Wine Pairing Tips for a Cure

My sincere gratitude to Gwendolyn Osborn, Director of Education and Content and resident wine expert for for today’s guest post on Wine Pairings (using fabulous wines that give back!). xo!:

Over twenty years ago the pink ribbon was introduced as the official symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness month (now known fondly as ‘Pinktober’ to many). Here at and we’d like to raise a glass to the anniversary of the powerful symbol and the importance of awareness, specifically with a few of our labels at that give back directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation:

ONEHOPE California Chardonnay – ONEHOPE donates 50% of profits from the sale of every bottle of its Chardonnay to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This Chardonnay is handcrafted with a blend of grapes from select vineyards throughout Napa, Sonoma and the      Central Coast of California. It is blended with Muscat and Chenin Blanc,  displaying a pale gold color with aromas of fresh apple blossom and      honeysuckle, and flavors of crisp pear and apple. The balance of oak and bright acidity makes it a great match with broiled or grilled seafood,      poultry dishes and a wide assortment of cheeses.

J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon –  J. Lohr donates $2 of the sale of every bottle of Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This Cabernet Sauvignon is a classically dark color with a bright hue with aromas of currant, cherry and black plum, complemented by a bouquet of roasted hazelnuts and espresso. The entry is fruit-driven and supple, while the finish shows an integration of fruit and oak components from the  traditional French oak barrel aging.

Wines 4 Cures 4 Her, Chardonnay – 4 Her Chardonnay was created to raise funds and awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This is a classic, cool-climate example of Chardonnay – clean and crisp, with flavors of lime and green apples, with a hint of vanilla. It’s a great match for scallops with mango salsa.

Cheers to a happy ‘Pinktober’!

Gwendolyn Osborn is the Director of Education and Content and resident wine expert for She’s a wine educator at heart, hoping her enthusiasm for wine will increase peoples’ enjoyment of the beverage. She received the Diploma in Wine & Spirits through the London-based WSET though this is by no means an end to her studies – wine knowledge is a never-ending pursuit – the more you know, the more you learn you don’t know and the more you want to taste!


Five Things: Breast Cancer Awareness Month Guilty Pleasures

This month marks the 27th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a national call to raise awareness of the disease and funds for a cure. To support the cause, a slew of baking extraordinaire’s have launched limited edition gorgeous treats with proceeds benefiting breast cancer charities. Here are some of our favorite (not-s0-guilty) pink picks:

Magnolia Bakery is offering a pink ribbon cupcake during the month of October for $3.75. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation will receive $1 of each pink ribbon cupcake sold. 8389 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, www.

Yoplait conducts the highly successful Save Lids to Save Lives® program, which takes place from September through December each year. For each pink lid redeemed by customers, Yoplait will donate 10 cents to Komen, up to $2.5 million. For more information about the program, including the Save Lids to Save Lives mailing address, visit

 Crunch into one of Lily O’Brien’s delictable, limited Edition Crispy Hearts signature chocolate bites & support a very special cause. 10% from every pack is donated to Breast Cancer charity.

Enjoy the refreshing and exotic taste of pomegranate with the delicate, fragrant taste of hand-picked elderflowers – and support a truly great cause at the same time. During the month of October Bottlegreen will donate 10% of the proceeds from their Limited Edition BottlePink Cordial to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

During the month of October, Panera Bread is featuring its signature, Pink Ribbon Bagel. Sweetly made with cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar – with a portion of proceeds go to benefit breast cancer charities – this is a sweet charity in every way.

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.

The Best of Pink Products: Estee Lauder

Every October, store shelves magically awash in a sea of petunia-hued products, all in the name of breast cancer awareness.  In the vast world of ubiquitous “pink” – where one can buy shoes, shirts, mix-masters, mattresses and more for the cause – one name stands synonymous for the campaign of breast cancer awareness: Evelyn Lauder.

The late Lauder, who passed away at age 75, was the co-creator of the now famous Pink Ribbon breast cancer awareness campaign back in 1992. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the campaign, launched by Evelyn of the famous cosmetic company Estee Lauder.

In honor of Evelyn Lauder, we start our parade of The Best Pink Products with this year’s breast cancer awareness offerings from Estée Lauder:

Limited Edition Evelyn Lauder Dream Compact

With translucent pressed powder and a stunning compact, the Estée Lauder Evelyn Lauder Dream Compact ($75; makes it easy to preen for the cause no matter where you are. This heart-shaped compact with a beautifully adorned ribbon design (including a blue ribbon to represent the 1% of men affect by breast cancer) is filled and refillable with the smooth Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder.  A truly powerful and elegant way to show your support of Breast Cancer Awareness with all proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Limited Edition Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection

A beautiful way to show your support of Breast Cancer Awareness, with a Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Candy, Pure Color Gloss in Pink Innocence plus a chic pink snakeskin-printed clutch. ($29.50; For each purchase of the Evelyn Lauder Dream Lip Collection, Estée Lauder will donate 20% of the suggested retail price to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. August 2012 – June 2013.

Limited Edition Evelyn Lauder Dream Pin

Proudly display your support for the cause with this twinkling collectible pin in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Estee Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. ($12.50; 20% of the suggested retail price goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. August 2012 – June 2013. 

About BCRF:  BCRF is an independent, not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder to fund the most promising breast cancer research worldwide. It’s mission: prevention and a cure within our lifetime. For more information about BCRF visit

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, 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

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!


Pink Product ~ Alex Woo/Christina Applegate TREE OF LIFE pendant

Alex Woo’s latest contribution towards fighting for breast cancer research and awareness is the Tree of Life pendant. Designed by Alex Woo with the award winning actress Christina Applegate, the pendant with an encircled tree represents harmony, hope and renewal. Each of the seven leaves remind us to live everyday of the week to the fullest. This pendant is an everyday reminder of the most important things in life, to stay vigilant about breast cancer awareness and steps to early detection.

Net proceeds from the sale of the Tree of Life pendant directly benefit Right Action for Women, a Christina Applegate Foundation. Right Action for Women encourages women to learn facts and figures about breast cancer and provides funding for the expensive MRI screenings that help in early detection of breast cancer.

Turn your profile picture pink & pass it on.

Today, in support of breast cancer detection, I’m turning myself into a lovely hue of pale pink.  Well, my Facebook profile picture, actually. And you can do the same! If you turn your facebook profile picture pink, Telus will donate $1 to breast cancer technology. They’ve raised over $100,000!!!!

Go here to turn your Facebook profile picture pink and TELUS will donate $1 on your behalf towards innovative breast cancer detection equipment.
Go Pink. Pass it on.

Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Charity Auction for Breast Cancer care and prevention

Its Breast Cancer Awareness month and as you all know October is the time that companies feature their “think pink” designs and sell limited edition products with all or a portion of the money raised going to breast cancer charities. 

This is absolutely my favorite month for shopping because there are so many fabulous and fresh products available for purchase but also because I’m helping a cause I care about with each purchase I make. 

Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Charity Auction~
In honor of the tenth anniversary of the company’s Pink Pony breast cancer awareness work,  the famous designer is opening his world of high fashion and Hollywood stars to top bidders in the sale starting that raises money and awareness for fighting cancer.

You too, can lend your support to cancer care and prevention through the Pink Pony Auction. The auction will run from October 2 to 21 and offers the unique opportunity to bid on art, luxury travel, couture and once-in-a-lifetime experiences generously donated by Ralph Lauren and his closest circle of celebrity friends, with 100% of the proceeds going to cancer care and prevention.
Some of the fabulous items up for bid:
~ a front row seat at Lauren’s Fall 2011 fashion show and a chance to meet the silver-haired designer backstage.
~ A a personal drive in one of Ralph’s classic cars, three nights at his RRL ranch in Colorado, or an appearance in one of his advertisements.

~ A chance to meet comedian Jerry Seinfeld

~ Two tickets to a Miami Heat basketball game and a handshake with star player Lebron James

~ A chance to ride bikes with Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

~ A meet Diane Von Furstenberg Experience

~ Lunch with Martha Stewart

~ A CNN studio tour with Anderson Cooper

and much, much more.

I don’t know about you but I am over the moon on some of these fantastic prizes!  With the opportunity to bid on over 300 once-in-a-lifetime experiences ranging from fashion to travel, with all the proceeds going to charity…I’m so in!

Check out the Pink Pony Auction happening now at Charity Buzz.

Yves Saint Laurent Pink Party Heels Join Cancer Fight

An object of every woman’s desires, Yves Saint Laurent’s luscious Pink Party Tribute Heels underline the cause which they’re benefiting – helping fight cancer in women. 

The hot pink high heel sandals were designed exclusively for Pacific Palisades boutique Elyse Walker — in tribute to Walker’s longtime support of cancer research for women. The interwoven, leather-lined strips along the top arch of the foot boast a slightly retro feel, while the T- strap shape creates a precocious, party-ready feel and the 4-inch heel height adds a daring, high fashion vibe.

These YSL shoes are on sale now at for $995.  A lot of money, I know.  But I must  say, The Everyday Philanthropist loves the idea of kicking cancer in YSL style! A donation of $100 from each sale will be made to Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Research Institute.

These hot pink gorgeous heels will only be available while supplies last. When the last pair is purchased, there will be no more.