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Anne Welsh

Interview with Instagram influencer Anne Welsh

In simple terms, Anne Welsh is a hard-working, fashion-driven mum, who shares her lifestyle and experiences of positive living on Instagram. But she is also much more than that. The former Chairperson of the UK Sickle Cell Society and Founder/President of ‘Arise Consult’ is a passionate advocate for people with chronic illness.

Anne influences many people with her fashion style, travel and lifestyle in general. But sharing content of her everyday life has resulted in her gaining nearly a million Instagram followers.

Prior to becoming a social media influencer, Anne had a formidable academic career focused on obtaining an Accounting and Finance Degree as an undergraduate and then attending the prestigious ‘Cass Business School’ in London to complete a further Master’s degree in Investment Management. Before founding ‘Arise Consult’, her career roles included Vice President at New World Capital and Senior Vice-Associate of Marketing at Investment Bank, Lehman Brothers and Neuberger Berman.

Being a mother has changed Anne in many ways, but especially in her views on ‘compassionate’ fashion for women. She shares her advice to future bloggers and reveals how she became an Instagram influencer.

Anne, how did you build up the huge following you have on Instagram? How did all start?

I must say it wasn’t an easy start. It was a journey that still continues every day. Firstly, I had an aspiration to be an influencer and role model for family living as well as for people who are challenged by chronic diseases; however, I was not exactly sure how to achieve that goal.

I researched multiple platforms and the right platform for me was Instagram. I have now been involved with Instagram for two years and the platform continues to improve in allowing users to post with more sophistication and gain more followers. I find that I can directly approach anyone in the community and learn from other people’s experiences.

A theme that has always permeated my story boards is to promote the awareness of sickle cell disease. As a sickle cell sufferer, I felt obligated to tell positive and uplifting stories that would inspire others to achieve great things in their personal lives. I also found out that this positive approach to life has been embraced by many people living ordinary lives, but who are looking for a ‘new spark’ or who may be facing personal challenges outside of their control.

Building my Instagram following was not something that happened over night. You must post regularly and gradually; through comments and likes, you become to understand what people like and prefer to see posted. Improving on the posting experience is an evolutionary story. Be patient, as success is unlikely to happen quickly.

What are your posts all about and how do you interact with your followers?

My posts are usually centered around my personal experiences; travelling, beauty, fashion and lifestyle, with an important focus on health. Fashion is almost always a part of my posts and I get to work with my children and family on these aspects. Styles & certain fashion looks become my form of communication, an expression of my femininity, a way to find new statements and rediscover myself. That is why I love to showcase fashion and beauty aspects.

Sharing travel destinations is typically another function of my job description. I am fortunate enough to travel to many places internationally as well as locally across the UK. London itself is a world class destination with so many great photo opportunities. When I am at a location it requires significant schedule and logistics planning so that I can fit in business meetings between getting to photogenic sightseeing locations. Sometimes this can be very difficult to accomplish, and discipline is the key.

I am also happy to show some details of my family life, specifically woven around those interesting moments I share with my kids, my nieces and nephews and the family’s daily routine. I have found this part of my postings to be very popular. I am sure my followers encounter many of the same challenges I do with having a family, so it is a common bond we share.

What is your partnering philosophy with different brands?

I am very selective with brands. I usually accept invitations from only a small percentage of the brands that approach me. The first hurdle for a brand that seeks collaboration with me is I must love the product or service. If I don’t hold that passion it will come across to my followers as not very genuine and this will not achieve the marketing results of the product. When I post something which includes a brand, it is because it is the best in the sector.

Another key aspect of my personal brand, Anne Welsh, is that I interact with my followers. I work diligently to keep them updated and I personally respond to many of the questions I am asked. This level of interaction is actually a key requirement of the clients that approach me.

What is your best advice for people who want to become Instagram fashion or lifestyle bloggers?

My best advice for anyone who wants to be a lifestyle or fashion influencer is to be yourself. I think the only way to achieve success is to be original and at the same time be able to translate that originality into your own distinctive brand that companies can see as being useful for their business.

My passion for my family, the fact that I suffer with sickle cell disease and where I live have all been instrumental in developing my original offer. I would also follow-up that to say this is a very competitive market and clients are becoming much more savvy in how and at what level they pay Instagram influencers.

Using the fashion theme as an example, I consistently showcase my ‘Passion for Fashion’ and prominently display my latest looks on my website and on my Instagram page. You don’t have to have a million-dollar wardrobe, but you have to be thoughtful in what you purchase and research how these pieces can be recycled in unique ways.

Do you have any special projects coming up?

I have a very special project coming up, that is so dear to me. It has been my absolute dream for the last ten years to complete a book that improves the awareness of Sickle Cell Disease. My greatest influence will be to showcase to sufferers that your quality of life can be improved; that there is hope. The book is a memoir of my life, and the daily challenges that I have faced and how I have overcome them to be where I am today.

The book will be released on 19th of June to coincide with the United Nations Sickle Cell Day.

The Struts

Interscope rock band The Struts release the lyric video for new single “In Love With A Camera” today. “In Love With A Camera” is featured on the band’s sophomore album YOUNG&DANGEROUS which was released on Interscope Records in the fall of 2018. YOUNG&DANGEROUS follows the 2016 release of The Struts’ debut album Everybody Wants.

The Struts recently finished up a sold-out European tour and will bring the Young & Dangerous Tour 2019to the states next month with stops in major markets including Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City and Washington DC. Visit thestruts.com for more info.

In just a few years, The Struts have found themselves massively embraced by some of the greatest icons in rock-and-roll history. Along with opening for Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Guns N’ Roses, the U.K.-bred four-piece was also hand-picked by Mötley Crüe to serve as the supporting act for their last-ever performances, while Dave Grohl praised them as “the best band to ever open for Foo Fighters.” In addition to the support slots, The Struts have been on the road nonstop since their formation including worldwide headline shows and prestigious festival plays including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Bottle Rock, Isle of Wright and many more. Formed in Derby, England in 2012, The Struts are Luke Spiller (lead singer), Adam Slack (guitar), Jed Elliott (bass) and Gethin Davies (drums).

Below is a complete list of dates for The Struts Young & Dangerous Tour 2019:

April 21 Copper Mountain, CO Copper Mountain Resort
May 2 Louisville, KY Kentucky Derby Festival
May 3 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
May 4 Atlanta, GA Shaky Knees Music Festival
May 5 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville
May 7 Houston, TX HOB~
May 8 Dallas, TX HOB~
May 10 Sioux City, IA Athem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 11 Kansas City, MO KRBZ- Coors Light Block Party
May 13 Charlotte, NC The Underground~
May 14 Wilmington, NC Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre~
May 15 Charleston, SC Music Farm~
May 16 Norfolk, VA NorVA~
May 18 Camden, NJ MMRBQ
May 19 Columbus, OH Sonic Temple
June 28 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
June 29 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot*
July 1 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
July 2 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
July 3 San Diego, CA The Observatory North Park
July 5 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
July 8 Portland, OR Roseland Theater*
July 9 Seattle, WA Showbox*
July 10 Missoula, MT The Wilma*
July 13 Saint Paul, MN Palace Theatre*
July 15 Des Moines, IA Water Works Park*
July 16 Indianapolis, IN Old National Centre*
July 17 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works*
July 19 Detroit, MI The Fillmore*
July 20 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live*
July 21 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE*
July 25 Buffalo, NY TBA*
July 26 Utica, NY Saranac Brewery*
July 27 New York, NY Pier 17*
July 28 Mount Pocono, PA Mount Airy Casino
July 30 Boston, MA House of Blues*
August 4 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino
August 6 Dewey Beach, DE Bottle & Cork*
August 7 Washington, DC 930 Club*
September 21 Asbury Park, NJ Sea Hear Now Festival

Dealing with the Russians

Andrew Monaghan Presents his plan for moving forward with Russia in “Dealing with the Russians”

How to handle Russia? This question has become ever more prominent as the Euro-Atlantic community’s relations with Russia languish in deep in systemic crisis, with dialogue suspended, reciprocal sanctions in place and proxy wars raging. The wars in Ukraine and Syria, accusations of Russian interference in domestic politics and the attempted assassination of the Skripals on UK soil have all contributed to soaring tension in the relationship.

Yet faced with this array of serious challenges, Euro-Atlantic thinking about Russia remains stuck in twentieth-century rhetoric, trapped by misleading abstract labels and unsure whether to engage Moscow in dialogue or enhance deterrence and collective defence. Instead of thinking in these terms, leading Russia expert Andrew Monaghan argues that we must devise a new grand strategy for dealing with the Russians. Examining the ongoing Euro-Atlantic debate over Russia and framing Moscow’s own position towards the West, he sets out the foundations of a forward-looking strategy; one that can accommodate the many complex challenges presented by this new era of competition between Russia, Europe and the United States.

The Author

Andrew Monaghan is Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security, The Changing Character of War Centre, Pembroke College, University of Oxford.

Reviews

“A brilliant and hugely enjoyable book. Cogent, well researched and cleverly argued, Monaghan’s illuminating analysis serves as a timely reminder of the dangers of misunderstanding Russia and an “antidote” to Russian stereotypes that prevail in the West.” – Nazrin Mehdiyeva, St Antony’s College, Oxford

“An aggressive, revanchist Russia and the return of Great Power competition make this book required reading.  Monaghan’s extensive knowledge of Russian history, politics, language, and culture give him insights that are crucial to understanding Russia and finding a way back to some sort of normal relationship between Russia and the West.” – LTG (Ret) Ben Hodges, Center for European Policy Analysis

“Dealing with the Russians provides a fresh, informed, and rational approach to solving the problems that arise when nations attempt to deal strategically with the Russian Federation. It will be essential reading for those who prefer to master history rather than fall victim to it.” – David M. Glantz, Carlisle, PA

SG LEWIS X CLAIRO

SG LEWIS X CLAIRO NEW SINGLE ‘THROWAWAY’ OUT NOW TAKEN FROM FINAL CHAPTER OF CONCEPT ALBUM
DUSK, DARK, DAWN

TO PERFORM AT COACHELLA FESTIVAL APRIL 12 & 19
OPENING FOR JADEN SMITH AT SHRINE EXPO HALL IN LOS ANGELES ON APRIL 16

LISTEN
“THROWAWAY”

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
04/12 – Coachella Festival – Indio, CA
04/16 – Shrine Expo Hall – Los Angeles, CA – TICKETS*
04/19 – Coachella Festival – Indio, CA
*supporting Jaden Smith

Today, British producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist SG Lewis released his brand new collaborative single with Clairo ‘Throwaway’ via Casablanca/Republic Records in North America. The track follows ‘Blue’ as the second to come from ‘Dawn’, the third and final installment of his hugely ambitious three-part concept album Dusk, Dark, Dawn, out later this year.

‘Throwaway’ is the second collaborative track between SG and rising viral US star Clairo, after last summer’s breakthrough track ‘Better’. Clairo’s honeyed vocals on ‘Throwaway’ are perfectly framed by SG’s intimate, downtempo production; “Clairo is one of my favorite artists to work with, and a good friend of mine” says SG: “Throwaway was written in LA one evening – we were both super tired and had some shit going on in our respective personal lives. We sat and talked for ages, and after that Throwaway flowed out in no time at all. Clairo is such a special artist and an incredible songwriter, and I’m super proud of this song.”

Dusk, Dark,Dawn chronicles the trajectory of a night out through its different moods and genres and serves as a tribute to club and youth culture. While Dusk (released earlier in 2018) blended disco, smooth electro and funk and Dark explored distinctly heavier yet still diverse sounds, Dawn is a sonic embodiment of those euphoric sunrise moments and the feeling of togetherness at the end of a night well spent.

It’s been an incredible six months for SG Lewis that has seen the artist sell-out venues across the US, Asia and Europe. Dark lead single ‘Hurting’ has continued to grow, hitting No.1 on the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart two weeks ago, and with SG set to play a prime slot at this year’s Coachella, he continues to cement his status as not just one of London’s hottest new talents but also a formidable artist capable of making a splash on both sides of the Atlantic.

SG has previously collaborated with Col3trane, Raye, Ray BLK, The Neptunes/N.E.R.D’s Chad Hugo, Gerd Janson, Conducta and more as well as producing Dave’s ‘100M’s’ proving his worth as one of the most respected and prolific musicians from the UK and a producer capable of working outside of genre and style.

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ABOUT CASABLANCA RECORDS
Casablanca Records, the legendary label of the 70’s, defined the sound of its era. During the infamous days of Studio 54, Casablanca launched the careers of artists such as Kiss, Parliament, Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder. Re-launched by Republic Records executive vice president Rob Stevenson, the label now focuses on Dance and Electronic music. Working with a global roster of both established superstars and emerging new talent, Casablanca Records is home to Stromae, ALMA, Kungs, Martin Solveig, Tiësto, Felix Jaehn, SG Lewis, Netsky and Phantoms.

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Florence + the Machine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Jacquees, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd, Belly, NAV), Young Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records, and Universal Music Latin Entertainment.  In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR, The Four), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

Tuscan Women Cook

A Culinary Immersion Vacation Experience

Have you ever wanted to learn to cook in Italy, to participate in Tuscan cooking classes? And return home with recipes handed down over generations and collected by us since 2000? Each spring and fall, Coleen Kirnan and Rhonda Vilardo welcome guests from around the world to live, breath and cook as Italians do. Taking advantage of their years of business experience and knowledge, as master event planners, they create an insider’s Tuscan itinerary filled friendly, knowledgeable tour guides, translators, drivers and private cooking classes that only a local resident could access.

Indulge yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the region’s passion for food and wine in a small group of 18 people or less. The best cooks in all of Tuscany, the local women, or “nonnas,” teach their classes. They’ll share regional techniques, ingredients, and family recipes that have been passed down over the centuries. Put on your apron, gather around the old farmhouse table, get wrist-deep in pasta dough and learn Tuscan cooking from the source. You’ll learn first-hand how to make gnocchi, tagliatelli, and pici— thick strings of handmade eggless pasta made originally in Montefollonico.

Your week with Tuscan Women Cook includes six night’s accommodation at Agriturismo Belagaggio, a restored farmhouse in Montefollonico, breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, cooking classes, daily sightseeing, visits to local artisans, cheese and wine tastings. Full day sight- seeing in Siena with a private guide who has a doctorate in Sienese history. Full translation is provided at all classes. Transportation to all activities is in a Mercedes minibus with private driver.

For wine lovers, Tuscan Women Cook is situated in the heart of Brunello de Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano country, and border on the Chianti wine region. This is the center of the new Italian wine renaissance and a dream locale for your next getaway with family and friends. Wine connoisseurs plan the ultimate Bucket List trip here to sample new wines and visit the spectacular vineyards. Tuscan Women Cook hosts will provide you with exclusive introductions to renowned Tuscan vintners and opportunities to purchase their award-winning wines for their personal cellars.

To learn more about Tuscan Women Cook and view beautiful photos and videos, visit www.TuscanWomenCook.com.

Tuscan women cook, 360 MAGAZINE, Italy, wine, Vaughn Lowery

Tuscan women cook, 360 MAGAZINE, Italy, wine, Vaughn Lowery

Tuscan women cook, 360 MAGAZINE, Italy, wine, Vaughn Lowery

Holiday Destinations of Influential Women

8 Dream Holiday Destinations of Influential Women

Everybody needs to get away from time to time. And the rich and powerful are no exception! In fact, the stress and responsibility of holding an influential position and being constantly in the public eye can make the idea of a holiday even more appealing.

MyLateDeals has researched where the world’s most powerful women choose to go when they finally get a chance to let off some steam.

Queen Elizabeth II

You might think being the longest-reigning Queen of England would be an easy ride. But while Her Majesty may not have to worry about paying the bills each month, she has dealt admirably with personal trauma and national crises over the past seven decades – and remained adored by the national and international public the whole time.

Of course, no British royal is short of a holiday home or two. For Queen Elizabeth, 50,000 acres of moors, forests, and farmland at Balmoral Castle in Scotland provide both privacy and fresh air away from London life.

“I think Granny is the most happy there,” revealed Princess Eugenie a few years back. “I think she really, really loves the Highlands.”

Madonna

The Queen of Pop is the best selling female recording artist of all time and her influence on today’s music culture is inestimable. But rising to the top of the industry wasn’t easy – especially in the sexist atmosphere of the 1980s: “I’m tough, I’m ambitious and I know exactly what I want,” explains Madge. “If that makes me a bitch, okay.”

Madonna may be the archetypal urban woman, but when it’s time to get away nothing less than paradise will do. Soneva Fushi, an idyllic island in the Maldives, is the artist’s “definition of heaven – [a place for] riding bikes in the moonlight and watching movies under a starlit sky.”

With visitors able to reserve their own stretch of sun-baked sand far from the 24-hour news cycle, Soneva Fushi is a place where Madonna needn’t worry about reading, or becoming, hot gossip.

Oprah Winfrey

Talk show host, motivational speaker, philanthropist… president? Such are Oprah Winfrey’s levels of empathy and talent, it’s impossible to rule out quite what she’ll do next. And that’s just what you see on the surface: Winfrey’s business acumen is so sharp that they even teach college courses about it.

Like the Queen of England, Winfrey has an impressive property portfolio and holiday homes to spare. Her first choice destination is her ranch on Maui, Hawaii, where landscape and spirituality walk hand-in-hand: “The real substance and value of being in Hawaii is the unspoken “spirit” of the people and the surroundings,” she writes. “Hawaiians understand that the soul of the land is what matters.”

And what does a talk show host talk about on her time off? “We chat, laugh and rate the sunsets according to their magnificence.”

Pink

While her closest competitors embraced the hyper-sexualisation of early-noughties pop culture, Pink showed the world that it’s possible to stay true to who you are and still make a success of yourself. She has been a true ‘mainstream alternative’ in an age of mass production.

The singer and songwriter finds escape through a vastly different culture: that of the Indonesian island of Bali. She relaxes and has fun with her kids by attending cooking classes, chilling on the beach, and taking in traditional dance and music shows.

“Thank you to the people and the ocean and the energy of Bali,” Pink effuses on Instagram. “We love you.”

Beyoncé

They say the way to Carnegie hall is practice. For Beyoncé, building the stamina to blast stadium audiences with her formidable voice was apparently a matter of running around the block singing at the top of her voice by way of ‘working out’ in her youth. Her talent and hard work have won her 22 Grammy awards and a unique position in 21st-century western culture.

It’s Europe for Beyoncé and hubby Jay-Z when they want a break from the intensity of American living. The French Riviera (including Monaco, Cannes, and St. Tropez) may not be as remote as Bali or Soneva Fushi, but combining the deluxe privacy of a mega-yacht with the bustle and glamour of dining out along the Côte d’Azur seems to do it for the Knowleses.

Meghan Markle

Markle has brought a touch of reality to the royal family, and is becoming an important ambassador not just in diplomatic circles but between everyday people and the British elite. But even before she wooed Prince Harry, sixth in line to the throne, Markle was celebrated both for her acting and for her political activism.

So it’s no wonder her downtime with Harry is often spent in Africa, the continent where the couple pursue a great deal of charitable work. They keep things relatively real at the £580/night Mapula Lodge in Okavango Delta, Botswana, where thatched huts and outdoor showers overlook a stunning lagoon.

“I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana,” said Harry of one of their early ‘dates.’ “We camped out with each other under the stars.”

Michelle Obama

‘First Lady’ was never a title that Michelle Obama was going to accept lightly. The Princeton and Harvard graduate worked as a lawyer and in prominent government positions before cutting back to raise her daughters and become an ambassador for human dignity and justice alongside her husband.

Obama’s holiday plans are as unpretentious as you would expect. Every year, she and her family arrive on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, where the Obamas cycle, play tennis, eat ice-cream, and spend quality time with their dogs, Sunny and Bo.

It’s more about wholesomeness than glamour – but you can be sure Obama returns to her daily routine refreshed and inspired.

Serena Williams

Some say Williams is the greatest female tennis player of all time. But the consensus errs towards her in fact being the greatest athlete of all time, regardless of gender. An astonishing 23 Grand Slam titles – including winning the Australian Open while two months pregnant – would be inspirational enough even if you didn’t consider the extent to which she’s set herself ahead of her rivals and the adversity she’s overcome to get there.

Romantic Rome is Williams’ destination of choice. She met her husband there while breakfasting with friends at the Cavalieri Hotel in 2015; he proposed to her on the same spot a year later.

As she told Traveller: “Rome is one of my favourite cities in the world! It’s such a magical place and I have so many wonderful memories there.”

Want to know which holiday destination is right for you? MyLateDeals has created  a quiz to determine which holiday and inspirational woman you have the most in common with, so prepare to find out.

GOING CUCKOO FOR SOUTHWEST GERMANY

SouthWest Germany’s Specialist Program for Travel Agents
Informs, delights and awards certificates and a trip!

In little over a few hours, travel agents and anyone interested in


SouthWest Germany, officially the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, is a beautiful part of Germany that offers green hills and valleys, caves of ancient art and forests, large and small rivers and lakes, as well as great cities, palaces, castles and medieval monasteries. The variety means that visitors can have a total, in-depth German experience in just one visit. And, it is easy for travel agents to help their clients create that dream vacation.
 
The specialist program has 11 modules each with a different topic. The modules introduce the visitor with basic knowledge courses about why to go covering the top highlights such as the famous cities and towns; how to get there by plane, train, bus or car; and the best time of year to go. The variety of modules lead the travel agent through the courses in a fun, interactive and engaging manner so time passes quickly.
 
In the heart of Europe, SouthWest Germany is the country’s sunniest region. Bordering on France, Switzerland and Austria, SouthWest Germany offers visitors the perfect European experience. Rail is the convenient alternative to flying and is often the quickest way of getting around Europe and South-West Germany. Long-distance and local train times are coordinated to ensure quick, easy connections. The ICE-Intercity Express high-speed service offers at least one train every hour between Germany’s major cities and neighboring countries. SouthWest Germany has an excellent network of highways (Autobahn) and there are seven international airports.
 
World-famous highlights include the beautiful Black Forest and the sophisticated spa resort of Baden-Baden, but there are also lesser-known treasures and ready-to-be-discovered small town gems. SouthWest Germany appeals to young and old alike, thanks to its combination of unspoiled nature, outdoor activities, unique historical palaces and castles and world-class natural spas. It also offers fun festivals, and award-winning restaurants and wines. Anytime of year is fun in SouthWest Germany because there are the Christmas markets, skiing and winter sports and the Carnival (Fas’nacht) celebrations in the Black Forest; fall is a perfect time for enjoying the wines and going hiking through the two luscious wine regions as well as raising a Stein at Stuttgart’s famous beer festival; summer is wonderful for visiting the luxurious and historic castles and palaces while spring is perfect for almost everything especially the gardens and the fruit trees and indulging in the annual treat of white asparagus which is on every menu. At every time of year, the cities and towns, museums, opera, dance and festivals entertain and delight with their regular cultural performances and displays.
 
SouthWest Germany offers charming villages going back in time, historic towns and luxurious getaways. The university cities of Heidelberg, Tuebingen and Freiburg are vivacious and historic, each has its own highlights such as the Chocol’Art chocolate market in Tuebingen at Christmas time or the music festival in Heidelberg where famous people perform in intimate places throughout the town in the spring. Freiburg has an amazing wine festival in July and yet, at any time of year, these towns offer museums, restaurants and fabulous charm. Baden-Baden is a luxurious getaway where highlights include the world class performances at the Spielhaus and the casino.
 
SouthWest Germany has the potential to absorb visitors so while it is possible to see the entire state in seven to 10 days, we recommend spending one month. Of course this may be difficult for people who don’t have so much vacation time so it is understandable if you have to limit your time to certain regions or routes all of which are content and activity rich so you can experience a lot in a short time.
 
The north provides the towns of Heidelberg, the castle road, the Technomuseum of Mannheim, the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe and many castles and palaces such as royal palace and gardens of Schwetzingen and the asparagus route. The middle of the state is home to the capital of Stuttgart surrounded by the wine region of Wuerttemberg. Stuttgart has two world class art museums as well as museums for architecture and antiques. Einstein came from the town of Ulm in Swabia where there is also a fantastic bread museum and this is close to a great beer route and the town of Ehingen on the Danube as well as the baroque route and some of Europe’s most extraordinary cave art as well as the town of Ravensburg of puzzle fame. The Black Forest provides endless possibilities for hiking and biking and outdoor experiences. In the south, bordering Switzerland and Austria, Lake Constance is a paradise for families interested in the Bronze Age Village, the seaside castle of Meersburg, the UNESCO World heritage monastery island of Reichenau and the garden island of Mainau and the Zeppelin Museum to name a few.
 
Many travelers delight in that SouthWest Germay is a haven and heaven for car lovers. This is where the world’s first car was made and today the tradition of producing top notch cars of the future has not let up. Both Mercedes and Porsche call Stuttgart home. They have extraordinary museums and restaurants and interactive and changing exhibits. Stuttgart also is home to two car themed hotels and a world class car trading center where visitors can rent vintage cars, trade in their own vintage autos.. There are additional car museums in Ladenburg and Sinsheim and the Formula 1 racetrack at Sinsheim where visitors can complete test drives. So, whether you choose to do European delivery and picnic in a Porsche or you prefer to visit the work studios of Daimler and Maybach outside of Stuttgart and the museum dedicated to Benz in Mannheim, there are endless opportunities for gearheads.
 
Participants will learn about all of the above and more and those who complete all of the course modules earn a special certification that they can scan and upload to their websites and put in their signatures. It is a great way to start the year and give travel agents an opportunity to reach out to their clients with their new expertise and ideas. Those who complete eight of the 11 modules may be entered for a free trip to SouthWest Germany.

Quinn XCII Releases New Single

Singer/songwriter/producer Quinn XCII has released his new song “Tough” featuring Noah Kahan. The song, co-written and co-produced with Scott Harris (Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers) is the third release from his forthcoming sophomore album From Michigan With Love, due early next year.

Quinn XCII will be embarking on his major headlining world tour early next year, under the bill “From Tour With Love.” The 39-show trek kicks off in Europe at the beginning of February. The North American dates of the tour, produced by Live Nation, kicks off February 19 in Indianapolis, IN and will stop in major markets including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more, before wrapping April 17 in Austin.

The genre-bending artist also recently released “Sad Still” and “Werewolf” ft. Yoshi Flower, which marked his first two releases since his debut album The Story of Us last year. Both “Sad Still” and “Werewolf” will also be featured on From Michigan With Love.

The rising artist has accumulated an impressive 600 Million streams on Spotify alone from his catalog, and over 75 Million combined views on YouTube.

QUINN XCII 2019 “FROM TOUR WITH LOVE” EUROPEAN DATES:

2/3/2019 Amsterdam, NL at Bitterzoet

2/5/2019 Copenhagen, DK at Ideal Bar

2/7/2019 Berlin, DE at Privatclub

2/9/2019 Munich, DE at Mila

2/11/2019 Cologne, DE at CBE

2/12/2019 Paris, FR at Nouveau Casino

2/14/2019 London, UK at O2 Islington Academy

QUINN XCII 2019 “FROM TOUR WITH LOVE” NORTH AMERICAN DATES:

2/19/2019 Indianapolis, IN at Egyptian Room at Old National Centre

2/21/2019 Philadelphia, PA at The Fillmore Philadelphia presented by Cricket Wireless

2/22/2019 New York, NY* at Terminal 5* — SOLD OUT

2/26/2019 Boston, MA at House of Blues presented by Cricket Wireless – SOLD OUT

2/27/2019 Boston, MA at House of Blues presented by Cricket Wireless

3/1/2019 Washington, DC at The Fillmore Silver Spring presented by Cricket Wireless

3/2/2019 Cleveland, OH at House of Blues Cleveland presented by Cricket Wireless – SOLD OUT

3/3/2019 Raleigh, NC at The Ritz

3/5/2019 Atlanta, GA at The Tabernacle presented by Cricket Wireless

3/7/2019 Orlando, FL at House of Blues Orlando

3/9/2019 Louisville, KY at Mercury Ballroom

3/12/2019 Nashville, TN at Marathon Music Works

3/14/2019 Grand Rapids, MI at 20 Monroe Live

3/15/2019 Detroit, MI at The Fillmore

3/17/2019 Toronto, ON at The Phoenix Concert Theatre

3/19/2019 St. Louis, MO at The Pageant

3/20/2019 Chicago, IL at Riviera Theater

3/21/2019 Minneapolis, MN at Myth

3/23/2019 Denver, CO at Fillmore Auditorium

3/25/2019 Salt Lake City, UT at The Complex

3/26/2019 Boise, ID at Revolution Concert House & Event Center

3/28/2019 Vancouver, BC at Commodore Ballroom

3/29/2019 Seattle, WA at Showbox SODO

3/31/2019 Portland, OR at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

4/2/2019 Sacramento, CA at Ace of Spades –SOLD OUT

4/3/2019 San Francisco, CA at The Masonic

4/4/2019 Anaheim, CA at House of Blues

4/6/2019 Los Angeles, CA at The Wiltern

4/9/2019 Phoenix, AZ at Comercia Theatre

4/11/2019 San Antonio, TX at Aztec Theater presented by Cricket Wireless

4/12/2019 Dallas, TX at South Side Ballroom

4/13/2019 Houston, TX at House of Blues presented by Cricket Wireless

4/17/2019 Austin, TX* at Stubb’s*

*not a Live Nation date

BAUR AU LAC’S PAVILLON RESTAURANT

BAUR AU LAC’S PAVILLON RESTAURANT AWARDED SECOND MICHELIN STAR

“THE PERFECT GIFT FOR OUR 175TH ANNIVERSARY”

The Pavillon restaurant at the Baur au Lac in Zürich has been awarded a second Michelin Star, it was announced earlier this week by the Michelin organization. “This comes as the perfect gift as we celebrate the 175th anniversary of our hotel,” said Andrea Kracht, sixth-generation owner of what is often described as the world’s finest hotel.

“Being awarded a second Michelin star is an incredible honor for our team,” says Pavillon chef, Laurent Eperon, “because maintaining the highest standards and inspiring our guests with new creations each time they visit are my biggest goals and most daunting challenges.” Eperon has over 20 years of experience working at the Baur au Lac and 10 years as the head chef at the Pavillon, bringing a creative and innovative approach to classic French haute-cuisine. Eperon stressed that he shares the upgraded Michelin recognition with restaurant manager, Aurélien Blanc, and Chef Sommelier, Marc Almert as well as their entire Pavillon team, all of whom take this accolade as motivation to continue focusing on total guest satisfaction.

ABOUT THE BAUR AU LAC

Voted the number one hotel in Europe in the 2018 Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards, the 119-room Baur au Lac has been owned and operated by the same family since it was built in 1844. A short walk from Zurich’s world-famous Bahnhofstrasse, the central Paradeplatz, Lake Zürich and the city’s bustling financial district, the hotel is a long-time favorite among the world’s elite, and is one of Europe’s few grand hotels that is still family-owned. In 2009, the hotel completed an approximately US$45-million renovation of its Michelin-starred Pavillon restaurant, Terrasse restaurant and various rooms and suites.

NBA All-Star Series

NEW ERA CAP CELEBRATES THE CITY OF CHARLOTTE WITH 2019 NBA ALL-STAR GAME COLLECTION

The New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Series is available now

Today, New Era Cap Co., Inc., the authentic cap of the National Basketball Association (NBA), announces the New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Series, a special headwear collection designed for this year’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Each year, we work to celebrate NBA All-Star Game by using the host city as the design inspiration for the New Era NBA Authentics: All-Star Series,” said John Connors, Director of Arena Sports for New Era Cap. “This year, Charlotte offered us the opportunity to do something truly different leveraging the Hornets’ unique color palate and honeycomb pattern.”

This year’s New Era NBA Authentics: All-Star Series features unique designs with a mix of silhouettes including 59FIFTY, 9FIFTY and 9TWENTY. Each cap features a unique design utilizing the Charlotte Hornets’ color palate, teal, white and purple as well as the honeycomb pattern displayed on the Hornets’ court.                       

The New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Game Series is available in the following styles:


New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Tie Dye:  Adding an element of style to the collection, this teal, white and purple tie dye graphic print cap features the primary Charlotte NBA All-Star 2019 logo embroidered on the crown. Available in a 9FIFTY, the cap also comes in a black and white colorway with a 59FIFTY version available exclusively here.


New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Pri Star: Available in a 9FIFTY and 9TWENTY, this cap features the Charlotte NBA All-Star logo man on the crown and an oversized NBA All-Star 2019 wordmark embroidered on the side. This cap is available in a black and white colorway with a 59FIFTY version available exclusively here.


New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Oversized Star: Show your excitement for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game with this 9FIFTY cap featuring an embroidered oversized Charlotte NBA All-Star logo man on the crown and a second NBA All-Star logo man on the rear. Additionally, this cap has a honeycomb pattern on the visor and snapback enclosure. A 59FIFTY version is available exclusively here.


New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Suede: Available in a 9FIFTY and 9TWENTY, this stylish black monochromatic cap combines faux suede with a Charlotte 2019 tonal wordmark embroidered on the crown.

The New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Series is available here as well as select headwear retailers with retail prices of $28-$38 USD.

ABOUT NEW ERA CAP
New Era Cap Co., Inc. is an international lifestyle brand with an authentic sports heritage that dates back over 90 years. Best known for being the official on-field cap for Major League Baseball and the National Football League, New Era Cap is the brand of choice not only for its headwear collection, but also for its accessories and apparel lines for men, women and youth. The brand is worn as a symbol of self-expression by athletes, artists and some of the most interesting people around the globe. New Era Cap encourages people to truly express their personal style and individuality through its products. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, NY and operates facilities in Canada, Europe, Brazil, Japan, and Hong Kong. For more information, visit our website.