Good Morning Everyone! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. Today I’m sharing my interview with Liliya Dilanyan. Who’s Liliya, you ask? She’s a well-known domestic and international fashion designer. She’s beautiful, talented, humble and caring. Well, see for yourself…

RAY PRO 0389 Rodeo SessionBeverly: Hi, Liliya. It’s nice to meet finally. We follow each other on social media, but it’s so much better to meet in person. Let’s start with, who is Liliya? (a little background on family, where you were born and raised, most recent jobs before Isabella Couture, etc.)

Liliya: My name is Liliya and the CEO/Designer of Isabella Couture. I was born and raised in Armenia. At the age of 10 we moved to America. We lived in SLC, Utah for 10 years then moved to Los Angeles since majority of our relatives live here. I worked around a lot, half of the time I worked 2 days. I finished school with a degree in Business Management, then worked for a law firm as an auditor. I did that for 3 years. Then went to work for a Tax/Bookkeeping firm and worked there for 5 years. During i was also a freelance make-up artist and worked for about 5 years as well worked on client, fashion shows, photo shoots. It was fun while it lasted. The competition is high in the makeup industry and the pay was little. I took a year break and then a time came when I started to make a dress for my daughter for 1 event then another and people started asking about the dresses. And I started advertising them and people started placing their orders and I remember how excited that made me.

I was unable to attend the Isabella Couture SS16 Collection at Art Hearts Fashion Show during LA Fashion Week, but I heard raved reviews about it. What was your proudest moment about the show? If you had to do anything over again, what would it be?

My proudest moment was just everything. When I see how far I’ve come it makes me so proud. I mean we put this collection together less than 20 days. All the gowns were custom made for a model based on their measurements. My mom and grandma are my biggest supporters. They help me so much. And I can’t thank them enough. This was my second time showing with LAFW and the experience was amazing.

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Beverly: When can we expect the next Isabella Couture show? And where will it take place?

Liliya: The next show for FW/16 is in March. But I’m not sure yet on the location.

Beverly: What is Isabella Couture?

Liliya: Isabella Couture is a high end brand for children and women that caters clients all over the world, including Australia, Russia, Brazil, Spain, United Arab Emirates, etc.

Beverly: What is the inspiration behind the name Isabella Couture?

Liliya: Of course my daughter. Isabella is her middle name and this name was a perfection definition to my clothing line

Beverly: When you say “Couture,” what do you mean?

Liliya: Couture means basically sewing and designing fashionable clothes to a client’s specific requirements and measurements. All of our gowns are made to measure and made specifically for a client.

Beverly: Where can we find and purchase your designs?

Liliya: We have a studio located in North Hollywood and you can also shop online at

Beverly: Do you have any plans to open your own Isabella Couture boutique?

Liliya: I’m looking to expand my studio and that is what I want more rather than a boutique. Since our clothes are custom made to order there are no standard sizing. However, I would love to distribute a few pieces to high end stores such as Harrods, Neiman Marcus, Saks and Barney’s New York.

Beverly: Wedding season is approaching. Can we find you at any upcoming bridal shows?

Liliya: I was asked by a few companies but I’ still have time to decide.

Beverly: I saw on Instagram your “Mommy and Me” photos. What inspired the Mommy and Me idea?

Liliya: Well besides that I have a daughter. She’s like my mini me and my best friend. And we do everything together even try to match on occasion. Mommy and me are big now a days, actually always have been and it’s perfect timing for me to show off the mommy and me sets. We did our Mommy and Me shoot recently in Beverly Hills on Rodeo Dr. and I can’t tell you how many people we were stopped by. Besides causing all the traffic. lol

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Beverly: Are there any designers who inspire you? If so who are they and how do they inspire you?

Liliya: I have a few favorites, actually there’s a lot Giambattista Valli, Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, Zac Posen, just to name a few.

Beverly: What do you do when you’re not working on Isabella Couture?

Liliya: When I’m not in the studio I’m with my daughter. We have little time to spend together with our busy schedule. So the minute I have a free time I spend it with my daughter.

Beverly: What’s your favorite downtime?

Liliya: Ahh I don’t have those lol

Beverly: How do you manage children in your line of work?

Liliya: I love children so that makes it easier for me to manage. Working with them is challenging but all worth it in the end. They just light up your day

Beverly: What advice do you have for mothers who inspire to be entrepreneurs, but find it challenging?

Liliya: To never give up! Stay positive stay strong! Never stop believing in you. Your day will come. You are here for a reason! Put your mind to it, draw it out, vision it, fight it, fail at it. BUT never give up!

Beverly: What can we next expect from Liliya in 2016? Any new developments?

Liliya: Well we are working on a few special projects, maybe a tour soon.

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Have you begun your holiday shopping yet? You may think it’s far too soon to start making a list, but if you don’t want to be dashing around last-minute trying to get something for everyone (and we both know that never works out too well), now is the perfect time to start figuring out who should get what. Plus, the more time you give yourself, the more time you have actually to come up with something memorable.

If getting started makes you want to pull your hair out, we’ve compiled some pretty unforgettable gift ideas that might help you scratch some people off the list. T-minus 37 days, people!

Wine & Dine

Wine Tasting

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A bottle of wine is usually a good gift, but it’s also a rather standard, run-of-the-mill choice. Take things up a notch for your wine-aficionado friends by treating them to a day of wine tasting. No, you don’t have to fly everyone up to Napa (although please invite us if you do); it can be done right here in Beverly Hills at Wally’s on Canon Drive. They boast hundreds of different kinds of wine you can sample, plus a myriad of meats, cheeses, chocolates, and caviar to indulge in. Make it even more special by booking a private room for a more intimate tasting and fine dining experience.

The Gift of Food

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For the foodie in your life, consider treating them to a food tour in Los Angeles. We would recommend checking out Melting Pot Food Tours based on Wilshire Blvd due to their more upscale options. One of the tours led by none other than Chef Jet Tila and was previously only available to journalists and visiting chefs. Melting Pot can also work with you to create a custom food tour or private tasting tailored to what someone loves best.

A Luxury Spa Day


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It’s no secret that Beverly Hills is home to a myriad of luxury spas, some of which are considered to be the best in the world. For someone who is in need of a day of pampering, you can pick up a gift certificate for a specialty spa treatment. The Peninsula offers certificates for a signature massage or facial. At Tomoko, you can treat someone to their luxury service and one of many specialized spa treatments.

The Neiman Marcus Gift Book

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The annual Christmas Gift Book released by Neiman Marcus is known for containing the most divine gift ideas imaginable. The gift book features some of their finest products of the season, one of which might be perfect for the designer buff in your life. There’s even a section for gifts under $100 in case you’re on a budget or looking for fab stocking stuffers. The Fantasy Gifts section contains the most extravagant gifts you could possibly imagine. Even if you can’t buy something from it, it’s still fun to flip through!

If Only Experiences

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For those who are looking for something unique and spectacular, If Only is the place to go. It’s a bit overwhelming looking at all of the exciting experiences and items they have to offer, but luckily they have compiled a great holiday section. They’ve curated their best stuff for every type of person, from the foodie to the adventurer to the fashion maven. You can cross quite a few people off your list here, and maybe you’ll even be able to pick up something fun for yourself.

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Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today I thought I’d showcase Erica and Han’s Beverly Hills wedding that took place at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. I never will forget when Erica contacted me and her first words were, “I want to hire you”. I was flawed because it was our first time speaking. My thoughts were, “How can she want to hire me, we’ve never met and she doesn’t know anything about me.” Boy was I wrong, Erica had done her homework on me. She said she saw my work and knew I was the one to help plan their wedding. You can’t imagine how humbly blessed I felt. After Erica, Han and I finally met, I knew they were the perfect couple for me as well.

Her key words to describe her wedding were: Clean, Simple & Elegant. And looking at the photos below (so beautifully captured by LA Exposures), you can see that’s what she got. What better place than The Peninsula Beverly Hills for a couple who’s seeking pure elegance. It was perfect for Erica and Han.

I love it when I’m part of making a couple’s dream wedding come true.

Congratulations Erica and Han!

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Wedding colors: Blush, Gold & Cream

Wedding Planner: Beverly Harris Weddings (Assistants: Joy & Vicky) | Venue: The Peninsula Beverly Hills | Officiant: JPR Weddings | Photographer: LA Exposures | Harpist: Strings By Reiko | Florist: Butterfly Floral & Event Design | Hair/Makeup: Kelly Zhang Studio | Stationary: Creative Works Designs | Cake: The Butter End Cakery | Draping & Lighting: Amber Event Production | Dancefloor: HCD Dance Floors | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals |DJ: Let’s Make A Memory | MC/Translator: Let’s Make A Memory| Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Second Dress: Vera Wang

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Hello, My Lovelies! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Guess what? This weekend I got my teeth whitened at Linden Dental Care by Mojdeh Shayestehfar, D.D.S. (Dr. Shay). Honestly, I hate going to the dentist even for cleanings, but I couldn’t turn down an invitation for a complimentary teeth whitening session.

“Dr. Shay has more than ten years of experience practicing dentistry, and she still look forward to going to work every single day! From the patients who have trusted her as their clinician and shared their lives with her, to the talented, professional, and compassionate team of doctors she works with, she feels extremely fortunate to have a career where she can connect in such meaningful ways with such a diverse group of people.”

Insider Tip: Get ready to get some special loving by Sophie Softy. Sophie Softy is a furry little employee who loves to cuddle. Her responsibility is to make you feel safe and comfortable. On the other hand, if you’re not a dog lover (and I can’t picture that), you don’t have to worry because Sophie knows when she’s not wanted. She’ll go to her bed and wait for the next patient.

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The office is adorable. It’s such a homey feel, and you’re served a delicious cup of coffee or tea while you wait.

Oh, I forgot to mention that while you’re in the dentist chair having whatever work you’re having done, you can watch a movie. That was a pleasant surprise.

If you want to check out Dr. Shay at Linden Dental Care, call her for an appointment at (310) 305-4644. Make sure to let her know that you heard about her from The Beverly Hills Insider.

You’re in for a treat! (Well maybe not a sweet treat.J)  Enjoy!

Linden Dental Care, 462 N. Linden Drive, #427, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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RH (Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc.—NYSE: RH) unveiled its first-ever standalone RH Modern gallery at 8772 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles with a VIP event on Wednesday, November 4. The official public opening is on Friday, November 6 at 11am.

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Influencers from the worlds of entertainment, design, fashion, philanthropy, and art gathered to celebrate the unveiling with music by DJ Chris Malinchak, bites by Nobu, Cipriani Bellinis and Ma(i)sonry Wines. The event benefitted The Art of Elysium.

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RH Modern ( is an entirely new business and first-of-its-kind retail concept for the modern lifestyle. The new brand offers one of the most curated and fully-integrated assortments of modern furnishings, lighting and décor under one brand in the world, combining a fresh and compelling minimalist aesthetic with the comfort, quality and style that defines RH. Many of the collections were developed in collaboration with some of the world’s most talented and internationally-renowned designers and artisans.

A first of its kind, the RH Modern gallery features a modern sculpture garden for outdoor furniture collections surrounded by soaring Medjool date palms, stretched canvas, an 18​-foot​-wide by 16​-foot​-tall wall of water inspired by the famous fountain in New York City’s Paley Park, a two-story lobby and monolithic staircase ​​that leads to the second floor, and artistic installations that ​reflect the brand’s stylistic point of view.

RH Contemporary Art – which has been integrated into RH Modern and showcases original works from a globally curated roster of emerging and contemporary artists – will also be spotlighted within the bright and minimalistic space, creating the feeling of both a home and a gallery.

A dedicated RH Design Atelier allows guests to work with the RH design team or their interior designers and architects to conceptualize highly personalized, inspiring spaces. A vast library of fabrics, leathers and furniture finishes offered with the latest technology and capabilities all support an unprecedented level of design services.

WHO ATTENDED:  Gary Friedman (RH Chairman & CEO)

Co-Hosts: Ross Cassidy (Designer), Lisa Eisner (Jewelry Designer/Photographer), Petra Flannery (Stylist), Rosetta Getty (Designer), Rashida Jones (Actress), Jeff Klein (JK Hotel Group), Carla & Al Moran (Owners, Moran Bondaroff Gallery), Kimberly Muller (Author/Co-Founder, Au Fudge), Michael Smith (Designer) and Vicente Wolf  (Designer)

Celebrity and tastemaker guests: Gwyneth Paltrow (Actress), Julianne Hough (Actress), Jaime King (Actress), Patricia Arquette (Actress), Jordana Brewster (Actress), Katharine McPhee (Actress), Amy Smart (Actress) and Carter Oosterhouse, Abigail Spencer (Actress), Claire Coffee (Actress), Liberty Ross (Model/Actress), Eric Christian Olsen (Actor) and Sarah Wright (Actress), Katie Aselton (Actress) and Jen Howell (Founder, Art of Elysium), among others

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Chairman and CEO of Restoration Hardware Gary Friedman and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend the unveiling of the RH Modern Gallery in Los Angeles on November 4, 2015. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for RH)

CONTACT:    For all press inquiries, interviews, gallery tours and additional information on Friday’s public opening, please contact: Lydia You,, 323-822-4849

All photo are courtesy of Getty Images for RH

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It’s November, and you know what that means – it’s time to prepare yourself. This is not a drill, ladies and gentlemen – there are only about three weeks left to get ready for our first big holiday, Thanksgiving. In my family, my sister and I are usually the ones tasked with getting the holiday meals together. Overall, we’re pretty ok with this arrangement, but once in a while it would be nice not to have to worry about putting together a menu, getting the ingredients, and prepping all day (and sometimes the day before) before the actual cooking even begins. Don’t even get me started on the clean-up. Sometimes, it would be nice just to sit down with everyone and voila! There’s the food.

If you’re just not wanting to spend the entire holiday in the kitchen (or know it is best you just stay out of it entirely), here are some fabulous Thanksgiving dinner options in Beverly Hills you can simply sit down to and enjoy with your loved ones. No clean-up required!


Culina Brunch

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You can start the celebrations and eating early at Italian eatery Culina, which will be serving their Thanksgiving brunch at 11 a.m. and will continue providing food all day until 6 p.m. They’ll have the usual dishes, like turkey and stuffing, but they’ll also be offering omelets, French toast, and other yummy breakfast food until 3 p.m. Their offerings are quite extensive and very delicious-sounding. Pull up a chair, wear your comfy pants, and spend the day eating at Culina.








Mr. C Beverly Hills

Mr. C Thanksgiving DiningThis chic hotel restaurant serves up all the classic tastes of Thanksgiving in elevated style. Nosh on potato leek soup, pumpkin ravioli, and oven-roasted turkey with all of the yummy fixings. They also offer up vegetarian options on request, so everyone can participate in the holiday joy of stuffing their faces. You can even enjoy their food in the comfort of your home with their takeaway dishes, which are also good for pretending you slaved away in front of a stove for 6 hours. No one will ever know 😉




Jar Fall Food

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Jar is the place to go for a modern take on warm, comforting dishes all year round. Their Thanksgiving dinner will prove to be no different. They’ll be serving the traditional fare, such as cranberry relish, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin and apple pie, but they also have a few standout originals. Oyster stew, smoked gouda collard greens, and sweet potato au gratin? Yes, please!






The Stinking Rose 

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As a lover of garlic, it’s expected I would love The Stinking Rose, known for serving all garlic-based dishes. If you too live under the mantra of There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Garlic, you’ll want to try their Thanksgiving dinner. The house salad spritzed with a garlic dressing, the turkey cooked in garlic and, of course, the oven-roasted garlic cloves offered on the side, because why the heck not? But don’t worry – I’m (almost) sure they won’t be putting garlic in their pumpkin pie.

Should you indeed decide to skip the cooking and gather everyone at a restaurant, don’t forget to make a reservation as soon as you can. Thanksgiving meals in Beverly Hills book up fast!



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Today, I’m overly excited to give you a recap of the St. John Boutique Beverly Hills resort fashion event that took place on October 24, 2015, at St. John Boutique Beverly Hills. The event featured an in Conversation with St. John Chief Merchant, Aja Passero, and St. John Senior Vice President of Marketing/Communications, Tiffany Anastasakis. It was an exciting combination of conversation, tray passed hors d’oeuvres, champagne and gorgeous fashion. There were even some fun facts shared about Aja, for example: how her love for fashion began at the age of 4. (Now that’s someone who knows what she wants, and gets it!)

We saw a preview of the 2016 St. John fashion from stylist shorts to elegant evening gowns, super fun and classy. See for yourself…

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Ladies, the holidays are coming up and I think you’ll look gorgeous in a St. John evening gown, don’t you? Make sure to ask about the special offer that runs until November 1, 2015.

Thank you St. John for hosting a fun event.

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Is it the middle of October already?! I feel like every time I turn around I can’t believe how close we are to the end of the year. There are plenty of big holidays coming up, but October is important for a very special reason besides Halloween. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. So many people know someone who has battled this disease, or are survivors/currently fighting it themselves. There are a number of ways right you can contribute to the fight against breast cancer right here in Beverly Hills, and even treat yourself in the process.

Peninsula in Pink

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Every October, The Peninsula Beverly Hills is decked out in a pink, custom-made art piece to show its support for breast cancer awareness. For the entire month, the luxury hotel offers new pink menu items in the form of delicious desserts and drinks. Even the Afternoon Tea gets the pink treatment; you can indulge in pink sweets and sandwiches with glasses of rosé wine or champagne. Don’t forget to stop by the spa for Pretty in Pink treatments that will leave you glowing from head to toe.

The Peninsula donates a portion of all proceeds from these items to local breast cancer charities.


The Blvd Pink Menu

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The BLVD isn’t just a fun, trendy dining spot where you can spot many a celebrity. 2015 marks the second year this Four Seasons eatery is working with Making Strides Against Cancer for October. The BLVD is offering a couple of lovely pink packages you can purchase, both of which include Moet and Chandon champagne. A portion of the proceeds will be donated, so there’s never been a better time to indulge.

Mr. C Beverly Hills

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Another fab opportunity to treat yourself and contribute to a great cause! Purchase a yummy slice of vanilla meringue cake or a glass of champagne (or both!) at The Restaurant at Mr. C Hotel on Beverwil Dr. The hotel is donating a portion of all proceeds from these items to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. There really is no better place to relax with a good slice of cake than this chic spot.

Have Your Own Pink Event

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Want to have an event of your own? Have a Pretty in Pink dessert party, complete with a variety of pink treats and pink champagne. After you and your friends enjoy yourselves, give everyone a pink envelope and make donations together to a breast cancer charity of your choosing.  Any little bit is a great contribution.

Now, go get your pink on readers, and help in the fight against breast cancer!

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We love these two! Both Glenda and Chris are in the entertainment industry, and of course they had to incorporate it into their wedding vision. What better place to have a movie-themed/Oscar-styled wedding than the original art deco El Rey Theatre. We loved how all the little details, from the bride’s red hair to the groom’s cigar, came together to make it more personalized. What a fun time planning this couple’s wedding. And now we want you to sit back, relax and enjoy!

Thank you Duke Photography for sharing the amazing photos.

What a beautiful wedding!

Wedding Planner: Beverly Harris Weddings & Events (A special thanks to my assistants: Annissa, Adrienne & Melanie) | Venue: El Rey Theatre |Caterer: Wolfgang Puck | Photographer: Duke Photography | Cinematography: Ezra Productions | Rentals: 204Events | Flowers: Empty Vase | Musicians: JDS Entertainment | Harpist: Dr. Vanessa Sheldon | Entertainment: Bling Divas Entertainment | Officiant: Melina Davis | Cake: Hansen’s Cakes | Vintage Car: Exquisite Transportation

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Welcome to October lovelies! I absolutely love this time of year, because October means that it is officially holiday time for the next three months. Yay! I’ll formulate any excuse to celebrate and give someone something. Luckily, I don’t have to wait all the way until Halloween to do so. October 16 brings us National Boss’s Day. Now, not everyone has a great boss, but for those of us lucky enough to have one, now’s the time to show them a little appreciation. Here are some appropriate gift ideas that can help you say ‘thank you sooo much for not being horrible and making my job suck’.

Gift Certificates

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Rule number one when it comes to giving your boss a gift is to keep things easy. You don’t need to go over-the-top in your gift-giving, and you probably shouldn’t. A gift certificate is always a good choice. It’s simple yet thoughtful, especially if you get them one for a place they like to visit or for something they enjoy doing. For your male boss, consider a gift certificate to Pascal’s Barber Shop. A female boss who likes to pamper herself or is in need of a bit of a break will certainly love a certificate to a salon like Zen Nail Spa.

Something Funny

Funny Book Gift Idea

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Have you hit the jackpot and found yourself a boss that is not only good at managing people but also has a great sense of humor? Paper Source on Brighton Way has a ton of cute and funny gifts that are sure to tickle your boss’s funny bone. This 50 Jobs Worse than Yours book and Unicorn Mug are just two examples of what you can find here.

A Simple Accessory

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Sometimes, on a rare occasion, we find ourselves a boss that is not only the person we report to, but is also a friend. If your boss is someone you also consider to be an important person in your life, an accessory is an appropriate gift. Give them something they love – a fashionable scarf that also keeps them warm when the A/C is blasting in the office or a set of pretty bracelets for those who love jewelry.

For the Tech-Savvy Individual

Designer iPad Case

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Hey, your boss is a busy person. For those who are always tapping away at an email or scheduling a meeting on their phone or tablet, you can buy them something to help deck out what has essentially become their third appendage. A high-quality case from Nordstrom should do the trick.

Jazz Up Their Desk

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Perhaps you’re newer to the company and just don’t know you’re boss that well, or they’re the kind of person that is hard to figure out what exactly it is they like. When all else fails, accessories for the office/desk are always a good choice to fall back on. Visit Francis-Orr on N. Camden Drive to find high-end desk accessories, such as leather portfolios and fine pens.

Have fun shopping for your boss! And if you don’t have a great boss, well, who says you can’t buy something for yourself? 😉

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