We’ve Moved!

19 08 2009

Hiya, there! I’m sure that most of you have been following this site at TheFabulousGiver.com, so you may already be aware of our move! Effective on Monday, I will now longer be posting to this site. We are officially up and running a self-hosted WordPress site at TheFabulousGiver.com!

And, the new site is pretttty! Come see me over there! Thanks for your support :-)

New Site Design!

New Site Design!





Fashion’s Night Out in NYC

13 08 2009

To celebrate and breathe some buzz into the NYC retail/fashion industry, the “Capital of the World” is hosting the 1st annual Fashion’s Night Out. On September , participating NYC stores and boutiques will keep their doors open until 11p and offer shoppers great deals on merchandise. Fashion’s Night Out is sponsored by Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing and tourism organization.

Fashion's Night Out Tee, $30

Fashion's Night Out Tee, $30

This shopping extravaganza wouldn’t be complete without the opportunity to be selfless. There are three ways for NYC-ers to show their style and give back.

-Purchase the official Fashion’s Night Off tee for $30 at participating retailers. 40% of the proceeds will benefit the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.

-Drop off gently worn clothes at various locations to benefit the NYC AIDS Fund

-Volunteer your time with Clothing Drive tasks or other FNO-related activities

Sounds like this will be a fun night! On the website, I counted about 500 shops (across the 5 boroughs) that have signed up to participate. I suggest that you create a plan of action to help you with your game plan. Or you can check the FNO site on 8/17 and find out some of the special events and discounts being offered. That may help too! ;-)

To learn more about FNO, visit www.fashionsnightout.com!

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Gala Gal on a Budget?

10 08 2009

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Personally, I know that I can’t afford to buy a $300 gala ticket AND a $1000+ gala gown. At least, not yet ;-)

That’s why I was so excited to learn about Borrow a Dress Couture located here in Chicago. This cute boutique stocks this season’s couture gowns from designers such as Oui Oui Couture, Lavender Label by Vera Wang, Alexander McQueen, Herve Leger, and many more. Even better is that you can rent the gowns for 3-days and return them like *snap* that!

To learn more about the boutique, check out my Chicagonista article by clicking here!

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KAI Collections Supports Some Brave African Girls

10 08 2009

When I was in high school, I did a research paper on the horrors of Female Genital Mutilation. Young African girls (as young as 9) are sometimes subjected to the act as a right of passage. The gruesome act not only inflicts pain on the girls at that momemt, but as they grow up, there are often many complications and infections from the procedure. Jessica Censotti, a Chicago artist, is using her artwork to raise awareness and support young girls who stand up against FGM. In addition to great sculptures and vessels, Censotti also features dazzling earrings from the KAI Collections at her shows and on her website.

Red Feather Earrings, $65

Red Feather Earrings, $65

The jewelry is handcrafted by the Maasai women in Kenya and 100% of the proceeds will go to build a home for girls who’ve refused Female Genital Mutilation. To learn more about the school and the Mwavido organization by visiting www.mwavido.com. I’ve picked out my three favorite designs but all of them are beautiful!

Lavender and Green Earrings, $65

Lavender and Green Earrings, $65

Tear Drop Earrings with Turquoise Stones, $55

Tear Drop Earrings with Turquoise, $55

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Thanks to Three Peas Art for the info!




Turn Your Living Space Into A Giving Space

7 08 2009

Everyday, we stumble into the world to work, play, eat, and everything in between. But, no matter how much fun we have in the streets, there’s really is no place like home (Thank you, Dorothy). On most days, there is no place that I’d rather be than my house. Yesterday, I was sitting around trying to think of little habits that I could introduce in order to make my household a giving household. And, to my great surprise, I created a list of 9 small yet effective ways that you (and I) can “turn our living space into a giving space.”

1. Place a piggy bank in your front hall or on your bedroom dresser and empty your loose change on a daily basis. At the end of the month, donate the funds to your favorite charity. This bank (right) even has a slot for your “charity change.”

Money Savvy Pig, $16.99

Money Savvy Pig, $16.99

2. Give back to the environment. Throw those water/wine bottles and pop cans in a bag, and recycle when it’s full.

3. Whenever you purchase a new item of clothing, automatically select something in your closet to give away. Put the items to the side and donate on a monthly basis or at the start of a new season.

4. Decorate your home with items that benefit a great cause, like the beautiful pillow below found on BuildANest.com. NEST provides micro-loans to female artists in developing countries, sells their crafts in the US, and recycles the money back.

Lotus Blossom EcoArt Pillow, $68

Lotus Blossom EcoArt Pillow, $68

5. The lotion that you never opened? The makeup samples still in the package? Gather those things and give to a local women’s shelter. You’d be surprised how new perfume or lipstick can help lift spirits of women going through difficult times.

6. Next time that you host a get-together, ask your guests to bring a canned good. Then, take the items to a food bank in your area.

7. Give back to yourself by placing motivational quotes around your house. One of my favorites:  “Everything you can imagine is real.” – Kimora Lee Simmons

8. Incorporate awards, Thank You letters, and other “gifts” from charities into the decor of your home. Last year, a 5-year old sweetheart made me a card complete with a heart, glitter, and my name. That beautiful piece proudly hangs on my fridge. It always makes me smile and reminds me of our fun time together!

9. Like fresh flowers, fruits, and veggies? Purchase your goods from a community garden or co-op. Your patronage will not only help to support the garden, but also any other programs/services provided.

If you have any ideas to add, drop them in the comments box! I’d love to know what you guys are doing!

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And, We’re Marching…

4 08 2009

Rich Central HS Band (BudBilliken.com)

Rich Central HS Band (BudBilliken.com)

I will be postponing this Saturday’s “A Little Service, A Little Brunch” because The Red Pump Project will be marching in the Bud Billiken Parade this Saturday! The historical parade celebrates its 80th anniversary this year and is the nation’s oldest and largest African-American parade. We are sooo honored and excited to be a part of this event! I can still remember marching as a child through my old neighborhood. The excitement as my mother brushed our hair, dressed us, and lined us up to march with the other kids. Started in 1929 as a way for the Chicago Defender to celebrate its’ paperboys, the parade has marked the unofficial back-to-school season for generations of African-Americans in Chicago since then.

If you’re in Chicago, the parade will travel south along M.L. King Drive beginning at Oakwood Blvd and ending at Washington Park. The city expects 1 million people to line the parade route and attend the post-parade picniv in Washington Park, so make sure that you are there in time to enjoy the festivities!

Head on over to my Examiner page to learn about the $300K in scholarship dollars to be awarded to Chicago students this year through the Chicago Defender charities. Family fun and college funding in one. Doesn’t get any better, folks!

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It’s All About the Glam

4 08 2009

The Boys and Girls Club of Chicago (BGCC) serves over 13,000 children and teens across the city of Chicago in after-school programs and summer camps. Children and parents have access to 32 clubs across the city. Organizations like these are so important because children need safe play havens to learn, socialize, and just be young!

On Friday, August 7th, the Good Glam Gala will combine fashion, shopping and philanthropy as the event raised money for the BGCC. Attendess will watch a live fashion show featuring the designs of Kate Boggiano and Objets d’Envy jewelry. The glamorous event, held at a stylish Pilsen warehouse (2150 S. Canal), will kickoff at 7p. Tickets are $50, and can be purchased at www.goodglamgala.com.

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