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Stylishly Merry

Whether you are treating yourself or buying gifts for your loved ones, the holiday season is always a fun time for shopping. Sure the crowds can be overwhelming, but that’s what online shopping is for, right?! For our Harmony edition we wanted to share a few of our favorite things that are getting us into the Christmas spirit. We’ve included pieces that are perfect for an annual Christmas party, celebrating with friends and family, and even a couple gift ideas to add to your very own wish list.

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The Power of Pink

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, there is no better time to embrace your love for all things pink. Both the fashion and beauty industry have colossally stepped up their involvement over the last few years when it comes to raising both money and awareness for this life-threatening disease. Which is why this month we’re sharing with you some of our favorite things that will be a great addition to your life, and will also help an amazing cause. Each item selected gives a percentage of sales to various charitable breast cancer research organizations.

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The secret style of pets

With so many of us being pet owners and animal lovers I don’t think we realize how big of an influence these beautiful creatures have in our lives, specifically our style. Dog moms, cat ladies, bird lovers...you name it and there is some kind of fashionable merchandise. For our issue dedicated to furry and feathery friends we’re focusing on some of our current favorite items that pay tribute to animals. When it comes to clothing there’s no better way to express your personality than to go for looks that showcase who you are as a person. A dog print dress is perfect for the gal who loves her pups, while a pair of leopard print sneakers are sure to make any cat lady purr with excitement. Since summer is in full swing there is even a variety of animal themed, warm weather products that you won’t want to pass up. Who wouldn’t want to lounge in the pool on a giant golden, inflatable swan? Made popular a few years ago by the ultimate party hostess Taylor Swift, these floats are all the rage. If you’re on the hunt for a cute, fun in the sun dress, flamingos are always a great option. Their pink, girly appeal is a feminine and fabulous way to stay cool while standing out in the crowd.

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Bridal bliss

Since this is our Cherish issue, it only seems fitting to focus on bridal season. Whether you’re the bride to be, a member of the wedding party, or simply an attendee, choosing the right thing to wear or what to give as a gift can get a little stressful. With rehearsal dinners, showers, and even the honeymoon, you want to go after dresses that are stylish, but also not so fancy that you are uncomfortable in them. Choosing designs that flow or have a less fitted silhouette are perfect for spring and summer weddings. To accompany a heat preventing airy fit, we also like colors that are soft and in the bridal family. Cool tone blues, soft pinks, and lovely lavenders are all classic choices, and unless you are the bride, try to steer clear of all white looks.

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Petal power

“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” Miranda Priestley said it best in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, but as cliché as it might be, florals have always been and remain one of the greatest inspirations for spring fashion and beauty trends. Their colors, their textures, their scent all work together to inspire our wardrobe choices and beauty looks.

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Dealing with belligerent kids

Parents know all too well that kids are experts at pushing our buttons – talking back, refusing to mind, picking fights with their siblings – at precisely those moments when we’re at our most stressed.

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Girls just wanna have fun

Since this issue is all about getting saucy, we are here to help you spice up your wardrobe for a girl's night out. Going out for an evening with the gals can be as low-key or as dressy as you want, but we think it's always a good idea to have a little fun with it. Since a group of women's styles can vary from all degrees of glam to casual, it's nice to have options for every kind of outing. If your plans are for more of a relaxed get together, a cool graphic tee, cute pair of flats, and a lip gloss with a slight hint of sparkle are all excellent choices. If you're going for a theme, we love a good 90's throw back. Items like an updated bodysuit, an edgy leather moto jacket, and a simple black choker scream Kelly Taylor (hey there 90210 fans!). Or if you want more of a modern-day fashionista look, channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw with an ultra-feminine tulle skirt. To make a bit of a bolder statement, a silk fuchsia duster is a vibrant way to jazz up some jeans. Link up your pop of pink with a beautiful Burgundy hued eyeshadow palette for an ultimate punch of color. If taking the girls dancing, a sparkly pair of sequin pants are a glitzy way to catch the light. A one shouldered jumpsuit also screams “Ladies Night”, as does a little black dress complete with fringe detailing.

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I think I’m kind of glamorous

Scott Robinson has always had a love for the stage, performing in musical theater when he was in high school and college. When he was 19 years old, he went a Louisville club where he saw his first drag queen performance.

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Welcome to the Boom-Boom Room

Valentine’s Day is coming up. Perhaps you’re considering having some intimate photographs taken for that special someone in your life. It’s called boudoir photography. Are you a feeling little trepidation, not knowing what to expect? Kelsey Malicotes is ready to allay your anxiety and help you create a unique photo album.

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Jarrett's Joy Cart

Jennifer Mynear knew her son Jarrett was special from a young age. Though she had always known he was smart, she first saw his rare fearlessness at age 2. After he was diagnosed with an aggressive bone cancer at age 2, she and her husband Doug took him to an orthopedic surgeon to discuss amputating his lower right leg.

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Comic relief

For LaRonda Clay, the hardest part about comedy was getting up the nerve to do it in the first place. She had waffled about doing amateur night at Comedy Off Broadway for months, but in March 2010, she finally found the courage to get up on stage. Her husband Phillip encouraged her and helped her to have the confidence to pull it off.

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Spreading joy this holiday season

As holiday time rolls around, kids invariably start to think about their gift wish lists. And while there’s no denying the joy of ripping into a freshly wrapped present on Christmas morning, the season is also about giving — and the joy that brings as well.

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