Posts Tagged ‘Shop for A Cause’

Tiny Prints x Baby2Baby Holiday Cards are Here!

‘Tis the season for holiday greetings. I love getting cards in the mail and Christmas is no different. We have not yet decided on our cards, but the Baby2Baby Holiday collection on Tiny Prints is a strong contender. I first became aware of this collaboration when we ordered Caleb’s birth announcements.

The holiday collection consists of seven cards that gives a wide range of styles to fit your desired preference. For me, I think this gold foil-stamped card is my favorite in the bunch.

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Baby2Baby provides low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and the basic necessities that every child deserves. The organization collects and distributes items to shelters, Head Start programs, foster care programs and children’s hospitals across the country. This network serves children in more than 20 cities. In Chicago, the participating organization is Share Our Spare, a group that I have highlighted before.

To help Baby2Baby continue to fund their efforts, Tiny Prints is donating 25% of the sales of the holiday collection back to the organization.

View the rest of the collection below.

 

 

Photos: Tiny Prints

Taraji is the Queen of MAC Viva Glam

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It should be no secret that I have a high regard for companies and products that actively contribute to social causes and organizations. As such, I will always be a huge MAC fan because of their leadership with the MAC AIDS Fund and the Viva Glam lipstick. When you purchase a lip product in the collection, 100% of the proceeds go to the MAC AIDS Fund.

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Caleb’s Charitable Birth Announcements

I used to hate getting my mail. It always seemed like nothing but endless bills, junk mail, and random offers. Recently though, wedding invitations, thank you cards, and birth announcements have started to break up the clutter of blah being delivered by my mail lady. I love receiving these little bits of sunshine and have tried to step up my correspondence game. So, before Caleb arrived, I already knew what kind of birth announcements that I wanted to mail out.

Many of my friends and colleagues have used Tiny Prints for their cards, so I snagged a credit for the site on Zulily and got to shopping. I had no idea that when I was ordering Caleb’s birth announcements that I would be helping children in need. However, that is exactly what happened when I selected these cute cards from Tiny Prints for our friends and family.

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Tiny Prints has a collection of birth announcements and stationery that helps to support the work being done by Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization that provides low-income children, ages zero to 12, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. While I didn’t intentionally select this particular design for that reason, it serves as an added bonus.

I am so grateful that our family was both blessed with items that we needed and also in a financial position to buy anything that we didn’t get as gifts. I can’t imagine the stress and worry that many parents face when it comes to preparing for a new baby. Organizations like Baby2Baby serve a very important role and deserve all of the support that they can get. To learn more about the work they are doing, visit their website baby2baby.org.

Learn more about Tiny Prints partnership and check out all of the items in their charitable collection here.

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Being “On Purpose” with Kate Spade

I’m not sure when it happened but I am slowly morphing into a Kate Spade accessory junkie. From the wedding shoes that I never wore to the my favorite leather sneakers or the office supplies slowly taking over my desk, I am a little gaga for KS accessories.

That’s why I was pretty excited to find out about the “On Purpose” line of items from Kate Spade and Saturday. Before you roll your eyes, I know that these products have been available for months. I just don’t get around to blogging that much, in case you haven’t noticed! Anyways, I was reintroduced to the collection last month when this adorable clutch was being shelled for Valentine’s Day.

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While I could have planned a couple of outfits around this cute clutch, my February budget wasn’t set up for such a treat. However, I couldn’t let that stop me from grabbing something from the collection. Aside from giving me a dose of cuteness, I really like the fact that these pieces promote trade and entrepreneurship in Rwanda. Did you know that the 150 people who make these pieces are helping to support their local community of 20,000? That’s good in action.

So, which piece am I going to purchase? Well, at this moment, Saturday is taking 40% off of everything (yes, everything) so I’ve decided to buy the yellow beauty below.

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On Purpose Beaded Bracelet, $25

 

I think that it will be perfect for curing my winter blues. Okay, I take that back. I don’t want to put too much pressure on my new bracelet. Let’s just say that it will be a great addition to my wardrobe.

To check out some BTS photos, check out Saturday Pinterest page.
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Pink Kisses from MAC and Miley Cyrus

If it were up to me, there would never be another MAC Viva Glam spokesperson beside Rihanna. I have a thing for Rih that blew up once it was announced that she was joining this legendary campaign. However, life must go on, right?

It was recently announced that Miley Cyrus is taking over the throne as the newest ambassador for this charitable line of lipsticks. To be honest, I’m not that big on Miley but I appreciate anyone who lends their brand and support to help raise dollars for the MAC AIDS Fund. Since 1994, the company has raised upwards of $300 million dollars to support those living with HIV/AIDS – exclusively through the sale of these lipsticks. It’s incredible.

Now, about the newest product… It is a bright pink but not as much of a strange pink as Nicki Minaj’s Viva Glam lipstick.

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I stopped by my local MAC counter to check out the colors on brown skin, and it wasn’t that bad!

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However, I already have Girl About Town and think that’s all the bright pink that I need for now. So, I left the tube at the counter, but picked up a tube of Viva Glam III so that my trip was not in vain.

Both the party-perfect lipstick and lip glass are  in stores and online now. To learn more about the amazing work and organizations supported by the MAC AIDS Fund, check out their website. Trust me… You will be impressed.

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Gifts That Give Back Under $25

Happy Holidays, everyone! With two weeks until Christmas, we are deep into gift-giving season. Every year, I come across gifts that give back, but I’ve never compiled an official gift guide. That ends today (obviously). I’ve compiled three guides designed to meet various budget needs.

First up, gifts under $25.

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1. The cutest moccasins for your favorite little one, $21

2. A little ankara makes this tee perfect, $18

3. Gold leather earrings perfect for a night out, $24

4. This handmade teensy beanie makes a great baby gift, $23

5. Kiehl’s is giving its famous crème the “Norman Rockwell” treatment, $18

6. May your note cards be merry and bright, $12

7. “Build your tomorrow” with a little arm candy, $15

8. Give these cool pencils and support Kenyan children’s education, $10

9. EOS and Nicole by OPI bring you the best stocking stuffer, $10

10. These unique coasters support Haitian artisans, $20

The UNICEF note cards are my favorite for sure. See anything on this list that you like? The next two guides are on their way. Stay tuned!

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TOMS for Target In Stores Now!

Last year, Target brought us the charitable collaboration with FEED Projects. This year, everyone’s favorite retailer has partnered with the original “One-for-One” social enterprise to bring us the TOMS for Target collection. There are more than 50 items in the holiday collection, all under $50. I know that we’re all used to TOMS footwear, but there are also items like candles, blankets, and accessories for all.

The TOMS for Target collection has the potential to provide more than 11 million meals, blankets and shoes to those in need. Every purchase of clothing, accessory and home good purchase will lead to a donation of a blanket through the American Red Cross or Canadian Red Cross, or one week of meals through Feeding America or Food Banks Canada. And for every TOMS for Target pair of shoes sold, a pair will go to a child in need.

Take a look at some of my favorite items from the collection below. You can view all of the items here and head to your nearest Tarjay to get your hands on the goods.

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Photos: Target

My Three Favorite Stationery Sets

So much stationery, too little time. I could seriously shop for notecards and notepads all day long, but my life keeps getting in my way! In yesterday’s post, I promised that I would share some of my favorite items so far, and my Top 3 picks are below.

1. Say “Hi” to your favorite girlfriends with this cute set from Erin Condren. Proceeds of this set support breast cancer awareness, and she also offers purple and yellow ribbon stationery as well.

Erin Condren, $30

2. “Fab, fierce, AND glam!” That’s all I have to say about this set of notecards found on the effie’s paper website. This is how you send a statement through the mail!

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3. My philanthropic pal, Ebonie, worked with the gifted Little Miss Mika to commission this CUTE set of charitable notecards. Twenty percent of all orders will be donated to The Gye Nyame Empowerment Project (GNEP).

Little Miss Mika, $30

Any other fabulous stationery that I should know about? Please send me a link! I’m serious about my note-writing endeavors these days, and I want to make sure that my cards are as amazing as possible.

P.S. Have you decided who you’re writing a note to this week?

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Eidia Lush Is Rocking the Red Pump (and More)

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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Target Gives Back with the Harlem Designer Series

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:

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Placemats designed by Marcus Samuelsson

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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!

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