Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Rent The Runway: Wedding style!

Y'all. Stop it right now. I was introduced to Rent The Runway by a fashionista of a friend. And I love her and hate her for it, because I now want to find an excuse to rent a designer dress just to vacuum in, the dresses are that cute.

So imagine my delight when I got an email from the RTR folks today saying they're now doing WEDDINGS! Which means there's something for the bride (hello to-die-for Badgley Mischka for $200), something for the maids (because really, how often do you wear those dresses again) and even something for the mother of the bride who is tres chic. And for all you brides-to-be out there who are on the hunt for a smokin' hot rehearsal dinner outfit, look no further. Everyone's jaw will drop when they see you walk in the door in Dolce & Gabbana (never knowing you paid a fraction of the cost). Wow, I should totally be their new spokesperson.

You do have to become a member and go through that whole rigamarole of setting up a password and such, but I promise you, membership has its privileges. Happy dress hunting!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Great Cause

What? It's a new year and I haven't posted one single time? This must stop. But I do have a great reason - Mr. T and I took a nice little anniversary trip to Laguna Beach, California the first week in January. Hello, seafood galore! Hello, Pacific Coast Highway! Hello sleeping in the most luxurious king size bed with fireplace in our room! It was heaven, I tell you.

More on that later. First, I'd like to ask for my first official blog favor. A friend forwarded me an email from a friend of hers who has two kids, Waverly and Oliver, that have San Filippo Syndrome, a disease that is so rare there is little funding for research. Though it was heartbreaking to read about these two precious children who are taking steps backward instead of forward like most kids, I jumped at the chance to vote, and to help spread the word on my blog so others could cast their vote too. It is such an incredible cause for an incredibly deserving family.

The mother's name is Shannon McNeil, and you can read more on her blog. Take a second to learn more about her precious kiddos, and I promise you will be moved to vote. I know I was.

Here's the skinny:

Team Sanfilippo, a non-profit group started by parents of children afflicted with Sanfilippo Syndrome, is in contention to win a $250,000 grant from Pepsi. This money will be used for research purposes, specially for gene therapy trials. The top 2 finishers at the end of January will receive the grant.

Winning this grant is so important, because pharmaceutical and biotech companies aren't interested in focusing on rare disorders, due to low profits. The burden is left to family driven 501c3 public charities to raise funds and get scientists to collaborate on treatments to save loved ones. Then, after a treatment has been developed, it's also up to the families to raise the money needed for clinical trials.

I am asking friends and family to vote every day for the month of January. It only takes a few moments and it could have a lifesaving impact on children who have Sanfilippo.

You can vote 3 ways once a day. Here's how:

1) TEXT 105582 in the body of your text to 73774 (PEPSI)

2) Click on http://www.refresheverything.com/curesanfilippo. You must first log on and then hit the VOTE button.

3) If you are on facebook, go to http://apps.facebook.com/pepsirefresh/idea/. Load the app and then search for "Team Sanfilippo" to vote.

Please vote in honor of Waverly & Oliver. Wouldn't it be great if one day, when families are told their child has Sanfilippo, there will be an effective treatment available to them, thanks to this opportunity for a grant.

Also, pass this information on to your family & friends. Post it on your facebook wall. Send out an email. Post it on your blog. Send a tweet. Let's get the word out and help this sweet family!

Thanks friends!
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