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Kid Dangerous Wants to “Erase MS Now”

Multiple Sclerosis, Shop for A Cause

I hate multiple sclerosis so naturally I love this tank ($30) from Kid Dangerous Grime Couture. The brand designed the shirt to support the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis and 100% of the proceeds will go to MS research.

Don’t worry, guys…There’s a tee ($35) for you as well.

I’m doing a 40-day spending fast with my church so I can’t buy this shirt for another six weeks, but trust me…I will be ordered as soon as I can!

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“Runway to Win” Collection

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Before you read any further…I am Team Obama and this post mentions his campaign. Just wanted to get that out of the way.

Over the weekend, I was reflecting on how many tees, hats, and other Obama memorabilia I acquired in 2008 and how I’d probably just recycle what I already have. A friend of mine suggested that I check out the “Runway to Win” section on the OFA site for some other pieces. Of course…Why didn’t I think of that?

In case you missed it the first time around (in 2008), a group of fashion designers have united in support of POTUS to create pieces which will raise funds for his campaign. A snapshot of participating designers include Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Rachel Roy (my socialite twin), Tracy Reese, Vera Wang, and Russell Simmons.

I love this Tracy Reese sweatshirt ($75) and the Sean John flag tee ($45). Nothing else really motivated me to shell out dollars, especially when I have quite a few POTUS pieces already.

So, #TeamObama, are you re-upping your style stash this year or just planning to break out the same tees from 2008? I’ll probably do the latter. After all, I still heart my “Barack the Vote” shirt! Sorry for the ridiculously shiny face…It was like 60 degrees outside and clearly I wasn’t prepared!

Grant Park - Election Night 2008

To view the entire “Runway to Win” collection, click here. And, while you’re on the OFA site, sign up to volunteer, host an event, etc. I’m in…Are you?

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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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Rachel Roy x Heart of Haiti Jewelry Collection

Buy This!, Disaster Relief

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.

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“Empower” Your Nails While Supporting Women

Beauty & Style, Buy This!, Domestic Violence

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 www.avonfoundation.org/DomesticViolence.

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Nicole Miller x Indego Africa Collection

Shop for A Cause, Women's Causes

A great supporter of Indego Africa, fashion designer Nicole Miller recently added some ready-to-wear pieces to her current collection which benefits the nonprofit and its programs. Indego Africa empowers African women to lift their families out of poverty through fair trade partnerships, international export market access, and the development of long-term skills.

The women create beautiful home decor (like these cute wine bags) and accessories which can be purchased at retailers such as Anthropologie, ShopBop.com, Bikram NYC and more. 100% of the profits from all merchandise sold online and in-store benefits the women directly. Nicole Miller teamed up with the organization last September to create a line of accessories. This time around, she’s added some very cute shorts  and sarongs to the line of textile bracelets. I went on her site this morning and the chic shorts were all sold out and had a wait time of two weeks. Whomp.

Here’s a peek at some of the items…15% of proceeds from this collection will go to Indego Africa. You can find the rest on the Nicole Miller site.

Fashion + Philanthropy is always a good look to me, especially when the philanthropy empowers women and helps build a better future for our families!

-kb

Eidia Lush Is Rocking the Red Pump (and More)

Buy This!, HIV/AIDS

I’m sure that you all have noticed that I’ve been missing in action lately. Between work and gearing up for Red Pump’s March events, I’ve had to live under a rock (literally). But, with last week’s fashion show officially wrapped, I’m back!

If you missed our Second Annual “Rock the Red” Fashion Show, you definitely missed out on some GREAT fashion including the topic of today’s post. Eidia Lush, a custom shoe company here in Chicago, has been an amazing supporter of The Red Pump Project, and they did us the ultimate honor…They created a line of 12 amazing shoes benefiting our organization. Let me tell you that these shoes are incredibly HOT!

I created a slideshow to show off these great styles, or you can check them out on Eidia Lush’s website. The company is donating 10% of sales to Red Pump so shop away!

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Marc Jacobs x Playboy Tees for AIDS Awareness

Buy This!, HIV/AIDS

Designer Marc Jacob has teamed up with Playboy to create a line of cute and charitable tees benefiting Designers Against AIDS. The tees poke fun of the iconic bunnies a way that only Marc Jacobs can. I love them and think that they can be worn with so many different items (jeans, shorts, etc).

The three designs retail for $35 each, with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit the charity. The shirts can be purchased in New York, Los Angeles and a few other US cities. I hope one of the cities is Chicago, because I love the design with the bunny ears behind the bunny ears. Do you have a favorite?

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Real Fans Wear Navy and Orange (and Pink!)

Breast Cancer, Living & Giving, Shop for A Cause

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that navy and orange flows through my veins. Those are the colors of my high school, college, and beloved Chicago Bears. Sunday after Sunday (and some Saturdays…Go ILLINI), I take pride in seeing fans and players suit up in navy and orange and get pumped for a victory.

That pride doubles every October as I watch my Bears strut onto the field with their navy, orange, and pink in recognition of breast cancer awareness month. In addition to the cap above, there are a host of other very cute products that would make any Bears fan proud.

Knit Hat, $19.99

Key Clip, $17.99

Women’s Tee, $23.99

This apparel is a part of the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch” campaign, in partnership with the American Cancer Society. The campaign focuses on the importance of annual screenings, especially for women who are 40 and older. If you’ve been watching the games this month, then you’ve already seen players, coaches and referees wearing pink game apparel and using special game balls and pink coins with the goal of raising awareness for this important campaign. To learn more about “A Crucial Catch,” you can visit NFL.com/pink.

Target Gives Back with the Harlem Designer Series

Beauty & Style, Shop for A Cause

Always pairing with new designers to roll out great lines, Target is now showing Uptown a little love, both literally and with its Harlem Designers Series collection. This limited-edition series, commemorates Target’s first Manhattan store located in East Harlem, and features designs from Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Stephen Burrows and chef and Chicago favorite Marcus Samuelsson.

Tar-jay will be donating 5 percent of each product’s purchase price to a Harlem non-profit of the designer’s choice. The colorful items range in price from $3.99 to $34.99 and will be available for purchase in the East Harlem store beginning July 25, followed by select stores and on Target.com on August 1.

The non-profit selected by the Toledos is El Museo del Barrio. Stephen Burrows selected The Fund for Public Schools in support of the library at The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem. Marcus Samuelsson also chose to make a donation to public schools by selecting The Fund for Public Schools in support of the library at Harlem PS 180: Hugo Newman.

Here’s a sample of the collection:

Samuelsson_Target

Placemats designed by Marcus Samuelsson

IsabelandRubenToledo Swimwear

Swimwear (and beach towel) designed by Isabel and Ruben Toledo

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Colorful dress designed by Stephen Burrows

That last dress makes me think of West Side Story. I feel like it belongs in the “America” scene.

Are you planning to grab an item from this collection? Please share pics if you do!