Splits59(NEW YORK) -- Given the popularity of the jumpsuit on the runway and on the city streets, perhaps it was only a matter of time until the style made its way to the gym.
The workout jumpsuit could be the next big thing in workout wear. Koral Activewear, Splits59 and Live the Process are all now selling the style. But talk about a look that's hard to pull off.
The latest trend is inspired by dance and ballet, said Splits59 co-founder Keith Peterson, but "yogis and women who practice Pilates will also appreciate the style, freedom and performance of the Bianca." The Bianca is the name of the company's bodysuit. Peterson said it's been "flying off the shelves."
It's popularity is a no-brainer to those in the workout world.
"The jumpsuit has become super trendy on the runaways, so it doesn't surprise me that it's made its way into workout culture," said Lacey Stone of Carbon 38, a site that sells designer workout wear.
She's not so sure that it's going to take off as a trend, she said, though the jumpsuit does have one major selling point.
"You can go from workout to brunch," she said. "The new jumpsuits are constructed for the gym but designed for the street."
It may be that multi-functionality that is selling the style, according to Peterson.
"If you get your hands on one, consider yourself lucky," he said. "Let’s just say you haven’t seen the last of the high-performance, high-fashion bodysuit."
Courtesy Carrie Chisholm(ASHEVILLE, N.C.) -- Carrie Chisholm had had a really bad day. The final thing to go wrong? She found herself without her purse when she drove up to pay for her now five-year-old son Hughes dinner at Chick-fil-a.
Instead of turning her away, though, the cashier spoke to her manager, who told Chisholm the meal was on the house.
Thats when Chisholm burst into tears -- the simple act of kindness was overwhelming for her, as she had just spent the day at the hospital with Hughes, who has a congenital heart defect. Hughes has had three open heart surgeries and is preparing for a potential seventh heart catheterization. After his latest day at the hospital, all he wanted was ice cream from Chick-fil-a.
We just had a horrible day and it was just a little tiny thing that felt so huge after all day long just trying to hold it together taking care of our little boy, Chisholm told ABC News. I immediately started crying out of thankfulness. It was so nice of her to do that, and it seems kind of silly to be so touched by that kindness, but its the little things that matter so much when youre raising a baby with health conditions like him.
To thank them for their kindness, Chisholm took to Facebook and posted the receipt for the meal to the Asheville, North Carolina Chick-fil-as page.
On the post that now has nearly 12,000 likes, Chisholm wrote, I wanted to thank the team that was working last night when I came through the drive through with my three year old and could not find my wallet. The woman working the window at this time turned and asked a manager quietly and turned and respectfully told me they made the decision to let us have the meal. What they did not know was that we had just been at the hospital for many hours after having to ride emergency to the hospital in the ambulance because he was so sick. Our son has a congenital heart defect called hypo plastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and we were oh so scared for his life yesterday. He is feeling much better today. The workers at this location should get awarded for their professional compassion. They don't know how much I needed that small act of kindness last night. Having a son with half of a heart is a tough life yet full of many blessings. Thanks for being a blessing to us last night!
According to that locations owner, Nick Leatherwood, his store often performs these small acts of kindness.
Ive always encouraged my guys to really use self-judgment on that and make your own calls and what you feel is right for the business. He [manager Matthew Hampton] said he does this about once or twice a week, but in this situation it just happened to be somebody on the other end who was really appreciative of it, Leatherwood told ABC News. I was real proud of my manager for being able to step up to the plate and deliver on that occasion.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Startup angel investor Ron Conway, referred to as the "Godfather of Silicon Valley," says that his biggest mistake was passing up an investment in Salesforce.com, which now may be the target of a possible acquisition.
Conway and his company, SV Angel, make early investments in startups, and their roster includes Google, Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb and Dropbox.
A board member of the Salesforce.com Foundation, Conway told ABC News' chief business and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis in an exclusive interview that he can't confirm Bloomberg's report that Microsoft is considering buying the successful San Francisco-based cloud computing company.
He discussed Salesforce.com when asked about "the one that got away."
"Well the one that kills me is the most is because he reminds me the most, is not investing in Salesforce.com," Conway said at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York this week. "If you know [founder] Marc Benioff, you can imagine that he would remind you quite often about that."
The Salesforce.com CEO’s outspoken leadership has been in the headlines in the last two months, including becoming among the first high-profile CEOs to threaten to leave Indiana over its Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Most recently, he revealed that he reviews employee salaries to make sure women are not underpaid based on their gender.
When asked which company has the brightest road ahead of it, Conway immediately named one of his portfolio companies, four-year-old Pinterest, which he called "one of the most powerful brands on the planet already."
He said "Google is not going away," but Pinterest is providing "a whole new way, a whole new paradigm instead of search."
"Pinterest is offering consumers a way to discover things on the Web, in a serendipitous way, with a beautiful user interface," Conway said. "So it’s offering a whole new paradigm called 'discover' and allowing users to be creative."
ABC News(MUNCIE, Indiana) -- When the owners of an Indiana home recently listed it for sale, they got an unexpected surprise: a rental scam targeting their address.
"People were getting out of their cars. They were coming up to our front door, ringing our doorbell, looking into our windows," homeowner Amy Hagans told ABC News after an ABC News reporter noticed a story about her plight that originally appeared in The Star Press.
The people were responding to a Craigslist post advertising a three-bedroom, two-bath house, with a big backyard that was available to rent for just $750 a month.
"I fell in love with the house. The yard was humongous," said Patty Costa, who came to see the house in Muncie, Indiana.
Costa said the home was "perfect" for her grandchildren. After exchanging texts with the person who posted the ad, she wired the person a $275 deposit and then came to see the house herself.
When Costa approached the home, she learned that the deal was too good to be true. The Hagans had posted a sign saying, "Our house is not for rent" to alert people to the scam.
"I opened the door to see a lady standing on my porch, reading the sign on our front door," Hagans said. "I felt terrible about the whole situation."
It's a scam being played out in housing markets across the country.
"It's very, very simple to do these types of Internet scams. It's very easy to hijack an existing listing," said Austin Berglas, the head of U.S. Cyber Investigations for K2 Intelligence, an investigative consulting firm.
The process is called "scraping."
Scammers create fraudulent rental listings using photos and details from legitimate postings already online.
In the Hagans' case, the scammer may have used images from the real estate company's website where the Hagans had posted their home for sale.
According to the FBI, scams like these cost Americans nearly $20 million in 2014. And the bureau estimates the actual number of cases could be 10 times higher because many aren't reported.
These types of scenarios also exist in the vacation rental market.
When Cherry McCaffrey used a rental website to book a vacation house in South Lake Tahoe for her extended family, they found the door unlocked when they arrived.
After they settled in, the owner showed up, not knowing his house had been rented out.
Experts say there are ways renters can protect themselves. First, never wire money. Second, try a "reverse image search" for the listing photos on a site like Google. If images from that listing appear on multiple websites, renter beware. And third, use common sense.
"I think the best tip is really, if it looks too good to be true, it most likely is," Berglas said.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks took a tumble on Tuesday after a two-day run that pushed the markets close to a record high.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,928.20 on Tuesday, down 142.20 from its open.
The Nasdaq fell by 77.60 to close at 4,939.33. The S&P 500 was down by 25.03, finishing the session at 2,089.46.
Amazon wants to give JetBlue passengers a new option for tuning out an annoying seatmate or crying baby on board. The company is launching “Fly-fi,” which allows Amazon’s prime members to stream instant video for free while they’re in flight.
It’s an especially happy time for the happiest place on Earth. Disney stock is at an all-time high, with a big year at the movies ahead, such as the new Star Wars film coming out this winter.
The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ABC News.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Wells Fargo has "victimized" its Los Angeles customers with illegal bank tactics such as having accounts opened in their names without their permission so employees can reach sales quotas, according to a lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles city attorney.
Wells Fargo bankers were allegedly encouraged to "do whatever it takes" to meet sales goals, including withdrawing money from customers' unauthorized accounts to pay Wells Fargo fees and placing customers into collections when the unauthorized withdrawals go unpaid, city attorney Michael Feuer alleges in the lawsuit filed on Monday.
Filed on behalf of the state of California in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the lawsuit claims some Wells Fargo employees even pressured their own family members and friends to sign up for accounts to the point that employees say they've "tapped out" their network.
"Our average retail banking household has about six products with us. We want to get to eight ... and beyond," stated one Wells Fargo "brochure" called "The Vision and Values of Wells Fargo," according to the lawsuit.
Wells Fargo has 6,200 banking locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. The lawsuit doesn't name customers or allege how many people may have been affected by the alleged practices.
"In order to achieve its goal of selling a high number of 'solutions' to each customer, Wells Fargo imposes unrealistic sales quotas on its [Los Angeles] employees, and has adopted policies that have, predictably and naturally, driven its bankers to engage in fraudulent behavior to meet those unreachable goals," Feuer alleges in the lawsuit.
Wells Fargo and Company, headquartered in San Francisco, said in a statement that it would "vigorously" defend itself against the allegations.
“Wells Fargo's culture is focused on the best interests of its customers and creating a supportive, caring and ethical environment for our team members,” the bank said in its statement. “This includes training, audits and processes that work together to support our Vision & Values and our commitment to customers receiving only the products and services they need and will benefit from.”
The suit claims Wells Fargo violated the state's unfair competition laws and could be liable for a civil penalty up to $2,500 for each violation, plus unspecified restitution for harmed customers. If the suit succeeds in Los Angeles County Superior Court, that could apply to all residents of the county and possibly people outside its boundaries, Feuer told The Los Angeles Times, which has reported on the alleged practices.
The lawsuit alleges Wells Fargo participated in illegal practices such as "bundling," which requires a person wanting one product to buy additional ones. It also alleges the bank engaged in "pinning," which allows a banker to create a debit card PIN number, often without customer authorization, to enroll a customer in online banking, as well as "sandbagging," in which a banker delays opening new accounts or processing a sale until a time that is most beneficial, such as a new sales reporting period.
Wells Fargo has fired or disciplined a "number of employees" for illegal practices, but "far fewer" than have actually engaged in them, the lawsuit alleges.
Meerkat(NEW YORK) -- Meerkat is seeking greener pastures after a meteoric rise earlier this year was followed by roadblocks -- including the competition of Twitter's Periscope app.
A Meerkat iOS update released this week now lets live streamers push their broadcasts directly to their Facebook page, along with teasing any upcoming streams they have planned.
"With this new update we are making it easier than ever to discover and interact with the people you already know by integrating with your phone’s address book, and giving you the ability to push live and upcoming streams directly to your Facebook Page," the Meerkat team announced in a Medium post.
The live-streaming app became a sensation days after its release in February, largely fueled by Twitter users sharing their streams with friends.
Then came a serious challenger when Twitter rolled out Periscope, its own live-streaming app, in March. Around the same time, Twitter stripped away Meerkat's access to Twitter's social graph.
The move meant users had to individually re-build their network of friends inside of the app as opposed to getting a populated list of people they follow on Twitter. Meerkat users can still push links from their live streams to Twitter.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, which marks Mexico's victory over France in 1862 in the Battle of Puebla.
Though Mexico eventually lost the war to France, American businesses still take the opportunity to capitalize on the holiday with free Mexican-inspired cuisine. Be sure to read the fine print or call a retail location ahead of time to check on availability.
Here are some Cinco de Mayo 2015 deals and freebies to enjoy on Tuesday:
The restaurant chain Applebee's is offering a Dos Equis Bucket Special: 5 for $18.99 on Tuesday. Plus, enjoy Happy Hour and select half-priced appetizers that vary by location. Not necessarily coinciding with Cinco de Mayo, a new Applebee's churro s'mores offering, which starts under $5.
With any catering order of $100 or more, get free 8-ounce guacamole with chips and an order of churros.
Del Taco's "Tuesday Taco Night Style" from 3 to 11 p.m. each Tuesday offers three regular tacos for $1.09.
Moe's Southwest Grill
The first 50 fans in line get a free t-shirt in celebration of "Cinco de Moe's," or Moe's 15th anniversary.
Enjoy half-priced drinks all day Tuesday at Sonic Drive-In.
Though Starbucks isn't necessarily pushing Cinco de Mayo, now through May 10, customers can get half off any Frappucino blended beverage from 3 to 5 p.m. Starbucks Rewards members can get the deal until 6 p.m.
Not in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, but "Breakfast Defector Day," Taco Bell has a campaign to steer customers away from McDonald's. Get one free sausage or bacon biscuit taco Tuesday from 7 to 11 a.m. per person at participating locations.
The restaurant chain is offering a $5.49 combo deal that includes two tacos, chips and a drink. You can also buy $1 draft beer, $2 sangria and $3 wine.
For the airline's "Flyo de Mayo," airfare starts at $55 each way if you purchase in the next three days before Thursday 11:59 p.m. CT and fly between Sept. 8 and Nov. 18. The lowest sale fares are valid for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and seats are limited.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It's not just big companies like Target and JPMorgan that have to worry about cyberattacks.
In its Small Business & CyberSecurity survey, Endurance International Group says that eight in 10 small business owners acknowledge that cybersecurity is a concern for their business.
EIG, which delivers technology solutions to small businesses, also reports that 94 percent of the more than 1,000 small business owners it surveyed frequently or at least occasionally think about being hacked and how to avoid it.
Meanwhile, just over three in 10 small business owners admit their company has either experienced a cyberattack or been targeted with one.
But even as fears grow that it could happen to them, only 42 percent of small business owners have taken steps to bolster their security against hacks.
As for outside help, seven in 10 don't believe the federal government has done enough to deal with the threat of cyberattacks.
Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Most Americans would laugh at hearing that a lot of millionaires are anxious about their wealth, but many of those at the top of the financial ladder aren't laughing, at least according to a report by UBS, a Switzerland-based global financial services company.
Instead of enjoying their money, UBS says that 52 percent of the millionaires it surveyed "feel stuck on a treadmill, without a real sense of how much wealth would make them satisfied enough to get off."
Basically, the so-called "haves" want to have more with 58 percent admitting that they aspire to increase the large fortunes they already possess.
For example, people with $1 million to $5 million want $5 million to $10 million while those with $5 million to $10 million claim they need $10 million to $15 million and so on and so forth.
And if you think middle-class Americans are the only ones worried about would happen if the economy takes another nosedive, think again. Nearly two thirds of millionaires contend that "one major setback" -- a lost job or market crash -- would have "a major impact" on their lifestyle.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Happy Cinco de Mayo!
While it may not be time for a margarita just yet, here's something to whet appetites before going into full-on fiesta mode tonight.
The team at Patrón created a tour that gives viewers a drone's view of the lush Hacienda Patrón in Jalisco, Mexico, where tequila — star ingredient of the margarita — is made by hand.
The virtual experience was created for the Oculus Rift headset using a 360-degree rig attached to a custom made drone. Seven GoPro cameras captured the action as the drone flew through fields of agave.
Viewers are placed in the center of the action as they follow the process from the agave plant being cut — all the way to the people who place the lids on each bottle by hand.
Audio taken throughout the shoot captured sounds from the workers at each step of the process and was incorporated into 3-D space, placing a person wearing Oculus at the scene.
The experience will be offered at Patrón events, seminars and retailers around the world using Oculus and Samsung Gear VR headsets.
Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Dave Goldberg, the CEO of SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, died of severe head trauma last Friday night in what appears to have been an accident on a treadmill while the family was on vacation at a resort in southwest Mexico.
After he failed to return from a gym, Goldberg was found lying next to the treadmill by his brother, Robert Goldberg, and was believed to still have been alive, although attempts to revive him both at the gym and a hospital were unsuccessful. He was 47.
According to Goldberg's LinkedIn page, he had been the CEO of Survey Monkey since 2009, helping to build it into a provider of web surveys. The company has an estimated worth of $2 billion.
Goldberg was also the head of music at Yahoo for several years.
Robert Goldberg wrote on Facebook: "In this time of sorrow, we mourn his passing and remember what an amazing husband, father, brother, son and friend he was. No words can express the depth of loss we feel, but we want his children to learn how much he meant to all of you."
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg shared Robert Goldberg's post, adding that Dave Goldberg "was an amazing person and I am glad I got to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with Sheryl and her family. I hope friends will join me in celebrating his life by sharing your memories of Dave on his profile, as his brother Rob suggests."
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Diddy certainly pushed the envelope in his fragrance ad for 3AM by Sean Jean, however it was deemed too sexy for executive's at the fragrance's retailer, Macy’s.
According to the New York Post's Page Six, the mogul was told to re-edit several times to tone down the explicit scenes, which caused the ad to be delayed. The steamy commercial has surfaced online and sees Diddy seducing his real-life girlfriend, Cassie Ventura. At one point, Diddy chokes her while she exposes a nipple ring, and the pair simulate a sex scene on a bed.
"The full-length version includes such provocative images that retailers were concerned about young customers seeing [them]," says an insider.
When asked what inspired the racy content, Diddy says the commercial is fantasy of what happens after dark.
"The concept for the video represents one of the things that 3 a.m. is for me," Diddy told Style.com. "It’s a very one-on-one time. It’s a time to have fun and push the envelope a little bit. It’s definitely an hour where you would find yourself with a young lady. Anything can happen at 3 a.m., and in the video, you see a fantasy that’s in my head of what happened that night."
3AM by Sean John retails for $55. It will be available beginning May 6 at Macys.com and Macy's stores.