Running to End Domestic Violence Quest-Training

Here’s another entry from our guest blogger Mariya Taher. She’s writing blogs about her running and fundraising  journey for WOMAN, Inc., while keeping us informed on domestic violence. 

Wherever you are in the world, make sure you do at least one thing today that will make you laugh.  =)

By the way, here is a link to WOMAN, Inc’s website, if you would like to learn more about the agency –http://www.womaninc.org/

I also wanted to share a couple updates about my running and the campaign.

First off, I just did a 9 mile training run this past Monday and during that training run, I incorporated the hill that runs along Ocean Beach up to the Cliff House in San Francisco. It’s a beautiful area near the Sutro Bathhouse ruins.  The thing about the hill is that I hate that hill!  I run it when I especially want to punish myself! The view both at the bottom and at the top of the hill is breathtaking and I’ve included a couple of pictures so you can have a visual, but I don’t know how well it captures just how never-ending this hill is. When you are at the bottom, you can only see half the hill and it seems to end right at the Cliff House. When you reach the Cliff House, you realize you are only halfway and that your legs have to somehow carry you to the top – it’s almost like a really good April Fool’s joke. Every time I run it, I seem to forget just how much of an incline there is. But after I do finally reach the top, running back down that hill feels like you are floating on air and it is more than sweet.

Secondly, I have exciting news to share! Runway Junkie, an online marketplace where you can buy and sell women’s designer clothing and accessory while helping support pro-women organizations, such as WOMAN, Inc., will be sharing blog posts about my Running to End Domestic Violence Quest via their website. You will also be able to follow me on this journey via blog entries, pictures, and videos.

That’s the update for now.

And once again, if you are able to contribute even just a small amount, please donate by visiting my fundraising page at http://www.stayclassy.org/fundraise?fcid=200917 . You’ll be able to learn more about my campaign and how to sponsor me during this journey as well! Even a $10 sponsorship can go a long way in serving domestic violence survivors.

Thank you,

Mariya

Picture #1  – Along Great Hwy in West San Francisco, this is the bottom of the hill. The white building in the picture is the Cliff House.

Picture #2 – View from the top of the hill. Once I do catch my breath and take a look down, it is pretty amazing that I get to take in such a beautiful sight.

Picture #3 – The start of my journey back downhill (the top half of the hill). The building you see in the picture is the newly created Lands Ends Visitor Center.

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California Dreamin Fashion Show-May 17th

At RunwayJunkie.com we love fashion shows that celebrate up-and-coming designers. That is why we are teaming up 149 Sports Grill and Bizness Magazine for the California Dreamin Fashion Show in Orange, CA!

This fashion show will be held at 149 Sports Grill on Thursday May 17th. The show starts at 7pm and goes well into the night with an after party that begins at 10pm. It’s sure to be a great evening filled with fashion and fun. You will also be lucky enough to get a glimpse of clothing lines by new designers while listening to the music of talented DJs and performers. VIP guests will be treated to beverages, an appetizer bar, as well as receiving a gift bag along with front row seating to the show. They will also be given the opportunity to meet the designers and performers. It’s a backstage pass that you won’t want to miss out on. After the evening of talent there will be an after party free for guests and only $5 for those that can’t make it to the fashion show. The Bizness Magazine and 149 Grill are sure to put on a fashion show that will not only provide entertainment but also introduce you to a wide variety of up-and-coming designers.

The three featured designers are BritBoy Fashions, AerithE, and Shekhar Rahate.

Stay tuned for profiles featuring each of these designers as well as what you can expect from their upcoming collections. Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the California Dreamin Fashion Show today!

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 🙂 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.

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.

Healthy Heart Leads to a Happy Woman

When you hear about the importance of having a healthy heart, heart attacks might not be the first thing that come to mind. Younger generations may be thinking about a love lost and how that hurt their heart. Older generations may be thinking about just keeping in shape through the hectic life we call adulthood. But how many women think heart attack?

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women. Crazy, huh? I bet you thought it was something else. Well the truth is that a large majority of women die from heart disease more than any other disease and this can be at any age. So here are a few tips found on the American Heart Association Website to keeping a healthy heart.

  • Make sure you’re working out and eating right
  • Don’t smoke
  • Drink in moderation
  • Be careful of your birth control
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Know your family history
These are not the only things you should be aware of while trying to keep a healthy heart, but it’s a good start. Any women at any age is susceptible to cardiovascular disease so make sure you’re aware of prevention, signs, and symptoms. And love yourself and your heart!

Stop Domestic Violence with WOMAN, Inc.

Violence against women can be a scary topic. Those who have been involved in domestic violence may find it difficult to talk about or even admit that they have been abused. That is why it is important to know about the available resources in your area that can help those in need. Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent, Inc. is a resource available to women in San Francisco and greater Bay Area. With the ultimate goal of eliminating domestic violence, WOMAN, Inc. is an organization all women should be familiar with.

With the objective of empowering survivors and helping them to live a life free of violence, WOMAN, Inc. provides multiple avenues for women to get help and support. A 24-hour crisis line is just the beginning of the services that are provided to women in need. Through support groups, therapy programs, and community education, WOMAN, Inc. tries to help women be free of violence. They even offer a special bilingual program for Latinas.

By fielding over 21,000 crisis phone calls and logging close to 2,000 hours of individual therapy, WOMAN, Inc. is making a change for women. This cannot continue to grow without the help of those who are more fortunate. Whether you have the time to provide volunteer services or the money to donate, anything will help keep this organization fighting against domestic violence.

If you are interested in volunteering or donating visit the WOMAN, Inc. website. You can also visit their Facebook page to find out more about getting involved in this organization. Volunteers and donations help WOMAN, Inc. be able to continue to provide these amazing services. Any contribute will make a difference.

Springing Forward

Daylight saving time is behind us, the days are longer, and the warm weather (hopefully) is upon us. So what does that mean for your wardrobe? Lose the scarfs and chunky sweaters, and bring out the bright colors and sundresses! Nothing says spring like finding a mix of wildflower colors to fill your closet. If you can’t seem to find any colorful pieces that are springing you forward, then look no further! Runway Junkie has a plethora of bright items suited perfectly for the upcoming season.

If you’re looking for a classic spring dress that is perfect for a day or night event, then check out this Marc by Marc Jacobs V-neck orange and yellow dress.

This size 6, lightly worn dress is a must have. With a belt perfectly wrapping around the waist, it will suit any body type. Wear it to a nice brunch or an evening cocktail party; it’s a staple piece, fantastic for spring and summer. Even better, 100% of the proceeds go to the non-profit WHW.

Another great option is this BCBGeneration cocktail dress. This pink and white, above the knee dress would make a wonderful addition to your personal spring collection.

The lightly worn, size small (4-6) dress looks like new. Having only been worn a few times you cannot tell that it has been previously owned. The peak-a-boo cutout back makes for a cute little surprise when you turn around. This dress would look fabulous with some white wedges and a up-do hair style to show off all the dress has to offer.

Maybe you’re not quite ready to bust out the bright colors. Well, this BCBG Max Aria dress might just be better suited for you.

The pastel pink, yellow, and green, geometric shapes add just a light pop of color without being too bold. The size s (4-6) dress has never been worn. Belted around the waist, it would be perfect for an evening cocktail party. If you purchase this dress, 100% of the proceed got to the non-profit WHW. It’s a great buy!

For more spring dress or bright colored clothes options, check out RunwayJunkie.com! Where philanthropy never looked so good.