HAPPY GALENTINE’S DAY

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In other words, what about your friends…. cue the TLC 90s hit song.

I’m a single girl and I try not to forget about my girlfriends on Valentine’s Day (single or not).  Because when it comes down to it, to paraphrase Charlotte from Sex and the City, girlfriends are often your soulmates.

“Maybe we can be each other’s soul mates. And then we can let men be just these great, nice guys to have fun with.”                        ~Charlotte, Sex & the City

If you ever suffered through the high school homeroom delivery of Valentine’s Day Grams and Carnations, then you know that it’s often your girlfriends who come to the rescue.  So when it comes to “Galentine’s Day” I’m giving your permission to keep it “high school” and don’t leave your girls hanging!  

Send a card.

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“Galentine’s Day” cards abound in local chain stores like Target. But Valentine’s Day cards work just as well.


Send a little jewelry.

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I’m partial to Alex and Ani bracelets as gifts. But there are so many choices available. You can be creative and look at Etsy.com too!

Treat her to a makeover or mani/pedi.

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You can’t go wrong with a Sephora gift card (or your friend’s favorite makeup counter of choice).

Pay for her favorite coffee or tea drink.

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You can also treat your friends to a latte at Starbucks. Best thing about this gift is that it emails well.

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A CARD & A CHAIN

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There’s nothing like a prize inside…

It’s always great to receive something unexpected and this gift offers the perfect surprise.  If you are planning to send a card (birthday or otherwise), consider adding a little untraditional twist because although I love to get a card with a cash or a check, I’m not opposed to jewelry!

You can pick up a simple (and flat) piece of jewelry on its own card from a local store – try Lou Lou or even Marshall’s or TJ Maxx.  So just grab your greeting card and simply tape the jewelry card to the inside of the greeting card so that it doesn’t shake in the mail.

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It’s simple and relatively inexpensive.  Just don’t forget to add a little extra postage (just to be safe).

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WING-ING IT: FOR THE FEMINIST

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Because I am a feminist….

And frankly everyone should be – not because it’s a political catch phrase – but because equal rights are so important to global development.  Today is the Women’s March on Washington and even though I am a resident of the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) corridor I will miss it (today’s my birthday and I have some family plans).

So if you’re like me and will miss it due to obligations or travel issues, I encourage you to “Wing It”.  

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These pencils had me at “Michelle Obama”. But I’m a sucker for any gift that is pretty and useful.

I fell in love with the Wing this past fall when I came across a few articles discussing a members-driven, Manhattan-based multi-purpose space for women who needed a place to transition from engagement-to-engagement without having to inconveniently run home (be it across town or across the river to New Jersey).  

The Wing also hosts inspiring events and activities for the community.

So imagine my excitement when they opened up a store and it is exactly what I would have expected from such a cool place.  The items are thoughtfully curated, inspiring, and a little irreverent.  

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At $5 this poster makes a great (and very reasonable) gift.

So if your favorite feminist is longing to show that she and all women (and girls) can do it, consider a gift from the Wing.

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PEARLS FOR SORORITY GIRLS

So excited about this set of pearls.

Because I found an awesome new e-store…

I’m a proud sorority girl and wearer of pearls – and I’m definitely not the only one.  I was having some fun on Pinterest and came across a set of pearls that featured a central blue stone.  After a little bit of investigation I found the site that sells them.

Gratia Pearl, the aforementioned site, is a veritable treasure chest of uniquely classical pieces that make great gifts for any woman who has pledged herself to sorority life (or just loves pearls).  

The site features gifts for each sorority in the National Pan-Hellenic Council (or Divine 9) and also offers gifts for ladies who just like pretty pearls. zeta-full

 

So the next time you’re looking for charms for your favorite Greek, check out Gratia Pearl.

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RESOURCE: YOUR GIFT LIST

It’s a New Year – So Get Gift Ready….

After the holidays the new year hits so fast.  One of the things that I do to get prepared is develop my personal gift list.

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I sit down and list out my friends and family members and their birthdays and anniversaries.  I also include other memorable occasions like my sorority anniversary (which I share with my undergraduate line sisters) and even graduations if I have the date.

Writing it down helps me get gift ready early so I don’t miss the opportunity to share an important occasion.  So I’ve formatted my list and made it available for you.

Download and create your own list here.

Get Gift Ready.

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A SHOP IN A MUSEUM

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But not just any museum….

I finally made it to the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and it is all that it was purported to be and so is their museum shop.timed-pass-art

If you’ve never shopped in a museum’s (or other cultural organization’s) store you’re missing out on a great source of gifts.  New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Store is so renown it has it’s own brick and mortar store a couple of blocks away from the actual museum and has an unbelievable online presence.

Here were some of my finds from the NMAAHC:

Socks!

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Socks abound. Throwback NBA heroes. Muhammed Ali. Jackie Robinson. Colorful. Fun. A great and usable memento and gift (my favorite kind).

Grouped Sections of Greatness: Got Soul?!?

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One of the neat things about the store is that it’s organized sort of like the museum – an arts section (music, dance), a book section, fashion, etc. That’s my cutie patootie nephew point to the sweatshirt. Note the socks. Didn’t I mention there were socks!

Books, Books, and More Books!
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They had the entire MARCH graphic novel series written by civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis.

I picked up a tee shirt for myself – I couldn’t resist.  But the store has some great jewelry and items that family and friends would love to have – especially out-of-towners who may not have access to this museum at home.

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ABOUT TOWN LAS VEGAS: 12 AM:RUN

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Much More than a Sneaker Store…

Right outside The Linq Hotel – my accommodations for a recent wedding – is a great strand featuring shops and eateries – Sprinkles Cupcakes anyone?!?

It’s there that I ran into 12AM:Run or XIIAM.  The store is co-owned by Nas, creator of the cult classic Illmatic, hip hop icon, and lyricist extraordinaire.  So it makes perfect sense that the vibe in XIIAM would be amazing even at 11 o’clock a night.

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Founded by Nas, this Vegas sneaker store is worth a visit, if only to absorb the vibe.

The store’s tagline is “Sneakers. Fashion. Lifestyle.” and indeed what a lifestyle.  

The staff was amazing – cool and accommodating without being overbearing.  The clothing and accessories were unique, well-priced and equally well-shown. #merchandisinggamestrong 

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Great art adorns the store. I want this image of Karl Lagerfeld saying “I’ve always wanted to wear sweatpants” for my own house. Also check the layout of caps and the color coordination of tee shirts. #details matter

I picked up a couple of gifts for the holidays and have gone to their online store a couple of times since leaving the city as I’m lusting after one of their sweatshirts.

So if you’re caught in Vegas late night, stop by 12 AM:Run.  The only thing missing was the real Nas, but trust me his essence lingers.

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ABOUT TOWN LAS VEGAS: BASIN WHITE

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A Great Spot for Last Minute Gifts

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Basin White in The Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes, Las Vegas, is a great place for pretty gifts.

I love taking trips and finding unique shops that allow me to bring home great gifts.  A few weeks ago I was in Las Vegas for a wedding.  I was a +1 and didn’t know the bride or groom, but after meeting them and subsequently being invited to attend their nuptials, I thought – these two deserve a gift.

So….

While exploring the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian (I was there just a year ago and boy have they expanded in the best way) I came across Basin White (also known as Basin).  Basin White is basically a bath store (like Lush) and has a number of great products and equally impressive packaging.  

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I was able to pick up a few bath bombs for the – ahem wedding night – and also some very cute “bride and groom” soap.  They may never use it but at least it’s festive.

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This bride and groom soap seemed perfect for a couple who was celebrating a destination wedding and small enough to pack in their bags without adding too much weight.

I also got to try my hand at video for the first time (my soror She’Don played the talent) as we watched a bath bomb dissolve and got to test out the products ourselves – which by the way are AMAZING!

So if you’re in Vegas – stop by Basin White.  

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THANK YOU – FOR A JOB WELL DONE

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Because appreciation is critical…

I recently had a little rant over the importance of saying thank you.  Although I promise that I’m over it, I have found that those feelings have translated into great blog content and has kept me on my “gratitude toes” so to speak.

So in order to walk my talk I took the opportunity to thank one of the members of my team for doing an awesome job in putting together a major event at our workplace.  She did great and putting together this little desk delivery was a simple, inexpensive and appropriate way to say thanks.

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  1. Choose your packaging.  It could be a box or a gift bag  I went with a glass jar with a chalk label on it that I could use to write a message (lesson: writing on a mini chalkboard is not easy).  I picked up my jar at Hobby Lobby.
  2. Fill the package.  I used my teammates favorite – Dove dark chocolates.  But it could be mints or gumballs.  You could also fill it with office supplies or other doodads.

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