Lululemon Gives To Your Community

As a budding yogini, I’ve decided that I want to get some new (read: official) yoga gear. I remember reading about a partnership between lululemon and Bright Pink, so I decided to check out the website and see if their charitable spirit was a one-time deal or if it was a staple in their world.

Adorable Polka Dot Tank


To my amazement and sheer thrill, lululemon absolutely believes in the power of giving back. The lululemon Charitable Program really focuses on changing communities on a local level. Customers suggest charities to each store, and the store then can pick up to 8 charities a year for a contribution/partnership. Nice 🙂

My little web visit has made me a full believer in the lululemon brand. In addition to their cute (and sometimes organic) collection and charitable principles, each store offers events ranging from FREE yoga sessions to nutrition classes! 

To browse their collection and find events happening at your local store, you can visit their website at!



Red Pump Success!

KB and Luvvie at the Chicago Happy Hour

In the end, the Red Pump was featured on 105 blogs across the country! That is absolutely amazing. When Luvvie and I were giving a speech last night at the Chicago Happy Hour, I swear a lump formed in my throat when I said that aloud!

A HUGE “thank you” goes out to every blogger who joined in our this journey. Thank you for believing in this cause and using your platform for an important issue. There is so much stigma that surrounds HIV and everyone who participated helped fight against it. Open conversation about HIV is the first step to making a difference.

I also want to shout out the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project staff members who attended the Happy Hour and discussed upcoming workshops and initiatives, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago for donating the educational materials and red ribbons, AND the crowd that braved the Chicago rain and came out for drinks, eats, and conversation!

We’re so thrilled for what the future holds for The Red Pump Project. Please keep in touch with our endeavors and please send us any ideas that you might have.

Red Pumps and Needed Conversation!


Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an initiative started to discuss the impact of HIV/AIDS on the lives of women and girls, and motivate us to take action. When I last was tested in December (around World AIDS Day), I remember the counselor telling me that he was seeing young girls coming in and being diagnosed with HIV. I mean, young…He told me that he recently told a 13-year old girl that she was positive. 13!

Not that I think The Red Pump Project needs an explanation, but if I had to break it down…Luvvie and I are doing this simply because it has to be done. HIV/AIDS is very real and women and girls, especially Black and Latinas, are really being hit hard by this disease. So, we need to organize and do what we can to talk about this disease, talk about testing, and take steps to educate and protect ourselves.

Ladies, I hope you use this day to research the statistics and take a vow that you’ll protect yourselves at all costs. Guys, use today to think about how you can play a role in HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. After all, we’re all connected and what affects one of us, affects all of us!

We’ve uploaded some Women and AIDS statistics to The Red Pump Project website, so stop on by there and get some knowledge!

Before I go any further, I have to give a huge “THANK YOU!!!” to all the fantastic bloggers who signed up to “Rock the Red Pump.” When Luvvie and I came up with the idea, we hoped that others would support the mission and the purpose behind it…And, so many of you did! See below for a list of allllll the amazing peeps rocking the red pump and helping to spread the word about the impact of HIV/AIDS in women and girls!!!

* A Blog of a Good Time
* A Day in the Life
* A Fly Girl’s World
* A Room Of My Own
* Adventures in Divorce
* Aesthetic Design Style
* Afrobella
* Aliya S. King
* ArtiatesiaDeal
* Awesomely Luvvie
* Beauty Blvd
* Because I Said SO!
* Belle Noir Magazine::Big. Beautiful. You.
* Best Professional Designer Fashion Jewelry
* BK Diva Chronicles
* Black Woman Lost & Found
* blackgivesback
* Blaq.Vixen.Beauty
* Brownngirl
* Canto de Sirena
* Chronicles of a Lost WomanChild
* Circa 1982
* Clumps of Mascara
* Coming of Age
* Cubicle Crusaders
* Cutie Booty Cakes
* Diary of a Mad Therapist
* DiverCity, USA
* Electronic Village
* Eternal Sunshine
* Faux Goody Two Shoes
* Free Therapy… or else
* [fung’ke] [blak] [chik]
* GirlGrowingGraciously
* GOODENess!!!
* Healthbolt
* Hey, You Asked!
* House of IG
* I’ll Think Of a Title Later
* Inverted Reflection
* Joan of All Trades
* Love Becomes Her
* Love Notes From A Runner
* Make Blog Not War
* Mattanda Creations
* Meilily
* Mel, A Dramatic Mommy
* Mopwater PR + Media Notes
* Mrs Windy City
* MUSEACDonline
* My Life – A Work In Progress
* MyBrownBaby
* Naked and Natural
* NoLa Divine: The Feel Good Inktress
* Positively Adopted
* Princess Dominique – Fashion.Celebrity. Style
* random and pressing details
* rants of a wild child
* Reign of the Girl-Child
* RoboCop’s ProdigaL RevoluTion
* rsvp event planning and management
* Searching for Satisfaction
* See, What Had Happened Was…
* Shoe Smitten
* Shoes & Booze
* Single Sisters Speak Out
* Stripped
* Stylescrybe Says…
* Super Hussy Media
* Tea and Such
* The Anti Hair Slave
* The ChatterBox Reviews
* The Common Room
* The CurvyGurl Chronicles
* The Fabulous Giver
* The Goodie Bag
* The Holly Golightly Tales
* The Life & Times of Robin Monique
* The Mis-Education of Bessie Winn….
* Project Create-A-Home
* The Sassy Peach
* The Savvy Sistah
* The Soul of A Queen
* This Fabulous Life
* Verb Fashion
* What Would Thembi Do?
* Women Making Moves
* Urbane Girl

Also, don’t forget…If you’re in Chicago or Kansas City, then you come on out to one of our Red Pump Happy Hour!

If you’re in Chicago, come to The Red Pump Happy Hour at Plush Restaurant & Lounge (1104 W. Madison from 6:30 – 8:30 to network, socialize, and raise funds & awareness about the effect of AIDS on women and girls. Proceeds are going to the Chicago Women AIDS Project.

In Kansas City, GlamStarr is hosting a Red Pump Happy Hour at The Bulldog (1715 Main St.) from 5:30 – 8pm.

For my NYC peeps, has a listing of events taking place in Harlem and other spots in the city!

If you’re looking for information in other parts of the country, please visit!


Updates on The Red Pump Project!

The Red Pump Project 2009

Good news, folks! We now have 65 blogging chicas participating in the inaugural Red Pump Project’s “Rock the Red Pump” campaign! Whoo hoo!!! Also, we’ve launched The Red Pump Project website. Long after March 10th, we want that webpage to be a resource of information and news related to HIV and women.

READ: Introducing The Red Pump Project

Luvvie and I will be partnering with The Chicago Women’s AIDS Project and assisting them with initiatives and awareness programs. To kick things off, we will be hosting a happy hour for them next Tuesday at Plush Restaurant and Lounge (1104 W. Madison) starting at 6:30. If you’re interested in meeting new people (and enjoying 1/2 priced pizza and bottles of wine), then come on out!

Questions on how to get involved with The Red Pump Project? Email us at!

Introducing The Red Pump Project

The Red Pump Project 2009

March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and I’ve teamed up with Luvvie of Awesomely Luvvie to kick off The Red Pump Project!

The concept is super simple: On March 10th, we’re asking lady bloggers to participate in our inaugural “Rock the Red Pump” campaign and feature an awesome widget (designed by Luvvie) on their blogs. This Red Pump represents the strength and courage of women who fight HIV/AIDS directly or those who support the fight through awareness and fundraising.

If you’re interested in participating or would like more information on how you can get involved, you can send me an email at If you sign up, I will send you instructions and the html code of the widget. Also, your blog will be linked on a post on The Fabulous Giver that will run on that day.

Our goal is to get at least 100 bloggers to participate in The Red Pump Project. Besides, the Red Pump will add a touch of FIERCE to your already FABULOUS blogs! We’d reallllllly appreciate your participation!

P.S. I have to give a HUGE shoutout to Luvvie who L-I-T-E-R-A-L-L-Y designed this shoe from scratch. She had a vision in her head and worked tirelessly to bring this pump to life! It’s an amazing shoe…You all will see it next week!

For more information on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and local events in your area, you can visit!

Sign up and please pass the word 🙂

Can’t Tell a Story Without a Voice

finding my voice

I have a confession to make.

In the past, I haven’t been good at fundraising for the causes closest to my heart. Now, I’ll volunteer all of my time and give my own money in a heartbeat, but I never really been comfortable asking others for their time or money. Why?

Well, that requires some story-telling and sharing with others my connection to the cause. Until recently, I wasn’t really comfortable doing that. I’d just tell a soft story in a small voice by simply saying something like, “Oh, my mom has/had MS.” Well, who does that really motivate? Who does that really inspire?

This morning, my mind drifted back to a conversation that I had with my uncle. A couple of summers ago, we were walking along the Chicago River, and he said that he couldn’t understand why his sister (my mother) had to live with this disease. He asked the question that we had all asked ourselves at one point in time, “Why her?” As the warm wind blew across our faces, I turned to him and said, “Through it all, she’s never stopped being positive, loving, or caring. God is using her story to inspire people.”

When my mother passed away at the age of 49, I asked myself a very serious question, “If I had only 25 more years left on this Earth, what is the story that I want others to tell about me?”

Better yet, “What is the story that I want to start telling?”

These questions helped jumpstart the process of finding my voice. The unshakable, unwavering voice of a person who knows what she wants to say and won’t be silenced.

This year, I’m REALLY pushing myself to step it up as it relates to two issues: multiple sclerosis and young caregivers. I hope that telling my story will motivate others to find their passion, follow their dreams, and support their causes. And, I refuse to let it stop there.

I know that we are all busy, but I’m challenging you to find a cause that you believe in. Then, start thinking about how your story can make a difference. After all, you never know who’s listening or being inspired at that moment.

Kimpton Hotels: Charitable and Swanky!

Kimpton Hotels, a group of boutique hotels across the US, is not only skilled at providing swanky hotel stays, but they also do a great jobs supporting charitable causes. The hotels have lasting partnerships with Dress for Success and the Trust for Public Land, and also contribute to local HIV/AIDS organizations in the cities of their hotels.

In addition to the various events hosted by Kimpton Hotels, they also offer you the opportunity to “Join the Fight by Staying the Night.” When you stay at a Kimpton Hotel, you can enter a donation code to have $10 from each night of your stay donated to either the Trust for Public Land or one of 18 HIV/AIDS organizations (via their Red Ribbon initiative).

To donate to the Red Ribbon groups: Use the special rate code RRC until June 30, 2009

To donate to the Trust for Public Land: Use the special rate code TPL throughout the year

You can also support the Trust for the Public Land by purchasing select eco-friendly merchandise from the Kimpton Style store. Click on the pic below to be taken to the store!


To learn about more Kimpton socially responsible initiatives, be sure to visit the Kimpton Cares section of their website!


Why Aren't There Donation Boxes At The Airport?


I WISH my suitcase was stuffed like this!!!

I WISH my suitcase was stuffed like this!!!



When I flew to DC on Saturday, I (of course) packed for two weeks. I included suits, dresses, a gown, PJs, pumps, an winter dress coat, and then the regular clothes. As I approached baggage check, I dreaded that I would be over 50 lbs (checked bag fee + an overweight fee = NOOOO!). And, obviously, my giant suitcase was 56.5 lbs. Even after, I switched some shirts and a pair of gymshoes to my carry-on AND put on an extra sweater, I was still at 54.5 lbs. Grrr…At this point, I seriously was prepared to just give away some sweaters or a pair of jeans. I asked the AA representative if there were donation boxes in the airport, and she told me “No.”

Wait, what?

Am I the only person who think that is a good idea? I always overpack for trips and am always wishing that I didn’t bring that extra sweater, Illinois t-shirt, or whatever. And, I’m sure I’m not the only person who has been up against the gun (or weight scale) when trying to make it through security and to the gate in 45 mins!

I’m sure there are security reasons or logistical nightmares associated with having donation boxes in airports, but I think it should be worth a try! Does anyone agree??



Oh, to end my story, the representative suggested that I take my extra coat out of my suitcase, and if I got it to 51 lbs, she’d let me slide. I did it, and voila…It worked!!! 50.5 lbs! But, my body definitely hurt after carrying a 25 lb carry-on, my big black purse (housing my laptop, gymshoes, water, etc…), my black winter coat, and my white winter coat. 🙁

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Scholarships

Last year, when my mother passed away, my sister and I decided that we wanted to make a donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s scholarship program, in her honor. The scholarships assist high school students who either have a parent living with MS or who have MS themselves. My mom was a very big believer in all things education, so it was such a natural decision!

Now this year, in addition to planning events to keep my Mom’s scholarship alive, I’ve been asked to assist the Greater Illinois Chapter with their scholarship drive campaign! I’m actually heading over to the Chapter office now to help craft a letter explaining why it’s so important to support these scholarships. The letter will be sent to various donors, so am going to really make sure that my voice/POV are heard in that letter! It definitely won’t be hard for me to think of reasons! I’m very grateful to have this opportunity and really hope the campaign does well!!!

To find out more about the MS Society’s scholarship program, you can click here!

I’ll talk to you all later!

“Will a Man Rob God?” – Giving In Church

Okay, let’s talk about something personal. Every year, I resolve to stay faithful and up-to-date on my tithes and offerings at church…and every year, I stumble and falter along the way. My pastor has been preaching on the topic of finances for the past few months, covering everything from faith-based philanthropy to Sunday’s topic, giving what you owe the Lord.

I’m not going to lie…I should probably definitely give more money in church than I do. Some of you won’t admit it, but I have NO problem being honest about that. So, the sermon was definitely hard for me to swallow. Especially when Reverend brought out the scripture “Will a man rob God?…” The answer? Yes. That makes me sad. I mean, how can you (I) rob God???? 🙁

Anyways, needless to say, this year, I’m going to stick to my guns and sacrifice what is owed and anything additional in church. Period. I give funds and attend special events to raise money for my favorite charities, knowing that I should’ve also put an extra $20 in the offering basket for the scholarship fund!

This year will be the year to get it right! Besides, I’m going to need all the favor that I can get!

Anyone else struggle with this?


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