Archive of ‘Breast Cancer’ category

Honor Your Mom’s Breast Cancer Battle at This Yoga Class

Mother’s Day is around the corner and this can be a challenging time for those of us who are currently navigating life without ours. Next Thursday, May 9th, Bright Pink is hosting a yoga class where young women who have lost a mother or have a mother battling breast cancer can celebrate and honor them. The class will take place at their Chicago office (670 N. Clark St. Suite 2) and it begins at 7pm.

This is one of many Experiental Outreach activities that the organization hosts throughout the year. The Face-to-Face Experiential Outreach Groups are essentially support groups that happen within the context of fun activities like yoga or pottery-making. After the activity, attendees are invited to participate in a discussion related to being young and at high risk for developing breast/ovarian cancer.

If you’re interested in joining next week’s session, you can send your RSVP to Mary Kate Fitzgerald at The event is free, but it is BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat).



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Pretty in Pink Returns to Chicago!

It’s that delightful time of year when Chicago gals can snag $31 spa and beauty treatments while also supporting Bright Pink. That’s right…Pretty in Pink has returned! To catch you up to speed, has teamed up with local spas for the month of October to raise awarness about breast cancer while scoring some major bargains for you.

Seriously, some of these deals are unreal. $31 for teeth whitening, or a color treatment, or even a chemical peel? Unreal, in an absolutely amazing kind of way.

To check out the specials for yourself, head on over to And, to learn more about the amazing work that Bright Pink is doing, visit their site


My Three Favorite Stationery Sets

So much stationery, too little time. I could seriously shop for notecards and notepads all day long, but my life keeps getting in my way! In yesterday’s post, I promised that I would share some of my favorite items so far, and my Top 3 picks are below.

1. Say “Hi” to your favorite girlfriends with this cute set from Erin Condren. Proceeds of this set support breast cancer awareness, and she also offers purple and yellow ribbon stationery as well.

Erin Condren, $30

2. “Fab, fierce, AND glam!” That’s all I have to say about this set of notecards found on the effie’s paper website. This is how you send a statement through the mail!

effie's paper, $27

3. My philanthropic pal, Ebonie, worked with the gifted Little Miss Mika to commission this CUTE set of charitable notecards. Twenty percent of all orders will be donated to The Gye Nyame Empowerment Project (GNEP).

Little Miss Mika, $30

Any other fabulous stationery that I should know about? Please send me a link! I’m serious about my note-writing endeavors these days, and I want to make sure that my cards are as amazing as possible.

P.S. Have you decided who you’re writing a note to this week?


It’s So Much Fun Being Pink

Maybe you’ve heard me say it often…maybe you’ve never heard me say it, but I have a confession to make. I have always been scared to rock a bold color on my lips because I they are so full. That is until I strutted into the MAC store hellbent on finding an amazing hot pink lip color that would flatter my skin and not make me look like a clown.

Insert MAC’s “Girl About Town.” I instantly fell in love with the shade and much to my relief, it looks GREAT on me. I wore it a couple of weekend ago to the “Tickled Pink” fundraising event at the River East Art Center and it was a big hit. At least, I like to think so! I felt and looked great while supporting an event that has helped to raise over $800,000 for Y-ME and breast cancer research.

For a recap, check out the lovely Candid Candace’s blog post.

Below is a picture of me from the event. I’m definitely sold on pink lips…My next shade to tackle will be Nicki’s VIVA Glam pink lipstick. The jury is still out on whether or not I can pull that one off. You know that I want to try…Especially since 100% of the proceeds will benefit the MAC AIDS Fund!

KB a.k.a. A "Girl About Town"

Do you like bold lipstick colors or are you more of a neutral kind of gal?


P.S. Thanks to Cheeky Chicago for the “Tickled Pink” tickets!

The Perfect Hot Pink Bag

Last week, I spied the cutest and brightest hot pink bag on the floor of my co-worker’s office. Instantly smitten with the item, I made a note to later ask her about it. In true KB fashion though, I ended up forgetting about the bag until I stumbled across this tweet:

Could it be? Did they have the scoop on my bag obsession? I clicked the link and VOILA…It was THE bag!

"The Fluoro"

It turns out that my dream bag has a name, a brand, and now is supporting a great cause. The Cambridge Satchel Company will donate 10% of all purchases of the bag above to our friends over at Bright Pink. Just use the code “PINK” at checkout. Fun, right?

Happy Fifth Birthday to Bright Pink!

Bright Pink is a kick-ass organization and I am a huge fan of almost anything that they do. This week marks their fifth anniversary and I am loving the beautiful post written by the Founder, Lindsay Avner. Lindsay is equal parts fearless leader and a true sweetheart with a dose of fabulousity sprinkled in for good measure.

With Lindsay in 2008

While reading her post, I was particularly inspired by her decision to not only undergo a double mastectomy (something which I already knew about), but also her decision to leave her marketing position at a global company. She states, “While I was enjoying my role in marketing at Unilever, I felt a compelling responsibility to fill the gap for a community of young women who so desperately longed for education and support.”

Well, my dear…You have done all of that and more.  Thank you for your advocacy, your leadership, and (of course) your fun events! I can’t wait to see what the next five fifty years bring to you!

At a health fair with BP gals

Supporting BP at BowlHer


Post-Breast Cancer Curves [Video]


This morning, I came across a video posted on NBC Chicago‘s website about Second Act, a cancer recovery boutique providing wigs and post-breast surgery products for women. In the clip, the owner Patti Cagney Sheehan discusses how she decided to start her business and shows us some examples of prosthetic garments. This video jumped out at me because it pays attention to the “and then what…” aspect of battling a major illness.

Also, it deals with a very real issue. Let’s face it…while our breasts don’t define us, they ARE a very important piece of our lives. So, when one (or both) is removed due to breast cancer, how do you bounce back from that physically, mentally, and emotionally? I don’t have all any of the answers but I’m sure that feeling and looking like you did pre-surgery is part of the process. A process that I think deserves more attention during October and year-round. I have some mixed thoughts about the “pinkification” of breast cancer during October but I’ll share those in a post next week.

Now, to get back on track…You can learn more about Second Act by checking out their website at


OPI Announces Pink Shatter Polish for Breast Cancer

Personally, I’m a little over the “shattered nail” trend…By the time I went to get my first mani with the polish, it was everywhere and then I just got bored with the thought. But, you all know that I love a good beauty produt that benefits a worthy cause SO I will get over myself to share this news.

OPI is launching the limited edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  The 2011 Pink of Hearts edition will follow in the footsteps of its namesake 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 polishes to  raise awareness of breast cancer for the fifth year in a row.

Each bottle of Pink Shatter has a special pink-ribbon tag and pink cap wrap to call attention to breast cancer awareness. OPI will also be making its annual donation of $25,000 to Komen for the Cure. The polish will retail for $8.50 and will be available at outlets like ULTA during the months of September and October.

Maybe I’ll give this polish a whirl next month…It could be fun with a white polish underneath. What are your thoughts on the shatter polish trend? Have any of you tried it?


Cast a (Bright) Pink Vote!!!

Red vote. Blue vote. Honestly, I could care less at this point. (Please don’t tell my Dad!) But, what I do care about is the fight against breast cancer. So, ladies and gents, I’m asking you to cast a pink vote in support of my co-worker, Lauren. She is currently in second place to win $10K for her medical bills. To vote, please click HERE and vote in the category of “Most Successful Fundraiser by an Individual”  for “Running 26 Miles to Help LC Beat Cancer. Make sure to hit the submit button!

LC's Door! #beatcancer

We’re all doing our part to get the word out. A group of co-workers even stood in the cold at five-something this morning to get on camera at NBC 5 and spread the word. Help us by posting this request on your Facebook and Twitter to help drive those votes!

Thanks, guys!


P.S. While you’re there, you can support Bright Pink in the “Most Innovative Use of Social Media” category!

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