BADGLEY MISCHKA UNVEILS THE 2021 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE, “GIVE THE GIFT OF SPARKLE”

Badgley Mischka is pleased to unveil the brand’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide, entitled “Gift the Gift of Sparkle.”

Featuring apparel, jewelry, shoes, sunglasses and fragrance, this year’s gift guide highlights 10 of Mark Badgley and James Mischka’s favorite sparkly creations, perfect for every glamorous woman on anyone’s list.

The Badgley Mischka 2021 Holiday Gift Guide photos and video were captured on October 21, 2021 in New York City.

Holiday Prep and Onecklace Gift-Giving

The holiday season is right upon us.  I don’t know about you but there are specific details that need to be checked off the list in preparation for seasonal celebrations.

In previous years, I would take down the decorations and get straight to work.  This isn’t ideal because I would enter the new year with frozen meals and closets filled with miscellaneous items.  Thankfully, I learned from my unorganized ways and began to structure my home to truly ti’s the season.

Featured Photo Style:  Tweed Blazer: Express | Heels:  Jimmy Choo | Bow Ring:  oNecklace

#4 Lessons for Holiday Prep:

Lesson #1: Start de-cluttering before the new year. This is not up for debate!  If you wait until after Christmas, this will include gifts and leftover household items.

Lesson #2:  Clean the freezer prior to Thanksgiving.  This simple task will make room for extra food and potential freezer meals.  The holiday season can get busy, having freezer meals on hand eliminates the question, “What’s for dinner?”

Lesson #3:  Put up the Christmas tree prior to holiday festivities.  The longer you wait, the more stressful the holiday season will become.  I like to gather my entirefamily and pull down the tree at least two weeks before cooking the turkey.

Lesson #4:  The previous lesson leads me into the next one.  If the month of November is your busiest season in business or civic engagments, consider ordering the turkey.  There are several delicious options and this can be a time-saver (and energy-saver.)

Oh, in terms of gift-giving, check out oNecklace for one of a kind, personalized pieces.

The Sideways Letter Necklace and Bow Ring has been a elegant addition to my jewelry collection.  Both of the pieces are timeless. 

What are some personalized gifts that you will be giving this year?

Sideways Letter Necklace

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Father’s Day Gift Guide from JCPenney: Menswear, Personal Care, Gadgets, and Cooking

Take a look at the Father’s Day Gift Guide from JCPenney!  Listed below are my favorite picks covering fashion, grooming, tech, and cooking.

The Foundry Big & Tall Supply Co. Big and Tall Mens Long Sleeve Plaid Button-Front Shirt, $24.99 MSX By Michael Strahan Mens Short Sleeve Polo Shirt, $17.99; MSX By Michael Strahan Mens Short Sleeve Button-Front Shirt, $19.99; MSX By Michael Strahan Mens Mid Rise Stretch Pull-On Short-Big and Tall, $50; St. John’s Bay Micro Fiber 10″ E-Board Swim Shorts, $19.99; The Foundry Big & Tall Supply Co. Board Shorts Big and Tall, $19.99; Samsung Galaxy Active 2 44mm Mens Multi-Function Black Smart Watch, $249.99; Casio Edifice Mens Silver Tone Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch, $144; Xersion® Wrap Sunglasses, $18.99; JF J.Ferrar® Aviator Sunglasses, $17.99

Tzumi ProBuds Sport Series Totally Wireless Earbuds with Portable Charging Case, $59.99; Tzumi SoundMates 5.0 Wireless Stereo Earbuds with Wireless Charging Case, $39.99; Tzumi Bluetooth Speaker Small Dock Series, $14.99; Yale Look Door Viewer – Wi-Fi Door Viewer, Video Doorbell, $179.99; Sharper Image Electronic Tabletop Hockey Game, $24.99; Sharper Image Fly + Drive Drone Car, $49.99

Cooks 4.3 Quart Stainless Steel Air Fryer, $89.99; Cuisinart ® Coffee Center™ 12 Cup Coffeemaker And Single-Serve Brewer, $229; Cooks 12″ x 12″ Non-stick Covered Electric Skillet, $49.99; Philips HD6371/94 Avance Collection Indoor Grill, $339.99; Large Paddle Branded with Measurements Cutting Board, $45; Engravable Stainless Steel Tankard Mug, $29.99

Father’s Day: Gift Dad the Cure to His Quarantine-Beard Woes

Whether his facial hair is familiar or newly sprouted, chances are Dad’s whiskers are looking worse for wear. Thankfully, just in time for Father’s Day, men’s grooming leader Wahl has the cure for quarantine-beard woes:
You can’t ‘mess up’ by gifting the Wahl Lithium Ion Vacuum Trimmer. It wrangles wayward whiskers from coating the sink or covering the counter. It crushes the competition with the highest air velocity in the industry, capturing virtually all hair trimmings. Clean up is also a breeze with a hair canister that can either be removed and emptied, or popped open and dumped. MSRP $79.99 (available on Amazon)
With a little help from Wahl’s Beard Care Bundle, Dad’s whiskers can become worship-worthy. It includes a Beard Wash, which unlike regular shampoos, won’t strip away the moisture needed for healthy whiskers and skin. Next up, the Beard Softener takes mere seconds to deep condition coarse whiskers from within. And Beard Oil is the finishing touch for a shiny and polished looking beard. Bundle MSRP $39.99 (available on Amazon)

Mother’s Day 2020 Roundup For The Fitness Lover, Shopping Addict or Green Thumb

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, take a look at a few considerations for the special woman in your life!

 

Featured Photo from Men’s Health

 

For the fitness lover:
  • Everlast – The preeminent brand in boxing since 1910 and the world’s leading manufacturer and licensor of boxing, MMA, and fitness equipment, Everlast can provide the fitness buff the equipment they need. Everlast has boxing gear from training gloves to the HydroStrike heavy bag and fitness equipment from the Evergrip Weighted Jump Rope to the Flex Slam Ball that can help mom stick to her new year’s resolutions of staying in the gym and continuing her fitness journey.
  • FitTrack – Help mom stay on track of her fitness journey with FitTrack, creators of the most accurate Wi-Fi smart scale (Dara), and the fitness smartwatch (Atria). FitTrack products are a simple and effective solution to stay motivated on her wellness journey, at a remarkably low price. With 17 detailed metrics that measure, track, and trend her health data over time, FitTrack can help mom better understand her progress with the informative insights needed to be the best version of herself.
For the organization lovers:
  • MakeSpace – MakeSpace offers storage without the struggle — picking up, hauling, and storing your stuff, then delivering it back to you when you need it. Their goal is to make storage convenient and easy so that you never have to visit a storage facility again. To help stressed-out moms manage cluttered homes and stressful lifestyles, give them the gift of space this Mother’s Day.
For the shopping addict:
  • Jane – Jane is a boutique e-commerce marketplace with daily deals on hundreds of products from women’s fashion and accessories to home decor and tech gear – there truly is something for everyone! Give the special woman in your life the perfect Mother’s Day gift to brighten up her day with something personalized or something comfy to help her relax while staying at home.
For the green thumb: 
  • Rachio – The world’s first smart sprinkler company delivering easy-to-use technologies to control your outdoor sprinkler system from the palm of your hand. Their latest product expansion includes the Rachio 3e Smart Sprinkler Controller, a budget-friendly version of Rachio’s renowned and first-ever smart sprinkler, the Rachio 3 Smart Watering System. With it’s lower pricing, the R3e makes saving the planet a bit more affordable for everyone, while still boasting a myriad of features such as weather intelligence based on historical weather data from 30,000 weather stations, dual-band wi-fi with Alexa compatibility, full control, and monitoring with the Rachio app, and more.
For the mom who brightens your life: 
  • Nanoleaf  A smart lighting pioneer, Nanoleaf’s range of light panels allow users to create beautiful, customizable designs with the flexibility to change-up the scene and layouts for any season or occasion. Whether mom is looking to decorate her home office, spruce up the house for family photos, or create the perfect welcome home entrance, Nanoleaf is a fun, low-maintenance way to personalize your space.

4 Interesting Benefits of Wearing Birthstone Jewelry

You may have seen it or even have worn a piece of birthstone when you were younger, but do you know what it really means to wear one? Birthstones are those mystical stones that are connected to your birth month and represent certain powers. They are of different bright and dark colors and shapes that come in necklaces and bracelets that you can customize. If you’re looking to invest in a piece of birthstone jewelry for yourself, your daughter, or grandchild, the following are some benefits you need to know before making the purchase.

They Can Provide Better Mental Health

Problems arise in everyday life that can affect us mentally to distort the emotional state for it to feel discomfort. Functioning in daily life with a mental state that isn’t stable or has negativity can be quite hard. Birthstones can help diminish issues with the brain and help you relax. They provide energy for your mind to calm down and make you feel serene. You can consult a birthstone specialist and ask them about the powers of your stone. Different stones have their energies that can offer you with the strength that they direct from their planet.

They Can Protect You And Bring Luck

Some birthstones protect you against tough situations in life and help you through some dangerous scenarios. Some stones can help you from evil thoughts like ruby and some can help you stay calm through a challenging task like the Pearl. You can get alternative gems to these if you can’t afford the real one with just as many powers. Both of them can bring you luck and open doors to opportunities. It may sound like a myth to you but it is not also completely untrue. Birthstones have the power to alter your situation into a favorable one and help you succeed at a stage in life providing you serenity and strength.

Make A Fashion Statement

These colorful jewels can help you make a statement any time you step out. You can create your own personalized birthstone necklaces with your birthstone to flaunt it at events. The bright color can contrast with your dress and help you shine. Celebrities can also be seen doing this to look good. And the trend of wearing colorful jewelry can never go out. These colors let you connect to the cosmic colors of the galaxy that provide you immense supremacy over your body and mind to have peace.

Meaningful Gift

A birthstone can be gifted to loved ones on many occasions and it can be the best gift. These stones with meaningful backgrounds and powers that can make someone’s life better and mind renewed can be a memorable present to someone. They can be presented on the birth of a baby by his/her parents, grandparents, or other relatives. A grown child can be given the stones of every family member when they depart from their home for studies or after marriage for them to be able to feel their presence while being apart.

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oNecklace Roman Numeral Sterling Silver Ring: Simple, Understated Style #ManicureMonday

There’s nothing better than a beautiful manicure.  It’s something about looking at your favorite nail polish that makes you feel well put together.

The one accent that elevates any manicure is wearing a stunning ring.  Let’s not forget that stackable jewelry is the latest trend!  If you’re seeking simple, understated accessories visit the oNecklace website.

I received the Roman Numeral Sterling Silver Ring and could not wait to compliment my other jewelry pieces.  The date I selected for my ring was my birth date because 2019 was a milestone year.

I’ve worn this ring with several outfits because it’s so easy to style.  You can wear it alone or with other small rings as an accent.  Add some pizzaz to your wardrobe by selecting a personalized piece from oNecklace.com

A few of my additional top picks are the Infinity Necklace with Initials, Personalize Name Bangle, and Rectangle Drop Earrings.

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Manicure Monday

 

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Amazon Surprises Hundreds of Charities by Fulfilling Their AmazonSmile Charity Lists this Holiday Season

Amazon today announced that it is surprising hundreds of charities – which support causes from STEM education, to homelessness, hunger, disaster relief, youth organizations, sustainability and more –  across the U.S. by fulfilling products requested on each of their AmazonSmile Charity Lists. Amazon is donating hundreds of thousands of items to charities from their AmazonSmile Charity Lists through the end of the year to ensure they have what they need to round out the holiday season, and to get a jump-start on the new year. Some of the total items donated include:

  • More than 5,000 blankets, sheets, and pillows.
  • More than 30,000 toys and educational items for kids.
  • More than 40,000 socks, outerwear, pajamas, shoes, and other apparel items.
  • More than 60,000 food and pantry items from water to canned goods.

Customers can get in the spirit too by donating to an organization of their choice by visiting smile.amazon.com/charitylists. To shop with AmazonSmile to support your favorite charity start with smile.amazon.com.

“This is a season of giving, and we are thrilled to deliver smiles and surprise hundreds of charities with the products they are most in need of now,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer, Amazon. “AmazonSmile and Charity Lists are two amazing programs that help inspire customers to shop with a purpose. I shop with AmazonSmile and it’s great to see the continued donations Amazon has made to Make A Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Club and PATH – People Assisting the Homeless over the years.”

“We are enormously grateful to Amazon for fulfilling our Charity List,” said Chris Bailey, Executive Director of the Mona Bailey Academy. “We believe philanthropy can reform the educational system, and receiving this type of product donation allows us to continue our mission of delivering cutting edge and creative educational programming to underprivileged elementary-age students in the Seattle area and beyond.”

“Amazon’s generosity will allow us to meet a portion of the great needs of people experiencing homelessness on our borough’s streets, in the ferry terminal, in our churches, and especially the children and families in our Staten Island shelter,” said Reverend Terry Troia, President, and CEO of Project Hospitality. “We are grateful to have a compassionate partner in the midst of great human need.”

“We are so grateful that AmazonSmile’s Charity Lists program is helping disaster-impacted families rebuild their homes and lives, including those in the New Orleans area,” said Elizabeth Eglé, Chief Development Officer, SBP. “Having the ability to request specific products allows SBP to get what we need to rebuild homes quickly and affordably, and gives donors a direct view into how they’ve helped a family in need.”

“AHC Inc. is thrilled to be surprised by Amazon to receive donations of educational games and electronics from AHC’s AmazonSmile Charity List,” said AHC President & CEO Walter D. Webdale. “The low-income families we serve in Arlington and the surrounding areas are especially struggling during the holiday season, and contributions to support the girls and boys in AHC’s afterschool and teen tutoring programs will not only brighten the holiday but help keep learning front and center.”

“We are so grateful that Amazon has fulfilled our AmazonSmile Charity List,” said Nancy Keil, President, and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. “The holidays are a difficult time of year for families struggling with hunger and we are working tirelessly to ensure that every family in our community has enough to eat. Thanks to Amazon, we are one step closer to achieving this goal.”

In addition to fulfilling hundreds of AmazonSmile Charity Lists, Amazon is surprising several organizations whose mission is to support those experiencing homelessness across the country with more than $1M in monetary and in-kind donations for the holidays. Winter is the hardest time for the homeless community – a monetary donation provides nonprofits with the flexibility to fund existing gaps including emergency shelter, medicine, food and supplies, and seasonal staffing. Along with the donation, 10,000 “Boxes of Smiles” gift packages will be delivered for individuals, children and families at A Journey Home, Bethany House Services, Central Arizona Shelter Services, Domestic Abuse Women’s Network, and SEARCH Homeless Services. Packed by thousands of operation employee volunteers, these boxes contain popular products such as toys, electronics, personal care products, and books.

AmazonSmile Charity Lists

There are thousands of AmazonSmile Charity Lists supporting causes from STEM education to homelessness, hunger, disaster relief, pets and animals, youth, health, veterans, and more, with each Charity List carefully curated based on the needs of the respective organization. Plus, many non-profits have been able to get donations quickly since the program was unveiled. For example, Purrfect Pals, a local cat shelter based in Arlington, WA, posted a request on Facebook asking for donations to restock their food pantry. Within just two days of the post, customers placed 300 orders worth $20,000 in pet food. In addition, after Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas in September of this year, Amazon customers purchased relief items, worth over $200,000, from AmazonSmile Charity Lists created by The American Red Cross, Save The Children, and SBP, to support communities affected by the hurricane. To learn more visit, smile.amazon.com/charitylists.

How to shop AmazonSmile Charity Lists:

·       Visit smile.amazon.com/charitylists.

·       Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials (customers who are not already signed-up for AmazonSmile will receive a prompt to do so).

·       Shop your favorite organization’s Charity List.

·       Select and donate items from the list.

·       Ship to the charity.

AmazonSmile

Amazon launched AmazonSmile in 2013 as a way for customers to easily support their favorite charity when they shop, at no cost to them. Customers who start at smile.amazon.com will find the same Amazon they know and love – including incredible deals throughout the holiday, a wide selection of products across every department, fast and free delivery options and more – with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of eligible purchases to the non-profit of their choice. There are over a million organizations to choose from on AmazonSmile – everything from school PTA’s or local pet shelters to international non-profits that provide clean drinking water to people in developing countries and nationally recognized cancer research institutions. Thanks to our customers, AmazonSmile has donated more than $155 million, to hundreds of thousands of charitable organizations like United Way, Feeding America, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The American Cancer Society, The Nature Conservancy and many more so they can expand their meaningful work. 

Amazon in the Community

Amazon is committed to helping more children and young adults, especially those from underrepresented and underserved communities, have the resources and skills they need to build their best future. Amazon focuses on building long-term, innovative, and high impact programs that leverage Amazon’s unique assets and culture. Initiatives include Amazon Future Engineer, designed to inspire and excite 10 million children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities each year to pursue an education in computer science, as well as programs that support immediate needs, including addressing family homelessness through donations and housing a homeless shelter in its Seattle headquarters, as well as global relief efforts for people in need following natural disasters.

#CyberMonday Sale: Express Sherpa Sweatshirt

If you follow my Instagram page there’s no secret that I love to shop at Express.

They have been my go-to store for years due to a number of reasons:

  1. I have never purchased a clothing piece from Express and the item faded during the laundry cycle.
  2. Express clothing has true sizing and length.  I am short but have curves; seeking to only shop in stores that accentuate my unique body type.
  3. The coupons at Express are phenomenal.  I have purchased high-ticketed items for almost 50% off and received numerous compliments.
  4. No one can resist their high-quality jeans.  Express has a variety of styles and sizes starting with 00 up to 25.  There’s no issue finding a flattering fit because they carry Flared, Bootcut, Wide Leg, Skinny, and Cropped.

In honor of Cyber Monday, Express is running a massive sale.  Right now, everything in the store is 50% off.  You can either visit the retailer or shop online from the comfort of your home.

Don’t forget that sizes go fast so if you see something that catches your eye, grab it now.

I can’t wait to build my wardrobe with key pieces from Express!

Visit my Pinterest or Instagram account for style inspiration; purchases will be shared on IG stories.

Sherpa Quarter Zip Sweatshirt

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