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!


Beautiful Dreses by Audey

10 04 2009

While I was researching local boutique, Florodora, for my first Chicagonista article, I had the opportunity to view the website and feminine designs of Audey, a Chicago-based line.

Visitors can expect a-line hems and bold floral patterns. You can order a dress online or request a custom dress be made just the way that you like. A portion of all sales benefit Equality Now, an international human rights organization dedicated to action for the civil, political, economic and social rights of girls and women.

For more information, please visit www.audey.com.


Busy Buzzing Around Chicago

22 03 2009

Hey, hey, hey! How’s everyone been doing? 

It’s been busy, busy, busy here in Chicago and I think the fantastic weather has had something to do with it! Here’s my mini-recap of what’s been happening in my world:

  • I started bikram yoga classes on Thursday! If you haven’t heard of it, bikram is yoga in a room heated to 105 degrees. Yes, I’m absolutely serious. I’ve already taken two classes and must say that I’m hooked. I’m focusing on my breathing and oneness, and I can feel the toxins leaving my body. The only downside is the whole hair issue. When you’re putting in work in 105 degrees, the amount of sweat is crazy. But, I don’t want to discourage you! Here’s the website to the studio I attend: www.bikramcitychicago.com! Best part? They give you freeze pops after class!!! YES! 🙂
  • I stopped by Aniko Salon and Spa on Thursday night for their Aniko Dream Glam event. It was a fabulous time complete with a DJ, wine, cupcakes, beautiful people, shopping, and beauty treatments! I had to haul ass to yoga so I only stayed long enough to chat with Sarah (Chic Gems), Marti (Aniko Owner), and Jenny (Evlove Intimates); and get a skin analysis. The proceeds from the event benefitted Dreams for Kids
  • Saturday morning, I volunteered for MS Day at the Museum of Science and Industry. Each year, the MS Society provides free admission and lunch to families affected by MS. It’s one of my favorite events to work, and this year was noooo different! It’s nice to see everyone just enjoy themselves and one of the coolest museums in the city!
  • Saturday afternoon, I popped into the “Each One, Teach One” female condom training and advocacy workshop. It was absolutely amazing to see young girls actively taking a role in their health, having discussions amongst themselves, and asking the educators questions. On the other end of the room, the women were talking about what they could do to make sure that young girls (and guys) were educated about safe sex. Thanks to the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project for the invite/information. I’m going to post pictures/video from the event on The Red Pump Project website!

Whew! So, as you can see…it’s been nonstop, and honestly, it’s only going to get crazier! I can’t wait!!! 🙂


Red Pumps and Needed Conversation!

10 03 2009


Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an initiative started to discuss the impact of HIV/AIDS on the lives of women and girls, and motivate us to take action. When I last was tested in December (around World AIDS Day), I remember the counselor telling me that he was seeing young girls coming in and being diagnosed with HIV. I mean, young…He told me that he recently told a 13-year old girl that she was positive. 13!

Not that I think The Red Pump Project needs an explanation, but if I had to break it down…Luvvie and I are doing this simply because it has to be done. HIV/AIDS is very real and women and girls, especially Black and Latinas, are really being hit hard by this disease. So, we need to organize and do what we can to talk about this disease, talk about testing, and take steps to educate and protect ourselves.

Ladies, I hope you use this day to research the statistics and take a vow that you’ll protect yourselves at all costs. Guys, use today to think about how you can play a role in HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. After all, we’re all connected and what affects one of us, affects all of us!

We’ve uploaded some Women and AIDS statistics to The Red Pump Project website, so stop on by there and get some knowledge!

Before I go any further, I have to give a huge “THANK YOU!!!” to all the fantastic bloggers who signed up to “Rock the Red Pump.” When Luvvie and I came up with the idea, we hoped that others would support the mission and the purpose behind it…And, so many of you did! See below for a list of allllll the amazing peeps rocking the red pump and helping to spread the word about the impact of HIV/AIDS in women and girls!!!

* A Blog of a Good Time
* A Day in the Life
* A Fly Girl’s World
* A Room Of My Own
* Adventures in Divorce
* Aesthetic Design Style
* Afrobella
* Aliya S. King
* AroundHarlem.com
* ArtiatesiaDeal
* Awesomely Luvvie
* Beauty Blvd
* Because I Said SO!
* Belle Noir Magazine::Big. Beautiful. You.
* Best Professional Designer Fashion Jewelry
* BK Diva Chronicles
* Black Woman Lost & Found
* blackgivesback
* Blaq.Vixen.Beauty
* Brownngirl
* Canto de Sirena
* Chronicles of a Lost WomanChild
* Circa 1982
* Clumps of Mascara
* Coming of Age
* Cubicle Crusaders
* Cutie Booty Cakes
* Diary of a Mad Therapist
* DiverCity, USA
* Electronic Village
* Eternal Sunshine
* Faux Goody Two Shoes
* Free Therapy… or else
* [fung’ke] [blak] [chik]
* GirlGrowingGraciously
* GOODENess!!!
* Healthbolt
* Hey, You Asked!
* House of IG
* I’ll Think Of a Title Later
* Inverted Reflection
* Joan of All Trades
* Love Becomes Her
* Love Notes From A Runner
* Make Blog Not War
* Mattanda Creations
* Meilily
* Mel, A Dramatic Mommy
* Mopwater PR + Media Notes
* Mrs Windy City
* MUSEACDonline
* My Life – A Work In Progress
* MyBrownBaby
* Naked and Natural
* NoLa Divine: The Feel Good Inktress
* Positively Adopted
* Princess Dominique – Fashion.Celebrity. Style
* random and pressing details
* rants of a wild child
* Reign of the Girl-Child
* RoboCop’s ProdigaL RevoluTion
* rsvp event planning and management
* Searching for Satisfaction
* See, What Had Happened Was…
* Shoe Smitten
* Shoes & Booze
* Single Sisters Speak Out
* Stripped
* Stylescrybe Says…
* Super Hussy Media
* Tea and Such
* The Anti Hair Slave
* The ChatterBox Reviews
* The Common Room
* The CurvyGurl Chronicles
* The Fabulous Giver
* The Goodie Bag
* The Holly Golightly Tales
* The Life & Times of Robin Monique
* The Mis-Education of Bessie Winn….
* Project Create-A-Home
* The Sassy Peach
* The Savvy Sistah
* The Soul of A Queen
* This Fabulous Life
* Verb Fashion
* What Would Thembi Do?
* Women Making Moves
* Urbane Girl

Also, don’t forget…If you’re in Chicago or Kansas City, then you come on out to one of our Red Pump Happy Hour!

If you’re in Chicago, come to The Red Pump Happy Hour at Plush Restaurant & Lounge (1104 W. Madison from 6:30 – 8:30 to network, socialize, and raise funds & awareness about the effect of AIDS on women and girls. Proceeds are going to the Chicago Women AIDS Project.

In Kansas City, GlamStarr is hosting a Red Pump Happy Hour at The Bulldog (1715 Main St.) from 5:30 – 8pm.

For my NYC peeps, AroundHarlem.com has a listing of events taking place in Harlem and other spots in the city!

If you’re looking for information in other parts of the country, please visit www.womenshealth.gov/NWGHAAD/events!


Twestival is Here!

12 02 2009

Morning, all! Today’s big topic: Twestival! I did a previous post discussing what Twestival is, but I didn’t have the exact event details. Well…voila! I have the details and included them in my Examiner.com article. You can check it out by clicking here!

Hope to see (and meet) some of you at tonight’s festivities!


Send Me Your V-Day Events for Charity!

4 02 2009

It seems that Valentine’s Day is really motivating people to open their hearts and give back! That’s great, guys! If your nonprofit, favorite charity, business, or client (for my PR peeps) is hosting a Valentine’s Day event/initiative for charity, please let me know by this weekend! I’m compiling a list for both The Fabulous Giver (nationwide) and the Examiner (Chicago only).

You can send the info to my email addy: thefabgiver@gmail.com!



Act #4

4 02 2009

Today, I signed up to assemble Walk MS Team packets at the MS Society on Monday!