The Gift of Giving VIVA GLAM Holiday Gift Guide

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“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” There is so much truth to this quote and many others like it. It is always better to give than to receive, so why not give gifts that keep on giving this holiday season and warm as many hearts as possible? Whether it helps save the environment or fight cancer, here are some of my favorite gifts that make the most impact.


One Hope Wine. This delicious wine, produced in partnership with Robert Mondavi, donates half of all profits to a variety of causes including education, supporting our troops and ending cancer and hunger.



Bridgewater CandlesFor every Jar Candle sold  an orphaned child is fed for a day. This project has provided over 4 million meals worldwide. There’s a beautiful selection to choose from and they are all made in America.


Gunas Vagan Handbag. This handbag collection is 100 percent vegan, cruelty-free, and sweat-shop-free. An ideal gift for the conscious minded and fashion forward.



Apple Park Toys. This award -winning toy company is “green” all the way! Their toys are organic, non-toxic, and even the packaging is made from recycled material and soy ink.



Pacifica Beauty. This fabulous beauty product company is 100 percent vegan, cruelty-free and donates to various breast cancer causes. Boxed sets like this Enchanted Roll-on Trio can be purchased at Ulta.

Enchanted Roll-on Trio 2


Faery of Tales. These beautiful jewelry keepsakes are inspired by classic, childhood fairy tales and each come with a positive message to teach young girls. They also make books with the original version of the timeless texts.



TOMS.  With every purchase of shoes, TOMS donates one pair of shoes to a child in need.

toms shoes


Happy holidays from Viva Glam! Remember, compassion is sexy.




You might have seen me as the face of Stila, Clear Essence, Nars, Herbalife, Youthful Luster Skincare and Classified Cosmetics. I was a model with the Wilhelmina Agency in Los Angeles for several years. I’ve also been an actor for over a decade and learned a lot about beauty, skincare and fashion in the process. I've worked with everyone from "hairstylist to the stars" Chris McMillan to makeup legend Paul Starr. I’m asked by women, “Excuse me, what lotion do you use?” “What do you use on your hair? I’ve been stopped on elevators, in the mall, restaurants, you name it. And I’ve received emails from as far away as Japan and South America from complete strangers asking me about beauty tips. I’m not saying this to toot my own horn, but to illustrate the fact women ask me about skincare, makeup and fashion. A lot. I believe in every woman's ability to be beautiful. And what I’ve learned, I’d love to share with you.

1 Comment



    November 27, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Excited to discover the Apple Park toys for my newborn!!!! Thanks for the fabulous guise! xo’s [email protected]

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