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Qatar Couture: A Tale of 100 Years in Fashion

This upcoming March 20th, the Qatar-America Institute will be hosting its inaugural fashion show: Qatar Couture: A tale of 100 Years in Fashion: an immersive journey, live experience and first look into contemporary and modest fashions by artists from Qatar. The fashion show, which will be held on sea in Los Angeles’ Marina Del Rey port is being sponsored by The Qatar-America Institute: a nonprofit research institute that highlights information on the U.S.- Qatari strategic relationship. Its goal is to educate and enhance the vital partnership between both nation’s capitals, as well as the enduring friendship among the Qatari and American people. Qatar, a country that has a historical association with the sea will be celebrating its country’s fashions embarked on a yacht on the Pacific Coast unifying their historic association with traditional and contemporary Modern fashions from their young talent.

Guests will be entertained by composer Dana Al Fardan and view fashions created by internationally renowned known fashion designer Elham Al Ansari amongst others. Dana Al Fardan is a worldwide known Qatari composer who holds the nations’ record as its only female contemporary composer and founder of the country’s first record label. Elham Al Ansari who is set to show her collections has demonstrated her intelligent sense of fashion style, representative of Qatari culture and values.

In recent years, the Qatar-America Institute has made strides in connecting the American audience with the Qatari community. Just this month, the institute hosted its’ “Expressions Artist Talk” in Houston, Texas with internationally renowned Arabian horse breeder Michael Byatt.

About the Qatar-American Institute (https://qataramerica.org)

The Qatar-America Institute provides information on the U.S.- Qatari strategic relationship to enhance the vital partnership between both nation’s capitals Washington, D.C., and Doha, as well as the enduring friendship among the Qatari and American people.

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ALICE + OLIVIA TAPS LAKWENA FOR NEW COLLABORATION

Street Artist’s Signature Messages of Empowerment Come to Life
with a Limited-Edition Capsule Collection
in Celebration of Women’s Month;
Proceeds Will Benefit Lifeway Network’s Mission to Stop Human Trafficking

Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet is pleased to announce that the brand has teamed up with London-based artist Lakwena to advance the artist’s bold messages of empowerment in celebration of International Women’s Day 2020 (March 8) and Women’s History Month.

Bendet and Lakwena, both champions of female ambition and empowerment in their own right, have partnered on a limited-edition collaboration that brings Lakwena’s signature murals to life across a capsule collection of apparel.

As an avid art enthusiast, Bendet is constantly inspired by various artists, bringing their work to life through fashion with her biannual Art Collective series. Past collaborations within the Art Collection landscape include Keith Haring, Domingo Zapata, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Donald Robertson.

The collection itself puts optimism at the forefront, Lakwena combats the pessimism of our contemporary social and political climate with empowering statements. “RAISE YOUR HOPES”, “LIFT YOU HIGHER”, “POWER” — these are just some of the artist’s large-scale mural works’ bold declarations that designer Bendet has transformed into wearable art with the Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet x Lakwena collection.

“I love the positivity and graphic beauty of Lakwena’s artwork,” said Bendet, “each of her works are visual symbols of strength and optimism!”

Combining vivid colours and decorative patterns, Lakwena creates artworks that draw on both her background in graphic design and her own personal history. From London’s Southbank and Shoreditch to Fort Smith Juvenile Detention Centre in Arkansas, America, these messages of hope and affirmation radiate across their urban environments.

“I’ve loved seeing my paintings come to life in a different form through this collaboration with Alice + Olivia,”said Lakwena, “I’m really happy that we’re also able to use this as an opportunity to stand in solidarity with survivors of sex trafficking.” 

Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet will be donating 10% of sales to LifeWay Network, an organization fighting to end human trafficking by raising consciousness and providing safe housing and mentorship to survivors.

“Human trafficking is a modern-day epidemic that many do not even realize exists today,” said Nicky Hilton-Rothschild, “I am so grateful that Alice + Olivia has collaborated with Lawkwena to bring awareness to this global issue. Educating the public is one of the most important things we can continue to do to prevent human trafficking.”

According to the UN, Human trafficking effects every country in the world, but it’s not talked about it enough; Bendet has joined her friend Nicky Hilton-Rothschild in supporting the efforts of LifeWay Network – an organization for which Hilton-Rothschild is an avid supporter. Together, with Lakwena, the trio hope to Stop Sex Trafficking this Women’s Month.

To launch the collection Bendet, Lakwena, and Hilton co-hosted a Female Empowerment Dinner, dubbed F.E.D. in New York, marking the second dinner in the F.E.D. series launched by Bendet in January 2020. The collection is now available at the brand’s retail locations, department and specialty store accounts, and e-commerce.

The Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet x Lakwena capsule collection includes a selection of the artist’s affirmations printed on a ball gown skirt, reversible kimono, and a range of empowering tees. The collection, which is available via the brand’s website, as well as select retailers, retails between $225 for a tee to $595 for a maxi skirt.

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Be My Valentine at This February 14th

First thing when I wake up, wait a bit, I need to do a special makeup.

I used the GEN NUDE Eyeshadow Palette from the NEW bareMinerals Beauty of Nature Collection, as well as their GEN NUDE mineral-rich long-wearing blush for my Valentine’s Day makeup!

A sweet nice breakfast is necessary for a sweet day. I have the home-made banana muffin with Tahini for the dip, also adding some fruits with coconut whipped cream. This tahini is one of my favorite thing I can add to everything – for salad, pastries, or even my sandwiches. It is the Mighty Sesame Tahini Dressings in squeezable bottles.

Adding a Beetology drink is also a good idea to boost your nutrition and energy!

I wear a warm long knit dress with a red bag for this special day! Being pretty, as the same time keeping warm, this is how smart we are! Lucy Paris has a lot of stylish fashion choices for you for any your special event. The cute red bag is from Urban Originals, I like it because it is very comfortable to wear, also you can have all your needs in this small-look bag no problem.

A morning walk along the cove, I love the breathe and sunshine!

For lunch, I prepare this wild Alaskan salmon at home, with my cat as my date, why not? I enjoy his company.

Sitka Salmon Shares delivers premium, sustainable, wild Alaskan seafood from the fishermen directly to members’ doorsteps! Sitka Salmon Shares is built around a humble collective of committed fishermen that put quality first, handling fish one at a time, with respect and care. It’s their livelihood, afterall, and many of their fishermen have been using these highly selective, small-batch fishing methods for generations. Read on to know your fishermen—from how they got started, why they love life on the open water and why they are part of Sitka Salmon Shares. They also have a lot of recipes on their website!

Valentine’s Day afternoon, I would love to share my time with my bestie – Galentine at Valentine’s Day. I love this double happiness. We went to SOMI SOMI, a super cute yummy tayaki & soft serve ice cream store. What I wear is from Brooklyn Cloth, which is a leader in on-trend apparel that enables their customers to express individuality. They pull inspiration from across the globe, and in their backyard of New York City, to develop their bold collections. Brooklyn Cloth stands out for its unique fabrics, eye-catching graphics, and must-have silhouettes. They observe trends that define today’s market to bring fresh, expressive collections to the table.

Valentine’s celebration is always to be official at night. I chose to have cakes with Ryan at one of my favorite dessert spots in San Diego – Extraordinary Desserts.

See these beautiful cakes, I just can’t help myself to draw them on my paper!

There is always something else sweet waiting for me at Valentine’s Day! It is MarieBelle’s signature Ganache chocolate, which comes from New York’s famous Soho District. It is the world-renowned, luxurious bean-to-bar chocolate company, MarieBelle Chocolates.

Before sleep, I need to be relax, because I want to have a sweet dream to end this beautiful day. A hot bath helps. Don’t forget to drop a cute bath bomb into the bathtub. This beautiful crystal bath bomb is from Village Naturals Aromatherapy‘s bath and body collection.

I can say it is a full successful Valentine’s Day for me. And now I need to say good night!

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PURA VIDA BRACELETS LAUNCHES NEW CUSTOMIZABLE JEWELRY COLLECTION

Pura Vida Bracelets, La Jolla-based jewelry and accessories brand with almost 2 million followers on Instagram, launched a line of new, engravable metal jewelry on January 21, 2020. The brand, widely beloved for its handcrafted string bracelets, is thrilled to introduce a completely new category to its community featuring customizable pieces, ideal for gifting. The launch marks the biggest product expansion since the debut of Pura Vida’s original metal jewelry pieces in 2016. Since launching the metal line, the brand has grown the collection to become 30% of its overall sales.

This news comes seven months after Vera Bradley acquired a 75% majority stake in Pura Vida Bracelets for $130M; Pura Vida continues to operate independently.

The new collection consists of two ring styles, two bracelet styles, and one necklace style, which are available in gold, rose gold, and silver. The pieces can be engraved with fonts including Lucida Handwriting, Courier New, or the Pura Vida brand font, as well as with Greek letters. All items can also be engraved with signature Pura Vida graphics, including a pineapple, tree, heart, and waves.

“We’ve been discussing expanding our metal collection for some time now,” says Griffin Thall, CEO & Co-Founder of Pura Vida Bracelets. “Our original metal pieces were so well received – our wave ring is actually one of our best sellers! We’re always looking for new ways to provide our brand fans with items that we know they’ll love. We think our community will be thrilled with the option to customize their Pura Vida accessories, whether it be for a friend, family member, sorority sister, or coworker – the options are endless.”

Pura Vida Bracelets is a Costa Rica-born and Cali-bred lifestyle brand that sources ethically-produced handcrafted pieces from over 800 artisans worldwide. Inspired by Costa Rica’s “pura vida” philosophy, the brand’s simple, bright, and colorful pieces embody a lifestyle that encourages the appreciation of simple pleasures and living life to its fullest.

Pura Vida’s engravable collection is available on PuraVidaBracelets.com. Bracelets are $22, rings are $20 and necklaces are $30.

About Pura Vida Bracelets:

Pura Vida Bracelets was born when friends Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman crossed paths with two talented bracelet artisans, Jorge and Joaquin, while on a post-grad surf trip to Costa Rica in 2010. Jorge and Joaquin made colorful, handmade bracelets that seemed to capture the essence of the “pura vida” lifestyle, which means “pure life” in Spanish and is a philosophy that encourages the appreciation of life’s simple treasures.

In an effort to help the artisans and bring a piece of Costa Rica back stateside, Griffin and Paul bought 400 bracelets to sell at home in San Diego. They sold out in a matter of days and the rest is history. Today, over 800 artisans in Costa Rica, El Salvador, and India can depend on a steady income and positive working environments, thanks to the support of Pura Vida’s community.

Giving back has always a core value at Pura Vida. Since 2010, the brand has partnered with over 175 charities around the world as a part of their ongoing charity collection and has donated more than $1.9 million to environmental, health and humanitarian causes. The brand’s recent Australian Fire Relief bracelet sold out in under 24 hours and provided over $23K to the cause.

During the summer of 2019, Vera Bradley acquired a 75% majority stake in Pura Vida Bracelets for $130M.

Pura Vida has expanded its collection from bracelets to other jewelry items and accessories. Visit www.PuraVidaBracelets.com for more information or follow the brand at @puravidabrac on Twitter and @puravidabracelets on Instagram.

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Embrace Your Inner Carrie with Fashion Forward Looks from Lucy Paris

Valentine’s Day is coming! Do you have a perfect outfit for your date night? No matter it will be a date date or a girl’s date, you should look gorgeous just like you are. Lucy Paris has so many good designs that I really fall in love with. Here are some my ideas for you.

BLUE SATIN WRAP DRESS WITH RUFFLE HEM.
SLIP INTO THIS FUNCTIONAL SILKY WRAP DRESS FOR A VERSATILE FEMININE FLAIR.

FEATURES

  • Polyester Satin Charmeuse
  • Unlined
  • Robe Roll Collar
  • Effortless V-Neckline
  • Sweet Ruffle Hem Flair at Bottom Hem
  • Body Contouring Seams
  • Button Cuff Entry at Sleeve Opening
  • Slight Blouson Sleeve
  • Model is wearing size small
  • This style has a perfect fit! 

CHLOE SNAKE COAT
TAN SNAKE PRINT LONG COAT.

FEATURES

  • Polyester
  • Belted at waist
  • Lined
  • Model wears a size small
  • This style fits true to size! 

KARINA RUCHED JUMPSUIT
BLACK RUSHED BODICE OFF THE SHOULDER JUMPSUIT.

FEATURES

  • 100% Polyester
  • Puffy sleeves
  • Wide legged pant
  • Model wears a size small
  • This style fits true to size!

EMELY GLITTER SWEATER
GREEN EYELASH GLITTER KNIT SWEATER.

FEATURES

  • Polyester
  • Metallic detail
  • Scalloped
  • Model wears a size small
  • This style fits true to size! 

What I choose for myself:

MANA KNIT DRESS
GREY KNIT SWEATER MIDI DRESS.

FEATURES

  • 100% Polyester
  • Turtle neck
  • Asymmetrical sides
  • Bell sleeves
  • Model wears a size small
  • This style fits true to size! 

Lucy Paris curates perfect looks for you. Each piece is thoughtfully made for women who are fashion forward, confident, and effortless. Carrie Bradshaw once said on Sex in the City, “I like my money right where I can see it … hanging in my closet.” With Lucy Paris you can keep your money in the bank while still stocking your wardrobe with quality apparel. For Parisian class, the comforts of SoCal and the edgy looks of New York, Lucy Paris has you covered this coming spring. 

Lucy Paris makes clothing for women, inspired by women: women on the go, women who empower, women who do it all!

About Lucy Paris:

Lucy Paris’s brand story begins with Lucy, the curator of the brand. Lucy was born in Paris, raised in New York, and currently in Los Angeles. Since launching in 2003, the line has evolved around giving women the “ideal wardrobe”. The brand focuses on feminine pieces and intricate details that are reflective of the city girl lifestyle. Lucy Paris blends together Parisian elegance, with a New York state of mind, and California cool. Each Lucy Paris piece is thoughtfully made for women who are fashion forward, confident, and effortless.

Taking inspiration from Paris, New York, and Los Angeles, the collection is designed as an homage to the women from these cities: the ladies who brunch, work 9 to 5, live to travel, plan their outfits, post photos of their outfits, love happy hour and dinner parties. Simply put: women who love life and do it all.

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This RED fashion will crush your Valentine’s Date Date Night

Hey girls, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, do you have the idea of how to dress like a queen at this special date night? We don’t need to please anyone at that day, what we should do is to show our beauty, our kindness and confidence. How about something red? That is my favorite color! I think it’s a great idea to wear red in this red Valentine’s Day! Urban Originals is a vegan bag brand with fashionable design, I would love to have this brand on me to show my care and love to the nature as well.

HEY WORLD – RED

Regular price $98.00

Hey World by Urban Originals is a compact but functional handbag. It features a main zip compartment and a removable strap to convert into a cross body bag. Internally the bag has a standard size zip and slip pocket, plus a larger zip compartment creating an extra pocket in the middle if the bag.

  • H5” x W10” D5”
  • Handle space: 4 ”
  • Adjustable Strap drop 20” – 22”
  • Silver Hardware
  • Main zip compartment
  • 3 internal pocket
  • 2 internal zip pocket
  • PETA certified vegan leather
  • Cruelty Free; Low Chemical; Eco-Conscious Fabrics

Here are some other Valentine’s Day fashion ideas.

ESSENTIALS – PINK CROC

Regular price$48.00

The Essentials by Urban Originals is slim and compact; it boasts a textured vegan leather interior/exterior and delicate gold hardware.

  • Vegan Leather
  • 6 large card holders
  • Zip closure
  • Gold hardware
  • Dimensions: H9cm x W11cm x D2cm

SHARE THE LOVE – RED

Regular price$98.00

Share the Love by Urban Originals is a modern take on a classic style handbag. It features a detachable strap to convert into a cross body bag; a main compartment zip and a magnetised slip pocket each side of the face of the bag.

  • Main zip compartment
  • 1 internal pocket
  • 1 internal zip pocket
  • 2 external magnetised pockets
  • 5cm x W25.5cm D14cm
  • Handle space: 2.5cm
  • Adjustable Strap drop 53cm – 61cm
  • PETA certified vegan leather
  • Cruelty Free; Low Chemical; Eco-Conscious Fabrics

RICH GIRL – RED

Regular price$98.00

The Rich Girl by Urban Originals offers refined elegance for the modern woman. This luxurious bag can be carried several ways, by hand as a traditional tote by its eye-catching metal hardware, which can be moved out of the way for the longer versatile handles that can be worn under the arm or carried by hand; again, these handles can be moved out of the way. Lastly, thanks to its removable long strap it can be worn over the shoulder.

  • Vegan Leather
  • Top zip closure
  • Internal zip pocket
  • Internal slip pocket
  • Light gold hardware
  • Dimensions: H10.5” x W14” x D6.5”
  • Metal handles drop: 3.5”
  • Longer handles drop: 10.5”
  • Adjustable strap drop: 19”-21”

GLASS CASTLE – RED

Regular price$98.00

The Glass Castle by Urban Originals is a low profile, vintage inspired tote which can also be carried as a cross body. The handles unclasp to display a roomy central compartment with an internal zip pocket.

  • Dimensions: H10.6” x W10.2” x D3.5”
  • Vegan Leather
  • Magnetic closure
  • Internal zip pocket
  • Handle drop: 2.7”
  • Removable strap adjustable up to 23”
  • PETA certified vegan leather
  • Cruelty Free; Low Chemical; Eco-Conscious Fabrics

STORY TELLER – RED

Regular price$78.00

The Story Teller by Urban Originals is a sleek and modern take on classic crossbody shape. It has been designed in soft, textured vegan leather with an easy access pocket in the front.

  • Vegan Leather
  • Slim crossbody strap
  • External zip closure pocket
  • Internal zip closure pocket
  • Rear external pouch
  • Internal slip pocket
  • Dimensions: H16cm x W25cm x D8cm

GYPSY SPORT – PINK

Regular price$88.00

The Gypsy Sport by Urban Originals is a soft, fun and functional crossbody bag that gives you the choice of 2 straps to carry with you when you are on the go. This bag features multiple internal and external pockets to keep your valuables secure. Made from cruelty-free leather.

  • 1 x Internal zip pocket 1x slip pockets
  • 1 x external zip pocket, 1x snap button pocket.
  • Main zip Enclosure
  • Polished hardware
  • Interchangeable straps
  • Fully Lined
  • Dimensions: H6” x W10” x D4”
  • Adjustable Strap: 14.5″ – 22.8″

ALL Urban Originals PRODUCTS ARE VEGAN.

Whether we’re talking about an animal or the planet – causing harm is not okay. Vegan leathers are now so top-drawer, by touch, it can be impossible to tell a leather look-alike from the real thing.

Urban Originals design and sample every piece in their Sydney office, then produce them in China. Fostering robust relationships with all their factory owners, they’re SEDEX approved and deal only with department stores with an ethical sourcing team.

Urban Originals vegan leathers are PU (polyurethane) – never PVC (polyvinylchloride). Urban Originals also work with sustainable cotton, canvas and recycled nylons.

About Urban Originals

– LUXURY VEGAN HANDBAGS AND ACCESSORIES

  • 100% Cruelty-Free Brand
  • a Vegan Brand, endorsed by PETA
  • Urban Originals create drop-dead gorgeous bags that are uber practical. They don’t use any animal leather in their designs. They have taken a stand against animal cruelty and the leather industry and its impact on animals, people and our planet. They only use materials that are cruelty free.
  • While Urban Originals are passionate about fashion and design, they also care deeply about the world we live in. For this reason, they have worked hard to make Urban Originals as environmentally and ethically responsible as possible.
  • Urban Originals use the finest quality vegan leathers and recycled materials where possible and we work to very low chemical requirements. So when you buy Urban Originals, you can feel as good as you look.
  • Urban Originals believe that the future of fashion should be ethical and sustainable. They ensure all their products are made in fair trade conditions and have passed Department Store and Industry ethical standards.
  • Urban Originals designs can now be found in boutiques across Australia, the United States, Japan, South Korea and the UK.
  • Urban Originals products are designed in Australia, however they are now based out of both Sydney and Los Angeles.
  • Urban Originals also proudly donate 10% of their profits to causes for human rights. Close to their heart is the issue of slavery and human trafficking in our modern world. There are more slaves across the world than ever before. According to the United Nations, 46 million people are in slavery worldwide and more than 10 million of these are children. As part of the social responsibility program they donate to organisations to help prevent human trafficking and to help free these slaves.
  • Urban Originals thank you for your support.
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