OPI Announces Kerry Washington As Creative Ambassador

OPI Products Inc. has announced a collaboration with Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated actress Kerry Washington, who will act as the brand’s first-ever Creative Ambassador. OPI is known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers.

Ms. Washington is a versatile and fearless actress who continues to shine on both the big screen and small. A native of The Bronx, Washington has received high acclaim for her work on stage, on television and on film.

In television, Washington currently stars in the hit ABC drama “Scandal.” For this role, Washington broke barriers by becoming the first African American woman to a headline a network TV show since the 1974 short-lived series “Get Christie Love.” In 2013, Washington earned her first primetime Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Olivia Pope. She was also awarded an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress and the show won for Best Drama. The NAACP also honored Washington with the President’s Award, recognizing special achievement in furthering the cause of civil rights and public service.

In spring 2016, Kerry will be seen starring with Wendell Pierce, Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Hudson in HBO’s CONFIRMATION, which Kerry also executive produced. An activist, Washington was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities in 2009. She also is an active member of the V-Counsel, an esteemed group of advisors to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls

Washington will be responsible for co-curating nail lacquer shades and developing shade names with OPI co-founder and brand ambassador Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, and will be sourcing inspiration for and consulting on various aspects of creative for the company.

Weiss-Fischmann first approached Washington with the idea to work together in spring 2015 and was met with an enthusiastic “YES.” Over the following few months, they worked together to develop this new role. “I am excited and honored to have Kerry as an ambassador for the OPI brand and grateful for the chance to collaborate with her,” says Weiss-Fischmann.

I am a huge fan of OPI and was ecstatic when Suzi approached me to partner with the brand,” says Washington,”I’m so inspired by Suzi and what she has built with the OPI brand. OPI’s broad spectrum of fashionable colors and iconic names have become an industry standard. I’m thrilled to work with Suzi on developing gorgeous new shades and exciting new names.

OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.

New Idea for Gift-Giving: Adopt a Reindeer – New Nonprofit Saves Reindeer and the Sami Culture in Europe

Newly Launched Nonprofit Organization Solves Christmas Giftgiving Troubles By Giving The Opportunity To Symbolically Adopt Native Reindeers Among The Indigeous Sami People In Europe.

For thousands of years, the Sami people have cared for native reindeer. It’s part of their way of life. The reindeer depend on the Sami to care for them. But now, the Sami reindeer herders are dwindling in numbers which threatens the culture and the reindeer,” says ViviAnn Labba Klemensson, founder of the Adopt a Reindeer Foundation.

Adopt a reindeer and help to Promote the Sami parents’ ability to raise their children aware of their culture, roots and identity. Photo Credit: Lisa Oberg

Adopt a reindeer and help to Promote the Sami parents’ ability to raise their children aware of their culture, roots and identity. Photo Credit: Lisa Oberg

The Adopt a Reindeer Foundation is a newly launched nonprofit organization with the mission of helping to preserve the indigenous Sami culture by protecting the native reindeer that are essential to the Sami way of life, through financial contributions–adopting a real, live reindeer. The lives of the Sami of northern Europe are deeply intertwined with the herding of these animals.

Klemensson created the foundation to support one of Europe’s few indigenous people and to empower Sami children and adolescents and to support the native reindeer which are in the heart of the Sami culture. She started the foundation in her thoughts long before it actually became reality.

Reindeer Herder in action (Photo by Lisa Oberg)

Reindeer Herder in action (Photo by Lisa Oberg)

Fittingly, the launch of the Adopt a Reindeer Foundation coincides with the Christmas holidays—at a time of year where many images and stories include reindeer, most notably, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. With the launch comes the campaign seeking 1,000 supporters to “adopt” a reindeer for $100 each.

Anyone can make a symbolic donation to adopt a reindeer, together with others, or adopt a reindeer or even a herd of their own. If you adopt a reindeer or a herd by yourself you can name the reindeer too, and get pictures of them.

The funds raised from reindeer adoption will support the work of the Adopt a Reindeer Foundation going forward. Among the many future plans for the Foundation are:

1. Supporting the reindeer herders and promoting and preserving their traditional way of life.

2. Educating Sami children and adolescents about their culture, traditions and language

3. Promoting the Sami parents’ ability to raise their children aware of their culture, roots and identity.

4. Support the mental health of the Sami people since suicide rates are high; thereby strengthening the Sami community.

More detailed information about the Adopt a Reindeer Foundation may be found at http://www.AdoptaReindeer.org.

Robb Report Unveils Annual List Of Ultimate Holiday Gifts

December Issue Details the Rare and “Radical” & Highlights the Year’s Standout Cigars

The internationally-recognized luxury lifestyle authority Robb Report gets in the holiday spirit with its December issue, on newsstands now. The highly anticipated issue includes the annual Robb Report Ultimate Gift Guide, which this year spotlights 31 of the most extravagant gifts available anywhere, ranging from an amphibious aircraft and a soaring submersible to a one-of-a-kind grand-touring car and an incomparable cruise. The spirited selections in Robb Report‘s 2015 guide are sure to inspire a festive and fabulous holiday season.

Robb Report Unveils December 2015 Issue (PRNewsFoto/Robb Report)

Robb Report Unveils December 2015 Issue (PRNewsFoto/Robb Report)

The Ultimate Gift Guide, now in its 32nd year, offers up the most items and experiences to be included within the pages of Robb Report in decades. With three dozen pages of inspiring gift-giving content, the 2015 collection brims with engaging ideas for connoisseurs of all categories. Robb Report‘s editorial team secured a number of items created exclusively for the 2015 guide, including ‘a golden opportunity’ with Jewelmer Joailleriewhich has extended the invitation for one reader and a guest to visit its pearl farm in Palawan, the Philippines. The ultimate gift includes a one-of-a-kind strand of rare golden South Sea pearls and a private tour of the Jewelmer pearl farm in Taytay. If rare golden pearls don’t strike your fancy, go ‘above andbeyond’ this holiday season with a donation to Rhinos Without Borders and fund the organization’s capture, transport, and release of two rhinoceroses. For this gift, andBeyond and Great Plains Conservation have created a special 10-day safari on which guests will visit lodges in South Africa and Botswana and have the opportunity to participate in either the capture or release of two rhinos.

Robb Report‘s focus on the festive continues online with a carefully curated collection for holiday shoppers who appreciate that some ultimate gifts are small enough to fit under a tree. From top-shelf spirits, including the limited-edition Patron en Lalique: Serie 1, to handmade treasures, RobbReport.com has compiled more than 80 options to ensure that your family and friends receive the best of the best this holiday season.

Just in time to ring in the New Year, Robb Report offers up its annual review of the most enticing cigars. From rare limited editions and revivals of formerly forgotten shapes to cigars made with tobaccos from previously untapped regions, Robb Report unwraps the quintessential cigars to warm up the winter months.

The digital edition of Robb Report serves up an exclusive bonus feature with 10 craft cocktails perfect for holiday hosting. Readers can also vote for their personal favorite in

Robb Report‘s 2016 Car of the Year. The results will be announced in the April 2016 issue of Robb Report, but readers can review the contenders—and vote for a winner—now. Robb Report is available as an interactive edition for the iPad and iPhone at the iTunes App Store and through Zinio.