December 14, 2012 |
By now, holiday shopping stress is in full force - and so is procrastination. Here's how to make sure your online purchases reach their intended recipients in time. If sending gifts via the U.S. Postal Service, today is the last day to use Parcel Post for Christmas arrival. First-class mail must go out by Dec. 20, Priority mail by Dec. 21 and most Express mail by Dec. 22. At UPS, Next Day Air packages must be picked up by the 21st to arrive on the 24th. 2nd Day Air items must be sent on the 20th.
September 9, 2013 |
Did someone say “holiday” already? West Elm did, actually, along with a slew of other stores. With Labor Day behind us, the retail world's winter and holiday “look books” highlighting forthcoming furniture, lighting and decorative accessories are landing with a flurry. Writer Lisa Boone, producer Dianne de Guzman and editor Craig Nakano share their impressions of West Elm's new collections, which are available Sept. 24 and will fall into three themes: “Classic Cabin,” “Enchanted Forest” and “Snow Drift.” PHOTOS: West Elm winter/holiday preview 2013 Favorite pieces Foxed Mirror Bar Cart.
October 24, 2012 |
Holiday shoppers will be spending a little more this year, but as in recent years they'll continue to be disciplined and go online for better deals. Consumers are expected to spend an average of $582 on holiday shopping, according to Accenture's annual consumer holiday shopping survey, and 23% plan to spend over $750. About half expect to increase their spending by $250 or more, with only 5% saying they would be “extravagant” in their shopping and 8% indicating they would “splurge.” About 51% of those surveyed said they have already set aside cash for their holiday shopping.
January 10, 2014 |
New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday is out indefinitely after it was determined he had a stress fracture in his right tibia, the team announced Friday. The fifth-year veteran out of UCLA and North Hollywood Campbell Hall High is averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 33.6 minutes a game this season. Second-year guard Brian Roberts is expected to start at point guard for the Pelicans. The 6-foot-4 Holiday had a poor shooting effort Wednesday in a 102-96 loss at home to the Washington Wizards, making only three of 11 shots for eight points.
December 19, 2011 |
Every year on Dec. 21, Vancouver, Canada explodes with light during the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival . Lantern labyrinths and light-centric processions with drummers are set to take place around the city Wednesday evening. For those who want a front-row seat, check out this holiday special at the Opus Hotel that starts around $125 a night. The deal: Opus Celebrates the Season features low rates at the 96-room boutique hotel in Yaletown, which gets high marks on TripAdvisor . To find the deal, go to the website and click on "special offers" or call.
November 15, 2013 |
Fourteen years after writer-director Malcolm D. Lee's romantic comedy "The Best Man" hit theaters, the filmmaker and his ensemble cast are back with a sequel, "The Best Man Holiday. " As is often the case when old friends reunite, it doesn't take long for past grudges and attractions to bubble back up. According to reviews, the cast, led by Taye Diggs and Morris Chestnut, proves to be very pleasant company, but Lee's overstuffed script drags the movie down. The Times' Betsy Sharkey writes , "Be ready to reach for a tissue, say 'amen' and sigh more than a few times, for the film has all the chaos and clutter of a big holiday gathering.
January 31, 2014 |
Mattel Inc.'s earnings during the all-important holiday season left Wall Street cold, suggesting that kids weren't clamoring to be given toys. The El Segundo company's net income was up 23%, rising to $1.07 a share, or $369.2 million, from 87 cents a share, or $306.5 million, a year earlier - a period that had been dampened by a massive litigation charge. But the toy giant's performance disappointed analysts, who had expected profit of $1.19 a share. Revenue also fell short of projections, declining 6% to $2.11 billion and missing the $2.37-billion mark set by forecasters as well as Mattel's own expectations.
October 9, 2012 |
Wal-Mart is testing same-day delivery in certain markets, including parts of California, in a bid to nab more retail customers during the high-stakes holiday season. The discount uber-chain said Tuesday that its beta version of the Walmart To Go delivery program is already in operation in northern Virginia, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. The company will roll out the test in San Francisco and San Jose later this month or in early November. Customers in the current markets will pay $10 for each delivery, which can include an unlimited number of general merchandise items, with no minimum purchase requirement.
November 21, 2012 |
There are plenty of thanks to go around in Washington: Democrats particularly have gratitude reserved for President Obama's ground game, Election Day turnout and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's late embrace of the president . And of course, there are the necessary thanks to be sent out to supporters. Despite the “disappointing” results of the presidential election, Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) remains “thankful that I live in a country where we have the right to choose our leaders and to speak our minds.” “This is still the country founded on the belief that every man and woman has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
October 11, 2013 |
The bad news: If you haven't yet booked your Thanksgiving flight, the best fares are gone. The good news: There are some secrets for getting the most for your money. Cheapair.com frequently sifts its database for prime booking windows, and has released some tips for holiday travelers looking for the best times to lock in their flights. Most of the time, CEO Jeff Klee says, that booking sweet spot is seven weeks in advance of your trip. His company's studies have found that booking too early can be as expensive as booking too late.