It can be a lot of work justifying new purchases when we’re totally broke and probably didn’t need that fifth tutu skirt if we’re being totally honest. So before you buy yet another black dress, consider a purchase you wouldn’t have to feel guilty about. DKNY‘s new charity tee shirt is the perfect, cute loophole in your no-shopping contract!
The simple black-and-white illustrated tee costs $65 and funds benefit one of five New York charities. Best part is that you get to pick which charity you want the money to go to. Pick one up at DKNY stores or online and bask in the glow of your new shirt and the karma points you’ll get for buying it. [Elle UK] Keep reading »
Call it a slightly different sort fashion risk. Sheena Matheiken is a woman on a mission. With the help of clothing designer Eliza Starbuck, Matheiken is wearing a single dress every day for the next year. (Check out what she wore on day 47, above) The endeavor is called “The Uniform Project” and it’s “an exercise in sustainable fashion.” There are seven identical dresses, one for each day of the week. Every day she reinvents the dress with layers, accessories, et cetera—most of which are vintage, hand-made, or hand-me-down. And, I gotta say, she comes up with some pretty ingenious combinations and outfits! Think of it as wearing a daily uniform that doubles as a fund-raising effort for the Akanksha Foundation, a school project to fund uniforms and other educational expenses for slum children in India. Keep reading »
This month’s Elle Magazine has kind of a good idea. Rather than logging on to Match.com or waiting to bump into a hottie at the grocery store, start scoping men at charity fundraisers. Why? Because if they care about a cause you do, then you already have something in common and an easy way to start a conversation. And since they had to buy a reasonably expensive ticket to get in, they’re bound to be a little more together than the guy you’d meet at your local dive bar. And, hey, if there’s no one there to your liking, no biggie—enjoy yourself and know you’re supporting a good cause. While I’m not saying to go to fundraiser events as a way of boyfriend shopping, I am saying that if you get an invite to a gala or come across something you’d like to support, it may not hurt to test the waters. [Elle]
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M.I.A. knows how to make some noise. At Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People party, the singer sauntered up to Oprah and asked her to help galang-a-lang-a-lang the government sanctioned bombings of civilians in her motherland, Sri Lanka. [Radar] — Oprah, help a woman out! Keep reading »
I’m not sure how I feel about this. Am I supposed to take this Angelina Jolie lipstick and stick it in my mouth? And Brad Pitt, too? For some reason, these micro-sculpted lipsticks of the heads of the Two Greatest Celebrities of Our Time make me want to bite off their craniums. But maybe that’s just me. Feelunique.com has teamed up with artist Willard Wigan to create these micro-lip-stars, which are being sold on eBay to raise money for breast cancer awareness. It’s an homage to the “most kissable couple” for Valentine’s Day, apparently. Frankly, I don’t know if either one of these busts looks like Brad or Angie. Brad looks more like some depressed businessman debating whether or not to throw himself out the window. Angie looks like she caught a really strong headwind. And God knows what they’d look like after you used them. Or maybe you’re not supposed to use them. Just stick ‘em in the fridge or something. Who knows! It’s for charity. So, I guess, that’s, like, a good thing. So far, the top bid is £205, or $303. [Feelunique.com] Keep reading »
Remember all the hoopla about how much Gov. Sarah Palin’s campaign wardrobe cost? And remember how the Republican National Committee promised to donate the clothes to charity after the election? Well guess what? The $180,000 wardrobe is sitting in trash bags at the RNC, according to NewMajority.com. A source close to the issue said the clothing is in the “process of being donated.” I guess I can understand how that can happen because I have a bunch of coats in my hallway that are in the “process of being donated” too. But then again, I don’t have a political image to uphold. The RNC has not said when and where the clothing will be donated, so we came up with a few ideas for how it can recoup its investment. Keep reading »
1. Pack Your Lunch: Instead of spending $10 on a sandwich that you don’t really enjoy, bring your lunch from home — you’ll save money (which can then be spent, guilt-free, on martinis at the end of the week), you’ll hopefully eat healthier, and you can use up leftovers instead of letting them rot away in your fridge.
2. Call Your Mom For No Reason: It’s easy to go days and weeks without phoning home because of how busy we all are with work and the holidays, but make it your mission to call your mom for no other reason than just to say, “Hi, what’s new?” It will literally fill her heart with joy.
3. Volunteer: Hit up a soup kitchen, read to the elderly at a nursing home, or even just donate your old winter coat to a clothing drive…there are so many easy ways to make a big impact on someone’s life. And, of course, selfishly speaking, doing good for others will make you feel good too.
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Every year we miss the Dec. 31 deadline for the New York Cares Coat Drive. And then we guiltily buy a new coat and promise ourselves to make a donation next year. And this month we’ll fulfill that promise and we hope you will too. If you’re not in the New York area, you can donate your gently used coat at any Burlington Coat Factory during the Warm Coats & Warm Hearts Coat Drive. And as if the warm and fuzzy feeling you get from making a donation wasn’t enough, Burlington will take 10 percent off your purchase when you donate a coat. So now you can buy yourself something without any guilt, or you can keep spreading the love by donating a little something-something to a needy child. Most communities have a charity that is fulfilling holiday wishes for children.
See all the ways to make the most of the last 31 days of 2008 here. Keep reading »
ZOMG! It’s wedding season! You know what that means? If you’re getting married, you’ve got to register for gifts and if you’re going to a wedding (or many weddings, as these things tend to come in droves), you’ve got to start purchasing. Most wedding registries are done online these days, but not everyone registers at department stores or home furnishing shops in search of the perfect 15-piece set of pots and pans. A lot of couples go the more unusual route, and register with online stores with specialized wares. Here are five we think are fun.
1. Honeymoon: Dying to go to Aruba, but don’t have the cash for a super luxurious post-wedding honeymoon? Register your honeymoon vacay with TheBigDay.com, a site which allows guests to contribute to the special couple’s trip. [TheBigDay.com]
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While boobalicious models in booze ads are known for boosting sales, this time it’s more than just for show, it’s for a good cause. A cheeky new line of wines from Cleavage Creek feature labels with sexy Breast Cancer Survivors — like Carson Daly’s mom — showing off their décolletage. Napa Valley winery owner and activist, Budge Brown, came up with the idea to raise funds for a cure after his wife of 48 years passed away from the disease which almost 200,000 women a year are diagnosed with in America alone. “My goal was to honor their courage and inspire them,” the 75-year-old proprietor said of his plans. The bottles retail for $15 and 10% of the purchase price goes to various Breast Cancer organizations. [Trend Hunter] Keep reading »