Project Osmosis Presents “Carnival”

29 08 2008

Join Chicago’s most creative individuals on Saturday, August 30th from 7-10p for a night of art and fun at “Carnival.” The yearly benefit supports Osmosis Education and Mentoring Initiative, an nonprofit organization with the purpose of furthering “design education for underserved minority youth.”

Programs offered by the Osmosis Education and Mentoring Initiative focus on graphic design, architecture, fashion, interior design and multi-media.

The event, held at Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center (1060 East 47th St), is being hosted by top designers such as Erik Kolacz from Bravo’s America’s Top Designers, Afiya Kumar and Johnene Adams of AHA Designs, and many more! Guests will be treated to music, food, art, and live artists. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 on the Project Osmosis website. You can also buy tickets at the door for $35.




Don’t Forget…

28 08 2008

Tomorrow, head on out to a old favorite or a new spot for Bar AIDS 2008! Click here for a listing of participating bars. As I mentioned before, a group of friends and I will be M Lounge (1520 S. Wabash) for a joint event: Bar AIDS 2008 and a watch party for Barack Obama’s DNC speech.

If you don’t have any plans, come on out, join us, and drink for a great cause! 


Macy’s Shop for a Cause

28 08 2008

Here’s another event designed to both save you money and donate to a charitable cause! On September 20th, you can head over to Macy’s for the 3rd Annual “Shop for A Cause” day. Various charitable organizations are selling $5 savings passes which allow you to save between 10-20 percent on store merchandise. 100% of proceeds from the passes will benefit the organizations. In the past two years, this event has helped to raise over $19 million!

Now, I’m not sure of all the participating organizations, but I know that the Chicagoland affiliate of Dress for Success is selling booklets. If you would like to support Dress for Success, send an e-mail to Laura Melcher at

If you aren’t able to purchase an advance booklet, just head to Macy’s on September 20th, and purchase the booklet then. The sales will benefit Macy’s national charities. For more information, head on over to!


Chicago Charity Resale Shops

25 08 2008

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



Bright (Pink) Smiles!

25 08 2008

Be Bright Pink has partnered with Orbit White Bubblegum during the months of September and October to help fight breast cancer. Orbit is rolling out special edition versions of their Orbit White 12-packs and 60-packs with 10% of the purchase price benefitting Be Bright Pink.

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For more information, please visit!

Bloomingdale’s Shopping Benefit

23 08 2008

It’s hard to believe that Labor Day weekend is almost here! I mean, where in the world did summer go? It’s always sad to change seasons, but I am excited about some of the upcoming fall fashions. If you’re looking to update your wardrobe or beauty roster, head on over to Bloomingdale’s (900 N. Michigan Ave) next Wednesday (08/27) for their Shopping Benefit. 

From 10a-10p, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy savings at Bloomie’s while also supporting some great causes. Tickets are $10 with a 100% of the proceeds benefitting participating organizations. There will be representatives from about 60 nonprofits there discussing their programs and answering any questions that you may have. The day will also include live entertainment, fashion events, cooking demonstrations, and plenty of savings!

Some of the day’s happenings include:

  • Bobbi Brown makeup demonstrations
  • I.N.C. Fall Fashion Focus
  • DKNYC Launch Event
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Fashion Focus
It’s always nice to shop for a cause, so be sure to check Bloomie’s out and enjoy yourself!

Carlos Santana Shoes

20 08 2008

Did you know that guitar legend, Carlos Santana, has his own line of women’s shoes? If so, did you know that 10% of all shoes sales benefit the Milagro Foundation, founded by Santana and his wife, Deborah?

The Milagro (which means “miracles” in Spanish) Foundation is a charitable foundation which supports “underprivileged and underserved” children in the arts, education, and health by granting individual organizations and programs targeted towards this population. 

Please visit the website ( for more information. 

Here are some of my favorite Santana shoes currently available on the website…

Whistle, $105 

Whistle, $105


Catch, $99

Catch, $99


Hotrod, $189

Hotrod, $189

Bliss, $110

Bliss, $110


What do you all think of the picks above? Like them? For these shoes and more, visit