THE PRICE OF ILLUSION

Joan Juliet Buck, the only child of larger-than-life film producer Jules Buck, was born into a world of make-believe.  Her childhood was a whirlwind of famous faces: John Huston, Peter O’Toole, Lauren Bacall, Federico Fellini, Angelica Huston, and many more; ever-changing home addresses: London, Paris, Cannes, Los Angeles; and the unspoken lesson that appearances mattered more than reality.  When Joan became the first and only American woman ever to fill the coveted position of Editor in Chief of Paris Vogue, she quickly became a force in the cult of fashion and beauty.  Her job gave her the means to recreate for her aging father, now a widower, the life he’d enjoyed during his high-flying years – a splendid illusion of glamour and luxury.  But such illusions cannot be sustained indefinitely, and they always come at a cost.

In THE PRICE OF ILLUSION (Atria Books; March 7, 2017) Joan offers up a dazzling spanning six decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Paris, and more.  The cues she had gleaned early in life from her family were about how things looked and where they came from.  The key to success was the perception of success; the only trick to transformation?  Believing you were what you wanted to be.  But when her fantasy life at Vogue came to an end, she had to find out who she was after all those years of make-believe.  Now Buck chronicles her quest to discover the difference between glitter and gold, fantasy and reality, and what merely looks like happiness from the thing itself.

From Joan Juliet Buck, former editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue comes her dazzling, compulsively readable memoir: a fabulous account of four decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, chronicling her quest to discover the difference between glitter and gold, illusion and reality, and what looks like happiness from the thing itself.

Born into a world of make-believe as the daughter of a larger-than-life film producer, Joan Juliet Buck’s childhood was a whirlwind of famous faces, ever-changing home addresses, and a fascination with the shiny surfaces of things. When Joan became the first and only American woman ever to fill Paris Vogue‘s coveted position of Editor in Chief, a “figurehead in the cult of fashion and beauty,” she had the means to recreate for her aging father, now a widower, the life he’d enjoyed during his high-flying years, a splendid illusion of glamorous excess that could not be sustained indefinitely.

Joan’s memoir tells the story of a life lived in the best places at the most interesting times: London and New York in the swinging 1960s, Rome and Milan in the dangerous 1970s, Paris in the heady 1980s and 1990s. But when her fantasy life at Vogue came to an end, she had to find out who she was after all those years of make-believe. She chronicles this journey in beautiful and at times heartbreaking prose, taking the reader through the wild parties and the fashion, the celebrities and creative geniuses as well as love, loss, and the loneliness of getting everything you thought you wanted and finding it’s not what you’d imagined. While Joan’s story is unique, her journey toward self-discovery is refreshing and universal.

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Soft Surroundings Las Vegas Opening

Soft Surroundings, a leading luxury lifestyle brand for busy women of all ages, maintains its dedication to providing an extraordinary shopping experience by announcing plans to open its first Nevada location at The District at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson. The Grand Opening celebration on Friday, March 10, will include an all- day event with exclusive gift bags valued at $200 for the first 100 customers, as well as drinks, treats, beauty treatments and more for all customers throughout the day.

Soft Surroundings is committed to helping their customers look and feel their best by providing stylish and comfortable clothing, accessories, and beauty and home goods while giving them an effortless shopping experience. The brand is best known for their extremely soft fabrics, global inspiration, customer service and convenience. Most of the apparel and home goods are designed exclusively by and for the brand. The beauty department in the store will also feature complimentary cosmetic and skin care consultations, as well as regular beauty events.

“We couldn’t be more excited to finally bring Soft Surroundings to the Las Vegas area, specifically to The District at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson,” said Sr. Vice President of Retail, Danny Boddy. “Our brand is all about slowing down life’s rigorous pace and taking the time to rejuvenate and take care of one’s self. We feel strongly that this is something that the women throughout the Las Vegas Valley can relate to and we are excited to give them an opportunity to experience what we are all about. We offer beautiful apparel, luxurious bedding, globally curated furniture and beauty solutions, all hand chosen for today’s busy woman. Our passion for customer service and the integrity of our brand gives us the ability to share our story and hopefully make our customers’ lives a little more fulfilled and enjoyable.”

The District at Green Valley Ranch location will be the 45th store for Soft Surroundings and is part of a seventeen store expansion planned for 2017, their largest expansion year to date.

Located in the trendy outdoor shopping plaza: The District at Green Valley Ranch.

The philosophy of Soft Surroundings is always Putting yourself first, you can take better care of friends and family and hopefully live a happier, more fulfilling Life. 

This was my first experience inside a Soft Surroundings storefront. As soon as I arrived I could feel the positive energy in the air. There was such a great turn out!

While talking with Jessica (representative of Soft Surroundings) she explained to me that the founder (Robin Sheldon) travels around the world to find unique inspiration which is demonstrated in their fashion.

They carry all kinds of beautiful items ranging from women’s clothing, beauty products, home decor, jewelry, and small unique gifts.

It’s the ideal one-stop shop to purchase items for yourself, your home, or a friend.

Clothing Collection: Comfort and style

Softness of fabric is priority.  Making it easy to look great!

At Home Collection(from bedding to furniture): Their exclusive design is purposely made to promote physically and mental calmness.

Check out www.softsurroundings.com and #livesoft

-Zuly G Schoeppner

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Be The Most Beautiful Flower – This Spring with Ecco Bella FlowerColor Makeup!

Spring is around the corner and soon enough we’ll be seeing flowers blooming all around us. You can become a beautiful blossom this Spring by wearing the amazing Ecco Bella makeup that gets its color from flower wax!

Ecco Bella is a company that believes in respecting all life, so they created a company that is cruelty free so they use flower petal wax to get their spectacular colors for their makeup! The genius behind their makeup is that Ecco Bella infuses the wax that flowers have to protect themselves from the elements so their makeup keeps you looking more beautiful as the day goes on. This pure, mineral enriched formula will stand the test of rain, wind and heat while protecting your skin all day long.

FlowerColor Makeup Products Include:

  • Lipsticks
  • Vitamin E Lip Smoothers
  • Good For You Gloss
  • Lip Liner Pencils
  • Blush
  • Bronzer
  • Face Powder
  • Coverup
  • Liquid Foundation
  • Eyeshadow
  • Powder Eyeliner
  • Eyeliner Pencils
  • Mascara

To learn more about FlowerColor Makeup please visit http://www.eccobella.com/.

About Ecco Bella

Ecco Bella is a company that believes in respecting life, so its conception was based on animal rights and becoming a cruelty free company.  Their ingredients are gleaned from nature and their makeup is infused with flower color wax derived from the flower’s petal.  The flower wax protects the petal from drying out in the sun and what makes water bead on its velvet face.  When used in the cosmetics, it helps lock hydration in the skin and creates a wonderful slip in application without the use synthetic ingredients.  It also gives long lasting natural wear without turning blotchy throughout the day.

 

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AMCONYC NYFW Brings Down the House with Emerging Designers and Extremely Diverse Runway Shows From Designers Rack Addik, Emuleos, & Ivory Couture

AMCONYC, (http://www.amconyc.com ), a premier New York City production house, yesterday opened their doors for their 4th season for New York Fashion Week from February 9th to February 15th 2017. The event took place at Gary’s Loft on 28th West 36th Street and yesterday from 3-6PM showcased the exciting new collections from emerging designers, Rack Addik a Project Runway alumnus, Ivory Couture Clothing and Emuleos. AMCONYC is quickly taking first place as the ideal launch pad for today’s hottest emerging designers and brands that want to increase industry awareness, launch their line or stimulate brand promotion by creating professionally executed fashion shows, pop-up retail stores, influencer events and experiential activations. The difference in the show production was not only evident by the timely show starts, but also futuristic designs and an extreme level of model diversity on the runway, a hot point of discussion in previous NYFW years. The crowd also erupted in a worthy round of applause as 4x Special Olympics US Gymnastics Champ, Chelsea Werner, walked the Ivory Couture show.

“With all the hype this season being about not showing during NYFW, we believe that fashion folks need to relook at why shows are important to not only the billion dollar fashion community but to the designers who rely on this tradition to showcase their collections. We understand the need of keeping this ritual while simultaneously adapting, and even trailblazing, the desire for newness in this ever-changing world. The days when people were excited to be in the tents is the anticipation we are bringing back” states Adriana Marie, CEO & Founder of AMCONYC. “We are especially proud that our designers were so inclusive of all races and even those with challenges such as Down Syndrome.” “In this day and time its important for us to literally knock down as many walls as possible. This season we took NYFW week back to what it was, about the fashion, with a few modern people centric twists.”

Designers that showed included:

• Rack Addik 3:00 PM EST

Kelly Dempsey is a self-taught fashion designer and former contestant on Season 14 of “Project Runway” where she landed runner-up. She is the founder and creative force behind Rack Addik, a newly launched clothing line focusing on fashion forward street wear.

• Ivory Couture Clothing 4:30 PM EST

Ivory Couture Clothing Co. is a Prêt-à-Porter and Couture Fashion House created and founded by Bella Ivory and based downtown Los Angeles, CA. This Fashion House caters to the modern women who appreciate quality made garments that, compliments femininity in a classic chic design aesthetic

• Emuleos 6:00 PM EST

Emuleos bridges the gap between fashion, science and theory. Garments created from these concepts offer a reflection of what is already inside of you, the psychical manifestation of thought and emotion. Celebrity attendees included Sammi Sweetheart of MTV’s Jersey Shore, Nicole Williams an E! Reality Star, Matthew Mckelligon of “EastSiders” of LOGO TV, and more. While a special performance by artist Chris Porter wowed the crowd as the models stomped to the beat of his hit single “Catwalk Killer” during the Ivory Couture Clothing portion of the show.

The official sponsors for the AMCONYC shows included names such as St. Giles Hotels, 3BBM, Marvelgd, Aveda, Grae Therapy, and Oriana Lamarca as the official accessories sponsor. Guests walked away with out of this world gifts bags that included top name sponsors like Sabon, Bolivia, Real Techniques by Sam & Nick, Grab & Go Dog Food, R +Co Hairspray, NIUCOCO Hair Serum, Poo-Pourri, Bedford Slims, Deity America Shampoo and Conditioner, RXBAR, J21 Skin Care, Simple Mills Crackers, Arbone Essentials, HSI Professional Argan Oil, Tateossian London, Boxed Water, and Bai.

 

About AMCONYC

AMCONYC is New York City’s first Fashion Production & Public Relations Company that has quickly gained industry recognition as NY’s leading creative platform for design. It is the company brands turn to when they want to propel their business to the next level. From curating fashion week productions, on-site activations and interactive influencer events to securing top-tier press coverage, AMCONYC prides itself on being unstoppable when it comes to developing brand recognition and attracting target consumers. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and London, AMCONYC has also established a reputation as the ideal launch pad for today’s hottest designers and brands that want to increase industry awareness launch their line or stimulate brand promotion by creating professionally executed fashion shows, pop-up retail stores, influencer events and experiential activations.

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Attention All Dog and Cat Moms!!! Perfect For Mother’s Day

Transform Your Home with Flagology’s Personalized Flags & Doormats

Send Them A Picture, They Put It On A Flag or Doormat!

Welcome Mother’s Day with a flag or doormat from Flagology. With an incredible range of seasonal and holiday-themed flags available, you can easily rotate flags all year round. Personalize your own or use Flagology’s dozens of premade designs to create a flag for your four-legged friend, or feature them in their best Spring time outfit.

Flagology specializes in personalized photo flags, so you can show off your favorite picture on a high-quality decorative flag.  Each flag is a unique
way to cherish a memory, remember a special moment or honor a personal hero.

Features of Flagology’s Personalized Flags & Doormats: 

  • Versatile decor- Flags can be used for all your celebrations: birthdays, weddings, holidays and more.

  • Custom photo flags- Upload a photo of your furry friend or hero, add a personalized message and accents such as a frame or border.

  • Printed on both sides- Flags are printed on each side in your choice of two premium fabrics. Incredible quality!

  • Great gift idea- Whether it is a pet or a human, Flagology is the perfect way to honor someone special. You can also capture landscapes, events, and milestones.

  • FREE personalization– Unlimited personalization is included in every single flag. No character limits.

  • Memorial flags- Their large collection includes memorial flags to honor a beloved pet or hero’s passing.

  • Flagology has the largest collection of personalized and custom photo doormats in the market. Doormats are printed to order in vibrant color on recycled rubber.  Outdoor safe and easy to clean.  Complementary scroll tray also available. (Tray sold separately.)

Flags are available in 2 sizes- Garden (12.5” x 18”) and house (28” x 40”) sizes.

Customers can choose from a wide range of designs or customize their own online. Flagology’s user-friendly website offers an easy-to-use online flag designer where you can be the creative director. Design and decorate your flag by choosing text, clipart, and hundreds of other designs to create a personalized flag for your home.

About Flagology:

Owner, Susan Boaz, was inspired to start a personalization company when she rescued her dog Bella. She could not find a flag that looked anything like her unique puppy, so she created a fabulous custom flag herself. Enter Flagology, a family and pet-friendly company that specialized in custom flags and doormats that feature anything people love or care about. Pets, families, passions and causes can now be displayed proudly outdoors. Susan is also a strong advocate for non-profits that help children with OCD and related autoimmune disorders. She is dedicated to providing increased mental health research, awareness and support for kids and their parents.

Susan is excited about the growth of their small business, and often says, “We have so many more ideas about products we can create for our customers.  They inspire us and sometimes bring us to tears. We are so proud to hear their stories and create custom products so they can fly their heart on a flag.”  

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Try These Oscar-Worthy Low Calorie Cocktails

What’s more relaxing than an evening with the Oscars and a drink in hand?

A guilt-free way to enjoy those cocktails! Cozy up in front of the TV on Feb. 26 with a low-calorie cocktail inspired by some of the Oscar nominees. Of course you could always enjoy the drinks anytime. Take a look at the themed recipes below.

La La Lemon-berry Drop

Introducing your new favorite cocktail, the La La Lemon-Berry Drop! Start with 3 muddled raspberries at the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice, 1 oz of vodka and 4 oz of Cascade Ice Lemonade. Swirl the mixture around and strain into a sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with a lemon slice or a couple raspberries if desired!

Octavia’s Orangesicle Float

This simple, kid-friendly drink is sure to be a crowd pleaser! In a tall glass, put two scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream.  Next, pour Cascade Ice Orange Mango over the ice cream until the glass if full. Garnish with an orange slice if desired and serve with a spoon and a straw!

The Mathmaticians Moonshine

This bourbon berry cocktail will get an Oscar in your heart. Start with 3 muddle blackberries in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and then combine 1 oz of Bourbon, 6 oz of Huckleberry Blackberry Cascade Ice into the shaker. Squeeze one lemon slice into the mixture and then give it a nice stir. Strain the blackberry goodness into a sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with blackberries and a mint leaf and enjoy!

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