Friday, December 21, 2012

Brand Connections Partners with Fashion Designer and Artist Kevin Christiana In-Flight

Brand Connections, a leading marketing and media company that connects brands with consumers enjoying travel and leisure, announced today a partnership with clothing designer and artist Kevin Christiana with their #1 rated in-flight media network, branded In-Flight tray tables. Kevin Christiana and Brand Connections have partnered up to beautify the interior of airplanes by utilizing the tray tables as a creative platform for décor. The standard white trays will be wrapped with Christiana's original artwork to fashionably spice-up the atmosphere. This media platform has been proven effective in creating a one-to-one experience between various brands and consumers, but Christiana is the first artist t women's coats o creatively seize the space. Brand Connections, CEO & Founder Brian Martin said, "A typical flight lasts two or more hours, so this is a wonderful way to get your consumer's undivided attention for an unprecedented period of time." Kevin is best known from his appearances on the Rachael Ray show and his participation in Season 4 of Project Runway. He has been the head designer and partner in two labels since 2008 – MYNT 1792 and Christiana Zinn, both of which were launched in Fall 2009. MYNT 1792 is both a men's and women's line comprised of the "realman's jean" that will actually fit and of West-Point-meets-East-Village styles for the ladies. Christiana Zinn is a women's premium, denim-based collection targeting women of all sizes at a viable price point.

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About Brand Connections
Brand Connections is one of the largest marketing and media companies in North America focused on reaching consumers in a variety of venues. The company's targeted media, product placement and experiential marketing products connect national advertisers with hundreds of millions of consumers in environments such as airlines, hotels & resorts, outdoor sports & recreation centers and colleges &
universities. Since 2001, Brand Connections has connected more than 400 national brands with over 1 billion consumers. Brand Connections is backed by one of the largest global media-focused private equity firms, Veronis Suhler Stevenson.

About Kevin Christiana
Kevin Christiana is known both from his appearance as a contestant on Project Runway Season 4 and his frequent appearances on the Rachel Ray show. At 26 years old, he started his first label KEVIN CHRISTIAN and K JEANS. The collections have sold to approx. 200 boutiques nationwide. K Jean debuted on the cover of the Victoria's Secret fall 2006 catalog. In 2008, he became head designer and partner in two labels – MYNT 1792 and Christiana Zinn, both of which were launched in Fall 2009. Kevin studied at NYC's Fashion Institute of Technology where he won the 'menswear Designer of the Year' grant. His design aesthetic combines classic European tailoring with his own edgy twist. He draws inspiration from daily life in Gotham City and his travel around the world.

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Stanzino.com, an Online Clothing, Accessories and Fragrance Company Located in Los Angeles, Expands to Introduce Thousands of High Quality Costume Jewelry and Fashion Jewelry

Stanzino.com, an online discount men and women's clothing, fashion accessories, fragrances, costume jewelry and costume fashion jewelry dealer based in Los Angeles, has recently announced a company-wide expansion which adds a wider array of imitation jewelry and fashion jewelry to its already large selection of discounted name brand, discontinued, and hard-to-find jewelry and fashion jewelry. This helps move the firm into top-of-mind status for those who value quality costume jewelry and fashion jewelry, including discontinued and hard-to-find lines, at everyday low prices.

As one of the biggest costume jewelry and fashion jewelry outlets in America, Stanzino.com offers the most requested costume jewelry and fashion jewelry needs, at discontinued prices, as well as special offers, and also the most recent products on the market. Its line of jewelry and fashion jewelry includes the most popular costume earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets, and also the newest styles as they are being introduced. All of the jewelry and fashion jewelry is also o fashion coats online ffered at some of the lowest possible prices found on the internet. Stanzino.com has now expanded to offer a much greater variety of earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets.

The staff at Stanzino.com is specially trained to help consumers decide exactly which jewelry and fashion jewelry items they need. Every item that Stanzino.com sells is reviewed to ensure guaranteed high quality standards. Stanzino.com also promises that the discontinued and hard-to-find products it sells will always meet with the customer's complete satisfaction.

Stanzino.com also helps its clients find even the rarest jewelry and fashion jewelry. If they do not have a hard-to-find item in stock, Stanzino.com offers to help locate anything and everything that a customer may be looking for, and at the best price available. The company's leaders preach great customers service techniques to their employees, and they back this up by offering this service to consumers.

Besides its own warehouse expansion, Stanzino.com has aligned itself with several other well-stocked warehouses, as well as some worldwide suppliers. From earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets, Stanzino.com now either has it in stock, or else its experts will help customers locate whatever they may be seeking.

Stanzino.com specialize in offering discount men and women's clothing, fashion accessories, fragrances, costume jewelry, and fashion jewelry. The company also offers a wide range of testers for most of its fragrance products. It has also made a special effort to create an easy-to-use, safe-and-secure website which is primarily based on its customers' feedback. By this expansion, stanzino.com now carries a wider array of jewelry and fashion jewelry products.

Stanzino.com is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and can be reached toll free at 213-746-8822 or online at http://www.stanzino.com

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Onlineshoes.com Pairs Up with Columbia and Sorel for Winter Boots Giveaway

Onlineshoes.com, Columbia and Sorel take the chill out of cold winter weather by offering two lucky winners the chance to warm up with a free pair of Columbia boots or Sorel boots. (Read on to find out more about Columbia and Sorel and how to enter the contest at the Onlineshoes.com blog between November 23 and December 6.)

Established in 1938 as a small family-owned business, Columbia boasts over 70 years of experience making outdoor gear, clothing and accessories. With a staff of dedicated outdoor enthusiasts, Columbia continually strives to make the outdoors a fun place for everyone to be, no matter what they love to do. From mountain peaks to neighborhood parks, from the glacier to the garden, Columbia helps men, women, boys and girls enjoy outdoor adventure wherever it may take them, no matter the weather. And with so many Columbia shoes and boots to choose from, Onlineshoes.com makes it easy to find the shoe that fits every type of lifestyle. Check out an array of Columbia boots, the popular Bugaboots and Columbia shoes for men, women, boys and girls.

Columbia is first and foremost an outdoor company. Yet Columbia's commitment to innovation maintains a strong presence throughout their entire product offering. The latest Columbia Omni technology--Omni-Heat?--is the ultimate body heat management system for the outdoors, incorporating thermal insulation and thermal reflective technology. Thermal insulation technology helps maintain warmth and prevent heat loss with the highest heat retention per gram in the industry. Thermal heat retention helps regulate the temperature in footwear by reflecting and retaining the warmth that the foot generates, while dissipating moisture and excess heat.

Featuring the innovative Omni-Heat? technology, the unique Columbia Bugaboot? Omni-Heat? boot for women is like a space blanket for the feet. The thermal Omni-Heat? membrane reflects body heat back into the boot for lightweight warmth without the need for bulky insulation. Two hundred grams of Thinsulate? insulation offer cozy protection to -25° F below zero; the non-marking, dual-density Omni-Grip? outsole lends gripping traction in all types of conditions and on varying terrain.

For men, the ultra-lightweight Columbia Bugalite? 2 Omni-Heat? boot offers the same heat-reflecting warmth of the Omni-Heat? thermal reflective liner and is insulated with two hundred grams of Thinsulate?. This lace-up men's boot boasts a waterproof synthetic and leather upper with a removable EVA insole. The durable Omni-Grip? rubber outsole is specifically designed for the demands of winter weather and ensures optimal traction on cold, wet and slippery terrain.

Acquired by the Columbia Sportswear Company in the year 2000, Sorel footwear has built a solid reputation women's jackets on being uncomplicated and unpretentious, created with top-notch craftsmanship and attention to detail. Often featured in popular fashion magazines, yet relied upon by outdoor enthusiasts for providing below-zero protection in severe conditions, Sorel boots take the lead when it comes to offering stylish choices that are built to withstand chilly temperatures. Whether it's a boot for the kids or a shoe to wear for everyday commuting, find a variety of reliable choices in the Onlineshoes.com collection of Sorel winter boots and shoes for men, women, boys and girls.

Sorel makes it easy for women to step out in head-turning style no matter how low the mercury drops with the Sorel Cate the Great boot. Named after a Russian empress and inspired by a pair of Cree winter moccasins, this women's winter boot conquers cold days, deep snow and slick streets with savvy style. Featuring a waterproof full grain leather and suede upper with beautiful faux fur around the cuff, this women's snow boot pairs well with everything from jeans to dresses to outdoor gear. A recycled felt Sorel InnerBoot provides warmth down to -25° below zero, while a rugged vulcanized rubber shell with a herringbone outsole ensures reliable traction on wet and slippery surfaces.

Another Sorel favorite, one that is often imitated yet never equaled, the men's Sorel Caribou boot delivers timeless style and waterproof, seam-sealed construction. Since 1972, the Sorel Caribou lace-up boot has earned its reputation for warmth, durability and comfort by offering protection to millions who are dealing with deep snow, harsh storms and the biting cold of long winters. This men's lace-up boot sports a nubuck leather upper, a handcrafted vulcanized rubber shell and is rated to -40° F below zero. Finished with a herringbone rubber outsole for enhanced traction and durability, the Sorel Caribou boot for men is a classic choice for cold-weather work and outdoor recreation.

"Year after year, Columbia and Sorel boots provide protection in the worst of winter weather, while at the same time offering lasting comfort, fashion-forward style and a look that's uniquely their own. By combining innovative technology with everyday versatility, Columbia boots and Sorel boots are truly second to none," says David Waarvick, Onlineshoes.com Buyer.

About the Contest
Onlineshoes.com along with Columbia and Sorel are giving away a pair of Columbia boots or Sorel boots (valued up to $150) to two lucky winners. To enter the contest, simply visit the Onlineshoes.com blog Get in Gear contest and post an answer to the question, "What is your favorite snow-day memory from childhood?'' in the comments section (100 words or less). Two winners will be selected from the qualifying entries at random. Entries will be accepted from Tuesday, November 23 to Monday, December 6, 2010. See the complete contest rules and regulations for more information. Good luck!

About Onlineshoes.com
Established in 1996, Onlineshoes.com is the nation's first online shoe retailer. With a history that began decades ago in a family-owned corner shoe store, the company is committed to delivering exceptional value and service. Onlineshoes.com offers the latest high-quality footwear for men, women and kids with more than 240,000 shoe and clothing choices from more than 250 name brands, as well as a wide selection of bags and accessories. Customers are entitled to a 110-percent price guarantee, a 365-day return policy, and free shipping and exchanges on most orders. For more information, visit http://www.onlineshoes.com.

For more information, please contact: Jimmy Healey, (206) 812-7800; jimmyh(at)onlineshoes(dot)com

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Very.co.uk Reveal Celebrity Style Survey Results

The fight for the style crown is on! Results of Very.co.uk's celebrity style survey, which asked custome women's coats rs to vote for the most stylish parents and children, shows that children have become the new style authorities.

The original Queen of Pop, Madonna, ranks as one the least stylish icons winning only 1% of the parent vote, whilst daughter Lourdes' topped the children's style poles with 17%. In joint first position as most stylish child, Lourdes is joined by five year old, Suri Cruise while mother; Katie Holmes lags behind her offspring with only 9%.

It was a case of a cool kid eclipsing the style of her mother also in the Smith household. Actress, Jada Pinkett-Smith failed to feature in results receiving no votes from the Very.co.uk research panel while 11 year old daughter, Willow Smith ranks 3rd also beating her father, Men in Black star, Will Smith who only manages 6th place.

Hollywood hunk, Brad Pitt also takes a knock in the study with the eldest of his brood, Maddox, achieving 2% more votes than him.

The few parents that still lead the style stakes include Gwen Stefani, Victoria Beckham, Angelina Jolie and Nicole Richie; all secured more votes than their kids.

The trend of kids carrying more style than their parents is echoed by retail guru, Mary Portas who recently said, "In the 60's women didn't want to dress like their mothers. Now we've ended up with women dressing like their daughters."

The key to fashion success, be it adult or child appears to be a confident and consistent signature style. Perhaps Madonna stick to her own wardrobe and stop borrowing Lourdes' clothing and Katie should take back Suri's clothes allowance and use it for herself?

Full results:

Celebrity Parents    

Gwen Stefani: 23%
Victoria Beckham: 22%
David Beckham: 14%
Angelina Jolie: 12%
Katie Holmes 9%
Will Smith: 9%
Nicole Richie: 5%
Brad Pitt: 4%
Jamie Oliver: 3%
Madonna: 1%

Celebrity Children

Lourdes: 17%
Suri Cruise: 17%
Willow Smith: 14%
Brooklyn Beckham: 12%
Justin Beiber: 12%
Romeo Beckham: 9%
Kingston Rossdale: 7%
Daisy Oliver: 7%
Maddox Jolie-Pitt: 6%
Harlow Ritchie: 2%

Notes to Editors:

  • Very.co.uk is part of Shop Direct Group, the UK's largest online and home shopping retailer with sales of circa ?1.7 billion
  • The Group has 5m active customers across the business
?Other brands with the Shop Direct Group portfolio include Littlewoods, isme, Woolworths.co.uk, Littlewoods Ireland, Littlewoods Europe, Additions, Choice and K&Co
  • Shop Direct Group is the largest full price branded clothing and footwear retailer in the UK, 2nd largest online clothing retailer in the UK, 3rd largest bedding and mattress retailer in the UK, 4th largest sportswear retailer in the UK and 5th largest electrical retailer in the UK.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday E-Commerce Tips from the Annual Zoomerang Online Shopping Survey

Zoomerang, the leader in online surveys, today released the results of its nationwide study of more than 400 online shoppers. While 2 Tips: Find Street Fashion Online(may be you can find what you want on the oasap.com) 2% already began shopping for the holidays before October 1, the majority say they will be shopping online from October 1 thru December 10, 2009.

Convenience was cited as the most important reason women are planning to shop online, while the ability to compare prices easily was the most motivating reason for men. 18% of holiday shoppers plan to spend $501-$1,000 online this year, while only 9% plan to spend $501-1,000 in traditional brick and mortar stores and shopping malls. Ages 26-64 are the most popular recipients being shopped for online. Electronics and accessories was the #1 holiday shopping category, followed by clothing and apparel with books and media placing third.

Top 6 Tips for Your E-Commerce Website This Holiday Shopping Season

1. Offer Free Shipping- 74% of online shoppers cited the cost of shipping as the #1 reason for NOT completing a purchase online!

2. Create Coupons- 47% of online shoppers stated that they search for online coupons before completing their purchases.

3. Give Money Back Guarantees- 60% of the respondents said that they are more likely to purchase an unknown brand with a money back guarantee than a well-known brand without a money back guarantee.

4.Advertise Gift Cards- Gift cards surfaced in the study as a popular holiday shopping item.

5. Offer Payment Options- After credit cards, 21% of online shoppers prefer to pay through PayPal, which emerged as a more popular payment method than ATM/debit cards.

6. Get Positive Product Reviews- The top three most popular sites among the online shoppers are Amazon, Ebay and Buy.com, which all offer customer reviews as part of the shopping experience. 82% of respondents stated that they would be more likely to purchase an unknown brand with positive reviews over a well-known brand with negative reviews.

About Zoomerang

Zoomerang, part of MarketTools, Inc., pioneered Web-based surveys in 1999 to give organizations a powerful, self-service solution to conduct accurate comprehensive surveys with a minimum of cost and effort. Today, Zoomerang is the world's #1 source for online surveys, helping thousands of organizations, including over 70 of the Fortune 100. Zoomerang's business, educational and non-profit customers have created and sent more than 100 million surveys. Zoomerang supplements its surveys with expert professional services, including survey programming, and the recruitment and selection of custom groups of survey respondents. The survey provider also hosts MySpace polls and Facebook polls that you can use to get friends' opinions on your favorite social networks.

To learn more about how you can use Zoomerang to collect great insights for your organization, please visit us at Zoomerang.com and sign up for Zoomerang today

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NAPW Washington DC Local Chapter Reaffirms Commitment to Each Other’s Success and Recognizes the Leaders within Their Chapter

The NAPW Washington DC Local Chapter reaffirmed their commitment and vision at their recent professional networking meeting. Their vision is to create an atmosphere for woman that is conducive to personal growth and development. "We create an environment that is designed to inspire, encourage, motivate, and facilitate growth by working together," said G. Sapphire Harris, Local Chapter President.

The theme for this month January 2012 Chapter meeting is awards and recognition: Appreciating The Leaders within the NAPW Washington, DC Local Chapter. The chapter will also welcome new 2012 Committee Board members.

"Chapter meetings are more than just networking meetings, they are actually the beginning stages of the recognition of power that is within each member," said Ms. Harris. "The chapter's goal is to support, empower, and build one another. Each member brings to the table their own talents and expertise."

This collaborative support group can be a powerful instrument of change as the chapter remains united in each member's efforts.

Action items for this month's meeting included planning and discussing the 2012 NAPW Washington, DC calendar; ensuring that at each Committee member has an action item for the next meeting; ensuring there is a follow-up scheduled by the end of the meeting.

Registration and Networking occurred from 6:30pm to 6:45pm. The meeting was called to order by Gerly Sapphire Harris at 6:45pm. The group began by reviewing 2011 accomplishments and a year-end reflection. The chapter discussed the 2011 guest speakers: Mrs. Linda Gary, Founder and President of Daughters of Hope who presented on 'Connecting and Strengthening Women' at the Mayor's office building (John A. Wilson Building); Mrs. Constance Burns, Founder and President of the National Association of American Veterans, Inc. on the topic of 'Women Empowering Women' and connecting knowledge with the power to impact and improve self, home, and community. This event took place at The Ritten House Club House; and the Honorable Marilynn M. Bland, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Prince Georges County, Maryland, on the topic of 'Women in Leadership and Building Upon Our Success'.

The chapter then discussed the importance of conducting quarterly outreach and giving back to the community. Mrs. Ashley Faust, Washington Wizard Representative, donated basketball tickets. Mrs. Diane Garey, Christian World Links, Inc, provided discounts for her online marketing company. Mrs. Karen Atkins Purifoy, Creative & Design Director, initiated the Task Force in support of the chapter's future outreach efforts.

NAPW Washington DC Local Chapter members thanked Mr. Patrick Rand of the 'Paparazzi For The Hire', for professionally photographing the group's monthly meetings. The chapter participated and successfully completed the 2011 Greater Washington Heart Walk Outreach. The chapter also participated and successfully contributed to the 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Gift Basket Outreach sponsored by Men Aiming Higher, Inc. and Laron Profit, former Professional Basketball Player. A copy of the Media Release was distributed to members in attendance for their records.

The chapter participated in the book release by Minister Kesha Rand, titled 'Intended' at Bus Boys and Poets in Hyattsville, Maryland. The group discussed the theme for each month and the validity of partnership with other organizations.

G. Sapphire emphasized the importance of each member's participation. The installation of new Committee Board members took place and committees were set up to complete specific tasks for the 2012 calendar year.

The Chapter reviewed and finalized the 2012 Calendar, and established goals for 2012 which included a regular, quarterly General Body meeting which will be held in the months of January, April, July, and October. The outline of each meeting will consist of Registration and Networking, Welcome and Introduction, Meeting/Workshop Session, Wrap up, and Closing Remarks.

Chapter Outreach meetings will take place in the months of February, May, August, and November. Outreach includes partnerships with other organizations.

The quarterly Guest Speaker presentations will take place in the months of March, June, and September.

The month of December will be the Chapter's Year End Reflection and Celebration.

Chapter Meeting Programs will be provided for each of the members in attendance.
A copy of the NAPW WDC 2012 calendar was distributed to members in attendance for their records.

The group then discussed the February outreach plans. They discussed finding a venue for the meeting and securing individuals to conduct workshops. The women addressed the need for donations including clothes, books, beauty products, and other products. Sponsors and partners will give a brief presentation on women's issues and provide additional information as it relates to the topic. Chapters will manage the table for NAPW registration, membership, and additional information during each outreach meeting. Each team member has the responsibility of contributing to search and report their findings in the next Committee team meeting.

May Khoury created the Chapter database and membership form that improves our ability to capture and more easily access member information.

Awards Certificates were presented to the newly elected Committee Board members. Their names and information are as follows:

Karen Atkins Purifoy was a Tips: Find Street Fashion Online(may be you can find what you want on the oasap.com) ppointed as Vice President. Karen is the Founder and Creative Director of A.LEWTER, an Image Management, Personal and Professional Development, and Fashion firm in Washington, DC. Ms. Purifoy makes image and style relevant for everyone. She incorporates image, fashion, and style with the "Art of Fine Living". Ms. Purifo truly understands how a beautiful image begins from within. As the Founder of KAOTIK Designs Cultural Center for the Design Arts, a not-for-profit, Ms. Purifoy exposes young people to the "Art of Fine Living" by blending their inner selves with their environment to relay a self confident, vibrant, rich, and rewarding lifestyle. Ms. Purifoy has the natural ability to reach out, connect, and bring together a broad audience which transcends social and economic boundaries. From grassroots campaigning, to fundraising for charity events, Ms. Purifoy is prepared to share her presence in the most positive way and leaves a lasting impression on all who cross her path.

Vanessa G. Huguley was appointed as the Director of Communications. She is currently a Federal employee at the Washington Navy Yard, where she works as an Occupational Safety Health Specialist. Ms. Huguley's expertise is in the field of safety and service. Ms. Huguley participates in a number of women's organizations that are positively impacting the community. She is currently active with 'Eastern Star, Divine Discipleship for Sister', 'The National Congress of Black Women', and 'Women for Men Aiming Higher'. In addition to Ms. Huguley's community services, she participates and leads multiple women's groups at her place of Worship. Ms. Huguley's passion is to empower women in foundational studies that lead to Spiritual growth and development. Ms. Huguley is a hard worker who is determined to impact the advancement of women in all aspects of life.

Sonia Montes De Oca was appointed as Director of Programs. Sonia Montes de Oca is a Senior Interior designer. Ms. Montes de Oca has extensive experience in design and construction of residential and commercial projects. She was a licensed contractor in Maryland and Virginia from 1983-1989 and sold office furniture for Lazanby Associates Washington Design Center from 1989-1993. Her knowledge of furnishings and construction has fostered designs that are practical, buildable, economical, and aesthetically pleasing. Ms. Montes de Oca has a commitment to deadlines and works well as a team member with realistic goals and objectives. Ms. Montes de Oca specialized in commercial, retail, hotel, and hospitality design, working with the architect in charge of development. Working with the clients through a series of presentation, space plans, material and colors, furnishings, and finishes are collectively agreed upon. She budgets all aspects of the project in real time so there are no surprises on bid day.

During this month's meeting, three additional chapter members decided to join the Committee Board. Their names and information are as follows:

Janiece Norfleet was appointed as Treasurer. Janiece Norfleet graduated from Howard University with Honors. As an alumna of Howard University, Ms. Norfleet is consistently honing her leadership abilities through the mentoring of youth with disabilities. Ms. Norfleet work for Fannie Mae in the Operations and Technology Associate Program, as a Risk and Control Business Analyst. She is heavily involved in the Fannie Mae recruitment process with Howard University. Additionally, Ms. Norfleet is actively involved within the community at large through volunteering with Bright Beginnings, Help the Homeless, and various other Community Development Centers in her hometown that caters to both individuals with special needs and able-bodied individuals. Ms. Norfleet's willingness to take on new challenges is one of the reasons why she is so excited about her new position as the NAPW Washington, DC Local Chapter Treasurer.

May Khoury was appointed as Director of Membership. May Khoury graduated from the University of Maryland's, School of Psychology. Ms. Khoury is currently the director of leasing at R B Properties, Inc., a privately owned company that owns and manages both commercial buildings and hotels in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Ms.Khoury currently oversees the occupancy maintenance of seven buildings with a very impressive goal of 90% occupancy. In addition, Ms. Khoury works as a residential real estate agent for Long and Foster in Maryland on a part time basis. Ms. Khoury strives to maintain an equitable balance with the landlord and the tenants, as well as the buyer/seller for residential sales. Ms. Khoury has met so many amazing woman business owners that are working extremely hard to do better! Ms. Khoury has a great deal of information for anyone looking to start a business or who may be in search of office space.

Kathleen Callagh was nominated as Special Advisor to the Committee Board. Kathleen Callaghy is currently an Administrative Assistant for Country Programs at the Collaborative Labeling an Appliance Standards Program (CLASP), an energy efficiency non-profit organization in Washington, DC. Prior to joining CLASP, Ms. Callaghy worked for several non-profits and think tanks within the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, including the Council on Foreign Relations, the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office, and the United Way of the National Capital Area. Ms. Callaghy has a Master's in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland, and a Bachelor's in government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College. Ms. Callaghy is originally from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and is an avid lover of books, writing, animals, and nature. Ms. Callaghy hopes to pursue a career in conflict management, and joined NAPW due to her passion for working with and for women.

The Secretary position is still remains vacant.

Sapphire thanked everyone in attendance for their participation in the meeting, and welcomed the new members. The meeting adjourned at 8:10pm. Sapphire reminded The committee team follow-up meeting will take place via teleconference on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 12noon.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is the largest and most recognized network of female professionals. NAPW provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas, educate, network, and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities, and professional events.

For additional information regarding the NAPW Washington DC Local Chapter and/or NAPW please visit http://www.napw.com.

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Posh Couture Expands To Online Luxury Boutique

Posh Couture, a fashion boutique based in Ashburn, VA has expanded with the launch of its online shopping site, shopposhboutique.com. The online shopping site is the latest extension of the Posh Couture brand which was launched in 2007, by Jewell Green, wife of former Washington Redskin and Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green. "Posh Couture began with our going to market and bringing back exciting and unique clothing and accessories for women that are different from what you find in more traditional stores," Green says. The in-home shopping parties grew to larger-scale fashion and accessory showcases, now held in hotels and other venues throughout the area. Green then invited a variety of other boutique vendors, most of whom are women, to participate as well.

After seeing the success of the shopping parties – now incorporated under the umbrella of "Posh Girl Events" – Green decided to add an online component to the Posh shopping experience. She revamped Posh Couture's web site, to showcase not only Posh's apparel, but also items from other sources that Green believes her clients will love. "I personally choose everything that you see and I love to showcase new products and concepts to our clients and really, the world!"

Shopposhboutique.com is like visiting a luxury department store with personal shopping service in the comfort of your own home. The "Collection" features the season's newest boutique clothing. "Posh Girl" has the latest clothing for savvy contemporaries. Pearl and other jewelry can be found in "Baubles", and in the "Posh Library" you can find the latest fashion best-sellers. Celebrity favorite "Honesty Jewelry" chose shopposhboutique.com as one of the company's limited online retailers so it has its own section. Such products as the skin care line Perfect Organics and Bella Luxe Lash Drops, a vitamin that promotes healthier and faster growing eyelashes can be found in "Beauty". The "Essentials" section offers items like Fashionista flats. There is also a section for stationery by couture greeting card designer Aaron Potts.

"When we started Posh, our target customer was about 30 year old and up. However, we found we also attracted younger clients and that encouraged us to include brands in other categories such babies and the home, so we can provide our clients with a wide range of what they need," Green says. She is also building a reputation for very personalized customer service. "People write us notes when they receive their purchases, commenting on how much they love what they received and the packaging, and we write them back. So we always offer personalized service and often converse with our customers!"

Green says, "We rotate merchandise weekly so that our customers are not always seeing the same things. So if you see something you want, you need to order it. We keep limited quantities on hand to keep the variety interesting.

To top things off, Green sends out a daily email to subscribers, "Posh's Black Book", with tips for living and enjoying the Posh life. She says, "For some the term Posh implies something that is elegant, expensive and exclusive, which is why I chose the name to represent the company. But it doesn't mean to live a life of self-indulgence and excess. It's not just about your wardrobe, but instead it's about living your complete life in a healthy, successful and beautiful manner."

Not only has Green created a unique shopping experience for her clients through the Posh brand, she has created a networking environment for women in business that is not limited to other women in retail. Clients who meet at Posh events regularly establish business connections and discover how they can support each other. Donations from Posh Girl Events support health and charitable women's coats causes such as the Miss America's Outstanding Teens scholarship fund. "I am excited about bringing people together under the Posh brand so they can have fun with fashion, be successful and help others", Green says.

As if she did not have enough on her plate, Green is Committee Chair for Northern Virginia Fashion Week coming up this fall. "I'm very excited about being involved…this will be a great showcase for the region," she says.

http://www.shopposhboutique.com
http://www.facebook.com/poshsblackbook
http://www.twitter.com/poshsblackbook

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Eleanor Foundation Awards $1.2 Million to Innovative Programs Serving Women in Chicago

The Eleanor Foundation, a research-driven grant-maker focused on promoting the economic self-sufficiency of female heads-of-households, today announced $1,271,000 in grants to eleven Chicago-area nonprofit organizations offering programs that help women advance in the workplace and achieve sustained economic independence.

The grants support and develop the Eleanor Network, a citywide system of organizations and programs with which the Eleanor Foundation is collaborating in order to address the needs of female heads-of-households with incomes between $10,000 and $40,000.

"More than 330,000 households in the Chicago region are headed by working women who earn less than a livable wage, making an average income of $19,000 per year," said Rosanna A. Márquez, president and CEO of the Eleanor Foundation, citing research commissioned by the foundation and conducted by Dr. Malcolm Bush of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. "The programs in the Eleanor Network deliver critical services that help these women to secure and grow in jobs that earn a livable wage while strengthening their families' economic self-sufficiency."

Services offered by grantee partners in the Eleanor Network include market-driven job skills training, access to safe and affordable housing, reliable child care, and financial coaching. The Eleanor Foundation has now invested more than $5 million in the Network since establishing it in 2006.

"The number of single working mothers in Chicago has grown 44 percent since 2000, mirroring a national trend. And these women face enormous challenges—especially in today's job market," said Márquez. "These new awards expand the Eleanor Network to help even more hard-working women obtain the vital support services they need to achieve economic self-sufficiency."

In metropolitan Chicago and nationwide, the number of households in which a woman is the primary or sole wage-earner is increasing faster than the general population—but these women-led households receive little attention from policymakers. "$19,000 is barely half the amount necessary to meet a family's basic needs for housing, food, transportation and clothing in the Chicago market, let alone cover the cost of health care or build savings as insulation against unexpected events such as job loss or illness," said Márquez. "But only six percent of these women receive any form of public assistance."

"The mission of the Eleanor Foundation since 2002 has been to address the needs of this target population," said Marquez. "We fund programs that have proven successful in delivering services that help these women not only achieve economic success but sustain it."

New grants
The Eleanor Foundation is providing $1,271,000 to eleven Chicago-area nonprofit organizations that are part of the expanding the Eleanor Network. Its 2011 grants include:

Centers for New Horizons (Centers) (Bronzeville)
A $160,000 two-year grant to pilot the Women Employed Project, a new program that prepares local teachers' assistants for positions as early childhood development teachers. Centers works with area childcare centers and its own early education programs to launch women in teaching careers, providing increased economic stability to women-led households and building capacity to provide high-quality childhood education for working families.

Chicago Women in Trades (Citywide)
A $40,000 one-year grant to expand the Technical Opportunities Program first funded by the Eleanor Foundation in 2009. The program prepares single working women for jobs in the building trades, through skills training, apprenticeship placement and mentoring.

Heartland Human Care Services (Citywide)
A $250,000, one-year renewal grant for the IDEA program, now in its sixth year as an employer-centered hub of the Eleanor Network. In 2011, Heartland Human Care will increase its focus on career development and skills training for women in conjunction with employer partners.

Housing Opportunities for Women (HOW) (Rogers Park)
A $200,000 two-year renewal grant for the Center for Working Women, launched in 2007 as an Eleanor Network hub. The Center provides one-on-one career coaching, housing and childcare support. It also offers workshops to foster networks among women and facilitate their connections to other community resources.

Instituto Progresso del Latino (Pilsen/Little Village)
A $250,000 three-year renewal grant for Mujer Avanzando, a community partnership launched as an Eleanor Network hub in 2007. Now in its fourth year, this partnership integrates Instituto's career planning and skills training in healthcare and manufacturing with Mujers Latinos en Accion's leadership development training and the Resurrection Project's asset development services and affordable housing opportunities.

Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) (Ravenswood)
A $55,000 one-year renewal grant to continue support to JARC's Women in Manufacturing program. This program provides women vocational training for skilled, industrial jobs with its employer part?ners, helps women apply for public benefits, and pro?vides financial coaching through its Center for Working Families.

Kinzie Industrial Development Corporation (KIDC) (Citywide)
A $100,000 one-year renewal grant for KIDC's emergency medical technician (EMT) training program, now in its third year in a partnership with Superior Ambulance. KIDC provides hands-on job training, state certification, and placement upon graduation, as well as workshops for women on managing finances and improving their credit scores.

The Law Project (Citywide)
An $80,000 two-year grant to The Law Project for its Choose-to-Own program. Choose-to-Own helps women with City of Chicago Housing Choice vouchers to apply their subsidies toward conventional home mortgages and draft wills to protect their new assets.

Restaurant Opportunities Chicago (Citywide)
A $50,000 one-year renewal grant for the Career Ladders for Women program, which helps women advance to "front-of-house" hospitality jobs that offer higher wages than back-of-the-house positions.

St. Anthony Hospital (North Lawndale)
A $36,000 one-year renewal grant for the School-at-Work program (SAW), which helps lower-paid women qualify for promotions to high-skilled, higher-paying jobs while addressing community healthcare needs. The SAW program is co-funded by the St. Anthony Hospital Foundation and the Steans Family Foundation.

Youth Job Center of Evanston (YJC) (Rogers Park)
A $50,000 one-year renewal grant for YJC's Women Investing in Learning and Livelihoods program for young working mothers interested in healthcare and manufacturing careers. Now in its second year, this program offers participants professional development, mentoring, financial education and access to affordable childcare.

About the Eleanor Foundation
The Eleanor Foundation invests in innovative programs that help working female heads-of-households in Chicago with incomes of between $10,000 and $40,000 to achieve and maintain economic independence. A research-d fashion coats riven public grant-making fund, the Eleanor Foundation is building the Eleanor Network, a unique collaboration with direct service organizations and other partners to build and maintain programs that provide these women with access to job-skills training and career development services, along with access to affordable housing, dependable childcare, and financial coaching. The Eleanor Foundation also sponsors research on the needs of the women in our target population, which helps us ensure that programs in the Eleanor Network deliver the services that these women need. More information is at http://www.eleanorfoundation.org.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

DownEast Basics Introduces Fall 2011 Trends With Preview of New, Cool Looks

DownEast Basics, a high-style, low-price retailer that specializes in trendy fashions as well as modest clothing, is offering a sneak peek at some of its new fall styles. With new lines monthly for women, teens and girls, the DownEast brand delivers boutique, high-design looks at truly affordable pricing.

"We strive to embrace the industry's top seasonal styles and trends, and our fall collection is shaping up to be no exception," said Andrea Updike, head clothing designer for DownEast. "As always, our 'Basics' concept includes wardrobe essentials combined with new trends that can be easily layered and mixed and matched for versatility."

Whether shopping for back-to-school or adding trendy new pieces to expand their fall wardrobe, a key benefit DownEast shoppers always enjoy is affordability.

"Customers become addicted to our brand because DownEast Basics prices are a fraction of what you'd spend shopping at a major department store or high-end boutique, but the styling is the same," said Updike.

She talks about incorporating some of the fall's hottest fashion trends in soon-to-be-available pieces from DownEast:

  •     Peplum Jackets & Sweaters: "Some of the fall's prettiest cardigans, jackets and blazers come with whittled-in-at-the-waist silhouettes—which means you can highlight your ladylike shape even if you're wearing layers. Watch for the Bookstore Cardi and Academy Coat to hit your local DownEast store this fall."
  •     Mustard Hues: "Yellow and gold shades can be intimidating, but if you select the right one for your skin tone, you will find yourself glowing. Try deeper shades of gold if you have fair skin and the lighter, brighter mustard shades if you have a darker complexion. Try DownEast's Time Will Tell Tank in Golden Apricot, the Pretty Scent Top and/or the Beauty Blazer. If you're still reluctant about wearing yellow apparel, consider including the color in your accessories to stay on trend."
  •     Polka Dots: "If Marc Jacobs and Diane von Furstenberg bo women's coats th include polka dots in their collections, then you know it's a real trend. Polka dots for fall are like the stripes of the current season. Forget any assumptions you have about them being too spring or summery. Check out DownEast's Vintage Flare Dress in Crushed Berry and our Burn Out Dots Tee – both featuring this classy and timeless trend!"
  •     Rust-Colored Coats & Sweaters: "All shades of orange are taking the fall fashion scene by storm. Find your favorite ones and mix bright oranges with soft and pretty shades of blush and rose for a vintage look. The Rose Ripple Cardigan is one of my favorite pieces in the DownEast line."
  •     Long-Lasting Lace: "Every season, I wonder if the lace trend is nearing its end, but that's still not the case. Revive the romance in your life with a little (or a lot) of lace. Two lace-infused pieces that are already available in DownEast's July line are the Lace Lover Tee and Timepiece Dress."
  •     Pleats: "Accordion-style pleat skirts and dresses offer fun texture and the long lines lengthen the body, which is always a bonus. DownEast's Say Pleat Skirt is sure to become an essential piece in your fall wardrobe."

About DownEast Basics

DownEast Basics (http://www.downeastbasics.com) offers high-design looks on a bargain basement budget for today's cost-conscious yet fashionable consumer. The DownEast Basics clothing line features smart layering pieces and wardrobe enhancing garments so you can embrace the American classic look with your own sense of style.

Shop for cute tops, women's sweaters, modest dresses and accessories at Downeastbasics.com.

The fast-growing retailer operates nationally with its Basics line via its online store in addition to 45 locations throughout the West including in Utah, Colorado, California, Idaho, Arizona, Washington, Nevada and Wyoming.

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Phoenix Art Museum Presents Giorgio Di Sant' Angelo

Phoenix Art Museum's Fashion Design Department is pleased to present Giorgio di Sant' Angelo, the first ever retrospective to highlight the extraordinary ingenuity of American designer Giorgio di Sant' Angelo. The winner of two Coty Awards and two Council of Fashion Designers of America honors, Sant' Angelo's notable three-decade career generated a wide array of collections, including Gypsy (1969) and Natives of the Americas (1970), all of which were innovative for their pioneering use of stretch fabrics and powerful expression of the era. Featuring more than 40 ensembles and accessories, the exhibition spans the late 1960s through the early 1990s and provides a stunning overview of Sant' Angelo's influence and legacy. Giorgio di Sant' Angelo opens on September 17, 2011 and runs through February 12, 2012.

"Sant' Angelo was an artist with the exceptional ability to see beyond the established fashion norms, creating designs that were revolutionary in every sense – from the fabric, to the cut, to his interpretation of cultural influences. His dynamic creativity defined him as a designer and his ingenious use of stretch fabrics went beyond high fashion to influence the look of mainstream clothing," commented exhibition curator, Dennita Sewell. "This exhibition brings to new light the magnitude of Sant' Angelo's influence and his continued impact on fashion designers and stylists working today."

Giorgio di Sant' Angelo is drawn from Phoenix Art Museum's extensive fashion design archive, the Texas Fashion Collection, UCLA archives and private collections. In addition, the exhibition will feature never-released, original footage of runway shows and interviews, photographs and sketch books.

Exhibition Overview
Giorgio di Sant' Angelo (1933-1989) rose to prominence during the late 1960s with his exuberant and colorful accessories and collections. With an eye for fantasy, Sant' Angelo created expressive collections that merged his own Latin upbringing with gypsy, Aztec, American Indian and Asian influences among others. Eclectic mixes of vibrant fabrics with rich ornamentation were combined in free-body designs to reflect his ideas of modern sensuality. By reversing the role of stretch fabrics from innerwear to outerwear, he revealed the shape of the natural body as a modern fashion fundamental. "Silhouette as we've known it, as something imposed by fashion is finished. The only silhouette for 1971 is the body," he proclaimed.

Throughout the 1970s, Sant' Angelo's designs became more streamlined to reflect the changing times and the active lifestyle of the modern woman. Easy to pack, easy to fit, easy to wear his clothes were both contemporary and practical. Always a step ahead of the fashion industry, Sant' Angelo's very feminine collections of the 1980s had a soft–edge, mixing gossamer weight stretch fabrics with lace and chiffon in layered body-aware designs that transformed with the movement and individuality of the wearer. The body suit was the foundation upon which he built layers such as the sarong skirt in a vibrant rainbow of colors.

Born Count Jorge Alberto Imperatrice di Sant' Angelo e Ratti di Desio in Florence, Italy, he was raised in Argentina and Brazil and trained as an architect and industrial designer in Italy. He studied art, ceramics and sculpture in Spain and France, under Pablo Picasso among others. In 1962, he was awarded an animation fellowship at Walt Disney Studios in California but soon relocated to New York City and began freelancing in a wide range of design areas including industrial, textile, interiors and jewelry. His experimental Lucite jewelry and accessories caught the attention of Vogue editor Diana Vreeland who commissioned him to style and create works for fashion editorials. In 1967, Sant' Angelo collaborated with photographer Richard Avedon to create the now iconic image of Twiggy with a flower drawn on her eye that ran on the cover of the July issue of Vogue. His fashion career came to the fore with the July 1968 issue of Vogue which featured an eight page editorial of model Veruschka, his lifelong muse, photographed by Franco Rubartelli in the Arizona desert.

Sant' Angelo clothed her by wrapping yards of colorful fabrics, fur and ropes in looks that defined the color and texture of the nomadic hippy look in high fashion. Reacting against the boxy shapes of established fashion, Sant' Angelo's clothes presented a new fluidity and flattering sensuality in fashion. His private clients included celebrities such as Lena Horne, Mick Jagger and Diana Ross who were attracted to Sant' Angelo's exaggerated, glamorous and highly original designs and his youthful passion for life.

Sant' Angelo was known to say, "I am not a fashion designer but an artist who works in fashion—an engineer of color and form." His wide reach across design areas reflected his myriad of talents and viewpoint of fashion as a total lifestyle. He was among the first designers to encompass elements in home furnishings and environmental fragrances which are now industry standards.

"Phoenix Art Museum has a long tradition of celebrating designers who have made significant contributions to the history of fashion," commented Sewell. "It is a privilege for the Museum to be the first to showcase Sant' Angelo's substantial career and I believe also fitting, particularly because this region deeply captivated the designer and the photo shoot in the Arizona desert is synonymous with his revolutionary design aesthetic."

Exhibition Details
This exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and is presented in the Kelly Ellman Fashion Design Gallery September 17, 2011 through February 12, 2012.

Admission to the exhibition is included in general museum admission, which is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (65+), $8 for full-time college students with ID, $4 for children ages 6-17 and free for children under 6 and for museum members.

Phoenix Art Museum is located in downtown Phoenix at the corner of Central and McDowell Road. Museum Hours are Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Thursday thru Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, Noon – 5:00 p.m. The museum will be closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays. Admission is free on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and for everyone on First Fridays, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

About the Fashion Design Collection
Founded in 1966, Phoenix Art Museum's fashion design collection is notable for its quality and comprehensiveness and is comprised of more than 5,000 objects of American and European men's, women's and children's dress and accessories dating from the late 17th century to the present. The Museum organizes three exhibitions a year in the Kelly Ellman Fashion Design Gallery featuring objects from the permanent collection as well as international fashion houses, collectors and museums. Phoenix Art Museum is one of only a handful of art museums in the country with a long and continuous active fashion program.

About Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix Art Museum is the Southwest's premier destination for world-class visual arts. Popular international exhibitions are shown along side the Museum's outstanding collection of more than 18,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. A community epicenter for fifty years, Phoenix Art Museum presents festivals, live performances, independent art films and educational programs that enlighten, entertain and stimulate. Visitors also enjoy PhxArtKids an interactive space for children, vibrant photography exhibitions through the Museum's landmark partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, the lushly landscaped Sculpture Garden, women's jackets dining at Arcadia Farms at Phoenix Art Museum, and shopping at The Museum Store.

To learn more about Phoenix Art Museum, visit PhxArt.org, or call the 24-hour recorded information line at (602) 257-1222.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Fall Into Fashion With a City Chic Bag by Catherine Loiret, Paris—Available Exclusively from The Red Box

No fashion accessory makes a more personal statement than a bag. This fall, the collection of bags turning heads in the fashion world is as functional as it is fabulous: the City Chic bag by Catherine Loiret, Paris. The design of this fine leather bag makes it at once versatile and timeless, an embodiment of city sophistication for women and men. The adaptable City Chic bag can be worn as a tote or shoulder bag, and its adjustable exterior straps can be used to hold large personal items, such as an umbrella, magazine, or newspaper. The Red Box, the chic boutique in the Bay Area and online, is the exclusive retailer of the City Chic bag collection in the United States.

"The Red Box is proud to have been chosen as the only place in America where you can find this incredibly sophisticated and adaptable bag that can be customized to meet your every need," says Red Box representative Tara Burns. "This collection embodies Catherine's personal vision of the ideal bag: functional, timeless and refined. It is sleek and stylish, and its adjustability makes it perfect for daytime or evenings."

The City Chic collection features bags made of the finest Italian full-grain cowhide leather and suede elegantly saddle stitched together by hand, and each bag features Catherine's logo stitched on the bottom. The Red Box carries a variety of bags in multiple colors and textures in their online high fashion store and their brick-and-mortar boutique in downtown Walnut Creek.

"This is what I me women's coats an by true luxury, having the freedom to adapt your favorite accessories according to your mood and your feelings, making it different every day," says Catherine Loiret of the City Chic collection.

The City Chic collection is the creation of French designer Catherine Loiret, who formed her own line after working with world-class designer brands Hermès, Lancel and Delvaux. The collection has garnered international attention in high fashion men's and women's magazines such as Trend Setter, MODE, Style Papers, H for Men, Fashion Daily News, madame and more.

For more information about the City Chic bag, available exclusively from The Red Box, visit http://www.theredboxonline.com, call them at (925) 280-1188 or visit their Bay Area high fashion boutique, located at 1386 North Main Street in Walnut Creek.

About The Red Box
The Red Box is a luxury Bay Area boutique that carries women's apparel and an array of fashionable accessories for both men and women. The Red Box is committed to bringing exceptional International pieces to the American marketplace from the fashion capitals of Milan, Paris, London, New York and more. From clothing to shoes, handbags to jewelry, every item is handcrafted and wrapped in their beautiful signature red packaging.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Skin Center Medical Spa Finds the QuickLift® Mini Facelift Improves Self-Esteem and Restores Confidence Following Significant Weight Loss

For individuals who have lost large amounts of weight through diet or bariatric procedures such as gastric bypass surgery, the sagging skin that remains after the body has reshaped itself can be physically uncomfortable and emotionally distressing. Excessive loose skin that is no longer supported by the individual's smaller body size can often be hidden by clothing, but sagging skin along the face, neck and chin cannot. In such cases, a QuickLift? mini facelift, performed at The Skin Center Medical Spa with locations in Pittsburgh, PA and Columbus, OH, offers a proven and permanent alternative for skin tightening.

Following a 150-pound weight loss achieved through gastric bypass surgery and maintained for more than 10 years, Roseanna Andres, 61, of West Mifflin, was enjoying her improved health, but was bothered by the sagging skin that remained along her chin, face and neck.

"When I looked in the mirror, the person I saw did not match who I was on the inside," says Andres, whose personal weight loss story and decision to undergo cosmetic surgery was recently featured on WTAE-TV. "I am a very upbeat, positive person, and physically I feel great, but the drooping skin on my face made me look tired and depressed. I did quite a bit of research on cosmetic surgery for skin tightening after weight loss, and chose the QuickLift after seeing the results achieved with other clients."

The QuickLift Mini Facelilft is a minimally invasive facial cosmetic surgery facelift procedure that lifts the mid and lower portion of the face, and tightens the neck and jaw line. Unlike procedures that tighten only skin, the QuickLift Mini Facelift permanently suspends the underlying structures of the lower face (SMAS), offering men and women the benefit of a more toned, youthful appearance for years to come. The QuickLift Mini Facelift is performed under local anesthesia or with twilight sedation, and takes one to two hours to complete. Small incisions and shorter surgical time result in less swelling and bruising, and a shorter recovery period, with most individuals able to return to their normal routines within a few days.

Roseanna Andres' QuickLift Mini Facelift procedure was performed by Dominic Brandy MD, medical director and founder of The Skin Center Medical Spa, and developer of the QuickLift. The Skin Center Medical Spa, with locations in Pittsburgh, PA, and Columbus, OH, specializes in facial rejuvenation and body contouring procedures.

"While factors such as an individual's age and the amount of weight lost will determine the degree to which the skin's natural elasticity allows it to conform to a reduced body size, individuals who lose substantial amounts of weight following gastric bypass or other forms of ba women's jackets riatric surgery will nearly always be faced with lax, redundant skin and tissue that cannot be addressed by even the most rigorous diet and exercise plan," says Dr. Brandy. "I frequently see patients who, like Roseanna, have achieved and are maintaining their weight loss goal, and simply want a vibrant appearance that reflects the healthier, more energized person they have become."

According to the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, more than 220,000 bariatric procedures are performed each year, a figure that has increased over the last 10 years with advances that now allow for procedures to be performed with a laparoscope.

For more information on cosmetic surgery after weight loss, contact The Skin Center Medical Spa at 1-800-429-1151 or visit our website.

About The Skin Center Medical Spa
The Skin Center Medical Spa, with three locations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Columbus, Ohio, is the region's premier, full-service medical spa offering facial rejuvenation and body contouring though cosmetic surgery as well as the latest advancements in non-invasive and minimally invasive skin rejuvenation for the treatment of aging skin, hyper-pigmentation, rosacea, unwanted hair, varicose and spider veins, active acne and acne scarring. Established by board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dominic Brandy, MD, in 1981, The Skin Center is one of the few medical facilities in Western Pennsylvania specializing exclusively in cosmetic plastic surgery and anti-aging treatments. Dr. Brandy and his colleague Fernando Colon, MD, board-certified plastic surgeon and medical director of The Skin Center in Columbus Ohio, have a combined 50 years of experience in cosmetic plastic surgery, and together they have performed nearly 20,000 procedures. The Skin Center's surgical facilities are accredited by the AAAHC.

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EdenFantasys Celebrates One Year of Giving with EdenGivesBack

EdenGivesBack is an EdenCommunity based micro-organization, open to all whom embrace the spirit of charity. Meetings are conducted on the EdenFantasys forum, where ideas and suggestions for new projects and programs are discussed and organized.

As we close the book on our first full year of EdenGivesBack, let's take a moment to appreciate some of the incredible achievements of the community here at EdenFantasys. This group worked together to achieve something bigger than themselves through EdenGivesBack, and they are geared up to make even more positive changes in their communities as year two begins. Community Director Gary Steinour beams, "We are very proud of our community, and we hope their generosity will inspire others."

Proud to Serve: There is a special place in the hearts of EdenGivesBack for our troops, and as a community and company, we are thrilled that we could do our part to support our soldiers overseas and our veterans at home. In 2011, EBG sponsored one contributor as she ran a 9K to benefit disabled veterans in New England, and the community later worked with two other contributors to organize a magazine subscription and care package drive for troops in Iraq.

EdenGivesBack: Joplin, MO - When disaster struck, our amazing community stepped up to do their part. We all remember that in May of 2011, a tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri. Six weeks after the fateful storm, nearly one third of the people in the city of Joplin were still homeless, and living in tents at a local campground. The community of EdenGivesBack were quick to organize a fundraiser to support the relief efforts. Through the EGB program, people all over the nation were able to come together to help a city in need.

EdenGivesBack: Clothing Drive - Charity isn't just about dollars and cents. In 2011, the members of the EGB program decided to create an ongoing project that encourages the community to donate clothing and other usable items to local charities. A number of our members have made a huge difference for their local communities by going through their closets and basements and passing on things that they no longer use to other families in need. As 2012 rolls around, EGB plans to continue the project, and create an ongoing blog to catalog and encourage donations.

Breast Cancer Awareness: Save the Ta-Ta's! - As a company, EdenFantasys.com organized a number of projects geared towards Breast Cancer Awareness to raise funds to support the Save the Ta-Tas organization, and we utilized our impressive community to create a campaign of caring. EdenFantasys partnered with Evolved Novelties and created a promotion that would donate money to Save the Ta-Ta's and breast cancer research for every pink toy purchased.

Our community also created video messages to help raise awareness, and encourage women and men to show their Ta-Ta's some love. Across the Eden Family, from the EdenFantasys site, to EdenCafe and Sexis, Facebook and Twitter; we worked tirelessly to collect personal messages of support, spread important facts and information, and of course, stand behind Breast Cancer survivors and the loved ones at their sides. We are certainly looking forward to bringing this campaign back in 2012, and EdenFantasys has set the bar high for success, all thanks to our community.

AIDS Service Center NYC - For a few years now, EdenFantasys has paired with the AIDS Service Center of New York City to raise money for AIDS awareness. This year we continued the tradition, both in August and for World AIDS Day, December 1st. In August, EdenFantasys.com partnered with luxury toy manufacturer JimmyJane to donate a portion of sales proceeds to ASC.

In December, EF hosted a Twitter-thon, with the goal of donating $1,000 for 1,000 tweets in support of World AIDS Day and ASC NYC. Not only were did we succeed, but thanks to a partnership with WET and Evolved Novelties, EdenFantasys was able to donate even more to this amazing support organization! In addition to the fund raising, we offered a chance for anybody to voice messages of support and help raise awareness with posts on the EdenFantasys site, to EdenCafe and Sexis, Facebook and Twitter, and the EF team worked together a video collage to show the company's support of this very worthy cause.

EdenGivesBack: Holidays 2011 – It was the holiday season of 2010 that first inspired EdenFantasys to create a community organization with charity in mind, and we were certainly ready to hit one out of the park in 2011! The end result of this spectacular holiday campaig women's coats n was enough money to feed two entire homeless shelters for Thanksgiving, and enough money and toys to sponsor a Christmas celebration for six families in need.

EdenFantasys.com is grateful to and proud to support the people of our community who reach out to those in need of love, support, and appreciation. As 2012 begins, EdenGivesBack is preparing for even greater projects and goals for the year, and we can't wait to share their results!

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Wearing It Forward: Goodwill® and The Bon-Ton Stores Encourage Spring Shopping to do Good

Goodwill and The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT) encourage consumers to think of spring shopping as an early opportunity to do good by "wearing it forward" during the semi-annual Goodwill Sale, which will take place March 7–22. Before shopping, individuals are urged to donate their used clothing and household textile items at Bon-Ton stores to benefit Goodwill Industries?. Donors will be rewarded with discounts at any of Bon-Ton's 272 stores and furniture galleries. Donations will be sold at Goodwill stores, and the revenues will fund employment placement programs and other community-based services that help people gain dignity and independence through the power of work.

For each item of clothing or textile donated, shoppers will receive a discount coupon that can be used online or at any Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's, Younkers, and Parisian stores to purchase women's, men's and children's apparel, shoes, handbags, and more at a 20 percent discount, and cosmetics and fragrances at a 15 percent discount.

Customers who donate during the Goodwill Sale can also take pride in knowing that their donations will help people in their community with disabilities and disadvantages to access job preparation, skills training and community-based services, such as financial education and youth mentoring. Goodwill tailors its job training programs to meet the needs of local employers in high-growth industries. The Goodwill Sale benefits the economy as a whole, both because it encourages consumers to start shopping again and because it provides job training to those who are still out of work.

"Each donation to Goodwill is sold in our stores and the revenues are funneled back into the community to provide job training and placement opportunities for people who face challenges to finding employment," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "The Goodwill Sale enabl fashion coats online es Goodwill agencies in your area to provide people with a full set of tools they need to support themselves and their families, today and in the future."

Customers who donate at Bon-Ton Stores during the Goodwill Sale are contributing multiple "Acts of Goodwill." Shoppers may also pledge their support for Goodwill's mission and register their donation on http://www.millionactsofgoodwill.com to receive a coupon for a 25 percent discount to use at the Bon-Ton Stores. They will also be able to play "The Closet Clean Out Giveaway Instant Win Game" for a chance to win $25 and $50 gift cards instantly and be entered into the Grand Prize sweepstakes for a $1,000 Shopping Spree.

"We are grateful for the many customers who continually support the Goodwill Sale and help make a positive impact on the lives of people in our communities," said Brendan L. Hoffman, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. "Our nearly 18-year successful partnership with Goodwill demonstrates our commitment to being positive participants in the communities we serve."

About Goodwill Industries International:
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with 14 affiliates in 13 other countries. Goodwill is one of North America's top five most valuable and recognized nonprofit brands as well as a leading social services enterprise (Source: Cone Nonprofit Power Brand 100). Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 2,600 stores and online at shopgoodwill.com. Local Goodwill agencies also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2011, nearly three million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill's career services. Goodwill channels 84 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services. To find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at http://www.goodwill.org, or call (800) 741-0186. Facebook: GoodwillIntl Twitter: @GoodwillIntl

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.:
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 272 department stores, which include 11 furniture galleries, in 23 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers nameplates and, in the Detroit, Michigan area, under the Parisian nameplate. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. The Goodwill Sale event is a long-standing charitable partnership the Company developed to support and build strong communities. For further information, please visit the investor relations section of the Company's web site at http://investors.bonton.com. Facebook.com/bonton Twitter: @thebonton

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Women's & Girls' Apparel Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

Import competition has pushed the Women's and Girls' Apparel Manufacturing industry into a state of decline, with revenue estimated to drop at an average annual rate of 4.2% over the five years to 2012 to $8.6 billion. "With most apparel production moved to low-cost overseas manufacturers," says IBISWorld industry analyst Nikoleta Panteva, "domestic companies satisfy a small part of total demand." Import values' share of domestic demand has climbed from 82.8% in 2007 to 86.2% in 2012. Price pressures from a consolidating downstream retail sector, along with weak economic conditions worldwide, have driven many operators out of the industry. The number of firms has shrunk from 1,361 in 2007 to 1,175 in 2012. Those still in business in 2012 are reaping the benefits of growing profit margins. A shifting product mix, from low-cost apparel to high-quality, higher-priced clothing, has also helped keep profit from plummeting.

In an effort to cut costs and retain profit, operators have reduced employment, which has declined at an average annual rate of 3.0% over the five-year period. However, workers still employed have made higher average annual salaries, currently $49,200, up from $39,800 in 2007. According to Panteva, "This growth highlights the industry's focus on higher-quality manufacturing, which requires more skilled workers." Major players VF Corporation, Hanesbrands Inc. and Kellwood Company account for under a quarter of the industry's total revenue, making the Women's and Girls' Apparel Manufacturing industry fairly fragmented.

Over women's coats the next five years, revenue trends are not expected to turn around. After dropping an estimated 3.3% in 2012 due to intense import competition amid skyrocketing cotton prices, revenue is forecast to continue falling. Over the five years to 2017, IBISWorld projects that sales will decline on average annually. While profit margins are forecast to grow slightly as an increasing number of domestic manufacturers take on a more high-end focus, imports will still pose a threat to the US industry. However, developed countries such as the United Kingdom and Japan will continue to seek out high-quality American products, allowing industry exports to grow. For more information, visit IBISWorld's Women's & Girls' Apparel Manufacturing report in the US industry page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This industry manufactures women's and girls' apparel from purchased fabric. Women's and girls' clothing jobbers, which perform entrepreneurial functions involved in apparel manufacture, are included in this industry and complete tasks like buying raw materials, designing and preparing samples, arranging for apparel to be made from their raw materials and marketing finished apparel.

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A-List Treasures, Turning Celebrities Possessions into Charitable Proceeds, Is Now Seeking Items from Celebrities for Charity Donations

A-List Treasures, LLC, a woman-owned web-based auction company based in southeastern Michigan, is now seeking donations from celebrities for charity. For founder, Lauren Davis, this venture was born out of a creative need to help a variety of others. In an effort to gain national attention and promote the service, the company is on a publicity mission to be recognized by celebrities who want to be green and recycle their lightly used goods that they no longer need or want. All proceeds will benefit the celebrities' charity of choice.

What sets A-List Treasures apart from competitors is the attention to every detail from collecting the goods all the way through the auction process. A-List Treasures professionally photographs, catalogs, crafts detailed descriptions, posts the items to the site for auction and even handles the shipping and payment process. Amazingly, the service doesn't end there. A-List Treasures also promotes the celebrity by providing links to their website, Twitter, Facebook pages and provide information on recent endeavors if the celebrity so desires.

The charity or private foundation will also reap the benefits of this service through maximizing their exposure of their mission to the world at large using the leverage of their celebrity supporter. This will help the charity increase awareness of their cause, leading to the real potential of increasing their contribution dollars, all with no investment or expenditure to the charity or private foundation. A win-win scenario for everyone.

Lauren Davis has seen this first hand: "I've sat on boards for charities, and saw that the smaller, loc women's jackets al charities continually tap the same set of contributors. A-List Treasures offers the opportunity for these smaller charities to expand their geographical reach"

The publicity doesn't end with the auction. A-List Treasures will maintain news articles and success stories of the charities and missions it has helped on the A-List Treasures website for all to see.

To contact A-List Treasures or donate items from celebrities for charity auctions please visit http://alisttreasures.com

About A-List Treasures:

A-List Treasures is an exclusive, full service web-based auction company structured for retail sales of celebrity and a-lister possessions with the proceeds benefiting the favorite charity or private foundation of the celebrity's choice. Celebrity treasures shouldn't get lost in a sea of ordinary auction items on overstocked websites. These pre-owned prizes are unique treasures because of who owned them and stories behind them.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Poise® Launches ‘It Happens to Me' Educational Campaign in Conjunction with World Continence Week 2012

Kicking off from June 24 in conjunction with World Continence Week, "It Happens to Me" is the fourth consecutive campaign by Poise? to further educate and invite women to take a proactive stand on light urinary leakage (LUL).

Firstly, it has an important message to convey – that Malaysian women need not be shy about experiencing LUL as it is a common condition affecting 1 in 4 women at least once in their lifetime. Secondly, the 2012 campaign is set to be more engaging with support from Poise? Ambassador Sharifah Shahira and new ambassador Raja Azura, and has greater visibility via an educational video series, mini booklet, consumer contests and a roving truck which will visit high-traffic areas. Finally, women need to realize that there are meaningful solutions to manage LUL, one of which is using the correct products specially designed for the condition. Poise? is the first light urinary protection brand of products for women.

Core to this campaign are the educational videos available on the Poise Malaysia's YouTube site: http://www.youtube.com/poisemalaysia and through a link from the brand's fanpage at http://www.facebook.com/Poise.Malaysia. These online resources combine input from the ambassadors and from women's experts on LUL in response to the common concerns by Malaysian women experiencing the condition, thus, they are much more relatable and can be easily shared among a wider community to effectively spread the word about LUL management.

"Since 2009, we have been helping Malaysian women understand that LUL is a common condition which can be managed effectively," says Mr Sumeet Parab, Marketing Manager of Kimberly-Clark Malaysia. "In our first couple of campaigns, we focused on increasing awareness about LUL and educating women that there are solutions which can help; last year, we informed women that there are channels for them to share their LUL stories with others and that they can regain control over their lives with proper management of LUL. So, we have been learning from these women, and this year, we aim to use this knowledge to create m women's coats ore effective ways to change women's perception of LUL so they won't be afraid to talk about it, and informative tools like the online videos are ideal solutions."

LUL is a Common Condition – Don't be Shy About It
"Women are more likely to experience LUL, during pregnancy or after childbirth, due to the pressure of the womb on the bladder, and because childbirth can sometimes weaken the pelvic muscles," says Dr Seri Suniza Sufian, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist in one of the educational video clips. "However, there's no need to be unduly concerned, because there are ways to manage it, from managing your diet and maintaining a healthy body weight, to practicing Kegel exercises and using products that are designed to cope with urinary leaks."

LUL is a condition which affects women physically, emotionally and psychologically. The Poise? Global Incontinence Survey 2010 found that 30 per cent of Malaysians experience LUL; of these, 70 per cent are women, and 1 out of 4 women over 35 years old experience LUL at least once in their lifetime. A 2011 Poise? survey found that 45 per cent out of 158 respondents were not open to talk about their condition and over 40 per cent avoid using LUL products to conceal their condition.

An Engaging Campaign
Poise? Ambassador Sharifah Shahira explains: "Dealing with LUL isn't just about carrying a change of clothes everywhere you go, or locating the nearest restroom every hour. You need to take charge and take action – Kegel Exercises really work, and for back-up, Poise? pads and liners are very effective – wetness and odor are the main concerns for anyone experiencing LUL, and Poise? tackles both."

Joining Sharifah is Raja Azura, a brand-new Poise? Ambassador who agrees that LUL is not something to be swept under the carpet. "LUL is not a tiny matter – it affects our confidence, impacts our plans and can be emotionally exhausting. There are many more women affected by LUL. That's why we are here today, to tell women to take charge and take control of their lives."

The 'It Happens to Me' campaign will reach out through various channels – roving trucks at high-traffic areas from June 24, in-store activities, and online where you will find educational videos which clarify commonly asked questions among Malaysian women about LUL, and a mini booklet to help women understand more about LUL, its contributing factors and how to manage it effectively.

You can also test your knowledge and win great prizes by taking part in an exclusive consumer contest – "Discover Poise? with Sharifah Shahira and Raja Azura" – that will run from June 14 to July 19. Just watch the educational videos online, answer a question based on the video, and submit your answer at poisemalaysia@gmail.com. Every fifth correct answer will win a six month's supply of Poise? products. In addition, you can also get more updates about LUL, Poise?, and the "It Happens to Me" campaign as well as post your thoughts or even share your LUL story with others on the brand's Facebook fanpage.

Meaningful Solutions
"Poise? understands how women feel about LUL, hence Poise? pads and liners are specifically made to be sleek, discreet and highly absorbent, with odour-neutralizing granules," explains Mr Sumeet Parab.

To help manage LUL, women can also practice Kegel Exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles which help prevent leakage. Kegel exercises are effective treatment for adult women affected by urinary leakage, which carries no risk for side effects.

In another video clip, Cik Neng Shahidah Sabullah, Senior Physiotherapist for Women's Health, says: "It's important to do Kegel exercises well – make sure you're comfortable and breathing normally. Then clench your pelvic muscles as though are trying to stop yourself from passing urine. Hold the muscles clenched for 10 seconds while breathing normally, then relax. Repeat this 10 times, three times a day."