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Monday, July 28, 2014


FEATURED IN IMAGE: Heather and Sam Dodge 
Photo Credit: Courtesy of HBO

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FEATURED IN IMAGE: Alexander and Janice Caillet
Photo Credit: Linda Peckman Dubliner/Courtesy of HBO

Is getting married all that it's cracked up to be?  We're not going to touch that, however, HBO Documentaries has got another brilliant documentary out in 112 Weddings, which is precisely that.  Doug Block, wedding videographer, is curious, which we sincerely applaud.  We are absolutely curious, and we are the first to recommend a restaurant, movie, shoe brand, beauty product and many other recommendable items, however we cannot recommend whom to marry!  

We will say we think a lot more planning goes into weddings than marriages in many cases, and whether you are married, single, or engaged, listening to these comprehensive, honest social studies captured in this work will elucidate issues that can arise.  If there are 50 shades of Grey, there are even more shades of weddings and quite possibly 112~!  Doug revisits several of these couples to see if they are still together, and what they think of marriage.  He looks at brand new couples as well as couples who have a relationship that's run its course.  Their responses are most interesting, and it's clear that he is excellent at what he does and also at the relationship, because these people really opened up to him.   In watching this, it's evident that there is a lot of mutual respect between Doug and the couples.  It's to your benefit to gain their wisdom!

HBO Documentaries has captured one of their most interesting topics ever, and it's one of the most all-encompassing as well for society.
FEATURED IN IMAGE: Jodi and Michael Smart
Photo Credit: David Gordon/Courtesy of HBO

We liked how this was done in association with the BBC; we are huge advocates of BBC Home Entertainment to be certain.  
Photo Credit: Courtesy of HBO

112 Weddings is truly a practice in Cinema Verite: in otherwords, the truth.  Doug is not afraid to ask questions like "What did you think marriage was going to be?" and the answer to that is lots of compromise and choices for everyone.   Doug asks: "What goes into staying married?" and we like the answer "You have to laugh!" Issues come up, and couples discuss how they get back on track, and it's clear that proper communication is essential.  

These are not couples that say life is like a bowl of cherries~!  Some of it is for certain, however, there are also couples profiled that have had their share of problems, and in some cases divorce is featured, which we applaud and are not surprised by.  HBO always is great in documentaries about capturing all sides of an issue.  A lesbian couple is featured as well.  

Some of the more fun questions are "How did you meet?" "[Address what you think of] Fate?"  and "Does Everyone Have a Soulmate?"  What a lovely concept, but is the last one reality?

It's our privilege as the audience to experience the candid nature of these participants: they are so honest, so forthcoming, and so true to their experience.  This is testament to how they feel about Doug Block and their belief in sharing what they have learned with others so others might approach marriage with the most heightened sense of reality.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of HBO

Happily ever after is complicated.  Turning on your tv to HBO is not.  112 Weddings by HBO Documentaries 
is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.

FEATURED IN IMAGE: Jodi and Michael Smart
Photo Credit: Courtesy of HBO

For the past two decades, filmmaker Doug Block (HBO’s “51 Birch Street,” “The Kids Grow Up”) has helped support his documentary work by shooting the occasional wedding. Known for his intimate, fly-on-the-wall style, he repeatedly found himself bonding with couples on their big day, never to see them again once the video was completed. 

Having long wondered what became of some of these marriages, Block began to track down a few of his favorite couples. Juxtaposing rapturous wedding-day flashbacks with remarkably candid present-day interviews, the documentary 112 WEDDINGS asks what comes after “I do,” exploring timeless themes of love, romance and commitment.

“When you guys were about to get married, what did you think marriage was going to be?” asks Doug Block, posing the question to nine couples. Rachel and Paul, the first, have been married 13 years. “No idea?” Rachel answers uncertainly, as she and Paul begin laughing. Their bodies and voices overlap comfortably as they discuss the ups and downs of marriage while their two young children play nearby. Although their current tiring, child-centric life stands in sharp contrast to the pageantry of their wedding day, they are still happy. “With you, I don’t feel like it’s work,” Rachel declares. 

Augie, who married Jenn eight years ago, was relieved when challenges such as moving in together and getting married didn’t harm their relationship. “We got married and everything was just fine,” he recalls. It wasn’t until the birth of their first child, and the ensuing sleep deprivation, that the relationship was truly tested. Augie admits there were times he thought of leaving, prompting an emotional Jenn to confess, “When things are going good, I don’t want to sit and think about when they’re bad.” 

Others have also had their relationship rocked by the birth of a child. “It feels like a lifetime ago,” says Olivia, recalling her wedding to Dennis nine years before. Wedding footage shows them dancing in each other’s arms, but that blissful beginning gave way to a harsher reality when their daughter was diagnosed with cancer just before her third birthday. While their different ways of dealing with the illness led to conflicts, Olivia and Dennis stuck together and are grateful they didn’t lose their daughter. 

In addition to the nine couples who share stories of post-wedding life, 112 WEDDINGS visits Heather and Sam, a young couple preparing for their big day. They welcome the chance to discuss their upcoming nuptials. “It’s nice to have just a little space to reflect on, you know, what [marriage is] going to be,” says Heather, smiling at her fiancé. 

Like Heather and Sam, Janice and Alexander are not yet married, though Block filmed their partnership ceremony 13 years ago. Since then, they have realized they are ready for “a different kind of commitment” after two children and a newfound desire to protect the family they’ve lovingly created. 

After catching up with couples old and young, happy and struggling, married and divorced, Block arrives at Heather and Sam’s ceremony to shoot his 112th wedding. Having bonded with so many couples on their big day and returning to hear the realities of “for better or for worse,” Block reveals what he’s come to believe is the most significant moment of a wedding: “The one where two people face the world together as a married couple and walk off bravely into the unknown future.” 

112 WEDDINGS is written, produced & directed by Doug Block; produced by Lori Cheatle; edited and co-written by Maeve O’Boyle. For HBO: senior producer, Lisa Heller; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.

FEATURED IN IMAGE: Doug Block (Writer, Producer, Director) 
Photo Credit: Bob Krasner/Courtesy of HBO


Congratulations to HBO Docs & Specials on Emmy Nominations! Whom You Know Says HBO Documentaries are Simply the Best.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented HBO documentaries with eight nominations for the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. A film about the search to cure progeria, 'Life According to Sam' was recognized in the category of exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking. 'One Last Hug' and 'Wynton Marsalis - A YoungArts Masterclass' were both nominated in the category of outstanding children's program.

'Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert' is up for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special, as is 'Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley,' which was also recognized in the category of outstanding narrator. 'Six by Sondheim' was tapped in the category of outstanding directing for a variety special. 'Herblock: The Black & The White' was nominated for music composition. 

On the specials front, 'Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays' received three nominations for outstanding picture editing, writing, and variety special. 'Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles' also scored nods for writing and variety special. 'Real Time With Bill Maher' was recognized in the variety series category.

In total, HBO received 99 Primetime Emmy nominations, the most of any network for the 14th consecutive year.


CEA Contributes $1 Million to CEA Foundation in Honor of Industry Visionary Jack Wayman

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced a $1 million contribution to the CEA Foundation in celebration of the more than 50 years of achievements and contributions to the consumer technology industry made by industry veteran Jack Wayman. Best known as the founder of the International CES®, held in Las Vegas every January, Wayman is widely recognized in the consumer electronics (CE) industry for his significant public policy and tradeshow leadership and contributions, including his successful efforts defending the CE industry in the landmark Sony Betamax case. The CEA Foundation’s mission is to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives. This charitable foundation, affiliated with CEA, launched its first series of grants in 2012. 

“The CEA Foundation reflects the best of the CE industry by using technology to increase opportunities for seniors and those with disabilities,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. “We make this donation in celebration of Jack Wayman who has reflected the best of our industry by creating business opportunities for technology professionals at the International CES and championing the critical policy issues impacting our industry over the past several decades. The CEA Foundation is helping the consumer technology industry ‘give back’ to those in need and this donation on Jack’s behalf is a terrific way for us to honor him and what he has given to our industry for more than 50 years.”

September 1 will mark 51 years that Wayman has been serving the CE industry. He created the first International CES in 1967, which has become the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. 

Wayman has received virtually every award and recognition in the electronics industry including the Electronic Industries Association’s (EIA) Distinguished Service Medal, the B’nai B’rith Electronic Industries Award, the United Jewish Appeal Electronics Award and Dealerscope Merchandising Career Achievement Award. He was inducted into the first class of the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame and has also been inducted into both the Electronic Industries Hall of Fame and the Video Hall of Fame. Named “Man of the Year” by several industry trade publications, Wayman was also chosen “Man of the Decade” by Audio/Video Magazine.

A U.S. combat infantry company commander from the Normandy invasion to the Battle of the Bulge through the end of World War II, Wayman has received many medals including two Purple Hearts and awards from France and Belgium. Wayman is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina, and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington D.C.

“CEA is a major supporter of the CEA Foundation and we’re so thrilled to receive this donation in recognition of Jack Wayman’s tremendous service to the CE industry,” said John Shalam, chairman of the CEA Foundation board. “Both the foundation and Jack Wayman have improved people's lives and made significant contributions. I thank CEA for its continued generosity with this donation, which will help extend Jack’s vision and vitality to many worthwhile beneficiaries for years to come.”

About the CEA Foundation
The CEA Foundation is a public, national foundation affiliated with the Consumer Electronics Association. It was established with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives. The Foundation is focused on strategic support of programs to impact these communities and has launched its first series of grants in 2012. It also serves to facilitate dialog between industry, consumers, government, advocacy groups and other key stakeholders around important issues. For more information on the CEA Foundation please visit

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at,


Yves Rocher Expert Firming Balm Gives You the Perfect Lift Say the Gorgeous Women of Whom You Know!

If you’re looking for a thick, firming cream or balm, this is just what you need! It works great on those super-dry areas (like elbows and knees) and areas in need of a little firming. I’ve found it’s nice to dab a little bit under my eyes, but generally use it on my neck and décolletage. The scent is nice and fresh – it’s not overpowering, but gives just enough of a scent to let you know you’ve applied something nourishing. You may think that it would leave your skin greasy in order to moisturize and firm like it does, but it absorbs really well into the skin, especially in sensitive areas or areas in need of a little extra care!

This tub of Yves Rocher Expert Firming Balm is the perfect size. I find moisturizers for the body come in enormous bottles and tiny travel tubes. This cream manages to be both light and rich at the same time. It feels luxurious going on and really seems to moisturize without a trace of greasiness. Smells light and fresh, like cucumbers. This cream relies on an all natural firming agent: Centella. Too soon to tell if its effective as a firmer, but definitely a pleasant body moisturizer.

Who doesn't want firm-looking skin? Like lots of woman it's on my wish list. Yves Rocher's Expert Firming Balm is great. It helps contour and firm your skin. It goes on creamy and thick but not greasy or oily and smells clean. I used it for a week straight and my skin felt soft, toned and supple.

We all have some place on our body we want to tone. Now there’s a balm from Yves Rocher to help with that little problem: Plant Therapy 
Silhouette Balm. The French love to take proper care of their skin, and have developed centuries of knowledge in doing just that. Yves Rocher as a plant loving company, has a rapport with their customer base that is unlike other companies. They develop new products from France on a constant basis, and get it to us in a delivery system that works. As do their products. With the Expert Firming Balm, you can use this as a toner, firmer, and psychological warrior against those fat cells that lurk in those certain spots. A clean cream that does not feel greasy or heavy, the Yves Rocher Experts are at work here in this jar, and deliver their results. Get in touch with your own private expert now: Yves Rocher. They deliver.

I really really liked this product. It goes on fairly easily and rubs in quickly. Immediately after using it the first time I could see results. The circles under my eyes seemed less dark and deep. The smile lines around my mouth also seemed smoother. I really liked how my skin looked after each use. I can see improvement each time. This firming cream may be the best I have ever used.


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We are true Botanical Beauty Experts: our passionate botanists are constantly traveling the world for new botanicals with beauty enhancing properties. Then, our scientists develop effective formulas made from botanical extracts. This expertise allows us to train beauty specialists who are ready to help women choose the best beauty products for their skin, in-store, online or by phone.

At Yves Rocher we guarantee the traceability of our products and ingredients as well as their effectiveness and safety for you and the environment.

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Peachy at The Met: The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection February 1-September 7, 2014 Our Coverage Sponsored by ECO SWIM BY AQUA GREEN

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A most gorgeous exhibit by The Metropolitan Museum of Art is The Flowering of Edo Period Painting, which lasts until September 7th.
We first featured this exhibit here:
The Edo Period is defined as 1615-1868 and the Feinberg collection is widely considered to be one of the best assembled private collections of this period outside of Japan.  
The landscape scrolls in shades of grays are striking, and like everything The Met does, this exhibit is well-thought out, arranged beautifully, and educates you on something you likely don't know much about prior.  Our favorite part of this was the glass deer!  It's an innovative new form of taxidermy to us...artificial crystal glass.  You might imagine the deer just exited the bubble bath.

The green of the pine in the above is stunning, and the colors chosen are vivid though few, so they have more emphasis on a standalone basis.
Some are quite refreshing and soothing to admire, like these fish.  This is exactly what you need during a Manhattan heat wave!

Other than the glass deer, of the two-dimensional pieces we liked these deer above the most.

Some of the newest parts of the exhibit we found quite appealing, like the dynamic motion captured in "Flow," (2011) the sand-glazed stoneware.  The 1986 Water Stone was superb; it's incredible how the waterflow is nearly invisible.
Standing and seated beauty were quite fashionable.


On His Medium, by Charles James

"Brancusi has his medium; Picasso, Faulkner, Shostakovich, theirs.  Mine happens to be cloth."
-Charles James
More on this exhibit:


Yves Rocher Foot Care Kit Highly Recommended by the Well-Heeled of Whom You Know! What Could Be Better than Having Your Feet Smell Like Organic Lavender from France! Bravo Once Again, Yves Rocher.

Most of us only focus on beauty routines for our feet when we make that annual transition from boots to sandals and flip-flops. There’s no reason for that to be the case, especially with Yves Rocher’s great (and comprehensive) Foot Care Kit. This wonderful little kit will help get your feet ready for any occasion, any time of year! Even if you don’t have an occasion or ‘reason’, go ahead and skip the trip to the spa and pamper yourself in the comfort of your own home! The effervescent tablet releases bubbles to relax your feet, and the scrub helps polish away dead and calloused skin. Follow up with the anti-fatigue gel and nourishing cream, and it’s a pedicure that can rival the best of them! Also, all four of the products feature organic lavender – a beautiful scent that you can also feel good about! Your feet and legs will feel pampered and relaxed, and they’ll look beautiful. 

I don’t always have the time or energy to go out and get a pedicure—a first world problem, to be sure. Yet as summer is here, I can’t keep my feet all bundled up in sneakers (or even Tom’s canvas shoes) for very much longer. Enter the Yves Rocher foot care kit, which includes everything a foot could want. Lavender Effervescence will make you feel like you’re at the nail salon after all as the bubbles caress your tired feet. The Polishing Foot Scrub is rough enough to buff off all your winter callouses. The Anti-Fatigue ice gel soothes and chills—just the perfect thing after a long, hot day on your feet. And the nourishing cream—in a delicious lavender scent—is just the right thing to leave your toes sandal ready.

My feet always need TLC after a long day in heels. Yves Rocher's Foot Care kit does wonders for tired soles.  Souls too!  The kit contains Nourishing Foot Cream,Gel Glacé Anti-fatigue and an Effervescent foot bath tablet. This products in this kit contain lavender to heal and smooth your feet. They all smell lovely too. I especially liked the Gel Glacé Anti-Fatigue, perfect to rub on your feet after a long hot day. 

Oh, my aching feet! Just what the doctor ordered: Yves Rocher. One name that cures most ills indeed. Yves Rocher has solved the problem of your aching feet with a collection of products that you will absolutely adore. Vegetable based foot care, what could be better? Start off with the Lavender effervescent tablet in a basin full of water. Let your feet just enjoy the moment. The use Yves Rocher Polishing Foot Scrub to feel like you’re attacking the problem head on. In the process, you’ve given yourself a foot massage and you’re starting to feel good again. Now, it’s time for the Anti Fatigue Gel. Warning: you’ll want a year’s supply of this little darling. Use it after your foot bath for a pick-me-up. Feel how it stimulates and tingles your toes. Delightful. Now, use the Yves Rocher Nourishing Foot Cream and you’re all set to conquer the world once again. 


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Yves Rocher offers botanically-based beauty products to women around the world, bringing them the power of botanicals for a more beautiful self. Today, everyone recognizes the power of plants but Yves Rocher has been using them, studying them and protecting them for over 50 years.

We are true Botanical Beauty Experts: our passionate botanists are constantly traveling the world for new botanicals with beauty enhancing properties. Then, our scientists develop effective formulas made from botanical extracts. This expertise allows us to train beauty specialists who are ready to help women choose the best beauty products for their skin, in-store, online or by phone.

At Yves Rocher we guarantee the traceability of our products and ingredients as well as their effectiveness and safety for you and the environment.

Yves Rocher: the power of botanicals for a more beautiful you.


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Lenovo Unveils Internet-centric Business Platform in China Aimed at Startups The first wave of new products launched – new glass, new air and newifi

Lenovo today unveiled New Business Development (NBD), a new internet-centric business platform in China aimed at startups. The first wave of three innovative smart devices under NBD has also been launched, namely the new glass smart glasses, the new airsmart air cleaner and the newifi smart router.

The NBD platform provides a vehicle where partner startups can leverage Lenovo’s resources such as software, hardware, sales channels and services utilizing their own innovative technologies and leading-edge concepts in product development. This collaboration is an example of a win-win outcome from sharing resources and can drive the development of more powerful smart devices for customers. 

“We have always said innovation will differentiate Lenovo. We continue to drive innovation both in terms of our own product development and in terms of sparking it with interesting partners. We think we bring something unique to the table – a proven track record in innovation, a strong presence in the China market, great relationships with channels there. It is natural for us to try to leverage these advantages to bring new technologies to market. This will drive growth. NBD represents our approach to attacking this opportunity,” said Peter Hortensius, Chief Technology Officer of Lenovo.”

“We also think that the transformation in the marketplace to an internet centric business model creates interesting new opportunities for larger companies like Lenovo to partner with smaller companies focused on unique, innovative concepts. And we can use the internet to get better insights, target hot new opportunities, and meet customer demands incredibly quickly. We will continue to develop and unleash our own innovative products across a wide range of categories. At the same we want to be a company that helps fuel innovation in the industry and bring new ideas and interesting products to customers,” he continued.

The first wave of new products, the new glass, new air and newifi was released today:

new glass – There are two smart glasses designed for two different types of customers in China. The first one, M100, is designed for industry users in collaboration with Vuzix Company, a US-based company. The new M100 glasses fulfill the needs of industry such as machinery, logistics and medical segment clients through more functional solutions. The other smart glasses “new glass” is specially designed for Chinese consumers in collaboration with Ceyes Company. Both of the new smart glasses run Chinese operating systems and are adapted to the internet environment in China.
new air - The “new air” line comprises three models of air purifiers, the LUFTMED D300, LUFTMED D600 and the new air X330 that are produced by Lenovo and LUFTMED Company, a Germany-based company. The LUFTMED D300/D600 has a robust 99% rejection rate of 0.1 μm particles and guarantees a maximum air circulation of 500 m3/h, with a unique TFT screen monitoring real-time air parameters. The air purifiers can be controlled remotely by a smartphone through cloud technology which enables the customers to monitor the air quality at home anywhere at any time.
newifi – This smart router has been jointly developed by Lenovo and D-Team Inc., a China-based company, and offers an outstanding user experience including excellent performance, user-friendly operation, rich functionality, strong and stable transmission signal. The newifi is equipped with special applications that can avoid stealing or hacking of internet traffic communication while securing privacy.
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Paul Mayer's luxuriously, comfortable designs keep women coming back for multiple -- even dozens -- of pairs. Classic, yet contemporary and always comfortable, his shoes are an addiction that we highly recommend. A staple of the Paul Mayer collection is the simple ballet-flat, with true ballerina construction for a perfect fit that comes in a variety of colors and materials. A cult favorite is the cozy, a flat with lavender-scent infused soles adding style and fragrance to collector's closets as Paul's designs emerge in sophisticated design incarnations season after season in the most incredible hues, textures and modern innovations in luxury footwear because we know firsthand how incredibly brilliant he is. Mayer founded the brand in 2004 with partner, Jeff Levy. All shoes in the line are manufactured in Spain’s Valencia region, along the Mediterranean coast by a skilled staff of 12 artisans. They craft each pair of shoes with an old-world attention to detail that includes in-house embroidery, quilting and stitching as well as custom tanned leather. This allows the brand to cater to each retailer’s specific demands in with timely and consistent alacrity, with orders completed in an unheard-of 3 to 5 weeks. When not in New York, Paul can be found traveling to his myriad of stores across the country meeting his loyal clientele or vacationing in his favorite spot, the Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki Beach. 

Today, the British Fashion Council (BFC) and eBay announces the launch of an exciting new initiative,BFC Contemporary, sponsored by eBay. BFC Contemporary aims to strengthen the UK’s contemporary ready-to-wear and accessory offering by providing fashion designers with a programme that delivers mentorship and offers strategic commercial opportunities.

The British Fashion Council and eBay will work closely with the selected designers to support and build their strategies, focusing on brand concepts, production, budgets, scalability, online and offline growth and consumer experience. The mentoring sessions will be tailored to the needs of each designer including access to pro-bono expertise from industry specialists. The new scheme has been created in response to increasing demand for worldwide contemporary fashion. The participants were selected for their creative excellence, commercial potential and originality in the contemporary arena.

The 2014 BFC Contemporary recipients are:

Alexis Barrell

Georgia Hardinge

Paper London


Zoë Jordan

As part of the launch season, each designer will create a limited edition item that captures the essence of their signature aesthetic. To celebrate London Fashion Week these items will be sold in a limited edition run, on the first ever BFC Contemporary shop on to 18 million shoppers this September. The BFC Contemporary shop will be located within the new Fashion Collective destination on; a dedicated space that hosts a wide

selection of clothing, shoes and accessories, directly available from a variety of recognised retailers and brands.

Caroline Rush, CEO British Fashion Council commented: “We are delighted to support and help accelerate the growth of these very viable fashion businesses. Each of the inaugural BFC Contemporary designers possess incredible creativity and strong brand concepts. With invaluable support from eBay, these designers mark a new wave in British contemporary design, the rise of which we aim to fuel with this new initiative.”

Melanie Smallwood, head of curation and merchandising, eBay commented: “We are very proud to be partnering with the British Fashion Council this season, to launch this exciting new initiative. BFC Contemporary reflects eBay’s ongoing commitment to support emerging design talent, assisting the recipients in fulfilling their business ambitions. The first ever BFC Contemporary Shop will provide a fantastic platform to showcase British Contemporary designers to’s 18 million shoppers.”

This is the second time the BFC has partnered with eBay. In 2012, eBay sponsored the BFC’s Fashion Forward initiative, which supported designers including Holly Fulton, House of Holland, Louise Gray and Mary Katrantzou.

The inaugural designers were invited to apply by the BFC and eBay however in 2015 official applications will be open to all designers looking for BFC Contemporary support.


Peachy at The Met: Goya and the Altamira Family April 22-August 3, 2014 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Our Coverage Sponsored by Maine Woolens

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 One of the best temporary exhibits happening now until August 3rd at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is Goya and the Altamira Family, first featured on Whom You Know here:
This is an exciting reunification of four Goya works that were commissioned by the Count of Altamira, plus one work by one of Goya's associates.
 This is the count!  It was the first one commissioned.  The masterful paintings will wow you with their brilliant color and obvious Goya talent illuminated.  We liked the ones of the children the most.
 The children are shown with their pets, and the adults are shown in the context of their occupation.  The brief and beautiful exhibit of this family can be found in Gallery 624 on the second floor just to the right and back a few galleries once you reach the top of the stairs.  Go see it!


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