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10 Fashionable Gifts That Give Back

Good will hunting for the holidays just got easier. Give back this season in a big way by purchasing fashionable gifts that not only make your loved ones happy, but also aid noteworthy causes benefiting others all over the world. Take a peek at the top 10 gifts we’ve curated courtesy of some of your favorite fashion and beauty brands.
NCLA

This season beauty brand NCLA in collaboration with Glamour is giving your nails the fashion fix it deserves with exclusive nail wraps designed by 10 Crosby Derek Lam, Bibhu Mohapatra, L’Wren Scott and Peter Som. $5 from each set of nail wraps sold will go to Girls Who Code, a nonprofit with a mission to empower and educate young girls to pursue opportunities in technology and engineering.

Our Pick: NCLA x Glamour’s bright yellow with butterfly embellished nail wraps by L’wren Scott.
Price: $16 each
M.A.C Cosmetics

Every Vixen deserves the perfect pink pout and you can get that look with MAC’s Viva Glam collection curated by Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin. All proceeds from the sale of the Viva Glam collection goes to children, men and women affected by HIV and AIDS.

Our Pick: Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass in hot pink
Price: $15 each
SKYY Vodka

Holiday celebrations get fashionable when you throw in SKYY Vodka’s limited edition amfAR bottle with a hauter than life blue velvet baroque design. Did we mention how tasty it is? Proceeds of sales will benefit amfAR’s study and research of HIV/AIDS.

Price: $18.49
Monique Péan

In stylish form, Monique Péan’s eco-friendly jewelry brand, solely designed with rare and precious stones, is perfect for the gal who loves dropping gems. A portion of proceeds from jewelry sales goes to various charitable causes including Trees for Life, charity: water, and Partner’s in Health.

Our Pick:  The fossilized jet and fossilized woolly mammoth triangular bangle complete with white diamonds and 18K recycled yellow gold
Price: $2,390
Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy has collaborated with world thinker Deepak Chopra on a chic holiday collection for a worthy cause. Designs from the collection include stylish jewels and signature graphic t-shirts. All proceeds from this sale will go to the Chopra Foundation that’s dedicated to improving health and promoting World Peace.

Our Pick: The Rachel Roy x Deepak Plaque Pendent Necklace in yellow gold, rose gold and sterling silver complete with inspiring words of wisdom.
Price: $395


TOMS

Sisters Maricor and Maricar Manalo have lent a creative hand in designing a special holiday themed pair of TOMS shoes with a message of ”GIVE” displayed on the exterior in vibrant colors. Purchasing a pair of these comfy shoes will result in TOMS providing a pair of shoes for a child in need as part of their One for One movement.

Price: $54
Erica Weiner

Erica Weiner’s environmental friendly jewelry collection (handmade exclusively in NYC) is filled with antique and vintage jewels perfect for the Bohemian or fashionista in your life. Every year the brand donates a portion of their after-tax profits to different charities. Last year they used 11% of their proceeds to support NYC public school arts education as well as AIDS research.

Our Pick: Infinity Rings
Price: $40
The Body Shop

Through the years The Body Shop has been very vocal in their STOP Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People initiative. This year, the brand teamed with Get Paper Industries to give back to disadvantaged children living in the foothills of the Himalyas with their limited edition School of Beauty Box. What’s more? 4% of sales from each box sold will go to social projects in Nepal, which aids in aiding in the education of children.

Price: $25
Barney’s

Last year it was all about Gaga’s Workshop, this year fronting Barney’s colorful ‘Electric Holiday Collection’ are a few of our favorite classic Disney Characters. The collection includes everything from tasty holiday treats to dog collars, diaries and more, perfect for kids and adults. 25% of the retail price of all items sold from the collection will be donated to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Our Pick: Disney Electric Holiday’s Diane von Furstenburg Vinylmation figure in the shape of a mouse, but of course, with DVF’s signature message of ‘love is life’.
Price: $250
YOOX

In celebration of their grand opening in China, YOOX.com has collaborated with Naomi Campell’s non-profit organization Fashion for Relief for a line of style savvy graphic t-shirts with fun prints designed by 3.1 Phillip Lim, Dolce & Gabbana, Masha Ma, Moschino and Qiu Hao. Proceeds will go to Fashion for Relief, which supports humanitarian and international causes. “Fashion For Relief wanted to do something that stays in China, for the kids in China” says Campbell.

Our Pick: Fashion for Relief’s Moschina designed t-shirt featuring the brand’s signature heart.
Price: $35

 

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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