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To TOMS or Not to TOMS?

I love TOMS’ commitment to donating one pair of shoes to children for every pair sold, BUT I’ve struggled with buying TOMS because of the style options. For the most part, the ultra-casual slip on has not managed to impress me. When I gathered opinions from my Twitter peeps, the majority of the responses centered around “great cause, not-so-great style.” Nooo.

What’s a girl to do? Well, enter my friend, DG. I hung out with her yesterday and noticed that she owns the glittery TOMS in silver and gold. So, of course, I had the this same conversation with her, only to find out that she’s low-key obsessed with the shoes! She owns four pairs, bought a pair for her son, AND a pair for her brother. So, in honor of DG, I am re-examining the TOMS collection and digging up a couple of pairs that I would be interested in. You know, for the ultra-casual days!

Of course, there are the sparkly options:

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Gold Glitter TOMS, $48

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Silver Glitter TOMS, $48

And, a couple of ones perfect for the spring/summer time.

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Egg Yellow Stripe TOMS, $44

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Gabe Lacktman TOMS Neon Aqua Fade Womens, $68 (web exclusive)

DG made me a believer as she talked about how the shoes give her a comfy break from the 4 and 5 inch heels that she loves to wear. I think I’m starting to drink the Koolaid because while writing this post, I’ve wholeheartedly convinced myself that I need the neon aqua fade TOMS in my life immediately!

For those of you all who still don’t believe that the company donates a pair of shoes to children for every one sold, BELIEVE IT! Since 2006, they’ve donated 140,000 shoes to children around the world, and this year, their goal is to distribute 300,000 shoes! It’s hard to argue with numbers like those. You can read all about their commitment here. They also have tons of videos from their “shoe drops” on their YouTube channel.

You can either buy the shoes online at tomsshoes.com or at a boutique/retailer near you. For my Chicago peeps, the AKIRA women’s shoe store (North Avenue) carries them!

So, are you all thinking of buying TOMS now? I’ve always loved the cause and now that I’ve found some nice styles, I’m sold! All thanks to DG 🙂

Philosophy’s Charity Lineup

It should be no surprise that Philosophy has a line of products dedicated to raising funds for charity. I mean, this beauty brand wants you “to live a better life by being better to yourself.” And, there’s no better way to be better to yourself than to be better to someone else.

Philosophy carries various products to benefit charities…See below for the lineup!

Inner Grace Shower GelJoyful Heart CandleJoyful Heart Shower GelMessage in A Bottle GelShower for the Cure Gel

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Inner Grace Shower Gel ($22-$30): Benefitting the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Joyful Heart Candle ($22): Benefitting the Joyful Heart Foundation

Joyful Heart Shower Gel ($20): Benefitting the Joyful Heart Foundation

Message in A Bottle Shower Gel ($20): Benefitting the Rainforest Foundation

Shower for the Cure Shower Gel ($20): Benefitting the Women’s Cancer Research Fund

100% of the proceeds from the sale of the above items goes directly to the charitable organization! Visit philosophy.com to view these products and more!

P.S. The Joyful Heart Foundation was founded by Law and Order: SVU actress Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson). It’s an organization to “heal, educate, and empower” survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. It’s great to see that she’s leveraging her television role and celebrity for a great cause.

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