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Warby Parker and My Hunt for New Glasses

Featured, KB's Journey, Shop for A Cause, World Issues

It’s funny how life works. From the ages of 4 to 19, I spent the majority of my life wearing glasses. Then, I decided that I was over it. I was over being four-eyed. I was over having my glasses fog up when I went from the Chicago cold air into a warm building. And, I was over not being able to see when I opened my eyes in the morning.

So, needless to say, I popped in a pair of contacts and never looked back. Of course, I had my reserve glasses ready but a year ago, I broke them. In fact, all that remains of those glasses is a lens. SMH. Well, in an effort to NOT be trifling in 2012, I’ve decided to purchase another pair of glasses.

After researching a gazillion brands and suffering from sticker shock at my eye doctor’s office, I settled on purchasing a pair of specs from Warby Parker. Not only was I impressed by their cute collection of tortoise-framed glasses, but I love the fact that when someone buys a pair of glasses, they donate a pair of glasses to nonprofit partners across the globe.

As someone who has had less than stellar vision for all of my life, I can honestly say that I would be screwed without the help of corrective lenses. So, when I hear that one billion people worldwide don’t have access to glasses, it definitely gives me pause and helps me understand why Warby Parker is so committed to this issue.

After 20 minutes of browsing the site and playing with the Virtual Try-On tool, I narrowed down the field to three possible pairs of new glasses. What do you think? I’m obviously feeling the tortoise right now…

Colton, $95

Japhy, $95

Thatcher, $95

Before I commit, I’m going to use the Home Try-On option and have these pairs shipped to my house so I can make the final decision. I’m so excited to return to the land of four eyes. I’ll keep you posted on which pair I end up selecting.

To check out these styles and more, head on over to WarbyParker.com.

-kb

Kid Dangerous Wants to “Erase MS Now”

Multiple Sclerosis, Shop for A Cause

I hate multiple sclerosis so naturally I love this tank ($30) from Kid Dangerous Grime Couture. The brand designed the shirt to support the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis and 100% of the proceeds will go to MS research.

Don’t worry, guys…There’s a tee ($35) for you as well.

I’m doing a 40-day spending fast with my church so I can’t buy this shirt for another six weeks, but trust me…I will be ordered as soon as I can!

-kb

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?

-kb

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

New Viva Glam Lipstick In Stores Now

Beauty & Style, HIV/AIDS

Yesterday, Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin stopped by GMA to discuss their role as the newest spokespeople for the M.A.C. Viva Glam campaign. While I am currently off the Nicki train due to her performance at the Grammy’s*, I’m enjoyed watching this video of her and Ricky where they give some background into the campaign and photoshoot.

I stopped by my local M.A.C. store yesterday and one of the artists showed me the pink shade of lipstick. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to pull it off but I will definitely purchase it. I think it’ll be easier for me to wear than the nude Lady Gaga lipstick. Maybe? Perhaps? I don’t know.

The new color is available now. What do you think of the pink shade? Are you planning to purchase?

-kb

*I don’t get down with the occult, exorcisms, and such.

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

-kb

The Pursuit of Healthiness…

Health Issues, KB's Journey

On November 10th, the American Cancer Society and TheMotherhood.com present “The Pursuit of Healthiness Powered by Social Media,” an online symposium discussing how women can leverage their influence online to improve public health in their respective communities. I am honored to be one of the panelists and will join a dynamic group of women around this issue.

My fellow panelists are:

Gina Carroll, Moms Clean Air Force

Renee Ross, Fellow ACS Blogger Advisory Council Member

Helen Jonsen, Working Mother

Emily McKhann, TheMotherhood.com

Tonya Lewis Lee, A Healthy Baby Begins with You

Simone Smith, SimoneISmith.com

I’ll be sharing my experiences in co-founding Red Pump and supporting various health initiatives in the social space. Join us at TheMotherhood.com on November 10, 2011 from 1-2p ET for what promises to be a great discussion!

-kb

Monday Motivation: The White House Project

KB's Journey, Women's Causes

A couple of weekends ago, I spent a few days with a group of amazing women as part of The White House Project’s “Go Run” leadership training. I still need to write a full recap of the events, but it was a powerful experience. I learned so much from TWHP’s leadership team, the speakers, and all of my conference mates. Over the course of two and a half days, some of us clocked 25 hours of sessions and networking. Busy, busy, busy! But, it was all worth it…

Below is our “graduation” photo taken after Saturday evening’s dinner…Today’s Monday Motivation is dedicated to these gals. Look how excited we are to change the world!!!

Go Run Chicago 2011 (Photo: The White House Project)

-kb

Birthdays, Babies, and Blessings

HIV/AIDS, KB's Journey

Happy Monday, everyone! After nine long months, we have finally made it to October and I am beyond jazzed for two main reasons…

  • This is the month of my fabulous birth (#teamlibra)
  • It’s the first month of the last quarter of 2011 (Time to finish strong)

I feel so blessed every year around October 1st. I know that this is the month where I became a blessing to my parents and to the world as a whole. And, this year, I’ve decided to step my greatness up in the blessing arena so I’m adopting the Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative (PACPI) as my personal cause of the month.

I know some of you all saw this title and thought that I was about to reveal some miracle pregnancy. Ha! Sorry to disappoint.

I love little baby feet!

PACPI was established in 2000 by Pediatric AIDS Chicago to help eliminate the transmission of HIV/AIDS from mother to child. Perinatal HIV transmission is the most common way that children are infected with HIV and is currently the source of nearly all AIDS cases in children in the United States. Transmission tends to happen when expectant mothers don’t get tested early enough in their pregnancy or did not receive preventative treatment.

One of PACPI’s key programs is their prenatal classes for HIV-positive mommies-to-be. During the classes, the expectant moms learn about pregnancy and HIV, nutrtion during pregnancy while taking HIV medications, research trials, and more. At the completion of the classes, the moms-to-be receive a diaper bag full of essential items for their little one. And, that’s where I (and hopefully you) come in…I am purchasing three diaper bags and committing myself to helping fill the bags with new essentials like onesies, diapers, baby wipes, lotions, pacifers, etc before the end of the month. I’m asking for your help with my virtual baby shower.

Please join me as I give a little assistance to moms in honor of my birthday month. You can contribute in one of three ways:

  • Get in touch with me via email (kb@thefabulousgiver.com) or Twitter and I will pick-up the items from you
  • Bring items to my birthday happy hour on Friday, 10/14 at a to-be-determined location in Chicago’s South Loop or West Loop
  • Donate the items or make a monetary contribution directly to PACPI

Babies are just a blessing and I’m really excited to support the health education and prevention efforts of this awesome organization. Plus, anytime I can shop for baby onesies, I’m IN! Not that I have baby fever or anything… O_o

-kb