Monday, October 26, 2015

Shop for the Cure

It's October and you'd have to be living under a rock
( where did that expression ever come from?)
not to know that it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Although, I'm late this year in sharing the information, I'd like to offer some suggestions,
as I have the past couple of years,to support some of the organizations, that work to
fight this terrible disease through research, medical care and education, while treating
yourself.  Most these products will be available for the next few weeks, but I'd act
fast, if there's something you like or want to support.

The solid perfume compact shown above from Estee Lauder is created every year
with a new design.100% of the price goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
 founded by Evelyn Lauder.
The scent this year is "Pleasures".              $49.50

                           This cute pink pouch is perfect for
                                                              your purse or gym bag. Almost 100% of the
                                                            proceeds go to Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
                                                           supporting research, prevention and treatment.

       The Genie Bra promises both lift and comfort and smooths annoying back bulges.
      It's perfect for my fiends who don't like wires. 20% of every sale of this special
      edition bra goes to My Hope Chest, a non-profit that provides reconstructive
      surgery to uninsured and under-insured women who have had mastectomies.  

       This Stella and Dot Wanderlust Triple-Wrap bracelet is very Chan Luu,
without the price.They have a number of pieces that benefit Breast Cancer,
 but this one is really fun. A percentage of sales from this collection supports the
 Noreen Fraser Foundation, which researches treatments that are kinder to the quality
 of patients' lives.                                 $59
This sweet pink tote from Lipault Luggage may be your new weekend or gym bag.
It's both lightweight and durable with outside pockets to stay organized and made of
nylon twill. 10% of the price is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

This "Sophia" moisture wicking nightshirt from
                                             Cool-Jams will help ease the night sweats or just keep
                                       you cool while you sleep. Use code PINK to get 10% off
                                   and to get 10% donated to Susan G Komen Foundation

                                             DONNA KARAN TOP, $35. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this top designed by Donna Karan (who lost her mentor Anne Klein to breast cancer) benefits Key to the Cure. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
                      100% of the proceeds from this T-shirt designed by Donna Karan
                       ( who lost her mentor, Anne Klein, to breast cancer) benefits
                        Key to the Cure.           $35

AVEDA HAND RELIEF, $20. A rich hand creme that helps soften and smooth hands while diminishing the visible signs of aging, Hand Relief has remained an Aveda top seller since its launch in 1998. $4 from each sale benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Available at
BORBA LIP TINT, $14. Borba Lip Tints make you feel good on the inside and out. This soft pink balm is infused with soothing cashmere fibers, shea butter, and Borba's clarifying and anti-aging nutraceutical technology, leaving lips soft and smooth. 10% of proceeds benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Available at
PEDEGG, $10. Pink PedEgg™ is engineered with over 100 precision stainless-steel micro-files that gently remove calluses and dead skin to give your feet the incredible baby soft look and feel that everybody loves. $50,000 of the proceeds benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Available at
A percentage of proceeds from all three products above that are good for you will
go the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Aveda Hand Relief softens hands while
diminishing the signs of aging. $4 fromm each tube goes to BCRF. $20
Borba's Lip Tint is infused with cashmere fibers, shea butter and anti-aging technology.
10% to BCRF. $14  Pink PedEgg gently removes calluses and dead skin
to give you baby soft feet. $50,00 of the proceeds from all Pink PedEgg sales will go
 to BCRF. $10

     Sales of Marc Jacobs' " Honey" fragrance in limited edition bottles
supports breast cancer awareness by donating $3 a bottle to the
National Breast Cancer Foundation     $76     BMW WEEKENDER CARRY-ON, $60. Fly through long baggage-claim lines and make weekend getaways a breeze with this roomy carry-on from BMW. 80% of the proceeds benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Available at
                                            BMW 's Weekender Carry- on was designed to support
                                             the cause.80% of the proceeds benefit Susan G Komen
                                              for the Cure.  $60

There's many more great things out there to shop for to show your support for
 breast cancer research and treatment. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation-
BCRF, Susan G Komen  and The Breast Cancer Site all have have shopping
sections with merchandise that supports their efforts year round, as well as
valuable and interesting information that you need to know. Breast cancer
has touched us all and we all can do even a little something to fight back.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

It's That Time Again

Halloween is almost here.
The days are getting shorter. It's getting dark earlier.
Though the temperatures may not reflect it yet,
Fall is here. It's time to go through your wardrobe
and edit out Spring and Summer pieces and add back,
 replace and update for the new season.

If you are lucky enough to have a spare closet, use it to switch seasonal clothes. If not,
try moving the past season's clothes to the back of the closet or using under the bed
 storage or on shelves higher up in the closet. As you start moving your lighter weight
 clothes aside, take a good look at your pieces. Are you hanging onto things you never
 wore all summer? Does it still really fit and does it flatter your figure?
 Is it age appropriate? Do you "love it" ? Be honest.
 Purging now will give you space for more new things next season! Make your piles-
store it for next Spring either to wear or consign ( most consignment shops are only
 taking Fall pieces now) or donate it .Check the things you are hanging onto- do they
 need to be cleaned or repaired or altered before you put them away?

Learn how to choose the best closet organization + storage products - Photo / Container Store

As you move over your Fall/Winter clothes, do the same thing.
Do your pieces "bring you joy"?  (from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up :
the Japanese Art of Decluttering by Marie Kondo) Do you feel great in it?
If the answer is "yes", then is it in good repair? Does it need to be cleaned or
altered before you put it in your closet? Are your Fall shoes and boots shined
and ready to wear? Or do you need to visit the shoe repair?
 ( in Tampa, I highly recommend Lee's Shoe Repair 4329 W Kennedy)

I like to organize closets by keeping types of clothing grouped together.
This may seem obvious, but you'd be surprised at how many people mix
skirts and dresses and pants and tops all in together.Tops should be grouped
sleeveless to long- sleeved to jackets ( ideally you have another place for
outerwear) and light to dark, on a top rod. Skirts and pants/jeans ( folded
over if you don't have enough long hang space) can hang below. Dresses
need more length, but group them the same- sleeveless to long sleeved,
light to dark and shortest to longest. It's always nice to have a space for
dressier or special occasion clothes in another closet, but if space isn't
available, place them in the back of your closet together.

I recommend displaying your shoes on shelves or shoe racks, if you have the
space. If you like to keep your shoes in boxes, I'd get a marker and write
a brief description in large letters on the end so you can more easily find
what you are looking for in a hurry, ie." Michael Kors Nude Pumps".Scarves
can be folded in drawers or may be more accessible quartered and hung over
hangers in multiples.
Chrome Classico Scarf Organizer              Natural 10-Scarf Hardwood Hanger  here's a couple of cool solutions
                                                                       from The Container Store for scarves

My last tips for now are 1) to replace your hangers with the "huggable" or
 no slip, velvet hangers if you haven't already. They are better for your clothes and
 give you more room in your closet. 2) Don't store leather or suede in plastic bags.
 These fabrics need to breathe.
3) Fold your knits -even longer sweaters, tunics, skirts and dresses (pay attention
St John lovers) and layer with tissue in a drawer or on a shelf. Otherwise, they may
grow if hung and not fit well.

I am available to help you edit or give you the "tough love" to get this job done.
 There are so many great new Fall looks out there to try, so get get styling!