2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Find the Joy of Giving This Holiday Season With Magnificent Gifts From Macy’s

From Fashion And Tech To Home Goods And Stocking Stuffers, Macy’s Wide Assortment Makes Holiday Shopping A Breeze.

Plus Extra Help Is Always Available From The Gift Specialists At My Stylist@Macy’s

The holiday season is a celebration of happiness that brings loved ones together, and Macy’s has the perfect gifts to make family, friends, and all those near-and-dear feel special. Whether it’s the runway show-obsessed fashionista, the diehard athlete, the tech fanatic, or the master chef, Macy’s has an abundance of items at every price point sure to warm the hearts of those who mean the most.macyslogo-1

No [other] time of [the] year inspires the sentiments of love, caring and generosity quite like the holiday season,” said Kathy Hilt, Senior Vice President of My Stylist@Macy’s. “This year, we’ve truly topped ourselves with the most unique assortment of gifts for every person on your list. Plus, if you need a little help, Macy’s dedicated gift specialists at My Stylist@Macy’s make picking the perfect present easier than ever.”

The Gift of Style

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Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season at Macy’s stores and on macys.com; I.N.C. International Concepts Slippers, $39.50. (Photo: Business Wire)

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With a roster of top brands and celebrated designers, Macy’s is the ultimate destination for items to elevate that special someone’s wardrobe this holiday season. For her, handbags, shoes, jewelry and always-on-trend athleisure items will inspire pure joy. Jewel-embellished slip-ons from MICHAEL Michael Kors are chic, sporty and rendered in luxe velvet, applying the must-have fabric of the season in a unique and unexpected way. A signature Mickey Mouse wristlet in a bright hue from Coach is whimsical, practical and stylish, while a funnel neck hoodie and tights from Nike, or Calvin Klein Performance logo joggers and sweaters can take her from yoga to brunch with flair. Give her the gift of both comfort and glamour with a pair of fabulous faux fur-trimmed glitter moccasins from I.N.C. International Concepts.

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Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season at Macy’s stores and on macys.com; Kenneth Cole Reaction Wallets, $48 each. (Photo: Business Wire)

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For him, a velvet sport coat from Alfani immediately adds panache to any look. Pair the coat with bar III slim trousers and a tie for a more formal approach, or layer with jeans and loafers or boots for a look that is relaxed, yet polished and urbane. Polarized aviators from Ray-Ban are a classic, but undeniably sleek and stylish way to protect his eyes from the sun, and a zipper slim billfold wallet from Kenneth Cole Reaction is an excellent way to update a staple he uses every day.

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Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season at Macy’s stores and on macys.com: YSL mon paris parfum spray, $122

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Beauty and grooming are the finishing touches, and Macy’s has a wide array of fabulous products that are sure to delight. The Impulse Beauty artistry palette and 9-piece brush set allows her to experiment with countless looks in an awe-inspiring number of colors and shades. For him, Kiehl’s 4-piece Hydration Hits set gives the oft-coveted gift of smooth and healthy skin. Continue reading

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Blockbuster Collection Hits The Public Market At Heffel Fall 2016 Live Auction

  • Canada’s art market leader will offer more than 200 masterworks at a live auction in Toronto on November 23, expected to achieve $22M to $32M
  • Group of Seven founder Lawren Harris is featured with 10 works, including the outstanding Mountain Forms canvas, estimated at $3M to $5M
  • For the first time, a single-consignor session will be offered, featuring 90 works from the prestigious collection of Peter & Joanne Brown
  • A major French Impressionist painting by Gustave Caillebotte will be offered in a separate session and will draw collectors from around the globe

Heffel Fine Art Auction House will present its fall 2016 live auction collection. More than 200 museum-quality works will be offered on November 23, 2016, at the historic Design Exchange in Toronto, in what will be a monumental night for the Canadian art market. With the highest dollar-value presale estimates for a Canadian art auction to date, the works will be presented in four sessions and are expected to achieve between $22 million and $32 million. (All prices are in Canadian dollars and according to conservative estimates.)

The long-established and highly anticipated sessions of Post-War & Contemporary Art and Fine Canadian Art will draw collectors from around the world. Significant artists who have become staples at Heffel’s live auctions will be featured with major works, including Lawren Harris and the Group of Seven, Emily Carr and Jean Paul Riopelle.

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Lawren Harris, Mountain Forms (est. $3,000,000 – 5,000,000)

Lawren Harris’s Mountain Forms hits the auction block following its starring role in The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris, the critically acclaimed exhibition which toured major North American cultural institutions, including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and most recently the Art Gallery of Ontario. The outstanding 1926 Rocky Mountain work by the Group of Seven founder is estimated to fetch between $3 million and $5 million. Standing five feet tall and nearly six feet wide, the canvas is one of 10 works by the artist included in the fall auction.

For the first time, Heffel is excited to offer an additional live auction session featuring the most valuable single-consignor collection ever to come to market—The Peter & Joanne Brown Collection. The session is estimated to reach sales of $12 million to $17 million, and includes a selection of artworks from the noted Canadian businessman’s vast collection. The 90 lots on offer are representative of Canadian artistic excellence from coast to coast, including works by Alex Colville of the Maritimes, Emily Carr and Bill Reid of British Columbia, the Group of Seven and many others. Continue reading

Tommy John Launches Tommy John Labs, Expands Clothing Collection

Tommy John puts the same technology, innovation and comfort into their new collection of men’s apparel

Tommy John has announced the launch of Tommy John Labs, and the debut of the brands exclusive, dynamic collection of men’s apparel. This collection boasts technologically advanced fabrics for added functionality, but maintains the same stellar fit and comfort that Tommy John customers have come to expect.

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The light weight Performance Tech Quarter-Zip features soft-touch thermo-fabric, that provides ultimate warmth and moisture wicking, for multi-seasonal wear. (PRNewsFoto/Tommy John)

Tommy John was born with the idea to make men more comfortable,” said Tom Patterson, founder and CEO of Tommy John. “We started with innovating outdated undergarments and now see an opportunity to expand beyond that into casual wear while maintaining the same fundamental focus on fabric, fit and functionality.”

With the launch of Tommy John Labs, the company debuts four new Tommy John styles; the Performance Tech Quarter-Zip, the Lightweight Performance Pant, the Quick-Dry Henley and the Quick-Dry Hoodie. Tommy John will continue to launch new Tommy John Labs products seasonally, along with further developing the brand’s collections of premium men’s underwear, undershirts, socks and t-shirts.

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We are a problem solution based brand committed to keeping men comfortable in their daily lives,” said Josh Dean, CMO of Tommy John. “We are launching Tommy John Labs as a platform to go beyond our core business and offer smart solutions that eliminate distractions men face with malfunctioning apparel. We’re excited to see where that takes us.

This announcement comes just after Tommy John partnered with actor Kevin Hart as an investor in the company. Tommy John has grown 2.5 times year over year since 2014 and is set to exceed $100M in sales by 2018.

New EVEN® Hotels to Bring Holistic Wellness Travel to Miami

An innovative hotel, created with wellness at its core is coming to Miami. InterContinental Hotels Group newest lifestyle brand, EVEN® Hotels, has broken ground in the city of Miami. A unique hotel brand designed to help travelers Eat Well, Rest Easy, Keep Active and Accomplish More, EVEN Hotels will now offer wellness-minded travelers more options to maintain their wellness routine while away from home.

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Adriana Kostencki & Noel Epelboim speaking

The event’s Master of Ceremony was Hispanic journalist Nathaly Salas Guaithero who is also a holistic wellness coach. Speakers included Jason Moskal, Vice President of Lifestyle brands at IHG, Adriana Kostencki, Partner of Berger Singerman and VP of the Venezuelan American Chamber of Commerce and a special recognition was presented by the office of Miami-Dade’s Mayor, Carlos Jiménez‘s office.

Developed by Epelboim Development Group, the $33 million, 190-room EVEN Hotel Miami Airport is the brand’s first signing in the southeastern United States. The hotel will be led by a wellness-savvy staff and feature a best-in-class fitness experience, healthier food choices and natural, relaxing spaces adjacent to the Miami International Airport. The hotel, which will be in part financed through the EB-5 Visa for investors program, is expected to generate an economic impact by creating around 300 jobs in the area.

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Jason Moskal, Vice President, Lifestyle Brands, IHG said: “We are excited to grow the EVEN Hotels portfolio in the southeast with the addition of this outstanding Miami area hotel in partnership with Epelboim Development Group. This new hotel demonstrates the continued strong momentum behind EVEN Hotels, the first hotel brand entirely dedicated to wellness, and shows IHG’s commitment to growing the brand in high-profile markets with exceptional owners.dsc_5812

Noel Epelboim, CEO of Epelboim Development Group added: “I am so humbled and grateful to have received the immense support of IHG, of the City of Miami and the community on this day which marks a crucial milestone for our firm. The magic of the EVEN Hotels brand and why I am so excited to be the first one to bring it to our city is that it is listening to travelers and offering something truly different, innovative and aligned with the needs of today’s travelers“.

 

 

Television: Curtain Going Up On the 2015 Award-Winning London Production of Gypsy on PBS

Starring Imelda Staunton on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. on the PBS Arts Fall Festival

Jonathan Kent‘s award-winning production of the classic musical Gypsy – a record-breaking sellout during its acclaimed London run – comes to THIRTEEN‘s Great Performances, Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. on PBS on the PBS Arts Fall Festival. (Check local listings.) Gypsy first appeared in 1959 on Broadway under the title Gypsy: A Musical Fable.

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Rose (Imelda Staunton) in “Gypsy” Credit: ©2014 Johan Persson

The first London production to be seen for 40 years, the musical opened at England’s Chichester Festival Theatre before moving to the West End‘s Savoy Theatre. A London production had not been seen in the West End since 1973. This critically acclaimed West End production features Imelda Staunton as Rose (The role of Rose is often called the ‘King Lear’ of the musical theatre canon).

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Herbie (Peter Davison) and Rose (Imelda Staunton) in “Gypsy” Credit: ©2014 Johan Persson

Following a run at the Chichester Festival Theatre, which won the Critics’ Choice Theatre Award for Best Musical in 2014, a West End revival of Gypsy opened at the Savoy Theatre on April 15, 2015, in a limited run through November 28. Directed by Jonathan Kent with choreography by Stephen Mear and set and costume design by Anthony Ward, the production starred Staunton as Rose, Peter Davison as Herbie, Lara Pulver as Louise, Gemma Sutton as June, Anita Louise Combe as Tessie Tura, Louise Gold as Mazzeppa and Julie Legrand as Electra. The London production was nominated for eight Laurence Olivier Awards at the 2016 ceremony, winning four, including Best Actress in a Musical (Staunton) and Best Musical Revival, the most awards won by a single production in that year

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Louise (Lara Pulver) in “Gypsy” Credit: ©2014 Johan Persson

Gypsy is considered by many to be one of Broadway’s all-time triumphs. It tells the story of ambitious showbiz mother Rose, who treks across the country with her daughters Baby June and Louise in search of success with their homespun vaudeville act. As times change, Rose is forced to accept the demise of vaudeville and the rise of burlesque, as well as her daughters’ quest for autonomy.

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Baby June (Isla Huggins-Barr) in “Gypsy” Credit: ©2014 Johan Persson

With a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the show was suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee. The musical was initially a project of producer David Merrick and actress Ethel Merman (who starred as the original Rose). Merrick had read a chapter of Lee’s memoirs in Harper’s Magazine and approached Lee to obtain the rights. Jerome Robbins was interested, and wanted Leland Hayward as co-producer; (Merman also wanted Hayward to produce her next show.) Merrick and Hayward approached Laurents to write the book. As he relates, Laurents initially was not interested until he saw that the story was one of parents living their children’s lives. Composers Irving Berlin and Cole Porter declined the project. Finally, Robbins asked Stephen Sondheim, who agreed to do it. Sondheim had previously worked with Robbins and Laurents on the musical West Side Story. However, Merman did not want an unknown composer, and wanted Jule Styne to write the music. Although Sondheim initially refused to write only the lyrics, he was persuaded by Oscar Hammerstein to accept the job.

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Mazeppa (Louise Gold) in “Gypsy” Credit: ©2014 Johan Persson

The score features songs that have since become show standards, and helped launch the career of Sondheim. “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Some People,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Together, Wherever We Go” and of course “Rose’s Turn” are among the musical highlights. Continue reading

Holiday 2016: Four Seasons Hotels Westlake Village (CA) Launches Annual Winter Wonderland Overnight Package With “Let It Snow” Holiday Event

Hybrid Ice Skating Rink, Breakfast With Holiday Characters, Live Snowfall, Photos with Santa, Carolers, and elf Storytime

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The Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village (Two Dole Drive, Westlake Village, California 91362) will transform into a magical and festive winter wonderland this holiday season.

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village (Two Dole Drive, Westlake Village, California 91362) will transform into a magical and festive winter wonderland this holiday season. The Hotel’s popular Winter Wonderland package offers guests an all-inclusive family holiday experience and includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • VIP admission to “Let It Snow”
  • Breakfast with holiday characters
  • 25 percent savings on dinner in the Lobby Lounge
  • Self-parking
  • Premium internet
  • Access to Elf Tuck-Ins (USD 25 per room), a bedtime story and tuck-in by an elfaus_440_aspect16x9

The Annual “Let It Snow” Event is the highlight of the Winter Wonderland Package. Every Friday and Saturday evening from December 2 – 17, 2016, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village invites guests to the popular holiday event with a multitude of festive activities below.doh_498_aspect16x9

  • Hybrid ice skating rink
  • Holiday express train rides
  • Visits with Santa at the North Pole
  • Cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus
  • Holiday carolers
  • Live snowfall
  • Elf storytime
  • S’mores, hot cocoa, and coffee

Every Saturday and Sunday morning from December 3- 18, 2016, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village will host a Holiday Character Breakfast. This farmer’s market breakfast includes fresh local fruit, a gourmet omelet station, a variety of housemade breads, pancakes, and more. To add to this magical morning, guests will have the opportunity to have a meet-and-greet with their favorite holiday characters and princesses.

Package rates start at USD 369 per night and includes three people; each additional person is USD 40 per person. To reserve the Winter Wonderland package at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village or for reservations, please contact the Hotel at 818 575 3000.

Homes & Interiors: Valspar Creates New Paints Specifically For Furniture And Cabinet Projects

Valspar Paint Introduces Two New Specialty Products – Valspar Furniture Paint and Valspar Cabinet Enamel.

Every year, eight million tons of discarded furniture end up in landfills, often trashed because of minor blemishes like watermarks, dings and scratches. Two new specialty products developed by Valspar Paint Furniture Paint and Cabinet Enamel – offer consumers an economical and easy solution for bringing such castoffs back to life. The paints are the linchpin to Valspar’s new cheeky PSA-style digital campaign named #TheRehabProject which encourages consumers to rescue and refurbish old discarded furniture through inspiration and how-to videos.

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Valspar Furniture Paint and Valspar Cabinet Enamel are available in hundreds of Valspar color options and can be purchased for $24.99 per quart at Lowe’s stores nationwide.

These latest Valspar formulations are designed to arm both the most proficient as well as brand new DIY consumer with the ideal coatings to refinish, revive and reinvent an existing piece that might otherwise get kicked to the curb,” said Russ Neale, Director of Product Management and Innovation at Valspar. “Furniture and cabinet makeovers account for more than half of the paint projects that consumers tackle on their own. So, now Valspar Furniture Paint and Valspar Cabinet Enamel is the perfect go-to. Both paints require minimal prep time and yield completed surfaces requiring little to no maintenance over time. We wanted to be sure we were providing products that would give consumers the confidence to pick up a paint brush and transform something they love, avoiding ‘Pinterest fails’ and achieving results they can point to with pride and a sense of accomplishment.

Valspar’s Furniture Paint is an oil-enriched satin finish paint formulated to provide smooth durable coverage that’s resistant to spills, scuffs, stains and discoloration caused by moisture. It adheres to most surfaces, even laminate, with minimal priming and sanding needed, making it an ideal solution for upgrading furniture, whether for indoor or outdoor use. Two coats are required for best results.

Cabinets found in bathrooms and kitchens typically require a coating that withstands frequent cleaning and exposure to steam, and Valspar’s Cabinet Enamel delivers that in one fell swoop. The paint comes in a semi-gloss finish featuring a non-yellowing formula, and like Furniture Paint, the coating adheres most surfaces with no priming and minimal to no sanding needed. Drying to a smooth factory-finish quality, one of the added benefits is that doors and drawers will not stick.

To further boost confidence plus inspire, Valspar has produced a series of “Rehab Project” videos, accessible online at Valspar Rehab Project. Spotlighting a variety of mini-makeovers that can be accomplished by using the new paints and completed in as little as one weekend, the step-by-step process is fully demonstrated. Also available and echoing these projects are “recipe cards” that not only detail the painting how-tos but also guide on what supplies are required, prepping and cleanup.

Valspar Furniture Paint and Valspar Cabinet Enamel are available in hundreds of Valspar color options and can be purchased for $24.99 per quart at Lowe’s stores nationwide. For more project ideas and information on Furniture Paint and Cabinet Enamel, please visit http://Valsparpaint.com/rehabproject-furniture and http://Valsparpaint.com/rehabproject-cabinet.

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