Hallmark Introduces New Signature Paper Wonder and Good Mail Greeting Cards this Holiday Season

Cheer is everywhere: an estimated 1.6 billion cards are exchanged at the holidays

Christmas is the largest holiday for sending greeting cards in nthe United States with approximately 1.6 billion cards sent industry-wide. Hallmark has more than 1,500 Christmas cards available this year. This holiday season, Hallmark is building on the popularity of two new card lines the company launched this year – Signature Paper Wonder and Good Mail – by adding holiday cards to the collections.

For more than 100 years, family-owned Hallmark Cards, Inc. has been dedicated to creating a more emotionally connected world. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri and employing more than 30,000 worldwide, the approximately $4 billion company operates a diversified portfolio of businesses. (PRNewsfoto/Hallmark Cards, Inc.)
Hallmark Signature Paper Wonder Holiday Card.

The new Signature Paper Wonder holiday cards are bright, fun and festive pop up cards. The inside of each paper craft card opens to showcase a laser-cut, three-dimensional scene such as Santa and his reindeer, a sparkly Christmas tree, a gingerbread house with foil accents, and more.

Hallmark Good Mail Holiday Cards.

Hallmark’s newly-launched Good Mail holiday cards feature trend-forward designs, a modern voice, and positive vibes that encourage people to reach out to let others know they matter. The card line aims to put a little more good into the world by adding fun and positivity to giving cards with whimsical designs such as a roller-skating flamingo in a Santa hat and cheerful messages like, “You make merry merrier.

At Hallmark, the holidays are a time when we see more than ever how people want to bring the magic of the season to life and get closer to loved ones. Cards are a simple, yet incredibly meaningful way to acknowledge, celebrate and thank the people in our lives,” said Lindsey Roy, chief marketing officer – Hallmark Greetings. “There are so many ways to stay in touch these days, but at Hallmark, we continue to hear from people just how impactful cards are in showing people how much they matter. There are so many opportunities during the holidays to reflect on the year and express love and gratitude even beyond friends and loved ones to those that make a difference in our lives like teachers, mail carriers, and caregivers.”

As part of Hallmark’s holiday national marketing campaign, the company is partnering with Create & Cultivate, an online platform and offline conference for female entrepreneurs and influencers, on a holiday content series and card-sending station at The Vision Summit in Miami on December 7. In addition, a sponsored article with O, The Oprah Magazine showcased how to write the perfect holiday card, including tips from one of Hallmark’s own card writers.

Hallmark’s holiday TV commercial is airing on the Hallmark Channel and is now viewable on Hallmark’s YouTube channel. Other marketing initiatives this holiday season include social/online video, interactive digital ads, an addressable TV buy, and streaming audio and podcast ads.

Look for the latest designs and formats wherever Hallmark products are sold nationwide. Signature Paper Wonder and Good Mail holiday cards are now available everywhere Hallmark cards are sold. Visit Hallmark.com to shop for cards online or find the nearest store.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston Introduces Forest Therapy Journey

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston, the only Forbes Five-Star Spa in Massachusetts, is pleased to be the first Spa in the United States to offer Aromatherapy Associates new Forest Therapy Journey, inspired by the Japanese art of Shinrin-Yoku (aka Forest Bathing) which entails spending time in nature amongst the trees to improve overall well-being.

An intimately luxurious hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Boston combines classic New England elegance with refined Oriental touches to create one of the most distinctive hospitality experiences in the region. Awarded both Forbes Five-Stars and AAA Five-Diamonds, Mandarin Oriental, Boston features 148 of the city’s most spacious guestrooms and suites, exquisite meeting and event facilities and legendary personalized service. Hotel amenities include Massachusetts’ only holistic Five-Star awarded spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center and our signature restaurant Bar Boulud, a French-inspired bistro and wine bar from internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud. A short 15-minute drive from Logan International Airport, Mandarin Oriental, Boston connects guests to the city’s finest shopping, cultural venues and business institutions from its prime location in the heart of Boston’s chic Back Bay on Boylston Street.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston Introduces Forest Therapy Journey

The 1 hour 20-minute treatment provides similar mind and body calming benefits that one experiences when in a peaceful natural landscape. Through Forest Therapy®, Aromatherapy Associates new unique essential oil blend, guests will immediately feel restored from the stresses of modern day living. A cleansing guided meditation, followed by a deep, long massage, relieves restlessness and agitation. The treatment concludes with a grounding mud mask for the feet and a soothing scalp massage. Priced at USD 230 (Monday to Thursday) and USD 260 (Friday to Sunday).

The hand-crafted Forest Therapy® oil blend is fresh, clean and invigorating. It was created using a collection of nature’s most caring ingredients: evergreen Pink Pepper fruit native to the Peruvian Andes, uplifting Juniper Berry gathered from the mountainous regions of Macedonia, calming Mediterranean Cypress and cleansing Taiwanese Ho Wood. When blended, these ingredients work synergistically to form a fragrance that’s powerfully effective yet emotionally healing.

In addition to the treatment, which is available now, The Spa will also offer the Forest Therapy® Bath & Shower Oil and Wellness Mist.

For reservations or additional information, please email mobos-spa@mohg.com or call +1 (617) 535 8820.

Mandarin Oriental, Santiago Partners with Acclaimed Chilean Vineyard to Debut "MO" Signature Wine Blends

Mandarin Oriental, Santiago is proud to partner with leading Franco-Chilean vineyard Lapostolle Chile to create two signature wines designed exclusively for the hotel. The two appropriately named wines—MO Carménère and MO Blanc—will make their official debut at the prestigious Descorchados Wine Fair, held at the hotel on December 19.

Mandarin Oriental, Santiago Partners with Acclaimed Chilean Vineyard to Debut ‘MO’ Signature Wine Blends

The wine creation was the vision of Executive Chef Germán Ghelfi, who forged the partnership with the Lapostolle winemaking team, a renowned Franco-Chilean vineyard in the Colchagua Valley. Working in tandem with the vintners, Chef Ghelfi looked to develop blends that reflected Chilean ‘Wine Country’ while also providing a smooth finish to pair well with Mandarin Oriental’s excellent gastronomic quality. The Blanc, the more complex of the two, is created from the vineyard’s Semillon-Chilean varietal grapes, producing a dry, full-bodied white. The Carménère, often referred to as the preferred red of the Chilean people, has hints of warm spice and fruit, pairing perfectly with the more robust cuisine offered at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Senso.

The wine’s label was designed to showcase not only the Mandarin Oriental signature gold fan, but the distinctive bee-hive trellis found throughout the property. Each will be priced at approximately 25,000 CLP and can only be purchased at the hotel.

Mandarin Oriental, Santiago is in the heart of the city’s most important commercial and leisure district, known as Las Condes, home to two luxury shopping malls, restaurants, museums and theatres. It is also close to the exclusive residential neighborhood of Vitacura. The property comprises 310 guestrooms including 23 suites with commanding views of the city and the Andes Mountains, being ideal for a relaxing getaway. Its 25,000-square meter grounds contain a large iconic lagoon-style outdoor pool and landscaped gardens which provide a resort environment for guests. The hotel currently features two renowned restaurants, a renovated new lobby lounge and an English style bar as well as extensive banqueting and meeting space. Additional facilities include also a spa and a fitness center which are now under renovation.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from its Asian roots into a global brand, the Group now operates 32 hotels and seven residences in 23 countries and territories, with each property reflecting the Group’s oriental heritage and unique sense of place. Mandarin Oriental has a strong pipeline of hotels and residences under development, and is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.

For more information about the wines or hotel offerings, please visit mandarinoriental.com/Santiago.

Nation’s Leading Wine Auction Supporting The Arts Celebrates 28 Years

The international wine community is invited to “open the bottle and start something” at the 28th annual High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, held March 1821, 2020. More than 200 wineries and restaurants will come together to support the largest wine auction event in the United States benefiting the arts, boasting more than $32 million raised over the last 27 years.

Nation’s Leading Wine Auction Supporting The Arts Celebrates 28 Years. Photo Credit: CatMax Photography.

Founded in 1993, the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art. The Wine Auction is the top charity fundraising event in Atlanta and the number one charity wine auction benefiting the arts. Proceeds generated by the Auction, which have amounted to more than $32 million over the last 27 years, provide a significant source of funding for the Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. Proceeds help to make possible special exhibitions and partnerships. The Auction also provides funds for dynamic youth education programs, which draw more than 65,000 schoolchildren to the High each year. For more information, visit www.highmuseumwine.org.

The Paddle Raise, celebrating 15 years in 2020, benefits the Museum’s Art Access program and has raised more than $1.6 million since its inception. These funds provide classroom resources to teachers and subsidized museum visits for more than 125,000 students of all ages each year.

The Museum’s continued connection to our community and the diverse programming we offer our visitors would not be possible without the outstanding support we receive through the Wine Auction,” said Rand Suffolk, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., Director of the High. “I am excited to celebrate another year of this remarkable event and recognize the extraordinary generosity of our donors.

The Wine Auction gets bigger and better every year with more vintners and wine connoisseurs joining us to enjoy an exceptional experience,” said Steven Hargrove, Associate Director, Wine Auction and Special Events. “We look forward to welcoming everyone to Atlanta for this year’s events.”

The 2020 Wine Auction is co-chaired by Aarati Alexander and Burch Hanson, who have participated in the event for nearly 20 years combined.

The Special Guest of Honor for the 2020 Wine Auction is Dr. Madaiah Revana, owner of the Revana Wine Portfolio. Revana’s experience with agriculture began on his family’s farm outside of Bangalore, India, and has grown into a passion for wine. This appreciation has allowed him to travel the world to seek out exceptional vineyards and distinctive wines. Revana now owns three wineries in the United States and internationally: Revana Winery in Napa Valley, Calif.; Alexana Winery in Willamette Valley, Ore.; and Corazon Del Sol in Mendoza, Argentina.

The 2020 Special Guest Chef is Vivian Howard, owner of Chef & the Farmer, Boiler Room and Benny’s Big Time in North Carolina as well as owner of Handy & Hot bakery delivery service and author of “Deep Run Roots” cookbook. Howard was recognized as the South’s Best Chef of 2019 by Southern Living.

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Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt to Present Acclaimed "Contemporary Muslim Fashions" Exhibition

In recent years, there has been increased awareness of Muslim consumers as an important segment of the global fashion industry, and increased visibility for designers and brands whose clothing responds to diverse interpretations of modesty. Featuring garments and styles from around the world, “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” focuses on the intersection of regional dress styles, global fashion trends and personal attitudes toward modesty. It considers how Muslim women define themselves and are defined by their dress, providing a snapshot of the current moment in Muslim modest fashion. Modest fashion refers to garments that are both highly fashionable and provide sufficient body cover to address cultural concerns for modesty. Many Muslim women and men dress modestly, in accordance with their faith, but individual and collective interpretations of modesty vary widely.

Photo Credit: Melinda Looi (b. 1973, Malaysia) for Melinda Looi (est. 2000, Malaysia); Ensemble (dress, turban, earrings, rings, and shoes); Sunset in Africa Collection, 2012; Tie-dyed silk chiffon with feathers, semi-precious stones, and Swarovski crystals, silk satin lining; Photograph by Sebastian Kim.

Contemporary Muslim Fashions,” the first major museum exhibition to explore the rise of the modest fashion industry, will be on view in winter 2020 at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, this pioneering exhibition examines how Muslim women—those who cover and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities. On view Feb. 28, 2020, through Aug. 23, 2020, the exhibition features approximately 80 ensembles drawn from established and emerging designers in high-end fashion, streetwear, sportswear and couture, as well as about 40 photographs that will contextualize the garments on view.

Cooper Hewitt will host a slate of fashion exhibitions in 2020, including ‘Contemporary Muslim Fashions’ and ‘Willi Smith: Street Couture,’ which honor the innovations and legacies of fashion designers and fashion movements that have expanded design’s horizons,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the museum. “As America’s design museum, Cooper Hewitt is committed to championing inclusion and the power of design to transform lives. This exhibition shines a spotlight on the underrepresented sector of Muslim modest fashion and connects diverse audiences through the universal language of fashion.”

New video content, produced by Cooper Hewitt, will introduce the designers behind the looks and expand on the design process. Through interviews and footage of designers at work in their studios, visitors will be introduced to a new generation of designers—75% of the designers, artists and influencers in the exhibition are female, Muslim and under 40 years of age—and their focus on entrepreneurship, inclusion and sustainable and ethical practices. A spotlight on the rich textile heritage of Southeast Asia, including batik and ikat dyeing and songket weaving, will highlight the craftsmanship and textile traditions that inform many of the contemporary designs on view. A final video will explore how materials research and high-performance apparel make it possible for modest-dressing women and girls to engage in sports at the recreational and competitive levels, from sports hijabs and full-coverage swimwear.

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Mark Your Calendars! Best Buy Unveils 12 Days of Deals

Starting today, daily deals will be revealed on some of the hottest tech brands including Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Google and more. Featured offers are guaranteed to be lowest price of our season.

Can’t think of a great gift idea? Questioning whether you’re actually getting the best deal? Best Buy is solving both problems.

Staring today, Best Buy kicks off 12 Days of Deals, where each day we will reveal a new set of offers available that day only. Select featured deals are guaranteed to be our lowest price of the season and are specifically tailored for anyone on your shopping list. From Apple lovers, to teens, to foodies, we have our lowest prices of the season on the hottest tech products as well as a great lineup of tech accessories for everyone on your list.

For example, today’s 12 Days of Deals starts with Gifts for Families and will include offers on the tech every family is hoping for this year including:

  • Just $329.99 for a Samsung 55” Class Smart 4K UHD TV with HDR (save $50)
  • Just $99.99 for a Samsung 9.6-inch Galaxy Tab E, 16GB (save $100)
  • Just $479.99 for a Harman Kardon 330W Soundbar with 8-inch Wireless Subwoofer (save $320)
  • Just $29.99 for a Samsung 9W Qi-Certified Fast Wireless Charging Stand for iPhone/Android (save $30)
  • Just $109.99 for a Samsung 860 EVO 1TB Internal SATA Solid State Drive (save $60)

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