Universal is totally milking the Harry Potter franchise for what it’s worth — which, if you ask us, is a WHOLE lot! Not that we’re complaining, of course. We now get to go to Diagon Alley!
Yes, that’s right! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the HP theme park located in Orlando, FL, is expanding to include its very own Diagon Alley by 2014! The magical shopping high street will be built in an entirely new portion on the Universal lot and will be connected to Hogwarts and Hogsmeade Village via the Hogwarts Express train. Mind-gasms galore!
The street will also include new shops, a second Harry Potter-themed restaurant, and a Gringotts Bank attraction!
Upon the announcement of the new park addition, J.K. Rowling stated:
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Water Batz start out the size of a marble, but when you put them in water, they expand to the size of a racquetball!
Well, it's a good thing babies never put brightly colored marble-sized things in their mouths, otherwise that sounds like a disaster waiting to–
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Sure, they've only just gotten recently engaged, but Rosie O'Donnell is ready to expand her family with fiancee Michelle Rounds.
Michelle is looking to get pregnant and is already starting the family planning process.
Rosie confirmed the news on her show, telling her guest, Dr. Oz:
"She's trying to get pregnant."
Meanwhile, a source adds:
"Michelle is seeing a fertility doctor. She is really excited and they cannot wait to add to their family. Rosie goes to all of her doctors' appointments with her and is really supportive. She isn't pregnant yet but they hope as soon as possible she will be."
SUCH exciting news! We are just over the moon with love and happiness for Rosie and Michelle.
We're keeping our fingers crossed for you gals!
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Coach is expanding their jewelry collection.
The fashion house is teaming up with Hutton Wilkinson and Reed Krakoff to create fashionable pieces based on the work of the late Hollywood icon Tony Duquette.
The new pieces feature bold and eloquent designs.
As far as prices go, the pieces aren’t too over the top, with some items starting at $65 for goodies like earrings and other items at $300 for pendants.
"I met Reed Krakoff at a book signing in the Hamptons. He thought we should collaborate. After all, 2012 is the 70th anniversary year for both companies. The whole project took less than a year from conception to store."
As for how Wilkinson thinks Duquette would react to the new jewelry, he adds:
"He would have loved it! He loved the idea of everyone having beauty."
Are U excited to check out the new collection?
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Kate Spade in expanding.
The brand’s creative director, Deborah Lloyd, revealed the new collection which aside from clothes and accessories features goodies like serving-ware, hammocks, and more.
The new collection also features a swimwear collaboration with Malia Mills.
Check out some of the designs below from Kate Spade's Pre-Fall 2012 collection.
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Really cool! Quite sylin'!
Lisa Loeb was on hand at the Loeb Vision Expo West 2011 this week at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas to launch her new line of eyewear.
As you can see, she's focused on expanding on her signature look. A lot of plastic frames in retro styles and funky colors.
And look! Marie Osmond stopped by for a peek at the line. So nice.
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Because business is all rainbows and unicorns here in the States, American Apparel is expanding to highbrow department store in Europe.
American Apparel and highbrow? Those are two words that don't belong in the same sentence!
UK department store Selfridges plans to carry the overpriced generic clothing at six more stores in the next year and France's Galeries Lafayette is expected to do the same.
There's also a rumor that Bloomingdale's in the US will carry AA as well, but the deal has yet to be finalized.
As for why they're going the department store route, sources say it's "a way for the company to expand its business without spending a lot of capital".
Think it'll work???
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