Ali’s Collection on Fab.com

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Ali’s Collection is having a sale on some of our best-selling items this week only on Fab.com. Check out designs from our Galaxy, Out of Africa and Classics collections and save up to 30%. Due to the sale price, items are going fast so shop early for the best selection. Check out the sale here.

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Handmade Heaven: Brika

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For those of you not familiar with Brika, it’s an online destination where you can discover makers of unique things. I am honored to be one of the featured makers and I invite you to get a behind the scenes look at Ali’s Collection and many other beautiful brands. It’s the perfect place to find that special Valentine’s Day gift!

Gift Guide 2012

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For Her: bareMinerals White Hot Palette $39 / Custom Insta Watch (uses Instagram photos) $44 / Ali’s Collection Circle Bullet Earrings $55 / Loeffler Randall Mini Convertible Crossbody Bag $450

For Him: Cole Haan Men’s Air Colton Wingtip with Color Pop Laces $198 / U.S. Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club $38.95/month / Carbon Audio Zooka Bluetooth Speaker and stand for iPad & computer $99 / Luxe Bespoke City Guide Box Set $55 for 5 Guides

For Both: Seriously Simple Parties $24.95 / Fellina Sok-Cham Espresso Set $65 /Book of Mormon Tickets

Crate and Barrel Ombre Ornaments (at the top) $6.97

The holidays have arrived and gift shopping is in full swing. To help alleviate the stress of finding the perfect gift for all those special people in your life, I have compiled a list of links to the best online, gift guides. Browse my picks above and click away below to find gifts for every budget. Happy Holidays!

A beautifully edited gift guide by the folks at Rue.

Find great art for everyone on your list with this 20 x 200 gift guide via Oh Happy Day.

Net-a-Porter’s gift guide is perfect for stylish family members and friends.

This gift guide by To and From is full of chic finds!

Treehugger.com’s gift guide has cool things that are environmentally friendly.

Cnet’s gift guide has the solution for the tech lover on your list.

New York Magazine’s gift guide has something for everyone and so does Time Out Chicago’s guide.

Urban Outfitters has some fun stocking stuffers.

And last, but certainly not least, Refinery29’s Chicago Holiday Shopping guide. It features two boutiques that carry Ali’s Collection, Cerato and Handle with Care!

Behind the Scenes: Galaxy by Ali’s Collection

When I set out to create a new collection I never know when inspiration will strike. Occasionally I discover that it has, in fact, already struck and a memory triggers an idea that gets the ball rolling. This was the case with the new Galaxy Collection.

Flash back to middle school. We were studying Greek Mythology and the teacher had asked us to write our own myth. At this point I was already obsessed with all things sparkly and trendy. I don’t pretend to be unique in this fact as anything cool went “viral” back then, just in its concrete form. Remember slap bracelets? Nothing can drive sales faster than a mean girl.

I decided to write my myth about this mean girl. Her name was Constella and she never shared her things or cared about others. She spent her time acquiring jewels, admiring them and bragging about her wealth. Zeus got wind of her greed and decided that she needed to be taught a lesson. Every myth needs a lesson, right? Out comes the lightening bolt (a little cliché I know. I was in seventh grade give me a break!) and Zeus strikes Constella’s jewelry box sending all her treasures barreling into the sky. She is forced to sit in longing of them for all eternity. And that’s why we now have stars (twinkling jewels) in the sky (and Constella-tions, haha.) Stars, sky, psychedelic colors, sparkle, the unknown, star wars music = Galaxy, done and done!

With the theme in place I went hunting for the perfect gems to tie it all together. The answer was quartz. Not smokey quartz or clear quartz or rose quartz, but quartz that had minerals applied to it and then was heated to high temperatures to produce a mesmerizing rainbow of colors (think oil slick, sunset, night sky). Quite the cool chemical reaction without the chemicals. Once I had the stones, telling the rest of the story was much easier and the collection fell into place.

The last piece of the puzzle was naming the individual pieces. At this point I decided to finally bring out the text books and get serious (or maybe I just consulted Wikipedia, which we all know is 100% accurate and can never be disputed.) I enjoyed reading up on astronomy and now I am pretty confident that I could create my own universe if push came to shove (joke – I probably only remember 50% of what I read so just enjoy the cool names and don’t ask me about them unless I have a computer in front of me and can re-wiki them – yes I just created a new word. BAM!)

That’s the story. So what do you think of the new collection??!? Only a few key pieces are shown above. You can see and shop the entire collection at aliscollection.com with new pieces being added daily!