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Hitting the Road with Ford – F-150 Lightning Flash

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If you live on the East Coast you know there is always a need for a truck. From weekend warriors in the Hamptons going out to surf Montauk to the family errands in New Jersey, the perfect truck can be found with the new Ford F-150 Lightning model – F-15 Lightning Flash  – a tech-forward offering that brings together most of current customers’ favorite features under $70,000.  

 

The F-150 Lightning Flash expands on the XLT model line by adding in-demand tech capabilities, including an extended-range battery, which has a targeted EPA-estimated range of 320 miles, available Ford BlueCruise1 hands-free highway driving, and a standard 15.5-inch touchscreen for seamless interactions and navigation. The F-150 Lightning Flash customer values an EV powertrain and advanced tech features paired with a more accessible price point and the F-150’s proven ability to handle anything- whether it’s people, pets, or gear. 


“The F-150 Lightning Flash is a direct outcome of engaging with and learning from our customers,” said Marin Gjaja, Chief Operating Officer. “
This truck combines many of the technology-forward features our customers love in our EV lineup, at a more accessible price. With an EPA-estimated 320 miles of range, the Lighting Flash is another example of the speed at which we are adapting to grow our EV business.” 

 Available hands-free highway driving technology, Ford BlueCruise, can help make driving less stressful and more enjoyable. The F-150 Lightning Flash comes with version 1.2, which includes Lane Change Assist, allowing the driver to change lanes hands-free by tapping the turn signal once the path is clear, and In-Lane Repositioning to help to keep the vehicle in its lane while subtly shifting position away from vehicles in adjacent lanes. It will also improve over time with software updates. And, with a new flexible option, customers can choose to activate BlueCruise at any point during their vehicle ownership journey – at purchase, annually or even monthly – and use it when they need it. Customers can also try BlueCruise for 90 days from vehicle purchase during a complimentary trial. 

Cover art by  Brendan Steeves on Unsplash

ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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Taylor and Tay Lautner Get Summer Ready with STEM

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Taylor and Tay Lautner are enjoying summertime and dealing with fewer bugs this season with the help of the STEM™ Attracts & Traps Flying Insects Light Trap, a solution that works 24/7 against house flies, fruit flies, gnats, moths and mosquitoes.

Taylor and Tay Lautner

As a brand that knows a thing or two about being bugged, STEM recently uncovered through a survey of U.S. adults who are married or in a domestic partnership that bugs bother them more than their partner’s annoying habits, and that they get more irritable with their partner when in the presence of bugs.

That’s why STEM is partnering with Taylor and Tay Lautner to highlight how it can help alleviate pest annoyances this summer – because even though couples in the happiest of relationships may bug one another sometimes, the one thing they won’t be annoyed by is bugs thanks to the STEM Flying Insects Light Trap.

Now, the Lautners can enjoy the little things this summer, like leaving their doors and windows open (something that used to bug Tay!), without being bothered by house flies, fruit flies, gnats, moths and mosquitoes.

(photo courtesy: STEM™)
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Royal Caribbean Names Meghan Trainor Godmother of Utopia of the Seas

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Royal Caribbean has named GRAMMY-winning artist Meghan Trainor as the godmother of the new Utopia of the Seas.

The duo is celebrating the collab with an invitation for fans to see Trainor name the ultimate short getaway and perform live on a 3-night celebration just days before the new vacation’s official July 19 debut. The party kicks off in Port Canaveral, Florida, where Utopia will sail 3- and 4-night vacations to Royal Caribbean’s award-winning private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay and Nassau, The Bahamas.

Until today, July 7, at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fans can enter for their chance to join the celebration and find the giveaway’s official rules on Royal Caribbean’s Instagram channel.

On deck for the 3-night cruise is one party after the next, from a live performance on Utopia by the “Timeless” singer while at Royal Caribbean’s award-winning private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas to the one-and-only naming party joined by the newly named godmother. It all takes place just days before the new vacation’s official July 19 debut in Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida.

“It’s an incredible honor to join the Royal Caribbean family as godmother of Utopia of the Seas and set the tone for the parties to come,” said Meghan Trainor. “The best part is that we get to bring that weekend energy to the stage with my family and fans. What’s better than being on vacation with the people you love and dancing to your favorite music? Let’s make some beautiful memories and get this party started!”

Kicking off the 3-night celebration, Royal Caribbean and Trainor will officially name Utopia in the company of special guests, the ship’s crew members, media, partners and 52 fans – one for every weekend of the year – and their guests. Trainor, as godmother, will join a longstanding maritime tradition when she bestows safekeeping onto the ultimate short getaway, its crew and the millions who will vacation on Utopia for years to come. Keeping the party going will be Trainor’s exclusive show in the iconic open-air AquaTheater, and fans will also be able to slip behind the velvet ropes to meet the star in person.

“Utopia of the Seas is where making the most of the weekend and every moment are more than a state a mind, they’re a reality any day of the week. This is the short getaway that’s all about celebrations, celebrating friends, family and the memories you make together,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “Meghan embodies that in every way, from who she is to how she shares her music with the world, making her the perfect godmother to match Utopia’s big weekend energy. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the family and host a party of epic proportions fit for the ultimate short getaway.”

The celebration will set the tone for vacations on Utopia, welcoming adventurers to make more memories on short getaways than ever before with the first of its kind to debut with 3-night weekend and 4-night weekday vacationers. Friends and families can celebrate any occasion or just getting away their way with a lineup of experiences that brings unmatched weekend energy to the table. There’s everything from more than 40 ways to dine, drink and party, including a lineup of parties only on Utopia, two casinos and Royal Railway – Utopia Station, a first-of-its-kind immersive train car dining experience; to more pools than the days to count, thrills; show-stopping entertainment across air, ice, water and stage; and more.

For more information, please visit HERE.

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Major Announcement His Highness Prince Mario-Max zu Schaumburg-Lippe of Germany Is T2C’s Newest Columnist

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Today at lunch His Highness Prince Mario-Max zu Schaumburg-Lippe consented to become T2C’s newest columnist. On Wednesday check out “Live from The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents” interview with the Prince. This is definitely one to watch, as the Prince disclosed for his next chapter, he is looking for his Princess.

Starting July 4th his column on the Royal’s begins and this should offer insight into the world of Kings, Queens, Princes and Princess with maybe a frog or two thrown in done by someone who knows them all personally.

T2C is thrilled to be growing and expanding.

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Getting Summer Ready With Hair and Nails

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My hair was totally out of control and I desperately needed it cut. My friend Margarita recommended Angela Niafa. She works at Cheveux Atelier, 1316 1St Ave. I was so impressed by the place as it was clean, beautifully decorated and has reasonable prices that will not break your piggy bank.

They even have a special of 20% off for new clients.

What makes Angela so special is she listens to you. Getting my hair cut scares me as my hair can make me or break me. Within one hour I had a Prince telling me I was chic, but more importantly I felt put together. I watched as two other women were made to look their best. Now that makes me give Angela a shout out.

Getting nails done in the city use to be a breeze, but now prices have gone through the roof and the work, not so great. I went onto Groupon and got a gel manicure for $48 orginally $60. I headed to Marc Joseph Salon at 147 West 40th Street. There I got Maria, who was a joy. She took care of me and made my hands feel very special, as she took exquisite care. The salon itself is clean, well laid out and offers wine if you so choose. I recommend Maria highly and now am ready for summer.

 

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Amir Benesh’s Lifestyle Community Kimani Life

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Amir Benesh, the founder of LVH Global, has launched a groundbreaking initiative poised to redefine luxury living. On May 24, 2024, at the illustrious Cannes Film Festival, Benesh unveiled Kimani Life, an exclusive lifestyle community designed to foster genuine connections and elevate the experience of its members worldwide.

Amir Benesh

With an impressive track record boasting 25 years of expertise in luxury hospitality, Benesh brings unparalleled insight and passion to the table. His experience with building relationships with the most sophisticated homeowners, clients, and service providers has laid the foundation for Kimani Life—a concept over a decade in the making.

Amir Benesh and Vanessa Celis

Benesh’s journey to Kimani Life was fueled by a deep-seated belief in the power of community and the timeless value of personal recommendations. He recognized a gap in the market for a more inclusive luxury lifestyle offering. Kimani Life opens its doors to those who possess invaluable networks and a passion for connecting and sharing with Kimani members.

Enter Kimani Life—a lifestyle club with communities spanning the globe, promising its members a world of unparalleled connections, access and opportunities. Whether it’s insider tips on the finest dining spots, luxurious accommodations, or must-visit destinations, Kimani Life’s trusted network of members is poised to deliver personalized recommendations tailored to everyone’s tastes and preferences.

Operating in 31 cities initially with plans to expand globally, Kimani Life offers localized luxury experiences, from personal needs to business needs from real estate services, to luxury car rentals. Embracing modernity, Kimani Life plans to launch a mobile application for seamless member interactions and anticipates future ventures into NFTs and cryptocurrency, offering unique benefits and discounts.

At the heart of Kimani Life lies its vibrant community—a diverse network of individuals united by a shared passion for luxury living and cultural exploration. Through a carefully curated platform, members gain access to a wealth of resources, including local events, global gatherings, access to selected preferred service providers, and exclusive concierge services—all designed to enhance members lifestyle and elevate Kimani members experiences.

In its initial phase, Kimani Life is extending invitations to selected ambassadors from around the world to ensure the seamless functioning of the platform. These ambassadors will play a pivotal role in shaping the community’s ethos and fostering a culture of trust and authenticity. Membership to Kimani Life is currently by invitation only, with ambassadors serving as gatekeepers to this exclusive enclave.

As Kimani Life takes its maiden voyage into the realm of luxury lifestyle communities, one thing is certain: under the visionary leadership of Kimani CEO and founder Amir Benesh, it is poised to revolutionize the way we live, connect, and experience the world. So, if you’re ready to embark on a journey of luxury, connection, and discovery, Kimani Life awaits—with open arms and endless possibilities.

To inquire about Kimani Life, visit the website at https://www.kimanilife.com/

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