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9 Tips to Dress Up Your Casual Outfits this Season

9 Tips to Dress Up Your Casual Outfits this Season

Casual outfits don’t have to be boring. If you’re thinking about your usual jeans and t-shirt combo in dissatisfaction, think again. There are many affordable and creative ways to dress up every casual outfit out there. Here, we’ll break down nine of the best tips to elevate your closet. 

9 Tips to Dress Up Your Casual Outfits this Season

  1. A Pair of Cool Earrings

Rock any outfit with statement earrings. Pick out some hoops, dangles, or even studs, and you’ll be dressed to impress. If you’re feeling brave, check out your local thrift shop or antique store to see if you can find unique vintage earrings. We recommend triangle dangle earrings from the 70s to rock out in style. 

  1. Add a Little Pizzazz With Your Flats

Flats are one of the most comfortable shoes. Women’s flats, such as loafer flats or ballerina flats, are must-haves for your closet. Flats add the flavor you need to spice up any casual outfit. Whether you’re wearing a pair of skinny jeans and a white t-shirt or a fun and flirty summer dress, flats are the perfect shoe to pair with these casual outfits.

  1. A Leather Jacket

Leather jackets are the epitome of cool. Add one of these to any outfit to look ten times better than you did before. If you only wear cruelty-free clothing, check out vegan leather jackets that’ll look just as awesome as a 100% leather jacket. 

  1. A Set of Arm-length Bangles

A collection of sparkly and shiny bangle bracelets will add some edge to any casual outfit. However, we recommend that you don’t go overboard with this. It’s not a good look to cover your arms with so many bracelets. Use the jewelry you wear to complement your outfit and showcase your personality. Go for brass or copper tones to remain trendy and stylish. 

  1. A Chunky Belt

If your simple outfit needs a little sprucing up, consider adding a decorative belt. Find a chunky gladiator-style belt to stand out, and consider adding neon colors to make your outfit pop. You can also wear a modern black belt with a pair of boyfriend jeans for a fashionable look. 

  1. A Modest Paisley Scarf

Jazz up any outfit with a lightweight paisley scarf. Ensure you purchase a scarf made with quality fabric, so it lasts a lifetime. Scarves can be significant statement pieces. It’s best to go for materials, patterns, and color schemes that speak to you the most. Your scarf might even be a conversation starter if you stick to what feels genuine. 

  1. A Statement Watch

Any outfit looks ten times cooler with the right watch. For girls, we recommend anything with gold and silver accents for a luxurious feel. For guys, go for stylish watches and rock that minimalist look. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, try finding a second-hand watch online.

9 Tips to Dress Up Your Casual Outfits this Season

  1. A Suede Satchel

The 90s are back too, and everyone looks cool with a satchel. Channel that studious look and walk around town with an aura of sophistication. We recommend these gender-neutral companions that go with pretty much everything.

  1. A Catch-Their-Eye Tie 

If you have to wear a business suit most days, consider adding a bit of your personality into the memo with a colorful tie. Catch their attention while still blending in at work. 

Adding excitement to your casual outfits is all about statement pieces. It doesn’t take very much to turn a boring outfit into a fashion-forward one. Remember, when you need to elevate an outfit, consider your personal style and the tips above. 

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

Valentine’s Day is just about a month away — and some of us might expect a beautiful bouquet for the occasion, as 37% of flowers purchased are given as gifts. But before February even arrives, you could treat yourself with an even more fashionable kind of present. Now that Loewe, a Spanish luxury fashion house, has finally debuted its much-anticipated capsule collection based on the beloved animated film My Neighbor Totoro, the world may seem just a little bit brighter. That said, you’ll need to save up if you expect to splurge on one of these pieces.

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

A Japanese animated film with a cult following, My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of two sisters who relocate with their father to the countryside in order to care for their ailing mother. After wandering into the forest, the sisters befriend some local spirits — including Totoro, a large creature (resembling a cat or rabbit, depending on who you ask) who helps the girls and goes on adventures with them. The film is easily one of Studio Ghibli’s most famous, as Totoro acts as the studio’s mascot, though films like Spirited Away and Howl’s Magic Castle have also seen widespread acclaim. While art therapy has been around since the 1940s, Studio Ghibli has been delighting audiences since the mid-1980s. And for many, the studio’s films have brought a sense of comfort during difficult times.

Loewe Luxury Fashion Accessories

Those who are familiar with the work of Studio Ghibli or who have an eye for Japanese influence will be enchanted by the most recent capsule collection from Loewe, a fashion brand helmed by designer Jonathan Anderson.

According to a statement Anderson made to Vogue, “…There are the values that My Neighbor Totoro as a whole stands for. I believe certain ideas the film conveys, such as the environment seen through the eyes of children and the concept of adventure, are very significant, especially in these times of uncertainty.”

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

The collection is now available on Loewe’s official website, as well as the Selfridges website and in select stores, and includes ready-to-wear garments and accessories all designed with the iconic characters in mind and featuring images plucked right from the film. There are casual sweatshirts, stylish leather bags, ethereal blouses, quirky shoes, and even biker jackets available for purchase; despite the fact that motorcycle accident fatalities reached 5,172 nationwide in 2017, many fashion-forward consumers enjoy the look of a leather jacket (even if they’ve never been on a motorcycle themselves).

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

While the collection perfectly captures the essence of childlike whimsy, it also comes with a steep price tag. Pieces start at $350 and exceed $9,000 — so if you’re simply seeking Studio Ghibli merch, it might be better to look elsewhere. But if you’re a lifelong fan and you’ve got a stimulus check to spare, you might be able to snag yourself something special from this in-demand collection.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Everyone knows that 2020 was a tough year for New York City. As the first major U.S. city struck by the COVID-19 pandemic, NYC saw its streets empty, subways go dark, and hospitals quickly overwhelmed. The city that never sleeps seemed to suddenly enter a months-long slumber, that is until the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests in the summer. The days and weeks after that saw thousands upon thousands march against police brutality in New York, often facing more violence from the NYPD. The turbulent presidential election closed out the year, with many New Yorkers working hard to get out the vote and ensure that our country’s democracy continued.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Through all of these ups and downs in 2020, the people of New York City prevailed. They stayed strong, supported one another, and helped pave the way for other cities across the country to also overcome these issues.

To celebrate this courage, Go Dash Dot has debuted a limited-edition bag inspired by New York City and its residents. The New York Lenten Rose Tote is a sophisticated, modern bag that speaks to the classic NYC experience. The design of the bag features leather trim, a glossy black finish, and compartments for laptops, phones, and water bottles. The bag also has a separate shopper tote that is compacted in a key chain and expands to a full-length nylon bag. It’s both functional and stylish, echoing the key characteristics of the iconic city it honors.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

“I wanted to create something that celebrates the strength of New York while reflecting the humanity we showed during the worst of 2020,” said Hannah Fastov, the founder of Go Dash Dot.

Fastov also says that the limited-edition bag symbolizes the New York Lenten Rose, a dark flower that starts blooming during the last six weeks of winter. The bag also comes with a charm depicting the flower. This rose signals the beginning of a new season and, to many New Yorkers, the start of a new chapter as they look towards life after the pandemic. While quality content can boost a company’s blog’s traffic by 2,000%, this type of hopeful symbolism may also work in bringing more attention to Go Dash Dot and its community-driven approach to business.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

This past year, Go Dash Dot made international headlines when it donated a significant portion of its inventory to New York healthcare workers. Not only did these healthcare workers have to handle New Yorkers’ typical medical issues, such as UTIs, which are the most common type of healthcare-associated infections, but they also had to fight the coronavirus. As a new virus causing a pandemic, this was no easy task. Fastov herself delivered many of the donated bags to emergency rooms throughout the city. Strapped around the waists of doctors and nurses, her bags assisted healthcare workers by allowing them to carry all of their essential tools and belongings as they saved lives.

“As a young, female entrepreneur with a small business that was just starting to gain traction, the COVID-19 outbreak was not only devastating to the business but my confidence as a leader. It was up to me to be strong for my team, who inspired me with their commitment, loyalty, and resolve. We got each other through it, which is what New Yorkers do every day,” said Fastov.

To save her own business, Fastov had to innovate on the services Go Dash Dot provided. The worst of the pandemic prevented many fashion brands from creating, producing, and selling their usual products, and Go Dash Dot was no different. The company started offering make-up tutorials, cooking classes, and fitness workouts. These types of services were in high demand during the strictest times of the COVID-19 lockdown, so Go Dash Dot helped people trapped at home learn how to cook in their kitchens and supported some of the 80.2 million Americans who are physically inactive to get some movement into their daily routines. Go Dash Dot also created summer cocktails and sponsored flash sales of their most popular bags by collaborating with other media platforms.

A completely unique accessory, there are only 100 New York Rose Lenten Totes for sale. You can now purchase this stylish bag that allows you to keep up with your fast-paced NYC lifestyle by visiting Go Dash Dot’s site. Honor the resilient city that we all love, and treat yourself to a bag you’ll use for years to come, by checking out the New York Lenten Rose Tote today.

Finders Key Purse: Fill The New Year with Fashion, Function and Safety

Finders Key Purse: Fill The New Year with Fashion, Function and Safety

What a relief to say goodbye to the previous year and welcome brighter and hope-filled days of the new year. As we are only a few days into the new year, we’re still experiencing the effects of the old year. While we adjust to this possible new (hopefully temporary) way of life, we can still combine a fashionable aspect to our function and safety requirements. We’ve been utilizing one company’s wonderfully fashionable and functional products to make sure we’re safe during the pandemic and beyond. Finders Key Purse features stylish purse accessories that decorate the outside of your bag to prevent keys from falling to the bottom, personal pepper sprays, contact-free tools, and personal panic alarms.

Finders Key Purse: Fill The New Year with Fashion, Function and Safety

The Finders Key Purse accessories provide a simple solution to old and new everyday problems. Their range of products includes Finders Key Purse Keychains, Purse Hangers, Key’P Safe Contact Free Tools, Personal Panic Alarms, Personal Pepper Sprays, Drink Test Kit, and even Purse Protectors. Whether you just need to quickly and easily find your keys; reduce your germ exposure with contact-free touching when using hook-handle doors, ATM touch screens, elevator buttons, gas station & checkout touchpads, and more; and alert people to possible predators and protect yourself from assailant attacks.

Finders Key Purse: Fill The New Year with Fashion, Function and Safety

During this pandemic, we’ve been using the Key’P Safe Contact-Free Tool to open doors, press elevator buttons, and doorbells. Check out our use of their Contact-Free Tool in action on our Instagram. Our tool is attached to a Monogram BLING  Finders Key Purse which features shiny silver letters on a black background, bordered by swirled shiny nickel and crystal details. Like the alphabet, there are 26 offerings in this collection. You can also get the original designs, Bling designs, and ones made with Swarovski Crystals. There are options for fashionistas, shoe lovers, brides, dog and cat lovers, Breast Cancer survivors & supporters, and so much more. They are so popular that over 11 million have sold.

The Pepper Spray offerings are made with the same ingredients used by law enforcement. It shoots up to 16 feet away and contains invisible UV dye for assailant verification days after use. It also features a locking mechanism to prevent inadvertently spraying. The Personal Alarm features a 120 Decibel alarm, bright LED flashlight, replaceable battery (12V alkaline), and has a keyring attached.

Like the Finders Key Purse Keychains, the Purse Hangers come in a wide variety of designs, including the Monogram BLING. All of these items are wonderfully affordable and they make excellent gifts for any occasion. Visit www.finderskeypurse.com for more information on everything they offer.

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

When the holiday season starts, one of the hardest decisions you need to make is where to direct your spending money. While big-box stores and large online marketplaces like Amazon offer convenience with quick delivery and pick-up options, you don’t get a sense of doing good with your money.

Instead of opting for convenience this year, you can use your hard-earned money to support people who need it, especially WOC. There are about 28 million small businesses in the United States and when you buy from any one of them, you can know that you brought a smile to a business owner’s face. By buying from a woman of color, you can know that you helped someone who doesn’t get the advantages that a white, male business owner does.

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

There are female artisans of color in every community but you may not always know that they’re there. One brand is dedicated to making sure that the talent of these women is brought front and center. TCTLE, pronounced “tac-tile,” is a brand founded by Deepa Shanbhag and is dedicated to supporting creative women of color. Shanbhag was inspired to build TCTLE after years of finding that she was often one of the few or the only WOC on a creative team for a job. Her goal with TCTLE was to help keep other women from feeling like the “other” in the creative workplace. For individuals and organizations that are looking for new talent, TCTLE hosts a free global directory of WOC in creative professions.

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

TCTLE is also an online store. TCTLE partners with other WOC business owners and sells some of their products through the online store. Some of the WOC whose items are available for purchase on the site include Lorenia Henriquez of Luni, Katherine Kisa of K Kisa Fine Art and Craft, and Tehmina Brohi of Istani; pictured above with Deepa Shanbhag. To further help communities of color, 10% of each purchase is donated to an organization that helps people of color. Right now, TCTLE is donating to the Coronavirus Care Fund, set up by the National Domestic Workers Alliance. About 55 million Americans in 12 different industries are deemed “essential” at this time and this fund was started to help some of those workers. The fund provides emergency assistance to domestic workers, such as nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers, so that they can stay home and stay healthy during the pandemic.

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones this year, look no further than the goods from the artisans on the TCTLE store. About 86% of people say that receiving flowers makes them feel special but any of the gifts from these talented artisans are sure to evoke that feeling of being special as well. The store carries a wide range of gifts, including colorful hats, unique charm necklaces, bold bangles, and comfy scarves. When you purchase from these artisans, you’ll also get to know a little bit about them, bringing you even closer to the people you’re supporting.

Consider what’s on your loved ones’ wishlists this year and find something they’re sure to love at TCTLE’s store. Not only will you be making your loved one happy but you’ll be supporting a WOC artisan and lifting up essential members of our community. You can truly spread some holiday cheer by purchasing from TCTLE this year.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location

Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location

New York City, the fashion capital of the world, has a new addition to love. 2nd STREET, a luxury, vintage, second-hand store that has more than 600 locations in Japan, opened its second NYC location in the very cool Chelsea neighborhood. With its massive success in Japan and the NoHo location, it’s no surprise that more locations were on the horizon; stay tuned for their SoHo location to open next. Much to the delight of vintage fashion, luxury designer lovers, and trendsetters, 2nd STREET promises and delivers a fashion mecca where anyone is sure to find unique pieces.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location

On our venture to the new Chelsea location, we found ourselves surrounded by multiple racks of highly desirable designer labels; all handpicked by 2nd STREET’s international team of talented stylists. We promise once you walk into this second-hand store, you will enjoy a shopping experience like never before. First, the store was impeccable, and I mean impeccable.  The store is basically a dream for someone with OCD; everything is perfectly in place, even after shoppers have rifled through the racks in search of treasures. This is all due to their exceptional customer service which is inspired by “Omotenashi,” the unique Japanese approach to hospitality, in a clean, organized environment.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location

You’ll be amazed by the long list of high-end labels that are readily available. We saw Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garcon, Vivienne Westwood, Celine, Y-3, Supreme, Rick Owens, Burberry, Tory Burch, and much more. It also boasts a large selection of handbags and accessories from luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Gucci. While we saw a few items that had two, sometimes three, 99% of the store features one-of-a-kind finds. The nearly 3,000 sq. ft. store boasts over 10,000 pieces. You are sure to find unique vintage and second-hand pieces without the hefty price tag of buying brand new.

Although it took some time going through the multiple rows, we found great pieces from Vivienne Westwood and Max Mara. You can check out our full shopping experience on our Instastory.

For those who feel uneasy about shopping in person, although 2nd STREET is adhering to the strictest health and safety guidelines set by the state and the CDC, you can shop 2nd STREET’s largest selection of inventory via their online store.

“What’s most fun about shopping at 2nd STREET, besides the attractive price tag, is finding items that really speak to you and also knowing that you’re not going to run into anyone else who is rocking your unique style,” continued Mr. Kikuchi.

In addition to helping reduce global landfill waste by buying and selling gently used clothing, 2nd STREET’s Hand2Hand Project ensures all garments that arrive in their stores are reused in some way. Any items they cannot sell are donated to a partner company that will recycle the clothing to clean up oil spills. Other items are sent to third world countries to create job opportunities and provide clothing to those in need. The 2nd STREET Chelsea store is located at 142 W. 26th Street.

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

Although there may be some who refuse to wear a mask, many, like us, are fully embracing it as an extra piece to our look. We see masks as fashion accessories; another fashion detail we’re happy to have fun with while staying safe during his pandemic. Thankfully there are a lot of companies who feel the same way and are giving us fashion lovers exactly what we need – a chance to protect ourselves without losing our fashion sense. As we enter the holiday season, this is no different. Giftgowns, makers of cozy, comfy, and functional hospital gowns have all the festive holiday-themed face masks you could want. They are a perfect way to share your holiday spirit while staying safe. These red and green Giftgowns holiday masks are available with a variety of Christmas sayings and images.

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

Have you been naughty or nice? Want to show off your grouchy holiday face? Does Santa’s reindeer bring you lots of joy? Do you love the winter season or want to show your dislike for 2020? With the Giftgowns holiday masks, you can! The breathable holiday masks are washable and feature two layers of cotton, a pocket for filters, and they fit snugly across your face. And, of course, they boast classic and cute designs on the front.

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

There are quite a few holiday masks to love and at $15.00 each, you can get several. There are at least 24 different Giftgowns holiday masks for both adults and kids. They make perfect for stocking stuffers. Naturally, we have several favorites. We love the I Tried Face Mask, Resting Grinch Face Mask, Bah Humbug Face Mask (which perfectly sums up how we feel about 2020, and From A Distance Face Mask. We’ve shared our favorites, which are yours?

Whichever Giftgowns holiday masks you decide to get for yourself or gift to your loved ones, you will be sharing the joyful spirit of the holiday season and showing that you care.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

As you enjoy the fantastic deals that are being offered on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, don’t forget to check out the brands with heart and those that are giving back. Shopping with these altruistic will help bring happiness to someone who needs it and can help benefit all of us as well. Whether they are donating to a worthy cause or helping to save our planet, for Giving Tuesday 2020, we are highlighting companies that are helping to make our world a better place.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

From coffee that’s fighting injustice around the world, soaps that help those in need, eyewear and water bottles that help reduce the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas, and a wine that supports Restaurant Workers as they remain out of work. It is our pleasure to celebrate these brands that are doing these wonderful things this Giving Tuesday 2020.

1. Generous Coffee Co.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Generous Coffee provides single-origin, traceable, craft-roasted coffee that exists to change lives in eight flavor offerings. Started by Former ABC Bachelor, Ben Higgins, and former President of Humanity and Hope United, Riley Fuller, Generous Coffee, which officially launched online in January of 2018, works closely with their roasting company to help farmers convert cocaine fields into coffee farms. This transition from coca to coffee creates a better life for the farmers and their families, who are then paid 80% more than the local price.

Generous Coffee believes if you’re going to buy coffee anyway, it might as well be quality, life-changing coffee. The for-profit biz sees themselves more as a FOR PURPOSE biz. They sell products, to make money so that they can turn right around and give that money straight back to nonprofits fighting injustice around the world. Today, Generous has two coffee shops, an apparel line, eight coffee selections, an online store, and an ambassador program of people fighting to end injustice together! What started out as a coffee company, has quickly become a community of people that have set out to change the world!

 2. Soapbox Soaps

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

We highlighted this wonderful brand in our Love Your Hair: Products to Maintain Healthy Hair at Home feature. Each purchase of their products donates a bar of soap to someone in need and also funds hygiene education taught by the people in the communities we serve. Soapbox’s mission is to empower people to change the world through everyday, quality purchases. This year, Soapbox joins the Giving Tuesday movement by doubling its donations of soap that will reach vulnerable communities in the US and around the world. The company is also offering 15% off all items purchased through its website with the code GIVE2020.

3. HydraPak RECON

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Hydrapak, makers of innovative hydration solutions has launched its RECON Series of outdoor bottles. These outdoor water bottles are made from  50% certified recycled content in both the cap and bottle. Vividly clear, and virtually indestructible, the RECON bottle is topped with a new patented twist cap that provides the perfect flow rate for a glasslike drinking experience. It was born out of the belief that outdoor gear can, and should, have a lower impact on the environment. RECON uses Tritan Renew technology, which uses recycled plastic as a raw material while reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and lowering greenhouse gas footprints. They use a variety of sources with the primary source being PET (polyethylene terephthalate) single-use bottles. To be exact, it takes x9 single-use bottles to upcycle into outdoor water bottles.

The new HydraPak RECON Series outdoor bottles are available in two convenient sizes, 750ml ($15.00) and 1L ($16.00), and are available exclusively through HydraPak’s specialty retail partners and online at www.hydrapak.com.

4. Smith CORE Sunglasses

Smith Eastbank CORE sunglass

The Smith CORE sunglasses, $129.00, boast frames made from 5 recycled post-consumer water bottles. They are available in three styles: Eastbank CORE, Shoutout CORE, and Lowdown 2 CORE. Each CORE frame is made with Evolve bio-based polarized lenses and uses an embossed logo to avoid the use of adhesives. The eyewear comes in a microfiber bag made from recycled PET water bottles and is shipped in 100% recycled packaging.

The gray lens tint provides true color perception for exact color definition. This lens creates a soothing effect on the eyes in bright and sunny conditions. They also include polarization to cuts glare, and they provide 100% protection from harmful UVA/B/C rays.

5. Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2018

Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2018

Russian River Ranches Chardonnay is beautifully focused on the palate; it boasts flavors of crisp, zesty lemon, green apple, lime, and barrel spice. The wine rounds out with their signature citrus acidity and a nicely balanced long, flavorful finish. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Russian River Ranches Chardonnay sales will directly support Sonoma-Cutrer’s $100,000 donation to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF). This advocacy and action nonprofit was created by and for restaurant workers. Also, in the spirit of Friendsgiving, they announced a joint $50,000 donation to No Kid Hungry with Woodford Reserve. The 13.8% ABV white wine is available DTC via the winery website and retailers nationwide.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this list of companies with heart. Will they be a part of your Giving Tuesday 2020 shopping list?