Lust List Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back Edition

With Thanksgiving coming this week, I like to take a minute to reflect on all the things in my life I’m grateful for.  Doing so makes me realize how lucky I really am.  I’m healthy and happy, what more do you really need in life?  That being said, a lot of people aren’t so lucky.  So for this Lust List Gift Guide, I’m focusing on products that give back.  All of the products listed give some percentage of their proceeds to a charity they support.  We can help others while still giving great gifts!  How cool is that?!

Gifts that give back

1) Theory Hody (RED) Unisex Beanie Hat – 25% of the sale price goes to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, providing women the medicine needed to prevent transmission of HIV from mother to child. ($65)

2) ManCans Candles – For each candle purchased, one meal is donated.  Candle scents like Gun Powder, Dirt, and Memphis Style BBQ are meant to appeal to men and are made from the soup can used for the meal!  It’s charitable AND green! ($9.50 Each)

3) FEED Kenya Bracelet – These hand-beaded one-of-a-kind bracelets provide 10 schools meals in Kenya.  ($40)

4) Chantecaille ‘Wild Horses’ Eyeshadow & Blush Set – 5% of proceeds go to the Humane Society of the United States to support their efforts to save Wild Horses. ($83)

5) Keihl’s Since 1851 ‘Coriander’ Whipped Body Butter – 100% of net proceeds up to $100,000 go to Share Our Strength’s No Kids Hungry Campaign. ($38)

6) Endangered Species Chocolate – 10% to organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation, and humanitarian efforts.  They make a great stocking stuffer!  ($1.99)

7) Sevenly.org Tshirt – For every purchase on this website, $7 is donated to a different charity each week.  I’m loving their fun graphic Ts!

8) Anne Klein Silk Scarf – They have donated $50,000 in conjunction with their Pink Collection to the Breast Cancer Reseach Foundation.

9) Global Goods Partners Clutch Purse – As a member of the Fair Trade Federation and Green America, they offer opportunities for women that would otherwise not have access to export markets. ($75)

10) Josie Maran Bear Naked Nail Wipes – Donates a portion of proceeds to the Polar Bear SOS initiative.  These are great for travel! ($9)

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Have an Awesome Day!

Awesome day

Today is awesome.  Why, you ask?  Well other than my super “Awesome” Topshop sweater, it just is!  So I felt like wearing hot read lipstick for no reason other than it felt like a red lipstick kind of day!  Do we really need a better reason?!

Have an awesome day!!

 

Awesome day shot 2

 

Awesome Day Close Up

 

Awesome

 

Awesome Wandering In Heels

 

Sweater: TopShop, Shorts: Citizen of Humanity, Jewelry: Vintage, Shoes: Sole Society

Monday Must-Have Lust List

1)  SOPHIA WEBSTER FOR J.CREW COLLECTION

Anybody that even kind of knows me knows that I have a teeny tiny (ok, HUGE!) obsession with shoes.  Like, it’s unhealthy.  So when I got wind of the Sophia Webster for J.Crew collection, I nearly had a shoe induced heart attack!  The only problem with the unveiling at NYFW is that I have to wait until Spring 2014 to get my hands on them!  The torture!!

Jcrew x Sophia webster

2) THE HOME. T

I love when fashion and charity collide.  It’s impossible to have buyer’s remorse when you know your purchase is doing some good!  The Home T-shirt is a great way to do good AND be fashionable… basically the best combo ever, right?  For every purchase, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to multiple sclerosis research.  Now show your state some love!

CA T

3) OVERALLS!!

You read that right!  On this week’s Lust List is Overalls!  Remember those pants with a bib look you probably rocked in the 90s?  They’re baaaaaack!  So turn up some Nirvana and slip into some overalls, right now!  Make them a little more modern by trying them in leather (or faux!) or a dark wash denim.  I like these and these.

Faux Leather overalls

4) KATE SPADE SPRING 2014 COLLECTION

I have spot reserved in my heart just for Kate Spade.  The colorful girlyness is basically me spot on.  I feel like they are reaching into my brain and making clothes specifically for me and my style.  This season was no exception!  Inspired by traveling through Europe, this collection is fun, flirty, and totally wearable!  Is it Spring 2014, yet?

This is one of my favorite looks from the collection…

Kate Spade Spring 2014

5) THE WORLD ACCORDING TO KARL BOOK RELEASE

The World According to KarlThe illusive and always sunglass clad Chanel designer, Karl Lagerfeld, is now sharing some words of wisdom with us underlings in his new book The World According to Karl.  His notorious wit (in both the good and shocking spectrum) are synonymous with the man’s impeccable style.  I’m looking forward to this collection of word gems.  Here’s a small sampling of Karl Quotes: “Think pink. But don’t wear it.” “I like everything to be washable.  Including myself.” “I only know how to play one role: me.”  Releases September 17, 2013.

Happy Reading!

I’m Wearing White After Labor Day… Gasp!

White pants

I’m committing a fashion crime… and I don’t care!  That whole “No white after Labor Day” thing just seems silly!  I mean, for a lot of the world, it still feels like summer.  And for one hemisphere, summer is just getting started!  So why no white?! Let’s boycott!

 

White pants, leopard printWandering In HeelsStyle stylishclose up

Samantha wills earringsclose up

 

Top: Bebe, Pants: J Brand, Earring & Rings: Samantha Wills, Sandals: Belle by Sigerson Morrison

How to Update Your Fall Wardrobe and NOT Break The Bank

There is a special place in my heart for Fall Fashion.  I love the colors, the cuts, layers, layers, and more layers!!  I just can’t get enough!  But that being said, I can’t buy every single piece every year or my credit card would burst into flames!  Here are my tips to bring some of the trends for this fall into your wardrobe without having to spend a fortune.

TRY A STATEMENT COAT:

Statement coats in bold prints, angular cuts, loud colors, and mixed fabrics are all over the runway for fall.  But a statement coat is just that… a statement.  And do you really want to shell out a lot of money to make the same statement for all of fall??  Not me!  I’ll be picking up some budget coats to stay on trend but when I’m done with that statement, I won’t have major buyer’s remorse.  Try some of these budget friendly options.

Nasty Gal Dusted Bomber Jacket - $88

Nasty Gal Dusted Bomber Jacket – $88

Go Jane Striped Single Button Blazer - $40.95

GoJane Striped Single Button Blazer – $40.95

ANGL Ivory Lace Jacket - $39.99

ANGL Ivory Lace Jacket – $39.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADD SOME COBALT BLUE INTO THE MIX:

Cobalt is a hot hue this fall on everything from coats, to dresses, to shoes.  You don’t need to spend tons of money on this trend to be stylish.  Try adding just a couple of items for a pop of color to add to your current wardrobe.  Luckily, this color matches with so many other colors that are most likely already in your closet.  Try mixing it with orange, yellow, white, black, grey, or burgundy!

GoJane Ankle Strap Sandals - $21.40

GoJane Ankle Strap Sandals – $21.40

Nordstrom Statement Ring

Nordstrom BP Statement Ring – $12

Francesca's Marinette Strapless Dress - $48

Francesca’s Marinette Strapless Dress – $48

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A LITTLE LEATHER, PLEASE!

This fall, leather comes in every shape and form.  Lucky for us, faux leather has come a long way and is surprisingly, well… leather-like!  Picking up some faux leather is a lot more budget friendly than the real alternative and a lot more animal friendly too!  Try a quilted variety for a great on trend look.

BB Dakota By Jack Vegan Leather Jacket - $47

BB Dakota By Jack Vegan Leather Jacket – $47

Nasty Gal Naomi Quilted Skirt - $68

Nasty Gal Naomi Quilted Skirt – $68

Francesca's Quinn Quilted Crossbody  - $44

Francesca’s Quinn Quilted Crossbody – $44

Styling for the Teen Vogue Back to School Saturday Event

Styling at Swarovski

One of my many hats is working as a stylist for fashion shows and events with Bad Madge & Company.  For the last two days, I’ve had a blast pulling all kinds of amazing looks for both boys and girls at the Otay Ranch Town Center for the Teen Vogue Back to School Saturday event.  The lovely retailers were kind enough to loan us their merchandise for use in the show.  It’s hard to focus when you’re working with such great clients and not simply start shopping for yourself!  We pulled at H&M, Swarovski, Francesca’s, Macy’s, ANGL, Banana Republic, and more!  Can you believe I made it out of there only buying a dress from H&M?!  I’m very proud of myself!

It all happens this Saturday, August 10, from 12-4pm.  There will be block modeling, music, giveaways, and special in-store offers.  Hope to see you all there!  Here’s a few sneak peek photos of the behind the scenes action for this event!

 

Teen Vogue Poster

Be there or be square!

 

Styling

Hunting for the best outfit… decisions, decisions

 

In the cage where we set up and store all the looks

In the cage where we set up and store all the looks