Happy Monday! I am excited to share that I am representing Manhattan for Hudson’s Blogger Boutique, which was created to benefit Hurricane Sandy. Above I am wearing their Krista Super Skinny Velveteen pants in Bone White and right now, this style is exclusively 20% off, plus 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief. So, start shopping! (This program runs from today through Dec 24th.) xo
When there are this many beautiful leaves on the ground, the obvious thing to do is to pick them up and throw them in the air in celebration of Fall, right?! So, I’m back in New York now, and the weather is very different from Seattle. It was freezing when I stepped off the plane at 6am yesterday morning, but it was bright and sunny and the city felt hopeful. I feel so incredible lucky that my apartment, for the most part, was spared from the storm, but my thoughts are constantly with the people less fortunate. And, since I am traveling a lot over the next two months and am not around to physically help out, I have been trying to figure an alternative option. There is Red Cross, which is great, but when I saw this list that my dear friend Keiko Lynn posted on her blog (see below) I jumped at the chance to donate, and to share it with you all. Because every bit counts. xo
Volunteer on site or at a local shelter, or donate supplies.This site is a great hub for volunteer and donation information – and you can find up to the minute updates on theirtwitter @occupysandy. If you don’t have a car, they arrange transportation from specific locations. If you want to donate supplies, check the lists for needed items – they’re updated regularly.
Donate to help feed hot meals through NYC food trucks. They’ve been driving to badly affected areas and feeding hot meals to thousands of hungry people who were affected by the hurricane. With this crazy cold weather, canned goods aren’t going to cut it. Give the gift of a hot meal.
Donate to Masbia soup kitchen. They’re feeding the seniors at the Park Slope Armory, as well as other locations. They also feed people in need, year round.
Donate to Robin Hood’s Sandy Relief Fund. They support over 200 of the best NYC programs to fight poverty year round and are transparent about their costs; they have a four star rating on charity navigator. Your donations will go toward relief for hurricane victims, and they’ll see to it that it will go where it’s needed most. You can also view a list of the programs they support here.
Organize a fundraiser, bake sale, or at least share links of twitter and facebook! Keiko’s cousin Shana and a group of volunteers (parents and children alike) were able to raise over $6,000 for Masbia with a couple of bake sales near Prospect Park.
With Halloween upon us, what’s better than a cross-body bag on a night out with friends? My original plan consisted of doing just that back in New York, where I planned on going to a concert with a few of my girls, then grabbing dinner and drinks afterward. But Hurricane Sandy had something different in mind. I ended up having to rebook my flight from Seattle to New York for this coming Friday, so instead I made new plans to have dinner with one of my best friends in Ballard. But regardless what goes on this holiday, something as practical as this little gold Kipling bag is great for holding important things, like a small wallet and camera, your cell phone and maybe a lip gloss or two, when you go out on the town because let’s be honest, what else do you need on Halloween (or any night out really) besides a trusty little cross-body and an epic costume/outfit? Plus, doesn’t it remind you of something Carrie Bradshaw would own/wear? Total bonus points in my book.
Once again, I want to send out good wishes and energy to my friends and family in the east coast area right now – please continue to stay safe and dry. Fingers crossed that power returns to everyone soon. Love you all! xo
Disclosure: This is a collaboration between My Style Pill and Kipling – product and compensation was provided. All opinions and content are my own.