As a fun new way to spotlight causes and issues that I think you should know about, I’m launching a new series of posts called “Cause and Effect.” This series will give you a bite-sized piece of information about an issue and showcase a few items that you can rock in support of the cause. The first cause on my list? The fight against multiple sclerosis. Check the image below for a quick stat about the disease and some fab orange pieces that you can snag to rock in your support whether you’re attending a MS fundraising soiree or just lounging around the house.
Back in 2009, I made the bold leap into the world of Tumblr with my first page, GiveInStyle. Then, I decided that I was over that one, so I abandoned it for another more random page. Well, guess what? I’ve since returned to GiveInStyle. I can’t tell you what exactly brought me back, but it’s safe to bet that it had something to do with my recent fascination with captivating images and clean layouts. I was able to find a template that combined both so…
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.
Thanksgiving. A day to think about all of things that you are grateful for. For me, it’s a humbling honor and experience to sit back and think about all the things that I have been blessed to receive, enjoy, suffer through, learn, and know. Everyday is a day of thanksgiving, but I’m happy that today’s reflections come with turkey and sweet potatoes!
In my opinion, it’s hard not to love Southwest Airlines. Yes, they have great fares but they also have a phenomenal staff. Every single team member that I’ve ever met has been super friendly, personable, and sometimes downright hilarious. I’ve never questioned their commitment to their customers.
On Saturday evening, I found myself on their YouTube page. Don’t ask me how I got there, but I was happy about it because I discovered a video chronicling the airlines’ participation in the “Wings for Autism” program. To alleviate some of the stress involved in taking a family vacation with a child with autism, Wings for Autism gives participating families a chance to practice entering the airport, getting boarding passes, going through security and boarding a plane.
While I’m aware of some of the challenges when traveling with children, I never stopped to think about how flying would affect an autistic child. Kudos to the Charles River Autism Support Center for spearheading this effort. It seems like an amazing program that is greatly appreciated by both families and airline/airport personnel.
Unilever is undertaking a comprehensive initiative to cross off hunger, which among other accomplishments will help donate TWO MILLION MEALS through Feeding America.
Today, the company is co-hosting a Twitter party to raise awareness about hunger in America and to inspire all of us to take small actions that can add up to a big difference in the world. Conversations will be driven by facts about hunger and simple ways that we can all do our part to help out.
The Twitter party kicks off at Noon ET, and you can follow along using the hashtag #BetterTogether. Oh, did I mention that there will be gifts? Use the hashtag in your tweets to show participation and be eligible for prizes given out during the party. Party peeps will have the chance to win one of 15 gift baskets filled with Unilever food and personal care items AND Unilever will donate 500 meals on behalf of each winner to Feeding America.
Good times indeed. Now, in full disclosure, Unilever is a client of my agency. I usually keep the two gigs separate unless a Client is doing something that totally fits into the scheme of my blog. All of that to say, I posted this on my own free will and was not asked to do so by my colleagues, managers, etc.
With that out of the way, I hope to see you at noon! Not following me on Twitter? Let’s fix that.
This morning, I became a believer in the goodness that is BaubleBar.com. I was familiar with the site but pretty much wrote it off as a Stella & Dot type of site. And, I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with S&D, but I was confused by it. Someone compared S&D to the Avon or Mary Kay of the jewelry world, which still doesn’t really explain anything. But, I digress.
Anyways, I joined BaubleBar this morning and after lots of “oohs” and “aahs,” I stumbled across an image promoting a new collaboration between the site and Essie Nail Polish. Shut up. I love Essie colors. In full disclosure, only recently have I developed an obsession with nail polish, polka dot manis, and ombré glitter nails. Blame Pinterest.
What REALLY sold me on the collaboration was the fact that I could build a set using Butler Please (aka that amazing blue color below) as my polish. This color gives me wings. I’ve been in love with it for months and now I don’t have any excuse not to purchase it.
If blue isn’t really your thing, don’t worry. There are five other shades that you can choose from.
Head on over to BaubleBar.com to put together your custom nail polish + bangle set NOW. Did I mention that it’s only $50 for everything? Mm hmm. Yes. $50. Excited, yet? You should be.
Happy Monday, folks! It’s been a minute since I’ve written one of these and I’m excited to chat about this week’s motivation. Yesterday, 26.2 miles of Chicago streets were taken over by tens of thousands of runners who decided that they were BOSS enough to run the Chicago Marathon. If you want to be motivated, go out on the race course and cheer on the runners for a solid hour. You might find yourself thinking what can I do if I set my mind to it. What seemingly impossible task can I check off my to-do list? Or maybe that’s just me.
As I stood out there for over 2 hours, I was inspired by the way that people came out to support strangers and friends alike. Personally, I cheered for everyone. The guy in the cow costume, the wheelchair racer with the black skullcap, the young man sporting a “Race to Stop MS” jersey, the lady running to support Bright Pink, and the husband who wore his kids’ well-wishes on his chest. For one reason or another, they decided that yesterday would be the day that they would run 26.2 miles. And, I saluted them for it.
After I got home, I sat around thinking “I want to be a better person. I want to realllllly push myself to do something that I’m not sure I can do.” So, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m not going to beat myself up about what I haven’t done so far. I’m just going to go and run (literally and figuratively) without ceasing. And, when I feel like I want to give up, I’m going to think about the husband who jumped in the race to run the last mile with his wife. As she winced with pain, he ran alongside her repeating, “You are strong. You are strong.”
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.