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Caffeine-infused corset style bra weight loss underwear is actually decaf:FTC

Bras, girdles and leggings infused with womens bikinis sale caffeine and sold as weight loss aids were more decaf than espresso, and the companies that sold them have agreed to refund money to customers and pull their ads, U.S. regulators said on Monday.

The Federal Trade Commission said suit underwear Wacoal America and Norm Thompson Outfitters, which owns Sahalie and others, were accused of deceptive advertising that claimed their caffeine-impregnated clothing would cause the wearer to lose weight and have less cellulite.

If someone says you can lose weight by wearing the clothes they are selling, steer clear. The best approach is tried and true: diet and exercise, said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

In the case of Oregon-based Norm Thompson, the company sold clothing made with Lytess brand fabric infused with caffeine which, the company said, would break down fat.

Slimming and firming results are visible in under a month, the company said in one advertisement the commission quoted in its complaint.

Wacoal America, based in New Jersey, also advertised that its clothing had microcapsules with caffeine, vitamin E and other chemicals that it said led to weight loss. In one ad, it cited the revolutionary iPant new shapewear that works with your body to eliminate cellulite, the FTC said.

In both cases, the companies did not have evidence to back up their claims that the clothing would lead to substantial weight loss, the FTC said in the complaints.

Neither company immediately responded to attempts to reach them for comment. Refunds will be about $1.5 million, the FTC said.


Underwear wholesale halloween costumes heiress cleared of stalking hubby’smistress

It took a Manhattan judge fewer than 10 minutes swimwear manufacturer China Thursday to clear an underwear heiress of stalking and harassing her estranged hubby’s mistress.

“I find the defendant wholesale swimwear not guilty of all charges,” said Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Laurie Peterson after a three-day, non-jury trial.

Defendant Candice Lalicata, 41, the daughter of retired garment-industry executive Herbert Feinberg, broke into sobs when she heard the verdict.

Her husband’s lover, Diana Fernandez, 33, had her arrested for allegedly calling her and sending a barrage of texts between November 2013 and February 2014.

Fernandez, a Bank of America paralegal, had crumbled under cross-examination Tuesday. It came out that she had lied to cops about her affair with StevenLalicata, lied to prosecutors about when it ended and lied to the judge about a lawsuit against her for more than $6,000 in unpaid rent.

She also sent a flurry of vulgar texts to her alleged tormentor, who had filed a $10 million civil suit against Fernandez and Steven Lalicata.


Glittering: Diana in the Catherine Walker gown wholesale halloween costumes she called her 'mermaid dress'

Has any woman in history Halloween Costumes Outlet better understood the power of clothes than Princess Diana? An icon of 20th-century glamour, she was instinctively aware about how she could communicate with the world simply by what she wore.

Her clothes always sent a message: whether it was 'revenge' dressing (such as the time she used a striking little black dress to knock her husband's adultery confession off the front pages) or representing Britain abroad as a future Queen.

With this in mind, Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that looks after many of our royal buildings, is staging a major new exhibition tracing the evolution of the Princess's style, 20 years after her death. Through fashion, it examines her extraordinary life, from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances — the 'Shy Di' years — to the assured elegance of her later life as a divorcée keen to shed the baggage of her royal role.

Diana: Her Fashion Story will be hosted at Kensington Palace, her former London home, and will feature 25 of her most iconic outfits — from the pussy-bow blouse worn in her engagement portrait to the black ballgown in which she famously danced with actor John Travolta at the White House. The Mail has been given an exclusive preview of all 25 exhibits, which we bring you in glorious detail, starting today.

When you see her dresses in the flesh, what strikes you is just how tiny Diana's figure was. Since almost all her clothes were couture, their exact measurements were known only to Diana and her designers.

Although she was 5 ft 8 in tall and often looked Amazonian in photographs, she can never have been bigger than a size 10, and at times appears to have been closer to a tiny size 6.

Eleri Lynn, curator of historic dress for Historic Royal Palaces, says putting the exhibition together has given her a newfound respect for the princess. 'Each of these dresses is a mini-biography. They tell us not just about the period and fashions at the time — many of which she, of course, influenced — but about Diana's state of mind,' she says. 'She didn't necessarily like being known as a clothes horse, but she knew that clothes helped her do her job.'

As well as a treasure trove of couture, Diana's wardrobe also hides poignant secrets — as the Mail revealed yesterday. A bottle-green evening dress, designed by Victor Edelstein in 1985, bears a cluster of tiny fingerprints at knee height, made by her sons as they clung to their mother's legs. Prince William would have been around three, and Prince Harry just a year old.

'Because it is made from a beautiful silk velvet, heat and moisture can make indentations in the fabric,' explains Eleri. 'How magical to think these prints from the princes' little hands may have lasted all this time.'


The closing of Taylor's Antique Sexy Clubwear Mall, a sprawling Ellicott City icon, doesn't mean that Main Street shoppers no longer love things that are old.

In a shopping district with just two Wholesale Babydoll Lingerie stoplights, three vintage stores are doing a brisk business, catering to customers who want to paint their own dressers and wear "Mad Men"-style cocktail dresses.

The three shops' owners — once partners of a single store — have spread out along Main Street, each establishing a distinctive shop with its own personality.

Vintage Bliss Boutique is feminine and graceful. Sweet Elizabeth Jane is eclectic and artistic. A Journey from Junk has a bit more sass.

"They've really found a way to be something to more than just a few people," says Rachelina Bonacci, executive director of Howard County Tourism and Promotion.

They're helping to draw shoppers to the former milltown that's becoming popular with foodies and known for its eclectic mix of stores, Bonacci says.

While all three shops carry items that are authentically vintage — loosely defined as being 50 years or older — most of their inventories are new products with vintage style, be it a 1920s-era soap dish or an apron that a 1950s housewife might have worn.

"It's a historic town, unique and off the beaten path," says Libby Kahat, owner of Vintage Bliss Boutique. "People don't want to come here and buy something you can find in the mall."

What's in store: Vintage painted furniture, jewelry made from silverware, Handmade Soap Co., vintage-style coats and dresses, Papaya wall art, and two lines of paint: Maison Blanche paint and Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.

Libby Kahat has remained true to her shabby chic roots, with an extremely feminine style

Twinkle lights hang from the eaves. Painted furniture and white dominate the decor. And florals, rhinestone and lace fill the eclectic collection.

"I only sell what I love," says Kahat, who favors local artists and U.S.-made products.

Kahat also makes some of her own jewelry and embellishes hats and bags with bits of vintage antique lace, brooches, ribbon, buttons and other bits of treasure from her vast collection.

Although it's much harder to find now that it's become so popular, Kahat sells an occasional bit of architectural salvage such as a wrought-iron gate or a pressed-tin ceiling.

"The more chipped and worn, the more I love it," says Kahat, a fan of Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic.

Her farm in Woodstock, where she and her husband have two horses, eight chickens and an assortment of dogs, cats and fish, is filled with miscellaneous china cups, cut class and antique linens.

Jacalynn Sokolow, a Towson nurse and author of The Sideways House blog, is a fan of the store. "They have things you can't find anywhere else," she says.

Originally a high school English teacher, Kahat started selling some of her finds at Taylor's Antique mall in 2001.

In 2007, she rented the third floor at the shop, where she is now, and eventually took over the lease. In 2008, she added business partners who operated The Vintage Shoppes and, later, The Vintage Girls.

By 2010, her former business partners were moving into new spaces, and Kahat's shop became Vintage Bliss.

"It's fantastic to be the only decision maker, but it's also a lot of work," says Kahat, 49, who was two sons, ages 17 and 20, and a 12-year-old daughter.

Kahat looks forward to the historic shopping district's festivals and fairs, and special shopping nights such as "Third Thursdays Girls' Night Out."

"It's one of those nights that everyone is so happy to be here," says Kahat.

She recently got a laugh when helping a young woman try on a vintage wedding dress, which fit perfectly, only to hear her customer say to a friend, "Now all I need is a boyfriend."

What's in store: vintage cowgirl boots, denim jackets, colorful socks, license-plate jewelry, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and wood subway-style signs with cheeky quotes such as "Don't be gross. Wash your hands with soap."

Much to the chagrin of her 13-year-old son, Kelli Myers is not above pulling off to the side of the road to pick up an old side table or stool.

"That's what I love," Myers says of her scavenger ways.

A former sales rep for a giftware company, Myers, 49, knew she wanted to open her own shop "forever," she says.

After sharing space, Myers occupied another spot on Main Street before settling in at the former hardware store four years ago.

Several years ago, she began to move away from the shabby chic vintage style, opting for a little bit more country, a little bit more rock 'n' roll.

She got a pair of vintage cowboy boots, and decided to go with the pickup truck pulling a 1950s camper as a motif.

"It's a gypsy cowgirl, junk girl, bohemian thing," Myers says. "We're known for being snarky."

But it works. A group of fly-fishing, camping women and high school girls are among her varied customers.

"We have something for everyone," she says.

Last year, she started carrying Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, which has become a large part of her business. Myers sells painted pieces and offers workshops for do-it-yourselfers.

"People don't want fancy wood antiques," says Myers. "They want to find something inexpensive, add paint and gussy it up."

The Pikesville mother of one also enjoys this process. She and her staff make some of their own jewelry and belt buckles. They tie-dye old slips and turn bottle openers into conversation pieces. With her husband's help, an old faucet and pipe have been turned into a clothes rack.

But there are still vintage pieces in the mix — at the moment, silver votive candleholders.

"It feels like a treasure hunt every time I go," says Becky Bloom, a Hunt Valley teacher and devoted customer. "It's such an eclectic mix of vintage things, new things and repurposed things."

What's in store: Hobnail candles, Sugarboo handmade art, Catstudio embroidered pillows and towels, Fishs Eddy kitchenware, letters carved from vintage books, Elements by Jill Schwartz jewelry.

The gasps are occasionally audible outside the window displays at Sweet Elizabeth Jane: "Look at this," or "I love it."

More than just a display of merchandise, the two large windows are artistic installations — scenes that Sweet Elizabeth Jane owner Tammy Beideman uses to inspire her customers.

This is just one of the reasons she bristles when someone says she's in the retail business. "This is so not retail," she says. "It's about creating an experience for our customers."

The largest of the three vintage shops, which occupies the old Caplan Department Store space in the middle of Main Street, it had long been an antiques store. Even before she knew the space was available, Beideman says, "I dreamed of doing these windows."

A former elementary school teacher, Beideman, 42, starting selling antiques about 10 years ago, first in a space in Virginia and later in Woodstock.

In 2008, she moved her collection to Ellicott City with Kahat and Myers, whom she'd met at a flea market.

She opened Sweet Elizabeth Jane in April 2011, naming the shop after two grandmothers.

Today, Beideman, a mother of three has 10 employees, most of them part-time, to help run the shop.

New apparel with classic styles, including the aforementioned "Mad Men"-style cocktail dresses, has become a larger part of the collection, and Beideman likes the idea of selling more local products in the future.

"The inventory is constantly changing," says customer Jean James, of Catonsville. "They have a very good eye — strong design, interesting gifts, and the staff is kind and helpful."

In the long term, Beideman says, there's room for expansion — there's an unfinished upper floor, for example. But Beideman, who lives in the Fulton area, says she is committed to Ellicott City.

"I like the age of the town and the charm of being in a historic district," she says. "There's so much real potential."


The two-day Gin corsets wholesale Festival, created by, will stop off at Coventry Cathedral for two days this weekend.

long gown dress The event is set to take place from Friday, May 19, to Saturday, May 20.

The website began in 2013 when husband and wife team, Jym and Marie Harris, took their passion for gin and turned it into festivals focused on the spirit.

Creating a space where people could drink and experiment with new and exciting gins, learn more about the spirit and have an excellent night along the way.

These days, the events are bigger and better.

The organisers bring with them a wealth of knowledge from distillers and brands as well as providing fantastic food and amazing entertainment.

Read MoreThis is one of the best gins in the UK - and it's sold at an unbelievable price Where is the Gin Festival? Coventry Cathedral, Coventry, CV1 5FB.

Read MoreAldi launch alcoholic ice-lollies - and they come in gin and tonic flavour How much are tickets? Friday May 19 2017 - Evening Session - 6.30pm - 11pm - £16 Book here

Ticket includes Gin Festival Copa glass and The Gin Book on entry.

Early purchasers tickets have sold out.

What can I expect? Organisers say: "Described in Timeout as one of the "Top 10 things to do in 2016," the UK's biggest and oldest Gin Festival is making our first ever trip to Coventry and we couldn't have found a more impressive venue for a celebration of gin than Coventry Cathedral.

"We'll be bringing over 100 gins with us including exclusive gins you won't see anywhere else.

"There will also be gin masterclasses and the opportunity to meet gin distillers in person, a gin cocktail bar, live music and gorgeous food."

Gin and Tonic Anything else? On arrival, you will be handed your very own Gin Festival Copa Balloon Glass and a brochure that tells you all about the gins at the festival. The bars operate on a token system and do not take cash, so you will need tokens to get your drinks.

Tokens are £5 each with one token paying for a single measure of gin, garnish and a Fever-Tree mixer.

Throughout the event there will be live music and entertainment, talks from gin industry experts, delicious food and lots of chit chat with other gin lovers.

The event is strictly over-18s only.


Een sprookje, ooit eens geschreven voor:

Er was eens een klein tomaatje van een paar weken oud, een vrouwtje had hem ooit in de tuin gezaaid. Het tomaatje genoot graag van de zon en een beetje water wat het vrouwtje naar hem bracht in een gietertje.

Omdat het vrouwtje had gehoord dat praten tegen planten goed was, babbelde ze aan een stuk door tegen de tomatenplant.

Eerst vond het kleine tomaatje dit reuzen gezellig maar na enkele weken werd het rode tomaatje iets geirriteerd van het gekwebbel.

Hij besloot niet langer klein te blijven zodat hij ook weg mocht, net als alle andere tomaten die werden opgehaald voor de groenteveiling.

Het tomaatje had gehoord dat hij veel moest drinken en veel voedingsstoffen moest opnemen om te groeien en dat deed hij dan ook, helaas kwam wel het vrouwtje steeds tegen hem aanpraaten. Zij zag het als steun aan het rode tomaatje wat maar niet wilde groeien maar het tomaatje, dat inmiddels al een aardige tomaat was geworden werd het leipe gezeur van die ouwe tang helemaal zat.

Toen het vrouwtje weer eens met haar gieter kwam om de tomatenplant te bewateren, begon het vrouwtje weer te kwebbelen als een kip zonder kop. De tomaat wilde zo snel mogelijk weg en zoog zichzelf helemaal vol met water en voedingstoffen waardoor de tomaat zienderoogde groeide, de tomaat dronk en dronk tot het kwebbelde vrouwtje klemgedrukt tussen de tomaat en de muur van het huis stond.


Het bloed droop uit het vrouwtje dr lichaam, ze was uitgeperst. Haar bloed vloeide de aarde in, bij de stam van de tomatenplant en zo zijn de vleestomaten ontstaan.

Bambam Jun 17 '16 · Mijn reacties: 2 · Tags: sprookje, tomaat
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