Every time I turn around someone I know, or someone else who knows someone else, is battling cancer. Although genetics and lifestyle might be involved, often cancer strike the young, the healthy and those who never were sick a day in their lives prior to the diagnoses. Cancer effects everyone, even if you’re not the one with a cancer diagnosis. Loved ones, friends, family, even employers, are impacted by people in their lives undergoing treatment. I know this firsthand: I was diagnoses with a very rare thyroid cancer in 1999 and while I felt bad enough about that. I knew that my friends and family were worried.
One of the organizations I now am associated with is as an Advocate for The American Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science. While cancer isn’t their only focus, they are doing amazing research (I sometimes post their most exciting news on Twitter @advicesisters and Facebook: Alison Blackman; Advice Sisters they are really working hard to deal with the most pressing issues confronting us today, including cancer. I believe that Weizmann will find a miracle!
Since Fashion Week is in full swing, and it’s yet another anniversary of 9/11, it’s a great time to reach out to help others. And think about how a stunning scarf or a piece of statement jewelry can amp up your looks, right now. Both items below give back to a worthy (cancer related) cause. Both the pink topaz necklace from Isabelle Grace and the large, blue scarf/shawl from Chicos, are under $60.00.
With the holidays fast approaching, these items are things to buy now (for yourself) and buy a few extra for those special women you’ll be gifting in a few months.
This Pink Gemstone Bar Necklace by Isabelle Grace Jewelry is a delicate necklace of sparkly, Pink Mystic Topaz gemstones accented with Gold Stardust Roundel Beads. strung on a delicate, 22kt Gold filled wire chain (you can also get it in Sterling Silver). Choose 16″ or 18″ lengths. It’s the kind of necklace that at first glance doesn’t look like much. Once you put it on your neck, however, it speaks volumes. This little necklace is the perfect size for younger women, and I like to pair mine to make it more of a statement, with other delicate pieces I own in varying lengths. It’s also a good travel accessory because it is lightweight and won’t take up too much space in your jewelry roll.
This lovely necklace is just one of the pieces from Isabelle Grace’s Breast Cancer Awareness Collection. I selected this particular necklace because it is so versatile, makes a lovely gift, and let’s face it, if you know someone who has survived or is undergoing Breast Cancer treatment, pink is the symbol of their fight.
Isabelle Grace Jewelry is a celebrity favorite (Camila Alves, Lindsay Price, Tori Spelling, Katherine Heigl) are just a few of the fans of Isabelle Grace handcrafted jewelry made made from recycled materials (whenever possible). The Advice Sisters like Isabelle Grace as well Check out our 2014 holiday guide for similar pieces to covet and some fabulous red accessories from earlier this Summer.
Choose this beautiful necklace for just $56.00! When you choose one of the Isabelle Grace Jewelry designs from the Breast Cancer Awareness Collection, Isabelle Grace will donate 25% of proceeds to the American Cancer Society during the month of October and 10% rest of the year. For more information and to order yours, visit the Inspired Breast Cancer Jewelry page on the Isabelle Grace Jewelry Web Site.
When I think of Chicos, I think of clothing, but Chicos has fabulous accessories! So it was no surprise when I received this new, limited-edition scarf designed by artist and entrepreneur Sheila Johnson to support Stand Up To Cancer® (a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s charitable good works) that this Cerulean Sky Scarf would be stunning.
It is, but more importantly This $50 scarf is a bargain, and it is being sold at Chico’s boutiques across the US and Canada, as well as online at www.chicos.com. right now! Chico’s will donate $10 to Stand Up To Cancer (up to $100,000) for every scarf purchased from now through October 31st . The funds raised during this initiative will help accelerate SU2C’s innovative cancer research to get new therapies to patients quickly, and saves lives now. Stand Up To Cancer is a non profit organization changing the culture of cancer research through its unique funding model, which facilitates collaboration among scientists in different disciplines from different institutions. Over 940 researchers from 123 institutions in six countries are collaborating on SU2C-funded research.
This scarf is one size fits everyone. It is very large but drape-y so you can wear it many different ways. I am showing just two obvious ones in the photos above. The modal fabric feel like super soft cotton or silk. Sheila Johnson, who designed this scarf, is a film producer, entrepreneur, and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. Clearly, a true creative!
The design is called: “Cerulean Sky.” When I first looked at it I thought it was the sun as in an eclipse, all in black, with a latticework of winding “vines” on a background of various shade of blue. But when I looked at the design in a photo on the left, I realized it was the sky itself that was the backdrop, with a delicate peragola or garden arbor in black metal reaching up to that sky! That’s a much more uplifting image, too.
If you are going on vacation you can wear it as a wrap or a sarong. Twist it and wear it around you neck to perk up any outfit. Drape it on your jacket when there is a chill in the air. There are so many things you can do with this scarf, please feel free to comment and leave your ideas.