Friday, November 5, 2010

fashion for passion?

"Fashion for passion." You are probably thinking, "Don't you mean passion for fashion?" No, fashion for passion is exactly what I meant. Today, I want to share with you some ways to keep up your fashion habits, but while helping someone else out all at the same time. 

Everyone has heard of TOMS shoes by now. But TOMS has expanded since it became so popular. You can now purchase boots, wedges and even "wedding style" shoes. If you don't know about TOMS, here's a brief summary of what they're about:

In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.

So the next time you are looking for a pair of shoes, check out TOMS. They would make a great Chrsitmas present because you will be buying shoes for two different people. 

Do you love scarves just as much as I do? Have you ever heard of fashionABLE? Just in case you haven't, here is a brief summary of what they're all about:

Your purchase of a fashionABLE scarf creates sustainable business for women in Africa.  Our commitment as a non-profit is to the development of people — fashionABLE works with women who have been exploited due to the effects of poverty.  So, when you purchase a scarf you are providing jobs, and then we send the profits back to holistically rehabilitate more women. This is the beauty of non-profit….Scarves provide jobs, profits provide restoration.

{ Thanks to Whitney Burger for telling me about this! }

Here are some other ideas of how you can give back:
 Host a fashion show in honor of your favorite non-profit, donating all of your proceeds to that organization.
 Contact your favorite non-profit and see if there are any upcoming events you can volunteer at.
 Do you like getting crafty? Arts and crafts are not just for play time. Get crafty, sell your merchandise and donate the proceeds.
 Instead of asking for presents for Christmas this year, ask for money instead. Then donate the money to your church or organization of choice.
 Contact your church (or a local church if you aren't a member anywhere else) and ask if there are any opportunities to give for the holiday season. I know churches everywhere have some way you can get involved.

Blake had a passion for the children in Argentina. The creators of fashionABLE had a passion for unemployed women in Africa. How will you use fashion for your passion?

I write what I know. And I know All Things Girl.

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