Posts Tagged ‘charity’

5 Questions to Ask Before Donating to Charity

These days, it has never been easier to financial support a charitable cause or organization. Whether it’s a “text-to-give” campaign or clicking a “Donate Now” button, we can contribute in a variety of ways on our own terms. However, just because it’s easier to make a difference, it’s still important to be diligent about who gets our dollars.

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Don’t Lose Your Pink Momentum!

October is more than halfway over, but don’t lose your breast cancer awareness momentum! Most of the pink offerings by your favorite brands are month-long endeavors, meaning that you can still show your support. Here are some of my picks to get you through the end of the month (at least)!

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics – Help kiss breast cancer goodbye with this limited-edition lip color set ($40). The lip gloss/lip balm duo will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Added bonus? Bobbi Brown is offering free shipping on this product during October.

LuxGoddess.com – Embrace your inner goddess (and love of designer sales) by shopping on the newly launched Luxgoddess.com. Visitors can shop the collection, and even set up a personal shopper profile. Let LuxGoddess find the deals you want and deliver them into your inbox! Even better, this site will donate 10% to Bright Pink. This bag from Hobo International ($309) is great for fall/winter!

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EDressMe.com – If “Pretty in Pink” is your favorite movie, then you’ve probably dreamed of a owning a pink frock. Edressme.com is offering shoppers 10% off all pink dresses, and is also donating 10% to charity. I saw a few that peaked my attention, but the BCBG Max Azria pink halter ($223) is one of my favs.

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Sonia Kaschuk for Target – Beauty junkies, organize your stash while also taking a stand against breast cancer. Fifteen percent of sales will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through November 4. Products can be found online or at your local Target store.

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Elizabeth and James – The fashionable line designed by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen is responsible for this awesome necklace. The beautiful pink leaf design is sure to be a delicate addition to your wardrobe. The necklace ($58) is available for purchase exclusively at Shopbop.com, and the online retailer has committed to donating $15,000 to the Network of Strength.

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Pretty City – There’s still time to book a $31 beauty treatment at your favorite (or soon-to-be favorite) spa/salon. This annual event is not only designed to pamper you, but is raising funds for the awesome Bright Pink organization. Visit http://www.prettycity.com/pink for the details!

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Muah! Pucker Up for Charity

Ladies, keep your pout kissable and charitable with one of the following lip glosses or lipsticks!

Afterglow Cosmetics

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This all-organic cosmetic line promises beauty vixens quality makeup without the harsh chemicals that could be found in other products. The Organic Lip Love lipsticks are made with ingredients such as apricot, grape seed, and pomegranate seed extracts. There are 15 available shades with the soft pink Muse (right) representing the brand’s charitable side. Afterglow will donate $2 from each sale of Muse to Young Survival Coalition (YSC). YSC is the premier international organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women (40 and under) and breast cancer.

Organic Lip Love Lipstick in Muse, $24

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Bobbi_FEED_glossBobbi Brown has teamed up with world hunger relief organization, FEED, to create the Feed 10 pouch. The sustainable pouch contains three of Brown’s popular lip glosses. With each purchase, the United Nations World Food Program will be able to feed 10 women. The pouches go on sale at Bloomingdale’s in October.

Mary Kay Cosmetics

mkThis classic brand has been an advocate of women since the first woman signed up to start selling products and earning her Pink Cadillac. But, the support didn’t begin and end with the business aspect. Through the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation, the company supports causes affecting women. These limited-edition lipsticks are part of the “Beauty That Counts” campaign and will support the foundation’s fight against domestic violence.

Limited-Edition Mary Kay Creme Lipsticks, $13

Bare Escentuals

buxom_charity_glossWhen the product line is called “Buxom,” you know that you’re in for some sexy glosses. Formulated to make your lips seem “voluptuous,” these lip glosses come in 30 flirty shades with names like Candi, Trixie, and Isabella. The star of this post however is Charity, a sizzling red shade benefiting the American Heart Association. Apply this color to get his heart racing and to save someone else’s.

Buxom Lips in Charity, $18

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Goodwill (Dress) Hunting

This weekend, my sister and I drove down to Alton, IL to watch our aunt and uncle renew their vows in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. The ceremony was beautiful and we had a great time getting reacquainted with our mother’s hometown. Yesterday, we decided to do some exploring and check out some of the shops.

Across the street from our hotel was a Goodwill store. While we went in there just to look around and possibly shop, we ended up falling in love with one particular section of the store…The wedding gowns! Did you know that you could find wedding dresses at Goodwill? We didn’t!

wedding dresses at goodwillI don’t know if it was the nuptial theme of the weekend, but we spent more time fawning and feigning over those gowns than anything else in the store! When many women dream of walking down the aisle, they never think of walking down the aisle in a stranger’s dress! But, with times the way that they are, and the growing recycle/reuse movement, there is a growing number of women who have no issue purchasing a second-hand gown.

The first thing we noticed in the section was that some of the gowns in the store were very dated. There were definitely some poofy sleeves and crazy necklines. The second thing we noticed, and the most important thing, were the amazing trains and beading on a few of those gowns. So intricately designed…and at such GREAT bargains! Of course, any one who purchased a gown would need to have it worked on (i.e., altering, cleaning, etc). That is with the exception of one gown…

There was a gorgeous Cinderella dress that was my size and absolutely beautiful. I tried it on and was borderline obsessed with it. My sister almost bought it for me! It would have definitely been my reception gown.

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Here are some more pics from our excursion:

CIMG0817             Another Gown

We didn’t buy any wedding gowns, but at the end of the day, my sister snagged four dresses (including the silk Banana Republic dress below), two wrap sweaters, and a pair of sunglasses for about $34.

All purchases at Goodwill stores benefit the job training and other programs supported by Goodwill Industries. You can find your nearest Goodwill store by visiting http://www.goodwill.org!

I’ll Never Forget Why I Give Back

Within the past 72 hours, I’ve been blessed to say that to two individuals that I’ve helped and it’s been the most AMAZING experience. On Saturday, I joined my girlfriend Ashley, her mom, aunt, and another family friend at The Glass Slipper Project. The Glass Slipper Project provides prom gowns to high school girls who might not be able to afford them due to financial circumstances. Actually, let me correct myself. The Glass Slipper Project provides a gown, shoes, a handbag, accessories, and even makeup for the girls.

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I had the pleasure of being the personal shopper for Miss T. After 3 trips to the dressing room and 10 gowns later, we found a gown that she loved and felt amazing in…Score! Moving on to shoes, she found a pair of heels that wouldn’t cramp her style and (of course) matched her dress. After we conquered accessories and makeup, our time together was up. I’m not going to lie…I kind of wished that the day would continue on forever. Or at least the feeling. We spent over an hour together, and for that hour, NOTHING else mattered. It was all about helping her get dressed for a night that she would hopefully remember forever.

As we hugged goodbye, she said “It was fun hanging with you. Thank you!” My response…”No. Thank You!”

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Fast forward to yesterday… While strolling to Kinko’s, I was approached by a woman, Miss Rose, who told me that she was just laid off and that she needed food to feed her children at home. As her voice cracked while explaining her situation, something in my spirit whispered to me, “Do this.” As we were walked to the neighborhood convenience store, she told me about her oldest daughter, a freshman in high school, who was celebrating her birthday on that day.

“Mom, I know you’re waiting for your unemployment, but do you think that you could bake a cake for me today?” the daughter asked earlier that morning.

“When she told me that this morning, I just broke out in tears,” Miss Rose told me.

As Rose continued to talk, I felt a lump forming in my throat. As the daughter of a mother who often had to choose medication over clothes, or who had to scrounge up dollars for our school field trips, I was familiar with the tears of a mother who wished that she could do just a little more, give just a little more.

When Rose and I arrived at the store, she asked if I could just get her a can of chili for the kids. “Absolutely. And, don’t forget the supplies for the birthday cake,” I replied. After our mini-shopping treat was complete, we walked back outside and I gave her an extra umbrella for her walk back home and two hugs.

She said “Thank you.”

I replied, “No, thank you.”

In both of those experiences, I don’t know who was more grateful. Me or them. Giving is not just a transaction of dollars or products. It is a demonstration of the human spirit. As we continue to hear stories of our neighbors, our friends, or even strangers going through hard times, none of us can afford to act like we’re living in a bubble.

While some would say that the emotion tied to both of my experiences is directly related to my past and how I grew up, I have to say that it’s more than that. These interactions reminded me why I love to give. It’s because I’ve been the recipient of kindness and my donations are the price I pay to be alive. There’s no other way to describe it.

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 (Celebtv.com). 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 http://www.bebrightpink.org/events!
P.S. Happy Early 25th Birthday to Me!!!
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Philosophy’s Charity Lineup

It should be no surprise that Philosophy has a line of products dedicated to raising funds for charity. I mean, this beauty brand wants you “to live a better life by being better to yourself.” And, there’s no better way to be better to yourself than to be better to someone else.

Philosophy carries various products to benefit charities…See below for the lineup!

Inner Grace Shower GelJoyful Heart CandleJoyful Heart Shower GelMessage in A Bottle GelShower for the Cure Gel

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Inner Grace Shower Gel ($22-$30): Benefitting the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Joyful Heart Candle ($22): Benefitting the Joyful Heart Foundation

Joyful Heart Shower Gel ($20): Benefitting the Joyful Heart Foundation

Message in A Bottle Shower Gel ($20): Benefitting the Rainforest Foundation

Shower for the Cure Shower Gel ($20): Benefitting the Women’s Cancer Research Fund

100% of the proceeds from the sale of the above items goes directly to the charitable organization! Visit philosophy.com to view these products and more!

P.S. The Joyful Heart Foundation was founded by Law and Order: SVU actress Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson). It’s an organization to “heal, educate, and empower” survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. It’s great to see that she’s leveraging her television role and celebrity for a great cause.