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Mother’s Day Exclusive: Vera Bradley Supports Win, Women in Need w/ Limited Edition Tote

We all know that helping others in need leaves you filled with a wonderful feeling, and who wouldn’t want to experience that feeling. Wouldn’t you love to know that the gift you give to mom this Mother’s Day is also helping others?  This Mother’s Day, Vera Bradley introduces a special limited edition Vera Bradley for Win Reversible Tote, that supports a great NYC-based charity organization that hopes to break the cycle of homelessness for women.

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The limited edition Vera Bradley for Win Reversible Tote is available in three colors/prints including Cobalt Tile, Paisley in Paradise and Nomadic Floral. These three great totes were created in partnership with Macy’s to support Win, Women in Need, a NYC-based charity that transforms the lives of homeless women and their children by providing safe housing, holistic services, and innovative programs to break the cycle of homelessness. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the limited edition Vera Bradley for Win Mother’s Day Reversible Tote is a great way to tell your mom, daughter, sister, friend, etc how much you love and appreciate them, while also helping to give a very Happy Mother’s Day to those moms who need it most. Through the sale of these three limited edition totes, Vera Bradley has committed to donating a set amount directly to Win to help stop homelessness in NYC.

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The bag is already a hit with celebrities as Gossip Girl alum and mother of two, Kelly Rutherford was spotted carrying the limited edition Vera Bradley for Win Reversible Mother’s Day Tote in Nomadic Floral while flower shopping on Madison Avenue. This is a great way to celebrate giving and shopping for a great cause, and once these beautiful prints are gone, they are gone.

Another wonderful way to support the Win organization is through their Dear Mom campaign. You can send words of encouragement to moms at Win using the #DearMom hashtag and/or send your loved ones a Mother’s Day card, designed by a child living in a Win shelter when you make a $25.00 donation.

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The chic totes retail for $88.00 each and are available on Macys.com, as well as in 40 Macy’s New York Metro locations, on VeraBradley.com, and select Vera Bradley stores, with all proceeds benefiting Win, Women in Need.

Frangi Pangi: Ultra-Sheer Pantyhose for Women of Every Color

As any woman of color will tell you, the available “nude colors” do not include options for darker skin tones. Thankfully there have been some great strides into adding all shades of nude into items women use every day. We’ve seen some makeup and footwear brands expanding their nude color ranges but there are still more products that can make use of this increase range of colors. One such product is hosiery, where the typical nude color on a woman of color is more than just laughable, it’s ridiculous; but thanks to the luxury brand, Frangi Pangi Hosiery, that will no longer be an issue.

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Frangi Pangi (named after the Hawaiian Lei flower whose petals bloom in a variety of colors) is a luxury hosiery brand that is like a concealer for your legs. This made in the USA brand of ultra-sheer pantyhose is designed for women of every color, by Jocelyn Maminta, herself a woman of color. Frangi Pangi Hosiery comes in 10 varied skin tones as well as an opaque black, with its legwear colors named after exotic fruits and spices, such as Lychee, Guava, Saffron, Sumatra, Arabica, etc, representing the variety of shades of women. Frangi Pangi boasts a “no-run” guarantee and features a comfortable control top, and sandal toe.

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If that wasn’t enough of a reason for women to get excited about this hosiery brand, Frangi Pangi’s pantyhose sizes range from A through 2X or six feet tall and through 275 pounds (knee-highs and thigh-highs up to size 5X are coming soon). Jocelyn Maminta believes women of all colors should have quality hosiery meets their high expectations for fashion, comfort, color and convenience, without costing a fortune.

But wait, there’s still more to love from Frangi Pangi Hosiery! Profits from the sale of Frangi Pangi Ultra-Sheer pantyhose will support Caroline’s Room, a family foundation named in memory of Caroline Marie Doyens who was born too early and
lived for only two months, that provides a safe haven for more than 50,000 families a year who lose babies at birth from complications of premature birth.

Could this range of ultra-sheer pantyhose fill the nude color void in your life? Get to know more about Frangi Pangi Hosiery and its 10 varied skin tone shades on www.myfrangipangi.com.

Shopping NYC: Creeds Collective Charity Gift Emporium Pop-Up

We’re so excited to share another holiday pop-up shop that has a charity connection. Starting tomorrow, December 11th, Creeds Collective returns for another year of charity-supporting shopping fun when it opens its doors for a 3-day stint at the Redbird Gallery space, located at 72 Gansevoort Street in NYC’s Meatpacking District. For the 2nd time, this charitable holiday gift emporium will feature men’s and women’s brands across accessories, beauty, grooming, home, food and wellness products with 100% of the pop-up profits to be donated to charity.

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Along with the fabulous offerings, the Creeds Collective Charity Gift Emporium Pop-Up will also offer an in-house barber shop and beauty lounge. Creeds Collective will showcase 45+ brands with prices ranging from $5.00 to $750.00 at the 4000 square foot Redbird Gallery space. Some of these brands include Wholestory handcrafted hammocks, a company that builds a home for a family in need for every 100 hammocks sold; Conscious Step, an apparel organization that raises money and awareness for important causes through the production and sale of organic cotton men’s socks; Mestiza NY an ornate and exotic women’s cocktail line that partners with the Habi Foundation, with a percentage of sales allocated to employ women in the Philippines to weave textiles.

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For those of you who prefer to gift something home-grown, the pop-up shop will offer multiple MADE IN NYC brands like Carolyn Colby Handmade Jewelry, Sasha Essentials skincare for men and women, and CFDA Fashion Incubator participant, A Peace Treaty, whose caftans, capes and more, are designed in NYC and handmade globally.

Creeds Collective even gives you a place to relax if you break from holiday shopping. head over to their Don’t Peak Parlor, a small getaway lounge where you can sit, sip a cocktail, charge your phone, and even recline and relax. It’s Creed’s “Give Back & Relax” mantra at its best.

Head over to the Creeds Collective Charity Gift Emporium Pop-Up on December 11th, 12th, and 13th from 10 AM – 8 PM to shop for great gifts and support a great cause.

The Elephant Pants Holiday Pop-Up Shop

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We love shopping, and we know many of you do too. We also love helping others and giving back in any way we can. Most of the time those two things don’t come together, but this holiday season, they do thanks to The Elephant Pants Holiday Pop-Up Shop. You may remember we declared our love for The Elephant Pants for great Thanksgiving style, and how these incredibly comfortable pants also helps saves Elephants. For every sale of any item sold at The Elephant Pants Holiday Pop-Up Shop, they will donate $1.00 – $4.00 to The African Wildlife Foundation to help end elephant poaching. The pop-up shop, located at the Columbus Circle Holiday Shops in New York City, will feature the entire collection, which includes the famed bohemian style pants we highlighted, rompers (which are incredibly cute), leggings, tapestries, shirts, kids clothing, and many more.

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How did Elephant Pants come to be? During a trip to Thailand in September 2013, the now Elephant Pants team stumbled upon the locally-made elephant pants. In their excitement, they purchased several pairs as gifts for their friends back in the United states. The Elephant Pants were such a hit in comfort and design, they saw the true potential for the idea they had in mind. As we highlighted in our Thanksgiving post, each of the Elephant Pants product styles are named after elephants that either died in captivity, are still being held captive, and those that were freed from circuses and zoos to live in wildlife habitats.

The Elephant Pants Holiday Pop-Up Shop officially opened to the public at the Columbus Circle Holiday Shops on December 1st, and runs until Christmas Eve, December 24th, so there’s plenty of time for you to pop in to get yourself a pair or two of Elephants pants, adorable tees or rompers, and of course get some great gift options for loved ones.

The Elephant Pants: Look Good While Saving the Elephants this Thanksgiving

We recently shared the perfect top to hide your possible “Thanksgiving food baby”, now we want to share our go-to pants that will provide both comfort and style during the food-heavy dinner. If you haven’t heard of The Elephant Pants, you should be paying attention. Not only are they the most comfortable pants you’ll own, they come in a variety of fun colors and elephant prints, and they help raise money to save elephants from illegal poaching.

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As we said before, The Elephant Pants are very comfortable. They’re perfect for lounging around the house, yoga, and, of course adding a bit of adventurous style to your Thanksgiving look or any event where you’re sure to overindulge in culinary delights. Boasting two side pockets, an elastic waist and leg holes cinched at the ankles, each style of these printed bohemian pants, which are authentically made in Chiang Mai, Thailand, are named after elephants that were either held in captivity in circuses, zoos, etc, many of which have either died or set freed, or elephants left orphaned by poachers.

Aside from its very cool factor, the most amazing thing about these authentic Thai pants, $1.00 or $2.00 from every pair sold gets donated directly to the African Wildlife Foundation, which helps protect elephants from poachers, an ever increasing problem. Some of our favorite styles include the black and white Black Diamond Harem Pants, named after an Indian elephant with Al G. Barnes Circus; the strikingly vibrant blue and white Old Bet Harem Pants, an early American circus elephant owned by Hachaliah Bailey that was shot and killed while on tour near Alfred, Maine by a farmer; the black and gold Mona Harem Pants, a 60-yr old Asian elephant (maybe the oldest in the US) who was euthanized June 21, 2007 at the Birmingham Zoo in Birmingham, Alabama; and the olive and white Tarra Harem Pants, named after the first elephant to retire at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

All styles of The Elephant Pants retail for a wonderfully affordable $18.00 each, a very stylish and inexpensive to support a great cause. We’ve shared our favorite colors, which ones are catching your fashionable eye?

 

 

 

Shop these PINK Products for Breast Cancer Research

Join the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in its mission to bring awareness to, and help find a cure for Breast Cancer while wearing fashionable jewelry, accessories, and more. There are so many ways to contribute to the cause and it’s not just from wearing pink ribbons and running marathons–although I faithfully partake in both! From makeup to handbags, you can shop the following PINK Products for Breast Cancer Research from some of your favorite brands. Purchasing these beautiful items is guilt-free, knowing that each one makes a meaningful difference in the cause. To show your support and see all of the available pink products available, visit the SHOP PINK page of BCRF, the highest-rated breast cancer organization in the US. With every purchase, you help support the tireless and innovative research will help us find a cure. Get involved today by helping on your terms, either by purchasing a favorite item, fundraising or donating directly to the organization!

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The BCRF website has thousands of products that donate proceeds to breast cancer research through their partnership with more than 130 brands that share their goal of ending breast cancer. From fashion and accessories to automotive and travel, there’s plenty of wonderful products and gifts for everyone.

Sonia Kashuk for Target Proudly Pink Five-Piece Purse Brush Set, 15.99

“Professional quality makeup brushes.”

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This set of Sonia Kashuk Proudly Pink professional quality makeup brushes come with clean white handles, chic silver accents and pink plush bristles. And it’s all wrapped in a silver carrying case with pink lining. Set includes powder/blusher brush, concealer brush, eye shadow brush, crease brush, and bent eyeliner brush. Fifteen percent (15%) of what you spend goes to breast cancer research. These lovely brushes are available year-round at Target locations and target.com.

Michael Aram Limited Edition Pink Mother-of-Pearl and Diamond Heart Necklace, $575.00

Built around the simple but universal symbol of love, hope, friendship, and caring.
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From the Heart Collection Sterling Silver, Mother Of Pearl, Diamonds, 0.08 Total Carat Weight, 24″ Length. One Hundred Dollars ($100) of your purchase price is donated to breast cancer research through December 2015. This absolutely gorgeous and unique necklace is available year-round at the Michael Aram store at 136 West 18th Street in New York City, in select stores, and on the Michael Aram websites: michaelaramjewelry.com and michaelaram.com.

Coach Legacy Sport Breast Cancer Awareness Watch, $298.00

“A dramatic sport watch designed for women who like to make a statement!”

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Featuring a rose gold ion-plated stainless steel case, blush leather strap, and multi-function dial detailed by Swarovski elements and rose gold-toned accents. The stainless steel case back is etched with the breast cancer ribbon motif. Ten percent (10%) of your purchase is donated to help find a cure. Available for a limited time at fine department stores including Macy’s, Dillard’s, Lord & Taylor, Coach stores and online at coach.com.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise, $20.00

“Be Legendary—with a cause! “

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Think pink with this limited-edition shade of our Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise, created exclusively for BCRF. Just one swipe of this airy, glassy gloss leaves your pout with a vibrant wash of gorgeous color that’s never sticky. Find yours at ULTA Beauty stores, Ulta and at Smashbox while supplies last. Smashbox donated $5 of your purchase to breast cancer research.

Estée Lauder Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection, $29.50

“Shades that compliment each other perfectly for any occasion.”

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Housed in a chic pink clutch is a set of limited-edition includes Estée Lauder’s best-selling Pure Color lipstick in limited-edition Dream Pink, and two mini Pure Color Nail Lacquers in limited-edition Blushing Lilac and Berry Hot. Twenty percent (20%) is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This collection is available at Estee Lauder counters nationwide while supplies last.

Tory Burch Kerrington Zip Continental Wallet, $185.00

“It’s a great, everyday organizer. “

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Who doesn’t love Tory Burch? Check out this lovely wallet featuring a classic shape, a signature pink floral print and a plethora of pockets. It’s durable, water-resistant, and has a zip-around closure with multiple pockets and a classic long shape that fits all full-length bills without folding. Twenty percent (20%) of the purchase price will be donated to breast cancer research. Available at Tory Burch stores and at toryburch.com.

Tara Pearls Stackable Pearl Bracelets, $30.00

“A fun way to dress up or wear casually.”

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These beautiful and very affordable natural color freshwater bracelets. Wear one, two or all three. These lovely baroque shaped pearls are strung on elastic so one size fits most. Ten percent (10%) of your purchase price will be donated to breast cancer research. These beauties can be purchased year-round online at Tara Pearls.

Stage Stores Bracelet Collection of 3 Bangles, $15.00

“Floral inspired bracelet collection of 3 bangles.”

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Bracelet collection of 3 bangles, with floral inspired pink crystal stationary charms, and two movable charms one being the pink ribbon all in rose gold tone. Available year-round at your local Bealls, Goody’s Palais Royal, Peebles, and Stage Stores or online at Stage Stores. A minimum of fifty percent (50%) of the purchase price will be donated to the cause.

West Coast Novelty Corporation Support the Cure Apparel & Accessories, $1.50-11.00

“Show your support by wearing it!”
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West Coast Novelty’s Support the Cure Program offers retailers a beautifully merchandised breast cancer awareness brand solution that gives their customers the opportunity to show their support through wearable garments, accessories and fun race day gear. $100,000 goes to finding a cure for breast cancer…regardless of sales. Available at WestCoastNovelty.

There are lots of products to love and companies to support. To learn more or shop these PINK products for Breast Cancer Research, head over to the www.bcrfcure.org/shop-pink and help the BCRF be the end of Cancer.

Edited by Glasgow Skinner

Angela Roi Fall 2015 Handbag Collection

Sometimes it’s necessary to take a break from the runway shows for a more relaxed viewing collection experience. We had the pleasure of getting better acquainted with the stunning bags from the Angela Roi Fall 2015 Handbag Collection during NYFW, much to the delight of our senses. Housed in the Bene Rialto NYC Marketplace, which highlights and celebrates emerging designers and artists, the classic and elegant Angela Roi bags were a much-needed infusion of sophistication and color. Attendees of the preview were treated to a first-hand view of their just-released Jules Bucket Bags, their classic range of cross-body and tote bags, and a preview of their upcoming Basics Collection.

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There are so many things to love about the Angela Roi bag collection. The luxurious yet accessible handbags boast vegan leather, a modern aesthetic, classic  minimalist styles that compliment any look, meticulous design, and a connection to amazing causes which they bags raise awareness and support for, through their “Donate by Color” program. where each color represents a different charity. On to the bags! The above features the Moa Tote, $165.00 (top row), and Sunday Tote II, $150.00 (2nd & 3rd row), both are made from high-quality Polyurethane leather, two cell-phone compartments inside, a zipped inside pocket, a fully lined interior, and the Angela Roi logo inside. The Moa Tote also features a zippered closure at the top, zipper embellishment at the side, and an animal-free suede lining inside. The Sunday Tote II features wing-shaped sides, a zippered closure, gold lock embellishment at the front,  gold square shape fixed rings on the handle, and an Angela Roi ribbon logo engraved on the back.

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The round, Morning Cross-Body, $95.00 boasts high quality Polyurethane leather, a fold-over flap with magnetic button closure, gold Angela Roi and Signature Ribbon logo embossed at front, Angela Roi logo inside, a zippered closure at the top, a zippered pocket at the back, fully lined cotton interior, inside zippered pocket and an adjustable strap.

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The new Jules Bucket Bag, $145.00, is the perfect everyday bag. It boasts room to carry everything from your laptop, iPad, wallet, etc, an effortless style that holds and goes with everything. It’s buttery soft exterior is the perfect compliment to it’s structured interior. It features a rope tie and snap button closure,  14k satin gold hardware including round flat studs on the bottom which balances and protects it, and a matching detachable pouch. The new bag is available in four colors: Light Beige, Navy, Wine, and Black, all of which support a charity. The Light Beige supports childhood cancer, the Navy: Colon Cancer, the Wine: Children affected with Aids, and the Black: Melanoma.

Our favorite color, of course, is pink (no surprise there), so we were naturally drawn to the bright pink Sunday Tote II. As with all the bags, a portion of the proceeds goes to an amazing charity. Since it’s pink, that naturally means a great breast cancer organization. for every pink bag sold, $5 will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

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To learn more about which colors support which charities, head over to Angela Roi Donate by Color page and see the great causes your purchases support.

Turn Back Time with Nordic Beauty’s Organic Skincare

One thing women have been trying to do since the beginning is turn back time. For centuries, women have tried several beauty regimens and rituals in the battle against aging, with minimal luck – but here is one beauty label that is sure to make you feel like you’ve frozen time, without leaving you with a frozen face, and a body full of toxins. Nordic Beauty is a 100% natural and organic skin care line that will deem other anti-aging products obsolete, thanks to its special ingredient, Marine Collagen Peptide.

These products use nature’s beauty secrets to keep you looking young and beautiful, with healthy, moisturized skin. The Marine Collagen Peptide used in the Nordic Beauty line comes from wild caught Norwegian Cod skin, from the cold waters of Northern Norway’s deep seas. The brand uses Cod Fish Collagen because it contains much larger amounts of amino acids, glycine and proline than other proteins. These tiny peptides penetrate deep within your skin to help form new tissue cells, resulting in beautiful and youthful looking skin that is younger, softer and more radiant, with optimal results after 33 days of use. Other natural ingredients include Lingonberry Seed Extract, Sweet Iris Stem Cell, Edelweiss Extract, as well as organic essential oils including Frankincense Essential Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil.  The products are gentle and non-irritating, which is perfect for those with sensitive skin. What more could you ask for?

Being able to read the ingredients of the Nordic Beauty products is a real treat that we don’t often get when it comes to what we put on our face. Natural ingredients are very important to Nordic Beauty CEO Mette Risdal, “I hope to elevate consumer awareness of the dangers inherent in the many synthetic ingredients found in so many beauty products today,” says Risdal. “It isn’t worth the short-term gain if a product degrades your appearance or the health of your skin a few years down the line. Our Nordic Beauty products not only make you look good; they are good for you, promoting skin that glows with health and resiliency.”

You can also feel good about supporting Nordic Beauty, as they give 10% of their profits to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and Susan G. Komen Foundation, as noted by the pink bow and message stated directly on the packaging. By purchasing Nordic Beauty products, you are not only helping yourself, but other women as well! To learn more about Nordic Beauty or try it for yourself, head over to www.nordicbeauty.com. Let us know your results in the comments below!

EDITED BY GLASGOW SKINNER