Homelessness in the region is a big problem with approximately 12,000 homeless men, women and children living in shelters, transitional housing, abandoned buildings and makeshift encampments in the District, according to Street Sense.Last year, “Coats and Cocktails” collected nearly 600 coats for the homeless, which were donated to the Bea Gaddy Family Center in Baltimore and Martha’s Table in Washington, D.C. This year, they’d like to double the number. Drop off new or gently worn outerwear for the homeless and enjoy complimentary cocktails by Moët & Chandon!
Make A Difference
It’s been one week since Hurricane (or Superstorm) Sandy hit the East Coast. We’ve heard the stories and seen pictures; to say New York and New Jersey were hit hard by the storm would be an understatement. The death toll continues to rise, there’s a shortage of food/gas, many don’t have a home to return to and some areas won’t have power again until next week.
Although we can’t physically be in NYC and New Jersey to provide a helping hand to those in need, we can support them by making a donation to the American Red Cross. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or go online HERE to support the victims of the storm.
If you can’t make a monetary donation but still want to get involved, the American Red Cross is also seeking blood donations. Click HERE for more information.
Let’s do what we can to support our neighbors during this time!
Walish Gooshe Boutique invites you to join them for Stand by Her: Shopping Soirée. This event shines light on those who have fought the battle and their caregivers and supporters. All attendees will enjoy:
- Music by DJ Q
- Light refreshments
- Raffle & Prizes
- Cake cutting demo by The Bakers Lounge
- Make-up session by Sasha and Samantha of S&S Enhancements
- Free style consultations by me!
The featured designers at the shopping party include Dennya Clothing and Intimate Xpressions as well as jewelry designers Lola Ro (talk about some amazing pieces!), Nesy Creations and Elena Design Studio. Proceeds from this fabulous shopping event will benefit the Howard University Cancer Center.
This is a great opportunity to enjoy refreshments and music, shop fabulous designers, show our support for those who have fought and continue to fight breast cancer while giving back to the HU Cancer Center! An organization that focuses on (1) cancer biology; (2) cancer etiology; and (3) cancer prevention, control, and population sciences.
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Location: 7610 Georgia Ave NW Washington, DC
Hope to see you there!
The Montgomery County (MD) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is hosting a 3-in-1 drive to support Montgomery County Service Day. Between now and October 20, 2012, the chapter is collecting baby items, toiletries and school supplies which will support the following organizations:
If you are able, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE support this drive by making a donation of new baby, toiletry or education items to one of the four locations. The goal is to obtain enough items to donate 100 baby baskets, 100 book bags and 100 toiletry baskets. We can’t reach that goal without your help!!
Please share this drive with friends and family!
In honor of the anniversary party and the fundraiser for Dress for Success Washington, DC that was held last week, Stella& Dot will be donating 10% of sales made between now and October 3rd. If you weren’t able to make a purchase at the party or you weren’t able to attend and would like to make a purchase please click on the image below to shop online! Stella & Dot has great statement pieces!!
Thank you again for supporting me and my charity efforts. Through the last three events I have hosted and the ones I post on this site, I hope you have been inspired to become more involved with the community.
We are only 56 days away from Election Day, November 6, 2012. If you have not registered to vote, PLEASE DO SO TODAY!! I can’t stress enough how important it is to vote for ALL elections taking place this year: Presidential, House, Senate & State. I was going to prepare a separate post stressing how important is was to pay attention to the other elections taking place this year, but as I write this post encouraging you to vote this November, I might as well go ahead and share my thoughts with you now.
While the Presidential election is extremely important, so are the Senate, House, and State elections. Those trying to change voter registration requirements and ultimately take away our right to vote are State Officials. I was watching MSNBC with my parents the other night and there was a story about the Republican Ohio Secretary of State. He decided to eliminate early voting. In 2008, 98,000 people in that state voted early. The local senate is also deadlocked on where polling will take place in the State’s largest city. Democrats want it downtown but Republicans don’t want that to happen. How are we 56 days away from Election Day and a polling place hasn’t been finalized? The actions of the Secretary of State have been brought in front of a judge. I pray the judge orders the State to reinstate early voting.
But Ohio isn’t the only state trying to make it harder for people (Democrats) this year. Other states are trying to enforce new voter requirements claiming this will help eliminate voter fraud. This claim is complete bs. Voter fraud is extremely rare. I, like so many other people, believe these changes have been made to make it harder for Democrats, specifically minorities and the poor, to vote. If you don’t think there’s an attack on our right to vote, a right our ancestors fought so hard for us to attain, you better wake up!! I encourage all of you to be aware of what is going on in your state and speak up if you know it is not right. Write letters, call and show up at their office door if you have to but make sure you know what is going on and make sure you know what’s required of you to vote in your state on November 6th. Research candidates in your state so you can make an informed decision and vote for those who truly have your best interest in mind.
In 2010, we saw a shift in Congress and the Republicans became the majority in the House. Since then, they rejected President Obama’s America Job Act upon arrival which would have created thousands of jobs. Some have stated that their goal was to make sure President Obama was a one term President. They focused more on getting rid of a black President than the actual needs of the American people. And please let us not forget both some in Congress and local officials (i.e Virginia Governor McDonnell) were trying to dictate what women do with their vaginas. They aren’t women and don’t know how our bodies work! I really think these politicians don’t think about their own wives, mothers, daughters, nieces, etc when trying to enforce their conservative beliefs on women. SMDH!
While it is important to elect a President that reflects your morals and has the best interest of the American people in mind, it is equally important to elect members of Congress and state government who will cooperate and do the work the American people elected them to do. These individuals, like our Presidential choice, should reflect our morals and understand the needs of the people.
So I urge each and everyone one of you to first make sure you are registered to vote. Visit www.registertovote.org to register in your state. If you’re in the DMV and need any assistance, please let me know. I want to make sure all of you are registered and fully prepared to exercise your right on November 6, 2012. If we want to see politicians work to enrich the lives of ALL Americans, it is imperative that we register and show up to the polls.
As you probably know by now based on the type of events I post on the blog, I love doing what I can to give back to the community! You don’t have to have much to be able to make an impact!
Next Wednesday, I’m teaming up with Fashion Empowering Women (FEW) to raise money and collect school supplies for their Build A Backpack Drive. The goal of the drive is to provide 600 backpacks full of supplies to kids living in DC for the new school year. By making a minimum $5 donation and/or bringing school supplies, you’ll have two extra hours to enjoy Vinoteca’s happy hour specials, 5-9pm.
I hope you are able to attend! This is a great opportunity to give back to the community, enjoy happy hour with friends and network with new people! If you are unable to attend, but are interested in making a donation, please visit http://buildabackpack.eventbrite.com.
Unfortunately we all woke up this morning to news of the tragic theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Personally, I am deeply saddened by the news and pray for the victims and their families during this time of tragedy. We truly live in a troubled world. While we won’t ever understand this act of violence or any act of violence toward others, we must try to live in love and peace. President Obama gave a speech this morning regarding the shooting and I thought his words were an excellent reminder of how we should strive to live our lives:
Even as we learn how this happened and who’s responsible, we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this. Such violence, such evil is senseless. It’s beyond reason. But why we never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living. The people we lost in Aurora loved and they were loved. They were mothers and fathers, they were husbands and wives, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors. They had hopes for the future and dreams that were not yet fulfilled. If there’s anything to take away from this tragedy, it is a reminder that life is very fragile. Our time here is limited and it is precious. And what matters at the end of the day, is not the small things, not the trivial things that often consume us in our daily lives. Ultimately it’s how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another. It’s what we do on a daily basis to give our lives meaning and give our lives purpose. At the end of the day, what we will remember is those we loved and what we did for others.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Take the time to tell someone you love this weekend
Source: Necole Bitchie
If you follow me on twitter you may have seen tweets about an upcoming shopping soirée. A Diva State of Mind has teamed up with Current Boutique to host a shopping soirée next Thursday, July 26th to benefit the Red Sprinkle Fashion Camp scholarship.
I met Rebecca and Madiana Margao of Red Sprinkle last month when I interviewed them for the latest issue of Façon Magazine. The Fashion Camp provides free fashion classes to teen girls 13-17 years old in the DC area. The classes focus on a variety of areas in the fashion industry including fashion blogging, wardrobe styling, hair and makeup and fashion photography. Some classes are taught by celebrity hair and wardrobe stylists. This camp is a great way for you girls to better understand the industry and begin to figure out what area of fashion they are most interested pursuing.
Not only does the camp offer FREE fashion classes but select students will receive a scholarship at the end of the 6 weeks to go towards their college education.
10% of the sales from the Shopping Soirée will benefit the Red Sprinkle Fashion Camp scholarship. All attendees will enjoy refreshments and shop the latest trends. This event will serve as a great opportunity to shop and network with other fashionable professionals in the DC area.
Ladies if you need to shop for a new dress or fellas you need to get a gift for the special lady in your life, I encourage you to attend the soirée next week!!
Please RSVP at http://shoppingsoireeatcurrent.eventbrite.com
I hope to see you there!!
Join Dress For Success Washington, DC Affiliate as they celebrate 10 years! The Mix It Up Toast It Up rooftop event is not only a celebration; it’s also a fundraiser to help Dress For Success continue to grow and help women transition toward self sufficiency and independence. Guest will have the chance to vote as three of DC’s premier mixologists face off in a cocktail competition. The celebration will also include complimentary hors d’oeuvres & wine and beer from 6-7pm.
For more information and to RSVP, click HERE.