Another NYE Event For Charity

30 12 2008

Still undecided about NYE? Diageo Brands (Don Julio, Ciroc, Nuvo) is collaborating with Luol Deng and Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls) and Garrett Wolfe (Chicago Bears) to bring Chicago a star-studded NYE event benefiting the following foundations:

The Luol Deng Foundation

For the Good of the Neighborhood Foundation (Joakim Noah)

The 8 Foundation (Former NBA player, Antoine Walker)

 

NBC 5 Street Team member, Chasity, has the info here!

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P.S. Tickets will be available until the day of the event, and you can even purchase them at the door!

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“Tue” Fabulous

30 12 2008

2008 is almost over and I am SOOO thrilled to be going into 2009. I’m not going to lie to anyone…I’m definitely feeling myself walking into January 1st! Whatever you do on Wednesday night, remember to learn from your past and be grateful for everyday that you’re blessed with! Now, for your small dose of fabulousity…

Quote of the Week 

“My recipe for life is not being afraid of myself, afraid of what I think or of my opinions.” – Eartha Kitt (R.I.P.)

Dream Shoe of the Week – Roberto Cavalli Satin Platform Pumps

R Cavalli Satin Pumps

 

Dream Bag of the Week – Christian Louboutin Large Pouchette

Louboutin Bag

Anthem of the Week – Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain “Blame It”

Honestly, this has been my anthem for a few weeks, but let’s not split hairs! I’m sure that some of you all will be popping bottles this week, so here you go!    

Jamie Foxx Ft. Yung Joc T-Pain-Blame It Remix -HIF (mp3 audio)

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Ten Small Ways To Increase The “Give”

30 12 2008

As we pass into 2009, most of us will make declarations of how to better ourselves in the upcoming year. Of course, I’m going to urge you to incorporate more giving into your routine. If you don’t take anything else away from this blog, I want you to understand that it doesn’t take much to lead a charitable lifestyle. The opportunities are everywhere! 

So, here are ten (of many) small ways that you can increase the “give” in your life…

 

10. When doing your monthly grocery shopping, buy a few extra canned goods and donate them to your local food pantry.

9. Show your support and attend a workshop/event at a small arts center, even if it’s free. Sometimes it’s not about the money, it’s just about showing your appreciation.

8. Play a pick-up game of jump rope, football, or basketball with the kids in your neighborhood.

7. Each month, donate your loose change to the charity of your choice.

6. Clean out your closet/bookcases and donate those clothes and books to a shelter.

5. Find out if your employer has a “Charity Days” program or a Workplace Giving program, and participate.

4. Donate that extra $1 when you’re at the checkout counter.

3. Offer to give a friend, co-worker, or a fellow church member a ride home the next time you see them.

2. Tip the baristas at Starbucks.

1. ALWAYS SAY “THANK YOU!”

 

So, think about it…What small actions will you take next year? 

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KB’s Journey: Job Hunting = Ick!

29 12 2008

Can I just say that I HATE the idea of searching for a new job? This summer, I decided that I was going to leave my pharma advertising job and pursue my dreams in the realm of nonprofit marketing. And, not only was I going to quit my job, I was going to quit before finding another position. Now, if you’re thinking that during the course of this post, that I’m going to say I regret that decision…STOP READING! This isn’t that kind of discussion! 

I absolutely love the fact that I had the courage (and savings) to leave my job and pursue my dreams. I “retired” in October, two days before my 25th birthday. During my “mini-retirement,” I’ve had the chance to volunteer, work on starting my own non-profit (details to come), sleep late, have long lunches, stay out until 4a on a Monday, spend 3 hours at the gym, etc. As a matter of fact, only within the past 3 weeks have I started looking for jobs again. And, now we can get into the point of this post.

Searching for a job has got to be one of the most draining and frustrating tasks known to man! 

Here are my Top 5 complaints as it relates to my personal process…

1. The combination of “nonprofit marketing, cause marketing, nonprofit communications” and “Chicago” doesn’t really yield a strong amount of leads on any job boards.

2. The doggone economy has many NPOs in a bind, hindering their ability to hire new individuals. Yes, this includes the big boy organizations too!

3. I only apply for positions that I reallllly want, and it takes me at least a day to create a customized cover letter because I don’t want to give them generic garbage. It may work in other industries, but you can’t apply for a marketing position with a whack cover letter…Can’t market yourself? Can’t market their services.

4. As a business major, I’m having a hard time understanding how an organization wants you to have 5 years of experience in exchange for $30K a year. Isn’t that an entry-level salary?

5. The longer I search, the more evident it becomes that I’m going to have to create my own path.

Sigh…anyways, it looks like I may be unemployed for a few more months because I am just allergic to working somewhere just for the sake of a check. The personal sacrifice is just too great! Well, at least that’s what I’m saying now…Check back with me in a month!

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EXAMINER ALERT: I briefly talked about some career hunting tips in an Examiner article. Click here to check it out!





Argo Tea “ChariTEA” Program

29 12 2008

ChariTEAHave any of you guys ever visited Argo Tea? I popped into the Randolph street location last year around this time, and have been hooked ever since! Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m totally on “Team Coffee,” but every now and then, tea does my soul and, some would argue, my body some good.

Well, I recently learned that I can also do good for a local charity by ordering “ChariTEA.” I had this tea over the weekend and it hit the spot. It’s cherry-based but doesn’t have that icky cough syrup thing going on! Anyways, during the month of December, Argo Tea donated 10% of the proceeds to Gilda’s Club, a support network for individuals diagnosed with cancer and their families. And, next month, the proceeds will benefit one of the coolest places in the city, the Museum of Contemporary Art

Stop by your favorite Argo Tea and try the drink out! For more information on Argo Tea’s community involvement, visit Argotea.com!

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ATL Fashionistas “Encounter” Some Charitable Shopping

29 12 2008

Most people tend to feel a certain way about thrifting, consignment shopping, etc. Some love it…some hate it. Well, yours truly absolutely enjoys it! I mean, there are the definite “watch outs” but for the most part, you end up with some great deals! I tend to enjoy it even more when the merchandise is amazing and my purchases benefit a worthy cause.

In Atlanta, a new upscale consignment boutique, A Clothes’ Encounter, recently celebrated its launch with a swanky affair complete with shopping, drinks, desserts (YES!), and sounds provided by DJ Sugarcut. A Clothes’ Encounter, the brainchild of actress Kaira Akita (Tyler Perry‘s A Family That Preys and Why Did I Get Married?), offers ladies gently worn designer and name brand clothing and accessories at discounted rates while sipping signature cocktails, listening to music, and socializing in Atlanta’s hottest locales.

Kaira Akita

Kaira Akita

At the recent launch event, A Clothes’ Encounter donated a portion of the proceeds to Dress for Success Atlanta and P.A.L.S. Atlanta, an organization that provides care and support to pets of Atlanta area residents living with HIV/AIDS, and other critical illnesses or disabilities. At the next event in Spring 2009, a different organization will be selected to benefit from the fashionable giving. 

If you’re looking for more information on A Clothes’ Encounter, you can visit AClothesEncounterOnline.com. And, for any Fabulous Givers in Atlanta, I’ll keep you posted once I learn the exact date of the next event!

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Special thanks to Jonnice (Chatterbox PR) for the information!




Prom NYE ’09

26 12 2008

Well, folks…It’s time for us to get it in and celebrate the closing of one year and the beginning of another. If you’re like most folks and still looking for an event to attend, allow me to suggest NYE Prom ’09! Everything about this event screams hot…Even the flyer/website warrant an “Ooohhh…”

Best part (along with everything else)? This event will donate a portion of its proceeds to Best Buddies Illinois, an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.

Click the flyer for more information and to purchase tickets…Pop champagne!

Prom Flyer

 

For other NYE parties benefiting charities, click here to check out my Examiner article!

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