Last Minute Gift Giving

Last Minute Gift Giving

I hit the ground running the day after Thanksgiving with plans to send holiday cards and knock out Christmas shopping early.  Every year, the shopping is finished, well before the start of the holidays, but the cards stack up with promises to myself that next year will be different. I'm still a work in progress on that front.  For those of you who wait until the last minute to do shopping -- I know one or two of last minute shoppers -- we've compiled a list of sites that will get you your gifts by Christmas Eve, without having to leave the comforts of home (or your office desk.)

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First Person :: What Chanukah Means to Me

First Person :: What Chanukah Means to Me

During our weekly meeting, we were discussing December and how Christmas holiday decor far outweighs that of Chanukah. Today, Jessica, our clever Genuine Joy intern who celebrates Chanukah, has agreed to share the history of the holiday and what it means to her family.  I know little about the holiday and was thrilled that she was willing to share her first person perspective.  I did ask the difference between "Hanukkah" and "Chanukah" to which she said "it's simply a personal preference and how it's translated." Either way is, technically, the correct spelling. Take it away Jessica and Happy Chanukah!

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The Ultimate Luxury Facial & Winter Skin Necessities

The Ultimate Luxury Facial & Winter Skin Necessities

Tucked away at Metro Center in NW Washington, DC sits Celadon, a full service spa situated amongst the likes of law firms and lobbyists. The morning started out with the Ultimate Luxury facial, but not before I was able to pick the brain of owner and licensed esthetician, Judith Koritsas, on what to change, add or remove from my winter skin routine. Read on:

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Published // Capitol File Style Setters

Published // Capitol File Style Setters

Check out this month's Capitol File Magazine, with the beautiful Megan Boone on the cover, to read their Style Setter piece on Danielle DiFerdinando of Danielle Nicole Handbags and written by Genuine Joy Creative Director Hilary Phelps.  Not in the DC area? No problem.  You can read the piece by clicking on the link below.

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Dressing for the Holiday

Dressing for the Holiday

The Holiday season is here and with that comes the holiday parties. I had my first, official holiday party this past weekend and have a few more on the calendar, scattered out over the next month. In this piece, we will explore different looks for the work party, family functions, and tips on finding the perfect NYE outfit.

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Giving Back

Giving Back

By: Whitney Phelps Flickinger

From an early age I have tried to instill in my kids that they are fortunate to have what they have.  Do they have everything that they want? NO!  Needing and wanting are two different things. They need clothes, food, water, shelter, etc.  Everything else is just stuff.  Read on for more on how we give back to those in need:

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Cocktails & Couture :: Westfield Style

Cocktails & Couture :: Westfield Style

Last week, I was flown to California to emcee an event titled Cocktails & Couture at Westfield Valley Fair - the premier shopping destination in Silicon Valley.  The mall housed luxury brands, such as Mulberry, Louis Vuitton and Prada, as well as mid-tier stores and anchored by department anchors Nordstrom and Macy's.  For more on the event, read on...

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Baking a Bundt

Baking a Bundt

Today is National Budnt Cake Day -- there's a holiday for everything, isn't there? Although I'm by no means complaining.  Before I share photos and the recipe, I have to warn you that this is NOT: vegan, Paleo, sugar-free, gluten free, low fat or healthy.  It's a full-fat, buttery cake and it's delicious.

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How to :: Recover from a snippy email

How to :: Recover from a snippy email

We've all done it.  Misread, or rather, misinterpreted an email or were simply having a bad day when we shot off an email that we didn't really mean to come across as harshly as it did. Whether it's to a co-worker, a friend or a family member, it's that moment when your hands are typing faster than your brain is thinking and you hit send without considering what the cascade of consequences that could stem from the stream of mean words.  So, what do you do?

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Pocket Change

Pocket Change

Our last night in Australia, we had dinner followed by conversation with a swimmer and his girlfriend, who looked radiant in her red, flowing jumpsuit. We agreed that we both liked the easy, one-piece pull on, but I chimed in with the opinion that most men aren't fans of the look.  Her boyfriend disagreed and said that he likes the look and can appreciate most trends. "Well," he said, "all but one," which happens to be one of my personal favorites --  pockets on dresses.

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