Monday, April 30, 2007

Fundraising for Film and Video

Fundraising for Film and Video
instructor - Fidelma McGinn

Mon., May 7, 2007
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

911 Media Arts Center
402 9th Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109

$65 Member; $85 Non-member

To Register

Finding those elusive dollars for your project is one of the most important and challenging aspects of independent video production and filmmaking. This workshop will introduce you to a wide variety of funding resources that exist in print, online and in your community. Topics include:

* How to research and write effective grants
* Fundraising and resource gathering strategies
* The dynamics of grant panels
* Distribution plans and why they are important
* The benefits of being affiliated with a non-profit fiscal sponsor

This workshop is tailored primarily for documentary productions but narrative filmmakers may pick up a trick or two! Class limit: 15

For more information, call:
206-682-6552 x 12 or e-mail:

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Movie I want to see: Kickin' It Old Skool

I am so looking forward to seeing this movie. I saw the trailer on TV and thought it was really funny. It came out Friday, April 27th and maybe I'll try to see it this weekend.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Style & Focus News Bites

Adapted from Copyrighting a Dress: Congress Mulling Bill To Protect Designers (

According to Women's Wear Daily (, Congress is thinking over a copyrighting bill that would protect designer's work from being copied.

Currently it's hard to define the terms "piracy," "knockoffs" and "original" designs under intellectual property laws. What does the trademark laws protect? Designer logos and "innovative or ornamental" design elements. Prints and artwork are protected by intellectual property laws, but fashion designs have no protection under copyright laws (WWD).

Wednesday, April 25th, Nicole Miller and others visited Capitol Hill to lobby lawmakers on a bill that could change the current copyright law.

"Design piracy denigrates the integrity of the style," said Miller. "This year, we have been copied more than we have in past years. With this legislation, people will be deterred from making everything too literal. It's the line-for-line copies that bother me."

Diane von Furstenberg, the new president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, is involved in the aggressive campaign on Capitol Hill.

"It has gotten to a point at which, unless we get regulation, people will continue to boast about copying," said von Furstenberg, famous for her ubiquitous wrap dress. "Laws are really about intimidation, and we need to have a little law here and a little intimidation. By passing a law, we emphasize the value of designs. It is not an elitist thing. Even Target and Wal-Mart are beginning to use designers in their stores."

Now for the other side of this issue:

David Wolfe, creative director for Doneger Creative Services, said in an interview when the bill was introduced last year, "My worry is that it will make people so frightened that fashion will stop dead in its tracks. I think fashion is like a live reef — all creatures feed off of one another and that stimulates growth and movement."

Allen B. Schwartz, founder and design director of A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz, who has built a portion of his multimillion-dollar business on copying designer gowns of the Academy Awards and other Hollywood awards shows, bristles at the concept of copyright protection for designs.

"Designers have for 100 years been going to Europe on boats and bringing inspirations from couture back and putting a spin on things," said Schwartz. "Nothing is original when it comes to silhouettes or a fabric."

Schwartz draws the line at prints, graphics and artwork, which he believes should be protected. As for the law under consideration, Schwartz said, "It's not a good idea. It will create a lot of disruption and litigation, and people will worry more about what they can and can't do as opposed to bringing fashion to the consumer."

The bill could have an impact on retailers such as H&M and Zara, which reinterpret runway designs and trends to sell to the public at lower prices, as well as on retailers' private label businesses.

"It is looking at fashion as an artistic expression and a unique design versus the commonplace belief that apparel is more utilitarian," said Liz Oesterle, government relations council at the National Retail Federation. "The question is, can you protect something that is a commonplace good versus something that is unique and special? We have members on both sides of the issue."

She said retailers that have their own labels or have close relationships with high-end designers might want the protection, while others are concerned the law is too broad and could place restrictions on trends.

The Latest Fashions from Life & Style Weekly

A sneak peak into the latest May 7th issue of Life & Style Weekly with:

* 8 Dresses that flatter any Shape & Size plus pictures of Vanessa Minnillo, Jessica Biel, Gabrielle Union and more wearing dresses that make them look stunning and amazing.

* THIS WEEK'S BEST-SELLING: FLATS includes 9 hot flats just in time for spring.

* Four sexy Push-up Bras that will give you unbelievable cleavage.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Style and Focus News Bites

** GM Presents Detroit International River Days. The annual event will start Friday, June 22 and culminating on Wednesday, June 27 with the 49th Annual Target Fireworks, 11 a.m. - midnight on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Sunday through Wednesday.

** Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum was presented with an Achievement Award on Saturday, April 21st, at the Jules Verne Adventures Film Festival in Paris.

** Celebrating Pets! Select Kmart Stores to offer Pet Health Check and Adoption Programs for National Pet Month

** MovieTickets.Com's online presales for Spider-Man 3 is three times that of Spider-Man 2 at same time in sales cycle.

** Russell Simmons and Literate Nation Atlanta team up to inspire teens and to reduce the high school dropout rate in Atlanta

** Nickelodeon And the NFL partner to Promote Kids' Health and Wellness Through Nick's 2007 'Let's Just Play' Campaign

** Saks Fifth Avenue and Ambassador Magazine to Host Benefit Fashion Show for Kids Kicking Cancer on Thursday, May 10, 2007. Cocktails & hearty Hors D'oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. and the fashion show will start at 7:00 p.m. at the Etro Sapphire Lounge, 2nd floor, Saks Fifth Avenue -- Somerset Collection 2901 West Big Beaver Road in Troy, MI.

To purchase tickets, call Kids Kicking Cancerat (313) 557-0021, or email:

Oven-Roasted Fruit Recipe

A easy and elegant recipe by The Barefoot Contessa ( that I like to prepare from time to time during the summer or for a summer brunch.

Oven-Roasted Fruit

Recipe Summary
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 servings

6 peaches, pitted and cut into quarters or eighths
6 plums or Italian prune plums, pitted and quartered or halved
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons orange juice

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

2. Place the peaches and plums snugly in a single layer, cut side up, in 2 glass or porcelain oven-proof baking dishes. Sprinkle with the sugar, and then top with the raspberries. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until tender.

3. Heat the broiler and place the fruit about 5 inches below the heat and broil for 5 to 8 minutes, until the berries release some of their juices.

4. Remove from the broiler and sprinkle with orange juice. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.

Copyright, 2001, Barefoot Contessa Parties!, All rights reserved

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Whose to Blame for Marketing Provocative Dolls to Young Girls?

Last nights episode of Boston Legal brought up a lot of questions with marketing provocative toys to young girls. This morning I read a similar article on MSN's Health and Fitness "Are Bratz Dolls Too Sexy?"

As a marketer that is something I never agreed with. Children need to be children they don't need to rush from childhood straight to being a teenager. On Boston Legal, James Spader's character kept refering to them as little hooker dolls and saying that they are turning little girls into prostitots.

Little girls are idolizing the infamous four in Hollywood and these dolls are dressed just like them. Each Bratz doll has a face full of make-up and are scantily dressed, they make Barbie look like a nun.

The Bratz dolls can not take all the blame because Barbie's MyScene dolls are just carbon copies. Mattel changed the look of the MyScene dolls to something similar to the Bratz dolls. The MyScene dolls use to have the Barbie face and non-detachable feet.

Some of this issue also falls on the parents, because ultimately it's up to them what comes through their door. They are responsible for purchasing these products, just because a child wants something doesn't mean that they should get it. There have been things I wanted as a child but did not get because my parents used the word "No".

As much as I do not agree with the marketing practices of promoting these types of toys to young children, the parents are the ultimate gate keeper and should monitor what their children are playing with. Also, if someone gives them a gift that is inappropriate then they should return it.

What about the manufacterers? Are they just seeing dollars signs and not worrying about the impact of these dolls on today's youth or are they just providing a product that is in demand?

Are we as a society to blame for allowing toys like this to become so popular that they can influence young girls and make them want to imitate them?

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Kips Bay Decorator Show House

The following pictures are from the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. The house is decorated by various upscale designers and you will notice their attention to details to the strategically placed items in the rooms.

Tuesday, April 24 - Tuesday, May 22

14 East 82 Street(Between Madison & Fifth Avenues)
New York, NY 10028

Monday through Saturday: 11am - 5pm
Tuesday & Thursday evenings until 8pm
Sunday: noon - 5pm

Admission is $30, which includes the Journal and Source Book
Group Admission is $25 per person for groups of 20 people or more.
General admission tickets may be purchased at the door, upon arrival.

For more information about the Show House, call:
Kips Bay Marketing & Special Events Office Telephone: 212-755-5733

Official website

(Pictures: Raeanne Giovanni-Inoue for The New York Times)

Another picture
of the Entrance Hall

Etienne Coffinier and Ed Ku's
second floor landing

James Rixner’s
Sitting Room

Jed Johnson's

Jamie Drake's

Scott Salvator's

Randall Beale and Carl Lana's
Entrance Hall

Amy Lau’s tropical living room

The New Teen Queens in Hollywood

Now that Hillary Duff and the others are no longer considered teenagers, there is now a new group of young ladies that are garnering Hollywood attention. Expect to see some of these young women promoting various products and headlining big budget films in the upcoming future.

1. Emma Roberts
2. Vanessa Anne Hudgens
3. Keke Palmer
4. Jamie Lynn Spears
5. Ashley Tisdale
6. Rihanna
7. Hayden Panettiere
8. Brenda Song
9. Miley Cyrus
10. Kristen Stewart

Monday, April 23, 2007

Moë Bags NYC Trunk Shows

Style House PR


Upcoming NYC trunk shows at Bloomingdale’s

59th Street & Lexington Avenue

Thursday, April 26th (4pm – close)
Saturday, April 28th (all day)

Meet designer Mary Rambin and shop from the Spring 2007 collection of Moë C.L.I.C.K. bags, worn by celebrities such as:

Amber Valetta
Bijou Phillips
Brittany Murphy
Christina Milian
Courtney Cox-Arquette
Eva Mendes
Garcell Beauvais-Nilon
Hayden Panettiere
Haylie Duff
Jessica Alba
Jessica Biel
Leven Rambin
Lydia Hearst
Maria Menounos
Reese Witherspoon
Rosario Dawson
Samantha Harris
Vanessa Minillo

More more information,
please contact:

Janna Meyrowitz
Style House PR

List of 30 Stars Turning 30 in 2007

30 is not what it use to be. Here is a list of some of the stars that are or will soon be turning 30 this year:

1. Amber Benson ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
2. Sarah Michelle Gellar
3. Donald Trump, Jr.
4. Laila Ali
5. Dustin Diamond
6. Orlando Bloom
7. Joey Fatone
8. Justin Hartley ("Smallville")
9. Kerry Washington
10. Shakira
11. Chris Martin (Cold Play)
12. Robin Thicke
13. Shannon Miller (Olympic Gymnast)
14. Eric Balfour ("24")
15. Tom Welling ("Smallville")
16. Kanye West
17. Jason Mraz
18. Ashley Scott ("Jericho")
19. Jaime Pressly ("My Name is Earl")
20. Tom Brady
21. Mark Mulder (Pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals)
22. Ludacris
23. Wes Ramsey ("Charmed")
24. John Mayer
25. Brittany Murphy
26. Oksana Baiul (Oympic Figure Skater)
27. Maggie Gyllenhaal
28. Kerri Strug (Olympic Gymnast)
29. Cacee Cobb (Jessica Simpson's former assistant)
30. Bridget Hall (Model)

For those turning 30 here are seven books that might be helpful:

1. 29 and Counting : A Chick's Guide to Turning 30 by Julie Tilsner

2. Turning 30: How to Get the Life You Really Want by Sheila Panchal and Ellen Jackson

3. Wise Women Speak to the Woman Turning 30 by Peggy Stout and Jean Aziz

4. Swim Naked, Defy Gravity and 99 Other Essential Things to Accomplish Before Turning 30 by Colleen Rush

5. 30 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do Before Turning 30 by Siobhan Adcock

6. Turning Thirty by Mike Gayle

7. The Night Before Thirty: A Novel by Tajuana Butler

Friday, April 20, 2007

Friday's Happy Hour Drink from

Cosmopolitan Classic

3/4 oz vodka
1/2 oz triple sec
1 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz lime juice

Add ingredients to cocktail mixer, shake, then strain into a chilled martini glass.

Submitted By The Met Bar, London England

Remember: Drink Responsibly and Don't Drink & Drive.

Style and Focus News Bites

On behalf of Style and Focus PR, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family, friends and love ones of the Virgina Tech Tragedy.

** Jessica Alba named as Revlon's new face. She will be featured in a global advertising campaign for the new Revlon 3D Extreme Mascara that will include television, print, in-store and internet placements (Fashion Week Daily).

** American Red Cross appoints new President and CEO, Mark W. Everson effective May 29, 2007

** Brooks Bros. is preparing to enter resort settings across the U.S. starting May 1 with a smaller store format called Brooks Bros. Country Club Collection (WWD).

** In the May issue of Chicago Magazine, they explore the TV habits of Chicago residents to see which shows are most popular.

** TV Guide, NBC and Twentieth Century Fox Television team up for My Name Is Earl original ``Laugh 'n Sniff'' Interactive Episode.

** Toys 'R' Us Children's Fund hosted their annual fundraising gala and raised nearly $5 Million to support organizations that help children in need.

** Kylie Minogue is creating a a limited edition swimwear line to debut at H&M in mid-May. Though, she didn't design the line, she did contribute ideas and will appear in ads themed ''H&M loves Kylie.''

** Alcohol 'makes fruit healthier' according to a BBC article where researchers say fruit may be better with alcohol and strawberries are good for you but having them in a cocktail may make them even healthier.

** Mother and dauther, Anne and Amanda Hearst are on the cover of the Spring 2007 issue of Hamptons Magazine.

** Circuit City teams with Napster to launch New Digital Music Service starting April 29, 2007. Consumers can sign up for Circuit City +Napster at and gain unlimited access to millions of songs on their PCs and compatible digital music devices for $14.95 per month. New subscribers will receive the first month of access free of charge, along with five free song downloads.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Hottest Spring and Summer Trend: Candy Color Shoes

Hot for the season are colors that scream! Bold shoes are a staple for the spring and summer months and has the largest selection in names and styles.

From the sassy heel to spice up the office to ballet flats that will show off those sexy shorts to fun wedges and espadrilles that make you stand out in a crowd, has the bold colors that your feet have been craving. makes it easy to shop for the perfect shoe for the warmer seasons with innovative functions that allow you to search by color, heel size and brands to name a few, for a streamlined experience. And with negative $5 shipping, pays you to overnight shoes to your door.

Below is a small selection of shoes available at

Sam Edelman Women's
Caroline Ballet Flat


Sam Edelman Women's
Indie Peep Toe Wedge


Sam Edelman Women's
Dixie Peep Toe Wedge


BCBGirls Women's
Library Open Toe Pump


farylrobin Women's
Fanny T-Strap


Steve Madden
Women's Phergie Sandal


Jessica Simpson
Women's Tieve Slide


Women's Cindy
Patent Peep Toe Slingback

Regular price: $109.95
Sale price: $95.90

Nine West Women's
Danube Sandal

For more information please visit or contact:

Katie Schroeder
Rubenstein Communications, Inc.
1345 Ave.
New York, NY 10105

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Weather Channel Celebrates Earth Day with Special Programming Sunday, April 22

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On Sunday, April 22, The Weather Channel will celebrate the 37th year of Earth Day with two new episodes of Forecast Earth.

At 5 p.m. ET, Forecast Earth will tag along on Sheryl Crow's "Stop Global Warming tour," talk with environmental activist Laurie David, and look at the state of today's environment by visiting three parts of the country:

* Texas, where energy company TXU's recently announced plans to build nuclear power plants, threaten to position the state as the country's "climate ground zero";

*Pennsylvania, where a forward-thinking company is developing technology that keeps coal on the table ... but this time, it's cleaner; and

*California, where one city's proactively turning it's business and homeowners green ... one street at a time!

The show will also feature comments from President George W. Bush, former Vice President Al Gore and U.S. Senator James Inhofe.

At 5:30pm ET, the second new episode of Forecast Earth will find prominent figures from both sides of the global warming issue debating several of the most frequent arguments made by the global warming skeptics, including the number one complaint: "If forecasters can't predict the weather 3-days out, certainly they can't forecast a year, a decade or a century out!

"Earth Day is very important to us and our viewers," said Debora Wilson, president of The Weather Channel Companies. "This year, the focus of our coverage will be on exploring the biggest mysteries of our Earth's climate system and informing viewers what they can do to facilitate improvements in their environment. In addition to the new episodes of Forecast Earth, we'll have live reports all day from our correspondents in Chicago, Washington DC and New York City."

Contact: TrylonSMR for The Weather Channel
Erica McDonald /
Melissa Sylvester/

Some Earth Friendly things I like to do:

1. Nix styrofoam cups and bring your own coffee mug or traveling mug to work or school. If possible to your favorite coffee place if ordering regular coffee.

2. Take shorter showers.

3. Turn the water off while waiting for your deep conditioner to work.

4. Buy lower voltage or energy saver lightbulbs, which will use less electricity. Always turn off lights when you leave or if your not using them.

5. Bike or walk when possible to keep in shape and cut down on auto emissions.

6. Cut up six-pack can rings before you throw them out: They can strangle animals.

7. Give an ecological gift such as adopt a whale, for someone's birthday.

8. Boycott companies that disregard the environment. Tell them in a letter.

9. Bring your own bag(s), when buying small amounts from the grocery store.

10. Buy organic and recycled products.

11. Turn off computer, TV, etc., when not in use.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 the Place to Find Spring and Summer Belts

The coolest accessory for the Spring and Summer - the Belt. Buckle up any outfit at work with a dressy leather belt or choose a casual braided belt to snazz up that weekend get away.'s selection of belts can help transform the boring to the beautiful with a variety of belts in the latest colors, sizes and fabrics. Whether you choose to adorn your waist with pink and yellow satin sashes and fun rhinestones to black, white and red polka dots, can help spice up any outfit. even has tons of fun and trendy high waisted belts to embellish any outfit for a night on the town!

Brown Vegan Belt
with Heart Petal Flower Studs
by Private

Linea Pelle Apple Green
Criss-cross Braided Belt

Sandy Duftler
Tan Braided Leather Belt

Streets Ahead
Imperial Gold Belt

Contour Strap with Two Row
Grommets Hardware
Wide Fashion Leather Belt
by beltiscool

OSTRICH Embossed
Leather Belt Gold-Tone Buckle

Fossil Womens
Leather Belt - Metallic Weave

For more information, please visit

A Sweet Treat for Your Feet

If you are in London for business or pleasure make sure to set aside time for an uber pedicure.

The Browns Hotel is offering a Champagne and Chocolate pedicure. For 90 minutes, you get to relax and indulge with a glass of Taittinger while receiving this amazing pedicure that includes your toes being treated to a warm melted chocolate and brown sugar massage then a soak in hot chocolate milk with rose petals.

This luxurious treatment is available until May 31st for £85. For more information please visit Browns Hotel official website or call: 020 7493 6020

Browns Hotel
Albemarle Street
Mayfair, London W1S 4BP

Monday, April 16, 2007

Style & Focus News Bites

** Two celebrity reality shows premiering Saturday, April 21st are: 1) Katie & Peter on E!, the popular British couple making their way to the US. 2) I Married a Baller on TV One, it will feature Taj Johnson-George and Eddie George, Taj is a member of the popular 90's group SWV and her husband is NFL player Eddie George.

**, the first to feature an extensive collection of fashionable business cases, computerbags, handbags, luggage, and travel accessories specifically made for the career woman, announces the launch of their new online store.

** Martha Stewart plans to relaunch her website. The site is going to become for informative and will include more videos including episodes of the Martha Stewart show.

** Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio is featured on the current cover of Ocean Drive Magazine.

Friday, April 13, 2007

The Smart and Talented, Danica McKellar

I had read a news article about Danica McKellar (one of my favorite actresses) last year, and I wanted to write about it.

Former Wonder Years actress Danica McKellar is writing a book called "Math Doesn't Suck" to help encourage girls to stay involved with math. In 2007, Hudson Street Press will publish her forthcoming book. They call it a groundbreaking book that will use hip and entertaining examples to teach middle-school girls and their parents how to master many of the tough concepts that are introduced in middle school, which is the time when young girls begin to shy away from math. The book will be in bookstores August 2007.

Since, "The Wonder Years", Danica has starred in "The West Wing", "NCSI", "Law & Order" and "Eve". She also has her own series called “Inspector Mom” that includes two movies on Lifetime and bi-weekly webisodes on Lifetime Movie
Some of her upcoming 2007 projects are: releasing a new yoga and meditation DVD "Daily Dose of Dharma," voice work for "Random! Cartoon's: Girls on the Go" and "Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm". She also will be in the upcoming film "Hack!".

You're probably thinking how can she write a math book. Well, Danica earned a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from UCLA. She also published a paper in Britain's "Journal of Physics A: Mathematics & General" with UCLA professor Lincoln Chayes and student Brandy Winn which provided a mathematical proof for a theorem dealing with magnetism in two dimensions.
The following quotes are from a newspaper article:
"Parents and kids alike are taught to be afraid of math,” explains McKellar. “From Mattel’s Barbie doll who once said, ‘Math is hard,’ to the proliferation of the nerdy stereotypical scientist in movies and TV, many girls grow up thinking that math is something they should be afraid of, something ‘other people do.’ I want to eradicate these stereotypes and make math fun and accessible, to young girls and everyone else."

I have had my share of run-ins with not fitting the “stereotype” of a scientifically-minded young woman. Every day, people approach me, and recognize me for my portrayal of the character “Winnie Cooper” on the television series “The Wonder Years.” And every day people ask me what I am doing now. When I tell them I took a break from acting in order to attend college, they inevitably ask what my major was. When I tell them “math”… Mouths drop open…mixed with stares of horror and confusion… usually followed by looks of intrigue and newfound respect, but always the incredulous, “Why…?” They were not expecting that to come from me, since I do not fit among the ever popular stereotypical images of math nerds. (At least that’s what I like to think.)

Even more telling, was an experience I had in the 9th grade. After our first test, my science teacher pulled me aside and expressed surprise at my high score, exclaiming how unexpected it was that I would be a good student in science. “You just seem so outgoing and you wear such brightly colored earrings… I just didn’t think you would be very smart.” All based on appearances, the teacher was judging me according to the stereotypes that are so deeply ingrained in our society: the socially inept, nerdy looking guy who doesn’t care about fashion. Here’s the most interesting part. The teacher was a woman.
My two cent: Math and Science are great. I always liked both and I feel like so many girls think it's cool to be ditzy and they don't develop their math, science, english and all the other skills that they will need to succeed in life. They don't realize that they can still like fashion and like math too. I remember when I was in high school and I was taking calculus and physics and I had a female teacher ask me why was I taking those classes. I always hear people say "math is hard" only if you think of it that way. If you practice it and work on it you can get better. First learn the basics then build on those just like everything else in life. No ones going to be the best at everything but why give up before you even tried.

I even knew people in college that would say oh don't take that prof they're too hard don't you want an easy A. Nothing in life is really easy because you take a class where you don't learn anything just to get an A. However when you go on to the next class, you don't know anything. Then you have to play catch up the entire semester trying to learn things you should of learned the first time had you not taken the easy professor. Just my educational comments.

I also find it hard to believe that she is not being offered more TV and movie roles. She's a smart and talented actress.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

ELLE Magazine's Style Essentials: Miguelina

Picture: The store's facade

Fashionista's in Manhattan have another fashionable location to shop, Miguelina. The designer is known for her flirty satin and lace camis, flowy and fun tops and dresses and satin form fitted dresses.

Store location:
347 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014

Miguelina and Astrid Munoz
at the opening of the Miguelina store

Interior of store

Another picture of the interior

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


New York – Today the UN World Food Program (WFP) and WFP’s Honorary Spokesperson, Lauren Bush, launched the “FEED Bag”, a new means of helping feed poor school children around the world while creating greater awareness of global hunger.

The proceeds of the FEED Bag – a stylish but sturdy tote bag designed by Lauren Bush - will feed a child at school for an entire academic year. It is available exclusively through Amazon on

Lauren Bush, an international fashion model, created the FEED Bag after visiting a number of WFP operations in Africa, Asia and Latin America during her three years as a WFP Honorary Spokesperson. Sold through for $59.95 (USA), the reversible burlap/natural muslin bag was inspired by WFP bags which carry grain, often for life-saving operations. The bag’s burlap side is stamped “FEED the Children of the World” and a “1”, signifying that the proceeds will feed one child at school for one year. The white cotton muslin side is similar, but with three 3 useful pockets.

Millions of children all over the world receive a free school lunch through WFP’s Food for Education Program, which costs just US$34 for an academic year. Almost 400 million children around the world are chronically hungry. Hunger and malnutrition kill more people than AIDS, malaria, and TB combined. In fact, every five seconds, a child dies because he or she is malnourished.

For hungry children, attending school is often not an option their families can afford. Girls form the majority of the 150 million young children who begin primary school, but have to drop out before completing four years of education – before they can acquire even basic literacy and math skills.

WFP school meals help boost both enrolment and learning – when children are better nourished, they are more attentive. Research has shown that school meals can increase class attendance by 100 percent and improve performance significantly. For many children, the lunchtime meal may be the only one they will receive all day. In 2005 WFP fed 21.7 million children in 74 countries.

In addition to creating greater awareness about hunger, the FEED Bag -- perfect for work, school, groceries or the beach - gives Amazon customers a tangible way to support poor children all over the world.

To buy a FEED Bag, please go to
For updates on the FEED Project go to
For more information or to make a donation please visit: or

WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency: each year, we give food to an average of 90 million poor people to meet their nutritional needs, including 58 million hungry children, in at least 80 of the world's poorest countries. WFP -- We Feed People.

WFP Global School Feeding Campaign – For just 19 US cents a day, you can help WFP give children in poor countries a healthy meal at school – a gift of hope for a brighter future.

Visit our website:

WFP now provides RSS feeds to help journalists keep up with the latest press releases, videos and photos as they are published on For more details see:

For more information please contact:
Katie Schroeder
Rubenstein Communications

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Life & Style's This Week's Best Sellers

Inside Life & Style's April 16th issue (on the newsstand) is This Week's Best Sellers: Sandals.

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Monday, April 9, 2007

FOX Cancells The Wedding Bells

(Photo Credit:

After airing only five episodes, Fox decided to cancell the show due to low ratings. I think they accidentally set the show up to fail. The show originally aired on Wednesday night but then it was moved to Friday night (but whose's home on a Friday night?) I had to Tivo the show so that I could watch it later.

In my opinion, FOX should have left it on Wednesday night. The ratings might have stayed strong. They also didn't promote the show very well either. Maybe reduce some of the advertising for American Idol and promote some of the lesser known shows. People are watching AI anyway.

It was a cute show and it was getting better.

Ceramic Watches the Latest Accessories for Spring

Spring into April with ceramic and plastic watches from! This season's hottest styles in the watch industry can be found on in a variety of colors and prices from the $3,740 Bellagio ceramic watch with rose gold tone diamonds to the fun and bright $99 Alexander & Paul quartz watch.

Whether you are playing with the kids in the ocean or taking a quick dip in the pool, you don't even have to worry about taking the watch off. Perfect for those hot spring days, nearly all of's ceramic and plastic selection are water proof!

Below is a small selection that is available at

Avalon Chiasso Series Clear
Plastic Sport Watch # 7408-7

Technomarine Technodiamond
Ceramic Pink Ladies Watch DTC07

Klaus Kobec Destiny Ceramic
Pink&White Womens

Avalon Bella Series
Genuine White Ceramic Watch
with Diamond Bezel # 7403DWH

Alexander & Paul Polycarbonate
Quartz Watch with Diamond Markers -
White Dial white Bezel White Strap

Alexander & Paul Polycarbonate
Quartz Watch - Red Dial Red Bezel Red Strap

Technomarine Women's
Technolady Watch #TLCN07

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Katie Schroeder
Rubenstein Communications, Inc
phone: 212-843-8036