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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Charitable And Stylish Holiday Host And Hostess Gifts 2012

Finding creative and fun holiday gifts can be a challenge for even the most experienced shopper. My focus is going to be fabulous host and hostess gifts that will be welcomed additions to the party or simply to the host’s personal collection.  Here are a few new ideas for the season of giving:

Lilly Pulitzer Holiday Twinkle Wine Tote

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I want to start with the Lilly Pulitzer Wine Tote because I absolutely ADORE  Lilly Pulitzer’s fun and festive style. The designer makes amazing dresses, but also uses beautiful fabrics to create items for the home. Arrive as the perfect guest when you bring your wine in the Holiday Twinkle wine tote. Whether bringing it for yourself or as a hostess gift, you are sure to impress with the designer wine bag!

Holds single bottle of wine.
Price: $20
OneHope Wine

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What to put in the wine tote? How about a bottle from ONEHOPE wines?

In a short period of time ONEHOPE Wine has become one of the most recognizable cause brands in the United States of America. The charitable company has grown rapidly over the past three years due to a respected and positive presence in all charitable fields.

ONEHOPE has become the socially conscious wine of choice at several hundred premier events including the Grammy’s, The American Red Cross Gala, the BAFTA’s, Sundance Film Festival and VH1 Save the Music. The tireless efforts over the past three years from the dedicated ONEHOPE team have ensured that the brand is a familiar and respected concept in most households and businesses. This commitment and dedication to “making a difference” is what has spearheaded the astonishing company to great heights in such a short time. The hard-working and dynamic team strives without limits to create a global brand that promises to make a better future for all by donating 50 percent of all profits to charity.

Want to check out which causes are supported by ONEHOPE?  Their list of affiliates is posted here.

Prices vary.


Don’t want to add wine to the wine tote? You could certainly add some thoughtful beauty products instead!

Kiehl’s Crème de Corps

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There are few beauty products as universally adored as Kiehl’s Crème de Corps, and this year, the brand partnered with famed contemporary artist Kenny Scharf on a special limited-edition holiday collection. The pop artist created a colorful piece for Kiehl’s called “Globo Mundo,” which is featured on the labels for all three sizes of Crème de Corps. So basically, you’re giving two gifts in one: an amazing moisturizer and a beautifully colorful bottle. Plus, 100 percent of the proceeds go to RxArt, a non-profit children’s charity. The larger sizes available would fill the wine tote nicely!

Price: $29.50-$75

Women for Women International: Global Sisters Gift Set

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If adding beauty to your hostess’ table is more your style, consider the lovely Women for Women International: Global Sisters Gift Set.

This gift  highlights the power of global connections between women.

Honoring the relationships inspired by the partnership of Women for Women International and Prosperity Candle to empower women worldwide, these Global Sisters pillar candles celebrate how much women on opposite sides of the world can enrich each other’s lives.

Handcrafted by Women for Women International graduates in Iraq, these unscented soy blend candles with natural cotton wicks will burn brightly for 80 hours, symbolizing the hopes of women who are rebuilding their lives and supporting their families. The candles celebrate their determination to create independent, thriving businesses, one candle at a time.

These candles arrive nestled together in a gift box and include a story card with the names of the woman who made them, enabling you to send words of encouragement through the organization’s Connect page.

Ten percent of every purchase is donated to Women for Women International to support their vital work in places of conflict.

Price: $28

Tory Burch Foundation Ribbon Pom Pom Key Fob

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Is a close friend or family member welcoming you to stay at her home over the holidays? Gift her with this stylish Tory Burch Foundation Ribbon Pom Pom Key Fob! A cheerful and chic accessory, this key fob is a stylish way to carry  keys — and keep them organized. It’s a great gift, that also gives back to a good cause.

All profits benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, committed to providing economic opportunities to women and their families in the United States.

Price: $55

Rachel Zoe ornament

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 Want to be a holiday traditionalist and gift your fashionista hostess with a tree ornament? I have just the perfect one for you! This sparkling Christmas ball is designed by Rachel Zoe (everyone’s favorite fur vest and sunglasses sporting diva). This item is available exclusively at Bloomingdale’s. A glittering, glam ornament designed by Rachel Zoe, this item is part of Christopher Radko‘s new celebrity-designed holiday ornament collection. One hundred percent of the proceeds from each ornament goes to the Child Mind Institute.
Price: $40
Oh, and by the way, for the third year in a row, Bloomingdale’s and the Child Mind Institute have also joined forces with Charitybuzz for its Annual Holiday auction. The net proceeds from this amazing auction benefit the Child Mind Institute and its mission of creating a world where no child suffers from a psychiatric or learning disorder. Check out the auction link above to see the fabulous once-in- a-lifetime experiences you can bid on! Did someone say “Fashion Lover’s Double Dream: Lunch in LA with Rachel Zoe and a $10,000 Shopping Spree”?
I hope you love my top ideas for stylish (and charitable) hostess gifts! Try showing up with one of these perfect presents instead of yet another fruit cake or typical cookie tray! You will make a splash as the most thoughtful and fashionable guest of the 2012 holiday season. Cheers!

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