After being out of the dating game for so long, Jules Cobb is finally putting herself back on the market. But starting over isn't easy when your running your own real estate business, your two best friends are each other's best frenemies, your son is embarrassed by everything you say and do and your ex-husband still drinks his morning coffee in your kitchen. Yes, Jules is a mother to the world, but now she's finally putting herself first. Well, at least she's trying. And with a little help from her friends she's discovering it's never too late to live like a twenty-something, even if you're forty-something. Welcome to the world of crazy parties, hot boyfriends, and free limo rides. But be careful, side effects include: embarrassing photos, late night food comas, and all day hangovers.The series premiere is Wednesday, September 23rd at 9:30pm EST on ABC. The cougar term has become heavily overused but the show looks funny. Take a look at this funny promo where Courtney's character Jules flashes a boy on a bicycle.
Chain Store Age reports that Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke is expecting a late Christmas. He expect customers to carefully monitor spending. You also won't see Wal-Mart setting up Christmas holiday displays early.
"You won't see us putting up Christmas decorations in September," he said.The deals and bargains are generally better if you buy ahead of the holiday rush. If consumers are on a very tight budget they may not have much choice but to wait until the last minute to buy gifts.
Wal-Mart's chief executive noted that shoppers are keeping a watchful eye on prices and are less likely than before to stock up on items or to purchase lower-quality "throw-away" items.
"This is the new normal. This is not something that is going to change," Duke said.
Italian ecommerce fashion company Yoox plans on going public. It is considered one of the few successful Italian fashion-related companies these days. But Yoox says it is weathering the recession just fine.
The company informed Italy's market regulator, Consob, of its intention to do an initial public offering by the end of the year, making it the only Italian fashion player in more than a year to follow through on plans to list. Prada and Ferragamo both pulled the plug on their much-anticipated listings at the end of last year after the market slumped, and neither has revived those plans.It's nice to hear a success story. You can see what the company has to offer at Yoox.com.
"We're not scared of anything," says founder and Chief Executive Federico Marchetti, who owns a minority stake in Yoox. "Yoox has a lot of untapped potential. We like to have a first-mover advantage."After presenting its IPO project to the stock-market regulator, Yoox must await Consob's approval before going ahead with the marketing and the listing by the end of the year. The process could still be canceled if market conditions worsen.
When it comes to the stock market, Yoox has more in common with e-commerce giants such as Amazon.com Inc. than with fashion houses, Mr. Marchetti says. Founded nine years ago, Yoox operates two Web sites selling labels such as Armani and Marc Jacobs, as well as running online stores for more than a dozen fashion houses including Emporio Armani and Valentino. While Yoox's valuation has yet to be set, other e-commerce players trade at 12 to 25 times operating profit.
"The difference between us and fashion companies is really simple: We're doing fantastically well and some fashion companies this year are not going to post good results. We've not been hit by the recession," Mr. Marchetti says.
Annalynne McCord attends Monarchy Collection Spring 2010 Fashion Show at the Tent at Bryant Park in New York. I think this is one of her best looks so far! Annalynne wears a long-sleeved black dress with a sexy cut-out detail on the neckline. She wore simple black pumps and put her hair in a tousled [...]
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USA Today reports that University of Washington researchers found methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) in seven public beaches on the Puget Sound.
The researchers identified Staph bacteria on nine of 10 public beaches that they tested. Seven of 13 Staph aureus samples, found on five beaches, were multidrug resistant, says lead investigator Marilyn Roberts.This study and another recent study about beach pollution certainly make the idea of going to the beach much less appealing. Lance Peterson, a University of Chicago infectious disease specialist, told USA Today that "Staph is a salt-loving organism. It's not surprising to see it in the ocean."
"Our results suggest that public beaches may be a reservoir for possible transmission of MRSA," she told the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy here, the leading international conference on new and resurgent diseases.
Microsoft is trying cuteness in its campaign for its Windows 7 operating system, which goes on sale on October 22nd. One of the company's commercials features a little girl who finds links to reviews of Windows 7 on her father's computers. She says the reviews contain "happy words." She takes these "happy words" and pastes them into pictures with unicorns, kittens and marshmallows. Take a look: