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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

NANETTE LEPORE...Yes, Please and Thank You!

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The IDEAL Magazine
October 2012

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Known for her bold colors, evocative prints and signature silhouettes, Nanette Lepore has become one of the leading names in contemporary American fashion. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Nanette married painter Robert Savage and headed east to New York City. Outfitted with only her talent, tenacity and a $5,000 loan from her father, Nanette launched her label in New York City’s Garment Center.

Inspired by her artsy bohemian childhood and passion for a good party, Nanette’s designs are adored by style makers and celebrities alike, including Michelle Obama, Nicki Minaj, Scarlett Johansson, Taylor Swift, Abigail Breslin, Blake Lively, Arianna Huffington, Carly Rae Jepsen and Kristin Chenoweth.

Nanette’s outspoken efforts to protect New York City’s Garment Center have helped to raise awareness and demand for American-made clothing.

Today, Nanette Lepore has grown into an international brand that offers women’s apparel, swimwear, accessories and fragrance. Nanette Lepore has shops across the United States, Europe, and Asia—including boutiques in New York, Los Angeles, Bal Harbour, Chicago, Las Vegas, Boston, London and Tokyo with openings in Shanghai and Hong Kong in the near future.

To learn more about Nanette Lepore visit her website:


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Rain Boots Can Look Cute!

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Sometimes it takes an unexpected turn of events to take a look at preparation a little differently. Now that Hurricane Sandy has left a multitude of people in flooded waters and without power, some are saying, "Where are my rain boots?"
Kate Spade

Michael Kors
If you live in an area where it rains, it makes sense to invest in good, fashionable rain boots. Tory Burch, Tommy Hilfiger, COACH, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Kate Spade and many others have very cute, fashionable options to choose from.

Consider buying your boots off season and get them at a discount. Currently, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and other high-end stores are having wonderful sales on rain boots.

Buying off season or at the end of the season allows you to get the designer name and quality at a fraction of the cost. Consider signature patterns or plain boot patterns to extend the fashion life of the boot.

Plain or signature boots can be worn for more seasons that trendy patterns. Investing a few dollars more in the signature or plain boot will extend your money a lot further.

Monday, October 22, 2012

H&M takes the modern family to a new level of style with the launch of the “Fashion Family” Collection on October 22nd, 2012

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The new collection embraces coordinated dressing for parents and kids, without compromising individual style. Patterns and structures of rich burgundies, soft creams, pinks, and blacks, coupled with modern silhouettes, offer slick luxe looks to wear now through the Holidays.

For mom, it’s about looking chic and feeling cool in graphic textured jackets with sleek skinny trousers or a metallic mini. A collarless faux-fur jacket over a modern structured dress, accessorized with a clutch, oversized jeweled earrings, and the essential black sunglasses create a great look for any autumn outing. Girls can complement their moms with blush-pink party dresses and graphic textured jackets. There’s even a faux-fur vest for the little fashionistas.

H&M didn't forget the guys. Dad can step into cool with a refined rock n roll look. A sharp black suit, zip-up leather jacket, soft knit sweaters, and washed shirts make looking good easy. Finish the look with sunglasses, a knit beanie, or a washed linen scarf. The boys will look just as clever as dad in elbow-patch sweaters and long-sleeve tees. A black fedora and matching sunglasses polish off these little rock stars.
The “Fashion Family” collection will be available in store beginning October 22nd at 36 H&M locations in the United States.


Todd Inman: Philly's Own "Creative Solution"

The IDEAL Magazine
October 2012
Todd Inman, CEO of Tinman Creative Solutions
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If you take the world's most successful men and put them in a room, you are likely to find that these men have many traits in common. If you put one successful man in a room filled with unsuccessful men, you are likely to find men who don't think they have anything in common. Part of being successful is understanding that there are certain things one must do when others do not want to. Another part of being successful is understanding how not to do the same things over again that prove to be unproductive. Todd Inman, a Hampton University graduate and Pennsylvania native, is learning that sometimes treading the waters and roads less traveled has more than just ups and downs, but curves and curve balls that require determination and perseverance in order to push through. The late, great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "...If you can't fly, run; if you can't run, walk; if you can't walk, crawl, but by all means keep moving...." Todd understands that every step he takes gets him closer to his goal, and he is learning to dance through the curve gold boots (Skee-Roo!).

The IDEAL Magazine had an opportunity to have an intimate exchange with this Philly filmmaker...and he was all the more candid, which was extremely appreciated.

In his own words....
Film/Production Company and Inspiration
"Tinman Creative Solutions, a film writing/production and advertising creative company was founded in 2011. I was a standup comedian and businessperson so I took the leap of faith to bring my ideas and concepts to the big and small screen and Madison Avenue. My inspiration came from my unique standup material. My background of growing up “black in the suburbs” inspired material that was different from what was popular at the time. So the writing of my film projects, honed as an English Major at Hampton University, educates people of all races who don’t know that story. The television ads I create target Generation X and Y because I feel that age group is moving beyond barriers of race and they can appreciate and identify with elements of all cultures."

His first Major Project

"I had an idea for a web series about being black in corporate America inspired from my many years working for fortune 100 companies. I felt like most people were unaware of the unique, often daunting experience it is to be one of the few blacks in the workplace. I called the comedy “The Corporate Brother.” I solicited for local actors; I picked up an HD Camera, confirmed the location and produced the first episode. It was a “learn by doing” experience because I had never used a camera nor had ever seen an editing program. After the first episode we received positive feedback so we completed an entire season with 5 episodes found on YouTube. The project is intended to be much more than just funny. I want to highlight differences of race by the use of humor in hopes of fostering understanding and uniting people. I am a big fan of stand-up comics like Dick Gregory and Chris Rock who use their platform to humorously tackle social issues. People seem to absorb ideas more easily while laughing."

"The experience was invaluable for me to learn all aspects of production: writing a script, auditioning actors, scouting and getting permission of location, wardrobe, props, meals, filming, editing, promoting, and crisis management."

Challenges of Stepping out of the Corporate Hustle
"There have been many challenges to pursuing my dream and entrepreneurship. One of which is obtaining the resources to compete with other filmmakers or agencies with much larger budgets. I have so many ideas that I would like to bring to life but I am hindered by lack of resources to do them. For instance, if I am bidding on being the creative behind an advertising campaign, I don’t have the studio to produce this dynamite spec commercial to showcase my idea. I have to present to the client in terms of ideas or low-budget specs and hopefully convince the client to visualize what I could do if they hired and paid me."

Friends and Family Support
"I am grateful for the support I have received from family and friends. My mother
and father have encouraged me every step of the way. My son and daughter have
also been a source of inspiration. My son, an aspiring music producer called C.I. Rise,
 has made almost all of my musical score. I also appreciate the many people who
have shared my work on social media sites and blogs, including Ideal PR."

Hope for the Future

"I hope to collaborate with other writers and filmmakers in the future. I realize that
other people’s experiences and insight can help shape The Corporate Brother and
other future projects."

Current Project
"I am working on writing Season 2 of The Corporate Brother. I am also writing a feature length film on a love story and a short comedy film. I am also freelancing as a copywriter developing ads for clients."

Other information
Raised in Valley Forge, PA (30 Minutes west of Philadelphia)
Currently Resides in the Philadelphia, PA (USA) area
MBA Candidate Dec. 2012 Saint Joseph’s University


Monday, October 15, 2012

NBC's The VOICE...The Battle Rounds Continue

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As the battle rounds continue on the best vocal competition show on TV, NBC's "The VOICE," have you begun to narrow down your favorites?

This season, season 3, with the introduction of being able to "STEAL" the contestant whom the coach did NOT pick has made things more interesting. It would appear that this would statically create a final group of the stronger voices overall. And so far, its has been great.

There have been some surprising walk-aways, and some expected "Steal battles." Who are you loving right now?

The judges have some heavy hitters as consultants on their teams, one of these being Mary J Blidge on Adam Levine's team. As if Adam was not sexy enough on his own, he had to include the Queen of R&B Soul on his team to make for one spicy competition.

This year, ALL of the teams seem to have strong options, so it will be interesting to see how the contestants fair this week as the battle rounds continue.

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Special Edition The IDEAL Magazine Print Issue (Fall 2012)

The IDEAL Magazine Fall 2012 (Special Edition)
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This special edition print issue includes indie artists Kirby Lauryen, Chryst Young and fashion features on "My Favorite Tee," Nicole Miller, Anna Sui, Pete & Bruno, Betsey Johnson, Ann Della Russo at H&M and more!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Rachel Zoe Collection...Fashion Perfection

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If you ever needed a reason to fall in love with Rachel Zoe, the Spring/Summer 2013 years fashion line is it.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Dating: 30's and 40 Something People Are Confused

30's and 40 Something People Are Confused
The IDEAL Magazine

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To call or not to call...that is the question. If you are in your thirties or forties and not currently married, navigating the dating scene can be a bit ambiguous. Do I call? Do I text? Do I send an email? Do I post a message on their Facebook page? Do I send them a tweet? What in the world is appropriate and what is just "doing the most?" What is even more confusing is the etiquette of the first and second communication. Is it OK for the female to call the guy, or should she wait for him to call her? Should she text him, or will he see this type of initial communication as negative? 

If you were born in the 70's or 60's, most likely, all of these new rules are a little hard to figure out. Back in the day, a guy asked a girl for her number, and he would call. Period. Then it evolved to a guy may ask a girl for her number, and she would give him the wrong number if she did not want him to call. But nevertheless, there was an exchange. The girl gave the guy "A" number, even if it were the wrong one...he was expected to call. Very simple, plain, and straight forward. Eventually we entered the era of "pagers," where women were introduced into the "contact the man first," and all hell broke loose. The game changed, and it has been a blurry line ever since. 

scene: A guy and girl meet at the grocery store. They talk for a while and seem to have plenty in common. The guy is interested and the girl is interested. They both confirm they are single and the guy asks the girl to take his number...PAUSE. One of two things is happening here. Either the guy is respecting the woman and wants to give her the control to call him or not, OR he is really not that interested in her since he did not ask for her number.  The woman accepts his number but presents her number to the man. much time should go by before either person "makes the first move" and calls? Or is it more appropriate for the first communication to be a "How are you doing?" text? Let's say two days have passed by and neither person has called or the woman sends the man a "How are you doing?" text message two days after they meet. The man responds back later in the day and the woman responds back. Now there has been a text exchange between the two. A few days go by and no exchange has occurred between the two. But they really seem to like each other. Has no further communication occurred because they are unsure who should do what, and what is ok, and what is "doing the most," at this point? Should the girl allow the guy to make the next communication? Should the guy call the girl or revert to sending a text communication? Neither person has children, nor parents in the house to consider. They both live alone (or if they have roommates, that is beside the point since the call would be on their cell phones). Does this mean that they really did not hit it off? If the girl does not call the guy back that she really is not that in to him? If the guy does not call the girl back after their text exchange, that the guy really is not interested in her?

What about social media communication? When and how much is appropriate when you are new to meeting a person? Does having so many options and forms of communication make dating in this day and age more complicated than it should be? Or does the thirties and forties generation over think everything?


Monday, October 1, 2012

My Favorite Tee! The IDEAL MAGAZINE

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The IDEAL Magazine
Photographer: Donell Sellow
Mae-up Artist: Tamika Williams

KIYA (Age: 13)

The “86” t-shirt is one of my favorites because I love Victoria Secret’s Pink line and I love to shop there.  This shirt is full of sparkle, which reminds me of my love for glitz and glam! I’m a girlie-girl, but this has a nice sporty feel, but yet it’s girlie and me. 

I am a huge Adrienne Bailon and Rihanna fashion fan!

My absolute favorite thing to do is dance! I love to dance, dance and even more dance!!!

My dream is to be a professional dancer and one day to dance on Broadway and with some of the top dance groups.  In my later years, I want to be a doctor.

SADYA (Age: 14)

This is my favorite Tee-Shirt because I like the design and colors. It's a basic Tee-Shirt and sometimes I like to keep it plain and simple.

I really like Rihanna's style.

I enjoy talking on the phone, shopping, shopping, and oh!

When I grow up I want to be an obstetrics nurse or a hairstylist


This is my favorite Tee-Shirt because I love Mickey and Minnie Mouse and the glitter is so bright and pretty.

I am a huge Nia Long fan. She is always elegant and beautiful.

I love to sing. I sing a song everyday. I love dance, acting, and anything in the performing arts.

My aspiration is to be a great actress when I grow up.

DEVYN  (Age: 20)

I Love this Tee because it's so comfy. It has all the comfort of a sweat shirt while still being a Tee-shirt.

I'm into the rock star look. I would have to say I love P!nk's style the most. Her look is like that rocker-laid back look while still looking awesome!

I'm really easy going. I just like hanging out in my apartment with my roommates and friends, watching a movie or playing games.

I want to be on screen! I want cameras on me, I want stylist, I want it all...and i cant wait until it happens!!!!


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