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The ultimate do-good birthday: Fashionable duo rocks a Galleria boutique, lures hot bloggers for fab benefit

The ultimate do-good birthday: Fashionable duo pulls off fab benefit

5 Vivian Vy Nguyen, from left, Jacqueline Nguyen, Jacqueline Nguyen and Vy Le at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
Vivian Vy Nguyen, from left, Jacqueline Nguyen, Jacqueline Nguyen and Vy Le. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
7 Mandy Kao, from left, Sneha Merchant and Nihala Zakaria at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
Mandy Kao, from left, Sneha Merchant and Nihala Zakaria. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
10 Sippi Khurana, left, and Savreet Singh at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
Sippi Khurana, left, and Savreet Singh. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
9 Christensen Biggs, from left, Karina Barbieri, Donae Chramosta and Yasmine Haddad at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
Christensen Biggs, from left, Karina Barbieri, Donae Chramosta and Yasmine Haddad. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
8 Jennifer Simmons, from left, Sydney Dao, Chloe Dao and Andrea Bonner at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
Jennifer Simmons, from left, Sydney Dao, Chloe Dao and Andrea Bonner. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
6 Nihala Zakaria, from left, Nadia Saiz and Samiha Khan at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
Nihala Zakaria, from left, Nadia Saiz and Samiha Khan. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
4 Diana Sun, from left, Mandy Kao and Gina Li at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
Diana Sun, from left, Mandy Kao and Gina Li. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
3 Monica Abney, from left, Fifi Phi, Katy Atlas, Leigh Evans, Magen Pastor, Madmoiselle MoNi and Issa Chou at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
Fashion bloggers Monica Abney, from left, Fifi Phi, Katy Atlas, Leigh Evans, Magen Pastor, Madmoiselle MoNi and Issa Chou. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
1 Reno Bhatti, from left, Shubnum Masood and Habiba Dhanani at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
Reno Bhatti, from left, Shubnum Masood and Habiba Dhanani. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
2 Cindi Rose, from left, Rachel Suliburk, Shan Batiste and Amber Gardner at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
Cindi Rose, from left, Rachel Suliburk, Shan Batiste and Amber Gardner. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
5 Vivian Vy Nguyen, from left, Jacqueline Nguyen, Jacqueline Nguyen and Vy Le at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
7 Mandy Kao, from left, Sneha Merchant and Nihala Zakaria at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
10 Sippi Khurana, left, and Savreet Singh at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
9 Christensen Biggs, from left, Karina Barbieri, Donae Chramosta and Yasmine Haddad at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
8 Jennifer Simmons, from left, Sydney Dao, Chloe Dao and Andrea Bonner at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
6 Nihala Zakaria, from left, Nadia Saiz and Samiha Khan at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
4 Diana Sun, from left, Mandy Kao and Gina Li at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
3 Monica Abney, from left, Fifi Phi, Katy Atlas, Leigh Evans, Magen Pastor, Madmoiselle MoNi and Issa Chou at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
1 Reno Bhatti, from left, Shubnum Masood and Habiba Dhanani at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014
2 Cindi Rose, from left, Rachel Suliburk, Shan Batiste and Amber Gardner at Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria birthday party October 2014

When Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria began celebrating their birthdays together in 2012, they launched a tradition of fashion, frolic and philanthropy that continued earlier this week in BCBGMaxAzria in the Galleria.

With more than 200 stylish guests, it was ka-ching, ka-ching for two charities, beneficiaries of 15 percent of sales during the party. The chosen non-profits were Linking the World, an international humanitarian aid organization, and the Mandy Kao Foundation, which provides funding for after-school programs in low-income neighborhoods.

“Birthdays are such a special occasion, but they are even more meaningful when we can make a difference in people’s lives," Kao said. "That’s why we started doing this, and we were so grateful to have BCBGMaxAzria join us in celebrating giving back."

In addition to shopping the racks, the evening fun included a fashion show of styles modeled by seven of H-Town's top fashion bloggers — Issa Chou and Fifi Phi of WeWearThings.com, Katy Atlas of SugarLaws.com, Monica Abney of Classy & Fabulous, Leigh Evans of GirlAroundTown.net, Magen Pastor of MagenPastor.com and Madmoiselle MoNi of FashionandFabulous.us.

After celebrating, guests picked up swag bags that included BCBGMaxAzria scarves and notebooks.

Fashionistas included Chloe Dao, Jared Lang, Sameera Faridi, Sydney Dao, Cindi Rose, Yasmine Haddad, Ashley Small, Donae Chramosta, Sippi Khurana, Karina Barbieri and Habiba Dhanani.

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