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Fashion Foundation Gifts That Keep Giving

gift of education

A few months ago I did an interview with Amanda Munz about her wonderful non-profit, The Fashion Foundation. I think it’s about time for an update on some of the amazing things she’s been up to since then.

November 13th marked the one year launch of their website. After that The Fashion Foundation hosted their very first annual kick off fundraiser and I would say it was a pretty big success. They sold out! Over 130 people came and over $6,000 was raised for their next school partnership. They had raffle donations from some pretty cool peeps like Calvin Klein, Michael Stars, and Dream Hotel. They even had desserts donated from bakeries throughout New York. Sounds like a pretty great time to me!

Currently, The Fashion Foundation is working on their third school partnership, which is a middle school in Queens. Because of budget cuts, the art classes at the school struggle to supply students with the necessary materials. The Fashion Foundation is donating $750 worth of art supplies to allow the students a chance to freely express their creativity.

Once The Fashion Foundation reaches that goal, it just keeps going! They are in the process of finding two new schools to partner with. So far they have worked with one elementary school and two middle schools, but Amanda is hoping to extend all the way up to high schools.

The Fashion Foundation has also partnered with AmazonSmile, which will donate .5% of your Amazon purchases to The Fashion Foundation. It’s so simple! Just click here to get started. I know you’re going to buy one holiday item on Amazon this year!

Aside from making donations, there are two other fun ways you can help the cause. One way is buying gifts that give back. There are so many gift options available online and they’re all affordable options!

give that gives backBut if you’re like me and already finished your Christmas shopping because you are a gift giving nut case, then why not buy something for yourself? With holiday parties galore and New Years right around the corner (yikes!), you should treat yourself to a new outfit! If you’re looking for something fashionable, then you’ve come to the right place. Amanda put some awesome ideas together that might just get your creative juices flowing…

holiday looks

Michael Kors Red Dress $79.50 $24.00 / Starfish Necklace $32.99 $15.00 / Aldo Black Clutch $35.00 $9.00 / Elle Nude Heels $59.99$16.00 / Kenar Black Sparkle Top $42.00 $10.00 / Forever 21 Houndstooth Skirt $15.00

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Presents With A Purpose: Protecting Our Planet

Day 3! Today’s Moorea Seal products give back to the environment. 7% of proceeds go to Semilla Nueva, which means New Seed in Spanish. Those 4 years of high school Spanish finally pay off.

New Seed’s mission is to develop locally-led farmer education programs that rebuild the soils and improve food security and income for Guatemala’s rural poor. They plan to do this by harnessing the power of sustainable agriculture technologies, organizing communities, and engaging with local government. In the future Semilla Nueva hopes the increased incomes and environmental protection will go hand.

Check out my top gift picks from Moorea Seal’s Protecting Our Planet section below.

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 10.20.51 PM1. Laundry Day Candle / 2. Screw Cuff / 3. Salt + Pepper Foldover Cowhide Clutch / 4. Reversible Feather Pendant / 5. Stir Shake Calender / 6. In The Garden iPhone 6 Case / 7. Golden Fern iPhone 6 Case / 8. Dos Tonos Ankle Boot / 9. Tomato Tea Towel / 10. Caramel Flecked Clutch


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Presents With A Purpose: Children’s Needs

It’s day 2 of my Presents With A Purpose series. Today’s Moorea Seals products donate 7% of sales to The Flawless Foundation. And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with Beyonce. The Flawless Foundation helps to create awareness about brain-based, behavioral challenges some children face. They provide evidence-based, holistic treatment programs and do research on prevention.

Their vision: “We envision a world where every child living with behavioral challenges feels flawless and is understood and embraced by society.”

You wake up, flawless. All the products below, flawless.

Child Needs

1. Macrame Plant Hanger / 2. Turquoise Log Bowl / 3. Tasia Earrings / 4. Open Teardrop Ring / 5. Hollow Pyramid Necklace / 6. Crossover Cuff / 7. Arrowhead Bracelet / 8. Metallic Leatherblocked Clutch / 9. Feather Pattern Study Vol. 3


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Presents With A Purpose: Caring For Animals

Last week I stumbled upon a necklace from Moorea Seal and I’ve been  completely obsessed with the company ever since.

Moorea Seal sells handmade accessories and household items from a variety of designers. Not only are the pieces incredibly unique, but they also give back to a variety of causes. Each of the designers chooses from 5 different non-profits to partner with and then 7% of their sales go to the allotted non-profit. You can learn more about the causes here.

After looking through the ENTIRE site (multiple times), I realized couldn’t narrow my picks down to just one post (there are just too many awesome products, I can’t even). So I’ve decided to put together a post for each cause. For the next five days I will be posting Moorea Seal gift guides and each one will focus on a different cause.

Here are my top picks from the Caring for Animals sections. 7% of proceeds from sales of these products go to Homeward Pet Adoption Center, which is a no-kill, non-profit animal shelter in Seattle. They give homeless animals a second chance with their rescue, rehabilitation and adoption programs. Every year they help 1,400 dogs and cats find a new home. You can learn more about this great cause here.

Caring for Animals

1. Sight of the Stars Wall Hanging / 2. Small Rain Tumbler / 3. Large Feather Tumbler / 4. Diamond Ring / 5. Brass Taurus Necklace / 6. Coco Portfolio / 7. Stick Studs / 8. I Can, I Will Notebook / 9. Brass Feather Bracelet / 10. Christmas Bunny Card / 11. Stick Up Weekly Calendar 


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The Most Fashionable Of Foundations

Everyone comes to crossroads throughout their lives. Crossroads are inevitable. Whether it’s choosing what to have for dinner or what career you want to pursue. You can play it safe and order pizza or go wild and try a new, complicated recipe. You can choose a career in fashion or decide to start a nonprofit.

That is exactly the crossroads Amanda Munz ran into (the career one, not dinner). After spending years interning with various fashion designers, one day Amanda realized she needed to do more. She wanted to inspire people, help those in need, and make a difference. Combining her knowledge of fashion and her desire to make an impact, she created the Fashion Foundation and started her mission to help students in need.

The Fashion Foundation is an online store that sells donated new and gently used clothes, shoes, and accessories. The money that is raised through sales helps purchase various school supplies for students and schools that can’t afford them.

I had the opportunity to ask Amanda some questions about her nonprofit, how she got started, and what inspires her. Her story is inspiring and she gives great advice.

How did you come up with the idea for the Fashion Foundation? What inspired you?

I was interning at one of the top designers in the world, and one day I had to throw out boxes of shoes, right into the dumpster.  I thought “there has to be something we can do with all these shoes instead of throwing them out”.  Months before graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, I decided to turn down the job offers I received and start a nonprofit that could eliminate fashion waste and enhance education.

One problem with my new found idea… what if I can’t get designers to donate their samples they don’t want?  So I thought, everyone always has an item in their closet they don’t wear.  What if I can get individuals to clean out their closets and donate their unwanted clothing to us.  After months of brainstorming, the vision of The Fashion Foundation started to come together to have designers, individuals and people who don’t even care about fashion, come together and support education.

We had a ton of individuals clean out their closets for us, and now designers are starting to get involved.  We had jewelry designer, Jacqueline Rose, donate 11 pieces from one of her collections, which was really exciting for us.

Has education always been a cause you’ve been passionate about?

Yes, I personally loved school when I got older, not so much as a kid though.  I don’t think kids realize how important education is.

When we were partnering with our first school I asked their Assistant Principal “What do your students need?”. I was expecting them to say ipads, computers, or new technology systems.  She responded, “Art supplies”.  Their students didn’t have access to basic art supplies like glue, markers, paint, paper and more, because their budget was so tight.  It’s crazy to think that some students don’t have basic education necessities that some of us take for granted.

What has been the hardest part of starting your own nonprofit?

Spreading the word about The Fashion Foundation.  When people hear about us, they love the concept.  What’s better than shopping for a new outfit that actually provides school supplies to students?  It’s hard to reach a broad audience that isn’t connected to our friends, family, friends of friends, coworkers, etc.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give other aspiring nonprofit starters that you wish you knew when you started?

Honestly, don’t be afraid to google a question you don’t know the answer to.  Everyone does it, but no one admits it.  There were times I didn’t know the answer to a question, and I spent time researching on google. 99% of the time, you’ll find the answer you were looking for, and if you don’t, there’s always someone you can find that knows the answer.

And don’t underestimate the power of networking. Making strong connections with people is essential to growing.  People are always saying “You should talk to my … “, people really want to help connect you to others.

What has been your favorite moment since starting The Fashion Foundation?

At our first school partnership, we donated $1,500 worth of art supplies to PS 325 in Harlem, NY. We got to spend a day with their students to see all the artwork they created with our donation.  A few weeks later I went back to PS 325 for their Field Day, and a handful of students ran up to me and hugged me because they remembered me from my last visit.  In that moment, I knew I made the right decision to start The Fashion Foundation, because our donation brightened these student’s school days.

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On top of the interview, Amanda has put together some snazzy outfits using clothes that are currently available on the Fashion Foundation website.

Outfit 2

Armani Exchange Jeans ($118.00) $10.00 / H&M Sweater ($24.95) $10.00 / Aldo Black Suede Boots ($129.99) $8.00 / J*V Black Leather Bracelet ($75.00) $7.00

Outfit 1

Dolce & Gabbana Top ($975.00) $98.00Forever 21 Faux Leather Skirt ($15.00) $5.00Unknown Black Booties ($25.00) $6.00 / Jacqueline Rose Earrings ($18.00) $12.00 / Unknown Black Clutch ($20.00) $10.00

See anything you like? Get it quickly because there’s only one of each item and once it’s gone, its gone for good.


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Kate Spade’s New Socially Conscious Line is Fab-u-lous

I didn’t think my obsession with Kate Spade could grow any stronger, but I was wrong. So very wrong. Kate you never cease to amaze me!

Kate Spade & Company recently (like last week) started a new line called “On Purpose”, which is working to improve the lives of 150 women and their community in Masoro, Rwanda. My dear friend Kate (we’re only friends in a dream I once had, but that’s beside the point) is helping these women become a profitable supplier by integrating their work directly into the Kate Spade & Co. supply chain. By empowering these women, the end goal is to positively transform the entire community of over 20,000 people.

Kate Spade & Co. CEO, Craig Levitt, clarifies that they are not trying to start a charity, but instead create opportunities:  “It’s not a charity; it is creating jobs for talented women making beautiful products and offering them a way to participate in the global marketplace”.

The employees are paid monthly salaries that are 40% above international guidelines for fair living wages. And like many other jobs, the women are offered: paid vacation days, health benefits, maternity leave, and social security.

So far the products available include a few bracelets, scarves, totes, and clutches. All of them are perfect for spring! I’ve added two of my favorites below. You can check out the whole collection and watch a short video here.

Kate Spade Bow Clutch Kate Spade Inspire Scarf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a little side note: if you look at that collection you will currently see that there is only a silver bracelet available, but there were about 6 different bracelets for sale a few days ago. What’s goin on here Kate?? I would keep checking back to see if the other colors are going to be available again because they were really purdy and great for stacking with other bracelets!