Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Queen of Hearts Featured in Orange Coast Magazine

The founders of Queen of Hearts Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds for Ovarian cancer research, recently held a fundraising event called "Set A Course To Save A Life". Cathy Greinke, Lori Hunter and Kim Beaudette were recently featured in Orange Coast magazine for their efforts at the event.
Thanks, Gloria Zigner!

Steve Seleska of Resin Floor Studio (and ASID Design Tour Fame!)

The 2009 ASID Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria - was full of amazing ideas, design and creative people. One stand out was Steve Seleska of Resin Floor Studio, who was just featured in the July issue of Orange Coast magazine for his style.

Did you see our AD in Orange Coast?

Monday, June 22, 2009



Newport Beach, CA – Is it the shoes and designer fashions one wears or the good deeds one does that defines personal style? The answer lies in the August issue of Orange Coast magazine, where fifteen of Orange County’s style arbiters will be awarded the coveted OC Look honor.

Orange Coast will reveal the 2009 OC Look winners prior to the August issue being released at the second annual OC Look Party benefiting the Dream Guild of the Orange County Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Wednesday, July 29 to be held at an exquisite private residence in Pelican Hill.

“There are so many people in Orange County with great personal style,” said Lisa Jackson, Director of Marketing for Orange Coast. Adding, “This year we really looked at the whole picture when it came to choosing the winners – accomplishments, clothes, looks, the works. In addition to the winners of OC LOOK, the stars of the evening are the members of The Dream Guild - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation who have made such a difference to kids living with diabetes. Giving to others is always in style.”

About the OC LOOK party:
Having raised over $10,000 at last year’s sold-out event, Orange Coast and JDRF are hoping to garner the same level of support and revelry this year. Tickets to attend the 2009 OC Look Party are $25 each and can be purchased by calling the JDRF office at 949.553.0363.

In addition to unveiling Orange Coast’s 15 OC Look honorees for 2009, the evening will include all kinds of entertainment for the more than 250 expected guests. An evening full of style & fashion, attendees will be treated to beauty bars, signature cocktails, and the amazing culinary talents of Il Fornaio Catering.

Each 2009 OC LOOK winner will be featured in a special section appearing in the August 2009 issue of Orange Coast (on newsstands July 31, 2009).

The 2009 OC Look Partywill be held at a luxurious contemporary, custom estate in Pelican Hill featuring with magnificent views of Catalina, the ocean and Newport Harbor. Guests will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy the indoor basketball court, home theatre, home gym, mini 'Ruby's Diner', 1100 gallon salt water aquarium, koi pond, huge back yard with pool and spa, and many more unique features of this great estate throughout the evening.

OC Look Party Invite - July 29


Costa Mesa, CA – June 22, 2009 -- Townsend Olmstead Media Co., a partnership between PR veterans Lauren Townsend and Allison Olmstead, is proud to announce their newest client, Stroller Suspenders. Stroller Suspenders is an easy to use, innovative patent pending strap and clip that is designed to secure a baby blanket in a position to cover the stroller for warmth, shade or privacy. As the latest “must have” product for moms and babies manufactured by Los Angeles-based Omma, Stroller Suspenders will protect both baby and their special blankets.

There are two lines of suspenders – the Designer Series, featuring cotton webbing and six decorative patterns – Polka Dots in blue and pink, blue Stripes, yellow plaid and Baby Prints in blue and pink which retail for $18.00. The Basic Series, which retails for $9.99, features nylon webbing in three solid colors – black, tan and pink and will make their debut at Baby Depots nationwide in July 2009. http://www.strollersuspenders.com/

About TO Media Co.
Townsend Olmstead Media Co. is a full-service public relations firm specializing in promoting the people and products setting trends and defining style. Through strategic media outreach, creative positioning, personalized attention and a comprehensive “big picture” approach to clients, TO Media Co. has been focusing on entrepreneurs and trend setters in fashion, accessories and lifestyle companies since 2006. http://www.tomediaco.com/

Friday, June 19, 2009

DRIVE FOR CHARITY - Buy a Car, Give Back to Charity!

Now through July 4, Townsend Automotive Group is offering an easy way to support your favorite cause through the Drive for Charity campaign.

For any new car sold between now and July 4 at either the Anaheim Hills or Cerritos locations, 50% of the proceeds from that sale will go towards the charity of the purchaser’s choice.

Buyers can name the charity of their choice or select from the list of Drive for Charity Preferred Charitable Partners.

For additional information about the Drive for Charity event or to view the complete line of products and build your own Land Rover or Jaguar visit www.lrjah.com or www.lrjcerritos.com.

Let's Hear it For the DADS! -- Dads Love Stroller Suspenders Too!!

While they may not make Dad's Father's Day wish list, the Dad's have given Stroller Suspenders the thumbs up!! Daddy Types, the web blog for New Dads, just posted this great story...check it out!
And don't forget to show your Dad you love him this Sunday and everyday!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

ASID 2009 Design Tour - Amazing Coverage

KTLA, Orange County Register, LA Times, KABC, Orange Coast Magazine, KOCE, Daily Pilot, Laguna Journal, Laguna Coastline, Interior Design Magazine, Home Accents Today, Greers OC, JuliB...and more and more and more. TO Media Co. provided the public relations for the ASID 2009 Design Home Tour.

Below is a sampling of the coverage we secured for the Tour.

Stroller Suspenders Makes Its Debut on Working Mother's Website

Genius. Genius. Genius.

When we heard about Stroller Suspenders, an easy way to clip your baby's blanket to the stroller, we were kicking ourselves for not coming up with the idea. Really - how many times do you have to pick up the blanket off of the ground to figure out it should clip to the stroller!?!
Working Mother heard about the new product and just posted information on their site under "Daily Solutions". Check out the article here:

Stroller Suspenders ($9.99 for the Basic Series; $18.00 for the Designer Series) can be found at Baby Depot in July, http://www.mom4life.com/ and http://www.strollersuspenders.com/.

Jan Norman of the OC Register Features Halsea + Cotton Idea Studio

I love a good idea.

When Sally Bartz of Halsea and Mindy Gayer of Cotton Idea Studio decided to team up and open their businesses under one roof, I thought it was genius. With Sally's travel bags in the front and Mindy's stationary and accoutrement's in the back, the two entrepreneurs share customers, store hours and often package their items together to make gift giving an easy grab-n-go kind of thing.

Jan Norman of the Orange County Register picked up on their story and just wrote a great feature about it, complete with photos. Check it out here:http://jan.freedomblogging.com/2009/06/14/money-saver-two-shops-in-one/15887/sally-bartz/

Cooking with Paula Deen Features Halsea's Travel Bags

Summer. Summer. Summer. There is nothing that feels more like summer than good food with friends and family. The latest issue of Cooking with Paula Deen has tons of recipes and ideas sure to make this summer the best yet.

While you are checking out the magazine, flip to Paula's Picks where she features Halsea's roller duffel, cosmetic bag and small make up bag so you can "travel with style".

Thanks, Teri Freeman!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Coastal Living Magazine

Coastal Living Magazine

Decor8 mentions Sally Bartz, of Halsea, in their post about the fabulous June issue of Coastal Living.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Halsea in Coast Kids

Sally Bartz of Halsea is featured in this month's Coast Kids. Thanks, Leslie Mais!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Mariel Hemmingway's New Book - Mariel's Kitchen

Just last week, I was invited to tea at Ellen and Ned Olivier's beautiful house in Malibu for a book signing to celebrate Mariel Hemmingway's new cook book "Mariel's Kitchen" . Not only is she beautiful and obviously fit, her commitment to leading healthy life is inspiring.

Author Mariel Hemmingway with host Ellen Olivier
Her new cook book is divided by season, which I love. Also her recipes are also sugar free and gluten free. If that weren't enough - her delicious Blisscuits (I tried the cinnamon and lemon - both yum!) are going to be available at Target!

One of the things that she talked about that has crept into my life is that she plays a game with herself about how little trash she can throw away in the kitchen. So now I am washing out the used jelly jars so that I can make some of her All Purpose Marinade (thank Mariel for planting the seed!).
Mariel is one of 50 top authors who will participate in this November's Literary Feasts, which benefit for the LA Public Library's reading enhancement programs for children and teens. The "feasts" consist of 50 private dinners with 50 different authors in some of the most beautiful homes throughout Los Angeles.
More about Mariel:
The granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, Mariel is the author of three books herself, including Finding My Balance: A Memoir with Yoga; Healthy Living from the Inside Out; and the new book, whose full title is Mariel's Kitchen: Simple Ingredients for a Delicious and Satisfying Life. The new book also includes the recipe for her famous, Blisscuits, which will be on sale at Target and other stores starting this fall. More information about Mariel's recipes for good health are available on her website, http://www.marielhemingway.com/.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Halsea Sunglasses Case in People Style Watch!

OMG! Seriously! Halsea's beach-chic sunglasses case is featured in the June/July issue of People Magazine's - Style Watch!

You have no idea how excited I am -- I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this magazine (who doesn't turn to it to find out the latest, hottest trends) and to see Halsea in it is beyond exciting!

Many, many thanks to Regina Gardiner, the amazing accessories editor at People Style Watch!

Martin Smith of Orange Coast on KOCE - Real Orange

KOCE's Real Orange is always the best place to go for local news and issues. Recently they had on Martin Smith, the editor of Orange Coast, and Steve Thomas who wrote the story about "The Best Places To Live" in the May issue.
I love the idea that the best places to live in Orange County are the smartest places to live. With the climbing gas prices, I too might be moving to a city near the rail lines.
Thanks Maria Hall Brown for setting up the interview!