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Gifts inspired by Lent (or Mardi Gras): Pride


Through Mardi Gras on March 8, we're giving you gift ideas inspired by the seven deadly sins. You'll be regretting the sins, but not these gifts, come Lent.

You’re so vain. You probably think this blog is about you. Don’t you? Don’t you?

Everyone wants to be noticed, especially in our own Hollywood and environs. And thinking well of one’s self can certainly be a positive thing. But then again, it can also be quite blatantly overdone. Seletti’s stainless steel Vanity Kills Mirror suggests that we not take ourselves oh-so-seriously, at least not all of the time ($178 at A humorous hint for the narcissist on your list.

Of course, every VIP with any pride needs a pair of glam peacock-toned Jealous sunnies by Jee Vice ($300 at After all, the egotistical peacock is known to put on quite a brilliant show. Also, not to boast, but the brand’s stylish shades have been known to decorate famous faces, such as Anne Hathaway, Fergie and SJP — just in case you feel the need to name drop.

-- Ingrid Schmidt

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Top photo: Seletti’s stainless steel Vanity Kills Mirror. Credit:

Bottom photo: Jealous sunnies by Jee Vice. Credit:

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