Bobbi Brown Discusses Giving Back

29 06 2009

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Entrepreneur and beauty maven, Bobbi Brown, is involved in many charitable causes, including Dress for Success. She recently chatted with Forbes.com to discuss how she balances her career with giving back, and why it’s important for women to make a difference.

Here’s an excerpt:

Why did you want to get involved?

Just look at what I do for a living and who I am as a person. I can help a woman take care of herself and help her to get a job. Keeping her looking and feeling confident is what I’m all about.

I heard the stories of the women who were involved with the Dress for Success program and how it was really able to help. I saw that I could make a difference.

What do you say to women who claim they simply don’t have the time, energy or money to give back to their community?

I don’t believe in excuses. I believe in choices. It doesn’t matter what you do. Just do it.

You can read the entire interview on Forbes.com by clicking here. While you’re there, make sure you check out the “Busy Woman’s Guide to Volunteering.” There are some great tips in there for all of my busy Queen bees out there!

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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!

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Toast to Success at 312 Chicago

18 04 2009

Just because the economy is in the dumps, it doesn’t mean that your style or beauty routine has to be as well! On Thursday, April 23rd, 312 Chicago will host “Recover and Reinvest: A Toast of Support for Dress for Success,” an evening designed to celebrate women and, of course, support the amazing work of Dress for Success.

Guests will be treated to drinks, appetizers, a silent auction, and much more. But, that’s not all! The event will also feature:

  • Mini-manicures from Head2Toe Mobile Spa
  • Consultations with a Chicago style expert on how to be a “recessionista”
  • The opportunity to mingle with 312’s new Executive Chef and learn secrets to home-style Italian cooking

Kimpton Hotels has been a long-standing supporters of Dress for Success. You can read my previous post about them here. If you’re interested in attending the event, send an email to rsvpchicago@kimptonhotels.com by Monday, April 20th!

Event Details

Where: 312 Chicago (171 W. Randolph)

When: 5:30-7:30p

Price: $25 in advance, $35 at the door

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NYC Event: Divas in the City Benefit

4 02 2009

The word “diva” gets a bad rap…People tend to think that divas are egotistical, selfish, loud, and obnoxious. When in reality, divas are confident, focused, well-spoken, and persistent. Not to mention “the female version of a hustler.” Haha…Sorry, for the lame Beyonce reference, but I had to do it!

Okay, let me get back on track!

While twittering, I somehow came across Divas in the City and noticed that this organization was hosting a networking launch party and benefit in NYC. So, naturally, I had to learn more! Divas in the City is social and professional networking organization developed to be “the ultimate resource for today’s do-it-all woman.” On March 20th, DITC will launch its new and improved website and will celebrate this achievement through its “Paint The Town Pink” launch party.

The party will take place at the Sage Theatre (711 Seventh Avenue, NYC) and the $15 suggested donation will benefit Dress for Success. For your chance to walk down the pink carpet, click here for event and ticket information. 

If you’re interested in linking up with DITC, shoot an email over to info@DivasintheCity.com.

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Many thanks to Gabrielle for sending me the info!




Kimpton Hotels: Charitable and Swanky!

26 01 2009

Kimpton Hotels, a group of boutique hotels across the US, is not only skilled at providing swanky hotel stays, but they also do a great jobs supporting charitable causes. The hotels have lasting partnerships with Dress for Success and the Trust for Public Land, and also contribute to local HIV/AIDS organizations in the cities of their hotels.

In addition to the various events hosted by Kimpton Hotels, they also offer you the opportunity to “Join the Fight by Staying the Night.” When you stay at a Kimpton Hotel, you can enter a donation code to have $10 from each night of your stay donated to either the Trust for Public Land or one of 18 HIV/AIDS organizations (via their Red Ribbon initiative).

To donate to the Red Ribbon groups: Use the special rate code RRC until June 30, 2009

To donate to the Trust for Public Land: Use the special rate code TPL throughout the year

You can also support the Trust for the Public Land by purchasing select eco-friendly merchandise from the Kimpton Style store. Click on the pic below to be taken to the store!

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To learn about more Kimpton socially responsible initiatives, be sure to visit the Kimpton Cares section of their website!

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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!




Tory Burch sales to benefit Dress for Success!

8 11 2008

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For more information on Dress for Success and the event, check out my story at the Examiner.com!

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