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10 Awesomely Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $100

Tired of stuffed teddy bears and heart-shaped candies that look like they belong in 16-year old’s room? This year give your romantic flame a gift as awesome and unique as you. From custom-made scents to DIY flavor infusers, you’ll surprise and delight your boo with gifts selected from this thoughtfully curated (and affordable) list.

Check out my 10 Awesomely Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $100 below.

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The Gift of Scent

unique fragrance 100Unique Fragrance – Starting at $90

Having your own perfume is like a right of passage for celebrities who hit the big time. Why not give your bae the same special treatment? Unique Fragrance lets you create a custom scent from 150 billion combination options and engrave the bottle you select with a message (or brand of your choosing). I created my own blend of White Jasmine, Sandal Wood & Violet Leaf and branded my Swarovski bottle in less than 5 minutes.

The Gift of The Wild

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Leather Wrapped Candle – $22

Made by Etsy seller, Bradon, this leather wrapped candle is the perfect rustic treat for the outdoorsy love in your life. Available in three woodsy scents (cedarwood and patchouli, tobacco and vanilla, and sandalwood and lavender) they will transport you a campfire log without making you leave the comfort of your home.

The Gift of The Hunt 

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Where to Eat Pizza – $21

Come on. Who doesn’t love a great slice of pizza? This book is perfect for the foodie in your life who loves knowing the best locations to chow-down. More than 1,000 food experts and pizza aficionados were consulted to curate this guide of where to find the best pizza anywhere in the world. Talk about a great way to spend date night over the next few months.

The Gift of Style

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 Gentleman’s Box – $25

Treat your sweetie to a gift that will keep him looking dapper every day of the year. Gentleman’s Box is the top-notch men’s subscription box that offers variety in style and grooming products. Each themed box contains four to six items with at least $100 in combined retail value. Plus, as a bonus to the subscription, US and Canadian members receive a free year of GQ magazines.


The Gift of Declaration

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SWGR Heart Necklace | Rectangle – $28

Jewelry is always a good idea, especially when comes from the heart. These original pieces are fashioned out of real fishing hooks and encased in resin. They are lightweight, made in the USA and a creative way to show your loved one how you feel.

The Gift of Chill

Popcorn Factory You & Me Dual Compartment Tote Bag $24

The Popcorn Factory – You & Me Dual Compartment Tote Bag – $24

Sometimes saying “I love you” means kicking off your heels and binge-watching your favorite show. The Popcorn Factory has you covered with this four flavor-filled popcorn filled tote that can reused as a double bottle wine carrier – whoo hoo.

The Gift of Comfort

Brooks Running The Streaker Hoodie 75   Brooks Running  – The Streaker Hoodie – $75

Made for runners, this hoodie is a perfect gift for that busy bee who likes to be comfy when they keep it moving. Ultra-soft, seamless and made with odor-resistant fabric, this hoodie lets your boo go from a run to hanging out without missing a step.

The Gift of Romance

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BloomNation – Red Roses and Yellow Roses Sets in Cylindros – $75

Flowers may be a traditional Valentine’s Day gift, but there is no reason you have to give a traditional bouquet. Upgrade your floral game with a cylinder gift set of red and yellow roses that your sweetheart can display around her home or office. This featured arraignment is available in the NYC area. Enter your zip code to find a modern floral option in your city that will make her smile.

The Gift of Sophistication

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Oak Bottle – Flavors starting at $59

Let your boo be the mixology genius they were meant to be with this rapid flavor infuser from Oak Bottle. The oak aging accelerator transforms any ordinary wine, beer, whiskey or any other spirit an extraordinary drink with 24-48 hours. It’s a one of a kind product that lets you add notes of flavor including chocolate, coffee, maple, citrus, smoke and more to make your drinks unique.

The Gift of Kissable Skin

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Oyin – 5 Piece Snack Pack – For Body – $22

Everyone loves having soft and smooth skin that radiates and sparkles. This 5-piece gift set of handmade body products from Oyin, provides the perfect combination hydrating treats that your bea can use from their head to their toes. It’s like a mini-spa travel-friendly set that will keep her glowing no matter where she’s headed.

 – Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress

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6 Amazing Designer Discoveries From The AMCONYC Holiday Pop Up Shop

The holiday’s may be over, but your season of gift giving is just beginning. Even if you got through December without having to find the perfect present, you’re not out of the woods. With the New Year comes dozens of obligations opportunities to hunt down the perfect gift.

Say hello to Valentine’s Day, birthdays, wedding season, housewarming season, push presents (yup that’s a thing), graduations, anniversary gifts, sweet 16s, bat mitzvahs, bridal showers and job promotion parties.

Luckily, I’ve always got my eye out for what’s new and cool and have you covered. I recently interviewed some of the coolest new independent entrepreneurial designers on the scene at the AMCONYC Annual Holiday Popup Shop and curated a list of go-to sites for must-haves that would be perfect for whatever gifting event you may encounter in 2016.

For the Fashionista

Jovan O’Connor – This philly native has made a name for herself in a very short time. Known for trendy, classy and fashion forward styles, Jovan O’Conner has dressed living legends (Patti Labelle) and reality stars (Cynthia Bailey) alike. Her looks are perfect for the “girl on the go” and “the life of the party.” Her Spring ’15 Collection ranges from $235 – $1475, with uniquely stunning styles at every price point in between.

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Designer Jovan O’Connor | Photos: @triplebphotos

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Me with a fab Jovan OConner Dress 🙂 | Photos: @triplebphotos

D. Webb Designs – Dancer Debbie Despina Cartsos knows that inspiration comes from doing what you love. The urban dance-wear designer has succeed in creating hot looks that can be rocked in the studio or on the street. Her empires, shrugs and capris are perfect for fashionista looking to move in style regardless of their activity. Original items range from $28 – $140.

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D. Webb Designs Designer Debbie Despina Cartsos (Right) | Photo: @triplebphotos

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Rocking an empire with a bit of sparkle:) | Photo: @triplebphotos

For the Beauty Boss

d.i.d. Nail PaintWith colors like “Round Midnight,” “Dutchess” and “Sweet Patato Pie,” you know that this nail polish line has the right amount of sugar and spice for every beauty maven in your life. Designed by nail technician Adrienne Blanks, the eco-friendly, non-toxic and cruelty free line doesn’t sacrifice quality for the price. With each shade running $10 (with free shipping in the US with code – NAILMAIL) you can make a gift set from an array of colors or select one the collection sets from this independent designer.

Event guest (left) and d.i.d Nail Paint founder Adrienne Blanks (right) | Photo: @triplebphotos

Photo: @triplebphotos

For the Dapper Don

Monk – The ladies aren’t the only ones who should be dressed to the nines. This new luxury line makes socially responsible cashmere garments with custom details and handcrafted touches that you’ll never want to take off. Prices range from $130 – $380 and include soft shawls, scarves, hoodies, and cardigans.   

Photo: @triplebphotos

Photo: @triplebphotos

For the Clutch Queen

Gardinie – Founded in 2014 by Javan Gardinier, this fine leather handbag line is becoming a go-to in the luxury space with no signs of slowing down. A refreshing blend of classic style, elegance and affordability, Gardinie is sure to become the bag of choice for any wearer. From clutches to purses to overnight bags, there are styles available for women as well as men. Prices range from $275 – $1,050.

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Gardinie’ Chief Creative Officer Kim Andersson & Vice President, Irfan Lakdawala | Photo: @triplebphotos

For the Sentimental Sister

With You – For some a piece of jewelry is a default, last minute gift, but it doesn’t have to be. Founded by Mikki Glass and Elizabeth DeMaso, With You Lockets are an original gift designed to commemorate the special relationships in your life. Every locket can be customized with a photos (they’ll print and affix your pre-selected photos for you), so you can give a beautiful gift that is also memorable. Prices range from $99 – $429 and come available in styles and finishes to suit even the most discerning taste.

With You Team | Photo: @triplebphotos

Photo: @triplebphotos


Besides offering unique gift items, the Pop up Shop benefited the Variety – the Children’s Charity of New York, so each of these independent designers helped a lot of organizations by being a part of the event that day. That’s a pretty good reason by itself to check out these designers, as if you needed another one;).

– à bientôt

Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress

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17 Must-Have Stylish Gifts To Give This Holiday Season

The best gifts are thoughtful, stylish and as unique as the person you’re surprising. Here are 17 chic holiday gifts from cool entrepreneurs and independent companies that will have your spouses, significant others, friends, co-workers and bosses feeling thankful all season long.

For The Bling Queens 

Cricket BHDC Kabuki Gold Digger

Pro – Kabuki Brush – $16.65 

Travel-friendly and available in three colors: Black Beauty, Gold Digger and Silver Lush

Pro – Eyelash Curler – $16.65

Curls lashes of any length easily and comfortably. Also available in multiple colors.

For The Dapper Dons

Pacific Shaving Company – Caffeinated Shaving Cream and Aftershave  – $15.99 (set)

Give your skin a jolt with this all natural, eco -friendly shave set.

Penhaligon’s Nickel Shaving Set, $210.99 at No Background

Penhaligon’s – Nickel Shaving Set – $210.99

A sleek and sophisticated shaving for the men with classic style.

Skinny Tie Madness – Dry Dreams – $29.00

Look sharp as steel with this blue linen tip and accompanying tie clip.

For The Beauty Boss

Morgan TaylorGifted With Style Minis – $15.00

Add the perfect amount of sass and spice to the season’s celebrations with this luxe lacquer collection.

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Robin Mcgraw Revelation – Pure Joy Lip Gloss Collection – $49.95

A little shine and shimmer goes well on smiling lips.

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GROH® – Ergo Boost Lifestyle Kit – $152.00

Give the gift of healthy hair, skin, and nails with all natural lifestyle collection that strengthens, repairs and enhances from the inside out.

Footnanny – Soaking Foot Salts + Eucalyptus Foot Cream + Cotton Treatment Socks–  $98.00

Soak tired feet in a bath of rosemary, sage, parsley, thyme and lemon and sooth with the relaxing scent of eucalyptus cream and a pair of softening socks.

Lifestyle Pillows – Hair Pillow – $90 (Pillow & Case)

Retain moisture and prevent curls and locks from being compressed while sleeping with this ergonomically correct satin topped pillow.

For the Fashionista


RumbaTime – Chelsea Clutch – $20

Available in 5 fun neon colors these eye catching clutches and water resistant clutches can be worn as a wristlet or popped into a purse or carry-on.

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LOUVELLE – Showerwear – $40.00

Protect your locks in the shower or gym workout with this fashionable shower cap. Available in assorted styles.

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MUJUSXOXO Bracelet – $34

Pretty jewelry is always a great gift, especially when it is fair-trade and full of love.

Elephant Yoga Pants Old Bet $18.00

The Elephant Pants – $18

Hip harem pants that are comfortable enough to be worn anytime. Available in assorted styles, proceeds from these pants are donated to the African Wildlife Foundation to save the elephants.

For the Hostess 

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Exotic Angels – Joy Globe – Home Depot & Lowes – $7.98

  Low maintenance Air Plants are tucked inside these sparkly spheres making them a stylish way to bring the outside in this holiday season.

For the Techie 

UR Powered – Amanda Two Tone Knit Women’s Audio Earmuff– $36 (Needs adapter below)

Keep ears warm and stylish this winter while you rock to your favorite music with this wireless earmuff. Available in two colors options.

UR Powered Bluetooth Adaptor – $38.00

Connect to your wireless earmuff, speakers, hats and headbands easily with this Bluetooth Adaptor. Available in black or white.


*This post was updated to include products from the 2015 Footnanny collection. The previous listed products were from the 2014 collection.

– à bientôt

Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 7 Mama Maven Picks She’ll Love

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Show the mama maven in your life how special she is with a unique gift to that is sure to make her smile.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide:

  1. BERRICLE – Sterling Silver Simulated Ruby Cubic Zirconia Halo Pendant Necklace & Stud Earrings, $66/$54 – Shower mom with a little bling on her special day. These rubies sparkly brightly and are sure to put a twinkle in her eye.
  2. Moto 360 – Motorola Champagne, $249 – A Gorgeous timepiece with a digital twist this modern, watch does more than tell time. You can choose from three case finishes, nine band styles and multiple watch faces, plus mom can simply speak to Moto 360 to ask for directions or send you a “I love you” text.
  3. New York & Company – Eva Mendes Collection – Coin Necklace, $40 – If you’re smart, you’ll treat mom like the starlet she really is and let her make a statement. This coin necklace from Eva Mendes and New York & Co. is sure to shine.
  4. Lifetherapy – Escape Collection, $24-$48 – Add some relaxation to moms life with bath and body collection scented with hints of gardenia, pineapple leaf, sensuous musk, and palm bark. There’s not question if this collection will transport her to a beautiful, peaceful place.
  5. Bella il Fiore, – Goodnight Gorgeous Sleep Mask, $28 – Silky, sassy sleep. What more does mom need? These sleep masks come in an array of colors and fun sayings and are so fabulous she may not may want to get out of bed. 
  6. Fairytale Brownies – Thank You Morsel 24, $31 – Sweet chocolatey goodness? Yes, please. Thank mom for being so amazing with this yummy brownie gift set. These bite-size morsels are baked in six delicious flavors and are individually wrapped, making them perfect for sharing with her girlfriends.

à bientôt

Charell Star | A Girl In A Dress