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VIDEO: Rachel Roy Unveils New FEED India Tote

Anti-hunger, Shop for A Cause, World Issues

Two of my fav fab givers recently teamed up to bring us a handbag that I’m sure will be a summer staple in my wardrobe. On the inaugural edition of her new online magazine, The Life, designer Rachel Roy announced that she and FEED co-founder Lauren Bush Lauren collaborated on a limited edition FEED tote created to help fight hunger in India. For every tote sold, 100 school meals will be provided to children throughout the country.

Rachel Roy and Lauren Bush Lauren with the new FEED India totes ($78).

Cute, right? You can pre-order your bag on Rachel Roy’s website now. Don’t take the chance of catching this bag at a later date because it will sell out. I’m still kicking myself for missing out on the RR “Kindness is Always Fashionable” Ghana clutch. Lesson learned and I am doing better this go around.

If you want to learn more about this partnership and/or just gawk at these two amazing women, check out the video of their conversation below.

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Beyoncé x Salma Link Up with Gucci for Major Girl Power

Charitable Companies, Women's Causes, World Issues

None of us can move forward if half of us are held back.

Today, it was announced that Beyoncé, Salma Hayek, and Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini have joined forces to launch a major women’s empowerment campaign, Chime for Change. Chime for Change will “provoke, collect, and share powerful stories of girls and women globally,” while using social media to funnel donations to a range of women’s education and equality charities.

The campaign will focus on three areas: education, health, and justice for women and girls worldwide. If you’re wondering why Gucci is involved, you should know that the company actually has a long history of engagement with girls’ and women’s issues, including a seven-year relationship with UNICEF in support of girls’ education.

Without getting into too many details, there’s been a barrage of recent media coverage highlighting the need for a campaign of this magnitude. How major are we talking? Well, they’ve partnered with NGOs like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and their Advisory Board consists of advocates and leaders like Arianna Huffington, Meryl Streep, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Yasmeen Hassan.

I’m incredibly excited to see what comes out of this initiative. The website nods to a major announcement happening in mid-March. Can’t wait to find out the details.

For more information and to join Chime for Change, head on over to their website www.chimeforchange.org.

Monday Motivation: How Far Will You Go for Change?

Health Issues, TFG Spotlight, World Issues

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend a luncheon hosted by the team behind the incredible MAKERS series. For those of you unfamiliar with it, the MAKERS’ site includes videos of women who have done and are doing incredible things. These women have blazed and are blazing trails in industries ranging from politics to education to health and they are all HUGELY impressive.

With Dr. Amy Lehman

At this luncheon, we had the opportunity to meet Dr. Amy Lehman and to hear her story. She is the founder of the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic, which provides health care access to millions of Central African people who live in the isolated Lake Tanganyika Basin. Let’s stop here.

Can you please take a moment and soak in the awesomeness of that sentence? A floating hospital that provides invaluable medical services to those who might otherwise go without. Okay. Let’s continue.

As Dr. Lehman talked, I had a thought: What would’ve happened if she hadn’t accepted her mission to serve this community? As a surgeon trained at the University of Chicago, I’m pretty sure that she could’ve found a posh practice to show off her skills. But, she didn’t. Which leads me to this question: How far are you willing to go to make an impact?

 

Dr. Lehman’s incredible tattoo of the Lake Tanganyika region

When we discuss making an impact, we often limit ourselves to the communities around us. And, I don’t always mean community as a physical location. Community can be your affinity group (i.e. Catholic, African-American, or disabled), a specific neighborhood, or a specific cause. Like many things that we do, there is a tendency to stay within our comfort zone when it comes to assisting those in need.

As we close out 2012 and look ahead to a new year, let’s resolve to go one step further to make a difference. If Dr. Lehman can execute her purpose on another continent, then there’s no reason why we can’t execute ours across town.

To learn more about Dr. Lehman’s work, visit her website at FloatingClinic.org.

To learn more about the other women recognized by MAKERS, visit their website at Makers.com.

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Join Beyoncé on World Humanitarian Day

World Issues

Oh, Beyoncé… You never cease to amaze me. As if being a superstar, mogul, wife, and mother weren’t enough, Queen Bey is now waving her humanitarian flag and joining forces with the United Nations and aid organizations to encourage people around the world to do something good for others on World Humanitarian Day (August 19).

World Humanitarian Day is a global day to celebrate humanity and the spirit of people helping people. As part of this campaign, Bey filmed a video for her powerful song “I Was Here” in the UN General Assembly Hall over the weekend. She and the songwriter Diane Warren are donating the video to the campaign.

“World Humanitarian Day celebrates humanitarian work,” said Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs. “I hope everyone will pledge to complete at least one humanitarian action – however great or small – through www.whd-iwashere.org. Together we can create an unprecedented awareness of the plight of people affected by crises around the world.”

The campaign website provides everyone with an opportunity to unite and share his or her individual acts of good. On August 19th, the campaign aims to reach 1 billion people in a day with a single message.

If you want to support World Humanitarian Day, check out these five simple steps:

  1. Visit www.whd-iwashere.org
  2. Click on “Show Your Support”
  3. Choose to support World Humanitarian Day via Twitter, Facebook or both, and get the word out to your friends and followers
  4. Tweet and post in the lead-up to August 19th
  5. On August 19th, make your mark by doing something in your local community, and watch as everyone’s World Humanitarian Day messages are simultaneously shared around the world.

You can also watch Bey’s video message below.

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New FEED x DKNY Survival Collection

Shop for A Cause, World Issues

Lauren Bush Lauren

I have a confession to make. I would love to trade lives with Lauren Bush Lauren for at least one week. She’s beautiful, her father-in-law is Ralph Lauren, and she’s a TOP NOTCH fabulous giver. In case you have NO idea who I’m talking about, LBL is one of the founders of FEED, a company that produces some pretty cool bags, accessories and tees to support a plethora of causes and organizations like UNICEF.

Last week, they posted the below image on Instagram and I was all fired up to blog about their FEED India collection. I mean, it’s the perfect sunny day print!

But, before I could start drafting the post, I found out about their new all-black FEED x DKNY Survival Collection. This collection totally makes me think of Batman and Gotham City, which I guess is appropriate given its nod to the Big Apple. LBL told WWD that, “We wanted to do things that women could really get a lot of use out of…and that were really a good hybrid of [Feed and DKNY’s] design aesthetics.”

The collection consisting of rainboots, a tote, a diaper bag and an umbrella; and will provide children with emergency food through the United Nations World Food Programme. Interested in snagging one (or all) of these pieces? They are available at select DKNY stores, Bloomingdale’s and on Net-a-Porter.com.

While definitely chic-meets-utilitarian, the only thing that I would be inclined to snag are the boots. What about you? Do any of these pieces catch your eye?

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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.

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Spring Is Here: TOMS Ballet Flats

Shop for A Cause, World Issues

I don’t have enough ballet flats in everyday colors. I have kelly green suede ones, burgundy ones with brass hardware, pointy gray leather ones, but none that I could honestly wear everyday with almost everything.

So, when someone sent me a link to TOMS’ collection of ballet flats, I decided to take a look. Purchasing a pair of regular TOMS is on my summer to-do list, but maybe I should consider the flats as well.

I wasn’t totally wow-ed by all of the styles, but I did really like the two below:

Alessandra Black Canvas Ballet Flats, $79

Gisele Brown Suede Ballet Flats, $79

You can check out all of the styles here. What do you think about the collection?

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