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in which we finally tackle that Holiday Gift Guide #finally

1It is really happening. Whether you celebrate holidays or just bah humbug your way through life, at this time of year everyone is looking for some kind of present.

I mean, you knew this was coming. We all did. But here it is the 21st and between school, work, or just being ornery you’re doing the last minute thing. I get it. But guess what? It’s winter, it’s cold, and the rest of us want to celebrate something so stop procrastinating and join in! You don’t have to be of their faith to be generous or to accept a gift given wholeheartedly.

Someone somewhere will think of you fondly and give you eggnog with liquor in it for your troubles. Or a hug.

Get ready:

1aGive yourself a present first- decorate. You don’t have to spend a lot or do a lot, it’s not about going overboard or stressing. But all this stuff at the store is a way to end off holiday gloom. Get into it!

2I went to the discount and bought about $10 worth of stuff and put a little around my place. It brightened things up, and got me in the mood to think about this Holiday Gift Guide. I don’t have a tree because that’s more than I want to do.

2aIf I had a tree, it would look like this.

Now that you have a holiday environment, sit down and think about what you want to give. Luckily, I compiled a list of suggestions.

Wearables:

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  1. Everybody needs a hat in the winter. This fuzzy Pom Spacecap is from Kangol, but look around to build presents around beanies, baseball caps- whatever you think they like.
  2. You cannot go wrong with an umbrella. It may not seem fancy, but when it’s snowing or raining they will thank you. I got this one at Uniqlo, but you could always look at places like  the MOMA Design Store for more fancy types.
  3. If you randomly know someone’s shoe size, you can buy a pair for them like these Colorado Boots from Cat Footwear; but otherwise a gift card to DSW (or Saks Fifth Ave if you’re flush) will put some people in a good mood that lasts for months.

ia wearablesI have never heard of or seen a tarby collar in my life until I got this one from Harris Tweed at an event. It is so cute! It’s a scarf you button!!! You can order one from Rare Bird Designs, and it’s $49 USD. Also? Harris Tweed also has a collection with Banana Republic right now.

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  1. Buy some cheap jewelry. Hit up some place like Claire’s or Charming Charlie’s  and fill a bag with fun stuff.
  2. I designed this swirly $24 Hearts v-neck tee, so I’m partial to it. It’s basically like wearing love. I think tshirts or sweatshirts are awesome gifts for Christmas, because even though people claim to hate basic people you still see tees and sweats on the runways.
  3. I have been wearing this Milton John Red Nite bracelet, and wholheartedly endorse it as a gift. It’s technically for men, but whatevs. It’s minimalist style and adds a zip of color to cheer you up on grey days.

Official Splurge:

k wearablesI am also endorsing this Ettinger Red Notecase Purse ($300) with four credit card pockets for a splurge present. The smooth leather holds a saturated splash of color,both inside and out and it will last for years.

l wearablesSame thing for their card case/wallets (start at $147). They are elegantly discreet ways of carrying cash and credit cards, stamped with the Ettinger name, and carrying the cachet of their Royal Warrant.

Tech:

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  1. Give them a charger, but make it fun. This Power Tap charger from Thumbs Up UK! has the added value of being shaped like a faucet, which actually turns on and off. It’s just a more fun way to do something mundane.
  2. A travel charger can save your life, and this one from Panasonic ($59.99) has never let me down. I love this Touch Mini-Boombox smartphone speaker (also from Thumbs Up UK!). It has been in constant use since I received it for review.
  3. On my personal wishlist for 2016 is a Chromebook. I like from HP. It looks like it may be hard to get, but if you can get one- it’s a great economical gift that’s practical.

Beauty:

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  1. I loved getting these Kesh Beauty Argan oils ( $40) over the summer. The bottle are super pretty, they come in light scents like Orange Blossom and Rose, and you can use it in the bath, as a body moisturizer, on your nails, and in your hair. They have a sampler gift pack for $25, too.
  2. Skin Authority packages a full sized bottle of their Oil Nutrient Composite with their Moisturizing Mist to form the Holiday Essentials DUO ($50), packaged in a sweet pouch and including a skincare free sample.

h skincareThis Aveda’s A Gift To Melt Away Stress ($69) really works. You can cleanse your body with the stress-fix creme cleansing oil, then slather the body creme from neck to toe. Light the soy wax candle and drift on a wave of relaxation. AND it’s already wrapped! It comes nestled in tissue paper inside of a Nepalese kofta bark paper box. Can’t miss with this, and it’s unisex.

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  1. Want to just stuff a stocking? You can try tucking on of these excellent eye creams in a little gift bag with candy and a card. Go Pure Youth Glow Eye Gel is $15.95 worth of eye area pampering and soothing. AnneMarie Boerlind Eye Wrinkle Cream ($32.99) is recommended for people as young as 20 to soften lines around the eyes. Tata Harper Restorative Eye Creme ($90)  is an all natural serum. My take on giving eye cream is that people send time staring into screens and squinting at videos on phones. It’s not just about appearance, but comfort. Eye creams can be really soothing after a long day.
  2. La Roche-Posay’s 40th Anniversary Gift Box is a $50 value with a $19.99 price tag. It contains samples of their most popular products in one gift-sized, easily wrapped box. I know it’s a hot item because I did a giveaway and the competition was fierce. (BTW find out who won here)
  3. During Winter, we hydrate. Your body needs water and your skin needs moisture. If you have combination skin, this AnneMarie Borlind Combnation Skin Night Cream ($48.99) works as you sleep, so great fr relief after days running around in cold wind. Ishga Anti-Oxidant Marine Face Cream ($105) is a high-end dry skin solution that contains Hebridean seaweed and spring water to soften. Equitance offers a Hydrating Brightening Cream ($70) to restore radiance as it moisturizes.

e skincareAnything by Tata Harper. Like just anything. Really. that green box is goals for some people. And I speak for myself when I say that everything that I’ve tried from them worked. They also have gift sets.

Hair:

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  1. I actually Phyto Paris recc’d this gift set last year and still think it’s a great gift, especially last minute because you can buy it at drug stores. I wish I could find the link directly to the gift set, though!!!
  2. Colorproof has packaged their Crazy Smooth Shampoo and conditioner (with a free Weightless Wicked Good Shine spray) in one Glam Squad box.

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  1. This 1″ Professional X-Long ($29.99) heats up super fast, creates 24 hour curls, is 2 inches longer than most curling irons and comes with a heat glove. Can be used on weave hair (just letting you know).
  2. This is brand new- a brush that’s a dryer from Revlon. The Revlon Pro One Step Hair Dryer and Styler ($49.99) is a thoughtful gift that might get that perpetually tardy beauty queen out the door in record time.
  3. The Sarah Potempa S1 Beachwaver is a hot item that beauty mavens are willing to pay top dollar for. Surprise someone on your list with the $129 rotating ceramic curling iron (which was used behind the scenes on the VS Fashion Show).

d hairStuff that stocking (or pad out a last minute gift) with little beauty samples and tools. Pureology’s Colour Fanatic Hair Mask , Revlon XL Elastics and Revlon Double Grip Clips and CurlKeeper Original  are sweetly affordable products to give.

Makeup:

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  1. Designed to delight, the Gift of Twinkling Eyes gift compact from Aveda ($35)  combines four petal essence eye shadows and a blush. in a tiny Nepalese kofta bark box. And it has instructions for how to create a perfect holiday look.
  2. Tata Harper Voluminizing Lip & Cheek Tint ($35). I’m not going to say anymore. You know how I feel. My shade is Very Naughty and I swear by it…
  3. If lip contouring is her thing (and we know it’s a thing these days) get her the Bellapiere Lip Contouring Kit ($75). It contains every product neccessary to create the perfect lip. And buying it won’t break the internet.

artis brush mirror oval 4Whether individually boxed or purchased in a set Artis Brushes are hot, hot, hot with the makeup set. Shop these brushes from the Elite Mirror Collection. They’re so pretty, right?

artis 1 fluentaIf black is more her speed, there’s the Artis Fluenta Collection, presented in back velvet.

artis 1 careIf they already have brushes, then the Cleaning Pad and solution will come in handy, not to mention this darling quilted brush pouch.

Nails:

i nailsDrugstores are so full of Christmas treasures, it’s insane. A gift bag full of Sinful Polish is a sweet, colorful gesture. Most drugstores carry fake nails and Kiss Products impress nails are another way of sharing beauty for the holidays.  If they don’t like cheaper polishes or are allergic, you can get fancy and order them Kure Bazaar  eco-friendly polishes ($16 each).

Home/Housewarming:m homeFor someone creative with a new (or old) space to decorate, get them the Stencil 1 stencils. Great for creatives and project oriented types who love learning and experimenting. You can also find the supplies you need right on the site.

o foodAnything food related you can find on Food 52. Top quality cookware, utensils, books and food items all in one handy place.

n homeThis adorable little bulldog is a movie star. For dog lovers and Bond fans, Jack the Bulldog from Spectre ($100) is a symbol of resilience and strength under fire.

DIY:

p diyJust make something. Cookies, cake, soup. Make a drawing. It doesn’t take much to make something simple look fancy, and you’re probably more creative than you think.

Last resort:

Money or gift cards.

I also wanted to note that if you’re gifting people with online items, maybe just giving them a card with a note that their present is on the way will suffice. It lets them know that you thought of them, got something personal and that they have more to look forward to after Christmas Day.

Happy Holidays and all that!

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You are invited: Bremont Watches Drinks Party 12/2

Hello everyone! If you’re in NY, you may want to drop by the Bremont boutique from 5 to 8 pm on Wednesday 12/2 for a glass of champers and some shopping.

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Bremont New York Boutique Holiday Hours

Monday to Saturday: Open until 7pm
Sundays: 12pm to 5pm

501 Madison Avenue | New York | 10022

See you there!

xoxo, Faith/SassyEthnicBohemian

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The Sassy LAST CHANCE Procrastinator’s Gift Guide (like for real, you mad late)

Um. It’s 8.16 as I sit down to type this and I am hoping that this advice has nothing to do with you. I am hoping that you have done everythhing, even running out to get some Origins gifts on your lunch hour, in order to NOT be the person who jacked up Christmas.

Whether you have a religious issus, or you got caught up at work, or you were waiting to see what everyone else is doing is unimportant- just do something, because it will make YOU feel better. It feels good to give because you made someone else happy. So do it for yourself…

Here are some last, last minute suggestions for you:

1. Grab a gift set:

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You are why gift sets exist. Stop fighting it and just go with the flow! This Phyto Huile Supreme and Secret de Nuite gift set is ($47.20) and available at Sephora. Then there’s the Arbonne Shea Butter Collection Hand Lotion Trio ($47)- not sure where it’s available, but…I’m putting it out there for you. Also? There’s always the local drug store- I saw all these perfume sets in the window of Duane Reade. Grab a giftset, pop it into a gift bag (dodn’t forget tissue paper, and buy a card. Done.

 Keep it simple:

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Get some socks. For real. I mean it’s last minute and you really need to do something, right? Get some really cute socks, throw them in a gift bag- tissue paper, guys!- get a card. Done.

Buy some food item:  

teaIt’s hard to go wrong with tea. I got this Harrods Exclusive Selection box of tea bags ($91.85 USD) earlier this year and it was amazing. Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Darjeeling- so delicious! I also love this Dona Chai Tea Concentrate which is currently only available in NY, but you get the gist. Tea. It’s your gifting friend. Don’t forget the gift bag and tissue paper.

Make some food item:

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Mini-cupcakeswith homemade icing is way easier than you think. Christmas cookies? Worst part is rolling them out. And wrapping? I found thse little plastic bowls, put in some tissue paper, then slipped it into a treat bag and tied the ends like candy. This cost barely anything and it looked really pretty.

You can do this- I believe in you. Make something and take it over to Grandma’s tomorrow- she’ll probably take out her teeth and give you a real grin, which is always fun.

 Recycle: natori I got these as a present, and if they weren’t so amazing I would regift them. Don’t be afraid to use your own stuff- but it better be clean and unused. I mean- c’mon.keep it simple

I actually gave this to someone. It combines ‘Keep it Simple’ with ‘Recycle’ and  ‘Make something’. I put it in a gift bag. I was done. Everyone was happy.

Make a donation:

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Play the saintly role and let someone know that you helped the needy in their name. Order a Feya candle, since each purchase feeds a hungry child. Or donate to the Food Bank in your area. You can just put a not in a Christmas card saying what you’ve done… but you have to actually do it.

Christmas stocking stuffing:

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A little bit of tradition- in the drugstore ailes. While you won’t see a gorgeous stocking from REpurposingNOLA at store, you can get a regular stocking and fill it with stuff. Candy, beauty products, just anything. It will still be appreciated and you’ll have fun watching them pull everything out.

Get a little nasty:  

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I love these Flirtmoji! So fun! I mean, if you send them to the right person, of course. You’ve got nothing to lose at this point, so… and you won’t need the gift bag/tissue paper.

Merry Christmas!!!

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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in which i get an SK-II skincare consultation from Mr. Janallinone

During  MBFW in September, I got a consultation and a free mask from SK-II. Last week I was invited to follow up with them and attend an in-store appearance from Mr. Steven Jan, SK-II’s brand ambassador (and the guy who does Cate Blanchett’s makeup in all those ads).

skii1I pulled myself together (velvet blazer, Madewell cardi, Calvin Klein animal print tshirt sweater, Ditto’s brand jeans).  I ran into Saks Fifth Avenue barely in time for my 2pm appointment, and there was Mr. Steven Jan, in all of his well preserved glory. I slid into my seat and just absorbed knowledge- and some amazing skincare products from SK-II.

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He started out by showing us how to use the Facial Treatment Essence by patting it on our hands with soaked cottonpads and letting us see the difference. The brands killer secret ingredient (the Secret Key) is the pitera found in sake. It was discovered that the workers who spent their days with hands submerged in sake had the softest hands compared to their wrinkled skin. Now we can use that to save our skin from the effects of pollution and aging.

After showing us how to use the Cellumination Essence Ex (a subtle brightening cream that leaves you glowing) we went over to the skincare relaxation area and had the Facial Treatment Mask applied- the same mask that I got at MBFW and have been saving for an aging emergency. It has a third of a bottle of Facial Treatment Essence, so I just didn’t want to waste it.

What?

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The first step was having the facial Treatment Clear Lotion applied, which was heavenly. Then they gently placed the facial Treatment mask on our faces and spoke to us very soothingly. It was wonderful.

I was then offered some sparkling water with lemon (took it) and drank it while admiring my arm party (Lisa Hoffman holiday bling chain bracelet with detachable sparkly pendant), green oasis bracelet, and Trollbeads leather wraparound bracelet, artfully knotted around my Murano glass bead. Do you love this manicure? Probelle Richness nail lacquer with Dust-up overcoat from the butter LONDON Cutup Collection. Subtle shimmer, so sexy.

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While it does look rather Hannibal Lecter-ish while on, the mask works. My skin had the this thinness, it was clear, and it felt as soft as an angora sweater. The effect lasted about 5 days. you get 10 Facial Treatment Masks for $135.oo and Roy Galifi, the SK-II Training Manager told me that some customers use it daily.

Must be nice.
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For the Holidays, SK-II is offering a Beauty Box set, as well as limited edition bottles of their Facial Treatment Essence ($205 per bottle). The three bottles were designed by Taiwanese artist Po Chih Huang and each bottle has a meaning; red tulips are passion, purple hydrangeas represent inner strength and compassion, while yellow freesias are equated with intelligence and eleagance. I would also definitely reccoment the Pitera Essence Set ($105) as a perfect gift for your favorite skincare junkie- or maybe give it to yourself… #treatyoself!

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If you’re in New York for the holidays, make sure that you get a look at the Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows. they’re a little bit Gatsby, and a little bit Babes in Toyland. Saks is also across the street from Rockefeller Center, so you can keep that Christmas feeling going by viewing New York’s giant tree, maybe doing a little ice skating- and LOTS of shopping.

Next up: the Josie Natori holiday bash hosted by Olivia of Corporate Catwalk! 

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian (store)

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Closeup: interview with Roby Turner, Head Chief of Creative Direction of Citizen Ciao

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I love learning about people. I met Roby Turner at an AMP3PR Press Day this summer, and loved his brand Citizen Ciao. A laid back ‘urban surf’ lifestyle brand that fills a nich we didn’t even know was empty. His t-shirts feature minimalistic graphic design with soft, fashionable silhouettes that flatter the body. This time next year? If you don’t have any Citizen Ciao, you won’t be fab.
Recently, I got the former model and entrepeneur and Head Chief of Creative Direction of Citizen Ciao to answer a few questions about his company, his philosophy, and what he wants for Christmas.
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SEB:  What is made you start Citizen Ciao?
Roby Turner: Citizen Ciao started after my modeling days, I always love going to the beach and ocean and always wanted to start an apparel brand, what I discovered was that there wasn’t enough cool hip street wear companies to select from that offered that cool wow factor. I felt that the market was very saturated with the mainstream/All-American marketing strategy and same creative approach. Also I wanted to create and represent how multicultural and diverse the surf industry really is.
Thus, the idea to launch a brand in Los Angeles was born out of the surf culture, but adding the edge and attitude of the skate customer began, and ended with the formation of Citizen Ciao, an apparel brand inspired by Southern California’s surf culture. Immediately, I understood the passion that lived within the surf culture. Most importantly I wanted a platform of importance to raise awareness and help young children receive a quality education and provide shelter assistance. 
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SEB:  How did you come up with the name- it’s so catchy and fabulous!
RT: The name came to life, meaning from who we are and how different or similar we can be with our thoughts and expressions in life, so who are we? CITIZENS; meaning an habitat of a city or town or a member of a state that has equal freedom of expression. Also the first or last greeting from a citizen that is verbal, we wanted a more global approach so CIAO (chah-aw; chou) was added, an Italian word used as a greeting or parting for hello and goodbye. 
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SEB: What designers, magazines, or artists inspire you when you think of designs for Citizen Ciao?
RT: I get inspired from a lot of sources, designers, individuals, architect, and the global culture we live in. Not just one set thing inspires me. I find most of my inspiration through the world we live in, I watch what people wear, I see and research what trends designers are setting, I look at modern architect from buildings, homes, to bikes, but get my peace and serenity at the ocean and beach, where the true inspiration comes from. 
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SEB: Where do you see yourself and the urban surf movement in 5 years?
RT: I see myself and this new surf urban movement, moving progressively larger actually. Maybe not so much the “surf” out of it, but definitely the urban scene will continue to grow. This surf segment that Citizen Ciao is apart of is only a niche industry that tends to have more flow over to the skate board culture. But we want to use Citizen Ciao in these next years to bring about this urban surf movement for now, because I believe we are a very small percentage as a multicultural diverse brand in this small but lucrative niche apparel industry. Most importantly one of the brands that give back to a great cause and awareness. 
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SEB: What do you want for Christmas?
RT: I want what I always want actually, peace, health, happiness for all family and friends. But I also want to help homeless young kids receive a quality education and a roof over the heads, that’s my drive and purpose for Citizen Ciao. 
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Get in on this. You can find Citizen Ciao in all the right places: www.Facebook.com/citizenciao,www.twitter.com/citizenciaolife, www.instagram.com/#citizenciao. For every item sold at http://www.CitizenCiao.com, generous proceeds will go toward PROJECT HOPE.
We are the new… let’s look like it.
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Newsbreak: Etienne Aigner Holiday 2014 and ss2015 sneak preview

Etienne Aigner, an Italian brand that’s been around since 1950, has some sweet new arrivals for the holidays. If you want to look cool at the buffet table, Try these-

 

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Wool Felt Hat, $195

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  Eco Leather Combo Crewneck, $245

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 Cotton Eco Leather Sweatpants, $195

AND! they have some really cool, modern accessories up for grabs:

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 Fur Evil Eye Keychain, $35900210-700-a  Stag Bag, $495ea-ba003-gold_1

 

TTT Star Bangle, $325 (you can just send this right to my house… no questions asked)

 

If you decide to pass on these (really? would you? ) the spring cooclection is going to be well worth waiting for. A sort of urban take on prep.

eass151  Check out the caramel leather pockets on the white pants- effortless cool. Camel jackets are obviously going to be a trend for the coming season- so you might want to jump in on that. Also notice thethis stripes on the tshirt- you could basically combine everything in this colorway without even looking and look amazing. eass152

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 Etienne Aigner didn’t ignore the dress for next spring. easy, loose, and ready to move you can throw on a jacket and look pulled together effortlessly. I love the leather epaulets on the camle dress. And the asymetrical skirted striped dress is a great replacement for the hi-low look that we’ve been seeing for the fast few seasons.

 

Up next: Shop your closet! Showing some ways to transition your look into winter style.

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsbreak- It’s that weekend where people shop a lot. (Supra, Intimacy, Trollbeads, etc…)

So, Black Friday is officially over, but the deals still remain. Here are some from people that I adore:

Citizen Ciao:

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Citizen Ciao- Urban Surfwear is having a Black Friday Sale! They’re offering 50% off, and all proceeds go to benefit Project Hope Alliance. get on this quick, before they run out of tshirts! Go to www.citizenciao.com and use code BF50.

SUPRA: 

 

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SUPRA shoes are doing a thing with Zumiez Clothing this weekend, with watches from Nixon and G-Shock, clothes from Stussy and Obey, and of course the Mockingjay sneaks. Head over there to  snag some sweet swag for yourself, your family, and those people you call your friends.

Trollbeads:

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These three bracelets, among others, are on sale during the Trollbeads Black Friday Weekend Bash:

1.Red China Bracelet
Original: $107
Sale: $49
Percentage Off: 54%

2.Spring Fashion Kit Bracelet
Original: $272
Sale: $109
Percentage Off: 60%

3. Walk on the Beach Leather Bracelet
Original: $221
Sale: $99
Percentage Off: 48%

Accompany:

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Join designer Nanette Lepore on Accompany as she selects the best of their ethically curated goods for her Holiday Gift Guide. get a cool 30% off, too! happy Fair Trade Holiday shopping!

Intimacy:

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We just visited Intimacy  and their incredible selection, customer service, and one-on-one bra fitting completely won us over. they are having a mind-blowing lingerie sale- so go straight to www.myintimacy.com to find a store near you.

Happy shopping!!!

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian