Kim Kardashian builds the link from celebrity party girl to motherhood announcing she now has the same personal trainer as Gwyneth Paltrow. Both girls are a movement of merchandising product online. So a smart move by KiKa to align with Tracy Anderson.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.1.13~
"When I crack that whip"--Happy B'Day... :)
As there are only two types of people in the world… the lovers and the haters…. here’s a fun news story from one of the USA’s brightest stars.
Momtrepreneur, multi-millionaire, mechandizing mogul, Britney Spears is having a birthday today.
The USA celebrates Britney’s birthday big time each year. This year, Pop Sugar shares a few of the pop stars song lyrics, through the years, that have fuelled the USA culturally for almost twenty years. There are few veterans in show biz with appeal of Spears in USA.
Some of the song lyrics being sung today in USA hoods right now from Brit Brit’s pop archives are:
“The reason I breathe is you.”–Hit Me Baby One More, when launching the USA into the internet age.
“But no way, I’m ever gonna fall for you. Never you baby.”–Womanizer, on reducing those fatal attractions, you just know are plain bad.
“We can get down. Like there’s no one around. We keep on rockin. We keep on rockin.”–Gimme More, on ensuring the USA stays sexy. (more…)
This year the 22nd popular stars of 2012 were in running order (of combined totals of popularity), Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and wider family team after that. Why are these sisters so popular? Because kids don’t know any better. No!
They are popular because: they create pictures of family, of community, of merchants, of entrepreneurs. etc. (more…)
STARBUCKS CEO, HOWARD SCHULTZ MILK, COFFEE BEANS, FREE WIFI CAFES BRAND EXPANDS BY UPPING PREMIUM PRICED COFFEE PRODUCTS
Hobbit filmmaking factory facts 2012: New Zealand’s Wendy Petrie revealed on NZ Television that during the making of the latest hobbit movie in New Zealand (Unexpected Journey) that NZ$380,000 was sploshed on coffee for the cast and crew alone.
It’s true that coffee fuels the world. Here’s a story via The Washington Post USA reprinted Bloomberg market research news story, into how American coffee peeps will pay top dollar for hot milk with a bit of coffee in it.
Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) — Howard Schultz‘ Starbucks Corp. has moved into specialty coffee sales that can cost US$7 for a 16-ounce “grande” cup. Apparently, in a mov to up the rest of its products, the value put on the new grande serving makes it the company’s priciest brew. The company hopes to steer its customer base into buying premium products with a higher mark up by the move. The price hike maintains an illusion of advancement and quality in the competitive US coffee obsessed market.
The Costa Rica Finca Palmilera coffee costs $40 for a half- pound bag and $6 for a 12-ounce “tall” cup. U.S. Northwest is the trial market in select Starbucks cafes.
JESSICA SIMPSON 47th MOST VOTED STAR 2012 – WORKING MOTHER, FASHION MERCHANT DISTRIBUTOR, CELEBRITY MC, WALKING REALITY TV SHOW, OCCASIONAL TEXAN-CALIFORNIA SINGER
Jessica Simpson is the 47th most voted star of 2012. Once a reverend’s daughter, her father became manager moving her family from Texas to California. The Simpson’s cartoon show was a big hit, so the family had everything to gain from the move.
A career as a singer got Jess’ vivacious talent noticed, before reality TV shows (and coasting off Britney Spears‘ star template too) allowed Jess to gain a profile in the US that few other people in music can claim as their own. Her art of being marketed as a product, taught her how to market merchandise well across the 50 States of the USA. (more…)
A New Zealand University released a new report titled: Franchising New Zealand 2012 survey.
What the study found is that franchising Kiwi ideas are worth $20b to the New Zealand economy p.a. The study found that 22,400 franchisee businesses operating in the country are employing 101,800. Even more remarkable is that 90% are homegrown franchise brands.
LIKE THE KARDASHIANS MARKETING FOOTPRINT IN LONDON, ASHLEE & JESSICA SIMPSON MARKET FASHION IN COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA
Due to marketing prowess, The Kardashian family’s star template as a home grown USA entrepreneurial family of Armenian-American merchants, is a big hit in England with London’s locals.
The family showed they have rock star status due to their story of being merchant gurus worldwide.
Locally in California’s Costa Mesa, Jessica Simpson (networth $700 million) is on track to billlionaire status of marketing product too. A blonde who doesn’t take herself at all seriously, Simpson is a Texan mogul underneath the funny schitck she rolls out with.
In this photo, Jess ropes in younger sister Ashlee Simpson to help her launch a new fashion line. Not bad for the family who made a move from Texas to California thanks to their visionary dad. As a show biz father of Hollywood effctively, their dad’s PR is too funny at the moment. Just like Billy Ray Cyrus‘s spinning a yarn in LA, most of Ash and Jessica’s dad’s PR is all just joshing. They are blokes who get their kid’s noticed – USA’s marketing agenda 101 for entrepreneurial families of the 309 million strong (2010 Census figures) of the USA.
Few do marketing better than Jessica Simpson. Jess’ marketing spin involves two new clothing lines on the go in The Jessica Simpson adult and girls lines. Her younger family member, was roped in to help add her more youthful tastes and style (very Young Hollywood savvy in what young LA likes), in the installment for The Jessica Simpson girls fashion line. JS has guest starred on set of Fashion Star while shaping the branding of her Spring ’13 ad campaign too. The working mother with the help of family and a team of nannies, loves raising daughter Maxwell in between life’s hectic schedule in keeping the kids of American well attired and entertained with it.
Simpson is a relatively young and sweet, Texan billionaire in the making. Good for her! –Source: Pop Sugar.
Photo: Getty Images.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.11.12~
With her online fashion merchandizing empire so extensive in the USA now, it’s difficult to see Kim Kardashian as merely a reality TV star now.
Kardashian is now first and foremost a fashion merchant of the USA’s younger generations. A style guru making style affordable for young Americans.
Smart at marketing is Kim K. In this photo Kim is seen bundling up in mink while leaving London’s Dorchester Hotel on Friday.
[Photo: Splash News Online].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.11.12~
After APEC, everyone was conscious of China in some way, for both trade and South Seas maritime stability:
“No company should have to look for workers in China because they couldn’t find any with the right skills here at home” (Apple’s story of being the no.1 US company on Wall Street). Then: “We’ve reasserted our power across the Pacific and stood up to China on behalf of our workers.” Then: “After all, you don’t call Russia our number one enemy… unless you’re still stuck in a Cold War time warp. You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can’t visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally.”
Barack Obama, USA, DNC Speech.–FirstPost.
“The falling Chinese demand for raw materials was something New Zealand needed to watch as it could affect Australia, New Zealand’s biggest trading partner.”
John Key, New Zealand in Russia–TVNZ.
“Protecting interests of specific companies alone might be helpful for the economy in a short-term prospect, but is harmful in a long-term prospect. Concrete steps must be put in place to reduce protectionist policies that distort markets as this scares investors away and hampers business development in general.”
China has maritime disputes with several countries, including the Philippines and Vietnam, South Korea and Japan. The Chinese are so big that left alone, the other small countries will be deprived of any role in the conversation. It is wise if China and Southeast Asia countries can work to resolve disputes and adopt a framework for negotiations on rival territorial claims in a region rich in oil and gas. The U.S. is seeking to defuse conflict in the South China Sea, through which half of the world’s commercial cargo moves.
Clinton also stated that the global community should make joint efforts to enhance the role of women in the economy as, according to her, the world is annually losing some $40b dollars due to unfulfilled potential of women who are blocked participation in economic processes.”
Music: Il Divo – Hallelujah
What Russia as host nation thought in summary:
“The 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum wrapped up an annual summit in Vladivostok’s far eastern Russian seaport Sunday, vowing to work together to support growth and restore confidence in shaken financial markets. The region accounts for about half of all world economic activity and 40 percent of world trade. (more…)
Angelina Jolie has a Cleopatra movie in the pipeline. Thus, Kim Kardashian has taken to covering off Dame Elizabeth Taylor‘s movie fashion style. The art of American celebrity being reinterpreted in Hollywood today. Elizabeth Taylor once played a famous version of the Egyptian leader for Hollywood years ago.
The Kardashians are always good for retail sales boosts in the U.S. Good on Kim.
Everytime I see Kim, I think of the very cool Armenian-American community of California. They are warm-hearted people like Maori and Polynesian communities are. Family oriented, most go to church too. They love dancing at clubs togehter, drinking almost Turkish strength coffee in elaborate and ornate demitasse cups. They like laughing lots, working in their own businesses together. They work and party together. Armenian-Americans are fiercely family oriented. Pride is in family. They like never being lied to. I like Armenian-Americans of California a lot. Being a merchant also runs in their veins strongly as a people. They are Good Peoples.
Their young people study financial management courses at night. Young adults are fiercely independant go-getters too in defining their own identity, returning it back within community though. When they marry and start families, their children go to school where they can learn the language of their culture, thus the new breed in Hollywood are bilingual American citizens. Young adults also have their own economy they grow.
The girls are raised to be extremely motherly. Almost overkill motherly-sweet and when it comes to biz, the women are incredible multi-taskers too. The boys are a bit gangsta tough and always funny. They all love Kiwi actor Temuera Morrison. Fancy that. Love them!
[Photo: Via twitter Kim Kardashian blasts a Terry Richardson photo of herself in one of Elizabeth Taylor's original Cleopatra robes].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.9.12~
In Saul Hudson on Tour News: I’m watching Renee Wright read the weather forecast tonight on TV. The lovely Renee says that she once interviewed Guns N’ Roses rocker Slash – when he was on tour in New Zealand with talented rock band Velvet Revolver.
Renee said Slash was a real gentleman to interview.
What I know of Slash? People have nothing but nice things to say about Slash who is 47.
As a Hollywood publicist, I once spun the stars at Velvet PR on the Penthouse Suite office floor (no. 22) of 9000 Sunset Blvd. The views were amazing. The Hollywood Hills on one side, a panoramic view of Los Angeles on t’other. I was given a swipe card and when all of the American kids went home of fridays, I would stay late, edit all of their press releases for Monday’s array of work. Then I would stand in the center of gravity at the wall of window’s and watch the beautiful sun setting over one of the world’s most famous cosmopolitan cityscapes and I would dream of a better world for children. The sunlight would bathe my soul, ignite my Maori-Kiwi imagination, exude peace and the views were simply stunning.
I worked with the French-Moroccon-Muslim, fashion/ film-producer set of Los Angeles. It was a refreshing change from my last job working for a top Jewish publicist, with a recommend from Mother Teresa plastered proudly on his wall at all times beneath the US Presidential Seal, who was descended form Russian-Jewish Orthodox holocaust survivors. I used to spin him too once and contribute to his own personal PR portfolio. He was known for never once saying “thank you.” It was his way of being tough in biz.
The Arab-Angelenos were very sophisticated people, some of the most advanced global merchants you’d ever meet, so it was fun. No one rocked fashion merchandise from LA across America, quite like they instinctively knew how to, in the face of opportunity. No American accents prominant yet they grew the USA economy more than most US citizens could. I respected that! They only ever spoke French so it was a challenge at times. I was their English teacher. In charge of all things English going out from their penthouse HQ.
One of our client’s was billionaire fashion mogul Max Azria, (these days, Spanish billionaire Amancio Ortego is the ‘new Max’ on the fashion scene this year as Max was so novel in the USA, back then to the American people). Those were the days when Kim Kardashian was still trying to work out, how to trump Paris Hilton on the young Hollywood club scene. Britney had arrived in LA too, so it was hard for Kim to begin her own fashion merchandising Armenia-American brand and fashion line services. Out the front of the Sunset Office where I used to have a cigarette to escape the non-stop media-line telephones occasionally, there were guitar sculptures. Ice Tea‘s media marketing crew (all white folks) used to try and talk to me, to pick my brains and hear more of the Kiwi accent. “Hip hop is the new rock n’ roll,” they’d tell me. I’d be all like, ”on ya!.” Nice guys.
Max was the man of Sunset Strip back then. He was no small fish. He had his own jet. Rock stars music were what they set their clothes to, down the runways of Hollywoood clubs.
Sometimes I’d do PR at the events. Other times I’d do the PR blue-prints the US publicists would follow to rock the events and the merch out. They loved Guns n’ Roses music. They appreciated Slash’s artistry (outrageous hat etc with good guitar). Their soft side, was listening to soppy Celine Dion tracks and anthems, that also inspired immigrant Americans dreams to rise up and attain the ‘American dream.’ Like I said, they were fun.
They would all go away for weeks at a time, leaving me to run the office without warning. Every day, I would expect them to arrive at work, yet they didn’t. So being a Kiwi, I was innovative and managed their team of American workers, creatively in such off-the-cuff circumstances. Looking back, it was a compliment that they even trusted me to do this.
Fast forward: After I got fired for being too honest, I sat at home on the couch crying in my milk for a few days. Handing over my swipe card to the sunset views was the hardest part. I felt like the skydiver in New Zealand recently, hitting the ground with a thud sans luxury views of LA. Little did I know, the moment would mark the beginning of the global financial crises era in the world. At the time though I was aware of the gravity of the feeling about to hit the world. After the tears dried and I got my resolve back at unfair dismissal my smile returned to my Maori-Kiwi mug. Then I went independent.
In that process, I gave Slash’s family’s PA a job as a publicist, when Slash and his family left LA for a stint of European family living.
She was Australian, nearing 50. Her name was Jane Parker. As it turned out, Jane (who was as blunt as an Aussie outback cocky, could swear like a trooper if anyone took me on, yet at the same time was an unusal paradox who could be as old-school gracious and confidential as Queen Elizabeth II‘s mother, during a tipple too) had nothing but nice things to say about Slash, his wife Perla Hudson and the Hudson’s wonderful children and family.
Of course, I won’t be sharing those things, on this rocking website. :)
Welcome to the jungle/ngahere Slash and Team. Sounding good.
Helen Castles has the rock guitar scoop interview at the airguitar movez: The gist of the interview is: “He told ONE News it was great to be in a new phase in his life where he could concentrate on writing music with a “clear-head”.
“I rock just as hard. I’m just a lot more clear headed about it and I have to be.
“I wouldn’t be here right this minute if I was still doing what I was doing seven years ago,” said Slash.
Not to mention the fact Slash has been a devoted parent for quite some time too! (In rock interviews, rockers leave all that family stuff out, but that’s true. Rock royalty kids, have rockers’ focus when not on stage). I must say, watching Slash on TV, NZ news feels very LA today.
Vector Arena, Auckland was where Slash played tonight. The band also plays CBS Arena, Christchurch on August 19.
How lucky is NZ to have the sound of Slash on guitar live in our cities. I have Maori-British cousins that are Hudsons who live in London and New Zealand, so Slash being a Hudson too makes him like Kiwi whanau (family) almost. Woot!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.8.12~
Ti Tonics celebrates entrepreneurialship with Kiwi food exports. Poutama Trust of Wellington, has big plans to launch an international Māori exports initiative. Ti Tonics is a Māori-made product from one of 18 companies that will come under the Trust’s new brand, Indigenous New Zealand. Now you too can experience what we have here in New Zealand all around the world. Way groovy! Like titanium strength superfoods brightening up the healthier lives and futures of the people of Te Ao (the world). I can see Japan really going for these. American footballers too, who do the haka before each game could dig Ti Tonics new range, as well. Hawaii and Texas, definitely!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteraoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.7.12~
Bromhead does his Kramer Vs Kramer cartoon art commentary today down in New Zealand with his cartoon titled: A More Interesting Split.
The diversions of US In Kiwiland over a cuppa of Chanui Pure Ceylon tea.
[... Far more fun than Kiwi families contemplating whether to get out of the house and go get their own damn sovereign breadmakers at the local Ware-Whare store!]. A homemade Weta Wheat Bread recipe is due about now from those myriads of reality TV Master Chefs - to show Kiwis how to make their own German bread to go with their cuppa too. :)
Love the cartoon.
[This photo: The Sunbeam Bakehouse Breadmaker - Noel Leeming's souped-up breadmaker version, NZ].
What this means: After Maori get water rights sorted with blindie, shall we start growing wheat in the South for the USA and other countries that get parched in summer? That’s so Bill Clinton down in Queeenstown, after Monica-gate back in the naughty presidents golfing club yarn-around-the-greens days.
Wheat n’ Wheels. [I think NZ and Iwi-Kiwis can more than do a big ag project for "Africa"peeps on our own!].
As this is not a Turners & Growers German distributed idea (at this stage), it could quite possibly be a Ngai Tahu and other Iwis distributed model - if the dry goods produce are to be “China” bound, here’s that look for baby pandas and Aussie friends afar off – growing up on Canterbury plains good grains and our shared Iwi-Kiwi wai ora in the future.
[grains, hops, beer, wines - Project Generation Joseph Store House Economies for the longer view].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.7.12~
New Zealand is home to Oscar winning costume designers on movie sets. Zany creative is how I’d describe filmmakers and the talented crew in Aotearoa, NZ of the arts fashion community of style.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12th June 2012~
LEARNING OF JAMES CRUICKSHANK, NEW YORK MERCHANT IN “THE NEW YORK DIARIES” EDITED by TERESA CARPENTER
There is an argument that on some level, there is a desire to be read,” said Ms. Teresa Carpenter, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.
It is a known fact that Cruickshanks have always been merchants.
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In a new book, dozens of authors, anonymous and known, dead and alive, collaborate to tell the tale of “New York Diaries,” edited by Teresa Carpenter.
NYD “draws together diary entries, official records and even datebook jottings spanning 400 years and weaves them into a rich and unusual history of the city.
Constantly shifting juxtapositions fuel the book’s narrative: On Nov. 19, Jack Kerouac’s entry touching on the royal wedding in 1947 is followed by Bella Abzug’s discovery that she’d forgotten her glasses when arriving to give a speech in 1971. Turning to Sept. 11, one finds the 1609 report of Robert Juet, a chronicler of Henry Hudson’s expedition, alongside a transcription of a 2001 entry by a blogger known as Chad the Minx. (more…)
How do you show “cultural match” if you’re the USA hoping to foster relationships with China and Asia-Pacific nations better? Well, it all starts with pop culture, of course, and bridge-building through America’s favorite medium of depicting vision.
To be adventurous in Asia … you might delve into the common arena of sports – particularly mixed martial arts. Drop back to the 13th century so you can absorb another nation’s cultural historical palate and Americanize it, then choose a world famous explorer adventurer, merchant traveller hero. Particularly one who helped shaped the art of catrography and who was the hero of Christopher Colombos. Perhaps set this man in the courts of Kublai Khan and glamorize his abilities to cross-over by going outside his borders, his culture, his safe zones as shared in the book of his life, Il Milione. Generations growing up watching this show, might be more encouraged to follow his lead. Bust out a bit more. Grow up through travel and learning other cultures. Let’s not forget, because he travelled, Marco was the dude who brought pasta back home after discovering it in Asia. (Or, arguably, vice-a-versa).
Anyway, Marco Polo (The great Adventurer) of Venice and son of Mid-East trader Niccolò Polo is the premise of Starz new epic drama Marco Polo in a drama where “acting as the ruler’s spy, ambassador and explorer, Marco treks across the Far East and returns with tales of his journeys. Themes of political betrayal, forbidden relationships and martial arts” are the three threads of this show for grown ups that Marco Polo hopes to draw an audience for Starz.
The show will do well with nations looking towards exploring Arctic territories ahead on the horizon, increasingly fused biz relationships with China and Asia-Pacific nations – and of course – any show that is cross-cultural is going to be a big hit in forging a path forward.
Executive Producers are John Fusco (shows creator/ writer), Ben Silverman and Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Fusco will write the show with Dave Erikson (formerly of Sons of Anarchy).
News source: Hollywood Reporter. Image: Français : La caravane de Marco Polo voyageant vers les Indes. 1375. Scanné de Coureurs des mers, Poivre d’Arvor. Inconnu, Atlas catalan. Source: Domaine public.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.2.12~
The Jesuites posit, that the first seven years of a child’s life will hold them in good standing for the rest of their life.
Whether that is true or not, there must be some truth in it.
Howard Schultz shares a childhood memory, of a store being a teacher to his entrepreneurial inner self when he used to visit it as a child.
The photo caption reads, “I vividly remember my experience as a boy at the Horn & Harart Automats in New York City, where I was amazed by the “magically” reappearing food. Even at a young age, I began to realize what it means to be a merchant.”–Howard Schultz
This photograph is about how you display quality products. It’s about childhood treats (with heaps of butter) set against a backdrop of industry and grime. Or, providing contrast in juxtapositions of opposites are what merchants know how to do – with pies.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.31.11~