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Target Teams Up with FEED to Fight Hunger in America

Anti-hunger, Beauty & Style, Charitable Companies

Target has announced that it is teaming up with FEED for a capsule collection that will hit stores on June 30. The collection will include more than 50 stylish products to benefit Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. The ultimate goal? Provide 10 million 10 million meals to Americans in need.

Co-designed by FEED Founder Lauren Bush Lauren, each piece ranges in price from $3 to $400, and will display the number of meals donated to Feeding America as a result of the purchase.

Want to learn more about the collection and even get a sneak peek? Check out the video below.


Monday Motivation: b Condoms

Charitable Companies, HIV/AIDS

KB and Elkhair (Co-Founder of b Condoms)

While in Atlanta for the National HIV Prevention Conference, I had the chance to finally meet the b Condoms team in person. Before meeting these guys, I was already so impressed with their story and all the moves that they were making. In case, you have no idea what these guys are up to…Here’s the scoop.

b Condoms launched on World AIDS Day 2010 and has really committed themselves to challenging the way we think about (and address) public health and HIV/AIDS prevention. And, if you know ANYTHING about me, you know that I’m obsessed with innovative ways to improve health, especially in minority communities.

It’s amazing and inspiring to see how far these guys have come and what they have up their sleeves. Next month, they are teaming up with Greater Than AIDS to kick off the inaugural b Healthy Tour and will be traveling to a number of HBCUs promoting safe sex. Yay…Keep up the good work, gents!

To learn more about the products and the company, please go check out


Kiehl’s Gives: It’s Hard to Pick Only One

Charitable Companies, HIV/AIDS, Support the Environment

Kiehl's Gives ICONKiehl’s is asking you to help them donate $160,000 across 24 global nonprofits. Sound like a big decision? Well, relax. To make it easier, the company has grouped the causes into three areas: Children, the Environment, and AIDS Research. There are eight organizations under each umbrella…So, you cast your vote for the cause and the one with the most votes gets the largest slice of the pie.

To drum up support, Kiehl’s has enlisted three global celeb ambassadors to head up each cause and I’ve posted their videos below. Watch them for yourself and head on over to the site to learn more about the beneficiary organizations and VOTE before August 31! I totally believe in secret ballots so I’m not going to reveal who I’m voting for, but let’s just say it was hard to only pick one.

Julianne Moore – Children

Pharrell Williams – The Environment

Scissor Sisters – AIDS Research


Christian Siriano Designs Starbucks Gift Card…Win One!

Charitable Companies


Ever since he won Project Runway with his large attitude and fierce designs, Christian Siriano has been EVERYWHERE! In his latest collaboration, he has teamed up with Starbucks to design a limited-edition holiday gift card. The miniature silver gift card works like any other Starbucks card but it’s designed so you can attach it to your keys, backpacks, etc. Proceeds from the sales of the gift card will help support The Art of Elysium program, a charity supported by Siriano and Starbucks, that encourages working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions.

To celebrate this partnership and to help kick off the holiday season, I am giving away a $15 Siriano-designed gift card, along with the Starbucks’ holiday CD, “LOVE.” “LOVE” is a four-track CD featuring exclusive songs from U2, Dave Matthews Band, John Legend, and Playing for Change. The CD is available to customers who spend more than $15 in stores, and for each CD, Starbucks will give $1 in support of the Global Fund to help fight AIDS in Africa.

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This giveaway is exclusively for my Twitter followers. All you have to do is retweet (or “Tweet This”) this story and you’re entered in the drawing! Simple enough? I hope so! Good luck!


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To TOMS or Not to TOMS?

Beauty & Style, Charitable Companies

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:


Gold Glitter TOMS, $48


Silver Glitter TOMS, $48

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


Egg Yellow Stripe TOMS, $44


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 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 🙂