“Fashion Against AIDS” Returns to H&M

19 05 2009

The second coming of the “Fashion Against AIDS” collection will hit H&M stores on May 28th! The tees feature designs from artists including Katy Perry, Dita Von Teese, Cyndi Lauper (left), Pharrell Williams/N.E.R.D., Estelle, Yoko Ono, and more!

25% of percent of the sales will be donated to HIV/AIDS prevention projects of Designers against AIDS, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation and YouthAIDS.

In a tip to the growing eco-concious movement, the collection will consist of 100% organic cotton! BTW, I really love, Cyndi’s shirt!

If (for some odd reason) you don’t know where your nearest H&M store is located, then get the info at hm.com!

-kb





Y.E.S! Chicago Happy Hour

18 05 2009

The ladies of Y.E.S! (Young Executives for Success), a great group who supports Dress for Success, will be hosting a Happy Hour this Wednesday at Bull and Bear (431 N. Wells) from 6-8p. It’s supposed to be 80 degrees in Chicago on Wednesday, so if you’re looking for something to do after work, definitely come by and join the fun! Attendees are asked to bring a pair of Queen-sized flesh (neutral) tone pantyhose to the event. They, of course, will be donated to Dress for Success, an organization which supports the professional empowerment of women by donating suits and hosting beneficial workshops.

For more information, you can visit the Y.E.S! website or check out their Facebook page. Hope to see you there!

-kb





To TOMS or Not to TOMS?

18 05 2009

I love TOMS’ commitment to donating one pair of shoes to children for every pair sold, BUT I’ve been struggling with some of the style options. For the most part, the ultra-casual slip on has not managed to impress me. And, when I gathered opinions from my Twitter peeps, the majority of the responses centered around “great cause, not-so-great style.” Nooo 😦

What’s a girl to do? Well, enter my friend, DG. I hung out with her yesterday and noticed that she owns the glittery TOMS in silver and gold. So, of course, I had the this same conversation with her, only to find out that she’s low-key obsessed with the shoes! She owns four pairs, bought a pair for her son, AND a pair for her brother. Hmm…so, in honor of DG, I am re-examining the TOMS collection and digging up a couple of pairs that I would be interested in. You know, for the ultra-casual days!

Of course, there are the sparkly options:

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Gold Glitter TOMS, $48

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Silver Glitter TOMS, $48

And, a couple of ones perfect for the spring/summer time.

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Egg Yellow Stripe TOMS, $44

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Gabe Lacktman TOMS Neon Aqua Fade Womens, $68 (web exclusive)

DG made me a believer as she talked about how the shoes give her a comfy break from the 4 and 5 inch heels that she loves to wear! I think I’m starting to drink the Koolaid because while writing this post, I’ve wholeheartedly convinced myself that I need the neon aqua fade TOMS in my life immediately! The only problem is that there is a 3-4 week wait period for the Gabe Lacktman exclusives. 😦

And, for those of you all who still don’t believe that the company donates a pair of shoes to children for every one sold, BELIEVE IT! Since 2006, they’ve donated 140,000 shoes to children around the world, and this year, their goal is to distribute 300,000 shoes! It’s hard to argue with numbers like those. You can read all about their commitment here. They also have tons of videos from their “shoe drops” on their YouTube channel.

You can either buy the shoes online at tomsshoes.com or at a boutique/retailer near you. For my Chicago peeps, the AKIRA women’s shoe store (North Avenue) carries them!

So…what do you guys think about TOMS now? I’ve always loved the cause and now that I’ve found some nice styles, I’m sold! All thanks to DG 🙂

-kb





Recycle Your (Juicy) Couture

15 05 2009

Juicy Couture is giving you all a chance to “recycle” your old Juicy Couture items for a great cause. Until Tues, May 19th, you can “Recycle Your Couture” by bringing in your old Juicy items into any participating store! The items will then be donated to a local women’s shelter and you will receive 20% off of your purchase! 

BTW, check the bottom of the flyer to find the closest participating store near you! Looks like this program is only happening in select cities! Happy shopping, peeps!

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Moms Get Pampered at “The Pretty Party”

15 05 2009

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Every Mother’s Day, women are always looking to do something fun and fabulous with their mothers (or daughters). The usual options are brunch, high tea, shopping, etc. This past Mother’s Day though, thirty Houston moms gathered to enjoy a special afternoon of pampering and beauty at The Pretty Party: Mother’s Day Edition. The event was the brainchild of Alexia Johnson (Life’s Petals Event Planning) and Summer Galvez (Socially Privileged Entertainment), two ladies who obviously know a thing or two about creating a spectacular experience. 

At the event, the ladies were treated to professional makeup applications, a professional photographer, wine, and appetizers. And, while the day was special for all the mothers involved, it had a special meaning to four VERY deserving mothers in the area. Thanks to two generous NFL players, three foster moms and a mother currently battling Lupus were treated to a full day of pampering and primping. They enjoyed brunch, shopping, manis and pedis, and before concluding the day at the Pretty Party!

Jammal Brown (New Orleans Saints) sponsored two of the moms, and made a special trip to Houston to meet them and take pics with the ladies. The other player chose to remain anonymous but no doubt had just as much impact of his 2 moms.

I’m a complete sucker for feel good stories like this one! When I first found Summer on Twitter discussing her event, I was ALLLLL about it! She’s planning to keep the Pretty Parties going and bring them to Dallas, LA, Oklahoma City, and (wait for it) CHICAGO!!!

You can learn more about the Pretty Parties by visiting their website at www.sociallyprivileged.com/prettyparty! As the dates of the parties are finalized, please believe that I will be posting the information here for you guys!

*singing “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story* 🙂

-kb





Happy Birthday, TFG!!!

15 05 2009

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OMG…I’m such a bad blog mommy! The Fabulous Giver officially was “born” one year ago on May 13th! I’m so happy that I’ve been able to share these events and my journey with you guys! I’m very grateful for each of you who takes the time to read my blog, retweet an entry, or tell your friends to check me out! 

Seriously, you all keep me working and trying to build my vision. I plan on really turning things up a notch in this new year. So, be on the lookout for a site redesign, interviews with some AMAZING individuals, events, vlogs, and MORE! 

Again, THANK YOU for all of your support and please continue to spread the word about The Fabulous Giver!

-kb





KB’s Journey: Partying for a Cause

13 05 2009

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On Saturday, I had the pleasure of hosting my favorite ladies for my Johnson and Johnson Cause Party. The idea behind the event was to gather my girlfriends for food, drinks, laughter, and, of course, a great cause.

PhotobucketMy ladies gathered at my place around 1:30p, began introducing themselves, and started digging into the snacks! For all of my Chicagoans, if you have not had the fresh salsa and guacamole from Hyde Park Produce (1226 E. 53rd), you have not yet lived! Of course, with me being completely scatterbrained, I was still running around the morning of the party picking up tables, chairs, and other random items. So, I actually spent the first hour and a half of the party in the kitchen cooking with a sweatshirt and baseball cap on. Looking pure crazy! Hahaha!

PhotobucketAs far as the menu was concerned, I prepared my take on a Mexican fiesta. You know, fajitas, black beans, rice, etc and the wine was definitely flowing! As we talked and ate, it became clear what the objective of the event was. J&J wanted to our gathering to really focus on nurturing our bonds in a relaxed, comfortable, and fun atmosphere!

In between the girl talk convos which ranged from dating to Beyonce, I gave my guests some background on why J&J believes in these cause parties and some information on the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project, the party’s beneficiary, and women and HIV statistics in Chicago.

If you’re familiar with The Red Pump Project, then you know that Luvvie and I adopted CWAP as our Chicago AIDS organization. The funds that were raised on Saturday will help offset the cost of CWAP’s annual conference for HIV positive women which is this Saturday, the 16th.

PhotobucketMy guests were really pleased with their J&J gift bags! They received samples of Johnson and Johnson’s Be Radiant Cocoa and Shea Butter Lotion and Body Wash. I’m smiling because I’m a huge fan of both cocoa and shea butter in itself and have a fetish for any product which includes them in their formulas.

Hours later, when the last guest left, I was super-tired but in a great way. I had a great time catching up with old friends and sharing stories with new ones. Thank you, J&J for sponsoring this event. And, thank you, ladies for coming out and supporting CWAP (and me)!

I’ve included more pictures from the event below! To learn more about Johnson and Johnson’s Body Care line, visit www.johnsonsforyou.com.

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