Be My Valentine: Mandarin Oriental, Paris Launches Be My Valentine by Guerlain Room Package with Exclusive Fragrance Offer

Inspired by Valentine’s Day,Mandarin Oriental, Paris is offering a romantic accommodation package in collaboration with Guerlain. Guests booking the February 2020 Be my Valentine by Guerlain offer will take home the new La Petite Robe Noire So Frenchy limited-edition fragrance created by the perfume and cosmetics house and enjoy other romantic treats during their stay in the ‘City of Love’.

Mandarin Oriental, Paris Launches Be My Valentine by Guerlain Room Package with Exclusive Fragrance Offer

Since 1828, Guerlain has explored, innovated and perfected. In Fragrance, Skincare and Makeup. Daring creators, mythical creations, timeless know-how. Culture of Beauty as its signature. Their teams, “Explorers by nature” combine day after day luxury and sustainable development. In the Name of Beauty for our Clients, In the Name of Beauty for our Creations, In the Name of Beauty for the Planet.

On arrival, Be my Valentine by Guerlain package guests will be welcomed to their room with rose petal arrangements and other romantic treats, including sweet-tasting delights and pink champagne, and receive their bottle of La Petite Robe Noire So Frenchy. A take on timeless French chic, this eau de parfum combines sultry rose with dark notes of black cherry, patchouli and black tea. The new Rouge G lipstick in a matte soft pink, decorated with cherry blossom on both the stick and case, will be presented to guests too.

Also included in the package is a perfume consultation at Guerlain’s Vendôme boutique, a few steps away from the hotel, where guests will be warmly welcomed and have their perfume bottle engraved with their names or a message. Back at the hotel, guests can indulge in pure relaxation at The Spa, with EUR 100 credit per day.

The Be my Valentine by Guerlain package is priced from EUR 1,175 per night and includes:

  • Luxurious accommodation
  • Daily breakfast for two, in-room or at Camélia restaurant
  • A 50 ml bottle of the new La Petite Robe Noire So Frenchy eau de parfum and a Rouge G lipstick to take home
  • A personalised bottle engraving and fragrance consultation at Guerlain’s Vendôme boutique on 356 rue Saint-Honoré
  • Complimentary bottle of Louis Roederer Pink Champagne and sweet-tasting treats delivered to guests’ room upon arrival
  • Romantic room set up, including rose petal arrangements
  • A credit of EUR 100 per stay for The Spa

The package is available between February 1-29, 2020, subject to availability. Rates are based on two people sharing. For enquiries or bookings, please visit the website.

Mandarin Oriental, Paris is a celebration of Paris today and tomorrow, inspired by fashion and artistic creativity and underpinned by the brand’s legendary service. This truly Parisian five star hotel provides an oasis of tranquillity and a cocoon of luxury. The 96 chic and elegant rooms and 39 spacious suites offer guests an exceptionally stylish Parisian experience with their nod to couture and unique art pieces. Located in the very heart of the city, the hotel’s best kept secret is its inner garden providing a sanctuary from the bustling city and a peaceful dining haven. A wide range of dining options are overseen by celebrated Chef Thierry Marx, including two-Michelin starred, fine-dining restaurant, Sur Mesure, all-day dining Camélia, a Cake Shop by Mandarin Oriental, a cool cocktail bar, as well as L’Honoré serving health conscious cuisine. Finally, the Spa at Mandarin Oriental offers unique wellness and relaxation experiences, in a soothing, contemporary environment, featuring luxurious private treatment rooms, an indoor pool and a state of the art fitness centre. Mandarin Oriental, Paris is the preferred choice of discerning travellers who believe they have found the city’s best kept secret address.

Bath & Body Works First Ever Body Care Day Is Your One-Stop Shop For Checking Every Gift Off Your List

With only 11 shopping days until Christmas, Bath & Body Works®, has something for everyone on your shopping list. As owner of some of America’s bestselling fragrance collections, such as Japanese Cherry Blossom and Eucalyptus Spearmint, and a leader in several personal care categories, including America’s #1 Body Moisturizer brand, Bath & Body Works is a year-round go-to for fragrance and gifting that only amplifies during the holiday season. In fact, there will be 91 million gifts from Bath & Body Works under Christmas trees across America this year.

Bath & Body Works Body Care Day

To help customers complete their gift shopping in the last push to Christmas, Bath & Body Works has announced its first ever Body Care Day – a one-day sale on the retailer’s entire collection of personal care products. On Saturday, December 14, all of the retailer’s nearly 600 body care products will be on sale.

While some may find selecting the perfect gift challenging or intimidating, Bath & Body Works makes gift gifting a no brainer, standing by every product with a 100% guarantee – if at any time, for any reason a customer (or gift recipient) isn’t satisfied with a purchase, the item can be returned.

About Bath & Body Works’ First Ever Body Care Day

  • On December 14, for one day only, ALL Body Care lines are $4.95 – that’s up to a 70% discount!
  • This is the first sale of its kind for the retailer – on all fragrances and all collections – all promotions are typically offered by form, fragrance or category.
  • Bath & Body Works’ First Ever Body Care Day will be available in stores nationwide & online. Many locations are offering extended hours with many stores opening at 7 a.m.
  • Shop nearly 600 Bath & Body Works-exclusive personal care products: 85 Moisturizers, 75 Cleansers, 60 Fragrances including the Men’s Collection and Aromatherapy.
  • Three exclusive fragrances will make their debut for the day:
  1. NEW Christmas Cocoa & Mint rounds out Bath & Body Works’ customer-favorite Holiday Traditions collection.
  2. Adding nostalgia to the assortment, Black Amethyst, which was a customer favorite from 2008 to 2012, is back with a new look.
  3. Pink Velvet Cupcake, which launched in the fall and became a buzzy fan favorite, returns for the day.
Bath and Body Works logo

About the Assortment

  • Bath & Body Works is the #1 brand in America for Fine Fragrance Mist; Body Moisturizers, including #1 Body Lotion and #1 Body Cream; Men’s Body Moisturizer; Body Scrub.
  • Gingham, the brand’s NEW signature fragrance, has been a top seller since its launch in April and Into The Night, Bath & Body Works’ newest launch, is the retailer’s bestseller for Christmas. Other customer-favorites and go-to gifts include Japanese Cherry Blossom, A Thousand Wishes and Champagne Toast. From year-round favorite fragrances to beloved seasonal scents that celebrate the season, there are dozens of Bath & Body Works-exclusive fragrances to choose from.
  • Bath & Body Works’ Men’s Collection offers seven exclusive fragrances, including its newest addition, Midnight. Also new to the collection and easy grooming gifts for guys, Moisturizing Body Wash, Shave Gel and Aftershave Balm in select fragrances have been added to the lineup for Christmas.
  • Bath & Body Works’ Aromatherapy Headquarters features 13 mood-boosting essential oil blends, including customer-favorites Stress Relief and Sleep as well as new and limited-edition seasonal exclusives Peaceful and Balance. The collection, which offers more than 80 aromatherapy products is the ultimate way to give self-care this Christmas.

Bath & Body Works is one of the world’s leading specialty retailers and home to America’s Favorite Fragrances® offering a breadth of exclusive fragrances for the body and home, including the #1 selling collections for fine fragrance mist, body lotion and body cream, 3-wick candles, home fragrance diffusers and liquid hand soap. For more than 25 years, customers have looked to Bath & Body Works for quality, on-trend products and the newest, freshest fragrances. Today, these fragrant products can be purchased at more than 1,800 Bath & Body Works and White Barn retail locations worldwide as well as on bathandbodyworks.com. Bath & Body Works stands by every product with a 100% guarantee – if at any time, for any reason you aren’t satisfied with a purchase, you can return it. Join in the social conversation on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.

"12 Days Of Cocktails" From New York City's Iconic Top of the Strand Rooftop Bar Is A New Coast-To-Coast Holiday Tradition

The expert mixologists at Top of the Strand, New York City’s iconic rooftop bar, have released their “12 Days of Cocktails,” a collection of jolly recipes that just may become everyone’s newest holiday tradition.

With nods to seasonal favorites that include the Grinch, a red-nosed reindeer and everyone’s least-liked relative from the classic movie “Home Alone”—plus a recipe sure to make St. Nick’s naughty list—the 12 Days of Cocktails are perfect for lighting up holiday parties and family gatherings or for warming up on those cold, snowy nights. For those who spend the holidays in the sun or by the pool, the cocktails can bring a welcome chill.

Top of the Strand rooftop bar—known for having one of the best views in NYC—is set like a jewel on the 21st floor of Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, New York City in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. With its friendly atmosphere, dazzling views, handcrafted drinks and tasty light fare, Top of the Strand is one of New York City’s favorite rooftop bar.

December 14 – Winter Mule

Winter Mule from Top of the Strand in NYC

Serve over ice in rocks glass with a sugar rim

  • 1 1/2 oz. Absolut Citron
  • 3/4 oz. agave syrup
  • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
  • Top with ginger beer

Before serving, garnish with rosemary sprig and cranberries

December 15 – Rosemary Christmas

Do ahead: Smoked rosemary – place rosemary sprig on plate and use mini torch to light rosemary; place coupe glass over rosemary and leave for one minute.

  • Shake with ice and strain into coupe glass
  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • 1/4 oz. Cynar (a flavorful artichoke liqueur available in most package stores)
  • 3/4 oz. Aperol

Before serving, garnish with smoked rosemary

December 16 – Philly’s Naughty List

Do ahead: Simple syrup – in a medium saucepan combine 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.

  • Shake with ice and strain into rocks glass
  • 2 oz. rye
  • 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 6 dashes of tiki bitters (available at most package stores)

Before serving, garnish with pinch of ground nutmeg

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The Peninsula Classics 2019 Best Of The Best Award Announces Eight Finalists

The 5th annual award nominees feature vehicles originating from five countries and produced over nearly four decades

The Peninsula today announced the eight nominees for its prestigious The Peninsula Classics 2019 Best of the Best Award, an accolade presented to the world’s most exceptional classic car. The selected vehicles were built by automakers from five different countries over a span of nearly 40 years, 1919 to 1958. The winning vehicle will be unveiled on 6 February 2020 at an award presentation at the famed The Peninsula Paris.

The Peninsula Classics 2019 Best Of The Best Award Announces Eight Finalists

Founded in 2015 by The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, with co-founders William E. (Chip) Connor, Bruce Meyer and Christian Philippsen, this year’s award brings together eight of the concours circuits’ elite best of show winners from around the globe. The winner will be decided by a cohort of 25 judges ranging from automotive designers to some of the most recognized private collectors in the world including Peter Marino and Laurence Graff.

This award is truly a celebration of automotive excellence. Only eight vehicles are selected from the world’s most prestigious concours events to compete for the title of most exceptional classic car,” said Sir Michael Kadoorie. “These motorcars are works of art, each with a unique history and provenance. Our esteemed panel of judges have their work cut out this year due to the incredible field of contenders.”

The diverse nominees include vehicles built in France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States. This year’s nominees for The Peninsula Classics 2019 Best of the Best Award are as follows:

France:

  • 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupé, coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi – Best of Show at the 2019 Salon Privé

Germany:

  • 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Autobahn-Kurier, coachwork by the Factory – Best of Show at the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Italy:

  • 1958 Ferrari 335 S Spyder, coachwork by Scaglietti – Best of Show at the 2019 Cavallino Classic
  • 1950 Abarth 205 Berlinetta, coachwork by Vignale, design by Michelotti – Best of Show at the 2019 Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance

United Kingdom:

  • 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Foursome Coupe, coachwork by Freestone & Webb – Best of Show at the 2019 Chantilly Arts & Elégance Richard Mille
  • 1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Torpedo Skiff, coachwork by Barker – Best of Show at 2019 Concours of Elegance Hampton Court Palace
  • 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Dual Cowl Tourer, coachwork by Gurney Nutting – Best of Show at 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

United States:

  • 1931 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria, coachwork by LeBaron – Best of Show at 2019 The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

More details of the award can be found here.

Through a shared desire to celebrate the best of what defines the automotive world, The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, launched The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award in 2015 with co-founders William E. (Chip) Connor, Bruce Meyer and Christian Philippsen. Each founder shares a common passion and appreciation of fine motor cars, the preservation of their heritage and immaculate restoration projects. The award, sponsored by The Peninsula Hotels, brings together the concours circuits’ elite ‘Best of Show’ winners from around the globe.

Walker Art Center's Out There 2020: Annual Festival of Performance Alternatives at The Walker Arts Center

Program Features Tina Satter / Half Straddle; Miguel Gutierrez; Ligia Lewis, and Back to Back Theatre

OUT THERE IS BACK WITH 20/20 VISION. Through a range of theatrical aesthetics, this year’s slate of international artists engage us with revelatory works by turns playful and dark, political and personal, gothic and supernatural. They interrogate labels and preconceptions, the artificial and the organic. This year, two artists new to the Walker and two returning favorites push back and look forward, reframe and reposition. Their concerns are ours: identity, race, sexuality, and the meaning of intelligence.


Tina Satter / Half Straddle: Is This A Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription

Out There: Tina Satter/ Half Straddle, Is This A Room. Photo: © Paula Court courtesy of The Kitchen Half Straddle

January 9–January 11, 2020, 8pm

“Is This A Room is a beautiful work—impassioned yet made with a cool hand; straight-faced yet often funny. It is also devastating because damn, the real world is a hell of a writer.” —Artforum

After the FBI interrogated Reality Winner, a 25-year-old former Air Force linguist, the transcript of the encounter ignited director Tina Satter’s theatrical imagination. Satter’s company Half Straddle replicates, word by word, the verbal dance between the whip-smart Winner and reality-twisting agents, demonstrating how military interrogation tactics, toxic masculinity, and systemic marginalization resulted in her conviction for espionage. Funny and suspenseful, engaging and enraging, the production re-creates one afternoon spent in a bizarre and secret world—the turning point of a personal life wrenched irrevocably into the political. Program length: 70 minutes.

Tina Satter is an American writer and director for theater and film who was a recipient of a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, and was named an Off-Off Broadway Innovator to Watch by Time Out New York. With Half Straddle, she has written and directed ten original full-length plays, and re-imagined them for a range of spaces as they have toured to numerous theaters and festivals in the U.S. and internationally.

Meet the Artists

  • Thursday, January 9: Post-show reception with the artists in Cityview Bar
  • Friday, January 10: Post-show Q&A with the artists onstage.


Miguel Gutierrez:
This Bridge Called My Ass

Out There: Miguel Gutierrez, This Bridge Called My Ass. Photo: Ian Douglas

January 16–17, 8pm, January 18 4pm & 8pm, Walker Commission

A dense, audacious and wickedly funny work that…contains multitudes and unflinchingly bears their weight.”New York Times

Movement artist Miguel Gutierrez‘s second Walker commission provocatively investigates identity politics, Latinx clichés, and Western concepts of form, drawing from (in part) the influences of the groundbreaking 1981 feminist anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Gutierrez and five diverse Latinx performers amplify stereotypes to move past respectability politics within an unstable environment of bodies, light, sound, and text (in Spanish, with surtitles). The chaotic, playfully erotic production concludes with an over-the-top version of an absurdist telenovela. Contains nudity and sexual content. Program length: 90 minutes.

Miguel Gutierrez is a choreographer, composer, performer, singer, writer, educator and advocate who has lived in New York for over twenty years. He is fascinated by the time-based nature of performance and how it creates an ideal frame for phenomenological questions around presence and meaning-making. His work proposes an immersive state, for performer and audience alike, where attention itself becomes an elastic material. He believes in an approach to art making that is fierce, fragile, empathetic, political, and irreverent.

Meet the Artists

  • Thursday, January 16: Post-show reception with the artists in Cityview Bar
  • Friday, January 17: Post-show Q&A with the artists onstage
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens New Exhibition, “We Return Fighting”

We Return Fighting: The African American Experience in World War I” opens Friday, Dec. 13, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. On view until June 14, 2020, the exhibition examines the impact of the war on African American life 100 years since it ended.

Sailors reading, writing, and relaxing at the Red Cross Rest Room in New Orleans. National Archives (165-WW-127A-016)

Covering nearly 100 years of history, from 1865 to 1963, the exhibition is divided into three sections: Pre-War, During the War and Post-War. and explores the full range of African American participation in the war—from serving in segregated units as laborers and supply handlers in the United States and France to earning major military awards after fighting alongside the French in Europe. The exhibition goes beyond war history to show how that global conflict changed African American life, contributing to the birth of the Negro Renaissance and the Civil Rights and Labor Movements.

Seamstresses in New York City sewing puttees (spiral leggings worn by soldiers). National Archives (165-WW-585-11_34-3723M)
The Sub-Committee of Management and Counsel of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows (1907-1908), January 1908. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Charles Hamilton Houston, J. and Dr. Rosemary Jagus.

Some 17 to 21 million soldiers and civilians died in what was the worst war in modern history,” said Spencer D. Crew, interim director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. “Empires fell, maps were redrawn and the lives of countless people were forever changed. For African Americans, the war tested the meaning of citizenship and patriotism. They went to war fighting for democracy abroad; they returned fighting for democracy at home.

Sheet music from the Cotton Club Parade, 1932. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Vicki Gold Levi

African Americans returned to a segregated America where lynchings were on the rise and poor black sharecroppers were leaving the South in search of factory jobs in the North and the West. Those who were highly vocal with their protests became known as “The New Negro,” aggressively pursuing social justice and civil rights.

Distinguished Service Cross and ribbon issued to Lewis Broadus, Awarded 1906; issued 2006. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Lewis Broadus Family
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BAMPFA and SFMOMA Partner for Agnès Varda Film Retrospective

Janus Films’ National Touring Series Marks First Major Posthumous Retrospective for Acclaimed French Filmmaker

Program Includes Limited Engagement of Varda’s Final Film Varda by Agnès

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will copresent a major retrospective of films byAgnès Varda, the first significant presentation of the acclaimed director’s work since she passed away in March 2019. Agnès Varda: An Irresistible Force marks the West Coast premiere of this national touring retrospective organized with Janus Films, which encompasses much of Varda’s work from the last six decades — including new restorations, rarely screened shorts, and a preview of Varda’s final film, Varda by Agnès.

The series begins at BAMPFA on December 20 with advance screenings of Varda by Agnès, a luminous autobiographical documentary that opens theatrically in the Bay Area on January 10, 2020. SFMOMA’s portion of the series begins on January 9 with Cleo 5 to 7, one of Varda’s most renowned early works. The series continues at BAMPFA through February 28, 2020 and at SFMOMA through March 21, 2020 and includes guest appearances at both venues by former Pacific Film Archive Director and Curator Tom Luddy, who collaborated with Varda on two films. This film program represents the tenth installment of SFMOMA’s Modern Cinema program, which seeks to highlight the ongoing dialogue between the critically acclaimed filmmakers of the past and present.

Cléo from 5 to 7 (France, 1962)

An icon of international art cinema for more than sixty years, Agnès Varda (1928-2019) was an influential figure in the development of the French New Wave and the only female director associated with the movement. Her remarkable debut feature, La Pointe Courte, made when she was 26, predated and inspired the New Wave movement. Widely acclaimed for her early narrative features like Cléo from 5 to 7 and Le Bonheur, Varda went on to create a vast and eclectic body of work that included numerous shorts, documentaries, photography, and installations. Often drawing from her own life experiences, Varda’s artistic practice was deeply personal, unapologetically feminist, and wonderfully innovative—most notably in her late-career embrace of handheld digital cameras as a liberating creative tool. Varda’s penultimate film Faces Places marked one of the greatest commercial successes of her career. The film, codirected with the artist JR, whose large-scale digital mural is currently on view in SFMOMA’s Roberts Family Gallery, earned Varda her first Academy Award nomination at age 88, and was a hit with audiences of all ages. Among her many honors and awards, Varda received an Honorary Academy Award in 2017 for her contributions to cinema.

(You can read her obituary from the New York Times here.)

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) logo

BAMPFA and SFMOMA’s copresentation of Agnès Varda: An Irresistible Force encompasses almost two dozen films by Varda, which will screen at both BAMPFA and SFMOMA with multiple repeat screenings. The series features nearly all her narrative works and documentaries, as well as an extensive selection of shorts. The retrospective highlights Varda’s films made in California, including a pair of films she made in the late 1960s in the Bay Area: Uncle Yanco, which was shot in Sausalito, and Black Panthers, filmed in Oakland. Also included in the series is a new restoration of The Young Girls of Rochefort, directed by Varda’s late husband, Jacques Demy, and shown alongside her own documentary The Young Girls Turn 25, which revisits the town of Rochefort, as well as Jacquot (shown exclusively at BAMPFA), Varda’s affectionate tribute to Demy, released shortly after his death in 1990.

The Beaches of Agnes (France, 2008)

Agnès Varda was a true force of inspiration, who touched many through her poignant films. Her work responds to life in a personal and sophisticated way, reflecting her private and public role as one of France’s most celebrated directors,” said BAMPFA Senior Film Curator Susan Oxtoby.When she visited BAMPFA in 2013, Varda captivated our audience with the same warmth and wisdom that we see throughout her magnificent body of work. We look forward to presenting in this expansive retrospective in partnership with SFMOMA, and to sharing Varda’s films with audiences across the Bay Area — a place that Varda herself visited many times and memorably rendered on film.”

Agnès Varda’s films are an unparalleled treasure in the history of cinema, full of possibility, compassion and curiosity and they are always a wonder to experience,” said Gina Basso, SFMOMA’s manager of film programs. “SFMOMA has a long history or presenting her films and this retrospective allows us to take our audiences on a deep and reflective journey that spans her long career. I’m happy to work closely with BAMPFA to organize this meaningful tribute to one of the world’s most inspiring filmmakers.

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