Celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month with White House|Black Market!

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: $58 | each T sold donates $30 to LBBC!

It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I’m deeply honored to team up with White House|Black Market in their efforts to help spread awareness and raise funds for much-needed care, education, and research!

In recent years, many in the fashion world have jumped on board this global effort, designing distinct and beautiful pieces to inspire consumers to pay it forward and help raise money. This year, White House|Black Market has teamed up with Living Beyond Breast Cancer, to launch three limited-edition products you can buy and wear, with the knowledge that your dollars are going to help women in need: a butterfly t-shirt, inspirational scarfand beautiful trinket tray.

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Butterfly scarf: $48, with $20 donated to LBBC | Inspire Tray: $18, with $10 donated to LBBC

When you purchase any of these items, a portion of the proceeds goes directly to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, an organization that provides programs and services to help people whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer.

White House|Black Market’s ongoing collaboration with LBBC has helped raise over $5/5 million in the last 25 years!

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Did you know that US Cancer death rates have fallen 22% since 1991? That’s good news, and it means that all our efforts – from NFL teams wearing pink socks, to butterfly scarves blowing in the wind – are having a massive impact. But even though diagnosis, treatments, and education have helped prolong and even give back life to many, we still have a long way to go.

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According to the American Cancer Society, Idaho ranks 50th in the nation for screening, despite the fact that women in our state have a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

Get screened, get educated, know your risk factors! The good news is that with early diagnosis and proper care, 82% of women live for five years or more after diagnosis! I recently stopped by St Luke’s for a mammogram…

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There are resources, tools, and education for women in all walks of life! For example, did you know that the American Cancer Society has programs across Idaho State? Everything from transportation and lodging services, to makeup and skincare classes for women dealing with the cosmetic side effects of cancer and treatments! How amazing is that?!? 🙂 Click the image below to find out more:

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Stay safe, be generous, and keep up the fight to end cancer.
Every bit counts, and together, we can make a difference!

Love you all!
XOXO,
Tanya

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Photography by Valerie Davenport

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Disclosure: I was given these products by White House|Black Market to photo shoot
and wear proudly in support of their collaboration with Living Beyond Breast Cancer. ❤

A Little Leather, Denim, and David Bowie

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Jeffrey Pierre / FlawlessAngel.com

It’s a little strange, isn’t it, when we mourn for someone we didn’t actually know? Today I was barely able to choke back the tears as I explained to my little girl that the Goblin King had just died… Her eyes welled up, too. “But I just learned about him, mom!” I know she’ll fall asleep to the Labyrinth soundtrack tonight.

avid bowie labyrinth“There’s such a sad love
Deep in your eyes, a kind of pale jewel
Open and closed within your eyes
I’ll place the sky within your eyes…”

I understand her sorrow. I didn’t know who Bowie was until I watched Labyrinth for the first time, and felt, like Jennifer Connolly’s character Sarah, the deep battle that churns in a young girl’s soul when her heart is both drawn to – and repelled by – the bad boy who works so hard for her affection.

There are thousands more people far more qualified than I am to write about Bowie’s influence and career. He was a musician, an artist, an actor, an instigator, an icon, a space oddity, a star, a rebel, and yes, even a Goblin King. He held up a mirror to our labeling and boxes, challenging us to throw it all away and just appreciate each other as unique humans. He was hated for it by some, but overwhelmingly loved by those who understand what’s it’s like to be Different. david bowie ziggy stardustIn case you were wondering, I didn’t rush out and take pics in a Ziggy Stardust shirt, just today. A little while ago I did a photo shoot with Jeffrey Pierre, a really cool new photographer in the Boise area who invited me to collaborate with him. I got swamped in other work and forgot to post these photos until now, when I heard the news about Bowie this morning and pulled my favorite rock t-shirt out of my closet. (Swank Boutique in downtown Boise still has a few in stock, if you’d like one of your own to wear in tribute to this amazing man!)

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The stars look very different today…
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January 8, 1947-January 10, 2016 ~ Rest in peace, David Bowie. Or whatever magical creature you really were. Somewhere, out there, I hope that your star has at last found its home, back in the celestial place you truly came from. ❤

XOXO,
Tanya

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David Bowie released his newest album Blackstar, while suffering from cancer. It was his last gift to us, his final work of art for a planet that adored him. Go get it here: http://davidbowie.com/blackstar/

 

Let it Snow, Let is Snow, Let it Snow!

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Valerie Davenport

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Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?
In the lane, snow is glistening.
A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight,
Walking in a winter wonderland!

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I adore a snow day in Boise! Sometimes it’s too cold to enjoy it, but every once in a while you get that perfect blend of white flakes, peaceful quiet, and cozy clothes that are just toasty enough to venture out into the blissful wonderland…

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I found this plaid cape at NastyGal.com on sale last season, and had a friend sew some faur fur into the hood for me. (Thanks Montana!) Add a $12 black long-sleeved knit dress from Forever 21, cute tights, my favorite snow-stomping ALDO boots, and the cutest little (and super affordable!) red bag from Closet Barcode, and I’m ready to rock!

Come on now, let’s go build a snowman. ❤ You know you want to!

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Cape: Nasty Gal.com / Dress: Forever 21 / “Night on the Town” Handbag: Closet Barcode /
Boots: ALDO / World Cuff Bracelet: Artelier by Cristina Ramella / “Stength” Necklace by MiaBellaMachina

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Thank you Closet Barcode, I love my “pop of color” posh little bag! It’s so perfect for the holidays, and beyond.

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I hope you’re enjoying your holiday season as much as I am! May you be surrounded by love, laughter, and peace today, no matter what the weather.
Hugs & Kisses & Holiday wishes,
XOXO,
Tanya

>>>Jump to the next article: Lots of Local Love gift ideas I know you’ll enjoy!

Last-Minute Local Christmas Gift Guide!

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psst… It’s almost here! Have you bought all your Christmas gifts yet?
Unless you are lucky enough to live in one of the 16 cities where Amazon can deliver presents in a day, you’re almost out of time to get your shopping done!

If you’ve waited until the last moment, or are struggling to find the perfect unique gift for someone in your life, here’s my TOP 10 LIST for items you can run out quickly and snag around the Treasure Valley area.

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10. BEEF WHIP CANDLES
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Beef Whip Candle Co. was recently started by a Boise husband & wife team, and these cleverly-titled candles have the most divine scents! If Fall Farted is our current family fave, and it makes a GREAT gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life. My little brother is getting one of these for his new apartment – shhhh it’s a secret! 😉 Beef Whip candles can be found at Mixed Greens on 9th, or Press & Pony on Idaho St..

9. SILK TOUCH MED SPAsilk touch2

I love Silk Touch Med Spa on Eagle Rd.! Right now they’re running a special for Christmas: Buy $200 in Gift Cards, and get a $50 Gift Card free! Also check out their 12 Days of Christmas specials on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/silktouchmedspa/. This is a great gift for the person in your life who’s been hinting they’d like a little pampering, or is wanting to nip & tuck a thing or two. 😉

8. COACHcoach winter sale

COACH at Boise Towne Sqaure mall is having an unprecedented winter sale! A huge selection of their items are 40% off right now, from luxury handbags to jewelry, gloves, scarves, and travel accessories. They can also place orders for you from their amazing clothing & shoe selection online, and get it shipped to your house asap!

7. FOR THE GENTS: ROBERT COMSTOCK MEN’S STORErobert comstock

Robert Comstock is the newest menswear store in the Treasure Valley. Loaded with luxury clothes, coats, leather goods, accessories, and even facial hair products, this posh shop in the Village at Meridian carries exclusive items found nowhere else in Idaho! Treat your guy to a soft-like-buttah leather jacket, or sign him up for a FREE styling session from some of the most skilled menswear personal stylists in the Treasure Valley. ~ This just in: The Robert Comstock store is having a STOREWIDE HALF-PRICE SALE until Dec. 24th! Mention code COMSTOCKHOLIDAY for 50% off your entire purchase in the store!!! 

6. BODO SHOPS & GIFT CARDS

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Photo by Joshua Roper ~ http://www.joshuaroperphotography.com/

Downtown Boise is bursting at the seams with amazing locally-owned clothing & jewelry boutiques! Here’s my shortlist of where to get the lady in your life something beautiful, or a gift card so she can go fashion hunting herself…

If her style is classic, and she prefers higher-end brands: Try Fancy Pants, Piece Unique, American Clothing Gallery, Walla Walla Clothing Co., or the new Marla June for upscale & designer stuff.

If her style is trendy, eclectic, or bohemian: Check out SWANK, Ava Rae BoutiqueDragonfly, and Re-POP on State St.

If she loves locally-created & artisan things: Shop at Banana Ink, Wear Boise, Bricolage, Mixed Greens, and BeeWise Goods.

If she’s a fashion treasure hunter: She’ll love Serendipity Boutique, Lux Fashion Lounge, In Retrospect, and Atomic Treasures!

FOR THE KIDS: 5. CUDDLE BLANKETS
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How darling are these little cuddle blankets? Though they are probably meant for wee ones, my 11-year old who likes soft & cute things said “Ooh, mommy, those are SO sweet! I want one!” They come as a set of two; big and small together like your precious baby and his/her favorite big person to hug! Spotted at Mixed Greens, a sweet little shop packed to the brim with unique & precious gifting treasures!

4. UNIGON SPECIALTIES JEWELRYunigon specialties

Personally, I’m super obsessed with huge, statement crystals & pendants right now! Local jewelry designer Denise Vasecka of Unigon Specialties has many of her beautiful handmade pieces for sale at Wholistic Beauty Boutique on State St., & 16th.  While you’re there shopping, why not add a luxurious facial or massage to the gift? This beauty boutique is the only one of its kind in Boise; all products & services there are organic, or naturopathic, and completely natural! I love the naturopathic makeup & primer so much, I wrote a review about it not long ago – click here to check it out.

3. ROONEY MAE COUTURE GOWNSrooney mae couture

The newest addition to Boise’s designer scene is Rooney Mae Couture, created and handmade by Meagan Jones. Her new shop in BODO is a one-stop gown-shopping paradise, as well as her design studio! Stop in and select your favorite color, design, and concept, and Meagan will create it for you in her signature luxurious fabrics & materials… But don’t let the posh appearance fool you; her gowns are so comfy, you almost feel like you’re in your favorite jammies! Check out the Rooney Mae Couture Facebook page for updates on her current schedule and awesome holiday GIFT CARD deals!!! 

2. CAMILLE BECKMAN & CHATEAU LES FLEURSchateau des fleurs

This one is my favorite spot to bring out-of-town guests and family visiting for the holidays! The Camille Beckman gift shop in Eagle is HUGE and beautiful, stocked floor to rafters with gifts, jewelry, accessories, and of course the company’s world-famous luxury body products. After shopping, step next door to the incredible new Chateau des Fleurs, the Treasure Valley’s newest event center, only French chateau/castle, and home to the exquisite Le Coq d’Or gourmet French restaurant! It’s a one-of-a-kind dining experience you won’t soon forget. ❤


And now, drum roll… NUMBER 1. IT’S VEGAS, BABY!!!

las vegas getawayIf you’re looking for the biggest, baddest, BEST present this Christmas, give her the gift of ADVENTURE! The StyleSpyGirl team is taking a select group of women from the Boise area to LAS VEGAS FASHION WEEK February 17-21. This all-expenses-paid fashion getaway includes airfare, hotel accommodations, transportation, guided shopping tours, Vegas shows, exclusive runway fashion shows, and a dedicated photographer to catch every exciting moment for her to remember forever!

This trip has limited seating, and is booking NOW. Put down a deposit to secure a seat for the lucky lady in your life – all the details and pricing information are on our Vegas Getaway page: http://stylespygirl.com/join-the-las-vegas-fashion-week-ladies-travel-posse/ 

Don’t delay – seats are filling up, for this fashion & shopping all-girls getaway of a lifetime!

Merry Christmas my friends! May your holidays be filled with peace, love & laughter.

XOXO,
Tanya

‘Tis the Season to Be Generous!

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Fashion Getaways Launch Party was a huge success!!!
Thank you SO MUCH, to each and every person who came down last Friday night for the festivities and fund-raising. We had more than 60 fabulous friends show up to join us at the Dish, for an evening of fun as we launched the Ladies-Only Fashion Getaways, with champagne, yummy foods, photobooth antics… And we raised money for a precious local family whose daughter is fighting a terrible illness! Read on for more details…

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We had 10 raffle boxes, with incredible items from our donors! Each lady bought tickets, and voted for the prize or prizes she wanted most. It was so much fun to pick the winners! I was very grateful for such generous donations – a table-full of fabulous gifts from:

American Clothing Gallery

Backwoods Baubles

Bernadette Almeida, Happyness Maker

COACH

Karin Otto Aesthetics

LUX Fashion Lounge

Riverside Hotel Boise

Rooney Mae Couture

Silk Touch Med Spa

Something Old, Something New Consignment Boutique

SWANK Boutique

Unigon Specialties

Wholistic Beauty Boutique

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This is Hannah, the precious little girl we helped raise money for. She is the only person in the state of Idaho with Batten disease, which is debilitating and fatal. And sadly, so rare that there are no support groups, local help, or much in the way of resources for her family. We wanted to help out, and be a blessing to Hannah this Christmas! Thank you to all who donated – we raised $700 for her specialized medical equipment room!

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Tis the Season to be generous. 🙂

launch partyAlexandria White of A-Train Fitness and friend, enjoying the “Selfie Booth,” donated by Ammophotog and staffed by fabulous volunteer Lindsey Antram of Grey Jays Jewelry.

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Yummy noshes from The Dish

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Gown by Abandoned Fashion Vintage Store – a vintage silk robe with lace inlay!

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More photo booth fun! With Cher Sandmire of Sandmire Studios as the swankest pilot EVER, with friend Bonnie Alexander.

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Bernadette Almeida, the Happyness Maker, spreading joy and good cheer wherever she goes!

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One of my favorite mementos from the Bellevue Fashion Week ladies-only getaway in August! Tonight’s party was the announcement of our next Fashion Getaways: Las Vegas Fashion Week in February, and New Orleans Fashion Week in March!!! Want to be on board with our all-girl travel party? Click HERE to read more about the StyleSpyGirl Fashion Getaways!!!

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My sweet neighbor and volunteer Tempie, helping ladies check in. 🙂

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My beautiful friend & neighbor MaryAnn, helping out at the raffle booth.

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Gown by Rooney Mae Couture, who donated a generous gift card to the night’s raffle!

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Meeting Mrs. Ada County, Lisa Southern. Thank you so much for coming, Lisa!!!

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Ashley Barkley, local stylist, H&M spokesmodel, and social media queen. Love her to pieces!

 

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Meagan Jones, the beautiful brain & talent behind Rooney Mae Couture!

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Hannah’s mom Trina, who bravely stood up with me to talk about her daughter’s devastating condition, and all they are doing to give her the best possible life, for the time they have with her. If you would like to donate and help out this precious family, click HERE to be directed to their GoFundMe page!

All the photos above are by volunteer photographer Toni Osmundson at Sydney Studios & Co. Thank you SO MUCH Toni!!! 🙂

Thanks again to everyone who came. May you all have a blessed holiday season, and I hope you can join me and the Travel Posse SOON for some amazing adventures… Our next stop is LAS VEGAS FASHION WEEK! Click HERE to read more about it, and find out how YOU can come along with us!!!

XOXO,
Tanya

~ Photos below are from Social Media ~ 

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The Mystical Magic of Maxi Dresses

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Last Spring, I had the fun privilege of journeying through Italy with my husband and kids. We toured museums in Florence, rode a gondola in Venice, were awed by the Coliseum in Rome, and enjoyed the beaches and cuisine of the Amalfi Coast. And of course, I shopped. A LOT.

One of my favorite finds was this black embroidered maxi dress from a boutique in Sorrento. I loved wearing all summer over a little tank dress, but when the time came to stow my hot weather maxis and minis and pull out my Fall wardrobe, I balked at tucking this pretty piece away.

Why not just make it work for Fall, I thought? Easy-peasy, with a little inspiration from Stevie Nicks’ style and a fab hat from SWANK BOUTIQUE! Skip the sandals – brr! – and opt for tall cozy boots. I love the bell sleeves on this dress; that style is definitely trending for Fall, and it’s easy to layer a fitted long-sleeved top underneath for more warmth (like these styles from Uniqlo!), or a pair of long gloves or arm-warmers.

Do you maxi in the colder months? Tell me your favorite transitional pieces in the comments below!
XO,
Tanya

fall maxi dress fashion stylespygirlHat: SWANK Boutique / Dress: Italy / Wrap Belt: White House|Black Market / Boots: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack / Layering Necklaces: Moon & Black pendant by Druzy Dreams, long Rebel Pendant by Stella & Dot

fall fashion maxi dress stylespygirlLayering Rings, let to right: Rebel Ring by Stella & Dot / Star Midi ring, Druzy Dreams / Triangle stone, flea market / Silver Crystal wrap ring, Unigon Specialties / Midi ring, Unigon Specialties / Wedding ring, custom-made

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Meet the Designer & Win FREE Shoes from Alegria!

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Saturday, Nov. 7th from 2-6pm, Alegria shoe designer Megan Gold will make a special
appearance in Dillard’s at Boise Towne Square! Customers can meet Gold, shop her latest collection, and create their own shoe design to enter for a chance to win free Alegria shoes for a year!!! Last year’s winner even had her design made!

Boise Towne Square’s Dillards store was chosen for this event because their sales for Alegria shoes are outstanding. And you know what that means? Boise loves Alegria! 😀 They’re comfortable, durable, well-made, and fabulous all day long.

Stop in on Saturday for your chance to meet Megan, create your own shoe design, and WIN BIG!alegria shoes megan gold

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What will YOU design? 🙂 Stop in Saturday to create your own personalized footwear!

alegria shoesXOXO,
Tanya