Friday, December 21, 2012

Debenhams Breaks New Ground with National Disabled Model Campaign

Debenhams has become the first retailer on the British high street to launch a national window campaign featuring a disabled model in all of its 160 stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

The ground breaking imagery features disabled model Shannon Murray, along with additional photography, mannequins and products in a display to launch the Debenhams autumn winter womenswear.

The innovative display follows an approach by Nikki Fox and Natasha Wood, both disability campaigners and presenters of the hit TV show, How to Look Good Naked, which lead to a trial using Shannon in three stores earlier this year. The pilot resulted in the some of the most responsive and positive feedback the retailer has ever received prompting Debenhams to take new shots and roll out across all its stores.

The move comes as a natural next step for Debenhams following campaigns featuring plus size and petite models, un-airbrushed swim models and size 16 mannequins - all since the start of 2010.

Debenhams hopes the latest move will encourage other retailers to follow suit and be more versatile.

Celebrity stylist, presenter of 'How to Look Good Naked' and inclusivity campaigner, Gok Wan, commented: ?"After months and months of hard work, this is some of the best imagery I have seen on the British high street…ever.

"It is so inclusive and fabulous. This, for me, is bigger than anything else I have ever personally worked on and I have never been so proud in my entire life."

Michael Sharp, Debenhams' Deputy Chief Executive said: ?"We cater for men and women of all shapes and sizes, young and old, non-disabled and disabled. ?So following on from our initial work with Shannon and the How to Look Good Naked team, we wanted to make a commitment to continuing with this inclusive approach.

Shannon Murray, the disabled model who features in the new Debenhams window campaign added: "I am delighted to be working with Debenhams again and?I applaud?their dedication to represent real women on the high street.

I'm hoping that eventually other brands will follow Debenhams' lead and?recognise the diversity of their customers."

Nikki Fox praised the store for using Shannon in its campaign: "It was a very proud moment for me when Debenhams agreed to cast our beautiful disabled model Shannon for such a huge campaign, but what is even more exciting is how Debenhams have continued their commitment to using?Shannon.

"Debenhams is the first on the high street to regularly use?a disabled model?and it's great that they have done so because they passionately believe in representing everyone. I am very proud of what we have all?achieved."

Mark Stevens, Head of Creative at Debenhams, and who heard Nikki and Natasha's original pitch added: "We are committed to using a variety of models in our photography, and have had a fantastic reaction to our fashion jackets work with Shannon so far.

"This second photo shoot and larger scale campaign was a natural next step as we aim to be as representative and inclusive of our customers as possible. I've no doubt we will carry on using disabled models in a variety of shoots in the future."

The images can be seen in Debenhams' womenswear autumn winter launch windows in all stores across the UK and Ireland.

Debenhams is also trialling a revolutionary new wheelchair display product called a Mannequal in its Oxford Street window. Debenhams will be asking customers to feedback on this over the coming weeks.

About Debenhams
Debenhams is a leading department stores group, and has a strong presence in key product categories including dresses ( ), womens shoes ( ), handbags ( ), bridal lingerie ( ), mens shoes ( ) and clothing, home ware and children's wear with a number of Debenhams deals also on offer.

For further information please contact:
Michelle Dowdall
PR Manager - Womenswear & Childrenswear
33 Wigmore Street
0207 529 0236


Laura Ashley: First Place for Furniture

Subscribers to high-end online shopping directory have voted Laura Ashley best e-tailer for furniture in the first annual online shopping awards, beating off stiff competition from the likes of homeware giants John Lewis and Habitat.

Laura Ashley's range of furniture allows customers to create homes that ably combine quality, style and, crucially, comfort, with living room furniture that spans the spectrum from elegant fabric sofas in cool, classic shades to the luxe grandeur of commodious armchairs in deep berry velvet or rich brocade.

Dining room furniture like the Milton table, in honeyed shades of oak, is created with family-friendly meals in mind, while the glossy black finish of the Henshaw lends itself to more formal dining arrangements. Bedroom furniture and fabrics for little ones encompasses the sweetly fantastical nature of childhood whilst still holding bags of appeal for more refined adult tastes, and for grown-ups, offers a choice of delicate romanticism, fresh minimalism or sensual opulence - all geared towards making your bedroom the haven you desire.

"We were thrilled to see Laura Ashley win the 'Best for Online Furniture' category," says's founder and editor, Georgie Coleridge Cole. "Whether you are looking for country style or something more contemporary, there is something for everyone. Unlike their competitors, every piece is available to view in their online brochure in lifestyle photography, as well as in stand-alone images. When you're ordering via the web it really helps to be able to see all furniture shot in situ. We are big fans of Laura Ashley at Sheerluxe - both in terms of the quality and price points of their furniture."

For more information please contact:
Laura Ashley PR Team
0207 880 5100

About Laura Ashley
Laura Ashley is one of the UK's leading retailers, with over 225 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland, plus an expanding international business offering stylish, high quality, great value women's clothing and home furnishings. In the last financial year Laura Ashley sales were ?268.4 million.

As a much-loved British heritage brand Laura Ashley founded in 1953 provides a source of design-led items, good-quality yet accessible fabrics, wallpaper, furniture, lighting and home accessories and women's fashion.

The company also offers an excellent level of services including an array of bespoke options for the home, including made to order upholstery in a choice of over 100 fabric options, made to measure curtains & blinds and a comprehensive Design service.

Laura Ashley has growing franchise operations all over the world, including the Far East, Australia, Scandinavia and South America, as well as increasing numbers of licensing projects for products includi women's coats ng carpets, eyewear, scarves and bedlinen.

In addition to an increasing portfolio of store Laura Ashley also offers a mail order service and internet sales at


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

New SUP Clothing Collection Added To Stand Up Paddle Flatwater Lineup

On a constant mission to provide stand up paddlers with the sickest SUP gear available, Stand Up Pad women's coats online dle Flatwater is pumped to announce the addition of the Premiere Paddle Surf clothing collection to its comprehensive yet selective lineup.

"As soon as I saw the Premiere Paddle Surf designs, I couldn't wait to offer them to our customers," says Stand Up Paddle Flatwater co-owner Lainey Booth. Each one has a very classic yet current feel."

The seamless blend of traditional and modern elements is the result of ardent research and careful design by the Premiere Paddle Surf team, headed by Sean Cook, who is a stand up paddler himself.

In search of visuals that would resonate with SUP enthusiasts, the team gained access to archived photographs of early watermen like Duke Kahanamoku and spent hours pouring over books at the Surfing Heritage Museum in San Clemente, California. They also sought inspiration from their everyday surroundings to give the designs a fresh, exciting, up-to-the-minute quality. "We incorporated images we see every time we're on the water - like paddlers backlit by the sun," says Cook. For further refinement, prominent stand up paddle athletes were invited to offer feedback.

The outcome is a definitive line of stand up paddle apparel for men and women that includes T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and more.

Until now, stand up paddlers seeking to wear their love of the sport on their sleeves have been limited to apparel designed by consumers and apparel designed by board manufacturers and retailers as a secondary focus. By contrast, the Premiere Paddle Surf clothing line is created by a company solely focused on creating apparel that matches the SUP sensibility.

Stand Up Paddle Flatwater has been offering the Premiere Paddle Surf clothing line at its flagship store in Bend, Oregon for the past week to very positive responses. "I haven't seen SUP clothing this cool anywhere, not even in Hawaii," says avid stand up paddle surfer Tom Burke.

In addition to the Premiere Paddle Surf clothing line, Stand Up Paddle Flatwater also carries SUP apparel by a number of other top-quality brands like Victory KoreDry, Hobie, Kialoa, Stand Up Paddle Bend, and more.

Stand Up Paddle Flatwater is a full-service, family-owned online SUP shop dedicated to providing you with everything you need to have as much fun as possible with SUP. Whether you want to surf big waves, win races, get in shape, shoot rapids, just cruise, or do a little of everything, you can trust us to help you pick equipment you'll be stoked on. Telephone: 541.639.2655. Email: Flagship store: Stand Up Paddle Bend, 550 SW Industrial Way, #115, Bend, OR 97702. Web:

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Announces Addition of Craft Range to its Site is delighted to announce that it is now the major online destination for craft supplies. has recognised that there is a growing, nostalgic trend for making personalised gifts and cards and to meet this, the brand has created an extensive arts and crafts ( department within its online superstore.

The craft supplies ( range features nearly 1500 products including pens, paints, craft tools, paper, card, envelopes, embellishments, paper craft equipment, craft technique supplies, needlecraft supplies and a kids arts and crafts range as well as specialist equipment such as embossing machines and paper crimpers. The products range in price from ?1.99-?599.99.

The range features craft supplies for people who are craft enthusiasts right down to people who are just beginners at the hobby, meaning there should be something for every skill level.

Available brands include My Craft Studio, Crafters Companion, Joanna Sheen, Circuit, Martha Stewart, DMC, Disney, Forever Friends and Keepsake card craft. has teamed up with well-known crafting personality, Stephanie Weightman, who will be creating a set of bespoke and exclusive crafts and card projects and recording 'How To' video guides, as well as writing step by step breakdowns, which will be hosted online at The videos are also available on Woolworth's You Tube page.

The first video to be added to the site features Stephanie showing customers how to make a home-made a Valentine's Day card. The 'How To' section of the site features a list of the all tool that are needed to complete the project, complete with links to the products on the Woolworths website.

Customers ordering the new range of arts and crafts supplies can either have them delivered to their home or can have them delivered to one of women's jackets 3500 neighbourhood stores nationwide, meaning customers can pick up their parcel at a time convenient for them.

About Woolworths
Woolworths is part of Shop Direct Group who is the UK's largest online and home shopping retailer with sales of circa ?1.7 billion. The Group has 5m active customers and offers 1000's of big brands across a range of categories including toys (, kids' clothes ( women's clothing, men's clothing, furniture and electrical.

Brands within the Shop Direct Group portfolio include,, Littlewoods Ireland, Littlewoods Europe, Additions, Great Universal, Choice, Kays, Empire Stores and Marshall Ward.

PR Contact:
Katie Hancock
Golden Goose PR
11-12 Smiths Court
0207 734 2002


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Chase Announces Additional $1.3 Million Grant to Financial Literacy Organizations

    "Knowing how to manage your finances is an important skill throughout your life, but especially during times of economic uncertainty," said Jeff Courtney, senior vice president, Customer Support Division, Chase Card Services. "Fortunately, there are a variety of qualified organizations to provide assistance, and our Financial Literacy Grant Program is intended to improve awareness of those resources. We hope these grants will help people across the country get the information they need to increase their financial literacy, improve their financial situations and, as a result, their overall economic stability."

According to a recent survey by Freddie Mac and Roper Public Affairs and Media, 57 percent of late-paying borrowers still do not know lenders may offer workout options to help avoid foreclosure. However, borrower confusion is not limited to mortgages, but can extend across the financial industry.

"We are grateful for Chase's commitment to financial literacy through their Financial Literacy Grant Program," said Susan C. Keating, president and CEO of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC). "By supporting NFCC Member Agencies across the country, these grants will directly help the many consumers who are in need of quality financial education and counseling services."

Chase's Financial Literacy Grant Program, now in its third year, gives consumers greater access to information, credit counseling services and the support resources that they need to take control of their finances and improve their financial health and stability. With its donation this year, Chase has provided $3.9 million in the past three years to more than 90 organizations. The nationwide program is part of the ongoing commitment by Chase to support financial education and literacy for people of all ages, so they can keep their finances in check while pursuing what really matters in their lives.

This year's grants will be sent to more than 30 organizations, including credit counseling agencies and consumer financial research groups. Chase grant recipients, such as the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo, Inc., the Young Women's Christian Association in El Paso, TX, and the Consumer Credit and Budgeting Counseling in Marmora, NJ, will use the grants directly for consumer education, community outreach and awareness programs, and for conducting research to design more effective financial literacy programs. There are also grant recipients like Take Charge America in Phoenix, AZ, a program that provides basic financial and budgeting education to high school students.

Each grant recipient is selected based on criteria that distinguish them among qualified credit counseling agencies that are providing valuable service and education to consumers both within their communities and throughout the country.

Chase Offers Long-term Support to Financial Literacy and Smart Credit Use

In addition to the Financial Literacy Grant Program and other financial literacy contributions, Chase offers a variety of resources for consumers on its Chase Clear & Simple Web site to help them better manage their personal finances and use credit wisely. For custo Tips: Find Street Fashion Online(may be you can find what you want on the mers, Chase provides a number of tools, policies and account management options to help customers gain greater control of their accounts, avoid fees and maintain their best interest rates, including:

-- Clear pricing practices: Chase will not increase interest rates for cardholders solely based on credit-bureau information.

-- Over-limit Controls: Customers can protect their accounts against over-limit fees by adding customized "controls" to their accounts that contain their spending within their credit limit.

-- Customized Payment Due Date: Chase customers can select their own payment due date, choosing the date that is most convenient for them

-- Free Account Alerts: To help customers avoid fees, Chase will send free reminders by e-mail, telephone or text message when a payment due date is approaching or when spending is nearing a credit limit.

Consumer Tips for Dealing with Financial Stress

Chase encourages consumers who are experiencing financial stress to reach out to their creditors or a certified credit counselor for solutions. The NFCC offers some basic tips to help customers avoid and better manage their debt:

-- Track your expenses. To find money available for savings, first determine where you are currently spending your money. Write down every cent you spend. At the end of the month, take a look at where your hard-earned cash really goes.

-- Create a budget and customize it to fit your lifestyle. A well-designed spending plan considers all sources of income, living expenses, debt obligations, and savings. Be sure to incorporate all three expense categories - fixed expenses (e.g., mortgage, auto loans and rent), variable expenses (e.g., credit cards, groceries, entertainment, clothes and gasoline) and periodic expenses (e.g., property taxes, home repair, and car maintenance).

-- DON'T start charging when there is no money. If you have no money left after paying your bills, you may be headed for trouble. It is not a good idea to routinely rely on your credit card to pay for living expenses when you don't have the cash available. As a general rule, you should not be spending more than 20 percent of your take-home income on credit card bills or loans, and this includes your car payment.

-- DON'T apply for new credit cards simply because you've reached the credit limit on existing cards. When your cards are taken to the limit, it is time to pay off the balance and adjust your spending habits - not apply for more cards.

-- DO make more than the minimum credit card payment. The NFCC recommends paying at least double the minimum required payment.

-- DO reduce expenses wherever possible. Look for no or low-cost entertainment and cut back on other day-to-day spending. Small reductions in daily spending quickly add up to big savings. Trimming $5 from your daily expenses adds up to more than $1,800 over the course of a year!

-- DO work with your creditors. If you encounter any problems repaying your debts, contact the creditor immediately and explain the situation. Creditors often will work with you to come up with an alternate payment arrangement.

-- Get to know your credit report better. Dedicate spring cleaning time as the annual time to review your credit report, which you can get for free at or by calling (877) 322-8228. A credit report contains information about your credit and loan history, including amounts and payment history and is used extensively by potential lenders to evaluate your credit worthiness. Read each report carefully as there may be discrepancies between the three credit bureaus. If you find errors, file a dispute with the credit bureau.

-- DO seek help from a credit counselor. If you have been unable to resolve your finances on your own, consider working with an NFCC certified credit counselor to create a plan you can live with, one that helps you budget your money and repay your debt. An NFCC member agency can customize a spending plan that fits your lifestyle. Contact an NFCC member agency near you, call 1-800-388-2227, or log onto

As a leader in the financial community, Chase offers customers what matters most to their financial well-being. Chase pledges advocacy, access, protection, recognition, and value for its customers' financial needs.

About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $1.6 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management, and private equity. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase serves millions of consumers and businesses in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its JPMorgan and Chase brands. Information about the firm is available at

**Please see the following addendum for 2008 grant recipients.

Addendum A - Chase Card Services 2008 Financial Literacy Grant Recipients

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

DA' Right Entertainment's Inaugural Launch Party Event Will Be Held on April 14, 2011 at Iguana New York

DA' Right Entertainment is pleased to announce its inaugural Launch Party Event to be held on April 14, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. at Iguana New York Restaurant and Dance Lounge, located at 240 West 54th Street New York, NY, between Broadway and 8th Avenue. General Admission is $10.00. Tickets can be purchased in advance at The night will include a Fashion Showcase, Live Musical Performances, and much more. Come be apart of what is sure to be an exciting evening of fashion, dancing, meeting and greeting industry artists and professionals, so dress to impress!!

Featuring Fashion by:
Sarfarcity is a clothing line designed by Chi Chi J Couture a New York based company dedicated to the revitalization of high-end fashion for the everyday woman. Chi Chi J is creating authentic Women's Contemporary Ready to Wear, Couture designs and styles that produce a high-end look without emptying your bank account!!

C.L.E.V.A. or Classy Lady's Endear Visible Attraction by Latasha "Miss Cleva" Anderson was inspired by R&B soul singer Erykah Badu's song Cleva and is a perfect mixture of urban appeal, class, and nature.

Scrolln Artz Clothing Co. was founded by President & CEO, Joey "JFresh" Green and Vice President & Designer Jordon "the Mad Scientist" Blake. Scroll means paper which has been written, drawn, or painted upon for transmitting information, or the slang expression meaning to engrave an expression. Jordon took this definition and discovered it was the perfect word for the clothing line, a line in which the garments are handmade making them each unique and collectable.

Featuring Live performances by:
Delano Barbosa has been singing since the age of 12. He performed with Boston area music group N2U for many years before stepping out on his own. He is in the process of finishing his solo debut album with an international flare blended with R&B, ZOUK sounds, and house music. Delano has performed some of his new music at the Akon Concert in the Cape Verde Islands off the west coast of Africa. Showing his skills as an actor, Delano can be seen in a hit music video Far Away by Marsha Ambrosius which has over 4.6 mil Tips: Find Street Fashion Online(may be you can find what you want on the lion views on and is currently on B.E.T, VH1, and more. He is a cast member of the hit Off-Broadway production of Black Angels Over Tuskegee by Layon Gray. Delano was also featured in the Disney film The Game Plan starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Anaya Armstead is a singer, actor, and model from Harlem, New York and has performed live at BB Kings, The Sugar Bar, and Club Nell's. Among her credits, Anaya has modeled with Darkfame Entertainment, performed on stage in productions by Diversity Players of Harlem, and sang the National Anthem at Newark Stadium. Anaya is currently working with music producer Mr. J. Tarrell. Her new single My Baby can be found on

C. Barbosa first appeared on the scene as a member of one of Boston's hottest R&B groups Image. The group opened for artists such as Cassidy, Rupee, and Jagged Edge. Image was all the rage in the New England area for over 4 years. After Image disbanded, C. Barbosa formed one of New England's hottest writing groups, FinePrint Music. Along with members Mykel & RJ, he has written over 50 songs and counting. With such hits as "So Fine", "Hear That Sound", and "Dance with You", this Cape Verdian native is determined to put out popular music! C. Barbosa has opened for Akon in the Cape Verde Islands off the West Coast of Africa. He has also worked with artist Kim Davis. Mr. Barbosa is determined to be a new breed in the R&B/Hip Hop/Pop culture.

Rasheeda Wallace got her big break in 1995 while performing at the world famous Apollo Theater, where she brought audiences to their feet with standing ovations three weeks in a row. Ms. Wallace has performed on FOX 5's Good Day New York. She has been sought after by some of music industries' finest, such as Chaka Khan, Kymani Marley, The Pussycat Dolls and Roc-a-Fella records to perform, as well as write and arrange. She is also a dedicated supporter of the Sanctuary House, a shelter for women who are victims of Domestic Violence. She has committed a great deal of her time and effort in raising awareness and funding for the Anti-Domestic Violence Campaign. Ms. Wallace received a Proclamation from the City of New York by Governor David Patterson for her service. As a singer and performer, Rasheeda's fan base has grown to be quite diverse since her big break in 1995. She hopes to one day be a household name.

Featuring music by:
DJ Versastyle has a love for various styles of music from Culture and Soca music to Alternative and Techno to Hip-Hop, R&B and Reggae, hence the name DJ VersaStyle. He has been a DJ for over 5 years and works with a group which he helped form called Hits International. DJ has also had the great pleasure of working with reggae artists Movado and Tony Matterhorn. When not in the DJ booth, you can find him modeling or promoting events. DJ Versastyle says "Music makes me happy and it defines who I am. As a DJ, I would love to spin music all over the world, to feel and understand different cultures through their music."

Hosted by:
Reginald L. Barnes is a Theatre, Film, and Television actor, as well as host/emcee, and part-time funnyman. He is currently featured in an Off-Broadway production of Layon Gray's award winning play "Black Angels Over Tuskegee". Reginald received glowing reviews for his portrayal of Ghost Henderson in the Stepping Stone Theatre Company's original work Reflections of the Heart. Some other theater credits include: Die Laughing the Stage Play, A Soldiers' Play", The Wiz, Medea, Godspell, Fences and Freddie's Big Deal. His film works include The Skeleptica Effect, Read On, Inhibitions, and Tales From The Players' Manual, Vol. 1--which made waves around the festival circuit and are now available thru indie retailers online.

For More Information contact:
DA' Right Entertainment
750 Third Avenue Suite 900
New York, NY 10017

DA' Right Entertainment seeks to bring joy, foster hope, and evoke emotions as it endeavors to provide World Changing Entertainment.

Media Contact:
Dwight Ali Williams
(212) 519 – 7423


Nebraska Photographer's First Exhibition Just Happens to be in Europe

Beginning September 22 and continuing through October 12, Patricia Saldana-Neumann of Lincoln, Neb., will be among four internation Tips: Find Street Fashion Online(may be you can find what you want on the al artists whose work will be displayed in an exhibition at the Colorida Art Gallery in Lisbon, Portugal. Her seven fine art photographic prints on display at the Gallery explore the alternative world of infrared photography in portraits of women and children dressed in Victorian costume.

Founded in 2007, the Colorida Art Gallery is located by the Castle of S?o Jorge in the highest hill of the historic center of Lisbon, in a building more than 150 years old. Its principal focus is the representation of an international group of contemporary artists whose diverse practices include painting, photography, sculpture and drawing.

"I know it sounds bizarre," said Saldana-Neumann. "People dressed in period clothing photographed in infrared, is not how you typically see portraits. Yet, it seemed to work. I am fascinated with recording the invisible light known as near-infrared in all of its surrealistic and odd beauty."

Saldana-Neumann shot the photographs on display with an older model Canon digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera converted to an infrared camera. The modified camera she used to shot her infrared photographs has a super-blue infrared filter located inside the camera in front of the digital sensor.

"By modifying a regular camera to one with an internal infrared filter, you can take a lot of the trail and error out of shooting in infrared and simplify the process," said Saldana-Neumann.

Saldana-Neumann listed several advantages to converting her camera to infrared versus mounting an infrared filter on the lens. "I don't necessarily have to use a tripod with my converted camera. I can hand-hold the camera. I can see the scene in front of me through the viewfinder as I would see the scene through a regular camera. Since the infrared filter is inside the camera, I can use any lens I want to shot a scene. And exposure times are very much shortened with a converted camera compared to using an infrared filter on the lens.

Aside from being fascinated with infrared photography, Saldana-Neumann is even more fascinated that her display in Portugal will be her very first exhibit anywhere. Jose Robert Moreira, director of the Colorida Art Gallery, contacted Saldana-Neumann in June after finding one of her photographs on an online gallery published by the Photo Review Journal. The Photo Review Journal is a critical journal of national scope and international readership. The magazine has earned a reputation as one of the best serious photography publications being produced today. The photograph seen by Morieira was one of her night shot taken in Lincoln.

Saldana-Neumann said Moreia contacted her via email and explained that he had seen her work online. He suggested that she submit recent photographs for review by Gallery staff for possible inclusion in a future exhibition at the Gallery.

"I was very skeptical at first and feared that this may be a some sort of scam," she said. "However, I checked out their Website and contacted several American artists who had exhibited there previously," she said. "The Gallery proved to be legitimate and has a great reputation for promoting emerging talent."

"He made no guarantees," said Saldana-Neumann. "I took a risk. Instead of submitting images of my night photography, I sent him my most recent images of infrared photograph," she said. Two months later, he contacted her again and offered her the opportunity to display her infrared photographs at the Gallery.

"I am so incredibly excited," said Saldana-Neumann. "I'm a relative newcomer to digital photography, so to be exhibited internationally is a huge honor," she said.

Saldana-Neumann recalls her experience with photography as an undergraduate journalism student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Back then, she said, manual focus and 35mm film-based cameras were the norm. For photography classes, she bought a Minolta SR-T201 SLR, her first film camera, a classic by anybody's standards. She still has it and says it works beautifully, especially for black and white images.

Over time, she set down her camera, had a family, went back to school for a graduate degree in journalism at UN-L. Four years ago, after many years sans camera, she took up photography again, taking classes at Southeast Community College.

"Nearly everything I know about photography today, I learned from my photography instructor at Southeast Community College, a fantastic teacher by the name of Barbara Hagan," said Saldana-Neumann. "I started with the beginner's class, learning the features of my first digital camera and continued to take Barbara's more advanced photography classes. She helped shape my perception of photography, gave me a solid foundation of technique and provided me with an appreciation for fine art photography. Through her, I rediscovered the absolute joy of photography."

Today, fine art photography is Saldana-Neumann's passion and her obsession. "I love telling a visual story, creating a mood and illustrating a scene that may at times leave the viewer questioning its existence," she said. Night photography and color infrared photography are her focus. "I enjoy capturing light that people are too busy to notice or just cannot see," Saldana-Neumann said.

Her night work has been published in Photography Forum's 2011 Best of Photography Annual and an online gallery of the Photo Review Journal. In January and February 2013, she will be exhibiting more infrared photos in a group show with several other photographic artists in Lincoln at A-Z Printing.

Website News Page at the Colorida Art Gallery:

Invitation to the Gallery Show:

To Contact the Gallery: Rosemary Esteter, Gallery Curator, rosemary(at)colorida(dot)pt or galleria(dot)colorida(at)gmail(dot)com

General Gallery Website:

Barbara Hagan, SECC Instructor: 402-327-8006 (Home) 402-416-7584 (Cell)
To learn more about infrared camera conversion go to:


Friday, December 7, 2012 Makes the Case for the Advantages of Having a Left-Handed Mother, Just in Time for Mother's Day

What do left-handed mothers have in common with Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, and Napoleon? As Mother's Day approaches, consider the following parallels.

Great military leaders have to plan and strategize long and complex campaigns involving numbers of people who must be housed, clothed, equipped, and fed. They have a clear understanding of their own army's strengths and weaknesses, as well as their enemy's. They must be able to inspire their troops and citizens to undertake difficult and potentially deadly battles for political reasons not entirely clear to the ordinary soldier.

The leaders listed above were ALL left-handed. In fact, a surprisingly high percentage of history's legendary military strategists were lefties, and it's no accident. Neurological studies have shown clearly that left-handers use both hemispheres of the brain for certain types of thinking, though right-handers primarily use the left hemisphere for similar tasks. This structural difference gives lefties an advantage in spatio-temporal projection - in planning complex campaigns in far-away places over long periods of time, for example. Lefties can read plans and maps, and understand how things will work out in three dimensions as well as in time. Not surprisingly, a high percentage of both architects and chess players are left-handers.

Now consider the tasks a mother must manage in the campaign of family life, and the relationship is clear women's coats . It's no wonder mothers are frequently compared to generals (though they are usually more subtle about it)! Mothers have to manage, plan, strategize, evaluate, and, especially, inspire.

The best generals are those who can turn unpredicted events to advantage, who are themselves unpredictable and creative, and who can capture the imaginations of their troops so well that soldiers will risk their lives. Imagine how useful these skills would be for mothers - especially the talent for getting people to do what they want to avoid. Again, these are traits often shared by lefties - creativity, unpredictability, resilience, and an ability to engage and lead people.

Left-handedness is considerably more prevalent among men than women.

Because left-handed mothers are a relatively rare group, their children are both fortunate and well-equipped to handle whatever life brings.

For Mother's Day, Birthdays, Christmas, or any special event, left-handers are touched when they receive gifts designed especially for left-handed use. With retail stores at San Francisco's Pier 39 and Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, has the world's biggest selection of left-handed gifts and tools. From left-handed chef's sets, to left-handed sewing and gardening sets, lefty's has terrific ideas for gifts for left-handed mothers with almost any interest or hobby. Lefties are so used to having to adapt that they can hardly believe there are left-handed products designed especially for them.

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New Next Chester Store Goes Pink for Charity

A new Next store in Chester opened on Thursday 9th June 2011.

On the opening day, Next invited customers to come to the new store located on Coliseum Retail Park, wearing a pink top or t-shirt to be in with a chance of winning a fab pair of jeans! 20 lucky customers who wore pink and made a minimum donation of ?3 to Cancer Research UK were then entered into a prize draw to win a pair of Next denim jeans.

At three times bigger than the previous space, this newly designed store has replaced the old store that was on the same retail park following increased demand for more space and products.

The new store holds everything Next has to offer and more. In fact, the home department is an enormous 10 times bigger than the old home department! For those looking for something for their home, there are some fantastic accessories ranging from floral appliqué cushions to beach hut chalkboards - Next certainly has something to inspire your own home style.

If your focus is fashion, you'll love shopping for the latest trends in the fabulous new surroundings. With collections for women, men and children there is something for everyone.

To celebrate the exciting new store Next also challenged customers to 'Guess the Room Set Values'. The winner who guessed the correct (or closest) value received a ?150 Next gift card, with two runners up receiving ?100 and ?50 Next gift cards.

A new addition to the store women's jackets is the Next sports department offering Next's NX sport clothing range and top branded sportswear. If all of this is too much to handle, Chester Coliseum offers customers a chance to grab a coffee, fruit cooler or a snack in the in-store Costa coffee shop.

The opening hours of the store are Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 8.30pm, Saturday 9am to 7pm and Sunday 10.30am to 5pm. Customers can also order by 9pm for next day delivery at

Cancer Research UK funds world-class research and clinical trials throughout the North West and last year spent over ?19 million supporting the work of doctors, nurses and scientists at hospitals and major universities in the region.

Issued June 2011, Matt King, Next Public Relations on Tel 0116 284 3185

Notes to the Editor:

About Cancer Research UK

  •     Cancer Research UK is the world's leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research
  •     The charity's groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives. This work is funded entirely by the public.
  •     Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates double in the last forty years.
  •     Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
  •     Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to beat cancer.

For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 020 3469 6699 or visit offers exciting, beautifully designed and excellent quality clothing, including dresses, jeans and shoes, presented in collections that reflect the aspirations and means of our customers. Shop now for key season pieces such as prom dresses, maxi dresses and evening dresses.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

New Neat Containers Stackable Shoe Boxes and Clear Shoe Storage Systems Make an Easy-to-Use Closet Organizer for Any Size Space

Finding the perfect closet organizer can be hard, but now Neat Containers – – new stackable shoe boxes and clear shoe storage systems make getting and staying organized easy. The high quality plastic shoe organizers consist of several clear shoe boxes that come in different stacking sizes to fit any size space. Unlike other container systems, Neat Containers is the only clear shoe storage system that lets users remove and open individual pods from each stack without disturbing or collapsing nearby stacks or rows. Neat Containers' stackable shoe boxes and clear shoe storage systems can be used for Mom's shoes, as a closet organizer, in the kitchen or pantry, college dorm room or to organize kids' toys in a play room. The stackable shoe boxes are clear for easily locating stored objects, durable (not affected by freezing), can be washed with simple soap, water and cloth, and will not grow mold like canvas or cloth closet organizers. Best of all, they can be set up in minutes because unlike other closet organizers, the Neat Containers plastic shoe organizer does not require tools for assembly, shelving, hardwood, nuts and bolts or wire racks.

"Our high quality stackable shoe boxes and clear shoe storage system are the types of product every household needs - as a closet organizer, in the kids' play room, or even in the kitchen," said Ron Ptaszek, President of Neat Containers. "Our 100% Made in America durable plastic shoe organizers can be set up in minutes, are easy to clean, won't grow mold, and will last for years to come. They're perfect for the busy Mom, fashionista, or even the student's dorm room. We have a size to meet every need – from the smallest apartment to the most opule fashion coats nt walk-in closet," concluded Ptaszek.

Neat Containers' stackable shoe boxes and clear shoe storage system comes in a wide variety of sizes and can be arranged to fit every space. The plastic shoe organizer can be stacked as wide as the space that is available and the height depends on the object placed inside. Many women stack their shoes 12 units high or more.

Visit for more information or to purchase Neat Containers' stackable shoe boxes and clear shoe storage system.

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RPR Public Relations, Inc.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Fashionistas Become Auctionistas

The past decade has seen radical growth in the fashion industry worldwide, with web portals allowing fashionistas to essentially order clothes straight from the runways. Still, somehow, vintage fashion has long been held hostage from the rest of the world by stylists and collectors in the few capitals where boutiques even exist.

While presenting their newest collections, the major fashion houses are returning to honor the heritage from which they came with Gucci opening a Museum in the center of Florence and Hermes' ad campaign highlighting the date of their establishment "contemporary artisans since 1837". The success of the Costume Institute's Gala, in collaboration with Vogue, and the epic Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art have broadened the presentation of fashion as a living art form to the wider public. And so men and women everywhere have embraced the idea that fashion is art that you wear, an opportunity for individual self-expression; anyone can be an artist, every day, any day, an idea further reinforced by renowned bloggers such as The Sartorialist or Face Hunter.

And so the moment is right for this niche market to be brought out to the fashion-lovers everywhere who would like to source rare pieces from the comfort of their homes. Auctionata, the first online real-time auction house announces the launch of their newest division: Vintage Couture and Accessories. Fashionistas must now become Auctionistas to participate in Auctionata's curated, concise auctions featuring the world's premier vintage boutiques and private collections.

The inaugural auction, which will take place on October 18, 2011 will offer 65 vintage handbags with designer labels such as Hermes, Chanel, Prada, YSL, Gucci, and Judith Leiber to name a few, all without reserves. The category will continue to expand with plans for an exclusively Louis Vuitton auction followed by a vintage Chanel auction next on the calendar.

To take part in this women's coats groundbreaking event, register now at Auctionata


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sexy CEO of JNL Worldwide, Inc Jennifer Nicole Lee Celebrates Major 1 Year Anniversary to JNL Clothing Line with a Roller Blading Workout in "Earn Your Shower" T-shirt

Upon the huge milestone of success of celebrating her 1 year anniversary to her JNL Clothing line, JNL is caught celebrating with a brisk roller blading workout session in one of her all time favorite t-shirt designs. Her JNL Clothing line was launched one year ago, and sales are still going strong and climbing.
Not only is JNL a clothing designer, she is also an ambassador of women's health and female wellness issues. She was once a fat and frumpy housewife who transformed into a mega model-mogul. She understands how it feels first hand to be overweight, out of shape, with little to no energy. Her love affair with fitness started after the birth of her children, and has not stopped. JNL is enjoying her fitness freedom now more than ever. This best-selling author and celebrity was sighted on South Beach, celebrating her fit body in a shiny metallic bikini with her famous "Earn Your Shower" training tank top, from her JNL FUSION workout method merchandise line. Obviously, she is showing the world that life is more fun when you are fit.

Also, she was spotted going to a private celebrity training facility, wearing a super pair of tight training pants, showing off a backside and booty that even cause Jennifer Lopez to be jealous . JNL was heading for possibly a JNL Fusion training method, which she will be releasing out on a complete 12 exercise dvd collection at . Her 2nd JNL Fusion World Conference will be held at a private Miami Beach Resort for her exclusive Master Trainers who come in from around the world to attend and be trained with JNL. Jennifer Nicole Lee is the "Grand Master" Trainer and creator of this revolut women's jackets ionary method. They must apply at and be carefully selected by JNL and her team of top experts.
From the latest celebrity paparazzi photos, it's apparent that her JNL Fusion method is working, as her body is the billboard displaying to all that she is extremely healthy, with a happy smile to go with it.

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Gruv Gear Donates Utility Carts To Organizations That Help The Needy

Gruv Gear offered the lightweight 2-wheeled dollies to organizations that needed them the most. "We were overwhelmed with the response and had to pre-screen about a dozen local organizations," says Jay Baldemor, President of Gruv Gear. "We narrowed it down to 5 non-profits that we felt would benefit the most from using the dollies in their daily work, and we're blessed to be able to contribute something to that will in turn help the needy. We are so honored to give especially in this Christmas season, and each of the recipients was so thankful."

The following 5 organizations are now enjoying the free dolly carts from Gruv Gear:

1.    Food Finders –
Food Finders is a multiregional food bank and food rescue program. We pick up donated food from hundreds of local grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants and produce markets and distribute it directly to missions, shelters and domestic agencies to feed the needy and impoverished. Our volunteers and staff drivers pick up and deliver on a same-day basis. On average, Food Finders helps feed 16,000 people a day, reducing the amount of food insecurity prevalent throughout Southern California.

2.    Mental Health Association of Orange County –
The Mental Health Association of Orange County was founded in 1958 as a grass roots effort to provide resource and referrals for persons impacted by mental illness. MHA has grown considerably over the past 53 years, with out 16,000 persons served last year. MHA's services are based on the psychosocial rehabilitation model, which means that all programs are client driven and based on i fashion jackets ndividual goals that enhance life satisfaction and promote independence and self-sufficiency. MHA is ever conscious of donor commitment, with 92 cents of each dollar donated going directly to programs.

3.    Long Beach Rescue Mission –
Since 1972, the Long Beach Rescue Mission has opened its doors to thousands of men, women and children. The mission provides food, clothing, shelter and spiritual guidance to the homeless and less fortunate people of the community. The Long Beach Rescue Mission stands dedicated to helping individuals overcome the homeless cycle. We achieve long-term goals and make a world of difference in today's society. Senior citizens and neighborhood families also come for the meals or to attend worship services in the evenings and or Sundays. The mission provides loving care and spiritual guidance to help the homeless find purpose, direction and hope.

4.    Long Beach Organic, Inc. –

Long Beach Organic, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non profit that has been in existence for 17 years. We have 7 gardens in Long Beach with two more that are being developed at this time. Approximately one half of our gardens are on privately owned property the rest are on City owned property. In either case we operate on a lease, carry our own liability insurance and assume all cost for water usage and operation. We have over 200 members who "rent" (per a lease) a 10' X 10' plot to grow edibles and/or flowers, succulents, etc. The camaraderie attained by working together in a healthy environment is undeniable. We also work with schools and youth groups to encourage a green lifestyle and offer community service hours.

5.    Children of Fallen Soldiers –
The Quietly Working Foundation for The Children of Fallen Soldiers is a non-political, non-denominational, non-profit organization focused on meeting the needs of children who have lost a parent serving in the United States Armed Forces. The driving motivation behind every effort the Quietly Working Foundation undertakes is that we want each of these children to know that the citizens of the United States of America recognize their loss, and are committed to helping them achieve their highest potential in life.

To learn more about Gruv Gear and its multi-mode convertible carts and handtrucks including the V-Cart Solo, Solo Lite, Solo XL, and Muver 6, please visit

About Gruv Gear
Gruv Gear designs and builds innovative utility gear and accessories for creative professionals, including musicians, DJs, photographers, cinematographers, film makers, audio/video engineers, and media crews. Founded by a musician and product designer, the California-based company has been seeing tremendous forward momentum and widespread acclaims in a very short time, with global patents pending for its current innovations and more game-changing products slated in 2011.

Gruv Gear continues to flex its marketing muscle with grassroots clinics and events, exclusive online campaigns, and major artist endorsements. The company have already made avid endorsers out of some of the world's top artists, including musicians from American Idol and Cirque du Soleil, Michael Jackson's "This Is It" players Alex Al and Jonathan Moffett, Peter Erskine (multi Grammy-winning drummer, Weather Report, Chick Corea, Yellowjackets), Jon Myron Clark (Michael Jackson "The Immortal" World Tour), Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten Band), Norm Stockton (Lincoln Brewster), DJ Icy Ice (World Famous Beat Junkies, Kanye West and Black Eyed Peas Parties, Grammy After Parties, Manny Pacquiao After Parties), and Ray Roman (award-winning cinematographer and named one of the top 25 studios in the world).


"New Year, New You" Was the Theme for the NAPW Memphis Local Chapter's January Meeting

NAPW Greater Memphis Local Chapter met on Saturday, January 7th at 2:00pm for a "New Year, New You"-themed monthly networking meeting where members learned how to create clear goals and implement the plans necessary to achieve those goals.

Onika Shirley, Chapter President, kicked off the meeting by welcoming members and thanking them for attending after such a busy time of the year. The group talked about the holidays and Onika shared that she had been promoted to Production Manager at her job. She was warmly congratulated for her accomplishment. The chapter also welcomed a new member in attendance and so all of the members briefly stated who they are, what they do, and what they hope to accomplish as an NAPW member.

New member Verna Nickleberry was a great asset to the meeting. Verna is the CEO/Editorial Director for VEMASHE Enterprises (Ordinary People Magazine). Verna shared that her company's principle product is a print publication for "Ordinary People Magazine." It is an inspirational magazine that is released quarterly. Verna shared free copies and gave each member additional copies to share with their families or friends. Verna said she joined NAPW "to meet with other like-minded women." She also expressed a desire to network more and meet with different people. Verna is a busy woman with VEMASHE Enterprises; however, she has held a full time position at a military processing center for more than twenty-five years.

The theme of the Memphis Chapter's January meeting was "New Year, New You." Chapter President Onika spoke with the group on thinking about a "new you" from the inside. She expressed that while people tend to think about their hair, nails, makeup, and clothing as a portrait of themselves, women also need to make sure they spend time thinking about their dreams, desires, and spiritual selves. "We need to consider where we want to go and then draw out a plan to actually get there," she said.

The chapter discussed planning a Greater Memphis Local Chapter weekend getaway. They will continue to discuss these arrangements and will finalize details within the next three months. Members discussed the possibility of meeting with another chapter in the state to share ideas and chapter goals. Attending members discussed the possibility of meeting with other networking groups to broaden their networking circle. One event mentioned was "Networking in Memphis!" which will be held on January 25th at 6:00pm at The Brass Door on 152 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104.

The monthly door prize was provided by Kris Seiler. The winner for January's door prize was Verna Nickleberry. The winner each month will be responsible for providing the door prize at the next monthly meeting. The Door Prize value is approximately $5-10.

The next monthly meeting is scheduled for February 4th at 2pm. The topic will be 'Greater Memphis Chapter Goals' and will include creating a vision and mission statement for the local chapter. The group plans to vote for new and replacement office positions so the chapter can continue to grow and move forward. The meeting with be held at April Davis' house in Cordova and directions will be forwarded to members who RSVP.

Email reminders will be sent to Chapter members at least ten days in advance of monthly meetings, with venue and monthly topics noted by the Chapter Secretary, Gayle Anthony. Members are advised to check their NAPW inboxes.

Members who attended the January 7th meeting included Greater Memphis Chapter President Onika Shirley, April Davis, Vice President, Kris Seiler and Verna Nickleberry.

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

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Monday, December 3, 2012

To Understand Today’s Crisis in News, Look to the Past: a Journalist-Historian Tells the History of American Journalism in a New Book

Is American journalism really in peril? A robust, unfettered press, free from government intrusion, has forever been emblematic of our liberties and a vital part of American life. In his fresh narrative, Covering America (University of Massachusetts Press, cloth, $49.95), journalist and professor Christopher B. Daly provides a lively, engaging history of journalism's 300-year evolution in America, offering valuable historical context to today's "journalism is in crisis" meme. The good news: today's surge in partisanship, rise of the blogosphere, and journalism's overall teetering business model are but the latest in a long history of challenges forcing American journalism to find new and better ways to adapt and thrive.

"Too many Americans today believe journalism is falling apart," says Daly, who teaches journalism and history at Boston University, after a career at both the Washington Post and Associated Press. "From colonial times onward, there have always been challenges to the structure and practice of producing the news in America. Today is no different. History provides perspective." Daly's original research and comprehensive synthesis of the latest historical scholarship provides it in spades.

Drawing on a wealth of examples, Daly explains that U.S. journalism went through periods of deep change in the 1830s and again in the 1920s—periods that were just as convulsive as today's. In Covering America, readers will find answers to their questions: Is serious journalism dying? Are the media "fai women's jackets r"? Is ownership too concentrated? Is the FCC too involved in regulating content? Covering America sets the stage for serious analysis—while making enjoyably vivid the often larger-than-life characters who have shaped and defined American journalism through the centuries.

Journalism, in the end, is the story of people. Daly colorfully details and provides insight into the lives of the practitioners of journalism, the men and women, who, through sheer force of their personalities, built and contributed to the institution that runs as a thread through the history of the republic. Covering America presents them all—in an accessible story-telling format that focuses on the visionary innovators, famous and not, who shaped the industry to their times by dint of their often oversized ambition and personalities: Benjamin Franklin, John and Anna Zenger, Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst, Nellie Bly, Ida Tarbell, Frederick Douglass, Kay Graham, Arianna Huffington, and more. Daly "adds shape and new understanding to the intriguing stories many of us know as myths of origin," says Douglas Cumming, author of The Southern Press: Literary Legacies and the Challenge of Modernity. The biographical portraits alone make Covering America a joy to read. "This is grand narrative as it should be," says historian Bruce Schulman.

Covering America is the work of an author wearing two hats—that of a veteran newsman and an academic scholar. Daly leverages primary material, including archival material, original documents, and recordings, along with personal experience, to provide brand new arguments on journalism across all of its platforms: newspapers, magazines, photos, radio, TV, and the Web. Whether focusing on media economics, the impact of new technologies, or the sociology and philosophy inherent in the journalistic enterprise, Daly manages a fine balance between scholarship and popular culture. This book will re-shape the discussion over the news media. A lively history of American journalism.

Read all about it!

"Essential reading for anyone who cares about American history, media, or culture. This is a great story about the entire tradition of journalistic storytelling, told smartly and thoroughly."
—Susan Orlean, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of Rin, Tin, Tin: The Life and the Legend and The Orchid Thief.

For further information, visit

Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation's Journalism
By Christopher B. Daly
University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst and Boston
576 pp.
$49.95 cloth, ISBN 978-1-55849-911-9

Media contact: Victor Gulotta, Gulotta Communications, Inc.
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About the Author

A veteran journalist and historian, Christopher B. Daly teaches journalism and history at Boston University. He is coauthor of Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World, which won the Albert J. Beveridge Award of the American Historical Association and the Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians. He also blogs about journalism and history at His journalism has appeared in the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Columbia Journalism Review, and many other publications.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tracyeinny, From Humble Beginnings to Leading Fashion Retailer In Singapore

A leading online fashion retailer based in Singapore, Tracyeinny has come a long way since its inception in 2007 when Jeannie Pang and Pamela Goi co-founded the company. The company started from a capital of $5000 and today, its monthly sales have crossed $100,000.

Over the last four years, Tracyeinny has successfully established itself as a trusted and reliable fashion brand that rolls out dozens of unique designs every week, offers a smooth online shopping experience and ships orders at a great speed. To add more, Tracyeinny is now a successful full fledged Ecommerce store with a physical presence – a rare example of successful online to retail expansion.

Tracyeinny set off with women's clothes and fashion accessories in the beginning but the company has now ventured into the shoes online market as well. Tracyeinny's first flagship store was opened in Chinatown in 2009 followed by the second outlet at Bishan Junction 8 two years later. According to the company founders, the stores were opened after repeat requests from loyal customers in Singapore.

In a recent interview with, the co-founder of Tracyeinny, Jeannie Pang said that their women apparel designs and themes got popular due to word-of-mouth and not because of expensive marketing campaigns. Jeannie said that the Tracyeinny website has attracted well over 1.9 million unique visitors till date. Highly targeted traffic in such large volumes has helped the founders to move forth at a great pace.

Tracyeinny has survived, and in fact, excelled in an extremely competitive environment where hundreds of blogshops exist in Singapore alone. Two cousins, Jeannie Pang and Pamela Goi set out to do something they really loved few years ago and today, results in terms of successful package delivery rate of 99 percent, website page views in millions and a positive brand perception are no doubt extraordinary.

Tracyeinny was awarded the prestigious Gold Category Award in the year 2010 for its distinctive service and rapidly increasing brand presence in online as well as offline circle. For a 3 years old startup company at that time, it was nothing short of a pleasant surprise and an inspiration to do 'more.'

The Tracyeinny has successfully made way for itself in the online fashion and style marketplace. Recently, the company began to offer savvy sales on weekly and monthly collections at Women can do online shopping in Singapore or in any other part of the world can shop for the latest shoes and Maxi dress design arrivals from the comfort of their home at For offline shopping, one can pay a visit to one of the two retail outlets of Tracyeinny in Singapore.

Jeannie is hopeful that Tracyeinny will someday expand its operations to South Eastern countries such as Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia. She recognized the fact that popularity of various trends over the next few years will decide whether Tracyeinny should venture into the South East or not. Although Tracyeinny has been getting customers from across the globe, she said that the company may need to launch a new website to cater to segmented audiences in new countries in the near futur women's coats e.

TSB Magazine Revamps its Fashion Section to Include More Fashion Advice for Men

TSB Magazine, a leading online source for men's interest articles and dating advice, has revamped its fashion section to include more insights and advice about style, clothing, accessories, and other men's-fashion-related topic s.

The new articles in this department mainly touch on the practical aspects of fashion. Most of the pieces that have already been published do not mention subjects like haute couture or brand name fashions, instead take a more universal approach to covering men's style.

Some of the new articles demonstrate this approach to covering men's style. Recent headlines include: Summer Shoes that aren't Flip Flops, How to Dress Yourself Bulkier, How to Make Loose Jeans Look Good, and the Long and Short of Shorts.

Many of the articles published in TSB's fashion section, both before and after the revamp, were penned by Melbourne-based journalist Natasha Abrahams, who also covers the entertainment scene in Australia for Weekendnotes. She brings a female's insight to men's fashion and covers topics that are related to regular everyday styles, not high-end fashions. Abrahams is slated to continue her column on TSB for the foreseeable future.    

The revamped fashion section has joined the other men's interest departments on TSB. All departm women's coats ents are updated regularly, with most seeing several new articles per week.

The site's dating section covers all aspects of the dating game from a guy's perspective. The articles in this department include everything from flirting and seduction tips to tips on how to date multiple women at once to sex advice.

The Alpha Living department, meanwhile, covers health and business topics and also features profiles of well-known or successful men (a recent profile focused on comic book legend Stan Lee). Other profiles in Alpha Living feature people who are "self-made" and have started a major enterprise on their own and built it into a successful business on their own.

One of the most unique departments on TSB's site is entitled Inner Game. This section features articles about building confidence and mental strength and developing skills that can be applied in a variety of business and dating situations. Recent articles in this particular section include Embrace Game-Changing Moments and Curb your Self-Depreciation.

Other regularly-updated sections on TSB include College Life, which focuses on dating, partying and health for college-age readers; Videos, which features a variety of video posts related to the different men's interest topics; and Woman, which profiles some of the world's most beautiful and famous actresses, models, and other celebrities.

Because the site is updated multiple times each day, each section regularly receives new content. Readers with an interest in men's fashion will be able to read fresh content regularly, while those new to TSB can explore the large backlog of fashion-related articles that have already been published on the site.

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