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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, PrettyCity.com 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 http://www.prettycity.com/pink/. And, to learn more about the amazing work that Bright Pink is doing, visit their site http://www.bebrightpink.org.

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Do They Have EBONY in Heaven?

A couple of weeks ago, I looked up to the clouds and asked my mother this question. With the opening of one magazine, I’d experienced one of those full circle moments where everything just falls into place. Wondering what I’m talking about? See the picture below.

Yep, that’s Luvvie and I discussing the importance of getting tested for HIV/AIDS in the October issue of EBONY. “Get tested” is one of 100 tips, thoughts, and ideas designed to help Black women jump start their lives. Since we wrote the blurb and provided the picture, we obviously knew that we would be in this issue. But, there’s nothing like seeing it for yourself. When I opened that magazine and saw the words in print, I felt my life shift. I had just walked into my season. Many years ago, my Dad told me, “I think that God has already established your territory. You just need to know when to walk into your season.”

Well, I’m here. I’m in my new season and I hope that there are newsstands in heaven because I have a feeling that my Mommy will need to purchase many more magazines and newspapers in the future.

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Support A Fly Cause

While the ratio at some charitable events might lead one to think that only women are fabulous givers, I know for a fact that there are quite a few philanthropic gentlemen out there as well. One of them would be my pal, Reginald Cotton. He is one of the founders of the Charity Contributors of Chicago, a company “geared towards taking steps to make a way for people to enjoy helping other people.”

For his latest venture, he has launched a line of charitable clothing called “A Fly Cause.” At our Rock the Red fashion show in March, Reggie told us about his vision for the shirts and even gifted Luvvie and I with a couple of tees. Each line that he comes out with will support a specific cause and nonprofit organization. We’re so honored that he choseĀ The Red Pump Project as his first beneficiary!

Karyn and Luvvie with Reginald Cotton (2nd from right)

I love the design of the tees and how soft they are. Plus, the little hint of red means that I can rock with my favorite pair of skinnies and any of my many pairs of red pumps. Click here to learn more about the collection and to purchase a shirt.

Thanks again to Reggie for the support and definitely keep up the fantastic work. To learn more about the Charity Contributors of Chicago, visit their website http://www.charitycontributors.com.

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Warby Parker and My Hunt for New Glasses

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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