Transport Food to Holiday Parties in Style

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – With the holidays fast approaching, amateur and professional chefs are busy thinking up new recipes, and tasting and testing them. The problem for many, however, is transporting dishes to their final destination. Often, hot meals become cold in transit. And, let’s face it: holiday parties are only as good as the food that is served.
Rachael Ray has created a line of products specifically designed to help chefs and home cooks transport food so that it looks and tastes as good as when it was made. Below is just a small sampling of the many great products that are available to transport food in style, whether the party is just around the corner or hours away:
* Party on. The 5-piece Foodtastic Party Box features a spacious thermal carrier that fits dishes of almost any size or shape. Inside, the large storage container has an easy-to-secure lid, along with a five-compartment snack tray and a deviled egg tray that holds eighteen eggs. And with SuperFoam high-performance insulation and a zippered garage door opening for easy access, the carrier can be used on its own for transporting all kinds of hot or cold foods.
* Take the double decker. The highly portable Expandable Potlucker has two compartments that can accommodate 9×13 inch baking dishes. SuperFoam high performance insulation plus Therma-Flect Radiant Barrier will keep food hot or cold for hours.
* Go then stow. The Stow-A-Way Potlucker fits 9×13-inch baking dishes. High-density thermal insulation keeps meals hot or cold for hours of transport. And when the fun is over, this great product folds flat for easy storage.
* Get versatile. The 4-in-1 Thermal Carrier with Baker Taker features a glass baker to hold that just-baked dessert (or lasagna). Slip it inside the handy Baker Taker, stow it in the thermal carrier bag and go. The straps are convertible so you can carry horizontally or vertically.
* Keep it cool — or hot. The Chill Out Tote Duo features SuperFoam high-performance insulation plus Therma-Flect Radiant Barrier that keeps food hot or cold for hours. The front pocket holds utensils, and the leak-proof lining is easy to clean. These totes are so easy to carry, you’ll want to take both — one for hot food and the other for cold.
The holidays will be here before you know it. To find the right food transport solution for you, go to www.rachaelray.com.

Dress Up Your Doors

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Door hardware makes a strong impression on our sense of space. Just as the right accessories can complete an outfit, the right hardware can dress up a home.

Americans today enjoy clean, modern, uptown looks as well as sophisticated, comfortable rustic feels. Rather than choosing one over the other, many create an eclectic mix of both.

“In noting trend directions, we continue to see an appreciation for transitional design, or design that blends different style or fashion genres,” said Rob Empfield, Brand Manager of Baldwin Hardware. In response to consumers’ desire for variety, Baldwin’s portfolio of hardware continues to evolve, authentically crafted in both traditional and modern looks and designed to work harmoniously.

Empfield provides the following considerations to think about prior to purchase:

* What’s your style? From colonial to contemporary, options abound.

* Do you have a finish preference? Brass, satin chrome, polished nickel and more make a statement.

* Is compatibility an issue? Consider your door as well as existing hardware when creating your own personal style.

To learn more, please visit www.baldwinhardware.com.

Fashionable Advice for a Career Wardrobe on a Budget

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In the workforce, as the job market becomes more competitive, appearances can either make or break you. Yet, many Americans don’t have the money to keep up with their bills, much less update their wardrobe with fashion-forward staples. But looking professional doesn’t have to require a bank loan. It just takes a little clothing-care know-how.

According to a recent national survey sponsored by Woolite, 70 percent of American women surveyed admitted to throwing away clothing at least once a year due to misinformed laundry decisions that resulted in pilling, fading, stretching or bleeding of clothes. In fact, nearly $2 billion worth of clothing was ruined last year due to laundry-related mistakes.

Stacy London, co-host of TLC’s fashion show “What Not to Wear,” offers these tips for the working fashionista looking to maintain her look on a budget:

– First and foremost, take care of the clothes you have. Avoid ruining the clothes you already own by following each garment’s cleaning instructions. Using a non-harsh detergent, like Woolite, on all of your favorite fashions can help to protect your style investments and extend an outfit’s life.

– Shop your closet. A-line skirts and simple cardigans never go out of style, so if you already own a few, stop pushing them to the back of the closet. Combine that A-line skirt with a colorful blouse and a curve-complementing blazer, and you’ll be more than ready for your next presentation.

– Invest in versatile pieces. When you do shop for professional clothing, look for pieces that can be worn in and out of the office. The blazer is an easy flattering transition piece that can be translated from day to night. Find a “little black dress” in three season fabrics to get the most wear all year round.

Having recently partnered with Woolite to create the “Find the Look, Keep the Look” program, London is dedicated to educating clothes-minded individuals on looking their best every day. Ten boutique owners from across the country have also joined this partnership to offer their insight on regional style trends. Together, they created the “Look Book,” a compilation of basic wardrobe must-haves. The entire book is available online for free at www.findthelookkeepthelook.com.

Stacy London’s Tips on Updating Your Wardrobe

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When it comes to finding a new look this spring, it’s less about spending and more about closet creativity. According to fashion expert and host of TLC’s “What Not To Wear,” Stacy London, “this season, use the basic rules of fashion and fabric care to re-create spring’s hottest looks.”

Fashion basic 101: Shop your closet first. You may already have some key items within your wardrobe that can stand as a strong foundation. Building upon key pieces, like a little black dress, can be an easy way to update your style without breaking the bank.

Regardless of the monetary or emotional price, in today’s economy, clothing can be seen as an investment. “Women spend so much time finding their perfect look, it is important to educate them on helping to extend the life of their wardrobe,” says London.

Having recently partnered with Woolite to create the “Find the Look, Keep the Look” program, London is dedicated to helping educate clothes-minded individuals on looking their best every day.

Ten boutique owners from across the country have also joined this partnership to offer their insight on regional style trends. Together, they created the “Look Book,” a compilation of basic must-haves to update your wardrobe. The entire book is available online for free at www.findthelookkeepthelook.com.

Stacy’s Style Tips

– Protect your style investments. According to a recent survey sponsored by Woolite, over $2 billion worth of clothing was ruined last year due to laundry-related mistakes. A non-harsh detergent like Woolite is the key to extending the closet-life of your favorite wardrobe pieces. It’s easy to breathe new life into classic wardrobe basics if they have been maintained through proper laundry care.

– Shop your (or your boy-friend’s) closet. Chances are, you probably already have key pieces to build on to re-create spring’s biggest trends. One must-have silhouette for spring is the relax-fit pant — AKA the boyfriend jean.

– Be bold with color. Bold, neon colors are back in a big way. To update your look, try punching up a neutral outfit with a touch of bold color. No need to go neon head-to-toe to translate this hot look.

– Make a statement with accessories. Big necklaces can streamline a silhouette and quickly update a dull outfit.

Invigorate Your Domain With a New Exterior

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – If you’re thinking of making improvements to your home, this may be the perfect time to give the exterior of your home a makeover. The added value and the general warm feeling of coming home to a beautiful house everyday are not usually on the forefront of most people’s minds. However, the time of year is upon us to start thinking about our home repairs and to begin updating our home’s facade. But where do we start?

Ultimately, there are plenty of options if you’d like to change the appearance of your home.

Nothing breathes new life into a house like a new roof. While not an inexpensive upgrade, putting a new roof on a house can make a big difference as it makes up 50 percent of the exterior of a home. Asphalt shingles from CertainTeed are a good choice because they’re durable and can enhance the style and curb appeal of a home.

Trim is another option. This can bring out many of the details near windows or deck systems. Good trim products are typically made from cellular PVC with the look and feel of lumber. Restoration Millwork from CertainTeed comes in a natural-white color that’s easy to paint and ready to install.

If privacy or a place to relax outdoors with your family is something you’re looking for, try accenting your outdoor living space with maintenance-free fencing, decking and railings, like Bufftech or EverNew vinyl products from CertainTeed. These vinyl products are weatherproof and require no painting, staining or sanding and will allow you to put efforts elsewhere.

Siding is an area where options are great. CertainTeed’s Cedar Impressions polymer shakes give a home a rich, deep cedar shake look that never needs painting, is virtually maintenance-free, and carries a lifetime, limited warranty. If you are looking to change the exterior color of a home, consider CertainTeed’s ColorMax FiberCement siding, which offer 16 colors to choose from.

Landscaping is another way to update the look of your home. Landscapes are moving away from structured shapes, so if you have a lot of shaped trees that look like triangles or spheres, let them grow out, and prune them more naturally. Plants and shrubs bunched together, in a bouquet style of planting pattern, are also becoming more fashionable -; no more of the marching band type of perennial setups.

If you have any questions about purchasing interior or exterior products or to see what your home would look like with a new exterior, visit ColorView, an online interactive exterior style and color selector at www.certainteed.com.