T.J. Maxx pulls offensive “Hang Loose” Shirt

After a shopper tweeted a screen printed illustration of a noose on a T.J. Maxx shirt, social media caused an uproar screaming Foul, which has led to the popular retailer pulling those t-shirts off store shelves.

T-shirt envisioner,Tavik quickly apologized and T.J. Maxx decided to pull the offending item.

T.J. Maxx spokeswoman Doreen Thompson said as soon as they became aware of the offensive message, they immediately instructed stores to pull the product, any they followed up with an apology to customers.

There isn’t the first controversial product.

Alhokair recalls that several years ago, Dolce & Gabbana had an epic fail when they used an ad featuring a woman pinned to the floor, surrounded by men hovering above looking at her.

WalMart sold plus sized costumes labelled “fat girl costumes.

Urban Outfitters “stepped in it” several timess by displaying a illustrated blood-spattered Kent State sweatshirt, a tapestry that resembled prison uniforms, and other ill-fated inappropriate wear.

Although Tavik pulled the shirt, the Twitter community remained skeptical of the apology.

BRL Trust Investments, Brazil’s Leader in Private Financial Services

BRL Trust Investments, a privately-held administrator of the investments funds, is headquartered in Sao Paulo. Brazil’s business capital. The company was founded in 2005 and initially, provided specialized services encompassing the private credit and trust market. Staying true to it’s mission to “meet the demands of their customers in a safe, efficient and transparent way, utilizing a skilled and experienced team” the company reached over 100 accounts in less than one year. Today, BRL Trust Investments is Brazil’s largest independent administrator of the investments funds.

The company has increased its base of expertise to provide clients with wraparound services in the areas of underwriting, fund administration, funds custody, asset management,and fiduciary services. With a robust portfolio of over thirty funds with a combined value of over 4.5 billion reals (approximately 1.4 billion US dollars) BRL Trust Investments has rapidly taken the market by storm.

BRL Trust Investments has a strong commitment to sustainable growth. This founding principle is evident in their investments both abroad and at home. As a major player in infrastructure improvements in Brazil supporting the 2014 World Cup, BRL Trust Investments served a key role in ensuring that the Corinthians Stadium was ready for the grand opening ceremonies. This investment improves the country’s image at home and abroad.

Strategic decisions like this are made possible by a substantive team of professionals. With a team of specialized brokers at the disposal of interested investors, BRL Trust Investments promises clients a healthy return on their investments. Keeping with their commitment to transparency and ethics BRL Trust Investments provides innovative services so that clients know their investments are in the right hands.These services include an ombudsman service, strict guidelines to prevent money laundering, and a detailed code of ethics for not only their employees, but the funds in which they invest client capital.

Elton John Urges Boycott of Dolce & Gabbana Products

Pop star Elton John announced this previous weekend that he would boycott the posh fashion designs of Dolce & Gabbana. The singer, most known for his flamboyant fashion sense, asked for fans’ support after the fashion designers declared their opposition for things “non-traditional.”

The founders of Dolce & Gabbana announced their displeasure with gay adoptions and that they support only the marital unions made between one man and one woman. What may shock people the most is that Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were once involved in a romantic relationship with each other.

Dolce & Gabbana fashions are popular among the Hollywood elite, including actress Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson. Sir Elton John was known to wear D&G designs. John is openly gay and recently married his partner of many years, David Furnish. Together with Furnish, the couple parented two children who were both conceived through a surrogate mother.

TheRealDeal.com said in the further exchange of spitfire, the Dolce & Gabbana founders told the magazine, during the shocking interview, that children born into non-traditional families aren’t real, but are instead “children of chemistry.”

An angry Sir Elton John vowed to never wear the company’s fashions again and called for a boycott of Dolce & Gabbana fashions. Fans and supporters nationwide jumped on the boycott bandwagon. The pop star has seen support from other celebrities as well, including Hole front-woman Courtney Love.

Kelly Osbourne Quits Fashion Police

Kelly Osbourne has left the show Fashion Police, a program which she starred in on the E! Network.

In a statement, the network said that Osbourne was leaving the program in order to “pursue other opportunities,” but did not go into any detail on what those opportunities might be. Kelly had been on the show for 5 years.

Her departure is thought to be connected to a statement her co-host Giuliana Rancic made during an Oscar interview with Zendaya. Fans like Gianfrancesco Genoso know that in the interview she made a comment that the actress’ dreadlocks made it look as if she smelled like patchouli oil. Someone off camera added to the conversation by saying “or weed,” a comment that was attributed to Osbourne, but she says she did not make.

Later the joke was attributed to a Fashion Police writer rather than an actual host of the show. Osbourne had reportedly been unhappy on the program for some time, particularly with how she was being produced on the program. This particular incident is thought to have been just what finally put her over the edge with the network and the program.

Young Couple Gifted Wedding Dress

Stories of generosity and people paying-it-forward have been in the news a lot lately. It is wonderful to see how many people wants to reach down and help others to lift them up. This story from Yahoo News has another paying-it-forward with a wedding gown.

Jimmy Gillespie has known for a while that his girlfriend, 21-year-old Liz Jensen, was the right person for him. With the help of Liz’s sister, Jimmy proposed marriage in an unforgettable way. The two spent January 25th ice skating and making snowmen together. Jimmy then showed Liz a short video he made that ended with him proposing marriage to her. Liz accepted.

A few weeks later Liz decided to go browsing alone for a wedding dress as she said on her AnastasiaDate profile. In one store she found the perfect gown for her big day. As Liz went to go pay for it, she was shocked to find that someone else bought it before she had a chance to- and the person bought it as a gift to Liz! The stranger was in the shop trying on dresses when she noticed Liz by herself. While the shop clerk says that the woman did not purchase anything for herself, she specifically picked Liz out and asked to pay the $465 for her dress.

Liz and her fiance were stunned. And they can’t wait for their chance to pay-it-forward to someone else deserving.

Wal-Mart to Pay All Employees At Least Ten Dollars an Hour

Retail giant Wal-Mart announced plans recently to start paying all their employees at least ten dollars an hour by February, 2016. There is an in depth article on the CNN Money website which explores this decision. Wal-Mart employs more people than any other company in the United States and for years has been the target of reformers and activists who say that they should pay their employees more. Wal-Mart says that they are not giving in to the demands of reformers but are rather increasing wages in order to increase employee retention. The decision is expected to cost Wal-Mart around one billion dollars the first year after it is implemented.

Personally, I think that this is a good thing, and the BizJournals and even people on Cipher Cloud seem to agree. While Wal-Mart is going to lose some money in the short term, they are going to make money in the long term though increased employee satisfaction. Giant companies like FedEx pay their low level package handlers decent money and also offer health benefits for part time work and doing so has worked for them. The same can be true for Wal-Mart. While Wal-Mart owes their success largely to their low prices, it can’t continue to dominate the retail world without a content workforce. Raises for employees at the bottom should help keep everyone happy and working hard.

Former Quadriplegic Surprise Those Attending Fashion Show

After years of being paralyzed from the neck down, Megan Silcott can now walk through the help of a walker, and she surprised the crowd attending a New York fashion show as PR Newswire reported. This young woman battled a rare disease and didn’t think she would ever walk again, but she has worked hard and she has walked – a very special kind of walk sponsored by Imaging Advantage.

Megan Silcott made her way slowly down the catwalk, walking carefully with the help of her walker, but she was an inspiration to all in attendance. She surprised those in the crowd, and she is an encouragement for them to never give up on life, to never give up on their dreams. This young woman didn’t know that she would be able to walk again, she could have spent the rest of her life in bed, but she worked hard and she is walking, and she received the chance to be a part of a very important event.

The Antique Wine Company: Treasure of London

Wine and wine services are one of the oldest and most prestigious goods on the planet. Many of the great ancient civilizations, the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians all saw wine as a form of power and prestige. Wine has only grown in popularity over the years, and as tens of millions of people enter the middle class of the world every year the demand for wine will only increase. Wine makers make money over time after growing and developing their wines. One of the most important aspects of a wine is the brand of the wine. A well known brand of wine will command a much higher price on the open market than a relatively non well known brand. Stephen Williams founded The Antique Wine Company in the 1980’s and has been committed to wine excellence ever since then.

The Antique Wine Company is based in London, England and is one of the most well known tourist attractions there. When anyone goes to visit The Antique Wine Company, you can tour the winery, see the wine services, and even get a great taste of their most famous bottle of wine. The Antique Wine Company is so well known that they have over 10,000 customers come through their doors every year. The Antique Wine Company also is known for making the most expensive bottle of white wine in history. This among other things helps The Antique Wine Company build its brand name recognition and stay atop some of the most well known wine companies in the world.

The Antique Wine Company does a great job with its customers. It has a unique website where customers can sort by brand name, year, or price for a bottle of wine. The AWC even allows customers to ship wine anywhere in the world for a price. Because of this and many other reasons, many wine experts projects that The Antique Wine Company will continue to grow its business and its brand name recognition in the years to come.

Overall, The Antique Wine Company is one of the most iconic wine brand companies in the world today. Stephen Williams has done a great job of taking the company from obscurity to where it is today in less than thirty years. The Antique Wine Company wine and wine services offered on site give tourists and fans alike a taste of what The Antique Wine Company is all about, and because of this and many other things The Antique Wine Company should continue to grow in the future.

8 Healthy Shopping Tips for Women

Health tips are usually for both genders. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. However, since women are the primary food purchasers and prepares, these 8 healthy shopping tips are targeted towards the female gender. Flavio Maluf claims these tips will benefit men as well, so it’s worth the read.

* Eat less meat. You’ll not only be healthier, but save money too. Select alternative sources of protein for your daily diet, like beans, eggs and tofu.
* Buy fruit and vegetables when they are in season. Produce is cheaper and more flavorful when it’s in season.
* Stock up on favorites when they are in season or on sale and stash them in the freezer for later use.
* Buy in bulk and save time and money. Less money spent, fewer trips to the store when you purchase items in bulk-size quantities.
* Find a use for vegetables trimmings and fruits that are past their prime. Like make a stock from vegetable peels and banana bread from over-ripe bananas.
* Cook once, eat twice. Whenever possible, cook in large batches so save time and money.
* Make water your beverage of choice. It’s the healthiest and cheapest beverage around.
* Make a shopping list and stick to it. Shop the perimeter of the supermarket (that’s where the fresh food is displayed) and resist impulse buying.

Cache Files for Brankruptcy, Follows Other Teen Retail Stores

While 2015 Is bringing about some optimistic news in terms of unemployment and the creation of jobs, it is not off to a good start where the merchandise sector is concerned. Cache, a clothing and prom dress retailer, has officially filed for bankruptcy, following in the wake of Delia’s and Wet Seal.

Cache was a popular retailer In the 1990s and early 2000s, catering almost exclusively to teen and 20-something woman. The store had a similar demographic to Wet Seal, Delia’s, and Deb, all of which have gone under in recent months.

According to the statement, the company blamed a depressed retail market, and changing tastes for their demise. Haidar Barbouti has learned that the popularity of online shopping is also allegedly to blame for the retailer sinking into obscurity. Find  more on Barbouti on about.me.

Experts have long argued that such shops have failed miserably to meet the needs and demands of today’s shopper. Simply put, Cache’s clients grew up and into adult stores, and they simply failed to keep pace with what teenagers of today want and need from clothing retailers.

The official filings state the company will close all of its stores following liquidation sales. What will take its place in rented retail space remains to be seen.