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law of attraction

I think a lot about the law of attraction. I believe in being in the “flow” of life where you do not seek the light, you see it. You do not look for beauty. You be it. You do not search for self. You know it. You do not strive to be happy. You are.

To me, this is the natural law of attraction. You aren’t seeking something outside yourself, but rather drawing the outside goodness into the inside goodness you recognize. You aren’t trying to draw in a car, a boat, a better lover, a different you. Instead you are asking the outside world to reflect your inside world. It’s true that often what we think about the world is what we think about ourselves. So if we are fearful and bitter about the world around us, guess what? That thought is what we are feeling about ourselves.

It’s time to elevate our thoughts. Little by little. One small thought at a time. It’s time to honour ourselves with small beliefs about our beauty, gifts, and Source. Small beliefs grow into small experiences. Small experiences grow into bigger beliefs. Bigger beliefs grow into bold moves. Bold moves show the Universe that we are on board and ready for the ride of our life.

Trust the flow. Go on the wild ride knowing you are fully supported. Make the decision to elevate your thoughts about yourself and your inner world. Change will reflect in your reality. Slowly but surely.

“We can only attract to ourselves what we already feel ourselves to be, what we feel is natural. So in order to attract something different (and better) into your life you must first change the underlying beliefs upon which your life is based. This ‘inner change’ will, in turn, bring about a change in your thoughts and change in the outward manifestation of your life. Thus, the “Law of who you believe yourself to be” or the “Law of Being” determines what you attract; the “Law of Attraction” is secondary, it is wholly de-pendent upon the deeper and more fundamental law of your own Being.”

Fashion + Philanthropy: Designers That Care – Spotlight on Rachel Roy

Acclaimed fashion designer and fervent activist Rachel Roy has long demonstrated that fashion + philanthropy can be much more than an affable catchphrase for social responsibility.  In fact, throughout the years, this caring designer has increasingly incorporated eco-chic and philanthro-chic initiatives into the Rachel Roy brand – proving that saving the world in style is just good business.

As for Roy’s international philanthropic initiatives throughout the years, many would be surprised to hear how often and how devotedly she gives to charitable causes.  On her thirty-sixth birthday, for example, Roy launched her own charity: water campaign, asking friends, family and fans to “help make my birthday the best I have ever had — by helping to provide clean water to 750 people, 150 families and 3 communities.”

Some of Roy’s other initiatives include: OrphanAid Africa and Heart of Haiti, as well as a fabulous partnership with Fairwinds Trading, in which Roy creates limited edition designs that are hand-crafted by women artisans affected by genocide and abuse in third world countries – in an effort to help create sustainable jobs and a potential source of income and independence.  (The Rachel Roy Fairwinds Collection is available at Macy’s and at RachelRoy.com. And for every purchase, you will help support women’s independence through employment.)

The fabulous Rachel Roy is also quick to assist the victims of disaster in whatever way she can. In the aftermath of the 2010 Haitian earthquakes, for instance, she travelled to Port-au-Prince, where she explored business opportunities with Haitian artisans and promised to help protect Haitian women being physically and sexually abused in tent cities that have popped up across the island nation.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, amongst other efforts (like donating a percentage of Rachel Ray merchandise proceeds to the American Red Cross), she joined the Fashion for Sandy Relief, auctioning off  a “Meet Rachel Roy experience, complete with a personal styling.”

Clearly, giving back is one of Rachel’s greatest passions and one of the founding principles of the Rachel Roy brand. Rachel always looks to create opportunities to help others through her impressive stature and style, and this holiday season is no different. Right now, at One King’s Lane, you can purchase Rachel Roy’s designer wrapper paper (on sale today!) with proceeds benefiting OrphanAid Africa.

‘Tis the season to give.  And, in my humble opinion, no designer gives more gorgeously than Rachel Roy!

Five Things: Breast Cancer Awareness Month Jewels + Gems

 

How sweet it is!
I’ve always looked for any excuse to buy beautiful jewelry and pink just happens to be my signature hue, so this month, I’m obsessed with all the gorgeous jewel + gem options that give back to the cause.
Rose Gold.  Pink Diamonds.  Pastel Ribbons.
October is the time to get trendy and charitable with these gorgeous Breast Cancer Awareness Month pink Jewelryoptions:
PureVida Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet:  Go surf, snowboard, or even take a shower with them on. Wearing your bracelets every day only enhances the natural look and feel. Every bracelet is unique and hand-made therefore a slight variation in color combination may occur. This delicate bracelet donates $10 from the sale of each to The National Breast Cancer Foundation. ($40 PureVida.com)
David Yurman  Infinity Necklace: It’s a little pricey, but this rose-quartz pendant wrapped in David Yurman’s signature cable  strikes the right balance between class and compassion. 20% of  sales goes to the Breast  Cancer Research Foundation</a>. ($395 davidyurman.com)
Tory Burch Double Wrap Bracelet: Tory Burch has done it again with this limited edition pink wrap logo studded bracelet to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The company is donating 15 per cent of these sales to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) with a maximum donation of US$15,000 (S$18,000). ($95 Toryburch.com)
 BeeCharming Zipper Bracelet: Dainty and ever so trendy, this rose metal bracelet from BeeCharming sends$10 from the purchase of each bracelet to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. ($25 BeeCharming.net)
Evelyn Lauder Legacy Collection Necklace by Ann Taylor: Ann Taylor will donate 65% of full-priced purchases of The Evelyn Lauder Legacy Collection to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. ($98 AnnTaylor.com)

The Best of Pink Products: Coach for a Cure

I’m all about going PINK for a cure!  And, I especially love the idea of COACH donning the hopeful, pastel hue on some of its most stylish designs to help raise funds for The Breast Cancer Research Fund.  My favs?  The delicate ballet-slipper toned Phoebe Watch and the elegantly supple Kristin Hippie leather purse.  With COACH donating 20% of the proceeds of its COACH for a Cure offerings to The Breast Cancer Research Fund, shopping for a cause couldn’t be easier – or more effortlessly chic!

 

 

 

The Best of Pink Products: Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Watch

You don’t need to spend a fortune to give back in style! Avon’s slim, stylish, and affordably priced, silver-toned Breast Cancer Crusade watch has a pink imitation crocodile strap, pink pearlescent face and a silver-edged pink ribbon to show your support.  Even better this watch retails for just $20 and  100% of the net profits are donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.  Each watch comes with a free Breast Health Resource Guide.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: The Best of Pink Products

As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  And, in the spirit of Fashion & Philanthropy, Style & Soul, and Random Goodness, Philanthropistas.com is bringing you the ultra-fabulous list of caring companies, hip designers and one-of-a-kind styles that raise money for research, support breast cancer awareness, and promote prevention of the disease.

All month long we’ll be featuring pink products and awesome breast cancer awareness campaigns and events that support the cause. If ever there’s a time to get your style-on with meaning, it’s this month.  Coveted styles, fabulous fashions, scrumptious eats and a round-up of all of our favorite “pink” products that do double-duty. Shopping for the cause is our laser focus all month long!

Below, you’ll find the first part of our series – and really, the most essential part of this month – breast cancer screening and awareness.  We’re starting with preventive health and breast cancer risk reduction with the best cancer fighting foods brought to you by BrightPink.org.

Be sure to come back and visit us throughout the month.

Philanthropistas of the world unite! Let’s go shopping with purpose – and help put an end to this disease!

 

Five Things: Fabulous Fall Finds that Give Back

Autumn is unarguably my favorite time of year. The gentle falling leaves. The rich, vibrant colors.  The crisp fog-filled mornings.  The cozy fireplace and afghan evenings. The tableau is ever-changing during this graceful transition from summer, and sends many of us on the task to surround ourselves with warm comfort.  So, in the spirit of this cozy fall vibe, here are a few original finds that bring a little bit of that opulent beauty indoors – and give something more.

 (Joyful Nuddle Blanket: By purchasing a Joyful Nuddle, you are helping to provide another Joyful Nuddle to a survivor of domestic violence)

(Give Scent: This scent is made with pure oils and contains notes of amber, bergamot, grapefruit, moss, musk, oak, sage, and vanilla. A portion of the proceeds goes to Women for Women International, an organization that supports female survivors of war and conflict.)

(This is still one of my favorite philanthropic finds!  This gorgeous scarf from Warriors in Pink (Powered by Ford) is an elegant and powerful statement of the power of pink.  100% of Warriors in Pink net proceeds  help fight breast cancer.)

(Make Love Not Trash “Safari Tall Fall Doctor’s Bag”: A natural, eco-aware, non-toxic bag, were proceeds are donated to various organizations.)

(Humanity Dark Amber & Spice Soy Candle from Altru: Proceeds from the special edition candle benefit the Alliance for a New Humanity organization which aims to build a just, peaceful and sustainable world.)

Philanthropy Chic: TOMS Shoes

Unless you’ve been living under a rock – or on a deserted island (which btw, doesn’t sound half bad), you’ve probably heard of – or seen, the funky and fiercely-fashionable TOMS shoes that have found their way onto many a chic gal’s tootsies.

(Photo Source: TOMS)

What you may not be aware of, however, is that in addition to the stylish kicks that support a great cause (for every pair purchased, TOMS donates a pair to a child in need), TOMS took the next step and expanded their product line beyond the ever-present cotton espadrilles and comfy kicks to a “One for One” brand – now offering sunglasses and eye-wear – that does double duty.

As creative director of TOMS, Blake Mycoskie explains on his blog, shoes were just the beginning of his “buy one, give one” philanthropic business model:

I realized that our One for One model could serve more needs than shoes, it struck me that it was our responsibility to do so, and a real urgency set in. I started gathering a TOMS team together to find out more about sight and how to give more in a new way, responsibly. And we have been working on preparing for this day ever since.

With so many different needs around the world, Mycoskie felt that TOMS had an obligation to try to improve as many lives as possible.  Lucky for us, TOMS “One for One” eye-wear line is donating sight restoration (via glasses, surgery, or medical treatment) to one person for every pair they sell!

The highly anticipated eyewear line is both super-chic and exquisitely made (in Italy, darling…) and are available in various styles – from the over-sized “Yes, I’m famous” Deoria shades, to the vintage Hollywood-glam Beachmaster shades, and much more.

(TOMS Deoria Sunglasses) 

(TOMS Beachmaster shades in pineapple) 

For my money, it’s brilliant to feel like your purchasing dollars are going to a good place, and in this case, fashion & philanthropy doesn’t get much more altruistic than TOMS.

Wear This Not That: “GUCCI for UNICEF” Boston Bag

We think it’s pretty clear what the Gucci Boston bag and Hermes Birkin have in common – both are high end, luxe and stunning pieces, both are designed by iconic brands that practice philanthropic traditions, and both, most assuredly, should find their way into my ever so desperate l’armoire.  But what may not be so obvious amongst these fabulous pieces, is the way one of these bags gives back to children in the greatest of need.

As part of its corporate responsibility programme, Gucci has teamed up with UNICEF for the seventh year to create its “Gucci for UNICEF” boston bag. The latest version of which, is designed by the house’s creative director Frida Giannini and features a double top handle, Gucci’s micro Guccissima calfskin leather, a detachable shoulder strap and a subtle touch of stunning light gold hardware.

As in previous years, Gucci is dedicated to donating 25% of net profits from each purchase of the bags to UNICEF’s “Schools for Africa” program, which aims to provide access to quality basic education for millions of children in Africa.

The “Gucci for UNICEF” alabaster micro Guccissima Boston Bag is available in Gucci stores worldwide and on Gucci.com until May 31, 2013. For more information about Gucci’s work with UNICEF, go to gucci.com/unicef.

 

 

Campus Cool: Esperos Bags

Class is in session, and my tip on being the coolest kid on campus this year – dominating the halls in the latest philanthro-chic gear.  Case in point: The fabulous line of ESPEROS bags and backpacks that do a world of good.  You’ll simply swoon for the rugged style and chic tree-hugging vibe of the sleek canvas bags, and with a padded sleeve on the interior that fits laptops, a discreet pocket on the front flap perfect for your iPod, and a side pocket for any other goodies you may be packing, the ESPEROS bags and backpacks ensure that you’ll be well equipped to hit the class in style. More importantly, you’ll be providing children in need with one of the greatest gifts of all: Education.  With every purchase of an ESPEROS backpack, you’re helping to send one child in Haiti to school for an entire year!  Yah, you rock! One bag. One child. One year.  Work it!

 

(Photo Source: Esperos Bags)

 

 

California Chic

The best part of summer is indulging in nature’s bounty – sun, surf and soft-sugar beaches, to name a few. I simply adore the modest and graphic-style bathing suit options from Lime Ricki, a retro, Cali-chic, swimwear collection that epitomizes summer “indulgence” and hits right on target with my philanthropic style.

(lime ricki donates 10% of all their proceeds to charity.)

{ Photo source: www.limericki.com}

Christian Louboutin “Sweet Charity” Handbags

He’s the undisputed king of shoes, and even though they’re sans the signature red bottoms, the French designer’s flirty line of coveted “Sweet Charity” handbags and clutches are just as unapologetically striking and beautiful. Colorful and candy-esque, I get giddy trying to pick just one!

Available at:
www.neimanmarcus.com
www.bergdorfgoodman.com
www.barneys.com

{photo sources: Christian Louboutin}

Choose hope

I rarely pick favorites. But, every once in a while, even this girl gets hooked. My current summer attaché obsession: Juicy Couture’s sweet, petunia-pink “Choose Hope” Canvas Tote from StJude Children’s Research Hospital. As an avid lover of all things, handbag-related, I have to say that this canvas tote featuring the Juicy Couture crest and “Choose Hope” logo printed in gold tone, epitomizes my philanthro-chic style.  Although no longer available at the St. Jude gift shop, I see that Choose Hope handbags and other accessories (including an adorably-chic silver key chain) are still available from online retailers like Amazon.com.