Cupid’s Arrow Points to Macy’s This Valentine’s Day

Loved Ones Will Adore Special Gifts Found At Macy’s Stores And On Macys.Com

Show that special someone your love and appreciation this Valentine’s Day with heartfelt gifts from Macy’s. By offering an array of irresistible items from the hottest designers and brands, Macy’s has the perfect gifts to make loved ones swoon. From now through Valentine’s Day, shop Macy’s stores nationwide and online at www.macys.com for apparel, jewelry, cosmetics and fragrances that are sure to surprise and delight.macyslogo

At Macy’s, it’s easy to find unique gifts with a personalized feel this Valentine’s Day,” said Cassandra Jones, Senior Vice President of Macy’s Fashion. “Shop for a loved one or yourself – our extensive assortment features a variety of items, from luxe and romantic to flirty and fun. Or, if you need a little extra help, find inspiration from our Valentine’s Gift Guide at macys.com/gifts. Once there, you can search for ideas in various categories, including gifts curated by Macy’s Fashion Directors, The Celebrate Shop or even by price point.

 

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Shop Macy’s for loveable items for all this Valentine’s Day – Skagen 2-pc Boxed Set with Heart Necklace and Watch (Photo: Business Wire)

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Shop Macy’s for loveable items for all this Valentine’s Day – Heart Umbrella, $28 (Photo: Business Wire)

Macy’s makes it easy to shop gifts from the heart for friends and significant others. Find Cupid-approved items from ban.do such as a duffle bag with heart graphics and playful drink tumbler labeled “Love Potion.” Intimates from the Thalia Sodi collection will spark romance in comfort and style. Add a throwback photo to a heart and arrow frame for a thoughtful gift that can be enjoyed for years to come. Michael Kors watches for her and Movado Bold watches for him prove your love together is timeless. Simple and sweet Kate Spade Heart and Arrow ear pins are a treat for your girlfriend or best gal pal. Macy’s is also the ultimate destination for tech gifts such as the Fitbit Flex 2 Fitness Wristband and Polaroid camera and printer. Continue reading

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Crystal AirCruises’ Reveals ‘Holidays Around the World’ Journey, Enticing Travelers to Make Next Year’s Adventure This Year’s Best Gift

Lavish Winter Itinerary Spans The Wonders Of India, Australia/New Zealand, French Polynesia, And UAE

As the holiday season quickly approaches, Crystal has unveiled an extraordinary itinerary that will make global luxury travelers start to look ahead to next year’s festivities. Crystal AirCruises Holidays Around the World journey offers 16 days of exceptionally luxurious exploration of far-off locales, departing from Los Angeles on December 22, 2017. The private jet journey begins with Crystal AirCruises’ signature Launch Day & Bon Voyage dinner and accommodations at the Montage Beverly Hills. This magical holiday journey has been specially curated to cater to the spirit of wanderlust and warm-weather dream destinations that many travelers desire during the winter months, featuring two- and three-night stays in Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Queenstown/Christchurch, New Zealand; Sydney, Australia; Jaipur, India; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.crystal_aircruises_boeing_777

The holiday season and Crystal AirCruises share the common spirit of dreaming big and fulfilling wishes, making this particular itinerary an ideal adventure for an extraordinary holiday next year, or as the grandest gift under the tree this year,” says Crystal chairman, CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez.Holiday voyages aboard our ocean ships have always been a special occasion for travelers seeking adventure along with the traditions of the season. A Crystal AirCruise takes holiday travel to a new level, with the opportunity to celebrate the season while discovering several new destinations aboard a luxury private jet, with the added gift of exclusive Christmas and New Year festivities that only Crystal can offer.cc_aircruises_logo_2016_v-sc-black

Along the way, guests will be treated to all-inclusive Crystal Experiences™ that reflect the natural and cultural allures of each destination. Experiences for intrepid adventurers, history buffs and foodies are in store for gallivanting holiday travelers in 2017, while Crystal AirCruises’ Design Your Time option allows for a fully customized holiday.

Among the events and exclusive experiences planned by Crystal’s expert destination team:

  • Bora Bora/Papeete, French Polynesia (Accommodations at Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa) – An exclusive holiday dinner and celebration kicks off the island visit. During their stay guests will dive into the tropics with lagoon discoveries, soar over island peaks by helicopter, and indulge in world-class cuisine and Polynesian culture at hot spots like Maikai Bora Bora.
  • Queenstown/Christchurch, New Zealand (Accommodations at Hotel St. Moritz) – Highlighting the adventurous outdoor lifestyle of New Zealand, Crystal guests will enjoy a welcome reception at Kawarau Bridge Bungy Centre, then explore Fiordland National Park by helicopter and 4×4 and ride horseback through Doonholme Farm. A master culinary class in Central Otago Wine Region and a boutique experience at Chard Farm Vineyards will showcase the flavors and vintages of the region.
  • Sydney, Australia (Accommodations at Sheraton on the Park) – Considered one of the world’s great cities for its nightlife, food scene and world-class shopping, Sydney is also an outdoorsman’s paradise. Crystal guests will be treated to VIP positioning for the ultimate New Year’s Eve soiree and fireworks extravaganza over Sydney’s famous Harbour Bridge.
  • Jaipur, India (Accommodations at Oberoi Rajvilas) – During a full day at the Taj Mahal, guest will explore the pink city. Here guests can take in superb views of the city and historic palaces, or take a Personal Connections experience joining the locals as they start their day with a morning Aarti (devotion the Gods). Old World meets exotic adventure with sunrise yoga led by an acclaimed Guru and a Hindu art ceremony.
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE (Accommodations at The Emirates Palace Hotel) – From sparkling skyscrapers that rise along the Gulf to the Bedouin camel herds in the surrounding desert, Crystal guests can immerse themselves in the exotic thrills of one of the UAE’s most famous gems. Travelers can live out high-speed dreams with a Formula 1 racing experience at Yas Marina, plus privileged access to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and an exclusive “1001 Arabian Nights” Bedouin camp dinner reception.

Throughout the journey, guests’ every wish will be attended to by Crystal’s own expert crew, destination specialists and concierge. The luxuriously designed aircraft is larger and newer than any global jet tour travel option, appointed with features rarely found in even the most luxurious private jets. The Crystal Exclusive Class seats are designed for maximum personal space and ergonomic comfort, and convert to 180-degree lie-flat beds. The expansive social lounge with stand-up bar and dedicated table seating fosters friendly camaraderie among luxury travelers. Cuisine will be prepared by a dedicated executive chef in two state-of-the-art galleys and paired with an elegant premium wine list. Continue reading

Robb Report Unveils Annual Holiday Ultimate Gift Guide

December Issue Reveals 31 of the Greatest Luxury Gifts the Season Has to Offer

Robb Report, the global voice in true luxury, has outdone itself once again with the unveiling of its annual list of ultimate gifts for the holiday season. The highly anticipated December issue, on national newsstands now, includes the 33rd installment of Robb Report‘s Ultimate Gift Guide, which celebrates the season by exploring the boundaries of human creativity and connoisseurship.

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Robb Report Unveils Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide In December Issue (PRNewsFoto/Robb Report)

Robb Report is the leading voice in global luxury, with its fingers on the pulse of the latest superlative products and experiences that today’s modern consumers seek. The magazine’s discerning and exceptionally affluent audience looks to Robb Report to inform, inspire, and impress them through directional content curated by luxury experts, including coverage of automobiles, aircraft, fine dining, travel, timepieces and fine jewelry, style and design, arts and culture, spirits, and cigars.

For the 2016 edition of Robb Report’s Ultimate Gift Guide, the editors searched far and wide for inspiration, from the seas (a 364-foot superyacht designed by Andy Waugh) and skies (the first-ever supersonic business jet) to the streets (a stunning speedster from the revived Bristol Cars) and even the stage (Eric Clapton’s 1939 Martin 000-42 acoustic guitar). This one-of-a-kind collection covers gifts both big (a larger-than-life outdoor chess set) and small (the world’s tiniest family portrait), as well as once-in-a-lifetime opportunities like a takeover for you and 23 of your closest friends of a full session of Robb Report’s coveted Car of the Year competition, including premier Napa Valley wine tastings, private air transport from Los Angeles to Napa, and fine dining courtesy of Michelin-starred chefs Thomas Keller of The French Laundry and Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood.

In addition to ensuring a truly spirited holiday season, the December edition of Robb Report provides a top-10 list of the most epic ski trips adrenaline junkies should seek out in 2017, as well as a guide on how best to wear the crisp-weather menswear staple of shearling. Contributors test-drives BMW’s Alpina B7 xDrive in its monthly Drive department, and in Personal Best, Christie’s chairman David Linley reflects on the house’s history, his own royal heritage, and the future of collecting.

The editors of Robb Report spend 12 long months searching the market for the best-in-class for every issue, but this annual holiday compilation devoted to the ultimate in gift giving spotlights the most incredible products and experiences to be found anywhere, at any time of year,” said Robb Report editor in chief Brett Anderson. “We continue to surprise and delight our readers, as well as ourselves, with the incredible selection of luxury gifts featured in the December issue. The holiday season is about brightening spirits, festive celebrations with loved ones, and the joys of sharing, and we at Robb Report aspire to deliver these moments to our audience year-round. That’s what it means, after all, to live life at its best.”

Robb Report‘s focus on the festive continues online with a carefully curated collection for holiday shoppers, covering every category from gifts for the gem lover or home-design buff to gifts for the road-tripper or toastmaster, and even a selection of stocking stuffers for those who appreciate that some of the most ultimate gifts come in small packages. (Robb Report‘s comprehensive ultimate guide to holiday giving, which offers over 120 suggestions, can be found at RobbReport.com/HolidayGiftGuide2016.)

The digital edition of Robb Report enables New Year’s Eve partygoers to chart a new course, offering editors’ picks for the most exceptional floating party platforms aboard superyachts. And if you need a chic European retreat for a post–New Year’s detox, RobbReport.com checks in to Europe’s top new suites, which include a lake-view retreat in Italy and a palatial pad in Paris. Robb Report is available as a digital edition for the iPad and iPhone via the iTunes App Store and through Zinio.

For more information, visit RobbReport.com and connect with us on Twitter (@robbreport), Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Las Vegas Provides Seasonal Festivities For Holiday Visitors

Las Vegas is embracing winter and the spirit of the holidays, in its oversize way, this season. The destination will be decking halls, spreading holiday cheer and transforming into a winter wonderland for visitors looking to celebrate. As the ultimate destination to spend the holiday season, there is a plethora of holiday lights, outdoor festivities, activities and more for celebrators this year. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), in concert with the hotel properties on the Strip and beyond, has a full list of activities that will be sure to get you even more excited about the holiday season.Las Vegas Logo

MERRY AND BRIGHT

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The Christmas tree at the LINQ Promenade at 3545 S. Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. CREDIT: Bill Hughes/Las Vegas News Bureau

The LINQ Promenade debuted Winter PARQ with the lighting of a 35-foot holiday tree adorned with lights and ornaments on the Fountain Stage. Winter PARQ will feature a brand new holiday show, Lights at The LINQ, and live entertainment nightly to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. More than 2,000 lights syncopated to music will dazzle visitors with countless combinations of changing colors and varying intensities to create a uniquely dynamic visual experience. In addition to the festive fun, Winter PARQ will also have snow fall nightly. Visitors can enjoy the festivities nightly through Dec. 30.

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The Ice Rink At The Park, Monday, November 21, 2016. CREDIT: Glenn Pinkerton/Las Vegas News Bureau

Overlooking the heart of Las Vegas Boulevard, The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomes visitors to skate on over 4,200 square feet of real ice. Visitors are encouraged to warm up or roast s’mores by the fire, delight in light snow showers, enjoy seasonal treats and beverages with breathtaking views. On Mondays, skaters can catch two classic holiday movies on the resort’s digital marquee.

The world-famous Bellagio Conservatory will change the garden display the week of Nov. 27, highlighting a beautiful floral arrangement featuring the polar bear family and a 42-foot holiday tree embellished with twinkling lights and ornaments while a family of elves playfully decorate. New this year is a Bellagio-themed train station with two 10-foot trains adorned with 1,200 red and white roses while four animated toy soldiers stand guard. The resort will also decorate for the season with displays throughout the lobby and other public areas.

The horticulture team at Wynn Las Vegas will also transform the resort into a winter wonderland spectacle with five distinct fantasy villages, with 33 beautifully embellished holiday trees, thousands of poinsettias in shades of ivory and gold and seasonal lighting displayed throughout the resort.

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas will be getting in the spirit with students from Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Choir performing classic favorites in the Sky Lobby from Dec. 19-22. Patrons can indulge in an assortment of holiday sweets and tea at the Nutcracker Tea at The Tea Lounge from Dec. 1 – Jan. 4. Visitors can also partake in Sips with a Master Sommelier – Year End Bubbles, More Than Just Champagne for a chance to blind taste sparkling wines for a unique holiday celebration.

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Glittering Lights, Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show: “Glittering Lights,” Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

It will be a December to Remember at the equally world-famous Neon Museum, where a vast collection of restored neon signs resides. The Museum will host a holiday celebration with ornament-making, photo opps with Santa, hot chocolate and caroling by the Las Vegas Academy choir in the colorfully illuminated Neon Museum Boneyard. Part of the City of Las Vegas Cultural Corridor‘s holiday festivities, December to Remember will take place Saturday, Dec. 17.

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Glittering Lights, Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show: “Glittering Lights,” Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is Las Vegas’ largest holiday drive-thru light show. Featuring more than 3 million lights throughout a 2.5 mile course that intertwines with the speedway, Glittering Lights has been a beloved holiday tradition for 16 years. Glittering Lights is open nightly through Jan. 7. Continue reading

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: The Art of Shaving Launches New Fragrance Collection

The Collection of Five New Fragrances Pays Homage to Barbering Traditions and Essential Oils

The Art of Shaving has released a new fragrance collection to celebrate the brand’s 20th Anniversary. Barbering experts partnered with world class perfumers to craft a range of distinct scents that are at once modern, yet nostalgic. Inspired by the grand heritage of Barbering and the final touch of every time-honored barber chair shave – the finishing spritz of a scented tonic, the collection brings home the perfect finish to the perfect shave and any grooming ritual.new_taos_monogram_black_highres

As all of the brand’s products have been for the past 20 year, these five fragrances were created using the finest natural essential oils, sourced and meticulously blended using the highest quality techniques. Each scent was carefully assembled to harmoniously link every note for a full and expressive accord.

Essential oil aromas are a critical part of elevating the grooming experience from an act to a cherished ritual. Our new cologne collection is the ultimate expression of these aromas and the perfect finishing touch for The Art of Shaving man”, says Todd Brisky, The Art of Shaving CEO. “Each fragrance in the collection has been designed with craft and care to have a distinct personality. I don’t expect you to ‘like’ all five, but I’m sure there will be one or two you ‘love’ and that is how you should feel about your fragrance.”

The Collection Consists Of Five Fragrances:

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The Art of Shaving Launches New Fragrance Collection (Photo: Business Wire)

  • SANDALWOOD & CYPRESS – A classic and sophisticated aroma with a nostalgic undertone. This handcrafted fragrance combines masculine, woody Sandalwood with aromatic, bright Cypress to develop a signature fragrance wearable from day to night.
  • OUD SUEDE – A traditional, intense fragrance derived from rare Middle Eastern Oud wood. The rich, dark aromatic resin is distilled over time to develop its unique, fragrant quality unmatched in nature. Balanced with earthy Cypriol, the combination of these two natural elements creates a deep woody, amber sensuality with skin-like warmth.
  • VETIVER CITRON – A luminous citrus with bittersweet undertones. Earthy Vetiver is lifted by the fresh simplicity of cold pressed Grapefruit. Finished with a subtly, spicy heart note, this refined fragrance complements any grooming routine.
  • GREEN LAVENDER – An herbaceous floral for the modern gentleman, carefully crafted to effortlessly blend aromatic, tranquil lavender with the fresh, green notes of rosemary and peppermint.
  • CORIANDER & CARDAMOM – A nod to Middle Eastern aromatic barber traditions. A fresh twist on a traditionally warm and spicy scent. Inspired by fresh tonics from ancient spices, Coriander and Cardamom are subtly balanced with basil, lavender, sage and blackcurrant. The result – a crisp green with spicy wood and pepper facets.

Each 100ml fragrance is sold individually for $100 ($125 for “Oud Suede”). Each 30ml fragrance is sold individually for $60 ($75 for “Oud Suede”) and available at The Art of Shaving stores and on www.theartofshaving.com.

Making Spirits Bright At Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

Bahrain’s Luxury Resort Destination Welcomes Families And Friends With A Curated Selection Of Dining And Entertainment

The holiday season at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is destined to be an unforgettable experience. Take a festive getaway and enjoy countless ways to eat, drink and be merry in Bahrain’s one and only private island as it offer a lineup of special holiday experiences. With a lineup of special holiday dining and entertainment created with legendary Four Seasons finesse, the Hotel offers something merry for everyone.

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Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

For a complete schedule of holiday festivities at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, click here. Highlights include:

The Magical Festive Décor of the Urban Resort

Hotel guests and Spa members are invited to join the Hotel team for a spectacular Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, complete with traditional carols, cookies and festive refreshments.

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(Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay)

To convey a true Christmas spirit, the lobby will feature glorious holiday décor in elegant colours of gold, complete with a contemporary Christmas tree and holiday-inspired floral arrangements. A gingerbread creation made by Executive Pastry Chef Imad Boukli will be a spectacular and mouthwatering addition.

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(Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay)

  • The holiday decor will be in place from December 5, 2016 through January 7, 2017.

Sweet Treats from the Kitchens of Four Seasons at the Christmas Market

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(Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay)

From homemade chocolate truffles to gingerbread cookies and soldiers, Christmas fruit cake and mince pie, the holidays are the perfect time to indulge. To offer guests a head start on festive season planning, the Hotel opens its popular Christmas Market in its lobby. Traditional festive items such as holiday cookies, honey-glazed turkey-to-go and the signature yule log cake will treat the family to something special straight from the kitchens at Four Seasons.

  • Christmas Market welcomes guests from December 5, 2016 to January 3, 2017, every day from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

It’s Festive Tea Time!

Throughout the festive season, guests will enjoy a daily afternoon tea featuring a host of seasonal treats including mouthwatering honey-glazed turkey and smoked salmon sandwiches, as well as freshly baked gingerbread spiced cookies.

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  • Festive Afternoon Tea is served from December 1, 2016 to January 7, 2017 every afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Bay View Lounge and is priced at BHD 15 per person or BHD 28 for two people.

Holly Jolly Christmas for the Little Ones

The Kids For All Seasons Complimentary Kids Camp, open daily for ages 4-12 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays and from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm on weekends, has an array of organised activities planned for Hotel guests throughout the festive season with special focus on the Bahrain National Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. From candy hunts on the outdoor lawn to balloon art, face painting, making festive accessories, writing letters to Santa and cookie decorating along with gingerbread house building, the KFAS team has a thoughtfully orchestrated schedule to provide fun for all ages.

Kids For All Seasons New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

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Kids For All Seasons New Year’s Eve Extravaganza (Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay)

Younger guests are in for a night of fantastic fun at the Kids For All Seasons New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Party all night long with cool activities including a fashion show, New Year’s mask making, arts and crafts, a beauty session and costume making.

  • December 31st from 9:00 am to 12:30 am
  • Complimentary for hotel guests, spa members and guests of Bahrain Bay Kitchen

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2016 Black Friday Report: Walmart Delivers Deals, Availability and Simplicity on Black Friday

Walmart issued the following statement on how the company delivered on its Black Friday plans for customers. The retailer also unveiled top products purchased on Black Friday and how customers shopped that day in stores and online.wmt_h_r_4c_highres

This Black Friday, we promised customers great deals, more availability of those items, an integrated offering with Walmart.com and the simple shopping experience our customers have come to expect from Walmart. I am proud to say that we’ve delivered on all fronts,” said Steve Bratspies, Chief Merchandising Officer, Walmart U.S.Our customers were particularly excited about the new technologies we offered this year. In addition to picking up Black Friday favorites like televisions and toys, they flocked to our stores for drones, virtual reality products and hoverboards.

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Happy Walmart customer reacts to receiving a Hatchimal, one of the season’s hottest toys. (Photo: Business Wire)

Thanksgiving and Black Friday Fun Facts and Stats:

  • The week kicked off with customers visiting stores in the days leading up to Thanksgiving to grocery shop. This Thanksgiving, Walmart sold 150 million pounds of turkey and ham. Throughout the month of November, the retailer also sold more than six pies per second with the most popular pies being pumpkin and the Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie.
  • Black Friday is about offering great deals in stores and online. At midnight ET on Thanksgiving Day, customers started shopping on Walmart.com and the Walmart app. Thanksgiving Day was once again one of the top online shopping days of the year.
  • Then, at 6 p.m. the retailer kicked off the company’s Black Friday event in stores across the country. Millions of customers went home with the items they wanted. Top sellers included televisions, cookware, video games and systems, drones, toys and pajamas for the whole family.
  • More than 70 percent of traffic to Walmart.com during the retailer’s Black Friday event was driven by mobile.
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It is not over. Walmart’s Cyber Week began at 12:01 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 25, and will continue with thousands of online specials every day throughout the week.

We will continue to focus on offering great prices on great products across the whole store and on Walmart.com for the rest of the holiday season,” Bratspies added.