Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

5 Last Minute Halloween Costumes

by Style and Focus Lifestyle PR

You have no idea what costume to wear for Halloween. One thing is you don't want to spend a lot of money for one night. Here are a few suggestions to creating a costume at the last minute. No matter what you end up wearing I hope you have a Happy Halloween.

1. Daphne or Velma from Scooby-Doo:

These are two of the easiest to put together. For Daphne: Find a purple dress and accessorize it with a light purple headband, a cute handbag, a scarf and cute shoes. For Velma: eye glasses, an orange top or light weight turtle neck with a red mini skirt, orange knee high sock and mary jane's. Maybe you could talk a couple of guy friends into dressing up as Freddy and Shaggy.

2. Lois Lane:

A skirt suit with a cami or button down and heels. Just make up a press pass that features: "Daily Planet Reporter Lois Lane" on it. Accessorize with a pen, cell phone, and small note pad.

3. Hippie:

There's something in your closet that can double as a hippie costume. Accessorize it with headbands, necklaces, bracelets, fringe boots, etc.

4. Magician:

Pair a ladies black tuxedo jacket (with tails) with a fitted vest, bow tie and black shorts or black fitness shorts. No tuxedo jacket, no problem just wear a white button down with a fitted black vest and a bow tie. Accessorize with fishnets, a top hat, a magic wand, a pair of white gloves and pair of black heels or knee high boots. Most items can be found in the costume aisles at Target, Wal-mart, etc.

5. Sexy Spy:

For the sexy spy pair a sleek body suit with a utility belt, boots and sun glasses. You can find CSI type gadgets in the toy department or toy stores.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall Party Food: Mini Pies and Fall Leaf Cake

I absolutely love the fall season because of all the delectable desserts and savory comfort food. This is also the time of year when we're either invited to parties or hosting our own. For those who don't have time or dread entering the kitchen there are amazing treats on the web. As well as, delicious treats at your local supermarket or pastry shop.

Pumpkin and Apple Mini Pies $46.00 Williams-Sonoma Exclusive (
includes 12 pies (6 of each flavor)

Fall Leaf Pumpkin Cake $140.00 Dean & Deluca (

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Namaste: Holistic Select® Empowers Pet Owners To Unlock a Higher Level of Health for Dogs and Cats

Holistic pet food made with nature's power ingredients

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Oct. 21 -- For those who embrace a holistic philosophy to reach a better quality of mind, body and spirit, there is now a dog and cat food available nationwide so they may extend the same approach to their pets: Holistic Select® with Select Actives(TM) - Nature's Power Ingredients.

Designed for the pet owner who believes it is in her power to achieve a healthier and longer life for herself and her family, Holistic Select recipes include unique, functional ingredients found in nature. With Holistic Select, pet parents are empowered to help prevent health problems in their pets before they start. Just as Hippocrates advised long ago, "Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot if you can heal your patient with food."

With their innovative and exclusive Select Actives, Holistic Select recipes have the power to positively impact a dog or cat's health not just today but for the long term too. Select Actives are a combination of enzymes, probiotics, live micro-organisms, botanicals and phytonutrients that work synergistically. Together, these powerful ingredients are known to activate a higher level of health for pets at every life stage -- from puppies and kittens to seniors:

Direct Fed Microbials (DFM) & Enzymes -- To aid in digestion and the absorption of nutrients.

Sequestered Mineral System (or SQM) -- A unique, natural process to get the most benefit from added nutrients.

Phytonutrient PowerPack -- A combination of powerful antioxidants to keep cells healthy and protect the body from stress and disease.

Omega Health® Fatty Acid Blend -- A special blend of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids which play a vital role in supporting healthy skin and a glossy coat.

A complete line of canned and dry foods for cats and dogs, Holistic Select also carefully selects ingredients like duck meal, cranberries and yucca schidigera that not only satisfy hunger but consider all of a pet's needs, including allergy prevention, a healthy skin and coat, proper digestive health, and clean teeth.

New to the Holistic Select line is a dry food developed just for active and growing puppies: Nourish Puppy Health Anchovy, Sardine & Chicken Meals Recipe. It features the enhanced levels of premium proteins, fat and calories that growing puppies need combined with Holistic Select's unique Select Actives. And with the additional benefit of guaranteed levels of natural DHA that support brain development, puppies dining on Holistic Select Nourish Puppy Health will grow up smart and strong.

With the addition of Nourish Puppy Health, Holistic Select now offers a complete line of puppy recipes with Large and Giant Breed Puppy Health and Small and Mini Breed Nourish Puppy Health recipes addressing the size considerations of these breeds.

"My puppy Kenya is doing so well on Holistic Select that I would never consider feeding her anything else. Her coat is luxurious. Her eyes are as clear as they can be and she is full of energy. Her muscle tone is so dense and defined; she is the picture of health, and I attribute most of that to what I am feeding her," said Toby F.

"We know that those who embrace a holistic lifestyle care deeply about the food they feed their pets," said Tim Callahan, CEO of WellPet. "We designed Holistic Select to meet the critical standards of these pet owners, who believe it's in their power to achieve a better, healthier and longer life for their dogs and cats."

Holistic Select offers a wide variety of canned and dry products that cater to every pet's specific nutritional needs. The line's eye-catching and distinctive color palate features a mandala with a dog and cat placed squarely at the center, as if in an energy burst. The logo represents that the animal's health is most important in creating the Holistic Select recipes.

The Holistic Select website has also been relaunched to appeal to holistically-minded consumers and offers even more opportunities for them to interact and share with the brand through the Holistic Pet Community. The new website centers on Holistic Select's distinctive new look and color palate, and provides more detailed information about Holistic Select including an interactive ingredient dictionary. The company plans to roll out new tools in the coming months. The site is now more intuitive and educational, easier to use, and most importantly, makes it easier for visitors to find what they are looking for and more likely to discover and learn new things as well.

Holistic Select is available nationwide in independent pet specialty stores. To find an authorized Holistic Select retailer, please visit

Holistic Select® -- Beyond Natural, Beyond Holistic, Holistic Select.

For dedicated health and nutrition activists, Holistic Select is a super premium pet food that goes beyond natural. With a foundation of premium proteins, fats and carbohydrates and carefully chosen Select Actives(TM) -- known as "Nature's Power Ingredients" -- like enzymes, live micro-organisms, botanicals and phytonutrients, Holistic Select provides the power to unlock a higher level of health for pets. Holistic Select food and snacks have no added artificial colors, flavors or synthetic preservatives. Holistic Select is sold in pet specialty stores across North America. Visit: to learn more.

WellPet -- At The Heart Of All We Do

WellPet is home to a portfolio of premium natural pet food brands including Wellness®, Old Mother Hubbard®, Eagle Pack® and Holistic Select®. In bringing together Old Mother Hubbard and Eagle Pack, two companies with a long history of delivering on the promise of doing whatever it takes to make the healthiest natural products for pets and over 100 years of combined experience in the natural pet food market, WellPet delivers an unwavering commitment to nutritional innovation and product quality. The company promises that "Your pet's wellbeing is at the heart of all we do, that's why we do whatever it takes to make the healthiest natural products for the pets that depend on us." WellPet products are sold in pet specialty stores and natural food stores across North America and internationally. For more information, please visit or call 1.800.225.0904.

What to Watch: Mary Queen of Shops

Mary Queen of Shops
Wednesdays 9:00pm EST BBCA
(check your local listings for re-broadcasting)

This show features Mary Portas, who's well known for her work in the Retail industry, working with small boutiques owners to help them revitalize their poorly performing shops in the UK. Unlike, all the other fashionista shows, I like this one because it's business based but also has plenty of high-end fashion to show. Mary has a no nonsense approach, she goes into the shops and tell them how it is which doesn't always mesh well with those she's trying to help, but she is there to help them turn their businesses around.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Movie to See: Law Abiding Citizen

If you haven't seen this film, it's worth going out the see. Jamie Foxx and Gerald Butler really do a great job in this film. If you already saw it, what did you think. Did you like it? I thought it was great.

Gal On The Go: A Tip for Cleaner Dishes

by Style and Focus Lifestyle PR

What busy woman wants to come home and clean? Especially after working all day but you can't let your home become dirty and disgusting. Whether we want to admit it or not, Mom was right, cleaning a little bit everyday really makes a difference.

Cleaning Tip:

Pre-soak your dishes. We've all left dishes in the sink the night before or for some a couple of days resulting in dishes that are hard to clean from dried on food. To cut down your cleaning time, place dishes in a sink of hot soapy water and let them sit for a few minutes. It will make the dishes easier to clean no matter if you're hand washing or using a dishwasher. Also, while the dishes are soaking you can tackle a few quick chores (sweep the kitchen, vacuum the living room, etc) to knock off a few more things from your to do list.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Gossip Girl Fashion Fix - Launches Show-Inspired Fashion

BEIJING, Oct. 16 -- recently launched fashion selections inspired by Season Three of Gossip Girl. This 20+ piece collection includes Serena's hot auction look as well as a rich yellow wrap top inspired by Blair. Even More "Gossip Girl: Season Three"-inspired selections will be available at in the coming months.

Gossip Girl is a TV series on The CW Television Network. The first two seasons revolved around the lives of super-privileged teenagers attending an elite private school in New York's Upper East Side, all narrated by the omniscient yet unseen "Gossip Girl". The popularity of the show gave The CW no choice but to renew it for a third season, which takes place after the cast has entered college. has been working with designers to make the clothes inspired by the TV series accessible and affordable to people around the world. Continuing what they have done for the lines inspired by the first two seasons of Gossip Girl, designers pluck the hottest looks from the third season and bring them to the public in customized sizes. For any Gossip Girl fans who love the clothes but are not sure whether it is for them, offers fashion fixes for anyone regardless of shape or size.

The Gossip Girl-inspired lines are known for their mix-and-match styles. The new "it" look is vintage style combined with modern colors worn by Blair Waldorf or the more traditional but comfortable look of Serena van der Woodsen. offers the whole spectrum of Gossip Girl looks from rebel to princess, and sure to satisfy even the most jaded and selective fashionistas. is a multi-language website and its clothing lines can be found easily by anyone around the world. has developed its global delivery systems to help make fashionable yet affordable clothes available to everyone. It is their hope that more and more "it girls" will be spotted on the streets all over the world. ( )

About is a leading global value-added online distributor. It offers more than fifty thousand quality products to customers in more than 160 countries and serves both individual consumers and commercial customers.

Gossip Girl Season Three:

For more information, please contact:

Wei Jin

Friday, October 16, 2009

4 Affordable Dresses for a Fall Afternoon Date

Just because it's an afternoon date doesn't mean you can't look great. Below are four affordable dresses in the seasons trends: Stripes, Strapless, Vibrant Hues and Plaid. To stay stylish and warm, pair with a blazer or cardigan. Don't forget accessories, a cute bag, a great pair of shoes (boots or heels) and a great coat (if it's really cold).

1. Stripes

Striped Scoop-Back Dress $39.90

2. Strapless

French Terry Pleated Tube Dress $49.00 Victoria's Secret (Cardigan not included)

3. Vibrant Hues

Fab Crossover Dress $12.50 Forever21

4. Plaid

Belted Tiered Plaid Dress $22.80 Forever21

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

News Bites: Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License

It's so horrible that someone would use their racist views to deny someone else their happiness. It's so sad that things like this still go on.

HAMMOND, La. (MSN) - A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have.

Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.

Neither Bardwell nor the couple immediately returned phone calls from The Associated Press. But Bardwell told the Daily Star of Hammond that he was not a racist.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Lucky Magazine and HSN Team Up With Seven Designers to Create Designer Capsule Collection

Collection to be available exclusively on HSN,, and at Lucky Shops

NEW YORK and ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 14 -- Multichannel retailer HSN and Lucky magazine have partnered to create a one-of-a-kind capsule collection with seven of the most sought-after designers. This exclusive collection will be available during a two-hour prime-time television special on HSN October 16 at 8PM and consists of limited-edition clothing, accessories, and jewelry created by Shoshanna, Rebecca Taylor, Tracy Reese, Abbe Held of Kooba, Gerard Yosca, Rebecca Minkoff, and Helen Ficalora.

Lucky Editor-in-Chief Kim France said: "We are thrilled with the beautiful pieces that have been created for the Designer Capsule Collection. It is so exciting to be partnering with HSN and have these unique, fabulously priced items reach a wider audience and bring Lucky Shops to life in an entirely new way."

The capsule collection features pieces of the same aesthetic that the designers are famous for, yet offered at accessible prices.

"The fashion business at HSN has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years as some of today's hottest designers debut on HSN and," stated Lynne Ronon, Executive Vice President and Head Merchant for HSN. "HSN is proud to be partnering with Lucky and such a renowned group of top designers to bring an exciting new collection of fresh designs to our customers."

Items from premiere collection include:

Shoshanna: Two sexy cocktail dresses, offered in two-three colors each

Rebecca Taylor: A chic, drapey cardigan, available in five colors

Tracy Reese: One body skimming party dress and one dolman-sleeved jersey cardigan, in four colors each

Kooba: A stylishly oversized patent leather satchel, available in three colors

Gerard Yosca: Two colorful necklaces with handmade glass drops and two pairs of matching earrings

Rebecca Minkoff: Four classic, go-anywhere handbags in two-four colors each

Helen Ficalora: Two delicate sterling silver charm sets

Fashionistas can get a sneak peek at the collection now during a special preview sale on and can also view the collection in Lucky's November issue before they go on sale live on HSN on October 16 and 17 (with all seven designers and hosted by Lucky editor Cristina Mueller); and at the annual Lucky Shops event in New York City on November 5-7.

For more information on the Designer Capsule Collection please log on to or

About Lucky:

Lucky, the award-winning magazine about shopping and style, showcases what to wear and how to wear it, making fashion and beauty fun and accessible. Since Lucky's launch in December 2000, circulation has gone from 500,000 to over 1.1 million, proving to be one of the most successful launches in Conde Nast history. For the latest news from Lucky, log on to

About HSN:

HSN is an interactive lifestyle network and retail destination, offering an assortment of exclusive products combined with top brand names. HSN incorporates experts, entertainment, inspiration, solutions, tips and ideas to provide an entirely unique shopping experience for its customers.

On HSN and, customers will find exceptional selections in:

Health & Beauty (e.g. M. Asam, Carol's Daughter, Clarins, FusionBeauty, HoMedics, Italian Beauty, Andrew Lessman's Procaps, Lancôme, Serious Skin Care, ybf Cosmetics);

Jewelry (e.g. Paula Abdul, Heidi Daus, R.J. Graziano, IMAN Global Chic, michaeLisa, Noir, Rarities: Fine Jewelry With Carol Brodie, Amedeo Scognamiglio, Tori Spelling, Serena Williams);

Home/Lifestyle (e.g. Nate Berkus, Bissell, Colin Cowie, Dyson, Todd English, GreenPan with Thermolon, Emeril Lagasse, Joy Mangano, MoMA Design Store, Wolfgang Puck);

Fashion/Accessories (e.g. Curations with Stefani Greenfield, Sam Edelman, Loulou de la Falaise, Carlos Falchi, Diane Gilman, Tina Knowles, Adrienne Landau, Sharif); and Electronics (e.g. Canon, Gateway, GE, HP, JVC, Kodak, LG, Sony).

HSN is available across all media including its TV network and online shopping destination, which ranks in the top 30 of the top 500 internet retailers. HSN, the original home shopping network, is an operating segment of HSN, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSNI).

Dream Shoe: Moschino Beaded T-Strap Sandal

Moschino Beaded T-Strap Sandal $1,195.00 Nordstrom

We all have our dream shoes, the one's we'll wear with the perfect outfit, to the perfect party, etc yet are beyond our finances. This one, is at the top of my dream shoe list because it's the ultimate statement shoe with the beautiful beading, amazing details and the great shape of the heel.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

What to Wear for: a Dinner Date

Silk Chiffon Twist-Tank Dress $170.00 only

This dazzling dress will have you feeling irresistible all night. With it's rich and beautiful color all eyes will be on you, not to mention the sexy v-neck back (for an added bonus). Add either a necklace or bracelet and pair with strappy heels.

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Exhibit: See The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato

Let your inner archaeologist out by visiting the Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato exhibit. This 10,000 square-foot exhibition will begin it's three year tour in six U.S. destinations (from 2010-2012) with a debut at the Detroit Science Center on Saturday, October 10, 2009.

About the exhibit:

It features 36 accidental mummies on loan from the Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato, the exhibition combines science, history and cultural anthropology to immerse the visitor in the world of a Mexican city over 100 years ago where deceased residents naturally mummified in their crypts. This will be the very first time these mummies have been seen outside of Mexico.


Detroit Science Center
5020 John R Street
Detroit, MI 48202


Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato: Includes Admission to Accidental Mummies exhibit, Hands-On Exhibits + Planetarium shows.

Adult (13 & over): $24.95
Senior (60 & over): $22.95
Child (12 & under): $19.95
Members: $19.95

Fall Hours:

Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sat - Sun: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Girl's Night Out: Manicures & Mochas

Not looking to hit up happy hour, relax after a long day of work by meeting up with friends for Manicures and Mochas. It's a relaxing and inexpensive way to re-connect with your equally busy friends and squeeze in a beauty treatment or two.

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