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7 Ways to Shop & Help Save Animals

If you know me, you know I’m a big animal lover, volunteer, and rescuer. I’ve always gone through phases. Some weeks I’m able to physically donate my time and other weeks I’m too busy. If this is you I get it! However, you don’t have to physically volunteer, adopt or donate millions of dollars to give back to the world. By shopping these brands you are making a difference from the comfort of your home…and shopping at the same time. Woo-hoo! Anyone can get involved anytime anywhere. Animal-friendly styles and companies have come a long way and offer something for everyone including gifts, fashion finds and everyday purchases. I hope you love my choices! 

7 ANIMAL- FRIENDLY FASHION FINDS

1. FETCH EYEWEARThey help you pick sunglasses, prescription and reading glasses according to your face shape, skin tone, hair and eye color. I’m a big fan of shopping this way. Starting at $95 for sunglasses and $125 for prescription glasses(what a deal!) you can try from the comfort of your own home. 100% of the net proceeds from each purchase to support a pet in need. 2. ARM THE ANIMALSA clothing line that is a combination of punk rock, pop culture, humor, street art and has an “in your face”/“take a strong stand” activist vibe. Starting at $7.50 for pet bandanas and tanks at $12.99 you can join the Arm the Animals revolution. Your purchases will provide donations to over 100 different animal welfare organizations.  3.“GIVE LOVE” CHARM by CHAMILIA: A gift for all ages that will last a lifetime because it’s sterling silver. A portion of proceeds go to the Humane Society International, helping all animals all over the world.                4. SHOP FROM ONLINE ETHICAL BOUTIQUE BEAD AND REELAll items are sweatshop, animal, and cruelty-free. BAGS are 100% vegan and come from ethical companies and artisans who hand make the bags and give back to animal and human welfare charities. I got a bag made out of cork from here!                                               

5. VEGAN SHOES FROM BC FOOTWEAR (Born In California)Stylish vegan boots comes in styles for the conscious fashionista in mind. The best part their offices are in LA. Starting at $60 for flats and $95.00 for boots. I have the mules and mod 60’s ankle booties. 

6. BOBS FOR DOGS FROM SKETCHERSBOBS for Dogs has partnered with Best Friends Animal Society®, a no-kill organization dedicated to these animals…putting on Strut Your Mutt event happening Oct 21 at Exposition Park in LA.  They donate millions to save the lives of dogs and cats in America’s shelters.

7. AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM:  You can give back at no extra cost to you! Amazon will donate a portion of all your purchases to your favorite charitable organization through the Amazon Smile Program. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support. 

Check out more info on my KCAL 9 SPOT I did last week to help support the Strut Your Mutt event and our animal-friendly fashion finds. My hope is to inspire us all to do our part when we can. Happy shopping!

Is Renting My Wardrobe Worth It?

We’ve all been there. We spend a couple hundred dollars, or thousands, on a dress we love. We wear it to a wedding, get a bunch of pictures taken and then, it hangs in our closet. And every time we see it, we cringe because we know we should wear the piece more…but we don’t want to. Our inner soul wants something new and fresh…that hasn’t been posted on social media yet. Sad, but true.  We also all have had the experience of buying an item, wearing it 3 or 4 times and then, we’re over it. Isn’t it awesome being a women?!

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Rent The Runway in the Topanga Mall in Woodland Hills, CA.

Rent The Runway and the like is the answer to your special occasions, work wear and everyday lifestyle finds. Wardrobe Rental places like Rent The Runway(men and women), Gwynnie Bee and Le Tote are increasingly getting more popular. What is it? They are companies that rent out clothes for special occasions and/or everyday lifestyle wear. It’s like the chic and cool sister to Men’s Wearhouse.

I recently had the privilege of styling my dear friend, Harmony Grillo, of the non-profit http://www.IAmTreasure.com, for her annual Gala. Rent The Runway was the perfect place for her. She looked stunning in designer couture! Retail, her dress, jewelry would of been over $1000.00. The rental value was under $100.00. Yes, it’s true! The Halston dress she wore had a rental price of $30.00!  Thank you Rent The Runway!

Rayne and Harmony at RTR
Stylist Rayne Parvis and Harmony Dust-Grillo at Rent The Runway.

What a value! To answer my question, yes, it’s worth it to rent your wardrobe. Please check out Rent The Runway and online companies like Le Tote and Gwynnie Bee(plus size). All three companies offer everyday style finds for work, play and vacations. It’s finally possible to have a designer closet without the hefty price tag. If you’ve been renting from a service like this, please let us know your thoughts.

Harmony Grillo
Harmony Dust-Grillo in Halston dress, Christian Dior earrings and bracelet from Rent The Runway. Picture taken at Westin Pasedena for Treasures annual Gala. Style by Rayne Parvis.

Shout out to Katie at Rent The Runway in Woodland Hills, CA. for your excellence service!

What Bikini to Wear For Your Body Shape

Rayne in Sunset Separates

It’s that time of year again friends! Bring on the BBQ’s, pool parties and vacations. If you’re extra curvy like Oprah, a top-heavy hourglass like me, pear shaped like J.Lo or have extra love around the middle swim separates are going to be your bestie this summer. If you’re looking for the right two-piece suit for your shape at ANY SIZE start here:

Proud Pear Shape: You are pear shaped if you have a bigger bottom than the top. You carry most of your weight in your booty, hips, and thighs. 

Go for suits that draw the eye upward with extra flair on the top(ruffles, prints, detailing, plunging necklines). If you are mixing and matching bikinis keep the bottom solid. I love string tied bikini bottoms because you can adjust the strings to fit you with getting bulges. However, if the ties are too big you can actually look bigger. Make sure to hike up the ties above your hips like Beyonce. 

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Awesome Apple Shape: You are apple-shaped if you carry more weight in your arms, tummy and/or breasts and you may have broad shoulders. Your goal is to balance your shape by minimizing the look of your top half. Wear fuller, brighter or busier bottoms if mixing and matching bikinis that show your mid-section. If you want to cover up your tummy try a tankini with ruching(pictured below). Keep the tops supportive and suits with ruching are your friend! 

Photo Credit: Curve by Sunsets.
Photo Credit: Curve by Sunsets.

Hot Hourglass: You are an hourglass if you have the same hip and breast measurements with a waist measurement of more than 9 inches smaller. For example, my measurements are 39x28x39 and I’m an hourglass! Search for bra-sized tops and medium to full bottoms(like I did in the first photo). Avoid anything tiny that would set off the balance of your shape. 

Photo Credit: Sunsets Separates.
Photo Credit: Sunsets Separates.

Ravishing Rectangle Shape: You are rectangle shaped if you have little to no curves and measure about the same in hips, waist, and busts. You are lucky because you probably look great in most suits. If you want to give the look of more curves try tops with embellishments such as ruffles, fringe, and intricate details. If I were you, I’d try patterns over solids too! 

Photo Credit: Sunsets Inc. for Aerin Rose.
Photo Credit: Sunsets Inc. for Aerin Rose.

Extra Curvy and Cute: You’re extra curvy if you are over a size 16. For your beautiful voluptuous shape try minimizing tankinis and two piece swimwear with support! I highly recommend checking out Curve by Sunsets. They have amazing figure-flattering options

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Remember to give yourself body love and acceptance every day. In addition, keep in mind you may be a cross between two body shapes. Look for your assets and let me know how your shopping goes. If you would like further fashion help for your swimwear you can grab your copy of Ultimate Guide to Style or hire me for a Skype or in-person styling session. For that special man in your life check out my article on Dollar Shave Club: HOW TO CHOOSE A BATHING SUIT THAT ACTUALLY LOOKS GOOD. Happy Summer! 

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