Thursday, April 30, 2009

UrbanCouture Rocks the Runway in Atlanta for the 6th Year Running

/PRNewswire / -- Pattern, color, multicultural, style moxie and fluidity all describe the senior fashion collections that will be presented and modeled on May 9, 2009 at Grady High School; 8 p.m. The show is guaranteed to rival the finest professional shows in the southeast.

Ten (10) senior designers will champion looks that are "on trend" for 2009. Sheer, Metallics, Gladiators, Eco-Fashion, Ethnicware, Fast Fashion, Fruit Salad (or mixed prints), muffin tops, and a multitude of palettes will delight beyond measure.

A vivacious set design will be constructed by the Grady Art Department, G-Stage, led by the unbelievable creative efforts of John Brandhorst, Arts Academy Director, and Jake Dreiling, technical director. Additional set design by Scenario Custom Scenery. Hair styling & make up by the fabulous Carter Barnes and Sweet Pea Spa. Jewelry provided by Wendy Babchin Designer Group.

Six years ago, E. Vincent Martinez launched UrbanCouture with just 40 students. Today, the 100-student program is a foundation of the school's arts academy. Over 100 Grady students serve as models, lighting and sound technicians, graphic designers, musicians, volunteers and more. The program and its platform provide students with the skills and tools necessary to develop, unveil, and fuse fashion. This alluring environment grants the freedoms and expressions which arm the students with the confidence to pursue and become emerging designers.

The Senior Fashion Collections will be unveiled Saturday, May 9th at 8:00 PM in the Grady High School Gymnasium. There is only one show so please purchase your tickets early. Tickets on sale @ for $15.00. For more information, email: or phone E. Vincent Martinez at 404-216-8722 or Sherri Lamar at 770.403.4066.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Macy's to Serve as Sponsor of Fiesta Atlanta's Inaugural Fashion Event

/PRNewswire/ -- Lanza Group, LLC, Atlanta's leading Hispanic marketing, PR & events firm, today proudly announced that Macy's will sponsor Fiesta Atlanta's inaugural fashion event. The 3rd Annual Fiesta Atlanta is an outdoor Cinco de Mayo festival that celebrates Latino culture, music and food. Fiesta Atlanta takes place on Sunday, May 3, 2009 from 10 AM to 7 PM at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. The inaugural Fiesta Atlanta fashion event will take place at Macy's Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead on Tuesday evening April 28th as part of Fiesta Atlanta week festivities.

"Fiesta Atlanta is a wonderful way for the community to come together and celebrate Cinco de Mayo," said Zayra Fosse, representative for Macy's. "Macy's is especially pleased to sponsor Fiesta Atlanta's first fashion show. We know it will be a day of great shows, great fun and great people, and we are thrilled to be a part of it. We look forward to showing the community what Macy's has to offer."

"You can't talk about fashion in Atlanta without talking about Macy's," said Ralph E. Herrera, President of Lanza Group, LLC said. "That's why we're so excited that they've chosen to sponsor our first fashion event. Their presence is a great way for Macy's to connect with the growing Hispanic community in the Atlanta region."

Fiesta Atlanta '09 events include continuous live performances by national and local artists, a children's stage, an artist's market, vendor booths offering free product samples and authentic Latino foods. For more information about Fiesta Atlanta '09, contact Mara Spiegel at (404) 350-0200 or or visit

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Amoena Introduces First Post Surgical Garments With Vitamin E & Aloe to Help Soothe and Comfort After Breast Surgery

/PRNewswire/ -- Amoena, the worldwide leader of post-breast surgery products, today announced the introduction of The Hannah Collection, the industry's first post-surgical garments infused with Vitamin E and Aloe to ease discomfort after breast surgery.

The post-surgical camisole and bra both feature a drain containment device system as well as a soft, soothing material, made with microcapsules of Vitamin E and Aloe that have been infused into the fabric.

Designed specifically to provide comfort after surgery, as well as help women regain a sense of femininity, the camisole features a zip front while the bra offers a hook and eye front closure. The innovative design makes it easier for women to slip on or off either garment while recovering range of motion after breast surgery. Both products offer soft decorative lace trim and elastic straps that fasten in front for easy access during treatment.

"Amoena's new Hannah post-operative camisole assists healthcare professionals following first or second stage reconstructive breast surgical procedures that require drain management," said Dr. Stephen Harris, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital, New York. "The zip-front closure allows professionals to easily fit the garment immediately following surgery and also allows for ease of wear while the patient recovers her range-of-motion. The Vitamin E and Aloe treatment that the fabric lends to the wearer's skin adds an element of comfort for the patient, and is a nice addition to such a functional garment."

The Hannah Collection is available through leading retailers, boutiques, Durable Medical Equipment (DME) providers, hospitals and physician offices. A list of retailers can be found at Specially-trained Amoena fit specialists will help women find the right undergarments for immediately after surgery and beyond. "Fit specialists play a key role in all our products," said Valerie Esquilla, breast form & textile product manager for Amoena. "They have the experience and background to understand what women are going through after breast surgery and to work with them to find the very best products for their needs."

Many post-surgical bras, drain containment systems and undergarments are covered by insurance. Amoena encourages women to check with their health plans for additional information.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Women, Stress And Heart Disease

(NAPSI)-When it comes to heart health and women, the role played by stress can't be stressed enough. This is in addition to other factors, such as diet, physical activity, and genetics that are known to contribute to heart disease in women.

According to the American Psychological Association's (APA) 2008 Stress in America survey, women report experiencing higher levels of stress than men-33 percent of women report an average stress level of 8 or above on a 10-point scale (vs. 27 percent of men).

"The link between high levels of stress and heart disease is well known and very real," says Katherine Nordal, Ph.D., executive director for professional practice at the American Psychological Association. "The good news is that by being proactive in their health care decisions and making healthy lifestyle choices, women can successfully manage their levels of stress and minimize their risk of heart disease."

In fact, the tools used to prevent stress are also those often employed to prevent heart disease. A healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as well as regular physical activity such as walking, yoga or dance, all contribute to a healthy mind and body.

APA offers the following tips on how to manage your stress:

• Understand how you experience stress. Everyone experiences stress differently. How do you know when you are stressed?

• Identify your sources of stress. What events or situations trigger stressful feelings? Is there anything you can do to change the situation or reduce your stress?

• Learn your own stress signals. People experience stress in different ways. Learn to gauge your stress signals.

• Recognize how you deal with stress. Determine if you are using unhealthy behaviors (such as smoking, drinking alcohol and over/undereating) to cope.

• Find healthy ways to manage stress. Consider healthy, stress-reducing activities such as meditation, exercising or talking things over with friends or family.

• Take care of yourself. Eat right, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water and engage in regular physical activity, such as yoga, taking a short walk, going to the gym or playing sports.

• Reach out for support. Accepting help from supportive friends and family can improve your ability to manage stress. If you continue to feel overwhelmed, you may want to talk to a psychologist, who can help you better manage stress and change unhealthy behaviors.

To learn more about stress and mind/body health, visit the American Psychological Association's Help Center at

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