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There are plenty of charities vying for attention, but we had to share a very important cause that is near and dear to the Bella Life family. Contributing Style Editor, Pamela Pekerman launched the Ilya Peckerman Fund, which benefits theVasculitis Foundation, in 2010, after the passing of her father. The Vasculitis Foundation is the international organization that leads education, awareness and research in support of those with vasculitis, a rare autoimmune disease that affects the blood vessels.

This year, Pamela has enlisted the aid of her fashion friends to launch Shop4Vasculitis, a campaign aimed at raising funds and awareness through the purchase a fashion, accessories and lifestyle merchandise.   During May, Vasculitis Awareness Month, purchase these amazing red, white and lavender and a minimum of 20% from each purchase will go directly to theIlya Peckerman Fund.

Click Here For An Exclusive Tweety To Support This Amazing Cause!

Sabina Les, Metal Chain Silk Scarf

$120 – 20% donated

As seen in PEOPLE Style Watch

Confections by Shara’s Paperie, red, white and black damask pattern personalized iPad folio case (spfc130)

$72.50 – 20% donated

Confections by Shara’s Paperie, red, white and black diagonal stripe pattern personalized phone case (spcase128)

$55 – 20% donated

Ted Rossi, Python Envelope Clutch

$598 – 25% donated

Celeb fans include: Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Ted Rossi, Python Cuff

$115 – 25% donated

Celeb fans include: Jacqueline Lauritaof Real Housewives of New Jersey

Devora Libin, Rubber Skull Bracelet

$80 – 20% donated

As seen on FOX Good Day Los Angeles (and Caroline Manzo last night)!!

Casey Shannon, original art work framed and matted 11×11

$350 – 20% donated

Casey Shannon, greeting cards based on original art

$4.25-$5.95 – 25% donated

Casey Shannon, prints based on original art

$4.25-$5.95 – 25% donated

Yummie Tummie, Wendie Cotton Wow Tank

$72 – 20% donated

Di Manno Designs, Red Leather Ponytail Holder/Hair Cuff

$25 – 20% donated

As seen in In Style

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Avoid horizontal stripes, if you’re worried about your mid-section looking bigger. Wear flesh-color pumps to create the illusion of long legs. When in doubt, an A-line skirt will work wonders on any body type.

These are tips many of us have heard from fashion experts and probably our own mothers. But, did you know that a handbag can also help accentuate your features for better or worse? I spent nearly a decade focusing exclusively on the handbag market and here is a little cheat sheet I’ve developed that will help you next time you’re deciding between a north-south tote, an east-west tote or a messenger.

Heavy-bottom: Don’t wear a big sloppy bag if you have extra junk in the trunk. It will make your overall body look big. Think clean and boxy, not slouchy. Try a structured satchel. Also your purse, if it’s a shoulder bag, should end at or above the waist to draw the eye up.

Dooney & Bourke, Mini Satchel, $298

Petite: Think East-West when looking for a bag. Wide, not long is the best look for you. Also, consider bags with vertical details that fool the eye into making you look taller. Finally, don’t overwhelm yourself with a giant, bulky bag. You want YOU to enter the room, not your handbag. It should complement, not overwhelm. Adjustable straps are key since a bag will hang lower on you than a taller person. Bags should hit you above the butt, not below.

Tall and sleek: A tall and sleek bag goes well with a tall and sleek gal. A long-hanging bag will accentuate your height and complement the sleekness of your being. Try a north-south tote or a bucket bag.

MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS, North/South Leather Tote, $198

Busty: Boobs are great, but avoid the messenger look here unless you wear it on one shoulder not across the bosom. No need to divide and separate from the outside with a big fat strap. However, when worn to one side, the length of the strap and the bag hitting you at or below the hip draws the eye down and away from your lady friends.

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