H&M Conscious Foundation Gives €1 Million Grant To Pioneering Ideas Closing The Loop For Fashion

cq5dam.web.648.486On August 25, the H&M Conscious Foundation launched the first ever Global Change Award − one of the world’s biggest challenges for early stage innovation and the first such initiative in the fashion industry. By catalysing green, truly ground-breaking ideas the aim of the challenge is to protect the earth’s natural resources by closing the loop for fashion.

In a world with increasingly constrained resources and environmental challenges, the circular approach represents a radical departure from the old linear “take, make, waste” production and consumption models to a model where products and resources are designed to have more than one life. Closing the loop for fashion means finding new approaches in the whole value chain of the industry; changing the way garments are designed, produced, shipped, bought, used and recycled.

The theory about circular economy may be the biggest revolution in the global economy in 250 years as it challenges companies to rethink their business models and customer relationships by detaching growth from the single-use of natural resources and environmental impact. This creates new business opportunities as well as an unassailable competitive advantage.Close the loop - overview_low

Five winners, chosen by an expert jury (see list of Jury members below), will share a grant of €1 million and get access to a tailor-made innovation accelerator. The global public will be invited to distribute half of the total grant through an online vote. The result will be revealed at a grand award ceremony in Stockholm, in February 2016.

The question for fashion is no longer “What is the new black?” but rather “What innovative ideas can close the loop?The Global Change Award is looking for ideas that will protect the earth’s natural resources, and I am excited to be part of it,” says Rebecca Earley, Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design at University of the Arts London, Director of its Textile Futures Research Centre and member of the Global Change Award Jury.gca648365

The H&M Conscious Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, funded by the Stefan Persson family − founders and main owners of the Swedish fashion company H&M. The mission of the Foundation is to drive long-lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. The Global Change Award takes on one of the biggest challenges facing today’s fashion industry – to create fashion for a growing population while reducing its impact on the environment. Neither the Foundation nor the company H&M will take any equity or intellectual property rights in the innovations.Global Change Award_Closing the loop_3500x4052

Ground-breaking, game-changing ideas can come from anywhere, so the challenge is open to anyone. Each year the Global Change Award aims to find the truly brave and bold ideas that make change. I’m also eager to see how the fashion industry as a whole will embrace the challenge of closing the loop,” says Karl-Johan Persson, board member of the H&M Conscious Foundation and CEO of H&M. Continue reading

Legacy Recordings and Columbia Records Celebrate Johnny Mathis’s 80th Birthday with Release of Johnny Mathis: The Singles on September 25, 2015

Definitive Four Disc Anthology Brings Together 87 Non-LP and Compilation-Only Tracks including Landmark Hits “It’s Not For Me to Say,” “Chances Are” and “The Twelfth of Never”

Legacy Recordings and Columbia Records will celebrate the 80th birthday of legendary crooner Johnny Mathis with the release of Johnny Mathis: The Singles, a definitive four disc anthology, on September 25, 2015.johnnymathis_thesingles

Born September 30, 1935, a then-teenaged Johnny Mathis signed with Columbia Records in 1956, first entering the Pop charts with his inaugural Columbia single, “Wonderful! Wonderful!” the following year. Peaking at #14, “Wonderful! Wonderful!” laid the foundation, and predicted the future, for one of the most remarkable careers in pop music history, leading to a string of singles successes which includes perennials like “It’s Not For Me To Say,” “Chances Are,” “The Twelfth Of Never” and many others.

Johnny Mathis: The Singles brings together, for the first time in one anthology, every Johnny Mathis recording which was first issued for the singles market, as well as tracks released exclusively on compilations (1958’s Johnny’s Greatest Hits, considered the first “greatest hits” collection ever created by the music industry, 1959’s More Johnny’s Greatest Hits and 1981’s The First 25 Years–The Silver Anniversary Album).

31 of the 87 tracks on Johnny Mathis: The Singles, are being released on CD for the very first time. The four-disc anthology compiles, for the very first time, every non-LP single side re-leased for the label between 1956 and 1981.

When over the course of a career you record as many songs as I have recorded, you tend to for-get a few,” said Johnny Mathis. “Revisiting this music was a complete surprise. I was thrilled beyond belief that some of the songs that I recorded specifically for single records, some of which had simply disappeared once they had been released, are now going to be heard again. Listening to this collection, not only was I amazed at how great it sounds, but I was being re-minded of some songs I had totally forgotten. It is my greatest hope that my fans will share my enthusiasm.”

Johnny Mathis is one of the longest-running artists on the Columbia Records label, with 17 million RIAA certified album and singles sales in the US alone. A sublime vocalist whose approach to pop music transcends passing fads and trends, Mathis has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories — from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music both sacred and secular — assuring his reputation as one of the most enduring traditional pop vocalists in music history.

Perhaps best-known for his landmark singles (three of his recordings–“Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say,” and “Misty“–have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame) Mathis was one of the very first musical artists to embrace the album concept and record fully-realized thematically and sonically coherent collections of songs. His 1958 release, Johnny’s Greatest Hits inaugurated the ongoing “greatest hits” anthology phenomenon becoming one of the most popular albums of all time after spending an unprecedented 490 continuous weeks (almost ten years) on the BILLBOARD Top Albums Chart; 1959’s Heavenly spent 295 consecutive weeks on the same chart. Johnny Mathis was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2003.

Mathis had 18 Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1963 and 19 Top 40 albums between 1957 and 1978. He has earned 10 gold, 4 platinum and 2 multi-platinum awards from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Mathis was a star student athlete in San Francisco who sang weekends at a local jazz club. Columbia Records’ George Avakian was in attendance during one performance, and famously wired back to the label office: “Have found phenomenal 19-year old boy who could go all the way. Send blank contracts.” After his jazzy debut LP was largely ignored upon its release in 1956, Mathis began working closely with Columbia’s vice-president and producer Mitch Miller to develop an unbeatable lush pop style, picking romantic ballads that made extensive use of his recognizable, vibrato-heavy croon. Continue reading

Introducing Lancôme Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Collection

Each day, emotional and environmental stresses affect skin’s self-defense capacities, which can lead to skin becoming dehydrated, sensitive and uncomfortable. But Lancôme is on the job. Introducing Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Collection for 24-hour hydration. Designed to help fight the visible signs of fatigue, Hydra Zen provides intense hydration, one of the first steps in any beauty routine to preserve skin’s appearance. The range is dermatologically tested and designed to comfort and soothe all skin types, even sensitive skin.

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream

An enveloping texture, this formula leaves skin feeling more comfortable. Upon application, the subtle and luscious cream texture melts into skin for instant comfort. Results: lastingly hydrated, skin appears refreshed and smoothed. Price: $56 for 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml.

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream-Gel

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream-Gel

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream-Gel

A pleasant texture, ideal for combination skin. Results: lastingly hydrated, skin appears radiant and smoothed. Skintone looks fresher and more even. Price: $56 for 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml.

Hydra Zen Moisturizing Beauty Essence

Hydra Zen Moisturizing Beauty Essence

Hydra Zen Moisturizing Beauty Essence

Hydra Zen Moisturizing Beauty Essence provides intense hydration, leaving skin feeling soothed and comfortable. Price: $49 for 6.7 fl. oz./200 ml.

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Overnight Serum-in-Mask

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Overnight Serum-in-Mask

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Overnight Serum-in-Mask

Forget the stress, tension and fatigue built up over the course of the day and prepare your skin for a nighttime radiance boost. This anti-stress moisturizing overnight serum-in-mask penetrates quickly to provide intense overnight hydration. A concentrate of freshness, this exceptional formula combines the freshness of a serum with the relaxing application of a night mask. Price: $59 for 2.5 fl. oz./75 ml.

The Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Collection is available now at select Macy’s Lancôme counters and lancome-usa.com

Legacy Recordings Celebrates the 2015 Yuletide Season with New Titles in The Classic Christmas Album Series

New Seasonal Showcases featuring Earth, Wind & Fire, Sarah McLachlan, Celtic Thunder–and The Classic Christmas ’80s Album, an All-Star Anthology

Legacy’s 2015 Classic Christmas Albums Available Friday, October 2

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is ringing in the 2015 holiday season with the release of four indispensable Yuletide album titles–The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder, The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire, The Classic Christmas Album by Sarah McLachlan and The Classic Christmas ’80s Albumall available Friday, October 2, 2015.

The Classic Christmas ’80s Album, one of this year’s additions to Legacy Recordings’ Classic Christmas Album series, is a 15 track all-star anthology of timeless seasonal songs from the worlds of pop, rock, rap and soul proving that the spirit of Christmas moves through a variety of musical genres. Seminal 80’s artists on The Classic Christmas ’80s Album include: The Waitresses (“Christmas Wrapping”), Wham! (“Last Christmas”), The Bangles (“Hazy Shade of Winter”), Run-D.M.C. (“Christmas in Hollis”), Daryl Hall & John Oates (“Jingle Bell Rock”), Whitney Houston (“Do You Hear What I Hear?”), Billy Squier (“Christmas Is The Time To Say ‘I Love You'” [Single Version]), Dave Edmunds (“Run Rudolph Run”), Buster Poindexter and His Banshees Of Blue (“Zat You Santa Claus”), The Pointer Sisters (“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”), Ray Parker Jr. (“Christmas Time Is Here”), Bob & Doug McKenzie (“Twelve Days Of Christmas” [Single Version]), New Kids On The Block (“This One’s for the Children”), Fishbone (“Slick Nick, You Devil You”) and The Hooters (“Silent Night”).

Singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan and pop/soul legends Earth, Wind & Fire also have new holiday collections being offered in the Classic Christmas Album series. Each of the new collections brings together remastered holiday tracks spanning the careers of the individual artists.

The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire is a soul and spirit filled celebration of the Christmas season, including 13 tracks from Holiday (the EW&F seasonal album released in 2014) with five additional cuts culled from the group’s multi-decade career, bringing together beloved carols (“Joy to the World,” “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” “What Child Is This?,” “Away in a Manger,” “The First Noël”), holiday perennials (“Winter Wonderland,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Jingle Bell Rock“), a traditional Japanese winter song (“Snow“) and future Earth, Wind & Fire classics: “Happy Seasons” (based on “Happy Feelin‘), “Every Day Is Like Christmas” and “December” (based on EWF’s iconic “September“).The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire

Additional tracks on The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire include “Gather Round” (from 2005); “Get Your Hump On This Christmas” (featuring Cleveland Brown, from Twentieth Century Fox Television’s “A Cleveland Brown Christmas,” airdate: December 13, 2009); “I Asked For A Miracle (God Gave Me You)” (Philip Bailey with Full Force, produced by Full Force, recorded May 26, 1991); “Open Your Heard to Love” and “One World” (1990).

The Classic Christmas Album by Sarah McLachlan, an Arista/Legacy release, compiles the tracks “Wintersong” (2006); “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (2006); “What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)” (2006); “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (2006); “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings” (performed by Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan); “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (the John Lennon/Yoko Ono classic performed by Sarah McLachlan featuring The Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach Children’s Choir and Youth Choir, 2006); “Prayer of St. Francis” (Sarah McLachlan featuring The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2013); “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” (2006); “Space On the Couch for Two” (Sarah McLachlan featuring students from The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2011); “Find Your Voice” (Sarah McLachlan with The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2012); “River” (a Joni Mitchell cover, 2006); “Silent Night” (2006); “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (2006); “The First Noel”/”Mary Mary” (medley, 2006); “Song for a Winter’s Night” (a Gordon Lightfoot cover, arranged by Sarah McLachlan, 1994); “In a Bleak Mid Winter” (traditional, arranged by Sarah McLachlan, 2006) and “Christmas Time is Here” (performed by Sarah McLachlan featuring Diana Krall, written by Vince Guaraldi/Lee Mendelson, 2006).

Legacy Recordings celebrates the 2015 Yuletide with The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder, an uplifting collection of traditional carols and Christmas songs performed by the international singing sensation Celtic Thunder.celticthundercover

The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder showcases an eclectic selection of Christmas standards from around the world, wrapped in Celtic Thunder’s signature big production sound. Six Celtic Thunder male soloists perform solo and ensemble numbers on the album, backed by a 90-piece Orchestra.

Tracks on The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder range from traditional carols to contemporary pop classics. The album moves from slow and pensive numbers to larger ensemble pieces and includes an exquisitely paced Christmas Medley.

The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder features the group performing “Carol of the Bells,” “Gaudete,” “Mary Did You Know?,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “In the Bleak Mid-Winter,” “Gabriel’s Message,” “Christmas Medley: Sleigh Ride/Here Comes Santa Claus/The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers/Santa Claus is Coming to Town/I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” “Away in a Manger,” “Comfort Ye,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire),” “Oh Holy Night,” “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Fairytale Of New York.”

Recorded in Ireland, The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder is a brilliant collection of seasonal music from Celtic Thunder creator Sharon Browne and Musical Director David Munro.

The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder comes from the renowned Irish theatrical singing ensemble who first appeared on Public Television in 2008. Since its first airing, Celtic Thunder’s PBS performance has consistently remained one of the most popular musical shows for stations throughout the country. Hailed three times as BILLBOARD’s Top World Music Artist and Top World Imprint (2008, 2009 and 2011), Celtic Thunder has achieved sales of over 2 million copies to date.

First Look: BETSEY JOHNSON Spring/Summer 2016

A Betsey Johnson fashion show at New York Fashion Week is always a celebration filled with a flood of design ideas somehow comes together in the end. She’s an industry treasure and a legend. For Spring/Summer 2016, Johnson will showcase The Curious Case of Betsey Button during New York Fashion Week on Friday, September 11th, 2015 at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station. This season commemorates Betsey’s colorful 50 years in the fashion industry. A celebration of her amazing career and then some, Betsey Button is the ultimate Betsey Johnson big bang. I can hardly wait.

First Look: Betsey Johnson Spring-Summer 2016 Collection (Image courtesy of Factory PR)

First Look: Betsey Johnson Spring-Summer 2016 Collection (Image courtesy of Factory PR)

New Denim Styles At H&M Help Close The Loop For More Sustainable Fashion

This September, H&M will introduce 16 new denim styles made using recycled cotton from textiles collected in the Garment Collecting initiative in H&M stores. The pieces for men, women and kids, are the latest steps toward H&M’s goal towards creating a closed loop for fashion, and will be available in all stores worldwide, as well as online.

Creating a closed loop for textiles, in which unwanted clothes can be recycled into new ones, will not only minimize textile waste, but also significantly reduce the need for virgin resources as well as other impacts fashion has on our planet,“says Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M.

H&M wants to create a closed loop for its textiles, in which the fabrics from unwanted clothes can be recycled into new ones. The aim is to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry, by limiting waste that goes to landfill and saving on natural resources used in the production of fabric.

Since 2013, H&M customers worldwide have been able to bring unwanted clothes from any brand into its stores as part of its Garment Collecting Initiative. So far, over 18,000 tons have been collected globally.

Right now, H&M is able to use 20% recycled cotton from collected clothes, and is investing in new technology to increase this share without losing quality. H&M has a target to increase the number of garments made with at least 20% recycled fabric by 300% compared to 2014.

The new denim pieces, made from recycled cotton and organic cotton, include for women three styles of jeans, from skinny to distressed ‘girlfriend’ jeans, plus a denim jacket, flared dungarees and a denim jumpsuit. For men, there is a zip-up denim jacket, alongside two distressed slim leg styles, and a pair of joggers in coated denim. There are kids pieces too, including a zip-up hoodie with cute animal ears, along with stretch jeans sequined at the knee, or a street style hooded shirt, with distressed jeans.

12 Chefs, 7 Michelin Stars Line Up For So Amazing Chefs 2015

World Class Michelin Chefs Are Coming To Sofitel So Bangkok For An Amazing Series Of Dinners, Cooking Classes, And A Culinary Event Showdown

The Michelin stars are aligning for a gastronomic spectacular at Sofitel SO Bangkok, with the urban design hotel confirmed to gather 12 renowned chefs from around the world for the 4th So Amazing Chefs 2015 taking place from Tuesday October 6th to Sunday, October 11, 2015.

This year’s gastronomic festival is the most high profile event we’ve ever put together, with the constellation of amazing chefs representing a combined seven Michelin stars. The gathering highlights Bangkok as a foodie city, and promotes the exchange of epicurean ideas and inspirations,” said Yves Mudry, General Manager of Sofitel SO Bangkok.

As in previous years, the So Amazing Chefs program is packed with a series of dinners and cooking classes (see full schedule of events below), with the event highlight – the Culinary Showdown Competition and Gala Dinner– taking place on Friday 9th October with proceeds going towards the CCF Foundation under The Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. New additions this year include the introduction of special weekend brunches and an after-party which will feature guest DJ Chef Ferry van Houten on the decks.

Familiar faces from last year include Stephane Bonnat (Voiron, France), Laurent Peugeot (Burgundy, France), Didier Corlou (Hanoi, Vietnam), Alain Caron (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Ferry van Houten (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and Sofitel SO Bangkok‘s very own executive chef Paul Smart. Making a comeback from the inaugural So Amazing Chefs 2012 is Chris Salans (Bali, Indonesia).

Exciting new additions to the 2015 chef roster include Amsterdam-based Menno Post of two Michelin-starred restaurant The Bokkedoorns; Herve Rodriguez of MaSa (one Michelin star, Paris), Jacques Pourcel, one-half of Le Jardin des Sens (one Michelin Star’s) Pourcel brothers; Frenchman Loic Villemin of Toya (one Michelin star, Faulquemont); and Thierry Renou of Le Patio Thierry Renou (one Michelin star, Arcachon). (See Chef Profiles below)

All Michelin-starred chefs will be arriving in Bangkok courtesy of Etihad Airways, the air ticket sponsors for So Amazing Chefs 2015. For more information and reservations, please call +66 (0) 2 6240000 or email h6835-fb3@sofitel.com.

CHEF PROFILES

Alain Caron (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Famed for his role as one of the MasterChef judges (Netherlands), the Paris-born chef has worked for various three-Michelin-starred restaurants. In addition to having cooked private dinners all around the world, Alain is also the organizer of international Michelin star events. He is the presenter of his own cooking show, the author of 17 cook books and a member of the Village de Chefs Association.

Chris Salans (Bali, Indonesia)

Chris was born in the USA, and after studying in Boston he moved to Paris where he worked at several 3 Michelin-starred establishments. Following a spell back in the USA, he settled in Bali and opened “Mozaic”, serving modern Balinese cuisine and enjoying great success, including recognition from European association Tradition et Qualité as a member of ‘Les Grande Tables Du Monde’.

Didier Corlou (Hanoi, Vietnam)

French maestro Didier has travelled the world, cooking for presidents in Africa, showbiz stars in Bora Bora, royalty in Malaysia and Cambodia. His titles include Master Chef of France, and Five-Star Diamond award winner. He is also chef-owner of La Verticale and Madame Hien in Hanoi, and co-founding member of the Village de Chefs Association.

Ferry van Houten (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

The Dutch chef-owner of waterfront restaurant Het Bosch is no stranger to the world of fine cuisine, having worked the kitchens of five Michelin starred restaurants in the Netherlands, France, Australia, and New York . The multi-talented chef is also a soulful house DJ, a founding member of the G6 Amsterdam culinary collective, as well as the secretary of chef organization Euro-toques Netherlands.

Hervé Rodriguez (Paris, France)

The Dijon-born flavor manipulator (manipulateur de saveurs, from which his restaurant MaSa forges its name) is known for his signature of exceptional ingredients and condiments. Before gaining Michelin fame with his Parisian restaurant, the seasoned restauranteur was a former apprentice of the gastronomic arts in Michelin starred restaurants under Jean Crotet and Jacques Lameloise.

Jacques Pourcel (Montpellier, France)

Based in France but known around the world as one-half of the Pourcel twins, Jacques is one of fine French gastronomy’s most prolific ambassadors. In addition to restaurants in Paris and Cannes, the Pourcel brothers also run Le Jardin des Sens, a catering group with 600 employees and a flagship Michelin-starred hotel and restaurant in Montpelier. He is a member of the Village de Chefs Association. Continue reading

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Partners With No Kid Hungry This September to Help End Childhood Hunger in America

Orange Leaf Aims to Provide One Million Meals to Hungry Kids During the Month of September and Beyond

September is National Hunger Awareness Month, and for the third consecutive year, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is partnering with the national non-profit No Kid Hungry® to help raise awareness and money to end childhood hunger in America. From Sept. 21-27, Orange Leaf leadership and team members at its headquarters in Oklahoma City will also host the second annual Dine Out OKC event to encourage local restaurants to participate in raising awareness and funds for No Kid Hungry.

Purchase this collectible cup for $1 at any of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt's more than 300 participating locations and proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger in America. (PRNewsFoto/Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt)

Purchase this collectible cup for $1 at any of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt’s more than 300 participating locations and proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger in America. (PRNewsFoto/Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt)

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is a self-serve, choose-your-own-toppings frozen dessert franchise founded in 2008 with more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Australia. The company offers a multitude of delicious traditional and original froyo flavors, including no-sugar-added, gluten-free, and dairy-free and vegan alternatives. Customized with a generous selection of do-it-yourself toppings, Orange Leaf provides a delicious indulgence, “self-served” in a visually stimulating atmosphere. Orange Leaf‘s pro-franchisee culture offers some of the lowest fees in the industry and encourages owners to become a vital part of their communities.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is a self-serve, choose-your-own-toppings frozen dessert franchise founded in 2008 with more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Australia.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is a self-serve, choose-your-own-toppings frozen dessert franchise founded in 2008 with more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Australia.

The company offers a multitude of delicious traditional and original froyo flavors, including no-sugar-added, gluten-free, and dairy-free and vegan alternatives.

The company offers a multitude of delicious traditional and original froyo flavors, including no-sugar-added, gluten-free, and dairy-free and vegan alternatives.

Toppings Bar

Toppings Bar

Orange Leaf‘s goal is to provide one million meals to hungry kids in America during September, which is National Hunger Awareness Month. Every $1 donation equals 10 meals for a hungry child. Orange Leaf is asking its customers to join the fight to end childhood hunger by donating three different ways (see below) and getting something back in return at Orange Leaf‘s more than 300 locations across the U.S.
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With one in five children in America struggling with hunger, it is very important for us to give back to the communities we serve,” said Geoff Goodman, president of Orange Leaf. “We are focused on two things this September: to raise funds to provide one million meals to hungry children and to also raise awareness for this great cause during National Hunger Awareness Month. I am eager to see what we will achieve.

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. They do this by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry Network, made up of private citizens, government officials, business leaders, and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. These partners work together, implementing solutions that break down the barriers that keep kids from healthy food.

Through its Cooking Matters program, the No Kid Hungry campaign educates and empowers low-income families to stretch their food budgets so their kids get healthy meals at home. Cooking Matters participants learn to shop strategically, use nutrition information to make healthier food choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength.

Share Our Strength began in the basement of a row house on Capitol Hill in 1984, in response to the ‘84-‘85 famine in Ethiopia. Brother and sister Bill and Debbie Shore started the organization with the belief that everyone has a strength to share in the global fight against hunger and poverty, and that in these shared strengths lie sustainable solutions. Today the relief organization focus these strengths on making No Kid Hungry a reality in America.

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Customers can join the fight to end childhood hunger in the following ways:
Purchase a limited-edition collectible cup for $1 in Orange Leaf stores, with proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry.
Purchase a pin-up for $3 at participating locations with a complimentary $1 off coupon to be used on the customer’s next visit.[1]
Purchase a limited edition t-shirt for $10 via www.booster.com/orangeleaf with proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry and receive a Buy One Get One Free offer via email for their next visit to Orange Leaf.[2]
In 2014, Orange Leaf was recognized for its growth by top media and institutions including Entrepreneur (ranked Orange Leaf as one of the top three new franchises), Inc. (listed the company on its annual Inc. 5000 which ranks the nation’s fastest-growing private companies), Nation’s Restaurant News (ranked Orange Leaf 8th on its “Next 20” list of top 20 chains in America that are on the rise) and Technomic (ranked the company as one of the top five fastest-growing chains).

[1] Coupon valid Oct. 1-31, 2015

[2] BOGO valid Oct. 1-15, 2015

Celebrate Who You Are With Beauty Brand Carol’s Daughter New #BornandMade Campaign

Working with I Am That Girl and knowing that our products are making a difference in the lives of young girls is everything to me.” — Lisa Price, Founder, Carol’s Daughter

This month, haircare and skincare brand Carol’s Daughter introduces the #BornandMade campaign, a new movement that encourages every girl to be who they were truly born and made to be. It celebrates the brand’s authentic story “Born in Brooklyn. Made With Love” as it honors the diverse community of strong women who have been a part of the Carol’s Daughter family for more than 22 years. The campaign is designed to give all women a powerful platform from which to showcase their individuality while inspiring others to be who they are—not who they’re “supposed” to be.

Lisa Price, Carol’s Daughter Founder, shares her #BornAndMade story.

Lisa Price, Carol’s Daughter Founder, shares her #BornAndMade story.

It’s important for girls to understand and recognize their power and the right way to use it. It’s imperative to remind them of who they are, and what they are…in the world. If I can help with that, then I’m getting up for a good reason every day,” said Lisa Price, Founder Of Carol’s Daughter.borninbrooklyn

Carol’s Daughter has teamed up with I Am That Girl, a non-profit co-founded by Emily Greener that inspires girls to love, express, and be exactly who they want to be. Together, they are creating a beautiful community of independent women from all walks of life.

A girl’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being is (and has always been) rooted in her self-worth. In an continuous wave of epidemic of negativity, I AM THAT GIRL is helping girls transform self-doubt in to self-love by providing a safe space to connect and have honest conversations about things that matter. Girls are bombarded with messages that attack their actions, looks, ways of thinking, and Printthat make judgments on what she is NOT. I AM THAT GIRL work to help her love who SHE IS, to see all the positives in herself, and to empower her to inspire the same in others. I AM THAT GIRL have connected hundreds of thousands of girls from all over the world from across the globe to love and express themselves through online and offline programs and initiatives. The organization has 150 local chapters, an online community of 250,000 and a group of influential supporters that have enabled it to reach over 5 million people.

By building a community for girls to be seen, be heard, and belong, I AM THAT GIRL IS giving them something bigger than themselves to stand for and creating a healthier, more powerful world, most importantly a world that not only invites guys in to the conversation, but requires them.

Who is THAT GIRL exactly? THAT GIRL is the best version of ALL of us.

She’s all ages, ethnicities, classes, and religions. She’s got a brilliant heart and beautyFULL mind. She is forever a work in progress, she seeks to be confident in her own skin. She speaks her truth, sees the best in others, and is leaving this world better than she found it.

She takes a stand for loving herself and loving on others. She brings out the best in people and genuinely cares.

She lifts people up and inspires others to do the same. She gets that hurt people hurt people and shows compassion even to those who might not show it back. She celebrates girls and sees them for the beauties that they are.

She shares her love and gives back to her community any chance she gets. She’s leaving this world better than she found it.

She’s brave enough to be vulnerable. She speaks honestly and openly so she can be seen for who she truly is. She knows by doing so, she gives others permission to do the same – AMAZING.

Visit www.BornAndMade.com to share your #BornAndMade story.

Visit http://www.BornAndMade.com to share your #BornAndMade story.

I Am That Girl is shifting girl culture. By building a community for girls to be seen, be heard, and belong, we are giving them something bigger than themselves to stand for and creating a healthier, more powerful world,” said Greener.

The campaign’s mission is to engage every mother, daughter, sister and beyond through social media network platforms by working in partnership with a range of inspirational influencers, from beauty blogger Naptural85 to activist and writer Michela Angela Davis. The campaign will also launch with a series of videos, highlighting what makes them beautifully unique. It will be supported by print ads featuring Price’s own story as well as the story behind Carol’s Daughter’s iconic beauty products. Fans of the brand will also be able to make their own personalized #BornandMade images online at bornandmade.com, which they can then share across social media.

The Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Collection replenishes moisture, improves manageability and adds shine.

The Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Collection replenishes moisture, improves manageability and adds shine.

The Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Collection deeply moisturizes, improves softness and prevents frizz on curls.

The Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Collection deeply moisturizes, improves softness and prevents frizz on curls.

The Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Collection is proven to instantly stop shedding and frizz.

The Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Collection is proven to instantly stop shedding and frizz.

The #BornandMade campaign includes some of the brand’s best-loved product lines, like the Hair Milk Collection, the Black Vanilla Collection, the Hairdress Collection and more. The easy accessible collections offer solutions for all hair types, from dry and brittle to frizzy and fragile, with a range of products developed especially for styling and defining curls. They will be available at Target, Walgreens and Sally Beauty stores nationwide as well as online at CarolsDaughter.com.

The Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston Becomes Autograph Collection’s Newest Gem In The Historic City And First Hotel In South Carolina

Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International‘s curated portfolio of hotels recognized for celebrating individuality, is pleased to welcome the newest hotel from The Kessler Collection to its portfolio – Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston (55 Wentworth St, Charleston, South Carolina 29401) in South Carolina. This is the first South Carolina hotel for The Kessler Collection and for Autograph Collection Hotels. The Autograph Collection Hotels portfolio now includes 10 of The Kessler Collection‘s 11 artistically inspired boutique hotels and restaurants. With 89 hotels worldwide and growing, Autograph Collection anticipates welcoming its 100th hotel by the end of 2015.

Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston. Photo Credit: www.facebook.com/BohemianCharleston

Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston. Photo Credit: http://www.facebook.com/BohemianCharleston

Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston. Photo Credit: www.facebook.com/BohemianCharleston

Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston. Photo Credit: http://www.facebook.com/BohemianCharleston

Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston. Photo Credit: www.facebook.com/BohemianCharleston

Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston. Photo Credit: http://www.facebook.com/BohemianCharleston

Located at the corner of Wentworth and Meeting Streets in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District, Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston is in the center of local landmarks, shopping and dining. A destination renowned for its historic charm and coastal lifestyle, Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston ushers in a new and highly valued experience. The property offers a sought-after Southern luxurious escape for visiting couples, families, weddings, friend getaways and more.

The 50-room luxury boutique hotel incorporates diverse offerings including an on-site Grand Bohemian Gallery featuring rare, local and original artwork, a wine blending experience and tasting room with curated selections, specialty coffee shop with micro-roasted coffee, farm-to-table culinary offerings with a regional focus, as well as a rooftop restaurant and terrace providing unmatched views of historic Charleston. In a city where no building can be taller than the church steeples, few establishments offer this caliber of view and superior location, just steps away from famed Kings St. in the historic district.

Custom iron gates leading from the Wine Room to the rooftop elevators at Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston.

Custom iron gates leading from the Wine Room to the rooftop elevators at Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston.

Designed as a Southern Renaissance-style hotel, Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston is bathed in French elements combined with classical European lines all with a modern bohemian twist. Guests are greeted in the lobby with 4-foot long fringe chandeliers, a custom backlit stone front desk and velvet drapery. Guest rooms, washed in lavender with splashes of shades of grey and chartreuse as the anchors, boast rich printed drapery, and leather chaise lounges. The bathrooms are appointed with marble vanities that stylishly contrast with custom glass sconces and Italian plank tiled floors.

The dining selection reflects Charleston’s low-country backdrop with a garden-inspired rooftop terrace, draped in crystal chandeliers, aquamarine watercolor sheers, and grey washed reclaimed wood. Featuring an assortment of handcrafted cocktails, coastal cuisine and open-air seating, the restaurant overlooks the historic district. Additionally, Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston offers a one-of-a-kind wine blending experience. During a 90-minute interactive experience, guests have the opportunity to make and take home their own customized wine blend and create a personalized label.

At the heart of each Kessler Collection hotel is a celebration of the artistic spirit. Surrounded by the cultural and creative inspiration of Charleston, the property is home to the largest art gallery in The Kessler Collection-Grand Bohemian Gallery, featuring local, regional and internationally recognized artists. At Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, art flows throughout the hotel with exhibitions and artist receptions showcasing paintings, sculptures, art glass, ceramics and jewelry, all available for sale.
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Feeding America, Caterpillar Foundation Partner to Help Feed Families and Children in Need

Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together We Can Solve Hunger.


Each year, more than 49 million people in the United States face hunger on a daily basis, including at least 16 million children (who often goes to school hungry and uses the federal free or reduced-priced food lunch program as their one and only hot meal for the day) and approximately 5 million seniors.

Hunger and poverty often go hand in hand, but poverty is not the ultimate determinant of food insecurity. People living above the poverty line are often at risk of hunger as well. Research demonstrates that unemployment, rather than poverty, is a better predictor of food insecurity among people living in the United States. According to the Feeding America Hunger in America 2014 study,

  • Based on annual income, 72 percent of all Feeding America client households live at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty line.
  • The median annual household income of Feeding America clients is $9,175.
  • More than half of client households (54 percent) report at least one employed person at some point in the past year.

The number of older adults is projected to increase over the next decade and continue to rise in the following decade. In 2040 there will be 79.7 million older adults, more than twice as many as in 2000. Additionally, the senior population is becoming increasingly diverse. Between 2012 and 2030, the white population of 65 and plus is projected to increase by 54 percent compared with 125 percent for older minorities. These changing demographics will have profound impacts on the demand for social services, especially the need for adequate and culturally appropriate nutrition services. Seniors may have unique nutritional needs and challenges that separate them from the rest of the population and must be considered.

For seniors, protecting oneself from food insecurity and hunger can be more difficult than for the general population. For example, a study that focused on the experience of food insecurity among the elderly population found that food insecure seniors sometimes had enough money to purchase food but did not have enough left over to address their health problems.

Even before the worst of the economic downturn in 2008, 16.6 million American children lived in homes that couldn’t afford enough food for their families. Child hunger in the world’s wealthiest nation is morally unacceptable and a disgrace; and it costs the U.S. economy at least $28 billion per year because poorly nourished children perform less well in school and require far more long-term health care spending.

Feeding America Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Feeding America)

Feeding America Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Feeding America)

Feeding America, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization, and Caterpillar’s philanthropic organization, the Caterpillar Foundation, are partnering once again to provide food to individuals who struggle with hunger.
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, they provide food the more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.
The Caterpillar Foundation is investing $1 million to support food sourcing initiatives at Feeding America and also to address hunger in surrounding Caterpillar communities in 49 counties. The Caterpillar Foundation has invested $3.5 million to this important cause since 2013. This support will impact a number of feeding programs in Caterpillar communities including the Feeding America BackPack Program, an effort that provides food to children on the weekends when free or reduced-price school meals are unavailable. Grants also will be used to support mobile food pantries and provide nutritious food to local feeding agencies.
The Caterpillar Foundation is committed to transforming lives in the communities that we serve,” said Michele Sullivan, president of the Caterpillar Foundation. “We are committed to alleviating poverty and supporting our neighbors who may not know where their next meal will come from.

Founded in 1952, Caterpillar’s philanthropic organization, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more than $600 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education and basic human needs.


Feeding America is thankful to the Caterpillar Foundation for its generous support and ongoing commitment to helping individuals who struggle with hunger,” said Matt Knott, president of Feeding America. “Food-insecure Americans do not have regular access to enough food for a healthy, active life. This partnership helps us to provide more than three million meals to families and children in need through our nationwide network of member food banks.”


Visit www.feedingamerica.org to learn more and to donate food, or volunteer your services at the Feeding America food bank in your area. To learn more about the global impact of the Caterpillar Foundation, please visit www.caterpillarfoundation.org

PANDORA Jewelry Captures the Beauty of Nature in its New Autumn Collection

PANDORA Celebrates Fall Fashion with Elegant Feathers, .925 Sterling Silver and 14K Gold, complete with Tips from Celebrity Stylist, Nicole Chavez

PANDORA Jewelry kicks off the Fall 2015/Winter 2016 season with nature inspired pieces for women to easily transition their style to embrace this season’s hottest bohemian and 70’s fashion trends. Inspired by the popular resurgence of fairy tales and fables, where the past meets the future, the season’s new collection is filled with innovative designs in .925 sterling silver and 14K gold.

Your jewelry isn't just jewelry. It's a set of wings for your imagination. Where will you soar today? #ArtOfYou (PRNewsFoto/PANDORA Jewelry)

Your jewelry isn’t just jewelry. It’s a set of wings for your imagination. Where will you soar today? #ArtOfYou (PRNewsFoto/PANDORA Jewelry)

Drawing inspiration from the mythical phoenix, PANDORA‘s new Majestic Feathers Series echoes this autumn’s fantasy-fueled trend. From chic stud earrings to a sophisticated necklace pendant, the beauty and serenity of the majestic bird is captivated in .925 sterling silver and cubic zirconia stones.

Reworking this season’s hottest runway trend, delicate lacework details are reinterpreted in a floral pendant, earring and charm crafted in 14K gold with micro-set cubic zirconia stones in the luxurious lace botanique series. Classic stone cuts combined with innovative craftsmanship techniques translate a vintage appeal with PANDORA Timeless Elegance pieces for autumn. Classic rings, earrings and pendants easily add glam to both a day and night look, making a luxurious and feminine statement.

Autumn also brings the biggest event of the season and PANDORA is once again the official jewelry sponsor of New York Fashion Week. To celebrate the event and show our fans how to be runway ready at a moment’s notice, PANDORA has partnered with celebrity stylist, Nicole Chavez, who shares some of her tips for enchanting looks for both day and night:
– This season is not about following trends but choosing pieces that enhance who you are – The Pandora Majestic Feather Earrings are the perfect bohemian accessory to accentuate your look
– Fashion Week jewelry is all about layering to create a statement. Mix metals and layer to create a look that will go with all your looks especially from day to night
— Score instant fashion cred by mixing prints and plaids, spots and stripes to create a crazy cool combo
— The go-to fabric this season is suede; it adds a little boho and a lot of luxe to whatever you are wearing


The autumn collection jewelry pieces start at $35.

The Ride To Conquer Cancer Presented By Silver Wheaton Announces $8.4 Million Raised As 7th Annual Ride Commences In British Columbia

British Columbia.’s largest cycling fundraiser draws 2,087 riders and supports breakthrough research and enhancements to care through the BC Cancer Foundation.

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The Ride to Conquer Cancer presented by Silver Wheaton announced 2,087 riders helped raise $8.4 million for the BC Cancer Foundation as the Seventh Annual Ride commenced in British Columbia on Saturday. Funds raised through B.C.’s largest cycling fundraiser support breakthrough cancer research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency.RTCC_VA_15_04

The Ride to Conquer Cancer® is a unique, two-day cycling event to take place on August 29-30, 2015, journeying over 200k through the scenic Pacific region. The mission is clear: A world free from cancer. The money raised for The Ride to Conquer Cancer will benefit BC Cancer Foundation and support leading clinicians, scientists, and researchers whose search for new discoveries and improved patient outcomes will have a real impact in the communities throughout the province, across Canada, and around the world.RTCC_VA_15_02

One in fifteen British Columbians has helped to make The Ride to Conquer Cancer the largest fundraiser for cancer research in our province. Thanks to a remarkable commitment from riders, donors, volunteers, crew members and leading edge researchers, we are helping to change the story for those facing cancer today with lives saved, lives extended and cancers prevented,” said Douglas Nelson, President and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation.

The BC Cancer Foundation is the bridge that connects philanthropic support and research breakthroughs in cancer knowledge. As the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in this province, the organization enable donors to make contributions to leading edge research that have a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia. As an independent charitable organization, they raise funds exclusively for the BC Cancer Agency that go to supporting innovative cancer research and compassionate enhancements to patient care.RTCC_VA_15_07

For each of the 25,000 British Columbians who will hear the words, ‘you have cancer’ this year, the BC Cancer Foundation is here to ensure that researchers and clinicians at the BC Cancer Agency have the funds needed to re-invent the standard of care through leading-edge research. With $8.4 million raised this year, we will help make cancer a manageable disease through highly personalized approaches to treatment,” Nelson added.

The BC Cancer Agency provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of BC in partnership with regional health authorities. The Agency’s mandate covers the spectrum of cancer care, from prevention and screening, to diagnosis, treatment, and through to rehabilitation and is driven by a three-fold mission: To reduce the incidence of cancer; to reduce the mortality rate of people with cancer and to improve the quality of life of people living with cancer. This mission drives everything it does, including providing screening, diagnosis and care, setting treatment standards, and conducting research into causes of, and cures for, cancer.

In seven years, The Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised $70 million for the BC Cancer Foundation. The annual event draws thousands of participants and brings together communities of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise for months in order to participate in the two-day, 200km Ride between Vancouver and Seattle. Continue reading

Sweet Fall Harvest for Donut Lovers: Dunkin’ Donuts Introduces New REESE’S Peanut Butter Squares and Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares

This autumn, Dunkin’ Donuts is sweetening the season with the addition of two exciting new donuts to its fall lineup. For the first time, the company has partnered with The Hershey Company to put the tastes of creamy chocolate and REESE’S Peanut Butter together in one tasty treat with the new REESE’S Peanut Butter Square. For pumpkin fans looking to celebrate a favorite flavor of fall in a fun new way, Dunkin’ Donuts has also expanded its famous pumpkin menu with the introduction of the Pumpkin Cheesecake Square. Both items will be available for a limited time at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants beginning August 31.

Sweet Fall Harvest for Donut Lovers: Dunkin' Donuts Introduces New REESE'S Peanut Butter Squares and Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares (PRNewsFoto/Dunkin' Donuts)

Sweet Fall Harvest for Donut Lovers: Dunkin’ Donuts Introduces New REESE’S Peanut Butter Squares and Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares (PRNewsFoto/Dunkin’ Donuts)

A creative twist on the classic candy, Dunkin’ Donuts‘ new REESE’S Peanut Butter Square is filled with rich and creamy REESE’S peanut butter buttercreme, topped with chocolate icing and finished with an orange icing drizzle to match the colors of the traditional REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups. The Pumpkin Cheesecake Square is filled with smooth and creamy pumpkin cheesecake filling and topped with orange icing, crumbled graham cracker topping and finished with a white icing drizzle.

Dunkin’ Donuts is featuring a full lineup of fall-flavored treats this season. Back by popular demand at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide by August 31, the all-encompassing annual pumpkin menu includes Dunkin’ Donuts‘ famous hot or iced Pumpkin Coffee and lattes, Pumpkin Donut and MUNCHKINS® Donut Hole Treats, Pumpkin Muffin, and Pumpkin K-Cup® pods and Packaged Coffee.

At Dunkin’, we know that the return of fall means an excitement around classic seasonal flavors and each year, we strive to bring additional fall-flavored menu items to our guests. We want to keep providing guests with new and exciting reasons to return to Dunkin’ Donuts, not just for their favorite items but for something unique and different,” said Jeff Miller, Dunkin’ Brands’ Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation. “Our REESE’S Peanut Butter Square and Pumpkin Cheesecake Square offer [our] guests a new way to enjoy two flavors they already know and love. These sweet treats provide our guests with a unique fall experience they are sure to remember.

Along with enjoying the brand’s autumn lineup of food and beverages, Dunkin’ Donuts fans can put their passion for pumpkin on display via the brand’s special Snapchat filters. A fun way for people to show their spirit for fall with friends and followers, Dunkin’ Donuts’ first geo-filters are available for fans in or around a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant, with new ones introduced later in September. Additionally, fans can follow Dunkin’ Donuts’ official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds throughout the coming months for pumpkin and fall-related content from both the brand and special guests.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

Girls, Let Your Dreams Shine!™ Award-Winning Flipsies™ Line by VTech® Available Now

Transformers” for Girls, Flipsies Offer Girls Innovative and Aspirational Collectible Dolls and Playsets

Vtech® announces the wide availability of Flipsies™, a new line that combines traditional role play with collectible dolls and accessories with interactive MagicPoint™ technology to encourage girls to dream big. Anchored by Sandy’s House & Ocean Cruiser, the recipient of a Gold Award from the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA), Flipsies offers endless ways to play with unique features that capture a child’s imagination.

VTech(R)'s award-winning Flipsies(TM) Sandy's House & Ocean Cruiser is available now. (PRNewsFoto/VTech)

VTech(R)’s award-winning Flipsies(TM) Sandy’s House & Ocean Cruiser is available now. (PRNewsFoto/VTech)

Flipsies marks VTech’s first foray into the girl toy aisle, and we are thrilled by the excitement around the line,” said William To, President, VTech Electronics North America. “Flipsies brings a new wave of innovation to the industry by inspiring young girls to reach for their dreams through interactive, engaging play experiences that encourage social skills, teach communication and invoke the imagination.”

Eight introductory themes offer a positive aspirational message by encouraging girls to let their dreams shine and be anything they want to be, whether it’s a doctor, marine biologist, teacher, baker, rock star, veterinarian, fashion designer or even a princess. Transformation features combined with interactions

VTech logo (PRNewsFoto/VTech)

VTech logo (PRNewsFoto/VTech)

between the characters and playsets using MagicPoint and MagicChat™ locations enhance the play value and allow girls to imagine living out their dreams. Every Flipsies doll and playset offers both real world and dream world modes, with MagicPoint locations that elicit unique phrases from the Flipsies dolls to stimulate fun, imaginative role play while encouraging girls to reach for the stars.

In addition to Sandy’s House & Ocean Cruiser, a beautiful 2-in-1 interactive house that magically transforms into a luxury ocean cruiser, the introductory product collection features 18 offerings. The line introduces children to a group of giggly and glamorous girls – the Flipsies – from the sunny town of Charmingdale™. Each Flipsies doll wears a charm with special powers to flip their dreams into reality, and includes two outfits and wigs, plus other accessories.

The new range features eight Flipsies friends, including:

Build Your Own Flipsie World with the Flipsie Girls

Build Your Own Flipsie World with the Flipsie Girls

  • Clementine: Clementine is a social, generous, thoughtful little girl who loves making friends, entertaining and having parties for her pals. She thinks friendship is the perfect recipe for fun and she dreams of being a baker. Her playsets include a cake, ice cream cart and bakery.
  • Carina: Carina is patient, optimistic, smart, passionate and ambitious. She enjoys playing golf but also dreams of being a doctor because she loves to help others. She comes with fun accessories like a doctor’s lab coat and scrubs.
  • Sandy: Sandy loves to make a splash everywhere she goes. She loves all water activities, including swimming, diving, surfing, boating, scuba diving and jet skiing. Her positive, athletic, energetic, adventurous and courageous personality helps her live out her dream of being a marine biologist.
  • Styla: Fashionable, sensitive, sassy and creative, Styla loves doing DIY projects, sewing, making jewelry, shopping and giving her friends makeovers. She dreams of becoming a fashion designer and her sewing station and salon & fashion boutique playsets help her attain her goal.
  • Grace: Grace is a kind, classy, perky, free-spirited girl who loves to dance, garden, write in her diary and help others. She dreams of being a princess with playsets including a throne and carriage.
  • Jazz: Jazz was born to perform with an interest in singing, traveling, entertaining friends and playing all kinds of instruments. She dreams of being a rock star and her talkative, strong, funny and confident personality help her achieve that dream.
  • Lexi: Outgoing, enthusiastic, caring and organized, Lexi thinks you can learn something new every day. She enjoys reading, learning and playing sports, especially gymnastics, and dreams of being a teacher.
  • Eva: This pet lover is caring, optimistic, courteous, thoughtful and loyal, and dreams of being a veterinarian. Eva’s interests include pet-sitting, being outdoors, having a picnic with friends and being around all kinds of animals.

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Each doll comes with wigs, clothes and fun accessories to match her style and dream. Press the charm on their necklace to see it light-up and to experience their friendly personalities. The possibilities are endless as you mix and match each Flipsies’ clothes and accessories. Collect them all to create your own styles for hours of fun adventures. (Each doll sold separately.)

Extending the play value for kids with free activities, a Flipsies microsite is available at www.Flipsies.com. This digital experience immerses girls in the world of the Flipsies, offering activities, games, quizzes, videos and more. In addition, the microsite serves as a resource for parents, with tools and advice on how to support and empower their children, build their confidence and help them achieve their dreams.

Flipsies are available now at www.vtechkids.com/flipsies and at major retailers nationwide. The collection launches with 10 playsets ranging from $14.99 – $39.99 and eight dolls at $9.99 each, for endless fun at an affordable price. For more information, visit www.vtechkids.com/flipsies.

Diapers.com Reveals Top Developmental Toys for Holiday 2015

After Researching Hundreds Of New Products, The Diapers.Com Team Issues List Of 25 “Smart Toy” Picks That Promise To Be This Season’s Most-Wanted Gifts

Diapers.com, a Quidsi, Inc. company (an Amazon.com subsidiary), has released its Holiday 2015 hot toy picks for babies, toddlers, and big kids. The Hot Toy List includes toys from popular and much-loved brands like LEGO and Melissa & Doug as well as premium boutique brands like Magna-Tiles and Le Toy Van.

The 25 developmentally-minded toys included on the Hot Toy List are sure to be what kids are clamoring for and what moms are searching for — high-quality products that tap into parents’ desires to give their children enriching experiences. The toy experts at Diapers.com and its Quidsi, Inc. family of sites closely evaluated this year’s options and hand-selected a one-of-a-kind list of 25 smart toys that use innovative technology and/or align with age-appropriate developmental skills. These are the toys of the season that both educate and entertain, and many are expected to be sellouts.

Here is Diapers.com’s Hot Toy List for Holiday 2015:

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Ages 4-12

Diapers.com has long been known for its great selection of stimulating baby and toddler toys, but the site’s expert toy merchandisers also source and carry thousands of smart toy options for bigger kids as well. This year’s Hot Toy List includes top picks for the under-4 set, such as the delightful NogginStik Developmental Light-up Rattle and the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Scooter, with its three levels of learning content. For ages 4 and up, the Meccanoid Personal Robot (age 8+) is a kid-sized companion that learns commands, pairs with mobile devices, and helps kids develop basic engineering and programming concepts.

Also included on the list are unique, hard-to-find gifts with limited distribution like the interactive iLOOM (age 8+), which when attached to an iPad, give step-by-step weaving instructions so crafty kids can make beautiful bracelets while honing their fine motor and creativity skills. (Diapers.com also makes it easy to shop for holiday gifts with free 1-2 day delivery on orders of $49 or more (exclusions apply), 365-day returns, and 24/7 customer care.)

We know moms are eager to find toys that do double duty — engaging their kids by being just plain fun but also adding value by fostering age-appropriate developmental skills,” said Emilie Arel Scott, Chief Executive Officer at Quidsi. “We’re here to make life easier for Mom by offering the hottest toys early in the season with fast, free delivery right to her door. As a new mom myself, I need a little expert help figuring out what to shop for. I can’t wait to shop all the baby toys on this list.
Quidsi operates Diapers.com, the premium destination for moms shopping for their babies, toddlers, and bigger kids. Offering far more than just diapers, the site makes it easy to shop a wide selection of items from its family of specialty sites, including Soap.com (health, beauty, household, and grocery essentials), Wag.com (pet supplies), BeautyBar.com (luxury beauty), YoYo.com (toys), Casa.com (housewares and decor), Look.com (kids’ clothing), VineMarket.com (natural and organic groceries), and AfterSchool.com (kids’ sports/activity gear). Its customers enjoy a broad selection, free 1-2 day delivery on all orders of $49 or more, easy-to-navigate sites, a shared cart, and award-winning service.

Brand New Whiskey Says, “Life’s A Beach” In The Super-Premium Segment

Beach Whiskey™ Invites You to Your Place in the Sun™

Beach Whiskey is about combining my love of whiskey with my love of the beach. It’s about creating a fun and delicious whiskey that can be enjoyed at a daytime beach party or by a bonfire at night.– Andrew “McG” McGinnis, co-founder, Beach Whiskey

The Ultimate Beach Party Has Begun! Beach Whiskey, a meticulously crafted, super-premium American whiskey, is set to launch this fall. At launch, the Beach Whiskey portfolio includes Original (40% ABV / 80 proof), Bonfire Cinnamon™ (35% ABV / 70 proof), and Island Coconut™ (26% ABV / 52 proof). Beach Whiskey will be initially available in Southern California and Florida, with a selective roll-out planned in major markets during early 2016.

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Beach Whiskey Logo (PRNewsFoto/Beach Whiskey)

Beach Whiskey was founded in 2015 by entrepreneurs who are leaders in the beverage, entertainment, lifestyle and business services industries and is an American whiskey made for sun worshiping, moon chasing, fun seekers. A whiskey for the wise and the whimsical. Beach Whiskey celebrates the beach life and all that comes with it… parties, sports, relaxing, good music, and having fun. Even the packaging – an etched label on an embossed sea glass bottle – is designed to evoke the spirit of the beach life, and it’s a love of the beach that brought the Beach Whiskey creators together.

Beach Whiskey Portfolio (PRNewsFoto/Beach Whiskey)

Beach Whiskey Portfolio (PRNewsFoto/Beach Whiskey)

Beach Whiskey (SRP $27.99, 750ml) is carefully crafted in the United States from corn at partner distilleries to produce a clean and crisp base, before filtering and blending to exact specifications. The team at Beach Whiskey spent much of the past year tasting whiskeys and flavors and testing those profiles with consumers and trade experts to perfect the recipes and final product.

Over the last decade, the spirits industry has seen significant growth in both market size and share,” said J. Smoke Wallin, co-founder and CEO of Beach Whiskey and CEO of Taliera, a brand incubator and global sales, marketing and distribution agent. “At the same time, global fascination with American whiskeys and the explosive growth of flavors in the category means the time is right for a new brand like Beach Whiskey.”

In addition to Wallin, founding investors of Beach Whiskey include TV and radio personality Billy Bush, and entrepreneurs Andrew McGinnis and Kenny Dichter.

Wallin, a native of Longboat Key, Florida, said while growing up he spent all his free time either at the beach or in and around the water.  “Because we all love the beach, we also share the responsibility for protecting it. Beach Whiskey believes in preserving the world’s water and beaches, and by promoting the beach lifestyle, we hope to raise people’s awareness of this precious natural resource.

Andrew “McG” McGinnis, co-founder and SoCal native, is an avid surfer, waterman and beach volleyball player, who grew up playing beach sports and living the beach life in Santa Monica, Malibu and on Lake Tahoe. “Beach Whiskey is about combining my love of whiskey with my love of the beach,” said McGinnis. “It’s about creating a fun and delicious whiskey that can be enjoyed at a daytime beach party or by a bonfire at night.”

Simply delicious and smooth, Beach Whiskey cuts across traditional beverage categories and appeals not only to whiskey aficionados but also to anyone who loves a great cocktail and a fun time in the sun. “Beach Whiskey is exceptional!” said Kendall Lockwood, Indianapolis Craft Mixologist and GM of the Ball & Biscuit, who created signature cocktails for the brand. “It is wildly versatile – great straight, on the rocks or blends beautifully with a variety of flavor profiles in cocktails.”Beach Whiskey 1

Michael Tolley, CCO/Beverage By Design agreed. “As a seasoned beverage trainer, bar consultant, and a drink recipe developer, there is nothing I enjoy more than a spirit in the raw!  Beach Whiskey is one that can stand on its own, conceived in an era of craft, not misery. A spirit of today, for today… Beach Whiskey!  I’ll have mine on the rocks.”

Beach Whiskey will be featured at the Hospitality Executive Exchange (HEE), a gathering of food and beverage industry leaders, at the beach on Amelia Island, FL (August 29-September 2) where Bush will be giving the keynote.

I love the idea of combining fine whiskey with the beach life,” said Bush. “Beach Whiskey provides the right mix of fun with great flavors. I’m excited to be a part of this ground-breaking brand!

We are absolutely thrilled to be the first conference to introduce Beach Whiskey to the Hospitality Industry, and having Billy Bush as our welcome keynote speaker is the icing on the cake,” said Jen Robinson,CEO/Duchess of The Pineapple Group LLC, which owns and manages HEE. Beach Whiskey is definitely a brand that we want as a long-term partner, and where better to showcase it than at the beach.

Celine Dion Premieres Much-Anticipated Return Of Her Headlining Residency Show At The Colosseum At Caesars Palace

Singer Triumphantly Returns to the Las Vegas Stage After a Year Hiatus

Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

Celine Dion brought “The Power of Love” to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace this past Thursday night, to resume her critically-acclaimed Las Vegas residency show, Celine. After a year hiatus, the stage came to life as Celine made her momentous return to a sold-out house and multiple standing ovations from thousands of fans.

Celine Dion Premieres Much-Anticipated Return Of Her Headlining Residency Show At The Colosseum At Caesars Palace  (Photos By Denise Truscello  Aug 27 2015)

Celine Dion Premieres Much-Anticipated Return Of Her Headlining Residency Show At The Colosseum At Caesars Palace (Photos By Denise Truscello
Aug 27 2015)

Earlier this year, Dion announced her return on the 12-year anniversary of her first performance in The Colosseum, when she opened the venue on March 25, 2003. When her first show A New Dayopened, it went on to not only become one of the most successful shows in Las Vegas but also redefined the entertainment industry; Dion would go on to become the first artist at the height of her career to stop touring and invite fans to come to her instead. By the time the show closed on Dec. 15, 2007, more than three million fans spanning all seven continents and 138 countries had seen the show.

Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

Dion, one of the most immediately recognized, widely respected and successful performers in pop music history, has sold almost 250 million records during her over 30-year career. She has earned five Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 20 Juno Awards (Canada) and an astonishing 40 Felix Award (Quebec). In 2004, Celine received the Diamond Award at the World Music Awards in recognition of her status as the best-selling female artist of all time. In 2007 she was honored with the Legend Award at World Music Awards in recognition of her global success and outstanding contribution to the music industry.

Celine Dion also returns to The Colosseum with a new stage wardrobe composed of exclusive designs developed by her stylist in collaboration with acclaimed design houses Atelier Versace, Schiaparelli, Elie Saab and Mugler. (Photo Credit: Denise Truscello)

The stage wardrobe for Celine at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace  is composed of exclusive designs developed by her stylist in collaboration with acclaimed design houses Atelier Versace, Schiaparelli, Elie Saab and Mugler. (Photo Credit: Denise Truscello)

Celine at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is conceived as a glamorous show directed by legendary Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich and presented jointly by AEG Live and Caesars Entertainment. Celine’s updated Las Vegas show includes her biggest hits mixed with timeless hits by iconic artists that celebrate all generations and genres of music ranging from Frank Sinatra and Elvis to the Bee Gees, Queen and Prince. The show features a full orchestra and band and is set to a visually stunning presentation designed exclusively for the 4,300-seat state-of-the-art venue. Celine also returns to The Colosseum with a new stage wardrobe composed of exclusive designs developed by her stylist in collaboration with acclaimed design houses Atelier Versace, Schiaparelli, Elie Saab and Mugler.

Caesars Palace Las Vegas spans 85-acres at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, just 10-minutes from McCarran International Airport. Caesars Palace offers a total of 3,960 rooms and suites throughout five hotel towers:

Nobu Hotel – 181 Rooms including 18 suites

Octavius Tower – 642 rooms and suites including six luxury villas, opened Jan. 2012

Augustus Tower – 949 rooms and suites including three luxury villas, opened in 2005

Forum Tower – 452 rooms and suites including two villas, renovated in 2009.Palace Tower – 1,131 rooms and suites including 12 penthouse level suites, renovated in 2006.

Roman Tower – 567 hotel rooms and suites, 12 stories high.

Tickets for performances scheduled through Jan. 17, 2016 are on sale now. For additional show and ticket information, visit celineinvegas.com. Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, by calling 866-320-9763, or online at thecolosseum.com or axs.com. Orders are subject to additional service charges and fees. Ticket prices are $250/$175/$140/$95/$55 (prices include 10% Live Entertainment Tax). For groups of 10 or more, call 866-574-3851. All shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Golden Door Spa Named #1 Destination Spa by Readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine In 2015 World’s Best Awards

Golden Door Spa, 2015 "World's Best Destination Spa" award from Travel + Leisure Magazine in their annual World's Best Awards issue (Photo courtesy of Travel + Leisure magazine)

Golden Door Spa, 2015 “World’s Best Destination Spa” award from Travel + Leisure Magazine in their annual World’s Best Awards issue (Photo courtesy of Travel + Leisure magazine)

Golden Door (777 Deer Springs Road, San Marcos, California 92069) recently received the 2015 “World’s Best Destination Spa” award from Travel + Leisure Magazine in their annual World’s Best Awards issue. The property, inspired by traditional ryokan inns in Japan, provides guests with an all-encompassing spa experience characterized by Asian influences, like a Watsu water therapy pool and Reiki chakra-balancing massages. The Golden Door experience empowers each guest to achieve a healthy mind, body and spirit. Guests relax, restore and refresh on a journey focused on personalized fitness, spa and nutrition programs, thoughtfully designed to meet the specific goals and needs of each individual.

Golden Door.  (PRNewsFoto/Golden Door Properties, LLC)

Golden Door. (PRNewsFoto/Golden Door Properties, LLC)

Every year, the publication invites readers to rate travel categories such as airlines, cities, cruise ships, hotels, etc. In the category of destination spa, readers rated five characteristics–accommodations/facilities, treatments, service, food and value–in which Golden Door scored 98.33 out of 100 points.

We are so pleased and humbled to be recognized with this award,” said Kathy Van Ness, Golden travel-leisureDoor General Manager and Chief Operating Officer. “We thank our loyal guests for their support and our dedicated employees who make this magic happen every day. During the past several years, we have worked hard to make improvements for our guests, including a $15 million renovation of the facilities and upgrades to the guest rooms.”

Located in a serene coastal valley between San Diego and Los Angeles, Golden Door provides seven-day stays for a maximum of 40 guests, each in a private room, with a ratio of four staff members to each guest. With a nod to busy individuals, the spa recently added three- and four-day-stay options. Guests are encouraged to pursue a healthy mind, body and spirit with a focus on fitness, spa and nutrition programs, all personalized to meet the goals and needs of each individual.

In addition to a complete range of daily and optional spa services, Golden Door offers hiking and mountain-biking trails, a 2000-square-foot equipment gym, two swimming pools and a therapy pool, three group exercise studios, a Pilates studio, cycling room and tennis court.
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The 600-acre property features mature Japanese gardens, bamboo forest, woodlands, mountains and citrus, avocado and olive groves. The culinary gardens and orchards, which are organically and bio-intensively farmed, provide a large portion of healthy garden-to-table meals for guests. With more than 30 miles of hiking and walking trails, mountains to climb, vistas to discover and a bamboo forest that gives voice to the wind, guests are surrounded by breathtaking beauty that nurtures the soul.

During the past year, the spa has expanded its retail products, which until now were available only onsite and online. On September 1, Golden Door opens two retail kiosks, one at Westfield Century City and one at Westfield UTC in San Diego. These first off-site kiosks will feature selected products from the Artisan Food, Skin Care and Jewelry lines. Gift certificates for visits to the 2015 World’s Best Destination Spa also are available.

Perhaps the most innovative and far-reaching endeavor is Golden Door Foundation, established in 2013. The spa’s philosophy of helping to transform lives extends beyond those of guests to select local, national and international charities. As a show of support to those involved in making the world a more loving, more humane and more peaceful place, Golden Door pledges 100 percent of net profits from the resort to select charities that make a difference in the lives of children.

Just In Time For Halloween, Buycostumes.Com® Unveils The Nightmare Collection

Monstrous Masks By Master Sculptor Mario Chiodo

Gearing up for the biggest Halloween since 2009, BuyCostumes.com®, the leading online retailer of costumes, accessories, party decor and supplies, launched The Nightmare Collection, 14 hand-crafted masks and costumes created exclusively for BuyCostumes.com® by master sculptor Mario Chiodo.

Snarling Werewolf is a part of The Nightmare Collection, 14 hand-crafted masks and costumes created exclusively for BuyCostumes.com(R) by master sculptor Mario Chiodo. (PRNewsFoto/BuySeasons, Inc.)

Snarling Werewolf is a part of The Nightmare Collection, 14 hand-crafted masks and costumes created exclusively for BuyCostumes.com(R) by master sculptor Mario Chiodo. (PRNewsFoto/BuySeasons, Inc.)

The Nightmare Collection will unleash the wearer’s inner confidence and impress all bystanders at any party or event,” said Bob Humphrey, Chief Merchant for BuySeasons, Inc., parent company to BuyCostumes.com®.These masks and costumes are a real fright and will ensure thrill seekers rule the night and get the reaction they crave.”

Steampunk Frankenstein is one of 14 monstrous masks within The Nightmare Collection, available on BuyCostumes.com. (PRNewsFoto/BuySeasons, Inc.)

Steampunk Frankenstein is one of 14 monstrous masks within The Nightmare Collection, available on BuyCostumes.com. (PRNewsFoto/BuySeasons, Inc.)


The Nightmare Collection features one-of-a-kind, acutely detailed, movie-quality costumes: Snarling Werewolf, Steampunk Frankenstein, Amphibious Alien, Demon Knight, Mammoth Chomping Spider, Smolder the Black Dragon, Cinder the White Dragon, Ember the Red Dragon, Primal Beast, Post-Apocalyptic Warrior, Ancient Warrior Princess, Mystical Sorceress, Grim Jester and Schnoz Goblin. Sculpted from natural rubber latex and other high-quality materials, each character is individually painted by hand, resulting in unique pieces of functional, wearable art.

The Nightmare Collection, available on BuyCostumes.com, features 14 monstrous masks and costumes, including Ember, the Red Dragon. (PRNewsFoto/BuySeasons, Inc.)

The Nightmare Collection, available on BuyCostumes.com, features 14 monstrous masks and costumes, including Ember, the Red Dragon. (PRNewsFoto/BuySeasons, Inc.)

Many of the masks are oversized, giving the wearer added height and girth for maximum impact, including the Snarling Werewolf which measures approx. 32″ high and 28″ wide (mask only). They are also crafted with unique features such as, in the case of the werewolf, dreadlocks, glistening teeth and spiraled horns. Several of the masks, including each of the three dragons and the Mammoth Chomping Spider, feature moving parts to transform their wearers into the monstrous creatures.

For The Nightmare Collection, BuyCostumes.com® teamed up with world-famous sculptor Mario Chiodo. Since establishing his namesake studio, Chiodo Art Development, in 1997, Chiodo has created artwork, wearables, decor and collectibles for Google headquarters, Las Vegas casinos, museums, restaurants, hotels, a children’s theme park and several major film studios. From artwork and wearables to decor and collectables, Chiodo has revolutionized the art and Halloween industries for more than 25 years with his game-changing designs. Now, after an absence of 10 years, Chiodo’s partnership with BuyCostumes.com® marks his much-anticipated return to the Halloween scene with The Nightmare Collection.

Forged from Chiodo’s vivid imagination – plus thousands of hours of research, development and design – the creatures, dragons and warriors in this one-of-a-kind collection are one of the crowning achievements of Chiodo’s illustrious mask-making career and a tribute to the master sculptor’s earliest artistic dreams.

When I was a young artist, nothing piqued my interest as much as the fantasy, illusion and horror of Halloween,” said Chiodo. “All of the characters of The Nightmare Collection were designed and hand-crafted with the discerning Halloween enthusiast in mind, and bring the creatures from my imagination to life.”

See the entire collection at http://www.BuyCostumes.com/nightmare. All masks can be purchased on BuyCostumes.com® with prices varying from $159.99 to $599.99.

Travel Channel’s ‘BOOZE Traveler’ Serves Up Another Round Of Cocktails And Culture

Season Two Premieres Monday, September 28 At 10:00 P.M. ET/PT

Host Jack Maxwell Kicks Off New Season with Eye-Opening Journey Through Greece, Discovering its Age-old Traditions, Resilient People and Distinct Spirits

JACK MAXWELL IS BACK IN SEARCH OF THE WORLD’S MOST INTERESTING DRINKS

cd245d4b-3420-4435-ba5e-e05c6871b14f.HRTravel Channel’s global nomad, Jack Maxwell, is back for another round of searching for the world’s most interesting beverages and the people who drink them in the second season of Booze Traveler,” premiering on Monday, September 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. In 16 all-new, hour-long episodes, Maxwell embarks on a journey crisscrossing the map to taste homemade liquors, fresh brewed beer and handcrafted cocktails in diverse locations including Argentina, Finland, Guatemala, Hawaii, Hungary, India, New Zealand, the Philippines, Sicily, Tanzania and Texas.

In Travel Channel’s “Booze Traveler,” Maxwell ventures the globe to not only get a taste of a country’s alcohol, but to quench his curiosity about what people drink, why they drink it and the stories they tell when they do. At each stop, he connects with locals, immerses himself in regional activities, learns about the country’s unique relationship with liquor and sometimes even participates in the alcohol-making process.

It’s fascinating how a simple drink can bring people together,” says Maxwell. “It gives us a chance to learn from one another, to listen to each other’s stories and open our eyes to the world around us. We discover that we have much more in common than we thought – culturally and socially.”

Host Jack Maxwell (c.) participates in a traditional Greek dance part of the Krevati ceremony with friends of the bride and groom.

Booze Traveler, Season Two, Episode One: Host Jack Maxwell (c.) participates in a traditional Greek dance part of the Krevati ceremony with friends of the bride and groom.

Booze Traveler, Season Two, Episode One: Host Jack Maxwell (r.) walks the streets of Athens with Yamas creators Dimitris Mitrakos (c.) and John Mitrakos.

Booze Traveler, Season Two, Episode One: Host Jack Maxwell (r.) walks the streets of Athens with Yamas creators Dimitris Mitrakos (c.) and John Mitrakos.

After a long day celebrating the engagement of a local bride and groom, host Jack Maxwell admires Greece's shoreline on the island of Crete.

Booze Traveler, Season Two, Episode One: After a long day celebrating the engagement of a local bride and groom, host Jack Maxwell admires Greece’s shoreline on the island of Crete.

Host Jack Maxwell leads a herd of sheep to the town center in Crete for the St. George Sheep Festival.

Booze Traveler, Season Two, Episode One: Host Jack Maxwell leads a herd of sheep to the town center in Crete for the St. George Sheep Festival.

In the season premiere of “Booze Traveler,” Maxwell steps back into ancient history as he explores Greece, a nation that’s using its traditions to help navigate itself through an uncertain time. He begins in the remote mountain town of Asi Gonia on the island of Crete, where nearly 30,000 sheep are herded to be blessed during the Festival of Saint George. While there, Maxwell samples homemade tsipouro, a traditional refreshment of distilled pomace liquor flavored by anise, and retsina, a local white wine flavored with pine sap dating back 2000 years ago. Next stop, the coastal town of Malia, where he crashes an ouzo-fueled bachelor party and partakes in the traditional custom of smashing plates, drinks rakomelo (raki and honey) with the bride and her parents and witnesses the most intimate part of the wedding preparation – krevati, a bed-making ceremony to bring good luck and fertility to the new couple.

After herding sheep during the St. George Sheep Festival in Crete, host Jack Maxwell & Stavros Pilmakis share a glass of Retsina, white wine with a pine sap flavor.

Booze Traveler, Season Two, Episode One: After herding sheep during the St. George Sheep Festival in Crete, host Jack Maxwell & Stavros Pilmakis share a glass of Retsina, white wine with a pine sap flavor.

Host Jack Maxwell enjoys Souma, a seasonal brandy made from figs, in Chios during a picnic with Vasillis Ballas and his family.

Booze Traveler, Season Two, Episode One: Host Jack Maxwell enjoys Souma, a seasonal brandy made from figs, in Chios during a picnic with Vasillis Ballas and his family.

In the capital city of Athens, Maxwell visits a restaurant that revives ancient food, drink and tradition from 5th century BC – complete with Ancient Greek clothes, feet washing and a symposium. He enjoys enormelo (traditional honey wine and a close cousin of mead) and is given the honor of raising the ceremonial ram head mug and leading a toast. The following day, Maxwell becomes one of the first Americans to try yamas, a new drink made by three innovative Athenians that combines carbonation and the three classic Greek liquors – ouzo, tsipouro and mastika. He learns how these Greeks are trying to innovate the old traditions in order to keep moving forward amidst the economic crisis affecting the country. Maxwell’s Greek exploration isn’t complete without a visit to the crescent-shaped island of Chios where he discovers its local mastic trees, the producer of the pure mastic gum and mastika liqueur, and learns a new toast – “Pieto na misi piet,” which means, “Drink it before it drinks you!”

Booze Traveler, Season Two, Episode One: Host Jack Maxwell sips on the Tsaziki Cocktail, a specialty drink found at the 360 Bar in Athens.

Booze Traveler, Season Two, Episode One: Host Jack Maxwell sips on the Tsaziki Cocktail, a specialty drink found at the 360 Bar in Athens.

Booze Traveler, Season Two, Episode One: Host Jack Maxwell sits down with the creators of Yamas, a flavored wine spritzer, to learn how they innovated Greece's three most popular spirits.

Booze Traveler, Season Two, Episode One: Host Jack Maxwell sits down with the creators of Yamas, a flavored wine spritzer, to learn how they innovated Greece’s three most popular spirits.

Other Episodes in Season Two includes:

Finland: Sisu, Sauna, And The Midnight Sun”: Host Jack Maxwell learns that once booze starts flowing, the famously reserved and introverted Finns let their inner Vikings roar to life. Whether he’s shredding with the air guitar champion of the world, herding reindeer in Lapland, slogging through a game of swamp soccer or broiling in a mobile sauna with three naked Finns, he is determined to find the method to Finland’s drinking madness. He’ll taste lonkero, the gin and juice cocktail in a can invented in the 1950s by the government to fuel up athletes; terva snapsi, a liqueur made of pine tar; isokari sours flavored with sea buckthorn, a cross between cranberry juice and battery acid, but packed with Vitamin C; and laku, a do-it-yourself mix of vodka, licorice and salt.

Hungary: Aliens, Soviets, and Gypsies”: Maxwell jumpstarts his journey through Hungary with shots of pálinka, a typical rural wake up call of 100-proof homemade fruit brandy. He drives to Budapest’s Jewish Quarter where ruin pubs – abandoned buildings transformed into trendy pubs and bars – serve him keseru mez, a triple-hopped, unfiltered and unpasteurized lager, and aurora borealis, a vodka mixed with raspberry syrup that is carbonated. Maxwell also uncovers Hungary’s best-kept liquor secret: zwack unicum, a herbal liqueur that uses 40 herbs and spices, a little 80- proof alcohol and was a secret remedy for Emperor Joseph II. Continue reading

Home & Interiors: Sherwin-Williams Launches Breakthrough System to Simplify Color Selection

Colorsnap® Integrates Online And Offline Tools, And Includes New In-Store Display

This week, Sherwin-Williams introduces its latest innovation: ColorSnap®, the company’s most comprehensive, integrated color selection system ever offered. Designed to help consumers and professionals make confident and efficient paint color selections, ColorSnap includes a first-of-its-kind, in-store display that makes color selection fast and easy, in addition to enhanced online and offline tools, and new colors.

With the ColorSnap system, we’ve created a completely new way to navigate color. Whether in their neighborhood Sherwin-Williams store, at home or on the go, ColorSnap provides a solution to easily explore and find color any way the consumer chooses,” said Jackie Jordan, Director, Color Marketing, Sherwin-Williams.

Easy, Intuitive And Fast
Customers can explore color in an entirely new way with the interactive, in-store ColorSnap® Studio display, which groups color by family, such as red, yellow or blue, then displays color by saturation level from bright to neutral with a new category just for whites. Each color family is set on one of 24 rotating panels. By turning a panel, customers can see a curated selection of nearly 50 paint chips of specific colors within that color family — making the selection process simple and fun.

ColorSnap® Studio

ColorSnap® Studio

The display, which will be the centerpiece of every Sherwin-Williams store, also features new 2-by-3-inch take-home color chips, rather than strips, so customers can get a bigger, better idea of how colors will look in their space.

In-Store Display

In-Store Display

Quicker Selection Time

Quicker Selection Time

Sherwin-Williams conducted extensive testing to ensure the new ColorSnap system would improve the overall customer experience. During in-store testing, on average, customers found their paint color of choice in 60 percent less time than with the previous display.

Sherwin-Williams collaborated with IDEO, an award-winning global design and innovation consultancy, on the in-store display, which uses a human-centered, design approach to help simplify the color-selection experience for both DIYers and professionals.

We were honored to work with Sherwin-Williams to reimagine the color selection journey through the lens of the company’s many diverse customers. After a thoughtful and iterative design process, we’re excited to see ColorSnap come to life,” said Michelle Ha Tucker, Portfolio Director, IDEO.

As part of the new display, a central work area will be added for customers to arrange and review their color choices, explore Sherwin-Williams color tools and interact with store experts. Customers will also be able to browse and take home nine new color guides and 12 postcards that are designed to inspire, educate and simplify color selection.

ColorSnap® Visualizer

ColorSnap® Visualizer

In addition to ColorSnap Studio, the redesigned in-store color display, the all-new system includes a refreshed and integrated online set of tools including ColorSnap® Visualizer for iPhone, iPad, Android and online (at sherwinwilliams.com). The tools allow users to explore color before ever picking up a paintbrush. With the mobile app, customers can scan the new 2-by-3 inch color chip with their iPhone or Android smart phone for instant access to room scenes featuring that color, options for coordinating colors, and more. ColorSnap Visualizer also inspires by matching a color in a photo to a specific Sherwin-Williams color, allowing users to virtually paint a room or simply browse details on the full range of Sherwin-Williams colors. The iPad app also features inspirational room scenes that showcase expert color picks.

The ColorSnap system also seamlessly integrates with Sherwin-Williams industry-leading Sher-Color™Advanced Color Matching Technology, which calibrates color formulas specifically for every product and sheen, ensuring outstanding color accuracy and consistency when ordering a Sherwin-Williams color or matching a color to an accessory or to a color from another paint brand. Sher-Color™ is available in-store for fast, precise and custom color matching.

Faster And Easier For Design Professionals
Professionals will also find color selection easier and faster, thanks to the variety of new resources available to them, whether in the office or on the job site. The ColorSnap® Design Pro Suite includes an updated and expanded suite of tools for professionals (including a new ergonomic fan deck, portable and desktop kits and more), along with the ColorSnap Visualizer online tools. The ColorSnap Design Pro Suite creates a powerful color selection system that can differentiate a design practice. It will be available in early 2016.

ColorSnap starts rolling out this month and will be available in all 4,000 Sherwin-Williams stores across the U.S. and Canada by the end of January 2016. To learn more about the Colorsnap System, visit your neighborhood Sherwin-Williams store or www.colorsnap.com.

Stuart Weitzman Launches its First Television Commercial Featuring Gisele Bündchen During the MTV Video Music Awards

Stuart Weitzman will launch its first television commercial starring the face of the brand, Gisele Bündchen, during this year’s MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 30th. Directed by fashion photographer Mario Testino, the black-and-white commercial tells the story of the brand’s connection to dance and music.92fe7bcd-8f3f-4cc9-8e9f-12c18aee8465

Known for effortlessly combining fashion and function, Stuart Weitzman kicks off the fall boot season with a visual storytelling of that message in a music video format made for television. The commercial features Gisele in the stretch plonge leather KOKO bootie doing the electric slide with an all-male troupe of dancers, choreographed by Marty Kudelka at the world famous Millennium Dance Complex. True to the movement, Gisele is beauty and grace personified, capturing the emotion in motion of dancing in Stuart Weitzman boots. Dancing in Stuart Weitzman shoes has become a unique and differentiated brand story over the last few years as the brand has built a stellar reputation for creating custom tour shoes for some of the music industry’s biggest stars, including Beyoncé and Taylor Swift. The commercial is a tribute to both that unique craftsmanship and to the music industry resonance, thus making it fitting to launch during an award show that celebrates the fusion of music and performance.c677627f-c6c7-4f49-8f41-e4c02838535e

The commercial is a 30-second cut of the brand’s social music video “Make That Move” which will launch on www.stuartweitzman.com, with its social channels fueling the conversation by encouraging followers to share the video along with the trademarked hashtag #inourshoes. Starring alongside Gisele, as a continuation of the ongoing fashion and function story emphasizing the designer’s popular stretch materials, will be a dynamic duo of boots: the over-the-knee LOWLAND in nero plonge leather and the lace-up stretch DOWNTOWN sneaker boot. Progressive recording artist, model and muse Maluca Mala lends her dynamic vocals to the upbeat title track, produced by DJ Solidisco. The song is available to download exclusively on the Stuart Weitzman website, www.stuartweitzman.com.

Josh Mond’s James White to Open Theatrically November 13th

Awards Season Push to Occur for Stars Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon

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Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon in Josh Mond’s James White, set for Theatrical release November 13th

The Film Arcade announced today that they have set a November 13th for the critically acclaimed film, James White, the directorial debut from Borderline Films writer/director Josh Mond. A coming-of-age story about a young New Yorker struggling to take control of his self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family changes, JAMES WHITE stars Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi. Starring alongside Abbott, Nixon and Mescudi are Makenzie Leigh, Ron Livingston and David Call.

JAMES WHITE is a high profile release from The Film Arcade; the film will receive a traditional theatrical release followed by an awards campaign highlighting the career-best performances by Abbott and Nixon. Both actors topped Indiewire’s Sundance Criticwire poll for Best Lead Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. 

The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it was one of the most critically acclaimed films of the entire festival and was the recipient of the “Best of Next” Audience Award.

A confident and closely observed directorial debut by MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE producer Mond, JAMES WHITE explores loss and the deep relationship between a mother and son. James White (Abbott) is a troubled twenty-something trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City.  He retreats further into a hedonistic lifestyle, but his mother’s battle with a serious illness forces him to take control of his life. As the pressure mounts, James must find new reserves of strength or riskdownload imploding completely. Shot on location in New York City with an intimate visual style, the film follows its lead into deep, affecting places while still maintaining its fragile humanity.

The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney praised James White as a “viscerally acted drama whose rich visual and sonic textures intensify the plunge into the title character’s messy life…an arresting feature debut.Varietys Scott Foundas called the film “a most assured piece of work by an artist.” Foundas’ Variety colleague Brent Lang praised the film as “the anti-Terms of Endearment” for its gritty and authentic take on familial anguish.

The film marks the first lead film role for stage and screen actor Christopher Abbott, whose previous film and TV credits include Hello, I Must Be Going, The Sleepwalker and “Girls.” Best known for her role as Miranda Hobbs in “Sex and the City,” James White provides Cynthia Nixon with one of the most significant film roles of her career.

James White is the latest feature film from Borderline Films, a New York City based production company which was formed in 2003 by Tisch Film School alums Mond, Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin. Their notable film credits to date include Afterschool, Martha Marcy May Marlene and Simon Killer. James White was produced by Campos, Durkin and Melody C. Roscher.

Founded in 2012, The Film Arcade is an independent film distribution company that recently released Jim Strouse’s People Places Things starring Jemaine Clement and Kris Swanberg’s Unexpected starring Cobie Smulders and Anders Holms. Previous films include Song One starring Anne Hathaway, A.C.O.D. starring Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins and Amy Poehler and Jill Soloway’s Afternoon Delight starring Kathryn Hahn, Jane Lynch and Juno Temple. The Film Arcade is in production on Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice starring Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs.

Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds And Gena Rowlands To Receive Academy’s 2015 Governors Awards

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to filmmaker  Spike Lee and actress Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to actress and industry legend Debbie Reynolds. All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.ga_honorees_23_0

The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.”

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

Lee, a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers, made an auspicious debut with his NYU thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won a Student Academy Award® in 1983.  He proceeded to blaze a distinctive trail with such features as “She’s Gotta Have It,” “School Daze” and “Do the Right Thing,” which earned him a 1989 Oscar® nomination for Original Screenplay.  His work as a director ranges from the Oscar-nominated documentary feature “4 Little Girls” to such mainstream successes as “Malcolm X” and “Inside Man.”  Lee’s other feature credits include “Mo’ Better Blues,” “Jungle Fever,” “Crooklyn,” “He Got Game,” “25th Hour,” “Miracle at St. Anna” and “Red Hook Summer.”  He currently serves as the artistic director of the graduate film program at New York University.

Rowlands, an original talent whose devotion to her craft has earned her worldwide recognition as an independent film icon, received Academy Award nominations for her lead performances in “A Woman under the Influence” (1974) and “Gloria” (1980), both directed by her husband and frequent collaborator, John Cassavetes.  She got her start on the New York stage and in live television in the 1950s and has appeared in 40 feature films to date, from “The High Cost of Loving” in 1958 to “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” which she starred in earlier this year. Her other notable films include “Lonely Are the Brave,” “Faces,” “Minnie and Moskowitz,” “Opening Night,” “Another Woman,” “Unhook the Stars,” “Hope Floats,” “Playing by Heart,” “The Notebook” and “Broken English.”

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

Reynolds, a Hollywood icon since she won hearts with her buoyant performance in “Singin’ in the Rain,” embarked on the role of a lifetime as a founding member of the Thalians, a charitable organization conceived and sustained by entertainers to promote awareness and treatment of mental health issues. She served as the group’s president almost continuously from 1957 to 2011, adding numerous terms as board chair and frequently presiding over its annual fundraising gala. Her tireless efforts have enabled the Thalians to contribute millions to the Mental Health Center at Cedars-Sinai and to UCLA’s Operation Mend, which helps military veterans recover from the physical and psychological wounds of war. Reynolds has appeared in more than 40 feature films, including “The Tender Trap,” “A Catered Affair” and “Mother,” and received a 1964 Oscar nomination for her lead performance in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

 

Kohler Introduces ‘The Veil Intelligent Toilet”: An Experience That Is Never Too Irresistible

Elegance comes in many shapes and often sometimes where you least expect it. Epitomizing a superlative—and ultimately luxurious—experience and built on leading-edge design, Kohler – a global leader in kitchen and bath design and technology, is launching yet another game-changing product – The Veil Intelligent Toilet. The Veil combines thoughtful design, powerful performance and user-friendly functionality, giving a unique, innovative and luxurious experience to the user. And yes, it’s very elegant, elevating going to the bathroom to new heights.

The Veil Intelligent Toilet from Kohler

The Veil Intelligent Toilet from Kohler

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, in the United States, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies and is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.

The Veil Intelligent Toilet has all the functionalities one would expect from Kohler plus a few extras, including a concealed tank, automatic flushing and bidet integrated in one piece. Its modern design is minimalistic and has an ergonomically-designed French curve seat, for added comfort. Veil’s rimless bowl design also makes it easier to clean, ensuring elevated hygiene level. Technology integration in the new range includes (1) Automatic flushing with Double Siphonic Flushing System, (2) Night light and automated deodorizer, (3) a Touch Screen Remote designed to fit easily in your palm,which allows you to control and customize every feature of the Veil according to your tastes and (4) Intuitive Function – a motion-activated, hands-free opening and closing cover. The Integrated Multi-Function Bidet has a stainless steel wand that offers adjustable spray, position, water pressure, temperature and oscillate functions.  BOLD BLOG MAR 19

Its Double Siphonic Flushing System incorporates dual jets that produce efficient and powerful siphoning action, hence conserving water. The intelligent Auto-Flush Technology detects requirement for either full or half flush and also has the option for manual flush in case the power goes out. It features a single wand for front and rear wash with 5 positions for best hands-free hygiene. Sterilized water cleans the bidet wand after each wash and UV light sanitizes it every 24 hours.

Commenting on the launch of Veil, Mr. Salil Sadanandan, Managing Director, Kohler Kitchen and Bath, India said, “At Kohler, we focus our efforts on designing products that enhance the lives of the customers, thus, reinstating the spirit of ‘Gracious Living’ in everything that we do. Our intent in launching The Veil Toilet is to provide comforting luxury to people who want the best in their homes.”

Keeping in mind the rising percentage of high-income earning  consumers around the globe, Kohler also unveiled their new campaign titled ‘Irreconcilable Differences‘. Irreconcilable differences campaign will strike a chord with consumers owing to its story and the Veil. The TVC revolves around a rich couple going through separation with the new product Veil playing a lead role.

The new Kohler campaign comprises an integrated outreach and engagement plan. This campaign will be spread across all platforms TV, Print & Digital. Featuring with this campaign, is a TVC on irreconcilable differences directed by the experienced Vinil Mathews, from Breathless Productions, who also directed the hit feature film ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’. Interestingly, this TVC shows how the new, unique and luxurious toilet – The Veil, helps in reconciling a millionaire couple going through separation.

Conceptualized by O&M Advertising, Gurgaon, the campaign features a touch of Kohler’s trademark boldness, thus making it something of a landmark in a category that largely adheres to conventional communication themes. It is aimed at high-end luxury users and is the first step towards re-imagining the brand core of ‘Bold’ and infusing it with luxurious texture.”

The concept was born out of the need to drive luxury to the luxury livers in an imaginative way,” said Ajay Gahlaut, Executive Creative Director, O&M Advertising, Gurgaon. “The truth is, Veil offers an experience that is simply too good to let go of. The film brings to life the increasing possessiveness that comes with luxury experiences today, in a way that hasn’t yet been explored in the category.”

 

Tommy Hilfiger Launches Rafael Nadal Global Brand Ambassadorship and Tommy Hilfiger Underwear New Campaign

Collection was Launched With a Sexy Tennis Tournament With a Twist in New York City‘s Bryant Park

Tommy Hilfiger, which is owned by PVH Corp., launched its global brand ambassadorship with iconic tennis star Rafael Nadal For Tommy Hilfiger Underwear, tailored collection and fragrance with a pop-up tennis event in New York City’s Bryant Park. The event celebrated the debut of the new Tommy Hilfiger underwear collection and unveiling of the dedicated advertising campaign featuring the tennis icon.

Rafael Nadal with Tommy Hilfiger at a Personal Appearance At Macy's Herald Square (Image provided by Tommy Hilfiger PR)

Rafael Nadal with Tommy Hilfiger at a Personal Appearance At Macy’s Herald Square (Image provided by Tommy Hilfiger PR)

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The Fall 2015 Tommy Hilfiger Underwear Collection refreshes classic styles with
updated fits, revamped fabrics and elevated details. Design innovations, including a
special four-way flex stretch technology, combine with premium fabrics for a result that’s sophisticated, durable and essential for every day comfort. The collection also features sharp silhouettes, modern tailoring and rich textures. The TH Bold fragrance celebrates the spirit of determination and has been created for the modern man who lives bold, with a competitive nature and effortless self-confidence.

Lloyd Boston, Rafael Nadal, Terry Lundgren and Tommy Hilfiger at Macy's Herald Square

Lloyd Boston, Rafael Nadal, Terry Lundgren and Tommy Hilfiger at Macy’s Herald Square

We’ve revamped our men’s underwear collection with a look that’s modern, athletic and bold, and Nadal is the ultimate global brand ambassador for this new direction,” said designer Tommy Hilfiger. “Since I first established my brand 30 years ago, we’ve always brought a unique twist to our designs and our advertising. Today’s event continues our tradition of bold, surprising campaigns and iconic ambassadors that celebrate our brand spirit and resonate with our consumers globally.”
05. Rafael Nadal
The 14-time Grand Slam winner, in town for the upcoming U.S. Open, challenged some of New Yorks best-dressed opponents in a one-of-a-kind, rapid-fire tennis competition, with a fun, sexy twist.

 Arthur Kulkov

Arthur Kulkov

Constance Jablonski

Constance Jablonski

Nadal faced off in several rounds of tennis with top models including supermodels Chanel Iman and Constance Jablonski; 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model Hannah Davis; actor and model Noah Mills; Hilfiger models Arthur Kulkov and Akin Akman;, all dressed in custom Tommy Hilfiger looks. Each time a team scored a point their opponents removed a piece of clothing, eventually unveiling the new Tommy Hilfiger men’s and women’s underwear designs. Actresses (Glee star and Hollywood Game Night host) Jane Lynch and (No Escape and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp) Lake Bell hosted the event from the umpire’s seat as Nadal took victory in three consecutive games.

Akin Akman

Akin Akman

“I love how this event brings together fashion and sport with Tommy’s signature twist

– it was the perfect way to kick-off my partnership with Tommy Hilfiger,” said Rafael
Nadal. “I’m proud to be launching the new campaign in the middle of New York City with such an exciting event.”

Danielle Bernstein, Bryanboy, Constance Jablonski, Chanel Iman, Akin Akman, Noah Mills, Hannah Davis, Arthur Kulkov

Danielle Bernstein, Bryanboy, Constance Jablonski, Chanel Iman, Akin Akman, Noah Mills, Hannah Davis, Arthur Kulkov

Other VIP guests included Paper Towns star Nat Wolff; home and design icon Martha Stewart; and fashion bloggers Bryanboy, Danielle Bernstein and Sazan Barzani, all dressed in Tommy Hilfiger custom tennis togs.Nadal Ad Campaign-1
The advertising campaign was revealed just after midnight on last night through the
brand’s social media channels, and will run globally in top print publications, television, online and out-of-home placements, including billboards in key cities worldwide. The striking campaign imagery and revealing video was shot in Nadal’s hometown in Mallorca, Spain.

To complement the event and partnership the brand launched a series of digital
initiatives, including a live Periscope feed from the event hosted by American fashion
blogger Sazan Barzani. In an exclusive collaboration with Funny or Die, comedian Nate Dern brought a new perspective to the traditional red-carpet Q&A in a series of videos that will be revealed on social media over the following days.

UGG Opens Pop-Up Shops in Boston & New York Areas

Temporary Retail Locations in Major Metros highlights the Growing Demand for UGG in the lead up to its holiday season.

The UGG® brand, a division of Deckers Brands, today announced the opening of two pop-up stores featuring Infinite UGG®, a seamless online integration that grants access to an “endless aisle” of merchandise not found in store, in Boston and Elizabeth, New Jersey, across the river from New York City. Just in time for back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons; both locations will offer 500-550 SKUs featuring an array of UGG® products including: footwear, loungewear, handbags and accessories.

Boston and the New York City metro represent two important regions for UGG so we feel the

UGG Australia Logo (PRNewsFoto/UGG Australia)

UGG Australia Logo (PRNewsFoto/UGG Australia)

addition of these pop-up locations will make the brand more accessible to consumers as they seek out their favorite back-to-school and holiday shopping items,” said Vice President of North America retail for Deckers Brands, Gerard Marceda.When consumers are fully immersed in the comfort and luxury of UGG they immediately feel the warmth, comfort and unparalleled craftsmanship and high-quality materials that go in to creating this legacy brand.

Founded in 1978 in California, the UGG® brand has built a reputation on luxury and comfort by using only the finest materials in the world, employing the highest standards of craftsmanship, and delivering new and innovative styles. The brand is recognized as a premium lifestyle brand with more than $1 billion in annual sales, offering men’s, women’s and kid’s footwear as well as loungewear, outerwear, home products, cold weather accessories and handbags. The brand’s concept and outlet stores offer the ultimate brand experience with 137 locations worldwide, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing.


The Faneuil Hall Pop-Up, open now, carries a selection of must-have merchandise and is located in the heart of Boston at Faneuil Hall (4 South Market Building, Space 2045, Boston, MA). The location offers 1,764 square feet of retail space and is nearby permanent UGG® brand locations on Newbury Street in Boston and the UGG® Outlet at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets.

The Jersey Gardens Pop-Up Outlet store is located at 651 Kapkowski Road, Suite 2442, Elizabeth, New Jersey, just outside of New York City. The store, which opens to the public on September 3rd, has 1,429 square feet of selling space and is the perfect companion to the four UGG® brand concept shops located in Manhattan.

The pop-up stores will be open through early 2016. More details on the pop-up stores and other UGG® locations, including store hours, can be found at: http://www.uggaustralia.com/storelocator.

Rachael Ray Joins Anne Burrell In First-Ever Culinary Boot Camp For Kitchen-Challenged Stars In Celebrity Edition Of Worst Cooks In America

Food Masters Transform All-Star Kitchen Disasters into Skilled Cooks in Six-Episode Special Series Premiering Wednesday, September 23rd at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network

Worst Cooks in America returns with a starry twist this fall, as Rachael Ray joins Anne Burrell in the kitchen to transform seven celebrity cooking disasters into culinary VIPs. Burrell and Ray each will lead a team of personalities who have many talents on-screen, but little savvy in the kitchen – and these food masters are determined to whip the celebs into culinary shape. The all-star recruits are: Dean Cain, Ellen Cleghorne, Jenni “Jwoww” Farley, Chris Soules, Jaleel White, Kendra Wilkinson and Barry Williams. The contestant who makes the most impressive food transformation wins a $50,000 grand prize for charity, as well as bragging rights for their team leader. The celebrity edition of Worst Cooks in America premieres Wednesday, September 23rd at 9pm ET/PT on the Food Network.

Hosts Rachael Ray, and Chef Anne Burrell during Food Network’s Worst Cooks In America Celebrity Edition, Season 7. (Image courtesy of Food Network)

Hosts Rachael Ray, and Chef Anne Burrell during Food Network’s Worst Cooks In America Celebrity Edition, Season 7. (Image courtesy of Food Network)

With Anne and Rachael as team leaders to a roster of cooking-challenged celebrities, Worst Cooks boot camp is high energy and hilarious,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network.The kitchen is bursting with big personalities and comical culinary mishaps – but along the way some of these celebs actually develop impressive cooking chops.”

Contestant Barry Williams, in the kitchen during Food Network’s Worst Cooks In America Celebrity Edition, Season 7.

Contestant Barry Williams, in the kitchen during Food Network’s Worst Cooks In America Celebrity Edition, Season 7.

In the season premiere, Rachael joins Anne for the first time in boot camp and they are introduced to their recruits – celebrities who can’t cook. They have a limited amount of time to turn these seven pampered personalities into kitchen stars, so they assess everyone’s skill level at the first-ever Worst Cooks potluck and find themselves tasting some very interesting dishes. After Anne and Rachael pick teams, one celebrity does not make the cut and is sent back to Tinseltown. Upcoming episodes feature suspenseful blindfold dish tastings, a rousing game of Family Food and small-dish tapas-style entertaining. The season culminates in a finale on Wednesday, October 28(th) at9pm ET/PT where the most improved recruit is awarded $50,000 for charity and bragging rights for their mentor.
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MARC FISHER LTD Launches #MAKEYOURMARC with Fall 2015/Winter 2016 Campaign Featuring Karlie Kloss

#MAKEYOURMARC In Shoes That Make Change: Platform Supports Kloss’s Kode With Karlie Scholarship Fund 

MARC FISHER LTD announces the #MAKEYOURMARC platform celebrating women nationwide who are making an impact with the goal is to inspire, encourage, recognize and help fund activities of real life role models who do extraordinary work. Founder Marc Fisher has launched this platform in tandem with the brand’s first collection, celebrating Fall 2016/Winter 2016 campaign star Karlie Kloss (my favorite model ever!) for the ‘marc’ she is making on the world by encouraging young women to learn to code through her initiative, Kode With Karlie(You can view the official #MAKEYOURMARC campaign video here.)

MARC FISHER LTD’s FW15 #MAKEYOURMARC Campaign Featuring Karlie Kloss (wearing the Nettie Boot) in support of the Kode With Karlie Scholarship Fund.

MARC FISHER LTD’s Fall 2015/Winter 2016 #MAKEYOURMARC Campaign Featuring Karlie Kloss (wearing the Netty (Long) Boot) in support of the Kode With Karlie Scholarship Fund.

Founder Marc Fisher and Marc Fisher LTD, with the #MAKEYOURMARC campaign, will celebrate Kode With Karlie in a yearlong program with proceeds from select styles supporting scholarships to encourage young women to explore computer programming. Karlie Kloss has hand selected 3 styles, the Netty (Long) Boot, Tammy Pump, and Yale (Short) Boot from the MARC FISHER LTD fall collection and for every purchase of those styles, $20 will be donated to Kode With Karlie. Additionally for every photo or post on Instagram or Twitter with the designated hashtag, #MAKEYOURMARC, $1 will be donated.

MARC FISHER LTD’s Fall 2015/Winter 2016  #MAKEYOURMARC Campaign Featuring Karlie Kloss (wearing the Yale Boot, above)n support of the Kode With Karlie Scholarship Fund.

MARC FISHER LTD’s Fall 2015/Winter 2016 #MAKEYOURMARC Campaign Featuring Karlie Kloss (wearing the Yale Short Boot, above) in support of the Kode With Karlie Scholarship Fund.

Karlie Kloss has selected 3 styles and for every purchase of these styles (including the Yale Boot, above), MARC FISHER LTD will donate $20 to Kode With Karlie, dedicated to inspiring & supporting young women to get excited about coding. When you use the hashtag #MAKEYOURMARC on Instagram and Twitter you are also helping to raise money for Kode With Karlie. Share stories and photos of inspirational women making their 'marc.' For every post $1 will be donated.

Karlie Kloss has selected 3 styles and for every purchase of these styles (including the Yale Boot, above), MARC FISHER LTD will donate $20 to Kode With Karlie, dedicated to inspiring & supporting young women to get excited about coding. When you use the hashtag #MAKEYOURMARC on Instagram and Twitter you are also helping to raise money for Kode With Karlie. Share stories and photos of inspirational women making their ‘marc.’ For every post $1 will be donated.

Karlie Kloss‘s curiosity and interest in the tech world led her to take her first coding class at the Flatiron School in 2014. She was hooked and later participated in Code.org‘s “Hour of Code” during Computer Science Education Week to encourage young girls and boys to learn coding. In 2015, Karlie established Kode With Karlie, in partnership with the Flatiron School, to encourage young women across the U.S. to learn how to code. Kode With Karlie has provided 21 scholarships for young women from across the country to attend the Flatiron School’s two week pre-college academy course in the summer of 2015.

In 2013, girls made up 18.5 percent of A.P. computer science test-takers nationwide, a slight decrease from the year before. In three states, no girls took the test at all. An abysmal 0.4 percent of girls entering college intend to major in computer science. And in 2013, women made up 14 percent of all computer science graduates — down from 36 percent in 1984. The imbalance persists in the tech industry. In may of 2014, Google released data howing that women account for just 17 percent of its tech employees. The problem is not only getting girls to computer class, but keeping them there. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/opinion/sunday/how-to-get-girls-into-coding.html?_r=0)
The funds provided by #MAKEYOURMARC will allow Kloss to expand the Kode With Karlie initiative, creating programs for high school students and additional scholarships through the Flatiron School with the contribution supporting education around coding. (She herself starts her freshman year at New York University this September.) 

MARC FISHER LTD’s Fall 2015/Winter 2016  #MAKEYOURMARC Campaign Featuring Karlie Kloss (wearing the Tammy Pump) in support of the Kode With Karlie Scholarship Fund.

MARC FISHER LTD’s Fall 2015/Winter 2016 #MAKEYOURMARC Campaign Featuring Karlie Kloss (wearing the Tammy Pump) in support of the Kode With Karlie Scholarship Fund.

Karlie Kloss has selected 3 styles and for every purchase of these styles (including the Tammy Pump, above), MARC FISHER LTD will donate $20 to Kode With Karlie dedicated to inspiring & supporting young women to get excited about coding. When you use the hashtag #MAKEYOURMARC on Instagram and Twitter you are also helping to raise money for Kode With Karlie, dedicated to inspiring & supporting young women to get excited about coding. Share stories and photos of inspirational women making their 'marc.' For every post $1 will be donated.

Karlie Kloss has selected 3 styles and for every purchase of these styles (including the Tammy Pump, above), MARC FISHER LTD will donate $20 to Kode With Karlie dedicated to inspiring & supporting young women to get excited about coding. When you use the hashtag #MAKEYOURMARC on Instagram and Twitter you are also helping to raise money for Kode With Karlie. Share stories and photos of inspirational women making their ‘marc.’ For every post $1 will be donated.

I feel fortunate that modeling has given me a platform that I can use to make my ‘marc’,” says Karlie. “I want to use this platform to ignite the same excitement I have for coding in other young women. That’s why I started Kode With Karlie.

Karlie Kloss is not just a super model – she’s a role model – and now she have partnered with her to be the face of the LTD Fall Collection and ambassador for the #MAKEYOURMARC program.

Karlie Kloss is not just a super model – she’s a role model (and a super nice person to boot!)– and now she have partnered with Marc Fisher Footwear to be the face of the MARC FISHER LTD Fall Collection and ambassador for the #MAKEYOURMARC program.

The #MAKEYOURMARC platform will also recognize and bring financial support to real life role models who are making a difference in their communities. Women can nominate themselves or someone who inspires them through makeyourmarc.marcfisherfootwear.com/nominate. Fisher is looking to celebrate and bring financial contribution to women who are making their ‘marc’ across community, education, arts, human rights, health, technology, philanthropy and volunteerism. Nominees will be selected throughout the year to receive grants to back their efforts and MARC FISHER LTD will share their stories on the brand’s website and social channels to raise awareness for their inspiring work.
#MAKEYOURMARC allows me to align my passion with a greater purpose,” says founder and CEO Marc Fisher about the campaign. “It will celebrate and bring financial contribution to incredible women who do extraordinary work. These women are the voices and faces of my brand and the women I have always been inspired by. Karlie is clearly someone making her ‘marc’ while inspiring others to do the same. She embodies the ideals that the #MAKEYOURMARC program wants to recognize and support.”

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