Blue Skies and Clean Closets

Spring is really here, well at least for those us of that live in Southern California. Besides these beautiful blue skies, this can only mean one thing…spring cleaning. The thought of going through my closet makes me cringe but I try and look at the positives, the more I get rid of, the more room I can make for new clothes. And that makes me happy ūüôā When you do decide to finally take the plunge into the abyss of fabric and zippers, plan ahead for what you will do with the items you can part ways with.

There are multiple women’s organizations that take donations of lightly used clothing. These are great places to donate your professional work clothes that you no longer need. Organizations such as Working Wardrobes, WHW, and Dress for Success, help empower women through job placement and an integral¬†part of this process is clothing. These organizations provide a professional pseudo-boutique, where women can go and pick out a few options for interviews and work outfits. By donating your clothes you’re helping women to become more self¬†sufficient and powerful in the workplace.

So now what to do with the rest of your beloved pieces that you must get rid of?? Selling online is a great, easy option. While you might run to sites that you are more familiar with, why don’t you try¬†something¬†new? RunwayJunkie.com is a great place to sell your high-end designer clothing and accessories. It’s simple, easy, and you get to keep all your profits! Best part is, we donate 10% of our personal profits to different women’s organizations. So by simply selling on RunwayJunkie.com you’re helping out women.

With the beautiful seasons of Spring and Summer upon us we must find it somewhere deep down in us to take the time to clear away last seasons fashion and make room for the upcoming items we will be collecting.

Edgy and Sweet Designers at OC Fashion Showcase

OC Fashion showcase, a fundraising event to help working wardrobes, was held three nights from April 19 to April 21.

Night Two was on Friday April 20, 2012 and was hosted by Susan Romanishin, this year’s Miss California USA. Her desire to help women and children made her a great host for the event! The theme for the night was Edgy and Sweet. This included denim, leather, men’s and couture.

Purple Reign was the first designer of the showcase. Their designs included bright colors and edgy patterns.

Bine and Bas had stylish and sleek menswear. The shirt shown below could be used for a day at work or a night out.

Brit Boy UK Fashions came back to OC Fashion Showcase for night two with more great designs! This time they showed street wear that was trendy with optical shapes.

Laili Lau is a couture line that draws inspiration from tribes. They have great designs with earthy tones and flattering flowy fabrics.

Check back at RunwayJunkie.com for more reviews on the OC Fashion Showcase!

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Emerging Designers at OC Fashion Showcase

This past weekend, Runway Junkie attended the OC Fashion Showcase and saw many beautiful designs for a great cause!

OC Fashion Showcase is an annual fundraising event for Working Wardrobes, an OC based non- profit organization that helps underprivileged men and women get back on their feet and into the workplace. This event brings together fashion and local businesses to support their cause.

The first night’s fashion show theme, “Beach” showed off amazing surf, swim and casual beach wear designs.

BOLD Girlz was the first designer of the night. B.O.L.D girls stands for Brave Original Loving Daring. This is a local company donates 10% of their proceeds to charities that empower women. Fantastic to know great minds think alike!

Their designs shown were casual beach. One of their identifying features is a G shaped peace sign.

The second designer was Confiance. Confiance (meaning confidence in French) is an LA based company that emphasizes diversity. Confiance has T-shirts and hand made jewelry inspired by other cultures. Many of their designs have phrases written on them in various languages. Each item even has a handmade logo!

Brit Boy Swimwear is a designer that embodies British culture in each piece. Many have British symbols such as the British flag. The swimsuit pictured below has parts of the British flag lining the edges.

The last designer of the night was Borreca Swimwear. With their bright colors and daring designs, these swimsuits would be a showstopper anywhere.

Borreca Swimwear

Stay posted for reviews from Friday and Saturday night’s events!

Orange County Fashion Showcase 2012

For all you blog readers who are in the Southern California, Orange County area, have I got a fashion event for you! The Orange County Fashion Showcase is an event that brings together fashion, business, and philanthropy. By combining fashion shows, networking, music, silent auctions and celebrities, the goal is the raise awareness of the chosen philanthropy. This year, the OC Fashion Showcase has teamed up with Working Wardrobes. Since this is an organization Runway Junkie loves to support, we felt it imperative to be involved in with this event.

From Thursday April 19- Saturday April 21, there will be a¬†plethora¬†of fashion shows, musical performances, red carpets, networking, and after parties. On Thursday and Friday the events take place in Costa Mesa, then move to Huntington Beach for the last night of fashion and philanthropy on Saturday. There will also be seminars from 9am-12pm on Saturday in Irvine. There’s so much to choose from, so come to it all!

For more information or to purchase tickets check out the Orange County Fashion Showcase¬†website. Runway Junkie looks forward to seeing you over the next few days. Don’t forget to bring clothing to donate to Working Wardrobes! See you there!

Shopping While Being Socially Conscious

When you hear the word shopping, I bet socially conscious isn’t the first thing to come to mind. When a girlfriend says, “Let’s go shopping!” you probably think about your favorite boutique or department store you want to visit. Or maybe you think about a new watch or pair of jeans you’ve had your eye on. Well, if we can all start to think a little more socially conscious when we think of shopping we can make some BIG differences.

Being socially conscious can mean a lot of things, so for the purpose of this specific blog I’m defining it as shopping on sites or in stores that are¬†charitable. Again, you might think charitable? shopping? Well yes, that is exactly what I mean! When you’re thinking about buying a new Michael Kors purse or a pair of Seven Jeans, you can check out some sites and stores that might have exactly what you’re looking for and even better, donate profits to a great cause!

Many women’s charities have boutiques that sell new and used clothing that has been donated to their cause. By purchasing¬†items¬†at these boutiques you’re donating to a cause while buying something new. You might be thinking that you’re not into the whole thrift store, used clothing thing, but don’t knock this till you try it. Many of these boutiques are high-end, have designer items, and many are new, never used items. Orange County, California has many of these boutiques run by women’s organizations. Just to name a few…

Working Wardrobes- The Hanger

WHW- Deja New

New Directions For Women- Repeat Boutique

Maybe you don’t live in Orange County but if you Google women’s charities in your area, you’d be surprised at how many have boutiques.

Another way to shop socially¬†consciously is online. Many fashion websites have teamed up with different charities that they donate a percentage of their profits to. Or certain designers help out their favorite causes by donating money from the sale of certain items. At RunwayJunkie.com we hold this topic near and dear to our heart. We make it our mission to donate at least 10% of own net-profits¬†to a variety of women’s organizations. So by shopping on our site you are helping women and getting great deals on high-end, designer items.

Breast Cancer Research Foundation + Michael Kors

Whether or not you, or someone you know has had breast cancer, it is a disease that looms in the back of all our minds. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Between your grandmother, mother, sisters, and daughters, there is a chance that one person you are close to will suffer from this life threatening disease. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation has made it their mission to find a method of prevention and a cure for the disease. With an average of 1 woman dying every 13 minutes from breast cancer, it is an important to help fight against it.

Designers, such as Michael Kors, are finding ways to help support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through fashion. Michael Kors was inspired to design a bracelet to help donate money to the foundation that he believes is important. He is donating 100% of the proceeds from the bracelet sales to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. These $20, yellow, black, or pink leather bracelets will help to find a cure.

Michael Kors is not the only one in fashion to help the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Anne Klein, Bloomingdale’s, Hudson Jeans, and Lacoste, just to name a few, have all been involved in giving back to the foundation. Visit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to find out more about corporate partners or how you can be involved in helping research, prevention, or finding a cure for this disease.

Pro-Anorexia Websites: They Might Effect You More Than You Think

There’s a rising trend on the world wide web that you may or may not be familiar with, pro-anorexia websites. These sites are made to support this dangerous eating disorder through having forums, tips and ticks, and “thinspiration.” While you might not be searching for these sites, at some point you may come across them, or even worse, your daughter or son may already be looking at them.

Pro-anorexia websites have been developed for those who believe they choose to be anorexic. They provide an avenue for these people to discuss their habits and find support from others who are going through the same thing. The scary thing is that they do not believe they are suffering from a disease, rather they view anorexia as a lifestyle choice.

These sites can be potentially harmfull for a few reasons.

First, these sites are filled with information on how to be anorexic. You can go on them to find ways to trick friends and family so they don’t know you’re anorexic. You can also learn tips on how to eat only an apple a day and ways to trick yourself into not thinking you’re starving.

Second, “thinspiration.” This is where people on the site post pictures of extremely thin models,¬†actresses, singers,¬†athletes, and even sometimes everyday people. These pictures are to act as inspiration to continue starving yourself to look like them.

Third, even those who are not anorexic are harmed by these sites. Research has found that women who are exposed to these pro-anorexia websites have higher body dissatisfaction after viewing them. They also found that women would also show signs of disordered eating after looking at these sites.

While you might not be personally seeking out pro-anorexia websites, it’s important to be aware of them for you and your child’s sake. You need to know how harmful they can be for yourself or someone else in your family. By talking with your children and being mindful of what they might find on the Internet you can try to protect them from these dangerous sites.