Starbucks and World AIDS Day


In recognition of World AIDS Day, Starbucks will be donating 5 cents from every drink purchased today to the Global Fund to invest in AIDS programs in Africa. If you don’t have the opportunity to get to Starbucks today, you can still give back with the purchase of a (STARBUCKS)RED EXCLUSIVE beverage – Peppermint Mocha Twist, Gingersnap Latte and Espresso Truffle until January 2. 

So, if you can still afford $4 coffees, make it count for something good! 

P.S. I’m shocked that Starbucks is only donating a nickel/per drink…I’ll be interested in seeing how much money will be raised at the end of this initiative!


I’m Back!

Over the past 5 days, I’ve taken a much-needed break from life and my responsibilities. I very rarely have the chance to do absolutely nothing so I jumped at the opportunity. But, now I am back and ready to dig back into all my blogging duties. Let’s start the show…

Wow…150 Ways?!?

Marie Claire has come up with a list of 150 products to support breast cancer awareness and research! You can view the entire list by clicking here! Some of the featured products include:

Special edition Shiseido Lip Gloss, $20.50 (Available at Macy’s or Sephora)

Shiseido Lip Gloss

Coach Lexington Breast Cancer Awareness Watch, $398 (Available at Macy’s or Coach stores)

Coach Breast Cancer Watch

Teleflora Pink Blush Bouquet, $49.99 (Available at

Teleflora Bouquet


KB's Journey: Living My Life in Pink

Hey, all! Last Friday, I went to Bright Pink’s “La Vie En Rose” event at Bon V and had a BLAST! There was pink everywhere, from hot pink balloons to pink rose petals. The night was hosted by Erica Cobb (of B-96), Susanna Homan (Michigan Avenue Magazine), Ginger Zee (NBC-5 Chicago), and Kelli Zink ( The event raised $20,000 for Bright Pink’s upcoming awareness initiative with local ob/gyn offices. 

Lindsay Avner (founder of Bright Pink) and I

Lindsay Avner (founder of Bright Pink) and I


The picture above was before the effects of the open bar took hold on me. 🙂 Anyways, I’m looking forward to Bright Pink’s other upcoming events:

  • 10/23: Robert Rodriguez Fall 2008 Collection Showcase and Cocktail Reception at Neiman Marcus (737 N. Michigan Avenue). Donations to Bright Pink will be accepted at the door
  • 10/25: “Eyes Wide Open” masquerade event at the Crimson Lounge (333 N. Dearborn). Masks are required for entry and can be purchased at the door for $20
For more information on these events and more, you can always visit!
P.S. Happy Early 25th Birthday to Me!!!

Wear Your Vote and Give!

We are very well into election season (in case you hadn’t noticed), and people are really into supporting their candidate(s). Whether it’s celebrities, your cousin, the guy who does your hair, or just you, everyone wants everyone to know who they support! Fortunately for us fabulous folks, there are some very stylish pieces that you can throw into your wardrobe to encourage others to vote and/or to show your loyalty.

Now, because my blog is called The Fabulous Giver, I just want to say two things…One, I’m only showing items in which a portion of the proceeds benefit an organization/political campaign. Two, donations to campaign funds are NOT tax-deductible. 

Now for the show…

1. Barack The Vote
Barack The Vote Women’s Rose Gold Tee, $20

Hill Harper Barack the Vote The Original Men’s Tee (worn by actor Hill Harper), $20


2. Runway to Change

Jay-Z “Change” Men’s Tee (designed by Jay-Z), $60

DVF Obama Tote “Obama ’08” Tote (designed by Diane von Furstenberg), $75

Vera_Obama_Small“Vote Obama” Women’s Tee (designed by Vera Wang), $60

3. Obama “for Change”

Obama for ChangeObama for Change Coin Purses, $14

Clearly, I support one candidate over the other…But in all realness, regardless of who you support, PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE! You don’t need me to tell you how significant or important this election is. You can just watch the news for that (or SNL…Thanks, Tina Fey)!

November 4th is almost here…Si Se Puede!!!


KB's Journey: Back In Chicago!

Hey, all! I’m back in the Windy City, and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the nation’s capital! BillieAnne K. definitely kept me busy during my two day stint in the MS Society’s DC office. Despite a severe cold (complete with a fever and body aches), I helped laminate signs, stuff envelopes, file documents, make copies, etc! As you can imagine, there are a gazillion details involved with planning and executing a two-day walk. I’m just glad that I could help!

I was also able to sneak a swanky black tie gala into my schedule. I attended the Annual Awards Dinner/Gala sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. This event is the culmination of their Annual Legislative Conference and raises funds to support the programs of the CBCF and their annual scholarship program. Award recipients included the beautiful and talented Kerry Washington, NY Governor David Paterson, and (our next President) Senator Barack Obama. Can I just say that it was absolutely amazing to be in the same room with him? I mean, to hear his voice knowing that you’re under the same roof…Amazing! 

The room was a Who’s Who in African-American politics, the arts, and business. Here I am in my CBC gala wear, before the free-flowing wine got to me 🙂

KB in BCBG Max Azria

KB in BCBG Max Azria

Anyways, now that I’m back in Chicago, I’m ready for a busy week of blogging, “Examining,” and attending events. Catch me if you can…Peace!

KB’s Journey: DC + MS

Hey, all! Happy Monday! I’m in DC this week and very excited about hanging with friends and family (once they arrive from Chicago)! This week is looking to be a busy one for me. Today and tomorrow, I will be volunteering at the Capitol chapter of the MS Society! This weekend is the huge Capital Challenge walk, a two-day, 50 K walk to raise funds for MS research and programs. I don’t know if you remember this, but I was training to participate in this walk earlier in the summer. However, due to a scheduling conflict on Saturday, I won’t be able to join the walk! Whomp, whomp 🙁

I’ll be spending my days helping assemble rest stop boxes, organize signage, assemble walk packets, etc! I’m looking forward to my two days in-office, and really blessed that my company has a “Charity Days” program. Employees are allowed two days/year to volunteer at their favorite charity. Does your employer have a program like this? If so, I strongly encourage you to take advantage and use those days! A lot of nonprofits run on small budgets, so anytime they can have (free) help around the office…GREAT!

Alright, guys…I’m off to catch the Metro into the office (wow…I sounded like a true DC-er)! I’ll keep you posted on how my two days go!


Common and Friends Come Together For Urban Youth

 Common and Friends

On Saturday, September 27th, Common will round up some of his celebrity friends for the first annual “Start the Show N’ Bowl” benefit hosted by the Common Ground Foundation. The Common Ground Foundation was founded to support and empower urban youth. 

Common is enlisting some of his celebrity friends for a bowl-a-thon and concert. The “Common and Friends” concert will feature performances from hip-hop stars, Will.i.Am, The Roots, Talib Kweli, and soul singers Bilal and Marcia Ambrosius (of Floetry). The concert starts at 7:30p at the House of Blues (329 N. Dearborn, Chicago). Tickets are available at the House of Blues box office and website.

For more information on the benefit, check out my story on my Examiner site and check out the Common Ground website.


P.S. Common is such a dreamboat 🙂

Lauren Conrad Partners with Mark Cosmetics


LC wearing the "Have A Heart" pendant

LC (or Lauren Conrad), from The Hills, is giving back with a charity necklace to help young women. The “Have a Heart” pendant (featured in the pic above) will benefit the Mark Girls m.powerment Campaign, with a full 100% of net proceeds from each sale going directly to this charitable initiative. The m.powerment campaign is designed to prevent domestic violence against young women between the ages of 16-24. This m.powerment Expert Advisory Board will recommend five organizations focused on ending partner and relationship violence and award them with up to $50,000 in grants.

The necklace costs $22 and will be featured on from September 16th to April 28, 2009. If you don’t have a local Mark representative, you can order the necklace online at


Chicago Charity Resale Shops

One of my favorite things to do is mine thrift stores and vintage shops for jewelry, handbags, and the occasional sweater. Most people (including myself) usually only think of Goodwill or The Salvation Army as charity thrift stores, but I found a few others in the Chicagoland area!

Brown Elephant Resale Shops benefit the Howard Brown Health Centers in Chicago. The Howard Brown Health Center is the Midwest’s largest lesbian, gay, and bisexual health organization. There are currently two locations within Chicago:

5404 N. Clark (773) 271-9382

3651 N. Halsted (773) 549-5943


The White Elephant Resale Shop benefits Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park.

2380 N. Lincoln (773) 883-6184


The Mount Sinai Hospital Resale Shop benefits Mount Sinai Hospital

814 W. Diversey (773) 935-1434



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