Thursday, February 14, 2008

Book Beat: Full Book Access Online ... and it's FREE

By Kimberly Baldwin

In hopes of boosting book sales, HarperCollins has started offering free electronic editions of some of its titles. Right now, and through the month, you can check out: Paulo Coelho’s The Witch of Portobello; I Dream in Blue: Life, Death, and the New York Giants by Roger Director; Mark Halperin’s The Undecided Voter's Guide to the Next President: Who the Candidates Are, Where They Come from, and How You Can Choose; Mission: Cook!: My Life, My Recipes, and Making the Impossible Easy by Robert Irvine; and Warriors: Into the Wild, the first volume of the bestselling children’s series by Erin Hunter. Did I mention that you can view these books in their entirety ... as in the same way you might flip through the pages at your favorite bookshop? Additionally, HarperCollins is helping create some pre-sale buzz by offering up to 20% of its many new titles online at least two weeks before the actual "on sale" date. No excuses, get reading!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Fashion Forward: Grab A Bag

By Leigh Boriskin

Not only are you set with their fabulous denim, but now, grab a hold of True Religion’s new spring/summer 2008 handbag line that came out with stylish vengeance in January.
Supple tumbled, woven, and vintage Napa leathers, along with stamped python, patchwork denim, and narape have made their debut just in time for updated, fresh and light frocks for the warm-weather season.

esigned 14-year-old designer, Leslie Hsu, the luxurious, boho-chic collection is as bright, beautiful, and bold as they come. And, she's had some practice: Her creative vision previously went into her bag lines for Calvin Klein, Tahari, and Ugg Australia.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New and Noteworthy: Destination Maternity

By Kathy Shaskan

Pregnant women, start your engines! In March a new Destination Maternity Shop will open in Cherry Hill, offering what they promise will be
"The most extraordinary and largest selection of maternity fashion and accessories ever in South New Jersey!" There will be a $1000 wardrobe giveaway on opening day and the first 100 shoppers receive a special gift with a minimum $50 purchase! Destination Maternity also features a learning studio which will offer a wide variety of events and classes including prenatal yoga, belly dancing, breast feeding 101 and gatherings such as, “I’m Pregnant, What’s Next?," an opportunity for newly pregnant women to gather on the first Thursday of every month. The store will be located at Town Place at Garden Place, 901 Haddonfield Road (off Route 70) in Cherry Hill.

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Monday Muse: (AUCTION) RED

By Kimberly Baldwin

An art auction to love -- about love -- takes place this Valentine's Day at Sotheby's. Hosted by (RED) co-founder Bono and artist Damien Hirst, the auction will feature donated works from more than 60 contemporary artists, including Hirst, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Matthew Barney, Cecily Brown, Takashi Murakami, and Banksy (who thoughtfully defaced a Hirst piece just for this special sale).

Every penny of the estimated $21 million raised will go directly to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Damien Hirst said to the Independent newspaper, "Money is a key and what we raise from this auction will make a huge difference for a lot of people. For a relatively small amount of effort on each artist's part we can actually save many lives. It's great to be able to give something back and make a difference." I'd personally love to see auction sales go through the roof.

Wondering what's behind the parentheses or brackets used by (RED)? It's there to denote an embrace.

Pre-sale exhibition (through Feb. 13):
Gagosian Gallery
522 W. 21st St.
New York, NY

(Auction) RED (Feb. 14, 7 p.m.):
1334 York Avenue
New York, NY