Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to Host Jim Jarmusch Film Festival From the Academy Film Archive and Ennio Morricone in Rare Public Conversation in March

This month, The Academy of Motion Picture arts and Sciences will host legendary film composer Ennio Morricone in a rare public conversation with writer/director Quentin Tarantino; Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton in a Q&A moderated by Henry Rollins after a special screening of her new film, “Only Lovers Left Alive” (written and directed by Jim Jarmusch); and a series highlighting other films by Jarmusch, a seminal figure in American independent cinema, all drawn from the Academy Film Archive. Tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. February 28, $5 General admission is $3 Academy members, LACMA Film Club members and students. All the screenings and special events will be at the Bing Theater (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles).

Jim Jarmusch: DOWN BY LAW

March 7 | 7:30 pm Buy Tickets

Writer/director Jim Jarmusch’s third feature is a stylish and mordantly comical take on the classic prison drama. Small-time pimp John Lurie, loafing disc jockey Tom Waits and excitable Italian tourist Roberto Benigni wind up sharing a jail cell on the outskirts of New Orleans Parish after each commits, or is set up to commit, crimes of varying degrees of pettiness. Benigni – with his handy notepad of American idioms such as “buzz off” and “I scream, you scream, for ice cream” – is an electric foil to laconic Lurie and Waits. But despite their differences, this trio of misfits bands together and breaks out. Working for the first time with Jarmusch, cinematographer Robby Müller (“Paris, Texas,” “The American Friend”) graces the film with masterful black-and-white imagery. Whether framing lone figures on the desolate streets of the French Quarter or shadow-latticed swamplands, the sumptuous look of “Down by Law” pays homage to the Southern Gothic while infusing it with beatnik wit. Bookended by a pair of smoky Waits gems and scored by Lurie with noirish moods, “Down by Law” remains a cult classic of idiosyncratic comedy.

1986, 107 minutes, black and white, 35mm | Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch; with Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Ellen Barkin, Billie Neal and Rockets Redglare.

Raised in Akron, Ohio, and a student of Nicholas Ray in the NYU Film School, Jim Jarmusch has written and directed 11 features over three decades. Jarmusch’s body of work is one of the most singular in the American independent scene. Cinephilic and deliberate, Jarmusch’s films combine wry humor, modernistic compositions, languorous edits and cross-cultural characters to render the itinerant drift of life’s outliers and vagabonds. A member of the no wave band The Del-Byzanteens in the early ’80s, Jarmusch has also begun writing and recording with Dutch lutenist Jozef van Wissem and his own band SQÜRL.

Jim Jarmusch: STRANGER THAN PARADISE

March 7 | 9:45 pm | 30th anniversary Buy Tickets

Piddling New York City gambler John Lurie unwittingly plays host to his wayfaring Hungarian cousin, Eszter Balint, in his cramped studio apartment. He introduces her to such touchstones of American life as TV dinners, Monday Night Football and Chesterfield cigarettes…not to mention his unflappable sidekick, Richard Edson (Sonic Youth’s original drummer). But after Balint splits for Cleveland to live with Aunt Lotte (Cecillia Stark), Lurie and Edson decide to use their poker winnings for an impromptu road trip to the Midwest and beyond. Punctuated by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’s “I Put a Spell on You” and crisply shot by future director Tom DiCillo (“Johnny Suede,” “Living in Oblivion”), Jarmusch’s minimalist comedy swept awards throughout international film festivals: winning a Special Jury Prize in Sundance, the Camera d’Or in Cannes for best first feature (Jarmusch’s true debut, the short film Permanent “Vacation,” was little seen outside New York), and the Golden Leopard in Locarno.

1984, 89 minutes, black and white, 35mm | Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch; with John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson and Cecillia Stark.

Jim Jarmusch: DEAD MAN

March 8 | 5 pm Buy Tickets

Johnny Depp is a man lost in the sublime and surreal American frontier in Jim Jarmusch’s ‘acid Western.’ Landing in the town of Machine to start a new job at Dickinson Metalworks, Cleveland accountant Depp winds up with a slug in his chest and a group of bounty hunters on his tail. Led by a Native American who goes by the name Nobody (Gary Farmer), Depp embarks on a mystical journey through the woods and, perhaps, yonder to the afterlife. Along the way, a cross-dressing Iggy Pop and gun-toting Robert Mitchum (in one of his final screen roles) pop up. Scored by Neil Young in varying shades of electric guitar fuzz and splotch, “Dead Man”was hailed by The Village Voice’s J. Hoberman as “The western Andrei Tarkovsky always wanted to make….a visionary film.”

1996, 121 minutes, black and white, 35mm | Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch; with Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, John Hurt; Robert Mitchum and Iggy Pop.

Jim Jarmusch: MYSTERY TRAIN

March 8 | 7:30 pm Buy Tickets

In a tumble-down Memphis hotel run by rock ‘n roll royal  Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (with bellboy Cinqué Lee, brother of Spike Lee, in tow) three stories unfold: a pair of Elvis-obsessed Japanese tourists make the rounds of the King’s hometown, a woman stranded en route  to Italy is met by an apparition, and a greaser (played by Joe Strummer) goes an all-night bender that turns perilous. “A meditation on nighttime and transience, on rhythm-and-blues and the city of Memphis, that comes camouflaged as a deck of three stories. Like its predecessors, it mixes high and low comedy, sadness and high jinks, and extracts a subtle, limpid beauty from the rawest of materials”—Luc Sante.

1989, 110 minutes, color, 35mm | Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch; with Masatoshi Nagase, Youki Kudoh, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Joe Strummer, Steve Buscemi and Cinqué Lee. Continue reading

Discover Lancôme’s New Hypnotic Eyes Collection

As spring is quickly approaching, there’s no better time to let your natural beauty shine forth. According to the experts and the trends from the runways of the world’s fashion capitals, matte, velvety textures are trending this upcoming season replacing the dewy, glowing look and for eyes specifically, using shades that are neutral and not too shiny create a flattering, natural look. Lancôme is taking your nude look to new heights with its three NEW mesmerizing matte eye shadow palettes and five eye shadow singles.

Hypnotic_EYES

Lancôme National Makeup Artist, Darais knows a thing or two about creating an alluring eye look. “Women are always in search for more matte and neutral eyeshadow shades as they’re known to hide the wrinkles and lines around the eyes,” he says. Need a great tip to getting that ultimate natural look? Darais notes “Cohesive looks are more natural. When using more than one color together make sure the transition has been blended together.

The complete Hypnotic Eyes Collection reveals lush lashes and smoky lids with perfectly groomed eyebrows.

NEW Shadow Palettes (Available in Beige BruleeFrench Nude, and Chocolate Amande): These silky shadows glide on smoothly to define, contour, and highlight eyes, leaving a coveted matte finish ($50)

NEW Shadow Singles (Available in Café Crème, Golden Amande, Cinnamon Sucre, Smoldering Cocoa, and Éclair): Swipe on the most hypnotic shades that bring out the best in every skin tone ($20)

Hypnôse Mascaras: Bring lashes to their fullest and most dramatic heights with Hypnôse mascara in Black, Hypnôse Drama in Excessive Black, and Hypnôse Star in Noir Midnight ($27.50 – $28.50)

Le Crayon Poudre in Taupe: This dual-ended brow pencil and brush shapes, shades and grooms brows in seven perfectly polished, natural looking shades ($25.50)

Artliner Precision Point EyeLiner in Noir: Add drama to your hypnotic presence with this precision point liquid eyeliner pen ($30.00)

Cils Booster XL: Give lashes an extra large boost with a sweep of this innovative mascara base that enhances the lengthening and thickening benefits of your favorite Lancôme mascara ($24.50)

These products are available beginning March 2014 at Lancôme counters nationwide and at www.lancome.com.

 

111th American International Toy Fair Expands Exhibit Space and Grows Global Attendance

Toy Fair 2014 Records 5% Spike in Total Attendees Visiting from 94 Countries

An energetic crowd of nearly 26,500 toy professionals from 94 countries flocked to New York City last week to participate in the largest toy marketplace ever held in the Western Hemisphere.  Owned and operated by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), the 111th American International Toy Fair (Toy Fair 2014) boasted a record-breaking 414,060 net square feet of exhibit space and welcomed an 11% surge in international buyers, an 8% rise in exhibitors, and a 5% spike in overall attendees, bringing total attendance to 26,493 for the Feb. 16-19 show.

A snowstorm that hit the New York City-area on the Thursday before Toy Fair opened did little to dampen the spirits of 1,153 exhibiting manufacturers, distributors, importers and sales agents, who showed up on-time to fill the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center with hundreds of thousands of eye-catching playthings – including e-Connected toys, outdoor ride-ons, customizable arts & crafts, classic board games and everything in between.

Nearly 10,000 buyers from more than 5,000 retail outlets were in attendance, including buyer delegations from 22 of the nation’s Top 25 Toy Sellers, such as Amazon, Costco, eBay, Target, Toys”R”Us and Walmart. The top five countries represented by the most buyers were Canada, Mexico, the U.K., Japan and Russia; notable increases in buyers from Malaysia, Taiwan, Nigeria and South Korea were also recorded.

New York City is reclaiming its position as the toy industry’s international center of gravity,” said Carter Keithley, President and CEO of the Toy Industry Association. “Mass retail buyers, independent toy store owners, licensors and many others reported a highly successful, highly productive and very upbeat Toy Fair.  Buyers from across the country and around the globe were writing orders.  Many buyers and media reported that they spot more trends and are introduced to more diverse and highly innovative product lines at our North American show than at any other toy trade event.” Continue reading

Four Seasons Hotel LA at Beverly Hills Partners with Hollywood Swag Bag for VIP Guests During Oscars

Hollywood Swag Bag joins forces with Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills to bring gifts into the rooms of the VIP guests and talent.

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Guest rooms sell out months in advance for the festivities of Awards Season and the unique gifts provided during each Awards Season give the VIP’s another reason to return, beyond the impeccable service and amenities of the hotel.

Each year Lisa Gal Bianchi, CEO of Hollywood Swag Bag, pulls out all stops to bring fabulous cutting edge products in front of a very anticipated audience. “We like to keep the bags looking and feeling luxurious, and prefer to introduce the talent to new products that they might not have heard of before. For each person that acknowledges their swag through social media, Hollywood Swag Bag will give back to a charity of their choice.”

This year guests will be receiving a gorgeous silver sequined bag from www.trumpette.com. Founder of Trumpette, Jon Stevenson will also include his cutting edge men’s socks www.jonstevenson.com, as well as Trumpette Baby Socks. Featured in the bag Alial Fital limited edition men’s polo shirts. Made in the USA, designed by former NFL quarterback Gibran Hamdan. www.alialfital.com. Lilly Melgar from General Hospital has recently launched an amazing line of skincare products. Scentual By Lilly is offering their candles and body butter. www.scentualbylilly.com.

Nicka K New York is providing ABSOLUTE HOT TOURMALINE PRO 4000 hair dryers. www.nicka.com. Dickinson Brands Inc. is adding their witch hazel towelettes. Oakland, California brand Mr. Espresso wants to share their amazing organic & fair trade Neapolitan Espresso for those who need a little pick-me-up during the festivities. www.mrespresso.com. Pure Madness Chocolate encourages everyone to try their famous bars of chocolates with unique flavors such as Hawaiian as well as Dark Spice. www.puremadnesschocolate.com. Sweet Jane Paperie has included custom gifts from their luxury line of fabric invitations and stationary.www.sweetjanepaperie.com The guests will also receive a 2-night stay at The Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, VA. www.SalamanderResort.com.

To avoid a fashion faux pas Edith’s Inc. included The Bezi Bra Discs. www.edithsinc.com. Vaseline is sending along its new products, Spray and Go Moisturizer as well as MEN 24 hour Moisture Spray Lotion.www.vaseline.us. Girly Go Garter is offering its clever leg purse that holds money, phones and cosmetics. Check them out at www.girlygogarter.com.

Gorgeous shell bracelets by Villa Cocoa have come all the way from Australia. www.villacoco.com.au. Drink Neuro is assuring all get restful sleep. www.drinkneuro.com. Food Should Taste Good is adding its signature Sweet Potato Chips, www.foodshouldtastegood.com and Seasnax is adding their amazing seaweed snacks.www.seasnax.com. Larabar will ensure hunger be kept at bay during the ceremony. www.larabar.com. Jennifer Ormond is sharing her children’s book Baby’s Binky Box www.jenniferormond.com

Women’s legs will be in tip-top shape in 9 minutes with Greek Island Labs Adonia Organic’s Leg Tone Serum www.adonialegtone.com. Skintimate Shave Gel will then insure female recipients put their best legs forward. www.skintimate.ca. Gift certificates are being offered for a non-evasive procedure by the new cutting edge Strawberry laser liposuction. www.idealw84u.com Beverly Hills Psychics are offering a free reading www.beverlyhillspsychics.com. Last but not least a favorite product is the Skinny Forever Gum. This gum will control their cravings and appetite for up to 3 hours! www.skinnyforever.com.

Lisa Gal Bianchi CEO and founder of Hollywood Swag Bag and Hollywood Baskets an exclusive 5 star gift basket company catering to the entertainment industry is currently seeking investor or business-acquisition opportunity. Serious inquiries only to lisagalbianchi@gmail.com Hollywood Swag Bag prepares celebrity gift bags for red carpet and charity events. 1-800-379-8219

Hollywood Baskets, Hollywood Swag Bag is not in any way associated with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, or The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Absolut Karnival Takes Carnival by Storm in Trinidad and Tobago

Absolut is proud to announce that the world-renowned vodka will be unveiling its newest flavor and bottle, Absolut Karnival, at one of the world’s most prominent carnival celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago. The passion fruit and orange blossom-flavored limited edition Absolut Karnival will capture the transformative energy of Carnival.

Get Your Taste of Absolut Karnival. (PRNewsFoto/The Absolut Company)

Get Your Taste of Absolut Karnival. (PRNewsFoto/The Absolut Company)

Inspired by carnival and launched in a big way, Absolut will be participating, or “playing mas” as it is known locally, in Port of Spain for the first time with the bottle’s exclusively designed characters. The Absolut Karnival Cocktail Truck that features the distinct shape of the Absolut bottle will be strutting down the parade route with one of the island’s most revered bands, Harts.

The alignment with Harts joins one of the island’s most premium bands with the premium vodka brand. The family owned band that has been around for more than 50 years and has won Carnival five times is welcoming the Absolut Karnival Cocktail truck for the first time.

Absolut unveils the newest Karnival bottle design, featuring artwork by the Brazilian graphic novel artist and writer Rafael Grampa. The five characters symbolize freedom, spirit, smoothness, style and happiness; elements that are vital to the joy and celebration of carnival. All five characters, along with stilt walkers, will be playing mas on Carnival Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4 with “masqueraders” and Absolut personnel will be handing out complimentary samples. Look for the Absolut Karnival Cocktail truck playing mas with Harts and get your taste of Karnival.

The Absolut Company has the worldwide responsibility for the production, innovation and strategic marketing of Absolut Vodka, Malibu, Kahlua, Wyborowa, Luksusowa and Fris. Absolut Vodka is the world’s fourth largest premium spirits brand. Every bottle of Absolut Vodka is produced in Åhus, southern Sweden. Malibu is the number one rum-based coconut spirit in the world, sold in more than 150 countries. Kahlua coffee liqueur is the world leader in its category. The head office is located in Stockholm, Sweden. The Absolut Company is a part of Pernod Ricard, which holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector. For additional information on Absolut Karnival, artist Rafael Grampa, and Absolut products, please visitwww.absolut.com.

American Crew Unveils 2014 Trends In Men’s Hair Care

American Crew, the professional leader in men’s grooming, debuts the hottest trends in men’s haircuts and style. Much like the bold patterns and color-blocking combinations that will rule men’s fashion and provide a wide range of style options for Spring/Summer 2014, men’s grooming in 2014 is all about versatility.

The Independent Collection from American Crew. Top line: Hamilton; middle: James; bottom: Ezra. (PRNewsFoto/American Crew)

The Independent Collection from American Crew. Top line: Hamilton; middle: James; bottom: Ezra. (PRNewsFoto/American Crew)

How do you comb through to find your best style? American Crew, the company that has set the male grooming standard for 20 years, debuts their annual collection. Taking inspiration from “retro” shapes, edited to have a markedly modern flair, the Independent Collection features three new cuts – Ezra, Hamilton and James – each styled in three ways.

American Crew is the professional leader in men's grooming, setting the standard for men's grooming products. From R-L: American Crew Daily Moisturizing Shampoo, Firm Hold Styling Gel, 3-IN-1, Forming Cream, Fiber and Pomade. (PRNewsFoto/American Crew)

American Crew is the professional leader in men’s grooming, setting the standard for men’s grooming products. From R-L: American Crew Daily Moisturizing Shampoo, Firm Hold Styling Gel, 3-IN-1, Forming Cream, Fiber and Pomade. (PRNewsFoto/American Crew)

Gone are shorter haircuts that limit style options; 2014 is the year to be a bit more bold, play both sides of the fence with your style and keep your options open,” said Craig Hanson, American Crew Creative Director. “It starts with the cut, and by keeping hair longer, men can take advantage of all the choices they have for their style.

Take inspiration from these 2014 cuts and styles to form your own, individual look:

James: Not your father’s comb over, nor is it Christian Bale’s in American Hustle, this cut and subsequent styles take the uber-groomed look of the 50s and pairs it with blow-combed styles from the 70s to give hair an exaggerated look of fullness with a sculpted shape. Get the look with American Crew Pomade, a water-based formula that offers smooth control to any style.

Ezra: Go to new lengths and defy gravity with this 80s-inspired style that is as tall as it is bold. Get the look with American Crew Firm Hold Styling Gel that has a non-flaking formula that provides all-day hold. Once dry, finish the hair with American Crew Fiber to thicken, texturize and increase fullness of the hair, with a matte finish.

Hamilton: This cut is both relaxed and rugged, and a modern take on the characteristic 90s hairstyles. Hamiltoneasily goes from day to night, or can be easily changed to fit any mood. Get the look with American Crew Alternator, a styling and finishing spray that uses polymer based technology for all-day control while allowing hair to remain flexible for styling and adjusting.

American Crew, the professional leader in men’s grooming, is the brand that defines men’s style, hair care and grooming trends. The American Crew family of grooming products delivers everything needed to create and care for men’s styles including products in the hair, body, shave, style and fragrance categories, available exclusively in salons, barbershops and authorized retailers. For more on the best styles, cuts, products and to locate an American Crew salon or American Crew products, visit www.americancrew.com.

Phillip Phillips To Release New Single, “Raging Fire,” Monday, March 3rd

Phillips To Perform On “AMERICAN IDOL XIII” Thursday, March 6th

Platinum selling recording artist and AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips will return to the IDOL stage to perform his new single, “Raging Fire,” on Thursday, March 6th (8:00-9:00PM ET LIVE/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Written by Phillips, and recorded in New York City with production by Gregg Wattenberg, “Raging Fire” will be available for digital download and streaming via digital subscription services on Monday, March 3rd.  “Raging Fire” is the first single off Phillips’ sophomore album which will be released this spring on 19 Entertainment/Interscope Records.

Phillip Phillips To Release New Single, "Raging Fire," Monday, March 3rd. (PRNewsFoto/Interscope Records)

Phillip Phillips To Release New Single, “Raging Fire,” Monday, March 3rd. (PRNewsFoto/Interscope Records)

Following his Idol performance, Phillips will headline his first tour of Canada.  The 15 city tour kicks off March 8thin Halifax and makes one U.S. stop in Waukegan, IL on March 18th.  Click here for a complete list of tour dates.

One of the biggest singles of 2012, the quadruple-platinum “Home” announced Phillip Phillips as a singer/guitarist of both rare authenticity and massive pop appeal. Centering on the American Idol season 11 winner’s rich, raspy vocals and masterful guitar skills, “Home” served as the lead single from The World from the Side of the Moon – a platinum plus-selling album that debuted #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and #1 on the Billboard Rock Album chart upon its November 2012 release. Phillips’ widely acclaimed debut also features the platinum single “Gone, Gone, Gone” and the Phillips’ penned “Where We Came From,” as well as a host of numbers that flaunt the 23-year-old Georgia native’s songwriting chops. Phillips spent most of 2013 on the road  – with Matchbox 20, headlining  a college tour and he brought his rootsy brand of rock-and-roll to arenas around the country as the opening act for singer/songwriter superstar John Mayer’s Born and Raisedtour. Phillips took a break from recording his sophomore album in New York to perform at the NFL Tailgate Party at Super Bowl XLVIII.

VEGAS UNCORK’D BY BON APPÉTIT ADDS FIREPOWER TO THE FESTIVAL WITH MORE CHEFS, MORE EVENTS AND MORE FLAVOR

Chef of the Century Joel Robuchon presented his culinary masterpiece to guests at When In France: A Joel Robuchon Dinner at MGM Grand. Bon Appétit hosts the 7th annual Vegas Uncork'd on Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Isaac Brekken for Bon Appétit)

Chef of the Century Joel Robuchon presented his culinary masterpiece to guests at When In France: A Joel Robuchon Dinner at MGM Grand. Bon Appétit hosts the 7th annual Vegas Uncork’d on Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Isaac Brekken for Bon Appétit)

Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, in its eighth year, is bigger than ever with more resorts, more chefs, more events and more guests. Eight new events are on sale now, including a collaborative dinner with Bobby Flay and Giada de Laurentiis; lunch with Thomas Keller; celebrity golf; Burgers, Beers & Boozy Shakes with Mario Batali and a first-ever “Live Like A High-Roller” MGM Grand exclusive package. Plus, Jean-Georges Vongerichten is an exciting addition and will be serving up culinary delights at two ARIA events – Celebrity Chef Brunch: A Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration and Chefs’ Counter: All-Star Feast, alongside other all-star chefs including Shawn McClain, Masa Takayama and Michael Mina
Guy Savoy, Adam Rapoport, Gordon Ramsay, Pamela Drucker Mann, Cathy Tull, Bobby Flay and Andrew Knowlton at Grand Tasting Red Carpet at Caesars Palace

Guy Savoy, Adam Rapoport, Gordon Ramsay, Pamela Drucker Mann, Cathy Tull, Bobby Flay and Andrew Knowlton at Grand Tasting Red Carpet at Caesars Palace

A total of 31 events are now confirmed to take place at ARIA, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand and The Venetian.

The full event line-up is on sale at www.vegasuncorked.com.

Chefs Mario Batali and Buddy Valastro are the headlining mentors to two students from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in the Chase Sapphire Preferred Grill Challenge as they vie for $20,000 in scholarship funds during The Night Market at The Venetian on Thursday, May 8.

Below is the new and updated programming:

  • A Scot’s Tale: Master Series Dinner with Gordon Ramsay, Thursday, May 8: Don’t miss the chance to dine on award-winning cuisine from internationally acclaimed chef, Gordon Ramsay at Caesars Palace. Hosted by the chef himself, this Master Series Dinner will showcase Chef Ramsay’s signature flavors with a once-in-a-lifetime menu.
  • When Stars Align: Master Series Dinner with Bobby Flay & Giada de Laurentiis, Thursday, May 8: The Master Series Dinner with Bobby Flay is back by popular demand, but this time with a very special, never-been-done-before twist: Giada de Laurentiis. Together at Chef Flay’s MESA Grill at Caesars Palace, the two celebrity chefs will come together to craft a special menu of MESA favorites as well as reveal courses from Giada’s new and inaugural restaurant, opening this spring. Don’t miss this first-ever collaboration between the two all-star chefs.
  • UPDATE: Second Annual Chase Sapphire Preferred Grill Challenge, Thursday, May 8: Chef Mario Batali joins Buddy Valastro as a headlining mentor of this sizzling competition! During The Night Market two students from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts will battle it out as sous chefs alongside Batali and Valastro for $20,000 in scholarship funds, courtesy of Chase Sapphire Preferred.
  • Burgers, Beers & Boozy Shakes: An After-Party with Chef Mario Batali, Thursday, May 8: Keep the fête fueled after The Night Market: East Meets West with this flavorful late-night after-party hosted by Chef Mario Batali at new Las Vegas restaurant, B&B Burger & Beer at The Venetian. Guests can snack on comfort foods such as gourmet burgers and wash it down with house brews and boozy Averna milkshakes. Continue reading

Lincoln Continues Support of Arts as Signature Sponsor of 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

The Lincoln Motor Company announces today signature sponsorship of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival® in New York City, April 16-27. Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, the festival helps emerging and established filmmakers reach a broad, diverse and international audience.

Lincoln has a longstanding relationship with films and stars. In 1939, the first 1940 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet, the top of the line for the Lincoln Zephyr range, was presented by Edsel Ford to Mickey Rooney. Rooney had played the title role in “Young Tom Edison,” which was filmed at Greenfield Village. The 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II – widely acclaimed as a milestone in American automotive design – was the choice of such stars as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. A notable example of the marque’s ties to Hollywood could be seen at Lincoln’s stand at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show. A Lincoln built especially for Elizabeth Taylor included bespoke paint and interior that matched the color of the movie star’s eyes.

Lincoln Futura served as the basis for the Batmobile for the 1960s movie and TV show, while a 1964 Lincoln Continental played a key role at the end of the iconic fraternity movie “Animal House.” As official vehicle of the 12-day Tribeca Film Festival, filmmakers, VIPs and special guests from around the world will get to know the new Lincoln brand – fueled by a focus on design, quality and personal service – as they are transported in style and comfort to film premieres and events throughout Manhattan.

The Lincoln Motor Company continues its support of the arts as signature sponsor of Tribeca Film Festival in April. Shown is the Lincoln MKZ premium midsize sedan. Credit: Maury Postal/Ryan Matuszewski, Lincoln Motor Company. (PRNewsFoto/The Lincoln Motor Company)

The Lincoln Motor Company continues its support of the arts as signature sponsor of Tribeca Film Festival in April. Shown is the Lincoln MKZ premium midsize sedan. Credit: Maury Postal/Ryan Matuszewski, Lincoln Motor Company. (PRNewsFoto/The Lincoln Motor Company)

The creative and visionary participants of the Tribeca Film Festival mirror Lincoln,” said Matt VanDyke, director, global Lincoln. “Just as they are driving film in new and exciting ways, Lincoln offers a fresh alternative with its vehicles and client experience.

We continue to support and encourage innovative ideas and projects that echo the Lincoln brand’s passion for the arts, design and thought leadership,” VanDyke added. “With signature sponsorship of the Tribeca Film Festival, Lincoln celebrates achievements in filmmaking.”

New for 2014 is Tribeca Interactive & Interlude: A Music Film Challenge, in collaboration with The Lincoln Motor Company, a call for filmmakers to create an interactive music film. This new initiative celebrates the growing trends in filmmaking and further extends the festival experience online.

The Lincoln Motor Company will co-sponsor Tribeca Film Festival‘s popular Spotlight film section, which showcases a mix of big names, bold talents on the rise, highly anticipated new releases and festival favorites.

We are proud to be partnering with an iconic global brand like Lincoln,” said Jon Patricof, president, Tribeca Enterprises. “Its involvement will help us further our mission of supporting filmmakers and bringing audiences the best in new independent storytelling.

Lincoln’s support of Tribeca Film Festival builds upon its leadership in recent initiatives involving the film industry; in September, Lincoln worked with Vanity Fair and Film Independent to create a series of original short films re-imagining classic Hollywood themes with emerging filmmakers.

The Tribeca Film Festival helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.

Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center, to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture, the Festival brings the industry and community together around storytelling.

The Tribeca Film Festival has screened more than 1,500 films from more than 80 countries since its first edition in 2002. Since inception, it has attracted an international audience of more than 4.5 million attendees and has generated an estimated $850 million in economic activity for New York City.

Converse Returns To the 2014 SXSW Film & Music Festival Austin To Unleash The Creative Spirit

Signature Pop-Up Recording Studio And Free Concerts Provide A Platform For Texas ArtistsTo Create And Showcase Their Work

Official Converse SXSW Music Conference Panel Discussion on March 14

Explores Converse’s Unique Approach To Helping Emerging Artists

Today, CONVERSE Inc. announced its return to Austin to unleash the creative spirit during the 2014 SXSW Music and Media Conference. The “Converse Rubber Tracks in Austin” pop-up studio is back for its third year, from March 3-15, offering Texas-based bands the opportunity to record original music alongside experienced engineers at no cost. Due to the success of Converse Rubber Tracks in Austin, SXSW is presenting a panel discussion on Friday, March 14 entitled “Converse Rubber Tracks: No Strings Attached” that will explore Converse’s commitment to providing platforms to support emerging artists.  This year also marks the debut of “Converse Rubber Tracks Live” inAustin, which will present a free concert on March 15. In addition, Converse will bring skate, hip-hop and metal cultures together once again at the “Converse X Thrasher Magazine Death Match” March 12-15. Converse is also returning as the presenting sponsor of The FADER FORT Presented by Converse“, the annual 4-day event in Austin from March 12-15.

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CONVERSE RETURNS TO AUSTIN TO UNLEASH THE CREATIVE SPIRIT. (PRNewsFoto/CONVERSE Inc.)

Converse Rubber Tracks is a state-of-the-art recording studio that is located in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. The 5,200 square-foot, full-service recording space aims to support emerging artists by providing them access to a top-level recording studio at no cost. Artists and bands of all genres and ages from around the world are encouraged to apply and, upon acceptance, may reserve time in the studio to work alongside a team of experienced engineers. Fully equipped with the best instruments and equipment supplied by Converse Rubber Tracks partner Guitar Center, artists will spend time creating their work and in the end retain all the rights to their music. Through Converse Rubber Tracks, Converse is giving back to the creative community that has embraced the brand throughout its over 100 year history. Converse Rubber Tracks provides a platform for artists to unleash their creative spirit that will change the world.

Since its Brooklyn opening in July 2011, Converse Rubber Tracks has provided the incredible opportunity for artists to record in a state-of-the-art studio at no cost.  In the last two years, Converse has brought the Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studio from Brooklyn to great music cities such as Toronto, Austin, Montreal, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Beijing and Mexico City.

We’re so proud to be back in Austin,” said Geoff Cottrill, VP/GM of Brand & Segments at Converse. “Each year we discover new artists who are incredibly talented and driven—but simply need a little support. We’re really excited to be able to give musicians the opportunity to record for free and a platform to unleash their creative spirit.”

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Over the last three years, Converse Rubber Tracks has provided Texas-based musicians a unique opportunity during SXSW to record in a state of the art studio and retain the rights to their music, at no cost. Each year, this opportunity has been embraced by local bands that might not otherwise be able to afford studio time. This year, “Converse Rubber Tracks in Austin” pop-up studio will return to its location at Big Orange and Shine Studios from March 3-15 where local Texas bands to will record for free, no strings attached. In addition, “Converse Rubber Tracks Live” will bring its free concert series to Austin with a free show on March 15 featuring Black Angels and White Denim. The lineup for the show will also include previous Converse Rubber Tracks recording artists selected by Black Angels.

“Converse Rubber Tracks: No Strings Attached” Panel at SXSW

Converse Rubber Tracks has been embraced by artists and music communities around the globe, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Austin to name a few, who have benefitted from this unique opportunity. With its success, SXSW has dedicated a panel discussion on Friday, March 14 entitled “Converse Rubber Tracks: No Strings Attached.” The panel will discuss Converse’s connection to music and commitment to unleashing the creative spirit by providing platforms that help emerging artists. The panel will be moderated by acclaimed advertising Music Director, Gabe McDonough and will feature Geoff Cottrill (Converse VP/GM of Brand & Segments) and emerging artists Whalers (Austin, Texas).

Converse X Thrasher Magazine Death Match

Now in its fifth year, Converse X Thrasher Magazine Death Match has grown into one of the most popular daytime events during SXSW and the only event that brings together music and skateboarding in one place. Taking place at The Scoot Inn, March 12-15, the four day event fuses multiple genres from Metal to Indie Rock to Hip Hop. The event features free

concerts in conjunction with a skateboarding competition hosted by Thrasher Magazine. Scheduled to appear at this year’s Converse X Thrasher Magazine Death Match will be Converse Skateboarding Ambassadors Kenny AndersonMike AndersonDon “The Nuge” Nguyen and Louie Lopez. This year’s music showcase will feature The Black LipsTyler The CreatorJudgeLil B and many more.

The FADER FORT Presented by Converse

The FADER FORT Presented by Converse“, long positioned as the spot to see live music during its March homestead, returns to Austin for its four-day musical event March 12-15. This will be the third year The FADER and CONVERSE Inc. have partnered to support and showcase emerging artists and culture.  The event will feature first time performances and returning emerging and iconic artists that have previously appeared within The FADER throughout the years to help celebrate the media property’s 15th anniversary. “The FADER FORT Presented by Converse” will be viewable to audiences worldwide via a live-stream that will continue during the entire festival. For more information about the live-stream and artists scheduled to perform visitwww.TheFader.com/FORT.

Neverstop Teams Up With Nordstrom To Create A SJP Collection Pop-Up Shop in New York City

Neverstop, a leading experiential agency and a division of The CHR Group, is excited to announce a partnership with Nordstrom for a pop-up store in the Soho-area of New York City. The pop-up store will be located at 372 West Broadway from Friday, February 28th through Sunday, March 2nd. The event will feature Sarah Jessica Parker stopping by to discuss, meet customers, and present her highly anticipated SJP shoe collection to be featured exclusively at Nordstrom.

We’ve experienced the success of working with Neverstop on some guerilla and experiential marketing tactics for Nordstrom store openings in the Boston area a few years ago,” says Pamela Lopez, Fashion PR Director for Nordstrom. “Since then, we’ve kept a close eye on their work and when the idea surfaced of doing a NYC pop-up store, we thought of Neverstop immediately.”

With every detail designed and produced from the ground-up, the pop-up store will usher in the SJP shoe collection and deliver an elite shopping experience which is synonymous with Nordstrom,” says Nasir Rasheed, Neverstop’s President and Chief Cultural Officer.

Ed Sheeran to Perform at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 22nd Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) announced that it has selected British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran to perform at this year’s Academy Awards Viewing Party to be held on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at West Hollywood Park. This annual gala, sponsored by Chopard, Neuro Drinks and Wells Fargo, is the largest fund-raising event in Hollywood on Oscar night and has raised nearly $40 million to support the Foundation’s mission to achieve an AIDS-free generation.  

I am absolutely delighted to welcome Ed Sheeran to EJAF’s Academy Awards Viewing Party,” said Founder SirElton John.  “I’ve been following his work closely ever since I heard his independent EP, ‘No. 5 Collaborations Project.’  He’s an amazing artist, and I know our guests will be thrilled by his performance.”

Following a handful of independent EP releases, Sheeran’s 2011 major label debut “+” went  platinum six times with nearly two million in sales, debuted at #1 in the Official UK Charts upon release and reclaimed the #1 title at the turn of 2012. This, and the 2.8 million single sales (four in the Top 10), meant Ed had the highest opening sales for a debut male solo artist in the UK ever.  In 2013, Sheeran joined Taylor Swift on her 70 date US tour and was featured in her single “Everything Has Changed.”  Sheeran’s 2013 hit “I See Fire” was featured in the closing credits of Peter Jackson’s hit movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  In the first week of January 2014, Sheeran announced his first UK headline tour since 2012, including four O2 Arena dates, and confirmed that he is adding the finishing touches to his next album. 

I’m thrilled to have been invited to perform at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Oscar-night party,” said Sheeran.  “HIV/AIDS is a huge concern for all young people, and I’m delighted to do my part to raise funds for Elton’s vision of a world without AIDS.”

In addition to Sheeran’s performance, guests can look forward to an evening of fun that includes a dinner prepared by internationally renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay, a live auction, and dance tunes spun by DJ Johnny Dynell. The event will play host to a myriad of Hollywood top names, many of whom are committed supporters of the Foundation’s work to provide services, including direct treatment and care for people living with HIV/AIDS in marginalized communities. Among the individuals who will attend the celebration are the 2014 Event Chairs, including Bill and Tani Austin, Johnny and Edwina Barbis, Joseph W. Blount, Jim Carrey, Chris Colfer, John Demsey, Judi Dench, Greg Gorman, Tim Hanlon and Anthony Klatt, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Diana Jenkins, Quincy Jones, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, Heidi Klum, Ryan Kwanten, Fred Latsko, Shelley Lazar, Sandra Lee, Jared Leto, Andra Liemandt, Eric and Janet McCormack,Joseph A. McMillan, Jr., Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry,Pablo and Nathalie Salame, Caroline Scheufele, Bryan Singer, Sharon Stone, Steve Tisch, Steven Tyler, and John Waters.

Audi and MAC Viva Glam are the evening’s Co-Sponsors.  The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for its continued collaboration with EJAF.  American Airlines is EJAF’s official sponsoring airline.

Elton John AIDS Foundation Presents 22nd Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party Sponsored by Chopard, Neuro Drinks and Wells Fargo

Gala event to be held at West Hollywood Park

At EJAF, we believe that AIDS can be beaten.  We act on that belief by raising funds for effective programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives.” –  Sir Elton John

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will present its 22nd annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles.  Sir Elton John and David Furnish will host the gala event The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)sponsored by the Foundation’s generous corporate friends Chopard, Neuro Drinks and Wells FargoChef Gordon Ramsay will once again prepare the sumptuous dinner for Party guests to enjoy while watching a live telecast of the 86th Academy Awards. Following dinner and an exciting live auction, a special musical guest will take the stage to perform, and DJ Johnny Dynell will spin tunes for guests to dance the night away.

The Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party is the most highly visible and successful fund-raising event in Hollywood on Oscar night. Over the past 22 years, this annual event has raised nearly $40 million, thanks to the generosity of EJAF’s supporters.  These funds help the Foundation to support a wide range of initiatives, including direct treatment, care, and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS in marginalized communities, such as among young gay black men; providing injection drug users with clean needles to prevent HIV infection and transmission; and sexual health education for young people in America who are most at risk.

Audi and MAC Viva Glam have partnered with EJAF as the evening’s generous Co-Sponsors.  The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for its continued collaboration with EJAF on shared goals.  American Airlines is EJAF’s official sponsoring airline.

This year’s event co-chairs are Bill and Tani Austin, Johnny and Edwina Barbis, Joseph W. Blount, Jim Carrey, Chris Colfer, John Demsey, Judi Dench, Greg Gorman, Tim Hanlon and Anthony Klatt, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Diana Jenkins, Quincy Jones, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss,Heidi Klum, Ryan Kwanten, Fred Latsko, Shelley Lazar, Sandra Lee, Jared Leto, Andra Liemandt, Eric and Janet McCormack, Joseph A. McMillan, Jr., Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, Katy Perry,Tyler Perry, Pablo and Nathalie Salame, Caroline Scheufele, Bryan Singer, Sharon Stone, Steve Tisch, Steven Tyler, and John Waters.

Sir Elton John created EJAF over twenty years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993.  Through hard work and with the help of our network of kind, amazing, creative, and generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than$300 million over the past two decades to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS.  The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa.  Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS.  For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

CHOPARD – Passion for excellence:  Louis-Ulysse Chopard founded his own workshop in 1860 in Sonvillier, the Swiss Jura. Since 1963 Chopard has been owned by the Scheufele family and its headquarters are located inGeneva. Internationally renowned for its watch and jewellery creations, the Group today employs 1950 people worldwide. It is independent and vertically very integrated, controlling the entire process from design to distribution through 1515 points of sale and 145 dedicated boutiques. Over 30 different crafts are practiced across 4 manufacturing sites with a strong emphasis on in-house training. Chopard has built its reputation on iconic collections such as “Happy Diamonds,” “Happy Sport” and “Mille Miglia.”  The firm is also highly recognized for its High Jewelry creations and fine watch making and manufacturing expertise, expressed in the L.U.C collection. According to two of its fundamental values, respect and social responsibility, Chopard is strongly committed to various philanthropic organizations. Long-term partnerships tie the company to the Jose Carreras International Leukemia Foundation, The Happy Hearts Fund and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Last but not least, Chopard is a faithful partner of the Cannes International Film Festival and legendary classic car events, such as the Mille Miglia in Italy and the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.  For more information, please visit: us.chopard.com.

NEURO – neuro is a line of great tasting drinks with a purpose—to enhance your daily life. The company was founded in 2007 by Diana Jenkins and each neuro drink has a carefully crafted blend of healthy vitamins and minerals that provide a specific benefit.  Sourced from the best ingredients from around the world, the neuro product line includes neuro SONIC, the drink that provides sustained energy, neuro BLISS, the drink that reduces stress; neuro SLEEP, the drink that helps you get a great night’s sleep; and neuro DAILY, the drink that supports a healthy immune system. Each neuro has only 35 calories, contains no artificial flavors or colors, and has a fully recyclable bottle.  neuro is available at retailers nationwide.  For more information, please visit:www.drinkneuro.com.

WELLS FARGO – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com.

AMERICAN AIRLINES –American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways. Together with American Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to 339 destinations in 54 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The American Airlines AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles programs allow members to earn and redeem miles for travel and everyday purchases as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and other retail products. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members and members-elect serve 981 destinations with 14,244 daily flights to 151 countries. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines, and follow US Airways on Twitter @USAirways and at Facebook.com/USAirways.

American Airlines is the official sponsoring airline of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Pepsi Returns to Cinema’s Biggest Night to Celebrate Some of Film’s Best Mini Moments

Sixty-second creative featuring Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. will premiere during Oscars® telecast

As an official partner of the 86th Academy Awards®, Pepsi will make Oscar® night one to remember by celebrating cinema and the impact it has made on consumers through its latest 60-second creative titled “Mini Hollywood,” starring 1996 Best Supporting Actor Oscar® winner Cuba Gooding Jr. The creative will debut on Sunday, March 2 during the Oscars® telecast starting at 7:00 PM ET on ABC.

Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. on the set of the Pepsi "Mini Hollywood" ad shoot in Los Angeles. (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. on the set of the Pepsi “Mini Hollywood” ad shoot in Los Angeles. (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

Pepsi is thrilled to partner with the Academy Awards®, a partnership that allows the brand to continue to capture the excitement of NOW that comes from live viewing events such as the Oscars®,” said Seth Kaufman, VP of Marketing for Colas, PepsiCo North America Beverages. “Pepsi is at its best when it can connect with consumers in contextually relevant ways, engaging them with iconic creative that sparks spontaneous moments of joy, highlights the brand’s fun personality and taps into pop culture,” Kaufman said.

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Created by Mekanism, the 60-second ad celebrates some of the best mini moments of cinema and the impact they have made on pop culture.  Much like a mini can of Pepsi, the mini quotes featured in the creative illustrate that it only takes that one line in a great film to bring back the joy and excitement of the entire film and its emotional appeal. Pepsi mini cans parallel the storyline by demonstrating that sometimes a 7.5-ounce of Pepsi is just the right amount of satisfaction, as big things and the full Pepsi experience can come in smaller sizes.

Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. on the set of the Pepsi "Mini Hollywood" ad shoot in Los Angeles. (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. on the set of the Pepsi “Mini Hollywood” ad shoot in Los Angeles. (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

To bring this concept to life, there is no more recognizable mini quote than 1996 Best Supporting Actor Oscar® winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and his famous line from his role in Jerry Maguire: “Show me the money!” This memorable line not only has become part of pop culture vernacular but also brings back the essence of the movie, similarly to how a mini can of Pepsi unlocks the same epic satisfaction.    Additionally, the Pepsi spot will highlight the following iconic quotes that capture the excitement and spontaneous joy of their films:

Scarface: “Say hello to my little friend!”
Good Will Hunting: “How do you like them apples?”
The Wizard of Oz: “I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
When Harry Met Sally: “I’ll have what she’s having.”
Titanic: “I’m King of the World.”

The 7.5 ounce mini Pepsi can is currently available nationwide wherever Pepsi is sold. Please visit Pepsi’s YouTube page to watch the spot and follow @Pepsi on Twitter, #MiniCanQuotes. For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com

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WHEN HARRY MET SALLY and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 
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The Oscars® to Stream Live on WATCH ABC

Entertainment Reporter Ben Lyons, Fashion Retail Correspondent Hitha Prabhakar, Entertainment and Sports Reporter Chris Connelly and PEOPLE’s Managing Editor Peter Castro to Host This Year’s Award-Winning Multi-Camera “The Oscars Backstage” Experience That Is Also In The WATCH ABC App for the First Time
Embeddable Video Highlights of The Oscars Will Post Almost Immediately on Oscar.com
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For the first time ever, The Oscars preshow and full awards telecast will stream live for verified WATCH ABC viewers online and on mobile devices.  The WATCH ABC app allows viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as next day on demand access to most series, making it possible for fans to watch the entire The Oscars experience – including “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars” – in more places and at more times than ever before. 

Live streaming is currently available through Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Midcontinent Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber and AT&T U-verse in ABC’s eight Owned Station markets – New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno.  Once aired, the full Oscars telecast and pre-show will be available on demand via WATCH ABC for verified viewers for three days, through Wednesday, March 5.  WATCH ABC can be accessed from Oscar.com, ABC.com, WATCHABC.com or via the WATCH ABC app, which is free on select Android devices and iOS and can be downloaded at Google Play, the Amazon Appstore, and the App Store.  Verified viewers then log in using their cable or satellite subscription username and password.

The Academy and Disney/ABC Television Group’s Digital Media team are also unveiling the talent line up for their Emmy® Award-winning Oscar second screen experience, The Oscars Backstage, which will also be streamed this year to all viewers – regardless of whether they are verified – via WATCH ABC.  Hosts and correspondents include:

  • Entertainment Reporter and Film Critic Ben Lyons (Yahoo, “Extra!,” ESPN Radio, “E! News,” among others) and fashion retail correspondent and author Hitha Prabhakar (who has contributed to ABC World News, “Good Morning America,” Nightline, Bravo, CNN, E! Entertainment television, among others) will co-host from the red carpet and backstage.
  • PEOPLE’s Managing Editor Peter Castro will once again report from the fan bleachers on the red carpet.  The bleachers are sponsored by Time Inc.’s PEOPLE, which invites 700 fans and PEOPLE VIP subscribers to watch and cheer nominees, presenters and film’s biggest stars as part of the PEOPLE Oscar Fan Experience.
  • “Good Morning America” and ESPN contributing editor Chris Connelly is returning as the official greeter of the Oscars Red Carpet, which includes welcoming nominees, presenters and performers to the show.

Presented again this year by Samsung Galaxy®, The Oscars Backstage is designed to be the ultimate complement to the live telecast. All Oscar viewers who visit WATCH ABC will be able to select from three channels that will pull from more than 15 live cameras strategically placed on the Red Carpet and throughout the backstage areas of the Dolby Theatre, providing fans with insider views into the most memorable moments of the night. Popular cameras positions include the Thank You cam, Winners Walk, Audience and Press Room.   Fans will also be able to access the official Oscar Buzz social feed and popular photo galleries from within the app.   The Oscars Backstage experience launched in 2011 to much acclaim and has been recognized with an Emmy® for Creative Achievement in Interactive Arts and an Industry Star Mobile Excellence Award.  It remains unprecedented in terms of live event second screen access.

We’re extremely proud of how much the Oscar Digital Experience has evolved,” said Albert Cheng, EVP and Chief Product Officer, Digital Media, Disney/ABC Television Group. “This year more people than ever before will have access to the backstage streams and verified WATCH ABC viewers will be able to participate in the most interactive Oscars to date, seamlessly navigating between the pre-show, telecast and The Oscars Backstage experience on their mobile devices.

We’re excited to once again bring viewers backstage and allow them to experience all of the action on OscarSunday – not just what happens on stage, but the stories that play out behind-the-scenes as well, said Josh Spector, Managing Director of Digital Media and Marketing at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Additionally, video highlights from the telecast and The Oscars Backstage will be available as embeddable clips on http://www.Oscar.com almost immediately after they air at http://www.Oscar.com/blogs. Full  performances of the shows musical performances, including Pharrell (“Happy”), Idina Menzel, (“Let It Go”),  Karin O (“The Moon Song) and U2 (“Ordinary Love”) will be featured in a dedicated “Musical Moments” section sponsored by Pepsi that includes in-depth video and photo coverage of past music winners.

The site is also showcasing nominees “in their own words,” a collection of official nominee questionnaires,including  Bradley Cooper, Bruce Dern, Michael Fassbender, June Squibb, Sally Hawkins, among others.  To add to the fun, insanely addicting quizzes from past year’s awards shows are featured, including:  , “Guess Who Won Best Actress”“Guess the Dress”,  “Who Starred In?”, and “Script to Screen”.  The hugely popular “My Picks” interactive ballot is also live.  Friends can view and share the ballot on Facebook, which will update in real time on Oscar Night®, ensuring that the most competitive Oscar handicappers are instantly aware of their ranking among friends.

The 9th annual “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars” airs Sunday, March 2 after the late local news ET/CT and at10:00 p.m. PT on ABC. It will also be available live and on demand via the WATCH ABC app.  Broadcasting from Disney’s El Capitan Theater located on Hollywood Boulevard in the heart of L.A.’s star-studded Walk of Fame, the studio is just steps away from Dolby Theater, home to the “Academy Awards.” Past guest appearances on Kimmel’s post-Oscar specials have included Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Ellen DeGeneres, Jessica Chastain, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, John Krasinski, Samuel L. Jackson and many more. Additionally, previous comedy bits featured include the epic trailers for “Movie: The Movie,” which has been viewed over 24 million times on YouTube, the follow-up “Movie: The Movie: 2V” as well as “Toddlers and Tiaras” with Tom Hanks and Kimmel pitching show ideas to Oprah. Last year’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars” marked the most-watched post-Oscar telecast in the franchise’s history.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The presentation, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

 

 

Time INC.‘s ‘People’ Partners With The Academy To Host This Year‘s Oscar® Fan Experience For Second Year

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PEOPLE, the No. 1 celebrity and entertainment brand, has partnered with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to present the 2014 Oscar Fan Experience on Sunday, March 2nd.  The PEOPLE Oscar Fan Experience treats red carpet and movie buffs around the world with unprecedented access to Oscar’s big day.  700 fans and PEOPLE VIP subscribers were selected to watch and cheer nominees, presenters and film’s biggest stars with a full day Oscar experience on the most anticipated red carpet of the year.  As the telecast begins, PEOPLE Oscar Fan Experience guests will be whisked away for an exclusive viewing party at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles.

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Academy for a second year to present the PEOPLE Oscar Fan Experience,” said Karen Kovacs, publisher, PEOPLE.  “To be able to share access to Hollywood’s biggest night with so many of our loyal subscribers and fans with a full day of VIP Oscar treatment is extremely exciting for PEOPLE.”

The Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars®, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Fans can visit PEOPLE.com and http://www.Oscar.com for unprecedented access into this year’s Oscars.

The Academy Invites Fans To Join The Oscar® Celebration With #MyOscarPhoto On Twitter

Fan-submitted photos to appear next to stars online and on “The Oscars® Red Carpet Live” telecast

For the first time, Oscar fans watching the “Oscars Red Carpet Live” show on March 2 on ABC will have the opportunity to see themselves next to the stars on the red carpet through Twitter. credit: ©A.M.P.A.S.

For the first time, Oscar fans watching the “Oscars Red Carpet Live” show on March 2 on ABC will have the opportunity to see themselves next to the stars on the red carpet through Twitter.
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For the first time, Oscar fans watching the “Oscars Red Carpet Live” show on March 2 on ABC will have the opportunity to see themselves next to the stars on the red carpet through Twitter.

Starting today, fans who follow @TheAcademy and tweet a red carpet-ready photo of themselves using hashtag #MyOscarPhoto will be eligible to have their photo featured on the red carpet.

On Oscar Sunday, arriving nominees, presenters and performers will pose in front of a video wall showcasing fan-submitted photos and generating unique images that will be tweeted back to the original submitter through the @MyOscarPhoto Twitter account.

Additionally, some of the submitted photos will appear on the “Oscars Red Carpet Live” telecast beginning at 4 p.m. PT.

To be eligible, fans must sign the online release form located atwww.oscars.org/MyOscarPhoto.

“This is a way to create an once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans and give them the opportunity to literally be a part of the red carpet excitement,” said Josh Spector, the Academy’s managing director of digital media and marketing. “We think it will be a lot of fun – not only getting to see a photo of themselves on the red carpet, but also getting to see who poses in the photo with them.”

“The Academy has long been one of the most innovative partners when it comes to creating a truly social Oscars,” said Andrew Adashek, television partnership manager at Twitter. “We’re excited to see them strengthen their connection to the Twitter audience by letting our users get closer to the red carpet experience than ever before.”

During the broadcast, hosts will describe to viewers at home how they can use Twitter to participate in #MyOscarPhoto and provide updates on the experience throughout the show.

In addition to the #MyOscarPhoto red carpet experience, the Twitter Mirror in a frame designed by Architectural Digest will be placed in the Oscars greenroom to give fans at home more behind-the-scenes access to the show. The stars of the show will stop by the Mirror to take candid photos of themselves, which will be tweeted throughout the night from @TheAcademy.

The technology powering the #MyOscarPhoto experience was created by Livefyre, the largest social curation platform. The team there developed the first-of-its kind technology that captures the images of the celebrity and fans from Twitter, then processes, streams, and tags the image, moments later tweeting it back to person who submitted the photo.

Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Celebrates Documentaries at “Oscar Celebrates: Docs” Event

Images photographed by Aaron Poole

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences  hosted a pre-Oscar Night event, “Oscar Celebrates: Documentaries” event on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Hosted by  directors Barbara Kopple and Rob Epstein, the event honored this year’s nominees and their directors.

Caitrin Rogers, director of the Oscar®-nominated Documentary Feature "20 Feet from Stardom”, Zachary Heinzerling, director of the Oscar®-nominated Documentary Feature "Cutie and the Boxer”, Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill, directors of the Oscar®-nominated Documentary Feature "Dirty Wars”, Lydia Dean Pilcher, director of the Oscar®-nominated Documentary Feature "Cutie and the Boxer”, Morgan Neville, director of the Oscar®-nominated Documentary Feature "20 Feet from Stardom”, Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen, directors of the Oscar®-nominated Documentary Feature "The Act of Killing”, Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, directors of the Oscar®-nominated Documentary Feature "The Square”, prior to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Oscar Celebrates: Docs” event on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Caitrin Rogers, director of the Oscar®-nominated Documentary Feature “20 Feet from Stardom”, Zachary Heinzerling, director of the Oscar®-nominated Documentary Feature “Cutie and the Boxer”, Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill, directors of the Oscar®-nominated Documentary Feature “Dirty Wars”, Lydia Dean Pilcher, director of the Oscar®-nominated Documentary Feature “Cutie and the Boxer”, Morgan Neville, director of the Oscar®-nominated Documentary Feature “20 Feet from Stardom”, Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen, directors of the Oscar®-nominated Documentary Feature “The Act of Killing”, Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, directors of the Oscar®-nominated Documentary Feature “The Square”, prior to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Oscar Celebrates: Docs” event on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

 

Hosts Barbara Kopple and Rob Epstein prior to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Oscar Celebrates: Shorts” event on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Hosts Barbara Kopple and Rob Epstein prior to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Oscar Celebrates: Shorts” event on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

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Host Rob Epstein, Caitrin Rogers, director of the OscarЁ-nominated Documentary Feature “20 Feet from StardomУ, Zachary Heinzerling, director of the OscarЁ-nominated Documentary Feature “Cutie and the BoxerУ, Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill, directors of the OscarЁ-nominated Documentary Feature “Dirty WarsУ, Lydia Dean Pilcher, director of the OscarЁ-nominated Documentary Feature “Cutie and the BoxerУ, Morgan Neville, director of the OscarЁ-nominated Documentary Feature “20 Feet from StardomУ, Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sїrensen, directors of the OscarЁ-nominated Documentary Feature “The Act of KillingУ, Jehane Noujaim, director of the OscarЁ-nominated Documentary Feature “The SquareУ, host Barbara Kopple and Karim Amer, director of the OscarЁ-nominated Documentary Feature “The SquareУ prior to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ ТOscar Celebrates: DocsУ event on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Fall/Winter 2014 Paris Fashion Week: H&M Studio Rocks The Runway

Last night, H&M Studio, the new name for H&M’s seasonal collection of (directional) key pieces, presented its autumn 2014 catwalk show during Paris Fashion Week. Held at the Grand Palais in front of 600 guests, including Miranda Kerr, Jessica Alba and Solange Knowles, models such as Andreea Diaconu, Joan Smalls, Izabel Goulart and Saskia wore the look of the season: nonchalant attitude of the 21st century, mixing feminine with masculine styles. The collection will be available in around 250 stores worldwide, as well as online, starting September 4, 2014.

The mood of the collection was dominated by a mix of feminine with masculine, with slip dresses and draped tops worn under men’s blazers, biker and aviator jackets. Fabrics included silk crepe, silk satin, fine cashmere and velvet. Fake fur coats added texture with detailing from sequin and stone embroidery.

H&M Studio is the new name for H&M’s key seasonal fashion collection. With its own dedicated design team, each season H&M Studio will offer a limited-edition collection of the hottest looks and statement pieces. Continue reading

UBM to Launch Southeast Asia’s Leading International Beauty Trade Show In Thailand

 UBM Asia is pleased to announce the launch of ASEANbeauty, the only beauty trade event supported by the Thai Cosmetics Manufacturers Association. This is to be the premier international beauty trade show for South East Asia taking place in Thailand from 8-10 April, 2015 at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre.

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Thailand’s beauty industry is growing fuelled by a strong economy and increasingly sophisticated consumers , including men who are proving to be a particularly lucrative market. There are many opportunities for both international as well as domestic companies in Thailand due to the strong economy, increasing demand a vibrant market in which new products and innovations are leading to growing competition. With 70 million consumers, the market in Thailand is thriving with the value of the beauty and personal care market in Thailand growing by 8% just last year in 2012.

Thailand offers excellent business opportunities for anyone wishing to invest in this dynamic market. Strategically located at the heart of Asia, Thailand is also well placed to offer a gateway to both the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and Asia-Pacific markets which offer excellent business potential.

The ASEAN region alone has a cumulative population of more than 500 million and GDP in excess of US $700 billion. Thailand’s economy is in the top three in terms of size and volume of international trade. It is therefore well positioned as the region moves towards economic integration and a single free-trade area by 2015.

Southeast Asia also is a strategic region, where economic growth and development is expected to exceed the global average. A wealth of natural resources, low-cost skilled labour and regional economic integration with the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015 have attracted businesses keen to explore the vibrant new domestic markets that are emerging in ASEAN countries.

ASEANbeauty will be the leading industry event where companies looking to expand in Southeast Asia will be able to build business network and gain industry insights through seminars and educational workshops.

Mrs. Ketmanee Lertkitcha, President of The Thai Cosmetic Manufacturers Association and supporting partner of ASEANbeauty, welcomes the event: “We are proud to support ASEAN beauty as the market is ready for a fair representing the Southeast Asia region. The event will be the best place not only to meet potential buyers and distributors, but also to observe trends and gather market intelligence.”

Visitors can expect to meet over 200 leading suppliers covering personal care, skin care, hair care, nail care including cosmetics, fragrances, raw ingredients, salon supplies, natural heath products, hair products, nails and accessories from Asia and countries around the world in a truly global marketplace,” said M Gandhi, Managing Director, UBM ASEAN Business.

Please visit the ASEANbeauty exhibition website at www.aseanbeautyshow.com for further details.

Upper Deck Inks Top Football Draft Picks to Trading Card Deals

Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Michael Sam, Blake Bortles and other top prospects sign deals to appear on new Upper Deck trading cards

This will be Michael Sam's first licensed rookie card to hit the market in 2014 Upper Deck Football available to fans on April 16!  (PRNewsFoto/Upper Deck)

This will be Michael Sam’s first licensed rookie card to hit the market in 2014 Upper Deck Football available to fans on April 16! (PRNewsFoto/Upper Deck)

The first licensed football rookie cards of the year will debut in 2014 Upper Deck Football and fans can expect to see some of the best prospects in the game. Over the past several weeks, Upper Deck has been busy signing deals with the highest-profile players who are a part of the heavily touted 2014 pro football draft class. Signing sessions with many of the players have already begun as Upper Deck acquires hard-signed signatures for the company’s popular “Lettermen” autograph cards.

Johnny Manziel will have rare autograph rookie cards in 2014 Upper Deck Football which releases on April 16! Upper Deck is the home to the first licensed rookie cards of the year for Manziel, Bridgewater, Bortles, Sam and more! (PRNewsFoto/Upper Deck)

Johnny Manziel will have rare autograph rookie cards in 2014 Upper Deck Football which releases on April 16! Upper Deck is the home to the first licensed rookie cards of the year for Manziel, Bridgewater, Bortles, Sam and more! (PRNewsFoto/Upper Deck)

Upper Deck will be the first trading card manufacturer to deliver fans licensed rookie cards of top talents like Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Michael Sam, Blake Bortles, Derek Carr, Ka’Deem Carey, Sammy Watkins and other sensational draft picks to be. Fans and collectors can look for rookie cards (including autograph versions) of these young stars when 2014 Upper Deck Football hits shelves on April 16.

It is going to be a historic year for football rookies with so much talent and hype surrounding the draft so it was critical for our athlete relations team to lock in deals with this new crop of rookies,” said Brandon Miller, Upper Deck’s collegiate sports brand manager. “The next few weeks will be some of the busiest of the year for our football team, but it all pays off when we hear how excited our customers are when they open up new Upper Deck packs and pull the best players, discover the best autographs and UPPER DECK LOGOfind the best value in the marketplace.

Football fans can find 200 different rookie cards in the 2014 Upper Deck Football set from first-round superstars to sleepers that inevitably take collectors by storm once they hit the gridiron and showcase their talents. Beyond the regular Star Rookie cards, fans can find short-printed photo variation rookies, glossy rookies numbered to just 10 copies, and autographed rookies.

Additionally, Upper Deck pays homage to the past with the “1994 UD Tribute” insert set featuring veterans and rookies along with autograph parallel versions.

The “College Mascot Patch” insert cards have been incredibly popular over the last two years and the 2014 set has evolved into “College Tribute Patch” cards. This new insert series uses patches to highlight college football traditions from around the country. Whether it be the “smoke show” at Miami or Howard’s Rock at Clemson, fans are sure to be clamoring to collect the entire 60-card set. Every hobby case will deliver four of these patch cards on average with varying levels of rarity.

Also returning are “Predictor” cards which became very popular during the 1990’s. These interactive cards offer collectors exclusive prizes if the player depicted on the card is the first player picked at their position in the 2014 pro football draft. These rare (1:1,440 packs) “Predictor” cards for the QB, RB and WR positions are sure to bring an added level of excitement and value to the pack opening experience!

Gwen Stefani Launches New Accessories Collection: gx by Gwen Stefani Available Exclusively at ShoeDazzle

“I’m so excited to be launching my new accessories line gx. The collection is fun, stylish and has some attitude. The idea behind gx is to design high quality and amazing product that I can’t wait to wear but at the same time is really well priced.” — Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani launches new accessories collection: gx by Gwen Stefani available exclusively at ShoeDazzle.com/gx.  (PRNewsFoto/ShoeDazzle)

Gwen Stefani launches new accessories collection: gx by Gwen Stefani available exclusively at ShoeDazzle.com/gx. (PRNewsFoto/ShoeDazzle)

Singer, songwriter and fashion entrepreneur Gwen Stefaniis launching her new accessories label, gx by Gwen Stefani, which will be available exclusively atShoeDazzle.com/gx. As of today, gx by Gwen Stefani is now shoppable in its dedicated boutique on http://www.ShoeDazzle.com, with new styles launching monthly. Each release will include both shoes and handbags, priced from $69.95-$110.95.

ShoeDazzle was the first fashion subscription service to bring a personalized boutique experience to shoe addicts and style fanatics everywhere. Every month, the company debuts a new selection of exclusive and brand-name shoes, handbags and more, including a custom online showroom, curated to each client’s individual style preferences. In 2013, world-renowned fashion expert Rachel Zoe joined ShoeDazzle as Chief Stylist. For clients who want next-level service, ShoeDazzle offers VIP Elite Membership, which features members-only pricing, exclusive deals, previews and perks for $39.95 each month, which converts into rollover “VIP Credits” that members can spend or save for later.

The debut collection mixes elements of tribal, pop, punk, and street influences. Inspirations coalesce in material and construction: African influences surface through wax-cord lacing, braiding, weaving and pattern. Gwen Stefani’s personal style can be seen through the mesh and lace-up details and the graphic palette of black, white, red and cobalt. Key silhouettes include slim island platforms, single soles, high wedge sandals, and oversized totes. Equally reflective of Gwen’s trendsetting style and the emerging runway footwear looks for 2014, the line is both structured and sexy.

ShoeDazzle Chief Stylist Rachel Zoe says, “I couldn’t be more excited for the launch of gx by Gwen Stefanifor ShoeDazzle! Gwen is an incredible friend and designer. Her style has always been a huge source of inspiration to me.”

Academy of Arts University Fashion Design and Textile Design Students Shine at Fall/Winter 2014 New Fashion Week

Designer Profile and Inspiration Images by David Dooley/Runway Images by Randy Brooke/WireImage 

Every designer dreams of showing their collection at Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week, and on Friday, February 7th that dream came true for 13 designers from the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University. “Since 2005, the School of Fashion has premiered the collections of students and recent graduates during New York Fashion Week. Part of our commitment to our students is to help launch their careers and have their work seen by industry professionals,” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University. “Debuting these designers’ collections during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is an incredible opportunity for each of them.”

With more than 18,000 students, Academy of Art University is the nation’s largest accredited private art and design university. Established in 1929, the school offers accredited A.A., B.A., B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A., and M.Arch degree programs in Acting, Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Art History, Fashion, Fine Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Jewelry & Metal Arts, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Photography, Visual Development, and Web Design & New Media. Online degrees are offered in most areas. Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design), NAAB (Master of Architecture), and CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation offered for BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD).

For the Fall 2014 season, 13 designers presented eight collections, four of which were collaborations between Fashion Design and Textile Design students. In total, six womenswear and two menswear collections were presented at the Academy of Art University Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show.

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Jaci Hodges, M.F.A. Fashion Design, collaborated with Nisha Hanna Btesh, B.F.A. Textile Design, on a 1960s-inspired womenswear collection that was created with the use of Shibori, the Japanese technique of resistance felting. Originally from Austin, TX, Jaci holds a B.B.A. in Marketing with a minor in Philosophy. Additionally, she recently completed a design internship with gr.dano, a Bay Area ready-to-wear company co-founded by fellow alumna Jill Giordano. Nisha is a California native, born and raised in San Diego. Jaci and Nisha were inspired by the excess of prints worn during the late 1960s, in particular to those seen on the Brady Bunch, and the costumes worn by Mia Farrow in the film Dandy in Aspic.

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Frank Tsai, M.F.A. Fashion Design, collaborated with Andrea Nieto, B.F.A. Textile Design, on a menswear collection inspired by the mood and emotion of an international photography collection, “Beauty in Decay,” personal struggle, raw emotion, and the different stages of the healing process. Frank was born and raised in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, earned a B.S. Degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising, was awarded high honors for his undergraduate fashion show, and worked as the Marketing Manager for FU YU Clothing Company. Andrea grew up in Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia, is on the Academy of Art University President’s Honor List, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship through the YMA Scholarship Fund as a Geoffrey Beene National Scholar, and recently finished a design internship at BCBGMAXAZRIA. Continue reading

YOLO Colorhouse Welcomes Spring With New Pastel Twang Palette

 Springtime is when you transform everything from interior spaces to outdoor gardens. This spring, freshen your home with the new Pastel Twang Palette using YOLO Colorhouse zero VOC, low odor paints.

YOLO Colorhouse low odor, Zero VOC Paint Announces New Spring Color Palette Available at HomeDepot.com.  (PRNewsFoto/YOLO Colorhouse)

YOLO Colorhouse low odor, Zero VOC Paint Announces New Spring Color Palette Available at HomeDepot.com. (PRNewsFoto/YOLO Colorhouse)

“We transition from winter’s intensity to the gentleness of spring with these delicate hues of WATER .01, METAL .04 and BISQUE .05,” says co-founder Janie Lowe. “These soft-spoken companions complement the sassy accent color BEESWAX .04 for a fresh, updated and slightly edgy aesthetic.”

YOLO Colorhouse zero VOC, low odor paint (quarts, gallons, 5-gallons) will be on sale on HomeDepot.com from February 27 – March 11, 2014. Try out these hues and more with the YOLO Colorhouse NEW Colorspot 8 oz. real paint sample available exclusively on HomeDepot.com.

PASTEL TWANG PALETTE – SPRING 2014
BEESWAX .04: Yellow – but with a hint of green – just like an Anjou pear. Pair with dark grey concrete countertops in a modern kitchen.

BISQUE .05: A crisp winter breeze, white with blue undertones. This color whispers softly in bedrooms and baths.

METAL .04: A soft and powdery grey, this hue is otherwise known as Citron’s best friend. This grounding neutral lets brighter colors take center stage. Try this color in living rooms and master suites. 

WATER .01: Clean and relaxing to give your dining room a French accent or create a restful bedroom combined with charcoal neutrals or rich browns. 

The Marine Layer Palette from YOLO Colorhouse evokes the casual calm of living near water by layering blue, green, and grey hues inside. As gentle as walking through fog, these cool colors transition easily from room to room. (PRNewsFoto/YOLO Colorhouse)

The Marine Layer Palette from YOLO Colorhouse evokes the casual calm of living near water by layering blue, green, and grey hues inside. As gentle as walking through fog, these cool colors transition easily from room to room. (PRNewsFoto/YOLO Colorhouse)

The Sketchbook Palette from YOLO Colorhouse embraces the simplicity of black + white with this pared down palette. Similar to a charcoal drawing, visual interest is achieved through changes in value and contrast. (PRNewsFoto/YOLO Colorhouse)

The Sketchbook Palette from YOLO Colorhouse embraces the simplicity of black + white with this pared down palette. Similar to a charcoal drawing, visual interest is achieved through changes in value and contrast. (PRNewsFoto/YOLO Colorhouse)

The Color Theories Palette from YOLO Colorhouse reflects the depth and sophistication of European salons filled with vibrant discussions about poetry, philosophy, and art. A nod to creative spirits and independent thinkers, these colors help you push design boundaries. (PRNewsFoto/YOLO Colorhouse)

The Color Theories Palette from YOLO Colorhouse reflects the depth and sophistication of European salons filled with vibrant discussions about poetry, philosophy, and art. A nod to creative spirits and independent thinkers, these colors help you push design boundaries. (PRNewsFoto/YOLO Colorhouse)

Entrepreneurial duo and self-confessed color nerds Virginia Young and Janie Lowe redefined the low-VOC paint category in 2005 with the launch of YOLO Colorhouse, a boutique paint company that proved that premium paint could smell good, look stunning and preserve the planet and human health. With its low-odor, zero-VOC formula and less-is-more approach to paint colors, YOLO Colorhouse‘s sustainable approach has won the respect of designers, architects, homeowners and environmentalists nationwide.  At YOLO Colorhouse, it’s what’s NOT in the paint that matters:  no VOCs, no reproductive toxins, no phthalates, no mutagens, no formaldehyde, no hazardous air pollutants, and no ozone-depleting compounds.

Warner’s And Olga Help Women Say Goodbye To “Sleevage” With Launch Of No Side Effects And On Your Side Bras

“Sleevage,” the Underarm Version of “Muffin Tops,” Finally Eliminated by Revolutionary Bras

Warner’s and Olga, two of the leading women’s intimate apparel brands, announced today the launches of two innovative bra collections: No Side Effects from Warner’s and On Your Side from Olga.  Bras in these collections are designed to eliminate “sleevage,” a term used to describe the unwanted extra underarm bulge that peeks out from the side of sleeveless tops and dresses.

Warner's and Olga logo.  (PRNewsFoto/PVH Corp.)

Warner’s and Olga logo. (PRNewsFoto/PVH Corp.)

Available in stores nationwide this month and just in time for spring, No Side Effects and On Your Side bras are hailed as the solution for “sleevage,” which consumer research conducted by the Core Intimates team identified as one of women’s biggest unaddressed body concerns no matter their age, shape or size. The key design feature in the bras is the revolutionary extra side coverage panel along the cup that contains and smoothes underarm bulge. The elastic-free sides and back create a seamless look, simultaneously eliminating “sleevage” and back fat.

Warner's and Olga introduce the solution to eliminating "sleevage" a term used to describe unwanted extra underarm bulge identified through consumer research as one of women's biggest unaddressed body concerns no matter their age, shape or size. (PRNewsFoto/PVH Corp.)

Warner’s and Olga introduce the solution to eliminating “sleevage” a term used to describe unwanted extra underarm bulge identified through consumer research as one of women’s biggest unaddressed body concerns no matter their age, shape or size. (PRNewsFoto/PVH Corp.)

The two collections cover a wide range of sizes to address both average and full-busted women. Warner’s No Side Effects contour underwire, designed for average-figured women, features a flexible foam cup for the perfect fit and is available in sizes 34B-38D.  The 2-ply underwire cups of Olga’s OnYour Side offer excellent support for full-busted women in an expanded size offering of 36C-38DDD and features cushioned straps for added comfort.

No Side Effects bras from Warner’s and On Your Side bras from Olga are available now in a range of colors and sizes from major department stores and retail chains nationwide, both in-store and on their e-commerce sites, at the suggested retail price of $38.00.  Warner’s will be adding a wire-free bra to the No Side Effects collection, which will be available at retail beginning in May.

Broadway’s Finest Gather To Raise Funds And Awareness For The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

Julie Halston, Lindsay Mendez, Lucas Steele, Christina Bianco, Tony Yazbeck, Liz Callaway, Robert Creighton, Cady Huffman and Rashidra Scott join Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor Tony Danza at the Fourth Annual Broadway Belts for PFF!

(Back row, left to right) Broadway Belts for PFF! cast members, Cady Huffman, Robert Creighton, Rashidra Scott, Lindsay Mendez, Julie Halston, Liz Callaway, Christina Bianco, Lucas Steele, and Tony Yazbeck. (Front row, left to right) Musician, Danny Weller; musical director, Christopher McGovern; and musician, Alex Wyatt. The Tony and Emmy award-winning cast performed at the Broadway Belts for PFF! fundraiser to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at Birdland in New York City on February 24, 2014. Photo by Seth Walters. (PRNewsFoto/The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Seth Walters)

(Back row, left to right) Broadway Belts for PFF! cast members, Cady Huffman, Robert Creighton, Rashidra Scott, Lindsay Mendez, Julie Halston, Liz Callaway, Christina Bianco, Lucas Steele, and Tony Yazbeck. (Front row, left to right) Musician, Danny Weller; musical director, Christopher McGovern; and musician, Alex Wyatt. The Tony and Emmy award-winning cast performed at the Broadway Belts for PFF! fundraiser to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at Birdland in New York City on February 24, 2014. Photo by Seth Walters. (PRNewsFoto/The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Seth Walters)

For the fourth consecutive year Broadway’s best vocal talent appeared Monday night to raise funds for the rare disease, pulmonary fibrosis (PF), and honor the memory of Associated Press theater critic, Michael Kuchwara. Hosted by award-winning actress and devoted Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) advocate Julie Halston, Broadway Belts for PFF! returned to Birdland in New York City starring a full marquee of Tony and Emmy award winning performers and recording artists. This year the event raised almost $110,000 to benefit the PFF.

Award-winning actress and pulmonary fibrosis advocate, Julie Halston (TV's "Sex and the City," Broadway's "Anything Goes" and "Gypsy"). Ms. Halston hosted the Broadway Belts for PFF! fundraiser to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at Birdland in New York City on February 24, 2014. Photo by Seth Walters. (PRNewsFoto/The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Seth Walters)

Award-winning actress and pulmonary fibrosis advocate, Julie Halston (TV’s “Sex and the City,” Broadway’s “Anything Goes” and “Gypsy”). Ms. Halston hosted the Broadway Belts for PFF! fundraiser to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at Birdland in New York City on February 24, 2014. Photo by Seth Walters. (PRNewsFoto/The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Seth Walters)

Broadway’s Julie Halston became a leading spokesperson for the PFF after her husband, broadcaster Ralph Howard, received a lung transplant due to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. She hopes that the awareness created by Broadway Belts for PFF! will assist others affected by the disease. “I want to make sure that everyone knows about the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, so that no one with pulmonary fibrosis has to go through this alone,” said Halston. “First my husband was diagnosed and then we lost our friend Michael Kuchwara. We first started this benefit four years ago to remember Michael and raise money to someday cure this terrible disease. I am so thankful to my dear friends who give their time and talent year after year. Their dedication helps us raise awareness to fund research and bring us closer to a cure. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event on February 23, 2015!

Television and stage icon, Tony Danza (Emmy Award and Golden Globe Nominee). Mr. Danza performed "Out of the Sun" from the Broadway-bound new musical, "Honeymoon in Vegas" at the Broadway Belts for PFF! fundraiser to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at Birdland in New York City on February 24, 2014. Photo by Seth Walters. (PRNewsFoto/The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Seth Walters)

Television and stage icon, Tony Danza (Emmy Award and Golden Globe Nominee). Mr. Danza performed “Out of the Sun” from the Broadway-bound new musical, “Honeymoon in Vegas” at the Broadway Belts for PFF! fundraiser to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at Birdland in New York City on February 24, 2014. Photo by Seth Walters. (PRNewsFoto/The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Seth Walters)

All funds raised at the event will go toward the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s Michael Kuchwara Fund for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research, Education, and Advocacy in honor of the late Associated Press theater critic and reporter; Mr. Kuchwara passed away from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in May of 2010.

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a condition in which over a period of time the lung tissue becomes thickened, stiff, and scarred. The development of the scar tissue is called fibrosis. As the lung tissue becomes scarred and thicker, the lungs lose their ability to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream. As a result, the brain and other organs don’t receive the oxygen they need. In some cases, doctors can determine the cause of the fibrosis, but in most cases, there is not a known cause. When there is no known etiology for the fibrosis (and certain pathologic or radiographic criteria are met), the disease is called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or IPF. IPF affects between 132,000-200,000 people in the United States (US), and between 37,000-40,000 people in the European Union (EU). The annual mortality is estimated to be 40,000 in the US, with an average survival of 2-3 years following diagnosis. There is no cure for IPF. There is presently no FDA-approved treatment for IPF in the US and limited therapeutic options available for individuals with mild-to-moderate IPF in the EU, Canada, and Asia. Continue reading

George Michael Returns With SYMPHONICA, First Album In Seven Years

Album Featuring Live Classics And Covers, Arriving March 18th On Island Records

“LET HER DOWN EASY” CHOSEN AS LEAD SINGLE, WITH PROVOCATIVE NEW VIDEO BY UK DIRECTOR VAUGHAN ARNELL

RECORDED DURING 2011-12 ‘SYMPHONICA’ TOUR OF UK AND EUROPE, PRODUCED BY LEGENDARY PHIL RAMONE, HIS FINAL WORK, AND GEORGE MICHAEL

TV SPECIAL DOCUMENTING HISTORIC CONCERT PERFORMANCE AT PRESTIGIOUS PALAIS GARNIER OPERA HOUSE IN PARIS, TO AIR APRIL 13th ON AXS TV

George Michael will release his first album in seven years when SYMPHONICA, arrives in stores March 18th on Island Records in the U.S.  SYMPHONICA is available for pre-order now in a Standard version: http://smarturl.it/isymphonicaSTD and Deluxe version: http://smarturl.it/isymphonicaDLX. The album, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, and George Michael, was recorded during the wildly successful 2011-12 ‘Symphonica’ tour of the UK and Europe.  The first single released to support the album will be the dramatic ballad “Let Her Down Easy.”

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A studio version of “Let Her Down Easy” is the subject of a provocative new video directed by Vaughan Arnell, one of the UK’s most innovative music video directors. To view the “Let Her Down Easy” video, go to: www.vevo.com/watch/george-michael/let-her-down-easy/GBUV71400065.

The universally acclaimed ‘Symphonica’ tour found George performing a selection of songs from a remarkable career which has spanned over 30 years, as well as covering some of his favorite songs.  Such beloved signatures as “A Different Corner,” “Praying For Time” and “One More Try” blossom in their concert setting, alongside such intriguing gems as “John And Elvis Are Dead” and the gorgeous “Through.”  George breathes new life into the swing era standard “My Baby Just Cares For Me” and the Oscar-nominated “Wild Is The Wind,” popularized by a host of artists from Johnny Mathis to David Bowie.

The ‘Symphonica’ tour made history in September 2012 when George became the first contemporary pop artist to play the prestigious Palais Garnier Opera House in Paris.  A television special documenting that historic concert performance will air worldwide.  It will be seen in the U.S. on Sunday, April 13th on AXS TV at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).

George Michael has been a pop music superstar for over 30 years.  He has sold over 115 million records from the earliest days of the much-loved Wham! in the 1980s, through a solo career which has transformed him from teen idol to icon, via a succession of superlative albums and groundbreaking tours.  After his 1987 debut solo album Faith sold over 25 million copies, George went on to craft a substantial body of work.  Along the way, he has worked with such greats as Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, and Beyonce.

During a career which began in 1959, 14-time Grammy Award®-winner Phil Ramone produced legendary artists including Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Stevie Wonder, among many others.  Prior to SYMPHONICA they worked on George’s 1999 album, Songs From The Last Century.  SYMPHONICA was the final work of Ramone, who died in March 2013, at age 79.

TRACKLISTING FOR SYMPHONICA:
1. Through (Live)
2. My Baby Just Cares For Me (Live)
3. A Different Corner (Live)
4. Praying For Time (Live)
5. Let Her Down Easy (Live)
6. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Live)
7. Feeling Good (Live)
8. John and Elvis Are Dead (Live)
9.  One More Try (Live)
10. Cowboys and Angels (Live)
11. Idol (Live)
12. Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Live)
13. Wild is the Wind (Live)
14. You’ve Changed (Live)
15. I Remember You (Live) – digital pre-order bonus track

Hanky Panky Introduces New Intimates Collection With Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B Brand

An exclusive design collaboration between Hanky Panky, makers of the World’s Most Comfortable Thong®, and musician and fashion entrepreneur Gwen Stefani’s much loved L.A.M.B. fashion label, launches internationally July 2014.

Available at leading retailers and at www.hankypanky.com, the new L.A.M.B. x HANKY PANKY collection includes four new, exciting groups based on Hanky Panky’s bestselling styles. The collection has been designed and created by the L.A.M.B. team in conjunction with Hanky Panky’s New York-based studio.

The result is L.A.M.B. x HANKY PANKY, a fun, sexy and sophisticated collection that incorporates Gwen and L.A.M.B.’s signature mix of pop, punk and tribal influences with Hanky Panky’s unique fit and exclusive lingerie, loved by women of all shapes and sizes.

Says Gwen, “I’ve had so much fun working on the L.A.M.B. x HANKY PANKY collaboration. Hanky Panky makes amazing product and combined with some classic L.A.M.B. prints and designs we’ve come up with my dream collection!”

The L.A.M.B. x HANKY PANKY Collection includes four groups:

GEO: An edgy, vintage-inspired print from L.A.M.B. in pink, rose, beige and black, the GEO group includes many of Hanky Panky’s most popular styles (soft bra, boyshort, camisole and thongs) with L.A.M.B embellishments of lace and black accents. This group includes a sexy, fitted teddy.

OLD SCHOOL OLD ENGLISH JERSEY: This group incorporates L.A.M.B.’s signature typographic print with the words “LOVE, ANGEL, MUSIC, BABY” printed on soft Modal jersey, accented with black trim and hot pink rosettes. Styles include bralette, cheeky hipster, thongs and scoop-neck tank.

LAMBIE CAMO: This L.A.M.B. designed camouflage print on lace is sexy, fun and fluorescent, in a color palette of pink, gray, white and neon yellow. Styles include a hip cropped camisole and retro thong, along with Hanky Panky’s bestselling thongs, boyshorts, G-string and bralette.

RASTA JERSEY & RIB: Channeling Gwen’s ska and reggae roots, the Rasta group features red, gold and green stitching details on black Modal knits. Trimmed in black lace, bright gold hardware and a L.A.M.B. signature nailhead “L”, this group of casual selections can be worn as undergarments or as statement pieces.

Prices range from $23.00 (printed G-string) to $86.00 (chemise).

Says Gale Epstein, co-founder and creative director of Hanky Panky, “Gwen Stefani is an icon of great style and glamour. A Hanky Panky alliance with her fashion label, L.A.M.B., is a natural fit as both companies share strong similarities: both were founded on vintage references and embody empowerment and femininity; both are known for trendsetting design. We are excited to offer a collection of lingerie that connects women with their inner rock star!”

Dial® Launches New Body Washes

Give your skin a rejuvenating experience your taste buds will envy. Introducing new body washes–Dial® Vitamin Boost and Dial® Yogurt. Influenced by the skyrocketing popularity of vitamins and yogurt in food, these new products will shower your skin with moisturizing nourishment.

Dial® Vitamin Boost Body Wash comes in two new products. Lotion-infusedAmazing B keeps skin hydrated and soft. The oil-infused Super C formula with antioxidants helps protect the skin and create a radiant glow.

Dial® Yogurt Body Wash has two variants, Dial® Greek Yogurt is moisturizing and enriched with naturally protein-packed yogurt. Dial® Frozen Yogurt has cooling moisture to leave skin refreshed and soft.

For over 65 years consumers have trusted Dial® to deliver high quality products for the whole family,” said Chris Sommer, Vice President of Marketing, Personal Care. “Our new body washes not only use exciting, new ingredients, but they also feature our innovative Moisture Balance formula for lasting, lightweight hydration to leave your skin visibly less dry without leaving a filmy residue.

Dial® Vitamin Boost and Yogurt Body Washes join an award-winning portfolio that includes the 2014 Product of the Year winners Dial® Coconut Water Body Wash and Dial® Kids Peachy Clean Body & Hair Wash. The growing popularity of these products underlines that Dial® is America’s trusted brand.

New Dial® Body Washes are available at grocery, drug and mass retailers nationwide in February 2014. Suggested retail price for a 16-ounce bottle is $4.99. Also look for Dial® liquid hand soaps and glycerin bars.

Beauty Tips to Beat the Cold: Get Hair and Skin Ready for Spring with EcoTools®

Winter can notoriously wreak havoc on skin and hair, but a few easy adjustments to your beauty routine can help you look and feel great on even the dreariest of days.  EcoTools®, a leader in beauty and bath, shows you how to beat the cold and get glowing for spring and ready for the warmer weather.

Helping women look beautiful, live beautifully™ is what EcoTools, a brand from Paris Presents Incorporated, is all about. The EcoTools collection of cosmetic accessories, hair brushes and bath and body products features renewable, animal cruelty-free and recyclable materials.

When the air is dry and cold, it is important to take care of skin and hair to replace the moisture that it steals,” said Eva Oreskovich, Executive Director of Global Marketing at Paris Presents Incorporated.  “This winter has been especially harsh, and EcoTools is here to help with our full line of bath accessories.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Moisturizing is one of the most important rules of thumb to beat dryness. Choose a quality lotion and use it daily to put much-needed moisture back into skin. Get extra mileage out of your moisturizer by exfoliating with theEcoTools Dual Sided Body Buff ($1.99) before applying lotion. The gentle exfoliation will help skin hold moisture longer.

Break Away From Breakouts
Dirt and oil can clog pores and lead to blackheads, as can dry, flaky skin. To prevent blackheads and whiteheads from surfacing, use the EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge ($5.99) to easily exfoliate.  It is handmade with 100 percent natural Konjac fiber, a highly renewable root that is used in Asia as a natural exfoliant.  The Pure Complexion Facial Sponge is available in either sensitive skin or deep cleansing to perfectly suite your skin type.

Upgrade Your Body Wash
Overly fragrant soaps can further dry out skin. During colder months, opt for a super-rich, moisturizing body wash and lather up using the EcoPouf® Delicate Bath Sponge ($2.49). The sponge is silky-soft and extra-large to deliver amazing lather and gentle cleansing, even for the most sensitive skin.

Help Out Hair
While summer often gets the rap as being hard on hair with the sun and chlorinated pools, winter doesn’t go easy on the follicles either. Chilly temperatures can leave strands dry and fragile. Indulge in a nourishing hair treatment once a week to combat dryness. Regularly use deep conditioner, or apply hair oil to damp hair. Try washing hair every other day as to not strip away hair’s natural oils using the EcoTools Shower Cap & Storage Case ($6.99) to protect hair in between lathers.

Step Up Your Foot Care Regimen
The cold can promote chapping and cracking, so it’s important to care for feet daily to make sure they are ready for their spring debut. Treat yourself to an at-home pedicure with a few easy steps. Soak feet in warm water to soften calluses, then use the EcoTools Foot Brush & Pumice ($3.99) to gently exfoliate. Trim nails and then pick a pretty polish to finish.

All these winter-busting EcoTools products are available online at EcoTools.com.  Use code BATH14 at check out to receive 25 percent off through March 11, 2014.

All EcoTools products are made with renewable, cruelty-free and recycled materials. For more information on EcoTools’ full line of bath accessories, super-soft makeup brushes or new hair brush line, visit ecotools.com orfacebook.com/ecotools.