Sunday, December 25, 2016

LA Art Show Returns Jan.11-15th 2017

LA Art Show returns with over 100 galleries from over 20 countries including China, Czechoslovakia, France, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.  

By Karen Ostlund

Its 22nd edition opens January 11-15, 2017 and is considered one of the largest international art fairs in the United States, and will include an expanded group of corporate and media partners, including Stella Artois and the China Cultural Media Group.
For the third year in a row St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® will be the beneficiary of LA Art Show’s Opening Night Preview and Premiere Party, which will kick off festivities on January 11, 2017 with a portion of ticket proceeds benefitting the hospital’s mission. Last year’s Opening Night Preview was attended by more than 7,000 VIPs and was hosted by Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman.

 Landmark art of Dansaekhwa with Dansaekhwa III: Formation and Recurrence,
Multilayered monochromes of Kim Tae-Ho
curated by
SM Fine Art Gallery in Seoul, South Korea and New York. Featuring the multilayered monochromes of Kim Tae-Ho and the iconic water drop paintings of Kim Tschang-Yeul, who has been painting this fluid life force for more than four decades, this survey includes some of the most iconic works from two of the genre’s minimalist masters.
Widely considered one of the most influential Korean art movements of the 20th century, Dansaekhwa (pronounced “dawn-say-qua”) is rooted in mesmerizing abstractions. Though the methods and mediums vary greatly across the monochromatic genre, works are typically rendered via pushing layers of white, black, blue, or earth-toned paints across soaked canvases or dragging pencils across (sometimes ripped) pieces of traditional hanji paper. 
Water drop paintings of Kim Tschang-Yeul
In recognition of Los Angeles’s new position as an international hub for cutting-edge contemporary art across all mediums — from painting, sculpture and drawing to performance, video, and installation — the fair’s board of directors is placing a new focus on post-war modern and contemporary artwork. This year the LA Art Show will also launch ROOTS, an exclusive curated section of historical dealers from the old Los Angeles Fine Art Show, presenting exhibitions of 18th Century European, Contemporary Realism, California Plein Air and Hudson River School paintings.
Installation 2017 EUGENIA VARGAS: Talking Head Transmitters
“As Los Angeles takes its place at the vanguard of the global art scene, our ability to adapt and evolve to meet the art market’s current trends and provide strong civic support is vital,” said LA Art Show producer and partner Kim Martindale. “The evolving role of the art fair as a fulcrum for art commerce, connecting galleries, artists, curators and international and multi-generational collectors drives our program.”
 "It is poised to reach its most diverse audience and an expanded luxury lifestyle driven clientele with new and returning corporate and media partners, including Stella Artois has long been a sponsor of global art initiatives from ArtPrize to Art Basel Miami Beach and LA Art Show 2017 is proud to welcome them as its official sponsor".
DOMA ART: Scherezade Garcia's "Im My Floating World"
At this year’s fair, Stella Artois will showcase the work of DOMA, one of the most active art collectives in South America for the last two decades. They will present an exclusive sculptural installation as a commentary on their Latin roots and the idealization of the “L.A. dream,” as well as participate in the fair’s fourth annual Dialogs LA panel series to discuss the work, share an overview of their engagement with the arts, and present a newly published career retrospective catalog. 
For the third year in a row, The Agency will be the official sponsor of the VIP Lounge at the LA Art Show 2017. The Agency will also present two Dialogs LA panels addressing home curation, home as art and how social media influences the decisions collectors today make about collecting for private and public spaces. Paul Lester, Partner and a Founder of the Los Angeles luxury real estate firm who designed the 2016 lounge, said, “At The Agency we live and work in the world of art in the considered selection of homes we bring to market. We are curators of the fine art of living. Our sponsorship of LA Art Show 2017 is in keeping with our commitment to contemporary art and design.”
Belgium beer Stella Artois
“Our corporate partners, especially Stella Artois and The Agency, have earned well deserved recognition for their commitment to sponsoring arts programming and events around the world,” said Kim Martindale, general manager and producer of the LA Art Show. “We are delighted that they are bringing international art projects and new collectors to our community.”
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Actor Edgar Ramirez hosted Gran Centenario Tequila's Angels on Earth 2017

By Karen Ostlund
Actor Edgar Ramirez
On December 14, Actor Edgar Ramirez (Hands of Stone, Joy, Zero Dark Thirty) hosted the kick off of Gran Centenario Tequila's Angels on Earth 2017 at Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood alongside insiders and industry influencers.

The UNICEF goodwill ambassador and He for She partner helped encourage guests to sign up for a volunteer beach cleanup initiative with Heal The Bay
 on February 18, 2017, giving them the chance to become "Angels" themselves. The intimate event was able to recruit 80 people to donate 1-3 hours of their time to the project.

The "real angels are those amongst us who make a difference in the lives of others, no matter how small the deed" said the award-winning actor as he took multiple photos with adoring guests.

Since its launch in 2015, the “Angels on Earth” Program honors those who give back to the Los Angeles Community.

The 3 Angels on Earth Cocktails by Gran Centenario Tequila, Cucumber Angelita, Golden Angel and Centenario Sunrise
Stroll down for recipes

Over the years, Gran Centenario and the “Angels on Earth” program have partnered with organizations across education, the arts and neighborhood groups to honor real life “Angels” and individuals for their acts of service. Past supporters have included Christina MilianRyan Phillippe and Brody Jenner.
Gran Centenario's Angel by pool
A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Edgar Ramirez is a humanitarian actively involved in various charities, including He for She, a solidarity campaign for the advancement of women. He is considered an “Angel” for his contributions.Guests, including Girlfriends star Golden Brooks and Jayson Blair of Whiplash and The New Normal were encouraged to give back to the local community by simply bringing an unwrapped gift for those in need and sign up for a volunteer beach cleanup initiative with Heal the Bay on February 18, 2017, giving them the chance to become "Angels" themselves. 
The event was able to recruit 80 people to donate 1-3 hours of their time to the project. At the conclusion of the event, all gifts were donated to the Latino Resource Organization, which assists less fortunate individuals, families and senior citizens.
Representing Mexico’s first centenary independence from Spain, the Gran Centenario Angel of Victory is proudly displayed on each and every bottle and is a perfect symbol for the program. The shared actions of perseverance and commitment provide the opportunity to help those in need in the Los Angeles community while simultaneously honoring the heritage and the respect they all proudly share.

Guests took selfies with the "Angels"
To join the Angels on Earth movement by visiting and learning more about charitable deeds and organizations in each respective community.
 Gran Centenario Angel in gold
Gran Centenario® has remained family-owned and continues to be expertly harvested at Hacienda Los Camichines in Jalisico, Mexico.  The finest 100% blue agave is distilled from plants grown in the soil-rich Jalisco highlands.

Gran Centenario® Tequila.  40% Alc./Vol.  (80 proof).  Trademarks owned by Agavera Camichines, S.A. de C.V.  ©2016 Proximo, Jersey City, NJ.  
Recipes of the three Gran Centenario holiday cocktails:
Golden Angel
  • Gran Centenario® Añejo
  • Agave nectar
  • Fresh lemon & lime
  • Dash of kosher salt
  • Shaken & strained over ice
  • Stir and serve in an old fashioned glass with ice

Centenario Sunrise

  • Gran Centenario® Plata
  • Earthbar organic orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Ginger
  • Cayenne
  • Splash of grenadine
  • Cherry and orange slice

Cucumber Angelita

  • Gran Centenario® Reposado
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Triple Sec
  • Agave Nectar
  • Muddled Cucumber
  • Cucumber Slice

At Gran Centenario Tequila bar at Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood

Thursday, December 15, 2016

57th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration Returns Dec.24

Cheryl Burke and Brian White will host L.A.’s largest Holiday
Celebration live at the Music Center and on PBS SoCal

 LOS ANGELES (Dec. 15, 2016)
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has sponsored this admission-free show for the people of the County every December 24 since 1959.

The performance takes place on Saturday, December 24 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Both admission and parking are free (first come, first seated). Entertainment on the Music Center Plaza begins at 12:30 p.m., and doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Emmy-nominated professional dancer Cheryl Burke (Dancing with the Stars) and actor Brian White (Scandal. Mistresses, Chicago Fire) are set to host the 57th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration, the largest multicultural holiday celebration in the county.

This year’s Holiday Celebration features 21 music, dance and choral ensembles — over 500 performers — and reflects the diversity of holiday traditions celebrated in Los Angeles. 

Some highlights will include Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company with a folklórico dance from the region of Tabasco, Mexico; Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble, performing classical handbell repertoire that celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah; QVLN (Q-Violin) bringing his “Brazil meets Jimi Hendrix on an electric violin” stylings to the Christmas classic “Little Drummer Boy”; Latin jazz band Cuba L.A., performing selections from their Christmas CD, “Navidad Cubana”; Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts with festive dances from the provincial lowland/coastal region of the Philippines; and much more.

The Emmy® Award-winning 57th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration - bands, choirs and dance companies celebrate the season during this free three-hour holi...

Those who can't make it to The Music Center can watch the live broadcast on PBS SoCal KOCE or online at The broadcast will repeat on Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. and again on Dec. 25 at noon.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

'Celebrity Connected' Vegan Cooking & Gifts For The Holidays

By Karen Ostlund
Celebrity last gifting suite of year 2016 was located at W Hotel in Hollywood and focused on Holiday Gifting & Health Food.It happened one day prior to the American Music Awards at Microsoft Theatre awards, November 19th 2016. looks like a jumpsuit for dogs, a new idea created by
Tyson Walters.
The patent pending Shed Defender is a lightweight, breathable, form fitting jumpsuit for dogs that is worn to avoid shedding, dander on furniture.
The dog can wear it for a couple hours to a day, but not recommended for longer periods of time. It is also recommended to brush your dog afterwards if you have a long haired dog. When the dog is wearing the Shed Defender outside, such as on a walk or needs to go to the bathroom, just partially unzip it allowing room for them to do their business.
It is made out of RecoTex is an Eco-care polyester fiber premium recycled environmentally friendly fiber; a blend of polyester and spandex.
Right, Costume designer Jami Petersen pattern holiday stretch pants for both day and evening

  Jami Peterson started this company after countless years of sewing. She wanted to try something new and decided to design unique, fun and exciting pants for both adults, boys and girls.

Whether you're headed to the park with your children or hanging out at home, you can play in style with matching styles.
ANN ONG Jewelry. Award winning Ann Ong is a fashion accessory designer whose collection of one-of-a-kind handcrafted metal bracelets, neck pieces and evening clutch bags.

Designers for The sisters Tara, Whitney and Kait put their heads and skills together and launched Royal + Reese, a boutique baby and toddler clothing company, which features designed screen-printed tees and leggings. All made in the USA
Singer Mickey Avalon at

Elyptol was the hand sanitizer products at the 5th International Australasian College for Infection Prevention & Control in Melbourne Australia 2016.

It's made of natural Eucalyptus Oil and 99.99% all natural ingredients. This alcohol based sanitizer, available in either gel or spray formulations, delivers clean hands and soft skin in healthcare.
MAI CoutureCreator Mai Tran, introduced a fresh and innovative take on classic traditional makeup. The line of  2-1 Oil Blotting/Bronzing Papier. Blush Papier, Rejuvenate Blotting Papier (Vitamin C+E and Lavender) Blemish Control Blotting Papier (Salicylic Acid) Foundation Powdered Papier and Highlighter Papier. 

A new way to drink coconut water.Real coconut water comes in a 100% real coconut! with distinct flavors. It's made simple to open and shipped flash-frozen from Thailand so they stay farm fresh. 

YOGA-URT from Glendale
 offered many flavors of their
award winning frozen yoghurt.
KOKOLATO Raw Vegan Ice-cream.
The "cream" in KOKOLATO ice cream is made from coconuts which makes Kokolato 100% Vegan, and Gluten Free! 
The velvety smooth texture and  taste has been ranked by many as the best vegan ice cream in the world. Kokolato is available at Koki Mumbul, Kafe, Yoga Barn, The Mansion, Kismet, Cafe Vespa, Element, and Nine Heaven Vegan Warung.
Handpainted Christmas ornaments and
glasses by

Bonbons and truffles are hand-produced and packaged by The Art of Edibles Cannabis Collective , (registered and licensed California 501(c)(3) Chef Brad Lane.The Hemp Kitchen manufactures a variety of healthy hemp products including organic hemp seeds, Hemp Protein Powder, chocolate hemp seed bark, hemp seed avocado cooking oil, hemp energy bars, and organic raw hemp seed peanut butter.The raw hemp benefit weight loss, lowered cholesterol and high blood pressure.
SouleyVegan.comSouley Vegan from Oakland presented and sampled their catering menu: 
Bite size Southern Style Battered fried tofu served w/ our house made dipping sauce, BBQ sauce and hot sauce and Lemon wedge,Vegan garlic aioli and fried okra.
Bears For Humanity are manufactured of 100% GOTS Certified safe chemical, pesticide and hard metals free toys and gifts for children of all ages.
They create jobs for women and at-risk mothers from welfare to work program in USA, who hand stuff and sew our toys and gifts. Profit goes to children in need. 
Dave Hurwitz designer for
He creates clocks from vintage drums and guitars, and recently added lamps and accent furniture.  "I rescue instruments that are in need of, or beyond repair, giving new life to an otherwise unplayable instrument, or use instruments past their prime". The clocks are from vintage wall and desk clocks, and new battery movements are installed in place of non working electric motors or worn out winding mechanisms.  
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Friday, December 2, 2016

The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Will Air Dec.16 on CW Network

By Karen Ostlund
Photos by Chris Delmas AFP (Getty Images)

Olivia Newton-John with Santa Claus

Olivia Newton John

The Hollywood Christmas Parade is presented and produced by Associated Television International. The live parade, was taped for network television, last Sunday November 27th.
The parade’s telecast is hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams, with special co-hosts Elizabeth Stanton and Garrett Clayton. The event will include live musical performances that will took place on two stages; benefiting The Marine Toys For Tots Foundation
Cindy Lauper performs at the pre-show

The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will premiere as a two-hour special on The CW Network on December 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, repeating on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel December 21 at 3pm ET/PT.
The parade will also air to more than one million American servicemen and women worldwide on American Forces Network. A true Hollywood yearly tradition, the parade attracts more than one million in attendance each year, with larger than life inflatable character balloons and celebrity filled cars making the much heralded trek down the over three mile parade route. The parade started in the heart of Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd. at Orange Drive. The U-shaped parade route  travelled east to Vine, south on Vine St to Sunset Blvd. and west on Sunset Blvd. back to Orange Drive.
Jim Romanovich, President of Associated Television International said, “One of the greatest holiday traditions of all time is celebrating 85 years, and we are once again, ready to make this the biggest and best Christmas parade of the year. Being that this is the 85th anniversary, we are bringing back former Grand Marshals to help celebrate the night. The Hollywood Christmas Parade is loved by many millions of families each year. We are thrilled that both The CW and our good friends at Hallmark are back as our television partners. We are honored to also be once again partnered with Toys for Tots. The overwhelmingly generous support of our media partners The CW, Hallmark, KOST, Entertainment Tonight, Variety, Radio Disney and so many more, continues to help provide the necessary awareness tools for the Marine Toys for Tots program which is essential in their providing gifts to less fortunate children everywhere.” 

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  Olivia Newton-John: with a career spanning more than five decades, and more than 100 million albums sold, Olivia’s successes include four Grammys, numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People’s Choice Awards, an Emmy Award, 10 #1 hits and more than 15 Top 10 singles. She recently scored another #1 hit, this time on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, with “You Have to Believe,” a duet with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi. In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in Grease catapulted Olivia into super-stardom and to date remains the most successful movie musical of all time. 
Throughout her career, Olivia has served as Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Environment Programme, was the co-founder of Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (now Healthy Child, Healthy World) and, in 1992 she created National Tree Day in Australia, which is responsible for planting more than 10 million trees. She and her husband “Amazon John” Easterling serving on the board of the ACEER Organization ( Most recently she co-founded One Tree Per Child. 
In 1992, Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her personal triumph against cancer led her to announce her partnership with the Austin Health and the creation of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre (ONJCWRC) in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. After nearly 10 years of fundraising close to $200 million, the ONJCWRC opened its doors in 2012. The Centre provides a comprehensive range of services and facilities for cancer treatment, education, training and research as well as a dedicated wellness center ( In 2014, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, a not-for-profit medical research institute within the Centre was launched. Olivia also launched the Liv Aid®, a breast self-examination aid that assists women to exercise breast self-exams correctly. She is now cancer free, and has become a passionate advocate in creating awareness for early detection and encouraging women to take a more active role in their breast health.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

LA's Consumer Product Events Holiday Gift Expo 2016

Consumer Product Events' Holiday Mini-Gift Expo 2016 at Hotel Le Merigot in Santa Monica.

Photos & story by Karen Ostlund
Among the gift-ideas launches were:
Celeb-Loved Phone Cases, Holiday Awkwardness Ice Breakers as card-games, HGTV's "Design Star" Darlings, Not-So-Fairytale Books, An App That Erases Scary Dark House Fears and Glam Interior Design Pillows.

Consumer Product Events fall presentation served up a roomful of product suggestions for holiday gift guide planning starting Thanksgiving weekend. The anticipated preview was  held at Le Merigot JW Marriott in Santa Monica last September 14th 2016.
Interior designer Josh Johnson's motto is 'Design Your Shine"
The golden long-maned HGTV Design Star's "Sparkle JoshJohnson is based in both West Hollywood and Nashville.
Josh presented his signature reverse-sequin "Sparklicious Pillows, in which a person can draw a name. Other products for the holidays were glitzy home accessories and specialty gifts, along with a collection of decorative drapery panels and accent pillows in luxe velvet, sparkly sheers, and metallic embroidered solids, in which Johnson created with Softline Home Fashions (featured at Walmart).

Josh Johnson Interior Design reverse-sequin pillows
(Left) Designer Josh Johnson with author Alison Dutch
 Designer Deborah Lindquist, whose clients range from Rhianna to Pink, showcased her new line of recycled cashmere sweaters and scarves with cat-eyes, including home décor pillows, pop art and dog sweaters, recycled leather handbags and fingerless gloves. Deborah has also a second line called "Green Queen by Deborah Lindquist" which features men's basics in her signature modal and organic cotton women's
 Organic fabrics are grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides. Sustainable fabrics implement to earth friendly processing. Up-cycled fabrics are post-consumer items “reincarnated” into new garments. All designs are produced in her Los Angeles studio.
The game Personalogy creates awkward holiday moments for Holidays Parties, First Date Jitter, Family Dinners and Singles looking for Love using provocation as social icebreakers.The game helps overcome nerves by instantly connecting players. The Personalogy Game cards questions:
Which TV show best reflects my current work environment and why?
A.Scandal B.Modern Family C.Saturday Night Live D.Empire E.Parks and Recreation
I have an alter ego, what's the persona and why?
A.Bad Ass and Kicks Butts B.Sassy and Sexy  C.Reckless, Fast and Bold  D.Hilarious and Laugh out loud and funny  D.Fit, Takes no bull, a martial arts expert
The creators of this game are communication experts Michelle Burke and Lilamani de Silva from Interact Games LLC
Just Jan's is fruit spreads, tangerine marmalade and lemon curbs created in the kitchen by Jan Hogrewe which business started in 2012, after twenty years career in the film industry.  
In creating her spreads Jan has been guided by her love of food and ingredients, refusing to compromise on quality or flavor. The result is a line of spreads and curds that are all natural, preservative free, and 14% lower in sugar than traditional jams and jellies. Today Just Jan's features 13 flavors, from sweet to savory, to spicy. The fruit collection includes flavors as Kadota Fig Spread, Organic Strawberry and Seedless Strawberry.
 The savory collection includes Balsamic Onion and Tangerine Sriracha.  The Balsamic Onion can add a touch of flavor and sophistication to your dinner menu or wine tasting. 
Tangerine Sriracha, is a Silver SOFI 2016 winner : A mixture of spicy and sweet, which sauce can be used on everything, avocado, egg, or of course, chicken wings. The Holiday collection includes Cranberry Raspberry Relish and Homestyle Pumpkin Butter.

Switchmate is a lighting control on your phone.It attaches to standard light switches magnetically.Set a timer for your lights or create a schedule when you are away.
Switchmate solves the problem of coming home to a scary dark house, with help of a user-friendly free Smartphone app and a simple-to-install wall switch, that lightens every room of the house before you reach the
Thinium Technologies – Inspired by the thinness of a credit card and a desire to say "adios" to cables, Thinium is the skinniest of cell phone chargers. It charges up to two devices at once, using the integrated USB Port. cable-free with the Thinium ReCharge +, a slender, high-density 3000 mAh two-in-one backup battery for Apple (lightning tip) or Micro-USB phones. ReCharge+ batteries have a tucked-in USB cable and retractable AC prongs for wall charging. The ReCharge is found at Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon and www.
Wildflower Cases  Wildflower Cases is a women owned and operated iPhone accessories company in Los Angeles, California. Each exclusive and limited edition fashion iPhone accessory is designed by founder Michelle Carlson and her two daughters, Devon and Sydney Carlson. Wildflower represents all of the girls passionately experiencing life with a free spirit and sense of independence, who are able to grow and survive anywhere, and are driven to succeed. 
The Wildflowercases website started after singer Miley Cirus
approached Devon in an LA restaurant asking where to buy their handmade iPhone cases made of fabrics, studs and denim.
Adventures of Camellia N. by author Debra L. Wideroe 

The first book takes Camellia N. on an exciting journey to the northernmost part of our planet toto discover  the wildlife and natural resources of all seven continents under the sea, and into space. The second book, released fall 2017 will be names Under The Sea, and will tell a story about an underwater expedition.  

The Adventures of Camellia N. is award-winning children's book series for early readers and bedtime explorers. Pint-size Camellia’s nightly dreams take her on magical adventures to all seven continents, under the sea and into space where she learns about and gains appreciation for the environment, wildlife and natural resources.

This nine-part book series not only educates and entertains, but encourages children to become global ambassadors. The Adventures of Camellia N. is the recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Gold Award®

Breakaway Matcha's founder Eric Gower explained that the company now offer cold-brew single power packed doses for clarity and hydration mixed in a water bottle.
 It's a green tea from Japan, finely ground, that can be served hot or cold. It was originally served in formal ceremonies in Japan. The distinguishing features are:
No steeping. Matcha isn’t steeped, it’s “eaten.” You simply pour hot water over the powder, froth it (either with a special handheld bamboo whisk or an electric milk frother), and drink the thick tea. 
 It is full of naturally occurring antioxidants and amino acids; roughly 20 times those of regular green tea.The cold brew proportions are 8 ounces of very cold water to 1 gram ( half a teaspoon), and shake. To make 16 ounces of cold brew, use two grams (one teaspoon), and to make a quart, use 4g, or 2 teaspoons. 4 calories per serving and 25 mg of caffeine.
Anam Caras – California-based artist, Colleen Stratton, has developed an alphabet series featuring Gaelic "guardian spirit" fantasy animal letters that can be customized to spell a name or inspiration."My Anamabet Collection for children is a soulful alphabet series featuring the Anam Caras as they offer you their blessings in a short text beneath their portraits. It's soul
whether it’s for yourself, or a family member or friend, an Anamabet print is a unique and thoughtful gift for the ones you love the most".

Consumer Product Events, a sister company of Brown + Dutch Public Relations, Inc. established in 1996. It connects consumer packaged goods with the press who are looking to report about them. Created by a PR veteran whose clients have included ThinkThin nutrition bars, Swatch and Tokyo Coca Cola – CPE is a DIY matchmaker for products and press. CPE is the brainchild of Alyson Dutch, one of the nation's top consumer product PR mavens and author of the PR Handbook for Entrepreneurs.