About two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Los Angeles for Spring market. LA is one of my favorite cities, and whenever I go, I try to stop by a few shops and restaurants that I love, and this trip was no exception.

I’ve written before about how much I enjoy PUMP, an eatery owned by Lisa Vanderpump of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, so I made it a point to return. To my surprise and delight, I was seated next to Lisa and her husband, Ken, during my meal. In a strange twist of luck, my seat broke from under me, which opened a friendly dialogue between Ken and I. We chatted a bit about potentially bringing Lisa to El Paso, when he jokingly said, “You will have to fly Giggy and me as well!” We exchanged contact information and I let him know I’d be in touch.

Before I hit the market the next day, I emailed Ken in hopes that he’d remember me. He did, and better yet, he invited my husband and I to Lisa’s Foundation Dog Gala that would be held in Beverly Hills two weeks later. Needless to say, I happily accepted. Back in El Paso, I rounded up a group of couples and reserved a table of ten at the Gala. Over the next two weeks, I felt like I was Cinderella getting ready for the ball, choosing the perfect gown, makeup, hair and of course, shoes.

We all flew up to LA the day of the gala and stayed at the Chamberlain Hotel. The day began at Sugarfish for a light lunch, then we went to Drybar for hair. We splurged a bit and had a limo pick us up for the grand ball. When we arrived, it was immediately clear that they do it big in Beverly Hills. The event was everything we expect and more– we were greeted with gift bags and “Pump and Glory” cocktails. Celebrity guests were everywhere, as they came out to raise awareness for dogs being tortured in Yulin, a country in China. Lisa, an animal lover, created a foundation called Vanderpump Dogs to help generate awareness and action for this cause.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, OC, and Dallas, plus Vanderpump Rules cast mates came out in support. Stars like Shiva Safai, Mohammad Hadid, Kyle Richards and her husband Mauricio, Lance Bass, Eric Bennet, Leona Lewis, Mario Lopez, Dr. Simaourian, and many others joined the fun. Other highlights were a silent auction and a lively auction for very lucky puppies – one pup was sold at $25,000! The life, right? We were honored to offer a gorgeous Carrol Dorsey Walker Swavorski crystal clutch from GAL to the auction. The clutch was named after Lisa’s daughter, Pandora.

Lisa delivered a beautiful and inspiring speech, urging guests to put action behind a cause they believe in. The night was a dream, and I was proud to help and be in support of such great cause. The evening was one to remember, with guest performances and special moments.

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Created in 2009 to create the perfect winter coat, Alessia Giacobino started the company known as Mr. and Mrs. Italy, she reinvented the classic parka by adding a modern twist. The designer began lining the Parka’s with exotic furs, adding fur trims on cuffs and hoods, and applying the same luxe touches to classic bomber jackets and trench coats.

Bomber, Army jackets, and trench coats are classic silhouettes from the 1920’s that continue to serve as must-haves, and the fur trims have made a good thing even better. The Mr. and Mrs. Italy offerings have become popular with stylish celebs like Rhianna and Cara Delevigne.

While the high-end label ranges in price from $2,500 to $10,000, Gal Fashion carries Mr. and Mrs. Italy-inspired pieces without the price tag. Jocelyn Furs, pictured here, are made of authentic fox and mink (always the first to sell out). Another more affordable option we carry at GAL are the faux fur options by Central Park West. These features adjustable and detachable faux add-ons to a wide range of styles.

Whether you’re in the market for faux or the real thing, we’ve got you covered when it comes to fun and fabulous furs this winter!

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During a trip to Los Angeles this past February, I paid a visit to Frame Denim to get an idea of the kind of denim trends I could scoop of for Fall. To my surprise, the sales girl implored me to buy a velvet blazer, swearing it was the next hottest item and on everyone’s order. I thought to myself, “Velvet? Really?” but took her word for it. I’m glad I did.

Velvet is one of those trends that seems to fall out of, then return, to popularity and this season, it’s back with a vengeance. If you’re going to invest in one piece this Autumn, make sure it’s in this soft, luxe fabric. There are plenty of options to choose from—I’m seeing velvet on everything from shoes to bomber jackets. The juxtaposition of the luxury fabric on traditionally casual pieces is fun and unexpected, all the makings of good fashion.

Trendsetters like Hailey Baldwin and Kendall Jenner are not waiting for the cool weather, but instead rocking this trend while temps are still soaring.

Though it’s still warm in Texas, you can already wear velvet pieces now as accent pieces, such as velvet booties with shorts or velvet cami dresses with wedges. There is no right or wrong way to rock the trend, just have fun with it, and don’t feel as if you have to wait for the cold to wear it. Dive into the luxe life! Indigo22

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It’s been six months since the soft opening of Gal Fashion, and while it feels like it’s been so much longer than half a year, we’ve enjoyed continued success and I am blessed to share what’s been going on around here.

Since our opening in February, we saw an immediate and positive reaction to our store. We introduced a contemporary niche that I believe El Paso craved. We were soon rocking and rolling and expanded the store to create a private evening and cocktail department for our customers.

Our lavish evening room is adorned with crystal and a 300 pound chandelier, private velvet fitting rooms and tinted windows to create a luxurious atmosphere. I love being able to cater to politicians, women in business, and influences who enjoy privacy— it makes my job extremely exciting!

With the expansion of our business, we launched our style box program, which consists of a personal styling package that is sent to local customers’ homes at no cost, delivered and picked up by our courier. This service makes emergency outfits a priority or prepping for travel a seamless and exciting endeavor. Our fashion stylists, who continue to increase their knowledge in branding, designers, textures and enhancing their skills, are truly one in a million. I am so blessed to have the fashion stylists we do at GAL; they are invested in our clients and they breathe fashion. Passion is key in our business.

In the mint of October, we will be featured in the City MAGAZINE, Womens’ Journal and I was asked to speak at Southwest University about our business. We love using our passion and presence as a platform to make a difference in the community. I hear more and more customers tell me that they no longer shop online to find the brands they love—they can do it locally in our store. Our promise is to really deliver an unforgettable experience for each customer, and to offer unique finds you won’t find anywhere else.

Lastly, before the end of the year, our online store will launch. Our social media presence has grown tremendously, and I’ve learned the importance of this through networking with other stores across the US. If you aren’t already following us on Instagram and Snapchat, we invite you to do it!

Big things are on the horizon and I am so excited for all of the Fall and holiday arrivals; glitz and glam are our speciality and we are ready to style your needs and even help clean out your closets!

With all that’s going on, we are thrilled to invest in two more fashion stylists that MUST required love fashion, must have some sense or knowledge of fashion and must ride or die “GAL.” Candidates should have flexible availability, though 10-7 are the hours of operation. We will teach you the rest!

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Dav 3487 Dav 3485 Egg3 Egg2 Dav 3648 Casual Fridays. An all-too-common term that doesn’t have to be (but often is) synonymous with boring. “Casual Fridays” is a Western term that was created to give the professionals a break from suits traditional —and conservative— suits. The cultural act was picked up all over the world as a trend, but the act of designating a single day to dress down is now all but obsolete in most work environments.

In fact, the New York Post recently published an article about a study that revealed an increased productivity level of up to 56% in the workplace when employees were allowed to dress down. The reasoning is that when you’re comfortable in your clothing, you can dedicate your energy on what’s important – not tugging and pulling at your tight pencil skirt or hobbling on too-high heels. Comfort increases your energy and focus, both essential to succeeding at work. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’ve transformed my own wardrobe and am living proof that this trend toward casual cool is here to stay.

In these times, when more and more jobs are cropping up in the creative, tech, media, and other industries where conservative dress is not de rigeur, trends like sneakers, bombers, torn sweatshirts aren’t entirely out of place in the office. I have embraced being comfy cool, whereas at one point, I never even wore flats because of my insecurity over being short. Now, I live in them!

Rule of thumb: Casual does not have to be boring or basic. Casual can be comfort at its chicest, just embrace the look and rock it with confidence.

Here are the top three trends you need in order to master Casual Fridays (or Mondays, or Tuesdays, or…)

Kannas sneakers: If you’re looking for something a little edgy, our go-to shoe is the handmade Colombian brand, Kaanas. Affordable leather kicks for everyday wear.

Bomber Jackets: I first spied this trend at the Yeezy show a few seasons ago and this is a look with some serious staying power. Whether it’s satin or embroidered, the best thing about the bomber is its day-to-night kind of feel. You can pair it casually or you can dress it up—perfect for an after work happy hour.

Sweats (Yes, Sweats!): “Athleisure” is where comfort meets casual at its finest. A good sweatshirt is a must for the Fall, and you can pair yours with a leather legging, a skirt and of course, denim. There is no right or wrong to rock this look and it’s so comfortable and versatile that this is a trend that I hope sticks.

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