Friday, January 29, 2010

Add To Your Wardrobe For Free

How would you like to add to your wardrobe without spending any money?

That would be an ideal situation, for many of us, during these difficult financial times. Savvy shoppers in England have found a creative way to enhance their wardrobes and get rid of their unwanted clothing all on the same website. It's a vintage clothing community called Covert Candy. Membership to the community is free and the only thing you ever pay for is to ship your items to the person who has chosen to "purchase" them.

How It Works

First, register to join the Covert Candy community for free. Second, upload pictures and descriptions of the clothing, jewelry, purses and hats, that you are interested in parting with. Third, determine the value of the clothing. Next, mail the clothing to the customer who has ordered them. Once the articles of clothing have been received by the "buyer" your account is assigned the credits that your clothing was worth. Finally, shop on Covert Candy with the credits that were accumulated.

I think that this could be a wonderful way to acquire, unique, vintage clothes and an awesome way to keep clothing that is still in great condition out of landfills. It is also a great way to save money and still get to wear something fabulous that you didn't have to pay for.

Acquiring great clothing and helping the environment, sounds like a win-win situation to me.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Yele Haiti Boots

Popular recording artist and Haitian Activist Wyclef Jean has collaborated with Timberland to produce a new line boots made from eco-conscious materials that they call Earthkeepers Yelee Haiti Boots. The boots boast such features as organic canvas, recycled laces, soles made from Green Rubber and leather from silver rated tanneries.

Proceeds from the boots were originally going to be used to help reforestation efforts in Haiti but they have since been redirected to the earthquake relief efforts through Wyclef's Yele Haiti Foundation.

Wyclef has been doing serious charity work in Haiti long before the earthquake struck and I am confident that his work will continue despite allegations that were made against him regarding mismanagement of funds. The allegations were found to baseless and unfounded.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Fashion Community Responds to The Crisis In Haiti

I can't begin to express how extremely proud and appreciative I am of the United States and the international community's outpouring of support, help and compassion towards Haiti. As I mentioned previously, both of my parents were born there and Haiti will always, hold a special place in my heart because, two of the best parents a girl could ever ask for, were raised there.
For as long as I can remember, Haiti has been in desperate need of assistance but now that the the need has escalated to the critical level, the world has responded in a big way. I, of course, wish that this disaster had never happened but I'm hopeful that all of this pain and suffering will be replaced by something good, maybe even something great and Haiti will finally be able to live up to it's full potential.

I have been unable to write about anything related to fashion since the tragedy until today. I am happy to announce that the fashion community has been doing their part to help the, battered, island nation in a variety of ways.

Here is a small sampling of the fashion communities response to the crisis that I got from Rachel Strugatz' column at the :

1. Luis Vuitton donated $100,000 on behalf of the company and it's employees to assist the Haitian Red Cross with purchasing supplies.

2. Calvin Klein is matching contributions of it's employees and is making a
corporate donation to Save The Children and more.

3. Ralph Lauren is donating clothing through Fashion Delivers.

4. Havaiainas sent footwear to Haiti via Soles4Souls and is donating a percentage of sales to the Red Cross.

5. MAC Cosmetics has donated $125,000 to three organizations in Haiti who will deliver medical care, food and supplies.

Many other fashion designers are donating a percentage of their sales and/or hosting benefits to help Haiti get on the road to recovery.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Major Earthquake In Haiti

I was moaning about having bounced a check due to an oversight when I found out that
The small island nation of Haiti, my parents' native country, was struck by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake 7 miles southwest of The capital of Port AU Prince. The quake hit today at around 5:00 Pm eastern standard time. Reports are sketchy but my understanding is that there is widespread damage with fallen buildings everywhere but no word available regarding casualties or injuries. According to CNN there were at least two aftershocks measuring 5. 9 and 5.5 and there is a lot of 'wailing' and there are many people in the streets who don't know where to go.

I am calling on all of you prayer warriors (we all have a little prayer warrior inside of us but we often don't realize it until we have something serious to pray about) to pray for the people in Haiti. The tiny country has endured it's share of tough times including devastating hurricanes and widespread poverty. Although Haiti has suffered much It's beauty and rich history can never be denied. It is the first and only black lead nation whose Independence was gained as a result of a successful slave rebellion against the French in 1804.

Time to stop focusing on my small problems and start praying for others.

I found video footage but it was so graphic and devastating that I was unable to upload it.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

CJ Jeans by Cookie Johnson

Happy New Year everyone!
I am excited about entering in to a new year with a fresh start and positive outlook. I pray for many blessings and great things ahead for all of us.

I'm happy to start off the new year doing something different, discussing a new brand of premium denim called CJ jeans. The jeans debuted last summer and the designer is none other than Cookie Johnson the wife of popular ,former NBA superstar and current business man and TNT basketball commentator Magic Johnson.

Cookie, who has a degree in Retailing of Clothing and Textiles, decided to to enter the premium denim game out of frustration from not being able to find jeans that properly fit her curves. She says that she has created a more contoured jean with more room in the thighs and butt area that still fit nicely at the waist. The jeans also run from size 24 (2) to size 38 (18) which will accommodate a much larger population of women ,who come in all wonderful shapes and sizes, then most other premium denim brands do.

Cookie teamed up with denim guru Micheal Glasser, the brains behind Seven For All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity and owner of Rich and Skinny Jeans, to deliver a amazing lineup of great looking jeans that include bootcut, straightleg, highwaist and skinny styles.

Oprah has listed the jeans as one of her favorite things. I look forward to trying on a pair and letting you all know how it went.