Living Well: Four Seasons Launches Entertain U(Niversity) – A Series Of Consumer Classes Focused On The Art Of Entertaining

Running From October 1 Through December 31, 2015, The Series Highlights In-House Experts On Event Planning And All Things Culinary

Whether it’s teaching the art of floral arrangements or the best way to cook game meats, Four Seasons has always believed in sharing expert entertaining knowledge with guests and members of the local community. To showcase the brand’s innovation and creativity in entertaining, Four Seasons is launching Entertain U(niversity) this October, a series of educational consumer classes, workshops and experiences led by in-house global event planners, culinary teams and beverage masterminds held within versatile event spaces at Four Seasons hotels and resorts.LAN_166_aspect16x9

The classes are designed to create experiences that guests can replicate in their own homes, while simultaneously highlighting the wide range of customizable event offerings and venues available at Four Seasons. Examples include:

  • Barista Boot Camp at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort: Coffee lovers will gain the necessary skills to move beyond creating a basic “cup of joe” to creating an extraordinary, signature cup of coffee rich in flavor and with an artful presentation. Coffee connoisseur Allison Burkard, manager of Lickety Split, the Resort’s café, will teach guests how to make cold-brew coffee, as well as the perfect single drip coffee. Every Saturday in December 2015PAL_370_aspect16x9
  • Barrel-Aged Cocktail Making at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto: Discover the art of crafting cocktails and adding an oak influence. Guests will assist in creating a soon-to-be-released Quattro barrel aged cocktail, which will rest in an oak barrel for 60 days until it is aged to perfection. Attendees will be invited to the release party of the cocktail that they were part of creating. October 3, 2015
  • Steak & Ale at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire: Enjoy the best in prime steak cuts, including organic côte de boeuf from local farms, combined with the property’s own craft beer, 1086. Guests will get the chance to partake in an interactive craft ale tasting session with the Andwell Brewing Company, a local family-run microbrewery, where they’ll learn about the creation of 1086 in celebration of the Hotel’s 10th anniversary.PUN_574_aspect16x9
  • Afternoon Tea Etiquette for Youngsters at Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip: All participating young guests will get a chance to experience afternoon tea service, from three tiers of delightful savouries, scones and desserts, along with a cup of hot chocolate or milk as a tea substitute. An in-house Four Seasons expert will also guide children in proper tea etiquette. October–December, 2015WES_268_aspect16x9
  • Tips and Tricks from Wolfgang Puck’s Kitchen at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay: Participants learn how to cook some of Wolfgang Puck’s most beloved dishes from his restaurants at the Hotel. The class will be guided by his chefs in the dining room of the brand new CUT by Wolfgang Puck restaurant.BAL_842_aspect16x9
  • Jimbaran Bay Cooking Academy at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay: A hands-on opportunity to learn about the secret techniques and distinctive ingredients of Indonesian cuisine, featuring recipes from old family traditions from different Indonesian regions. Guests will visit the Jimbaran Fish Market to see how locals shop for the freshest seafood, and pick indigenous ingredients from the Academy’s herb and spice garden. Daily, Monday–SundayFLO_101_aspect16x9

Participate in the educational journey on the Entertain U(niversity) online home on Taste by Four Seasons and follow the #FSEntertainU hashtag on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to uncover the schedule of expert-led classes, take a peek at the most extraordinary Four Seasons event venues and discover tips of the trade from Four Seasons culinary and event experts.

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Winter Travel Advisory: Cool Fall-Winter Hotel Packages Make Miami Beach a Hot Destination for Couples, Singles and Families

South Beach Group Announces Brand New Over-The-Top Vacation Packages At The Popular Catalina Hotel, The Hotel Croydon, And Tradewinds

South Beach Is A Great Getaway Choice For Fall-Winter 2015

As we all mourn the end of summer, most people mistakenly wait until temperatures drop and they are up to their eyeballs in wet, soggy snow before arranging their winter travel. Several hotels, including the South Beach properties owned and operated by the South Beach Group, are already launching fall-winter 2015 vacation packages with awesome extras making Miami Beach the hot spot to jet off to. As if you needed me to tell you that. With appealing deals for couples, singles and families; it’s worth it to jump on these packages in advance.

There is something for everyone on Miami Beach from great shopping, food and cultural events to watersports and sight-seeing. Deals this good are hard to come by,” explains Alan Lieberman, owner of South Beach Group.

Hotel Croydon Rooftop Deck

Hotel Croydon Rooftop Deck

The Hotel Croydon Miami Beach, a fully-renovated, 1937, 7-story art deco boutique hotel located steps away from the ocean. With high style and edgy design elements, Hotel Croydon dazzles with 100 guest rooms including a sprawling Penthouse with ocean views, meeting room and banquet space, a gym, an outdoor pool, a spa, an on-site restaurant and bar, and a rooftop sun deck with 360 degree views of the ocean and Miami.

Hotel Croydon Bedroom

Hotel Croydon Bedroom

For couples in the mood for pleasure and adventure the “Romantic Escape Package” at Hotel Croydon is a great choice. The package includes in-room candy, flowers and wine, couple’s massages (indoor or outdoor), sunset dinner for two on a gorgeous rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Miami Beach, paddle boarding, beach chairs, poolside cabana and complimentary nightly happy hour from 7-8pm. Three night package rate is $995 for 2 adults, except 12/1-12/5, 12/25-1/2. hotelcroydonmiamibeach.com

The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club - Main Lobby

The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club – Main Lobby

The Catalina Hotel + Beach Club is high energy and big action! Located right on center-of-the-South-Beach-universe Collins Avenue it’s a block from the beach and a fast walk from all the major happenings on South Beach. The property’s 190 rooms are all equipped with comfortable Tempur-Pedic Swedish mattresses, Masconi linens and goose-down comforters and pillows with new ultra-luxurious bathrooms with oversized bath towels and pique bathrobes. Having stayed at The Catalina myself several years ago, I can attest to everything: the beds were fabulously comforting, you will actually want to live in those robes, and the Beach Club is a little slice of Heaven.

For single ladies seeking a weekend of partying in paradise, there’s the “South Beach Party Package” at The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club. The package includes 2 complimentary “Hangover Breakfast with Bloody Mary and Mimosa,” complimentary cocktails from 7-8pm nightly, a Vodka & Sushi Sampler at Fung Ku’s VIP table to get taste buds popping, and goodie bags filled with Neutrogena Sunblock, Cover Girl Waterproof Mascara, Rimmel London Waterproof Eyeliner and Essie Nail Polish, plus complimentary beach chairs (2 per room). Three night package rate is $1099 for 2 adults per room, additional guests $250 per night, 4 people per room maximum, except 12/1-12/5, 12/25-1/2. catalinahotel.com Continue reading

Mens Grooming: MENAJI Launches New ClearShave 3-in-1 Gel Formulated to Cut Grooming Time in Half

This Fall MENAJI Skincare Challenges Men to Put Their Skincare Products to the Ultimate Test of Value, Effectiveness and Multifunctional Benefits Against ClearShave 3-in-1.

How fast is your skincare? Mintel, the global provider of market research, said that multifunctional and time-saving benefits are the key concerns for male consumers according to their recent report. The Mintel study describes male consumers as gravitating towards products that give them more than one benefit.

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ClearShave 3-in-i Gel

MENAJI Skincare President Pamela Viglielmo said that is what her company has been doing for years – providing fast, user-friendly, healthy skincare – and the number one reason MENAJI developed ClearShave 3-in1 Gel.

ClearShave 3-in-1 is a shave gel that does not need water, does not need measuring once opened because it has an air pump dispenser that delivers the right amount each time, acts as a pre-shave prep and after-shave toner, comes in a TSA-approved travel size, and is so clear that their razor can precisely address all the lines and borders. The only thing it does not do is bring you coffee in the morning,” Vilgielmo said.

Viglielmo said MENAJI was developed specifically to make it easy for men to access the benefits of products typically used on professional actors and models, and also save them time and money. She believes there are precious few brands that stand and deliver the type of value MENAJI does, as far as combining several functions at once, botanical formulas and delivering fast results.

Men want expertise. Men want value. Men want education. We want men to really test the skincare products they use now to see if they are getting everything they need, in a quick and effective manner – the type of experience MENAJI delivers,” Viglielmo said.

Viglielmo also adds that MENAJI was born in mean streets of entertainment, where harsh lights and unforgiving high definition put products to the test daily. MENAJI ClearShave 3-in-1 gel was developed to provide a healthy, safe precision shave anywhere, at any time, like on studio sets where every second counts for make-up artists and actors.

My hope is that men realize they need the right brand, like MENAJI, which is so user-friendly, so they can see how easy and fast looking good should be, and use the extra time our ClearShave 3-in-1 allows them to enjoy their morning!”

The new MENAJI Skincare ClearShave 3-in-i Gel ($10.00 USD) is available online at http://menaji.myshopify.com/products/clearshave-3-in-1-formula.

Fall 2015 Art Preview: “Walid Raad” Career Survey at The Musueum of Modern Art

Special Exhibitions Gallery, Third Floor And The Donald B. And Catherine C. Marron Atrium, Second Floor, October 12, 2015–January 31, 2016

MoMA presents the first comprehensive American survey of the artist Walid Raad (b. 1967, Lebanon), whose work in the last 25 years investigates distinctions between fact and fiction, and the ways in which we represent, remember, and make sense of history. The exhibition brings together over 20 bodies of work across various mediums—including photography, video, sculpture, and performance—identifying Raad as a pivotal figure in contemporary art. Dedicated to exploring the veracity of archives and photographic documents in the public realm, the role of memory and narrative within discourses of conflict, and the construction of histories of art in the Arab world, Raad’s work is informed by his upbringing in Lebanon during the civil war (1975–90), and by the socioeconomic and military policies that have shaped the Middle East in the past few decades.

Walid Raad. Hostage: The Bachar tapes (English version). 2001. Video (color, sound), 16:17 min. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Jerome Foundation in honor of its founder, Jerome Hill, 2003. © 2015 Walid Raad

Walid Raad. Hostage: The Bachar tapes (English version). 2001. Video (color, sound), 16:17 min. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Jerome Foundation in honor of its founder, Jerome Hill, 2003. © 2015 Walid Raad

Walid Raad. My Neck is Thinner Than a Hair: Engines (detail). 1996-2004. One hundred pigmented inkjet prints, 9 7/16 x 13 3/8″ (24 x 34 cm) each. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Fund for the Twenty-First Century. © 2015 Walid Raad

Walid Raad. My Neck is Thinner Than a Hair: Engines (detail). 1996-2004. One hundred pigmented inkjet prints, 9 7/16 x 13 3/8″ (24 x 34 cm) each. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Fund for the Twenty-First Century. © 2015 Walid Raad

The exhibition focuses on two of the artist’s long-term projects: The Atlas Group (1989–2004) and Scratching on things I could disavow (2007–ongoing). Under the rubric of The Atlas Group, a 15-year project exploring the contemporary history of Lebanon, Raad produced fictionalized photographs, videotapes, notebooks, and lectures that related to real events and authentic research in audio, film, and photographic archives in Lebanon and elsewhere. Raad’s recent work has expanded to address the Middle East region at large. His current ongoing project, Scratching on things I could disavow, examines the recent emergence in the Arab world of new infrastructure for the visual arts—comprised of art fairs, biennials, museums, and galleries—alongside the geopolitical, economic, and military conflicts that have consumed the region in the past few decades.

Walid Raad. Scratching on things I could disavow: Walkthrough. 2011. Performance, Kustenfestivaldesarts, Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels, 2011. Photo © Piet Janssens

Walid Raad. Scratching on things I could disavow: Walkthrough. 2011. Performance, Kustenfestivaldesarts, Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels, 2011. Photo © Piet Janssens

Walid Raad. Civilizationally, we do not dig holes to bury ourselves_Plate 922. 1958-59/2003. Pigmented inkjet print, 10 x 8” (25.4 x 20.3 cm). Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. © 2015 Walid Raad

Walid Raad. Civilizationally, we do not dig holes to bury ourselves_Plate 922. 1958-59/2003. Pigmented inkjet print, 10 x 8” (25.4 x 20.3 cm). Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. © 2015 Walid Raad

Walid Raad. Section 88: Views from outer to inner compartments. 2010. Single-channel HD video (color, silent), 14:36 min. Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. © 2015 Walid Raad

Walid Raad. Section 88: Views from outer to inner compartments. 2010. Single-channel HD video (color, silent), 14:36 min. Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. © 2015 Walid Raad

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Fall Arts Travel: Prestigious Ojai Studio Artists Tour Set for Columbus Day Weekend

The mission of Ojai Studio Artists, an approved 501(c)3 nonprofit, is to create an environment where artists thrive ― professional and student alike — and fulfill the potential of the arts to enrich lives and build community. And every year, the members does that so much more during the Ojai Studio Arts Tour.

The 32nd Annual (self-guided) Ojai Studio Artists Tour – one of the premier art events in California – is set for Columbus Day Weekend, October 10, 11 & 12. Last year was the first time the tour was expanded to a three-day event in the Tour’s history and it proved so to be successful, they’re offering it again. “Collectors liked having an extra day to think about the work,” said OSA Board President, Soni Wright.WebHeader_OSA

The Ojai Studio Artists Tour has a rich legacy, from early days that included the celebrated Beatrice Wood, Horace Bristol and Otto and Vivica Heino, to today’s membership of distinguished, award-winning artists. Leading critics and the media has often described the Ojai Studio Artists community as “world-class,” and the Tour, “a rare experience” – while the growing influx of stylish shops and trendy restaurants has only added to Ojai’s unique “destination appeal.

Fifty artist studios throughout California’s breathtaking Ojai Valley will be open each day from 10am to 5pm. In-studio artist demonstrations proved so popular last year they’ll be expanded in 2015 with the Demonstration Schedule distributed in advance.

Gayel Childress in studio

Gayel Childress in studio

The Schedule for the Weekend is as follows:

Friday, October 9: Five daytime art-making Workshops for those who want to make art as well as see art. Five very different Workshops will be offered, each taught by an OSA member who is a master in the workshop area involved. The workshops are: Silk Marbleizing, Making Paste Paper, Printmaking, Ukrainian Egg Decoration, and A Paint Party. Registration and fee details are online at ojaistudioartists.org. A free Tour ticket accompanies each workshop registration. (Free Pre-Tour program for locals and early arrivals)

Artist Carlos Grasso

Artist Carlos Grasso

Another pre-Tour highlight is the special free lecture offered at 7pm on Friday, October 9th for locals and early arrivals at the Ojai Center for the Arts, 113 S. Montgomery. Led by OSA artist and ceramics/glass genius Richard Flores, the program introduces the work of each Tour artist and is designed to help people plan their personal Tour schedules.

October 10, 11 & 12, Saturday, Sunday &-Monday: OSA Studio Tour, 50 artists, 10 am to 5 pm

October 10, Saturday night: Dessert Reception, Live Music, Art Basket Raffle 7 to 8:30

Saturday’s Dessert Reception and live music event is open (free) to all Tour artists and ticket-holders. The event features a raffle of beautiful baskets filled with original art and fine local products, such as Ojai honey, olive oil and lavender. Proceeds from the Tour and Art Basket Raffle fund OSA’s “Artreach Program” of youth art scholarships and funding for community arts needs.

Artwork by Carol Sutton

Artwork by Carol Sutton

Workshop 2: Ukrainian Egg Decoration

Taught by Bernadette DiPietro, author of The ABC’s of Batik. Workshop: Decorate 2-3 beautiful eggs in the traditional manner combining legends, customs, symbols, and designs of Ukrainian Pysanky eggs. Fee: $175/person. Hours: 1pm – 4 pm (three hours). Participants: Six person limit; four minimum. For more info or to register: Contact Bernadette at bernadettedipietro@gmail.com

Printmaking Workshop Closed/Full

Workshop 4: The Art of Silk Marbelization, Taught by Vera Long. Workshop: Learn the ancient art of silk marbelization, creating elegant silk scarves first in the Japanese freeform style of Suminagashi; then in the more formal Turkish style of Ebru, meaning “cloud on water surface.” Dyes are completely non-toxic, durable and vibrant. Fee: $200/person. Hours: 1pm to 5pm (four hours)Participants: Ten person limit, minimum of four-day. For more info and to Register: Go to www.veralong.com

Workshop 5: Paint Party! Taught by Amy Lyn Stevenson

Workshop: Learn acrylic painting techniques in a step-by-step group process, making your work of art unique by adding your own colors and flair. Fee: $95/person. Hours: 1pm to 4pm (three hours). Participants: Ten person limit, minimum of four. For Info and to Register: Contact Amy Lyn at amylynstevenson@ me.com.

Tour tickets are $30 in advance, $15 for youth 16 and older; youth 15 and under free, (Tickets bought on Tour days are $35 adult, $15 youth and available online at ojaistudioartists.org) and cover studio visits all three days and admission to Saturday’s Dessert Reception. Tickets and Tour brochures are available at ojaistudioartists.org, and on Tour days at the Art Center.

 

 

 

The American Girl Fashion Show, Annual Fundraiser Benefits Youth Organizations

KidDomain invites girls, their friends and families to The American Girl Fashion Show(TM) on Saturday, October 10 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday, October 11 at 2 p.m. at the Midland Center for the Arts (1801 W. St. Andrews Rd., Midland, Michigan.). This fun, engaging program showcases historical and contemporary fashions for girls and their dolls. Tickets are $30 per person.

American Girl's new BeForever doll, Maryellen Larkin. (PRNewsFoto/American Girl)

American Girl’s new BeForever doll, Maryellen Larkin. (PRNewsFoto/American Girl)

Over 150 local models will present the fashions, while lively commentary, music, and decorations create a memorable experience for girls and their families. Audiences will delight in historical clothing, from daywear to sleepwear to special-occasion clothing that resembles what the popular American Girl characters Kaya, Josefina, Addy, Samantha, Rebecca, Kit, Maryellen and Julie might have worn. Contemporary outfits for older girls and sweet “Bitty Baby” fashions for Little Girls complete the 2-hour program. Best for ages 6 and up.

Escape the Ordinary at Midland Center for the Arts.  (PRNewsFoto/Midland Center for the Arts)

Escape the Ordinary at Midland Center for the Arts. (PRNewsFoto/Midland Center for the Arts)

Now in its fifth year at MCFTA, The American Girl Fashion Show has allowed over 500 girls from across the region to gain confidence through participating as models, and raised $60,500 for youth-impacting causes addressing childhood hunger, health and wellness, safety, arts education, STEM education initiatives and leadership development.


KidDomain , a non-profit, tax-exempt organization formed under the laws of the State of Michigan, celebrates childhood by inspiring a joy of learning and self-directed exploration in young children. It travels around the state of Michigan to give students an opportunity for hands-on learning. www.kiddomain.org.


Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Alpha Kappa Alpha‘s youth enrichment programs: 1908 Playgrounds (ensuring children have safe and inviting places to play by restoring and renewing 1,908 existing community and school playgrounds) and 1 Million Backpacks (donating and distributing 1 million backpacks and related school supplies to students over a four-year period) as well as MCFTA’s Art from the Heart Scholarship Fund (assisting with art class tuition and tickets to cultural events).

American Girl(TM) is one of the nation’s top direct marketers, children’s publishers, and experiential retailers; and is proud to partner with nonprofit organizations to present Fashion Show events to raise funds for children’s charities. As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to “celebrate girls,” American Girl events have generated millions of dollars for worthwhile causes nationwide.

Absolut® Introduces Absolut Electrik Bottle In Striking Silver And Electric Blue

New Limited Edition Metallic Range Inspires Consumers to Turn Their Nights “Electrik”

Absolut® announced its newest limited edition bottle, Absolut Electrik, available in striking silver and electric blue. The new bottles feature Absolut Original Vodka and will be available starting October 1, 2015 (MSRP of $19.99 (750ml) and $24.99 [1L])through the holiday season to help partygoers and throwers turn their nights “Electrik.”

Absolut Electrik made its preview debut last night on E!’s Countdown to the Red Carpet® and Live from the Red Carpet®, when the show hosts celebrated the night’s nominees with an “Electrik-fied” toast using the Absolut Signature E! Cocktail – Absolut Best Dressed.

Absolut(R) Introduces Absolut Electrik Bottle In Striking Silver And Electric Blue (PRNewsFoto/Pernod Ricard USA)

Absolut(R) Introduces Absolut Electrik Bottle In Striking Silver And Electric Blue (PRNewsFoto/Pernod Ricard USA)

The Absolut Electrik bottle is the latest continuation of Absolut Nights, an ongoing campaign dedicated to reimagining the future of nightlife. In simple, sleek metallic, the bottles serve as a muse for raising the energy of nights out and in – starting with next month’s Absolut Electrik House. The Electrik House will transform the typical house party into a once-in-a-lifetime experience by pushing the boundaries of traditional “house rules.” Building on Absolut’s commitment to transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, the Absolut Electrik House and Electrik bottle is sure to reinvigorate nightlife conventions.

Absolut Injects New Creativity Into Nightlife, And Transforms The New York Skyline For Just One Night. On September 12, 2014, on the Red Hook waterfront, Absolut kicks off Absolut Nights – a global series of one-of-a-kind experiences designed to push the boundaries of nightlife.

Absolut Injects New Creativity Into Nightlife, And Transforms The New York Skyline For Just One Night. On September 12, 2014, on the Red Hook waterfront, Absolut kicks off Absolut Nights – a global series of one-of-a-kind experiences designed to push the boundaries of nightlife.

On October 3, 2014, Absolut will brought its new Absolut Nights experiential series to Sao Paulo by inviting seventy-five partiers to become someone else for just one night.

On October 3, 2014, Absolut will brought its new Absolut Nights experiential series to Sao Paulo by inviting seventy-five partiers to become someone else for just one night.

Created in collaboration with acclaimed videogame writer Marianne Krawczyk, the experience transforms her skill of creating interactive environments by bringing one to life as an immersive environment in which the greatest partiers in history converge at a party for the ages.

Created in collaboration with acclaimed videogame writer Marianne Krawczyk, the experience transforms her skill of creating interactive environments by bringing one to life as an immersive environment in which the greatest partiers in history converge at a party for the ages.

At Absolut, nightlife is in our DNA,” said Joao Rozario, VP, Absolut Vodka, Pernod Ricard USA. “For us, nights are unique opportunities to celebrate creativity and self-expression, and we continue to seek ways to reimagine and re-energize what a typical night out, or in, can be.  Our Electrik Bottle is the latest expression of our ‘Nights’ campaign and we hope it inspires unexpected, transformative nights for our consumers.”