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My Three Favorite Stationery Sets

Breast Cancer, Personal Development, Shop for A Cause

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

Beauty & Style, Breast Cancer, KB's Journey

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!

Happy Fifth Birthday to Bright Pink!

Breast Cancer, TFG Spotlight

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]

Breast Cancer


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


Real Fans Wear Navy and Orange (and Pink!)

Breast Cancer, Living & Giving, Shop for A Cause

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that navy and orange flows through my veins. Those are the colors of my high school, college, and beloved Chicago Bears. Sunday after Sunday (and some Saturdays…Go ILLINI), I take pride in seeing fans and players suit up in navy and orange and get pumped for a victory.

That pride doubles every October as I watch my Bears strut onto the field with their navy, orange, and pink in recognition of breast cancer awareness month. In addition to the cap above, there are a host of other very cute products that would make any Bears fan proud.

Knit Hat, $19.99

Key Clip, $17.99

Women’s Tee, $23.99

This apparel is a part of the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch” campaign, in partnership with the American Cancer Society. The campaign focuses on the importance of annual screenings, especially for women who are 40 and older. If you’ve been watching the games this month, then you’ve already seen players, coaches and referees wearing pink game apparel and using special game balls and pink coins with the goal of raising awareness for this important campaign. To learn more about “A Crucial Catch,” you can visit

Don’t Lose Your Pink Momentum!

Breast Cancer, Shop for A Cause

October is more than halfway over, but don’t lose your breast cancer awareness momentum! Most of the pink offerings by your favorite brands are month-long endeavors, meaning that you can still show your support. Here are some of my picks to get you through the end of the month (at least)!

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics – Help kiss breast cancer goodbye with this limited-edition lip color set ($40). The lip gloss/lip balm duo will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Added bonus? Bobbi Brown is offering free shipping on this product during October. – Embrace your inner goddess (and love of designer sales) by shopping on the newly launched Visitors can shop the collection, and even set up a personal shopper profile. Let LuxGoddess find the deals you want and deliver them into your inbox! Even better, this site will donate 10% to Bright Pink. This bag from Hobo International ($309) is great for fall/winter!

hobo_6627-915755-p – If “Pretty in Pink” is your favorite movie, then you’ve probably dreamed of a owning a pink frock. is offering shoppers 10% off all pink dresses, and is also donating 10% to charity. I saw a few that peaked my attention, but the BCBG Max Azria pink halter ($223) is one of my favs.


Sonia Kaschuk for Target – Beauty junkies, organize your stash while also taking a stand against breast cancer. Fifteen percent of sales will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through November 4. Products can be found online or at your local Target store.


Elizabeth and James – The fashionable line designed by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen is responsible for this awesome necklace. The beautiful pink leaf design is sure to be a delicate addition to your wardrobe. The necklace ($58) is available for purchase exclusively at, and the online retailer has committed to donating $15,000 to the Network of Strength.


Pretty City – There’s still time to book a $31 beauty treatment at your favorite (or soon-to-be favorite) spa/salon. This annual event is not only designed to pamper you, but is raising funds for the awesome Bright Pink organization. Visit for the details!


Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Almost Here!

Breast Cancer

bcaHey, guys…October is a very special month for me! Aside from being the birth month of myself, my 3 besties, my nephew and ALL the cool kids, it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the awesome things about BC Awareness is that so many companies join in and support the cause with limited-edition products and services designed to kick up some funds and awareness to the issue.

I’ve decided to put together a Guide to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and showcase some of the best items in beauty, fashion, etc for you all. I designed the layout myself (whoo hoo), and am just filling in the pages! If you have the inside scoop on some products, I want to know! My plan is to make this guide available on 10/1, so I’m asking that you send me any details by Monday, 9/28!

I’m looking forward to getting this guide out and if all goes well, then I might duplicate it for the holidays! We shall see…


Twitter: @thefabgiver


KB's Journey: Living My Life in Pink

Breast Cancer, KB's Journey, Must Attend

Hey, all! Last Friday, I went to Bright Pink’s “La Vie En Rose” event at Bon V and had a BLAST! There was pink everywhere, from hot pink balloons to pink rose petals. The night was hosted by Erica Cobb (of B-96), Susanna Homan (Michigan Avenue Magazine), Ginger Zee (NBC-5 Chicago), and Kelli Zink ( The event raised $20,000 for Bright Pink’s upcoming awareness initiative with local ob/gyn offices. 

Lindsay Avner (founder of Bright Pink) and I

Lindsay Avner (founder of Bright Pink) and I


The picture above was before the effects of the open bar took hold on me. 🙂 Anyways, I’m looking forward to Bright Pink’s other upcoming events:

  • 10/23: Robert Rodriguez Fall 2008 Collection Showcase and Cocktail Reception at Neiman Marcus (737 N. Michigan Avenue). Donations to Bright Pink will be accepted at the door
  • 10/25: “Eyes Wide Open” masquerade event at the Crimson Lounge (333 N. Dearborn). Masks are required for entry and can be purchased at the door for $20
For more information on these events and more, you can always visit!
P.S. Happy Early 25th Birthday to Me!!!