The holiday season is in full swing, which means you’ll need the perfect outfit for the endless number of occasions on your calendar. From holiday work parties to get-togethers with family and friends, you’ll be diving deep in your wardrobe if you want to avoid wearing the same outfits over and over again during the next few weeks.
To keep your style fresh and your outfits chic, here are three pro tips to help you master your holiday season fashion.
1. Invest in Quality Outerwear
Unless you’re lucky enough to live in a region with warm winter weather, you’ll likely be bundling up every time you go outside this holiday season. This means the cute outfit you spent hours putting together will inevitably be covered up by your bulky coat. If you’re headed to a party, this isn’t a big deal, as you’ll likely shed it as soon as you make your entrance.
But if you have an outdoor date to see Christmas lights or are going out for dinner and drinks and need to be able to get from one place to the next without freezing, you might be wearing that coat a bit longer. In that case, it becomes just as much a part of your holiday outfit as your dress or favorite skinnies.
To keep your coat from ruining your holiday look, invest in some quality outerwear. A black wool coat or sleek khaki trench will help keep you looking winter chic without sacrificing warmth. Plus, these styles are classic enough that you won’t need to worry about them going out of style from one season to the next.
If you live in an area that experiences below freezing temperatures this time of year, a warm, puffy down-filled coat is another good choice. Indeed, it will provide you with a little extra warmth, as well as help you stay trendy this holiday season.
2. Dress Up Your Year-Round Staples
The holiday season and all its parties, glitz and glamour lasts less than three weeks from start to finish, give or take a week if you start celebrating before Thanksgiving. But if you’re buying new holiday outfits every year, only to stop wearing them after Christmas, you’re wasting your shopping budget on items that are useless for more than 11 months of the year.
Rather than starting from scratch for your holiday outfits, look in your closet for items you can dress up for your next party or date. For instance, your favorite little black dress can easily become holiday ready with the addition of a colorful scarf, glittery jewelry or a pair of red or green tights. By only buying a few accessories, you can save your shopping budget for items you can enjoy year round, like a new little black dress.
3. Layer on an Oversized Sweater
While you’re shopping for something new, sweaters are another good choice. The right one can be dressed up or down, and you’ll no doubt stay warm all season. When in doubt, layering an oversized sweater over a dress, skirt or leggings is an easy way to look chic and stay warm this holiday season. Whether it’s tossed over a fitted black dress or a flowy midi skirt, the result is effortless polish. Big, bulky sweaters of all shapes, colors and textures are in right now, so go with what you like.
Mastering Your Holiday Style
Whether you’re prepping for a holiday party or a low-key Christmas with family, these pro tips can help you look chic and stylish all season long!
‘Take a mystical sleigh ride into a capricious world of architecture and history. An annual holiday event worth traveling across the country and world for.’ – 360 MAGAZINE
NYBG’s 28th Annual Holiday Train Show® Showcases Central Park, with New Replicas of Its Iconic Architectural Treasures, Including Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Terrace, and the Dairy November 23, 2019–January 26, 2020 NYBG’s 28th
Annual Holiday Train Show showcases Central Park and its architectural features, including the Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Terrace, and the Bow Bridge.
The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show® showcases Central Park—the most popular urban park in America—in the 28th year of this much-loved holiday event. Visitors are transported to a miniature metropolis as model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, acorns, and cinnamon sticks. The Holiday Train Show runs Saturday, November 23, 2019, through Sunday, January 26, 2020.
New replicas of Central Park’s iconic architectural treasures include Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Terrace, the Dairy, the Naumburg Bandshell, and two graceful pedestrian bridges. They are arrayed in a tableau with existing Central Park replicas in NYBG’s collection, including the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater and the Old Bandstand. In addition, famous New York buildings that are either next to the park or just inside it are on display, including the Plaza Hotel, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Rose Center for Earth and Space, part of the American Museum of Natural History.
This year, the Holiday Train Show is presented in an immersive indoor winter wonderland adjacent to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory as the Conservatory’s palm dome undergoes restoration, part of the routine maintenance and operations of the Botanical Garden’s facilities. The spacious, climatecontrolled exhibition space is located on the Conservatory Lawn.
Central Park, designed in 1858 by landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, occupies not only the middle of Manhattan but also a special place in the hearts of New Yorkers and in the American imagination. Visited by more people than any other urban park in the United States, it has been featured in hundreds of movies. Perhaps even more important, Olmsted and Vaux’s “Greensward Plan” inspired cities across the country to set aside large open spaces as public parks.
A striking feature of their design was the wide variety of buildings and architectural elements they included to complement the natural setting. The Belvedere Castle was built as a Victorian “folly” on the highest natural elevation in the park, offering visitors a “beautiful view”—the English translation of its Italian name. Completed in 1872, the turreted castle includes Gothic, Romanesque, Chinese, Moorish, and Egyptian motifs. In June 2019, the Belvedere reopened after a 15-month restoration.
Bethesda Terrace opens on the Lake at the heart of Central Park. The 1873 Angel of the Waters sculpture crowns the Terrace’s majestic Bethesda Fountain. In one hand, the angel holds a lily, a symbol of purity. Designer Emma Stebbins, the first woman to receive a public art commission in New York City, likened the healing powers of the angel to that of the Croton water system, which brought clean, fresh water to the city beginning in 1842.
The Dairy, built in 1870, was intended as a place where children could enjoy a glass of fresh milk, which was not always easy to get in mid-19th-century New York. The hybrid design is a playful combination of a Swiss chalet and a Gothic country church. The Naumburg Bandshell, a neoclassical structure of cast concrete built in 1923, has hosted performers from Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington to the Grateful Dead.
The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater was Sweden’s exhibit at Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition in 1876. The enchanting Swedish architecture and craftsmanship, suggestive of a model schoolhouse, caught Olmsted’s eye, and he brought it to the park in 1877.
A theater designed for marionette performances was built inside in 1973. The Old Bandstand was a 1862 Victorian-style cast-iron bandstand designed by Jacob Wrey Mould. It was demolished in 1922 to make way for the Naumburg Bandshell. Also dating from 1862 is the graceful Bow Bridge, the first cast-iron bridge in Central Park. Spanning the Lake between Cherry Hill and the Ramble, its subtle shape is reminiscent of the bow of an archer or violinist. Designed by Calvert Vaux and originally built of white oak, Oak Bridge crosses Bank Rock Bay and is a popular destination for bird watchers. Both bridges are new to the Holiday Train Show collection.
In the Holiday Train Show, more than 25 G-scale model trains and trolleys hum along nearly a half-mile of track past re-creations of iconic sites from all five boroughs of New York City, the Hudson River Valley, and other locations in New York State. Artistically crafted by founding visionary Paul Busse’s team at Applied Imagination, all of the New York landmarks are made from natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruit, seeds, fungus, and pine cones. American steam engines, streetcars from the late 1800s, and modern freight and passenger trains travel beneath overhead trestles, through tunnels, across rustic bridges, and past waterfalls that cascade into flowing creeks. Thomas the Tank Engine™ and other beloved trains disguised as large colorful insects delight children as they whiz by.
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The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants located at Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. It is easy to reach by Metro-North Railroad, bus, or subway.
HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW HOURS:
During the Holiday Train Show, November 23, 2019–January 26, 2020, The New York Botanical Garden is open Tuesday–Sunday, and Monday, December 16, 23, 30, and January 20, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Extended hours, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., December 26 and 29. The Garden is closed all day on November 28 (Thanksgiving) and December 25 (Christmas); it closes at 3 p.m. on December 13 and 24 (Christmas Eve).
All-Garden Pass tickets start at $23 for adults and $10 for children (ages 2–12) and differ during weekends and holiday weeks. Members and children under 2 are free. Advance timed tickets are strongly recommended and are available at nybg.org. Discounts available for groups of 15 or more; contact Group Sales at 718.817.8687. For more information, please visit our Web site at nybg.org
The holiday season is all about making time to get together with the ones you cherish most, sharing in heartfelt conversations over delicious food. Whether you’re celebrating with family or friends, a holiday-inspired cheese plate with Jarlsberg® makes the perfect addition to any holiday celebrations!
This year, Jarlsberg® collaborated with Marissa Mullen the founder of @ThatCheesePlate and Cheese by Numbers to create a Festive Holiday Cheese Plate, “That Friendsgiving Plate” that you can enter to win just in time for your Thanksgiving entertaining.
Rather build the cheese plate yourself? Celebrating the act of giving, Jarlsberg® has created an easy step-by-step guide to build the delicious “that Friendsgiving Plate” which is sure to impress all your friends and family. For an easy, stress-free cheese plate prep, follow the steps below and place the ingredients in their designated areas using the image guide. If your feeling creative, arrange the cheeseboard in any way that inspires you! Remember, have fun and enjoy the process of creating this delicious Jarlsberg® cheese plate!
Enter for a chance to win a Jarlsberg® Friendsgiving Basket (valued at $200), with all the items you’ll need to re-create the Friendsgiving cheese board designed by Marissa Mullen of @ThatCheesePlate! (November 8th, 2019- November 20th, 2019).
After choosing a board to decorate, begin by arranging your cheese plate with a wedge and some cut up cubes of Jarlsberg® Cheese. With it’s smooth and silk consistency, extraordinary versatility and mild and nutty taste, Jarlsberg® is a party pleaser, making the perfect addition to your holiday cheese plate.
Step II – Add something salty and sweet:
Because of it’s mild and buttery flavors, Jarlsberg’s flavor profile tends to pair best with sweet and tart ingredients as well as marbled charcuterie.
For that salty flavor, slice up some mouthwatering marbled salami and add it to the cheese plate. Next, add in raspberries, figs, dried apricots, and sliced apples for those sweet, fruity flavors.
Step III – Add some Crunch:
It’s true, everyone loves a good crunch in a cheeseboard. For their cheeseboard, Jarlsberg® uses seed and fig crackers and candied cinnamon walnuts, but if you can’t find those ingredients, any cracker or nut will do!
Step IV: Decorate
No cheeseboard is complete without some festive garnishes! For the perfect holiday cheeseboard add in some star anise, cinnamon sticks, rosemary and sage.
Step V: Serve with a Festive Drink and Enjoy!
The combination of sweet, salty, crunchy and cheese-y with the aromas of the autumnal herbs will leave your friends and family hanging around the table, sharing in special moments that they will never forget!
Since 1956, Jarlsberg® Cheese has transformed meals into cherished moments with its mild, mellow, nutty flavor and has been a tradition for holiday parties and celebrations, offering memorable recipes to every festive occasion. You can make any cheese occasion better with Jarlsberg® — it’s an iconic cheese that bridges generations and taste buds. Whether it’s for a holiday brunch, festive party or a family dinner, Jarlsberg® makes hosting easy and memorable!
Whoopi Goldberg made a personal appearance at American Dream yesterday in East Rutherford, New Jersey to open Whoopi = American Dream, American Dream’s inaugural “Dream Drop.” Ready-to-wear pieces from her DUBGEE collection, a mix of new and vintage holiday sweaters and recently launched book, “The Unqualified Hostess” are now available for purchase in the shop, which is open through January 2020. Whoopi = American Dream is Whoopi Goldberg’s first stand-alone retail experience.
To celebrate the opening, Whoopi Goldberg hosted a public appearance inside the shop from 1PM – 3PM, meeting with guests and signing purchased merchandise. Whoopi’s granddaughter, Amarah Skye, was also on-site hand painting purchased DUBGEE fashions. American Dream future tenant, Sephora, hosted three Mini Lip Service stations outside the space to offer guests festive touch ups.
The shop’s interior is inspired by Whoopi’s home, with saturated walls and Art Deco furniture, creating a residential setting – décor pieces were sourced and curated from her personal collection. A DUBGEE fashion salon lives in the center of the space, allowing guests to browse and try on pieces from the collection, as well as a hand selected assortment of her holiday sweaters. A holiday dining table is featured towards the back of the shop, inspired by “The Unqualified Hostess.”
Guests will have the opportunity to experience the Whoopi = American Dream Dream Drop from November 11, 2019 – January 2020.
Hours of operation will be 11AM – 7PM, Monday – Saturday.
The 2019 GameStop Holiday Gift Guide is 60-pages long and absolutely filled with all things gaming. This year’s guide includes all of the major consoles including PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, the latest model Nintendo Switch and the handheld Switch Lite, along with all the accessories that go with them. Plus there are plenty of GameStop exclusives that will help anyone build the ultimate gaming collection with gear includes the Ocean Shadow Xbox One Wireless Controller, a Special Edition NBA 2K20 Xbox One X bundle, certain Fortnite Nerf toys, and even some Switch controllers. And they have toys from Pokemon to Funko Pop! characters and more.
To browse through the 2019 GameStop Holiday Gift Guide just go to HERE.
OFFERING 350,000 REASONS TO “TREAT YOURSELF” THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
From October Through December, Slingshot is Serving Up Holiday Bonus Cash “Treats” Ranging From $250 to $2,000 by Playing the Treat Yourself Game
This holiday season, take the time to “Treat Yourself” with the ultimate gift of self-expression – a Polaris Slingshot three-wheeled roadster. Today, Polaris Slingshot announced a holiday sales event with more than $350,000 in bonus cash offers – allowing consumers to treat themselves with all the fun, excitement, and head-turning originality only the three-wheeled Slingshot delivers.
Running until December 31, 2019, consumers can visit PolarisSlingshot.com, enter their information, and randomly receive one of 9,000 bonus cash codes ranging from $250 to $2,000. The discount code will instantly be gifted via email and redeemable at a Polaris Slingshot dealership. Consumers can also treat themselves with all-new Slingshot apparel in October and receive discounts on Slingshot factory accessories in the months of November and December.
“The holidays are a special time to not only shower gifts on family and friends, but also reward yourself with a gift that keeps on giving and makes a bold statement every time you hit the road,” said Chris Sergeant, Vice President of Polaris Slingshot. “And while you’re treating yourself behind the wheel, you can also treat family and friends riding shotgun with the unique driving experience that can only be found in a Slingshot.”
With pricing ranging from $20,999 to $30,999, each Slingshot model allows drivers to turn heads, showcase their personality, and have unlimited on-road fun behind the steering wheel of the three-wheeled roadster. Each Slingshot model, including the S, SL, SLR and Grand Touring, is powered by a 2.4L GM Ecotec engine that creates 173 horsepower and 166 ft-lbs of torque. With a vehicle weight of just over 1,700 pounds, the Slingshot delivers an unheard-of weight-to-power ratio – resulting in quick acceleration and unmatched fun. The open-air driving experience of a Slingshot combines the thrill of riding a motorcycle with the comfort of side-by-side sport bucket seats.
Owners can further enhance their ride and showcase their individuality through Slingshot Engineered Accessories or from a number of aftermarket suppliers. Slingshot factory accessories add style, functionality and ride-enhancing technology, such as the color-matched Slingshade® top, a 100-watt Rockford Fosgate® audio system, seven-inch, touch-screen Ride Command® infotainment system, wind deflectors, accent graphics, colored belt guards, color-matched rear fenders and additional side storage bags.
For more information about Slingshot, the Treat Yourself program, or to find a dealer, visit PolarisSlingshot.com.
About Polaris Slingshot Polaris Slingshot®, a product of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is a three-wheeled motorcycle that delivers a ride like nothing else you’ve ever experienced. The Slingshot is powered by a 2.4-liter engine with a five-speed manual transmission and comes in a variety of models that will leave you grinning from ear-to-ear. To learn more, visit www.PolarisSlingshot.com.
Held at Haven’s Kitchen in Chelsea, 360 MAGAZINE experienced a foodie’s dream come true at “Mastering the Art of Flavor” culinary event. Six ordinary recipes transformed featuring distinguished flavors of Holland House and NAKANO. Hosted by MasterChef finalist Cate Meade, registered dietician Mia Syn as well as food stylist Jessica Formicola.
They shared incredible resources and recipes in preparation for the holiday season. Cooking tips on how we can remain calm and stress free in the kitchen. Take it from Chef Cate, “Prep and prepare” is the ingredient to a five-star meal.
As the spokeswomen for Holland House, Cate shared her three Holiday stress-free recipes developed with cooking wine. For starters, the Spinach Feta and Artichoke Dip is the perfect dish for hosting where guests can gather and enjoy. A 1/2 cup of Holland House White cooking wine comes together for a robust bold flavor in every bite. Served best with vegetable crudité, baked pita chips and/or crackers.
The Sherry Cherry Pork Loin Roast was Cate’s showstopping dish, demonstrating that a slow cooker is an essential kitchen appliance. Cooked to perfection, the sweet but savory taste served with Sherry Cherry sauce complemented the tender meat. Layered with braised onions and roasted vegetables for hearty appetites.
Beyond her ‘easy bake oven’ years, Cate’s Flourless Chocolate Cake is a healthier option for dessert without sacrificing taste. Holland House Red cooking wine with macerated strawberries emerged in red wine added depth to the cake’s moisture. Garnished with sifted powdered sugar or cocoa powder for a sweet dusting.
Post holiday season we all desire healthier behaviors to impact our lifestyles. Mia Syn, RDN shared “Healthy Habits for the New Year.” Her recipes were inspired by Nakano, a gluten-free seasoned rice vinegar. It’s sweet light flavor dresses up any dish from salads to pasta.
Each recipe takes no more than 15 minutes to prepare. Her first recipe Chopped Chinese Chicken Salad with Sesame Dressing is light but filling. NAKANO Toasted Sesame Rice vinegar poured over salad ingredients and thinly sliced chicken breasts.
Mia’s meals include a rainbow of vegetables which are packed with nutrients. A sheet pan required with a simple toss in the oven. My favorite, the low-carb Teriyaki Chicken breasts. Bite-sized morsels surrounded with veggies and peppers cut into small florets. Drizzle NAKANO Rice Vinegar with teriyaki sauce on top and bake for 7 minutes.
Cauliflower Fried Rice is the best substitute for a starchy option; including peas, carrots, cabbage with an egg.
Jessica Formicola hosted a food styling lesson filled with tips and tricks to wow your guests and get the most social engagement through your content. Her most vital and resourceful tip is to “use what you have on hand” to elevate any five-star dish. Be sure to include the real ingredients in your dish for a relatable and approachable take.
In short, if you’re looking to get in the kitchen during the holidays, be sure to use Holland House and NAKANO products to enhance your food’s overall appearance and taste.
When autumn arrives, look to the Harley-Davidson Museum to keep the good times rolling. New exhibits, family-friendly fun and more promise to deliver miles and miles of smiles. Whether it’s opening the doors for Gallery Night or bringing hundreds of fitness fans to campus for a Spartan workout, the H-D Museum has something for everyone this month.
NEW INSTALLATIONS “Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory” (open now) A recently recovered cache of architectural drawings includes plans for the original Juneau Avenue facility. The pencil drawings, along with archival photographs, demonstrate the whirlwind pace of the company’s early growth. While building an international business—going from producing just over 1,000 motorcycles in 1909 to manufacturing 27,000 motorcycles in 1920—the company’s Milwaukee factory experienced near-constant expansion. Construction through this relatively brief period created the buildings that today, a century later, are still the proud home of Harley-Davidson. “Building a Milwaukee Icon” provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.”
Custom Culture Installation: “Blackbird” Blackbird, from the minds of Bobby Greene and Justin Walls, pays homage to Joe Petrali’s 1936 EL landspeed motorcycle. Elements of Petrali’s machine are imitated in this contemporary custom bike. Both vehicles use Harley-Davidson handlebars and forks made for board trackers; both have hillclimber frames; and their wheels are the same design and size. On display for a limited time, race fans will be thrilled to get an up-close look at this tribute to historic motorcycle landspeed racing.
EVENTS $10 Tuesday are back! Don’t forget: Museum admission on Tuesdays from October through April is just $10, no reservation required. And kids are just two for $10, too! Plus, a Hamilton gets you the delicious chef’s choice Taco Tuesdays at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant.
Spartan Workout Tour Saturday, Oct. 26, 8-9:30 a.m. Unleash your inner Spartan! The H-D Museum is hosting a free, 90-minute workout catered to all fitness levels and led by a certified Spartan SGX Coach in Milwaukee on the grounds of the world-famous Harley-Davidson Museum. The Spartan Workout Tour is extremely doable and productive for any and all levels of fitness. Our certified Spartan SGX Coaches will lead you in a workout that helps everyone from beginners to workout fanatics take it up a notch. You’ll meet new friends. You’ll get helpful tips, practical new training techniques, and even a special “Spartan Workout Tour” T-shirt to commemorate the fun. And just like you, the freebies don’t stop when the workout is done. Show your workout T-shirt and get free admission to the H-D Museum. Experience the thrills and heart-pumping adrenaline that Harley-Davidson – the Official Motorcycle of Spartan US – has built over 116 years. We’re here to help racers get revved up!
Skulloween Bike Night Thursday, Oct. 31, 5-9 p.m. It’s time. After a summer full of hitting Milwaukee’s favorite hotspots, the Wisconsin Ale Trail will make one final stop at the Harley-Davidson Museum for Skulloween Bike Night (5-9 p.m. on Thursday, October 31st) where one lucky person will ride off on a brand-new Harley-Davidson! Join the fun and it could be you who holds the keys to this Great American Freedom Machine at the end of the night. Qualifiers from Harley-Davidson events throughout the summer will have a chance to see if it’s their key that gets the motor running on this Harley-Davidson motorcycle. But even if you didn’t enter previously, you still have a chance to win as one lucky entrant will be drawn at Skulloween Bike Night. Come on down for your chance to win the prize of a lifetime and enjoy a night of rolling sculptures, music and loads of great prizes!
LEGO Mystery Mural Nov. 2 & 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Harley-Davidson Museum and LEGO invite all Milwaukeeans to make your mark on a piece of Harley-Davidson history. Visit the H-D Museum on Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3 as an 11-foot-by-4-foot mural is built by you … yes, you! Kids of all ages are welcome to pop into the H-D Museum lobby to snap LEGO bricks into place and help build the mural that will remain on display until spring. Kids 17 and under will get free admission to the H-D Museum this weekend to help spark those creative juices. Plus, the new Family Fun Guide shines a spotlight on all the kid-friendly fun to be had on campus. But the merrymaking doesn’t stop there. Kids ages 3-7 will be able to take a spin on the all-new H-D™ IRONe™ electric balance bikes. Dress for the weather and experience the thrill of these twist-and-go bicycles in Motorcycle Plaza. Plus, one lucky winner will ride off on an H-D IRONe bicycle! Airbrush tattoos, hands-on activities and specials at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant (did someone say Build-Your-Own Mac & Cheese, Hot Coco Station and a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary bar?) promise to bring ear-to-ear smiles to all. Support your community with the 8th Annual #DWYD Toy & Book Drive. Donate a Toy or Book to the Milwaukee Child Advocacy Center (MCAC) in affiliation with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and receive 15% off at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant. H-D® Fat Boy® motorcycle LEGO Kits available in the Shop along with apparel customization.
A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum® is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum™ is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. A visit to the H-D Museum™ is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum® at h-dmuseum.com.
Today, NE-YO released Another Kind Of Christmas (Motown Records/Compound Entertainment), his first-ever holiday album. The three-time GRAMMY® winner brings his own unique point-of-view to the season with five newly-penned tracks and reimagined versions of thoughtfully-selected Christmas classics – including “Someday At Christmas,” a plea for peace written by Motown songwriters Ron Miller and Bryan Wells for Stevie Wonder during the Vietnam War, and Marvin Gaye’s “I Want To Come Home For Christmas,” inspired by the plight of prisoners of war.
“NE-YO says, of the album “see you this Holiday season and every holiday season after! Think you’re gonna love it that much!”
“Just Ain’t Christmas” candidly captures the pain of a Christmas Eve break-up while the playful double entendres of “Open Mine Tonight” celebrate what goes down after the kids go to bed. “Talk About It” evokes childhood Christmas memories, complete with the inevitable family dramas that unfold – “somebody gon’ fight, somebody gon’ cry, somebody gon’ try to leave/Then they gon’ squash it all right before it’s time to eat.” NE-YO, Satori and Dre Island each take a verse on the reggae-influenced “Christmas Vibez,” which imagines a tropical holiday getaway for two. Other guest artists include Candice Boyd on “Carol Of The Bells” and RaVaughn on “Someday At Christmas.”
NE-YO puts his stamp on such standards as Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” “Merry Christmas Baby,” originally recorded by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, and “The Christmas Song,” which was written by Robert Wells and Mel Tormé and first recorded by the Nat King Cole Trio. He recorded Another Kind Of Christmas in Montego Bay, Jamaica with longtime collaborator Curtis “Sauce” Wilson producing many of the tracks.
NE-YO has sold a cumulative 20+ million adjusted albums worldwide. He has won three GRAMMY® awards and been honored with a total of 14 nominations, His first single, 2005’s “So Sick,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified quadruple Platinum. Since then, he has racked up a collection of hit singles – including “Sexy Love,” “Closer,” “Because of You,” “Miss Independent” and “Push Back” featuring Bebe Rexha and Stefflon Don. Three of his albums have entered SoundScan’s Top Current Albums chart at No. 1.
He has proven to be as powerful with his pen as he is in the recording studio and on stage. The Las Vegas native quickly became known as a go-to hitmaker, penning bangers like Rihanna’s “Unfaithful,” “Russian Roulette,” and “Take a Bow,” along with Beyoncé’s 2006 breakup anthem “Irreplaceable” and songs for such artists as Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, among others. NE-YO’s film and television credits include “Save the Last Dance,” “World of Dance,” “Battle: Los Angeles,” “Stomp the Yard,” George Lucas’ “Red Tails,” “Empire,” “The Wiz Live!” and “Step Up: High Water.”