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Tiny Prints x Baby2Baby Holiday Cards are Here!

Living & Giving, Shop for A Cause

‘Tis the season for holiday greetings. I love getting cards in the mail and Christmas is no different. We have not yet decided on our cards, but the Baby2Baby Holiday collection on Tiny Prints is a strong contender. I first became aware of this collaboration when we ordered Caleb’s birth announcements.

The holiday collection consists of seven cards that gives a wide range of styles to fit your desired preference. For me, I think this gold foil-stamped card is my favorite in the bunch.

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Baby2Baby provides low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and the basic necessities that every child deserves. The organization collects and distributes items to shelters, Head Start programs, foster care programs and children’s hospitals across the country. This network serves children in more than 20 cities. In Chicago, the participating organization is Share Our Spare, a group that I have highlighted before.

To help Baby2Baby continue to fund their efforts, Tiny Prints is donating 25% of the sales of the holiday collection back to the organization.

View the rest of the collection below.

 

 

Photos: Tiny Prints

It’s All About the Lemonade, Baby

Living & Giving, Shop for A Cause

When someone brings up the word “lemonade” now, Queen Bey comes to mind. But, long before her album was released, a young girl named Alex started a lemonade stand to help raise money for childhood cancer research. In 2004, Alex passed away after her own battle with cancer, but left behind a legacy and an organization that is doing incredible work for this cause.

GapKids and babyGap have collaborated with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to create a line of tees that give back. When you buy one of these supercute onesies or t-shirt, 100% of the profits will go to the nonprofit.

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Why don’t they have these shirts in my size? Hey Gap, can you make this happen? I’ll be waiting patiently…

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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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7 Charitable Gifts To Scoop This Weekend

Gifts That Give Back, Living & Giving, Shop for A Cause

While I know that many of you have already completed your holiday shopping, I know that many more of you probably haven’t even started. I planned to put up a gift guide with zillions of charitable items until I realized that many of you are going to just hit up your local mall or shopping center for these last minute items versus ordering online. So, I decided to just feature 7 cool gifts that you can pick up while out this weekend. No shipping anxiety here!

1. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Limited Edition Products (Kiehl’s Stores) | 2. Tiny Grey TOMS Classics (Anywhere TOMS are sold) | 3. Belvedere Red (Your favorite spirits retailer) | 4. Heart of Haiti Metal Bowl (Macy’s) | 5.  Goofy Hooded Towel (Barney’s New York) | 6. Beats by Dre Red (Best Buy) | 7. MAC Viva Glam Holiday Set (MAC Counters + Stores)

Marc Jacobs Loves a Cheerful Giver

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A couple of days ago, I spotted these two cutesy items in the window at what I thought was Barney’s.

          

I called harassed the store clerks and accused them of making up stuff when they claimed they didn’t know what those items were (sorry). Anyways, I was in the area last night and realized that the items were actually in the windows of Marc Jacobs (whoops).

According to the helpful gentleman who answered the phone, it looks like the shirt and bag are only sold in-store for now. But, if you happen to be on the Gold Coast, pop in and scoop one for your future philanthropist. The t-shirt retails for $35 and the bag is $40.

Mystery solved.

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7 Ways to Make a Difference on World AIDS Day

HIV/AIDS, Shop for A Cause

Today marks the 24th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Each one of us has the power to end the epidemic. Below are a few ways that you can educate yourselves while also contributing to the greater cause.

Educate:

    • Have you been tested in the past six months? If not, today is as good as day as any to go find out your status. Visit this site to find a testing location near you.
    • Join Alicia Keys, presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee for a Twitter chat about AIDS in America at noon ET TODAY.
    • Tonight, MTV will air “I’m Positive,” a documentary that follows the daily lives of three young people who are living with HIV. The hour long special airs at 7p ET/6p CT. Young people between the ages of 13 and 24 make up 24 percent of new HIV infections in the US.

Shop:

  • Dance (Red) – Download this high-energy dance album produced by global DJ Tiesto. All proceeds from the sale of the album will be donated to the Global Fund.

  • Starbucks – For every handcrafted beverage, Starbucks will donate five cents to The Global Fund. (It’s easy to scoff at five cents until you think about how many drinks Starbucks moves on a daily basis.)
  • MAC Cosmetics – TODAY only, MAC will double the donation of your online Viva Glam purchase. View the collection here.

Serve:

  • Identify community organizations in your area that provide HIV services and/or resources and get involved. That can be doing anything from passing out condoms, volunteering at a health fair, or even answering the phones at a clinic.

Today, I’ll be preparing lunch for women attending a support group at the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project before going to support my church’s Community Health Fair. Every action counts.

How will you honor World AIDS Day today and moving forward?

A Little Fun at Treasure & Bond

Shop for A Cause

A couple of years ago, I posted about Nordstrom’s plans to open up a charity concept store in SoHo. This past weekend, I made it my mission to visit said store while out in NYC. Treasure & Bond is a very cool boutique stocked with various items for women, men, children, and the home. When I first got there, I was immediately attracted to the open layout, the design elements, and the little coffee bar in the back.

It’s such a hip space and the merchandise is very well-curated. I walked around and captured a few shots to mark my visit.

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Bicycles as decor

Monster bags!

Various items caught my eye but I became borderline obsessed with this houndstooth chair. It was a little definitely out of my price range, but I’m inspired to try to recreate it as a DIY project next fall.

Sitting Pretty!

Treasure & Bond chooses two non-profits to support each quarter so for the next three months, profits will support the National Dance Institute and Girls Write Now. To learn more about Treasure & Bond, check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also browse more photos from my trip here.

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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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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?

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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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