Being a “Troublemaker” is in Thor Halvorssen’s Blood:

The desire for Thor Halvorssen to fight for freedom could have its roots in his parents’ bloodline. His mother, Hilda Mendoza, is a descendant of Venezuela’s first president, Simon Bolivar, who helped Latin America gain its independence from Spain. His paternal grandfather, who served as the King of Norway’s representative in Venezuela during World War II, ordered all his country’s merchant ships to Venezuela after Norway fell to Germany. When a couple of Nazis confronted Halvorssen’s grandfather about it, he responded with fisticuffs. His parents have also been on the frontlines for freedom. Halvorssen’s father was jailed for investigating government corruption. His mother was shot and wounded during a demonstration against late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

Now it is Thor Halvorssen’s turn to take up the cause. While many human rights groups target places like Guantanamo Bay, where numerous terrorist suspects are imprisoned, Halvorssen has his sights set on bigger targets, including North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un. For years, Halvorssen and his Human Rights Foundation has aided dissident groups against what many consider the most oppressive regime in the world. He has encouraged “Hack Them Back” campaigns following the Sony hack, and sent balloons into North Korea with USB drives containing things like Wikipedia articles and South Korean TV shows, both of which could result in arrest if found in the possession of any North Korean citizen. Halvorssen has also targeted other countries for human rights violations, including Cuba, Vietnam, and Equatorial Guinea.

A regular contributor to Forbes, Thor Halvorssen was born Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza in 1976. He was educated in America at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received degrees in political science and history. Halvorssen served as the executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education before forming the Human Rights Foundation.

For his political leanings, Halvorssen describes himself as a “classical liberal.” He has also described himself as a health nut, to the point he takes 35 supplements a day. Halvorssen also plans to have himself cryogenically frozen. Follow Thor on Facebook to stay up to date with news and events.

Sam Tabar: Attorney, Businessman, COO, Venture Capitalist

A news release from reports that “Sam Tabar has been named Chief Operating Officer for FullCycle Energy Fund. As COO, Tabar will be responsible for the company’s fund management strategy.” Tabar has had a career in overseeing budget strategy and previously was the Head of Capital Strategy for Bank of America. While employed at Bank of America, Tabar provided fund managers for institutional investors. Even before Tabar worked at Bank of America, he served as Co-Head of Marketing for Sparx Group. These are only a few of the many achievements by Sam Tabar.

In addition to his career in overseeing budget strategy, Tabar also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oxford University with honors and a Masters of Law degree from Columbia Law School. During his career as an attorney, Tabar worked “for Skadden, Arps, Meagher, Slate & Flom as well as Schulte, Roth & Zabel.” It should come as no surprise as to why Tabar was named COO for FullCycle Energy Fund, considering his distinguished career in both law and business.

In conclusion, FullCycle Energy Fund has named Sam Tabar as the COO. Tabar’s extensive career in both law and business makes him a great addition to FullCycle Energy Fund. In the words of Tabar himself, “I am excited and honored to take on the role of COO at FullCycle Energy Fund. I look forward to partnering with our talented senior leadership team to deliver our mission of moving away from high cost, polluting fuels to lower cost and environmentally friendly fuels.” Tabar’s experience and knowledge in his fields of expertise arguably make him the best person for the job. Only time will tell if Tabar will deliver on his words. However, based on his career and achievements, Tabar just might make good on his word.  To see another side of his charitable side, be sure to check out Sam on GoFundMe.

What Makes the Manse on Marsh Different?

Manse on Marsh is a Multi award winning Community development home that has been in existence for over 15 years. The facility is located in California. Some of the awards that have been won by the facility are; Builder of the Year that was awarded to the owner Chris Skiff in 2000 by the HBA Central Coast, 2001 Best Commercial Remodel, 2001 Award of Commendation by Obispo Beautiful Association, 2003 and 2004 Best Retirement Community by the Tribune Reader’s Choice and 2007 Outstanding Contributions Award by Central Coast Parade of Homes.

The success of the facility is attributable to the values on which the facility is built and the commitment of the staff members. The facility seeks to provide service that is compassionate and one that seeks to enrich the lives of the residents. The staff members are passionate about helping the elderly and ensuring their safety and comfort. The facility has staff members who are qualified in different areas. This ensures that a holistic service is given to the residents. The Manse on Marsh is tailored to meet the needs of the community. The services are also further tailored to meet the individual needs of the residents.

The facility also has diverse living options. There are single rooms, studios, cottages and adjacent homes. The residents and their loved ones choose the option that best suits the needs of their loved ones. The residents inform the facility of the services that they required. Manse on Marsh seeks to provide uniform but tailored service for all the residents.

The facility also ensures the safety of the residents by employing a hands-on approach. There are discrete check-ins five times a day. This ensures that the facility is in the know about the status of each resident. Although there is close supervision, the facility operates in such a manner so as to respect the privacy of the residents. It seeks to normalize their stay at the facility. Manse on Marsh also provides housekeeping services for the residents and they are also provided with food three times a day so as to ensure that holistic care is provided for the residents.  Check out their official blog for updates on the facility as they are released.

Malini Saba: An Investor With A Lot of Skills

Malini Saba is someone who is very skilled at investing. For those that know about investing, it takes a lot of learning and experience for one to really make it work for him. Malini Saba has managed to make the right choices which has brought her business, Saban to a level of profit and success. Her success showcases her skills and wisdom that she uses when it comes to making investments. With her company, Malini has made a lot of different investments in markets throughout the world. She has shown wisdom in knowing when to make an investment, when to hold, and when to close the deal.

Malini’s wisdom and wealth is matched only by her heart and philanthropy. She has looked for ways to make donations in order to help women in harsh circumstances. She has looked out for women that are at risk and are living in low income circumstances in order to help them with resources as well as opportunities. She has started Stree with the purpose of changing the way that women and children see themselves and their roles in society. One of the ways that people can learn to overcome their issues is that they have to see themselves in a different way.

Malini Saba is an example for women to follow. She did not just wallow in self pity over her circumstances. She has instead looked for ways to make the most of her situation. She has faced a lot of obstacles in getting her goals off the ground. For one thing, she has faced a lot of challenges in breaking into the investment business. However, she has eventually managed to start her own investment firm in which she could make all of the necessary profits. She has also used her profits for noble causes.

Malini Saba has definitely shown that she is wise and very kind. She shares her success with other so that they can also have a better chance at moving beyond their circumstances and find themselves in a much better position in their lives. Malini has touched the lives of many and brought a lot of inspiration to people.

Model Denis Bidot Is Proud of Her Plus-Size Body

A pls-size model named Denise Bidot is speaking out about her curves and her mother’s curves. Bidot is a Puerto Rican model who is 29 years old. You may have heard her classic mantra, “There’s no wrong way to be a woman” in reference to the body shaming that many women face on a daily basis. Of course, we all know that this shaming is often targeted at women’s size.

Bidot’s Mother’s Problem With Her Curvy Image

Bidot says that her mother often struggled with her weight, yet she was not as Zen about it. She says that her mother was unable to accept her curves and her body as it was. She knew that it was important to spread the message that her mother couldn’t, and now she is doing just that.

More About Denise Bidot

Bidot is famous for being a beautiful, glamorous woman, and more than that, she is a celebrated model. In fact, Bidot was one of the first models who was plus size to walk a runway for fashion week in New York. She loves this about herself, and she wants to continue the healthy trend she has started. One of the ways she does this is by becoming more widely seen in the media. Recently, Bidot was lucky enough to sign a partnership with Unilever for a personal care line that promotes the individuality and uniqueness of Latina women especially. Bidot is proud to be a large supporter of her Latina roots.

Mom Jeans are Back

Jeans are the perennial classic, both vintage and contemporary at the same time. Silhouettes and styles may change, but jeans themselves will never go out of fashion.

The one type of jeans that seemed universally hated was the dreaded “mom jeans.” These jeans had very high waistlines and somewhat shapeless legs. They were purely utilitarian. Many of us breathed sighs of relief when they fell out of style in the ’90s. This is when lower-waisted jeans with a slimmer fit through the thighs emerged as a more flattering cut, and mom jeans were virtually forgotten for about 20 years.

Something curious has happened recently, however. The editorial push toward effortless beauty dragged mom jeans back into the spotlight. Suddenly beautiful girls with perfect figures were photographed in baggy, high-waisted jeans, lit and positioned to convey the sense that they didn’t care about wearing flattering clothing. This overlaps with the enduring hipster trend, which favors clothing that is often adamantly unflattering. Fans of vintage styles are also wearing mom jeans, as high waists were the norm until relatively recently. This is underscored by the persistent interest in the fashion of the ’90s, when jeans were looser and baggy layers were popular.

High-waisted pants are a great way for thin women to show off their bodies, as one must be in pretty good shape to look in mom jeans. If you want to try this trend on for size, wear your mom jeans with a crop top and some short ankle boots.

Cuba’s High Brow Olympic Uniforms

You may have watched the torch carried to Rio de Janeiro. You may be following your favorite Olympic athletes. You may be hosting an Olympics party at house house. You may be the
Olympic super fan, but do you realize that Olympic uniforms have represented a veritable who’s who of fashion over the decades?

A recent article in Remezcla details Cuba’s Olympic uniform this year, designed by Christian Louboutin. Did you think his designs stopped at red-soled stilettos? Think again! Cuba’s Olympic uniform features a fitted red or tan jacket, emblazoned with the Cuban flag with kitten heels or hi-top sneakers. The designer says he was inspired by Cuban athletes and athleisure trends.

This is not the first time a top designer has outfitted an Olympic team. In 1980, Levi Strauss designed Team USA’s suede and shearling jackets and white cowboy hats. Ralph Lauren designed the American team’s nautical-inspired skirts and hats in 2012. Georgio Armani dressed Italy’s 2012 team in seriously sleek black and white uniforms.

Who will Team USA be wearing this year? They went for Polo Ralph Lauren again. Debuted on The Today Show, each team member will wear a red, white or blue Polo button down shirt, khaki chinos and boat shoes for the quintessential American prep look.

Who knows whether Olympic team style gives an edge in the international competition? One thing is certain. The Olympic games have far more to offer than sweat and sports. It’s the fashion event of the year!

Christian Louboutin Designs Outfits for Cuba’s Olympic Athletes

As nations around the world gear for the highly-anticipated grand stage for athletes around the world, they are making an effort to ensure that their athletes portray an impressive picture to the world. Apart from ensuring that the athletes are adequately trained in their respective disciplines, countries like Cuba have called upon the support and expertise of world-leading fashion designers such as Christian Louboutin, a renowned French designer. This is in a bid to ensure that Cuba’s Olympic team looks the part during the Olympics’ Closing Ceremony.

The Designs for Cuba’s Olympic Team

The outfits designed for the closing ceremony were made through the collaboration of Christian Louboutin, who is known for his signature red-soled heels, and Sporty Henri. On his Website, Christian Louboutin asserted that he came up with the particular designs to welcome back the athletes to the human world after their performance. He likened the athletes to superheroes, as they are deemed to put on a special gear that allows them to defy various forces of nature such as time, laws of physics and gravity to outperform their competitors.

The team outfits boast of a fitted jacket characterized by a Cuban flag on top of the breast pocket. The designer also made sure that the clothes rhyme with the spectacular bodies of the athletes by tailor fitting them. He also included complementing shoes such as hi-top sneakers for men and kitten heels for the women.

Cuba, a Caribbean Island, appears to be drawing enormous interest from the fashion world with various designers heading to this island for inspiration. Similarly, Louboutin credited the island as his primary source of inspiration for the outfits.

McCall’s Continues to Serve the DIY Fashionista

As Paris, New York, London, and Milan get ready for this autumn’s Fashion Week, another branch of the fashion industry is on the alert for the latest trends: it’s McCall’s Pattern Company. In a recent article for the New York Times, columnist Steve Kurutz reminds readers that globe-hopping fashionistas aren’t the only ones interested in the lines of the international fashion houses. DIY sewists also insist upon being kept in the haute-couture loop. McCall’s has been publishing dressmaking patterns for them since 1870 (
McCall’s actually began as a lady’s magazine in 1863, eventually becoming one of the twentieth century’s most popular glossy periodicals for women. But while the magazine finally ceased publication in 2002, the dressmaking aspect of the company is still going strong. McCall’s creates patterns for home sewists, publishing an average of 700 new designs every year. McCall’s features four different lines of fashion: McCall’s, Butterick (targeting the vintage market), Kwik Sew, and Vogue Patterns. (The Vogue brand belongs to Conde Nast, but it has been licensed to McCall’s.) Over the decades Vogue Patterns has featured designs by Givenchy, Christian Dior, and Valentino, allowing the home sewist to wear couture style without having to pay exorbitant prices for it. About half of the patterns in this line are licensed from such well-known companies as Tracy Reese and Rachel Comey.
With the increasing resources available over the internet, McCall’s is now using sites like Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram, posting its most popular patterns from the past to emphasize its lasting legacy. McCall’s has also begun selling downloadable patterns, bypassing its traditional market in fabric stores.

L’Oreal Plans to Acquire IT Cosmetics for a Record $1.2 Billion

L’Oreal SA will purchase IT Cosmetics for a Record $1.2 billion in one of its biggest acquisitions in eight years. Through this acquisition, the firm will add over 300 makeup and skin-care products to its inventory. IT Cosmetics funded by TSG Consumer Partners, will fall under L’Oreal’s Luxe Division. IT Cosmetics will retain its operation in New Jersey City, where its main offices are headquartered.

Long-term growth plan

The new acquisition is part of L’Oreal’s growth plan as the firm has started to experience modest growth in some parts of Latin America and Asia. The fashion giant was co-founded back in 2008 by a beauty-pageant winner and former television news presenter. In a recent official statement to its customers, IT Cosmetics announced that it had recorded a 56 percent increase in sales to $182 million in the financial year ended in June. Therefore, the firm has registered a growth of around $1 million since 2010. It has earned the loyalty of many clients and transitioned to one of the most recognized brands across the globe. L’Oreal USA’s head, Frederic Roze, is hopeful that the brand will continue to grow.

About L’Oreal

L’Oreal is a firm headquartered in Paris that is investing heavily in North America to offset a slowdown in Brazil and Hong Kong. The company has acquired IT Cosmetics as a way of diversifying its services and expanding its operation.

The deal is a success for TSG Consumer Partners, an independent asset management firm worth nearly $5 billion. The company has cemented a top position in the finance service and investment industry by financing consumer brands. Currently, the company is diversifying its beauty and fashion portfolio.