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Ashley C. Jones is the Entertainment Editor for Miss A. She is a writer, and soon to be entrepreneur (stay tuned). She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Arts and also minored in International Studies at St. John’s University in NY. The minor was stumbled upon thanks to a semester in various countries, which sort of qualifies her as well traveled.

A native to nowhere, Ashley has spent most of her life living in either Houston, TX or Illinois suburbs. She now lives in NY. While further honing her writing skills in her last year of University education, and after, she found her niche in doing interviews, a great fit, because of a natural obsession with docu-dramas, magazine interviews, and documentaries, starting at an extremely young age.

Some of Ashley’s favorite charities include Vitamin Angels, The ASPCA, and Alzheimer’s Association. She’s extremely awkward in front of a camera, has an artistic temperament despite not really being an artist (yet), and is passionate about organic produce, vintage thrifting, art, music, yoga, and lots of other things!

Charitable And Stylish Holiday Entertainment Gifts 2013

Alright ladies and gentlemen, as you know, the holidays are approaching, and so is the time to give gifts! For all of you who believe that it’s more important to give than to receive, here are ways that you can do that and do it again, with gifts that keep on giving!

Miley Cyrus, appearing on the 2013 edition of the Marc Jacobs Protect The Skin You're In Shirt. (Photo credit: www.billboard.com)

Miley Cyrus, appearing on the 2013 edition of the Marc Jacobs Protect The Skin You’re In Shirt. (Photo credit: Billboard.com)

Still available online are this year’s version of the infamous Marc Jacobs Protect The Skin You’re In shirt.  Each year the shirt features a new celebrity, Dita Von Teese, and Victoria Beckham are just a couple of the former models and this year the shirt features Miley Cyrus, and each year all proceeds are donated to NYU Skin Cancer Institute.


Bookmarks made in India.  Photo courtesy of: http://shop.amnestyusa.org/

Bookmarks made in India. (Photo Credit : Shop.amnestyusa.org)

Buy meaningful, fair trade gifts for the kids and see all of the proceeds, that’s right %100, go to Amnesty International‘s fight to protect Human Rights.  Anesty International has been supported by Lenny Kravitz, Adele, Al Pacino and many, many more!

Subscribing to or renewing subscriptions to magazines such as TIME, Sports Illustrated, and People here will not only save you, or the person gifting to 85% off news stand prices, it will also give 40% of your purchase price to support animal protection programs through The Humane Society of The United States.

2GB flash drive.  Photo courtesy of: shopkomen.com

2GB flash drive. (Photo Credit: Shopkomen.com)

Through the Susan G. Komen e-commerce site, you can purchase pink electronics such as ear buds, cases for iPhone’s and BlackBerry’s, an iPad stand, and an adorable pink ribbon flash drive, all going to support Breast Cancer Research and Awareness.

Housing Works entrance.  (Photo credit: www.bloomberg.com)

Housing Works entrance. (Photo credit: Bloomberg.com)

With a mission to “end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy” the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is a great place to shop for all genres of books, online or at their store location.

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012
Ph. 212-334-3324

Logo for Fender, of the Fender Music Foundation.  (Photo credit: www.spotlight.fender.com)

Logo for Fender, of the Fender Music Foundation. (Photo credit: Spotlight.fender.com)

The Fender Music Foundation is a 501(c)3 national music charity that provides instruments to music education programs across the country, including schools”.  Purchasing memorabilia through this site helps youth and is a unique gift idea that the music lover in your life will love!  There’s even special financing available!

Flying Skull Earrings and Neclakce.  Photo courtesy of: tatianailia.com

Flying Skull Earrings and Necklace. (Photo Credit : TatianaIlia.com)

Talented visual artist and jewelry designer, Tatiana Ilia, inspired by a trip to Haiti, has a policy of donating $1 for every $10 spent on her site to Join the Journey for their relief efforts in Capvva.

James Franco with hisNY Times  best seller "Palo Alto Stories", available on Amazon. (Photo credit: www.technologytell.com)

James Franco with his NY Times best seller “Palo Alto Stories”, available on Amazon. (Photo credit: Technologytell.com)

Purchasing through Amazon Smile gives 0.5%  of your purchase price to the charitable organization of your choice.  According to the site there are over one million 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations to choose from, and you can pick a new charity to benefit from each purchase.  There are also tens of millions of eligible purchases, so you can shop books, DVDs, and music to your hearts content, and help others while you do it!  Also on Amazon, the Breast Cancer Awareness Month Electronics Section is still going strong. Remaining items include iPod nano cases and stylish bags for your MacBook Pro.

Cuyana case.  Photo courtesy of: harpersbazaar.com

Cuyana case. (Photo Credit: HarpersBazaar.com)

This stylish leather iPad case from Cuyana will serve to bring clean drinking water to people in developing nations through charity: water.

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and a bottle of their Château Miraval (Photo credit: www.gbrusso.com)

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and a bottle of their Château Miraval (Photo credit: Gbrusso.com)

Last but certainly not least, closing out the list is Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt‘s organically farmed, French wine, Château Miraval.  Recently a bottle was auctioned off by the couple and “raised about $33,000 in total for the Sustainable Village Project, which is undertaking the rebuilding of Kivu, a region in the Democratic Republic of Congo that shares a border with Rwanda and has been devastated by violence over the past few decades.”  Shop around at your local wine shops or click here and have it delivered to your door!

Happy Holidays!

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