Land of the Free, because of the Brave!

    

Today is Memorial Day. Often this day is thought of as the unofficial start to summer, the beginnning of BBQ season, and a long holiday weekend away from work. Not to say that we shouldn’t enjoy these concepts that have become synonomous with the last Monday in May, but we also must not forget the real reason the holiday even exists. 

We really should celebrate today because of those who have given their lives and continue to give their lives and service to protect our country and way of life. This can mean visiting a veterans memorial site or other military related memorial sites and paying your respects to those who have fallen in the line of duty, going to the veteran ‘s hospital and visiting with a wounded veteran, donating and/or volunteering support to the Wounded Warriors Project, or sending a care package to a soldier currently serving abroad. These are just a few ideas I thought of off the top of my head, but I’m sure there are plenty more ways to honor those today who have given us this ideal of freedom so that we can go to the beach today, have a BBQ, or sleep in and be lazy just because of those who have protected and continue to protect our freedom!

  

FEED USA Collaborates With Target

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FEED USA and Target

Earlier this week, I picked up the latest issue of Marie Claire you know the one with the sizzling hot Lauren Conrad cover. Okay, back to the article. As I was browsing the pages of the magazine I stumbled upon a groundbreaking collaboration which happens to be FEED USA + Target. If you guys haven’t heard of FEED, it is an organization founded by Lauren Pierce Bush and before you go and Google her yes she is the niece to former president George W. Bush, which aids in giving food and nutrients to underprivileged children in mostly third world countries. Continue Reading

The top 12 doses of 2012!

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Today people all over the globe will be remembering the great moments, movies, news and more from throughout 2012. We’re joining in the fun with our own reflection of our best posts of the year.

Image courtesy of kwwl.com

Image courtesy of kwwl.com

You viewed, you read, you shared and so this post is dedicated to YOU our A daily dose of vitamin F blog readers! Continue Reading

Turn in your Bras…Get a new Bikini!

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Sure our bras provide great support, create “push- up” enhanced cleavage, and make us feel sexy. We also have bras that we never will show anyone, we have bras that don’t actually fit, we have bras that the wire has come out of that we just throw away. I bet you never thought how donating them could actually better someone’s life!? Well these days donating your strappy undergarments can help benefit women in African and Asian Countries that have been sexually enslaved.

That’s where the charity organization Free the Girls comes into the picture. They are a Non-Profit Organization that help provide former sex slave workers with job opportunities. How it works is when you donate a bra, you are giving these women products to re-sell to make money and get back on their feet.

Next Thursday, July 12th attend an upcoming “Free the Girls” fundraiser event sponsored by Xcluzv Lifestyles Brand Swimwear. In exchange for your bra or donation you will receive 25% OFF your swimsuit purchase at Xcluzv Swimwear!!

 

 

ZYEM Lifestyle Brand – by Monique Glover

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At the young age of 9, Monique Glover, CEO/Designer of ZYEM, knew that she wanted to become a fashion designer. It all began with a PBS special she happened to be watching about an African man who designed clothing for a prince. She was immediately intrigued with the colorful illustrations, the beautifully draped pieces in elaborate fabrics. Monique knew at that very moment she wanted to create these same beautiful pieces one day. She soon began on her journey of pursuing that goal, while at the Laguardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts she was able to build on her natural skills of drawing and creativity. Furthering her education in the arts she attended Pratt Institute for Fashion Design, where she realized that learning about fashion was more than drawing something cool, it was about executing wearable art.

After 12 years in the fashion industry, designing for various brands, traveling to Europe, Hong Kong and India, studying art and observing NYC’s pop culture; Monique’s “PBS special” dreams were becoming a reality. In 2011, she launched a Lifestyle Brand named after her little prince, her son Zyem (which means leader). ZYEM is a Brooklyn, NY based company creating garments that are fit for kings and queens, promoting a Continue Reading

Fashion Industry Highlight – SBG Designs

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SBG Designs is a renowned jewelry company based in Minneapolis, MN. Designer and Owner, Sara Beth Goldfine created her jewelry line for the person who wants to “wear something different”.

Paisley Iridescent Metallic Pink crystal and silver necklace

Her collections have very distinctive characteristics, but are still one of a kind and versatile. Sara’s use of rare and vintage stones for her unique pieces along with her great attention to detail allows for brand to appeal to customer that appreciates both quality and fashion.
In business for over 7 years, it comes as no surprise that SBG Designs has become a leader in the fashion jewelry industry. Seen in many major fashion publications and worn by numerous celebrities Kim Kardashian, Continue Reading

Love Fashion…Love Recycling…Love Suneeta xx

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The title of this post is not only a tagline or motto, but it’s also the concept behind  Suneeta Women’s Boutique founded by Suneeta Dinraz.

Suneeta’s creative journey began at age 16 during a trip to India, where she found herself surrounded by various small shops with large piles of neatly folded fabric in various colors and fabrication, exquisite embroidery and ornate beading. She came away from that trip inspired by all she had experienced. Suneeta then began sewing at home and making things for herself, collecting various Indian fabrics, upcylcing garments and customizing shop clothes to have better fits. Years later, Suneeta finally decided to take her passion for her work to the next level. She wanted to combine her sewing skills/designs, her ongoing involvement with recycling and being environmentally friendly.  And so, suneeta.co.uk was born, and now she has a platform to do just that.

My roots and upbringing have certainly influenced my own personal fashion style along with my designs which can only be described as a fusion of East meets West. I believe that any piece, in any of my collections, offers a style of couture for those who aspire to be true to themselves and not mass produced; to stand out from the crowd in a chic and sophisticated manner and to favour and applaud originality.

Love Fashion…

Suneeta’s designs include various items from Tops, Skirts, Dresses and Accessories.  Her items are “sustainable and vintage”, as she only uses vintage fabrics and tries to use recycled trimming and finishes. Each garment is individually constructed by Suneeta herself and because of the “recycled” design concepts no one Continue Reading

The Children’s Miracle Network Event: April 18

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I just wanted to share with you about a FUN shopping night event we will be having on Wednesday, April 18 from 5-8. We will have 10% back charity coupons with proceeds benefiting “The Children’s Miracle Network”.

Here is a little information on the charity:

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has grown dramatically since its founding in 1983 from a televised fundraiser in a small studio to one of the North America’s leading children’s charities. 1) Help as many children as possible by raising funds for children’s hospitals. 2) Keep funds in the community in which they were raised to help local children. The organization was founded by Marie Osmond and her family, John Schneider, Mick Shannon and Joe Lake. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals most recognizable symbol and greatest fundraising tool is its red and yellow Miracle Balloon icon. As of 2011, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.3 billion—most of which is donated a dollar or two at a time. Continue Reading