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Tokyo Runway Meets New York- NYFW15

Fig & Viper

Fig & Viper

Japanese fashion designers have long been recognized for their creativity and futuristic vision that weaves pop culture through its artistic interpretations of fashion.

It was no different this season during the TOKYO RUNWAY meets NEW YORK show that was held during NY Fashion week last week.

A collaboration between the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Startup and New Business Promotion Division Small and Medium Enterprise Agency and the Japan Fashion Week Organization, it is always great to see new emerging talent with the support of the Japanese government.

The show highlighted seven Japanese contemporary brands to condense casual, luxury, and street which culminated in a show that aimed to inject energy into the Japanese market and generate international interest. The Fall 2015 roster includes: clean, contemporary clothing from AULA; layered and textured designs from DOUBLE STANDARD CLOTHING; the bold colors and couture inspired clothes from DRESSCAMP; Tokyo street style represented by FIG&VIPER; feminine designs from HAN AHN SOON; FW15 and 16SS limited edition collaboration collection by Mastermind featuring A-GIRL'S; and the elegant world expressed by Riccimie NEW YORK.

"Choosing to show at New York Fashion Week rather than other fashion capitals was a natural choice as New York City is celebrated for its diversity and a kindred spirit with Tokyo's energy, eclectic tastes, and excitement," said Shinji Hirato, Producer TOKYO RUNWAY meets NEW YORK.

"We are confident showing in New York City will revitalize interest in the Japanese market from a global audience."
He added, "Japanese fashion has long been an inspiration for pop culture from musicians to movies and this showcase is a prime opportunity for the fashion industry to view the diversity of Japanese fashion and coming trends first hand."


Asia Fashion Collection Launches At NYFW



To demonstrate the support that Asia has in fostering new design talent, the Asia Fashion Collection (AFC) returned to New York Fashion Week with six new designers who presented their Fall Collections at the Salon, Lincoln Center with emerging designers from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong to show the world the rising talent of the East.

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How Did A Janitor Amass $8 Million?

The name Ronald Read might not mean too much to you -- yet -- but it certainly does to Vermont's Brooks Memorial Library and Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, which received gifts totaling $6 million. They came not from a titan of industry or big-name philanthropist, but from the estate of Ronald Read, who worked as a janitor and gas station attendant. Read died last year at the age of 92, with an estate valued near $8 million.

Stories like this are actually not unheard of. For those who pay attention, they offer a hugely valuable lesson -- that we can probably amass far more money than we would ever expect.

Of course, there's more to amassing $8 million, or any other large sum, than merely wishing for it and socking away extra dollars now and then. Let's review how Read did it, and what lessons we can learn from him:

How he did it:
He took a long time.
He lived frugally.
He kept learning.
He invested in familiar companies.
He favored dividend-paying stocks.
He was a buy-to-hold investor.


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Sheep Raised By Collies Thinks She's A Dog

After this sheep struggled to survive as a newborn, she was taken in by a loving home and adopted her new owners' pack of border collies. Because of her upbringing, she is now convinced that she is a dog and acts more like a collie than a sheep.


2015 Beautypress Spotlight Day In NYC

On one of the coldest days of the year, beautypress managed to break up the dreary winter week with some exciting new beauty brands, bringing together editors, and industry insiders for their highly anticipated 2015 Spotlight Day at Midtown Loft & Terrace in NYC. This is an event I look forward to where I always discover new brands and innovative products. 15 brands ranging from from hair care, skin care, cosmetics and fragrance showcased their latest product launches while sharing the inspiration and story behind each collection.

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Of Course It Was A Hate Crime

Yosur Mohammad Abu-Salha on her wedding day, just 6 weeks ago.

Yosur Mohammad Abu-Salha on her wedding day, just 6 weeks ago.

It came very suddenly, an outburst of tears amid my sobs. It had been building since the night before, when I first came across a tweet indicating that something horrible had happened in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a city which I had associated mainly with college basketball. The limited news coverage, all local at first, showed a middle-aged man imploring police officers to let him see his son’s apartment, then to at least tell him if his son was alive or not, all to no avail. Then came more tweets, still just a trickle, before the police had commented, before the news stations could even report it, saying that three young people, all Muslims by religious faith, had been shot and killed. Then, a river of tweets, coming from the victims’ friends and relatives, who posted pictures:

  • A tall, smiling young man standing beside two smiling young women wearing hijabs, one also wearing a graduation cap;
  • The same young man seated with one of the women for a formal portrait on their wedding day, the young man dressed sharply, the young woman a radiant bride;
  • The young man, in his wedding suit sans jacket, dribbling a basketball;
  • The young woman, proudly standing with her husband, who sports a white medical jacket;
  • The young man and woman at a Carolina Panthers football game;
  • The young woman at her wedding, dancing with a man whose face is obscured by his arm, the caption reading “Dancing with Daddy ❤️."

“Dancing with Daddy ❤️.” No image could be more sweet, and in that moment, more heartbreaking at the same time. And the next morning, while watching the young man’s family as they held a brief press conference, seeing their pain was too much for me. I wept, and wept again when my eyes settled on the man’s grieving father. Perhaps it’s because I’m a father, too.

I can only imagine what the families of these beautiful, awesome young Americans are going through. The short several years in which I’ve been a dad have helped me gain, I think, a bit of insight into a parent’s grief when his or her child dies. The emotional bond between parent and child is so intensely powerful, that the death of a child must be shattering. When it comes suddenly, the grief must be unspeakable. For the families of the Chapel Hill victims, the grief is augmented even more by the horrific way in which the lives of Deah, his wife Yusor, and her sister Razan were taken.

I’ve read comments online from some folks who wonder why anyone really cares whether this triple murder is considered a hate crime. After all, they reason, any act of murder, much less one that takes multiple lives, is evil and full of hate. But that’s not what is meant by the legal term “hate crime.” Hate crimes, which can also include assault, harassment, or even vandalism, target victims because they belong to a particular group of people; a motivation of prejudice is present. Often, these groups are defined by race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Hate crimes are particularly heinous because they strike terror in the hearts of other people from that group; perhaps we could think of them as acts of “targeted terrorism.” Consequently, hate crimes often carry additional legal penalties for offenders.

At the moment, the authorities say they’re investigating whether the murders were actually hate crimes. Their alternative hypothesis asks if the killings are just the result of a belligerent, soon-to-be-divorced-again, open-gun-carrying neighbor with psychopathic traits who snapped when he felt aggrieved one too many times over parking spaces. The killer’s wife, his soon-to-be second ex-wife, has stated it was the latter and not the former.

But of course, it was a hate crime.

The alternative theory has a lot of truth to it. The murderer (who by now, you may have guessed, will be refused the dignity of being named in this column) was indeed belligerent, soon-to-be-divorced-again, open-gun-carrying, and lacking empathy for other people. And a perceived slight about parking may have lit his fuse on the day of the murders. But the powder keg inside him, the anger that had built up over years, demonstrates the reality - this was a hate crime.

Frequently, a crime becomes identifiable as a hate crime when the perpetrator yells a slur of some kind while in the act. That may not have happened here. But just because the Chapel Hill killer didn’t leave graffiti that says something awful like “ragheads go home” doesn’t mean it wasn’t a hate crime.
An examination of the murderer’s social media posts shows whom he most detests - religious people, whom he ridicules mercilessly. Particularly attracting his ire are Muslims and Christians.

If he indeed exploded in violence because he felt his parking rights had been violated one too many times, we need only look to that which fueled his fire the most - his antipathy toward religious people, of which he would have identified Deah, Yusor, and Razan as being, at the very least because of the women’s hijabs.

So of course it was a hate crime.

Some legal observers say that it is very hard to prove whether a crime is a hate crime, because a prosecutor must establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the perpetrator acted on his prejudice while in the act. Yes, it may be difficult. But the authorities should at least file hate crime charges and try. Deah’s, Yusor’s, and Razan’s families hope for that, as do many Muslim Americans, as do numerous Americans of every race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation.

I am one of those Americans. Because even if prosecutors are unable to convince a jury that a hate crime happened, we know the reality.

It was a hate crime.

Eugene Hung serves as the lead organizer in the Los Angeles area for the Man Up Campaign, which mobilizes young men worldwide to work for an end to violence against women and girls and to advocate for women’s equality. He also is the author of this blog, Raising Asian American Daughters. You can follow him on Twitter at @eughung.


Fashion Must Haves For A Winter Vacation

Going on a winter vacation can be a lot of fun, but packing for a trip during the heart of winter may prove to be challenging. Before you pack too many bags full of large winter jackets you most likely won’t wear, take the time to write down a list of what fashionable items are most important. Of course it’s nice to look trendy and beautiful while you’re on your trip, but there are the practical items to pack as well. From glitzy jewelry that complements your sweaters, to durable and comfy jeans from NYDJ, it’s important to pack a variety of winter wear without over packing. Here are some tips on how to put together a few winter outfits for your upcoming trip:

Pack a Few Pairs of Durable Jeans
Fashionable jeans are fun to wear during your winter vacation, but if you’re traveling to Alaska you’ll also need durable jeans. NYDJ offers wide leg jeans and tall jeans for women that will complement your shape and that will also keep you warm during the winter time. In addition, this brand has jeans that are made of quality materials, making it easier for you to wear them wherever your trip takes you, from a day out and about in town to dinner. Pack a few pair of slimming jeans for your winter trip and you’ll have no problem putting together a few outfits that will keep you warm and stylish.

Layer with Sweaters
Whether you’re a fan of wearing a sweater or jacket is up to you, but keep in mind if you’re going to be in a cold climate it’s important to layer. A v-neck cardigan layered under a heavier coat when you’re going to be outdoors for a long period of time will keep you warm and will also give you the option to layer down if needed. Another idea is to wear a poncho sweater with a long sleeve shirt underneath. This was a big trend in 2014 and it looks like it’s going to be trendy in 2015 as well. Pack a few sweaters and at least three or more long sleeve shirts. Layer as needed and you’ll stay warm during your trip.

Don’t Pack a Lot of Accessories
If you’re addicted to accessories and have officially run out of room due to packing a few sweaters, jeans, and one heavy coat, it’s time to cut back on the accessories. If you can fit jewelry in that’s great, but stick with a single pair of fashion boots and a more durable pair of boots that you can wear in the snow. Also, don’t forget warm socks, scarves, and gloves. Flats are another good option for snowy weather, but if the soles are slippery they might not be a good idea. Make wise decisions when packing for your winter vacation and enjoy your beautiful (and cold) destination!


For The Love Of Style: Do Whatever You Like

Sarah Sherman Samuel

Sarah Sherman Samuel

Some are born with a disability, while others acquire one over time because of some disease or accident. Many of them carry devices like pumps or urine bags and undergo frequent medical check-ups. Fashion seems a challenge for such people who are facing body issues. Most of them dress up according to their disability and hold back their love for style. Style reflects your personality and mind-set. Disability should not limit your style.

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Baltimore Ravens Defensive Tackle Terrence Cody Indicted On Animal Cruelty Charges

Baltimore County grand jury indicted Terrence Cody on animal cruelty charges on the same day the Ravens officially terminated the contract of the veteran defensive lineman.


Cody, who faces 15 counts, including two felony charges, turned himself in after a warrant was issued. He was processed at Precinct 3 and released on $10,000 bail, according to Baltimore County police. His arraignment hadn’t been scheduled as of late Monday afternoon.

Cody, a former second-round pick by the Ravens who made little impact in five seasons with the team and played in just one game this past season, also faces charges for illegal possession of an alligator, abuse or neglect of the animal, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

But the most serious charge is two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty, stemming from the death of one of his dogs, a Bullmastiff. If convicted, the crime is punishable by a maximum of three years in prison per charge and a $5,000 fine.

Peter Schaffer, Cody’s agent, told The Baltimore Sun in a telephone interview Monday night that the case against his client is flawed. He said late last month that Cody had taken the dog to the veterinarian and the dog subsequently died.

“This is all a result of the NFL allowing players to be convicted before they’re tried,” Schaffer said. “If Terrence wasn’t a public figure, they wouldn’t have ever charged him. It’s just ridiculous.

“If he was treating the dog so poorly, why would he take it to the veterinarian? They are trying to say he wanted the dog dead, which makes no sense because he loved the dog.”

Do you know anything about domestic violence? SAME THING!

The Ravens announced plans to release Cody on Jan. 23, an unusual step considering the defensive lineman was due to become an unrestricted free agent in March. They didn’t provide a reason for his release at the time, though it quickly became clear that the Ravens, who had five players arrested last offseason, wanted to distance themselves from Cody.

Elise Armacost, the director of communications for Baltimore County police, confirmed shortly after the move that Cody was being investigated for animal cruelty.

Monday marked the first day that the Ravens were allowed to officially terminate Cody’s contract, per league rules preventing roster cuts before the Super Bowl. Shortly after the Ravens made the announcement Monday that Cody was officially released, Baltimore County police announced that Cody had been indicted.

Cody already faced an uncertain future given that the 26-year-old played just nine snaps this past season and has had surgeries on both of his hips the past two years. If he’s convicted, Cody likely would be subject to discipline by the league for a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

“He’s done nothing wrong,” Schaffer said. “This could potentially affect his career adversely, and I’m not going to let it happen. This is a quality young man who’s a true animal lover. He wouldn’t hurt a fly, let alone a dog.”

Along with the two felony accounts of aggravated animal cruelty, Cody is charged with five misdemeanor counts of animal abuse or neglect involving the dog. That count is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

John Cox, deputy state's attorney for Baltimore County, said Cody isn't under suspicion of dog fighting.

Schaffer said the dog, which Cody paid $8,000 to get from Spain, got sick once before recovering and then fell ill again.

The vet obviously reported him!

“This was his favorite animal,” Schaffer said. “He’s still heartbroken. He’s so genuine. He would never hurt an animal. This is sad.”

In addition to the charges related to the dog, Cody was assessed one count of illegal possession of an alligator, and five counts of animal abuse or neglect of the alligator. The latter charge is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Cody also was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. While Cody has been a disappointment on the field, this is his first known bout with trouble off of it.

Cody played 57 games over five seasons with the Ravens and was credited with 87 tackles and two passes defended. A former standout in college at Alabama, Cody was taken by the Ravens in the second round of the 2010 draft.

But he’ll go down as one of general manager Ozzie Newsome’s biggest draft misses.


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Veganism: Taking The World By Storm

The number of vegans in New Zealand is skyrocketing, and according to a recent New Zealand Herald article, the increase is fueled by a motivation to help prevent disease, environmental degradation, and animal suffering on factory farms.

“A decade ago, the vegan diet was considered whacky, if not plain risky. Vegans were seen as un-fun characters who lived on dandelion tea and brown rice. Now, eating vegan is seriously cool,” explains the author.

Here are eight other countries that are ditching meat and embracing delicious plant-based foods:

1. Spain

An article published in The Guardian last year highlights the growing population of vegetarians and vegans in Spain.

According to the article, “Spanish people have a reputation as diehard meat eaters. But in recent years, as the number of vegan or vegetarian restaurants in Spain has doubled, there are signs of change.” The author continues, “The idea that we should, at the very least, eat less meat is increasingly common in Spain, as in many other parts of Europe.”

2. The United Kingdom

A whopping one in eight British adults now follows a vegetarian or vegan diet.

While 12 percent of the total population has decided to ditch meat, that percentage jumps to 20 for people between the ages of 16 and 24. And that’s not all: millions more in the UK are “flexitarians” and have dramatically cut back on their meat consumption.

3. Sweden

Nearly 10 percent of the country now identifies as vegetarian or vegan, with young people leading the way.

According to a poll conducted by Animal Rights Sweden, in the last five years, the number of Swedish vegetarians has increased by 4 percent!

4. Israel

An article published by JSpace News last year showcases the growing vegan population in Israel, estimating that at the time of publication there were nearly 300,000 vegans in this tiny country, making up 4 percent of the total population.

The author explains, “That makes Israel the vegan capital of the world, with more people per capita eschewing all animal products in their diet than any other nation.”

5. India

If you thought India couldn’t get more veg-friendly, think again! Last year, the Indian city Palitana became the first all-vegetarian city in the world.

Behind this revolutionary change are the Jain monks who went on a hunger strike to pressure the state of Gujarat to outlaw animal slaughter in their city. The hunger strike was successful and the Gujarat government imposed a ban on animal slaughter and outlawed the sale of meat and eggs.

6. Germany

Germany is home to over 7 million vegetarians and is experiencing an increasing demand for plant-based products. Even the 200-year-old Oktoberfest, a meat-laden annual German beer festival, has taken notice, and is offering delicious vegan versions of traditional favorites.

In addition, the ambitious owner of Veganz, an all-vegan supermarket chain based in Germany, is now boasting a goal of opening 60 more stores by 2020, due to popular demand!

7. Canada

Results from a survey of Canadian food consumption for 2013 reflect a nearly 10 percent drop in meat consumption since 2001. While a general decrease was noted across the meat categories, the greatest decline was seen in pork consumption, with a decrease of 4.5 percent.

And just last month, The Huffington Post Canada highlighted Canada’s growing trend away from the consumption of milk. In fact, milk consumption has fallen 25 percent as more and more people opt for delicious plant-based alternatives, such as almond milk and soy milk.

8. United States

Here in the U.S., private investors are putting millions into vegan food start-ups like Beyond Meat, which had Microsoft mogul Bill Gates singing its praises, or Hampton Creek Foods, which garnered the attention of Asia’s richest businessman, Li Ka-Shing, along with a $23 million investment.

And global market research company Mintel recently found that 36 percent of Americans purchase meat alternatives at least some of the time.

With more and more people moving away from meat, there’s never been a better time to add more vegetarian foods to your diet.

You can order your FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide here.

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