by Latesha Lipscomb
It’s October so PINK is everywhere and its for good cause. This month is all about Breast Cancer Awareness and there are a number of trendy ways to increase awareness about the disease, all while looking fabulous. In pursuit of early detection of the trends, I stumbled upon the following hot products that will keep you thinking pink. So alright West Michigan, it’s your turn to “fight like a girl” and take this chance to understand, advocate or even educate others in style. Here are a couple of ways you can support or shall I say “shop” the cause.
Couture for a Cure
If you’re looking for a titillating runway experience, you must attend Couture for a Cure hosted by the Van Andel Institute. Whether you need to update your wardrobe or want some ideas about what’s coming down the pipeline in fashion for 2013, sitting pretty on the sidelines of this runway is where you need to be. As a guest, you will enjoy a cocktail reception and a preview of the latest trends in couture from local fashion fave Leigh’s clothing store. In addition to that, Michigan native and winner of Project Runway: All-Star Challenge, designer Daniel Vosovic will give participants an exclusive preview of his spring collection. With a general admission ticket purchase ($75.00) you will receive complimentary valet parking, strolling dinner and drinks, a chance at runway seating as long as your not “fashionably late and my absolute favorite, a swag bag! Cocktail attire is suggested and I say, make a statement without saying a word and GO PINK!
Gift someone with a beautiful Horseshoe necklace from Isabella Grace Jewelry. The goal is to make sure to keep the open end of your horseshoe pointed up to catch good luck and keep it from running out, not only in October but all year long. By wearing the Horseshoe Necklace, you can feel the added support of good luck being on your side whether you are a breast cancer survivor or simply supporting someone afflicted with the disease. This dainty and darling necklace is made of rose gold which signifies the Breast Cancer pink ribbon. The Horseshoe Necklace retails for $65 and can be purchased on-line at isabellegracejewelry.com and can be searched under the Breast Cancer Awareness section. Because of its simple elegance, this piece is indeed a conversation starter. Get one, for you or someone you know today.
It isn’t pink but it sure is super cute. Introducing Brockfolio, the small pocket organizer with a big purpose for the woman on the go. The Brockfolio™ is an “innovative, stylishly slim premium leather pocket accessory that combines the features of a jotter, card case and a money clip while providing an extra pocket for business cards and sleek “slot” for a miniature wallet pen”. You may have seen the Brockfolio all over the place in Grand Rapids as of late, but this month is particularly exciting because the Brockfolio is now available in White. Made with fine Napa calfskin leather and constructed with French turns and contrast “rope” stitching for excellent strength, the Brockfolio is a must purchase this season. I was super excited to learn that this cool color would be introduced at several West Michigan Bridal shows this month. If your tired of thumbing through a wallet with way too many old receipts, shop local, shop Brockfolio. For more information, please visit them online at www.brockfolio.com. In the future, the public will be allowed to vote on the next color released for consumers, who knows, a pink one may be available this time next year.
Not Just Any Old Day
OK so I love this unique, conceptual jewelry line for so many reasons and not just because all of the celebs seem to be wearing the line. Now you can celebrate her special day with a keepsake from It’s Your Special Day Jewelry. So whether you’re commemorating the day her Cancer went into remission or the day you took a stroll to raise money for breast cancer research, this is the perfect accessory that’s made to order. Made with high quality craftsmanship, you can choose a date sake necklace; bracelet or ring and the special date of your choosing will be highlighted with a pink Swarovski crystal. Mark the most important memories we cherish and celebrate throughout our lives with these fabulous trinkets. These are gorgeous, original pieces inspired by life’s special moments. You or a survivor you know will be trendsetting and fashion forward in this incredible calendar necklace. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and at www.notjustanyoldday.com. Go now, tomorrow might be too late.
Perfect Pink Touch-up Tube and Tweezers from Japonesque
With each item purchased, $1.00 will be donated to the City of Hope for Breast cancer Research, so why not try the Artisan slant Tweezers in Pink which combines comfort, style and function and delivers a perfectly sculpted eyebrow. Or check-out the Touch-Up Tube in Pink which includes 5 essential brushes in a sleek and compact case that easily fits into your favorite handbag. Both retail for only $20 bucks and can be purchased from Ulta Beauty supply stores in West Michigan. As a matter of fact, a new Ulta store is coming soon to Bucktown in Grandville. Perhaps I’ll see you in the beauty tool aisle at the Grand Opening.
Exclusiv Rose Vodka
Because you may need a delicious cocktail after super shopping, drink pink with Exclusiv Rose Vodka. Renowned for its affordable price point and upper echelon taste, this Raspberry Vodka infused with Moscato Rose Wine is wonderful. This month when you host a Pink soiree, be sure to have this product on hand to impress your guests. However you prefer your vodka – straight up, on the rocks or in a martini – Exclusiv offers the perfect taste for the perfect party.