10.18.2012 / CHARITIES

In the Pink

I've been so caught up in the orange and black these last few weeks that I almost forgot about the pink!!October is breast cancer awareness month so its time to break out the rose colored glasses and fuchsia pumps and show your support! And if your!closet!is in need of a pink infusion then there are a ton of shopping!opportunities!out there with proceeds going to breast cancer charities. Here are three of the blush-colored best:

1.Essie Pink Polish12.Diane von Furstenberg Harper Clutch13.Christian Louboutin Very Prive

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03.04.2011 / Housing Works

Housing Works

Believe it or not, I had a blog way back before blogs were even cool. Granted, I think it had a grand total of 4 blog posts at the time of it's untimely death. One of those blog posts happened to be about Housing Works. In honor of my retro blog and the fact that we're promoting charities this week, I'm going to fill you in on this amazing organization that has done nothing but expand their do-gooding by leaps and bounds since I first discovered them.

As per their website, "Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Their mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts."

What interests me most about this organization is how wide their umbrella spans. They have so many different unique and cool ways of contributing to the same great cause.

With both an on-line shopping site and several actual store locations scattered throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn- at the Housing Works Thrift shops one can find anything from a great retro piece of furniture to a high-end designer handbag.

Each year, Housing Works hosts the Design on a Dime event that draws in well-known designers, television personalities, and design enthusiasts alike. If you're interested in participating in this years event, click here for more information.

Nathan Egan Interiors' room from last year's Design on a Dime event.

Mark Stephen Design's room from last year's Design on a Dime event.

Design by Joshua's room from last year's Design on a Dime event.

"The Works" is non-profit catering and events firm that provides outstanding culinary experiences, detailed event planning, and seamless execution. The Works channels every dollar of profit to medical care, job training and social services to New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS. Their impressive client list includes HBO and MAC Cosmetics.

The Housing Works Bookstore Cafe has established itself as a New York downtown institution. The cafe features fresh, sweet, and savory dishes, soups and fair trade coffee and tea as well as a great selection of beer and wine. They offer wi-fi, a vast array of books, music, and movies to purchase. They are staffed almost entirely by volunteers and 100% of the profits go to Housing Works.

If you just can't wait to be a part of this amazing organization, their Annual Spring Forward Preview Sale is currently going on until March 22nd. They will be re-stocking their thrift shops with the best fashion, furniture, and artwork finds for a fraction of the price!

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03.03.2011 / Free Arts NYC

Free Arts NYC

Continuing our theme of charitable organizations, today we want to tell you about Free Arts NYC. "Free Arts NYC provides undeserved children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self confidence and resilency needed to realize their fullest potential." The organization not only offers volunteer opportunities that range from weekly mentoring programs to traveling arts camps, but they host creative fund-raising events geared towards children and adults alike.

A building block station from last year's Free Arts NYC's Kidsfest, a "Winter Wonderland" of arts and creativity where children were able to paint t-shirts, make candy necklaces, build craft snowmen, etc. The event was hosted by Brooke Shields and Mary Alice Stephenson while Poloroid pictures were being snapped by world renowned photographer Nigel Barker.

In honor of the release of the book Street Art New York, Factory Fresh Gallery in Brooklyn hosted an art auction benefiting Free Arts NYC back in April of 2010.

A station for little ones to make adorable candy necklaces from the previously mentioned Kidsfest 2010 event.

A compilation of the amazing art produced by the equally amazing children that are involved in Free Arts NYC. In the 2009-2010 Program Year, Free Arts NYC gave 1,300 children the opportunity to create 12,915 art projects.

Proof that the volunteers have just as much fun as the children! One weekly participant was quoted saying "Free Arts is the only place where I can be with friends and I always feel safe." It's heart-warming to hear that these children view the volunteers as friends.

If you're interested in volunteering for this organization, making a donation, or would simply like to receive more information, please visit their website at www.freeartsnyc.org

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03.01.2011 / Publicolor

Rose Colored Glasses

As Spring is around the corner, and the Vitamin D is making us all a bit more tolerable and tolerating, it's time to think of ways that we can give back to our communities. Being involved in charities and other volunteer organizations is such an important part of life. No matter how busy you are, or how much you value your time, giving back is a must! This week, we're going to be telling you about local charities and organizations in the New York area. That doesn't mean we don't encourage those living in the entire nation to find out more about your local chairities, and perhaps even start one of your own!

I want to tell you about an organization that is near and dear to my heart: Publicolor. Publicolor is a founder-run, not-for-profit organization that was incorporated in 1996. They have one mission:

"We use color, collaboration, design and the painting process to re-engage students in their education, schools and communities; to ultimately transform them into productive members of our workforce."

I was introduced to Publicolor by Doug Wilson when we were on Trading Spaces together. It is a wonderful organization that I have since supported. I have always whole heartedly believed in "teach a man/woman/child to fish" motto and I believe that Publicolor does just that.

Myself and my table mates at last year's Publicolor Stir Splatter and Roll Event.

From Left: Ronda Carman from www.allthebestblog.co.uk, Michele Adams from www.lonnymag.com, Julia Noran from www.editoratlarge.com, myself, and Tanya Quick from www.languagedept.com

Publicolor partnered with Post-it Brand to host the Post-it Brand 30th Anniversary Billboard Student Design Contest. The winning design (composed entirely of post-it notes) was showcased in Grand Central Station's Vanderbilt Hall in August of 2010.

Publicolor transformed four academies housed in Monroe Educational Complex in Soundview, Bronx. Previously, the building was dilapidated, suffering leaks and rodent infestation, and the neighborhood experienced a high amount of gang violence. After the transformation, school attendance increased and graffiti was virtually eliminated.

For more information on how to become involved in Publicolor, visit their website: www.publicolor.org

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