MACY’S SALUTES CULTURE-DEFINING ERAS OF BLACK STYLE IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2014

Famed fashion editor and style expert Constance White will lead panel discussions surrounding Black style along with fashion icons including supermodel Beverly Johnson and actress Tracee Ellis Ross as part of a nationwide Macy’s in-store event series

This February, culture-defining trends take center stage as Macy’s examines the influence of Black style in celebration of Black History Month 2014. From the Harlem Renaissance to urban wear and high-fashion glamour, Black style has influenced popular culture for decades. Through special events and panel discussions at select Macy’s stores across the country, style experts and thought leaders, such as famed fashion editor Constance White, supermodel Beverly Johnson and actress Tracee Ellis Ross, will highlight the uniqueness of Black fashion and how many of these styles have been adopted, reinterpreted and reinvigorated by new generations, inspiring countless fashion-savvy ladies and gentlemen of today.

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As a retailer with more than 150 years of fashion history, Macy’s has seen the evolution of Black style firsthand and we are thrilled to examine and celebrate the style icons and trends that have defined generations, in honor of Black History Month,” said Martine Reardon, chief marketing officer for Macy’s. “As part of our annual celebration of the cultural and historical contributions made by African-Americans, these series of events will take a meaningful fashion journey through time, highlighting Black style influences past, present and future.

For more than 15 years, Constance White has defined her legacy as a fashion reporter and style guru for women, especially African-American women. She has served as a fashion reporter for The New York Times and editor-in-chief of Essence. Now consulting editor for Silicon Valley start-up http://www.Ozy.com, White also made history as the first and only black executive fashion editor at a major fashion magazine, Elle. With her new guest role as lead panelist at select Macy’s stores, White will share her insight into popular trends originating in the African-American community, current style leaders shaping the fashion landscape and her advice for pulling off some of the most popular trends seen on the sidewalk and the catwalk.

Black culture has impacted style around the world from the rich Holland cloth of Nigeria to the cool turbans young women and men are wearing in every American city. It’s a style that’s rich, innovative and cool. I’m excited to join Macy’s in giving it its due,” said Constance White.

Macy’s Black History Month Celebration 2014 also coincides with the 40th anniversary of Beverly Johnson’s historic VOGUE cover. In August 1974, Beverly became the first black model to grace the cover of the iconic magazine. This event broke the color barrier in the fashion world, forever changing the beauty ideal in the fashion world and paved the way for future Black women in the fashion industry. A long-time entrepreneur and hair and fashion influencer, the “New York Times” has named her to their “20th Century’s 100 Most Influential People in the Fashion Industry” list.

I was very excited to learn that Macy’s is devoting a great deal of time and energy to the subject of Black style and how it influences pop culture,” Johnson commented. “Tracee Ellis Ross and Constance White always have something insightful and entertaining to offer, and I look forward to appearing with them.”

Following the panel discussion, Macy’s will host a reception for its customers along with an informal fashion show highlighting recreated trends from different style eras.

Below are the stores and select information for Macy’s – Eras of Black Style events:

Macy’s Union Square – San Francisco – Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Macy’s Baldwin Hills – Los Angeles – Feb. 6 at 6 p.m.
Macy’s Galleria Hidalgo – Houston – Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.
Macy’s Center City – Philadelphia – Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s Herald Square – New York City – Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.
Macy’s State Street – Chicago – Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s Lenox – Atlanta – Feb. 20 at 6 p.m.
Macy’s Aventura – Miami – Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.
Macy’s Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh – Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s Metro Center – Washington, D.C. – Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m.

For a complete listing of Macy’s Black History Month events, please visitwww.macys.com/celebrate.

STARS SIZZLE AND DESIGNERS SHINE AT THE GO RED FOR WOMEN® / THE HEART TRUTH® RED DRESS COLLECTION℠ FASHION SHOW KICKING OFF MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK

Fashion Incubator designers housed at Macy’s in the limelight alongside top designers Carolina Herrera, Nicole Miller, Mark Zunino and more

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06:  Celebrity models gather at the end of the runway at Go Red For Women - The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection 2014 Show Made Possible By Macy's And SUBWAY Restaurants  at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 06: Celebrity models gather at the end of the runway at Go Red For Women – The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection 2014 Show Made Possible By Macy’s And SUBWAY Restaurants at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The Red Dress Collection kicked off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City last night with a star-studded runway backed this year by the first-ever collaboration of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) awareness campaign, The Heart Truth.

The Red Dress Collection has kicked off Fashion Week since 2003 with celebrities taking to the runway and this year was no different. Lindsey Vonn, AnnaSophia Robb, Colbie Caillat, Giada De Laurentiis, Bella Thorne, Daphne Oz and Jill Martin wowed in red gowns created by top designers including Carolina Herrera, Nicole Miller, Carmen Marc Valvo and Mark Zunino and introducing Lagi Nadeau, Annina King, and Sarah Liller from Fashion Incubator programs housed at Macy’s in Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

More than 900 fashion-forward, health-minded attendees turned out in red to support the cause. The event kicked off with Martine Reardon and Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association, welcoming the audience. Star Jones, who is a heart disease survivor and an American Heart Association National Volunteer, shared her passionate heart story and introduced the premier of Go Red For Women’s new digital film, The Common Thread. Twenty-two celebrities then walked the runway in their own style—some walking, dancing, and even twirling—to make a statement in red, dressed by both world-renowned designers as well as emerging designers in the fashion incubator programs at Macy’s.

Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease in women. We are committed to the fight, for as long as it takes. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health and was created by women, for women. Because our health is non- negotiable, because we have the power to save our lives, and because the best force for women is women. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s, with additional support from our cause supporters. For more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).

Oscar® Nominees to be Honored at Academy Luncheon

The 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 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.

More than 150 Oscar® nominees will come together at noon on Monday, February 10, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.

Among the Lead Actor and Actress nominees, Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey and Meryl Streep are expected to attend the pre-Oscars® event. Supporting Actor and Actress nominees Barkhad Abdi, Bradley Cooper, Jonah Hill, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts and June Squibb also will join in the celebratory lunch.

All five nominees in the Directing category, Alfonso Cuarón, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, David O. Russell and Martin Scorsese, are expected to attend as well.

The 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 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.

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.

Valentine’s Day 2014: Lindt Continues Its Rich History Of Premium Chocolate Innovations With Introduction Of New Signature Products

The Master Chocolatiers at Lindt Unveil the Latest Creations to Expand Consumer Chocolate Offerings in time for 2014 Valentine’s Day

As a pioneer in the premium chocolate industry, Lindt continues to innovate by creating new and unique gourmet chocolate products. The brand controls all aspects of the chocolate making process, from the selection of the highest quality ingredients, including cocoa beans that Lindt roasts to perfection, to the finished product.

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With today’s consumer increasingly driven to try new flavors(1), premium chocolatier Lindt & Sprungli is satisfying that appetite with the introduction of its latest product innovations. The new products include LINDOR Coconut truffles, CLASSIC RECIPE Caramel with Sea Salt bars, unique additions to the Lindt Chocolate Specialties line, and the first ever Lindt Brownie Mixes. From sweet and salty flavor combinations, to delicate milk chocolate with the tropical essence of coconut, to new ways to experience premium homemade indulgences, there is something for everyone this year.

With the addition of the Lindt Baking Mixes, Lindt is now delivering premium chocolate and satisfying chocolate lovers in a whole new way. All of the new products were expertly crafted and perfected by the Master Chocolatiers at Lindt to offer consumers chocolate beyond compare and work together to analyze the latest flavor trends, monitor new manufacturing process developments and combine the highest quality ingredients to create innovative products that are unlike any others. The newest creations include:

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LINDOR Coconut truffles

LINDOR Coconut Truffle – Created by the Lindt Master Chocolatiers, the secret recipe for LINDOR truffles combines a delicate chocolate shell with an irresistibly smooth melting filling. LINDOR truffles are available in 18 different and exquisite flavors, including the new Coconut truffle, which has a milk chocolate shell with a white chocolate center, featuring a subtle tropical essence of coconut (SRP $3.99 for a 5.1 oz. bag).

Lindt CLASSIC RECIPE Caramel with Sea Salt Bar – The Lindt CLASSIC RECIPE line delivers the world’s most exceptional, premium chocolate for extraordinary richness and creaminess. The new Caramel with Sea Salt bar features creamy, smooth milk chocolate combined with crunchy caramel pieces and sea salt crystals (SRP $2.59 for a 4.4 oz. bar).

Lindt Brownie Mixes – With the introduction of the gourmet, easy-to-use Lindt Brownie Mixes, Lindt has created a new way to enjoy premium chocolate in the kitchen. Each mix features Lindt EXCELLENCE chocolate from the Lindt Master Chocolatiers and yields approximately 16 brownies:
Classic Chocolate Brownie Mix – This classic mix features dry brownie mix and two Lindt EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa bars that create moist, delicious brownies bursting with intense cocoa flavor (SRP: $12 for a 17.6 oz. box).
White Coconut Brownie Mix – This mix features dry brownie mix and two Lindt EXCELLENCE White Coconut bars that create mouth-watering brownies with a delicate infusion of coconut that bake to a golden buttery finish (SRP: $12 for a 17.6 oz. box).

Lindt Chocolate Specialties Collection – This line of hand-crafted, delectable recipes, including Lindt Chocolate Bark and Lindt Chocolate-Covered Fruit & Nuts, combines the highest quality ingredients with layer upon layer of silky smooth Lindt chocolate to create an unforgettable chocolate experience:


Lindt Chocolate Bark – Lindt Chocolate Bark is a new addition to the Chocolate Specialties line and is available in four unique varieties: White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio, Milk Chocolate Blueberry, Dark Chocolate Almond, and White Chocolate Peppermint (SRP: $12 for a 6.4 oz. bag).
Lindt Chocolate-Covered Fruit & Nuts – New from the Master Chocolatiers at Lindt, these exquisite, petite-sized morsels are now available in the following varieties: Milk Chocolate Covered Raisins, Milk Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts, and Milk Chocolate Covered Almonds (SRP: $12 for a 6.4 oz. bag).

The LINDOR Coconut truffles and CLASSIC RECIPE bar are now available at retail locations nationwide, Lindt Chocolate Shops and http://www.Lindt.com. The Chocolate Specialties products, including the Lindt Chocolate Bark, the Lindt Chocolate-Covered Fruit & Nuts, as well as the Lindt Brownie Mixes, are available exclusively at Lindt Chocolate Shops and http://www.Lindt.com. For more information on the latest product innovations from Lindt and to stay up to date on the latest Lindt news and exclusive offers, visit http://www.Lindt.com, the Lindt Twitter handle, or the Lindt Facebook page.

2014 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Beautiful You Today and Every Day

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Hamper yourself and/or that very special person in your life with the following beauty and grooming products. Keep your pout nourished and kissable for Valentine’s Day with Le Couvent des Minimes’ natural lip treatments. The softening, nourishing Smile Lip Balms come in deliciously scented Pear, Orange Blossom, and Mint flavors ($11 each). With natural ingredients such as rich and deeply moisturizing Shea Butter, protective Apricot Seed Oil, and softening Marshmallow Extract, each Smile Lip Balm leaves lips conditioned and irresistible even in the winter. The Smile Lip Balm Honey, Rich Formula ( $13.50) is an extra repairing and nourishing version of the beloved Smile Lip Balm and comes in a petit pot and features softening and nutrient-rich Honey Extract, Shea Butter, Beeswax, and reparative Royal Jelly. They will guarantee dramatically softer lips and won’t disappoint your Valentine.

The Loving Care Body Balm Lotion (13.5 fl. oz, $36) is created with Le Couvent des Minimes’ own preparation of Galen’s Wax and helps protect and repair dry skin and is safe for the entire family, even a baby’s delicate skin. Calendula extract soothes as Mallow extract prevents dryness, gently repairing and restoring skin. Dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic, the formula leaves skin supple, soft and balanced. Available at http://www.usa.lecouventdesminimes.com and ULTA Beauty

Let LUSH help you plan the most LUSH-ious Valentine’s Day. This year the brand is introducing new products as well as bringing back a couple of fan favorites that are sure to please you and your love, or just you!

Love Locket Bath Bomb ($12.95): Full of surprises, simply “unlock” the yellow center to reveal the secret hidden within. The outside of the locket is full of paper hearts that will float on the surface of the water, and the hidden heart inside will create a spectacular bath time display to make hearts a flutter.

Neon Love soap ($7.85 for 4oz): This soap contains bergamot and rosewood oils to create a rich fragrance, and a blend of fresh figs, passion fruit juice and soya yogurt to nourish and soften skin. Cut a sliver to reveal a “heart” felt surprise inside.

Prince Charming shower gel ($9.95-29.95): A shower gel made for princesses or anyone who needs a Prince Charming in their life! With a marshmallow root and Fair Trade vanilla base along with almond oil to moisturize and refreshing fresh pomegranate juice.

Tender Is The Night massage bar ($10.95): This sensual and sexy massage bar is here to stay as an all year round product, with a blend of softening shea butter and murumuru butter. Tenderly melt this bar on to the skin, and be seduced by its intoxicating blend of jasmine, ylang ylang and vanilla.

The Kiss lip tint ($9.25): A delightfully whipped up mixture of moisturizing butters such as Fair Trade shea and cupuaçu with a very tasty organic agave syrup. This tint easily smoothes onto lips leaving a high shine finish, boosted by PET-free sparkles. Organic mandarin and almond essential oils create an uplifting fragrance, and guarana seed powder, a natural lip plumper to make your pout simply irresistible.

Toucan Love Gift ($16.95): This is a gift with two products to share and enjoy with a loved one. Its vibrant paper was inspired by the 1980’s film Cocktail, and Tom Cruise’s gorgeous Hawaiian shirts. Contents: Neon Love soap, Close To You massage bar

Neon Love Gift ($39.95): Neon Love showcases a host of luxurious finds to be enjoyed and shared, including Neon Love soap in an extra special heart-shaped mold; Red Fun to inspire the gift recipient to leave messages for their loved one in the bath or shower. Also included are Turkish Delight shower smoothie and From Dusk ‘Til Dawn massage bar for romantic antics during and after showering and Bubblegum lip scrub.

Lots of Love Gift ($55.95): The design of this luminous reusable box was inspired by this year’s limited edition Neon Love soap. We’ve also included our seductive, jasmine-scented Sex Bomb Bath Bomb to set the mood, Prince Charming shower gel to sweep you off your feet, Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner to keep you smooth and, of course, our Tender Is The Night massage bar for the ultimate romantic treat. We’ve also included Chou Chou…I Love You toothy tabs and Rose Jam bubbleroon.

FOR EXTRA WARMTH AND COMFORT… Give your Valentine the ultimate treat for their feet with these cozy, 100% cotton Hästens Down Slipper Boots ($80) that are filled with a blend of 75% white down and 25% sea bird feathers, and feature a ribbon in the Hästens’ signature blue check pattern. Available at Hästens Stores nationwide; for more information, please visit: http://www.hastens.com Continue reading

Kristen Bell And Michael B. Jordan To Host Academy’s Sci-Tech Awards

Actors Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 15, at The Beverly Hills Hotel.  They will present 19 awards to 52 individual recipients during the evening.

We are thrilled to have Kristen and Michael join us as hosts for this year’s Sci-Tech Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “They are bright, young talents in the film community and will be a great addition to a night that honors the industry’s technical achievements.

Bell recently lent her voice to the Oscar®-nominated Disney animated feature “Frozen.”  She also will be seen in the title role of the upcoming feature “Veronica Mars,” in theaters this March.  Bell’s other film credits include “The Lifeguard,” “Hit & Run,” “When in Rome” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

In 2013, Jordan appeared in his first major leading role in the critically acclaimed film “Fruitvale Station.”  He also will be seen in “That Awkward Moment,” with Zac Efron and Miles Teller, due out this Friday.  His other credits include “Chronicle” and “Red Tails.”

Portions of the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation will be included in the Oscar telecast.

Pharrell Williams To Perform On The Oscars®

Singer-songwriter-producer Pharrell Williams will perform his Oscar®-nominated song “Happy” at the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

Singer-songwriter-producer Pharrell Williams will perform his Oscar®-nominated song “Happy” at the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

Singer-songwriter-producer Pharrell Williams will perform his Oscar®-nominated song “Happy” at the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

Happy,” which Williams wrote and produced for “Despicable Me 2,” is nominated for Original Song. The three other nominated songs are “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Let It Go” from “Frozen” and “The Moon Song” from “Her.”

Williams has won seven Grammy Awards®, two (in 2004 and 2014) for Producer of the Year. Named Billboard’s Producer of the Decade in 2010, his productions have sold over 100 million copies. Williams collaborated on two of 2013’s most ubiquitous anthems: Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” which he co-wrote and produced and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” which he co-wrote and also sang.  As a solo producer and as part of the prolific producing team The Neptunes, Williams has played a key role in creating a string of hits over more than two decades, including Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me),” Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl,” Snoop Dogg’s “Drop it Like it’s Hot,” Britney Spears’ “I’m A Slave 4 U” and Justin Timberlake’s “Like I Love You.”