Kindness is Always Fashionable: Rachel Roy’s Japan Tote Action Day

Do you remember the event I participated in awhile back with Rachel Roy, where she was raising money for those affected by the floods in the Middle East with her Pakistan Tote?  Well this time, this awesome designer is calling us to action once again to help those that have been affected by the tsunami over in Japan.  It’s easy to forget that those people over there will be suffering and struggling for a very long time, especially when the media is no longer interested.  That’s why I’m glad to take part in helping to bring their plight back to the forefront and offer you an opportunity to help the cause!

Rachel Roy Japan Tote

So what can you do to help?

  1.  Head on over to Rachel Roy’s website and purchase a limited edition Japan Tote for $25.  100% of the proceeds will go to the Global Relief Fund who are providing long term aid to the Japanese victims.
  2. Leave a comment on Rachel Roy’s Facebook page today.  For every comment, she will donate a $1 to the Global Relief Fun.
  3. Retweet this message on Twitter: Kindness is always fashionable! Support the #RRJapanTote & RT, @Rachel_Roy will donate $1 for every RT to @GlobalGiving: For every RT, Rachel Roy will donate a $1 to the Global Relief Fund.

Thanks in advance for your help in this ladies!  Remember that every little bit helps! 🙂


Photos courtesy of: Rachel Roy


Fierce for A Cause: Avon Cares Relief Program

Avon Cares Disaster Relief Program

If you’ve been keeping up with the news you know that recently our country has been getting slammed with crazy storms, floods, and tornadoes.  Having personally gone through three major hurricanes and a tornado I am very familiar with the devastation it can cause and how many lives it can affect.  It’s during times like this that people need to get together and help those affected and I was happy to know that Avon was doing that very thing.  Since May 20, Avon Cares has launched a disaster relief program to help those affected by the tornados that wrecked havock on our Southern states.  Their 17 foot mobile vehicles have been driving through these areas distributing much needed products to families and communities. 


“Disaster relief has long been a critical component of Avon’s philanthropy,” said Jorge Martinez-Quiroga, Avon’s Senior Vice President & President ofNorth America. “We believe it is our responsibility as a global corporate citizen to lend our support to the relief efforts aiding local Avon Representatives and their communities.”  

Their last stop will be the hardest hit area of Joplin, Missouri, where they will be partnering with Soles4Shoes, who will be donating flip flops along with Avon’s care packages.


For more info on their disaster relief tour, check them out on their Facebook page.


Photos courtesy of: Avon

Fierce Beauty News: Avon Voices Global Singing Contest

Avon Voices Global Launch Event

If you’ve been following me and my blog rantings for awhile, then you’ll know I always make it a point to highlight events and happenings that help those that are less fortunate, or (in this case) are just looking for that one opportunity to really show the world what they can do!  That’s why I had to tell you ladies about this newest initiative from Avon called Avon Voices.  They are looking to give two lucky women from around the world the chance of a lifetime – to share their voices with the world!  I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Joe Billone, the VP of Global Representative Branding and Communitcations, who is responsbile for puting this whole program together!  We got to talk about why a beauty brand like Avon would be getting into the music scene, some of the awesome celebrity judges, and how we can get in on the voting fun!

MJ:   Some may see a singing contest as somewhat as a far stretch for a beauty company.  What made you (or Avon) decide to hold a global singing contest? How does in tie in with your company’s mission and philosophy?
JB:   Avon Voices, like Avon, celebrates transformation.  For 125 years, women have come to Avon to be empowered to transform their lives and make their dreams come true.  As we celebrate our 125th Anniversary year, we are thrilled to give women the opportunity to raise their individual voice in song and share it on a truly global stage.  Avon’s unique personal relationship with women makes this possible – only Avon could bring the world together this way.  Seeing our global Contenders and watching their transformations during this program demonstrates that Avon Voices is a perfect extension of our mission as the company for women.

MJ:  Who are some of your celebrity judges?  How did you go about picking them to participate in this contest?

JB:  Since Avon Voices is a global talent search, we wanted to be sure that we had on our celebrity judging panel music luminaries from around the world.  As we met with them individually, everyone was so excited by the vision of this program that they were delighted to join us.  We believe this is the most diverse panel of global musicians ever assembled for a program of this kind.  Avon Voices judges include:  Fergie, six-time Grammy award winner; Diane Warren, legendary songwriter; Natasha Bedingfield, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter; Lea Salonga, Filipina singer and actress; Valeriya, Russian sensation; Delta Goodrem, Australian Artist of the Decade; Sheila E., breakthrough, Grammy-nominated female percussionist; David Pack, Grammy award-winning singer/composer and music producer; Diego Torres, Grammy nominated singer/composer; Ivete Sangalo, Brazil’s biggest pop star; and Maia, Colombian singing star.


Dianne Warren

MJ:  I found it very interesting that you also have a songwriting contest.  Tell a little about that aspect of this competition.

JB:  This really is another extension of our commitment to celebrate voices of hope, optimism and empowerment.  Beginning May 20th (going through July 1st) both women and men are invited to enter the Songwriting Competition. They are asked to write an original song that inspires or shares hope and optimism with the world and submit a digital file, digital recording of the song and lyric sheet at


MJ: So how does the contest work?  What does the grand prize winner receive?

JB:  The goal of the Talent Search is to find two talented singers – one an Avon Representative – who may have the opportunity to record a professionally produced album.  But, more than that, it is about giving women from every corner of the globe, the opportunity of a lifetime.  For the 178 Round 1 Contenders that is just what has happened when they were given the chance to travel to exciting destinations such as Paris, Nashville, Rio and Hong Kong where they recorded music videos and received Avon makeovers. The 25 Global Semi-finalists will receive professional coaching from some of our noted panel of judges and record new performance videos in Los Angeles this July.

MJ:  How can my readers and I get in on the Avon Voices fun?

JB:  Your readers can view and vote throughout the rest of the program and there’s still time left to vote for Round 1 Contenders before Friday May 20th by going to and registering (its free). At the site, readers can watch Contender videos from around the world and vote for their favorite to help choose the winner. Round 2 Contenders will be announced on May 30th and voting for the next round will begin and go until June 20th.  We welcome everyone – women and men – to join our online community and help make dreams come true.  This is what Avon has been doing for 125 years and it’s what Avon Voices is doing right now!

Don’t forget to visit to caste your vote (I’ve heard some of these ladies and they sound amazing!).  For now I leave you with these cool video from same ladies that may be familiar to you!

Photos and video courtesy of Avon.

Fierce for a Cause: An Aveda Water Warrior

We all know its Earth Month and though we are (and we should!) be finding ways to be Green in our country, we can’t forget those who are less fortunate and can’t even get the basic necessities that the Earth has to offer.  Here’s a disturbing fact:

In developing nations, more than 4,000 children die each day from preventable conditions like diarrhea, due to unsafe drinking water. A person in a country such as the US will, on average, use more than 40 gallons of water to take just one, leisurely bath. Yet someone living in a developing nation may have access to less than eight gallons of water each day for all of their daily needs. In developing countries 70 percent of industrial waste and 80 percent of all waste is dumped untreated into waters where they pollute the usable water supply.

Its reading things like this that makes me realize 1:  How good we have it in this country and 2: how the world is suffering and it needs our help.  That’s why I’m helping the good folks at Aveda spread the word and raise money for Global Greengrants Funds water related projects and support those who need help in Japan.

Aveda Light the Way CandleHow you can help is real simple.  You can:

  1. Go to Aveda Facebook page  and check out their  Light the Way™ soy wax candle.  It features organic French lavender (a great stress relieving aroma).  For $12, you can take this candle home and 100% of the proceeds goes to Global Greengrants Funds. (make sure you use the code “yahooshine” so they know I sent you!)
  2. Check into the Check-in for H20 Tab on the Aveda Facebook page  and Aveda will donate $1 on your behalf

Remember every little bit helps!  🙂

Photo courtesy of Aveda

Dressbarn’s Send One Suit Weekend Kicks Off Today

dressbarn Send One Suit 2011

Dressbarn, the company who gave us great tips on how to dress our best as well as some great clothing for the curvy girls, is hosting a special event called Send One Suit.  From now until Sunday, February 27, you can go to any Dressbarn location and donate any of your gently used suits, dresses, skirts, slacks, blouses, belts and shoes.  They’ve teamed up with the wonderful organization Dress for Success, to get your donated items into the hands of those less fortunate women who want to look their best as they re-enter the workforce.  We all know how important it is to dress to impress when interviewing and all women should have the opportunity to do so!  So if you have anything that you’re not using, please stop by your local Dressbarn and give your donation.  As a gift for your genorisity, you can enjoy 15% your total purchase in store!

Photo courtesy of:  Dressbarn

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