The Interview — Ali Galgano, Founder & CEO, Charm & Chain
Ali Galgano is the founder and CEO of Charm & Chain, an online destination for designer fashion jewelry. A certified gemologist and lifelong lover of jewels, Ali launched the site in 2008 with a mission to provide access to stylish, well-made, and affordable designer jewelry on the Internet. Charm & Chain now carries over 50 established and emerging designers and has solidified itself as one of the web's premier shopping destinations. Since inception, Charm & Chain has been named “Best of the Web” by InStyle, Town & Country, and DailyCandy. Follow Charm & Chain on Instagram and Twitter.
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What is your favorite holiday meal?
Every year on Christmas, we eat “pasta rosettes,” which are ham and fontina cheese rolled into homemade pasta, cut to look like budding roses, and baked in creamy pink nutmeg sauce. I just learned how to make them myself a few years ago and even though the dish takes hours of preparation, it’s well worth it!
Favorite Instagram account to follow:
At the moment, I have two:
@AdvancedStyle. This account provides me with my daily fix of eccentric style inspiration. The subjects of this project are fashionable older women who have been collecting ornate jewelry and clothing for decades and know how to put together looks better than anyone else.
@ChrissyTeigen. One scroll through her Instagram feed and you’ll see that Chrissy Teigen is not your average supermodel. Unflattering faces, strange hand dances and goofy moments on set all accompanied by snarky captions have me laughing out loud daily (and wishing we were BFFs). If those shots aren’t enough to induce your girl crush, she also shares casual photos of her Grammy-winning husband John Legend and snaps of her mouth-watering culinary pursuits.
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Your best holiday gifting/shopping tip or piece of advice:
Make a wish list on Amazon.com—you can put anything on it from any website. I use it during the year to keep track of things I’d potentially like to buy, and during the holiday season, I share it with loved ones so I can make sure to receive only things I truly want.
You’ll be buying most of your holiday presents at...
Charm & Chain for all the women in my life—everyone loves jewelry
Your current Netflix addiction:
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. It’s a travel show focused on food. He’s like Indiana Jones of the food world, and every episode feels like an adventure.
A secret talent we should know about:
I’m really good at (and passionate about) dressing up for Halloween.
Your most recent culinary discovery and obsession:
The white truffle pasta from Carbone is heaven on a plate.
Your last great read and why you enjoyed it:
I just finished “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin, and it was one of the best self-help books I’ve read in a while—full of practical tips on how to make your daily life more fulfilling.
The beauty product found in your bag at all times:
A tester-sized perfume of some kind. Right now I’m wearing Frederic Malle’s Musc Ravageur. I never leave home in the morning without a spray of fragrance.
One piece of advice you would give your 18 year old self:
Invest in Apple.