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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Giving Tuesday, Feeling #blue? #giftsthatgiveback #savemesanfrancisco #train

Tuesday on the Exclusive is all about fashion and in New York City this week, Fashion Week is kicking off and there will be lots of fashion news but here's what I'm loving right now! Have a great week!
Love getting new kicks.  Sneakers are the way I like to roll most days.  I picked these Converse kicks up over the weekend at Nordstrom, they come in all kinds of great colors but for me gray and white go with just about everything from jeans to a fun skirt.  Two pairs for $75.

Want to start a party on your arm?   My current obsession is blue faced time pieces.  Tinted watch faces add some trend to your wardrobe and look chic at the same time.  
This one is from Michael Kors and won't break the bank $180.  

The Lori family with the guys from Train
It's Giving Tuesday, so that means it's time to shine a spotlight on one great product or company that you gives you something to crave but also cares.  This week's Gift That Gives Back pays homage to my hometown San Francisco and one of my family's favorite bands -- Train.  Save Me San Francisco Wine company is a company started by the members of Grammy winning recording artists Train and feature five great varietals and a partnership with Ghiradelli Chocolate for three great chocolate bars.  

The proceeds from the sales of these products benefit Family House, a non profit organization providing temporary housing to families who have patients at University of California San Francisco Children's Hospital. For so many families, the cost of housing during medical procedures or treatments can be overwhelming and of course, are not covered by insurance. Organizations like Family House allow families to stay close by and give them one less thing to worry about when they have a loved one in the hospital.  

Our signed bottle of Drops of Jupiter from Train, so special!  Thank you Pete Cosenza!
We were lucky enough to meet Pat Monahan and the guys from Train two years ago and see one of the concerts.  A close family friend of ours has worked with Train for years and we got to see them backstage and take a quick photo.  They are warm and geniune and it was a pleasure to meet them.  It is wonderful to see them giving back to the community and I hope you will support their efforts by buying some chocolate or wine.  You can either buy online or put in your zip code to say where you can find it.  Below are the links for Save Me San Francisco.  Happy #giving!

Order SMSF Wine or Chocolate
Save Me San Francisco -- Train

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Gifts That Give Back

Every Tuesday I am going to feature gifts that give back.   Early on in my career, I had the great privilege of working for Anita Roddick, the founder of the Body Shop who taught me so much about giving back.  Anita believed that donating money to organizations or communities was vital but helping communities through 'trade not aid' was equally important.  Connecting with people emotionally and providing them with a sustainable income was a cornerstone of the many of the projects she initiated.  That lesson really resonated with me and continues to influence me today.  I became passionate about many of the groundbreaking projects we did then from one of the first retail AIDS awareness campaigns to a far reaching 'reduce, reuse and recycle' campaign.

When I embarked upon my personal journey with Operation Smile, I wanted to help raise money but I also wanted to connect with the children and families as well as help donors connect to them. That is how the Three Little Bears was born.  Anita used to call it the 'story behind the product.'   Let people know how and why it is made and they are more likely to buy it.

Yesterday I went shopping in Sag Harbor and dropped in the Urban Zen store.  I bought a wonderful bag there made by designer Paula Coles.  It is made out of recycled t-shirts and it a beautiful bright blue. It retails for $180 and benefits scholarship to a child in Haiti.  A perfect first gift to feature on my blog.  If you have an item that should be highlighted, please let me know.   If you buy one of the items featured here be sure and let them know where you heard about it.  #triggerhappiness

Have a great day.