Gala Gal on a Budget?

10 08 2009

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Personally, I know that I can’t afford to buy a $300 gala ticket AND a $1000+ gala gown. At least, not yet 😉

That’s why I was so excited to learn about Borrow a Dress Couture located here in Chicago. This cute boutique stocks this season’s couture gowns from designers such as Oui Oui Couture, Lavender Label by Vera Wang, Alexander McQueen, Herve Leger, and many more. Even better is that you can rent the gowns for 3-days and return them like *snap* that!

To learn more about the boutique, check out my Chicagonista article by clicking here!

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KAI Collections Supports Some Brave African Girls

10 08 2009

When I was in high school, I did a research paper on the horrors of Female Genital Mutilation. Young African girls (as young as 9) are sometimes subjected to the act as a right of passage. The gruesome act not only inflicts pain on the girls at that momemt, but as they grow up, there are often many complications and infections from the procedure. Jessica Censotti, a Chicago artist, is using her artwork to raise awareness and support young girls who stand up against FGM. In addition to great sculptures and vessels, Censotti also features dazzling earrings from the KAI Collections at her shows and on her website.

Red Feather Earrings, $65

Red Feather Earrings, $65

The jewelry is handcrafted by the Maasai women in Kenya and 100% of the proceeds will go to build a home for girls who’ve refused Female Genital Mutilation. To learn more about the school and the Mwavido organization by visiting www.mwavido.com. I’ve picked out my three favorite designs but all of them are beautiful!

Lavender and Green Earrings, $65

Lavender and Green Earrings, $65

Tear Drop Earrings with Turquoise Stones, $55

Tear Drop Earrings with Turquoise, $55

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Thanks to Three Peas Art for the info!