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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Best Gifts for Fashionistas

Need to find a gift for the fashionista in your life? Here are great ideas for the style savvy, best dressed, go-to gal on your shopping list.

Custom jewelry

There’s not a woman alive who doesn’t swoon for a pretty piece of jewelry, especially when it’s handmade just for them. Delicate pendants and rings with initials and monograms make an extra special gift for discerning fashionistas. These simple yet elegant baubles are timeless and will never go out of style.


Initial rings, $69 SarahChloe.com, Disc Necklace, $109 MarkandGraham.com

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Mother’s Day Gifts Under $100

This Mother’s Day, a memorable gift doesn’t have to cost a fortune. No matter if you’re shopping for your mom, wife, or female role model in your life, the following gifts will surely bring a smile to her face! Show her the love and respect that she deserves with these thoughtful gifts under $100!

Unique Fashion

Unique fashion finds are hard to come by, but with the new Rotem Gear LE collection, you’ll find handcrafted artisan items that mom will absolutely adore! LA based designer Jean Roth has expanded her eclectic assortment of graphic tees to launch this limited edition line of tops, cardigans, and scarves that are inspired by the beauty of nature.

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This Burgundy Scarf ($32) is made of soft, silky pima cotton, and the delicate Agapanthus design is derived from Roth’s own botanical photography.


What also makes this a GAL find? This luxurious scarf (in green) was recently gifted to the most stylish celeb mom on the planet, Sarah Jessica Parker! Use my exclusive coupon code GALKARA to save 10% through May 13th!

Natural Beauty

Give mom the gift of natural beauty that gives back, with Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil Model Citizen Editions ($52). The eco-conscious beauty mogul has teamed up with her closest model friends to create three limited edition versions of her most popular product.


Maran’s revolutionary Argan Oil is luxurious, lightweight, and 100% organic, and can be used to moisturize, heal and condition everything from your face and body, to cuticles and spilt ends. Maran, along with supermodels Petra Nemcova and Angela Lindvall, designed special artwork for bottles of her 100% Pure Argan Oil.


For every bottle purchased, 10% of the proceeds go to organizations in need, including Women for Women International, Happy Hearts Fund, and Healthy Child Healthy World. Each Model Citizen purchase also comes with a bonus gift from the Josie Maran Cosmetics collection!

Heart Healthy Chef

The American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” campaign has been raising much needed awareness of heart disease in women since 2004. Empower mom to take charge of her heart health with a gift from the Go Red shop!

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The Go Red Rhinestud Apron ($29) and Eco Utensil Set ($25) would be perfect for the master chef in your life. While she cooks up a storm, she’ll be reminded to put her cardiovascular health first! The “Go Red For Women” campaign will continue to educate mom and give her the tools she needs to lead a heart healthy life. To save an extra 10% off your purchase, like the “Go Red For Women” Facebook page!

Feel Good Footwear

Every woman likes a great pair of shoes, but mom will really love that her gift of TOMS Shoes will also help a child in need. Continuing on with their world renowned efforts and brand mission of One for One, TOMS Shoes is now available in chic wedges and ballet flats.

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These Black Canvas Wedges ($69) are the perfect combination of style and versatility. Mom will surely appreciate the comfort of the medium heel and soft, suede insole.

TOMS Burlap Ballet Flats

If she’d prefer a flat, these two tone Burlap Ballet Flats ($79) will be her new go to shoe. The classic colors and blend of natural fabrics can be worn with everything from jeans to a dress!

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For a limited time, TOMS is also offering an online exclusive version of their classic style with a loving message for Mother’s Day! The TOMS Hearts MOMS shoe ($54) is available in navy and white, and for every purchase, TOMS will give the same pair to a mom in need across the globe.

Spa Scents

If mom can’t get to the spa, the soothing scent of this SoHo Living Bamboo Candle ($9) will instantly take her there from the comfort of her home! There’s nothing like a warm, flickering candle to help you relax and feel rejuvenated.  513614

The clean and tranquil fragrance of this affordable candle rivals those that cost five times the price. And since they’re made of a long-lasting paraffin wax, mom won’t have to worry about being left in the dark as these beauties burn for up to 60 hours (really!).

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Fashionable Finds That Give Back – Spring 2012

While we all love to shop for the latest trends and fashion finds, it’s empowering to know that certain purchases can make a difference in the world. We should all strive to be socially responsible shoppers, and with so many products available, it’s now easier than ever. Here are a few of my favorite fashion finds that really give back!


Avon Empowerment Necklace

Avon Ambassador and Oscar winning actress, Reese Witherspoon, recently unveiled the “Empowerment Circle of Support Necklace” ($5, Avon.com) to raise funds for the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The delicate silver-tone necklace features the infinity symbol, representing the unlimited potential a woman can achieve without violence in her life. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the necklace will be donated to the Avon Foundation, for programs dedicated to ending domestic violence against women. This beautiful piece of jewelry is an affordable way to support this worthy cause affecting women all over the globe.

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iHeartKids Tee

Soles4Souls and iHeartKids have teamed up to help those in need of one basic necessity, shoes. The two organizations recently launched the T-Shirt Project, a design competition giving kids of all ages the opportunity to submit their unique artwork for consideration. A colorful collection of some of the best drawings is now available for purchase online! A portion of the profits from the limited edition iHeartKids Tee ($20 -$22, iHeartKids.com) will benefit Soles4Souls. By purchasing one shirt (available in kids and adult sizes), five pairs of shoes will be given to deserving people all around the world.

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Three Dots Scarf

Three Dots (a fashion brand known for their luxurious contemporary knitwear) and Saving America’s Mustangs have come together to bring much needed awareness to the mistreatment of wild horses in the USA. By purchasing their American-made, Watercolor Silk Scarf ($60, ShopThreeDots.com), half of the purchase price will be donated to Saving America’s Mustangs. Funds raised from the sale of this versatile scarf (available in two colors) will go towards the preservation and protection of this iconic American animal.

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Rachael Ray’s Milk & Honey Shoes

Foodie and TV Personality Rachael Ray teamed up with Milk & Honey Shoes to raise money for a cause close to her heart, the Yum-o Organization! Rachael combined her two loves (shoes and food) to create this fabulous chocolate brown platform pump with snakeskin print. For each purchase of “The Rachael Heel” ($195, MilkandHoneyShoes.com), 100% of the profits will be donated to this wonderful organization that empowers kids and families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking.

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Fashionista Resolutions for 2012

It’s a New Year ladies and gents, and there’s no better time than the present to start fresh! We’ve all made resolutions that require a lot of change, like losing ten pounds or making more money. But what about vowing to make a few Fashionista Resolutions that are not only easy to stick to, but will make a difference for yourself and those around you? The New Year means it’s time for a New You – a refreshed, revitalized, and better you from the inside…out!

1) Embrace Your Body Type

There’s nothing more powerful than embracing (and owning) your body type! While we all wish we had perfect bodies, there comes a time when we must love who we are no matter how much you want to change. At 5’10”, I’ve always had a hard time finding clothes that fit me, especially jeans and pants that are long enough. But knowing and appreciating your unique qualities makes the world a much happier place, and makes shopping a heck of a lot more fun! I have learned to accept that it takes me three times as long to find a pair of jeans, and that I can’t wear miniskirts like other gals. All clothes are not created equal, and once we learn how to dress for our body type, we can truly accentuate all that’s beautiful and unique about ourselves!


2) Clean Out Your Closet For A Good Cause

The holidays are a time for fashionistas to replenish their wardrobes. Most of us received some great gifts from the ones we love, and others may have stocked up on staples during the after Christmas madness! But with all that fabulousness coming in, we need to clean out some of our old clothes as well. The basic rules still apply – if you haven’t worn it in a year, toss or donate it. Hang on to only a few key “goal” items, like your “one day I’ll fit in to these again” pants. Reorganize your clothes in to sections, such as tops, sweaters, pants, dresses, suits, etc. You’ll be amazed at the things you find in there that you probably forgot about. The point of this exercise is there’s no need to keep an entire wardrobe of “what ifs,” because there are many people out there who could benefit from your overflowing armoire.


Donate your clothing to a great charity such as Working Wardrobes or Dress For Success. These organizations accept new or gently used professional attire and provide wardrobe services for people trying to enter the workforce. Instead of just taking up space, your unused clothing can help to improve the lives of men and women across the country!

3) Put Your Best Foot Forward

We all have an old but favorite pair of shoes that has probably seen its last day. After we’ve cleaned out our closets and made a pile of shoes that we no longer wear anymore, donate them to those in need. While it’s true that we are judged by the shoes on our feet, it’s also true that there are millions of people that cannot afford a pair of shoes at all. Instead of throwing your old shoes away, or having some beautiful but unworn pair collect dust in your closet, put your best foot forward by contributing to organizations like Soles4Souls and Donate Your Old Shoes. These non-profit groups collect new and used shoes and distribute them to less fortunate people in need around the globe, making a difference one pair at a time.


4) Pamper Yourself

Somewhere between our busy schedules, work, kids, life and the holidays, we forgot that we need to reward ourselves too. This year, make it a point to pamper yourself! Whether it’s having your nails done, getting a massage, doing a yoga class, or even walking along the beach, taking care of your mind and body will make you happier and more productive in 2012. As modern fashionistas, we always strive to help and do what’s best for those around us. But remember, it’s okay to be selfish once in a while. Instead of always saying yes to other people’s requests, say yes to yourself!


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6 Fashionably Pink Products That Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many brands have released exclusive pink products to help raise money for this worthy cause. Show your support in style with these fashionable and affordable finds!

ShoeDazzle “Powerful Pink” Collection

Kim Kardashian’s site for the shoe obsessed has launched a limited edition “Powerful Pink” Collection to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The collection features three specially designed fuchsia shoes, two of which were inspired by ShoeDazzle clients who are breast cancer survivors. The “Stephanie” is a bold and sexy round toe pump, while the “Beth” is a funky, statement making peep toe bootie. The line also includes the "Zoom,” a fun and casual sneaker, as well as a zebra print scarf and quilted handbag. Each item is $39.95 and sold exclusively on ShoeDazzle.com, with 10% of sales benefitting this renowned charity.

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Fergie Footwear “Women’s Awareness” Pump

Black Eyed Peas front woman, Fergie, is going glam for the cause with her “Women’s Awareness” pump! These dazzling, peep toe heels are covered in hot pink glitter, and the perfect complement to any outfit. Fashionistas can own a pair of these stunning shoes for just $79, and know their purchase is making a difference. Fergie, in association with Brown Shoe Company, will donate a portion of the proceeds from the “Women’s Awareness” pump to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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Avon “Crusade Denim Jacket”

As the official Avon Global Ambassador, Reese Witherspoon is supporting the breast cancer awareness campaign by promoting the Avon “Crusade Denim Jacket.” The pink denim jacket is cool and casual, an easy style to wear for women of all ages. Retailing for $45 on Avon.com, 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to the Avon Foundation for Women Breast Cancer Crusade. This renowned organization has been raising money for breast cancer research, screening, early detection, and treatment since 1992.

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Elie Tahari “Key to the Cure Tee”

Elie Tahari has designed an exclusive t-shirt for Saks Fifth Avenue, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund. The “Key to the Cure Tee” features a pink, key filled heart with the words “Where’s there’s love, there’s life” printed on the front. The long sleeve, cotton tee is just $35, and a great casual top to wear with jeans and flats. EIF’s research fund benefits more than 50 charitable programs dedicated to finding new detection methods, treatments, and cures for women’s cancers.

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Ann Taylor “Pink Jewel Collection”

Ann Taylor’s head designer created the “Pink Jewel Collection,” inspired by the iconic breast cancer ribbon. The “Ann Cares Pink Jewel Ring and Necklace” are classic and feminine, both with large rose colored jewels flanked by clear stones on each side. These statement pieces retail for $58 each at Ann Taylor stores nationwide and online. 70% of sales from the Pink Jewel Collection will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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Rumba “Lafayette Cotton Candy Watch”

Socially conscious accessories brand, Rumba Time, is supporting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation by donating $7 ($14 in the month of October) from the sale of each “Lafayette Cotton Candy Watch” to the worthy organization. The hot pink, silicone watch is ultra lightweight and water resistant, perfect for those with an active lifestyle. Available for just $35 on RumbaTime.com, this bright and comfortable watch is fashionable, functional, and an affordable way to give back to the cause.

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