Award Winning Beauty Expert Opens STUDIO AHN Salon in Beverly Hills

STUDIO AHN, the high end boutique hair, makeup and beauty salon for women and men, is slated to be launched by internationally acclaimed Hyewon Ahn at 224 S Robertson Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA. The studio features the complete range of services including cutting, coloring, styling, hair and eyelash extensions, professional or personal custom wigs, face and body painting, make-up, and special events requirements including bridal or photo shoots. The interiors of the over seven hundred square foot space has been designed as a blend of modern sophistication and vintage details to emphasize the team’s dedication to on-trend styles while evoking a warm, welcoming beauty destination for everyone. Carefully selected fine wood, laid out in alternating panels, highlight variations in shade and texture punctuated by brick and beautiful antique furnishing.

Studio Ahn was conceived by Hyweon Ahn to go beyond the average salon to reflect the limitless possibilities of creative beauty she has conceived in her multi disciplinary career. Her mastery in the craft of designing and creating beauty through makeup, body paint and applications is widely recognized in the fashion and entertainment industries, leads an exceptional team of beauty artists for the studio. She will also be on hand to take exclusive appointments. Studio Ahn will operate daily from around 10am to 6pm.

ABOUT HYEWON AHN

Hyewon Ahn is the renowned make-up, body painting, wig design, and special effects artist whose acclaimed fashion, photography, film, TV, and theatre work has appeared in leading publications such as Vogue, The Guardian and Tatler, as well as in various film projects including the Harry Potter franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney’s Cinderella, and JJ Abrams’ Star Trek. Her illustrious roster of clients includes iconic fashion brands Christian Dior, Cartier, Vivienne Westwood, and Alice Temperley. She has worked on principal artists, choruses and actors for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, the Savoy Theatre production of “Cabaret” and the London Palladium’s “A Chorus Line”, episodes of the BBC’s hit series Dr Who, and for the world renowned Madame Tussauds Museum where she worked on the wax models of Kate Winslet, Lady Gaga, Elvis Presley, Queen Elizabeth II and David Beckham. Her highly regarded reputation is well earned for meticulous attention to detail. As a recognized authority in her field Hyewon has conducted master classes worldwide to instruct emerging artists.

Rising Up: One Down Syndrome Supermodel’s Story of Inspiration

We’re thrilled to share the inspiring story of supermodel, activist, and inspiration Madeline Stuart. Modeling is not easy. It takes commitment, time and discipline. But Madeline takes all that and adds passion, breaking boundaries and overcoming what some would see as a disadvantage. 

Madeline is proof that anything is possible. Doctors once told her mom she would never amount to anything because she has Down syndrome, but 21 years later, she continues to prove them wrong while inspiring thousands along the way. She was just featured in Vogue Australia and is currently taking Europe by storm, walking the runways at London and Paris Fashion Week. Today, on World Down Syndrome Day, she is getting ready to meet Albania’s president to show off her collection.

She is starting 2018 the fittest she’s ever been. She committed to healthy eating and exercising, working out 6 days a week with a personal trainer and sprinkles in time on the basketball court and on the field playing cricket. She’s lost over 50 pounds… an especially challenging goal for someone with Down syndrome.

Her love for modeling and inspiring others with disabilities to stay healthy and fit keeps her going. Today, Madeline’s striking photographs have been seen by millions around the world. She’s been featured in major magazines and newspapers including Vogue, Forbes, Cosmopolitan and Woman’s Day to name a few.

Next on her to-conquer list is a bikini shoot. For now she plans to continue to rock the runways at Milan Fashion Week, LA Fashion Week and in Istanbul. 

 

Learn more about Madeline by visiting her social media sites:

Fashionable Gifts for the Trendy Guy on Your Shopping List

Men often get a bad rap for dressing like slouches, especially when what they wear is under their own control. While we all have men in our lives with t-shirts that they’ve owned since the ‘80s; some of us also know men who are trend-setters. The latter can be harder to buy for, as we are anxious to get them something that will please their picky sense of taste. Don’t panic, though, as we’ve got your back (or, really, his back). Read on for fashionable gift ideas for the trendy guy on your shopping list.

A Masculine Man Bag

The man purse is an oft-used punchline but the reality is men need something stylish to store their goodies in just as much as women do. If your dapper dude is a workout fanatic, likes or needs to travel, or commutes into work, he needs a bag that’s both fashionable and functional—and that’s not always an easy task. If you go for a work bag, make sure it suits his work atmosphere and commute, so something leather might not work for someone who gets caught in the rain at least once a week. As for workout bags, you want these to be waterproof on the bottom, stylish on the outside, but also be small enough to store. And when it comes to the weekender, you can’t go wrong with something like this sleek Michael Kors duffle. It’s not the cheapest bag on the market but it will last for a very long time.

A Watch That Works and Wows

If your man is still using his cell phone to tell time, you need to sit him down for a little chat. All grown men should own a watch, and preferably at least one for the active portion of their lives and one that’s more for work and/or going out at night. There are a lot of amazing sports watches that can do everything from tell him where he is if he were dropped in the middle of a desert to timing his next 10-mile hike. If he needs one that will impress both at the office and out at night, check out MVMT leather watches. Bonus: He’ll no longer have any excuses for being late.

Throw Some Shade

Sunglasses are a great gift, as many of us often need them but we don’t think to replace scratched or lost pairs for ourselves. And stylish men like to have a pair for every occasion, so you can’t go wrong. Whether you get him a classic pair of Ray-Ban wayfarers, some sporty Von Zippers for his next time on the slopes, or a pair of classic Burberry sunglasses for the office, he’ll think of you every time he puts them on (and it’s hard to argue with that).

Sneakers

While these have never gone out of style for their pure functionality, there is no doubt sneakers are having a moment. A pair of clean Converse, Adidas, or insanely expensive designer sneakers can even be used in lieu of dress shoes on many occasions. Many men have their groomsmen in these instead of dress shoes on their big days, which surely makes the transition to the dance floor easier. And because they must be clean and flawless-looking to be a proper part of your stylish man’s closet, a new pair of sneaks is never a bad idea. 

He Can Leave His Hat On

Hats are another big part of many men’s lives. While they might not be allowed in the office during the week, he surely dons a variety of them on the weekends. There’s something about a hat that just screams, “It’s time for lounging.” And from a warm beanie for cooler days and/or a ski hat to baseball hats that rep his favorite team and fedoras, there is no shortage of options to choose from.

The trendy men in our lives keep us on our toes when it comes to shopping for them but to that we say: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Buy anything off this list of gift ideas for men and you’ll surely beat Santa at his own game.

How to Update Your Wardrobe Without Overhauling Your Entire Closet

Fun floral prints, pops of color and luxury materials are all making appearances in footwear, accessories and ready-to-wear items this fall. Fashion lovers will have the freedom to update their wardrobe by selecting a few key pieces — without feeling the need to overhaul their entire closets.

Nichole Duck, buyer for shoe retailer Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, is sharing her list of top essentials to update outfits, ensuring they are on-trend and ready for the transition to cooler weather.

Ultra-Feminine Blouses: Women’s blouses containing classic feminine touches are fresh, fun and flirty this season, with updated features such as oversized ruffles, bell sleeves and pretty one-shouldered styles.

Try an off-the-shoulder top with a favorite pair of frayed vintage jeans and neutral over-the-knee boots. Sky-high boots are on-trend in a big way.

Navy as a Neutral: While shades of black and tan are still a much-needed staple in every woman’s closet for the fall season, other popular colors are boldly challenging the traditional neutral color palette.

Brown and navy have always been a popular color combination. To add some warmth on cool autumn days, consider a pair of camel colored boots with a slim profile to accentuate a navy pencil skirt or shirt dress.

Versatile Prints and Embellishments: A fresh flower arrangement may not first come to mind when we think of the leaves changing colors. However, this season’s apparel offerings are virtually overflowing with pretty floral patterns and designs that are so lovely and unexpected, they may inspire us all to host fabulous autumn garden parties.

Other embellishments, such as lace, embroidery and iridescent accents that sparkle and shine, even during daytime, will be evident in finishing details to enhance any outfit for a variety of occasions. Try a pair of perforated cut out booties with a stacked heel to complete the look.

Velvet Crush: Designs cut from this rich fabric will be seen in a variety of gorgeous jewel tones. The decadent material can be infused with other popular fall items, like pleated gold skirts, sheer materials and such footwear as a pair of effortlessly chic mules with a hint of sparkle.

Booties’ Big Moment: While more casual-inspired footwear is definitely still on trend, Duck says it’s time to make room in the closet for more booties, especially as they feature an endless variety in features. Think lace-up detail or perforated patterns — heel heights and toe shape.

For more ideas on how to venture into the fall season in style, visit offbroadwayshoes.com. They have styles to accommodate a range of fashionistas — from top designers and name brands.

No matter which trends fit your personal style, you can make fall fashion simple by updating your entire wardrobe with just a few new pieces for the season. (StatePoint)

Diamonds Direct, North Austin and The Domain’s Premier Jeweler Offering one of the Largest Selections of Fine Jewelry and Diamonds

Texas’ tax free holiday weekend is August 11 to 13 and why only limit yourself to purchasing clothing, backpacks and school supplies. Diamonds Direct is offering an extended tax free holiday sale to customers. From now until August 12 all sales prices on jewelry include sales tax- so what you see is what you pay.

From engagement rings and wedding bands, to colored gemstone jewelry and fashion pieces, shoppers can take full advantage of obtaining some sparkly new bling
during this special promotion.

 Tax Free Holiday Savings

August 1- August 12

Regular Store Hours

Diamonds Direct

The Domain

11104 Domain Dr

Austin, TX 78758

Diamonds Direct offers a huge selection of loose and mounted diamonds ranging in size from under a half carat to over 20 carats. Diamonds Direct also features a multitude of engagement ring mountings byAmerica’s top designers, wedding bands, pendants, earrings, bracelets, pearls, colored gemstones and fine fashion jewelry. Diamonds Direct is a socially responsible company that thinks globally and acts locally. The company ensures all diamonds are ethically sourced via the Kimberly Process and is responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for local philanthropies and cultural organizations that are critical to the communities Diamonds Direct calls home. For more information, visit www.DiamondsDirect.com.

Rihanna is Mesmerizing at the L.A. Premiere of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Monday, July 17, Rihanna showed up for the L.A. premiere of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and showed out. The super star singer and actress stars in the new action flick as a shape-shifter named “Bubble,” a fitting name considering her light as cotton candy statement dress.

Rihanna’s pink ensemble consisted of a couture Giambattista Valli tulle dress, Manolo Blahnik lace-up heeled sandal, and a chic clutch.

Rihanna’s rosy-mauve make-up complemented well with the softness of her look. Her hairstyle was styled perfectly styled and was the crown jewel of head-to-toe stylish ensemble.

The girl is so Chic!  So InFluential! ALWAYS!

TODAY is National Caviar Day!

NATIONAL CAVIAR DAY

On July 18 recognize a seafood delicacy with roe on toast.  It’s National Caviar Day!

In simple terms, caviar is Sturgeon fish eggs.  There are several species of Sturgeon fish.  As a result, the caviar produced varies in colors depending on the species.  Caviar is full of protein and vitamins making the delicacy a healthy meal.

The United States was the leading distributor of caviar around the year 1900 producing over 600 tons a year.  However, due to the over harvesting of Sturgeon fish for the caviar, a ban was put in place to protect the Sturgeon fish from becoming extinct.  The population has never recovered sufficiently since the ban, resulting in caviar’s continued status as a luxury item.

China I2i Group Survey Shows Dior, Prada, Gucci & Coach Are the Most Desired Brands of Chinese Millennial Global Travelers

1.2 Million Chinese Travel Shoppers Surveyed

Shanghai, China, June 14, 2017 - According to a recent survey of Chinese international travel shoppers on Wechat by the China i2i Group in Shanghai, 11,528 global Chinese travel shoppers were surveyed through i2i’s nine WeChat travel and shopping platforms in China out of the total follower base of over 1.2 million.

Dior, Prada, Gucci and Coach were ranked at the top by these Chinese travel shoppers, followed by Hermes, Chanel, Burberry, BOSS and Tiffany. LV, the top desired brand for most Chinese global shoppers over the past years was ranked 10th, indicating that many millennial Chinese shoppers crave different brands compared to what their parents preferred.

China i2i CEO, Alexander Glos, commented, “We see two big trends in global Chinese travel shopping. The rise of the millennial or as I call them in China — Singleton’s, because they are choosing to enjoy life and delaying marriage.  Second, the willingness to explore with new brands, be unique and not a follower”.

The 2017 China i2i Group WeChat Survey taps into a unique ecosystem in China. While many brands are challenged by how to find the right Chinese global shoppers, they often use their traditional European or North American marketing models in China. Regrettably, this often does not produce the right results because the overall demographics in China are not the same as abroad.

The China i2i Wechat ecosystem uses traditional print publications distributed to Chinese travelers at the point of their travel visa application as the source to find “real” travelers. More than 99% of these readers will travel. Each magazine has its own WeChat platform and the readers are invited to join.  This creates a 1.2 million travel shopper ecosystem that brands and retailers can tap to connect with valuable customers on a daily basis, like a CRM system.

Based on the survey, these travelers accounted for over $3.4 billion in annual shopping while traveling around the world, with 690,000 guests in 4 and 5-star hotels and 875,000 car rentals. 94% of those surveyed said they use their WeChat internationally while shopping and traveling.

WeChat is the largest social media platform in China with over 900 million daily users. Most use the platform between 45 and 65 times each day.

Complete survey results can be downloaded from http://www.i2i-china.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017-China-i2i-Group-WeChat-Survey.pdf.

For More Information:

Alexander Glos
China i2i CEO
Email: aglos@i2imedia.net
USA Tel: ++1.202.407.9222
China Tel: ++86.185.1613.2242
Website: www.i2i-china.com

Mack, Jack & McConaughey Host the Soiree of the Season with a Reason

Written By William Jackson

Photography courtesy of Randy Smith.

For the past five years, thousands of guests enjoy two full days of events hosted by Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M), the joint fundraising effort of ESPN analyst and legendary football coach Mack Brown, ACM award-winning recording artist Jack Ingram and Academy Award®-winning actor Matthew McConaughey combine forces for a two-day fundraising event benefiting Austin nonprofits CureDuchenne, Dell Children’s Medical Center, HeartGift, just keep livin Foundation, and The Rise School of Austin.

On April 20, guests filled ACL Live for the fifth annual gala, which included a red-carpet reception, VIP meet-and-greet, dinner, live auction, and stellar musical performance by award-winning country music stars Jack Ingram and Miranda Lambert, who was the headliner for the gala.

Texas native Miranda Lambert is the reigning Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year, having been bestowed the honor for seven consecutive years. Her recognitions include two Grammy Awards, 13 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, and 25 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards as well as many other accolades. Miranda released her most recent effort, a double album titled The Weight of These Wings in November 2016, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

April 21 kicked off with a golf tournament at Spanish Oaks Golf Club followed by a fashion show and luncheon hosted by Sally Brown, Amy Ingram and Camila Alves McConaughey with support from Neiman Marcus.  Guests experienced an intimate runway show featuring selections from the latest collection of iconic and leading global design talent Jason Wu.


Camila Alves McConaughey interviews Jason Wu

Camila Alves McConaughey interviews Jason Wu

The fashion event commenced with a lively VIP cocktail reception presented by Fashion Forms. Following the runway show, guests enjoyed a luncheon where hostess Camila Alves McConaughey interviewed Jason Wu on his inspiration for the collection and his impressive career.

 

Amy Ingram, Camila Alves McConaughey, Andra Liemandt, Jason Wu, Jenny Mason, and Sally Brown

Amy Ingram, Camila Alves McConaughey, Andra Liemandt, Jason Wu, Jenny Mason, and Sally Brown

The entire affair wrapped up back at ACL Live with a singer/songwriter showcase from Little Big Town, Kris Kristofferson, and nearly one dozen of the most important songwriters and performers of our time.

We look forward to lending our support at the 6th annual installment which is planned for April 2018.

Mack, Jack & McConaughey Fashion Show to Feature Designer Jason Wu

Neiman Marcus Returns to MJ&M as the Official Retail Partner for the Sold Out Event 

Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) announced that iconic fashion designer Jason Wu will show his latest collection at the exclusive MJ&M fashion show and luncheon at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas on April 21. The show is hosted by Sally Brown, Amy Ingram and Camila Alves McConaughey with support from Neiman Marcus.  Presenting sponsor of the MJ&M fashion show and luncheon is The Mrs. with the VIP reception and lounge presented by Fashion Forms.

“I have been a fan of Jason Wu for a long time,” said Camila Alves McConaughey. “I believe he really knows and understands how to flatter the female figure. I am thrilled to host him in Austin, and know the runway show and luncheon guests will love seeing the latest collection and hearing the personal inspiration behind it.”

Jason Wu is a leading global design talent based in New York. Through merging classic American sportswear elements with a sophisticated global attitude, he has created timeless classics with glamorous sensibility and a distinctively feminine aesthetic. Since debuting his ready-to-wear collection in 2007, Jason has been dedicated to making clothes that are beautifully crafted from the inside out. Although only 33, the precocious designer has already achieved many of his aspirations. His collection is sold globally and he dresses some of the most influential women in the world including Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Diane Kruger, Kerry Washington and Christy Turlington among many others.

“Austin and all of the women involved with MJ&M have a unique sense of style, and my designs really align with that,” said Jason Wu.  “I’m honored to show my collection in Austin, and especially to help raise funds for the children’s charities MJ&M supports.”

“We are proud to once again partner with MJ&M, and to bring Jason Wu’s collection to Austin,” said Chris Hendel, Vice President, General Manager of Neiman Marcus Austin.  “We know our guests will embrace the opportunity to shop Mr. Wu’s amazing designs.”

The fashion event starts with a VIP cocktail reception presented by Fashion Forms. Tito’s is the presenting spirits sponsor. Following the runway show, the audience is invited to a luncheon where hostess Camila Alves McConaughey will interview the designer on his inspiration for the collection and his impressive career.

The host committee for the sold-out runway show and luncheon includes: Jenny Aghamalian, Ellen Burt, Laura Craddick, Jamie Chandlee, Kelly Dodson, Katie Jaffe, Anna Hansen, Andra Liemandt, Tracey Marshall, Natalie Noble, Nicki Riley, Stacey Smith, Angela Smogur, Loren Stalcup, Wendy Topfer and Leslie Ward.

This spring marks the fifth year of the Mack, Jack & McConaughey event, which has raised over $5 million in the last four years. Every year, thousands of guests enjoy two full days of events benefitting charities working to empower kids through education, health and wellness programming.  The April 20 opening gala includes a musical performance by Jack Ingram and Miranda Lambert at ACL Live. On April 21, MJ&M will continue with a golf tournament at Spanish Oaks Golf Club. Simultaneously on Friday, MJ&M will hold the fashion show and luncheon.  Friday wraps up with the incredible Jack Ingram & Friends concert presented by H-E-B at ACL Live featuring Kris Kristofferson and nearly one dozen of the most important songwriters and performers of our time. Funds raised at MJ&M 2017 will support CureDuchenne, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, HeartGift, the just keep livin Foundation and the Rise School of Austin.

Major sponsors of this year’s MJ&M event include: Allstate, American Campus Communities, American Airlines, Fashion Forms, H-E-B, Late European, Nike, Spanish Oaks Golf Club, Target, The Mrs., Tito’s, Washington Redskins and Wild Turkey.

For more information on Jason Wu, please visit: https://www.jasonwustudio.com/.

For more information about Mack, Jack & McConaughey, visit www.mjm2017.com.

About MJ&M:
Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M), the joint fundraising effort of ESPN analyst and legendary football coach Mack Brown, ACM award winning recording artist Jack Ingram, and Academy Award®-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, is a two day event filled with music, golf, fashion, and fun. Previous MJ&M gala headliners include Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley and Kacey Musgraves. The gala is followed by a jam-packed day with a golf tournament being held simultaneously with a once-in-a-lifetime fashion show that has previously featured MILLY, Badgley Mischka, Veronica Beard and Lela Rose.  The day concludes back at ACL Live for a singer-songwriter line up of talent unmatched by any other event. Jimmy Kimmel previously hosted the evening and past performers include Little Big Town, Eric Church, Jamey Johnson, Lyle Lovett, Bobby Pinson and dozens of the biggest names in music.

As published originally by Craddick Public Relations.