Captain Morgan and Chief Party Officer Adam Devine Are Bringing Their Yuletide Joy To Your Holiday Party for the Ultimate Captain’s Night In

The Iconic Spirits Brand and Famed Actor Will Take Over A House Party for one lucky Winner, Bringing Holiday Spirit, Fashionable Ugly Sweaters and a Larger-Than-Life Snow Globe

It isn’t a holiday party until you add CaptainMorgan (Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.)and Adam Devine, so this season, they’re hitting up (er, crashing) one lucky house party for the person with the most holiday cheer. But before they set off on this merry adventure, they must identify someone who conveys the Captain’s sense of fun and they’re turning to Captain Morgan fans for help.

Captain Morgan Rum and Actor/Chief Party Officer Adam Devine Are Bringing Their Yuletide Joy To Your Holiday Party for the “Ultimate Captain’s Night In” (PRNewsfoto/Captain Morgan)

Adult party throwers (21 years and older) may write in to tell Captain Morgan and Devine why they need to “crash” their house party by following and commenting on the Captain Morgan brand’s Instagram account,@CaptainMorganUSA, and using the hashtag #CaptainsNightInContest.

“With all the house parties happening this season, I challenge all my festive fans to give us the best reasons for coming to their holiday soiree because I’ve got my ugly sweater and frosted cookies ready,” said Devine. “I don’t know where the evening will take us, but one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be one helluva night in.”

Captain Morgan and Devine will then select a winner and transform one holiday house party into the ultimate “Captain’s Night In,” with bright lights on the outside, holiday sweaters galore, a life-sized snow globe and more.

“Throughout the holidays, we know people enjoy fun times with friends right in the comfort of their own homes,” said Linda Bethea, Vice President of Captain Morgan.”Whether they’re competing for the ugliest holiday outfit or playing yuletide games, holiday party goers are staying in to enjoy the evening responsibly. So, it’s only fitting that we deploy Adam to bring fun to these festivities in a way that only Captain Morgan can for those hosting the best holiday house party.”

Don’thave an ugly sweater yet? The Captain’s got you covered. Head to the CaptainMorgan online store to get all the sweaters, onesies and jumpsuits you need for an epic night in. There’s even a Captain Morgan body pillow for those needing some extra holiday love this season. We can’t forget that with every holiday celebration comes great responsibility. So, when raising a glass, always do so in moderation—the Captain is always watching!

Full contest rules and regulations can be found here, no purchase necessary 21 and older.

Happy holidays from Captain Morgan, may all your house parties be merry and bright!

Indulge In ‘Cookie Cocktails’ This Holiday Season At Omni Hotels & Resorts During Its Latest Omni Originals Culinary Series

Brandwide Cookie Cocktails menu debuts at select Omni properties across the country

OmniHotels & Resorts announces CookieCocktails, the latest rendition of the brand’s month-long OmniOriginals culinaryseries. Tasty treats will spread holiday cheer at properties across the country and will highlight favorite cookie-turned-cocktail recipes from select brand chefs. Guests can enjoy surprising, creative libations with tastes from cinnamon and chocolate to bourbon and amaretto.

Indulge In ‘Cookie Cocktails’ This Holiday Season At Omni Hotels &Resorts During Its Latest Omni Originals Culinary Series

OmniHotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business and leisure destinations across North America. With more than 25 iconic golf courses and 16 award-winning spas featured in dynamic locales nationwide, every Omni proudly opens its doors to share the true spirit of its destination. Reflected through local color, personalized service, unique wellness options, signature restaurants, and creative culinary offerings, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every guest and a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program. As a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance, Select Guest is further expanded through the DISCOVERY® loyalty program offering members additional global benefits.

“The holiday season is known for good friends, family, and food, so we decided to take a twist on tradition and make our favorite holiday cookies into crafty cocktails making for unexpected palate pleasers,” said Devin Burns, vice president of food and beverage at Omni Hotels& Resorts. “Our chefs whipped up the cocktails using recipes from childhood cookie favorites they used to bake with their families during the holiday season.”

Flavorful, fun and aesthetically pleasing cocktails will be available at participating properties and will include the following (See full recipes below):

  • Cinnamon Churro Leche: Tres Generaciones Reposado Tequila and the flavors of vanilla and cinnamon are shaken with milk
  • Chocolate Crinkle Surprise: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is joined by chocolate syrup, milk and the rich flavor of toasted almonds
  • Sugar Cookie Cocktail: Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, Disaronno Amaretto, vanilla, and agave nectar are shaken together with milk
  • Maple Pecan Old Fashioned: Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon meets the flavors of butter pecan and maple with just a touch of black walnut bitters
  • Orange Spice Amaretto: Mount Gay Black Barrel, Disaronno Amaretto, orange juice, and a cookie butter syrup are shaken with Constant Comment orange spice tea
  • Sparkling Kolaczki Bellini: This sparkling cocktail blends Absolut Elyx with a touch of elderflower liqueur, peach puree and orange bitters then topped with Moet & Chandon Brut

Cinnamon Churro Leche

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Tres Generaciones Resposado
  • 0.75 oz Monin Vanilla Syrup
  • 0.50 oz Monin Cinnamon Syrup
  • 2 oz milk

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into cinnamon sugar-rimmed martini glass and serve.

Chocolate Crinkle Surprise

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Jack Daniels Black Label
  • 0.5 oz Hershey’d Chocolate Syrup
  • 0.5 oz Monin Toasted Almond Mocha Syrup
  • 2 oz milk
  • Dash of powdered sugar

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Strain into rimmed glass. Top with a mound of shaved chocolate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Sugar Cookie Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 0.5 oz Disaronno Amaretto
  • 0.25 oz Monin Vanilla Syrup
  • 0.5 oz Agave Syrup
  • 1.5 oz milk

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into green sprinkle rimmed martini glass. Garnish with nonpareil colored swirl and serve.

Maple Bourbon Pecan Old Fashioned

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Elijah Craig Bourbon
  • 0.25 Monin Butter Pecan Syrup
  • 0.25 Monin Maple Spice Syrup
  • 3 dashes Fee Bros. Black Walnut Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir well. Strain into caramel-swirled Old Fashioned glass.

Orange Spice Amaretto

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Mount Gay Black Barrel
  • 0.5 oz Disaronno Amaretto
  • 1.5 oz Orange juice
  • 1 oz Monin Cookie Butter Syrup
  • 0.75 oz Constant Comment Tea, concentrated
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into iced Collins glass. Garnish with a slice of orange, cloves, grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick then serve.

Sparkling Peach Kolaczki

Ingredients

  • 0.75 Absolut Elyx
  • 0.25 oz St. Germain
  • 0.75 oz Peach puree
  • 2 dashes Orange bitters
  • 3 oz Moet & Chandon Brut

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into sugared champagne flute and serve.

“We want to surprise our guests and show all of the different ways that you can take a tradition and make your own personal twist on it,” added Burns.

Omni is also committed to reducing hunger and is on a mission through its Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative to provide millions of meals each year for food banks to feed children, families, and seniors in communities in which it operates.OmniHotels & Resorts is the official hotel of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions.

For information or to book accommodations, visit www.omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.More information on Omni Originals can be found at www.omnihotels.com/culinary/omni-originals.

Premier LGBTQ Jeweler Love & Pride Launches on Bloomingdales.com

Love and Pride, the premier jeweler inspired by and in support of the LGBTQ community, is pleased to announce its launch on Bloomingdales.com.

(PRNewsfoto/Love and Pride)

Originally launched in 2005, Love and Pride is a jewelry brand that ties luxury style with an ethos of unity, love, and respect. Love and Pride is the first of its kind: a premium designer online shopping destination for people who believe in equality, diversity, and tolerance. Founder Udi Behr designs intricate accessories and fine jewelry made with precious metals and gemstones. The jewelry collections include engagement, commitment, wedding and anniversary rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings, watches, and other accessories for women and men. Sometimes romantic, sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical. Styles available on Bloomingdales.com include rings crafted in 14k white, yellow and rose gold, many of which are complete with glittering diamond insignias.

The first LGBTQ jewelry line to be sold at a major department store, the occasion marks a milestone for Behr. “Throughout my long journey building a brand that stands for equality and supports the LGBTQ community, I have had moments of triumph and moments of great challenge,” he says. “Getting Love and Pride into amainstream retailer has been on my list from the moment we embarkedon this journey in 2005. Having my collection in Bloomingdale’s is a triumph for all; for me personally, for Bloomingdale’s as a brand and for the LGBTQ community.”

Despite its only recent entrance into the mainstream market, Love and Pride have long been celebrated for its dedication to supporting the LGBTQ community. Honored with some of the most highly-esteemed industry awards, the brand’s accolades include the Marriage Equality USAAward; Matthew Shepard Foundation Essential Piece Award; and JCKDesigner of the Year Award.

A former paratrooper turned award-winning jewelry designer, Udi Behr is a native of Israel who lived through three wars determined to create things of beauty and promote peace. After learning his trade in theTel Aviv diamond industry, Udi’s fame as an original designer took off upon his arrival in New York City in 1983.

Udi has won acclaim everywhere from The New York Times to People Magazine for his iconic love and pride jewelry, including Designer of the Year honors from Luxury Magazine and the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s Essential Piece Award, recognizing his continued support for the LGBT community in the workplace and beyond. His jewelry collections have been showcased in leading retail stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Fortunoff’s and Macy’s, and worn by celebrities including EltonJohn, Ringo Starr, Jay Leno, Paula Abdul, Ludacris, Pam Grier, Gwen Stefani, Cyndi Lauper, Sharon Stone, and Paris Hilton.

Love and Pride also featured collections for television series “The L Word,” “Queer as Folk,” “Dexter,” “True Blood” and “Star Trek.

Shop Love and Pride now on Bloomingdales.com.

Williams Sonoma is Teaming Up with Bravo’s Top Chef to Celebrate the Launch of the New Season

Williams Sonoma Launches Partnership With Emmy Award-Winning Series, Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’

WilliamsSonoma, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, announced a partnership with Bravo Media’s Emmy and James Beard award-winning “Top Chef” which includes a series of branded in-store events around the premiere. This season, the winner of the coveted title of “Top Chef” will also receive a Williams Sonoma prize package and a spot on the Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage at the 2019 BottleRock Music Festival in Napa Valley. Additionally, through their Watch n’ WinSweepstakes viewers can enter to win a trip to the 2019 BottleRockMusic & Food Festival in Napa Valley and meet the winner of “Top Chef” this spring. Viewers can enter by tweeting the secret hashtag that will be revealed during the Top Chef” season 16 premiere on Thursday, December 6 at 9pm ET/PT.

To celebrate their partnership and launch of the new season on Thursday, December 6thWilliamsSonoma will host “Top Chef” Holiday Entertaining Cooking Classes at stores nationwide where customers can sample recipes from some of the series’ most beloved cheftestants. Attendees of the event inNew York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Philadelphia will be able to learn directly from the show’s popular past cheftestants.

A full list of events is included below:

Bravo’s“Top Chef” Holiday Entertaining Cooking Class at Williams Sonoma

Thursday,December 6th from 6:30-8 pm, All Williams Sonoma Stores

The holidays are right around the corner and to celebrate Willims Sonoma is teaming up with their friends at Bravo’s Top Chef for the ultimate holiday entertaining Event who will share tips and tricks from the experts and learn to make a few of their favorite small bites for Holiday parties that are perfect for a crowd.

The Top Chef Cooking Class is slated to be hosted by notable alums in the following markets:

(Left to right): BEVERLY HILLS with Chef Joe Sasto, NEW YORK CITY with Chef Grayson Schmitz and KING OF PRUSSIA with Chef Jenn Carroll.

New York City – Chef Grayson Schmitz

RSVP: http://topchef-williamssonoma-newyork.eventbrite.com

Atlanta (Ponce City Market) – Chef Kevin Gillespie

RSVP: http://topchef-williamssonoma-atlanta.eventbrite.com

BeverlyHills – Chef Joe Sasto

RSVP:http://topchef-williamssonoma-losangeles.eventbrite.com

(Left to Right): DALLAS with Chef Tiffany Derry; ATLANTA with Chef Kevin Gillespie

Dallas (North Park) – Chef Tiffany Derry

RSVP: http://topchef-williamssonoma-dallas.eventbrite.com

Philadelphia (King of Prussia) – Chef Jenn Carroll

RSVP: http://topchef-williamssonoma-philadelphia.eventbrite.com

Additional Top Chef events will take place on the first Thursday of the month through March 2019. For more information about Williams Sonoma’s partnership with Top Chef please visit: www.williams-sonoma.com/topchef

Gap Launches its 2018 Limited-Edition Collection with GQ Featuring the ‘Coolest Designers on the Planet’

Balmain, Dsquared2, MSGM, No Vacancy Inn, Officine Générale, OpeningCeremony, Stampd, and Surf is Dead Create Limited-Edition Sweatshirts, Available at Select Gap Stores and Gap.com

Gap + GQ Balmain Pullover Hoodie

Gap, with GQ Magazine, launched the new exclusive menswear collection of GQ’s ‘Coolest Designers on the Planet.’ The program, which recognizes menswear designers, has expanded to feature international talent from around the globe. This year, Gap invited Balmain, Dsquared2, MSGM, No Vacancy Inn, Officine Générale, Opening Ceremony, Stampd and Surf is Dead to design their take on the classic Gap sweatshirt.

Gap + GQ dsquared Crewneck Pullover Sweatshirt

This year, we took a fresh approach to our GQ for Gap collaboration,” says John Caruso, Gap VP of Men’s Design. “Our Gap hoodie and crewneck sweatshirts are iconic American staples that have appeared in countless ad campaigns and editorials. We are so excited to show our customers how each designer re-invents this classic.”

GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers in America project, which was established in 2007, works to advance and bring attention to emerging American menswear designers. The recognized designers were selected by GQ editor-in-chief, Jim Nelson, creative director-at-large Jim Moore, and the magazine’s fashion editors, and took part in a mentoring program led by GQ and Gap.

“This year’s collection spotlights the iconic Gap sweatshirt, with collaborations from menswear’s most exciting names,” says Neilson. “It represents the very best of the Coolest Designers on the Planet program and the global influence of menswear in the thing we all really want to wear: a classic sweatshirt.”

Gap + GQ Surf is Dead Pullover Hoodie

The GQ for Gap collection consists of eight sweatshirts, one crewneck and seven hoodies, created by the eight designers. Designed to their brand aesthetic, each designer incorporated their own logo alongside the Gap logo with custom color palette, graphics, and silhouette. For example, the MSGMfor GQ for Gap x MSGM is oversized, featuring a double hood in a red and white color palette while GQ for Gap x Surf is Dead is a boxy silhouette in gray with neon graphics and dolman sleeves. The collection is available starting today, at selectGap stores in the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and throughout Europe. It will also be available online atwww.gap.com/gq. The collection prices range from $78 to $148.

As part of this year’s program, GQ will be making donations on behalf of each designer to the following organizations:

  • Balmain: (RED), working to eradicate HIV/AIDS
  • Opening Ceremony: Destination Tomorrow, a non-profit for LGBTQ+ youth in the Bronx
  • STAMPD: Ride2Revive, provides ill children with memorable and adrenaline-filled driving experiences meant to distract them from their health related struggles and revitalize their senses
  • Surf is Dead: Miracle Babies, devoted to providing financial assistance and supportive services to parents of sick newborns
  • No Vacancy Inn: Flint Kids Fund, working to help the children of Flint, Michigan who have been exposed to lead in their drinking water
  • DSQUARED2: The Center, the heart and home of NYC’s LGBT community
  • MSGM: Pane Quotidiano, an over 100-year-old Italian-based organization that provides free food to the poor on a daily basis
  • Officine Générale: The Bibi Fund, dedicated to curing cancer in children

For more information on ‘The Coolest Designers on the Planet,’ visit www.gap.com.

Lightbox Lights Up New York With A Holiday Pop-Up

Lightbox, the laboratory-grown diamond jewelry company from the DeBeers Group, kicked off CyberWeek 2018 with the opening of their first pop-up activation, now through December 2,  at The Oculus, Westfield World Trade Center on Monday morning.

The innovative new laboratory-grown diamond jewelry company from De BeersGroup gives consumers an interactive experience for Cyber Week

Lightbox is the innovative new company offering consumers fashion jewelry featuring high-quality pink, white and blue laboratory-grown diamonds at transparent and accessible prices. The company is the only brand that sources lab-grown diamonds from Element Six, the world’s leading lab-grown diamond producer, based in Oxford, England, and built on more than 50 years of groundbreaking innovation. Lab-grown diamonds share the same physical, chemical and optical characteristics as rare, natural diamonds. But the process needed to create them is different from nature, so while they are neither as valuable or precious, they are just as sparkly. A tiny piece of lab-grown diamond, rather like a seed, is placed into a plasma reactor. Then heat that plasma to 4000 Kelvin (over 6000 degrees Fahrenheit).

Guests at The Lightbox pop Up at The Oculus, Westfield World Trade Center 

Gradually the tiny crystal grows. After around 400 hours, it’s big enough to cut into a polished stone. And if they desire a bigger stone, they simply run the process for longer. They can now play with chemistry, time and temperature to make a lab-grown diamond in different colors. The very same lab-grown diamond can then be used in many cutting-edge technologies, from today’s finest audio systems to tomorrow’s quantum computers. Element Six have pioneered the use of lab-grown diamond in multiple applications, from the sharpest surgical blade to the unrivaled speaker ‘tweeters’ used in Abbey Road studios.(*Learn more at www.lightboxjewelry.com.)

Lightbox is the innovative new company offering consumers fashion jewelry featuring high-quality pink, white and blue laboratory-grown diamonds at transparent and accessible prices.

For Cyber Week, shoppers will have the opportunity to experience the launch collection from Lightbox (currently only available online) featuring pretty pendants and stud earrings with sparkly lab-grown diamonds in blush pink, pale blue and traditional icy white. The jewelry is set in either silver or rose gold and Lightbox’s easy-to-understand linear pricing model is highlighted within the space, making purchasing a lab-grown diamond easier than ever. Prices start at just$200 for a quarter carat and range up to $800 for one-carat total weight, plus the cost of the setting.

The Lightbox Pop Up at The Oculus, Westfield World Trade Center 

Visitors to the pop-up can engage with a customized styling display and try on jewelry from the collection. Brand ambassadors will be on hand to facilitate online orders through the Lightbox website and all orders placed at the pop-up will receive free expedited shipping. The pop-structure also features an interactive selfie video wall where visitors can share a moment.

Lightbox General Manager Steve Coe and Head of Marketing Sally Morrison were joined by models from the brand’s advertising campaign for a lighting ceremony at the 20′ x 20’light-filled structure.

Shinola And Disney Celebrate 90 Years Of Mickey Mouse With The Launch Of The Mickey Classics Collection

Two American True Originals Collaborate on a Mickey Mouse Capsule Collection

Shinola and Disney are pleased to announce the launch of the Mickey Classics Collection, a capsule collection that honors 90 years of Mickey Mouse. The collaboration is part of “Mickey the True Original,” a global celebration of Mickey’s heritage, personality and status as a pop-culture icon.

Since his big-screen debut in Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928, Mickey continues to serve as the global ambassador for The Walt Disney Company. From the beloved Mickey Mouse Club to today’s Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, the character’s optimistic outlook and endearing personality continue to delight fans around the world.

Shinola is committed to making lasting things. World-class watches, beautiful leather goods, high-integrity audio, thoughtful gifts, and a hotel. If it’s made, they want to try to make it better. With relentless optimism, tenacity, humor, and humility, Shinola helps people shine in an understated way.

Shinola is a company that believes in celebrating American success stories,” said Shannon Washburn, President of Shinola. “We are proud to join Disney in honoring the magic of Mickey Mouse while also commemorating the five-year anniversary of our flagship watch, the Runwell.

The Mickey Classics is a collection of limited-edition and special-edition Shinola Runwell timepieces, leather goods, audio equipment, wall clocks and journals showcasing Mickey Mouse.

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The company is offering five limited-edition Runwell timepieces featuring illustrations by Disney’s character artist, Jeff Shelly

The company is offering five limited-edition Runwell timepieces featuring illustrations by Disney’s character artist, Jeff Shelly. Each illustration is drawn specifically for these five Shinola watches, inspired by iconic Mickey Mouse moments such as the character’s appearance in Plane Crazy and Steamboat Willie. Limited to 90 timepieces per style in honor of Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary, each Runwell comes with one of five framed original sketches of Mickey Mouse, as well as a special-edition Shinola sketchbook with a “How to Draw Mickey” instructional booklet.

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Shinola Disney Runwell Black Back

Additionally, both the leather Runwell backpack—which includes a hand-stitched leather appliqué of Steamboat Willie—and the leather tech portfolio are lined with a “How to Draw Mickey” illustration.

Shinola-Disney Medium Journal Cover

Shinola-Disney Medium Journal Cover

The Mickey Classics journals feature a flip book that animates a scene from The Nifty Nineties (1941) created by Disney legend Fred (Freddie) Moore, whose design and animation of the spunky little star is considered seminal in Mickey’s career.

The Shinola x Disney Mickey Classics collection is now available at Shinola.com and in Shinola stores, Disney stores, and select specialty retailers. Prices range from $28 for a journal to $2,500 for a Shinola Runwell Turntable.

For more information, please visit www.shinola.com.