Stylebook: Last-minute fashionista gift ideas

Plus, changes at The Galleria, H&M to launch clothes recylcing initiative, good news for Whole Foods and more


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With one week left until Christmas, stumped about what to get the style savvy person in your life who already seems to have everything?

Skip the stress -- and save some money -- with these last-minute, $30-or-less finds for fashionistas.

Glitter iPhone case: Give her cell some sparkle with a glitzy cover for the iPhone 4 or 4S from J. Crew (www.jcrew.com). It's stretchy for easy application and comes in pink or silver. On sale for $14.99.

NewBeauty magazine with nine-piece sampler: This test kit is a treasure trove of goodies for any beauty fanatic. It features an assortment of full-, travel- and deluxe-sized samples of in-demand products, including WEN cleansing conditioner, philosophy moisturizer, bareMinerals lip gloss and Mally eyeliner. She can read up on the latest in cosmetics with an issue of NewBeauty magazine. It's $29.96 at www.qvc.com or 1-800-345-1515. Order by noon Thursday to receive in time for Christmas.

Vera Bradley ornaments: Trim the tree with the colorful feminine prints of Vera Bradley (www.verabradley.com). Ornament trio is $30. The glass bulbs are hand-painted with the designer's signature floral patterns and come with a matching fabric box for storage.

Stiletto Scotch tape dispenser: Who said office supplies couldn't be fashionable? The Scotch Magic Tape shoe dispenser cradles tape in a stylish stiletto, available in mix of solid shades ($9.99) and prints ($10.99). Find it at OfficeMax or www.officemax.com.

Starbucks Rodarte tumbler: For the holidays, Starbucks has teamed up with fashion house Rodarte for a line of limited-edition totes, tumblers and gift cards, styled in a pixelated silver and green design. The double wall ceramic traveler is $12.95 at select Starbucks locations (www.starbucks.com).

Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

Late-night shopping Downtown: "Stay late, shop and dine" is the motto of an initiative by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corp. This Thursday, select Downtown stores and restaurants will remain open until at least 8 p.m. Participating retailers are Brooks Brothers, Larrimor's, Joseph Orlando, Heinz Healey's, Boutique la Passerelle, JoS. A. Bank, Boutique 208, Shaw Galleries, Awesome Books, Macy's and Verve 360. Purchases of certain amounts will earn shoppers 20 percent off at Downtown restaurants Caffe Amante, Sonoma Grille, Seviche, Las Velas, August Henry's, Nine on Nine, Taste of Dahntahn, Six Penn Kitchen, Bravo Franco's, Vallozzi's, Penn Avenue Fish Company, Habitat and Sal's City Deli.

Macy's to remain open for 48 hours for last-minute shoppers: Struggling to find time to shop? Macy's has a solution. Stores nationwide will be open around the clock from 7 a.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Sunday. Many gift ideas will be available at Macy's "one day sale" prices, which will end Sunday morning. Throughout the store, gift ideas for less than $100, $50 and $25 will be spotlighted.

Beauty product launch party: Join Pittsburgh Fashion Week and entrepreneur Nicole Manns to celebrate the launch of Ms. Manns' beauty product, Nikki's Magic Wand. It's a sleek and flexible wand that's designed to get makeup, such as mascara, out of hard-to-reach bottle corners and tubes that typical applicator wands miss.

The girls' night out party at Le Maison Du Paix, 8904 Eastwood Road, Penn Hills, will include food, drinks and relaxing fun. It's 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. A portion of the proceeds from the launch will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Tickets and information: 412-901-1908 or nikkismagicwand@gmail.com.

Shadyside last-minute shopping giveaway: Last Minute Larry from Think Shadyside's holiday video will be on Walnut Street and Ellsworth and South Highland avenues Saturday distributing gift certificates to local businesses. Search "Last Minute Larry" on YouTube to watch the video.

H. Baskin Clothier relocates at The Galleria: After 20 years on the upper level of The Galleria in Mt. Lebanon, H. Baskin Clothier has moved to the lower level, next to Cache. The space allows the store to offer new lines (such as Three Sisters, Luna Luz, Inside Out and Bordado Clothing) and a widened selection of accessories. The store also has a location at Ross Park Mall. Information: www.hbaskinclothier.com or 412-341-9003.

Also in the news ...

H&M to introduce global clothing recycling initiative: The Swedish global retailer will roll out in February a clothes collecting initiative that will invite consumers to turn in used apparel to stores in all of its markets. H&M has partnered with I:Collect, which will reprocess the fabrics for future use. Clothing of all brands from any store in any condition will be accepted.

Whole Foods recognized for safe personal care products: A retailer report from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics names Whole Foods Market as the highest ranked retailer for personal care product safety. The campaign praises the chain for "a rigorous and transparent approach to screening the personal care products it sells."

"No other national retailer comes close to rivaling Whole Foods Market's leadership in the realm of safer personal care products," the report says.

Whole Foods announced in 2008 its Premium Body Care standards, a first by a major U.S. retail chain. It carries more than 3,800 personal care products that meet these standards. Learn more at www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

Levi's vows to ban toxic fashions by 2020: The denim retailer is the latest brand to pledge to rid the release of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain and products by 2020, based on findings of a Greenpeace International investigation. It uncovered in Mexico two major clothing manufacturing facilities dumping industrial wastewater containing hazardous and toxic chemicals that could be harmful to reproductive systems and aquatic life. Other brands linked to the manufacturing sites included Calvin Klein, Guess, Gap, Walmart and LVMH. Levi's is the 11th fashion label to commit to non-toxic production and products since Greenpeace started in 2011 its Detox campaign. Information: www.greenpeace.org.

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To have a style or fashion event considered for Stylebook, send listing to Sara Bauknecht at sbauknecht@post-gazette.com. First Published December 18, 2012 5:00 AM


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