Monday, August 31, 2009

Women Safety Tips: Be Informed About Your Date

I read this article "Man Steals Woman's Car on First Date" over the weekend and the first thing that came to mind after reading this was, she must of been really desperate for a date because she didn't even know the guy's name before she accepted a date with him. She only knew him by a nickname. Is that the only name he gave her or did she even ask for his first and last name?

To me it's just common sense to get at least the basic information before you accept a date or agree to meet someone new. She's lucky that's the only thing that happened and that the police caught him. Ladies just can't wear rose colored glasses when meeting someone new. You can still have fun while staying safe, you just need to be aware and be informed.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday's Happy Hour Drink: Raspberry Lemoncello

This is a wonderfully refreshing drink that you can enjoy on a hot day. This drink is so good you'll want to make it every weekend during the last few days of summer.

Raspberry Lemoncello


1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, rinsed
Zest of one lemon
3oz pink lemonade
2oz lemon liqueur
1 bottle of sparkling wine, chilled


1. Mix together the raspberries, lemon zest, lemonade, and lemon liqueur in a large pitcher (I prefer a clear glass pitcher); refrigerate for two hours.

2. When ready to serve, slowly add the sparkling wine and stir gently with a long wooden spoon.

3. Pour into tall glasses over ice and garnish glasses with a lemon twist and a raspberry.

Remember: Drink Responsible and Don't Drink & Drive

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9 Elegantly Sexy Affordable Tops for Your Summer Nights

These nine secretly sexy affordable tops allow you to show just a hint of skin which will make you look elegant and sultry while hitting the dance floor. No need to be overt a little sex appeal goes a long way.

Vera Babydoll $26.90

Love21 Satin Embroidered Wrap Top with Camisole $27.80 Forever21

Roxy 'Knockout' Tiered Tank $39.50 Nordstrom

Love21 Pintucked Silk Halter Top $24.80 Forever21

Emmy Tunic $24.90

Lace Trim Chiffon Top $19.80 Forever21

Floral Ruffle Tank $18.99 Charlotte Russe

Crinkled Ruffle Top $19.80 Forever21

Carmen Printed Halter $24.50

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Six Party Essentials that Every Girl Needs for Her Home

by Style and Focus Lifestyle PR

No doubt you love to go out and party but you don't need to hit every hot spot to celebrate (which can be quite expensive). All you need are a few essentials to keep your home party-ready.

1. Glassware

These are just things that a girl has to have. From everyday glasses to special occasion champagne flutes. College is over, so no more disposable plastic cups. Shown: PB Classic Margarita Glasses (set of 6) $22.00 Pottery Barn

2. Serving Trays or Appetizer Plates

These little gems will make your dishes or cocktails standout and look amazing. Select a tray that fits your style be it classic or funky or pastel or bold and colorful. Shown: Zebra Tray $29.95 Pier 1 Imports

3. Impromptu culinary supplies

Make sure your pantry is party-ready by keeping a few items in stock, a few to include are: gourmet crackers, salsa, deli meat, baguettes, olive oil, capers, pasta, cheeses, Marinated artichokes, cookies/biscotti, pound cake (keep in the freezer), ice cream, whipped cream and smoked or spiced nuts.

4. Ice Bucket

It's a sleek and easy way for guests to refill ice for their drinks or to chill a bottle of champagne. Shown: Williams Ice Bucket $64.00 exclusively at Willams-Sonoma

5. Music

Can't have a party without music, make sure it's easy to find and use (giving guests the chance to play DJ).

6. A Home Bar

No need for an elaborate set up just keep: a few bottles of everyday wine (red and white), one or two bottles of special occasion wine ($25 and up), one or two bottles of sparkling wine or champagne and a few bottles of your favorite liquor. You'll have all you will need for a small get together.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Chicago's French Inspired Market Soon to Offer Delectable Culinary Treats

Local culinary favorites Pastoral, Vanille Patisserie and Flip Crepes are among the many local vendors to be featured at MetraMarket's French Market.

CHICAGO, Aug. 19 -- From locally grown fruits and vegetables to freshly-baked breads to artisanal made cheeses, Chicago will finally have a year-round, European-inspired fresh market to call its own. To be comprised of more than two dozen individual vendors, Chicago French Market is poised to become Chicago's newest and most enticing culinary destination, featuring Pastoral, Espression by Lavazza, Sweet Miss Giving's, Flip Crepes and the award-winning Vanille Patisserie, among many others.

Chicago French Market is the heart of MetraMarket, a new vibrant, street-level restaurant and retail complex developed by U.S. Equities Realty, a full-service real estate firm based in Chicago. Connected to Ogilvie Transportation Center's suburban commuter concourse, MetraMarket will enliven two underutilized city blocks bounded by Lake, Canal, Washington and Clinton Streets in Chicago's West Loop. Six days a week, alluring aromas from fresh baked goods and other delectable items will fill Chicago French Market at 131 N. Clinton Street, making it an exciting fresh food destination for local residents, downtown office workers, commuters, tourists and Chicagoans alike.

Managed and operated by the Bensidoun family, the largest market operator in and around Paris, Chicago French Market is the latest in a growing number of Bensidoun French Markets throughout the Chicagoland area. To date, the family manages eleven weekly outdoor markets throughout Chicagoland during the summer.

The combined passion and vision for Chicago French Market has enabled the Bensidoun family and U.S. Equities to assemble a unique collection of local vendors that were hand selected for their individual passions, high-quality products and competitive prices. Bringing together the best-of-the-best from Chicago neighborhoods and outlying areas, Chicago French Market will be largely comprised of entrepreneurs, family-owned businesses and accomplished purveyors, including:

** Albano's Deli: Recently voted as "Favorite Deli" by West Suburban Living Magazine readers, Albano's Deli, an authentic Italian specialty store, will provide Chicago French Market customers with imported and domestic meats, tomato products and other Italian favorites. It will also offer an assortment of freshly made sub sandwiches, salads and soups, as well as deli tray catering.

** Canady Le Chocolatier: Professional chocolatier, Michael Canady, who attended Richemonte School in Lucerne, Switzerland and studied in Antwerp, Belgium, will be offering his broad selection of delicious rich dark, milk and white chocolate creations. Headquartered in Chicago's South Loop, Canady Le Chocolatier will boast mouth-watering specialties such as truffles, chocolate-coated orange slices, marzipan, nougat, ginger slices and a variety of ganache.

** Chicago Organics: An organization dedicated to the expanded production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced products, Chicago Organics will offer an exceptional array of fresh and certified organic produce, meats, dairy and other local delicacies.

** Completely Nuts: Completely Nuts began as a small roaster at a local fair back in 1991 and evolved into one of Chicago's most renowned nut shops. It will offer a variety of roasted almonds, cashews, pecans and peanuts, as well as scrumptious candied options.

** Espression by Lavazza: In addition to its 2,045-square-foot space within MetraMarket, the 114 year old, family-owned Italian cafe will also offer its award-winning espresso and coffee drinks, as well as authentic gelato, at its French Market location.

** Flip Crepes: For breakfast, lunch or dinner, the tastes of authentic France can be found in Flip Crepes, a creperie offering a variety of healthy and original recipes wrapped in an all-natural wheat crepe. It's traditional French food at its best: chocolate, dulce de leche, fresh fruits, goat cheese, roasted mushrooms and caramelized onions are among the palette of flavors that will please food connoisseurs at Chicago French Market.

** Fraternite Notre Dame: The nuns of the Fraternite Notre Dame have created a loyal following for their sweets and baked goods. A large selection of handmade items will be available, including fresh breads, creme brulees, quiches and beignets, among dozens of other sweet and savory baked goods. Additionally, a portion of their profits will fund the Fraternite Norte Dame's charitable work with families in need throughout Chicago.

** Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine: Chicagoans Ken Miller and Greg O'Neill own and operate this European-inspired, authentic neighborhood cheese shop, offering the highest quality fine and artisan cheeses from America and around the world, select small production wines and freshly baked breads, along with a full complement of related items such as charcuterie and olives. Pastoral also offers custom gift collections, gourmet sandwiches and salads, picnics and catering. Pastoral operates successful locations in Lakeview and in the Loop and is known for its approachable and knowledgeable staff.

** Sweet Miss Giving's: Sweet Miss Giving's Bakery and Gifting is a premier bakery and jobs program that offers rich, decadent baked goods while providing a new reason to feel good about sweet indulgences: more than 50 percent of all profits go to help the formerly homeless and HIV/AIDS-affected men, women and children of Chicago House. Opened in November 2008, this new bakery with a great story has garnered attention from local foundations and news outlets as an innovative business with a social mission.

** Vanille Patisserie: Owned by Dimitri Fayard, the World Pastry Champion of 2008, and Keli Fayard, an accomplished cake designer, this husband and wife team has built an award-winning French pastry shop that melds classic European traditions with modern flavors. Appealing to the contemporary palette, Vanille Patisserie specializes in wedding and special occasion cakes, handmade chocolates and candies, mousse cakes and luscious tarts.

** Wisconsin Cheese Mart: Headquartered in Old World Third Street in downtown Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Cheese Mart is a 70 year old tradition. Offering a wide collection of Wisconsin-produced sheep, cow and goats milk varieties, Wisconsin Cheese Mart's hand-crafted offerings will appeal to cheese lovers in search of the Midwest's finest cheeses.

"Chicago French Market has assembled the area's best vendors to create a dynamic market experience that boasts a range of local and international flavors," said Sebastien Bensidoun, executive vice president of Bensidoun Investment LLC and a fourth generation Bensidoun market expert. "With its collection of vendors and a public space for cooking demonstrations, events, mingling and dining, we're certain that Chicago French Market will be solidified in the minds of Chicagoans as a culinary and shopping destination unlike anything else in the city."

"Chicagoans will finally have a true marketplace right in the heart of downtown offering the exciting experience of a farmers' market six days a week, 52 weeks a year, rain or shine," said Camille Julmy, vice chairman of U.S. Equities. "From a Metra commuter or nearby worker looking to pick up a healthy, fresh meal on-the-go to a city resident looking to pick up ingredients for a tasty, home cooked dinner, Chicago French Market will appeal to a broad range of consumers looking for a unique shopping experience and high-quality products."

Set to open this fall, Chicago French Market will be open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For additional information on joining Chicago French Market, please contact Katherine Loring, leasing associate for U.S. Equities' MetraMarket and Chicago French Market leasing team, at 312-456-7061. To stay up-to-date on the latest news on Chicago French Market, join the e-mail list to receive details on opening festivities and additional vendor information at

About Chicago French Market - A Bensidoun Market

The 15,000-square-foot Chicago French Market will boast European style and consist of more than 25 individual vendors offering an array of meat, fish, cheese, organic produce and baked goods, as well as prepared meals for busy consumers. Unlike other seasonal farmers markets, Chicago French Market will be the only year-round market of its kind in the city.

Chicago French Market will be developed and managed by the Bensidoun family, the largest food operators of covered and open-air food markets in and around Paris since 1953. Thousands of vendors sell goods at the more than 80 markets throughout the Paris metropolitan area. In 1996, the Bensidouns decided to expand outside of Europe and created Bensidoun USA to develop French markets in the United States. The Bensidouns operate 15 markets in the U.S., 11 of which are throughout the Chicago area, all bringing a sense of community found in the markets of Europe, providing a place to gather, socialize and purchase quality goods at reasonable prices. For more information, please visit and

About MetraMarket

Developed by U.S. Equities Realty, the 100,000-square-foot MetraMarket will be a vibrant street-level retail and restaurant complex that will bridge the gap in activity between the Loop and West Loop areas. MetraMarket will be home to a variety of unique restaurants, retail stores, boutique shops and neighborhood service providers, as well as the French Market. Bounded by Lake, Canal, Washington and Clinton streets and connected to the Ogilvie Transportation Center, MetraMarket will energize the heart of Chicago's West Loop office and residential markets by creating a bustling urban marketplace that will attract Metra commuters, downtown workers, area residents and tourists alike. Metra and the City of Chicago are working together with U.S. Equities to help make MetraMarket a one-of-a-kind culinary, cultural and entertainment destination in Chicago. For more information, please visit

About U.S. Equities Realty

U.S. Equities Realty is a leading full-service commercial real estate firm headquartered in Chicago. The company serves as a strategic real estate advisor to clients throughout the United States and Latin America, providing development, program management, build-to-suit and construction oversight services; asset management and leasing; tenant representation, consulting and advisory services; and financial and investment services. For more information, please visit

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Fashion for Day or Night: Drape Neck Tank

Shown: Drape Neck Tank with Knotted Strap $58.50 Victoria's Secret

A great tip for money conscious young professionals is to buy clothes that you can mix and match and wear for different occasions and events. How to wear: For day: Pair this tank with a pant or skirt suit for a more clean and polished look. For evening: Turn up the heat by pairing it with a killer pair of jeans or a pencil skirt for an elegant way to show a little skin.

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Fashion Designer Nary Manivong's Show Us Your Vintage! Facebook Fan Contest

For Immediate Release

DRESSED Documentary

SHOW US YOUR VINTAGE Facebook Fan Contest!

New York, NY, Summer 2009

DRESSED is a documentary about once homeless, Laotian-American fashion designer Nary Manivong and the trials and tribulations of “making it” as a fashion designer in America. The documentary, features an up-close and personal portrait of the self taught designer from his early beginnings as a homeless young boy in Ohio to the daily production routines and challenges faced leading up to the presentation of his Spring 2009 collection during New York’s infamous “Fashion Week”.

Click here to view the trailer:

Because of limited financial resources, Nary began designing and creating his “look” from vintage clothing, DRESSED. To capture that energy, a Facebook Fan contest was recently announced called SHOW US YOUR VINTAGE! and the winner will receive TWO tickets to Nary’s, September 10th fashion show (4pm-6pm) and entry to the sneak peak of the film DRESSED at 9pm that same evening. The contest runs from August 1, 2009 at 12:01am to August 31, 2009, 11:59pm only.

To join our fan page please click: DRESSED Fan Page

DRESSED Fans are asked to submit a photo of themselves featuring their favorite vintage piece, updated for the Fall ’09 trends with a caption of why they love it and why they are a fan of the film DRESSED! The winner is selected by Nary Manivong and the DRESSED Team.

The film also offers an insider’s look behind-the-scenes of the glamorous, chaotic world of fashion as well as insightful commentary from industry experts such as Fern Mallis, Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion; Ohio designer Nanette Lepore; Mickey Boardman of Paper Magazine; Author Mary Gehlhar “Fashion Designer’s Survival Guide”; Simon Collins, Dean of Fashion for Parsons, The New School for Design; Industry Consultant George Furlan; Stylist, Robert Verdi; President of The Fashion Group International, Margaret Hayes; fashion writer Lynn Yaeger and author and Creative Director at Barney's, Simon Doonan.

DRESSED is directed by award-winner David Swajeski, with executive producer Maryanne Grisz, both of

For more information, please contact: Maryanne Grisz at
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Marketers Are Not the Reason People Buy Things They Don't Want

Rant for the day by
Style and Focus Lifestyle PR

I am so tired of hearing that "Marketers are the reason people buy things they don't want". People buy things because they want to buy them and not from ads or anything else. A person can see hundreds of ads and not be inclined to make a purchase unless it's for something that they were already interested in or thinking about buying. Saying that marketers are the reason would mean that people mindlessly shop and just buy whatever is pitched regardless of whether they want it or not. There are numerous reason why someone would make a purchase for instance, some consumers buy things as a status symbol or because they are simply trying to impress others.

I'm not going to deny that there aren't some ads that can be misleading and for those, make sure you do your research so you can make the best decision for you (and read the fine print).

Marketers are not forcing customers to go into stores and purchase anything. The consumer has freewill to make decisions and figure out for themselves if this is what they really want. Yes, Marketers help in figuring out the best way for customers to see the product but they do not force anyone to buy.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Joe Jonas = Great PR for the Special Olympics

In this day in age, where young celebrities are in the news mostly for the scandal of the day or week, it's nice to hear that Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers was helping to raise funds and promote the Special Olympics with his Joe Jonas IWin Fun Run that will benefit the Jonas Brothers' Change for the Children Foundation. The event was held today in San Antonio, TX.

I have a family member who has special needs and she loves to compete in the local special olympics. It's also an organization and cause that I help and support. I hope the Special Olympics continue to gain funds and support especially since Eunice Kennedy Shriver recently passed away.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Beauty Pick: Kerastase Noctogenist Serum Nuit

Having dry, damaged hair issues a great product to try is Kerastase Noctogenist Serum Nuit ($65.00). This easy to use overnight hair treatment is designed to absorb into the hair, giving you softer, more manageable hair all while you get in a few zzzz. For added tress protection, switch from your cotton pillow case to a satin one. It will keep your hair from getting tangled at night.

If the Kerastase is way beyond your beauty budget then try John Frieda Frizz-Ease Crème Serum Overnight Repair Formula ($9.99, drugstores).

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Chat with Chicago Chefs for Tips on Cooking with a Budget

CHICAGO, Aug. 10


Opportunity to chat with four of the "hippest" Chicago chefs on tips and ideas for making quality budget meals for the whole family.


Tony Priolo of Piccolo Sogno, Roger Herring of Socca, Chris Macchia of Coco Pazzo, and Dirk Flanigan of The Gage will be judging the final contestants who created a tilapia meal for a family of four and stayed under a budget of $15. They are available to discuss ways that families can cut costs during these hard economic times, including:

-- Try going meatless a few days a week and eat more salads and soups instead.

-- Start your own garden to grow your own vegetables and herbs.

-- Make your own snacks with goodies like fruits, nuts, and pretzels.

-- Utilize leftovers to the fullest ... don't let anything become unnecessary waste.

-- Cook in large batches to increase efficiency and prepare all meals weeks in advance.

-- Maximize the use of a freezer to save food for as long as possible.


2 - 4 p.m., Tuesday, August 11th, 2009


Calphalon Culinary Center, 1000 W. Washington St., Chicago


Regal Springs Tilapia, the world's largest producer of tilapia, is sponsoring a contest to find the best, homemade tilapia meal for under $15. The meal must include a salad or fruit and vegetable. Nearly 300 entries were reviewed by a panel of experts. They narrowed it down to the final 10 winners, who will be judged by these chefs. The six winners will all receive cash prizes, with the grand prize finalist catching $5,000.

5 Things Every Girl Needs.....In August

1. Flip Flops

After working in heels all day your tired little feet will be looking forward to the comfort and rest from a pair of flip flops. Stash a pair in your car or in your tote for a quick change option. Shown: New Metallic Flip-Flops $5.00 sale Old Navy

2. A Frosty Beverage

It's the perfect drink for those hot summer days. Whether you're going for a slushie or a iced coffee, these refreshing drinks will hit the spot and cool you down.

3. Some Bohemian Extras

Show off your free spirit by giving your outfit a bohemian twist, with beads, exotic jewelry, light weight scarves, handbags, belts and bracelets in bold colors. Shown: Marbled Dyed Scarf $9.80 Forever21

4. One Hour to Relax

Enjoy the lazy days of summer by not answering the phone, going online or doing anything tedious for at least one hour. Sit back and relax (indoors or out) with an ice cold drink and read a book or magazine, lounge around, take a nap, meditate or get a massage. The main thing is to enjoy that extra hour to yourself.

5. At Least One Guilty Pleasure TV Show

Be it sitcom or reality, it's a show that you just can't miss. This summer's TV viewing has plenty to offer from HBO's True Blood to USA network's Psych.

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Snack on the Go: Entenmann's Chewy Chocolate Chip Cereal Bars

I absolutely love Entenmann's Chewy Chocolate Chip Cereal Bars, because I can just drop one in my purse for a quick snack during the day instead of reaching for a sugary substitute. They're light and not too sweet and makes you feel like your eating a cookie instead of a traditional cereal bar. Yeah, but unlike most cookies, it's made with whole grains which means you won't have that cookie guilt.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Celebrity Stylist Mark-Alan Harmon List "The Fall 5" Trends for the Frugal Fashionista

Prime Outlets Presents its Annual Must-Have Guide for Fall's Hottest Looks

BALTIMORE, Aug. 5 -- This fall, Prime Outlets and Celebrity Stylist Mark-Alan Harmon have made it possible for you to pick up the season's hottest fashions without cringing at the cost of filling your closet. Presenting The Fall 5, the ultimate guide to fall fashion must-haves, these tips are sure to keep you looking stylish on an "I-spent-every-last-dime-on-vacation" shopping budget.

According to Harmon, who has worked with some of Hollywood's hottest celebrities for more than a decade, you can find fall's hottest trends at the outlets before you've even read about them in magazines.

"The glossy pages of your favorite fashion magazines are a great place to look for inspiration when shopping," said Harmon. "My little secret: the outlets are the place to find everything you crave for fall at a fraction of the cost. After all, why pay full price when you can look fabulous for less?"

Prime Retail's Senior Vice President of Marketing, Karen E. Fluharty says that The Fall 5 was developed to help women focus their fashion spending".

"Finding the season's must-have or 'it' items and working them into your wardrobe is key when it comes to staying in fashion while shopping on a budget," said Fluharty. "With a few essential pieces you can turn an ordinary closet into a trendy, modern wardrobe without breaking the bank."

At everyday savings of up to 65 percent off full retail prices, Prime Outlets' shoppers have complete access to style icons including Gucci, Michael Kors, kate spade, Giorgio Armani and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, among many others.

For a fresh, designer look sure to turn heads this season Harmon and Prime Outlets suggest The Fall 5 fashion tips:

1. Muted Metallics - Don't let chilly air force you into a dull slump. Shine through fall with subtle tones of copper, pewter and iron. Pair these colors with an organic fiber such as a tweed blazer or a linen scarf and you'll scream 'ready for Fall'.

2. Return of the Lady Coat - At last, old-world sophistication is back! Search relentlessly until you find the perfectly-tailored, lady-like coat with a refined silhouette. Pair it with a hat and gloves for a pulled-together look that is sure to turn heads.

3. Sophisticated French - You're right: it isn't fair that Parisian women pull off sophisticated fashion without an ounce of effort. But that doesn't mean you can't create the illusion with a little bit of fashion savvy. Say 'oui' to a chic black and white palette accented with ballet pink and a string of pearls.

4. A Touch of Tudor - The ruffle trend has survived the death-by-new-season test and is reincarnated for fall in the form of tufted and ruffled necks and structured bodices. Do the jump-squat-pull skinny jean dance routine with tudor-esque tops in silks, brocades, and jacquards and embellishments of lace, sequins and tassels. Remember, more is more when it comes to lavish trimmings.

5. Jewel Tones - With this trend, seek out shoes, jewelry and a signature frock in bright saturated gem colors. Ruby, amethyst, emerald, sapphire, and topaz all make for hot accents for that earthy fall outfit you're longing to cozy up to.

About Prime Retail:

Headquartered in Baltimore, Md., Prime Retail owns and operates 21 outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Spanning more than 8.2 million square feet throughout major United States markets and Puerto Rico, Prime Retail is home to more than 450 leading designer and name-brands such as Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Burberry, kate spade, Michael Kors, St. John, Juicy Couture, Stuart Weitzman, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Neiman Marcus Last Call. The company's retail outlets serve major markets including Orlando, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Austin/San Antonio, Texas and Williamsburg, Va., among many more. In addition Prime Retail currently has nearly one million square feet in its development pipeline in markets including the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area and San Francisco Bay region. For more information, please visit

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Fashion In Detroit Announces Local Fashion Designer Competition

DETROIT, Aug. 6 -- Fashion In Detroit (FID) - Michigan's premier fashion event - is giving one talented Michigan-based fashion designer a grant to showcase his or her fall/winter 2010 collection to buyers and fashion industry insiders at the March 2010 FID event.

In addition to a confirmed time slot at the March 2010 shows, the $2,500 designer fee will be waived.

The contest is open to both students and established designers. To enter, send a cover letter, resume and photos of five different designs (showing both full-length and details for each design) to by midnight, Sept. 1, 2009. The winner will be announced on Oct. 2, 2009 during the Fashion In Detroit spring/summer 2010 event.

Fashion In Detroit is a biannual, two-day fashion event created by Project Runway's Joe Faris to put a fashion spotlight on Michigan and create a venue that fills the needs of many locally based designers and the Michigan fashion community. The first FID event will take place October 1 & 2, 2009 in a tented, high-end setting at the Detroit Zoo, in Royal Oak, Michigan.

The two-day event will include 12 runway shows by a collection of local and national designers, a VIP private reception, an Afterglow bash with top-name rock concert and "Made In Michigan" product displays. Each day's admission ticket includes six fashion shows, gift bags, a souvenir guidebook/lookbook and eligibility for high-end giveaways.

Situated between the dates of New York Fashion Week and LA Fashion Week, Fashion In Detroit will feature top models showcasing the best designs of Spring/Summer 2010 on a 60-foot runway in a spacious tent with VIP seating, risers and standing room for 500 buyers, fashion industry insiders and VIP guests each day.

For more information, to learn about sponsorship and advertising opportunities or to see the updated designer list, visit, call 248.677.1769 or email

Chic & Glam Home Decor: Scalloped Mirror

I really love this Scalloped Mirror ($149.00, because the beading gives it just a hint of glamour without going overboard. This mirror would not only look great in the bedroom but whatever room you think might need a little bit of glam.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Handbago Launches New Website for Handbag Enthusiasts

Catering to the handbag enthusiast, launches a new website focused on "All Things Handbags".

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4 -- Developed with the handbag enthusiast in mind, launches an online community and catalog website that caters to handbag lovers everywhere. The site features an extensive catalog of current, past and upcoming collections from world-renowned handbag designers as well as up-and-coming designers. Members can search handbags by type, color, price range, celebrity and designer. Handbago also provides users a wide range of content including designer handbags, handbag blog, celebrity handbags, handbag trends, fashion, events, sales and exclusive interviews.

"Our vision was to create a user friendly resource and online community focused specifically on handbags," says President, Kristina Moreno. "Handbago showcases designer handbags, the people who make them, the stores who sell them and the celebs who wear them. There are a good number of blogs and shopping sites dedicated to handbags, but none of them combine the power of an online handbag catalog with an active community that allows members to rate designer handbags, create reviews and comment on editorial. Handbago provides the ultimate online handbag experience, not only for Fashionistas but for everyone who carries a bag."

The site launches this month at and is open to all users. Membership is free and those who join will have extended community privileges including rating handbags, reviewing handbags and commenting on editorial.

About Handbago:

Handbago is an online community and catalog for the handbag enthusiast. Focused on "All Things Handbags", Handbago provides exclusive information about handbags, designers, online retail stores and celebrity style. The site allows handbag members, known as "Bagistas", to post their own handbag reviews, search through thousands of handbags (in current and past seasons), and interact in an online community solely focused on designer handbags. Additionally, the Handbago blog provides full coverage on the latest handbag news, fashion, trends, events and celebrity style.

19 DVDs For the Comic Book Fan

Comic Books are filled with action-packed adventures and have continued to hold on to a huge fan base over the years (just look at the unbelievable success of Comic-Con and all the comic book inspired movies Hollywood keeps churning out). From brilliant animation to thrilling live-action, these films are sure to have you expecting the unexpected. These DVDs would also make a great gift for your comic book loving friend or family member.

Some of the movies shown may not be suitable for children. Below are an three additional DVDs that kids would love.

1. Wonder Woman

The first full-length animated movie featuring the Princess of the Amazons taking on Ares, the God of War. Starring the voices of Keri Russell as Wonder Woman, Nathan Fillion as Steve Trevor, Alfred Molina as Ares and Rosario Dawson as Artemis.

2. The Dark Knight

This amazing sequel to Batman Begins, has Batman facing off against the Joker. Starring Christian Bale as Batman, Heath Ledger as the Joker, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Gary Oldman as Lt./Commissioner Gordon and Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two Face. Truly a Must See for any Batman fan.

3. X-Men 3: The Last Stand

This movie not only has the mutants fighting against the "cure" but also against each other in the last movie in the X-Men trilogy. Starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Halle Berry as Storm, Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast, Ian McKellen as Magneto and Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier.

4. Spider-Man 2

The best out the three Spider-Man movies has Peter Parker/Spider-Man battling Doctor Octupus. Starring Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man and Alfred Molina as Doctor Otto Octavius.

5. Watchmen

For the ultimate comic book fan, this movie closely follows the epic book and will have you glued to your seat. Starring Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach, Malin Akerman as Laurie Jupiter/Silk Spectre II, Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhattan, Patrick Wilson as Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl, Matthew Goode as Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Edward Blake/The Comedian.

6. Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Available September 29th

This full-length animated film is based on the Superman/Batman comic book issues #1-6 written by Jeph Loeb, will have Superman and Batman trying not only to stop an asteroid heading to earth but having to deal with being framed by President of the United States Lex Luthor claiming the impending asteroid is connected to an evil plot by the Man of Steel.

Reprising their roles from the Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series has Kevin Conroy as Batman, Tim Daly as Superman and Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor. Also will feature the voices of CCH Pounder as Amanda Waller (reprising her roll from Justice League: The Animated Series), LeVar Burton as Black Lighting and Allison Mack as Power Girl.

7. The Incredible Hulk

Starring Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/the Hulk trying to find a cure for his alter ego the Hulk and fight against the military to avoid being captured.

8. Superman II

The ultimate movie for any Superman fan features Christopher Reeve as Superman taking on three Kryptonian criminals who have escaped from the Phantom Zone trying take over the world. Also, starring Margot Kidder as Lois Lane and Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor.

9. Green Lantern: First Flight

The first full-length animated movie features Hale Jordan as Green Lantern trying to stop Sinestro from destroying the Green Lantern Corps. Starring the voices of Christopher Meloni (Law & Order:SVU) as Hale Jordan/Green Lantern, Victor Garber as Sinestro, Tricia Helfer as Boodikka and Michael Madsen as Kilowog.

10. Superman - Doomsday

This animated film is inspired by the epic comic book "The Death of Superman" which has Superman fighting Doomsday resulting in the tragic death of the Man of Steel. Starring the voices of Adam Baldwin as Clark Kent/Superman, James Marsters as Lex Luthor and Anne Heche as Lois Lane.

11. Iron Man

Marvel's Iron Man was a huge success introducing non-comic book fans to the high flying world of Industrialist heir Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Also starring Terrence Howard as Lt. Colonel James Rhodes and Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane.

12. Blade Trinity

The third and in my opinion the best of the series has Blade (Wesley Snipes) teaming up with Whistler's Daughter (Jessica Biel) and Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds) to take on the vampires and the FBI. Also features Kris Kristofferson as Whistler, Parker Posey as Danica Talos and Dominic Purcell as Dracula.

13. X-Men Origins: Wolverine Available September 15th

This film takes place before the three X-Men movies and centers on the life of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) before he became an X-Men.

14. Daredevil

Ben Affleck stars as the justice seeking lawyer/crime fighter Matt Murdock/Daredevil who doesn't let his blindness stop him from going up against the Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan), Bullseye (Colin Farrell) and a vengeance seeking Elektra (Jennifer Garner).

15. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm has Batman (voice of Kevin Conroy) being falsely accused of murder and has him trying to clear his name and find the real criminal. This little animated gem is considered to be a "cult" hit by fans of Batman: The Animated Series.

16. Hellboy II: The Golden Army

This exciting sequel has Hellboy (Ron Perlman), Liz (Selma Blair) and Abe (Doug Jones) up against a ruler trying to unleash an unstoppable army to avenge the mistreatment of the supernatural world from the humans.

17. Batman: Gotham Knight

Batman: Gotham Knight centers on six different stories that show The Dark Knight (voice of Kevin Conroy) becoming the world greatest detective. Also, featuring the voices of Gary Dourdan as Det. Crispus Allen, David McCallum as Alfred, Ana ortiz as Det. Anna Ramirez and Parminder Nagra as Cassandra.

18. Fantastic 4: Rise of The Silver Surfer

The sequel has the Invisible Woman (Jessica Alba), Mr. Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd), The Human Torch (Chris Evans) and The Thing (Michael Chiklis) pairing up with the military and an unlikely ally Dr. Doom (Julian McMahon) to try to stop the destructive Silver Surfer (voiced by Laurence Fishburn).

19. Hulk vs

This action-packed animated DVD contains two shorts and features Hulk vs Wolverine and Hulk vs Thor. It definitely has you looking for more.


3 Animated Films for Kids:

1. Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo

Based on the animated series Teen Titans features Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Beast Boy, and Starfire attempting to stop the villain, Brushogun while in Tokyo.

2. The Batman vs Dracula

An animated movie based on the animated series The Batman. The movie has Batman (voiced by Rino Romano) trying to take on the legendary vampire Dracula, who is attempting to take over Gotham with help from the Penguin.

3. Superman: Brainiac Attacks

Superman has to take on Brainiac (who formed an alliance with Lex Luthor to defeat Superman) as well as try to save an extremely ailing Lois Lane. Reprising their roles from Superman: The Animated Series are Tim Daly as Clark Kent/Superman and Dana Delany as Lois Lane. This fast-paced movie will keep the little ones attention.

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