Wednesday, February 28, 2007
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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
DePauw's Chapter of Delta Zeta has raised even more issues reguarding the Greek system on college campuses. Delta Zeta according to MSN the sorority recently kicked out plus sized and some minority members.
According to reports, the executive director of National Delta Zeta, Cynthia Winslow Menges, said the sorority had not evicted the 23 women, even though the national officers sent those women form letters that said: “The membership review team has recommended you for alumna status. Chapter members receiving alumnae status should plan to relocate from the chapter house no later than Jan. 29, 2007.” Ms. Menges asserted that the women themselves had, in effect, made their own decisions to leave by demonstrating a lack of commitment to meet recruitment goals. The sorority paid each woman who left $300 to cover the difference between sorority and campus housing.
As a alumni member of a sorority, I know how hard and competitive recruitment can be, so I think it's a poor excuse that Ms. Menges is giving for dismissing those 23 members. There are a lot of factors involved with recruitment and paying of dues is one of the biggest no matter what your economical status is. Also, there are hundreds of other things that could interest potential members on campus such as other student organizations, voluteer opportunities, sports, etc.
The 23 members included every woman who was overweight. They also included the only black, Korean and Vietnamese members. The dozen students allowed to stay were slender and popular with fraternity men — conventionally pretty women the sorority hoped could attract new recruits. Six of the 12 were so infuriated they quit (The New York Times).
The Greek system fosters a faux elitism around some college campuses which makes many think that they can do anything they want with no consequences, such as underage drinking, vandalism, etc. This is not helping the image of Greek organizations at all. A while back, MTV had a two shows called Sorority Life and Fraternity Life which not only showed the Greek System in a bad light but also resulted in lower numbers for recruitment following the run of those shows.
Friday, February 23, 2007
** From an informal instant poll on O'Dwyer's Public Relations News (odwyerpr.com), 76% voted that the image of cable news is being hurt from the coverage of Anna Nicole Smith's death.
** Condé Nast signed Fashion Photographer Scott Schuman, per New York Observer.
** Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic & Baby is the fifth book in the Shopaholic series. It is gaining a lot of buzz from the media as well as from the chick lit fan base.
** Exhibition Celebrating the Life of Princess Diana Set to Open in Cleveland. Featuring 150 objects on loan from the Spencers, the exhibition is on view from February 23 - June 10, 2007, at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland.
** Isaac Mizrahi will be at Lord & Taylor store (750 White Plains Road, Scarsdale, NY), to talk about wrinkles and StriVectin February 24, 2007 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.
LA.com has choosen 10 weekend picks for Feb. 23-25 but I will only mention 5 I found interesting:
1. All' Angelo "for serious diners craving Italian fare"
Mamma Mia! 7166 Melrose Ave., Hollywood 323-933-9540
2. "Speed-the-Plow" a David Mamet play about dirty-mouthed Hollywood executives starring Greg Germann, Alicia Silverstone and John Tenney
Full speed ahead Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood (310) 208-6500
3. Chinese New Year Festival
Chinatown celebrates the Year of the Boar this weekend with live music, food, floats, marching bands, classic cars and more.
Sat-Sun Parade begins at Cesar Chavez and Broadway, Chinatown (213) 617-0396 ext. 10
4. Brazilian Carnaval 2007
Celebrate the Brazilian tradition of Carnaval aboard the Queen Mary, where samba music and dancers in sequined, feathered bikinis reign.
Sat The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach (562) 435-3511
5. Oscar Viewing Party
On Oscar Sunday the Alex Theatre hosts the first annual Red Carpet Gala: For People Who Make Movies and People Who Watch Them. Those who attend this Oscar viewing party will have a chance to dress up in their best evening duds, walk the red carpet and mingle over hors d'oeuvres and champagne.
Sun Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Blvd., Glendale (818) 243-2539
Thursday, February 22, 2007
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Wednesday, February 21, 2007
A quiet new trend is happening, some of the 20-somethings are bypassing the trendy nightclubs and are heading to bars, pubs and restaurants. Many are tired of waiting in line for the door person to look them over and deem them good enough to enter. Also, some of the young professionals I interviewed say they just want a place to mingle and catch up with friends after work.
The night clubs may not notice a few people missing from their lines but the bars, pubs and restaurants are taking notice and are hiring professional bartenders to make and create trendy drinks and including new menu items to attract the young and hip. One young woman, I spoke with said "highschool is over and there shouldn't be a popularity contest to enter a nightclub and that's why I love the casual atmosphere of going to bars."
A friend of mine that lives in NYC says she has noticed an increase of twentysomethings going to bars afterwork. She likes to go with co-workers to 4-star hotel bars to relax and people watch.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
** LATINA Style Magazine Announces the LATINA Style 50 Awards which was held Feb. 8th at JW Marriott Hotel in Washington D.C.. The LATINA Style 50 brought together top Latinas in corporate America, influential leaders in the Hispanic community, corporate CEOs, chief diversity executives, marketing and human resource officers, Latina entrepreneurs, government officials, and national experts on workforce diversity.
** Rev. Run's Daughters Vanessa and Angela Simmons Launch The Cake Collection Footwear Line and will debut March 23rd. The collection will feature colorful, mid-priced athletic-inspired shoes designed for stylish young ladies.
** Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm's proposed tax increase on distilled spirits would be a devastating blow to Michigan's hospitality industry, according to an industry economic analysis, which showed that Granholm's tax increase on liquor would destroy 1,800 hospitality sector jobs.
** Lacoste to open flagship store in Israel in March
** GREY GOOSE Vodka Unveils La Poire - A Taste of Pear-Flavored Perfection
** Milan Fashion Week 2007 started Feb. 17th and will run until the 25th
It will depend on how the customers will perceive the product and the handling of the recall. Image is very powerful and if customer's think that a product is not safe, they may decided not to make any more future purchases at least for short time.
I think Peter Pan Peanut Butter might suffer a little because of the scare and risk of salmonella. Jiff and Skippy Peanut Butters may gain a few new customers. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in future sales.
What do you think? If you purchase Peter Pan Peanut Butter will you continue?
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Monday, February 19, 2007
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Friday, February 16, 2007
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Tuesday, February 13, 2007
** London Fashion Week started Sunday, Feb. 11th and will run until Friday, Feb. 16th.
** Bill Cosby's dog Harry a Dandie Dinmont won his division at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday.
** Chicago Magazine Lists Its Favorite Chicago Boutiques in the March issue.
** Two movies premiering for Valentine's Day: Music and Lyrics starring Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant, Daddy's Little Girls starring Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba and Tracee Ellis Ross
** BLACK ENTERPRISE Announces the Top 50 Hollywood Power Brokers in March issue
** More March Magazine Covers: Hillary Swank is featured on Marie Claire, Ellen DeGeneres is on the cover of W, Jessica Simpson on Elle magazine, Liv Tyler on Glamour and Ali Larter (Heroes) on Lucky.
Now that NYC fashion week is over, everyone is processing the trends that went down the runway.
Some of the trends that I noticed were:
1. Wide-leg trousers: Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors and Betsey Johnson to name a few.
2. Color: Gray, black, blue, yellow, white, and jewel tones
4. Minis: dresses and skirts
5. Prints: from the subtle to the bold
6. Metallics: Gold, Silver and Pewter from purses, shoes, dresses and hats
7. Oversized bags: a staple among seasons
8. Opaque tights
9. Hair: Shiny pony tails, pinned up styles, straight and flowy,
10. Coats: Long and slim, knee length trench style, wrap style
11. Jackets: Cropped, trench,
12. Men inspired styles
13. Old hollywood inspired glamour gowns
14. Shirt dresses
15. Knee-high boots
16. Stripes and plaid
17. Bold accessories: belts, scarves, gloves and jewelry
19. Make-up: nude lips, smokey eyes, berry lips, soft gold and silver on eyes, blue eyeshadow
20. Fur: From trims to full coats, jackets, gloves and hats
Monday, February 12, 2007
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The service at the hotel was great and the staff was very warm and nice. In the middle of Manhattan it feels like a relaxing oasis.
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Friday, February 9, 2007
The USA Network has two fantastic and funny shows on Friday nights (check local listing for time), Monk starring Tony Shalhoub and Psych starring James Roday and Dule Hill.
Monk is about detective Adrian Monk on his adventures solving cases but his obsessive compulsive disorder puts a spin on his crime solving abilities. It's a very funny show and I love watching it. For more information visit the offical website: Monk
Psych is about a police consultant Shawn Spencer (Roday) who is a fake psyhic trying to help the police solve crimes. Shawn ropes his best friend and crime solving partner Buster "Gus" Guster (Hill) into hilarious incidents trying solve each case. For more information visit the offical website: Psych
Both are great shows and where else can you laugh for two hours straight. The shows and stars might not be well known but they will easily become your new favorite shows. I have been watching Monk for years and this is Psych's first season. I have told all my personal friends and I thought I would tell all my internet friends and readers to check out the shows.
Marketers have been seen as the culprit because we are seen as manipulators, tricking unassuming consumers into buying products they don't need. Maybe there are some marketers doing that but the majority are only promoting different products and services. Ultimately it's the free will of the customers to decide whether this product is what they are looking for. We market solutions to peoples problems. If they do not have a problem they will by pass any ads for that product or service.
People buy for different reasons: needs, wants, status symbol, the first to try (innovators and early adopters), price, features, etc.
One weekend I went to the mall and I asked three friends why they each bought what they just purchased. The first friend paid full price for a designer piece because she saw it in an issue of VOGUE magazine and had to have it. She said "I have no financial obligations and felt like treating myself to something I really wanted." My second friend said "I only buy things that are on sale. Why pay full price on something that is just going to go out of style?" The last friend said "I like to buy the latest things whether it's a new cell phone or the new "IT" shoes".
Three different people with three different reasons on what motivates them to buy (whether they realize the reasons or not).
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Lately, there not as many reality shows as there use to be but there is still quite a few of them. I decided to rate some of the shows that I have seen. Let me know what you think.
1. The Hills (MTV)
2. One Night Only (BET)
3. Juvies (MTV): It show teens what could happen to them if they get in trouble
4. Girls Next Door (E!)
1. Bad Girls Club (Oxygen)
2. I Love NY (VH1)
3. Engaged & Underage (MTV)
4. The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency (Oxygen)
5. Bam's Unholy Union (MTV)
6. Shooting Sizemore (VH1)
7. Ego trip’s The (White) Rapper Show (VH1)
8. My Super Sweet 16 (MTV)
9. The Surreal Life: Fame Games (VH1)
10. High Maintenance 90210 (E!)
1. The Apprentice LA (NBC)
2. Dancelife (MTV)
3. Maui Fever (MTV): Trying to hard to be like the first season of Laguna Beach and it seems like they are acting for the camera.
4. The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo)
5. Road Rules
6. Real World Denver (MTV) : The real world is in the decline stage in the product life cycle
7. Grease: You're the One That I Want (NBC)
8. Top Design (Bravo)
9. Top Chef (Bravo)
10. American Idol (Fox) : It's the same thing every year nothing different
** Allure's 10 Trends for Spring will be on The Style Network, Saturday night Feb. 10th (check local listing for time)
** According to CNBC's On The Money show, The Snickers ad with the kissing guys that ran during the Super Bowl will be pulled due to complaints by Gay Advocate Groups.
** Turner Broadcast and the marketing company they used will pay the city of Boston $2 million for the Boston bomb scare incident.
** According to Cosmetics News, Nordstrom ranked first in customer experience. Luxury Institute, a US based research firm has rated customer experience in US luxury retailers, with department store Nordstrom coming first in all the components of the Luxury Customer Experience Index (LCEI).
1. IZOD: not new, but a little boring
2. Honda gas mileage was informative but boring.
3. Flomax: I guess I understand how guys must feel watching women specific ads
4. HP Bike
5. All the CareerBuilder.com ads
6. FedEX Ground
7. Bud Light Axe murder
8. Revlon with Sheryl Crow: boring and reminds me of an informmercial
9. H & R block golfing ads nothing special
10. Bud Light Slap
11. Chevy Car Wash
12. Doritos Grocery Store: tried to be provocative and funny but just came off as bad
13. Go Daddy: you don't always have to use sex to sell
14. SalesGenie.com: kind of borring
15. FedEX Space
16. Blockbuster cartoon ad (boring)
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Lately, it seems like we are rewarding people who do something bad or negative for instance Ms. USA Tara Connor got to keep her crown and she recently walked down a runway during fashion week with Ms. Teen USA. Justin Timberlake just confessed of his past marijuana use but that didn't deter him from being named the host of Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award 07. Also, why is it that some rap stars promote negative behaviors and get in trouble and they get more fans and money. Lindsay is suppose to be in rehab but seems to be out and about all the time.
Last night's Showbiz Tonight's topic was the strong influence that Paris, Lindsay, Britney and Nicole have and how young girls look up to them in every way. One of the host says "he has been trying to get Paris to go away but it doesn't seem to be working". These four women do something wrong and there are no consequences to their actions and some of the young girls that look up to them see that they can do something wrong and nothing bad will happen to them too.
We reward them with magazine covers, exclusive interviews, more money, etc. If magazines stop accepting pictures of them then their pictures would be worth nothing and fans actually make them own up to their negative behavior instead of supporting them. Maybe they would think about things they do or might do. We need to stop giving them the attention they are seeking. So, I will not do any more articles on Paris, Lindsay, Britney or Nicole.
There are young stars such as Anne Hathaway, Raven Symone, Amanda Bynes, Michelle Williams and Jessica Alba who do not get in any trouble and the media doesn't really promote that, they only follow the ones who get in trouble.
When did we start accepting bad behavior and why do we reward those who do something bad?
These are more commericals that I felt were pretty good and funny:
1. American Heart Association
2. Garmin Maps: the first things I thought was The Power Rangers
3. Budweiser with dog
4. Coke video game
5. Snickers: Quick do something manly
6. Sierra Mist "beard comb over"
7. Sierra Mist Karate
8. Coke Nursing Home
9. Schick Quattro
10. Jessica Simpson Pizza Hut: very cute who needs the red carpet when you can have pizza
11. Ford F-450: I like how the truck it getting put together
12. Ford Edge: not new, but I like thought it was beautiful
13. Doritos crash: romantic comedy
14. Chevy with all the different people singing
15. Bud Light Rock Paper Sissors
16. Bud Light Wedding
17. Blockbuster Online Access: very funny
18. Oprah and Dave Letterman NFL ad
Monday, February 5, 2007
I also waited around to see the Nationwide Kevin Federline commercial. I don't think there was anything wrong with that commerical, maybe some critics got mad prematurely before they saw the whole ad. He wasn't making fun of people working in the fast food industry he was dreaming about a life that he wanted. We are all dreamers and "Life comes at you fast".
1. The budwieser ad with the crabs, I thought that was very cute and funny.
2. Snapple Green Tea
3. Budweiser with Jay-Z
3. Goodbye to NFL
4. E-Trade finger
5. Honda CR-V "Crave"
6. Prudential Rock
7. H & R Block Tax cut: even though I have seen it before I really like it
8. Nationwide with K-Fed
9. Toyota Tundra 3: I just hope some stupid idots don't decide to do the stunts
10. Emerald Nuts: everyone get the afternoon slump
11. T Mobile with Dwayne Wade (not new but still funny)
12. VanHeusen men's clothing
13. Taco Bell with talking lions
14. Bud Light with talking apes
15. Coke Vending Machine very whimsical, sci-fi and cute
16. Toyota Tundra 2: very informative and to the point.
17. Sprint Connectile Dysfunction: it's making fun of all the TMI commercials
18. Wild Hogs movie trailer
19. Coke Black History
20. GM Quality with the robot
Part 2 The Good Continued Tuesday
Part 3 The Bad and Boring Wednesday
Friday, February 2, 2007
** Punxsutawney Phil Celebrates Groundhog Day With Promise of Warmer Weather
** According to Folio Magazine, magazines focusing on the affluent have increased over 400% since 1997. The number of publications targeting the wealthy now stands at 456.
** AMC Theatre to Celebrate the Oscars by Showing All Five 'Best Picture' Nominees on the Same Day at selected AMC theatres (check your local theatres). The five films, "Babel," "The Departed," "Letters from Iwo Jima," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Queen," will play back-to-back throughout the day in one dedicated auditorium.
** Gap Inc. Announces Leadership Changes at Gap Brand. Marka Hansen, President of Banana Republic, has been named President, Gap North America.
Enjoy SuperBowl Sunday (and don't forget to watch the commercials).
Alyssa Milano came up with an amazing idea to create a line of women's MLB apparel. I am very glad someone has come up with this line, I find it a little hard finding sports apparel that fit and some of the clothes are either too girly or just some boxy men's apparel in pink. If I wanted something to fit I would have to buy something from the kids section.
Alyssa must of had every woman in mind when she came up with this idea. She has joined G-III Apparel Group and MLB Properties to develop a line of "high-quality fabrics" and "body-contouring silhouettes" women's apparel. Ms. Milano's line will be called TOUCH.
She showcased her fashion line in Las Vegas last year and they are scheduled to be in stores in Spring.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
A trend that seems to keep growing is organizing whether buying books, supplies, stores or watching TV shows. According to the US News and World Report, the average person spends one year of their life looking for lost or misplaced items at home and in the office.
Clutter is bringing in billions of dollars each year. There are hundreds if not thousands of books on de-cluttering and organizing for the home, office and car. There are so many stores that carry supplies to organize your life. Speciality stores were created to fill this demand such as The Container Store and California Closets. A career that grew from all of our clutter is professional organizers. They help people clear out their clutter and help them organize their spaces in a more effecient way.
Magazines are focusing more on de-cluttering for example many magazines now have a organizing page or two in each issue. Cosmopolitan actually have articles about organizing and simplifying your life.
Some of my favorite de-cluttering shows are: Neat (Discovery Home), Clean House (The Style Network) and Mission Organization (Home and Garden TV).
I almost forgot the other areas that clutter is benefitting:
1) Storage facilities are racking in money because people want to clear out their spaces but they don't really want to toss or give them away.
2) Charitable organizations such as Goodwill, Dress for Success, Salvation Army, etc people are taking in their gently used items to help out those less fortunate and to clear away the clutter.
3) Consignment shops, they make a small profit off the items you sell.
5) Stores in general, because most of the time you misplace items and then have to go out and buy them again.