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Growing up it was an August ritual to go shopping for new school shoes, and the habit has kinda stuck because end of summer is my favorite time to shop for shoes.  But, like many women, I’m also guilty of having an already full closet of shoes, some of which are rarely worn, and in fact, I found out that Americans (men and woman) have about 1.5 billion shoes that they never wear!

So this year I’ve decided to give up a few of my rarely used kicks in hopes that someone else will put them to good use.  An organization doing a really fantastic job of collecting and distributing new and gently worn shoes is Soles4Souls, a non-profit whose mission is to give the gift of shoes to people in need both in the U.S. and abroad.

They’ve made it easy to donate, too, by partnering with large and small businesses across the country.  You can find a participating donation center just by entering your zip code on their website, or you can even host a shoe drive at your school if you want to get others involved in your altruistic endeavor.

From disaster relief to homeless shelters, summer camps for disadvantaged children and orphanages, there are millions of people across the globe in need of shoes, and this is just one small way that we can help.  So, goodbye, cute pink running shoes circa 2001 (and not-so-cute old school orange Pumas)- here’s hoping you make some other feet happy.

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Threadless, my favorite purveyor of t-shirts, is doing a cool promotion this week for Earth Day.  Buy one of their original, affordable tees, and they’ll donate $1 to PlantaBillion.org. And in celebration of Earth Day they’ve launched a bunch of new green-themed designs.  This one’s my favorite…

Be Green by T-Shirts for Robots (TM)

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Whether you’re wondering what to do with last year’s prom dress or looking to find an affordable gown for the big event, check out DonateMyDress.org, a national organization that brings together all the dress drive organizations across the U.S. and helps you find a local shop to give or get a prom dress.  The site also boasts features like a photo gallery to get inspiration for your prom look, a place to post your prom stories, plus quizzes, polls, and more.  Once you’ve had your amazing night, consider donating your dress to a local shop and make another girl’s prom dream come true.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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This week marks the official start of the 2009 “Stuck at Prom” Contest sponsored by Duck brand Duct Tape, and it also happens to bring back some sweet memories from my first year working in college admissions at Columbia University.  One of the most memorable admissions essays I read was from a Minnesota girl who wrote about the construction of her duct tape prom dress–she even sent along a picture so that I could fully appreciate her designing skills.  And now, you too, have a chance at designing your very own duct tape creation and taking home the scholarship prize of $3,000.

The contest ends June 8, 2009, and here’s the link to more information about rules and stuff.  If you end up making a duct tape design, will you please send me your photos to post on the website?  Here are a couple past creations to get those creative juices flowing…

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Those who know me well can attest to the fact that I am a hoodie girl, so when I saw Champion’s Hoodie Remix I was just a little bit excited and had to share it with you.  So here’s the deal, visit Champion’s Hoodie Remix website where you can design your own fabulous hoodie.  The contest ends March 31st, so you’ve got some time to really finesse your design.  Once you submit your hoodie to the gallery, users can vote for their favorites, and the designer of the winning hoodie will get their hoodie produced as well as some $$$.  May the best hoodie win!

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DoSomething.org and Aéropostale have teamed up for this year’s Teens for Jeans drive to provide homeless teens with jeans this winter. Here’s how you can get involved:

Just drop off any pair of your gently worn jeans to any Aéropostale store between January 26th and February 22nd and DoSomething.org will make sure they get donated to a local homeless shelter or charity. To say thanks, Aéropostale will give you an additional 25% off your next pair of jeans.

Just think of it as a feel-good way to get a jump-start on spring cleaning…

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So I haven’t done a lot of actual purchasing of Christmas gifts yet this year, but I have done a ton of web research looking for cute, unique, and affordable items.

Today I stumbled upon my new favorite accessory designer, Kailo Chic who has maybe the most adorable line of frame clutch wallets I’ve ever seen.  Not only are they super cute on the outside, but I love the colorful inner liner and oh-so-functional credit card dividers.

They’re even reasonably priced at $32, so now I just need to figure who exactly on my list is going to get one.

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The only thing in my closet that rivals my love of flip-flops are my oh-so-comfy gently worn-in black Converse slip-ons.  They are my go-to shoes when the air in Santa Monica gets a little too chilly for exposed appendages.  So I was super excited the other day when I received an email from Converse unveiling their new line of “Make Mine (Red)” - as in design your own kicks for a good cause.  Not only do you get the thrill of creating some very stylish soles, but part of the proceeds from your purchase go to help fight AIDS in Africa.   This is very exciting.  To look good and do good, visit MakeMineRed.com.   Have a great weekend!

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I love it when I stumble across awesome products that make me feel totally justified in spending a little extra cash: the super cute Splendid Breast Cancer Awareness tank, my Product (Red) iPod, and weekly treks to the Farmer’s Market in support of local food suppliers.

Peasant Top $50.40

Peasant Top $50.40

My latest obsession is the new clothing site Zelaz.  It features affordable and comfortable fashion designs for tweens, teens, and juniors. A self-described store with a conscience, Zelaz gives back to the community by dedicating 5% of revenues to worthy causes that help girls with fewer resources. Every purchase supports charities that help girls succeed.  Plus, their clothes are pretty cute, too!

As if that wasn’t incentive enough to shop, shipping is a flat-rate of $5 whether you buy one item or 15.  Check out Zelaz.com to see their latest sales and offerings.

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Living near the beach justifies my healthy collection of tank tops–I think they’re super cute for pairing with your go-to jeans or underneath a blazer with some fun accessories for a dressier look.  And now Splendid has given me yet another reason to purchase one more of my favorite staples. Their latest tank is an exclusive, cute (and charitable) design–$5 from each tank goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation!

How’s that for some feel-good shopping?!

To get your very own tank, visit Splendid. And for 3 ways to wear the look, check out Seventeen’s Style Blog!

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