When the time comes to seriously represent, the Mercedes-Benz 2008 C350 Sport Sedan is the ride of choice. Part of the sale price goes toward the $1 million total Mercedes is donating - for the sixth consecutive year! - to Saks Fifth Avenue's "Key to the Cure", founded in partnership with the Women's Cancer Research Fund.
Although the intention is completely admirable, the flood of trinkets & cheap-looking pink plastic or enamel accessories that one is supposed to wear to show support for breast cancer awareness and research are less than desirable. And as someone who had a mother die of the disease, there is no arguing with wanting to show support, but why not appease the fashion gods at the same time?
- order up a bouquet of splendid pink roses, some wine & chic wine glasses
- sport a fun Melissa Etheridge-approved Hard Rock pin (it's collectible!)
- pick up a stylish silk scarf, snuggly pashmina, chic tee or cashmere sweater
- get cupcakes or pink velvet cake delivered
- invest in an affordable new makeup bag
- try out a new fragrance for you or your home
- buy a pink toaster (you know you want one)
- save a yogurt lid & nominate a hero
- send a friend a book of uplifting stories
- or splash out on a bauble from Cartier or a snazzy new Mercedes Sport Sedan?
...all are high-quality, super stylish options for looking good while doing good.
20 chic, stylish, tasty, racy & just plain fun ways to support the fight against Breast Cancer:
Created by Isabel Toledo with illustrator husband Ruben in memory of Anne Klein, the Anne Klein Love World limited edition print scarf is part of the company's pledge to donate $50,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. $95 at Nordstrom (purchasing info at Nordstrom.com)
Gorgeous long-stem dark pink roses say it with style, and 10% of the net proceeds go to The Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Foundation. $40 ($53 with a pink vase) at 1800Flowers.com.
...or at least have your heart in the right place like Renee's. All the proceeds from the $35 limited edition Juicy Couture Viva La Cure tee go to the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Women's Cancer Research Fund which helps to advance scientific research into better detection of breast and other women's cancers. Available at Saks.com.
To date, Seattle's Click Wine Group has already raised $225,000 toward finding a cure, and this month, for every bottle sold of Fat bastard wine (which orginates in Languedoc-Rousillon) - both in restaurants & retail locations - 25 cents will be donated to organizations like the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. (For the fun tale of how the wine got its completely fabulous name, CLICK HERE.)
Stay cozy with a delicately woven, hard-wearing pashmina in a 70% cashmere/30% silk blend in bright candy pink. Measures a roomy 72" long x 27", and 5% of the price goes to the International Breast Cancer Research Foundation. $26 at PashminaInternational.com
For each Cartier Love Charity bracelet with LOVE engraved onto 18k white gold on a deep pink silk cord, $100 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. $475 - purchasing info at Cartier.com.
Romance and history combine in Potter & Moore's Tea Rose & Sage Eau de Toilette, an all-time classic garden rose with an herbal twist. 10% of October net sales from the $63 selling price will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation - available at BeautyHabit.com.
Carousel Cakes created a special new Pink Velvet cake, and will donate $3 from each cake sold to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation - $40 at CarouselCakes.com. Until October 14, Sprinkles Cupcakes will be donating the proceeds of their addictive strawberry cupcakes to the EIF Women's Cancer Research Fund.
Now in its eighth year, Rocktober is the Hard Rock's philanthropic initiative which supports organizations in the fight against breast cancer by selling collectible Hard Rock Breast Cancer Awareness Pins emblazoned with the message Stop Breast Cancer for Life. "I am excited to be a part of Hard Rock International's Rocktober," explains Melissa Etheridge, a survivor. "Having experienced my own personal journey with breast cancer, I know firsthand how important it is to raise awareness for this cause. This life-threatening disease affects millions of people worldwide, and I am grateful that Hard Rock and I can join together to get one step closer to eradicating breast cancer in the near future." 100% of the net profits go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. $11 at Hardrock.com.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways: an Obsidian black exterior, Sahara beige & black leather upholstery, heated 8-way power seats, titanium trim, 6-disc CD/DVD changer & iPod integration kit, voice control, Bluetooth, sunroof, 258 horses and a 3.5 liter V-6. Proceeds go to EIF Women's Cancer Research Fund. Purchasing info at MBUSA.com.
For every pink lid saved from special packages - of Yoplait Original, Light, Thick and Creamy, Light Thick and Creamy, Whips!, and Yoplait Smoothies - Yoplait will donate 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for a minimum donation of $500,000 with a goal of $1.5 million. Information on participating in the Save Lids to Save Lives is at Yoplait.com. Also, if you know someone has dedicated their life to educating others about Breast Cancer, nominate them as a Yoplait Champion by November 6th at Yoplait.com. 25 Yoplait Champions are honored each year for their extraordinary efforts in the fight against breast cancer, and the company donates $1000 each to the charity of their choice.
Developed for their Vinum series of elegant 24% lead-crystal glasses, Riedel convened a panel of authorities on Rosé wines to determine the shape and proportions of the company’s first Rosé varietal wineglass. The pink stem is a reminder that 15% of the proceeds go to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, which is dedicated to empowering all women affected with breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. $40 for a set of two at Williams-Sonoma.com.
Keep-A-Breast.org in partnership with Roxy has produced a limited edition run of black bracelets with pink lettering, spelling out their motto: art. education. action. awareness. $3 each at Keep-A-Breast.org - which raises awareness & funding for breast cancer by creating plaster forms of the female torso which fine artists then customize.
$7 of every KitchenAid Pink 2-slice toaster goes toward KitchenAid's program which has pledged to donate a minimum of $1 million to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation in 2007. $50 at Target.com.
Scoop teamed up with the Council of Fashion Designers of American (CFDA) on this chic ballet flat. Who doesn't always need another pair of black flats & 100% of the proceeds go to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. $98 at ScoopNYC.com.
Inspired by the world's most romantic gardens, Peonia Romantico Home Ambiance Perfume is a blooming flower garden in a jar, filled with notes both woodsy & floral, including peony, rose and gardenia & an unexpected herbaceous lemon citrus. White birch reeds rest in the open neck of the antique-inspired apothecary bottle to help diffuse the delish scent. 100% of net sales to Gilda’s Club - $58 at Amazon.com.
This Chicken Soup shares stories of hope and healing from the newly diagnosed to long term survivors & their friends. Reading about the courageous women who found the strength to battle cancer with endless hope, unwavering faith and steadfast determination will help empower others to take charge of the healing process, adopt a positive attitude, and - whatever the odds - to fight-fight-fight. $16 at PinkRibbonShop.com - founded by a survivor as a way to raise awareness & support research by donating a portion of the proceeds from every item they sell.
- Lesley Scott