Wynn Palace Now Open in Cotai, Macau

Steve Wynn, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Wynn Resorts, unveiled Wynn Palace to the world at 8:00 p.m. on August 22nd. The resort opened its doors after six years of development and is set in a commanding position in Cotai, Macau‘s bustling new tourist hub.

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The Wynn Palace

The opening was officiated by Mr. Chui Sai On, Chief Executive of the Macau Special Administrative Region; Mr. Ho Hau Wah, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference; Mr. Yao Jian, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macau Special Administrative Region; Mr. Cai Si-ping, Deputy Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macau Special Administrative Region; Mr. Leong Vai Tac, Secretary for Economy and Finance of the Macau Special Administrative Region; Mr. Tam Chon Weng, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macau Special Administrative Region and Mr. Wynn.

Officiating guests raise a toast at the opening of Wynn Palace.

Officiating guests raise a toast at the opening of Wynn Palace.

Wynn Palace is arguably the most beautiful hotel in the world, which is a wonderful thing to be able to say,” said Wynn. “But it is not in London, Paris, New York or Rome. It is in Cotai, in Macau, and sits here for all the world to come and see. It’s our gift to the community, to the public. It will be here forever and it’s perhaps unlikely we’ll see a place of this scope and artfulness in our lifetimes again.”

To be the prettiest hotel in the world, frankly, is something that money and good taste can buy. But to be the best hotel in the world is something else altogether,” continued Wynn. “In any hospitality business there are only two words that matter — guest experience. All the rest is irrelevant, and all of the marble and crystal chandeliers, and all of the wonderful good taste that has been put into this building is dedicated to that one thing — guest experience. It takes six-and-a-half years [and $4.2 billion US] to design a magnificent building like this, and yes, the name on the sign is Wynn Palace. But tonight this becomes the palace of the people who work here, and it is they who will make this the best hotel in the world.”

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The eight-acre Performance Lake And Fountain Show at the Wynn Palace

Among the highlights of the resort is the eight-acre Performance Lake And Fountain Show, employing 1,195 water jets shooting eight million gallons of water into the air in more than a dozen intricately choreographed musical fountain shows. The fountains “dances” to a diverse program of Chinese, European and American songs, operatic arias and musical numbers. Guests can view the fountain shows and directly enter the heart of the resort via a breathtaking ride in air-conditioned Sky Cabs that travel more than 90 feet above the Performance Lake. Continue reading

Color Blocking for Fall with Sally Hansen

With fall right around the corner (as signified by the hefty September issues of the fashion and lifestyle magazines stacked up on my desk), now is the time to get a jump start on your fall look. What better way to do that then by making your nails pop for the fall season than with color blocking?. According to the experts at sally hansen, color blocking nails is a perfect way to add instant depth and trend to your style. Colors can be monochromatic, metallic, bright, whatever style fits your look. Please see below for two looks created by Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole for the Fall 2016 runway shows (held this past February) for DKNY and Phillip Lim 3.1. Also explained below is how to get the looks and the Sally Hansen products used to create them.

Sally Hansen was the proud exclusive nail partner for Phillip Lim and create nail looks for his Fall 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week.

Model wearing Sally Hansen backstage at the Phillip Lim show at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016 Shows

Phillip Lim backstage at New York Fashion Week (NYFW)

THE INSPIRATION

Phillip Lim’s new collection was inspired by Japanese craftsmanship, elegant lacquered wood, samurai sword embellishment, and even lipstick packaging. The location is intimate, secretive and lit by red light, evoking an underground performance or fight club. I thought immediately about a tradition I had once heard from the Heian period in Japan when ninjas would paint the symbol of their clan on their thumb. I wanted the nail look to feel symbolic and to have a striking contrast, hence the use of metallic with the beige shade, but to also work with the palette of the collection – a traditional autumnal array of olive green, mustard and burgundy. We did a circular optical illusion in Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Gilty Party on half of the girls and an oval shape in Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Camelflage and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Gilty Party on the other half. The oval shape was inspired by the hardware on the bags and belts.” – Madeline Poole, Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador Continue reading

Registration Now Open for 2016 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo

Early Bird Pricing Available for Photo Walks, Photography/Filmmaking Master Classes and Seminars; 250+ Exhibitors Demonstrate Newest Imaging Technologies During 3-Day Expo

Whether photography is a career, a passion, or simply a way to capture life’s precious moments, you will want to attend the PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City from October 19-22. PhotoPlus Expo is the largest photographic conference and trade show in North America where manufacturers demonstrate the latest imaging technology and world renowned photographers and filmmakers conduct educational seminars and photo walks under one roof.PPE2016_Banner_register_940x374_v2a

Free registration to the 3-day Expo and early bird discounts on conference passes are available through August 31 by visiting www.photoplusexpo.com. Getting to the Javits Center has never been easier with the new #7 subway extending all the way to the Javits Center (34th St./Hudson Yards).

More than 250 leading manufacturers of imaging hardware, software, and accessories will be on hand to demonstrate the latest technology and techniques in the world of photography and filmmaking. Throughout the Expo, manufacturers will be offering special show discounts on products and services, giveaways and raffles, and conduct free educational presentations with some of the world’s most renowned photographers and filmmakers. During the Expo, attendees can also visit the Photographers Resource Center where they can sell their used equipment, get their cameras professionally cleaned and /or repaired and get advice on how to handle copyright infringement and manage small business financials.

The Expo will feature a special Wedding Pavilion. If you are a wedding or portrait photographer or thinking about expanding your business to include these services you will want to visit the WPPI Wedding Pavilion at PhotoPlus Expo. Products and services ranging from albums, photofinishing, and accessories will all be on display to help you increase your business, or help get you started.

Whether you are a professional photographer, enthusiast, or consumer who wants to learn how to take better photos, attending PhotoPlus Expo is an absolute must,” explains Lauren Wendle, vice president & group publisher at PDN. “Nearly every conceivable product, service, and accessory related to imaging will be on display. Live demonstrations, hands-on learning, and educational presentations make PhotoPlus an interactive experience for everyone who attends.”

If you are looking to completely immerse yourself in PhotoPlus Expo, register as a VIP attendee and receive exclusive access, discounts, and opportunities for the entire duration of the event. With a VIP Expo badge, attendees will receive:

  • Three-day admission to PhotoPlus Expo with instant badge pick-up at the VIP Customer Service Desk
  • Admission and priority seating for keynote presentations on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • The Official PPE VIP Bag packed with special promotions from a variety of exhibitors. More than 100 bags will include a Golden Ticket that can be redeemed for a special prize valued up to $250, including photo gear, gift cards and more! Prize sponsors include B&H Photo and others.

The three-day Expo pass is free to everyone who registers online before August 31. Early bird pricing is now available on all education tracks including À La Carte Seminars, Intensive Classes, Master Classes, and Photo Walks. In addition to getting the discounts, early registration will ensure access to the widest selection of educational programming before they sell out. Members of PHOTO+ (PhotoServe.com and WPPI) will save 50% on all conference seminar pass options including a Full Conference Pass, One Day Conference Pass, individual seminars as well as Master Class and Photo Walk purchases. Attendees can choose to become PHOTO+ members ($150.00) before or during the registration process to unlock exclusive discounts on conference passes, year-round vendor and product discounts, free subscriptions to PDN and Rangefinder, discounts on contest entries, and much more.

The price of a Full Conference Pass will be $249.50 for members ($499.00 for non-members) through August 31, 2016. The price of a One Day Conference Pass is $149.50 for members ($299.00 for non-members). Advanced pricing rates begin September 1 and end October 18.

Attendees looking to hone their skills in specific areas of photography in a more formal classroom setting will find more than 100 Master Classes, seminars, and photo walks available throughout the Expo and Conference. Conducted by many of the world’s most renowned photographers and filmmakers, attendees will learn the latest techniques in lighting, portraits, business, post-production and so much more. To ensure a robust educational experience for all attendees, PhotoPlus offers a variety of seminars and special event packages including a 50% discount for students on all seminars, conference passes, and photo walks to help maximize their limited budgets and take advantage of these unique learning opportunities. View the full seminar schedule with detailed descriptions.

For the 34th year, The PhotoPlus Conference + Expo will bring together world-class creative pros under one roof for a week of learning and networking to help support and nurture business and creative initiatives for the coming year,” said Jason Groupp, Director of Education and Membership of the PHOTO+ Group. “Our extensive lineup of Master Classes, seminars, photo walks, and portfolio reviews create a comprehensive learning environment that is both energizing and inspiring.”

Progressive Learning at PhotoPlus Expo

Photo Walks

Wednesday-Friday, October 19-21

8:00-10:00 a.m.

4:00-6:00 p.m.

4:30-6:30 p.m.

This year’s series of photo walks give participants an opportunity to explore New York in small groups led by some of the industry’s foremost photographers and educators. Morning and afternoon sessions are scheduled to accommodate most schedules. Continue reading

The Met Celebrates 400 Years of Religious Diversity With “Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven” This Fall

September 26, 2016–January 8, 2017

Exhibition Location: The Tisch Galleries, Gallery 899

Beginning around the year 1000, Jerusalem attained unprecedented significance as a location, destination, and symbol to people of diverse faiths from Iceland to India. Multiple competitive and complementary religious traditions, fueled by an almost universal preoccupation with the city, gave rise to one of the most creative periods in its history.

Opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 26, the landmark exhibition Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven will demonstrate the key role that the Holy City, sacred to the three Abrahamic faiths, played in shaping the art of this period. In these centuries, Jerusalem was home to more cultures, religions, and languages than ever before. Through times of peace as well as war, Jerusalem remained a constant source of inspiration that resulted in art of great beauty and fascinating complexity.

Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven is the first exhibition to unravel the various cultural traditions and aesthetic strands that enriched and enlivened the medieval city. The exhibition will feature some 200 works of art from 60 lenders worldwide. More than four dozen key loans come from Jerusalem’s diverse religious communities, some of which have never before shared their treasures outside their walls.

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The Virgin and Apostle Capital, Early 1170s, Limestone a. 24 7/16 × 28 3/8 × 13 3/8 in. (62 × 72 × 34 cm) b. 16 9/16 × 21 1/4 × 18 1/2 in., 355 lb. (42 × 54 × 47 cm, 161 kg) Terra Sancta Museum, Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth. Image: © Marie-Armelle Beaulieu /Custodia Terræ Sanctæ

The exhibition represents a collaborative partnership between Barbara Drake Boehm, the Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator for The Met Cloisters, and Melanie Holcomb, Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters and will examine six specific factors that made medieval Jerusalem an exceptional source of artistic inspiration:

The Pulse of Trade and Tourism: Often understood as the crossroads of the known world, Jerusalem was a thriving urban center, teeming with locals and tourists, new arrivals and long-timers, merchants and artists, soldiers and scholars. The exhibition will evoke the many wares of the marketplace, including ceramics produced locally and imported from as far away as China. Textiles on view will reconstruct the fashion sensibilities of Jerusalem’s residents, including, surprisingly perhaps, their predilection for printed cottons from the Indian subcontinent. The shared taste of the region’s wealthy inhabitants confounds efforts to distinguish the owners’ identities, let alone their ethnic or religious heritage. Jewels that are recognizably Islamic in technique correspond to contemporary descriptions of the trousseaux of Jewish brides. A remarkable gathering of Cross reliquaries speak to the links between Jerusalem and Europe.

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Chasse of Ambazac, From the Treasury of Grandmont, Limoges, ca. 1180 – 90; Gilded copper, champlevé enamel, rock crystal, semiprecious stones, faience, and glass H. 23⅛ in. (58.6 cm), W. 31⅛ in. (79 cm), D. 10¼ in. (26.2 cm) Mairie d ’Ambazac. Image: © Region Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes, Service de l’Inventaire et du Patrimoine Culturel (photograph by Philippe Rivière, 1993)

The Diversity of Peoples: Dozens of denominations and communities contributed to the artistic and spiritual richness of the city. The historical record surrounding medieval Jerusalem—a “city of foreigners”— includes both harmonious and dissonant voices from many lands: Persians, Turks, Greeks, Syrians, Armenians, Georgians, Ethiopians, Indians, and Europeans from each of the Abrahamic faith traditions passed in the narrow streets of the city—not much larger than midtown Manhattan. Visitors will be astonished, for example, by the numerous distinct alphabets and different languages of prayer. Exemplifying this will be Christian Gospel books in Arabic, Greek, Armenian, and Syriac, a Samaritan Bible in a distinctive Hebrew script, and the biblical book of Kings in Ge’ez, the language of Ethiopia, given by that land’s king to his community in Jerusalem. Continue reading

Make Every Meal Count This September: Dine Out For No Kid Hungry

Choose From Nearly 15,000 Restaurants Helping To End Childhood Hunger In America

When We All Work Together, We Can Make Sure Kids Get The Healthy Food They Need.

No Kid Hungry Is A Campaign Of National Anti-Hunger Organization Share Our Strength.

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.

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This September, people can make every meal count for kids simply by dining out. Nearly 15,000 restaurants across the country are offering customers major deals in exchange for simple donations to No Kid Hungry.

With thousands of eating options on the menu–from family diners and fast food empires, to fine dining and neighborhood joints–there’s a meal to match all tastes and budgets. And for every $1 donated, No Kid Hungry can feed a child 10 meals through on-the-ground programs and partnerships that connect kids with healthy food where they live, learn and play.no-kid-hungry

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry is the largest restaurant-led initiative to help end childhood hunger in America. Since its launch in 2008, restaurants have raised $37 million in support of No Kid Hungry to help ensure every kid gets a healthy meal, every day. It is nationally sponsored by Founding Partner National Restaurant Association, as well as ARYZTA (La Brea Bakery & Otis Spunkmeyer), Citi, Ecolab, OpenTable, and Smithfield.

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If there’s one thing chefs understand, it’s connecting people with food,” says Andrew Zimmern, creator and host of the Bizarre Foods franchise on Travel Channel and chef ambassador for the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry initiative. “More importantly to me, as a father, I understand very well that hungry kids can’t learn, and kids who can’t learn can’t reach their best and brightest potential. I won’t stand by and see kids fall short on their futures when there is a solution at hand.”

The fundraising effort comes at a particularly important time for kids struggling with hunger: BACK TO SCHOOL. As children begin the 2016 school year, far too many are opening their textbooks on an empty stomach; only about half of kids who qualify for a free school lunch are also receiving breakfast–a critical meal for academic success. Research shows that when kids eat breakfast at school, attendance rates improve an average of 1.5 days more per school year, math test scores rise by 17.5 percent and kids are 20 percent more likely to graduate.

No Kid Hungry is working with a growing number of leaders in school districts, cities and states across the country to make breakfast part of the regular school day, which leads to increased participation, so all kids start their school day ready to learn.

This is ‘family style’ dining at its best,” said Billy Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength, the national nonprofit behind No Kid Hungry. “When people dine out at partnering restaurants during September, they are sharing their table with the 16 million children who can’t count on their next meal.

To find participating restaurants by zip code or state, visit NoKidHungry.org. Get social about your dine out experience by following @NoKidHungry on Facebook and Twitter, and share your story of how you made every meal count with #nokidhungry.

PhotoPlus Expo Announces First Annual “Your New York Minute” Photo Contest

Thousands of Dollars in Prizes including Nikon Cameras and NIKKOR Lenses to Grand Prize Winners

PhotoPlus Expo, the largest photography conference and expo in North America, has announced its first annual PhotoPlus Expo photo contest, “Your New York Minute.” Whether you’re a native New Yorker, or just a New Yorker at heart, you are eligible to enter the contest. All entries must have been taken in any of the city’s five boroughs Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island and the other city islands including Roosevelt, Randalls, Liberty and more to qualify for a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes and gear from official camera sponsor, Nikon. Deadline for entries is September 5th, 2016.ppe_contest_ppe_rotator

Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries, as well as enthusiasts, PhotoPlus Expo showcases the latest advances in photography, digital imaging and filmmaking. Held annually at the Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services — all from the industry’s leading manufacturers. The show also offers seminars and intimate Photo Walks and Master Classes taught by world-renowned experts that focus on cutting-edge innovations and techniques.

The “Your New York Minute” photo contest will be open to both professional and amateur photographers. Photos should be entered in the appropriate category based on where the photograph was taken. Two entrants will be awarded Grand Prize and will receive either a Nikon D500 or Nikon D7200 kit as part of their total prize package. All winning images will be on display during the PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob Javits Center from October 20-22, 2016 which welcomes more than 25,000 visitors from around the world each year.

We wanted to celebrate PhotoPlus Expo’s home city, and thought there was no better way to do that than with a contest that highlights each amazing part of it,” explains Lauren Wendle, vice president & group publisher of PDN, which hosts the annual PhotoPlus Expo. “Hundreds of great New York moments are captured with cameras and mobile devices each day. The contest is an opportunity for visitors and residents alike to share those special moments with us.

Contest Rules and Deadline

The call for submission is now open for the “Your New York Minute” photo contest. There will be a fee of $20 per professional entry and $15 per amateur entry for each photo entered into the contest, but contestants may enter as often as they would like. PHOTO+ members will receive a 30% discount for each photo entered and a portion of all fees will be donated to City Harvest Food Bank in New York City. There are no time restrictions as to when a photo was taken in New York, its outer boroughs, or Staten Island and the other city islands including Roosevelt, Randalls, Liberty and more.

Contest Categories and Prizes

The “Your New York Minute” photo contest will consist of two Divisions: Professional and Amateur. Each Division will consist of six (6) categories: Bronx, Brooklyn Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and the other city islands including Roosevelt, Randalls, Liberty and more. First-Place winners in each category will qualify to become the Grand-Prize winner. At the judge’s discretion, honorable mentions may be selected in some or all categories, and will not qualify for prizes but will be included in a special exhibition at 2016 PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob Javits Center.

Grand Prize Package (Pro Division) — $5,300 value

  • Nikon D500 16-80mm VR Lens Kit
  • Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000
  • G-Technology rugged G-Drive with Thunderbolt
  • Full Conference Pass to PhotoPlus Expo (full access to seminars, classes, and Expo)
  • Whitewall.com Photo Under Acrylic Print
  • Tether Tools Tether Table Aero
  • Additional prizes will be included in this prize package

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Fall is “Couples Season” at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, the island’s celebrated Forbes Five Star Resort, has announced Couples Season 2016, set for September through November this year by offering guests who book a stay the best rates of the year, no resort fee, special pricing in the restaurants, spa and boutique shops, and many more complimentary activities. Add to this, guests who book the Resort’s popular Experience More package receive a Resort credit of up to USD 100 per night for rooms and USD 200 per night for suites that can be applied toward incidental charges, including services at The Spa and at three of Hawaii’s most acclaimed restaurants – Ferraro’s, DUO and Spago.

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The property is nestled on 15 acres of the breathtaking Wailea Coast. The 380-room oceanfront property is world-renowned for its comfortable opulence, impeccable service, luxurious amenities and for living in harmony with its environment and community. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Famer, the resort in Maui is also home to one of the nation’s top-rated spas committed to wellness and three of Hawaii’s most acclaimed restaurants–Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante, Spago Maui and DUO, a premium steak and seafood restaurant. This sophisticated home away from home caters to the needs and interests of all generations–offering world-class activities with no Resort fee and one-of-a-kind Unforgettable Experiences, a museum quality art collection, three pools overlooking the azure-blue Pacific Ocean including an adults-only Serenity Pool with exclusive Missoni-designed cabanas, and more.

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Four Seasons Resort Maui Serenity Pool at Sunset (PRNewsFoto/Four Seasons Resort Maui)

September through November are special months at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. The kids are back in school, the weather is perfect, and the staff provides a menu of complimentary amenities and services. During Couples Season, guests have access to both the best possible rates and to special features designed just for them,” says General Manager Jean Claude Wietzel.MAU_675_aspect4x5

Stand up paddling (SUP) yoga, cocktail classes, cooking demonstrations and other surprises are among the extra complimentary activities awaiting couples this season.MAU_683_aspect16x9MAU_857_aspect16x9

And because the Resort recognizes that every couple is unique, the award-winning concierge team can customize guest stays to meet the individual interests and needs of guests:

  • For indulgence, couples vacationing in Maui can enjoy poolside spa services while relaxing at one of the Resort’s 58 complimentary cabanas at the beautiful Fountain Pool or reserve one of the Missoni designer cabanas at the adults-only Serenity Pool.MAU_1533_aspect16x9
  • For adventure, there is everything from ocean outrigger canoe paddling to exploring Maui’s picturesque beauty aboard a helicopter, feeling the adrenaline rush of zip-lining or hiking Maui’s Bamboo Forest Pipiwai Trail, or mastering the art of spearfishing skills.
  • For romance, guests can luxuriate with couples massages in one of the Resort’s MAU_1171_aspect16x9oceanside authentic Hawaiian hales and enjoy the completely customised oceanfront Ultimate Dinner followed by an evening arm-in-arm stroll on Wailea Beach drinking in a starry sky. Live music nightly and weekly Aloha Receptions add to the feel.
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    Four Seasons Maui Photo by Marco Garcia

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  • Savvy couples looking to maximise value during their Maui couples retreat will appreciate the guidance of the concierge team to learn about and take advantage of Resort features such as the self-guided tour of the curated Hawaiian-inspired art collection and the use of the Resort’s courtesy house car. The tennis courts are complimentary as are introductory scuba lessons and the use of snorkeling gear.  

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To make reservations for Couples Season and the Experience More package, call toll free (US/Canada) 1 800 334 MAUI (6284) or contact the Resort at reservations.mau@fourseasons.com.

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