Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costume Sparks Up Controversy

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(PCM) Each year it seems that there is one Halloween costume in particular that will stir up some kind of controversy, so it is no different this year with a costume that was recently discovered on the Spirit Halloween website that mocks Caitlyn Jenner’s famous Vanity Fair photo shoot.

The costume is meant to be humorous, poking fun at Jenner’s celebrity, however many feel that the costume has been created in poor taste. The costume sells for $74.99 and features a wig, bodice, and sash printed with the words “Call Me Caitlyn”. The outfit is almost identical to the one that Jenner wore for her famous Vanity Fair magazine cover shoot with famed photographer Annie Lebovitz.

Members of the transgender community are outraged and are calling the promotion of the costume transphobia, however others feel that the costume is nothing more than a joke and should be treated as such, as many other celebrities have had Halloween costumes designed in their likeness. In response to the controversy Spirit Halloween has removed the costume from their website, however they did release a statement which says “At Spirit Halloween, we create a wide range of costumes that are often based upon celebrities, public figures, heroes and superheroes. We feel that Caitlyn Jenner is all of the above and that she should be celebrated. The Caitlyn Jenner costume reflects just that.”

However, a spokesperson for the National Center for Transgender Equality feels differently saying “There’s no tasteful way to ‘celebrate’ Caitlyn Jenner or respect transgender people this way on the one night of the year when people use their most twisted imaginations to pretend to be villains and monsters.”  There has since been a Change.org petition started which request that the retailer discontinue the costume.

It is still currently available at several additional online retailers at this time!

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FOX’s ‘Empire’ And Saks Fifth Avenue Team Up To Bring Hit Drama’s Iconic Style To Life

(FOX) FOX’s record-breaking drama EMPIRE and Saks Fifth Avenue announced today an exclusive partnership to bring the highly covetable fashion inspired by the #1 broadcast entertainment series to life. EMPIRE and Saks Fifth Avenue’s multi-platform collections will be available in-store, online and on-screen and will celebrate the hit drama’s dynamic, buzz-worthy fashion timed to the series’ second season premiere in September.

The partnership will feature curated collections from luxury fashion brands that represent the hit drama’s glamorous aesthetic including fine jewelry from Alexis Bittar, women’s ready-to-wear from Cushnie et Ochs, men’s and women’s footwear from Jimmy Choo and handbags and accessories from MCM.

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Exclusive EMPIRE-curated windows will be on display at Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York and Beverly Hills flagships from September 10 through October 7. EMPIRE actor Trai Byers will also be featured on the cover of Saks Fifth Avenue’s fall magalog in Saks Fifth Avenue Collection’s Fabric #1.

“This unprecedented partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, Alexis Bittar, Cushnie et Ochs, Jimmy Choo and MCM celebrates EMPIRE’s mark on the fashion world,” says Jeffrey Godsick, President, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “The influence EMPIRE has had on so many aspects of popular culture proves it has the ingredients to become a stand-alone fashion brand.”

“The lines between fashion and entertainment are intersecting,” said Marc Metrick, President Saks Fifth Avenue. “Harnessing this moment is a key underpinning to our strategy as it brings energy and uniqueness to the shopping experience at Saks.”

Items from each designer will be curated to create an EMPIRE collection available at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide and saks.com. The EMPIRE looks will also be available online at each brand’s website and stand-alone retail locations.

In addition, Saks will host a September launch event in New York and men’s luxury made-to-measure suiting events throughout September and October at locations in New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Bal Harbour, San Francisco and Atlanta. For more information, please visit saks.com.

Having taken TV audiences by storm in its record-setting first season, EMPIRE returns as the No. 1 series on broadcast television. A drama about a family dynasty, set within the world of music, glamour, danger and power, EMPIRE shattered ratings records every week in its debut season; spawned hit records “Drip Drop” and “You’re So Beautiful”; and made Cookie Lyon a household name.

New M&Ms Flavor Has Been Revealed

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(PCM) Just in time for the fall and Halloween season, M&Ms has unveiled their newest candy flavor which is Pecan Pie.  The company reveals that the new flavor will be available at Walmart stores in time for Halloween, while some stores that have already received the product have begun displaying it for purchase now.

The Pecan Pie M&Ms will only be available for a limited time, as they are a specialty flavor. We adore Pecan Pie, especially during the fall season, so it is exciting that the M&M company are willing to experiment with this amazing flavor, as we feel Pumpkin Spice has been done to death and needs to retire! Who’s with me?

We can’t wait to try out the new flavor … how about you?

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We Can’t Wait To Get A Taste Of Unique New Candy Fla-ver!

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(PCM) We are always in search of something new and unique when it comes to candy and sweets, so we are thrilled to reveal that there is a new candy called Fla-ver that has been concocted and sure to set your taste buds wild.

The company behind this innovative new candy, Creative Concepts Inc, have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund bringing Fla-ver to the masses. They are now over half way to to their $10,000 goal, click here to check it out and donate!

Fla-Ver Candies are a delicious new twist in the candy arena, and are launching a uniquely artistic Fla-Ver Candies Dispenser that will spice up any space! Just what are Fla-Ver Dispensers and Fla-Ver Candies? They are artisan-designed candy dispensers filled with mouth-watering Fla-Ver candies and are like nothing else out there! Each Fla-Ver candy is a treat for your senses with a satisfying texture that is just the right amount of crunch, and delicious natural flavors that are sure to give your mouth a burst with only a few calories! Foodies rejoice—these are the candies your palette has been craving! The natural flavors paired with fun colors make Fla-Ver Candies the grownup’s choice for a flavorful treat. Choose from yummy options like Mint, Lime Chipotle, or Cherry just to name a few!

Our mouth is already watering!  I can already see a dispenser of these living on my desk in the near future…how about you?

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Carry More Cash and Cut Spending?

Trying to watch your spending? Carry bigger bills!

It may seem counterproductive — why would anyone want to carry more cash if they’re trying not to spend money? — But it’s actually a proven money-saving tip. A study from the University of Maryland business school shows that people are more likely to think twice about buying something if they have to break a big bill …even $20s!

Don’t like to carry big bills around with you? Even smaller bills help you to spend less money than credit cards do. When you pay with cash, you can actually see and feel your stack of money depleting, whereas there’s more of a delay with credit cards (you just have to wait until you get that shocking bill in the mail).

Try it for one month: Keep credit cards at home and just carry cash with you. At the end of the month, compare your spending with previous months and see if it’s made any difference. The results just might surprise you!

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Target Announces Plans To Make All Kids Merchandise Gender Neutral

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(PCM) After receiving quite a bit of criticism because children’s merchandise was segregated by gender for boys and girls, retailer Target has revealed plans to make all of their children’s merchandise gender neutral.

The company will be removing all types of gender-based signage, as well as, changing the wallpaper and display shelf backing paper. The area of the store will now be referred to as just “kids” and the colors used to distinguish the different sections such as pink, blue, yellow and green will be changed to a more gender neutral color scheme.

In a statement about the change, Target says “We know that shopping preferences and needs change and, as guests have pointed out, in some departments like Toys, Home or Entertainment, suggesting products by gender is unnecessary.” The company says that customers will be begin to see the changes taking place over the next few months.

Something tells me that we will soon see other stores making similar changes over the next few years. We want to hear from you!  Do you feel that removing gender-based signage is a good move or are people just way too hyper-sensitive?

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