibu Island Spiced, to tequila spiked Malibu Red and perfectly pre-mixed Malibu Cans, we clearly aim to push the boundaries,” said Josh Hayes, Senior Brand Manager, Malibu. “With Rum Sparkler, we’re capitalizing on the growing demand and popularity of coconut water and giving consumers yet another reason to party with friends.”

To celebrate the launch of Malibu Rum Sparkler, the brand will be hosting a series of off-premise sampling events at select retailers nationwide. The launch will also be supported through digital, social and OOH activations.

Pop-Worthy Malibu Rum Sparkler Signature Cocktails: Add a pop to your party with these Malibu Rum Sparkler signature cocktail recipes:

Beach Bubbles
3 parts Malibu Rum Sparkler
1 part pineapple juice
¼ part simple syrup
Dash fresh lime juice
Build in a chilled flute glass. No garnish.

Pool Party
3 parts Malibu Peach Sparkler
1 part orange juice
¼ part simple syrup (optional)
Build in a chilled flute glass. Garnish with an orange zest.

Malibu Rum Sparkler (11% alc. / vol., 22 proof) is available in 750ml for a suggested retail price of $16.99 in both coconut and peach flavors. To learn more about Malibu Rum Sparkler, other Malibu products and to get exclusive content head over to Malibu’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Malibu-Rum.

TV Producer Neal Baer to Be Honored By Point Foundation

Actress Mariska Hartigay will present Leadership Award to Baer at Point Honors New York on April 7

Point Foundation (Point) will present its Leadership Award to acclaimed TV Producer, educator and M.D., Neal Baer at the April 7 Point Honors New York gala. The event will be held at the landmark New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, a venue befitting the mission of Point, which is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit. Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society and promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training.

Neal Baer.  (PRNewsFoto/Point Foundation)

Neal Baer. (PRNewsFoto/Point Foundation)

Dr. Baer’s good friend, the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress Mariska Hargitay, will present the Point Leadership Award to him. Dr. Baer, the Executive Producer and Showrunner for the current CBS hit television show “Under The Dome,” has never shied away from writing ground-breaking, pivotal LGBTQ storylines and characters in his award-winning television programs such as “ER” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

As a recently out gay man, I’m deeply honored to be recognized by the Point Foundation for my television work over the years depicting the stories of LGBTQ youth,” said Baer. “I know firsthand the critical importance of striving to live honestly and authentically, and the Point Foundation is leading the way to insure that LGBTQ youth receive academic and leadership support to overcome obstacles that may impede their success. Had there been a Point Foundation when I was growing up in Denver,

Point Foundation logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Point Foundation)

Point Foundation logo. (PRNewsFoto/Point Foundation)

Colorado, and while I was attending college, I know that my struggle to live openly as a gay man would have been made so much easier and less traumatic.  I commend the Foundation for shining a light on LGBTQ youth scholars and for providing support to them during this crucially significant phase of their lives.”

I am often at a loss for words for how much Neal means to me,” said Mariska Hargitay. “I am thrilled to honor him like this, not only because he so richly deserves it, but because I am always grateful for the opportunity to show my deep affection and admiration. And to be able to do so in the community of others who feel the same way about him is a true gift.”

It is a privilege for Point Foundation to honor Neal Baer with the Point Leadership Award, which is given to an individual who has achieved prominence in their professional career and unequivocally supported the LGBTQ community,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “Dr. Baer completed medical school before going on to his tremendously successful career in television. He is an inspiring example of innate creativity and altruistic spirit empowered by education and perseverance.”

The Honorary Co-Chairs for Point Honors New York are Judith Light, Herb Hamsher, and David Mixner. Other honorees and talent appearing at the event will be announced soon.

Presenting Sponsors for Point Honors New York are the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson and Wells Fargo. Premier Sponsors, Audi and Time Warner. Principal Sponsor, Philippe Brugere-Trelat and Mitchell Draizin. For more information about attending or supporting Point Honors New York visit www.pointfoundation.org/NYHonors.