5 brands that give back

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We only have one planet, so we need to care for it, and protect it, as much as possible. That is why it is so important to think about what we purchase, and how it could affect the planet long term, as well as the community.

In the twenty-first century, we have the benefit of advanced technology. This technology offers us so many ways to recycle materials, and make materials, which are sustainable and will be kind to the environment instead of damaging it for future generations.

I love finding companies which are creating products using these advances in technology, as well as donating a portion of profits from specific products to do good in the world. Whether we help those in need, or reduce our waste on our planet, we are helping humanity through giving back and protecting the environment.

There are so many causes and issues for us as humans to care about. It can sometimes be overwhelming as to which ones we choose to support! Sometimes we can donate our time and money to causes, other times it is fine for us to be passive and purchase products we already need which support causes we may not normally donate to, or we don’t have the time to support another way.

These five brands are killing it! They are either using technology to create sustainable fashion, or using their resources to help those in need. I love supporting brands that give back, and hope you enjoy doing so too!

  1. Chico’s: As you know, I am a huge Chico’s fan! They have beautiful prints and patterns designed in-house by artists, as well as practical garments that are easy to wash and wear on a daily basis. The company is dedicated to the community, and one of their big impacts is the work they do for Habitat for Humanity. Chico’s gives both time and money to this important cause, and you can help them! They have a collection online which helps raise money for Habitat for Humanity. They also help collect donations for the charity. You can find the perfect cardigan or top for summer, while supporting an important cause. Love that! You can learn all about it at
  2. adidas: adidas is my favorite athletic brand, and I love the fact that they are innovating ways to help the environment and make fashion more sustainable. Their “For the Oceans” campaign currently produces shoes made from recycled polyester; and the shoes are 100% recyclable. The company is working hard towards shifting to recycled polyester on their line by 2024. Stay tuned! I will be going more in-depth on this topic later this month. To learn more now, please visit
  3. H&M: This fast fashion retailer is working hard to protect the environment and become more sustainable. They collect old clothing in-store so that it can be recycled instead of thrown away. H&M also has an eco-conscious collection which promotes the use of recycled materials. Love! To see the collection, check out
  4. TOMS: I think by now, TOMS is a household names. This innovative company has built their business on giving back to the community. Every TOMS purchase benefits one of six causes the company is dedicated to. These causes include homelessness, equality, safe water, mental health, ending gun violence, and giving shoes to those in need. To learn more, head over to
  5. Makers Market: This innovative company offers handmade products for the whole family, and for the home. They also offer upcycled goods and sustainable products! To learn more, please visit

There you have it! This is my current list of brands that give back. Which brands that give back are your favorites? Please share in the comments below!

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Chico’s No Stain No-Iron shirt

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wearing: gold dangle earringsChico’s No Stain No-Iron shirt c/o Chico’s / charcoal jeans /

I have a big rule in my house-no red wine! Someone is always bound to spill it and stain my carpet, my sofa, and themselves! Well, my carpet and my sofa will always be prone to stains from spills, but check this out; we no longer have to worry about our shirts!

Guys-we don’t have to fear red wine-or anything that stains-again! Chico’s has this fabulous No Stain No-Iron shirt which uses this amazing Stain Shield™ technology that keeps stains from sticking! Love this!

When something like red wine or coffee spills on the shirt, you can simply rinse it with water, then wipe it away with a towel; and voila! No stains! Spilling on ourselves won’t stop any of us from enjoying our day.

Chico’s challenged me to test out their crisp white, No Stain No-Iron shirt which uses this amazing Stain Shield™ technology, by spilling red wine on myself. Check out the results:

Taking the #NoStainChallenge

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OK, on the first try I had my daughter spill red wine on me while sitting on my sofa. Oops! While the red wine wiped right off the shirt, I got a few drops on my sofa-and not enough photos. Ugh, I had to quickly treat my sofa, and take my photo taking operation outside.

Take two! This time I spilled the red wine on myself while standing in my front yard-my neighbor looked at me strangely while my daughter snapped pictures of me spilling red wine on myself. Um, we must have been quite a sight. My teen and my son were watching the whole thing too. But I digress. . . haha

We were able to get great photos the second time, and not ruin the sofa. That’s a win! I used a towel to wipe off the red wine. I got most of it without leaving a trace on the shirt. The rest I was able to get off with a damp towel; again, not leaving a trace. This shirt is amazing!

Shop my No Stain No-Iron shirt which uses this amazing Stain Shield™ technology outfit:

You can learn more about this fabulous shirt at

Isn’t this shirt amazing? It comes in more colors, so I may need to add the blue one to my closet too. Love this!

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*Thank you to Chico’s for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Adding a touch of spring to a winter day at New York Fashion Week

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wearing: bold gold earrings c/o Chico’s / lipstick / spring maxi dress c/o Chico’s / spring nail polish / train case handbag / faux shearling coat /

Day two of New York Fashion Week was a ton of fun! The weather was warm; much warmer than I am used to it being at fashion week in February! Normally the temperatures are well below thirty, and there is always at least one day in single digits. This season, the temperatures were hovering in the fifties; much warmer than at home in the San Francisco Bay Area!

So, for day two of New York Fashion Week, I decided to wear a winter into spring look for a busy day of shows. In the morning, through to mid-day, this spring maxi dress from Chico’s was perfect for the weather. I didn’t need a coat! Was this the twilight zone?? Why wasn’t it freezing?? That morning and afternoon, I attended Fashion Hong Kong followed by Nonie, without a coat. This dress garnered several compliments from other show guests, and was the perfect weight for the the high fifties temperatures.

When evening was getting close, temperatures fell to the forties, so I threw on my 1970s style faux fur coat over my dress, and switched up my handbag to evoke a vintage vibe with my overall look. This was a fun way to make this spring maxi dress transition from winter into spring. It is so versatile! I attended Chiara Boni le petite robe that evening which was perfect for the outfit. She had a vintage vibe on her runway, so my vintage look worked quite well.

Since the day was busy, I never actually had a chance to sit down for a meal! After Chiara Boni, I wore my spring Chico’s maxi dress styled for winter out to dinner at Pepolino’s. It’s a fabulous Italian restaurant close to Spring Studios where the shows were held. Every season I enjoy their risotto and pasta. It is a must-try next time you visit New York!

My fabulous friend Dawn from Fashion Should be Fun took these photos with my new camera. They came out really good!

Shop my New York Fashion Week day two, spring dress styled for winter:

Be sure to check out all the fabulous new, bold looks for spring that Chico’s has in store! You can check it out on

Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for day two show coverage hitting the blog soon!



*Thank you to Chico’s for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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