I’m not sure when it happened but I am slowly morphing into a Kate Spade accessory junkie. From the wedding shoes that I never wore to the my favorite leather sneakers or the office supplies slowly taking over my desk, I am a little gaga for KS accessories.
That’s why I was pretty excited to find out about the “On Purpose” line of items from Kate Spade and Saturday. Before you roll your eyes, I know that these products have been available for months. I just don’t get around to blogging that much, in case you haven’t noticed! Anyways, I was reintroduced to the collection last month when this adorable clutch was being shelled for Valentine’s Day.
While I could have planned a couple of outfits around this cute clutch, my February budget wasn’t set up for such a treat. However, I couldn’t let that stop me from grabbing something from the collection. Aside from giving me a dose of cuteness, I really like the fact that these pieces promote trade and entrepreneurship in Rwanda. Did you know that the 150 people who make these pieces are helping to support their local community of 20,000? That’s good in action.
So, which piece am I going to purchase? Well, at this moment, Saturday is taking 40% off of everything (yes, everything) so I’ve decided to buy the yellow beauty below.
On Purpose Beaded Bracelet, $25
I think that it will be perfect for curing my winter blues. Okay, I take that back. I don’t want to put too much pressure on my new bracelet. Let’s just say that it will be a great addition to my wardrobe.
To check out some BTS photos, check out Saturday Pinterest page.
If it were up to me, there would never be another MAC Viva Glam spokesperson beside Rihanna. I have a thing for Rih that blew up once it was announced that she was joining this legendary campaign. However, life must go on, right?
It was recently announced that Miley Cyrus is taking over the throne as the newest ambassador for this charitable line of lipsticks. To be honest, I’m not that big on Miley but I appreciate anyone who lends their brand and support to help raise dollars for the MAC AIDS Fund. Since 1994, the company has raised upwards of $300 million dollars to support those living with HIV/AIDS – exclusively through the sale of these lipsticks. It’s incredible.
Now, about the newest product… It is a bright pink but not as much of a strange pink as Nicki Minaj’s Viva Glam lipstick.
I stopped by my local MAC counter to check out the colors on brown skin, and it wasn’t that bad!
However, I already have Girl About Town and think that’s all the bright pink that I need for now. So, I left the tube at the counter, but picked up a tube of Viva Glam III so that my trip was not in vain.
Both the party-perfect lipstick and lip glass are in stores and online now. To learn more about the amazing work and organizations supported by the MAC AIDS Fund, check out their website. Trust me… You will be impressed.
A couple of days ago, I spotted these two cutesy items in the window at what I thought was Barney’s.
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.
Looking for some baubles to add to your arm candy collection? The lovely Rae of RLT Collections is hosting a sale on her website and you can snag some of her custom bracelets for an amazing price. The pieces are going fast so head over to the site for your fix. Below are a few that I think would look FAB on your arm.
Black and White Ceramic, $25
Lava and Pewter Cross, $23.50
These beautiful bracelets help fund Rae’s tireless life work of educating others about the impact of HIV/AIDS. If you’ve never heard of her, then I suggest that you get familiar. Her unfiltered and real story is exactly what we need in this fight. You can learn more about this “Diva Living with AIDS” and her journey on her website.
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 chose 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.
Last year, I blogged about the supercute pieces in Nicole Miller’s collection which supported Indego Africa, a social enterprise that empowers and provides access to job skills and trade programs to African women. I randomly found myself on their site early this AM and saw a cute set of textured bangles that are now on sale for $20. Available in sets of three, each bangle is wrapped with African fabric in beautiful colors and patterns.
Whether you’re just looking to add some color to your outfit or diving into this spring (and summer) ethnic prints trend, these bracelets are perfect for you. Order yours while they are still available. There are tons of other cute accessories on the Indego site. I’m sure that I’ll be posting about arm candy soon!
Last week, I spied the cutest and brightest hot pink bag on the floor of my co-worker’s office. Instantly smitten with the item, I made a note to later ask her about it. In true KB fashion though, I ended up forgetting about the bag until I stumbled across this tweet:
Could it be? Did they have the scoop on my bag obsession? I clicked the link and VOILA…It was THE bag!
It turns out that my dream bag has a name, a brand, and now is supporting a great cause. The Cambridge Satchel Company will donate 10% of all purchases of the bag above to our friends over at Bright Pink. Just use the code “PINK” at checkout. Fun, right?
I’ve always had a sweet spot for Rachel Roy. In fact, she’s my NYC socialite alter-ego. But, Ms. Roy is more than just a staple on the NYC social scene. She’s a mother, designer, businesswoman, and (my favorite) a philanthropist. She’s been involved with many causes, including OrphanAid and charity: water. And, she recently teamed up with Macy’s Heart of Haiti program.
In September, she traveled to Haiti with Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren and Martha Stewart with the goal of helping to develop a “trade, not aid program” and to assist with the Haitian earthquake recovery efforts. In support of Heart of Haiti, Rachel Roy created a collection of jewelry, available on her website. Each piece is handcrafted by Haitian artisans and the prices range from $32-$42. Proceeds from the line directly benefit the Haitian artisans.
Heart of Haiti Circle Disk Horn Earring, $32.00
Heart of Haiti Square Disk Earring, $32.00
Heart of Haiti Statement Horn Ring, $42.00
While you’re on her site, get a peek at the next bag in her “Kindness is Always Fashionable” series. It’s a multi-colored clutch for Ghana and it is HOT! Can’t wait until that hits the market…It’s definitely a must-have.
FACT: One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
While October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this is something that we need to be talking about year-round. Avon is an avid supporter of organizations and programs that not only support breast cancer research but also those that work to prevent violence against women. As part of their efforts, they have created a special line of “Empowerment” products which donate 100% of net proceeds to the Avon Foundation for Women to support these programs.
NAILWEAR PRO Nail Enamel in Empower, $2.99
One of my favorite products in this line is the rich blue nail color, “Empower.” Dark blue is one of my favorite colors to wear on my nails in the fall/winter, so I had to click “Order.” Plus it’s pretty hard to resist a price point of $2.99. For more products and to learn more about the work being done by the AVON Foundation for Women, visit http://www.avonfoundation.org/DomesticViolence.
Are these shirts awesome?!
"Power Girls Make Power Moves" - OloriSWANK.com
Bessie (@fabdogooder) tweeted a link to the shirts this morning and it was instant love. You guys know that I’m on this inspirational, she-ro kick lately and these shirts are the perfect complement to my new outlook on life.
From the OloriSWANK.com site:
Whether it be Oprah, Michelle Obama, Khloe Kardashian, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, the local nurse, or your middle school teacher, we are surrounded by women making celebrated and uncelebrated POWER MOVES daily. This tank is a celebration of the POWER GIRL inside all of us. It’s a call to action. Let’s band together and acknowledge the power inside us; and be great role models to the generations of young women coming up behind us! POWER GIRLS MAKE POWER MOVES!
Yes! I’m all about it! To order either the tee or the racerback tank, send an email to info@OloriSWANK.com.
Speaking of power girls women, check out Forbes’ list of the World’s Most Powerful Black Women. The usual suspects (Michelle O, Beyonce, and Oprah) are on there, but there are some other names that you should get to know. To quote Queen Bey aka Mama Fierce, “Who runs the world??? GIRLS.”