Geek Couture To Invade San Diego Comic Con With 2nd Annual Her Universe Fashion Show

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(PCM) The Her Universe Fashion Show, hosted by actress and Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein, returns to San Diego Comic-Con 2015 with an all new group of aspiring designers. This year, 25 finalists will present their original “geek couture” designs in the runway show to compete for the opportunity to design a limited edition fandom collection with Her Universe for leading specialty retailer Hot Topic. The 2nd annual Her Universe Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, July 9th at 6pm at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego. More than 2,000 fans are expected to attend this exciting runway show celebrating fangirl fashion and pop culture.

The Her Universe Fashion Show is the brainchild of actress Ashley Eckstein. The event not only aims to spotlight fangirl culture but to also support aspiring designers by providing them with a real runway to showcase their one-of-a-kind designs to the world. Two winners – one chosen by the audience and one chosen by a panel of judges, will be awarded the unique professional experience of co-designing a fashion line for Hot Topic retail stores.

Guest judges joining the Her Universe 2015 Fashion Show panel include Hot Topic’s SVP of Merchandising and Marketing, Cindy Levitt; singer/songwriter, voice actress and designer, Traci Hines; Manager of Licensing and Merchandising at Sony Pictures Television, Jessica Nubel; and winners from last year’s fashion show, Amy Beth Christenson and Andrew MacLaine. This year, Andrew MacLaine will be designing the on-stage “geek couture” gowns for host Ashley Eckstein. Actress Ashley Tisdale’s company, Blondie Girl Productions, joins the Her Universe 2015 Fashion Show as a production partner. VP Production and Development of Blondie Girl Productions, Jennifer Tisdale, along with announcer Heath Hyche, will be handling backstage coverage, in addition to contributing as audience commentators. Espionage Cosmetics returns as the hair and make-up sponsors for this year’s event.

“We are so excited to return to San Diego Comic-Con with The Her Universe Fashion Show,” said Ashley Eckstein. “Geek Fashion is a trend that’s not going away and once again we can’t wait to celebrate Fangirl Fashion on the runway. You will not want to miss the stunning pieces created by this year’s designers and the audience will participate by picking one of the winners!”

The 25 talented designers competing in this year’s fashion show come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. They’ll be creating women’s fashion looks based on anything that is celebrated at Comic-Con, original or inspired by popular media. The finalists are:Lauren Andrews, Ericka Angiuli, Kelly Cercone, Laura Desch, Daisy Evans, Jessica Gonzalez, Lindsay Hamilton, Kathryn Henzler, Sarah Henzler, Hannah Kent, Kristin Koga, Harmony Leiker, Belinda Mendoza, Jennifer Newman, Emily Ong, Laura Cristina Ortiz, Leetal Platt, Tara Reich, Adria Sanchez-Chaidez, Amy Scott, Kristi Siedow-Thompson, Sam Skyler, Jesse Thaxton, Oseas Villatoro, and Erica Williams.

“Last year’s winners Andrew and Amy Beth blew us away with the amazing Marvel collection they designed for us,” said Cindy Levitt, SVP of Merchandising and Marketing at Hot Topic. “It truly hit home with the fangirl, as well as our fashion customer and was a fantastic success! We can’t wait to do it again this year!”

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Last year’s Her Universe Fashion Show winners, Amy Beth Christenson and Andrew MacLaine (bottom right with Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein) were awarded the unique professional opportunity to design a fashion collection with Her Universe for specialty retailer, Hot Topic. Their exclusive Marvel by Her Universe Avengers Collection premiered in Hot Topic stores and hottopic.com in May 2015 and quickly sold out online but is still available in select Hot Topic stores.

Ashley Eckstein, Hot Topic and the Her Universe team encourages attendees to come dressed in their own geek-inspired fashion for a chance to be recognized and win prizes. The Her Universe Fashion Show promises to be an evening of fun fanfare with special announcements you will not want to miss!

Here is a sneak peek at Ashley Eckstein’s 2015 Fashions:

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Her Universe and Hot Topic will also be presenting a special screening of Studio Ghibli’s beloved film Spirited Away on Thursday, July 9th at 9pm at the Horton Grand Theatre in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Entry to the screening requires a ticket. Drawings for entry tickets at the Horton Grand Theatre will be held on Thursday, July 9th at 9am in the Autograph Area (upstairs in the Sails Pavilion) of the San Diego Convention Center

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Whole Foods Accused Of Price Gouging

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(PCM) If you have ever shopped at Whole Foods, you are well aware that their prices are always quite a bit higher than you would pay at a regular grocery chain. In fact, the grocery retailer has even been jokingly referred to as “Whole Paycheck” over the years. Recently, investigators in New York launched a probe into Whole Foods pricing and discovered that they have been grossly overcharging their customers for years.

In fact, the investigators called it “the worst case of overcharges” they have ever seen! It was found that Whole Food has been overcharging customers over a period of the last five years. The store received violations which included inaccurate weight labels on pre-packaged food, as well as, adding tax to non-taxable items.

To give an example, the cost of pre-packaged coconut shrimp was marked up by as much as almost $15.00 above normal cost, a pack of chicken tenders by about $5.00, and a vegetable party tray by about $6.00. Definitely hurting the pockets of consumers!

A spokesperson for Whole Foods defends the store saying that the pricing often happens on the manufacturing side of things and that the grocers are not to blame for the price gouging. Just last year, Whole Foods paid upwards of $800, 000 in a settlement for overcharging consumers for food based on weight.

Are you a Whole Foods shopper? How happy are you with their pricing practices?

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Walmart Will Stop Selling Any Items Depicting A Confederate Flag

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(PCM) In the wake of the church shooting tragedy that took place in Charleston, South Carolina, Walmart has announced that, effective immediately, they will stop selling any items depicting the Confederate flag. The company will be removing any items that depict the controversial flag from their nearly 11,000 brick and mortar stores, as well as, online.

In a statement, Walmart says, “We never want to offend anyone with the products we offer. We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the confederate flag from our assortment — whether in our stores or on our web site.”

Walmart’s announcement came just shortly after it was announced that South Carolina governor Nikki Haley called for the Confederate flag be removed from the grounds of the State House in South Carolina’s capitol city Columbia.

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Ladies Came Together To Rock Their Curves At The First-Ever theCurvyCon!

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(PCM) Over 500 curvy women came together on Saturday, June 20th to celebrate the first-ever theCURVYcon. Founded by digital sensations, CeCe Olisa of Plus Size Princess and Chastity Garner of GarnerStyle, who sold the clothes out of their closets for seed money, the day-long event brought plus size brands, bloggers, fashionistas-alike together to chat, shop and embrace their curves.

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The day long event included workshops discussing style, health, wellness, sex, love and confidence by featured panelists such as Grammy Nominated Singer – Kierra Sheard and notable bloggers Nadia Abouhlson, Gabi Gregg of Gabi Fresh, Sarah Conley of Styleit, Kelsey Miller of Refinery29 and more. Also, there was a flash runway show featuring fierce plus models Ashley Graham and Victoria Lee. The event closed with the keynote address from Glee Actress and Dancing With Stars Winner Amber Riley. Yes CURVY GIRLS rocked this weekend!!!!

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“Sweet Baby Jesus” Beer Pulled From Store Shelves

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(PCM) When DuClaw Brewing Company made the decision to name a flavor of their beer “Sweet Baby Jesus!” they had to know that they would be stirring up a certain level of controversy, however they never imagined it would lead to having their product pulled from store shelves.

“Sweet Baby Jesus!” which is a chocolate-peanut butter porter, has received so many customer complaints that the Heinen’s grocery store chain that spreads throughout Ohio and Illinois has made the decision to pull the product from their shelves.

Majority of the customer complaints had nothing to do with the taste or quality of the product, but rather the name which they find to be tasteless. However DuClaw Brewing Company is standing by their decision to use the name saying that it was not meant to be offensive or derogatory and plan to continue using it into the future.

The company says that they name their beers based on the way that they feel to them and they absolutely refuse to censor those feelings. The company has additional beer named Morgazam, Guilty Filthy Soul and Dirty Little Freak.

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Powdered Alcohol Set To Go On Sale This Summer

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(PCM) There has been a huge debate over the legality and possible abuse from underage drinkers getting their hands on a product called Palcohol, which is a ‘just add water’ powdered alcohol substance. Despite concerns, Palcohol has just been legalized and is now slated to be available for retail purchase beginning this summer.

The University of Michigan conducted a study in which they asked adults if they were even aware of the powdered alcohol product. Majority had not heard of it and once they did learn of its’ existence, nearly all were concerned about its’ possible misuse by underage drinkers.  A lot of them feel that the product should be banned before it is even released.

Palcohol was approved for sale by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Trade Bureau back in March and is slated to come in three varieties which are vodka, rum, and “powder-rita”.  Each powder packet contains 1oz of powdered alcohol substance which is then mixed with 6oz’s of water to create the consumers drink of choice.

It is the concern of health and law enforcement officials that underage drinkers will be able to easily get their hands on Palcohol and then add it food or even go as far as to snort the powder which could lead to very serious health risks.  Already close to 12 states have banned powdered alcohol while others plan to regulate the same as they do regular liquid alcohol.

What are your thoughts on Palcohol?  Is it a good idea or too much of an underage drinking risk?

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