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.

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!

Also check out runwayjunkie.com to see some of our designer listings!

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.

Support Working Wardrobes

RunwayJunkie.com’s top priority is giving back. We have a variety of women’s organizations we have teamed up with, one of those being Working Wardrobes.

Working Wardrobes is a non-profit foundation that helps empower those in need while overcoming the challenges of entering the workforce and becoming self-sufficient. Through job training and placement, and providing clients with a work appropriate wardrobe, Working Wardrobes helps to get their clients back on their feet.

In over 20 years, Working Wardrobes has helped over 50,000 clients overcome life challenges to become confident and successful. While the majority of the donated clothing is used for clients, some of the items are available for purchase at The Hanger.

The Hanger is Working Wardrobes’ boutique that sells high-end designer clothing and the profits are all donated back to the clients. When you buy an item for The Hanger’s online boutique on RunwayJunkie.com, 100% of the proceeds go back to Working Wardrobes. Check out their online boutique and don’t miss out on the change to look good while giving back!